EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/3/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

12 participants of Adriatic league 08/09 are already known -by Dragan Jankovski
It is already known which 12 teams will compete in Adriaitc league 08/09.

They are:
1. Partizan Igokea
2. Zadar
3. Hemofarm STADA
4. FMP
5. Union Olimpija
6. Crvena Zvezda
7. Cibona
8. Vojvodina Srbijagas
9. Buducnost
10. Helios
11. Krka
12. Split
13. Bosnian champion
14. ?

Name of the new Bosnian champion is not known yet as well as it is unknown will Bosnia get 2 representatives in regional championship next season. Most probably it will happen but nothing is officially confirmed yet.


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ANGOLA

1 De Agosto Beat Asa, Still Invincible -by Carlos Pereira
1º de Agosto on Saturday beat Atletico Sport Aviacao (ASA) by 93-81 at Rio Seco pavilion, in a second round match (third phase) of the national senior males basketball tournament, group A.
In eight games played in the final phase of the competition (final four), 1º de Agosto obtained the same amount of victories.
With this win they have 16 points in the first position. In the next round 1º de Agosto will face Petro de Luanda and in case of a victory they can commemorate the title with anticipation, but they should not lose to ASA and Promade in the fourth phase of the competition.

In another match of the same group Petro de Luanda beat Promade de Cabinda by 76-43, at the main pavilion of Cidadela stadium.

General Results:

ASA - 1 de Agosto 81-93
Petro de Luanda - Promade de Cabinda 76-43

Standings:

1 de Agosto 16 points
Petro de Luanda - 14
ASA - 10
Promade de Cabinda - 08

Next Round (Tuesday):
Promade de Cabinda - ASA
1 de Agosto - Petro de Luanda

Box score ASA x 1º Agosto

ASA:
4- Wilson Mata (2), 6- Carlos Quibato (0), 8- Filipe Abraao (9), 9- Edmundo Ventura (25), 10- Wilson Carvalho (0), 12- Adolfo Quimbamba (19), 13- Afonso Rodrigues (7), 14- Francisco Goncalves (2), 15- Emanuel Melgaco (0), 18- Helder Ortet (4), 20- Idelfonso Quiteculo (13) e 23- Cristovao Oliveira (0 ).
Coach: Carlos Dinis

1 de Agosto:
4- Mayzer Alexandre (0), 5- Armando Costa (9), 6- Marques Houtmam (0), 7- Olimpio Cipriano (14), 8- Joaquim Gomes (3), 9- Felizardo Ambrosio (3), 10- Vladimir Jeronimo (4), Francisco Jordao (24), 13- Carlos Almeida (5), 14- Miguel Lutonda (6), 15- Rodrigo Mascarenhas (25).
Coach: Luis Magalhaes


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AUSTRALIA

Singapore Slingers inks new player -by Eurobasket News
Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) agreed terms with Singapore Slingers for season 08/09. It will be his first year in Australian NBL.

Rice has huge international experience as he played in Poland, Venezuela, China and Puerto Rico. Previous season he shortly played for Purefoods Giants in Philippines. In the past Rice had couple of attempts to get into the NBA but he never made it. Actually on season 04/05 he had a good performance at New Jersey Nets but the team released him before the season started. As a member of Dakota Wizards Rice won NBDL on season 06/07.

Rice's contract with Singapore Slingers has option that he has to join the team if he doesn't make the Spurs.


Boomers to face US Dream Team -by Eurobasket News

The Australian Boomers will face the might of the USA Dream Team in Shanghai on August 5 in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.

USA Basketball announced on Monday that the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, which will be composed of superstars from the NBA and could include Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, will complete its 2008 training by participating in the USA Basketball International Challenge in Shanghai, China, from August 2 - 6 against Australia and Russia.

The United States will face 2007 EuroBasket champion Russia on August 3 (3 p.m. Shanghai local time), and meet 2007 Oceania champion Australia on August 5 (8 p.m. Shanghai local time). Both games will be held at the Qizhong Arena (13,708 capacity) in Shanghai, China.

'The games versus Russia and Australia will without doubt be very challenging and feature a pair of opponents who are their zone's champions and very talented teams. The Qizhong Arena is an outstanding venue for these games and the USA Basketball International Challenge will afford basketball fans in and around Shanghai a remarkable opportunity to see three of the world's very best teams show their abilities,' said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program.

'Our games in the USA Basketball International Challenge are a critical part of our team's overall preparations. All of the teams involved are very competitive and respected international teams, so we know we will be challenged each time we take the court. Our early arrival in China will afford us the opportunity to adjust to the time change and help us focus on our final training period. Needless to say, this training and these games will be critical to our success,' said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The USA and Australia last faced each other at the 2006 World Championship in Japan when the USA posted a 113-73 win (8/27/06). The USA's last contest against the Aussies in an Olympic setting came in the 2004 Games, where the Americans emerged with an 89-79 victory on 19 August 2004.

'We're extremely happy to have secured a match against such high quality competition in the lead-up to the Olympic Games,' Basketball Australia Chief Executive Scott Derwin said.

'It will form a vital last step on the road to Beijing and I'm positive that our players and staff will benefit from the experience.

'They beat us quite handily at the 2006 World Championship and we'll be doing everything we can to rectify that in Shanghai.'

USA Basketball announced earlier its domestic training plans for its 2008 Men's Senior National Team. Selected members of the USA Senior National Team program will participate in a mini-training camp from June 27-29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The 12 players selected from the mini-training camp will be nominated to the United States Olympic Committee to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games.

USA Basketball's Men's Senior National Team currently consists of 33 players: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Shawn Marion (Miami Heat); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Adam Morrison (Charlotte Bobcats); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Luke Ridnour ( Seattle SuperSonics); Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).

The USA Senior National Team coaching staff is led by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and also features assistant coaches Jim Boeheim from Syracuse University, New York Knicks head mentor Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au



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AUSTRIA

Lamesic goes to Goettingen -by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian National team Forward Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) will leave Traiskirchen after 5 successful seasons and he will play next season in the German BBL for the BG Goettingen. The 14th of the 2007/2008 season gave Lamesic a contract for the next season. This season Lamesic played 41 games for the Lions and he was responseable for the following stats: 19.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 48.9%, 3P: 38.7%, FT: 72.3% with an Efficiency of 19.1 per game.

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BOSNIA

Mirza Teletovic is close to defend title in Spanish ACB -by Eurobasket News
Member of Bosnian National team, Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), and his TAU Ceramica are close to defend title in Spanish ACB league. The team from Vitoria celebrated at the second game against AXA Barcelona on the road which means that TAU currently has lead 2-0. Next two games will be played in Vitoria and almost everybody expect that TAU will take one of these two.

TAU beat Barceolna at their first match in Palau Blaugrana 75-64. Teletovic drained three triples for his team for 23 minutes. At the second game he had more important role as he collected 13 points and 7 boards for 22 minutes. TAU won the second game 78-74.

Teletovic grew up in Sloboda Dita from Tuzla. On 2004 he moved to Telindus Oostende where he spent 2 seasons. Oostende became the champion of Belgian D1 on season 05/06. During the summer 2006 Teletovic joined TAU winning ACB league at his first year in Spain. Now TAU is a short step away from another title. It also is important to be mentioned that TAU was participant of Euroleague Final four 2007 and 2008.

Teletovic had 34 appearances for TAU in ACB regular season averaging 11.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 28 minutes per game. For 25 games in Euroleague Teletovic had 10.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

The game number 3 of the Spanish final will be played tomorrow in Vitoria.


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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

East Overpowers Guns, 87-83, in OT -by David Edole
By Dean Greenaway
Jun 2, 2008, 09:48

TORTOLA -- Newcomer Devon 'Judah' Watty picked up a loose ball just outside the key and jammed it home after the Guns' Calvert White tripped with eight seconds left to seal defending champion East's 87-83, overtime victory early Sunday morning at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town. On the play before, David 'Bolo' Lettsome gave the East a two point edge.

The East erased an 11 point half time deficit by outscoring the Guns with a 27-15 run, during a 17 minute and 18 seconds period in the third and fourth quarters, to take a 60-59 lead with 7:18 left. With five lead changes and the East holding a 74-72, edge with 6.0 seconds left, White got a feed off an inbounds pass, dribbled under the basket, cutting through the East's defense to score and sent the game into overtime tied at 74-74.

'They wanted us for a long time and Andrew (Fahie) did some good shopping, trust me,' East's coach Verne 'Bego' Turnbull said. 'They caught us off guard and we were down by 11, but I told the guys to cut down on the turnovers and push it. We knew how well they could shoot, and we tried to keep the ball in the middle, where they couldn't get in that position.'

'This is a tough loss for the Guns,' said coach Greg Romney of the team that has a new nucleus. 'We had an 11 point lead and expected them to make a run, which they did. We in turn was to make our run and it didn't happen. We felt that we weren't getting the calls that we needed to switch the ballgame in our favor. We had the chance in overtime, but some careless plays on our behalf gave the East the victory. But, we'll be back again.'

Halstead Chiverton led the East with a game high 26 points. Lettsome followed up by scoring 19 of his 25 points in the second half, including six of the 13 in overtime. Jahmal 'Trigga' Rabsatt tossed in 13 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals.

Houston Penn had 22 points and 11 rebounds, with White and Steve Parillon adding 15 each for the Guns.

Ray Victor and Kennedy Bass had 19 points respectively and Jason Edwin tossed in 18, to lift Young Legs past the Latinos, 101-83. Sandy Nadal had a game high 29 points to lead the Latinos.

Ghetto Mix overwhelmed Peace Makers, 99-37, behind Sean Woods' 24 points. Travis Issac added another 15. Clyde Potter was Peace Makers only scorer in double digits with 12.

And One used Ryan Mills' 34 point, 12 rebound double double, to topple the Saints, 90-67. Rowan Victor followed up with 25. Deshaun John led the Saints with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Cedric King had 25 points in leading Da Boys past Against Da Odds, 96-72. Glenroy Charles had 18 points and pulled 18 boards for Against Da Odds.

Basics got the winning basket as time ran out to stun Another Level, 75-73. Jamal Serrant led Basics' scores with 20 points and pulled 13 off the glass. Tarik Wilson and Kyle Abraham followed up with 20 and 18 points each. Kishaun Walker had 13 points to lead Another Level. Jamel Joseph tossed in another 11 to the tally.


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CAMEROON

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: His quest for the NBA -by Richard

By: Cyril Empig

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Yaounde, Cameroon native and an incoming senior at UCLA, is currently in Orlando, Florida, USA, at an NBA pre-draft camp, trying to showcase his skills in front of NBA coaches and scouts. Ideally, he would impress the 'powers-that-be' enough that he would hear that an NBA team will choose him during the upcoming NBA draft in this summer. Luc had expressed his thought that if he has the sense that he is guaranteed 'at the very least' being drafted in the second round, he will not return to UCLA and will go forward into the NBA. The first round of the NBA Draft will comprise of thirty players selected, these players will command top salary money; second round players will command less salary money. Luc says he is not interested in playing anywhere else but the NBA. If he does not make it into the NBA, he will return to UCLA.

This Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando is primarily being attended by players who are still unsure of their standings in the draft, whether they would like to move up in position in the draft or simply to be drafted. Players that already have a sense of where they would be drafted (and if it is a high enough position) have opted to skip the camp. Luc's fellow UCLA Bruins Kevin Love (center) and Russell Westbrook (combo guard) are both perceived to be first round draftees, and so they have chosen to skip camp, although they might be there to watch.

Luc is a 6'8' 240 pound power forward, but this is 'smallish' for the NBA. And so, he will be asked to shoot more from the perimeter. Hence, to entice NBA coaches and scouts, Luc needs to be hitting those perimeter shots from the outside, with confidence, accuracy, and hopefully wide range (from the 15-footer to the 3-point shot). His inconsistency on his jump shots was in plain view during the last game of last year, the tournament loss to the Memphis Tigers. In that game, the Tigers opted to double-team Kevin Love and dared Luc to make the perimeter shot. Unfortunately for UCLA, Luc could not deliver.

The initial buzz from the Pre-Draft Camp is that Luc is a monster on defense, he is gifted with length and jumping ability, but this is not enough to stand out here since almost everyone here is lengthy and can jump. Luc needs to impress people with his shot, so he has some work to do here. Especially with his smallish size, he will be required to hit his jump shots. This makes being able to make the jump shots that more important for Luc.
Luc has plans to play for Cameroon in the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens, Greece on July 14-20, but this hinges on whether or not he gets drafted by an NBA team. If he gets drafted, he would probably leave it to the NBA team who has drafted him to decide whether he could play in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Cameroon is joined by Puerto Rico and Croatia in Group D in the 12-team tournament, all of whom are vying for the remaining three slots in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Also in the tournament are Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand and Slovenia.

