EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/18/2008

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ARGENTINA

Libertad 2-0 Quimsa -by Facundo Iatzky

Liberad won 77-65 in the second game of the finals. This time, Quimsa started better but since the second quarter libertad improved their deffense and made an important run. Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) was outstanding again and Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) did a bit of everything.

Libertad (77): Sebastian Ginbili 7, Pablo Moldu 12, Laron Profit 16, Andres Pelussi 10 Robert Battle 18 (St), Juan Pablo Sartorelli 0, Marcos Saglietti 9, Jorge Benitez 5. Coach Julio Lamas

Quimsa (65): Jonathan Treise 7, Julio Mazzaro 8, Cleotis Brown 14, William Mc Farlan 11 Gabriel Mikulas 6 (St) Victor Cajal 4, Alejandro Reinick 5, Sebastian Castineira 8 Andres Rodriguez 2. Coach Fabio Demti


Next game: Monday in Santiago del Estero



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ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Asia Champions Cup. Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
Rayyan - Muharraq 95:78
Qatari Rayyan cruised past Muharraq of Bahrain to reach the semifinal stage yesterday. The teams had three days of rest after the quarterfinal stage was postponed because of the state mourning in Kuwait. So both sides were ready to fight and come up with their best performances. It turned to be partly true as Rayyan looked impressive down the line and posted an easy win. Qatari team jumped to a lead late in the first frame and drove to a 23:17 advantage after 10 minutes of action. A well-balanced offensive effort from Rayyan allowed Qatari side to stretch the gap to as many as 14 points at halftime. Rayyan did a great defensive job limiting Muharraq leader Donald Little to only 12 points and thus cutting the offensive options for Muharraq. Saad Ali stepped up for Rayyan in the second half as they kept their opponents at bay and rolled to a comfortable victory. The margin reached an 18-point mark after three quarters and Muharraq simply lacked answers for the sizzling performance from Rayyan. The defense eased the pressure in the fourth period as both teams fired from all distances but Rayyan had the game under control and registered a comfortable win at the end. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) provided 21 points to lead Rayyan. Saad Ali launched 18 points, while Yassen Musa had 14 in a winning clause. Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) replied with 24 points for Muharraq. Mohammed Alderazi scored 24 points in defeat. Rayyan will face Wasl in the semifinal clash tomorrow.

Rayyan: Dalron Johnson 21, Saad Ali 18, Yassen Musa 14, Eric Chatfield 13
Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 24, Mohammed Alderazi 24

Wasl - Zain 84:75
The Emirates Wasl sent a strong message to their opponents their impressive preliminary round record was not a mere coincidence. They stretched their unbeaten run to 5 games handling Zain Club in the quarterfinal yesterday. But the road to yesterdays success was a bumpy one for Wasl. They got to a slow start and Zain Club quickly stepped in front. The Jordanian outfit that many thought was just gaining the speed in the preliminary action seemed to start living up to the expectations. They looked aggressive in defense and pretty accurate on the other side of the court to accumulate a 22:17 lead after the first frame. The things did not change in the second frame as Zain Club kept on forcing their issue with Wasl finding no answers for the onslaught. Zain stretched the lead to as many as 7 points at halftime and the sensation began shaping up. But it was a different Wasl that appeared on the court after the break. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) finally shook off their first half sloppiness and Wasl gradually took over. The Emirates outfit first closed the gap and spurred in front 59:58 after three quarters of action. Zain stayed close in the opening minutes of the final period and then regained the lead 70:63 midway through the frame. But Wasl were far from being done. They posted a stunning 21:5 run to cap the game and snatched an outstanding victory at the end. Herve Lamizana and Courtney Fields scored 22 points apiece to pace Wasl. Ayoub Albaloushi provided 13 points for the winners. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) had 25 points for Zain. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) nailed 20 points in a losing effort. Wasl will now face Al Rayyan in the semis.

Wasl: Herve Lamizana 22, Courtney Fields 22, Ayoub Albaloushi 13
Zain: Boney Watson 25, Zeid Abbas 20

SABA Battery - BK Almaty 88:77
The Asia Champions Cup resumed its action after a couple of days of mourning after the death of Emir of Kuwait. Yesterday the quarterfinal games were played and the defending champions SABA Battery claimed their semifinal spot. With the semifinal birth at stake SABA Battery turned on to the maximum speed to dominate right from the start. The Iranian outfit easily jumped to a 25:14 after the opening frame but the game was far from settled. BK Almaty kept a steady line and gradually cut the gap to 4 points at the long break. The Kazakh team stayed competitive throughout the third period as their trademark tough defense proved quite difficult for SABA to deal with. But Samad Nikkah drained a couple of three-pointers and the reigning champions enjoyed a 66:60 lead with a quarter to go. SABA stepped on the gas in the final term and looked more aggressive in the long run. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) took over the floor in the dying minutes leading SABA to an impressive victory. He finished with game-high 26 points for the victors. Samad Nikkah produced 24 points, while Hamed Hadadi scored 17 points in a winning case. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) answered with 25 points for BK Almaty. Mikhail Yevstigneev netted 24 points in defeat. SABA Battery will take on undefeated Wasl in the semis tomorrow.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 26, Samad Nikkah 24, Hamed Hadadi 17
BK Almaty: Vsevolod Fadeykin 25, Mikhail Evstigneev 24

Qadsia - Riyadi 80:91
The hosting Qadsia had to leave the Asia Champions Cup early yesterday after they were held off by Riyadi in the quarterfinal. The hosts had somehow unconvincing performance during the preliminary round and finished their Pool just at the 4th spot. Thus they had to face the top-seeded Riyadi in the opening round of the knockout stage. Qadsia threw everything they have to keep competitive in this one. They were supported by a sell-out crowd and looked ready to challenge the Lebanese outfit from the start. The teams traded baskets at the start but the experienced Riyadi squad found the way to enjoy a 22:19 lead after the starting frame. Qadsia remained close throughout the second period with Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) leading the charge for the hosts. Riyadi however did not allow the home team to step in front and completed the first half up by 4 points. The breakthrough for the visitors came early in the third stanza as Omar Turk and Ali Mahmoud converted some fastbreaks and Riyadi jumped to a 66:54 lead. Qadsia ran out of steam in the fourth stanza as they never threatened the advantage seriously allowing Riyadi to coast to an overall victory. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) provided 28 points to pace the winners. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) knocked down 24 points, while Omar Turk scored 17 in a win. Alpha Bangura dropped 24 points for Qadsia. Abdul Aziz Mohammad (186-F-87) added 15 points in a losing effort. So now Riyadi will take on the Cup defending champions SABA Battery in the semifinal tomorrow.

Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 24, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 28, Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Omar Turk 17


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BAHRAIN

Al Rayyan bruises Al Muharraq to join semifinal stage -by Eurobasket News
Rayyan - Muharraq 95:78

Qatari Rayyan cruised past Muharraq of Bahrain to reach the semifinal stage yesterday. The teams had three days of rest after the quarterfinal stage was postponed because of the state mourning in Kuwait. So both sides were ready to fight and come up with their best performances. It turned to be partly true as Rayyan looked impressive down the line and posted an easy win. Qatari team jumped to a lead late in the first frame and drove to a 23:17 advantage after 10 minutes of action. A well-balanced offensive effort from Rayyan allowed Qatari side to stretch the gap to as many as 14 points at halftime. Rayyan did a great defensive job limiting Muharraq leader Donald Little to only 12 points and thus cutting the offensive options for Muharraq. Saad Ali stepped up for Rayyan in the second half as they kept their opponents at bay and rolled to a comfortable victory. The margin reached an 18-point mark after three quarters and Muharraq simply lacked answers for the sizzling performance from Rayyan. The defense eased the pressure in the fourth period as both teams fired from all distances but Rayyan had the game under control and registered a comfortable win at the end. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) provided 21 points to lead Rayyan. Saad Ali launched 18 points, while Yassen Daoud Musa (193-G-82) had 14 in a winning clause. Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) replied with 24 points for Muharraq. Ebrahim Alderazi scored 24 points in defeat. Rayyan will face Wasl in the semifinal clash tomorrow.

Rayyan: Dalron Johnson 21, Saad Ali 18, Yassen Daoud Musa 14, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) 13
Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 24, Ebrahim Alderazi 24


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BELGIUM

Div 1 News -by Peter Buyse


Telindus Oostende will not be coached by Sharon Drucker next season. The coach announced that he wishes to leave Oostende.
His new team is not known yet but according to the Oostende press release it could be a Euroleague team.
Oostende has started its search for a new coach instantly.

Antwerp Giants has announced its first incoming player transfer in Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: SMU).
Hopkins played the 2007-2008 season for Liege. In 27 games for Liege he averaged 11.9 ppg and 2.1 rpg.
Lee Wouters extended his contract with one more year.
The team also announced that Kris Sergeant and Svan Van Camp will not be in Antwerp next season.

Optima Gent has also signed its first players just days after the regular season ended.

Their new point guard will be Holland's leader in assists during the 07-08 season Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville).

Kimbrough played 40 games for Aris Leeuwarden and had averages of 14.9 ppg, 4.rpg and 6.9 apg.

Played college ball at Jacksonville where he missed most of the 05-06 season with an injury. Came back strong in his senior year and had averages of 14.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.4apg. Kimbrough was selected to the first team All A-Sun Conference team.


Hans van Langenhove and Michael Krikemans will also be on the Gent roster for next season.

Negotiations with Ike Ofoegbu, Brandon Freeman and captain Tibo T'Joncke are still ongoing.

John Turek seems to have already received offers from other teams and Gent think it will be close to impossible to keep him.



