EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/10/2009

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition-Touring
 1. LA Slam 5-9 
 2. Empire 5 Linx 3-4 
 3. TH T.Blazers 1-2 
 4. Tri-City Racers 0-2 
 5. Empire Rage 0-8 
Northeast Div.
 1. S.Chicago BS 14-4 
 2. Cleveland R. 12-3 
 3. W. Virginia B. 11-14 
 4. Jersey Expr. 10-8 
 5. New York I. 3-7 
 6. N.Y. Thunder 1-0 
 7. Aurora Force 1-4 
 8. W.Virginia W. 0-2 
 9. Detroit Hoops 0-6 
Northwest Div.
 1. Maywood B. 18-3 
 2. Beijing O. 14-6 
 3. LA Push 7-6 
 4. S.Francisco R. 7-7 
 5. Salt Lake S. 1-0 
 6. Washington R. 1-1 
 7. Modesto B. 1-6 
 8. Sacramento 0-1 
Southeast Div.
 1. Kentucky B. 13-2 
 2. Kansas City 7-3 
 3. Nashville B. 6-5 
 4. Knoxville T. 5-5 
 5. Atlanta V. 1-5 
 6. Bahama PS 0-4 
 7. Georgia G. 0-9 
Southwest Div.
 1. Texas M. 23-1 
 2. Las Vegas A. 8-2 
 3. South Texas 8-7 
 4. Houston T. 7-10 
 5. W.Texas W. 4-3 
 6. Mississippi B. 4-8 
 7. Arizona R. 3-5 
 8. Fury 2-3 
 9. Texas City R. 2-12 
 10. Gallup T. 0-3 


Last games results - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mustangs rolled to a 142-66 victory over the Texas City Rangers on Sunday afternoon at the Ford Arena in Beaumont, TX. The Mustangs have now won 23 straight games in a row! Rookie Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) led the Mustangs in scoring with 23 points, scoring 14 first quarter points (9 of them on long range 3 point baskets) to pace the Mustangs out of the blocks. Seven other Mustangs scored in double figures. Despite 31 points scored by Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY), the Knoxville Thunderbolts lost to the Nashville Broncs, 130-116, in Nashville. Kevin McDonald (6'7''-F/G-82, college: Kennesaw St.) performed for 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Scott Williams (6'2''-G, college: Carson-Newman) had 21 points for the Thunderbolts. The Modesto Bearcats lost their final home game, 87-129 to the Beijing Olympians. Deshawn Anderson (6'3''-G-81, college: Emporia St.) had 21 points in the loss, while team scoring leader Kevin Young (6'5''-F-83, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) had 19 points and five rebounds.

ABA introduces new magazine on line - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association introduced a second web site for the professional basketball league to complement its popular www.abalive.com web site. The new web site, www.abamagazine.com will include features like:
*Contests
*Interviews
*Polls
*Fan emails and comments
*Letters to the Editor
*Ask the CEO
*More photos
*Player stories
*Referee information
*Feature articles
According to Chuck Rowe, the editor of the new www.abamagazine.com
, 'While the regular ABA Live web site focuses more on the business/headline/news, this new web site will be designed as more of a fan online magazine type of site with more interaction. We've just started it and I'm sure there will be refinements as we move forward. But, we are thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to showcase the ABA and its teams.' 'I think www.abamagazine.com is long overdue,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. With so many teams and so many things happening in the ABA, it has been difficult to include everything on the ABA web site. We receive tons of photos and fan input - and there was no place to put it. Chuck came up with the idea of a magazine format and off we went. It should be fun and I am sure it will develop quickly in popularity. I hope so.'



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  AUSTRALIA   


Matthew Knight is 'NBL Most Improved Player' for 08/09 season - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Spirit big man Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) has been named the Most Improved Player for the 2008/09 National Basketball League season after a year when he established himself as one of the NBLs legitimate stars.

Knight won the award after receiving 50 votes in a poll of all NBL head coaches, lead assistants and captains. He took out the honour from Wollongongs Anthony Petrie in second place, who polled 30 votes, and Townsvilles Michael Cedar (29).

The 207cm forward, who is currently playing in Europe, averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season in 30 games for the Spirit. He also converted 52% of his shots from the field. That marked a significant improvement over his rookie NBL season, when he posted averages of 12.0 points per game at 47% from the field. Knight was also ranked equal seventh in the league in rebounding and 13th in scoring this season.

This was a very tough season for my team and myself, so I am very appreciative for this award, Knight said from Europe. I really have to attribute my improvements to my hardworking teammates and our phenomenal coaching staff. Each and every day they pushed me to become a better player and strive to play to the best of my ability. Without my teammates I would not have been able to have the season I had.

Knights coach at the Spirit, Rob Beveridge, said despite his modesty the young star was a deserving winner.

I am really proud and excited for Matty for being recognised as the Most Improved Player this season, said Spirit head coach Rob Beveridge. All of the hard work that he did particularly in the off-season has been rewarded by winning this award. He worked his butt off in the pre-season and even hired himself a personal trainer so he could get himself in the best physical shape for the season.

Matt would be one of the first at practice every day to work out and last to leave, added Beveridge. Even on a day off he would come in and work on improving his game. He is very focused at becoming the best player he can and was a pleasure having him in our team for the past couple of seasons. I wish him all the very best in his exciting future ahead.

A vote of all league head coaches and captains and one assistant coach per club determine the Most Improved Player award, with voters excluded from voting for members of their own team. Ballots are cast on a 3-2-1 basis.

Other previous winners of the award include CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Shane Heal and Mark Bradtke. Knight is only the second Sydney-based player ever to win the honour.

Full voting details are below.


2009 NBL Most Improved Player - Voting

Matt Knight (Sydney) 50
Anthony Petrie (Wollongong) 30
Michael Cedar (Townsville) 29
Oscar Forman (NZ) 25
Nathan Herbert (South) 15
Tommy Greer (Melbourne) 11
Brad Hill (Adelaide) 9
Ian Crosswhite (Cairns) 6
Luke Whitehead (Gold Coast) 4
Chris Goulding (Perth) 1


Most Improved Player

1988 Darren Lucas (Eastside Melbourne Saints)
1989 Mark Bradtke (Adelaide 36ers)
1990 Shane Heal (Geelong Supercats)
1991 Andrew Parkinson (South Melbourne Saints)
1992 Andrew Svaldenis (Hobart Tassie Devils)
1993 Scott Ninnis (Adelaide 36ers)
1994 Chris Blakemore (Adelaide 36ers)
1995 Tonny Jensen (Newcastle Falcons)
1996 Chris Anstey (South East Melbourne Magic)
1997 Ben Pepper (Newcastle Falcons)
1998 Ben Melmeth (Newcastle Falcons)
1999 CJ Bruton (Wollongong Hawks)
2000 Andrew Goodwin (Townsville Crocodiles)
2001 James Harvey (Perth Wildcats)
2002 Wade Helliwell (Brisbane Bullets)
2003 Matt Burston (Perth Wildcats)
2004 Geordie Cullen (Hunter Pirates)
2005 Peter Crawford (Perth Wildcats)
2006 Gary Boodnikoff (Cairns Taipans)
2007 Liam Rush (West Sydney Razorbacks)
2008 Cameron Tragardh (Wollongong Hawks)
2009 Matthew Knight (Sydney Spirit)

Courtesy of the NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  AUSTRIA   


Korner stays in Wels - by Stefan Heinrich
Head Coach Raoul Korner and the WBC Kraftwerk Wels agreed on a contract extension for at least 1 more year. President Ploier said that they are very happy about this years' team and the chemistry and he also announced that he likes the professional and continuous work of Korner.

Korner is also very happy about the contract extension as Wels has a good infrastructure and he likes to work with this team in the future as well. Korner came 2005 to Wels and it will be his 5th season as the Head Coach of the WBC. Before his time in Wels he also coached the Traiskirchen Lions, the Mattersburg 49ers and the Basket Clubs of Vienna.


A Bundesliga, second stage Rd 1: Gmunden, Arkadia and Furstenfeld on top - by Eurobasket News
Group First 6
Wels - Gmunden 79-83
Gmunden grabbed valuable 83-79 road victory against Wels joining Arkadia and Furstenfeld on top of A Bundesleague with 16-7 record. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was a key player for the winning squad nailing 25 points. Brandon Thomas and Matthew Nelson answered with 17 points each for the hosts.

Arkadia - Oberwart 107-68
Arkadia devastated No.1 from the regular season Oberwart Gunners 107-68 joining Furstenfeld and Gmunden on top with 16-7. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances), Fabricio Vay and Benedikt Danek combined 71 points for the winners. On the other side, the Gunners got 21 pts from Jae Youngblood.

Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 111-109
The Bulls outgunned Panthers 111-109 for 14-9 record. Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) came up with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Damir Zeleznik had 26, while Jeremy Fears collected 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Desmond Penigar had 27 points and 8 boards in loss.


Group Second 6

Worthersee - Gussing 85-79
Worthersee grabbed this one thanks to Tim Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) and Erik Rhinehart, which drained 24 and 20 points respectively. Rasid Mahalbasic followed them with 12 pts. On the other side, Gussing got 27 points from Dragan Miletic. Worthersee 8-15, Gussing 9-14.

Vienna - Klosterneub. 80-87
Klosterneuburg cruised past Vienna on the road jumping to 12-11 record for top of the 'Second 6 Group'. Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) was totally the best player in victory with 21 points (4 triples). Nicholas Rhodes was on fire for the hosts delivering 22 pts. He also grabbed 15 boards beside that (7 off).

UBSC Graz - St.Polten 87-74
6-17 for Graz and 9-14 for St. Polten after this game. Julian Mascoll (193-G-84) nailed 23, Bryan Grier had 22 points and 10 boards, while Mladen Soskic helped with 18 pts. David Jandl of St. Polten led all the scorers with 33 points.


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Arkadia 16-7 
 2. Furstenfeld 16-7 
 3. Gmunden 16-7 
 4. Oberwart 15-8 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-9 
 6. Wels 14-9 
 7. Klosterneub. 12-11 
 8. St.Polten 9-14 
 9. Gussing 9-14 
 10. Worthersee 8-15 
 11. UBSC Graz 6-17 
 12. Vienna 3-20 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia23.5 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.1 
 3. George, Vienna19.8 
 4. Burnette, Worth.19.7 
 5. Thomas, Wels19.3 
 6. Youngblood, Oberw.19.2 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg19.0 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten18.8 
 9. Moric, Oberwart18.7 
 10. Vay, Arkad.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.4 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.0 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart8.0 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Colwell, Gmunden7.1 
 9. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.1 
 10. Moric, Oberwa.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.7 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.1 
 8. Rowland, Furstenf.3.9 
 9. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 10. O'Neal, Vien.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.6 
 2. George, Vienna2.2 
 3. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 4. Moore, Wels2.0 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 6. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg1.8 
 9. Mascoll, UBSC G.1.7 
 10. Thomas, Gussi.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.Polten0.9 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 8. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 9. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Arkad.0.6 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 30-2 
 2. Vitalyur 26-6 
 3. Grodno-93 19-13 
 4. OZAA Osip. 19-13 
 5. Lokomotiv 12-20 
 6. Sozh Gomel 11-19 
 7. BNTU 6-26 
 8. Temp-OSHVSM 3-27 


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  BELGIUM   


Bobby Knight comes to Holland - by Peter Buyse
One of the most succesfull coaches in American college basketball history Bobby Knight is scheduled to come to Holland for a one day clinic.
The clinic takes place in Leiden on the 16th of April. Clinic starts at 12.30 and takes place in the Vijf Meihal.
Coach Knight is one of the few coaches who won both NCAA championships and a gold medal at the Olympic games.
His coaching career spans 42 years in which he won 3 NCAA titles with Indiana.
What makes the clinic even more interesting is that the organization manages to also get Ton Boot to take part.
Ton Boot won 14 Championships in his long career. He led among others Den Bosch, Den Helder, Oostende, Amsterdam and Groningen to titles.
He was voted Coach of the Year on 7 occassions.
More info on the clinic can be found on the following site
http://www.skillzz.org/


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna suffers tiny 83-86 defeat vs Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Adriatic League, Bosna ASA BHT - Cibona 83-86

The reigning Bosnian champion suffered tiny home loss against the Croatian Euroleague representative falling to 10-14 record. The same numbers also has Serbian FMP Zeleznik. There is two more rounds to be played and neither of these two teams will be able to move up as No.6 Buducnost already has 13 wins. Olimpija and Split threat from 9th and 10th place with 9-15. Cibona grabbed this one mostly owing to trio Davor Kus (192-G-78) - Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) - Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana). Kus was the top scorer in victory with 23, Anderson had 20, while Calloway delivered 18 pts and pulled down 5 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) shined in Bosna delivering 31 points. He made 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Dusan Dordevic (195-G-83) also was good collecting 17 points and 6 assists. It is important to mention that Bosna played without Goran Ikonic, Elvir Ovcina and Seid Hajric. The host demonstrated pretty good performance against the Euroleague Top 16 participant. Actually Bosna had a chance to take this one until two minutes left, when powerful Cibona finally took control on this game. Cibona had more bench players able to make a turn, which at the end was a main fact of this victory. In the next round Bosna will host Krka.

Bosna ASA BHT: Ivan Ivanovic 31, Dusan Dordevic 17+6 as
Cibona: Davor Kus 23, Alan Anderson 20+6 boards, Earl Calloway 18+5 boards


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Defeats Zhejiang Guangsha 111-96 - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 111-96 to raise its league-leading record to 41-5. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the way. Wang Shipeng and Smush Parker each scored 19. Su Wei had 12 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Jelani McCoy had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Guangsha. Rodney White scored 28, adding 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Zhang Nan had 17 points and 5 assists. Jin Lipeng scored 13. Guangsha is now in fifth place at 26-20.


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  CROATIA   


Cibona, Zagreb and Zadar celebrate in regional championship - by Eurobasket News
Cibona outsmarted Bosna on the road 86-83 mostly owing to trio Davor Kus (192-G-78) - Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) - Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana). Kus was the top scorer in victory with 23, Anderson had 20, while Calloway delivered 18 pts and pulled down 5 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic shined in Bosna delivering 31 points. The Croatians joined Crvena Zvezda on the second place with 18-6 record.
No.1 Partizan grabbed 83-73 home win against KK Split for impressive 22-2 record in the regional championship. Novica Velickovic came up with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Uros Tripkovic also helped with 20 pts (6 of 8 from behind the arc). Split got 21 points and 6 assists from Jamon Gordon (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech). Mario Delas (203-C/F-90) contributed with 16 points and 5 boards.
Zagreb registered the 7th win this season and it was again FMP at home 83-77. Ante Tomic (215-C-87) shined for the hosts scoring 22 points, grabbing 6 boards and handing out 9 assists. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) was behind him with 15 points. Mladen Jeremic netted 25 pts for the guests (5 triples).
The reigning Croatian champ crushed No.2 Crvena Zvezda 71-61 thanks to Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) and Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86), which combined 34 points. All other players in Zadar had less than 10. Vladimir Stimac scored 12 for the loosing squad. Zadar 16-8, Crvena Zvezda 18-6.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Idaho Stampede Top Utah Flash 105-100 - by Surujh Roopnarine
In front of more than 3,000 fans in Orem, Utah the Idaho Stampede overcame a21-point second half deficit to stun the Utah Flash 105-100 last night. NBA veteran Luke Jackson scored a game-high 29 points to go along with a team-high six assists to lead Idaho as they outscored Utah 35-16 in the fourth quarter to seal the improbable comeback. With the win, the Stampede (23-14) extend their first place lead to a game and a half over the Flash (20-14)with the two teams meeting twice more this season. The Flash built their lead 2to 21 on an Andre Ingram lay-up with a little over eight minutes to go in the third, but a three-pointer from Jackson helped narrow the gap to 84-70 heading into the fourth. Two Lance Allred free throws gave the Stampede a 98-96 lead with 1:20 remaining, and a Jackson three-pointer extended the Idaho lead to five points with under a minute remaining. The Flash were led by Utah Jazz assignee Morris Almond who scored a team-high 22 points off the bench. The more aggressive Stampede continually attacked the basket; particularly in the second half leading to a plus five free-throw made advantage (Idaho attempted 38 as compared to 25 for the home Flash).
STAMPEDE: Luke Jackson (29pt+8rb+6as), Mohammed Abukar (21pt), Jason Ellis (8pt+13rb), Lance Allred (12pt+9rb)
FLASH: Morris Almond (22pt), Ronald Dupree (19pt+5rb), Kevin Kruger (15pt+7rb+5as), James Lang (4pt+10rb)


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Erie BH 22-17 
 2. Iowa E. 21-14 
 3. Dakota W. 21-17 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 21-18 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 14-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Austin T. 25-12 
 2. Colorado 14ers 24-10 
 3. Albuquerque T. 19-17 
 4. Rio Grande VV 15-23 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-29 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 23-14 
 2. Utah F. 20-14 
 3. Bakersfield J. 20-17 
 4. Reno B. 15-20 
 5. Anaheim A. 15-23 
 6. LA D-Fenders 13-25 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.4 
 4. Sims, Iowa22.5 
 5. Williams, Austin22.4 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.6 
 7. Daniels, Erie21.2 
 8. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa20.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakers.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa10.7 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.3 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.3 
 7. Johnson, Albuquer.9.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa9.0 
 9. Ewing, Reno8.8 
 10. Allred, Ida.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.0 
 2. Gill, Colorado8.6 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.4 
 4. Jordan, Rio Grande7.9 
 5. Stinson, Iowa7.7 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque7.6 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota5.8 
 9. Johnson, Austin5.7 
 10. Clinkscales, Er.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.8 
 2. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Noel, Albuquerque2.4 
 5. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.3 
 7. Major, Dakota2.2 
 8. Robinson, Reno2.2 
 9. Jordan, Rio Grande2.1 
 10. Jeffers, Io.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Looby, Rio Grande2.3 
 4. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 5. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 6. Sims, Iowa2.0 
 7. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.7 


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  EBA   


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


Weekend games results - by Gianni Pascucci
This down is the resume of all the games results of the last weekend. As you can see, there have been two forfeit wins. For sure, even this league started with too much teams in its line-up....
Saturday Mar 07, 2009: Washington Madness 126 - NoVa Hawks 125
Saturday Mar 07, 2009: New York Wizards 109 - Virginia Fastbreak 107
Saturday Mar 07, 2009: Elmira Bulldogs 110 - Garden State Rebels 93
Sunday Mar 08, 2009: Garden State Rebels Forfeit Win - Cincinnati Century Forfeit
Sunday Mar 08, 2009: Delaware Destroyers Forfeit Win - Wilkes-Barre Triple Threat Forfeit
Sunday Mar 08, 2009: Harrisburg Horizon 118 - N.J. Lightning 114


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 19-2 
 2. Ahly 16-5 
 3. Al Ittihad 15-6 
 4. Gezira 15-6 
 5. Geish Army 14-7 
 6. Somouha 11-10 
 7. Sporting 11-10 
 8. Shorta-Police 8-13 
 9. Gasco 7-13 
 10. Shams 4-16 
 11. Shark ins. 4-17 
 12. Al Olympi 1-20 


Roun 21:Somouha getting close to reach the finals - by Sherif Soliman
Somouha lost from Itthad last night by 4 points but kept thier chanses to reach the final round of the best six.However,Sporting lost from Ahly to keep the one game lead to somouha with almost no chanse to reach the best six. Other games results Gezira crushed Olypmi by 30 points,Zamalek had an easy win over El Shark Insurance 91-79 and Geish over come Shorta.the last round will take place next tuesday with no surprise or expectaion to change the setuation of the best six as follows
Zamalek,Ahly, Gezira,Itthad,Geish,Somouha.
Tarek El Said


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  EUROCUP   


Last ticket to Last 8 - by Philip Mulryne
The last team that will join to the Final Eight 8 in Torino, will be decided tomorrow. Either Hemofarm or Azovmash will be the one . Hemofarm hosts Pamesa Valencia, the group leader. Spanish side have already booked a place for Final Eight by beating Crvena Zvezda last week. If Hemofarm wins, they 'll get the last ticket. If they loose , they 'll wait for the result of Crvena Zvezda- Azovmash contest. If Serbian compatriots of Hemofarm wins ,still there will be no problems. Hemofarm beat Union Olimpija in Adriatic League and Pamesa will be without Ermal Kuqo, who picked up an injury last week.

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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 26-9 
 2. Kouvot 24-12 
 3. Lahti 23-12 
 4. KTP 22-14 
 5. Honka 21-14 
 6. Korihait 20-15 
 7. ToPo 16-19 
 8. LrNMKY 15-20 
 9. FoKoPo 14-21 
 10. Pyrinto 13-22 
 11. Componenta 11-24 
 12. Tarmo 6-29 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.0 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.5 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.7 
 5. Brown, LrNM.18.5 
 6. Smith, KTP18.2 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.8 
 8. Scott, Honka17.5 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto17.3 
 10. Yates, FoKo.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.0 
 2. Wood, Kataja13.0 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.2 
 4. Williams, KTP10.3 
 5. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta10.3 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.5 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.0 
 10. Smith, K.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, KTP4.3 
 3. Blair, Kataja4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Swift, Kouvot3.1 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.1 
 5. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 6. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 7. Wood, Kataja1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo1.8 
 10. Gonner, Koriha.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.9 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 5. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Wood, Kata.1.0 


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot defeated KTP again - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated once again KTP (Kotka) in tonight's TV-contest. Hosting Kouvot was at first too passive and KTP took
a 17-point-lead (25-42) in the middle of the second quarter. But the last 3:36 minutes already for Kouvot advantage 13-3 and the third quarter was crushing
for Kouvot (38-10) and the game was over. Kouvot won 97-78 (38-45). Quarters: 14-25, 24-20, 38-10, 21-23. Kouvot made 13 treys (13/27=48,1%) and
KTP defence was terrible weak. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) and Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) led Kouvot with 21 pts both. KTP got 20 pts and 12 rbs from Team new captain Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Iona).

Kouvot - KTP 97-78 (38-45) (Brian Swift 21, Tuomas Iisalo 21, Calvin Walls 15 - Steve Smith 20/12, Robert Owens 18, Durell Vinson 14/10).



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Pro B:Evreux has signed Earnest Shelton in order to replace N.Pope injured - by Gregory Caru
This is the crisis in Evreux,Karim,guard has been cut,replace by Da Silva(not really efficient for his first game against Limoges) and Pope(14,8ppg 3,5rpg) is injured for 6 weeks,he is replaced by Earnest Shelton.This player can play on position 1-2-3,in Evreux he will play especially in 3(?),he has a good 3PT shoot but he's able to attack the circle also,and a good fihgting spirit.He's known in Europe because he has always played in European Championships after few games in Cordoba(ARG).First in Furstenfeld(AUT) then,Apollon Limassol(CYP)with a semi final in Eurocup Challenge(16,7ppg)Mersin(TUR)for 8,9ppg 2,9rpg 50%3PT in 7 games and last year Verviers Pepinster(BEL)12,4ppg 2,2rpg 42%3PT in 36games.At the beginning of this season he was in Monterrey(MEX)with good statistics 16ppg 4rpg 1,8apg.This is a big challenfe for this player because ALM Evreux isn't able to win since 8 games,and before a big game against Boulazac another team who's trying to save his place in Pro B.Normally this is a good recruiting for Evreux. Earnest Shelton (191-G-82, college: Alabama)

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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. F.Rabotnicki 16-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 16-2 
 3. AMMAK SP 12-6 
 4. Swisslion P. 11-7 
 5. MZT Skopje 9-9 
 6. Ovce Pole 5-13 
 7. Vardar 4-12 
 8. Torus 3-13 
 9. K.Sokoli 2-14 
 10. Pop Sport 0-0 


Feni Industri and Fersped Rabotnicki remain on top - by Eurobasket News
Round 2 of the Macedonian Superleague (second stage) was played last week-end.
The reining champion, Feni Industri, did not have any troubles to beat MZT Skopje in Kavadarci 90-69 and to reach 16-2 record. It means that Feni remains on top of the standings, together with Fersped Rabotnicki, who also celebrated in this round. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) once again was a key player for the hosts nailing 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 15 points and 7 assists, while all other players had less than 10. Sokolov shined in loss with 22 pts. His team now has 9-9.
Fersped Rabotnicki outgunned AMAK SP at home 98-87. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 27, while Bora Pacun (210-F-87) helped with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Slobodan Agoc (206-C-77, agency: 011 Sports) and Bogoev nailed 16 points each for the loosing side. It is important to mention that Rabotnicki made 55-42 in the second half.
In the last game of the round Swisslion Pelister was better than Ovce Pole 92-74 mostly owing to Aleksandar Held (-81), who collected 29 points and 8 rebounds. Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 24 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists. Jove Kurciev (197-F-87) scored 20 for the guests. Pelister 11-7, Ovce Pole 5-13.


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46ers waive Ofoegbu - Worthy could return - by Moritz Korff
The LTi Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga) have waived John Ofoegbu (206-C-82, college: Idaho St.), effective immediately. Ofoegbu worked out with the 46ers on a trial basis and saw action in Sunday's game against Bremerhaven, but the club officials decided not to sign the 26-year-old. With Ofoegbu's exit and the injury of Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) Head Coach Vladimir Bogojevic is running out of players. That's why the 46ers are now thinking about returning Brandon Worthy (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount). As the transfer period ended on February 28th they are not allowed to sign any new players. But Worthy is still registered for the team - he had two appearances for Giessen in the Bundesliga in November - and therefore could help to add some much-needed depth to the roster.

Vincent Yarbrough(Telekom Baskets Bonn) Interview Part 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee) is a 201cm forward playing his first season for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and averaged 24ppg, 14rpg, 7apg in his lasty ear of high school. He preceded to go to the University of Tennessee and was the youngest player in Division I basketball as a freshman in 1998-1999 and averaged 7.6ppg, 5.2rpg. In his senior year at Tennessee, he averaged 17.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.6 apg and impressed the NBA scouts so much that he was drafted in the second round at the #33 pick by the Denver Nuggets. As an NBA rookie, he injured his left ankle, but was able to play 59 games averaging 6.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. The next season, he was waived and headed to Europe to play for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and Sicilia Messina (ITA-SerieA) where he averaged in 10 games: 10.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg. In the 2004-2005 season he played at Telindus BC Oostende averaging in 19 games: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 32.0%. in 2005-2006, he had his strongest season at Viola Reggio Calabria in Italy averaging in 26 games: 15.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 64.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 53.1%. In 2006-2007, he played for Dirk Bauermann and helped win the BBL title averaging in 46 games: 7.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3FGP: 31.9%, FT: 65.7%. Last season he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg averaging in 14 games: 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 78.6%. This season, he is playing for The Telekom Baskets Bonn averaging 7,3ppg and 3,9rpg. He is currently injured and in Part 2 talks about his Basketball career up to the current season in Bonn.






