EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/15/2008

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ABA

New ABA teams updating -by Gianni Pascucci
After adding new franchises in Nashville, Tennessee (the Nashville Broncs) and Hollywood, California (the Hollywood Showstoppers), the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced yesterday the addition of a new team in the Midwest USA area. The team will be based in Detroit, Michigan, and will be named Detroit Zafir (Arabic for Victorious) which will begin play this fall. The team will feature players from the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait et al) and will play in the North Central Division. The team is owned by businessman Paul Odoom, a team GM should be announced soon. Another new team, the one based in Buffalo, announced a new nickname and game venue. New owner Vincent Lesh has changed the name from Silverbacks to Buffalo Sharks and the team will play this fall at the Koessler Center on the campus of Canisius College.

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ARGENTINA

Profit leads Libertad to first win -by Leonardo Contieri
Libertad Sunchales defeated Quimsa 84-75 on game one of the league finals behind a monster from froward Laron Profit, who scored 28 points, shooting 13/18 from the field, and grabbed 7 rebounds. Teammate Robert Battle contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Marcos Saglietti scored all his 10 points during a second quarter span when Libertad took control of the game for good.
Cleotis Brown was Quimsa's top scorer with 26 points and Julio Mzzaro added 19 for the losing cause despite shooting only 1/5 from behind the arc.
Libertad: Ginbili 7, Mold 12, Profit 28, Pelussi 12, Battle 17 (starters) Saglietti 10, Sartorelli, Bentez 2, Domnguez. Coach: Julio Lamas
Quimsa: Treise 4, Mzzaro 19, Brown 26, Mikulas 10, McFarlan 4 (starters) Castieira 2, Reinick, Rodrguez 5, Cajal 5. Coach: Fabio Demti
Score by quarters: 20-19 / 42-33 / 66-54


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BAHRAIN

Muharraq take on Al Rayyan -by Yousef Ahmed


Muharraq In Asian Quarter-Finals -by Yousef Ahmed



BAHRAIN champions Muharraq will go head to head with title contenders Al Rayyan of Qatar in the quarter-final match of the Asian Clubs Basketball Championship tonight at 10pm at Al Qadsia Club Gym in Kuwait.

Muharraq club coached by John Wojtak , booked a berth in the last eight after coming third in Group 'B' behind winners Al Wasl of the UAE and second-placed Saba Battery of Iran. Hosts Al Qadsia of Kuwait are the fourth team who qualified from this five-team group.


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BELGIUM

Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 27-9 
 2. Bree 27-9 
 3. Oostende 25-11 
 4. M.Hainaut 23-13 
 5. Liege 20-15 
 6. Aalstar 17-19 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 15-21 
 8. Antwerp 11-25 
 9. Leuven 9-28 
 10. Gent 6-30 


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BOSNIA

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 8-2 
 2. Igokea 8-2 
 3. Siroki 8-2 
 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 - Igokea win for first place -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 83:73
Standings:
1. Igokea Partizan 8-2 891:760 +131 18 pts.
2. Bosna ASA BHT 8-2 775:671 +104 18 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 8-2 838:760 +78 18 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.

Igokea Partizan - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 83:73
(18:26, 17:9, 19:19, 29:19)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 1.300; Ref.: Obradovic, Coric, Nenadic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic, Patterson 4, Bocka 10, Stazic 16, Djurica, Vucurovic 15, Cup, Wright 1, Lydeka 22, Stefanovic 6, Kovacevic, Allen 9
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 15, Sehovic, Tomovic 2, Ikonic 12, Bavcic 2, Zimic, Bailey 17, Rahimic 6, Hajric 9, Pasalic, Jackson, Williams 10
Coach: Jure Zdovc

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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BULGARIA

Lukoil thrashes Balkan in Game 1 -by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Balkan 93:64

Lukoil Academic got to an impressive start of the Bulgarian A1 league Final series. They routed Balkan in the opener to grab 1-0 lead. The game marked the seventh straight final for the defending champions Lukoil and they lived up to their status of favorites giving little chances to Balkan. Led by Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) Lukoil jumped ahead right from the start. They accumulated a 26:17 lead after the opening stanza and kept control over the game. Balkan can not find a proper defensive answers and the margin just kept on growing. It reached 17-point mark at the interval and Lukoil looked too good for Balkan at the moment. The situation hardly changed after the long intermission. Riste Stefanov came up with a bunch of long bombs to keep Balkan at bay in the third stanza. Moreover the hosts stretched the gap to 21 points and it proved unassailable for the visitors. They actually never threatened the deficit in the final period and gave up in the dying minutes suffering a stunning loss. Pero Antic finished with 17 points, 11 boards and 5 assists for Lukoil. Willie Deane III led all scorers with 21 points and 4 steals, while Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) provided 12 points in a winning case. Atanas Radev (200-F-81) nailed 17 points and added 10 boards for Balkan. Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85) had 10 points in a loss. Lukoil posted solid 58% from the field. They also had an advantage on the glass outrebounding the visitors 31:28. Balkan committed 18 turnovers and shot 40% from the field.

Lukoil: Willie Deane III 21, Pero Antic 17+11 boards, Todor Stoykov 12
Balkan: Atanas Radev 17+10 boards, Pavle Boljkovac 10


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CAPE VERDE

So Vicente Basketball: MINDELENSE DETHRONES ATLTICO -by Pedro Gomes
Mindelense dethroned Atletico by wining the regional title of basketball in the island of Sao Vicente. The team coached by Z Anguila, beat Acadmica 123 to 71, in the last game of the season. This championship allowed the appearance of some young players, much more than last year. Another positive point was the balance registered in some of the games, recalls Z Anguila, whose team suffered only two defeats, exactly in the hands of Atletico, which was fighting to keep their title.

Mindelense and Atletico finished with the same number of victories; however Mindelense had the upper hand, with a better score average against the team led by Didi.

With the curtains fallen on the regional, Mindelense now prepares its participation in the National Championship. We have to take advantage of the upcoming weeks to intensify our practices, especially the physical aspects, considering that we did not have lot of games this year. We need more games in our legs, explains the coach of the reds, who would like to see the National championship disputed in the island of Sao Vicente.


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CROATIA

Cibona leapfrogs Zagreb in the qualifying round ladder -by Eurobasket News
Cibona finished the qualifying round at the third spot and escaped Zadar in the semifinal series. It happened due to a storming win for Cibona over Zagreb 104:87 in the final round of action. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) fired game-high 28 points and issued 7 assists to propel Cibona to an important victory. The hosts piled up a 28:18 lead after the opening frame and though Zagreb shook off an early sloppiness and trimmed the gap by 3 points Cibona still enjoyed a safe 7-point cushion at halftime. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) and Damir Mulaomerovic teamed up to help Cibona score impressive 36 points in the third period as the hosts jumped to a 20-point advantage. Zagreb could not overcome a massive hole and suffered the 4th loss at this stage of the tournament. Cibona finished in the third place and would meet Split in the semis. Chris Warren provided 22 points, while Vedran Vukusic (203-F-82, college: Northwestern) had 13 in a winning case. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) answered with 22 points and 8 boards for Zagreb. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) contributed 16 points in a loss.
Split finished the stage on the high note storming past Slavonski Brod 103:69 at home. The hosts built a 28-point buffer at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Hrvoje Peric netted game-high 33 points and pulled down 8 boards for Split. Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) knocked down 27 points in a win. Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84) responded with 25 points for Slavonski Brod. David Grbesic (194-G-79) had 16 points in defeat. Split opens their series against Cibona on Saturday.
Zadar completed their 13-1 qualifying round result with a cruising 94:77 road victory over Sibenik. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) led well-balanced offense with 18 points. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) provided 15 points and Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) added 12 points for the winners. Luka Drezga (194-G-87) accounted for 14 points in a losing effort.


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


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CYPRUS

Behind the scene news -by Chris Mammides

Proteas EKA AEL is ready to make some tremendous moves for the coming season. There are some rumours that number one target is the Greek-Cypriot player Prodromos Nikolaidis who have finished as a top Greek scorer this season in the Greek A1 with nearly 15 points per game. Furthermore, the ex champions are very closed to agree financial terms with the Greek head coach Giannis Christopoulos while the new team manager will probably be coming from Greece too as AEL's management already are in contact with the ex Olympiakos Piraeus team manager, Stavros Elliniadis, it is more than certain that the Limassol team will try to regain the leadership in the Cyprus basketball with very professional moves and it is more than sure that all these steps are developing the team into a professional level with the thoughts of participating in the Greek league still being as a major issue and target for the Queen of Cyprus Basketball.


