EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/25/2009

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  ABA   


Outstanding rookies in the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci
We have yet wrote about the fantastic game played by Anthony Jones (6'4''-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Indiana Tech) (51 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists) for the Detroit Hoops. 'AJ' can be considered one of the strongest candidate to make the ABA All-Star team that will be announced shortly. He is also leading his team in scoring with 32.6 ppg and is second on the team in rebounding and assists with 8 and 7 per game. According to team President/CEO Gerald Watson, 'The ABA does not currently have a Rookie of the Year Award, but if the league wanted to start one, AJ would be among the leading candidates.' And Jones is not the only player making waves in his first professional season. At the Western side of the league, the first name around is the one of Wesley Stokes (6'0''-G-82, college: San Diego St.), a lefty, dynamic play-maker who dramatically improved the performing of the Maywood Buzz, now a winning team and one of the favourite for the 2009 ABA title. Not only Stokes ia quarterbacking well his team, but he addd some scorinig too, given that he is at 22,2 ppg in the season. The top name in the East is the one of Boris Siakam (6'7''-F-85, college: W.Kentucky). He wasnt a player you would expect to average over 19 points per game when he played at Western Kentucky University, but the forward from Douala, Cameroon, started outstanding in the Kentucky Bisons from the first games played, and now he is the top player of the team, currently ranked third in the league and in position to take the Southeast Division Title and Boris Siakam is leading the way. 'Boris has been tremendous inside scorer for us,' said Jay Sills CEO and owner. 'He's had several games up over 20 points, and he's just such an exciting player to watch. He does a lot of great things for us on the basketball court.' The top team in the league, #1 ranked Souteast Texas Mustangs, feature this year Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), a SG who flourished in Mustangs system to become one of the best three-point shooter in the league. He is what the ABA is all about in giving unknown collegiate players an opportunity to play on the next level. We would add some other names of ABA rookies to watch, the most interesting ones are Eric Smith (6'1''-G-83, college: Campbell) of the Chicago Steam, Fred Harrison (6'5''-G-86, college: Wilmington) of the Cleveland Rockers, Gordon 'Gus' Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) of the Knoxville Thunderbolts and Richard Griffin (6'2''-G-85, college: Alcorn St.)

Other weekend games results - by Gianni Pascucci
On sunday night, in Day 2 of the 'Buzz triple header', the Los Angeles Push defeated the San Francisco Rumble 121-119 after an overtime, led by Durwin Williams with 26 pts and Vincent Camper (6'3''-G-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) with 23. Derek Foster (6'0''-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz) shined again in San Francisco, with 31 pts in losing effort. The Los Angeles Slam prevailed over the Riverside Rage 142-137 with Carlos Rivers (5'11''-G-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) topping all the scorers at 38 points. Home team Maywood Buzz took another win, defeating the Inland Empire 5 Linx 130-120 led by Isaac Burton (6'3''-G-73, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Arizona St.), who scored 34 points. The night before, the Chicago Steam had beaten the Aurora Force 116- 97, with Eric Smith (6'1''-G-83, college: Campbell) performing for 28 points and 10 rebounds and Steven Strong (6'3''-G) adding 27 points and 7 assist. Aurora was led by Maurice Meridy (6'9''-C) 26 points 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. On friday night, tha Detroit Hoops had played an epic battle in Detroit against the Aurora Force they too. The Hoops led most of the game but Aurora came back to take the lead and in overtime, 134-131. Anthony Jones (6'4''-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Indiana Tech) outstood in the loss, performing for 51 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists against the tough Force defense. The West Virginia Blazers defeated the True Hope Trailblazers 106-101, and, for the first time in this season, they went into double overtime. The regular time ended 92-92, and the first overtime ended 96-96. At this point, the ABA's original and unique 3-10-and Out Double Overtime rule then went into effect. The score was set at 0 - the first team score 10 points wins. The Blazers won 10-5 (technically 106-101) in the second overtime. The crowd attending the game was very excited.

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  ARGENTINA   


Felipe Lopez joins Obras - by Facundo Iatzky
Finally Obras released Erron Maxey due to injury and signed dominican former NBA Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's). Felipe had an important performance in NBA where he played 249 games with 5.8 pts. He also played in Spain and in Venezuela recently. Both managers and coaches of Obras showed themselves happy for the signing of Felipe and they trust he will be the player who help the team to enter to playoffs.

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL semifinals - South Dragons grab the first against Crocs - by Eurobasket News
Play-off semifinals: South Dragons 94 - Townsville Crocodiles 81

Melbourne South Dragons managed to beat Townsville Crocodiles in the first game of NBL semifinals. It means that the Dragons grabbed 1-0 lead in best-of-three series against the Crocs. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) once again demonstrated impressive performance for the Dragons collecting 27 points and 12 rebounds. Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) also had very important role delivering two points less than Worthington. Third scorer for the winners was Adam Gibson (188-G-86) with 18 pts. John Rillie (195-G-71, college: Gonzaga) shined in loss netting 20 points. Rosell Ellis (199-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mc Neese St.) nailed 16, while Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) helped with 14 pts. It was very exciting game. The Crocs were better in the first half, but they couldn't keep the lead. Mark Worthington was influential in turning the tide again as South ended up scoring 12 of the last 15 points of the term and a buzzer-beating triple from guard Adam Gibson got the hosts back. It was 42-40 at the half time. However, the Crocs shined after the breather. Very quick they created decent 46-55 lead. But the Dragons predictably fought back before three-quarter time, nailing 13 of the next 15 points and when Donta Smith drove to the basket for a huge two-handed slam dunk, South hit the lead for the first time in half an hour. After 30 minutes of the game they had 63-60. During the last period Mark Worthington, Donta Smith and their teammates totally dominated registering comfortable 94-81 win at the end. Second game is scheduled for Thursday.

South Dragons: Mark Worthington 27+12 boards, Donta Smith 25, Adam Gibson 18
Townsville Crocodiles: John Rillie 20, Rosell Ellis 16, Corey Williams 14


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oberwart - Gussing 83-91
The top ranked Oberwart faced with painful home defeat against Gussing 83-91 falling to 15-6 record. It means that the Gunners are not alone on top any more as Fursnetfeld now has the same numbers. Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) led the winners with 26, Dragan Miletic had 21, Jason Chappell 20 and Marquis Ledoux netted 19 points. Chappell also garbed 14 rebounds beside that. Jae Youngblood had 21 points and 7 boards for the Gunners.

Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 109-73
Panthers blasted Bulls draining impressive 109 points. With this victory Furstenfeld joined Oberwart Gunners on top of A Bundesleague with 15-6 record. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) shined for the Panthers delivering 28 points and grabbing 7 boards. Bryan Lucas also had important role collecting 24 points and 6 rebounds. Kapfenberg got 16 points and 6 rebs from Heinz Kugerl.

St.Polten - Arkadia 88-103
Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) once again stepped up for his Arkadia pouring in 29 points and grabbing 7 boards. Fabricio Vay finished the game with 27 pts and 6 rebs. On the other side, St Polten's best player was Martin Speiser with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Arkadia 14-7, St. Polten 9-12.

Vienna - Gmunden 66-101
Gmunden devastated Vienna on the road 101-66 jumping to 14-7 record (same as Arkadia). Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) top-scored in victory with 27 points. Chelton Colwell had 16, while Elijah Palmer and Anthony Fisher added 14 pts apiece. Ravone George scored 26 points for the loosing side.

UBSC Graz - Klosterneub. 95-89
Bryan Grier (196-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wingate) demonstrated nice performance for UBSC Graz helping it to beat Klosterneuburg 95-89. He played almost the entire time collecting 25 points and 12 rebounds. Julian Mascol followed him with 22 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Christophe Nagler replied with 21 points in defeat.

Worthersee - Wels 92-98
Wels grabbed road win 98-92 against Worthersee moving up to 13-8 record. The winners had seven players with ten or more points, but the best on was Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts), who nailed 17 and pulled down 8 rebounds. Tim Burnette and Jack Leasure combined 48 points in defeat.


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 15-6 
 2. Furstenfeld 15-6 
 3. Gmunden 14-7 
 4. Arkadia 14-7 
 5. Wels 13-8 
 6. Kapfenberg 12-9 
 7. Klosterneub. 10-11 
 8. St.Polten 9-12 
 9. Gussing 9-12 
 10. Worthersee 7-14 
 11. UBSC Graz 5-16 
 12. Vienna 3-18 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia23.9 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.2 
 3. George, Vienna19.8 
 4. Burnette, Worth.19.6 
 5. Youngblood, Oberw.19.3 
 6. Moric, Oberwart19.3 
 7. Thomas, Wels19.3 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten19.0 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg18.7 
 10. Vay, Arkad.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.0 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.4 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten8.7 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.3 
 5. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Moric, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Lucas, Furstenfeld6.9 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 2. Burnette, Worth.5.5 
 3. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 6. Rowland, Furstenf.4.3 
 7. Danek, Arkadia4.3 
 8. Grum, Furstenfeld4.2 
 9. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 10. Fisher, Gmund.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.6 
 2. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 3. Creddle, Klostern.2.1 
 4. George, Vienna2.1 
 5. Ledoux, Gussing1.9 
 6. Burnette, Worth.1.9 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Moore, Wels1.8 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg1.7 
 10. Mascoll, UBSC.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Barbary, Furstenf.1.0 
 4. Bakovic, St.Polten1.0 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 6. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Mitchell, Arkadia0.7 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten0.7 
 10. Ray, Furstenfe.0.6 


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  BOSNIA   


Tau Ceramica keeps Mirza Teletovic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Tau Ceramica Vitoria signed new 5-year deal with Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Bosnian player led Tau to trophy in Spanish 'Copa del Rey' and was named MVP of the entire event. In the final game against Unicaja he scored 20 points, including 6 successful attempts from behind the arc.
Mirza Teletovic played 20 games in ACB this season averaging 12.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg. In Euroleague he appeared 13 times with even better digits, 14.7 ppg and 4 rpg. During the summer Teletovic played for the Bosnian NT on EuroBasket 2009 qualifications adding 11.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 6 games. His season-high in ACB is 27 points against Bilbao on December 13. In Euroleague he had 22 points against Asseco Prokom at the end of January. Teletovic arrived to Tau in 2006 from Telindus Oostende. At his last season in Belgium he won the championship title. Before 2 years with Oostende, he was a member of Bosnian team Sloboda Dita Tuzla. In his first season with Tau, Teletovic had 4.8 ppg in ACB. In the last one (07/08) he improved to 11.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg in domestic championship. He won two times ACB Supercup and few days ago 'Copa del Rey'. Teletovic has ACB trophy in his 'pocket' from the last season.


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  CAPE VERDE   


Predio decides not to participate in the Santiago South basketball championship - by Pedro Gomes
Predio CVT will not participate in this seasons Santiago South basketball championship. The club decided to self-exclude themselves, considering that the solution - create a management committee consisting of three referees, to organize the championship - 'revealed it inadequate and inoperable two years ago, and proved to be a stopgap measure that only postpones the problems.
And the basic problems of basketball in Santiago, be it, the registration process (and its forms) and the Rules and Regulation of the championship, 'which could have been improved under the auspices of the Federation, had not experienced significant changes, as noted in the meetings that we were present, when we wanted to give the benefit of the doubt,' claims Luis Leite.

But the management of Predio CVT is not surprised only with 'the decision of Federation, once again, to become involved in the problems of Santiago South basketball, through the creation of Committees of Management.'
What causes surprise and amazement to Predio CVT, says its President, is 'the alienation and passivity with which the clubs of Santiago, especially those who were part of the regional senior male championship in the 2007-08 season, decided to accept this model, delegating responsibility to organize the championship this season, when they had annulled it, arbitrary and without reasonable justification, the previous year.'

The managers of Predio CVT are, however, aware that the decision not to participate in the championship will only harm its athletes. Meanwhile, Luis Leite asserts, 'we also believe that we remain faithful to the principles and values that have always defended and distinguished from the others, for our pride ... even if alone.'

The absence from the basketball championships does not mean, according Luis Leite, putting away the projects of Predio CVTs sports: 'We will strengthen and consolidate the initial idea at our School of Sport Initiation Caculinhas of Predio CVT', with its gradual transformation ongoing) into an Academy for Training excellence athletes, in basketball (in operation since April 2004), soccer to start in the first quarter of 2009), volleyball, and possibly handball.'


Championship Basketball SOUTH OF SANTIAGO - RESULTS - by Pedro Gomes
In the U18 mens category, ABC won 41-32 against Sao Domingos, Seven Stars beat Tarrafal 26 to 18, Santa Cruz outplayed Assomada, 47 to 34, and Bairro defeated Orgaos 39-38.
In the U14 boys category disputed Sunday morning, ABC handed Seven Stars B a big loss, 35-12, Orgaos got a win by beating Bairro 43-29, and Lenfer lost to Seven Stars A 20 to 51.

In the U14 girls category, Orgaos A beat Orgaos B 34 to 16, and Amor de Deus won 21 to 17 against Bairro.

In the senior men division, Orgaos hosted Tarrafal, however didnt manage to get the win, the final score was 75-71 Tarrafal, Seven Stars beat Lenfer 61-47, and Bairro handed ABC their first loss of the season, 64-44.

Domingos Tavares, member of the Commission that is managing the Santiago South Association says that it is not easy to organize 12 basketball games and involve about 500 players for a round of play in the different categories.


Yellow Pages SPONSORS Santiago South Championships - by Pedro Gomes
Cape Verde 'Yellow Pages' is the official sponsor of the Santiago South regional basketball championships, in the Senior and U20 mens division. According to the agreement with the Federation, which is supervising the Santiago South championship, DIRECTEL, through the Yellow Pages will provide 300 thousand Cape Verdean escudos to cover the expenses related to referees and other game personnel, during the games of the Senior and U20 men.

Marina Ferreira, responsible for sales and marketing of DIRECTEL, said on signing the Protocol, that the sponsorship is to give continuity to the project of promoting basketball in Santiago South.
In return, the president of the Federation, Kitana Cabral, ensured that the biggest championship of basketball in Santiago South will be called Campeonato 2009 Pginas Amarelas


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  D-LEAGUE   


Bayhawks Roll Past Energy 114-101 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Erie Bayhawks (114) at Iowa Energy (101): 114-101
The return of D-League All-Star Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) was not enough as the Iowa Energy (19-11) fell to the visiting Erie Bayhawks 114-101 last night in Des Moines. Ivan Harris (6'7''-F-84, college: Ohio St.) scored a game high 32 points for Erie (18-16) who despite only playing with seven men controlled the game from the middle of the second quarter on. The Energy led after the first quarter 31-26, but fell behind after a three-point shot by Eries Tony Bethel (6'2''-G-82, college: N.Carolina St.) with 8:22 left in the second quarter. An Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) three-pointer late in the game pulled the Energy within 8, but the BayHawks held on and came away with the 13 point victory. Maureece Rice (6'1''-G-84, college: George Washington) followed Harris game high with 25 points of his own on 10-15 shooting. Sims, back with the Energy after his second 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns expired, scored a team-high 23 points for Iowa off the bench while Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) notched a double-double of 20 points and a game high 14 assists in the loss.
BAYHAWKS: Ivan Harris (32pt), Maureece Rice (25pt+7rb+7as), Jackie Manuel (16pt+10rb), Clark Clinkscales (12pt+7as)
ENERGY: Courtney Sims (23pt), Curtis Stinson (20pt+5rb+14as), Anthony Tolliver (20pt+12rb), Patrick Sanders (18pt+6rb)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


FELIPE LOPEZ NOW IN OBRAS! - by Ozell Wells
Finally Obras released Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) due to injury and signed dominican former NBA Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's). Felipe had an important performance in NBA where he played 249 games with 5.8 pts. He also played in Spain and in Venezuela recently. Both managers and coaches of Obras showed themselves happy for the signing of Felipe and they trust he will be the player who help the team to enter to playoffs. Felipe just fiished playing in the LNBP in Mexico with Fuerza Regia Monterrey

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  EBA   


Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Elmira B. 7-0 
 2. Delaware D. 6-1 
 3. Harrisburg H. 6-1 
 4. Nova 6-1 
 5. Washin. Mad. 5-1 
 6. Alexandria A. 5-2 
 7. Virignia F. 4-3 
 8. New York W. 4-3 
 9. Newark 3-3 
 10. Cincinnati C. 1-4 
 11. Salem M. 1-4 
 12. Hampton 1-6 
 13. NJ Lightning 0-5 
 14. Wilkes-Barre 0-7 
 15. Virginia W. 0-8 


Gethers receives EBA Player of the Week honors - by Gianni Pascucci
The Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) named Elmira Bulldogs swing man Kenny Gethers (6'3''-G/F, college: RIT) the league player of the week for the EBA games played on February 21st and 22nd. On Saturday February 21, 2009, Gethers had the most remarkable game in Elmira Bulldogs history as he just missed a tripple double. He erupted for 30 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. Bulldogs Head Coach & General Manager, James R. Schutz stated after the game: 'I am into my 3rd season of head coaching at the professional level and never have I seen a player dominate the game in every fashion the way Kenny Gethers dominated the game tonight'. The Bulldogs sit in 1st place in the 15 team EBA with a perfect 7-0 record and have won 18 out of the team's last 19 games dating back to last season. Kenny Gethers averages a double double on the season with 11.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. The Syracuse, NY native is a former two time all-conference selection at Division III power house R.I.T. and before that he was named all conference and all region at Ononadaga Community College.

EBA Heads for Home - by EBA Media
by CJ Vann
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the EBA teams are heading into the home stretch with all games firing as they take dead aim on the Elite Eight (Quarter-Finals) play-off spots.
The Elmira Bulldogs remain on top, a position theyve held all season, with a perfect 7-0. To keep their record clean and grab the #1 spot for the play-offs, the Bulldogs in their two remaining games must post a win against the Garden State Rebels (3-3) and then put down the surging Washington Madness (5-1) when they visit Elmira on March 14.
Defending league champions Harrisburg Horizon have two ultra challenging games remaining on their schedule. Presently tied for 2nd place (6-1) with Delaware (6-1) and NoVa Hawks (6-1), the Horizon must get past the talented Alexandria Avengers (5-2) this Sunday and then post a win in the season finale against arch-rival Delaware.
The top six teams Elmira (7-0), Delaware (6-1), Harrisburg (6-1), NoVa (6-1), and Alexandria (5-2) have separated themselves from the pack and each will have a say in the final standings of the regular season.
The EBA Championships will be played March 28th (semi-finals) and 29th (finals) at John Harris High School in Harrisburg, PA.