You were born in Cleveland. What was your childhood like?

I am originally from Chicago. I moved to Cleveland when I was ten years old. I had a normal childhood. I was raised by my mother, grandmother and aunt. They made me to the person I am today.

Who were your Basketball idols?

I liked Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. I usually liked players that I played like. Players that were long, athletic and could play defense. Today I like Kobe Bryant who I think is the best player in the world now.

What were your nicest memories at Tennesse where you went to college?

It was great that I could play together with my older brother. It was a great experience having him at practice with me each day.


In the year 2000, you were one of the top 30 players in the country age 20 or younger. What player in this group was the best player for you?


There were so many great players in this group. I could name guys like Jason Williams from Duke, Cory Magette and Mike Miller. 25 of those guys are in the NBA.

You played one season for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. What experience will you never forget?

That is simple. Playing against Michael Jordan. I have met him a few times. He is friends of my college coach.

Why do you think that you never returned to the NBA again?

I am not sure. I thought that I had a pretty good rookie season averaging 7ppg and 4rpg. Our team wasnt successful, but I thought that I had played well enough to play a second season in the NBA. Then I played in Italy, but was injured. Then I went to Belgium which also set me back a bit.

Besides the constant travel in the NBA, what was the toughest thing that you had to adjust to in the NBA?

In college, the majority of the big guys were 6.10 or 6.11, but when I got to the NBA, I had to deal with 7 footers on a regular basis. They were more physical, quicker and it took a toll on my body.

You also played in the Italian league for Messina and Calabria. What did you like most in the Italian league?

I enjoyed my time there and met many new friends, but the Italian league was all business. They practiced hard there and it was hard to get used to. In Germany, the BBL is more organized, the teams take care off you and it is just easier to concentrate on Basketball.

You won the BBL title in 2007 with Bamberg. What thing about coach Dirk Bauermann will you never forget?

I was a scorer before I came to Bamberg, and coach Bauermann wanted me to be a defender. He made me a defensive stopper. In time, I was able to give a good defensive effort each night and that really helped me.

What player from the Deutsche Bank Skyliners do you respect the most?

I respect Derrick Allen a lot. I know Titus Ivory, because I played against him in Lithuania and also Pascal Roller who is a seasoned veteran.


Is it true, that you were simply a practice player for CSKA Moscow, got payed but never played in games?

After I left Bamberg, CSKA Moscow offered me a contract to play the pre season. I learned a lot playing point guard. It was a great experience playing for coach Messina.

Do you have a special relationship to your brother Del Baker?


We have a great relationship. He is my best friend. He introduced me to Basketball. Before I came to play Basketball, I was playing Football and chasing women around.

What do you want to do after your Basketball career?

There are many things that I want to do. Maybe get into coaching or I have dreams of having a radio show. I am also thinking about opening a center for abused women and children and try to provide a nice life and help them get out of a bad situation.

Who wins a one on one? You or Winsome Frazier?



We always guard each other in practice, but that is hard to say.




What was the craziest shot that you ever made?



It was in college against Kentucky. We were down three points against Kentucky and I made a fade away bank shot falling into their bench to send the game in overtime.


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NLE Basketball Extravaganza | Jets and Sonics victorious on night two - by Paul Haynes
The race for the 2009 Next Level Entertainment (NLE) basketball tournament title involving the top clubs from Linden and Georgetown remains split after the second night of action at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Sunday night. Amelias Ward Jets scraped past Maccabees 75-72 while Pepsi Sonics blew by Glands Trucking Service (GTS) Bulls 59-45.
The Jets/Maccabees clash was by far the more entertaining of the two matches for the night, since the Linden side who are considered a top contender for the title, turned in a sloppy performance against the minnows of Georgetown basketball clubs.
Being far more equipped with better players than the Maccabees, the Jets buckled in the first quarter even though they found some offensive flow through Akeem Kanhai and Neil Simon.
But the Maccabees, through the efforts of Kester Gomes and brothers Hodaya and Knameil Stewart were able to push hard and finished the first quarter trailing 18-21.
The second quarter saw the City team turning up the pressure some more as the Jets buckled and turned over the ball while also being unable to make good of clear baskets. Maccabees continued in good form to lead 56-54 at half time and when the third quarter resumed the Jets looked worse than in the two previous quarters as they turned the ball over more and were very poor from the free throw line.
The Jets fueled up in the final quarter and took off showing an all round team performance, but still their poor shooting from the free throw line continued to haunt them in this matchup.
Amelias Jets forward Akeem Kanhai, (left) in action against Maccabees. (Orlando Charles photo)
Things got real interesting in the final minute of the game, as the two sides traded baskets. With 59 seconds remaining and the scores tied at 71, the Jets Neil Simon was fouled and went to the line but he only converted one. However as the game ticked away Knameil Stewart was fouled with 13.2 seconds remaining and tied the game at 72.
At the inbound, the Jets point guard Kevin Joseph using his speed to evade the Maccabees defenders dropped a pass to Domain Webster who converted an easy lay-up to put his team ahead 74-72.
They closed things off when forward Clifton Brush took a half court steal and found Kanhai who was fouled and scored only one sending the scores to 75-72 and by the time Maccabees inbound the time had expired.
Simon top scored for the Jets with 22 points while Joseph had 18, Webster 16 and Kanhai had 12 points. For Maccabees, the Stewart brothers Hodaya and Knameil had 25 and 18 points respectively.
Meanwhile the second game was a one-sided affair in favour of Georgetowns Pepsi Sonics, as they effortlessly tamed the Bulls of Linden.
Coached by former national point guard Mark Agard, Pepsi Sonics were balanced at both ends of the court while the Bulls coached by Claude Williams scrambled all night to find a rotation.
Sonics led from the start and maintained their dominance leading 32-21 at the end of the first half. The second half saw the Bulls played worse as Sonics remained in command and held on for the victory.
Ryan Melville topped all scorers with 18 points while Trevor Smith had nine for the Bulls. Ryan Joseph had 14 coming off the bench while centre Terence James had 12 points. Tonight the tournament continues with the Beepat Scorpions taking on Patriots from Linden, while Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders will come up against the Nets.


Bishops' High victorious in QC Inter-school basketball tourney - by Paul Haynes
BISHOPS' High School (BHS) outplayed St Stanislaus College in the final of the Queen's College (QC) inter-school basketball tournament to win 59-33 last Saturday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The victorious squad's very aggressive offence was the main reason for their 26-point win. Their highest scorer was Wainwright Haynes, who showed contempt for the opposing team's defence in his efforts to score an aggregate of 22 points.
MVP awardee Yannick Dundas, showing excellent ball-handling skills, and Jesrick Rambisoon made substantial contributions of 13 points each while Ronald Jordan scored 11 to round off the BHS score sheets.
St Stanislaus College, who incidentally placed third in the Mash Inter-school competition which took place in early February, were simply no match for the not-only-aggressive but well-organised BHS team. Their lead scorer was Cowen Gittens, the only player for their side to score double figures with his 21 points.
The third-place decider was played between the host school Queen's College and School of the Nations. QC were defeated by a huge margin of 57-19 points.
Dominic Noel led School of the Nations team in scoring 18 points and team mates Yannick Jordan and Dylan Walker gave much support with 10 and 9 points respectively.
The game ended on a high note for School of the Nations as they went on a rampage in the last two minutes and pounced on the low-spirited QC team, adding insult to injury with a 10-0 scoring streak.
Main scorers for the hosts were Joshua Griffith with 8 points and John Housty with 6 points. At the brief post-game presentation ceremony Tonia Jerrick and Khittindie Pearson members of the QC graduating class of 2009 disclosed that the tournament was hosted in an effort to raise funds for their class graduation later this year.
She also mentioned that in keeping with this cause a fair, styled ‘Stimulus', will be hosted next weekend at the Thirst Park ground.


Pepsi Sonics tame Bulls - Jets escape Rangers in thriller - by Paul Haynes
Pepsi Sonics tame Bulls - Jets escape Rangers in thriller
Basketball enthusiasts at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Sunday night were tossed into a frenzy in the final minute of an intriguing thriller between Macabees Rangers and the superior Linden team, Amelias Ward Jets.
Entering the final minute with the scores surprisingly locked on 71 points, Jets took a one point lead 7271 with 13.9 seconds remaining, but Rangers Kananiel Stewart scored one of two free shots to equalise with nine seconds left.
However, unfazed with the status of the game and clearly not looking to go into overtime, Jets starting guard, Kevin Joseph rushed the ball up the court and made a clinical nolook baseline pass to Domain Webster in the paint.
Webster composed himself to finish the easy layup, which gave Jets a 7572 points win after an Akeem Khanai free shot. Jets were exasperated after being amazingly forced to play from behind in the final three minutes of the game.

Neil Simon, who was responsible for giving Jets an advantage with a 6460 lead early in the fourth quarter with a threepoint jumper, finished with 22 points while Joseph had 18 points, Webster 16 points and Khanai 12 points.
Rangers panicked down the stretch after taking control of a game that Jets were identified as clear favourites. Jets are currently ranked among the top three clubs in Linden while Rangers occupy the last half of the table in Georgetown.
Hodayah Stewart scored 25 points for Rangers in a solo and Herculean effort for the team while Kananiel Stewart had 18 points to crown the top two offensive performances for the team that threw everything at the superior Jets.

The featured game fell well below expectations as Sonics easily took advantage of Bulls from the first whistle as Coach Mark Agard effectively implemented various pressure defence techniques that included zone press.

The tactic helped Sonics raced to a 2614 points lead with five minutes remaining before halftime. With an offensive edge already in the bag, Agard released the press defence and opted to experiment with a few untested players.
The pressure prevented dominant performances from guard Kurleigh Austin and forward Terrence James as the two leading Bulls were consistently tamed. The result was an easy, comfortable and welcomed 5945 point victory.

Ryan Melville scored 18 points for Sonics while Trevor Smith added a useful nine points and Rawle White seven points. The trio, along with Richard Braithwaite at the bottom, clearly took the initiative away from Bulls.
Ryan Joseph had 14 points for Bulls while James had 12 points in performances that fell well below par and lacked support. It was probably an oversight from the management of the Bulls to add so many young players to its roster.
The Next Level Entertainment Championships continues tonight at the same venue when Georgetowns Nets take on Lindens Retrieve Raiders and Patriots challenge Beepat Scorpions in the continuation of the rivalry.


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Coach Erik Braal: "We Have a Very Rocky Season So Far" - by Fred Roggen
I had the opportunity to speak to Head Coach Eric Braal of the WestBrabant Giants last week about the state of his team and his coaching background. Below are the questions and answers that came out of that interview.

What do you, as a coach, bring to your sport?
I think enthusiasm and passion for the game. Ever since it became my profession in 1997 I try to bring a professional and serious attitude towards Dutch basketball and the West Brabant Giants in particular. Although I am coaching for a few years now, I am analyzing what I am doing on a daily basis and trying to learn from my mistakes. For my daily job, coaching the West Brabant Giants, it means playing with consistency, concentration and cooperation among all teammembers. For me it means that I work hard to improve my teams to be successful and improve players individually so they can reach their potential and contribute to the teams total performance.

If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
The best scenario is to become champion. We are 10 games away from the play-offs, and I am not going to exclude anything. At this moment all we care about is creating consistency in the team and trying to win the next game. When we getting more and more consistent in our quest for good teambasketball, when we approach our goal of great execution and teamplay on the court and play with high focus and intensity, we will secure a good spot with home-court advantage in the play-offs.

Has this season gone according to your plans so far, both in results and in the way the team plays?
No, we have a very rocky season so far and I did not expect the team to play so well right after the Christmas break because of that. Because of the effort we put in developing teamplay and development of players my teams will always play better after a certain amount of time, but because of different reasons we had too many player changes. Both in the results and in our execution it did hurt u. I think that without the player changes we would be more consistent and stable at this time during the competition. But we are getting this consistency step by step. The good thing is that all
players that replaced the former players have a positive contribution to the team. And this speeds up the process of becoming a team.

Are you settled with your starting lineup? Expect any particular battles for the open spots?
I don't mind who starts the game or be in the starting line-up. I am looking for the best combination to finish the game. This approach has its downside too, because lately we are not very good in our starts of the games. I am looking at this right now, because with this seasons competitive competition you can not afford to be down 10 in the first couple of minutes and spent all your energy at the start of the game by coming back to make it a game again. The Giants are a very competitive team, so I expect this to be a ghost of the past.

What will be the best strength of this year's team?
When we were playing great teambasketball, we had a very good balance between inside threat and outside shots. Combined with very effective execution and high ballspeed. We easily scored 80+ points, but had trouble in stopping other teams and lowering their fieldgoal percentage. The last few weeks we are improving our defense very much and just before the play-offs those two characters of our team will be united and we can play our best basketball: turning defense into offense and making defensive stops when we need to.

Talk about one or two guys that stand out as being underrated contributors to your team's success?
For me Bart Jilisen and Mattijs Hak are great contributors. They are improving and getting better in all aspects of the game. By doing that they contribute every single day in practise. They are in a very tough situation, because of the playing time. But their disappointment in that area never shows in practice. Everyday they are there to compete and after practice they are there to develop. With that attitude they will get to the level that they need to be at to contribute in games.

Talk about the offensive-defensive systems you employ and how are the systems derived?
My coaching career started when internet became more popular. A lot of information came from me searching the internet and getting information. I am following the Euroleague and international competitions as close as possible, because I see that most changes and adjustments start on that level. The last two years I traveled to Spain to spend time watching the ACB play-offs. I don't copy what successful teams do, but study what makes them successful. Hopefully that information helps my teams to be successful too.

Please tell us a little bit about your coaching and training background?
I started coaching professionally in 1997 when Paul de Vos ask me to organize the Basketballklas in Rotterdam. At that time a very risky step in the Netherlands. I was a full time youth coach and was assistant of the first team too, with headcoach Ronald Wolfs. In the summers I assisted Marco v.d. Berg with the National Junior teams. Both coaches where very different, but shared passion and love for the game. At that moment Marco was coaching Zwolle and he was assisted by Herman v.d. Belt. All three coaches inspired me to become the best coach I could possibly be, and that is still a work in progress. We talked a lot about basketball, shared knowledge and I had a great opportunity to look closely why and how they were successful.

What are your rules and regulations as a coach and how do enforce these rules and regulations?
We want to be successful and play teambasketball. All rules we have are based on those principles. For a team that wants to play as a team, trust is essential. So a lot of effort is put in how to get trust between each other on and off the floor. Basically the rules are based on players acting normal and being a contributing teamplayer in a positive way.

I know it's hard to single out particular moments, but are there two or three in your career that stand out as the most exciting or thrilling?
One is certainly that we reached the play-off semi-finals in 2006, it was the first time in history of Rotterdam Basketbal. Something that looked unreachable when I started as headcoach in Rotterdam. The other would be the success that the Basketball Academy had, not only with championships but more because of the development of players. Ties Theeuwkens started on the age of 12 in the Academy and nowadays represents Dutch basketball in the National Team.

Thanks Erik, for taking the time to do this interview.


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Holland Blast Tryout March 14th 4-7pm at Holland HS! - by Lucius Jones
The Holland Blast of the IBL will be conducting tryouts at Holland High School March 14th from 4-7pm. The Holland Blast will not be able to house or pay players this season but will be making every effort to produce looks overseas for its players. They have sent several guys over water in past years and plan to continue this trend. Players will practice once a week and play a 20 game schedule. Contact Owner Tyler Whitcomb for more information.

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Last round of regular season - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last round of regular season where exciting one because many teams still fighting for play-offs seat and three teams fighting for their place in top league.
Breidablik got the last place into play-offs and it was a sad night for Thor who had the must difficult game of all of these teams fighting for their place in the league since they faced KR away and KR has only lost one game in the league. Thor needed a win to keep their hopes alive. After close game most of the time KR won 108-94. That means Thor move down to division 1.
Top scorer for KR. Jon Stefansson 22. Jakob Sigurdarson 18. Jason Dourisseau 16. For Thor Daniel Bandy 21 Konrad Tota 17.
R 89. Grindavik 98. Omar Saevarson 22. Steinar Arason 23 for IR. Helgi Gudfinnson & Nick Bradford 24 for Grindavik.
Snaefell 96. Njardvik 80. Magni Hafsteinsson 23. for Snaefell. Fuad Memcic 20 Heath Sitton 19 for Njardvik.
FSU 72. Stjarnan 78. Vesteinn Sveinsson 19 for FSU. Justin Shouse 25 for Stjarnan.
Breidablik 84. Tindastoll 81. Nemanja Sovic 35 + 18 rebs for Breidablik. Svavar Birgisson 25 for Tindastoll.
Keflavik 123 Skallagrimur 77. Gunnar Einarsson (190-G-77) 31 Hordur Vilhjalmsom 28 for Keflavik. Igor Beljanski 24 Landon Quick 19 for Skallagrim


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Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 14-2 
 2. Jerusalem 13-3 
 3. Macc.Haifa 10-6 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 9-7 
 5. Hapoel Holon 8-7 
 6. Galil Gilboa 8-8 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 7-9 
 8. Givat Shmuel 7-9 
 9. Ramat Gan 6-10 
 10. Ashkelon 5-10 
 11. Rishon LZ 5-11 
 12. Kiryat Ata 3-13 


Premier L. Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion-Eldan Ashkelon 77-69 to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion.
It was an important game for both teams in their fight to stay in the league, in the beginning the score was very low and the first half of the game end with 34-33 to Eldan Ashkelon.
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion open with power the third quarter and although that Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion played without Robert Conley, Larry O'bannon and DeMarco Johanson were good enough to let Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion 14 points lead in the third quarter, the fourth quarter was close and Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion won Eldan Ashkelon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion: O'bannon 19 pts, DeMarco 17 pts.
Eldan Ashkelon: Eitan 16 pts, Turner 14 pts+11 boards.

Eroni star Kiryat Ata-Bnei Hasharon 79-74 to Ata.
The biggest surprise of this round, Ata won Bnei Hasharon one of the strongest team in league.
Aaron Nixon (188-G-83, college: Long Beach St.) scored from every angle in the court, 17-16 to Ata in the end of the first quarter.
Tapiro and Roby return Bnei Hasharon to the game and in the first half
35-32 to Bnei Hasharon.
Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Kent St.) which loaned to Ata from Bnei Hasharon and Nixon mumbled Bnei Hasharon and the score in the end of the third quarter is 56-50 to Ata.
Bnei Hasharon cannot able to get back the advantage and Ata won in their third time only, and they still in the last place.
Top scorers:
Ata: Nixon 22 pts, Burns 13 pts, Quaintance 11 pts and 13 rebounds+4 blocks.
Hasharon: Tapiro 16 pts, Roby 15 pts in 18 minutes.

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv-Maccabi Givat Shmuel 77-73 to Tel Aviv.
Maccabi Givat Shmuel was vey close to make a big surprise but Maccabi composure and won.
Maccabi open the game in storm, Casspi and Brown nailed Maccabi Givat Shmuel with nice 3-points shoots, and the first quarter finish with 26-15 to Maccabi.
Bredford and Hall ruled in Maccabi's zone and Maccabi Givat Shmuel scored 23 points as opposed to 11 points only of Maccabi, the first half finished with 39-36 to Maccabi Givat Shmuel.
Lior Eliyahu and Omri Casspi showed their skills, and the advantage get back to Maccabi 65-59 in the end of quarter number 3.
Maccabi Givat Shmuel really tried to win the game, but Maccabi still lot better than Maccabi Givat Shmuel, but proper to praise the fact that Maccabi Givat Shmuel stopped Maccabi with only 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Top Scorers:
Maccabi
: Casspi 20 pts in 26 minutes, Eliyahu 17 pts in 14 minutes, Arroyo and Marcus Brown 15 points each.
Maccabi Givat Shmuel: Bradford 19 pts+14 boards, Hall 15 pts+11 boards.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem-Maccabi Haifa Heat 100-78 to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem absolute disassembles Haifa.
Bowers, Sneed and Powel, not let to Haifa even to breathe, Jerusalem with strong attack and solid defense goes up with 23 points advantage in the half 53-30 to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem kept up with the strong game and there was no place for doubt that Jerusalem is the best team in court when the third quarter finishes with 78-51.
In the last quarter Powell showed to everyone what he can do with some amazing dunks and blocking shots.
Jerusalem arrived to 37 points lead and even Adam Haluska scored three points and extorted the foul, 5 minutes to the end Sneed forced to go to USA to his father funeral, Jerusalem get up with her 'B' roster and Haifa used the opportunity to close the difference with Golden and Sales.
Top Scorers:
Jerusalem
: Bowers 18 pts, Sneed 15 pts, Powell 14 pts+3 blocks in 18 minutes.
Haifa: Sales 19 pts, Kozikaro 10 pts.

Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan-Ironi Nahariya 81-76 to Ironi Nahariya.
Ironi Nahariya recovered from her financial problems and succeed to stay even Philip Ricci which already gets some offers from Jerusalem and from some teams out of the country.
Rmat Gan with Myles and Yazkan was always in the tail of Ironi Nahariya the first quarter finish with 26-23, but Lewis Ohaiyon and Ricci get back Ironi Nahariya to the business 64-48 to Ironi Nahariya in the end of quarter number 3.
Myles and Helms try to keep Rmat gan in game but it didn't work out.
Ironi Nahariya won the game and can breathe wide open, and come down.
Top Scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: Lewis and Ricci 22 pts Ricci with 10 boards, Williams and Ohaion with 12 points each Ohaiyon with 11 boards and 8 dishes.
Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan: Myles 18 pts, Yazkan 13 pts.

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa-Hapoel Holon 64-58 to Holon.
The cup holder Hapoel Holon won Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and up to the 4 place in the table.
The first half was solid, and finish with 34-33 to Galil.
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa shoots (and missed) like there is no tomorrow and Holon used it to get the advantage 48-47 to Holon.
In the last quarter Holon was good and Watson gave the win for Holon 64-58.
Top scorers:

Galil:Roberts 18 pts.

Holon:Flores 15 pts.



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  ITALY   


Another National Team camp convocated - by Gianni Pascucci
Head Coach and Main Selector Carlo Recalcati called sixteen playerrs at the March National team Camp, scheduled for next Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 in Domegge di Cadore. Another time more, most of the veterans won' t be at the camp, because Recalcati wants above all to evaluate the improvements of the younger players. The convication list is as follows:
Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) (Bancatercas Teramo)
Michele Antonutti (203-G/F-86) (Snaidero Udine)
Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) (Angelico Biella)
Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) (Premiata Montegranaro)
Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) (Air Avellino)
Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) (Air Avellino)
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) (Lottomatica Roma)
Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) (Fastweb Casale Monferrato)
Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) (Angelico Biella)
Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) (Lottomatica Roma)
Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) (Lottomatica Roma)
Luca Lechthaler (207-C-86) (Montepaschi Siena)
Marco Mordente (191-G-79) (Armani Jeans Milano)
Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) (Bancatercas Teramo)
Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89) (Benetton Treviso)
Luca Vitali (201-G-86) (Armani Jeans Milano)


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Forli 16-6 
 2. Treviglio 16-6 
 3. Vigevano 15-7 
 4. Casalpuster. 15-7 
 5. Fidenza 13-9 
 6. Omegna 13-9 
 7. Castelletto 12-10 
 8. Ozzano 11-11 
 9. Lumezzane 10-12 
 10. Cremona 9-13 
 11. Vado Ligure 9-13 
 12. Jesolosandona 7-15 
 13. Agricola G. 6-16 
 14. Cagliari 2-20 
Group B
 1. Latina 17-5 
 2. Ferentino 16-6 
 3. Siena Virtus 14-8 
 4. Osimo 13-9 
 5. Barcellona 13-9 
 6. Palestrina 12-10 
 7. Potenza 11-11 
 8. Ostuni 10-12 
 9. S.Antimo 10-12 
 10. Trapani 10-12 
 11. Fossombrone 9-13 
 12. Molfetta 8-14 
 13. Matera 7-15 
 14. Firenze 4-18 


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Cedarville seeded No. 3 at NAIA; open with Sioux Falls - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (03-10-2009) - Cedarville University is the No. 3 seed at the 18th Annual NAIA Division II National Tournament that runs from March 11-17 in Point Lookout, Missouri. The Yellow Jackets will play the University of Sioux Falls in Wednesdays first round of the 32-team event. Cedarville, 27-3, comes in with a five-game winning streak, but has not played competitively in 18 days. Still, with forward Ricardo Alliman and center Daniel Rose having career years, Cedarville is expected to overcome this inactivity hurdle. The No. 3 seed is the highest Cedarville have ever had in this their sixth tournament appearance in the last seven years.

Pikeville season ends with MSC semifinal loss - by Leonard Whyte
Frankfort, KY (03-10-2009) - Pikeville College kept it close for awhile but top-seeded Georgetown College used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to break open the contest and defeat the No. 4 seed 77-53 in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament semifinal over the weekend. This was a case of history repeating itself as for the second straight year Pikeville's season ended with a semifinal loss to Georgetown. Senior forward Ewan Linton scored 12 points in the loss and closed his college career leading Pikeville in rebounds and blocked shots with 7.4 and 1.5 per game respectively. He was also second in scoring with 9.5 points per game.

Wilson and Kentucky Wesleyan seeks record ninth NCAA Championship - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (03-10-2009) - Eight-time NCAA Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College (19-8) will make their 35th record NCAA breaking appearance in the Division II men's tournament when they play in the quarterfinals of the Midwest Regional on Saturday, March 15. Seeded No. 7, KWC won the championship in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, 1990, 1999 and 2001, and have won a record 91 of 117 games played in NCAA postseason. They will open with Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals No. 2 seed Bellarmine College (24-6). The teams spilt the two-game series this season with Bellarmine taking the first meeting 69-48 but losing the second 75-67. Junior forward Andree Wilson finished the regular season averaging 10 points per game while connecting on over 56 percent of his shots from the field. Wilson also sank 52 of his 64 free throws for a better than 81 percent average.

