EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/3/2008

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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 10 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship (April 23 - May 5 Amman, Jordan) -by Mohammed Malas
* Group E:

Zain (JOR) 96 - Maghreb de Fes (MOR) 76 (Qs: 25-15, 47-32, 70-55 & 96-76)

# Best performance:
- Zain:
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) (23 pts, 10 ast)
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) (16 pts, 9 reb)
Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81) (15 pts)
- Maghreb de Fes:
Macktar M'Baye (185-G-84) (25 pts, 5 ast)
Alpha Traore (188-G-83) (15 pts, 3 stl)

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 95 - Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 89 (Qs: 30-22, 48-38, 0-63 & 95-89)

# Best performance:
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (40 pts)
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (20 pts)
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (18 pts)
- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (31 pts)
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) (23 pts)

* Group F:

Al Kuwait SC (KUW) 82 - Orthodox (JOR) 76 (Qs: 21-20, 47-41, 65-64 & 82-76)

# Best performance:
- Al Kuwait SC:
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) (30 pts)
Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) (23 pts)
- Orthodox:
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (20 pts)
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (19 pts)

# Semi-Finals schedule (Amman, Jordan time +3 GMT):
- Saturday 3/5:
18:00 Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut '2nd of Group E' - Al Kuwait SC '1st of Group F'
20:45 Zain '1st of Group E' - Orthodox '2nd of Group F'


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ARGENTINA

Semifinal: Quimsa is 2-0 up. -by Ana Soifer


Quimsa is headed the series against Obras Sanitarias by 2-0 when they got yesterday the 2nd victory at home by 96-93.
The 3rd match will be in Obras court next Tuesday, if Quimsa won will be the 1st at the finals if Obras did will be 4th game on Thursday.


Quimsa (96): starters: Jonatan Treise 3, Julio Mzzaro 18, Cleotis Brown 10, William Mc Farlan 11, Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) 30; off the bench: Andrs Rodrguez 10, Alejandro Reinick, Vctor Hugo Cajal 6, Sebastin Castieira 8. Coach: Fabio Demti.

Obras Sanitarias (93): starters: Fernando Titarelli 15, Gabriel Cocha 5, Lzaro Borrell 21, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 22, Tyler Field 11; off the bench: Daniel Chaher 10, Fernando Calvi 2, Cristian Corts, Facundo Venturini 7. Coach: Bernardo Murphy.



Regatas de Corrientes wins Liga Sudamericana -by Eurobasket News
Regatas de Corrientes - Flamengo 73:65

Argentinean Regatas de Corrientes claimed the Liga Sudamericana title beating Brazilian Flamengo in the fifth decisive game at home. Regatas proved strength in front of almost 5,000 spectators at the Jorge Contte Stadium in Corrientes. Regatas became the ninth Argentinean team to clinch the Liga Sudamericana title. The Final series were full of intrigue as Regatas jumped to a 2-0 lead and seemed to cruise towards the championship title. But Flamengo recovered well in Rio de Janeiro and leveled things up. The series returned to Argentina for the vital battle. But here Regatas did not give too many chances for the visitors. The hosts grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting frame and dominated the pace. A balanced offense was the key to success. Regatas de Corrientes stretched the lead to 11 points. Flamengo could not the proper answers for tight defense from the home side in the third stanza and Regatas easily kept the visiting team at bay. Finally Flamengo raised the tempo in a desperate effort to save the game. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was impressive once again but received little help from his teammates. Flamengo trimmed the deficit but fell short of a desired result. Alejandro Montecchia (180-G-72, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Regatas. Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Chester) nailed 14 points and Javier Martinez (189-G-78) scored 13 in a winning case. Marcelinho Machado dropped game-high 35 points for Flamengo. Helio Lima (186-G-81) accounted for 10 points in defeat.

Regatas de Corrientes: Alejandro Montecchia 14, Ramzee Stanton 14, Javier Martinez 13
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 35, Helio Lima 10


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AUSTRIA

Gmunden, Obrwart victorious in the first semifinal battles -by Eurobasket News
Gmunden reminded of their recent status beating Furstenfeld 84:80 in the semifinal opener. The defending champions could have lost the battle in the regular season but when it came to the playoffs the things changed drastically. Gmunden had one quarter of adjusting as they trailed 22:25 after the starting term. But Gmunden gradually began taking over as they cut the gap to a single point at halftime 41:42. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) ignited a rally that put Gmunden in front in the third stanza. They then used all of their experience to maintain the advantage keeping the hosts at distance in the dying moments. Deteri Mayes provided 33 points to pace Gmunden. Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) scored 23 points, while Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) tallied 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) scored 26 points for Furstenfeld. Michael Mike Fraser (203-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) came up with 15 points and 11 boards in defeat.
The last season finalists Oberwart also got to a winning start of their semifinal series. They outpaced Kapfenberg 89:74 at home court to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulls jumped to a 24:23 advantage after the starting frame and stayed ahead throughout the second stanza. Kapfenberg widened the gap to 4 points at the interval but just to see it evaporate in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period all square at 64. But the Gunners proved strength in the fourth term. They held the visitors to only 8 points and rolled to a confident victory. Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) scored 22 points to lead the Gunners. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) produced 19 points and 12 boards, while Adam Boone added 12 points for the winners. Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) dropped 25 points in a losing case. Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central) netted 18 points for the Bulls.


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BARBADOS

Jackson downs slumping Cavs for third straight win -by Justin Marville
Being stuck in a relegation battle all season, British American Insurance Jackson now surprisingly has the leagues longest current winning streak.

Now one more victory would give them a more valuable streak; two consecutive years in basketballs top flight.

Jackson extended its seasons best winning streak to three games after defeating the slumping Station Cavaliers 77-70 on Wednesday night as the Sprite/BOA Premier League continued at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Playing their favoured run-and-gun style of offence, Jackson (4-8) started the contest on an initial 11-5 tear behind the starting backcourt of Javid Beckles and Fabian Sealy.

The energetic duo took advantage of the Cavs lacklustre defensive effort in the first quarter, scoring 10 of their sides first 13 points by forcing the issue in transition for uncontested lay-ups and open looks from the perimeter.

Station Hill (7-5) quickly countered by slowing the pace of the game, locking the scores at 15 by effectively running their half court offence through national forward Junior Moore.

But Jackson too showed they could execute in the half court as forward Ricardo Boyce got going in the low blocks, scoring in the paint while creating acres of space for Sealy on the perimeter.

A 21-17 Jackson first quarter lead quickly turned into a 12 point Cavaliers deficit early in the second, as the pre-season favourites were held scoreless for the periods first four minutes.

National guard/forward Kevin Sealy would provide the Cavs with a brief spark off the bench at both ends but it would prove futile as Jackson unloaded its full offensive arsenal.

With Sealy continuing his exploits in the open court and Boyce still causing problems in the paint, star swingman Peter Alleyne joined in on the act, propelling the squad to a huge 39-25 lead late in the quarter.

However, Jackson would get sloppy while closing out the half, committing several unforced turnovers which led to a couple easy baskets Station Hill baskets, resulting in the Cavs reducing the deficit to 40-31 at intermission.

But whatever momentum the Cavaliers had entering the half-time break they quickly lost it with the resumption of play as Jackson reopened their substantial advantage.

A pair of treys from sharp shooting small forward Kirk Porte ignited an 11-5 Jackson run to start the third quarter as Station Hill opened the half flat at both ends of the floor.

Trailing 51-36 midway through the period, the Cavaliers would make a valiant attempt at getting back in the game, applying full court pressure on defence when Alleyne decided to sit out the rest of the third.

However, they encountered some stubborn resistance despite Alleyne watching from the side as Jackson managed to maintain a double digit lead, 58-48, entering the fourth.

But that persistent full court pressure would pay off at the top of the ensuing quarter as Jackson suffered an apparent meltdown at both ends of the court, resulting in the Cavs closing the gap to 60-56.

That is as close as Station Hill would get though as Alleyne and Beckles ended the brief insurgence, responding by scoring eight unanswered points to rebuild Jacksons advantage.

The Cavs would threaten once again in the games dying moments behind constant dribble penetration from national point guard Corey Williams, reducing the deficit to five points inside the last minute.

But they would not have enough left in the tank to make a serious run at the opposition while Beckles and Boyce did enough down the stretch to seal the win.

Beckles led the way with his first double-double of the season, 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Boyce scored 19 with Alleyne and Sealy adding 14 and 13 points respectively.

For the Cavs, Sealy led all scorers with 21 points, Williams finished with a further 15 while Moore scored 14 points and grabbed 14 boards.


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BELGIUM

Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Bree 26-7 
 2. Charleroi 24-9 
 3. Oostende 23-10 
 4. M.Hainaut 21-12 
 5. Liege 20-13 
 6. Aalstar 15-18 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 13-20 
 8. Antwerp 10-23 
 9. Leuven 8-25 
 10. Gent 5-28 


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BRAZIL

LSB: Flamengo finishes as the runner-up -by Gustavo Cardoso


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CAPE VERDE

Cape Verde to have new coach in place for Athens -by Pedro Gomes
PRAIA (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) Cape Verde will have a transformed squad in July when they show up at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

The main absence will be that of Cape Verdes Angolan-born coach Emannuel Trovoada, the man who was in charge last year when the country finished third at the FIBA Africa Championship to claim a spot in this summers qualifying event.

Currently at the helm of Angolan outfit Desportivo da Huila, Trovoada is unavailable.

Cape Verde Basketball Federation president Kitana Cabral confirmed to FIBA.com: Unfortunately, he [Trovoada] will not be able to join us in Athens, due to family issues.

No, this is not a permanent separation. Emannuel Trovoada will be welcome back whenever his family issues are resolved. We will be waiting for his answer.

Cape Verde will face Germany and New Zealand in Group B, hoping to win a game in order to progress to the quarter-finals.

Trovoada will not be the only absence.

Basically, our team is under renovation, Cabral said. Fifty per cent of the squad has never played for the country. Most of them are settled in United States, and agreed to play for us.

Our main players will remain in the squad. Just have a look at our team that competed in the Africa Championship and you will notice that we used an average of seven or eight players per game.

We want to give more options to the coach.

We will unveil a new coach soon. He is a local coach and will be joined by another national coach, who currently works in United States.

The preparation campaign is supposed to begin on June 9, a month before the competition in Athens. That is not ideal, but Cabral said: Last year we started our camp a month before the Africa Championship.

It was tough for us due to the short period. We cannot compare both events, though.

We reckon that we could start earlier, but we have to understand our players commitments with their clubs.

One of the names linked to Cape Verde is the Minnesota Timberwolves Ryan Gomes (201-F-82, college: Providence).

The 6ft 7in forward has Cape Verde roots but with each passing day, his inclusion looks less and less likely.

There is nothing to say about Ryan Gomes, Cabral said.

Last year, Cape Verde knocked powerhouse Nigeria and Egypt out of last years FIBA Africa Championship.

They will be looking for more scalps in June when they host an international tournament which includes Angola, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal.

