EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/5/2008

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ABA

First signing for the Aces -by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA team North Las Vegas Aces announced the agreement with Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) for the 2008-09 season. Kelly will for sure bring a leading force with his basketball accolades and achievements. He was the leading scorer for the UNLV Rebels and he was also the leading scorer for the ABA during the 2004-05 season. The North Las Vegas Aces will hold basketball and dance try-outs July 10th- 12th. For more information please visit our summer website at www.lasvegasaces.bravehost.com or call 407-291-6971.



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AUSTRIA

Prince stays in Wels! -by Stefan Heinrich
The Forward Flagan Prince (202-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Le Moyne) signed a new contract for the 2008/09 season with WBC Wels with an option of extension for another season. Prince will go into his 4th season for Wels and after his injury during this season he will be back at full power at the beginning of the new season. During his 12 games this season he had 7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.5 apg with 52.1% 2pointers, 23.5% 3pointers and 81.3% free throws.

Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Awards 2007/2008 -by Stefan Heinrich
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Shavies

Player of the Year - Jay Youngblood (196-G-84) of Oberwart Gunners
Guard of the Year - Jay Youngblood
Forward of the Year - Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Center of the Year - Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Oberwart Gunners
Newcomer of the Year - Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) of kelag Worthersee Piraten
Most Improved Player of the Year - Martin Speiser (200-F-83) of Basketball St. Polten
Bosman Player of the Year - Milan Goljovic (203-F-71) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Import Player of the Year - Jay Youngblood
Domestic Player of the Year - Davor Lamesic
Defensive Player of the Year - Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Coach of the Year - Ante Perica

1st Team

Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Jay Youngblood

Ian Boylan

Davor Lamesic

Jason Johnson


2nd Team

Adam Boone (190-G-81) of Oberwart Gunners

Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Allianz Swans Gmunden

Milan Goljovic

Shelton Colwell (202-F-80) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Kapfenberg Bulls


Honorable Mention

Mike Fraser (203-C/F-84) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of Basketball St. Polten

Shawn Ray (193-F-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of Basketball St. Polten

Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions

Kevin Johnson (201-F) of Allianz Swans Gmunden

Dragan Miletic (195-G-82) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

All-Domestic Players Team

Benedikt Danek

Thomas Schreiner

Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

Davor Lamesic

Martin Kohlmaier


All-Imports Team

Anthony Shavies

Jay Youngblood

Ian Boylan

Shelton Colwell

Mike Fraser


All-Bosmans Team

Damir Zeleznik (191-G-80) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Samo Grum

Milan Goljovic

Marko Moric (207-F-81) of Oberwart Gunners

Ramiz Suljanovic


All-Defensive Team

Adam Boone

Shawn Ray

Ian Boylan

Shelton Colwell

Jason Johnson


All-Newcomers Team

Benedikt Danek

Thomas Schreiner

Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Kapfenberg Bulls

Manuel Gartner (199-F-86) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg

Rasid Mahalbasic



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BELGIUM

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Bosman Player of the Year - Richard Van Poelgeest (205-C-66) of Jaga Radiators Hasselt
Import Player of the Year - Broderick Bobb (202-C-75) of BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele
Domestic Player of the Year - Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Defensive Player of the Year - Herbert Baert (202-F-75) of Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden
Coach of the Year - Eddy Van Loon of Sint-Jan Antwerpen

All-Star Team
Kevin Roelandts (183-G-80) of BBC Kangoeroes Willebroek
Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76) of BBC Royal Atomia Brussels
Broderick Bobb (202-C-75) of BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele
Stefan Moris (207-F/C-86) of CEP Fleurus

All-Domestic Players Team
Kevin Roelandts (183-G-80) of BBC Kangoeroes Willebroek
Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76) of BBC Royal Atomia Brussels
Stefan Moris (207-F/C-86) of CEP Fleurus
Dave d'Haens (210-C-81) of BBC Kangoeroes Willebroek

All-Imports
James 'CoCo' Wade (180-G-75) of Royal Alsec Nivelles
Mark Hawley (200-F-74) of BC Ninane
Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) of CEP Fleurus
Broderick Bobb (202-C-75) of BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele
Richard Van Poelgeest (205-C-66) of Jaga Radiators Hasselt

All-Defensive Team
Paul Bayer (192-G-70) of Basket Boom
Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Herbert Baert (202-F-75) of Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden
Jochen Ceyssens (201-C-79) of Sint-Jan Antwerpen
Richard Van Poelgeest (205-C-66) of Jaga Radiators Hasselt


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BOSNIA

Bosna ASA BHT and Igokea Partizan in the final ! -by Eurobasket News
As it was expected Bosna ASA BHT was better than Sloboda Dita in Tuzla 77-72 finishing semifinal series with 2-0. It was not an easy win for Bosna as Sloboda showed itself as a very dangerous opponent. Despite Bosna ASA had lead almost the entire game Sloboda always threatened. Game is decided at the very end thanks to experience of Bosna's players. Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) paced the winners netting 21 points. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) also had a good night nailing 17 points. Sloboda Dita got 15 points from Ninoslav Milosevic (194-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and 14 points from Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86).

Siroki Prima pivo won't have a chance to defend its title. Despite 'shock therapy' (as they called it) Siroki wasn't able to beat Igokea Partizan at their home court 77-86. The team from Siroki sacked coach Velic just two days ago immediately hiring Hrvoje Vlasic. After disappointing defeat at the first game in Aleksandrovac, Siroki wanted to make a change but at the end it was not successful. Igokea Partizan finished semifinal series 2-0. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) was the best for the winners collecting 22 points (5 triples). Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) was behind him with 15 points and 6 assists. Lithuanian Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) also was good adding 14 points and 12 rebounds for Igokea. On the other side Siroki got 20 points from Sharif Fajardo (205-F/C-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: UTEP) and 17 points from Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy).

The first game of the final series is scheduled for June 10th and Bosna ASA BHT will be the host.


Sloboda Dita - Bosna ASA BHT 72-77
(15-20,17-16,23-24,17-17)

Sloboda Dita:
Milosevic 15, Hrncic 14, Matic 12, Ross 9
Bosna ASA: Bailey 21, Williams 17, Ikonic 14, Rahimic 10


Siroki Prima pivo - Igokea Partizan 77-86

Siroki:
Fajardo 20, Grays 17
Igokea Partizan: Vucurovic 22, Bocka 15 (6 assists), Tautvydas 14 (12 rebs)


Mirza Teletovic on the top of ACB! -by Nedzad Kladusak

Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) won with TAU the spanish championship!

It has been six years ago when TAU climbed on the TOP of spanish basketball and the arena was boiling when netted his fourth threepointer.TAU Ceramica dominated the match from the beginning and Mirza Teletovic was one of the key players of Spahija as he converted four of his five threepoint-attempts into 12 points.
On the other side Nihad Djedovic saw Barcelona helpless against Splitter, Teletovic, Mickeal and Rakocevic,

Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) voted for best BOSMAN-Player in France!

Damir Krupalija has been highly honoured by our french colleagues as they appointed him for best BOSMAN-player in 2008. A few days ago he extended with Dijon his contract. He will stay two years with Dijon despite he received numerous offers of french top teams.

Nenad Markovic grabs final Euroleague spot!

Former NT coach and bosnian basketball idol Nenad Nenad Markovic won the decisive fifth match in the series against Maroussi and secured the final Euroleague spot for Panonios.
Most likely Panonios will extend his contract. Ermin Jazvin didn t play the last match since he has been playing despite an injury. Feliks Kojadinovic played almost three minutes without recording any statistical impact. It is uncertain whether they will return to Athens.

Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) stays in Mogren

Former member of the bosnian NT decided to stay in Montenegro and extended his contract with Mogren for another year.


Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) returns to Real Madrid

Real Madrid decided to bring Nedzad Sinanovic back to Madrid. The reasons might be the dissapointing result of Real in the ACB and the progress of Sinanovic who became one of the key players of Sasa Obradovic in german BBL but also in ULEB cup. Mensur Bajramovic also expressed his wish to see Sinanovic in the blue-golden jersey despite Sinanovic didn t come to the bosnian NT camp the times before.

Sinanovic was sidelined since march due to a hand fracture.



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BRAZIL

Tiago Splitter wins title in Spain -by Eurobasket News
Member of Brazilian National Team, Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), captured the title in Spanish ACB league with his TAU Ceramica.

TAU smashed AXA Barcelona in the play-off final 3-0. After two great wins against Barca on the road, TAU needed one short step forward in order to capture the first ACB title since 2002. It happened at the front of around 10.000 TAU's fans in Vitoria. Last night it looked like no one can beat TAU as they resolved question about the winner already before the last quarter. More than 10 minutes before the end TAU's fans started to celebrate new ACB title!

Tiago Spitter had 11 points and 4 boards last night. He spent 26 minutes on the court reaching index value 14. Splitter was one of the key players of TAU during the entire year. For 33 games in ACB regular season he averaged 13.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg. For 25 appearances in Euroleague he had even better digits averaging 14 ppg and 5 rpg. He is named to be in All-Euroleague 2nd Team for season 07/08 by Eurobasket.com.
It is not known yet will Splitter stay in TAU for one more year. San Antonio picked him on NBA Draft 2007 in the second round and his wish after that was to play in NBA. However, news which just came from Spain are different. Some Spanish media announced that Splitter is very close to stay in TAU for season 08/09 but nothing is officially confirmed yet.

It is important to be mentioned that this title is not the only success of Splitter and his TAU this season. They already won Spanish SuperCup at the beginning of the previous season 07/08. Later, TAU reached final of 'Copa del Rey' and participated at Euroleague semifinals in Madrid.


Flamengo wins National championship -by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB - Flamengo 96:101

Flamengo became the new champions of the CNBM. They completed the sweep of Universo/BRB in the Finals and changed Universo/BRB at the peak. Universo players had their backs against the wall entering the game. They trailed 0-2 and needed some heroics in Brasilia to stay alive in the finals. The defending champions threw all they had and fought bravely. The hosts jumped to an early lead and finished the opening stanza ahead 28:23. However pretty soon Flamengo managed to even the tempo. The teams traded baskets in the second period and the visitors cut the deficit by a single point trailing 42:46 at the interval. The tension grew higher as two players were disqualified in the third period. Fernando Coloneze and Maurice Spillers had to leave the court. Universo/BRB kept the visiting team at bay at the moment and headed into the final period up by 5 points. But Flamengo ad Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) in the lineup. He almost singlehandedly carried the Rio de Janeiro to the win in the final quarter. The visitors outscored the hosts by 10 points in the fourth stanza and stole a narrow but yet so triumphant victory at the end. Marcelinho Machado finished the game with impressive 40 points for Flamengo. He was named the tournament's MVP after the game. Eduardo Duda Machado (197-F-82) provided 22 points, while Helio Vitor Lima (185-G-81) dropped 13 points in a win. Arthur Luiz Belchior (197-G/F-82) answered with 20 points for Universo/BRB. Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) and Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points apiece in a loss.

Universo/BRB: Arthur Luiz Belchior 20, Ratto Fonseca 17, Valtinho Silva 17
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 40, Eduardo Duda Machado 22, Helio Vitor Lima 13


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CAMEROON

All Star Game -by Carlos Pereira
'all to star game', is by this name that the provincial league of Coastal Basketball del (Lpbbl) organized Saturday 24 of May of 2008, in association with Orange Cameroun, the second edition of a match that groups the best cream del Basketball of the province. The gymnasium of the colegiado organ Libermann de Douala thus had the standard honor to welcome the different sport explanations. For the spectacle, four categories composed of young people, ladies were retained thus, veterans, of seniores. Two denominated equipment 'Live Box' and 'Fun Tones', constituted two main products of Orange, within each category for a total of four rather tonic encounter. Ascent of the drop curtain, the young category was put in the bench. Therefore, 'Fun Tones' coached by Happy Leo aligned in its rows Moune de Phoenix, Siewe of Eyes lynx club, Etoke, Chuisseux de Flujo Academie, Doumbe and Biangally of ED B1. Their adversary of the day 'Live Box' with Mbangue, Ngassa, Nyom, Bilounga Phoenix, Fotso, Godwe of ED B1 very brought by the coach yannick Bahel demonstrated that they were not there for rig. First the fourth time has been characterized by a defensive game. To the poster picture, the result is tightened. Fun Tones 12 Live Box 13 to the seconds and third quarters time Fun Tones support on the accelerator and leads in ahead to the result. 37 points against 30 for Live Box, that to the last quarter of hour, connects the blind steps, m. turns aside the disposition of Fun Tones and corresponds to the result. Unfortunately, this fright is not sufficient. When the referee Moluh Seidou whistles the end of the party, marquoir indicates a narrowed result. 56 points for Fun Tones against 55 for Live Box.

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

By: Cyril Empig

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88), the Yaounde, Cameroon native and an incoming senior at UCLA, is currently at an NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, Florida, USA, trying to showcase his skills in front of NBA coaches and scouts. Luc hopes to impress the 'powers-that-be' enough and hear that an NBA team will choose him during the upcoming NBA draft this summer. Luc had expressed his thought that if he has the sense that he is guaranteed being drafted 'at the very least' in the second round, he will not return to UCLA and will go forward into the NBA. The first round of the NBA Draft will comprise of thirty players selected, these players will command top salary money; second round players will command less salary money. Luc says he is not interested in playing anywhere else but the NBA. If he does not make it into the NBA, he will return to UCLA.

This Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando is primarily being attended by players who: (1) are still unsure of their standings in the draft, (2) would like to move up in position in the draft or (3) simply want to get drafted. Players that already have a sense of where they would be drafted (and if it is a high enough position) have opted to skip the camp. Luc's fellow UCLA Bruins Kevin Love (center) and Russell Westbrook (combo guard) are both perceived to be first round draftees, and so they have chosen to skip camp, although they might be there to watch.

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

The initial buzz from the Pre-Draft Camp is that Luc is a monster on defense, he is gifted with length and jumping ability, but this is not enough to stand out here since almost everyone here is lengthy and can jump. Luc needs to impress people with his shot, so he has some work to do here. Especially with his smallish size, he will be required to hit his jump shots. This makes being able to make the jump shots that more important for Luc.

In retrospect, Luc had his best year when he was a freshman (first year), as he blew up the college basketball scene then. That might have been a better time for him to have tried for the NBA. Luc's second and third year were plagued with injuries, inconsistent shooting and opposing teams playing him more tightly than during his first year. This made his last two years at UCLA somehwat less impressive than his first.

Luc plans to play for Cameroon in the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens, Greece on July 14-20, but this hinges on whether or not he gets drafted by an NBA team. If he gets drafted, he would probably leave it to the NBA team who has drafted him to decide whether he could play in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Cameroon is joined by Puerto Rico and Croatia in Group D in the 12-team tournament, all of whom are vying for the remaining three slots in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Also in the tournament are Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand and Slovenia.

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


Good luck to Luc and Alfred!

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88)


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CHINA

Summer League in China -by Robert Wang
Due to the injury problem, Shen Zhen import, former NBA player Jabary Smith has released the contract with his team and will go back home. and the team just signed a new NBA player Ryan Smith for their rest of season. But Ryan did not play the game last night because of his clearance letter problem with CBA and Shen Zhen team lost their important game at 88:103. Other games results are Tian Jin 109:89 Hei Long Jiang, Jang Su 82:99 Guang Dong, Ji Nan 93:105 Qing Dao.

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CROATIA

Spahija and Planinic capture the title in Spain -by Eurobasket News
Neven Spahija won the title in Spanish ACB league with TAU Ceramica. The team from Vitoria beat AXA Barcelona 3-0 in the final series. It is the second title for TAU since they have grabbed its first one on 2002.

It is Spahija's second trophy with TAU as the team already won Spanish SuperCup at the beginning of the season. TAU also participated in the final of Copa de Rey and at the Euroleague semifinals in Madrid. Spahija took over TAU during the summer 2007. Before TAU he was a head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Lietuvos Rytas.

After two fantastic wins on the road in Palau Blaugrana, TAU wanted to celebrate the title in Vitoria. At the front of almost 10.000 fans TAU outplayed Barca 76-61. Big joy of TAU's fans started already in the third quarter as it was clear that TAU will take this one.

Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) is another Croat who won ACB title. It is Planinc's first trophy since he has returned from NBA. He had 7 points in the third game in Vitoria shooting 2/4 from the field and 1/1 for 3-pts). For 33 games in ACB regular season he averaged 9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.8 apg.

On the other side Mario Kasun netted 10 points for Barca thus it is the second final for Kasun which he lost in Spain. Previous season Real Madrid was better than Barca.


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CUBA

Cubans in Puerto Rico -by Alessandro Fontana

CUBANS ABROAD
In Puerto Rico, in the BSN 2008 played two cubans, Angel Caballero (192-G-70, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Roberto Carlos Herrera (190-G-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hartnell JC).

Caballero played a good season for Indios de Mayaguez. Indios Mayaguez had a 7-25 standings.For Caballero, 26 games with 10.1 pts (61% 2pts, 14% 3pts, 64% FT), 6.8 rpg and 1.6 apg.
Roberto Carlos Herrera played this season in two teams with Atletico San German and Brujos de Guayama. Brujos de Guayma ended the season with a 6-26 standings.
With Atletico San German, 'El habanero' played 13 games with 3ppg (48% 2pts, 23% 3pts, 83% FT) 1.8 rpg and 1.8 apg.
With Brujos de Guayama, Herrera played 18 games with 4.2 ppg (36% 2pts, 24% 3pts, 57% FT) 3.5 rpg and 3.6 apg. He played very hard in defense and with a lot of intensity. He was a fighet a player of corazon as he is known in Cuba.
A. Fontana



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CZECH REPUBLIC

Italy falls to Czech Republic -by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday night in Treviglio Team Italy felt to Czech Republic 65-69 in the first of the two test matches scheduled with that National Team. A poor shooting accuracy and some lack of international experience conditioned the Azzurri. The best performers were Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances), who quarterbacked well the team and added 6 points, Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group), who both scored 14 pts in losing effort. Czech Republic took the lead during the third quarter and kept it till the end, thanks to good games from point guard David Marek (188-G-85), who scored 10 pts, most of them at the end of the game, Stefan Licartovsky (200-G/F-84) and Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81), who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Italy meets again the Czechs tonight in Bassano

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ESTONIA

New head coach in Kalev/Cramo -by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo's management wasn't satisfied with performance of its team during the last 10 months. They finished regular season on position number 7 in Baltic league while in Estonian championship Kalev lost at the final 4-0 against TU/Rock. It was a main reason why they decided to part ways with head coach Veselin Matic.

Kalev didn't wait too long for the replacement. They agreed terms with New Zealand National Team coach Nenad Vucinic. Over the past 10 years Vucinic was a head coach on Nelson Giants from New Zealand. He also spent one year as a head coach of Serbian team OKK Beograd.


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FRANCE

ASVEL and Nancy will play Game 3 -by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Nancy 92:79

An impressive fourth-term comeback rally from ASVEL allowed them to celebrate a vital win in the second leg encounter against Nancy in the LNB semifinal series. The teams became now tied at 1-1 and would move back to Nancy for the third and decisive game on Friday. The teams were equally matched in the regular season but Nance proved stronger in the series opener at home court. However ASVEL found the right answer at the home premises. Although it was not an easy ride for ASVEL. Nancy got to a better start to the game and quickly posted a 30:21 lead at the first intermission. The tempo was impressive and the teams threw all they had with the stakes being too high. ASVEL cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime. Vincent Collet used just 7 players in rotation for the game but depleted ASVEL squad still managed to come as close as 2 points from the visitors in the third stanza. The initiative was in the hands of the home team as they entered the fourth period. Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80, college: Troy) led the charge for ASVEL as his sizzling performance became a key to Villeurbanne's success. He bombarded the basket from beyond the arc hitting 7/11 three-point attempts and ASVEL surged ahead leaving Nancy behind stunned. The hosts accounted for 32 points in the final quarter and grabbed an impressive victory to stay in the series. Lamayn Wilson poured in 37 points and collected 7 boards to lead ASVEL. Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) knocked down 15 points, while Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) provided 13 for the winners. Mike Bauer (203-F-81, college: Minnesota) notched 21 points for Nancy. Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) nailed 15 points in a losing case. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 31:26 and shot 45% from the field.

ASVEL: Lamayn Wilson 37, Laurent Foirest 15, Robert Conley 13
Nancy: Mike Bauer 21, Cyril Julian 15


Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique
Guard of the Year - Kareem Reid (178-G-75) of JL Bourg Basket
Forward of the Year - Cheikhou Thioune (195-G/F-83) of SPO Rouen Basket
Center of the Year - Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique
Newcomer of the Year - Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of JSF Nanterre
Most Improved Player of the Year - Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (196-F-86) of ALM Evreux Basket
Bosman Player of the Year - Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Saint Vallier Basket Drome
Import Player of the Year - Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique
Domestic Player of the Year - Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of JSF Nanterre
Defensive Player of the Year - Benjamin Rey (210-C-79) of Saint-Etienne B. C.
Coach of the Year - Michel Veyronnet of Rouen

1st Team
Kareem Reid (178-G-75) of JL Bourg Basket
Raphael Desroses (199-F-80) of JL Bourg Basket
Cheikhou Thioune (195-G/F-83) of SPO Rouen Basket
Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique
Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Saint Vallier Basket Drame

2nd Team
Frederic Moncade (183-G-78) of SPO Rouen Basket
Ronald Dorsey (198-F/G-83) of SPO Rouen Basket
Nicky Bradford (200-G/F-78) of Reims Champagne Basket
Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of JSF Nanterre
Kenny Younger (203-F-77) of Union Poitiers Basket 86

Honorable Mention
Sherman Gay (201-F-82) of Etendard de Brest
Tommy Gunn (191-G-81) of Union Poitiers Basket 86
Pierre-Yves Guillard (200-F-84) of Union Poitiers Basket 86
Loic Akono (180-G-87) of Etendard de Brest
Jonathan McClark (201-F-77) of Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket
Johan Passave (199-C/F-85) of Saint-Etienne B. C.

All-Domestic Players Team
Frederic Moncade (183-G-78) of SPO Rouen Basket
Raphael Desroses (199-F-80) of JL Bourg Basket
Cheikhou Thioune (195-G/F-83) of SPO Rouen Basket
Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of JSF Nanterre
Pierre-Yves Guillard (200-F-84) of Union Poitiers Basket 86

All-Imports Team
Kareem Reid (178-G-75) of JL Bourg Basket
Ronald Dorsey (198-F/G-83) of SPO Rouen Basket
Nicky Bradford (200-G/F-78) of Reims Champagne Basket
Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique
Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Saint Vallier Basket Drame

All-Bosmans/Cotonou Team
Dragan Lukovski (191-G-75) of Limoges CSP Elite
Mohamed Hachad (194-G-83) of Saint-Etienne B. C.
Boakai Lalugba (200-F-81) of JL Bourg Basket
Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale
Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Saint Vallier Basket Drame

All-Newcomers Team
Maxime Boire (180-G-83) of ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale
Benjamin Thomas (182-G-82) of Saint Vallier Basket Drome
Camille Delhorbe (191-G-80) of Saint Vallier Basket Drome
Aurelien Salmon (202-C/F-87) of Limoges CSP Elite
Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of JSF Nanterre


Eurobasket.com All-French N1 Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Johan Blot (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Guard of the Year - Babacar Cisse (189-G-76) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket
Forward of the Year - Johan Blot (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Center of the Year - Rick Cornett (206-F-83) of Olympique Antibes
Newcomer of the Year - Mathieu Bigote (190-G-84) of JSA Bordeaux Basket
Most Improved Player of the Year - Jean-Victor Traore (203-F-85) of Longwy-Rehon B.C.
Bosman Player of the Year - Ivo Kresta (205-F-77) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres
Import Player of the Year - Michael Doles (198-F-82) of Angers BC 49
Domestic Player of the Year - Johan Blot (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Defensive Player of the Year - Joseph Owona (205-C-76) of JSA Bordeaux Basket
Coach of the Year - Savo Vucevic of Olympique Antibes

1st Team
Babacar Cisse (189-G-76) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket
Yann Mollinari (188-G-75) of Olympique Antibes
Michael Doles (198-F-82) of Angers BC 49
Johan Blot (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Rick Cornett (206-F-83) of Olympique Antibes

2nd Team
Jonathan Godin (184-G-82) of Longwy-Rehon B.C.
David Denave (193-G-85) of Saint Chamond Basket
Chris Davis (196-G-80) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres
Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Get Vosges
Lorenzo Orr (203-F/C-71) of ADA Blois Basket

Honorable Mention
Joseph Owona (205-C-76) of JSA Bordeaux Basket
Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Get Vosges
Jason Bach (198-F-87) of Get Vosges
Frederic Minet (185-G-81) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres
Herve Jalce (202-C-80) of Feurs Enfants du Forez
Nehemiah Brazil (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket

All-Domestic Players Team
Babacar Cisse (189-G-76) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket
Yann Mollinari (188-G-75) of Olympique Antibes
Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Get Vosges
Johan Blot (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Joseph Owona (205-C-76) of JSA Bordeaux Basket

All-Imports Team
Nehemiah Brazil (198-F-75) of ADA Blois Basket
Chris Davis (196-G-80) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres
Michael Doles (198-F-82) of Angers BC 49
Rick Cornett (206-F-83) of Olympique Antibes
Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Get Vosges

All-Bosmans/Cotonou Team
Andrius Ragauskas (189-G-79) of USA Toulouges
Zelimir Stevanovic (201-F-77) of Olympique Antibes
Martial Gotagni (196-F-79) of Saint Chamond Basket
Ivo Kresta (205-F-77) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres
Martin Rajniak (205-F-78) of Angers BC 49

All-Newcomers Team
Zaka Alao (187-G-81) of Longwy-Rehon B.C.
Mathieu Bigote (190-G-84) of JSA Bordeaux Basket
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Nicolas Kaczmarow (204-C-83) of FC Mulhouse Basket
Mohamed N'Dour (203-C-78) of FC Mulhouse Basket<


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Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Donald Cole (204-C-81, college: Sam Houston St.) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Guard of the Year - Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Forward of the Year - Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Center of the Year - Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Strumica 2005
Newcomer of the Year - Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Most Improved Player of the Year - Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Bosman Player of the Year - Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Strumica 2005
Import Player of the Year - Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Domestic Player of the Year - Dimitar Mirakovski
Defensive Player of the Year - Ivan Bosnjak (197-G-82) of Strumica 2005
Coach of the Year - Emil Rajkovic of Feni Industri

1st Team
Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Jarrid Frye (190-G-85) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Dimtche Tasovski (202-F-80) of Strumica 2005
Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Strumica 2005

2nd Team
Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) of Strumica 2005
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Muhamed Thaqi (201-G/F-81) of MZT Skopje
Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci

Honorable Mention
Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Milan Prekovic (195-G-75) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Srdjan Stankovic (209-C-75) of Swisslion Pelister Bitola
Vladimir Popovic (191-G-82) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Marjan Gjurov (201-F-80) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Miljan Pupovic (210-C/F-83) of Strumica 2005
Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) of MZT Skopje
Slobodan Agoc (206-C-77) of MZT Skopje
Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Will Caudle (206-C-82) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci

All-Domestic Players Team
Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Dimtche Tasovski (202-F-80) of Strumica 2005
Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci

All-Imports Team (includes also Bosmans)
Jarrid Frye (190-G-85) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
Milan Prekovic (195-G-75) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Strumica 2005
Slobodan Agoc (206-C-77) of MZT Skopje

All-Defensive Team
Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) of Strumica 2005
Ivan Bosnjak (197-G-82) of Strumica 2005
Milan Prekovic (195-G-75) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Marjan Gjurov (201-F-80) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
Goran Veselinovski (190-G-75) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje

All-Newcomers Team
Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje
Ivica Dimcevski (-89) of Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje


Title will be decided in Strumica -by Todor Chalovski
Strumica 2005 beat Feni Industri in Kavadarci 83:78 in Game 5 of the final series, to tie the series score to 3:3 on victories.

