EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/29/2008

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ANGOLA

1 Agosto beat again Petro -by Carlos Pereira
1º Agosto beat again Petro, this time by 97-79.
With 12 points 1º Agosto is in first place, after 8th round.

Box scores

Petro
Luis Costa (15), Carlos Morais (14), Fernando Albano (03), Leonel Paulo (02), Cardoso Casimiro (00), Shanoon Crocks (07), Victor Muzadi (16), Francisco Horacio (02), Milton Barros (09), Domingos Bonifacio (00), Joaquim Xavier (00), Eduardo Mingas (11).

coach: Alberto de Carvalho 'Ginguba'

1º de Agosto
Mayzer Alexandre (00), Armando Costa (13), Marques Houtmam (00), Olimpio Cipriano (17), Kikas Gomes (22), Felizardo Ambrosio (10), Vlademir Ricardino (00), Francisco Jordao (24), Carlos Almeida (04), Miguel Lutonda (03), Rodrigo Mascarenhas (04), Hermenegildo Santos (00).

Coach: Luis Magalhaes


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ARGENTINA

U18 camp -by Facundo Iatzky
The U18 National team is training for the upcoming southamerican championship. The following are the 21 players. 12 of them will stay in the team.

point guards: Ramiro Iglesias (Sionista Parana), Cristian Cortes (185-G-90) (Obras), Nicolas Laprovittola (Lanus) Juan Manuel Fernandez (9 de Julio Rio Tercero).

Shooting guards: Juan Levrino (Independiente Neuquen), Matias Nocedal (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances) (TAU Ceramica Espana), Maximiliano Martin (Bahiense del Norte) Juan Emilio Fernandez Chavez (Libertad Sunchales).

Small forwards: Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90) (Gimnasia La Plata), Luciano Gonzalez (Echague Parana), Mateo Gaynor (Bahiense del Norte), Agustin Ambrossino (Real Madrid Espana) Fabian Ramirez Barrios (Boca).

Power forwards: Andres Landoni (205-C/F-90) (Libertad Sunchales), Sebastian Acevedo (Quimsa) Lisandro Rasio (Sportivo Escobar).

Centers: Federico Glinberg (Nautico Hacoaj), Kevin Hernandez (River Plate), Emanuel Sayal (Argentino Castelar), Alejandro Cabrera (Ben Hur Rafaela) Pablo Orlietti (206-C/F-90) (Atenas de Cordoba)

coach: Enrique Tolcachier


Magnano signs with Atenas -by Leonardo Contieri
After some disappointing seasons Atenas is trying to get back to the top of the league, and they took a step forward by signing coach Ruben Magnano for the next two seasons. Magnano coached Argentina's national team in the silver-medal 2002 world championship in Indianapolis and the gold medal winnin in Athens Olympics two years later. He also won 3 national titles with Atenas, 5 international titles with the same team, and the TNA title with Luz y Fuerza. The team will now try to sign two time league MVP Leonardo Gutierrez.

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AUSTRALIA

Latest signings -by Eurobasket News
Guard Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) put his signature on a 3-year contract with Perth Wildcats. Hinson played previous season at West Sydney Razorbacks where he for 30 games averaged 20.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg and 2.1spg. Before Razorbacks he was a member of Dutch team Hanzevast Capitals Groningen. On season 06/07 he was the third scorer of Dutch league netting 17.9 ppg.

21-year-old Steven Broom (205-F/C-87) agreed terms with Townsville Crocodiles. Broom spent last two seasons at Brisbane Bullets playing only 5 games for 2 years in NBL. Broom was a member of Australian U18 National Team on 2005.


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AUSTRIA

Ante Perica named OEBL Basketball Coach of the Year -by Cueneyt Tuerk

Oberwart Gunners basketball coach Ante Perica has been named the 2007- 2008 OEBL Basketball Coach of the Year. Perica was presented the award after the game 5 of the finals on Sunday. The OEBL 'Coach of the Year' award is the first award fo Perica who arrived mid past season and led hist first season as head coach the Gunners to the finals. This year Perica led the Gunners to a 26-10 record and finished the regular season on top of the standings.


Mos Valuable Coach of the Year


2002-03 Bob Gonnen

2003-04 Peter Stahl

2004-05 Bob Gonnen

2005-06 Andrea Maghelli

2006-07 Bob Gonnen

2007-08 Ante Perica



Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Hauptrunde 1
 1. Oberwart 26-10 
 2. Furstenfeld 25-11 
 3. Gmunden 25-11 
 4. Arkadia 23-13 
 5. Kapfenberg 22-14 
 6. Wels 20-16 
 7. Klosterneub. 18-18 
 8. St.Polten 12-24 
Hauptrunde 2
 1. Worthersee 8-4 
 2. Gussing 8-4 
 3. Vienna 5-7 
 4. UBSC Graz 2-10 


WBC Wels extended with Coach Korner -by Cueneyt Tuerk
WBC Kraftwerk Wels president Dr. Bernhard Ploier announced yesterday that the club and head men's basketball coach Raoul Korner have agreed to an extended contract that will run through the 2008-09 season. The 34 years old Korner, who had a three-year contract when he was hired in 2005.

Korner came to Wels after coaching stops at BC Vienna, UBC Mattersburg (Coach of the Year '01, Cup Winner '02), Arkadia Traiskirchen.


Jay Youngblood named 2007-08 MVP -by Cueneyt Tuerk

Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) of the Oberwart Gunners was named the winner of OEBL's Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 season.

The 6-5 guard, who came to Oberwart this season from Kapfenberg had a tremendous season, totaled 964points in 45 regulars season games. Youngblood edged Ian Boylan (Allianz Swans Gmunden) and Miljan Goljovic (Furstenfeld Panthers) in MVP voting.

Youngblood averaged 21.4 points (.507 FG%), 3.7rpg and 2.7 assists in 33 minutes per game. The Gunners enjoyed a 26-10 record when he was a key fact as he helped guide the team to the Austrian finals.

Most Valuable Player Winner's since 2002

2002-03 Deteri Mayes
2003-04 Deteri Mayes
2004-05 Jason Detrick
2005-06 Deteri Mayes
2006-07 Deteri Mayes
2007-08 Jay Youngblood



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BARBADOS

Lakers edge Cavs to take 1-0 finals lead -by Justin Marville
Playing undefeated in the Wildey Gym this season, the Lumber Company Lakers claim to have home court advantage for the finals.

With three of the five games scheduled for the Gym, the defending champs just have to win on their newly adopted home floor to capture their second successive league title.

Behind a game high 22 points from swingman Adrian Stewart, the defending champs managed to 'hold serve at home' in Game 1, outlasting the Station Hill Cavaliers 80-76 to take a 1-0 lead in the Sprite/BOA Premier League finals on Tuesday night.

Despite a strong start to the game Stewart, the Lakers struggled from the field to open the contest, led by national shooting guard Zahir Motara's early shooting woes.

And the Cavs duly took advantage, pushing the ball in transition off the ensuing rebounds to open up a 15-9 lead in the first seven minutes of the quarter.

But Motara would respond quickly, shaking off the early rust to score seven of his side's last nine points in the period as the Lakers closed the first quarter by scoring nine unanswered points.

Sticking to their game plan of taking opposing national players Corey Williams and Junior Moore out of the equation, the defending champs appeared ready to blow open the game after taking the lead and the momentum in the second quarter.

However, the Lakers did not figure that they would have to include Errol Pollard in that game plan as well.

With all the attention focused on his more highly profiled team-mates, the reserve point guard scored from just about anywhere on the floor, erupting for 17 second quarter points as the Lakers were made to pay for continually underestimating the Cavs sparkplug.

But Pollard's Herculean efforts would only give Station Hill a slight 41-40 half-time lead as the Cavs had no answer at the other end of the floor for the Lakers' inside-outside combo of Stewart and centre Andre Boadu.

After combining for 15 points in the second quarter, the Lakers duo were at it again in the third, but this time they would encounter a well balanced Station Hill attack as both sides traded baskets back and forth for the duration of the period.

Neither side would be able to distance themselves from the other, with the Lakers taking a slim two point lead, 60-58, into the fourth quarter which they managed to maintain midway through the quarter.

A brief 5-0 run had appeared to give the defending champs some breathing room as Stewart and reserve shooting guard Adrian Allman got a pair of lay-ups in transition to put the Lakers ahead 70-65.

The Cavs would rally quickly though, responding with a 9-4 run - led by a Pollard trey and some timely scoring from forward Rommel Cutting - to tie the scores at 74 with 1:30 left on the clock.

But Station Hill would have nothing left in the tank from there, turning over the ball on their next two possessions while Stewart and point guard Derek Browne each added a field goal down the stretch to seal the deal.

Boadu ended the night with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, Motara added a further 13 points while Matthew Moore and Allman finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.

For the Cavs, Pollard tied Stewart with a game high 22 points, Cutting scored 12 and Moore ended with 10 points.


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BELGIUM

Mons Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


So far the only certainty of players leaving is George Evans who could possibly go play in Germany for his former coach Yves Defraigne in Trier.
Evans came to Belgium after a succesfull last year at George Mason during the 2000-2001 season and played for Mons-Hainaut ever since.
He was twice voted to the Eurobasket All Star Teams.

Mons will next year be once again led by point guard Travis Conlan. Another guard Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) is also on the roster next season as well as Ben Ebong the team's leading rebounder. Reinking was the team's 3rd leading scorer behind Justin Gray and George Evans.

Also on the roster will be veteran Jim Potter who is about to start his 12th year at Mons, only interrupted by 2 years at Charleroi..



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BOSNIA

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 11-3 
 2. Igokea 10-4 
 3. Siroki 10-4 
 4. Sloboda Dita 8-6 
 5. Borac Nektar 7-7 
 6. Zrinjski MC 4-10 
 7. Grude 3-11 
 8. Slavija 3-11 
Places 9-14
 1. Hercegovac 10-14 
 2. Posusje 10-14 
 3. Zenica Celik 10-14 
 4. Leotar 9-15 
 5. Capljina 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 2-22 


Bosnian League 8, 14TH round -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Siroki Prima Pivo - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 80:66
Slavija - Igokea Partizan 61:102
Zrinjski Mik Company - Sloboda Dita 90:86
Grude - Borac Nektar 81:79

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 11-3 1112:949 25
2. Igokea Partizan 10-4 1223:1038 24
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 10-4 1136:1044 24
4. Sloboda Dita 8-6 1100:1117 22
5. Borac Nektar 8-6 1091:1053 22
6. Zrinjski MC 4-10 1117:1227 17
7. Slavija 3-11 1043:1254 16
8. Grude 3-11 1068:1210 16

Play-Off - Semifinal's games (Saturday May 31TH)
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Sloboda Dita
Igokea Partizan - Siroki Prima Pivo

Siroki Prima pivo - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 80:66
(23:15, 29:6, 20:28,8:17)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 1.500; Ref.: Kralj, Jovanic, Adamovic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo 7, Planinic, Grays 24, Stemberger 12, Dijan, Zupic 10, Sola 4, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 8, Bethel 6, Ezugwu 9
Coach: Ivan Velic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 2, Sehovic 6, Tomovic 2, Ikonic 11, Bavcic 3, Zimic 2, Bailey 9, Rahimic 2, Hajric 8, Pasalic 3, Jackson 2, Williams 16
Coach: Jurij Zdovc

Slavija - Igokea Partizan 61:102
(12:25, 11:25, 25:23, 13:29)
Istocno Sarajevo, SD Slavija; Att.: 250; Ref.: Obradovic, Pehar, Drmic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 12, Stanic 7, Tomasevic, Simeunovic 3, Mladenovic 8, D.Damjanovic, Vukovic 10, Grubisic 2, A.Damjanovic 19
Coach: Aleksandar Damjanovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 9, Patterson 5, Bocka 16, Stazic 12, Djurica, Vucurovic 7, Cup 17, Wright 10, Lydeka 10, Stefanovic 11, Kovacevic 5, Allen
Coach: Drago Karalic

Zrinjski Mik Company - Sloboda Dita 90:86
(18:31, 23:20, 23:12, 26:23)
Mostar, SD Pod Bijelim Brijegom; Att.: 100; Ref.: Duskaj, Okuka, Lakic
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 7, Bisko, Norac 4, Petric 5, Oroz, Dzidic 18, Simovic 5, Vuckovic 27,Buhac 8, Planinic 8, Grbavac 10
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M.Milosevic 18, Hrncic 14, Halibegovic, Albijanic 4, Jeftic, Tomovic 2, Matic 21, N.Milosevic 4, Jocovic 5, Ross 18, Tanasilovic
Coach: Senad Muminovic

Grude - Borac Nektar 81:79
(19:24, 19:22, 25:13, 18:20)
Grude, SD Bili Brig; Att.: 300; Ref.: Zurapovic, Kunosic, Hatibovic
GRUDE: Lovric, Djulabic, M. Gligora 25, L. Gligora 10, Jelcic 3, Vujcic 7, Bura, Lozancic 4, Zitko 24, Perajica 8
Coach: Predrag Mikulic
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 20, Z. Jovanovic 8, Stupar, Rothbart 2, V. Jovanovic 10, Gemaljevic 6, Djurasovic 14, Pavlovic, Milinovic, Velimirovic 7, Popovic 12, Josipovic
Coach: Milos Pejic


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CHINA

Zhang Kai Scores 20 as China Defeats Memphis 87-80 -by Arthur Volbert
Zhang Kai (211-C-82) scored 20 points to lead the Chinese National Team to an 87-80 victory over the NCAA Division I Memphis Tigers.

