EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/9/2008

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AUSTRALIA

Sonics next to trial Jawai -by Eurobasket News
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC)'s NBA pre-draft roadshow rolls on, with the Cairns Taipans centre joining a number of other top prospects in a workout for the Seattle Supersonics on Friday.

Jawai, who has already held a private workout for the Golden State Warriors and attended the NBA's official Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, will join UCLA's Kevin Love, North Carolina State's J.J. Hickson and Ohio State's Kosta Koufos at the Sonic's Furtado Center to trial in front of the Sonics brass.

The Sonics hold both the fourth and 24th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on 26 June.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer speculated that Jawai may be being looked at by the Sonics for selection with the 24th pick.

'Love worked out for the fourth pick and maybe Koufos if the Sonics trade down,' wrote Gary Washburn of the PI. 'Hickson and Jawai likely would fit into the 24th pick because both are projected as second rounders, according to draftexpress.com.'

Another Seattle newspaper, The News Tribune, described Jawai as the most interesting candidate of the four players working out on Friday with the Sonics.

'However, the most interesting prospect is Nathan Jawai,' wrote the Tribune's Eric Williams. 'Although a bit unpolished, Jawai moves well at 6-10, 282 pounds and with his size and explosiveness could develop into a decent inside player. He earned the moniker of 'Baby Shaq' in the Australian NBL League Down Under.'

The Sonics suffered from deficiencies in the paint last season, which could make Jawai a perfect fit for the team.
Courtesy of nbl.com.au


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BOSNIA

New title for Jasmin Hukic with Union Olimpija -by Eurobasket News
Good news for head coach of Bosnian National Team Mensur Bajramovic. One of the best players of NT, forward Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket), captured another title this season with Union Olimpija showing very good performance in final series. Olimpija took back the trophy in domestic championship from Helios Domzale beating them 3-1 in the final. Hukic and his team already won one trophy this season and it was Slovenian National Cup. The team also participated on the Adriatic league Final 4, which took place at their home court 'Tivoli' in Ljubljana.

Union Olimpija outplayed Helios in the first game without any bigger efforts. After first ten minutes it already was plus 10 for the hosts. Just ten minutes later they extended lead to 22 points, what was unreachable for visitors until the end. Hukic scored 10 points for his team in the first game. Helios Domzale celebrated 93-88 in the second game thanks to well played last stanza 27-19. Olimpija had plus 3 at the beginning of the last period but it was not enough for the win. Jasmin Hukic was the best player in his team, scoring 23 points. At the same time he grabbed 5 rebounds for 26 minutes. In third game Olimpija had an easy job outplaying Helios 99-81 thus they took 2-1 lead in final series. Hukic had very important role in his team collecting 14 points and 3 rebounds for 17 minutes. New Slovenian champion beat Helios in fourth game thanks to wonderful second frame 22-6. Hukic helped his team in this game with 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Jasmin Hukic joined Olimpija in 2007 after he finished season with Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot.


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CHILE

Libsur: Valdivia and Osorno qualified to the F4 -by Daniel Valencia
With one round remaining in the A1 zone, Deportivo Valdivia and Provincial Osorno already qualified to Libsur's Final Four. On saturday night, Deportivo Valdivia defeated Deportes Castro 86-69, with Claus Prutzmann (204-C-79) as the offensive leader with 19 points. In Osorno, the host defeated Asociacion Ancud 75-72 with the forward Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) leading all scorers with 21 points.

In B1 zone, Deportes Lautaro defeated Provincial Llanquihue 79-72 and reamain unbeaten in the second phase of the tournament. Josef Krause (193-F-87) was the scoring leader of the night with 20 points.

These are the complete results of saturday night action.

A1 Zone

Deportivo Valdivia 86 - Deportes Castro 69
Val: Claus Prutzmann 19 pts. / Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) 28 pts.

Provincial Osorno 75 - Asociacion Ancud 72
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 21 pts. / Anc: Fernando Campos (186-G-81) 18 pts.

B1 Zone

Universidad de Los Lagos 82 - Nueva Imperial 69
Ula: Jhonny Gomez (195-F-80) 21 pts. / Imp: Cristian Zamorano (183-G-86) 20 pts.

Deportes Lautaro 79 - Provincial Llanquihue 72
Lau: Josef Krause 20 pts. / LLan: Matias Sepulveda (188-F-90) 19 pts.


Centro-Sur: saturday night results -by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion recovered from a 16 point first quarter deficit to defeat Universidad Catolica 85-82. Carlos Sepulveda was the scoring leader for U.Concepcion with 26 points. The leader CD Puente Alto defeated Deportivo Aleman 80-63 with Siegmund and Cisternas as the offensive leader. These are the complete results of saturday night.

Universidad catolica 82 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 85
Uc: Angelo Olivares (185-G-82) 22 pts. / Ucon: Carlos Sepulveda (195-F-83) 26 pts.

CD Puente Alto 80 - Deportivo Aleman 63
Pue: German Siegmund (190-G/F-83) 16 pts.

Liceo Mixto 99 - Espanol de Talca 83
Lic: Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 20 pts. / Esp: Pablo Ayala (188-F-79) 18 pts.

Sagrados Corazones 72 - Boston College 81
Sag: Hector Gomez (188-G-88) 16 pts. / Bos: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) 21 pts.


Standings

1. CD Puente Alto 8-2
2. CD Universidad de Concepcion 8-2
3. Boston College 7-2
4. Universidad Catolica 5-4
5. Liceo Mixto 4-5
6. Deportivo Aleman 3-6
7. Espanol de Talca 1-8
8. Sagrados Corazones 1-8


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CYPRUS

Market news -by Chris Mammides

BMC AEK Larnacas renewd the contract of the Cyptiot Head Coach Michael for another seazon while the Larnakas team management agreed financial terms with 4 Bosman players, 3 Serbians and a from Czech Republic. The four players who will be wearing the AEK's jersey for the coming seazon are: Filip Sunturlic (197-G-82) who was playing in the Iranian league with Petrochimi, Dusan Milicic (201-G/F-79) who was also playing in the Bulgarian league with Samokov, Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) who was playing in the Romanian league with the team of Targoviste and then moved to the Bosnian league with the team of Leotar Trebinje, and the giant Roman Halik (214-C-80) who was playing in the Dutch league witht he team of Aris Friesland (for three months).


In the mean time, some surprising transfer are ready to take place within the next couple of weeks as some players from some 'big' teams will change environment and cities very soon. For the official news, Eurobasket.com will be coming soon with solid news for its readers...



Raca in AEL!! -by Chris Mammides
The most successfull Cypriot Coach ever, Dragan Raca is returnign to the team that he was loved most, Proteas EKA AEL Limassol agreed financial terms with the Serbian-Cypriot Head Coach for three years (1+1+1). Dragan Raca had offrs from teams in much bigger leagues (Russian, Greek, Polish etc) but he prefered the Cyprus league as his family (wife and two doughters) are currently in Limassol. Proteas EKA AEL Limassol will now get stronger and the transfer moves will be 100% guided by the experienced and most successfull coach in the island. Giannis Raptis will be his new assistant Coach in Proteas EKA AEL Limassol

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Nymburk won its fifth straight Czech League championship -by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk - Geofin Novy Jicin 93:70

CEZ Basketball Nymburk triumphed in Czech Republic Final defeating Geofin Novy Jicin in Game 5 93:70. A fourth win in the best-of-seven series brought the defending champions its fifth straight Czech League championship. Taking control from the very beginning the hosts benefit from the game. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) paced the winners with 21 points. Radek Necas (204-F-80) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) posted 18. Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) top-scored for the guests with 15 points and Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) added 14.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk came back to Game 5 at home and it was a place to celebrate. The hosts opened the game with 22:16 in the opening quarter and took control immediately in the game. It seemed that the game would be over as soon as possible for the defending champions, but Geofin Novy Jicin did not give up. The latter had nothing to lose in the series and produced 27:22 in the second period. Both teams disappeared in the lockers for 44:43 Nymburk advantage.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as CEZ Basketball Nymburk allowed the guests to score only 11 points in the period. After thirty minutes of the game the board showed 73:54 and the spectators were ready to celebrate. CEZ Basketball Nymburk led the game to 93:70 and proved once again that the team is the best now in the country.

