EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/8/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Omar Cook is close to get Montenegrin passport -by Dragan Jankovski
The best point guard of Adriatic and Serbian Superleague at the moment, Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, is close to get the Montenegrin citizenship. It is not a secret that Montenegrin Basketball Federation showed strong willingness to see Omar Cook in their National Team. On the other side Cook also has an interest to do the same. Nothing is officially done yet but according to the Serbian and Montenegrin media it is expected to happen soon.

Omar Cook plays the best season in his career. He got the award Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year and also Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team this season. In Serbian Superleague so far he is the second MVP, top assistant and stealer. For 8 games in Superleague Cook averaged 15 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 8 apg and 3.8 spg.


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ANGOLA

Petro - 89 1 Agosto - 79 -by Carlos Pereira
For the first time this season, Petro beats 1 Agosto by 89-79.
Eduardo Mingas and Carlos Morais with 21 points are the best players from Petro.

Box score
1 de Agosto: Mayzer Alexandre (00), Armando Costa (14), Marques Houtmam (04), Olmpio Cipriano (05), Kikas Gomes (13), Felizardo Ambrsio (04), Vlademir Ricardino (01), Francisco Jordo (08), Carlos Almeida (11), Miguel Lutonda (10), Rodrigo Mascarenhas (09), Simo Joo (00).

coach: Lus Magalhes

Petro de Luanda: Eduardo Mingas (21), Lus Costa (02), Carlos Morais (21), Fernando Albano (00), Leonel Paulo (02), Shannon Croocks (03), Francisco Horcio (00), Milton Barros (10), Domingos Bonifcio (07), Victor de Carvalho (09), Joaquim Xavier (00), Victor Muzadi (14).

coach: Alberto de Carvalho Ginguba


Groupe A - results and standing -by Carlos Pereira
After his win over 1 Agosto, Petro is the only leader after 4th rounds.
Results and standing, after 4th round second phase.

Groupe A
Interclube CDUAN 91-71
ASA Promade de Cabinda 61-60
1 de Agosto Petro de Luanda 79-89
Folgou: Desportivo da Hula

STANDING

1 Petro de Luanda 04/08
2 ASA 04/06
3 Interclube 04/06
4 1 de Agosto 03/05
5 Promade de Cabinda 03/04
6 CDUA 04/04.
7 Desportivo da Hula 02/03.


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ARGENTINA

Quimsa also advances to the final -by Leonardo Contieri
With 28 points from Julio Mzzaro, 16 points & 10 boards from William Mac Farlan and 19 from Cleotis Brown, Quimsa won at Obras' court 96-93 to sweep the semifinals and advance to the final for the first time. Lzaro Borrell was Obras' top scorer with 24 points and Fernando Calvi added 12. Quimsa secured the game in the third quarter, which won 27-15 to take a 16 point lead with ten minutes remaining. Dates for the finals are yet to be announced. Libertad will hold home court advantage in the best of seven series.

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ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. BK Almaty 0-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Al Rayyan 0-0 
 4. Zain 0-0 
 5. MubaHang 0-0 
Group B
 1. ONGC 0-0 
 2. Al Qadsia 0-0 
 3. Al Wasl 0-0 
 4. Harbour C. 0-0 
 5. Saba 0-0 


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AUSTRIA

Kapfenberg stays alive in the semifinal -by Eurobasket News
Kapfenberg used the home-court to remain in the contest beating Oberwart 90:86 in the third game of the Bundesliga semifinal best-of-five series. The Gunners arrived to Kapfenberg leading comfortably 2-0 in the series and looking forward to closing out the battle in the third game. The visitors opened the game quite confidently leading 18:17 after 10 minutes of action. The Bulls struggled to surge ahead and trailed by 2 points at the interval 41:39. However the things changed drastically after the break. Kapfenberg rushed ahead and Oberwart were not ready to respond. The hosts outscored their opponents 24:15 in the third stanza to build a 7-point cushion before the final term. The Gunners however fought fiercely in the dying minutes to deny the margin but the Bulls withstood all the effort from Oberwart and celebrated a vital victory at the end. Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth) and Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) provided 18 points apiece for Kapfenberg. Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central) had 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) produced game-high 27 points for the Gunners. Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) added 22 points in a losing clause.
Furstenfeld sent a strong message to Gmunden outlasting them 97:87 away from home for a 2-1 lead in the series. Gmunden led by a single point at the break but were completely outshone by Furstenfeld in the second half. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.) led their side to a confident 97:87 putting the defending champions on the brink of elimination. Samo Grum knocked down 25 points to pace Furstenfeld. Anthony Shavies provided 20 points and Mike Fraser (203-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) dropped 19 points and collected 9 boards for the winners. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) scored game-high 30 points for Gmunden. Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) and Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) netted 18 points apiece in defeat. The fourth game is scheduled for Thursday.


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BELARUS

Vitalyur becomes closer to the trophy -by Eurobasket News
Vitalyur is 2-0 in the Final series over OZAA. In the first two games at home the winner of the regular season celebrated two victories. In the first game Vitalyur was stronger 74:56 and then in the second beat OZAA 69:61.
The road to the Final was different for both squads as they needed the different number of games in the semifinal series.
OZAA beat Minsk 2006, 95-89, to take the semifinal series three games to one. Pretty much equal opponents were broken down by a harsh game of the Minks player Koul Alexander. That gave an opportunity to the referees to count a critical number of failures which they saved for later. The loss of the central player was a rather sad thing; moreover the team lost Artem Chemyakin (208-C/F-84, agency: Promotex) not long before that. Nevertheless, an American player Dante Stiggers (188-G, college: S.Mississippi) saved Minsk who had a terrific playing strategy. With 24 seconds before the siren he hit a very important shot and deprived an opposing team of an overtime.
As for the Vitalur-Grodno game, it followed its usual playing pattern: Vitalur's bursting start, ups and downs, nervous finish. It was no way a childish game with an eccentric playing of Kuchinskiy, Uladzimir Charko (200-F-74), Alexandr Bibik (199-F/G-81), Maksim Shustau (184-G-86) and Yeremenko . The winner of the regular season spent five games against Grodno-93. The last game, thanks to the home-court advantage saw Vitalyur celebrating 94:83 win.
Meanwhile in the games for the third position Minsk is 2-0 over Grodno. In the first two games at home the team from the capital was stronger 85:71 and 87:82.


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BELGIUM

Honorofic Division II title for CEP Fleurus -by Bertrand Larsimont

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. CEP Fleurus 74-68 after OT

Quarter by quarter score evolution: 11-9, 31-21, 49-47, 64-57 and 74-68.

CEP Fleurus was visiting Sint-Jan Antwerp of Coach Eddy Van Loon for the second leg of the Division II Play-Off Finals in Sorghvliedt, Hoboken on Tuesday evening.
After having won the first leg by a margin of 7 points (81-74 on a last three-pointer by Stefan Moris on the buzzer), CEP Fleurus was hoping to win the game away in Antwerp and therefore the honorific Division II title. Honorific indeed as no team is allowed to go to the upper Ethias League (Division I) at the end of the season...
As expected, Sint-Jan started strongly. The game was rather defensive and the hometeam led by Van De Vondel, Van Schil and Lemaire was leading 31-21 at the half. CEP guard Stephen Tison (176-G-84), injured, did not play a lot in this game. The visitors (Vanesse, Jadin and Pirlot offensively) recovered after half-time and the third quarter ended on the following score: 49-47. CEP supporters who travelled by bus to Hoboken were still going to attend a thrilling end of game. After 40 minutes, the scoreboard showed 64-57 indeed! The OT was indeed thrilling and Sint-Jan could not push to make the gap deeper. CEP Fleurus only lost by 6 points (74-68, final score), meaning that the visiting team became the 2008 Division II Champion.

