EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/14/2008

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ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Asia Champions Cup. Day 5 -by Eurobasket News
Zain Club - MUBA Hangtuah 100:59
Jordanian Zain Club finished their preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup on a high note. They eased past MUBA Hangtuah to reach the quarterfinal stage. In the meantime Indonesian outfit was knocked out of the playoffs and they would play for the 9th spot against ONGC from India. The teams kept it close in the starting frame with Zain Club forcing no issue. Zain however shrugged off their energy-saving style of play in the second period. Wesam Alsoos fueled a 30:10 run from Jordanian team as they rolled to a 24-point lead at the interval. MUBA Hangtuah struggled offensively in the third stanza as well accounting for just 10 points and heading into the fourth frame down by as many as 40 points. The Indonesian team never recovered at the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Wesam Alsoos finished with game-high 24 points for Zain. Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 17 points, while Boney Watson provided 16 for the winners. Marquello Morgan came up with 15 points for MABU. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) dropped 14 points in a loss. Zain Club next takes on Al Wasl in the quarterfinal clash. MABU Hangtuah will challenge ONGC from India on Wednesday in the fight for the 9th spot.

Zain: Wesam Alsoos 24, Enver Soobzokov 17, Boney Watson 16
MUBA: Marquello Morgan 15, Marcus Jacobs 14

Al Rayyan - BK Almaty 89:68
The Asia Champions Cup preliminary round has ended with the teams preparing for the quarterfinal battles now. Yesterday the curtain fell with 8 teams figuring out the last placing in the Groups. In Group A Qatari Al Rayyan topples BK Almaty from Kazakhstan to claim the second spot. The trademark defense from BK Almaty did not well quite smoothly right from the start and Al Rayyan easily ran away to a 32:15 distance after the first frame. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) paced well balanced Al Rayyan offense and the team enjoyed a 24-point cushion before the fourth period. BK Almaty simply could not match their opponents tempo and trailed by unassailable 25 points after three quarters of action. Vsevolod Fadeykin helped Kazakh team cut the deficit a bit in the fourth period but it never influenced the outcome as Al Rayyan posted their 3rd win in the tournament. Eric Chatfield scored 28 points for Qatari team. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) dropped 23 points, while Dalron Johnson had 15 points in a winning case. Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) and Vsevolod Fadeykin nailed 20 points apiece for BK Almaty. BK Almaty will now face the defending champions SABA Battery in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Al Rayyan will be opposed by Al Muharraq at the stage. Al Rayyan coach Brian Lester stressed the necessity of playing a tougher defense against Al Muharraq in order to celebrate success. Al Rayyan can hope for some big results this season as Eric Chatfield seems to glue well with Dalron Johnson and the duo is a dangerous weapon against any side.

Al Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 28, Daoud Musa 23, Dalron Johnson 15
BK Almaty: Mikhail Evstigneev 20, Vsevolod Fadeykin 20

Al Wasl - Al Qadsia 83:82
The Emirates Al Wasl extended their perfect run to 4 games beating Al Qadsia in the final round of preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Al Wasl won all of their Pool B games and finished atop the ladder. The game turned into a real heated battle though the sides had nothing but pride to lose. Al Wasl jumped into an early lead as they dominated 29:22 the first frame. The Emirates outfit widened the margin to 8 points at halftime and seemed to roll confidently to victory. A tested duo of Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) had another outstanding night and allowed Al Wasl to maintain an 11-point cushion before the fourth stanza. But Al Qadsia showed their character and struck back in the fourth term. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) ignited a comeback effort from the hosts as Al Qadsia knotted things up and forced overtime. However it was Al Wasl to come up big in the extra period. Alpha Bangura picked up his fifth foul and then Herve Lamizna sealed the outcome for Al Wasl from free throw line as the Emirates side slipped away with a narrow win. Courtney Fields knocked down 24 points and 12 boards for the winners. Herve Lamizana launched 21 points for Al Wasl. Alpha Bangura produced game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Al Qadsia. Abdullah Al Sarraf (194-F-82) had 23 points in a losing effort. Al Wasl set up a quarterfinal showdown against Zain Club from Jordan on Wednesday. Al Qadsia will take on the tournament favorites Al Riyadi on the same day.

Al Wasl: Courtney Fields 24+12 boards, Herve Lamizana 21
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 25, Abdullah Al Sarraf 23

SABA Battery - Al Muharraq 92:68
SABA Battery forgot sour memories of the preliminary loss to Al Wasl and kept on winning. In the final game in Pool B the Asia Champions Cup defending champions handled Al Muharraq from Bahrain and booked the second spot in the Group. The defeat however still allowed Al Muharraq to reach the quarterfinal stage where they would play against Al Rayyan. SABA Battery jumped to an early dominance as they outscored their opponents 33:17 in the starting frame. The margin was stretched to as many as 30 points at halftime and Iranian team never looked back afterwards. The game was a battle of imports duets as Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) and DaJuan Tate paced SABA Battery, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Donald Little led the charge for Bahrain team. SABA Battery exploded with 21 points in the third stanza bruising Al Muharraq and leaving them with an insurmountable 37-point deficit before the final period. Al Muharraq cut the gap in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened Iranian side. SABA Battery finalized a confident success at the end and would take on BK Almaty in the quarterfinal clash.
Gabe Muoneke led the action with 22 points for SABA Battery. DaJuan Tate provided 17 points, while Mahdi Kamrani notched 11 points for the winners. Rah-Shun Roberts scored 21 points for Al Muharraq. Donald Little produced 20 points in a losing case. The tournament will take a day pause before enjoying the quarterfinal battles.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 22, DaJuan Tate 17, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Al Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 21, Donald Little 20


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


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AUSTRIA

Alvin Sims in Furstenfeld -by Stefan Heinrich

Alvin Sims (193-G/F-74, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) joined the Panthers during the Play-Off series against the Gmunden Swans. He earned minutes during the 4th game in Gmunden and was responsible for 5 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. During his outstand career Sims played in a lot of different countries on a very high level and was also played 4 games in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns. While he played in Italy he was on the same roster with his new Head-Coach Aaron Mitchell and he also knows his new teammate Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) from this team, as he was on the same roster too.




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BAHRAIN

SABA Battery clinches the second spot in Pool B -by Eurobasket News
SABA Battery - Al Muharraq 92:68

SABA Battery forgot sour memories of the preliminary loss to Al Wasl and kept on winning. In the final game in Pool B the Asia Champions Cup defending champions handled Al Muharraq from Bahrain and booked the second spot in the Group. The defeat however still allowed Al Muharraq to reach the quarterfinal stage where they would play against Al Rayyan. SABA Battery jumped to an early dominance as they outscored their opponents 33:17 in the starting frame. The margin was stretched to as many as 30 points at halftime and Iranian team never looked back afterwards. The game was a battle of imports duets as Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) and DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) paced SABA Battery, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) led the charge for Bahrain team. SABA Battery exploded with 21 points in the third stanza bruising Al Muharraq and leaving them with an insurmountable 37-point deficit before the final period. Al Muharraq cut the gap in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened Iranian side. SABA Battery finalized a confident success at the end and would take on BK Almaty in the quarterfinal clash.
Gabe Muoneke led the action with 22 points for SABA Battery. DaJuan Tate provided 17 points, while Mahdi Kamrani notched 11 points for the winners. Rah-Shun Roberts scored 21 points for Al Muharraq. Donald Little produced 20 points in a losing case. The tournament will take a day pause before enjoying the quarterfinal battles.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 22, DaJuan Tate 17, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Al Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 21, Donald Little 20


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BELARUS

Vitalyur wins the fourth straight title in Belarus -by Eurobasket News
OZAA - Vitalyur 82:86

Vitalyur won the Belarusian championship for the 4th straight time. They overcame OZAA Osipovichi in the third game of the Final series to complete a sweep. But the win was far from an easy journey for renowned Vitalyur. OZAA already proved it was not an accident they got into the title series and challenged their titled opponents. OZAA stayed ahead in the first frame and completed it ahead 23:22. But Vitalyur surged ahead at halftime 40:39 though the lead changed hands as many as 21 times throughout the action. Milos Maksimovic (200-F-85) ignited a rally from the hosts that put OZAA up by 5 points midway through the third frame. Vitalyur recovered well and fast and maintained a one-point advantage after three quarters of action. Vitalyur went on a 10:0 run to open the fourth frame and the intrigue seemed to perish. But Yevgen Oleynik fueled an 8:0 response from the hosts as they cut the gap and stayed alive in the game. But Vitalyur capitalized on a couple of key mistakes from OZAA in the dying minutes to pull away with a vital win. Kuchinskiy accounted for a couple of jumpers, while Uladzimir Charko (200-F-74) intercepted the ball and dunked it home to give the visitors a 4-point lead with 23 seconds left in regulation. OZAA did not fin a proper answer in the seconds left and had to surrender at the end. Uladzimir Charko led Vitalyur charge with 21 points and 7 boards. Kuchinskiy nailed 17 points and issued 8 assists, while Aliaksei Trastianetsky (201-F-86) provided 12 points for the winners. Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-F-78, agency: Promotex) produced 24 points and 8 boards for OZAA. Milos Maksimovic narrowly missed a triple-double completing the game with 24 points, 10 boards and 9 assists.

OZAA: Heorhi Kandrusevich 24, Milos Maksimovic 24+10 boards
Vitalyur: Uladzimir Charko 21, Kuchinskiy 17, Aliaksei Trastianetsky 12


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BOSNIA

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


Bosnian League 8, 10TH round -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Siroki Prima Pivo - Grude 83:75
Borac Nektar - Sloboda Dita 88:68
Zrinjski Mik Company - Slavija 96:97
Igokea Partizan - Bosna ASA BHT (Wednesday May 14TH)

Standings:
1. Siroki Prima Pivo 8-2 838:760 +78 18 pts.
2. Bosna ASA BHT 8-1 702:588 +114 17 pts.
3. Igokea Partizan 7-2 808:687 +121 16 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 5-5 753:794 -41 15 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 4-6 766:750 +16 14 pts.
6. Slavija 3-7 770:874 -104 13 pts.
7. Grude 2-8 766:847 -81 12 pts.
8. Zrinjski MC 2-8 823:926 -103 12 pts.