Chronicles From the EBA - by Justin Moore
Hey My name is Justin Moore (5'9''-G-80, college: St.Augustine) player and one of the authors of the EBA section for Usbasket.com each week im gonna try my best to interview coaches, gm's,and players from the EBA as the EBA season heats up going into the play-off run. This 09 season has been one of the most talented groups of teams in the EBA in a while these will be my chronicles from the eastern basketball alliance first up Delaware Destroyers coach and former NBA player Dallas Comegys





1.How are the Destroyers doing this season?and how do you think the EBA has improved this season?

The Destroyers are working hard and playing ball, but there is always room for improvement. The Destroyers have made great sacrifies to becoming a good basketball team, and I am very pleased and thankful for that commitment.

The biggest improvement in the 2009 EBA season, is the number of good basketball teams and the level of competition.





2. Coach Dallas you are a former first round pick in the NBA and has played ball all over the world what is the talent level in the EBA and what will it take for alot of these guys to get contracts oversea's?

The EBA has many talented men playing in the 2009 season/league. The men just need to be given a chance, like anything in life.

To get an overseas contract is not easy at all. As a talented player, each individual player must work hard on their basketball skills, show signs of improvement & dedication, and accept coaching. They also need to make sure that they are always conducting themselves in a professional manner at all times, on and off the court, because they never know who is watching or scouting them.







3. With the EBA growing this season what steps do you think need to be made to take the EBA to the next level so the United States and other countries can take notice to the talent and competition of the EBA?

The first steps for improving the EBA, comes from the EBA league itself, the teams and the players. We all have to be fully committed and share one common goal, show casing the talented players within the EBA. I feel that, if the EBA will host an ALL-STAR game for the men & women, both the EBA league and its players will benefit. This would showcase your better players within the league. Hosting an ALL-STAR game give people, agents, scouts and other contacts a chance to see the EBA growth & its talented ALL-STAR players.










4.The Destroyers have been in the EBA,NPBL,and you guys were apart of the USBL where does the EBA rank and where do you see the Delaware destroyers in the near future as the league grows and how can EBA help showcase its talent?

The Destroyers were extremely blessed to have played in the USBL. The NPBL and the EBA has also given us the chance to participate within their respected leagues and I am always thankful for the chance and opportunity. I will say tha each league has been a challenge for the Destroyers. I hope that the I.A.F. Basketball family continue to give the men & women the opportunity to continue their careers as a player. I.A.F. has always wanted the men & women to play against the best players around. As, I said before, the EBA should have an ALL-STAR game for the best player, and if that is done the players talent would be showcased.


Thank You,
Coach Dallas A. Comegys


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Dynamo M. 4-0 
 2. C.C. Marousi 2-2 
 3. Khimky 2-2 
 4. Panellinios 0-4 
Group J
 1. Benetton 4-0 
 2. Zadar 2-2 
 3. T.Telekom 1-3 
 4. Unics 1-3 
Group K
 1. Hemofarm 3-1 
 2. Pamesa V. 3-1 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 1-3 
 4. Azovmash 1-3 
Group L
 1. Lietuvos 3-1 
 2. Iurbentia B. 3-1 
 3. Charleroi 2-2 
 4. Art.Dragons 0-4 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vladimir DASIC
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Dasic, MNT22.8 
 2. Shermadini, GEO21.5 
 3. Gecevicius, LTU20.5 
 4. Shved, RUS18.9 
 5. Lilov, BUL18.8 
 6. Raduljica, SRB18.6 
 7. Shoutvin, ISR17.9 
 8. Kostov, BUL17.5 
 9. Gladyr, UKR17.1 
 10. Macvan, S.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miroslav RADULJICA
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Raduljica, SRB10.9 
 2. Shermadini, GEO10.5 
 3. Dasic, MNT8.9 
 4. Bilan, CRO8.6 
 5. Shengelia, GEO8.5 
 6. Aguilar, ESP7.5 
 7. Vaty, FRA7.1 
 8. Moerman, FRA7.0 
 9. Krivosheev, RUS6.9 
 10. Hersek, T.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Joaquim COLOM
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Colom, ESP6.1 
 2. Gaprindashvi., GEO5.4 
 3. Balbay, TUR4.9 
 4. Janavicius, LTU4.8 
 5. Tonchenko, UKR4.6 
 6. Mekel, ISR4.5 
 7. Lilov, BUL4.5 
 8. Katnic, SRB4.4 
 9. Khvostov, RUS4.3 
 10. Strelnieks, L.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vladimir DASIC
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dasic, MNT2.6 
 2. Claver, ESP2.4 
 3. Sakellariou, GRE2.3 
 4. Rabaseda, ESP2.2 
 5. Diot, FRA1.9 
 6. Daniel, ISR1.8 
 7. Gulisabedash., GEO1.8 
 8. Gen, TUR1.8 
 9. Kostov, BUL1.7 
 10. Matalon, G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Giorgi SHERMADINI
  GEO
  (216-C-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Shermadini, GEO3.7 
 2. Norenko, UKR1.8 
 3. Selakovs, LAT1.5 
 4. Marjanovic, SRB1.5 
 5. Kolev, BUL1.5 
 6. Motiejunas, LTU1.2 
 7. Claver, ESP1.1 
 8. Skurdauskas, LTU1.1 
 9. Vaty, FRA1.1 
 10. Tillie, F.1.0 


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Round 18 Kire Nikolovski MVP - by Zoran Bogdanovic

Kire Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) made the best performance of the round with 19 points, 12 rebounds, two blockades

Karpos Sokoli - Swisslion Pelister 48:104
Swisslion Pelister was dominate team and from quarter to quarter domestic players were increasing advantage.
Karpos : Georgievski 27 pts
Swisslion : Talevski 15 pts, Jovanovic 14 pts, Cakorevic 14 pts, Held 12 pts, Zaharievski 12 pts
Torus-Ovce Pole 81:64
After the Cup elimination from Torus Ovce Pole lost the match again. From the beginning of the match Torus contolled the game and result and Ovce Pole just once succeded to came to - 3 (at 57:60) in the last quarter, but Vladimir Brckov with two added three pointers had cut the dilema about the winner of the game.
Torus: Markovski 21 pts, Kostovski 21 pts, Brckov 11 pts, Tasevski 10 pts
Ovce Pole : Ristic 22 pts, Todorovic 17 pts, Ivkovic 10 pts
MZT Skopje - AMMAK S 88:86 (21-26, 19-20, 27-17, 21-23)
MZT with perfect third quarter succeded to come to ninth win in the championship. In the first ten minutes MZT players made a lot of mistakes in ofense actions while AMAK was easy realising fastbreaks. Two minutes before the end of the first half Marjan Lazovskis players had nice advantage (44:32), but with Blazevskis experienced addition in the finish of the half MZT came to the locker room with -6. Third period host team played excellent and with successful hits for three of Blazevski, Sokolov and Trailovic the result was 27:17. With seria 9:0 (two hits for three of Sokolov and one of Blazevski) MZT came to result 85:77, but AMMAK once again tied with Gambirozas points at 85:85. 35 seconds before the end of the match Blazevski realized two free throws but at the other side Jarrid Frey missed one free throw. And 17 seconds before the end Milos Trailovic realised one more free throw for the final result of the game 88:86
In the last action eight seconds before the end Eftim Bogooev lost the ball and chance for overtime
MZT: Sokolov 25 pts (7/12 for three), Blazevski 16 pts, Trailovic 14 pts, Damjanac 12 pts
AMMAK : Gambiroza 20 pts, Stojanovski D 19 pts, Stojanovski V 19 pts
Fersped Rabotnicki -Vardar 2000 93:63 (19-18, 28-14, 25-11, 21-20)
Fersped : Trakjkovski 14 pts, Pacun 12 pts, Karakloev 11 pts, Tasovski 11 pts
Vardar 2000 : Kiril Nikolovski 19 pts and 12 reboundds



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Drew Schifino Player Profile - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American Drew Schifino (191-G-81, agency: PPGroup, college: California (PA)) is a 191cm guard, who comes from an athletic family as his brother Jake plays for the three time Superbowl champion New England Patriots. He grew up in Pittsburg, Pennslyvania and had remarkable stats at Penn Hills HS breaking numerous school records and averaging 30.2ppg in the 2000-2001 season and averaging 28.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg at Coastal Christian Academy. He went on to play at West Virginia where he averaged in 29 games: 20.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg in 2002-2003. At that time, he held the nations longest scoring streak in double digits. He got professional experience in the last few years playing in Poland, the Swiss league and in the CBA for the Pittsburg Explosion. Last season, he played in the Czech league for BC Kolin, where he averaged in twenty minutes per game in 23 games: 14.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 61.8%. Drew Possesses impressive offensive efficiency and shooting ability and brings a lot of size and athleticism to the guard position. He has great scoring ability, ball handling, passing and team skills. He is also unmatched in one on one play. Last summer, he had numerous offers to play overseas, but due to family problems stayed in the United States. His bags are packed and he is ready to play again. Germany could be a suitable destination for him since he lived in Germany from 1989-1991, having witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and seeing Germany win the World Cup in 1990. He could be a good addition to any Pro A or Pro B team looking for a combo guard. If there is interest in his services, you can contact him at drewschifino@hotmail.com

Kyle Bailey(BG Gottingen) Pregame Thoughts To BG Gottingen-Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game Feb 25th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

American Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) is a 188cm guard playing his second season for BG Gottingen. The native from Alaska went to college at Santa Clara where he averaged in 31 games: 14.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3Pts: 31.3% in his senior year 2004-2005. In his rookie season, he played in the NBDL for the Florida Flame and in Latvia for BK Riga 05. He then proceeded to Germany. In the 2006-2007 season, he helped BG Gottingen advance to the BBL averaging in 29 games: 20.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 35.9%, FT: 77.0%. He then moved to Ratiopharm Ulm where he was injured, but still managed to average in 18 games: 12.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 64.5%. This season he is back in Gottingen and the leading scorer of the team avergaing 15,0ppg, 4,5rpg and 3,5apg. He recently played in the BBL Allstar game. He spoke to eurobasket.com about the upcoming game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.








Congrats on the win against Oldenburg. How is the whole Atmosphere in Gottingen now? Has a cake been named after you?lol


Thanks, the atmosphere is great! The city is really supporting us and they are a huge reason for our success. No cakes yet, but I maybe in couple of weeks for my birthday...



You guys are in first place and just keep winning. Since the start of October 2008, you have lost only twice and have a record of 15-2, What is the secret to your success?


We have played 20 games so far and I don't think there are any secrets anymore. We are going to play extremely hard for 40 minutes and we have a lot of guys that can contribute in many different ways.



You guys had a solid win against Oldenburg at home 79-66 and what was really so amazing was your rebound work securing the rebounds 38-24. How were you able to clearly dominate Boumtje Boumjte and company so easily?


Haha, I wouldn't say we clearly dominated them. I will say that we knew rebounding was going to be an area for we needed to take care of. Our coaching staff made sure to emphasize the boards to all of us.



Coach John Patrick has been known to rely on a 11/12 man rotation, but only played 8 guys against Oldenburg. Even though you are in first place, it seems like you guys really dont want to lose anymore just relying on your best players to win?

I don't think any team in the league wants to lose. Every game calls for certain strategic choices.An 8 man rotation just happened to be one of those choices from last game.Every member on our team is just as important as the next. Our practices show that the most and then it carries over into the games.



You rebound just as strong as Frankfurt making 35 rebounds per game even though you dont have a classic bigman. What is the secret to your rebounding strength?



We all try and go to the boards. Strength in numbers, I guess.




Since your loss in the season opener against TBB Trier, you have not lost again winning ten in a row. How do you explain your strong home court playing? It is dark in the Lok halle and it seems like you may have a ghost or partially invisible ghost helping as your sixth man.lol


Honestly, I think the loss to Trier was very important. Thinking back to that game right now I remember a few mistakes that could have won us that game. I am still upset we let that one get away!!! As for 'The Lok', it is the perfect place for our team and our identity. Our management puts a lot of work in to get it ready for each game.



Skyliner coach Murat Didin told me some days ago that BG Gottingen is a realistic BBL title contender. Is this flattering for you or just some kind of defensive manouver from him?

Truthfully, I don't know whether he meant it or not. Either way it's really not that important. There is a lot of basketball left to be played and lot of things can happen in the next few months.



How difficult is it to play 40 minutes of hell on the court? How much can it hurt you if you can..t keep up the intensity?

It is definitely physically demanding and it is difficult to concentrate when you are tired. That is why we practice making decisions when you are tired. Every member of our defense is important, because if one guy stops rotating then we give up an easy shot.


John Patrik is doing a great job as coach. what are his strengths as a coach and person?


His best characteristic is his desire to win. When someone wants to win like that they are willing to do what it takes to be successful. He also really enjoys the game of basketball and that is very important when you have a season as long as ours.You have to be able to be excited everyday about what your goals are.



Observers have said, the Gottingen play looks so easy, but it is very effective. Why does that work so well for you?

If it looks easy than that means we are doing what we are supposed to. I think it has worked well for me because John Patrick has given me the chance to make plays and be a leader. That does not come easy, he definitely never lets me settle and he pushes me to be better every practice.It works for me because that is what I am here for.


Is Rocky Trice the most underrated small forward in the BBL? We all know he can dunk, but he can do so much more.


I don't think he is underrated, he is the best on the ball defender in the league and he rebounds with anybody and he can score. I don't know who can't see that.





You are leading the team in scoring. You seem to have a very healthy confidence. Where did you get that from?


My faith in God and the path he put me on. I am just thankful for the chance to be doing what I love to do and I am trying to enjoy every aspect of it for as long as I can.


The next opponent are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, 72 hours before their Top 4 game against Alba Berlin. Is this an advantage or disadvantage for BG Gottingen?

That is something you have to ask them.We are not going to change our preparation.


You won the first game against Frankfurt in a close battle 64-61 with a strong 4th quarter out scoring Frankfurt 18-12. You also dominated the boards 47-40, but Lorenzo Gordon didn..t play. Could he make the difference for Frankfurt this time?

I have not seen him play yet, I heard good things about him, though. I am definitely excited for the game, because the last one was a good battle.


You guys live from your quickness, but Frankfurt can play like that too. How will this even out the game if both teams play like that? Plus Frankfurt really likes to mix up the way they play?


If they play like that I think it would be a very exciting game...


Is there a particular Skyliner player you are looking forward to playing again?


The whole Frankfurt team represents a big challenge for us, so I am looking forward seeing all of them.


What will be the key to victory for BG Gottingen?

We just need to have more points at the end of the game, haha!!!
Seriously, just play our game to best of our ability.



March Madness is around the corner.. Do you follow the NCAA?


Not like I used to.



What are your Final Four Predictions?


Louisville UCONN, DUKE Santa Clara


What do you miss most from Alaska?


My Family



What was the last DVD that you saw?


American Tale


Joe Asberry speaks out: An insight into becoming and being a professional basketball player in Germany - by Moritz Korff
If Joe Asberry speaks about basketball in Europe and Germany, he knows what he is talking about. He went through all the ups and downs of a professional career in overseas basketball, played for several teams in Europe and especially in Germany for many years. After finishing his career as pro player, Asberry stayed overhere and has made himself a name in all of Germany as a social worker who teaches kids basketball and life skills.
Eurobasket had a conversation with him about becoming and being a professional athlete in Germany.

Many players dream about continuing their basketball careers overseas after graduating from college. But is it really a dream life that you are living as a professional basketball player in Germany?
Everybody is different but when I was a little boy all I ever wanted to do was be a professional basketball player, to get paid to do the sport I love, to get paid for YOUR hobby! I tryed the NBA but wasnt good enough, had to settle for the SF Pro Am, but I never gave up and I was lucky enough to do professional basketball here in Germany, Finland, and Little Luxembourg.

Which are the most important things that you have to adjust to when you are playing your first season in Germany? On and off the court?
I think the first major adjustment you would make is the gyms. If you played at a big D1 and your first job is in the 3rd division, Im sure youll be quite upset when you look at the floor. The 1st division gyms are nice, but all of the other gyms I have been to need work, my high school gym is better then the one the UBC Tigers play in now, but the crowd there is great. I see alot of Americans getting traveling calls too, that was a big problem I never got over. Off the court you will find you have alot more free time, youre not in college any more so if guys are smart they will use that free time to continue to work on their game and hit the weight room.

You know lots of Americans playing in Germany and in Europe. From your experience: When players come to play in Germany for the first time, are they prepared for the new life and the different culture?
I know for a fact that players are not ready for the culture shock and to be so far away from home. Mom isn't cooking any more, or Dad telling you what to look out for, or in my case the big brother telling you to constantly stay out of trouble,so you have decisions to make on your own, it's time to MAN UP! Im working on workshops now with a friend of mine I played with in Juco (Mark Robinson,he played for Bobby Knight at Indiana,and was the leading scorer in England for many years back in the days). In the workshops I want to warn Americans about these type of things so theyre prepared to have a succesful career here in Europe and have fun at the same time sight seeing. Players can check out www.onfocus.org if they're interested!

Which are the mistakes that players would do most frequently in their first year in Germany?
That's a easy one Moritz, THE CLUB! Alot of players start to go out and party too much which can lead to you not playing your best because your body is not getting the rest it needs and deserves to perform at a professional level. Im speaking from my own personal experience, at one time I could have easily played here in the 1st division but never did because of my reputation as a party animal. I averaged 30 a game in the 1st and 2nd regional but managers didn't care. Im not saying don't have fun, Im saying the night before the biggest game of the year for your club you should be at home either watching hoops or playing it on your ps3! LOL!

If you look back at the time when you first came to Germany. How did you experience your first weeks in the new country? And did you get any help from anybody or did you have to deal with the new situation on your own?
When I look back I have one man to thank, Marzel Price. He was playing in the 1st division in Giessen and I was recovering from a injury I recieved in the SF Pro Am, so he helped me alot. I practiced with their team until I got my first job which was in the 4th Division in Krofdorf Glieburg. He showed me the ropes and looked out, since then I've been on CNN world sport because of what I do here with my streetball program and kids! Im not tooting my own horn, only letting the Americans here know that you can start off in a lower league and it can lead to something REAL BIG! After that I had many problems I had to deal with on my own like coachs I didnt like or horrible agents but I had to MAN UP and solve those problems alone!

There are many American players in Germany, but only very few speak German or even try to learn German. Do you think learning the language would help them to overcome the day-to-day problems in a foreign country?
I think that every American that plays here should make an attempt to speak German. The kids I do streetball with taught me how to speak German but I think you should take a course for sure, if youre not playing well, youre going to want to understand your Manager or Coach if he is speaking German and telling you I hate to say it but Im thinking about FIRING YOU!LOL!

What do you have to do in generally to overcome the cultural shock?
I believe to overcome the cultural shock you have to take walks during the day and mingle with the people. Get to know your neighbors near the apartment the club gives you, the best way is to hang out as much as you can with your German team mates. You kill two birds with one stone, you bond as homeys and team mates and that will lead to more wins! Im real cool with the Goch twins (Coach and Manager of the UBC Tigers), it all started when we were team mates in the Regionalliga in Braunschweig!

Basketball is not that big in Germany as it is in the USA. How do you have to deal with the fact that you will play in smaller gyms and in a less professional environment?
The best way is to have self motivation, if you believe in your heart that youre TOO GOOD to be playing here in a lower league, or feel like you should be in the L, then while youre here, prove it! I remember playing in a lower league game with 7 stitches in my left eye, but I kept going hard because I wanted to play at another level, I never did reach my goal but my program with the kids is on fire right now so it worked out for me just fine. Players should be professional at all times and coachable and work to improve your game daily, then later on you can play in that big arena in Russia in the Euroleague or where ever you think you should be playing! But action speaks much louder then words!

What would your advice be for a player who comes straight out of college and who wants to play in Germany. How do you make it to Germany the best way? Do you need an agent in any case?
My advice to a guy who is coming out of college and wants to play in Germany would be sit down and talk to loved ones about what they think about you playing here, then take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself how much you love ball? Ive played in China, Germany, Finland and would play on the moon if I could beat kids in horse, but I love ball! LOL! If you really LOVE basketball I believe you can play any where! Its good to work with a agent for sure but sit down with your college coach and let him lead you too a agent who will work for you!

How do you distinguish a good agent from a bad agent?
In my opinion a good agent is the guy who will find you a job and the bad agent is the one you keep calling and he or she keeps telling you they will have something for you later and two weeks later they still got nothing for you!

There are lots of examples of players from smaller colleges (like NCAA Division 3 or NAIA schools) who have been succesful in pro basketball. However many underclassmen have a hard time to get noticed by European teams. What can they do to increase their chances?
The best way is to check Eurobasket.com and find out about the pro try out camps here in Europe and play in as many as possible so they can showcase their skills! The summer league in Los Angelas is also a good one, Im a bay area guy, so I would say play in the SF PRO AM! Great players play in that and you never know whos watching!

Players in the higher German league (like BBL and Pro A) are part of professional organizations. But players from the USA get signed by teams from lower leagues (Regionalliga, 2. Regionalliga, Oberliga) as well, where your teammates will have a life outside of basketball and very often have a regular job to do. If you are getting picked by such a club, how do you have to handle this situation?
I would tell any guy playing in a lower league to do what I did, LOOK DOWN RANGE! Give 110% every time out, because even though you feel like youre in a horrible situation, so many guys are great basketball players who will never have the chance to play professional basketball. So just keep pushing BALL UNTIL YOU FALL! You never know, you might just move your team up, that should be your number one goal. Move the team up to a higher league!


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Hope For A Positive Commotion In The Lokhalle Against BG Gottingen On Wed Feb 25th At 19:30 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Not only do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have to worry about injuries and sick players, but another obstacle could be the dark and mysterious Lokhalle. Frankfurt will need to keep an eye on BG Gottingen that they not become to mischevious on the court, otherwise Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) will have to make a special call to Scooby Doo and the gang to help foil the game puzzle on the court. Last season the list of the sick and walking wounded for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners leading up to the BG Gottingen game seemed about as long as the list of possible date candidates for a homecoming queen at an American high school, but somehow the team was able to pull out a victory still being able to play ten players. Even though ten players played, it seemed like only six players were really healthy and besides the Frankfurt doctors present, the only one missing at the end of the bench for positive moral support was doctor Doug Ross(George Clooney) from ER. 'This time, it seems like Frankfurt has little luck, but Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is never shy of bringing a little humor. 'Last season, we came from the hospital to the court. This time guys like Greg, Konrad, Evti and Max have not been able to practice, plus Titus and Pascal are coming back from sickness. I think in the future, we have to pay close attention when we play Gottingen about 1-2 weeks in advance and find a way to avoid these sickness and injuries. This is the second time in a row that we are sick/hurt for the game in Gottingen', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have had ten days to prepare for the Gottingen game and some critics fear that the heads of the players will already be focusing towards the ALBA Berlin game in the Top 4. 'I think that it is ok. Gottingen will be a good preparation for Berlin. It is great to stay in rhythm and play against top teams', stressed Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Gottingen is trying to stay neutral apoun the question if it is an advantage or disadvantage that the game is so close before the Top 4. 'That is something you have to ask them. We are not going to change our preparation', warned Gottingen top scorer Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). Frankfurt will play four games in eight days so they will need not only to be mentally ready, but also physically in top shape. 'This long break has been a good thing, because we have been practicing hard, staying in shape and working on offense and defense', added Skyliner guard Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross). It might be a long wait until the Gottingen game, but as is so often the case in the BBL, the game will mark friendly reencounters.' It will be cool to see Rocky again after the slam dunk contest. I played against Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell)(Bucknell) and Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara)(Niagra) in college, so it will be sort of a college reunion', joked American Keith Simmons. 'I am looking forward to playing against Clif Brown and Rocky Trice', added Skyliner American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi).

There are also other indirect obstacles that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need to keep an eye on. Gottingen is known as a University town and one of the finest addresses in Germany for the subject of Science. The town is known for rich learning and countless research facilities. Just when Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) thought that Einstein and Ulm were finally in the past, Science and other scientific geniuses and buddies of Einstein might create chaos for Frankfurt. 'Last week against Ulm, we were a bit unlucky with our injuries. We didnt have a proper offense against Ulm and Einstein. Now it is our turn. We had one struggle against Scientific Basketball and that was enough. We will not let it happen again in Gottingen' , warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Ratiopharm Ulm might have brought a trace of Einstein into the Ballsporthalle last week for luck, but besides Science, The Deutsche Bank need to be aware that other very famous scientists and physicists Like Max Planck and Max Weber (201-G/F-85) visited the Gottingen University and could bring some kind of special awe into the Lokhalle where BG Gottingen is riding a ten game winning streak. 'Planck was a good influence. Without Math, Science and Physics, you cant discover the facts of life. If you are cosmic without Science, then it can be chaotic. We will have to stay on the physical side and play very well planned/applied Cosmic Basketball', philosophied Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The famous German sociologist Max Weber also attended the University in Gottingen and has the same name as Skyliner forward Max Weber. 'Our Max Weber is in his bed sick. I hope he will be able to stand up from his illness and present his name brother at the game in Gottingen', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Another interesting and possibly little known fact about Gottingen is that between 1945-1960, 90 films were made in and around Gottingen. Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is never not curious not to use his famous camera movement posture that he made famous during the 2005 BBL final against Bamberg signalling his unhappiness about the Bamberg players acting trying to draw fouls. Didin knows about the movie history in Gottingen and wants to concentrate on the game and not on the acting skills of the players. 'This might have once been the German Hollywood. But let us leave the camera movement to the German Hollywood. We want to be more focused on the ball movement than on the camera movement against the aggressive defense', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The return of BG Gttingen back to the big show last season in the BBL was a positive surprise as the team had not smelt BBL air for 19 years. Before the deregulation in the 80s, Gottingen had always had a top Basketball tradition that marked its climax in the 80s as they won three BBL titles in 1980, 1983 and 1984 under the legendary American coach Terry Schofield. In a country, where Soccer is by far the #1 sport, it is all the more curious when a sport like Basketball is still #1 in Gottingen after 19 years of not being in the BBL. 'It is great for me too see how much Basketball has developed in the last two seasons in Gottingen. When we won the second division north league two years ago, the people didnt really notice so much. Back then we played in a small gym, but now the support is so big in the Lokhalle. I get stopped all over the place for autographs. Now it is a big deal', said Kyle Bailey. 'Gottingen stands for tradition in Basketball. The way they have played so far this season, saying they are not a candidate to win the BBL title would be unrealistic', added Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

BG Gottingen finished last season in 14th place and could of ended a lot higher had the team not had a seven game losing streak at the beginning of season. Still they managed to beat top teams like Bonn and Leverkusen. The brain behind the success of team is coach John Patrick , who likes to overwhelm the enemy of quick run and gun Basketball. He adores small ball and is a very disciplined coach. 'We like to give the other team 40 minutes of hell', said John Patrick . 'It is definitely physically demanding and it is difficult to concentrate when you are tired. That is why we practice making decisions when you are tired. Every member of our defense is important, because if one guy stops rotating then we give up an easy shot', expressed BG Gottingen guard Kyle Bailey.

Patrick is a Basketball fanatic, who has a lot of experience having coached in Australia and in Japan, where he won the Japanese title in 2006 with Toyota Alvark. He quickly showed his coaching skills as he led Gottingen to the second division north title in 2007 dominating the competition, losing only twice to MBC and Schalke. BBL teams had success last season against Gottingen, when they slowed down the game and controlled the tempo. This season, Gottingen has tried to be even more unpredictable inside with two big American bangers Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) and Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford). However Jason Miller was released a few months ago, and BG Gottingen continue to have success rebounding the ball despite not having a classic big man. John Patrick also has no shyness by playing his whole roster on a consistent rate. So far this season, he has rotated 12 guys and his quick substituting most likely wont change. 'Coach Patriks best characteristic is his desire to win. When someone wants to win like that, they are willing to do what it takes to be successful. He also really enjoys the game of basketball and that is very important when you have a season as long as ours. You have to be able to be excited everyday about what your goals are', said American Kyle Bailey.

It seems like each season, there is a surprise team in the BBL and this season without a doubt, it is BG Gottingen, who have for a long length of the season quietly been near the top of the BBL standings. Presently they are in second place with a 16-4 record and still have two games less than most other teams. After starting the season 1-2, they have rebounded knocking down a 15-2 record. They have had two six game winning streaks and at this point the word secret seems nonexistent. 'We have played 20 games so far and I don't think there are any secrets anymore. We are going to play extremely hard for 40 minutes and we have a lot of guys that can contribute in many different ways', stated American guard Kyle Bailey. 'Gottingen is the surprise team of the season. They are young, deep, play hard and are overall well balanced', stated Skyliner forward Derrick Allen. Besides knowing their roles, it seems like the unorthodox and aggressive play of Gottingen just keeps annoying the opponents and brings them out of their rhythm and flow. The season is only half way done, but it seems like the league has respect for Gottingen. 'It does surprise me a bit that they are so successful, but they deserve to be where they are. This game will be a big challenge and I hope we can go to Hamburg with a win', stated Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

After a bitter loss in the season opener against TBB Trier 72-68 in the Lokhalle, the team has won ten games in a row. It really didnt matter, what team has entered the Lokhalle, most have gone home wondering if there is secretly a seventh man in the dark Lokhalle helping the team. They dismantled Bonn and Oldenburg and even had four games in a row in the Lokhalle winning each game. One interesting side note is that BG Gottingen must play ALBA Berlin twice after the Allstar break. 'Honestly, I think the loss to Trier was very important. Thinking back to that game right now I remember a few mistakes that could have won us that game. I am still upset we let that one get away! As for 'The Lok', it is the perfect place for our team and our identity. Our management puts a lot of work in to get it ready for each game,' warned Kyle Bailey.

BG Gottingen is led by American Kyle Bailey, who is back in Gottingen after leading the team into the BBL in 2007. He is averaging 14,7ppg, 4,5rpg and 3,5 apg. He is a very explosive point guard, who can score and be the playmaker. American Charles Lee is averaging 13,3ppg, 4,1rpg and 2,1apg this season. He is always a scoring threat having been top scorer for Gottingen six times this season and scored in double figures 15 times. He had two fine seasons in Israel(9,4 points) and Belgium(10,1 points). American Clif Brown started the season as being the go to guy then missed three games and has slowly been coming back having up and down games. He is averaging 12,7ppg, and 5,7 rpg. He has scored in double figures ten times this season. He furthered his experience last season by playing ULEB Cup for Hapoel Gali Eylon in Israel, where he had extremely good stats with 14,5 points and 3,7 rebounds in ten games. American Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Carolina), who celebrated cult status in Cuxhaven last season is a very dangerous rebounder at 188m with 8,1rpg last season in Cuxhaven. This season he is averaging 11,3ppg, 5,4rpg and 1,3apg. His nickname is Rocky and he might not challenge anyone into the boxing ring, but he wont shy away from anyone under the hoops. He recently took part in the 2009 BBL slam dunk contest.

All rounder American Ben Jacobson (201-F-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA), who also played in France is averaging 7,9ppg, and 2,8rpg this season for Gottingen. He can create his own shot and is a respectable defender. American small forward Chris Oliver has been a pleasant surprise as he is averaging 7,7ppg and 5,1rpg. He has scored in double figures seven times and registered two double doubles and really stepped it up in many games helping his team to victory. The Gottingen bench is not deep, but coach Patrick can count on every player to play hard no matter if its for eight minutes or two minutes. Guys like John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa), Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.), Robert Kulawick and German Marco Grimaldi (188-G-83) will be looming in the wings for a chance. Also coming off the bench is 26 year old German Robert Dill, who has a 17 hour work day. When he arrives to practice at night, he has already worked eight hours for a company. He is a role model for everyone showing his mind works overtime not only on the court.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game in the Ballsporthalle in a nail bitter 64-61. Gottingen shot horrible at 33%, including only 16% from the parking lot, but still ended up winning. Gottingen did a super job controlling the rebounds 47-40, but had had luck that big Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon had not played. He might be the difference this time. 'I have not seen Lorenzo play yet, but I heard good things about him, though. I am definitely excited for the game, because the last one was a good battle', added Kyle Bailey.

None of the regular Gottingen players who average more than ten minutes per game is bigger than 201 meters, but somehow Gottingen finds a way to mix it up under the boards and often win the rebounding battle like against the EWE baskets Oldenburg their last victm in the Lokhalle winning 79-66 and securing the rebounds 38 to 24. With Lorenzo Gordon playing and hopefully Wysocki, Jenkins and Evtimov back, Frankfurt should have no excuses for getting trampled al over under the glass. 'We have to play big and attack and go inside as often as possible. It also would help to get Brown and Boone in foul trouble', stressed Derrick Allen. Gottingen isnt about to drop any secrets to how they will play Frankfurt and has an old fashioned kind of thinking that whatever team has the higher number on the score board at the end of the game will laugh loudest. 'We just need to have more points at the end of the game, haha!!!Seriously, we just have to play our game to the best of our ability', warned Kyle Bailey. Gottingen only averages 9,9 assists per game and are shooting only 41,8% from the field. A strong defense could easily hurt the flow of the Gottingen offense and be a key to victory for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. 'Gottingen has a lot of talent. We have to control the tempo of the game and slow it down every so often. We also will need to control the turnovers and not let them get easy baskets', stressed American Keith Simmons. BG Gottingen host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on February 25th at 19:30.



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A2: Week 19 - Round Up - by Chris Mammides
Ilysiakos Iraklis 96-92
An overtime game needed by Coach Stergios Koufos players to outlast the visiting site of Iraklis. The Thessaloniki team was leading the score most of the time but Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) in one of his top performing nights helped his team to win the derby. Iraklis had Liakopoulos and Totsios trying their best but their tries werent enough. Top scorer for Ilysiakos was Nikolaos Papanikolaou with 22 while Liakopoulos ended the game with 24.

Ermis Lagkada KAOD 75-69
The second game of the week which needed 45 minutes to finish was the one in Lagkadas where the home team was victorious after a game which was seemed to be negative for Koukoulekidis team after the first 20 minutes as the visitors of Nikos Grigoriadis were leading the game quite easily with 10. The continuation was not so successful for the players from Drama and at the end even though they took the game in the OT, they lost it due to luck of powers. Top performer from the winners was Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) with 22 points while from KAOD, top scorer was Vasilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) with 20 followed by Moulakis with 17.

Peristeri Near East 86-77
Peristeri beat Near East quite difficult, they players of Coach Nikos Karagiannis needed more or less 38 minutes to get a difference of safety. Top scorer was Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) with 21 followed by Lewis with 15. From Near East, top scorer was Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) with 26 points. Apostolos Koutroulias is the top scorer of the division too.

Pagrati - MENT 86-73
The home team took an early lead from the first minutes of the game and didnt face any problem at all, after the difference went to double digits. Top scorer was Koukas in his best game this season, he finished the game with 28 points, on behalf of the visitors, top scorer was Andrew Fogel (188-G-85, college: Mercyhurst) and Vukadin Mandic (200-F/G-82) both with 19 points. Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) did his debut in the A2 with MENTs jersey but couldnt help a lot his team.

Olympiada Patras Apollon Patras 74-66
The Patras derby painted orange as Olympiada Patras won the game quite easily with Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80) scoring 24 points and Kosanovic 13 points while from Apollon Patras top scorer was once more the Cyprus international Koronides with 20 points followed by Lianos with 18.

Dafni Keravnos Aigiou 67-55
An easy afternoon for Coach Costas Sorotos players who had a difference between 7-10 points from the early beginning, Savas Kiriakidis (203-F-78) 15 points and Kefalass 11 were not enough for Coach Pavlou team. Top scorer for Dafni was Dimitris Athanasiadis (193-F-77) with 16 points

Rethymno Xanthi 104-90
The fourth team that scoring over 100 points was Rethymno ina run and gun game which took place in Creta-Rethymno on Saturday night. Kostas Behlivanis (180-G-74) (20 points), Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76) (19 points), Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) (18 points) and Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) (15 points) made a deadly quartet and left no option for Coach Souliotis player other than the defeat. Top scorer for Xanthi was Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) in his top productive game since he arrived in the Greek courts with 30 points followed by Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) who had 20.

ICBS - Panerythraikos 82-57
Coach Alexandros Papasiotis team (I his debut) thrashed the team of Panerythraikos having in a great afternoon the Cyprus international Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) with 20 points. From the sinking boat of Panerythraikos the top scorer was Hopson with 16


Standings - B Division
B Standings
 1. Arkadikos 14-4 
 2. OFI 13-5 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 13-5 
 4. Amyntas 13-5 
 5. Ikaros K. 12-6 
 6. Lavrio 12-6 
 7. Komotini 11-7 
 8. Anagennisi 10-8 
 9. Apollon K. 8-10 
 10. AIAS Evosmou 8-10 
 11. Doukas 7-11 
 12. Periko-Arhelao 7-11 
 13. Goumenissa 5-13 
 14. Sporting 5-13 
 15. Halkida 3-15 
 16. Perama/Ermis 0-0 
 17. P.Faliro 0-18 


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GTI easily disposes of Presidents College to win NSC Schools Championships - by Paul Haynes
The Guyana Technical Institute (GTI) continued its rich sport history Sunday night when the institute easily disposed of Presidents College to win the coveted National Sports Commission (NSC) Schools Championships.
The technical institute had four players in double figures as they thrashed their opponents 8553 in an exciting onesided display at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, while Saints snatched third place from Charlestown 5938.
Former national junior player Shelroy Thomas led the technical team with 22 points with support from Kevin Jordan 19 points, Colwin Nurse 14 points and Keon Hayles 11 points in the featured game Sunday night.
Richard Mohandatt continued his excellent performance in the competition with 26 points in the final but obviously lacked the necessary offensive support. Leroy Jackman was the next best on the score sheet with six points.
Saints Jamaal Scott scored 19 points while Seon Braithwaite had 13 points to help them beat Charlestown, who had Colin McIntyre and Orison Amsterdam in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively in the third place game.
Charlestown got consolation from their female team after they won their version of the competition. The female competition involved three teams, including New Campbellville Secondary in a round robin playoff.
A few players were rewarded for their individual performances throughout the two week championship. Mohandatt got the Most Assist award; Braithwaite received the Most Rebounds prize while Thomas copped Most Steals.
Kennyann Bacchus got the nod for Most Improved Player while Marian Academy was a recipient of the Most Disciplined Team award. Cowen Gittens was the Best Rebounder in the knockout phase of the competition.
Ruel Ritch received the Most Steals prize for the knockout competition while the Most Valuable Player of the Final prize was given to Jordan, who had 16 rebounds to support his 19 points in a doubledouble performance.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony told the gathering that the event equals regional school tournaments.
Anthony believes that the level of the contest augurs well for the future of the sport in schools.
This is to show the participation we have in the schools system. This equals anything we have in the Caribbean and I think that if you go and play in the Caribbean, you can very well hold your own, Anthony encouraged.
The minister said that consistent competitions are the best way to help players develop in the schools system. We will be having a lot of school activities. We will be assisting schools with programmes and coaches, he said.
Anthony took the opportunity to congratulate the winning team and urged the Presidents College to come back with a vengeance next year. He said that the potential that was on display has set a good example for the future.
Speaking to Kaieteur Sport, Director of Sport Neil Kumar said that he was impressed with the competition. I would like to see competition run with the Inter Guiana Games regulations, Kumar added.
He chastised GTI for not thoroughly following the rules of the competition as it relates to the age limit of participation. Kumar said that the next tournament will have strict age guidelines that will have to be implemented.
I am going to put an age limit to this tournament. In addition, players must have decent attendance in school. While GTI won, I would urge them to remember that it is a secondary school tournament, he said.
Kumar believes that Presidents College was at a disadvantage owing to the fact that they played a more experienced and older GTI team. He said that the age limit will be adjusted to around a 16 or 17yearold cut off limit.


McPherson urges referees to be cognisant of fitness says Pieters failed fitness at FIBA recertification - by Paul Haynes
The clarion call for local basketball referees to start paying more attention to their fitness was issued last Friday at the Water Chris Hotel where Godwin McPherson gave a lucid expos on that aspect of the sport.
McPherson, who is the President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation, said that the undermining of the physical aspect of refereeing resulted in the recent failure of the internationally accredited, Howard Pieters.
It was disclosed that Pieters, who is an International Basketball Federation (in English) FIBA accredited referee, flunked the physical aspect of the mandatory recertification process in Canada recently.
A lot of people fail the physical so when you writing, tell those that want to be referees that they must start getting fit now, get up in the mornings and run or jog and go to the gym, McPherson told the media.
To pass the exam you have to be physically fit, know rules and be able to demonstrate the rules; Pieters, who had no problem with his knowledge of the game, failed the physical, the local basketball Head informed.
The issue of refereeing was raised on two accounts. The first is that Guyana has bided to host the Caribbean Basketball Championships and the second was that the Next Level basketball contest gets underway this weekend.
The failure of Pieters leaves Guyana with only one FIBA accredited referee in Lindens Sherwin Henry. McPherson indicated that efforts will be made to send more referees to be accredited providing they are physically fit.
We have sent a number of people on programmes that were not successful and in my mind, having not been successful, one should have come back here and work hard to be successful the next time around, he said.
The local basketball boss acknowledged that there is a problem with referees in Guyana but clearly stated that the issues stem from the fitness problem. He urged referees to be cognisant of their physical component.
Everyone knows that there is a problem with refereeing in Guyana, McPherson noted. The most recent problem left a referees bus without tires after an irate patron punctured all four wheels after a grudge game.
That patron felt that the referee was not fair to Ravens when the team came up against foe Courts Pacesetters at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. McPherson believes that referees could quell such occurrences with a more serious approach.


GTI mercilessly crush Presidents College 85- 53 - by Paul Haynes
NSC/ Ministry of Sport Mashramani B/ Ball tournament
The Government Technical Institute ( GTI) took advantage of school basketballs wonder babe Presidents College 85- 53 to win the National Sports Commission/ Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport Mashramani Basketball tournament on Sunday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Presidents College star point guard Richard Mohandatt was nothing short of extraordinary, trying to escape the inevitable defeat by putting up a game high of 26 points, but sadly he was the only PC player to hit double figures in scoring. Mohandatt was on- fire from beyond the arch and although the GTI defence was stringent, Mohandatt scored an unprecedented six three- point bombs, in his futile heroic effort.
While Mohandatt was carrying all the weight of his teams offence on his shoul ders, the GTI was flourishing on offence with a vast reservoir of third division and former junior national candidates on their roster.
One of the most luminous stars of the GTI players was Mohandatts junior national teammate Shelroy Thomas, who basically negated Mohandatts performance with his team leading performance of 22 points.
Thomas, along with Courts Pacestters small forward Keon Hayles and Pepsi Sonics shooting guard Colwin Nurse denied nearly all of PCs entry passes, and turned those steals into countless fast- break points at the other end. However it was the sti- fling GTI zone which forced Mohandatt to unload some three pointers, which he managed to shoot with an impressive percentage. Nurse contributed 14 to his teams total while Hayles added 11.
The cornerstone of the GTI offence however, was junior national forward/ centre Kevin Jordan, who was later named the tournaments most valu able player after he finished with 19 points along with 16 key rebounds. Jordan dominated mostly on the defensive glass, grabbing all the rebounds from PC missed shots to limit second chance points.
The competitive spirit and impressive talent which was exhibited by a few players in the finals caught the eye of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, who, at the tournaments closing ceremony, expressed his elation at the amount of talent that was exhibited.
I think that it is fair to say that based on what we have seen here tonight, that we would not only be ready to take on the team in the Inter- Guiana Games but we could hold our own against the Caribbean, Anthony said.
Meanwhile, Director of Sport Neil Kumar said that he planned to put systems in place to make the tournament an annual event. Kumar also said that in the future he would like to enforce rules such as an age requirement,
and students having satisfactory grades and regular attendance as prerequisites for participation in the tournament.
A much improved St. Stanislaus squad led by the dominating post presence of Cowen Gittens and equal ly efficient Seon Braitwaite, who scored 11 and 13 points respectively, defeated Charlestown 59- 38 for third place honours. Saints superior size in the low post and more efficient ball han dlers gave them the slight edge, and the advantage paid dividends in the end.
Charlestowns leading scorers were Colin McIntyre and Orison Amsterdam who registered 12 and 10 points respectively.
Gittens was awarded the prize for most rebounds, while Mohadatt won the prize for the most assists, and Braithwaite was adjudged best rebounder in the knockout stage.
Thomas also swiped the Most Steals award and Marian Academy, who made it to the quarter final rounds was named the most disciplined team of the tournament.


Smiths 21 drives | Pacesetters to topple Nets 75-67 - by Paul Haynes
Courts Pacesetters back-up point guard Aubrey Smith, came off the bench and produced an explosive 21-point performance to give Pacesetters the edge to slay Nets 75-67 on Wednesday night during the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association first division tournament at the Burnham basketball court.
Apart from Smith, nation al shooting guard Stephon Gillis also played a significant role in the victors of fence and ended with 18 points. Royston Siland fouled out of the game late in the third quarter, but not before he combined with Clement Brushe to dominate the Nets in rebounding for the time he spent in the game.
Mortimer Williams led all scorers for Nets with 16 points, while Drumson McCaulay added 14 points in their unsuccessful effort.
Smith, who has moved from quite a few teams in Georgetown basketball, including Colts, Pepsi Sonics and Scorpions, seemed to have found a home at the Pacesetters with Wednesday evenings impressionable performance.
Pacesetters fearless starting guard Travis Burnett, who was debarred from third division basketball only last year, struggled against the Nets guards early, which catalyzed Smiths entrance into the game.
Wasting no time, Smith worked in collaboration with Burnett in the backcourt to help Pacesetters establish a 24-18 first quarter lead. After Burnett sat, Smith became more aggressive, and penetrated the lane on many occasions, which either result ed in two points coming in the fashion of a Tony Parker- like tear- drop or a whistle to send him to the charity strike (free throw line).
Gillis them joined in the scoring frenzy and helped Pacesetters take a commanding 53-38 lead at halftime.
Nets came back early in the third quarter and reduce the lead to 10, but could not break the early momentum that Pacesetters established on the offensive end early.
Speaking with Times Sport after the game, Smith said: Many people may be starters but I am a finisher.
I know that I am a role player on my team and I have no problem performing and using my experience when I am called to do so. Smith also mentioned that he was comfortable coming off the bench since it gave 20-year-old Burnett, who he added is a talented young guard, a chance to gain experience and further develop his skills.
In the third division match that evening, Maccabees suffered a fourth quarter crash and got blown out by Demerara Panthers 82-48.
Ian Klein registered a game high of 21 points, while Pernell Cummings added 12 for the Panthers. Maccabees on the other hand had no player with double figure point totals.
Despite trailing 42-46 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Maccabees were able to score only six points in the final quarter, while Panthers raced away with 34 points in the quarter. Maccabees coach Kezqweyah Yisrael said that although he made a few coaching blunders, some of his players were the ones to blame for their demise.
I made some mistakes but, at the end of the day if a team, can only score six points in ten minutes while the other team scores nearly forty, it is more than the coaches fault, He said.
He also mentioned that he would be reconsidering the roles that shooting guard Jamal Thompson and for ward Marvin Wray played in their embarrassing loss.


NLE tournament to guide selectors for CBC championship - McPherson - by Paul Haynes
With the Next Level Entertainment (NLE) tournament to bounce off next Sunday, retired Col. Godwin McPherson, president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) said that the local players will have a chance to vie for a spot on Guyanas national team for the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships.
McPherson whose federation has officially sent in a bid to host the tournament believes that the NLE tournament is perfect as a selection criteria since it will feature some of the countrys top basketball players.
Akeem Kanhai will be in action for the Amelias Ward Jets in this years NLE tournament.
Its important for the federation and the public to get a chance to see some of the best in action since if the games are played here, we would want some of our top local players on show as well. Already the federation has a list of players whom we have worked with in the past, but time has changed and some new players have emerged so we would want to have a good look at them and again, here is where this tournament comes into play, said the long standing GABF president.
With only teams from Linden and Georgetown competing in the tournament this year, McPherson said that regarding players from Berbice they are aware of the talent in that county and the players will have their full opportunity to impress the local selectors for a spot on the national team.
The Next Level tournament, McPherson said, is just the beginning of a series of events which the federation will be engaged in leading up to the CBC tournament in August.
Of course there is the tour of our good friends from Washington DC (DC Jammers) who always bring a lot of hopefuls who are no doubt capable of making the selection in Guyanas national team. Also we are talking to another promoter who wants to hold another big tournament, so lots of basketball is in planning and we want to keep the sport in the air leading up the championships, said McPherson.
Already, names such as Darcel Harris, Stephan Gillis, Royston Siland and Ryan Stephaney, all players from Georgetown, are beginning to surface as strong contenders for a place on the team while from Linden there are players such as Marvin Hartman, Jason Alonzo, Steve Neils Jr., Kevin Joseph and Dwayne Brown Sugar Roberts.
Young rising star 6 3 point guard Akeem Kanhai, who is said to be one of the best junior players in the country, is also tipped to get a call up. But Kanhai who plays for Amelias Ward Jets will have to seize the opportunity to impress the selectors in the NLE tournament that hes more than ready to make the transformation.
So far he is yet to play in a tournament of this magnitude but he is considered to be one of the dominant forces on the Jets team and in the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA).
Also recently they are lots of Guyanese who have been playing well within the Caribbean, more so in Trinidad and Tobago. Players such as Nkosi Gurrick, Kerwin Blades and Andrew Ifill are regular features in the islands basketball league.
Prior to sending in the bid to host the CBC tournament, McPherson had said that if the games were to be held in a territory which requires Guyanese players to have a US visa, then Guyana would not be participating.
However, the outcome of Guyanas bid is not known but so far reports are that Guyana is the lone contender to host both the male and female version of the championship while the British Virgin Islands has bid to host just the mens competition.


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Nahariya on strike - by Yarone Arbel
Ironi Nahariya's players went on strike today (Tue) due to the team's lack of payments. Since re-joining the top division in Israel, in the late 90's, Nahariya have been one of the best organizations in the league, with one of the top payments morality around, but lately things have changed.

According to the club one of the sponsors didn't pass on the agreed payments, creating a big hole of over 250,000 USD. in the club's budget. According to the club's chairman, Avi Sabag, if no solution will be found by the end of the week the team will have to release their top players and could reach bankruptcy.


Haifa tabs Dixon - by Yarone Arbel
Following the loss in the cup finals Maccabi Haifa Heat made a big move to better their chances in the BSL with the addition of Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR). This will be Dixon's third visit to the Israeli league after starring for Maccabi Rishon Lezion in 2004/05 when he was the top scorer of the league, and last season when he won a historical championship title with Hapoel Holon. Dixon was the one to nail a floater in the closing seconds to take down the giant Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Haifa is still waiting for Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) to recover from injury, and in the meantime hope Dixon's addition will cover for his absence. Once the duo will share minutes and spot on court Haifa is expected to feature one of the more productive back courts in the league.

Another possible addition to Haifa's back court could be Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.), who played for Armani Jeans Milano in the Euroleague and Italian league the past season.


Ashkelon and Galil trade big guys - by Yarone Arbel
A trade has been announced in the BSL when Galil/Gilboa and Ironi Ashkelon switched their big guys. Amit Tamir (210-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) has moved to the north, while Nir Cohen (202-F/C-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: San Diego)n is now a member of Ashkelon till the end of the season.

Tamir averaged so far 8.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg, while Cohen, the best newcomer of last season, was injured for most of the season and averaged only 1.8 ppg in four games.

Galil has also decided to cut Lucas Tisher who was signed on a long term contract in the summer.


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 12-2 
 2. Jerusalem 12-2 
 3. Macc.Haifa 10-4 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 8-6 
 5. Givat Shmuel 7-7 
 6. Galil Gilboa 7-7 
 7. Hapoel Holon 6-7 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 6-8 
 9. Ramat Gan 5-9 
 10. Ashkelon 4-9 
 11. Rishon LZ 4-10 
 12. Kiryat Ata 2-12 


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Louisville moves into first place tie with win over Georgetown - by Leonard Whyte
Washington, DC (02-24-2009) - The University of Louisville scored an easy 76-58 victory over Georgetown University last night to move into a first place tie with the University of Connecticut for supremacy in the prestigious Big East conference. Junior center Samardo Samuels connected on 4-of-5 shots from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line to finish with 10 points, as he won the battle of freshmen centers with Georgetown's Greg Monroe. Samuels got behind Munroe to score two of Louisville's first three baskets while Monroe, by contrast, didn't take a shot until he missed a 16-foot jumper more than five minutes into the game. Louisville (22-5, 13-2 Big East) hosts Marquette University on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted live on CBS.

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LBAL Standings
LBAL Standings
17-23 place
 1. Saldus-2 3-0 
 2. Ridzene 90 2-0 
 3. VIA Riga 1-2 
 4. Tukums 1-2 
 5. Sigulda 1-2 
 6. 3.BJSS 0-2 
1-8 place
 1. Turiba 3-0 
 2. Variants 3-0 
 3. BJSS Keizar. 2-1 
 4. LU 1-2 
 5. Salacgriva 1-2 
 6. Livu akvaparks 1-2 
 7. Lielvarde 1-2 
 8. Perkons 0-3 
9-16 place
 1. Bauska 4-0 
 2. Kursa/MRU 3-1 
 3. Dartija 2-1 
 4. Ridzene M. 1-2 
 5. Saulkrasti 1-2 
 6. Juramalas SS 1-2 
 7. Pargauja 1-3 
 8. BK VEF 1-3 


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SEVEN consecutive wins for Champville...and Antranik the biggest surprise of the Round 14 - by Maarouf Mawloud
Champville v/s Tebnine (23-feb-2009):
Champvilles consecutive victories were about to be stopped by Tebnine team during the 14th round at Dick-El-Mehdeh
Coach Ghassan Sarkis from Champville surprisingly started the match with player Carl Sakis in the startup squad leaving Rami Akiki as a winning card on the bench, adding Elie Stephan (193-F), Chris Charles (213-F/C-81, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Villanova), William Pippen (203-F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Nadim Haweh, from the other side , Tebnine coach Alen Abaz started the game with Ralph Akl (178-G-90), Ghaleb Rida , Mohammed hamdar, Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) and Brandon Kurtz (208-C-78, college: Tulsa)
Final results was 75-73 for champville (Q1 25-19;Q2 45-40;Q3 58-59;Q4 75-73);
Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81) was best scorer in his team and in the game by 24 pts, William Pippen from Champville was best scorer in his team by 20 pts, Best rebounder in the game was Brandon Kurtz from tebnin, Best assister was Chudney Gray by 6 ass and added 17 pts.

Antranik Beirut v/s Blue Stars (24-feb-2009)
From the other side, Antranik Beirut did the surprise against Blue Stars by 12 pts at AGBU centre final score 86-74. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) from Antranik Beirut did a great game with 40Pts, 8Rbs, 3 Ass, and the other foreign Mike fraiser 30Pts, 20Rbs, 3Ass and from the looser team Blue Stars, Joelle Box did a good game with 25Pts, 7Rbs and Nick Zachary and Jean AbdelNour added both 18Pts,

Tomorrow the last game in this round..it will be between Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut and Kahraba Zouk at 19.00 in Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut Court (Fouad Chehab)


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Ivan Ivanovic is MVP of Bosnian National Cup - by Eurobasket News
The reigning Bosnian champion, Bosna ASA BHT, celebrated in the final of Bosnian National Cup against Siroki Eronet 73-64. Member of Montenegrin National Team, Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), was MVP of this prestigious event. In the semifinal game he nailed 33 points. Against Siroki he also shined delivering 4 points less.


Report from the final game is courtesy of Sead Buljina (Eurobasket, Bosnian section)

Mostar, Bosnian Cup finals: Siroki Eronet - Bosna ASA BHTelecom 64:73. In the finals of the National Cup Bosna ASA BHTelecom led during the whole game and deserved to win the 2009 National Cup. Although Bosna kept the lead till the end of the final game, Siroki stayed close in a very interesting game. Bosna won the battle in the paint thanks to Ivanovic, Ovcina and Suad Sehovic who had several offensive rebounds and scored 19 points in the process. Ivan Milekovic (200-G/F-88) from Siroki played excellent defense on one of the best players of the Adriatic league, Goran Ikonic, taking him out of the game. Bosna could not count on injured Seid Hajric, its best rebounder. Still, Bosna had more rebounds than Siroki (34:31). Ivan Ivanovic (205-PF-80) was unstoppable for Siroki especially in the first half holding basically a basketball clinic by scoring 19 points in those first two quarters. Ivanovic finished with 29 points including a 3-pointer with 2 minutes to go that put Bosna 's lead by 10 points breaking Siroki's resistance. Elvir Ovcina (212-C-76) finished up with 8 pts, 9 rbs, 4 asts and 1 blk. Dusan Djordjevic dished out 8 assists creating easy opportunities for his teammates. Nikola Vucurovic scored 18 points. On the other side, Charles Thomas (203-PF-85) had 12 points and 11 rebounds showing excellent athletic ability grabbing a bunch of offensive rebounds. Unfortunatelly for Siroki, he's got work to do on finishing. Jurica Ruzic, Ivan Siriscevic and Bryan Smithson also played solid. Siroki proved to be a tough opponent. It's expected that they will bring a couple of players in order to reinforce their roster for the play offs. In any case, Bosna ASA BH Telecom has accomplished first of its goals for this season winning the 2009 Bosnian Cup trophy.


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Gold Rush gains ground in NAIA coaches poll - by Richard
Gold Rush gains ground in NAIA coaches poll February 23, 2009 NEW ORLEANS -- Dannton Jackson says it's gratifying that his Xavier (LA) men's basketball team is gaining support in the NAIA Division I coaches poll this late in the season. The Gold Rush, which received just one point in five of the previous six polls, received 29 points in balloting announced Monday and jumped near the front of the group of 'others receiving votes' -- a place Xavier has been hanging out all season.
But, Jackson cautions, it's just a snapshot in time. Two more regular-season games remain, then the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. The road to Kansas City, Mo., and the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship is still long -- and still bumpy.
'It's good to be where we are,' said Jackson, whose team is 19-9 and, thanks to a three-game winning streak, in sole possession of second place in the GCAC at 11-5. 'But we have much more we can accomplish. It starts Thursday night at The Barn against Spring Hill, and that's where all our focus must be -- on the next game.'
It'll be Senior Night on Thursday -- the Gold Rush and Badgers will tip off at 7:30 -- and guard Shaun Dumas and forward Kelechi Okoroha, who have combined for nearly 2,400 career points, will be honored in a pregame ceremony. But Jackson hopes that distraction doesn't linger, and the desire to stop a hot Spring Hill team does.
'Spring Hill has great guards, and they handled us pretty well last time,' Jackson said. 'Outside of Tougaloo, there isn't a team in the conference that's been playing better than Spring Hill has lately.'
The Badgers, although in fifth place in the GCAC and two games behind Xavier, have won seven of their past eight. They started that run with a 65-54 thumping of the Rush on Jan. 31 at Spring Hill. Guard Jeremy Price scored a season-high 29 points for the Badgers, including a career-high six 3-pointers.
'We can't use our tradition or our resum to win games,' said Jackson, who seeks a school-record fifth consecutive NAIA tournament berth and his sixth 20-win season in as many years as the Gold Rush's head coach. 'We have to focus on every possession, play intelligently and be willing to outwork opponents on defense and rebounding. It's a straightforward plan, but what separates good teams from others is the ability to consistently execute that plan.'
Defense has been a big part of Xavier's success this season. The Rush allows 61 points per game to rank fifth in NAIA Division I, and Xavier is 8-0 in conference when allowing less than 60 points.
Dumas, meanwhile, has become a much busier shooter after three seasons as a distributor to scorers such as Timothy Green, Jason Leonard, Mark Stewart and Alfred Williams. Dumas' 14.7 scoring average this season is the highest of his career, and he'll enter Thursday's game with a career-best streak of 10 straight games scoring in double figures -- and a 17.8 average during that time. Dumas also ranks second in the nation with 3.3 steals per game, and he's in position to become the third Gold Rush player in 27 seasons to lead the team in scoring, assists and steals in the same season.
'We can't ask for much more than we have out of Shaun,' Jackson said. 'There are others in our league who may have better stats, but I can't think of a better choice than Shaun for conference player of the year.'
Okoroha, who needs 16 points to reach 1,000 for his three-year career, averaged 15.8 points the past 10 games to raise his season average to a career-best 11.4.
Dumas and Okoroha are the only Xavier players with double-figure scoring averages, but they didn't bring the Rush to the brink of 20 wins by themselves. Seven of the other 10 active players are averaging from 3.3 to 8.1 points. Newcomers Landon Bussie and Cordell Hadnot have combined to average 7.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in the absence of center Dannie Woods, who's injured and out for the season. Ryan DeRousselle banked in a 25-footer at the buzzer to beat Belhaven at The Barn on Feb. 9. Five days later, Olumide Olafioye scored 21 points to share scoring honors with Dumas and Okoroha and lead a successful second-half home comeback against SUNO. Freshman Jamaan Kenner scored a career-high seven points in each of the past two games, road victories against William Carey and Mobile.
The GCAC receives two automatic berths to the NAIA tournament, and Tougaloo secured the first by beating Dillard on Saturday to clinch the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. The other automatic berth will go to the GCAC Tournament champion -- or to the runner-up if Tougaloo wins the tourney. Xavier, an 80-76 loser to LSU-Shreveport in last year's GCAC final, earned the conference's second automatic berth in 2008.
This season of NAIA Division I men's basketball has been full of plot twists. Six teams have been No. 1, and six more reached the top 25 for the first time in at least nine seasons. California Baptist, which beat Xavier 77-69 in the opening round at Kansas City in 2008, earned just one point in this week's poll after being a preseason No. 5 and climbing to the No. 1 in December.
Xavier, winner of five of its past six and 14-1 at home this season, hopes its recent momentum will keep it from twisting in the wind when the 32-team field for the national tournament is announced March 11.
Xavier will close the regular season Saturday with a 7 p.m. game against GCAC, city and HBCU rival Dillard in the Bleu Devil Classic at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena. Xavier has won seven straight and 10 of 11 against the Dillard.
The Rush has a clinched a first-round bye and a home quarterfinal game in the GCAC Tournament. That game will tip off at 7 p.m. March 5 against a still-to-be-determined opponent.
'We just have to keep winning,' Jackson said. 'Keep finding ways to win. We have to handle this one game at a time. We control our destiny.'
Courtesy of Xavier (LA)


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Last games - Devin Harris lifts Nets to win, Robinson scores 41 for NY Knicks - by Eurobasket News
76ers - Nets 96-98
Devin Harris' (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) miracle half-court shot gives Nets victory in the last night's game vs Philadelphia 76ers. Harris finished it with impressive 39 points and 8 assists. Keyon Dooling added 16 pts. Andre Iguodala collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the loosing side. Nets 25-32, 76ers 27-28.

Pacers - Knicks 119-123
Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) demonstrated magnificent performance for his Ney York Knicks last night draining 41 points and pulling down 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Al Harrington scored 27 and David Lee helped with 20 points, plus 13 boards. Visitors got 33 points from Jarrett Jack and 28 from Marquis Daniels. Knicks 24-32, Pacers 24-35.

Celtics - Nuggets 114-76
The Celtics blasted Denver Nuggets on the road 114-76 mostly owing to Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Paul Pierce, which combined 48 points and 12 rebounds. Leon Powe helped with 16 pts. The team of George Karl got 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists from JR Smith. Celtics 46-12, Nuggets 37-20.

Hawks - Jazz 89-108
Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) nailed 19, Paul Millsap had 16 pts and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Korver also helped the winners with 16 points, but including 6 rebs. Joe Johnson led the scorers in defeat with 15 points. Jazz 34-23, Hawks 32-24.

Hornets - Kings 112-105
Another loss for the Kings, who now fell on poor 12-46. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and David West shined for the Hornets combining 51 points, 15 rebounds and 18 assists. The hosts got 32 points and 14 rebounds from Spencer Hawes. Hornets jumped to 33-22.

Warriors - Clippers 105-118
The LA Clippers were to strong for the Golden State Warriors 118-105 moving up to 14-43 record. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Eric Gordon had 54 points and 18 rebounds together. Baron Davis was so close tor triple-double collecting 25 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Jackson had 28 points in defeat.


Tracy McGrady to undergo surgery, our for the rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
According to reports, Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) will undergo micro-fracture surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the season. If the Rockets don't make a move before the trade deadline, their season of potential promise will go to waste.

Reports earlier today claimed that the Rockets and the Nets had been discussing a trade earlier involving Vince Carter. With T-Mac out for the season, the Rockets need Carter if they want to salvage their season.

Although a deal reported earlier involved Mcgrady, reports are now saying that New Jersey is also discussing a Carter and Josh Boone for Ron Artest, Shane Battier, Luther Head and Carl Landry deal.

This very well could be the start of the end for T-Mac with the Rockets. T-Mac's career has always been injury plagued, but now people are starting to get fed up with him.

Earlier this year, Yao Ming showed his frustration with T-Mac's durability and I wouldn't be surprised to see McGrady gone next year. His $20 million plus contract will expire after next season and he will be a valuable trading piece next season.

T-Mac's career is looking grim right now. Injuries are starting to take a toll on him and it's looking likely that this career will always be filled with 'what if'?'

Courtesy of http://www.faniq.com


Bobcats creeping toward limiting financial options - by Eurobasket News
Jordan says he won't exceed luxury-tax threshold

The last thing I'd do is dissuade the Charlotte Bobcats from spending what it takes to build a consistent playoff team.

Rather, the question I'd pose is how they're spending that money, because the margin for error is narrowing.

I received some new salary numbers that reflect both the Bobcats' payroll commitment and what the NBA projects to be a shrinking salary cap and luxury-tax threshold over the next two seasons.

The league has warned teams that the cap likely will drop each of the next two seasons. The Bobcats already are committed to about $57.7million in salaries for next season, about $400,000 more than the projected cap number.

Being above the cap is no crisis, it's the norm. It's a much bigger deal to exceed the luxury-tax threshold, projected to be $69.4million next season.

Spending above the tax limit has severe financial consequences, and managing partner Michael Jordan said he wouldn't consider it unless the Bobcats were on the verge of a championship.

While the Bobcats are well below that tax threshold for now, that $57.7million payroll has to grow. It doesn't include the $5.5million qualifying offer the Bobcats must make, to restrict Raymond Felton's free agency this summer. And it doesn't include what the Bobcats would pay a top-16 pick (Nos.17 and beyond, and that pick will head to Denver as compensation for the pick that became Alexis Ajinca).

So figure that $57.7million is really $64million-plus already and then you're limiting your options on how to grow.

What to do? It's no secret the Bobcats would love to unload the remaining $13million-plus on center Nazr Mohammed's (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky) contract. He hasn't played in four games, and it's obvious coach Larry Brown is committed to Gana Diop behind Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut).

Moving Mohammed won't be easy; moving him without taking back a similar contract will be really tough. The past two trades, acquiring Diop and Vladimir Radmanovic, both add to their long-term salary obligations.

There are some smaller things the Bobcats can do: Not making Sean May (6'8''-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) a qualifying offer (making him an unrestricted free agent) would avoid guaranteeing him $3.68 million next season. And cutting Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85, college: Virginia) before September would save nearly $500,000 against the cap.

Courtesy of http://www.charlotteobserver.com


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Top 25 - Men

NCAA D1 Top 25 Ranking
1. Pittsburgh
2. Connecticut
3. Oklahoma
4. N.Carolina
5. Memphis
6. Louisville
7. Duke
8. Marquette
9. Michigan St.
10. Villanova
11. Missouri
12. Clemson
13. Wake Forest
14. Arizona St.
15. Kansas
16. Purdue
17. Gonzaga
18. LSU
19. Xavier
20. Illinois
21. Washington
22. UCLA
23. Florida St.
24. Butler
25. Texas



#6 Louisville comes to DC, and shut down Georgetown 76-58. - by Rangi Gescheit
#6 Louisville (22-5, 13-2 Big East) top Georgetown (14-12, 5-10 Big East) and capture the second place at the Big East Conference. #1 In the Nation Pittsburgh and #10 Marquette (currently are half a game behind) joining the Cardinals and #2 Connecticut at the Amazing Race to the regular season championship crown.
When
Georgetown fed their biggest advantage, Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90), at the low post for the second time at the second half with 5:10 to the end of regulation he got the best out of it. Louisville fouled him and sent him to the line. Greg Monroe scored them both. 62:50 to the Cardinals. That was to little, to late.
Well, Rick Pitino made sure his players know where the ball should go first. First offense, the ball to Samardo Samuels (6'8''-F-89) (6'8''-F-89) (as freshman as GTowns Greg Monroe). The offense ended with a lay up.
At the other end of the floor Greg Monroe got the ball at the top of the key, and turn it over with a 'too predictable' pass.
Louisville is back on offense. Quick ball reversal, Samardo Samuels dunked it. Next offense, all 5 defenders of Georgetown are at the paint once the ball is at Samardo Samuels' hands. Easy pass to the shooter. 3 points it is.
So, basically Louisville made it clear that the look to the post (Jimmy Bartolotta (6'4''-G-86), MIT
Jose Guitian (6'9''-F), Lasell College
Rashawn Johnson (6'3''-G), Wesley College
Tim Madson (6'1''-G), Bethel University
Scott Morton (6'6''-F), SUNY Geneseo
John Noonan (6'5''-G), Ursinus College
Joel Patch (6'5''-F), Susquehanna University
Kent Raymond (6'3''-G), Wheaton College
Jeff Skemp (6'10''-C), UW-Plateville
Tony Thrasher (6'4''-F), Hamline University

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding mens and womens Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary motto of Service above Self by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This years class marks the 12th year the award has been presented.


Wentworth's Todd Doyle named TCCC Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Senior guard Todd Doyle (Mystic, Conn.) of the Wentworth mens basketball team became the fifth player in the programs history to take home conference player of the year honors as he was named the 2009 The Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection. Also picking up hardware for the Leopards were senior backcourt mate Brad Bryant (Livermore, Maine) and junior forward Matt Abbott (Falmouth, Mass.), who were named TCCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Second Team All-TCCC honors, respectively, while on the womens side, sophomore forward Kirsten Vallone (Avon, NY.) was an Honorable Mention All-TCCC selection and the Leopard womens basketball team was one of two recipients of the conferences team sportsmanship award. The honors were announced this evening by TCCC Commissioner Gregg M. Kaye, after a vote of the leagues head coaches.

Doyle completed conference play as the lone student-athlete in the conference male or female to average over 20 points per game, as he averaged 20.8 points in 13 league games. Overall he is averaging 19.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game while shooting .497 from the floor and .430 from beyond the three-point arc. Additionally, he has connected on 93.2 percent of his free throws which ranks him among the top five in all of Division III and has hit 28 straight from the charity stripe. He has scored 20 or more points in 15 games, including a career-high 30 in an 87-79 win at New England College this past Saturday, a win that clinched a playoff spot for Wentworth. Twice this season he was named the conferences player of the week and he scored his 1,000th point in a 77-74 loss to Lesley on Nov. 16.

With his player of the year honor, it marks the fourth consecutive season he has been recognized by the conference. He was the 2006 TCCC Rookie of the Year, a second team all-conference selection as a sophomore, and an Honorable Mention All-TCCC honoree last season. In 99 career games (78 starts) Doyle is averaging 14.9 points per game (1,472 career points) to go along with averaging 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per contest. He is a career .479 shooter from the floor, .416 from three-point land, and .828 from the free throw line. By earning player of the year honors, he joins two-time winners Ludger Bain (1996, 1997) and Sterling Marshall (1999, 2000), as well as Jeff Bell (1985) and former teammate Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (2007) as the only Wentworth mens basketball players to receive this award.

A two-year starter and captain, Bryant has excelled both on and off the court. One of the most solid defenders in the league who often takes care of the little things that dont show up in the box score, Bryant has started 22 of the 24 games he has played in this season and is averaging 3.3 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game, and had connected on 16 of 18 free throws. An Engineering Technology major, he has played in 94 career games (48 starts), averaging 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game and has a career assist to turnover ratio of 1.37. Off the court he has been a Deans List student every semester of his career, has twice been named to TCCC All-Academic Team, is a member of Wentworths Student-Athlete Advisory Council, was named to the Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2007, and is a member of Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society, a National Honor Society for Engineering Technologies.

Abbott has started all 25 of the Leopards games and enters tomorrow nights TCCC Tournament game at Colby-Sawyer with a 13.7 point and 9.4 rebound per game average, while shooting .569 from the floor and averaging just under one blocked shot per game. He has posted 11 double-doubles and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds in a 79-67 win over Newbury on Jan. 8 and matched that feat in a 70-64 win over Salve Regina three weeks later on Jan. 29. After transferring from the University of New Hampshire, Abbott is averaging 10.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting .539 from the floor in 50 games in a Leopard uniform.

Starting 20 of the 21 games she appeared in, Vallone was a solid presence in the Leopard frontcourt, averaging a double-double (15.1 points, 11.1 rebounds) in addition to 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game. In nine of Wentworths games she would record a double-double, including hauling down 20 rebounds in a 72-57 loss at Suffolk on Nov. 22 and equaling that mark in a 57-38 win over Gordon on Jan. 10. She was the teams leading scorer in 14 of the 21 games she appeared in and was the leading rebounder in 18 contests. Over the course of her two seasons, she has played in 46 games, while starting 41. During this time she has averaged 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in addition to averaging 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game.

Battling through injuries and a short bench for the entire season, the Wentworth womens basketball team finished the season with a 5-20 record (3-10 TCCC). However, the Leopards efforts did not go unnoticed by the coaches in the conference as Wentworth was honored (along with Gordon College) with the 2009 TCCC Team Sportsmanship Award. Despite finishing the season with just six healthy players, the Leopards remained competitive and found themselves in many close games against teams that made the tournament. With only one senior graduating, the experience gained this season should help the squad be in contention for a playoff spot next season.

Courtesy of the Wentworth


HCAC Tournament set to begin Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
The 2008-09 HCAC men's basketball regular season has come to a close and the action shifts to tournament play this weekend. The winner of the six-team HCAC Tournament will earn the conferences automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III mens basketball tournament.

Transylvania University (19-5, 13-3 HCAC) locked up the conferences top seed and a share of the conference title on the final day of the regular season. Transy defeated Anderson and received help from Defiance, as the Jackets knocked off Franklin, handing the top seed to the Pioneers. TU will look for their third HCAC tournament title this weekend. Transy and Franklin each posted a 7-3 record against the HCAC tournament field, while Defiance sported a 6-4 mark. Bluffton earned four wins against the qualifiers, while Anderson and Hanover each prevailed with a 3-7 record against their fellow competition.

Transylvania won the schools first HCAC mens basketball championship since the 2005-2006 season and is their third title overall. The top seed Pioneers have won eleven of their last twelve games down the stretch, including three straight to close the regular season. Transy will take on the winner of Anderson and Bluffton Friday night in the HCAC semifinals. Transy earned a season sweep of Anderson and split with the Beavers this season.

Bluffton (15-10, 9-7 HCAC) has been playing quality basketball heading into the conference tournament. The No. 4 seed Beavers have posted victories in three of their last four games and will look to move into the semifinals with a win at home over No. 5 Anderson Tuesday night. The Beavers and Ravens split their season series with each receiving a win in overtime. Anderson (14-11, 7-9 HCAC) will look to get back on track after losing six straight to close the regular season. Bluffton and Anderson will tip at 7:30 PM Tuesday night at Bluffton University.

Franklin (16-9, 13-3 HCAC) shared the conference title with Transy and earned the No. 2 seed after losing the tiebreaker with the Pioneers. The Grizzlies won eight straight contests before falling to Defiance Saturday. FC will face the winner of Defiance and Hanover in the other semifinal Friday night at Transy. The Grizzlies were swept by the Yellow Jackets during the regular season and earned a sweep of rival Hanover during their two meetings.

Defiance (17-8, 12-4 HCAC) claimed the No. 3 seed and will play host to No. 6 Hanover Tuesday night. The Jackets swept the Panthers (9-15, 6-10 HCAC) during the regular season and will look for their third win against Hanover to move into the conference semis at Transy. Defiance has won four of their last five games heading into tournament play, while Hanover has won five of six. DC and HC will tip-off at 7:30 PM Tuesday night.

The HCAC tournament championship game will take place at 7:30 PM Saturday evening from Transylvania University.

Courtesy of HCAC


Joe Asberry speaks out: An insight into becoming and being a professional basketball player in Europe - by Moritz Korff
If Joe Asberry speaks about basketball in Europe and Germany, he knows what he is talking about. He went through all the ups and downs of a professional career in overseas basketball, played for several teams in Europe and especially in Germany for many years. After finishing his career as pro player, Asberry stayed overhere and has made himself a name in all of Germany as a social worker who teaches kids basketball and life skills.
Eurobasket had a conversation with him about becoming and being a professional athlete in Europe.

Many players dream about continuing their basketball careers overseas after graduating from college. But is it really a dream life that you are living as a professional basketball player in Germany?
Everybody is different but when I was a little boy all I ever wanted to do was be a professional basketball player, to get paid to do the sport I love, to get paid for YOUR hobby! I tryed the NBA but wasnt good enough, had to settle for the SF Pro Am, but I never gave up and I was lucky enough to do professional basketball here in Germany, Finland, and Little Luxembourg.

Which are the most important things that you have to adjust to when you are playing your first season in Germany? On and off the court?
I think the first major adjustment you would make is the gyms. If you played at a big D1 and your first job is in the 3rd division, Im sure youll be quite upset when you look at the floor. The 1st division gyms are nice, but all of the other gyms I have been to need work, my high school gym is better then the one the UBC Tigers play in now, but the crowd there is great. I see alot of Americans getting traveling calls too, that was a big problem I never got over. Off the court you will find you have alot more free time, youre not in college any more so if guys are smart they will use that free time to continue to work on their game and hit the weight room.

You know lots of Americans playing in Germany and in Europe. From your experience: When players come to play in Germany for the first time, are they prepared for the new life and the different culture?
I know for a fact that players are not ready for the culture shock and to be so far away from home. Mom isn't cooking any more, or Dad telling you what to look out for, or in my case the big brother telling you to constantly stay out of trouble,so you have decisions to make on your own, it's time to MAN UP! Im working on workshops now with a friend of mine I played with in Juco (Mark Robinson,he played for Bobby Knight at Indiana,and was the leading scorer in England for many years back in the days). In the workshops I want to warn Americans about these type of things so theyre prepared to have a succesful career here in Europe and have fun at the same time sight seeing. Players can check out www.onfocus.org if they're interested!

Which are the mistakes that players would do most frequently in their first year in Germany?
That's a easy one Moritz, THE CLUB! Alot of players start to go out and party too much which can lead to you not playing your best because your body is not getting the rest it needs and deserves to perform at a professional level. Im speaking from my own personal experience, at one time I could have easily played here in the 1st division but never did because of my reputation as a party animal. I averaged 30 a game in the 1st and 2nd regional but managers didn't care. Im not saying don't have fun, Im saying the night before the biggest game of the year for your club you should be at home either watching hoops or playing it on your ps3! LOL!

If you look back at the time when you first came to Germany. How did you experience your first weeks in the new country? And did you get any help from anybody or did you have to deal with the new situation on your own?
When I look back I have one man to thank, Marzel Price. He was playing in the 1st division in Giessen and I was recovering from a injury I recieved in the SF Pro Am, so he helped me alot. I practiced with their team until I got my first job which was in the 4th Division in Krofdorf Glieburg. He showed me the ropes and looked out, since then I've been on CNN world sport because of what I do here with my streetball program and kids! Im not tooting my own horn, only letting the Americans here know that you can start off in a lower league and it can lead to something REAL BIG! After that I had many problems I had to deal with on my own like coachs I didnt like or horrible agents but I had to MAN UP and solve those problems alone!

There are many American players in Germany, but only very few speak German or even try to learn German. Do you think learning the language would help them to overcome the day-to-day problems in a foreign country?
I think that every American that plays here should make an attempt to speak German. The kids I do streetball with taught me how to speak German but I think you should take a course for sure, if youre not playing well, youre going to want to understand your Manager or Coach if he is speaking German and telling you I hate to say it but Im thinking about FIRING YOU!LOL!

What do you have to do in generally to overcome the cultural shock?
I believe to overcome the cultural shock you have to take walks during the day and mingle with the people. Get to know your neighbors near the apartment the club gives you, the best way is to hang out as much as you can with your German team mates. You kill two birds with one stone, you bond as homeys and team mates and that will lead to more wins! Im real cool with the Goch twins (Coach and Manager of the UBC Tigers), it all started when we were team mates in the Regionalliga in Braunschweig!

Basketball is not that big in Germany as it is in the USA. How do you have to deal with the fact that you will play in smaller gyms and in a less professional environment?
The best way is to have self motivation, if you believe in your heart that youre TOO GOOD to be playing here in a lower league, or feel like you should be in the L, then while youre here, prove it! I remember playing in a lower league game with 7 stitches in my left eye, but I kept going hard because I wanted to play at another level, I never did reach my goal but my program with the kids is on fire right now so it worked out for me just fine. Players should be professional at all times and coachable and work to improve your game daily, then later on you can play in that big arena in Russia in the Euroleague or where ever you think you should be playing! But action speaks much louder then words!

What would your advice be for a player who comes straight out of college and who wants to play in Germany. How do you make it to Germany the best way? Do you need an agent in any case?
My advice to a guy who is coming out of college and wants to play in Germany would be sit down and talk to loved ones about what they think about you playing here, then take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself how much you love ball? Ive played in China, Germany, Finland and would play on the moon if I could beat kids in horse, but I love ball! LOL! If you really LOVE basketball I believe you can play any where! Its good to work with a agent for sure but sit down with your college coach and let him lead you too a agent who will work for you!

How do you distinguish a good agent from a bad agent?
In my opinion a good agent is the guy who will find you a job and the bad agent is the one you keep calling and he or she keeps telling you they will have something for you later and two weeks later they still got nothing for you!

There are lots of examples of players from smaller colleges (like NCAA Division 3 or NAIA schools) who have been succesful in pro basketball. However many underclassmen have a hard time to get noticed by European teams. What can they do to increase their chances?
The best way is to check Eurobasket.com and find out about the pro try out camps here in Europe and play in as many as possible so they can showcase their skills! The summer league in Los Angelas is also a good one, Im a bay area guy, so I would say play in the SF PRO AM! Great players play in that and you never know whos watching!

Players in the higher German league (like BBL and Pro A) are part of professional organizations. But players from the USA get signed by teams from lower leagues (Regionalliga, 2. Regionalliga, Oberliga) as well, where your teammates will have a life outside of basketball and very often have a regular job to do. If you are getting picked by such a club, how do you have to handle this situation?
I would tell any guy playing in a lower league to do what I did, LOOK DOWN RANGE! Give 110% every time out, because even though you feel like youre in a horrible situation, so many guys are great basketball players who will never have the chance to play professional basketball. So just keep pushing BALL UNTIL YOU FALL! You never know, you might just move your team up, that should be your number one goal. Move the team up to a higher league!


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The Breakers to face Melbourne Tigers in the NBL semis - by Eurobasket News
The Breakers made it look easy as they defeated the Adelaide 36ers 131:101 in the NBL quarterfinal. The teams clashed at the North Shore Events Centre and the Breakers raced to the win to pave the way into the semifinal stage. The Breakers will now take on the Melbourne Tigers in the best-of-three series starting on Wednesday.
The New Zealand team was quick out of the blocks as they fired to an 11:4 lead. Soon the hosts stretched the margin to 12 points before the 36ers showed some signs of life. Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) knocked down 10 points and Adelaide finished the opening stanza trailing by 11 points 22:33. The visitors found the rhythm in the second frame as they penetrated under the rim and adjusted their three-point shooting. The 36ers cut the margin to just 4 points 46:50 at halftime. The start of the second half turned out in a heated three-point bombardment from both teams. Tony Ronaldson and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) knocked down treys for the hosts, while Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama), Maher and Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) responded for Adelaide. The teams exchanged the baskets before Phill Jones capped the third stanza with a mad half-court buzzer-beating triple that sealed the outcome at 86:73 for the Breakers. The Breakers quickly ran away to a 22-point distance at the start of the fourth quarter. CJ Bruton was on fire in the final period hitting as many as five trebles and lifting the hosts to an outstanding win. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) notched 31 points to lead the charge. CJ Bruton contributed 26 points, while Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) and Rick Rickert (211-F-83, college: Minnesota) provided 14 points each in the win. Brad Hill responded with 32 points for Adelaide. Rod Grizzard and Adam Ballinger finished with 22 points apiece in the losing case.


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Randy Gill Named PBL Player of the Week - by Chris Terrell
Detroit Panthers guard 'White Chocolate' Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.) was named PBL Player of the Week on Tuesday. Gill received Player of the Week honors as he averaged 27.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2.0 spg while shooting 48.5% from the field in two games this week. Gill was an All-Star for the Maryland Nighthawks in the ABA in 2005 and 2006 after a stellar career at Bowie State. Gill, known for his ball handling and ability to stretch the floor with his shot, had a summer workout with the Washington Wizards last year and with the season he is having in the PBL this year, Gill is lining himself up for other possibilities with teams this summer.

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Atlas Ostrow fired best players ! - by Marek Hossa
The economic problems is also In PLK basketball. Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski decided to fired best three players : P.Okafor, A.Daniels and C.Rivera. Coach Andrzej Kowalczyk was unhappy with these players work. He said just they dont care about team and didt working well on practices. Ostrow due to small financial problems has decided, it will be best decision to solve agreement with this three playes.Ostrow's boss is really unhappy with team results.

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Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Illiabum 13-6 
 2. Sampaense 11-6 
 3. Queluz 11-6 
 4. Esgueira 10-7 
 5. Galitos FC 9-9 
 6. Sangalhos 8-11 
 7. Angra 7-13 
 8. Barcelos 7-13 
 9. Electrico FC 6-12 
 10. Maia 6-12 
 11. Seixal 5-14 
 12. Atletico 2-16 


Ovarense much better than Porto - by Portugal Eurobasket
Bad days are still lived in FC Porto as the team was beaten 59-80 by Ovarense at home. Coach Julio Matos was booed in the end of the game and the team falled again into 8th place the last that guarantees a position in play-off. Without Augusto Sobrinho, injured for the remaining season, FC Porto finished 1st quarter winning 21-18 but the Ovarense showed their credits havind a 13-0 run in teh 2nd quarter and a 11-2 in the 3rd to finish 40-65. The game was over by that time as the 3 american players sat on the bench till the end of the game. In other games, Ginasio lost in a thrilling overtime to Academica in Coimbra, losing the chance to match FC Porto's record in 8th place. Also Vitoria made a big game against CAB Madeira who are now just one win in front of Ovarense in the 2nd place as the 1st remains to Benfica with 22 wins in a row.

FC Porto-Ovarense, 59-80
Academica-Ginasio, 81-79 (OT)
Vitoria-CAB Madeira, 82-73
Fisica-Vagos, 64-73
Barreirense-Benfica, 75-92


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Petricevic to leave Timisoara? - by Vasile Racovitan
ELBA Timisoara coach Dragan Petricevic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) admitted that he is preparead to leave the team, although they are second in the Romanian League.
'I have had tempting offers in the past, but I did not leave. Now, I am thinking about it. I cannot say which are the reasons, because I do not want the club to suffer', Petricevic said after his team beat Energia Rovinari 105-99 in Round 22 of the Romanian League. He added that he will not leave the team before wednesday's Cup tie against Energia Rovinari.
'He did not tell us anything about that', was the reaction of Rade Dzambic, one of the best players of ELBA.
The Romanian media suggests that Petricevic is unhappy with the fact that the management of ELBA decided to part ways with Miljan Ivanovici and Silviu Lupusavei, without talking to him before.


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Crvena Zvezda waits Hemofarm STADA today in EuroCup - by Dragan Jankovski
Two Serbian representatives in EuroCup Last 16 will meet today in Belgrade's hall Pionir. The team from Vrsac is currently in better situation as it has 2 wins and 1 defeat (same as Pamesa Valencia). In the last meeting, Hemofarm outplayed Zvezda 88-73. It is the second victory for the orange team this season as in Adriatic league they also celebrated 84-65. Bad thing for Zvezda's players is that they suffered defeat in the Final of Radivoj Korac Cup on Saturday and they will have to forget it as soon as possible. However, according to Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) and captain Tadija Dragicevic (192-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), Zvezda is motivated and next game is maybe the most important one of the season.

'As soon as the final game of Radivoj Kroac Cup ended we forgot it and we focused on the next one against Hemofarm. It is probably the most important game for us so far. I expect huge support of our fans and we are going to win today. We will give out best in order to reach Turin', said Kovac.

Captain Tadija Dragicevic, who was one of the best players of Crvena Zvezda on Radivoj Korac Cup said: 'It will be our fourth game in just six days, but that is not an aliby. We know that Hemfoarm is the team who posseses huge quality and I expect a big struggle today. We are highly motivated as they outplayed us twice this season.

In the other game of Group K Pamesa will host Azovmash.


