EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/12/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cumings moves from Vojvodina to Cedevita - by Zoran Popovic
Former guard of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd (2005-2007), Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) moves from Vojvodina to Cedevita Zagreb. Cummings came in Vojvodina from MMT Estudiantes in January this year. On 8th games played for Vojvodina Cummings average scored 8.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. On 11 games for MMT Estudiantes in Spanish league Cummings, average scored 6.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Vonteego Cummings started career in Thomson GA High School, played for Pittsburgh (NCAA) 1995-1999, drafted by Indiana Pacers 1999 in the first round and traded to Golden State Warriors. In his NBA career Cummings also played for Philadelphia 76ers and in Europe for FuturVirtus Castelmaggiore (ITA-Lega2) 2003-2004, KK Hemofarm 2004-2005 and Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv 2007-2008.

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A round 28 - by Facundo Iatzky
Game of the round: Penarol 80-62 Regatas
Huge victory of penarol. This victory allows them remains the first position.

Player of the round: David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.)

Best 5:
David Jackson
Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79)
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78)
Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut)

Points:
David Jackson 26
Julio Mazzaro 26
Lazaro Borrell 25
Brice Assie 24
Fernando Calvi 22

Rebounds:
James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) 14
Ramel Allen 13
Jamaal Levy 12
Maurice Spillers 11
Brice Assie 10

Assists:
Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances) 6
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 6
Agustin Carabajal 5
Leonardo La Bella 5
Hernando Salles 5


Quimsa scrape past Canoneros - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Canoneros 93:85

Argentinean Quimsa got to a quick start but slowed down to face a tough challenge at the end against pesky Canoneros in the opening day of the Liga Sudamericana finals. Quimsa looked obvious favorites before the game and they began proving the issue straight away. The Argentinean team nailed 11 unanswered points to tip off the action. Canoneros struggled to find open shots and trailed by as many as 20 points late in the frame. Quimsa secured a 26:10 lead after the starting period. However Canoneros refused to bow as they crafted an impressive comeback in the second and third periods. The Colombian team narrowed the margin to just 5 points at the interval. The things changed drastically in the court with the start of the third frame. Canoneros fired straight off the locker rooms tallying a 19:9 rally that propelled them in front 58:53 midway through the stanza. Quimsa however responded late in the quarter and sealed the outcome at 68:65 with one period to go. Quimsa seemed to run away for good as they stretched the gap to 10 points early in the final quarter. But Canoneros remained in the game and narrowed the gap to a single point with under a minute remaining. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) however was accurate from the stripe to chill off Quimsas opponents.
Julio Mazzaro delivered game-high 28 points to lead Quimsa. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) and Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) added 19 points apiece for the winning side. Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami, FL) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Canoneros. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) had 16 points in defeat.
Quimsa will face Regatas Corrientes, while Canoneros will play against Flamengo next.

Quimsa: Julio Mazzaro 28, Gabriel Mikulas 19, Jonathan Treise 19
Canoneros: Jermaine Walker 22, Edgar Moreno 16


Flamengo take revenge on Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Regatas Corrientes 92:72

Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo avenged of the loss in the preiovious Liga Sudamericana as they stunned Regatas Corrientes in the tournaments final round opener in Santiago Del Estero yesterday. The teams started the game cautiously with neither side forcing the issue. Regatas piled up a 5-point lead late in the period but Flamengo struck back. Jefferson Antonio capped the period to make it 20:20 after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second frame before Duda Machado (197-F/G-82) fired twice from beyond the arc. Flamengo cleared off and managed to ensure a 41:38 advantage at halftime. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was a go-to guy at the start of the third term as he fueled a decisive rally from the Brazilian team. Flamengo went on a 17:6 run to pile up a 14-point advantage. The advantage kept on growing in the fourth quarter as Regatas could not get shots drop. Marcelinho Machado completed his 25-point tally and secured the winning outcome for Flamengo. Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Flamengo. Duda Machado had 15 points in the victory. Mariano Fierro (200-F-86) answered with 16 points for Regatas.
Flamengo will next take Canoneros of Colombia. Regatas and Quimsa will clash in Argentinean derby in Liga Sudamericana finals.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 25, Helio Vitor Lima 19, Duda Machado 15
Regatas: Mariano Fierro 16, Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, college: W.Chester) 13


Latest transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Lanus released Ronald Ramon due to injury and signed forward Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.). They also released jon Smith and agreed terms with Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack).
Ben Hur released Aaron Eneas but they did not decided who player sign. they have not too much time because the deadline is on thursday. They have lost Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89) too who moved to Union Sunchales in TNA.


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 60-0 
 2. Atenas 59-5 
 3. Libertad 55-5 
 4. Estudiantes 54-0 
 5. Gimn.CR 54-5 
 6. Sionista 54-5 
 7. Cicl.Olimpico 54-5 
 8. Boca Jrs 52-5 
 9. Independ.N. 52-5 
 10. Regatas C. 51-0 
 11. Quimsa 51-5 
 12. Obras 49-1 
 13. Quilmes MP 49-5 
 14. El Nacional 49-5 
 15. Lanus 47-0 
 16. Ben Hur 39-5 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Ciclista 7-3 
 2. Union 7-3 
 3. San Mart.C. 7-3 
 4. San Mart.MJ 6-4 
 5. La Union 6-4 
 6. P.Echague 4-6 
 7. Alma Juniors 2-8 
 8. Belgrano SN 1-9 
TNA2
 1. Argentino 10-0 
 2. C.Entrerriano 7-3 
 3. GimnasiaLP 5-5 
 4. Firmat SF 5-5 
 5. A.Italiana 5-5 
 6. Atl.Echague 4-6 
 7. Obera TC 3-7 
 8. A.Espanola 1-9 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.7 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.6 
 3. Jackson, Penarol18.9 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.4 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.7 
 6. Robinson, Sionista17.1 
 7. Taylor, Lanus16.5 
 8. Espil, Boca Jrs16.4 
 9. Glover, Cicl.Olimpico16.4 
 10. Osborne, Libert.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.6 
 2. Williams, Cicl.Oli.9.5 
 3. Assie, Independ.N.8.6 
 4. Nelson, Estudiantes7.8 
 5. Allen, Quimsa7.4 
 6. Levy, Estudiantes7.4 
 7. Mikulas, Quimsa7.3 
 8. Taylor, Lanus7.3 
 9. Kante, Atenas7.2 
 10. Cowan, Quilmes7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP5.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Penarol4.1 
 3. Treise, Quimsa3.9 
 4. Franco, Estudiantes3.9 
 5. Cantero, Sionista3.9 
 6. La Bella, Estudiantes3.3 
 7. Titarelli, Obras3.3 
 8. Cequeira, Regat.3.1 
 9. Martinez, Sionista3.0 
 10. Olmedo, Lan.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  Independ.N.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Assie, Independ.N.2.3 
 2. Moodie, Independ.2.1 
 3. Marin, Independ.N.2.0 
 4. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 5. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 6. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 7. Sciutto, Gimn.CR1.9 
 8. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 9. Salles, Quilmes MP1.6 
 10. Glover, Cicl.Olimpi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon SMITH
  Lanus
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smith, Quimsa1.9 
 2. Moore, El Nacional1.9 
 3. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.9 
 4. Miller, Quimsa1.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa1.8 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.5 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 8. Williams, Cicl.Oli.1.3 
 9. Smith, Lanus1.2 
 10. Assie, Independ.0.9 


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Carcamo, San M.21.0 
 2. Warren, Argentino18.7 
 3. Ford, P.Echague18.3 
 4. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.3 
 5. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.9 
 6. Ceruti, San M.17.7 
 7. Sucre, Union17.6 
 8. Miller, A.Italiana17.5 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC17.2 
 10. Nwankwo, San.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carcamo, San M.9.3 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista9.2 
 3. Cutley, Atl.Echague9.1 
 4. Johnson, Belgrano.8.9 
 5. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 6. Robinson, Alma J.8.6 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Brown, Firmat SF7.8 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC7.3 
 10. Gibson, La Uni.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.4.8 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.8 
 3. Costa, La Union3.8 
 4. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.1 
 5. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.5 
 6. Saul, A.Italiana2.5 
 7. Belvedere, San M.2.5 
 8. Palacios, Alma J.2.5 
 9. Ceruti, San M.2.3 
 10. Schoppler, A.E.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Angel LOPEZ
  A.Italiana
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lopez, A.Italiana2.6 
 2. Martin, Union2.3 
 3. Eiguren, P.Echague2.2 
 4. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 5. Pau, La Union2.0 
 6. Ford, P.Echague1.9 
 7. Schoppler, A.Esp.1.8 
 8. Ledesma, Atl.Echa.1.8 
 9. Saul, A.Italiana1.8 
 10. Eiguren, P.Echag.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ije NWANKWO
  San Mart.MJ
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nwankwo, San M.1.8 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.8 
 3. Rollins, Ciclista1.7 
 4. Mattis, GimnasiaLP1.2 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.1 
 6. Porta, Atl.Echague1.0 
 7. Brown, Firmat SF1.0 
 8. Gibson, La Union1.0 
 9. Robinson, Union1.0 
 10. Brezzo, San.0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Dusan Katnic lifts Mega HL to semifinals in Balkan league - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Quarterfinals: Swisslions Takovo - Mega Hypo Leasing 88-78

Mega Hypo Leasing survived in Vrsac last night. The Belgrade's team had plus 11 from the first game and No.1 from the regular season with impressive 7-1 record, Swisslions Takovo, was not able to reach it. Actually the host had a chance at the very end, but Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) missed a tough 3-pointer. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) grabbed the ball, but he also was unsuccessful. Ocokoljic top-scored for Swisslions with 25 points (also had 5 boards and 6 assists). Above mentioned Markovic added 15 and Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-G-77) netted 13 points. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) once again was a key player for Mega Hypo Leasing. He drained 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. Katnic was the first option in offense for Mega HL drawing many fouls by the hosts and making 14 of 20 from the line. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) also had important role for the guests registering double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds. Strahinja Dragicevic (194-F-86) had 19 also, while hero from the first game Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) this time helped with 12 points. The first semifinal game is scheduled for March 24, when Bulgarian Rilski Sportist will host Mega HL. No.1 from the regular season, Swisslion Takovo, is eliminated. It is important to mention that the hosts had furious third quarter stopping their rivals on just 10 points (19-10). At that point of game it was plus 11 for Swisslions and it seemed that Mega HL slowly looses control on it, but Dusan Katnic was there earning the MVP title in his team.