In the mean time, the champion team of Keravnos Strovolou according to some behind the scene news has already agreed with the Greek coach Frangias, as Eurobasket first stated two weeks ago. This is not official yet but it is more than sure that this will happen inevitably within the next couple of days (meaning the announcement) furthermore, there are going t be some 'new' changes in the Strovolos team as it is not sure that some of the player which didn't receive any financial offer yet, will continue their career with the Strovolos team, besides there are a numerous of teams which will love to 'grab' some of these players and add them in their rosters.....



Marios Argyrou the new head coach of ENAD -by Nemanja Bjedov
Marios Argyrou (181-G-77) was promoted as the new head coach of the Ayios Domethios team, Ydra Asphalistiki ENAD, late on Tuesday evening. Argyrou spent several years playing for the team and coaching its youth selections prior to this advancement in his basketball related career.

At the same time, the national team center Jo Jo Garcia, who recently finished the season in Cyprus with the runners-up Apsis APOEL, went to Switzerland where he will now play the playoff finals for Lugano Tigers.


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D-LEAGUE

Former Skyforce Standout Graham Re-Upped by Indiana Pacers -by Surujh Roopnarine
Stephen Graham (6'6''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.), a D-League All-Star with the Sioux Falls Skyforce during the 2006-07 season, had his contract option picked up by the Indiana Pacers for the 2008-09 campaign.
Graham, signed as a free agent in July of 2007, and played in 22 games for the Pacers last season, averaging 4.0 points per game while shooting 58.6% from the floor and scoring a career-high 16 points at Toronto on February 29th. With the Skyforce, the ex-Oklahoma State Cowboy, averaged 18 points and 4.9 rebounds in 32 games. Graham teamed with fellow D-league alum Andre Owens (6'4''-G-80, college: Houston) (Anaheim Arsenal) this season with Indiana.


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

San Carlos sign Andre Hardwick -by Eurobasket
San Carlos strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Andre Hardwick (201-F/C-83, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: HM Sports Agency). Hardwick played most recently at Bucaneros de Campheche (Mexico).

San Carlos sign Roman Gonzalez -by Eurobasket
San Carlos agreed terms with 30-year old Italian center Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency). Gonzalez played most recently at Penarol Mar del Plata (Argentina).

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ESTONIA

TU/Rock chops down Kalev -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Kalev 94:68

The arch-rivalry of Estonian basketball entered the crucial stage as the teams clashed in the KML Final series. The Tartu outfit opened the series at home as they won the regular season. The first game however did not quite resembled of a heated battle of two well-matched squads. TU/Rock adjusted their game for just one quarter before taking off to a stunning rally that left Kalev far behind. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter keeping close. Kalev grabbed a 20:18 lead after the starting quarter but TU/Rock quickly denied the deficit. They held their opponents to 13 points in the second period and surged ahead to a 42:33 lead at halftime. Kalevs defense could not limit the hosts onslaught in the third stanza as TU/Rock fired 29 points and stretched the gap to as many as 19 points. The home side outmuscled the visitors under the rims and looked confident in the field shooting 56% of field goals. Kalev had little to answer with in the fourth term as the dominance of TU/Rock was pretty clear. The sell-out crowd at the Tartu Sports Hall celebrated a comfortable victory for their favorites in the first game of the best-of-seven series. Silver Leppik (185-G-83) launched 21 points to pace TU/Rock. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) provided 18 points and 19 boards, while Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) had 17 points in a winning clause. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) replied with 13 points for Kalev. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) chipped in 12 points in defeat. TU/Rock outrebounded the visitors 40:23 and held Kalev to 37% accuracy from the field. The second game is scheduled for Thursday in Tartu.

TU/Rock: Silver Leppik 21, Brian Cusworth 18+19 boards, Tanel Tein 17
Kalev: Rait Keerles 13, Valmo Kriisa 12


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FINLAND

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Williams, Pyrinto 23.3
2 Hester, Compon. 22.3
3 Smith, KTP 21.7
4 Wallery, Compon. 20.5
5 Smith, Kouvot 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 McCarroll, Tarmo 12.2
2 Wallery, Compon. 12.0
3 Dies, KTP 11.4
4 Williams, Pyrinto 11.4
5 Dantzler, Pyrinto 10.7
Assists Per Game
1 Patterson, ToPo 5.1
2 Hinnant, Kataja 4.4
3 Sten, LrNMKY 4.3
4 Williams, Pyrinto 4.2
5 Koponen, Honka 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Sten, LrNMKY 3.0
2 Patterson, ToPo 2.9
3 Stokes, fKorihait 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Fields, ToPo 1.9
2 McCarroll, Tarmo 1.7
3 Dies, KTP 1.6
2FGP
1 Fields, ToPo 65.1
2 Dantzler, Pyrinto 63.4
3 Bernard, Kouvot 62.0
3PT
1 Ilmonen, KTP 47.6
2 Matinen, Honka 46.9
3 Kuisma, Kataja 44.3
Free Throws
1 Ilmonen, KTP 92.1
2 Iisalo, Kouvot 90.9
3 Stokes, Korihait 88.9


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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 Macedonia, 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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GERMANY

Jon Clark comes back to Stahnsdorf -by Moritz Korff
After one season in the Romanian A-Division Jon Clark (209-C-83, college: Rhode Island) is going to return to German basketball for the 2008-2009 season. The 25-year-old Canadian Center signed a one-year contract with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B), the team he already suited up for in 2005-2006, when he helped to win the championship in the Regionalliga North. After some months on the roster of the Romanian side Muresul Tirgu Mures Clark moved to the Halifax Rainmen (ABA) in February 08 and averaged 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds through 10 games.

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GREECE

Semi Finals: Marousi beat Olympiakos and equalize the series -by Chris Mammides

Everybody in Greece believed that this coming Sunday the two 'gladiators' Panathinaikos and Olympiakos would have been opening the final stage with their first game of the best of five final series... they were so wrong!!! The Amazing team of Marousi beat in the overtime session the team of Panagiotis Giannakis, 97-90 and balanced the series which are actually starts all over again, as the series is now 1-1 with the psychology being on Coach Markopoulos's team. Of course in our days there are no miracles and everybody knows that with one way or another, Marousi will be finally (even if it takes five games) playing for the third and fourth position against Panionios. The point of the matter for Markopoulos team is definitely the fact that the hope dies last! And the players of Marousi with Milisavljevic, Haralampidis, Kaimakoglou and Stevenson seem to believe so. In regards to the game now, both teams started the game with a lot of stress and many offensive mistakes, Olympiakos with Greer was better at the final stage of the first quarter and gave a 10 points deficit to his team (16-25). The second quarter though the picture changed totally and with seven unanswered points, Marousi cut the deficit initially to the basket and after wards to the single point before the three pointer of the veteran Nikos Boudouris (192-G-71) brought them in the lead position for the first time in the game, Stivenson and Milisavljevic took more decisively the game and by the end of the half time the score was 49-45 mainly due to Greers many initiatives as most of the reds were still in the game of Sunday when they thrashed Marousi in their home court quite easily.

The begginign of the third quarter found Olympiakos making his decisive game in both edges of the court but Stivenson and Milisavlievic with the help of Bakic increase the deficit to sic points, 66-60, by the end of the third quarter.

The fourth and more crucial quarter was dramatic as Greer from the charity line brought his team in the leading position with 76-79 and with 37 second to the end but the amazing Milisavlievic with an outrageous three pointer balanced the Greer and Nikos Boudouris scoring 4/4 free throws at the end and Greer missing the final offence for his team at the buzzer beeper. The score was 81-81.

In the overtime was simply a veterans case as Boudouris and Milisavljevic gave the leading and winning points to Soulis Markopoulos team, final score 97-90 and Marousi will be playing at least another 2 games in this series of the Semi final games against Giannakis's Olympiakos...

In the other game of the series, Panathinaikos beat very diffcult the team of Panionios with 74-79 and made another step in sweeping Markovic's team. An ex green player, Lony Baxter was amaxing with his 23 points and 12 rebounds but Batiste was not bad either with his 16 points adn 9 rebounds. Dimitris Diamantidis in another game showed that he has offencive skills too as after his 17 points in Sunday's easy victory added another 14 in less than 25 minutes.



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HOLLAND

Gadi Kedar new head-coach Dutch National Team -by Fred Roggen
Gadi Kedar from Israel is the continuator of the resigned Marco van der Berg as headcoach of the Dutch National Team. The Israelier was the past five years the youth-coordinator of Hapoel Jerusalem. Moreover he has also coached 13 years in the Israeli premier League.