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Hafnar officially joins Hopsi, Gorica target Kastratovic - by Zeljko Zule

Former NT member Gregor Hafnar (195-G-77, agency: VTBM/SRBM) ex Varese is back from a foot injury that sidelined him for almost one year. He today officially joined Hopsi Polzela for the reminder of the season.
CPG Nova Gorica interesting in Montengrin Darko Kastratovic (189-G-88) of Hercegovac Bileca.

Matjaz Miklus (199-F-89) of MFC.2 Branik will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. He averaging 16,6 minutes, 5,0 points (2P 21-35, 3P 7-19, FT 12-20), 3,7 rebounds, 0,5 assists, 0,5 steals and 0,1 blocks in 15 games of B-1 League.



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Knites hang on to beat thunders - by Bill Park

The Anyang KT&G Kites are playing their best basketball of the season and they believes they know why : Warner Calvin (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville).
Warner Calvin provided Anyang KT&G Kites with a big boost inside and he recorded 18 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists while helping lead the Knites to a 93-85 win over Seoul on Sunday.
Calvin has missed 19 games, here and there,because of a knee.
' It's still tight,but overall it's getting better,' he said.
Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) also dominated the game against Haynes Aaron (202-F-81, college: Boise St.),and Marquin added 22 points,13 rebounds for the Knites.
'We definitely needed to find some momentume before the 6th round ,and ' we got our guys back together and we're starting to get the chemistry back. ' said Hee-Jung Joo had 22 points 8 assists apiece for Anyang .

However, Seoul Samsung Thunders never got closer than 8 points the rest of the way.
Terrance Leather had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the thunders,but Haynes Aaron only had 10 points and 6 rebounds



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Tau Ceramica keeps Mirza Teletovic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Tau Ceramica Vitoria signed new 5-year deal with Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Bosnian player led Tau to trophy in Spanish 'Copa del Rey' and was named MVP of the entire event. In the final game against Unicaja he scored 20 points, including 6 successful attempts from behind the arc.
Mirza Teletovic played 20 games in ACB this season averaging 12.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg. In Euroleague he appeared 13 times with even better digits, 14.7 ppg and 4 rpg. During the summer Teletovic played for the Bosnian NT on EuroBasket 2009 qualifications adding 11.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 6 games. His season-high in ACB is 27 points against Bilbao on December 13. In Euroleague he had 22 points against Asseco Prokom at the end of January. Teletovic arrived to Tau in 2006 from Telindus Oostende. At his last season in Belgium he won the championship title. Before 2 years with Oostende, he was a member of Bosnian team Sloboda Dita Tuzla. In his first season with Tau, Teletovic had 4.8 ppg in ACB. In the last one (07/08) he improved to 11.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg in domestic championship. He won two times ACB Supercup and few days ago 'Copa del Rey'. Teletovic has ACB trophy in his 'pocket' from the last season.


Spanish market news - by Natxo Mendaza
Real Madrid officially announced the signing of Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama), who will replace Quinton Hosley for the remainder of the season. Winston comes from Turk Telekom after playing in Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos last season. This will be the second stage of Winston in the Spanish League, as he spent a full season in 2005/06 averaging 9.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19 minutes per game for Kalise Gran Canaria. Real Madrid also thanked Hosley for the time he played for the whites and wished him a succesful career in the future.

CAI Zaragoza officially introduced its new signing, Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona), to the media. Woods, who comes from Zalgiris Kaunas, showed a good mood and even joked with the media speaking in Spanish: 'Como estan? Me llamo Loren Woods y mi color favorito es el azul' (How are you? My name is Loren Woods and blue is my favourite colour).

LEB Silver leader Faymasa Palencia signed Juan Jose Lopez (203-F-82) for the remainder of the season. Lopez comes from LEB Gold member Illescas CM Urban after reaching an agreement to break his contract.


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Turk Telekom signed with Bajramovic - by Mustafa Bozkurt
After releasing Kennedy Winston, Turk Telekom found their new forward: Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket)... Ankara team added their roster one of the most important forward of Europe. Bosnian National Team player played in BC Kyiv in that season and he averaged 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in Ukraine Superleague. Bajramovic left the Ukraine team because of the financial reasons early in February. He also played in EuroChallenge with Kiev team and he averaged 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. If Turk Telekom can go to the final eight in Euro Cup, Bajramovic ll help his team in that tournament too.

Turkish All Star Game 2009 - by Richard
TURKS mix
5 Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances)
7 Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81, agency: Court Side)
10 Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77)
12 Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances)
13 Ender Arslan (190-G-83)
14 Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports)
21 Oguz Savas (208-C-87)
30 Tutku Acik (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances)
32 Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT))
38 Fatih Solak (213-C-80)
41 Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports)
77 Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77)
Coach: Yucel Platin


FOREIGNERS
3 Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.)
4 Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio)
5 Lester McCalebb (183-G-85)
7 Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona)
11 Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's)

13 Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt)
22 Antonio Graves (190-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh)
23 Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama)
25 Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland)
32 Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia)
52 Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul)
54 Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, agency: EM-PA, college: Michigan)
Coach: Mete Babaoglu


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Brathwaite leads Maine Augusta to YSCC title - by David Edole
There's a poll on the Web site for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The question asks visitors to pick the winner of this year's Division II men's basketball national championship.

Among the choices are Southern Maine Community College, Central Maine Community College and New Hampshire Technical Institute. All three schools are members of the Yankee Small College Conference, but the team that got the conference's automatic bid entered the tournament with a 9-19 record.

The University of Maine at Augusta concluded its improbable run Sunday, defeating NHTI on its home court 69-67 in the YSCC championship game in Concord, N.H.

The win gives UMA (12-19) a spot in the USCAA national tournament, which begins March 3 in Uniontown and McKeesport, Pa. UMaine-Augusta coach Jim Ford said it is the first time the men have won the YSCC title, and the first time they have advanced to the national tournament.

Moses Brathwaite and Deon Cheers each scored 21 points for UMA in the final. Cheers hit two key free throws in the final minute to extend UMA's lead to three.

After making a free throw, NHTI had a chance to tie in the final 24 seconds, but missed a shot and Brathwaite pulled down the last of his 17 rebounds.

Cheers was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Brathwaite was named Most Dominant Offensive Player. Previously in the tournament, the Moose upset SMCC 87-84 and CMCC 77-72.

According to Ford, there were a few explanations for UMA's excellent play in the tournament from the No. 6 seed. Herby Davis and L.T. Williams joined the Moose for the second half of the season, and combined for 22 points on Sunday.

'We were building a chemistry,' Ford said. 'That was very, very important to us in the second half.'

Additionally, Brathwaite was available for the tournament after missing 10 of UMA's 28 games in the regular season because of his commitments as an instructor with the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

With all those scoring options in place, UMA has now won six times in its last seven games after sporting a 6-18 record at one point.

'We've been on the verge of something big here,' Ford said Sunday, 'and it came out this weekend.'

By Matt DiFilippo -- 861-9243

mdifilippo@centralmaine.com


Aska double double/wilson with a 1,000 points - by David Edole
Ivan Aska (201-F-90) collected his second double double of the season to lead Murray State past Tennessee-Martin 74-59 on Monday night.
Tennessee Martin (19-8, 12-4 Ohio Valley Conference), which opened the game with an 8-0 lead, had a 28-27 advantage with 2:28 left in the first half. Murray State then scored 13 unanswered points to lead 40-28 at halftime, sparked by six points from Aska. The Racers (16-11, 10-6) led by 70-52 on a free throw by Aska with 1:50 left to play.
Aska had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Danero Thomas scored 15 points and Tyler Holloway added 13 for Murray State.
Tennessee-Martin was led by Lester Hudson and Benzor Simmons with 15 points each. Marquis Weddle chipped in 10 points for the Skyhawks, who shot 36.9 percent from the field (24 of 65), while hitting 8.3 percent from 3-point range (2-for-24).

Wilson scores 1,000 points
In a game that saw Wakefield School win its 20th game for the first time in school history and Junior Eric Wilson reach the 1,000 point plateau. Wakefield outlasted Massanutten 63-57 and advances to the Cavalier Athletic Conference championship Thursday night.
Wakefield (20-5) hung on in a game that went back and forth all night. Wakefield led 21-13 after 1st fram but Massanutten had a late push to close the gap to 32-28 at half. Massanutten opened the second half with a run to tie it and Wakefield led 42-38 after three.
Wilson went into the game with 989 points and finished with 18.


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BBL Team of the Week - Week 22 - by Andy Webb
Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) was the star man as BBL Team of the Week 22 was announced.

The Scottish Rocks point guard poured in 30 points and dished out ten assists to help his team win 75-74 against Airwaves Plymouth Raiders on Friday evening. Yanders was deadly from inside the arc and drained five of his eight three-point attempts. Playing all 40 minutes, Yanders also pulled down seven rebounds to narrowly miss out on a triple-double.

Yanders is joined in the back-court by shooting guard Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) whose 26 points against Everton Tigers helped Newcastle Eagles reach the BBL Trophy final with an 88-77. Moore was perfect from the foul line, dished out seven assists and pulled down five rebounds as he also played for all 40 minutes.

Tony Windless (196-F-70, college: Sam Houston St.) rolled back the years to help Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders defeat Worcester Wolves 99-87. Windless led the scoring chats this week with 35 points and added three steals to draw praise from his coach Rob Paternostro: It was always going to be tough because we were without Flinder Boyd and LaTaryl Williams, but I called Tony Windless on Friday evening when we knew wed be without them. I asked him to build a time machine, get in it and take himself back to 1998. He said that would be no problem, and anyone who was at the game certainly witnessed a throw back display. He was excellent.

Guildford Heat captain Michael Martin (200-F-74) joins Windless in front court as he helped his team into the BBL Trophy final with a 90-85 victory against Airwaves Plymouth Raiders. The former England international finished with a 20-point and ten-rebound double-double, and added two steals and as many assists for good measure.

The team is completed by Marshall MK Lions centre Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) who had a good performance against Martin and his Guildford team-mates. Lions won 83-82 at home against Heat on Saturday evening thanks in part to Eddies 23 points, six rebounds and three steals


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2009 URBL Draft - by Mac Claire

Rd/Overall Name Team Ht/Wt Pos

1/1 Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-5/204 G
1/2
Curtis Scipio (5'11''-G) Universal City 5-6/190 G
1/3
Glenn Olds (6'11'', college: Sinclair CC) Converse 6-11/365 C
1/4
Yves Celestin San Antonio 5-7/195 G
2/5
Royal Maxwell Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-9/215 F
2/6
Reggie Paul (6'5''-G/F-71, college: Seattle Pacific) Universal City 6-6/265 F
2/7
Adrian Wilson (6'6''-F-79, college: SU-Shreveport) Converse 6-6/235 F
2/8
Ben Caldwell (6'8''-C) San Antonio 6-7/240 F
3/9
Rick James (6'2''-G-85, college: Trevecca Naz.) Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-2/200 G
3/10
Steve Faz Universal City 5-5/175 G
3/11
Shawn Jackson (6'8''-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) Converse 6-4/210 G
4/12
Derek Stallings (6'2''-G-81) San Antonio 6-4/220 G/F
4/13
Sherman Douglas (6'1''-G-66, college: Syracuse) Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-2/220 G
4/14
Kory Van Rogue Universal City 6-0/200 G
4/15
Danny Sommers (6'5''-F-85) Converse 6-4/220 F
4/16
Marques Whitte San Antonio 5-9/190 G



Standings
URBL Standings
 1. Knights 0-0 
 2. DFW 0-0 
 3. San Antonio 0-0 
 4. Univ.City-Sch. 0-0 
 5. Converse F. 0-0 
 6. Dallas 0-0 


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Varsity pummel Cavaliers...... - by Roderick Takawira
Before I even start writing about this game I need to declare my interests so that you know where the bias is coming from.

With the off-season acquisitions that Varsity Leopards men have done in getting Melvin Chitiyo 'I can fly' from Golden Spurs, Hamilton Mudawarima back home from JBC, Costa Chairman of the Boards Dinha who is off-season from rugby and Uri Maphosa back from a short stint in Gweru, I do not believe there is a team out there that can match them in terms of depth and versatility. Now they add that on Gideon Chikopa, Clement Chitura, Tafadzwa Bully Mudzimu, Xavier X-man Bwanya, Tendai Tindo Chiyangwa, my one and only favourite, that silly boy Tinashe Muchenje aka Voltron.

My worst fears were founded when I saw ultimate balance defeat ultimate skill and so convincingly.

That Voltron boy sent me a note and says 30 points if we are feeling generous otherwise 40 points.. and he was talking about the point margin. Varsity Leopards beat Kingdom Cavaliers 71-46. Tell that silly boy Voltron thats only 26 points. People we are talking about a 26 point margin against a team that came to play. Cavaliers duo of Tafi The Magician Soko and Thabani Matikiti came to play. Its just a shame the rest of the team especially the youngsters choked. But on recognising they were not playing well the Cavaliers youngsters deferred to The Magician and gave him the ball to do his thing. And did the Magician spin his web dropping 26 points on Varsity Leopards. 26 points people! No this is not 26 points against Stanchart or some team like that. This is 26 points on the most dreaded Varsity Leopards of all time. I put this Varsity team at the same level of dominance as the Kalyeish inspired team back in 96-97. Kalyeish a Kenyan player once joined the ranks of the Leopards team and caused mayhem in the then MBA now HBA. Total balance is the Leopards forte. The score between their guards and post players of the 71 points was 36-35. The guards are scoring half the points! Who do you guard when a team has so much balance?

Just to let you know why I really hate that Voltron boy. He sent me another note that said watchout Sigauke and suddenly I was very afraid!

In other games played over the weekend South Central almost brewed a shocker when they held their own to their more fancied opponents Sigauke narrowly losing 42-58. South C matched Sigauke in the first half but fatigue got the better of them and lost in the 2nd half. Sigaukes best man on show was none other than Sadrick Superman Kurambakuwa who top scored with 18 points. Sigaukes 7ft giant Simba Thimba Mhukahuru and 3 massive dunks on South C. Ephrage Ngorimba top-scored for South C with 14 points

In the battle of the minnows UZ Stars beat Gentlemens Association 74-69 to move out of the relegation zone. South Central and GA remained rooted to the bottom and maybe in the playoffs come end of season.
JBC overran an undermanned Golden Spurs 117-57 to stay top of the league. Pross beat Pistons 51-48 at Richwood. Pistons had beaten Pross twice in the league and cup but this time round Pross in the absence of Tonde Murimwa and the big boys Steve Mudawarima (-C) and Francis Muvevi did it with a solid post defence. Pistons coach Forward Mandizadza charges got it wrong as they elected to play at the more heavier slow pace of Pross. With their size in the post Pross overwhelmed Pistons. Nuggets beat Faith Wear Jammers 70-60 with Nuggets pulling away in OverTime (OT) as they were tied at 55-55 at the end of regulation time. The Raiderz-Stormers game was abandoned with Raiderz leading 28-19 due loss of electricity at Richwood.




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Cesis improve at 7-1 record in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Cesis posted two victories in a row in the Baltic League championship. First the Latvian powerhouse dealt with Kazakhstan NT 96:48. Cesis fully dominated the game as they built a 28:12 lead after the starting frame. The Latvian team never slowed down after the first intermission and piled up a 58:29 advantage at the interval. Kazakhstan NT could not recover in the second half scoring just 19 points and losing the game. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) tallied 22 points to lead Cesis. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) contributed 17 points and 5 assists, while Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) had 16 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Natalya Kuzmicheva (190-C-76) and Oxsana Bekbulatova (170-G-71) answered with 9 points apiece for Kazakhstan NT.
Cesis then took on Lemminkainen and secured a 76:67 win. The Lithuanian team enjoyed a narrow advantage after the opening term 21:20. Cesis however improved their attack in the second term and raced ahead producing a 41:36 lead at halftime. Lemminkainen regained the lead in the third stanza and then the teams drew level at 56 heading into the fourth stanza. There Cesis used a stifling defense to limit their opponents to just 11 points and posting the 7th victory in the season. Kristen Mann notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead Cesis. Tamera Young and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points for Lemminkainen in defeat.


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  ESTONIA - Women  


BC Star and Tallinna Living win in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Tallinna Living claimed a narrow 96:94 victory over Kazakhstan NT at the weekend. Tallinna Living got a quick start as they outscored their opponents 29:17 in the opening frame. But Kazakhstan soon adjusted the offense and shot down the hosts 36:28 in the second term. The things got even worse for Tallinna Living in the third frame as they scored just 14 points and finished the third frame on level terms with Kazakhstan NT 71:71. A tight and fierce battle in the fourth term saw Tallinna Living eke out a narrow but still worthy victory. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead the charge. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (170-G-88) responded with 26 points and 8 assists for Kazakhstan. Natalya Arefina (189-F-81) and Zhvldyz Baidussenova (188-F-83) had 18 points apiece in defeat.
Tallinna Living added one more victory after Spartak Saint Petersburg were no-show for the game in Tallinn.
In the meantime BC Star also outlasted Kazakhstan in Estonia. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) came up with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals to lead BC Star. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) and Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) added 13 points each for the winning side. Zhvldyz Baidussenova had 17 points for Kazakhstan in defeat. BC Star piled up an 8-point lead after the starting period but could not get away to a safe distance in the next two frames. Moreover the visitors trimmed the gap to 5 points heading into the final quarter. But a solid performance from Davineia Payne allowed BC Star to surge to the 6th win in the season.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Recap of DBBL Round 18 - by Moritz Korff
BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel - BBV Leipzig Eagles 75:50
The Wildcats defeated Leipzig on their home floor and with the victory left the relegation zone of the DBBL. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) showed an impressive performance once again and finished the night with 21 points, 7 boards and 5 steals. She was joined in double figure-scoring by Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA) with 16 points and Anita Teilane (196-C-85) who posted 15 points and 15 rebounds. Annika Danckert (182-F-81) paced the Eagles with 14 points, Bettina Bode (193-C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services) had 13.

SV Halle Lions - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 49:51
Halle dropped to a third place in the DBBL table after falling short to Freiburg at home. It was all about defense in this low scoring-game, both teams shot only 32% from the field. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) scored 14 points for the visitors, Hope Foster (187-F/C-86, college: Bucknell) and Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Brown) added 10 apiece and had also 12 and 8 rebounds respectively. The Lions got 18 points and 11 boards from Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts).

TV Saarlouis Royals - Trinos Goettingen 82:43
As Halle lost, the Saarlouis Royals climbed to the runner-up spot by knocking off Goettingen. The hosts dominated the action from start to the end and outrebounded the Violets 56:31. While the Saarlouis players dished out 18 assists, Goettingen had only 3. Saarlouis' Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) led all scores with 20 points, Janina Wellers (180-F-88) had 12 points, Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) produced 11 points plus 12 rebounds and Romy Baer (188-F-87) had 11 points and 7 assists. Suska Berger (187-F-85) and Sarka Kucerova (180-F-82) were


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Serban moves to Szolnoki - by Kevin
Szolnoki NKK has agreed to terms with Anett Serban (185-C-85). She started the season playing for Cegledi EKK and she played 12 games for them. In 28.8 minutes a game, she averaged 11.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg while playing for Cegledi EKK. She just recently played her first game for Szolnoki and scored 10 points and recorded 4 steals in 27 minutes of playing time. Anett has played for Cegledi EKK since the 2006-2007 season and now has moved on to play for Szolnoki NKK.

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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 17th first team. - by Gil Goshen


The M.V.P is Ayana Walker with perfect game.

Laine Selwyn 21 pts, 4 ast led her team to win vs. Ashdod.

Ayana Walker 30 pts, 9 rebs, 5 ast along with Edwina Brown led her team to win vs. Tel Cabir

Edwina Brown 27 pts, 13 rebs led her team to win vs. Tel Cabir

Temeka Johnson 21 pts, 7 ast led her team to win vs. Hpoel Tel Aviv

Katia Abramzon the Israeli national player has great game with 18 points, 12 rbs together with Temeka led her team to win vs. Hpoel Tel Aviv.


D1 Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
M.Tel Kabir - Maclar.Holon 75-100
Maclaren Holon is 9-8 in the standings after 100:75 over Tel Kabir. Ayana Walker (191-F/C-79, college: Louisiana Tech) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Brown Edwina added 27 points and 13 rebounds. Reves Brooke chipped in 28 points and had 12 rebounds for the hosts.

Bnot Hash. - Hapoel T-A 102-64
Bnot Hasharon smashed Hapoel T-A 102:64 as six players scored in the double digits. Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: LSU) led all od the with 21 points, while Abramzon Ekaterina and Schumacher Kelly netted 18 each. Hoskins Brandie notched 24 points for the guests and Rogers Diamond had 20.

Ramla - Elit.Netanya 68-54
Ramla beat Elit.Netanya 68:54 in Regular Season Round 17 as Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and Sam produced 16 points for the winners. Brackett Natasha and Ransburg Tamara had the same number of points each in defeat.

Electra Ramat - M.Ashdod 92-64
Electra Ramat improved to 14-3 on top after the win over Ashdod 92:64. Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) and Troina Tatyana shined for the winners with 21 points each. Humphrey ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 15-4 
 2. Venezia 14-5 
 3. Schio 14-5 
 4. Faenza 14-5 
 5. Parma 13-6 
 6. Comense 10-9 
 7. San Giovanni 10-9 
 8. Pozzuoli 9-10 
 9. Priolo 9-10 
 10. Vomero NA 8-11 
 11. Livorno 6-13 
 12. Umbertide 6-13 
 13. Viterbo 3-16 
 14. Ribera 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.4 
 2. Dixon, Pozzuoli16.2 
 3. Smith, Comense16.0 
 4. Summerton, Lavezzin.15.6 
 5. Montagnino, Ribera15.4 
 6. Mahoney, Taranto14.9 
 7. Hodges, Umbertide14.8 
 8. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.5 
 9. Moises Pinto, Fae.14.3 
 10. Pascalau, Prio.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.3 
 2. Gaither, Livorno8.8 
 3. Godin, Taranto8.4 
 4. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.4 
 5. Bjelica, Faenza8.2 
 6. Smith, Comense7.9 
 7. Hayden-J., Umana R.7.9 
 8. Brown, Umbertide7.4 
 9. Chones, Ribera7.1 
 10. Dos Santos, Vomero.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Ribera
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Carpreaux, Ribera5.8 
 2. Penicheiro, San G.4.3 
 3. Eric, Vomero NA4.3 
 4. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.0 
 5. Moises Pinto, Fae.2.9 
 6. Moro, Familia Schio2.4 
 7. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 8. Greco, Taranto2.1 
 9. Zampella, Faenza1.9 
 10. Bello, Taran.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca ZARA
  Lavezzini PA
  (177-G-76)
  Avg: 4
 1. Zara, Lavezzini PA4.0 
 2. Gianolla, Priolo3.8 
 3. Pastore, Livorno3.5 
 4. Robinson, Vomero N.3.5 
 5. Tillis, San Giovanni3.4 
 6. Macchi, Familia Schio3.4 
 7. Chones, Ribera3.4 
 8. Screen, Lavezzin.3.4 
 9. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.4 
 10. Antibe, Familia Sch.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa HAYDEN-JOHNSON
  Umana Reyer
  (194-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.6 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. Smith, Comense1.1 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.9 
 5. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.7 
 6. Ramon, Livorno0.7 
 7. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 8. Batkovic, Taranto0.7 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 10. Bjelica, Faen.0.6 


A1 Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vomero NA - Taranto 47-56
Victory number 15 for the top ranked Cras Taranto, who this time was better than Vomero in Napoli. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) stepped up for the winners netting 20 points. Elodie Godin was behind her with double-double, 14 points and 13 boards. Marija Eric netted 15 points in defeat.

Ribera - Familia Schio 61-78
Schio jumped to 14-5, while Ribera fell to poor 2-17 after this game. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) scored 18, Raffaella Masciadri had 13, while Tay McWilliams and Kethrin Ress added 12 points each in victory. Kaayla Chones and Marjorie Carpreaux had 14 pts apiece for the hosts.

Priolo - San Giovanni 73-71
Priolo grabbed 73-71 home win against San Giovanni moving up to 9-10 record in Serie A1. On the other side, visitors dropped to 10-9. Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) led the scorers in victory with 18 points. Danielle Green had 16 and Angela Gianolla scored 15 points. San Giovanni got 19 points from Manuela Zanon.

Viterbo - Pozzuoli 55-60
The box-score will be available soon. Pozzuoli 9-10, Viterbo 3-16

Livorno - Lavezzini PA 65-57
Livorno outplayed Lavezzini registering the sixth victory this season. Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) and Katryna Gaither were the key players for the hosts netting 12 points each. Francesca Zara answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the team from Parma (13-6).

Comense - Umbertide 54-53
Comense escaped with a tiny home victory against Umbertide mostly owing to Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford), who drained 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Melissa Fazio and Gergana Slavcheva helped with 12 points apiece. As usual, Umbertide's best player was Doneeka Hodges with 16 points. Comense 10-9, Umbertide 6-13.

Faenza - Umana Reyer 57-58
Until this week-end No.1 Faenza faced with the home failure vs Umana Reyer so both teams now have 14-5 record (same Schio). Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) shined for the winners collecting 18 points and 7 rebounds. Simona Ballardini followed her with 14 pts. The hosts got 12 points from Adriana Pinto Moises, as well as from Milka Bjelica.


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


BC Star and Tallinna Living win in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Tallinna Living claimed a narrow 96:94 victory over Kazakhstan NT at the weekend. Tallinna Living got a quick start as they outscored their opponents 29:17 in the opening frame. But Kazakhstan soon adjusted the offense and shot down the hosts 36:28 in the second term. The things got even worse for Tallinna Living in the third frame as they scored just 14 points and finished the third frame on level terms with Kazakhstan NT 71:71. A tight and fierce battle in the fourth term saw Tallinna Living eke out a narrow but still worthy victory. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead the charge. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (170-G-88) responded with 26 points and 8 assists for Kazakhstan. Natalya Arefina (189-F-81) and Zhvldyz Baidussenova (188-F-83) had 18 points apiece in defeat.
Tallinna Living added one more victory after Spartak Saint Petersburg were no-show for the game in Tallinn.
In the meantime BC Star also outlasted Kazakhstan in Estonia. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) came up with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals to lead BC Star. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) and Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) added 13 points each for the winning side. Zhvldyz Baidussenova had 17 points for Kazakhstan in defeat. BC Star piled up an 8-point lead after the starting period but could not get away to a safe distance in the next two frames. Moreover the visitors trimmed the gap to 5 points heading into the final quarter. But a solid performance from Davineia Payne allowed BC Star to surge to the 6th win in the season.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Cesis improve at 7-1 record in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Cesis posted two victories in a row in the Baltic League championship. First the Latvian powerhouse dealt with Kazakhstan NT 96:48. Cesis fully dominated the game as they built a 28:12 lead after the starting frame. The Latvian team never slowed down after the first intermission and piled up a 58:29 advantage at the interval. Kazakhstan NT could not recover in the second half scoring just 19 points and losing the game. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) tallied 22 points to lead Cesis. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) contributed 17 points and 5 assists, while Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) had 16 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Natalya Kuzmicheva (190-C-76) and Oxsana Bekbulatova (170-G-71) answered with 9 points apiece for Kazakhstan NT.
Cesis then took on Lemminkainen and secured a 76:67 win. The Lithuanian team enjoyed a narrow advantage after the opening term 21:20. Cesis however improved their attack in the second term and raced ahead producing a 41:36 lead at halftime. Lemminkainen regained the lead in the third stanza and then the teams drew level at 56 heading into the fourth stanza. There Cesis used a stifling defense to limit their opponents to just 11 points and posting the 7th victory in the season. Kristen Mann notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead Cesis. Tamera Young and Elina Babkina (172-G-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points for Lemminkainen in defeat.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


No. 12 Texas A&M surprises No. 2 Oklahoma - by Eurobasket News
Takia Starks (5'8''-G-87) watched crowds rush the court after big wins by the Texas A&M men's team and dreamed it would happen at a women's game.

Starks made her dream a reality Monday night.

She hit a layup in the lane with six seconds left to lead No. 12 Texas A&M to a 57-56 win over second-ranked Oklahoma, ending the Sooners' 20-game winning streak.

It is the highest-ranked team A&M has ever beaten.

The Aggies (21-5, 9-4 Big 12) trailed by one before Starks got the ball at the top of the key and drove into the lane for the winner. She also had a long jumper with two minutes left to get Texas A&M within striking distance.

The majority of the crowd of 7,035 dashed to the court and jumped around wildly to celebrate with the Aggies as the Sooners slowly walked off hanging their heads.

'[I thought] that would be so crazy if that happened at Reed Arena to us,' Starks said. 'That's the shot I've been dreaming about and the win I've been dreaming about. That's crazy it came true.'

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair took Starks aside before the winning play and implored her to put the game away.

'I told her: 'You've got to make a shot,' because our whole team missed shots in the last five minutes that were great shots,' Blair said.

Oklahoma (24-3, 12-1) led by 14 points in the second half before Texas A&M went on a run that gave the Aggies a seven-point lead with eight minutes left. The Sooners, who had a season-high 29 turnovers, scored 10 consecutive points to take a 56-53 lead with 3 minutes remaining.

It's Oklahoma's first loss since falling at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 30.

'That was a big-time play,' Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said of Starks' shot. 'But the problem for us came way before that play. You don't give an opponent the basketball that many times and expect to win. ... You cannot give an opponent 29 extra offensive possessions.'

Texas A&M received 18 points from Tanisha Smith (6'0''-G/F-88) and Starks finished with 12. Sydney Carter (5'6''-G) added 11 points and Danielle Gant eight.

The Sooners were led by Danielle Robinson's (5'9''-G) 17 points and Courtney Paris' (6'4''-C-87) added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Aggies used a 25-4 run to erase a 14-point deficit and take a 53-46 lead with about eight minutes left. The Sooners had six consecutive turnovers at the end of that span, which left Coale standing with her hands on her hips staring at the court in disbelief.

Oklahoma didn't score for almost seven minutes during A&M's run. The Sooners finally broke the drought with a jump shot by Paris with about 7 minutes remaining.

'Hopefully we learn from this and we're better tomorrow because of this,' Paris said.

It was Oklahoma's first game without guard Whitney Hand, who had surgery on a broken left index finger and is expected to be out for four weeks.

Coale thinks Hand's absence contributed to her team's turnover problem Monday.

'When Whitney Hand gets well we'll be a lot better,' Coale said. 'She steadies them. She's good with the basketball in her hand. She's such a threat that they have to guard her differently than they do other players. I think that makes a significant difference.'

The Sooners scored nine consecutive points to open the second half and stretch their lead to 42-28.

Texas A&M took advantage of four turnovers by Oklahoma to score the next eight points and cut the lead to 42-36 with about 15 minutes left.

Oklahoma led by a dozen after seven minutes as the Aggies made just two of their first 12 shots. Texas A&M then went on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 20-18 about 6 minutes before halftime. A four-point play by Starks highlighted that run.

The Aggies tied it three times after that, but never took the lead. Oklahoma scored five points in a row to end the half and led 33-28 at halftime.

Courtesy of the CBSsports (http://www.cbssports.com)


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Olivais 16-2 
 2. CAB Madeira 16-3 
 3. AD Vagos 13-5 
 4. B.Viagem 13-5 
 5. Alges 13-5 
 6. Barreiro 6-12 
 7. Uniao Mad. 6-13 
 8. BCBarcelos 5-12 
 9. CD Povoa 5-12 
 10. Esgueira 3-15 
 11. Santarem 3-15 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. AJM Maribor 14-1 
 2. Merkur Celje 13-1 
 3. Hit Kr.Gora 12-3 
 4. Triglav 9-6 
 5. Jezica 7-8 
 6. Domzale 5-10 
 7. Odeja KED 4-11 
 8. Konjice 3-12 
 9. Rogaska 0-15 


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Higher League Standings
 1. Kozachka 14-1 
 2. Tim-Scuf 10-5 
 3. Chaika 4-11 
 4. Ol.-NAEK 2-13 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. UWIC Archers 13-1 
 2. Sheffield H. 12-1 
 3. Northumbria 10-4 
 4. Nottingham W. 9-3 
 5. Solent S. 7-6 
 6. Manchester M. 6-9 
 7. London M. 5-10 
 8. London HA 5-11 
 9. Rh.Rebels 4-7 
 10. Leeds C. 4-11 
 11. Sevenoaks S. 1-14 


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  WBCBL - Women  


Columbus Collects More Gems - by Willie McCray
Columbus, OH

Mariah Roebal formally of North Carolina State is a strong, versatile player who can play the 4 or 5 spots equally well. Offensively Mariah Roebal has good touch out to the 3point line, a quality mid range game, as well as a great post game with multiple moves using either hand. Defensively, Mariah is a powerful woman who keeps players off the block and defends the post amazingly. A great rebounder who is also agile enough to defend on the perimeter in half-court play. An asset to the Hidden Gems team.

Lucius Jones


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  WNBA - Women  


Storm signs veteran guard Shannon Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Seattle Storm head coach and director of player personnel Brian Agler announced today the signing of 5-7 guard Shannon Johnson (5'7''-G-74, college: USC). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'We are thrilled to add Shannon to the Storm's 2009 roster,' Agler said. 'As a staff, one of our biggest priorities this offseason was to secure an experienced point guard to complement Sue, and Shannon does exactly that. With the addition of Shannon, we now have tremendous experience and depth at the guard spots. She is great a competitor and I am excited about what Shannon brings to our team.'

Johnson started 32 games for the Comets during the 2008 season, averaging 7.7 points, and 5.1 assists per game. She scored a season-high 17 points twice in 2008 and a career-high 35 points against the Cleveland Rockers on June 8, 2002. Johnson ranks 18th on the WNBA's All-Time list for total points scored with 3,417 in 318 games. She also ranks 12th in assists per game, averaging 4.3 in 318 games, second in total assists with 1,372, and seventh in total steals with 467 over 10 seasons split between Orlando, Connecticut, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston.

'I'm very excited about joining the Storm this season,' said Johnson. 'I'm thrilled to be a part of a team that's had so much success and I can't wait to play in front of Seattle's great fans. Storm fans make KeyArena one of the league's most energetic places to play. Lastly, I look forward to playing for Brian again - having the chance to play with the roster of players he has put together is a great opportunity for me.'

Johnson was a key player off the bench for the Women's Senior National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team three times (1999, 2000 and 2002) and has been named a WNBA All-Star four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003).

The former University of South Carolina player was signed by the WNBA and allocated to the Orlando Miracle/Connecticut Sun on May 3, 1999. Johnson was traded, along with the Connecticut Sun's 21st and 34th overall selections in the 2004 WNBA Draft, to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for the team's fourth, 16th and 29th picks in the 2004 WNBA Draft. On March 6, 2007 Johnson signed as a free agent with the Detroit Shock and signed, again as a free agent, with the Houston Comets on March 7, 2008.

The Seattle Storm will open its 2009 WNBA schedule on Saturday, June 6 in a 1 p.m. matchup vs. the Monarchs at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. The Storm returns to Seattle on Sunday, June 7 for its first KeyArena home game at 6 p.m., also against the Monarchs. The team's June 7, 2009 home opener falls on the 10th anniversary of the city of Seattle being selected as one of four cities to receive a WNBA expansion team in 2000.

For additional information about the Storm or for information on 2009 Storm season tickets, please call 206-217-WNBA or log on to storm.wnba.com.

Courtesy of The Seattle Storm


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  ZIMBABWE - Women  


More basketball... - by Roderick Takawira
In the womens league the games went pretty much to form as JBC, Varsity Leopards, Stanbic Mavericks and Raiderz all won. JBC hammered Golden Spurs 83-30, Varsity Leopards beat Kingdom Cavaliers 61-39, Stanbic Mavericks beat plucky UZ Stars 59-41 and Raiderz toppled Stormers 91-10. The Brat Pack, Pistons and the Golden Girls, Real Returners fought a real humdinger with Pistons winning 62-57. Returners continue to surprise many and could be in the national playoffs at this rate.