EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/4/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Siroki Prima pivo waives head coach Ivan Velic -by Eurobasket News
With less than 48 hours before the most important game of the season management of Siroki Prima pivo decided to release head coach Ivan Velic.

Management of club was totally disappointed because of team's performance in the first game of Bosnian play-off semifinals. Igokea Partizan easily trashed Siroki 81-65. After just 10 minutes of the game it already was 30-10 for Igokea.

It is obvious that Siroki wanted to change something immediately. People from Siroki called this move as a 'shock therapy' just before their most important game of the season. Hrvoje Vlasic, who was Velic's assistant, will seat on the bench of defending champion for the rest of the way.

New head coach Hrvoje Vlasic will have a very difficult task. After fiasco at the first game, Vlasic's most important move for sure will be to prepare his players mentally for the second match. Actually, today could be the last day of the season for Siroki but if not the third game will be played on Saturday in Aleksandrovac. The bet is huge. The team who reach the final most probably will participate in Adriatic league next season.

New head coach of Siroki Prima pivo, Hrvoje Vlasic, said: 'Situation is extremely difficult but I already spent a whole month with these guys and I know what I have to do. The most important task for me is to prepare my players mentally for tonight's game. The only thing what I can promise is that we will give our maximum. We will fight until the last second of the game and I hope we won't finish the competition tonight.'

Ex head coach of Siroki, Ivan Velic, already offered his resignation during the season but the club decided to keep him. According to the rumors Siroki wanted to sign Josip Vrankovic but they couldn't reach an agreement.


Igor Milosevic wants to leave Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski

Strange news came from Crvena Zvezda yesterday. Namely, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86), who supposes to be one of Zvezda's key players for the next season, wants to terminate the contract with the club. Interesting is that just couple of days ago Milosevic gave an interview to Serbian media saying that he decided to stay in Zvezda for one more year because he will be the starting point guard next season.

Totally different situation came up yesterday. 'I lived for a long time in Greece and I was a captain of Greek junior National Team. Despite I had many offers I decided to sign with Crvena Zvezda because it is the club I love since I was young. You are probably wondering why I have decided to terminate the contract with them. For this answer you will have to speak with club's management' - said Milosevic.

Zvezda's management did not want to give any comment about Milosevic's decision. According to the rumors they have intention to keep Milosevic for one more year as it was already announced before.

This is Milosevic's third year in Crvena Zvezda where he joined 2005 from Iraklis Thessaloniki. More than 9 months ago Milosevic suffered serious injury (broken leg) and was not able to help his teammates until middle of May when he played 17 minutes against Borac Cacak. After that game it was announced that he agreed with Zvezda to stay one more year in the club. What is the reason of his move is not known yet.

He is currently been picked in the second round of the 2008 Mock Draft as number 27.

As a reminder, couple of weeks ago Nemanja Aleksandrov also sent his request to BBS with intention to terminate the contract.



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ALGERIA

Algerian National Team 2008 -by Kasia
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Gaham


Adrar


Yezza


Djellali
Fajkal Belkhoudja (192-G-88)
Alaa-Eddine Lakhdari (204-C-88)
Mehdi Mesbah (188-G-83)
Djillali Canon (190-G/F-78) of Mouloudia Club Alger
Hochine Gaham (194-G/F-86) of Olympic Club Alger
Abdesslam Dekkiche (194-G/F-86) of Widad Boufarik
Mustapha Adrar (203-C-82) of Mouloudia Club Alger
Mohamed Amairia (200-F-86)
Fathi Oukrimi (185-G-80) of Mouloudia Club Alger
Adel Yezza (191-G-81) of AU Annaba
Nabil Saidi (200-F/C-80) of Widad Boufarik
Farouk Djellali (204-F/C-78) of Widad Boufarik
Head Coach: Ahmed Loubachria


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ARGENTINA

First movements -by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad sunchales resigned Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Lanus resigned Alvaro Castineira as head coach
Quilmes mar del plata resigned Hernando Salles (188-G-79) and Maximiliano Maciel
Penarol Mar del Plata resigned Alejandro Diez, Marcos Mata and Lucas Picarelli. Sergio Hernandez will be the head coach
Boca Juniors resigned Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80)
Quimsa resigned Gabriel Mikulas
Atenas resigned Juan Pablo Figueroa and signed Juan Locatelli (198-F-75)


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ARMENIA

"It makes me sick, that I played for such a coach !" -by Kristian Santiago

Eurobasket was able to talk to Armenian guard Rouben Vesmadian (191-G-83, college: Fresno St.) about his recent experience in Egypt.

Eurobasket: Ruben, the last time we spoke, you left to Egypt to play for Eastern Company. What has happened there to you?

Rouben Vesmadian: I was signed to play for Eastern Company, the national tobacco company co-incidentally founded in the 1950's by an Armenian.
They only paid me some hand-money in the beginning and stopped paying me since then, so I went on a strike and intended not to play until they pay me my monthly wage. It never happened so I left the team after three months without any payment.

EB: What could have been the reason for not paying you?

RV: It took me a while to find out the real reason for not being paid.
One time, Coach Sarwat told one of his players, that if he was going to play for a coach of another team, that he won't be paid as the other coach was Christian and therefore 'dirty'. Being only one of two Christian players in the league, it made me think.
I found out, that the other Christian player is having a hard time on his team and the league as well. Sarwat was quoted saying, that 'he wants no Christians on his team' and players told me, that the reason for my problems were because of my religious belief, as the coach is known for his extremist Muslim thoughts.
Also, a player in Egypt is still expected to comply with the contract or the job even though the payment is late or never arrives, so what I did was highly unusual there when I went on a strike, and they claimed I was acting out of line, and took the whole Christian thing to another level.

EB: Do you regret signing with Eastern Company and what are your plans for the near future?

RV: I try to use all my experiences as events that I can learn from... but I struggle to find any sense in this whole situation.

How can even the most extremist and hateful person behave in such a way, particularly, a married man with children?
It makes me sick, that I played for such a coach. I wish coaches have no bearing on financial matters and that it could be taken up with the manager or president of a team, but this is unfortunately not the case in Egypt.
I am a player that leaves everything out on the court for my team and my coach, but this situation has hurt me so much, that I wish, I had not played this season and had gotten my surgery done.
I would have saved a lot of time.
I am having a groin reconstruction surgery done by a specialist in Sydney on the 6th of June and will be commencing rehab for six weeks before signing with a new team for the following season.
Playing basketball overseas is such a great thing which comes with a lot of ups and downs that you cherish and learn from.
This was not the case in Egypt; it just didn't make any sense.

EB: Thanks a lot Rouben for sharing your thoughts with Eurobasket, be back healthy soon!



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AUSTRALIA

Razors re-sign Reed -by Eurobasket News
The West Sydney Razorbacks have continued to bolster their playing ranks by re-signing Clint Reed (198-F-82, college: Co.Carolina) to their roster for the 2008/09 NBL season.

Reed, who appeared in 20 games for the Razorbacks last season, will be entering his fifth year with the club. His inclusion is sure to add some much needed experience and depth to the Razorbacks team in the guard spot .

Rob Beveridge, Razorbacks Head Coach was pleased with the re-signing of Reed.

'Clint has earned his place back in our team through all the hard work he put in last year, as well as what he is currently doing in the NBL off-season,' Beveridge said. 'He is also having a great season in the Waratah ABA competition. He is also probably in the best physical condition he has been in for years.'

'Clint stands for everything we want in a player. Every day he turns up ready to work hard. He is super competitive and strives to be the best he can be which rubs off on the other players. He understands the League and what it takes to become successful,' Beveridge added.

With the signing of Reed, the West Sydney Razorbacks now have nine contracted players, with just their last import position to be filled.
Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Important news from Baltic league -by Eurobasket News
In the board meeting of SEB Baltic Basketball League (SEB BBL), held on Monday 2nd of June in Riga, many essential decisions were made, including the decision about the formats of SEB BBL Elite Division and SEB BBL Challenge Cup tournaments for the 2008/09 season.

Nine teams obtained the rights to participate in the SEB BBL Elite Division based on the results of the season 2007/08 - Kaunas Zalgiris, Lietuvos Rytas, Siauliai, ASK Riga, Barons/LMT, Ventspils, Valmiera, Tallinn Kalev/Cramo, and Tartu Rock. By winning Challenge Cup tournament Kedainiai Nevezis obtained the 10th place. However in Kedainiai there is no basketball hall that would meet all the criterions of the regulations of the SEB BBL Elite Division, but based on the fact that in Kedainiai they are building new and modern sports hall, SEB BBL board decided to give Nevezis permission to play in this hall for one year.

During the regular season there will be played two rounds of games and two strongest teams will automatically secure their positions in the Final Four tournament. Two other places in the Final Four tournament will be cleared up after the play-off games where teams from the 3rd to the 6th place (based on the regular season results) meet. The team that in regular season takes the 3rd place will play against the team that takes the 6th place, however team that takes the 4th place will play against the team that takes the 5th place. One team has to win two games to qualify for the Final Four tournament.

In SEB BBL Challenge Cup 11 teams obtained the rights to participate in this tournament based on the results of the previous season - Neptunas, Aisciai/Atletas, Alytus, Arvi/Suduva, Sakalai, Techasas, VEF Riga, Liepajas Lauvas, Bumerangs/ASK, Triobet/Dalkia, and Fausto. For the first time in SEB BBL Challenge Cup there will participate a Swedish team - Norrkoping Dolphins. Three additional places in SEB BBL Challenge Cup will be allocated based on the recommendations of Latvian Basketball Association, Lithuanian Basketball League, and Estonian Basketball Federation. In case all the 15 teams approve their participation in SEB BBL Challenge Cup, SEB BBL board can decide about a 'wild card' that could be assigned to 16th team. The winners of SEB BBL Challenge Cup will play against the 10th team of SEB BBL Elite Division until one team wins two games. The winners will get the rights to take part in the Elite Division for the next season. It is planned to divide the teams of the Challenge Cup into two groups, however the precise regulations will be made in the near future.

After the four successful seasons for the first time in the SEB BBL history there will be organized Presidents Cup - preseason tournament where participate SEB BBL champions and champions of all three Baltic countries. As Kaunas Zalgiris won both tournaments - SEB BBL, and Lithuania league, then Lithuanian league finalists Lietuvos Rytas will take part in this tournament as well. Representatives of Latvia will be Latvian basketball league champions Barons/LMT, however Estonian representatives will be the Estonian champions - Tartu Rock. Presidents Cup will be held in Arena Riga on 27th and 28th of September.
Courtesy of SEB BBL Media Service


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BARBADOS

Lakers take 2-0 finals lead -by Justin Marville
AN INSPIRATIONAL SECOND HALF APPEARANCE from Andrew Alleyne was almost good enough for the Station Hill Cavaliers to steal Game 2.

A strong finish to the game from Adrian Stewart was even better for the Lakers to seal it.

After Lakers squandered a 21 point lead, Stewart returned to score 12 fourth-quarter points as the Lumber Company Lakers survived anxious moments in the game's final period before coming away with a 90-78 victory in Game 2 of the Sprite/BOA Premier League Basketball Finals at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Leading by as many as 21 points and entering the fourth quarter up 69-52 on Thursday night, the defending champs appeared to weather the Cavs' anticipated run, especially after surviving a telling third-quarter onslaught from national point guard Corey Williams.

But the true Station Hill surge was yet to come.

After erupting for nine third-quarter points, Williams was at it again in the fourth, hitting a pair of long range bombs to ignite another run in the second half as the Cavs threatened to makea game of it.

However, unlike in the previous period, Station Hill floor leader would have help this time around.

Playing in his first game of the season, Alleyne provided the perfect foil for Williams, adding two treys of his own as the Cavs exploded for five three-pointers in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.

This time the Lakers did not respond well to their opponents' rally, succumbing to the pressure of Station Hill's heavy three-point barrage and a resurgent defensive effort at the other end led by Alleyne's three blocked shots.

Going away from their set pieces while needlessly throwing away the ball, the top seeds saw their 17-point advantage vanish in the space of a couple of minutes as the Cavs reduced the deficit to 79-76 by the two-minute mark.

But as in their heartbreaking Game 1 loss, the Cavs would run out of steam when it mattered most.

And Stewart was there to take advantage.

After a three-point play from point guard Derek Browne provided a six-point cushion, Stewart led four consecutive scoring drives to put the contest out of reach - finishing with a pair of transition lay-ups while assisting on two others.

Behind sound ball movement and perfect execution of their half court offence, the Lakers stormed to an early 24-13 first quarter lead as national shooting guard Zahir Motara started Game 2 hot from behind the arc.

Continuing to execute proficiently at the offensive end of the floor, the top seeds extended that initial advantage with Station Hill struggling to find any offence outside of Williams and national teammate Junior Moore.