Gadi Kedar find it a big honour that he is chosen. ' I see a lot of possibilities to bring the Dutch National Team to a higher level and hopes that all players are available for the coming games '.
In the qualification, the Netherlands has to deal with Denmark, Austria, Iceland and Montenegro.


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HUNGARY

Semifinals: Szolnok had one easy win against Krmend -by Tamas Deri
It is the first time, that Krmend and Szolnok met in the semifinals, last year Szolnok beat Krmend 3-0 in the finals.

The first game was played in Szolnok tonight. The home team started the game better, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) was unstopable from the first second of the game.
In the second quarter Thomas Kelley got to the leader of his team and Szolnok was up by 9 points after 20 minutes.

In the third quarter Hollins scored easy baskets again and his team was leading already by 25 points. On the other side Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) tried to get his team closer and finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebound.

Player of the game was Vernard Hollins, who scored 46 points (7/11 3pointers!) and had 10 fouls against!

SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND 97-62
(25-18, 18-16, 25-12, 29-16)
Szolnok, Att.: 2500, Referees: Bodnr, Valovics, Győrffy
SZOLNOK: Kelley 10/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 46/21, Cziczas 3/3, Sabaliauskas 10/6, Andrius Jurkunas (205-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Clemson) 10, Molnar, Tamas Harazin (204-F-85) 7, Toth, Gobi 3, Cseh 6/6, Gaal, Szabo, Coach: Por Peter
KORMEND: Thomas 6, Fodor M. 7, Ferencz 3/3, Ocitti 4, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 12, Trummer 6, Fodor G. 3/3, Kenneth Henderson 19, Kocsis 2, Toth, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic


Semifinals: easy win for Falco too! -by Tamas Deri
There was not a great start for the guests, as Chad McClendon got injured already in the first minute of the game. In the begining the guests could keep the game tied, the score after ten minutes was 23-22.

In the second quarter the home team was leaded by Bam Doyne and Andrija Ciric and was up by 14 points after 20 minutes.

The third quarter was tied again, as Cory Bradford and Gergely David scored nice baskets. In the last quarter the guests looked really tired and the home team scored two times more points than Albacomp and won the game 109-80.


Falco KC-Szombathely - Albacomp 109-80
(23-22, 35-22, 24-23, 27-13)
Szombathely, Arena Savaria, Att.: 2500, Referees: Foldhazi T., Benczur T., Hegedus
Falco: Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 29/3, Pankar 2, Kazlauskas 4, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 18, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 23/9, Kalman 9/3, Borszeki 6/6, Feigl 6, Will, Csiszar, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Albacomp: Simon B. 6, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 17/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 23/6, McClendon, Bencze Z., David G. 8/6, Boozer 6, Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) 15/3, Soos 4, Antal Sz., Keller 1, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos


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IBL

Standings
IBL Standings
East
 1. Elkhart E. 9-0 
 2. Holland B. 8-3 
 3. Windy City S. 7-7 
 4. Battle Creek K. 6-4 
Midwest
 1. Gary S. 9-3 
 2. Elgin R. 3-4 
 3. G.Rapids F. 3-7 
 4. USA All-Stars 1-18 
Southwest
 1. C.Oregon H. 6-7 
 2. Portland C. 6-10 
 3. Las Vegas 3-4 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 0-1 
 5. Los Angeles 0-6 
West
 1. Vancouver V. 12-3 
 2. Bellingham S. 10-2 
 3. Snohomish C. 8-6 
 4. Edmonton C. 4-2 
 5. Tacoma J. 4-8 


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IRAN

Remedial Tonic Takes Irans Basketball to Beijing -by Houman Bagheri

Tehran - (Iran National Team) Rajco Toroman is the coach of Iran's national basketball team. Though Iranian basketball began to show signs of life long before he arrived in the country to coach the national team, it was his diagnosis of the players weaknesses and strength that gave the national team zest for life. His quick fix has sent Irans basketball, after half a century, to the Beijing Olympic Games. FIBA's Hooman Bagheri talked to him to find out the ingredients of his remedy.

Could you tell us about your coaching career?

I have been coaching basketball teams for almost 20 years. I have worked in Serbia, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Poland, China, Cyprus, and many other countries. In ex-Yugoslavia, I was the assistant-coach of the national team, when we won the European Championships twice, once in 1991 in Rome, and then in Athens in 1995. I was also the coach of U-22 national team when our team won third place in Istanbul. Working in a lot of different countries has given me lots of handy experience.

How did you first hear about Iran and the coaching vacancy here?

I was the head-coach in a big international camp in Serbia when the Iranian national team was there in a preparation camp. I already had a lot of info about Irans basketball. I was there when the Iranian national team was playing for the last night and that was my first close contact with the Iranian national team.

You are the one who has finally succeeded in taking the Iranian basketball team to the Olympics after half a century. What was your remedy?

First of all I tried to understand Iranian basketball. I realized that Iranian players were very athletic, very physical and with lots of basketball skills. The problem was embedded in the lack of discipline, both on and off court. I began my training with them only 4 months before the Asian Championship Games in Japan and my working style was very hard for everybody to digest immediately. I have to say that no one has ever worked like us for those games. I started with two things on my agenda. I tried very hard to bring discipline to the team, and I tried very hard to improve the games tactically. Those were the areas we concentrated on. We sent two DVDs of our games in the finals with Qatar and Lebanon to NBA to see if Iran could play in NBA Summer League. They predicted Iran would lose all games because the outside players were not as strong as those in the Summer League. But they were extremely satisfied and surprised with the discipline and tactical game Iranians showed in Japan. Thats a big success and I think it is a great achievement for us that big NBA coaches praised our work. So, the basic things are discipline, hard work and tactical improvements. I think we played well but our players have not yet reached their full potentials. I think we must work on that and improve our games both offensively and defensively in transitions.

Does this mean that previous local coaches were incapable to do this?

I did not say that, because I was not here before. But that was the conclusion I arrived at for the team. I have put very strong rules on the team and they will get even tougher as we get closer to the Beijing Games. We are newcomers and little known in the world of basketball but people are now beginning to notice us. What can make us competitive is hard work and even more discipline that what we already have. If any player shows weakness, he wont be in the Olympics. We need warriors, players with characters, and we need those who fight hard. I told the players in Japan that being nice with others is for the end of the game. If they beat us, we will show them respect, but before the game we must be ready to fight. These guys will play in the Olympics against teams like Argentina which have 5 NBA players. Most of our players havent even seen those players on TV and now they have to step in the court and play against them. And this requires a strong character, to be able to keep tough for a big battle.

So, they shouldnt get scared of the big names?

Yes, thats exactly what I want from the players; not to get scared to fight, and no niceties before the games. Last season, I was new here and I set up a new national team with a few novice players. Now, everyone knows that if he doesnt try hard, hell be out.

Qualifying for the Olympics has made every Iranian happy. In fact, you have made a long-awaited dream come true. What was your own impression when Iran beat Lebanon in the finals and cleared its way to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games?

In the first instance I was very tired and emotionally worn out. I could not even attend the celebrations after the game. This was due to the heavy pressure I was under during those days. But after 10 minutes, I felt really proud of the Iranian players. That was the main point and I think we had an excellent emotional interaction there after. I was respecting them, and they were respecting me which made us get closer than ever before. We had a very difficult period of time before that victory. Mehdi Kamrani who was away because of injury joined the national team again after an absence of three and a half months just seven days before we flew to Japan. Hamed Afagh had a personal problem, so he had not practiced for the last 8 days.
The biggest downside for us has been the tragic and premature death of Aidin Bahrami. If he were with us, we would have had a different team and a totally different situation now. The problem of replacing someone in his position is still lingering. I told his brother, Samad, to stay stronger than ever, both for the sake of Aidins spirit and for the sake of the national team. I believe that if all the negative load was not on the team at that time we could have even played with a more competitive force. However, I was satisfied with the results and with the players behavior. They sacrificed everything for the team.

What is your idea about Asian and Irans basketball in particular?

Before I came here, I had a relatively good knowledge of the teams. I had a very good friend who was coaching a team in Qatar for 15 years. He passed on a lot of information about Asian basketball. I also had a good contact in China who gave me some useful tips. The main point with most Asian teams is that though they have the physical power and basketball skills, tactically they are far behind European teams.

You mean in teamwork?