Late in June, France host Cape Verde in the Africans preparation campaign.

Cape Verde left a very good impression at the FIBA Africa Championship, yet they have higher goals.

Our aim is to improve on our international experience, and probably at the 2009 FIBA Africa championship fight to win the competition, Cabral said.

www.fiba-africa.com


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D-LEAGUE

Ex-D-Leaguers Aid Maccabi in Euroleague Final Four Victory -by Surujh Roopnarine
Terence Morris (6'9''-F-79, college: Maryland) (Columbus Riverdragons) and Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) (Roanoke Dazzle) were instrumental in Maccabi Elite Tel-Avivs 92-85 come-from-behind victory over Montepaschi Siena in Madrid. Maccabi will now face the winner of CSKA Moscow and TAU Ceramica which will tip off later today. Morris, who averaged 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while in the D0League during the 2003-04 season, has seemingly resurrected a once promising career this season in Israel. The ex-Maryland Terrapin scored 13 points while grabbing a team high seven rebounds for Maccabi. This season in the Euroleague, the 69 forward averaged 12.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23 games. More impressivlely, in the playoffs he increased his output to 14.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 6 contests. Teammate Will Bynum, who led the D-League in scoring during the 2005-06 season (24.0ppg) as a rookie out of Georgia Tech, also helped spark the furious comeback victory for the Israeli club. Down 20-8 after one period and still down 12 beginning the second half, Bynum was the key man off the bench pacing the team and making sensational assist after assist. The former All-D-League 1st team selection handed out a game high seven assists to go along with 13 points and timely free-throw shooting. The final ex-D-Leaguer on Maccabis roster is veteran guard Vonteego Cummings (6'4''-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) who started the game but was limited to only four and a half minutes of action. For the Euroleague season, the former NBA First Round Draft Pick and Ft. Worth Flyer, averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 22 games.

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EUROLEAGUE

Semifinals Game Two: CSKA Moscow will face Maccabi in the Euroleague final -by Kasia

Similarly like in the previous game Maccabi's fans, this time Tau fans are in visible majority. Spanish King Filip visited the game. He is well-known sport supporter of Spanish teams.


Semifinals Game Two: Tau Ceramica Vitoria - CSKA Moscow 79-83 (20-20, 19-13, 17-24, 23-26)

CSKA Moscow started with a 'very' Russian starting five, not counting J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), who is American, but has also a Russian passport. They have another five foreigners who are not on the starting five. The stars like Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) were on the bench.

CSKA advance to another Euroleague Final by trouncing Tau Ceramica Victoria 83-79 with five players scoring double figures. Tau had balance scoring as four players scored double figures as well. The game was a very physical contest and sometimes was like a wrestling match as players kept getting off the ball fouls.

David Andersen (212-C-80) started the game making an easy two pointer. Both teams exchanged points without visible lead, unlike the previous game. CSKA dominated the game physically but Tau found their rhythm and managed to challenge the favorite Russian team. The first quarter ended with 20-20 tie.

The second quarter was as close as the first one. Strangely both teams fouled a lot, made lots of turnovers. The game turned really physical. As a result the score did not change too often. Tau managed to get a small four point lead but CSKA kept the score very close. The three pointer by Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) helped Tau to get six point lead 30-24. Holden responded with a three and cut the lead to just three points. During that part of the game CSKA relied on their Slovenian center Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) and Holden, while Tau counted mostly on Yugoslavian duo Rakocevic and Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), and on Brazilian born Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances). The Spanish team performed slightly better than CSKA heading into half-time holding a six point lead.

CSKA managed to cut Tau's lead to four points at the beginning of the third quarter. Tau got another two points increasing their lead back to six points. Then both teams were exchanging points, but CSKA crept closer and finally in the fourth minute Smodis's two free throws put them ahead 45-43. He was the one responsible for increasing the lead at that time of the game. In the fifth minute after Andersen's three pointer the Russian team developed a larger margin of a five point lead. Tau came within two points (50-52) with the one-on-one play of Planinic and then tied with Prigioni's two pointer (52-52). In the remaining minutes the contest was very close and they headed into the fourth quarter with 57-56 CSKA lead.

In the fourth quarter both teams begun playing very nervously and after the first three minutes each team only managed to score one time. Tau opened a slim lead after two free throws of Splitter. But that was just a moment as Russian team took back the control and after two free throws of Langdon and two consecutive fast breaks of Papaloukas, they increased the lead to 69-61 in just over four minutes left in the game. Planinic and Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) got important points for Tau, but Langdon and Andersen did not allow CSKA to lose the lead. Andersen's dunk put CSKA 9 points ahead in just 1:18 within the game. The Tau players attempted to foul hoping to change the game result. But CSKA show no mercy executing free throws (Siskauskas). After Prigioni's 3-pointer just 45 seconds before the end Tau came as close as four (4) points. Papaloukas got only one of two free throws and 38 seconds before the end CSKA had a five point lead. Rakocevic intentionally missed second free throw and they had no choice but to foul Papaloukas, who grabbed the rebound. Rakocevic hit another 3-pointer and it was only a two (2) point game with just five (5) seconds till the end. Siskauskas was fouled and closed out the game by knocking both free throws down ending the game 83-79 for CSKA. The powerful Russian team will face Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Euroleague final on Sunday.



Semifinals Game One: Maccabi Elite beats Montepaschi 92-85 -by Eurobasket

Similarly like in previous seasons, also this year Eurobasket has live coverage of the Euroleague Final Four games.

It's the kind of tradition last years that we have CSKA Moscow plus three Mediterranean teams in the Final Four.


Semifinals Game One: Montepaschi Siena - Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv 85-92 (20-8, 25-25, 19-28)

Prior to the game the fans from Siena and Tel-Aviv started cheering very loud in front of the arena for their teams. Contrary to the last year where Maccabi did not make it to the Final Four, this year we can see the yellow wave of Maccabi supporters. If not for high air ticket prices, there would be way more than just the 4,000 fans from Tel-Aviv (at the Final Four in Moscow there were over 8,000 Maccabi fans at the games).

There is a big difference between basketball events in North America and Europe. The European fans are way more organized than the American's and have a long tradition of supporting fanatically their team.

Maccabi advanced to the Sunday final of the Euroleague with an explosion of three point shots in the forth quater to snatch the lead and momentum of the game from Siena with a 92-85 victory.

The game started with Montepaschi dominating the first quarter as they managed to capitalize on Maccabi's mistakes.

Maccabi shooter's were very cold in the first quarter and Siena gradually opened up and twelve point lead 20-8.

Siena began the second quarter with a stiffling defense and Maccabi continued to make costly turnovers resulting in to scoring opportunities for Siena.

The Maccabi supporters began to show their frustration by throwing objects on the playing court.

Siena played a lot smarter the first half running their offense and getting good shots while Maccabi struggled with bad decisions and suffered on the score board.

Derrick Sharp (183-G-71, college: S.Florida) and Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) hit back to back 3pt shots and the momentum swung back to the Yellows for a minute but Siena came back and hit a 3pt of their own to secure a 40-29 lead.

Everytime Maccabi made a run and got the crowd into the game Siena hit a 3pt shot to quite the noisy Maccabi fans.

Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) dominated the first half by scoring 16 points and controlling the tempo of the game by dishing out 3 assists.

He was definitely the smallest guy on the court but was the most influential player as Siena led 45-33 at halftime.
Terrell Mcintyre began the second half like he ended the first half hitting 3pt shots and dishing out assists.

Derrick Sharp hit another 3pt shot to get the Maccabi team within a reasonable stricking distance at the end of the third quarter as Siena led 57-49.

Siena scored a lot of their points from the free throw line to keep a safe distance from Maccabi in the third quarter.

Also Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) picked up his fourth foul in the quater which hindered Siena's defensive presence.

Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) hit a big three pointer at the end of the third quater to make the fourth quarter very interesting as Siena held a narrow 64-61 lead going into the fourth quarter.

At the the beginning of the fourth quarter Maccabi started strong and hit a 3pt shot to produce a 64-64 score and the first tie as their fans went crazy.

Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) hit another 3pt shot to give Macabbi their first lead of the game at 67-64 then Siena scored to keep the momentum close.

Another 3-point dagger by Halperin bring Maccabi to 5-point lead. McIntyre responded with the same and it kept Siena on the close distance. Both teams exchanged baskets giving Maccabi 75-74 lead.

Both teams had costly turnovers, then Garcia scored an easy 3-pointer and Siena responded with a quick two points leaving Maccabi's with just two point margin.

After the timeout with just two minutes left in the game Lavrinovic made two free throws and Bynum completed and one play to increase Maccabi's lead to 81-78. Bynum made another spectacular alley-oop pass to Morris and his dunk gave Maccabi a crucial two points (83-78) with 1:15 left in the game. Garcia's two free throws and gave Maccabi a seven point lead. Garcia had a perfect evening in the second half with a variety of three point shots, free throws and passes. Maccabi made two more free throws to increase the lead to 87-78. At this point all of the fans were standing in the arena. Mc Intyre was fouled again and scored two more free throws. Maccabi responded with another two free throws from Bynum to maintain the 89-80 lead. Maccabi play tough defense and Montepaschi knew the game was over. Siena begun to foul out of desperation and both teams traded few free throws. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) closed the game with 3-pointer for Montepaschi 4 seconds before the end and ...Maccabi advances to the Euroleague final, which will be played on Sunday.




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FRANCE

ProB Days 31 + 32: Bourg is close to a Pro A comeback -by Chris Spiesser
Just like in ProA, two ProB days were held over the last days. Bourg is now close to ProA while Chalons has a foot in NM1.

