EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/6/2008

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ABA

QUENTIN TOWNSEND NAMED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION -by Bruno Baltazar
It is with great pride and pleasure that we are announcing that Quentin Townsend, owner of the Atlanta Vision, has accepted the position of President/COO of the American Basketball Association effective Wednesday, April 30th.

According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'This is the first in a series of major changes in the structure and management of the ABA and one that will help move the ABA to the next level. Not only is the ABA the most diversified professional sports league ever, but Quentin is the first-ever African-American President/COO of a professional sports league and we are deeply honored that he has accepted this role. It will be an active one.'

Townsend acquired the ABA Atlanta market in 2004. He renamed his team the Atlanta Vision, re-structured the entire organization, and quickly began distinguishing himself and his team as one of the most dynamic teams in the league and the country. Fueled by his passion for basketball and equipped with his business savvy, Townsend transformed a team in less than three months and Atlanta Vision was named 'Atlanta's Best Value for Sports Entertainment' by the Gwinnett Citizen.

'Dick Tinkham, ABA co-founder, and Joe have created a remarkable foundation,' stated Townsend. 'There is no league quite like the ABA with its 40 plus year brand name, it's red, white and blue ball, its rules and its diversity of ownership as well as its international thrust. The time is right for an infusion of new blood at the top and I am very excited and proud to have this opportunity and challenge. My responsibilities will include many areas of management including, but not limited to, overseeing the new Standards and Requirements of the ABA and making sure that all are adhered to. I'll also be working on setting up the new Management Committees in the five regions - Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central and West as well as working on national media and sponsorships.'

Townsend is a native of Joliet, IL and grew up with basketball, hard work, community outreach, and strong mentors that shaped him into the successful entrepreneur he is today. Prior to his basketball ownership, Townsend lead a work force management team for a Fortune 500 Corporation, presented life lessons to youth with B.E.S.T (Building Esteem Support Team) and helped hundreds of families become homeowners and investors through his real estate entity, Townsend & Company Sales Team. During his first year in real estate, Townsend won the Will County Rookie of the Year Award. At the Joseph Business School, Townsend graduated #1 in his class and received the highest distinction of Joseph Scholar.

Townsend is also the co-founder of Vision of Excellence, the 501 (C) 3 non-profit entity of the Atlanta Vision that provides programs to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle and improve the quality of life for the youth in our communities.

In 2007, Townsend was awarded and acknowledged as one of Georgia's Top '40 under 40 Up & Comers,' presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, which recognizes young professionals who are on the rise. Also in 2007, Townsend founded RaisetheRoofAtlanta.com, a campaign to revitalize the 8,200, 1996 Olympic Tennis Center by covering the open air stadium and creating the Gwinnett Community Dome. Townsend believes in a philosophy quoted by Whitney Young, 'It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.' This year, Townsend is celebrating his ninth year of marriage with his wife and team co-owner, Akilah. The couple resides in Snellville, GA.

For more information, visit www.atlvision.com or email qtownsend@atlvision.com.


N.Y.C. TRYOUT CAMP - SECOND NOTICE -by Bruno Baltazar
'As preparation for tryout camps, the 36 episode documentary, and our inaugural season nears, anyone who's anyone and everyone in New York City that has ever had a passion for basketball and a large enough heart to share their love of the game, will be a part of our movement for the greater New York,' stated Anwar Sharhan, co-owner.

'And because we have created such high interest and product support from several multi-cultural communities and organizations throughout the city for the 5 Boro 5 Man - $10K Tournament in 2009, the NYC Internationalz would like to announce that we will be selecting 100 players comprised of 10 teams for the tournament from tryouts camps to attend practice camps and become part of the NYC Internationalz inaugural season,' stated Harvey Li, co-owner.

The 10 teams are:

1. Young Internationalz (ages 14-19)
2. Urban Legendz (ages 35+)
3. Lady Internationalz (women)
4. NYC Nationalz (U.S.)
5. NYC Localz (Tri-State)
6. Caribbean Wave (West Indian)
7. Spanish Harlem (Latin American)
8. European Union (European)
9. Da African Connection (African)
10. Asian Hook-up (Asian)

All athletes interested in attending tryout camps, please send emails directly to general mailbox - NYCITZ@gmail.com and General Manager - MYCIGM@gmail.com to register and receive ID cards.

TRYOUT CAMP REGISTRATION FOR THE NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONALZ ARE $175 BEFORE JULY 4TH WITH PRE-REGISTRATION CARD.

Tryout Camps:
MALES; Ages 14-45
FEMALES; Ages 14-35

If you are a sports agent with an athlete or several athletes, please be sure to send all packages including footage and/or statistics for verification prior to tryout camp with 'special attention to the GM - NYCIGM@gmail.com, including all date(s) your athlete(s) will attend tryout camps.

TRYOUT CAMP DATES;

Sat, May 24th: 7:30am, Holcombe Rucker Park
Sat, May 31st: 7:30am, Holcombe Rucker Park

For more information, visit www.nycinternationalz.blogspot.com or call (212) 400-7108.


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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jordan's Zain - The new Champions of 21st Arab Clubs Championship -by Mohammed Malas

* Final game:

Zain (JOR) 72 - Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 67 (Qs: 18-16, 35-34, 54-52 & 72-67)

# Best performance:
- Zain:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (28 pts, 2 ast, 2 stl)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (15 pts, 10 reb, 3 bs, 2 stl)
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (10 pts, 3 stl, 8 reb)
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (16 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast)
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (15 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast)
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) (15 pts, 2 stl)

* Third place game:

Al Kuwait SC (KUW) 93 - Orthodox 89 (Qs: 25-31, 47-57, 68-75 & 92-89)

# Best performance:
- Al Kuwait SC:
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) (31 pts, 6 ast, 3 stl)
Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) (21 pts, 12 reb)
Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) (16 pts, 9 reb, 3 stl)
- Orthodox:
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (16 pts, 5 ast, 4 stl)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (13 pts, 13 reb)
Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) (13 pts, 2 stl)


# Final standings:
1- Zain
2- Sagesse
3- Al Kuwait SC4- Orthodox



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AUSTRALIA

Latest news from NBL -by Eurobasket News
Neil Mottram (205-F-81) will join the Sydney Kings in the upcoming season. The experienced forward/centre has signed a two-year deal with the franchise. He joins the squad of Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.), Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.), Ian Crosswhite (212-F-82, college: Oregon), BJ Carter (186-G-80), Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) and Cameron Tovey (202-F-85, college: Augusta St.) in the post-Goorjian era for the Kings. Neil Mottram was the part of the golden Australian team at the Commonwealth Games. He also won the NBL championship with the Melbourne Tigers and played for the Adelaide 36ers. He also had a European voyage as he played for Italian Fabriano in A2 League.
The Singapore Slingers bolstered their squad with the 21-year-old point guard Jason Castro (173-G-86). The deal has already become the talk of the town as Jason Castro is considered one of the mist promising talents across Asia. He was named the MVP of the Philippines Basketball League (PBL) twice and now would try to conquer the NBL. Jason Castro will join the refurbished Slingers squad that includes Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire), Shane McDonald (187-G, college: Nova SE), John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) and Australian 2.21 meter-high center Sam Harris (221-C-84). Meanwhile the team was left by the American imports duo of Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) and Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland). The import spot are yet to be filled by the team.
The Brisbane Bullets inked Greg Vanderjagt (213-C-84) for the 2008/2009 season. Vanderjagt spent the last five seasons with the Townsville Crocodiles.
The New Zealand Breakers franchise was fined for breaching the rules regarding approaching to contracted players. The Breakers had talks with CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) while both were still on contracts with the Brisbane Bullets.
The Adelaide 36ers agreed on the terms of contract with Ryan Kersten (188-G-86, college: N.Mexico). The 22-year-old guard played for University of New Mexico in the NCAA before returning to the NBL to have a stint with the New Zealand Breakers.


Boomers to host Iran -by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia has announced that three games between the Australia Post Boomers and Iran have been scheduled for June. In what will be known as the 'Boomers World Challenge', matches will be played at Challenge Stadium in Perth (Monday 16 June), Distinctive Homes Dome in Adelaide (Wednesday 18 June) and the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne (Friday 20 June). The 'Boomers World Challenge' will act as a vital warm up in the countdown to Beijing, where Oceania Champions Australia and Asian Champions Iran have been drawn in the same group for the opening round of competition.
'We're delighted to have secured three games against Iran,' Basketball Australia Chief Executive Scott Derwin said. 'We expect them as Asian Champions to be spirited competition and we hope the people of Perth, Adelaide an d Melbourne get to a game to support the Boomers and Australian basketball in this critical step toward Beijing.'
In August 2007, Iran defeated Lebanon to win the 2007 FIBA Asia crown and qualified for its first men's basketball Olympic Games berth since 1948 while Australia, ranked 9th in the world, defeated New Zealand 2-1 to earn the right to play in Beijing. While Iran has not yet named its player roster for the tour, if Iranian centre Jaber Rouzbahani (223-C-86), who stands at 226cm (7'5') with a wingspan of 244cm (8') and dunks the basketball without leaving the ground, is included he is sure to attract attention.
Courtesy of: www.nbl.com.au


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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 67-59 but it was without counting on Van Schil, Van de Vondel and Lemaire of Sint-Jan who led their team for a nice comeback (67-66 a few minutes later). 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

Bosnian League 8, 8TH round -by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Igokea Partizan - Grude 99:79
Sloboda Dita Bosna ASA BH Telecom (May 6TH)
Borac Nektar Zrinjski Mik Company (May 6TH)
Siroki Prima Pivo Slavija (May 6TH)

Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 7-0 566:456 +110 14 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 6-2 715:610 +105 14 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. Grude 1-7 606:692 -86 9 pts.
8. Borac Nektar 1-6 506:537 -31 8 pts.

Igokea Partizan - Grude 99:79
(27:14, 28:24, 23:15, 21:26)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 400; Ref.: Kunosic, Coric, Ignjatovic
Igokea Partizan: Tosic, Patterson 6, Bocka 12, Stazic, Djurica, Vucurovic 8, Cup 2, Wright 9, Lydeka 8, Stefanovic 15, Kovacevic 14, Allen 25
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
Grude: Lovric 3, Vranjes, Djulabic, Gligora M. 8, Gligora L. 9, Jelcic 12, Vujcic 10, Bura 9, Lozancic 4, Zitko 18
Coach: Predrag Mikulic


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


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BRAZIL

Standings - BNL
BNL Standings
 1. Flamengo 18-2 
 2. Minas 16-6 
 3. Universo/BRB 15-6 
 4. Joinville 14-8 
 5. Ulbra 13-8 
 6. Uberlandia 13-9 
 7. Saldanha 12-10 
 8. CETAF 9-13 
 9. Univates 9-13 
 10. FTC EAD 5-16 
 11. Londrina 5-17 
 12. Iguacu 0-21 


Universo/BRB/Converse overcame Pitagoras/Minas -by Eurobasket News
The regular season is going to the end and there are three more games left before the Quarterfinals. Flamengo/Petrobras remains on top of the standings with 18-2 record. The last game however brought a negative result for the leader as the team lost to UTC/Uberlandia 81:85. The latter opened the game with 22:21 win and stayed even at 42 at the half time. Flamengo/Petrobras went on a lead after the third quarter taking 22:15 in the period and looked forward to finish the camapign. UTC/Uberlandia produced an outstanding last period and won the encounter 85:81. Jaz Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) led the winners with 23 points. Nascimento Olivinha nailed 17 and Fluellen posted 14. Duda top-scored for the favorites with 22 points.
Universo/BRB/Converse overcame Pitagoras/Minas 93:81 to take 15-6 record. That was a game so called for the second spot as the teams follow the leader with 6 losses after the game with each other. Universo/BRB/Converse won the opening quarter 23:19, but then led 45:43 at the half time. The last quarter became desicive in the game as the hosts produced 26:17 in it.
Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) and Silva Valtinho led the winners with 20 points each. Arthur netted 17, while Spillers had 16. Pinto Soro ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.