A 45-30 Lakers half-time lead quickly turned into a 59-37 rout despite Alleyne's entry, as the former overseas-based pro failed to end the Cavaliers' offensive woes.

Stewart finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, Motara scored 19 points, while Browne chipped in with 17 and Matthew Moore added a further 11 points.

For Station Hill, Williams led all scorers on the night with a series high 24 points, Moore ended with 12 points and 11 boards, while Alleyne scored all ten of his points in the fourth quarter.


Lakers sweep Cavs; capture second straight league title -by Justin Marville
It's hard to imagine that just two years ago the Lumber Company Lakers were on the wrong side of a finals sweep.

Two seasons and a couple of championships later, and it's the Lakers' time to use the broom.

Wasting no chance to close out the series, the Husbands-based squad successfully defended their league championship on Saturday at the Barbados Community College, nipping rivals Station Hill Cavaliers 84-77 in Game 3 to record a memorable 3-0 sweep of the Sprite/BOA Premier League Basketball Finals.

And there was no hiding how momentous an occasion it was for the once fruitless club, as players, fans and coaching staff alike stormed the floor after national shooting guard Zahir Motara dribbled out the final seconds of the historic victory.

It was not too long ago that the Lakers were regarded as the whipping boys of the Premier League - good enough to win in the regular season but too soft to ever overcome the gruelling, hard-nosed play of the play-offs.

Now they are back-to-back league champs. 'Last year was a relief, getting the monkey off my back, [but] this year is the one we're going to enjoy,' said jubilant coach Francis Williams.

Despite what the final series score might suggest, the Lakers were made to fight for the title, as the contest was decided in the last two minutes for the third successive game in the series.

But for the third successive game, the decision would not be in Station Hill's favour.

Almost identical to Game 1, the Lakers looked in control after breaking an early deadlock in the fourth quarter, as centre Andre Boadu dominated the low post to give the side a 73-68 lead late in the period.

However, the Cavs responded behind a pair of perimeter jumpers from Jason Smith, reducing the deficit to 78-77 with under two minutes left.

That was as close as they would get, though, as Station Hill, once again, failed to score in the game's final moments.

Motara hit a crucial three-pointer as the shot clock expired on the ensuing possession, while Boadu came up with the play of the finals just seconds later to secure the Lakers' championship.

Chasing down national point guard Corey Williams in the open court, Boadu jumped from behind the opposing guard to paste the lay-up attempt on the glass, igniting a huge uproar from the fans.

Station Hill would never recover, and when Adrian Stewart put down an uncontested two-handed dunk in transition with 16 seconds remaining, the contest was all but over.

Motara led six Lakers players in double digits with 18 points, while Stewart and Boadu added 15 points apiece. Reserve forward Dexter Gill chipped in with 13, and starters Derek Browne and Matthew Moore had 11 and ten points respectively.

Smith broke out of a series-long shooting slump to lead Station Hill with a game-high 22 points, Kenrick Haynes scored 11, while national forward Junior Moore had a double-double of ten points and 12 rebounds.


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BELGIUM

Div 1 Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Optima Gent is well underway in building its roster for next season.
First they resigned forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-F, college: SMU) who showed great progress in the second half of the season for another year.
Second they signed American and former Michigan center Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) who played in Portugal these past 2 seasons.

Brown won the UZO league title in Portugal this past season with Ovarense and was again selected Eurobasket Defensive player of the year for the second year in a row. He led the Championship team Ovarense in rebounds with 8.3 rpg. he also averaged 14.2 ppg in 19 games.

Besides the championship Ovarense also won the Cup.

Had a career high 21 rebs during his senior year at Michigan breaking a 27 year old record for most assists at Assembly Hall.

Brown was a member of the U19 Team USA in 2003 with teammates such as Deron Williams and JJ Redick.

Spotter Leuven announced the signing of their new coach Ivica Skelin for 2 season to replace the departed Yacov Gino.


Newly crowned Champion Spirou Charleroi has resigned Andre Riddick for 3 years and Wes Wilkinson for 2 seasons.

They also extended the contract of guard Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) for 2 years.

Their first new player is former Antwerp Giants forward Mladen Sekularac, who signed a 2 year deal according to the team management.

Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) announces on his website that he is headed back to Charleroi for next season after one season at Verviers-Pepinster.



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BOSNIA

Important award for Damir Krupalija in France -by Eurobasket News
Power forward of French team JDA Dijon Bourgogne, Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois), is named to be the Bosman player of the year on French Pro A league by Eurobasket.

Dijon finished season on 9th place in Pro A with 13 victories and 17 defeats. They were close but still so far from the play-off quarterfinals as Cholet had two wins more.

Krupalija graduated at the University of Illinois on 2002. After he graduated he moved to Poland, where he signed a one year deal with WTK Anwil Wloclawek. At the same season Anwil became the champion of Poland. Later, Krupalija joined Spriou Charleroi spending 4 years there. With Cherleroi Krupalija won Belgian championship on season 03/04.


Bosnian Semi-Final - Bosna and Igokea in Final -by Elvir Halilovic
After five season in Final games Siroki finish this season in Semifinal. For title in first match on Saturday goes Bosna and Igokea.

Sloboda Dita - Bosna ASA BHT 72:77
(15:20, 17:16, 23:24, 17:17)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 2.500; Ref.: Obradovic, Kralj, Adamovic
SLOBODA DITA: Matic 12, N. Milosevic 15, Jocovic 2, M. Milosevic 10, Hrncic 14, Halilbegovic 4, Albijanic 2, Jeftic, Persic, V. Tomovic 2, Tanasilovic 2, Ross 9.
Coach: Senad Muminovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson, Sehovic 2, T. Tomovic, Ikonic 14, Hajric 6, Bavcic 2, Djurasovic, Pasalic, Bailey 21, Jackson 5, Williams 17, Rahimic 10
Coach: Jurij Zdovc

Siroki Prima Pivo - Igokea Partizan 77:86
(13:23, 30:20, 17:22, 17:21)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Zurapovic, Kunosic, Nozinovic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Planinic, Grays 17, Stemberger 11, Dijan 9, Zupic, Sola 11, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 20, Bethel 4, Ezugwu 5
Coach: Hrvoje Vlasic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 2, Patterson 2, Bocka 15, Stazic 2, Djurica, Vucurovic 22, Cup, Wright, Lydeka 14, Stefanovic 6, Kovacevic 14, Allen 9
Coach: Drago Karalic


Siroki Prima pivo waives head coach Ivan Velic -by Eurobasket News
With less than 48 hours before the most important game of the season management of Siroki Prima pivo decided to release head coach Ivan Velic.

Management of club was totally disappointed because of team's performance in the first game of Bosnian play-off semifinals. Igokea Partizan easily trashed Siroki 81-65. After just 10 minutes of the game it already was 30-10 for Igokea.

It is obvious that Siroki wanted to change something immediately. People from Siroki called this move as a 'shock therapy' just before their most important game of the season. Hrvoje Vlasic, who was Velic's assistant, will seat on the bench of defending champion for the rest of the way.

New head coach Hrvoje Vlasic will have a very difficult task. After fiasco at the first game, Vlasic's most important move for sure will be to prepare his players mentally for the second match. Actually, today could be the last day of the season for Siroki but if not the third game will be played on Saturday in Aleksandrovac. The bet is huge. The team who reach the final most probably will participate in Adriatic league next season.

New head coach of Siroki Prima pivo, Hrvoje Vlasic, said: 'Situation is extremely difficult but I already spent a whole month with these guys and I know what I have to do. The most important task for me is to prepare my players mentally for tonight's game. The only thing what I can promise is that we will give our maximum. We will fight until the last second of the game and I hope we won't finish the competition tonight.'

Ex head coach of Siroki, Ivan Velic, already offered his resignation during the season but the club decided to keep him. According to the rumors Siroki wanted to sign Josip Vrankovic but they couldn't reach an agreement.


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BURKINA FASO

The season just started in Burkina Faso -by Michel Pacere
When all the countries play their finals or have just finished their championships, in Burkina faso, we just begin ours in basketball;
For the beginning, let's talk about the different changes in our clubs:
- The last season champions (RCK, the rail men) lost Namory KONE who went in Senegal for studies; they lost also Leopold BADO and Achille DIENDERE (now EFO); but they have the chance to sign Yves ARISTE who was in Europe for his studies. Yves is one of our best players.
- The vice-champions Kadiogo Bulls signs Omar BILA from AS-Sonabhy.
- The petroliers (AS-Sonabhy), signs Wilfried ZERBO from AS-Sonabel U22 team; Eric SALOU and Herman OUEDRAOGO, leave the club for EFO
- The big change in the electricians team (AS-Sonabel) is the coming of the center BAYALA from IVORY COAST; the center of the team, Aime HIEN went to the petroliers team with the best player of the U22 team Wilfried ZERBO.
- Bogodogo Celtics became EFO: they draft Leopold BADO and Achille DIENDERE from RCK.


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CAPE VERDE

Cape Verde to reveal new coach in coming days -by Pedro Gomes
Cape Verde haves chosen their new coach to lead the team at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens but will only reveal who their appointment is in the coming days.

Basketball federation president Kitana Cabral told FIBA.com why he is making the world's basketball fans sit on the edge of their seats.

'With all the considerations we have to the media here in Cape Verde,' he said, 'we prefer not to reveal who it is to the foreign media before we tell the local one first.'

Meanwhile, the public appeal made by the federation for private sponsors for the national team preparations and eventual journey to Athens for the qualifying event has been successful, according to Cabral.

'We already have a significant budget that we got from private sponsors,' he said.

'We will have a final meeting with the Prime Minister this week, and I believe that the government will make a contribution, too.'

With their financial support partially guaranteed, it is almost time to gather the players.

'We definitely start the preparations on June 18,' Cabral said.

A significant blow for the bronze medal winners at last year's FIBA Africa Championship will be the absence of the coach who led them to the podium, Emanuel Trovoada.

He said family issues will prevent him from being with the national team this summer.

Last week, Trovoada, who currently leads Angolan outfit Desportivo da Huila, travelled to Cape Verde with his new club to participate for an international tournament in Praia, the capital of the country.

Trovoada's side finished second in the event after an 80-69 defeat against tournament hosts and winners, Seven Stars.

The Federation took advantage of his visit.

'We had a meeting with Emanuel Trovoada, and we will see him again in Lisbon, next week, where his family is,' Cabral said.

'We discussed new plans for next year's FIBA Africa Championship as we expect to have him with us.'

Twelve teams will battle for three places that are still available for the Beijing Games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Cape Verde are in Group B with Germany and New Zealand.

http://www.athens2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/olymQual/men/news/lateNews/p/newsid/25217/FE_news_lateNews_arti.html


ABC advances to the final -by Pedro Gomes
With the result of 101 to 61 in their second game, ABC advanced to the finals of the Paginas Amarelas Santiago South championship, by
beating Achada Grande 2-0 in their playoff series.

Throughout the semi-final ABC always kept control of their situation, showing their superiority over Achada Grande, and thus earning their ticket to the final.

Now the ABC team will wait the result of the other semi final game, Predio/CVT vs. Seven Stars to know who will be their adversary in the finals.

To remind everyone, the game between Predio/CVT and Seven Stars is on hold, due to the protest of the Predio team. Predio/CVT alleges that Seven Stars is
using a player illegally. The second game, will continue on hold, until the final decision comes from the Federations' legal panel


BAIRRO U-18 Santiago South Champions -by Pedro Gomes
The youngster were in action Sunday to decide who will represent the Island of Santiago in National Championship.
ABC and Bairro took center stage, as the best two U-18 teams in the league. But, Bairro came out on top.

Bairro became the regional champions in the Santiago South championships, under 18 category.
Two consecutive victories for Bairro against the ABC team to clinch the Regional title.

Bairro had eliminated Achada Grande in the semi finals, winning back to back games in their series.
They repeated the victories agains ABC, and the party began, with rights to champagne and everything.


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COLOMBIA

Nationa Men Tournament in Medellin -by Victor Garcia
The National Federation has schedulled the begining of the National Men Tournament in June 8, Medellin will host the tournament and at least 8 leagues are expected, Bogota coached for Yesid Rivero, Antioquia coached for Hernan Giraldo, Valle Coache for Guillermo Moreno are confirmed, also Caldas coached for Pedro Ocoro is among the teams that already works for the tournament. San Andres probably will go with almost the same team that won the las National U-23 Tournament.
From this tournament will be recruited the National Team for the Southamerican Championship, the National Coach is still not officially announced.


Hardy Asprilla injured and out for the season -by Victor Garcia
Hardy Asprilla injured his knee in the saturday game against Guaros de Lara, Hardy's injury looks serious, the cross ligament is broken, Hardy is one of the most important players of Marinos averaging 15 MPG and 8 PPG, the medical departament of Marinos still have not released an oficial status, but usually it takes at least three months to heal.
Asprilla also will miss the Southamerica Championship in Chile, and probably the begining of the 2008 Federation Cup in Colombia.