However Memphis was not the team that was runner-up in this year's NCAA championship. The three best Memphis players -- Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey -- are preparing for the NBA draft.

This squad contains Memphis players who would not be drafted as well as some good conference USA players who also are not NBA prospects. The team wore 'Conference USA' on its uniforms rather than 'Memphis' which further indicates the nature of the team.

The game was close throughout, with several lead changes, despite the absence of the Memphis NBA-caliber players. But Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian were also absent. China went ahead for good at 75-74. There was no box score available for the game, and this is because this game was just for practice.

However this game does indicate that Zhang Kai is very likely to make the Olympic team, barring injury, and may see significant playing time. Zhang is a thin but very athletic 6-11 late-bloomer and may do well in international competition. I predicted during the CBA season that Zhang was likely to make the Olympic team. It would not shock me to see Zhang take playing time away from Wang Zhizhi, especially when the team needs defense and rebounding rather than offense.


64 Players Invited to Nike All-Asia Camp -by Arthur Volbert
64 players have been invited to the Nike All-Asia Camp to be held May 27-31 in Guangzhou, China.

This information was provided by sinobball at http://forums.interbasket.net/showthread.php?t=6883 .

The coaches are Andre Iguodala, who plays for the Philadelphia '76ers, Dave Hopla, Rich Sheubrooks and John-Blair Bickerstaff. The top two players will attend the Lebron James Nike Academy in the United States.

There are some interesting players whom we have heard of before. 213 cm Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) was on the Zhejiang CBA roster this season, listed as being born in 1991. He was listed as 210 cm, so he appears to still be growing. Zhang Yongpeng of Shanxi was on the Albert Schweitzer roster two years ago, where he was listed as 206 cm. He is now listed as 208 cm. Xu Tao of Shandong, who has listed birth years of 1991 and 1993, is listed as 210 cm rather that previous listings at 208 cm and 209 cm. 213 cm Li Muhao is a 7-footer whom I have not heard of before.

Among the point guards, 183 cm Luo Hanchen impressed at last year's Nike camp and 184 cm Wang Yingliang of Liaoning played in the Nike's Global Challenge in Houston. Sui Ran is a 194 cm shooting guard who impressed in Houston but appears not to have grown from last year despite his listed birth date of 1992.

From China:
Li Jinglong 193cm Guangdong
Ren Junwei 200cm Guangdong
Ren Junfei 203cm Guangdong
Yang Dapeng 196cm Guangdong
Li Yuanyu 205cm Guangdong
Ju Mingxing 199cm Guangdong
Luo Hanchen 183cm Dongguan
Zhao Jie 199cm Dongguan
Li Muhao 213cm Dongguan
Wang Yingliang 184cm Liaoning
Guo Ailun 190cm Liaoning
Sheng Heqi 198cm Liaoning
Wang Ruheng 193cm Shandong
Sui Ran 194cm Shandong
Xu Tao 210cm Shandong
Wang Chen 206cm Shandong
Wang Chao 186cm Shaanxi
Cai Guojun 188cm Shaanxi
Liu Yang 190cm Bayi
Cao Yan 194cm Bayi
Ge Yang 193cm Shanghai
Cao Fei 193cm Zhejiang
Zhang Dayu 213cm Zhejiang
Zhang Yongpeng 208cm Zhejiang
Xu Zhendong 208cm Shanxi
Zhong Cheng 204cm Jilin
Zhang Caibao 185cm
Cai Lilong 202cm
Xu Sujie 208cm
Liu Xuan 210cm
Lu Yao 177cm
Zhang Lixing 181cm
Zhang Junxiong 194cm
Li Chen 185cm
Ma Wenbin 184cm
Gao Shang 197cm
Wu Rongsen 181cm
Liu Shuai 189cm
Ruan Fengyuan 192cm

Others:
Lee Changmin 177cm Korea
Jeon Jewoo 187cm Korea
Lee Daesung 191cm Korea
Yoo Byunghoon 187cm Korea
Park Junghoon 194cm Korea
Yang Heesung Korea
Chow Kin Wan 192cm Hong Kong
Lau Hoi To 200cm Hong Kong
David Bryce 181cm Australia
John Matthew 214cm Australia
Lewis Claybrin 202cm Australia
Anthony Dwayne 213cm Australia
James Bradley 196cm Australia
Miguel Antonio 'Mikke' R. Reys 173cm Philippines
Clark Daniel Oliver Bautista 176cm Philippines
Philip Maganding Paredes 193cm Philippines
Ian Paul Mendoza Sangalang 196cm Philippines
Narito Namizato 172cm Japan
Huang Jia-Ming 192cm Taiwan
Lin Li-Jen 183cm Taiwan
Chou Po-Chen 195cm Taiwan
Tsui Kuo Cheng 185cm Taiwan
Lin Wei Han 178cm Taiwan
Peng Jun Yan 183cm Taiwan


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CROATIA

Jasmin Repesa and Roko Leni Ukic advanced to big Italian final -by Eurobasket News
Two Croatians, Jasmin Repesa and Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84), advanced to the final of Italian play-off with their Lottomatica Rome. Their team demonstrated fantastic performance vs Air Avelino beating them 77-70. Thus the score in semifinal series is 3-0 for Lottomatica.

After 9-9 at the beginning, Lottomatica made amazing 23-0 run making big advantage after first two quarters. After almost ten minutes without the basket (from 5th to 15th) Avelino finally succeeded to score. But very motivated hosts extended their lead which at the end of the first half was 42-20. At the third stanza the team from Rome kept its lead without problems. Peter Lisicky scored 14 points for Air Avelino making this defeat acceptable for his team.

Roko Leni Ukic added 12 points and 5 boards for the winners (6/9 FG2, 0/6 3-pts). He also had 3 more assists and 4 steals. Ukic played 19 games for Lottomatica in Euroleague this season adding 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.1 spg. Before Rome he spent one year in AXA Barcelona while on season 05/06 he played for TAU Ceramica.

Member of Croatian National Team will together with its head coach Jasmin Repesa have a chance to win Italian championship after 25 years. It would be unbelievable success for the team from Rome. But on the other side their opponent is very strong Montepashi Sienna, who showed wonderful performance this season in Italian Serie A as well as in Euroleague.

The first final game is scheduled for 3rd of Jun. Montepaschi will have home court advantage due to better position at the regular season.


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Standings - District National
District National Standings
1. Villa Francisca 4-1
2. Los Prados 4-2
3. San Lazaro 4-2
4. Villa Duarte 4-3
5. San Carlos 2-4
6. Los Mina 0-6


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FRANCE

Roanne silence Le Havre -by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Le Havre 101:69

Roanne completed the quarterfinal series against Le Havre with a cruising win at home yesterday. Thus Roanne advanced into the semifinal stage where they would meet the regular season champions Le Mans. Le Havre quite surprisingly stormed past Roanne at home on May 23 but this was just a flash of intrigue that was quickly quelled by Roanne. The LNB fourth-ranked side exploded with 30 points in the starting frame of the third decisive encounter to claim a comfortable lead. Le Havre could not recover trailing by 18 points after the starting stanza. They nevertheless refused to give up and fought bravely in the next frames. The margin was stretched to 12 points at halftime. But Roanne having an overwhelming dominance in the paint kept forcing the issue. They widened the damage building a 16-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Le Havre ran out of steam and finding no answers for the onslaught from the hosts collapsed in the fourth term. Roannes relied on a well-balanced offensive effort. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso), Pape Badiane (208-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) scored 16 points apiece to lead Roanne. Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) contributed 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Marcellus Sommerville (201-F-82, college: Bradley) answered with game-high 26 points for Le Havre. Ali Traore (205-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) and John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) scored 10 points apiece in defeat. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 50:35 and forced those to 24 turnovers. Roanne shot impressive 50% from the field, while Le Havre managed just 38% of field goals.
The semifinal stage tips off on Saturday.

Roanne: Mohamed Kone 16, Pape Badiane 16+11 boards, Marc Salyers 16, Brion Rush 12
Le Havre: Marcellus Sommerville 26, Ali Traore 10, John Cox 10


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GABON

Gabonese woman: Sandra NTSAME ESSIA, to the International Practicum of referees to Libreville -by Tim Ndjiki
Gabonese woman: Sandra NTSAME ESSIA, to the International Practicum of referees to Libreville
FIBA practiced, Mr. Hamani Mohamed and Instructor BOUJEMA will be present; Eight (8) Gabonese referees and their counterpart of Cameroon, of Congo, of Chad, of Burundi, of RCA are going to start the practicum this morning.
We recall that the FEGABAB, who encourages the formation, had already organized a similar practicum in 2006, seven (7) Gabonese had been kept a woman Sandra NTSAME ESSIA therefore, and first woman arbitrates in central Africa.
This young lady who arbitrates, with satisfaction matches of all categories of the League of the estuary and the elite National Championship present himself to this practicum with her partners: Sandra NTSAME ESSIA, BANZOUZI REVIGNET, BILALA, OLOUMA, Emmanuel ANGO, Paterne NZIENGUI, Rodrigue MBOUROU are in activity in the provincial and Federal competitions. Only Erick MIKALA was not in activity, for the reason of sanction by FIBA. Sandra NTSAME ESSIA knew how to reconcile, as the majority of players, studies and the sport, she is in second year of Right to University Omar Bongo Ondimba (U.O.B) of Libreville.
It is important to signal that,since more than two years, Gabon didn't have any international referees ; Only referee qualified, Erik MIKALA, had been suspended by FIBA Africa, he will make left of the trainees retained by Gabon.


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GERMANY

Karlsruhe: Krautwald promoted to head coaching job -by Moritz Korff
BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has named Peter Krautwald as its new head coach. He will be the successor to Nenad Josipovic who left his position after one season. Krautwald, 32 years of age, has previously worked for the basketball-programs of BV Chemnitz and TU Dresden and also had the position of a head coach at BIG Gotha for several seasons. He led the Rockets to the Regionalliga South-East in 2005. In 2007 Krautwald moved to Karlsruhe and became Josipovic's assistant.

Jan-Christian Both joins the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck -by Moritz Korff
Jan-Christian Both (210-C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has agree to terms with the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck. The post player will join the Ballers in their first season in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. Besides size Both will also add a lot of experience to the Ballers' squad, though being only 22 years of age. He played for different German Junior-NTs since 2000 and participated in the 2006 European Championships with the German U20-selection. After leaving his hometown Goettingen in January 07 Both became a member of Hertener Loewen. He appeared in 26 games of this past season averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest for the Lions.

BG 74 Goettingen adds Moritz Wohlers to the roster -by Moritz Korff
The Violets are wasting no time and announced the signing of another new player for the 2008-2009 season today. The German A2-international Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) landed a spot on the roster of BG 74 Goettingen (1. Bundesliga). The 24-year-old Forward/Center, a native of Wolfenbuettel, spent the past two years in the UK, suiting up for the Scottish Rocks. During 2007-08 Wohlers played 33 games for the Rocks in the British Basketball League and averaged 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. Not only did he help the Rocks in the paint, but he also hit 32 of his 97 shots from beyond the arc. Before taking his game to the UK, Wohlers spent four years in the USA and played basketball for Lewis & Clark Community College, McKendree College (NAIA) and the Montana State University Billings (NCAA2). In 2007 Wohlers attended the World University Games. His father Juergen was a member of the German National Team in the 70s, receiving 24 caps for the 'Nationalmannschaft'.

Nenad Josipovic returns to Bremen -by Moritz Korff
As announced today Nenad Josipovic will return to the Bremen Roosters (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 45-year-old 2006 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Coach of the Year left the Roosters after the 2006-2007 season and signed with BG Karlsruhe. Meanwhile, Nedim Hizliates who coached the Roosters after the exit of Rade Vojnovic during this past campaign is going to step back from his position as a head coach. However, he will continue his labor at the Rooster-organization as a Coach Assistant and Youth-Coordinator.