Meantime, Luc's fellow Yaounde native and UCLA Bruin teammate Alfred Aboya is close to graduating from UCLA and might not return to UCLA basketball team for his senior year. He plans to go to graduate school. And so, if this takes him away from UCLA, he might forego his senior season with the team. But if he decides to attend graduate school at UCLA, then he might return and play his last year with the team.
Good luck to Luc and Alfred!



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CANADA

Juan Mendez wins IPL Bosman Player of the Year -by Simon Yau

ISRAEL - Canadian Senior Men's National Team forward and all-time leading Canadian scorer in the NCAA Juan Mendez (202-F-81, college: Niagara) has received the Bosman Player of the Year award for his performance in the Israeli Premier League (IPL) this season.

Mendez averaged 26.3 minutes per game while starting for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion this past season, leading his team in scoring with 16.7 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds, shooting .604% from the floor and a solid .337% from three point range.

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion finished seventh in the 10 team IPL this year with a 9-18 record.

The 6'8' native of Montreal will attempt to help Canada reach the Olympics for the first time in nearly a decade this summer, and will be part of the roster when Team Canada opens its training camp June 20 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.


For more, visit: www.basketball.ca



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COSTA RICA

Barva keeps the top -by Gianni Pascucci
The last round of National League - Copa BCR did not supply any surprise: Liceo de Costa Rica took two wins, one 90-80 over Universidad de Costa Rica, another one 81-49 over Escazu. Limon defeated Goicoechea 72-37 and Universidad de Costa Rica prevailed over Perez Zeledon 88-60. Ferreteria Brenes Barva answered to the two wins of Liceo defeating San Luis Gonzaga 93-60, and thanks to this win stays alone at the top of the league table. The round best performers were Alejandro Grijalba (187-F-82), who scored 24 pts in losing effort for Santa Cecilia, Minor Arias (193-F/C), who scored he too 24 pts for Universidad de Costa Ricam, and Lamar Rice (201-F-82, college: Georgetown, KY), who made an impressive debut in Liceo, scoring he too 24 points

Standings - D1
NL Standings
 1. Barva 15-1 
 2. Liceo 13-3 
 3. Santa Cecilia 12-4 
 4. Limon 12-5 
 5. Escazu 9-8 
 6. UCR 7-10 
 7. San Luis Gonzaga 7-10 
 8. Perez Zeledon 4-12 
 9. Santa Ana 1-14 
 10. Goicoechea 1-14 


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CROATIA

Drazen Anzulovic captures championship title in Belgium -by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Charleroi, Drazen Anzulovic, became the champion of Belgium. After fantastic finish Charleroi celebrated the first championship title since 2004 smashing Bree 3-0 in the play-off final. Two of these three wins came from the road. It is also the first time since 2003 that the name of the new Belgian champion is known after just 3 games in the final.

Both teams finished regular season with same score 27-9 but Bree was better in two games vs Charleroi. New champion demonstrated wonderful performance in the final series showing much better physical shape than its opponent.

Coach Drazen Anzulovic has fantastic 3 years behind him. He won Croatian championship twice and was named to be the coach of the year in Croatia. He participated at the All-star game of Adriatic league where Cibona reached semifinals. Later he moved to Ural Great Perm, who at the end had very good season entering into semifinals of play-off but without Anzulovic on the bench. In February 2008 he finally joined Charleroi.

Charleroi beat Bree on the road in the first game 75-71. They had much easier job at their home court celebrating 88-70. The decisive game Charleroi once again won as a visitor 61-59 and it was the most interesting game in the finals series.

Assistant coach of Bree, Pero Vucica, has to be satisfied with entering to the play-off final. Euphony Bree had its brightest moments on season 04/05 when the team won Belgian championship and reached ULEB Cup 1/8 finals.


Zadar takes 2-1 lead in the final -by Eurobasket News
Zadar outplayed Split at its home court Jazine 100-80 taking 2-1 lead in the play-off final. With this victory Zadar made big step forward to second Croatian championship title in club's history.

Split made an early 3-8 lead after two minutes but thanks to Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) Zadar tied the score quickly. During the last couple of minutes of the first quarter Zadar intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes by Split. After three successful shots from behind the arc by Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH), Zadar took double digits lead for the first time, 29-19. Nobody could know it at that time but it was unreachable lead for Split until the end. Very soon Zadar extended advantage to 40-23. New problem showed up for Split as broad-shouldered center Andrija Stipanovic committed 4th personal foul in 13th minute. At the last 5 minutes of the first half Split came closer on 56-47 but Zadar immediately set margin to 60-47. Later, Split decreased minus to 10 but, as it was in the second period, Zadar took back bigger lead without extra effort. Zadar's biggest advantage during the game was plus 21 three minutes before the end. Andrej Stimac made a dunk for the final score 100-80.

Corey Brewer was the top scorer of the game with 25 points. He needed one more assist for double-double. Juby Johnson netted 17 points for Zadar while Igor Sumic (186-G-82, agency: Court Side) had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in Split. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) finished the game with 15 points.

Fourth game is scheduled for June 4 in Split. It will be the first opportunity for Zadar to become the champion of Croatia for the second time in club's history.


Zadar - Split CO 100-80
(31-21,29-26,13-12,27-21)

Zadar:
Brewer 25 (9 as), Johnson 17, Stimac 14 (4 rebs), Gecevski 13 (9 rebs, 4 as)
Split: Sumic 15 (6 rebs, 4 as), Garnett 15, Ivanov 14 (7 rebs)


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FRANCE

Pro A & B : Market News -by Aurelien Hipp

*Jacky Perigois is the new coach of the team of Quimper. The former assistant of Erman Kunter at Cholet will replace Francois Peronnet in the ProB team, while Jim Bilba (199-F-68) will assist Kunter in Cholet and start a new career in the coaching.

*Germain Castano will coach St-Quentin next season and replace Nino Asceric . Castano was released by Besancon in November '07, while Asceric led St-Quentin to a record this season.

*Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (196-F-86) leaves Evreux and signs a contract for Dijon. In addition, Dijon added 2 youngsters in the professionnal roster (Souleyman Diabate (182-G-87) and Benjamin Monclar (190-G-88)).


*Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron) and Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova) both leave Vichy.


*Stephane Risacher (203-F-72) signs 2 seasons for Chalon. This is a big signature for the French ProA, since a former star of the league (13.9ppg with Pau in 1999/2000 before leaving to Greece) is now back. Risacher was posting 7.9ppg 1.9rpg in the ACB league last season with Murcia. Risacher will be the main part of Chalon's new project, rebuilding a team around Risacher and some french players staying with the team.





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FYR MACEDONIA

Defending champion Strumica 2005 is still alive -by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Strumica 2005 outsmarted Feni Industrija in thriller finish 75-74 coming on 2-3 in the final series. Battle for the title will continue tonight in Kavadarci where Feni Industrija will have a chance to finish the season with two crowns.

Saturday's game was really tough and interesting until the very end. Basketball fans in Strumica had an opportunity to enjoy watching two best FYR Macedonian teams fighting for the title. The hosts played much better first half closing it 42-27. But Feni woke up in third quarter showing why the team from Kavadarci is National Cup winner and champion of regular season. They finished third stanza with fantastic 10-29 entering the crucial period with plus 4. Feni had lead almost until the end but the defending champion did not give up. They came on 73-74 at the last minute. Six seconds before the end Serbian Damir Latovic (204-C-80) netted two free throws for his team setting the score on 75-74. Feni couldn't succeed to score at their last possession which means that the final series will continue in Kavadarci.
Clutch player of the game was Damir Latovic, who netted 17 points in total. Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) had one more point than him while Miljan Pupovic (210-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) stopped on 13 points. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) had fantastic night for Feni pouring in 33 points. Feni also got 17 points from Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza).

Feni Indistrija has another chance tonight to capture the championship title. They missed it on Saturday but according to Feni's players they will try to finish this season tonight at the front of their fans in Kavadarci.


Strumica 2005 - Feni Industrija 75-74 (2-3)

Strumica:
Eftim Bogoev 18, Latovic 17, Pupovic 13, Bosnjak 12
Feni: Donald Cole 33, Zlatko Gocevski 17, Prekovic 8



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GEORGIA

Georgian U16 National Team Roster 2008 -by Levan Mikeladze

Davit Gurabanidze (175-G-92)

Nodar Teneishvili (195-G-92)

Merab Boqolishvili (194-F-92) (C)

Levan Eliadze (196-F-92)

Giga Mekhrishvili (195-F-92)

Shalva Kakauridze (188-G-92)

Nodar Sharabidze (199-F-92)

Giorgi Tetelashvili (185-G-92)

Irakli Cherqezishvili (175-G-92)

Duda Sanadze (195-G-92)

Nikoloz Magradze (196-F-92)

Sergi Meladze (194-F-92)

Goga Javakhishvili (199-F-92)

Irakli Alkhanaidze (199-F-92)

Head coach: Gela Tsuladze



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GERMANY

Paderborn inks Steven Wright, John Bynum leaves -by Manuel Schust
Paderborn signed the first new player for the upcoming season: 24-year-old american Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) will join the Baskets next season.
Wright, a Combo-Guard who played NCAA for Bowling Green State University (Div. I) and Northern Kentucky University (Div. II), spent his first year overseas with BBL club New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.
He finished last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.3 assists for the Phantoms.

The signing of Wright means that Paderborn parts ways with John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Metro St.).
Bynum, who joined Paderborn in February 2008, played most of the last season in Heidelberg (ProA), where he averaged 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.6apg and 2.3spg.
For Paderborn he played 13 games, producing 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.


Coach Mike Smith to Luxembourg -by Moritz Korff
Mike Smith, the Assistant Coach of TBB Trier, will leave the team, as Trier announced some weeks ago. Now the 42-year-old American has agreed to terms with Black Star Mersch of the DBBL in Luxembourg, according to the Trier website. He is going to replace the German Matthias Fischer there. Before Smith joined the Trier coaching-squad he worked for BV Chemnitz 99 in the 2. Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, TBB Trier is the only club left to apply for the wildcard which the 1. Bundesliga will hand out to one team for the 2008-2009 season, because the Cuxhaven BasCats decided not to move up to the first league, though they qualified by finishing this past season in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in second place. The procedure will take place on June 10. The three other candidates - Mitteldeutscher BC, Bremen Roosters and Kaiserslautern Braves - withdrew their applications recently.


Fleming new head coach in Bamberg! -by Manuel Schust
Just a couple of days after Dirk Bauermann's departure, Brose Baskets Bamberg introduced their new coach today. Former Artland Dragons head coach Chris Fleming will take over and signed a 3-year contract with the Franconians. General-manager Wolfgang Heyder said, that Fleming was their desired candidate. The goals for the upcoming season are playing Uleb Cup and be title conteder, Fleming said, whose assistant coach Arne Woltmann follows him to Bamberg.

After 15 years with Quakenbruck, Fleming is looking forward to a new challenge. The american joined Quakenbruck as a player in 1993 and then became head-coach in 2000. After 3 years in in germany's 2nd division, Fleming's team promoted to BBL. In the first year in Germany's first division, the team just missed the play-offs. But from the second year on, Quakenbruck, now named Artland Dragons, made it to the post-season in every year.
Especially the last two years were extraordinary successful for Artland. The team became a giant killer in 2007, eliminating first seeded Alba Berlin and reigning champion Cologne from the play-offs. But the injury of starting PG Filiberto Rivera was too much for the Dragons to bear and they lost the finals against Bamberg 1-3. They also were finalist in the german cup this year, losing to Cologne.
Last season the Artland Dragons finally won their first ever title, beating Ludwigsburg 74:60 to become BBL cup winner. Also in Uleb Cup Quakenbruck did a good job reaching the elimination round as the only german team. Heading into the play-offs the Dragons looked for most of the fans and experts as title-contender number 1. But they lost their first round series against Bonn surprisingly 1-3.


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GREECE

Names of the participants in the first season of Balkan League postponed for Wednesday -by George Manousidis
The names of the teams that will make it to the first season of Balkan league will be announced Wednesday. As we know the league will be formed from teams from 5 countries in the Balkan region - Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and Romania. The deadline dor applications was at the end of last month while the draw for the first competition will take place this coming Saturday in Sofia.

One of the reasons for postponement of the final decision of for Wednesday is because Board of the Balkan League wants to wait for outcome of the sixth game from the playoffs in FYR of Macedonia between Feni Indusrija and Strumica 2005.