CEZ Basketball Nymburk:Radoslav Rancik 21, Radek Necas 19 points and 10 rebounds, Ladislav Sokolovsky 18, Monte Mack 11
Geofin Novy Jicin:Kenny Walker 15, Robert Sarovic 14.


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D.R. CONGO

Yannick Bokolo finishes season in French Pro A -by Eurobasket News
DR Congo (Kinshasa) native, Yannick Bokolo (189-G-85) and his team Le Mans weren't capable to beat Roanne in third game of French Pro A semifinals. They suffered defeat in this deceive game 71-57 loosing the semifinals series 2-1.

Everything started good for Bokolo and his Le Mans. The hosts opened the third decisive game very well ending the first quarter 15-13. But no one knew at that time that it was the end of Le Mans in this game. After these 10 minutes they just stopped to play defense missing many opened shots at the offensive end. Roanne stopped them on just 14 points in the second period while they netted 29. Visitors went on the half time having comfortable lead of 13 points. Both teams continued in the same rhythm in third stanza. Le Mans played a bit better but anyway it was not enough even to come closer. Roanne succeeded to extend lead to 15 points looking forward to the last quarter. Regular season champion with score 23-7 didn't have a power to do anything but to suffer 14 points defeat at the end.

Yannick Bokolo scored just 10 points for his team in three games of semifinal series against Roanne. But he was in a starting five every game having very important role in organizing the plays. He also had important tasks at the defensive end of the court. For 36 games in French Pro A this season he averaged 5 ppg and 3 apg for 21 minutes per game. He also had 14 appearances in Euroleague adding 5.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, and 2.9 apg.

Bokolo is a member of Le Mans since 2003.


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FRANCE

Marc Salyers carries Roanne past Le Mans -by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Roanne 57:71

A nearly perfect defensive effort and another sizzling performance from Marc Salyers allowed Roanne to hold off the LNB top seed Le Mans and enter the Final. Roanne managed to stay in the race in Game 2 routing the regular season champions at home but the Le Mans hosted the third decisive game and hoped to seal the winning outcome before the supportive home crowd. The teams kept it close in the opening minutes with defense prevailing. The hosts outscored Roanne 15:13 in the first frame. But Roanne answered with an impressive performance right after the first intermission. The visitors accounted for 29 points in the second quarter holding the opponents to just 14. Roanne piled up a comfortable 42:29 lead at halftime. Le Mans were obviously take aback as they could not get things going the right way in the third frame. Roanne easily maintained the distance and headed into the fourth stanza 15 points ahead. Le Mans were completely outmuscled under the rims as Roanne kept them in the field. The hosts however shot just 25% from the beyond the arc and the visitors easily breezed to an overall victory. Le Mans never threatened the deficit and Roanne joined Nancy in the LNB Final. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) led the charge with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) added 11 points, while Pape Badiane (208-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) secured 10 in a win. Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) and Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 10 points apiece for Le Mans. Philip Ricci chipped in 9 points in a losing case. The winners outrebounded Le Mans 40:27 and forced those to as many as 20 turnovers.

Le Mans: Sam Clancy 10, Nebojsa Bogavac 10
Roanne: Marc Salyers 20, Brion Rush 11, Pape Badiane 10


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GHANA

Ghanaian league has started -by Gianni Pascucci
Ghanaiana Male First Division 2008 started yesterday with the game between newcomer team Cape Coast Hoops and strong team Reformers. Despite the help of some import players like Ajibola Taiwo (198-F-89) and Mbah Ifeanyi (206-F-90), the Hoops felt 74-76. Two other games were played yesterday, and the Round 1 will be completed today. The full list of the male teams at the start is as follows:
1. REFORMERS
2. POLICE
3. FIRE
4. BRAVES OF CEPS
5. YOTIVE
6. WIZARDS
7. WARRIORS
8. FLAMES
9. PREMIER PANTHERS
10. CAPE COAST HOOPS
with the help of Claudius Thompson


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GREECE

Nar Zanolin: Balkan League has a good future -by George Manousidis
FIBA Europe General Secretary Nar Zanolin took part at Balkan basketball league`s Board meeting in Sofia.
'I think it`s going to be good competition. People that are involved are serious people, they are professionals. Now with the participation and the cooperation of all the clubs, I think that this League has a good future. I think it has the possibility to expand as well, because the Balkan include number of other countries too, so I think definitely it has a future and also future for extension', said Nar Zanolin.

Eurobasket.com: What is the main thing that people that run the Balkan league should know?
Nar Zanolin: Just to make sure, that the competition is run properly and fairly and just to work hard to draw whole families in the gym, because then you know what a wonderful sport the basketball should be.

Eurobasket.com: Maybe that`s why you proposed that rule for the home player?
Nar Zanolin: Yes, I do that, because like I said before I`m Canadian, but I`m European too. The fact is that the club must have a recognition point. And a recognition point could be only a person, a player from that country. That`s why I`m really pushing that, because I believe in European basketball. The main thing is identification and recognition of aspect of having that player on the court.


Giannis Sferopoulos has agreed for a 2-year contract with Kolossos Rhodes -by Simon Varvakis
Giannis Sferopoulos has agreed to become the head coach of Kolossos Rhodes for the next 2 years. The 41-year old greek coach was an assistant coach for Olympiakos since 2005 and now has decided to become head coach in A1 for the first time. The team of Kolossos announced this via their official website and that the coach will start the planning for the roster of the new season. Already there are rumors that Giannis Sferopoulos might be bringing players from Olympiakos with him such as Panagiotis Kafkis who didn't have much playing time this year and also Georgios Apostolidis who was loaned from Olympiakos to Panellinios this year but it seems he won't get playing time next season in Olympiakos.

Transfer News -by Chris Mammides
A2
Fotis Takianos will be the new head coach of Rethymno, the talented coach after an amazing season with Panorama 'won' some points and a number of teams were quite interested for the Greek coach, it seems that Rethymno showed the willingness much more than the other teams and very soon there will be an official announcement on behalf of the Cretans. Rethymno will renew the contracts of Vassilis Vagenas (202-F-80) and Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) for another one year.
Christos Vidalis (188-G-85) will sign his new contract with Dafni Athens not matter in which division will be playing next season, as Coach Costas Sorotos knows the player very well and he wants him in his team.
The Cypriot guard, Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) renewed his contract with ICBS for another season. Furthermore, the young player Giannis Evagelinos (185-G-80) and ICBS split ways, the player will be signing terms with Aias Evosmou.
Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) the ex player of Halkida, agreed financial terms with Panerythraikos
The Greek head Coach Nikos Karagiannis agreed financial terms for one year with Peristeri Athens.
Savvas Katsounis , the ex head coach of Zografou made a 'jump' in his career as he agreed terms with the A2 team of HSBC Pagrati Athens.
MENT split ways with two of his best players, Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) and Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) are no longer players of the Thessaloniki team.
B' Division
Coach Coastas Haritatos agreed to renew his contract with Ikaros Kallitheas for another year.
Apollon Kalamarias, one the new coming teams in the second division agreed terms with the ex Head Coach of PAOK, John Korfas


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INDIA

Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives regains IBS League Title at Sharjah -by Anil Kumar

The two month long Indian Basketball league season has come to an end at Al Shaab Sports Club, Sharjah. Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives celebrated the Indian Basketball league title with an impressive 71-56 win over the defending champions Hoofbeatz Hustlers in the finals of the 3rd Indian Basketball league Tournament organised by Indian Basketball Society U.A.E.