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BOSNIA

Bosnian League 8, 11TH round - Great win for Sloboda Dita -by Elvir Halilovic

Results:
Sloboda Dita - Igokea Partizan 87:82
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Slavija 100:67
Zrinjski Mik Company - Grude 90:69
Borac Nektar - Siroki Prima Pivo (Sunday May 18TH)

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 9-2 875:738 +137 20 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 8-3 973:847 +126 19 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 8-2 838:760 +78 18 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 6-5 840:876 -36 17 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 4-6 766:750 +16 14 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 3-8 913:995 -82 14 pts.
7. Slavija 3-8 837:974 -137 14 pts.
8. Grude 2-9 835:937 -102 13 pts.


Sloboda Dita - Igokea Partizan 87:82
(26:20, 21:22, 16:24, 24:16)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 1.00; Ref.: Adamovic, Obradovic, Bijedic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 29, Hrncic 5, Halilbegovic 2, Albijanic 7, Persic, Tomovic, Tanasilovic 2, Matic 18, N. Milosevic 11, Jocovic 6, Ross 7
Coach: Senad Muminovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic, Patterson 5, Bocka 12, Stazic, Djurica, Vucurovic 17, Cup, Wright 13, Lydeka 7, Stefanovic, Kovacevic 12, Allen 16
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic


Bosna ASA BH Telecom Slavija 100:67
(27:15, 20:24, 27:16, 26:12)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 300; Ref.: Babic, Okuka, Nozinovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 7 (6 ass.), Sehovic 1, Tomovic (7 ass.), Ikonic 19, Bavcic 10 (10 reb., 3 bl.), Djurasovic 2, Zimic, Rahimic 23 (6 reb.), Hajric 5, Pasalic 9, Jackson 3, Williams 21
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 5 (4 ass.), Stanic 6, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 4, Damjanovic D., Vukovic 7 (9 reb., 3 bl.), Grubisic 13, Demic 14, Damjanovic A. 18
Coach: Vladimir Saraba


Zrinjski Mik Company Grude 90:69
(21:29, 27:10, 21:16, 21:14)
Mostar, SD Pod Bijelim Brijegom; Att.: 100; Ref.: Jovanic, Kunosic, Lovric
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 9, Norac 14, Petric 5, Oroz 8, Simovic 10, Brecic 14, Vuckovic 22, Buhac, Sarenac 2, Planinic 4, Grbavac 2
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika
GRUDE: Lovric, Djulabic, M. Gligora 16, L. Gligora 10, Jelcic 5, Vujicic 3, Bura 1, Lozancic, Zitko 18, Perajica 16
Coach: Predrag Mikulic



Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 9-2 
 2. Siroki 8-2 
 3. Igokea 8-3 
 4. Sloboda Dita 6-5 
 5. Borac Nektar 4-6 
 6. Zrinjski MC 3-8 
 7. Slavija 3-8 
 8. Grude 2-9 
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 


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CROATIA

Ex Cibona's players Wright and Wisniewski got suspensions -by Eurobasket News
Not so good news came from Russia. Ex players of Cibona Zagreb, Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) and Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary), got suspensions from Russian Basketball Federation. Namely, RBF suspended them for the next two games because of fight during the game against Khymky in the play-off semifinals. Despite Ural appealed against two games ban for Wright and Wisniewski it is expected that RBF will confirm its decision.

The incident happened in the third quarter of the fourth game, which was played in Perm. Wisniewski and Wright on the one side were fighting against Daniel Ewing and Nikita Shabalkin of Khimky. After this incident referees sent out those 4 players. RBF watched the tape many times and realized that Ewing started the fight. They banned him for the next 3 games and his club is fined with 30.000 Russian rubles. It is not the first incident for Ewing this season. On 23rd of December last year he provoked Hansen of Dynamo Moscow and was banned for one game. Other three participants of this fight Shabalkin, Wisniewski and Wright and banned with two games. Their clubs also have to pay 30.000 rubles for each of those 3 players.

Ural lost the decisive game against Khimky in Perm so they will compete for the third place against Dynamo Moscow. On the other hand Khimky will meet CSKA in the final.


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CYPRUS

Two players from AEL's roster in the NBA pre-draft selection -by Chris Mammides
Great success for the Cyprus Basketball once more, two players from AEL's roster, the Croat Sasa Cuic (208-F-83, college: Oregon St.) and the Russian Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) belong to the NBA's pre-draft selection. The list has 87 names allover the world and from all the leagues world widely. The Russian shooting guard is currently in the 20th place while the Croat center is at the 45th position. Another two players are currently playing in the Greek league, the Serb point guard Milos Teodosic of Olympiakos has the nineth position in the list while the Greek point guard of PAOK, Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87) has the 26th position.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Felipe Lopez Continues Playing Regional Leagues In The D.R. -by Kerwin Abreu
Puerto Plata: Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) once who was a Member of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Vancouver Grizzlies in the NBA is now playing in the Dominican Republic Regional Leagues. This year he had a great Success playing for his team in Santiago GUG taking them to the Championship and winning it all. Then he went to Moca Regional Basketball League just for one game, it was not the game the fan expected but it was a game where Felipe Lopez had his numbers in all category Stats. Now he is arriving to Puerto Plata to play with los Escorpiones Del Gregorio.

Puerto Plata has a great league that holds players like Marlon Martinez, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.), Mayobanex Vasquez (200-F-82) who played in Spain this year, Charlie Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) and others. This is a matter of time to see how Felipe Lopez will play in Puerto Plata.


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GERMANY

Peer Wente back in Goettingen -by Manuel Schust
A familiar face will be seen in Goettingen next season: Power Forward Peer Wente (203-F/C-77), who already played for Goettingen in 2005/06, returns!
Wente joined Heidelberg last season. Due to a rupture of cruciate ligament he missed the whole ProA season, but now prepares for a comeback with Goettingen. He signed a one-year-deal with BG 74.

Wente averaged 17.1 points per game in his last season for Goettingen and was one of the key-players.
Coach John Patrick is very happy about the return of the 31-year-old Wente and called hima 'glue guy', someone who is very important for the team chemistry.


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GREECE

Standings - B-C leagues
B Standings
B Division
 1. Near East 21-7 
 2. Ikaros K. 19-9 
 3. KAOD 19-9 
 4. Amyntas 19-9 
 5. Aigio Helesi 19-9 
 6. Ermis L. 19-9 
 7. Lavrio 19-9 
 8. Anagennisi 19-9 
 9. Komotini 17-11 
 10. Ikaroi Serron 14-14 
 11. Doukas 11-17 
 12. Goumenissa 11-17 
 13. Alimos 8-20 
 14. Makedonikos 6-22 
 15. Milonas 2-26 
 16. Olympiakos V. 1-27 
C North - Group 1
 1. AIAS Evosmou 22-4 
 2. Arhelaos 21-5 
 3. Aiginiakos 16-10 
 4. Niki Volou 16-10 
 5. Filippos V. 15-11 
 6. HANTH 14-12 
 7. Argos Orestiko 14-12 
 8. Galaxias 12-14 
 9. Proteas G. 12-14 
 10. Foinikas 12-14 
 11. Siatista 10-16 
 12. Ionas Volou 10-16 
 13. Ifestos T. 5-21 
 14. Megas Al. 3-23 
C North - Group 2
 1. Apollon K. 24-2 
 2. Enosi Kavalas 22-4 
 3. Stratoni 21-5 
 4. Halkidona 18-8 
 5. Mantoulidis 18-8 
 6. Eleftheroupoli 16-10 
 7. Makabi 15-11 
 8. M.Alexandros 13-13 
 9. Ionikos Ionias 12-14 
 10. Thermaikos 7-19 
 11. Komotinis 6-20 
 12. Arion Xanthis 5-21 
 13. VAO 5-21 
 14. Nikiti H. 0-26 
C South - Group 1
 1. Arkadikos 22-4 
 2. Gyziakos 21-4 
 3. Agia Paras. 16-9 
 4. Kronos l. 16-9 
 5. AEK/Pegasus 16-9 
 6. Peiraikos 15-10 
 7. Kefallonias 14-11 
 8. KAO Palaimon 14-11 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 12-13 
 10. Apolloniada 11-14 
 11. Papagou 6-19 
 12. EA Patron 5-20 
 13. AEM Polyvios 4-21 
 14. Messinis 4-21 
C South - Group 2
 1. OFI 22-4 
 2. Ierapetra 20-5 
 3. Zografou 18-7 
 4. Panelefsiniakos 18-7 
 5. Filathlitikos 15-10 
 6. Kronos AD 15-10 
 7. Ionikos Nikaias 13-12 
 8. Arditos 13-12 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 12-13 
 10. Aris Nikaias 10-15 
 11. Apollon Sm. 7-18 
 12. Ermis S. 7-18 
 13. Diagoras 3-22 
 14. Halkida 2-23 


Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fotiou, Sporting 18.2
2 Kaklamanos, Trik,17.2
3 Totsios, Irakl, 17
4 Liakopoulos, Pagr, 16.7
5 Despos, MENT 15.7
6 Moulakis, Xanthi 16.34
Rebounds Per Game
1 Despos, MENT 9.34
2 Koutroulias, Ilys. 8.36
3 Symeonid. Irakl, 8.17
4 Bucci, Peristeri 7.42
5 Petrodimop, Dafni 7.26
Assists Per Game
1 Karidas, MENT 5.42
2 Moshovitis, Perist. 4.64
3 Liakopoulos, Pagr. 4.16
4 Kantartz, Halkida 4.00
5 Katsares, Trikala 3.15
Steals Per Game
1 Karidas, MENT 2.58
2 Tomaras, Halkida 1.90
3 Bucci, Peristeri 1.77
Blocks Per Game
Trybanski, Peristeri 1.72
Psathas, Halkida 1.09
Koutroulias, Ilysiak 1.05
Papanikol. Ilysiak.1.05
2FGP
1 Despos, MENT 68%
2 Pashalis, Ionikos 64%
3 Harismidis, Trikala 63%
3FGP
1 Fountas, Trikala 49%
2 Apostolop, Iraklis 48%
3 Panagiot, Panorama 48%
Free Throws
1 Daniel, Iraklis 87%
2 Bucci, Peristeri 85%
3 Mandic, MENT 85%
Ranking
Harismidis, Trikala 0.598
Anagnost, I.C.B.S. 0.577
Paschalis, Lamia 0.567
Papanikolaou, Ilisiakos 0.555
Koutroulias, Ilisiakos 0.554


