EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/5/2008

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ANGOLA

Petro-103 Inter- 68 -by Carlos Pereira
Results from 3th round 2th phase.

1 Agosto x ASA 105-77
Petro x Inter 103-68

Box score
Petro from Luanda: Eduardo Mingas (11), Lus Costa (15), Carlos Morais (17), Fernando Albano (6), Leonel Paulo (10), Shannon Crooks (10), Milton Barros (3), Francisco Horrio (0), Victor de Carvalho (8), Joaquim Xavier (2), Domingos Bonifcio (10), Victor Muzadi (11).Coach: Alberto de Carvalho Ginguba

.Interclube: Armindo Chipongue (0), Simo Santos (2), Frabrice Mokoteemapa (3), Jos Nascimento( 3), Michael dos Santos (19), Jorge taty (0), Nivaldo Sumbo (0), Vicente Neto (10), Adilson Cmara (5), Lifetu Selengue (6), Simo Panzo (11), Hlder Domingos (12).Coach: Manuel de Sousa Necas.


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AUSTRIA

Oberwart posts second win in a row -by Eurobasket News
Oberwart prevailed in the second home semifinal game against Kapfenberg and stepped closer to the Bundesliga Final. The Gunners once again looked dominant and overwhelmed the visitors. The Bulls got to a better start and maintained a 31:28 lead after the opening frame. But Oberwart raised the tempo in the second frame and denied the deficit. Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) performed another sizzling game bombarding the basket from all possible ranges. The Bulls failed to keep him quiet and trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth frame. Kapfenberg could not revive the intrigue despite an inspirational game from Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central). Oberwart secured a 95:85 and now need to make just one more step towards the Final. Jay Youngblood led all scorers with 33 points. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) and Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) provided 17 points apiece for the winners. Shawn Ray answered with 32 points and 10 boards for Kapfenberg. Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) dropped 15 points and Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 12 in a losing effort.
Meanwhile Furstenfeld tied things up against Gmunden beating the defending champions 102:99 at home. The hosts jumped in front in the first frame. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) came up with 12 points in the opening quarter and Furstenfeld led 34:24 after 10 minutes of action. Gmunden closed the gap to 4 points midway through the second quarter but the hosts reacted immediately. They posted a 10:1 run and cleared off to a safe distance. Furstenfeld kept the visitors at bay throughout the third stanza and seemed to be on the way to a confident victory. But Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) ignited a comeback effort from Gmunden. The visiting side trimmed the deficit to just a single points at 98:99 but it was as close as they could get. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.) proved cold-blooded from charity stripe and sealed the winning outcome for the hosts. Samo Grum finished with 27 points and 7 assists for the winners. Anthony Shavies and Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) scored 21 points apiece for Furstenfeld. Ian Boylan netted game-high 29 points for Gmunden. Deteri Mayes accounted for 27 points in defeat.


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BELGIUM

Division II Play-Off Finals (first leg) -by Bertrand Larsimont


CEP Fleurus vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 81-74

Nice crowd in Bonsecours last Friday for the first leg of the 2008 Division II Play-Off Finals. The hometeam started the game with the intention to win with a large gap in order to travel to Hoboken for the second leg with a relatively good advantage next Tuesday. The first and second quarters were particularly marked by some easy attempts missed in fastbreak situation by the CEP players. Only Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) in the paint, Stephen Tison (176-G-84) from long range and Tomasz Rozewicz (206-C-82) at the rebound seemed able to boost their CEP mates while Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) was already well present in all sectors of the game for the visitors. Around fifty Sint-Jan fans believed in one of their team's feat especially when half-time was reached on the following score: 38-39. In the second half, the men of Coach Bastianini seemed to have found the right tempo when they took the lead 57-49 but it was without counting on Van Schil, Van de Vondel and Lemaire of Sint-Jan who led their team for a nice comeback (62-59 at the end of the third quarter). Semijejero and Tison kept showing the way to their mates but it was not enough as Sint-Jan stayed close. After a few wrong options chosen by the CEP players, the visitors came back at 78-73 (Witse Van Schil from long range again). Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) even had the opportunity to fill the gap with 2.4 seconds left on the clock when he was fouled on what seemed to be a last attempt in this game. He made only one of his two free-throws and Coach Fulvio Bastianini immediately took a time-out as CEP had only a four-point lead. The last play after the time-out was worth seeing as Stefan Moris (207-F/C-86) hit a very important three-pointer on the buzzer. Fleurus' fans could not believe their eyes and the last basket by one of their favourite players made them very happy. CEP will go to Hoboken with a 7-point advantage for the second leg but Sint-Jan players proved that they have not surrendered yet and can still challenge their opponents.

Quarter by quarter score evolution: 23-18, 38-39, 62-59 and 81-74.
Fleurus: Vanesse 11; Tison 11; Pirlot 6; Moris 9; Jadin 11; Rozewicz 9; Buja 8; Semijejero 10; Pourtoit 6.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 2; Van Rillaer 5; Lemaire 5; Van Schil 23; T. Van de Vondel 26; Verrept 6; Ceyssens 7.



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BOSNIA

Victor Rho Tournament: U18 Bosna wins vs. FMP & Real -by Sead Buljina
In competition of 16 teams at the 25th International tournament Victor Rho in Milan, Italy U18 team of Bosna, Sarajevo took 4th place. In the group phase Bosna took first place in its group by beating strong FMP team 97:93. It was one of the better games at the whole tournament. Both teams led by maximum of ten points during the course of the game. Bosna started well thanks to phenomenal 3-point shooting by Ali Demic (198-SF-91). Demic made his first three 3-pt attempts and Bosna had a ten point lead in the first half. Demic finished with 22 points including 4 three pointers. On the other end Stefan Dujkovic led a comeback by FMP and in the second half FMP tied the score and soon took a ten point lead. In a down-to-wire finish Bosna tied the score, took one-point lead, played better defense and made its free throws. Namely, with 25 seconds to go Majstoric made one of two free throws for two point lead. FMP could not manage to get shot on the next posession and comitted another foul. This time on Nebojsa Andjelic who calmly sank both free throws securing a win and a first place in a four-team group. On a route to the semifinals Bosna also beat Real Madrid and Desio, Italy. In the semifinals Olimpija, Slovenia was better than Bosna and Split beat FMP setting the stage for another game between FMP and Bosna. This time, FMP showed more desire and longer bench proved to be too much for Bosna to overcome in sixth game in six days. Thus, in two games Bosna won one and lost one vs. very strong FMP. At the end, Bosna took rock-solid 4th place among 16 teams. It`s important that U18 Bosna was better placed than one of the favorites Partizan, Belgrade. Cedevita from Croatia also had an excellent showing at the tournament. In the finals Split beat Olimpija winning the tournament. At the All-Star game Klinac and Majstoric participated from Bosna along with other excellent players from FMP, Partizan, Real, Olimpija. At a 3-pt shoot-out Ali Demic took eight spot among 16 shooters. Nebojsa Andjelic took part at the Slam Dunk contest showing his skills and qualifying to the semifinals. The best dunk, expectedly was performed by a player from USA select team Ohio.

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 7-0 
 2. Sloboda Dita 5-2 
 3. Igokea 5-2 
 4. Siroki 5-2 
 5. Slavija 2-5 
 6. Zrinjski MC 2-5 
 7. Grude 1-6 
 8. Borac Nektar 1-6 
Places 9-14
 1. Posusje 10-14 
 2. Zenica Celik 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Leotar 9-15 
 5. Capljina 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 2-22 


Bosnian League 8, 7TH round -by Elvir Halilovic

In great Bosnian derby Bosna ASA defeat Siroki in Skenderija with 78:71. Last two game in Sarajevo Siroki was better (last season in Final game for title and this season in Cup Semifinal) but tonight was third lucky for Bosna. After half part of League 8 Bosna ASA BHT is still undefeated and behind Bosna is three team with five win and two loses game Igokea Partizan, Siroki Prima Pivo and Sloboda Dita. Probably this is four team which will go in Play-Off too.


Results:
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Siroki Prima Pivo 78:71
Sloboda Dita - Zrinjski Mik Company 103:82
Igokea Partizan - Slavija 99:59
Borac Nektar - Grude 80:86


Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 7-0 566:456 +110 14 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 5-2 616:531 +85 12 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 5-2 568:527 +41 12 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 5-2 536:538 -02 12 pts.
5. Zrinjski MC 2-5 563:630 -67 9 pts.
6. Slavija 2-5 526:596 -70 9 pts.
7. Borac Nektar 1-6 506:537 -31 8 pts.
8. Grude 1-6 527:593 -66 8 pts.


Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Siroki Prima Pivo 78:71
(20:20, 27:18, 19:18, 12:15)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 1.000; Ref.: Jovanic, Lakic, Sobot
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 3, Sehovic 6, Tomovic, Panic 10, Bavcic 12, Zimic, Bailey 9, Rahimic, Hajric 10, Pasalic, Jackson 9, Williams 19 (10 reb.)
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
SIROKI PP: Bubalo, Grays 10, Stemberger 7, Dijan 11, Zupic 6, Sola, Spralja 17, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 12 (10 reb.), Bethel 6, Ezugwu 2
Coach: Ivan Velic


Sloboda Dita - Zrinjski Mik Company 103:82
(24:18, 23:23, 26:20, 30:21)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 700; Ref.: Adamovic, Duskaj, Okuka
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 18, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 10, Jevtic, Persic, Tomovic, Tanasilovic 7, Matic 24 (10 reb.), N. Milosevic 10, Jocovic 15, Ross 19
Coach: Senad Muminovic
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 12, Bisko, Sarenac 8, Petric 3, Oroz, Dzidic 13, Simovic 4, Brecic 4, Vuckovic 23, Buhac 12, Planinic 3, Grbavac
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika


Igokea Partizan - Slavija 99:59
(36:11, 19:19, 26:16, 18:13)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 800; Ref.: Pehar, Drmic, Coric
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 2, Patterson 9, Bocka 7, Stazic 11, Djurica 1, Vucurovic 10, Cup 8, Wright 7, Lydeka 4, Stefanovic 4, Kovacevic 20, Allen 16
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic, 5 Stanic 4, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 6, Damjanovic D., Vukovic 4, Malovic 4, Grubisic 8, Ivanovic 2, Demic 14, Damjanovic A. 12
Coach: Goran Sehovac



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CZECH REPUBLIC

Wins for Geofin, Prostejov -by Eurobasket News
Geofin and Prostejov surged ahead in their quarterfinal series with victories on Saturday. Geofin thrashed USK Praha 95:64 to go up 2-1. The second-ranked Geofin got a slow start of the home game as they trailed for the bigger part of the first stanza. However Galvak and Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) nailed 4 straight points and finally put the hosts ahead late in the quarter. Geofin bridged the frames with a 9:0 run that allowed them to enjoy a 23:13 lead. Beechum and Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) nailed back-to-back trebles to enlarge the margin to 13 points late in the second period. A bunch of free throws from Lucious Wagner cut the deficit to 11 points at halftime. Beechum and Joe Chapman ignited a 14:0 run from the hosts at the start of the second half and Geofin never looked back again. They headed into the fourth term leading by 28 points and coasted to an overall win. Joe Chapman netted 18 points to lead Geofin. Matej Venta (187-G-84) scored 17 points and Robert Sarovic provided 12 points in a winning case. Murus Andelija (208-C/F-81) and Roderick Platt (205-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) nailed 11 points apiece for USK Praha.
Prostejov also celebrated the second victory in the series against Ostrava. Prostejov overcame a slow start to record an 83:77 win at the end. John Ofoegbu (206-C-82, college: Idaho St.) scored 9 points in the starting stanza and Ostrava kept a 23:17 lead after 10 minutes of action. Pospisil and Bojic traded the buckets early in the second term before Rashaan Ames (184-G-77, college: Shaw) drained a three-pointer and squared things up at 29. Prochazka and John Ofoegbu restored a 6-point lead for Ostrava but just to see it evaporate at the end of the half. Ostrava went into the dressing room leading by just one 39:38. Six quick points from Rashaan Ames put the hosts in front early in the third period. Rashaan Ames and Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) were unstoppable at the moments as they helped Prostejov to run away to a 10-point distance. Consecutive three-pointers from Bohacik and Palyza shaved the gap to 2 points at the end of three-quarter time. The teams kept it close in the fourth quarter but a couple of key baskets from Rashaan Ames brought Prostejov to an important victory at the end. He finished with 23 points to pace the hosts. Robert Tomaszek provided 19 points and 7 boards in a win. John Ofoegbu canned 19 points for Ostrava.