Day 31
Bourg 89-84 Evreux
Nanterre 56-61 Besanon
Aix-Maurienne 61-80 Nantes
Saint-Vallier 87-68 Boulazac
Quimper 71-83 Poitiers
Rouen 94-82 Reims
Chlons 75-78 Brest
Le Portel 88-69 Saint-Quentin
Saint-Etienne 67-64 Limoges

Day 32
Besanon 82-76 Saint-Quentin
Brest 89-54 Nanterre
Boulazac 55-60 Saint-Etienne
Limoges 69-56 Quimper
Reims 77-92 Bourg
Evreux 84-63 Chalons
Poitiers 83-81 Rouen
Nantes 89-78 Saint-Vallier
Aix-Maurienne 83-85 Le Portel

Bourg is sitting fermely on top of ProB with a double win margin over Rouen. Coach Senegal's team downed Evreux and Reims and took advantage of Rouen's defeat in Poitiers. The best offensive squad of ProB (85.2ppg) scored 181pts with 20 assists by Kareem Reid. Rouen is the only remaining team that could steal Bourg's direct ProA ticket. But the normans lost in Poitiers without Fred Moncade after a collective win against Reims (121 ranking points). Though the calendar reveals that the situation remains open considering Bourg's hard candy: Charly Bronchard and his teammates are about to welcome Poitiers before taking the road to Limoges. In the mean time, coach Veyronnet will see his troups welcoming Limoges before a trip to Boulazac. Not especially quiet but a little chance to reach place 1 exists thanks to the two wins over Bourg that secure the dominating position to Rouen.
At places 3 and 4, Poitiers and Limoges are chasing the best spots before the playoffs. Poitiers won its two games with authority considering their difficulty. Twice, Cedric Gomez showed his all-aroundness avering 6.5ppg (60%), 3.5rpg and 5.0apg. Limoges is still a bit too inconstant to reach the top of the league. Their short loss to St-Etienne reveals it but the team did better against Quimper. Ivan Almonte is also improving since his comeback as he averaged 14.5ppg and 10rpg.
From place 5 down to place 11, seven teams are competing for 4 playoff spots. St-Etienne, Nantes, Besancon and Brest are all in a winning time while the trend is opposit for Nanterre and Maurienne. The francilians, according to coach Donnadieu, seem to pay the efforts from the french cup. Maurienne's season remains quite nice despite those two losses. Against Le Portel, Mc Clark was tremendous: 29pts (9/9), 13pts, 4ass, 3stl for 40 ranking points. Evreux is having troubles with its games on the road but their calendar (@ Nanterre, vs St-Quentin) turns them into the perfect outsider. Moreover, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi is seriously improving, he posted 23pts (7/9), 5rbs and 4ass against Chalons.
Boulazac and Quimper didn't won over those two days but Chalons' results ensure them a quiet season ending with no relegation fear.
That fear still concerns Le Portel, St-Quentin, St-Vallier and Chalons. The two firsts of that list are the best ranked and are very close from being safe. Le Portel is impressive over the last days with a 4-1 run accomplished with 3 games on the road. In each win, the nordists scored at least 85pts and over the two last wins Jermaine Bucknor averaged 17.5ppg (67%), 8rbs and 3.5apg. Le Portel remains under Chalons pressure but the home win against Boulazac was precious with Thomas' 17pts, 3rbs and 6ass. Chalons is trailing one win behind but is trying to improve with some roster mendings. Christophe Humbert joined Champagne as he had no contract since his injury. Peter Mullingan has been replaced by Rick Stapleton. This has been successless yet, the derby against Reims next week will be decisive for the club. But with two losses conceeded this year against St-Vallier, things will be hard to get reversed for coach Charneux. His team is expected in Poitiers for the
last day. A very difficult task.
Reims is relegated since a few weeks but its game against Chalons puts a light over the basketball in the Marne departement. Obviously, two professionnal teams are too much as the politics decided to reduce the public financing. A merging between the two clubs was once in the air but now the situation is critical
as the two could play in NM1 next year...


Round 28 Round Up -by Sean Davis


Round 27 Round Up -by Sean Davis


Round 28 Round Up -by Sean Davis


Round 28 Round Up -by Maxime Weber
Pau-Orthez 88 95 Hyeres-Toulon

Pau held the lead the entire game entering the 4th qt, but fell apart at the end of the game shattering any playoff hopes. Pau made a nice run the second half of the season moving from last place to 9th, but fell just short in the end. Hrvoje Perincic led the way for Hyeres-Toulon scoring 22pts on 9 of 15 shooting from the field.
Alexis Ajinca may have had his best all around game of the season with 15pts, 8rebs, and several blocks. Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) tried all that he could to keep Pau in the game scoring 28pts while shooting 50%from the field, but it was not enough. Jeff Trepagnier played stifling defense getting in passing lanes and on the ground after every lose ball.
Deji Akindele had a solid game with 22pts on 8 of 11 shooting and grabbed 9rebs.

Cholet 59- 74 Nancy

Nancy had no problem taking care of business with a 15pt road victory.
Even with the loss Cholet clinched a playoff spot. Ricardo Greer had a double double with 24pts and 11rebs. Victory Samnick chipped in with 15pts and 9rebs, and Zabian Dowdell added 10pts. Claude Marquis had a team high 19pts and 11rebs for Cholet and All Wiggins had 18pts and 6rebs in the losing effort.

ASVEL 101 68 Clermont

ASVEL broke the century mark in a 33pt routing over last place Clermont. ASVEL shot 58.9% from the field and only committed 9 turnovers in the game. They had six players scored in double figures led by Laurent Foirest with 19pts. Sangare Yohann scored 17pts while shooting a perfect 5 of 5 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line.
Tony Skin was the only player to show up for Clermont scoring 31pts on
12 of 19 shooting.

Roanne 81 75 Paris

Paris battle back from a 14pt half time deficit, but fell short in the end. Roanne managed win even with shooting a dismal 33.3% from the field. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) led the way for Roanne scoring 19pts, but shot only 5 of 15 from 3. Brion Rush added 16pts and Mohamed Kone scored 11pts and grabbed 9rebs. Paris committed 17 turnovers and had only one player reach double figures. Taj Gray scored 17pts on 8 of 10 shooting from the field.

Gravelines 81 87 Chalon

Chalon overcame a 7pt half time deficit to steal a road victory over Gravelines. Darrel Mitchell had a solid game carrying Chalon with 24pts on 8 of 10 shooting. John Ford added 21pts and Rowan scored 13pts in the win. Thomas Dubiez tried to lead Gravelines to a win by scoring 26pts on 10 of 15 shooting, but it was not enough.




Le Havre 89 63 Strasbourg

Le Havre had no problem with Strasbourg destroying them by 26pts.
This loss guarantees Strasbourg's season will end in two weeks. Jon Cox did what he has done all year leading Le Havre to victory with 27pts. Ali Traore added 18pts on 8 of 11 shooting from the field.
Strasbourg had 6 players account for all of their points led by John McCord with 15pts. Rob Lewin added a double double with 10pts and 11rebs.

Orleans 66 73 Dijon

Dijon earned a rare road victory with a 7pt victory over Orleans.
Damir Krupalija led the way for Dijon scoring 23pts and grabbing 13rebs. Maleye Ndoye chpped in with 16ps and David Simon added 14pts.
Dustin Salisbery had a team high 16pts for Orleans. Benjamin Dewar had 12pts and Zeb Cope had 10pts and were the only other people to score in double figures.

Le Mans 63 53 Vichy

Le Mans had only 2 people score in double figures, but played great team defense to earn the victory. Phillip Ricci scored 16pts, Nicolas Batum had 13pts, and Alain Koffi had 10rebs. As a team Vichy shot 31.1% from the field and Jimmal Ball was the only player to score in double figures with 13pts.


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FYR MACEDONIA

Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Torus 20-8 
 2. Pop Sport S. 20-8 
 3. Ovce Pole 19-9 
 4. Centar S. 16-12 
 5. Goce Delchev 15-13 
 6. Plejmejker C. 11-12 
 7. Teteks 11-14 
 8. Kozuv 11-15 
 9. Negotino 11-16 
 10. Heraklea 8-17 
 11. ABA 4-21 


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GERMANY

Goettingen: Jenkins will finish the season in France -by Moritz Korff
Willie Jenkins (198-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee Tech) leaves 1. Bundesliga-side BG 74 Goettingen effective immediately. The 26-year-old Forward moves to France to play for Limoges CSP in the Play-Offs of the Pro B-league. Jenkins already suited up in the league in 2006-2007, when scoring close to 15 points on average for Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket. In this current season he appeared in 32 Bundesliga-games for the Violets and averaged 12.4 points per contest. Goettingen has only one game left to play in this campaign, at home against Ludwigsburg on May 10.

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GREECE

Obradovic for ever!! -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos and its management through Giannakopoulos brothers finalised once and for all all the behind the scene news with Russian and Spanish clubs signing the Serbian Coach of Panathinaikos.
During the last month there were many rumors, especially from Barcelona and CSKA Moscow, that Zeljko Obradovic will change environment and country after nine years in Athens. It proved to be that all these were simply rumors. Obradovic will continue his career in Panathinaikos until 2010 as he signed a new contract with the Greens. The contract is 2+1 so one can easily say that untill 2011, the Green Coach will be coaching the team of Panathinaikos. Obradovic came in Greece during the summer of 1999. After 9 seasons he has won: 7 Greek Championships, 5 Greek Cups and 3 Euroleague Titles. Not bad for a coach who is only 48 years old!!


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GUATEMALA

One more win for Sat-Cybertech in Liga Metro 2008 -by Victor Padilla
Guatemalan team captain Ricardo Amaya (191-G-84, agency: Tank Sports) marshalled his team once more to victory with an outstanding display of steals and assists, this time against low seeded Creaciones RL in Torneo de Apertura 2008. The 106-49 win allows Sat-Cybertech to remain at the top of the table, undefeated after 6 games. However, they are yet to encounter Leones de Marte, the 2007 Champions of Liga Metro, which have also come this far in the Tournament undefeated. Leading Scorers for this game were: For the winners, Victor Padilla 31 pts, Enrique Samayoa 24 pts and Oscar Salguero 14 pts; and for the Creaciones RL, Chavez 14 pts.

Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
1. Sat-Cybertech 6-0
2. Elite Sport 4-1
3. Leones de Marte 3-0
4. SLT 1-1
5. Lemans 1-1
6. USAC 0-0
7. Zencas 0-1
8. Millonarios 0-1
9. Corpoevisa 0-1
10. Estudiantes 0-2
11. URL 0-2
12. R L 0-2


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GUYANA

Former national players here for Goodwill Tour -by Patrick Haynes
The Guyana United States Basketball Affiliates (GUBA) in collaboration with the Haynes Basketball Foundation on Thursday launched the US/Guyana Goodwill Tour which commenced last night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Representatives of the two organizations announced at the launching a plan to embark on initiatives to aid in the development of basketball in secondary schools.
According to a press release, the GUBA Rockers, who arrived in Guyana yesterday, consists mainly of former Guyana national players.
They were down to oppose the Georgetown Pioneers in the second match of the evening during the quarterfinals of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Associations (GABA) Brydens Second Division League at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall last evening.
In last nights opening encounter, Nets took on Bounty Farms Colts while
Dynas Ravens opposed Beepat Scorpions in the final game of the evening.
Public Relations Officer of the GABA, Kezqweyah Yisrael, said that his association was honoured to have such experienced players compete during the quarterfinal night of their competition and said that it would be a great opportunity for the up and coming players to see them in action.
'The GABA views this as a privilege to have the GUBA Rockers play in this exhibition game during our tournament as it will give the premier players of this era an opportunity to see more experienced players exhibit their skills,' he said.
One the GUBA Rockers, Howard Peters, who arrived before the team, said that the organisation was established in August of last year with its main objective being to aid in the development of basketball in Guyana.
'The organisation was founded by Horace Chase and Burnell `Bunny Mingo to help strengthen the annual Labour Day Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn New York, but when members of the organization came to Guyana and saw that there were certain necessities lacking, it instantly became one of the organizations main goals and joined with the Haynes Basketball Foundation, to aid in provide some of those needs, especially to the youths in the game', he said.
Peters added that the GUBA Rockers would be visiting high schools in Linden, Georgetown and Berbice to donate basketball equipment including, balls, rims, nets, uniforms and literature on the game.
He mentioned that they also planned to communicate with the Guyana Secondary School Basketball Association (GSSBA), so that they both can cooperate towards the development of secondary school basketball.
The GUBA Rockers are: Horace Chase, James Brusche, Burnell Mingo, Shelly Hubbard, Hilton `Bonzo Weekes, Raymond Padmore, Keith Alexander, Linden Alphonso, Peters, Lester Cummings, Kenneth Chapman, Trevor Vancooten and Paul McLeod.
The team will be coached by former national player Mike Brusche. They are scheduled to play the Linden Master on Wednesday at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard-court in Linden, before taking on a Georgetown Combined Masters team on the May 3 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall during the Pepsi Sonics Third Division Seven-A-Side Knockout Competition.
The GUBA press release said the organizers intended to make this event an annual one.