It was a seesaw battle right from the beginning as City Fives led by seven points after the starting frame, 18-11, but the defending champions coming from behind later on. Hustlers tied up things at 29 at halftime.

Brilliant burst in third quarter does City Fives win

Just like it did against Hoopers in the semi finals, City Fives launched an all out attack in the third quarter. The move took Hustlers by surprise and before they could regroup City Fives surged ahead into 22 points lead, 53-31. The City Fives men apart from being solid at defence kept scoring at a steady pace. City Fives rebound collection, especially the defensive was excellent. Junior Indian player Bimal Raj and University player Mathew combined well not only in defence but also ably supported Manoj Abraham, the current state player from Kerala, who top scored for the winners with 20 points. Hustler's players found it hard to contain Manoj Abraham, who helped City Fives hold an upper hand.

Shankar, the Tamil Nadu State player, who was rightfully chosen as the Best Play Maker of the tournament was the only threat City fives encountered in the finals. Shankar battled alone in the offence and his perfect shooting thrilled the crowd.

Ajeeth Sugunan and Mathew, both with four fouls apiece, didn't penetrate much into the rival area in the final session, which brought about a slump in the City Fives scoring rate. Hustlers shooters tried their best to use the opportunity to bring down the lead, but the City Fives defenders were in no mood to let the advantage slip away. Arafat fired three pointers thrice in the final session for Hustlers who led the quarter 25-18.

Earlier, Hoopers, Dubai defeated DPS, Sharjah 63-40 to secure the third place. Ivan top scored for Hoopers with 23 points and Shajahan netted 16 points.

Manoj Abraham (Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives) collected the MVP of the Tournament award and Kunal Vohra (DPS, Sharjah) bagged the Most Promising Player award. Kunal who was the top three point shooter also annexed the Top Scorer of the Tournament award.

Jean Manaloor (Hustlers) was given the Best Defensive Player award while Shankar (Hustlers) was adjudged as the Best Play maker of the Tournament award.

Ajeeth Sugunan (Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives) who was flown in from Indian to play the finals was given the best Re-bounder of the Tournament award.

The special awards and prizes were sponsored by Reebok & Blade Watches, Dubai. Individual prizes were sponsored by Titan Shipping, J Mart and Anton Automobiles, Abu Dhabi. Dr. Sunny Kurian, Patron of IBS and main sponsor of IBS League 2008 distributed the prizes. Also present during the prize ceremony are Mr. Suneel Aggarwal and Mr. Sameer K. Mohammed, patrons of IBS, Mrs. Leena Tharakan, Vice Prsident of IBS, Mr. Sharful Anam Sabir Akhand, MD of Titan Shipping and Mrs. Lovely Samuel from Clipsal, Sharjah.

Dr. Sunny's Medical Centre, Sharjah; Titan Shipping, Dubai; Dhanya Group of Companies, Sharjah; Clipsal, Sharjah; ETA Star, Dubai; UAE Exchange Centre; Giordano Fashions; J Mart; Blade Watches; Euphoria Int'l Trading, Dubai; Giant Reinforced Plastics, Sharjah, Oxford School, Dubai; Eiffel Printing Services and Reebok, are the supporting sponsors of the 3rd Indian Basketball League 2008.

Results:

FINALS: Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives: 71 (Manoj Abraham 20, Bimal Raj 18, Ajeeth Sugunan 14, Sanu Thomas 6, Jolly Peter 5, Mathew 5, Jinesh 2 and Mohd. Jashir 1) beat Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai 56 (Shankar 20, Jean Manaloor 14, Arafat 9, Nithin 5, Vinay 2, Deepak 2, beslin 2, Rejo 1 and Deepu 1)

3rd Place: Hopers, Dubai 63 (Ivan 23, Harahan 16, Jude 6, Rakish 6, Cyril Brogans 4, Wally 3, Cyril Miranda 2, Busman 2 and Jonathan 10 beat DPS, Sharjah:40 9Kenneth 13, Sided 11, Kunal Vohra 9, Sheba 4, Ali Amber 3)


Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives to meet Hoofbeatz Hustlers in the NRI Indian Leaguemen's final -by Anil Kumar


Former champions Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives stormed into the finals of 3rd Indian Basketball League Tournament here at Sharjah, UAE after defeating last year's runners up Hoopers, Dubai in the semi finals. Despite the absence of its two key players, Ajeeth and Jolly Peter, City Fives fought bravely against Hoopers. It was a seesaw battle in the starting frame. Ivan opened the score for Hoopers which was soon over taken by City Fives through Jinesh's three point shot. Sanu Thomas converted a three pointer which gave a moral boosting lead to City Fives. Cyril Braganza and Cyril Miranda teamed up with Ivan and scored 16 points and there was nothing much to separate the two sides at the end of the first quarter as City Fives led 17-16.

Manoj opened the second period scoring for City Fives. Bimal Raj and Mathew made repeated inroads into the rival area. Hoopers found it hard to contain Bimal Raj and Jinesh who helped City Fives hold an upper hand in the second quarter 25-12. Hoopers tried their best to bring down the lead, but Jaleeb Tea Fives were in no mood to let the advantage slip away. Shajahan and Cyril Miranda, the prolific scorers for Hoopers, were not at their best. City Fives forwards kept the score board ticking in the third quarter as they scored 27-16. Manoj's rebound collections, especially the defensive, were excellent. Hoopers badly missed its key player Ivan who was out with five fouls in the third quarter. City Fives also lost its forward Sanu Thomas who was out with five fouls. Venu, Jinesh and Bimal poured three pointers in the last quarter and extended City Fives lead to 28 points. Bimal Raj and Jinesh who scored five three pointers each were the leading scorers of the winning team with 26 and 21 points respectively. Shajahan and Ivan netted 12 points each.

In the second semi finals the defending champions Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai scored a comprehensive 62:45 victory over DPS, Sharjah.. Hustlers made a good start, thanks to its forward Arafat, who kept the score board ticking. The Hustlers defence managed to bottle up Kunal Vohra, the DPS scoring machine, through out the game. Hustlers led 28-9 in the first quarter. Hustlers played the remaining quarters with the comfort of its first quarter lead of 19 points. DPS fought back in the second quarter and scored 16-12. In the second half Hustlers scored 22:20 and won the semi finals by a margin of 17 points. 62-45. Kunal and Sidheek scored 16 points each while Ali Hussain netted 10 for the losers.


Results:
Men Semi Finals
Al Jaleeb Tea City Fives: 89 (Bimal Raj 26, Jinesh 21, Mathew 13, Manoj 12, Venu Kumar 6, Sanu Thomas 9, Jashir 2) beat Hoopers, Dubai 61 (Ivan 12, Shajahan 12, Cyril Braganza 11, Cyril Miranda 8, Jude 8, Rakesh 6, Hestin 2 and Usman 2)

Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai 62 (Arafat 19, Nithin 10, Viswanath 8, Shankar 6, jean 4, Rijo 4, Deepak 2, Beslin 1, Jim 2) beat DPS, Sharjah 45 (Sidheek Razak 16, Kunal Vohra 16, Ali Hussain 10 and Kenneth 3)


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ISRAEL

Raviv Limonad stops in French semifinals -by Eurobasket News
Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and his team Le Mans had a nice chance to reach the final of French Pro A played third deceive game at home against Roanne. But, unfortunately to Limonad, visitors were too strong for his team last night advancing to the big final against Nancy.