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BULGARIA

Gershon with award in Madrid -by Vladi Lazarova
The head coach of Bulgarian National team Pini Gershon received his award in Madrid among the ten greatest coaches in the last 50 years. The ceremony was organized to honor the 50 leading basketball people of all time - also referees and players. 56-years old Israeli was chosen by a special committee of which Maccabi Tel Aviv chairman Shimon Mizrahi was a member. Gershon appeared at Euroleague Final Four five times with Maccabi.
Charismatic, smart and ambitious, Pini Gershon not only is one of the best European coaches of his time - but he is also a one-of-a-kind character who is always fun to have around. Gershon took Maccabi to a second golden era, winning the SuproLeague title in 2001 and then back-to-back Euroleague trophies in 2004 and 2005. Gershon has also won six Israeli league crowns and six Israeli Cup titles in as many years with Maccabi. Perhaps most remarkably, Gershon also won the Israeli championship with Galil Elyon, the only club other than Maccabi to win since 1967.
By Euroleague.net


Lukoil Academic trio practically beat alone Spartak -by Valentin Anguelov

Three Lukoil Academic players practically almost defeated alone Spartak Pleven in the first semifinal game between thоse two teams. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue), Pero Antic and Nenad Canak scored 81 points compared to 89 for whole Spartak team and gave their team 1-0 lead. The rest of Lukoil players combined for 11 points to set the final score at 102-89.

Above all was the American playmaker Willie Deane III who played his best game in Lukoil Academic uniform and finished with 41 points. He had 27 at the break and together with Macedonian star Pero Antic both had 49 compared to 50 for Spartak. Deane and Antic were unstoppable in the first quarter and combined for the first 28 points for their team before Tencho Banev dunked for 30-25.
The game started with little advantage for the visitors who had 5-0 lead after a minute of play and 20-13 after six. Then Lukoil made 8-0 run to take the lead for first time at 21-20 with 3.14 to go.

At the break the advantage for the hosts was ten points, 60-50.

In the second minute of the second half Sasha Topchov cut it to 60-54 and put a little pressure on the hosts. With 6.26 to go in the third quarter Lukoil Academic was leading 64-58 but in the next three minutes made a run of 13-4 as the difference went up to 77-62.

'The Students' didn't allow basket in the first 3.38 of the last quarter and scored 12 points to take a 93-72 lead with six minutes to go. From here Lukoil Academic lost a little of the focus and allowed their opponents to cut the difference to the final 13 points.

Deane added 6 assists and 4 three-pointer to his tally. Antic finished the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. The captain Todor Stoykov didn't miss a shot (2/2) but scored 5 points and Banev played less minutes the fouls he did 4.48 to 5.

For the visitors Topchov finished with 24 points before also fouling out. The croatian Bozo Barac added 12.

The second game is tomorrow in Pravets at 18.00.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LUKOIL ACADEMIC SPARTAK PLEVEN



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CANADA

Jordan Mason enjoys the semis with Nova Ves -by Eurobasket News
Jordan Mason (189-G-80, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) and his Nova Ves from Slovak Republic failed to close out the series against Lucenec. Nova Ves enjoyed a 2-0 lead before the third game but could not handle Lucenec away from home. The hosts used a massive 23:10 rally in the second frame to clear off to a confident distance. And though Nova Ves clawed their way back into contest and cut the deficit to minimum Lucenec survived a dramatic crunch time to stay alive for now. Vladimir Hovanak netted 19 points for Nova Ves. Canadian Jordan Mason had 18 points in a loss.
Before that Nova Ves overcame Lucenec 82:76 at home to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. The teams were all leveled at 19 after the opening stanza but Lucenec went on a run after the intermission. They outpaced the hosts 25:12 to enter the second half with a comfortable 13-point cushion. But Nova Ves changed the complexion of the game after the long break. A high-scoring energetic attitude turned out as surprise for the visitors. Nova Ves denied the deficit and breezed to an overall victory at the end. Igor Pesta provided 22 points for Nova Ves. David Demeckoscored 16 points, while Jordan Mason added 12 points for the winners.
In Game 1 Nova Ves snatched a home-court advantage away from Lucenec as they beat them 78:74 on the road in the first game. Trailing by as many as 13 points at the interval Nova Ves struck back in the second half riding past stunned hosts to a key win. Jozef Bucak canned 20 points and collected 9 rebounds for Nova Ves. Marcel Madaj netted 14 points in a winning case. Antonio Bicvic and Igor Kovacevic answered with 18 points apiece for Lucenec.


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D-LEAGUE

All-D-League Awards 2007-08 -by Richard
D-League Most Valuable Player: Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81) of Sioux Falls
Rookie of the Year: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84) of Dakota Wizards
Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year: Bryan Gates of Idaho Stampede
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82) of Los Angeles and Mouhamed Sene of Seattle
D-League Impact Player: Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85) of Utah Flash
Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award: Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75) of Colorado 14ers


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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 much help from his teamates as no one except him was able to score in double figures however Julius Nwosu did contribute 12 rebounds. Not another player even contributed more than 5 rebounds!
THE SERIES NOW STANDS AT 2-1 IN FAVOR OF GUG WITH GAME 3 SUNDAY AT 5:30pm!


Al Hoford Considered NBA Rookie -by Kerwin Abreu
The Rookie from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) didnt win the Rookie Of The Year award but is considered by a lot of people the winner. Why is that? Well, he is the first player in a lot of time that scores over 10 points and have almost double figure in rebound. He carried Atlanta to a 7th game vs Boston Celtics. He was the suplement that Atlanta needed. In the other history Kevin Durant didnt offer to much to the Sonics despite he averaged 20 points per game cause Seatle Sonics did not improved into a better team.

In the Atlanta side was different cause since the first day of action, Horford showed that he belonged to the league.

In my case I thought it was the opportunity to us. Dominican Republic to have an NBA Rookie of the year. See you guys.


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EL SALVADOR

Denver and ExSal again at the top -by Jaime Arevalo
In the last LSB round, Denver 'Pumas' defeated 100-90 Cosmos, securing teh second place in the table. Another time more, Marcus Robinson (198-F, college: N.Georgia) was the MVP in Denver, with 20 points at the end, while Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) scored 18 pts in Cosmos and Giovanni Guardado (192-F-76) and Chester Davis (187-G/F-77) played well before suffering game-ending injuries. The ExSal Gorillas prevailed in the second game over San Marcos Leones, 107-90, staying ahead in the score all game long. The newly arrived Nick Sheppard (211-C-76, college: Pepperdine) played a good game at the losing side, ending the game at 29 points he was the round top scorer), but ExSal was led by Nathan Watson (191-G-83, agency: TASM, college: Auburn), who scored 27 points, Fernando Zetino (173-G-89) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84).

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 11-1 
 2. Denver 8-4 
 3. UTEC 5-7 
 4. Cosmos 3-9 
 5. San Marcos 3-9 


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Kouvot has seven players signed -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Kouvot (Kouvola), in the Finals this spring (silver), has seven Finnish players signed right now. The newcomer is SG Antti Kanervo (192-G/F-89), 19, from BC Jyvaskyla (1. Division), who played 25 games on BC JKL roster passed season averaging 21,1 ppg - 3,6 rpg - 2,3 apg in 31:37 mpg. Earlier Kouvot has already re-signed with Tuomas Iisalo, Samu Kaaresvirta, Jukka Kataja, Tero Laitinen, Matti Nuutinen and Roope Suonio. Jukka Toijala will start his third season as Head Coach in Kouvola.

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FRANCE

Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Antibes 26-6 
 2. Blois 24-8 
 3. Charleville 24-8 
 4. Fos Ouest 23-9 
 5. Get Vosges 23-9 
 6. Angers 20-12 
 7. Challans 19-13 
 8. St Chamond 18-14 
 9. Lille 17-15 
 10. Lievin 16-16 
 11. Boulogne 16-16 
 12. Bordeaux 16-16 
 13. Mulhouse 13-19 
 14. Longwy 12-20 
 15. Feurs 8-24 
 16. Andrezieux 7-25 
 17. Toulouges 5-27 
 18. Centre Feder. 1-31 


NM1 Day 32: Antibes is the new champion! -by Chris Spiesser
In front of 3700 spectators, the azureans won the NM1 2007/2008 title after the victory against Andrezieux. In the mean time, Fos lost in Golbey leaving Blois and Charleville alone at place 2. No moves in the bottom where Mulhouse and Longwy lost and remain under pressure.

With this loss, Fos which was missing Wallace, made a terrible operation in the ProB run. To preserve a chance to access ProB, coach Guitta's team has to count on a loss by Charleville and Blois in one of the two remaining games. An true issue as Charleville will face Feurs and Toulouges. With this calendar and the necessary respect of the opponent, the ardennians have an open road to finally reach their goal. Their main asset is their +8pts favourable point average over Blois which has to play a tricky game in St-Chamond before welcoming Feurs. If we could bet for a final standing that would be 2. Charleville, 3.Blois, 4.GET Vosges, 5.Fos, it is necessary and spicy to know that everything remains possible for the 2 last days.

Golbey-Epinal 69-60 Fos
Thevenon: 20pts, 8rbs, 3ass - Fos conceeded 18 rebounds to Epinal.

Blois 95-78 Longwy
Brazil: 30pts (12/17), 7rbs, 3stl, 2ass - Blot: 20pts (6/8 3pts), 4rbs - Orr 16pts, 15rbs
Godin : 18pts (4/6 3pts), 8rbs, 5stl, 5to, 5ass

Charleville 95-88 Saint-Chamond
120 ranking points for Charleville: 13pts, 13rbs by Kresta
Derrick Russell: 17pts (8/9), 4rbs, 2stl, 2blk, 4ass

Livin 89-75 Boulogne
Cilly: 20pts (8/11), 5rbs

Antibes 81-58 Toulouges
Stevanovic: 22pts, 9rbs, 3ass - 49 rebounds for Antibes vs 31

Bordeaux 74-69 Feurs
Owona: 16pts, 12rbs, 3blk - 12 more offensive rebounds for Bordeaux

Centre Fdral 61-88 Challans
The ranking score goes 34-109. Wagner: 19pts (6/9), 3rbs, 3stl, 6ass and Correa: 18pts (6/8), 10rbs, 2blk.

Angers 87-71 Mulhouse
Lesieu: 20pts, 7rbs - Doles 19pts, 9rbs, 3stl, 5ass
Kaczmarow: 21pts, 6rbs

Andrzieux 67-72 Lille
Defensive game with a little total of 123 ranking points (60 vs 63).
Beal netted a perfect 5/5 from the 6.25m line

Concerning the relegation, Longwy still needs one more win then Mulhouse. The calendar is quite similar, Mulhouse will welcome Andrezieux while Longwy is gonna host the CFBB for Day 33. Two victories are expected. For the last jump-ball of the year, the two teams will take the road. Direction south for Mulhouse which will join Antibes while Longwy will head north, up to Boulogne. Though Mulhouse's task might be a little be more complicated especially as Sanjay Adell injured his ankle in Angers and is not sure to play against Andrezieux.


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GREECE

Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathin. 23-3 
 2. Olympiak. 22-4 
 3. Aris 18-8 
 4. Panionios 14-12 
 5. Panellinios 14-12 
 6. Maroussi 13-13 
 7. AEK 13-13 
 8. Olimpia L. 12-14 
 9. Egaleo 12-14 
 10. AEL 11-15 
 11. Kolossos 9-17 
 12. PAOK 9-17 
 13. Rethimno 9-17 
 14. Olimpiada P. 3-23 


Standings - B-C leagues
B Standings
B Division
 1. Near East 21-7 
 2. Ikaros K. 19-9 
 3. KAOD 19-9 
 4. Amyntas 19-9 
 5. Aigio Helesi 19-9 
 6. Ermis L. 19-9 
 7. Lavrio 19-9 
 8. Anagennisi 19-9 
 9. Komotini 17-11 
 10. Ikaroi Serron 14-14 
 11. Doukas 11-17 
 12. Goumenissa 11-17 
 13. Alimos 8-20 
 14. Makedonikos 6-22 
 15. Milonas 2-26 
 16. Olympiakos V. 1-27 
C North - Group 1
 1. AIAS Evosmou 21-4 
 2. Arhelaos 21-4 
 3. Aiginiakos 16-9 
 4. Niki Volou 15-10 
 5. Filippos V. 15-10 
 6. Argos Orestiko 14-11 
 7. HANTH 13-12 
 8. Proteas G. 12-13 
 9. Galaxias 11-14 
 10. Foinikas 11-14 
 11. Siatista 9-16 
 12. Ionas Volou 9-16 
 13. Ifestos T. 5-20 
 14. Megas Al. 3-22 
C North - Group 2
 1. Apollon K. 24-2 
 2. Enosi Kavalas 22-4 
 3. Stratoni 22-4 
 4. Halkidona 19-7 
 5. Mantoulidis 17-9 
 6. Eleftheroupoli 16-10 
 7. Makabi 15-11 
 8. Ionikos Ionias 13-13 
 9. M.Alexandros 12-14 
 10. Thermaikos 7-18 
 11. Komotinis 6-20 
 12. VAO 5-20 
 13. Arion Xanthis 4-22 
 14. Nikiti H. 0-26 
C South - Group 1
 1. Arkadikos 22-4 
 2. Gyziakos 21-4 
 3. Agia Paras. 16-9 
 4. Kronos l. 16-9 
 5. AEK/Pegasus 16-9 
 6. Peiraikos 15-10 
 7. Kefallonias 14-11 
 8. KAO Palaimon 14-11 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 12-13 
 10. Apolloniada 11-14 
 11. Papagou 6-19 
 12. EA Patron 5-20 
 13. AEM Polyvios 4-21 
 14. Messinis 4-21 
C South - Group 2
 1. OFI 22-4 
 2. Ierapetra 20-5 
 3. Zografou 18-7 
 4. Panelefsiniakos 18-7 
 5. Filathlitikos 15-10 
 6. Kronos AD 15-10 
 7. Ionikos Nikaias 13-12 
 8. Arditos 13-12 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 12-13 
 10. Aris Nikaias 10-15 
 11. Apollon Sm. 7-18 
 12. Ermis S. 7-18 
 13. Diagoras 3-22 
 14. Halkida 2-23 


B category Match day 28 Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis

After 28 days none knows which three teams has the advantaged to gain the promotion in the A2 category. Near East is the most possible pretender. In the other hand 7 teams has the same record (19-9) and goes for the 2 other positions.