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Trikalla 2000 24-6 
 2. Panorama 22-8 
 3. Dafni 22-8 
 4. DASH Perist. 19-11 
 5. Ionikos Lamias 19-11 
 6. Iraklis 16-14 
 7. HSBC Pagrati 15-15 
 8. MENT 15-15 
 9. ICBS 15-15 
 10. Panerythrai. 15-15 
 11. Xanthi 13-17 
 12. Ilysiakos 13-17 
 13. Apollon 11-19 
 14. Sporting 7-23 
 15. Halkida 7-23 
 16. P.Faliro 7-23 


NBA: Pre-Draft Selection and Greek interest -by Chris Mammides

Just some hours ago there was the official announcement in regards to the Pre-Draft selection in both NCAA and international players. In regards to the Greek interest now, the Greek basketball is proudly represented in this pre-selection not only with one representative but with three!!
The older brother of Kalathis family, Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) was selected in the 11th place of the specific list, the St' Joseph's graduate had a wonderful fourth season in the NCAA and lead his team in both scoring and rebounding. Pat was really the key for his team and in many games was the major stand out of St. Joseph. The Greek small forward ranked in the 11thposition among all the NCAA Seniors and at the 9th position as a top performer small forward in all the NCAA competition. Pat, who was born in December of 1985, is setting as a goal his participation in the Hellenic National team. During his 4th and final season in the NCAA, he had 17.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals per game and 1.3 blocks per game.

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In regards to the top centers rankings for the season 2007-2008, Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) ranked second, Brooke Lopez was the no.1

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As far as the International rankings concern now, in regards to the 1987 born, Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87) was ranked 26th among players allover the world, in the same division, Milos Teodosic ranked 9th. Furthermore, in the International rankings in regards to the 1986 born, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) the new center of Panathinaikos ranked at the first position, while the Greek Serbian point guard Igor Milosevic (193-G-86) ranked in the 11th position and the Greek Serbian small forward Dusan Sakota (209-F-86) in the 16th position.



A1: Behind the scene transfer news -by Chris Mammides

The play offs semi final round didnt end yet, but the transfer news rumors already begun. Eurobasket will give to its readers some scenarios which are currently playing for all the teams plus some predictions from our side:

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Panathinaikos: The Greens already agreed the financial terms with the Serbian center Nikola Pekovic while some players will not probably continue to wear the green jersey, these players are: Besirovic, Zizic, Prkcin, Tomasevic and probably Winston, while Alvertis will be possibly moving to the technical team, some of the targets for the Green team are: Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89), Massey, Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) and Vujanic.
Olympiakos: The reds already renewed the terms with Vasilopoulos for the next 4 years while they will renewed the contract with Blakney, the two Americans will not continue their career while Seibutis will probably leave the team too. Ian Vougioukas will join the team while Papaloukas is very close to the reds as his contract currently with CSKA Moscow could be covered by Olympiakos management. Another target is the Greek center Kosta Koufos and the power forward Antonis Fotsis who will be leaving the Russian league this season.
Marousi: Soulis Markopoulos already renewed the contracts of the two key players Milisavljevic and Stevenson while the amazing American guard of AEL Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) is the second American player. Kaimakoglou, Haralambidis and Boudouris will probably renew their contracts while Bakic and Kojadinovic will probably leave the team, Jazvin is a good center and he can do a lot of various jobs in the court, he will be staying, it is most certain that Markopoulos will give more chances to the youngsters of the team so players such us Papantoniou and Noeas will get some vital positions in the team.
Panionios: Markovic's position is not guaranteed as the crucial games against Marousi for the Euroleague position will probably confirm whether the Bosnian Head coach will stay be coaching Panionios or not, a name which is currently playing in Panionios circles is the one of Thanasis Skourthopoulos which is also 'playing' for Panellinios too. The successful American guard, ex player of Egaleo, Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) will be the first American player while most of the current players already have a contract with the team for another year, Kalambokis is expected to renew his contract while Zoroski and Giannoullis will do the same, among the direct targets of the team will be probably their ex player Kalaitzis who is leaving Thessalonica to come back to his home town. Lonny Baxter will renew his contract.
Panellinios: Zouros's position is not certain yet; the management of the team is looking towards Thanasis Skourthopoulos while the whole team will be based upon the American Anthony Grundy who already renew his contract for another season. Ostoic and Kalaitzidis will continue wearing Panellinios jersey as they have contracts while Dozet, Kelly and Rancic will be history. Argiropoulos, Golemac and Sklavos will be getting an offer and probably will continue their career in Panellinios while among the direct targets of the team will be Vougioukas who will be given as a loan from Olympiakos for another season, another player who is a target is Olympiakos player, Apostolidis. Furthermore Tsaldaris is a player who could be of interest for Panellinios
Aris: Gordon Herbert is already history; Mazzon is closer than ever with assistant coaches the veteran players, Sigalas and Vetoulas who just retired. Kalaitzis, Tsaldaris, Massey, Mottola, Terry and Boisa are history, Bracey Wright and Washington will probably stay while Iliadis will probably move to the Spanish league as he is already in the target of two teams, at the same time, a new player will probably be the American Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, college: Princeton) who played last season in the Italian team Capo Di Orlandi with very good stats. Nestoras Kommatos, Tapoutos and Gagaloudis are players who are currently having many chances to wear the yellow jersey of Aris.
AEK Athens: After one not so good season, the new management of Drosos was not exactly successful, even though there are many rumors that he will be leaving the team, Eurobaskets sources are different as we believe that the young businessman will stay in the team, Vangelis Angelou will be staying as a head Coach of the team, Kazel Wesson will be wearing the yellow jersey of AEK as a Bulgarian as he just received his Bulgarian passport and citizenship, while Amara Sy and Vasilis Simtsak together with Dimitris Papanikolaou will stay in the team for another season, Tapoutos, Avery, Vasjlevic, Yenice and Sioutis are history while Chatzis will stay in the team, there are some chances for the return of Michalis Kakiouzis and one of the targets for the Athenian team is Tsaldaris who made a wonderful season with Ariss jersey. As far as the Americans concern we do not have any real information yet. Barlos has a contract but there are rumors that he is in communication with another team in Athens.
Olympia Larissas: Bartzokas will remain in the team while Mike King will renew his contract while Corey Belser might move as the management wishes to bring back the successful American Mat Walsh who had a very bad season in the Spanish ACB and a medium season in the Belgian league. Other than that, Tsiaras might want to try his luck in a stronger team as his performance this season was more than good and Panionios, Marousi and Panellinios might want to add him in their rosters. Lacey and Arigbabu will receive an offer while the Greek players Koumbouras, Batis, Gizogiannis and Giannoulakos will probably stay in the team.
AEL 1964: The Head Coaching position is not closed yet, as Kalafatakis is considering his offers while Papachristos and Papanikolopoulos will stay in the team while there are some rumors that Ceranic already agreed financial terms with the Thessaly team. The Lithuanian star Klimavicius has a two years contract so he will be remaining in the team unless another team can arrange his buy out.
Egaleo: There is not any news in regards to the Head Coaching position the only definite news is that the Greek Head Coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos will not continue his career in Egaleo. Other than that, some players have singed last year contract for two years so they will remain in the team, kallinikidis, Christos Marinos, Dimitris Lolas, Spyros Magkounis and Kostas Georgakiou wil stay in the team, there are though some rumors which say that there will be for sure a merging with the Second division team Ikaros Kallitheas which means that the Greek players will be increased.
Kolossos Rodou: Possible Coaches after Alexandris refusal to stay in the team are unofficially, Pedoulakis, Angelos Koronios, Thanasis Skourthopoulos , Angelou and Flevarakis. The players to continue are mostly the Greeks and on Bosman and foreign site, Pinnock, Josipovic and Djiganovic will get offers while Todic and Vuksanovic will probably leave the team, Diamantopoulos will probably stay in the team while Asimakopoulos might be leaving.
PAOK: No coach, no president, no management team!! PAOK is among the few teams which are truly in a total mess. The historic team of PAOK is facing really big problems and very soon is expected to be under the new president Mr. Zidros, if thats the case then it will have a saying in many organizational and financial issues, Korfas, Konstantinidis and Stavropoulos are in theory the trio of coaches but.. Nobody knows up until when. There is already an unofficial camp taking place to find some new players, Verginis has a contract while Tsiakos, Haritopoulos and Kouvelas will stay in the team. Vangelis Alexandris will be a good case for the Thessalonica team but who knows.
Trikala 2000: Head Coach Tzimas will be heading the team while in regards to players the basis of this season success will remain in the team.



A2: Trikala is the champion! but who's to follow in the A1? -by Chris Mammides

Today is the last and final day in the A2. The A2 league this year was one of the best (as Eurobasket first stated six months ago) in the last twenty years. The team of Trikala is mathematically the champion as it was the steadiest team and didn't make any gifts to its competitors. The team of Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) (17.3pg), who is probably the MVP of the league, was much better than its opponents and it is more than fair that won the league and the promotion to A1. Tassos Harismidis (203-F-81) - 6th rebounder in the league with nearly 6 rebounds per game and Dimitris Bogdanos (200-F-75) - 10th rebounder in the league with nearly 5 per game, added a big portion to this promotion and Nikos Katsares (188-G-83) with his organizational style - 6th in assists with 3.5 per game together with George Lepeniotis (187-G-79) skills and experience - 10th in assists with 3 per game, gave the necessary 'push' to the team of Yannis Tzimas .