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CROATIA

The Team Croatia is announced -by Eurobasket News
On official press conference head coach of Croatian National Team announced which 18 players will start the preparation for the qualifications for the Olympic Games in Peking. Repesa couldn't show up at the press conference because of his obligations with Lottomatica Roma but he was able to speak by the phone with media representatives.

Below is a list with candidates for the Croatian National team:
1. Dalibor Bagaric
2. Marko Banic
3. Stanko Barac
4. Davor Kus
5. Kresimir Loncar
6. Branimir Longin
7. Damir Markota
8. Sandro Nicevic
9. Zoran Planinic
10.Marko Popovic
11. Nikola Prkacin
12. Marin Rozic
13. Damjan Rudez
14. Krunoslav Simon
15. Marko Tomas
16. Ante Tomic
17. Roko Leni Ukic
18. Jakov Vladovic

Repesa's assistants will be Drazen Anzulovic and Tomislav Mijatovic. Preparations will start at June 15th in Crkvenica while qualification for the Olympic Games will be held in Athens from 14 of July.

Before qualifications in Athens, Croatia will play couple of friendly games. At the first point they will meet Slovenia, Australia and Iran. Later Croatia will participate at 'Acropolis Cup' in Athens where their rivals will be Greece, Australia and Brazil.

Jasmin Repesa didn't call couple of players which he wanted to see in NT previous summer. They are: Andrija Zizic, Gordan Giricek, Damir Miljkovic, Mario Stojic, Luksa Andric, Marino Bazdaric, Nikola Vujcic ad Jure Lalic. It is still not known will Mario Kasun be able to join NT due to health reasons. If he pass medical examination In Switzerland and Croatia situation will be clear.

Repesa finished press conference with words: 'The list of candidates is much different than it was previous summer. I had two criteria when a made a decision. First is who really has willingness to play for NT and the other is who is he able to help us (injuries, health problems). Each of these 18 players showed strong wish to be a part of Croatian NT. The most important thing is that all of us have to stick together in order to reach Olympic Games in Athens.'


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EGYPT

"It makes me sick, that I played for such a coach !" -by Kristian Santiago

Eurobasket was able to talk to Armenian guard Rouben Vesmadian (191-G-83, college: Fresno St.) about his recent experience in Egypt.

Eurobasket: Ruben, the last time we spoke, you left to Egypt to play for Eastern Company. What has happened there to you?

Rouben Vesmadian: I was signed to play for Eastern Company, the national tobacco company co-incidentally founded in the 1950's by an Armenian.
They only paid me some hand-money in the beginning and stopped paying me since then, so I went on a strike and intended not to play until they pay me my monthly wage. It never happened so I left the team after three months without any payment.

EB: What could have been the reason for not paying you?

RV: It took me a while to find out the real reason for not being paid.
One time, Coach Sarwat told one of his players, that if he was going to play for a coach of another team, that he won't be paid as the other coach was Christian and therefore 'dirty'. Being only one of two Christian players in the league, it made me think.
I found out, that the other Christian player is having a hard time on his team and the league as well. Sarwat was quoted saying, that 'he wants no Christians on his team' and players told me, that the reason for my problems were because of my religious belief, as the coach is known for his extremist Muslim thoughts.
Also, a player in Egypt is still expected to comply with the contract or the job even though the payment is late or never arrives, so what I did was highly unusual there when I went on a strike, and they claimed I was acting out of line, and took the whole Christian thing to another level.

EB: Do you regret signing with Eastern Company and what are your plans for the near future?

RV: I try to use all my experiences as events that I can learn from... but I struggle to find any sense in this whole situation.

How can even the most extremist and hateful person behave in such a way, particularly, a married man with children?
It makes me sick, that I played for such a coach. I wish coaches have no bearing on financial matters and that it could be taken up with the manager or president of a team, but this is unfortunately not the case in Egypt.
I am a player that leaves everything out on the court for my team and my coach, but this situation has hurt me so much, that I wish, I had not played this season and had gotten my surgery done.
I would have saved a lot of time.
I am having a groin reconstruction surgery done by a specialist in Sydney on the 6th of June and will be commencing rehab for six weeks before signing with a new team for the following season.
Playing basketball overseas is such a great thing which comes with a lot of ups and downs that you cherish and learn from.
This was not the case in Egypt; it just didn't make any sense.

EB: Thanks a lot Rouben for sharing your thoughts with Eurobasket, be back healthy soon!



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ETHIOPIA

first round score board -by Yoseph Zemede
The Ethiopian basket ball chmapion ship held on the begning on may at the historical city of jmma.The Addis Ababa basket ball best team partcipate in all ethiopian regional champion ship and handle the bronze medal at the competetion at the same time schdule last time ethiopian clubs champion water design secures his second club champions of ethiopia.'Regionla champions gamibella ' at the tournament the Gambla region players show outstanding performance on the filed ,they got good hight and excellent team work including plenty slum dunks on the court it clearly shows that next generation of ethiopina basket ball will grow rapidly.now in addis the addis ababa basket ball champion ship continued and the games was so interesting and impressive if you are in addis came and enjoy at arat kilo Gymnasium.if you have any comment or supportive idea email to yosephzemede@yahoo.com

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FRANCE

Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
French Player of the Year - Nando De Colo (195-G-87) of Cholet Basket
Guard of the Year - Sean Colson (182-G-75) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Forward of the Year - Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Center of the Year - Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78) of Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
Newcomer of the Year - Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Most Improved Player of the Year - Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Bosman Player of the Year - Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
Import Player of the Year - Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Domestic Player of the Year - Nando De Colo (195-G-87) of Cholet Basket
Defensive Player of the Year - Dounia Issa (199-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
Coach of the Year - Christian Monschau of STB Le Havre

1st Team
Sean Colson (182-G-75) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Antonio Graves (190-G-85) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez
Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78) of Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne

2nd Team
Nando De Colo (195-G-87) of Cholet Basket
John Cox (196-G-81) of STB Le Havre
Tony Williams (202-F-78) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80) of Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
Chevy Troutman (201-F-81) of Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne

Honorable Mention
Laurent Sciarra (195-G-73) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
John Ford (207-C/F-78) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone
David Simon (208-C-82) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne<
Joe Bunn (198-F-75) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80) of Cholet Basket
Zach Moss (201-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
Brion Rush (186-G-84) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Ben Dewar (196-G-81) of Entente Orleans 45
Mike Bauer (203-F-81) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Rob Lewin (201-F-80) of Strasbourg IG
Marcellus Sommerville (201-F-82) of STB Le Havre
Sam Clancy (201-F-80) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Austin Nichols (198-F-82) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket

All-Domestic Players Team
Laurent Sciarra (195-G-73) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
Nando De Colo (195-G-87) of Cholet Basket
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Dounia Issa (199-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
Vincent Masingue (204-F/C-76) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket

All-Imports Team
Sean Colson (182-G-75) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Antonio Graves (190-G-85) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez
Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Marc Salyers (205-F-79) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78) of Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne

All-Bosmans Team
Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez
Tony Dobbins (195-G-81) of Cholet Basket
Hrvoje Perincic (196-G-78) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Luka Bogdanovic (206-F-85) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne

All-Defensive Team
Marc-Antoine Pellin (170-G-87) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
David Melody (185-G-77) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
Ben Dewar (196-G-81) of Entente Orleans 45
Dounia Issa (199-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
Alain Koffi (205-C-83) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket

All-Newcomers Team
Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88) of Cholet Basket
Antoine Diot (192-G-89) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Fabien Causeur (190-G-87) of STB Le Havre
Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Ludovic Vaty (206-F-88) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez


Pro A : Market News -by Aurelien Hipp
*Jonathan McClark (201-F-77, college: Rider) is back in Rouen for his first ProA experience. The US center posted 14ppg 9rpg with Aix-Maurienne this season, but couldn't lead his team to the playoffs. He played for Rouen from 2003 to 2005. He is the first signature for Rouen to prepare the next season in ProA.

*Evreux has found a new PG for next season to replace Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest). The team has signed Lamar Karim (178-G-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.), coming from Switzerland. The small US point-guard posted 20.7ppg 4.2rpg 5.8apg with Meyrin.


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GERMANY

Goettingen signs Davor Lamesic -by Manuel Schust
BG 74 Goettingen announced today the signing of austrian Forward Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances).
Lamesic played in austrian Bundesliga with Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions last season, where he averaged 19.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Headcoach John Patrick describes the austrian as a typical european Forward, who plays like a Point Forward in offense.
Especially Lamesics shot from down town is reliable, making about 40% of his shots. In 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Lamesic, who has bosnian roots, was nominated for the austrian All-Star game.

After signing Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.), Robert Kulawick (191-G-86), Peer Wente (203-F/C-77), Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) and Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara), Davor Lamesic is the sixth new player for Goettingen. As Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa), Marco Grimaldi (188-G-83) and Robert Dill (207-F-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Lafayette) received contract extensions, head coach John Patrick already has 9 players on his roster.


Pat Elzie says good bye to Kirchheim -by Moritz Korff
After 16 extremly successful months with the Kirchheim Knights Coach Pat Elzie decided to decline the new contract which the Knights had offered him, according to the club's website. In 2006-2007 Elzie saved Kirchheim from the drop to the Regionalliga after taking over in January 2007. In the following 2007-2008 campaign Elzie built a team that developed into a serious championship candidate and earned the runner-up spot, only 4 points behind the champion Essen, which secured the Knights a ticket to the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. According to the club's website Elzie is probably heading back North to take office in the management of the Bremen Roosters.

Veteran Danny Lewis to stay in Giessen -by Moritz Korff
The LTi Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga) have extended the contract of Danny Lewis (185-G-70, college: Wayne St., MI) for one more season. The 37-year-old veteran first joined the 46ers in February 08. He had 14 appearances in the Bundesliga for Giessen, averaging 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per outing. Lewis also hit a team-high 89.5 % from the foul-line. The native of Kalamazoo, MI who has been playing as a pro since 1993 finished this past season in 16th place with the 46ers.
Giessen's roster for the upcoming season currently includes these players: Gerrit Terdenge (205-F-75, college: Fresno St.), Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: LimeLight, college: Oregon), Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side), Richard Poiger (206-F-87), Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: E.Carolina), Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) and Danny Lewis.


Bundesliga SemiFinals Results Tuesday June 3rd! -by Michael Taylor
ALBA Berlin punched their ticket to the Bundesliga Finals as Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his men won an exciting Game 4 at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg Tuesday night. But Berlin will have to wait to learn their opponent in the 2008 Bundesliga Finals as Telekom Baskets Bonn earned an important home win evening their series against Deutsche Bank Skyliners at two games apiece and forcing a decisive Game 5.

Tuesday June 3rd
Telekom Baskets Bonn 79 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 60 (Series tied 2-2)
After struggling offensively in a Game 3 loss, Telekom Baskets Bonn warmed up at home and used a strong first quarter to control the game on their way to a series tying 79-60 Game 4 victory Tuesday night in Bonn. Winsome Frazier topscored with 19pt with help from John Bowler (16pt 3 for 3 from three) and Patrick Flomo (11pt) as Bonn hit 54% from the floor, 8 for 17 from three (47%) and outrebounded Frankfurt 33-28. After a 26-17 1Q, Bonn took a commanding 51-33 lead before coasting to the series tying win. Skyliners Derrick Allen and Jimmy McKinney shared topscoring honors with 11pt apiece as Frankfurt shot 38% from the floor and 8 of 25 (32%) from three. The Bonn win sets up a fantastic decisive Game 5 scheduled for 6:30pm Thursday June 5th at Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt with a ticket to the Bundesliga Finals Series on the line.

ALBA Berlin 72 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 68 (Berlin wins Series 3-1)
Julius Jenkins scored 17pt 5reb and Dragan Dojcin added 15pt including the decisive 3pt shot as ALBA Berlin earned a hardfought 72-68 road win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Tuesday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. The thrilling win seals the series for ALBA 3 games to 1 and sends the Berliners to the Bundesliga Finals. ALBA edged ahead early with a 17-16 1Q before outscoring the hosts 20-14 in the 2Q to take a 37-30 halftime lead. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA team built on their lead and went into the 4th up 53-42. Oldenburg's tremendous comeback effort was sparked by an 18-2 run setting up the exciting finish. Trailing by three, Rickey Paulding finished a 3pt play on a strong drive baseline to even the game but with 18sec Bobby Brown found an open Dojcin on the left wing where Dragan buried the clutch three giving ALBA a late 3pt lead. Moments later, with Oldenburg down two 70-68, off a scramble for a loose ball, Oldenburg's Paulding attacked the basket on a 2 on 1 with a chance to tie but his attempt rimmed out and was collected by Julius Jenkins. The Bundesliga MVP Jenkins iced the game with his FT. ALBA's Immanuel McElroy chipped in 12pt 6reb and Aleksandar Nadjfeji added 13pt before fouling out. Rickey Paulding paced Oldenburg with 16pt followed by Jasmin Perkovic with 13pt and Daniel Strauch 10. ALBA shot 48% from the floor and made 5 of 14 threes (35%) compared with Oldenburg's 44% and 7 of 23 (30%) from three. Both teams shot 68% from the foul line and ALBA outrebounded Oldenburg 36-30. Congratulations to Head coach Predrag Krunic and the entire Oldenburg organization for a fantastic season and outstanding effort deep into the playoffs. ALBA awaits their opponent for the Bundesliga Finals which begin next week!


Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, college: Georgia Southern) of ALBA Berlin
Guard of the Year - Julius Jenkins (187-G-81) of ALBA Berlin
Forward of the Year - Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Center of the Year - Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
Newcomer of the Year - Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89) of Koeln 99ers
Most Improved Player of the Year - Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of ratiopharm Ulm
Bosman Player of the Year - Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) of ALBA Berlin
Import Player of the Year - Julius Jenkins (187-G-81) of ALBA Berlin
Domestic Player of the Year - Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of ratiopharm Ulm
Defensive Player of the Year - Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80) of ALBA Berlin
Coach of the Year - Achim Kuczmann of Leverkusen

1st Team
Tim Black (178-G-81) of Digibu Baskets Paderborn
Julius Jenkins (187-G-81) of ALBA Berlin
Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen
Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck

2nd Team
Bobby Brown (188-G-84) of ALBA Berlin
Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of ratiopharm Ulm
Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven

Honorable Mention
Brandon Woudstra (191-G-80) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of ratiopharm Ulm
Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83) of Telekom Baskets Bonn
Lamont McIntosh (191-G-82) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck
Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) of ALBA Berlin

All-Domestic Players Team
Pascal Roller (180-G-76) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Demond Greene (185-G-79) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of ratiopharm Ulm
Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Patrick Femerling (216-C-75) of ALBA Berlin

All-Imports Team
Tim Black (178-G-81) of Digibu Baskets Paderborn
Julius Jenkins (187-G-81) of ALBA Berlin
Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen
Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck

All-Bosmans Team
Branimir Longin (195-G-78) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven
Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) of Koeln 99ers
Goran Nikolic (205-C-76) of ALBA Berlin
Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) of ALBA Berlin
Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt

All-Defensive Team
Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80) of ALBA Berlin
Koko Archibong (202-F-81) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83) of Telekom Baskets Bonn

All-Newcomers Team
Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89) of Koeln 99ers
Sebastian Betz (200-F-85) of ratiopharm Ulm
David McCray (188-G-86) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) of LTi Giessen 46ers
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83) of Koeln 99ers


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GREECE

Lazaros Papadopoulos announced his departure from the Greek National Team -by Simon Varvakis
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) announced his departure from the Greek National Team earlier today via his personal website : www.lazarospapadopoulos.gr and made several comments about his decision. Lazaros Papadopoulos has been a member of the national teams since the age of 15 and has been a vital member of the team appearing almost aways in the starting five line-up for the last few years. In his announcement he mentions certain things that happened last summer during the European Cup were Greece didn't manage to get to the final and defend the title. Lazaros Papadopoulos seems to be very disappointed by how the Greek basketball federation and certain non-player members of the National Team have treated him and his fellow players. Finally he declares that he will no longer be a part of the team as he feels that he has been driven out of it. No comments have been made as of yet regarding his announcement although it is a matter that will be thoroughly discussed this summer.

Balkan League (BIBL) News -by Serafim Karaiskakis
The names of the teams that will make it to the first season of Balkan league will be announced this Wednesday.

BIBL is pleased to announce that MPT GROUP is the new official marketing company of the league and both sides will cooperate in the future.

MPT group was established by businessmen and sports executives in order to serve and promote the basketball clubs, athletes, coaches and other people interests within the European sports community.

The group, with the assistance of an experienced team of Financial, Sport Management and Marketing executives and their associations within the sports area, can guarantee successful results to anyone who is interested in using its services.

Globalsports, Globalevents and GTN Services are some of the companies that participate in the group. The group made its first steps in 1998 and entered dynamically in Basketball within the last three years, by participating in unique projects, like FIBA All Star Day 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the group involved for the first time with the marketing of AEK BC and the Greek All Star Game 2008, achieving impressive results.

The group's offices are settled in Athens, Nicosia and Budapest, while an expansion in Romania in 2009 has already been decided.


http://www.balkanleague.net/


Stephen Arigbabu agreed terms with Olimpia Larisa for another year. -by Simon Varvakis
Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72, agency: Court Side) agreed terms with Olimpia Larisa for another year. The german center will stay for a 3rd consecutive year in Larisa as coach Bartzokas values his ability and his experience. Stephen Arigbabu as he said on the team's official website that he feels very comfortable being a player of Olimpia and he also said that he is considering ending his career as a player of Olimpia. He also mentioned that he feels that his contribution is valued in the team even though he will probably be the eldest player in the team.

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HOLLAND

Aron Roye choose for Hanzevast Capitals -by Fred Roggen
Aron Roye (182-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has signed today a contract for one year with Hanzevast Capitals. The 20-year old pointguard is seen as one of the biggest talent of the Netherlands.
In spite of several offers of other teams in the Netherlands, has he shown interest to play for the Capitals since Marco van den Berg was announced as the new headcoach in Groningen.
Under Marco van den Berg as NT-coach, Aron Roye made his debut in the Dutch National team.


Alexander Sa signed five-year contract at Landstede Zwolle -by Fred Roggen
Alexander Sa (184-G-83) stand under contract at Landstede Zwolle also the coming season. The club has reached a new five-year agreement with the guard. Sa finished last season with averaging 7.9 points and 3 assists for Landstede Zwolle.
Sa is very glad that he remains in Zwolle. ' I play already seven years in Zwolle and it felt at home here '.
Also head-coach Herman van de Belt is satisfied that Sa stays the coming seasons in Zwolle.


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ISRAEL

Vujcic: "I will find the way to come back to Maccabi" -by Yarone Arbel
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Nikola Vujcic have parted ways today in a heart-breaking press conference in Nokia Arena - the home of Vujcic in the past six seasons.

On Friday Maccabi sent Vujcic a letter in which the club said they won't exercise the option to keep him for the next season. The reason is only financial, as Maccabi can't afford his contract.

Tonight Vujcic, joined by Maccabi's owners - Chairman Shimon Mizrahi, vice-chairman David Federman and vice-chairman and team manager Moni Fanan to say farewell words and answer media questions.

'I had six amazing years here, the best of my life and its priceless. All the love I received here left me speechless,' he said.

'I tried to prepare myself, my family and friends for this moment but it was impossible. It's not goodbye and I'm sure we'll meet again. I will find the way to come back here.'

'I came here as a 23 year old, a kid, and it were love at first sight. I've found a family here and it will always stay with me. The last thing I wanted is to finish my career in Maccabi without the championship title, I wanted this championship more than any of the others, but this is how it happened.'

Part owner and vice-chairman Federman said: 'There's no doubt this is one of the most difficult moments for us. I was hoping in my heart this will never come. Niko is a person we truly love, and I wish we could all sit here and say he would stay with us for 15 more years.'

'Unfortunately the financial situation in European basketball is such that Nikola can play for much higher salary that he could make in Maccabi. Our message is - you're our friend and we love you, and if you ever want to come back here for half a year, a year or ten years our door is always open.'

'Nikola is the proof we don't only deal with basketball. I wish we'll have more people like Nikola in the future.'

Part owner, vice-chairman and team manager Moni Fanan was one of the closest people to Vujcic during this period and had trouble holding his tears.

Fanan, who put his words on letter, fought the tears and said: 'I feared all the time from this moment that I'll have to look into Nikola's eyes and say good bye. Nikola, beyond being a great basketball player, has a great personality. I'll miss him terribly.'

Maccabi left the door open for Nikola, and said he's welcome to come back all the time. Some in Maccabi hope Nikola will decide, after checking the offers in the market, to stay in Maccabi after all.


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ITALY

Serie A Finals: McIntyre gives Siena the first lead -by Luca Bianchin
Montepaschi Siena-Lottomatica Roma 85-73
Siena-Roma 1-0: everybody expected it, but it wasn't that easy. Lottomatica struggled and kept the game open (almost) till the end, led by a good Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.): former Malaga forward was Roma top scorer with 21 points and collected also 4 rebounds and 2 steals. It wasn't enough because Siena played the usual tough home game and found a key break in the last minutes of the third quarter. Due triples by Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and two crucial shots by Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) allowed Montepaschi to take a 10-point lead. And Roma, from that moment, always trailed, despite two impressive plays bu Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84). In the fourth quarter Siena backcourt (McIntyre & Sato) controlled the game, while Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) shot 7/9 from the free throws line to close the game. However the mvp of the game was Terrell McIntyre, that closed with 22 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. Game 2 will be played in Siena on Thursday night: it's clear that Montepaschi is the best team on the floor, but now Roma knows it won't be impossible.


Stats Leaders - SerieA
SerieA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tucker, Siviglia 21.0
2 Finley, Solsonica 20.3
3 Holland, Cimberio 19.5
4 Jones, Eldo 17.9
5 Wood, Tisettanta 17.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Wallace, Pierrel 10.7
2 Ford,Prem.9.8
3 Lloreda, Cimberio9.8
4 Watson, Armani9.5
5 Ja.Thomas, Upim 9.5
Assists Per Game
1 Pozzecco, Pierrel 7.8
2 M.Green, AirAV 6.5
3 McIntyre, Mont. 5.3
4 Poeta, Siviglia4.6
5 Allen, Snaidero 3.6
4 Wood,Tisettanta3.4
5 Finley, Solsonica3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Pozzecco, Pierrel 6.1
2 Fitch, Tisettanta 4.5
3 M.Green, AirAV 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Ford, Prem. 1.5
2 Pasco, Scavolini 1.2
3 Toure, Armani 1.2
2FGP
1 Howell, Pierrel 70.4
2 Ford, Prem.68.2
3 Eze Benjamin 66.3
3FGP
1 J.Thomas, Prem.45.5
2 Wood, Tisettanta45.3
3 Hicks, Scavolini44.8
Free Throws
1 M.Green, AirAV 89.0
2 Diener, Mont. 88.9
3 Clark, Scavolini 88.2


Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena
Guard of the Year - Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air Avellino
Forward of the Year - Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88) of Armani Jeans Milano
Center of the Year - Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena
Newcomer of the Year - Marco Passera (180-G-82) of Cimberio Varese
Most Improved Player of the Year - Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) of Siviglia Wear Teramo
Bosman Player of the Year - Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena
Import Player of the Year - Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air Avellino
Domestic Player of the Year - Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88) of Armani Jeans Milano
Defensive Player of the Year - Romain Sato (194-G-81) of Montepaschi Siena
Coach of the Year - Matteo Boniciolli of Avellino

1st Team
Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air Avellino
Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) of Air Avellino
Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88) of Armani Jeans Milano
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena

2nd Team
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena
Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena
Jumaine Jones (201-F-79) of Eldo Basket Napoli
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82) of Premiata Montegranaro
Eric Williams (206-C-84) of Air Avellino

Honorable Mention
Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Montepaschi Siena
Barry Elder (193-G-82) of Angelico Biella
Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) of Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
David Hawkins (193-G-82) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma
DaShaun Wood (180-G-85) of Tisettanta Cantu
Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82) of Benetton Treviso
Clay Tucker (194-G-80) of Siviglia Wear Teramo
Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena

All-Domestic Players Team
Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) of Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) of Siviglia Wear Teramo
Danilo Gallinari (206-G/F-88) of Armani Jeans Milano
Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) of Premiata Montegranaro
Mason Rocca (204-F-77) of Eldo Basket Napoli

All-Imports Team
Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air Avellino
Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) of Air Avellino
Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena
Jumaine Jones (201-F-79) of Eldo Basket Napoli
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82) of Premiata Montegranaro

All-Bosmans Team
Janis Blums (190-G-82) of Eldo Basket Napoli
Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena
Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75) of Armani Jeans Milano
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena

All-Defensive Team
Davide Lamma (192-G-76) of Upim Bologna
Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) of Benetton Treviso
Romain Sato (194-G-81) of Montepaschi Siena
Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77) of Montepaschi Siena
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82) of Premiata Montegranaro

All-Newcomers Team (only 4 players selected)
Marco Passera (180-G-82) of Cimberio Varese
Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83) of Angelico Biella
Andrea Renzi (210-F/C-89) of Benetton Treviso
Demian Filloy (198-F-82) of Premiata Montegranaro


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LEBANON

A very exciting Final : Riyadi - Moutahed : 1-1 -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese First Division Championship Finals are on , and the intensity which was during the season was intensified in the Finals , Riyadi - Beirut the champions for the past 3 seasons is playing a new face in the Finals , Moutahed - Tripoli .