Yes, I remember the words of a famous NBA coach who said the only way to be successful in Beijing is to send the best players to Europe to pick up tactical skills for a better tactical game. If you look at the first five teams, 4 of them have European coaches. Even in China where sending players to Europe was against their rules and regulations, a European coach was hired for the national team. I have had a long conversation on this issue with my friend, who is the Serbian coach of Irans national volleyball team. He said the only way to improve performance is to go to Turkey with three of the Iranian national team players. There they can pick European experience from the best European teams. Thats how they can jump to a higher level.

And do you believe that we have the potential among Iranian players to play in good foreign teams?

Yes, I do. We agreed for Hamed Haddadi to play with one of the best European teams, Partizan Belgrade. But unfortunately the deal was not finalized because Hamed turned it down. If he had played one season in Partizan, it would have projected a different mentality here in Iran. Partizans coach has so far sent three players to NBA. This team has over 70 very difficult games each season, and Hamed could have opened the door for other Iranian players too. For the moment, I think Samad Bahrami and Mehdi Kamrani are ready to play in Europe. These three are the tops. They can play even in ULEB and the Euro League. I believe they have the potential.

Why did Hamed turn down the offer?

Though it is still unclear to me, Hamed decided not to go for personal reasons. I asked the president of the basketball federation to talk to Hamed. But he still refused to go. It could be because he was a bit afraid of the competitive nature of the European league and the hard work it took. One thing I am sure is that it was not the money, because Partizan offered him a good salary. Also, this is not the issue during the first year as what happens over the next 5 years is much more important. I told Hamed, You have to choose! Stay here and continue the current pattern of life or go there, fight for your position and earn more. Its your choice. Do what you want.

So, he didnt choose the big challenge?

No, he didnt and I am not sure why, but he did not take the offer.

How much, if any, do you believe foreign players in Iran have helped to improve Iranian basketball?

Of course they have. There are lots of good players who are helping the teams, moreover good teams are choosing better imports. Through their experience, the imports can help Iranian players produce a higher standard competition. Making the right choice is also very important. For example, Kaveh signed on with good players last season. Omar Sneed was my player in Belgium and Mike Jones is a good player too. I believe they could have helped Kaveh tremendously. Kaveh could have reached the finals if the team had been a bit stronger and luckier. Overall, it was very good for Kaveh.

Did you have any offers from other countries at the same time you were contacted from Iran? And what was your motivation to work here?

First of all, I was free when Mr. Zoran Radovic from FIBA called me and asked me if I wanted to take the offer. I said I had to see the whole situation first, and gather some information. I called a Serbian coach who was in Iran, then Bosnjak, and they both told me the potential here is really good. I thought I could do something and so I accepted the offer and arrived here during the play-offs in 2006-07 season. I watched a couple of games like Mahram-Saba and Saba-Petrochimi and I saw some really good and promising players. So, for me it was easy to decide to come here.

What image did you have in mind before coming to Iran?

I didnt expect much but I found a lot of potential in every field, even in the shape of the town. I never expected Tehran to look like this due to the vast amount of negative propaganda in the news. I did not expect to see a nice city with nice people as I have. And I did not expect to see players at this level. As I said earlier, three of them can play in good European teams. I can say Iran has started to have a respectable basketball and it has reached one of its goals which was playing in the Olympics. But our goal must now shift to the 2010 World Championships in Turley because we have a young team with high potentials. We should have a long-term plan for basketball in Iran.

What about Iranian people?

Well, I have a lot of friends here and thats very important for me. I enjoy staying here and I am really satisfied and feel very comfortable.

And what about your daily life here?

I have tried to organize my life as good as I can. There are some other Serbian coaches in Iran and I spend part of my time with them. I feel quite at ease living out of my own country. If you start thinking about home, you will get homesick. In any country I have worked so far, I have been able to find friends and hobbies.

So, you are quite sociable?

Yes! If you are not and if you just stay at home, it will become very rough and very difficult. I go home twice a year to visit my family including my grandson and I am happy with this arrangement.

Is your family comfortable with the type of job you have?

My life is basketball, and basketball is everything for me. My son plays basketball in Belgium and my daughter is also living there. Everything that happens around me is linked to basketball. Usually my wife is with me, but now she has to take care of our grandson. But she often comes over to visit me in Iran and like me she feels at home here too.

Has anything ever shocked you here?

Before I came over and from what I was fed by the media I was expecting bad times here. But it has not been so and I was able to adjust myself easily.

What do you think about Iranian spectators?

Its a pity that in Tehran there arent a lot of spectators. I think this is the biggest problem in the capital.

Why is that so?

Somebody said that the gym is too far, but I do not believe this theory. I think the clubs must work on their fans very hard. The federation should take basketball to schools, and organize competitions between them, so that young people get more interested in basketball. Its a pity that in some games there are just 50 or 100 people in the gym. But if you go to the other cities, such as Gorgan, Babol, or Sirjan youll see an amazing atmosphere, because over 5,000 fans come to support their teams and thats really exciting. I can not prescribe anything to overcome this problem, but I think a good advertising campaign will work. Also, if we can arrange big tournaments here, I think that would help find more fans to support the sport. Well, they say the gym in Tehran is too far from the city center, but at the same time you see over 100,000 people present in the same stadium to cheer a football match between the leading Iranian soccer teams. The clubs must work very hard to gain dedicated fans. They should work on their websites, press contacts and give away gifts to their fans. The basketball federation must exert more support for them too.

We have several sports newspapers in Iran, but when it comes to basketball, little is covered by them. What do you think of their coverage of basketball especially about the team qualifying for the Olympics after half a century?

Our biggest success was not only qualifying for the Olympics. Our biggest success was that the name of Irans basketball appeared on the first page of the most famous world sports newspapers for 10 days when we won the championship in Japan last year. So we can push aside football. Therefore, I can say that basketball coverage is not enough at all. We need the daily newspapers to cover and expose basketball to the people. They should cover all games, print names and statistics and photos of the players.

Despite the success, our basketball is suffering from poor international liaison. There are lots of people overseas who are very interested about Iranian basketball. What measures do you think the federation should take in this regard?

One thing is to organize high-level clinics here in Iran and invite high-level coaches to come. We should not think we know everything. Last season, the federation received invitations from a few low-level or mid-level teams, but this season the invitations are from famous countries in basketball such as Slovenia, Australia, Italy, and many others. We have to grab this opportunity to improve the level of Iranian basketball. I think if we play with good teams here in Iran during which we can also organize some clinics it would help our players a lot.

Have you ever encountered any communication gaps with players or other people?

No, I speak English, and sometimes when someone doesnt understand my assistant translates my words.

What have you learned about the Iranian culture?

I have tried to visit the historical places. I was very impressed by different sites I visited in Isfahan. I was staying in a hotel with a traditional architectural design. The trip was a boost to my peace of mind.

How much can sports bring countries with conflicts together?

A lot. We should not think about politics but only friendship in sports.

Will you consider staying in Iran after the Olympics?

I like it here, but I do not know about my decision after the Olympics. I should see what is best for me and what is best for the federation.

Good Luck Rajco and I hope Iran plays well in Beijing.

Thanks and I hope for the same, too.

Hooman Bagheri
FIBA Official Correspondent in Iran

(Edited by Touria Ghaffari)



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IVORY COAST

Josiah Ahmedu, Dodan Warriors official beat-up City League Secretary -by Olusegun Ikuesan
..For Walking Over Warriors Academy

An official of Dodan Warriors Basketball Project, Josiah Ahmedu Tuesday threw decorum to the wind when he inflicted barrages of slaps, kicks and blows on the League Secretary of the Lagos City League, Olusegun Ikuesan for supervising a walk-over the Warriors Academy Monday.

Ahmedu who was not at the match venue on when the said walk-over ceremony was performed by the referees first sent an offensive short message service (SMS) to the City League official only to show up on Tuesday during the premier league match between Kano Pillars basketball club and Islanders basketball club at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The incident sent many wondering when its now fashionable to settle sport matter with outright hooliganism from teams official who ought to know the right thing to do to seek audience with organizers.

The Warriors Academy alongside three other teams (Chariot basketball club and Ikorodu Kings basketball club) failed to complied with simple registration procedure for the league even when the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the city league had allowed each teams to play two league matches with repeated warning that teams that failed to returned its registration forms and have its players licenses processed to do so or risk forfeiture of their third game as punishment.

The 4th edition of the City League started on April 30 and still the enraged Warriors official says the period is not enough for teams to complete their registration.

Ikuesan who combine the job of the City League Secretary with that of the head of the media committee of the LSBBA is also a Correspondent with fiba.com and fiba-afrique.org.