KAOD - Olympiakos Volou. 104-70
Quarters: 33-13, 58-38, 77-53, 104-70
KAOD (Grigoriadis): Tosounidis 4, Bourdanos 15 (4), Kalampoukas 2, Papadopoulos 10 (1), Kiosses 13 (1), Filiousis 14 (2), Michaelides 5 (1), Maslarinos 22 (2), Koukoyravas 7 ( 1), Daliaris 12.
Olympiakos Volou. (Zafeiriou): Balomenos, Tsourelis 6, Foundas 4, Nanis 25 (1), Karathanos, Tsolis 11 (1), Mihos 13 (1), Politis 11 (1).

Amyntas - Ase Doukas Athens 69-61
Quarters: 15-24, 32-34, 51-49, 69-61
Amyntas (Vlahos): Zoupas 12, Barbas 6 (2), 7 Samothrace, Grammatikos 7 (2), Boutros 9, Korizis 6, Dorkofikis 9 (1), 4 Vogiatzis, Christofakis, Moumoyris 9 (1).
Ase Doukas Athens (Linoxylakis): Tsochlas 9 (1), Panourias, Birdas, Kamariotis 7, Matzioris 12 (1), Petrakis 10 (2), Arsenis 2, Karatzios 2, Kouvaris 2, Kritsalos 17 (3), Achis, Papaioannou.

Near East - Komotini 68-60
Quarters: 23-15, 38-23, 63-36, 68-60
NIAR IST (Karnesis): Nikos 4, Fasoulopoylos, Stamatis, Michalos 12 (2), 8 Neophytou, Karampas, Lykogiannis 6, Kouklakis 5 (1), Papoulidis 4, Gkavanopoulos 10 (2), Sizopoulos 7 (1), Papargyropoulos 12 .
Komotini (Lemonidis): Mastrokostopoulos 8, Mouzakitis 14 (2), Lechoudis, Koutsovasilis 9 (2), Tsakonitis 13 (2), Veli 2, Souflias 6, Khalil 8.

DROP Ermis Lagkada. - AONS Milonas Athens 100-63
Quarters: 27-14, 57-25, 79-45, 100-63
DROP Ermis Lagkada. (Baxevanis): Troulialis, Kloutzos 5, Paritsis 5 (1), Papaconstantinou 30 (7), Vourlitis 11 (2), Lefkaditis 8, Gkamouras 15 (1), 8 Akepsemaidis Dimitriadis 18 (2).
AONS Milonas Athens (Paralikas): Antonopoulos 2, Karampampas 6, Tsakas 2, Mubarak 11 (1), Vlavianos 18 (1), Kyritsis 9 (1), Bikas 3 (1), Efstratios 2, Ballas 9, Despotou 2.

Lavrio - Ikaros Kallitheas 74-59 74-59
Quarters : 19-12, 33-24, 51-43, 74-59
Lavrio (Serelis): Trikaliotis 4, Rallis 11 (1), N. Kousoylas 14(2), Giannakopoulos 19 (3), Agapitos, Notis 3 (1), Drakakis, Kasanos 4, Bakas 4, Psileas 15.
Ikaros Kallitheas (Charitatos): Tsopokis 5 (1), Martzos 2, George 3 (1), Emmanouilidis 13, Papadakis, Katranas 6 (1), Delichristos, Karastamatis 3 (1), Chiolos 2, Katoufas 22 (2), Koukouras 3 ( 1), Angelopoulos.

Goumenissa - Ikaroi Serron. 72-68
Quarters: 17-15, 36-32, 49-46, 72-68
Goumenissa (Nitsis): Bagki 23 (4), Imeridis 6, Hatzinikolaou 11, Matenidis 5, Antoniadis, Gotsos 13, Tatsis 1, Andreadis 7 (1), Ntarakis 6.
Ikaroi Serron. (Kamarakis): Pechlivanis 3 (1), Sdrakas 22 (5), 7 Georgantzas, Pappoudas 1, Kadis 5, Tsanakas, Asimakis 15 (4), Giavropoulos, Soutzopoylos 2, Topouzis 13.

Alfa Alimos - Aigio Helesi 93-97
Quarters: 12-25, 44-42, 59-62, 93-97
Aigio Helesi (Chrysanthopoulos): Prokos 15 (1), Gioupis 2, Koliopoulos, Stamopoulos, Tyrlas 22 (1), Deraos 7 (1), Manolas 6, Mandalakis, Stavroulakis 46 (5).
Alfa Alimos (Armenis): 1 Koutsoukos, Vrynas S. 2, Thomas 9 (1), Tsolakis 26 (5), H. Vrynas 27(5), Τζουγκαράκης 28. 27 (5), Tzougkarakis 28.

Anagennisi Floga - Makedonikos Kozani 89-87
Quarters: 23-23, 48-36, 69-62, 89-87

Anagennisi Floga (Touloymis): Rozolis 3, Moysiadis 7 (1), Tsakaleris 6, Galanidis 20 (3), Pittakas 5, Sidiropoulos 6 (2), Papaioannou, Zarogiannis 14, Spyropoulos 8, Pallis 12, Thymnios 8.
Makedonikos Kozani (Giannouzakos): Samourelis 3, Kathiopoulis 5, Dalpas 11 (1), Tanakidis 27 (7), Karezis, Angelidis, Mitsakis 17 (3), Bouintas 11, Kogias, Goulas, Bochoridis 9 (1), Papoulidis 4.



A2 Match Day 28 Results and Scorers -by George Manousidis
Nothing change in the top three teams.
Trikala after the win at Toumpa is the only sure team in A1 next year. Panorama and Dafni has 2 difficult days, to know who will be the other team for A1.

MENT Vassilakis - AS Trikalla 63-65
Quarters: 19-16, 38-34, 54-50, 63-65
MENT Vassilakis (Koukoylekidis): Karydas 12, Skarlatos, Giannakidis 2, Kokolios, Benas 7, Mantits 14 (1), Makris 10 (2), Despos 18 (1).
AS Trikalla (Tzimas): Lepeniotis, Katsares 4, Vardianos 13, Kaklamanos 23 (1), Tsoutsos, Balafas, Bogdanos 14 (3), Geremits, Charismidis 11, Foundas, Tsakas.

Panerythraikos AS - AO Sporting Athens 91-70
Quarters: 25-19, 49-32, 71-50, 91-70
Panerythraikos AS (Chouchoylis): Kontoudis 3 (1), Manoliovits 8, Zampetis 3 (1), Weaver 17, Syristratidis 13 (2), Koutoyzis 7, Chompson 18 (1), Ntoumanis 13 (3), Grympadiotis 9.
AO Sporting Athens (Nasoufis): Kaimenakis, Ntolaptsis, Kakkavas 12, Tsiotras 7, Photiou 18 (1), Choumas 9 (1), Moutran 14, Morfis 10 (2), Michas.

Dafni Athens - Apollon Patras. 73-59
Quarters: 19-10, 30-31, 50-45, 73-59
Dafni Athens (Sorotos): Nikitakis 6 (1), Pappas 3 (1), Tolias, Sioutis, Kakiouzis 22, Sourlis 12 (3), Papadimitriou 3 (1), Kerasovitis 4, Angelopoulos, Vlachopoulos 4, Petrodimopoulos 19, Andreopoulos.
Apollon Patras. (Papadopoulos): Athanasiadis 11 (1), Lianos 14, Kanelopoulos, Manousos 3, Kaperonis 4, Papadopoulos 8, Kapotas, Roumeliotis, Giannikopoulos, Georgitsis 19 (5).

AO Paleo Faliro Pireus - Ionikos Lamias. 78-87
Quarters: 19-25, 30-44, 61-58, 78-87
AO Paleo Faliro Pireus (Georgikopoulos): Tsirigotakis 15 (3), Pavlisevits 17 (4), Pagonis 7 (1), Mentzos 5, Zoukas 15, Koronidis 11 (1), Sarakatsidis, Manolioudakis, Rodostoglou 2, Aposkitis 6 (1).
ΙΩΝΙΚΟΣ Λ. (Ζαρονικόλας): Κουτσογιάννης 3 (1), Σοφογιάννης 27 (5), Σπανός 11 (2), Κουρής, Τζακόπουλος 1, Κουτκιάς, Γιαννουζάκος 8 (2), Τσόπης, Χρήστου 21, Πασχάλης 8, Βεσκούκης 8 (2). Ionikos Lamias. (Zaronikolas): Koutsogiannis 3 (1), Sofogiannis 27 (5), Spanos 11 (2), Kouris, Tzakopoulos 1, Koutkias, Giannouzakos 8 (2), Tsopis, Christou 21, Paschalis 8, Veskoukis 8 (2 ).

Ilysiakos Athens - I.C.B.S. 71-69
Quarters: 12-19, 26-35, 47-52, 71-69
Ilysiakos Athens (Karagiannis): Papanikolaou 15, Athenians 9 (3), Athanassopoulos, Tsarouchas 9 (1), Athanasoulas 12 (3), Michaloglou 2, Kaselakis 9 (2), Bogris, John 11, Papadopoulos 4.
I.C.B.S. (Tsotsoumanos): Bardas 5 (1), Kantits 16 (4), Plioukas 2, Maslarinos 3 (1), Giovanovits 9 (1), Nissiotis 14, Tselios 10, Sivorotka 3, Evangelinos 7.

Iraklis Thessaloniki - HSBC Pagrati Athens 79-72
Quarters: 20-18, 33-31, 55-46, 79-72
Iraklis Thessaloniki: (Konstantinidis): Totsios 20 (1), Siamandouras 6, Misits 8, Apostolopoulos 11 (2), Tzinopoulos, Daniel 17 (3), Sekounta 2, Simeonidis 10, Good 5.
HSBC Pagrati Athens (Lykogiannis): Koukas 6 (2), Gkotzogiannis 11, Tsolatos 6 (1), Voulgaris 5 (1), Klimis 6 (2), Liakopoulos 11 (1), Tzialas 7, Maheras 12, Varypatis 5 (1).

DASH Peristeri Athens - Panorama GS 72-74
Quarters: 10-15, 26-35, 49-45, 61-61 (etc.), 72-74
DASH Peristeri Athens (Tziallas): Mantzanas 11 (1), Moschovitis 8 (2), Amato 10, Mantzaris A. 5 (1), Μάντζαρης Β. 5 (1), Mantzaris B. 3, Τσουκ, Μαργαρίτης 4, Δεληγιάννης 4, Τριμπάνσκι 14, Μπούτσι 13 (1). 3, Tsouk, Margaritis 4, Deligiannis 4, Trimpanski 14, Boutsi 13 (1).
Panorama GS (Takianos): Bechlivanis 6 (2), Panaras 7, Falekas 1, Panagiotopoulos 15 (3), Orfanos 12 (2), Chatzipetrou, Kakaroudis 4, Koumpoyrovits 9 (1), Giosmas, Cheniak 20.

