EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/7/2008

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ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Asia-Basket.com All-21st Arab Clubs Championship Awards -by Mohammed Malas
ACC local players MVP: Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (196-G-82) of Sagesse (LEB)
ACC import players MVP: Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) of Sagesse (LEB)
Best Point guard: John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) of Zain (JOR)
Best forward: Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) of Zain (JOR)
Best center: Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) of Al Kuwait SC (KUW)
Best 3pts shooter & Top scorer: Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) of Al Kuwait (KUW)
Best dunker: Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) of Zain (JOR)
Best rebounder: Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Orthodox

1st Team:
Andre Pitts of Al Kuwait SC (KUW)
Alpha Bangura of Sagesse (LEB)
Nate Johnson of Zain (JOR)
Zeid Abbas of Zain (JOR)
Ira Clark of Al Kuwait SC (KUW)

2nd Team:
John III Thomas of Zain (JOR)
Sabah Khoury of Sagesse (LEB)
Ahmad Al Mutairi (187-G-80) of Al Kuwait SC (KUW)
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)
Ayman Idais of Orthodox (JOR)


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ARGENTINA

Lanus promoted to Liga A -by Leonardo Contieri
Lans defeated Argentino in Junin tonight to sweep its semifinal in three games and get the right to play next season on premier division. Lans controlled the tempo for most of the game as Wendell Gibson totalled 31 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Julin Olmedo scored 16 and dished out 6 assists. Jos Luis Gil led Argentino with 18 points, but the home team relied too much on its outside shooting, which did not work today as they were only 6 for 21 from outsiede the arc. The other semifinal will continue next monday as Olimpico La Banda leads Unin Sunchales 2-1 with the chance to close the series at home.

Libertad is back to the finals -by Leonardo Contieri
For the third time in team's history, Libertad reaches the league final, once again the got a good advantage in the third quarter against Pearol and won the series 3-0 closing away from home. Robert Battle, Pablo Mold added 19 going 10 for 10 from the free throw line and Laron Profit scored 13. Romn Gonzalez led Pearol with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Juan Locatelli added 15 despite shooting 1/7 from behind the arc. Pearol outrebounded libertad 34-20 but commited 17 turnovers and shot only 4/16 from the three point range.

Libertad 3- Penarol 0 -by Facundo Iatzky

Libertad won the third of the semifinal against Penarol and advanced to the final.

3rd game:
Pearol (83): Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 9, Juan Manuel Locatelli 15, Quincy Wadley 7, Jason Osborne 7 Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) 21 (St); Lucas Picarelli 4, Marcos Mata 3, Alejandro Diez 11 Jervaughn Scales 6. coach: Sergio Hernandez.

Libertad (90): Sebastian Ginobili 6, Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) 19, Laron Profit 13, Andres Pelussi 9 Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) 23 (St); Juan Sartorelli 6, Jorge Benitez 6, Emilio Dominguez 2 Marcos Saglietti 6. coach: Julio Lamas


The other serie:

Quimsa is 2- 0 against Obras and could define tonight the serie when they meet in Buenos Aires.



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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 66:78
Borac Nektar - Zrinjski Mik Company 106:87
Siroki Prima Pivo - Slavija 97:75


Standings:
1. Bosna ASA BHT 8-0 644:522 +122 16 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 6-2 715:610 +105 14 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 6-2 665:602 +63 14 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 5-3 602:616 -14 13 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 2-6 612:624 -12 10 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 2-6 650:736 -86 10 pts.
7. Slavija 2-6 601:693 -92 10 pts.
8. Grude 1-7 606:692 -86 9 pts.


Sloboda Dita Bosna ASA BH Telecom 66:78
(17:22, 18:22, 9:8, 22:26)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 3.500; Ref.: Adamovic, Drmic, Karovic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 20, Hrncic, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 4, Persic 4, V. Tomovic, Tanasilovic 2, Matic 11, N. Milosevic 8, Jocovic 6, Ross 11
Coach: Senad Muminovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 6, Sehovic 2, T. Tomovic, Panic 11, Bavcic 10, Zimic, Bailey 18, Rahimic 6, Hajric 4, Pasalic, Jackson 3, Williams 18
Coach: Jurij Zdovc


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 10, Zitko 18
Coach: Predrag Mikulic



Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Bosna S. 8-0 
 2. Igokea 6-2 
 3. Siroki 6-2 
 4. Sloboda Dita 5-3 
 5. Borac Nektar 2-6 
 6. Zrinjski MC 2-6 
 7. Slavija 2-6 
 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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BULGARIA

Balkan is writting history -by Vladi Lazarova
Balkan did it again - beat Levski second time in a row for two days. After clinching 75:74 on Monday, today 'The Greens' won 78:73 and didn't let the host team to take the lead for even for a second after the break. Game number 3 is on Friday in inhospitable 'Balkan' arena in Botevgrad. New victory for Balkan will qualify the squad for the final against Lukoil Akademik and will guarantee them at least silver medals.
'The Greens' are writing history. They didn't appear at the final in the last 19 years, 2 years ago they came back in PRO A after seasons of poverty and forgetfulness in the Second division.
The glory team from Botevgrad is showing again his strong character and soul of a champion.And all that thanks to one man the head coach Georgi Mladenov. The biggest name of Bulgarian basketball, who became a legend in his home club Levski killed 'The Blues' in every single index in this serie. His team pushed the opponent to the wall with great fight, amazing spirit, true confidence and total supremacy in zone defence and fast break.
Balkan last appearance at the final was in 1988/89, when they won the title. Now, there is not a mentally healthy person in the country, who can believe that Lukoil the club, where only one of all the foreign stars costs more than the hole budget of Botevgrad for the season, will let anybody to dethrone them. But it doesn't matter, because for Balkan - a team with one of the middle range budgets, will a deep financial crisis just few months ago and with a plenty of unknown youth guys on the bench and couple of 'Cinderellas' on the floor, will become a silver medallist. This silver will be like gold for 'The Greens', who finished 5th last year in the championship and missed the Final Four for the Cup this spring.
The key to this domination is also well known - Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville). After the 2nd semifinal game in Sofia 200 cm tall US veteran, who will turn 37 in August, can easy write and publish a basketball textbook. And must give it for free to every guy in Levski locker room his teammates till summer of 2006. Former NBA top college prospect from Louisville in the middle of 90s, simply smashed 'The Blues'. Morton played full 40 minutes and played them like a professor. Scored 18 pts, grabbed 8 rebounds, made 4 steals only for the first 20 minutes and blocked the half of Levski team.
Great match for Atanas Radev, who came off the bench with 21 pts and 7 boards. Supreme comeback for Boyko Milenkov, who missed almost the half of the season, because of knee injury and new surgery.
At the other side Levski looked so poor, scared and laboured. 'The Blues' couldn't even pass the ball twice in a smart and proper way in offence against the zone of Balkan their biggest weapon in the last 2 years.