Siroki Prima pivo - Grude 83:75
(25:16, 12:5, 27:19, 19:15)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 800; Ref.: Adamovic, Sobot, Zecevic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Grays 19, Stemberger 19, Dijan, Zupic 8, Sola 11, Spralja 11, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 13, Bethel, Ezugwu
Coach: Ivan Velic
GRUDE: Lovric, Vranje, Djulabic, M. Gligora 26, L. Gligora 6, Jelcic 8, Vujcic 6, Bura 3, Lozanic 8, Zitko 14, Peraica 4
Coach: Predrag Mikulic

Borac Nektar - Sloboda Dita 88:68
(25:15, 22:20, 20:10, 21:23)
Banja Luka, SD Borik; Att.: 1.000; Ref.: Kralj, Duskaj, Milicevic
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 2, Z. Jovanovic 11, Rothbart 18, V. Jovanovic 7, Gemaljevic 17, Djurasovic 11, Pavlovic, Milinovic, Velimirovic 12, Popovic 2, Josipovic 8
Coach: Milos Pejic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 7, Halibegovic 2, Albijanic 4, Jeftic, Persic, Tomovic, Tanasilovic 2, Matic 6, N. Milosevic 10, Jocovic 17, Ross 20
Coach: Senad Muminovic

Zrinjski Mik Company - Slavija 96:97
(24:35, 24:21, 30:17, 18:24)
Mostar, SD Pod Bijelim Brijegom; Att.: 100; Ref.: Zurapovic, Biscevic, Pehar
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 16, Bisko, Norac 14, Oroz, Dzidic 11, Simovic 4, Brecic 8, Vuckovic 17, Buhac 9, Sarenac 13, Planinic, Grbavac 4
Coach: Nedjeljko Zelenika
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 18, Stanic 8, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 19, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 17, Grubisic 5, Demic 9, A. Damjanovic 21
Coach: Goran Sehovac


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Basics snatch double OT, 103-96, thriller from Jr. Mystics -by David Edole
There are two girls playing the BVI Basketball Federation league and one has already made an impact. Tamara Phillips was the deciding factor in Basics double overtime, 103-96 victory over three-time defending champions Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics, highlighting Saturdays league opener.

After tying the game at 90-90 by making one of two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to force overtime, Phillips made seven of 10 free throws in the double overtime period to give Basics their first time victory over the defending Jr. division champs. Phillips, who finished with 11 points, made three of Jr. Mystics players foul out in the double OT period.

This is just a repeat of the championships and it shows the caliber of both teams,' Basics coach Keith 88 Malone said. I think West (Trevor Stevens) is doing a good job with the Virgin Gorda team and we are just trying to win a championship from them.

The Jr. Mystics trailed 51-24 at half time before outscoring Basics, 51-33 to get back into the game over the second half. Kyle Abraham was the leading scorer with 27 points and 12 boards. Jareem Todman followed up with a 25 point and 19 rebound double double. He was 13 of 28 from the line. Jamal Serrant added another 13 points, 12 rebounds and six steals to the tally.

Coy Dore and Jevon Demming had the Mystics top scorer with 22 and 20 points respectively. Lee Evans Jacobs and Iron Young followed up with 12 points each, with Young also snatching a game high 22 boards.

Malone said he always tell Tamarawho plays with her sister Tafara that they are aggressive when they play against girls but, usually, go in a shell when they face the guys.

But, tonight she showed me that she can do it against the guys, so you are going to see a lot more from those girls, he assured. This win was important to rebuild the teams confidence, following our loss in the championships. Basics will always be a factor and so will Mystics, but the win was important to set the tempo for the season.

Halstead Chiverton and Douron Phillips had 25 and 25 points each, to lead the East past the Bad Boys, 101-88, in the senior game. Phillips also had nine rebounds. David Bolo Lettsome added another 19 to the tally, while new comer Devon Judah Watty narrowly missed a double double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Nathaniel Malone and Kelvin Samuel were the Bad Boys top scorers with 23 and 19 points. Eustace Boss Freeman narrowly missed a double, double with 14 points and eight rebounds to go with four blocks.

Activities began with Virgin Gorda trimming Tortola, 28-25, and a 9-12 division exhibition game. Michael Benjamin was Virgin Gordas leading scorer with 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Kevin Bodkin had Tortolas top score, with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.


Ghetto Mix whip Long Look Bulldogs, 82-58, to start title defense -by David Edole
By DEAN GREENAWAY, BVI News Senior Sports Correspondent 13.MAY.08
Defending BVI Basketball Federation intermediate division champions Ghetto Mix began their title defense with a convincing 82-58 Sunday night victory over the Long Look Bulldogs.

This victory was important to set the tone, coach Brian Bash Brewley, who also coaches Young Legs, said.

I was looking to get the right mixture of players together. We have some changes at point guard and center, but, basically, were still the same. Our strength is still to run.

David Susana had 21 points and six rebounds to lead four scorers in double digits. Sean Woods followed up with 18 points for the defending champs, who will face 13 teams in the leagues biggest division. McKenzie Baltimore and Leando Creque tossed in 11 and 10 points to the tally, with Creque pulling nine rebounds.

Tad Martin had 17 points to lead the Bulldogs. Kevin Issac added another 14 and seven rebounds.

Terry Federal Turnbull said his Long Look Bulldogs were ill prepared.

We werent getting together; this is our first time as a team, he said. When practices were called, only one or two people showed up and we were not organized. But, in the next game, well do a lot better.

In the other intermediate division game on opening weekend, Da Boys turned back 2006 champs Run It Red, 80-73. Andre Stoutt was the leading scorer with 24 points. Cedric King chipped in another 20.

Travis Fonseca was Run It Reds top score with 14 points. Akim Chunky Titley and Jamal Todman tossed in 13 and 12 each.

Federation president Guy The General Malone described opening weekend as 'amazing.'

It was much more than we expected and Im pleased with how the teams turned out in their colors and how they are so cooperative, he said. I find as I walk about and implement things for the teams, they are saying Im ready to work with you because we realize you and the committee are working very hard, so its a nice feeling.


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CAPE VERDE

A mission for Cape crusaders -by Pedro Gomes
By Marc J. Spears
Globe Staff / May 11, 2008

Ex-Celtics sharpshooter Dana Barros (180-G-67, agency: Passing Lane, college: Boston Coll.) is considering making a comeback at 41. No, not in the NBA, but in an Olympic qualifier with the Cape Verde team.

Barros's father is Cape Verdean and his mother is African-American. Barros's cousin, former UMass-Boston star Tony Barros, plays for Cape Verde and approached Dana about playing this summer. Cape Verde has reached the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens in July.

'I'm a little excited about looking into it,' said Barros, now the Celtics' director of player development. 'I'm going to definitely look into it and see if it can work out.'

Cape Verde is expected to begin practicing for the qualifier in early June. Although Barros has been working on bringing basketball camps to Cape Verde, he has never visited the country. The 15-year NBA veteran said his parents would be very proud if he played.

'It would be great for them,' said Barros. 'Growing up in Boston, I'm proud of my Cape Verdean and black heritage.'

Barros said he's in great shape and plays three to four times a week now.

Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes is also Cape Verdean, and while the ex-Celtic was considering playing for the country, impending fatherhood led him to decline the invitation.

'My goal is to definitely play for the team in 2012 and hopefully qualify for the Olympics,' said Gomes. 'It's an honor to have been asked to play for the team and represent where my family and I are from.'

Cape Verde also could be looking at Northeastern freshman forward Vinny Lima.

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/articles/2008/05/11/trumpeting_their_success/?page=full


Playoff Santiago South Championships. -by Pedro Gomes

The regular season for the Paginas Amarelas Santiago South basketball championship ended last week, with ABC, once again, the regular season champions. The reborn Seven Stars finished second and Predio/CVT third. The new team to the Santiago South championship, Achada Grande, finished in last place, demonstrating improvement throughout the season, for such a young team.

The playoffs began this Saturday, with all the four teams. First place ABC played fourth place Achada Grande, and Seven Stars played Predio/CVT, the third and fourth places team respectively. The semi-final round will be, best of 3, and the final round, will be, best of 5.

The schedules are as follow: May 10, 14, and if necessary May 17 for the final first round game. The finals are set to begin, on the 21st of May, continue on the 24, 28, and if necessary, on the 30th and 31st.

The results were as following:
ABC (93) - (53) Achada Grande, the Cape Verdean champions did not have any difficulty in taking the first game of the playoffs in the semi-final round, even with the noticeable development made by the rookie team throughout the championship. ABC leads the series 1-0.

Predio/CVT (56) - (62) Seven Stars, very exciting game, with lots of emotion, which showed its colors throughout the game. The game began with a little nervousness for both teams, which was concluded by a very poor 5 minutes. However, Seven Stars calmed their nerves, and initiated their good play, which saw them take a 20 point lead at half time. Predio/CVT recuperated in the 3 period, and got the game close, down to 1 point. But the lack of concentration, and control of the Predio players, didnt help them take the lead in the game. In the final period, the game was much closer, with Seven not leading by more than 6 points, but once again, Predio was not able to surpass, while Seven converted all their free throws, Predio missed most of theirs. A deserving win for a rejuvenated and talented team, who now leads the series 1-0.