Xanthi BF Fashion - Age Halkidas 98-86
Quarters: 25-17, 50-44, 71-71, 98-86
Xanthi BF Fashion (Zafeiroudis): Frousklias 21 (5), Moulakis 17 (5), Stefanidis 16 (4), Nikoloudis 17 (2), Kefalas 4 (1), Koutsogiannis 10, Skara, Voivatopoulos 4, Loupos 9.
Age Halkidas (Gkliatis): Kantartzis 23 (5), Prodromou 22 (3), Pantazis 11 (2), 4 Dimakos, Psathas 24 (4), Tsatsaronis 2.


Play offs: Quarter finals - Panathinaikos and Panionios swept their opponents. -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos swept Olympia Larissas with a second road victory 58-78 on Monday at the Olympia Community Sports center in Larissa. Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) paced Panathinaikos with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists and Winston Kennedy shined with his 13 points and 5 rebounds in less than 22 minutes.
The win means that Panathinaikos will be facing the victorious team of Panionios which swept Panellinios in game which finished a little bit earlier, with 80-95 after an amazing fourth quarter on behalf of the visiting site of Coach Markovic.
The quarters were: 18-17, 44-47, 60-69 and 80-95. The scorers of the two teams were:
Panellinios: Ostojc 2, Argiropoulos 12, Kalaitzidis 3, Grundy 16, Apostolidis 2, Petroulas 4, Rancic 10, Sklavos 7, Golemac 17, Papaioakeim 7.
Panionios: Xanthopoulos 4, Zoroski 16, Georgallis 11, Sakota 16, Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) 20, Newley 7, Kavaliauskas 8, Kendal 3, Baxter 10.

In the game which just finished after an overtime Aris succeeded the road win which was looking fro and brought the series back to Alexandreion Melathron. The final score was 95-98 with Wright Massey and Savvas Iliadis being the top scorers with 22, 21 and 20 points respectively while from Soulis Markopouloss Marousi, Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) and Milisavlievic gave their best shot with 28 and 26 points respectively which were not enough for the home team to succeeded a great swept over its rivals. The third game will take place on Thursday in Thessaloniki, the winner will be playing against (most probably) Olympiakos which is currently playing against AEK Athens away.


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GUYANA

ROYALS SCHOOLS BASKETBALL FINAL -by Joe Chapman
BRILLIANT KANHAI LEADS MHS PAST LTI........ LATER VOTED MVP

Mackenzie High School (MHS) led by the brilliance of Akeem Kanhai edged arch rivals previously unbeaten Linden Technical Institute (LTI) by three points 31-28
to win the 4th annual Victory Valley Royals Linden Inter Schools Under 19 basketball title which was played at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court Wednesday afternoon.
MHS had suffered their lone defeat to LTI by four points, 37-33, in the round robin play earlier in the competition which saw them finish in second position as LTI ended with an unblemished record.
The MHS was wary their opponents who had also got the better of them in the Guyana Secondary Schools Basketball Associations Linden Conference final and
must have looked defeat in the face as the first half ended with the LTI ahead by three points 16-13.
However, with some intense marking by their zone defense against the reckless shooting by the LTI boys from beyond the arc enable the MHS side to level the
scores at 17 from a reverse layout by centre Omar Sam with 4:20 gone in the second half.
They then took the lead through a driving lay-up by Kanhai after 5:10 had elapsed and son it was a 21-17 score for the MHS after Kanhai stripped an opposing
player and attacked the hop and scored.
With 7: 25 left in the game the scores read MHS leading 31-23 and LTI tried desperately to secure victory only to lose 28-31, after holding MHS scoreleess but only netting five points to fall short by three points. Akeem Kanhai had 14 points and seven rebounds in the final as Omar Sam contributed 11 while Travis Leitch got 10 points to lead LTIS offense. In the third place playoff game Christianburg/ Wismar Secondary gained a 32-27 win over New Silvercity Secondary after leading 18-15 at half time.
Aubrey Major (Jr.) led his team to their win with 12 points as Clifton Halley had seven while Michael Turner was the top scorer in the game with 15 points.


BRUSCHES' CLASSIC BASKETBALL -by Joe Chapman
JETS UPSET NATIONAL CHAMPIONS PISTONS TO REACH SEMIFIINALS
FACE PACESETTERS TONIGHT, KINGS PLAY SCORPIONS

THE semifinals of the inaugural Brusches' Classic Knockout basketball tournament is set for tonight when the Jets, fresh from an upset victory over national champions Wismar Pistons, take on Pacesetters of Georgetown at 18:00 h and Kashif and Shanghai Kings oppose Beepat Scorpions in the other match-up at 21:00 h at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Last Wednesday Amelias Ward Jets created an upset with a thrilling 68-65 victory against national champions Wismar Pistons when the invitational basketball championship, which was organised by the Kashif and Shanghai Kings basketball club, continued at the Christianburg hard court.
Playing in a game that saw the national club champions down by six points at the end of the first quarter 18-12 and still trailing at halftime by three 30-27 meant that the Jets were harbouring thoughts of winning a game which most observers thought they would have lost.
And by the end of the pivotal third quarter the combination of Akani Percival, Neil Simon and Odley Allen proved to be more than a test for the Pistons.
In the end the Pistons could not match the aggressive play of the Jets who maintained their composure and showed soundness in their execution.
Percival had 18 points, Simon 14 and Allen 11 for the winners while Mark Louis was the games highest scorer with 29 points while Quincy Jones had 11 and Shane Lewis 10.
To reach the semifinals Kings won against Victory Valley Royals while Scorpions beat Eagles. In the other match the Jets took out Pistons and Pacesetters downed GTS Bulls.




BRUSCHES' CLASSIC BASKETBALL -by Joe Chapman
JETS UPSET NATIONAL CHAMPIONS PISTONS TO REACH SEMIFIINALS

THE semifinals of the inaugural Brusches' Classic Knockout basketball tournament is set for tonight when the Jets, fresh from an upset victory over national champions Wismar Pistons, take on Courts Pacesetters of Georgetown at 18:00 h and Kashif and Shanghai Kings oppose Beepat Scorpions in the other match-up at 21:00 h at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Last Wednesday Amelias Ward Jets created an upset with a thrilling 68-65 victory against national champions Wismar Pistons when the invitational basketball championship, which was organised by the Kashif and Shanghai Kings basketball club, continued at the Christianburg hard court.
Playing in a game that saw the national club champions down by six points at the end of the first quarter 18-12 and still trailing at halftime by three 30-27 meant that the Jets were harbouring thoughts of winning a game which most observers thought they would have lost.
And by the end of the pivotal third quarter the combination of Akani Percival, Neil Simon and Odley Allen proved to be more than a test for the Pistons.
In the end the Pistons could not match the aggressive play of the Jets who maintained their composure and showed soundness in their execution.
Percival had 18 points, Simon 14 and Allen 11 for the winners while Mark Louis was the games highest scorer with 29 points while Quincy Jones had 11 and Shane Lewis 10.
To reach the semifinals Kings won against Victory Valley Royals while Scorpions beat Eagles. In the other match the Jets took out Pistons and Pacesetters downed GTS Bulls.


GUBA VETERANS TOUR TO GUYANA -by Joe Chapman
LINDEN VETERANS HAND GUBA VETERANS SECOND STRAIGHT LOSS
The GuyanaUnited States Basketball Affiliates (GUBA) veterans basketball team lost their second consecutive game when they were beaten by two points 36-34 the
Christianburg hard court last Wednesdaynight.
The GUBA were to face being swept in their three game goodwill series against local veterans when they oppose what is ilikely to be a stronger city combination of another veterans team last Saturay at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
GUBA after going down to the Georgetown Pioneers Masters team in their opening game ltwo Saturdays ago, saw the Linden veterans came from a 18-20 deficit at half
time, to win 36-34 with former national centre Robert Byass playing well for a team high 10 points while other useful contributions were from Osmond Doc
Phipps and Lloyd Ross with six points each. Kenneth Chapman led the scoring for the losing United States based Guyanese veterans with a game high 14
points while former national womens coach Linden Sancho Alphonso got eight and former national captain James Brusche added five points for the losers.
The GUBA team was to play its final game against a Combined Georgetown Masters team at 18.00h on the under card of the Pepsi Sonics Third Division
seven-a-side basketball tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.


ROYALS 4TH ANNUAL LINDEN INTER SCHOOLS BASKETBALL. -by Joe Chapman
MHS'AKEEM KANHAI RECORDS 54 POINTS AS LTI AND MHS
REMAIN ON COURSE FOR C/SHIP BATTLE

Mackenzie High Schools Akeem Kanhai and Orrin Rose of Linden Technical Institute were heavily favoured to tag up against each other after being the best on show
in the preliminary round of the 4th Annual Victory Valley Royals Linden Inter Schools Under 19 basketball championship being contested at the Mackenzie Sports
club hard court. But the MHS will do well to note the fact that MHS only loss in the final game of the preliminary round last Friday was to nemesis LTI. They lost by four
points 37-33 in the final preliminary game after their all purpose guard Akeem Kanhai creating history when he poured in 54 tournament high points as Mackenzie
High School (MHS) overwhelmed Linden Foundation Secondary (LFS) by 50 points, 87-37, last Monday afternoon.
However, this would only be possible should the two sides win their respective opponents in the semifinals of the tournament last evening (Monday) as MHS were to
see off the challenge of the Christianburg / Wismar Secondary (Multi) and LTI having faced New Silvercity Secondary.
Both were expected to advance after the unbeaten LTI had scored a 20 point win against NSS 56-36 when they clashed in the preliminary round and MHS had edged
Multi 40-37 when they clashed.
Having the same name like NBA legend centre Akeem 'The Dream' Olajuwon, but playing a completely different position, the 50 point plus game by the sizzling
Kanhai must be a dream effort; and for his historic scoring, the win up to that stage allowed the Mackenzie High School an unbeaten record and assured
them a semifinal spot with the game against LTI in hand.
At the same time Christianburg/ Wismar Secondary Multi kept their hopes alive with a 47-23 win over winless Wisburg in the first game of the double header
feature.
The fluent moving junior national point guard Kanhai was in terrific form with his trademark silky drives through the lane, as he smothered his markers each
time with his step ahead movement, or when he pulled up to drill jumpers from all around the court, to continue his rich vein of form.
In scoring a hefty 62 per cent of his team's total, Kanhai got support from centre Omar Sam who netted 12
points and guard Sheldon Noel with 10. Geoffrey La Rose had 24 points for the LFS side.
However, Kanhai was held to 11game high points as Rose got seven, but the LTIS better bench saw them victors against MHS 37-33. Multi then took second position
with eight points behind LTI who had 10 points from five wins and no losses as MHS ended with nine points from four wins and one loss and Multi came third by
beating Linden Foundation Secondary 63-37 for three wins and two losses while new Silvercity Secondary got the fourth spot with two wins and three losses.


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HOLLAND

Marco van den Berg new coach Hanzevast Capitals -by Fred Roggen
Marco van den Berg become the new coach of Hanzevast Capitals. He signs a contract for three years. The 43-year old van den Berg was as basketballcoach operative at Meppel, Zwolle and Eiffel Towers Nijmegen.
This season van den Berg was coach of Omniworld Almere and furthermore he was headcoach of the Dutch national team, but he stopped with the Dutch national team after some problems with the Dutch Basketball Federation.
At Omniworld Almere his contract stopped because the club went bankrupt.


FEB Semifinals: MyGuide Amsterdam One Win From Finals; West-Brabant Giants Even Series -by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in the race for the 2007-08 FEB championship, West-Brabant Giants got things on track after a tough Game #1 loss, while MyGuide Amsterdam moved one step closer to a return to the FEB finals, with a Sunday close win over Matrixx Magixx in Nijmegen.

In Bergen-op-Zoom on Saturday night, West-Brabant's strong start helped them gain the confidence needed vs. defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers, and were not fazed with Eiffel's second half run, with the Giants also getting strong play from Dutch international
Arvin Slagter (190-G-85), tying the series 1-1 in a 96-88 win. Slagter had a perfect shooting day, with 5 of 5 FG, 2-2 3FG, and 5 of 5 from the line. Slagter stepped up on both ends of the floor, including putting the clamps on Eiffel shooting ace Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) in crunch time despite having four personal fouls. Eiffel had chances in the end to close the gap, but three-pointers by Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) rimmed out. Slagter and Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led the Giants with 17 pts. each. Both Akerboom and Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) led all scorers with 21 pts. Game #3 will be in Den Bosch on Thursday night.