Le Mans took 1-0 lead at the beginning of the semifinals series. Later, in the second game Roanne celebrated without any bigger efforts tying the score on 1-1. At the last decisive game Le Mans showed better performance in the first quarter closing it 15-13. But nobody knew that it was maximum of Limonad's team last night. Roanne played furious second quarter letting Le Mans to score only 14 points. On the other side Roanne, mostly owing to Marc Salyers, netted 29 points finishing first half with comfortable plus 13. Le Mans didn't prove that it is the team who dominated in French Pro A regular season when they registered 23 wins and 7 defeats. They couldn't be an equal rival to Roanne during the last two quarters. It finally led to 71-57 and a chance for Roanne to defend championship title.

Raviv Limonad spent 18 minutes on the court in third decisive game scoring 6 points. He had 1/3 from the field, 0/1 for 3-pts and 4/4 from the free throw line.

Raviv signed with Le Mans during the previous summer. For 14 games in Eurolegaue he averaged 10.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.1 apg. He had some lower digits in French Pro A where he for 36 games had 9 points and 3 rebounds.


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IVORY COAST

Mohamed Kone will play in LNB Final -by Eurobasket News
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) and his Roanne held off the top-ranked Le Mans in French LNB to reach the Final. A sizzling performance from Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) allowed Roanne to hold off the LNB top seed Le Mans and enter the Final. Roanne managed to stay in the race in Game 2 routing the regular season champions at home but the Le Mans hosted the third decisive game and hoped to seal the winning outcome before the supportive home crowd. The teams kept it close in the opening minutes with defense prevailing. The hosts outscored Roanne 15:13 in the first frame. But Roanne answered with an impressive performance right after the first intermission. The visitors accounted for 29 points in the second quarter holding the opponents to just 14. Roanne piled up a comfortable 42:29 lead at halftime. Le Mans were obviously take aback as they could not get things going the right way in the third frame. Roanne easily maintained the distance and headed into the fourth stanza 15 points ahead. Le Mans were completely outmuscled under the rims as Roanne kept them in the field. The hosts however shot just 25% from the beyond the arc and the visitors easily breezed to an overall victory. Le Mans never threatened the deficit and Roanne joined Nancy in the LNB Final. Marc Salyers led the charge with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Brion Rush added 11 points, while Pape Badiane secured 10 in a win. Sam Clancy and Nebojsa Bogavac answered with 10 points apiece for Le Mans. Philip Ricci chipped in 9 points in a losing case. The winners outrebounded Le Mans 40:27 and forced those to as many as 20 turnovers.
Mohamed Kone posted 5 points (2/4 FG, 1/1 3pt) and 5 boards in 11 minutes of action. He averages 6.3 points and 3.8 boards per game in the season with Roanne. Meanwhile another Ivorian Alain Koffi (205-C-83) finished the season with Le Mans. In this game he registered 4 points (1/2 FG, 2/2 FT) and 5 boards. He posted 8.8 points and 6.3 caroms per appearance in the season.


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JAMAICA

Maurice Bailey wins the second trophy in Slovenia -by Eurobasket News
Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) had very successful year with Slovenian team Union Olimpija. They won the second trophy this season beating Helios Domzale in the final series 3-1. As a reminder, Olimpija also became the winner of Slovenian National Cup this season.

Management of Union Olimpija seriously looked forward to title in domestic championship this year as Helios took it from them on 06/07. It was also very important task for Maurice Bailey and his team because of points which Olimpija needs in order to get a new 3-year contract with Euroleague.

New Slovenian champion opened the final series in style smashing Helios in the first game. After ten minutes of it Bailey's team already had plus 10. They continued at the same way in second stanza ending it 24-12 so no one was able to help Helios until the end. At the second game in Domzale the hosts were luckier at the end. Despite Olimpija's lead of 3 points at the beginning of the last quarter, Helios finished it 27-19 coming on 1-1 in final series. There was many skeptic people in Slovenia about the question is Olimpija capable to return the title in Ljubljana but Bailey and his teammates take care for that. They outplayed Helios in third game easily with plus 18 points at the end. Actually that game was the best one for Maurice Bailey, who ended it with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. In the last game Olimpija demonstrated fantastic performance in the second quarter letting the hosts to score just 6 points. On the other side they netted 22. Later, Olimpija just extended its lead even more celebrating 14th title in domestic championship.

Maurice Bailey joined Union Olimpija during the summer 2006 from Russian team Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu.


2008 NBL teams -by Leonard Whyte
Twelve teams will contest the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) season which kicked off last Sunday at the National Stadium courts. The field includes newcomers Catherine Hall All Stars and Port Royal Blazers, as well as the return of Jamaica Defence Force and West Cumberland Flames. Former champions Tivoli All Stars and fellow West Kingston neighbors Denham Town Wizards, have merged forces to become Tivoli Wizards All Stars.

List of teams:
Arnette Gardens Rockers
Blazing Panthers
Catherine Hall All Stars
Jamaica Defence Force
Link-up All Stars
Majestic Gardens
Port Royal Blazers
Runnin' Rebels
St. George's Slayers
Tivoli Wizards All Stars
Urban Knights
West Cumberland Flames


2008 NBL season off and running -by Leonard Whyte
The 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) season got on the way last Sunday at the National Stadium courts with two trophies up for grabs - The President's Cup and the TVJ Challenge Trophy. Newcomers Port Royal Blazers beating fellow debutant Catherine Hall All-Stars 66-50 to claim the President's Cup while defending champions, Urban Knights, continued their dominance over last season finalists Blazing Panthers with an impressive 71-55 victory to win the TVJ Challenge Trophy.

Rebels, Tivoli win season opener -by Leonard Whyte
Runnin' Rebels and the new-look Tivoli Wizards All Stars scored welcomed victories in their opening game of the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) National Basketball League (NBL) at the National Stadium courts on Thursday evening. Rebels behind 13 points from Lynford Brown and 12 points from Greg Warlock held off Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) 83-80, despite 28 points and 18 rebounds from Fuertado Clarke and 23 from Denroy Barnaby. Link-up All Stars proved to be no match for Tivoli and were blown out 78-37. Anthony Farhquarson led the way for Tivoli with 28 points while sidekick Dwayne Harris added 17. Orain Hart led Link-up with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

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LIBYA

Libyan National League Week 19 -by Anas Seddigh
Two valuable road victories for Ahli Tripoli and Ittihad made them continue their race for the title and with 3 weeks left it is sure that the competition between the two teams is getting stronger, meanwhile an easy home win for Shabab and Naser to keep their championship dreams alive and hope for an upset loss to the leading teams.
in other news ,friday game between ( Naser - Wahda ) ,Wahda refused to continue the game ,after the second quarter they stayed in the locker room and preferred not to go out and play the rest of the game.

WEEK 19 Results :
Naser - Wahda 37-34
Madina - Moroj 70-69
Hilal - Ahli Tripoli 58-63
Shabab - Tahade 74-39
Ahli Benghazi - Yarmook 69-39
Jazera - Ittihad 56-87


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 16-3 
 2. Ahli 16-3 
 3. Nasr 15-4 
 4. Shabab 15-4 
 5. Alibenghazi 13-6 
 6. Madina 11-8 
 7. Hilal 8-11 
 8. Jazeera 7-12 
 9. Morog 6-13 
 10. Yarmook 4-15 
 11. Tahaddi 3-16 
 12. Wahda 0-19 


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MACEDONIA

Strumica lost the tittle because coach Miodrag Kadija -by Zoran Kovacevski
Bad coaching of Montenegro coach Miodrag Kadija was the main reason that Strumica lost the decisioning match of the playoff-final against Feni industri. He was outsmart, outplayed and outclassed by opponent coach Emil Rajkovic, who did a better job in leading his team to the first ever tittle in macedonian championship for the team from Kavadarci. Feni won with 100-92 against Strumica after one overtime.
Miodrag Kadija made couple really bad decisions in the finish of the game, because everybody in Strumica after the game blamed him for loosing the tittle. It's sure that Miodrag Kadija will immediately leave Strumica, because all town is angry with him, with his bad coaching and very bad and unprofessional behavior.
The coach from Montenegro made very unprofessional thing after the game when he refused to give any comment to the macedonian journalist. He was very rude to the journalist's.
Miodrag Kadija was one of the worst coaches that Strumica had in the past couple of years. He was never guilty for the loses of the team. After every defeat, Miodrag Kadija blamed the referees, and he never looked back at his work, what was defined as awful by the basketball people's in Macedonia.