Coach Eichler to leave Landshut -by Moritz Korff
Coach Georg Eichler will leave TG Renesas Landshut (Regionalliga South-East) and is now looking for a new job. Eichler decided not accept the contract extension which was offered him by the Landshut club-officials. Eichler led TG Renesas to a second place in a hard-fought RLSO-season that saw a thrilling race between Landshut and Bayern Muenchen. Before he came to Landshut, Eichler served as a head coach at Heimerer Schulen Landsberg and as a coach at the youth-program of FC Bayern Muenchen.

Dohmen leaves Moenchengladbach for Schwelm - Reid reported to be on his way to Waltrop -by Moritz Korff
The Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West) have unveiled Max Dohmen (201-F-88) as their next signing of the summer. The 20-year-old leaves the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach, where he learned the game of basketball as a kid. Dohmen has been a member of Germanys Junior National Teams since 2004, when first making the U16-roster. In 2006 he played the Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament with the German U18 and averaged 8.8 points through 6 games. Despite his young age the Forward/Center has already appeared in 59 encounters of the 2. Bundesliga between 2004 and 2007.
Meanwhile, Matthew Reid (185-G-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Cameron) who spent the 2007-2008 season on the Schwelm squad has reportedly found a new place to play. Reid signed with GV Waltrop of the Regionalliga West, according to the website of his former club.


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GREECE

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


Play offs-Finals: Olympiakos thrashed Panathinaikos and balance the series to 1-1 -by Chris Mammides

This time it was Panagiotis Yiannakis turn to beat his opponent (the first ever victroy of Panagiotis Yiannakis as an Olympiakos head Coach over Zelimir Obradovic) the final score was 71-55 and Panagiotis Yiannakis broke every other record in regards to points scored by Panathinaikos as the 55 points are among the worst ever (at least in the last decade!!) This time the three pointers from Panathinaikos were simply OUT so without an inside game, Panathinaikos 'met the disaster' Obradovic's coaching was not good at all as he couldn;t really help his team or even guide them with a contigency plan upon realised that the shooting was really bad for the Greens. The quarters were: 16-13, 33-20, 55-45, 71-55, with Panathinaikso remaining for 11 minutes to the poor number of 3 points (all from the charity line from Spanoulis) That was it really the psychology was all in Olympiakos team and nothing left for Panathinaikos, with the worst Batiste ever! without shooting from the arc and with Printezis giving his best shot from the paint, Olympiakos beat his opponnet who had only the ex red, Zizic to try for the best with his team.

Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) was the top scorer with 20 points and 3 assists with tremendous percentages allover, while the MVP of their first inbetween game, Sarunas Jasikevicius, remain to 13 but.. his stats were the following: 2/8 three pointers, 3/6 twos, 1 rebound and 1 assist, while Dimitris Diamantidis scored 11 with 2/5 threes, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. From the winners, which are now ready to get the precious road win in OAKA as the psychology and all the other factors are with them, Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84) made another good game with his 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals!!!

Next game tomorrow at OAKA and Panathinaikos - Olympiakos the most crucial game of the series as possible double, the green autocracy will stop!



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HOLLAND

Contract extension Thijs Vermeulen -by Fred Roggen
Thijs Vermeulen (192-F-85) play the coming three seasons for Matrixx Magixx. The 23-year old guard has now played one season in Nijmegen and came over
from Eiffel Towers Den Bosch.
The cooperation with coach Michael Schuurs, the perspectives in Nijmegen and the type of game they are playing are the most important reasons for Vermeulen to stay in Nijmegen.
Beside Thijs Vermeulen also Gerrit Brigitha, Sjors Poels and McHugh Mattis already signed agreements for the coming season.


FEB Finals: Young Helps Eiffel Towers Win Game #5 -by Sanders Jackson


For those of us who doubted that defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers could retain the Dutch title this season, in reference to all the problems Eiffel endured during the middle of the season, then all the doubters can within 24 hours be proven wrong.

Tuesday night in Amsterdam in the pivotal game #5 of the Dutch finals, Eiffel was rescused by an old reliable in both the end of regualtion and in overtime, with Eiffel winning by the score of 79-77.


With Eiffel down 63-60 at the end of regulation, Eiffel's 'Mr. Clutch' Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) made three free throws to help send the game into overtime, and then in the last seconds at 77-77 Young made the game winning basket, helping Eiffel win the first road game of the series for both teams. Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) led Eiffel with 15 pts. with Young adding 13. While MyGuide shot a sizzling 78.4% FG, however, the three-point line and free throw line was ice cold for them, with MyGuid eshooting a series-worst 3 for 32 from the three-point line, and only 10 of 24 from the free throw line! With the win, the team of Eiffel head coach Randy Wiel puts themselves in the driver's seat, having the chance on Thursday night in Den Bosch to retain their title and win its 15th Dutch championship and third consecutive Dutch FEB title.



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IBL

Cleveland Summer Pro Am with some IBL Professional Flavor! -by Lucius Jones
Players like Omari Westley (6'7''-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Cleveland St.), Adrick Hills (5'9''-G-80, college: Bethel (IN)) Hills, Matt Futch (6'8''-C/F-83, agency: Sports Plus International), Matt Marinchick (6'10''-C-81, college: Ohio St.) are a few of the many known names to participate in the inaugural season of the Cleveland Summer Pro Am. A league of current and former Division 1 & 2 players that is NCAA Certified and beginning very soon. This should be a competitive experience full of great talent from neighboring universities and former stars to take fans down memory lane as well. Contact Vance Marbury (6'1''-G, college: Ohio St.) for more information,including his powerpoint presentation at 614-774-2423.

IBL - USBA camp -by Carl Berman
The IBL in conjunction with the United States Basketball Academy in Blue River, OR is conducting an exposure camp May 27th-29th. Over 100 top players are participating, including over 60 IBL stars. They will be playing before representatives from Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, South American and European leagues and teams as well as a number of agents. Players scheduled to participate include the IBL's leading scorer, David Lucas (6'8''-F-82, agency: TASM, college: Oregon St.), former NBA player God Shammgod (6'1''-G-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence), D-League players, Brad Stricker (6'11''-C/F-77, college: Georgia St.) and Kris Clack (6'5''-G-77, college: Texas) as well as IBL stars, Terry Horton (6'3''-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Alabama A&M), Shane Thorson (6'6''-F-83), Tyler Amaya (6'6''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington), Larry Smith (6'4''-G/F-83, college: East Central), Paul Hafford (6'4''-G-84, college: Portland St.) and Dean Browne (6'9''-C-80, college: Nevada). Eurobasket will pick the top 12 players at the conclusion of the camp.

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INDONESIA

You Can't Expect More Than This In The FInal -by Ronald Purba
What a great Final in IBL Championship 2008. This year Satria Muda Britama make a history by winning A Mild IBL three times in a row (Threepeat).
They put their name in Indonesian Basketball League history book by winning the fourth in Final at GOR C'Tra Arena, Bandung. It makes the score 3-1 (best of five) against Garuda Bandung.
In the fourth game SM Britama beat Garuda Bandung 73-63, after a day before Geruda Bandung beat them 62-61 in a very tight game.
'This is the best final ever', said Fictor Gideon Roring, SM Britama coach who was not expect that Garuda Bandung is the IBL 2008 Final.
Anyway, this is a good result for Garuda Bandung. They make big surprises a long of this season, especially after they beat XL Aspac in the semifinal by 2-0 (best of 3).

Playing in their opponent home did not make SM Britama players 'weak'. The other way around, the atmosphere really pump them up. They did not even care the boo from Garuda Bandung fans.

Garuda Bandung coach, Rastafari Horongbala said that his team was to excited to be in the final. They cannot control their emotions in the first to quarters and lost energy the second half.
To play a great team like SM Britama you are not allowed to make any mistake. One mistake and you lose it all.

Garuda Bandung forward, Gagan Rachmad said that it is a good result overall for Garuda Bandung, coming this season as an underdog they came up big at the end by going to the IBL 2008 Final.
This is the first final for Garuda Bandung, from all previous IBL 2008 final they wew SM Britama against Aspac.
On the other hand, the MVP Final goes to Youebl Sondakh. He has a great carreer this season and showed more in the final.




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IRAN

Iran defeated again -by Gianni Pascucci
The second test match between Italy and Iran ended as the previous one: Team Italy won 84-67, with Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) leading the way at 20 points and inside players Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Luca Lechthaler (207-C-86) adding 10 and 11 pts, respectively. Iran, however, started better, staying ahead in the score almost all the first part of the game (ended 41-46) and showing interesting improvements. The best in the Asiatic team were Samad Bahrami Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency), who showed good perimetral skills and ended the game at 19 points, and Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency), who scored 14 points and was dominat inside.

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IRELAND

2008 Basketball Ireland Awards Night -by JMCK
Basketball Ireland awarded 26 individuals that have contributed greatly to the game of basketball in 2007-2008. Check out a list of the winners below.

Young Referee of the Year Winner: Laura McGrath
Referee of the Year Winner: Cathy Molloy
Wheelchair Player of the Year Winner: Michael Cunningham
Male U16 Player of the Year Winner: Keelan Cairns (St Malachy's College, Belfast)
Female U16 Player of the Year Winner: Tessa Solan (Loreto Swords)
Male U20 Player of the Year Winner: Paul O'Brien (193-G/F-88) (An Cearnog Nua, Moycullen)
Female U20 Player of the Year Winner: Claire Rockhall (Oranmore)
School of the Year Boys Winner: Gort Community School
School of the Year Girls Winner: St Patrick's Academy Dungannon
Club of the Year Winner: Maree
Male Senior Player of the Year Winner: Alan Kelly (201-C-81) (Tolka Rovers)
Female Senior Player of the Year Winner: Rachel Vanderwal (Donoughmore)
Male Superleague Player of the Year Winner: Paddy Kelly (DART Killester)
Male Superleague Coach of the Year Winner: Mark Bernsen (accepted by Bernard Lynch) (Abrakebabra Tigers)
Female Superleague Player of the Year Winner: Michelle Aspell (168-G) (Waterford Wildcats)
Women's SuperLeague Coach of the Year Winner: Mark Scannell (Team Montenotte Hotel Cork)
Men's Senior Coach of the Year Winner: Joe Quirke (Team Meadowlands St Brendan's)
Women's Senior Coach of the Year Winner: Terry Staunton (Oblate Dynamo's)
Men's Underage Coach of the Year Winner: Francis O'Sullivan (Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig)
Women's Underage Coach of the Year Winner: Joe Shields (Oranmore)
Senior Men's International Award Winner: Emmet Donnelly (DCU Saints)
Senior Women's International Award Winner: Michelle Fahy (Team Montenotte Hotel Cork)
Media Award: Evening Echo
Volunteer Award: Mary Flanagan
Tom Collins Award Winner: Marie O'Toole
President's Award Winner: Danny Fulton


Tom Port: " The time I spent in Ireland this past season was great" -by Mariano Galindo
American basketball player Tom Port (196-F, agency: IceBasket, college: Wooster) spoke with eurobasket.com about his career since his College's years

1- You played four years in USA, in NCAAIII with Wooster and in your senior`s season you played in NCAAIII Final Four what were all this experiencies?

Playing four years at Wooster was a great experience for me. I was able to change the type of player I was in high school to the type of player I am now. Wooster helped me realize the type of player I could be and with the help of my coach, and a fondness for weight training I never had before Wooster, I am now a completely different player than I was in high school.

Going to the final four was a great time for our entire program. We had been close to the final four my first three seasons and to get there my senior season was a lot of fun. We lost a close game in the semis, but it was still a great experience.

2- After College, you travelled to Iceland to play with Thor Thol why?

I ended up going to Iceland after I was contacted by a few different people. Iceland seemed like the best thing for me at the time. It was a fun experience and I am glad I had the opportunity to play over there, not many people get to say that they have lived in Iceland for 6 months.

3-Then, you signed with Mustang Sallys (Ireland) and there, you played five games with this averages 21.0ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.6apg, 3.2spg did you enjoy in Irish Superleague?

The time I spent in Ireland this past season was great. I was in the city of Killarney which is a big tourist town and there was always something to do. I lived right downtown and it was nice to be in a city, over in Iceland it was a much different living arrangement, basically a small fishing town about 35 minutes outside of Reykjavik. I did have a good time playing in the Irish Superleague, the guys on my team from Ireland were a great group of guys, and it seemed like myself, our other American, and our Irish/American player really had good chemistry on the court even though it was only for a couple of games at the end of the season. I am really glad that the opportunity to play in Ireland worked out for me at the end of last season.

4-Nowadays, what are you doing after finish your contract with Mustang Sallys? arte you going to play there next year?