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D-LEAGUE

Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Powell, Dakota 22.5
2 Banks, LosAng 21.7
3 Dickens, Color 19.2
4 Calloway, FtWay 19.0
5 Karl, LosAng 17.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Benson, Dakota 12.1
2 Mahinmi, Austin 8.2
3 Lyde, Dakota 7.8
4 Hall, Tulsa 7.4
5 Violette, Idaho 7.1
Assists Per Game
1 Livingston, Idaho 10.5
2 Kruger, Utah 7.1
3 Horner, Iowa 6.3
4 Calloway, FtWayne 5.8
5 Bailey, SFalls 5.6
Steals Per Game
1 Hamilton, Utah 2.4
2 Thomas, Colorado 2.2
3 Bailey, SFalls 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Closs, Tulsa 2.8
2 Wallace, LosAng 2.1
3 McCoy, LosAng 2.1
2FGP
1 Mahinmi, Austin 61.5
2 N'Diaye, LosAng 60.3
3 Lang, Utah 56.5
3FGP
1 Brown, LosAng 42.7
2 Harrington, Tulsa 42.6
3 Karl, LosAng 41.1
Free Throws
1 Harris, Iowa 89.5
2 Livingston, Idaho 89.2
3 Kruger, Utah 88.5


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EL SALVADOR

LSB: Playoff at the start -by Jaime Arevalo
Only San Marcos did not advance to the Liga Superior-Apertura playoffs. In the last game of the Regular season, UTEC prevailed over Cosmos 77-66, with Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) leading the way with 23 points and Jose Antonio Orellana (189-F-87) hitting the three pointer thad gave the win to UTEC.
The Final standings are
1. ExSal
2. Denver
3. UTEC
4. Cosmos
The first games will be played, the pairings are:
6:30 pm EXSAL vrs COSMOS
8:00 pm UTEC vrs DENVER


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FRANCE

Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
1. Rouen 23-11
2. Bourg 23-11
3. Poitiers 22-12
4. Limoges 21-13
5. Saint-Etienne 20-14
6. Nanterre 19-15
7. Nantes 19-15
8. Besancon 18-16
9. Maurienne 18-16
10. Evreux 18-16
11. Brest 17-17
12. Quimper 15-19
13. Le Portel 14-20
14. St.Quentin 14-20
15. Boulazac 14-20
16. St.Vallier 13-21
17. Chalons 12-22
18. Reims 6-28


Stats Leaders - ProB
Pro B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Freeman, Nantes 19.8
2 Bradford, Reims 18.2
3 Mulligan, Chalons 17.5
4 Tutt, Nantes 16.7
5 Dorsey, Rouen 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Badiane, St-Vallier 10.6
2 Freeman, Nantes 9.9
3 McClark, Maur 9.2
4 Almonte, Limoges 8.9
5 Guillard, Poitiers 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Reid, Bourg 8.4
2 Blanks, Maurienne 6.1
3 Swift, Quimper 5.3
4 Moncade, Rouen 5.1
5 Boire, Le Portel 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Bradford, Reims 2.4
2 Knight, Le Portel 2.3
3 Stanford, Chalons 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Badiane, St-Vallier 1.5
2 Pearson, Nantes 1.5
3 Rey, St Etienne 0.9
2FGP
1 Lalugba, Bourg 66.7
2 Almonte, Limoges 66.4
3 Thioune, Rouen 64.3
3FGP
1 Gosa, St-Quentin 45.5
2 Verove, Brest 44.6
3 Rivers, Nanterre 43.0
Free Throws
1 Boissie, Nantes 87.2
2 Reid, Bourg 86.7
3 Moncade, Rouen 86.2
Ranking
1 Freeman, Nantes 21.9
2 Badiane, St-Vallier 20.9
3 Bradford, Reims 20.2


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FYR MACEDONIA

Ex-National team coach Davitkov is looking for a new club -by Zoran Kovacevski
Jordanco Davitkov, former coach of national team of MMacedonia, is looking for a new club after leaving his job in Strumica where he went after three years working as head coach of Rabotnicki, the best club in the country. Now, he has few offers not only from clubs from Macedonian First league but from clubs outside Macedonia. Davitkov is still thinking about where he will be coach next season.
In the past he had some good offers from foreigns teams, like Chinese Shanghai sharks, but then he decided to stay in the country to finish his job in Rabotnicki.
Davitkov is one of the best coaches in Macedonia, and one of the best players that ever played in the history of Macedonian basketball. He was NT coach for six years, and he worked as head coach in Nikol Fert, Polo Trejd, Balkan Steel, Nemetali ograzden, Rabotnicki and Strumica 2005.
In his coaching carrier Davitkov was two time's champion of Macedonia (with Rabotnicki) and four times he won in the Cup (twice with Nikol fert and twice with Rabotnicki).
As a player Davitkov spend 17 year's as player in the best Macedonian club Rabotnicki and was a member of the first national team of Macedonia in 1993.


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GEORGIA

Energy Invest reserved the spot in the FINAL -by Levan Mikeladze
Energy Invest, the regular champion and the best team of the league so far, needed a minimum 3 games to go to the finals. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) was great for Energy, as he just came up short of double-double scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals. Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) the Serbian legioner for Energy was performing good as well and was distinguished by 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 block shots.

Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87, agency: N.E.T.) was again the man for Vita, but his 31 points could not break down an Energy machine.

Vita 80:111 Energy


AVIA 2:1 TSU -by Levan Mikeladze

Avia started strong and thanks to an inspired defense, went ahead by goo at the break. TSU palyed its best ball in the last quarter and even cut down the 22 point deficit to a single possession ball, but in the end it was not enough, as Levan Moseshvili's team went ahead in these tight series. Avia's captain Kote Tugushi (193-G-84) (193-G-84) was again solid and had anbother double-double, while his teammate Tornike Niniashvili (202-C-82) just missed it by a single board. Irakli Keidia (203-F-83) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds while Mishka Panchulidze (195-F-83) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for TSU.

89:87

AVIA needs one more win to make 3rd FINAL in the raw



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GERMANY

Frenki Ignatovic leaves Langen -by Manuel Schust
TV Langen announced today that Frankie Ignatovic will not coach the team next season.

The 41-year-old serbian coach had a very successful time in Langen. When he joined the team in the 2005/06 season, the club almost had to face relegation.
But ignatovic took over, saved the club and the year after Langen ended up on fifth place. The following seasons were impressive as well, finishing on forth and ninth spot.
Langen is one of the few ProA teams that work with german youngsters and Ignjatovic helped to develop players like Robin Benzing (209-F-89) or Kai Barth (188-G-89).
Having to deal with a rather small budget Ignatovic and Langen managed to not only be competitive but successful.


Jason Cain gets a contract extension -by Manuel Schust
Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia), who joined New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in December 2007, signed a new one-year deal.
Cain, who came to Braunschweig to replace injured center Peter Fehse, averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 points in 18 minutes per game. At the end of the season the 23 year-old was often a starting five player and became a reliable help for his team. Especially on the defensive end, Cain showed his talent.
After re-siging Andrew Drevo, Jonathan Levy and Kyle Visser, Cain is the forth player to remain in Braunschweig. The New Yorker Phantoms seem to prepare for a new season full of personal continuity.


Standings - 2. Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
ProA
1. Noerdlingen 50-10
2. Cuxhaven 50-10
3. K'lautern 44-16
4. Rhoendorf 42-18
5. MBC 40-20
6. Karlsruhe 34-26
7. Hagen 34-26
8. Bayreuth 28-32
9. Langen 26-34
10. Duesseldorf 24-36
11. Bremen 22-38
12. Lich 22-38
13. Heidelberg 20-40
14. Schalke 18-42
15. Chemnitz 16-44
16. Nuernberger 10-50
ProB
1. Essen 50-10
2. Kirchheim 46-14
3. Muenchen 42-18
4. Freiburg 42-18
5. Crailsheim 40-20
6. Herten 34-26
7. Ehingen 32-28
8. B'guessbach 30-30
9. SG Braunschw. 28-28
10. Stahnsdorf 28-32
11. Wolfenbuettel 24-36
12. Lichterfelde 20-40
13. Durkheim 20-40
14. Iserlohn 14-46
15. Ansbach 14-46
16. Bielefeld 12-48


Three players stay in Schwelm -by Moritz Korff
Benjamin Rust (199-F-79), Max Brammertz (197-F-86) and Richard Jurczuk (186-G-86) have extended their contracts with the Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West) for the 2008-2009 season. Rust, who joined the Baskets coming from Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) during this past campaign, received several offers from other teams, but decided to stay with Coach Raphael Wilder. Jurczuk will serve as a back-up on the point guard-spot in the next season. He also arrived to Schwelm during the 2007-2008 season, while Brammertz already joined the former Bundesliga-team in summer 07.

Bernau adds Doug Hammond -by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) announced to have added Doug Hammond (198-F/C, college: Green Mountain) to the roster for the 2008-2009 season. Hammond put up great stats in his senior-season at Green Mountain College (NCAA3). The athletic Post Player scored 23.4 points per contest and grabbed 14.7 rebounds (2nd in the D3). He also blocked a NCAA3-high 4.5 shot per game. Hammond was named to the All-Northeast Region 2nd Team by D3hoops.com.

Jason Miller: From Jena to Goettingen -by Moritz Korff
Only three days after the end of their season the Violets announced the first new player for the 2008-2009 campaign. Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) will leave Science City Jena and is going to move to BG 74 Goettingen (1. Bundesliga). He signed a one-year contract with the Violets. The 27-year-old Center joined Jena in December 07 and appeared in 20 Bundesliga-games for the team. He averaged 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per outing.

Rouse stays, Buljevic and Walker leave -by Manuel Schust

Giessen 46ers announced today that american Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: E.Carolina), who joined the team after playing for Nuernberg last season, signed a new one year-contract.
Rouse, who is known for his spectacular game, finished the season averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Compared to his first BBL season, he improved on his free throw percentage and commited less turnovers.


While Rouse remains with Giessen, two other players will leave the club even though the had valid contracts for next season.
Marco Buljevic (193-G-87), a german shooting-guard talent, asked the team to cancel his contractand was given permission to leave the club.
The 21-year-old Buljevic was not satisfied with his situation in Gieen. Even though coach Leibenath announced at the beginning of the season that Marco could be the player to improve the most, his minutes per game did not increase. While playing 12 minutes per game in his first BBL season, his minutes dropped to just 7 this season. Buljevic averaged just 2.4 points, 2 points less than in his rookie season.
The contract of Injury-plagued Tory Walker (203-F-79, college: New Orleans) was cancelled by the 46ers. Walker, who already played for Artland Dragons and Braunschweig in Germany, played only 2 games this season and had to sit out the rest of it. Walker, who had suffered an ankle fracture, is still working on a comeback and the 46ers have not ruled out that the 28 year-old might return to Giessen if he's able to play again.



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GREECE

Balkan League News -by Serafim Karaiskakis
The official participation from the Greek league (2 teams) will be announced on the 1st of June but the latest rumors say that Olimpia Larissa,Trikala and Paok are the candidates to play in this league, so two from them will be picked from the Greek federation. The Balkan league will have 10 teams, 2 teams from each country (Greece,Serbia,Romania,Bulagaria,Fyrom). The draw for the schedule will be held on the 7th of June in Sofia.