In the Horstacker MyGuide are one game from a semifinals sweep of Matrix Magixx with a 75-73 win. MyGuide's defense managed to force Matrixx once again to low shooting percentages, with 44.1% FG and 8 of 26 from the three-point line. MyGuide shut down Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) (only 4 points) and made it difficult for Matrixx to play their normal system, with Matrixx having to attack through one-on-one actions. Despite this, Matrixx managed to make a 4th quarter run, taking advantage of MyGuide's inconsistent offensive play. But Matrixx could not get over the hump, as MyGuide still still managed to find a way to close the door on Matrixx's chance to tie the series, with a Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) free throw icing the win. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) had a double-double with 17 pts. and 11 rebounds to lead MyGuide. MyGuide has a chance to sweep the series on Thursday night in Amsterdam.



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IBL

Chill To Release Former Blue Devil -by John Gary
COURTESY oursportscentral.com The Edmonton Chill announced that they have decided to release former Blue DEVIL Sean Dockery. The 6-2 point guard had been recovering from a knee injury he suffered while playing this winter in his hometown of Chicago and had been slated to join the club when the Chill traveled to the Chicago area for their seven game road trip in June. In additional IBL news the Chill continued their winning ways sunday night as they dropped an avalanche on the Central Oregon HotShots cruising to a 165-138 win that wasnt close. The Chill were really hitting on all cylinders as they dropped 22 three pointers,dished out 36 assits and out rebounded commissioner Mike DULIAOS CLUB 51-34. tHE chill dominated the game from the opening tip,as they built a 7-0 lead on their way to a 37-20 lead after 12 minutes. It would get no better for the visitors,as the Cill poured in 45 points in the second quater and led 82-55. From there the hometown team went into cruise control but still managed a franchise best scoring half with 83 points in the final 24 minutes.

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IRAN

Boomers to play Iran in World Challenge -by Houman Bagheri
The Australian men's basketball team will play Iran in a three-game series in June.

The Boomers World Challenge matches will be played in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne as the Australians fine-tune their squad for the August Olympics in Beijing.

Iran have been drawn in the same group as Australia at the opening round of the Games.

'We're delighted to have secured three games against Iran,' Basketball Australia chief executive Scott Derwin said.

'We expect them as Asian Champions to be spirited competition and we hope the people of Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne get to a game to support the Boomers and Australian basketball in this critical step toward Beijing.'

Last year Iran defeated Lebanon to win the 2007 Asian crown, qualifying their first men's basketball team for an Olympic Games since 1948.

Australia, ranked ninth in the world, defeated New Zealand 2-1 to earn the right to play in Beijing.

Iran has yet to name its player roster for the tour but have a centre, Jaber Rouzbahani, who stands at 226cm and can dunk the ball without leaving the ground.

Courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald


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ISRAEL

Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv comes back from Madrid with silver -by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv lost the Final game of Euroleague 2007/2008 to CSKA Moscow 77:91 last night in Madrid. In the opening quarter CSKA led the campaign but 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. Russian squad was more disciplined increasing the lead to seven points at the half time. In the second half Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) hit a three pointer giving CSKA 71:57 lead. The final minutes belonged to Greek Theodoros Papaloukas and his Russian team. They had too much class to allow the victory slip out of their hands. Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) top-scored for Maccabi with 23 points. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) nailed 14 and Morris had 13.
In the last round the team also fell from the top spot in the Israeli League when it lost 88:87 at Ironi Nahariya. Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas)'s basket with 30 seconds left proved to be the winner after Alex Garcia came up short for Maccabi in the closing seconds. Johnson led the winners with 22 points, while Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) added 15 and Adrian Pledger (190-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: W.Virginia) 11. Halperin shinned for Maccabi with 20 points and 8 assists, David Bluthenthal (201-F-80, college: USC) added 20 points and Vujcic and Will Bynum scored 11 each.


Standings - Premier League
Premier L. Standings
 1. Hap.Holon 17-6 
 2. Macc.T-A 16-7 
 3. Bnei Hash. 15-8 
 4. Nahariya 12-11 
 5. Ashkelon 12-11 
 6. Jerusalem 11-12 
 7. Ramat Gan 10-13 
 8. Hap.G.Elyon 8-15 
 9. Rishon LZ 7-16 
 10. Gilboa/Afula 7-16 


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ITALY

Stats Leaders - SerieA
SerieA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. C. Tucker (TE) 21.0
2. M. Finley (RI) 19.9
3. D. Diener (Cdo) 18.2
4. J. Jones (NA) 17.9
5. D. Wood (Can) 17.9
Rebounds Per Game
1. J. Wallace (Cdo) 10.7
2. S. Ford (MTG) 10.0
3. T. Watson (MI) 9.6
4. J. Thomas (FBO) 9.5
5. P. Sow (RI) 9.4
Assists Per Game
1. G. Pozzecco (Cdo) 7.8
2. M. Green (AV) 6.5
3. T. Mc intyre (SI) 5.3
4. G. Poeta (TE) 4.6
5. J. Allen (UD) 3.6


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Lega2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. T. Pickett (Imo) 22.6
2. L. Flores (Fab) 22.2
3. A. Young (Reg) 20.1
4. R. Anderson (Liv) 19.9
5. B. Mc kie (Pav) 19.7
Rebounds Per Game
1. O. George (CMo) 11.4
2. A. Bougaieff (Fab) 10.4
3. N. Ezugwu (Imo) 9.7
4. T. Grant (Ver) 8.5
5. M. Maggioli (Jes) 8.0
Assists Per Game
1. M. Levin (Nov) 4.2
2. R. Childress (Cas) 4.0
3. M. Morri (Sor) 3.7
4. A. Collins (Fer) 3.7
5. M. Nardi (Mon) 3.3


Lega2-Playoff QF Game 1 -by Gabriele Fioretti
While coach Ettore Messina won his 4th Euroleague woth two different teams, Legadue playoff started with two win on the road. 25+8 by Otis George (205-C-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) and 18 scored by Matteo Formenti (194-G-82) led Casale to success at Soresina (Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) 18 pts). Seven players in double figures for Sassari weren't enough to avoid the loss at home againt Jesi (David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) at 24+8, Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) at 21 and Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) at 20). Reggio Emilia, instead, won at home by 20 pts against Pistoia (Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International) 29 scored) thanks to 19 by Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara) and 14+9 by Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.). Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) scored 23 in 27' but Caserta defeated his team Rimini with 20 pts by Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) and great percentages by the field (55% by 2pt and 44% by 3pt).
Game-2 will be played tomorrow.
Caserta-Rimini 77-69 (1-0)
Soresina-Casale M.to 77-86 (0-1)
Sassari-Jesi 94-100 (0-1)
Reggio Emilia-Pistoia 76-56 (1-0)
See complete boxscore at www.legaduebasket.it


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KOSOVO

Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prisht. 16-2 
 2. Peja 15-3 
 3. Trepca Mitr. 15-3 
 4. Bambi Mitr. 12-6 
 5. Ylli 10-8 
 6. Kosovari 8-10 
 7. Drita 5-13 
 8. AS Prishtina 5-13 
 9. Kastrioti 4-14 
 10. Vllaznimi 0-0 


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KUWAIT

Pitts signs for Al Qadsia -by Ali Ahmed
Al Qadsia basketball team management agreed terms with the American guard Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) to play for them the Asian Clubs Championship (Kuwait May 8-16) .



Andre Pitts is the total package as a guard prospect. He is an accurate long-range shooter and he can penetrate and create a shot off the dribble. His potential for generating offense enables him to function in the shooting guard role.Very good three point shooter and excellent finnisher. Pitts is a combination of good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, which enable him to distribute the ball effectively, make him ideally suited for the point guard position. And, possessing excellent quickness and great anticipation for the play, he can defend. Hes also a proven competitor who seems to elevate his performance when the game is on the line.




Awards/Achievements:
All-SWBL 1st Team -99
SWBL Finalist -00,01
Asian Club Championships -01(Semifinals + Best Scorer award), 02(bronze), 04(finalist)
Syrian League Champion -03
Syrian Cup Winner -03, 04
Asian Club Championships winner -03 (MVP)
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -05, 06
Iranian Superleague Finalist -05
WABA Cup Finalist -05
Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team -05
Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team -05
Iranian Superleague Champion -06
Tehran Cup Winner -06
Arab Club Championships -07 (Quarterfinals)
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 2nd Team -07
Kuwait League Regular Season Champion -08
Kuwait League Runner-Up -08


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LEBANON

Sagesse to pan arab final -by Rony Daccache
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut made it to the final game after a revenge game against Kuwait (99-92) in the semi final. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (30 points) outscored the opponent team and had a chance leading his team winning a new title. The green team that was absent for several years from local and Asians titles, will face the strong Jordanian Zain at 21h00 on Monday May 5th.

To back up their team, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut fans buses are heading to Amman Jordan at 10h00 AM from Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut-Achrafieh school. A giant screen will be available at Fouad Chehab stadium for fans willing to watch a live game with Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut supporters.


Blue stars v/s Champville (3-1) -by Rony Daccache

After losing loss last Monday, Blue Stars won 2 consecutive games against Champville and booked its place in final four, to meet Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in 3 out of 5 games.
In the 3rd game, at Michel El Murr Stadium, Rodrigue Akl (185-G-88) (12 Rds, 8 Ass) and Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) (28 pts) distinguished themselves and lead their team for an easy win (72-60). On the other side, Coach Sarkis suffered from the bad performance of Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) and Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian) who twisted his ankle and didn't take part in the next game.

In the 4th game, Champville, playing with one foreigner, Jonathan Jones (21 pts, 10 rbs), lost at home court (72-69).

Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron) (25 pts, 3 ass), Blue Stars foreigner, was the game best scorer.



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LITHUANIA

Lithuanians Youths didn't made to the finals -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Both Lithuanian Youth teams didn't made to the finals.

Rytas overcame Red Star Belgrad in the second day (82:73), but lost the crucial match versus Barcelona (71:85) and stayed in the second place in the group.
Zalgiris youths lost to FMP in the second day (58:65). Kaunas won the last game against Maccabi (92:89), but it hasn't had meaning to the final standings.

FMP Zeleznik became champions of this EL Youth Tournament.


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MEXICO

Cozumel defeats Merida -by Gianni Pascucci
Leopardos de Merida are the best defensive team in Liga del Sureste (allowing only 83.5 points per game till now), but sometimes their skills aren' t enough. In the second game vs. Marineros, they felt 83-90, with Erick Ortiz (190-G-76, college: Texas Lutheran) leading the Cozumel attack with 25 points, Alejandro Vega (200-F-78) adding 20 pts and Lewis Fadipe (208-C-83, college: La Salle) 19. Veteran Reggie Jordan (193-G-68, college: N.Mexico St.) had another stellar night with 21 pts and 12 rebs at the losing side, and Eric Martin (197-F-76, college: Cincinnati) scored 20 points. The LBS is now headed by Dorados, easily winners two times over Aluxes. The complete table is the one down:
1. Dorados Playa Carmen 4-2
2. Leopardos Merida 3-3
3. Peppers Progeso 3-3
4. Marineros Cozumel 2-2
5. Aluxes Cancun 0-2


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MONTENEGRO

In Semi-Final of MNT championship : Buducnost-ABS Primorje and Mogren-Niksic -by Dragan Scepanovic
In Semi-Final game of Montenegrin championship 2007-2008 will play Basketball Club Buducnost from Podgorica against Basketball Club ABS Primorje from H.Novi and Basketball Club Mogren from Budva against Basketball Club Niksic.First Semi-Final game will play on 10.05.2008.In last round of MNT1A Super-League results was : BC Mogren-BC ABS Primorje 84-81 (Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 21 points ,Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 11 points and 9 rebounds for Mogren-Vladimir Boricic 21 points for ABS),BC Lovcen-BC Niksic 83-92 (Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 22points,Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 14 points for Lovcen-Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 31 points - 10-7 for 3 points for Niksic) and BC Buducnost-BC Danilovgrad 87-57 (Vladimir Micov and Sehovic 13 points for Buducnost-Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 28 points for Danilovgrad)

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NBA

Red Hawk Down -by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks wasted their chance to come up with the biggest surprise of the NBA playoff starting round losing to Boston at the Banknorth Garden yesterday. The Celtics shook off the ups and downs of the shaky series and did what they were used to during the season routed their opponents. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) added 18 points and 11 boards as the Celtics held off the sensational Hawks 99:65 to claim the Eastern semis birth. They will now take on the Cleveland Cavaliers with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday. Boston jumped to a 27:16 lead after the starting stanza but never stopped to go confident in the second. They limited the visitors to only 10 second-quarter points and accumulated a 44:26 lead at halftime. Boston scored 35 points in the third leaving the Hawks far behind and cruised to an overall win in the fourth period. Leon Powe scored 12 points, while Kendrick Perkins and Rajan Rondo added 10 points apiece for the winners. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) answered with 16 points for Atlanta in defeat.
In the meantime the LA Lakers took care of the Utah Jazz in the semifinal opener in the West. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was unstoppable once again tallying 38 points, 7 assists and 6 boards to propel the Lakers to a 109:98 victory. The hosts held the Jazz to 37% from the field and converted 38 free throw attempts. The fourth period turned into a long-lasting free throw story with both teams calling for 24 personal fouls in the term. The Lakers entered the fourth stanza leading by 7 points and kept the visitors at bay throughout the frame. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) produced 18 points and 10 boards, while Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) had 16 points and 9 caroms in a winning case. Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) paced the Jazz with 21 points and career playoff-high 19 boards. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 15 points and 14 boards in a loss. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.