Right now I do not have any final plans for next year. I of course hope to get an opportunity to play somewhere again next season. I am keeping in contact with the teams in Ireland, but at the same time I am trying to see if there are any other teams that would be interested in having me play for them this upcoming season. My plans for the summer are to continue training for basketball as much as I possibly can. I am also working college camps and playing in a couple of leagues in Cleveland where I am from.


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ISRAEL

Maccabi and Holon to play in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Maccabi will have a chance to revenge for a sour loss in the regular season when they take on Holon in the playoffs Final on Thursday. Yesterday Maccabi and Holon booked their tickets to the Final claiming victories in the Final Four held at the Nokia Arena.
Maccabi however needed to survive some scary moments en route to a hard-fought 57:55 win over Bnei Hasharon. The Israeli powerhouse opened the game confidently and built a 22:9 lead after the first frame. However Bnei Hasharon answered with a dogged defense that limited Maccabi to only 7 points in the second term. Bnei Hasharon used it to cut the gap to 3 points at halftime. Things got even worse for Maccabi as Bnei Hasharon capitalized on the moment to stretch the winning moment. They surged ahead early in the third stanza and completed it ahead by 6. But their effort ran dry in the final quarter as Maccabi regained control. They answered with a stifling defense to held their opponents to 5 points and celebrated a narrow 57:55 victory at the end. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) led Maccabi with 13 points. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) delivered 12 points, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) and Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) came up with 7 points apiece in a win. Jason Williams (196-G/F-83, college: UTEP) led all scorers with 25 points for Bnei Hasharon. Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) scored 12 points in defeat.
Holon edged Ironi Nahariya 100:89 in another semifinal battle yesterday. Ironi got to a better start to the game and piled up a 26:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Holon quickly adjusted their tempo and accounted for 31 points in the second term to step in front. The regular season champions stretched the margin to 19 points before the fourth quarter. And though Nahariya shaved off almost half of the deficit they could not revive the intrigue in this one. Hapoel Holon became the second finalist. P.J. Tucker (196-F-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Texas) finished with 23 points and 13 boards to pace Holon. Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Vincent) added 19 points and 7 boards, while Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) had 17 points and 8 boards for the winners. John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) replied with 26 points and 6 assists. Barak Peleg (194-G-72) had 20 points in a losing effort.

Maccabi - Bnei Hasharon 57:55
Holon - Ironi Nahariya 100:89


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ITALY

Wallace joins Benetton Treviso -by Gianni Pascucci
The first important move in the Italian players' market was made yesterday by Benetton Treviso. The team announced the two-year agreement with Charles Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton), usually known as 'C.J.', from Pierrel capo d'Orlando. This player showed great improvements in his first professional seasons, and the Treviso technical staff believes he has further upside. .

Iran defeated again -by Gianni Pascucci
The second test match between Italy and Iran ended as the previous one: Team Italy won 84-67, with Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) leading the way at 20 points and inside players Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) and Luca Lechthaler (207-C-86) adding 10 and 11 pts, respectively. Iran, however, started better, staying ahead in the score almost all the first part of the game (ended 41-46) and showing interesting improvements. The best in the Asiatic team were Samad Bahrami Nikkhah (200-F/G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency), who showed good perimetral skills and ended the game at 19 points, and Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency), who scored 14 points and was dominat inside.

Serie A SF - Roma to the finals after 25 years -by Stefano Pini
Lottomatica RM-Air AV 77-70 (aggregate 3-0)
Lottomatica Roma reaches the finals after 25 years. In the last 3 seasons Roma collected 3 semifinals and was always eliminated by the team that won the title. Roma was very aggressive in game 3 since the beginning (46-20 at the halftime) controlling the game until the end. Top scorer for Roma was Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84) with 12 points. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) is becoming everyday more important for the team: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. But at the next level, the most interesting duel will be Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) vs Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79). Avellino endend a wonderful season, winning italian cup and reaching the qualification in euroleague. In game 3 the top scorer for Air was Pete Lisicky (193-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) 24 points in 26'.


Boniciolli leaves Avellino -by Gianni Pascucci
Suprisingly, coach Matteo Boniciolli announced today that he decided to leave Air Avellino. The announcement of his resignation was made in an official press release, and Boniciolli stated that he took this decision due to family reasons. His contract with the team was running till June of 2010 and the last season was very succesful for both the team (that gained the ticket to Euroleague for the first time in its history) and for the coach (awarded as the Coach of the Year in Serie A)

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IVORY COAST

Kone Mohamed and his Roanne reach semis -by Eurobasket News

Mohamed Kone and Ali Traore saw each other in French Quarterfinals as Roanne beat Le Havre. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) and his Roanne completed the quarterfinal series against Le Havre with a cruising win at home yesterday in France. Thus Roanne advanced into the semifinal stage where they would meet the regular season champions Le Mans. Le Havre quite surprisingly stormed past Roanne at home on May 23 but this was just a flash of intrigue that was quickly quelled by Roanne. The LNB fourth-ranked side exploded with 30 points in the starting frame of the third decisive encounter to claim a comfortable lead. Le Havre could not recover trailing by 18 points after the starting stanza. They nevertheless refused to give up and fought bravely in the next frames. The margin was stretched to 12 points at halftime. But Roanne having an overwhelming dominance in the paint kept forcing the issue. They widened the damage building a 16-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Le Havre ran out of steam and finding no answers for the onslaught from the hosts collapsed in the fourth term. Roannes relied on a well-balanced offensive effort. Mohamed Kone, Pape Badiane and Marc Salyers scored 16 points apiece to lead Roanne. Brion Rush contributed 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Marcellus Sommerville answered with game-high 26 points for Le Havre. Ali Traore (205-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) and John Cox scored 10 points apiece in defeat. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 50:35 and forced those to 24 turnovers. Roanne shot impressive 50% from the field, while Le Havre managed just 38% of field goals. The semifinal stage tips off on Saturday.



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KOSOVO

Summer Basketball Camp in Brezovica -by Edona Shabani
Summer Camp II for basketball players and women basketball players( born between 1990 - 2001) will take place from June 22 -29 2008 in Brezovica.

This camp will be presented by the well-known Turkish coach for young categories Ali Hurshit Baytok, while as organizing director of this camp is Lulzim Fushtica. To work in this camp are going to be also local coaches which will be appointed by the Board of BFK proposed by Professional Council.
The camp is opened for all youngsters, coaches and referees.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LATVIA

Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ozols, Jurmala 21.2
2 Kanbergs, Vents. 19.5
3 Berkis, Zemgale 17.8
4 Delvers, Roja 17.5
5 Mizis, Ridzene 17.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stimac, Valmiera 11.3
2 Eglitis, Ridzene 8.8
3 Neilands, Roja 8.4
4 Rozitis, Juniors 7.9
5 Bucs, Vents. 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Slesers, Livani 7.4
2 Buskevics, ASK 4.4
3 Olivero, Valmiera 4.2
4 Raiskums, Zemgale 4.1
5 Eglitis, Cesis 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Slesers, Livani 3.3
2 Kanbergs, Ventspils 2.3
3 Millage, ASK 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 J. Rozitis, Juniors2.6
2 D. Rozitis, Cesis 2.5
3 Zeidaks, Ridzene 1.3
2FGP
1 Berkis, Zemgale 68.0
2 Batista, Barons 65.0
3 Stimac, Valmiera 63.0
3FGP
1 Paulins, Cesis 62.0
2 Love, Ventspils 53.0
3 Vitols, Ventspils 51.0
Free Throws
1 Amolins, Valmiera 90.0
2 Rudzajs, Cesis 89.0
3 Mazutis, ASK 89.0


LBAL final standig after play-off -by Gunars Gailitis
LBAL final standig after play-off
1. ASK Kadeti Riga
2. Fenikss/Jurmalas Sports-2
3. SK Kandava
4. Variants Ventspils
5. Valmiera-2
6. Daugavpils Universitate/Hansabanka
7. BK Liepajas Papirs
8. BK Keizarmezs-2


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LEBANON

Tebnine leads Kahraba (2-1) -by Rony Daccache
A very exciting final series gathering the best 2 teams in the 2nd division, the young team of Tebnine and the experienced one of Kahraba Zouk.

Game 1: Tebnine hardly managed winning by 13 points at home court, leading most of the game time, with Kahraba Zouk always insisting on shrinking the difference. Both teams used the full court press defense, delaying the opponent's offense. Tebnine suffering from Akiki's absence, was moving the ball up the court with great difficulty and playing un-organized offense. Kahraba Zouk's experienced players, in addition to the young Ribal Bechara (196-88), kept the game close till the end. Too many fouls were called on both teams and Kahraba Zouk's players & coaching staff did not stop arguing with the referees, which made them out of game concentration. Note that there were no present federation's members.

Game 2: Kahraba Zouk with the high fighting spirit isn't giving up easily. It applied again a full court press defense, preventing Tebnine from easily moving the ball up the court. Khaled El Mawla (190-G-82)'s good performance kept his team in the game. Kahraba Zouk lost a tragic game by 1 point (67-66) after a spectacular come back, during the last 3 minutes of the game, thanks to the efforts of the injured Wael Habchi (192-F-83). Although Kahraba Zouk is known for its experienced players, the latter couldn't maintain to win the tied game: Patrick Saba (166-G-71) missed 3 free throws 47 seconds before the end of the game, in addition to 1 crucial turnover 5 seconds before the end. Georges Rizk (194-F-75) added another turnover, 23 seconds before the end. Kahraba Zouk couldn't benefit from Tebnine mistakes to win the game and tie the series. Too many fouls were also called on both teams. Note that there were no present federation's members.

Game 3: After losing at home court, Kahraba Zouk, hosted by Tebnine, imposed their game pace from the beginning and managed to win a well-deserved game (88-77). Tebnine players seemed tired and not up to level: they hardly reached the basket after a disaster offense execution. Kahraba Zouk's offense was very well-organized, leading to score from inside and outside. Mark Kozah (190-F-73) (21 pts), easily reaching the basket and forcing his opponents to commit fouls, scored 15 free throws. Patrick Saba and Georges Rizk managed to tie the game 5 minutes before the end, after being down by 8 points (68-60). Then, Kahraba Zouk made a 20-2 run. C. Tony Khalil , who took 3 time outs in the last quarter, couldn't abort Kahraba Zouk's excitement.

It's very weird that too many fouls were being called on both teams in this final series: during the last game, 32 fouls were called on Tebnine and 28 on Kahraba Zouk, making a total of 60, i.e. one stop every 40 seconds and thus, one foul each every offense, hence keeping the game too slow and tensed.
Finally, two federation's members appeared, Dr. Robert Abi Abdallah and Secretary General Fares Medawar, to distribute the cups and medals in case Tebnine won.
Being loyal to their club, Kahraba Zouk's players are showing a high fighting spirit, despite their injuries and old ages.
Game 4 will take place at Kahraba Zouk, on Thursday May 29th, at 20h30.


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LITHUANIA

Sireikia in Rytas -by Simas Baranauskas
Lietuvos Rytas has named their new head coach. Antanas Sireika signed a 1+2 year contract with the club. The 52 year old coach was training Kazan Unics in the first part of the season and after was replaced. Sireika achieved his biggest victory with the Lithuanian National Team, winning the Eurobasket 2003 in Sweden. He has also worked in Siauliai, Zalgiris and as mentioned before - Unics.
Gintaras Krapikas is the main candidate to be an assistant coach.


Lithuanian U-20 Candidates -by Evaldas Ceilytkas


Lithuanian basketball federation has announced list of candidates for U-20 European Championships. List of players:

Zygimantas Janavicius (195-G-89, agency: Interperformances);
Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89);
Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88);
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89);
Paulius Beliavicius (194-G-88);
Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88);
Paulius Kleiza (194-F-88);
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88);
Deirunas Visockas (191-G-88);
Deividas Gailius (200-F-88);
Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89);
Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89);
Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88);
Rokas Uzas (204-F-88);
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88);
Rokas Grinius (204-C-88);
Pranas Skurdauskas (209-C-88);
Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89);
Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90).

Head coach: Rimvydas Samulenas
Coach: Arunas Visockas



Kurtinaitis won't coach Lietuvos rytas -by Erildas Budraitis
Unofficial sources say that Rimas Kurtinaitis won't coach Vilnius Lietuvos rytas. Kurtiniaits will stay for next season in Wroclaw Slack. The team from Vilnius had shown interest in this coach before the end of the season. Other candidates to coach Lietuvos rytas now are Ramunas Butautas and Jonas Kazlauskas . The new coach in the Lietuvos rytas team will replace previous head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic .

Market News -by Lukas Zajancauskas
News and rumors related to Lithuanian clubs or players :

It's big posibility that Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) will leave Lietuvos Rytas. He has a contract with Rytas for the next season, but there is a option to leave a club, if someone pays ransom, which is not very big. Some Russian clubs are showing big interest in this player. This season was the best in Kenan Bajramovic career. The Bosnian averaged 11 points and 6 boards in Euroleague.

Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) remains in Ukraine, Azovmash Mariupol. Last season he averaged 12,8 points in ULEB Cup.

It is rumored that TAU Ceramica is looking for a player, who can change Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82). This Lithuanian didn't meet TAU expectations. And one the main candidates for this spot is Zalgiris player Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances). The conctract has expired and it will be difficult for Zalgiris to keep this talented Lithuanian in their squad.

One of the main free agents in this year transfer market will be Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). This Lithuania's NT center is linked with many Western Europe clubs. Such as Siena Montepaschi, Barcelona or TAU Ceramica. Now he is recovering from the back injury, which probably won't let him play at olympics.


Kadziulis moves to Siauliai -by Erildas Budraitis
After the end of the LKL season Siauliai signed new player. The team from Siauliai signed the Atlas Star guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80). The 28 year old lithuanian averaged 11,2 points, 3 boards and 2,4 assists in the Poland league. Kadziulis has already played in Atlas Star, Panevezys, Lietuvos rytas, Alytus, Ural Great, Anwil and Kager. Kadziulis in the Siauliai team will replace previous point guard Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida).

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MEXICO

Dorados rip Aluxes -by Gianni Pascucci
Liga del Sureste tableheaders Dorados de Playa del Carmen defeated two times Aluxes de Cancun during the past weekend. The first game ended 91-67 and Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) made a succesful debut in Dorados with 20 points. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) added 15 pts at the winning side, while Tomas Rios (175-G-84) scored 22 points in Aluxes and Michael Saulsberry (203-F-64, college: La-Monroe) added 13. The night after, Dorados won again, this time 106-69, with Greg Lewis outstanding again at 17 points and Arturo Vazquez (194-G/F-78) adding 14 in Playa del carmen, while Eric Carr (200-F-71, college: Penn St.) led Aluxes de Cancun with 21 points in losing effort and Luis Miron (182-G-82) added 14. Aluxes are yet at the bottom of the table without any win, but showed some playing improvements under the new coach, Miguel Tamariz .

Standings - Lower Leagues
Other Standings
CIMEBA Northern
 1. Cuervos 0-0 
 2. Aztecas 0-0 
 3. Chamanes 0-0 
 4. Titanes 0-0 
CIMEBA Southern
 1. Coras 0-0 
 2. Caudillos 0-0 
 3. Indios 0-0 
 4. Guerreros 0-0 
Liga del Sureste
 1. Dorados 10-4 
 2. Peppers 6-4 
 3. Leopardos 6-4 
 4. Marineros 4-4 
 5. Aluxes 0-10 


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NAIA

Fraser Wins Championship in Austria -by Brandon Woudstra
Former Oklahoma Baptist University All-American Mike Fraser (6'8''-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) continues to excel in the professional ranks in Austria.

Fraser, a 6-8 forward, posted 24 points in the league's All-Star Game, earning MVP honors as Fraser led the International Stars past the Austrian Stars, 124-98.

He also scored 24 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in the decisive fifth game to lead Furstenfeld's Panthers past the defending champion Gmunden and into the league championship series.

While at OBU, Fraser was Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-SAC selection.


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NBA

San Antonio loses at home, stays on brink of elimination -by Eurobasket News
San Antonio - LA Lakers 91:93

The Los Angeles Lakers snatched a narrow win at the AT&T Center to put the defending champions on the edge of elimination. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 28 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead the Lakers to the third win in the Western conference finals. It was the first loss for the Spurs at home in the postseason and it could be deadly one for them. They need some heroics to overcome the Lakers on Thursday at the Staples Center. The visitors opened up a 22:9 lead early in the game and never trailed further on. The Spurs however tied the game 5 times and kept the intrigue alive throughout the action. The Lakers led by 6 points at halftime and by 7 heading into the final term. The margin remained the same with 50 seconds left and Pau Gasol shooting two free throws. He missed them both and Emanuel Ginobili drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 4 points. Kobe Bryant missed a jumper and Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) dragged the hosts within 2 points. Derek Fisher then could not convert a jump shot but the Spurs could not save the loose ball and the Lakers had another chance to seal the winning outcome. However Kobe Bryant missed once again and the hosts grabbed a rebound with 2.1 seconds left for a chance to save the day. Brent Barry (6'6''-G-71, college: Oregon St.) tried to win the game for the Spurs but his three-pointer went off mark. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) scored 16 points and collected 9 boards after a slow third game. Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) came up with 11 points for the winners. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) replied with 29 points and 17 boards for the Spurs. Brent Barry and Tony Parker chipped in 23 points apiece in defeat. Emanuel Ginobili struggled throughout the night producing just 7 points, while starters Michael Finley and Fabricio Oberto finished scoreless.

San Antonio: Tim Duncan 29+17 boards, Brent Barry 23, Tony Parker 23
LA Lakers: Kobe Bryant 28+10 boards, Lamar Odom 16, Vladimir Radmanovic 11


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NCAA1

McCallum tabs Briggs, Smith as assistants -by Kyle Stefan

New Detroit coach Ray McCallum retained assistant Carlos Briggs , and added former Central Michigan head coach Jay Smith as an assistant for the 2008-09 season, the school announced today.

Briggs, a Detroit native, served as the head coach at Schoolcraft College from 1997-2006.

Smith coached Central Michigan for nine years, and was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading CMU to the regular season title in both 2001 and 2003.

UDM is McCallum's third stop as a college head coach after seven years at his alma mater, Ball State, and four more at Houston.

Most recently, he served as an assistant head coach at Indiana before assuming the Titans' helm on April 11.

McCallum has been active on the recruiting trail since his appointment, signing three junior college standouts and one transfer. Thomas Kennedy, Xavier Keeling (6'6''-F) and Jason Bennett (7'3''-F) will be immediately eligible, while Indiana transfer Eli Holman (6'9''-C) will have sophomore eligibility after sitting out this season.



Jarvis to coach Florida Atlantic -by Kyle Stefan
Florida Atlantic announced Tuesday that Mike Jarvis will coach the Owls, his first coaching appointment since being fired at St. John's six games into the 2003-04 season.

Jarvis, who also coached at Boston University and George Washington, has a 364-201 career record in 18-plus seasons and has guided teams to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 twice and one Elite Eight.

He replaces Rex Walters , who announced on April 14 that he was leaving after two seasons for the head coaching job at San Francisco.

Jarvis' contract and selection has to be approved by the school's Board of Trustees on Wednesday. According to the Palm Beach Post, the contract will be for four years and have a base salary of around $175,000.

He will inherit a program that has compiled a 46-46 record over the last three seasons. The Owls are expected to return the team's top three scorers, Carlos Monroe (6'8''-F-87), Paul Graham III (6'5''-G-85) and Carderro Nwoji (6'0''-G-86, college: Redlands CC) for next season.

Florida Atlantic finished last season 16-18 overall and 8-10 in the Sun Belt, good for fourth place in the East Division. The Owls' lone NCAA tournament appearance came in 2002.


Top 25 - Men

Top 25 Ranking

Preseason
2008-09

1. N.Carolina

2. Connecticut

3. Louisville

4. UCLA

5. Pittsburgh

6. Duke

7. Oklahoma

8. Purdue

9. Wake Forest
10. Georgetown

11. Michigan St.
12. Villanova
13. Florida
14. Kansas
15. Ohio St.
16. Notre Dame
17. Gonzaga
18. Memphis
19. Marquette
20. USC
21. Texas
22. Xavier
23. Arizona St.
24. Wisconsin
25. Davidson



Georgetown guard bolts for Indiana -by Kyle Stefan
Georgetown guard Jeremiah Rivers (6'4''-G), the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will transfer to Indiana.

The 6-foot-4 point guard played in all 34 games for Georgetown last season and averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist.

According to the Associated Press, Rivers said he chose Indiana over Georgia Tech and Central Florida.

The move gives new head coach Tom Crean seven new players in addition to returning guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88), forward Kyle Taber (6'7''-F) and walk-on guard Brett Finkelmeier (6'2''-G).


Martin Moving to Notre Dame -by Kevin Cochran
Scott Martin (6'8''-G/F-88) one of the four freshmen who helped Purdue to a surprising second place finish in the Big 10, is leaving the Boilermakers and will transfer to Notre Dame. Martin was Purdue's fourth leading scorer last season, averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He chose the Fighting Irish over Butler and Valparaiso, his hometown college. Martin was a star for Valparaiso High School, averaging 22 points and nine rebounds a game as a senior.

Martin says he likes Notre Dame and coach Mike Brey because, 'He lets players play and lets them do what they're good at.' Martin also says he left Purdue because he needed to try something different to be the best he could be.

Martin is the second high profile transfer moving to South Bend, joining former Mississippi St. guard Ben Hansbrough (6'3''-G-87). Both players will sit out next season, and will begin playing in the 2009-10 season.


Jefferson Signs With Tellem, Will Stay in Draft -by Kevin Cochran

USC forward Davon Jefferson (6'8''-F-86) will remain in the NBA draft. While playing at this week's NBA Draft showcase in Orlando, Jefferson announced he has signed with agent Arn Tellem, maing him ineligible to return to school. A top shelf athlete, Jefferson posted averages of 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in his only year with the Trojans.


Academic problems may be a big part of Jefferson deciding to stay in the draft. He was eligible for the entire 2007-08 season, but was forced to take an academic redshirt season after a year at prep school in just to become eligible. Claims have also been made that Jefferson and USC Coach Tim Floyd clashed during the season.

Already 21 years old, Jefferson says his favorite team is the Phoenix Suns. He may get a chance to join them, as he is projected as a late first or early second round pick.



Down three: Blair latest to leave Pirates -by Kevin Cochran

According to a source close to the team, East Carolina basketball player Gabe Blair (6'8''-F-87) has been given a release from his scholarship and has decided to transfer to another university to finish out his college career.

Citing his desire to not want to play in the post anymore, Blair had been indicating for a while now that he wants a new chance elsewhere.

The 6-8 Blair, who was a 44 percent shooter from the field and a 65 percent free throw shooter, led the team in rebounds with 200 for an average of 6.9 per game.

Blair's departure brings the number to three of those who have departed the program since last season ended.

Center John Fields (6'9''-F-88) and guard Brandon Evans (6'2''-G) were given their releases earlier in the spring.

Courtesy: PirateIllustrated.com



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NIGERIA

Niger Potters, Union Bank Abandon Game Peacefully, beat Tapgun 77-71 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The first Road Trip game of the Union Bank played in Minna, Niger State ended just two minutes into the fourth quarter but the accounts of the teams involved suggest the match was abandoned on peaceful terms.

The match was halted after one of Union Bank point guards Daniel Daudu passed out on the court following a serious collision with a Niger Potters player in a lay up move, a situation that took the combined effort of both teams' medical staff to revive the player. Side court account said he ran into an elbow with his chest while at full throttle.

'But the situation got under control and the player is okay at the hospital. He responded well following the combined effort on the court and as at this time he has improved greatly at the hospital,' the Potters coach Adamu Kuta told www.fiba-afrique.org after the match played Monday night.

On account halting the game before the buzzer, the team Manager of Union Bank Rotimi Savage said the situation on ground made it very difficult for his players to continue the game.

'It a tough and emotional situation that forced us to stop playing. Nobody was sure how well things could be until much after the two teams doctors combined to give the player first aid that really saved the situation. My players were not in a state of mind to continue the match. There was no disagreement or hostility but we just could not continue,' he said.

The Potters coach said the final decision was left for the Match Commissioner whom the Union Bank official spoke with before the match was called off.

'After the treatment, the Union Bank players did not return to the court as we expected.

But I know Savage (team manager) spoke with the Match Commissioner and then the game was called off. So I guess it all now depends on the report of the Match Commissioner,' Adamu said.

Potters who were playing on home court were leading at 78-61 before the match was abandoned. The match was the first for the road games for the Bankers who are playing through the Savannah Conference. They defeated Tapgun Rockets in Jos today by 77-71 points.

The train of the Stallions Boys as the bankers are also known move to Bauchi where they are expected to slug it out against Yelwa Hawks (Thursday) and Bauchi Net on Friday.
Daniel Daudu (183-G-89)


Bullets win maiden First Deepwater 6-A-Side -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Bullets Basketball Team last Sunday won the maiden edition of the First Deepwater Discovery 6-A-Side Competition held at the Sports Hall of the University of Lagos Sports Complex.

The Bullets team made up of five male players and one female player defeated Discovery Basketball Team by 14-12 points in a keenly contested finals.