The series is expected to be very unpredictable , Riyadi who have started the series with a home win made all the critics believe that this year final too will be an easy ride to retain the prestigious title after the first win on the score of

The team from the North had a different point of view in the second game in Triploi , the players , the staff and the fans had one thing in their mind 'Victory ' , Riyadi started the game dominating and controlling the tempo , but the home team had always the appropriate answer to stay close ,The score at the half was 23-28.

The second half started and the game continued to be more exciting one , Moutahed outscored Riyadi in this quarter 22 to 17 to tie the game at the end of the third 45-45.

In the fourth Riyadi tried to push in the beginning but couldn't match the home team tempo who managed to cruise into a historical win on the score of 70-52 to tie the series 1-1 and to stop the wining streak of Riyadi.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Riyadi's home court , the winner will be one step away from winning the Lebanese League.

Q1: 17-19 Q2:6-9 Q3:22-17 Q4:25-7

Best Performances :
Moutahed
: Darren Kelly (21pts ) , Norman Nolan (18pts)
Riyadi : Joseph Vogel (26pts) , Adrian Custis (17pts)


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LITHUANIA

Changes in Nevezis -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Nevezis Kedainiai signed a 1 year contract with former Aisciai-Atletas forward Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84). Last season he played in 20 LKL games, averaged 15 points and 6.9 boards. Also he was elected to the Eurobasket.com LKL All-Domestic Players team.

Also Nevezis is close to the agreement with Martynas Versinskas (206-C). He played in Presbyterian Blue Hose team, NCAA. But the last season wasn't succesfull for him, Martynas averaged only 1.5 points and 1.2 boards during 11 minutes.


Ksystof Lavrinovic is player of the year in Italy -by Eurobasket News
Member of Lithuanian National Team, Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), got prestigious award today by Eurobasket. He is named to be the player of the year in Italian Serie A. His team Montepaschi Siena dominated in Italy from the beginning of the season. At the end Siena finished it having fantastic 31 wins and only 3 defeats. The second ranked team Lottomatica Roma had 8 wins less than Montepaschi. But it was not the end. The team from Siena continued at the same rhythm in play-off. Lavrinovic and his team smashed Upim Bologna 3-0 at the quarterfinals while Armani Jeans also suffered terror by Siena losing it 3-0. Their opponent in the play-off final is Lottomatica Roma.

Ksystof Lavrinovic signed 3-years contract with Montepaschi in June 2007. It was a right move by Siena's management which Lavrinovic proved averaging 12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.1 bpg in Euroleague. He was one of its key players in the best European club competition where Siena participated on Final 4 in Madrid. In Italian Serie A he has even better digits that it was in Euroleague. At the moment for 6 games in play-off he averages 18.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg. It is important to be mentioned that Montepaschi already won one title this season. It was Italian Serie A Supercup.

Before Montepaschi, Lavrinovic used to play for UNICS Kazan, Dynamo Moscow and Ural Great Perm. He started basketball career in Alita Alytus. With Lithuanian National Team he won European championship in Sweden 2003.


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MEXICO

LNBP: New Rule for Next Season -by Carlos Chapa
On the latest LNBP assembly, held in the city of Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas; it was announced that apart from the permitted 3 foreign players, and 2 Mexican-American players, teams will be able to add 2 players labeled as Latinos. Mexican-American players might substitute Latinos for those 2 available spots if the team decides to do so. However Latinos might not substitute Mexican-Americans.

With information from fuerzaregia.com


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NBA

Orlando Magic extends GM Otis Smith -by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic signed general manager Otis Smith to a multi year contract. It was the second season of Smith as a GM in Orlando. Before he took that position he spent one year with the Magic as an Assistant General Manager.

The team also extended contract with Assistant GM Dave Twardzik.

Orlando finished the regular season on top of Division Southeast with score 52-30. Later Magic outplayed Toronto Raptors at the play-off quarterfinal of Eastern Conference. Detroit Pistons stopped them on their way winning the semifinals series 4-1.


Flip Saunders steps down as the Pistons' coach -by Eurobasket News
Flip Saunders will not guide the Detroit Pistons in the next season. He led the team to three consecutive Eastern conference finals appearances but failed to make a single NBA Finals. The president of basketball operations Joe Dumars gave the idea the team needed a change lately. In three seasons with the Pistons Flip Saunders recorded 176 regular season wins. He also led the Pistons to a 30:21 postseason record. Saunders joined the franchise in 2005 replacing Larry Brown who led the Pistons to the title.
Meanwhile two NBA super veterans Alonzo Mourning (6'10''-C-70, college: Georgetown) and Robert Horry (6'10''-F-70, college: Alabama) are considering their options for the next season. Alonzo Mourning was closing the idea of his possible retirement during the season. He suffered a knee injury last December sitting out the rest of the season since then. He hinted a couple of times he would like to call it a career but things seemed to change now. The Miami Heat center announced he would be ready for the upcoming season to play one more year before ending his career. The 38-year-old Mourning has his contract expiring on June 30. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 boards per game in 25 games last season. His career stats come up to 17.1 points and 8.5 boards per game in 16 seasons in the NBA.
Robert Horry also ponders over his possible retirement. The Spurs forward won seven NBA championships in his 16-year career. But he failed to claim the 8th one in this season after San Antonio was knocked out by the Lakers in the Western conference finals. Robert Horry surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most playoff games in NBA history. Robert Horry took part in 45 games in the regular season with the Spurs averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 boards per game. He will turn 38 in August and the Spurs might reconsider extending the veteran contracts in the summer opting for some younger players to join the team.


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NCAA1

Latest transfers -by Eurobasket News
Derrick Jasper (6'6''-G-88) announced on Saturday that he is transferring from University of Kentucky. He stated that he made a decision because of his desire to play closer to his home. A native of Paso Robles, California, Jasper had 20 appearances for the Wildcats. He averaged 4.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Jasper missed the first 10 contests of the season due to offseason knee surgery.

Tony Freeman (6'1''-G-86) will make a change for his senior season. He decided to transfer to Southern Illinois, the school announced on Monday. Following NCAA rules, Freeman will sit out the 2008-09 season. He will have one year of eligibility when he returns.


Florida names Shaka Smart assistant coach -by Eurobasket News
Shaka Smart leaves Clemson taking position of assistant coach at Florida.

Shaka Smart completed his first year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the men's basketball team at Clemson in 2006-07. At 30 years of age, Smart was one of, if not the, youngest assistants in the ACC. However, the 2006-07 season marked his fourth year as a Division I assistant coach.

Smart put together a solid recruiting class in his first year with the Tiger basketball program. Each of the three signees for the class of 2007-08 is ranked among the top 150 incoming freshman by at least one recruiting service. In addition, point guard Demontez Stitt earned Mr. Basketball honors in the state of North Carolina. Jerai Grant and Terrence Oglesby both participated in the prestigious Capital Classic in Washington, DC, with Oglesby earning All-Tournament honors at the event.

This was actually the second time Smart has been hired at Clemson by Head Coach Oliver Purnell. He first came with Purnell from Dayton to Clemson in 2003 as the director of basketball operations. But, in June of 2003, Smart accepted the coaching position at Akron.


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NEW ZEALAND

Jones Bids Adieu -by Eurobasket News
It took a summer of agonizing and a last-minute change of heart, but Phill Jones (196-G-74) could finally delay the decision no longer. The veteran sharpshooter has pulled on the Tall Black singlet for the last time. Jones (34) will be missing from the list of trialists to be announced this week by national coach and longtime mentor Nenad Vucinic for the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens. His announcement won't come as a surprise to his former team-mates, a couple of whom have already beaten him to the punch. Jones foreshadowed his decision during last year's FIBA Oceania Championships against Australia, but wisely took the summer to reconsider his priorities. Last week, he seemed ready to retain his spot on the Tall Black roster but ultimately could not put long-suffering wife Kat through the ordeal again.
'This has been such a huge part of my life, but it is time to settle down and stay at home with the family,' says Jones. 'We'll be moving up to Auckland soon for the Breakers and that's a really big move. If I was away, my wife would be making that move by herself, it's something she's had to do for such a long time. 'If it was me, I'd be saying it was time I settled down and spent some time with the kids. I think I'm playing reasonably well and can still compete at that level, but as far as motivation goes, family is now definitely first.'
Jones debuted for his country in 1994, attending two Olympic Games and two FIBA World Championships. His career highlights have mirrored the greatest moments of Tall Black basketball over the past decade. With trusty ally Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International), he was their leading scorer (16.7 points) when they upset Australia to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis and once there, averaged 18.2 points, shooting 41.7% 3pt, to guide them to the bronze medal game. Perhaps his crowning achievement was the 33-point (6/8 3pt) outburst that dragged New Zealand out of a 20-point hole against China and into the quarterfinals of that tournament. Jones ranked second among all scorers two years later at the Athens Olympics, averaging 21.0 points, and was again on fire - 28 points, 8/16 3pt - as the Tall Blacks inflicted their biggest ever defeat on the Boomers (72-53) in Napier, July 2006. Even as he was relegated to bench status last year, he produced a 17-point/12-rebound double double in the Kiwis' 67-58 win over Australia in Brisbane, a performance that will now go down as a fitting finale.
'For me, the Sydney Olympics were the highlight,' says Jones. 'It was probably the first experience we had as an international team in a huge tournament, the biggest sporting event in the world.' But the temptation of attending a third Olympics was not enough to lure him back on the road with the Tall Blacks in 2008.'Really, that didn't come into it,' he says. 'I've enjoyed being in that team environment and representing my country at the Olympics have just been icing on the cake.' His departure, along with the retirements of Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) and Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) and unavailability of Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV) and Paul Henare (182-G-79), leaves the national team well and truly in rebuilding mode as they attempt to qualify for Beijing. 'Their decisions didn't have any affect on mine at all,' says Jones. 'I knew most of those guys were probably going to be finished after the series in Australia. 'I had some time to think about it, to make sure it was the right decision for me and I'm happy with that decision. 'There is now an opportunity for some younger guys to step up and show what they're capable of. Even if they can't compete at this tournament, they will still get to see what level they need to be at... it'll be good for them.' Vucinic is philosophical about the announcement. 'It makes me sad, but I totally understand Phill's reasons and respect his decision. It must have been a tough decision after all those years. 'He has been one of only a handful of players, if that, who have never missed a camp, tour or trial when it was time to represent his country. He has been a key player in all our successes that we have ever had as Tall Blacks.'
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


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NICARAGUA

ACB Standinga
D1 Standings
ACB
 1. Delfines 3-1 
 2. Tigres 1-0 
 3. Vikingos de V. 1-1 
 4. Tiburones 0-1 
 5. Pumas 0-1 
 6. Halcones 0-1 
Liga Premier
 1. Jaguares 3-1 
 2. American Coll. 2-1 
 3. Fupade Coast 2-2 
 4. Caimanes 1-4 


Two wins for Delfines in ACB -by Gianni Pascucci
Delfines de la BICU-Inatec prevailed 89-84 over Vikingos in their second meeting. The best players of the Dolphins were Windell Sloan (-F/C), who scored 24 pts and Moses Malone (-C-86), who added 19. Carlos Rocha (-G/F) was the best in Vikingos, with 19. The night after, Delfines won again, this time over Halcones Red Nicarao 73-70, and Moses Malone and Windell Sloan were again theri best players, at 14 points each. Mark Joseph Gonzalez added 10 pts in Delfines, while Halcones were led by Jairo Contreras and Juvenal Rodriguez (183-G), who scored 16 pts each.

Fupade Coast wins in Liga Premier -by Gianni Pascucci
Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) scored 23 points to lead Fupade Coast to an easy win, 93-61 over Caimanes in the last round of Liga Premier. Elijah Allen (193-F-73) added 15 pts at the winning side, and Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78) 11. The best in Caimanes were Julio 'Bonanza' Gonzalez (-F) with 15 points and Reynaldo Sanchez with 11

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NIGERIA

Good performance of Uche Nsonwu in French play-off -by Eurobasket News
Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and his Asvel lost the first game of the French play-off semifinals. Nancy outplayed them 86-75 but Nigerian Nsonwu demonstrated very good performance. He nailed 13 points missing one more rebound for double-double. Nancy was better at the end of regular season finishing it on the second place with score 21-9. On the other side Asvel had the same score but Nancy had better digits in two games vs team from Villeurbane.