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GUG BEGINS THE FINAL SERIES ON FIRE! -by Ozell Wells
THE FINAL SERIES IN SANTIAGO STARTED WITH AN OPENING STATEMENT BY GUG WITH A 93-71 VICTORY OVER CUPES.
Led by Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) 21 pts and followed by Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas) 15 pts, Julius Nwosu (207-C-71, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Liberty) 14 pts and Raul Alvarez 12 pts GUG got out to a 51-29 halftime lead and never looked back! Cupes had nothing but difficulty in the game from start to finish only being able to muster up 17 from Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia), 13 from Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) & only 8 pts from new refuerzo Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh). Offense was the key for CUPES in this opening game loss as they shot only 41% from the free throw line, 23% from behind the 3pt line and had 18 turnovers in the game.


GAME 2 = 2 OVERTIMES!!!! -by Ozell Wells
GAME TWO IN THE SERIE FINAL WAS A BARN BURNER! Both teams came out on FIRE from start to finish in this game that went to TWO OVERTIMES! Stuck at 81-81 at the end of regulation both teams battled to a 99-99 finish the the 1st overtime. Finally GUG emerged the victor but with some extreme caualties as both Winston Munoz (180-G-83) and Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) were ejected from the game and are disqualified form playing in Game 3. Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas) exploded for 41 pts in the absence of his teammates as even Julius Nwosu (207-C-71, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Liberty) was fouled out of the game. In assistance to Fergusson, Julius Nwosu added 25 pts, Christian Diaz (199-F-82) 19 pts and played GREAT DEFENSE in the 2 overtimes. Felipe Lopez was held ot only 9 pts before his ejection. For CUPES, in a losing effort, Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) had 24 pts, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Fausto Alex Sime (192-G-79) had 31 pts and Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) found his 3 pt shot and notched 4-7 shooting. Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) had a double double tonite with 17 pts and 10 rebounds. However this win rests soley on the shoulders of Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas) who hit an array of very difficult shots in the two overtimes sometimes facing 2 or 3 defenders at once. GUG SITS AT 2-0 in the FINAL SERIES with Game 3 this Friday!

IT IS A SERIES NOW!!!! -by Ozell Wells
LAST NIGHT CUPES ENSURED THAT THE FINAL SERIES WILL NOT BE ONE SIDED! CUPES used two new refuerzos to defeat GUG last night 87-76 in a very exciting and hotly contested game. Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) proved to be the key player in this contest as he notched 25 pts on 75 % shooting from the 3pt line. The game also marked the emergence of 2 new stars in the history of Santiago basketball. Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.) & Antoine Broxsie (208-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma St.) (208-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma St.) put their stamp on this game and showed why CUPES has become a legitamate contender for the 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP of Santiago. Thomas who was a star in last seaons LIDOBA with the Marineros of Puerto Plata scored 19 pts ALL IN THE SECOND HALF of the game. The reason was that he had been playing in Puerto Plata with Batey Trey and his release from puerto plata was in transit at the start of the game, which upon arrival caused quite an uproar in the Palacio in Santiago. Antoine Broxsie came up big in this game as well as he scored 11 pts but provided 4 HUGE BLOCKED SHOTS and 17 rebounds including a ferocious dunk over Julius Nwosu to seal the victory in the final minute of play. For GUG, Eric Ferguson (186-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas) played another BRILIANT GAME as he pumped in 31 points but did not get muchhelp from his teamates as no one except him was able to score in double figures however Julius Nwosu did contribute 12 rebounds.
THE SERIES NOW STANDS AT 2-1 IN FAVOR OF GUG WITH GAME 3 SUNDAY AT 5:30pm!


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EL SALVADOR

San Marcos changes import, again -by Gianni Pascucci
Import center Michael Pierrot (208-C-84) left San Marcos, to pursue a new opportunity (there are rumors he could join Felix Perez Cardozo, Paraguay National league). His replacement will be veteran Nick Sheppard (211-C-76, college: Pepperdine), last at the ABA Maywood Buzz

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EUROLEAGUE

Euroleague announced 2007-08 awards -by Kasia

Four weeks after Eurobasket.com announced Euroleague 2007-08 awards, also Euroleague announced their own awards for 2007-08 season at the Final Four in Madrid. Strangely Euroleague selection was based mostly on the teams, which made it to the Final Four and only Pekovic of Partizan managed to get to the second team. So there was lots of controversy among the journalists as Euroleague ommitted long list of players from other Euroleague teams. Surprisingly the names like Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) of Fenerbahce Ulker, Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Panathinaikos and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) of Aris did not make even second team despite many considered them worth to be placed there. Some wondered if the reason was that the award event took place in Madrid at the Final Four, so all participants of the Final Four were already here and it was easier to redistribute the awards among these players...

Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague awards (all awards are published on http://www.eurobasket.com/events/eluleb/07-08/eurol.asp)

Player of the Year: Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan Igokea
Guard of the Year: Will Solomon (187-G-78) of Fenerbahce Ulker
Forward of the Year: Jeremiah Massey of Aris
Center of the Year: Nikola Pekovic of Partizan Igokea
Import Player of the Year: Jeremiah Massey of Aris
Domestic Player of the Year: Nikola Pekovic of Partizan Igokea
Defensive Player of the Year: Terence Morris (206-F-79) of Maccabi Elite
Coach of the Year: Simone Pianigiani of Montepaschi


All-Euroleague 1st Team 2007-08


Pekovic


Solomon


Massey


Spanoulis


Siskauskas


1st Team
Will Solomon of Fenerbahce Ulker
Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Panathinaikos
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA
Jeremiah Massey of Aris
Nikola Pekovic of Partizan Igokea


All-Euroleague 2nd Team 2007-08


Diamantidis


Kecman


Langdon


Morris


Splitter


2nd Team
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77) of Partizan Igokea
Trajan Langdon (192-G-76) of CSKA
Terence Morris of Maccabi Elite
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Tau


Euroleague awards (very controversial)

Euroleague 1st Team 2007-08


McIntyre


Langdon


Siskauskas


Morris


Splitter

All-Euroleague 1st Team
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77) of Montepaschi
Trajan Langdon of CSKA
Ramunas Siskauskas of CSKA
Terence Morris of Maccabi
Tiago Splitter of Tau


Euroleague 2nd Team 2007-08


Papaloukas


Thornton


Halperin


Pekovic


Lavrinovic

All-Euroleague 2nd Team
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA
Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77) of Montepaschi
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Maccabi
Nikola Pekovic of Partizan
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi

MVP: Ramunas Siskauskas of CSKA
Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Choral Roanne
Rising Star Trophy: Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88) of Armani Jeans Milano
Best Defender Trophy: Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos



2009 Euroleague Final Four set for Berlin's 02 World Arena -by Kasia
Euroleague Basketball and leading facilities and live sports and entertainment organization AEG announced a long-term agreement to partner on a wide range of basketball-related programming, presentation and development initiatives.
A central component of the partnership includes the hosting of Euroleague Final Four events in arenas owned or operated by AEG as well as providing services to Euroleague clubs regarding venue management, sales, and content optimization, in addition to the design, development, and construction of new world-class arenas.
Los Angeles-based AEG is considered one of the worlds leading arena design and management organizations having built STAPLES Center (Los Angeles) and The O2 (London), which recently hosted an NBA exhibition between the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves while owning or operating more of the worlds top 100 arenas than any other company. AEGs new O2 World Arena will be one of Europe's most modern multi-functional arenas and Germanys first-ever arena designed to host major International basketball competitions.

EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOURS IN BERLIN AND LONDON
Also announced were plans for Euroleague Basketball to host the 2009 Euroleague Final Four in AEGs new O2 World arena in Berlin (opening September, 2008). AEG and Euroleague Basketball also plan to have either the 2010 or 2011 Euroleague Final Four at AEGs O2 Arena in London. AEG will also host future events in other company owned or operated facilities across Europe.

CONSULTING & SUPPORT FOR TEAMS
AEG will provide Euroleague and ULEB Cup teams with assistance in optimizing the economic benefits and revenue streams attained from their facilities. This can include consultation services on the design and construction of arenas to meet Euroleague basketball requirements while adding design elements to increase their ability to host other sports and entertainment programming in their venues.
AEG will also provide support to Euroleague Basketball in the sales of sponsorship and media rights owned by various teams and the league. 'This partnership is a quantum leap for Euroleague Basketball. We are able to offer fans the possibility of enjoying the best basketball in the best facilities in Europes, located in the most important capitals, while improving the event organization and its economic exploitation, said Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague Basketball. At the same time we offer our clubs the possibility of being able to grow as organizations with the services offered by AEG. Overall European basketball will benefit from this agreement.'
'AEG believes in European basketball and the power of the Euroleague Basketball brand, said Andrew Messick, AEG Executive Vice President, Marketing & International and President of AEG Sports. We are delighted to be able to help Euroleague Basketball continue to grow and succeed and to be able to showcase the best club basketball in Europe in our state of the art, world-class facilities.'


FMP wins Euroleague junior tournament -by Kasia

As it was easy to predict, FMP did not have bigger problems ti defeat FC AXA Barcelona in the Euroleague junior tournament final winning it 80-70. FMP controlled the game from the first minutes, staying in comfortable distance thru the most of the game. But the real knock-out was middle of the last quarter, where they had two consecutive three pointers and then after fast break they were elready 20 points ahead. The last minutes were meanigless as FMP tried to keep the lead and they allowed even Barcelona players to get few extra points to shrink the distance to more reasonable 10 points. The FMP team was lead thru entire tournament by guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) (18 points and 8 rebounds tonight), center Dejan Musli (213-C-91) (25 points + 14 rebounds) and power forward Bojan Subotic (203-F/C-90) (21pts+8reb). AXA was lead by Bosnian Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) who had 29 points andgrabbed 11 rebounds.


FMP junior team roster:

4 Anreja Milutinovic (199-G-90)
5 Aleksandar Ponjavic (194-F-91)
6 Ivan Zaric (191-G-91)
7 Bojan Subotic (204-F-90)
8 Marko Gacinovic (191-G-90)
9 Bogdan Jovanovic (206-C-91)
10 Nemanja Petrovic (188-G-90)
11 Nikola Vukasovic (190-G-91)
12 Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-F-90)
13 Nemanja Gudzic (195-F-90)
14 Branislav Dekic (206-C-91)
15 Dejan Musli (213-C-91)
Head coach: Vanja Gusa



Montepaschi wins the third place in overtime game against Tau -by Kasia

3rd place game: Montepaschi Siena - Tau Ceramica Vitoria 97-93 (21-19, 17-22, 23-20, 18-18)

In every Euroleague Final Four the 3rd place game is always a contest of pride as both teams have to pick themselves up emotionally after loosing the important semifinal. The atmosphere is not at the same level as the semifinal or final but around the third quarter and the atmosphere will pick up as the arena will fill up with supporters of the championship game.

However Tau fans were loyal and showed some great support and enthusiasm.