The last game of the champion team of Trikala will be against Ilysiakos but it doesn't matter at all for Tzimas team, who's already started his plans for the A1 league. Their current record is 24-5 while their opponent in the last game, team of Ilysiakos (which is currently playing very good basketball) is on the 13th position with a record of 12-17 succeeding 4 winning results in the last 4 games.

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On the other hand though, the teams of Panorama and the team of Dafni are the two teams which will play until the end their last game of the season as they both have equal chances to be promoted through the second position as they both have quite 'easy' games against Halkida and Pangrati respectively, the only difference is that Panorama will repeat the game which lost against MENT (early next week) so the chances are now much better for the team of Fotis Fotis Takianos . Panorama though, it is more than certain that has some financial issues and some behind the scene news are brining the Fotis Takianos s team to merge with another team (either Kavalla from the third division, or Iraklis from A2), never the less, Panorama with Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76) and Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) mainly, the two players are in the top 20 top scorers in the league with 12 points each, together with Bechlivanis good organizational skills, Kuburovics passion and Henjaks defense, were able to overcome their problems and push Fotis Takianos team to their best ever position in the A2, it is worth mentioning that the team from North Hellas took last season the promotion from B to A2 division as a gift as Makedonikos couldnt play (due to financial issues) in the league of A2! Lastly, it is mentioned that Kuburovic is consider to be among the top Bosman in the division as in the key games of his team was the top performer in all the aspects of the game. Panoramas' current record is 21-7 without counting the lost in MENT as this game will be repeated in a due day, Halkida, which is the opponent of Panorama in the last day of the league has a record of 7-22 and is facing an unbelievable amount of financial issues as the majority of its players already left the team and the rest just waiting for the end of the season in order to change teams too, the new season will find the team of Halkida to join Sporting and Palaio Faliro (all three teams had big issues with their financials) in the second division.

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The third team in the row is the of Dafni, the unlucky team of Coach Costas Sorotos who agreed financial terms and will continue his career as a Head Coach, with the Athenian team for the next season, came so close to the promotion but it seems that it will not be succeeded for a third season in a row (2006 and 2007 lost the promotion as it came third in both cases). Dafni had its ups and down and due to some not so good games the third position is more obvious than ever. The top scorer of the team and among the top scorers in the league Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) may have nearly 16 points per game but it seems that they were not enough for his team to be promoted in the A1 for the first time after nearly 14 years. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80) was very good too and gave his best shot together with Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) good scoring abilities and organizational skills of Giorgos Sourlis (190-G-85) who is among the top performers in the position of the point guard in all the league, couldnt add the extra bit to push them in the A1, of course nothing finished yet so there are still some mathematical hopes but if we want t be 100% realistic we can say that Coach Costas Sorotos will be coaching the team in the A2 next season too. The last game of Dafni is a kind of a derby as they are facing the team of Pangrati (geographically they are neighbors) Dafnis current record is 21-8 but in the in their in between games against Panorama has a 0-2 as Panorama won both games with 64-61 and 72-78, and that is the main reason why they loose the promotion this season, of course some other behind the scene news are bringing Egaleo which is currently in A1 to merge with Dafni, as they are facing big financial issues and will remain in the A1 under a new name. We will see very soon what the future predicts for these teams.



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HOLLAND

David Chiotti stays in Leiden -by Fred Roggen
Power-forward David Chiotti has extended his contract with ZZ Leiden with one more year. David Chiotti wants to play in Italy but does not possess an Italian passport, but if he can get one, then he has the right up to 1 august to dissolve the contract with ZZ Leiden. Chiotti averaged 15.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season.
Also pointguard JS Nash will return at ZZ Leiden, because he signed last season a contract for two years.



Phil Grant to Rotterdam Challengers -by Fred Roggen
Forward Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) signed a contract for one year with the Rotterdam Challengers. Phil Grant played last season in Luxembourg at BBC Nitia Bettembourg and averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds per game. Coach Stansbury knows Grant from the Luxembourgleague and wanted an experienced player for his new team.
He played in the past in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the minorleagues ABA and USBL.


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IRAN

SABA Battery stays in title race -by Eurobasket News
SABA Battery - BK Almaty 88:77

The Asia Champions Cup resumed its action after a couple of days of mourning after the death of Emir of Kuwait. Yesterday the quarterfinal games were played and the defending champions SABA Battery claimed their semifinal spot. With the semifinal birth at stake SABA Battery turned on to the maximum speed to dominate right from the start. The Iranian outfit easily jumped to a 25:14 after the opening frame but the game was far from settled. BK Almaty kept a steady line and gradually cut the gap to 4 points at the long break. The Kazakh team stayed competitive throughout the third period as their trademark tough defense proved quite difficult for SABA to deal with. But Samad Nikkah drained a couple of three-pointers and the reigning champions enjoyed a 66:60 lead with a quarter to go. SABA stepped on the gas in the final term and looked more aggressive in the long run. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) took over the floor in the dying minutes leading SABA to an impressive victory. He finished with game-high 26 points for the victors. Samad Nikkah produced 24 points, while Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) scored 17 points in a winning case. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) answered with 25 points for BK Almaty. Mikhail Yevstigneev netted 24 points in defeat. SABA Battery will take on undefeated Wasl in the semis tomorrow.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 26, Samad Nikkah 24, Hamed Hadadi 17
BK Almaty: Vsevolod Fadeykin 25, Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) 24


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ITALY

Serie A Quarterfinals Game 4 -by Luca Bianchin
Armani Jeans Milano-Premiata Montegranaro 83-86 (aggregate 2-2) - Game 5 on Sunday
The man was Luca Vitali (201-G-86). The guard from San Giorgio di Piano scored 6 points (with 4 key free throws) in the final minute to give Montegranaro another chance. Premiata won game4 in Milano and owns the home court advantage in the decisive game5. Vitali closed with 13 but Montegranaro first offensive option was Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson), that dominated Armani frontcourt and collected 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) added 16, while Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) wasn't enough for Milano. AJ prospect had big numbers (23 points, 10 boarders, 12/12 from the line) but did not manage to close the series and give Milano a Euroleague ticket. Premiata, that two years ago was in Legadue, seems now ready to become one of the 4 strongest teams in serie A: Milano needed 26 points from Melvin Booker and an impressive 17/29 from the three points line to win game3. It won't be easy to do it again.

Tisettanta Cantu'-Lottomatica Roma 53-66 (aggregate 1-3) Roma qualified to semifinals
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) collected 12 points and 6 rebounds, Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) closed with a wonderful plus/minus (+20) but the man of the match in game4 was Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84). Croatian play led Lottomatica Roma in the fourth quarter against Tisettanta Cantu', that had one of the worst DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.) of the season (only 6 points with 1/9 from the field). Roma, despite taking only 28 rebounds (against 35), won the series with some key plays. Ukic, Lorbek and Hawkins (good defense and 8 points tonight) will now wait for the semifinal against Avellino. Roma has the home court advantage but the series won't absolutely be easy.


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JAPAN

Asia-Basket.com Japan All-BJ League Awards -by John Scribe
1st Team All-JBL

G Mikey Marshall (196-G-81, college: Texas Tech), Osaka Evessa
G Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Apache
F Reggie Warren, Takamatsu Five Arrows
F Andy Ellis, OIta Heatdevils
C Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa


2nd Team All-JBL

G Naoto Takushi, Ryukyu Golden Kings
G Matt Lottich, Osaka Evessa
F Josh Peppers, Rizing Fukuoka
F Gordon James, Saitama Broncos
C Nick Davis, Tokyo Apache


All-Domestic Players Team

Naoto Takushi, Ryukyu Golden Kings
Tsubasa Yonamine, Oita Heatdevils
Yu Okada, Takamatsu Five Arrows
Kazuya Hatano, Osaka Evessa
Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Apache


All-Imports Team

Matt Lottich, Osaka Evessa
Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa
Reggie Warren, Takamatsu Five Arrows
Andy Ellis, Oita Heatdevils
Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa
John Humphrey, Tokyo Apache


All-Defensive Team

Darin Maki, Tokyo Apache
Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa
Gordon James, Saitama Broncos
Nick Davis, Tokyo Apache
Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa



Player of the Year: Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa
Guard of the Year: Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Evessa
Forward of the Year: Reggie Warren, Takamatsu Five Arrows
Center of the Year: Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa
Newcomer of the Year:Aaron Lawrence Sakai, Saitama Broncos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dameion Baker, Tokyo Apache
Import Player of the Year: Jeff Newton
Domestic Player of the Year: Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Apache
Defensive Players of the Year: Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa
Coach of the Year: John Neumann, Rizing Fukuoka


ASIA BASKET.COM ULTIMATE ALL-JAPAN TEAM -by John Scribe

For three years, Japan's elite basketball have been divided. With the establishment of the BJ League, Japanese basketball professionalized and there have been differences and separation between the new league and the JBL institution.

There have been many comparisons, arguments, and agreements when it comes to the thoughts of each respective league.

When we think of the JBL, such phrases and sentences emerge:
'The best players player in the JBL'.
'The money is better over there'.
The JBL will keep the best Japanese players since they run the national team'.

The BJ sounds like this:
'It's more enjoyable to watch'
'Since there's no limitation on imports it's more exciting and the Japanese players will get better'
'There is more popularity and they are really trying to globalize'.

Well, this intrigues us writers at Asia-basket.com Japan too. As a movement to NOT form any prejudice towards each league, and with a dream to think how hoops life in Japan would be if both leagues would atleast co-exist peacefully, I, John Scribe will now announce my fantasy-esque ULTIMATE ALL-JAPAN TEAM.

This award list will feature the best pound-for-pound players regardless of league, team, or association affiliation. And it may still be politically biased, but still tickles the fancy of hoops fanatics through the islands of Japan.

ENJOY!