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NBA

Terry Porter will coach Phoenix -by Eurobasket News
It took nearly one month for the Suns organization to ding the proper successor for Mike D'Antoni. They did so naming Terry Porter as the new head coach. Porter is expected to sign a 3-year worth deal as soon as early next week. Steve Kerr said he made his agreed on terms with 45-year-old Terry Porter . Porter played for 17 years in the NBA, he also had Steve Kerr as his teammate in the San Antonio. Terry Porter last worked as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. He also had a head coaching experience as he was at helm of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons. Steve Kerr had busy weeks interviewing candidates for the position. Last week Kerr named four possible candidates including Terry Porter , Elston Turner, Tyrone Corbin and Mike Budenholzer. Porter however was the only one having the head coach experience.
In the meantime the Chicago Bulls are still looking for head coach. With Doug Collins opting out of the job the Bulls addressed to Vinny Del Negro (6'4''-G-66, college: N.Carolina St.). The Phoenix Suns' assistant general manager has no coaching experience but was rumored to have strong chances of getting the job. The Bulls have been reported to meet with Chuck Person , Dwayne Casey and Vinny Del Negro. Dwayne Casey has the biggest coaching experience as he was in charge of the Minnesota Timberwolves for almost two years. He also spent almost a decade as an assistant coach with the Seattle Supersonics.


Celtics win game 2 of the finals series and take 2-0 lead -by Eurobasket
The team from Boston is half way to the championship ring. The Celtics are two wins from another NBA championship.
And maybe a little lucky to be there.
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), darting around the parquet floor with ease, scored 28 points, Boston's defense mobbed Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) long enough and unknown Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California) scored 21 points as the Celtics held off a remarkable Los Angeles rally for a 108-102 win over the Lakers on Sunday night. The Celtics have a 2-0 lead in these trip-down-memory-lane NBA finals.
The Celtics had to work every second to get the win.
The Lakers trailed by 24 with less than 8 minutes to go, but pulled to 104-102 on two free throws by Bryant with 38.4 seconds left. But Pierce made two free throws, then blocked a jumper by Alexander Vujacic (6'7''-G-84), and James Posey (6'8''-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left to ice it for Boston.
'I think we got kind of complacent with the lead,' Pierce said. 'We weren't staying aggressive. We let them pick up their pressure. We stopped guarding. We got to take a lesson from this fourth quarter to keep playing regardless of the score and finish the game.'
Boston was 27-for-38 from the line, while the Lakers were 10-for-10.
Pierce wasn't slowed by a sprained right knee suffered in the series opener, when he was carried from the court and plopped into a wheelchair. The Boston captain paced the Celtics, who are back in the finals for the first since 1987, when Larry Bird was the main man and gasoline cost 91 cents per gallon.
As usual, Boston's Big Three Pierce, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) (17 points) and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) (17) were the ringleaders but Powe, a second-year reserve had the game of his career, adding his 21 points in 15 minutes that may make him a Celtics fan-favorite for life.
Powe, who played a total of 68 seconds during one stretch of 13 games during the season, scored six points to close a 15-2 run ending the third quarter that gave the Celtics a 22-point lead, a burst had the Lakers California dreaming. At one point in the fourth quarter, Boston fans discarded the familiar chants of 'Beat L.A.' for cries of 'Le-on Powe!'
Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had 16 assists and Garnett added 14 rebounds for the Celtics, back in the finals for the first time since 1987.
Game 3 is Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers are 8-0 in the postseason and have won 14 in a row at home since March 28. Bryant had better hope the rims there are a little kinder than the ones in TD Banknorth Garden.
Courtesy of Yahoo.com


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NCAA1

Archibeque out, Bonner in at Northern Colorado -by Kevin Cochran
Kirk Archibeque (6'9''-C-84), Northern Colorado's leading scorer in 2005, has left the Bears and will play his final college season at Division II Fort Lewis. Archibeque played in 96 games at UNC, averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. He was a two time all-independent player, earning first team honors in 2004-05 and second team honors in 2005-06. In 2006-07 Archibeque was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference after averaging 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Archibeque says he is transferring to be closer to family, many of whom have not seen him play in person since high school.

Yahosh Bonner (6'0''-G) will take Archibeque's scholarship after choosing the Bears over USF, Utah Valley St., Montana and Liberty. Bonner shot 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from three point range last year while leading Salt Lake CC to a second place finish in the NJCAA national tournament. He is the third guard to sign with Northern Colorado this year, and will have two seasons of eligibility.


Hawkins signs new deal -by Kevin Cochran
Western Michigan has given head coach Steve Hawkins a five year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Hawkins has been the Broncos coach for the past five seasons, and led WMU to the MAC West Division title last season. Their overall record of 20-12 was the fourth 20 win season for Hawkins at the school.

'I'm elated with the confidence President (John) Dunn and Kathy Beauregard have shown in me with this new contract,' Hawkins said. 'While I am proud of our past successes, I am excited about the future and the opportunity to continue to build and improve upon those successes.'

'Just as important to me is that this contract will allow me to stay in Kalamazoo, an area I've grown to love and I'll be able to continue my work in this community.'

'This is a special time in Bronco basketball history with this long-term commitment from both Coach Hawkins and the University,' Beauregard said. 'Coach Hawkins and his student-athletes have been tremendous ambassadors for Western Michigan University and that is a testament to his dedication to his team. He is concerned with more than just coaching basketball players, but developing young men with high integrity and strong moral and ethical convictions.'

'Coach Hawkins and Western Michigan are the perfect fit and I couldn't be more excited about the future of our men's basketball program being led by a successful, caring, motivated and nationally-respected head coach like Steve Hawkins .'


Zipped: Akron dismisses Brooks -by Kevin Cochran
Akron has dismissed Rydell Brooks (6'2''-G-87) from their basketball team after he was accused of shooting at police officers during a May traffic stop. Brooks is an Akron native, but did not play for the Zips last season after transferring from Niagara. He was indicted on charges of attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault on May 18, but his lawyer says that if he is acquitted of those charges, he may be reinstated to the team.

The Zips have replaced Brooks with Kyle Peterson, a 6'4 guard from Naples, Florida. Peterson averaged 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals last season, and was named the 2A player of the year for the Community School. He has been accepted into the honors college at Akron, and is the sixth newcomer in the Zips 2008-09 recruiting class.


Assistant coaching carousel keeps spinning -by Kevin Cochran
With only four head coaching openings remaining at the Division I level, assistant coaches are on the move. The biggest move this week is former Pittsburgh player Orlando Antigua leaving his alma mater to join the staff at Memphis. Another former Panther, Brandin Knight , moves up from director of basketball operations to replace him.

Antigua and Josh Pastner will be new assistants in Memphis, replacing Chuck Martin and Derek Kellogg who became the head coaches at Marist and Massachusetts.

Martin adds former Drexel point guard Bashir Mason to his Marist staff. Mason was a four year starter for the Dragons, and this is his first coaching job. He played for Martin in 2004 as a freshman, and is called 'an up- and-coming coach who is a really good communicator and teacher and has a great way with young people.'

Wofford announces Mark Prosser returns to the school after five seasons at Bucknell. He is the son of the late Skip Prosser Jay McAuley also joins the Terriers staff after spending last season as a student manager at Georgia.