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NICARAGUA

A stupid way to run Nicaraguan basketball -by Gianni Pascucci
Latinbasket.com will go on in covering Nicaraguan basketball, but we can not avoid to say that the stupid, useless war between the ACB League officials and the Nicaraguan Basketball Federation -FENIBAL is producing only a huge damage to this country basketball. Consider this before to laugh: in Nicaragua there are now TWO TOP LEAGUES, made of FOUR (!!) teams each. Our sources confirmed that the blared Liga Premier de Baloncesto de Nicaragua (LPBN) managed to collect at the start only Fupade-SS, Jaguares UAM, American College, Caimanes and no other team will join it. The ACB should start in mid-May, with not more that four teams, even because the LPBN-FENIBAL officials 'convinced' two of the main candidates to join their league. The ACB remains with Tiburones, Pumas, UdeM, Vikingos. The result is that both the leagues will have a poor level of competition, because the best players of the country will be divided between them, and very few import players will strengthen their rosters. Give all this, no surprise if the Nicaraguan team Jaguares (even featuring almost all the best players in the country) ended the Liga Centroamericana with a sad 1-7 record. We believe that the next years it will be even worse.

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NIGERIA

Ebikoro led Comets past Dodan Warriors -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Ebun Comets and Nigeria international forward, Dennis Ebikoro was in superb form Saturday as he and his colleague ran ring round Dodan Warriors in an Atlantic conference premier league game.

Temowe as the 6 feet, 6 inch tall forward is called played out his heart, grabbing valuable rebound both offense and defense to lead Comets challenge for the maximum points ending the first quarter 22-04, the second quarter of the week-three Atlantic conference game saw the coach Ayo Bakare tutored Comets side coasting to victory with a 16-11 points for a 37-15 points at half-time.

Dodan Warriors players put up some brave challenge in the third quarter but the compact defensive style of play by the Comets saw both sides recording a low score of 10-07 in favour of the Warriors who put every foots and hands on the night that its players had boasted of an easy win over the Orseer Ikyaator captained Comets side.

Ebikoro and his co-travelers were at their best in the fourth and final quarter defending and scoring at will thus taking the game beyond the reach of the Dodan Warriors as they coast home to a 22-16 points victory for a cumulative score-line of 67-41 points victory which was one of the worst defeat the Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) team has suffered in recent time.


Ebikoro led Comets past Dodan Warriors -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Ebun Comets and Nigeria international forward, Dennis Ebikoro was in superb form Saturday as he and his colleague ran ring round Dodan Warriors in an Atlantic conference premier league game.

Temowe as the 6 feet, 6 inch tall forward is called played out his heart, grabbing valuable rebound both offense and defense to lead Comets challenge for the maximum points ending the first quarter 22-04, the second quarter of the week-three Atlantic conference game saw the coach Ayo Bakare tutored Comets side coasting to victory with a 16-11 points for a 37-15 points at half-time.

Dodan Warriors players put up some brave challenge in the third quarter but the compact defensive style of play by the Comets saw both sides recording a low score of 10-07 in favour of the Warriors who put every foots and hands on the night that its players had boasted of an easy win over the Orseer Ikyaator captained Comets side.


Ebikoro and his co-travelers were at their best in the fourth and final quarter defending and scoring at will thus taking the game beyond the reach of the Dodan Warriors as they coast home to a 22-16 points victory for a cumulative score-line of 67-41 points victory which was one of the worst defeat the Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) team has suffered in recent time.


Young Odia propel Rookies to victory -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Playing just like his elder brother (Churchill Odia) 14-year-old Peter Odia was a delight to watch in the colour of Rookies Basketball Academy in Sunday game against Warriors Academy in a Lagos City league pairing.

Young Odia who stands at 6 feet, one inch tall and still growing anchor the guard slot for the Police College-based Rookies side to ran away with a 53-49 points victory over their bigger Warriors Academy opponent.

And on Saturday Flames basketball club shocked Ikorodu Kings basketball club by 44-41 points in a game the Ikorodu Kings were clearly the favorite.



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NORWAY

First Nordic title to U-18 -by Kaare Vangen
Finale U18 Gutter: Norway-Finland 50-43 (13-7, 10-4, 17-21, 10-8)
Norway: Anders Stien (196-G-90) 12p, Aksel Bohlin 8p, Roy Nwachukwu (194-F-90) 4p, Thomas Mjoes 8p, Tarje Skarboe 9p, Ali Ouahakka 4p, Stian Enge 5p.

Norway's U-18 men played defense like no other team and brought home the first Nordic title ever to a Norwegian mens team. Anders Stien was MVP and came also on the Allstar team together with Roy Nwachukwu.

The Norwegians took the command from the start and led the whole way. Finland had a frantic finish but missed the final shots. The Norwegian team just refused to lose. Several of the players have experience from BLNO - Ouahakka, Stien, Bohlin, Nwachukwu and Skarboe all know how to play under pressure.


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NPBL

Standings
NPBL Standings
 1. Elmira B. 6-3 
 2. MD Bayraiders 5-2 
 3. NY Strikeforce 4-2 
 4. Alexandria A. 3-1 
 5. HV Hawks 3-6 
 6. NY Monarchs 1-3 
 7. Delaware D. 0-3 


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PARAGUAY

Even Sol de America is undefeateated -by Gianni Pascucci
In yesterday night games, Sol de America took another win, this time 95-65 over Estrellas del Este, and this team is yet undefeated at the top of the 'Group A' table. The surprise of this Group is Scachispas, that won two games in front of its fans and is now at the second place, while Felix Perez Cardozo is heavily disappointing, and will try to change some of its roster soon. The supremacy of America de Pilar in 'Group B' has been seriously challenged yesterday night by Libertad. The two teams ended the regular time 94-94, and America escaped with a win only at the end of the overtime, 110-101. Libertad goes on in fighting, but the presence of another Metro top team, Deportivo San Jos, in the same Group doesn't help. The only team without any win in National League is Gigantes del Norte, and this is caused for sure by the very high level of competition of Group B. The top performers of yesterday night were Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84), who led Sol de America with 21 points, Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88), who scored 25 points in the win of Sacachispas, 78-53 over FPC, Jose Fabio (198-F-77), who was the top scorer in America de Pilar with 31 points, and Alvaro Cardozo (181-G), who scored 26 points for Gigantes, in the loss 79-92, to Deportivo San Jos.

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


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PORTUGAL

PROLIGA round 1 of playoffs games 2 and 3 recap -by Bruno Baltazar
Surprise! Surprise!
That's in one word how we can describe the 1st round of PROLIGA playoffs.
Vitoria did their job and after losing the first game of the series against Esgueira in their arena they won both games to advance.
Benfica won easily their game.
Fisica surprised but in the game time didn't surprise no one as their tremendous win by a advance of 23 points showed what happened in the game with a great Miguel Barroca (182-G-84).
Academica after lost the 1st game in their home,traveled to Queluz knowing in the regular season they beat them ,Queluz the 3rd place of the regular season lost both games in their place and got eliminated at a fantastic Academic hands to be the 1st surprise of this first round.

Here's the complete list of results of games 2 and 3 played in consecutive days ,home court team shows first:
04/05/2008 - Queluz Sintra PMundial X Ass.Academica Coimbra - 73 / 79
04/05/2008 - VSC -M.Couto Alves X Esgueira /Oli - 65 / 57
03/05/2008 - Illiabum X Fsica T.V/Besleasing - 62 / 85
03/05/2008 - Sport Lisboa e Benfica X Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra - 86 / 63
03/05/2008 - Queluz Sintra PMundial X Ass.Academica Coimbra - 73 / 86
03/05/2008 - VSC -M.Couto Alves X Esgueira /Oli - 71 / 66


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PUERTO RICO

Caguas and San German ok and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Caguas won easily against Indios de Mayaguez 85-75. MVP of the game was Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) with 28 points and 7 assists. Melendez is scoring 22.1 ppg in this BSN 2008. It was also worth to mention the game of Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) with 16 points in only 14 minutes and 'Snoop Dogg' Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) who scored 16 points and He caught 13 rebounds. He was a presence in the painting area.
Caguas has now a 20-11 standings.
San German won also easily against Guayama (+20 advantage). Desmon Farmer played a partidazo with 30 points. Desmon Farmer, who played in D-League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers, played 3 games with Atleticos with 19.0 ppg. Alfonse Dyer was 'the man' in the painting area of San German. Dyer scored 15 points+15 rebounds and 4 blocks (his speciality), He was purely spectacular, a show for the fans.
BSN BOXSCORES
CAGUAS-MAYAGUEZ= 85-75
C= Melendez 28, Alamo 16, Ramos 16, Bryant 15, Redhage 6, Konecny 2, Rosas 2, Ortiz 0, Garcia 0
M= Jimenez 20, Crispin 12, Venzen 12, White 10, Zayas 10, Lopez 6, Erazo 5
SAN GERMAN-GUAYAMA= 102-82
SG= Farmer 30, Dyer 15+15 rebs, Alvarado 11, Lugo 11, S. Villegas 9, Avila 8, De Jesus 5, Caro 3, Torres 3, Acosta 2, Andino 2, J. Andino 2, Bautista 1, Mendez 0, J. Villegas 0
G= Parillon 21, N. Rivera 14, A. Rivera 10, Brignoni 9, Herrera 6, Liriano 6, Oliver 5, Soto 3, Melendez 2, Aponte 2, M. Rivera 2, Solano 2
A. Fontana


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SERBIA

Partizan Igokea inks young Jan Vesely -by Dragan Jankovski
Despite fantastic season and two trophies so far, management of Partizan Igokea and head coach Dusko Vujosevic are looking to the future. The team agreed terms with young center Jan Vesely (211-F-90), who was a member of Czech U16 and U18 National team on European championships (division B) in Tallin and Sofia. Vesely played this season in Geoplin Slovan where for 21 games in Adriatic league he averaged 4.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg.

Standings - A Liga
A Standings
Superleague
 1. FMP 6-1 
 2. Crvena Zv. 6-2 
 3. Partizan 5-1 
 4. Hemofarm 5-3 
 5. Vojvodina 4-4 
 6. Swisslion Tak. 2-5 
 7. Vizura 1-7 
 8. Borac 1-7 
Others in Stage One
 1. Radnicki 034 13-9 
 2. Sloga 12-10 
 3. Mega AM 12-10 
 4. Novi Sad 11-11 
 5. Masinac 10-12 
 6. Zdravlje 9-13 
 7. Napredak 9-13 
 8. Radnicki NS 9-13 
 9. Ergonom 2-12 


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SLOVAKIA

Inter Bratislava makes it to semifinal -by Eurobasket News
Inter Bratislava became the first team to reach semifinal stage at the Slovakian Extraliga. They completed the sweep in the series against Komarno at the weekend. Inter celebrated an 83:61 victory at home court and booked the spot in the next round of competition. Bratislava outfit dominated from the start piling up a 23:11 lead 10 minutes into the game. The teams then traded baskets for two next quarters as Inter maintained the distance. Komarno finally ran out of steam and the hosts sealed the winning outcome in the fourth term. Daniel Novak (201-F/G-78, agency: Interperformances) paced the home side with 23 points and 10 boards. Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) provided 17 points and Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex) had 13 in a win. Komarno responded with game-high 27 points from Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist). Marek Jurik (191-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) secured 10 points in a loss.
The top-seeded Pezinok thrashed Nitra 109:66 at home to grab a 2-1 lead in the series. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) led 6 Pezinok players to deliver in double figures with 21 points and 9 assists. Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) nailed 17 points in a winning case. Andrew Gillespie provided 15 points in defeat.
Svit prevailed 91:84 against Handlova to surge ahead in the series. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) fired 21 points, while Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) contributed 20 points for the winners. Milan Golian (207-C-74) answered with 19 points in a losing effort.
Finally Nova Ves failed to close out the series against Lucenec. Nova Ves enjoyed a 2-0 lead before the third game but could not handle Lucenec away from home. The hosts used a massive 23:10 rally in the second frame to clear off to a confident distance. And though Nova Ves clawed their way back into contest and cut the deficit to minimum Lucenec survived a dramatic crunch time to stay alive for now. Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) netted 19 points for Nova Ves. Jordan Mason (189-G-80, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) had 18 points in a loss.