Pepsi Sonics Basketball Club Experience, Discover and Live Annual 3rd Division Invitational seven-a-side Knockout Tournament -by Patrick Haynes
Pepsi Sonics Basketball Club Experience, Discover and Live Annual 3rd Division Invitational seven-a-side Knockout Tournament, dubbed Pepsi Sonics Experience, Discover and Live will be held from May 3-4, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, commencing at 13:00hrs.
Teams are expected from West Bank, East Coast and East Bank Demerara, Berbice and Georgetown and they will do battle for a first prize of $40,000.
According to a release from the Club, two exhibition matches that features the visiting Guyana United States Basketball Affiliates Rockers team and the Georgetown Pioneers in the first game, while the second encounter is between an Under-15 Boys against Girls of a similar age.
Among the stars listed to play in the tournament are: Ashford Wilder of Supply/Soesdyke; Joshua Lynch of Agricola; Michael Chase- Devastators; Keith Tute- Pepsi Gold; Marlon Chesney- Disciples; Joel Frazier- Fire Hawks; Travis Burnett- Courts Pacesetters; Ludwig Joseph- Hopetown Warriors; Jermaine Payne- Wales Vikings; Michael Thomas- Grace Foundation and Michael Kirton- Golden Grove.
Also expected to feature are Colwin Nurse, Kevin Jordon, Courtney Hinds and Bevon Spooner. The competition has been made possible through the compliments of Pepsi/DDL.


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HOLLAND

FEB Semifinals: MyGuide Amsterdam, Eiffel Towers Both Win Game # -by Sanders Jackson


In Game #1 of the FEB semis, both #1 seed MyGuide Amsterdam and defending Dutch champions and #2 seed Eiffel Towers both got the job done, with MyGuide putting together a dominant 2nd half, strong defensive effort and on the glass en route to winning over Matrixx Magixx, and excellent three-point shooting and bench scoring helped Eiffel hold off West-Brabant Giants.

Tonight in the Sporthallen-Zuid, MyGuide's defense and strong rebounding was too much for Matrixx, with MyGuide cruising to a 90-73 win. MyGuide held Matrixx to 40.3% FG, including 28.6% FG the 2nd half, and dominated the glass 47-32. Matrixx also shot only 7 for 28 total from the three-point line vs. MyGuide's vaulted defense. On the contrary, MyGuide shot 61.5% FG the 2nd half, and outscoring Matrixx 47-29.
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) led MyGuide with 18 pts. Game #2 is Sunday in Nijmegen.


In the Maaspoort on Thursday night, it was a close battle for nearly 35 minutes, but in the end Eiffel's bench scoring difference, championship experience and ability to finish made the difference, with Eiffel winning Game #1 102-96. Eiffel's bench outscored West-Brabant's 41-29, with Eiffel also having the capability to rest top scorers

Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF), Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) and Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) for extended minutes, while West-Brabant's starters having to play over 30 minutes to gain the same scoring prowess. West-Brabant did manage to gain with two at 98-96 with 15 seconds remaining, but Eiffel PG Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) iced the game for Eiffel with two free throws. Tucker led all scorers with 28 pts., Owens added 22 and Akerboom scored 16. Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) scored 27 for the Giants, with Tim Blue (206-F-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Middle Tenn.St.) adding 25 and Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) with 24 pts. Eiffel shot the ball extremely well from the three-point line, making 14 of 25 attempts, and with every Eiffel player contributing in the scoring department. Game #2 is Saturday in Bergen-op-Zoom.


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KBDL

Standings
KBDL Standings
 1. Express 0-0 
 2. Gamblers 0-0 
 3. Thoroughbreds 0-0 
 4. Generals 0-0 
 5. Lancers 0-0 
 6. Thunder 0-0 


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LEBANON

Tebnine 1-0 ENB / Antonins 0-2 Kahraba -by Rony Daccache
In the first game, Tebnine easily won against ENB, with a score of 73-60. The competition was not at its highest during this game, since Tebnine players were clearly underestimating their rivals most of the time. However, ENB players arduously tried to reduce the difference, especially the bench players whose performance was remarkable, contrary to those of Tebnine, who couldnt maintain the high difference. The second game is scheduled for tonight at Michel El Murr Stadium, at 20:00.

From the other side, Kahraba Zouk made again another miracle, beating CS Antonins by 2 points, and coming close to the finals. Offensively, both teams were highly tensed and did not score many points. Kahraba Zouk suffered from the absence of Georges Rizk (194-F-75), who got injured during the last game, but this wasn't an obstacle for the victory. In the 3rd and 4th quarter, Patrick Saba (166-G-71) (166-G-71) succeeded in organizing the team and Souhail Doumit prevented CS Antonins players from reaching the basket, through his accurate block shots. As for CS Antonins team, most of the players were not into the game, particularly Anis Feghali who was subject to high pressure defense, which prevented him from leading his team. Finally, as usual, experienced players have their final say. Mark Kozah (190-F-73) (190-F-73) succeeded in scoring the four winning points for his team during the last 40 seconds of the game.

It is worthy to mention that Dr. Robert Abi Abdallah and the Secretary General of FLB, Fares Medawar, are the only members of FLB regularly attending the 2nd division games. Yesterday, most coaches and trainers were attending, in addition to the members of Kahraba Zouk management looking forward to break through the 1st division.


Tebnine 2-0 ENB -by Rony Daccache

Tebnine crashed ENB (94-53) yesterday night, at Al Murr Stadium, in a game which was only played from one side. ENB gave up quickly and did not even try to cut down the difference (29-9), taken from the 1st quarter. Tebnine, for its part, was playing at a high speed tempo which the rival team was unable to stop.

Tebnine management and its Head Coach Tony Khalil selected C. Chafik Akiki to be a part of the coaching staff for the remaining season and the coming one.

Tebnine and Kahraba Zouk are now leading their series 2-0 and both are close to the final. Tonight, CS Antonins will host Kahraba Zouk in the 3rd game at Baabda, at 20h00.



Zain takes advantage of Riyadis confusion to steal a win in the fourth quarter -by Wael Yaman
For the second game in a row, Riyadi appeared unfocused and shaky in the second round of the Pan Arab Cup but this time, luck was not on his side, giving the opportunity to their main competitor in the tournament, Zain from Jordan, to snatch a 7 pt win (102-95). The lead was swinging between both teams in the first quarter, however, the upper had was for the Arab champions who finished the first half, 5 pts ahead (56-51). The main weakness for Riyadi was rebound, which is unacceptable when you have in your team players like Ismail Ahmad, Joe Vogel, Fadi Al Khatib and Ace Cutis. The third quarter started with Riyadi increasing its lead to 8 pts (65-57), and then 11 pts (75-64), but a 7-0n run for Zain kept the Jordanians in the game and then helped them tie the score at (77-77) at the end of the third quarter.

Zain started the fourth quarter with full determination to steal the win, taking advantage of the lack of rebounds from the Lebanese team whose players missed and unforgiving number of shots from behind the arc. Zain got what they wanted, and managed to steal the lead, and the games win by 7 pts (102-95).

Best scorers in Zain were Anderson (28 pts), Rasheem Wright (23 pts), and Johnson (17 pts), while from Riyadi, Khatib was the best scorer with 32 pts, while Ismail Ahmad added 20 pts, Ace Custis 18 pts, and Joe Vogel 14 pts.

Riyadi will face the Lebanese Sagesse in the last game of the second round.


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LIGA SUDAMERICANA

Regatas de Corrientes wins Liga Sudamericana -by Eurobasket News
Regatas de Corrientes - Flamengo 73:65

Argentinean Regatas de Corrientes claimed the Liga Sudamericana title beating Brazilian Flamengo in the fifth decisive game at home. Regatas proved strength in front of almost 5,000 spectators at the Jorge Contte Stadium in Corrientes. Regatas became the ninth Argentinean team to clinch the Liga Sudamericana title. The Final series were full of intrigue as Regatas jumped to a 2-0 lead and seemed to cruise towards the championship title. But Flamengo recovered well in Rio de Janeiro and leveled things up. The series returned to Argentina for the vital battle. But here Regatas did not give too many chances for the visitors. The hosts grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting frame and dominated the pace. A balanced offense was the key to success. Regatas de Corrientes stretched the lead to 11 points. Flamengo could not the proper answers for tight defense from the home side in the third stanza and Regatas easily kept the visiting team at bay. Finally Flamengo raised the tempo in a desperate effort to save the game. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was impressive once again but received little help from his teammates. Flamengo trimmed the deficit but fell short of a desired result. Alejandro Montecchia (180-G-72, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points and 8 boards for Regatas. Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Chester) nailed 14 points and Javier Martinez (189-G-78) scored 13 in a winning case. Marcelinho Machado dropped game-high 35 points for Flamengo. Helio Lima (186-G-81) accounted for 10 points in defeat.

Regatas de Corrientes: Alejandro Montecchia 14, Ramzee Stanton 14, Javier Martinez 13
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 35, Helio Lima 10


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LITHUANIA

Euroleague Youth Tournament -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Both Lithuanian Youth teams began this tournament with victory. Lietuvos Rytas won against Cibona 74:72 (17:25, 15:11, 15:13, 27:23) and Zalgiris crushed Real youth team 92:66 (21:18, 23:20, 16:16, 32:12).
Lietuvos Rytas began the game with very weak performance, after four minutes they were behind 2:14. But Lithuanians recovered and overtake the control. The winner of this game decided in the last minute. Cibona was ahead 72:71, but Marius Zimnickas landed a three pointer and Rytas Youth team won 74:72. Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91) was the leading scorer in Rytas - 23 points. Next game - today vs Red Star.
Zalgiris youths hadn't any difficulties in yesterdays game. They controled the situation all game long and ahcieved a crushing victory. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) was unstoppable, he scored 28 points and collected 42 rating points. Zalgiris will play against FMP Belgrad in the next round.