The hosts opened the first semifinal game better making lead 27-9 in the first period. It was a big problem for Nsonwu and his team for the rest of the game. They threatened couple of times showing some signals that this game could have a different story at the end. Unfortunately to Nsonwu they did not have enough power for a turn. At the end it was a comfortable win for the second ranked Nancy. Game number two is scheduled for Tuesday.
Nsonwu plays one of the best seasons in his career so far. He is member of starting five during the entire season. For 12 games in ULEB Cup he averaged 13.5 pg and 7.3 rpg. He got an invitation and participated on All-Star game 2008 of French Pro A league. Today he got prestigious award Eurobasket Center of the year in French Pro A.

Before Asvel, Nsonwu played for Gravelines, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Telindus Oostende, Galatasaray and Antibes.


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NPBL

Week 12 results -by Gianni Pascucci
The Elmira Bulldogs confirmed their supremacy winning the last two games of the NPBL regular season: on Friday night, they overcame the NY StrikeForce 140-110 in front of a new franchise attendance record of 500 fans. Once again, Elmira was led by the league's leading scorer David Ruffin (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Hartford) who finished with 28 points, followed by tiny Tychicus Snow (5'7''-G) who had a very impressive 23 points including an alley-oop dunk that brought all the fans to their feet. The best player in the StrikeForce was Carl Lee (6'6''-F-82, college: Utah Valley St.) who finished the game with 23 points. Two nights after, the Bulldogs defeated on teh road the Hudson Valley Hawks 133-128. The Hawks drop to 4-9 on the season and the Bulldogs improve to 10-3 and sit on top of the NPBL as the league prepares for post season play. Leading scorer for the Bulldogs were again David Ruffin with 40 points and Tychicus Snow with 27 points. Hawks leading scorers were Tay Fisher (5'9''-G-86, college: Siena) with 27 points 9 steals, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds, Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.) 23 points, and Robert Patterson-Brown (6'2''-G) with 18 points, and 5 assists. The main challenger of the Bulldogs for the league title should be the Meryland Bayraiders, winners over the weekend over the Avengers 116-97 to grab the South Division title. Darnell Sneed (6'2''-G-70, college: Charleston So.) led Maryland in scoring, ending the game at 45 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists and 8 steals. Javes Wiggins (6'7''-F-80, college: Md-Eastern Shore) played a a monster game of 30 points and 30 rebounds and Rick Lewis (6'7''-F, college: Benedict) played a solid game in defense

Standings
NPBL Standings
 1. Elmira B. 10-3 
 2. MD Bayraiders 8-3 
 3. NY Strikeforce 6-5 
 4. Alexandria A. 5-5 
 5. HV Hawks 4-9 
 6. Delaware D. 1-4 
 7. NY Monarchs 1-5 


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PARAGUAY

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


San Jose defeats Libertad -by Gianni Pascucci
As it was expected, Deportivo San Jose prevailed over Libertad in the last game of this round in 'Group A2' and this win could grant the qualification to teh Semifinal Round. The final score was 86-77, and the main scorers in San Jose were Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82) at 23, Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) at 22 and Miguel Isola (198-F-83) at 21. Libertad ended ahead the first quarter 23-18, but wasn' t able to answer to the 'Saints' comeback. The main performers at the losing side were Ivan Lafuente (-81) with 17 and Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76), with 17 pts each. The games of Group 'B2' will start on thursday night in Encarnacion.

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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Santurce 17
2. Carolina 16
3. Caguas 14
4. Arecibo 13
5. Guaynabo 13
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


Caguas Criollos Surprise Santurce Crabbers -by Luis Ramirez
The Criollos managed to score a layup in the final seconds of the game to give them an unexpected win over the defending Champions Santurce Crabbers 84-83. The Crabbers took the 1t quarter 24-19. In the 2nd quarter the Criollos came back to take the lead as the half ended 43-39. In the 3rd quarter the Crabbers made an offensive effort to come back and were able to trim the Criollos lead to just one point 61-60. In the 4th quarter both teams played at an even level but it was a layup from Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) with just seconds left to give the Criollos the victory. For Caguas, Peter John Ramos led all scorers with 26 points he also added 14 rebounds followed by Marlyn Bryant with 15 points. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) had a good offensive night as he scored 31 points followed by Robert Traylor with 21 points.

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QATAR

The Qatari Basketball Season Ends on a Successful Note -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
The conclusion of the FIBA Asia Club Championships signalled the end of the Qatari basketball season. This season saw a Qatari team, Al Arabi Club who were lead by Coach David Ingham , hoist the GCC Cup for the first time. It was also the first time that a Qatari team other than Al Rayyan got their name inscribed on that Cup. Another first was Al Jaysh Army SC surprising run to dethrone Al Rayyan, who have dominated the league for many years, to claim their first league title. While Al Rayyan, even though they lost the league crown, still ended the season on successful note. After losing out in the league championships, they came back strong to claim both league cups, finish third at the GCC's, and take second place at the FIBA Asia Club Championships, just losing out to eventual champions Saba Battery of Iran in a closely contested final. So congratulations to Al Arabi Club, Al Jaysh Army SC and Al Rayyan for their accomplishments this season. All teams are now off on holiday, while the Qatari Basketball Federation irons out the particulars on the import rules and other finer details for the upcoming season. We look forward to the opening of the 2008-2009 campaign.

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ROMANIA

UMobitelco even the Final series -by Eurobasket News
UMobitelco - CSU Ploiesti 90:88

UMobitelco came from behind in the second half to upset CSU Ploiesti at home in the sixth game of the finals. The hosts had their backs against the wall heading into the game trailing 2-3 in the series. And the first half of home game did not add positive emotions to UMobitelco. CSU Ploiesti controlled the rhythm and due to back-to-back trebles from Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) enjoyed a 24:18 lead after the starting frame. The visitors quickly cleared off to a 10-point distance early in the second term and kept the hosts at bay throughout the rest of the frame. Arvydas Cepulis completed the first half with a 22-point tally while Virgil Carutasu (204-C-76) added 10 boards to dominate the paint. Virgil Carutasu, Arvydas Cepulis and Reggie Elliott quickly paced CSU Ploiesti to a massive 17-point cushion early in the third frame. However Silvasan and Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) had a proper answer. They ignited a 15:7 run that put the home team just 9 points away from the defending champions at the end of the third frame. Lapuste nailed a three-pointer and UMobitelco cut the deficit to a single point at the very beginning of the final frame. Virgil Carutasu and Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) carried the visiting team back to a 7-point buffer but UMobitelco stayed alert. They denied the gap and surged ahead 81:79 as Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) hit a jumper. The hosts then proved deadly from charity stripe to secure the vital win and forced the seventh game in the dramatic finals.
Zoran Krstanovic led all scorers with 28 points and 11 boards for UMobitelco. Milan Medvedj (183-G-79), Brad Buckman and Branko Cuic (196-G-78) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Arvydas Cepulis answered with 27 points for CSU Ploiesti. Bojan Obradovic and Virgil Carutasu netted 15 points apiece in defeat. Game 7 is scheduled for Thursday in Ploiesti.

UMobitelco: Zoran Krstanovic 28+11 boards, Milan Medvedj 13, Brad Buckman 13, Branko Cuic 13
CSU Ploiesti: Arvydas Cepulis 27, Bojan Obradovic 15, Virgil Carutasu 15+13 boards


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RUSSIA

Spartak St. Petersburg releases Korchagin -by Eurobasket News
Point guard Alexandr Korchagin (188-G-88) and Spartak St. Petersburg parted ways. The club decided to terminate contract with the player despite he had an option to stay one more year in St. Petersburg.
Korchagin played 14 games for Spartak in Russian Superleague averaging just 2 ppg and 1.1 rpg. On 2004 he was a member of Russian U16 National Team. He was a part of it on European Championship in Greece at the same year. Korchagin joined Spartak in January 2007 from local team LenVO.

Spartak St. Petersburg finished Superleague regular season on 11th position with score 5-19.


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SERBIA

Igor Milosevic wants to leave Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski

Strange news came from Crvena Zvezda yesterday. Namely, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86), who supposes to be one of Zvezda's key players for the next season, wants to terminate the contract with the club. Interesting is that just couple of days ago Milosevic gave an interview to Serbian media saying that he decided to stay in Zvezda for one more year because he will be the starting point guard next season.

Totally different situation came up yesterday. 'I lived for a long time in Greece and I was a captain of Greek junior National Team. Despite I had many offers I decided to sign with Crvena Zvezda because it is the club I love since I was young. You are probably wondering why I have decided to terminate the contract with them. For this answer you will have to speak with club's management' - said Milosevic.

Zvezda's management did not want to give any comment about Milosevic's decision. According to the rumors they have intention to keep Milosevic for one more year as it was already announced before.

This is Milosevic's third year in Crvena Zvezda where he joined 2005 from Iraklis Thessaloniki. More than 9 months ago Milosevic suffered serious injury (broken leg) and was not able to help his teammates until middle of May when he played 17 minutes against Borac Cacak. After that game it was announced that he agreed with Zvezda to stay one more year in the club. What is the reason of his move is not known yet.

He is currently been picked in the second round of the 2008 Mock Draft as number 27.

As a reminder, couple of weeks ago Nemanja Aleksandrov also sent his request to BBS with intention to terminate the contract.



Play-off semifinals begins today -by Dragan Jankovski
Play-off semifinals of Serbian Superleague will start today. The defending champion Partizan Igokea will meet Crvena Zvezda at 18:00h in hall Pionir while FMP will play against Hemofarm STADA at 19:30h in Zeleznik.

Head coach of Partizan Igokea Dusko Vujosevic said that it would be an enormous surprise if Zvezda knock out Partizan at the semis. 'We played two not so good games against Zvezda this season and I am sure it won't happen again. Our motivation is on high level as we want to participate in Euroleague next season. There is another reason why we want this title. It will bring us more points for 3-years contract with Euroleague but I see it is under the question mark again. I do respect Crvena Zvezda. They made very good result when and it is even better when we have on our mind what budget they had. They showed character and it is really important. My team also has it and it is clear that we are better team so will try to prove it on the court. We have to win our 7th consecutive title because if that doesn't happen everyone will forget our succes over the past 6 years' - said Vujosevic. Interesting is that Vujosevic already got a new nick name before the play-off. It is 'James Bond', of course because of his code 007.

Partizan won last 6 championship titles and for sure black-and-white team is looking forward to another one. On the other side Zvezda had an opportunity to celebrate its last title almost 10 years ago.


Partizan Igokea grabs 1-0 lead in the semis -by Dragan Jankovski
As it was expected Partizan Igokea made the first win in the play-off semifinals beating Crvena Zvezda 93-73. The only bad thing for Partizan was an injury of Novica Velickovic, who sprained his ankle in the first quarter and was sidelined until the end. On the other side Zvezda also had problem because its captain Tadija Dragicevic is not fully recovered yet.

Visitors stated the game better but very soon Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) took care that Partizan finish first 10 minutes with plus 11. At the beginning of the second stanza the hosts extended lead to 19 (36-17) but they couldn't keep it all until the half time. Zvezda succeeded to decrease minus to 11 until the half time. Partizan had very good shot percentage in the first half scoring 5 of 10 attepmts from behind the arc and also 15 of 19 from the field. Thanks to Omar Cook and Marko Lekic (212-C-85), Zvezda touched minus 6 early in the third period which gave them some hope tonight. But Partizan immediately answered with 11-2 run setting the score on 69-54. Partizan's defense looked extremely good from 30th to 35th minute as Zvezda did not score any point. It resulted with plus 24 for Partizan after what they finished game in style.
Center Nikola Pekovic totally dominated in the paint delivering 26 points including 8 boards. Pekovic was MVP of the game with index value 31. Uros Tripkovic was behind him with 18 points. Marko Lekic had 13 points and 4 rebounds in Zvezda.
Partizan finished the game shooting 8 of 16 from behind the arc. Black-and-white team also totally outrebounded its opponent as they had 16 more rebounds.

The first chance to finish semifinal series Partizan will have on Friday.


Partizan Igokea - Crvena Zvezda 93-73
(26-15,25-25,24-16,18-17)

Partizan:
Pekovic 26 (8 rebs), Tripkovic 18, Tepic 13 (6 as)
Zvezda: Lekic 13 (4 rebs), Markovic 11, Kovac 11, Subotic 9


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SEYCHELLES

Hawks stay unbeaten, talk about Omony's return… -by Carlos Pereira
PLS HAWKS are expected to welcome back Ugandan all-rounder Stephen Omony, but it is not clear when the reigning basketballer of the year, who has not played a match for them this year, will wear the number 12 shirt again.
Over the weekend at Victoria Gymnasium, the Hawks extended their winning run and wereBristol led the Hawks in scoring with 22 points one of two teams to reach the century mark.