Home team and fans were expecting a win, which would have given them a title. They played a solid game for three quarters. Donald Cole and Zlatko Gocevski, helped greately by Goran Samardziev, Vladimir Popovic and Taliek Brown, built a solid lead, which stretched to 19 points at the end of the third quarter. But, the Strumica players started to play agressive defence, as well as smart offence. Pupovic started to score, motivating NT members Dime Tasovski and Eftim Bogoev, for a final charge. Visitors turned the game around in the last minute, achieving a 83:78 victory at the buzzer.

Decisive Game 6 will be played in Strumica on Saturday.


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GERMANY

Staebe joins the Wolfenbuettel Dukes -by Moritz Korff
The Wolfenbuettel Dukes (2. Bundesliga Pro B) announced the arrival of another newcomer for the 2008-2009 campaign today. Nils Staebe (201-F-88), a 20-year-old Forward who averaged 9.7 points per contest for SG Wolfenbuettel in 19 games of the Regionalliga North during this past season, will strengthen the Dukes' roster. Staebe will also continue to shoot hoops for SG in RLN-play, as he is in possession of a double-license. As a junior Staebe played basketball for SG Braunschweig and was part of the German U16-squad in 2003-2004.

Umeh remains with Giessen -by Manuel Schust
LTi Giessen 46ers and Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) agreed to extend the player's contract for one more year.

Umeh, who played his first season overseas with Giessen, had signed a two-year contract with the team from northern Hesse last year.
But both, club and player, included an option that would allow to terminate the contract after the first season.
After his decent first BBL season many clubs became interested in the nigerian Guard and Giessen decided to offer Umeh a salary increase.
Today the club announced that Umeh agreed to stay in Giessen for another season.
Umeh, a former member of the University of Nevada, averaged 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season and was a big help to beware Giessen from relegation.


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GREECE

B.I.B.L start with 12 teams -by George Manousidis
The Board of the Balkan International Basketball League decided to increase the number of the clubs, which are going to participate in the first season of the tournament. Instead of previously announced 10 teams, it was decided that 12 teams will be accepted to the BIBL. The manes of the two Greek teams, which will play at the international competition will be officially announced next week, because there're elections for the local league in Greece. The names of 9 of the clubs are already known and there is one wild-card. Till July 5th it will be decided which club will get the last spot.

BIBL was formed from teams from 5 countries in the Balkan region - Bulgaria, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and Romania


Bulgaria: BC Cherno more Eurohold Varna and BC Levski Sofia

F.Y.R. of Macedonia: Strumica 2005, Feni Industries Kavadarci and KK Rabotnicki Skopie

Serbia: Mega Basket Belgrade and Swisslions-Takovo Vrsac

Romania: Dinamo Bucharest and Rapid Bucharest

Greece: 2 teams



The First Official meeting of the Board of the BALKAN INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE /BIBL/ will take place in Sofia, Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Sofia from 06 June to 07 June 2008. Commissions of the BIBL will have a session at Friday too.

Mr. Nar Zanolin, FIBA Europe Secretary General and Mr. Kosta Iliev, FIBA Europe Sport Director are expected for the meeting, such as Mr. Mihail Mihov, Bulgarian Basketball Federation President, Mr. Ivan Cenov, Bulgarian Basketball Federation Secretary General, Ms. Eleonora Rangelova, Bulgarian Basketball Federation General Manager, Mr. Daniel Dimevski, F.Y.R.O.M. Basketball Federation President, Mr. Ilija Merdjanovski, F.Y.R.O.M. Basketball Federation Sport Director, Mr. Panagioti Tsagronis, Hellenic Basketball Federation Secretary General, Mr. Andreas Papadopoulos, Hellenic Basketball Federation Technical Commission, Ms. Carmen Tocala, Romanian Basketball Federation President, Mr. Radu Draganescu, Romanian Basketball Federation Secretary General, Mr. Dragan Kapicic, Serbian Basketball Federation President and Mr. Predrag Bojic, Serbian Basketball Federation General Manager.


BIBL organizes an Official dinner at Friday evening some of the most high-standing sports people in Bulgaria like Ms. Vesela Lecheva - President of the State Agency for Youth and Sports, Ms. Stefka Kostadinova - President of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, Mr. Ivan Evstatiev - Director of the Sports Department of the Sports Agency for Youth and Sports and Mr. Valentin Lazarov - Honoured President of the Bulgarian Referee's Association and Ex Member of the FIBA Technical Commission. Their Excellency the Ambassadors of the countries, which are going to participate at the opening season of the League are invited to the official dinner too.


The Draw for the Opening season of the BIBL will take place at Saturday, 12.00 o'clock at Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Sofia. The clubs, that are going to participate will have an Official meeting earlier that day.






Panathinaikos won the Greek Championship 2008! -by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos succeeded to win his 10th title in the last 11 years after beating his rival, team of Olympiakos 90-76 in a game which just finished. The quarters were: 19-14, 39-34, 65-60, 90-76, and Panathinaikos proved once more that upon difficulties the great players are showing their gats, Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) with his 18 points, 4 assists, and 2 block shots, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) with his 18 points and 6 rebounds, Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) with his 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) with his 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 block shot and Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) with his 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists were excelent in the last and most crucial game of the seazon in compare with the 'blocked' Greek players of Olympiakos and especially, Giorgos Printezis (4 points and 1 rebound), Panagotis Vasilopoulos (4 points and 5 rebounds), Iakovos Tsakalidis (0 points and 1 rebound) and Schortsianitis (4 points and 0 rebounds) couldn;t stand a chance against Obradovic's team and proved to be very weak for OAKA and for such situation and importance, games.

Panagiotis Yiannakis made his best but his best wasn't enough against a team which its memebrs playing together for more than 3 years. Obradovic's fourth consecutive double is a fact and Panathinaikos has now broke the record which Aris had in 80's.


For the 3rd and 4th position, Panionios made the total recall and won a position in the Euroleague after 12 years! The final result was 88-74. (More details in a tomorrows edition)



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Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, college: Arkansas) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Guard of the Year - Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Forward of the Year - Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of West-Brabant Giants
Center of the Year - Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Newcomer of the Year - Jeroen Slor (204-F-85) of Rotterdam Challengers
Most Improved Player of the Year - Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Bosman Player of the Year - Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Import Player of the Year - Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Domestic Player of the Year - Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Defensive Player of the Year - Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Coach of the Year - Arik Shivek of Demon Astronauts Amsterdam

1st Team
Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Ashley Champion (198-F-81) of Upstairs Weert
Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of West-Brabant Giants

2nd Team
Travis Young (184-G-79) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
Tamien Trent (183-G-82) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Kees Akerboom (199-F-83) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
Patrick Pope (183-G-81) of West-Brabant Giants
David Chiotti (206-F/C-84) of Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden

Honorable Mention
Chris Copeland (203-F-84) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Aris Friesland Leeuwarden
Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84) of Landstede Zwolle
Darrell Tucker (206-F-80) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
Tim Blue (206-F-84) of West-Brabant Giants
Trey McDowell (188-G-85) of Upstairs Weert
Tyler Smith (203-F-80) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Dean Oliver (180-G-78) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch

All-Domestic Players Team
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Kees Akerboom (199-F-83) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79) of Aris Friesland Leeuwarden

All-Imports Team
Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Ashley Champion (198-F-81) of Upstairs Weert
Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of West-Brabant Giants

All-Bosmans Team
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen
Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of West-Brabant Giants
Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Robert Kulawick (191-G-86) of Den Helder Seals

All-Defensive Team
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) of West-Brabant Giants
Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Charles Richardson (175-G-84) of Rotterdam Challengers

All-Newcomers Team
Jeroen Slor (204-F-85) of Rotterdam Challengers
Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Thijs Vermeulen (192-F-85) of Matrixx Magix Nijmegen
Stefan Mladenovic (188-G-90) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen
Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84) of MyGuide Amsterdam
Olaf Petersen (206-F-86) of Den Helder Seals


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HUNGARY

Falco - Kormend 2:1 -by Tamas Deri
After two very close games Falco KC had one easy victory last night and is leading the series 2-1.

The guests started the game very well (17-23), but than something happened and Falco scored 33 points int he second quarter.
Kormend did not find their rhythm after the halftime and the players of Falco scored easy baskets, the zone defense of Kormend was eliminated by several three pointers. Game 4 will be played tomorrow in Kormend!

FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY-POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND 109-79
(25-23, 33-18, 28-24, 23-14)
Szombathely, Att. 3000, Referees: Hartyani, Cziffra, Palla
FALCO: Kalman 12, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 24/9, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 25/15, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 15/6, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 15, Borszeki, Varadi 9/3, Feigl 7, Pankar, Will 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
KORMEND: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 19/9, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 18/6, Ferencz 2, Vavra P. 9/3, Ocitti 12/3, Henderson 9, Fodor M. 2, Toth G. 5/3, Trummer 3/3, Kocsis, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic


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IBL

EXPLOSION SIGNS CRAIG ROOSENDAAL RETURNING FROM DENMARK -by John Gary
courtesy oursports central The Snohomish County Explosion basketball team has added Craig Roosendaal to their roster for sundays game against the Portland Chinooks in Portland Oregon. Originally from Shoreline Washington, the 6-7 210ilb. forward graduated from Kings High School before going to Edmunds Community College and transferring later to Western Washington University to major in business. Roosendaal finished his 2 year carrer at Western Washington with a school record in 3 point accuracy at 47.4 percent connecting on 157 of 331 attempts. He was also named MVP of the NWAACC Northern division as a sophomore at Edmonds Community College.

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ISRAEL

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


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ITALY

Italy falls to Czech Republic -by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday night in Treviglio Team Italy felt to Czech Republic 65-69 in the first of the two test matches scheduled with that National Team. A poor shooting accuracy and some lack of international experience conditioned the Azzurri. The best performers were Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances), who quarterbacked well the team and added 6 points, Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group), who both scored 14 pts in losing effort. Czech Republic took the lead during the third quarter and kept it till the end, thanks to good games from point guard David Marek (188-G-85), who scored 10 pts, most of them at the end of the game, Stefan Licartovsky (200-G/F-84) and Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81), who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Italy meets again the Czechs tonight in Bassano

Lega2-Playoff Final Game 2 -by Gabriele Fioretti
More troubles for Caserta on defeating Jesi in the second game of the serie. After easy winning in game-1, Jesi gave a strong reaction thanks to its captain Alberto Rossini (192-G-69) (18 scored with 4/7 by 3pt) and led the game until the end of the first half thanks also a good game by the bigmen Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) (11+10) and Rodger Farrington (200-C-76, college: Arizona St.) (12+8). After the mid-game break, Caserta came back and led by Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) (18 scored with 5/6 by 3pt and Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) (17 scored) got the 2-0 in the serie.
Game-3 will be played at Jesi on Friday June 6th.
Caserta-Jesi 77-70 (Caserta led the serie 2-0)
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JAMAICA

WBA regular season closes on playoffs -by Eurobasket News
The Western Basketball Association men's championship is getting closer to the playoffs. The midseason champions Inner City Avalanche posted another win yesterday and got just a point away from recent leaders Jaguars. Avalanche overcame Bay City Lions 68:62 to gain 16 points in the ladder. Avalanche trailed throughout the first half as the Lions got to a better start to the game. They outgunned the league top seed 34:24 in the first half and looked dominant at the moment. But Cleon Morgan inspired the second-half comeback effort from Avalanche. They denied the deficit and pulled away with a hard-fought victory. Morgan poured in game-high 26 points. Nicholas Watson scored 11 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Dane Morris (187-G/F) knocked down 10 points for the winners. Richard Thomas and Damion Henry answered with 18 points apiece for the Lions as they remained at the 6th spot in the ladder.
Meanwhile the Savanna Hawks stayed in the playoff race with a 103:79 win over the Granville Wolfpack. The Hawks posted a 27:16 lead at the end of the first stanza and stretched it to as many as 14 points at halftime. The Wolfpack never recovered in the second half and fell by a wide margin at the end. Kareem Hibbert led the action with 31 points for the Hawks. Maurice Rodrigues provided 17 points and 10 boards in a winning case. Andre Uter led the Wolfpack with 27 points. Hubert Grant contributed 16 points in a loss. Hawks stayed at the fourth spot with 13 points. The Wolfpack remained at the bottom of the standings with 12 points.