Swisslions Takovo: Sasa Ocokoljic 25+5 boards+6 as, Radovan Markovic 15, Vladimir Vlaskovic 13
Mega HL: Dusan Katnic 20+7 boards+6 as, Uros Nikolic 19+11 boards, Strahinja Dragicevic 19, Stefan Stojacic 12


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
 1. Lietuvos 14-3 
 2. Zalgiris 12-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 11-6 
 4. ASK Riga 10-6 
 5. Siauliai 9-8 
 6. TU/Rock 8-9 
 7. Ventspils 7-10 
 8. Barons/LMT 6-11 
 9. Valmiera 5-11 
 10. Nevezis 2-15 
Group C
 1. Sakalai 15-4 
 2. VEF Riga 14-4 
 3. Neptunas 13-7 
 4. Kaunas Tr. 12-6 
 5. Norrkoping 11-8 
 6. Aisciai 9-9 
Group D
 1. TTU KK 9-8 
 2. Liepaja 8-10 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 7-10 
 4. Alytus Alita 7-11 
 5. Keizarmezs 7-11 
 6. Zemgale 7-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  VEF Riga
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.20.1 
 2. Clark, Valmiera19.4 
 3. Bankevics, Valmiera19.4 
 4. Strupovics, Keiza.19.2 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.19.0 
 6. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Beard, TU/Rock17.5 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas17.1 
 10. Runkauskas, Sudu.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanoka BEARD
  TU/Rock
  (205-F/C-71)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.6 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.4 
 7. Dimsa, Aisciai7.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF Riga7.1 
 9. Clark, Valmiera7.1 
 10. Shukhovtsov, Sak.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.6 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping4.5 
 4. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 5. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.4 
 6. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 7. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.3 
 8. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos4.2 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.2.3 
 4. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 6. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 7. Eidson, Lietuvos1.9 
 8. Skele, Ba.1.9 
 9. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.9 
 10. Kolesnikov, VEF.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 6. Shukhovtsov, Sakal.1.2 
 7. Berzins, Ba.1.2 
 8. Toome, TTU K.1.2 
 9. Selakovs, VEF Riga1.2 
 10. Talts, TU/Ro.1.2 


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  BELGIUM   


Liege and Dexia Hainaut are eliminated - by Eurobasket News
Liege and Dexia Hainaut are eliminated from EuroChallenge even though the Belgian teams showed great effort during the whole season. Telekom Baskets Bonn became the second team to advance from Group I to the Quarter-Finals. The German team improved to 3-3 with the 67:59 victory over Belgacom Liege that slipped to 2-4. Earl Rowland paced all the winners with 22 points, while Frazier Winsome netted 10. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort.
Cholet improved to 5-1 in Top 16 Group I having a 72:70 win at EiffelTowers Den Bosch to knock the Dutch outfit out of the EuroChallenge. The hosts however started with 25-15 lead, but then lost the second and the third quarters respectively. Rodrigue Beaubois and Marquis Claude top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Richardson Anthony ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Amsterdam grabbed the second ticket to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge in Belgium after 93:86 over Dexia Hainaut. The Dutch team improved to 4-2 and finished second in Group L. Van Paassen Peter led the winners with 24 points, while CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) added 19 each. Nate Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) ended up with 19 points for the home side.
BC Triumph won EuroChallenge Group L beating CSK-VVS Samara on Tuesday. The teams remained even in the first half and only in the second the hosts took avantage of the court. Sergei Toporov led the winners with 22 points and Dmitriev Fedor nailed 21. Clancy Sam ended up with 19 and Sljivancanin Mladen produced 18 in defeat.


Spirou Basket post third victory in EuroCup Group L - by Eurobasket News
Spirou - Artland Dragons 88:79

Spirou Basket held off Artland Dragons for the third win in the Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The win was worth the third position in Group L leaving Charleroi without Final Eight appearance. Artland Dragons fell at 1-5 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) gunned 25 points to pace Spirou. Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Belgian team in the win.
The Dragons dominated early in the game as Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) and Neitzel gave the visitors a 17:10 lead. Matt Walsh stepped up for the hosts at the moment hitting 7 straight points for a 17:17 tie. Nieburh had the last word in the quarter as Artland led by two points 23:21. The things changed dramatically in the second frame as Charleroi surged ahead. Matt Walsh fueled a comeback effort as his points helped the hosts to a 35:28 lead. Soon the Belgian team reached a double-digit advantage and sealed the first half outcome at 48:34.
Walsh picked up from where he left in the first half scoring for an 18-point Spirou advantage. Artland tried to fight back as they clipped the margin to 13 points due to Adam Hess and Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky). Spirou headed into the fourth quarter leading 65:52. Andre Riddick and Matt Walsh twice boosted the hosts lead to 17 points midway through the fourth period. Artland never dig out of the hole and had to surrender at the end. Adam Hess scored 23 points to lead Artland. Darius Hall had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Spirou: Matt Walsh 25, Len Matela 19+10 boards, Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) 11
Artland: Adam Hess 23, Darius Hall 18+11 boards


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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo take revenge on Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Regatas Corrientes 92:72

Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo avenged of the loss in the preiovious Liga Sudamericana as they stunned Regatas Corrientes in the tournaments final round opener in Santiago Del Estero yesterday. The teams started the game cautiously with neither side forcing the issue. Regatas piled up a 5-point lead late in the period but Flamengo struck back. Jefferson Antonio capped the period to make it 20:20 after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second frame before Duda Machado (197-F/G-82) fired twice from beyond the arc. Flamengo cleared off and managed to ensure a 41:38 advantage at halftime. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was a go-to guy at the start of the third term as he fueled a decisive rally from the Brazilian team. Flamengo went on a 17:6 run to pile up a 14-point advantage. The advantage kept on growing in the fourth quarter as Regatas could not get shots drop. Marcelinho Machado completed his 25-point tally and secured the winning outcome for Flamengo. Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Flamengo. Duda Machado had 15 points in the victory. Mariano Fierro (200-F-86) answered with 16 points for Regatas.
Flamengo will next take Canoneros of Colombia. Regatas and Quimsa will clash in Argentinean derby in Liga Sudamericana finals.

Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 25, Helio Vitor Lima 19, Duda Machado 15
Regatas: Mariano Fierro 16, Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, college: W.Chester) 13


Stats Leaders - BNL
Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Machado, Flamengo26.2 
 2. Taylor, GR.21.4 
 3. Stefanelli, Pauli.19.6 
 4. Stallworth, Winner.19.6 
 5. Vinicius, Pinheiros19.5 
 6. dos Santos, Winner.19.4 
 7. da Rosa, Pitago.18.0 
 8. Klafke, Vivo/Franca17.8 
 9. Shipp, Pitagora.17.8 
 10. Nascimento, Pinheir.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shilton DOS SANTOS
  Joinville
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. dos Santos, Joinville11.8 
 2. Nascimento, Pinheiros9.8 
 3. Bambu, Lupo/Ara.9.1 
 4. da Rosa, Pitago.8.4 
 5. Cipriano, Unive.8.0 
 6. Ferreira, Saldanha7.9 
 7. Teichmann, Winner.7.5 
 8. Drudi, Vivo/Franca7.0 
 9. Morejon, CE.6.9 
 10. Taylor,.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando PENNA
  Paulistano
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Penna, Paulistano9.7 
 2. Sucatzky, Pitago.6.4 
 3. Taylor, GR.6.4 
 4. Silva, Un.5.7 
 5. Costa, Vivo/Franca5.6 
 6. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.5.5 
 7. dos Santos, Winner.5.0 
 8. Giannecchini, Conti/.4.6 
 9. Ferreira, S.Jose/V.4.5 
 10. Soares, Joinvil.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  GRSA/Bauru
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, GR.2.7 
 2. Penna, Paulistano2.7 
 3. Machado, Flamengo2.3 
 4. Gustavo, Saldanha2.3 
 5. Pinheiro, CE.2.2 
 6. Ferreira, Saldanha2.2 
 7. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.2.2 
 8. Felipe, Vivo/Franca2.0 
 9. Machado, Flamengo1.8 
 10. Rodrigo, Paulista.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Guilherme TEICHMANN
  Winner/Limeira
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Teichmann, Winner.1.7 
 2. Vinicius, Lupo/Ara.1.5 
 3. Toledo, Lupo/Ara.1.4 
 4. Fiorotto, Winner.1.3 
 5. Castro, S.Jose/V.1.3 
 6. Mathias, Paulistano1.2 
 7. Ferreira, Unive.1.1 
 8. Delben, Lupo/Ara.1.1 
 9. Felipe, Vivo/Franca1.1 
 10. Garcia,.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Rodney WHITE
  Zhejiang G.
  (206-F-80)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. White, Zhejiang G.35.8 
 2. Muoneke, Yunnan34.6 
 3. Rodgers, Jilin34.1 
 4. Snyder, Zhejiang C.33.5 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi32.4 
 6. Jones, Beijing31.7 
 7. Harris, DongGuan30.2 
 8. Harvey, Jiangsu30.1 
 9. Tuck, Shandong29.3 
 10. Williams, Qin.27.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Shanxi Zh.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.19.6 
 2. Benson, Shaanxi18.5 
 3. Harvey, Jiangsu15.5 
 4. Jones, Beijing14.6 
 5. Thompson, Shandong14.3 
 6. Watkins, TianJ.14.1 
 7. Harris, DongGuan14.1 
 8. Watkins, Jiangsu13.6 
 9. Porter, Fujian13.1 
 10. Samake, Jil.12.7 
Assists Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Lu, Fujian9.3 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu7.2 
 3. Tuck, Shandong6.5 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang6.0 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi5.7 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS5.4 
 7. Williams, Qingd.5.3 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning5.0 
 9. White, Zhejiang G.5.0 
 10. Mengke, Xinjia.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Lu, Fujian4.9 
 2. Williams, Qingd.4.3 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.9 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang3.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu3.3 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS3.0 
 7. Robinson, Shaanxi2.9 
 8. Tuck, Shandong2.8 
 9. Jones, Beijing2.7 
 10. Porter, Fuji.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith CLOSS
  Liaoning
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Closs, Yunnan4.5 
 2. Lauderdale, Shand.3.7 
 3. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.4 
 4. Harrison, Beijing2.4 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi2.2 
 6. Watkins, Jiangsu2.0 
 7. McCaskill, Qingd.1.9 
 8. Mo, Bayi1.9 
 9. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.1.7 
 10. Thompson, Shando.1.7 


Xinjiang Rallies to Keep Pace with Guangdong - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang rallied to outscore Beijing 34-18 in the fourth quarter to win 94-88 and continue to share the CBA lead with Guangdong with a 41-5 record. Xinjiang trailed 23-21 after one quarter, 46-41 at the half and 70-60 after three quarters. Almost all of Xinjiang's scoring was done by its top three stars -- Myron Allen, Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) and Juan Mendez. Allen and Mendez played the entire game while Bateer fouled out with less than two minutes left.Allen had 32 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Bateer had 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3 steals. Mendez had 27 points and 11 rebounds. The rest of the team scored 5 points, Dontae Jones had 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for Beijing. David Harrison had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 13 and Ji Zhe had 11.