The Sports Director of Balkan League Shay Shtriks attended the fifth game from the final playoff series in which Strumica 2005 won by the score of 75-74 and cut the lead to 3-2. The desire of Mr. Shtriks was to receive more information from the situation during the next game in Kavadarci. He was little anxious regarding behaviour of the fans in game number 5 last week.


Lazaros Papadopoulos announced his departure from the Greek National Team -by Simon Varvakis


Interview with Vladimiros Jankovic -by Chris Mammides

Eurobsket.com, succeeded an interview through the net with the young talented basketball player Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), the member of the Hellenic NT and Panionios was more than willing to talk to us and give us his oppinion and thoughts about Basketball in Greece, Panionios and Play-offs now for the Euroleague games between his team and Maroussi which turned out to be the best games during the last decade between two, more or less equall teams. Here is out little chat with Jankovic.

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Eurobasket.com: Hi Vladimiros
Jankovic: Hi
Eurobasket.com: We will be needing a sttement from you in regards to the coming fifth game against Marousi, this Wednesday
Jankovic: What do you want exactly.
Eurobasket: What do you believe for this last game, what are the odds that you give to Panionios and what are the odds to give to Maroussi?
Jankovic: Look, i believe that my team succeeded to balance the series at this stage (from 0-2 to 2-2) and is very capable to do the total recall on Wednesday, our psychology is really high and together with our fans we will try to do a historical recall as we will be just the second team in the Greek history of Basket to do such a recall in the play offs (from 0-2 to 3-2) The odds that m giving are 75% for Panionios and 25% for Marousi as we are better team and we do play in our court.
Eurobasket: Do you have a new tactic or something new to prsent in the court in order to stop Marousi's players?
Jankovic: The question should have been wether they have something new to present as it is obvious that they got tired and it obviously shows in the court from game to game. We will simply play our game.
Eurobasket:We have seen the top performer of Marousi the last three months, Miljsavlievic to be really unsteable the lst two games, did Mr. Markovic arrange soem kind of a special deffencive strategy against the charismatic scorer?
Jankovic: We simply overplayed him and our coach told us not to let him get the ball so often as all the big scorers in the league.
Eurobsket: Something to end this short interview, what do you beleive for Marousi, it was one of the temas which initially was among the favorites for relegation and all of a sudden in the second part of the league and in the play-offs it got magic!! What do you feel about this team?
Jankovic: Well, the difference is simply the new coach and the 2 players signed as both of them matched exactly witht heprofile of the team, plus ofcource Kaimakoglou's very good performance in the play-offs.
Eurobasket: Thanks a lot for you time
Jankovic: You are more than welcome.



Olympiakos equalised the series (2-2) -by Kostas Papadopoulos

And now the time for the big final has come!!! Olympiakos won last night its big rival, Panathinaikos, 59-57 at Peace and Frinedhip stadium, equalised the series at 2-2 and everything will be clarified on Wednesday's night at OAKA's hall where the champion for this season will be found.
It was a precious win for the Reds, at a no-tomorrow game, which, though didn't start under the best conditions, since the atmosphere at the hall remind us rather of a war than a basketball game: a lot of small pieces were thrown at the beginning of the game, so as to let the referrees take a decision to stop the game for more than 50 minutes. In fact they thought of let the game restart only after an evacuation of the hall, but after a lot of time and a lot of pressure from both teams, especially from Olympiakos, they decided to let the teams contimue their game, having played 2:30 minutes.

At the rest of the first half, the Reds seemed most concentrated on their game and with a lot of help from Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) managed to take a lead of 11 points by the end (38-27). Panathinaikos, at the same time, was scoring mainly from the 3-point line (most of its attempts were from this line), with Spanoulis and Diamantidis scoring the most points.

At the second half, Olympiakos didn't lost the lead at any time, until 1:47 before the end, but the difference was constantly reduced (6 points at the end of the third period), with Panathinaikos keeping on shooting 3-points shots. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) helped a lot at that moment of the game, but Diamantidis was the player who with a dunk and a successful 3-point shot gave Panathinaikos the lead (55-57). However, then only the Reds scored (with 4 free throws, in fact, made by Giorgos Printezis, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Greer) and the stop made by Ioannis Bourousis on Batiste at the last minute of the game was proved crucial for the winner. Diamantidis didn't succeed in his final 3-point shot at the buzzer and the two opponents renewed their rendez-vous for Wednesday.

We all hope that the best team will win, with no incidents happen inside or, especially, outside the basketball field.

Top scorers for the two teams were:

Olympiakos: Giorgos Printezis 21 points and 2 rebounds at 27 minutes, Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) 8 points, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 4 points, Ioannis Bourousis 6 points and 13 rebounds, .

Panathinaikos: Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) 17 points and 2 assists, Dimitris Diamantidis 14 points (3/13 3p.), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13 points



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GUATEMALA

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


Elite Sport reaches the top -by Gianni Pascucci
Elite Sport-Pollo Rey destroyed Zencas 120-56 ( 33-13, 58-25, 97-41) in the last round of Liga Metro 2008 - Apertura at the Gimnasio Nacional Teodoro Palacios Flores, improving its record to 7-1 and reaching the top of the table. Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) was the game top performer with 46 points, and Jose Luis Burbano (186-G/F-85) added 23 points to help him, while Edgar Franco was the best in Zencas with 14 points.

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HOLLAND

Sam Jones received Dutch Citizenship -by Fred Roggen
Pointguard Sam Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood) who plays now in Spain at Caceres but played in the past, five years for Den Bosch, has received his Dutch Citizenship on May 13, 2008. Sam Jones is married with a Dutch woman with whom he has a daughter.
Jones will be available for the Dutch National team and also will be able to play as a European Union player throughout Europe. Gadi Kedar the new headcoach of the Dutch National team, can select Sam Jones for the coming qualification round of the Dutch National team.


Dutch U-20 NT pointguard to Matrixx Magixx -by Fred Roggen
Matrixx Magixx has attracted Dutch U-20 NT player Elias Bish (186-G-88). The 19-year old pointguard signed for three years in Nijmegen. He will join the team after the EC for U20 teams.
Bish started at Donar in Groningen, went in 2004 to Landstede in Zwolle and played as from 2007 for Ostende in Belgium. We are very glad with attracting Elias at our selection of 12 players. 'He is a good pointguard, with correct individuality', thus Raul van Loon.


Mladenovic remains and Will Whittington signing with the Capitals -by Fred Roggen
Stefan Mladenovic (188-G-90) has extended his contract with Hanzevast Capitals with one year. The pointguard who made his debut last season in the Dutch Eredivisie,
shall be part of the first team the coming season but will also play for Hanzevast's U-20 team.

The 23-year old Will Whittington (191-G/F, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) has signed a contract for one year. Whittington played for Marist college last season, the former school of Dutch most famous basketballplayer Rik Smits.


FEB Finals: MyGuide Amsterdam Wins Dutch FEB Titile! -by Sanders Jackson


Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam in a classic game #7 between MyGuide Amsterdam and Eiffel Towers, MyGuide overcame a difficult start, once again being provided a spark by an old reliable, with the FEB title changing hands and MyGuide detroning Eiffel Towers by the score of 83-74. It appeared after the first eight minutes of the game that Eiffel would retain its FEB title and make it a three-peat, with Eiffel taking a commanding 23-8 lead. At that point MyGuide appeared tight and stagnant on offense, shooting the ball poorly. Eiffel did a good job putting double team pressure on FEB MVP
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and forced him into making mistakes.


In the 2nd quarter Eiffel kept MyGuide on the ropes with aggressive play from Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.), who took the ball strong to the rim and established also a midrange game (16 1st half pts.) and sharpshooter Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) also were active, helping stake Eiffel to a 40-32 halftime lead.


In the 3rd quarter, however the old relaible for MyGuide, Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) began to make his move, like in the previous game, hitting a clutch buzzer beating three-pointer at the end of the 3rd quarter, tying things up at 55-55.


In the beginning 4th quarter MyGuide got good results in their first few possessions, first from their X-factors such as Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) scoring a runner, Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) taking advantage of a mismatch and scoring on a turnaround jumper in the post, and reserve guard Sheiku Kabba (188-G-79, college: Providence) hitting a clutch three-pointer. The game would remain neck-and-neck throughout the first six minutes in the 4th quarter. However, things would take a dramatic turn for the best for MyGuide (and worse for Eiffel), with nearly 3:00 remaining, Gipson would come up with a three-point dagger to make it 72-68 for MyGuide, and followed immediately on an Eiffel miss with a big rebound. From then on MyGuide had the psychological edge on the game. The core players for Eiffel in the 1st half (Owens, Tucker, Young) were shut down by the MyGuide defense, with Eiffel failing to make the extra pass that helped them get the early 1st half lead. MyGuide defended Akerboom well, giving him little space to catch and shoot. At 1:21 remaining, Gipson would make another three-point dagger to seal the deal for MyGuide, and two free throws afterwards to give MyGuide a 79-74 lead. MyGuide made great stops afterwards, wrapping up its sixth Dutch title and first since 2005. Gipson led all scorers with 27 pts., Owens and Tucker led Eiffel with 17 pts. each and Akerboom added 16.


Congratulations to MyGuide Amsterdam, and to the players and coaching staff for the classy play they demonstrated for the entire season.



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IBL

Top Players at USBA/IBL Exposure Camp -by Carl Berman

Over 100 players participated at the USBA/IBL international exposure camp in Blue River, OR from May 27th-29th. The level of play was very good and was viewed from scouts from teams in South America, Japan, China and South Korea as well as many agents and IBL representatives. Only 25% of the players cam from NCAA Division 1 schools which indicates how talented players slip through the recruiting cracks for a variety of reasons. While we are naming the top players in this article, many other players not mentioned have the ability to play overseas productively. The following players impressed us the most:

Point Guards: God Shammgod (6'1''-G-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) was the most complete point guard at the camp. An NBA and overseas veteran Shammgod knows how to run a team and can use his strong body to score in the post. Kevin Tyner (6'0''-G-83, college: W.Oregon), currently playing for Vancouver in the IBL, was the most consistent point. Tyner is just a solid point guard was solid skills in all areas. He has had prior experience in Germany. Josh Jackson (6'2''-G, college: Warner Pacific), another Vancouver player, recently graduated from Warner Pacific College was the surprise of the camp. He can play both guard spots, is very quick and has an excellent shot.

Shooting Guards/Small Forwards: Tyler Amaya (6'6''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington), currently playing for the Bellingham IBL team, impressed us the most. Amaya has a complete game and is very athletic. He can soar for dunks and has a good range on his outside shot. Sheldon Bailey (6'6''-F-83, college: Florida Intern.), a 6-6 athlete with experience in China, can take anyone off the dribble, is a great rebounder and is extremely quick. Kenny Langhorne (6'5''-F/G-83, college: S.Arkansas), who is playing for Grand Rapids in the IBL, is a strong 6-5 who can score underneath as well as from long range. He recently scored 49 points in an IBL game. Kenny Tate, a 6-4 IBL veteran with experience in Saudi Arabia, can play the 1, 2 or 3, can run a team and score from anywhere. Reggie Smith, a 6-5 athlete from Northeastern State, can run and jump with anyone and has good range on his shot. Bobby Nash (6'6''-G/F-84), a 6-6 recent graduate of Hawaii, has good skills in all areas and is a total team player, always looking for the best opportunity for his team.


Power Forwards/Centers: 6-10 Dean Browne (6'9''-C-80, college: Nevada) (6'9''-C-80, college: Nevada) was the most impressive player at the camp. Browne, from Nevada with experience in Japan, has unusual ballhandling skills for someone his size. He can take his man off the dribble and go in for thunderous dunks and has good rebounding and shotblocking ability with a good medium range shot. He has the ability to play at the top levels overseas. Nate Gerwig (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Kent St.), from Kent State and the D-League is a strong 6-9, an excellent rebounder with a good three point shot. Brad Stricker (6'11''-C/F-77, college: Georgia St.), another D-Leaguer, is a very strong 6-11 who is solid in the blocks and is an excellent rebounder.


Other players who impressed us included: shooters James Life from UMass and Larry Smith from the Portland IBL team, point guard Matt Martin from Montana, wings Shane Thorson from the Grand Rapids IBL team and Jalonta Martin fom the Central Oregon IBL team, combo guard Marc Williams from the Porttland IBL team and Porter Troupe from the Vancouver IBL team. An interesting prospect is Brad Favin a 7-2 center with improving skills.