Loyola Marymount will have Max Good and Michael Scholl on head coach Bill Bayno's staff. Good has won 132 games the past seven years at Bryant, and is Bayno's mentor. Scholl has spent the last eight years as the Director of Sports and International Programs for Miles and Associates International in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also been an assistant coach for the Senegal men's national team, and the associate head coach for the South African men's national team.

Plenty more coaches figure to be on the move in the coming weeks, with many spots still open. Stanford will be among the most desirable destinations, with former Arizona assistant Miles Simon rumored to be among the candidates.


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NCAA2

Rich Mendoza named Redwoods' head coach -by Eurobasket News

Rich Mendoza, a former assistant coach with Humboldt State University men's basketball team, has been named College of the Redwoods' men's basketball head coach.

Mendoza replaces Jayson Vossler, who served as CR's coach last year leading the Corsairs to a 17-12 record and a second-place finish in the Golden Valley Conference. Vossler has decided to go to his alma mater Chico State to earn a master's degree.

Mendoza was an assistant coach at San Francisco State last season. Before that, he worked for three years as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska. He worked as an assistant coach for HSU from 2002 to 2004. In his last year there, the team won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and made it to Final Four of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Mendoza played high school basketball at Brethern Christian High School in Southern California, where the team made the state finals in 1993. He also played two years for Cerritos College, being a part of a conference championship team each season.

Courtesy of eurekaporter.com



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PORTUGAL

Portugal ends in the last place Nations Tournament -by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal lost heavily the 3rd place game against Catalunya selection (93-63) and ended the tournament in the last place,2 games 2 loses.
Even with this lost in a without history game completly dominated by the spanish side with ACB players,Moncho Lopez could witnessed some under 20 portuguese players and see how they can perform under good teams 'We wanted to give more experience to this young players and we achieved that goal,today 4 under20 players played for 10 minuts and in a short period of time in the future they can be in the senior team'.

About the game at the half the result was 48-32 for the spanish side ,the 2nd half the spanish side even got bigger leads.
In the final of the tournament Bask country won 80-72 against Galiza.

Joao Gomes (199-F-85) once again was the portuguese star with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Portugal-Catalunya statics:
http://oracle.fpb.pt/fpb_zone/portal/img/home_100/fotos/75451291370754380612.pdf


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PUERTO RICO

Carolina expands lead in Super 6 -by Luis Ramirez
The Carolina Giants have further advanced their chances of gaining one of the two spots for the finals in the BSN as they beat the Guaynabo Conquistadors 94-91. The Giants assured the win in the very first quarter as they went on to score 25-18 points to take the 1st quarter and from here on withstand a feisty Guaynabo team which would not let up. The Conquistadors trimmed the lead in the 2nd quarter as they went on to score 28 points in this quarter to end the half down by just 2 points 48-46. In the 2nd half both teams played good defense and at the end of the 3rd quarter the Giants were still in the lead 70-68. The Conquistadors could not break loose in the 4th quarter and the Giants held on to the victory. For Carolina, Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) scored 29 points followed by Angelo Reyes with 22 points and 9 rebounds. For Guaynabo, Carlos Escalera (190-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri So.) had a good offensive night as he scored 27 points followed by Jack Michael Martinez and Carmelo Lee with 18 points each in a losing cause.

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Super 6
1. Carolina 22
2. Santurce 20
3. Arecibo 19
4. Guaynabo 17
5. Caguas 17
6. Fajardo 13
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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SCOTLAND

Iain Maclean announces the squad -by Eurobasket News
The Scottish National team head coach Iain Maclean recently announced the players that would compete for the European Men's Division C Basketball championship. The event will take place in Edinburgh from June 17 to 22. The Edinburgh Kings are represented widely in the squad with 4 players. Garreth Lodge (185-G), Laurie Costello (188-G-82), Kevin Anderson (187-G) and Simon Flockhart are sent to the National Team by the Kings. The Falkirk Fury will also have two representatives on the squad. These are Daniel Donnelly (201-F-90) and Keith Bunyan (189-G-77). There are two players that played overseas in the team. Roni Gordon is currently playing in Italy for Derthona Basket. Andrew Steven is coming back from Spain, where he performs for Quintanar Del Ray. Nick Collins will represent St. Mirren, Grant Gibson (186-G-83) is coming from the Midlothian Buccs, while Ike Attah (201-C/F-77, college: Mo.-St.Louis) plays for the Teeside Mohawks. Gareth Murray (199-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) will be the only player from the BBL as he plays for the Scottish Rocks.
Scottish National team will play against Wales, Andorra and Malta in the preliminary round. Two best teams will qualify for the semifinal stage. Scotland tips off the action against Malta on June 17.
The Scottish National Team for the European Division C Championship:
Grant Gibson (Midlothian Buccs), Garreth Lodge (Edinburgh Kings), Andrew Steven (Quintanar Del Ray), Laurie Costello (Edinburgh Kings), Kevin Anderson (Edinburgh Kings), Keith Bunyan (Falkirk Fury), Ike Attah (Teeside Mohawks), Daniel Donnelly (Falkirk Fury), Roni Gordon (Derthona Basket), Nick Collins (St. Mirren), Simon Flockhart (Edinburgh Kings) and Gareth Murray (Scottish Rocks).


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SERBIA

Luka Bogdanovic without play-off final in France -by Dragan Jankovski
After very good performance in regular season, Luka Bogdanovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and his team Le Mans Sarthe Basket have to be satisfied with the semifinals of French Pro A, which Roanne won 2-1.

In the first game of final series against Roanne Luka Bogdanovic netted 21 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. His team celebrated 82-67. In the second game on the road, which Le Mans lost 60-73 he had 8 points and 2 rebounds.

The last deceive game started good for Le Mans as they finished first quarter 15-13. But during the following 10 minutes they somehow stopped to play. Roanne intensified defense letting the hosts to score just 14 points while they netted 29. It resulted with a nice 13 points lead for Roanne at the half time. Same scenario continues in the third frame when visitors extended lead to 15 points. Le Mans didn't show such a good performance as it was during the regular season. As a reminder, Bogdanovic and his teammates finished it on top with score 23-7. At the end it was an easy win for Roanne, who will meet Sluc Nancy in the big final.

As the rest of his team, Luka Bogdanovic didn't shine scoring just 4 points including 4 rebounds for 24 minutes. But on the other side he showed very good performance in Euroleague as well as in Pro A. For 14 games in Eurolegaue this season Bogdanovic averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.2 apg. He also had 36 appearances in Pro A adding 10 ppg and 4 rpg.

Bogdanovic joined Le Mans in 2006 after he finished 3 very successful seasons with Partizan Belgrade winning 3 championship titles in Serbia.


Second trophy for Aleksandar Dzikic in Slovenia -by Dragan Jankovski
The first season in Europe, after his return from NBA, was very successful for coach Aleksandar Dzikic. His team Union Olimpija captured the title in Slovenian championship. The team desperately looked forward to this title as previous season Helios took it from their hands.

This year Union Olimpija showed much better performances in final series outplaying Helios 3-1. New Slovenian champion had an easy job in the first game winning it 87-64. They opened final series very good so after first quarter they already had plus 10. Same story was in the second quarter which Olimpija finished 24-12. It was clear that the first game was already over at that time. Helios made come back in game number two tying the score on 1-1. It was 93-88 for ex Slovenian champion. Despite team of Aleksandar Dzikic entered into the last period with plus 3, Helios succeeded to finish it 27-19. After this game there was a lot of speculations is Olimpija able to win the title this season but it seems that these stories just motivated Olimpija's players even more. They smashed Helios in third game at home with plus 18. Helios wanted to stay in the race for the title and to finish final series in Ljubljana but that didn't happen. Aleksandar Dzikic and his players had unbelievable good second quarter in Domzale as the hosts scored just 6 points while Olimpija had 22. Visitors didn't stop later increasing lead to 24 points at the end.

