EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/19/2008

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ANGOLA

1 Agosto beat ASA by 82-75 -by Carlos Pereira
O 1 de Agosto beat saterday Atltico Sport Aviao (ASA) by 82-75, in the most important game of round two from final four, with 20 points from Olmpio Cipriano, the best scorer of the game.It was a hard game the ost menfrom 1Agosto Kikas Gomes, Francisco Jordo and Felizardo Ambrsio have great difficulties to bat Idelfonso Quiteculo, the best player from ASA.

In the other game, Petro beats Promade Cabinda by 75-52.

Results

Petro de Luanda Promade de Cabinda 75-52
1 de Agosto AS 82-75

Standing
1 1 de Agosto 02/04
2 - Petro de Luanda 02/04
3 - ASA 02/02
4 - Promade de Cabinda 02/02

Next round:
1 de Agosto Petro de Luanda (pavilho do Rio Seco-19 h)
Promade de Cabinda ASA (Cabinda-16 h)


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BOSNIA

Win for Leotar and Brcko in Play-Out -by Elvir Halilovic
This weekend started Play-Out in Bosnian D1 League. Four teams play for one place in best Bosnian League in next season. In derby match Leotar was better than Capljina Lasta.

Results:
Leotar Trebinje - Capljina Lasta 82:66
Radnik Bijeljina - Brcko District 88:95

Standings:
1. SL IAT Leotar 1-0 82:66 +16 2
2. Brcko District 1-0 95:88 +7 2
3. Radnik Bijeljina 0-1 88:95 -7 1
4. Capljina Lasta 0-1 66:82 -16 1

Next round:
Brcko District - Capljina Lasta (May 20TH)
Radnik - SL IAT Leotar (May 21TH)

SL IAT Leotar - Capljina Lasta 82:66
(20:13, 22:21, 18:16, 22:16)
Trebinje, SD Bregovi; Att.: 800; Ref.: Duskaj, Lakic, Hatibovic
SL IAT LEOTAR: Manojlovic 15, Zotovic 4, Aleksic 3, Vujacic 16, Zagorac, Lagrange 9, Kovacevic 3, Cubrilo 7, Markovic 12, Ninkovic, Kordou 4, Miljkovic 9
Coach: Miroslav Popov
CAPLJINA LASTA: Glavinic 10, Opancar, Menalo, Timotic 19, Pinjuh 5, Ramic 1, Lucic 11, Hoti, Jelcic 2, Bakovic 11, Dragovic, Petani 7
Coach: Ante Blazevic

Radnik - Brcko Distrikt 88:95
(24:23, 21:27, 20:15, 23:30)
Bijeljina, SD O.S. Vuk Karadzic; Att.: 400; Ref.: Nenadic, Sobot, Karovic
RADNIK: Bogdanovic 5, Sojic 10, Trivunovic 15, Kovacevic 18, Danilovic 3, Ignjatovic 25
BRCKO DISTRIKT: Babic 10, Ahmetbasic 37, Hadzovic 2, Markovic 16, Sarenac 3, Salihovic 4, Ridzalovic 1, Mikic 20


Bosnian League 8, 11TH round - Great wins for Sloboda and Borac -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 81:78

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 8-3 916:841 +75 19 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 6-5 840:876 -36 17 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 5-6 847:828 +19 16 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.


Borac Nektar Siroki Prima Pivo 81:78
(13:22, 22:19, 29:17, 17:20)
Banja Luka, SD Borik; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Zurapovic, Kralj, Pehar
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 10, Z. Jovanovic 33, Rothbart 11, V. Jovanovic, Gemaljevic 4, Djurasovic 3, Pavlovic, Milinovic 2, Velimirovic 12, Popovic 6, Josipovic
Coach: Milos Pejic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Grays 15, Stemberger 20, Dijan 8, Zupic 2, Sola 3, Spralja 9, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 16, Bethel 5, Ezugwu
Coach: Ivan Velic


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. Igokea 8-3 
 3. Siroki 8-3 
 4. Sloboda Dita 6-5 
 5. Borac Nektar 5-6 
 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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BRAZIL

Joinville and Universo/BRB join the semis -by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB and Joinville completed their quarterfinal missions and booked the semifinal tickets in BNL. Universo/BRB needed four games to deal with UTC/Uberlandia in the quarterfinal. Universo overcame their opponents 75:61 in the fourth game away from home to secure the semifinal birth. The visitors got to a confident start of the encounter leading 23:16 at the first intermission. But the hosts refused to give up that early. They held the visitors to 9 points in the second period and tied the scoreline at 32 at halftime. But the effort turned fruitless as Universo fired from all guns in the third stanza and left the hosts far behind. The third-ranked team rallied past their opponents 27:11 and ensured the winning outcome in the fourth term. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) nailed 18 points for Universo. Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) added 17 points and 11 boards for the winners. Jaz Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) answered with game-high 22 points for Uberlandia. Carlos Olivinha Nascimento (204-F-83) provided 10 points in defeat. Unoverso will now take on Minas in the best-of-five semifinal series.
The last ticket to the semis was booked by Joinville. They Santa Catarina outfit stunned Ulbra in the fifth game of the series to advance. Ulbra hosted the affair and jumped to an early 22:11 lead. But things changed radically on the court in the second term. The visitors fueled a massive comeback effort which resulted in a 23:9 run that put them in front. Joinville kept on mounting the pressure and stretched the lead to 14 points heading into the fourth stanza. Ulbra looked astonished and could not revive the intrigue in the final quarter losing the game. Shilton Santos (200-F/C-82) launched 20 points to pace Joinville. Andre Bambu Pereira (205-C-79) had 11 points in a win. Mineiro Rodrigues replied with 11 points for the hosting side. Diego da Silva (196-F/G-80) had 10 points and 5 boards in a losing case. Joinville will face Flamengo in the semifinal series.


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CROATIA

First semifinal games -by Eurobasket News
Split and Zadar were victorious last night in the first semifinal games in Croatia. Both teams grabbed 1-0 in the series.
Split overcame Cibona 95:86 due to outstanding game in the first half. The hosts opened the game with 31:21 and took a control of the game. Another 26:18 in the second quarter lifted them up to 18 points advantage. Two squads left the court for the break with 57:39. Cibona tried hard in the second half and won both quarters, however the team did not reach Split, that celebrated the first win. Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) led the winners with 19 points. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) nailed 16 for Cibona, while, Mula and Rozic added 13.
Zadar took 1-0 lead over Zagreb after 74:66 in Game 1. The home team started with 4-0 run, but then the guests answered with 0-9 for 9:4 lead. It helped the visitors to finish the opening quarter with 18:16 advantage. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) created 11-2 run for the hosts as the latter enjoyed 43:34 at the half. Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) and Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) did not allow the hosts to increase the elad keeping 60:52. Another 7-0 run saw the board showing 69:54, however Zagreb reduced to 69:62. That was all the visitors could do as after 14:14 in the last period Zadar celebrated 74:66 victory. Corey Brewer led the winners with 15 points. Pankracije Barac nailed 14 and Johnson produced 12.


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CZECH REPUBLIC

CEZ Basketball Nymburk is on the right way for the Finals -by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk increased to 2-0 in the semifinal series over BK Synthesia Pardubice. BK Prostejov bounced back with a home win against Geofin Novy Jicin to tie the series.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk played away from home and enjoyed 62:93 victory over BK Synthesia Pardubice. The winner of the regular season opened the game with 10:19 and dominated the court. CEZ Basketball Nymburk improved to 22:47 at the half and answered all the questions about the winner. After 43:71 before the final quarter both teams were getting ready for the third game. Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) led the winners with 25 points. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed 13, whilst Sokolovsky posted 11. Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, college: Hampton) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
BK Prostejov overcame Geofin Novy Jicin 101:94 to tie the series at 1-1. Trailing 12 points at the half time the home side bounced back in the last period for a desirable win. Prostejov trailed 67:77 heading into the fourth quarter, but rallied late to earn the series-tying win. Goran Savanovic (198-G-73) paced the winners with 21 points and dished 7 assists. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) amassed 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) had 17. Hurl Beechum (196-F-73, college: Iowa St.) was the best in the losing clause producing 21 points.