36-th straight win for Lukoil Academic, 2-0 in semis -by Valentin Anguelov
The team that nobody can beat in Bulgaria - Lukoil Academic - now have 36 victories in a row in the domestic championship (40, if you count the 4 wins they took to secure the Cup of Bulgaria) and they lead by 2-0 in their semifinal series of Playoffs 2008. They dispatched visiting Spartak Pleven even more emphatically the second time around - 104-77.

Each of Lukoil's starters scored at least 14 points, with the 5 of them responsible for 100 out of all 104 points in the game. Pero Antic had 26 of those, as well as 10 rebounds for a double double, while Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) notched up 23 points. Another double double was provided by American point guard Willie Deane, via 18 points and 10 assists. In Spartak Pleven's loss Hrisimir Dimitrov and Bozo Barac scored 24 and 19 points respectively.

The reigning champs didn't even need to spare too much defensive effort through most of the game's duration. They only played their best in the first couple of minutes to take a 10-0 lead, and then in the closing stages to open the near 30-point winning margin. Between those two bursts of energy the Lukoil players allowed the team from Pleven to score at will, but made sure they scored back; thus they led all the way through, never by less than 7 points and never by more than 16, until the fourth period. It was in those last 10 minutes that Zeljko Lukajic's team decided to get it finally over and done with and so they did.

Now all that is left for Lukoil Academic is to avoid an unlikely slip-up in their visit to Pleven, the game starting at 18.00 EET on Friday.

FULL STATS OF THE LUKOIL ACADEMIC SPARTAK PLEVEN GAME


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CHINA

New Player signed CBA -by Robert Wang
CBA summer league will start soon this moth. As the rule in CBA summer league,each team only allows invite 1 import, so most teams need centers now. Since Jelany Mocoy signed with Qing Dao team last month, then Lorenzo Coleman followes signing Guang Dong team and Lee Benson signed with tian Jin team. Lorenzo and Lee played in China couple years ago and they all did well when they were in China. Lee Benson even got scorer number 1 in China but he was not allowed to come back becuase he escape back US with the some problem with his club. Hope these imports could help their teams thi syear. 1 of these teams would go up to D-1 this year with Bei jing Aoshen (ABA) team together.

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CROATIA

Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group 1-8
 1. KK Split 9-1 
 2. Zadar 9-1 
 3. KK Zagreb 7-3 
 4. Cibona 6-4 
 5. Cedevita 4-6 
 6. Sibenka 3-7 
 7. Dubrava 1-9 
 8. Slavonski Brod 1-9 
Group 9-13
 1. Borik 12-8 
 2. Dubrovnik 11-9 
 3. Zabok 11-9 
 4. Alkar Sinj 10-10 
 5. Kvarner NR 9-11 
 6. Osijek 2006 7-13 


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ESTONIA

Cruising victories for TU/Rock, Kalev -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock and Kalev Tallinn stepped closer to the KML Final with respective wins in the second round of semifinal. Kalev took care of Pirita 98:83 on the road to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The dominance of Kalev was obvious throughout three quarters and they never put to doubt the final outcome. The visitors jumped to a 10-point lead after 10 minutes of action and continued to accumulate the lead. It reached a 17-point mark at three-quarter time and Kalev never looked back in the fourth stanza. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) led well-balanced offense with 16 points. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) added 15 points, while Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) dropped 14 in a win. Erki Kivinukk (199-F-73) answered with 20 points for Pirita. Johnny Gray (186-G-83, college: Pacific) scored 17 points in a losing case. The third and could-be decisive third game is scheduled for tomorrow.
TU/Rock also had little doubts en route to an 88:72 victory over their cross-town rivals Fausto. TU/Rock scored 23 points in the starting frame and enjoyed an 8-point buffer. However Fausto never surrendered and trimmed the deficit to a single point at halftime. But the experience of their opponents paid the key role in the second half as TU/Rock rolled to a comfortable win. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) led the visitors with 13 points and 8 assists. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) provided 11 points each for the winners. Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, college: Marshall) replied with game-high 25 points and 9 boards for Fausto. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) scored 16 points in a loss. The teams will play tonight at the TU/Rock Arena.


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FRANCE

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 22-7 
 2. Nancy 20-9 
 3. ASVEL 20-9 
 4. Roanne 19-10 
 5. Le Havre 18-11 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 16-13 
 7. Vichy 16-13 
 8. Cholet 15-14 
 9. Dijon 13-16 
 10. Pau 13-16 
 11. Chalon 13-16 
 12. Orleans 12-17 
 13. Strasbourg 12-17 
 14. Gravelines 10-19 
 15. Paris-Levall. 9-20 
 16. Clermont 4-25 


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GABON

The Cup of Gabon will take place of the 7 to May 11 to Port-Gentil -by Tim Ndjiki
The committed clubs in this competition are known
Ogoou Maritime League 4 clubs: Stade Mandji , Atomick, Cas 1987, ASSCTG and the LBC club all of Port-Gentil.
Woleu Ntem League : Engong BB of Oyem
Haut Ogoou League : Manga BB of Moanda
Moyen Ogoou League : IZ BB of Lambarn
8 clubs left in 2 groups of 4 teams; the technical meeting is foreseen the Wednesday 7 May to 20h to the domicile of the Vice President of the Maritime Ogoou League (Port-Gentil)
The pull to the fate and the calendar will be put back right away
No club of the League of the estuary will take part to this competition for the financial reasons; this competition qualifies the winner for the next continental competition.
The FEGABAB thanks the League of the Maritime Ogoou that accepted to take the organization in charge convenient of this competition.


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GERMANY

Kleemichen stays in Cuxhaven -by Manuel Schust
After extending the contracts with coach Vilmantas Matkevicius and his son and assistant coach Benas Matkevicius, Cuxhaven re-signed young german Frederick Gary Kleemichen (209-F-86) for the next two years.

Kleemichen finished his first ProA season in Cuxhaven averaging 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 block in 15 minutes per game.
The 21 year-old had some very good games this season. Especially against Schalke 04 he had a great night and managed to score 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 24 minutes. Kleemichen still tends to get in early foul trouble and needs to improve on this part of his game.
Coach Matkevicius said that it's better for him to stay in ProA and try to get more time on the court instead of sitting on the bench in BBL.'


Wolfenbuettel signs D3-All American for 2008-2009 season -by Moritz Korff
The Wolfenbuettel Dukes (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed Connor Whitman (186-G, college: Occidental) for the 2008-2009 season. The 22-year-old Combo Guard graduated from Occidental College (NCAA3) earlier this year and was named an All-American Honorable Mention by D3hoops.com after his senior year. Whitman also received D3hoops.com All-West Region Player of the Year-honors, was named the SCIAC Player of the Year and also earned Second Team All-District as voted on by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). During the 2007-2008 campaign the native of Los Angeles, CA appeared in 28 games for the Oxy Tigers and averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per outing, shooting 44.4% (106/239) from three point-territory and 84.2% (85/101) from the foul-line.

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GREECE

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 22-4 
 2. Arhelaos 21-5 
 3. Aiginiakos 16-10 
 4. Niki Volou 16-10 
 5. Filippos V. 15-11 
 6. HANTH 14-12 
 7. Argos Orestiko 14-12 
 8. Galaxias 12-14 
 9. Proteas G. 12-14 
 10. Foinikas 12-14 
 11. Siatista 10-16 
 12. Ionas Volou 10-16 
 13. Ifestos T. 5-21 
 14. Megas Al. 3-23 
C North - Group 2
 1. Apollon K. 24-2 
 2. Enosi Kavalas 22-4 
 3. Stratoni 21-5 
 4. Halkidona 18-8 
 5. Mantoulidis 18-8 
 6. Eleftheroupoli 16-10 
 7. Makabi 15-11 
 8. M.Alexandros 13-13 
 9. Ionikos Ionias 12-14 
 10. Thermaikos 7-19 
 11. Komotinis 6-20 
 12. Arion Xanthis 5-21 
 13. VAO 5-21 
 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 


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GUATEMALA

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


Elite Sport shuts down Compusys and remains in the fight -by Victor Padilla
Team Elite Sport Pollo Rey added one more victory in Torneo de Apertura 2008 after shutting down Compusys in a fast-paced, 113 to 92 win, that favoured them at the end. Once more, Hector Vandeveire and Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) led the winners in scoring with 19 and 17 points each. But, for the computerized roster, Compusys, Jorge Castaneda demonstrated his good playing moment with his 26 points contribution in the losing effort. Therefore, with five more games to go for them, Elite Sport hopes to see other results turn the wheel in their direction as any of the two undefeated teams of the league (Sat-Cybertech and Leones) could lose momentum and allow them to have possibilities to recapture the tournament that was theirs last year.

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HOLLAND

Hugo Sterk to Upstairs Weert -by Fred Roggen
Upstairs Weert added the first new player to the roster for the 2008-2009 season. Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Monica CC) will join the team of Upstairs Weert. Forward Hugo Sterk born in Nigeria, played in the past in Belgium for Antwerp, Wevelgem and Bree with whom he became Belgian Champion in 2005. After an adventure at the English Scottish Rock, Sterk played the past season at Hasselt. The forward is for Upstairs Weert a strengthening for the breadth of the team.

PromotieDivisie Scores: Final Four playoff Schedule -by Terry Cooper
The regular season ended this weekend as MSV, MyGuide2, VBC Akrides, and Landstede2 will battle for the PromotieDivisie Championship on May 10th & 11th in the city of Meppel. MSV the regular season champions will play the first round against last year champions Landstede2 while MyGuide will play against VBC Akrides in a tough battle of the 2 and 3 seeds. A long season of hard work has paid off for these teams and I want to take my hats off to all the teams in the league that came close to getting to the playoffs. We all hope that the format will change next season and it will be the best of the to 8. Stay tuned...

Schedules:

Saturday May 10th:

#1 MSV - #4 Landstede2

#2 MyGuide2 - #3 VBC Akrides

Sunday May 11:

Third Place game

Championship Game
Bart Koek (206-C-76)


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INDONESIA

SM Britama against Garuda Bandung in the IBL 2008 Finals -by Ronald Purba

Satria Muda Britama goes to IBL 2008 championship after won the semifinal games against Bhinneka Solo.

In the first game, they won easily 72 49; in the second game they beat Bhinneka again with a more respectful score 81 -61.

We must say that Satria Muda Britama is a complete team, even Bhinneka coach Ateng Sugiarto said so. They got more big players and great shooters.
Championship games will be held in Kelapa Gading, 17-18 Mei 2008, a week after that the finals will be held at CTra Arena, Bandung. This is a best of five final.

Satria Muda is focusing to get their first threepeat in the IBL.



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ISRAEL

Standings - Artzit (D3)
Artzit Standings
Group North
 1. Elitzur K.Yair 20-2 
 2. Kiryat Tivon 16-6 
 3. Hap.K.Saba 15-7 
 4. Macc.Hadera 12-10 
 5. Macc.Carmiel 10-12 
 6. Hap.Emek I. 10-12 
 7. Macc.Qiryat/B. 10-12 
 8. Hap.Tveria 10-12 
 9. Hapoel Misgav 10-12 
 10. Bney Herzeliya 9-13 
 11. Hap.Kazrin 8-14 
 12. Hap.Ma'a lot 2-20 
Group South
 1. Hap.Beeri 16-6 
 2. Macc.R.Hain 15-7 
 3. Macc.Rehovot 13-9 
 4. Macc.B.Yaak. 11-11 
 5. Hap.Givatayim 11-11 
 6. Beer Tuvia 10-10 
 7. Hap.H.Eylot 10-12 
 8. Hapoel Eilat 10-12 
 9. Hap.T-A 5-17 
 10. Macc.Q.Gat 1-21 


Standings - Premier League
Premier L. Standings
 1. Hap.Holon 18-6 
 2. Macc.T-A 16-7 
 3. Bnei Hash. 15-9 
 4. Nahariya 13-11 
 5. Ashkelon 12-12 
 6. Jerusalem 11-13 
 7. Ramat Gan 10-14 
 8. Hap.G.Elyon 8-15 
 9. Rishon LZ 8-16 
 10. Gilboa/Afula 8-16 


Standings - National League
National L. Standings
 1. Macc.Netanya 20-6 
 2. Givat Shmuel 19-7 
 3. Elitzur Q.Ata 17-9 
 4. Maccabi Haifa 15-11 
 5. Hap.Y./Megido 14-12 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 14-12 
 7. Hap.N.Elite 13-13 
 8. Hap.B-Sheva 13-13 
 9. Macc.H.Hash. 12-14 
 10. Macc.Ashdod 12-14 
 11. Benyamina 11-15 
 12. Elitzur Ramla 10-16 
 13. Hap.L.Hashar. 9-17 
 14. Macc.Shoham 3-23 


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ITALY

First market news and rumors -by Gianni Pascucci
Some of the Italian teams not involved in the playoffs have yet started moving on the market. Scavolini-Spar Pesaro will lose Dan Gay (207-C-61, college: La-Lafayette) and Samuele Podesta (203-F/C-76), who will both retire from active playing. They should be replaced in roster by Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78), last at Virtus La Fortezza Bologna. Siviglia Wear Teramo announced that won' t extend the agreement with coach Massimo Bianchi , that expires at the end of this month. Even Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) will say farewell to Teramo, he is one of the most sought domestic players on the market, his name is currently linked to Benetton Treviso and Lottomatica Roma. Let's see.. Cimberio Varese will play next season in Lega 2, and the new team GM will be ex player Francesco Vescovi , while the Head Coach will be Alessandro Ramagli . A proper official announcement is expected for the upcoming days.

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JORDAN

Zain triumphs in 21st Arab Clubs Championship -by Eurobasket News
Zain became a champion of 21st Arab Clubs Championship that was held in Jordan. In the last, Final game the team overcame Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 72:67. The team from Jordan deserved the win more than any other teams as it remained the only undefeated one in the tournament. John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) led the winners with 28 points. Zeid Abbas collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Rasheim Wright posted 10 points. Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) top-scored in defeat with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) netted 15.
Zain opened the game with 18:16 and then still had 35:34 at the half time. The third quarter left the teams back-to-back with 54:52 and only in the last period Zain could increase the lead.
In the game for the third place Orthodox lost to Al Kuwait SC 89:93. The team from Jordan led the game in the majority of it, but could not stay in the end of it. Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) led the winners with 31 points. Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) produced 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) scored 16. Wesam Sous (181-G-83) ended up with 16 points for the team from Jordan.


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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 2nd in pan arab championship -by Rony Daccache
Even thought it lost (72-67) the pan Arab championship final against the strong Zain, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut team is coming back home tonight, high head up after an exciting and great performance game and tournament, where they compete one of the best Arab teams that holds several nationalized players.
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (15 pts, 10 rbs) was guarded very closely, which allowed his teammates from performing and scoring: Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (16 pts, 8 rbs), Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) (15 pts, 6 rbs),
Kevin Johnson (202-F-79, college: Tulsa) (12 pts, 17 rbs). Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) was announced the tournament best player.
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut's team management asked its fans hosting the team at Rafic Hariri airport at 18h45 then move to Sassine-Achrafieh for celebration.


Kahraba to the finals -by Rony Daccache
The old exhausted Kahraba Zouk beat the young CS Antonins (61-57) and ended the series 3-1 to reach the finals of the 2nd division. A tied and tensed game, several 24 seconds violations were called in the last quarter. The Experienced duo Kozah - Saba were the game turning point in addition to their young centers effort. Mark Kozah (190-F-73) (190-F-73) ended the game by a killing 2 points shot at the last 17 seconds.
From the other side, CS Antonins couldn't stop the ambitious Kahraba Zouk from reaching the finals, even thought the hard and non stop efforts of its point guard Anis Feghali who had a great performance. C. Georges Kilzi applied the zone defense, for most of the game time, and last ones as well, which facilitate the mis-matched Patrick Saba (166-G-71)'s offense who was finding easily the open gaps and mates.
Finally, CS Antonins will face ENB for 3rd position, while Kahraba Zouk have to face Tebnine for the championship title.


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MALTA

Compleet stays in the race for title in Gatorade League Final -by Eurobasket News
Compleet IS beat Luxol in the second game of the Final series to draw level and force the decider on Sunday. Luxoil opened the game confidently enough having a 1-0 advantage in store and hoping to wrap up the series. They grabbed a 24:15 lead after the first frame but Compleet stayed alert. A strong defensive performance from the hosts allowed holding Luxol to just 15 points in the second quarter and Compleet clinched a 36:30 lead at halftime. Robert Azzopardi nailed a three-pointer midway through the third stanza to put Luxol back at helm 47:45. But it was just a short momentum as Compleet gradually took over and spurred in front. Alan Borg (196-G/F-80) committed two turnovers in key moments that allowed the hosts to pile up a 7-point advantage after three quarters. Luxol had little chances in the fourth period. Compleet raised the tempo and soon notched a double-digit lead which proved insurmountable for Luxol. The teams will now head into the decisive third game with the defensing champs Compleet hoping to secure the title. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) topscored with 28 points for Compleet. Omar Said (177-G-80) nailed 14 points, while Adrian Micallef (204-C-79) contributed 13 in a winning case. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) netted 18 points for Luxol. Alan Borg had 14 points in a losing effort. Luxol will now host the championship decider on Sunday.

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MEXICO

New import for Leopardos -by Gianni Pascucci
LBS team Leopardos de Mrida filled the last import spot in roster signing Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.), last at Quilmes Mar del Plata, Argentina. He replaces in the Merida line-up Lawrence Nelson (208-C-76, college: Tulane), who never joined the team.

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


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NBA

San Antonio have their backs against the wall -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions lost their second straight game in New Orleans putting themselves on the brink of elimination. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) kept proving his age never an obstacle in the playoffs tallying 30 points and 12 assists to propel the Hornets to another confident 102:84 victory over the Spurs. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) nailed 5 treys on the way to a 25-point night. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) finished with 18 points and 8 boards but it was far from enough to intimidate the Hornets. They looked overwhelming even despite quiet game from David West who had 10 points and 10 boards. The Spurs entered the game aggressively and Tim Duncan paced the visitors to a 29:22 lead early in the second quarter. The Spurs remained ahead and completed the first half up by a single point 43:42. But the hosts spurred ahead in the second half. Morris Peterson and Predrag Stojakovic nailed back-to-back three-pointers in a 10:0 run from New Orleans that put them up for good. The home side enjoyed a 17-point cushion before the fourth term and coasted to the second win in the series after that. Emanuel Ginobili came up with 13 points, while Tony Parker added 11 points in defeat.
Detroit rushed to a 2-0 lead in the series against Orlando. The Pistons got 28 points from Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) to knock the Magic down 100:93 for the second straight win in Motown. The hosts led comfortably by 14 points in the first half but Orlando cut the margin to 2 late in regulation. However Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) both missed attempts. Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups scored three free throws then to put the hosts up by 5 and Orlando never threatened the lead. Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace had 17 points apiece for the winners. Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 18 boards for the Magic. Jameer Nelson contributed 22 points in a losing case.


Billups Wins NBA's Walter J. Kennedy Sportsmanship Award -by Bryan Floyd
Chauncey Billups was presented with the NBA's Walter J. Kennedy sportsmanship award Monday night before the Detroit Pistons' playoff game against the Orlando Magic.The award, which is voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, is given to a player or coach who shows 'outstanding service and dedication to the community.'Billups has hosted a charity golf tournament in Detroit in each of the last three summers, and also is involved in work in Minneapolis and his hometown of Denver.'It's a great award,' Billups said in a statement. 'The thing about doing stuff like that, doing charity work and having a big heart, you never do it for the accolades. You do it for the kids. You try and teach kids a better way than the alternative, which is being in a neighborhood doing bad things, and getting bad results. It's good to be recognized for it, but at the same time, that's not why you do it.'

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PHILIPPINES

RP Youth five routs Indonesia by 80 pts -by Benny Lirio

KUALA LUMPUR.There were no timeouts, not even a halftime huddle.

Instead, the Nokia Philippine Youth Team let its game do all the talking by crushing Indonesia, 123-43, to virtually clinch the 7th Southeast Asian

Basketball Association Championship for Junior Men Sunday night at the Malaysia Amateur Basketball Association gym.

In an impressive balanced effort, all the Filipino players scored as the 18-under squad surpassed the century mark in its third straight triumph

and rendered Mondays match with Singapore inconsequential.

Overall, we were able to show the things we were trying to teach them in the last couple of months, said RP coach Franz Pumaren .
Im quite pleased with our performance. I think everybody contributed to this tournament. You cannot even single out one player. I really think

its a collective effort.

Every time someone gets off the bench, he contributes one way or the other.
The young nationals, who officially clinched a slot in the Fiba Asia youth championship in Iran in September, are assured of the title

even if they lose to Singapore due to a superior quotient. Host and defending champion Malaysia remained in second at 2-1,

while Thailand wrapped up its campaign at 2-2 by trampling on Singapore, 73-54, in the other game Sunday.
Singapore stood fourth at 1-2 with Indonesia dead-last at 0-3.

The Philippines raced to a 10-0 lead in less than three minutes and kept a double-digit cushion throughout.
Jaypee Mendoza, a 6-foot-3 Tarlac standout, paced the young nationals by burying all seven attempts off the bench for 14 points on top of eight rebounds
and two steals in only 14 minutes of action.Fil-American Kyle Pascual came up with his best performance of the tournament with a double-double game of
13 markers and 12 boards on top of three steals.

The Filipinos closed out the first half with a 27-0 tear for a 39-point spread, 65-26, after the Indonesians scored all five of their second-quarter points

in the first three minutes.

Franz Pumaren called no timeouts and his wards emerged from the dugout just a minute after the halftime buzzer sounded.
The celebration came early as the players gave away shirts to the predominantly Filipino crowd in the gallery during the break.
And the party mood resumed after the game with balloons and confetti raining on the squad in celebration of the 45th birthday of Tao Corp. president

and team benefactor Jun Sy.

[The RP Team] is very strong, said coach Agus Salim Lim of Indonesias national junior champion North Sumatra Medan.
Theyre good in shooting three points and very strong in getting rebounds.

An Ian Sangalang triple gave the Philippines its biggest lead at 82 points, 123-41.
Indonesia missed the services of top guard Rocky Chentra, who shot 19 of his teams 26 points in the first half before dislocating his right

shoulder following a bad fall in the second quarter.


Indonesia earlier absorbed a 32-point blowout loss to Thailand, 82-50, in the opener, followed by an 18-point setback, 68-50, against Singapore.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 123Mendoza 14, Pascual 13, Banal 13 Torres 12, Garcia 11, Sangalang 11, Marata 11, Manguera 10, Terso 8, Tolentino 8, De Guzman 6, Golla 6.
INDONESIA 43Chentra 19, Gozali 11, Ang 5, Sofian 2, Teddy 2, Suwandy 2, Fahmi 2, Wijaya 0, Wirhendy 0, Utama 0, Tanadi 0, Herbert 0.
Quarters: 34-21, 65-26, 95-32, 123-43


INQUIRER/ J.W. PAYO



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


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SERBIA

FMP junior team returns home with Euroleague gold -by Dragan Jankovski
New Euroleague champions, FMP junior team, returned to Belgrade yesterday with the most prestigious European trophy. The youngsters from Zeleznik demonstrated fantastic performance in Madrid easily beating some of the best European teams such is Maccabi, Zalgiris and AXA Barcelona. Young panthers were better than Barcelona in the final game 80-70. Their head coach Vanja Gusa did not hide the emotions after his return on Belgrade's airport Nikola Tesla. He shortly said: 'We are really the best and we deserved this trophy!'

Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic extends contract in Ukraine -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian coach Zvezdan Mitrovic, who had a very successful season with Ukrainian team Kryvbasket from Kryvi Rog, extended contract with the club for one more season. Before Kryvbasket, Mitrovic spent 5 years in Himik Yuzhny and with them 4 times participated in the play-off semifinals of Ukrainian Superleague. On season 05/06 Himik advanced to the final of EuroCup Challenge.

In the past Mitrovic also used to work in Buducnost Podgorica like an assistant coach.


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SEYCHELLES

Cyril Agrippine leads Rockers, Solomon gets season-high 49 -by Carlos Pereira
s as they hurried their game when leading, bridged an eight-point deficit to send shivers down Baya coach Michel Malbrooks spine.
Agrippine got 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and he was helped by captain and playmaker Nigel Sinon with 12 of his team-high 23 points as the Rockers outscored Baya 33-17. They had lost the first three quarters 19-20, 14-19 and 17-19.
Assistant coach Paul Denis was proud of his players and said they had given him a nice 46th birthday present.
Happy to have led MBU Rockers, who had two other players Timmy Adam (16 points and two slam dunks) and Alvin Marie (14) scoring in double digits, Agrippine said:
Winning against Baya is good. But we still have a lot to work on and all players must step up when the game is on the line.
Jean-Paul Camilles game-leading 26 points went to waste in the defeat as Baya, who also got 18 points from Robert Lon and 11 from playmaker Giovanni Laval, need to rethink tactics.
Both Baya and MBU Rockers, who had Gonzague Agrippine, Nigel Henriette and Alvin Marie fouling out, have nine points after four wins and a loss apiece. The two teams remain in the title hunt.

Premium Cobras 135 Beau Vallon Heat 37

There seems to be no heat coming from Beau Vallon, and Premium Cobras made the most of the situation to bring the new highest winning margin of the season to 98 as they steamrollered Beau Vallon Heat 135-37.
The previous high was 78 points and it lasted just one week. Premium Cobras, who had beaten Razors 126-48 in their previous encounter, got a season-high 49 points from Nigerian Alao Solomon, who has now improved his average to 42 points per game after getting a total of 210 points in five games 34 against Cascade Bullets, 46 against Praslin Warriors, 39 against MBU Rockers and 42 against Razors.
Former champions Premium Cobras won all four quarters, 27-7, 32-6, 34-12 and 42-12, for their fifth consecutive win to shoot to the top of the 10-team table with a maximum 10 points.
Abdel Sylla (17 points), Nigerian Simon Pusam (12), Tony Moustache (12) and Steve Allisop (11) were the other Cobras in double figures, while Cliff Furneau again led winless Heat in scoring with 14 points.

PLS Hawks 99 Praslin Warriors 59

Defending League and Cup champions PLS Hawks missed out on reaching the century mark against Praslin Warriors last Saturday with a 99-59 victory bringing their win tally to four.
Runners-up at this years Indian Ocean Club Championship, PLS Hawks had four players Rodney Loz (25), Daniel Victor (17), Wellington Adeline (16) and Bernard Bristol (12) scoring in double digits as they dominated the Warriors in all four quarters 19-14, 24-16, 29-14 and 27-15.
With just one win in four games, Praslin Warriors, last years champions of the old Mens Division 1B league, got 22 points from Joseph Souffe, 16 from captain Jackson Auguste and 13 from Edmond Flicie.

Cascade Bullets 81 Angels 86

Angels had a huge fourth quarter outscoring Cascade Bullets 33-18 to run away with their second win in four games.
After winning the first quarter 20-11, Anse Boileau-based Angels lost the second and third 16-30 and 17-22, but had the energy to come back in the fourth 10-minute spell with Daniel Dodin scoring 12 of his game-leading 33 points.
He was helped in offence by Darren Lesperance with 22 points, while centre Steve Antat added 12.
The Bullets, who had Christopher Camille (30 points), Kenneth Sophie (20) and Sandy Julienne (18) combining for 68 points, have themselves to blame for their fifth loss on the trot.
Coach Grgoire Scholastiques team will only start winning games if they cut out their high level of individual and selfish play.

Razors 0 RC Dynamics 20

As the Razors could not field a team, RC Dynamics did not have to sweat to garner two points and their second win of the season.
Formerly SMB Razorback, the Razors, who lost a number of players during the off-season, face relegation if they miss another match.
Meanwhile, in two Mens Division Two matches, LMS Youth beat Fire Brigade 63-40 and Anse Etoile defeated Cadets 67-39.G. G


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SLOVENIA

Union Olimpija appointed new General Manager -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija announced that they appointed Igor Dolenc as new General Manager of the club. Dolenc will replace Janez Rajgelj who was fired a month ago due to unknown reasons. Dolenc worked as director of TCG Mercator. He also has experience with coaching as he already coached TCG Mercator in Slovenian first division in the past. According to confidential sources the first thing we can expect from Union Olimpija in next weeks is extension of Aleksandar Dzikic's contract.

Union Olimpija remains unbeaten -by Uros Vujic
Union Olimpija defeated Zlatorog Lasko 76-83 at Lasko. Lance Harris (196-G-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Kansas St.) scored 20 points and collected 8 rebounds, Salih Nuhanovic and Ante Masic added 16 points each for Zlatorog. Marko Milic had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Maurice Bailey scored 15 points and Ronell Taylor added 14 points for Union Olimpija.
Jan Vesely (211-F-90) left Geoplin Slovan and inked with Partizan Igokea from Belgrade, however the transfer is not confirmed yet, since the player has still a valid contract with Geoplin Slovan.


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SWEDEN

Solna wins Basketligan! -by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall - Solna 81:87

Solna edged Sundsvall in the third game of the Final series to complete the sweep and to take the crown. Sundsvall won the regular championship and headed into the playoffs as the main title contender but Solna proved more successful in the run and snatched the championship in an unexpectedly short finale. The Dragons had their backs against the wall before the third home game trailing by two games. But once again failed to concentrate and come up with their best performance. The memories of the past two games seemed to haunt the hosts as they were down by 4 points after the starting frame. The Vikings kept on pushing and deepened the damage to 8 points at halftime. The hosts kept it at a striking distance throughout the third stanza but failed to deny the deficit. Solna remained up by 7 points after three quarters of action and Sundsvall needed some heroics in the final frame to stay alive in the series. It almost came as the Dragons accounted for 4 first points in the final term. But Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, college: Purdue) and Martin Pahlmblad (190-G-86) fueled a 9:2 run that restored a 10-point distance between the sides. Sundsvall refused to give up and knocked down next 7 points to cut the gap back to 3 points. But it was as close as the home side could get. Brandon McKnight was deadly from the charity stripe in the dying moments and dragged the Vikings to an impressive win. He finished with game-high 26 points and 6 assists. Martin Pahlmblad contributed 18 points, while Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) had 14 points in a winning case. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) scored 24 points for the Dragons. A.J. Guyton (187-G-78, college: Indiana) provided 18 points in a losing case.

Sundsvall: Joakim Kjellbom 24, A.J. Guyton 18
Solna: Brandon McKnight 26, Martin Pahlmblad 18, Rudy Mbemba 14


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TAIWAN

2007-08 SBL awards -by Chris Wang
The SBL kept one of its bizarre traditions of handing out regular season awards long after the champion has been determined, announcing the award winners Monday in a gala-like official ceremony. Don't ask me why because I couldn't figure it out as well. Anyway, here we go...

MVP for the regular season: Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)

Chen Hsin-an edged out Jon Sanders by three points, 69-66, in a tight race with each earning nine first-place ballots. Chen won the honor for the first time while Sanders finished with runner-up for the second straight year. In fact, I think both players deserved the honor. Chen has transformed himself and turned in the best all-around performance in his career. Sanders dominated in almost all statistic categories and once again led his team to the playoffs.

Obviously, Chen was able to pull this off because... well, Sanders is an import. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's national pride or something but a lot of people tend to think that the MVP award should be handed out to a local. Personally, I would have voted Chen and Sanders for a co-MVP this year and voted for Sanders last year, which I have mentioned a couple of times in this blog earlier.

SBL First Team:
Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)
Jon Sanders (dmedia)
Wu Tai-hao (TB)
Chen Chih-chung (Yulon)
Wu Yung-jen (TM)


This is an interesting one. Guess who was the only repeated winner on this team from last year's SBL first team? The answer is Jon Sanders. And he played for a different team -- Videoland -- last season.

Gone were Tien Lei, the three-time SBL MVP who sat out the entire season due to his knee injury; Yulon starting center Tseng Wen-ting, who missed most of the season also because of a knee injury and played terribly after his return; and Lin Chih-chieh, the reigning Finals MVP who seemed a little bit lost during the regular season.

Chen Chih-chung, Wu Tai-hao and Wu Yung-jen all made the First Team for the first time.

Defensive Player of the Year: Chen Chih-chung (Yulon)

Chen had 48 points in the media voting and beat Jon Sanders for the award, his first Defensive Player of the Year award in five years.

The point guard has been known for his intensity, hustle and never-say-die attitude as well as his cheap shots on the court, somehow making him the Taiwanese version of Bruce Bowen. However, Chen is coaches' dream in that he would do anything the coaches asked of him. And he would take on any offensive player even if the guy is a center.

Most Improved Player: Hsu Chih-chan (BOT)

The quick-jumping forward won the award by an average of 15.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, which almost doubled his stats last year. In a down year for Bank of Taiwan, Hsu has been the most reliable performer on the court. On second thought, every year is a down year for BOT.

Actually, dmedia's Ouyang Ching-heng also deserved the recognition after a breakout season. But he only got 55 points in the voting while Hsu got 72 points.

Sixth Men of the Year: Chen Tzu-wei (Dacin) / Wu Chian-lung (PY)

For the first time in the short history of this award (the league didn't start handing out this award until last season), two players shared the honor as Chen Tzu-wei and Wu Chian-lung both received 40 points.

Chen has been a spark off the bench for Dacin, which played without Tien Lei all season, and averaged 10.1 points and 4.2 boards. Wu Chian-lung was also solid coming off the bench for the younf and inexperienced Pure Youth.

Rookie of the Year: Lin Ching-pang (PY)

Lin averaged 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds and won the award in a weak class. However, his contribution has been important for Pure Youth, evidenced by his increasing playing time toward the end of the season and in the playoffs.

Coach of the Year: Hsu Ching-tse (PT)

Hsu Ching-tse, 35, led Pure Youth from seven wins last season to 15 wins and a playoff berth this year. He has been long considered the odds-on favorite to win this award although Yulon's Lee Yung-kwang also deserved some consideration by leading the Dinos to the regular season champion with some key injuries on the roster (Tseng Wen-ting, Lee Hsueh-lin and Chen Chih-chung).


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TPBL

TPBL HOSTING TOURNAMENT: 2nd Annual W.T. High school summer shoot out -by Chris Cardenas


SAN ANGELO, TX - The TPBL for the second year will be sponsoring and hosting one of the biggest high school basketball tournament series in the state. The 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT has two divisions BOYS & GIRLS and all classifications , 1A-5A , are welcome to this big event. Last years champion DEL RIO, TX will be returning to the tournament and is looking to repeat as champion in the boys division. Here is more info on the tournament :
WHAT: 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT

WHEN:
BOYS DIVISION - JUNE 20-22
GIRLS DIVISION - JUNE 27-29
BOYS AND GIRLS DIVISIONS TOURNAMENT - JULY 18-19

ENTRY FEE : $250 PER TEAM

DEADLINE: 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TOURNAMENT

FORMAT: TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RULES, 3 GAME GUARANTEE

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR AN OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM CALL CHRIS : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


TPBL HOSTING TOURNAMENT: 2nd Annual W.T. High school summer shoot out -by Chris Cardenas


SAN ANGELO, TX - The TPBL for the second year will be sponsoring and hosting one of the biggest high school basketball tournament series in the state. The 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT has two divisions BOYS & GIRLS and all classifications , 1A-5A , are welcome to this big event. Last years champion DEL RIO, TX will be returning to the tournament and is looking to repeat as champion in the boys division. Here is more info on the tournament :
WHAT: 2ND ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT

WHEN:
BOYS DIVISION - JUNE 20-22
GIRLS DIVISION - JUNE 27-29
BOYS AND GIRLS DIVISIONS TOURNAMENT - JULY 18-19

ENTRY FEE : $250 PER TEAM

DEADLINE: 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TOURNAMENT

FORMAT: TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RULES, 3 GAME GUARANTEE

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR AN OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM CALL CHRIS : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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VENEZUELA

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


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WCBPL

The Breakers are dominating the league -by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers seems really unbeatable in this year West Coast Pro Basketball League. After all, they are the only team with a running website, have lots of players with previous pro experience and a good team organization. Given the results, we can not say the same of the other teams in the league. In their last two games, the Breakers easily defeated Newport Beach 100-82 and Ventura 118-95. Their record is now 6-0 and we expect that they will end season undefeated.

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




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Women News

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COLOMBIA - Women

ERIKA VALEK BACK ON ACTION -by Victor Garcia
Erika Valeks Caja Rural Verona fall against Estudiantes and finished its season at Spains LF2, Erika played injured scored 12 points in 30 minutes in the court plus 2 assits and 2 rebounds.
The team had good chances to get the promotion to the LF, but the injuries of its pivots hurt them.
Erika played 17 games, 14 in the regular season and 3 in the playoffs averaging 12 PPG, 47% FG, 3.5 APG, and 2.5 RPG, Erika looks back in her Shape to be part of the National Team wich shes a key player.
Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue)


YANETH ARIAS CHAMPION AGAIN -by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Yaneth Arias won for the second straight time the AWBL (Austrian Women BundesLiga), with the Flying Foxes, the Foxes defeated Herzogenburg 80-59 with Yaneth scoring 16 points after a great defense over her, in the series Yaneth averages 24.25 PPG leading her team.
Yaneth was probably the Finals MVP, after also lead the tea in rebounds, and is making history as the first Colombian women to win two titles in an European League


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CROATIA - Women

Gopsic makes it 1-1 -by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Sibenik 80:74

Gospic survived the test of the second Final game and drew level with Jolly Sibenik. The second-ranked Gospic took care of Sibenik 80:74 at home to force the decisive third game. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) and Marina Mazic (190-C-80) nailed 26 points apiece to carry Gospic to a vital victory. The hosts jumped to an early 20:18 lead after the starting frame. But Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) quickly brought Sibenik on top. The visitors outpaced Gospic 25:17 in the second stanza to enjoy a 6-point cushion at the interval. The things never improved to Gospic in the third term as Sibenik dominated and stretched the margin to 7 points with the help of Anda Jelavic and Ivana Jurecevic (174-G-81). Nevertheless the hosts were not done yet. Marina Mazic came up with some nig backets down the stretch and pulled away with a difficult victory that ensured the third game in the Final series. Pinto nailed 9 points, while Yolovksa had 8 for the winners. Anda Jelavic and Ivana Jurecevic scored 18 points apiece for Sibenik. Ivankovic dropped 12 points in a losing case. Gospic outrebounded their opponents and were more accurate from the field. They also capitalized on some key turnovers from the visitors in the final minutes to prevail at the end. The title decider is scheduled for Wednesday in Sibenik.

Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 26, Marina Mazic 26, Pinto 9, Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) 8
Sibenik: Anda Jelavic 18, Ivana Jurecevic 18


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HOLLAND - Women

Perik Jumpers joins semifinal stage -by Eurobasket News
Perik Jumpers prevailed in the third decisive game of the quarterfinal against BV Lely. Perik Jumpers overcame BV Lely 66:57 at home to become the fourth semifinalist of the Eredivisie. BV Lely got to more confident start. Marijn Nijendorf (178-F-83) nailed two treys to put the visitors up 12:7 early in the first frame. BV Lely looked very cool in the starting minutes and capitalized on the hosts mistakes to hold an 18:13 lead after the first stanza. Kimberly Lawrence (188-F-81, college: Furman) was able to give the home side a glimpse of light as she knocked down a jumper to open the second period. Perik Jumpers gradually took over control and surged ahead midway through the frame. The Jumpers drove to a halftime break leading by a single point 29:28. Marie Hoogstraten (175-F-88) netted quick 5 points at the start of the second half and Perik Jumpers remained on top. However Marijn Nijendorff answered with a bomb from downtown to continue the seesaw action. The teams arrived to the end of the third period all square at 48 once again. Nienke Geerts (181-F/C-81) drained a long treble for BV Lely to step in front 53:50 early in the fourth. Kimberly Lawrence and Milou Dekker (176-G-91) retain the lead for the home team with back-to-back jump shots and then later the Jumpers complete a tremendous 14:0 run that actually seals the win for the hosts. Accurate free throw shooting in the dying minutes allows Perik Jumpers to celebrate a hard victory and enter the semifinal stage. Marie Hoogstraten posted 23 points for Perik Jumpers. Kimberly Lawrence added 18 points, while Milou Dekker had 10 for the winners.

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ISRAEL - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Bowie, Hap.T-A 24.8
2.Latta, ElitzurH. 22.7
3.Franklin, M.Ramat 22.7
4.Jackson, Ramat H. 21.8
5.Wright, Bnot Hash. 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1.Bowie, Hap.T-A 12.9
2.White, ElitzurH. 12.2
3.Walker, M.Ashdod 11.6
4.Gortman, TelKab. 11.6
5.Atkinson, ElitzurH. 11.5
Assists Per Game
1.Wright, Bnot Hash. 6.2
2.Curry, Hap.T-A 5.1
3.Selwyn, Elizur. 4.4
4.Taylor, M.Tel Kabir 4.2
5.Mizrachi, Ramat H. 4.2
Steals Per Game
1.Brown, M.Ramat 3.2
2.Wright, Bnot Hash. 3.2
3.Taylor, M.Tel Kabir 3.1
Blocks Per Game
1.Walker, M.Ashdod 2.2
2.Snow, Elizur Ram. 1.4
3.Bowie, Hap.T-A 1.2
2FGP
1.Terry, M.Ramat 66.7%
2.Melvin, Elizur. 64.6%
3.Vilipic, RamatH. 64.5%
3PT
1.Johnson, Elizur. 50.0%
2.Troina, RamatH. 47.5%
3.Wright, BnotH. 46.7%
Free Throws
1.Troina, Ramat. 97.1%
2.Doron, Elizur. 88.8%
3.Grinboym, Yehu 85.9%


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MALTA - Women

Hibs Medsea forces the title decider -by Eurobasket News
Hibs Medsea edged Depiro 64:41 in the second game of the Peugeot League to make it all square at 1-1 in the Final series. Depiro got to a winning start of the title series as they beat their opponents 52:46 in Game 1. However the reigning champions proved stronger in the second encounter to secure the intrigue. The hosts were in control throughout the encounter and never allowed Depiro to threaten the gap. Hibs Medsea held to a 9-point halftime lead and eventually ran away to a double-digit distance in the second half. Doreen Micallef and Kirsten Micallef (166-G-85) teamed up for 33 points to propel the Hibs to a vital win. The teams will now decide on a champion on Sunday.