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Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Stimac
Player of the Year - Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Guard of the Year - Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Forward of the Year - Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of ASK Riga
Center of the Year - Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Barons/LMT Riga
Newcomer of the Year - Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
Improved Player of the Year - Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of BK Ventspils
Bosman Player of the Year - Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) of SK Valmiera
Import Player of the Year - Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Barons/LMT Riga
Domestic Player of the Year - Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Defensive Player of the Year - Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of ASK Riga
Coach of the Year - Valdis Valters of VEF Riga

1st Team
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of ASK Riga
Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of ASK Riga
Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Barons/LMT Riga
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) of SK Valmiera

2nd Team
Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80) of Barons/LMT Riga
Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) of Liepajas Lauvas
Justin Love (188-G-78) of BK Ventspils
J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81) of Barons/LMT Riga
Akin Akingbala (208-F-83) of BK Ventspils

All-Domestic Players Team
Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of BK Ventspils
Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of ASK Riga
Janis Poznaks (205-F-83) of Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK
Raitis Grafs (210-C-81) of ASK Riga

All-Imports Team
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of ASK Riga
Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) of ASK Riga
Justin Love (188-G-78) of BK Ventspils
Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Barons/LMT Riga
Akin Akingbala (208-F-83) of BK Ventspils

All-Bosmans Team
Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80) of Barons/LMT Riga
Evgeni Kolesnikov (194-G-85) of VEF Riga
Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) of Barons/LMT Riga
Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of ASK Riga
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) of SK Valmiera


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LIBYA

Libyan National Cup -by Anas Seddigh
The Libyan national cup goes by the name ( AL FATEH Cup ), it uses a two-loss knockout system this means any team loses two games will be eliminated, it consists of a 12 teams divided into two groups, group 1 ( Shabab , Jazera , Wahda , Yarmook , Ahli Tripoli , Madina , Ittihad ) , group 2 ( Ahli Benghazi , Naser , Moroj , Hilal , Tahade ).
the first round were played on (27-28 \ May\2008) and the second round were played on ( 3\ June\2008).
first round results:
Moroj - Hilal 55-60
Shabab - Jazera 74-46
Ahli Tripoli - Madina 76-81
Ahli Benghazi - Naser 84-78
Wahda - Yarmook 68-50

second round results:
Madina - Ittihad 66-69
Hilal - Tahade 58-48

AL Fateh Cup Schedule
Group 1 :

(1) Shabab - Jazera
(2) Wahda - Yarmook
(3) Ahli Tripoli - Madina
(4) Jazera-Yarmook
(5) Madina - Ittihad
(6) Shabab - Wahda
(7) Winner(4) - Loser(5)
(8) Loser(3) - Loser(6)
(9) Winner(5) - Winner(6)
(10) Winner(7) - Winner(8)
(11) Winner(10) - Loser(9)
(12) Winner (9) - Winner(11)

Group 2 :

(1) Ahli Benghazi - Naser
(2) Moroj - Hilal
(3) Hilal - Tahade
(4) Naser - Tahade
(5) Winner(4) -Moroj
(6) Ahli Benghazi - Hilal
(7) Winner(5) - Loser(6)
(8) Winner(6) - Winner(7)

The champion of group 1 will play against the champion of group 2 for AL Fateh cup title

AL Fateh cup history:
2005 champion : Wahda
2006 Champion : Shabab
2007 Champion : Shabab


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LUXEMBOURG

Wiseler is German U19-champion for the second time -by Eurobasket News

Frank Wiseler (186-G-89) and Team Urspring won the Final Four of the German U19 championship. This weekend the last games of this championship were played in Langen. The teams that took part in this event were Alba Berlin, Bonn/Rhondorf an TSV Troster Breitengussbach and Team Urspring. Wiseler and co. could hold down Bonn/Rhondorf in the semifinal by 72:53. The Luxembourgish national team player was over 30' on the court and averaged 7 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. In the final Urspring had to face Alba Berlin. In a very tight and exciting game Alba lead the first three quarters but in the end Urspring was smarter and could defend its title (84:76). Wiseler, captain of his team, came to the following stats: 34' on the court, 20 points (4 three pointers). For Wiseler it has been the last game for Team Urspring. Next season he should play for a College in the USA.

Courtesy of Basketnews.lu



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MALAYSIA

Kuantan basketball team tours -by Eurobasket News

Players from the Kuantan Basketball Association had an eye-opening experience during a recent trip to China.

The group of 38 players, including coaches, assistants and committee members, visited two venues at the invitation of Chinese players. The players were met by their counterparts in Shenzhen and Zhu Hai in Kwang Tung province. After a friendly match, the Chinese team hosted their Malaysian guests to a meal.

Association chairman Ranndy Yap Kin Heng said the initiative came about after the Kuantan players triumphed over other districts in the state over the past five years. He said some Chinese officials and players, who were their friends, extended an invitation to the players.

'I had a discussion with the other committee members and they agreed to take up the offer.

'All the players felt it was a good opportunity to learn and interact with Chinese players,' he said, adding that the team forked out their own money, with the association chipping in a token amount.

Yap said the five-day four-night trip was rewarding. 'Our players learnt skills from the Chinese who were a class above.

'We were impressed by their facilities, which were similar to our village in setting, but well maintained,' he said.

Yap said that more friendly matches should be organised to improve the players' skills and foster closer ties.

'We hope the Government will subsidise sports bodies and associations in such trips.

'During the trip, we did out part by promoting places of interest in Malaysia, particularly places in Pahang like Cameron Highlands, Pulau Tioman and Taman Negara,' he said.

He said the trip boosted the morale of the players, who in turn extended an invitation to the Chinese players to make a return visit.

Courtesy of Thestar.com.my



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MEXICO

Market moves in Liga del Sureste -by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, Peppers de Progreso had to sign Dedrick Gage (201-F-79, college: Lynn) to replace the injured Mark Borders (188-G-84, college: Tampa). Yesterday, Peppers replaced another injured player, Jose Manuel Cerecedo (200-F/C-76), with Jorge Salcedo (194-F-85), acquired from Leopardos. The new name in Merida roster, in consequence, is the one of National Team member Eric Hare (196-G/F-79, college: Albertson), who inked with Leopardos yesterday. He replaces in roster Jorge Salcedo, who never played a single official game in leopardos...

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NBA

Stats Leaders
NBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 LeBron, CLE 30.0
2 Kobe, LAL 28.3
3 Iverson, DEN 26.4
4 Carmelo, DEN 25.7
5 Stoudemire, PHX 25.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dwight, ORL 14.2
2 Camby, DEN 13.1
3 Chandler, NOH 11.7
4 Duncan, SAS 11.3
5 A.Jefferson,MIN 11.1
Assists Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 11.6
2 Nash, PHX 11.1
3 D.Williams, UTA 10.5
4 Kidd, DAL-NJN 10.1
5 Calderon,TOR 8.3
Steals Per Game
1 Paul, NOH 2.7
2 Artest, SAC 2.3
3 B.Davis, GSW 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Camby, DEN 3.6
2 J.Smith , ATL 2.8
3 Kaman, LAC 2.8
2FGP
1 Biedrins,GSW 62.6
2 Chandler,NOH 62.3
3 Howard,ORL 59.9
3FGP
1 Kapono,TOR 48.3
2 Nash,PHX 47.0
3 Jones,POR 44.4
Free Throws
1 Ahearn, MIA 96.8
2 Barry, SAS 95.0
3 Stojakovic, NOH 92.9


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NCAA1

New player for Villanova -by Eurobasket News
Villanova announced freshman forward Taylor King (6'6''-F-88) is transferring from Duke.

King was a member of USA U18 National Team. On 2006 they went gold at FIBA Americas U18 Championship which was held in San Antonio. He had a solid previous season at Duke. For 34 appearances he averaged 5.5 ppg and 2 rpg.

Duke finished 07/08 as ACC regular season runner-up. Ex NCAA champion, also participated at the ACC tournament semifinals. At the preseason 08/09 Duke is placed on position number six while Villanova is a 12th ranked team.


Lafayette names Pershin Williams assistant coach -by Eurobasket News
The Lafayette men's basketball program welcomes Pershin Williams as the newest addition to the Leopards' staff. Williams spent the past season as an assistant coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

At USMMA, Williams worked under head coach John Krikorian, a Lafayette assistant from 2002-2004. Before arriving in Kings Point, N.Y., he served as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech where he coached with current Lafayette assistant Pete Schwethelm, and current Georgia Tech assistant and former Lafayette assistant John O'Connor. Williams served roles in player instruction, recruiting development and basketball operations.

'Pershin Williams is a welcomed addition to our basketball staff,' said Lafayette head coach Fran O'Hanlon. 'Having worked with two of our former assistants at both Georgia Tech and the Merchant Marine Academy, he is very familiar with the Lafayette program. In addition, as a native of Georgia, coach Williams expands our recruiting network in the South. We are excited to have Pershin be part of the Leopard family.'

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Williams ended his standout collegiate career at North Florida. As a transfer point guard for the Division I program in Jacksonville, he set single-season school records for assists (161) and steals (69). Williams spent his first three seasons at Columbus State (Ga.). There he helped his squad to a 27-5 record and a top national ranking as the point guard in his junior season.

Williams received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education of Sports Leadership from North Florida in 2005 and is working towards his Masters in Sports Administration from Georgia Tech. A native of Columbus, Ga., Williams replaces Mike Farrell, and joins Josh Loeffler who recently took over top assistant duties.

The Leopards open their 2008-09 season on Nov. 7 at Wagner.
Courtesy of cstv.com


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NEW ZEALAND

The action heats up in CBL -by Eurobasket News
The Conference Basketball League enjoyed some more action at the weekend. The Harbour Heat reserves stretched their winning streak to 8 games. They overcame the Eastern Bays and Counties/Wananga over the weekend to lift to 8-0 record in the North Conference. The Heat Reserves lacked their leading scorer Daniel Ryan (195-F-81) against the Eastern Bays but still came out on top 74:66. Sefo Leusogi-Ape (185-G-83) nailed 15 points to lead the charge. Karl Noyer (193-G-88) dropped 14 points as the Heat reserves kept the Boys winless. Later in the week the Mexicali Fresh Heat Reserves overwhelmed Counties/Wananga 105:81. Daniel Ryan returned to the lineup and exploded with the first triple-double of the season. He finished with 29 points, 12 boards and 12 assists to propel the Heat Reserves to the 8th straight win.
The Eastern Boys rebounded after a loss to the Harbour Heat Reserves and posted their initial victory of the season. Antonello Tolutau dropped 22 points and the Boys edged Tai Tokerau 58:55 at home.
The CBL defending champions Waikato Titans got 20 points from former Tall Black Ben Hill (196-F-79, agency: IceBasket) as they toppled the Taupo Volcanoes 75:71 in Hamilton. James Carr (185-G) scored 27 points for the Volcanoes.
Burger King Northside snatched a narrow 76:74 win over the Western Bay Suns. Corey Webster (180-G-88) fueled the win with 32 points. B.J. Anthony (198-F-88) added 17 points for Northside. The Suns Canadian centre Mike King (203-F/C-82, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) tied the score at 74 with 37 seconds left in regulation but B.J. Anthony answered with two free throws to win the game for Northside.
Finally the Turanga Health Rising Suns opened the action at the Central Conference with two back-to-back victories. They nipped the Taranaki Panthers 68:44 behind Reg Namana provided 19 points and 9 boards for the winners. The teams met again on Sunday and the Rising Stars dealt with the Panthers again 80:59. Reg Namana produced 16 points and 9 boards, while Willie Banks (185-G-70, college: N.Mexico) contributed 14 points in a winning case.


The Dynamos post morale boosting win over the Jets -by Eurobasket News
Taranaki - Manawatu 76:73

The Dynamos Taranaki lost any possible chances of making it to the postseason however they proved they were ready to fight till the end. The Dynamos showed their character today when they hosted the Manawatu Jets. The visitors held a 6-point lead heading into the final frame but the Dynamos found the way to recover. Paced by Link Abrams (198-F-73) the hosts rushed ahead in the final minutes to snatch a narrow victory at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth. Link Abrams was impressive with 24 points, 18 boards and 4 steals for the winners. He was much helped by Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, college: San Diego Chr.) who knocked down 11 of his 16 points in the final term. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) scored 13 points and collected 16 boards in a winning case. The Jets jumped to an early lead as they maintained an 8-point lead into the second period. The hosts struggled to cut the deficit and the visitors enlarged the distance to 10 points at halftime. But the hosts' defense worked on all cylinders in the second half. They kept Keith Davis (198-F-82), who scored 16 points in the first half, scoreless after the long break and gradually took over. The Dynamos registered their 8th win in the season, while Manawatu suffered the 13th loss. Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, college: Iowa St.) came up with 23 points for the Jets. James Paringatai (202-F-86) chipped in 12 points in a losing effort.
Taranaki will close out their season campaign against the Harbour Heat at home on Saturday. The Manawatu Jets will take on Nelson at home court.