BK Prostejov - Geofin Novy Jicin 101:94 (29:28 46:58 67:77)
BK Prostejov: Goran Savanovic 21, Marton Bader 20, Robert Tomaszek 17
Geofin Novy Jicin:Hurl Beechum 21, Sarovic 18

BK Synthesia Pardubice - CEZ Basketball Nymburk 62:93 (10:19 22:47 43:71)
BK Synthesia Pardubice: Tarvis Williams 14, Marian Pribyl (197-G/F-75) 13
CEZ Basketball Nymburk: Blake Schilb 25, Radoslav Rancik 13, Sokolovsky 11


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EGYPT

First round of the playoffs starts tonight in Alexandria -by Sherif Soliman
The playoffs of the super league will start tonight in Alexandria,First battle will be between AHLY Vs Itthad at 6 pm.Ahly will play tonight with the spirit of Tarek El ghanam who will participate with his team after a long suspension.On the other hand Itthad will benifit from the wining spirit in Alexandria stadiuem and the wondrefull support of itthad fans,Itthad just hurt Gezira last wendsday with the first lose i the super league and refresh their hope to win the league this season.Also Gezira will strugle with somouha at 4 pm .While Zamalek will bandle with Sporting at 8 pm.Danny Johnson (190-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charleston)

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EL SALVADOR

ExSal is yet qualified -by Jaime Arevalo
Defeting 98-95 Cosmos in Game 2 of the Liga Superior semifinals, ExSal advanced to the Final Series, and waits for the winner of the Game 3 between UTEC and Denver to know its challenger. Nathan Watson (191-G-83, agency: TASM, college: Auburn) was the man of the game, playing well all the time and scoring the decisive three pointer just befor the buzzer. In the other Game 2, Bob Hunter (193-F-76) scored 27 points to lead Denver to the win, 91-83, over UTEC, tieing the series on 1-1. The other best performers were Marcus Robinson (198-F, college: N.Georgia), who added 23 pts in Denver, Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) and Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88), who scored 19 and 18 pts respectively for UTEC. Game 3 will be played this weekend.

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FRANCE

French Cup Final 2008 : Villeurbanne too strong for Cholet -by Aurelien Hipp
Villeurbanne - Cholet 86-76
Bercy, 13500 spectators

ASVEL : Nsonwu 25,Wilson 2,Foirest 9,Troutman 7,Jeanneau 3,Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) 30,Diakite,Cakarevic 5,Sangare 5
Cholet : Golson,Beaubois 9,Marquis 10,De Colo 23,Tchicamboud 6,Ben Driss 1,Doelmann 11,Dobbins 9,Wiggins 7


It has been a long day til the beginning of the French Cup Final. After having seen Mondeville (U17 girls), Le Havre (U17 boys), Bourges (Women) succeed in all the finals of the day, Villeurbanne had to face Cholet to try to get the first title of their season back home. This game also was the re-match of the 'Semaine des as' Semi-final, easily won by Cholet 75-63.

Villeurbanne had a much better start in this game (7-0, thanks to Jeanneau, Robert Conley and Nsonwu-Amadi). Helped by a tough defense, Villeurbanne was able to brake Cholet's offenses. Kunters's players couldn't score a basket in the first 3 minutes. But the expected reaction came pretty quick. Cholet scored a 6-0 run and the game was almost tied. However, Cholet had then to deal without Claude Marquis, whistled twice in the first 5 minutes. Villeurbanne managed to take a bigger lead (27-17) just before the end of the quarter, helped by good inspirations of the local scoring machine, Robert Robert Conley.
What a great reaction for Cholet to begin this second quarter. A 10-0 run, driven by local star Nando De Colo (7pts and a superb jordan move). Cholet is back in business with 6 minutes to go in the quarter. Coach Kunter was fearing Villeurbanne's power in the paint, which was confirmed by the rebound domination (22-15). Uche N'Sonwu kept on insisting inside, compelling Marquis and his teammates to commit fouls. Cholet could find some points far from the basket (Doellman 5 pts in 2 minutes, De Colo again) to take a 4pt lead 33-37. That is the moment Robert Robert Conley chose to wake up (8pts to end the quarter), giving Villeurbanne a 2pt-lead. Cholet commited 9 turnovers, and maybe the half of them made in the last minutes, allowing the opponents to tie the game. After 2 periods, Villeurbanne leads by 2, 44-42.Robert Conley opens the 3rd period with a trey and scores 9pts in this quarter. He is now Villeurbanne's best scorer.His duet with Uche Nsonwu (8pts in the quarter) is a nightmare for Cholet, answering with De colo (7pts in the period).

After 3 periods, Villeurbanne is leading by 8 (68-60) but both De Colo and Robert Conley shows go on. Robert Conleyscores his 30th point with 7 to go, while De Colo adds a trey to reach 23 points. Villeurbanne seems to strong and leads by 16 (80-64). Robert Conley is fouled out with 5 minutes to go. As a symbol of Cholet's loss, De Colo gets fould out too with 1 minute to go . He goes back on his bench sad, he won't be MVP this time (after an MVP title for the Semaine des As and the French player MVP award). Villeurbanne wins the 2008 French Cup Final and conquers its first time since a while. Robert Conley is the MVP with 30pts, 9 rebounds and a very satisfying defense.


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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga-News -by Moritz Korff
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has added Kevin Schaffartzik (184-G-88) to the roster for the 2008-2009 season. The young German Guard, brother of Ludwigsburg's Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84), comes from local rival Tus Lichterfelde. For TuSLi Schaffartzik appeared in 30 games of the Pro B during this past season and averaged 13.1 points per contest. The 19-year-old will probably stay only one season in Stahnsdorf, as he plans to play college-basketball from 2009 on.

Christoph Loeffler (204-F/C-78) is going to stay another year with the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck, newcomer to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. The 29-year-old Center will go into his first season in the 2. Bundesliga. He averaged 5.3 points per game in 2007-2008, when Osnabrueck captured the title in the Regionalliga North. Meanwhile, 16-year-old youngster Marius Meyer will also earn a spot on the Ballers-roster and try to get some minutes on the court in the Pro B, while also playing for the OSC-junior-teams.


Bundesliga: Play-Off Quarterfinals, Gameday 2 -by Moritz Korff

Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt - Bayer Giants Leverkusen 74:66
Frankfurt won the second game of the quarterfinal-series against Leverkusen and made it 1:1. 4080 fans in Frankfurt saw the hosts starting the match 22:12 in the first period. However, the Giants replied with a 22:13-run in the second quarter and were behind with only one point at the half. Frankfurt answered after the break and increased the lead to 10 in the third period. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) led the Skyliners with 20 points, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) each netted 14 points in the game. On the other end Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) posted a game-high 27 points, the other Leverkusen-player in double figures was Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson), who nailed 5 out of 8 shots from beyond the arc and scored 18 points totally.

Telekom Baskets Bonn - Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck 86:82
Though being defeated 15:24 in the last quarter, the hosting Telekom Baskets managed to overcome the Artland Dragons to tie the series. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) was impressive and had 25 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists for Bonn, his teammate Eddie Basden (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) netted 11 points. The Dragons were paced by John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) who scored 19 points and dished out 6 assists. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Baylor) finished the game with 13 points, Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) and Leon Rodgers (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) had 11 points apiece, while Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) produced 10 points.


Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - ALBA Berlin 78:83
ALBA Berlin is ahead 2:0 after two games played of the series against Bremerhaven. The team of Coach Luka Pavicevic overcame the Eisbaeren-team 83:78 on the road though being behind 45:49 at the half and 58:65 after 30 minutes. In the last quarter the visitors turned things around and outscored the host 25:13. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) was one of three ALBA-players who finished the game in double-figure scoring. He shot 5/10 from three-point territory and was perfect (7/7) from the foul-line. Jenkins had 28 points totally. Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) added 25 points in the win and pulled down 9 boards, as did Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati), who also scored 13 points. The Bremerhaven-attack was led by Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton) with 23 points, Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.) netted 15 points, Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) and Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) had 12 apiece.



Regionalliga-News -by Moritz Korff

BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West) announced the arrival of two more newcomers for the roster of the 2008-2009 season. Marek Bienkowski (198-F-81) and Christoph Henke (182-G-83) will join the squad of Coach Phillipp Kappenstein. Bienkowski, 27 years of age, was born in Poland and came to Germany when he was nine years old. He will receive a German passport until the start of the season. Bienkowski spent the 2007-2008 campaign with UBC Muenster in the 2. Regionalliga. 24-year-old Henke joins the Wulfen-team coming from TV Werne.


Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) has signed contract-extension with the Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West). The 22-year-old is going to stay one more season with the team of Coach Raphael Wilder. During the 2007-2008 season Harris led the team in scoring and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West First Team.