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NBA

Detroit pounds Philadelphia to enter the East semis -by Eurobasket News
The 76ers may have gotten Detroit by surprise but it was not enough to shock the experienced Pistons. Detroit decided that two victories were just enough for brave Philadelphia and closed out the series winning 100:77 at the Wachovia Center yesterday. The game was done in the first frame. The Pistons jumped to a stunning 30:12 lead and never eased the grip. The 76ers could not hit a field goal for almost 6 minutes at the start of the game allowing the visitors to run away. The Pistons piled up a 28-point cushion before the fourth term and kept mounting the pressure on the ailing hosts. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points to lead Detroit. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) nailed 20 points and dished out 7 assists, while Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) contributed 12 points for the winners. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 16 points for the home team. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) and Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) provided 11 points apiece in a losing effort. The Pistons sank 58% from the field, while limiting the 76ers to only 33% accuracy. They also outrebounded the hosts 39:34 and dished out 28 assists comparing to just 12 from Philly. Detroit halted the 76ers playoff ride for the third straight time. The Pistons eliminated Philadelphia in 2003, 2005 and 2008. Detroit now starts preparing for their conference semifinal clash against Orlando. The series tip off on Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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NEW ZEALAND

Double overtime thriller at Arena Manawatu -by Eurobasket News
Two of the NBL underdogs came up with one of the most sizzling performances of the NBL season today at the Arena Manawatu. The Manawatu Jets and the Canterbury Rams played two extra periods before figuring out the winner. Canterbury celebrated a dramatic 129:125 victory and improved to 3-9 record. It was a seesaw battle right from the beginning as the hosts led by 5 points after the starting frame but the Rams coming from behind later on. The Rams tied things up at 48 at halftime and then went on a run to lead by 12 points before the fourth term. However Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, college: Iowa St.) sparked a 14:3 run in the fourth frame and the Jets restored the advantage. John Whorton (205-C-78, college: Kent St.) scored two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Rams jumped in front in the first extra period but Kantrail Horton once again saved the moment for the home team draining a three-pointer and putting the teams on level terms once again. But Keith Davis (198-F-82) was fouled out in the second overtime and Canterbury capitalized. Gerard Bowden (191-G-83) and John Whorton canned back-to-back trebles to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Joey Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) bruised the Jets for 30 points. Gerard Bowden provided 29 points, while Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) was all around the court with 28 points, 9 boards, 6 assists and 6 steals for the Rams. Keith Davis finished with 42 points and 17 boards for Manawatu. Kantrail Horton dropped 40 points in a losing effort.
The Auckland Stars celebrated return of Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) from the USA vacation with a cruising 96:81 victory over the Harbour Heat. American point guard George Baker (195-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Georgetown, KY) nailed 21 points in his second game for the Stars, while Casey Frank contributed 12 points as the Stars posted the 6th win in the season. Auckand enjoyed a 10-point lead at halftime but then went on a 10:0 run in the third period and never looked back in this one. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) delivered 19 points and collected 11 rebounds for the winners. Hayden Allen (187-G-79) answered with 19 points for the Heat. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had 18 points and 10 boards in a loss.


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


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NICARAGUA

Jaguares win in debut -by Gianni Pascucci
Jaguares de la Universidad Americana (UAM) started with the right pace the brand new Liga Premier de Baloncesto de Nicaragua (LPBN), defeating 70-66 the Eagles of Universidad American College. With 16 points, Donald Olivas (188-F-85) was the best in Jaguares, Rudy Taylor (198-F-83) added 12 points, and Walter Roberts (191-F-85) 11. The Eagles had 19 points from Geovanny Umana (204-C-84), 10 from Lee Saravia and 12 from Jasser Cruz. The next game of this 'seldom played league' is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, when Fupade Coast will meet Caimanes.

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PANAMA

CBS Tryout Camp announced -by Gianni Pascucci

The Panamanian Basketball Federation (FEPABA) annoubnced that tomorrow the CBS league (Circuito de Baloncesto Superior) will held a Tryout Camp reserved to the so-named rookie players (the ones without any previous professional experience). The tryout camp will start tomorrow, May 3, at 2,00 pm, at the Gimnasio EPIHO de la Escuela Profesional, in Punta Pacifica. All the officials and the coaches of the seven teams of the CBS 2008 will attend the camp, the same will do PuertoRican league coaches Guillermo Nurse and Angel Toro. The best players selected could be called at the upcoming CBS Players Draft, to be held on May 10 in Panama City. The participation to the camp is totally free, both from domestic and for import players. For any information, contact the FePaBa Executive Director, Mr. Eduardo Ottenwalder, Tel:225-9177, Fax:225-9179, e-mail epaba@cableonda.net



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PBL

New PBL team announced in Buffalo. -by Gianni Pascucci
NexxNow, a Western New York and Canadian based sports media and marketing company, directed by CEO Paul Riley, announced that a new team, named Buffalo Dragons will begin play in the Premier Basketball League next season. The Dragons will feature several players from China with the goal of delivering Dragons games to China via television, broadband and mobile devices. The Dragons will also be in direct competition with the American Basketball Associations Buffalo Silverbacks, who are scheduled to resume play in the fall. Jean-Paul Afif , one of the original members of the ABAs Buffalo Rapids, will serve as the coach and general manager for the Dragons, who are slated to play their home games at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Center.

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SERBIA

Euroleague - FMP junior team destroys Maccabi, Barcelona better than Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
Junior team of FMP from Zeleznik outplayed Maccabi Tel Aviv 95-68 (27:11, 23:18, 24:27, 21:12) in the first round of Group B on the Euroleague final tournament. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) scored 18 points for FMP while Andreja Milutinovic netted 17 points.

Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade lost against Barcelona 69:73 in the first round of Group A.

In the next round FMP will meet Zalgiris while Zvezda waits Lietuvos Rytas.


Stats leaders after 7 rounds - PG Omar Cook is the current MVP -by Dragan Jankovski
Below is the list with stats leaders after 7 rounds of Serbian Superleague. USA point guard of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) is the current MVP with total MVP value 145. He is also the leading assistant of the league with 57 assists. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP is the top scorer with 115 points while the top rebounders so far with 46 rebs are Goran Bajic (207-C-83) of Vojvodina Srbijagas and Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of Borac Cacak.

Total MVP value
Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) 145
Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) 140
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) 140
Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) 120
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 109


Most points
Zoran Erceg 115
Omar Cook 109
Elmedin Kikanovic 105
Nikola Ilic 105
Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) 104


Defensive rebounds
Goran Bajic (207-C-83) 31
Zoran Erceg 30
Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) 28
Nikola Ilic 23
Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 21


Offensive rebounds
Nikola Ilic 23
Dejan Buric (204-C-81) 23
Goran Bajic 15
Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) 14
Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) 14


Assists
Omar Cook 57
Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) 31
Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 31
Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) 24
Stefan Markovic 24


Blocks
Goran Bajic 12
Predrag Samardziski 8
Uros Lucic (207-C-83) 7
Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) 6
Zoran Erceg 4


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SPAIN

ACB Round 33 -by Paul Nilsen
It was another spectacular, dramatic and pulsating Round of ACB action during midweek as the penultimate round of action was completed.

It was all about the contrasting fortunes of those teams at the bottom of the standings and whisper it quietly but MMT Estudiantes are on the verge of the great escape.

Contrast that to CB Granada who looked to be on their way to safety a month ago but have now got both feet hanging through the LEB trapdoor with just one week to go after a battering in Badalona.

Quite a week and we will start with the amazing scenario that has left the public of Granada fearing the worst as DKV Joventut bounced back from defeat in Unicaja with Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) back on court and happy to take out their anger on a woeful visiting team.

The Catalan team destroyed Granada by 118-68 as they produced their best winning margin since 1993, and the second biggest margin in he history of the club. It was also only the fifth time in the modern ACB era, post 1983 that a team has managed to claim a win by fifty points or more.

Badalonas tally of 118 was also the biggest in the league for three seasons and their highest score in 21 years while an incredible 28 team assists ands just six turnovers tell the story of the game. 19 points and 8 asissts for Rudy who finished with another high valuation of 37. Juan Gutirrez did salvage some personal pride as he claimed a double-double for the visitors.

Down 62-31 at half-time and toyed with in cruel fashion by Joventut - where does this leave Granda? Well it leaves them deflated, staring relegation in the face and needing to beat Tau Ceramica to retain their ACB status. They will be hoping that they can achieve a win but ever since the injury to Curtis Borchardt mid season, their destiny has always looked to be a precarious one.

It was what happened 24 hours earlier that was the ream hammer blow for Granada after MMT Estudiantes won a dramatic home clash with ViveMenorca by 80-78 in front of a noisy full house of over 10,000 fanatical fans who supported their team fantastically well as you would expect - even when they started poorly and trailed by double figures for much of the opening exchanges. It was a bad tempered but absorbing game for those watching with some unsportsmanlike fouls and foul trouble generally adding to the drama as overtime looked a real possibility. Mario Stojic didnt endear himself to the Estu fans with an early bust-up was given some real treatment before reacting by telling them to be quiet leading to a technical and jeers for him all night. Ricard Casas will be devastated to lose this game and Menorca will also be playing for their future in the final week of the season with a home game against Gran Canaria.

Menorca led at half-time by seven and rattled off 49 first half points but Estu played more aggressive defence after the break and this was the key. 22 points from Jasen Hernan before fouling out was curcial as was the athleticism of Florent Pietrus. Menorca had a poor final quarter as the home team overhauled them and despite this, still had a shot to win the game in the dying seconds but missed although they could and should have had three foul shots but they werent given as the Madrid Arena went crazy and after being in the bottom two spots all season long, Estu made their escape bid with just one week left moving up the table.

Valladolid are now also vulnerable to being the club to drop down after they suffered a crushing 69-79 home loss to Akasvayu Girona meaning they have to travel to and win at Polaris World Murcia, on the final game of the season to guarantee their survival. With that in mind, you have to think that they might just be praying other results with Granada and MMT Estudiantes go their way as Murcia are quite strong at home and still in a lowly spot themselves. It was the old familiar story of recent week and dare I say months for Javier Imbroda who must be pulling his hair out in frustration that nobody other than Bud Eley could support the excellent and consistent Joseph Gomis who again top scored with 27 points. Eley grabbed a double-double but this was all about a confident Girona team who even with Marc Gasol playing more of a cameo role, still eased to a double digit victory. San Emeterio scoring 19 points to go with his 6 rebounds.

Despite being one of the favourites for the drop, Barcelona still has three top flight teams after the party started for Ricoh Manresa as they guaranteed ACB ball next year with a comfortable 84-75 success over Grupo Begar Leon. The home team took control early opening up a 28-16 advantage and never looked back bar a slight wobble in the final period as Leon narrowed the margin slightly. Another 20 points for Rafa Martinez, one of the underrated stars of the season. Heshimu Evans recorded a fine double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors.

There was a fine win for Cajasol in the big Andalucian derby game against Unicaja as Manel Comas and his team fought back to take an 87-83 success. 23 points from guard Miles Aaron important in this one as was a 22-13 final period when it had looked like Malaga would be going back to the coast with the victory. Sergio Scariolo will be disappointed with his team losing their grip on this game after their fine win against DKV Joventut in the previous game but it is two results that very much sum up their season.