Standings
IBL Standings
East
 1. Elkhart E. 13-1 
 2. Holland B. 9-7 
 3. Windy City S. 8-11 
 4. Battle Creek K. 7-7 
Midwest
 1. Gary S. 14-4 
 2. G.Rapids F. 6-10 
 3. Elgin R. 5-7 
 4. USA All-Stars 1-19 
Southwest
 1. Las Vegas 9-7 
 2. Portland C. 9-13 
 3. C.Oregon H. 7-13 
 4. Los Angeles 5-7 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 1-7 
West
 1. Vancouver V. 14-4 
 2. Bellingham S. 13-2 
 3. Snohomish C. 10-8 
 4. Edmonton C. 8-2 
 5. Tacoma J. 6-10 


Stats Leaders
IBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lucas Portland 39.2
2. Springs Holland 29.8
3. Dunn C. Oregon 26.9
4. Moodie Elkhart 26.3
5.Diggs Bellingham 26.2
6. Watkins Elgin 24.5
7. Rhinehart W.City 24.7
8.Langhorne G.Rapids 24.1
9. Murray L.A. 24.0
10.Horton C. Oregon 23.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.Murray L.A. 11.6
2.Charles Elkhart 11.2
3.Shaw G.Rapids 11.0
4.Horton C. Oregon 10.7
5.Gayden Elgin 10.4
Assists Per Game
1.Hall Las Vegas 9.4
2.Bradford W.City 8.7
3.Springs Holland 7.9
4.Kyle B.Creek 7.2
5.Tyner Vancouver 6.8
5.Parran Gary 6.6
5.Tyner Vancouver 6.6


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IRELAND

Traditional Lithuanian tournament will be held in Ireland -by Eurobasket News
Basketball Ireland are delighted to announce that the sixth Lithuanian Basketball Tournament of Europe will be held in the National Basketball Arena.

This year's tournament is being jointly organized by Lithuanian Association in Ireland, Lithuanian Embassy in Ireland and Basketball Ireland.

The tournament will take place on June 7th in the National Basketball Arena. There will be ten Lithuanian teams from various European countries taking part in it.

This year's event is novel in the sense that it will mark the 90th anniversary of the restoration of the Lithuanian State.

The first tournament was held in Munster, Germany in 2001. It is a major annual event aimed at Lithuanian nationals, also has become a nice tradition uniting Lithuanians from farthest corners of Europe.
Courtesy of www.basketballireland.ie


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ISRAEL

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Nikola Vujcic parts ways -by Eurobasket News
Croatian center Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) won't wear yellow-blue jersey any more. Management of Maccabi Tel Aviv decided to part ways with one of their best players ever.

At the club's official statement the team said that Vujcic was maybe the best player and the best person which ever played for Israeli giant. The team also thanked him for his services over the past couple of years. According to some rumors the main reason for Maccabi's decision is Vujcic's salary. Namely, he makes 1.6 million dollars per season what is unreasonable price for Maccabi at this moment.

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost three finals the season. Euroleague final for sure is success for Maccabi but on the other hand defeat in the final of Israeli Premier league and National Cup are very disappointing for their fans. It was expected that Maccabi will make bigger changes for the next season so the first official 'victim' is Vujcic.

Vujcic started basketball career in Split where he played more than 6 years. Later he spent one season in Adecco Asvel as a loaned player after what Maccabi returned him to Tel Aviv. Vujcic had fantastic season in Asvel winning French Pro A after 21 years what was a signal for people from Maccabi. Vujcic proved that the team made right decision when they signed him as he was one of the most important players on seasons 03/04 and 04/05 when Maccabi totally dominated in Euroleague. Interesting is that Vujcic is the first player who succeeded to make triple double in the best European club competition.

It is not known yet what will be Vujcic's next destination but it is not a secret that AXA Barcelona showed interest for his service.


Effi expected to be the new head coach of Maccabi -by Yarone Arbel
After the shocking loss in the finals of the BSL, for the first time since 1993, Maccabi Tel Aviv is ready for a summer full of changes. The first change is expected to be on the lines where Zvi Sherf will clear the stage for his successor. The coach expected to take his place should be Effi Birenboim, one of the most veteran and respected coaches in Israel but a big enigma to most basketball fans outside the holy land.

Effi has coached in almost any club in Israel but Maccabi and in the past years was the biggest opposition to the eternal champs on and off the court. A few years back he spoke n a post-game press conference against the everlasting title streak of Maccabi and said things needed to be changed in order for Israeli basketball to survive. That speech was one of the initial moves that eventually led to the competition system change and the Final Four method to decide the champs.

In the past two years 'Effi', known by his first name, coached Bnei HaSharon. The club made it twice to the Final Four but lost in the semi-finals. This season Bnei was just one shot short of shocking Maccabi already in the semi's. Prior to that Bnei beat Maccabi in all three encounters during the regular season, and became the first Israeli team to do that in 40 years. In the 2006/07 season Bnei eliminated Maccabi in the semi's of the national cup to break a streak of Maccabi wins in the cup starting in 1998.

Effi has won the Israeli national cup once in the mid 1990's and reached the play off finals several times with Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Zvi Sherf could stay in Maccabi as the General Manager, a position he obtained already last year, before moving to the head coach job after Oded Kattash was fired.


Bnei lands Shawn James -by Yarone Arbel
Bnei HaSharon finished another great season, and this time advanced to the third palce, which could award them a spot in the ULEB Cup qualification games next season. The club, that holds Ousmane Cisse and Cookie Belcher under contract for next season, is already on the move in the market.

Shawn James (208-F/C-83, college: Northeastern), one of the top shot blockers in the NCAA, has signed with the club for the next two seasons. James played two years in Northeastern college before moving to Duquesne last season where he averaged 12.6ppg, 6.9rpg and no less than 4.0bpg.


Stats Leaders - Premier League
BSL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Burtt, I ASH 21.0
2 Arnold, H JER 16.8
3 Tolbert, I RG 16.7
4 Williams, B HASH 16.7
5 Hill, I NAH 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ebi, B HASH 8.5
2 Morris, Mac TA 8.2
3 Massie, I ASH 8.1
4 Campbell, H Holon 8.0
5 Kozikaro, I NAH 7.3
Assists Per Game
1 Jones, Gilboa/A. 5.7
2 Tapiro, B HASH 5.5
3 Hagag, H JER 4.7
4 Rot, H HOL 4.6
5 Bowers, H JER 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Ohayon, GALIL 2.0
2 Bowers, H JER 1.9
3 Nixon, Galil 1.8
4 Rot, H HOL 1.8
5 Shaashua, R LZ 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Wallace, I ASH 2.0
2 Morris, MAC TA 1.8
3 Cisse, B HASH 1.7
4 Bennet, I ASH 1.2
5 Ebi, B HASH 1.1
2FGP
1 Wells, H JER 78.9
2 Halperin, M TA 72.4
3 Campbell. H HOL 71.2
4 Brown, H HOL 71.1
5 Felix, H JER 70.8
3FGP
1 Shason, H JER 50.5
2 Sharp, Mac TA 49.4
3 Washam, H HOL 48.9
4 Johnson, I NAH 47.7
5 Hagag, H JER 46.7
Free Throws
1 Yatzkan, I ASH 96.0
2 Hagag, H JER 90.6
3 Itzkhaki , I RG 90.2
4 Sharp, Mac TA 90.0
5 Tolbert, I RG 88.9
Ranking
1 Arnold H JER 21.5
2 Burtt, I ASH 21.2
3 Morris, MAC TA 18.8
4 Campbell H HOL 18.3
5 Tolbert, I RG 18.1


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ITALY

Venezia promoted to Lega 2 -by Gianni Pascucci

One of the most historical Italian basketball teams, Reyer Umana Venezia, was the first team to claim the promotion to Lega 2. Yesterday, Venezia defeated on the road New Basket Brindisi 72-63 in Game 2 of the Serie B1 Finals. With 19 points, 4 rebs and 6 assists, former Italian international Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) was the man of the game, while Alberto Causin (198-G/F-76, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) 8 at the winning side. Roberto Feliciangeli (204-F-74) took the game top scoring honors with 20 in losing effort. Thanks to this win, Reyer Venezia becames also the Italian Amateur Champion team 2008, as it happened to Scavolini Spar Pesaro in 2006 and Power Dry Pistoia in 2007. Even losing yesterday, New Basket Brindisi stays in the race to Lega 2. According with the 'strange format' of the Serie B1 playoffs, New Basket Brindisi will now challenge the winner of the 'Tie-Breaker Final', Banca Nuova Trapani, that routed Intertransport Treviglio 107-70 led by Marco Caprari (195-G-76), who scored 33 points.



Lega2-Playoff Final Game 1 -by Gabriele Fioretti
Caserta won game-1 of the final after a quite start, the offense of the team coached by Fabrizio Frates explodes in a great game (64.3% from 2pt and 52.2% from the 3pt) and leaded by Diaz (21 pts) and other 4 players in double figure, defeating Jesi that had another great game by Maestranzi (25 with 7/9 by 3pt), Moss (22 with 9/11 by 2 pt) and Maggioli (17 scored) but zero scored by Hoover.
Now game-2 will be played on Tuesday June 3rd still at Caserta.
Pepsi Caserta-Fileni Jesi 95-81
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JORDAN

JBF approves their schedule for next season -by Mohammed Malas

The Jordanian Basketball Federation (JBF) agreed with the local clubs in Jordan about the agenda of the basketabll rules and competitions for next season in the meeting which was held the JBF's headquarters in Amman yesterday.

# The main decisions were:
1- Pre-Season Summer League (During August & September 2008), Dates will be decided later.
2- Jordan Cup (From 12th of December 2009 until the end of the year).
3- 2008/2009 Excellent League Season (Will begin in the 1st week of January until the end of March 2009).
4- Putting some restrictions on clubs in signning with free agents (Maximum 2 per team).
5- Excellent League clubs agreed on not having any imports next season to spend more money on signning with high-level coaches to build better teams for future, A suggestion to have one import only for each team may be discussed later.
6- Each team in Men' level can use only 2 players from the youngesters' teams.
7- The new age of releasing players (Who does'nt have a contract with his origin team) is 20 years.


Most of those decisions were decided to give the National Team the chance to prepare for Asian Championship 2009 adding to build a new system of local tournaments based on givinng the Jordanian player more chance to develop himself under better atmosphere and coaching with ability to enter the good enough imports to the system in the near future.



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LEBANON

Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Awards 2007-08 -by Richard
All-League 1st Team 2007-08



Ismail



Fahed



Kelly



Nolan



Tarver

Player of the Year - Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Guard of the Year - Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Forward of the Year - Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Center of the Year - Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Newcomer of the Year - Nadim Souaid of Antranik Beirut
Most Improved Player of the Year - Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Import Player of the Year - Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Domestic Player of the Year - Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Defensive Player of the Year - Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Coach of the Year - Toni Vujanic of Al Moutahed Tripoli

1st Team
Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Darren Kelly (190-G-78) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Derrick Tarver (192-G-80) of Blue Stars

2nd Team
Jarred Merrill (206-F-81) of Champville
Joe Vogel (211-C-73) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) of Blue Stars
Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Champville
B.J. Spencer (193-G-84) of Antranik Beirut

Honorable Mention
Ace Custis (202-F-74) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Nadim Souaid of Antranik Beirut
Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Hussein Tawbe (198-F-82) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Joe Mansour (191-F-77) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Jihad Murr (196-F-85) of Blue Stars
Aaron Haynes (202-F-81) of Sporting Feytroun
Kevin Jolley (197-F-82) of Champville
Kevin Johnson (202-F-79) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut

All-Domestic Players Team
Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) of Blue Stars
Joe Vogel (211-C-73) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Hussein Tawbe (198-F-82) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut

All-Imports Team
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Darren Kelly (190-G-78) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Derrick Tarver (192-G-80) of Blue Stars
Jarred Merrill (206-F-81) of Champville

All-Defensive Team
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Joe Mansour (191-F-77) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut
Rodrigue Akl (185-G-88) of Blue Stars
Kevin Johnson (202-F-79) of Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut


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MEXICO

Salcedo joins Leopardos -by Gianni Pascucci
Liga del Sureste team Leopardos de Merida announced the signing of domestic forward Jorge Salcedo (194-F-85), last at CIBACOPA team Marineros. Asked about this new addtion, coach Giovanni Rivera stated: 'I think Jorge can bring us his energy and rebounding and will be a very good complement to what we are tryin' to achieve in this club. His skills perfectly fit on what we have right now and no doubt that with this signing and room to get another mexican we are more than sure we will be in LBS finals'.