ULTIMATE JAPAN 1st TEAM

G Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa
G Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Aisin Seahorses
F Charles O'Bannon, Toyota Alvark
F Ace Custis, Panasonic Trians
C Marquis Estill

ULTIMATE JAPAN 2nd TEAM

G Takuya Kawamura, OSG Phoenix
G Takehiko Orimo, Hokkaido Rera Kamuy
G Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Apache
F Michael Takahashi, Toyota Alvark
F Andy Ellis, Oita Heatdevils

ULTIMATE JAPAN 3rd TEAM

G Matt Lottich, Osaka Evessa
G Yu Okada, Takamatsu Five Arrows
F Reggie Warren, Takamatsu Five Arrows
F Kousuke Takeuchi, Aisin Seahorses
C Jerald Honeycutt, Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins

ULTIMATE JAPAN 4th TEAM

G Kei Igarashi, Hitachi Sunrockers
G Naoto Takushi, Ryukyu Golden Kings
F Joji Takeuchi, Hitachi Sunrockers

F J.R. Henderson-Sakuragi, Aisin Seahorses
C Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa

Ultimate -Domestic Players 1st Team

Cohey Aoki, Tokyo Apache

Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Aisin Seahorses

Kousuke Takeuchi, Aisin Seahorses

Michael Takahashi, Toyota Alvark

J.R. Henderson-Sakuragi, Aisin Seahorses

Ultimate -Domestic Players 2nd Team

Yu Okada, Takamatsu Five Arrows

Takehiko Orimo, Hokkaido Rera Kamuy

Kei Igarashi, Hitachi Sunrockers

Naoto Takushi, Ryukyu Golden Kings

Takuya Kawamura, OSG Phoenix

Honorable Mention: Kazuya Hatano, Osaka Evessa

Ultimate All-Imports1st Team

Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa

Charles O'Bannon, Toyota Alvark

Ace Custis, Panasonic Trians

Andy Ellis, OIta Heatdevils

Marquis Estill, OSG Phoenix

Ultimate All-Imports 2nd Team

Matt Lottich

Reggie Warren

Jerald Honeycutt

Jeff Newton

Alpha Bangura

Honorable Mention: Lynn Washington



Ultimate All-Defensive 1st Team

Darin Maki, Tokyo Apache
Mikey Marshall, Osaka Evessa
Kousuke Takeuchi, Aisin Seahorses

Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Aisin Seahorses

Ace Custis, Panasonic Trians


Ultimate All-Defensive 2nd Team


Louis Campbell, Toyota Alvark
Nick Davis, Tokyo Apache
Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa

Gordon James, Saitama Broncos
Cliff Hawkins, OSG Phoenix


Player of the Year: Marquis Estill, OSG Phoenix
Guard of the Year: Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Aisin Seahorses
Forward of the Year: Reggie Warren, Takamatsu Five Arrows
Center of the Year: Marquis Estill, OSG Phoenix
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Kousuke Takeuchi (Aisin) and Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi)

Most Improved Player of the Year: Dameion Baker, Tokyo Apache
Import Player of the Year: Marquis Estill, OSG Phoenix
Domestic Player of the Year: Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Aisin Seahorses
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeff Newton, Osaka Evessa
Coach of the Year: Kensaku Tennichi, Osaka Evessa (V3)



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JORDAN

Al Wasl stays undefeated, reaches semis -by Eurobasket News
Wasl - Zain 84:75

The Emirates Wasl sent a strong message to their opponents their impressive preliminary round record was not a mere coincidence. They stretched their unbeaten run to 5 games handling Zain Club in the quarterfinal yesterday. But the road to yesterdays success was a bumpy one for Wasl. They got to a slow start and Zain Club quickly stepped in front. The Jordanian outfit that many thought was just gaining the speed in the preliminary action seemed to start living up to the expectations. They looked aggressive in defense and pretty accurate on the other side of the court to accumulate a 22:17 lead after the first frame. The things did not change in the second frame as Zain Club kept on forcing their issue with Wasl finding no answers for the onslaught. Zain stretched the lead to as many as 7 points at halftime and the sensation began shaping up. But it was a different Wasl that appeared on the court after the break. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) finally shook off their first half sloppiness and Wasl gradually took over. The Emirates outfit first closed the gap and spurred in front 59:58 after three quarters of action. Zain stayed close in the opening minutes of the final period and then regained the lead 70:63 midway through the frame. But Wasl were far from being done. They posted a stunning 21:5 run to cap the game and snatched an outstanding victory at the end. Herve Lamizana and Courtney Fields scored 22 points apiece to pace Wasl. Ayoub Albaloushi provided 13 points for the winners. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) had 25 points for Zain. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) nailed 20 points in a losing effort. Wasl will now face Al Rayyan in the semis.

Wasl: Herve Lamizana 22, Courtney Fields 22, Ayoub Albaloushi 13
Zain: Boney Watson 25, Zeid Abbas 20


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KAZAKHSTAN

SABA Battery stays in title race -by Eurobasket News
SABA Battery - BK Almaty 88:77

The Asia Champions Cup resumed its action after a couple of days of mourning after the death of Emir of Kuwait. Yesterday the quarterfinal games were played and the defending champions SABA Battery claimed their semifinal spot. With the semifinal birth at stake SABA Battery turned on to the maximum speed to dominate right from the start. The Iranian outfit easily jumped to a 25:14 after the opening frame but the game was far from settled. BK Almaty kept a steady line and gradually cut the gap to 4 points at the long break. The Kazakh team stayed competitive throughout the third period as their trademark tough defense proved quite difficult for SABA to deal with. But Samad Nikkah drained a couple of three-pointers and the reigning champions enjoyed a 66:60 lead with a quarter to go. SABA stepped on the gas in the final term and looked more aggressive in the long run. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) took over the floor in the dying minutes leading SABA to an impressive victory. He finished with game-high 26 points for the victors. Samad Nikkah produced 24 points, while Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) scored 17 points in a winning case. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) answered with 25 points for BK Almaty. Mikhail Yevstigneev netted 24 points in defeat. SABA Battery will take on undefeated Wasl in the semis tomorrow.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 26, Samad Nikkah 24, Hamed Hadadi 17
BK Almaty: Vsevolod Fadeykin 25, Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) 24


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KUWAIT

Riayadi tames Qadsia, enters semis -by Eurobasket News
Qadsia - Riyadi 80:91

The hosting Qadsia had to leave the Asia Champions Cup early yesterday after they were held off by Riyadi in the quarterfinal. The hosts had somehow unconvincing performance during the preliminary round and finished their Pool just at the 4th spot. Thus they had to face the top-seeded Riyadi in the opening round of the knockout stage. Qadsia threw everything they have to keep competitive in this one. They were supported by a sell-out crowd and looked ready to challenge the Lebanese outfit from the start. The teams traded baskets at the start but the experienced Riyadi squad found the way to enjoy a 22:19 lead after the starting frame. Qadsia remained close throughout the second period with Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) leading the charge for the hosts. Riyadi however did not allow the home team to step in front and completed the first half up by 4 points. The breakthrough for the visitors came early in the third stanza as Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) converted some fastbreaks and Riyadi jumped to a 66:54 lead. Qadsia ran out of steam in the fourth stanza as they never threatened the advantage seriously allowing Riyadi to coast to an overall victory. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) provided 28 points to pace the winners. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) knocked down 24 points, while Omar Turk scored 17 in a win. Alpha Bangura dropped 24 points for Qadsia. Abdul Aziz Mohammad (186-F-87) added 15 points in a losing effort. So now Riyadi will take on the Cup defending champions SABA Battery in the semifinal tomorrow.

Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 24, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 28, Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Omar Turk 17


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LEBANON

Riayadi tames Qadsia, enters semis -by Eurobasket News
Qadsia - Riyadi 80:91

The hosting Qadsia had to leave the Asia Champions Cup early yesterday after they were held off by Riyadi in the quarterfinal. The hosts had somehow unconvincing performance during the preliminary round and finished their Pool just at the 4th spot. Thus they had to face the top-seeded Riyadi in the opening round of the knockout stage. Qadsia threw everything they have to keep competitive in this one. They were supported by a sell-out crowd and looked ready to challenge the Lebanese outfit from the start. The teams traded baskets at the start but the experienced Riyadi squad found the way to enjoy a 22:19 lead after the starting frame. Qadsia remained close throughout the second period with Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) leading the charge for the hosts. Riyadi however did not allow the home team to step in front and completed the first half up by 4 points. The breakthrough for the visitors came early in the third stanza as Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) converted some fastbreaks and Riyadi jumped to a 66:54 lead. Qadsia ran out of steam in the fourth stanza as they never threatened the advantage seriously allowing Riyadi to coast to an overall victory. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) provided 28 points to pace the winners. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) knocked down 24 points, while Omar Turk scored 17 in a win. Alpha Bangura dropped 24 points for Qadsia. Abdul Aziz Mohammad (186-F-87) added 15 points in a losing effort. So now Riyadi will take on the Cup defending champions SABA Battery in the semifinal tomorrow.

Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 24, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 28, Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Omar Turk 17


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LIBERIA

Kings Pythons in game four today -by Numennie Williams
NPA Pythons and Uhuru Kings will today play game four in the best out of five grand final series at the Sports Commission in Monrovia. Pythons have won two straight matches while Uhuru Kings managed one to take the final to game four. On May 11, Pythons trounced Uhuru Kings 81-73 points in game one and in game two Pythons again sliced Uhuru again 71-57 points. Uhuru Kings made a come back on May 14 to beat Pythons 66-60 points in a match characterized by tension. Fans of both teams hurled missiles on the court that the match had to be called on many occasions to wipe the floor to avoid players slipping and getting hurt.
Game five will come on today in what many basketball pundits have dubbed the final before the final. Pythons will be seeking to end the championship fight today while Uhuru Kings are expected to put up a fierce foght to remain in contention for the crown.