Real Madrid will of course finish as the winners of the league title and they underlined that they will be the team to beat in the play-offs with a devastating performance in Gran Canaria where they brutally dismantled the hosts who were low on confidence after missing out on the play-offs by 79-98. Real had a 20 point margin at the midway point and were in control from tip to buzzer as they produced a fluent and slick performance with 26 assists highlighting some great ball movement from the Whites - as did no fewer than seven players reaching double figures. Granca perhaps just waiting for the season to end and to go on holiday, perhaps they already have, as they finish in mid-table.

Barca finished their home campaign of the regular season with an 81-75 win over Polaris World Murcia who troubled the Catalans perhaps more than they would have expected after having dominated the opening quarter. Pepe Sanchez recorded a valuation of 33, hardly surprising after scoring 18 points and dishing up 11 assists. Jimmie Hunter top scored for Murcia with 24.

Finally Funlabrada and their Coach Luis Casimiro couldnt sign off in front of their home crowd in style as they lost out 69-74 to Bilbao who were still fighting for the best play-off position. Casimiro has given his notice and will be leaving the Madrid club and it was with mission complete that he departs having saved Funela from the drop into LEB. It now looks like it could be a busy summer for the oranges who will now be praying Saul Blanco doesnt follow him out of the door as expected. Salva Guardia had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the home team but this was about the visitors retaining sixth spot and avoiding DKV Joventut in the play-offs with them no doubt fancying their chances against Barca a little better. 22 points from fit and firing again Luke Recker pivotal in this one.

Tau Ceramica of course beat Pamesa Valencia 91-73 a couple of weeks ago with the game re-arranged because of this weekends involvement in Euroleague final four


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real 28-5 
 2. Joventut 25-8 
 3. Barcelona 24-9 
 4. Tau 22-11 
 5. Pamesa 21-12 
 6. Akasvayu 20-13 
 7. Lagun Aro 20-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-16 
 9. G.Canaria 16-19 
 10. Cajasol 14-19 
 11. Ricoh Man. 13-20 
 12. Fuenlabrada 13-20 
 13. Menorca 12-21 
 14. Murcia 12-21 
 15. Estudiant. 11-22 
 16. Grupo Capitol 11-22 
 17. Granada 10-21 
 18. Leon 8-24 


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TANZANIA

Dar to Host Inter-Cities Basketall -by Carlos Pereira
by Suleiman Jongo

This year's edition of the east and central African inter city basketball championship will be staged at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam from June 24.

The championship's coordination committee president Simon Msofe said the week-long event is expected to attract more than ten cities fielding gender balanced teams.
Msofe was optimistic that the championship will be a thriller, going by the gravity of preparations each team has been undertaking.
During the previous edition last year, Nairobi city took absolute dominance of the championship to haul both the women and men basketball titles.
Participating teams are expected from Mwanza, Arusha, Kampala, Jinja, Kisumu, Entebbe, Nairobi and the host city, Dar es Salaam.
Msofe, who holds the Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) presidency, said the host city aims to excel in the event to make it to the podium.
Dar teams finished runners up during the Nairobi event.
'We will fight at both ends against the middle to ensure the trophy does not cross the borders,' said Msofe.
Dar es Salaam teams have been consistent in competing in the rotational championship since mid 90s.


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TPBL

TPBL TO HOST OPEN SUMMER TRY OUTS!! -by Chris Cardenas

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

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

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


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

NBA Playoff Preview - New Orleans vs. San Antonio -by David Edole
By Warren Blatt, NBA Editor
(Sports Network) - Southwest Division rivals battle in the Western Conference semifinals, as the New Orleans Hornets face the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs in a best-of-seven series.

This is the first time the teams have met in the playoffs. During the regular season, the clubs split four contests as both teams earned a victory at home and on the road.

The Southwest Division-champion and second-seeded Hornets are back in the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. New Orleans moved to the Western Conference for the 2004-05 campaign, and are competing in the West playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

New Orleans won its first best-of-seven playoff series (1-6) in franchise history, as it defeated the seventh-seeded Dallas Mavericks in five games, 4-1, in the first round of the postseason. The Hornets four wins over the Mavericks were by an average of 13.5 points.

MVP candidate Chris Paul was dominant against the Mavericks. The Wake Forest product, who is playing in his first NBA playoffs, led the Hornets in scoring (24.6 ppg) and assists (12.0 apg). The All-Star point guard also grabbed 5.6 rebounds per game and shot 50 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the charity stripe.

All-Star David West continued his strong play for the Hornets, as he posted 22.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The 6-9 forward made an incredible 95.7 percent (22-of-23) of his attempts from the foul line.

Paul and West received plenty of help from their supporting cast. Sharp- shooting Peja Stojakovic netted 15.8 per game, while guard Jannero Pargo averaged 14.6 points and center Tyson Chandler grabbed a team-best 11.2 rebounds per contest.

NBA Coach of the Year Byron Scott finished his fourth season on the Hornets' bench. He guided the club to a dismal 18-64 record in 2004-05, 38-44 mark in 2005-06 and a 39-43 finish last season. Scott has experienced winning in the postseason, as he guided the New Jersey Nets to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Scott owns an impressive 29-15 record in the playoffs.

The Hornets are 0-4 in the second round of the playoffs. They lost to New York (4-1) in 1993, Chicago (4-1) in 1998, Milwaukee (4-3) in 2001 and New Jersey (4-1) in 2002.

The Spurs, who swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's NBA Finals, have captured four world championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007) in the last nine years.

History is not on San Antonio's side. Following a championship, the Spurs have never made it past the Western Conference semifinals in the playoffs. In 2000 they fell in the opening round to Phoenix, and lost in the semis to the Lakers in 2004 and Dallas in 2006.

San Antonio, which is playing in the postseason for the 11th straight year, is the third seed and advanced to the West semis for the eighth straight year. The Spurs knocked out Steve Nash and the sixth-seeded Phoenix Suns in five games in round one.

Point guard Tony Parker, who was the MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals, had an unbelievable series against Phoenix. The 25-year-old Parker led the Spurs in scoring (29.6 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg). He shot 52.2 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc.

All-Star forward Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) did his usual stellar work, as he averaged 24.8 points and 13.8 rebounds and was not effected by the presence of Phoenix' Amare Stoudemire and Shaquille O'Neal.

Sixth Man of the Year Manu Ginobili registered 18.2 points per game for the Spurs, while role players Bruce Bowen, Michael Finley, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas all did their jobs against the Suns.

Gregg Popovich, who has led the Spurs to four championships during his tenure in San Antonio and was named the 2002-2003 NBA Coach of the Year, knows how to get the most out of his team, especially in the postseason. He is an outstanding 96-52 in the playoffs.

The Spurs have won four of their last seven trips to the West semis. They defeated the Suns, 4-2, last year in this round.

STARTING FRONTCOURT:

Bowen, Duncan and Thomas will have their hands full with the Hornets' frontline. Chandler, Stojakovic, who is a three-time All-Star and has played in 64 playoff contests during his career, and West are more athletic and get up and down the court very well.

Stojakovic is deadly from the outside and will force the Spurs to extend their defense if his shot is on, while Chandler and West will stay close to the basket and make Duncan and Thomas work hard on defense and the boards.

Duncan is still one of the best in the business and seems to always get the job done. Thomas does the dirty work for the Spurs and is not afraid to get physical, while Bowen will continue to play in-your-face defense.

Athleticism goes to the Hornets, while experience belongs to the Spurs. Very close, but New Orleans gets the edge for overall talent.

EDGE: HORNETS

STARTING BACKCOURT:

The 22-year-old Paul had no problems with Dallas' Jason Kidd in the first round. Parker will be more of a challenge, as San Antonio's starting point guard is playing his best basketball of the season.

The six-foot Paul won't be able to shake Parker like he did Kidd. The 6-2 Parker is quick and will be very physical with the third-year guard. This is the most intriguing one-on-one matchup of the series.

Morris Peterson and Michael Finley cancel each other out. Peterson averaged 7.2 points for the Hornets in the quarterfinals, while Finley netted 7.0 for San Antonio against the Suns. If one of these players step up, it will give their team a big lift.

This is all about Parker and Paul. Both are playing like superstars and are the keys to their team's success in this series. Parker has come to play in the playoffs and will be ready to go up against the lightning-quick Paul.

EDGE: EVEN

BENCH:

Ginobili can start for any team in the league, but he comes off the San Antonio bench to make his team better. Oberto will be very important in this series, as he will have to help Thomas and Duncan in a big way on the boards.

Veteran Robert Horry, who has won seven rings during his career, can still hit the big shot at crunch time, while Ime Udoka gives the Spurs another solid defender and Brent Barry can fill in at both guard spots and at small forward. Damon Stoudamire and Jacque Vaughn will backup Parker when they are needed.

The Hornets need Pargo to continue to have a hot hand. The 6-1 reserve guard shot 50.9 percent from the field, including 45 percent from three-point range. Rookie Julian Wright and swingman Bonzi Wells need to pick up their production in the postseason, while reserve center Hilton Armstrong is expected to play tough defense and rebound.

Spurs have the edge here. Experience and depth give San Antonio the advantage, and it could end up being a major factor in the series.

EDGE: SPURS

PREDICTION:

The Hornets are young and hungry. Paul and company are not intimidated by the pressure and atmosphere of the playoffs. San Antonio has been there and done that many times. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker are on a mission to lead their team to back-to-back championships.

This will be an entertaining and exciting series. Parker and Paul will battle each other every possession, while Duncan will do whatever Popovich needs him to do to give the Spurs an edge. Experience will count in this one.

SPURS IN SIX


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URUGUAY

Thornton will join Larre Borges -by Hector Lopez
'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) arrived last night to Montevideo and will join Larre Borges, to play the Metropolitan torurnament, offcials from the team told Latinbasket. Lare Bogres is havin a bad team in the Metro League because the lost five games in a row, after winning the first one of the tournament. The Metro League allows two teams to be promoted to the Uruguayan League 2009. Thornton arrival was delayed becasue he was playing in a Argentinian tournament.



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Women News

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AUSTRIA - Women

Flying Foxes retain the AWBL title -by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes - Herzogenburg 80:59

Flying Foxes became the AWBL yesterday after they held off Herzogenburg in Game 4 of the championship series. Flying Foxes won two games away from home to grab a 2-0 lead in the series. But then suddenly the defending champs lost to Herzogenburg at home a couple of days ago. But the intrigue did not live for too long. Flying Foxes picked up right from where they left in Herzogenburg and sealed the series. Flying Foxes got to an aggressive start outscoring the visitors 20:7 in the opening stanza. Herzogenburg sparked in the second quarter but managed just not to lose the quarter completing it at 23 apiece. Flying Foxes prevailed physically and easily raised the tempo to run away to a 23-point distance after three quarters of action. Herzogenburg never threatened the hosts lead and had to surrender at the end. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) paced the home side with 20 points. Yaneth Arias (188-F-82, agency: Next Level) provided 16 points for the winners. DiAndrea Humpries (170-G-85) and Gabriella Szoke (186-C-68) potted 15 points apiece in a losing effort.
Sheryl Strobl (168-G-78, college: Niagara) was named the AWBL Final series MVP. Yaneth Arias received the prize as the seasons MVP. Martina Remler was trumped the Best Austrian Player of the Year.