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TANZANIA

Arusha Kings Clinch Union Day Trophy -by Carlos Pereira
by Victor Machota
Arusha

Arusha Basketball Kings clinched the Union Day tournament after crushing the Spartans 26 - 20 in the finals.
The kings eliminated four other out of six bonanza teams that showed up at the Soweto basketball pitch. The third winners were the Hoops who forced the Blue Naget to the fourth position.
Elia Mwabukusi of the Arusha Kings was voted the best player of the tourney.
Speaking at the close of the bonanza, Kings' captain, Joseph Mrema said his team was the only one that worked hard to participate in the national events. The team is scheduled to participate in the forthcoming Union basketball league due from May 20.
The Arusha Kings lineup comprised Elias Mwabukusi, Joseph Mrema (captain); Rahim, Chelu, Robert Edward, Patrick, Jonathan Lema and Ahmed Ali.


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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Local Basketball Remains In Controversy -by Don Farrell


The elections are unconstitutional on a few grounds, so the persons who entered the meeting following the last election are still the legal holders of those offices.

That was the legal opinion given by one of the countrys top Senior Counsel, who requested to remain anonymous.

The Senior Counsel, who studied the Constitution of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago for almost a week since the March 29 Annual General Meeting (AGM), said: The Constitution is clear about the election of officers which takes place every two years, the process which is outlined in Article 16.2 and who qualifies as Candidates for election in Article 6.3.

Article 11 (c) states that elected officers will serve two-year terms. In 2007 the AGM elected seven officers with John as president.

The sport of basketball has been locked in controversy since its March 29, 2008 AGM at the Maloney Sports Complex which left the sport with two presidents, two vice presidents of Communication and Marketing, and two assistant secretaries.

The top attorney, who has chaired many sporting disputes in T&T and the Caribbean and other civil issues internationally over the past two decades, said that the National Basketball Federation (NBF) 2008 AGM was not one for the elections of officers and therefore, no one can claim any position on the sport executive or Board of Directors but the persons who were elected in 2007.

A situation has developed in the sports' administration structure in which some the members who attended the AGM moved a vote of no-confidence in the sitting president Earl EJ John, vice-president of Communication and Marketing June Rogers and assistant secretary Darren Joseph.

The meeting then proceeded and elected Associate member Brian Manning, the son of Prime Minister Patrick Manning, as president, Nadine Khan-Seemungal as vice president of Communication and Marketing and Denisa Harris as assistant secretary under the item of Other business on the agenda.

The SC stated that the Agenda for the meeting does not include an item for Election of officers as is scribed under Article 19.1 which is the Constituted agenda for the meeting.

When the Guardian contacted John, who was elected last year, he confirmed that a vote of no-confidence was moved and it went 5-4 against him. He said: I was told by a member that I couldnt vote.

The SC said: The Constitution is very clear under Article 20.6 which reads: An Officer of The Federation shall be entitled to vote both as an Officer and as a delegate when such Officer has been duly elected delegate by a Zonal Commission.

June Rogers, who was elected in 2007 as the vice president of Communication and Marketing also told the Guardian that the meeting also moved a vote of no-confidence in her office.

Joseph said, he was not at the meeting but heard what had happened.

Kwame Cowie, who is a former vice president of Technical and Training of the NBF and who represented basketball officials at the AGM said in a CNC3 television interview on Thursday: What happened at the AGM is a sad day for basketball in Trinidad and Tobago.

The SC added that while the AGM is the supreme meeting, the Constitution is supreme law and it tells an organisation or a country what it can and cannot do. The AGM cannot do what it wants and feel like doing.

The Senior Counsel said: The Basketball Constitution is very clear and simple. Its a simple drafted Constitution and easy to understand. The only people with authority, where the Constitution is silent on any issue, is the Board of Directors. The Constitution gives them the right to act.

The SC said, the holder of the office of president at the start of the AGM held on March 29, 2008 is still the president because a vote on no-confidence does not mean that one demits office.

This Constitution does not say one must vacate office following such actions by the members and Article 17 is very clear also about how an officer can vacate office.

The meeting also moved a vote of no-confidence to over-turn decisions taken by the Board of Directions.

The SC said, the AGM cannot disregard or go against any decision taken by the Board of Directors. Article 12.2 is very clear on that issue.

John, who was elected unopposed last year said that the matter is now the hands of Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

12. Management of the Federation

12.2: The management of the affairs and business of The Federation shall be vested by the Annual General Meeting in the Board of Directors of The Federation, who shall be responsible for the overall policy and direction of The Federation but the Annual General Meeting cannot repudiate obligations undertaken during the preceding year by the retiring Board of Directors.

6. RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS

6.3 Associate Member: An Associate Member shall not be eligible for appointment as a delegate to a General Meeting or for election to office in the Federation.

An Associate Member has no vote at General Meetings. An Associate Member can hold a position on the Executive Committee of a Zonal Commission.

17. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE AND FILLING OF VACANCIES

*17.1: The members of The Federation may, by ordinary resolution at a special meeting, remove any Director, not being a Director appointed under 15(c).

*17.2: A vacancy created by the removal of a Director under 17.1 may be filled at the meeting at which the Director is removed from office. Where the Director removed is also the Chairman of an Executive Committee of a Zonal Commission, then the zone shall immediately call a meeting of the Zonal Commission and make provisions for its representation on the Board of Directors.

*17.3: If the vacancy is not filled under 17.2, it may be filled by the Directors.

*17.4: A Director elected or appointed pursuant to 17.2 or 17.3 holds office for the duration of the unexpired term of his predecessor.

*17.5: The office of Director of The Federation shall be vacated:

a)If by notice in writing he resigns his office;

b) If he ceases to be a member of The Federation;

c) If he ceases to be Chairman of the Executive

Committee of a Zonal Commission;

d) If he is removed under 17.1

e)If he is convicted of a serious criminal offence,

including fraud, dishonesty or money laundering.


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TURKEY

Besiktas needs one more win 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 wins BBL Playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Guildford - MK Lions 100:88

The Guildford Heat finished the season with a style beating the Milton Keynes Lions 100:88 in the BBL playoff title decider. The game took part at the National Arena in Birmingham. It was the first playoff title in the franchise history. But the path to the crown was not an easy one as the Lions fought bravely yesterday. Milton Keynes opened the game on an 8:2 run. Guildford stayed behind for the major part of the first frame before Elmer J. Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) came up with 4 straight free throws to square things up at 19. The Heat closed the quarter on a 14:2 run and enjoyed a 24:21 advantage. Guildford used a momentum to widen the gap to 8 points early in the second period but just to see it growing thinner as Ronnie Baker (178-G-69) and Tony Windless (196-F-70, agency: TASM, college: Sam Houston St.) trimmed the difference to a single point at 36:37. Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) tied things up at 38 but the Heat had the last laugh in the half going up at 42:41.
The Lions scored 6 points in a row early in the third stanza to surge ahead however the Heat retained the advantage shortly after as Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) came up with some solid buckets. Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) then took the floor scoring 8 points and extending the buffer to 11 points for Guildford. Terrell Brown knocked down a three-pointer to keep the Lions in contest. Guildford headed into the fourth frame holding on to a 6-point lead. Guildford marked the start of the final period with 10 unanswered points to run away to a 15-point distance. Dru Spinks (193-G/F-79) and Kevin Griffin (195-F-75, college: Lynn) ignited an 11:2 run for Milton Keynes to narrow the hole to 7 points but it was not enough to change the course of the game. The Heat nailed a bunch of free throw to minimize the damage and coasted to an overall victory at the end. Daniel Gilbert finished with 27 points to pace the Heat and was trumped the MVP of the Playoff Final. Michael Martin (200-F-74) came up with 25 points, while Tony Dorsey had 19 in a winning effort. Dru Spinks answered with 22 points for the Lions. Yorick Williams (192-G-75) launched 13 points in defeat.

Guildford: Daniel Gilbert 27, Michael Martin 25, Tony Dorsey 19
MK Lions: Dru Spinks 22, Yorick Williams 13


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UKRAINE

Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
1-10 places
1 BC Donetsk 27-3
2 DniproAzot 22-8
3 KDPU 19-11
4 MSDUShOR 16-14
5 Hoverla 15-15
6 Domograd 13-17
7 Kremin-Polit. 11-19
8 KTU 10-20
9 Gryfony 9-21
10 Koksokhim-Stal 8-22
11-18 places
11 Polit.Kharkiv 20-4
12 DUEP 19-5
13 Adzhalyk 17-7
14 Fero-ZNTU 14-10
15 BC Sarny 14-10
16 Orlan 7-17
17 KMPU 3-21
18 BC Ternopil 2-22


Cherkasy have began to make a new season preparations -by Alexander Muzyka
- Cherkasy Monkeys have agreed the further contracts with a head coach Jovica Arsic, players Pavlo Revzin (195-G-83) and Yuri Lokhmanchuk (197-G/F-87) and are talking with Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81). Plus there are two new players in Cherkasy: Oleksi Poltoratskyi (208-F-74) from BC Odesa (10,4 ppg + 3,7 rpg this season) and Stanislav Sokur (205-C-82) from BC-93 Pulsar (12,5 ppg + 3,1 rpg this season).

Jovica Arsic promised his team to be more powerful next season: 'I'm not a wizard, - he said, - but I know we can be at least in a best five. It's impossible to have better finance then BC Kyiv and Azovmash but we are on the level of the best other teams so I can say we have to fight for the Superleague bronze. There will be the more powerful team and we won't repeat that awful result we've reached this season.'
'We'll try to find out more strong Ukrainians to Monkeys, - Arsic added. - We've inked experienced Poltoratskyi and young talented Sokur. Me and Kyrylo Pogostinskyi are going to Baltia region for players' searching this week plus I have good contacts in Serbia to have a good choice for a new Cherkasy's players'.


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VENEZUELA

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 24-5 
 2. Guaiqueries 17-9 
 3. Cocodrilos 16-9 
 4. Gatos 16-10 
 5. Gaiteros 15-12 
 6. Marinos 14-13 
 7. Guaros 11-18 
 8. Dep.Tachira 10-15 
 9. Panteras 7-21 
 10. Gigantes 5-23 


Gaiteros del Zulia swept Gigantes de Guayana -by Antonio Gomez

The zulian team had an excellent weekend with two victories against Gigantes de Guayana at the Pedro Elas Belisario Aponte Arena in Maracaibo.

On saturdays game, the Jorge Arrieta squad won 99-94. Cornelius McFagdon made 31 points. With that victory, Gaiteros caught the fifth place in the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) standing.

Today, the musical team defeated Gigantes again, this time 98-96. Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, college: Weber St.) made 19 points. Gaiteros almost loses the game because in the last period, Gigantes scored 47 points.


Gaiteros will face Guaros de Lara next wednesday.