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HOLLAND

PromotieDivisie Scores: MSV PromotieDivisie Champions 2007-08! -by Terry Cooper

PromotieDivisie Final Four at Sporthal 't Vledder in Meppel was more than anyone could ask for as #1 seed MSV defeated #2 seed MyGuide2 75-65 to become the the champions of PromotieDivisie. Both teams came out strong from the start with the physical play of MyGuide2 and the veteran experience of MSV Basketbal. The lead changed several times in the game which MSV lead at half time 36-34. MyGuide2 drew first blood early in the 3rd quarter thanks to scoring by Ryan Warner (196-F-85) to give them a 54-50 lead at the end of the quarter. The final quarter was all MSV Basketbal Noordwijk with full court defense and the sensational play of Rani Chaoui (186-G-84, college: Antelope Valley CC) who put the team on his back and became a scoring machine in the clutch moments of the game. Rani Chaoui finished with 28pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists and was named the MVP of the Final Four. Ryan Warner finished with 21pts 7 rebs for MyGuide2. In the 3rd place game VBC Akrides fought off Landstede2 to win in an exciting OT game 86-80. Congratulations to all the participating teams this season in both the promotiedivisie and the playoffs. MSV basketball consisted of hard working veteran players that showed the true definiton of teamwork. Hampered with injuries of players early in the season, this club was able to win even with dressing only 6 or 7 players during games. With the great coaching of Rick Driessen , manager Leonard vd Linden, and the support of the staff and fans, this championship was well earned and deserved for the Noordwijkers. The tournament also displayed the talents of both young and old players that should be playing on someone's top division clubs whether in Holland or other parts in Europe. Players such as: G Rani Chaoui (MSV), G Paul Wessels (184-G-84) (Akrides), F Ryan Warner (196-F-85) (MyGuide2) and a host of other players on the top 4 teams that are wasting away and not getting the chance to prove. Next season the Promotie is trying to have an 8 team playoff to further expand the level of play and give more teams the opportunity to win the championship. The standings are as follows:


PromotieDivisie Final Four MVP: Rani Chaoui


1. MSV Noordwijk
2. MyGuide2 Amsterdam
3. VBC Akrides
4. Landstede2 Zwolle

MyGuide2 - VBC Akrides 74-58
MSV - Landstede2 80-61
Sporthal: 't Vledder, Meppel

3rd & 4th Place Sunday May 11th:

VBC Akrides - Landstede2 86-80 OT

Championship:

MSV - MyGuide2 75-65



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IBL

Standings
IBL Standings
East
 1. Holland B. 5-0 
 2. Elkhart E. 3-0 
 3. Windy City S. 3-3 
 4. Battle Creek K. 1-3 
Midwest
 1. Gary S. 4-2 
 2. G.Rapids F. 2-3 
 3. USA All-Stars 1-14 
 4. Elgin R. 0-1 
Southwest
 1. C.Oregon H. 2-0 
 2. Portland C. 1-1 
 3. Los Angeles 0-0 
 4. Las Vegas 0-0 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 0-1 
West
 1. Snohomish C. 8-6 
 2. Vancouver V. 6-1 
 3. Bellingham S. 3-2 
 4. Tacoma J. 3-4 
 5. Edmonton C. 0-0 


HOTSHOTS BACK IN WIN COLUMN WITH VICTORY OVER CHINOOKS -by John Gary
courtesyoursportscentral.com The Central Oregon Hotshots ended a four game skid with saturdays victory over the Chinooks at Mountain View School. Terry Horton and Jeff Dunn led the way for Central Oregon.Dunn finished with thirty six points and Horton added thirty points and seventeen rebounds. Larry Smith topped the Chinooks with a thirty five point effort in the loss. In additional IBL news, the Shanxi Zhangy from China,suited for their inaugural IBL game. The competition marked the first truly international game for the IBL. The Explosion topped Zhangy 122-84.

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INDIA

Indian Army starts with a winning note -by Murali Krishnan
Coimbatore, the nerve centre for Basketball in southern India, dressed up for the big momentthe Golden Jubilee All India Tournament for Nachimuthu Gounder Cup.
Conducted by the Coimbatore District Basketball Association, the tournament had been one of the regular features, which every basketball lover in the country wish to witness eagerly.
Coimbatore had the rare distinction that every single basketball player who represented the country in international tournaments played in one of the city courts or other.
The men from Indian Army displayed excellent athleticism to prove that they are too good their rivals.
After an easy opener against Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which the Army team won 52-30, the defence players tactically maneuver in to the fortress of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and drub them in 64-54.
There was indeed a keen tussle between the winning teams Jayaram Jat (25) and losers Vinod, who contributed 22 valuable points to ICF.
Earlier, in the womens tournament for CRI Pumps Trophy on its seventh year, the Mumbai-based Western Railways humbled South Central Railway, Secunderabad in 82-41 with Lincy Joseph did the lead role for the victors by scoring 24 pts.
The All-India tournament to conclude on Thursday (15 May).

League results:

Men:
Indian Army 64 (Jayaram Jat 25) bt. ICF 54 (Vinod 22);
Customs & Central Excise 69 (Vivek 16) bt. SCR 42 (Tirupathi 12, Nihal Yadav 12);
Indian Army 52 (Jayaram Jat 14, Sirajudeen 12) bt. BSNL 30 (Ulas Jose 12);
Indian Overseas Bank 76 (Ravikumar 16, Chandrasekhar 16) bt. Central Reserve Police Force 58 (Ashfaq Khan 18).

Women:
Western Railway 82 (Lincy Joseph 24) bt. SCR 41 (Kanwaljit Kaur 18)


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INDONESIA

Zain cruises past MUBA Hangtuah to reach playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Zain Club - MUBA Hangtuah 100:59

Jordanian Zain Club finished their preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup on a high note. They eased past MUBA Hangtuah to reach the quarterfinal stage. In the meantime Indonesian outfit was knocked out of the playoffs and they would play for the 9th spot against ONGC from India. The teams kept it close in the starting frame with Zain Club forcing no issue. Zain however shrugged off their energy-saving style of play in the second period. Wesam Alsoos fueled a 30:10 run from Jordanian team as they rolled to a 24-point lead at the interval. MUBA Hangtuah struggled offensively in the third stanza as well accounting for just 10 points and heading into the fourth frame down by as many as 40 points. The Indonesian team never recovered at the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Wesam Alsoos finished with game-high 24 points for Zain. Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 17 points, while Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 16 for the winners. Marquello Morgan came up with 15 points for MABU. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) dropped 14 points in a loss. Zain Club next takes on Al Wasl in the quarterfinal clash. MABU Hangtuah will challenge ONGC from India on Wednesday in the fight for the 9th spot.

Zain: Wesam Alsoos 24, Enver Soobzokov 17, Boney Watson 16
MUBA: Marquello Morgan 15, Marcus Jacobs 14


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IRAN

SABA Battery clinches the second spot in Pool B -by Eurobasket News
SABA Battery - Al Muharraq 92:68

SABA Battery forgot sour memories of the preliminary loss to Al Wasl and kept on winning. In the final game in Pool B the Asia Champions Cup defending champions handled Al Muharraq from Bahrain and booked the second spot in the Group. The defeat however still allowed Al Muharraq to reach the quarterfinal stage where they would play against Al Rayyan. SABA Battery jumped to an early dominance as they outscored their opponents 33:17 in the starting frame. The margin was stretched to as many as 30 points at halftime and Iranian team never looked back afterwards. The game was a battle of imports duets as Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) and DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) paced SABA Battery, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) led the charge for Bahrain team. SABA Battery exploded with 21 points in the third stanza bruising Al Muharraq and leaving them with an insurmountable 37-point deficit before the final period. Al Muharraq cut the gap in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened Iranian side. SABA Battery finalized a confident success at the end and would take on BK Almaty in the quarterfinal clash.
Gabe Muoneke led the action with 22 points for SABA Battery. DaJuan Tate provided 17 points, while Mahdi Kamrani notched 11 points for the winners. Rah-Shun Roberts scored 21 points for Al Muharraq. Donald Little produced 20 points in a losing case. The tournament will take a day pause before enjoying the quarterfinal battles.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 22, DaJuan Tate 17, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Al Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 21, Donald Little 20


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ISRAEL

Round 25:First and second teams -by Netanel Dahan
#s#
#e#6


Gilchrist


Burtt


Yaakusi


Shason


Ebi

Round 25 MVP: John Gilchrist of Iscar Nahariya (187-G-84, college: Maryland)

Round 25 First team
John Gilchrist, John lead Nahariya to a great win over Holon, when he scored 27 points 3-of-4 from the 3 points grabbed 10 rebounds, drew 5 fouls, passed 3 assists and 1 steal
Steve Burtt of Eldan Ashkelon (185-G-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona), Steve helped Ashkelon to win Maccabi he scored 27 points in just 31 minutes, drew 9 fouls, passed 5 assists, and 2 steals
Mushon Yaakusi of Eldan Ashkelon (203-C/F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Fordham), Mushon broke his season record with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block shot, and drew 4 fouls
Sharon Shason of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (204-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Sharon scored 20 points in just 18 minutes 6-of-7 from the 3 point area, took 4 rebounds, drew 2 fouls and 1 assists
Ndudi Ebi of Bnei Hasharon (206-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona), Ndudi scored 18 points in 22 minutes took 12 rebounds, blocked one shot, passed 1 assists and 1 steal



Round 25 Second team

Elton Brown (206-F/C-83) of Hapoel Holon (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia), Elton scored 27 in 23 minutes!, he scored 11 shots out of 13 tries from the Ft line!! he grabbed 5 rebounds, drew 9 fouls, passed 2 assists and 1 steal
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances), Nikola scored 20 points took 5 rebounds, drew 6 fouls, blocked two shots, and 4 assists
Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland), Terence scored 16 points, took 12 rebounds, passed 5 assists, blocked 6 shots!!, and 1 steal
Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances), Yogev proved to anyone that he is the leader of Galil, he scored 15 points he took 4 rebounds, drew 6 fouls, passed 4 assists and 1 steal
Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan), Brian scored 19 points,grabbed 5 rebounds, and 7 assists



Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Burtt, I ASH 20.2
2 Sneed, R LZ 20
3 Arnold, H JER 17.3
4 Tolbert, I RG 17.3
5 Williams, B HASH 16.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ebi, B HASH 8.6
2 Massie, I ASH 8.5
3 Campbell, H Holon 8.4
4 Morris, Mac TA 7.9
5 Tucker, Holon 7
Assists Per Game
1 Jones, Gilboa/A. 5.5
2 Tapiro, B HASH 5.6
3 Rot, H HOL 4.7
4 Blsingame, R LZ 4.5
5 Bowers, H JER 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 Ohayon, GALIL 2
2 Bowers, H JER 1.9
3 Tolbert, I RG 1.8
4 Rot, H HOL 1.8
5 Shaashua, R LZ 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Wallace, I ASH 2.0
2 Cisse, B HASH 1.7
3 Morris, MAC TA 1.5
4 Ebi, B HASH 1.2
5 Bennet, I ASH 1.1
2FGP
1 Wells, H JER 76
2 Halperin, M TA 72.1
3 Arnold, H JER 70.4
4 Fizer, M TA 69.9
5 Campbell. H HOL 69.7
3FGP
1 Sharp, Mac TA 52.6
2 Washam, H HOL 48.7
3 Johnson, I NAH 47.5
4 Hagag, H JER 47.1
5 Shason, H JER 46.7
Free Throws
1 Yatzkan, I ASH 95.8
2 Sharp, Mac TA 91.7
3 Hagag, H JER 91.5
4 Ichaki , I RG 90
5 Tolbert, I RG 89.2
Ranking
1 Sneed, R LZ 23.4
2 Arnold H JER 22
3 Burtt, I ASH 20.7
4 Campbell H HOL 19.1
5 Tolbert, I RG 18.5


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ITALY

Serie A Quarterfinals Game Two (Tuesday games) -by Luca Bianchin
Pierrel Capo d'Orlando-Air Avellino 86-96 (aggregate 0-2)
Nine minutes to play in the second quarter, Pete Lisicky (193-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) scores a triple to give Air a two points lead: 24-26. Since that moment, Pierrel Capo d'Orlando trailed on its own field, in the most important night of the season. Stats: Avellino backcourt dominated the game with the usual, smart Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure). Air playmaker collected 27 points, 8 assists and 4 steals shooting... too well: 9/13 from the field with 7 (yes, seven) triples. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) completed the job scoring 29 points. Capo d'Orlando, like in game1, did not manage to control the game in the fourth quarter and closed with only four players in double figures: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV), Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72), Charles Wallace and Samuel Mejia. Poz probably played its last game in PalaFantozzi: Avellino won 4 of the last 5 home games of the season and seems able to close the series with a sweep.

Tisettanta Cantu'-Lottomatica Roma 75-73 (aggregate 1-1)
The game in the last action: Roma down by two, dribble penetration by Stefansson but Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT) is there. The french forward collects the second block in a key moment: Cantu' wins a tough, tough game while Roma now needs to win a pivotal game4. Before the last minute, Tisettanta-Lottomatica was a close game with a strange third quarter: after halftime, Roma had good shots only by Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), while DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.) controlled the rythm. After an intense fourth quarter, Toure resulted to be the top scorer with 24 points (and 9 rebounds), while Gerald Fitch (sidelined with an injury in the final minutes) did not even score in double digits. Game3 will be played on Thursday: Roma needs points from Hawkins and Jaaber to take a 2-1 lead.


Serie A Quarterfinals Game 2 -by Stefano Pini
Upim BO-Montepaschi SI 69-72 (aggregate 1-1)
Upim Bologna fought for 40' against Montepaschi Siena. Bologna, after a great start, suffered for 3 quarters without sinking.
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and added 5 steals. But Bologna, with a great Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) made a good rally in the fourth quarter. Upim found good solutions near the rim (20/33 by 2p.) gained many free throws (33) but shooted in a awful way from the line (54,8%).
That was the key of the game. Siena, strange for them, wasn't able to close the game after the third quarter, was less cynical than in other situations. 19 turnovers was a kind of record for a balanced team as Montepaschi. Anyway, Siena will have the first matchpoint to qualify for the semifinals at home tomorrow evening.
Armani J. MI-Premiata Monteganaro 101-73 (aggregate 1-1)
Milano had a great first quarter against Premiata (32-21) and reached to play his basketball for all the game.
Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) was astonishing (27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals) but also Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) had a great game (24+5). The power forward seems the key of Milano in this playoff. If he's involved in offense Armani can control this series. For Montegranaro: Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) confirmed to be a high-level player, scoring 18 points shooting well as usual. Also Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) had 18 points and added 8 rebounds. Game 3 (tomorrow) can be the pivotal game of this challenge.


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JAPAN

Cutts like a knife -by Kenny
According to league sources, the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins have reportedly released 3-year JBL veteran C Jerald Honeycutt (205-F/C-74, college: Tulane). 'Cutt,' as he's known to his teammates and friends, first came to Japan in 2005 to play for the OSG Phoenix. He and teammate F Ace Custis led the Phoenix to their first ever JBL Finals appearance that season but were mysteriously let go following that season. Custis ended up with Panasonic while Honeycutt moved on to play for Mitsubishi where he has played the last 2 seasons. He and F Ron Hale teamed up to lead Mitsubishi to a JBL Finals appearance in 2006-07 where they lost to Toyota just like OSG did the year before.

At 33 years of age and overweight, Cutt might be on his last legs. It'll be interesting to see if any JBL teams will attempt to pick him up. Although his deft passing skills and his soft shooting touch from outstide were still there, his play had dropped off considerably this past season. All those extra pounds didn't help as he was no longer the force inside that he was his first 2 years in the JBL. Instead of banging inside like he used to, Cutt ended up spotting up on the outside and shooting a lot of 3s instead.

Honeycutt was a 2nd round pick of the Miwaukee Bucks in the 1997 NBA draft and played a season and a half for them before catching on with the Philadelphia 76ers where he played in 13 games in the 1998-99 season.


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JORDAN

Zain cruises past MUBA Hangtuah to reach playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Zain Club - MUBA Hangtuah 100:59

Jordanian Zain Club finished their preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup on a high note. They eased past MUBA Hangtuah to reach the quarterfinal stage. In the meantime Indonesian outfit was knocked out of the playoffs and they would play for the 9th spot against ONGC from India. The teams kept it close in the starting frame with Zain Club forcing no issue. Zain however shrugged off their energy-saving style of play in the second period. Wesam Alsoos fueled a 30:10 run from Jordanian team as they rolled to a 24-point lead at the interval. MUBA Hangtuah struggled offensively in the third stanza as well accounting for just 10 points and heading into the fourth frame down by as many as 40 points. The Indonesian team never recovered at the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Wesam Alsoos finished with game-high 24 points for Zain. Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 17 points, while Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 16 for the winners. Marquello Morgan came up with 15 points for MABU. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) dropped 14 points in a loss. Zain Club next takes on Al Wasl in the quarterfinal clash. MABU Hangtuah will challenge ONGC from India on Wednesday in the fight for the 9th spot.

Zain: Wesam Alsoos 24, Enver Soobzokov 17, Boney Watson 16
MUBA: Marquello Morgan 15, Marcus Jacobs 14


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KAZAKHSTAN

Al Rayyan handles BK Almaty in Kuwait -by Eurobasket News
Al Rayyan - BK Almaty 89:68

The Asia Champions Cup preliminary round has ended with the teams preparing for the quarterfinal battles now. Yesterday the curtain fell with 8 teams figuring out the last placing in the Groups. In Group A Qatari Al Rayyan topples BK Almaty from Kazakhstan to claim the second spot. The trademark defense from BK Almaty did not well quite smoothly right from the start and Al Rayyan easily ran away to a 32:15 distance after the first frame. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) paced well balanced Al Rayyan offense and the team enjoyed a 24-point cushion before the fourth period. BK Almaty simply could not match their opponents tempo and trailed by unassailable 25 points after three quarters of action. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) helped Kazakh team cut the deficit a bit in the fourth period but it never influenced the outcome as Al Rayyan posted their 3rd win in the tournament. Eric Chatfield scored 28 points for Qatari team. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) dropped 23 points, while Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) had 15 points in a winning case. Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) and Vsevolod Fadeykin nailed 20 points apiece for BK Almaty. BK Almaty will now face the defending champions SABA Battery in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Al Rayyan will be opposed by Al Muharraq at the stage. Al Rayyan coach Brian Lester stressed the necessity of playing a tougher defense against Al Muharraq in order to celebrate success. Al Rayyan can hope for some big results this season as Eric Chatfield seems to glue well with Dalron Johnson and the duo is a dangerous weapon against any side.

Al Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 28, Daoud Musa 23, Dalron Johnson 15
BK Almaty: Mikhail Evstigneev 20, Vsevolod Fadeykin 20


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KUWAIT

Al Wals remains spotless -by Eurobasket News
Al Wasl - Al Qadsia 83:82

The Emirates Al Wasl extended their perfect run to 4 games beating Al Qadsia in the final round of preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Al Wasl won all of their Pool B games and finished atop the ladder. The game turned into a real heated battle though the sides had nothing but pride to lose. Al Wasl jumped into an early lead as they dominated 29:22 the first frame. The Emirates outfit widened the margin to 8 points at halftime and seemed to roll confidently to victory. A tested duo of Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) had another outstanding night and allowed Al Wasl to maintain an 11-point cushion before the fourth stanza. But Al Qadsia showed their character and struck back in the fourth term. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) ignited a comeback effort from the hosts as Al Qadsia knotted things up and forced overtime. However it was Al Wasl to come up big in the extra period. Alpha Bangura picked up his fifth foul and then Herve Lamizna sealed the outcome for Al Wasl from free throw line as the Emirates side slipped away with a narrow win. Courtney Fields knocked down 24 points and 12 boards for the winners. Herve Lamizana launched 21 points for Al Wasl. Alpha Bangura produced game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Al Qadsia. Abdullah Al Sarraf (194-F-82) had 23 points in a losing effort. Al Wasl set up a quarterfinal showdown against Zain Club from Jordan on Wednesday. Al Qadsia will take on the tournament favorites Al Riyadi on the same day.