Flying Foxes: Martina Remler 20, Yaneth Arias 16
Herzogenburg: DiAndrea Humpries 15, Gabriella Szoke 15


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BELARUS - Women

Berezina wins the Play-offs -by Eurobasket News
Berezina became the winner of the Play-offs in Belarus after another thriller over Olimpia. In the decisive third game Berezina triumphed with 85:80 win.
Meanwhile Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) nailed 4 points in the Final opener of Turkish Play-offs for her Fenerbahce. A strong first half handed Galatasaray a thrilling 92:88 victory over the TBBL regular season champions Fenerbahce. Thus Galatasaray snatched a home-court advantage from the hosts. Galatasaray dug a big hole for the hosts in the first frame as they went on a 24:15 run to grab a comfortable lead. While the hosts were just looking for their game Galatasaray already stretched the distance as it reached 13 points at the interval. The things began looking brighter for Fenerbahce in the second half. Tammy Sutton-Brown and Cappie Pondexter finally found the touch from the field and paced the home side. The gap grew thinner as the hosts outscored their opponents in the third stanza and entered the final period down by 8 points. Fenerbahce worked hard to deny the deficit in the dying minutes. It all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved deadly from charity stripe and succeeded despite their lead being cut by half. Sophia Young notched 23 points and 9 boards to propel the visitors to the win. Vickie Johnson scored 18 points, grabbed 8 boards and issued 6 assists for the winners. Tammy Sutton-Brown came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Cappie Pondexter and Esmeral Tuncluer dropped 24 points apiece in a losing effort. The hosts outrebounded Galatasaray 29:26 but could not fight 56% of field goals converted by the visitors. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow with Fenerbahce hosting the event once again.


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CANADA - Women

Tammy Sutton-Brown's effort is not enough in the opener -by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers)'s effort is not enough in the Final opener for her Fenerbahce.A strong first half fro handed Galatasaray a thrilling 92:88 victory over the TBBL regular season champions Fenerbahce. Thus Galatasaray snatched a home-court advantage from the hosts. Galatasaray dug a big hole for the hosts in the first frame as they went on a 24:15 run to grab a comfortable lead. While the hosts were just looking for their game Galatasaray already stretched the distance as it reached 13 points at the interval. The things began looking brighter for Fenerbahce in the second half. Tammy Sutton-Brown and Cappie Pondexter finally found the touch from the field and paced the home side. The gap grew thinner as the hosts outscored their opponents in the third stanza and entered the final period down by 8 points. Fenerbahce worked hard to deny the deficit in the dying minutes. It all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved deadly from charity stripe and succeeded despite their lead being cut by half. Sophia Young notched 23 points and 9 boards to propel the visitors to the win. Vickie Johnson scored 18 points, grabbed 8 boards and issued 6 assists for the winners. Tammy Sutton-Brown came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Cappie Pondexter and Esmeral Tuncluer dropped 24 points apiece in a losing effort. The hosts outrebounded Galatasaray 29:26 but could not fight 56% of field goals converted by the visitors. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow with Fenerbahce hosting the event once again.
In the semifinal series the winner of the regular season Fenerbahce swept the series over Pankup TED Kayseri Koleji with 59:76 on a road. After the opening quarter the favorite took 16:24 advantage, but then the hosts answered with 22:12 in the second. The things got better again for Fenerbahce in the second half when they recorded 9:22 in the third and 12:18 in the last. Melike Bakircioglu led the winners with 16 points. Tammy Sutton-Brown nailed 15, while Cappie Pondexter produced 11. Hulya Ozkan resisted for the hosts with 20 points.


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ESTONIA - Women

Tallinna Living is the new Meistriliiga champion! -by Eurobasket News
TLU/Volta - Tallinna Living 54:64

Tallinna Living overcame TLU/Volta in the decisive fifth game of the Final series and claimed the Meistriliiga crown. The regular season champions TLU/Volta entered the game firing from all guns and jumped to an early lead. They were up 16:15 after a quarter of action and looked quite dominant at moments. They stretched the gap to as many as 7 points at the break and looked pretty comfortable. But Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) and Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) found the ways to pull things together for Tallinna Living. The visitors stepped on the gas in the third stanza and cut the deficit to 2 points at three-quarter time. But the fourth period never lived up to all the expectations. TLU/Volta virtually stopped scoring just 5 points and never challenging Tallinna Living as those breezed to an overall victory. Kerttu Jallai finished with 19 points for Tallinna Living. Viive-Kai Rebane produced 16 points and 11 boards, while Sandra Andresson (182-G-89) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds in a win. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) knocked down 17 points for TLU/Volta. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) dropped 14 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts in defeat. Both teams were well-matched under the rims pulling down 34 rebounds apiece. Tallinna Living shot 43% from the field, while TLU/Volta answered with just 32% accuracy. Tallinna Living also forced the home side to 15 turnovers.

TLU/Volta: Gerly Kostla 17, Heila Rosenfeldt 14+11 boards
Tallinna Living: Kerttu Jallai 19, Viive-Kai Rebane 16+11 boards, Sandra Andresson 15


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HOLLAND - Women

Three semifinalists are known in Netherlands -by Eurobasket News
Three teams have already booked their semifinal spots in the Dutch Eredivisie. The regular season champions Yellow Bike had little problems as they swept the series against Renes Binnenland. Yellow Bike prevailed in the first game 80:68 to grab the lead. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) scored 27 points to pace the winners. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) scored 21 points and Laura Kooij added 12 for the winners. Two days later the teams met again and Yellow Bike once again came out on top edging their opponents 80:51. This time Leonie Kooij was impressive with 36 points. Anna Vicenzetto provided sufficient help with 28 points in a win. Yellow Bike advanced to the Eredivisie semifinal where they would take on the winner of Perik Jumpers vs. BV Lely Amsterdam clash.
Perik Jumpers and BV Lely turned to be the only battle to go into the third game. Perik Jumpers got to a winning start beating their opponents 72:56. The hosts led by as many as 11 points at the interval and never allowed the visitors to threaten the lead after the break. Kim Lawrence finished with 15 points and 9 boards for Perik Jumpers. Milou Dekker (176-G-91) scored 14 points in a winning case. BV Lely survived as they overcame Perik Jumpers 61:57 in a heated battle. Sharon Beld (180-F-88) nailed 14 points in a losing effort. The decisive third game is scheduled for tomorrow.
Both Amazone and ProBuild Lions needed two encounters to qualify for the semifinal stage. Amazon outgunned Celeritas, while ProBuild Lions dominated the matchup against Woonbron/DAS. So now Amazone and ProBuild Lions will fight for the ticket to the Eredivisie championship series.


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HUNGARY - Women

Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eur. 23-1 
 2. Pecsi 23-1 
 3. Szeged 18-6 
 4. ZTE 16-8 
 5. BSE 16-8 
 6. Szolnok 15-9 
 7. Foton 14-10 
 8. Atomeromu 10-14 
 9. Vasas-Csata 8-16 
 10. Cegledi EKK 5-19 
 11. BEAC 4-20 
 12. Kanizsa 3-21 
 13. Savaria 1-23 


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ISRAEL - Women

ELITZUR RAMLA DID IT AGAIN !!!!! -by Gil Goshen

Elitzur Ramal won the 4th game vs. Bnot Hsahron 77:69
and WON THE CHAMPION AGAIN !!!
CONGRATULATION to the coach Eli Rabi ( the national coach ) and to the team management !!!!

For Ramla:

Sherill Baker & Jackie Johnson 16 pts each
Shay Doron 15 pts
Michelle Snow 14 pts, 9 rebs
Laine Selwyn 7 pts, 6 ast
Katia Abramzon 6 pts
Ina Gourevitch 3 pts

For Raanana Hertzeliya:

Abiola Wabara 18 pts, 9 rebs
Tanisha Wright 16 pts
Neda Djuric 14 pts
Misitie Williams 9 pts
Ornit Shwartz 7 pts
Yael Aharonov 3 pts
Katia Levitzky 2 pts
Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee)


Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

On the first play-off game:

CIUDAD ROS CASARES VALENCIA - CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE 90-52 .

Liron team lost 90:52.

Liron played 37 minutes and had 9 points, 3 rb. 7 ast.

The second game was between PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA and EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIA

Perfumerias won 80:47.

The next games will be on May the second...

If both teams will win they they will meet on the final !!!!
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) - GG BASKETBALL AGENCY !.


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ITALY - Women

Standings A2 Women -by Carlo Grilli
A2 Standings
Group A
 1. Marghera 25-4 
 2. Bologna 24-5 
 3. San Giovanni 22-7 
 4. Udine 20-9 
 5. Crema 20-9 
 6. Reggio Emilia 19-10 
 7. Cavezzo 19-10 
 8. Broni 13-16 
 9. San Bonifacio 11-18 
 10. Firenze 11-18 
 11. Cervia 10-19 
 12. Bolzano 10-19 
 13. Carugate 9-20 
 14. Val Di Taro 8-21 
 15. Muggia 6-23 
 16. Ivrea 5-24 
Group B
 1. Ancona 23-6 
 2. Pontedera 23-6 
 3. Chieti 20-9 
 4. Siena 19-10 
 5. Umbertide 19-10 
 6. Livorno 19-10 
 7. Rende 16-13 
 8. S.Elpidio 16-13 
 9. Cagliari CUS 15-14 
 10. Cagliari Ic. 13-16 
 11. Alcamo 12-17 
 12. Battipaglia 9-20 
 13. Napoli 9-20 
 14. Alghero 9-20 
 15. Palestrina 6-23 
 16. Valdarno 4-25 


Schio takes a 2-0 lead in the final series -by Carlo Grilli
Famila Wuber Schio - Phard Napoli 86 - 67
(22-18, 45-28, 58-46)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Moro E. 14 (2/4, 2/4), Butler D. 5 (0/1, 1/1), Donaphin B. 4 (2/6), Tassara S. (0/1), Sanchez R. 14 (1/2, 3/3), Masciadri R. 7 (2/3, 1/7), Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) 17 (6/7), Ress K. 2 (1/2), Ciampoli F. 8 (4/4), Macchi L. 15 (2/3, 1/1). Coach Orlando Sandro
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. (0/1), Cirone M. 7 (1/4, 1/3), Mauriello P. 1 (0/2, 0/1), Giauro S. 6 (3/5), Barnes A. 4 (2/6, 0/4), Gentile I. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Horasan Y. (0/4), Ndiaye A. 20 (9/12), Lesdema N. (0/1), Holland-Corn K. 24 (4/5, 3/8). Coach Molino Nino

Schio had another big game, grabbing the second win in-a-row in the final series against Napoli. The hosts started strong (9-0 after 3 minutes); Napoli recovered in the second quarter lead by Ndiaye and Holland-Corn, but Schio posted a terrific break to earn a 17-points halftime advantage (45-28). Macchi, Ngoyisa and Sanchez kept overcome the opponent zone-defense also in the third and in the fourth stanza, so Schio took the comfortable 2-0 lead in the series; on Saturday, May 3rd in game-3 newly at home, the Orange squad can win his third Italian title of the history.