Hu Xuefeng had 36 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals as Jiangsu defeated Bayi 117-111. Yi Li had 27 points and 7 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Donnell Harvey scored 17. Meng Da scored 12 and Han Shuo had 8. Third-place Jiangsu raised its record to 35-11. Wang Lei had 27 points and 5 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 25 points and 4 rebounds. Li Ke scored 14 and Delehei had 11. Bayi's record is now 24-22 but it remains one game behind Shandong for eighth place and a spot in the playoffs.

Liaoning defeated Shandong 118-104. Awvee Storey scored 35 points. Yang Ming had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Li Xiaoxu scored 18. Chris Alexander had 16 points, 23 rebounds and 4 steals. Liu Shunan scored 12. Zhang Qingpeng had 9 points and 5 assists. Jelani McCoy led Shandong with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Mack Tuck had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Gang had 22 points and 4 assists. Sui Ran had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Sui's recent performance would be very impressive if he were really born in June, 1992. But we never know in China.

Leon Rogers scored 66 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead Jilin to a 124-110 victory over Shanxi Zhongyu. Soumaila Samake had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Bo had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Tim Pickett had 48 points and 8 rebounds for Zhongyu. Olumide Oyedeji had 16 points and 25 rebounds. Sun Chunlei had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Xuewen scored 11.

Liu Hao scored 31 points as Tianjin defeated Yunnan 108-89. Darryl Watkins had 29 points and 15 rebounds. Xu Guijun had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Theron Smith had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Wang Hao had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Yang Huai scored 29 points for Yunnan. Liu Xiqui had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals but also 10 turnovers.

Dongguan defeated Qingdao 132-124. Meng Duo had 35 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and would be very promising if he were really born in March, 1990. Zhang Kai also scored 35 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Michael Harris had 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Yu Ning scored 23. Qiu Biao did not play. Chris Williams had 46 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and 4 steals for Qingdao. Li Guang had 22 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Yu Gaofeng scored 21. Frans Steyn had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

After resting its imports against Xinjiang, Shaanxi used them to devastating effect to defeat Zhejiang 126-93. Lee Benson had 50 points and 21 rebounds. Brandon Robinson had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. All-star Zhang Wei had 32 points and 11 rebounds. Chen Zhaosheng had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Kirk Snyder had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Zhejiang. Zhejiang is without a second import and is missing Ding Jinhui, its best native player. Wang Nan, who has missed most of the year, scored 23. Deng Li had 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Fujian edged Shanghai 112-109. Chris Porter had 27 points and 12 rebounds. New import Shaun Pruitt had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Pruitt replaced Mario Austin. Gong Songlin scored 17. Lu Xiaoming had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. Yang Chao scored 15. DaJuan Tate had 35 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Shanghai. Peng Fei had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Luo Xudong had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Cai Liang scored 12. Cai would be impressive if he were really born in January, 1992, but who knows?


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Quimsa scrape past Canoneros - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Canoneros 93:85

Argentinean Quimsa got to a quick start but slowed down to face a tough challenge at the end against pesky Canoneros in the opening day of the Liga Sudamericana finals. Quimsa looked obvious favorites before the game and they began proving the issue straight away. The Argentinean team nailed 11 unanswered points to tip off the action. Canoneros struggled to find open shots and trailed by as many as 20 points late in the frame. Quimsa secured a 26:10 lead after the starting period. However Canoneros refused to bow as they crafted an impressive comeback in the second and third periods. The Colombian team narrowed the margin to just 5 points at the interval. The things changed drastically in the court with the start of the third frame. Canoneros fired straight off the locker rooms tallying a 19:9 rally that propelled them in front 58:53 midway through the stanza. Quimsa however responded late in the quarter and sealed the outcome at 68:65 with one period to go. Quimsa seemed to run away for good as they stretched the gap to 10 points early in the final quarter. But Canoneros remained in the game and narrowed the gap to a single point with under a minute remaining. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) however was accurate from the stripe to chill off Quimsas opponents.
Julio Mazzaro delivered game-high 28 points to lead Quimsa. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) and Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) added 19 points apiece for the winning side. Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami, FL) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Canoneros. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP) had 16 points in defeat.
Quimsa will face Regatas Corrientes, while Canoneros will play against Flamengo next.

Quimsa: Julio Mazzaro 28, Gabriel Mikulas 19, Jonathan Treise 19
Canoneros: Jermaine Walker 22, Edgar Moreno 16


Cucuta - Norte, fall short in the first day of the Southamerican League final - by Victor Garcia
Cucuta-Norte had a low start, but the with a strong reaction in the second and third quarter give a hard fight to the host Quimsa in its first game for the Southamerican League final four.
The red and black team began out of rythm in the ofense, and without a good scoutin on defense, allowing players like Mazzaro took open shots from the perimeter.
But in the seond and third quarter Jermaine Walker and Monty Wilson took care of the ofense and lead a strong comeback that put thim 5 points ahead in the third, but at the end and one point behind with one minute in the clock, the team made mistakes in defense that gives the victory to Quimsa.
Walker, Wilson and Moreno lead Cucuta - Norte
QUIMSA 93 - Mazzaro 28, Mikulas 19, Treise 19, Wanderson 16, Allen 9, Cajal 2.
CUCUTA/NORTE 85 - Walker 22, Moreno 16, Wilson 13, Torres 12, Guevara 11, Renteria 8, Spieguel 3.


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Benetton clinch top spot in EuroCup Group J - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Zadar 94:81

Benetton outlasted Zadar in Treviso to secure the top spot finish in Group J of EuroCup. Zadar completed the Last 16 stage in the second place and also booked their Final Eight appearance. Benetton will now be tested by Lietuvos Rytas in Turin. Zadar will face Bilbao in Final Eight opener.
Benetton jumped right of the blocks as Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) orchestrated the show. The guard scored 11 points to lead the home side to a 20:7 lead. Gary Neal soon fired from downtown to boost the margin to 17 points. Benetton maintained the pressure and completed the starting quarter ahead 27:11. Benetton enjoyed a 19-point lead shortly after the start of the second period before Zadar answered with a triple from Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and narrowed the margin. Todor Gecevski and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) revitalized Zadars performance with some solid plays but it was not enough. Gary Neal and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) gave the hosts a 49:31 advantage at the end of half one. Gary Neal, Radoslav Rancik and Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) kept pushing Zadar to the verge with more baskets early in the third quarter. Zadar trailed by as many as 29 points in the third quarter before axing the deficit to 24. Benetton reserves logged on some more minutes in the fourth period as the Italian team coasted to the victory.
Gary Neal finished the encounter with 24 points. Domen Lorbek provided 18 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric managed game-high 26 points for Zadar. Damir Rancic (197-G-83) knocked down 18 points in the loss.

Benetton: Gary Neal 24, Domen Lorbek 18, DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) 10
Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 26, Damir Rancic 18


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Bizaca, Trogir23.6 
 2. Mance, Kvarner NR21.9 
 3. Mimica, Sibenka20.4 
 4. Prejean, Dubrovnik19.5 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita19.0 
 6. Rimac, Svjetlost18.8 
 7. Vranjes, Dubrovnik17.6 
 8. Delic, Svjetlost17.1 
 9. Petkovic, Sibenka16.7 
 10. Bilan, Siben.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zoric, Zabok9.6 
 2. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.5 
 3. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.4 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka8.1 
 5. Kastropil, Cedevita8.0 
 6. Bizaca, Trogir7.0 
 7. Delic, Svjetlost6.5 
 8. Sobin, Trogir6.3 
 9. Vranjes, Dubrovnik6.1 
 10. Colak, Cedevi.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Norac, Svjetlost6.5 
 2. Sumic, Alkar Sinj5.5 
 3. Petkovic, Sibenka5.5 
 4. Bradley, Cedevita3.7 
 5. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.7 
 6. Cosic, Dubrava3.4 
 7. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 8. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.2 
 9. Prejean, Dubrovnik3.0 
 10. Bubalo, Trog.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Norac, Svjetlost3.1 
 2. Sumic, Alkar Sinj2.3 
 3. Maric, Dubrava2.1 
 4. Prejean, Dubrovnik2.1 
 5. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.0 
 6. Ivanov, Zabok1.9 
 7. Bosnjak, Dubrava1.7 
 8. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj1.5 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.5 
 10. Kovacevic, Cedevi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Bilan, Sibenka1.1 
 4. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 5. Sobin, Trogir0.9 
 6. Karac, Dubrovnik0.5 
 7. Vidacak, Dubrava0.5 
 8. Kastropil, Cedevita0.5 
 9. Parezanovic, Cedev.0.5 
 10. Delic, Svjetlo.0.5 


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Proteas EKA AEL defended the national basketball cup trophy - by Richard
Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) scored 19 points and Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) had 17 as Proteas EKA AEL topped Seastar APOEL 76-73 in the national basketball cup final on Sunday night at the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol.

Mitchell was awarded the MVP award after the match, while Taylor received the Fair Play trophy.

The Nicosia team started the game in a good offensive rhythm, leading by seven at 24-17 at the end of the opening period. Led by Lonnie Cooper the official hosts managed to maintain their lead throughout the second period reaching a game-high 15-point advantage at 38-23 with 4:45 remaining in the first half. However, they went to the half time interval up by five at 42-37 as Proteas EKA AEL managed to pull back. Dragan Racas men came back even stronger after the break, outscoring Seastar APOEL 17-7 in the third quarter to take a 54-49 lead with the final ten minutes left to play. In the last quarter the Nicosia outfit made a final push to retake control of the game but they had no strength to do so as the ruling cup holders held onto their lead to capture their second trophy of the season, after winning the super cup at the beginning of the season.

Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points for Proteas EKA AEL, while Haris Mujezinovic added 11. Goran Nikolic chipped in with nine.

Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-77, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Temple) led Seastar APOEL with 22 points, while Cooper and Martin Zeno each had 18 points. The newly signed, ex-Proteas EKA AEL, Croatian forward Sasa Cuic made his debut but failed to score any points.