Al Wasl: Courtney Fields 24+12 boards, Herve Lamizana 21
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 25, Abdullah Al Sarraf 23


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LIGA SUDAMERICANA

Stats Leaders
LSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Magalhaes, Flam 24.9
2 Battle, Libert. 18.1
3 Gutierrez, BocaJr 17.7
4 Belchior, Universo 17.0
5 Spillers, Universo 15.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kiganya, SoldeAm. 9.0
2 Battle, Libert. 8.7
3 Lopez, Regatas 8.2
4 Alvez, Flamengo 7.0
5 Magalhaes, Flam 6.4
Assists Per Game
1 Martinez, Regatas 5.0
2 Silva, Universo 5.0
3 Magalhaes, Flam 4.4
4 Pelussi, Libertad 4.2
5 Montecchia, Reg 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Magalhaes, Flam 3.3
2 Silva, Universo 3.0
3 Saglietti, Libertad 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Ferreira, Universo 1.6
2 Battle, Libert. 1.3
3 Davis, DTachira 1.2
3FGP
1 McClure, Cocodr. 58.3
2 Saglietti, Libert. 54.5
3 Orona, BocaJr 51.4
Free Throws
1 Magalhaes, Flam 89.5
2 Belchior, Universo 88.1
3 Funes, BocaJr 87.5


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LITHUANIA

Siemens arena and 11000 spectators get burned by Zalgiris -by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas-Zalgiris 90:91 OT

Zalgiris won the game it expected long time ago, but needed an overtime for the victory. Game 3 of the Lithuanian Finals saw Zalgiris stealing 90:91 win from Lietuvos Rytas and 11000 spectators that came to support the team. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) paced all the winners with 27 points. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, whilst Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) posted 11 points apiece. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.
Zukauskas opened the game for the guests as Zalgiris stayed in front for the majority of the opening quarter. Kalnietis from the arc gave the visitors 23:22 lead after first 10 minutes of the game. Kenan Bajramovic gave his team the only advantage in the second period for 37:35 making a lay-up. Marcus Brown closed the half at 43:47 for the guests.
Jonas Maciulis brought Zalgiris to 13 points for 56:43. Lietuvos Rytas reduced the gap as Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) was the last to score in the third period for 57:63. It was however the home team that had 81:80 with 15 seconds remaining but DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) sent the game into overtime, where Paulius Jankunas's free throw set up the final, 90:91 for Zalgiris.


Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 24, Hollis Price 19, Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) 11, Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 10, Nielsen 8.
Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 27, Jonas Maciulis 16, Paulius Jankunas 11, Damir Markota 11, DeJuan Collins 10



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MEXICO

Standings - Lower Leagues
Other Standings
CIMEBA Northern
 1. Cuervos 0-0 
 2. Aztecas 0-0 
 3. Chamanes 0-0 
 4. Titanes 0-0 
CIMEBA Southern
 1. Coras 0-0 
 2. Caudillos 0-0 
 3. Indios 0-0 
 4. Guerreros 0-0 
Liga del Sureste
 1. Dorados 5-2 
 2. Peppers 5-3 
 3. Leopardos 3-3 
 4. Marineros 2-3 
 5. Aluxes 0-4 


LSB last results -by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend, Dorados confirmed their leadership defeating Marineros, and Aluxes felt two times to Peppers, 90-103 in Game 1 and 92-96 in Game 2. Eric Carr (200-F-71, college: Penn St.) scored 29 pts and Tomas Rios (175-G-84) added 14 in Aluxes in the first match, while Mark Borders (188-G-84, college: Tampa) scored 24 and Ronnie Coleman (199-F-68, college: USC) (199-F-68, college: USC) added 20 pts at the winning side. The day after, the game top scorer was Ronnie Coleman, with 27 points, folowed by Roberto Elicerio (189-G/F-81) with 18. One time more, Eric Carr was the last to surrender in Aluxes.

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MONTENEGRO

Semi-Final 1 Round : Mogren-Niksic 81-80 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Mogren from Budva win in first game of Final series of MNT Championship against Basketball Club Niksic 81-80 (21-22,19-19,27-18,14-21).Best players of game was once again two center of Basketball Club Mogren Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) ho score 19 points and 9 rebounds and Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) with 18 points and 3 rebound.Good game for BC Mogren play Aleksandar Smiljanic with 14 points.In team of Basketball Club Niksic best was Goran Gajovic (199-G-88) with 17 points, best scorer and player of BC Niksic in season Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) score only 11 points.

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NBA

Boston loses the 5th straight away from home game -by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics forgot how to win on the road. The Celtics posted a 31-10 away from home record in the regular season but lost their 5th consecutive road encounter in the playoffs. Cleveland stunned Boston 88:77 at the Quicken Loans Arena to tie the series at 2 apiece. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) provided 21 points and 13 assists to pace the Cavaliers back into contention. LeBron James once again struggled in accuracy going 7/20 from the field but hit vital baskets late in regulation. He missed his first attempts in the final frame before draining a three-pointer that gave the Cavs a 79:73 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining. Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) later added another long bomb to set a 7-point cushion of the hosts. LeBron James then drove down the lane and dunked the ball right in the face of Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) to put the audience on their feet. Boston was done and Cleveland secured their second consecutive win. Wally Szczerbiak (6'6''-F-77, college: Miami, OH) and Daniel Gibson provided 14 points apiece for the winners. Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) had 12 points including two jumpers in the final minute to ensure the winning outcome. Kevin Garnett had 15 points but just 2 of them coming in the second half. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo both contributed 15 points in a losing effort. Cleveland outrebounded the visitors 42:38 and held Boston to 38% from the field. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, while Game 6 is on Friday.

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NICARAGUA

Gonzalez joins Fupade Coast -by Gianni Pascucci
Carlos Gonzalez (177-G-80) agreed to join Fupade Coast-Super Santiago and will play in Liga Premier instead of in ACB with Tiburones. 'El Pollo' Gonzalez is a tiny PG, great scorer and capable of spectacular plays and has recently been awarded as the Liga del Parque Finals MVP. His departure from ACB is another big scare for this league, that is sadly losing pieces.

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PHILIPPINES

Standings - PBL
PBL Standings
 1. Hapee Toothp. 0-0 
 2. Harbour C. 0-0 
 3. BK Whoppers 0-0 
 4. S.Miguel CK 0-0 
 5. Bacchus 0-0 
 6. Toyota OS 0-0 
 7. Phil.Youth T. 0-0 
 8. Pharex M. 0-0 
 9. Noosa Shoe 0-0 


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PUERTO RICO

Grays win sudden death game in dramatic fashion -by Luis Ramirez
In one of the most dramatic comebacks of the year, the Humacao Grays beat the San German Athletics 91-89. The Grays started out the game strong, but San German came back with a late rally of 9-0 to take the lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Humacao had dominated thru out most of the 1st quarter until this rally which ended with a 3 pointer from Omar Alvarado (180-G-83, agency: Next Level) as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter with San German in command 24-22. In the 2nd quarter the Athletics continued pressing the ball and took advantage of a lapse in defense by the Grays as they took the lead 36-29 as Humacao immediately requested a time out. Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) tried to keep the Grays close and using his quickness had consecutive drives to the basket to trim the lead, but it was once again Omar Alvarado making some difficult shot from 3 point land to end the half with the Athletics on top 48-40. In the 3rd quarter it was mostly the Alphonse Dyer show as he seemed to be everywhere for the Athletics. The quarter ended with the Athletics comfortably in command with a 16 point advantage 79-63. In the 4th quarter it was then Ansel Guzman moment to shine for his team, he simply did not give up and constantly attacked the basket and trimming the lead until with 1.4 seconds left in the game and with tied at 89 points, Guzman drove once again and with a miracle shot put the Grays in the lead. San German could simply not believe they had wasted a 16 point lead and found themselves eliminated from the BSN competition. Humacao will now fact the Bayamon Cowboys in another sudden death game to be played at the Bayamon Arena.

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QATAR

Al Rayyan handles BK Almaty in Kuwait -by Eurobasket News
Al Rayyan - BK Almaty 89:68

The Asia Champions Cup preliminary round has ended with the teams preparing for the quarterfinal battles now. Yesterday the curtain fell with 8 teams figuring out the last placing in the Groups. In Group A Qatari Al Rayyan topples BK Almaty from Kazakhstan to claim the second spot. The trademark defense from BK Almaty did not well quite smoothly right from the start and Al Rayyan easily ran away to a 32:15 distance after the first frame. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) paced well balanced Al Rayyan offense and the team enjoyed a 24-point cushion before the fourth period. BK Almaty simply could not match their opponents tempo and trailed by unassailable 25 points after three quarters of action. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) helped Kazakh team cut the deficit a bit in the fourth period but it never influenced the outcome as Al Rayyan posted their 3rd win in the tournament. Eric Chatfield scored 28 points for Qatari team. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) dropped 23 points, while Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) had 15 points in a winning case. Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) and Vsevolod Fadeykin nailed 20 points apiece for BK Almaty. BK Almaty will now face the defending champions SABA Battery in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Al Rayyan will be opposed by Al Muharraq at the stage. Al Rayyan coach Brian Lester stressed the necessity of playing a tougher defense against Al Muharraq in order to celebrate success. Al Rayyan can hope for some big results this season as Eric Chatfield seems to glue well with Dalron Johnson and the duo is a dangerous weapon against any side.

Al Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 28, Daoud Musa 23, Dalron Johnson 15
BK Almaty: Mikhail Evstigneev 20, Vsevolod Fadeykin 20


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RUSSIA

Khimky and CSKA. Time for the Finals -by Eurobasket News
CSKA and Khimky will meet each other in the Final series of Russian Play-offs. Khimky advanced to the Finals last night in perm and CSKA reached the last stage tonight in Moscow.
Khimky had a difficult series and after 2-1 had another road game in Perm. Even though the second team of the regular season lost the opening quarter, Khimky used 28:14 to shock the opponents in the second. With 15:22 Ural Great tried to recover but Khimky was too good for them. Clay Tucker (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) led the winners with 17 points. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) nailed 12 and four other players scored 8. Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83) ended up with 12 points in the losing clause.
CSKA swept the series over Dynamo 3-0. The last game in Moscow brought the winner of Euroleague 76:62 win to advance to the Finals. Dynamo started one of the best games with the favorite and took 22:15 advantage after the opening quarter. Moreover Dynamo increased to 8 points when the teams left the court for the break. CSKA deserves to be the best team in Europe and they proved it with 25:9 in the third period. Another 19:13 in the last sent them to defend their title. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) paced all the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. David Andersen (212-C-80) produced 16 and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) added 10. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) top-scored for Dynamo with 15 points.
The first Final Game between CSKA and Khimky will be held in Moscow on May 22.