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KOSOVO

Midweek schedule for 14/15 May 2008 -by Edona Shabani
PLAY OFF FINALS

Third match

SIGAL PRISHTINA PEJA 2:2, Wednesday at 19,00

JUNIORS LEAGUE PLAY- OFF FINALS

First match

SIGAL PRISHTINA TREPA 0:0, Wednesday at 17,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Agim Halili
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani


CADETS LEAGUE PLAY OFF FINALS

First match

TREPA- PRISHTINA PROBASKET 0:0, Thursday at 19,30
Referees: Daut Mehmeti, Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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MALTA

BUPA Luxol celebrates the title -by Eurobasket News
BUPA Luxol - Compleet IS 67:61

BUPA Luxol rolled to a decisive victory in the third game of the Gatorade League Final series and claimed the title. Luxol jumped to an early 17:12 lead after the opening stanza. Compleet stayed close and closed the gap to 2 points midway through the second term. But Luxol chipped in 7 unanswered points to cap the second period leading by 8. Compleet IS never threatened the deficit in the third quarter and headed into the final frame trailing by the same 8 points. The tension grew in the final minutes with Luxol holding on to a minimum lead. Kirsten Baldacchino missed two free throws and Luxol capitalized hitting a bunch of their own free throw attempts to seal the winning outcome at the end. The victory marked the 11th championship for Luxol. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) led the winners with 25 points. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) answered with 23 points for Compleet IS.


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NBA

Mike DAntoni announced the Knicks head coach -by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks president Donnie Walsch announced Mike D'Antoni as the new teams head coach at the press conference at Madison Square Garden. DAntoni agreed to leave the Phoenix Suns for a $24 million, 4-year contract. Mike DAntoni will replace Isiah Thomas who led the Knicks to the franchise worst record of 23-59 last season. Mike D'Antoni was trumped the Coach of the Year in 2005 and led Phoenix to a 253-136 overall record in 5 seasons with the Suns. He led Benetton Treviso to Italian Seria A championship in 2002 before moving to the USA and leading Denver and Phoenix to a combined record of 267-172. Donnie Walsch looked at candidatures of Mark Jackson, Avery Johnson , Rick Carlisle and Herb Williams before opting for D'Antoni. The former Suns coach known for his flashing style of game has already told the press he is going to win with the players on the current roster. The experts underline the importance of going under the salary cap for the Knicks in the summer of 2010 when LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) are expected to fill in free agents list.
Meanwhile the league announced the NBA All-Rookie teams. Al Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) of Atlanta was given 58 votes to top the list of First Team. He was followed by Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) of Seattle with 57 votes. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) of Houston, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Al Thornton also joined First Team. The All-Rookie Second Team included Toronto's Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC), Juan Carlos Navarro (6'4''-G-80) of Memphis, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) of Detroit and Houston's Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue).
Al Horford led all rookies in rebounds (9.7) per game and was a key player in the Hawks rotation helping them to reach the first playoffs since 1999. Kevin Durant led the Supersonics in scoring with 20.3 points per game.


David West carries New Orleans to 3-2 lead -by Eurobasket News
David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) came up with career playoff-high 38 points, 14 boards and 5 blocks to propel the New Orleans Hornets to the third win over San Antonio yesterday. The Hornets victimized the defending champions 101:79 to grab a 3-2 lead in the series and would try to snatch the series in Texas on Thursday. The Hornets seemed to forget about two stunning losses in San Antonio in Games 3 and 4 and eased past their opponents in the fifth game. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) delivered 22 points and 14 assists for the winners. Paul knocked down 9 points in a 20:4 rally from the hosts to open the third period. It allowed the Hornets to post a 64:51 advantage and maintained well throughout the second half. San Antonio managed to cut the margin to 8 points with just under 5 minutes remaining. But Chris Paul drove the lane for a layup and then hit a jumper to give New Orleans enough breathing space. The home side then controlled the situation and registered the 6th straight playoff home victory. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points for the Spurs. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 18 points, while Tim Duncan tallied 10 points and 23 rebounds in a loss.
Meanwhile the Detroit Pistons closed out the series against the Orlando Magic beating them 91:86 at the Palace of Auburn Hills yesterday. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 31 points to lead the Pistons to their 6th straight conference finals. Detroit started the fifth game without their all-star point guard Chauncey Billups who was still sidelined with a strained right hamstring. Detroit capitalized on 21 turnovers from the visitors turning them into 34 points to drive away with a win at the end. The hosts were up by 10 points with less than 4 minutes left in regulation. But Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) nailed back-to-back jumpers for the Magic and the visitors trailed by just a single point 84:85. Richard Hamilton drained 6 free throws in the dying moments, while Tayshaun Prince blocked Hidayet Turkoglu's dunk attempt to propel Detroit to victory. Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) had 17 points and 11 boards, while Rodney Stuckey, who started in place of Chauncey Billups, added 15 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Hidayet Turkoglu came up with 18 points, 9 boards and 7 assists for Orlando. Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson all scored 14 points apiece in defeat.


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NEW ZEALAND

Brian Wethers sinks Manawatu -by Eurobasket News
Manawatu - Waikato 91:109

Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) scored massive 44 points to propel the NBL leaders Waikato Pistons to a heavy victory over the Manawatu Jets at Arena Manawatu today. Brian Wethers clinched his season-high numbers going for 20/25 from the field and adding 3/7 from charity stripe. The former NZ Breaker and ANBL MVP also grabbed 8 boards, made an assists and a steal for the winners. Ben Hill (196-F-79, agency: IceBasket) contributed 25 points and Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 20 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the Pistons as they remained at the head of the ladder. Waikato started the game on a lower gear as they led by just 7 points after the opening stanza. However the tempo raised and the visitors ran away to a 20-point distance at the interval. The hosts tried to strike back right after the long break as they trimmed the gap by 5 points but it was close as they could get. Waikato converted 60% from the field and easily silenced any of the hosts comeback attempts. Keith Davis (198-F-82) notched 33 points and 9 boards for the home side. Kane Hokianga (191-G-81) provided 20 points and Stacey Lambert (190-G-76) dropped 13 points in a losing effort.

Manawatu: Keith Davis 33, Kane Hokianga 20
Waikato: Brian Wethers 44, Ben Hill 25, Jason Crowe 20


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


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NIGERIA

Josiah Ahmedu, Dodan Warriors official beat-up City League Secretary -by Olusegun Ikuesan
..For Walking Over Warriors Academy

An official of Dodan Warriors Basketball Project, Josiah Ahmedu Tuesday threw decorum to the wind when he inflicted barrages of slaps, kicks and blows on the League Secretary of the Lagos City League, Olusegun Ikuesan for supervising a walk-over the Warriors Academy Monday.

Ahmedu who was not at the match venue on when the said walk-over ceremony was performed by the referees first sent an offensive short message service (SMS) to the City League official only to show up on Tuesday during the premier league match between Kano Pillars basketball club and Islanders basketball club at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The incident sent many wondering when its now fashionable to settle sport matter with outright hooliganism from teams official who ought to know the right thing to do to seek audience with organizers.

The Warriors Academy alongside three other teams (Chariot basketball club and Ikorodu Kings basketball club) failed to complied with simple registration procedure for the league even when the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the city league had allowed each teams to play two league matches with repeated warning that teams that failed to returned its registration forms and have its players licenses processed to do so or risk forfeiture of their third game as punishment.

The 4th edition of the City League started on April 30 and still the enraged Warriors official says the period is not enough for teams to complete their registration.

Ikuesan who combine the job of the City League Secretary with that of the head of the media committee of the LSBBA is also a Correspondent with fiba.com and fiba-afrique.org.


Pillars end Islanders unbeaten run -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Kano Pillars basketball club Tuesday handed Islanders basketball club of Lagos its first defeat in the current season of the Nigeria premier league with 71-66 points.

Pillars who were simply spectacular in the game many had given to the Ogoh Odaudu Coached Islanders due to their pedigree in the Atlantic Conference were shocked by the more determined Pillars propelled by Ibrahim Yusuf who was at his best Tuesday night.

Yusuf who was a member of the Nigeria U19 team to the 15th FIBA World Championship in 2007 in Serbia and the Nigeria senior national to the 2007 FIBA Africa Championship in Angola said after the match that determination saw them through and that they are prepared to take more games in the Atlantic conference so as to shore up their position in the Savannah conference and a good finishing for the playoff later in the year.

Islanders coach, Odaudu on his part says his players lost the match before the jump-ball, the players felt they have arrived having defeated great teams like Ebun Comets, Dodan Warriors and Union Bank in the Atlantic conference now felt no team can stop them, I think they learn one or two things that this is a league and not a championship.