Source: cybasketball.com


AEL won Group L and advanced into the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Proteas EKA AEL won Group L and advanced into the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals with a 74:60 win over Lokomotiv Rostov. Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) and Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 each. Marshall Rawle was responsible for 13 points for the Russian side. In another game of the group Ural Great advanced to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge after a road 76:81 victory against Cajasol. The Spanish side tried hard but sent the Russian representative to the next stage. Darius Washington paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Likholitov Fedor and Biggs Ralph scored 13 apiece. Ellis Tyrone finished the night with 16 points for the hosts.
In Round 5 Ural Great stunned AEL behind 14 points and 11 boards from Vanja Plisnic. The victory allowed Ural Great to stay in the race for the next round appearance. Darius Washington produced 13 points in the victory. Haris Mujezinovic and Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) had 13 points each for AEL. That was the only loss in the second round for the team from Cyprus. In the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals AEL will take on Amsterdam that grabbed the second ticket to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge in Belgium after 93:86 over Dexia Hainaut. The Dutch team improved to 4-2 and finished second in Group L. Van Paassen Peter led the winners with 24 points, while CC Harrison and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) added 19 each. Reinking Nate ended up with 19 points for the home side.


New signing for Keravnos - by Michael Aristidou
Keravnos Strovolou signed a new player for the rest of seazon. Mladen Pantic (210-C-82, agency: Beo Basket) came to the team to replace Skelin Mate. Mladen Pantic started the seazon in greece and in Kavala/Panorama team. He left from the team in Jan 09 and he moved to Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd. Last year played for ALBA Berlin in Germany were he took the championsip. Pantic will make his debut tonight against InterCollege Etha Engomis for the quarterfinals in Cyprus league.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon makes the first step. - by Michael Aristidou
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon won the first game for the quarterfinals agains B.M.C. AEK Larnacas in a best of three series, by 92-79. The game was close and Pizza Express Primetel Apollon manage at the end to get a serious lead which gave them the win. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) and Ernest Brown (213-C-79, college: Indian Hills CC) were amazing for their team scoring 51 of the 92 points. The game started possitively for Pizza Express Primetel Apollon in the first quarter getting a lead of 12(28-16). Highlight of the quarter an amazing 3p shoot from Sam Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood) at the end of time from his own area! Second and third quarter B.M.C. AEK Larnacas improve their defense and find solutions Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Massachusetts) and Dusan Milicic (201-G/F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) manage to run a 9-19 lead closing half time by only one point (43-42). Four minutes before third quarter score was equal (58-58). From that point Pizza Express Primetel Apollon was better and close the quarter by 6.(65-59). In the last quarter Pizza Express Primetel Apollon controll a lead from 6-8 points and won afterall with 13. Final score 92-79.
Quarters 28-16, 43-42, 65-59, 92-79.
First scorer for Pizza Express Primetel Apollon was Lewis Sims with 27(2) and Ernest Brown with 24. From B.M.C. AEK Larnacas Dusan Milicic had 21(5).


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 30-1 
 2. Geofin 24-8 
 3. Decin 18-13 
 4. Prostejov 17-14 
 5. Liberec 13-17 
 6. USK Praha 13-18 
 7. Ostrava 13-18 
 8. Pardubice 12-20 
 9. Podebrady 11-21 
 10. Kolin 10-20 
 11. Opava 10-21 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.5 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.1 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Benes, Podebrady16.2 
 5. Sarovic, Geofin16.0 
 6. Hatcher, Decin15.9 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.4 
 8. Beechum, Prostejov15.1 
 9. Walker, Geofin14.9 
 10. Sanders, Pardubi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Ventspils
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava8.2 
 3. Steffel, Pardubice8.2 
 4. Rogers, Kolin8.1 
 5. Meno, Liberec7.6 
 6. Platt, USK Praha7.6 
 7. Walker, Geofin7.6 
 8. Sarovic, Geofin7.5 
 9. Payne, Pardubice6.6 
 10. Bohacik, Ostra.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.2 
 2. Ames, Kolin5.2 
 3. Mitchell, Ostrava4.8 
 4. Hatcher, Decin4.8 
 5. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 6. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 7. Carnecky, Opava4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Prost.4.6 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha4.0 
 10. Toth, Liber.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ian HANAVAN
  Prostejov
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hanavan, Prostejov2.8 
 2. Mitchell, Ostrava2.6 
 3. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 4. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 5. Soliver, Podebrady2.0 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 7. Sanders, Pardubice1.9 
 8. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 9. Ubilla, Geofin1.8 
 10. Pumprla, Opa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.3 
 2. Williams, Decin1.6 
 3. Walker, Geofin1.4 
 4. Miller, Prostejov1.2 
 5. Payne, Pardubice1.2 
 6. Meno, Liberec1.1 
 7. Hamm, USK Praha1.1 
 8. Benda, Nymburk1.1 
 9. Houska, Decin0.8 
 10. Pelikan, Geof.0.8 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 22-14 
 2. Erie BH 22-17 
 3. Dakota W. 21-17 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 21-18 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 15-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 25-10 
 2. Austin T. 25-13 
 3. Albuquerque T. 19-18 
 4. Rio Grande VV 15-24 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-29 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 23-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 21-17 
 3. Utah F. 20-14 
 4. Reno B. 15-21 
 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. Williams, Austin22.7 
 5. Sims, Iowa22.6 
 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, Iowa10.9 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.3 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.3 
 7. Johnson, Albuquer.9.0 
 8. Ewing, Reno9.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa9.0 
 10. Allred, Ida.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.0 
 2. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.6 
 3. Gill, Colorado8.5 
 4. Jordan, Rio Grande8.1 
 5. Stinson, Iowa7.7 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque7.6 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota5.8 
 9. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 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. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.4 
 5. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 7. Major, Dakota2.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 9. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 10. Jordan, Rio Gran.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Looby, Rio Grande2.2 
 4. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 5. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 6. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 7. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Petway, Idaho2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.7 


Last games (Tuesday) - by Eurobasket News
Iowa - Albuquerque 108-97
Iowa Energi was too strong for the Thunderbirds on the road improving to 22-14 record. Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Michigan) was a key player in victory collecting 25 points and 15 rebounds. Curtis Stinson followed him with 21 pts, 7 boards and 6 assists. Will Conroy had double-double in loss, 24 points and 10 assists.

Ft.Wayne - Austin 113-110
Chris Hunter (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Michigan) stepped up for the Mad Ants last night collecting 29 points and 12 rebounds. Ron Howard had 18 pts and 6 rebs, while Walker Russell helped with triple-double 19 pts, 10 rebs and 11 as. Marcus Williams answered with 34 pts, 8 rebs and 10 as in defeat. Mad Ants 16-25.

Rio Grande - Colorado 119-147
Colorado's players were on fire last night. Seven had more than 10 points, but Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) was the best one with 27 pts, including 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Jawad Williams had 29 points for the Vipers. 14ers 24-10.

Reno - Bakersfield 96-102
21-17 for the Jam and 15-21 for the Bighorns after this game. Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) once again top-scored for the hosts netting 22 points. Nick Lewis had 18 pts and 10 rebounds, while Derrick Byars also nailed 18. Patrick Ewing had double-double in defeat, 19 points and 14 boards.


Dontell Jefferson Latest D-League Call-Up - by Surujh Roopnarine
Utah Flash guard Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) has been signed by the Charlotte Bobcats just as they assigned rookies Sean Singletary and Alexis Ajinca to their D-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Jefferson, coming off of a 19 point, five rebounds and nine assist performance in Fridays victory against the Albuquerque Thunderbirds has started all 32 games he has played in for the Flash this season and is averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in nearly 37 minutes per contest. One of the best defenders in the entire D-League, Jefferson is the second Gatorade D-League Call-Up of the season by the Bobcats, as they currently have former Iowa Energy swingman Cartier Martin signed for the remainder of the season. The third year D-League veteran out of Arkansas also helped lead Barons/LMT Riga to the Latvian League Championship during the 2007-08 season and will now provide backup minutes at both guard positions behind starters Raymond Felton and Raja Bell for the Bobcats.

Last Player Movement - by Surujh Roopnarine
Pair of rookies assigned to Sioux Falls from Charlotte
The Charlotte Bobcats have assigned rookies Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) and Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85, college: Virginia) to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ajinca, a 7-1 center from France has appeared in 31 games (4 starts) for the Bobcats and is averaging 2.3 points in 5.9 minutes. The 20th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft played professionally in his native France prior to being drafted. Singletary, the former University of Virginia star was acquired by the Bobcats earlier in the season as part of the deal that saw Jason Richardson go to the Phoenix Suns in return for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell. The 2008 second round selection (#42) by Sacramento has played in 24 games for the Bobcats since being acquired on December 10th and is averaging 2.4 points in 37 total games. Singletary is the only player in ACC history to amass 2,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.

Player Movement

Tulsa: Re-acquired Derrick Dial (6'4''-G-75, college: E.Michigan) a day after waiving him to make room for Shaun Livingston. The team also announced that they have released Ryan Humphrey (6'8''-F-79, college: Notre Dame) due to personal reasons. Humphrey, the former 1st Round NBA Draft Pick was having a solid season, averaging 16.2 points and 8.0 rebounds after missing all of the 2007-08 season while recovering from knee surgery.

Reno: Signed former George Mason guard Lamar Butler (6'2''-G-83, college: George Mason) who was released last week by Colorado. Butler scored eight points while pulling down three rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench during his Bighorns debut last night against Bakersfield.

Austin: Once again shrewdly working the available player pool, the Austin Toros made a big acquisition, signing former Golden State Warriors guard DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85, college: Duke). Nelson, who was assigned to Bakersfield for nine games earlier this season before being released by the Warriors in January, took his game to Croatia to play for KK Zagreb, but was quickly released due to financial reasons by the club. The former Duke star averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.2 steals while with Bakersfield and has appeared in 13 career NBA games for the Warriors, averaging 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds. Nelson made his debut with the Toros last night during the teams 113-110 overtime loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and registered nine points, five rebounds and seven assists. The Toros also announced that they have waived Jamaal Thomas (6'8''-F-80, college: Angelo St.) due to injury. Thomas, recently acquired from Reno, had appeared in four games for Austin.


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Washington Madness Edge Nova Hawks - by Brian Bradford
The Washington Madness edged out the Nova Hawks at the Capital Sports Complex on Saturday, March 7. Two teams chasing the coveted EBA title collided with the force of a fast streaking meteor. Both teams entered the game locked in a four-way tie for second place with the Harrisburg Horizon and the Delaware Destroyers, and a game behind the league-leading Elmira Bulldogs. Both teams were looking to make a statement and improve their play off seeding.
The game was highly contested from the beginning with many lead changes throughout. Madness (8-1) was led by star guard, Eric Branham (6- G, Virginia Tech Univ.), who lead all scorers with 26 points. Branham also recorded 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Hugh Baby Shaq Jones who scored 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, created a match up problem throughout the night. Lonnie Prime Objective Harrell (67 G, Georgetown & Northeastern Univs.), chipped in 19 points and was 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Lorenzo Miles (6-G, CBA Minot, SD Skyrockets Niagra Univ.) added 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Warren Jeffries, Lawrence Felder, Ben Blakeney and Atilla Cosby all made major contributions toward a total team effort.
The Nova Hawks made a strong push toward the end lead by Ryan Hughes, 23 points and Tyronne Beale, 25 points. The lead changed at least three times within the last 20 seconds with Angelo Hernandez missing the possible game winner with 3 seconds left.
Madness prevailed in a nail biter beating the Nova Hawks, 126-125. EBA Action at its best!