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RWANDA

Joe Muvuna set to play for Loyola -by Kristian Santiago
Rwandan forward Joe Muvuna signed to play for Loyola in Maryland after prepping in Massachusetts at the Worcester Academy.
The 6-8 forward is still learning the game but should add presence under Greyhounds' boards with his shot-blocking ability.
Muvuna arrived from Nevada's Bishop Gorman High School to Worcester, where he was not able to play due to state transfer restrictions.
Fellow Rwandan Fernand Rwanteli, a 6-11 center, decided to return to Alabama (he enrolled eventually at the American Christian Academy) to his previous school as well after being declared ineligible in the state of Nevada. He should also sign with a D1-school anytime soon.


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SERBIA

Dejan Milojevic is moving to East ? -by Dragan Jankovski
It seems that one of the key players of Spanish team Pamesa Valencia, Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), most probably will continue his career in one of Eastern countries. Some of the best teams from Lithaunia, Ukraine and Russia showed serious interest for Milojevic's service.

The player has an additional optional year in contract with Pamesa, but it s already unofficially announced that he will leave the club despite very good second part of the season in Spanish ACB league. During his career Milojevic won many titles with Buducnost Podrogica and Partizan Belgrade. He also received enormous number of awards in Euroleague, Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic league since 2000. Milojevic is member of Pamesa Valencia since sumer 2006.


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SEYCHELLES

Baya bounce back -by Carlos Pereira
BAYA needed a victory last Saturday at the Palais des Sports to put themselves back in the mens Division One title hunt and they got it.

Against Razors, who had lost their previous match by a walkover against RC Dynamics, Baya had no trouble. They won all four quarters, 18-6, 18-15, 23-11 and 30-14, for an 89-46 victory their fifth in six matches for 11 points out of a maximum 12.
Baya got a game-high 24 points from centre Robert Lon, who was helped in offence by Jean-Paul Camille with 22, Giovanni Laval with 14 and Bernard Cherry with 11.
Ricky Vel was the only player to score in double digits 12 points for the Razors, who will have to battle to avoid relegation in a season that looks to be tough for them.
On the same day, Praslin Warriors got their second win of the season with an 84-60 defeat of winless Beau Vallon Heat.
The Warriors, who had three players scoring in double figures skipper Jackson Auguste (24 points), Ryan Volcre (17) and Joseph Souffe (14) were in total control during the game. They won all four 10-minute spells, 18-13, 21-15, 23-20 and 22-12.
As in most of their matches, the Heat were led by Cliff Furneau with 15 points.
For the third consecutive game, Cascade Bullets let victory slip between their fingers. Against RC Dynamics, they committed the same error as against Angels a high level of individual and selfish play.
After losing the first quarter 15-21, RC Dynamics rallied to win the second 22-13 for a three-point 37-34 half-time lead.
With the two teams tied at 16-16 in the third quarter, the Bullets thought they could win the match, but came up short although they won the fourth 10-minute spell 16-15.
After getting a game-leading 20 points from captain Tony Marday and 10 from both James Joubert and Jean-Paul Desaubin, RC Dynamics celebrated victory on a tight 68-66 score.
Kenneth Sophie was the Bullets best scorer with 19 points.
Meanwhile, in a womens match played last week, defending champions Anse Etoile Stars trounced challengers Mont Fleuri 64-36.

In three Mens Division Two games played on Sunday, RA Rockets walked over Fire Brigade, Cadets lost 48-101 against Mont Fleuri Dawgz and AAP Brothers defeated LMS Youth 58-34.G. G.


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TANZANIA

BFT picks three for union league -by Carlos Pereira
Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has picked three referees to officiate the union basketball league which will start on May 17 in Zanzibar.
TBF Secretary-General Lawrence Cheyo said yesterday that other referees would come from Zanzibar in the event which would attract 16 teams.
The referees are Manaseh Zablon, Daniel Mbwana and George Kitundu. They will travel to Zanzibar on May 15.
Men\'s defending champion Savio will play Stone Town in the opening match at Gymkhana grounds.
Cheyo said the fixtures of the remaining matches would be released later.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Bell Named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team -by David Edole
PHOENIX Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, the league announced today.

It marks the second-straight selection to the All-Defensive Team for Bell, who was named to the First Team in 2006-07, making him just the fifth player in franchise history to earn such honors in consecutive seasons. Bell joins Paul Silas (1970-72), Don Buse (1977-80), Dennis Johnson (1980-83) and Jason Kidd (1999-01) as the only players in Suns history to accomplish the feat.

Bell was surprised with the selection.

'Someone asked me a couple of weeks ago and I said no way, but Im very pleased that I was wrong, Bell said. Its always pretty lofty praise to be considered with people like Kobe and Chris Paul and others that I respect.

I went through some difficult times this season (with injuries) and had to work through it, and this is a nice reward.

Joining Bell on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team are Shane Battier of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons. Paul and Howard are each making their first appearance on an All-Defensive team.

The voting panel consisted of the NBAs 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Attached are the results for the 2007-08 NBA All-Defensive Teams:

2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 24 4 52
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 24 4 52
Center Marcus Camby, Denver 14 9 37
Guard/Forward Bruce Bowen, San Antonio 13 10 36
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 12 9 33


2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward Shane Battier, Houston 9 11 29
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 10 6 26
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 8 9 25
Forward Tayshaun Prince, Detroit 3 14 20
Guard Raja Bell, Phoenix 4 10 18


Duncan, Bowen on All-Defensive team -by David Edole
NEW ORLEANS Spurs coach Gregg Popovich credited his team's defensive performance for its ability to even the Western Conference semifinal series against the New Orleans Hornets at two games apiece, so he was gratified Monday when both Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen were named to the league's All-Defensive first team.

I'm real happy for Timmy and Bruce, Popovich said before boarding the Spurs' charter jet to New Orleans. They worked hard, as all the other players on the list did, I'm sure. But to have two on one team is pretty special.

That's what helps us win. Without that, we're just another basketball team, but they make it different for us.

The 30 NBA head coaches select the All-Defensive teams. They gave 24 first-team votes each to Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Most Valuable Player Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver's Marcus Camby, the 2006-07 Defensive Player of the Year, got 14 first-team votes and was the first-team center for the second consecutive season.

Bowen got 13 first-team votes and 10 second-team votes and was the only player on either the first or second teams listed as a combo player a guard/forward.

Duncan got 12 first-team votes and nine second-team votes. He has been on the All-Defensive team each of his 11 seasons in the NBA.

No other team had two players on either the first or second teams.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was among the other players receiving votes.


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ULEB CUP

Dejan Milojevic is moving to East ? -by Dragan Jankovski
It seems that one of the key players of Spanish team Pamesa Valencia, Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), most probably will continue his career in one of Eastern countries. Some of the best teams from Lithaunia, Ukraine and Russia showed serious interest for Milojevic's service.

The player has an additional optional year in contract with Pamesa, but it s already unofficially announced that he will leave the club despite very good second part of the season in Spanish ACB league. During his career Milojevic won many titles with Buducnost Podrogica and Partizan Belgrade. He also received enormous number of awards in Euroleague, Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic league since 2000. Milojevic is member of Pamesa Valencia since sumer 2006.


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Wals remains spotless -by Eurobasket News
Al Wasl - Al Qadsia 83:82

The Emirates Al Wasl extended their perfect run to 4 games beating Al Qadsia in the final round of preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Al Wasl won all of their Pool B games and finished atop the ladder. The game turned into a real heated battle though the sides had nothing but pride to lose. Al Wasl jumped into an early lead as they dominated 29:22 the first frame. The Emirates outfit widened the margin to 8 points at halftime and seemed to roll confidently to victory. A tested duo of Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) had another outstanding night and allowed Al Wasl to maintain an 11-point cushion before the fourth stanza. But Al Qadsia showed their character and struck back in the fourth term. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) ignited a comeback effort from the hosts as Al Qadsia knotted things up and forced overtime. However it was Al Wasl to come up big in the extra period. Alpha Bangura picked up his fifth foul and then Herve Lamizna sealed the outcome for Al Wasl from free throw line as the Emirates side slipped away with a narrow win. Courtney Fields knocked down 24 points and 12 boards for the winners. Herve Lamizana launched 21 points for Al Wasl. Alpha Bangura produced game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Al Qadsia. Abdullah Al Sarraf (194-F-82) had 23 points in a losing effort. Al Wasl set up a quarterfinal showdown against Zain Club from Jordan on Wednesday. Al Qadsia will take on the tournament favorites Al Riyadi on the same day.

Al Wasl: Courtney Fields 24+12 boards, Herve Lamizana 21
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 25, Abdullah Al Sarraf 23


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WCBPL

Standings
WCBPL Standings
1. Santa Barbara 6-0
2. High Desert 2-0
3. Matywood 1-0
4. Pasadena 1-1
5. Hollywood 0-1
6. Ventura 0-2
7. Carlsbad 0-2
8. Newport Beach 0-4




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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Belinda Snell was trumped the Best Import of the season in France -by Eurobasket News
Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and her 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 led all the scorers with 16 points and 7 boards for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue provided 10 points, while Belinda Snell had 6 points and 6 boards for the winners. Grace Daley answered with 10 points for Montpellier. Gunta Basko and Gaelle Skrela dropped 8 points apiece in defeat. Bourges restricted Montpellier to 34% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 35:32. Celine Dumerc was named the Best French Player of the Year, while Belinda Snell was trumped the Best Import of the season.

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CUBA - Women

Occidentales beats Orientales to win Cuban Sports Olympiad -by Eurobasket News
Occidentales - Orientales 82:56

The Cuban Sports Olympiad just finished in Habana. The competition included the basketball tournament and some well-known players took part. The Occidentales team led by Cuban National team player Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) reached the Final where they faced the Orientales squad. The game was pretty even in the first half with the teams trading the baskets. But Occidentales squad went on a run right after the break. They posted a 25:13 third frame to grab a decisive lead. Orientales failed to threaten the margin in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Suchitel Avila paced the winners with 22 points. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) provided 18 points for Oreintales.
Centrales team prevailed over Venezuela 83:53 in the Bronze final. Central team was led by Maria Cepeda and Leidis Oquendo (179-F-82). Venezuela was paced by Yosimar Corrales (-90) and Cleider Blanco (-90). The tournament was the final part of the preparation for Cuban players before the Olympic Qualifying tournament that would take part in Madrid in the mid-June. Cuba got into Pool D together with Belarus and Chinese Taipei. If Cuba makes it to the Olympic tournament in Beijing they will play in Group B together with China, Mali and New Zealand. Cuban team finished at the 9th spot in Sydney in 2000.