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NBA

LA Lakers head into semis -by Eurobasket News
The LA Lakers handled Utah 108:105 on the road to clinch the Western Final birth. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 34 point including 12 in a heated fourth term to ensure the Lakers would not come back in Los Angeles for Game 7. The Lakers got to a stunning start as they held a 19-point lead at halftime. The Jazz struggled to change the complexion of the encounter as they still were trailing by 16 points with a quarter to go. But Utah threw all they had in the fourth period to spark the intrigue in this one. The hosts trimmed the deficit to 3 point late in regulation. Lamar Odom scored two free throws to give the visitors a 105:100 lead with less than a minute left. Andrei Kirilenko dropped a three-pointer to cut it back to 2 points, which was followed by two accurate free throws from Kobe Bryant. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) dunked the ball to keep the teams close. Derek Fisher scored just one free throw to reply with and the Jazz had a chance to send the game into overtime. However both Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) and Deron Williams missed their three-point attempts and the Lakers celebrated a tough victory. Kobe Bryant added 8 boards and 6 assists to his tally. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) finished with 17 points and 13 boards for the winners. Deron Williams notched 21 points and 14 boards, while Mehmet Okur came up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a loss. The LA Lakers will now wait for the outcome of San Antonio vs. New Orleans clash to get to know their opponents in the Final.
Cleveland held off Boston 74:69 to force the decisive seventh game in the series. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) stepped with another dazzling performance tallying 32 points, 12 boards and 6 assists in a win. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) answered with 25 points and 8 boards for the Celtics, who remained winless away from home in this seasons playoffs. Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) scored two key free throws late in the fourth term to seal the winning outcome for the Cavs in the tight affair at the Quicken Loans Arena. The history repeats itself as Boston decided on the winner at home seventh game against Atlanta in the opening round. They would have a chance to make it happen again as they take on Cleveland at the Banknorth Garden on Sunday.


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NICARAGUA

ACB to start on May 23 -by Gianni Pascucci
After all, it seem that ABC will remain the better ranked league in Nicaragua. This will happen because the teams registered are now FIVE, one more than the so much blared 'Liga Premier' and because every one of them will feature at least an import player to the Nicaraguan fans. The officials of the Asociacin de Clubes de Baloncesto (ACB) decided to delay the start of the 11th edition of their league to Friday, May 23, with the game Tiburones - Vikingos de Valentis Pizza de Valentis Pizza. Willam Madrigal, the ACB Commisioner, announced that the teams at the start will be: Pumas Unival, Tiburones Bancentro, Tigres de la Universidad de Managua, Aguilas Red Nicarao, Delfines de la Bluefields Indian and Vikingos de Valentis Pizza. Marlon Moraga, a Nicaraguan businessman who lives in USA, helped the ACB teams to contact some import players, and the first ones signed were Keyshawn Reed (183-G-84), who will come back in Tigres de la UdeM, and Jamarr Hardy (193-G-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Lenoir CC), who signed with Pumas Unival. The Tigres agreed to terms with Hondurean center William Waterhouse (200-C-75) too.

American College defeats Fupade Coast -by Gianni Pascucci
In the last game of Liga Premier, American College 'Eagles' prevailed 85-77 over Fupade Coast-Super Santiago. The best performers were Jasser Jimenez (176-G-83), who scored 15 pts in American College, Geovanny Umana (204-C-84), who scored 12 and Lee Saravia and Servio Abea (195-F-78) with 11 points each. Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) led Fupade Coast with 17 points in losing effort and Orlington Bodden (184-G/F) helped him with 16. The Liga Premier table is headed by Jaguares UAM, yet undefeated. The standings are as follows:
1. Jaguares UAM 3-0
2. Fupade S. Santiago 1-2
3. American College 1-1
4. Caimanes 0-2


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NIGERIA

Match Preview: Pillars battle Union Bank in last road game -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Visiting Kano Pillars basketball club will this afternoon take to the floor against Atlantic conference giant, Union Bank club of Lagos at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The match, the last in the series for the Coach Sani Ahmed tutored Pillars sojourn to the Atlantic conference in search of points to shore up its chances of a better playoffs finishing.

The Savannah conference side looks up to the league committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to grant its prayer by awarding it the maximum points in the stalemated first road game against Delta Force basketball club of Asaba went on to beat Islanders basketball club Tuesday has since kissed the canvas thrice losing to Ebun Comets, Customs and Dodan Warriors.

And in todays game against a star-studded side as Union Bank, Ibrahim Yusuf and his co-travelers must be at their witty end to avoid scandalous defeat especially when the ego of the Stallion boy have been serious dealt with by Islanders and Ebun Comets in the Atlantic conference.

...Tapgun Rockets seek lifeline against AHIP

Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos will be at home to visiting AHIP Giant basketball club of Kano in a Savannah conference premier league pairing.

The Jos-based side has not been having it easy since the league started on April 5 in the conference and will be seeking a lifeline against the youthful AHIP side today.

...Net battles Hawks in local derby


It will be a battle of wit and whose side commands the loyalty of Bauchi fans as Bauchi Net engage Yelwa Hawks basketball club for the maximum points.

With not too impressive performance in the premier league so far, Yelwa Hawks looks forward to this game with keen interest as the search to re-launch itself back to reckoning heats-up.

...Islanders, Comets renew rivalry in City league

The rivalry between two of Nigeria best clubs, Islanders basketball club and Ebun Comets basketball club is brought to the fore as both sides engage one another in a Lagos City League game on Sunday.

Islanders who gained the upper hand, thanks to the buzzer shot taken by Islanders guard, Hilary Aigbokhaode in a premier league pairing will look forward to a repeat performance against a rejuvenated Comets side coached by veteran basketball tactician, Ayo Bakare.

Ogoh Odaudu tutored Islanders definitely know what is at stake not when his side tastes the bitter pill of defeat losing two matches in a row.

Coach Odaudu who is from Bakare coaching school of thought says there is no cause for alarm, he told our Correspondent that his wards knows the importance of Sunday match against Comets as they are not prepared to lose a third game.
Rasheed Bello (193-G-83)


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PARAGUAY

Roster changes in Group B -by Gianni Pascucci
The two teams from Asuncion competing in National League Group B inked some new players just before the start of the last round. Deportivo San Jos Vithaton agreed to terms with Argentineans Miguel Isola (198-F-83) , ex Union de Sunchales de Santa Fe and Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82), ex Central Entrerriano. Libertad signed Brazilian Davilson Augusto (177-G-77), who last played in Estrellas del Este, Group A.

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Poland, Turow reached the Finals of the Polish League. Turow will play against Prokom. In the Semifinals Turow defeated Slask 4-1. The last game, the team of Andres Rodriguez won 83-70. For Our Boricua 23 minutes with 9 points (1/3 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 7/8 FT) and 3 assists.
In Turkey, Besiktas reached the Semifinals, in the first game the team of Istanbul won against Turk Telekom Ankara 87-77. Rick Apodaca played 22 minutes with 4 points (2/3 2pts, 0/2 3pts) and 1 rebound.
In Bosnia, Siroki won against Grude 83-75. For Sharif Fajardo 13 points. Siroki has now in the Bosnia League a 8-2 standings.
In Spain, It was Play-offs time! Unicaja Malaga won the first two games against Real Madrid. The first game 89-73, Daniel Santiago played 27 minutes with 16 points (5/10 2pts, 6/8 FT) and 5 rebounds. In the second game Malaga won 88-86 in an exciting game, for 'El Senor de los Anillos' 6 points and a lot of intensity in the painting area.
In Italy, in the second division, Caserta reached the Semifinals after the victory 94-80 against Rimini. For Guillermo Diaz 28 minutes with 14 points (2/3 2pts, 3/6 3pts, 1/2 FT) and 3 rebounds.
A. Fontana


Super Six in Puerto Rico, Larry Ayuso on fire -by Alessandro Fontana
Super 6 BSN in Puerto Rico
Los Cariduros de Fajardo will play the Super 6 BSN after the victory against Leones de Ponce. Fajardo played a great game, Los Cariduros won 85-73. MVP of the game was Kevin Hamilton with 21 points and 10 assists. It was also worth to mention the game of Tanoka Beard with 17 points+14 rebs. Tanoka Beard is one of the best centers of the whole league. The ex-Zalgiris Kaunas was a one man show in the painting area, points, rebounds and blocks!
CARIDUROS DE FAJARDO-LEONES DE PONCE= 83-75
F= Hamilton 21, Beard 17, Mojica 14, Rivera 10, Agbai 9, Quintero 6, Salgado 6, Vazquez 2, Collazo 0, Colon 0
P= Frejie 19, Jones 14, Pagan 13, Aubry 10+11 rebs, Colon 6, Martinez 5, Heywood 4, Padilla 2, Orta 0, Lebron 0, Rosario 0
SANTURCE GOOD THE FIRST, 'EL JEFE' IS ON FIRE
Santurce won the first game of the Super 6 BSN against Conquistadores de Guaynabo 78-63. MVP was 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso who scored 27 points (6/11 2pts, 5/12 3pts). Santurce won after an overtime (incredible overtime 21-6).
SANTURCE-GUAYNABO= 78-63
S= Larry Ayuso 27, Santiago 12, Rivas 10, Berdiel 8, Traylor 7, Narvaez 6, Dalmau 5, Falcon 2, R. Dalmau 1, Watson 0
G= Sheppard 15, Shannon 13, Escalera 12, Lee 11, Martinez 8+19 rebs, Latimer 2, Ortiz 2, Sanchez 0.
A. Fontana


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QATAR

Al Rayyan bruises Al Muharraq to join semifinal stage -by Eurobasket News
Rayyan - Muharraq 95:78

Qatari Rayyan cruised past Muharraq of Bahrain to reach the semifinal stage yesterday. The teams had three days of rest after the quarterfinal stage was postponed because of the state mourning in Kuwait. So both sides were ready to fight and come up with their best performances. It turned to be partly true as Rayyan looked impressive down the line and posted an easy win. Qatari team jumped to a lead late in the first frame and drove to a 23:17 advantage after 10 minutes of action. A well-balanced offensive effort from Rayyan allowed Qatari side to stretch the gap to as many as 14 points at halftime. Rayyan did a great defensive job limiting Muharraq leader Donald Little to only 12 points and thus cutting the offensive options for Muharraq. Saad Ali stepped up for Rayyan in the second half as they kept their opponents at bay and rolled to a comfortable victory. The margin reached an 18-point mark after three quarters and Muharraq simply lacked answers for the sizzling performance from Rayyan. The defense eased the pressure in the fourth period as both teams fired from all distances but Rayyan had the game under control and registered a comfortable win at the end. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) provided 21 points to lead Rayyan. Saad Ali launched 18 points, while Yassen Daoud Musa (193-G-82) had 14 in a winning clause. Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) replied with 24 points for Muharraq. Ebrahim Alderazi scored 24 points in defeat. Rayyan will face Wasl in the semifinal clash tomorrow.