Washington Rolling in EBA - by Brian Bradford
Sat.Feb.28 2009 The Washington Madness routed the Virginia Wolverines 129-75. The Madness (7-1), riding a six-game win streak, jumped out to a lightning quick start and took a 41-11 lead after the first period. Ernie Graham Jr. ( 6' 9 - C/F Salem International Univ.) son of Maryland University star Ernie Graham Sr., had a great game scoring 25points, 21 rebounds and had 3 blocks. 'Ernie controlled the boards and established himself in every facet of the game,' said Head Coach Larry Bowden.
Jamal Shivers (6' 4 - G Bowie St. Univ.) added 24points, 8 assists and 4 steals helping to lead the charge. While the Wolverines Andre Cook and Phillip Frazier led Virginia with 25 and 17 points respectively.
The Wolverines struggled to keep up with a taller, faster Washington team that has weapons at every position and outstanding reserves. Six Madness players finished in double figures. Lorenzo Miles ( 6' 0 - G Minot S.D. Skyrockets CBA Niagra Univ.) threw in 20 points including a 3 pointer from deep to end the 1st half at 63 -31. Antar Parkman ( 6' 4-G Shepard College W.Va.) , Warren' D-NICE' Jeffries 6' 2-G Univ. of D.C.) and Lawrence Felder ( 6' 10 -C San Jose St. Univ.) scored 19, 18 and 16 points, respetively.
It was a total team effort from a squad that was missing missing five guys who account for over 120 points. Without Eric Branham (avg. 32 pts.), Kieth Blanks (25), Baby Shaq (23), Lonnie 'Prime Objective' Harrell (22) and Barry Mitchell (20) Washington made a statement about its depth and experience.


Washington Madness Win seventh in a row - by Brian Bradford
The Washington Madness stretched its win streak to seven by defeating the Cincinnanati Century 104-93 at home Sunday, March 1. Hugh' Baby Shaq' Jones (6' 3 G - College of Southern Maryland AND 1) led the Madness with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assist, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Lonnie 'Prime Objective'Harrell nearly recorded a triple-double with 24 pts, 7rebs, 10 assists, 4 steals and 3 blks. Having missed the game the previous night, Shaq and Prime wasted no time going to work running the break and draining jump shots from downtown, DC.
Warren ' D - Nice ' Jeffries ( 6' 1-G - Univ. of D.C.) contributed another 13 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and Ernie Graham Jr. (6' 9 C/F Salem International Univ.) added 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. Washington (8-1) played a very patient game getting everyone involved allowing six players to score in double figures and receiving contributions from the entire roster.
The Century (1-7) coming off a 1 point loss the night before to the Viginia Fastbreak was paced by Roland Figgs 26 points, Anthony Matrcia (25) and high-scoring Marcus Thompson was held to 13. This team played hard the entire game and wanted to win. A gutsy, classy and well coached group of guys, said Madness Head Coach Larry Bowden. We look forward to meeting them again.


Wizards updatings - by Gianni Pascucci

The New York Wizards earned a hard fought, 109-107 win over the Virgina Fastbreak in front of about 350 vocal fans at Huntington Highs School on Saturday 3/7/09. The win secures the Wizards a place among the Elite Eight in the Eastern Basketball Alliance League standings, in their first year of professional ball. Former Bay Shore graduate Gary Williams (6'7''-G/F-75, college: USC) is among the league leaders in almost every offensive category, averaging over 20 points a game for the Wizards as well as over 4 assists a game and 7 rebounds per game. Mike Mosby (6'6''-F-84, college: Adelphi) is challenging for league MVP Honors averaging 19 PPG and 17 RPG and has won league player of the week honors two times. Leon Pursoo (6'1''-G-82, college: LIU-Southampton) from Long Island Lutheran is leading the league in assists at 9 APG. Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) out of Malvern has scored a double/double in Points and Rebounds in 7 out of 8 games played and is averaging a double/double on the season. Karim Smith (6'8''-G/F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: LIU Brooklyn) from West Hempstead and Greg Cerillo (5'10''-G-84, college: Suffolk). from Faith Academy challenge for 3-pt shooting percentage honors with Cerillo also among the top 10 in the League in Steals and Karim chipping in 17 PPG. The Wizards are set to begin an off season barnstorming tour which will see them play local teams, military teams, police department squads, a Double Header at Madison Square Garden with the NY Liberty, and 2 featured games at the Long Island Sports Expo. The Wizards are also getting ready to hold a TRYOUT CAMP in late April for graduating College Seniors on Long Island who consider them self pro material. For try out info send an E-Mail to betterball@optonline.net



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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 20-2 
 2. Ahly 17-5 
 3. Al Ittihad 16-6 
 4. Gezira 16-6 
 5. Geish Army 15-7 
 6. Somouha 12-10 
 7. Sporting 11-11 
 8. Shorta-Police 8-14 
 9. Gasco 7-15 
 10. Shams 4-18 
 11. Shark ins. 4-18 
 12. Al Olympi 1-21 


Round 22: Somouha Joins the best six - by Sherif Soliman
Round 22: Somouha over comed Olympi by 22 po. then waited for the result of Itthad Vs Sporting game held last night,The game was not easy for Itthad to win over Sporting who was fighting till the end but Itthad finished the game by 4 points to kill Sporting dreams to reach the finals.However, the best six games will start on 18th.Finally, the Cup games round 16 will take place next saturday with an early face to face buttle between Gezira & Itthad in Cairo stadium. Hondre Brewer (213-C-80, college: USF)


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Quezada shines in LSB opener - by Jaime Arevalo
The inaugural game of Liga Superior-Apertura ended with a large win, 94-65, for ExSal over Cosmos. Even being not in great physical shape, Rodrigo Quezada (200-C-80)played very well in cosmos, but young Panamanian Nicanor Rivas (192-G/F-91) shikned he too in ExSal, being the game top scorer at 23 points. Other good players in Cosmos were Carlos Alas (181-G-79) and Rafael Cardona (-G/F), who scored 13 points each. At the end of the game, The ExSal officilas confirmed that Oscar Rivera will be out till April 13, due to his three-month disqualification sanctioned by FESABAL for the double registration in the Clausura 2008.

Wins for Cosmos and Leones - by Jaime Arevalo
The Round 2 of the Liga Superior de Baloncesto featured the win of Cosmos, 90-82 over Denver, and of Leones-Automoto, 84-60 over San Marcos. Led by Carlos Alas (181-G-79), who scored 34 points, Cosmos managed to defeat a strong competitor, in which Bob Hunter (193-F-76) played a very good game. Eduardo Aguilar (176-G-86) addded 16 points at the wining side, while Hunter ended the game with 35 points, and Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) added 14 in losing effort. The best performer of the second game was Isidro Andaluz (178-G-88), with 20 points for Leones, while Josue Rivera added 9 pts at the wining side, Sergio Zetino (173-G-87) and Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) were the last to surrender in San Marcos, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. ExSal, winner in San Miguel over the local team, is leading teh table with a 2-0 record.

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.19.6 
 2. Perry, CSK V.19.5 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.16.8 
 4. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.16.5 
 5. Taylor, AEL16.2 
 6. Besok, Galatasaray15.2 
 7. Hill, Liege15.1 
 8. Braswell, Cholet14.8 
 9. Torbert, M.Hainaut14.8 
 10. Gipson, Amsterd.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Jerusalem
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Watson, Jerusalem11.4 
 2. Tomic, KK Zagreb9.3 
 3. Falker, Cholet9.2 
 4. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.8.8 
 5. Thomas, Liege8.2 
 6. Besok, Galatasaray7.9 
 7. Greene, Sumykhim.7.5 
 8. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.4 
 9. Bajramovic, BC Ky.7.4 
 10. Milling, Hyeres.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Draper, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 2. Boykins, La Forte.5.8 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.4 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock4.7 
 5. Conlan, M.Hainaut4.2 
 6. Bremer, Triumph4.1 
 7. Mitchell, AEL4.1 
 8. Butskyy, Sumykhim.4.0 
 9. Surovtsev, Ural G.4.0 
 10. Rowland, Tel.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Amsterdam
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Greene, Amsterdam2.5 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.4 
 3. Braswell, Cholet2.2 
 4. Langford, La Forte.2.2 
 5. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.1 
 6. Ivory, Dt.1.9 
 7. Atkins, Galatasaray1.9 
 8. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.8 
 9. Taylor, AEL1.8 
 10. Milling, Hyeres.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Haryasz, Oostende1.7 
 3. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.3 
 6. Williams, Banvit1.3 
 7. Johnson, Telek.1.3 
 8. de Jong, Vichy1.3 
 9. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.3 
 10. Likholitov, Ural.1.2 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Cholet 5-1 
 2. Telekom B. 3-3 
 3. Liege 2-4 
 4. Eiff.Towers 2-4 
Group J
 1. La Fortezza 4-2 
 2. BC Kyiv 4-2 
 3. EWE Baskets 3-3 
 4. Galatasaray 1-5 
Group K
 1. AEL 5-1 
 2. Ural Great 3-3 
 3. Cajasol 2-4 
 4. Lok.Rostov 2-4 
Group L
 1. Triumph 5-1 
 2. Amsterdam 4-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 3-3 
 4. CSK VVS 0-6 