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Fabianova is first, Podesvova finishes second with her team -by Eurobasket News
Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, college: Youngstown St.) won the trophy with Kosit and Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) tasted silver with MBK Ruzomberok in Slovak Republic. The Finals were consisted of three games with the dominance of the defending champions.
Kosit 2013 opened their title defense with a confident victory over their archrivals Ruzomberok 77:51. Janel MCarville nailed 23 points to lead the hosts. Kosit sent a strong message to the visitors in the first frame holding them to 9 points and piling up an 18:9 lead. Kosit kept mounting the pressure and soon stretched the margin to 17 points. Ruzomberok failed to recover in the second half and fell short of win at the end. Luisa Michulkova scored 18 points, while Daniela Cikosova added 17 points for the winners. Lindsey Wilson answered with 16 points for Ruzomberok in defeat.
Kosit 2013 made another step towards the Extrliga title as they handled MBK Ruzomberok in the second game of the Final best-of-five series 71:62. Kosit now has good chances of closing out the series at home on Saturday. Janel McCarville came up with another sizzling performance scoring 28 points and carrying Kosit to a cruising victory. McCarville was trumped the Extraliga MVP for the season before the game. She surpassed her teammate Luisa Michulkova from Poprad in the poll for the most valuable player award. McCarville lived up to the status pacing the visitors in the second period when they went on a 21:9 run to accumulate a 43:29 lead at halftime. Ruzomberok had little to oppose after the break as Kosit played hard defense, while McCarville and Luisa Michulkova steered the offense well. Ruzomberok trimmed the deficit by 2 points in the third stanza and got a bit closer in the fourth but all in vain. The Kosice outfit controlled the situation and rolled to the second straight win in the Final series. Luisa Michulkova contributed 16 points, while Alena Kovacova nailed 11 for the winners. Lindsey Wilson answered with 17 points for Ruzomberok. Regina Palusna provided 16 points in a losing case. Kosit limited the hosts to 38% accuracy from the field. The visitors also outmuscled their opponents under the rims and their bench turned out to be more productive down the stretch.
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 led the winners with 16 points. Hana Jendrichovska produced 13, whilst Daniela Cikosova added 9. Simona Podesvova ended up with 17 points in defeat. Lucia Kupcikova nailed 13 and Regina Palusna 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. Barbora Fabianova nailed 6 points for the winners.


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GERMANY - Women

Wasserburg only one victory away from DBBL-title -by Moritz Korff
TSV Wasserburg took the 2:1-lead in the finals of the DBBL. The defending champion defeated the Saarlouis Royals 88:64 at home Saturday. Alexandra Mueller (175-G-83) was impressive, as the German international nailed 4 treys and finished the game with 20 points. Her teammate Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 19 points and 9 rebounds, Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) scored 16 points and Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) netted 14. On the other end Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) tallied a game-high 29 points (including 3 threes) and also pulled down 8 boards. Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) followed with 11 points, but also turned the ball over 9 times. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) finished the game with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Game 4 will be played on May 16 in Saarlouis. Boxscore: click

Noerdlingen repeats as 2. DBBL South champion -by Moritz Korff
In the 2. DBBL South-division TSV Noerdlingen overcame ASC Theresianum Mainz 73:62 on the road and won the championship for the second straight year. Already at halftime TSV was ahead with 10 points. Mainz shot only 28.8% from the field, while Noerdlingen had 46.9. Mirijam Unger (190-C/F-88) led TSV with 18 points, Annika Danckert (182-F-81) followed with 17 points and 13 boards. Chrissy Dizon (168-G-84, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 14 points and collected 8 rebounds, Daniela Recht (180-F-74) had 13 points. The Mainz offense was paced by Katie Marie Burrows (182-C-80, college: Montana St.) who scored 18 points. Christine Baatz (168-G) dropped 17 points in the loss. Boxscore: click

Opladen wins championship in the 2. DBBL North -by Moritz Korff
SV Union Opladen swept the Wolfenbuettel Wildcats 2:0 in the final of the 2. DBBL Play-Offs and captured an unexpected championship. Tireless defensive work, great team spirit and a lot of selfconfidence were Opladens keys to defeat the big favorite from Wolfenbuettel. And great support from 550 fans did the rest when the team of Coach Markus Pohle took on the Wildcats at home Saturday in Game two of the final-series. Mareike Nettersheim (186-C) led all scores with 18 points (plus 10 boards), Jacqueline Ciompala (176-F-90) added 13 and Madita Block had 12, while Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA), Cecilia Mattsson (184-F-83) and Anita Teilane (196-C-85) netted 16 apiece in defeat. Teilane also pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds. The Opladen defense forced 25 turnovers and held Wolfenbuettels topscorer Zaidi at a field-goal percentage of 22.2%. Boxscore: click

Eurobasket.com German 2. DBBL North Awards 2007-2008 -by Moritz Korff
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Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Player of the Year: Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA) - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Guard of the Year: Shaina Zaidi - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Forward of the Year: Taryn Turnbull (178-G/F-78) - SC Rist Wedel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Center of the Year: Jessica Hootmann (190-C-85) - Osnabruecker SC

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Newcomer of the Year (domestic player): Ireti Amojo (173-G-90) - Berlin Baskets

Most Improved Player of the Year (domestic player): Leonie Prudent (181-F-89) - Union Opladen

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Bosman Player of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Import Player of the Year: Shaina Zaidi - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Domestic Player of the Year: Jessica Hootmann - Osnabruecker SC

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Defensive Player of the Year: Leonie Prudent - Union Opladen

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North Coach of the Year: Markus Pohle - Union Opladen

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North 1st Team:
Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85) - BC Wolfenbuettel
Taryn Turnbull - SC Rist Wedel
Leonie Prudent - Union Opladen
Anita Teilane - BC Wolfenbuettel
Jessica Hootmann - Osnabruecker SC

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North 2nd Team:
Dianca Jones (173-G) - EBC Rostock
Tina Menz (175-G-88) - Tus Jena
Janina Wellers (180-F-88) - Osnabruecker SC
Laura Rahn (181-F-86) - SC Rist Wedel
Mareike Nettersheim (186-C) - Union Opladen

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North All-Domestic Players Team:
Tina Menz - TuS Jena
Leonie Prudent - Union Opladen
Mareike Nettersheim - Union Opladen
Laura Rahn - SC Rist Wedel
Jessica Hootmann - Osnabruecker SC

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North All-Imports Team:
Shaina Zaidi - BC Wolfenbuettel
Dianca Jones - EBC Rostock
Taryn Turnbull - SC Rist Wedel
Kristy Wallner (180-G-83, college: Xavier) - TSV Quakenbrueck
Charity Renfro (188-F/C-85, college: Penn St.) - Osnabruecker SC

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North All-Bosmans Team:
Dominika Gorczak (161-G-83) - SC Rist Wedel
Blanka Gerhardova (178-F-82) - DJK Koeln-Nord
Tunde Czukor (183-F-84) - BC Wolfenbuettel
Cecilia Mattsson (184-F-83) - BC Wolfenbuettel
Anita Teilane - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North All-Defensive Team:
Shaina Zaidi - BC Wolfenbuettel
Nele Schmidt (173-G/F-89) - SC Rist Wedel
Leonie Prudent - Union Opladen
Franziska Klatt (178-F-80) - Berlin Baskets
Anita Teilane - BC Wolfenbuettel

Eurobasket.com All-German 2. DBBL North All-Newcomers Team:
Jana Meyer (174-G-91) - Union Opladen
Jenny Menz (180-F-91) - Tus Jena
Ireti Amojo - Berlin Baskets
Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) - SC Rist Wedel
Antje Skorsetz (175-G-89) - Tus Jena


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Final 2.Round : Jedinstvo-Buducnost 74-67 (1-1) -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Jedinstvo from B.Polje win in second game of Final series against Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica 74-67 in city of B.Polje.In team of Basketball Club Jedinstvo best was center Maksimovic ho score 18 points.Good game play Jasmina Bigovic with17 points.In team of Basketball Club Buducnost Iva Perovanovic score 17 points.Next game will be play in Podgorica on May 15, 2008.New champion of Montenegro will be team wich score 3 win .

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SERBIA - Women

Hemofarm leads comfortably in Serbian Superleague -by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm posted their 26th win in the Superleague action recently beating Spartak 80:57. Spatrak jumped to an 18:17 lead after the first frame but led for short time. The league favorites quickly gained the necessary tempo and left their opponents behind. Spartak stayed contestant for three period but collapsed in the final frame being outgunned 7:25 and had to give up at the end. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86), Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) and Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) scored 13 points apiece for Hemofarm. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) answered with 18 points for Spartak. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) had 16 points in a losing effort.
Crvena Zvezda stayed at the second spot with an 81:67 victory over Vojvodina in Nova Sad. Here the league favorites also trailed by 3 points after the opening frame but recovered well down the stretch and posted a confident victory. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) stepped up with 32 points for Crvena Zvezda in a win.
Partizan routed Proleter 82:57 away from home. Partizan got to a better start to the game and enjoyed a 20-point buffer at the interval. Proleter failed to rebound after the long break and Partizan rolled to a comfortable victory. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) knocked down 15 points to lead Partizan. Jelena Dangubic (177-G-82) and Mirjana Beronja (170-G-86) scored 11 points each for the winning side. Jela Vidacic (182-C-85) nailed 28 points in a losing effort. Partzian occupies the third spot in the ladder at 20-7 record. Proleter remained at the bottom of the standings with 12-15 record.


Standings - Women
A Standings
Superleague
 1. Hemofarm 26-1 
 2. Crvena Zv. 21-6 
 3. Partizan 20-7 
 4. Spartak 18-9 
 5. Vojvodina 15-12 
 6. Proleter 12-15 
Others in Stage One
 1. Kraljevo 9-13 
 2. Kovin 7-15 
 3. Loznica 7-15 
 4. Usce 5-17 
 5. Radnicki NB 4-18 
 6. Stara Pazova 3-19