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 10-5 
 2. Leopardos 9-5 
 3. Peppers 8-6 
 4. Marineros 7-6 
 5. Aluxes 0-13 


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NBA

Stats Leaders
NBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 LeBron,CLE 30.0
2 Kobe,LAL 28.3
3Iverson,DEN 26.4
4 Carmelo,DEN 25.7
5 Stoudemire,PHX 25.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dwight,ORL 14.2
2 Camby,DEN 13.1
3 Kaman,LAC 12.7
4 Chandler,NOH 11.7
5 Duncan,SAS 11.3
Assists Per Game
1 Paul,NOH 11.6
2 Nash,PHX 11.1
3 D.Williams,UTA 10.5
4 Kidd,DAL-NJN 10.1
5 Tinsley,IND 8.4
Steals Per Game
1 Paul,NOH 2.7
2 Artest,SAC 2.3
3 B. Davis,GSW 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Camby,DEN 3.6
2 J. Smith ,ATL 2.8
3 Kaman, LAC 2.8
2FGP
1 Samb,DET 75.0
2 Baston,TOR 68.0
3 B.Outlaw,ORL 66.7
3FGP
1 J.Graham,TOR 66.7
2 Skinner,PHX 66.7
3 Allen,DAL-NJN 50.0
Free Throws
1 Ahearn,MIA 96.8
2 Barry,SAS 95.0
3 Stojakovic,NOH 92.9


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NCAA1

Team C-USA falls to Chinese NT 91-68 on Sunday -by Eurobasket News
Memphis' Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Iowa St.) led Team Conference USA with 12 points, but it was not enough as the Chinese National Team posted a 91-68 victory in the final game of the exhibition tour before a crowd of over 3,500 on Sunday.

'Team China got better and better throughout the three games, and I hope we helped them in their preparations for the Olympics,' said Team C-USA head coach John Calipari. 'I think my team played well overall, but tonight fatigue set in a bit and that's understandable when kids are away from home this length of time.

'I'd like to thank the CBA and the people of China who have overwhelmed us with their kindness and openness. I hope everyone knows that our hearts and prayers go out to all the earthquake victims and their families, and I hope that we were able to bring a little enjoyment into their lives and offer a temporary diversion. We are thinking of all of those affected and hope that better days lie ahead for everyone. This was a goodwill trip for all of us.'

Team China held a narrow lead in the opening quarter at 17-12 with 1:21 left. However, the home squad broke the game open midway through the second quarter, and held a 41-25 lead. From that point, Team China never looked back, as Team C-USA would only get as close as 14 points the rest of the way.

At halftime of the game, University of Memphis Chinese intern coach Cui Wanjun was presented his 2008 NCAA Final Four ring. Wanjun, who was on the Tigers' staff throughout the 2007-08 campaign, commented that it was 'a most precious gift' upon receiving the ring.

Former Team China coach and NBA veteran coach Del Harris was at the game and sat closest to the China bench, wearing a Team China golf shirt. He and Calipari are scheduled to conduct clinics in China for the next few days.
Courtesy on www.ncaa.com


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NEW ZEALAND

The Bay Hawks drop Auckland to the sixth spot -by Eurobasket News
Bay Hawks - Auckland 99:95

The Hawkes Bay Hawks continued to fight for home-court advantage in the opening round of playoffs. Today they edged the Auckland Stars at the Pettigrew Green Arena to remain hopeful. Kevin Smith (198-F-79, college: Lee) poured in 26 points to lead the hosts. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) was helpful with 24 points as the Bay Hawks held off the Stars 99:95. Auckland booked their postseason birth in the previous round but had a chance to leave the Bay Hawks behind in the ladder with a win. But 34 points from Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) did not allow them to overcome determined home team.
The Stars came out rolling on all cylinders as they grabbed a 26:20 lead into the second term. But the hosts readjusted pretty quickly answering with 33 points in the second period and building a 10-point buffer at the interval. The visitors cut the gap by a point in the third quarter before trailing by 13 early in the fourth. However Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) and Casey Frank managed to deny the deficit dragging Auckland within 3 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. Nevertheless the Bay Hawks proved almost unmistakable from free throw line in the dying minutes to secure the 10th win in the season. Aidan Daly (182-G-78) added 16 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Adrian Majstrovich had 21 points and 13 boards for the Stars in a loss. The Hawks now have fate in their own hands as they must beat the Nelson Giants by 12+ points to leapfrog them in the ladder. The Stars complete the regular season against the Waikato Pistons at home court on Thursday.

Bay Hawks: Kevin Smith 26, Paora Winitana 24, Aidan Daly 16
Auckland: Casey Frank 34, Adrian Majstrovich 21+13 boards


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington 14-4 
 2. Waikato 12-5 
 3. Harbour Heat 11-6 
 4. Nelson 10-6 
 5. G&H Hawks 10-7 
 6. Auckland 9-8 
 7. Taranaki 7-9 
 8. Canterbury 5-12 
 9. Manawatu 4-12 
 10. Otago 2-15 


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NIGERIA

Nigerian basketball needs urgent attention, says Ujiri -by Olusegun Ikuesan
To the followers of basketball in Nigeria, the name, MASAI UJIRI, rings a bell. The former international has brought his good nature to bear on the game in the country. Through his yearly programmes, he has contributed immensely to the discovery and nurturing of talents and development of the game. He told ADEYINKA ADEDIPE during the Big Man Camp that the fortunes of the game would nose-dive unless drastic and urgent efforts were taken.

FIVE years ago, Ujiri conceptualised the idea of organising two camps in a year for budding talents in the country. Through his RadarHoops organisation, the idea came into fruition and then began the move to repackage the country's basketball at the youth level. The idea also got the blessing of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), with sponsors also identifying with the programme over the years.

'Working with the kids over the last five years has been challenging, ' he said. 'Five years ago, we had a plan to develop youth basketball in the country and we started doing two camps in a year - the Big Man Camp in May and the Top 50 in September. In the Big Man Camp, we work with taller kids who are 6 ft 5 inches and above and teach them the fundamentals of the game. We also get good American coaches involved and use the good ones here in Nigeria.

'There has been great improvement, as participants get younger every year. Like you can see this year, there are many young kids involved. And we are teaching them the basics of the game. There is plenty of progress, as the kids go from here to the Basketball Without Borders programme in South Africa and some have eventually made it to the United States and are doing well.'

As the assistant coach of the Under-18 team that conquered Africa two years ago in South Africa, Ujiri believes that Nigeria has the ability to retain the title but he is appalled that nothing is being done in the area of preparation. He said: 'We can win the title again based on the availability of talents but we have not done much in preparing a team for the championship.

'Players that can do the country proud abound but it is good we prepare well for the tournament because the rest of the teams in the continent are also getting better.'

For the former national team player, the driving force has been the need to give opportunities to kids who want to use basketball as a platform to develop themselves. Looking at the scenario, he said: 'I was a youth like them; I dreamt like them and I know the feeling.

'Some journalists, coaches and NBBF members were players and they had dreams when they were playing. The kids want an opportunity to be able to get guidance, shoes and right jerseys to play with and this is an opportunity to give them what they need to excel. So, that is the main driving force for me.

'Also, I always want to come back and give back to the society, hoping that some of the kids will realise their dreams by becoming players in the NBA, scouts or medical doctors or professionals in other fields. In future, the kids will also realise the need to give back to the society, having benefited from programmes like this. So, it's a chain one hopes will continue.'

Despite the stringent conditions for securing visas, the national junior team coach revealed that some kids have made it to the United States (U.S.) and are doing well: 'I must say that the kids need determination to excel,' he explained. 'We follow the British system here and I think the American system is slightly easier and the kids can make the transition well enough. Those that have gone have done very well. They are doing well in the NCAA League.'

However, he noted that the idea behind staging the camps is not necessarily to ship talents to the U.S., stressing: 'We want to ensure that the camps concentrate on the development of the game in the country and not necessarily taking the players to the U.S. And I told the players that the American dream is not certain but if they are good enough, they can get the chance to move abroad.

'Basically, the camps are to develop the participants and the game in the country. If there is an opportunity for any player from the camps to play in Nigerian universities or clubs and develop himself, it will be very good. And if you are good enough you will play the game to any level.'

The country's inability to translate her dominance in the junior level into the senior level, according Ujiri, has to do with inconsistency with preparation for major tourneys and poor organisation. He said: 'I think a lot of our success is based on talent and the determination of the players. We are also lucky that we are a big country. The team that played at the All Africa Games in Algiers last year was not the same that played at the Nations Cup a month later.

'About nine regular players did not show up at those competitions. It means that we can put three national teams together and also shows how inconsistent we are with our preparations and organisation, which we have to get under control. Until we do this, we will be stagnant.

He continued: 'We have to be consistent with coaches, players and competitions. I have never seen a coach that has been with the national team for five years. What we need do is get a coach to be with the national team for a long period, tell him what his responsibilities are and he would be held responsible for whatever happened to the team. He must also get the necessary support by getting approval for his programmes.'

To him, the collaboration between the basketball world governing body, FIBA, and NBA is a welcome development: 'Basketball is global now,' he said. 'And I have always told people that the unfortunate thing that has happened to basketball in Africa is that not many people know who Akeem Olajuwon is. And until we get a superstar like that, the spotlight may never be on Africa.

'It is unfortunate that cable television was not in vogue and there was no Internet facility when Olajuwon was making waves in the NBA. There are only two Chinese players in the NBA. Yi just joined Milwakee Bucks but there is one main player, Yao Min. He is a superstar in China and Asia. We need that kind of figure in the country to attract individuals and corporate organisations that would help develop the game in the country.

'FIBA and NBA are doing a lot to encourage the growth of the game worldwide. Look at what the NBA is doing with Basketball without Borders in Africa. Coming together does nothing but good to the game. Anybody now has a chance anywhere and that is because the game has gone global.

'I remember when I used to follow soccer in the early 1980s, there weren't too many African players plying their trades in Europe. Those who found their way to Europe played in lower divisions in countries such as Belgium. But any top club in Europe now has three to four top African players and about five or six in their squad. One day, I hope that basketball can be like that.

'Also, the state of our facilities is very poor in the country. And I am surprised that we haven't done more. It is even funny that we are hoping to host the African championship next year without doing anything to elevate the standard of the facilities. I don't think we have the right facilities and the organisational ability to host the event.

'The kind of facilities available in Angola at the last championship was fantastic and the games were equally good. There, you see people putting their best into the game and taking responsibilities for what they do. It is a surprise that we have officials and people that have actually played the game and are not looking at ways of supporting it. I think everyone, including me, should take the blame for the current state of the game.'

Ujiri is excited that Basketball Without Borders, which was widely criticised when it began, has produced many stars that took part at the Nations Cup. He recalled: 'At last year's African championship, we had 24 players that have participated in the Basketball Without Border in the last five years. It was an event we were criticised for, with some saying that NBA brought it because of money and show. But we had 24 players from the programme who contributed immensely to their teams in Angola.

'And that shows that when you put efforts into training the youths, it leads to development. Two Nigerian players, who were also in Angola, were products of the programme, which means that it is getting better. I know with planning and good organisation, the game will develop in Nigeria.'

Ujiri predicts that the next programme, the Top 50, coming up in September would be one of the best in recent times. According to him, 'the Top 50 camp will be a little special because it's Milo's 10th anniversary. They partner us for this event, so we want to make it special. We are still coming up with different ideas because we want the event to be entertaining, special and good for basketball in the country.'

He also gave an insight into his career, saying: 'I started playing in Zaria at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) under the legendary American coach, OBJ, and he gave me the courage to play basketball. I did enough to move to the U.S. to play in the high school and college. I think what the kids should realise is using basketball as a tool to move up in life. It's about using the game to acquire knowledge that would be useful in later life.

'We've been doing this camp for five years and there hasn't been one player who has made it to the NBA. What this tells you is that the chances of getting into the NBA are slim. They should use this opportunity to acquire education and be better persons. So, growing up and playing basketball in ABU was good because it is an educational institution, which also encourages students to take active part in sports.

His message for the youths is simply, 'nothing works like hard work. If you want to become successful in life, you have to work very hard.'


The Guardian


Union Bank in double loses in Kano -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Hope of Union Bank basketball club of Lagos of securing the much needed victories in the last leg of its road-trip to the Savannah Conference of the Nigeria Premier League was dashed at the weekend when after it suffered two quick loses to AHIP and Kano Pillars basketball clubs.