Jordan earns Conference USA Honors - by Leonard Whyte
Irving, TX (03-10-2009) - Junior center Jerome Jordan pocketed his second post-season award yesterday when he was named to the Conference USA all-league first team following his all-district award announced last week. This is the first time in its four years as a Conference USA member that the University of Tulsa has had a first-team selection. Jordan and Tulsa are preparing for their quarterfinal conference tournament clash with the winner of the Marshall University-Rice University game at 12 noon on Thursday. The tournament gets under way on Wednesday with first round action but the top four seeds, No. 1 University of Memphis, No. 2 Tulsa, No. 3 University of Alabama-Birmingham (USB) and No. 4 University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), received first round byes and will all play on Thursday.

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JBL stats leaders for 2008-09 - by Kenny
Now that the 2008-09 JBL regular season is over, here are the leaders in the major statistical categories.

SG Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) of the Link Tochigi Brex won the scoring title with an impressive 20.43 ppg average.
The top 3 scoring leaders were:

1. Takuya Kawamura (Link Tochigi Brex) 20.43
2. Kosuke Takeuchi (Aisin Sea Horses) 18.34
3. J.R. Sakuragi (Aisin Sea Horses) 18.29

1st-year import C Cory Violette (203-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) of the Toshiba Brave Thunders walked away with the rebounding title with almost 11 boards a game.
The top 3 rebounders were:

1. Cory Violette (Toshiba Brave Thunders) 10.97
2, Kosuke Takeuchi (Aisin Sea Horses) 10.46
3. Joji Takeuchi (HItachi Sun Rockers) 10.29

Former NBA guard Yuta Tabuse (175-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) of the Link Tochigi Brex took home the assists title in his first year back in the JBL since 2002-03 with 5.61 dimes per game.
The top 3 assists leaders were:

1. Yuta Tabuse (Link Tochigi Brex) 5.61
2. HIdenori Kashiwakura (Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins) 4.48
3. Ryota Sakurai (Rera Kamuy Hokkaido) 4.11


Tabuse also won the steals title with 2.27 steals a game while Violette also won the dunks-per-game title with 1.03 dunks a game.


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 27-11 
 2. Apache 24-14 
 3. 89ers 20-18 
 4. Albirex 16-22 
 5. Broncos 15-23 
 6. Grouses 10-28 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 29-9 
 2. Five Arrows 26-12 
 3. Evessa 24-14 
 4. Rizing 16-22 
 5. Lakestars 14-24 
 6. Heat Devils 7-31 


BJ League Round: 39 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Albirex - Rizing 86-68
Burks Antonio led Albirex over Rizing in a 86:68 victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Dokun Akingbade (207-F-84, college: George Washington) collected 16 points and 21 rebounds, while Ikeda Yuichi netted 16. Parker Michael shined with 28 points for the guests.

Golden Kings - Broncos 66-84
Golden Kings sensationally lost to Broncos 66:84 as Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) produced 20 points and Sojourner Isaac collected 19 points and 14 rebounds. McHenry Anthony and Newton Jeff had 11 points each for the league leaders.

Heat Devils - Phoenix 66-98
Phoenix produced a 98:66 road victory over Heat Devils in Regular Season Round 39. Michael Gardener (182-G-81, college: SE Louisiana) led his team with 39 points to 27-11 record. Sato Hiroki posted 15 points for the home side.

Evessa - Grouses 94-87
Evessa improved to 24-14 defeating Grouses 94:87. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) paced all the winners with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Murry Nile had 18 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Ward Jerod nailed 32 points in defeat.

Five Arrows - 89ers 75-90
Sendai is 20-18 after 90:75 win over Five Arrows. Rodney Webb (201-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and St.Preux Bobby had 22. Sparks Rasheed ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.


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#1 ranked in the nation, Chipola CC wins over Gulf Coast to capture Region/District 8 title. - by Rangi Gescheit
#1 ranked in the nation, Chipola wins over Gulf Coast CC to capture Region/District 8 title and gains its spot at the National Championship Tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas.

Chipola, which led the NJCAA polls most of the season as #1 team in the nation, topped Gulf Coast CC at the District 8 championship game 68-85. Well balanced ( 5 players scored more than 7 points), while outrebounding their opponents, Chipola dominated the game since jump ball.

Chipola enjoyed the journey to the district finals, while winning by more than 50 at the quarter finals, and by 30 at the semis.
Gulf Coast CC had to fight its way up there. At the quarter finals they had to face Miami Dade CC (ranked #3 in the nation!) and use their 3 point ability as a main weapon. In a high score game and a very high 3 points percentage to their favor (16/33, 48% for 3), Gulf Coast CC's high scorers were as follow: Derio Green led the gulf led the team with 38 points, and Marquis Gilstrap with 12 rebounds. For Miami Dade CC Darnell Dodson (6'7''-F) showed up with 25 points, Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F) with 19, Rico Pickett (6'4''-G) with 17 points, but 1/7 from 3 points range and William Coleman (6'7''-F) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams were tied at 80 apiece at the end of regulation.
At the overtime, Gulf Coast CC took the lead and never dropped it, scoring 17 points at OT, allowing Miami 10 points only 97-90.
At the Semi finals Gulf Coast CC met Polk CC, and used a different weapon. This time the bench was their strength. Going 8 players deep, playing 12 minutes and above, Gulf Coast CC could top Polk cc, which used only 6 players playing more than 2 minutes. Even out rebounding their opponent, did not save Polk, which were led by Quincy Hankins with 11 rebounds and Lance Jeter with 10. The fatigue was a tie breaker on this battle ground and handed the win over to Gulf Coast CC.


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  LIBERIA   


Sports Commission Awaits Former NBA Stars - by Numennie Williams
There will be a two-day special basketball tournament organized by the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) ahead of the visit of former basketball starts from the United States.
Mr. Fred JA Pratt, Secretary-General of the LBF, said the tournament will involve NPA Pythons, LPRC Oilers, Uhuru Kings and Dream Team I as male teams, while the female teams to partake are Timberwolves and Commissioners.
The special basketball tournament will begin on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Sports Commission on Broad Street with two matches.
The first match will feature NPA Pythons and Dream Team I, while Uhuru Kings will battle LPRC Oilers.
The tournament will end on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the same venue with two matches.
In game one, female clubs Timberwolves and Commissioners will face each other, while the winner of the matches on Sunday will meet in the final.
The LBF disclosed that league games scheduled for the two days will be pushed forward.
Mr. Pratt stated that the tournament is intended to raise funds to accommodate some 15 former players of the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the United States of America expected to arrive in the country soon.
The former NBA Stars are all part of an organization known as Sports Power International a Christian oriented group that uses sports to spread the good news of Christ and promotes decent living.
The group will be guest of the Greater Grace Church of Liberia and will be headed by Bill Alexson former Chaplain and player of the Boston Celtic basketball team. Power Sports will be in the country from March 18-25 and will be involved in some humanitarian work.
Mr. Pratt mentioned that while in the country, the Power Sports delegation will conduct training courses for basketball referees and will play some of the nations top basketball clubs.
He named members of the delegation as Paul Grant former Center of Utah Jazz, Lamont Murray, one time guard of Milwaukee Bucks, Mitchelle Butler, former Guard of Washington Wizards and Byron Russell, formerly of Utah Jazz. Others on the Power Sports delegation include Jeremiah Hamlette of Holland, Jay Brantley from Brazil, Kenney Grudup, former German Star and Ramar Goodrich of Mexico. The rest of the delegations are Chuck Heidreieh, Administrative Associate, Steve Morrello, Barrry Pinter and Team Manager Regina Jones. The delegation will be headed by Bill Alexson.




Sports Commission Awaits Former NBA Stars - by Numennie Williams
There will be a two-day special basketball tournament organized by the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) ahead of the visit of former basketball starts from the United States.
Mr. Fred JA Pratt, Secretary-General of the LBF, said the tournament will involve NPA Pythons, LPRC Oilers, Uhuru Kings and Dream Team I as male teams, while the female teams to partake are Timberwolves and Commissioners.
The special basketball tournament will begin on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Sports Commission on Broad Street with two matches.
The first match will feature NPA Pythons and Dream Team I, while Uhuru Kings will battle LPRC Oilers.
The tournament will end on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the same venue with two matches.
In game one, female clubs Timberwolves and Commissioners will face each other, while the winner of the matches on Sunday will meet in the final.
The LBF disclosed that league games scheduled for the two days will be pushed forward.
Mr. Pratt stated that the tournament is intended to raise funds to accommodate some 15 former players of the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the United States of America expected to arrive in the country soon.
The former NBA Stars are all part of an organization known as Sports Power International a Christian oriented group that uses sports to spread the good news of Christ and promotes decent living.
The group will be guest of the Greater Grace Church of Liberia and will be headed by Bill Alexson former Chaplain and player of the Boston Celtic basketball team. Power Sports will be in the country from March 18-25 and will be involved in some humanitarian work.
Mr. Pratt mentioned that while in the country, the Power Sports delegation will conduct training courses for basketball referees and will play some of the nations top basketball clubs.
He named members of the delegation as Paul Grant former Center of Utah Jazz, Lamont Murray, one time guard of Milwaukee Bucks, Mitchelle Butler, former Guard of Washington Wizards and Byron Russell, formerly of Utah Jazz. Others on the Power Sports delegation include Jeremiah Hamlette of Holland, Jay Brantley from Brazil, Kenney Grudup, former German Star and Ramar Goodrich of Mexico. The rest of the delegations are Chuck Heidreieh, Administrative Associate, Steve Morrello, Barrry Pinter and Team Manager Regina Jones. The delegation will be headed by Bill Alexson.




Liberia to get Basketball gym soon - by Numennie Williams
The dream of basketballers to play during the rainy reason in Liberia will soon come to pass as the government of Liberia has embarked on the construction of a basketball gymnasium at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.
The Deputy Minister for Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Marbue Richards said the contractor informed him when completed, the gym will accommodate close to five thousand spectators and will also include; two dressing rooms, referees room, refreshment room amongst others.
Minister Richards said that the gym will be ready by late April or early May this year and disclosed that his ministry intends to construct basketball court in the fifteen political sub divisions to assist in the development of basketball in the country. He said the construction of the basketball court in the various counties will enable counties built their basketball team in their counties for the annual County Meet.
For his part, The Secretary General of the Liberia Basketball Federation Fred Pratt has praised the government for the under taking and said one of the reasons for the decline of basketball in the country is due to the lack of a basketball gymnasium.
He said his federation is presenting engaging the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) to assist the country with a wooden floor and an electronic Score board for the gymnasium.



2009 Basketball League Heats Up - by Numennie Williams
Cestor Mogars pinned Cardinal in the second division of the Liberia Basketballl Federation 79 78 on Sunday pointson Sunday March 8, 2009 and there were matches on Thursday, March 5, 2009 with Island Calves defeating Destiny Kings 59-43 points. Urban Invaders crushed St. Paul Crushers 73-58 points.
On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, Flip Stars lost to Georgia Raptors 38-75 points in game one, while Timberwolves bowed to Commissioners 42-53 points in a female clash. Dream Team I bashed Mighty Barrolle 64-44 points.
As for Monday, March 2, 2009, Star I went down to SOS Trotters 51-63 points, whereas Destiny Queens massacred Supreme Sisters 84-21 points. Mighty Barrolle nailed Flames 84-58 points.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings - DBBL
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. Sparta 14-6 
 2. Contern 14-6 
 3. Amicale 13-7 
 4. Musel Pikes 12-8 
 5. Etzella 12-8 
 6. T71 11-9 
Group B
 1. Black Star 8-11 
 2. Racing 6-13 
 3. Residence 6-13 
 4. Heffingen 2-17 


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  MEXICO   


A close look into the CIBACOPA - by Harold Valenzuela
The first week of the league always is an adventure for the teams. Expansion teams and the old ones all trying to win from the beginning, but winning is not that easy; a bunch of players arrive to the teams and 2 games later they gone and new ones come.
The first week of the season is past and Mineros de Cananea and Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon are in the top of the North zone with 5-1 record. The last place in the north zone is Fuerza Guinda Nogales (a surprise) and the expansion team Rayos de Hermosillo is in the fourth place. This team will improve, they just sign two very good point guards in the name of Marcos Chavez (179-G-77) and Francisco Luna (180-G-83) (180-G-83), this team needs a lot a point guard and they just sign 2 very good ones.
The champion started 6-0 they are the only undefeated team in the league, they have one of the best import players in Mexico in the name of Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield), the team has been together for a long time and thats why they are winning. The expansion team Coras de Tepic is in last place with a 2-4 record.
The season has just started, we will see a lot of changes in the teams the next weeks. Mineros de Cananea has the best Pocho player in the league in the name of Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.), he is a very good point guard with an excellent touch, the best national team player is Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) of Trigueros.


Coaching change ALREADY! - by Alejandro Martinez
Caballeros de Culiacan, losers of 4 straight games, have fired head coach Jorge Omar Acosta. Acosta , from Argentina, had been working at Culiacan since this past summer in preparation for this season. To replace him, the club has signed Mexican Coach Angel Gonzalez, currently an assistant at Xalapa. Gonzalez coached Xalapa to their 2006 championship. He then moved to expansion Cordoba in 2007 before returning to Xalapa as an assistant this season. He is expected to arrive to Culiacan on the 17th.

Halcones beat Soles 104-97 at home - May double up tonight - by Kristian Santiago
Xalapa used the homecourt-advantage to edge visiting Mexicali Soles 104-97 last night to make it 1-0 in the final series of the LNBP.
Michael Johnson (192-F-75) led the Halcones by scoring 24 points, while Dontae Truitt (198-G/F-81, college: Georgia SW) added another 23 points and eight boards for the hosts.
Mexican national-team players Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) and Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) both contributed with 18 and 12 points respectively for Xalapa, while
the Soles had Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) with 20, Dejuan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) and Horacio Llamas (212-C-73, agency: Interperformances) with each 19 and Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) with 18 points on the score-sheet.
Llamas even pulled 14 rebounds but could not prevent the loss of his Soles to Xalapa.
Tonight is the second game of the series, and the Halcones are going to try to take another step to defend their LNBP-title.


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Danilovgrad 12-4 
 2. Ulcijn 11-5 
 3. Primorje-M. 11-5 
 4. ABS Primorje 10-6 
 5. Mornar Bar 10-6 
 6. Lovcen 9-7 
 7. Jedinstvo 8-8 
 8. Mogren 8-8 
 9. Rudar 1-15 
 10. Niksic 0-16 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Niksic II 14-2 
 2. Teodo Tivat 13-3 
 3. Un.Mediteran 12-4 
 4. Gorstak 11-5 
 5. Ljubovic 10-6 
 6. Mornar II 8-8 
 7. S.Centar 6-10 
 8. Centar BP 3-13 
 9. Kotor 2-14 
 10. Zeta 1-15 


Buducnost defeated in Novo Mesto, but secured 6th place - by Eurobasket News
Adriatic League, Krka - Buducnost 84-74

The Montenegrin champ faced with 84-74 road defeat in Novo Mesto in the last round of the regional champion. It means that Buducnost fell to 13-11 record, what is enough for the 6th place. Actually, there is not any worries for the Montenegrins until the end as the seventh ranked FMP has just 10 wins and there is just 2 more rounds to be played. Buducnost also won't be able to move up as Zadar is on 16 wins. Simon Petrov (190-G-76) was the top-scorer for the Slovenians with 23 points. He also dished out 8 assists beside that. Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) had 22 and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) nailed 21 points, plus 7 boards. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) once again was the best in Buducnost collecting 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) added one point less. With this victory Krka jumped to 8-16, leaving Helios, Zagreb and Vojvodina behind. Buduncost was in pretty good position until the last ten minutes, when the hosts totally took control on the Montenegrins. They had furious last period ending it with impressive 23-11. In the next round Krka will meet Bosna on the road. On the other side, Buduncost will take on FMP in Belgrade.

Krka: Simon Petrov 23+8 as, Davor Marcelic 22+5 boards, Jure Balazic 21+7 boards
Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 17+6 boards+5 as, Vladimir Dasic 11+6 boards, Nemanja Gordic 10


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Bobcats send 2 to D-League, to sign Jefferson - by Eurobasket News
The Charlotte Bobcats sent rookies Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) and Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85, college: Virginia) to Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League on Monday, and agreed to sign guard Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) to a 10-day contract.

Jefferson was averaging 18.6 points and 5.5 assists for Utah in the development league will become the Bobcats' NBA-high 24th player to suit up this season. General manager Rod Higgins said the 6-foot-4 Jefferson will sign on Wednesday and take the team's open roster spot.

Neither Ajinca or Singletary had been getting much playing time with coach Larry Brown tightening his rotation as the Bobcats make a playoff push. The pair did not travel with the Bobcats on Monday when they left for Tuesday's game at San Antonio.

Ajinca and Singletary will play for Sioux Falls on Friday at Reno.

The 7-foot Ajinca was a first-round pick of Charlotte. The Frenchman has appeared in just two games since Feb. 11.

Singletary was acquired from Phoenix in the trade that also brought starters Boris Diaw and Raja Bell to Charlotte. The point guard hasn't played since Feb. 11.

Courtesy of http://www.iht.com


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Wade, Heat29.7 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.1 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.9 
 4. Durant, Thunder26.0 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.3 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Bosh, Raptors22.9 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers22.9 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.3 
 3. Lee, Knicks11.9 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.9 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.6 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Okafor, Bobcats10.6 
 8. Duncan, Spurs10.6 
 9. Yao, Rockets9.7 
 10. Gasol, Lake.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Paul, Hornets11.1 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.8 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.4 
 7. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 8. Wade, Heat7.7 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.7 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.2 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Wallace, Bobcats1.8 
 7. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 8. Artest, Rockets1.7 
 9. Harris, Nets1.7 
 10. Brewer, Ja.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
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  Magic
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  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Magic2.9 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.3 
 3. Andersen, Nuggets2.2 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 8. Duncan, Spurs1.8 
 9. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 10. Thomas, Bul.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 49-15 
 2. 76ers 30-31 
 3. Nets 28-35 
 4. Knicks 25-37 
 5. Raptors 23-41 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 49-13 
 2. Pistons 32-30 
 3. Bucks 30-36 
 4. Bulls 29-35 
 5. Pacers 28-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 46-17 
 2. Hawks 36-28 
 3. Heat 34-29 
 4. Bobcats 28-35 
 5. Wizards 15-49 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Jazz 40-23 
 2. Trail Blazers 40-23 
 3. Nuggets 40-25 
 4. Timberwolves 18-45 
 5. Thunder 17-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 50-13 
 2. Suns 34-29 
 3. Warriors 22-42 
 4. Clippers 15-48 
 5. Kings 14-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 42-20 
 2. Rockets 42-23 
 3. Hornets 39-23 
 4. Mavericks 37-25 
 5. Grizzlies 16-46 


Stern is concerned about NBA's financial situation - by Demar Thomas
Commissioner David Stern says the NBA and union might have to make some adjustments to the labor contract when it expires in two years, but he foresees no doomsday scenario for the league because of the current economic crisis.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale said recently the NBA had entered its own Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac era of subprime loans because of player salaries. He added that players will need to make substantial concessions at the bargaining table.

Agent David Falk predicted to The New York Times that the next round of talks will be very, very extreme, and owners could shut down the league for a year or two if the players dont agree to the owners demands.

Id just say the doomsday scenario is that the NBA is somehow going to be irretrievably damaged by some event or another, Stern said Monday at George Washington University, where Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin was inducted into the School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame. The predictions of the demise of the NBA were frequent and profound (over the years), and theyve always been wrong.

Last month, the NBA lined up $200 million to distribute to teams needing additional cash.

Weve managed to keep the ship afloat, and I think we will continue to do that this time, Stern said. Im not unduly pessimistic. I think when we see where this economy comes out, there may be some adjustments that are necessary at the team level and at the league level. But I think that in our players and in our union, we find a group of realists that are sensitive of the needs of our fans and our sponsors, and Im optimistic from that perspective that we will be able to ultimately work something out.

Im not optimistic or pessimistic about the economy, Im just assuming the worst and hoping for the best as we seek to stabilize ourselves amid a storm of difficult economic times.

Stern said revenues will be up a percent or 2 for this season, but he is quite concerned about next year.

We certainly see that our sponsors are hurting, and were working really hard to do what we can to minimize that hurt and to keep our business going.


Luol Deng out at least 2 more weeks - by Eurobasket News
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) is no longer day-to-day.

The Bulls confirmed that Deng will be sidelined at least two more weeks with a small stress fracture in his right tibia, at which time Deng will be re-evaluated.

'If he has pain then, he gets more rest,' coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'If he doesn't have pain, he'll probably try to go.'

Surgery and a three-month rehabilitation process remains a possibility.

Deng received his latest plan of action Monday after the fifth-year forward confirmed a Tribune report that he consulted with Dr. John Zvijac, the orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who owns extensive experience in treating tibial stress fractures.

'I knew I had a small fracture,' Deng said. 'All I wanted to know was how do I take care of it and how soon I could be back and when I could be effective.

'I've had injuries before, and I know what injuries I can play through and what injuries I can't. Even though they said day-to-day, I knew I couldn't play. If I know what my injury is and I can't further damage it and I can take the pain, I would definitely be out there playing. But it needs at least two weeks of taking care of it.'

Deng will continue to perform non-weight-bearing exercises such as running in a swimming pool or on a 'weightless' treadmill, or riding a stationary bicycle to keep him in cardiovascular shape.

The Bulls have worked in concert with Deng's doctors, who also include, according to sources, a radiologist specializing in athlete injuries for more than 15 years who works with all pro teams in Miami as well as the Buccaneers.

'The best thing is having all the doctors speak together,' Deng said. 'Sometimes you have doctors who have different perspectives on the injury. Having them speak together and come up with a plan on how to treat it and be back as healthy as I can is good.

'I just have to avoid as much weight as I can on my leg.'

Though disappointed about possibly missing eight more games, Deng, who missed his fourth straight game Monday, also is buoyed he possibly can salvage the final three weeks of the regular season and playoffs should the Bulls qualify.

Deng has been sidelined since sitting out the second half of the Feb. 28 home game against Houston. The tiny fracture occurred at an unknown time weeks before that game.

Deng rested the entire All-Star break and averaged 21.5 points in the Bulls' first two games afterward.

As someone who missed the 2005 playoffs after wrist surgery ended his rookie year, Deng wants to get to that level again.

'It's tough because I first thought it was a fracture and I'd be out three to six weeks,' Deng said. 'Then I hear it's not and you're excited and texting everybody telling them you're fine.

'Emotionally, it's been tough not knowing exactly what's going on. Just now at least within two weeks, I can try to go again and see how it feels and give myself a chance to help the team.'

Courtesy of http://www.chicagotribune.com


Last games - Blazers outgun Lakers, Wade lifts Heat to double-overtime victory - by Eurobasket News
Lakers - Trail Blazers 94-111
The Trail Blazers were too strong for the LA Lakers last night registering impressive 111-94 victory for 40-23 record. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) was a key player for the winners collecting 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Travis Outlaw also shined netting 22 pts. Kobe Bryant answered with 26 pts in defeat, while Pau Gasol contributed with 18 pts and 13 rebs. Lakers 50-13.

Hornets - Hawks 79-89
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) was on fire last night for the Hawks draining 30 points (4/8 for 3-pts). Ronald Murray had 13, while Josh Smith helped with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Visitors got double-double from Chris Paul, 24 points and 10 assists, as well as from David West, 16 pts and 20 rebs. The Hawks jumped to 36-28, while the Hornets fell to 39-23 record.

Magic - Pistons 94-98
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) paced the Pistons to victory collecting 29 points and 14 assists. Tayshaun Prince also had very important role netting 20 and Antonio McDyess added 13 points, plus 18 boards. Dwight Howard replied with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic. Pistons 32-30, Magic 46-17.

Bulls - Heat 127-130
Magnificent performance by Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), who nailed 48 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 12 assists. His triple at the end lifted Miami Heat to 34-29 record. On the other side, Ben Gordon also was on fire stopping on 43 points in this double overtime game. His Bulls dropped to 29-35.

Wizards - Timberwolves 110-99
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Antawn Jamison combined 43 points for the Wizards last night. Butler also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 6 assists beside that. Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes scored 18 points apiece for the hosts. Wizards 15-49, Wolves 18-45.

Rockets - Nuggets 97-95
The Rockets grabbed nice 97-95 victory in Denver mostly owing to Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) and Aaron Brooks, which nailed 22 and 19 points respectively. Ming Yao this time helped his team with 15 points and 7 boards. The hosts got 28 points and 8 boards from Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony added 21 pts, plus 7 rebs. Rockets 42-23, Nuggets 40-25.


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Gonzaga Takes Home WCC Tournament Title - by Kevin
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LAS VEGAS --Josh Heytvelt (6'11''-F-86) scored 17 points, Micah Downs (6'8''-G-86) added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 12 Gonzaga romped into its 11th consecutive NCAA tournament with an 83-58 victory over St. Mary's and struggling star Patrick Mills (6'0''-G-88) on Monday night in the West Coast Conference final. Matt Bouldin (6'5''-G-88) scored 14 points for the relentless Zags (26-5), who followed up their perfect regular-season conference slate with two blowout wins in the tournament, giving them 19 victories in their last 20 games. With Mills going 2-for-16 in his second game back from a broken hand, St. Mary's (25-6) never threatened the Zags in a loss that endangers the Gaels' hopes for the first back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in school history.
Gonzaga, which moved up two spots in Monday's Top 25 poll after routing Santa Clara in Sunday's semifinals, has won eight of the last 12 WCC tournament titles -- but few were so easy. Downs has the lowest scoring average among the Zags' five starters, but he clinched the tournament MVP award with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half against the Gaels. St. Mary's finished with 19-for-66 shooting, falling behind by 13 points at halftime and never mounting a rally. Mills scored five points, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts before sitting out much of the second half, and his teammates couldn't make up for the Australian sophomore's woes.
Diamon Simpson (6'7''-F-87) of California had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Omar Samhan (6'11''-C-88) added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels, who must hope the NCAA selection committee appreciates their potential enough to overlook a poor performance in their biggest game of the season.
There are no such concerns for Gonzaga, which lost the WCC tournament final to San Diego last year. With remarkable depth and consistency, the Zags have won 16 consecutive conference games, earning the No. 1 seed for the 10th time in 12 years.
The Zags also have beaten St. Mary's in 26 of their last 29 meetings, preventing a true WCC rivalry from developing. The Zags' only blemish since New Year's Day is a non-conference loss to No. 4 Memphis. Gonzaga's fans are used to traveling at tournament time, so they had no trouble filling the bulk of the seats at the Orleans Arena for the WCC's first neutral-site tournament. St. Mary's was represented by several hundred Bay Area faithful, but they were decidedly outnumbered by the Gonzaga faithful that booed Mills early and chanted 'N-I-T, N-I-T' late.
The night got off to an ominous start for the Gaels, who were assessed a technical foul for dunking in the pregame warmup, although Bouldin only made one of two free throws. St. Mary's then missed its first eight shots while Gonzaga built a 10-point lead in the opening 4½ minutes, but Samhan helped the Gaels stay close.
Mills had been out of the Gaels' lineup since he broke two bones in his right hand during a game at Gonzaga on Jan. 29. While Mills underwent surgery, St. Mary's lost four of five games before rallying with five wins in a row to close the regular season.
Mills returned to practice a week ago, and he scored 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting in the Gaels' semifinal win over Portland, which sent them to their first conference title game since 2005. He missed his first seven shots against Gonzaga before making a tough layup while getting fouled with 1:51 left, but was 1-for-10 in the first half.

Courtesy of wccsports

WCC Regular Season Standings
1. Gonzaga 14-0 26-5
2. Mt.St.Mary 10-4 25-6
3. Portland 10-5 19-12
4. Santa Clara 8-7 16-17
5. San Diego 7-9 16-16
6. Pepperdine 6-10 9-23
7. USF 3-12 11-19
8. Loyola Marymount 2-13 3-28


Tournament Final: Gonzaga - Saint Mary's 83 -58
Tournament Semifinals:
Gonzaga - Santa Clara 94-59
Saint Mary's - Portland 71-61

WCC All-Tournament MVP: Micah Downs of Gonzaga

WCC All-Tournament Team
Micah Downs of GON
Matt Bouldin of GON
John Bryant (6'10''-C) of SCU
Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) of GON
Diamon Simpson of SMC

All-WCC 1st Team
Matt Bouldin of GON
John Bryant of SCU
T.J. Campbell (5'9''-G-88) of POR
Josh Heytvelt of GON
Dior Lowhorn (6'7''-F-87) of USF
Patrick Mills of SMC
Gyno Pomare (6'8''-F-86) of USD
Nik Raivio (6'4''-G-86) of POR
Omar Samhan of SMC
Diamon Simpson of SMC

All-WCC Honorable Mention
Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88) of GON
Kevin Foster (6'2''-G) of SCU
Steven Gray (6'5''-G-89) of GON
Jeremy Pargo of GON
Robin Smeulders (6'9''-F-87) of POR
Jared Stohl (6'2''-G-89) of POR

WCC All-Freshman Team
Keion Bell (6'3''-G) of PEP
Jarred Dubois (6'3''-G-90) of LMU
Kevin Foster of SCU
James Rahon (6'4''-G) of SCU
Marc Trasolini (6'8''-F-90) of SCU

WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year
T.J. Campbell of POR
Kevin Foster of SCU

WCC Player of the Year: John Bryant of SCU
WCC Defensive Player of the Year: Diamon Simpson of SMC
WCC Coach of the Year: Eric Reveno of POR


Siena wins MAAC Championship title 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86) shook off a nagging calf injury and a terrible first half to score 19 points in leading Siena to defend its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title with a 77-70 win over Niagara on Monday night.
Ryan Rossiter (6'9''-F-89) added 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Saints (26-7) clinched their program's fifth NCAA tournament berth. Siena also completed its season with a 17-0 record on its home court, and extended its win streak to 21 dating to last season.
Tyrone Lewis (6'0''-G-87) scored 22 for the Purple Eagles (26-8), who will be left to settle for an NIT berth. Niagara lost for only the second time in 14 games and squandered an opportunity to match a school single-season record for wins.
As the final buzzer sounded, a throng of green and gold Saints supporters rushed the floor and carried Hasbrouck away with them in a frenzied celebration.
It was a fitting end for Hasbrouck, because all eyes were on him before tipoff after the MAAC Player of the Year hurt his right calf in the Saints' 80-65 win over Fairfield on Sunday. Hasbrouck didn't take part in the team's shootaround earlier in the day, but he looked limber during the pregame warmup.
It took a while, though, to find his range as Hasbrouck went 1-of-10 for two points in the first half.
The second half was a different story as Hasbrouck went 7-for-11 for 17 points, nine of which came during a decisive 13-1 run that put the Saints ahead 63-51 with five minutes left. Hasbrouck started the run by hitting a 16-footer to break a 50-all tie.
The key series of plays came on Siena's next possession when Saints forward Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86) missed a shot off the side of the rim, and Rossiter dived into the Siena bench, tipping the ball back in play. Hasbrouck completed the possession with an underhanded shot from 6-feet off.
Siena set a school record for single-season wins at the Division I level. The Saints also bounced back from a 100-85 loss at Niagara on Feb. 27. Siena also won the rematch of the 2007 championship game, after a 83-79 loss to Niagara.
The tournament was played in the Saints home arena, a place where they haven't lost since Feb. 16, 2008, when they dropped an 83-76 overtime decision Loyola, Md.
The game was close through 30 minutes, though the Saints never lost the lead after Ubiles completed a three-point play to put Siena ahead 20-19 with 9:23 left in the first half as part of a 18-3 run.
Benson Egemonye scored 10 points and added 10 rebounds for the Purple Eagles, who dropped to 2-4 in MAAC championship games. Niagara was attempting to earn its fourth NCAA berth and third in five years.


Courtesy of MAAC


MAAC Regular Season Standings
1 Siena 16-2 25-7
2 Niagara 14-4 26-7
3 Rider 12-6 19-12
4 Fairfield 9-9 17-15
4 Manhattan 9-9 16-14
6 St.Peter's 8-10 11-19
7 Iona 7-11 12-19
8 Loyola, MD 7-11 12-20
9 Canisius 4-14 11-20
10 Marist 4-14 10-23

Tournament Final: Siena - Niagara 77-70

Tournament Semifinals:
Siena - Fairfield 80-65
Niagara - Rider 93-89, 2OT

MAAC All-Tournament MVP: Kenny Hasbrouck of Siena

MAAC All-Tournament Team
Kenny Hasbrouck of Siena
Ronald Moore (6'0''-G-88) of Siena
Alex Franklin (6'5''-F-88) of Siena
Tyrone Lewis of Niagara


All-MAAC 1st Team
Bilal Benn (6'5''-G/F-86) of Niagara
Tyrone Lewis of Niagara
Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G) of Rider
Kenny Hasbrouck of Siena
Edwin Ubiles of Siena

All-MAAC 2nd Team
Jamal Barney (6'3''-G) of Loyola
Ryan Schneider (6'7''-F) of Marist
Benson Egemonye (6'10''-C-83) of Niagara
Alex Franklin of Siena
Ronald Moore of Siena

All-MAAC 3rd Team
Frank Turner (5'10''-G-88) of Canisius
Greg Nero (6'7''-F) of Fairfield
Gary Springer (6'9''-F/C) of Iona
Darryl Crawford (6'4''-G-88) of Manhattan
Wesley Jenkins (6'2''-G-89) of Saint Peter

MAAC All-Rookie Team
Scott Machado (6'1''-G) of Iona
Anthony Winbush (6'7''-F) of Loyola
R.J. Hall (5'10''-G) of Marist
Novar Gadson (6'6''-G) of Rider
Kyle Downey (6'2''-G) of Siena

MAAC All-Academic Team
Bob Bevilacqua (6'1''-G) of Canisius
Robert Goldsberry (6'0''-G-89) of Canisius
Sean Grzeck (6'7''-F) of Fairfield
Milan Prodanovic (6'1''-G) of Iona
Nick Walsh (5'9''-G) of Manhattan
Nick Amicucci of Marist
Ryan Schneider of Marist
Demetrius Williamson (6'6''-F-87) of Niagara
Matt Griffin (5'11''-G) of Rider
Josh Duell (6'7''-F-86) of Siena

MAAC Player of the Year: Kenny Hasbrouck of Siena
MAAC Defensive Player of the Year: Tyrone Lewis of Niagara
MAAC Rookie of the Year: Scott Machado of Iona
MAAC Sixth Man of the Year: Clarence Jackson (6'3''-G-89) of Siena
MAAC Coach of the Year: Fran McCaffery of Siena



Maynor, Sanders lead VCU past George Mason in CAA title game - by Eurobasket
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Senior guard Eric Maynor (6'2''-G-87) (Raeford, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points and added eight assists, and sophomore forward Larry Sanders (6'9''-F-88) (Fort Pierce, Fla.) set a tournament game record with 20 rebounds and tied another with seven blocks as top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University defeated No. 2 George Mason University 71-50 in the Championship Game of the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament in front of a sellout crowd of 11,200 at the Richmond Coliseum.
The Rams (24-9) won their second CAA title in the past three seasons and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots dropped to 22-10.
Maynor, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, hit nine of 19 shots from the floor, two from behind the arc, and 5 of 6 from the free throw line to account for his 25. Sanders added 18 points, including 12 in the second half. Sanders also set a record with 40 rebounds in the entire tournament, passing David Robinson's total of 39 in 1986. The single-game rebounding record of 19 had been held by Robinson, Kenny Sanders (twice), Robinson and Harding Nana. Sanders tied Robinson for the block record.
VCU jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first four minutes by hitting four of its first five shots, while Mason missed seven of its first eight attempts. The Patriots pulled to within two at 9-7 before a 21-10 Ram run pushed the lead to 30-17 with just under three minutes remaining in the half. Maynor had 14 points for VCU during the run. Freshman forward Ryan Pearson (6'6''-F-90) (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) hit a five-footer with 52 seconds left to make it 30-19 at the half. VCU shot 52% (13-25) from the floor in the first half, including 4-11 from behind the arc. The Patriots shot 29% (8-27) from the floor. Maynor finished the half with 14 points and four assists, while Sanders had six points and 12 boards. Senior guard Dre Smith (6'0''-G-85) (Houston, Texas) had five points in the first 20 minutes for Mason.
The Rams started the second half on a 13-1 run to take a 43-20 lead with 14:17 left in the contest. Mason didn't hit its first field goal of the second half until seven minutes in, going 0-7 from the floor and committing six turnovers. After trailing 47-25, Mason used a 7-0 run to make it 47-32 with 8:30 left. VCU went scoreless for 3:30 before Maynor hit a floater and four free throws to give the Rams a 53-37 advantage with six minutes left. Smith hit a pair of three-pointers to pull Mason to within 12 at 56-44 with 5:15 left before a 9-0 run by the Rams pushed the lead to 21 at 65-44 with 3:45 remaining before recording the 71-50 victory.
VCU shot 49% from the floor (26-53) and held Mason to 30% shooting (18-59).
Smith paced the Patriots with 23 points. He was 8-14 from the floor and 5-10 from behind the arc.

Courtesy of CAA

CAA Regular Season Standings
1 Va Commonwealth 14-4 23-9
2 George Mason 13-5 21-9
3 ODU 12-6 21-10
4 Northeastern 12-6 18-12
5 Hofstra 11-7 21-11
6 Drexel 10-8 15-14
7 JMU 9-9 19-14
8 Georgia St. 8-10 12-20
9 Delaware 6-12 13-19
10 Towson 5-13 12-21
11 William & Mary 5-13 10-20
12 NC-Wilmington 3-15 7-25

Tournament Final: VCU - George Mason 71-50
Tournament Semifinals:
VCU - Old Dominion 61-53
George Mason - Towson 56-48

CAA All-Tournament MVP: Eric Maynor of VCU

All-CAA 1st Team
Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86) of Delaware
Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88) of Northeastern
Charles Jenkins (6'3''-G-89) of Hofstra
Gerald Lee (6'10''-F-87) of Old Dominion
Eric Maynor of VCU

All-CAA 2nd Team
Juwann James (6'6''-F) of James Madison
Darryl Monroe (6'7''-F-86) of George Mason
Scott Rodgers (6'3''-G) of Drexel
Larry Sanders of VCU
John Vaughan (6'3''-G-86) of George Mason

All-CAA 3rd Team
Manny Adako (6'8''-F-87) of Northeastern
Joe Dukes (6'1''-G-87) of Georgia State
Junior Hairston (6'8''-F) of Towson
Cam Long (6'4''-G-88) of George Mason
David Schneider (6'3''-G-87) of William & Mary
Chad Tomko (5'11''-G-89) of UNC Wilmington

CAA All-Rookie Team
Bradford Burgess (6'4''-G-90) of VCU
Samme Givens (6'5''-F) of Drexel
Quinn McDowell (6'5''-G/F) of William & Mary
Devon Moore (6'4''-G) of James Madison
Ryan Pearson of George Mason
Julius Wells (6'5''-F) of James Madison

CAA All-Defensive Team
Chaisson Allen (6'4''-G-89) of Northeastern
Scott Rodgers of Drexel
Larry Sanders of VCU
John Vaughan of George Mason
Greg Washington (6'10''-F-84) of Hofstra

CAA All-Academic 1st Team
Baptiste Bataille (5'10''-G-87) of Northeastern
Darion Jeralds (6'1''-G-88) of UNC Wilmington
Brian Morris (6'6''-G-87) of Towson
Nkem Ojougboh (6'9''-C-87) of Northeastern
David Schneider of William & Mary

CAA All-Academic 2nd Team
Jonathan Adams (6'6''-F-87) of Old Dominion
Matt Janning of Northeastern
Daniel Mercer (6'6''-F) of UNC Wilmington
Zygis Sestokas (6'5''-G/F-86) of Hofstra
Leon Spencer (6'8''-F) of Drexel
Arminas Urbutis (6'9''-F-86) of Hofstra

CAA Player of the Year: Eric Maynor of VCU
CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Larry Sanders of VCU
CAA Rookie of the Year: Julius Wells of James Madison
CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award: Darion Jeralds of UNC Wilmington
CAA Coach of the Year: Bruiser Flint of Drexel



Chattanooga Tops Charleston, Wins SoCon Championship - by Eurobasket
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Chattanooga opened the second half on a 20-0 run and weathered College of Charleston's second-half 3-point barrage to win its record-tying 10th Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship title on Monday, 80-69, to claim the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
Tony White (6'0''-G-88) Jr. scored a career-high 31 points for the Cougars, but Keyron Sheard led Chattanooga (18-16), the North Division's top seed, with 18 points. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85) had 15 points, Ty Patterson 12 and Kevin Goffney (6'5''-F-86) 10 for the Mocs, while Andrew Goudelock (6'1''-G-88) had 15 for College of Charleston (26-8), the South Division's No. 3 seed.
The game was tied at 34 at the half, but the Mocs came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first 20 points of the frame to seemingly take control. McDowell got the scoring binge started with a 3-pointer in the first minute, and Patterson added three triples of his own - including one as the shot clock expired - to get the Mocs rolling. Khalil Hartwell (6'8''-F-85)'s steal and thunderous dunk made it an 18-point game and got the home crowd on its feet, and Sheard's pair of free throws made it 54-34.
College of Charleston finally got its first bucket of the half on a Goudelock 3-pointer with 13:23 to play, and White hit back-to-back 3s to force a Chattanooga timeout.
The Mocs turned the ball over out of the timeout and Goudelock drained another 3 - Charleston's fourth in a row - to get the margin back under 10 at 54-46 with 11:19 to play. Antwaine Wiggins (6'7''-F-88)' layup pulled the Cougars to within six to cap a 14-0 Charleston run, but Sheard hit a layup on the other end to stop Chattanooga's drought.
The Cougars weren't done, however, getting another Goudelock 3-pointer to make it a five-point game with 8:26 to play.
Nicchaeus Doaks (6'7''-F-87)' layup made it 58-51, and Goffney's one-handed follow dunk on a missed 3 from Patterson pushed the lead back to nine. After a Charleston turnover, Sheard drained his lone 3 of the game to put the Mocs' lead back in double digits.
White answered with one of his seven 3-pointers, but Sheard was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws to make it 66-54 with five minutes to play.
White scored seven points in the final two minutes to make things interesting, but Chattanooga salted away the game at the free throw line. McDowell was 4-for-4 in the final two minutes, while Goffney was 3-for-4 and Sheard 2-for-2.
The first half was hotly contested, with neither team leading by more than seven and the lead changing hands five times. A McDowell jumper made it 25-18 with just under eight minutes to play in the half, but White had a jumper and a 3 in a 7-0 Charleston run that tied the game.
Chris Early (6'7''-F) scored all six of his points consecutively in a 9-2 Chattanooga spurt that stretched the lead back to seven points at 34-27, but a layup from Jermaine Johnson (6'7''-F-85) and a couple of free throws from White made it a one-possession game. Marcus Hammond hit a 3 as the shot clock expired with less than a minute left to knot the score heading into intermission.
The Mocs' 10th league tournament title ties the record held by Davidson and former SoCon member West Virginia.
Goffney and McDowell earned spots on the SoCon All-Tournament first team for Chattanooga, while Doaks was named to the second team. White was on the first team for Charleston, while Goudelock, Dustin Scott (6'8''-F-85) and Jeremy Simmons (6'8''-F-89) were on the second team.


Courtesy of SoCon

Southern Conf. Regular Season Standings
North Division
1 Chattanooga 11-9 18-16
1 W.Carolina 11-9 16-15
3 Samford 9-11 16-16
4 Appalachian St. 9-11 13-18
5 Elon 7-13 11-20
6 NC-Greensboro 4-16 5-25
South Division
1 Davidson 18-2 26-7
2 Charleston 15-5 26-8
2 Citadel 15-5 20-12
4 Wofford 12-8 16-14
5 Georgia Southern 5-15 8-22
6 Furman 4-16 6-24


Tournament Final: Chattanooga - College of Charleston 80-69
Tournament Semifinals:
Chattanooga - Samford 81-70
Davidson - College of Charleston 52-59

Southern Conf. All-Tournament MVP: Stephen McDowell of Chattanooga

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 1st Team
Stephen McDowell of Chattanooga
Tony White of College of Charleston
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) of Davidson
Kevin Goffney of Chattanooga
Bryan Friday (6'6''-F-87) of Samford

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team
Nicchaeus Doaks of Chattanooga
Dustin Scott of College of Charleston
Donald Sims (6'1''-G) of Appalachian State
Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston
Jeremy Simmons of College of Charleston

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team
Stephen Curry of Davidson
Noah Dahlman (6'6''-F-89) of Wofford
Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston
Stephen McDowell of Chattanooga
Demetrius Nelson (6'8''-F/C-86) of The Citadel

All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team
Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87) of Appalachian State
Nicchaeus Doaks of Chattanooga
Andrew Lovedale (6'8''-F-85) of Davidson
Harouna Mutombo (6'4''-G) of Western Carolina
Cameron Wells (6'1''-G-88) of The Citadel

All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team
Ola Atoyebi (6'8''-F-86) of Elon
Brandon Giles (6'6''-G-88) of Western Carolina
Jermaine Johnson of College of Charleston
Jordan Miller (6'2''-G-88) of Furman
Junior Salters (6'1''-G-88) of Wofford

Southern Conf. All-Freshman Team
John Brown (6'4''-G/F-89) of The Citadel
Ben Drayton (5'10''-G) of Georgia Southern
Damian Eargle (6'7''-F) of UNC Greensboro
Harouna Mutombo of Western Carolina
Brad Loesing (6'0''-G-89) of Wofford

Southern Conf. Player of the Year: Stephen Curry of Davidson
Southern Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Max Paulhus Gosselin (6'6''-G-85) of Davidson
Southern Conf. Freshman of the Year: Harouna Mutombo of Western Carolina
Southern Conf. Coach of the Year: Ed Conroy of The Citadel



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Josh Bostic, the probable NCAA D2 Player of the Year, gets an NBA Portsmouth Camp invite! - by Lucius Jones
Probable NCAA D2 Player of the Year, Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) has officially been invited to the NBA Portsmouth Camp. The only 2-time NCAA D2 All American in Findlay (OH) history has elevated his stock to such an extent that he is being considered a serious possibility to become an NBA player. Josh Bostic 's only comments on the prestigious situation were that he was very pleased to be chosen for such an amazing opportunity and the NBA or professional basketball in general has always been a goal of his for his entire life. However his focus is on Findlay (OH) 's quest for the National Championship at the present moment. Findlay (OH) begins the title chase in the Regional tournament this Sat at 6pm at home in Croy gymnasium. Findlay (OH) is 30-0 this season and has been #1 in the NCAA D2 nation since the pre-season rankings initially came out in most publications. Most of the same publications had Josh Bostic as their choice for NCAA D2 National Player of the Year as well.

Arkansas Tech Wins First Ever Championship - by Eurobasket
It was a tournament of firsts for Arkansas Tech, and the biggest of them all occured today when the Wonder Boys defeated East Division champion Valdosta State 79-66 for the league title at the DeSoto Civic Center.
Arkansas Tech caputed its first ever GSC championship with the win, and are the automatic qualifier in the league for the NCAA Tournament. The Wonder Boys move to 22-8 on the year, while VSU drops to 24-6.
GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player Renard Allen (6'1''-G) of ATU topped all scorers with 25 points. The guard also grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists in 27 minutes of play. Arkansas Tech had five players in double digits, including all-tournament selections Thiago Cordeiro (6'10''-C-85) and Chad Henderson (6'2''-G). Tyrone Curnell (6'7''-F), who also was tabbed to the all-tourney team, lead VSU with 12 points.
Valdosta State got out of the gate quickly, shooting well and earning an early 21-13 margin on the strength of guard Ricardo Lewis (6'0''-G). Lewis, who was an all-touranment selection, finished the contest with eight points. After a strong run by Arkansas Tech to close out the half, head coach Brian Downey's bunch would go into the lockerrom ahead 35-33.
The second half would be all Tech, with ATU outscoring the Blazers 44-33. After shooting 41 percent (15-for-36) in the first stanza, the Wonder Boys caught fire, lighting it up at a 61 percent clip (14-for-23). Arkansas Tech opened the half with a 17-2 run, turning what was a close game into a sizable margin.
Despite VSU's best efforts, the Wonder Boys would not be denied. With the clock at zero, ATU stormed the court to celebrate the school's first ever GSC basketball title.

Courtesy of GSC

GSC Regular Season Standings
East Division
1 Valdosta St. 9-3
2 N.Alabama 8-4
3 Al.-Huntsville 7-5
4 W.Florida 5-7
4 Montevallo 5-7
4 W.Alabama 5-7
7 W.Georgia 3-9
West Division
1 Christian Brothers 11-3
2 Delta St. 10-4
3 Arkansas Tech 9-5
4 Ark.-Monticello 8-6
5 Harding 6-8
5 S.Arkansas 6-8
7 Ouachita Baptist 3-11
7 Henderson St. 3-11


Tournament Final: Arkansas Tech - Valdosta State 79-66
Tournament Semifinals:
Arkansas Tech - Harding 73-63
Valdosta State - Delta State 78-61

GSC All-Tournament MVP: Renard Allen of ATU

GSC All-Tournament Team
Chad Henderson of ATU
Ricardo Lewis of VSU
Kevin Brown (6'4''-F-87) of HU
Thiago Cordeiro of ATU
Tyrone Curnell of VSU
Brandon Friedel (6'3''-G) of ATU

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All-GSC East Division 1st Team
Cody Jones (6'7''-F) of Alabama-Huntsville
Freddy Little (6'0''-G-86) of Montevallo
Kenny Johnson (5'11''-G-86) of North Alabama
Thomas Fraise (6'6''-C-82) of North Alabama
Tyrone Curnell of Valdosta State
Jason Swanson (6'7''-F-86) of West Alabama

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All-GSC West Division 1st Team
Thiago Cordeiro of Arkansas Tech
Chad Henderson of Arkansas Tech
Nick Kohs (6'8''-C-87) of Christian Brothers
Reggie Peyton (6'0''-G) of Christian Brothers
Chad Akins (6'2''-G-88) of Delta State

All-GSC East Division 2nd Team
Nate Flowers (6'5''-F-87) of Montevallo
Ricardo Lewis of Valdosta State
Charles Bouie (6'7''-C) of West Florida
Doug Daniels (6'3''-G-86) of West Georgia
John Pringle (6'7''-F-85) of West Georgia

All-GSC West Division 2nd Team
Alton Robinson (6'7''-F-86) of Delta State
Eric Spencer (6'5''-G) of Delta State
Kevin Brown of Harding
Trent Morgan (6'3''-G-88) of Harding
Rowan Ledbetter (5'3''-G) of Ouachita Baptist

GSC West Division Player of the Year: Nick Kohs of Christian Brothers
GSC East Division Player of the Year: Kenny Johnson of North Alabama
GSC East Division Freshman of the Year: Josh Magette (6'1''-G) of Alabama-Huntsville
GSC West Division Freshman of the Year: Scott Dennis (6'4''-G) of Christian Brothers
GSC West Division Coach of the Year: Mike Nienaber of Christian Brothers
GSC East Division Coach of the Year: Mike Helfer of Valdosta State



Vikings Win GNAC Title - by Kevin
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GNAC Regular Season Standings

1. W.Washington 13-3 21-5
2. Cent.Washington 12-4 18-6
3. Seattle Pacific 11-5 18-9
4. St.Martin's 10-6 22-8
5. Alaska-Anch. 9-7 15-14
6. NW Nazarene 5-11 14-13
6. Montana St. - Billin 5-11 10-17
7. W.Oregon 4-12 10-17
8. Alaska-Fairb. 3-13 6-19


*GNAC does not have post-season tournament

All-GNAC 1st Team
Kenny Barker (6'3''-G-86) of Alaska Anchorage
Ira Graham (6'2''-G) of Western Washington
Jake Linton (5'11''-G) of Saint Martin's
Matt Penoncello (6'5''-G) of Central Washington
Morris Anderson (6'3''-G) of Western Washington
Jake Beitinger (6'8''-F) of Central Washington

All-GNAC 2nd Team
Chris Banchero (6'1''-G) of Seattle Pacific
Brandon Foote (6'3''-F) of Central Washington
Travis Kuhns (6'8''-F) of Western Oregon
Calin Schell (6'7''-F) of Western Washington
Casey Reed (6'5''-F) of Seattle Pacific
Bill Richardson (6'8''-C) of Saint Martin's