PLS Hawks 111 - Razors 64

In the meantime, coach Tony Juliette rallied his team to a sixth consecutive win - reaching the century mark in a 111-64 win against five-man army Razors.
Point guard Bernard Bristol (22 points), Emmanuel Jupiter (21), Daniel Victor (17) and veteran power forward Jim Domingue (12) led the Hawks in scoring as they won all four quarters 21-7, 21-20, 28-16 and 41-21.
This is the third time PLS Hawks have reached a triple digit score this year, and they have a maximum 12 points to be ranked fourth in the 10-team Men's Division One standings.
The Razors are carrying the weight of the table with seven points after one win and seven defeats.

Premium Cobras 102 - Angels 62

Nigerian Alao Solomon rediscovered his scoring touch and did not foul out to lead Premium Cobras to a 102-62 win over Angels, who had the Agathine brothers - Jean and Norcy - fouling out.
After getting just 14 points and fouling out with only 3:07 played in the third quarter as Premium Cobras lost 59-71 to Baya the weekend before, Solomon went straight back into the scoring groove with a game-high 45 points and he was helped in offence by Dominic Pillay with 15 points. The Cobras' next match is against defending champions PLS Hawks on Saturday June 7.
They are currently third with 13 points after six wins and a loss, while Angels, who got 28 points from Daniel Dodin, slipped to their fourth defeat.

Beau Vallon Heat 47 - RC Dynamics 72

RC Dynamics got a game-high 19 points from Jean-Paul Desaubin and used a 72-47 victory over Beau Vallon Heat to bring their winning tally to four in seven matches.
Coached by Jim Domingue, RC Dynamics are sixth in the standings with 11 points, one more than the Heat who have concluded the first round with one win and eight losses.
Coach Valli Ismael team's only win came the weekend before when they burned the Razors 65-50.

Cascade Bullets 66 … MBU Rockers 98

MBU Rockers got balanced scoring on the way to a 98-66 victory over Cascade Bullets - the only other side to have played nine games.
Centre Timmy Adam led four other players in double digits - captain and playmaker Nigel Sinon (17), Brian Morel (15), Cyril Agrippine and Roddy Fanchette (14 each).
The Rockers have 13 points after six wins and a defeat to occupy second place.
Christopher Camille had the hot hands for the Bullets with 16 points.

Baya 94 - Praslin Warriors 68

Robert Leon led Baya in scoring in their 94-68 defeat of Praslin Warriors to stay atop the league table with 15 points.
Coach Michel Malbrook's team will have a long break before taking on PLS Hawks in their last first-round encounter on June 21 at the Palais des Sports.
The Warriors, who gave a debut to former Cascade Bullets centre Ronny Julienne, were led in scoring by Ryan VolcAre with 16 points, including five 3-pointers.
Men's Division 1B champions in 2007, Praslin Warriors are in eighth position with nine points after two wins and five losses.


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SLOVENIA

Zlatorog part ways with coach Novakovic -by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog officially parted ways with head coach Damijan Novakovic after one season.
Terme Olimia (D2) named Bojan Luthar as new head coach. .


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SOUTH KOREA

KBL sent invitation to 204 players -by Baewonyoul
Korean Professional Basketball teams made finially decion for inviting 204 out 606 players for the 2008 KBL Tryout at Las Vegas. Brand Crump and Keena Young, who were played for the last season, also invited for the tryout. Some of NBA experienced players such as Ryan Humphrey, Lavor Postell, and Jabari Smith also invited. Invited players should register for the tryout and send $100 to the KBL. KBL tryout camp for foreign players will be held from July 17 to 19th, 2008 at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.

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SPAIN

Stats Leaders - ACB
ACB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fernandez, DKV 21.2
2 Gomis,VLL 18.0
3 Douglas, PAM 16.6
4 Gasol, GIR 16.2
5 English, KGC 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gasol, GIR 8.3
2 Weis, BLB 7.3
3 Reyes, MAD 6.9
4 Moss, MEN 6.2
5 Evtimov, VLL 6.1
Assists Per Game
1 Sanchez, BAR 5.4
2 Rodrguez, MAN 5.4
3 Williams, PAM 4.8
4 Prigioni, TAU 4.6
5 Sada, GIR 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Fernandez, DKV 2.2
2 Rubio, DKV 2.2
3 Barton, DKV 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Asselin, MAN 2.2
2 Gasol, GIR 1.8
3 Barnes, LEO 1.5
2FGP
1 Gasol, GIR 67.7
2 Pietrus, EST 66.9
3 Hervelle, MAD 66.7
3FGP
1 Sundov, LEO 53.0
2 Rancik, BLB 50.0
3 Bueno, CAJ 50.0
Free Throws
1Marco, LEO 94.9
2 Lopez, MAD 94.0
3 Bullock, Louis 93.0


Tau won Spanish Championship 2008 !!! -by Paul Nilsen
TAU Ceramica Vitoria got their second ACB championship after they won all 3 games of the final series against AXA FC Barcelona.
Tau tried very hard to get the championship title for last few years and finally they managed to get it back after six years break (they won the title previously in 2002).
Fernando Buesa Arena 'exploded' with Tau supporters who waited for this moment for last six years.
Barca previously eliminated Tau in the semifinals back in 2004 and 2007. Tau was even closer in 2005 and 2006 making it to the finals and losing twice.
But still being considered one of the favorites and making it such far, they were not able to repeat their 2002 success until ...2008.
And it went very easy for Tau as they crushed Barca in all three finals games, ending the series with impressive 76-61 victory.
Tau was lead by Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) (16), American forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) (14), Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) (12) and Brazilian power forward Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) (11).
The best for Barcelona were international center Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) (12), Argentinian guard Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) (11) and Croatian center Mario Kasun (213-C-80) (10).


New Head Coach Appointed At Estudiantes -by Paul Nilsen
Luis Casimiro will be the new coach of ACB side MMT Estudiantes for the next two seasons. The man from La Mancha will move across the capital from Fuenlabrada where he has been for the last 4 campaigns keeping the club in the premier division of Spanish basketball on limited resources. Casimiro has a reputation of being able to work minor miracles, not just because of his time with the Orangemen of Fuenla lately. Historically he has always attained excellent results at his clubs. The first team he coached in the ACB was during the 1997/98 campaign at TDK Manresa and he took the Catalan team in his debut season to first place in the standings. In the very same season, he was named A€˜Coach of the Year' by the Spanish Coaches Association. He has also coached with Caceres CB Pamesa Valencia, Forum Valladolid and Etosa Alicante.

While Casimiro is respected for being able to perform miracles, it is the end of the road for former Estu coach Perasovic who is being thanked by many fans on various message boards for performing a miracle himself in leading the Madrid team out of relegation trouble that dogged their season right up until the eleventh hour.

After some years of struggle surely it is now up to Casimiro to lead MMT Estudiantes out of the shadows and start challenging once again. Of course for Fuenla supporters it might be a little hard to accept that their former coach has moved to their rivals in the same city. It could also be said that this puts more of a spotlight and pressure on the recently appointed Coach Luis Guil.


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U.KINGDOM

Calvin Davis is back to the Jets -by Eurobasket News
The Cheshire Jets managed to agree on terms of contract with Calvin Davis (202-F/C-77, college: Texas A&M). The American forward returns to Cheshire after three years of absence. He spent the last season with the Everton Tigers. Three-time BBL All-Star joined the Jets in 2001 leading the team to all four domestic titles. He then paced the Jets to one more BBL championship in 2004-2005. His average stats in the Jets came up to 20.2 points and 9.7 boards per game in three seasons. Last year he was scoring 14.2 points and collecting 8.2 caroms per game for the Tigers.
The Worthing Thunder is getting ready for the initial season in the BBL. They announced the signing of two former players to bolster the squad. The Thunder inked a Latvian forward Janis Ivanovskis (201-F-80, college: Cumberland). He played for the Thunder in 2006/2007 season leading the team to the EBL title. He averaged 17.5 points and 9 boards per game in that successful year for Worthing. He left the franchise in the summer of 2007 but decided to coma back after the Thunder was promoted to the BBL.
Moreover the Thunder agreed with the team's captain James Brame (191-G-80). Brame has been the part of Worthing squad for 8 years already.


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UKRAINE

Archi stays / Donetsk joins Superleague -by Alexander Muzyka
- 2007/08 Superleague play-offs MVP Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80) exactly stays in Azovmash, rumours said.

- There will be 13 teams in Superleague next season, FBU president Oleksandr Volkov said to Segodnya newspaper. So Higher League champion BK Donetsk will join Azovmash, BC Kyiv, Politekhnika-Halychyna, Khimik, Cherkasy Monkeys, Sumykhimprom, MBC Mykolaiv, BC Odesa, BC-93 Pulsar, Budivelnyk, Kryvbasbasket-Lux and Dnipro. Volkov will be glad to see one more team in Superleague if it has a possibility to take a high level participance. Foreigners' limit is still unknown bur there is expected to stay this season's limit. Azovmash will play in ULEB Cup as a Ukrainian champion, BC Kyiv has to play preliminary games if there is no wild-card for them. Khimik, Politekhnika-Halychyna, Cherkasy Monkeys want to play in FIBA EuroCup.


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VENEZUELA

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Trotamundos 32-6 
 2. Cocodrilos 26-13 
 3. Gaiteros 24-14 
 4. Guaiqueries 22-14 
 5. Gatos 22-14 
 6. Marinos 22-16 
 7. Guaros 15-24 
 8. Dep.Tachira 12-26 
 9. Panteras 8-31 
 10. Gigantes 7-32 


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WCBPL

Standings
WCBPL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 13-0 
 2. High Desert 4-2 
 3. Maywood B. 1-0 
 4. Pasadena 1-2 
 5. Hollywood 0-2 
 6. Carlsbad 0-2 
 7. Ventura 0-3 
 8. Newport Beach 0-5 


Close call for the Breakers -by Melissa McGinnis
The Santa Barbara Breakers hosted the High Desert Rattlers Friday night and struggled to keep their perfect record. Neither the Breakers nor the Rattlers could keep a good lead over the other. Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) came into the game for the Breakers in the final minutes and helped his team secure the victory with a final score of 125-122, Breakers. This is by far the closest game yet for the Breaker, bringing their record to 12-0 and the Rattlers record to 4-2.



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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Latvia narrowly edges Belarus in Riga -by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Belarus 71:70

Latvian National team avenged of the loss to Belarus in Riga last week ago. The hosts celebrated a narrow victory in the second game of the friendly series. The hosts jumped to an early 11:6 lead and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Latvia held a 19:15 cushion heading into the second period. The Latvian side stretched the gap to 6 points before Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) knocked down a three-pointer to keep Belarus in visibility. The home team however managed to drive at halftime with a 4-point lead. The tempo rose in the third frame as the teams traded baskets with Latvia still ahead. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Liene Jansone (188-F/C-81, college: Siena) widened the margin to as many as 8 points but Masilonene drained a trey to cut the gap to 5 points at the end of the third frame 60:55. Belarus fired 5 unanswered points to begin the final quarter and evened things at 60. The teams exchanged the buckets for some time before Leuchanka put the visitors in front 70:69. However Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) found the way to answer with her own jumper and brought Latvia to a 71:70 victory. Jekabsone-Zogota topscored with 21 points for Latvia. Liene Jansone had 16 points, while Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) added 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Anastasiya Verameyenka answered with game-high 22 points for Belarus. Marcanka scored 11 points and Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) knocked down 10 in defeat. Latvia outrebounded their opponents 34:29 and forced Berlarus to 22 turnovers.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 21, Liene Jansone 16, Zane Tamane 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 22, Marcanka 11, Tatyana Troina 10


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BELGIUM - Women

Thibaut Petit is new assistant coach of Belgian NT -by Eurobasket News

Head coach of Universite BC Neuchatel, Thibaut Petit , is hired buy Belgian Basketball Federation. Namely, Petit became the new assistant coach of Belgian National Team (women).

Petit started coaching career as an assistant coach of Swiss D2 team Royal Saeco. Later he worked in Belgian team Spriou Pont-de-Loup as a head coach. He joined Neuchatel two and a half years ago from Dexia Namur. With Neuchatel he won Swiss championship and became the National Cup winner.

Petit was named to be the coach of the year in Swiss LNA for season 07/08 by Eurobasket.



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BURKINA FASO - Women

The season just started in Burkina Faso -by Michel Pacere
When all countries play their finals or have just finished their championships, in Burkina Faso, we just begin ours in basketball;
For the beginning, let's talk about the different changes in our clubs:

- The last year best team (AS-Sonabel) lost all his best players, Mariam TRAORE, Honorine NOUDOFININ, Claudine TIOYE, Sonia BASSOLET.
- The petroliers of AS-Sonabhy lost their best player and best scorer Assitan CAMARA who went to ASFA-Y; they sign Alice KONE, Marie Jo MILLOGO, Sonia BASSOLET, Kadiatou DAMA from AS-Sonabel and Inoue KUNIKO( a Japanese player).
- The Amazons of ASFA-Y become the new favourite of the new season after drafting Mariam TRAORE, Claudine TIOYE and Honorine NOUDOFININ from AS-Sonabel; they also took Assitan CAMARA from the petroliers of AS-Sonabhy.