Before the all important match against AHIP basketball club last Saturday decided at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha Stadium Kano, Union Bank Technical Adviser Ayinla Johnson says nothing will stop his team from securing outright victory against the youthful Adolescent Health & Information Programme (AHIP) side but all that became history as the AHIP side handed the star-studded Union Bank team a 72-69 points defeat.

To further compound the woes of the Stallion Boys as the bankers are also known, Kano Pillars coach, Sanni Ahmed confirmed pre-game boasting of repeating what they did to the bankers in Lagos during their road game to the Atlantic Conference with a 72-64 points victory.

Union Bank thus end its road game to the Savannah Conference, the first by the club since it transformation of the club from Gboko Heat to Union Bank in 2003 with one outright win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos (77-71) while it await the decision of the technical committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, on its stalemated games against (Niger Potters - abandoned with just two minutes into the last quarter), against (Plateau Peaks - which did not commence after the visitor complained of poor visibility at the stadium) and against (Bauchi Net - did not commenced too due to the non-provision of gas to power the generating set by the host).

The Lagos-based bankers are expected back today just as Tapgun Rockets hit the road for the commencement of its own road trip with a game against Delta Force basketball club of Asaba at the sports hall of the Asaba Township Stadium.

Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89)


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NORWAY

Eagles sign Bullock, Nyborg and Gnatt leave the nest -by Kaare Vangen
Ulriken Eagles have signed Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) for his third season with the team. Bullock was leading rebounder in BLNO last season and scored 57 % on his 2p-shots. Coach Jay Anderson must see Frank Nyborg (195-F-83) move to Oslo and Fredrik Gnatt (-84) go to local rival Gimle. Ulriken has negotiations with several Norwegian players. Bendik Myhrer (191-G-85) who have signed for Harstad Vikings was also wanted in Eagles but decided to go north instead.

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PARAGUAY

National League Standings
National Standings
Group A
 1. Sol de Am. 4-0 
 2. D.San Jose 1-2 
 3. Libertad 0-3 
Group B
 1. America 2-0 
 2. Sacachispas 1-1 
 3. Felix Perez 0-2 


Two other wins for Sol de America -by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America took two other wins in National League - Group A2 and is now sure to advance to the Semifinal Round. The games results were: Sol de America - LIbertad 80-60 with top performers Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) at 17 points, Adrian Tovar (200-C-77) and Leonardo Maier (198-C-72) at 16 points; Sol de America - Deportivo San Jose 87-68, with top performers again Peter Kiganya at 25 and Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) at 22, Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82) at 17. The last game of Group A2 will be played tonight between Libertad and San Jose-Vithaton, and could allow San Jose to claim the second ticket to the Semifinals, in case of win.

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PHILIPPINES

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


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PUERTO RICO

Fajardo Cariduros winless no more -by Luis Ramirez
The Fajardo Cariduros took it to overtime to win it's first game in the post season Super 6 Series as they beat the Carolina Giants 111-104. Fajardo took the 1st quarter 20-16. In the 2nd quarter the Giants came back strong to take the lead as the half ended 44-39. In the 3rd quarter it was the Cariduros once again playing good defense as they took the lead as the quarter ended 67-62. In the 4th quarter the Giants came back one more time to tie the game and sent it to overtime. In the overtime period it was Fajardo getting the better of the Giants for the win. For Fajardo, Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Holy Cross) scored 28 points and had 11 assists followed by Uka Agbai with 26 points. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) scored 24 points followed by Chris Burgess with 23 points and 19 rebounds.

In other BSN Super 6 action, the Guaynabo Conquistadors conquered the Arecibo Captains 78-66. Guaynabo started out the 1st quarter with a very tight defense as Arecibo would only score 9 points in this quarter while the Conquistadors would go on to score 18. In the 2nd quarter the Captains looked much better and closed the lead as the half ended with the Conquistadors on top 36-33. The 2nd half saw the Captains once again play a poor offensive game and the Conquistadors took advantage of this for the win. For Guaynabo, Carlos Escalera (190-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri So.) scored 20 points followed by Jack Michael Martinez with 16 points and 19 rebounds. For Arecibo, Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) led the way with 15 points followed by Angel Figueroa with 13 pints and 13 rebounds.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Carolina 16
2. Santurce 16
3. Guaynabo 13
4. Arecibo 13
5. Caguas 11
6. Fajardo 9
Others
1. Bayamon 16-16
2. Humacao 16-16
3. Ponce 15-17
4. San German 15-17
5. Mayaguez 7-25
6. Guayama 6-26


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RUSSIA

Ognjen Askrabic continues at Triumph Lybertsy -by Eurobasket News
Ex member of Serbian National Team, Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79), extended contract with Triumph Lybertsy for two more years.

Askrabic had very good previous season with Triumph, who reached play-off quarterfinals in Russian Superleague. Dynamo Moscow was too strong for them winning quarterfinal series with 2-1. Triumph finished regular season on 4th position with 16 victories and 8 defeats. Askrabic had 12 appearances in ULEB Cup averaging 12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 3.2 apg. For 22 games in Russian Superleague he had 12 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 3.8 apg.

Askrabic had experience from Russia before he joined Triumph. He spent two years in Dynamo St. Petersburg where he supposed to continue for one more season but the team went bankrupt in October 2006 after what Askrabic moved to Lottomatica Roma.


Dinamo Moscow inks David Blatt -by Andrei Maminov
David Blatt is the new Head coach of Dinamo Moscow after he penned a two years contract with the Moscow based team.Dinamo searched for a new head coach in the last month and according to reports - Sergio Scariolo was close to sign for the club.but at the end it is Russian National coach who will take control at the club.
Blatt already coached in Russian superleague with Dinamo St.Petersburg at the 2004/2005.before that he was a coach at Israeli club - Galil Elyon and after that went as assistant coach to Israeli coach Pini Gershon at Maccabi Tel-Aviv(99/00-00/01) .in the 2001/2002 season he was hired as Gershon Successor and led Maccabi to the Euroleague final-four in 2002.in the 2003/2004 season he was again the assistant of Pini Gershon at Maccabi and won the Euroleague trophy and after that went to Dinamo St.Petersburg.
After winning with St.Petersburg the FIBA EuropeLeague he signed for 2 seasons at Benetton treviso.winning the double in the first season and the Italian championship at the second season.
This year he was the head coach of Efes Pilsen but was axed in March.
In Dinamo he will earn according to Repots in russia - 1.5 million euros per year.and the club budget will rise more in attempt to winning the Russian league,and the Uleb cup and getting back to the Euroleague compatition


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SERBIA

Superleague - The end of regular season ! -by Dragan Jankovski
The only game which was marked as a high important was the game in Novi Sad where Vojvodina Srbijagas suffered defeat against Crvena Zvezda 81-86. Thus the team from Belgrade finished regular season on position number 4 with the same score 9-5 as the third ranked Hemofarm STADA. Vojvodina's only chance to reach play-off was to beat Zvezda with more than 16 points but it was a mission impossible for the Tulips.
Despite Zvezda played this game without its captain Tadija Dragicevic, the red-and-white team had very good beginning finishing first quarter with plus 8. Visitors continued at the same rhythm in second stanza which resulted with exactly the same digits as it was in the first ten minutes. At the half time it was already clear who will be the last participant of the play-off semifinals.
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) was a key player for Zvezda adding 25 points and 9 rebounds. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) followed him with 19 points and 6 assists. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Vojvodina scoring 18 points including 6 boards.

Serbian champion, Partizan Igokea, topped Borac in Pionir 97-57. Black-end-white team finished regular season on top with 12 wins and 2 defeats. The same score has FMP but Partizan had batter digits in two games against Panthers. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) had 14 points and 4 assists in Partizan.

Swisslions Takovo made surprise of the round beating its local rival Hemofarm STADA 75-72. Anyway, Hemofarm remains on position number 3 before the play-off despite this very inconvenient defeat. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners collecting 24 points and 6 rebounds. Hemofarm got 13 points and 5 rebounds from young prospect Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89).

FMP had to work a lot in order to beat Vizura 99-97. Panthers celebrated thanks to 3-pointer by Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) at the end of over time. Power forward Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) nailed 21 points for FMP while Zarko Karic (191-G-84) netted 17 points for Vizura.

In play-off semifinals, which will start on Tuesday, Partizan Igokea will meet Crvena Zvezda while FMP waits Hemofarm STADA. The team who reach two wins will advance to the final.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Crvena Zvezda 81-86
(16-24,16-24,28-20,21-18)

Vojvodina:
Ivanovic 18 (6 rebs), Bajic 14 (7 rebs), Nemeth 12 (4 as), Bojovic 12
Zvezda: Raicevic 25 (9 rebs), Cook 19 (6 as), Kikanovic 15 (7 rebs), Subotic 13


Partizan Igokea - Borac 97-57
(26-13,26-17,27-16,18-11)

Partizan:
Tripkovic 14 (4 as), Velickovic 11 (4 rebs), Borovnjak 11 (5 rebs), Tepic 11
Borac: Ilic 17 (5 rebs), Micic 14 (rebs)


Swisslions Takovo - Hemofarm STADA 75-72
(15-18,18-19,19-18,23-17)

Swisslions:
Jorovic 24 (6 rebs), Markovic 18 (5 rebs), Mijatovic 11, Aleksic 8 (6 as)
Hemofarm: Macvan 13 (5 rebs), Marjanovic 12 (5 rebs), Markovic 11


FMP - Vizura 99-97
(21-24,20-17,28-25,18-21,12-10)

FMP:
Erceg 21 (6 st), Krstovic 16, Labovic 15 (6 rebs), Protic 13 (4 as)
Vizura: Karic 17 (6 st), Sinovec 17 (4 rebs), Mandic 15, Balmazovic 13 (6 rebs)


Superleague - Stats leaders of regular season -by Dragan Jankovski
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of Borac Cacak is MVP and the top rebounder of Superleague regular season. He had 23.1 index value per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Power forward Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP Zeleznik is the top scorer of the league with 18.4 points per game. USA point guard Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) is the leading assistant averaging 6.9 assists per game and at the same time the best stealer of the league with 3 spg.

MVP value per game:
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) 23.1
Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) 21.8
Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) 19.6
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 18.6
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 16.6

Points per game:
Zoran Erceg 18.4
Tadija Dragicevic 18.1
Nikola Ilic 17.2
Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) 16.0
Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) 15.6

Defensive rebounds per game:
Nikola Ilic 4.6
Zoran Erceg 4.3
Goran Bajic (207-C-83) 4.1
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 4.1
Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) 3.8

Offensive rebounds per game:
Nikola Ilic 3.5
Nikola Pekovic 2.6
Dejan Buric (204-C-81) 2.5
Vladislav Dragoljovic 2.2
Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) 1.9

Assists per game:
Omar Cook 6.9
Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) 5.9
Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 4.0
Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) 3.5
Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) 3.2

Steals per game:
Omar Cook 3.0
Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) 2.2
Dusan Djordjevic 2.1
Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) 2.1
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) 2.0


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


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SLOVENIA

Memi Becirovic extends with Azovmash Mariupol -by Matej Bergant
Slovenian coach Mehmet Becirovic extended contract with Ukrainian League and Cup Champion Azovmash Mariupol with 1+1 season deal. Becirovic joined the club in February 2008 as soon as he resigned from Union Olimpija bench. Becirovic won Slovenian Cup and League title in 2007 with Helios Domzale. He also won Slovenian SuperCup title with Union Olimpija in the start of 2007/2008 season. This is his second job abroad, as he already coached Rimini in 2004/2005 season.

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SPAIN

Illescas promotes to LEB Gold !!! -by Natxo Mendaza
Like in the sweetest dream ever, C.B. Illescas Urban CM capped an incredible season in LEB Silver with a 78-68 win over Calefacciones Farho Gijon in the LEB Final Four weekend held in Caceres. Illescas, a young club (was born in 1989) that promoted last summer to LEB Silver from EBA, defeated consecutively host team Caceres (semifinal) and Gijon (final) and clinched a spot in LEB Gold for next season. This is the 6th success in row for thsi club, that managed to step up one level a year since 2003, when they promoted from 3a Autonomica to 2a Autonomica.

Gijon, that barely counted on a key player like Matt Kiefer (208-F-83, college: Purdue) due to physical problemas, led at halftime 40-44 behind 12 points of Adrian Garcia (201-F-85), unstoppable in the first half. Illescas survived thanks to the perimeter shooting (6 triples in the first quarter), with Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: AMI, college: Cent.Florida) hitting 3 out of 3 attempts. 8 points in a row by veteran Joe Alonso turned the game upside down in the third quarter (61-56), as Illescas didn't waste the opportunuty this time. Juan Jimenez (180-G-76, agency: Interperformances) took over in the last period and controlled the pace of the game, scoring the key points that allowed Illescas to break the game in the last 2 minutes. A two-handed dunk by forward Dexter Lyons closed the game with a game-high 10 points difference for Illescas, that celebrated the title with almost 500 fans that attende the game in Caceres.

Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79, college: UTEP) led Gijon in scoring with 16 points, as Adrian Garcia finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Illescas was led by Juan Jimenez, that collected 19 points and dished out 5 assists, while Dexter Lyons had 15 for the winners.


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SWEDEN

Solna Vikings inks young prospect -by Eurobasket News
Swedish champion Solna Wikings made a nice move for the future on Friday. The team signed 2-years contract with young prospect Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91).

Young Lindqvist was a member of Swedish U16 National team on 2006 and 2007. He participated on European Championship U16 division B which was held in FYR Macedonia on 2007. Later on 2008, with U18 National Team, he participated on Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim.

Solna Vikings had unexpectedly easy job against Sundsvall in the final beating them 3-0. It is the first title for Solna since 2003.


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SWITZERLAND

Latest signings at Bernex Onex Basket -by Eurobasket News
LNB team Bernex Onex Basket announced new contract extensions for season 08/09 with four of their players. They are Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85), Nenad Lazarevic (190-G-85), Philippe Jean (193-F-80) and Thibault Eigenmann (190-F-81).

Senegalese player Babacar Toure is a power forward / center who previous season averaged double-double almost on every game in LNB. He had 14.4 ppg and 9.9 rpg. Toure is a member of Senegalese National Team since 2007.

Guard Nenad Lazarevic also had good stats last season posting 16.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 4.6 apg. Before Bernex he used to play 5 years for LNA team Meyrin Grand-Saconnex.

Forward Philippe Jean averaged 10.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Bernex last season while Thibault Eigenmann, who was promoted from junior team, had 4.1 ppg.

The team also announced promotion of PG Jeremy Jaunin and guard Damien Lopez from junior to senior team.

Bernex finished previous season on the 7th place in LNB with score 9-12.


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TANZANIA

Mutombo, Azubuike Team Up in Arusha -by Carlos Pereira
Towering Congolese basketballers , Dikembe Mutombo who features for Houston Rockets and Kulenna Azubuike of Golden Star Warriors, will be in Arusha this week . The NBA regular players are attending the Sullivan Summit scheduled for June 2 - 6. According to the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) secretary general Lawrence Cheyo, the duo will also take time to interact with basketball officials and players in Tanzania.
'We have been informed of NBA players' impending tour and we take no chances to capitalize on their tour that will certainly be beneficial for us in terms of the game's promotion,' Cheyo told the Citizen. He said TBF has already communicated with their basketball counterparts in Arusha who will receive the NBA duo upon arrival.

Cheyo said their visit would have a positive impact on local-based players who wish to develop as professional players.


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TURKEY

Ataman: No intend for Hosley -by Sinan Can
Efes Pilsen Coach Ergin Ataman announced that they've no intend to transfer Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.), who has starred at Pinar Karsiyaka last season. 'It's a fact that we'll change all foreigners' said succesful coach as added that Hosley has never been in their next season plans. Ataman quoted that they'll sign with players who has Euro League experience on every position. By the way, Istanbul giants who are expected to part ways with Ender Arslan are called bacak Baris Ermis who spent an average season at Pinar Karsiyaka.

Fenerbahce closes on the title -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telecom - Fenerbahce 94:96 (OT)

Fenerbahce rebounded after Game 3 loss in Ankara to celebrate a dramatic victory in the fourth game of the Finals. Thus Fenerbahce appeared just one win away from the TBL title. They look forward to close out the series on Wednesday in Istanbul. Turk Telecom opened the game confidently as Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) and Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) put the hosts up 4:0. However Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) and Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) soon struck back fueling a 7:0 run that gave the visitors their first lead of the game. Will Solomon continued to reign in offense as he ensured Fenerbahce grabbed an 18:11 advantage late in the first frame. Turk Telecom capped the quarter with a couple of baskets to trail by 5 points 18:23. Erwin Dudley scored 4 quick points early in the second stanza and evened things at 25. The teams traded baskets for some time before Dudley regained the lead for the home team 39:38. Will Solomon had the last laugh in the first half as he dropped the bucket and ensured a 40:39 advantage for the visitors at halftime.
Tutku Acik (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Erwin Dudley combined efforts to propel Turk Telecom to a 51:43 advantage at the start of the third period. But Fenerbahce would not go as the teams remained close throughout the third and fourth stanzas. The scoreline read 73:73 at the end of regulation.
Mircad Turckan helped Fenerbahce to jump to an 80:75 distance in the extra term and later the Istanbul outfit enjoyed a 7-point cushion 87:80. Khalid El-Amin refused to give up as he cut the deficit to 3 points 88:91. But Fenerbahce were deadly from the charity stripe in the dying seconds to withstand any comeback effort from the home side. Omer Onan finished with 24 points to lead Fenerbahce. Will Solomon and Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) scored 15 points apiece in win. Erwin Dudley responded with game-high 26 points and 10 boards for Turk Telecom. Khalid El-Amin knocked down 25 points, while Tutku Acik delivered 16 points and 9 assists in a loss.

Turk Telecom: Erwin Dudley 26+10 boards, Khalid El-Amin 25, Tutku Acik 16
Fenerbahce: Omer Onan 24, Will Solomon 15, Tarence Kinsey 15


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UKRAINE

Politekhnika and BC Odesa announced their plans / Becirovic stays in Ukraine -by Alexander Muzyka

- Valentin Voronin made a press-conference. There was announced that Politekhnika-Halychyna has inked the further contracts with Yaroslav Zubrytskyi (202-F-74), Volodymyr Gurtovoi (207-C-75), Dmitri Kouzmine (197-G-75), Pavel Ulianko (204-F/C-79) and Oleksandr Koroviakov (200-F-81) there. Politekhnika-Halychyna wants to see Aleksei Lobanov (194-G-77), Vladimir Golubev (193-G-81) and Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79), too.
As for the newcomers: Politekhnika-Halychyna headquarters almost made a deal with Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) from Polish Czarni (11,8 ppg) and Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81) from PGE Turow (7,0 ppg, 4,3 rpg and 4,5 apg in ULEB Cup). Lviv team is interested in Graham Brown (205-C-84) and Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78). Nikola Bulajic's (208-C-84) future in Lviv depends of inking one of these players. Serhi Gladyr (196-G/F-89) has a possibility to play in Politekhnika-Halychyna, too.
Yevhen Annenkov (187-G-77) and Aleksei Goliakhov (190-G-84) leave a team.

- BC Odesa can ink four newcomers. Two candidates' surnames are known - Lior Lifshits (180-G-84) from Maccabi Givat Shmuel (11,0 ppg) and Adrian Pledger (190-G-76) from Iscar Nahariya (9,2 ppg). Plus there are three Ukrainians there - Artem Shvets (202-G/F-85), Andri Kalnichenko (200-G-86) and Yuri Fraseniuk (199-F-86). Oleh Yushkin (195-G/F-75), Gennadi Kuznetsov (204-F-75), Stanislav Balashov (209-C-79) and Oleksandr Rybalko (189-G-79) stay in Odesa.


- Mehmet Becirovic stays in Mariupol to rule Azovmash next season.



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VENEZUELA

Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Washington (Guai) 19.4
K. Capers (Gat) 19.1
J. Vargas (Tro) 18.3
A. Flores (Gat) 15.9
E. Brock (Gua) 15.4
Rebounds Per Game
A. Sucre (Mar) 9.1
T. Aguilera (Tro) 8.2
E. Brock (Gua) 6.7
A. Flores (Gat) 6.7
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 6.7
Assists Per Game
C. Cedeno (Guai) 5.6
M. Osimani (Tro) 5.3
E. Mijares (Gat) 5.2
R. Guevara (Mar) 4.4
G. Vargas (Pan) 4.4
Steals Per Game
E. Mijares (Gat) 3.7
H. Salcedo (Gai) 3.6
C. Cedeno (Guai) 3.5
H. Guillent (Gua) 3.4
R. Guevara (Mar) 3.1
Blocks Per Game
M. Marriaga (Gai) 1.5
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 1.3
E. Brock (Gua) 1.1
H. Bayona (Guai) 0.9
M. Dumont (Pan) 0.7
2FGP
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 67.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 61.0%
H. Salcedo (Gai) 60.0%
M. Dumont (Pan) 59.0%
K. Freeman (Coc) 59.0%
3FGP
L. Garcia (Coc) 49.0%
L. Cappare (Tro) 49.0%
J. Centeno (Coc) 48.0%
L. Wallace (Tro) 42.0%
C. Morris (Tach) 41.0%
Free Throws
L. Wallace (Tro) 97.0%
V.D. Diaz (Coc) 87.0%
Washington(Guai) 82.0%
K. Capers (Gat) 81.0%
L. Garcia (Coc) 80.0%


Alejandro Flores made 25 points, but Gatos fell by 1 -by Yelitza La Torre
Alejandro Flores ( E.Oklahoma St. JC) had a great game on Sunday where he made 25 points and 13 rebounds, but his team fell by one point. Kenya Capers did his part with 19 points.
Gaiteros Del Zulia defeated Gatos de Monagas 89-88 in a night where Alejandro Flores was doing everything to avoid this lost for his team.
Ruben Nembhard was the best player for Gaiteros with 20 points followed by Hernan Salcedo with 16 digits.




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Women News

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CHINA - Women

Czech Republic outpace China in the second friendly -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - China 59:54

Czech team avenged of the loss to China in their first friendly game in Brno. The hosts outgunned the visitors in the second game in Kralove. China led for the major part of the encounter however the hosts managed to pull together in the final term and prevailed in the final minutes. China looked dominant in the opening moments as they held Czech Republic to miserable 5 points in the first stanza. Chinese team accumulated a 15:5 advantage and controlled the rhythm. The home side answered in the second frame as they mounted the defensive pressure and limited their opponents to 6 points to cut the gap to 6 points at halftime. The margin grew thinner throughout the third period but Czech Republic failed to jump ahead. They still trailed by 3 points at three quarter time. But a well balanced offensive effort from the hosts allowed them to surge ahead in the crunch time. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) and Jana Vesela (194-F-83) accounted for some key baskets in the final seconds to pull away a hard-fought 59:54 win for Czech Republic. Michaela Hartigova led the hosts with 11 points. Jana Vesela and Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) replied with game-high 12 points for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) added 11 points in defeat. Czech Republic will now face New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday.

Czech Republic: Michaela Hartigova 11, Jana Vesela 10, Romana Stehlikova 10
China: Miao Li Jie 12, Bian Lan 11


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CZECH REPUBLIC - Women

Czech Republic outpace China in the second friendly -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - China 59:54

Czech team avenged of the loss to China in their first friendly game in Brno. The hosts outgunned the visitors in the second game in Kralove. China led for the major part of the encounter however the hosts managed to pull together in the final term and prevailed in the final minutes. China looked dominant in the opening moments as they held Czech Republic to miserable 5 points in the first stanza. Chinese team accumulated a 15:5 advantage and controlled the rhythm. The home side answered in the second frame as they mounted the defensive pressure and limited their opponents to 6 points to cut the gap to 6 points at halftime. The margin grew thinner throughout the third period but Czech Republic failed to jump ahead. They still trailed by 3 points at three quarter time. But a well balanced offensive effort from the hosts allowed them to surge ahead in the crunch time. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) and Jana Vesela (194-F-83) accounted for some key baskets in the final seconds to pull away a hard-fought 59:54 win for Czech Republic. Michaela Hartigova led the hosts with 11 points. Jana Vesela and Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) notched 10 points apiece for the winners. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) replied with game-high 12 points for China. Bian Lan (182-G-86) added 11 points in defeat. Czech Republic will now face New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday.

Czech Republic: Michaela Hartigova 11, Jana Vesela 10, Romana Stehlikova 10
China: Miao Li Jie 12, Bian Lan 11


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FRANCE - Women

NF1: Basket Landes take NF1 title -by Leslie Anderson

Basket Landes take the title with the very last shot of the match with with Marion Laborde (178-G-86) hitting the winner from down-town at the buzzer for them to beat Reze Nantes Basket 44 (63-61) to become 2007-2008 NF1 champions.


The NF1 final brought together the top 4 teams in a final four after a 30 match programme thatmber started last September. Reze Nantes as regular season champions and Basket Landes will play in the LFB next season.


In the match for Bronze , ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres beat Armentieres SO (67-66).