All-GNAC Honorable Mention
Jeremiah Trueman (6'9''-F-87) of Alaska Anchorage
Emmanuel Jenkins (6'0''-G) of Alaska Fairbanks
Johnny Spevak (6'3''-G) of Central Washington
Travis Bunker (6'6''-F) of MSU Billings
Derrick Wright (6'7''-F) of MSU Billings
Michael Hall (6'2''-G) of MSU Billings
Brian Barkdoll (6'10''-C-89) of Northwest Nazarene
Kendall Gielow (6'7''-F-88) of Northwest Nazarene
Blake Poole (6'5''-F) of Saint Martin's
Brandon Larrieu (6'0''-G) of Seattle Pacific
Rafael Moreira (6'9''-C-86) of Seattle Pacific

GNAC All-Academic Team
Michael Anderson (6'7''-F) of UAF
Mladen Begojevic (6'5''-F) of UAF
Nashorn Maynard (6'5''-F-86) of UAF
Johnny Spevak of CWU
Jake Beitinger of CWU
Mike Barton (6'8''-C) of MSU
Louie Beech (6'3''-G-87) of NNU
Kendall Gielow of NNU
Joel Ryman (6'0''-G-86) of NNU
Adam Shildmyer (6'5''-G-86) of NNU
Nick Smith (5'10''-PG) of SMU
Jake Linton of SMU
Bill Richardson of SMU
Casey Reed of SPU
Sam Kelly (6'5''-G) of Western Oregon
Tyler Blok (6'6''-F) of Western Oregon
Calin Schell of WWU
Anthony Wiederkehr (5'11''-G) of WWU
David Brittinen (6'7''-C/F) of WWU

GNAC Player of the Year: Ira Graham of Western Washington
GNAC Newcomer of the Year: Morris Anderson of Western Washington
GNAC Freshman of the Year: Blair Wheadon (6'2''-G) of Western Oregon
GNAC Coach of the Year: Brad Jackson of Western Washington


UIW Wins Mens Conference Tournament - by Kevin
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It was the title game in the Heartland Conference. It was number one against number two. And the game held up as Incarnate Word defeated Dallas Baptist for the 2009 league men's basketball championship. Next up for the victorious Cardinals is a trip to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships, wherever that may be. The bids and the brackets will come sometime during the evening of Sunday. The only other time for UIW to reach the regional tournament was in the spring of 2002 when Incarnate Word reached the second round. But right now the Cardinals don't much care. They got a trophy Saturday night, they cut down the nets and 'We Are The Champions' blared over the sound system in the McDermott Center.
Incarnate Word (23-6) led the league almost from the get-go. Say almost because UIW lost its first Heartland game of the season back in late December to Dallas Baptist in Dallas. The Cardinals then reeled off 10 straight league wins before dropping a pair of home games late in the year. Holding on UIW gained the tournament's top seed and homecourt advantage. That homecourt resulted in a semi-final, 20- point win over St. Edward's followed by the title clincher over Dallas Baptist (23-6), the second seed. Saturday the Cardinals led the entire contest after opening the first half with a pair of three-pointers from senior guard Eric Nuncio (5'9''-G), who was voted all-tournament. Senior forward Garrett Bell (6'7''-F) got a layup at the 13:08 mark and UIW was up by 10, 17-7. Dallas Baptist did not hit double figure points until seven minutes and 15 seconds had been played. The Cardinals lead grew to 16 at 30-14 with 4:41 remaining before the Patriots cut it to nine at the half, 34-25. The closest DBU could get in the second half was five on two different occasions, the last being at 49-44 with 6:14 showing on the game clock. Over the next two and one-half minutes Incarnate Word would score but six points. DBU's problem was it could manage but one basket and could not reduce the lead at all. Senior guard Pierce Caldwell (6'3''-G) led all scorers with his 18 and that total combined with his 25 against St. Edward's earned him the title of tournament most valuable player. That goes with his being voted Heartland Player of the Year earlier in the week. Nuncio was the only other Cardinals player in double figure points with 13. Two UIW guys had double figure rebounds—senior center Jawan Bailey (6'8''-F) with 11 and sophomore forward Tracy Robinson (6'6''-F) with 10. Bailey, the conference leader, blocked five shots.
Courtesy of heartlandsports

Heartland Conf. Regular Season Standings
1. Incarnate World 13-3 23-6
2. Dallas Baptist 12-4 22-5
2. St.Mary's (TX) 12-4 17-10
4. St.Edward's 11-5 17-10
5. Newman 9-7 15-12
6. Texas A&M Int. 7-9 9-18
7. Texas-PB 5-11 9-18
8. Lincoln (MO) 2-14 5-22
9. Oklah. Panhandle St. 1-15 4-23

Tournament Final: Incarnate World - Dallas Baptist 67-55
Tournament Semifinals:
Incarnate World - St. Edward's 93-73
Dallas Baptist - St. Mary's 72-68

Heartland Conf. All-Tournament MVP: Pierce Caldwell of Incarnate Word

Heartland Conf. All-Tournament Team
Eric Nuncio of UIW
Braxton Adamson (6'0''-G) of DBU
Shelby Lewis (6'0''-G) of DBU
Curtis Mitchell (5'8''-G) of St. Mary's
Tylor Carr (6'4''-F) of St. Edward's

All-Heartland Conf. 1st Team
Pierce Caldwell of Incarnate Word
Nick Morey (6'6''-F) of St. Mary's
Jawan Bailey of Incarnate Word
Taylor Mullenax (6'7''-F) of St. Edward's
Robert Harris (6'4''-F) of UT- Permian Basin

All-Heartland Conf. 2nd Team
Braxton Adamson of Dallas Baptist
Derek Barnes (6'0''-G) of Texas A&M International
Jaray Mathews (6'5''-F) of Newman
Shelby Lewis of Dallas Baptist
Ryan Bradley (6'10''-C) of Newman

All-Heartland Conf. Honorable Mention
Reggie Shanks (6'4''-F) of StEU
Chris Patterson (6'5''-G/F) of UIW
Curtis Mitchell of StMU
Bryan Baumann (6'1''-G) of DBU
Quintan Lipkins (5'9''-G-86) of UTPB
Aaron Jackson (6'2''-G) of OPSU
Sean Tucker (6'5''-F) of TAMIU
Eddie Gloviak (6'8''-F) of DBU
Jake Darby (5'9''-G) of NU
Kyle Wakefield (6'3''-G) of StEU

Heartland Conf. Co-Freshman of the Year
Jordan McGowen (6'5'') of DBU
Jake Darby of Newman

Heartland Conf. Player of the Year: Pierce Caldwell of UIW
Heartland Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Lorenzo Anthony (6'3''-F) of StMU
Heartland Conf. Newcomer of the Year: Jaray Mathews of Newman
Heartland Conf. Coach of the Year: Blake Flickner of DBU


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Jimmy Bartolotta Captures Prestigious Jostens Trophy - by Moritz Korff
MIT senior guard Jimmy Bartolotta (6'4''-G-86) added more hardware to the most decorated basketball season in Institute lore as he was selected as the 2009 recipient of the highly coveted Jostens Trophy. The annual award recognizes outstanding student-athletes in NCAA Division III basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the playing court and in the community.

The winners are chosen by a national selection committee that consists of college coaches, former athletes, college administrators and selected members of the media. The members of the national selection committee cast their votes based on three criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

The awards presentation for the Jostens Trophy is set for March 19 held in conjunction with the Salem Rotary Clubs weekly meeting at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

Read the full story on http://mitathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031009aaa.html


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PSL(3) Results and Rankings of Teams - by Tamara Awartani
Games Scores
Played Won Lost Scored Points Opponents Scored Points Difference POINTS
1. De La Salle - Jerusalem 3 3 0 265 161 104 6
2. Orthodoxi Ramallah 3 3 0 254 176 78 6
3. Ibdae 3 3 0 248 189 59 6
4. Sariyet Ramallah 3 2 1 294 197 97 5
5. Ahli Jerusalem 3 2 1 227 167 60 5
6.Albireh 3 2 1 230 181 49 5
7.Ebal 3 2 1 238 223 15 5
8.Orthodoxi Beit Sahour 3 2 1 210 200 10 5
9. Catholic Action 3 2 1 233 235 -2 5
10.Orthodoxi Beit Jala 3 2 1 249 257 -8 5
11.Qalandia 3 2 1 201 211 -10 5
12.Hiteen 3 1 2 241 212 29 4
13.Islami Bethlehem 3 1 2 198 223 -25 4
14.AlRa'I 3 0 3 208 262 -54 3
15.AlFar'a 3 0 3 202 267 -65 3
16.Huwara 3 0 3 190 256 -66 3
17.Balatah 3 0 3 168 254 -86 3
18.Tolkaram 3 0 3 130 273 -143 3


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Rainmen trade Dandridge to Quebec for Andersen - by Carl Berman
The Halifax Rainmen have traded Off Guard Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth) to the Quebec Kebs in exchange for Power Forward Michael Anderson.

In 15 games to date this season, the 67 and 205 lbs native of Virginia has averaged 17.7 points per game including a 23-point game against the Rainmen in Halifax on February 15 and 20 points on February 28 in Quebec. We are very excited to add this amazing talent to our line-up, said team owner Andre Levingston. Anderson will help us with our current run for the playoffs and will give us another threat at the 3 position. We wish Glenn continued success with his basketball career, added Levingston. Anderson is expected to be in Halifax tomorrow and in the Rainmen line-up Saturday as they face the Stampede in Buffalo.


Millrats complete blockbuster trade with Quebec - by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats and the Quebec Kebs completed a blockbuster trade that was approved by the League and posted at 4:55 pm - just five minutes prior to the PBL transaction deadline.

Manchester sent 6'6 forward Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island), 6'8 forward Charles Mason plus cash considerations to Quebec for 6'8 245lb power forward John Ruffus. This historic transaction goes down as the first ever in-season player trade in PBL history. 'Charles is a solid veteran with size and NBA range and was very popular with our fans,' explained Millrats Principal Owner Jason Briggs. 'He has been a big part of our success over the past two seasons and we wish him the best in Quebec.' Briggs continued, 'Both Charles and Jamaal (Wise) were willing to accommodate the trade knowing full well it would benefit the Millrats in their quest for a championship - that says a lot about them as people.'

Ruffus was the second overall pick by the Quebec Kebs in the Montreal dispersal draft. A rugged power forward who can also play center, he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds while with Quebec. Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon was excited at the prospect of coaching Ruffus: 'We're getting one of the best inside players in the minor leagues. He consistently knocks down the 15 foot jumper, he is automatic on the block, and he can guard the strong bigs around the league. It's tough to lose a Jamaal Wise and a Charles Mason since they are very athletic and gave 100% in practice, but we had to get bigger with the departure of Kenyon Gamble and the injury to Aaron Spears.' Spon continued, 'Our General Manager, Ian McCarthy, pulled off a great trade at the last minute. He's been very keen all season - looking constantly towards getting us better and better as the season progressed.' In addition to the trade, Manchester is also pleased to announce the re-signing of 6'11 center Ifesinachi Anosike. Anosike had averaged 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game during the first 7 games of the season.


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Purefoods celebrates after 4 consecutive defeats - by Eurobasket News
Purefoods duplicated a Coca-Cola feat.

The Purefoods locals rose to the occasion with import Brian Hamilton taking an early exit due to a flagrant infraction, subduing Rain or Shine, 102-94, in overtime in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Batangas City Sports Center here Saturday.

The Tigers did the same trick versus the Barako Bull Energy Boosters just 24 hours ago over at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in a 106-103 win.

Tougher was Purefoods feat, though, with the Giants needing an extra period to overcome the Elasto Painters.

Purefoods, which beat Rain or Shine for the first time in three conferences, fought back from the brink as it rolled to a second straight win, catching up with Burger King in the lead a week into the tourney.

Rain or Shine blew the opportunity to be the one to tie Burger King in the lead with its bid stymied by missed free throws at crunch time.

The Elasto Painters had a chance to win the contest in regulation play but Rob Wainwright muffed two charities with 2.6 seconds left and the count tied at 87-all.

As Brian (Hamilton) took the early exit, we just buckled down to work and we showed we have the bigger heart, said Don Carlos Allado (198-F-77) who led all scorers with 22 points, his highest output over the last six seasons.

Hamilton took the exit ahead of the others as he incurred a flagrant foul for sticking a foot on a jump-shooting Wainwright with a minute gone in the final half.

But the Giants did play with a big heart, making it two in a row following a triumphant 131-121 debut versus the Talk N Text Tropang Texters last Sunday at the Big Dome.

Don Carlos Allado, Peter June Simon (186-G-82), Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) and James Yap (191-F/G-82) delivered the important shots as the Giants survived the ouster of Hamilton in the contest, the second in the PBA-Phoenix Fuel On Tour.

After Wainwright missed the potential game-winning free throws, the Elasto Painters failed to recover, continuing to throw bricks in overtime.

Simon made 17 points including a personal five-point binge giving the Giants a 99-93 cushion entering the final minute of the contest.

Kerby Raymundo contributed 21 points while James Yap shared 19.

The Giants immediately seized control in overtime with Roger Yap and Don Carlos Allado knocking in three straight charities.

Earlier, the Giants held on despite Hamiltons exit, erecting two 12-point spreads, 74-62 and 77-65, early in the third.

The Elasto Painters relied on the hot hands of Don Dulay and Gabe Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) as they made a decisive move in the fourth quarter, surging ahead at 83-81.

Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia, however, practically held their punches in taking out Dulay for Sol Mercado entering the homestretch.

Dulay rode the bench even as he was the main responsible in their comeback, rifling in four booming triples.

Mercado failed to deliver, missing a harried three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation and going 2-of-4 from the stripe in overtime.

It was actually the first time Purefoods defeated Rain or Shine since Garcia took over the Elasto Painters replacing Leo Austria prior to the start of last seasons Fiesta tourney. (NC)


The scores:

Purefoods 102
- Don Carlos Allado 22, Kerby Raymundo 21, Yap J. 19, Simon 17, Canaleta 6, Hamilton 5, Yap R. 5, Vergara 4, Adducul 2, Villanueva 1.
Rain or Shine 94 - Gabriel Norwood 14, Reyes 13, Dulay 12, Clark 12, Mercado 11, Wainwright 11, Isip 10, Arana 9, Laure 2, Andaya 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarterscores: 23-25, 45-40, 68-60, 87-87 (reg.), 102-94 (OT)

Courtesy of the PBA (www.pba.ph)


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Prokom 17-6 
 2. Polpharma 15-8 
 3. Anwil 15-9 
 4. Kotwica 15-9 
 5. Turow 15-9 
 6. En.Czarni 14-10 
 7. AZS Koszalin 14-10 
 8. Polonia 13-11 
 9. Bank BPS 10-15 
 10. Sportino I. 9-15 
 11. Atlas Stal 9-15 
 12. PBG Basket 9-16 
 13. Znicz J. 8-16 
 14. Gornik W. 5-19 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Tempcold 20-2 
 2. Astoria 19-3 
 3. Rosasport 17-4 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 15-7 
 5. SIDEn 14-8 
 6. AZS Kutno 13-9 
 7. Bonduelle 11-11 
 8. UKS Leczyce 10-11 
 9. Norgips 9-12 
 10. Tur B.Podl. 8-13 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 8-14 
 12. Ksiezak L. 4-17 
 13. Legia W-wa 1-18 
 14. OSSM Sopot 1-21 
Group B
 1. Spojnia S. 17-3 
 2. AZS Szczecin 16-4 
 3. Tarnovia 15-5 
 4. AZS Opole 14-5 
 5. Open Basket 12-8 
 6. Pogon P. 11-9 
 7. Tytan 10-11 
 8. AZS Big Plus 9-11 
 9. MKKS Rybnik 8-14 
 10. Doral-Nysa 7-12 
 11. Slask II W. 6-14 
 12. VB Leasing 4-16 
 13. OSSM Wroc. 0-20 
Group C
 1. Start Lublin 19-2 
 2. UMKS Kielce 18-4 
 3. MKKS Zabrze 15-8 
 4. Basket K. 13-8 
 5. Alba 12-9 
 6. Cracovia 12-10 
 7. Pogon RS 10-11 
 8. MCKiS Jaw. 9-9 
 9. Wisla Krakow 9-13 
 10. Limanowa 9-13 
 11. SKK S-ce 9-13 
 12. HK Zory 7-13 
 13. AZS Radom 6-15 
 14. OSSM W-wa 0-20 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.8 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Wojcik, PBG Basket17.2 
 4. Hicks, Polpharma16.8 
 5. Mojica, AZS K.16.5 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.6 
 7. Harrington, Polonia15.4 
 8. Miller, ISS S.15.1 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.0 
 10. Weeden, Bank B.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.3 
 4. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.6 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 6. Naymick, SKK K.7.4 
 7. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.2 
 8. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 9. Okafor, Atlas Stal6.9 
 10. McLean, PBG.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.0 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil6.0 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.8 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.6 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 7. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 8. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.0 
 9. Davis, PBG Basket3.9 
 10. Garner, Bank B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.9 
 2. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Harrington, Polonia3.1 
 5. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 6. Eldridge, Polpharma2.7 
 7. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 8. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.4 
 9. Frasunkiewic., Polon.2.2 
 10. Szubarga, Atlas.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Booker, En.Czarni1.4 
 6. Turek, PGE Turow1.3 
 7. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 8. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 9. Daniels, PGE Turow0.8 
 10. Barrett, SKK.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 23-0 
 2. Ovarense 19-4 
 3. CAB 19-4 
 4. AD Vagos 17-6 
 5. Academica 16-7 
 6. VSC Guimar. 13-10 
 7. Barreirense 13-10 
 8. Porto Ferpinta 13-11 
 9. Ginasio 11-12 
 10. Fisica 8-15 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Jason SMITH
  CAB
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Smith, CAB22.7 
 2. Marcal, Porto F.22.1 
 3. Coleman, AD Vagos20.5 
 4. Burns, Porto F.19.8 
 5. Graham, VSC G.19.6 
 6. Bowman, Barreire.19.1 
 7. Waller, Ovarense18.8 
 8. Doliboa, Benfica18.5 
 9. Williams, Academica18.5 
 10. Hill, AD Vag.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel JOHNSON
  Academica
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Johnson, Academica10.6 
 2. Ferguson, Fisica10.0 
 3. Martin, Porto F.9.8 
 4. Doliboa, Benfica8.5 
 5. Coleman, AD Vagos8.1 
 6. Brown, Barreirense7.9 
 7. Minter, VSC G.7.8 
 8. Hill, AD Vagos7.6 
 9. Roberts, Ovarense7.6 
 10. Burns, Porto.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Blanks, VSC G.7.8 
 2. Pires, Barreirense5.7 
 3. Costa, Ginasio5.2 
 4. Figueiredo, Porto F.5.1 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.0 
 6. Smith, CAB4.7 
 7. Reed, Benfica4.1 
 8. McKenzie, Barreire.4.0 
 9. Carreira, Benfica3.9 
 10. Hill, AD Vag.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blanks, VSC G.2.8 
 2. Brown, Ginasio2.3 
 3. Coleman, AD Vagos2.2 
 4. Smith, CAB2.1 
 5. Bowman, Barreire.2.0 
 6. Costa, Ginasio1.9 
 7. Cunha, Porto F.1.9 
 8. Madison, CAB1.9 
 9. Davis, Fisica1.7 
 10. Tavares, VSC.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STEMPIN
  Ovarense
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stempin, Ovarense2.0 
 2. Truscott, Benfica2.0 
 3. Evora, Benfica2.0 
 4. Roberts, Ovarense1.9 
 5. Brown, Barreirense1.9 
 6. Coleman, AD Vagos1.7 
 7. Graham, VSC G.1.4 
 8. Billmeier, AD Va.1.4 
 9. Martin, Porto F.1.4 
 10. Torson, Ginas.1.3 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Golden opportunity to Cortes ... - by Jesus Jimenez

When we talk of the BSN Champions, the Arecibo Captains, theres a lot of talk about players like Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.), Angel Figueroa 'Buster' (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) and Jefrion Aubry, but many are forgetting the great work that it has been doing for a long time, the player of the position 2, David Cortes (190-G/F-81). This young man, born and developed in the town of Arecibo, has all the skills necessary to be a star in this league. With a 6 '4 ' in height, a shot reliable at all angles of the court, has good court vision, and a leader in it, but above all, has a great defense. Accepting his role as a replacement to get in the game and neutralize the best offensive player of the opposite team. A job that he always done efficiently. However, this season he returns with the opportunity that he has earned with his own right, as a part of the starting lineup of the Captain team. This task,the same one that he already held two seasons ago with great effectiveness, when he replaced the magnificent Puerto Rican sharp shooter, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC). The statistics obtained in that season were 16 points per game and his defense was impeccable demonstrating a great potential. This year it will be no exception, since the pre season games he has begun to demonstrate that he is ready to prove that he can take the helm of the Captain Ship, and take it to the safe harbor, which is to repeat the championship ...


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Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Proleter Naft. 17-3 
 2. Beograd 15-5 
 3. FMP II 13-7 
 4. Superfund 13-7 
 5. Mladost C. 13-7 
 6. Radnicki O. 11-9 
 7. Crnokosa 11-9 
 8. Vojvodina Z. 10-10 
 9. Sloboda U. 7-12 
 10. Beovuk 72 7-12 
 11. Vrbas 7-13 
 12. Crvena Zv. 2 7-13 
 13. Kikinda 6-14 
 14. Maraton 2-18 


2-3 for Serbian teams in Adriatic league this week-end - by Eurobasket News
No.1 Partizan grabbed 83-73 home win against Split for impressive 22-2 record in the regional championship. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) came up with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) also helped with 20 pts (6 of 8 from behind the arc). Split got 21 points and 6 assists from Jamon Gordon (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech).
Zagreb registered the 7th win this season and it was again FMP at home 83-77. Ante Tomic (215-C-87) shined for the hosts scoring 22 points, grabbing 6 boards and handing out 9 assists. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) netted 25 points for the guests (5 triples).
Hemofarm demonstrated nice performance against the Slovenian champion celebrating 74-70 win. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes for the hosts. He had 2/3 FG2, 3/3 from behind the arc and 9/11 from the line. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) followed with 12 pts. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Olimpija. Hemofarm remains on the 4th place with 17-7 record.
Helios did not have any troubles to beat Vojvodina at home 100-84 and to reach 7-17 record. Alvin Snow was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) nailed 29 pts and grabbed 5 boards for the guests.
The reigning Croatian champ crushed No.2 Crvena Zvezda 71-61 thanks to Hrvoje Peric and Rok Stipcevic, which combined 34 points. All other players in Zadar had less than 10. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 for the loosing squad. Zadar 16-8, Crvena Zvezda 18-6.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
1-6 places
 1. Nitra 21-7 
 2. Prievidza 20-8 
 3. Pezinok 20-8 
 4. B.Bystrica 15-13 
 5. Levice 14-14 
 6. Nova Ves 14-14 
7-12 places
 1. Chemosvit 15-13 
 2. Komarno 15-14 
 3. Inter Bratisl. 13-15 
 4. Handlova 10-18 
 5. Dolny Kubin 6-22 
 6. Kosice 5-22 


Nitra becomes No.1 in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Nitra jumped on top of the standings alone with 21-7 record after 6 rounds in the second stage . The reason is Nitra's victory, plus Prievidza's and Pezinok's defeats last week-end.
Nitra grabbed valuable road win against Banska Bystrica 80-76 thanks to Dametri Hill (203-C-74, college: Florida), who drained 30 points. Lubos Pohanka (190-G-77) had 17 and Eugene Lawrence (185-G-86, college: St.John's) helped with 13 pts. Ivan Skara (204-F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) was the best in defeat delivering 21 points. Marritt had one point less then him. Banska Bystrica dropped to 15-13.
Astrum Levice crushed HBK Prievidza 81-70 for 14-4 record in First 6 Group. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) once again shined for the winners netting 25 points. Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86) had 16 for the loosing squad.
The reigning champion, Pezinok, faced with 80-74 road loss against Spisska Nova Ves falling to 20-8 (same as Prievidza). Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) stepped up for the hosts in this one scoring 25 points. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) responded with 31 for the guests.
In Second 6 Group Handlova was better than Inter 102-86, while Dolny Kubin faced with home loss vs Komarno 78-90. Chemosvit cruised past Slavia TU Kosice 84-64 remaining on top with 15-13 record. Grier scored 22 and Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) nailed one point less in victory.


Transaction period finished - last moves - by Martin Galajda
Slovak champion AB Cosmetics Pezinok signed American forward Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, college: St.Bonaventure).
04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves signed American center Glen Elliott (208-F/C-83, agency: SMWW Sports Agency, college: Florida A&M). Team signed him with try out period. Team signed Jozef Bucak (207-C-81, agency: LBM Management) too. He was released from Pezinok before.
dragan Ristanovic is coach of Astrum Levice again. Team call him back after two months. He repleased Peter Kovacik . Team signed center Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78).
MBK Rieker Komarno signed Serbian power forvard Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) and released Goran Maric (207-C-82).
Inter Bratislava signed veteran center Dejan Stojanovic (206-C-78) and released Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF).
MBK Handlova released coach Dusan Kasum . New coach is Ludovit Smacko (195-G/F-73).
Slavia TU Kosice signed triple - Aurimas Stakenas (204-F-79, college: Pace), Milosz Krajewski (200-F-83, agency: World Sport Agency) and Derrick Harris (197-F-76, college: Nevada).


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  SLOVENIA   


Helios and Krka win in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Helios did not have any troubles to beat Vojvodina at home 100-84 and to reach 7-17 record. Alvin Snow (187-G-81, college: E.Washington) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-F-78, agency: VTBM/SRBM) also was on high level collecting 14 points and 8 rebounds. Charron Fisher nailed 29 pts and grabbed 5 boards for the guests, and he was MVP of the round. It is important to mention that Krka made pretty good 12 of 21 attempts from behind the arc.
Krka registered comfortable home victory against the Montenegrin champion 84-74 jumping to 8-16 record. Simon Petrov (190-G-76), Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) combined 66 points for the winning squad. On the other side, Buducnost got 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists from Vladimir Micov.
Hemofarm demonstrated nice performance against the Slovenian champion celebrating 74-70 win. Boris Savovic scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes for the hosts. He had 2/3 FG2, 3/3 from behind the arc and 9/11 from the line. Stefan Markovic followed with 12 pts. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Union Olimpija. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points and 4 assists. Hemofarm remains on the 4th place with 17-7 record. On the other hand, Olimpija dropped to 9-15.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Split with P.R. squads shatters Bucs' playoff hopes - by David Edole
PUERTO RICO - Following their third straight win on Saturday the University of Virgin Islands Buccaneers lost a heartbreaker to Polytecnica on Sunday to watch their playoff hopes slip away.

UVI beat Metropolitan University 92-84 on Saturday and fell to Poly 80-77 on Sunday.

'After Saturday's win we were very confident we'd win our fourth in a row and finish with a winning record for the first time since joining the LAI,' UVI head coach Sean Georges said on Sunday. 'We beat Polytecnica in the pre-season and I think we came out just a little overconfident on Sunday.'

The Bucs finished the regular season in sixth place and were held out of the postseason.

UVI 92, UMET 84

The Bucs rattled off their third win in a row in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon with a high-scoring 92-84 win over Metropolitan University.

UVI was down by eight at halftime, but came back with a big 31-15 third period to take the lead and ice the win.

In the first period, the Bucs committed seven turnovers and shot just 1-of-7 from 3-point range as the Crocodiles pulled away, 18-16. They extended their lead by halftime to 46-38.

In the third, UVI's Brandon Varlack and Kenneth Vialet teamed up to score 17 of the Bucs 31 points to help get the lead back for good. Varlack had nine points and four rebounds in the third while Vialet had eight points, three assists and three steals.

Varlack finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Vialet put together a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven assists and three steals.

In the fourth period, the teams matched each other point-for-point, each scoring 23, but UVI was able to hold on for the 8-point win.

The Bucs committed 31 turnovers and shot just 14-of-26 from the free throw line. They were helped however by 24 second chance points compared with just nine for UMET.

Also for UVI, Jerrick Amaro had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Nashon Jeffers had 11 points and five steals before fouling out in the fourth period.

Polytecnica 80, UVI 77

With playoff hopes on the line, the Buccaneers fell to a team they had already beaten once this year in Polytecnica, 80-77.

Poly used a late 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go in the game to pull off the upset win and kill the Bucs postseason dreams.

'We just came up short today,' Georges said. 'I kept preaching all season long we had to hit the threes, but today we died from outside.

'As the game progress they started hitting their 3-pointers and we just couldn't connect.'

The Bucs shot just 3-of-15 from 3-point range and only 22-of-38 from the charity stripe on the night.

UVI jumped out to a big 23-15 lead after the first period and kept a five-point lead at the half, 40-35. Then in the third, the Beavers were able to outscore the Bucs 27-18 and take the lead for good.

The Buccaneers outscored Polytecnica 19-18 in the fourth and had the game tied until a season ending 3-pointer connected for the Beavers with 14 seconds to play.

For UVI, Vialet had his second double double of the weekend with 24 points and 12 rebounds to go with five assists and two steals. Varlack had 21 points and seven rebounds and Jeffers had 12 points and six rebounds.

Polytecnica scored 17 points off UVI turnovers while the Bucs managed just four points off Beaver mis-cues. Poly also had 17 points off the bench to UVI's nine and converted 16-of-20 free throws.

By CHRIS WALSH


All Saints boys hoops teams win Private Schools tourney - by David Edole

The 2008-2009 St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity basketball season officially wrapped up this weekend with a post-season private school tournament at Antilles.

The All Saints Vikings won the boys championship and Country Day took second.

All Saints' Brian Brady was named the tournament MVP and was one of four Vikings to be named to the All-Tournament team. The other Vikings named were Jelani Foy, Anthony Pippen and Leo Sibilly. The other boys All-Tournament players were Country Day's Charles Moorehead, Michael McDonald and Charles Sealey, Antilles' Dornel Weaver and Matt Berry, and Gifft Hill's Careem Albert.

All Saints went undefeated on the weekend and wrapped up the tournament championship on Sunday with a 63-29 win over Gifft Hill, from St. John. The Vikings' Brady and Foy each scored 14 points while Albert led Gifft Hill with 14 points. In the second place game, Country Day defeated Antilles, 54-49. Country Day's Moorehead scored a game-high 17 points and Sealey contributed nine. The Hurricanes' Weaver scored 13 points and Brian Richardson contributed 10 points.

On Saturday, All Saints defeated the lone St. Croix participant, Country Day, 34-31, the Antilles boys defeated Gifft Hill, 64-38.

All Saints 34, Country Day 31

After a slow first half by both teams, the All Saints Vikings used a strong second-half comeback to defeat Country Day in game that went down to the final buzzer, 34-31. Both teams struggled to score in the first quarter and went into the second tied up at six points each.

Then Country Day started the second with eight unanswered points to take a 14-6 lead. All Saints finally got on the board in the second when Pippen connected on a put-back layup with 30 seconds remaining to make it a 14-8 game at the half. Pippen finished the game putting up a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Country Day extended their lead to start the third with a layup and ensuing free throw from McDonald.

The third period belonged to the Vikings. All Saints went on to outscore Country Day 17-3 over the final 6Â minutes of the period, including six points from Foy. Country Day tried to cut into the lead in the fourth, outscoring All Saints 11-9, but it wasn't enough as the Vikes held on for the win.

For Country Day, Moorehead had nine points, five blocks and 13 rebounds. Sealey scored eight points. For All Saints, Foy scored a game-high 12 points to go with five rebounds.

Antilles boys 64, Gifft Hill 38

The Hurricanes jumped out early and never looked back as they defeated Gifft Hill by nearly 30 points on Saturday, 64-38. Antilles outscored Gifft Hill 16-4 in the first, holding Gifft Hill to just one free throw to go with a 3-pointer by Byron Morton. The Canes' Weaver had six points in the first and finished with a game-high 23 points.

Gifft Hill cut the lead to 10 points by halftime, 30-20, but Antilles held off their opponents by outscoring Gifft Hill 34-18 in the second half. For Antilles, Davis scored 15 points, on five 3-pointers. For Gifft Hill, Albert scored 18 points and Morton scored 11 points.

Friday Night
All Saints 41, Antilles 36
Jelani Foy scored a game-high 13 points and Brian Brady contributed 10 points as they led the All Saints Vikings past the Antilles Hurricanes, 41-36, on Day 1 of the Private Schools Varsity Basketball Tournament on Friday at Antilles School's Marin Center. Brian Richardson scored a team-high 10 points for Antilles.

In other boys varsity play, the Country Days Tigers routed the Gifft Hill Rebellion, 80-30. Country Day's Charles Moorehead lead all scorers with 23 points, while teammate C. Sealey added 18 points. Careem Albert was Gifft Hill's top scorer with 18 points.

By CHRIS WALSH



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Luol Deng out at least 2 more weeks - by Eurobasket News
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) is no longer day-to-day.

The Bulls confirmed that Deng will be sidelined at least two more weeks with a small stress fracture in his right tibia, at which time Deng will be re-evaluated.

'If he has pain then, he gets more rest,' coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'If he doesn't have pain, he'll probably try to go.'

Surgery and a three-month rehabilitation process remains a possibility.

Deng received his latest plan of action Monday after the fifth-year forward confirmed a Tribune report that he consulted with Dr. John Zvijac, the orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who owns extensive experience in treating tibial stress fractures.

'I knew I had a small fracture,' Deng said. 'All I wanted to know was how do I take care of it and how soon I could be back and when I could be effective.

'I've had injuries before, and I know what injuries I can play through and what injuries I can't. Even though they said day-to-day, I knew I couldn't play. If I know what my injury is and I can't further damage it and I can take the pain, I would definitely be out there playing. But it needs at least two weeks of taking care of it.'

Deng will continue to perform non-weight-bearing exercises such as running in a swimming pool or on a 'weightless' treadmill, or riding a stationary bicycle to keep him in cardiovascular shape.

The Bulls have worked in concert with Deng's doctors, who also include, according to sources, a radiologist specializing in athlete injuries for more than 15 years who works with all pro teams in Miami as well as the Buccaneers.

'The best thing is having all the doctors speak together,' Deng said. 'Sometimes you have doctors who have different perspectives on the injury. Having them speak together and come up with a plan on how to treat it and be back as healthy as I can is good.

'I just have to avoid as much weight as I can on my leg.'

Though disappointed about possibly missing eight more games, Deng, who missed his fourth straight game Monday, also is buoyed he possibly can salvage the final three weeks of the regular season and playoffs should the Bulls qualify.

Deng has been sidelined since sitting out the second half of the Feb. 28 home game against Houston. The tiny fracture occurred at an unknown time weeks before that game.

Deng rested the entire All-Star break and averaged 21.5 points in the Bulls' first two games afterward.

As someone who missed the 2005 playoffs after wrist surgery ended his rookie year, Deng wants to get to that level again.

'It's tough because I first thought it was a fracture and I'd be out three to six weeks,' Deng said. 'Then I hear it's not and you're excited and texting everybody telling them you're fine.

'Emotionally, it's been tough not knowing exactly what's going on. Just now at least within two weeks, I can try to go again and see how it feels and give myself a chance to help the team.'

Courtesy of http://www.chicagotribune.com


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  URBL   


Barnes adds Star Power to the URBL - by URBL media

Interview with Jermaine 'JB' Barnes - March 10, 2009
Currently joining the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples in there first season Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G-82, college: Atlanta Christian,GA) or 'JB' as he is affectionately known, has landed in Dallas,TX doing what he does best.putting on a show. The Atlanta born guard out of Atlanta Christian College took some time to answer a few questions in the days leading up to the opening game. Starting guard for the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples (URBL) Barnes brings Japan star power to the new league, while in Japan he was named the JBL3 Most Valuable Player and the leagues top scorer(48.3ppg). Also being name the 1st selection in the 09' URBL draft.

Q: Hey 'JB' congratulations on becoming the 1st player taking the this years draft. How did you end up playing in Japan and now the URBL?

A: I ended up in Japan due to a close friend (Jerone Dodd), he got me my first shot to play out of college. Seeing that I went to a D3 college alot of teams were afraid to take me but he gave me a chance. I guess you could say it paid off. He really taught me how to be a professional, on and off the court. The URBL was more of a business move. Sherman Douglas who is a close friend of mine purchased the team. Long story short, he hates to lose so I came.

Q: How has the transition been with your teammates and coach?

A: The transition has been good between me and the team and coach. I came in a little bit out of shape and didn't have much time to get ready but we(me and D.J. Douglas) made it work.. Sherman has put me through extra workouts, extra running, extra shootingBut most of all I like the group he has put together. Royal Maxwell (6'9''-F-80, college: Jackson St.), is hands down our best player. He can do it all at 6-9, Jared McClinic (6'4'-F-80, college: Morris Brown), is a freak and Jerome Boyd (6'8'-F-C-84, college: Clayton St.) is a great post. He can use both hands and can flat out score. Im just trying to come in and win.

Q: You were named D3 National Player of the Year, All-Japan MVP, URBL MVP?

A: 'God willing'.

Q: You have excelled as a scorer on every level, the NCAA(26.1), Japan(48.3), ABA(26.2) and EBA(23.1). Why do you feel your not in the NBA?

A: 'To be honest I get this question alot, but it's very easy to answer. I had to go D3 in college because of my grades. So I had to prove that I wasn't just a small league star. When I went to Japan I had to start at the bottom, but I worked my way up. The Japanese teams and agents told me I had to play in the ABA,NBDL and CBA if I wanted a chance at the big league there and in the NBA. But now I have proven that I can play on all level. Now im ready to take my game to another level. But if I could play in the NBA that would be a blessing'.

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

A: 'Wow, great question. That would have to be Royal Maxwell. He can do it all. He's 6-9 and plays like a guard'. Against would have to be Sherman Douglas, he cheats'. As far as a teammate Mike Kearse maybe the best. A 6-4 PG who can do it all. He belongs in the NBA.

Q: Where did you learn to shoot? People say you have the best mid range in the south?

'A: Sherman Douglas and James Smith(uncle). There's not secret to shooting, just hard work. They pushed me to be the player I am today. And til this day I still can't out shoot either one of them'. (lol)

Q: As far as coaching. Who was your favorite and who was the toughest?

A: My favorite coach was Robert 'Reed' Moore. He was great. He could sell papaer to a tree. I can honestly say he brought the 'JB' out of Jermaine Barnes. The toughest was hands down 'Jay Livingstone'. Coach Jay was a great coach.

Q: What were you doing to keep busy while playing in Japan?

A: I really didnt do much in Japan but work on my game. I had alot to prove my first two season in the JBL3'

Q: There's a rumor that you scored 60 point twice while in Japan, is this true?

A: Very much so. The first time I did it was my first year with Proline. We were down big and God took over. I really can't say it was me. The second time was last year in the All-Japan Tournament. I had 63 but we lost in the Championship.

Q: Ok, now focusing on your present situationWhat are you doing to prepare for the upcoming season in the URBL?

A: Well my goals are simple. I want the win the URBL championship and be the MVP of the league. Anything else will be a failure.

Q: Who would you say helped you get to this point in life as a player and a person?

A: 'My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Followed by my mother and father. I had a great dad. He always pushed me to be the best in everything I did. He made me believe in my dreams. He pushed me. My mother was a strong women of God and she pushed me in my foundation in the Lord. Those two where very important in my growth as a person. As a player Sherman Douglas, Jared McClinic, Mike Davis, Sam Orum, Royal Maxwell, Derrick Stroud, Dorian Lee and Mike Kearse. Those guys helped me as a player and are my dear friends.


Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian)


Standings
URBL Standings
North Division
 1. Irving A. 0-0 
 2. DFW 0-0 
 3. Austin F. 0-0 
 4. Houston S. 0-0 
South Division
 1. Dallas 0-0 
 2. Univ.City S. 0-0 
 3. Converse F. 0-0 
 4. S. Antonio 0-0 


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Standings
HBA Standings
 1. JBC 20-1 
 2. Sigauke 20-2 
 3. Raiderz 18-3 
 4. Leopards 18-3 
 5. Cavaliers 14-7 
 6. Stormers 11-9 
 7. Pistons 9-13 
 8. NABA Pross 8-12 
 9. Jammers 8-12 
 10. Nuggets 6-12 
 11. U.Z. Stars 6-16 
 12. Gentelmen 5-15 
 13. Golden Spurs 4-16 
 14. South Central 2-20 


MABA Standings 2008-09
MABA Standings
 1. Mavericks 17-1 
 2. Mbare Heat 13-5 
 3. Nets 12-3 
 4. Highfields 12-3 
 5. Spartans 12-6 
 6. Black Rhinos 9-4 
 7. Drifters 8-8 
 8. Mablazo 6-11 
 9. Stanchart 5-13 
 10. Richwood 4-14 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Kellie Abrams leads Boomers to big WNBL final ! - by Eurobasket News
Kellie Abrams (175-G-78) believes the Bulleen Boomers need to play their best game if they have any chance of claiming the WNBL championship against the Canberra Capitals.

The Boomers booked their spot in the grand final with a 79-68 win over the Townsville Fire in the preliminary final on Friday.

The 11-point victory sets up a blockbuster rematch between the two top teams at the AIS Arena on Friday night and Abrams was brimming with confidence.

To me when they celebrated after beating Townsville it looked like they'd just won a grand final, Abrams said.

A few of their players sent messages to us saying 'we're coming to get ya', but I'd like to see them do that in front of 5000 people at the AIS Arena.

They're going to have to bring their A game and they can talk the talk so we'll see if they can walk the walk.

The Capitals' preparation for the season-decider heated up yesterday with an early morning training session and a practice match against the Australian under-19 Gems in the afternoon.

Canberra beat the Boomers 60-52 in the major semi-final on February 27 to earn a week off before attempting to win its sixth league title.

Skipper Abrams has played in four championship-winning Canberra teams.

While admitting this week would be intense, she urged her team to enjoy the hype surrounding the game.The nerves definitely start to build from here on but that just shows that it means something to all the players, she said.

It's a full on week but it's meant to be enjoyed.

The fun behind the build-up and the anticipation are all part of it and then once you hit the court you're ready to go.

You don't want to be on the receiving end of a losing grand final, some of us have been there and it really stings.

Boomers captain Desiree Glaubitz finished the preliminary final against the Fire with 31 points. She was held to nine when her team last met Canberra and Abrams said the Capitals would keep a tight rein on the 11-season veteran.

KELLIE Abrams believes the Bulleen Boomers need to play their best game if they have any chance of claiming the WNBL championship against the Canberra Capitals.

The Boomers booked their spot in the grand final with a 79-68 win over the Townsville Fire in the preliminary final on Friday.

The 11-point victory sets up a blockbuster rematch between the two top teams at the AIS Arena on Friday night and Abrams was brimming with confidence.

''To me when they celebrated after beating Townsville it looked like they'd just won a grand final,'' Abrams said.

''A few of their players sent messages to us saying 'we're coming to get ya', but I'd like to see them do that in front of 5000 people at the AIS Arena.

''They're going to have to bring their A game and they can talk the talk so we'll see if they can walk the walk.''

The Capitals' preparation for the season-decider heated up yesterday with an early morning training session and a practice match against the Australian under-19 Gems in the afternoon.

Canberra beat the Boomers 60-52 in the major semi-final on February 27 to earn a week off before attempting to win its sixth league title.

Skipper Abrams has played in four championship-winning Canberra teams.

While admitting this week would be intense, she urged her team to enjoy the hype surrounding the game.''The nerves definitely start to build from here on but that just shows that it means something to all the players,'' she said.

''It's a full on week but it's meant to be enjoyed.

''The fun behind the build-up and the anticipation are all part of it and then once you hit the court you're ready to go.

''You don't want to be on the receiving end of a losing grand final, some of us have been there and it really stings.''

Boomers captain Desiree Glaubitz finished the preliminary final against the Fire with 31 points. She was held to nine when her team last met Canberra and Abrams said the Capitals would keep a tight rein on the 11-season veteran.

Townsville didn't put much defensive pressure on Bulleen and they got a fair few open shots.

I don't think we'll give them the same space and now we've started to prepare for them.

We've started work on our offence to combat their zone defence and for us we've just got to stick to what we know.

The Capitals have won all 12 games played in Canberra this season.

Bulleen lost all three matches between the teams this season and has not beaten Canberra since December 2006.


FRIDAY

WNBL grand final: Canberra Capitals v Bulleen Boomers at the AIS Arena, 5.30pm. TV time: Live on ABC2. Discounted tickets to the WNBL and Super 14 match between the ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs are available at Ticketek.

Courtesy of The Canberra Times (by Chris Dutton)


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  BELARUS - Women  


Leuchanka and Veremeenko bring glory - by Eurobasket News
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) bring glory for the country as they both contributed for their teams.
Yelena Leuchanka and her UMMC satisfied all the local fans winning the Russian Cup 2008/2009. Ekaterinburg saw the battle between two best teams nowadays in Russia as UMMC rolled past Spartak Moscow Region 70:64. The hosts opened the game with 19-11 and never looked behind in the battle. Gruda Sandrine and Bibrzycka Agnieszka tried hard to stay for the team in the second period and to hold the score with their team for good. Miller closed the first half at 31-28 for the home side. Pondexter Cappie shined in the third period and both teams left the quarter at 53:44 before the last 10 minutes of the game. Taurasi tried harder than any other player from Spartak Moscow Region, but her effort was not enough against UMMC and their support. Gruda Sandrine led the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Pondexter Cappie collected 14 points and dished out 7 assists. Stepanova ended up with 13 points and 12 boards and Nolan added 10 points, Taurasi finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort.
UMMC reached the Final again edging Vologda 89:62 as Yelena Leuchanka collected 11 points and 8 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova stepped up with 17 points to lead the home side. Elena Volkova ended up with 13 points for the visiting team.
Anastasiya Veremeenko participated for European all-star team that fired down the Rest of the World side the showdown in Paris. Rebecca Khammon scored 24 points and was trumped the Most Valuable Player. Khammon was also triumphant at the three-point shootout. She outscored Sheana Mosch in the final of the contest. The game was also highlighted by the Olympic Games gold medalist and Spartak MR standout Sylvia Fowles. American centre came up with an impressive slam dunk in the third frame to put the fans on their feet. Anastasiya Veremeenko posted 4 points for the winners.


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Berezina 23-1 
 2. Olimpia 23-1 
 3. Minsk-2006 16-8 
 4. Victoria 13-11 
 5. BrGU 9-13 
 6. Mogilevchanka 7-15 
 7. Sozh Gomel 3-21 
 8. RGUOR 0-24 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Mladi Krajisnik wins the National Cup! - by Eurobasket News
Mladi Krajisnik wins the National Cup as the team celebrated in Bosnia. In the semifinal game Mladi Krajisnik overcame Neimarstvo Trebinje 99:64, while KK Zeljeznicar beat Celik 88:63 to advance to the Final. In the decisive game Mladi Krajisnik produced 80:71 over KK Zeljeznicar to lift up the Cup.
Meanwhile Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81, agency: LBM Management) ended up with 11 points for her Swedish Lulea BBK in Damligan. Telge Energi however jumped to the second place after 69:66 win against Lulea BBK. Louice Halvarsson once again was a key player for the Energy delivering 16 points. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga also shined scoring 15 and Ajeshia Marquez netted 12 points. Sabrina Scott answered with 18 points in defeat. Both teams ended regular season with 18-4 record, but Lulea is number 4 as 08 Stockholm also celebrated in this round reaching the same numbers.
In one of the top games of the Bosnian player it is a must to mention Round 19. BBK Lulea escaped with a tiny home 72:70 victory mostly owing to Amra Mehmedic 's 23 points. Sabrina Scott followed with 13. On the other side, the Saints got 21 points from Lauren Ervin.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Pinto triumphs, while Santos debuted in Paris - by Eurobasket News
Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) participated in EuroLeague All Star Game for her team Rest of the World. The European all-star team however fired down the Rest of the World side in showdown in Paris. Rebecca Khammon scored 24 points and was trumped the Most Valuable Player. Khammon was also triumphant at the three-point shootout. She outscored Sheana Mosch in the final of the contest. The game was also highlighted by the Olympic Games gold medalist and Spartak MR standout Sylvia Fowles. American centre came up with an impressive slam dunk in the third frame to put the fans on their feet.
Sylvia Fowles and Dominique Canty put the Rest of the World ahead early in the game but Europe answered right back. Anna Vajda nailed 5 points in a 9:2 rally that put Europe in front. The teams traded baskets then before Lindsay Whalen capped the opening frame to give the Rest of the World team a 27:24 advantage. The teams kept it close in the second frame but Europe capped the period with an 8:0 run to enjoy a 47:38 advantage at halftime.
Geraldine Robert and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the second half with 4 straight points to stretch the margin to 13 points. Alana Beard netted 10 points in the third quarter as Rest of the World cut the deficit to 3 points heading into the final stanza. Anna Vajda stepped up for Europe once again as her 5 straight points made it 71:63 early in the final term. Back-to-back three-pointers from Celine Dumerc and Rebecca Khammon as well as six points from Jelena Milovanovic put Europe up for good. Anna Vajda nailed 16 points for Europe. Jelena Milovanovic added 13 points for the winners. Alana Beard answered with 17 points and 6 boards for the Rest of the World team. Candice Dupree had 12 points in the losing effort. Alessandra Santos ended up with 2 points and 5 rebounds for 12 minutes in the court.
Adriana Moises Pinto (170-G-78) and her Italian Faenza hosted the Italian Cup Final Four. The last act was played by home team and Parma in front of a record attendance (4.300 persons) for a female basketball game in Italy. In the semifinal game against Venezia 63:44 as Adriana Moises Pinto (170-G-78) top-scored with 17 points. Club Atletico Faenza grabbed the trophy after 63:51 in the Final over Lavezzini Parma. Adriana Moises Pinto brought her team 15 points.


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Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Agnesa Doychinov 23.9
2 Gergana Koleva 23.1
3 Vera Perostiyska 20.6
4 Hristina Ivanova 19.7
5 Katya Kordova 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stefka Miteva 12.4
2 Vera Perostiyska 10.8
3 Agnesa Doychinova 8.8
4 Danielle Page 7.3
5 Anita Dimitrova 6.9
Assists Per Game
1 Ivelina Vrancheva 5.9
2 Silvia Peeva 4.9
3 Veronika Bortelova 4.2
4 Svetla Asenova 3.9
5 Veronika Djikova 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Gergana Koleva 3.1
2 Silvia Peeva 2.8
3 Zornitsa Kostova 2.8
4 Olena Samburska 2.4
5 Stefka Nikolova 2.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Vera Perostiyska 3.1
2 Stefka Miteva 1.5
3 Danielle Page 1.4


Montana crushes the reigning champion - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 made a big surprise in Round 2 of the 'First 4 Group' beating the reigning champion, Dunav Econt, 81-71. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: Florida Intern.) was totally unstoppable in this game. She played almost the entire time draining impressive 30 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) also helped with double-double, 21 points and 11 boards. On the other side, Dunav got 27 points and 13 rebounds from Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80).
Minor also made surprise in this round outsmarting the No.2 Lukoil Neftochimik 85-80. Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) and Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73) combined 47 points for the winners. Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) answered with 20 points in loss. All four teams currently have 1-1 record in the second stage (excluding the first one).
In the 'Second 5 Group' Beroe blasted NSA 89-47, what is their first win at this stage. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) collected 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Anita Dimitrova (187-C-89) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
In game No.2 Slavia faced with huge home loss vs Rilski Sportist 61-85. Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) was a key player for Rilski nailing 33 points. Slavia got 16 pts, 5 rebs and 5 as from Stefka Nikolova (170-G-90).


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Ngoyisa delivers for the Rest of the World - by Eurobasket News
An outstanding effort and result was not passed by the Congolese player as Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) participated in EuroLeague All Star Game. She was chosen for her team named Rest of the World. The European all-star team however fired down the Rest of the World side in showdown in Paris. Rebecca Khammon scored 24 points and was trumped the Most Valuable Player. Khammon was also triumphant at the three-point shootout. She outscored Sheana Mosch in the final of the contest. The game was also highlighted by the Olympic Games gold medalist and Spartak MR standout Sylvia Fowles. American centre came up with an impressive slam dunk in the third frame to put the fans on their feet.
Sylvia Fowles and Dominique Canty put the Rest of the World ahead early in the game but Europe answered right back. Anna Vajda nailed 5 points in a 9:2 rally that put Europe in front. The teams traded baskets then before Lindsay Whalen capped the opening frame to give the Rest of the World team a 27:24 advantage. The teams kept it close in the second frame but Europe capped the period with an 8:0 run to enjoy a 47:38 advantage at halftime.
Geraldine Robert and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the second half with 4 straight points to stretch the margin to 13 points. Alana Beard netted 10 points in the third quarter as Rest of the World cut the deficit to 3 points heading into the final stanza. Anna Vajda stepped up for Europe once again as her 5 straight points made it 71:63 early in the final term. Back-to-back three-pointers from Celine Dumerc and Rebecca Khammon as well as six points from Jelena Milovanovic put Europe up for good. Anna Vajda nailed 16 points for Europe. Jelena Milovanovic added 13 points for the winners. Alana Beard answered with 17 points and 6 boards for the Rest of the World team. Candice Dupree had 12 points in the losing effort. Mudju Ngoyisa ended up with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal.


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The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Irish teams are getting ready for the Semifinal countdowns as four teams will struggle for two tickets into the Final. Mercy will host Wildcats, while UL Aughinish will take on Hotel Cork.
All four teams are good enough to be not only the finalist but to take the Gold. Recently Hotel Cork won the third Superleague National Cup title in a row beating Bausch & Lomb Wildcats in the final game. Hotel Cork never looked exhausted coming off a tiresome semifinal clash with DCU Mercy and got to a quick start. Niamh Dwyer (-F-84) finished with 24 points and was trumped the MVP of the game. Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) had 19 points, while Grainne Dwyer secured 12 points in the win. Michelle Aspell knocked down 23 points for Wildcats. Mel Thomas delivered 20 points in the losing effort.
The final weekend of Basketball Irelands Womens SuperLeague turned out to be an exciting one with Hotel Cork gaining an enthralling victory over regular season champions league champions DCU Mercy. Mary Fox (183-F-83) and Suzanne McGuires sharp shooting kept the league champions on pace for the majority of the game. Cork side however brought in reinforcements in the form of Donna Buckley. DCU fought back with the Cork Cup champions and with back-to-back buckets from Jill Martin (185-F-85, college: Drake), the Dublin side was able to tie the game with less than a minute to go. Hotel Cork celebrated 73:71 victory. Dwyer top-scored for the inners with 15 points as the team finished with 11-3 record. Strong nailed 12, while Buckley posted 11. Jill Martin poured in 33 points in the losing effort.


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. Mercy 12-2 
 2. UL Aughinish 11-3 
 3. Hotel Cork 11-3 
 4. Wildcats 9-5 
 5. Tolka Rovers 5-9 
 6. Iona BC 5-9 
 7. Meteors 2-12 
 8. Killester 1-13 


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  ITALY - Women  


Faenza won Coppa Italia at home - by Carlo Grilli
During the week-end (Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th) PalaMokador in Faenza hosted the Italian Cup Final Four.
The last act was played by home team and Parma in front of a record attendance (4.300 persons) for a female basketball game in Italy.
The day before, in the first semis, Parma (Francesca Zara (177-G-76) 16, Summerton 13, Paparazzo 8) resolved 66-63 a tough match against Serie A1-leader Taranto (Elodie Godin (190-C-85) 16, Mahoney 14, Batkovic 12), while in the second semis Faenza (Adriana Moises-Pinto 17, Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) 15, Bjelica 13, Zampella 10) outscored 63-44 a struggling Venezia (Cirone 11, Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) 9, Sottana 9).

The final had no story: Faenza took and early advantage and kept playing hard untill 5 minutes to go; Parma rallied a little bit in the final minutes, but couldnt keep closer than 12 points at the buzzer. For Faenza its the second trophy of the history, after first 2007 Coppa Italia. Maja Erkic was named MVP of the Final Four.

Final Boxscore:

Lavezzini Parma - Club Atletico Faenza 51 - 63
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LAVEZZINI PARMA: Narviciute G. dnp, Magaddino E. , Paparazzo E. , Franchini M. 5 , Zara F. 13 , Vilipic D. 4 , Summerton L. 13 , Screen J. 16 , Manzini L. dnp, Tomova M.. Coach Scanzani Maurizio
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises P. 15 , Erkic M. 20 , Modica F. dnp, Stakneviciene E. 6 , Santucci L. 3 , Bandini E. , Bjelica M. 13 , Zampella A. 2 , Alexander M. 4 , Morsiani L.. Coach Rossi Paolo


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Standings - Women
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. Etzella 15-5 
 2. T71 Dudelange 15-5 
 3. Musel Pikes 14-6 
 4. Basket Esch 13-7 
 5. Residence 12-8 
 6. AB Contern 12-8 
Group B
 1. Amicale 9-10 
 2. Grengewald 4-15 
 3. Racing 4-15 
 4. Black Frogs 0-19 


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Charlotte Edges Richmond To Capture First-Ever A-10 Crown - by Eurobasket
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Sophomore Shannon McCallum (5'10''-G-87) led the 49ers on both ends of the court, scoring a game-high 22 points on eight-of-15 shooting to go with a game-high five steals.
With thrilling 59-54 victory over fourth-seeded Richmond, Charlotte captured its first-ever Atlantic 10 crown on their home court of Halton Arena on Monday.
Sophomore Shannon McCallum led the 49ers (23-8) on both ends of the court, scoring a game-high 22 points on eight-of-15 shooting to go with a game-high five steals.
McCallum was aided underneath by senior Danielle Burgin (6'5''-F/C-87)'s eight points and seven boards, as well as senior teammate Traci Ray (5'5''-G-86)'s nine points, six boards and four assists. Ray's efforts throughout the Championship earned her Most Outstanding Performer honors.
Charlotte entered the postseason as the fourth-seed and after picking up an 81-57 victory over sixth-seeded Duquesne in the quarterfinals, which was Charlotte's third-largest margin of victory in its postseason history, the 49ers downed second-seeded Temple in a 73-50 route.
Richmond (23-9) was led by sophomore Brittani Shells (5'7''-G-89), who was impressive in the loss, scoring a team-high 20 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. She also tied for the team-lead in rebounds with six.
With the win over Richmond, the 49ers became the first team in the history of the league to win the championship game in their first attempt.
Charlotte will now represent the Atlantic 10 as the automatic qualifier in the upcoming 2009 NCAA Basketball Tournament.


Courtesy of Atlantic 10

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Standings
1 Xavier 13-1 25-6
2 Charlotte 11-3 21-8
3 Temple 11-3 21-8
4 Duquesne 9-5 20-11
5 George Washington 9-5 17-13
6 Richmond 9-5 22-8
7 St.Bonaventure 9-5 21-10
8 Dayton 7-7 20-12
9 Saint Louis 6-8 12-18
10 Massachusetts 5-9 12-18
11 St.Joseph's 5-9 13-17
12 Rhode Island 2-12 10-21
13 Fordham 1-13 8-21
14 La Salle 1-13 10-19

Tournament Final: Richmond - Charlotte 54-59
Tournament Semifinals:
Dayton - Richmond 48-54
Temple - Charlotte 50-73

Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team
Danielle Bell (5'10''-G-88) of Charlotte
Shannon McCallum of Charlotte
Traci Ray of Charlotte
Justine Raterman (6'1''-F-90) of Dayton
Brittani Shells of Richmond

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team
Jessica Adair (6'4''-C-86) of George Washington
Kristi Little (5'4''-G-86) of Duquesne
Theresa Lisch (5'9''-G) of Saint Louis
Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) of Xavier
Brittani Shells of Richmond

All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
Danielle Burgin of Charlotte
LaKeisha Eaddy (5'6''-G) of Temple
Aysha Jones (5'8''-G-88) of Charlotte
Shenita Landry (6'2''-F) of Temple
Dana Mitchell (6'1''-F-88) of St.Bonaventure

All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team
Kristin Daugherty (6'0''-F) of Dayton
Amanda Kemezys (6'4''-C) of Saint Louis
Antelia Parrish (6'0''-G/F-86) of George Washington
Tudy Reed (5'11''-G-86) of Xavier
Jerri Taylor (5'7''-G-86) of Xavier

All-Atlantic Honorable Mention
Brittany Ford (6'1''-F-87) of Saint Joseph's
Shannon McCallum of Charlotte
Justine Raterman of Dayton

Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
Tara Booker (6'1''-G/F) of George Washington
Kristina Danella (6'1''-F) of Massachusetts
Kristen McCarthy (6'0''-F) of Temple
Casey Nance (6'4''-C-90) of Dayton
Justine Raterman of Dayton

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team
LaKeisha Eaddy of Temple
Shenita Landry of Temple
Kristi Little of Duquesne
Ta'Shia Phillips of Xavier
Brittani Shells of Richmond

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
Stefanie Gerardot (5'10''-G-86) of Massachusetts
Theresa Lisch of Saint Louis
Katelyn Murray (5'8''-G-87) of St.Bonaventure
Traci Ray of Charlotte
Morgan Robertson (6'0''-F-88) of La Salle

Atlantic 10 Player of the Year: Ta'Shia Phillips of Xavier
Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year: Kristi Little of Duquesne
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year: Justine Raterman of Dayton
Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year: Shannon McCallum of Charlotte
Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year: Shenita Landry of Temple
Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year: Theresa Lisch of Saint Louis
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year: Jim Crowley of St. Bonaventure



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Western Carolina outscored College of Charleston 16-2 in the third overtime of the 2009 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship game to claim the tournament title and NCAA Tournament automatic berth, 101-87.
The tournament title is the second for Western Carolina, the last in 2005, which was ironically a two-overtime affair and also at Chattanooga. The Lady Catamounts (21-11) will now await word on their NCAA Tournament destination. The Cougars end the season with a 23-8 record.
Trailing the Lady Catamounts by five with 18 seconds remaining in the second half, College of Charleston's Tonia Gerty (5'3''-G-89) nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Cougars within two. On the ensuing possession for WCU, Gerty stole the ball to give CofC a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Gerty drove through Lady Catamount defenders to lay-up the equalizer with two seconds remaining and send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime Charleston jumped out to a 74-70 lead before WCU tied it at 74 with 11 seconds remaining. The Cougars drove the length of the court and Sarah Moye (6'0''-F-87) hit a corner jumper to put the Cougars up two with 1.8 seconds remaining. However, on the inbounds play WCU's Lauren Powell (6'0''-G) set up on the baseline and was plowed over by Cougar Brooke Kotcella (5'11''-F-88) as she defended the inbound passer. Powell was rewarded two free throws and calmly sank both shots to tie the game at 76 heading into overtime.
The second overtime featured another set of runs as College of Charleston went up by five, 83-78, with 2:46 remaining and again at 85-80 with 1:59 remaining. However, Powell came through for WCU again as she scored the final five points of the period to send the game to the final overtime tied at 85.
The Lady Catamounts pulled away in the SoCon-tournament record 3rd overtime, winning by 14.
'No one deserved to lose that game,' said Western Carolina head coach Kellie Harper . 'I honestly believe those two teams deserved to be there, and no one deserved to lose.'
The game set several tournament records. College of Charleston's 88 field goal attempts broke the old record of 86 that Chattanooga set against Appalachian State in 1991. The game was the third-highest scoring game in SoCon Tournament history. Western Carolina's 101 points was also just the third 100-point game in tournament history. CofC's Jade Hughes (5'5''-G-86) recorded 52 minutes of action, a tournament single-game record.
The Lady Catamounts were paced by five double-digit scorers. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Brooke Johnson (6'4''-C) recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Johnson also finished the tournament with nine blocked shots, which broke the old record of eight set by Appalachian State's Shannon Thomas in 1990.
Powell scored 19 points, while All-Tournament second teamer Emily Clarke (5'10''-G/F) (18), Kristen Feemster (6'0''-F) (15) and Heather Swayne (6'0''-G) (12) all recorded double-digit point totals. Leading the way for the Cougars were three All-Tournament first team performers in guards Jade Hughes and Tonia Gerty and center Deidra Jones (6'0''-C-88). Gerty scored 20 points and dished out eight assists, while Hughes scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists. Jones had 14 points and 12 assists for her third-straight tournament double-double. Moye also chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds in her final collegiate game. Regulation was a tale of two halves, with CofC taking a 12-point lead into halftime before Western outscored the Cougars 45-33 in the second half to send the game to overtime.
In the first half Charleston went on a 15-2 run to end the half turning a 23-22 deficit into a 37-25 halftime lead. The Cougars expanded their lead to 15 at 40-25 with 19:03 left in regulation before the Lady Catamounts stormed back. Over the next 14 minutes of game action WCU went on a 36-13 run to turn the 15-point deficit into an eight point lead at 61-53 with 5:36 remaining in regulation. The Cougars would not go away, however, as they again rallied with a 12-9 run to set up Gerty's final five points in 13 seconds to send the game into overtime.

Courtesy of soconsports

Southern Conf. Regular Season Standings
1. Chattanooga 17-3 22-9
2. Samford 16-4 22-7
3. Charleston 14-6 23-8
3. W.Carolina 14-6 21-11
5. Georgia Southern 11-9 16-14
5. Davidson 11-9 12-18
7. NC-Greensboro 9-11 13-18
8. Appalachian St. 7-13 9-22
9. Furman 6-14 12-18
10. Wofford 3-17 5-24
11. Elon 2-18 5-26

Tournament Final: Western Carolina - College of Charleston 101-87 (3OT)
Tournament Semifinals:
Western Carolina - Samford 66-53
College of Charleston - Chattanooga 53-51

Southern Conf. All-Tournament MVP: Brooke Johnson of Western Carolina

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 1st Team
Brooke Johnson of Western Carolina
Deidra Jones of College of Charleston
Jade Hughes of College of Charleston
Tagan Hatchett (5'8''-G-88) of Chattanooga
Tonia Gerty of College of Charleston

Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team
Chika Okoli (5'9''-F-87) of Samford
Courtney Medley (5'9''-F) of Elon
Emily Clarke of Western Carolina
Jenaya Wade-Fray (5'9''-G-88) of Chattanooga
Brittany Mixon (6'3''-F-86) of Appalachian State

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team
Jade Hughes of Charleston
Shanara Hollinquest (6'0''-F-88) of Chattanooga
Mercedes Robinson (6'1''-F) of Davidson
Lee Stephens (5'8''-G-87) of Furman
Emily London (5'7''-G-89) of Samford

All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team
Brittany Mixon of Appalachian State
Tonia Gerty of College of Charleston
Erin Ogan (6'1''-F-87) of Chattanooga
Savannah Hill (6'2''-F-89) of Samford
Brooke Johnson of Western Carolina

Southern Conf. All-Freshman Team
Canesha Edwards (5'9''-G/F-90) of Appalachian State
Sadi Means (5'9''-G) of Appalachian State
Tiara Gause (5'8''-G) of Elon
Courtney Medley of Elon
Kailashea Menendez (5'8''-G) of Western Carolina

Southern Conf. Player of the Year: Shanara Hollinquest of Chattanooga
Southern Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Monique Floyd (5'9''-G) of UNC Greensboro
Southern Conf. Freshman of the Year: Tiara Gause of Elon
Southern Conf. Coach of the Year: Mike Morris of Samford


Gonzaga Wins WCC Women's Basketball Tournament - by Kevin
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team's dream came true this afternoon as it won its second West Coast Conference Tournament title in three years and earned just its second-ever NCAA Tournament bid with a 66-55 victory over the University of San Diego Monday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. 'It was pretty sweet win today since last year we lost to them in the finals,' said sophomore Janelle Bekkering (6'0''-G/F-88). 'We were kind of rooting to meet them in the final again so we could avenge that loss.' Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89), who finished with 10 points, 10 assists, three steals and two rebounds was named the WCC Most Valuable Player, while junior Heather Bowman (6'2''-F-88), who scored a team-high 16 points, and Bekkering, who had a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards, were named the all-tournament team. Vandersloot became the first player to grab both WCC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors since Jerkisha Dosty from Saint Mary's in 2001. Gonzaga improved its record to 26-6 overall, while San Diego closed out the season with a 19-13 mark. It was the Bulldogs determination and resilience in the second half that propelled them to their 11-point victory.
Gonzaga, who led 32-28 at half, saw its four-point lead disappear in an blink of an eye as San Diego scored six quick points to take a 34-32 advantage just three minutes into the half. A bit shell shocked, Graves called a timeout to regroup his squad. Regroup they did as they shifted the momentum back to their side with a 12-2 outbust to take a 42-36 lead at the 13:12 mark. The Toreros where forced to turn the ball over four times during this span and were held to just two shot opportunities, hitting one, in the five minute span. The Zags pushed their lead to 10, 51-41, three-minutes later on the back of Bekkering, who drained two 3-pointers and hit one-of-two from the free throw line. San Diego, who was playing in its fourth game in four days, tried to comeback, slicing Gonzaga's lead to six at 51-45, but their legs seemed to fail them down the stretch as the Bulldogs held at least an eight-point advantage for the final 4:58 of the contest. Gonzaga's largest lead of the game was 13 at 66-53 with 31 seconds left after freshman Kelly Bowen (-F-89) nailed a 3-pointer followed by a free throw by Bowman.
Five total players scored in double-digits for the Bulldogs. Along with Vandersloot, Bowman and Bekkering, junior Vivian Frieson (6'0''-F-88) added 11 points and Bowen chipped in 15. The Zags finished the game shooting 42.0 percent (21-for-50) from the field, including 46.7 percent (7-for-15) from behind the 3-point arc, and hit 70.8 percent (17-of-24) of their free throws. San Diego was led by Kiva Herman (6'0''-F-87) and Dominique who scored 23 and 13 points, respectively.
Gonzaga will not wait to see where and who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament scheduled for the weekend of March 21-24. The tournament selection show is set for Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m. PT.

Courtesy of wccsports

WCC Regular Season Standings
1.Gonzaga 12-2 26-6
2. Portland 10-4 17-13
3. Pepperdine 9-6 16-13
4. San Diego 9-7 19-13
5. Loyola Marymount 8-7 18-12
6. St.Mary's, CA 7-8 11-19
7. USF 3-12 7-22
8. Santa Clara 2-14 4-27

Tournament Final: Gonzaga - San Diego 66-55
Tournament Semifinals:
Gonzaga - Loyola Marymount 74-63
San Diego - Portland 74-64

WCC All-Tournament MVP: Courtney Vandersloot of GON

WCC All-Tournament Team
Courtney Vandersloot of GON
Janelle Bekkering of GON
Heather Bowman of GON
Dominique Conners (5'8''-G-90) of USD
Kiva Herman of USD

All-WCC 1st Team
Miranda Ayim (6'3''-F/C-88) of PEP
Heather Bowman of GON
Laiken Dollente (5'8''-G-88) of POR
Vivian Frieson of GON
Kiva Herman of USD
Shay Rollins (5'4''-G-87) of USF
Amber Sprague (6'5''-C-86) of USD
Louella Tomlinson (6'4''-F-88) of SMC
Courtney Vandersloot of GON
Renahy Young (5'8''-G-89) of LMU

All-WCC Honorable Mention
Lauren Angel (6'3''-C/F-88) of POR
Karlie Burris (5'11''-G/F-87) of POR
Alex Cowling (5'11''-G/F-90) of LMU
Tara Cronin (5'10''-G) of POR
Lena Gipson (6'0''-F) of SCU
Nakeya Isabell (5'4''-G-86) of PEP
Jazmine Jackson (5'9''-G) of PEP
Cassady Moore (5'7''-G-87) of LMU

WCC All-Freshman Team
Kelly Bowen of GON
Dominique Conners of USD
Alex Cowling of LMU
Alexis Gannis (6'1''-F) of POR
Jazmine Jackson of PEP

WCC Player of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot of GON
WCC Defensive Player of the Year: Louella Tomlinson of SMC
WCC Newcomer of the Year: Alex Cowling of LMU
WCC Coach of the Year: Jim Sollars of POR


Allenspach, Viani Lead Red Foxes Past Golden Griffins for 2009 Citizens Bank MAAC Championship - by Eurobasket
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Erica Allenspach (5'8''-G) scored a career-high 22 points and tournament MVP Julianne Viani (5'7''-G-85) also had 22 to help Marist beat Canisius, 78-63, on Sunday and win the 2009 Citizens Bank MAAC Basketball Championship.
This will be the Red Foxes' fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament. They advanced to the round of 16 in 2007 before falling to Tennessee, and lost in the second round last season to LSU.
Marist (29-3) has advanced to the championship game of the MAAC tournament in each of the past six seasons. The top-seeded Red Foxes started their run in 2004 beating the Golden Griffins. The two teams also met for the 2005 title and Canisius came away with a one-point win. Those were the Golden Griffins' only previous appearances in the title game.
Marie Warner (5'11''-F-86) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Canisius (24-8). Brittane Russell (5'5''-G-88) added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Rachele Fitz (6'0''-F-87) , who was honored as the conference's player of the year for the second straight season, added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Marist. She had 29 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 76-69 victory over Iona in the semifinals.
Second-seeded Canisius advanced to the championship game by beating Fairfield 62-55 on Saturday. The Golden Griffins set a tournament record with 12 3-pointers in their quarterfinal victory over Niagara.
Canisius split its two regular season meetings with Marist, losing at home by 18 in December before stunning the Red Foxes 68-60 in early February.
Marist made 10 3-pointers, including four each by Viani and Allenspach.
Leading 49-43 midway through the second half, Marist went on a 17-6 run to put the game away. Viani started the spurt with a 3-pointer, and her four-point play made it 61-47 with 9:33 left.
Canisius got no closer than 12 the rest of the game.
Marist, which has won its last 73 games when scoring over 70 points, built a 32-24 halftime advantage behind a 17-3 burst midway through the first half. The Red Foxes held the Golden Griffins without a field goal during the spurt and Viani had seven points, including a deep 3-pointer with the shot clock running down that made it 28-13.
Russell finally ended the drought for Canisius hitting her own 3-pointer with 5:28 left in the half. That shot put the junior over 1,000 points in her career, making her the 19th player in school history to reach that milestone.
The 3-pointer also started a 11-4 run by Canisius to close the half.
Marist played without Lynzee Johnson (5'10''-G/F), who had 16 points in the semifinal win over Iona and 11 in the quarterfinal victory over Loyola, Md. She was sidelined by the flu, which has been running through the Red Foxes.


Courtesy of MAAC

MAAC Regular Season Standings
1 Marist 18-2 29-3
2 Canisius 15-5 24-8
3 Fairfield 12-7 18-13
4 St.Peter's 10-8 13-15
5 Iona 10-9 18-13
6 Siena 9-9 10-18
7 Manhattan 7-11 10-20
7 Rider 7-11 10-20
9 Loyola, MD 4-14 10-20
10 Niagara 1-17 3-28

Tournament Final: Marist - Canisius 78-63
Tournament Semifinals:
Canisius - Fairfield 62-55
Marist - Iona 76-69

MAAC All-Tournament MVP: Julianne Viani of Marist

MAAC All-Tournament Team
Julianne Viani of Marist
Baendu Lowenthal (6'0''-F) of Fairfield
Ellie Radke (6'0''-F-88) of Canisius
Marie Warner of Canisius
Erica Allenspach of Marist
Rachele Fitz of Marist

All-MAAC 1st Team
Marie Warner of Canisius
Baendu Lowenthal of Fairfield
Thazina Cook (5'9''-G-88) of Iona
Rachele Fitz of Marist
Julianne Viani of Marist

All-MAAC 2nd Team
Brittane Russell of Canisius
Kelly Regan (6'3''-C-86) of Manhattan
Tammy Meyers (5'9''-G/F) of Rider
Tania Kennedy (5'5''-G) of Saint Peter
Heather Stec (6'2''-F-86) of Siena

All-MAAC 3rd Team
Amanda Cavo (5'9''-G-87) of Canisius
Stephanie Geehan (6'0''-F-88) of Fairfield
Anda Ivkovic (6'1''-F-88) of Iona
Erica Allenspach of Marist
Liz Flooks (5'10''-F-88) of Niagara

MAAC All-Rookie Team
Stephanie Macdonald (5'10''-G) of Canisius
Desiree Pina (5'6''-G) of Fairfield
Kristina Ford (6'1''-F) of Iona
Alyssa Herrington (5'8''-G-90) of Manhattan
Lindsey Loutsenhizer (6'0''-F-89) of Manhattan
Brandy Gang (6'2''-F) of Marist
Sarah Homan (6'3''-C) of Rider
Sakara House (5'7''-G) of Saint Peter

MAAC Player of the Year: Rachele Fitz of Marist
MAAC Defensive Player of the Year: Brittane Russell of Canisius
MAAC Rookie of the Year: Kristina Ford of Iona
MAAC Sixth Man of the Year: Ellie Radke of Canisius
MAAC Coach of the Year: Terry Zeh of Canisius

MAAC All-Academic Team
Amanda Cavo of Canisius
Micayla Drysdale (5'9''-G-89) of Canisius
Ellie Radke of Canisius
Tauralee Tenn (5'9''-G-89) of Canisius
Marie Warner of Canisius
Megan Caskin (5'8''-G) of Fairfield
Lauren Groom (5'11''-G) of Fairfield
Shireyll Moore (5'10''-G/F) of Fairfield
Suzi Fregosi (5'6''-G-89) of Iona
Catherine Lutz (6'1''-G/F-89) of Iona
Naeemah Ricketts (5'6''-G-87) of Iona
Kiera Schiavetta (5'6''-G) of Iona
Melissa Bangay (6'1''-F-89) of Loyola
Nicole Harrison (5'7''-G-89) of Manhattan
Alicia Marculitis (6'3''-C-89) of Manhattan
Annie McIntyre (5'8''-G-87) of Manhattan
Nadia Peters (6'1''-F-89) of Manhattan
Kelly Regan of Manhattan
Abby Wentworth (5'9''-G-89) of Manhattan
Rachele Fitz of Marist
Julianne Viani of Marist
Rachele Folino (6'1''-F-88) of Niagara
Julie Gebhard (6'0''-F) of Niagara
Jaclyn Konieczka (6'1''-F-88) of Niagara
Jennifer McNamee (5'9''-G-88) of Niagara
Kayleigh Scannell (5'9''-G) of Niagara
Jacy Schulz (5'8''-G) of Niagara
Danielle Costantino (5'8''-G) of Rider
Shannon Ferguson (5'10''-F) of Rider
Jessica Coles (6'1''-F) of Saint Peter's
Jessica Edmonds of Siena
Sarah Fullmer (6'3''-F-88) of Siena
Sara Parnell (5'10''-F-86) of Siena
Heather Stec of Siena
Merrick Volpe (5'6''-G-88) of Siena



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Defending National Champions, Northern Kentucky Win GLVC Title! - by Lucius Jones
N.Kentucky defeated Quincy for the GLVC Championship 77-72 in a heated battle for conference tournament supremacy. Player of the year and All American candidate, Jessica Slack (5'11''-G) led the way with 28 points on 9-18FG and 8-8FT with 7 rebounds, 2 assist, and 2 steals. Rachel Launtry added 12 points and Karen Brackman (5'9''-G) scored 10 points with 6 rebounds as well. They begin their back-to-back National Title quest versus Grand Valley St. at 6pm at home on March 13th.

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Emory places two on All-UAA Team - by Eurobasket News
Two members of the 2008-09 Emory University womens basketball squad have been selected to the All-University Athletic Association Team. The all-league honorees were chosen by the conference coaches.

Leading the way for Emory was senior Lora Turner (Florence, AL) who landed her second straight berth on the first team. The 5-foot-11 Turner led Emory in scoring with a 16.8 points per game average in both overall and conference action, good for the No. 2 position among UAA performers. In addition, she grabbed a team-high 6.4 rebounds per outing (7th in the UAA) in all games while her 7.3 per-game showing league affairs ranked her sixth on the conference ladder.
She paced the team and the UAA with a school seasonal record of 59.6 percent mark from the floor (174-of-292) in overall play while her 61.1 percent mark in league contests (99-of-162) also topped the league chart. One of two Emory players to have started all 25 games, Turner scored in double figures on 23 occasions and produced 10 performances of 20 or more points. She either led or shared for the teams scoring lead in 18 outings and finished as the clubs leading rebounder in 12 games as well. Career-wise, she registered 10 or more points in 74 of 99 games and came through with 18 contests of 20 or more points. She finished as the schools No. 3 all-time leading scorer (1,312 pts) and held down the No. 8 spot in rebounding (615) and the No. 2 slot in field goal percentage (.533). Turner becomes just the third player in school history to have earned a pair of first-team berths on the All-UAA Team, joining Mandy Jackson (1993 & 1994) and Alicia Moore (1996, 1997 & 1998).

Junior Leshonda Lillard (5'6''-G) (Bloomington, IN) was the other Eagle to be recognized with her second straight honorable-mention selection. The 5-foot-6 Lillard averaged 4.0 assists per game in overall play, good for a first-place tie among UAA cagers, while her mark of 4.2 in conference games topped all players. She scored in double figures in 13 affairs and her 11.9 points per game average in league contests ranked her eighth on the UAA ladder. Lillard finished with a team-leading 69 steals, second on the schools seasonal list, and her average of 2.92 thefts per game was fourth among UAA players. She had steals to her credit in 22 of the 24 contests she saw action in and recorded two or more steals in 20 games.

Emory concluded the season with an overall record of 13-12, 4-10 in UAA action.

Courtesy of Emory University


UW-La Crosses Hunter leads All-WIAC basketball selections - by Eurobasket News
University of Wisconsin-La Crosses Mackenzie Hunter was voted the Player of the Year to lead the 11 individuals selected to the 2008-09 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Womens Basketball Team, while UW-Stevens Points Shirley Egner was voted the Coach of the Year.

Hunter is the first individual in program history to claim the leagues player of the year award. She is the first Eagle to earn All-WIAC honors all four seasons, securing first team recognition in 2006, 2008 and 09 and honorable mention in 2007.

Hunter leads the conference with 20.6 points per game and an .880 free-throw percentage, while ranking second with a .400 three-point field goal percentage and 2.81 steals per contest. She scored in double-figures in all 26 games this season and surpassed the 20-point plateau in 12 contests, including a career-high 32 points against UW-Superior on Jan. 31 and UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 18. Her 535 points and .880 free-throw percentage are second in single-season school history.

She tops the WIAC all-time chart with an .854 career free throw percentage (281-for-329) and leads the UW-La Crosse career list with 224 steals. She places second on the schools chart with 1,526 points, 281 free throws made and 103 starts.

Repeat selections on the first team included: UW-Eau Claires Heidi Arciszewski, UW-La Crosses Lindsay Wahl, UW-Stouts Julia Hirssig and UW-Whitewaters Kelsey Hendrickson and Tiffany Morton.

Arciszewski is a three-time first team selection after claiming honorable mention recognition in 2006. She is second in the WIAC with 3.14 assists per game, fifth with 14.3 points per game and 5.14 defensive rebounds per game and seventh with 6.3 rebounds per game. Arciszewski tops the Blugold all-time list with 3,386 minutes played and is fifth with 1,404 points.

Wahl was a first team pick in 2008 and is fourth in the league with 14.7 points per game, sixth with a .508 field goal percentage and seventh with a .721 free throw percentage and .56 blocked shots per contest. She ranks first in UW-La Crosse history with 325 free throws made and 478 free throws attempted.

Hirssig claimed first team accolades for the second straight year after leading the conference with 4.74 offensive rebounds per game, while ranking second with 18.9 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game and a .548 field goal percentage. She recorded 13 double-doubles and poured in a career-best 37 points against UW-Platteville on Jan. 24 and UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 4. Her 1,159 career points rank fifth on the Blue Devil all-time list, while her 711 career rebounds are fourth.

Hendrickson was a first team selection a year ago and leads the WIAC with 1.81 three-point field goals made per game, while placing sixth with a .338 three-point field goal percentage and seventh with 2.62 assists per game and 2.08 steals per contest. She is sixth on UW-Whitewaters career list with 104 three-point field goals made.

Morton captured first team laurels for a second consecutive season. She leads the league with 10.9 rebounds per game, 7.54 defensive rebounds per game and 2.08 blocked shots per game, while ranking second with 3.38 offensive rebounds per game and third with 16.5 points per contest and a .531 field goal percentage. Morton owns a WIAC-leading 14 double-doubles this season, a school-record 28 career double-doubles and is fourth on the Warhawk all-time chart with 722 rebounds and fifth with 1,183 points.

Also receiving first team recognition were: UW-Eau Claires Heather Witt, UW-Stevens Points Britta Petersen, Janell Van Gomple and Katie Webber and UW-Stouts Charlee Edwards.

The league coaches also selected an All-Defensive Team that consisted of Hunter, Hirssig, Morton, Witt and Webber. Hirssig, Witt and Webber were recognized for the second consecutive year.

UW-Stevens Point head coach Shirley Egner was voted the Coach of the Year for the second straight season. She also secured the prize during the 2004 campaign. This season, Egner directed the Pointers to the WIAC regular-season and tournament crowns. She is in her 20th season at UW-Stevens Point and owns a 356-167 career record, including a 201-119 mark in WIAC contests. Her 356 victories rank second on the leagues all-time list.

An All-Sportsmanship Team was chosen for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. It included one member from each school.


2008-09 All-WIAC Womens Basketball Team

First Team
Name, School, Year, Position, Height, Hometown (High School)
Heidi Arciszewski, Eau Claire, Senior, Guard, 5-9, Thorp
Charlee Edwards, Stout, Senior, Guard, 5-9, Danbury (Webster)
Kelsey Hendrickson, Whitewater, Junior, Guard, 5-7, Monroe
Julia Hirssig, Stout, Junior, Forward, 5-11, Rochester, Minn. (Mayo)
Mackenzie Hunter, La Crosse, Senior, Guard, 6-0, Eau Claire (Regis)
Tiffany Morton, Whitewater, Senior, Center, 6-0, Beloit (Memorial)
Britta Petersen, Stevens Point, Sophomore, Forward, 5-10, Luck
Janell Van Gomple, Stevens Point, Senior, Guard, 5-9, DeForest
Lindsay Wahl, La Crosse, Senior, Center, 6-1, Burnsville, Minn.
Katie Webber, Stevens Point, Senior, Guard, 5-9, Reedsburg
Heather Witt, Eau Claire, Senior, Guard, 5-7, Kendall (Royall)

Honorable Mention
Shelby Churchill, Oshkosh, Sophomore, Forward, 5-11, Sheboygan (North)
Lisa Grantman, Platteville, Senior, Forward, 5-10, Lomira
Tiffany Gregorich, River Falls, Freshman, Guard, 5-5, Altoona
Hailey Hart, Superior, Freshman, Forward, 5-9, Osseo (Osseo-Fairchild)
Jessi Sporle, Stevens Point, Senior, Forward, 6-0, Mineral Point

All-Defensive Team
Julia Hirssig, Stout, Junior, Forward, 5-11, Rochester, Minn. (Mayo)
Mackenzie Hunter, La Crosse, Senior, Guard, 6-0, Eau Claire (Regis)
Tiffany Morton, Whitewater, Senior, Center, 6-0, Beloit (Memorial)
Katie Webber, Stevens Point, Senior, Guard, 5-9, Reedsburg
Heather Witt, Eau Claire, Senior, Guard, 5-7, Kendall (Royall)

All-Sportsmanship Team
Pam Kaye, Eau Claire, Senior, Guard, 5-8, Milwaukee (Brookfield Central)
Anna Halat, La Crosse, Senior, Guard, 5-9, Waukesha (South)
Megan Lund, Oshkosh, Freshman, Guard, 5-8, Reedsville
Stacia Nemitz, Platteville, Junior, Guard, 5-9, Bloomington (River Ridge)
Kelli Hilt, River Falls, Junior, Guard, 5-6, Lakeville, Minn. (North)
Jessi Sporle, Stevens Point, Senior, Forward, 6-0, Mineral Point
Lindsey Gerber, Stout, Senior, Guard, 5-6, Exeland (Bruce)
Anna Petersen, Superior, Sophomore, Forward, 5-10, Osseo (Osseo-Fairchild)
Meghan Schmidt, Whitewater, Senior, Forward, 5-10, Port Washington

Player of the Year: Mackenzie Hunter of La Crosse
Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete: Mackenzie Hunter of La Crosse
Coach of the Year: Shirley Egner of Stevens Point

Courtesy of WIAC


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Liga Feminina round 21 - by Roberto Rodrigues
This was round where the teams from the top of the table faced the teams from the bottom and where we had only one important game CD Povoa / Monte Adriano - GDESSA/Barreiro. The leader Olivais Coimbra went to Esgueira to play against the local team and won by 44-57. In a game between two teams from islands, Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore defeated Clube Futebol Uniao Madeira by a large difference (94-47), this was a game where Lakethia Hampton (183-F/C-83) had brilliant numbers with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. Santarem Basket Clube received AD Vagos and the team from Aveiro (AD Vagos) had an easy game winning by 48-90. The two games that have a word for the classification Sport Alges Dafundo won (68-85) BCBarcelos-Hotel Terco at their home and CD Povoa / Monte Adriano don't have a good day and lost against GDESSA/Barreiro by 73-82. After this round 21 only left the last round before the playoffs.

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Round 20 - Hemofarm better than Partizan - by Zoran Bogdanovic
RADIVOJ KORAC- USCE 100:90 ( 14:16 , 39:18 , 29:26 , 18:30 )
The host team showed the best performance in the second quarter of the match. Usce played the best in the last quarter of the match when Marija Marija Sarvan (175-F-86) made four from five shots for three but that wasnt enough for the first win in this championship.
RADIVOJ KORAC : Musulin 23 pts & 7assists, Vucurovic 15 pts, Kravic 14 pts & 9 rbs, Strankovic 12 pts, Jovanovic 10 pts, Vukovic 10 pts
USCE : Marija Sarvan 36 pts, Traljic 16 pts, Mlinar 13 pts, Markovic 10 pts & 9 assists
SPARTAK-KRALJEVO 74:47 ( 18:16 , 13:6 , 20:12 , 23:13 )
The host team opened the match with seria 10:0 but Kraljevo came to advantage at the result 16:15. After Dunja Lukacs hit for three and seria 7:1 Spartak reached ten pointsadvantage. All 12 points for Kraljevo in third quarter scored Zivanovic.
SPARTAK: Dzuver 12 pts, Ristic 12 pts, Veselinovic 11 pts, Cabarkapa 10 pts
KRALJEVO : Zivanovic 21 pts, Velisavljevic 9 pts & 14 rbs
LOZNICA-KOVIN 85:71 ( 22:11 , 18:24 , 26:9 , 19:27 )
Loznica outplayed Kovin in first and third quarter and that was enough for avoiding the bottom of the table. The biggest advantage was at 70:44 in 33th minurte of the game. Besides the biggest addition of Tina Jovanovic could be mentioned Markovics five successful hits for three. On the other team Nevena Jovanovic was alone for battle in this match.
LOZNICA : Jovanovic 24 pts & 13 rbs, Markovic 21 pts, Matic 18 pts, Jugovic 12 pts
KOVIN : Jovanovic 25 pts, Djordjevic 12 pts, Kostic 12 pts
CELAREVO-PROLETER 78:73 ( 12:18 , 24:26 , 26:14 , 16:15 )
The host team made fourth win in a row .Proleter had advantage from fifth to the last minute of the third quarter when Celarevo came to + 4 and showed the best performance in last ten minutes.
CELAREVO: Moraca 20 pts, Pericin 14 pts, Skoric 13 pts, Maric 12 pts
PROLETER : Caran 28 pts, Vidacic 18 pts & 10 rbs
VOJVODINA NIS - CRVENA ZVEZDA 74:65 ( 17:23 , 23:13 , 18:10 , 16:19 )
Crvena Zvezda opened the game with 12 pts advantage. The host team needed 18 minutes to reach the advantage which they were keeping until the end of the match. Second half started with Vojvodinas seria 11:0 in six minutes, and easy come to another win.
VOJVODINA : Scekic 23 pts, Siljegovic 13 pts
CRVENA ZVEZDA : Maksimovic 16 pts & 9 rbs, Vasovic 12 pts, Musovic 13 pts, Puric 11 pts
HEMOFARM STADA-PARTIZAN 75:58 ( 22:15 , 11:16 , 21:11 , 21:16 )
Partizan was in the game until the 25th minute when succeded to tie at 40:40. After that moment the advantage of host team was growing .After two hits in a row for three of Zorica Mitov Hemofarm had + 18 in 34th minute.
HEMOFARM : Stankovic 19 pts, Kovacevic 18 pts, Butulija 12pts, Radocaj 10 pts
PARTIZAN : Radic 15 pts, Jankovic 11 pts, Stjepanovic 10 pts, Dangubic 10 pts


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MBK Ruzomberok surprises No.1 Maxima Broker - by Eurobasket News
In Round 7 of the second stage MBK Ruzomberok managed to beat powerful Maxima Broker and to hand it the second defeat of the season. However, despite this loss the team from Kosice remains on top as the second Ruza still has 2 wins less. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) was a key player in victory nailing 23 points. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) scored 13 and Kaela Chapdelaine (178-G-85, college: Oregon) had 12 pts. On the other side, Maxima Broker got 21 points from Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) and 19 from Janka Mincikova (169-G-89).
BSS Kosice blasted Presov 72-46 jumping to 11-12 record in First 6 Group. Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) and Jana Stantienova (189-C-84) had 12 points each. Radka Deckerova (179-F-88) delivered 11 pts for the loosing side.
No.3 Nitra also registered more than comfortable victory in this round. Its rival was Poprad, who faced with 84-54 loss. Bibiana Kalafutova (184-C-85) and Zuzana Mracnova (180-F-80) nailed 16 points each for the hosts. Sujova folloed them with one point less. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) had 18 for the guests.
Roznava was better than Cassovia Kosice 90-83 in Second 4 Group improving to 3-16, what is still not enough for any better than the last place. Simona Matulova (170-G-86) stepped up for the winners with 22 points. Michaela Hanesova had 16 for Cassovia.


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1-6 Places
 1. Maxma Broker 21-2 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 19-4 
 3. Nitra 18-5 
 4. BBS Kosice 11-12 
 5. Poprad 9-14 
 6. Presov 5-18 
7-10 Places
 1. Slovan 6-12 
 2. Cassovia K. 5-14 
 3. Roznava 3-16 


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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 15-1 
 2. AJM Maribor 14-2 
 3. Hit Kr.Gora 13-3 
 4. Triglav 9-7 
 5. Jezica 8-8 
 6. Odeja KED 5-11 
 7. Domzale 5-11 
 8. Konjice 3-13 
 9. Rogaska 0-16 


Stats Leaders - Women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Oblak Odeja 20.25
2. Sanders Gora 19.80
3. Kure AJM 18.50
4. Vargas-Sanchez 17
5. Gortnar Triglav 15.58
Rebounds Per Game
1. Vargas HIT Gora 12.36
2. Brown Merkur 10.50
3. Sanders Gora 10.27
4. Gortnar Triglav 9.50
5. Skof Domzale 8.44
Assists Per Game
1. Ciglar, Celje 3.8
2. Panic Jezica 4.29
3. Jurse HIT Gora 3.69
4. Baric Merkur 3.38
5. Markovic Triglav 3.13
Ranking
1.Sanders, HIT Kr. 24.6
2.Vargas, HIT Kr. 24.4
3. Oblak Odeja 20.94
4. Tisler AJM 19.69
5. Gortnar Triglav 19.33


The start of Championship and Classification rounds - by Eurobasket News
In the Slovenian League the teams are divided into Championship round and Classification round. Merkur Celje remains on top with 15-1 record, while AJM follows with 14-2. HIT Kranjska Gora is third with 13-3 and Triglav Kranj has 9-7.
Teja Oblak leads the scoring leaders with 20.25 points per game. Vargas from HIT Gora averages 12.36 rebounds per game, while LaKrisha Brown (191-F) is second with 10.5 rebounds per game in Leading Rebounds. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) is on top of Leading Assists with 4.71.
Meanwhile Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) and her Italian Faenza hosted the Italian Cup Final Four. The last act was played by home team and Parma in front of a record attendance for a female basketball game in Italy. In the semifinal game against Venezia 63:44 as Maja Erkic brought her team 15 points. Club Atletico Faenza grabbed the trophy after 63:51 in the Final over Lavezzini Parma. Faenza took and early advantage and kept playing hard until 5 minutes to go. Parma rallied a little bit in the final minutes, but couldn't keep closer than 12 points at the buzzer. For Faenza its the second trophy of the history, after first 2007 Coppa Italia. Maja Erkic was named MVP of the Final Four.


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S-Birds advanced to the Finals of WKBL - by Eurobasket News
S-Birds advanced to the Finals of WKBL. The team needed three games to sweep the Semifinal series against Cool Cats. The last game saw the win of the Regular Season Champions 68:59 with the win in the last three quarters. Ha Eun Joo (203-C-83) led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) collected 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kang Young Sook (198-C-79) netted 12. Kim Jung Eun (181-F-87) nailed 29 points and made 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
The series between Redwings and Bichumi is still on. In the latest game Redwings was stronger than Bichumi 58:53.


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 37-3 
 2. Bichumi 23-17 
 3. Cool Cats 21-19 
 4. Redwings 21-19 
 5. KB Savers 11-29 
 6. Woori Hansae 7-33 


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UMET 65, UVI Lady Bucs 49 - by David Edole
In the UVI women's season finale, the Lady Bucs fell behind early and lost a tough battle to Metropolitan University, 65-49.

'It was the worst time for everyone not to be on the same page,' UVI head coach Curtis Gilpin said on Sunday. 'We just didn't get going in the first half and it was too much of a lead to come back from.'

UMET jumped out to a 24-9 lead at the half, thanks in part to nine UVI turnovers in the first period alone. The Bucs' Tiffany Reddick was held to just four first-half points.

'We had opportunities, but the ball kept slipping through our hands,' Gilpin said. 'I just couldn't believe it.'

UVI (3-5) tried to bounce back in the second half and cut the lead to nine in the fourth period thanks to two 3-pointers from Elecia Jno-Baptiste and another three from Teal Hetrick. UMET was able to hold strong, though, and match the Bucs point-for-point to secure the win.

Reddick finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Jno-Baptiste contributed 18 points.

The Lady Bucs' fate now rests in the hands of American University. American plays UPR-Carolina, which holds a half game lead on UVI, on Wednesday. An American win would put UVI in the fourth seed and into inter-league play.


Antilles girls win Private Schools tourney - by David Edole
The 2008-2009 St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity basketball season officially wrapped up this weekend with a post-season private school tournament at Antilles.
The Antilles Lady Canes won the girls championship while Country Day took second.
Antilles' Vicky Hamilton was named the tournament MVP on the girls side and was named to the All Tournament team with two other Lady Canes. Teammates LaAsia Campbell and ChaLez Martin also made the team. The other girls All-Tournament players were Country Day's Sydney Rogers and Kemia Fredrick and Gifft Hill's Shaniqua Davis.

The Antilles Lady Canes also wrapped up their tournament championship on Sunday with a 47-30 win over Country Day, from St. Croix. Antilles' Hamilton scored a game-high 22 points and Campbell contributed 10. Sydney Rogers led Country Day with 11 points.

On Saturday, the Antilles girls defeated Gifft Hill, 63-19.

Antilles girls 63, Gifft Hill 19

The Lady Canes dominated all aspects of the game as they downed Gifft Hill, 63-19. Martin scored a game-high 22 points and Hamilton scored 17 for Antilles.

After a first half in which the Canes outscored Gifft Hill 35-14, they poured it on in the second, allowing just two baskets. Gifft Hill managed just one field goal in the third and one 3-pointer in the fourth for five second-half points. K. Jessrae scored eight points for Gifft Hill and Davis contributed six points. Antilles' Turnbull added six points for her team.

Day 1 Results
The Country Day Lady Tigers cruised to a 56-20 win over Gifft Hill. A. Ferguson scored 16 points for Country Day and Sydney Rogers added 11 points. Gifft Hill's Sheniqua Davis led the team with 13 points.


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WNBA cost cutting means fewer roster spots - by Eurobasket News
Job security is weakening around the country, and the WNBA is no different. The panic gripping so many workers nationwide has its hold on hundreds of blue-collar WNBA players.

The women's professional basketball league has trimmed rosters from 13 to 11 for 2009, and there also is one fewer team. That means 39 fewer jobs when the season begins June 6.

'How can you not be worried?' Monarchs forward-center Laura Harper asked in a telephone interview last week from Istanbul, Turkey, where she is playing during the WNBA offseason. 'Job security is going down. I hear girls talking about it all the time. I was at a table of 10 WNBA players last night, and (we talked about how) it's going to be different. You have to come ready, or you are going to get cut.'

Some players won't even be allowed to come ready. Training camp rosters will feature three fewer players, a maximum of 15 instead of 18, which makes it even more difficult for fringe players to get looks.

WNBA President Donna Orender said Monday she is confident about the league's viability and she doesn't see the roster cuts negatively affecting teams. Both of last year's WNBA finalists, the champion Detroit Shock and the San Antonio Silver Stars, used their benches sparingly during the championship series, which Orender said was an indication teams can perform with fewer roster spots.

However, she did say cost cutting helped steer the decision.

'It's definitely a factor,' Orender said. 'When you look at costs, you want to spend money that is productive.'

Monarchs general manager John Whisenant said the effect is he must look for more versatile players when assembling his roster.

'We won't have the luxury of carrying an extra point guard or post player,' Whisenant said. 'We have to prepare for that. There's going to be jobs lost, and it's sad. But it's sad that jobs are lost with the recession we are in. We are just part of it.'

The salary cap for the upcoming season is $803,000 per team; player salaries range from $35,190 to $99,500.

Still, no amount of planning compensates for injuries. Having 11 players makes misfortune that much tougher to deal with, Whisenant said.

'There are going to be injuries,' he said. 'You would have to be nave and foolish to think you won't have injuries in 34 games in 90 days.'

The Monarchs begin training camp in May with a familiar roster. After signing former standout guard-forward Hamchtou Maga-Ba from the now-defunct Houston Comets, the Monarchs re-signed point guard Ticha Penicheiro, forward DeMya Walker and guard Chelsea Newton.

They join All-Star Rebekkah Brunson, Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson, Nicole Powell, Laura Harper, Scholanda Robinson, Crystal Kelly, A'Quonesia Franklin, Charel Allen and Kim Smith.

Not all player contracts are guaranteed. The Monarchs have 14 players signed for training camp. That leaves one opening for a draft pick. The Monarchs select seventh in the April 9 draft.

'It's already an incredibly competitive league,' said Smith, who has struggled to find a consistent role during her three seasons with the Monarchs. 'There are so many talented players out there already who don't have a roster spot. It makes the business a lot more cutthroat.'

The WNBA does not have a development league as the NBA does, meaning players cut have nowhere to play professionally in the United States until the next WNBA season.

Some players go back to their alma maters to train with former teams as one of their only resources to stay ready for their next opportunity.

Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek said she can envision the overall competitiveness raised this season, barring injuries. She said the roster contraction can be a positive.

'We don't want to outgrow ourselves,' Boucek said. 'We might have made that mistake in years past.'

Boucek, a former WNBA player, said the loss of jobs is a sad reality of the economy.

'The most important thing for those of us who love women's basketball and believe in it, is that we can sustain in these tough times economically,' Boucek said. 'Everyone in the whole world is having to make sacrifices. It's just what we have to do right now. We'll make the most of it.'

Courtesy of http://www.sacbee.com


Swin Cash undergoes successful surgery on her back - by Eurobasket News
Storm forward Cash Swin (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) underwent successful surgery today to repair disc injury in her low back. The operation was performed by Dr. Joseph Maroon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Cash's anticipated rehabilitation time is approximately 8-12 weeks.

'We were pleased to receive the good news today on Swin's surgery,' said Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler. 'Swin played in pain last season so we are all looking forward to her being healthy this summer. She is a great player and I'm excited to get back on the court with her.'

In her seventh WNBA season, Cash started in 28 games for the Storm, averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Cash posted 19 points twice in 2008 for Seattle and blocked a career-high five shots at Houston on June 14.

The Seattle Storm will open its 2009 WNBA schedule on Saturday, June 6 in a 1 p.m. matchup versus 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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HBA Standing 2008-09 Women
MBA Standings
 1. JBC 15-0 
 2. Varsity L. 14-0 
 3. Mavericks 14-3 
 4. Raiderz 11-4 
 5. Pistons 8-8 
 6. Returners 7-9 
 7. Kingdom C. 5-10 
 8. Spurs 4-11 
 9. Stormers 3-11 
 10. Spartans 2-8 
 11. UZ Stars 1-15