Pillars continue its quest for more road-game successes as they take on Ebun Comets basketball club today.
Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89)


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NPBL

Roster change in NY Strikeforce -by Gianni Pascucci
The level of competition in NPBL has soared again, and all the teams try to add new players. The last roster move was from the New York Strikeforce, currently at the scond place in the table, that announced the release of Marcel Davis (6'3''-F-80) and the addition of Dwayne Washington Jr. (6'2''-G-84, college: Elizabeth City). He is the son of Syracuse legend Pearl Washington, and is expected to make his debut in the league the upcoming weekend.

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PHILIPPINES

PBA Fiesta Cup Results -by Lorenzo Gahol
May 14 (Wed) Araneta Coliseum
Welcoat 88 Red Bull 109
Coca-Cola 91 Alaska 99

May 11 (Sun) Araneta Coliseum
Sta. Lucia 113 Air21 100
Ginebra 95. Talk N Text 105

May 10 (Sat) Calape, Bohol
Alaska 78 Purefoods 88

May 9 (Fri) Araneta Coliseum
Coca-Cola 106 Magnolia 92
Talk N Text 108 Welcoat 116

May 7 (Wed) Araneta Coliseum
Red Bull 105 Sta. Lucia 78
Ginebra 88 Air21 97

May 4 (Sun) Araneta Coliseum
Sta. Lucia 111 Welcoat 97
Alaska 96. Talk N Text 98

May 3 (Sat) Lipa City
Magnolia 102 Red Bull 95

May 2 (Fri) Araneta Coliseum
Air21 86 Alaska 79
Purefoods 99 Ginebra 102

April 30 (Wed) Araneta Coliseum
Welcoat 108 Magnolia 101
Red Bull 82 Coca-Cola 75


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Red Bull 7-3 
 2. Coca-Cola 6-3 
 3. Talk N Text 6-3 
 4. Sta Lucia 5-3 
 5. Air21 4-4 
 6. Magnolia 4-4 
 7. Purefoods 3-4 
 8. Alaska 3-6 
 9. Welcoat D. 3-6 
 10. Ginebra 1-7 


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PUERTO RICO

Fajardo Cariduros takes lead against Ponce Lions -by Luis Ramirez
The Fajardo Cariduros outhustled the Ponce Lions and took the first game of a 2 out of 3 series with a 68-60 win. The Cariduros started the game with a fast pace game and this seems to take Ponce out of their game plan. In the 1st quarter Ponce's import player Matt Freije was called for a technical foul when he complained of a non call by one of the officials, this seemed to frustrate Freije and this could be noticed in his low point production in the game. The 1st quarter finished with the game tied at 18 points. In the 2nd quarter the Cariduros continued to out rebound the Lions who seemed totally out of sync thru out the game. The Lions did manage to take the lead as the half came to an end 31-29. In the 3rd quarter both teams kept pace with each other and the quarter ended tied at 45-45. In the 4th quarter the Lions could not buy a basket as the Cariduros went on an offensive run and Ponce could not stop the bleeding. For Fajardo, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) scored 23 points followed by Tanoka Beard with 12 points and 13 rebounds. For Ponce Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76, agency: Next Level) scored 18 points followed by Joel Jones with 13 points. The series continues tonight when Fajardo visits Ponce.

In other BSN action Bayamon has ended the dream for the Humacao Grays, which one night before had made a incredible comeback to eliminate San German from competition, but the Gray's luck also came to an end as the Cowboys beat the Grays 100-91. The Cowboys took the 1st quarter 21-20, but the Grays came back in the 2nd as the half ended 45-44 in favor of the Grays. In the 3rd quarter the Cowboys played a great defense as they went on an offensive run and took a commanding lead to coast the rest of the game for the win. For Bayamon, Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) scored 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds followed by Christopher Vega with 17 points. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman (175-G-84, agency: Next Level) scored 24 points followed by Roberto Nieves with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bayamon will now face the Carolina Giants in a best of 3 series.


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RWANDA

APR, Espoir collide -by Kristian Santiago
BY JULIUS MBARAGA

National Basketball League

Today
APR vs Espoir

Sunday
Marine vs KIE
CSK A vs BUG

It will be firework today at Amahoro indoor stadium as Rwandas basketball powerhouse APR take on bitter rivals Espoir in the first round of this years National basketball league this morning.
The two giants got off to a good start last weekend and pressure will be high as they try to preserve the good start.
APR lost the league title to Marine last year while Espoir last won it in 2004.

In the other mens games, reigning champions Marine are fired up to defend their title beginning with a season-opening encounter against hosts Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) this Sunday.
Marine ejected CSK A 3-0 in the best of five play-off final series enroute to winning their first league title last year and skipper Fiston Bertrand Muhire (193-F-84) is hoping for a good start this term.
'We had a good season last year and we are looking forward to an even better one this year'. Bertrand Muhire, who was a contender for last years MVP (Most Valuable Player) said.

KIE who got off to a nightmare start last weekend with defeats against CSK A and Rwanda National University (UNR) have to be at their best if they want to make any meaningful challenge tomorrow. Elsewhere, CSK A will take on Basketball United Generation (BUG).


APR Topple Espoir -by Kristian Santiago

by Julius Mbaraga

Despite the pre-match hype, it turned out to be a singled-sided affair as former champions APR easily overcame arch-rivals Espoir 81-42 in the first round of the national basketball league over the weekend.

Kami Kabange topped the indomitable lions' scoring chart with 15 points while ex-Espoir forward Karim Nkusi added 12 in the convincing win.

Forward Jean Claude Bizimungu top scored for Espoir with10 points.


Elsewhere, defending champions Marine started their title defence in style with a sparkling 114-44 win over Kigali Institute of Education (KIE).
Vincent Mukuna had a game high 43 points while Mugisha and Sinarinzi added 13 points a piece. In the other game, last year's finalists CSK A also went past the 100 mark as they thumped Basketball United Generation (BUG) 116-44.
CSK A's shooting forward Gerol Ndugu peaked the scoring with 32 points to propel the club to their second victory in as many games and leave them joint leaders at the top of the league table alongside APR.



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SENEGAL

Cup of St.Michel : Bopp's experience makes the difference -by Kristian Santiago

The four-time cup winners (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2006) showed no mercy on the court with the youthful squad of DUC and took home the cup of St.Michel by thrashing the 'students' 69-55 at the stadium Marius N'diaye in Dakar.
Bopp was led by veterans El Hadji Malick Gadiaga (189-G-81) , Ibrahima 'Fafa' Diatta, Ibrahima Gueye and Malick Gueye Faye while DUC counted on size with centers Mamadou Ndiaye and Abdoul Ba but the lack of maturity hampered DUC all through the game, as they kept missing easy baskets and allowed Bopp to rebound back into the game to lead at halftime 32-28.The third quarter was decisive for Bopp as DUC failed to score a basket for five minutes and missed a virtual leader to organize the team on the court.Gadiaga altogether with his teammates Robert Mendy and Gueye Faye , scored at will and widened the gap by 14 points at the end of the third.
DUC's Serigne Mbaye Toure led a late rally of the 'students' in the fourth quarter but Gadiaga and Gueye Faye responded with quick baskets and were able to hold off the attempt to cut the deficit and saved the deserved winner.
Bopp took home the well-earned cup with ease while Gadiaga got the top-scorer award and Ibrahima Diatta earned the MVP award.


Box Score:

DUC : El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (9), Youssoupha Ndiaye (0), Alioune Ciss (3), Babacar Fall (0), Mor Makha Diallo (0), Ibrahima Niang (0), Serigne Mbaye Tour (9), Maguette Dione (9), Martin Badiat (4), Mamadou Ndiaye (10), Abdoul Ba (11), Ababacar Faye (0)

Coach : Sir Parfaito Adjivon


BOPP : Cheikh Samb (0), Ibrahima Fafa Diatta (9), Mouhamed Ndour (0), El Hadji Malick Gadiaga (20), Abdourakhamane Sne (3), Issa Niang (0), Malick Gueye Faye (14), Robert Mendy (7), Eric Niang (4), Ibrahima Yoro Bald (4), Mouhamed Sy (0), Abdoulaye Seck (8)

Coach : Ousmane Diallo



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SERBIA

Important meeting in Sofia regarding Balkan league -by Dragan Jankovski
Representatives of basketball federation of Serbia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia had a long meeting in Sofia. They agreed important terms for new Balkan basketball league (BIBL). Final number of participants is 10, two teams from each country. They will be placed into 2 groups but teams from the same country can not be together in the same group. The first round will be played on 8th October while Final 4 tournament will take a place on 22nd March. All-Star game is scheduled for 17th December.