Standings - NF1 (Women) -by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
1. Nantes 24-6
2. Landes 22-8
3. Charleville 22-8
4. Armentieres 20-10
5. Dunkerque 19-11
6. Limoges 16-14
7. Avenir de Rennes 15-15
8. Lot-et-Garonne 14-16
9. Nice 14-16
10. Strasbourg 13-17
11. La Roche-sur-Lion 13-17
12. CFBB 12-18
13. Voiron 11-19
14. Pleyber Christ 9-21
15. Marseillais 8-22
16. Lyon 8-22


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ISRAEL - Women

Tanisha Wright leaves for France -by Eurobasket News
The Israeli League's MVP Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) decided to continue her career in France. She opted to play for French Tarbes in the next season. The American guard led Raanana Hertzelia to the Finals this year. She also played for Hapoel Tel Aviv two years ago. Tanisha Wright averaged 21.3 points, 6.4 boards, 6.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game to help Raanana Hertzelia to reach finals after 6 seasons without playoffs. She now plays in the WNBA for the Seattle Storm. She averages 5.8 points, 1.7 boards and 1.7 assists per game for the Storm in the season. Her career WNBA stats come up to 3.9 points and 1.6 assists in 107 games played.

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ITALY - Women

Masciadri shines from the start -by Eurobasket News
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) opened her season for Los Angeles in WNBA. In a dramatic game Indiana Fever needed two overtimes to edge the Los Angeles Sparks 82:78 at home. The Fever posted their 3rd win in the season despite some late heroics from Candace Parker. Tennessee graduate almost saved the day for the Sparks scoring 6 points in the last minute of the second overtime but the Fever held off the visitors at the end. The Fever led by as many as 15 points at halftime keeping Candace Parker scoreless. But the visitors recovered in the second half and surged ahead late in the fourth period. Bernadette Ngoyisa knocked down a jumper to force overtime. The teams traded baskets in the first extra period and Hoffman's jumper sealed the outcome at 69:69. LaTanya White opened the second overtime with 5 straight points and Hoffman added two more to give the Fever a 76:69 lead. Candace Parker then came up with 6 points for the Sparks to keep the intrigue burning but LaTanya White ensured the winning outcome with a layup and two accurate freebies for the hosts. Katie Douglas led the home side with 25 points. LaTanya White added 20 points and 10 boards, while Bernadette Ngoyisa had 14 points and 9 boards for the winners. Candace Parker answered with 16 points, 16 boards, 6 blocks, 5 assists and 5 steals for the Sparks. Lisa Leslie secured 19 points and 9 boards as the Sparks suffered their first loss in the season.
Raffaella Masciadri produced 12 points and made 3 boards in her great game for Sparks last night. Candace Parker registered her third double-double at the pro level leading the Los Angeles Sparks past the Washington Mystics 70:59 in the capital. The visitors enjoyed a 16-point lead in the third period before wasting it all and trailing by 1 midway through the fourth stanza. But the Sparks came back to life late in regulation and capped the game with an 18:6 run to snatch victory. Candace Parker finished with 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Lisa Leslie topscored with 17 points for the Sparks. Monique Currie replied with 15 points for the Mystics as they fell to 2-3 record.


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JAPAN - Women

Spain fires down Japan at Torneo de Paterna -by Eurobasket News
Spain - Japan 89:60

Spanish National team continued their build-up for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament. Yesterday they held off Japan in Valencia to win Torneo de Paterna. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) ignited a 14:0 run early in the encounter to give the hosts a 16:9 lead midway through the first frame. Japan closed the gap but Spain still came out on top 25:22 at the end of quarter #1. The Spanish squad cleared off to a 7-point distance midway through the second period. However Al Mitani (181-F-78) dropped a trey and Japan went on a 5:0 run to come closer. Amaya Valdemoro capped the first half with a jumper to give the home side a 43:38 advantage at halftime. Spaniards fueled a 15:0 rally late in the third stanza to accumulate a 59:44 cushion and later went on a 9:2 run to enjoy a 22-point lead heading into the third term. The hosts never looked back in the final frame cruising to their second straight win in Valencia. Amaya Valdemoro knocked down 19 points to lead the charge. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) provided 14 points, while Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Isabel Sanchez had 13 points apiece in a win. Mai Ishikawa (180-C-85) answered with 13 points for Japan. Aizawa scored 8 points, while Al Mitani and Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) had 7 points each in defeat. Spain outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and shot 53% from the field. Japan answered with 38% accuracy and committed 26 turnovers down the stretch.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 19, Tamara Abalde 14, Elisa Aguilar 13, Isabel Sanchez 13
Japan: Mai Ishikawa 13, Aizawa 8


Oga hopes for the win with Mercury -by Eurobasket News
Yuko Oga (170-G-82) hopes for the win with Mercury in WNBA as the latter remains winless after 4 games. Just a year ago the Phoenix Mercury were the best team in the league. They deservedly won the WNBA crown looking dominant at the scene. The Minnesota Lynx struggled at the bottom of the ladder missing the postseason. Now one year after the things changed drastically. The Lynx held off the Phoenix Mercury 94:83 yesterday to send the reigning champions to a woeful 0-4 record. The hosts in the meantime improved to 4-0 record at the start of the season. Seimone Augustus knocked down 22 points to lead the Lynx. Minnesota's rookies looked impressive as Charde Houston came up with 18 points and 13 boards, while Candice Wiggins added 17 points and 12 assists for the winners. Houston and Wiggins teamed up for 16 points in the fourth term when the Mercury kept it close to ensure the winning outcome for the hosts. Cappie Pondexter answered with game-high 31 points for the visitors. Diana Taurasi netted 17 points and Tangela Smith contributed 14 points and 10 boards in a loss. Yuko Oga played 10 minutes and produced 2 points.
At the end of the May Phoenix Mercury suffered their third straight loss at the start of the season. That time the WNBA reigning champions could not handle the Seattle Storm 83:87 at home court. In the meantime it was the third consecutive victory for the Storm as they remained ahead of the Western conference. Lauren Jackson came up with 30 points and grabbed 9 boards to lead the Storm past hapless Phoenix. However the hosts did not look hapless in the first three quarters of the encounter as they got to an aggressive start. The Mercury led by 20 points in the first half and maintained a 13-point margin at the interval. Seattle trimmed it to 6 points heading into the fourth term and made the final push in the dying minutes. Sue Bird penetrated under the rim and converted a layup to give the Storm 82:81 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Lauren Jackson added two more free throws to stretch the advantage to 3 points but Diana Taurasi immediately cut it back to one with a jumper. She then fouled Sue Bird and the Storm point guard sank one free throw to keep the visitors in front 85:83. Cappie Pondexter had a chance to tie the game but missed her attempt while Lauren Jackson sealed it from charity stripe. Swin Cash contributed 19 points and 7 boards, while Sue Bird had 13 points for the winners. Diana Taurasi led the hosts with 23 points. Cappie Pondexter scored 21 points and Kelly Miller had 15 in a loss, while Yuko Oga nailed a point for 5 minutes in the court.


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MALI - Women

Maiga starts in the line up -by Eurobasket News
Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) started in the first for her Houston last night. The Seattle Storm however overcame a woeful performance of their leader Lauren Jackson to hold off Houston 64:63 at the Key Arena. Jackson finished the game with 6 points on 1/9 field goal shooting but grabbed 13 boards. The Comets entered the final term leading by 6 points. The Storm denied the deficit and surged ahead but Tamecka Dixon nailed a jumper to carry the Comets in front 63:62 with 53 seconds remaining. Sue Bird then knocked down a layup to put the hosts up for good. Houston had a chance to save the game but Mistie Williams could not convert. The Comets suffered their 5th straight loss from the start of the season. Seattle meanwhile improved to 5-1 record. Swin Cash secured 19 points to pace the Storm. Sue Bird poured in 17 points, while Tanisha Wright produced 12 for the winners. Shannon Johnson replied with 17 points, while Tina Thompson dropped 14 in a loss. Hamchetou Maiga nailed 8 points and made 5 rebounds.
Before that Nicole Powell netted 16 points to carry the Sacramento Monarchs past the Houston Comets 73:66 at the ARCO Arena. The hosts built a 5-point cushion at the interval and survived fierce attempts from the Comets to save the game. Ticha Penicheiro and Laura Harper produced 11 points each to pace the winners. Houston were led by 14 points from Matee Ajavon and Tina Thompson. Hamchetou Maiga ended up with 2 points and 1 assist.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

KOSIT signed Spencer and Cohen -by Michal Maslany

Slovak champion KOSIT 2013 Kosice signed forward Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) from USA and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) from Israel. Cohen plays last season in spanish Baloncesto San Jose Leon. Spencer did not play in Europe, but last season in WNBA she had a good year as a rookie. She scored nearly 10 points per game. Spencer was with former KOSIT player Janel McCarville in camp of USA teym preparing for OG 2008 in Peking.



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SPAIN - Women

Spain fires down Japan at Torneo de Paterna -by Eurobasket News
Spain - Japan 89:60

Spanish National team continued their build-up for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament. Yesterday they held off Japan in Valencia to win Torneo de Paterna. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) ignited a 14:0 run early in the encounter to give the hosts a 16:9 lead midway through the first frame. Japan closed the gap but Spain still came out on top 25:22 at the end of quarter #1. The Spanish squad cleared off to a 7-point distance midway through the second period. However Al Mitani (181-F-78) dropped a trey and Japan went on a 5:0 run to come closer. Amaya Valdemoro capped the first half with a jumper to give the home side a 43:38 advantage at halftime. Spaniards fueled a 15:0 rally late in the third stanza to accumulate a 59:44 cushion and later went on a 9:2 run to enjoy a 22-point lead heading into the third term. The hosts never looked back in the final frame cruising to their second straight win in Valencia. Amaya Valdemoro knocked down 19 points to lead the charge. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) provided 14 points, while Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Isabel Sanchez had 13 points apiece in a win. Mai Ishikawa (180-C-85) answered with 13 points for Japan. Aizawa scored 8 points, while Al Mitani and Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) had 7 points each in defeat. Spain outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and shot 53% from the field. Japan answered with 38% accuracy and committed 26 turnovers down the stretch.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 19, Tamara Abalde 14, Elisa Aguilar 13, Isabel Sanchez 13
Japan: Mai Ishikawa 13, Aizawa 8


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WBCBL - Women

MIAMI RAIN PLANS TO TAKE SOUTH FLORIDA BY STORM -by Willie McCray


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WNBA - Women

Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Detroit S. 5-1 
 2. Connect. S. 5-1 
 3. Indiana F. 3-2 
 4. Washingt. M. 2-3 
 5. New York L. 1-3 
 6. Chicago Sky 1-3 
 7. Atlanta D. 0-4 
Western
 1. Seattle S. 5-1 
 2. Minnesota L. 4-0 
 3. L.Angeles S. 3-1 
 4. S.Antonio SS 2-2 
 5. Sacram. M. 2-3 
 6. Phoenix M. 0-4 
 7. Houston C. 0-5 


Narrow wins for Connecticut, Seattle -by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun narrowly edged the Chicago Sky 75:73 away from home. It was the fifth straight win for the Sun in Chicago since the Sky joined the league three years ago. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) came up with 19 points apiece to pace the winners. The Sun led by 3 points with just over a minute left. Lindsay Whalen got fouled and hit one free throw to extend the gap. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) answered with two freebies to cut the deficit to 2 points but Whalen was accurate from charity stripe to give the visitors a 74:70 lead. Cathy Joens knocked down a trey to keep the intrigue alive with 6 seconds remaining. Whalen missed her second free throw and Jia Pekins had a chance to force overtime. However her jumper rimmed out and Connecticut celebrated a tough win. Barbara Turner had 13 points, while Amber Holt notched 11 points for the Sun. Jia Perkins answered with 21 points for the Sky. Sylvia Fowles registered 17 points and 12 boards for the home team.
The Seattle Storm overcame a woeful performance of their leader Lauren Jackson to hold off Houston 64:63 at the Key Arena. Jackson finished the game with 6 points on 1/9 field goal shooting but grabbed 13 boards. The Comets entered the final term leading by 6 points. The Storm denied the deficit and surged ahead but Tamecka Dixon nailed a jumper to carry the Comets in front 63:62 with 53 seconds remaining. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) then knocked down a layup to put the hosts up for good. Houston had a chance to save the game but Mistie Williams could not convert. The Comets suffered their 5th straight loss from the start of the season. Seattle meanwhile improved to 5-1 record. Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) secured 19 points to pace the Storm. Sue Bird poured in 17 points, while Tanisha Wright produced 12 for the winners. Shannon Johnson replied with 17 points, while Tina Thompson dropped 14 in a loss.