Sean McCaw Interview -by Manuel Schust

A couple of days after the end of the season Sean McCaw (205-F-73, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Utah), former player and now coach of Science City Jena, took the time to answer some questions for Eurobasket Germany.
McCaw talks with us about Jenas BBL season, his first time as a coach, his sensational buzzer-beater as a player coach and a book he wrote.

1) Its been a couple of days since the season is over. How dissapointed are you still about Jenas relagation?

For me it was really tough to accept the fact that we would be moving down. A lot went wrong from the start of this season that couldnt be made up no matter who the coach would have been. I prefer to look forward to next season though.

2) Science City Jena lost 6 games by less than 5 points. If you guys would have won those games, you would not have been relegated. What do you think were the reasons for those tight losses and the relegation?

Actually if we would have won half of those games things would have been alot more interesting. Had we won some of the close ones, it would have given the team much more confidence to win OTHER close games. I think the tough losses in the beginning didnt give us the confidence we needed to win close games later in the season. Mostly mental lapses.

3) Sean, in February you took over as a coach. Was it a surprise to you that officials asked you to do the job? And did you have doubts about it first?


Yes it was a surprise and yes I had doubts. I was on the one hand extremely pleased that the management would take such an unusual step and appoint me as coach, but of course on the other hand I had some reservation as to whether the team would accept the move. Without their support it could have turned into a joke. The credit goes to them really for still acting professional.

4) Jena will play in ProA next season. Will you coach the team again? And what can the fans expect? Is it your goal to promote to BBL next year?

I will be the coach next season in Pro A. Next season the fans can expect a more exciting style and I will definitely give some young German talent the chance that they deserve. The goal will not be to move back to the BBL next year but we will for sure be out to win every game. If it happens that we are in an AUFSTIEG place then so be it.

5) Its been a turbulent season for Jena and for you as well: you started as a player, then became a coach and finally a player-coach for one game. How did that happen? And were you able to coach while you were on court?

I wouldnt say it was a turbulent year. I prefer to say it was a learning year under EXTREME conditions. As I took over as head coach I knew that I wouldnt be able to both play and coach. I officially retired after the Bonn game. The only reason I played again against Bramerhaven was because I had NO CHOICE. We were already down to a shortened rotation and people had fouled out. When I went into the game though, I was thinking only as a player. My assistant did the rest.

6) You became the first ever coach to play a game in BBL history. And not only that: as a player-coach you made a shot (some people call it the shot!) from the other side of the court to send a game into overtime. That must have been a very emotional moment.

Pure luck. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time and threw it. I would probably never make that shot again. The most important thing about that game to me is that we lost another close one.

7) You were not only a player and youre not only a coach now, but youre also an author of a book, many readers of eurobasket. com should be interested in. Your book Same game different name deals with the problems young americans could face in their first overseas season. What was your inspiration to write that kind of a book?

I have always been interested in writing and since many players that I know had been asking me questions about how I made it so long over here in Europe, I decided to just write it all down. I hope it gets published and can help some guys and girls experience the wonderful things that I have during my time in Europe.

8) Would things in your carreer have been better with a guide like your book next to you? Anything that could have been prevented?

Actually I have to say that during my 13 year career, I have been extremely lucky and never really had any real stress or bad experiences but I am sure I would have read the book in order to have a better idea of what COULD happen.

9) Especially since there is no foreigner-restriction in BBL, a lot of young americans join BBL and play their first season overseas here. Would you recommend a young american to play in Germany and what should he be careful with?

I would DEFINITELY recommend that any American should come to Germany. It is a very professional league and the level is very high. I think the only problem the league might have is actually that there probably are too many Americans and not enough good German talent to push into the spotlight. I am just a coach and not the BBL commissioner so its not my concern actually.

10) Do you think its better for a player to sign with a team that is located in a bigger, american-like city to feel comfortable? Or in a smaller town were you can focus on basketball?

It depends on the person in general. If a player is going to be homesick, it will be happen in a big city as well as a small one. It depends on the players ability to adapt.

11) You always seemed to feel a responsibility for young players. How disappointing was it for you to find out that your player Ermen Reyes-Napoles was tested positive on THC?

That was especially difficult for me because I really believe in Ermen..s ability. He was getting much more time since I had become head coach and was showing signs of real development.

12) There were five cases in german basketball, where players were caught using drugs. We also have much more suspensions of players due to their behaviour. Do you think that this is a new problem? Or do clubs and the league just react different now?

We also had an incident early in the season and I think the clubs are just taking more responsibility and acting on such things more than before. The image of a club to current and potential sponsors is very important. Most people underestimate the importance of that.

13) Some people blame the clubs and the coaches when players misdemeanour and endorse that clubs should do drug and doping tests every 2 weeks. What do you think about that?

I think that the suggestion is not very realistic. These are grown men that should be held responsible for their actions. Our job is to coach, manage, and be professional. It is not to babysit. I think the current system is fine and as you can see, it works.

14) Last not least: You played against all teams this season and also had a different view on them as a coach. Who do you think will become BBL champion 2008? And is there a team that could surprise everyone like Artland last year?

That is the most difficult question you have asked. If I knew that then I would probably be coaching one of those teams next season. I will say Artland will win it though. I think they have an extremely talented team and I really respect the job that Chris Flemming has done in the years leading up to now.

Anyone who is interested in Seans book Same name different game or seeks for further informations can contact him via mail: sean_mccaw@hotmail.com



Daryl Cohen - The new Shooting Guard at Dorsten -by Daniel Poerschke
Teammanager Thomas Hermann announced yesterday, that Daryl Cohen (193-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) will be the new Shooting Guard for the BG Dorsten of the 1. Regionalliga West. Cohen played 7 games last season for Pro A club Chemnitz and averaged 13.1ppg in those games. Before that, Cohen played at Southeastern Louisiana (NCAA 1) and developed a reputation as one of the best long-distance-shooters in the Southland Conference. For the second foreigner spot, Dorsten is looking for a strong Power Forward.

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GREECE

Head Coaches looking for a job... -by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com made a small research and realized that there are at least twenty Greek Head coaches currently who are looking for a job either they are in discussions with a number of clubs in Greece and abroad, or they are discussing with their team to renew their contract.
Starting from the A1 level (let's say) head coaches we can see that the following head coaches are currently without a team:
Giorgos Kalafatakis he didn't renew his contract with AEL 1964, yet.
Argiris Pedoulakis he will not continue his career in Rethymno as he is looking for a team abroad
Vangelis Alexandris he will not continue his career with Kolossos Rodou, there are some rumors that he will go to Thessalonica
Vangelis Agelou he didn't renew his contract with AEK Athens, within the next couple of weeks we will be able to learn more news in regards to his career
Giannis Christopoulos , he is in discussions with a Cyprus club
Elias Zouros he didn't renew his contract yet with Panellinios, in a couple of weeks we will be able to learn more details about his career
Angelos Koronios after his short career in AEK Athens he remain jobless but it is said that very soon he will be signing with a well known club

Kostas Petropoulos , a great coach who still remains unwanted, after his pass from Panellinios last season he is not in the 'hot' market anymore

Nikos Vournas , after his short career in Patras he is ready to comeback for good; there are some rumors that bring him in Rethymno and A2 this season.

Leuteris Kakiousis , he remains loyal in the Hellenic NT as an assistant coach of Panagiotis Giannakis but rumors are also taking him to an A1 club this season.

John Korfas , he didn't sign any contract with PAOK so he is currently looking for a job unless, Zidros takes over and then we will see....

Minas Gekos , after his short period in Panionios at the beginning of this season, we lost his trucks, there are also some behind the scene news that he will take over an A2 team very soon.

Thanasis Skourthopoulos , is also without a job but he is among the most wanted coaches as there are at least three teams whicha re ready to sign him at any given point.

Kostas Flevarakis , after his second 'dramatic' attempt in the Greek league with two teams which had amazingly huge financial issues (Makedonikos and PAOK), the Greek Coach will try to find a 'safer' environment, even though he has a numerous of cases in foreign leagues, the Greek coach prefers to stay in his country but if there is not any real scenario he will be moving once more abroad.

Giorgos Zeygolis, is another coach without a team after his short pass from Kolossos Rodou, there are some rumors that he will be moving in a foreign league too.

Stergios Koufos , after his successful work in Rethymno of A2, he was fired after only a couple of weeks in A1 with the same team, since then he is still unwanted.

Nicos Linardos is currently an assistant coach in Panionios and he will remain over there for the time being for the coming season too, even though after the game against Marousi for the third contract in Euroleague, possible negative results will bring some insecurity to the coaching team of Panionios.

Kostas Pilafidis , is another great head coach who is currently without a job but there are rumors that he will be signing soon enough to a newcomer in the A1.

Paraskevas Mouratidis , a head coach with big experience in the A1 is without a job in the Greek league and that was the main reason why he prefered to move in Italy, after he finished this season in the Italian league he is currently without a job even though the Italian club wants to re-sign him for the next seazon.

Nikos Stavropoulos is another coach who is currently without a job as he will wait the PAOK's status in order to decide how he will proceed in his career.

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Eurobasket will keep posted its readers in regards to the coaching placements of the seazon 2008-2009.








The Colossuses of Marousi - By Soulis Markopoulos. -by Chris Mammides
An amazing Marousi did it again!! For one more time Marousi beat Olympiakos in Agios Thomas court and equalize the series to 2-2. Soulis Soulis Markopoulos team was more passionate than ever and with very good coaching in defense and with offences in the fast break succeeded to win for a second time the team of Panagiotis Yiannakis.
It is worth mentioning the fact that the percentage of Marousi players from the arc, during the first half was 62%, with 5/8.
The first quarter was a real derby with the two teams being together in the score and with Soulis Markopoulos's team getting a small deficit of one by the end of the quarter, 23-22. From there and on Marousi took the initiatives and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) with Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) found open space and increase the deficit to 6 points by the end of the first half, 45-39.
The third quarter was absolutely fantastic for Coach Soulis Markopoulos's team, in the first five minutes increase the deficit to +10, 53-43 and with the pre-mention trio being in an amazing night the difference went up to the +17 points, 69-52, giving to the home team a triumph result as the psychology was 100% with the home team and it was obvious that the fourth quarter would have simply being a typical case as everybody knew who would have been the final winner.
The fourth quarter was definitely a typical situation as Yiannakis red were able just to cut the deficit and nothing else, the final 86-75 came quite normal as Marousi just kept the score in double digits to proceed in a fifth game, this time in SEF, Olympiakos home court. Woods was for another game a ghost in the game as his 2 points can easily show his activity in the court while Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was not as productive as he was two days ago in his team victory. The quarters in more details were: 23-22, 45-39, 69-55 and 86-75.
Top scorers for the two teams were:
Marousi: Jarod Stevenson 21, Kostas Kaimakoglou 14, Branko Milisavljevic 18 and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) and Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) 8 per piece
Olympiakos: Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 17, Roderick Blakney 11, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) 10, and Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) 9


Panorama is the second team who rise in A1. -by George Manousidis


Panorama is the second team who rise in A1. -by George Manousidis
With a healthy walk, Panorama GS beat Halkida 107-76 and sealed the ticket for A1.
Halkida came in the court with only 6 players.
Daphne in the end beat Pangrati but this win wasnt enough for the big step.
Trikala loose from Ilysiakos and lost the opportunity to break Makedonikos record of 24 wins in A2 from the season 2001-2002.

Xanthi BF Fashion - Ionikos L. 76-85
Quarters: 23-16, 37-34, 52-66, 76-85.
XANTHI (Zafeiroudis): Moulakis 24 (4), Fousklias 8 (2), Stefanidis 7 (1), Nikoloudis 11 (1), Kefalas 12 (3), Voivatsopoulos, Skara 6, Loupos 8, Koutsogiannis.
IONIKOS L. (Zaronikolas): Koutsogiannis 18 (5), Sofogiannis 15 (3), Spanos 9 (1), Tzakopoulos, Kamperidis 11 (2), 2 Kekelis, Koutkias 4, Giannouzakos 5 (1), Paschalis 8, Veskoukis 13 (2).

Panorama GS - Halkida 104-76
Quarters: 26-19, 47-40, 84-56, 104-76.
Panorama GS (Takianos): Bechlivanis 8 (2), Panaras 7 (1), Falekas 6 (2), Choumpaflis, Panagiotopoulos 21 (7), Orfanos, Chatzipetrou 10, Kakaroudis 24, Kothras, Giosmas 9 (1) Cheniak 19, Tsaikos .
HALKIDA (Gkliatis): Sophocleous 4, Kantartzis 22 (2), Pantazis, Kokkoris 6 (2), Prodromou 34 (2), Dimakos 4 (1), Tsatsaronis 6.

Dafni Athens - Pangrati 78-56
Quarters: 26-13, 42-31, 62-35, 78-56.
Dafni Athens (Sorotos): Nikitakis 5 (1), Pappas 5, Tolias 6 (2), Kakiouzis 21, Sourlis, Papadimitriou 5, Kerasovitis 8 (1), Sioutis 12 (4), Angelopoulos 3, Vlachopoulos 5, Petrodimopoulos 8.
PAGKRATI (Lykogiannis): Koukas 5, Liakopoulos 7, Gkotzogiannis 5, Tsolatos 10 (1), Voulgaris 5 (1), Clement 3 (1), Kourtis, Tziallas 5, Maheras 5, Varypatis 11 (1).

P.Faliro - Sporting 87-77
Quarters: 19-23, 40-30, 60-61, 87-77.
P.FALIRO (Georgikopoulos): Tsirigotakis 21 (1), Pavlisevits 6 (2), Ntafopoulos, Pagonis 3 (1), Zoukas 12, Koronidis 8 (2), Sarakasidis, Manolioudakis, Politsidis, Rodostoglou 21 (2), Aposkitis 16 (4 ).
SPORTING (Nasoufis): Kaimenakis 2, Kakavas 21 (3), Ntolaftsis, Tsiotras 5 (1), Photiou 16 (2), Choumas 4 (1), Moutran 17, Morfis 12 (2).

Panerythraikos - Iraklis 81-73
Quarters: 22-15, 42-39, 65-53, 81-73.
PANERYTHRAIKOS (Chouchoylis): Kontoudis 5 (1), Manoliovits 4, Zampetis, Weaver 13 (1), Skouzis, Syristratidis 1, Koutoyzis 7, Chompson 18 (2), Maglos 6, Tsotsos, Ntoumanis 19 (1), Grympadiotis 8.
Iraklis (Konstantinidis): Siamandouras 2, Lentis, Totsios 18 (1), Apostolopoulos 9 (2), Foutsitzis, Daniel, Sekounta 24 (1), Simeonidis 20.

DASH Peristeri - ICBS 84-70
Quarters: 23-20, 42-42, 67-60, 84-70.
PERISTERI (Tziallas): Mantzanas 18 (2), Moschovitis 20 (3), Amato 1, A. Mantzaris, Kokkalis 3 (1), B. Mantzaris, Tsouk 2, Margaritis 4, Deligiannis 13 (1), Trimpanski 2, Boutsi 21 (3), Kotinis.
ICBS (Tsotsoumanos): Kantits 7 (1), Bardas 6 (2), Plioukas 4, Vidalis 2, Maslarinos 22 (2), Giovanovits 10, Nissiotis 5, Tselios 6 (1), Sivorotka 8, Evangelinos.

Ilysiakos - Trikala 71-67
Quarters: 22-25, 37-37, 53-51, 71-67.
ILYSIAKOS (Karagiannis): Kompodietas 5 (1), Athenian 8, Papanikolaou 21 (20 rimp., 2 tr.), Tsarouchas 13 (3), Athanasoulas 3 (1), Kaselakis 3 (1), Bogris 13, John 5 (1) .
TRIKALA (Tzimas): Lepeniotis 7, Katsares, Vardianos 9 (2), Balafas, Bogdanos 7 (1), Kaklamanos 25 (3), Papakostas, Tsoutsos 10 (1), Charismidis 4, Foundas, Tsiakas.

MENT - Apollo P. 75-63
Quarters: 23-20, 47-35, 64-46, 73-63.
MENT (Koukoulekidis): Karydas 14, Kokolios 8 (2), Tozios 2, Skarlatos 4, Giannakidis 3, Boursits, Benas 7, Arapis, Mantits 19 (2), 4 Makris, Despos 14.
Apollonas P. (Koukoulekidis): Kaperonis, Athanasiadis 9 (1), Lianos 13, Kanellopoulos 6 (2), Manousos 12, Papadopoulos 9 (1), Kapotas 4 (1), Giannikopoulos 4 (1), Georgitsis 6.


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GUATEMALA

National team starts training camp with list of outstanding players -by Victor Padilla
The National Basketball Federation of Guatemala appointed Head Coach Otto Larios to lead a new training camp for a group of talented players in order to integrate the National Team by July 2008. In an effort yet to be approved by COCABA, Guatemala is seeking to host during the end of this year the Central American Championships which originally were scheduled for 2009. The list of players called by Coach Larios is as follows:
Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports)
Oscar Salguero (196-F-87)
Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88)
Diego Berreondo (177-G-88)
Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis)
Juan Foster
Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) (193-F-82)
Pablo Cano (176-G-88)
Walter Morales (184-G-83)
Luis del Cid
Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78)
Jose Luis Lopez (186-G/F-77)
Juan Rosales
Fernando Fernandez
Paulo Castillo (199-C-78)
Hector Vandeveire (-G/F)
Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70)
Hebert Rodriguez
Otto Rodriguez (192-F-88)
Rodrigo Vallejo
Javier Auer (203-F/C-76)
Bernie Diaz (198-F/C-81)
Momo Barrios

Head Coach: Otto Larios
Assistant Coach: William Pell (from Cuba)


National team starts training camp with list of outstanding players -by Victor Padilla
The National Basketball Federation of Guatemala appointed Head Coach Otto Larios to lead a new training camp for a group of talented players in order to integrate the National Team by July 2008. In an effort yet to be approved by COCABA, Guatemala is seeking to host during the end of this year the Central American Championship which originally were scheduled for 2009. The list of players called by Coach Larios is as follows:
Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports)
Oscar Salguero (196-F-87)
Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88)
Diego Berreondo (177-G-88)
Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis)
Juan Foster
Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) (193-F-82)
Pablo Cano (176-G-88)
Walter Morales (184-G-83)
Luis del Cid
Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78)
Jose Luis Lopez (186-G/F-77)
Juan Rosales
Fernando Fernandez
Paulo Castillo (199-C-78)
Hector Vandeveire (-G/F)
Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70)
Hebert Rodriguez
Otto Rodriguez (192-F-88)
Rodrigo Vallejo
Javier Auer (203-F/C-76)
Bernie Diaz (198-F/C-81)
Momo Barrios

Head Coach: Otto Larios
Assistant Coach: William Pell (from Cuba)


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HUNGARY

Semifinals: both series tied! -by Tamas Deri
POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 73-63
(15-16, 14-16, 22-18, 22-13)
Kormend, Att.: 2.200, Referees: Foldhazi, Cziffra, Palla
KORMEND: Thomas 11/3, Ferencz 2, Henderson 10, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 14/3, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 16/3, Fodor M. 9/3, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 11/3, Trummer, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 23/9, Cziczas 9/6, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 12, Sabaliauskas 6/6, Jurkunas 11, Molnar 3/3, Harazin, Coach: Por Peter


ALBACOMP - FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY 97-76
(26-13, 24-22, 30-22, 17-19)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2.500, Referees: Hartyanyi, Adam, Kiraly
ALBACOMP: Simon 7, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 15/9, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 28/6, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 16, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 20, Boozer 4, Hanga 5/3, David, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
FALCO KC: Kalman 8/3, Doyne 10, Ciric 11/3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 25/15, Aliakseyeu 5/3, Borszeki 7/6, Varadi 3, Pankar 3/3, Feigl 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


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INDIA

DPS scare Hoopers in NRI League -by Anil Kumar

Hoopers thwarted a humiliating defeat from the hands of DPS, Sharjah as they edged out the school boys in a cliff hangar match of Indian Basketball League Tournament played at Al Shaab Sports Club, Sharjah.

DPS needed to win a match out of their remaining two league games, to stay in contention for a semi final berth, started confidently and scored 15:15 in the first quarter against the last years runners up Hoopers, Dubai. Three point shots from Ali Hussain and Harsh and five field goals by Kunal kept the score moving in favour of DPS in the second quarter An all out attack by DPS enabled them to lead the second quarter by seven points, 21:14. Ivan played a pivotal role in the third quarter and scored 12 points from the post to narrow down the deficit by a single point, 47:48. The exit of Hoopers skipper Cyril Miranda worsened the situation of Hoopers in the last quarter. The lead favoured both the teams and the luck stood with Hoopers as they won the match 66:65. Ivan led Hoopers with 23 points and Shajahan netted 15 for the winners. Once again Kunal Vohra remained the top scorer of DPS with 30 points.

Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai overcame the challenge of Arabian View Saintz, 64:56, to remain unbeaten in the league round. Arabian View led 14:13 in the first leg as Amjad and Melvin found the targets easily. Shankar, the Tamil Nadu state player scored 12 out of their 13 points in the first quarter. The match went neck on neck in the second quarter and Hustlers scored 14:13 and levelled the score 27:27 at half time.. Hustlers took the lead through Nithin and Rijo and led by a margin of 8 points, 42:34 at the end of the third quarter. Hustlers kept the lead till the end of the game as both the teams scored 22:22 in the last quarter.

Results:
Hoopers, Dubai 66 (Ivan 23, Shajahan 15, Rakesh 9, Jude 6, Usman 8, Cyril Braganza 3 and Cyril Miranda 2) beat DPS, Sharjah 65 (Kunal Vohra 30, Ali Hussain 10, Kenneth 10, Siddiq Razak 9, Harsh 6)

Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai: 64(Shankar 20, Rijo 12, Nithin 8, Beslin 5, Jean 4, Vinay 4, Deepak 4, Arafat 3, Deepu 2 and Jim 2) beat Arabian View Saintz: 56 (Melvin 27, Siddiq 12, Amjad 10 and Zaheer 7)

U13 Boys: ENS, Sharjah 42 (Aamir 20, James 11, Ubaid 9, Sanjay 2) beat NIMS, Sharjah 21 (Muneer 7, Adam 7, Joshua 5 and Rishad 2)


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ITALY

New names for coach Recalcati -by Gianni Pascucci
This evening starts in Roseto the first Italian National Team camp to prepare the EC Qualifications. Head Coach and NT Selector Carlo Recalcati called some new players, to test their skills at international level. The brand new names are the ones of Matteo Formenti (194-G-82), who had a very good season in Lega 2 team Fastweb Casale Monferrato, Bruno Cerella (194-F-86), who was one of the best scorers all season long in Serie B team Mach 20 Potenza and Thomas De Min (203-G-86), who had a very good year he too in Virtis Siena, Serie B. The other players convocated are: Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81), Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86), Giorgio Boscagin (195-G-83), Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances), Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87), Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group), Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances), Luca Garri (207-C/F-82), Marco Passera (180-G-82), Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85), Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) and Joel Zacchetti (209-C/F-82).

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JAPAN

Toshiba lands big man from OSG -by Kenny
The Toshiba Brave Thunders of the JBL recently announced the signing of 27-year old C Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-C-80) from the OSG Phoenix. The 200-cm tall Kuwahara will try to replace the hole created by longtime Toshiba C Shunsuke Ito's departure to the Tochigi Brex. Kuwahara joined the OSG Phoenix in 2003 from Kinki University and played 5 seasons with them. Kuwahara will wear #12 with Toshiba and he'll become the first ever Japanese free agent to join the Brave Thunders from another team.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier, the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins will officially announce the acquisition of free agent G/F Reina Itakura, who recently left the Toshiba Brave Thunders after 4 seasons, very soon, possibly this week.


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris - LKL Champions! -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Zalgiris became LKL Champions by defeating Lietuvos Rytas 81:75 (25:20, 17:14, 9:14, 18:21, 12:6) in the 5th Superfinal game. Zalgiris won the serie 4:1.
It was a very spectacular game, Lietuvos Rytas had many chances to win the game, but they didn't use them. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) was the best scorer tonight (19 points). He had an opportunity to bring victory to Rytas, but he made a turnover in the last attack in the fourth quater.
DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) scored both free throws (79:75) and 27 seconds were left in the overtime. But Rytas didn't managed to score and Zalgiris players enjoyed their third trophy this year.

Lietuvos Rytas : Mindaugas Lukauskis 19, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 13, Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) 13, Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) 11, Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) 3.
Zalgiris : DeJuan Collins 15, Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 14, Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) 11, Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) 10, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) 10, Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 8, Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) 7, Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) 6.

Also, Zalgiris almost guaranteed new three-year contract with Euroleague, because they are ahead 65:49 in the Euroleague rating.


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MONTENEGRO

Final 1 Round : Buducnost-Mogren 115-90 -by Dragan Scepanovic
FINAL SERIES 1. ROUND : BUDUCNOST-MOGREN 115-90 (32:17, 28:25, 31:17,24:31)
Sport center MORACA in Podgorica.Spect. 200. Reff: Lepetic(Herceg Novi), R. Vojinovic (Niksic),I.Dragojevic (Podgorica).
BUDUCNOST: Otasevic 8 (1-0), Micov 11 (5-5), Popovic 7,Gordic 15, Bjelica 5 (1-1), Sehovic 6 (4-4), Markovic 4 (2-0), Ljujic 1 (2-1), Maras 12 (4-3), Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) 28(7-6), Dragicevic 16 (3-3), Sutulovic 2 (4-2).
MOGREN: Obradovic,Stefanovic 18 (5-4), Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86),Palalic 10 (2-2), Mitrovic 9,Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 3 (2-1), Boskovic 5 (4-3), Subotic 8 (4-3), Vasic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 11, Smiljanic 11 (4-4), Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) 15(3-3).


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NEW ZEALAND

Slippage for Waikato in Round 12 -by Eurobasket News
The league leaders Waikato Pistons suffered two straight defeats in Round 12. On Saturday the Pistons hosted the Canterbury Rams and suddenly were beaten 97:102. The tight game saw the visitors held a 2-point lead at the interval. Waikato surged in front early in the third stanza but just to give the lead away for good late in the frame. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) finished with stunning triple-double of 44 points, 11 boards and 11 assists but did not prevent the Pistons from losing. David Langrell (195-G/F-76, college: Le Moyne) scored season-high 30 points to pace the Rams. John Whorton (205-C-78, college: Kent St.) came up with 18 points and 11 boards, while Gerard Bowden accumulated 17 points in a winning case. Brian Wethers dropped 20 points in a loss.
Today the losing skid continued as the Pistons fell short to Taranaki 95:99 in overtime. The Dynamos relied on offensive brilliance of Link Abrams and Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: San Diego Chr.) to ignite a 24:15 rally in the third period and grabbed a 68:59 advantage after three quarters. But the Pistons recovered in the final frame and Brian Wethers sent the game into overtime. However the hosts proved strength in the extra period as Keith Salscheider completed his 29-point tally. Link Abrams had 21 points, 11 boards and 6 assists, while Tony Ramton contributed 15 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Jason Crowe crafted 23 points, 11 assists and 8 boards for the Pistons. Brian Wethers and Mike Homik produced 18 points apiece in a loss.
Meanwhile in another todays action the Manawatu Jets kept their playoff dim hopes alive with a 91:80 win over the Harbour Heat. Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, college: Iowa St.) nearly missed a tripe-double with 24 points, 10 assists and 9 boards to pace the Jets to their 4-10 record. Keith Davis provided 23 points and Stacey Lambert scored 15 points for Manawatu in a win. Harbour played without Oscar Forman and Daryl Cartwright. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) topscored for the Heat with 20 points and pulled down 12 boards. Tim Behrendorff added 17 points and 11 boards as the Heat fell to 9-6 record in the third spot in the ladder.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 12-4 
 2. Wellington 10-4 
 3. Harbour Heat 9-6 
 4. G&H Hawks 8-5 
 5. Nelson 8-6 
 6. Taranaki 7-6 
 7. Auckland 7-6 
 8. Manawatu 4-10 
 9. Canterbury 4-11 
 10. Otago 2-13 


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PARAGUAY

National League Standings
National Standings
GroupA
 1. Sol de Am. 9-0 
 2. Sacachispas 4-5 
 3. Felix Perez 3-6 
 4. Estrella 2-7 
GroupB
 1. America 6-2 
 2. D.San Jose 5-3 
 3. Libertad 4-4 
 4. Gigantes 1-7 


First losses for America -by Gianni Pascucci
The 'Group B' last round started with the first loss in the competition of America de Pilar, defeated 103-98 by Deportivo San Jos after an overtime on friday night, thanks to a good performing from Miguel Isola (198-F-83), who scored 34 pts and Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) (190-G-85), who added 24 points. Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) scored 20 points in losing effort. The same night, Libertad prevailed over home team Gigantes del Norte 87-77, with Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) leading the way at 25 points and Roberto Farina (186-G/F-82) answering with 24 at Gigantes side. Yesterday night, America felt again, this time to Giagntes del Norte, 90-88, while Deportivo San Jose destroyed Libertad 80-52, with Hugo Paredes (198-F-84) outstanding with 22 points and Carlos Jorge Riveros adding 15 pts. At this point, the three teams promoted to the next leg of the competition are America, San Jose and Libertad, and the games of tonight can not change anymore.

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POLAND

Trailing 11 points at the halftime Turow grabs the first win -by Eurobasket News
Turow and Prokom opened the 2007/2008 Final series in Poland. Turow, having a home-court advantage used the first game as a must for 82:79 win. Trailing 11 points at the half time the home side benefit from the game. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) paced all the winners with 26 points, Robert Witka (205-F-81) and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) followed him with 12 points each. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) finished the night with 17 points in defeat, while Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13.
Prokom Trefl did not feel discomfort playing away from home and grabbed the lead from the very beginning. The visitors ended up the opening quarter with 17:14 and started the second better as well. Prokom used a 25:17 in the period and took 11-point lead after the first half.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec had more power left after the semifinal series and that was probably the best time to come back into the game. A 21;16 in the third quarter closed the gap to 6 points for the guests. In the last period Turow played a very balanced offensive game and reached an important first win. David Logan made it 80:79 in the end of the game and Andres Rodriguez posted two free throws in a 82:79 win.
Game 2 is scheduled for tonight with PGE Turow Zgorzelec still being the home team.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec - Prokom Trefl Sopot 82:79 (14:17, 17:25, 21:16, 30:21)
PGE Turow Zgorzelec: David Logan 26, Robert Witka 12, Thomas Kelati 12
Prokom Trefl Sopot: Donatas Slanina 17, Jovo Stanojevic 13, Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 12


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PORTUGAL

Liga UZO finals game 4 -by Luis Rocha
ovarense tied the series after beating Porto away by 69-59. It was a dull game. Porto never really got itself into the game, they had a slow start, and Ovarense took profit on that. The Ovar team established a good inside game, going many times to Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan), and he was great. He was the game MVP, scored 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and gave 2 blocks. Loosing By 8 at the break, Porto step up things in the third quarter reducing to 2, but in the last one they broke down and let Ovarense won the match. Both teams played lously in the offense, this time it was not a question of good defenses, it was really bad offenses.

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PUERTO RICO

Carolina makes it to the Final 6 -by Luis Ramirez
The Carolina Giants came back from a 21 point deficit to take the series against the Bayamon Cowboys as they beat the Cowboys 81-79. The Cowboys facing elimination entered the 1st quarter firing on all cylinders as they took the 1st quarter 25-13. In the 2nd quarter the Bayamon Cowboys did not let up and took the 1st half 43-31. In the 3rd quarter the Giants started to chip away at the Cowboys lead and managed to cut the lead to just 5 points 63-58. In the 4th quarter the game was tied by two free throws from Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) who once again got fouled and gave the Giants the lead with just 3 seconds to end the game. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) and Ebi Ere both scored 18 points. For Bayamon, it was Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause.

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RUSSIA

Playoffs - Lokomotiv Rostov vs Spartak Primorje 101-92 -by Marina Vyalova

The game was hold on 17 of may. The score is 101-92 (23-26 24-21 29-25).

This match was the last one home game for Lokomotive team in this season. In spite of Lanchars absence because of the disease, the team from Rostov
has not only won the match but shown a good game.
The first quater was amazing due to Spartak`s long-distance shoots realization - 100%. This made the team from Vladivostok to end this quater with
a confident win.
In the second quater guests continued long distance shoots attack, but this time they had less luck, just 5 from 10. Unfortunately, in the middle of
the period, the captain of Locomotive - Valentin Kubrakov was injured and couldnt play anymore. New leadars of this team were Shevchik who scored 23 points and Vorotnikov -
23 points. only because of these players the team could break away with 8 points difference.

The last period of the game was the decisive one. Before 7.30 to the end Babichev scored with the foul and made Rostov leading up to 10 points
- 84-74.
During the last minute Lokomotive Rostov ovecome 100 points limit and won the game.


Triumph of Triumph team in playoffs game against UNICS -by Aleksandra Sanders

Triumph - UNICS: 80-64 (27-15 15-21 19-17 19-11)

BC Triumph Luberzi won the first game for the 5th place in the championship. The second match will take place in Kazan on
20 of May.
The start five of Triumph was Vyalzev, Dmitriev, Toporov< Likholitov and Chatman while UNICS had Tusek, Zukanchenko, Chikalkin,
McCullough and Kirksay. Lavrinovich and Sokolov could not take part in the game because of injury.
The game starts with active attacks, turnovers and steals. After 4 min. Triumph makes spurt in 11 points. During 6 minuts UNICS doesnt
have a chance to score in this game - 24-9 what makes Triumph feel very comfortable and play with less attention. The period is ended with
12 points difference - 27-15.
The same difference in the score was also during the second quater, but last minuts of it UNICS managed to less it up to 6 - 42-36.
The speed of the game was completely different after the break.
Before 5 min to the game`s end, the difference in the score is +11 to Triumph again. The final score is 80-64.


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SAINT KITTS

Rams Hitters stay undefeated -by Eurobasket News
The SKABA Digicel A Division continues on St. Kitts and Nevis. Rams Hitters got to a brave start of the season keeping their record spotless. At the weekend the league leading Rams Hitters are scheduled to take on winless Cayon. Their opponents were widely taken as underdogs before the start of the season. They lost two of their key performers Fitzroy Whyte and Troy Watley before the tip off of the championship. Whyte left for Hitters and Watley headed to Ghetto Roots. Cayon lost their starting games but showed they were the force that their opponents should consider.
In the meantime Wolf Pack defeated Warriors 79:67 in the last clash in the A Division. Brian Morris nailed 17 points and grabbed 13 boards for the winners. Leslie Farell provided 14 points and 5 assists, while Yogesh Jacobs knocked down 11 points and 5 steals for Wolf Pack.
Quakers pip Conaree Fireballs 71:63 behind 22 points from Jevron Liburd. Tyron Southwell contributed 19 points and 11 boards for the winning side.
The action also resumed in the KFC Junior Division. The reigning champions Fruta Falcons thumped Ground Rockers 81:41. Lyle Browne produced 26 points, 16 boards and 7 steals to pace the winners. Bird Rock snatched a narrow 69:68 win over Blue Devils. Holden Hull ignited the victory with 22 points and 6 boards. Randy Taylor fired 30 points in a losing case.


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SLOVAKIA

Two semifinal battles -by Eurobasket News
Saturday became the battleship for four teams struggling in the semis. Pezinok survived against MBK Handlova for 2-0 in the series, while Nov Ves tied the seies over Inter Bratislava.
Pezinok overcame MBK Handlova with an easy win from the start. The winner of the regular season opened the game with 23:10. MBK Handlova bounced back with 20:14 in the second period and hoped to tie the game in the third period. Pezinok however used a 19:9 spurt for 17 points advantage. It seemed that the game was over, but MBK Handlova was outstanding in the last stanza. A 35:21 shocked the guests, but they benefit luckily from the game. Pezinok won 77:74 as Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) led the winners with 18 points. Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) posted 16 and Kozlk added 14. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) tried hard for the hosts producing 32 points.
Nov Ves edged Inter Bratislava 85:81 to tie the series at 1-1. Unbelievable battle was seen by the spectators on Saturday. Nov Ves won the first three quarters, but still had only five points advantage before the last period. They kept the score for good and won the game. Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) scored 14 and Jozef Bucak (207-C-81, agency: LBM Management) added 13. Miroslav Futo (207-C-80, agency: Promotex) ended up with 23 points in the losing clause.

MBK Handlova - Pezinok 74:77 (10:23, 20:14, 9:19, 35:21)
MBK Handlova: Nenad Milosevic 32, Vlaic 14, Avalic 12
Pezinok: Dusan Snopko 18, Glen Whisby 16, Kozlk 14

Nov Ves - Inter Bratislava 85:81 (20:17, 22:21, 22:21, 21:22)
Nov Ves: Vladimir Hovanak 15, Marcel Madaj 14, Jozef Bucak 13
Inter Bratislava: Miroslav Futo 23, Novak 19, Mcka 14


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija and Helios use homecourt advantage -by Zeljko Zule
Regular season champion Union Olimpija and defending champion Helios kept homecourt advantage in the Play-Offs Semifinals. Union Olimpija defeated Zlatorog 82-76 and Helios outscored Krka 94-76.
Union Olimpija led just 76-75 with 0:56 to play and then made a 6-1 run. Marko Milic (199-G-77) 10 of his 21 points scored in last quarter and grabbed 14 rebounds, Ronell Taylor posted 16 points, Hasan Rizvic 11 and Maurice Bailey 10. Zlatorog was outrebounded 23-33. Chester Mason scored 17 points but he missed free throw at 76-78 with 46 second remaining and a lay-up at 76-80. Lance Harris finished with 16 points and Nejc Strnad and Salih Nuhanovic had 14 points apiece.
Helios trailed by as many as 28-40 in second quarter, but used a 21-4 run to take a commanding lead. Robert Troha scored 23 points, Ziga Zagorc added 14, Domen Zerak 11 and Marijan Mance 10. Krka had just two scorers in double figures. Davor Marcelic 20 of his 27 points posted in first quarter and Jure Balazic netted 11 points.


Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
1. Casino M. 22-0
2. Maribor 16-6

3. Ilirija

15-7
4. Grosuplje 15-7
5. Union Olim. II 13-9
6. Jezica 12-10
7. Pakman C. 10-12
8. Mavrica 9-13

9. Ruse

6-16
10. Terme Olimia (-1) 7-15
11. Lastovka 5-17
12. Nazarje 2-20
West
1. Sencur 20-2
2. Tolmin 18-4
3. Portoroz 18-4
4. Plama Pur 14-8
5. Idrija 13-9

6. Krka II

13-9
7. Jesenice 11-11
8. Ajdovscina 8-14
9. Pingvini S. 8-14
10. Radovljica 5-17
11. Kolpa 4-18
12. Kocevje 0-22


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Places 1-8
1. Olimpija 13-1
2. Helios 10-4
3. Krka 8-6
4. Zlatorog 8-6

5. Slovan

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


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Postojna 23-3 
 2. Bezigrad 22-4 
 3. Nova Gorica 21-5 
 4. Hrastnik 19-7 
 5. Cerknica 14-12 
 6. Jance KK 13-13 
 7. Rudar 12-14 
 8. Rogaska 11-15 
 9. Litija 10-16 
 10. Konjice 10-16 
 11. Radenska 9-17 
 12. Triglav K. 7-19 
 13. Celjski KK 7-19 
 14. Medvode 4-22 


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TURKEY

Fenerbahce Ulker, one step to the Final -by Eurobasket News

Efes Pilsen-Fenerbahce Ulker 65:76

Fenerbahce Ulker made a huge step towards the Finals of Turkish Play-offs after a road win over Efes Pilsen last night. The visitors took the lead from the very beginning and led the game to 76:65 win. James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) led the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) produced 14 and Semih Erden (211-C-87) netted 11. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) top-scored with 22 points in defeat, whilst Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11. Fenerbahce Ulker is now 2-0 in the semifinals and one step closer to the Finals.
Fenerbahce Ulker went on a lead in the opening tip taking 8-3 advantage. Having 25:18 in the last minutes of the period the guests allowed Efes Pilsen to close at 22:25. The second period was a tough one for the hosts who scored only 9 points to let Ulker go for 31:40. After a conversation and rest in the lockers Efes Pilsen returned to the game being another team. They dominated the court and reduced to 49:53 before the Final period. Fenerbahce Ulker however had more power left and created 7-0 run to seal the victory. Ulker used 23:14 in the last period and advantaged with 76:65 win.

Another game is scheduled for May 20, while the game between Besiktas and Turk Telecom will be held on May 19.

Efes Pilsen: Kenny Gregory 22, Ermal Kurtoglu 11
Fenerbahe Ulker: James White 15+8 rebs, Tarence Kinsey 14, Semih Erden 11, Willie Solomon 10



Besiktas is close to FINAL -by Max Brodsky
Besiktas Cola Turka beat Turk Telekom of Ankara 87-77 for the first time this season and tied the semifinal series at 1-1. The Istanbul side, which started the series down 0-1 because it lost both games to Telekom in the regular season, had pulled away in the fourth quarter to win Game 2. Predrag Drobnjak and Onur Aydin points kept Besiktas ahead 22-20 at the end of the first quarter, but Telekom responded with an 0-11 charge in the second quarter led by Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72), Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) to go ahead 29-38. A Tutku Acik (193-G-80) three-pointer increased the lead to double digits, but Besiktas responded to get within 40-43 by halftime. A tense third period followed as Besiktas increased its defensive pressure, but Telekom stayed resistant through Aciks free throws to move into the last period leading 58-59. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76), Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) and Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) changed the destiny of the game for Besiktas in the last period as the home team took control of the game with good defense and triples from Shumpert and Chase to build a 67-79 lead with 2:30 to go. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) individual efforts and Telekoms tactical fouls in the remaining minutes didnt change anything as Besiktas won the game by 10. Shumpert scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the winners, Nicevic and Chase had 16 points each and Drobnjak scored 11 for Besiktas. Williams had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Telekom, El Amin finished with 17, Acik had 11 points and 6 assists and Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) added 10.

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URUGUAY

Tarrie Monroe scored 32 points for a win -by Hector Lopez
Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) scored 32 points took 10 rebounds and get a ranking value of 43, leading Yale to beat 84-77 Goes, one of the favourites teams to win the championship. For Goes, Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) netted 20 and took 12 rebounds. Another favourite, Aguada, was also defeated, during the 11th round 77-67, by Waston. For Aguada Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) scored 12 points and for Waston Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) netted 24 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Verdirrojo beat the leader Capurro 66-63. For Verdirrojo Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) netted 16 points and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 22 for Capurro.
Other results:
NAcional 83 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 13 points 10 rebounds
Urunday 62 -
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Larranaga 96
Larre Borges 83 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 32 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks
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Olivol Mundial 72
MArne 66 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 15


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




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Women News

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FRANCE - Women

Bourges win French Cup -by Leslie Anderson

Domestically Cercle Jean Mace Cercle Jean Mace Bourges have been unstoppable this season and they finished on a high by winning the French cup (63-51) against Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. Catherine Melain (186-F-74) led a well balanced attack with 11 points.


Villeneuve got off to a good start and led early in the first period (7-3) but then suffered a (13-2) thumping that allowed Bourges to lead after the first period (18-14).

Bourges never allowed Villeneuve to get back into the game and paced themselves to victory





In the U18 cup final USO Mondeville II came from behind to overturn the defending champions Valenciennes USVO II (66-61) to lift the cup for the third time.




The SIG women ended their Paris Bercy jinx to win the Amateur French Cup (62-61) against US Leveyron.



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GERMANY - Women

Wasserburg celebrates 5th straight DBBL-championship -by Moritz Korff

For the 5th straight year TSV Wasserburg captured the DBBL-title. In game 4 of the finals against the Saarlouis Royals the team of Coach Hans Brei edged the host 75:73. The 2000 fans witnessed a dramatical encounter between the best two teams of this season. The Royals started the game 5:0 and won the first quarter 21:17. Saarlouis continued to impress in the second quarter, dominated the paint and was ahead 39:36 at the half. But Wasserburg came back. Between the 24th and 28th minute of the game the defending champ turned the score from 46:46 into 60:53. The players of Coach Brei stepped up in defense and managed to score with a higher percentage than in the first half now. However, the game remained close. With one minute left to play in the final period Wasserburg was ahead 75:73. Saarlouis' final shot missed, while Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) got the rebound with 8 seconds left. The old and new German champion was led by Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) who scored 22 points in the last game of the season, Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) added 15 points, Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) tallied 13 points, Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 9 points and 9 rebounds. Romy Baer (187-F-87) scored 20 points for the Royals, Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) added 18 points and 12 rebounds, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 12 points and 14 boards, Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) finished the game with 11 points, while Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) dished out a game-high 11 assists in defeat.

Boxscore: click



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GREECE - Women

National Team: 3 victories against the University of Oklahoma -by George Manousidis
The first circle of preparation for the Greek Womens National Team complete with three friendly victories against the University of Oklahoma womens team.

In the first game National Team won 94-82.
Quarters: 19-21, 45-40, 64-61, 94-82
Greece (Missas): Kalentzou 13 (1), 6 Sotiriou, Kaltsidou 26 (3), Spatharou 7 (1), Tzegiannaki 3, Hatzinikolaou 12, Papamichael 1, Zerva 4, Katopodi, Cosmas 10 (1), Diella, Mastrogiannidou 10.

In the second game National Team won 67-57.
Quarters: 18-17, 43-33, 53-46, 67-57
Greece (Missas): Kalentzou 13 (1), Tsegiannaki, Hatzinikolaou 3, Spatharou 3 (1), 2 Sotiriou, Kaltsidou 13 (1), Papamichail 10, Zerva 10, Katopodi 2, Kosma, Diela 4, Mastrogiannidou 5 (1), Nikolopoulou.

And today (third game) National Team won 73-71.
Dekalepta: 19-17, 40 to 42, 53-58, 73-71
Greece (Missas): Kalentzou 10 (2), Tsegiannaki 2, Hatzinikolaou 19 (1), Spatharou 6 (1), 2 Sotiriou, Kaltsidou 12 (2), Papamichael 6, Zerva 1, Katopodi 2, Cosmas 6, Diela, Mastrogiannidou 7, Androulakis.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen -by Gil Goshen

The Israeli National Team Guard Liron Cohen who played this season in Spain and led her team
Acis-Incosa to the Final -four and to the Cup Final ( chosen as the M.V.P ).
Has decided to sign for the season 2008/9 with Kosit 2013 the Slovakian Champion which also playing on the euroleague.

Liron will play with Cathrine Kraayeveld from N.Y Liberty and with

Sidney Spencer from the Sparks.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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ROMANIA - Women

The series is tied at 2-2 -by Eurobasket News
Sfantu Gheorghe -BC ICIM Arad 69:54

Sfantu Gheorghe ties the series in the Romanian finals after another home win, 69:54. The hosts opened the game with 17:13 in the opening quarter, but then the teams dedicated the majority of time in defense. With only 9-6 Sfantu Gheorghe advantaged in the second period. Having 7 points deficit at the half, the home side produced 25:16 in the third stanza to feel comfortable in the end. BC ICIM Arad could only win the last period, 19:18, but did not change too much in the game.
After four game splayed the winner is still questionable. Game 5 should be decisive in the Final campaign.


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WNBA - Women

Sensational debut for Candace Parker -by Eurobasket News
She led Tennessee to straight NCAA titles, she is now ready for some titles with the Los Angeles Sparks. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) made her debut the one to remember as she tallied 34 points, 12 boards and 8 assists in her first game for the Sparks in WNBA. She overcame the previous best scoring tally for the rookie established in 1997 by Cynthia Cooper at 25 points. Candace Parker narrowly missed triple-double what could have been the second time in the history of both NBA and WNBA for rookie to notch it in the debut. Oscar Robertson remains the only player to reach the result in his first encounter in 1960. Candace Parker led the Sparks to a hard win over the defending champions Phoenix Mercury in the regular season opener. The sensational rookie took the floor in the fourth period. With the scoreline reading 79:79 she netted 10 consecutive points for the Los Angeles to singlehandedly carry them to an 89:86 lead with just over 3 minutes left. She later accounted for a jumper that put the Sparks up 97:94 with 12 seconds to go. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) missed a three-pointer and the Sparks sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC) contributed 17 points and 12 boards, while Sidney Spencer (6'3''-F-85, college: Tennessee) scored 14 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter that just returned after an exhausting season in Turkey registered 32 points for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi scored 24 points in defeat.
Another star rookie Alexis Hornbuckle (5'11''-G-85, college: Tennessee) helped her Detroit Shock to prevail against Houston Comets 85:66 in the season opener. Tennessee graduate posted 8 points and franchise-record 7 steals to contribute in the teams success. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) knocked down 21 points and Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) added 17 points for the winners. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) answered with 17 points for the Comets. Mwadi Mabika and Matee Ajavon had 12 points apiece in defeat. The hosts bridged the third and fourth terms with a 20:1 run that put them up for good. The Shock also forced the visitors to 23 turnovers.
The Connecticut Sun gave some taste of WNBA action for the expansion team Atlanta Dream beating them 100:67. Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) came up with 22 points and 10 boards to lead the Sun. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and Barbara Turner notched 15 points in a winning case. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) had 17 points for the Dream. Stacey Lovelace dropped 11 points in a losing effort. Atlanta led early in the game but the home side replied with a 26:6 run to roll away for good.