Rayyan: Dalron Johnson 21, Saad Ali 18, Yassen Daoud Musa 14, Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) 13
Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 24, Ebrahim Alderazi 24


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SERBIA

Superleague - Partizan Igokea outplays Swisslions Takovo in Pionir -by Dragan Jankovski
After very important win against FMP in the last round, Partizan Igokea smashed Swisslions Takovo in Belgrade 91-70. It was a postponed game of the Superleague second round. Visitors started the game much better scoring 5 triples in the first period. First lead Partizan had in 15th minute after 3-pointer by Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.). Thanks to Bozic and Tripkovic Partizan went on the half time with 49-42. Black-and-white team continued in same rhythm in the third quarter. Vitkovac netted 7 consecutive points for plus 16 for his team. Visitors succeeded to come closer on 67-60 mostly owing to Dragojlovic and Markovic but Kecman stopped them. He scored 5 points in Partizan's decisive 9-1 run.

Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners collecting 16 points and 5 rebounds. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86), who scored 15 points, and Milton Palacio, who had 14 points, followed him. Swisslions got 16 points from Radovan Markovic (192-G-82). PG Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 12 points and 4 assists.

Partizan remains on top of Superleague with score 9-1 while Swisslions has 2 wins and 8 defeats. Partizan will meet Vizura in the next round.


Partizan Igokea - Swisslions Takovo 91-70
(21-25,28-17,22-19,20-9)

Partizan:
Kecman 16 (5 rebs), Tripkovic 15, Palacio 14
Swisslions: Markovic 16, Aleksic 12 (4 as), Dragoljovic 11 (5 rebs)


National championship - Final tournament for juniors, day 2 -by Dragan Jankovski

In derby game of the second round on final tournament of Serbian championship for juniors Crvena Zvezda was better than Hemofarm STADA in thriller 95-94. After equalized first quarter, Zvezda went on the halftime with advantage of 10 points. Later, Hemofarm demonstrated much better performance having an opportunity to win. But 4 second before the end the orange team did not succeed to score at their last possesion. The team from Belgrade won thanks to much better percentage from the free throw line at the very end. Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91) was the best for the winners scoring 27 points. Crvena Zvezda is the only undefeated team after 2 rounds in group A.

On the other side in derby game of group B Zemun Lasta outplayed FMP 96-72. Thus Zemun is on top of group B with score 2-0. FMP from Zeleznik has 1-1. Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) paced the winners netting 34 points.


Group A - results of day 2
Zdravlje Actavis - Ergonom 66-75 (16-26,17-24,13-16,20-9)
Hemofarm STADA - Crvena Zvezda 94-95 (24-25,19-30,31-23,20-17)

Group B - results of day 2
FMP - Zemun Lasta 76-92 (21-21,17-26,17-21,21-24)
Vojvodina Srbijagas - Borac 74-73 (20-16,22-20,8-18,24-19)


Group A - standings
1. Crvena Zvezda 2-0
2. Hemofarm STADA 1-1
3. Ergonom 1-1
4. Zdravlje Actavis 0-2

Group B - standings
1. Zemun Lasta 2-0
2. FMP 1-1
3. Vojvodina 1-1
4. Borac 0-2



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


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SLOVENIA

Friday's press conference before The Half Finals -by Jan Flac

On Saturday, May 17th, Union Olimpjia will play against Zlatorog Lasko at 16.30 in Ljubljana and Krka against Helios at 20.00 in Domzale. Second games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday and eventually third on Saturday.


On the press conference before the half finale game against Zlatorog, coach Aleksandar Dzikic of Union Olimpija said, his team will try to prevent Zlatorog from playing their typical game. Olimpija wants to leave a much better impression after this game, than they did after the last one with Helios.


Damjan Novakovic, head coach of Zlatorog, said the team lost their big emotional charge in the previous games, also against Olimpija. He sees oportunity to win in Olimpija's underestimation of his team and says, they will have to play with more than 100% to surprise.


Zoran Martic of Helios is realistic, but optimistic before the game with Krka, as his team stays cool after the win against Olimpija in the last match and does not have any problems with injuries. They are prepared on the tough series, through which they want to reach finale.


Rade Mijanovic, coach of Krka, thinks about Helios as a favourite, not only in this game, but also in this series. Although the team has accomplished all the goals for this season, they have a moral commitment to do their best and play for their fans, sponsors and club.


Source: KZS



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SPAIN

ACB Quarter Final Play Offs Leg 1 -by Paul Nilsen
The ACB play off quarter finals tipped off in spectacular style as Unicaja travelled to the capital to face league winners Real Madrid and the eighth place team stunned the Vistalegre regulars with a stunning and shock 89-73 success.

Joan Plaza and his team were thrown under real pressure going into the second leg after a shocking third quarter when they were outscored 26-11 by Malaga who played superbly. More worryingly for Plaza, his team lost their discipline as they chased the game and committed 17 turnovers. It was a shambolic performance by the Whites who had both Lopez and Tunceri fouling out and were terrible from three point range making only two of 19 from outside. Only Axel Hervelle could hold his head up high after claiming 20 points and 7 rebounds in the game.

For Sergio Scariolo the game was a joy in the sense that after a disappointing 50/50 regular season and with time ticking on his career with the Andalucian club, he could yet go out with a real spectacular and famous series win. While his team turned the ball over far too much, they did make their shots when it mattered. Carlos Cabezas top scored with 16 points while Boniface N'Dong (213-C-77) was dominant and Bojan Popovic ran the side well at crucial times when Cabezas was sat down.

In Vitoria it was another surprise, not the result against Pamesa Valencia but the site of Tau Ceramica guard Igor Rakocevic making the game after rumours he might miss the contest due to injury. His 22 points were instrumental in an 87-79 win for Spahija and his team who were made to work hard for their victory. The teams were tied on 40 each but Tau then went 17 points ahead before Pamesa launched a final quarter comeback briefly closing to within five points in the dying stages.

Rakocevic was well supported by Pete Mickeal who recorded 23 points and pulled down 6 rebounds while for the visitors, nobody had the big game required to pick up the win. Shammond Williams dished up 6 assists but Stanko Barac was the top scorer with just 13 points.

Barelona hosted Bilbao just a week after both clubs finished their regular season campaign with a meeting against each other in the Basque country. After their victory in that one, Bilbao travelled to Catalunya in high spirits but came hope deflated after suffering a 75-64 defeat.

The visitors played well in a tight first half and led by a point at the break but Barca really came alive in the second half and eased away from their opponents who dried up badly at the offensive end. In fact only three players barely scraped into double-figures while for the home team, Jaka Lakovic excelled yet again with 20 points including a trio of three-pointers.

Finally also in Catlunya we had the derby game between DKV Joventut who hosted Akasvayu Girona in a repeat of the ULEB Cup final and the outcome had Badalona romping to success again with an 85-72 win in front of over 8,000 fans.

A slack opening period and terrible third quarter when they were outscored 29-12 gave the visitors a mountain to climb and while they tried in the last ten minutes cutting a 24 point deficit to single figures for a while, Badalona eased to a 1-0 series lead.

Marc Gasol played reasonably well and had 15 points and 8 rebounds but much of his teams best work came when he was sat down in foul trouble while Rudy Fernandez was the top scorer in a solid Badalona team performance with 22 points also summed up by 12 defensive blocks including five from Eduardo Sonseca.


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TPBL

TPBL TEAM TRYOUTS : SAN ANGELO , TX CHAPARRALS -by Chris Cardenas
SAN ANGELO, TX - will be the location for the 2009 SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS team try outs. The Chaps had another tough run at a championship but came up short to the defending TPBL champs the Midland Heat. Alll players are asked to bring your own work out gear and be prepared to work out twice in one day. All players are welcome to try out but should know in advance that the team is looking for players wanting to win championships!!!! Here is the try out information :

WHAT : TPBL TEAM TRY OUTS
TEAM : SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS ( 3 TIME TPBL CHAMPS)
WHERE: SAN ANGELO , TX
WHEN: SATURDAY JULY 19 , 2008
TIME : 1ST WORK OUT- 10:00 AM 2ND WORK OUT - 4:00 PM
TRY OUT FEE : $125
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION FORM : JULY 10

for an entry form or more information contact league owner Chris Cardenas : 325-763-6630 or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


TPBL - HOSTING TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT -by Chris Cardenas
SAN ANGELO, TX - The TPBL for the second year will be sponsoring and hosting one of the biggest high school basketball tournament series in the state. The 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT has two divisions BOYS & GIRLS and all classifications , 1A-5A , are welcome to this big event. Last years champion DEL RIO, TX will be returning to the tournament and is looking to repeat as champion in the boys division. Here is more info on the tournament :
WHAT: 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT

WHEN:
BOYS DIVISION - JUNE 20-22
GIRLS DIVISION - JUNE 27-29
BOYS AND GIRLS DIVISIONS TOURNAMENT - JULY 18-19

ENTRY FEE : $250 PER TEAM

DEADLINE: 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TOURNAMENT

FORMAT: TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RULES, 3 GAME GUARANTEE

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR AN OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM CALL CHRIS : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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UGANDA

STAR PLAYER PASSES AWAY -by Rogers Senkwale
The Basketball fraternity was left in shock on wednesday night on learning of the death of Star player Wilbrod Oketcho (196-F), during the wednesday night games.Wilbrod Oketcho who was the MVP in 2000 and won guided Sadolin Power to the championship that year,was without doubt one of the country,s finest players and was lethal offensivelt, leading Power to three consecutive finals.He was also a key figure in the national team.He passed away after suffering from a bullet shot in the leg on his way home after a night out with colleagues.he was the n hospitalized and was on course of recovery before passing out after an undetected clot found it,s way to his heart,which doctors failed to deal with immediately.He shall be laid to rst in his home district, Tororo in Eastern uganda.While the crowd was crestfallen, more sad news flocked in, that Amazon Rhino player Cool kobusingye suffered the same fate after a lethal motor accident that took hr life along with her sister.May their souls rest in peace.Today's games were put off to pay tribute to the laid stars whose contribution the development of the game shall be missed.