Both teams started the game very nervously. The first points were scored more than two minutes into the game by Planinic. Then the game picked up as both teams exchanged three and two pointers without getting a major advantage. Tau finally opened a small lead with three 3-pointers from Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Then Siena's Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) step his game up and the first quarter ended 21-19 for Italian team.

The second quarter started with a lot of vocal crowd support from the Tau fans. It looked like Tau was more focused and they managed to get a three point lead.

Siena regrouped and managed to catch up with Tau getting a small lead 25-24. But a good game of Tau's duo Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) assured that Spaniards took back the lead 29-25. Two minutes till the end of the second half both teams took serious and the game was way faster with much closer defense. Montepaschi tried to stay close, but French forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati)'s 7 points assured to keep six point lead for Tau. Three pointer by Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) allowed Siena to stay just three points behind at the half time.

The third quarter started with both teams shooting very well., so they exchanged a lot of baskets keeping the contest close. Central African Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) lead Montepaschi at this time with nine points, while Tau was lead by Pete Mickeal, who added extra seven consecutive points. The first significant lead was after Nigerian Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC)'s dunk, when Montepaschi was 61-55 ahead. Tau quickly responded and tied the game and the score was 61-61 at the close of the third quarter.


The fourth quarter was very defensive and finally Lavrinovic finally scored the first points with the dunk, which was immediately repeated by Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances)'s dunk at the other side of the court. During the next phase of the game the referees let the game get a little too physical and almost out of control with both teams picking up a lot of fouls, many free throws and ...no team was able to get bigger than two point lead.

Pablo Prigioni did a very good job stopping the best Montepaschi player of the semifinal game - Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson). Splitter found the rhythm and was scoring the most of Tau's points in the fourth quarter.

Three minutes before the end of the game it was still 76-75 for Siena and it looked like it would be a very close game until the last seconds.

With just one minute left Siena's Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) missed a three pointer with a one point led for Tau.

The Spanish immediately took a time out with 50 seconds before the end of the game. Tau lossed the ball and Montepaschi had only a few seconds to score.

With five seconds left in the game (79-78 for Tau) McIntyre missed a three pointer.

Luckily Lavrinovic got fouled and made one out of two free throws and tied the game 79-79.

Tau took another time out with a few seconds left in the contest and once the game resumed the ball was passed to Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), he droved to the basket, but the wall made of Sato and Stonerook stopped him from scoring the winning basket. The game went to overtime.


In overtime McIntyre got fouled while attempting a three pointer and made all of his free throws bringing a 82-79 lead for Siena.

Rakocevic finally woked up and scored two points for Tau on a fast break cutting Siena's lead to just one point. Another two successful free throws by Siena changed the result to 84-81 for Montepaschi.

Mickeal made only one of two free throws and Siena kept a two point lead with three minutes left on the clock. McIntyre lost the ball and Singleton's three pointer gave the first overtime lead to Tau with just two minutes to go.

Lavrinovic repeated making two free throws on the other side of the court and Siena kept a two point margin.

Tau lost another ball and fouled Stonerook who made one out of two free throws slightly increasing Montepaschi's lead to three points.

Tau's Singleton missed a shot and Macedonian Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) got another two points from a fast break bringing Siena's lead to 90-85 just 59 seconds till the end of the game.

Rakocevic missed a shot and Stonerook replied with another three pointer giving the Siena team 8 point lead.

Teletovic hit a three pointer and fouled McIntyre with a few seconds left.

Singleton made another 3 pointer and Siena's Lavrinovic scored two for Montepaschi. Teletovic got fouled with four seconds left in the game and his two free throws did not help to change the score much as Montepaschi won the third place with 97-93 final score.

Montepaschi went crazy.

As soon as the game was over they started cheering for ...CSKA as the prediction of upcoming final game between CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv.



CSKA captures the Euroleague Championship !!! -by Kasia

Similarly like in previous seasons, also this year Eurobasket has live coverage from the most important European clubs event - Euroleague Final Four.

Final: Maccabi Tel-Aviv - CSKA Moscow 77-91 (21-22, 20-20, 16-21, 20-28)
Half of the arena was yellow as the Maccabi supporters were definitely the visible majority. CSKA support section was alot smaller, but they were joined by Montepaschi and Tau fans, who also cheered for the Russian team. Most of journalists predicted that CSKA would win the game as they more quality players on the paper, and at the beginning of the season not many predicted Maccabi making it to the Final Four. But after they changed the coach in the mid-season, they improved dramatically and made it all way to the Euroleague final.

Both of these teams are considered the the finest professional franchises in European basketball boosting annual budgets over $40 million dollars per season.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has won back to back Euroleague titles in the new millenium and CSKA has appered in the last six final fours.

CSKA powered their way to the Euroleague championship with a 91-71 victory and was lead by Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) 21 points, who mas named MVP of the Final Four.

The Russian team was a lot more disciplined on offense and Maccabi falter with a sluggish third quarter and individual play.

Maccabi's center Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) scored the first basket of the game. CSKA seemed to be a little pressed by the loud support of Maccabi fans which inspired the Yellows to a 5-0 lead.

CSKA's Trajan Langdon scored five points in a row cutting Maccabi's lead and Australian David Andersen (212-C-80) followed with a two pointer taking the first lead of the game for the Russian team.

Both teams got their rhythm while exchanging many baskets and CSKA opened up a small lead, but could not increase as both teams traded baskets like a good heavyweight fight.

Maccabi had a chance to knot the score but missed four consecutive free throws in a row. The first quarter ended with CSKA leading 22-21.

The second quarter started with a perfect play from both teams and the lead changed every few seconds.

Finally Maccabi made two turnovers and CSKA thanks to Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) and his great inside game managed to get four point lead.

Maccabi took the time out but it did not help because they ended up loosing three out of the next four posessions and CSKA was more disciplined increasing the lead to seven points (38-31).

Maccabi's American Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) took charge and scored two consecutive baskets cutting the CSKA lead to just three points.

Maccabi took another time out then David Bluthenthal (201-F-80, college: USC)'s three pointer tied the game. CSKA took a one point advantage to the halftime break (42-41).


CSKA Moscow started the third quarter very focused and after two three pointers in a row, they increased the lead to seven points. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and David Andersen was playing some good basketball during this time period.

Will Bynum on the other hand missed a couple of drives in a row and Maccabi suffered from too much one on one play and lost their composure.

Maccabi could not penatrate the strong defense of CSKA and the the Russian got the ball to their inside players increasing the lead to 9 points.

Three minutes before the end of the quarter Maccabi asked for the timeout but It did not help a lot and CSKA kept similar lead till the end of the quarter.


The fourth quarter started with CSKA playing very smart and controlled game. Maccabi's approach did not change too much and we could see the end coming soon. CSKA had a small fan contingent but was very loud considering their size compared to the Yellows and their fanatical supporters.

The Russian fans went crazy after Matjaz Smodis hit a three pointer giving CSKA fourteen point (71-57) lead. Maccabi took another timeout with the saame result.

The Russian team still controlled the game and was very successful defending the one-on-one play by the Israeli team.

Maccabi woke up exactly in the middle of the forth quarter, when they scored their first two baskets in this period.

CSKA took time out seeing the Yellows getting their rhythm. Maccabi was determined to change the result, but CSKA played very smart game and controlled the tempo of the contest.

Two and a half minutes before the end of the game Maccabi took its last time out since they had nothing to lose as the game was really over at this point.

At this time the security personnel already arrived on the court in a large number just to make sure they would have full control of the fans.

The final minutes belonged to Greek Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and his Russian team. They had too mucch class to allow the victory slip out of their hands.

The Montepaschi fans who stayed to watch the final game after their team won 3rd place, started cheering in support of CSKA team, upcoming Euroleague champion.

It took CSKA 35 years to win the Euroleague title since it lifter the trophy in 1971, but won it twice in 2006 and now in 2008. It makes the Russian team the second most winning team in Euroleague history. Ettore Messina becomes the second most winning coach in Euroleague history with 4 titles, just behind Zeljko Obradovic with 6 titles.



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FRANCE

Pro B : Limoges signes Willie Jenkins to end the season -by Aurelien Hipp
*CSP Limoges, still running for the ProA accession, has signed Willie Jenkins (198-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee Tech) to end the regular season and take part to the playoffs. Jenkins is well known in France since he played for Le Havre in 2005-2006 (19 games, 8.8ppg) and Aix-Maurienne (33 games, 14.6ppg 4.8rpg). He played in Germany (Goettingen) this season. Jenkins is waiting to be qualified to Limoges' next game vs Rouen, scheduled next tuesday.

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 win 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. St-Vallier 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...


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GERMANY

2009 Euroleague Final Four set for Berlin's 02 World Arena -by Kasia
Euroleague Basketball and leading facilities and live sports and entertainment organization AEG announced a long-term agreement to partner on a wide range of basketball-related programming, presentation and development initiatives.
A central component of the partnership includes the hosting of Euroleague Final Four events in arenas owned or operated by AEG as well as providing services to Euroleague clubs regarding venue management, sales, and content optimization, in addition to the design, development, and construction of new world-class arenas.
Los Angeles-based AEG is considered one of the worlds leading arena design and management organizations having built STAPLES Center (Los Angeles) and The O2 (London), which recently hosted an NBA exhibition between the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves while owning or operating more of the worlds top 100 arenas than any other company. AEGs new O2 World Arena will be one of Europe's most modern multi-functional arenas and Germanys first-ever arena designed to host major International basketball competitions.

EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOURS IN BERLIN AND LONDON
Also announced were plans for Euroleague Basketball to host the 2009 Euroleague Final Four in AEGs new O2 World arena in Berlin (opening September, 2008). AEG and Euroleague Basketball also plan to have either the 2010 or 2011 Euroleague Final Four at AEGs O2 Arena in London. AEG will also host future events in other company owned or operated facilities across Europe.

CONSULTING & SUPPORT FOR TEAMS
AEG will provide Euroleague and ULEB Cup teams with assistance in optimizing the economic benefits and revenue streams attained from their facilities. This can include consultation services on the design and construction of arenas to meet Euroleague basketball requirements while adding design elements to increase their ability to host other sports and entertainment programming in their venues.
AEG will also provide support to Euroleague Basketball in the sales of sponsorship and media rights owned by various teams and the league. 'This partnership is a quantum leap for Euroleague Basketball. We are able to offer fans the possibility of enjoying the best basketball in the best facilities in Europes, located in the most important capitals, while improving the event organization and its economic exploitation, said Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague Basketball. At the same time we offer our clubs the possibility of being able to grow as organizations with the services offered by AEG. Overall European basketball will benefit from this agreement.'
'AEG believes in European basketball and the power of the Euroleague Basketball brand, said Andrew Messick, AEG Executive Vice President, Marketing & International and President of AEG Sports. We are delighted to be able to help Euroleague Basketball continue to grow and succeed and to be able to showcase the best club basketball in Europe in our state of the art, world-class facilities.'


German Cup: Artland Dragons capture the title -by Moritz Korff
The Artland Dragons have won the German BBL-Cup 2008. The team from Quakenbrueck defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg 74:60 in the final in Hamburg. 6500 fans in the Color-Line-Arena saw Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) shooting 6/7 from the field in the game on Sunday afternoon. He led the Dragons with 15 points to the first ever BBL-Cup title. Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) followed with 14 points and 8 rebounds, Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia St.) contributed with 12 points, while Leon Rodgers (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) had 11. Ludwigsburg was paced by Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) who scored 11 points in the game, Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) tallied 10 points. Boxscore: click
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven finished the Top Four-tournament as the third best team after beating ALBA Berlin 74:70 in the consolation game. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Bremerhaven, Berlin got a game-high 29 points from Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern). Boxscore: click

Statistics of the semifinals: click


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GREECE

Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Trikalla 2000 23-5 
 2. Panorama 21-7 
 3. Dafni 21-7 
 4. Ionikos Lamias 18-10 
 5. DASH Perist. 17-11 
 6. Iraklis 15-13 
 7. HSBC Pagrati 14-14 
 8. ICBS 14-14 
 9. Panerythrai. 13-15 
 10. MENT 13-15 
 11. Xanthi 12-15 
 12. Ilysiakos 11-17 
 13. Apollon 11-17 
 14. Halkida 7-20 
 15. Sporting 7-21 
 16. P.Faliro 6-22 


Maroussi overcame Aris at Alexandreio . -by George Manousidis

Maroussi with leader Nikos Boudouris (192-G-71) and scorer the impressive Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) beat Aris 72-61 in Thessaloniki and break the advantage of Aris in the first phase of play offs. If Maroussi won in Athens the third team in the regular season- Aris- would be out from the first round. Coach Soulis Markopoulos with genius moves hypnotic the opponent. Aris after a good start (7min16-9) think that everything it will be easy but make a big mistake and pay for that. Gordon Herbert says : We have a lot of respect, we did not underestimate the Maroussi, we had been prepared psychologically. In the first 5-6 minutes we played well and from that point we were careless and in the two parts of ground. It should be in our brain one aim, the win, we are with the back in the wall.
Aris was not found in good situation and this was proved by the output that had all the players. 'We knew that it would be a difficult game, we did not play as it should and we lost. Even very big teams have such nights. In the next game, we should not make so many errors, we should protect the ball and go up the rhythm. If we suceed to do that , then we will gain the game' say Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.)

Aris T.T. - Marousi Costa Coffee 61-72

Top scorers:

Aris T.T. : Tsaldaris 12 points, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block - Wasshington 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal

Maroussi Costa Coffee: Milisavljevic 27 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist - Stevenson 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks - Boudouris 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals



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HUNGARY

Play-Out -by Tamas Deri
American guard Anthony Harris (188-G) was unstoppable last night, scored 46 points (9/13 2pt's, 4/7 3pt's, 16/16 FT's) and beat the team of ZTE by himself!

Univer could win against even without the foreigners Jefferson, Fiegi and Blair, who left the team already.

MAFC - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 84-81
(16-15, 26-22, 18-22, 24-22)
MAFC: Anthony Harris 46/12, Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Northwestern) 21/9, Wehner 5/3, Vavra A. 2, Fulop 7,Kecskes, Graczer 3/3, Radovics, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
ZTE: Simon L. 6/3, Walters 9/3, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 31/9, Hoffmann, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 17/3, Baki 8/6, Gaspar 10, Keresztes, Coach: Nikola Lazic

Univer Kecskemet - Kaposvar 100-98
(30-19, 21-23, 26-22, 23-34)
UNIVER: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) 27/12, Horvath 16/3, Szabo 15/6, Toth 10/6, Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) 20, Lekli 10, Csabay 2, Halmai, Vida, Coach: Andras Zsoldos
KKK: Csirke 13/3, Ceskovic 18/12, Szoke 18/3, Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, college: Marquette) 31/12, Orosz 9, Tomosvary 7, Hendlein, Kiss 1, Coach: Horvath Imre


1/4Finals, game two -by Tamas Deri
The winner of the regular season Falco KC had one hard victory in the first game on Wednesday in the Arena Savaria. The second game the guests started better and were up by 11 points in the first half. In the second half the home team started to rule the game and came up to one point. Some minutes later they even were leading by 6 points, when hungarian guards Kalman and Pankar scored very important points for the guests and decided the game.

Kormend could win in a very tied game in Dombovar on Wednesday and now they can beat the 2nd place team on the home court. Kormend started the game with one amazing 9-0 run in 3 minutes, but the guests started to play their own game and tied the game. After twenty minutes they were up by 2 points, even so that Julien Mills just came in the 17th minute on the court. Even the third quarter was tied, but in the last quarter Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 4 three pointers against the zone defense played by the guests and decided the game for his team!

Even ASE could win after the away victory in their own arena and are leading the series 2-0 against Albacomp. Key players of the game were Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU), Robert Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) and Zsolt Kiss (192-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services).

The all-in-one team of the last season, Szolnoki Olaj lost the first game of the quarterfinals on Wednesday and tried to do everything to tie the series.
The first quarter was tied, Nick Williams of Pecs showed his great skills. In the second quarter the guests were leading by 5 points, and Thomas Kelley was the man, who scored 18 points in the first half and did not let the guests to decide the game after one half.

Even the third quarter began with scores of Denes and Aleksic, so the guests were up by 10 already. Kelley was trying to do anything to keep the chances, he had already 23 points after thirty minutes, when the guests were leading 47-61.
The fourth quarter one other Szolnok step on the court and 5 minutes before the end they tied the game. In the last minutes they were up by one, Aleksic got two free throws but missed them.


SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS 75-74
(18-20, 12-16, 17-25, 28-13)
Szolnok, Att.: 2200, Referees: Fldhzi, Hegeds, Kirly
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 25/12, Cziczas 3/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 21/6, Sabaliauskas, Gobi 4, Molnar A. 9/3, Jurkunas 7/3, Toth V., Harazin 6, Coach: Por Peter
PECS: Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 23/12, Aleksic 10, Denes G. 2, Lapov 11/3, Grebenar 9, Toth N. 7/3, Czigler 6, Hossz 2, Kutasi 4/3, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Series: 1-1


MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZI KK - FALCO-SZOVA KC-SZOMBATHELY 93-97
(17-28, 29-21, 33-23, 14-25)
Nyiregyhza, Att.: 1000, Referees: Papp P., Adam, Szilas
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 28/15, Siska 9/3, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: La-Lafayette) 22/9, Sitku 28/9, Helbich 2, Trepak 4, Krasznai, Coach: Deri Csaba
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 23/9, Doyne 12, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 26/12, Kazlauskas 16/12, Borszeki 5, Aliakseyeu 4, Pankar 9/9, Will 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Series: 0-2


POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND - PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC 71-64
(16-18, 12-12, 24-18, 19-16)
Kormend, Att.: 2500, Referees: Valovics, Kthay, Trk
KORMEND: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/3, Csaba Ferencz 17/15, Ocitti 11, Henderson 4, Vavra 11/3, Thomas 10/3, Trummer 6/6, Toth, Kocsis 2, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
DOMBOVAR: Simon 4, Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) 12, Bodi 10/6, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 20/9, Sanders 12, Balogh, Molnar, Vas, Mills 6/3, Coach: Branislav Dzunic
Series: 2-0


ATOMEROMU SE - ALBACOMP 94-75
(23-17, 23-18, 24-18, 24-22)
Paks, Att.: 1000, Referees: Hartyni, Bognr, Kiss L.
ATOMEROMU: Meszaros 6, Nile Murry 17/3, Stevenson 6, Horvath 11/3, Robert Gulyas 15/3, Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) 12/9, Zsolt Kiss 12/12, Csaplar-Nagy 7/3, Toroman 6/6, Panta 2, Morgen, Horanyi, Coach: Sabali Balazs
ALBACOMP: Simon 11, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 21/9, Radovic 7/3, McClendon 6, Bencze 8, Soos 5/3, Boozer 4, Hanga 6, David 4/3, Keller 3/3, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
Series: 2-0


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INDIA

Thrissur Boys win Youth State Championships -by Anil Kumar
Thrissur boys and Kannur girls won the titles in the 25th Kerala State youth basketball championships at the Marygiri Senior Secondary School here at Kannur on Wednesday.

In the boys section, Thrissur defeated defending champion Pathanamhitta 67-43 after leading 36-14 at half-time.

For Thrissur, Amit Sebastian (23 points) and Shebin Shamsudeen (21) did the bulk of the scoring. Arun K. Thomas (16) excelled for Pathanmthitta.

Wayanad took the third spot after defeating Ernakulam 33-17.

Neenumol excels


In the girls category, Kannur rode on P.S. Neenumols brilliance to crush defending champion Kollam 57-28 after leading 29-12 at half-time.

Kollams key player Smruthy was off-colour and her team had to pay the price for it.

Kottayam scraped past Thrissur 37-36 to finish third.

The results:

Boys (final): Thrissur 67 (Amit Sebastian 23, Shebin Shamsudeen 21) bt Pathanamthitta 43 (Arun K. Thomas 16, Richard Baby 11, Nithin Paul Stephan 10).

Losers final: Wayanad 33 (C. Sharath 10) bt Ernakulam 17.

Girls (final): Kannur 57 (P.S. Neenumol 16) bt Kollam 28 (Libiya Varghese 10).

Losers final: Kottayam 37 (Sona M. Saji 21) bt Thrissur 36 (Lidhya Varghese 15).

Special prizes: Best player: Boys: Amit Sebastian; Girls: P.S. Neenumol; Promising player: Boys: Shebin Shamsudeen; Girls: Anusha Anto


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ITALY

Montepaschi wins the third place in overtime game against Tau -by Kasia

3rd place game: Montepaschi Siena - Tau Ceramica Vitoria 97-93 (21-19, 17-22, 23-20, 18-18)

In every Euroleague Final Four the 3rd place game is always a contest of pride as both teams have to pick themselves up emotionally after loosing the important semifinal. The atmosphere is not at the same level as the semifinal or final but around the third quarter and the atmosphere will pick up as the arena will fill up with supporters of the championship game.

However Tau fans were loyal and showed some great support and enthusiasm.

Both teams started the game very nervously. The first points were scored more than two minutes into the game by Planinic. Then the game picked up as both teams exchanged three and two pointers without getting a major advantage. Tau finally opened a small lead with three 3-pointers from Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Then Siena's Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) step his game up and the first quarter ended 21-19 for Italian team.

The second quarter started with a lot of vocal crowd support from the Tau fans. It looked like Tau was more focused and they managed to get a three point lead.

Siena regrouped and managed to catch up with Tau getting a small lead 25-24. But a good game of Tau's duo Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) assured that Spaniards took back the lead 29-25. Two minutes till the end of the second half both teams took serious and the game was way faster with much closer defense. Montepaschi tried to stay close, but French forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati)'s 7 points assured to keep six point lead for Tau. Three pointer by Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) allowed Siena to stay just three points behind at the half time.

The third quarter started with both teams shooting very well., so they exchanged a lot of baskets keeping the contest close. Central African Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) lead Montepaschi at this time with nine points, while Tau was lead by Pete Mickeal, who added extra seven consecutive points. The first significant lead was after Nigerian Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC)'s dunk, when Montepaschi was 61-55 ahead. Tau quickly responded and tied the game and the score was 61-61 at the close of the third quarter.


The fourth quarter was very defensive and finally Lavrinovic finally scored the first points with the dunk, which was immediately repeated by Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances)'s dunk at the other side of the court. During the next phase of the game the referees let the game get a little too physical and almost out of control with both teams picking up a lot of fouls, many free throws and ...no team was able to get bigger than two point lead.

Pablo Prigioni did a very good job stopping the best Montepaschi player of the semifinal game - Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson). Splitter found the rhythm and was scoring the most of Tau's points in the fourth quarter.

Three minutes before the end of the game it was still 76-75 for Siena and it looked like it would be a very close game until the last seconds.

With just one minute left Siena's Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) missed a three pointer with a one point led for Tau.

The Spanish immediately took a time out with 50 seconds before the end of the game. Tau lossed the ball and Montepaschi had only a few seconds to score.

With five seconds left in the game (79-78 for Tau) McIntyre missed a three pointer.

Luckily Lavrinovic got fouled and made one out of two free throws and tied the game 79-79.

Tau took another time out with a few seconds left in the contest and once the game resumed the ball was passed to Zoran Planinic (198-G-82), he droved to the basket, but the wall made of Sato and Stonerook stopped him from scoring the winning basket. The game went to overtime.


In overtime McIntyre got fouled while attempting a three pointer and made all of his free throws bringing a 82-79 lead for Siena.

Rakocevic finally woked up and scored two points for Tau on a fast break cutting Siena's lead to just one point. Another two successful free throws by Siena changed the result to 84-81 for Montepaschi.

Mickeal made only one of two free throws and Siena kept a two point lead with three minutes left on the clock. McIntyre lost the ball and Singleton's three pointer gave the first overtime lead to Tau with just two minutes to go.

Lavrinovic repeated making two free throws on the other side of the court and Siena kept a two point margin.

Tau lost another ball and fouled Stonerook who made one out of two free throws slightly increasing Montepaschi's lead to three points.

Tau's Singleton missed a shot and Macedonian Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) got another two points from a fast break bringing Siena's lead to 90-85 just 59 seconds till the end of the game.

Rakocevic missed a shot and Stonerook replied with another three pointer giving the Siena team 8 point lead.

Teletovic hit a three pointer and fouled McIntyre with a few seconds left.

Singleton made another 3 pointer and Siena's Lavrinovic scored two for Montepaschi. Teletovic got fouled with four seconds left in the game and his two free throws did not help to change the score much as Montepaschi won the third place with 97-93 final score.

Montepaschi went crazy.

As soon as the game was over they started cheering for ...CSKA as the prediction of upcoming final game between CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv.



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JORDAN

Zain defeats Orthodox and advanced to the Final -by Eurobasket News
Zain beat Orthodox in the semifinal game of 21st Arab Clubs Championship. The game between two representatives from Jordan was a great event in the country. It was a continuation of their Final games in the Play-offs of Jordan.
Zain won the Final series in the country over Orthodox 3-2 and proved their ambitions for the top place in 21st Arab Clubs Championship as well. Zain started off with 33:13 in the opening quarter looking very offensive in the game. When the teams left the court for the break the board showed 58:21 for Zain and it became clear that the team would benefit from the game. The favorite produced another offensive third quarter to take 77:40 after it. The task for the last period was to score three digit number and Zain solved the task with 101:77 win.
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) led the winners for the second time with 15 points. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) supported him with 14 as Zain expect support in the Final game tonight. Kevin Jobity (207-F/C-74, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Niagara) nailed 21 points for Orthodox and Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) scored 14. The Final game between Zain and Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut is scheduled for 20.45. At 18:30 Orthodox will take on Al Kuwait SC for the third place.


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KUWAIT

Al Kuwait SC will play for the third position -by Eurobasket News
Al Kuwait SC lost the semifinal game to Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 67:76 and will play for the third place in 21st Arab Clubs Championship. Being undefeated team Al Kuwait SC could not win the second game against Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut as the teams saw each other in Group D of the elimination round. That time Al Kuwait SC overcame Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 97:92. Trailing 11 points after the first quarter Al Kuwait SC produced a good second half to benefit from the game. Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) led the winners with 25 points. Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) scored 23 points and made 12 board, while Ahmad Al Mutairi posted 17. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) shined in the losing effort with 35 points. As there were three teams in the group Al Kuwait SC top it with 2-0 record.
Al Kuwait SC did not look fresh enough in the opening tip of the game and had to follow Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut. The latter controlled the quarter and had 26:15 after the first period. They left the court for the big break in front having 53:49 advantage. Al Kuwait SC woke up fully in the third quarter and grabbed 76:69 after the end of it. The last quarter was a good one to see and Al Kuwait SC led the game to the win.
Last night Al Kuwait SC won the opening quarter 21:17. The team held off the advantage also with 37:35 at the halftime. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut was stronger in the third quarter and grabbed 61:51 lead. The team from Lebanon advanced to the Final with 76:67 and will play with Zain. Alpha Bangura led the winners with 30 points and Kevin Johnson (202-F-79, college: Tulsa) nailed 17. Al Kuwait SC was paced by 25 points from Andre Pitts. Hiram Fuller scored 15 and Ira Clark posted 14.


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LATVIA

Latvian Basketball League semi-finals -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Basketball League

Semi-finals (best of five)

BK Ventspils - ASK Riga 77-91 (26-32; 13-15; 18-30; 20-14), series 0-1

Akingbala 15, Baxter 11; Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) 18+9reb+6as, Vecvagars 17, Grafs 14, Broyles 14, Millage 11

Barons/LMT - VEF Riga 92-70 (21-15; 24-17; 25-24; 22-14), series 1-0


Batista 16+7reb, Adomaitis 12, Alexander 11, Jefferson 11, Berzins 11, Skele 10; Gulbis 17, Kolesnikov 13+8reb, Jeromanovs 12, Zakis 12



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LEBANON

Sagesse to pan arab semi final -by Rony Daccache
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut club succeeded in what it failed during the last three years, by beating Riyadi, the Lebanese and Arab Champion for the last three years, and kicked it out of the competition to win the title one more year. By this victory, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut comes back in force in the Arab championship, after a six-year absence. The game was close and exciting. The new Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut player Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's), from Sierra Leone, distinguished himself, scoring 40 points, and succeeding in dealing with the high speed of Riyadi.

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut will play Kuwait in the semi-final. On the other hand, the Jordanian Zain team will play its local rival, the Jordanian Orthodox team.


Kahraba 2-1 Antonins / Tebnine 3-0 ENB -by Rony Daccache
CS Antonins Baabda won against Kahraba Zouk and managed to reduce the score to 2-1, preventing Kahraba Zouk from another victory. Anis Feghali was the star of the game, leading his team to win, scoring from everywhere and giving it the hope to reach a fifth game. Kahraba Zouk players seemed tired and exhausted, in 3rd and 4th quarters, due to the three consecutive games they were playing.

Tebnine ended its series v/s ENB, 3-0, with a 12 point difference. The game was exciting; the confrontation was at its highest extent. ENB players did not abandon until the end, especially Ahmad Abou Al Nasr who was at his best. They even managed till the middle of the second quarter to lead with 10 points, but when C. Tony Khalil pushed Khaled El Mawla (190-G-82) into the court, the latter lead his team to win the game. Tebnine lost the efforts of its pointguard Georges Akiki (171-G-83) who got a serious knee injury, during the second quarter.

Tebnine will have to wait for the result of Kahraba Zouk / CS Antonins (next game on Monday at 20h00 at Kahraba) confrontation to see which team it will be facing in the final.


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MEXICO

Aluxes fall in debut -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite playing without Curtis Williams, injured, Dorados de Playa del Carmen destroyed Aluxes de Cancun 102-77 yesterday night in the Poliforum Arena. Scoring 27 points, Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) led the way in Dorados, James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) added 17 points and Edwin Sanchez (170-G-73) 14 at the winning side. Imports Timmy Gibbs (191-G-67, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Weber St.) and Eric Carr (200-F-71, college: Penn St.) were the last t o surrender in Aluxes, scoring 30 points each, but all their teammates combined for only 17 points and this tells a lot.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT Super-League 9 Round : Easy win for Mogren against Niksic -by Dragan Scepanovic
In last game of 9 Round of MNT 1A Super-League in city of Niksic Basketball Club Mogren from Budva win against Basketball Club Niksic 77-61 (18-19,22-11,20-17,17-14).In team of Basketball Club Mogren best player was once again Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) with 19 points.Good game or BC Mogren play Nenad Stefanovic with 12 points.In team of BC Niksic best was Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) with 20 points.In other two game of 9 Round result was : ABS Primorje-Buducnost 59-84 and Danilovgrad- BC Lovcen 78-80 (Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 20 points for Danilovgrad-Ljubo Jovanovic 32 points and Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 15 points for Lovcen)

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 10-0 
 2. Mogren 6-4 
 3. Niksic 5-5 
 4. ABS Primorje 4-6 
 5. Lovcen 3-7 
 6. Danilovgrad 2-8 
Play-Out
 1. Ulcijn 7-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 7-3 
 4. Rudar 5-5 
 5. Primorje-M. 4-6 
 6. Kotor 0-10 


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NBA

Detroit back at the championship path -by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have reminded everybody they are one of the main contenders for the title in the season routing ambitious Orlando 91:72 in the first semifinal game in the East. The experienced Pistons squad knew exactly what they should do to keep the Magic in the box. Aggressive and sometimes dogged defense limited Dwight Howard to just 12 points and 8 boards and Orlando were done. Detroit struggled to find the right rhythm against the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round but it seemed the sloppiness had vanished. Concentration filled the air at the Palace of Auburn Hills as Detroit never stopped en route to the victory. The hosts fired a 19:3 run in the third period and then sealed it all with a 17:4 rally early in the fourth stanza to prevail at the end. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored 19 points to lead the home side. Richard Hamilton had 17 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell added 12 points apiece for the winners. Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) answered with 18 points apiece for the Magic. The series will resume in Motown on Monday.
David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) scored his playoff-high 30 points and grabbed 9 boards to help the New Orleans Hornets overcame San Antonio 101:82 at the New Orleans Arena yesterday. Chris Paul contributed 17 points and 13 assists as the Hornets jumped to a 1-0 lead in the Western semis. But the pivotal role was played by the Hornets defense. Tyson Chandler limited Tim Duncan to miserable 5 points as the Spurs all-star center went 1/9 from the field. The hosts also outrebounded the Spurs 50:34 and outscored them 46:26 in the paint. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) came up with 22 points, while Tyson Chandler had 10 points, 15 boards and 3 blocks for the winners. Tony Parker responded with 23 points for the Spurs. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points in a losing effort.


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NPBL

The Hawks are climbing the table -by Gianni Pascucci
The NPBL first season champions Hudson Valley Hawks had a bad start, but showed a dramatic improvement in last games. Yesterday night, they took the second win in a row defeating the Delaware Destroyers 119-113 and improving their record to 3-6. The Hawks 3 guard lineup proved to be lethal as starting guards Willie Coleman (6'0''-G-84), Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86, college: Siena), and Justin Skipwith (6'1'-G-83, college: Post) each had huge games. Coleman had 31 points, and shot 50% from behind the three point arc. Tay Fisher ended with 29 points shooting 7/12 from behind the arc. Fisher also had 3 assists, and 3 steals. Skipwith had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Hawks big men also contributed: Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.) and Kevin Pegram (6'7''-F-85) had 10 rebs each. As a team the Hawks shot 47% from the field and 44% from behind the three point line. Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-82, college: California (PA)) led all scorers with 38 points for the Destroyers and Solomon Sheard (6'9''-F/C-79, college: Paul Quinn) added 23 points at the losing side. The game was tight throughout and the Hawks mounted a comeback effort coming as they were down 9 points at the half. The Hawks look to continue their success as they take the road against the Avengers on May 10th.

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

7. Delaware _____ 0-3



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PARAGUAY

America again at the top -by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the Saturday night games, America de Pilar confirmed to be the best team in the country out from Asuncion. In fact, America has yet defeated two times the high ranked Deportivo San Jose (the last win was yesterday night), and it seems that only Sol de America, leader of Group A, is able to keep its pace. The first unexpected result came yesterday night in Encarnacion, where Estrellas del Este prevailed over Felix Perez Cardozo 87-80, with Brazilian Thiago Amoroso and domestic Luis Gasto (188-G/F-80) being the best performers at 18 points each. Sergio Lopez (189-G-85) scored 27 pts in losing effort, and Vince Williams produced only 1 point in FPC and will be changed soon. See here down the results of the last two nights:
GROUP A - Encarnacion
Sol de America - Felix Perez Cardozo 86-77
Sacachispas - Estrellas del Este 95-70
Estrellas del Este - Felix Perez Cardozo 87-80
Sacachispas - Sol de America -----
GROUP B - Asuncion
America - Gigantes del Norte 107-77
Dep.San Jos - Libertad 74-69
Libertad - Gigantes del Norte 76-69
America - Dep.San Jos 93-81
Tonight will be played the last games of the weekend, Estrellas - Sol de America and Sacachispas - FPC in Group A, America - Libertad and Dep.San Jos - Gigantes in Group B


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PBL

PBL 2008 MVP and All-League teams announced -by Gianni Pascucci

With a strange one-month delay, the Premier Basketball League announced the 2008 PBL MVP and All-League Teams. The list is as follows:

PBL Most Valuable Player: Jeremy Bell (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist) (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist), Arkansas Impact

PBL Playoff Most Valuable Player: Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia), Rochester Razorsharks

PBL Coach of the Year: Rod Baker , Rochester Razorsharks

PBL First Team:
Player Pos Ht College 2007-08 Stats
Jeremy Bell, Arkansas G 6'1' Williams Baptist 23.0 ppg, League MVP
Tayron Thomas (6'3''-G, college: Philadelphia), Reading 17.4 ppg, 5.7 apg
James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara), Rochester 14.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg
Frank Richards (6'2''-G-82, college: Kansas St.), Rockford 17.1 ppg, 37 steals
Bobby Anderson (6'6''-G-79, college: Independence CC), Quad City 18.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg

PBL Second Team:
Player Pos Ht College 2007-08 Stats
Stanley Thomas (6'3''-G-80, King HS (Ill.)), Chicago 20.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.), Jacksonville 17.9 ppg, 5.1 apg
Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist), Quad City 21.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Keith Friel, Rochester G 6'4' Virginia 16.5 ppg, Playoff MVP
Charles Ward (6'7''-F-79, college: St.Augustine), Wilmington 17.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg

PBL Third Team:
Player Pos Ht College 2007-08 Stats
Tyrone Davis (6'6''-G/F-79, college: Coahoma CC), Arkansas 17.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.), Maryland 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Jared Mills (6'6''-F-81, college: Randolph-Macon), Reading 15.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry), Rochester 15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Reggie George (6'10''-C-85, college: Robert Morris), Rockford 15.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg



2008 PBL Top Single Game performers -by Gianni Pascucci
With the same, strange one-month delay, the Premier Basketball League released also the 2008 single game performances. The list is as follows:

MOST POINTS, SINGLE GAME PTS
Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.) Maryland v. Rochester February 24, 2008 45
Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) Jacksonville at Quad Cities March 15, 2008 45

FIELD GOALS MADE, SINGLE GAME FGM
Anthony Lumpkin Jacksonville at Quad Cities March 15, 2008 17

FREE THROWS MADE, SINGLE GAME FTM
Andrew Washington (6'3''-G-84, college: Delaware) Maryland v. Wilmington February 9, 2008 18

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE, SINGLE GAME 3PM
Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) Rockford v. Dallas February 23, 2008 10

REBOUNDS, SINGLE GAME
Tearon Hill (6'9''-F/C-86) Dallas at Rochester March 5, 2008 24

ASSISTS, SINGLE GAME
Lonnie Randolph (6'1''-G-83, college: Drake) Dallas at Rockford January 13, 2008 19

STEALS, SINGLE GAME
Quinton Gibson (6'1''-G, college: Robert Morris) Quad Cities v. Dallas January 4, 2008 12

BLOCKED SHOTS, SINGLE GAME
Reggie George (6'10''-C-85, college: Robert Morris) Rockford v. Chicago February 24, 2008 9


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POLAND

Turow, Prokom enjoy victories -by Eurobasket News
Turow and Prokom went up in the respective semifinal series. Prokom handled Polpak 73:69 away from home to grab a 2-1 lead in the semifinal clash. The teams kept it close in the first frame and finished it knotted at 16. However Prokom jumped to a 6-point lead at halftime and stretched the margin to 13 points at the end of the third stanza. Polpak refused to give up and trimmed the deficit to minimum in the final minutes. But the visitors withstood the effort rolling to a tough win. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) dropped 15 points for Prokom. Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) had 13 points, while Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) secured 12 for the winners. Marko Brkic (206-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) answered with 15 points apiece for Polpak.
Turow also celebrated a road success to step closer to the PLK Final. Turow edged Slask 71:60 away from home to pick up a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Slask looked confident in the first half and pretty easily got away to a 35:26 advantage at halftime. But Turow adjusted their sensational defense and it worked smoothly for the visitors after the long break. Turow limited the hosts to 25 second-half points and prevailed at the end. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) paced the visitors with 17 points. Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81, college: American) added 11 points, while Robert Witka (205-F-81) and Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: VTBM/SRBM) had 10 points apiece. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, agency: Megasport, college: Rhode Island) nailed 15 points for Slask in defeat. The fourth games are scheduled for Monday.


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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Italy, in the Play-Offs of the second division, Caserta won against Rimini 77-69, the first game. MVP of the game was 'our Boricua' Guillermo Diaz who played a 'partidazo' with 20 points (7/7 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 3/5 FT) in 27 minutes with also 2 rebounds.
In Turkey, Besiktas began with a victory his Play-offs series. Besiktas won against Banvitspor 85-81. Christian Dalmau played 25 minutes with 7 points (2/4 2pts, 1/6 3pts) and 4 assists and 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca played 24 minutes with 5 points (1/4 2pts, 1/2 3pts) and 3 assists.
In Bosnia, Siroki was defeated by Bosna Sarajevo 78-71. Sharif Fajardo scored 12 points and He caught 10 rebounds. Siroki has now in the Bosnia League a 5-2 standings.
In Poland, in the Semifinals, Turow won the third game against Slask Wroclaw 71-60. The Series is now 2-1 for Turow. Andres Rodriguez played 36 minutes with 11 points (1/2 2pts, 2/5 3pts 3/3 FT), 5 assists and 5 rebounds.
In Germany, Nathan Peavy and his Paderborn did not play because of the German Cup where Paderborn was not qualified.
A. Fontana


Santurce regains 1st place in Metro Section -by Luis Ramirez
With a 80-67 win over the Fajardo Cariduros the Santurce Crabbers have taken 1st place once again in the Metro Section. It seems that nothing has yet been decided in this section as the last place team is just 1 1/2 out of first place with 2 games left in the regular season. This has been by far the tightest race in many years in the BSN. Fajardo took the 1st quarter 19-18, the Crabbers bounced back in the 2nd quarter to take the 1st half 33-31. In the 3rd quarter the game was still tight as the Crabbers had a 53-50 lead. In the 4th quarter the Crabbers broke open the game as they held the Cariduros to just 17 points while they went on to score 27 points. For Santurce Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) scored 22 points followed by Larry Ayuso with 19 points. For Fajardo, Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) scored 27 points with 15 rebounds followed by Omar Quintero wit 14 points.

Over at Guaynabo, the Conquistadors beat the Carolina Giants 100-85. The Conquistadors took the 1st quarter and from there on it was a catch up game for the Giants but they could not hold off the Conquistadors. The half ended 49-45 in favor of Guaynabo and it was much the same in the 2nd half. For Guaynabo, Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) scored 30 points followed by Kevin Sheppard with 21 points. For Carolina, Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) scored 29 points with 13 rebounds followed by Ebi Ere with 17 points.

At Bayamon, the Cowboys outlasted the Humacao Grays 87-82. The Grays had their player Isaiah Victor thrown out of the game as he protested a foul call too forcefully and this could have been the difference in the game. The 1st quarter belonged to the Cowboys 22-19, they also took the 1st half 38-33. In the 2nd half both teams played at an even level and the 5 point difference in the 1st half was all that the cowboys needed for their win. For Bayamon, Diego Guevara (184-G-77, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Charlotte) scored 21 points followed by Christopher Vega with 17 points. For Humacao, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Valparaiso) scored 24 points followed by Isaiah Victor with 16 points. In this game Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) broke the prior record on rebounds which had been held by Ruben Rodriguez with 380 rebounds and was established in 1978. Benson grabbed a total of 15 rebounds in the game to now hold the record at 392 with 2 games to be played in the regular season.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
 1. Arecibo 20-9 
 2. Caguas 19-11 
 3. Ponce 14-16 
 4. San German 13-16 
 5. Guayama 6-23 
 6. Mayaguez 6-23 
Metro
 1. Santurce 17-12 
 2. Guaynabo 17-13 
 3. Fajardo 17-13 
 4. Carolina 17-13 
 5. Bayamon 16-14 
 6. Humacao 16-14 


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QATAR

Al-Arabi Clinches Place in GCC Finals with a Convincing Win Over Local Rivals Al-Rayyan; Will Play Al-Qadisia of Kuwait as They Beat Al-Wasl in the Other Semi Final. -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

After needing help to secure their spot in the final four, Al Arabi Club, behind the strong play of Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.), Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) and Mohammed Al Derazi (192-F), overpowered an overconfident Al Rayyan team to win 107-92 and book their place in tonight's final. Al Arabi controlled the tempo from the get go and had their way all night against a non-existent Rayyan defense. Grimes punished them, going for 27 points, 8 assists and 2 steals, while Baker finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Al Derazi added 25 points and 8 rebounds for the victors. Credit also has to be given to Al Arabi's coach, David Ingram, as he had his team well prepared for this game and his players executed a great game plan. They will face Al Qadsia who beat Al Wasl 87-82. J Williams had a monstrous game scoring 35 points and registering 20 rebounds for Al Qadsia.

Al Rayyan will now face Al Wasl for 3rd place.

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3rd-4th Place Game

Al Rayyan vs Al Wasl (1700 KSA)

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Championship Game

Al Arabi Club vs Al Qadsia (1900 KSA)



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ROMANIA

Rapid snatches home-court advantage from CSU Ploiesti -by Eurobasket News
Rapid Bucuresti pulled away with a road win over the defending champions CSU Ploiesti to level things up in the semifinal series. The teams now move to the capital for the next two meetings in the best-of-five series. CSU Ploiesti opened the clash with an 84:77 victory. The hosts managed to get away only in the fourth stanza. Rapid stayed close and surged ahead right after the long break. They built a 4-point cushion heading into the final period but Ploiesti never surrendered and came out on top. Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) secured 20 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) and De'Angelo Alexander (198-G-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charlotte) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 24 points for Rapid in a loss.
But the next day the fortune smiled to Rapid. The visitors replied on a 20:12 third quarter to clear off to a 4-point distance which proved insurmountable for CSU Ploiesti. Rapid celebrated an 86:84 win and drew level in the series. Bogdan Popescu led Rapid with 22 points and 11 boards. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) nailed 20 points for the winning side. Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83) and Bojan Obradovic replied with 23 points apiece for CSU Ploiesti.
Meanwhile UMobitelco grabbed a 1-0 lead over CSU Sibiu. UMobitelco prevailed 68:64 on the road in Game 1. Milan Medvedj (183-G-79) netted 17 points, while Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) provided 15 points and 15 boards for the winners. William Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) accounted for game-high 22 points in a losing effort.


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RUSSIA

CSKA captures the Euroleague Championship !!! -by Kasia

Similarly like in previous seasons, also this year Eurobasket has live coverage from the most important European clubs event - Euroleague Final Four.

Final: Maccabi Tel-Aviv - CSKA Moscow 77-91 (21-22, 20-20, 16-21, 20-28)
Half of the arena was yellow as the Maccabi supporters were definitely the visible majority. CSKA support section was alot smaller, but they were joined by Montepaschi and Tau fans, who also cheered for the Russian team. Most of journalists predicted that CSKA would win the game as they more quality players on the paper, and at the beginning of the season not many predicted Maccabi making it to the Final Four. But after they changed the coach in the mid-season, they improved dramatically and made it all way to the Euroleague final.

Both of these teams are considered the the finest professional franchises in European basketball boosting annual budgets over $40 million dollars per season.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has won back to back Euroleague titles in the new millenium and CSKA has appered in the last six final fours.

CSKA powered their way to the Euroleague championship with a 91-71 victory and was lead by Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) 21 points, who mas named MVP of the Final Four.

The Russian team was a lot more disciplined on offense and Maccabi falter with a sluggish third quarter and individual play.

Maccabi's center Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) scored the first basket of the game. CSKA seemed to be a little pressed by the loud support of Maccabi fans which inspired the Yellows to a 5-0 lead.

CSKA's Trajan Langdon scored five points in a row cutting Maccabi's lead and Australian David Andersen (212-C-80) followed with a two pointer taking the first lead of the game for the Russian team.

Both teams got their rhythm while exchanging many baskets and CSKA opened up a small lead, but could not increase as both teams traded baskets like a good heavyweight fight.

Maccabi had a chance to knot the score but missed four consecutive free throws in a row. The first quarter ended with CSKA leading 22-21.

The second quarter started with a perfect play from both teams and the lead changed every few seconds.

Finally Maccabi made two turnovers and CSKA thanks to Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) and his great inside game managed to get four point lead.

Maccabi took the time out but it did not help because they ended up loosing three out of the next four posessions and CSKA was more disciplined increasing the lead to seven points (38-31).

Maccabi's American Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) took charge and scored two consecutive baskets cutting the CSKA lead to just three points.

Maccabi took another time out then David Bluthenthal (201-F-80, college: USC)'s three pointer tied the game. CSKA took a one point advantage to the halftime break (42-41).


CSKA Moscow started the third quarter very focused and after two three pointers in a row, they increased the lead to seven points. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and David Andersen was playing some good basketball during this time period.

Will Bynum on the other hand missed a couple of drives in a row and Maccabi suffered from too much one on one play and lost their composure.

Maccabi could not penatrate the strong defense of CSKA and the the Russian got the ball to their inside players increasing the lead to 9 points.

Three minutes before the end of the quarter Maccabi asked for the timeout but It did not help a lot and CSKA kept similar lead till the end of the quarter.


The fourth quarter started with CSKA playing very smart and controlled game. Maccabi's approach did not change too much and we could see the end coming soon. CSKA had a small fan contingent but was very loud considering their size compared to the Yellows and their fanatical supporters.

The Russian fans went crazy after Matjaz Smodis hit a three pointer giving CSKA fourteen point (71-57) lead. Maccabi took another timeout with the saame result.

The Russian team still controlled the game and was very successful defending the one-on-one play by the Israeli team.

Maccabi woke up exactly in the middle of the forth quarter, when they scored their first two baskets in this period.

CSKA took time out seeing the Yellows getting their rhythm. Maccabi was determined to change the result, but CSKA played very smart game and controlled the tempo of the contest.

Two and a half minutes before the end of the game Maccabi took its last time out since they had nothing to lose as the game was really over at this point.

At this time the security personnel already arrived on the court in a large number just to make sure they would have full control of the fans.

The final minutes belonged to Greek Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) and his Russian team. They had too mucch class to allow the victory slip out of their hands.

The Montepaschi fans who stayed to watch the final game after their team won 3rd place, started cheering in support of CSKA team, upcoming Euroleague champion.

It took CSKA 35 years to win the Euroleague title since it lifter the trophy in 1971, but won it twice in 2006 and now in 2008. It makes the Russian team the second most winning team in Euroleague history. Ettore Messina becomes the second most winning coach in Euroleague history with 4 titles, just behind Zeljko Obradovic with 6 titles.



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SERBIA

Superleague, round 8 - Thriller defeat on the road for Partizan Igokea -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea suffered the first defeat in Serbian Superleague. FMP was better than reining Serbian and Adriatic league champs at home in thriller finish 69-71. Black-and-white team had a comfortable lead at the beginning of the last period. They touched plus 13 at one point but Panthers did not give up making 15-0 run led by Erceg, Samardziski and Krstovic. Kecman stopped their series with successful 3-point shot from the perimeter but at the end clutch player of the game was Samardziski, who scored under the basket with a foul at FMP's last possession. Power forward Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) paced the winners to 6th win in Superleague with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) followed him adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Euroleague player of the year Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Partizan having 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 fouls made on him.

Hemofarm STADA had an easy job vs Vojvodina Srbijagas in Vrsac 71-50. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) led the orange team registering double-double. He collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Vojvodina got 17 points and 4 rebounds from Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services).

Almost the same picture was seen in Belgrade's hall Pionir as Crvena Zvezda smashed Vizura 89-72. Guard Boris Bakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the best for the winners finishing the game with 23 points and 4 rebounds while Uros Lucic (207-C-83) scored 21 points for Vizura.

Borac lost at home against Swisslions Takovo 75-90 improving to score 2-5 while Borac dropped on 1-7. MVP of the round Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated very good performance netting 29 points including 8 rebounds. Shooting guard Predrag Markovic (198-G/F-80) scored 25 points for Borac.


FMP - Partizan Igokea 71-69
(20-20,16-20,12-17,23-12)

FMP:
Erceg 27 (5 rebs), Samardziski 16 (5 rebs), Krstovic 15
Partizan: Pekovic 19 (5 rebs), Velickovic 14 (5 rebs), Kecman 10 (7 rebs)


Hemofarm STADA - Vojvodina Srbijagas 71-50
(19-15,19-17,27-10,6-8)

Hemofarm:
Vukosavljevic 16 (12 rebs), Joksimovic 13, Marshall 12 (4 as)
Vojvodina: Nemeth 17 (4 rebs), Bajic 8


Crvena Zvezda - Vizura 89-72
(16-15,30-15,28-22,15-20)

Zvezda:
Bakic 23 (4 rebs), Sljivancanin 16, Raicevic 13 (5 rebs), Cook 11 (7 as)
Vizura: Lucic 21, Perisic 15, Glintic 12 (6 rebs)


Borac - Swisslions Takovo 75-90
(19-25, 17-29,19-22,20-14)

Borac:
Markovic 25, Ilic 17 (7 rebs)
Swisslions: Dragojlovic 29 (8 rebs), Vlaskovic 18 (6 rebs), Jorovic 14


FMP wins Euroleague junior tournament -by Kasia

As it was easy to predict, FMP did not have bigger problems ti defeat FC AXA Barcelona in the Euroleague junior tournament final winning it 80-70. FMP controlled the game from the first minutes, staying in comfortable distance thru the most of the game. But the real knock-out was middle of the last quarter, where they had two consecutive three pointers and then after fast break they were elready 20 points ahead. The last minutes were meanigless as FMP tried to keep the lead and they allowed even Barcelona players to get few extra points to shrink the distance to more reasonable 10 points. The FMP team was lead thru entire tournament by guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) (18 points and 8 rebounds tonight), center Dejan Musli (213-C-91) (25 points + 14 rebounds) and power forward Bojan Subotic (203-F/C-90) (21pts+8reb). AXA was lead by Bosnian Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) who had 29 points andgrabbed 11 rebounds.


FMP junior team roster:

4 Anreja Milutinovic (199-G-90)
5 Aleksandar Ponjavic (194-F-91)
6 Ivan Zaric (191-G-91)
7 Bojan Subotic (204-F-90)
8 Marko Gacinovic (191-G-90)
9 Bogdan Jovanovic (206-C-91)
10 Nemanja Petrovic (188-G-90)
11 Nikola Vukasovic (190-G-91)
12 Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-F-90)
13 Nemanja Gudzic (195-F-90)
14 Branislav Dekic (206-C-91)
15 Dejan Musli (213-C-91)
Head coach: Vanja Gusa



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SLOVENIA

Olimpija and Helios clinches Play-Off spot -by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija and Helios already clinched a spot in the A-1 League Play-Offs.

Helios easily defeated Elektra 91-72. Marijan Mance scored 21 points, Aljaz Janza 15, Alexei Lashkevich 14, Jack Ingram 11 and Dario Krejic 10. Zan Vrecko had 16 points for Elektra and Stefan Licartovsky and Drazen Bubnic 15 apiece.
Krka broke o four road game losing strek with a 83-81 win 83-81 over Slovan. Davor Marcelic scored 24 points and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) collecting a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Slovan trailed 37-54 early in third quarter but tied the score at 69. Enique Clemons netted 20 points and Simon Petrov and DeMarco Johnson 16 apice.
Koper shot 70 percent (23-of-33) for 2-points as defeated TCG Mercator 88-77. Sasa Mucic netted 25 points on shooting 5-of-6 for 3-pointers, Miha Cmer collected 17 points and 6 assists and Miha Markic had 16 points and 7 rebounds. TCG Mercator had 16 offensive rebounds. Primoz Skok posted 16 points and Dino Muric had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Kraski zidar are relegated from A-1 League after they lost at Nova Gorica 71-81. Miha Kobe scored 18 points and Marko Meden added 15 while Habib Ademi led the home team with 20 points and 9 rebounds.



Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Olimpija 9-0 
 2. Helios 9-2 
 3. Zlatorog 6-4 
 4. Slovan 6-5 
 5. Krka 5-6 
 6. Luka Koper 4-7 
 7. TCG Mercator 2-8 
 8. Elektra 1-10 
Places 9-13
 1. Alpos S. 12-18 
 2. Polzela 12-18 
 3. Zagorje 11-19 
 4. Kraski Zidar 9-21 
 5. Rogla 6-24 


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SOUTH KOREA

Korean Basketball League Pre-Draft Camp Try-Outs -by Rick Ross

KBL Office Must Receive Application form by
May 22nd, 2008.(Korea Time)

This is an invited-players-only pre-draft camp.
KBL will screen all the application documents at the beginning of
June and players that are invited for the pre-draft tryout will be informed in the middle of June.

Click Here For Application:
http://www.kbl.or.kr/english/english_01.asp

Any Questions Contact the KBL office at Bottom
Of The Application Or Contact coachross

coachross@yahoo.com



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SWITZERLAND

Defense prevails as Fribourg and Lugano dominate game 3 of the semifinals -by Alexander Davis
With both series being tied pivotal game 3 went to the home team in each series. Lugano, with only a two point advantage at halftime, pulled away from Birstal with a convincing 79-62 win. Lugano who was led by Andrija Crnogorac's 16 points used a balance attack as four players were in double figures. Birstal, was led in scoring by sharpshooter Jared McCurry with 18 points. Lugano's defense tightended up as the held Birstal to only 25 points in the 2nd half. Game 5 will take place in Birstal, which is always a tough place to win, on Wednesday night.

In the other semifinal series Fribourg once again routed Vacallo. In a game that was over before it started Fribourg jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. With Fribourg holding Vacallo to only 21 points in the 1st half, the game was already decided after the break as Fribourg led 44-21. Fribourg who also used a balance attack to defeat Vacallo was led offensively by Harold Mrazek and point guard Pascal Perrier-David, who has redeemed himself in this series. They were led defensively by Marcus Sloan and Tresor Quidome, who held Slaven Smiljanic scoreless. Another stat worth mentioning is Fribourg forced an amazing 30 turnovers, with 22 steals as well! The final score was 75-50.


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TURKEY

Besiktas needs one more game to reach semi-finals -by Onur Decani

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul now needs just one more game to reach the semifinals , after they beat Banvit Basketbol Kulb 85-81 on the 1st round of quarterfinals. Now they lead 2-0 against Banvit Basketbol Kulb on the quarterfinals. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul have won both of the 2 regular season meetings so they had the lead 1-0 before the match. Banvit Basketbol Kulb just tied the score once at last period and that was all they did. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul were affective at the 1st half and finished it 45-33 ahead. They continued scoring , mostly with Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and the score was 66-55 when the last period was begining. Banvit Basketbol Kulb tied the score to 74-74 three minutes before the end . But that was all they did beacuse Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul made a 11-0 fastbreak with baskets of Erkan Veyseloglu (200-F-83) (200-F-83), Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) . The score at the end was 85-81. Kaya Peker was man of the match with 21 points and 9 rebounds , while Joe Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) scored 25 points for Banvit Basketbol Kulb.The other match will be played at the 7th of May and if Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul wins they will reach semi-finals.


Beşiktaş Cola Turka(85): Christian Dalmau 7, Sinan Guler 4, Preston Shumpert 12, Onur Aydin 6, Predrag Drobnjak 11, Kaya Peker 21, Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87) , Rick Apodaca 5, Sandro Nicevic 6, Erkan Veyseloglu 13

Banvit(81): Joe Crispin 25, Mike Jones 3, İnan Koc 10, Caner Topaloglu 5, Kenny Adeleke 8, mit Sonkol 15, Derya Yannier 2, Yunus Cankaya 8, Mutlu Demir 5



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U.KINGDOM

Guildford will face MK Lions in the BBL Final -by Eurobasket News
The BBL Final Four tipped off yesterday with two semifinals. One of them saw the regular season champs Newcastle being eliminated and in another one the BBL defending champions Guildford booked their spot in the Final.
The Newcastle Eagles took on the MK Lions in the semifinal opener. The Lions jumped to an 18:12 lead after the starting frame. But the Eagles remained competitive and a three-pointer from Steve Levan narrowed the gap to a single point late in the second quarter. MK Lions improved on the games speed in the second half and cleared off to a 9-point distance. The Lions gradually stretched the gap to 13 points and seemed in control at the moment. But Steve Leven (197-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) and Charles Smith teamed up for some vital attempts for the Eagles as Newcastle cut the deficit to 7 points. However Kevin Griffin (195-F-75, college: Lynn) and Yorick Williams (192-G-75) drained back-to-back trebles for the Lions at the start of the fourth frame to give Milton Keynes a 10-point cushion. Newcastle fought hard and trimmed the difference back to 2 points but the effort went fruitless. Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: Mc Neese St.) and Babalola got fouled out and the Lions were deadly from free throw line to seal the winning outcome. Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) topscored for the Lions with 17 points. Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) added 12 points and 12 boards for the winners. Steve Leven answered with 19 points for the Eagles. Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) and Fabulous Flournoy provided 14 points apiece in defeat.
The Guildford Heat took care of the Plymouth Raiders 81:66 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. The teams struggled to adjust their shooting early in the encounter before James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) nailed a trey to give the Heat an 11:4 lead. Elmer J. Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) knocked down another three-pointer to carry Guildford to a 21:12 advantage. Plymouth had a momentum going their way early in the second stanza as they exploded with a 10:3 run and closed the gap to 2 points. The Raiders kept it close throughout the quarter but late trebles from Elmer J. Harrison and Daniel Wardrope stretched the gap back to 12 points at the interval. James Jones and Danny Gilbert continued to bombard Plymouth basket from downtown in the third period and the Raiders found themselves trailing by 17 points midway through the frame. Guildford allowed Plymouth to cut the gap to 11 points but never let them closer finalizing an impressive victory. Elmer J. Harrison led the Heat with 21 points. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) scored 13 points and Michael Martin (200-F-74) had 12 in a winning case. Gaylon Moore (200-F-78, college: Union (TN)) led all scorers with 25 points for the Raiders. Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) came up with 10 points in a loss.


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URUGUAY

Capurro maintains the Metro League leadership -by Hector Lopez
Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) leads Capurro to maintain the leadership of the Metropolitan League with 12 points and 10 rebounds while his team beat Marne 75-69. The best for Marne was Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) with 26 points. Other results (incluiding import player stats):
Olivol Mundial 72
Waston 69 -Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 9 points 5 rebounds
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Larraaga 76
25 de Agosto 65
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Urunday 80
Goes 72 - 30 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks
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Aguada 84
Nacional 77 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 25 points 16 rebounds 2 blocks
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Verdirrojo 82 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 15 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks
Yale - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 27 points 12 rebounds.


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Capurro 6-0 
 2. Verdirrojo 5-1 
 3. Aguada 5-1 
 4. Urunday Univ. 5-1 
 5. Goes 4-2 
 6. Larranaga 3-3 
 7. 25 de Agosto 3-4 
 8. Yale 2-5 
 9. Guruyu Waston 2-5 
 10. Marne 2-5 
 11. Olivol Mundial 2-5 
 12. Nacional 1-5 
 13. Larre Borges 1-5 


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VENEZUELA

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 23-5 
 2. Guaiqueries 17-9 
 3. Gatos 16-10 
 4. Cocodrilos 15-9 
 5. Marinos 14-12 
 6. Gaiteros 14-12 
 7. Guaros 11-17 
 8. Dep.Tachira 9-15 
 9. Panteras 7-20 
 10. Gigantes 5-22 




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Women News

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GERMANY - Women

DBBL-Finals tied 1:1 -by Moritz Korff
After two games played in the DBBL-finals the score is tied. TV Saarlouis started the series with a 82:65-away win at TSV Wasserburg on Friday, but the defending champion answered with a 91:69-victory on the road Sunday to make the series even at 1:1. The third game will take place on May 10 in Wasserburg.
In the first game Saarlouis was led by a great performance of Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) scored 21 points and pulled down 14 boards. On the other end Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) netted 22 points for TSV.
Game two was dominated by Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) who led Wasserburg with 26 points (including 4 threes) and 8 rebounds. Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Page tallied 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Royals in the loss.


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ITALY - Women

Standings A2 Women -by Massimo Finizio
A2 Standings
Group A
 1. Marghera 26-4 
 2. Bologna 24-6 
 3. San Giovanni 23-7 
 4. Udine 21-9 
 5. Crema 21-9 
 6. Cavezzo 20-10 
 7. Reggio Emilia 19-11 
 8. Broni 13-17 
 9. Firenze 12-18 
 10. Bolzano 11-19 
 11. San Bonifacio 11-19 
 12. Cervia 10-20 
 13. Carugate 9-21 
 14. Val Di Taro 8-22 
 15. Muggia 7-23 
 16. Ivrea 5-25 
Group B
 1. Ancona 24-6 
 2. Pontedera 23-7 
 3. Chieti 21-9 
 4. Umbertide 20-10 
 5. Livorno 20-10 
 6. Siena 19-11 
 7. S.Elpidio 17-13 
 8. Rende 16-14 
 9. Cagliari CUS 15-15 
 10. Cagliari Ic. 14-16 
 11. Alcamo 13-17 
 12. Battipaglia 9-21 
 13. Napoli 9-21 
 14. Alghero 9-21 
 15. Palestrina 7-23 
 16. Valdarno 4-26 


Schio are trumped the A1 champions! -by Eurobasket News
Schio - Napoli 78:65

Schio beat Napoli in the third game of the Final series to complete the sweep and grab the A1 crown. A dynamic duo of Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) once again played a key role in bringing Schio to the success. Macchi dropped game-high 21 points and Masciadri added 15 points to ensure the winning outcome for Schio. Napoli had their backs against the wall and must win to stay alive. They played bravely and accumulated a 15:13 lead after the starting stanza. Kendra Holland-Corn led the visitors as they stretched the margin to 6 points at halftime. But things changed in the third term. Schio were back in the driving seat with Masciadri and Macchi taking the floor. Elisabetta Moro (174-G-75) added a couple of three-pointers as Schio left Napoli behind. The visitors failed to threaten the lead in the dying stages and had to surrender at the end. Elisabetta Moro launched 10 points for the winners. Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) scored 17 points to pace Napoli. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) had 12 points, while Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) and Astou N'Diaye (190-C-73, college: Abil.Christian) had 11 points apiece in a losing case. Schio dominated the paint outrebounding the visitors 26:22 and forcing them to 22 turnovers. Napoli at the same time were more accurate from the field notching 54% from the field.

Schio: Laura Macchi 21, Raffaella Masciadri 15, Elisabetta Moro 10
Napoli: Kedra Holland-Corn 17, Yasemin Horasan 12


Post season in A2 -by Massimo Finizio
In A2/North Sernavimar Marghera (1st place) will face Sea Logistic Crema (4th place), and Meccanica Nova Bologna (2nd place) will face Tuv Italia Geas Sesto San Giovanni (3rd place).
In the relagation Play Out the matches will be Pakelo San Bonifacio-Tecno Allarmi Cervia and Cold Air Carugate- Roby Profumi Valtarese.

Hotel Greiff Muggia and Synthesis3 Ivrea are relegated in B

In A2/South Sma Ancona (1st place) will face Liomatic Umbertide (4th place), and Castellani Pontedera (2nd place) will face Caff Mokambo Chieti (3rd place).
In the relegation Play Out the matches will be Gea Magazzini Alcamo-Kocca Napoli and Mercede Alghero-Carpedil Battipaglia.
Entrambe le serie avranno la sequenza casa-fuori-casa.

Lila Palestrina and Named San Giovanni Valdarno are relegated in B


Schio is 2008 Italian Champion -by Massimo Finizio

Famila Wuber Famila Wuber Schio won the third title in 4 years by defeating Phard Napoli Napoli 3-0 in the final series.

Game three was played in Famila Wuber Schio last saturday and Phard Napoli led the score for the first half, but in the third quarter Famila Wuber Schio placed a devastating break (21-2) that changed the face of the match and so Famila Wuber Schio could celebrate its title.

Best scorer of the match was Laura Macchi (187-F-79) (also 6 assist for her) but the three points shots scored by Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had a great impact on the match.

Phard Napoli Napoli loses the 'scudetto' (the symbol of the winning team) with four players in double digit (Mauriello, Horasan, N'Dyaye and Horasan).


Schio finisched the playoff unbeaten defeating Germano Zama Faenza 2-0, Umana Reyer Venezia 2-0 and Phard Napoli 3-0



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SLOVAKIA - Women

Janel McCarville carries Kosit past Ruzomberok -by Eurobasket News
Kosit 2013 - Ruzomberok 77:51

Kosit 2013 opened their title defense with a confident victory over their archrivals Ruzomberok. Janel MCarville nailed 23 points to lead the hosts. Kosit sent a strong message to the visitors in the first frame holding them to 9 points and piling up an 18:9 lead. Kosit kept mounting the pressure and soon stretched the margin to 17 points. Ruzomberok failed to recover in the second half and fell short of win at the end. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) scored 18 points, while Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) added 17 points for the winners. Lindsey Wilson (176-81) answered with 16 points for Ruzomberok in defeat. The second game is scheduled for May 7.

Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 23, Luisa Michulkova 18, Daniela Cikosova 17
Ruzomberok: Lindsey Wilson 16, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) 9


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TURKEY - Women

Fenerbahce draw level with Galatasaray -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Galatasaray 82:72

Fenerbahce rebounded after a sour start of the championship series against Galatasaray to celebrate a vital win in the second game of the series. But the road to victory was far from easy. Galatasaray opened the game aggressively, while Fenerbahce once again struggled to find the right tempo. The visitors jumped to an 18:16 lead after the first term and kept the hosts at bay throughout the second one. The buffer reached a 7-point mark at halftime and Galatasaray looked to grab the second straight win. But Fenerbahce had their hero. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) reminded of her leader status as she ignited massive comeback effort from Fenerbahce. The hosts exploded with 27 points in the third period to outgun Galatasaray and posted a one-point lead heading into the final term. There Fenerbahce were unstoppable dominating on every inch of the court. The hosts ran away to a comfortable distance and never allowed Galatasaray to come any closer in the dying stages. Cappie Pondexter fired 29 points to lead all scorers. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) scored 13 points, while Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) added 9 points and 6 boards for the winners. Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) had 16 points each for Galatasaray. Esra Sencebe (170-G-81, agency: Prosportman) paced the visitors with 18 points. Petra Ujhelyi produced 12 points and 14 boards in defeat. Fenerbahce limited the visitors to 42% accuracy from the field, while sinking 54% of field goals.

Fenerbahce: Cappie Pondexter 29, Tammy Sutton-Brown 13, Sviatlana Volnaya 9
Galatasaray: Esra Sencebe 18, Isil Alben 16, Sophia Young 16