Taranaki: Link Abrams 24+18 boards, Keith Salscheider 16, Tony Rampton 13+16 boards
Manawatu: Kantrail Horton 23, Keith Davis 16, James Paringatai 12


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington 14-4 
 2. Waikato 12-5 
 3. Harbour Heat 11-6 
 4. Nelson 10-6 
 5. G&H Hawks 10-7 
 6. Auckland 9-8 
 7. Taranaki 8-9 
 8. Canterbury 5-12 
 9. Manawatu 4-13 
 10. Otago 2-15 


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NICARAGUA

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


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NIGERIA

1-0 in Italian final for Benjamin Eze -by Eurobasket News
'The helicopter' Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) and his Montepaschi Siena grabbed the first win in the play-off final of Italian Serie A. Montepaschi outplayed Lottomatica Roma at home 85-73.

Everybody expected this win but Montepaschi had to work very hard in order to take this one. Lottomatica was inconvenient rival keeping its hopes alive until the end. The team from Rome had a very good first quarter finishing it 19-22. Later in the second stanza Montepaschi showed much better performance and thanks to Terrel McIntyre and Benjamin Eze went on the half time with plus 4. Both teams played tough third quarter but Montepashi still succeeded to increase lead after 30 minutes on plus 6. They had a problem to extend it even more at the last quarter but close to the end they finally made it. After all it seems it was a comfortable win for Siena but it was not.

Benjamin Eze played 13 minutes last night showing pretty good performance. He nailed 10 points including 5 boards. Eze had nice shot percentage missing only one attempt during these 13 minutes. He had 4/4 from the field and 2/3 from the free throw line. He got foul troubles early and it was the main reason why he spent just 13 minutes on the court last night.

This is Eze's fourth year and the best one at Montepaschi Siena. For 34 games in regular season of Serie A he averaged 8.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Siena already won Italian SuperCup and was champion of regular season with impressive score 31-3.


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PANAMA

Standings - CBS
CBS Standings
 1. Caimanes 1-0 
 2. Navieros 1-0 
 3. Canguros 1-0 
 4. Fieras 1-0 
 5. Magnates 0-1 
 6. Toros 0-1 
 7. Colosos 0-2 


Caimanes de Rio Abajo and Canguros de Parque Lefevre won in CBS.- -by Eddie Munoz
Caimanes de Rio Abajo defeated Colosos de Tumba Muerto 78-72 in a very disputed end of game. Caimanes open a 16 Points Lead in the 1rst quarter but Colosos cut the lead to 8 Points in the 2nd quarter, Colosos also won the 3rd and 4th quarters by 1 Point but was not enough to tie the game. the best scorers were Ernesto Oglivie 17 Points and Alberto Hinds 11 Points by the winners and Jimmy Allen and Jonathan Romero both with 11 Points. In the 2nd game Canguros de Parque Lefevre won over Toros del Chorrillo 93-80 by the winners Akbar Lawson 16 Points, Gabriel Giron 13 Points and Daniel Munoz (179-G-84) 11 Points. and by Toros Jonathan King 22 Points.

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PARAGUAY

Ruiz again leading the scorers -by Gianni Pascucci
Despite having played two games less, Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88) leads yet all the National League scorers with 320 pts (29,0 ppg), followed by Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) with 249 pts (19,1 ppg), Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) with 236 pts (18,1 ppg) and Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) with 234 pts (18,0 ppg). The first player from America de Pilar in the standings is Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) at 232 pts (21,0 ppg)

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PHILIPPINES

Coca-Cola tries to distance itself from the pack -by Eurobasket News
Coca-Cola has been taking care of business they way it should. And as most observers had anticipated, the Tigers are shaping up as certified title contenders.

Hardwork and perseverance have become the cornerstone of the Tigers' campaign in the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference and their concerted efforts have been appropriately rewarded with the No.1 spot in the standings in the most crucial stretch of the tournament.

Coach Binky Favis said he is pleased with the way his troops have been handling the situation but emphasizes it's still a long way to go and the Tigers still have a lot of work ahead of them.

'It's nice to be ahead but we still have to continue climbing and continue improving,' Favis offered.

Favis is well aware that their position remains unstable at the time being, not to mention the seven teams behind them are all in contention for the five outright playoff spots (2 semifinal berths and 3 quarterfinal seats).

'Every game counts,' he said.

The Tigers (8-4) went 2-2 in their last four games, making up for their dismal stints against Alaska and Air21 with dominating performances in their last two assignments against Sta. Lucia and Welcoat to soar to the top of the leaderboard.

Coke is just half a game ahead of Red Bull (7-4) but could tighten their grip on No.1 with a third straight win in their scheduled rematch against Purefoods Wednesday night.

'Hopefully we could ride the momentum of back-to-back wins and stay ahead of the pack. If we continue working together, we stand a good chance,' Favis said.

The Tigers defeated the Giants, 109-108, in their first meeting this conference courtesy of a last second basket by import Jason Dixon. For additional good news, the Giants (5-6) are coming off a disappointing 60-88 rout at the hands of the Alaska Aces last Friday.

Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio admits the Tigers are a match-up nightmare for his troops with the presence of Asi Taulava and Dixon but still considers their scheduled 7:20 p.m. encounter at the Araneta Coliseum 'a good test for us.'

'Dixon and Asi are solid post threats. Defense is the key, but the challenge for us is to score more. Scoring 60 (against Alaska) in a 48-minute game is totally embarrassing. We must step up and play like there is no tomorrow to increase our survival chances,' Gregorio said.

Magnolia has also been struggling lately but the Beverage Masters will be highly motivated for their 4:50 p.m. rematch with the Welcoat Dragons, what ith their inspiring victory over Talk n Text in Puerto Princesa last Saturday.

The Beverage Masters (6-6) have lost three of their last five games but a win over the slumping Dragons will enable them tie the Phone Pals at 7-6.

'Welcoat is a tough team. They don't lose by much in their games. So we have to come into the game making sure we play the game the right way,' said Magnolia coach Siot Tanquigcen.

Welcoat (3-9) dealt Magnolia a stunning 108-101 defeat in their first meeting on April 30 but the Dragons have lost their next four games since.

'We played good the last two games (vs Coke and Sta. Lucia). We just didn't get the breaks of the game, missing free throws and turning the ball over. The locals of Magnolia stepped up in their last game. So defense will be the key,' said Welcoat coach Caloy Garcia.
Courtesy of pba.ph


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POLAND

DBE Stats Leaders
DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Logan, Turow 19.7
2 Copeland, Polph. 19.5
3 Montgomery, Gor. 18.6
4 Dixon, Polpak 16.3
5 Thompson, Kosz. 15.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Daniels, Kotwica 9.3
2 Hall, Polpharma 9.0
3 Bigus, Kotwica 8.7
4 Hicks, Polpak 7.7
5 Barlett, Czarni 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Dixon, Polpak S.A. 5.7
2 Rodriguez, Turow 4.9
3 Copeland, Polph. 4.6
4 Atkins, Slask 4.6
5 Eldridge, Bank. 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Daniels, Kotwica 2.57
2 Atkins, Slask 2.47
3 Eldridge, Bank. 2.25
Blocks Per Game
1 Hicks, Polpak 2.22
2 Homan, Slask 1.35
3 Miller, Polonia 1.13
2FGP
1 Scekic, Turow 75.8
2 Puncewicz, Bank. 72.2
3 Drobnjak, Turow 71.3
3FGP
1 Kelati, Turow 48.6
2 Korszuk, Kosz. 46.2
3 Slanina, Prokom 44.4
Free Throws
1 Slanina, Prokom 91.5
2 Ansley, Bank. 89.1
3 Gurovic, Prokom 87.5


Prokom with the championship! Great Gurovic -by Piotr Biernikowicz
Prokom Trefl Sopot has won the 2007/2008 championship and it's their fifth title in the row. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) was the key player with 36 points and 10 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) was the best player in Turow with 26 points. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) has been awarded with the MVP of the finals. Milan Gurovic didn't get this award because of fighting with Thomas Kelati in the game number 4.

PGE Turow Zgorzelec - Prokom Trefl Sopot 70:76 (14:24, 21:11, 22:21, 13:20)

PGE Turow: D.Logan 26 (3), T.Kelati 16 (4), M.Scekic 7 (1), A.Rodriguez 6, H.Nana 4, V.Petrovic 3 (1), D.Drobnjak 2, S.Ljubotina 2, R.Witka 2, I.Kitzinger 2.

Prokom: M.Gurovic 36 (5), I.Milicic 9 (1), F.Dylewicz 7, J.Stanojevic 6, M.Shakur 6 (2), T.Masiulis 4, S.Serapinas 4 (1), D.Slanina 2, P.Sow 2.


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PUERTO RICO

Santiago in Boricua Shirt and Diaz on fire in Italy -by Alessandro Fontana
' El Senor de los Anillos' Daniel Santiago will train with the national team of Puerto Rico and it can be possible that he will play with the 'Boricua Shirt' at the Pre-Olympics in Greece where Puerto Rico has to qualify for Bejing 2008.
BSN
In Puerto Rico, in the Super 6, Carolina won against Fajardo 110-82. MVP of the game was Alejandro Carmona with 30 points +14 rebs. Arecibo won against Guaynabo 77-73 with a great game of Angel Figueroa (18 points).
CAROLINA-FAJARDO= 110-82
C= Carmona 30 (14 rebs), Reyes 23, Ere 15, Burgess 10, Rivera 9, Ruiz 6, Cruz 5, Osorio 4, Hiraldo 3, Rosa 3, Villafane 2, Brown 0
F= Collazo 13, Agbai 12, Vazquez 11, Hamilton 10, Mojica 10, Salgado 10, Pellot Rosa 7, Colon 5, Arroyo 2, Gonzalez 2
ARECIBO-GUAYNABO= 77-73
A= Figueroa 18, Hatton 16, Jourdon 11, White 11, Cruz 10, Rivera 5, Cortes 2, R. Rivera 2, Rosario 2, Butler 0, Ricardo 0, Rodriguez 0
G= Martinez 20 (13 rebs), Shannon 12, Latimer 10, Escalera 9, Lee 9, Sheppard 9, Sanchez 4.
BORICUAS ABROAD
Guillermo Diaz is the star of the Italian Final. Caserta won 2 games and the team is very near to reach the first Italian division.
In the first game Caserta won 95-71, for Diaz 21 points (3/6 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 12/12 FT) in 31 minutes, in the second game Diaz played 35 minutes with 17 points (3/9 2pts, 2/3 3pts, 5/7 FT) and Caserta won against Jesi 77-70.
A. Fontana


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Carolina 19
2. Santurce 17
3. Arecibo 16
4. Guaynabo 14
5. Caguas 14
6. Fajardo 10
Others
1. Bayamon 16-16
2. Humacao 16-16
3. Ponce 15-17
4. San German 15-17
5. Mayaguez 7-25
6. Guayama 6-26


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RUSSIA

Latest important signings -by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Sergei Monya (204-F-83) extended contract with Dynamo Moscow for two more years.
Monya was a member of Russian National Team which made fantastic success on European Championship 2007 where they won god medal. In the past, Monya played 3 years for another Russian giant, CSKA Moscow. With them he won Russian Superleague three times and participated on Euroleague Final 4 each year. In the meantime Portland Trail Blazers picked him on NBA draft 2004 at the first round. He signed with Portland on 2005 but the team sent him to D-league where he played for Fort Worth Flyers. Later, Portland returned him but two month after that they parted ways. Monya agreed terms with Dynamo Moscow where he had two successful seasons. For 15 games in ULEB Cup 07/08 he averaged 6.9 ppg and 2.6rpg and his Dynamo reached semifinals in Turin. He had 23 appearances in Russian Superleague adding 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.4 spg.

Triumph Lyubertsy parted ways with its last season captain Igor Zamansky (202-F-77). The player immediately agreed terms with UNICS from Kazan.

Zamansky already played for UNICS on season 02/03 after what he moved to Khimky. Later, he joined Dynamo Moscow Region (now Triumph Lyubertsy). For 3 seasons with Triumph he reached twice semifinals of Russian National Cup and participated in the quarterfinals of FIBA EuroCup on 2007. He was a member of Russian National Team on 2002.

Zamansky is the third signing of UNICS after the end of the season.



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SERBIA

Easy win of FMP for 1-0 at the semis -by Dragan Jankovski
At the second game of play-off semifinals FMP celebrated against Hemofarm STADA 92-81 without bigger problems. Thus current score at the semifinal is 1-0 for FMP.

Beginning of the game belonged to Hemofarm, actually it was the only part of the game when visitors had control. After starting 5-12, Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) wake up and with 8 consecutive points made turn 13-12. Panthers finished first quarter 30-25. Hemofarm succeeded to resist during the couple of minutes of the second period after what FMP made another run for 39-27. The orange team threatened coming closer on minus 9 but it was their maximum last night. The biggest lead FMP had at the half way of the last quarter. It was 82-62 and signal for head coach Slobodan Klipa to give a chance to youngsters Musli and Milutinovic. FMP had fantastic percentage 22 of 28 from the field. They also had 50% from behind the arc.

Zoran Erceg was the key player in his team adding 28 points and 6 rebounds. He was MVP of the game with index value 32. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) followed him netting 19 points. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the best in Hemofarm collecting 18 points and 7 rebounds. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) also stopped on 18 points.