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UKRAINE

Jeter, Drozdov Finish Azovmash off in Style -by Alexei Naumov
Pooh Jeter and Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) left Azovmash Mariupol no chances in game 1 of the Finals, combining for 54 points as Kyiv defeated the defending champions 91:72 to take a 1:0 series lead.

The title contenders started the game with an 8:2 run, extending the lead to 22:11 with 90 seconds left in the 1st quarter. Mariupols Panagiotis Liadellis, however, refused to let his team fall, scoring 5 points in the remainder of the frame to cut Kyivs lead to 22:16.

Kyiv controlled the flow of the game in the 2nd, extending their advantage to 14 points at the half.

Azovmash managed to claw their way back into the contest, reducing the hosts lead to just 6 with 2 to go in the 3rd, but Pooh Jeters deuce and triple put his team up by 9 at the end of the frame.

Kyiv opened the final quarter up with 3 back-to-back shots from downtown, outscoring their opponents 9:1. Holding on to the lead from that point on was a matter of class, but Kyiv would not be satisfied with what they had. A strong push at the end of the game allowed them to turn the contest into a blowout, winning it by 19.

Pooh Jeter had a game-high 28 points, while Artur Drozdov added 26 and 7 rebounds in the win.

Mariupols Panagiotis Liadellis finished the contest with 17.

Click here for game stats.


Lviv Crash Khimik as Azovmash Prepare to Defend the Title -by Alexei Naumov

BC Politehnika-Galychyna Lviv stole Khimiks home-court advantage after a 73:93 blowout in game 1 of the Bronze series.


Nothing predicted trouble for the home-side at the start of the contest as Khimik was up by 10 early in the 2nd quarter. Lviv, however, recovered and tied the game at 36 with 2 to go in the time-frame.


The visitors continued to roll, finishing the 3rd quarter 52:67, having no difficulty holding on to the lead in the 4th.


Game 2 is on Sunday in Yuzhne.


Click here to view game stats:


Meanwhile, BC Kyiv are ready to take on defending champs Azovmash Mariupol in Game 1 of the Finals. The match starts at 16:00 local (Kyiv) time and live score and stats will be available on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.



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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Wasl stays undefeated, reaches semis -by Eurobasket News
Wasl - Zain 84:75

The Emirates Wasl sent a strong message to their opponents their impressive preliminary round record was not a mere coincidence. They stretched their unbeaten run to 5 games handling Zain Club in the quarterfinal yesterday. But the road to yesterdays success was a bumpy one for Wasl. They got to a slow start and Zain Club quickly stepped in front. The Jordanian outfit that many thought was just gaining the speed in the preliminary action seemed to start living up to the expectations. They looked aggressive in defense and pretty accurate on the other side of the court to accumulate a 22:17 lead after the first frame. The things did not change in the second frame as Zain Club kept on forcing their issue with Wasl finding no answers for the onslaught. Zain stretched the lead to as many as 7 points at halftime and the sensation began shaping up. But it was a different Wasl that appeared on the court after the break. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) finally shook off their first half sloppiness and Wasl gradually took over. The Emirates outfit first closed the gap and spurred in front 59:58 after three quarters of action. Zain stayed close in the opening minutes of the final period and then regained the lead 70:63 midway through the frame. But Wasl were far from being done. They posted a stunning 21:5 run to cap the game and snatched an outstanding victory at the end. Herve Lamizana and Courtney Fields scored 22 points apiece to pace Wasl. Ayoub Albaloushi provided 13 points for the winners. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) had 25 points for Zain. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) nailed 20 points in a losing effort. Wasl will now face Al Rayyan in the semis.

Wasl: Herve Lamizana 22, Courtney Fields 22, Ayoub Albaloushi 13
Zain: Boney Watson 25, Zeid Abbas 20




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Women News

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BOSNIA - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Final Four Group
 1. Zeljeznicar 6-0 
 2. M.Kraj. BL 4-2 
 3. Celik 1-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 1-4 
Other D1 teams
 1. Spars 12-6 
 2. Brotnjo Citluk 10-8 
 3. Banovici 9-9 
 4. Mladost BL 6-12 
 5. Zrinjski 4-14 
 6. Sloboda 3-15 
 7. Jablanica 0-18 


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HOLLAND - Women

Amazone joins Yellow Bike in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Amazone - ProBuild Lions 70:58

Amazone clawed their way into the Eredivisie Final edging ProBuild Lions 70:58 in the fifth game of the semifinal battle. The decisive encounter turned into a real battle with neither side able to accumulate a substantial lead throughout the action. The hosts jumped into an early 6:0 lead but Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: NC-Wilmington) drained a trey and the Lions enjoyed an 11:8 lead midway through the term. The visitors remained at the helm as they were up 22:21 at the beginning of the second period. Cherie Lea continued to pace the visitors but her effort was not well supported and Amazone soon took over. The home side finally surged ahead and held to a 37:35 advantage at halftime. The spectators witness a seesaw battle in the third stanza before Amazone went on a run late in the game. Tyler McIlwraight hit from outside and Rene van der Wielen added a jump shot to put the hosts up by 9 points. Cherie Lea and Patricia Chukwuma traded the baskets but Judy Wright (172-G-84) converted a three-point play to keep the Lions at bay. Rene Haynes (178-G-85, college: Michigan St.) and Cherie Lea notched a couple of attempts for ProBuild Lions late in regulation but it was too late to change the outcome. Amazone booked their ticket into the title series where they would clash with Yellow Bike. Maaike van de Bovenkamp (178-F-85) produced 15 points to pace Amazone. Sigrid van der Toorn (177-F-86) added 12 points, while Judy Wright had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners. Cherie Lea answered with 18 points for ProBuild Lions. Rene Haynes dropped 14 points in a losing case. The Final series tip off tonight.

Amazone: Maaike van de Bovenkamp 15, Sigrid van der Toorn 12, Judy Wright 9
ProBuild Lions: Cherie Lea 18, Rene Haynes 14


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NIGERIA - Women

Chukwuma reaches the Final -by Eurobasket News
Patricia Chukwuma (186-F/G-85) and her Amazone clawed their way into the Eredivisie Final edging ProBuild Lions 70:58 in the fifth game of the semifinal battle. The decisive encounter turned into a real battle with neither side able to accumulate a substantial lead throughout the action. The hosts jumped into an early 6:0 lead but Cherie Lea drained a trey and the Lions enjoyed an 11:8 lead midway through the term. The visitors remained at the helm as they were up 22:21 at the beginning of the second period. Cherie Lea continued to pace the visitors but her effort was not well supported and Amazone soon took over. The home side finally surged ahead and held to a 37:35 advantage at halftime. The spectators witness a seesaw battle in the third stanza before Amazone went on a run late in the game. Tyler McIlwraight hit from outside and Rene van der Wielen added a jump shot to put the hosts up by 9 points. Cherie Lea and Patricia Chukwuma traded the baskets but Judy Wright converted a three-point play to keep the Lions at bay. Rene Haynes and Cherie Lea notched a couple of attempts for ProBuild Lions late in regulation but it was too late to change the outcome. Amazone booked their ticket into the title series where they would clash with Yellow Bike. Maaike van de Bovenkamp produced 15 points to pace Amazone. Sigrid van der Toorn added 12 points, while Judy Wright had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners and Patricia Chukwuma ended up with 4 points. Cherie Lea answered with 18 points for ProBuild Lions. Rene Haynes dropped 14 points in a losing case.
Before that 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 to claim a 29:26 lead at halftime. Maaike van de Bovenkamp 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 provided 19 points and 10 boards for Amazone. Marloes Renskers had 13 points, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Judy Wright tallied 11 points and 12 caroms for the winners. Cherie Lea answered with 14 points and 11 boards for the Lions. Ilana Vergunst accounted for 10 points in a loss.


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ROMANIA - Women

Sf. Gheorghe trims the deficit -by Eurobasket News
Sf. Gheorghe - Arad 62:47

Sfantu Gheorghe shaved the distance to Arad in the Final series. They edged the regular season champions 62:47 at home to trail 1-2 in the Final best-of-five series. Sf. Gheorghe opened the game
confidently quickly building a 24:16 cushion. Arad struck back in the second quarter as they leveled the tempo and cut the gap to 5 points. However Sf. Gheorghe fueled a 20:6 rally in the third stanza to clear off to an unassailable distance. The teams slowed down in the fourth term and teamed up for 16 points in the last term of play. The hosts cruised to an overall victory and revived the intrigue in the championship series. The teams will meet today in the fourth encounter with Sf. Gheorghe hosting the event.