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Women News

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BOSNIA - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Final Four Group
 1. Zeljeznicar 4-0 
 2. M.Kraj. BL 3-1 
 3. Jedinstvo 1-3 
 4. Celik 0-4 
Other D1 teams
 1. Spars 12-6 
 2. Brotnjo Citluk 10-8 
 3. Banovici 9-9 
 4. Mladost BL 6-12 
 5. Zrinjski 4-14 
 6. Sloboda 3-15 
 7. Jablanica 0-18 


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Saara Lind back to Top level -by Rauno Hurmalainen
C-F Saara Lind (185-C-82), 25, 185 cm, has decided to leave 1. division basketball and Kataja (Joensuu). Lind will return back to Top level (SM-sarja) and Huima's
(Aanekoski) roster. Lind was the leading scorer and rebounder in Joensuu last season as she averaged 17,4 ppg - 11,2 rpg in 18 contests. Lind was
scoring in double figures in all games and made a double-double 12 times. Lind played last time in SM-sarja 2005-06. Then her Team was Alku (Forssa)
and figures 9,3 ppg - 5,7 rpg.


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GERMANY - Women

2. DBBL Finals: Opladen and Noerdlingen take the lead -by Moritz Korff
SV Union Opladen seems to like the role as an underdog in the finals of the 2. Bundesliga North. The team of Coach Markus Pohle earned a 78:73-away win at BC Wolfenbuettel on gameday one of the series. The Union-defense controlled Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA), the topscorer of the Wildcats, and had the dominating player in Jacqueline Ciompala (176-F-90). While Zaidi only scored 10 points, Ciompala came up with a huge performance and led her side to victory. She nailed 4 threes and finished the game with 21 points and 6 steals. Her teammate Mayte Thimm (190-C) put in 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The number one-seeded Wildcats were paced by Tunde Czukor (183-F-84) who dropped 20 points, Anita Teilane (196-C-85) tallied 28 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. The next encounter of the series (best of three) will be on Saturday (May 10). Boxscore: click

Meanwhile, no surprises in the South-division, where regular season-champ TSV Noerdlingen takes on ASC Theresianum Mainz in the finals. Noerdlingen won game one 76:73 at home and has the chance to book the ticket to the DBBL next Saturday, when the second match will take place in Mainz. Mirijam Unger (190-C/F-88) was unstoppable in game one. She hit 9 of her 11 shots from the field and was perfect from the foul-line (6/6). Her 24 points and 7 rebounds led TSV in the win. Annika Danckert (182-F-81) followed with 19 points and 9 boards. Mainz got 20 points from Cornelia Berkhoff (174-F-84), Gabriela Jandova (190-C-73) tallied 17 points. Boxscore: click


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KOSOVO - Women

Sigal Prishina will meet Bashkini in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Sigal Prishina will meet Bashkini in the Final of Toyota league. Sigal Prishina needed a third game to prove their ambitions for the Final series. In the decisive game the team overcame Penza 58:43. This means that Final series will start on May 7/8 in Prishina. The next games will be played on May 10/11 and the if necessary on May 14/15.
Sigal Prishina finished the regular season with 13-1 record and is the favorite number one. Bashkini however followed them with 12-2 record being second.


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Sigal 13-1 
 2. Bashkimi 12-2 
 3. Trepca 9-5 
 4. Penza 8-6 
 5. Vellaznimi 7-7 
 6. Drita 5-9 
 7. Kastrioti 2-12 
 8. Probasket 0-14 


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Basket Esch and Musel Pikes enter DBBL Final -by Eurobasket News
The DBBL season reached its finale. Basket Esch will play against Musel Pikes in the championship series tipping off on May 18. Both teams swept their semifinal series to enter the Final. Basket Esch outlasted T71 Dudelange 69:57 in the second game to book their spot in the Final. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) was a usual contributor with 28 points for the winners. Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) scored 13 points, while Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) provided 12 points and 10 boards for Basket Esch in a win. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) paced the visitors with 27 points and 12 boards. She committed however 8 out of the teams 21 turnovers down the stretch. Basket Esch held a tiny 29:28 lead at halftime but a strong third stanza put the hosts up for good. They outscored T71 18:11 to accumulate a decisive lead.
Musel Pikes took on Residence away from home and rolled to a hard-fought 66:55 win. The teams kept it close throughout three quarters before Musel Pikes stepped on the gas in the fourth. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) ignited a run from Musel Pikes that carried them to a confident victory. Mazjoukhina that announced she would pause for a year in her basketball career after the season scored 27 points and collected 12 boards to lead Musel Pikes. Carine Cigrand netted 15 points and grabbed 7 boards for the winners. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) provided 22 points and 13 boards in a losing effort.


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Buducnost and Jedinstvo in Final of MNT championship -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball clubs Buducnost from Podgorica and Jedinstvo from Bijelo Polje will play in Final of Montenegrin championship 2007-2008.In Semi-Fimal games Basketball Club Buducnost win against Basketball Club Kastel Nuovo from H.Novi 2-0 in series (second game 114-57) and Basketball Club Jedinstvo win against Basketball Club Roling from Niksic 2-0 (second game 96-71).Good news for Basketball Club Buducnost was that one of best Montenegrin player Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) play very good two Semi-Finals game after injury , in first game score 28 points and in second 18 points.

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POLAND - Women

Finals FGE: Finals FGE: Lotos PKO BP - Wisla Can-Pack 3:4 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - Wisła Can Pack Krakow 85:92 (19:22, 13:18, 20:15, 27:24; 6:13)
Lotos PKO BP:
Dominique Canty 24, Alana Beard 22, Chamique Holdsclaw 17, Slobodanka Maksimovic 12, Magdalena Leciejewska 6, Natalia Waligrska 4, Anna Breitreiner 0, Jekaterina Snicyna 0.
Wisła Can Pack: Jelena Skerovic 19, Anna Wielebnowska 18, Kara Braxton 14, Anna DeForge 14, Candice Dupree 11, Natalia Trafimawa 5, Marta Fernandez 4, Ewelina Kobryn 4, Agnieszka Pałka 3.



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PORTUGAL - Women

Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Olivais 20-2 
 2. Alges 18-4 
 3. Vagos 16-6 
 4. ESSA/Barreiro 16-6 
 5. B.Viagem 15-7 
 6. CAB Mad. 15-7 
 7. CPN-Transduo 9-13 
 8. Uniao Mad. 8-14 
 9. CD Povoa 5-17 
 10. Esgueira 5-17 
 11. Santarem 4-18 
 12. Ovarense 1-21 


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RUSSIA - Women

Seven players reach double digits for CSKA in 1-0 over Spartak -by Eurobasket News
CSKA and Spartak opened the Final series tonight in Vidnoe. CSKA grabbed the first win away from home as seven players reached double digits for the winners. CSKA lost the opening quarter but then triumphed with 90:71. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led the winners with 15 points apiece. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) netted 13, whilst Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Lawson had 10 each. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) produced a good game for the hosts scoring 18 points.
More than 3000 spectators came to see another thriller of the best teams of the Play-offs and even the whole Europe. Spartak felt comfortable in the opening quarter taking 25:21 advantage. CSKA tied the score only at the half time as both squads left the court having 41:41. It was expected another battle in the second half, however CSKA had another opinion. The team from Moscow bounced with 26:13 and closed the game at 23:17 in the last period. Spartak had nothing to do but to accept the loss, however tomorrow Vidnoe expects another game, another Final.
In the game for the third place UMMC beat Vologda in Game 1 89:65. Taylor top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) nailed 17, while Gruda and Rakhmatulina Oxana had 14 each. Sapova and Elena Volkova (175-G-83) ended up with 12 points in defeat.


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SWEDEN - Women

Kruuse finishes second with Amager -by Eurobasket News
Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) and her Amager finished second in Danish Play-offs. In Game 1 the Dameligaen defending champions Horsholm 79ers got to a winning start of the Final series against Amager. The 79ers came from behind to deliver a 61:55 home victory and pulled ahead in the series. The teams kept it close throughout the first stanza and were all square at 18 with 10 minutes gone in the game. The sides went on trading buckets in the second term with no one eager to rush things. Amager were just a bit more accurate and accumulated a 33:31 lead at the interval. But Horholm replied with a dogged defense right after the break and held the visitors to only 9 points in the third frame. It allowed the league favorites to surge ahead and to enter the fourth period up by 2 points. A stifling defense remained the key weapon for the hosts in the final period as they kept Amager at distance and finalized an important victory at the end. Kristine Jensen topscored for the home team with 20 points and 9 boards. Pernille Jensen added 13 points and Anne Thorius had 10 in a winning case. Sussie Kruuse scored game-high 21 points for Amager. Tine Freil notched 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Amager had a slight dominance under the rims 27:23 but suffered 20 turnovers. Horsholm converted 41% from the field.
The Horsholm 79ers claimed the Dameligaen crown after sweeping Amager in the Final series. Horsholm celebrated a close victory in the opening game of the best-of-three series and did not wait for too long before finalizing an overall success. The 79ers stormed past Amager away from home to clinch yet another Dameligaen title. Everything was decided in the first half as Horsholm accumulated an unassailable 18-point advantage. The visitors stretched it to 25 points before breezing to the victory in the final period. Anne Thorius finished with 15 points for the winners. Kristine Dalgaard notched 13 points for the 79ers. Sussie Kruuse answered with 16 points for Amager. Tine Freil dropped 11 in defeat.
It is a pleasure to hear about Swedish representative that top-scored in both games.


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UKRAINE - Women

Olena Savina to be an MVP second time in a row -by Alexander Muzyka
Olena Savina (186-F-84) was named as an MVP of the season 2007/08 just like it was a season ago when Tim-Scuf was a vice-champion. Iryna Biriuk (178-G-78) from Kozachka-ZAlK was named as the best guard, Olga Liashkova (185-G-80) and Victores Lisdeivi Pompa (193-C-74) from Dnipro - as the best forward and center.

The best stats:

Points
1 Tetiana Panchenko-Stakhova 19,3
2 Olena Savina 17,9
3 Iryna Rastorguieva 17,7
4 Natalia Isachenko 16,3
5 Yuliia Yakhina 16,1

Assists
1 Olga Liashkova 4,0
2 Tetiana Panchenko-Stakhova 4,0
3 Svitlana Kozachenko-Boiko 3,7
4 Olga Dubrovina 3,2
5 Oleksandra Kurbatova 2,7

Steals
1 Tetiana Panchenko-Stakhova 4,2
2 Oleksandra Kurbatova 3,1
3 Olga Liashkova 2,6
4 Svitlana Kozachenko-Boiko 2,3
5 Olga Dubrovina 1,9

Block-shots
1 Anna Stafiuk 2,5
2 Tetiana Shablinska 1,3
3 Olena Savina 0,9

Rebounds
1 Anna Stafiuk 10,4
2 Iryna Rastorguieva 7,6
3 Olena Savina 7,5
4 Tetiana Panchenko-Stakhova 7,4
5 Maryna Tkachenko 7,3

So the final standings are the following:
1 Tim-Scuf (Kyiv)
2 Dnipro (Dnepropetrovsk)
3 Kozachka-ZAlK (Zaporizhia)
4 Chaika (Berdiansk)
5 Olimp-NAEK (Yuzhnoukrainsk)
6 Dynamo-NPU (Kyiv)


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WNBA - Women

MONARCHS FORWARD DEMYA WALKER OUT SIX MONTHS WITH RIGHT KNEE PATELLA FRACTURE -by Bruno Baltazar
DeMya Walker (6'4''-F/C-77, college: Virginia) suffered a right knee patella fracture. She will undergo surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out six months.

This is a hard blow for DeMya, as hard as she worked at her rehabilitation during the off-season, said Monarchs General Manager John Whisenant. Its also hard news for the franchise, but we can deal with it. This will be an opportunity for the other posts on our roster to step up and especially for the young ones to strut their stuff.'

The injury occurred on April 27, 2008, while Walker was playing with her team, Nadezhda, located in Orenburg, Russia. An X-ray and evaluation conducted this morning at the UCD Sports Medicine Clinic by Dr. Richard Marder confirmed the injury.

Walker has played five seasons with the Monarchs after being selected by the franchise as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Dispersal Draft. She started five games for the Monarchs in 2007 before being sidelined with a knee injury. Prior to her injury, she was averaging 21 minutes, 8.8 points, 5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.

On June 2, 2007 versus the Los Angeles Sparks, Walker suffered a patellar tendon tear to her right knee with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter at ARCO Arena. She conducted her rehabilitation in Sacramento during the 2007-08 offseason, where she fully recovered and was cleared by team doctors to play overseas.

Through eight WNBA seasons, Walker has played in 200 games and averaged 21.1 minutes, 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Additionally, the 2005 WNBA All-Star selection was an integral part of the Monarchs 2005 WNBA Championship team.

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To send well wishes to DeMya, please e-mail sacramentomonarchs@arcoarena.com.

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