To get to the finals Bullets Team defeated Tobi Team by 14-08 points in the second semi-finals while Discovery Team had the better of Lead Team via 16-07 points.

As winners the Bullets side went home with a cash prize of N150, 000 (about $1, 280) while Discovery team received N120, 000 (about $1, 025), the third place was won by Lead Team with a 13-06 points victory over Tobi Team.

The Lead Team were rewarded with a cash prize of N90, 000 (about $770) while players of Tobi Team shared N60, 000 (about $513) among themselves.

Organizers of the one-day event, Adenike Carew of Nyk Concept says the whole idea was to give basketball players in Lagos State another form of competition and pledge to make the event a quarterly one.

Babatunde Babalola Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of First Deepwater Discovery Limited Sponsors of the event in his remark promised the teeming players that the event will get bigger every quarter.

The First Deepwater Discovery boss surprised the players and organizers when he announced a University Scholarship for the male and female most valuable players of the competition.

The two MVPs Demola Oshobanjo and Juliet Edogo both of victorious Bullets Side were full of appreciation to the First Deepwater Discovery Managing Director for the scholarship award.

Babalola says aside the scholarship for the two outstanding players they are also to receive an undisclosed amount of fund every month as up-keep fee throughout their stay in the University.

Both players are undergraduate student of the University of Lagos and play club basketball for Islanders/ Kennys' Bullets basketball club and First Bank basketball club respectively.

The First Deepwater Discovery Limited M.D also promised to float a basketball club that will compete in the Lagos City League next year and later the National Premier League.


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NPBL

Standings
NPBL Standings
 1. Elmira B. 8-3 
 2. MD Bayraiders 7-3 
 3. NY Strikeforce 6-4 
 4. Alexandria A. 5-4 
 5. HV Hawks 4-8 
 6. Delaware D. 1-4 
 7. NY Monarchs 1-5 


Week 11 results -by Gianni Pascucci
Only two NPBL games were played over the last weekend: on Friday May 23, the Hudson Valley Hawks took on the Delaware Destroyers and tied an NPBL record for most points in a regulation game, caming out on top 144-108. Leading contributors for the Hawks were Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86, college: Siena) who had 33 points in 3 quarters, Amseshem Foluke-Henderson (6'6''-G/F-84, college: New Paltz St.) with 21 pts and 10 assists, and Brian Muse (6'4''-G/F) with 15 pts, 16 rebs and 6 assists. Hawks big man Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.) had 18 rebounds. Delaware was led by Solomon Sheard (6'9''-F/C-79, college: Paul Quinn) with 23 points and Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)) with 19 points. In the other game, the New York Strikeforce travelled down to Woodlawn High School in Gwynn Oak, MD to take on the Maryland Bayraiders. The Bayraiders took the game with a 124-120 final score, but the match was very battled till the end. Michael Antonio Manns (6'0''-G-69, college: Towson) finished with 26 points and Darnell Sneed (6'2''-G-70, college: Charleston So.) was the game top performer at 37 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and 10 steals.

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PORTUGAL

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
UZO Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Drayton, Barr. 20.2
2 Daniels, Ginasio 19.8
3 Marcal, FC Porto 18.8
4 Harris, Barr. 18.5
5 Smith, Barr. 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1Harris, Barr. 13.0
2 Nwankwo, Bele. 8.9
3 Peterkin, Lusitania 8.8
4 Terrell, FC Porto 8.5
5 Labbate, Ginasio 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Carreira, Bele. 5.3
2 Costa, CAB 5.1
3 Figueiredo, FCPorto 4.9
4 Henry, Ovarense 4.2
5 Reveles, Ginasio 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Manuel, CAB 2.7
2 Alexander, Barr. 2.2
3 Daniels, Ginasio 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Harris, Barr. 2.1
2 Peterkin, Lusitania 1.5
3 Labbate, Ginasio 1.3
2FGP
1 Miranda, Ovarense 64.4
2 Brown, Ovarense 63.1
3 Drayton, Barr. 61.5
3FGP
1 Nuno, Vagos 46.5
2 Rodrigues, Vagos 45.5
3 Scott, CAB 45.5
Free Throws
1 Salvador, Lusitania 91.3
2 Vik, Lusitania 89.7
3 Rodrigues, Vagos 88.9


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PUERTO RICO

Cariduros remain winless in Super 6 Series -by Luis Ramirez
The Santurce Crabbers kept the Fajardo Cariduros winless in postseason play as they defeated the Cariduros 76-74. The Cariduros had a good offensive 1st quarter as they scored 20 points while Santurce would score 15 points. They also took the 2nd quarter to end the 1st half on top 34-32. In the 3rd quarter the Crabbers started with a 10-2 run to take command of the game. In the 4th quarter the Cariduros briefly took the lead with less than 2 minutes to go in the game but the Crabbers would come back with to take the lead and finally the game. For Santurce, Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Larry Ayuso with 12 points. For Fajardo, Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) and Uka Agbai both scored 23 points in a losing cause.

In the other Super 6 game, The Carolina Giants beat the Arecibo Captains 83-72. The Giants dominated the game right from the 1st quarter 26-19. The half ended with the Giants in command 45-35. In the 2nd half it was much the same as the Giants continued to dominate and at the end of the 3rd quarter the Giants were leading big 64-49. Arecibo would not find a way to answer offensively the rest of the way. Carolina is now positioned 2nd and if the post seasoned ended today would accompany the Santurce Crabbers to the Finals. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) scored 25 points to lead all scorers in the game, for Arecibo it was David Cortes and Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) both with 14 points to lead the Captains.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Santurce 13
2. Carolina 11
3. Guaynabo 9
4. Arecibo 9
5. Fajardo 6
6. Caguas 6
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


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RUSSIA

Milan Minic leaves Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu -by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu and Serbian coach Milan Minic parted ways.

Minic took over Lokomotiv in December 2007 and with them succeeded to finish regular season of Russian Superlegaue at seventh place with 12 wins and 12 defeats. Later, Lokomotiv lost at the play-off quarterfinals 2-0 against much stronger Khimky.

Management of the team thanked Minic for his service and stated he done his job well. According to them, the team, who had a lot of problems this season, made good result at the end. The team is also grateful to Minic because he gave a bigger chance to domestic players than it was in the past.

Before Lokomotiv Minic used to work many years as an assistant coach of Yugoslavian and later Serbian National Team. He also spent some time on the same position at Olympiakos, Rhein Energy Koln and Aris Thessaloniki.



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SERBIA

Kyiv and Aris want Aleksandar Trifunovic -by Dragan Jankovski
According to Ukrainian media, Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic is the main candidate for the bench of BC Kyiv. After Trifunovic's leaving from Lietuvos Rytas many teams showed serious interest for his service. As it is mentioned above, one of the possible teams where Trifunovic could continue his coaching career is Kyiv from Ukraine. Their target for the next season is to end domination of Azomash Marioupol in Ukrainian championship.
Greek Aris is also one of the possible destinations of Trufunovic as the team from Thessalonica showed strong willingness to sign him. After losing against Maroussi Athens at the quarterfinal of Greek play-off, Aris' management want to make important moves for the next season. Euroleague MVP Jeremiah Massey already leaved Aris and signed for Real Madrid.

Trufunovic had a good previous season with Lietuvos Rytas. The team was a champion of regular season in Lithuanian and Baltic league. At both competitions Zalgiris Caunas was too strong for them in the final. In fact Zalgiris beat them also in the final of Lithuanian National Cup. At the same time Lietuvos showed decent performance in Euroleague reaching TOP 16. Two years ago Trifunovic won Baltic league with Lietuvos what was one of its best results ever and Trifunovic was named to be the coach of the year in Baltic league. Before Lietuvos Rytas, Trifunovic was a head coach of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade, where he spent many years as a professional player. He also used to play couple of years for Croatian Zadar.


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SLOVENIA

Olimpija top Helios in Game 1 -by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija crushed defending champion Helios by 87-64 in the opening game of the Play-Off Finals. Olimpija never trailed and led as many 28 points in the second quarter. Olimpija shot 58 percent (21-of-36) from the field before the half while Helios made just 7 field goals and commited 8 turnovers. Marko Milic (199-G-77) scored a game-high 18 points off the bench, Ronell Taylor added 13 and Chris Booker, Goran Dragic and Jasmin Hukic had 10 points apiece. No scorer broke double digits for Helios. Dario Krejic finished with 9 points and Aljaz Janza, Jack Ingram, and Jure Mocnik netted 8 points each.
Game 2 will be played Saturday at Domzale.


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SPAIN

Renses Ends Reign on High while a new coach starts in Fuenla -by Paul Nilsen
DKV Joventut head coach and Spanish basketball legend Aito Garcia Reneses has stepped down from his position after announcing that it was the best time for him to leave having won the Copa Del Rey and ULEB Cup. He described it as a decision that was best for him and best for the club.

The 61 year old is taking time to consider his next move after a truly wonderful commitment to Spanish basketball and an array of many titles that the Madrid born veteran has achieved in Catalunya over his lengthy career. Some speculation has him as a big contender to succeed Pepu Hernandez as Spanish head coach.

Reneses leaves the reigns to his assistant Sito Alonso as it also appears that a number of players will follow Reneses in leaving their positions. Speculation has the likes of Hernandez-Sonseca, Moiso, Barton, Popovic and Mallet all expecting to be cut with Rubio, Ribas, and Jagla possibly continuing.

Oh and the future of a certain Rudy Fernandez to be sorted out one way or the other with NBA calling but the pull of staying in the ACB also big in the players heart.

Fuenlabrada meanwhile will formally announce their new head coach and as expected, it will be Luis Guil who has been the Spanish national junior team coach.

Roger Grimau has celebrated playing in the ACB Finals this season by signing for another two years with Barcelona with an option to extend. The 29 year old has been at the club since 2003.


Pamesa Valencia extends Ruben Douglas -by Eurobasket News
Shooting guard Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) and Pamesa Valencia extended contract for one more season. Pamesa succeeded to keep Douglas despite he had couple of offers from other European teams.

Douglas had 15 appearances for Pamesa in ULEB Cup this season averaging 16.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.1 apg. Pamesa qualified for the Final 8 tournament which was held in Turin but DKV Joventut beat them at the quarterfinals. Douglas also played 34 games in ACB league having almost the same stats: 16.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.1 apg.
In the past Douglas used to play for Panionios Athens, Climamio Bologna and Dynamo Moscow. He won Italian Serie A with Climamio while a year later his Dynamo celebrated in ULEB Cup.

According to the rumors Pamesa showed interest to sign member of Argentinean National team Walter Herrmann (207-F-79).


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TURKEY

Istanbul and 10,000 observe the second win for Fener -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker made one more step towards the crown in Turkey. Game 2 was seen by as many as 10,000 fans and Fenerbahce could not give the victory to the guests. A 99:87 over Telekom lifted them to 2-0 in the Finals. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) led the winners with with 23 points and 6 assists. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) added 22 points and 6 rebounds, while Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds.El-Amin Khalid top-scored for Telekom with 33 points and Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had 24 points.

It will be Ankara to host another game, but Istanbul stayed tough and did not allow Telekom to steal the win. Both squads stayed close to each other in the opening quarter and as a result the board showed 25:25 after it. Fenerbahce made some pushes to take a control in the beginning of the second period for 48:41.
Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) ended the first half at 52:46.

Damir Mrsic and
Tarence Kinsey helped the team for 73:59 in the start of the second half. El-Amin Khalid jumper ended the third period at 80:69. The guests could also reduce to 84:79 thank again to El-Amin Khalid's layup. It was however all they could do as Fenerbahce Ulker kept the score for good.
Game 3 is scheduled for May 30 in Ankara.


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U.KINGDOM

Worcester Holds Invitational Tryout -by Richard

The Worcester Wolves in partnership with the University of Worcester are opening their doors to evaluate possible BBL and BUSA talent. The partnership with the Wolves and the University enables players to play within both set-ups. Director of Basketball Mick Donovan explains 'We are committed to improving the basketball programme. Individuals who are looking for a positive experience as student athletes need to give serious consideration to the University of Worcester which we believe is one of the finest University Academy's in Europe'

Wolves Head Coach Skouson Harker insists that attracting quality University talent is vital for the success of his BBL side. 'This past season we suited up as many as nine BUSA eligible players and the main University players trained with the Wolves daily. We need players that have serious talent, but at the same time want to earn an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Worcester. At the end of three years, young players will graduate with their degree and following our intensive study and playing program could be prepared for a full-time pro basketball career. Whilst professional players who still have lots to offer on the court, yet are making plans for a career after playing can gain academic qualifications that can help them to improve their current set of keys and enable them to open positive doors in their respective post basketball careers. Education is something you never outgrow. We brought in Euroleague veteran Chuck Evans at 35 years of age and he will hopefully be leaving the Wolves with a Masters Degree. That is a prime example of the dynamic versatility of our programme. I will go on the record now and say that we plan to do everything possible to improve in both BUSA and BBL competitions.'