According to the rumors, some of the participants at the opening season of Balkan basketball league will be: Swisslions Takovo, Mega Aqua Monta, Dynamo Bukurest, Spartak, Lukoil Akademik, Levski, Rabotnicki, Feni Industri, PAOK and Olimpia Larisa.

The final list of participants will be known until 1st of June while draw will be held on 7th June in Sofia.


Nemanja Aleksandrov wants to split with Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
Ex best European cadet Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87), who had a lot of problems with injuries during the last 3 years, wants to terminate the contract with Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade. Namely, the player is unsatisfied his playing minutes since he returned on the court, which happened almost two months ago.

The player did not receive couple of last salaries which could be another reason for his move. It is not known yet will Zvezda and Aleksandrov manage to resolve this situation or the payer will get status of free agent.


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SLOVENIA

Krka advance to Play-Off -by Zeljko Zule
Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas John Sorrentine had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Krka advanced to Play-Offs for the first time in 4 years, beating Zlatorog 64-58 in Round 14 of League Play-Off. Krka used a 16-2 run in last period to open a 62-51 lead and almost grab Adriatic League spot. Nejc Strnad scored 15 points, Aleksandar Jevdic 14 and Chester Mason grabbed 15 rebounds including 9 offensive boards for Zlatorog.
Helios ended Union Olimpija's 13-game winning streak with an 89-74 road victory. Robert Troha finished with 19 points and led five scorers in double figures. Alexei Lashkevich collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, Domen Zerak posted 13 points, Marijan Mance 12 and Ziga Zagorc 10 while Goran Dragic had 20 points and 8 rebounds and Jasmin Hukic netted 14 points for Union Olimpija.
Geoplin Slovan defeated Luka Koper 77-65. Jaka Klobucar scored 28 points and Ljubo Samadan registering a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Koper outrebounded Slovan 32-25 but commited 20 turnovers. Vlado Pasalic finished with 15 points and 1 rebounds and Miha Cmer posted 15 points.
TCG Mercator in the battle for 7th place defeated Elektra Esotech 72-69. Jure Erzen scored 20 points and Primoz Skok, Gregor Jankovic and Dino Muric added 10 apiece. Ales Kunc and Zan Vrecko netted 18 points apiece for Elektra.
Play-Offs - Semifinals (best of three - 17/05, 21/05, 24/05): Union Olimpija (1)-Zlatorog (4), Helios (2)-Krka (3).


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Olimpija 13-1 
 2. Helios 10-4 
 3. Krka 8-6 
 4. Slovan 8-6 
 5. Zlatorog 8-6 
 6. Luka Koper 4-10 
 7. TCG Mercator 3-11 
 8. Elektra 2-12 
Places 9-13
 1. Alpos S. 12-18 
 2. Polzela 12-18 
 3. Zagorje 11-19 
 4. Kraski Zidar 9-21 
 5. Rogla 6-24 


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SPAIN

Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real 29-5 
 2. Joventut 25-9 
 3. Barcelona 24-10 
 4. Tau 22-12 
 5. Pamesa 22-12 
 6. Akasvayu 21-13 
 7. Lagun Aro 21-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-17 
 9. G.Canaria 16-18 
 10. Cajasol 14-20 
 11. Ricoh Man. 14-20 
 12. Murcia 13-21 
 13. Fuenlabrada 13-21 
 14. Estudiant. 12-22 
 15. Granada 12-22 
 16. Menorca 12-22 
 17. Grupo Capitol 11-23 
 18. Leon 8-26 


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SWEDEN

Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Riley, Akropol 25.7
2 Thomas, Akropol 25.6
3 Gervin, Norrkoping 24.5
4 Johnson, 08 24.1
5 Favors, Oresun. 23.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Mcdade, Boras. 11.3
2 Kjellbom, Sunds. 10.0
3 Kingma, Boras. 9.5
4 Salaam, Solna 9.5
5 Lazare, Gothia 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Thomas, Akropol 6.6
2 Jackson, Uppsala 6.6
3 Favors, Oresun. 6.2
4 Larsson, Plannja 5.9
5 Pleick, Norrko. 5.6
Steals Per Game
1 Thomas, Akropol 3.1
2 Jackson, Uppsala 2.9
3 Williams, Plannja 2.4
2FGP
1 Randa, Akropol 75.8
2 Olsson, Plannja 75.0
3 Davidsson, Norrko. 75.0
3FGP
1 Rocque, Akropol 66.7
2 Kingma, Boras. 60.0
3 Guei, Uppsala 55.8
Free Throws
1 Bengtsson, 08 96.4
2 Larsson, Boras. 90.6
3 Bennerman, Jam. 90.0


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SYRIA

The Syrian Champion -by Bashar Nashef
For the second time in a row Jalaa became the syrian champion, after all they have been through they were able to keep the champions records. Especially after the ACL of micheal Maadanli the syrian super stars, Jalaa with Rami, Sari, Hikmat, Aboud, Yousef, Sharif, and off course the twin towers as so called in the syrian league Samaki Walker, and Tommy Smith. And especially also after the coach resigned in the middle of the season and coach george Petrovich joined them the were able to take the championship for the second time and it would be the 25 year this team was able to win syria's championship. congratulations Jalaa great job great result

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TANZANIA

Basketball Dar Es Salaam Picks 42 for Inter-Cities -by Carlos Pereira
by Majuto Omary

Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) has selected a provisional squad of 42 players who will represent Dar es Salaam in next month's Inter Cities championship.

Out of the slected players 22, will form the men's team and 20 the ladies' side, according to the BD director of information, Michael Maluwe.
The full line up is; Franka Kusiga, Mohamed Yusuph, Gerald Baru, Filbert Mwaipungu, Ashraf Haroun, Frank Majura, Francis Mlewa, Jacob Marenga, Edmund Pastory, Mohamed 'Bibo' Ally, Abdallah Ramadhani, Charles Makene, Frank Simkoko, Alfonce Kusekwa, George Tarimo, Mkumbo Mgendi, Claudia Kisanko and Godfrey Chrisant.
Also in the list are Tumsifu Apolo, Obote Mwambongo, Gilbert Batungi, Alex George.
The team would be under coaches Bahati Mgunda and Dais Makula.

Women players are Lucy Augustino, Evodia Kazinja, Khadija Kalambo, Amina Ahmed, Elizabeth Masenyi, Zakia Kondo, Mary Kimiti and Faraja Malawi.
Others are Ester Nelson, Lulu Joseph, Dolita Mbunda, Neema Emmanuel, Easter Fanuel, Monica Aloyce, Grace Mgyabuso, Penina Igwe, Annomisiata Anthony, Grace Daudi, Nelly Anyengise and Nina Mliga.
The training session is slated to take off next Monday, while the Inter-Cities tournament gets underway at the National Indoor Stadium on June 24.
The women's team coaches are Peter Samson and Leonard Kwale.
Zanaki Secondary School will be the training venue for men's team while ABC court will be used by the women side.
The Inter-Cities championship is expected to attract teams from Nairobi, Kampala, Bujumbura, Kisumu, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Mombasa.


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TUNISIA

AS Marsa and CA Bizertin are going down to National B -by Kristian Santiago
ASM and CAB lost their respective games and will be relegated to the second Tunisian division even though there is one more round to play.

Results of the ninth round of the Play-Outs:

CAB-CSC 67-69
ASM-ASH 79-84
ESR-DSG 92-72

Standings:

1) ESR 16
2) DSG 15
2) ASH 15
4) CSC 13
5) CAB 12
6) ASM 11


Nabeul outclasses Kairouan 76-60 in the finals -by Kristian Santiago
Stade Nabeulien is leading 1-0 in the finals of the 'super play-offs' of the national championship after winning easily over JS Kairouan 76-60.
Souheil Kechrid (188-G-78), Marouan Laghnej (190-G-86) and Walid Dhouibi (184-G-77) poured in a few three-point shots for J.S.Kairouan but were unable to find a loophole in the tight zone defense played by the hosts from the north of Tunisia.
J.S.Kairouan kept on with the distance shooting and started to struggle from beyond the arc which led to easy points for Nabeul through the likes of Mohamed Hdidane (205-F-86), Amine Rezig (198-G/F-80), Salah M'Barek (201-C) and Majdi Maalaouli (202-C/F-77).
By tuning up the speed in the last 20 minutes, SN pulled away when the J.S.Kairouan-starting five, which played mostly through the whole game, started to get tired and kept missing their distance shots and missed Atef Maoua (198-F-81) who not available to play for the guests.
Nabeul now looks forward to win the Tunisian championship after coming in second last year.