Aleksandar Dzikic agreed terms with Olimpija in February this year. This is the second title for him this season as Olimpija already won Slovenian National Cup. They also participated at the Final 4 of Adriatic league in Ljubljana.


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SLOVAKIA

Radoslav Rancik is victorious with Nymburk again -by Eurobasket News
Slovakian forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) and his CEZ Basketball Nymburk triumphed in Czech Republic Final defeating Geofin Novy Jicin in Game 5 93:70. A fourth win in the best-of-seven series brought the defending champions its fifth straight Czech League championship. Taking control from the very beginning the hosts benefit from the game. Radoslav Rancik paced the winners with 21 points. Radek Necas collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ladislav Sokolovsky posted 18. Kenny Walker top-scored for the guests with 15 points and Robert Sarovic added 14.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk came back to Game 5 at home and it was a place to celebrate. The hosts opened the game with 22:16 in the opening quarter and took control immediately in the game. It seemed that the game would be over as soon as possible for the defending champions, but Geofin Novy Jicin did not give up. The latter had nothing to lose in the series and produced 27:22 in the second period. Both teams disappeared in the lockers for 44:43 Nymburk advantage.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as CEZ Basketball Nymburk allowed the guests to score only 11 points in the period. After thirty minutes of the game the board showed 73:54 and the spectators were ready to celebrate. CEZ Basketball Nymburk led the game to 93:70 and proved once again that the team is the best now in the country.
Radoslav Rancik once again was one of the best performers for Nymburk throughout the season. He averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 boards and 2.0 assists per game in NBL. He also came up with 19.3 points per game in ULEB Cup, which was the 4th overall result in the league. He also pulled down 6.9 caroms per ULEB Cup appearance.


Pezinok is back in front -by Eurobasket News
Pezinok - Inter 94:63

Pezinok left not a single chance for visiting Inter Bratislava routing them in Game 3 of the Extraliga Finals. Pezinok led from the start and breezed to an impressive victory that put them just one win away from the title in Slovakia. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) came up with 31 points to lead the victors. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) nailed 16 points for the winners. Pezinok now travels to Bratislava for the fourth and possibly final game in the finals on Wednesday.
Lorenzo Williams opened the game with a three-pointer setting up the tempo for the hosts. The confidently marched in front throughout the first stanza and posted a 31:18 lead at the end of it. Lorenzo Williams accounted for 16 points in the frame including 3 treys. The home team rushed ahead early in the second period notching a 9:3 run and stretched the lead to 21 points. But Inter refused to give up that early. They answered with 11 unanswered points to cut the deficit. Inter trailed by 10 points at halftime 35:45 but Pezinok continued their dominance in the second half. They opened the third frame aggressively and soon deepened the damage to 27 points. Pezinok entered the final stanza leading by 20 points and never looked back in the dying stages. Daniel Novak (201-F/G-78, agency: Interperformances) was the topscorer for Inter with 14 points. Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) chipped in 12 points for the Bratislava outfit.

Pezinok: Lorenzo Williams 31, Peter Micuda 16, Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) 12
Inter: Daniel Novak 14, Dusan Pandula 12


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URUGUAY

Aguada maintained the leadership beating Verdirrojo -by Hector Lopez
Results for the 17th round of the Metro League, and numbers for the import players:
Aguada 85 - Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) 17 point 17 rebounds and a ranking of 50
Verdirrojo 71 - Cam-Ron Clay (203-F) 10 points 3 rebounds
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Yale 79 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 23 points 12 rebounds
Nacional 71 - Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 20 points 9 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 90 -
Waston 80 - Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth)
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Larranaga 81 -
Olivol Mundial 72
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Capurro 96 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 14 points
Larre Borges 65 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 8 points
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Marne 85 - Antonio McMillion (196-F-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore) 23 points 9 rebounds
Goes 72 Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 18 points 10 rebounds


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


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WBA

WBA Results for Friday June 6th... -by David Archer
The WBA had three games Friday night around the league. The results were as follows...

Tri-State Crusaders 85 Buford Majic 83...
Michael Griffin as time expired to give the Crusaders an upset victory over the Majic.

Roy Bright led Buford with 16 point, while James St-Roberts had 14. Griffin chalked up 16 pts and BJ Walker 15 pts for the Crusaders.

Decatur Court Kings 115 Cartersville Warriors 104...





Memphis Blue Tornadoes def. Mississippi Hardhats...
(score and summary unavailable)



Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Decatur CK 3-1 
 2. Buford M. 3-2 
 3. Memphis B. 3-2 
 4. Tri-State 2-2 
 5. Mississippi HH 2-3 
 6. Cartersville W. 1-4 




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Wauters remains hot -by Eurobasket News
Ann Wauters and her San Antonio overcame Washington Mystics 63:52 to improve to 3-3 in WNBA. The Silver Stars, up 47-46 going into the fourth quarter, went on an 10-0 run, sparked by five straight points from Hammon. They held the Mystics scoreless for 6 minutes until Monique Currie's short jumper with 4 minutes left stopped the run. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) nailed 7 points and made 5 rebounds.
Before that Houston Comets grabbed the first win of the season beating San Antonio Silver Stars 75:72 at their Reliant arena. Comets took control on Silver Stars at the beginning finishing first quarter 21-15. But their joy didn't last long as Silvers Stars started to play much better taking lead 33-25 with 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Comets desperately needed this win so they immediately answered with fantastic 17-2 run. Thus the hosts went on the half time with plus 4. Third stanza belonged to Silver Stars which ended it 22-17 mostly owing to Becky Hammon, who had 50% from behind the arc shooting 4 of 8. But at the middle of the last period Tina Thompson started Comets' 10-2 run which gave them advantage of 6 points with 3:41 remaining. Comets totally outrebounded its opponent grabbing 14 rebounds more. Ann Wauters ended up with 8 points and 4 rebounds. She averages 9.8 points per game after 4 games played.


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil routs Chinese Taipei in friendly -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Chinese Taipei 88:65

Brazilian National team completed their friendlies schedule with a win over Chinese Taipei in Pinto, Spain. Both teams are getting shaped for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be tipped off on Monday in Madrid. Brazil will play their first game against Fiji on Tuesday. Chinese Taipei will take on Cuba tomorrow.
Brazil meanwhile once again showed why they are ranked 4th in the world. They thumped their Asian counterparts in this one leading from the start till the final buzzer. Brazil opened the game confidently and posted a 17:8 lead after the starting frame. Taipei raised the tempo in the second half but it was well matched by Brazil as they piled up a 21-point cushion at halftime. Taipei finally managed to shake things up in the third term as they outgun their opponents 23:17 to cut the gap. But it all was denied in the fourth term as the South American champs scored 26 points and finalized a stunning victory. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) notched 23 points to lead the charge. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) provided 14 points and 7 steals, while Claudia Das Neves (172-G-75) provided 11 points in a win. Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) answered with 21 points for Taipei. Cheng Hui Yun (185-F/C-77) dropped 9 points in a loss.

Brazil: Iziane Castro 23, Karla da Costa 14, Claudia Das Neves 11
Chinese Taipei: Chiang Feng Chun 21, Cheng Hui Yun 9


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FRANCE - Women

Lawson propels 9 points -by Eurobasket News
Houston Comets grabbed the first win of the season beating San Antonio Silver Stars with French Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) 75:72 at their Reliant arena. Comets took control on Silver Stars at the beginning finishing first quarter 21-15. But their joy didn't last long as Silvers Stars started to play much better taking lead 33-25 with 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Comets desperately needed this win so they immediately answered with fantastic 17-2 run. Thus the hosts went on the half time with plus 4. Third stanza belonged to Silver Stars which ended it 22-17 mostly owing to Becky Hammon, who had 50% from behind the arc shooting 4 of 8. But at the middle of the last period Tina Thompson started Comets' 10-2 run which gave them advantage of 6 points with 3:41 remaining. Comets totally outrebounded its opponent grabbing 14 rebounds more. Edwige Lawson propelled 9 points, made 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Last night San Antonio overcame Washington Mystics 63:52 to improve to 3-3. The Silver Stars, up 47-46 going into the fourth quarter, went on an 10-0 run, sparked by five straight points from Hammon. They held the Mystics scoreless for 6 minutes until Monique Currie's short jumper with 4 minutes left stopped the run. Edwige Lawson ended up with 2 points and 1 rebound for 4 minutes in the court.