This victory of Fleurus is certainly the one of a whole team and staff but one man is to be especially congratulated: President Giovanni Mureddu who always believed it was possible to lead CEP again to the top. The Province Hainaut's team has a long tradition and was previously involved in the former Korac Cup in the 1970s and 80s (great players like Lloyd Batts, Stanislav Kropilak, Jean Marc Jaumin, etc. played in CEP Fleurus in those years) before being retrograded in local divisions. Gio Mureddu, former player and clubman for CEP, became President and rebuild a whole team. Romane Sculier, Christophe Batardy, Zaki Ayyoub, David Mukeba, Ema Mampuya, Coach Pat Verdun and many others helped the club in their race from Regional Divisions to National Division II and through great Belgian Cup campaigns. Winning the Division II title was certainly on the agenda but some observers might have thought that it was not going to be so quick. President Mureddu remained confident and arranged some kind of joint venture with the neighbouring club of Gilly at the beginning of the season. Coach Fulvio Bastianini and his players finally made it to the title in just one season.

Despite being a fantastic challenger, Sint-Jan has lost the final (twice in a row, last season against Ghent) but is already building an even better team for next season: Tony van den Bosch will be the new coach at least for two seasons and will be assisted by Eddy Mens; Vincent Verbeeck will play for Sint-Jan next season and will be joined by U20 NT player Lars Tielens as well as 27-year-old guard Maarten Goethaert. No doubt that Sint-Jan will remain one favourite for the title next season.

Scorers in second leg:

Sint-Jan: Gorremans 10; Van Rillaer 8; Lemaire 7; Van Schil 10; T. T. Van De Vondel 27; Verrept 4; Ceyssens 8.
Fleurus: Vanesse 11; Pirlot 16; Moris 10; Jadin 19; Rozewicz 4; Semijejero 4; Pourtoit 4.


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.




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Bree 26-8 
 2. Charleroi 25-9 
 3. Oostende 24-10 
 4. M.Hainaut 22-12 
 5. Liege 20-14 
 6. Aalstar 16-18 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 14-20 
 8. Antwerp 10-24 
 9. Leuven 8-26 
 10. Gent 5-29 


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

East begins title defense vs Bad Boys in Basketball league opener -by David Edole
By DEAN GREENAWAY, BVI News Senior Sports Correspondent 07.MAY.08
The BVI Basketball Federation will open its 2008 league on Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town, featuring three games, highlighted by the East vs. Bad Boys matchup in the final game.

We are looking forward to having an exciting competitive league with 29 teams, Federation president Malone said. We have 10 teams in the Jr. division, 14 in intermediate and five in the seniors. There has been a lot of trash talk about the league. One of the things we have embarked on is has been interviewing teams to hype the league, so, we are looking for a lot of excitement.

Activities are slated to begin with a parade of teams from the Elmore Stoutt High School at 4:30 p.m., and teams are to line up by 4 p.m. for the parade to the Multipurpose Sports Complex for the 5 p.m. opening ceremonies.

There will be speeches by Sports Minister Andrew Fahiewho also coaches the Guns team. Acting Director of Youth Affairs and Sports Patrick Harrigan and Basketball Federation president Guy The General Malone are slated to give remarks.

The opening game will feature a 9-12 contest with an All Star team from Virgin Gorda, taking on the Tortola counterparts.

Three times defending champions Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics will face Basics followed by senior division champs East vs. Bad Boys. Sunday games starting at 6 p.m., will find Da Boys vs. Run It Red and Ghetto Mix vs. Long Look Bull Dogs. There will be entertainment between games.

Malone said the league is expected to run through September and they have designated Saturday night as the feature night with the most competitive games.

As you know, 29 teams are a lot of teams and we are working on bringing a full schedule, Malone said. We want to have giveaways on Saturdays and we are talking to sponsors to sponsor those nights, so we are expecting big things.

An All Stars game is scheduled for the middle of the league and after each weekend, a player of the week will be named in each division Malone said.

We are asking people to come out and support, Malone said. Theres a lot of talk, Theres a lot of youths, theres a lot of talk and teams are competitive, so come out and support and make this a memorable moment.


Chino misses dunk title by one point -by David Edole
Paul On The Ball Hewlett 07.MAY.08
Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) made the journey to Birmingham on Sunday to compete in Great Britains British Basketball League slam dunk competition at the national basketball arena and missed the coveted title by one dunk.

George, who was hoping to be in Birmingham with his team the Sheffield Sharks, found himself having to make the trip all alone when the Sharks got knocked out of the playoffs last week Sunday by second-placed Plymouth Raidres in a hard-fought contest which the Raiders won, 91-73.

It was in fact the first time in eight years that the Sharks did not make the final four in the playoffs and the result triggered the firing of head coach Peter Scantlebury.

For George it was back to work as usual on Sunday as he dazzled a sell-out crowd on his way to the finals of the slam dunk competition. The dunk which really had the crowd buzzing and got him to the finals was one which he refers to as a lot of skill and tricks combined.

George lobbed the ball in the air, let it bounce, then grabbed it with his right hand, switched it to his left hand while in the air and then hammered it through the hoop.

George says the experience was amazing as he became the crowd favorite with the chanting of Chino, Chino every time he returned to the court to dunk. It was Anthony Peaz of the Worcester Wolves who was the difference between gold or silver for the man from Virgin Gorda.

George says he was most nervous when it came to the dunkout finals against Praez.

I had to admit I was kinda nervous going into the dunkout, but as I got there I kept my cool and knew I had to give my very best because I was going up against a great leaper, he said.

Both men had two dunks in the final and after the first dunk it was still undecided. It was the final dunk of Paez who maximized his leaping ability, very similar to an Air Kennedy style dunk, winning the final point from the judges and nudging out George by one point.

With the UK season now complete and all his commitments fulfilled, George reflected back on the season and had a few important people to thank.

Well I really had a good season where I not only matured as a player but also as a person. Being that it was my first season it got tough at times, but I never gave up. I also asked God for patience and guidance and He always answered my prayers, he said. I would like to thank the Sheffield Sharks organization for giving me this opportunity when they did, because it kick-started my career as a professional and I am now looking forward to more challenges as time goes by. Last but not least I would also like to thank my family and friends for always believing in me, not one day did they have any doubts about me and for that I am thankful to them.

George who hopes to arrive home in the next week or so has now turned his attention to his upcoming job with the Guns. Reflecting on Jemeel Heywoods recent comments he said, I am very excited about playing with the Guns and Jameel because I know the kind of hard-nosed player he is and I know the team that we have will compete every night. I also know that the task is not going to be easy, but I know we will be right there in the mix. I am not the type of person who goes out and trash talk other teams. I respect each team and its players but I do think we have a good chance to win some hardware this season.