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Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Dynamo M. 6-0 
 2. Khimky 3-3 
 3. C.C. Marousi 2-4 
 4. Panellinios 1-5 
Group J
 1. Benetton 5-1 
 2. Zadar 3-3 
 3. Unics 3-3 
 4. T.Telekom 1-5 
Group K
 1. Pamesa V. 4-2 
 2. Hemofarm 4-2 
 3. Azovmash 3-3 
 4. Crvena Zvez. 1-5 
Group L
 1. Iurbentia B. 4-2 
 2. Lietuvos 4-2 
 3. Charleroi 3-3 
 4. Art.Dragons 1-5 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Vive Menorca
  (220-C-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sundov, ASK Riga18.8 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash17.9 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre17.4 
 4. Neal, Benetton17.4 
 5. Labovic, FMP17.2 
 6. McCarty, Khimky16.7 
 7. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.2 
 8. Hansen, Dynamo M.16.0 
 9. Fenn, Art.Dragons15.8 
 10. Eidson, Lietuv.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius ALEXANDER
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F/C-75)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Alexander, Ba.9.2 
 2. Sundov, ASK Riga8.8 
 3. Slaughter, Le Havre8.7 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar8.6 
 5. Merriex, Le Havre8.3 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics8.1 
 7. Roberts, Crvena Z.7.7 
 8. Dasic, Buducnost7.4 
 9. Wallace, Benetton7.4 
 10. Mozgov, Khim.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashid ATKINS
  Galatasaray
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Atkins, Oostende6.5 
 2. Eidson, Lietuvos5.3 
 3. El-Amin, Azovmash5.3 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas4.7 
 5. Thompson, Le Havre4.5 
 6. Price, Dynamo M.4.3 
 7. Lee, Nymburk4.2 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar4.2 
 9. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.1 
 10. Neitzel, Art.Dr.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Besiktas
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chatman, Besiktas3.0 
 2. Lyday, Unics2.3 
 3. Thompson, Azovmash2.2 
 4. Fisher, Kalise G.C.2.1 
 5. Douglas, Pamesa V.2.0 
 6. Eidson, Lietuvos2.0 
 7. Dasic, Buducnost1.9 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar1.9 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi1.9 
 10. Thompson, Le Hav.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Townes, PGE Turow3.5 
 2. Turek, PGE Turow1.8 
 3. Haryasz, Oostende1.8 
 4. Slaughter, Le Havre1.8 
 5. James, Bnei H.1.8 
 6. Van Den Spie., Azovm.1.5 
 7. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Huffman, Gmunden1.5 
 9. Mozgov, Khimky1.2 
 10. Freeland, Kalise.1.2 


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Raviv Limonad to Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Andrej Ljajic
After being eliminated earlier than ever in its Euroleague history Maccabi Electra is already making moves in the market for the future with the announcement of local guard Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) on a long term contract. Limonad (192, 25) signed till the reminder of the current season in addition to three more, keeping him in yellow-and-blue until 2012. Limonad spent the first part of this season with Ironi Nahariya in the BSL and averaged 14 points in over 50% from the field, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He helped Nahariya eliminate Maccabi from the national cup and reach the semifinals, but had to leave the club due to financial difficulties the team has faced and Maccabi jumped on the bargain.


Courtensy of euroleague.net


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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Magen MCNEIL
  Kauhajoki
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. McNeil, JKS27.3 
 2. Holmes, BC Nokia26.5 
 3. Surratt, Ura Basket26.2 
 4. Heard, LoKoKo25.2 
 5. Cooper, BC Nokia23.4 
 6. Francis, JKS23.0 
 7. Jackson, Jyvaskyla21.8 
 8. Piplovic, Lapua21.7 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia21.6 
 10. Washington, Kau.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko PIPLOVIC
  Lapua
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Piplovic, Lapua12.1 
 2. Francis, JKS11.4 
 3. McNeil, JKS11.2 
 4. Daanish, Salon Vilpas10.9 
 5. Morris, Huima10.3 
 6. Kraznotzhon, HN.10.0 
 7. Green, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 8. Polk, Kauhajoki9.7 
 9. Hartford, Huima9.6 
 10. Morill, Hui.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  LoKoKo
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Davis, LoKoKo5.4 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket4.5 
 3. Conerly, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 4. Carhart, Lapua4.0 
 5. Graham, Huima4.0 
 6. Holmes, BC Nokia3.7 
 7. Horton, Kauhajoki3.2 
 8. Ahonen, Salon Vilpas3.0 
 9. Silvonen, HN.2.9 
 10. Piplovic, Lap.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Armondo SURRATT
  Ura Basket
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Surratt, Ura Basket3.2 
 2. Horton, Kauhajoki3.1 
 3. McNeil, JKS2.8 
 4. Carhart, Lapua2.7 
 5. Holmes, BC Nokia2.7 
 6. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.6 
 7. Little, HN.2.6 
 8. Davis, LoKoKo2.4 
 9. Heard, LoKoKo2.3 
 10. Williams, Hon.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike KING
  Jyvaskyla
  (201-F-74)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. King, Jyvaskyla1.8 
 2. Washington, Kauha.1.2 
 3. Still, Lapua1.2 
 4. Thomas, LoKoKo1.2 
 5. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.2 
 6. Collins, Jyvaskyla1.2 
 7. Watson, BC Nokia1.0 
 8. Hartford, Huima1.0 
 9. Francis, JKS0.9 
 10. Dlouhy, BC Nok.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Clermont
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Craven, Clermont19.9 
 2. Fein, St.Quentin19.7 
 3. Mohammed, Limoges18.2 
 4. Olivero, Le Portel18.0 
 5. Ingram, Bourg18.0 
 6. Younger, Poitiers17.3 
 7. Carter, St-Etienne17.3 
 8. Wright, Poitiers16.8 
 9. Bing, Clermont16.6 
 10. Barnette, St.Valli.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe HUMBERT
  St.Quentin
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.6 
 2. Melicie, St.Vallier9.0 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.5 
 4. Almonte, Nanterre8.2 
 5. Sullivan, Maurienne7.8 
 6. Younger, Poitiers7.6 
 7. Lalugba, Bourg7.6 
 8. McCord, Antibes7.5 
 9. Emerson, Limoges7.5 
 10. Mathis, Evre.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Terry WILLIAMS
  St-Etienne
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, St-Etienne5.8 
 2. Taylor, Boulazac5.5 
 3. Gomez, Poitiers5.5 
 4. Ingram, Bourg5.1 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.5.0 
 6. Dunn, Maurienne4.7 
 7. Craven, Clermont4.6 
 8. Morlende, St.Qu.4.6 
 9. Thomas, St.Vallier4.1 
 10. Richardson, Bre.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Clermont
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craven, Clermont3.1 
 2. Sullivan, Maurienne2.7 
 3. Barnette, St.Vallier2.6 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.3 
 5. Block, Quimper2.1 
 6. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.1 
 7. Traore, Boulazac2.0 
 8. Ingram, Bourg2.0 
 9. Karim, Evreux1.9 
 10. Boire, Le Port.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joah TUCKER
  St.Quentin
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 2. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 3. Bing, Clermont1.1 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Mathis, Evreux1.0 
 6. Kennedy, Antibes1.0 
 7. Mohammed, Limoges1.0 
 8. Barnette, St.Vallier1.0 
 9. Fein, St.Quentin1.0 
 10. Darnauzan, St.Valli.0.9 


Cholet finished on top of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Cholet improved to 5-1 in Top 16 Group I having a 72:70 win at EiffelTowers Den Bosch to knock the Dutch outfit out of the EuroChallenge. The hosts however started with 25-15 lead, but then lost the second and the third quarters respectively. Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88, agency: Court Side) and Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Richardson Anthony ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. In another game of the group Telekom Baskets Bonn became the second team to advance from Group I to the Quarter-Finals. The German team improved to 3-3 with the 67:59 victory over Belgacom Liege that slipped to 2-4. Earl Rowland paced all the winners with 22 points, while Frazier Winsome netted 10. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort.
On March 17th Cholet will face BC Kyiv in the Quarterfinals opener. In the last game of their group Kyiv lost at home to Italian team. Virtus BolognaFiere clinched first place in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group J after a road trip to Ukraine. BC Kyiv did not win any periods against the Italian team and was defeated 57:69. Reyshawn Terry top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Boykins Earl and Koponen Petteri posted 15 each. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) finished the night with 20 points for the home side.


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Telekom Baskets Bonn steps into 1/4 of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets Bonn became the second team to advance from Group I to the Quarter-Finals. The German team improved to 3-3 with the 67:59 victory over Belgacom Liege that slipped to 2-4. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) paced all the winners with 22 points, while Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) netted 10. Hill Christopher finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. Cholet improved to 5-1 in Top 16 Group I having a 72:70 win at EiffelTowers Den Bosch to knock the Dutch outfit out of the EuroChallenge. The hosts however started with 25-15 lead, but then lost the second and the third quarters respectively. Rodrigue Beaubois and Marquis Claude top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Richardson Anthony ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
EWE Baskets needed a win in order to advance, however hoped for BC Kyiv to beat the team from Bologna. EWE Baskets had a road victory over Galatasaray 89:82, however finished third in the group and did not make it to the next round. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) paced all the winners with 26 points and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) netted 18. Tolliver Anthony chipped in 25 points in the losing effort. EWE Baskets finished the group with 3-3 record and the Turkish side had 1-5. Virtus BolognaFiere clinched first place in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group J after a road trip to Ukraine. BC Kyiv did not win any periods against the Italian team and was defeated 57:69. Reyshawn Terry top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Boykins Earl and Koponen Petteri posted 15 each. Drozdov Artur finished the night with 20 points for the home side.


Tobias Jahn was selected 2nd Team All-CCAA - by Daniel Poerschke
Tobias Jahn (206-F-86), a sophomore from Babenhausen, Germany, who is playing from Cal Poly Pomona, was selected 2nd Team All-CCAA for the 2008-09 campaign. The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) is a NCAA 2 conference. Jahn is averaging 8.6ppg and 5.6rpg for the 20-7 Broncos this season. He saw action in all 27 games and started 18 of those as the Power Forward. In 22 minutes per game, Jahn shot 58.6% from the Field and 66.1% from the Charity Stripe.

Spirou Basket post third victory in EuroCup Group L - by Eurobasket News
Spirou - Artland Dragons 88:79

Spirou Basket held off Artland Dragons for the third win in the Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The win was worth the third position in Group L leaving Charleroi without Final Eight appearance. Artland Dragons fell at 1-5 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) gunned 25 points to pace Spirou. Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Belgian team in the win.
The Dragons dominated early in the game as Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) and Neitzel gave the visitors a 17:10 lead. Matt Walsh stepped up for the hosts at the moment hitting 7 straight points for a 17:17 tie. Nieburh had the last word in the quarter as Artland led by two points 23:21. The things changed dramatically in the second frame as Charleroi surged ahead. Matt Walsh fueled a comeback effort as his points helped the hosts to a 35:28 lead. Soon the Belgian team reached a double-digit advantage and sealed the first half outcome at 48:34.
Walsh picked up from where he left in the first half scoring for an 18-point Spirou advantage. Artland tried to fight back as they clipped the margin to 13 points due to Adam Hess and Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky). Spirou headed into the fourth quarter leading 65:52. Andre Riddick and Matt Walsh twice boosted the hosts lead to 17 points midway through the fourth period. Artland never dig out of the hole and had to surrender at the end. Adam Hess scored 23 points to lead Artland. Darius Hall had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Spirou: Matt Walsh 25, Len Matela 19+10 boards, Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) 11
Artland: Adam Hess 23, Darius Hall 18+11 boards


BBL Leading Scorer Omari Westley(Nordlingen Giants) Interview and Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game March 15th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) is a 201cm forward from Cleveland playing his second season with The Nordlingen Giants. He got his first Basketball experience playing for Cleveland State and averaging in 23 games: 17.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 18.8% as a senior. In the 2005-2006 season, he played in Iceland and Luxemberg. In the 2006-2007 season he played in Finnland for Topo Helsinki and averaged in 13 games: 14.8ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 68.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.9%; 17 games, 22.5 minpg, 13.5 pg, 7.1 rpg, 63.8% fg, 20% 3pt, 80.4% ft. He came to Germany in the 2007-2008 season and helped the Nordlingen Giants advance to the BBL averaging in 17 games: 15.4ppg, 7.5rpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 72.2%. This season, he is currently the BBL leading scorer and averaging 17,5ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,3apg. Omari talks about the current Nordlingen season and the upcoming game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.