The second game will be played on Friday at Vrsac's hall Millennium where Hemofarm will try to stay in the race for the final.


FMP - Hemofarm STADA 92-81
(30-25,19-17,20-14,23-25)

FMP:
Erceg 28 (6 rebs), Krstovic 19, Protic 14 (7 as), Labovic 13 (7 rebs)
Hemofarm: Vukosavljevic 18 (7 rebs), Joksimovic 18, Pavkovic 15, Bozovic 10 (6 rebs)


Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Guard of the Year - Omar Cook (186-G-82) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Forward of the Year - Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Center of the Year - Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
Newcomer of the Year - Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Most Improved Player of the Year - Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of KK Borac Cacak
Bosman Co-Player of the Year - Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd and Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Import Player of the Year - Omar Cook (186-G-82) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Domestic Player of the Year - Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Defensive Player of the Year - Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad
Coach of the Year - Dusko Vujosevic of Partizan Igokea

1st Team
Omar Cook (186-G-82) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd

2nd Team
Milton Palacio (190-G-78) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of KK Borac Cacak
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd

Honorable Mention
Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Goran Bajic (207-C-83) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad
Uros Lucic (207-C-83) of KK Zdravlje Actavis Leskovac
Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) of KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac
Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79) of KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac
Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd

All-Domestic Players Team
Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd

All-Defensive Team
Omar Cook (186-G-82) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad
Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of KK Borac Cacak
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd

All-Newcomers Team
Zarko Karic (191-G-84) of Vizura Beograd
Nicola Despotovic (194-G-88) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Vizura Beograd
Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of KK Borac Cacak
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd


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SEYCHELLES

Hawks stays unbeaten, talks about Omony's return -by Eurobasket News
PLS HAWKS are expected to welcome back Ugandan all-rounder Stephen Omony (198-G/F), 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 were 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.
Courtesy of Nation.sc


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SLOVENIA

Zmago Sagadin agreed terms in Poland! -by Matej Bergant
We got informed by a reliable source that Slovenian coach Zmago Sagadin agreed terms for next season with WTK Anwil Wloclawek. Sagadin is in Wloclawek since yesterday and he will sign one year contract within next 48 hours. He will replace other Slovenian coach Ales Pipan who already agreed terms with Zlatorog Lasko. Zmago Sagadin 's last coaching job was in Lithuania where he coached Lietuvos Rytas. Besides Lietuvos Rytas he also coached Celje, Maribor, Olimpija Ljubljana, Split and Crvena Zvezda.

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SPAIN

Curtain Falls on ACB Season and Tau are Kings -by Paul Nilsen
Tau Ceramica Vitoria are the kings of the ACB after they romped to the play-off championship by clean sweeping a hapless Barcelona 3-0 with embarrassing ease to tip-off one big all-night party in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Playing in front of a jubilant and packed home crowd at the Fernando Buesa Arena, Coach Neven Spahija and his team cruised to a 76-61 victory and in a country where football can dominate, the trophy went to the one city where the fiercely proud Vitorians put basketball very much first.

Pete Mickeal was crowned MVP but that didn't matter too much as the tickertape fell from the ceiling, this was a great way to seal a strong season for Baskonia - although one that might have been even better had they managed to win the Copa Del Rey also on home soil back in February.

It wasn't to be and after getting to Madrid for Euroleague Final Four this was the perfect end to the season.

Perhaps the return of James Singleton not just to fitness but now to some form has given an already strong Tau team that extra boost and it is quite remarkable how they have dismantled Barca leaving everyone wondering how the Catalan club have managed to get this far.

Lets not kid ourselves here - Barca have been truly awful in the play-off finals. They have shown absolutely nothing ands have almost waved a white flag and went down without a fight and perhaps without even a whimper. Although you have to excuse Turkish star Ersan Ilyasova out of that criticism and perhaps Roger Grimau, the former in particular who has been head and shoulders above anyone else.

Some people had tipped Barca to go to Vitoria and upset Tau by finally producing some kind of performance combined with the fact that they have a good recent record in the Basque Country but it didn't materialise and in the end, this was perhaps the easiest of the trio of wins for Tau.

This victory ended a long six year wait for Baskonia and that is why the celebrations went long into the night. For a lot of fans it was also the case that the failure of the giants Real Madrid and of course Barca makes this success all the more sweet for Tau and their fanatical fans.

Not only that, but Tau have looked impregnable during the play-offs. They have looked dominant in all but a couple of games and their strength in depth has been their one aspect that has eased them to silverware.

Everyone has contributed to an aggressive style of defence that serves any good team well and with an array of confident and reliable performers, they are a team that is hard to beat. The inside play of Singleton and of course Splitter in particular has been a joy.

The intelligence and sting pulling of Pablo Prigioni, the man who cut down the net at the end of the game, the irrepressible Rakocevic, three-point threat of Teletovic and of course the power, athleticism and all-action displays of Pete Mickeal.

While everyone has contributed for Tau, these factors have been uppermost in their success - a long with a lot of hard work.

It will pain Barcelona fans to hear neutral observers suggest that Tau looked like they wanted it more. Perhaps that is not true but this is the way it come across. Quicker, seemingly more determined and certainly willing to stand up and be counted, could the same genuinely be said of Xavi Pascual and his players?

His big stars Illyasova aside let him down when he needed them most. Perhaps a tired and washed up DKV Joventut ending a long and successful season flattered Barca in the semi-finals. Whatever the reason you can only sit and scratch your head as to why the team that finished above Tau in the regular season could have put in such a miserable three games in a row.

Well maybe you don't need to scratch your head at all. Compare the front court and back court. How effective have Trias, Vasquez and Kasun been inside? What value for money have they given? To be fair perhaps a little more than Lakovic and Acker, a couple of highly talented players and scorers who I suggest someone sends out a search party to try and find them. The first place to look might be the back pockets of Prigioni, Planinic and Rakocevic.

But clearly this wasn't about Barca. This was for Tau and in the late night world of basketball in Spain, with less than 15 minutes to go until midnight, the buzzer sounded and the party began - one that Vitoria will probably continue for most of the summer as the curtain fell on another terrific season in the best league in Europe.


TAU Won Supercup -by Richard


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SWITZERLAND

Lausanne re-signs seven to contracts and adds another four. -by Kristian Santiago
Lausanne Morges Basket re-signed the following players for the 2008-2009 season:
Tony Brown (193-G-79, college: Arkansas St.)
Charly Pleux-Decollogne (172-G-84)
Willy Tahane (200-F/C-81)
Harvey Van Stein (197-F-78, college: Cent.Conn.St.)
Jerome Meylan (189-G-87)
Amadou Diop (203-C-87)
Gilles Martin (175-G-89)

Willie Freeman (198-F-80, college: W.Carolina) comes from Pages Jaunes Pully Basket to Lausanne, while Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown) arrives from Sweden (Solna Vikings) and Irish-guard Lorcan Precious (184-G-80, college: Hunter) joins Lausanne from CS Autun Basket (N2) in France.
And finally Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post), who played in Germany for USC Freiburg in the past season, has been added to the team as well.


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TURKEY

Stats Leaders - D1
TBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Neal, Karsi. 23.6
2 Hosley, Karsi. 22.9
3 Gordon, Kepez 21.3
4 Braswell, Selcuk 21.1
5 Wright, Telekom 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Hosley, Karsi. 11.7
2 Adeleke, Banvit 11.4
3 Asik, Alpella 11.3
4 Harvey, Banvit 10.7
5 Kinloch, Alpella 10.6
Assists Per Game
1 Koseoglu, Kepez 6.9
2 Braswell, Selcuk 6.1
3 Solomon, Fener. 5.6
4 King, Mersin 5.0
5 Acık, Telekom 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Braswell, Selcuk 2.4
2 Lucas, Antalya 2.1
3 Cetin, Alpella 2.0
2FGP
1 Cankaya, Banvit 72.7
2 Ermis, Karsi. 70.4
3 Yildirim, Telekom 68.8
3FGP
1 Asik, Alpella 66.7
2 Shumbert, Besik. 52.9
3 Gonlum, Efes 50.0
Free Throws
1 Guinn, Daruss 96.0
2 Erdogan, Efes 90.5
3 Grays, Beykoz 89.7


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U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS

PRO REPORT -by David Edole
Elegar performs at NBA Pre Draft Camp
Frank Elegar had a decent showing at the Orlando pre draft camp last Thursday-Sunday. The six-foot-nine, 230 pounds power forward nearly scored double digits in all three games, but he struggled to do any serious damage on the glass (except in the last game, when he had eight). According to FoxSports.com, 'He has good length and is highly athletic, and there is no reason why he shouldn't consistently be getting close to a double-double.'
Elegar's team won all three games played. He had eight points, five rebounds and three assists in his debut in TEAM FOUR's blowout win. He concluded day three with 10 points, eight boards and three blocks. Team four defeated team two, 105-92.

Miller vs. Krauser in Venezuela
Behind 23 points from Darnell Miller Guaiqueries de Margarita outlasted Carl Krauser and Gigantes de Guayana, 94-88, in Venezuela Professional basketball League.
Margarita record improves to 22-14, while Guayana record drops to 7-32.
Both Miller and Krauser played with the Virgin Islands senior men's basketball national team this past summer in the Pan Am games.
Krauser led Guayana with 19 points and was named to the all-star game. During the festivities he walked away with the three point shooting contest honors.

Thomas 28 not enough
Centro Juvenil Don Bosco rebounded from a loss to knock off Club Jose Horacio Rodriguez, 88-74. The win by Don Bosco ties the best of seven series at two games apiece.
Bosco used a 26-11 run in the fourth quarter to steal the game away from the favored team.
Virgin Islander Carl Thomas had a game high 28 points in a losing effort.


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URUGUAY

Aguada is now the Metro leader -by Hector Lopez
Aguada recovered the leadership of thr Metro League after beating 25 de Agosto 83-58, while Capurro was beaten 84-77 by Urunday Universitario. The results for the 16th round (and numbers for the forign payers were):
Aguada 83 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 21 poins 17 rebounds
25 de Agosto 58
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Urunday 84
Capurro 77 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 10 points 2 rebounds
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Verdirrojo 78 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 13 points 4 rebounds
Waston 71 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 25 points 7 rebounds
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Nacional 95 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 25 points 13 rebounds
Larranaga 83
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Yale 90 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 7 points 2 rebounds
Olivol Mundial 80
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Larre Borges 108 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 31 points 6 rebounds
Marne 89 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 23 7 rebounds


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


Verdirrojo defeats Waston in Division 2 -by Walter Sobrero
With 22 points of Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) in the winner and 25 from Blackwell in the looser, Verdirrojo splits the first position in Division 2 after last night victory over Waston. In other games, Larre Borges defeated Marne 108-94 and Thorton made 31 points; and in the other game Urunday surprised the co leader Capurro defeating them 84-77 where Crocano made 17 points in the winner and Brian Craig 10 in the defeated.

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WBA

Cartersville Warriors transactions for 6/4/08... -by David Archer
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Warriors Make Roster Changes...

Cartersville, GA - The Cartersville Warriors pro basketball team, in an effort to put things on the right track after an unsuspected 0-3 start, have signed several new players. Head Coach Bobby Rouse has brought in A.J. Mastin (6'2''-G-83), Cole Rose (6'6''-G) of Lee University and Stanley Burrison (6'9''-F).

A.J. Mastin, a 6'2' SG, who played at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a superb perimeter shooter and will bolster the Warriors scoring options.

Rose, a versitile 6'6' guard-forward from Lee University, will provide great defense, hustle and another scoring option. He shot over 45% from beyond the arc in his career at Lee.

The 6'9' Burrison, no stranger to the Warriors organization, will re-join the club to provide more inside heighth. The long-armed Burrison can play the 3 , 4 or 5 positions on the floor. Burrison was a member of the Warriors squad that toured China this past April.

A.J. Mastin, Rose and Burrison are expected to be in uniform for the Warriors home opener against the Decatur Court Kings this Friday evening at 7:15pm.

To make room on the roster, the Warriors released Lemarr Farr (6'4''-G-83), Antonio Simpson (6'5''-G/F-84) and Jimmy Baxter (6'6''-G-80). Farr, a Wisconsin-native, had to return home for personal reasons, while Simpson left the team to pursue other options. Baxter, who had yet to play a game in a Warriors uniform, suffered a death in the family and has taken a leave. Rouse is not ruling out a possible return to the Warriors for Farr and Baxter.

The Cartersville Warriors are a division of The Human Race, Inc, a Georgia 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization, and are members of the World Basketball Association (WBA). For more information contact David Archer Jr at 770-606-3764 or darcherjr@yahoo.com or Bobby Rouse at 678-522-1017 or bobbyrouse2002@yahoo.com. You can also visit http://www.wbawarriors.com or http://www.usbasket.com/wba/wba.asp for more information.