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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Irtysh will take the 5th place at best -by Eurobasket News
Basketball teams Irtysh and Spartak met in quarter final play-off series of a Russian Super league. The Kazakh club took the forth place in the division Vostok. According to that, it is going to play with a best team of Zapad in quarter final. The main coach of Irtysh Sergey Serikov was interviewed and he made a certain confession. He said that to play with Spartak for them was away too hard and beyond their powers. Moreover, the members of the opposing team are those of the A level of the Super league.
The first meeting took place in Noginsk on April, 22. The second was held in Pavlodar . Specialists are aware of the Irtysh supervising staff; hence are sure they will accept their proposal. The purpose of the proposal constitutes in playing another match on Spartak ground. The financial interests of both teams was equal in that case.
After the defeat in quarter final Irtysh will contend for the places from 5th to 8th. Meanwhile the Pavlodar team stopped fighting over the Russian championship medals in Super league B.
The Kazakh team yielded twice to Spartak in a quarter final with the score 83:59 and 82:69. With such results the team of Sergey Serikov will take the 5th place at best. To do that they should overcome the team Energiya in the 6th place contest, and then proceed to the next opponent.


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Basket Esch and Musel Pikes post wins -by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch made the first step towards the DBBL Final when they bruised T71 Dudelange 80:73 away from home. The regular season champions will now play at home with a chance to close out the series on Sunday. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) was once again the leading scorer for Basket Esch with 26 points. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) provided 14 points and Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) added 13 for the winners. Basket Esch used a strong first quarter to accumulate a 21:12 lead 10 minutes into the game. Dudelange trimmed the gap to a single point at halftime but Basket Esch never allowed the hosts to grab the decisive lead. They were cold-blooded in the crunch time and celebrated a tough victory at the end. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) tallied 28 points and 14 board for T71. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) and Michele Zeyen (173-F/C-81) knocked down 10 points apiece in a loss.
Musel Pikes prevailed against Residence 69:58 at home to grab the lead. Musel Pikes built a 19-point lead at halftime and breezed past their opponents in the second half. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) produced 22 point and 12 boards for the winners. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) notched 15 points and 9 boards for the winners. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) answered with 17 points for Residence. Veronique Kohnen (176-F-82) netted 14 points in a losing case.


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PUERTO RICO - Women

Vargas and Flying Foxes wins AWBL -by Eurobasket News
Esmary Vargas and her Flying Foxes became the AWBL yesterday after they held off Herzogenburg in Game 4 of the championship series. Flying Foxes won two games away from home to grab a 2-0 lead in the series. But then suddenly the defending champs lost to Herzogenburg at home a couple of days ago. But the intrigue did not live for too long. Flying Foxes picked up right from where they left in Herzogenburg and sealed the series. Flying Foxes got to an aggressive start outscoring the visitors 20:7 in the opening stanza. Herzogenburg sparked in the second quarter but managed just not to lose the quarter completing it at 23 apiece. Flying Foxes prevailed physically and easily raised the tempo to run away to a 23-point distance after three quarters of action. Herzogenburg never threatened the hosts lead and had to surrender at the end. Martina Remler paced the home side with 20 points. Yaneth Arias provided 16 points for the winners. DiAndrea Humpries and Gabriella Szoke potted 15 points apiece in a losing effort. Esmary Vargas (191-C-81, agency: Next Level, college: Emporia St.) produced 12 points for the winners. Sheryl Strobl was named the AWBL Final series MVP. Yaneth Arias received the prize as the seasons MVP. Martina Remler was trumped the Best Austrian Player of the Year.
In Game 3 Herzogenburg reminded they were the regular season champions after surviving the third game in the AWBL Final series and narrowing the gap against Flying Foxes. Herzogenburg had their backs against the wall trailing 0-2 after the starting two games but it was not the time for Flying Foxes to celebrate. DiAndrea Humpries exploded with 32 points to propel Herzogenburg to a difficult road victory to keep them alive. Flying Foxes entered the game aggressively and grabbed a 22:17 lead after the starting frame. The visitors however fueled a comeback effort in the second period. They held the hosts to 9 points and surged ahead 33:31 at halftime. Flying Foxes continued to struggle offensively as they finished the third stanza with 9 points and trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth term. Flying Foxes came back to life in the fourth frame but it was too late. Martina Remler and Yaneth Arias worked hard to deny the deficit but this time Herzogenburg kept the Foxes at bay. The visitors stayed alert for the reminder of the encounter and trimmed the deficit in the series to one game. Edith Szoke contributed 16 points in a winning case. Martina Remler and Yaneth Arias dropped 25 points apiece for the Flying Foxes. Esmary Vargas ended up with 6 points.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Standings - Women
1A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Celje
 2. Odeja
 3. Jezica
 4. Neso Ihke
 5. AJM Maribor
 6. Hit Kr.Gora
Places 7-12
 1. City Center
 2. NT U16
 3. Triglav
 4. Crnomelj
 5. Domzale
 6. Konjice


Qualifying round is over is Slovenian 1A League -by Eurobasket News
The A1 League qualifying round wrapped up with the games over the weekend. Celje leapfrogged Hit Kranjska Gora in the ladder in the final round of action. Celje took Hit Kranjsi Gora at home and thumped their opponents 80:47. Celje mounted the pressure right from the start and easily got off to a 16-point distance in the first term. Hit Kranjska Gora seemed to slow down the hosts in the second period but still trailed by 17 points at halftime. But it was all over in the third period. Celje outgunned the visitors 24:10 and cleared off to an unassailable distance. The hosts cruised to an overall victory and the top spot in the standings in the fourth term. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) netted 21 points to lead Celje. Monique Blake (188-F-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Seton Hall) provided 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Lidija Becanovic (188-F/C-80) nailed 14 points and grabbed 9 boards for Hit Kranjski Gora in a loss. Celje will now take on Jezica in the best-of-three semifinal series. Hit Kranjski Gora will be challenged by AJM Maribor.
AJM Maribor overcame Odeja in the final game of the qualifying round. Her also the home side dominated throughout the whole game and easily held off their opponents. Maribor led by 13 points at the interval and never looked back in the second half. Alma Pehadzic (173-G-82) nailed 20 points to pace AJM Maribor. Andreja Tisler (178-G-85) produced 18 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winning side. Barbara Skof (182-F-80) replied with 13 points for Odeja.
Jezica also finished on the high beating Neso Ihke 84:65 before the home crowd. Rosana Berdajs (173-G-85) propelled Jezica to the victory scoring 21 points and dishing out 7 assists. Tina Osterman (182-F/C-88) added 17 points and collected 10 caroms in a win. Staci Humphrey (-G, college: Greensboro) nailed 20 points in a losing effort.


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SPAIN - Women

Ros Casares waits in final to Perfumerias or EBE-Promociones -by Ivan Villar
Ros Casares arrives to final after trashing San Jose Leon again.The game in Leon had same history than Valencia.Ros Casares was a perfect machine which didn't give any option to team coached by Miguel Estrada.Katie Douglas (21 p-26 val.) showed why is serious candidate to MVP of season.She was acomplished by Erika de Souza with double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.So they are first finalist of spanish league.In other semifinal EBE-Promociones revenged of hard loosing in Salamanca.Team of Jordi Fernandez showed its best version and tied eliminatory.Linnea Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) was the hero of game.Swedish shooting guard scored 27 points,specially from 6,25 line with 5/9.Perfumerias never couldn't stop island team.Ivanka Matic was her best player with 12 points and 8 rebounds.Next sunday they'll play decisive game in Salamanca to know who is going to face with Ros Casares in final.

Final Four LF2:Pio XII Santiago-Estudiantes and Ollis Soller-Don Piso Girona -by Ivan Villar
In Santiago they are playing 8 teams of LF2 to move up to LF.Finally tomorrow will be semifinals to know which are 2 teams chosen to play in LF next season.Home team,Pio XII Santiago will play against Estudiantes Madrid.Team coached by Jose Rivera Mozan has good chance to make history tomorrow.Elisha Turek,Mar Xantal and Laura Grande (176-G-73) will drive their team in front of their people.In other semifinal,favourite team Ollis Soller will try to get other ticket to LF.Its opponent will be Don Piso Girona which had just won 1 game in first 3 rounds.

Extrugasa will play in FIBA Eurocup again -by Ivan Villar
EXTRUGASA-CELTA VIGO 56-46 (0-2)
OLESA-RIVAS FUTURA 62-61 (1-1)

Galician derby finished after second game.Equality was principal actor of game played in Vilagarcia.1,800 people could see a hard game where defense shone in front of offense.Leaders of Arousa's team,Kiesha Brown (16 p-9 reb) and Agne Ciuderiane (18 p-8 reb) took victory to their team.Battle under baskets was incredible,with Razza Mujanovic as main reference with 10 points and 14 rebounds.But team coached by Isaac Fernandez played better last minutes and sentenced eliminatory by 0-2.

In other eliminatory,Olesa forced 3rd game in Rivas after equalized final.Lecoe Willingham didn't shine like other times,but Olga Olga Podkovalnikova (195-C-84) had historic performance.Russian center scored 26 points and gained 21 rebounds!Also she received 9 faults so had efficience of 45.Cathy Joens was best player of Madrid's team with 23 points and 5 rebounds.Next sunday they'll fight for last ticket for Europe.


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TURKEY - Women

Galatasaray go 1-0 up over Fenerbahce -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Galatasaray 88:92

A strong first half fro handed Galatasaray a thrilling 92:88 victory over the TBBL regular season champions Fenerbahce. Thus Galatasaray snatched a home-court advantage from the hosts. Galatasaray dug a big hole for the hosts in the first frame as they went on a 24:15 run to grab a comfortable lead. While the hosts were just looking for their game Galatasaray already stretched the distance as it reached 13 points at the interval. The things began looking brighter for Fenerbahce in the second half. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) finally found the touch from the field and paced the home side. The gap grew thinner as the hosts outscored their opponents in the third stanza and entered the final period down by 8 points. Fenerbahce worked hard to deny the deficit in the dying minutes. It all came down to the final seconds where Galatasaray proved deadly from charity stripe and succeeded despite their lead being cut by half. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) notched 23 points and 9 boards to propel the visitors to the win. Vickie Johnson (177-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 18 points, grabbed 8 boards and issued 6 assists for the winners. Tammy Sutton-Brown came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Cappie Pondexter and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) dropped 24 points apiece in a losing effort. The hosts outrebounded Galatasaray 29:26 but could not fight 56% of field goals converted by the visitors. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow with Fenerbahce hosting the event once again.

Fenerbahce: Tammy Sutton-Brown 26, Cappie Pondexter 24, Esmeral Tuncluer 24
Galatasaray: Sophia Young 23+9 boards, Esra Sencebe (170-G-81, agency: Prosportman) 20, Vickie Johnson 18