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INDIA - Women

Blade Watches lift IBS Womens Trophy -by Anil Kumar
Blade Watches Triumph



Blade Watches clinched the Women's league title beating InSportz Arabian Gazelles 57-54 in the finals of 3rd Indian Basketball League played at Al Shaab Sports Club, Sharjah here during the weekend.


Arabian Gazelles made a good start, thanks to its forwards who kept the score board ticking. Sharon Thomas and Meenal spearheaded the attack during the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter Arabian Gazelles led 17-16. Blade Watches fought back in the second quarter. As Meenal's continuous three point attempts missed the target Preethi collected the rebounds and Anitha converted the fast breaks to gain six point lead at the end of the second quarter, 31-25.

Harshana's three point shots and Galbha's drive in helped Arabian Gazelles to take a single point lead, 40-39, at the end of the third quarter. It was a neck-n-neck battle in the last quarter as both the teams fought for the supremacy. Blade Watches took five point lead during the final stages of the last quarter which was reduced to three points when Gazelles skipper drove in to score a field basket. A last second three point attempt by Harshana missed the target and Blade Watches celebrated victory by a margin of three points, 57-54.

Nandini paced the winners with 16 points and Anitha Theresa who got the Most promising player award netted 14 points. Sharon Thomas, the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, top scored for the losing team with 17 points and Harshana followed her with 11 points.

Women division Runners up Trophy, sponsored by Clipsal, Sharjah and Winners Trophy sponsored by Thattil Jewellers, Sharjah were distributed by the guest of honour Mrs. Lovely Samuel of Clipsal, Sharjah. Special prizes sponsored by Dr. Sunny's Medical Centre were presented by Patron of the IBS, Dr. Sunny Kurian.

Titan Shipping, Dubai, Dhanya Group of Companies, Sharjah, Giant Reinforced Plastics, Sharjah, Giordano Fashions, Eiffel Printing Services, Oxford School, Dubai, Reebok, Dr. Sunny's Medical Centre, Blade Watches, J Mart, Clipsal, Sharjah, Euphoria Int'l Trading, ETA Star, Dubai and UAE Exchange Centre are the supporting sponsors of the 3rd Indian Basketball League 2008.


Results:

Women Finals:


Blade Watches: 57 (Nandini Singh 16, Anita Theresa 14, Preethi 10, Christine 8, Ashiqa 5, Swathi 4) beat Insportz Arabian Gazelles; 54 (Sharon Thomas 17, Harshana Badlani 11, Galbha Duggal9, Roshny Ravindran 5 and Rebecca R Crasto 4)


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PORTUGAL - Women

Ticha Penicheiro first 6 season games resume -by Bruno Baltazar
The portuguese star player ,Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) is competing once again in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs and so far in the begining of the season they have the record of 2 wins and 4 loses,due to many loses in the road ,not the best start possible but our player is playing really well.
In 5 games ,she started them all ,having averages of 8.2PPG , 4.2 rebounds , 4.8 asissts and 1.2 steals per game ,really good numbers ,she gets older year by year but seems her basketball IQ and hability to play this game we all love are still with her making portugueses really proud of her.


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SPAIN - Women

Contract extension for Evaristo Perez -by Eurobasket News
Spanish Basketball Federation extended contract with head coach of women National Team, Evaristo Perez.

Perez became the head coach of Spanish NT in 2007. Before he took over Spain he was a head coach of LFB team Burgos. He was named to be the 'All-Spanish LFB Coach of the year-07' by Eurobasket.com.

Spanish National team registered couple of very good results during the preparations for Olympic qualifying tournament in Madrid. They outplayed Czech Republic twice. In the first game it was 75-57 while in the second game Spain celebrated 70-51. Later they met Angola making an extremely easy win 71-39. Next rival was New Zealand. Spain hosted them in Valencia celebrating once again 77-58. Team of head coach Evaristo Perez didn't stop on these 4 wins. They downed Japan 89-69 on Torneo de Paterna. Poor Argentina suffered serious defeat 92-43 in Torneo Alcobendas. At the end Spain outsmarted China in the final of Torneo Alcobendas 64-60. It was the most interesting game of Spanish National Team during the preparation period.

It seems that these victories helped Perez to stay on the bench of Spanish National Team until the end of next summer's EuroBasket in Latvia. Spain will open Olympic qualifying tournament in Madrid against Fiji on Monday.


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TAIWAN - Women

Brazil routs Chinese Taipei in friendly -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Chinese Taipei 88:65

Brazilian National team completed their friendlies schedule with a win over Chinese Taipei in Pinto, Spain. Both teams are getting shaped for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying tournament to be tipped off on Monday in Madrid. Brazil will play their first game against Fiji on Tuesday. Chinese Taipei will take on Cuba tomorrow.
Brazil meanwhile once again showed why they are ranked 4th in the world. They thumped their Asian counterparts in this one leading from the start till the final buzzer. Brazil opened the game confidently and posted a 17:8 lead after the starting frame. Taipei raised the tempo in the second half but it was well matched by Brazil as they piled up a 21-point cushion at halftime. Taipei finally managed to shake things up in the third term as they outgun their opponents 23:17 to cut the gap. But it all was denied in the fourth term as the South American champs scored 26 points and finalized a stunning victory. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) notched 23 points to lead the charge. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) provided 14 points and 7 steals, while Claudia Das Neves (172-G-75) provided 11 points in a win. Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81) answered with 21 points for Taipei. Cheng Hui Yun (185-F/C-77) dropped 9 points in a loss.

Brazil: Iziane Castro 23, Karla da Costa 14, Claudia Das Neves 11
Chinese Taipei: Chiang Feng Chun 21, Cheng Hui Yun 9


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WNBA - Women

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


Seattle avenge on Detroit at home -by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm overcame the Detroit Shock at the Key Arena following their loss at the Motown a couple of days ago. The Storm received 24 points from Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) including 10 in the third period to roll to a 75:67 victory at the end. The Storm snapped their two-game losing streak and Detroit's 6-game winning rally. Seattle did a good defensive job holding Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) to 18 points. Smith knocked down 11 of them in the fourth period when the Shock went on a massive run but still fell short of win. Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) provided 15 points, while Sue Bird knocked down 14 points and issued 8 assists for the winners. Kara Braxton scored 14 points in a loss.
The Chicago Sky kept the Atlanta Dream winless beating them 91:70 at home. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) nailed 20 points and Jia Perkins contributed 19 as the Sky posted their biggest win in the franchise history. The Sky won their second straight game and improved to 3-4 record. Jennifer Lacy (6'3''-F-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 18 points and 10 boards for the Dream as they suffered the 7th loss in a row. Betty Lennox came up with 17 points in defeat.
Indiana held off Houston 84:75 at the Conseco Fieldhouse. Katie Douglas (6'0''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) produced 20 points to propel the Fever to the 4th win. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 19 points and Tan White had 15 as the Fever kept winning even without Tamika Catchings. The five All-Star is still recovering after the last season Achilles injury. The Houston Comets meanwhile are still looking for their best game as they were upset for the 7th time in the season. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) had 19 points in a losing case.