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Women News

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ARGENTINA - Women

Spain storms past Argentina at the Torneo de Alcobendas -by Eurobasket News
Spain - Argentina 92:43

Spanish team continued their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament. Yesterday they hosted Argentina at the Torneo de Alcobendas. Argentina just won the silver medals at the South American Championship and looked exhausted after difficult South American campaign and travel to Europe. The hosts quickly jumped to a lead and held off the visitors throughout the first term. Spaniards piled up a 13-point buffer heading into the second frame. The hosts went on a 10:2 run to open the second period and stretched the gap to 21 points. Sandra Pavon and Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) answered with back-to-back trebles to cut the deficit but Spain still was in control. They hold to a 20-point advantage at halftime and kept mounting the pressure after the long break. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) teamed up to ignite a 14:4 run and the home side never looked back. Spain built an unassailable 38-point cushion before the fourth term and cruised to an overall victory in the final term. Amaya Valdemoro notched 20 points and 7 boards to pace the hosts. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) provided 13 points, while Elisa Aguilar knocked down 12 points for the winners. Maria Landra (188-F-83) answered with 11 points for Argentina. Erica Sanchez had 8 points, while Soberon, Fernandez and Pavon drilled 6 points apiece in a loss. Spain outrebounded Argentina 47:25 and forced them to 27 turnovers. The Latin American side shot woeful 20% from the field. Spain answered with solid 60% of field goals.
Spain will face China in the tournament's final today.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 20, Ana Montanana 13, Elisa Aguilar 12
Argentina: Maria Landra 11, Erica Sanchez 8


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Logan adds to debut season roster -by Eurobasket News
Rebecca Haynes (188-F-84) sits quietly on the bench contemplating her future while watching her Southern Districts Spartans team mates play their last SEABL match for the year.

That night Haynes came off the bench like she had done for most the year and played 21 minutes in a team that was losing.

She walked off the court with her hands in her face thinking one thing: 'I'm not enjoying my basketball'.

Less than a year on, Haynes is rejoicing after accepting a one-season contract to play with the BDS Logan Thunder in their first year in the National Women's Basketball League.

'It's an amazing turnaround, I can't believe it,' the 23-year-old said.

'I went to Logan to have the chance to improve my game by playing alongside quality players like Megan Michael. Now I can look forward to playing alongside and against the best players in Australia.'

From the time Haynes arrived, she could already feel the difference.

'There's a real buzz around here, with the WNBL season tipping off in October, everyone's half-off-their seats in anticipation,' she said.

'But the main difference in my form reversal was just the fact that I'm enjoying basketball again. From the first training session the girls have been excellent and great fun to be around.'

Haynes, who played four years in America, including two years with NCAA team, Alabama, has always had ambitions to play at the top level.

But after a horror season last year, never in her wildest imaginations, did Haynes believe she'd be signing up to compete in the national competition this early.

With a deadly three-point shot and a knack of being able to rebound, block shots and get steals, the 185 centimeter small forward has developed herself into a great all-round player.

Since joining the Vergola Thunder QABL team earlier this year, Haynes trained exceptionally hard and was rewarded by her coach Geoff Macleod, when she was named in the starting five for Thunder's first match of the season.

Since then, she has dominated on the court, including her effort against the Toowoomba Mountaineers. Haynes finished the match with figures of 24 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, which paved the way for her to win QABL round five player of the week.

Days after her achievement, the Thunder had scripted together a WNBL contract and to their relief, Haynes recently signed on the dotted line.

'She's got talent and her personality on and off the court is what we're looking for,' WNBL Thunder coach, Richard Orlick said.

'Her improvement has been exceptional. She's deserved a WNBL contract just as much as anyone else because she has come back from a disappointing year and excelled here with pure hard work.

'She could play as a solid back up to Mikaela Dombkins, but they'll be times when Mikaela or someone else is having an off-day and we expect Rebecca to step up and deliver. That'll be her biggest challenge and we believe she'll do fine,' he said.

Despite having all the skills and stats that would impress any coach in the WNBL, Haynes is aware of the importance of the next few months.

'I have to make sure I'm physically and mentally right before stepping up to the national stage,' she said.

'To be honest, I'm more worried about helping the team win the QABL title. Then only thing I'll be concentrating on in the mean time is getting my body right.'
Courtesy of wnbl.com.au


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BULGARIA - Women

Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Doychinova-Petrova


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Asenova-Lozanova
Player of the Year - Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73) (Rilski Sportist)
Guard of the Year - Diana Naydenova (171-G-73) (Dunav Econt)
Forward of the Year - Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) (Beroe 07 & Dunav Econt)
Center of the Year - Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (Rilski Sportist)
6th Player of the Year - Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) (Dunav Econt)
Defensive Player of the Year - Nadezhda Simeonova (183-F-83) (Montana 2003)
Domestic Player of the Year - Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (Rilski Sportist)
Import Player of the Year - Chameka Scott (183-G-84) (Lukoil Neftochimic)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Stefka Nikolova (170-G-90) (Slavia)

1st Team
Diana Naydenova (Dunav Econt)
Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) (Lukoil Neftochimic)
Hristina Minkova (Beroe 07 & Dunav Econt)
Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) (Dunav Econt)
Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (Rilski Sportist)

2nd Team
Albena Bachkova (170-G-73) (Beroe 07)
Petja Djambazka (178-F-77) (Dunav Econt)
Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) (Beroe 07)
Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) (Lukoil Neftochimic)
Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80) (Lukoil Neftochimic)

3rd Team
Daniela Peteva (177-F-89) (Dunav Econt)
Nadezhda Simeonova (Montana 2003)
Hristina Ivanova (185-F-89) (Rilski Sportist)
Anna Rimpova (Dunav Econt)
Zlatina Kaloferova (192-C-86) (Slavia & Beroe 07)

Honorable Mention
Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F-82) (Montana 2003)
Elena Petrova (183-F-74) (Beroe 07)
Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) (Lukoil Neftochimic)
Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) (Dunav Econt)
Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) (Slavia)
Lilyana Ilieva (191-C-88) (Slavia)
Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) (Beroe 07)
Ralitsa Vasileva (187-C-85) (Rilski sportist)


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CAMEROON - Women

All Star Game -by Carlos Pereira
In second game from ladies, 'Live Box' brought by Ghislaine Billong de Oilio club, chosen by a another part, better player of its category and better marking in three points, stuck the laborer to 'Fun Tones' with a Agathe Douma of the Lms stables in the summit of its art. Ngo Bassomo, Bikoy in legs more earths up untiringly on the defensive wall of Live Box where Undoum, Billong is insurmountable. To please marquoir 57 points against 44 in Live Box. The veterans, in third part demonstrated that the reflection and the automatism had not taken wrinkles. Pouna, Ngounou, Ekwe destabilize to their adversary by an pleasant game, do of blind steps, half-steps and after the magnificent basket of smaches. 'Live Box' beat to the uprooted 'Fun Tones' by 67 points against 65. The fabric of bottom of this day has put to rather overflowing the seniores takings of energy and very inspired. 'Live Box' whose Ndam, Keuni, Nekot, Etouke constitute fatuos fires dominated to 'Fun Tones' under the conduct of trainer Pepouna Souleymane. A result of 92 points against 89 was registered after an intense part. For the President of the Lpbbl, Francis Kemloh, the one OF STAR are 'an occasion to make shine stars in end of year will follow you compensate and the Glass of the said league' before yielding the side to M. Eric Diwouta, director of the computer science systems to Orange Cameroun. 'we are satisfied with the development of the match, an only grief, the room did not turn out great to contain all the spectators' affirmed. In the heading of the grief, the absence of a health personnel and the invisibility of the elements of the Red Cross. Some lots were offered to the best players of the match. Ghislaine Billong received two lots in quality of better marker in three points and better player of its category. Pouna and Ngounou shared the title of better player in the veterans. Keuni, from the part of the greater one, received a lot whereas Biangally took to the pinnacle in the category of the young people. Appointment to the third edition.

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CHINA - Women

China hold off Japan at Torneo Alcobendas in Spain -by Eurobasket News
China - Japan 91:70

The Asian arch-rivals met in Spain in friendly game at the Torneo Alcobendas in Spain. Japan continue their build-up for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be held in Madrid in 5 days. Japan got into Pool A together with Latvia and Senegal. China meanwhile are getting ready for the main basketball event of the season as they will host the Olympic basketball competition.
China that suffered just one loss in their preparation period were not about to give this one up. They opened the game confidently and quickly cleared off to a safe distance. Chinese team enjoyed an overwhelming dominance under the rims and piled up the advantage. China won the opening stanza 23:10 and seemed to be en route to a comfortable win. However Japan were not ready to give up just yet. They tightened defense in the second stanza and limited their opponents to 10 points. It allowed Japan to cut the gap as they now trailed by just one point at the interval. But Chine quickly shook off the sloppiness and raised the tempo after the break. They accounted for 31 points in the third quarter to widen the margin to 8 points. Japan could not recover in the final stanza and China roll to a comfortable victory at the end. Nan Chen (197-C-83) topscored with 28 points and 9 boards for China. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) scored 17 points, while Fei Fei added 10 points for the winners. Ai Al Mitani (181-F-78) answered with 12 points for Japan. Rika Tanaka (173-G-82) and Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) dropped 10 points apiece in defeat. China outrebounded their opponents 49:25 and forced Japanese players to 17 turnovers. Japan however converted 49% from the field including 60% from beyond the arc. China will meet with Spain tonight in the Gold medals game. Japan will play against Argentina for the Bronze medals.

China: Nan Chen 28, Miao Li Jie 17, Fei Fei 10
Japan: Ai Al Mitani 12, Rika Tanaka 10, Ryoko Utsumi 10


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FRANCE - Women

Eurobasket.com All-French NF1 Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Marie Vicente Santa Cruz (170-G-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Guard of the Year - Marie Vicente Santa Cruz (170-G-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Forward of the Year - Anais Le Gluher (182-F-82) of Basket Landes
Center of the Year - Dace Brumermane (187-F/C-81) of Dunkerque US
Import Player of the Year - Dace Brumermane (187-F/C-81) of Dunkerque US
Domestic Player of the Year - Marie Vicente Santa Cruz (170-G-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Young player of the Year - Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) of Centre Federal BB
Newcomer of the Year - Virginie Bremont (178-G-89) of Armentieres SO
Coach of the Year - Olivier Lafargue of Basket Landes

1st Team
Marie Vicente Santa Cruz (170-G-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Anais Le Gluher (182-F-82) of Basket Landes
Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) (186-C/F-79) of Basket Landes
Julia Andreyeva (188-C-83) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Dace Brumermane (187-F/C-81) of Dunkerque US

2nd Team
Celine Fromholz (174-G-78) of Avenir de Rennes
Sandrine Ronot (183-F-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Marion Laborde (178-G-86) of Basket Landes
Nadja Morgan (187-F-80) of Cavigal Nice Sports Basket
Dana Boonen (197-C-79) of Avenir de Rennes

All-Domestic Players Team
Marie Vicente Santa Cruz (170-G-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Anais Le Gluher (182-F-82) of Basket Landes
Sandrine Ronot (183-F-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Marion Laborde (178-G-86) of Basket Landes
Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) of Centre Federal BB

All-Imports Team
Jehanne Detry (166-G-74) of Dunkerque US
Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) of Racing Club Strasbourg
Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) of Basket Landes
Julia Andreyeva (188-C-83) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
Dace Brumermane (187-F/C-81) of Dunkerque US


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GERMANY - Women

Wolfenbuettel Wildcats move up to the DBBL, Opladen won't -by Moritz Korff
It has been a huge surprise when heavily favored Wolfenbuettel Wildcats fell short 0:2 in the finals of the 2. DBBL North Finals to SV Union Opladen. However, the champion will not be able to savor this success by moving up to the first league, as the club announced not to apply for a license and to remain in the 2. DBBL instead. There are two reasons for the decision of the Union-officials: The lack of appropriate financial means and serious doubts, if it would have been able to put together a competitve roster for the highest German league.
Wolfenbuettel is not plagued by similar concerns and will return to the DBBL after two seasons in the second division. The management and Coach Heiko Bischoff have already began talks with their players to figure out who is going to stay a Wildcat. Especially the Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-C-85) is in the radar of other DBBL-clubs, according to newsclick.de, so it's gonna be interesting to see if the member of the 2007-2008 Eurobasket.com All-2. DBBL North First Team will wear the Wolfenbuettel-jersey another year.


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GUAM - Women

Guam Juniors improve to 3-2 record in PABL -by Eurobasket News
The Guam Women's Junior National team continued their action at the Philippines Amateur Basketball League. Lately Guam juniors beat Hagas Masters 49:30 at the St. John's School Gym. Derin Santos scored 7 points for Guam at the start of the game and they jumped to an early 7:0 lead. Rae Tajalle added 4 straight points after and Guam led comfortable 11:2 late in the first quarter. The Guam side grabbed a 15:8 lead into the second term. Derin Santos was active again at the start of the second frame and Guam cleared off to a 19:10 distance. Guam built a 35:15 lead at the interval and kept rolling after the break. They opened the second half with an 8:2 run to and held the hosts to just 4 points in the third period. Christina Cooper notched 5 points for Hagas in the final frame allowing them to outgun Guam juniors but it did not prevent Hagas Masters from falling at the end. Derin Santos knocked down 16 points to pace Guam. Christina Cooper and Alyssa Tomada answered with 7 points apiece in defeat.
Guam Junior National team improved to 3-2 record in the ladder. Hagas Masters fell to 1-4.
In the meantime Andersen Lady Bombers held off Lady Ace Hardware Aces 60:47. Doye Bird and Dawn Bottam scored 20 points each for the Lady Bombers. Lily Barranda answered with 20 points for the Lady Aces.