You guys lost a close battle against Dusseldorf 78-77. What were the reasons for the loss?


They disrupted our offense down the stretch



The goal at the start of the season was to stay in the league, but you always told me it was always your goal to reach the playoffs. You guys arent too far from the promised land. Do your team mates have the same goal as you?


Everyone in the locker room believes that we can reach the playoffs, but we try not to think too much about it. Nobody really gave us a chance as the season started. When there are doubters, you get a lot of extra motivation to win games and that gets us through games. We play each game as if it was our last game.


In 2009, you have a record of four wins and five loses. Why has the team stayed clear of the deregulation area the whole season?


We play harder than most teams. We might not have the talented players or most expensive players, but we all play with a lot of heart and give our best at all times. We even had doubters in Nordlingen, but that changed when we started winning games. No one will get us our of their gym without a fight.


In the last weeks, Nordlingen has won tight games against Braunschweig and Bamberg and lost a close game in Trier. Where does the team find the nerves in crunch time to win?


If teams give us chances to stay in games, then we are able to raise our intensity to another level. We are always able to find a way to win. We were down by 13 points against Braunschweig with four minutes remaining and we scored 21 points which helped.


When a game is really close, is there a particular player who takes over the commando on the court? Is it you, Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis), Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) or Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement)?


We play as a team, but everyone of us is able to knock down an important shot. We like to give the ball to a certain guy, but it always depends what is happening on the court.


The team seems to have gotten a bit more diverse with the signing of American Brian Butch (211-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). What does he give the team under the boards?


Brian can spread the floor on the ball screen and can make the jumper. He has a big body and makes it more easy for me and Monta to get position underneath. He also brings a lot of toughness and is hard to defend.


Youre the BBL leading scorer at the moment. How important is scoring for you?


I like to score, but would rather be averaging five points per game and be in the top 8 teams in the BBL. I simply go out and play Basketball and try to help my team win.


You are in the spotlight in Nordlingen as the BBL top scorer. Monta McGhee does the dirty work getting rebounds. Where would Nordlingen be without Monta McGhee?


It is hard to say where we would be without Monta. He creates match up problems at the three position. He does everything on the floor diving for loose balls and doing the job under the boards. I am just glad that he is on the team.


Has coach Andreas Wagner changed his coaching style any this season. You guys are always in position to win games.


His coaching has gotten a lot better. In the first few months, it was difficult for him, because there were so many players coming and going and injuries. It took a while for the players to adapt to his system. Everything is slowly starting to fall into place. Coach is doing a good job.


The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. You lost both games this season. How big is the revenge to win?


The revenge is big. This will be our second time in Frankfurt. We were a bit shorthanded in the cup game. We will be very focused and I think that it will be a great game.



What is your memory of the 74-64 cup loss against Frankfurt?


I remember that I had a good game. I like playing against talented players, because if I play hard it usually pays off. I will do everything possible to help the team and steal a win in Frankfurt.



What will be the key for victory for The Nordlingen Giants?


We have to pick up our defense and intensity. In pre season, we had a game in Frankfurt. They introduced us to the physical play in the BBL. We have been playing good defense in the last weeks. We have nothing to loss and think we have a good chance of winning.


What Skyliner player are you looking forward to playing against?


I am always looking forward to playing against Derrick Allen. I didnt have a chance to play against Lorenzo Gordon. Evtimov can shoot the ball and post up, Wysocki is an athletic rebounder and can shoot the three and Roller has a lot of experience. I am looking forward to seeing them all.


What was your nicest memory from the 2009 BBL Allstar game?


My nicest memory was running through the tunnel and having every ones eyes on me. It was a great accomplishment for me to play there.


You always said that you would love to be a tall point guard like Magic Johnson was. How would a one on one go against Nordlingen point guard Danny Gibson?


Danny is quick and is tough to stay in front of him. I would do what Magic did and post up Danny and look for the easy layups.


What are your NCAA final four predictions?


Oklahoma, North Carolina, Louisville and Memphis.


What was the last DVD that you saw?


Why did I get married It is a movie about how much hard work it is to be married.


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Kings/Pacesetters, Royals/Colts clash.May the best team win! - by Paul Haynes
Tonight basketball fanatics will be in for a treat when the 2009 Next Level Entertainment (NLE) tournament continues at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with defending champions Courts Pacesetters facing Kashif and Shanghai Kings and Victory Valley Royals coming up against Bounty Colts.
Its no secret that the Kings/Pacesetters match is considered as a virtual final. As a matter of fact, it will be the rematch of the 2007 final where Pacesetters stopped the Kings who had won the first installation of the tournament in 2006.
The 'Kings need no introduction since they are undoubtedly one of the better teams in Guyana.
But Pacesetters, who is the top club in Georgetown, has over the past two years been the team to beat.
The last time the two sides met was in the Brusches Basketball Classic in Linden last year during the towns annual town week celebration where the city team prevailed.
Since then, things have taken a dramatic turn for the Kings as they were relegated to second division status by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA).
On the other hand, their opponents tonight, went on to win several tournaments including the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) first division league.
But this should not be used as a yardstick to measure the outcome of tonights clash.
While Pacesetters have been relying on their centres to do most of the work with Royston Siland leading the way, the Kings have been relying heavily on the rotation of their guards; Steve Neils jr., Marvin Hartman and the veteran Abdullah 'Zico Hamid.
Neils is considered Guyanas best point guard with his skill and knowledge of the game while Hartman can be a thorn in any teams flesh.
Then there is player/Hamid who is responsible for orchestrating all of the moves.
Hamids battles will be both on and off the court where he will compete with his former national team-mate Bobby Cadogan, coach of the Pacesetters team.
Stephon Gillis has been in superb form as well and in some cases he had singled-handedly bailed Pacesetters out of many ditches and he is expected to produce tonight along with Naylon Loncke who plays the same position.
For the Kings, their centre, the towering Jason Alonzo is expected to form an alliance with power forward Omally Sampson to round off the front court for the Linden team.
Meanwhile, the Royals/Colts game too will spark a good start to the night since many basketball pundits believe that the game can go either way.
One player from the Royals camp, Dwayne Brown Sugar Roberts, said that he is determined to come out victorious. Roberts, this season, has been the backbone of the Royals offence and defence. Point guard Anson Durant and their marksman Troy Jeffery will form a coalition with Roberts to lead the Royals offensive challenge against a struggling but still lethal Bounty Colts.
The city team did not have a good GABA first division season but they should not be counted out since they have a good bunch of players with the likes of veteran centre Dane Kendal who can come up big on any given night.
Tonights action will bounce off at 7:30 pm sharp.


MHS and LTI to clash in final - by Paul Haynes
Linden Schools Basketball Tournament
A whopping 30 points from national junior basketball player Akeem Kanhai ensured Mackenzie High School ( MHS) a place in the final of the Linden Schools Knockout Basketball Tournament.
The lanky guard, who plays for first divi sion team Amelias Ward Jets, was unstoppable as he inspired his side to a 60- 39 victory over Linden Foundation Secondary ( LFS) in the semi- finals at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court, on Friday last. Kanhai was not the only one hitting easy baskets, however, as Sheldon Noel also dropped in 18 points. LFS Jeffrey La Rose ( 22) provided the only fightback for his team that let an even half- time score ( 20- 20) slip away. The second semi- final was a low scoring, lopsid ed affair with National Schools Champions Linden Technical Institute ( LTI) beating Christianburg Wismar Secondary School ( CWSS) 44- 14. The talented Orin Rose Jr. led the LTI scoring with a game high 24 points, while CWSS Kessi Tappin managed 11 points. The championship game, billed for Friday, is expected to be a thrilling match- up between two of the top school teams in the country.
The last time these two teams met was in the final of the Victory Valley Royals Schools Championships in April. Mackenzie High School, led by the gifted Kanhai, emerged victori ous.
The eight- team tournament has been organized by the Region Ten Youth, Sports and Culture Department with support from the Regional Education Department and the Linden Amateur Basketball Association ( LABA) Tip off- time for the third place game on Friday is 14: 00h.


Deadline passed but no word on 'letter of commitment - by Paul Haynes
The deadline for the letter of commitment to be sent to the Caribbean Basketball Confederation which indictes Guyanas willingness to meet the requirements to host this years Caricom basketball championships has passed.
Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) president Usie Richards had made it mandatory for the letter to be signed and returned by March 9.
The letter of commitment was supposed to be signed by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and the Government of Guyana but the two parties are yet to put ink to paper.
According to source close to Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, the governments representative, met with president of the GABF Godwin McPherson on Monday as planned but it is unclear whether a settlement was reached.
When contacted yesterday, McPherson said there is no word as yet and efforts


Appalling yet intriguing silence...Letter of Commitment status unknown - by Paul Haynes
The current status of the requested Letter of Commitment from basketball stakeholders became unknown yesterday as silence was both appalling and intriguing on the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) stipulated deadline.
Head of CBC, Usie Richards gave the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) up to yesterday to submit a Letter of Commitment that the association must sign along with the Government or Olympic association.
However, up to press time on the deadline date, Kaieteur Sport could not ascertain a word from the Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, who was engaged in negotiations, nor the GABF President, Godwin McPherson on the documents status.
Both Kumar and McPherson could not be reached via telephone for comment on whether their signatures were affixed to the Letter of Commitment and whether the document was dispatched to CBC for further deliberation.
A confidential source confirmed that McPherson and Kumar met yesterday at the latters office located at the bottom flat of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport on Main Street but the source had no further details.
McPherson had previously indicated that the two officials were in negotiations over the signing of the document where Kumars expressed reservation was that a budget on the various costs associated was needed to guide him.
The success or failure of these negotiations is still largely unknown and the two parties that have the necessary details were unavailable Monday. The appalling yet intriguing silence could attract ambiguous meanings.
First and foremost, it could mean that negotiations are incomplete since it would be to the credit of both the GABF and Government to speedily announce that the document was given the necessary green light and dispatched.
Given the imbroglios that ruptured the relationship of the two entities in the past, any one occasion to demonstrate that they are in collaboration would be willingly accommodated if the news were overwhelmingly positive.
However, the silence led to suspense and as indicated in a previous article on this subject entitled Things Fall Apart in our Monday issue, all basketball enthusiasts, patrons and stakeholders should hold their breaths this week.
Second and finally, the silence could mean that the Public and Media Relations function of both the GABF and Director of Sport has collapsed since the signing of the document cannot be deemed, in no way, a private matter.
The focus is Guyana hosting the prestigious Caribbean Basketball Championships in this year and as such, the move to secure the rights reiterates Martin Carters perpetual poetic line: All are involved, all are consumed.
The GABF need Government support in its effort to host the CBC Championships but as is usual, previously promised support is threatening to fizzle into empty rhetoric and that would basically freeze all stated intention to host.
The hosting of the CBC Championships requires a national effort that encompasses both the major stakeholders of the sport and the media. Either cannot function in isolation but Mondays silence was appalling and yet intriguing.