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UGANDA

KIU Overwhelm Nkumba Marines -by Kristian Santiago
by Charles Mutebi

KIU bounced back from defeat to the Mogas Falcons to record a thrilling 89-85 victory over Nkumba Marines in over-time in an MTN basketball league on Sunday.
The Kansanga-based university team will be counting their blessings though, as Nkumba's Salim Ali could have actually won the game for his team at the end of normal play but missed one of two free throws to tie the score at 74.
Ali had also been at fault 12 seconds earlier when he lost the ball in his own half from which KIU scored to take the lead although Nkumba's playmaker protested that he had been unfairly hassled off the ball in the process.

Marines blew another chance four minutes into overtime, failing to hold onto a four point lead KIU duly punished them with Mandy Juruni (169-G), netting five from the line in the extra period.
Part of Nkumba's Boniface Okello game-high 36, which is the most any player has scored this season, appeared to be guiding the Marines to an impressive win when they led 45-33 at the half. But KIU outscored their opponents 23-10 in the third to begin their ultimately comeback.
A1 Challenge remained the only women's team with a perfect record after condemning the Amazon Rhinos to their fifth straight defeat.
A1 was far from their best but their 36-23 victory was enough to secure their fourth straight win.

Results

Marines 85-89 KIU
Heaters 75-60 Bugema
Berkeley 60-41 Biston
Nabisunsa 24-45 KIU


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URUGUAY

Brian Craig leads Capurro -by Hector Lopez
Capurro scored a 15-0 run in the last 3.30 to win 91-83 over Goes to maintain the leadership of the Metro League, after 10 rounds. Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles), shotting 80% from the field, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Capurro. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) netted 23 with 6 rebounds for Goes. Aguada was winning 56-45 when fans from Olivol Mundial stormed the court and the game was stopped. For Aguada Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) scored 6 points with 9 rebounds. Diego Olivera (197-G-84) scored 13 for Olivol.
Other results were:
25 de Agosto 95
Yale 86 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 27 points and 6 rebounds
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Nacional 80 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 14 points 11 rebpunds
Waston 69 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 14 points 10 rebounds
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Verdirrojo 86 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 16 points 8 rebounds
Larraaga 79
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Urunday Universitario 83
LArre Borges 77 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 25 and 7 rebounds


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




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Women News

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GERMANY - Women

Leipzig Eagles ink Twiggy McIntyre for 2008-09 campaign -by Moritz Korff
Ritz Ingram, the new Coach of the BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL) has signed the first player for his roster for the 2008-2009 season. Twiggy McIntyre (165-G-84, college: Houston) inked an one-year contract with the Eagles. The 23-year-old Point Guard led the Houston (NCAA1) in points per game (15.0ppg) during her senior-year and will spend her first season as a pro in Germany. Before suiting up for the Houston Cougars the native of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended Kansas State University.

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HOLLAND - Women

Amazone stays alive in the semifinal -by Eurobasket News
Amazone beat ProBuild Lions 69:51 away from home to draw level in the semifinal series at 2-2. So now the teams will play the decisive game on Thursday. ProBuild Lions got to a better start to the game as they enjoyed a narrow 14:11 lead after the opening frame. But Amazone used an 8:0 run ignited by Judy Wright (172-G-84) to claim a 29:26 lead at halftime. Maaike van de Bovenkamp (178-F-85) stretched the margin to 9 points early in the second half. The visitors kept mounting the pressure and rolled to a 12-point buffer at the end of the third stanza. The hosts stayed within a striking distance at the start of the final period but an 11:4 rally from Amazone put things beyond reach for ProBuild Lions. The visitors evened the series at 2-2 and would have a chance to close out the series at home court on Thursday. Patricia Chukwuma (186-F/G-85) provided 19 points and 10 boards for Amazone. Marloes Renskers (170-G-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) had 13 points, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Judy Wright tallied 11 points and 12 caroms for the winners. Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: NC-Wilmington) answered with 14 points and 11 boards for the Lions. Ilana Vergunst (169-G-87) accounted for 10 points in a loss.
Yellow Bike overcame Perik Jumpers 75:67 away from home to claim the Final birth. Francisca Donders (170-G-89) and Laura Kooij (183-F-82) led the charge for Yellow Bike. Sharon Beld (180-F-88) paced Perik Jumpers with 26 points and 9 boards.


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MALTA - Women

Hibs Medsea bruises Depiro in title decider -by Eurobasket News
Hibs Medsea - Depiro 65:49

Hibs Medsea clinched the Peugeot League title with a comfortable victory over Depiro in the decisive third game of the Final series. It was the third straight championship for Hibs Medsea and the 12th overall success for Maltese powerhouse. Depiro surged ahead early in the encounter but Hibs Medsea capped the first frame with an 11:0 run to trail by just one point 16:17. Depiro stayed ahead throughout the second period and rolled to a 31:27 advantage at the long break. But Hibs took over completely in the third frame. They held their opponents to 4 points and posted a 17:4 rally to spur ahead. Hibs Medsea kept their rivals at bay in the final term and celebrated the title at the end. Doreen Micallef came up with 16 points for the winners. Rachel Camilleri (167-G-86) led all scorers with 20 points for Depiro.


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PARAGUAY - Women

Female league updating -by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of games, Olimpia defeated Libertad 58-42, keeping the top of the table in Female First Division. Carina Pena (-C-84) and Maria Barrail (174-G-80) were the top performers in the win, with 16 and 12 points, respectively. The other games results were:
Sol de Amrica 79- San Lorenzo 60
Universidad Catlica (UCA) 75-Universidad Autnoma de Asuncin (UAA) 68
Flix Prez 63- Ciudad Nueva 51
Flix Prez 68-Ciudad Nueva 68-66.
The table ios now as follows:
1. Olimpia 10 pts,
2. Sol 9,
3. UCA 8,
4. Libertad 7,
5. UAA 7,
6. Flix Prez 7,
7. San Lorenzo 6
8. Ciudad Nueva 5.


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SERBIA - Women

Petrovic with the gold, while Matic or Bjelica with another -by Eurobasket News
Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) from Perfumerias struggles against Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) 's Ros Casares in the Finals of Spain. The opener of the two best teams in Spain was held in Valencia and saw a loss of Ros Casares. The defending champions could not start the home campaign with a positive result and lost to Perfumerias 71:78. The latter being second after the regular season survived the series over EBE Promoc and now remains on track. Ana Montanana led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ivanka Matic netted 19 and Mondt posted 10. Evanthia Maltsi and Delisha Milton-Jones top-scored with 20 points each for the hosts.
Perfumerias did not feel homesick taking 20:14 win after the opening quarter. Ana Montanana and Ivanka Matic kept the lead for her team in the second quarter as the team even increased to 9 points lead. The squads left the court for the break at 29:40. A third quarter was a real defensive battle and Ros Casares was able to reduce to 7 points after 15:13 in it. In an opposite to the third quarter last period was 27:25 win for the hosts, but that was not enough for Ros Casares to tie the game.
In the second game Ros Casares won 78:69 as Ivanka Matic scored 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) top-scored for Bourges that 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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TURKEY - Women

Fenerbahce wins champion title! -by Iva Ivanova
Fenerbahce wins champion title! TBBL Fenerbahce ends 2007/08 season with a gold medals after 5th game in the serie. They closed serie with a 3-2, after 74-62 in Caferaga sport hall today.
There was a very hard supporter`s energyinto Kadikoy hall. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) again shows her potencial as a team leader. Pondexter scored 17 pts., while center Ebony Hoffman ended with double-double: 15 pts and 13 rebounds.

Good season for the Galatasaray in fact. With coach Cem Akdag and new stuff at start of the season, team progressed to the final serie. With a very young and competitve team, Galatasaray showing their power to be a good opponent of Euroleague`s team Fenerbahce.
Galatasaray also progress well into Europe and the second place in TBBL is open high-way to the next season.

FENERBAHCE - GALATASARAY 74-62 (20-12, 18-19, 20-15, 16-16)

Referees: Recep Ankarali, Ersan Erguler

FENERBAHCE (74): Sviatlana Volnaya 2, Esmeral Tuncluer 7, Birsel Vardarli 10, Nevriye Yilmaz 5, Sutton-Brown 12,
Melike Bakircioglu 6, Cappie Pondexter 17, Ebony Hoffman 15
GALATASARAY (62): Vickie Johnson 15, Isil Alben 13, Petra Ujhelyi 9, Sariye Gokce 4, Sophia Young 12, Esra Sencebe 9