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HUNGARY - Women

Laszlo Ratgeber leaves MiZo after 15 years -by Eurobasket News
Coach Laszlo Ratgeber announced today that he won't extend contract with his team MiZo Pecs. Thus after 15 years in MiZo, Ratgeber is going to leave the club. At the same time Ratberger is the head coach of Hungarian women National Team.

'I wanted to say that I am leaving the club asap so management will have a lot of time to react. I hope they will find a new coach very soon' - said Ratgeber.

He also said that he already signed contract with new club but they kindly asked him not to announce the name of the team yet. For 15 years with MiZo Ratgeber three times participated on Euroleague Final 4. He also won Hungarian championship 9 times and the same number he reached in Hungarian National Cup.


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ITALY - Women

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 final series, after the first two candidates, Marghera (1st) and Bologna (2nd), fell short both in the first round.
Similar event in the South group: Umbertide (4th) gained the ticket remaining perfect in postseason: against Chieti (3rd) in the final series (2-0), after eliminating top-seeded Ancona (2-0) in the first round.


Umbertide, for the first A1 campaign in history, signed former Montigarda coach Lorenzo Serventi .



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JAPAN - Women

China hold off Japan at Torneo Alcobendas in Spain -by Eurobasket News
China - Japan 91:70

The Asian arch-rivals met in Spain in friendly game at the Torneo Alcobendas in Spain. Japan continue their build-up for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be held in Madrid in 5 days. Japan got into Pool A together with Latvia and Senegal. China meanwhile are getting ready for the main basketball event of the season as they will host the Olympic basketball competition.
China that suffered just one loss in their preparation period were not about to give this one up. They opened the game confidently and quickly cleared off to a safe distance. Chinese team enjoyed an overwhelming dominance under the rims and piled up the advantage. China won the opening stanza 23:10 and seemed to be en route to a comfortable win. However Japan were not ready to give up just yet. They tightened defense in the second stanza and limited their opponents to 10 points. It allowed Japan to cut the gap as they now trailed by just one point at the interval. But Chine quickly shook off the sloppiness and raised the tempo after the break. They accounted for 31 points in the third quarter to widen the margin to 8 points. Japan could not recover in the final stanza and China roll to a comfortable victory at the end. Nan Chen (197-C-83) topscored with 28 points and 9 boards for China. Miao Li Jie (180-G-81) scored 17 points, while Fei Fei added 10 points for the winners. Ai Al Mitani (181-F-78) answered with 12 points for Japan. Rika Tanaka (173-G-82) and Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) dropped 10 points apiece in defeat. China outrebounded their opponents 49:25 and forced Japanese players to 17 turnovers. Japan however converted 49% from the field including 60% from beyond the arc. China will meet with Spain tonight in the Gold medals game. Japan will play against Argentina for the Bronze medals.

China: Nan Chen 28, Miao Li Jie 17, Fei Fei 10
Japan: Ai Al Mitani 12, Rika Tanaka 10, Ryoko Utsumi 10


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RUSSIA - Women

Igor Grudin announces candidates for Team Russia -by Eurobasket News
Head coach of Russian National Team, Igor Grudin, announced preliminary list of the players for the Beijing Games.

Except many Russian players, Grudin decided to call 3 USA players to NT preliminary squad. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.), Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) and Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) acquired for Russian citizenship after playing in the country.

Becky Hammon played last season for CSKA Samara averaging 12.9 ppg and 2.9 apg for 14 games in Euroleague. Before CSKA, she had fantastic season at WNBA reaching play-off semifinals. After she finished season with CSKA she immediately returned to San Antonio Silver Stars where she is again in a starting five. Hammon will be great reinforcement for Russian National Team.

Kelly Miller is another WNBA player with great experience. She played last season in Spartak Moscow Region winning Euroleague title. She's Phoenix Mercury was WNBA champion on 2007. After fantastic year with Spartak, Miller as Hammon returned to she's WNBA team where she is one of the most important players.

Third American player which Grudin called for the NT is Deanna Nolan. As two mentioned players above Nollan is also high class player of WNBA team Detroit Shock. She played previous season for Ekaterinburg.

Grudin picked flowing players for the first stage: Natalia Vodopyanova, Marina Kuzina, Tatiana Bokareva, Anastas Pimenova, Lyudmila Sapova, Tatiana Shchegoleva, Anna Petrakova, Elena Baranova, Elena Karpova, Irina Sokolovskaya, Maria Stepanova, Ekaterina Lisina, Irina Osipova, Svetlana Abrosimova, Oxana Rakhmatulina, Deanna Nolan, Valentine Leshcheva, Ilona Korstin, Rebecca Hammon, Marina Karpunina, Kelly Miller, Ekaterina Demagina, Elena Volkova and Elena Danilochkina.

As a reminder Russia won gold medal on previous EuroBasket and they for sure has big ambitions in China.


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SERBIA - Women

Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Awards 2007-08 -by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year - Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Guard of the Year - Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Forward of the Year - Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
Center of the Year - Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Newcomer of the Year - Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) of Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad
Most Improved Player of the Year - Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) of ZKK Partizan Beograd
Import Player of the Year - Miriam Sy (193-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Domestic Player of the Year - Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Defensive Player of the Year - Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
Coach of the Year - Marina Maljkovic of Hemofarm STADA

1st Team
Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac

2nd Team
Miriam Sy (193-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Jelena Dangubic (177-G-82) of ZKK Partizan Beograd
Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Jela Vidacic (182-C-85) of Proleter Zrenjanin

Honorable Mention
Bojana Vulic (191-C-84) of Spartak Subotica
Bojana Jankovic (185-F-83) of ZKK Partizan Beograd
Alexis Kendrick (173-G-84) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Nina Varagic (191-F/C-81) of Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad
Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Marina Ristic (168-G-87) of ZKK Kraljevo
Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) of ZKK Partizan Beograd

All-Domestic Players Team
Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac

All-Defensive Team
Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Miriam Sy (193-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac

All-Newcomers Team
Jovana Popovic (175-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Maja Stjepanovic (-90) of ZKK Partizan Beograd
Natasa Kovacevic (-94) of ZKK Partizan Beograd
Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) of Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad
Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) of Spartak Subotica


Junior National Team looks forward to WC in Bangkok -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian junior National Team yesterday officially started preparations for European Championship 2007 in Slovakia. City of Novi Becej once again will be the host of junior NT during this period.

Head coach Zoran Kovacic will count on 20 players. The most of them are from Vojvodina Srbijagas: Sara Krnjic, Milana Stanic, Latinka Dusanic, Sandra Boskovic, Aleksandra Dobranic. BC Radivoj korac will also have 5 players in junior NT: Milica Paligoric, Jelena Jovanovic, Milana Zivadinovic, Maja Vucurovic and Jasna Vasilev. Other players are from Loznica, Kraljevo, Spartak, Crvena Zvezda and Hemofarm: Tina Jovanovic, Nevena Jovanovic, Tatjana Zivanovic, Kristina Baltic, Sanja Orozovic, Tijana Ajdukovic, Jovana Popovic, Ana Radovic and Jelena Gornik.

Jovana Popovic will join NT later because her Crvena Zvezda advance to the play-off final of Serbian Superleague. Sanja Orozovic will arrive to Novi Becej today while all other players already started to work with the head coach Zoran Kovacic. Miomir Tasic and Mrdja Milkan will assists head coach Kovacic in his work.

'We will have the first friendly game on Monday against junior team of BC Kovin. Later we will host junior NT of Bosnia and Herzegovina with whom we will play 3 games. At June 16th our plan is to continue preparations in Loznica where we will work together with cadet National Team. Our main target on EC in Slovakia is to reach semifinals. If we succeed it will automatically means that we are going to participate on World Championship which will take a place in Bangkok next year. It would be third consecutive appearance of Serbian junior NT on World Championships' - said Kovacic.

European Championship 2008 will be held in Slovakia from 18th to 27th of July.


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SPAIN - Women

Spain storms past Argentina at the Torneo de Alcobendas -by Eurobasket News
Spain - Argentina 92:43

Spanish team continued their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament. Yesterday they hosted Argentina at the Torneo de Alcobendas. Argentina just won the silver medals at the South American Championship and looked exhausted after difficult South American campaign and travel to Europe. The hosts quickly jumped to a lead and held off the visitors throughout the first term. Spaniards piled up a 13-point buffer heading into the second frame. The hosts went on a 10:2 run to open the second period and stretched the gap to 21 points. Sandra Pavon and Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) answered with back-to-back trebles to cut the deficit but Spain still was in control. They hold to a 20-point advantage at halftime and kept mounting the pressure after the long break. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) teamed up to ignite a 14:4 run and the home side never looked back. Spain built an unassailable 38-point cushion before the fourth term and cruised to an overall victory in the final term. Amaya Valdemoro notched 20 points and 7 boards to pace the hosts. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) provided 13 points, while Elisa Aguilar knocked down 12 points for the winners. Maria Landra (188-F-83) answered with 11 points for Argentina. Erica Sanchez had 8 points, while Soberon, Fernandez and Pavon drilled 6 points apiece in a loss. Spain outrebounded Argentina 47:25 and forced them to 27 turnovers. The Latin American side shot woeful 20% from the field. Spain answered with solid 60% of field goals.
Spain will face China in the tournament's final today.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 20, Ana Montanana 13, Elisa Aguilar 12
Argentina: Maria Landra 11, Erica Sanchez 8


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SWEDEN - Women

Nnamaka's effort for the Dream -by Eurobasket News
Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) showed 100% in the game for her Atlanta in WNBA. Candice Wiggins however scored 22 points in the second half and the Minnesota Lynx celebrated the 5th victory in a row beating the Atlanta Dream 85:81 away from home. The Dream in the meantime suffered their 5th consecutive loss. The Dream got hold of a 76:75 lead with just over a minute to go. Candice Wiggins fired from downtown to drag the Lynx in front 78:76. Then Charde Houston added two free throws within the final minute and sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Betty Lennox led all scorers with 28 points but missed a crucial three-pointer with 28 seconds left that could have given the Dream a lead. Nicky Anosike had 20 points and 12 boards, while Seimone Augustus provided 19 points for the league leaders. Lacy answered with 16 points for the Dream.
The Washington Mystics climbed to 2-2 record as they beat the Atlanta Dream 80:74 at home. Alana Beard exploded with 19 points in the second half to propel the Mystics to the victory. Betty Lennox topscored with 29 points for the Dream as they slipped to 0-4 record in the game before that. Atlanta trailed by just a single point with 3 minutes remaining. However Alana Beard and Monique Curry sealed the winning outcome for the hosts from charity stripe. Alana Beard scored 25 points, while Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 points and 9 boards in a win. Chioma Nnamaka played four minutes and did her best for the team.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Stephanie Slaviero leaves Neuchatel -by Eurobasket News
Guard Stephanie Slaviero (172-G/F-87) decided to leave Neuchatel. She made this decision because of family reasons and her obligations at the University.

Last two seasons Slaviero played for Neuchatel. She joined Swiss team from Belgian division 1 team Novia Namur. At her last season with Neuchatel she averaged 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.8 apg. Her team also participated in EuroCup previous season. She had a bit lower digits there averaging 3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3 apg.

Neuchatel became a National Cup winner for season 07/08.


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WNBA - Women

Candice Wiggins carries the Lynx to fifth straight win -by Eurobasket News
Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 22 points in the second half and the Minnesota Lynx celebrated the 5th victory in a row beating the Atlanta Dream 85:81 away from home. The Dream in the meantime suffered their 5th consecutive loss. The Dream got hold of a 76:75 lead with just over a minute to go. Candice Wiggins fired from downtown to drag the Lynx in front 78:76. Then Charde Houston added two free throws within the final minute and sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) led all scorers with 28 points but missed a crucial three-pointer with 28 seconds left that could have given the Dream a lead. Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 20 points and 12 boards, while Seimone Augustus provided 19 points for the league leaders. Lacy answered with 16 points for the Dream.
Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) matched her career best with 25 points to pace the New York Liberty to a confident 77:63 victory over the Seattle Storm. The hosts jumped to a quick start and piled up a 16-point lead early in the game. The Strom however denied it trailing by just 2 points at the interval. Nevertheless Christon kept forcing the issue as she knocked down 15 points in the second half and the hosts rolled to their 2nd win in the season. Janel McCarville dropped 12 points, while Moore nailed 9 points for the winners. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 19 points for the Storm. Swoopes produced 15 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) poured in 24 points including 8 in overtime and the Los Angeles Sparks prevailed against the Chicago Sky. The Sky trailed by 13 points early in the fourth frame but managed to cut the gap as Jia Perkins came up with 10 points in the quarter. Dominique Canty forced overtime with two free throws but just to see Delisha Mitlon-Jones ruining any hosts' hopes in the extra period. Lisa Leslie provided 18 points and 12 boards, while Candace Parker had 12 points and 7 boards for the winning side. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) answered with 22 points and 11 boards for the Sky. Jia Perkins finished with 16 points in defeat.


Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. Minnesota L. 5-0 
 2. Connect. S. 5-1 
 3. Detroit S. 5-1 
 4. Seattle S. 5-2 
 5. L.Angeles S. 4-1 
 6. Indiana F. 3-2 
 7. New York L. 2-3 
 8. Sacram. M. 2-3 
 9. S.Antonio SS 2-3 
 10. Washingt. M. 2-4 
 11. Chicago Sky 1-4 
 12. Phoenix M. 1-4 
 13. Houston C. 1-5 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0