NLE BASKETBALL C/SHIPS.....NO UPSETS YET AS JETS AND SONICS FLY AWAY WITH WINS TO REACH QUARTERFINALS - by Joe Chapman
Lindens Amelias Ward Jets scored a 75-72 win over Macabees of Georgetown while another City side Pepsi Sonics won against Glands Trucking service Bulls in the oither game of the Next level Entertainment 3rd annual basketball championship on Sundaynight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
And as the competition continued therehas been no upsets as yet, even though the first game saw the Jets shooting poorly as they trailed after the first quarter 18-21 n favour of the Macabees. However, the Jets refuelled their engines and took command to come away with a win, even though the Macabees were up by a basket 56-54 at another stage of the game.
But the Jets managed to come out victorious as four players recorded double digit scores led by shooting guard Neil Simon who got 22 points, Kevin Joseph netting 18, Domain Webster 16 and Akeem Kanhai 12.
Hodyah Stewart was the game high scorer with 25 points with KNameil Stewart adding 18.
In the other game the Pepsi Sonics tamed the GTS Bulls with a dominat win by a 59-45 scoreline. The Sonics took an early 16-11 lead in the first quarter and by half time were sailing comfoirtably with a 32-21 cushion before cruising at the end of the third quarter 44-31, to pave the way for an eventual 59-45 win.
Ryan Melville had 18 points with Trevir Smith nine, Jason Squires seven and Rawle Whyte six, being the other contributors in the win for the Sonics. Ryan Joseph had 14 points and Terrence James 12 for the Linden side.
The competition continued last night with two more matches where Linden team Patriots and Beepat Scorpions of Georgetown face each other at 19.00h and Lindens Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders oppose city side Nets at 21.00h.
Today the final set of quaterfinal slots will be determined with Victory Valley Roylas and Bounty Colts clash in game one and the second is betwenn Courts Pacesetters and Kashif and Shanghai Kings


NLE BASKETBALL C/SHIPS.....GT'S SCORPIONS AND NETS SCORE CONTRASTING WINS OVER LINDEN'S PATRIOTS AND RAIDERS - by Joe Chapman


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EiffelTowers Den Bosch European Campaign Is Over - by Fred Roggen
Had Den Bosch triumphed, they would have progressed on a goal differential tie-breaker against Bonn but instead, their European campaign is over. Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88, agency: Court Side) made the big shots for Cholet at the end in the win over EiffelTowers. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) three-pointer for Den Bosch closed the gap to 66-65 with 2:34 remaining in the game, only for Beaubois to answer with a three for Cholet.
Anthony Richardson then replied with a jump shot for the home team with 1:54 to go and was fouled on the play. He made the free throw to cut the deficit to 69-68, but Beaubois again hit a three-pointer to extend the lead back to four. On their next possession, EiffelTowers missed two shots but grabbed the offensive rebound and called a timeout. Rodrigue Beaubois and Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.


EclipseJet MG Amsterdam Grabbed Ticket To The Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge - by Fred Roggen
Amsterdam grabbed the second ticket to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge in Belgium after 93:86 over Dexia Hainaut. The Dutch team improved to 4-2 and finished second in Group L. Tuesday's game between the Amsterdam outfit and Dexia was close from start to finish. Tamien Trent's lay-up gave the visitors a 77-75 lead midway through the final quarter, only for Great Britain international Nate Reinking (19 pts) to answer with a jump shot to level the game soon after. The Dutch outfit then landed some blows that Dexia ultimately did not recover from. Teddy Gipson buried a jump shot, Orien Greene hit a three-pointer and Victor Thomas dunked as Arie Shivek's team took an 84-77 lead with 3:02 to go and forced Finch to call a timeout. Dexia, beaten finalists in last year's EuroCup, clawed their way to 87-86 on Caleb Green's three-point play with 33 seconds remaining and Amsterdam's Israeli coach Shivek decided to burn a timeout. When play resumed, Clint Harrison came up with two big plays for the Dutch team. First, he received a pass from Gipson and drained a jump shot for a three-point advantage. Harrison then came up with his third steal of the game when taking the ball away from Reinking. Van Paassen and Harrison each made two free throws to finish the scoring, and end the EuroChallenge campaign for a disappointed Dexia. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led the winners with 24 points, while CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) added 19 each. Nate Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) ended up with 19 points for the home side.

Coach Marco van den Berg: "As Far As Results, We Are Doing Fine" - by Fred Roggen

It seem that the darkhorse for the play offs are the Capitals this season, They have been struggling of late but they have shown signs of light throughout the season and always has coach Marco van den Berg his team ready to make a run.
Hanzevast Capitals head coach Marco van den Berg took time out of his days, to answer a few questions regarding the 2008-09 season and his coaching background.

If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
That would be making the finals of the play-offs

Has this season gone according to your plans so far, both in results and in the way the team plays?
As far as results, we are doing fine, although I would have liked to have played the cupfinal;

in terms of play, some things we do well, other things still need work. Weve been a little bit set back
because we could never get consistent scoring from the post this year.

Talk about one or two guys that stand out as being underrated contributors to your team's success?
The first guy is called unselfishness & his best friend they call Character.
You should meet them.... they help you win.

Is this team getting close to what you would consider the ideal team?
Not yet, but after the play-offs are over I hope to be able to say so.

Please tell us a little bit about your coaching and training background?
I started very young because of an injury on my knee. I was an assistant under Glenn Pinas at age 22. After that I rolled into one coaching job to another, From the University basketballprogram here in Groningen, to Meppel and Zwolle, to Nijmegen, then a sabbatical-which I can totally recommend to all my colleagues- , then Almere, the National team and now finally back in my home town. In the future

I would like to coach at a higher European level. I think the basketball in Europe is being played and officiated at a very high level right now. This is very inspiring.

Obviously a key element of coaching is learning from your mistakes. How different of a coach are you now compared to when you started?

....In the pursuit of learning, everyday something is acquired,
In the pursuit of understanding, everyday something is dropped

Id have to stick with the ancient Chinese. These 2000 year old lines still hold true. Also, learning the difference between truly winning and underdogging was a valuable lesson to learn.

What statistic do you think is more important: having a team with the highest-scoring offense or having a team that allows the least amount of points on defense?
Actually neither one. You can win with any style, up-tempo (just think of Tau or Benneton some 8 years ago), or crawl-it-up. The key is limiting high percentage options for your opponents consistently and creating enough for yourself through execution. So its not in the absolute numbers.

Tell us about the first Championship you won, how that felt. Did you feel, going into that season, that you had the championship team?
That would be the 93-94 University team in Groningen. And yes, that team felt like a winner from day one, even though only the players and myself knew and felt this.

With the 2003 Eiffeltowers team there was this exact same feeling; a singleness of purpose that needed no explanation, nor rationalization. You just knew things were falling into place. In both situations the build up process had taken a full season.

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?
Bringing life back into the National Team Program certainly stands out. We inherited a dead team, cynical, unmotivated, with a negative culture of making excuses. Together with my friends Cees van Rootselaar, Willem Franke , Dino Bergens and the staff weve been able tot completely turn that around. Now the players are proud again to play for their country; they have a chance for qualifying to the A-group (Good luck in Montengro guys!); and with Gadi they have an outstanding person as the headcoach.

Wim Franke and I were reminiscing with a smile on our faces not two days ago. This is really something that makes working hard rewarding, to be able to make memories together. With the National Team , we certainly did that.

Also, the two championship teams mentioned above do stand out. Whenever old members meet each other, say by accident on the street, there is this connection, saying: we were part of something
special.... Nothing beats that- like 5 fingers on the same hand making music- those teams executed and communicated at such a high level, and so much invisible sweat was put into achieving that.
Youd have to have been part of it to understand the feeling, but nothing beats it.

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



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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 16-3 
 2. PVSK Panth. 14-5 
 3. Falco 13-5 
 4. Atomeromu 13-6 
 5. Dombovar 11-7 
 6. Univer KSE 11-8 
 7. Soproni 10-8 
 8. Szolnok 10-9 
 9. ZTE KK 9-9 
 10. Kormend 8-11 
 11. Marso-Vagep 7-11 
 12. Kaposvari 7-12 
 13. Debreceni 1-19 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-17 


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rashad BELL
  Albacomp
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bell, Albacomp22.5 
 2. Booker, Marso-Va.21.9 
 3. Dill, Dombovar21.6 
 4. Banks, Kormend20.9 
 5. Ciric, Falco19.5 
 6. Welton, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.8 
 8. Gulyas, Atomeromu18.4 
 9. Cruz, Soproni18.4 
 10. Watson, ZTE.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zoltan HORVATH
  Falco
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Horvath, Falco9.7 
 2. Dill, Dombovar8.7 
 3. Morrison, Albacomp8.1 
 4. Basit, Szolnok7.8 
 5. Bencze, PVSK P.7.7 
 6. Bell, Albacomp7.6 
 7. Bialek, Kormend7.6 
 8. Helbich, Marso-Va.7.6 
 9. Ware, Debreceni7.3 
 10. Clark, Dombov.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kalman, Falco6.7 
 2. Marciulionis, Kapos.6.4 
 3. Ross, Szolnok5.8 
 4. Kelley, PVSK P.5.2 
 5. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.0 
 6. