EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/23/2008

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ARGENTINA

Libertad is the champion! -by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad won 92-81 on the road the 4th game of the finals and became in the second team in win 4-0 the Liga A finals. It is a just award for the best team of the season. Julio Cesar Lamas also became in the first coach who won the championship with three different teams. The fourth game was similar to the previous ones. Libertad started to tak advantag in the third quarter thanks to another spectacular performance of Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) (MVP of the finals)

Quimsa (81): Jonathan Treise 0, Julio Mazzaro 20, Cleotis Brown 19, William Mc Farlan 19 Gabriel Mikulas 10. (St) Victor Cajal 2, Alejandro Reinick 0, Sebastian Castineira 7, Andres Rodriguez 2, Phillip Lockett 2, Nicolas Zanni 0. Coach: Fabio Demti.

Libertad (92): Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) 18, Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) 6, Laron Profit 29, Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) 11 Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) 14 (St), Juan Pablo Sartorelli 0, Marcos Saglietti 9, Jorge Benitez 5, Emilio Dominguez 0, Mariano Ceruti 0. Coach Julio Cesar Lamas


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AUSTRALIA

Paora Winitana joins 36ers -by Eurobasket News
Adelaide 36ers agreed terms with ex member of New Zealand Breaker, Paora Winitana (195-G-76). He is also a member of New Zealand National Team since 2002. According to the 33ers official site the team is very exited with adding of Paora to the mix.

Sixers head coach Scott Ninnis stated that his team needs more athleticism and toughness, which he certainly will bring. Winitana has some international experience but he played only two seasons in NBL. Ninnis said that Winitana is a very useful player. Because of his strength he is able to guard PG through to a power forward.

After signing of Winitana, 36ers needs one more import spot to fill.


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AUSTRIA

Game 5 will decide the Championship! -by Stefan Heinrich
Also in the 4th game the home team was successful during this Final series. Furstenfeld was led by their 2 Insideplayes Shelton Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.)26 pts, 7 reb) and Mike Mike Fraser (203-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) (203-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) (21 pts, 17 reb) while Oberwart had an unstopable Jay Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) (37 pts, 6 reb, 5 ass, 2 blk). The Panthers won 87:85 in a close game but they led the entire second half, so the Austrian Championship will be decided on Sunday in Game 5 in Oberwart!

Furstenfeld (87): Shelton Colwell 26, Mike Fraser 21, Goljovic 15, Grum 11, Shavies 8, Ocokoljic 3, Dale 2, Dragsic 1
Oberwart (85): Jay Youngblood 37, Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) 14, Ochsenhofer 10, Moric 8, Crawford 7, Boone 7, Gaspar 2


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BOSNIA

Transfer news -by Nedzad Kladusak
The bosnian championship enters a decisive stage. The first four positions seem to be determined.
The teams not participating in the second stage of competition already began their preparations for the 2008/2009 season.

Slavija is strongly interested in signing Sabahudin Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84). He already practices with the team and final agreement seems to be very close.
The leading scorer of MIMS Sarajevo and former player of Bosna Sarajevo, Elnis Adel Prasovic (201-F-84), is the target of Novi Grad, Slavija and as it seems Zrinjski.
There are also some reports that also at least a foreign team expressed its wish to add him to its roster.

Bosna Sarajevo signed a 4-yr contract with Aldin Klinac (213-C-90), one of the top prospects of its junior team. Montenegrinian star coach Dusko Vujosevic
has offered Klinac to come to a try out to Partizan. This surprising invitation might be a consequence of the sensational impact Kikanovic left in the serbian championship.

Zenica Celik has invited Kabine Sissoko (209-C-86, agency: Interperformances) a player with SUI-CRO passport. He is intended to reinforce Zenica under the boards where it had only Sadibasic and several younger players.

After the departure of Zoran Sretenovic Igokea seems to be interested in Drago Karalic the former coach of KK Borac.
KK Impuls is currently negotiating with Adel Adel Prasovic who coached KK Ilidza with some players like the cadet star of KK Bosna Kobaslic, Edin Bavcic and Aldin Klinac.


Igokea Partizan releases Zoran Sretenovic -by Eurobasket News
After inconvenient defeat against Borac Nektar in the previous round of Bosnian D1, management of Igokea Partizan decided to release head coach Zoran Sretenovic. Borac Nektar plays in a great shape during the last two weeks. The team from Banja Luka outplayed Siroki Prima pivo, Bosna Sarajevo on the road, Sloboda and finally Igokea Partizan. After this defeat Igokea's chances to qualify for Adriatic league are much smaller. Team from Aleksandrovac is currently on the third place in D1 with 8 wins and 4 defeats. They have one win less than Siroki and two than Bosna Sarajevo.

The new head coach of Igokea most probably will be Drago Karalic, ex head coach of Borac Nektar.


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CHILE

Chile won his third game in Mexico -by Cristian Quiroga
Chile NT continues their tour in Mexico and won their third game of four played. To the victory over Universidad del Valle 74-107, Pioneros 82-87 and defeat 85-81 against the same team. Daniel Allende's team defeated on tuesday night to Lazaro Cardenas Michoacan 49-52.
Chilean squad has playing an acceptable basketball that is being very useful for preparation on the road to Southamerican Championship that will be played in Puerto Montt next month.


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CHINA

Good News on Xu Yong -by Arthur Volbert
Good news on Xu Yong (204-F-89). The great likelihood is that he had a cyst on his leg, not cancer.

A photo was posted on May 18 at http://forums.interbasket.net/showthread.php?t=5833&page=2 showing Xu attending a game in Shanghai on May 16 between AND1 and a Chinese steetball select team which included Xu's Shanghai teammate Gu Aoke. AND1 won the game convincingly.

The photo shows that Xu is standing on on two legs, and not using crutches or wearing an obvious leg brace. So he did not have major surgery. The photo also shows that Xu still has all his thick black hair, which means that he did not have chemotherapy. Since he has had neither major surgery nor chemotherapy over a month after his condition was initially discovered it is very unlikely that he has cancer.


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CROATIA

Is Zagreb able to make a surprise in Jazine ? -by Eurobasket News
Tuasday was a happy day for Zagreb, who beat Zadar in the second game of the play-off semifinals tying the score on 1-1. Both teams had their good and bad moments in this game. Zagreb played fantastic first half touching plus 17 but in the third period Zadar showed its real face and succeeded to equalize.

Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) of Zagreb, who scored 6 triples in the previous game, said: 'It is hard to play both half times in the same rhythm. We really had fantastic two quarters. During the last couple of minutes we somehow couldn't play any offensive set which we agreed while Juby Johnson netted eight consecutive points for Zadar. Later we intensified our defense and thanks to Simon's key points at the very end we tied the score in semifinals on 1-1.'

Dundovic was maybe the clutch player for Zagreb on Tuesday. With 2 successful attempts from behind the arc Dundovic at the first point gave a chance to his team, which they later exploited. He netted 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the second game. Dundovic was on fire as he drained 6 triples of 8 attempts.

In interview for the Croatian media Dundovic said:' We are going to pick up a victory in Zadar. It will be an extremely difficult job but we will try. We already showed that we are able to play against Zadar and we have right to hope that we are the team who will play in the final of Croatian play-off. Zadar is not in a good shape at the moment but it is not our problem. We have to focus on ourselves and our defense if we want to reach the final for the first time in club's history. It would be a great success for us.'

The third game between Zagreb and Zadar is scheduled for Saturday at 19:30h. Zadar for sure will have fantastic support from its fans in sports hall Jazine but Zagreb showed that they can be a very inconvenient opponent, even on the road.


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CZECH REPUBLIC

Geofin wins at home, leads 2-1 -by Eurobasket News
Geofin - Prostejov 92:82

Geofin surged ahead in the NBL semifinal series against Prostejov. The second-ranked Geofin held off their opponents at home in the third game of the best-of-five series and stepped closer to the Final. Prostejov quickly jumped in front after Savanovic and Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) nailed jumpers. But soon Pelikan and Sarvoic spurred the hosts in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) capped the frame with a jump shot to put Geofin up 24:23. The home side led throughout the second quarter however Prostejov kept it close and trailed by just two points 38:40 at the interval. Pelikan nailed quick 6 points for Geofin at the start of the third stanza to pile up an 8-point buffer but 8 third-quarter points from Rashaan Ames (184-G-77, college: Shaw) kept Prostejov within a striking distance as they were down by 7 points heading into the final term. Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) scored 6 points for the hosts early in the final period, while Beechum came up with a triple to make it 78:66 for Geofin. Joe Chapman and Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) stretched the margin to 16 points and the home team cruised to an overall win at the end. Joe Chapman scored 22 points to lead the hosts. Kenny Walker delivered 18 points and 11 boards, while Robert Sarovic contributed 15 points for the winners. Marton Bader topscored for Prostejov with 20 points. Rashaan Ames was impressive with 16 points, 10 boards and 10 assists in a loss. Geofin outrebounded their opponents 34:28 and sank 55% from the field. Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday.

Geofin: Joe Chapman 22, Kenny Walker 18+11 boards, Robert Sarovic 15
Prostejov: Marton Bader 20, Rashaan Ames 16+10 boards +10 assists


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DENMARK

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Thomas, NAES 24.5
2 Siggers, BAK 24.5
3 Ross, HOR 22.3
4 Colas, RAN 22.1
5 Howell, SVE 21.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Miskovic, HOR 13.1
2 Colas, RAN 11.7
3 Johansen, Amager 9.2
4 Hamilton, Sisu 8.7
5 Hoger, Sven 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Dordevic, NAES 5.8
2 Howell, SVE 4.8
3 Zazai, HOR 4.5
4 Nielsen, HOR 4.2
5 Dennis, NAES 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Howell, SVE 3.1
2 Dennis, NAES 2.5
3 Nielsen, HOR 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Billings, HOR 2,95
2 Christoffers , BAK 1.57
3 Hoger, SVE 1,41
2FGP
1 Colas, RAN 8.37
2 Hoger, TIM 6.95
3 Siggers, BAK 6.75
3FGP
1 Howell, SVE 2.87
2 Viglianco, HOR 2.69
3 Ross, HOR 2,52
Free Throws
1 Skotting, AABY 3.85
2 Ross, HOR 2.40
3 Ch.Nielsen, HOR 1.73


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EGYPT

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Gezira 11-2 
 2. Zamalek 10-3 
 3. Al Ittihad 7-6 
 4. Ahly 6-7 
 5. Sporting 5-8 
 6. Somouha 4-9 
Group B
 1. Geish Army 8-1 
 2. Shorta-Police 7-2 
 3. Shams 7-2 
 4. Gazco 7-3 
 5. Eastern Co. 5-4 
 6. Damenhor 1-8 


Zamalek keeps chasing gezira to the top -by Sherif Soliman
Zamalek extended their perfect run to 3 games beating Smouha by 20 points.Zamalek is getting to close to the top after the unexpected lose for gezira from Somouha in the first day in Alexandria.Friday will be the most amaizing day in the tournement with tow big games , First Ahly will try to struggle with the undefeated Zamalek then Itthad will try to Bandle with Gezira who is rising on the top for more than 2 month.No one can expect what will happen or ho will win but everyone is sure that friday games will be Amaizing.Wael Badr (193-G-78)

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FRANCE

Dijon extends Bosnian Damir Krupalija -by Eurobasket News
Participant of French Pro A, JDA Dijon Bourgogne, extended contract with Bosnian power forward / center Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). Dijon finished season on 9th place in Pro A with 13 victories and 17 defeats. They were close but still so far from the play-off quarterfinals as Cholet had two wins more.

Kruplajia graduated at the University of Illinois on 2002. After he gratudated he moved to Poland, where he signed a one year deal with WTK Anwil Wloclawek and they won Polish National championship. Later he joined Spriou Charleroi spending 4 years there. Cherleroi became a champion of Belgium on season 03/04.


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FYR MACEDONIA

Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Torus 22-8 
 2. Ovce Pole 21-9 
 3. Pop Sport S. 21-9 
 4. Goce Delchev 16-14 
 5. Centar S. 16-14 
 6. Teteks 13-15 
 7. Plejmejker C. 12-15 
 8. Kozuv 11-16 
 9. Negotino 11-19 
 10. Heraklea 9-19 
 11. ABA 7-21 


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GABON

Elite National Championship, AOBB against TOUNGUI BB 90-88: a high-level meeting -by Tim Ndjiki
AOBB (Atoane Y'ogombie BB) beat TOUNGUI BB last night (20 hours) in math counting for the 9th day of Elite National Championship, on the score of 90 to 88. To half-time, the score was 43-40 in favour of AOBB.
TOUNGUI BB led ten points two minutes of end of the meeting. Colts of coach ARIMBI NKOLO sinned by youth, innocence and lack of maturity.
Elite National championship is thrown back at level of clubs of Libreville; here is victory that brings serenity in ranks of captain of AOBB, after three successive defeats; team of the president NGUEMA BOUMBA Janvier, Who is sponsored by 'SOBEA-GABON' society, throws back elite National Championship.
Better of the day
AOBB:
7-August Walker (188-G-76), 17 points, 3 assist, 4 rbs,-10 - Gabin Nzeng (185-G-80), 15 points, 3 assist, 7 rbs. - 8 - Fabien Bissielou (194-F-82), 11 points, 5 assist, 8 rbs. Pierrot Biyogho (195-F/C-79)
TOUNGUI BB:
11 - Bouli Patrick (196-F-86),, scored 23 points, - 3 assist, 5 rbs - Miyamdiambou Roland(196-F/C-86),, 22 points, 4 assist, 3rbs - 12 - Kuzu A (212-F/C-85), 17points, 15 rbs, 7 assist,
The meeting was directed by three referees: BANZOUZI-MEDZEGUE-TITOU
Scorer: ESSIA Sandra - Commissioner: Mavoungou Bayonne.
The other teams will face themselves the next weekend.


8th day of the elite National Championship: TOUNGUI BB explodes the favourite SOMO B 66-41 -by Tim Ndjiki

8th day of the elite National Championship: TOUNGUI BB explodes the favourite SOMO B 66-41
Eight better teams of Gabon play a championship named Elite National Championship. After the first phase Stade Mandji, Somo B, and Manga Basket are the three leaders.
At the Gymnasium last Saturday only one match was played of Libreville: TOUNGUI BB beat SOMO B on the score of 66-41. A shower for the team of the President NGALIBIKA. The best player was incontestably the 12 of TOUNGUI BB of RCA nationality. KOUZOU Jean Michel ;25 pts - 14 rbs.
Another match is played this Wednesday 21 May at the Gymnasium of Libreville: AOBB against TOUNGUI BB.
At the time of this truce of the first phase of the Elite National Championship, the FEGABAB allowed mutations to the club, called Mercato; It allowed certain club secured to recruit the foreign players of Senegal, Cameroon, of the RCA and the two CONGO.
This second phase will have a very elevated level; We attended a meeting of very high level between TOUNGUI BB and SOMO B, to-night it will be AOBB and TOUNGUI BB that are going to cross themselves; these meetings will allow clubs of the estuary to go in the competition, after having refused to participate in the Cup of Gabon that played with the Consecration of MANGA Basket.
We can affirm that spectators are going to attend the very committed matches at the time of this second phase that started: It will be necessary to a lot of concentrations and of rigors to referees, for better officer matches.

SOMO B

Roland Owoula (-85) Edwin Nyoundou (-80)Robert Ndong (-82)Cedric Bekale (-83)

Kalala Mutombo (-C-77)

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GERMANY

Bundesliga Playoff results Thursday May 22nd! -by Michael Taylor
Thursday night in the Bundesliga playoffs sawTelekom Baskets Bonn upset favorite Artland while Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced a decisive fifth game as the tremendous basketball action continued this post season. Bundesliga fans have been treated to an outstanding first round of playoffs filled with strong performances, surprises, upsets and fantastic finishes.

Thursday May 22nd
Telekom Baskets Bonn 77 Artland Dragons 55 (Bonn Wins Series 3-1)
Head Coach Michael Koch and his Telekom Baskets Bonn team engineered the Bundesliga's first upset this post season as the 7th seed topped second seeded Artland Dragons 77-55 Thursday night in Bonn. A 25-10 3Q broke the game open after Bonn led 30-29 at half. Eddie Basden topscored for Bonn with 19pt 6reb while Winsome Frazier continued his excellent post season with a 16pt 5reb 7ast performance. John Bowler added 13pt 8reb and Bernd Kruel chipped in 10pt. Bonn shot 48% from the floor and enjoyed an advantage from the foul line making 27 of 40 FT (65%) compared with Artland's 24-28 (85%). Adam Chubb led Artland with 14pt 6reb while EJ Rowland contributed 10pt 5reb in the loss. The Dragons shot only 26% from the floor and made only 3 of 22 threes (13%). Artland's successful Bundesliga season came to an early close but Head Coach Chris Fleming and his squad won their way deep into the ULEB Cup and captured the German Cup earlier this spring. Telekom Baskets Bonn advance to the Semifinals and await their matchup with the winner of the Frankfurt-Leverkusen series.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 77 Bayer Leverkusen 75 (Series tied 2-2)
Pascal Roller drilled 6 of 10 threes to topscore with 26pt and Ilian Evtimov added 24pt 8reb and 4 of 6 threes leading Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a tight 77-75 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in Game 4 of their first round Bundesliga playoff series at BallSporthalle in Frankfurt Thursday night. After an even 1Q at 21, Skyliners controlled play in the 2nd with a 20-9 burst taking a 41-30 halftime lead. Leverkusen cut the deficit to 59-49 heading into the 4th before storming back in the final ten minutes. Leading 69-67, Ken Johnson made 2FT giving Frankfurt a 71-67 lead with just over 1min. Brant Baileys 3 went in and out and Ilian Evtimov was fouled. Evtimov cooly sank 2FT giving the Skyliners a 73-67 advantage. Leverkusens Zack Whiting scored on a strong driving layup and drew the foul but missed his FT. Frankfurt led 73-69 with 31sec. Evtimov was fouled again and made both FT giving Frankfurt a 75-69 lead. Brendan Winters buried a clutch three with 16sec pulling Leverkusen withing three at 75-72 before Pascal Roller was fouled and sent to the line. With 15sec remaining, Roller missed his first and made his second giving Frankfurt a 76-72 lead. Winters buried a second clutch three with 2sec left. Leverkusen fouled Roller again and the Frankfurt floor general buried his first FT before a second intentional miss ran out the clock. Frankfurt shot 41% from the floor compared with 39% from Leverkusen in the tight game. Skyliners outrebounded Leverkusen 41-40 and held a slight edge from beyond the arc (13 for 29 44% to Leverkusens 9 for 30 30%). Brendan Winters led Leverkusen with 19pt with help from Brant Bailey (18pt 7reb) and Rans Brempong (12pt 10reb). Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners evened their first round playoff series at 2-2 forcing a decisive fifth game set for Saturday May 24th 3pm at Historic Wilhelm Dopatka Halle in Leverkusen.


Robin Benzing to enroll at University of Michigan -by Moritz Korff
Robin Benzing (209-F-89) is going to leave Germany and will enroll at the University of Michigan. The 19-year-old Forward, the 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South Newcomer of the Year, averaged 8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for TV Langen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) in this current season. Benzing will be the second product of TV Langen to play for Coach John Beilein. When standing at the helm of the University of West Virginia, Beilein had Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) on his team.
Read the press release on the website of the Wolverines: click


Finn remains with Ulm, Lucas leaves! -by Manuel Schust
Ratiopharm Ulm announced today the re-signing of Center Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton).
Finn joined Ulm after sitting out one year because of an injury. The former member of Dayton University had a rusty start in Ulm, but as the season went on, he became a very helpful player.
Finn scored in 8 of the last 11 games in double figures and managed to gain the starting five spot at the end of the season.
In his first BBL season, Finn averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and in 13 minutes per game. Especially his field goal percentage (69.3%) looks impressive and made him the third best in this category in the entire league.

Meanwhile, Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) will leave Ulm! The Center, who played the last two years for Ulm, asked the club to cancel his contract. Last season he averaged 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and was especially known for his decent three point shot, making 37.4% from down town.


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GREECE

Russia is calling Raca! -by Chris Mammides

Several teams from the Russian league are calling the Serbian/Cypriot Head Coach Dragan Raca with the most serious offer being made by Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. The experienced Head coach had the same calls last seazon, especially from Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu but he prefered the Greek league and Olympiada Patras. Raca is well known to most of the European and Asian leagues as his successes with AEL Limassol in the FIBA Euro Challenge Cup in 2003 and his successes with Saggese in the Lebanese league and the Pan-Asiatic league where he lead his team in winnin the Super league FIBA Asian (WASL) in 2005, while two years later, in 2007 he was the Head coach of the National team of Lebanon 2007, who won the silver medal on the Asian Championship in Japan ( Lebanese NT won the right to take a part in FIBA Olympic Qualification Beijing (China 2008) among 16 teams allover Asia.

All these elements are making the Serbian/Cypriot Head Coach quite wanted.

Eurobasket.com, wishes all the best to the experienced Head Coach.



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HUNGARY

Playout: Harris was unstoppable, Bodrogi Bau still alive! -by Tamas Deri
American guard Anthony Harris (188-G) was unstoppable again! Two week ago he scored 46 points against ZTE KK, but he set a new season-high with 53 points (18/26 2points, 4/10 3points, 5/9 FTs), and had also 10 fouls against, 6 rebounds 5 assists in 43 minutes on the court in one over-time game against UNIVER KSE last night!

There was one overtime even in Zalaegerszeg! The home team had to play without American center, Reggie Bassette, who left our country couple of days ago. Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) had a great game again, scored 31 points (shot 66% from the field) in 42 minutes.

Bodrogi Bau could beat Kaposvar by 3 points, and with this very important their chance to keep the team in the first division is still alive!

Univer-Kecskemt 27 44 65 83 90
MAFC 24 40 55 83 89

Univer-Kecskemet
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
5 . Horvath 19 5 / 10 50 2 / 5 40 3 / 5 60 1 0 1 0 3 3 4 6 0 42
10 P. Toth 7 1 / 4 25 1 / 3 33 2 / 3 67 5 0 5 4 4 4 3 3 0 28
15 J. Lekli 13 6 / 7 86 0 / 0 0 1 / 3 33 3 4 7 0 2 4 2 0 0 27
12 B. Horti 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
4 J. Sigurdarson 24 7 / 12 58 2 / 9 22 4 / 6 67 2 2 4 4 4 2 7 5 1 43
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
8 M. Csorvasi 11 3 / 3 100 1 / 1 100 2 / 6 33 3 2 5 3 4 5 3 1 2 24
11 M. Vida 0 0 / 3 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 11
9 . Csabay 0 0 / 1 0 0 / 2 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 14
6 D. Puszta 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Z. Szabo 16 3 / 3 100 3 / 6 50 1 / 1 100 7 0 7 3 2 5 5 3 2 35

MAFC
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
6 Z. Graczer 2 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 2 / 2 100 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 21
11 Z. Wehner 8 4 / 5 80 0 / 2 0 0 / 1 0 3 1 4 3 1 4 2 2 0 40
10 A. Vavra 13 4 / 5 80 0 / 1 0 5 / 9 56 5 2 7 2 7 2 7 3 0 38
9 R. Radovics 0 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 16
18 G. Fulop 2 1 / 6 17 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 11 1 12 1 6 3 1 1 0 34
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
7 M. Misek 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 P. Kecskes 11 5 / 5 100 0 / 1 0 1 / 3 33 2 0 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 16
4 H. Anthony 53 18 / 26 69 4 / 10 40 5 / 9 56 5 1 6 1 4 5 10 5 0 43
8 K. Fodor 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 0 0 0 16
16 P. Likar 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Zalakermia-ZTE KK 27 49 69 85 94
Soproni Sordogok 21 42 63 85 96


Zalakermia-ZTE KK
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
4 L. Simon 16 3 / 9 33 0 / 2 0 10 / 12 83 1 2 3 2 3 4 7 1 0 41
13 G. Baki 12 4 / 6 67 0 / 5 0 4 / 6 67 2 0 2 0 2 3 5 1 0 38
7 B. Hoffmann 13 5 / 9 56 1 / 3 33 0 / 0 0 8 2 10 1 1 5 1 5 0 40
10 T. Kamnn 31 7 / 10 70 3 / 5 60 8 / 8 100 13 2 15 3 1 4 6 3 0 42
12 D. Gaspar 9 2 / 3 67 1 / 7 14 2 / 6 33 3 1 4 1 3 1 3 2 0 36
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
5 V. Koavts 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 K. Strics 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 R. Keresztes 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 M. Walters 13 4 / 5 80 1 / 1 100 2 / 2 100 3 2 5 3 2 3 2 0 0 23
14 . Vertetics 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4

Soproni Sordogok
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
9 L. Kiricsi 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
7 S. Pojbics 10 0 / 2 0 2 / 9 22 4 / 6 67 1 0 1 2 3 0 3 2 0 32
6 R. Lesko 23 9 / 12 75 0 / 3 0 5 / 6 83 4 1 5 2 2 1 6 2 0 38
5 P. Lakatos 16 4 / 7 57 2 / 3 67 2 / 3 67 1 2 3 2 0 3 3 6 0 41
8 T. Peter 3 0 / 1 0 1 / 1 100 0 / 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
12 G. Kortelyesi 17 6 / 8 75 1 / 2 50 2 / 4 50 2 2 4 2 1 5 4 1 0 28
10 K. Bradley 4 1 / 2 50 0 / 1 0 2 / 2 100 3 0 3 1 2 5 2 4 0 21
4 J. Viggiano 20 7 / 12 58 2 / 6 33 0 / 0 0 2 1 3 2 1 5 2 2 0 34
13 F. Boldizsar 3 0 / 1 0 1 / 3 33 0 / 0 0 7 1 8 2 1 5 0 0 0 17
14 Z. Vesztergom 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Bodrogi Bau-Vhely. 27 45 65 87 87
Kaposvari KK 23 42 61 84 84

Bodrogi Bau-Vhely.
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
7 E. Freeman 24 11 / 15 73 0 / 2 0 2 / 3 67 8 12 20 1 0 2 2 1 0 37
14 L. Gemes 17 8 / 16 50 0 / 3 0 1 / 1 100 5 3 8 1 2 4 2 3 1 34
4 R. Kovats 6 3 / 5 60 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 36
15 G. Drahos 15 2 / 5 40 3 / 9 33 2 / 3 67 5 0 5 1 3 4 3 7 0 36
18 D. Brooks 15 4 / 6 67 0 / 4 0 7 / 10 70 3 2 5 2 2 2 10 6 0 40
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
10 . Szgi 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Z. Blaskovics 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 S. Csorba 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 P. Boszormenyi 5 0 / 1 0 1 / 2 50 2 / 2 100 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 8
5 Z. Kukla 5 2 / 4 50 0 / 0 0 1 / 2 50 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 9
16 M. Schda 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 B. Dan-Ioan 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Kaposvari KK
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
11 R. Hendlein 12 3 / 6 50 2 / 5 40 0 / 0 0 6 1 7 1 3 4 1 0 0 35
18 F. Csirke 21 4 / 8 50 3 / 9 33 4 / 7 57 4 0 4 2 1 2 5 11 0 38
8 B. Szoke 6 2 / 4 50 0 / 1 0 2 / 4 50 3 1 4 2 0 2 2 3 0 28
13 L. Orosz 15 6 / 9 67 0 / 0 0 3 / 3 100 4 1 5 0 0 4 2 1 0 28
7 T. Markus 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 6
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
6 M. Tomosvary 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 K. Michael 11 0 / 2 0 3 / 7 43 2 / 2 100 5 2 7 0 1 2 3 0 0 29
10 D. Kovacs 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 D. Vojvoda 19 2 / 3 67 5 / 7 71 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1 4 1 36
16 K. Kiss 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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ISRAEL

Sneed in Rishon, Nahariya changed coaches -by Netanel Dahan
Omar Sneed (203-F/C-76, college: Memphis) is back in Israel. The player who used to dominate the Israeli league signed until the end of the season in Rishon LeZion, his last stop in Israel before the move to Russia. Sneed spent the last months in Iran, and as a result the Israeli league had a difficulty to get Sneed's letter of clearance. Rishon got a special approval to register Sneed since the deadline was several days ago, but in the last eight games of the season Sneed will be there, trying to keep the team in the SuperLeague.

Coach Arriel Bet Halekhmi left Ironi Nahariya after the team suffered three losses in a row, including a home loss to the last team in the standings - Galil Elyon on Sunday night. Miki Gorka, his assistant, will take over his spot for now. Bet Halekhmi is the seventh coach to be fired this season in the 10 teams SuperLeague in Israel.


Week review -by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Elite is 1-1 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals against AXA FC Barcelona. At first Maccabi Elite beat Barcelona 81:75 in Tel Aviv. The Israeli champs had 36:29 by halftime but then Barca tied the score at 57:57. Anyway Game 1 belonged to the hosts who won the encounter. Esteban Batistapaced all the winners with 15 points. Terrence Morris ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Vujcic had 12. Ilyasova finished with a career-high 21 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors.
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) led AXA FC Barcelona to an 83:74 win over Maccabi Elite in Game 2. Gianluca Basile was simply red hot for Barca, finishing with a career-high 34 points. Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) recorded career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maccabi. Game 3 is scheduled for April 10th in Israel.
Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 9 points for his Russian Samara against Universitet-Ugra. Yaniv Green's team celebrated an overtime victory 108.94. His Samara is now 9th with 10-13 record.
In Sweden Sodertalje became the first team to clinch the semifinal spot in Basketligan. They swept the quarterfinal series against 08 Stockholm and advanced to the next stage. The third game did not look like the last one in this series. The Stockholm outfit got off to a brave start and kept it in front through the first half. They stretched the lead to 6 points at the interval but could not endure the winning tempo after the break. The Kings' well-balanced offense took charge and eventually came back to close the deficit. Sodertalje accounted for 31 points in the fourth period and it was just enough to surpass their opponents. Israeli Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 22 points to pace the Kings. Rickard Eriksson had 21 points, while Thomas Massamba scored 19 for the winners. Jeremiah Johnson replied with 26 points and Joakim Blom chipped in 18 in defeat.


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
1. Holon 20-7
2. Maccabi TA 18-9
3. Bnei H. 17-10
4. Nahariya 15-12
5. Ashkelon 13-14
6. Hapoel J 13-14
7. Ramat Gan 12-15
8. Gail Elyon 10-17
9. Rishon LZ 9-18
10. Gilboa/Afula 8-19


Stats Leaders - Premier League
BSL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Burtt, I ASH 21.0
2 Arnold, H JER 16.8
3 Tolbert, I RG 16.7
4 Williams, B HASH 16.7
5 Hill, I NAH 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ebi, B HASH 8.5
2 Morris, Mac TA 8.2
3 Massie, I ASH 8.1
4 Campbell, H Holon 8.0
5 Kozikaro, I NAH 7.3
Assists Per Game
1 Jones, Gilboa/A. 5.7
2 Tapiro, B HASH 5.5
3 Hagag, H JER 4.7
4 Rot, H HOL 4.6
5 Bowers, H JER 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Ohayon, GALIL 2.0
2 Bowers, H JER 1.9
3 Nixon, Galil 1.8
4 Rot, H HOL 1.8
5 Shaashua, R LZ 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Wallace, I ASH 2.0
2 Morris, MAC TA 1.8
3 Cisse, B HASH 1.7
4 Bennet, I ASH 1.2
5 Ebi, B HASH 1.1
2FGP
1 Wells, H JER 78.9
2 Halperin, M TA 72.4
3 Campbell. H HOL 71.2
4 Brown, H HOL 71.1
5 Felix, H JER 70.8
3FGP
1 Shason, H JER 50.5
2 Sharp, Mac TA 49.4
3 Washam, H HOL 48.9
4 Johnson, I NAH 47.7
5 Hagag, H JER 46.7
Free Throws
1 Yatzkan, I ASH 96.0
2 Hagag, H JER 90.6
3 Itzkhaki , I RG 90.2
4 Sharp, Mac TA 90.0
5 Tolbert, I RG 88.9
Ranking
1 Arnold H JER 21.5
2 Burtt, I ASH 21.2
3 Morris, MAC TA 18.8
4 Campbell H HOL 18.3
5 Tolbert, I RG 18.1


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ITALY

Sharon Drucker signed long term contract with Fortitudo but... -by Eurobasket News
One of the most successful young coaches in Europe over the past couple of years (winner of ULEB Cup with Hapoel Jerusalem, winner of FIBA Cup with Ural Great, champion and Cup winner in Belgium with Oostende), Sharon Drucker, signed 3 years non-optional contract with top Italian team, Fortitudo from Bologna. It s interesting fact that as a head coach of Oostende Drucker beat Fortitudo three times in ULEB Cup this season (one game was repeated). The contract is signed at previous period but in the meantime it looks like that situation may change.
Namely, it is unofficaly yet that the team signed contract with Zoran Savic who suppose to be a new General Manager after AXA Barcelona ends ACB league. It was announced that new GM wants to keep Dragan Sakota on position of the head coach, despite signed long-term contract with Drucker. At the moment the situation is unclear but most probably will be resolved soon. Fortitudo had similar situation couple of years ago when they signed Marco Crespi at the pre-season. After not so long period the team changed its mind.

Accroding to rumors that Sharon Drucker negotiates with Russian Samara, well respected coach completely denied it saying the following:

'I have never spoken with any club after I signed contract with Fortitudo, especially not with Samara. I have never said any word to this team, and nobody called me, neither me nor my agents. Even if they called me I would not be able to speak because I have signed 3-years contract with Fortitudo. I heard some rumors that with coming of new general manager Zoran Savic situation could be different but I really don't believe in this because the contract is signed. I already gave a lot of efforts to organizing some things about the team's structure for the next season. I expect to be invited very soon to travel to Bologna and start with my work.'


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IVORY COAST

Herve tastes bronze in Asia Champions Cup -by Eurobasket News
Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and his Al Wasl stepped on the pedestal as they outgunned Riyadi in the Bronze medals final in Asia Champions Cup. The victory marked a historic event for the Emirates basketball as Wasl became the first ever team from the country to grab medals at the Asia Champions Cup. Riyadi meanwhile returned to the event after a 10-year pause and failed to overcome the result that achieved in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 (Bronze medals).
The Lebanese team got to an aggressive start and cleared off to a 29:20 distance at the end of the first frame. However Ivorian import Herve Lamizana stepped up for Wasl and paced them back into fight. Wasl trimmed the gap to 3 points at halftime as the tension mounted. The teams traded baskets in what turned out to be a seesaw third frame. Still Wasl found the way to jump in front as they grabbed a 65:63 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The pressure escalated on both sides in the dying moments but Herve Lamizana was superb as he kept it cool and doomed Riyadi in the crunch time. The Ivorian tallied game-high 30 points to propel Wasl to a historic third-place finish. Ibraheem Ahmad contributed 22 points and Rashed Al-Zaabi launched 15 for the winners. Joe Vogel answered with 28 points for Riyadi. Fadi El Khatib came up with 26 points in a losing case. So the 19th Edition of Asia Champions Cup was successfully completed with Wasl suffering the only loss at the tournament and registering an impressive record as for the teams that was widely taken as underdogs before the competition.


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JORDAN

Jordan National Team 2008 -by Mohammed Malas
Below is initial the roster of Jordan National team which will take part in West Asian Championship for NTs in Amman, William Jones Cup in Taiwan and Stankovic Cup in Kuwait.

The team will leave Jordan to Turkey on 31st of May for a 2-week camp which will contain 5 games with clubs there.....

- Players:
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of Zain
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) of Zain
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) of Zain
Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81) of Zain
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) of Zain
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) of Zain
Moussa Basheer (208-C-78) of Zain
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) of University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Eyad Abdeen (202-F/C-79) of Orthodox
Mahmoud Abdeen (186-G-87) of Orthodox
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Orthodox
Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) of Orthodox
Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) of Orthodox
Issa Kamel (192-F-83) of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) of Arena Amman
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) of ASU Sports Club

- Coaching staff:
Head coach: Mario Leonel Palma (POR)
Assistant: Mario Gomes (POR)
Assistant: Mo'tasem Salameh
Physio: Johnny Ibrahim (LEB)


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KOSOVO

WORKING ASSEMBLY OF BFK ON JUNE 7th -by Alban Salihu
According to the article 17 of the Basketball Federation of Kosova, the Board of BFK
CONVOKES
THE THIRD WORKING ASSEMBLY OF BASKETBALL FEDERATION OF KOSOVA
For this Assembly is proposed this:
AGENDA
1. Actual condition of kosovar basketball and developing directions.
2. Different topics
The Assembly will take place in Hotel Victory in Prishtina on Saturday, June 7th , starting at 11:00
President of BFK
Erolld Belegu


source:basketbolli.com


Champions of 2008 -by Alban Salihu

MABETEX SUPER LEAGUE
SIGAL PRISHTINA

TOYOTA WOMEN LEAGUE
BASHKIMI

CADETS LEAGUE
TREPCA

PIONEERS LEAGUE STOBI FLIPS

TREPCA .


source.fbk-ks.com




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LATVIA

Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 11-1
2. DU/Hansabanka 7-5
3. Maksis/LTI 5-7
4. Madona 1-11
Austrumi 5-7
1. Jekabpils 5-3
2. Preili 5-3
3. Ezerzeme 2-6
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 5-1
2. Jurmala 2 3-3
3. Keizarmezs-2 3-3
4. Ogre/Sonora 1-5
Centrs 5-8
1. Kursa/MRU 6-0
2. LU 3-3
3. Turiba 3-3
4. VIA Riga 0-6
Centrs 9-12
1. Ridzene 89 5-1
2. VEF Riga 4-2
3. Salacgriva 2-4
4. Saulkrasti 1-5
Centrs 13-16
1. 3.BJSS 3-3
2. I.O.S. 3-3
3. Ridzene M. 3-3
4. ASK Kadeti-2 3-3
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 3-1
2. Ridzene 91 2-1
3. LNSF 0-3
Rietumi 1-4
1. Liepajas Papirs 8-4
2. Kandava 6-6
3. Variants 6-6
4. Dartija 4-8
Rietumi 5-9
1. Zemgale/Juniors 13-3
2. Perkons 12-4
3. Talsi 10-6
4. Olaine 4-12
5. Baldone 2-14


Barons steps to brink of the LBL title -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Barons 78:94

Barons outgunned ASK Riga away from home to gain the third win in the LBL finals. The regular season champs came from behind to stun the hosts and come as close as one win away from the title. ASK Riga got to a better start and led 26:24 after the opening frame. The hosts kept on mounting the pressure and stretched the gap to as many as 7 points at halftime. However Barons were far from being done in this one. A balanced offense allowed the visitors to return into contest. Barons went on all cylinders in the third stanza and easily tallied a 28:16 rally to grab the lead heading into the final term. Barons never loosened the grip in the fourth term as high accuracy as well as dominance under the rims saw the visiting side celebrate an impressive win at the end. Six Barons plyers scored in double figures. Armands Skele (192-G-83) led the charge with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) secured 17 points, while Dontell Jefferson (196-G-83, college: Arkansas) and J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84, agency: FCM) answered with game-high 20 points for ASK Riga. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) knocked down 15 points in a losing effort. Barons outrebounded the hosts 41:34 and converted solid 50% from the field. ASK Riga managed only 38% of field goals and suffered 13 turnovers down the stretch. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday.

ASK Riga: Gatis Jahovics 20, Dwayne Broyles 15
Barons: Armands Skele 18, Giedrius Gustas 17, Dontell Jefferson 13, J.P. Batista 13+10 boards


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LITHUANIA

Further changes in Lietuvos Rytas -by Simas Baranauskas
Lithuanian vice-champions Lietuvos Rytas has added another player to their roster. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) is the second player from Siauliai, moving to Lietuvos Rytas this ofseason. Siauliai wanted to keep the point guard, but Lietuvos Rytas offered better conditions, said the director of Siauliai Adomas Klimavicius. Prekevicius averaged 10,1 points, 2,2 boards and 2.3 assists. The 24 year old player has already played in Sakalai, Anwil and Siauliai.

Will Zydrunas Ilgauskas finally return to Lithuanian NT? -by Eurobasket News
After almost 15 years Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances) could make a big return to Lithuanian National Team. Center of Cleveland Cavaliers announced that he would like to be a member of NT on the Olympic Games in Peking. But, it is under the question mark yet because of rules of NBA teams which affects on appearance of their players outside NBA. The main problem could be injury insurance for the time which player spends with NT.

Basketball Federation of Lithuania is obligated to pay agreed amount of money to the insurance company. Thus in case that Ilgauskas suffered any kind of injury Cavaliers has a right to pay up its needs. Ilgauskas had a lot of problems with his toe in the past. Because of those problems he missed two years at the beginning of his NBA career. He had the last appearance for Lituania on 1994. and after that he rejected many calls of BF of Lithuania.
There was many rumors why Ilgauskas did not want to play for his country. Basketball public guessed that he had a clash with people from BF which were in good relations with Arvidas Sabonis. It is not a secret that Sabonis and Ilgauskas weren't in such a good relations.

However, it seems that situation has changed and the best Lithuanian center could finally appear in jersey of his country. If he went to Peking he could play against his teammate from Cavs, Lebron James.

During his NBA career Ilgauskas played 642 games averaging 14.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg and 1.3 apg. He was a starter 602 times.


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LUXEMBOURG

Christian Wulff leads Sparta in DBBL Final opener -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes - Sparta 72:73

Musel Pikes were unable to get to a winning start in the DBBL finals series losing narrowly to Sparta at home. The best-of-three series now moves to Dudelange with Sparta looking forward to closing it out as soon as Saturday. The game lived up to the highest expectations with tension filling up the air and punches flying high. Sparta led just by one point after the starting frame 20:19. However Musel Pikes began the second quarter more aggressively and soon found themselves ahead by 6 points. The hosts drove to a 37:33 lead at halftime and looked better at the moment. They maintained the gap for some time before Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) and Christian Wullf ignited an 8:0 run for Sparta to get things closer. The teams completed the third stanza all square at 55. Christian Wullf nailed two treys for Sparta to go up by 6 points early in the fourth term. The hosts cut the margin back and Guy Schmit (185-G-80) fired a three-pointer for Musel Pikes to regain a 72:71 advantage. Larrie Smith was fouled and sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe. Guy Schmit had the last chance to save the game but could not penetrate through Spartas defense and wasted the opportunity. Christian Wulff (181-G-75) finished with game-high 28 points for Sparta. Larrie Smith provided 16 points and 9 boards, while Sohrab Ziai (197-F-78) added 11 points for the winning side. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) notched 23 points and 13 boards for Musel Pikes. Samy Picard (195-F-88) and Guy Schmit contributed 14 points apiece in a loss. The teams were equally matched on the boards with 28 caroms apiece. Sparta at the same time shot impressive 49% from the field including 53% from downtown.

Musel Pikes: Chris Braier 23+13 boards, Samy Picard 14, Guy Schmit 14
Sparta: Christian Wulff 28, Larrie Smith 16, Sohrab Ziai 11


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MEXICO

Ayon joins Dorados -by Gianni Pascucci
We all know that Dorados de Playa del Carmen are aiming at the LBS title this season, and their first place in the table is a proof of their good shape. Yesterday, Dorados made another move to further stregthren their squad by securing the signature of promising inside player Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.), who will be with the team till the end of the Liga del Sureste season.

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NBA

Lakers rally from behind to nip Spurs -by Eurobasket News
The LA Lakers jumped to a 1-0 lead in the Western conference finals against San Antonio. The Lakers came from behind in the second half to edge the visitors 89:85 in the series opener yesterday. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 27 points to lead the charge. He delivered 25 points in the second half as the hosts rallied from a 20-point deficit to come out on top. With some travel difficulties the Spurs arrived to Los Angeles with little rest, while the hosts had not played since Friday. But it never looked like this in the first half as Bruce Bowen held Bryant to just 1/3 from the field in the first half. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) provided 16 points and 9 boards in the first two quarters and the visitors were comfortably ahead 51:43. The Spurs opened the third stanza on a 14:2 run to stretch the margin to 20 points. The Lakers answered with 14 points in a row to trim the deficit to 6 points. Emanuel Ginobili however nailed a three-pointer to cap the frame with the Spurs leading by 7. San Antonio went scoreless for almost 6 minutes in the final term that allowed the home side to spur ahead 85:81 with under 3 minutes remaining. Emanuel Ginobili later netted two free throws to tie the game at 85. But Kobe Bryant nailed a go-ahead jumper and then Alexander Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) sealed the winning outcome from charity stripe. Kobe Bryant added 9 assists and 5 boards to his tally. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) dropped 19 points and collected 7 rebounds for the winners. Tim Duncan answered with 30 points, 18 boards and 4 blocks for the Spurs. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in defeat. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday.

Andrew Bynum undergoes knee surgery -by Eurobasket News
Center of Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services), underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Bynum got injured in January, actually in the second half of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The surgery is performed yesterday in New York. Bynum's team Los Angeles Lakers announced that they expect him to be fully recovered by the next fall, when training camp will start. Bynum had the operation on the same day when Lakers opened the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center.

He played 35 games for Lakers this season averaging 13.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg and 2.1 bpg. He was a starter 25 times.


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NCAA1

Davidsons Bob McKillop To Head 2008 USA Basketball Mens U18 National Team -by Eurobasket News

After leading Davidson College to a Cinderella storybook season, head coach Bob McKillop has been selected to head the 2008 USA Basketball Mens U18 National Team that will compete in the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship scheduled for July 14-18 in Formosa, Argentina. Virginia Commonwealth Universitys Anthony Grant and Georgetown Universitys John III Thompson will serve as assistants. The coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Mens Collegiate Committee, chaired by USA Mens Senior National Team assistant and Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, and approved by USA Basketballs Executive Committee.

'It is an honor to represent our country,' McKillop said. 'Any time you have the opportunity to put on the red, white and blue it is a special feeling. There is a sense of pride that comes with wearing the USA symbol. I am excited to wear it proudly and to be working with such talented and respected colleagues. It is sure to be an educational experience and a growing experience and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for this USA team.'

The 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will qualify the top four finishing teams for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship that is slated to be held July 2-12 in New Zealand.

Trials for the USA U18 National Team will be held July 1-3 at the Verizon Center, home to the Washington Wizards, in Washington, D.C., with approximately 30 U.S. hopefuls, born on or after Jan 1, 1990, participating. Following the selection of finalists, the Americans will continue to train July 4-10 in Washington before departing for Argentina.

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship format divides eight teams into two preliminary round groups consisting of four teams each. Preliminary round play will be held July 14, 15 and 16, as each team will compete against the other three teams in its preliminary group. The top two finishing teams in each preliminary round group will then advance to the July 17 medal round semifinals and the gold medal will be contested

July 18. Teams placing third and fourth in each preliminary round group will advance to the consolation semifinals and play for 5th-8th places.

The USA Basketball Mens Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Boeheim, consists of: NCAA appointees Fran Dunphy (head coach, Temple University); Tom Izzo (head coach, Michigan State University); Ernie Kent (head coach, University of Oregon) and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Minnesota); NABC appointee Bill Self (head coach, University of Kansas); NAIA appointee Bob Burchard (head coach, Columbia College); NJCAA appointee Scott Schumacher (head coach, Kilgore Community College), and athlete representatives Steve Wojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team/assistant coach, Duke University); and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team/head coach, Nassau Community College).



Bob McKillop
McKillops 2008 USA Basketball coaching assignment is his second with USA Basketball. He previously served as an assistant coach for the 2003 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela, helping the USA Mens U18 National Team to a 4-1 mark and a bronze medal.

He undertakes his first USA head coaching assignment having earned national prominence after leading Davidson to a sensational 29-7 record and the 2008 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Davidsons NCAA run marked the first time the Wildcats had won an NCAA Tournament game and is the furthest advancement in the Tournament since 1969. Precluding the string of upsets in March, Davidson was undefeated in Southern Conference (SoCon) action for the third time during the McKillop era, claimed its third consecutive league title and led the nation with a 25-game winning streak in 2007-08. The Cinderella season marked Davidsons 30th consecutive league win, and the Wildcats tied a school record with 29 victories on the year.

'My greatest strength is to teach players to understand that when individuals surrender their individual self for the sake of the whole, the team discovers the best it can become,' McKillop said. 'I think this philosophy is evident in what we were able to accomplish this past season at Davidson. Many of these players have come from leadership positions and roles. I hope to show these players how to take their role and talent and blend it with players of similar roles and equal talent and implement into this group that the team is the greatest aspect.'

McKillop has spent the past 19 seasons (1989-90 to present) as Davidsons head coach and is 340-225 overall (.601 winning percentage) with the Wildcats.

In the past 13 seasons, McKillop has led Davidson to five NCAA Tournament appearances, three postseason NITs and seven 20-win seasons, while having finished either first or second in the SoCon. Among his many awards, McKillop has been recognized as the SoCon Coach of the Year seven times (1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and was named the 2008 recipient of the Coach Clair Bee Award at this years Final Four and also recognized as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year.

Owning the longest tenure of any Davidson basketball coach, McKillop has stamped himself into Davidson lore as the programs all-time winningest coach, and his 191 SoCon wins are more than any coach in league history. Arguably more impressive than his five SoCon Tournament titles (1998, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and nine SoCon regular season titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008) is that 95 percent of his Davidson lettermen have graduated.

Before his arrival at Davidson, McKillop coached at Long Island Lutheran High School (N.Y.). During his 10-year tenure (1979-80 to 1988-89) at Long Island Lutheran, McKillop amassed a 182-51 record (.781 winning percentage).

In 1978, McKillop joined Davidson for the first time as assistant coach, a position that lasted for one season. Prior to his leap into the collegiate ranks, he began his coaching career at Holy Trinity High School in Long Island, where he posted an 86-25 record. Overall, as a high school coach, McKillop garnered five New York State Championships and coached five high school All-Americans, including Matt Doherty, former head coach at North Carolina, who is now at SMU.

As a collegiate athlete, McKillop earned a scholarship to East Carolina University, where he played one season before transferring to Hofstra University (N.Y.) to be closer to home. While in New York, he became the Prides MVP before graduating in 1972 and later was inducted into the Hofstra Basketball Hall of Fame.



Anthony Grant
In just two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth (2006-07 and 2007-08), Grant has amassed an overall record of 52-15 (.776 winning percentage). Grants 2008 USA Basketball assistant coaching assignment marks his first USA Basketball coaching selection.

'Its a great honor,' Grant said. 'Any time you have the chance to represent the United States and work with the caliber of people that are involved with USA Basketball from the selection committee, to the coaches and the players its a joy for me and I feel blessed to have the opportunity.'

Grant arrived at VCU in 2006 as the Rams ninth head coach in school history. Under his direction, the Rams have won back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season crowns while posting a 31-5 slate in CAA regular season games, more league victories than any CAA team in a two-year span. In 2007-08, his second season at the helm, Grant sparked his team to a 24-8 record, guiding the Rams to the first round of the NIT, their second consecutive postseason appearance.

In his inaugural season as head coach, he led the Rams to a 28-7 record, the CAA regular season and tournament championships and the NCAA Second Round. The 28 wins set a VCU record for most wins in a season. For his efforts, Grant was named 2007 CAA Coach of the Year.

Prior to VCU, Grant was the associate head coach at the University of Florida, culminating in the Gators first national title in 2006. Grant was an assistant coach under Billy Donovan for two seasons at Marshall University (1994-95 to 1995-96) prior to joining his staff at Florida. The decade-long venture ultimately led to back-to-back NCAA Tournament crowns.

While at Gainesville, Grant helped the Gators to the 2006 NCAA title, the 2005 and 2006 Southeastern Conference Tournament (SEC) titles, three SEC Eastern Division titles, a pair of SEC Championships in 2000 and 2001, as well as many program firsts. The 1999 and 2000 teams made the first repeat Sweet Sixteen appearances in school history, and the 2000 squad marked Floridas debut in a national championship game. During Grants 10-year stint with the Gators, Florida earned eight-straight NCAA berths while compiling a sterling record of 226-98 (.698 winning percentage).

Prior to Florida, Grant spent two years at Marshall, helping the Thundering Herd to a 35-20 slate. Grant also served as an assistant for a single season at Stetson University, after wrapping up a six-year stint (1987-1993) as a prep coach in Miami, Fla. At the high school level, Grant assisted on teams that captured three state titles, five straight national rankings in USA Today and an overall record of 172-11.

Grant enjoyed a standout playing career at the University of Dayton (1983-87), where he was named the teams Most Valuable Player as a senior, averaging 11.6 ppg. and 6.7 rpg. in 105 contests. His legacy in a Flyers uniform culminated in a 70-49 (.588) overall mark, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT appearance.



John III Thompson
While this is Thompsons first USA Basketball coaching selection, his father, John Thompson Jr., served as a head coach of the U.S. Mens Olympic Basketball Team in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where he led the team to a 7-1 mark to claim the bronze medal; and previously was an assistant coach during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal where he helped the USA capture the gold medal, posting an unblemished 7-0 record.

In four seasons at Georgetown University (2004-05 to present), Thompson III has accumulated an overall record of 100-36 (.735 winning percentage). Under his guidance, the Hoyas have reached three NCAA Tournaments (2005, 2006 and 2007) and one NIT (2004). Overall, Thompson has amassed records of 168-78 (.683) and four league championships in his eight years as a head coach.

'Its an extreme honor,' Thompson said. 'This is something that Ive wanted to do since I got into coaching. To be part of the group that travels around the world and represents our country is pretty special. And to have the opportunity to work with Coach McKillop and Coach Grant, and to have the opportunity to exchange ideas and work with them is something that is very exciting.'

Arriving on the Hilltop in 2004, Thompson became the 17th head coach in program history, following in his fathers footsteps, who led the Hoyas for 27 seasons (1972-73 to 1998-99). Most recently, Thompson led his Hoyas to a 28-6 record (.823 winning percentage) in 2007-08, going 15-3 in Big East play to garner their second consecutive regular season championship (a feat previously unmatched in Hoya history). His team appeared in the national polls all 20 weeks of the season, never falling lower than a No. 12 ranking.

In his third season (2006-07) at the helm, Thompson engineered Georgetowns first return to the NCAA Final Four in 22 years. The long-awaited return to the NCAAs most coveted contest topped off a stellar season in which Thompson led the Hoyas to their eighth Big East regular season championship, seventh Big East Tournament championship and fifth NCAA East Regional championship while compiling a 30-7 overall record and a sterling 13-3 slate in conference play. Georgetowns seven defeats over nationally ranked opponents highlighted the 2006-07 campaign as Thompson saw his Hoyas reach the national polls 18 times. His 30-win season was the first since the 1984-85 team went 35-3 and only the fourth in school history.

In his inaugural campaign as the Hoyas head coach Thompson became one of only three coaches in Big East history to defeat a nationally ranked team in the conference opener. After piloting the Hoyas to 19 victories and the NIT quaterfinals in 2004-05, Thompson guided his team to the Sweet Sixteen the following year, marking his fifth trip to the postseason in six years as a head coach and Georgetowns first regional semifinal since 2001. The Hoyas finished the 2005-06 season with a 23-10 overall mark.

His exploits at Georgetown have not gone unnoticed. In 2007 Thompson was recognized as the NABC Coach of the Year, and was a back-to-back recipient (2006 and 2007) of the Fritz Pollard Award as the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Male Coach of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award each of his first three seasons at Georgetown.

Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Thompson led Princeton University to three Ivy League championships, two NCCA Tournament berths and an NIT appearance over his four-year stint as head coach (2000-01 to 2003-04), while accruing a 68-42 overall record (.618 winning percentage), and a 45-11 tally (.804 winning percentage) in Ivy League play.

Before assuming the head position, he served as an assistant coach at Princeton from 1995-2000 where he helped guide the team to a Top-10 national ranking and five consecutive postseason appearances.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks at Princeton, Thompson played for the Tigers under the renowned coach Pete Carril. In his stellar four-year career he compiled 358 assists (103 in his senior year alone) to rank third on Princetons all-time assist list. Before graduating from Princeton in 1988, Thompson served as co-captain his senior year and was recognized as co-winner of the B.F. Bunn Award as one of the Tigers most valuable players.


2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament originally was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar, however, and the tournament will now be conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.

USA mens teams boast of a sensational 29-1 overall record in the U18/junior qualifiers and won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, and most recently in 2006 when the United States played host to the U18 Championship For Men for the first time in San Antonio, Texas. The USA mens team also captured bronze in 2002. Hosts of prior U18 championships are: San Antonio, Texas in 2006; Isle de Margarita, Venezuela in 2002; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in 1998; Santa Rosa, Argentina in 1994; and Montevideo, Uruguay in 1990.

Some top players to have represented the United States in the past U18 tournaments include Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1994); Carmelo Anthony (2002); Michael Beasley (2006), Chris Bosh (2002); Dee Brown (2002); Nick Collison (1998); Grant Hill (1990); Alan Houston (1990); Andre Iguodala (2002); Stephon Marbury (1994); Mike Miller (1998); Quentin Richardson (1998); and Deron Williams (2002).

Courtesy of www.usabasketball.com



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NCAA3

Paulsen leaves Williams College for top job at Div. I Bucknell -by Moritz Korff
Dave Paulsen, a two-time National Coach of the Year who led Williams College to the 2003 Division III national championship, has been selected as the head mens basketball coach at Bucknell.

Williams will conduct a nationwide search to replace the long-time coach.

Paulsen, was the only active Division III coach in the country to be named National Coach of the Year twice, when he completed his eighth and final season (2007-08) at the helm of the Williams program. Paulsen, a 1987 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams, has guided his teams to a record of 170-53 (.762), two Final Four appearances, one NCAA Championship (2003) and one second place finish (2004). Williams teams won three NESCAC championships in Paulsen's tenure (2003, 2004, 2007) and he has been recognized by his coaching peers as the Division III National Coach of the Year (2003 & 2004), NESCAC Coach of the Year (2003, 2004 & 2007) and New England Coach of the Year (2003 & 2004).

Paulsen's teams were known for their defensive intensity and fundamentally sound approach to the game. The 2004 team was the top-rated defensive team in the country (field goal percentage defense) and among the top five rebounding teams in the nation. The 2003 team was the top-ranked rebounding team in the nation and among the top five nationally in field goal percentage defense. All of Paulsen's teams have consistently ranked among the nation's elite in fewest turnovers per game.

Paulsen earned a reputation as an innovative offensive strategist. He has produced two nationally acclaimed instructional DVD's ('Ten Offensive Principles for the Adaptable Motion Offense,' 2005, and 'Motion Offense for Beginners' 2006), and is in frequent demand as a clinician throughout the United States and internationally.

He consulted with the men's basketball coaching staffs at the University of Virginia and the University of Rhode Island prior to the 2006-2007 season and both programs exceeded pre-season expectations and improved significantly in most offensive categories. He has been a guest clinician for the Portugese Basketball Coaches Association on two occasions, has spoken at the state high school coaches clinics in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, and is one of a handful of small college coaches to speak at the highly acclaimed Nike Coaches Clinics.

Players have thrived with Paulsen's commitment to player development and an up-tempo offensive attack. Two players have received recognition as first-team All-Americans, three players have received first-team All-NESCAC recognition, two individuals have been named NESCAC Defensive player of the Year, and five players have gone on to play professionally overseas in the seven years that Paulsen has been the Williams coach.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Paulsen was the head basketball coach at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY) for three years and the head coach at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) for three seasons. He spent four years as the top assistant at Division I Cleveland State University and a year as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan. Paulsen began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant to long-time Williams Coach Harry Sheehy in 1988 after a year in the prep school ranks.

Courtesy of http://williams.prestosports.com


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PANAMA

First CBS results -by Gianni Pascucci
The teams of the Circuito de Baloncesto Superior 2008 started their preseason games some days ago. Caimanes de Rio Abajo showed all heir strength defeating 95-79 Canguros de Parque Lefevre. Maximiliano Gomez (196-G/F-75) scored 25 points, most of them from behind the 3 pts arch, to lead Caimanes. The other best performers in gold and green were Alberto Hinds, who scored 15 pts, promising guard Eduardo Rodriguez who ended with 13 pts and 10 asists, and Richard Newball (191-F) who scored 13 pts and grabbed 9 rebs. Canguros were led by Luis Arciniegas (206-C-74) who ended the game at 19 pts and 8 rebs and Randy Lay (180-G-80), who scored 18 he too. The night after, Colosos de Tumba Muerto prevailed over Fieras de Juan Diaz 73-70 at the end of a close game. Jaime Valdez (180-G) and Ivan Picart (186-G-83) led the winners with 18 points each, Omar Herrera (178-G) scored 18 pts and dished 4 assits in Fieras, and Miguel Gotti added 11 pts and 8 rebs.

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PHILIPPINES

Red Bull tries to keep solo lead as Coke parades new import -by Eurobasket News
Red Bull has set its sights on win number 8 as the Barakos resume their campaign in the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference against a team trying to rebound from two disappointing defeats.

Coming off a well-deserved four-day rest, the Barakos (7-3) are lucky enough to find themselves in the lead thanks to the Purefoods TJ Giants, who dealt erstwhile co-leader Talk N Text an 84-79 decision last Wednesday.

They will try to capitalize on that respite by coming up with a key win against the Coca-Cola Tigers in their 4:50 p.m. rematch at the Araneta Coliseum.

Red Bull defeated Coca-Cola, 82-75, in their first meeting of the conference on April 30.

The 6-4 Tigers, who had not played in a week, have an opportunity to tie for the lead with a win but they have been struggling lately, going 1-3 in their last four games and ending that stretch with back-to-back losses to Alaska and Air 21.

In an effort to get back on the winning track, coach Binky Favis has signed up Donald Copeland in lieu of Gee Gervin.

The 5-foot-9 Copeland was Favis' first choice as reinforcement but a previous engagement kept him from signing up with Coke when the conference started.

To improve on its 5-4 record to stay in contention for an outright playoff spot will be the target of reigning Philippine Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realty when it battles unpredictable Welcoat in the other match scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

The Realtors have gone 2-4 in their last six games but are favored to repeat over the Dragons, who have yet to show consistency in their game.

Sta. Lucia dealt Welcoat a 111-97 rout in the first meeting last May 4.

Welcoat holds a 3-7 record but their victims are league powerhouses Magnolia, Purefoods and Talk N Text.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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


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PORTUGAL

Liga Uzo Finals game 6 -by Luis Rocha
Porto won today at home 71-69, and tied the series. playing on the edge Porto were able to beat Ovarense and now took the series to its 7th game, that will be played in Ovar this next saturday. Porto was on the lead since very soon in the game, and managed to hold on to the pressure always put by Ovarense, very near the end the Ovar team has 2 chances to score behind the arch, and if they score they were champions, they didnt and Porto managed to survived. Great game ahead this saturday, noone can predict the winner, its going to be a game with lot of nervousness and the ones who better cope with pressure will be the ones to win. Today the inside game of Porto stands out (they fail to do that in the last game), and when that happens things get rough for Ovarense. Greg Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) was the only one to play up to his level in Ovarense, in a game where nobody come out from the shadows. In Porto the best were Julian Terrell (206-F-84, college: Vanderbilt) and Toree Morris (209-C-82, agency: Passing Lane). Terrell was even the MVP of the game with 20 points, 10 boards and 3 assists.

Proliga semi finals -by Luis Rocha
Vitoria won 71-56 today at home over Acadmica, and step into the finals to play against Fisica. In this 5th game of the series, Vitoria went down on the court decided to stamp its passage to the final. They push far on their defense, they work well in offense and Acadmica was not able to cope with such will power and pace from their opponent. Suppoerted by their fans Vitoria made Acadmica fell as they were in hell, the change of mentality was clear in the home team, and that certainly was the major job performed by coach Jose Sa , to bring his players to perform as they did today. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) was the game MVP, he scored 24 points, get 16 rebounds, and gave 2 assists, today he played like he did so many times this season, I could not say the same in some games of this series, and to keep on winning Vitoria needs him at top shape.

Miguel Queiroz first portuguese to compete in the NBA Without Borders -by Bruno Baltazar
Miguel Queirz is living a dream week ,after winning the under 18 national title with Barreirense and having a new brother,the bigger news for portuguese basketball is that he is the first portuguese ever to be invited to compete in the NBA Without Borders 2008 in Europe-Turkey from 4-7th June,he will compete in the under 19 section.
This camp is all about learn new things,from the technical part to the sportive side,the personal side ,compete and speak with athlets from all over Europe and show the basketball skills to the NBA scouts ,coaches and players.

Just to leave a idea on what we speaking ,here's a list of some of the persons involved in this showcase:
NBA PLAYERS - Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs), Randy Foye (Minnesota Timberwolves), David Lee (New York Knicks), Mehmet Okur (Utah Jazz), Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic), Mickael Pietrus (Golden State Warriors).

NBA STAFF-Tom Barrisse (New Jersey Nets), Jim Boylan (NBA), Dwane Casey (NBA), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joe Prunty (Dallas Mavericks), Jay Triano (Toronto Raptors), Russell Turner (Golden State Warriors), Marin Sedlacek (FIBA/NIKE Clinician), Max Benton (Cleveland Cavaliers).


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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
 1. Santurce 6-0 
 2. Carolina 5-0 
 3. Arecibo 5-0 
 4. Guaynabo 4-0 
 5. Fajardo 2-0 
 6. Caguas 2-0 
Others
 1. Bayamon 16-16 
 2. Humacao 16-16 
 3. Ponce 15-17 
 4. San German 15-17 
 5. Mayaguez 7-25 
 6. Guayama 6-26 


Captains win their series against Cariduros -by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains had an easy win over the Fajardo Cariduros as they beat the Cariduros 90-78. The Captains took control of the game in the very 1st quarter 23-15. They had a commanding lead by the half 46-30. In the 2nd half the Cariduros tried to make a comeback but could not stop the Captains offense. The 16 points difference of the 1st half was just too much to make up in the 2nd half. For Arecibo, Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio) scored 20 points followed by Angel Figueroa with 16 points. For Fajardo, Uka Agbai (203-F-81, college: Boston Coll.) scored 27 points followed by Kevin Hamilton and Javier Mojica with 15 points each.

Over at Carolina, the Giants had a big 1st quarter 25-13 and went on to cruise for the win against the Caguas Criollos 82-74. The Giants took the first half 39-29. In the 2nd half it was much of the same for the Giants, they continued to dominate the Criollos and coasted for the win. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) scored 29 points followed by Angelo Reyes with 17 points. For Caguas, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds followed by Ricardo Melendez with 15 points.


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RUSSIA

Game 1: CSKA 1:0 Khimki -by Max Brodsky
Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow took another step towards lifting the Russian crown once again by winning Game 1 of the best-of-five Russian League Finals on Thursday. CSKA beat Khimki 97-76 behind 26 points from Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), who signed a contract extension with the club the day before. CSKA scored 33 points in the opening period to take a 15-point lead, which proved to be more than enough as Khimki never really threatened. The hosts committed only 5 turnovers, passed for 25 assists and outrebounded Khimki 31-20. David Andersen (212-C-80) added 17 points for CSKA, Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) had 15, Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) 14 and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) scored 13 and dished 6 assists. Theo Papaloukas (200-G-77) and Viktor Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) also had 6 assists each. Clay Tucker (194-G-80 college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 15 for Khimki, Pat Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) had 14 in defeat.

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SERBIA

Superleague, round 11 - FMP celebrates in Vrsac, Partizan remains on top -by Dragan Jankovski
In derby game of round 11 Hemofarm STADA suffered home defeat against FMP 56-68. Thus FMP improved its score to 9 wins and 2 defeats while Hemofarm dropped on 7-4. FMP totally deserved this victory in Millenium. Panthers dominated at the beginning, especially on the defensive end. The fact that the score at the half time was 24-45 talks for itself. FMP had fantastic second period ending it 17-9. PG Protic of FMP netted 12 points in the first half. Hemofarm woke up in the third period and in 25th minute came on 39-46. Hemofarm let FMP to score only 5 points but visitors anyway went into the last quarter with plus 9. The last chance to do something in this game Hemofarm had at the half way of the last stanza but on score 54-48 FMP destroyed Hemofarm's hopes draining a 3-pointer. After that moment FMP kept its lead until the end.
Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) had 19 points and 6 rebounds in FMP while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) collected 17 points and 5 rebounds. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for Hemofarm while Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points, 4 boards and 5 assists.
With this win FMP almost secured a second position before the play-off. On the other side Hemofarm will struggle with Crvena Zvezda and maybe Vojvodina Srbijagas in order to reach fourth position.

Crvena Zvezda smashed Borac in Pionir 104-75. At the early beggining it was clear that team from Cacak won't have any chance in this game. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points for the winners. PF Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) also was good as he finished the game netting 18 points. Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) posted 22 points including 8 rebounds for Borac.

As it was expected Partizan Igokea made an easy in over Vizura on the road 92-74. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winers with 21 points while Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) stopped on 14 points. Zarko Karic (191-G-84) had 12 points and 6 assists.


Hemofarm STADA - FMP 56-68
(17-26,7-19,17-5,15-18)

Hemofarm:
Marshall 15 (5 rebs), Vukosavljevic 14 (4 rebs, 5 as)
FMP: Labovic 19 (6 rebs), Erceg 17 (5 rebs), Protic 12 (4 as)


Crvena Zvezda - Borac 104-75
(38-12,17-23,25-9,24-31)

Zvezda:
Kikanovic 23, Dragicevic 18, Lekic 15
Borac: Ilic 22 (8 rebs), Markovic 16, Plicevic 12


Vizura - Partizan Igokea 74-92
(13-22,24-26,17-20,20-24)

Vizura:
Karic 12 (6 as), Lucic 11, Perisic 9
Partizan: Pekovic 21, Velickovic 14, Kecman 12 (5 as), Bozic 11


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SIERRA LEONE

Bangura top-scored for Qadsia in the Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
The hosting Qadsia and its Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) had to leave the Asia Champions Cup early after they were held off by Riyadi in the quarterfinal. The team did not make it to the semis of the tournament with 80:91 loss.
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 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 provided 28 points to pace the winners. Ahmad Ismail knocked down 24 points, while Omar Turk scored 17 in a win. Alpha Bangura dropped 24 points for Qadsia. Abdul Aziz Mohammad added 15 points in a losing effort. So now Riyadi will take on the Cup defending champions SABA Battery in the semifinal tomorrow.


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SLOVAKIA

Pezinok books the spot in the finals -by Eurobasket News
Pezinok became the first Extraliga finalist yesterday. They stormed past Handlova 91:70 to complete a 3-0 sweep in the Final. The regular season leaders managed to clear off in the second period and kept the visitors at bay throughout the rest of the encounter. The teams entered the game trading the baskets and Pezinok secured a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. However the hosts raised the tempo after the intermission and quickly ran away to a double-digit lead. The absence of Handlova leader Nenad Milosevic was too vivid in the key moments early in the third period. Handlova failed to keep the distance and trailed by as many as 21 points heading into the fourth term. Pezinok rolled to a confident victory in the dying minutes and ensured their appearance in the finals. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) topscored for Pezinok with 24 points off the bench. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) and Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) scored 17 points apiece for the winners. Milan Golian (207-C-74) answered with 15 points for Handlova. Peter Pipiska (197-G/F-84) netted 14 points in a losing effort.
In the meantime Inter regained the lead in the series against Nova Ves. Inter came from behind to handle Nova Ves 82:74 in Bratislava and surged in front 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Nova Ves jumped to a quick start and grabbed a 24:12 lead 10 minutes into the game. But the hosts did not lose the composure and tied the score at 33 at halftime. The teams continued to go neck and neck in the third period and Inter enjoyed just one-point lead with a quarter to play. However the hosts were just more accurate in the crunch time to celebrate a key success en route to the finals. Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) nailed 21 points to pace Inter. Richard Duris (193-G/F-82) added 18 points, while Miroslav Futo (207-C-80, agency: Promotex) knocked down 15 for the winning side. Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) poured in game-high 23 points for Nova Ves. Jordan Mason (189-G-80, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) secured 13 points in defeat. Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday in Nova Ves.


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija into Finals -by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija advance to its 8th straight Play-Off Finals with a 87-81 road victory over Zlatorog in Game 2 of Semifinals. Olimpija trailed by 7 at the end of first quarter, but second period opened with a 20-3 run. Marko Milic (199-G-77) scored 23 points, Jasmin Hukic 12 of his 16 points posted in second half, Maurice Bailey added 11 points and Goran Dragic 10. Zlatorog made just 22 of 33 free throws and in second quarter commited 6 of 11 turnorvers. Chester Mason posted 25 points and handed out 6 assists, Lance Harris 10 of his 25 points netted in last quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Semir Smajlovic collecting his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Nejc Strnad scored 11 points.



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SOUTH KOREA

Hee-Chul Chun retires -by Baewonyoul
Chun Hee-Chul (197-F/C-73), who was one of the top Korean centers, is going to declare retirement. He was played for SK Knights for last season.
After his retirement, he will work for the SK teams as an assistant coach. Chun Hee-Chul was top center of Korean national team in the 90s. He used to play for a long time at Tongyang Orions and then spent one year at KCC Egis before joining SK Knights.
Woo Ji-Won (191-F-73), who was Chun Hee-Chul's high school teammate, joined SK Knights with $240,000 one-year contract.


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SPAIN

Transfer and Player / Coach News -by Paul Nilsen
Having already swooped for Rafa Martinez of Ricoh Manresa, Real Madrid continue to waste no time in re-building in the wake of their play-off misery signing Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) from Aris in Greece on a reported three year deal. The 26 year old Massey who was born in Detroit and graduated from Kansas State has plenty of Euroleague experience having picked up MPV awards in several games last year having averaged 17 points and over 8 rebounds per game during the season to establish himself as one of the top Stars in Euroleague.

Massey is just the kind of complete player and powerful athletic scorer that Real have needed and they will be relieved that they have fought of sizeable interest from all of the top European clubs for his services. Massey is a strong rebounder and can also play solid defence, something sadly lacking for Joan Plaza in some crucial knockout games this year, notably during the domestic Copa Del Rey, in Europe and of course the recent play-offs.

Could Real Madrid star and arguably their most consistent performer of the season Axel Hervelle be on his way to the NBA this summer? Watch this space

One club simply relieved to still be in the top flight of Spanish basketball are CB Granada who survived by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the season with that nail-biting win over Tau thanks mainly to British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Despite having survived the drop to LEB, a disappointing campaign has seemingly cost Sergio Valdeolmillos his job having spent four seasons with the club.

The decision not to renew his contract might seem harsh taking into account how he was severely hamstrung by his star player Curtis Borchardt missing most of the campaign with injury but it seems that all parties have more or less decided it is time to move on with the club officials and fans all thanking him for his hard work.

Finally still in the capital, another team MMT Estudiantes will definitely play their basketball in the Telfonica Arena next season.


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TURKEY

Turk Telecom joins TBL finals -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telecom - Besiktas 75:71

Turk Telecom completed the semifinal series against Besiktas with a difficult victory at home yesterday. Turk Telecom played at home but had to overcome a slow start to celebrate a narrow win at the end. Besiktas threw all they had in this game and an aggressive start from the team resulted in an early 8:4 lead. Turk Telecom kept it close throughout the first stanza but still appeared trailing 14:17 after it. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) however quickly put the home side ahead 24:23 at the start of the second term and the things started to brighten up for Turk Telecom. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) and Bekir capped the frame with accurate jumpers and the hosts led 40:33 at the interval. Lang nailed a trey to stretch the gap to double figures early in the third stanza. The hosts kept a safe distance from Besiktas in the third period however Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) cut the gap to 6 points with a quarter to play in the game. Sinan Guler and Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) trimmed the difference to only 2 points at the very start of the final quarter and tension filled the air. The teams traded baskets before Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) put the hosts up by 4 points with less than a minute left in regulation. Turk Telecom withstood the final seconds of the game and posted an impressive win that propelled them into TBL finals. Erwin Dudley led the charge with 18 points and 7 boards. Khalid El-Amin added 17 points, while Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) notched 14 points in a winning effort. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and Sandro Nicevic replied with 18 points apiece for Besiktas. Rick Apodaca chipped in 16 points in a loss. Turk Telecom will meet Fenerbahce in the best-of-seven series opener on Sunday.

Turk Telecom: Erwin Dudley 18, Khalid El-Amin 17, Bekir Yarangume 14
Besiktas: Kaya Peker 18+10 boards, Sandro Nicevic 18, Rick Apodaca 16


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UKRAINE

Azovmash Take 2:1 Series Lead -by Alexei Naumov
BC Kyiv got more than enough chances to steal a W in game 3 of the 2008 Superleague Finals, still allowing the defending champions to escape with a narrow 67:65 victory.

The low-scoring affair was even during the first seven minutes of the opening quarter. With the teams tied at 12, Azovmash gave Kyiv a 9:0 blow to finish the stretch 21:12. The second quarter was well-balanced as the visitors kept cutting the lead to 5 or 6 and the host kept regaining it. As a result 43:33 for Azovmash at halftime.

Mariupol led by as many as 13 points two minutes into the third quarter and that is when Kyiv finally woke up. The vice-champions kept their opponents scoreless for almost 6 minutes, coming up with 12 points and cutting the deficit to one.

Later in the contest a three from Artur Drozdov gave Kyiv a 4-point 56:60 lead, but Yahor Mesheriakau and Gerrod Henderson restored the advantage for the home-side.

Drozdov once again put his team up by 1 with just under a minute to go, and it was Rodny Bufords turn to change the lead. Kyivs Pooh Jeter missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer and the visitors had to foul to stop the clock. Panagiotis Liadellis scored just one out of two free throws, giving the opponents a chance to tie the game, but Jeter once again failed to connect. Another foul by Kyiv and Liadellis keeps their hopes alive, missing both foul shots. Artur Drozdov found Marko Maravic for a potential game-winner, but Buford blocked the shot from beyond the ark.

Mariupols Robert Archibald scored 19 points in the win. Kyivs Artur Drozdov had a game-high 24.

Game stats and updated playoff leaderboards are available here.

Game 4 will be in Mariupol on Saturday.


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WCBPL

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




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Transfer news -by Steven Van puyvelde
After the announcement, Olaf Stolz turns out to be the head coach of the national team some important players transfer news reached us:

First of all Belgians starting PG Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) (174-G-81, agency: SIG) leaves Villeneuve D'asco Lille after six successful seasons and signed a contract at Valenciennes USVO. Wamb played in the 2007-2008 season 27 games and averaged 10.6ppg and 3.2rpg. She played also 10 games in the Euroleague and averaged there 8.8ppg and 2.3rpg. In the regular season Villeneuve and Kathy ended fourth with 40 points out of 26 games, in the Euroleague they ended fourth in the 1st group stage after being in a group with top teams Cska Moscow and Fenerbahce.Valenciennes is well known in Belgium for being the former team of Ann Wauters.

Also Belgians top player Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) is leaving her Italian team Lavezzini Parma and finding new goals also in France. She signed a contract in the South of France at LFB team Pays D'Aix Basket Provence.The movement of Van Malderen is rather suprising because pays D'Aix had an awful season last year, while she was playing in the top league teams of Italy. Van Malderen played 24 games this season and averaged 7.9ppg and 4.7rpg in the Italian A1 league, she was also active in the European cup where she played 6 games averaging 9.5 ppg and 4.7rpg.

Belgians female Rookie of the year Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) (178-F-88) leaves relegated Belgian team Runkster BBD and is goin to search for more experience in Calais, after being member last year of the Belgian Cats squad at the European Championship held in Italy. She averaged there in 5 games 4.8ppg and 1.6rpg, she's one of the hot prospects for Belgian basketball for the upcoming years.

No movement needed for Anke De Mondt (180-F-79) (180-F-79) who extended her contract at Perfumerias Salamanca in Spain for one more season. She ended the regular season at the second spot and reached the 1/8 final of the European cup. In the Euroleague she played 12 games and averaging 7.3 ppg and 2.5rpg.


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GERMANY - Women

Katrina Hibbert to leave Wasserburg -by Moritz Korff
Two years, three titles - that is the balance of the time Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) had on the roster of TSV Wasserburg. Now, only a couple of days after winning the back-to-back championship with the Bavarian side and receiving Eurobasket.com All-DBBL Player of the Year honors the 30-year-old Australian announced to return to her home. Thus, Wasserburg's Coach Hans Brei will have to replace another key player for the 2008-2009 campaign. He did so succesfully when Wanda Guyton (185-F/C-65, college: S.Florida) finished her career last year and became his Assistant.
During 2007-2008 Hibbert averaged 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for Wasserburg. Since joining TSV back in 2006 she helped to capture two German championships and one Cup-title.


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HOLLAND - Women

Amazone moves closer to title -by Eurobasket News
Amazone - Yellow Bike 85:72

Amazone extended their surprising if not stunning winning rally against Yellow Bike to two games. Amazone beat the season favorites 85:72 at home court to stay two steps away from the championship title. Yellow Bike seemed to forget the dismay of the starting loss and entered the game aggressively. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) paced her teammates as they grabbed an early lead. Tyler McIlwraith (185-G-85, college: St.Louis) cut an early gap to a single point 13:14 but Yellow Bike forced the issue. Anna Vicenzetto and Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) fired back-to-back trebles and Yellow Bike led 28:21 after the opening frame. Anna Vicenzetto kept the visitors ahead at the beginning of the second term but soon Amazone found the offensive options to change the complexion of the game. Maaike van de Bovenkamp (178-F-85) and Judy Wright (172-G-84) teamed up for consecutive three-pointers, while Ilse van de Lagemaat (183-F-89) knocked down a jump shot and Amzone raced ahead to a 48:44 halftime lead. Leonie Kooij and Anna Vicenzetto answered right after the break hitting two long bombs and giving a lead back to Yellow Bike. Nevertheless Amazone kept on rolling and ignited a 13:0 run to clear off to a 65:56 distance. Anna Vicenzetto and Marloes Roetgerink drag Yellow Bike back within 3 points from the hosts. But two treys from Judy Wright carry the hosts to a 70:65 advantage. Maaike van de Bovenkamp and Ilse van de Lagemaat later secured the winning outcome for the home side with jumpers and Amazone celebrated the second straight win over the regular season champions Yellow Bike.
Tyler McIlwraith scored 19 points and collected 7 boards to lead Amazone. Judy Wright added 19 points, while Maaike van de Bovenkamp and Ilse van de Lagemaat provided 12 points apiece in a win. Anna Vicenzetto replied with 32 points for Yellow Bike. Marloes Roetgerink chipped in 16 points in a losing effort.

Amazone: Tyler McIlwraith 19, Judy Wright 19
Yellow Bike: Anna Vicenzetto 32, Marloes Roetgerink 16


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HUNGARY - Women

PLAY-OFF 2008 - Final: Sopron win again. 2:0 -by Adam Patonay
After the win away MKB Euroleasing use the home court and win again. The cenetrs of Pecs played really well, but Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) was unstopable again! The ukranien forward led her team to the second victory on the final. If Sopron can win again at Pecs they can defend their champion title.

MKB Euroleasing Sopron - Mizo Pecs 2010 76-58
(16-10, 21-21, 20-18, 19-9)
Sopron: Nemeth B. 6/6, Honti K. 3/3, Olexandra Gorbunova 26/3, Karolyi A. 14/6, Branzova A, -. Sub.: Horti D. 3, Semsei B. 4, Erdgh E. 4, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89). 16/6
Pecs: Ivanyi 2, Fegyverneky 12/3, Vajda -, Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) 14, Coelho G. 12/3. Sub.: Somogyi A. 2, Richter D. 2, Krivacevic T. 11, Mszros K. 3/3


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen The best point Guard in Spain !!!! -by Gil Goshen


The Spanish Basketball organization announced today upon the outstanding players
of the season 2007/8:

The best point guard is Liron Cohen Agency GG basketball - The Israeli Guard played this season for the first time in her life in Spain for Leon will play in Slovakia for Kosit next season.
The Second Guard is Elena Tornikidou
The small Forward is Anna Montaana
The Power Forward is Sancho Lyttle
The Center is LeCoe Willingham .



Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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ROMANIA - Women

Arad wins Romanian championship! -by Eurobasket News
Arad - Sf. Gheorghe 68:43

Arad thumped Sf. Gheorghe in the fifth and decisive game of the Final to clinch the Romanian Division A title. The regular season champions proved their solid form in the season claiming a deserved victory at the end. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter before Ildiko Vass committed an unsportsmanlike foul and Arad used it to gain a 4-point lead. From now on the hosts went on a run and capped the first frame with a 26:13 lead. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) netted a three-pointer to open the second stanza and set the tone for the rest of the quarter. The hosts held Sf. Gheorghe to just 6 points in it and stretched the gap to as many as 26 points at halftime. Sf. Gheorghe however did not collapse in the third frame and tried to stay competitive. They outscored the home team 15:8 to trim the deficit but still lacked composure to spark the intrigue. Arad regained control in the fourth quarter and cruised to their triumph.


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SERBIA - Women

Hemofarm keeps dominating in Serbian Superleague -by Dragan Jankovski
At round 9 of Serbian Superleague Vojvodina Srbijagas suffered home defeat against reining champion Hemofarm STADA 71-88. Visitors took control on Vojvodina at the early beginning. Until the half time the orange team already made advantage of 13 points. The best period of the game for Vojvodina was the last quarter when the Tulips made 13-2 run decreasing its minus on 8 points. But it was Vojvodina's maximum in this game.
Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) added 16 points and 10 assists for the winners. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) and Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) also were good scoring 14 points each. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) posted 12 points for the Tulips.

In derby game between Partizan and Crvena Zvezda the black and white team celebrated 81-80. After amazing 17-1 run, Crvena Zvezda took lead 54-66 and it seemed the Partizan won't have enough power for a turn. But they did not give up coming closer on 74-71. Six second before the end Mirjana Beronja (170-G-86) hit a long triple tying the score on 74-74. Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) missed 3-pointer at Zvezda's last possession and teams went to extra five minutes where Partizan played much better and deserved to win. Jelena Dangubic (177-G-82) paced the winners scoring 20 points.

Spartak made a road win over Proleter Naftagas 89-72. Spartak beat the last ranked Proleter giving 70 percent of its ability. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) was totally the best in Proleter netting 37 points.


Vojvodina - Hemofarm 71-88
(12-19,16-22,18-22,25-25)

Vojvodina:
Iva Musulin 12, Domazet 11, Karakasevic 9
Hemofarm: Stankovic 16, Stojanka Ostojic 14, Butulija 14


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 81-80
(15-14,17-18,28-18,14-24,7-6)

Partizan:
Jelena Dangubic 20, Beronja 17
Zvezda: Kendrick 19, Sy 14, Velinovic 8


Proleter - Spartak 72-89
(15-22,15-17,15-23,27-27)

Proleter:
Vidacic 20, Jovanovic 14, Caran 13
Spartak: Jovana Rad 37, Erak 16, Scekic 14


Standings - Women
A Standings
Superleague
 1. Hemofarm 30-1 
 2. Crvena Zv. 23-8 
 3. Partizan 23-8 
 4. Spartak 20-11 
 5. Vojvodina 16-15 
 6. Proleter 12-19 
Others in Stage One
 1. Kraljevo 9-13 
 2. Kovin 7-15 
 3. Loznica 7-15 
 4. Usce 5-17 
 5. Radnicki NB 4-18 
 6. Stara Pazova 3-19 


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Michulkova leaves KOSIT, going to Faenza -by Michal Maslany

Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) leaves KOSIT 2013 Kosice and signed one yaer contract with italian team Germano Zama Faenza. 'The team will play in Europian Cup and want to be as high as it will be posiible in italian league. Coach saw me in some matches a want me to be crucial player in the team,' said Michulkova for www.eBasket.sk.

In slovak extraliga Michulkova help KOSIT clinch the title, but in the final trird match she injured her right knee. She must undergo opeartion and will be without basketball for about half a year.



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SOUTH KOREA - Women

Choi may become third Korean to play in WNBA -by Eurobasket
The Washington Mystics of the Women s National Basketball Associatoin have made an offer to Choi Yun-ah.
The JoongAng Ilbo learned that the Mystics on Saturday made an offer to Choi, a 170-centimeter (5-foot-7) point guard for the Shinhan Bank S-Birds. She would join the WNBA for the ongoing season, which began May 17. The S-Birds are the reigning Women s Korean Basketball League champion and Choi, 22, was the starting point guard. She is also the floor general for the Korean national team.
The Mystics are missing star guard Alana Beard, out with a strained hamstring. Their incumbent point guard, Nikki Blue, only has two starts in her two-year career and averaged just 11.5 minutes per game on court last season. With a backcourt shortage, the Mystics asked Choi to join the team immediately without a physical. She was offered the WNBA rookie salary of $30,000, and the team offered housing, a chauffeur and an interpreter. The Mystics said that with the substantial Korean population in the Washington, D.C. area, Choi won t likely get homesick.
The Mystics plan to release backup guard Amber Jacobs to make room for Choi should the Korean make the leap. She would become the third Korean, after Jung Sun-min (Seattle Storm) and Kim Kye-ryong (Phoenix Mercury), to play in the WNBA.
The S-Birds, who at first seemed reluctant to let Choi go, sounded more willing to let her test the waters. The team s senior official, Kim Dong-yun, said, If the Mystics so want her, we have no choice but to let her play there.
The Korean national team head coach Jung Deok-hwa said, Choi is someone Korea needs but we have no intention of holding her back.
By Sung Ho-jun


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women

Sunstroke 2008 HS game on Google video -by David Edole
The Sunstroke All Virgin Islands High School hoops video has been posted on google video. I hope you enjoy the 45 minutes of the most talented players in the territory. Featured in the video are seniors Cherise Joseph and Cheynae Rogers; juniors, Victoria Hamilton and LaShanda Creque; and 9th grade phenom Makeva Aska. St. Croix (Grey team) won the hotly contested game over St.Thomas-St. John (Red), 62-57. The win tied the series at five games apiece. Cherise Joseph took home MVP honors. Click Here to enjoy the Video.

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WNBA - Women

Career-high 22 points from Kara Braxton lead Detroit to win -by Eurobasket News
Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) scored career-high 22 points and the Detroit Shock prevailed against the Indiana Fever 76:71 yesterday. Kara Braxton teamed up with another reserve Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) for 42 point to provide needed help from the bench which proved decisive in this even battle. Detroit started the season on a 1-1 record and hoped to grab the victory at home. They worked hard at the start of the game to pile up a 22:10 lead after the starting frame. The Fever trimmed the gap to 7 points at the interval and surged in front after the long break. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) paced the Fever to a 58:56 lead after three quarters of action. Cheryl Ford finally regained the lead for the hosts with just over 3 minutes left in regulation. Ebony Hoffman returned the advantage to Indiana but Plenette Pierson and Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) scored back-to-back jumpers to carry the Shock to a 70:67 lead. Ebony Hoffman cut the gap back to a single point with a minute on the clock. However Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford were deadly from charity stripe to propel the Shock to the second win in the season. Deanna Nolan produced 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Katie Douglas led the Fever with game-high 26 points. Tan White contributed 17 points, 6 assists and 5 boards in defeat. Detroit dominated the boards with 33 caroms overall. They also converted 47% from the field and limited their opponents to 41% accuracy. Both teams combined for massive 48 turnovers.

Market news -by Eurobasket News
Kasha Terry (6'3''-F/C-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia Tech) is no more a member of Indiana Fever. The team from Indianapolis terminated contract with ex power forward / center of Maccabi Ramat Hen. Two years before Terry was a player of Indiana and she 9 appearances in WNBA regular season averaging just 1 ppg and 1.6 rpg. Before Indiana she spent one year in Spain playing for Ensino having much better stats. For 13 games in LFP she had 13,3 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
Indiana also waived guard Laine Selwyn (5'7''-G-81, college: Pittsburgh), who like Terry also played in Israel before she went to WNBA. She won two championship titles in Israel. First she won as a member of Ramat Hasharon on season 04/05 while the other ones she captured with Elizur Ramia on season 06/07 and 07/08. She also won National Cup twice with Elizur.

San Antonio Silver Stars parted ways with forward Ambrosia Anderson (6'1''-F-84, college: BYU). She had some WNBA experience before Silver Stars playing for Connecticut Sun and later for New York Liberty. But she had only 4 appearances in WNBA so far. Before San Antionio she spent one season in Greek A1 league as a member of APS Siemens.

Kayte Christensen (6'3''-F-80, college: UCSB) (6'3''-F-80, college: UCSB) is waived from Chicago Sky. She did not have such a good previous season with Chicago so team's management and head coach Steven Key decided to release her. Before Chicago, Christensen used to play for Greek APS Siemens, Houston Cornets, Dynamo Moscow region. She also spent four seasons in Phoenix Mercury, who picked her on WNBA draft 2002.