Wolves are looking to offer professional contracts and/or academic scholarships. Coach Harker adds 'this is an opportunity for players to show their interest in the Worcester basketball program as we are very keen to attract hungry professional talent.'

To apply to receive an invite, please e-mail your Playing and Academic CV to Worcester Wolves Head Coach Skouson Harker. The Tryout will be held June 21st from 6-9 pm at the University of Worcester Sports Centre. Applications for invitations are due no later than June 9th 2008. Successful applicants will be contacted no later that June 12th 2008.

Send CV to s.harker@worc.ac.uk
Game film or online footage is preferable for initial evaluation.



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URUGUAY

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


A rebounds record for Correa and Clay -by Hector Lopez
The Brazilian Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.), from Nacional, and Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) from Verdirrojo, grabbed 20 rebounds each one for a record of the Metro League, during the 14 th round. The results (including imprt players numbers= are as follow:
Nacional 74 - Marcelo Correa 20 points 20 rebounds
25 de agosto 64
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Olivol Mundial 61
Verdirrojo 59 - Cam-Ron Clay 15 points 20 rebounds
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Aguada 106 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 31 points and 18 rebounds
Larranaga 82
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Urunday Universitario 90
Marne 87 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 24 points
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Waston 77 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 35 points
Yale 71 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 20
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Larre Borges 104 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 33
Goes 84 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 16 points
(The game was stopped with 1.28 to play after fans stormed the field)


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VENEZUELA

Professional Basketball League requested foreign referees -by Wolfgang Lucena
The Professional Basketball League (LPB), requested to the Venezuela Basketball Federation (FVB) five foreign referees and one instructor, to have them acting on Venezuela.
The LPB asked to The FVB to research urgently and look for the way to have those professionals in Venezuela ASAP. LPB wants to hire those referees immediately.
The Profesional Basketball League began last week with a general project of improvement for Venezuelan referees through a meeting in Caracas with referees from the capital area and Miranda state. On May the 26th, this activity continued on Barquisimeto with referees from the west of the country and on May 30, 2008 will be the turn for referees from the middle on Puerto La Cruz. The main idea is to get our referees improving.


Jose Vargas is the second Venezuelan as MVP of the week -by Wolfgang Lucena
Jose Vargas from Trotamundos de Carabobo became Most Valuable Player of the week number 12.
Vargas, with 19 points per game, is the second Venezuelan player on reach this award as player of the week on the 2008 LPB tournament. The Trotamundos guard, finish this week with 3 rebounds, 3 assist and 3 steals per game. He played 30 minutes per game with 60% from two point shots.
Rafael Guevara was the first Venezuelan reaching this award in this 2008 tournament.
The architect Sergio Silvio, member of the technical commission of the LPB made the announcement as well as also consider the well development of Terry Taylor (Gigantes de Guayana),
Ruben Nembhard (Gaiteros del Zulia), and Rogers Washington (Guaiqueries de Margarita).




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Merkur inks Deak and three promises players -by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian champion Merkur Celje inked their former member Mirna Deak (195-C-74) ex Zeljeznicar for the upcoming season, U-16 NT member Lea Jagodic (179-F-91) ex Sentjur Smarje for four seasons and promised Sandra Jevtovic (180-F-93) ex Slovan and Rebeka Abramovic (93) ex Jezica, both for five years.

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ARGENTINA - Women

Argentina routs Colombia to regain the second spot in Loja -by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Colombia 89:43

Argentinean team rebounded quickly after a bitter loss to Brazil to come firing from all guns against Colombia on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship. They faced Colombia and left their opponents not a mere chance to succeed in this one. Argentina dominated right from the start and built a 28:7 lead after the starting period. The shots kept pouring in from all possible ranges as Argentina continued to march towards impressive victory. They enjoyed an insurmountable 37-point buffer before the fourth term and eased to the victory in the final term. Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) led the charge with 12 points. Veronica Soberon (177-G/F-77), Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) and Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points for Colombia. Luisa Atehortua (178-F-87) knocked down 10 points in a loss. Las Gigantes outrebounded their opponents 35:20 and dished out 16 assists comparing to 8 for Colombia. Argentina thus set up a must-win encounter against Venezuela later tonight for a chance to play in the Final. Colombia meanwhile lost their 4th straight game. They have no chances of making it to FIBA America Championship 2009 - a massive step back after a third-place finish in 2006. Colombia will seek for the initial victory against hosting Ecuador today.

Argentina: Stephany Thomas 12, Veronica Soberon 11, Florencia Fernandez 11, Erica Sanchez 11
Colombia: Elena Diaz 11, Luisa Atehortua 10


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus wins second friendly against Czech Republic -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Belarus 53:70

Belarusian National team celebrated a cruising victory over Czech side in the second game of friendly series in Brno. Czech Republic looked pretty confident a day ago when they stormed past Belarus in Prostejov however this time their opponents struck back. They grabbed the initiative early on and playing tight defense allowed the hosts to score only 12 points in the starting frame. It allowed the visitors to pile up a 19:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The home team failed to deny the deficit in the second period cutting it by just one point and trailing 34:40 at the interval. Inspired by an outstanding performance from Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) Belarus stretched the margin to 14 points in the third stanza. Czech team never rebounded in the final period and suffered their 3rd loss in frendlies in the recent weeks. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) came up with 14 points for the hosts. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 12 points apiece in defeat. Yelena Leuchanka led all scorers with 21 points. Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) added 11 points, while Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) dropped 10 for the winning team. Czech Republic will now face China in Brno on Thursday. Belarus will next play against Latvia on Saturday. The teams are getting ready for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be held in Madrid from June 9. Belarus will play in Pool D alongside Cuba and Chinese Taipei. Czech Republic will face Argentina and Angola in Pool B.

Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 14, Katerina Elhotova 12, Eva Viteckova 12
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 21, Marina Kress 11, Anastasiya Verameyenka 10


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil knocks down Venezuela -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Venezuela 106:40

Brazilian National team cruised past Venezuela on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship for Women in Loja. Thus Brazil registered their 4th straight win and sealed the top spot in the preliminary round. Both teams entered the game undefeated and Venezuela hoped to come up with one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. But the defending champions easily surpassed ambitious rivals. They held Venezuela to only 7 points in the starting frame and jumped to a 23:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Venezuela struggled defensively as Brazilian players easily penetrated under the rim. They accounted for 30 points in the second stanza and enjoyed massive 53:13 lead at halftime. The things hardly changed for Venezuela after the long break. The onslaught continued as Brazil outscored their counterparts 28:11 and 25:16 in the third and fourth terms respectively. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) notched 22 points and 5 boards to pace Brazil. Natalia Burian (163-G-84) scored 13 points, while Karina Jacob (187-F/C-85) added 12 points for the winners. Cleider Blanco (-C-90) answered with 12 points for Venezuela. Padilla had 8 points in a losing case. Brazil will face Chile in the last round of the preliminary stage today. Venezuela will play against Argentina.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Natalia Burian 13, Karina Jacob 12
Venezuela: Cleider Blanco 12, Padilla 8


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav Econt - champion -by Valentin Anguelov
Dunav Econt won the women's title, and is going right into the history, as Stefan Stefanov's team is the first one in Rousse history to win a title in team sports.

Today Dunav Econt managed to beat 71-68 against Lukoil Neftochimic, and with that victory outplayed them 3-1 in the best of 5 series.

Similar to the first two games, Dunav started better than Lukoil. They were leading during the whole first half, and deservedly had a lead at halftme - 34-38.

The difference with yesterday's game was, that Dunav had decided to battle until the end, and they didn't let Lukoil take control even for a second. With points by Svetla Asenova, the difference grew up to 8 points early in the third, but Radostina Slavova bring it back to 37-42.

In the end of the third period, after fantastic plays from Diana Naydenova (171-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Hristina Minkova and a important three-pointer by Petya Djambazka, Dunav's lead grew to double digits (47-58). Aneta Miteva and Roksana Yordanova played really good in those moments of the game.

Lukoil Neftochimic was falling, but not giving up. Petko Marinov's team still beleived they could make a fitfth game happen.

Natalia Topalova took Lukoil's deficit to just a single point, with 2 minutes left - 65-66, but Svetla Asenova scored a great basket with 1:38 leftfor 65-68. Anna Rimpova, who had a great day on the defensive end made a steal and Asenova scored a free-throw with 41 seconds left till the buzzer.

After an and one play by Radostina Slavova, Lukoil kept their hope alive, and the difference was only 1 point with 25 seconds to go. Lukoil made a foul, but it was pretty late. Rimpova scored two free-throws, and the score grew to 68-71, as Natalia Topalova was fouled with 4 seconds remaining. The only way to get to overtime was that she scores the first free-throw, misses the second, and Lukoil gets the offensive board and scores a basket from inside. But Topalova missed her first free-throw, and in the battle for the rebound the clock stopped.

For the new champions Diana Naydenova scored the most points - 16, as she added 5 assists. Hristina Minkova made a great addition off the bench with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, before leaving the game for 5 fouls. Roksana Yordanova was Dunav's third player to finish in double digits.

For Lukoil Neftochimic Radostina Slavova had 23, including 4 three-pointers and 7 rebounds. Natalia Topalova added 13 points and 9 boards, but also missed 4 free-throws.

FULL STATS FROM GAME 4 BETWEEN LUKOIL NEFTOCHIMIC - DUNAV ECONT


Lukoil stays in the title race -by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Dunav 61:52

Lukoil left all the bitter memories in Rouse and struck back in Bourgas. After two stunning defeats away from home Lukoil appeared on the verge of being swept in the finals but survived a difficult test in the third game of the series to cut the deficit. The visitors started from where they left in the second encounter quickly jumping ahead. Dunav led throughout the first stanza before Lukoil used a couple of accurate attempts from Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) to tie the scoreline at 17 late in the opening period. However Diana Naydenova nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to cap the quarter with Dunav ahead 20:17. Petja Djambazka (178-F-77) ignited a 7:2 run for the visitors at the start of the second stanza. Diana Naydenova was active in the frame and Dunav gradually built a 9-point lead. However Lukoil managed to produce a mini 4:0 run to trail by only 5 points at halftime. Dunav kept the hosts at bay at the beginning of the third frame as they enjoyed a 4-point cushion. But Lukoil sparked midway through the stanza tallying an 8:0 rally and surging ahead 42:38. The teams entered the final frame with the home side up by 4 points 44:40 and they soon stretched the margin to 8 points. Anna Rimpova and Diana Naydenova scored 6 unanswered points to cut the distance to 2 points however it was as close as Dunav could get. Lukoil were deadly from charity stripe in the dying seconds and secured a tough win to stay alive in the series. Zornitza Kostova topscored with 16 points for Lukoil. Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) had 13 points, while Kameliya Mihalkova (182-F-80) added 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) knocked down 15 points for Dunav. Petja Djambazka scored 14 points in defeat.

Lukoil: Zornitza Kostova 16, Radostina Slavova 13, Kameliya Mihalkova 12+9 boards
Dunav: Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova 15, Petja Djambazka 14


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COLOMBIA - Women

Argentina routs Colombia to regain the second spot in Loja -by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Colombia 89:43

Argentinean team rebounded quickly after a bitter loss to Brazil to come firing from all guns against Colombia on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship. They faced Colombia and left their opponents not a mere chance to succeed in this one. Argentina dominated right from the start and built a 28:7 lead after the starting period. The shots kept pouring in from all possible ranges as Argentina continued to march towards impressive victory. They enjoyed an insurmountable 37-point buffer before the fourth term and eased to the victory in the final term. Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) led the charge with 12 points. Veronica Soberon (177-G/F-77), Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) and Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points for Colombia. Luisa Atehortua (178-F-87) knocked down 10 points in a loss. Las Gigantes outrebounded their opponents 35:20 and dished out 16 assists comparing to 8 for Colombia. Argentina thus set up a must-win encounter against Venezuela later tonight for a chance to play in the Final. Colombia meanwhile lost their 4th straight game. They have no chances of making it to FIBA America Championship 2009 - a massive step back after a third-place finish in 2006. Colombia will seek for the initial victory against hosting Ecuador today.