When asked what George was most excited about as he prepares to return home he said. Well I am making preparations to fly home anytime within the next week or so as I would like to be there for the opening ceremony to watch my nephew, Kamani Stevens, play for the Jr Mystics and cheer them on as well as watch the other teams play. May I just say to all my supporters during the season thank you, I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

To the BVI public George commented: I am pretty much looking forward to playing in front of my home crowd and hopefully giving them a good show. I hope the fans come out and support their teams because I think all the teams are going to put on a good show this year, from division A down to the Youths.


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CAPE VERDE

Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ABC 9-3 
 2. Seven Stars 8-4 
 3. Predio 6-6 
 4. Ach.Grande 1-11 


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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Lidoba 2008 Season -by Kerwin Abreu
Santo Domingo: Lidobas league is 2 months from now but nothing is said about. The teams are barely working and the fans are requiring for information as always. One of the sad part of it is that no Publicity has been made about the next season wich is almost starting only 2 months from now. Teams like Los Indios de San Francisco hasnt talk about contract with their native or dominicans abroad already. None Los Marineros or Los Reales.

Lidobas is a good league wich can be better in the future. But for it to become better the publicity has to be part of the entire league, teams and players. Also they have to acept that the fans are the base for all professional sports activities, because it seems that the league doesnt think so.


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ESTONIA

TU/Rock will play in the Final -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Fausto Tartu 87:77

TU/Rock reached the KLM Final yesterday. The regular season champions overcame Fausto in the third game of the semifinal best-of-five series to complete the sweep and booked their spot in the championship series. Fausto had little to lose in this one and tried to match the hosts tempo from the start. The visitors answered for every strike from their cross-town rivals and kept it leveled at 19 after the starting frame. Long-range artillery proved helpful for Fausto in the second term. The bunch of trebles from Augenijus Vaskys (196-G-72), Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) and Tanel Kaljula (191-G-81) propelled the visitors to a surprising lead. Fausto outpaced the home side and grabbed a 48:34 advantage at halftime. However the momentum did not last for too long. TU/Rock came out of the dressing room with a different approach and immediately denied the deficit. The hosts accounted for 29 points in the third period to make it all square before the fourth period. Fausto failed to reignite their inspirational game of the first half and could not match TU/Rock in the final period. The league favorites eased past their opponents to clinch the Final birth. Silver Leppik (185-G-83) topscored for TU/Rock with 20 points. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) provided 17 points and 10 boards, while Janar Talts (204-C-83) had 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Augenijus Vaskys answered with 17 points for TU/Rock. Tanel Kaljula notched 16 points and Osvaldas Macernis came up with 15 in a loss. The hosts outrebounded Fausto 37:22 and converted 51% from the field.

TU/Rock: Silver Leppik 20, Brian Cusworth 17+10 boards, Janar Talts 11+10 boards
Fausto: Augenijus Vaskys 17, Tanel Kaljula 16


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GEORGIA

Tbilisi enjoys the All Star Game -by Eurobasket News
David Ustiashvili's team overcame Nugzar Cheishvili's team 134:118 in the All Star Game that was held in the capital of Georgia. It was a real show and a great event in the whole country. Both squads produced an offensive game and the majority of the players could contribute for the teams. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) top-scored for the winners with 41 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. He was named MVP of the Game proving his professional skills and abilities. Ledjava nailed 19, while Zviadi Babiashvili (200-F-78) scored 14. Matiashvili ended up with 29 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
As for the game itself it saw Nugzar Cheishvili's team winning the opening quarter 37:35. They also controlled the rest of the first half and finished the second quarter with 32:27 advantage. Having however 7 points at the half time Nugzar Cheishvili's team could not keep the score for good. David Ustiashvili's team bounced back in the third quarter with 38:27. Another 34:22 stun the opponent as David Ustiashvili's team won the encounter.
In the Slam Dunk contest Viktor Sanikidze won the show being the best in Round 1 and the Final. David Berishvili was the best in the 3-pointer contest finishing with 20 points in the Final.

David Ustiashvili's team Nugzar Cheishvili's team 134:118 (35:37, 27:32, 38:27, 34:22)

David Ustiashvili's team: Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) (Energy Invest) 20 minutes, 9 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, Besik Ledjava (Energy Invest) 18 minutes, 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steal, Mikheil Berishvili (Vita) 20 minutes, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, Viktor Sanikidze (Dinamo) 27 minutes, 41 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, Jovan Stefanov (Energy Invest) 8 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal. Zviadi Babiashvili (Energy Invest) 11 minutes, 14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, Revaz Didia (Energy Invest) 18 minutes, 6 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, Giorgi Gulisabedashvili (195-G-88, agency: Court Side) (Dinamo) 15 minutes, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, David Gvimradze (Vita) 16 minutes, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocks, Mikheil Chochua (Energy Invest) 15 minutes, 8 points, 2 rebounds, Mikheli Chitashvili (185-G-84) (Energy Invest) 20 minutes, 10 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal.

Nugzar Cheishvili's team: Mikheil Panchulidze (TSU) 22 minutes, 9 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, David Barbaqadze (TSU) 20 minutes, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, Richard Matiashvili (210-C-89) (Tbilaviamsheni) 28 minutes, 29 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, Konstantine Tugushi (193-G-84) (Tbilaviamsheni) 21 minutes, 18 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, Shio Khetsuriani (TSU) 21 minutes, 2 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, Irakli Berishvili (Maccabi) 21 minutes, 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, David Berishvili (TSU) 21 minutes, 9 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, Soso Shermadini (Maccabi) 15 minutes, 9 points, 3 rebounds, Irakli Keidia (TSU) 9 minutes, 5 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, Tornike Niniashvili (Tbilaviamsheni) 11 minutes, 8 points, 6 rebounds, Zurab Korkotadze (Maccabi) 4 minutes, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, Plaside Rodumta (Tbilaviamsheni) did not play.


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GERMANY

Q&A with Tim Haley -by Moritz Korff
With 23.1 points per contest Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) led the UBC Hannover Tigers in scoring in their first season in the Regionalliga North. The Tigers were the only team to really keep up with champion P4two Ballers Osnabrueck and handed the Ballers one of only two losses of the season. Just recently Haley had been named to the 2007-2008 Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North First Team. He took the time to answer a couple of our questions.

Why did you, Will Bonner and Jason Van Eck leave UBC Hannover one game prior to the end of the season?
Our contract was up at the end of March but our season wasn't over until the middle of April. The team decided not to extend our contract so it was time to leave. The club felt we should have played the last two weeks for free but we felt otherwise. I have no hard feelings and I hope the best for them. I'd also like to thank the fans for the last two seasons. They were the best fans I've ever played for.

UBC Hannover finished the season in second place. What are the reasons that Osnabrueck won the championship and Hannover didn't?
Both teams were very good and we both had great seasons, but Osnabrueck held the tie breaker against us. We both lost to each other at home but they had a higher differential then us. Sometimes that's how it goes, it's part of basketball but I think a one game playoff would be a good idea for situations like this.

In the past years you joined Chico Force of the IBL in spring. Will you do the same this year?
Not this spring. The Chico Force is no longer a member of the IBL. I discussed playing for other teams but in the end I decided not to play so I could stay close to home. I still train and play 5 times a week as I'm preparing myself for next season.

Any plans for next season yet?
Not yet. I've sent some tapes out and talked to a few people but I haven't signed with a team. I look forward to continuing my career and reaching my goals. I still have a lot to prove to myself before I can hang up the shoes.