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ITALY - Women

The Italian market is on fire -by Carlo Grilli
There were many changes in the last few days in Italy.

We start by the coaches' side: Roberto Ricchini leaved Como and signed for ambitious Taranto; Fabio Fossati leaved Montigarda and signed for likely ambitious Napoli.

Players mouvements: Banco di Sicilia Ribera agreed terms with three players all across the Europe: in Hungary with former ZTE-Zala Volan brain Molly Creamer (177-G-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell), in Spain with former Cadi la Seu Megan Moody; in Germany with former Saarlouis Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington).

Faenza leaved Marija Eric (164-G-83) (to Dynamo Kursk) and signed the local idol Adriana Pinto (170-G-78), who spent in Faenza 6 consecutive seasons before maternity, and last season played in France for Montpellier and in Croatia for Gospic. Faenza renforced also the frontcourt by solid Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80).
The Italian defending champions of Schio renounced to Mudju Ngoyisa signing Kara Braxton (198-C-83, college: Georgia) from Wisla Krakow, Nuria Martinez (176-G-84) from Dynamo Moscow and Masha Maiorano (190-F-82) from Parma. Schio is expected to replace also the departing Bethany Donaphin by another key player in power forward spot.


Sesto San Giovanni and Umbertide joined A1 -by Carlo Grilli
Big surprises at the end of A2 playoffs for the A1 admission.
In the North group prevailed Sesto San Giovanni (3rd) beating 2-1 Crema (4th) in the finals series, after the first two candidates, Marghera (1st) and Bologna (2nd), fell short in the first round.
Similar event in the South group: Umbertide (4th) gained the ticket remaing perfect against Chieti (3rd) in the finals series (2-0), after eliminating top-seeded Ancona (2-0).
Umbertide, for the first A1 campaign in history, signed coach Lorenzo Serventi .


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LATVIA - Women

Latvia narrowly edges Belarus in Riga -by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Belarus 71:70

Latvian National team avenged of the loss to Belarus in Riga last week ago. The hosts celebrated a narrow victory in the second game of the friendly series. The hosts jumped to an early 11:6 lead and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Latvia held a 19:15 cushion heading into the second period. The Latvian side stretched the gap to 6 points before Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) knocked down a three-pointer to keep Belarus in visibility. The home team however managed to drive at halftime with a 4-point lead. The tempo rose in the third frame as the teams traded baskets with Latvia still ahead. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Liene Jansone (188-F/C-81, college: Siena) widened the margin to as many as 8 points but Masilonene drained a trey to cut the gap to 5 points at the end of the third frame 60:55. Belarus fired 5 unanswered points to begin the final quarter and evened things at 60. The teams exchanged the buckets for some time before Leuchanka put the visitors in front 70:69. However Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) found the way to answer with her own jumper and brought Latvia to a 71:70 victory. Jekabsone-Zogota topscored with 21 points for Latvia. Liene Jansone had 16 points, while Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) added 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Anastasiya Verameyenka answered with game-high 22 points for Belarus. Marcanka scored 11 points and Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) knocked down 10 in defeat. Latvia outrebounded their opponents 34:29 and forced Berlarus to 22 turnovers.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 21, Liene Jansone 16, Zane Tamane 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 22, Marcanka 11, Tatyana Troina 10


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Rivas Futura extends Jelena Dubljevic -by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) extended contract with Spanish team Rivas Futura for two more years.

During the summer 2006 she joined Rivas Futura, where she spent two successful seasons. At her first year with Rivas she averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Her stats improved last season to 10.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Dubljevic was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team which won European championship division B in Lithuania on 2007. She was the best player of her team adding 22.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg.

Before Rivas, Dubljevic spent a short time at Ros Casares Valencia.


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Tall Ferns roll over Angola for the second time in Spain -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Angola 69:60

New Zealand Tall Ferns celebrated their second win on a European tour. Yesterday they completed the sweep of their friendly series against Angola in Madrid. The teams played last week and the Kiwis came out winners by 8 points. They later lost to Japan and Spain in Valencia but managed to rebound and sweetened the pill with a hard-fought win over the African side. Angola played an aggressive physical basketball outmuscling the Tall Ferns in the paint. But New Zealand team quickly adjusted with most of their points coming from long range. Tall Ferns played without their veteran Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) adding advantage to Angola under the rims. The Kiwis were outrebounded 29:41 but still snatched a victory in this one. Tall Ferns built a 19:15 lead after the opening stanza and stretched it 6 points at halftime. A strong defensive performance in the third frame allowed the Kiwis to enjoy a 9-point cushion heading into the fourth period. Angola never recovered in the last quarter losing yet another test game to New Zealand. Angela Marino (166-G-86) and Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) provided 12 points apiece for the Kiwis. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86) notched 11 points in a winning case. Tall Ferns converted 40% from the field and 84% from free throw line. The Kiwis will now take on Czech Republic on Wednesday and Thursday.


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PARAGUAY - Women

Sol de America follows Olimpia -by Gianni Pascucci
The lasty rounds of the Female First Division clearly showed that Sol de America is the only reliable challenger of Olimpia for the 2008 title.
The last game scores were as follows:
Olimpia - Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA) 57-51
Universidad Catolica (UCA) - Felix Perez Cardozo 57-37
Sol de America - Ciudad Nueva 92-46
Sol de America - UCA 77-55
Sportivo San Lorenzo - Olimpia 65-77
Felix Perez Cardozo - Libertad 46-55
Universidad Autonoma (UAA) - Ciudad Nueva 68-32
The updated standings are the ones down:
1. Olimpia 16 points,
2. Sol de America 15,
3. UCA 13,
4. UAA 12,
5. Libertad 11,
6. Sport.San Lorenzo 10,
7. Felix Perez 10,
8. Ciudad Nueva 8.


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SERBIA - Women

Finalists are known ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA and Crvena Zvezda will meet in the final of play-off. Both teams outplayed their rivals 2-0 at the semifinals.

Defending champion Hemofarm STADA smashed Spartak in the second game on the road 79-91. After starting 10 minutes which belonged to Spartak, Hemofarm controlled rhythm until the end. Crucial period of the game was third quarter which Hemofarm finished 18-28. Spartak came closer on minus 9 in the last stanza but experienced Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) stopped them netting 11 points for these 10 minutes. Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) was the best scorer for Hemofarm with 21 points. Biljana Stankovic followed her scoring 17 points in total. As usually Spartak got the most from Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87), 21 points.

After thriller finish in the first game, Crvena Zvezda had much easier job against Partizan in the second match celebrating 78-67. Game is decided in 34th minute when Zvezda's players drained couple of shots taking lead 66-56. It came out as a crucial moment as Partizan wasn't capable even to threat until the end. Alexis Kendrick (173-G-84, college: Georgia) paced the winners delivering 21 points. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) and Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) scored 17 points each for Zvezda. Maja Stjepanovic (-90) added 22 points for Partizan.

First game of the play-off final is scheduled for June 9th. The system is best-of-five (1-1-1-1-1-1). First game will be played at Hemofarm's home court in Vrsac (hall Millennium) because of their position at the regular season. Second game is scheduled for June 11th while the third will be played on June 14th.


Spartak - Hemofarm STADA 70-91
(19-18,20-24,18-28,13-21)

Spartak:
Rad 21, Scekic 8, Andjelic 6
Hemofarm: Ostojic 21, Stankovic 17, Mitov 10


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 67-78
(16-22,20-15,17-21,14-18)

Partizan:
Stjepanovic 22, Dangubic 13, Vasovic 7
Zvezda: Kendrick 21, Velinovic 17, Bogicevic 17


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SEYCHELLES - Women

HotShots 64 - RA Sisters 42 -by Carlos Pereira
Without centre Tina Agathine who was playing volleyball with Arsu in their 3-1 win over Cascade, HotShots had the necessary ammunition to consolidate first place in the six-team Women's league thanks to a 64-42 win.
With 10 points, HotShots have ended the first round unbeaten and they got 25 points - 15 of which came from 3-point range - from Jenita Toussaint.
As for RA Sisters, the defeat was their third in five games and they have seven points.
Meanwhile, in the Men's Division Two league, Fire Brigade beat Drifters 74-69 and AAP Brothers defeated RA Rockets 83-58.G. G.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Nika Baric wins All-Star MVP -by Zeljko Zule
West won 8th All-Star Game, 65-63. Nika Baric (168-G-92) of Merkur Celje earned her first MVP award and Teja Kropivsek of Triglav won 3-point shootout contest.Ines Kerin of Merkur Celje was MVP at U-18 Game and Bojana Duric of Triglav earned MVP at U-16 Game.

East-West 63:65 (17:17, 9:11, 16:14, 21:23)
EAST (17+9+16+21; *starters): Andreja Tisler (AJM) 8, Anja Lesjak (City Center) 3, *Tjasa Gortnar (Triglav) 2, Mateja Baloh (City Center) 2, Alma Pehadzic (AJM) 7, *Nika Baric (Merkur) 10, Iva Ciglar (Merkur) 2, *Ziva Zdolsek (Merkur) 1, Simona Kuzma (Domzale) 3, Kristina Verbole (Merkur) 3, *Anja Prsa (Konjice) 2, *Lucie Conkova (Merkur) 20. Coach: Zeljko Ciglar (Merkur). Assistant: Slobodan Rmus (AJM).
WEST (17+11+14+23; *starters): *Mojca Markovic (Kranjska Gora) 13, *Tina Osterman (Jezica) 5, *Kristina Pavli (Jezica) 5, Domenika Gacner (Kranjska Gora) 20, *Barbara Skof (Odeja) 11, *Simona Jurse (Kranjska Gora) 3, Rosana Berdajs (Jezica) 4, Masa Korosec (Neso lhke) 4. Coach: Goran Jovanovic (Kranjska Gora). Assistant: Vlado Velikonja (Jezica).


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SPAIN - Women

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) of Ros Casares Valencia
Guard of the Year: Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia
Forward of the Year: Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia
Center of the Year: Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa
Newcomer of the Year: Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Maria Revuelto (178-G-82) of Baloncesto San Jose Leon
Bosman Player of the Year: Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Import Player of the Year: Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia
Domestic Player of the Year: Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia
Defensive Player of the Year: Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Coach of the Year: Jordi Fernandez of EBE-Promociones

1st Team
Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia
Catherine Joens (180-G-82) of Rivas Futura
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia

2nd Team
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) of Baloncesto San Jose leon
Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82) of Gran Canaria
Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) of Rivas Futura
Ana Montanana (186-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca

Honorable Mention
Maria Asurmendi (168-G-86) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) of Rivas Futura
Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Olga Podkovalnikova (195-C-84) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa
Silvia Santos Luz (172-G-75) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell
Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82) of Hondarribia-Irun
Anna Cruz (175-G-86) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
Miriam Herrera (186-F-83) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia

All-Domestic Players Team
Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia
Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Maria Revuelto (178-G-82) of Baloncesto San Jose Leon
Ana Montanana (186-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban

All-Imports Team
Liron Cohen (173-G-82) of Baloncesto San Jose leon
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia
Catherine Joens (180-G-82) of Rivas Futura
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia

All-Bosmans Team
Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa
Allison Feaster (181-F-76) of Baloncesto San Jose leon
Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) of Rivas Futura
Liene Jansone (188-F/C-81) of Hondarribia-Irun

All-Defensive Team
Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Leslie Ardon (181-F-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia
Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Baloncesto San Jose Leon
Miriam Herrera (186-F-83) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia

All-Newcomers Team
Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
Patricia Arguello of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias
Noelia Oliva (176-G-88) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
Monica Jorge (183-G-89) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban


Rivas Futura extends Jelena Dubljevic -by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) extended contract with Spanish team Rivas Futura for two more years.

During the summer 2006 she joined Rivas Futura, where she spent two successful seasons. At her first year with Rivas she averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Her stats improved last season to 10.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Dubljevic was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team which won European championship division B in Lithuania on 2007. She was the best player of her team adding 22.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg.

Before Rivas, Dubljevic spent a short time at Ros Casares Valencia.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Thibaut Petit is new assistant coach of Belgian NT -by Eurobasket News

Head coach of Universite BC Neuchatel, Thibaut Petit , is hired buy Belgian Basketball Federation. Namely, Petit became the new assistant coach of Belgian National Team (women).

Petit started coaching career as an assistant coach of Swiss D2 team Royal Saeco. Later he worked in Belgian team Spriou Pont-de-Loup as a head coach. He joined Neuchatel two and a half years ago from Dexia Namur. With Neuchatel he won Swiss championship and became the National Cup winner.

Petit was named to be the coach of the year in Swiss LNA for season 07/08 by Eurobasket.