Argentina: Stephany Thomas 12, Veronica Soberon 11, Florencia Fernandez 11, Erica Sanchez 11
Colombia: Elena Diaz 11, Luisa Atehortua 10


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Belarus wins second friendly against Czech Republic -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Belarus 53:70

Belarusian National team celebrated a cruising victory over Czech side in the second game of friendly series in Brno. Czech Republic looked pretty confident a day ago when they stormed past Belarus in Prostejov however this time their opponents struck back. They grabbed the initiative early on and playing tight defense allowed the hosts to score only 12 points in the starting frame. It allowed the visitors to pile up a 19:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The home team failed to deny the deficit in the second period cutting it by just one point and trailing 34:40 at the interval. Inspired by an outstanding performance from Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) Belarus stretched the margin to 14 points in the third stanza. Czech team never rebounded in the final period and suffered their 3rd loss in frendlies in the recent weeks. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) came up with 14 points for the hosts. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 12 points apiece in defeat. Yelena Leuchanka led all scorers with 21 points. Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) added 11 points, while Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) dropped 10 for the winning team. Czech Republic will now face China in Brno on Thursday. Belarus will next play against Latvia on Saturday. The teams are getting ready for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be held in Madrid from June 9. Belarus will play in Pool D alongside Cuba and Chinese Taipei. Czech Republic will face Argentina and Angola in Pool B.

Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 14, Katerina Elhotova 12, Eva Viteckova 12
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 21, Marina Kress 11, Anastasiya Verameyenka 10


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D.R. CONGO - Women

Ngoyisa will play for Indiana -by Eurobasket News
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) was traded for Kristen Sharp to Indiana from her Chicago Sky.The Sky selected Ngoyisa in the 2005 WNBA Expansion Draft from the San Antonio Spurs. She started 23 games in 2006 and averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Bernadette Ngoyisa did not play during the 2007 WNBA season due to a shoulder injury sustained while playing in France during the off-season.
The Fever plagued Connecticut yesterday as Indiana held off the previously undefeated Sun 73:46 for their second win in the season. Katie Douglas notched 23 points to lead the Fever to an impressive success. Katie Douglas played for the Sun for 5 seasons before she was traded to Indiana. Douglas fired 14 of her points in the first half to carry Indiana to a 46:24 lead at halftime. The Fever never looked back again and improved to 2-1 record in the season. Tan White added 15 points, while Hoffman had 8 points and 13 boards for the winning side. Lindsay Whalen answered with 13 points for the Sun. Bernadette Ngoyisa played her first 4 minutes for the new team. She collected 1 rebound and 1 assist and hopes to start bringing points for the Fever. Indiana is now 2-1 in the Eastern Conference.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Several Coach changes -by Rauno Hurmalainen
There are going on several coach changes right now on top level. Finnish Champion (two in a row 2006-08) PeKa (Kotka) is changing the coach as Seppo Kurki
(the Coach of the Year) will quit coaching and will be replaced by Larry Pounds , 55. Pounds is more wellknown as a player when playing 14 seasons in Finland
and winning four Finnish Championships. Pounds has coaching experiense from men's side, when coaching as assistant coach in Kouvot, Kouvola and KTP, Kotka.
Last season Pounds was the Head Coach half season on KTP roster.
BC Nokia will have 'new' coaches as well. Ilpo Rantanen moves to Espoo and will be replaced by Kari Luontila , 44, as head coach and Marianne Koskinen as
assistant coach. This couple were in the same position 2003-04, when BC Nokia became # 4 on top level.


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HOLLAND - Women

Yellow Bike on a roll -by Eurobasket News
Yellow Bike - Amazone 80:74

The regular season and twelve times Dutch champions Yellow Bike have come to life after a slow start of their Finals campaign against Amazone. Yellow Bike lost two games at the start of the series to put themselves into trouble. However they shook off the sloppiness and posted three consecutive victories to take charge. The up to date victory came yesterday when Yellow Bike prevailed at home court. The punches were flying high in this one right from the start. The teams traded baskets right from the start and Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) capped the frame with Yellow Bike leading by just 2 points 14:12. The hosts opened the second term more aggressively and cleared off to a 7-point distance. However Maaike van de Bovenkamp nailed a three-pointer later on to bring the visitors within single point at 29:30. Yellow Bike struck back with 6 unanswered points at the end of the first half as they accumulated a 36:30 lead heading to the dressing room. Tyler McIlwraith (185-G-85, college: St.Louis) and Judy Wright (172-G-84) quickly denied the deficit early in the third period however Yellow Bike found the right answer. Laura and Leonie Kooij teamed up for back-to-back triples to give the home side a 47:42 lead. The fourth term started with Yellow Bike leading by 4 points and soon they stretched the gap to 11 points. Petra Rutgers and Judy Wright came up with important steals followed by layups to drag the visitors within 5 points. Daisy van der Beek and Leonie Kooij answered with two trebles to keep Amazone at bay. Amazone managed to come as close as 3 points in the dying minutes but accurate free throws from the hosts brought them a vital win in the series. Leonie Kooij led Yellow Bike with 23 points. Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) added 13 points, while Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) knocked down 12 points for the winners. Tyler McIlwraith had 20 points and 7 boards for Amazone. Judy Wright contributed 14 points and 5 steals in a losing effort.

Yellow Bike: Leonie Kooij 23, Marloes Roetgerink 13, Anna Vicenzetto 12
Amazone: Tyler McIlwraith 20, Judy Wright 14


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SAINT VINCENT - Women

Lyttle drops 14 for Lynx -by Eurobasket News
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) opened the WNBA season with 2 points and 2 rebounds for Houston Comets against Detroit. The latter tasted the win in the opener 85:66. Katie Smith scored 21 points and Plenette Pierson added 17 to lead the Shock, who have played in the WNBA finals in three of the last five seasons. The Shock took control with a 20-1 run that stretched between the third and fourth quarters. The Comets finished with 23 turnovers, leading to 25 Detroit points, and allowed 20 offensive rebounds.
Last night the Minnesota Lynx overcame the Houston Comets with Sancho Lyttle 98:92 in overtime to improve to 2-0 record. The Comets played their season home opener but could not hold on to a 12-point lead in the final frame. Seimone Augustus scored 9 points in the last 5 minutes of regulation to help the Lynx to rally from behind and force overtime. Nicky Anosike added 4 points early in the extra period as the Lynx went on a 6:2 run and never looked back. It was the 3rd straight loss for the Comets since the start of the season. Seimone Augustus came up with 25 points to lead the Lynx. Nicky Anosike added 20 points, while Anna De Forge contributed 19 in a win. Tina Thompson answered with 20 points and 9 boards for the Comets. Sancho Lyttle and Mabika dropped 14 points apiece in a losing effort.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Jokic moves to Venezia, Merkur inks four players -by Zeljko Zule

Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) has left Faenza to join Umana Venezia for the upcoming season.
Merkur Celje inked their former member Mirna Deak (195-C-74) ex Zeljeznicar for the upcoming season, U-16 NT member Lea Jagodic (179-F-91) ex Sentjur Smarje for four seasons and promised Sandra Jevtovic (93) ex Slovan and Rebeka Abramovic (93) ex Jezica, both for five years.

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SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women

South American Championship. Day 4 -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Venezuela 106:40
Brazilian National team cruised past Venezuela on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship for Women in Loja. Thus Brazil registered their 4th straight win and sealed the top spot in the preliminary round. Both teams entered the game undefeated and Venezuela hoped to come up with one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. But the defending champions easily surpassed ambitious rivals. They held Venezuela to only 7 points in the starting frame and jumped to a 23:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Venezuela struggled defensively as Brazilian players easily penetrated under the rim. They accounted for 30 points in the second stanza and enjoyed massive 53:13 lead at halftime. The things hardly changed for Venezuela after the long break. The onslaught continued as Brazil outscored their counterparts 28:11 and 25:16 in the third and fourth terms respectively. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) notched 22 points and 5 boards to pace Brazil. Natalia Burian (163-G-84) scored 13 points, while Karina Jacob (187-F/C-85) added 12 points for the winners. Cleider Blanco (-C-90) answered with 12 points for Venezuela. Padilla had 8 points in a losing case. Brazil will face Chile in the last round of the preliminary stage today. Venezuela will play against Argentina.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Natalia Burian 13, Karina Jacob 12
Venezuela: Cleider Blanco 12, Padilla 8


Argentina - Colombia 89:43
Argentinean team rebounded quickly after a bitter loss to Brazil to come firing from all guns against Colombia on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship. They faced Colombia and left their opponents not a mere chance to succeed in this one. Argentina dominated right from the start and built a 28:7 lead after the starting period. The shots kept pouring in from all possible ranges as Argentina continued to march towards impressive victory. They enjoyed an insurmountable 37-point buffer before the fourth term and eased to the victory in the final term. Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) led the charge with 12 points. Veronica Soberon (177-G/F-77), Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) and Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points for Colombia. Luisa Atehortua (178-F-87) knocked down 10 points in a loss. Las Gigantes outrebounded their opponents 35:20 and dished out 16 assists comparing to 8 for Colombia. Argentina thus set up a must-win encounter against Venezuela later tonight for a chance to play in the Final. Colombia meanwhile lost their 4th straight game. They have no chances of making it to FIBA America Championship 2009 - a massive step back after a third-place finish in 2006. Colombia will seek for the initial victory against hosting Ecuador today.

Argentina: Stephany Thomas 12, Veronica Soberon 11, Florencia Fernandez 11, Erica Sanchez 11
Colombia: Elena Diaz 11, Luisa Atehortua 10


Chile - Ecuador 77:57


Standings
South American Championships Standings
1. Brazil4-0
2. Argenti.3-1
3. Venezue.3-1
4. Chile2-2
5. Colombia0-4
6. Ecuador0-4


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VENEZUELA - Women

Brazil knocks down Venezuela -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Venezuela 106:40

Brazilian National team cruised past Venezuela on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship for Women in Loja. Thus Brazil registered their 4th straight win and sealed the top spot in the preliminary round. Both teams entered the game undefeated and Venezuela hoped to come up with one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. But the defending champions easily surpassed ambitious rivals. They held Venezuela to only 7 points in the starting frame and jumped to a 23:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Venezuela struggled defensively as Brazilian players easily penetrated under the rim. They accounted for 30 points in the second stanza and enjoyed massive 53:13 lead at halftime. The things hardly changed for Venezuela after the long break. The onslaught continued as Brazil outscored their counterparts 28:11 and 25:16 in the third and fourth terms respectively. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) notched 22 points and 5 boards to pace Brazil. Natalia Burian (163-G-84) scored 13 points, while Karina Jacob (187-F/C-85) added 12 points for the winners. Cleider Blanco (-C-90) answered with 12 points for Venezuela. Padilla had 8 points in a losing case. Brazil will face Chile in the last round of the preliminary stage today. Venezuela will play against Argentina.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Natalia Burian 13, Karina Jacob 12
Venezuela: Cleider Blanco 12, Padilla 8


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WNBA - Women

Minnesota prevails in overtime -by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Lynx overcame the Houston Comets 98:92 in overtime to improve to 2-0 record. The Comets played their season home opener but could not hold on to a 12-point lead in the final frame. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 9 points in the last 5 minutes of regulation to help the Lynx to rally from behind and force overtime. Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 4 points early in the extra period as the Lynx went on a 6:2 run and never looked back. It was the 3rd straight loss for the Comets since the start of the season. Seimone Augustus came up with 25 points to lead the Lynx. Nicky Anosike added 20 points, while Anna De Forge contributed 19 in a win. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) answered with 20 points and 9 boards for the Comets. Lyttle and Mabika dropped 14 points apiece in a losing effort.
The Fever plagued Connecticut yesterday as Indiana held off the previously undefeated Sun 73:46 for their second win in the season. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) notched 23 points to lead the Fever to an impressive success. Katie Douglas played for the Sun for 5 seasons before she was traded to Indiana. Douglas fired 14 of her points in the first half to carry Indiana to a 46:24 lead at halftime. The Fever never looked back again and improved to 2-1 record in the season. Tan White added 15 points, while Hoffman had 8 points and 13 boards for the winning side. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) answered with 13 points for the Sun.
The Washington Mystics climbed to 2-2 record as they beat the Atlanta Dream 80:74 at home. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) exploded with 19 points in the second half to propel the Mystics to the victory. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) topscored with 29 points for the Dream as they slipped to 0-4 record. Atlanta trailed by just a single point with 3 minutes remaining. However Alana Beard and Monique Curry sealed the winning outcome for the hosts from charity stripe. Alana Beard scored 25 points, while Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 points and 9 boards in a win.


Standings
WNBA Eastern Standings
 1. Detroit S. 4-1 
 2. Connect. S. 3-1 
 3. Seattle S. 3-1 
 4. L.Angeles S. 2-0 
 5. Minnesota L. 2-0 
 6. S.Antonio SS 2-1 
 7. Indiana F. 2-1 
 8. Washingt. M. 2-2 
 9. Chicago Sky 1-1 
 10. New York L. 1-2 
 11. Sacram. M. 1-3 
 12. Charlotte S. 0-0 
 13. Houston C. 0-3 
 14. Phoenix M. 0-3