What kind of a basketball player will the team get that decides to sign you for next season?
A winner. I've won everywhere I've played. I love to compete and leave it all on the floor. You'll also get a hardnosed, dedicated, leader. As a point guard my job is to make everyone around me better, and to lead by example. I am also a good person. I don't get into trouble and I'll represent the club like a professional on and off the court.


Regionalliga News -by Moritz Korff
Anday Ergen and Andreas Fabian have extended their contracts with the Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga West). Fabian averaged 7.3 points per game for the Elephants in the 2007-2008 season, while Ergen scored 2.1 points per contest.

The Wuerzburg Baskets (Regionalliga South-East) and veteran-shooter Markus Hallgrimson have agreed on continuing their cooperation. The 32-year-old inked a contract for the upcoming two campaigns. He scored 17.5 points in 20 games for the Baskets during the 2007-2008 season and nailed a league-high 4.3 threes per outing. Also Christoph Henneberger and Felix Hofmann will stay in Wuerzburg.

Achim Beiersmann is going to wear the jersey of the Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West) one more year. He is the third player after Kristofer Speier and Julius Duecker to stay with the team of Coach Raphael Wilder.

BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West) will keep Romeo Bakoa - the 20-year-old Guard extended his contract for one more season.


Iserlohn re-signs three players -by Daniel Poerschke
The Iserlohn Kangaroos, now members of the 1. Regionalliga West after dropping down from the Pro B, announced the re-signing of three players: Guard Karol Jozefiak (180-G-83) and Forwards Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) and Christian Behrends (200-F-89) will suit up for the Kangaroos next season again. Also a young center from their own youth team will join the squad of newcomer coach Dragan Torbica , Olaf Rosteck (200-C-91). Manager Michael Dahmen hopes to re-sign three more players from last years squad.

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Black, Pader 21.3
2 Allen, Frank 19.9
3 Jenkins, ALBA 18.3
4 Green, Trier 18.0
5 Greene, Kln 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gibbs, Ulm 9.4
2 Katic, Wal T 8.3
3 Guinn, Bremerh 8.2
4 Haryasz, Bremerh 8.0
5 Merriex, Wal T 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Whiting, Lever 4.6
2 Rowland, Trier 4.4
3 Joyce, Ulm 4.3
4 Gardner, Bonn 4.3
5 Felton, Jena 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Ross, Ludwigs 1.8
2 Basden, Bonn 1.8
3 Yarbrough, Ludwigs 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Benton, Trier 1.9
2 Haryasz, Bremerh. 1.8
3 Femerling, ALBA 1.4
2FGP
1 Femerling, ALBA 74.2
2 Ratkovica, Oldenb 70.6
3 Nadjfeji, Alba 70.4
3FGP
1 Dill, Goet. 100
2 Johnson, Frankf. 100
3 Shtein, Frankf. 80
Free Throws
1 Stuckemann, Phant 100.0
2 Cage, Trier 93.8
3 Rasic, Alba 93.3


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GREECE

Second Division: Top Scorers after 28 weeks -by Chris Mammides
Top scorers after 28 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74), Aigio, 555 points.
Nick Psileas (200-F-80), Lavrio, 516 points.
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80), Olympiakos Volou, 510 points (in 26 games).
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81), Olympiakos Volou, 479 points (in 27 games).
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80), Aigio, 439 points.
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79), Ikaros Kallitheas, 387 points.
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77), KAOD, 370 points.
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81), Makedonikos, 369 points.
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80), Komotini, 368 points (in 26 games).
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79), Ikaroi Serron, 357 points.
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82), Ermis Lagkada, 353 points (in 26 games).
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82), Lavrio, 350 points.
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84), Ermis Lagkada, 344 points (in 25 games).
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86), Milonas, 341 points.
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75), Goumenissa, 325 points.
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80), Anagennisi / Floga, 315 points.
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77), Doukas, 279 points.
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77), Near East, 277 points (in 25 games).
Achilleas Klepkos (206-C-78), Goumenisa, 235 points (in 25 games).
Giorgos Papoullidis (206-C-79), Near East, 226 points.
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72), Alimos, 219 points (in 22 games).
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78), Doukas, 212 points (in 21 games).


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HOLLAND

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


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MSV 21-3 
 2. MyGuire 2 18-6 
 3. Akrides 17-7 
 4. Landstede 2 16-8 
 5. EBBC 2 14-10 
 6. Cangaroes 14-10 
 7. Punch 13-11 
 8. BV Rooi 11-13 
 9. Groene 9-15 
 10. Initial H5 8-16 
 11. Leiden 2 7-16 
 12. Pigeons 5-19 
 13. Orca's Urk 1-23 
 14. Emmen E. 0-0 


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HUNGARY

Play-offs: Falco KC as first in the semifinals! -by Tamas Deri
Falco could win against Nyiregyhaza third time in a row and got into the semifinals, where they will meet Albacomp or Atomeromu SE.
The first half was an eady game for FALCO, they were up by 14 points after 20 minutes already. In the halftime every fans were talking about a 3-0 first round and about the possible team in the seminfinal. Only the players of NYKK were on one other opinion. They had one amazing run in the third quarter, scored 35 points and were up by 4 points.
In the last quarter the home team could tie the game and Brane Savic missed his last shoot, so Falco could win the game by 3 points.

The players of Albacomp dont want to go for holiday yet, as they beat ASE last night in the own arena and kept the chance to come into the best 4.

Even Dombovar could win the second home game and kept the chance to get back the home court advantage on friday over a victory in Kormend. One minute before the end the score was 66-65, than Mike English decided to win the game by himself and with his 3 points he got it done!
In the third minute after the dunk of Denes, the team of Pecs was leading 5-2, and the fans could not know that this is the last monent of the game their team was up.

In the end of the close first quarter, Laszlo Cziczas scored a three and Szolnok was up by 5. The guests could build up a bigger difference int he second quarter, after the three of Gobi they were already up by 10.

After the half time Aleksic got into a shooting battle with Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) and Hollins but could not get his team closer.

In the last quarter the guests eliminated the home team lead by Hollins and Donatas Sabaliauskas, who scored 7 of 12 threes in the game.



Albacomp - Atomeromu SE 89-71
(31-19, 22-14, 13-18, 23-20)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2000, Referees: Palla, Adam, Kiraly
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 19/6, Bradford 9, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 29/9, McClendon 8, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 14/3, David G. 2, Soos 3/3, Hanga 3/3, Boozer 2, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
Paks: Meszaros 3/3, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 12, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 15/3, Horvath 4, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 22/6, Csaplr-Nagy E., Toroman, Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) 15, Kiss Zs., Horanyi, Morgen, Coach: Sabali Balazs
Series: 1-2


FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY - MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZI KK 101-98
(29-23, 34-26, 19-35, 19-14)
Szombathely, Att.: 2500, Referees: Bodnar, Kothay, Gorka
FALCO KC: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 20/3, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 15/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 17/9, Borszeki 8/6, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 13, Varadi K. 2, Pankar, Feigl 2, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 37/21, Siska 3/3, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: La-Lafayette) 15/6, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/6, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 16/3, Trepak 2, Krasznai 1, Nagy K., Coach: Deri Csaba
Series: 3-0, Falco got into the semifinals


PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC - POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND 69-65
(23-25, 14-16, 19-14, 13-10)
Dombovar, Att.: 1200, Referees: Valovics, Cziffra, Marton
DOMBOVAR: Nandor Simon (196-F-81) 13/6, English 13, Bodi 4, Wiley 8/6, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Point Park) 14,Mills 3, Balogh 5/3, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 9/9, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
KORMEND: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 15, Ferencz 3/3, Ocitti 11/3, Henderson 8, Vavra P. 7, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Toth G., Trummer 9/9, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
Series: 1-2


PVSK-Expo Center Pecs - Szolnoki Olajk KK 79-104
(25-30, 17-19, 20-22, 17-33)
Pecs, Att.: 2600, Referees: Papp P., Benczur, Szilas
PVSK-Expo Center Pecs: Jovanovic 8/6, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 20/3, Denes 8/6, Toth N., Lapov 8/3, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 26/6, Grebenar 9, Czigler, Hosszu, Kutasi, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Kelley 14/9, Cziczas 16/9, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 27/6, Donatas Sabaliauskas 25/21, Jurkunas 11/6, Molnr A. 4, Gobi 5/3, Harazin 2, Coach: Por Peter
Series: 1-2


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ITALY

Lega2-Playoff QF Game 2 -by Gabriele Fioretti
Four series and three of them could end next friday. Only Soresina was able to tie the serie against Casale thanks to a great game by Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.) (26+8). 20 scored by Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International) and Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) weren't enough to give success to PIsotia that lost at Reggio Emilia (15 by Matteo Maestrello (198-G/F-81)). Also at Sassari, monstre game by Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) (32 pts with 60% from the court) but Jesi had five players in double figure (David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) 23+10) and friday at home can get the ticket for the semifinals. In the tv-match at Caserta, Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) and his 30 pts led Caseta to 2-0 against Rimini (Omar Thomas (195-F-82, college: UTEP) at 18 pts scored).
Game-3 will be played friday.
Caserta-Rimini 82-71 (2-0)
Soresina-Casale M.to 70-69 (1-1)
Sassari-Jesi (0-2)
Reggio Emilia-Pistoia (2-0)
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JAMAICA

Wade Named All IBS-Premier Spring Showcase -by Leonard Whyte
Forward Demeatrio Wade (193-F), formerly of Excelsior High School, was recently named to the All Showcase Team at the IBS-Premier Spring Showcase; an annual college exposure event for college prospect from various states. The 64 senior from Decatur Christian School in llinois, was selected in the top 5 out of the 80 prospects who participated in the event. College coaches in attendance inquired about Wade, whose interest from college programs soared towards the end of the season, but he still remains uncommitted.

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LIBERIA

Pythons face Uhuru in LBF final -by Numennie Williams
NPA Pyhtons and Unuru Kings are through to the grand final of the Liberia Basketball Federation national league. Pyhtons whipped LPRC Oilers in two straight matches in their best out of three semi final play off while Uhuru did same to Dream Team. The final will be play on a best out of five basis which starts this Friday May 9, 2008. In the female division, champion K- Deltas and Commissioners are in the grand final. Commissioners defeated former champion Phoenix in two matches in their best out of three Semi final game while K-Deltas buried Survivors with the same. Alphonso Kuiah (-86)

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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Liga Centroamericana
Liga Centroamericana Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 K.Jones,Liceo 23.9
2 F.Martinez,SAT 26.0
3 L.Hicker,Pioneros 25.0
4 E.Zuniga,Pioneros 14.9
5 R.Amaya,SAT 13.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 J.Echeniq,Icevic 11.0
2 L.Clark,Liceo 7.7
3 P.Salazar,Icevic 6.7
4 T.Gillespie,SAT 6.3
5 P.Culver,Liceo 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 E.Zuniga,Pioneros 3.5
2 C.Moreno,Naciona 5.0
3 A.Sanchez,Liceo 2.8
4 K.Jones,Liceo 3.0
5 W.Solis,UAM 2.6
Steals Per Game
1 O.Rivera,SAT 2.6
2 J.Jimenez,UAM 2.8
3 J.Parker,Icevic 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 T.Gillespie,SAT 1.8
2 G.Duarte,SAT 1.6
3 P.Salazar,Icevic 1.1
3FGP
1 E.Lopez,Naciona 47.1
2 E.Huie,Icevic 43.5
3 F.Martinez,SAT 41.1
Free Throws
1 F.Martinez,SAT 91.2
2 K.Jones,Liceo 86.0
3 A.Sanchez,Liceo 84.6


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LITHUANIA

Lietuvos Rytas jumps ahead -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 76:73

Lietuvos Rytas quelled Zalgiris in the first game of the LKL best-of-seven Final series. Lietuvos Rytas won the regular season and opened the series at home court. It paid off as Rytas got to a better start driven by a sell-out crowd at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius. Luakauskis three-pointer with a foul marked a 17:4 lead for the hosts midway through the first frame. However Zalgiris stayed tuned and Dejaun Collins scored 5 straight points to trim the deficit to 6 points at the end of frame #1. Zalgiris capitalized on the momentum opening the second frame with a 10:3 run to surge ahead. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) dominated the paint and the home side built the game around him. Lietuvos Rytas managed to shift the accent and rushed in front at the end of the second term 37:33. Zalgiris stayed close throughout the third period but never seriously threatened the lead. Lietuvos Rytas stretched the gap to 8 points at three quarter time. The Kaunas outfit recovered early in the fourth frame. Marcus Brown and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed back-to-back treys and the hosts found themselves trailing by 7 points. Nevertheless Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) and Stelmahers responded with trebles of their own to restore a 3-point advantage for Rytas. The home side did not miss the crucial free throws and celebrated an important victory. Mindaugas Lukauskis topscored with 22 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius provided 20 points and 12 boards for the winners. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) delivered 17 points and 9 boards for Zalgiris. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) scored 16 points, while Jonas Maciulis had 15 in a loss. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday in Kaunas.

Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 22, Marijonas Petravicius 20+12 boards, Hollis Price 13
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 17+9 boards, DeJuan Collins 16, Jonas Maciulis 15


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NBA

Cleveland loses plagued by woeful shooting accuracy -by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics played one of the best defensive battles of the season silencing the Cavs offense and driving to a 76:72 victory in the first game of the Eastern conference semifinal. The Celtics held Lebron James to 2/18 field goal shooting and thus doomed the Cavaliers. James missed four attempts in the final minute in one of the worst performances of his career. The Celtics were not spectacular in offense either. Paul Pierce shot 2/14 from the field, while Ray Allen missed all four shots to go scoreless in the game. But at least the Celtics had their hero as Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) nailed 28 points to pace the hosts. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) provided 22 points and 12 boards for Cleveland. Daniel Gibson tied things up at 68 with just over 3 minutes remaining. Ilgauskas and Garnett traded baskets then to keep things knotted. Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett lifted the home side to a 74:72 lead with 22 seconds left in regulation. Lebron James had a chance to tie the game but his shot went well wide. James Posey grabbed defensive rebound and then sealed the outcome from charity stripe. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) came up with 15 points all of them in the first half for the Celtics. Wally Szczerbiak netted 13 points for the Cavs in defeat. Boston held the visitors to 30% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 43:41. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday at the Banknorth Garden.

Kobe Bryant grabs his first MVP award -by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was honoured with the NBA MVP award yesterday. One of the best players in the league in the last years Kobe Bryant finally got the MVP award. He led the LA Lakers to the best record in the Western conference this season. Bryant surpassed Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest), Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) in the race for the trophy. Kobe Bryant averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game to pace the Lakers to a 57-25 record in the regular season. Kobe Bryant talked about his desire to leave the team in the preseason but he stayed and led the Lakers to an impressive season. The squad was bolstered with the acquisition of Pau Gasol in the midseason and Los Angeles became one of the main contenders for the title in the season. They easily overcame Denver in the opening round of playoffs and now look to extend the lead against Utah today.

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NIGERIA

Islanders shock Union Bank 49-40 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
It was all cheers Sunday night at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium when new look Islanders basketball club coached by youthful coach and former Nigeria international point guard, Ogoh Odaudu rolled over star-studded Union Bank basketball 49-40 points in an Atlantic conference premier league game.

Sunday victory by the Islanders over the Stallion boys as the bankers is often referred to be a pay back of last Wednesday defeat suffered by the Chiwendu Nwaigbo propelled Islanders.

The Gboyega Tilo Vidal coached Union Bank had boasted of beating the Islanders side with as much as 20 points and looked as if to fulfill that promise when they won the first quarter 10-06 in the stiffly challenge contest.

The second quarter saw the Islanders players coming out of their shell and determination as they stroll to a 18-12 points win to take a two points lead (24-22) going into the half-time break.

The Islanders players determined to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic conference of the premier league extend the gap between them and the Union Bank team by 6 points as they won the third quarter 12-08 points and rounded up the game in the last quarter with a 13-10 points win.


Coach Odaudu told www.fiba-afrique.org website immediately after the energy sapping encounter that the best is yet to be seen of his team with mixture of few experience players and array of young but talented players.

I am happy the result went our ways, I must commend the players for a job well-done and it is a clear testimony that we are learning the rope fast in the big league.

It shows that our third place finishing last when we play as Kennys Bullets in the Lagos City league was not a fluke after all.


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NPBL

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


Maryland tops the table -by Gianni Pascucci
In the weekend game at Alexandria, the Maryland BayRaiders trailed by 20 at halftime and coaches Ollie Matson and William Brooks came up with a great game plan. The Avengers fought as usual, playing their aggressive, fast-paced basketball, but it wasn' t enough. The BayRayders escaped from Virginia with a 128-123 win, that allows the team to stay at the top of the league table. Veteran Michael Antonio Manns (6'0''-G-69, college: Wyoming) led all the scorers with 37pts but the MVP of the game was tiny Eric Brown (5'7''-G), who performed for 14pts and 10assists.

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PARAGUAY

New coaches in San Jose and Felix Perez Cardozo -by Gianni Pascucci
As a 'natural' consequence of their struggling in the first two rounds of National League, two top teams from Asuncion decided to change coach. Deportivo San Jos replaced Enrique Alonso with Argentinean coach Eduardo Pfleger, recent winner of Liga Sudamericana with Regatas de Corrientes. Felix Perez Cardozo decided to part ways with Victor Jose Del Barba, hiring at his place Enrique Alonso, just fired at Deportivo San Jos.

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POLAND

Turow a game away from Final -by Eurobasket News
Turow is an inch away from the PLK Final after routing Slask 73:57 in Wroclaw in Game 4. Turow once again stressed on their well-orchestrated defense to overwhelm the hosts. Turow led from the start till the final moments prevailing in every other component of the game. They held Slask to 36% accuracy from the field converting 41% themselves. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: VTBM/SRBM) scored 22 points to lead Turow. Robert Witka (205-F-81) provided 11 points, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) added 10 points in a winning case. Pawel Mroz (216-C-84) paced the hosts with 12 points. Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 9 points and dished out 5 assists as the Wroclaw are now down 1-3 in the series and must win in Turow today to stay hopeful.
Polpak drew level with Prokom eking out a 90:81 victory in Game 4. Polpak led by only 3 points at halftime but managed to stretch the advantage to 8 points after three quarters of action. The tempo rose in the fourth stanza but Polpak matched all the efforts from Prokom to maintain the lead and sealed an important win at the end. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, college: Troy) finished with 18 points and 7 assists for Polpak. Marko Brkic (206-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) also produced 18 points, while Chris Garner (178-G-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Memphis) nailed 13 points for the winning side. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) accounted for 22 points in defeat. The series now move to Sopot for Game 5 on Thursday.


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SERBIA

Omar Cook is close to get Montenegrin passport -by Dragan Jankovski
The best point guard of Adriatic and Serbian Superleague at the moment, Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, is close to get the Montenegrin citizenship. It is not a secret that Montenegrin Basketball Federation showed strong willingness to see Omar Cook in their National Team. On the other side Cook also has an interest to do the same. Nothing is officially done yet but according to the Serbian and Montenegrin media it is expected to happen soon.

Omar Cook plays the best season in his career. He got the award Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Import Player of the Year and also Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team this season. In Serbian Superleague so far he is the second MVP, top assistant and stealer. For 8 games in Superleague Cook averaged 15 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 8 apg and 3.8 spg.


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SLOVENIA

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


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SWITZERLAND

SAM Massagno triumphs in LNB -by Eurobasket News
SAM Massagno outlasted Vernier in the dramatic Final series to win the LNB. Thus SAM Massagno will play in the LNA next season. The team played confidently throughout the season and deservedly booked the spot in the Final series. There they pretty unexpectedly took on Vernier. The 7th-ranked Etoile Sportive Vernier stunned Villars in the quarterfinal and then knocked out Neuchatel in the semis. And the Final lived up to the highest expectations. Massagno enjoyed the home court advantage as the winner of the regular season. But the first game of the championship series never looked like an easy jog for the hosts. SAM Massagno trailed by 6 points after the starting frame and struggled to come any closer in the second frame. Finally Massagno broke through in the third period outscoring their opponents 21:6 to grab a 59:47 lead before the fourth term. But Vernier stood fire and struck back in the fourth stanza. They drew level with the hosts and forced overtime. The teams remained knotted after 5 minutes of action before Massagno ran away in the second overtime to post a 94:84 victory. Cory Lewis (183-G-83, college: Colorado St.) finished the game with 21 points and 9 boards for the hosts. Marco Bellegotti (203-F/C-76) added 17 points and 14 boards, while Davide Balletta (187-G-81) launched 15 points for the winners. JoJo Chambers (198-F-73, college: Christopher Newport) answered with 25 points and 15 boards for Vernier. Jonathan Lomholt (185-G-85) had 17 points in a loss. The series moved on court of Vernier and SAM Massagno snatched a narrow 84:82 victory to celebrate the LNA birth for the next season. Cory Lewis once again led the team to their historic success.

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TANZANIA

Dar to host inter-cities basketball on June 24 -by Carlos Pereira
By Renatha Msungu

Seven egions have so far confirmed to compete in the East and Central Africa Inter-Cities Basketball Championship to be hosted in Dar es Salaam from June 24-28 at Indoor Stadium.
The president of the regional body, Simon Msofe, yesterday named Tanzania cities which had so far confirmed to compete in the tourney as Mwanza, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Others are Kampala (Uganda), Nairobi, Mombasa (Kenya) and Kigali (Rwanda).
Msofe said if more teams would confirm their participation, other matches would be played at Tanzania Cigarettes Company popular as TCC Chang`ombe.
He said local teams had already started their preparations.
The event was staged in Kampala, Uganda last year where Nairobi won men`s title while Dar es Salaam`s Dream Team won women`s title.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

Duncan among top 10 in MVP voting -by David Edole
Mike Monroe
Express-News Staff Writer

Led by Hornets point guard Chris Paul, the runner-up to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in voting for the NBAs 2007-08 Most Valuable Player award, three participants in the Spurs-Hornets Western Conference semifinal series finished in the top 10.

Former MVP Tim Duncan, the Spurs power forward who won the award in 2001 and 2002, finished seventh. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, the only non-starter to receive any votes, finished 10th.

Paul, who had 30 points and 12 assists in Mondays Game 2, finished second to Bryant, followed by Bostons Kevin Garnett, Clevelands LeBron James and Orlandos Dwight Howard.

The Spurs and Phoenix Suns were the only teams with more than one player receiving votes. Suns forward Amare Stoudemire finished sixth, and point guard Steve Nash was ninth.

A media panel of 124 voted for the award, ranking players one through five. First-place votes were worth 10 points, with remaining votes counting seven, five, three and one.

Duncan received two fourth-place votes and 19 fifth-place votes, for a total of 25. Ginobili, named winner of the leagues Sixth Man award, received nine fifth-place votes, for a total of nine. Bryant, who got 82 first-place votes to Pauls 28, had 1,105 points. Paul had 894 points. Garnett and James were the only other players receiving first-place votes.

Fever pitch: TNT network reporter Craig Sager reported Monday that Duncan had been battling a high fever during his five-point, three-rebound performance in Game 1 against the Hornets. Both Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Duncan downplayed the report without specifically denying its veracity.

Were fine, Popovich said after Game 2 when questioned about the TNT report. No injuries. No problems, besides the two losses.

Asked if the report were erroneous, Popovich said, Were fine. Were healthy, and no excuses.


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UKRAINE

Kyiv Return to Finals, Azovmash Need 1 Win -by Alexei Naumov
BC Kyiv advanced into the 2008 Superleague Finals after sweeping the series against Politekhnika-Galychyna Lviv with a 67:89 win in game 3.

Lviv managed to stay close to the visitors for the first three quarters, trailing by just 6 points prior to the final interval. Kyiv, however, threw a heavy blow at their opponents, winning the quarter 22:6.

Volodymyr Gurtovyi had a game-high 19 points for Politekhnika-Galychyna.

Ryan Stack scored 16 for Kyiv; Artur Drozdov and Marcus Faison added 15 apiece.

Azovmash Mariupol, meanwhile, took care of Khimik Yuzhniy in game 3 with the series deadlocked at 1, claiming a 75:89 victory that puts them up 2:1.

Jarrius Jackson finished the contest with 24 points in the losing effort for Khimik. Mariupols Tomas Delininkaitis had team-best 17.

Game stats are available on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation


Mitrovic to stay in Kryvyi Rih / Livingston to Odesa? / Archibald and Lischuk can be out -by Alexander Muzyka
- Zvezdan Mitrovic inked with Kryvbasbasket-Lux a new contract. Remind, that Montenegrian coach arrived to Kryvyi Rih in a middle of a season and reached the 10th position in Superleague.

- BC Odesa is interested in a 33-years old NBDL champion 2007/08 and NBDL MVP 2006/07 Randy Livingston (193-G-75) from Idaho (16,5 ppg, 10,5 apg, 4,2 rpg this season) who has spent 11 years in NBA.

- Azovmash can play the 3rd and, probably, 4th games vs Khimik without two centers. Serhi Lischuk has been injured in a first game in Mariupol and Robert Jr. Archibald has got an injury just before going to Yuzhnyi.


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URUGUAY

Wilkerson leads Goes to beat Aguada -by Hector Lopez
Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) scored 16 points in the first quarter leading Goes to beat Aguada 84-68 for the 8th round of the Metro League. Wilkerson finished the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 asissts during the game played with an attendance of 3.000. For Aguada, Dave Holmes (201-C-82, college: Manhattan) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Other results and import player figures:
Nacional 106 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 14 points and 4 rebounds
Verdirrojo - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 20 points and 11 rebounds
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Capurro 74 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 9 and 11 rebounds
25 de Agosto 66
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Olivol Mundial 92
Larre Borges 81 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 24 and 8 rebounds
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Waston 84 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 8 points aand 10 rebounds
Marne 74- Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 28 points
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Larraaga 84
Urunday Universitario 65


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




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Tratsiak-Terglav hopes for the gold -by Eurobasket News
Natalia Tratsiak-Terglav and her Sibenik is 1-1 in the Final over Gospic in Croatia. The latter 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 and Marina Mazic 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 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. Nevertheless the hosts were not done yet. Marina Mazic came up with some baskets down the stretch and pulled away with a difficult victory that ensured the third game in the Final series. Pinto nailed 9 points, while Elena Yolovksa had 8 for the winners. Anda Jelavic and Ivana Jurecevic scored 18 points apiece for Sibenik. Natalia Tratsiak-Terglav (195-C-80) posted 4 points in the losing effort. 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.
In the first game Guneva Evelina and her Sibenik made the first step towards yet another title in Croatia beating the arch-rivals 91:66 at home. The game started with both teams trading baskets and the intrigue burnt hard. But it lasted for just one quarter. The hosts exploded with a 28:5 run in the second period and virtually sealed the winning outcome. Gospic had little counterarguments in the second half to deny a massive halftime deficit. Moreover Sibenik stretched the gap to 26 points in the third stanza and never looked back afterwards. Gospic outscored the hosts 15:14 in the final period with little profit. Jolly Sibenik dominated almost every facet of the game extending their winning streak against Gospic in this season. Evelina Guneva fired 27 points to lead Sibenik. Anda Jelavic provided 21 points, while Luca Ivankovic added 13 points in a winning effort. Sandra Popovic-Mandir scored 15 points for Gospic. Pinto provided 13 points in a losing clause. Natalia Tratsiak-Terglav ended up with 6 points in the first game.
Viktoria Gasper (193-C-88)'s Vologda and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia)'s see each other in the Russian series for the third places. UMMC leads the series 2-0, however Yelena Leuchanka can not help the team due to the injury. Viktoria Gasper nailed 4 points in the first game for Vologda and 6 in the second.


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BULGARIA - Women

Yolovska and Guneva struggle in the Final -by Eurobasket News
Two Bulgarian representatives in Croatia struggle against each other in the Final. Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) 's 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 and Marina Mazic 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 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. Nevertheless the hosts were not done yet. Marina Mazic came up with some baskets down the stretch and pulled away with a difficult victory that ensured the third game in the Final series. Pinto nailed 9 points, while Elena Yolovska 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.
In the first game Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and her Sibenik made the first step towards yet another title in Croatia beating the arch-rivals 91:66 at home. The game started with both teams trading baskets and the intrigue burnt hard. But it lasted for just one quarter. The hosts exploded with a 28:5 run in the second period and virtually sealed the winning outcome. Gospic had little counterarguments in the second half to deny a massive halftime deficit. Moreover Sibenik stretched the gap to 26 points in the third stanza and never looked back afterwards. Gospic outscored the hosts 15:14 in the final period with little profit. Jolly Sibenik dominated almost every facet of the game extending their winning streak against Gospic in this season. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) fired 27 points to lead Sibenik. Anda Jelavic provided 21 points, while Luca Ivankovic added 13 points in a winning effort. Sandra Popovic-Mandir scored 15 points for Gospic. Pinto provided 13 points in a losing clause.


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RUSSIA - Women

Lauren Jackson carries Spartak MR past CSKA -by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - CSKA 93:78

Spartak MR drew level with their archrivals CSKA in the Russian Superleague Final. CSKA quite easily claimed the win in the opening encounter of the series but the Euroleague champions struck back in the second game in Vidnoe. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with a dazzling performance tallying game-high 34 points and 13 boards and Spartak stormed past CSKA for 1-1 draw in the series. CSKA got to a better start and held to a 21:15 lead after the first frame. But then Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) took over the floor. They gradually matched CSKA tempo and kept it at a striking distance throughout the second period. The breakaway for the hosts came in the third stanza as Spartak limited the visitors to 9 points and accumulated a 7-point lead before the fourth quarter. The teams flew over the court in the fourth period with the shots dropping from every corner. However Spartak were just more successful in this exchange of blows and celebrated a confident victory at the end. Diana Taurasi provided 23 points, while Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) had 12 points in a winning case. Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) scored 26 points for CSKA. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) nailed 14 points and pulled down 10 boards in defeat. Spartak sank 49% from the field and committed just 4 turnovers down the stretch. The series now move to Moscow for the next two games. The teams will clash in the capital on Friday.

Spartak MR: Lauren Jackson 34+13 boards, Diana Taurasi 23, Sue Bird 12
CSKA: Rebecca Hammon 26, Maria Stepanova 14+10 boards


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SLOVENIA - Women

The semifinal stage tips off in SKL -by Eurobasket News
Celje and Hit Kr. Gora drove to confident victories in the opening leg of the SKL semis. Celje prevailed 102:67 against Jezica to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Celje led from the start building a 24:14 cushion after the first frame. The hosts kept on forcing the issue and piled up an 18-point advantage at halftime. Jezica managed to trim the deficit by 5 points in the third stanza but ran out of steam and collapsed in the fourth period. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) had a monster night with 42 points and 11 boards to pace Celje. Nika Baric (168-G-92) contributed 20 points and 6 assists, while Monique Blake (188-F-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 13 points and 10 boards for the winners. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) replied with 32 points and 9 boards for Jezica. Urska Cuk (167-G-86) scored 19 points in a losing case. Celje outrebounded their opponents 42:28 and shot impressive 57% from the field.
Hit Kr. Gora edged AJM Maribor 80:61 to surge ahead in the semifinal matchup. Hit Kranjska Gora looked too good for Maribor down the stretch accumulating a 12-point advantage at the long break. The home side never looked back after the break rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) produced 22 points for Hit Kr. Gora. Spela Erzen (190-C/F-80) nailed 18 points for the winning side. Andreja Tisler (178-G-85) answered with 17 points for Maribor. Katia Skerget (181-F/C-85) had 12 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for today.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women

Tajama Abraham- Ngongba Named Radford Head Womens Basketball Coach -by David Edole
RADFORD, Va.Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle and the universitys athletic director Robert Lineburg announced Wednesday that Tajama Ngongba, a George Washington assistant coach and former WNBA player, has been named as RUs head womens basketball coach.

Ngongba just completed her fourth year as an assistant coach at George Washington, her alma mater, where she also served as an administrative assistant from 1999 to 2001. A former standout player at GW from 1994-1997, she has been part of 252 Colonial victories, an average of 25 per season with four Sweet 16 appearances. In all, Ngongba has played a role in more than half of head coach Joe McKeown's 468 wins in her nine years with the Colonials.

Ngongba's primary responsibilities at George Washington include recruiting, scouting, team academics, postseason workouts and player development, with emphasis on post play. She has been instrumental in the development of Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference post players Jessica Adair, Jessica Simmonds and Anna Montaana. She also has mentored and coached current GW honorable mention All-American Kimberly Beck, all-conference performer Sarah-Jo Lawrence and Academic All-American Kenan Cole. Lawrence and Beck are now both in WNBA training camps.

Prior to her return to GW in June 2004, Ngongba served as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth for two seasons. At VCU, she was responsible for recruiting, development of post players, scouting and organizing the team's preseason and summer conditioning workouts. In her two years, Ngongba helped land one of Rams' head coach Beth Cunningham's best recruiting classes, which included 2006 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year Quanitra Hollingsworth. In 2003-04, Ngongba helped guide VCU to a 10-8 conference record and an upset of third-seeded Hofstra in the CAA Tournament.

Ngongba spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant on Bob Foley's staff at Atlantic-10 rival University of Richmond. She helped the Spiders to an 8-8 mark and a second-place tie in the West Division in the program's inaugural A-10 season. Ngongba tutored Third Team All-Atlantic 10 center Ebony Tanner and All-Rookie Team forward Kate Flavin, both of whom went on to earn all-conference honors following Ngongba's hire at VCU.

Before arriving at Richmond, Ngongba was a member of the coaching staff that helped the U.S. Virgin Islands Women's Junior National Team to a gold medal in the 2001 Caricom Junior Basketball Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. Aside from her role as assistant coach for the Junior National Team, Ngongba also served as team captain for the U.S. Virgin Islands Women's Senior National Team.

The most prolific scorer in GW women's basketball history, Ngongba tallied a school-record 2,134 points during her four-year career and is the only Colonial to eclipse the 2,000 career-point mark. Ngongba was named a Kodak first-team All-American as a senior in 1997 after leading the Colonials to a 28-6 record and the East Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament.

She was named to the 1997 East Regional All-Tournament Team after GW defeated No. 4 North Carolina to advance to the Elite Eight. Ngongba was also a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American and a Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-America selection as a junior in 1996. Ngongba earned the 1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year Award and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 1994. She was a unanimous first-team all-league selection in 1996 and 1997 and earned second-team all-conference honors in 1995. Ngongba was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team in 1997 and was the tournament's MVP in 1996 when GW claimed the A-10 crown.

In addition to her school-record 2,134 points, Ngongba holds the school mark for the most points in one season (675 in 1996-97) and is tied with former GW assistant coach Lisa Cermignano for the most games played (130). She ranks second at GW in career scoring average (16.4 points per game), rebounds (970) and blocked shots (326).

After graduating in 1997, Ngongba was drafted with the seventh pick in the fourth round of the inaugural WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. Ngongba spent the 1997 season with the Monarchs before joining the Detroit Shock for the 1998 campaign. Ngongba traveled to Nice, France, to play with Nice Cavigal for the 1998-99 season before joining McKeown's staff at GW in October 1999, as administrative assistant.

A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Ngongba becomes the sixth head coach at Radford, succeeding Jeri Porter, who left in April to become the head coach at George Mason. Porter recently completed her sixth year at RU, taking the Highlanders to their second consecutive Big South title game appearance.

Ngongba became the sixth player and the seventh individual with ties to the women's basketball program to be inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame on January 24, 2004. She married former GW men's basketball player Patrick Ngongba in 2003 and the couple has a daughter, Naja, and son, Patrick II.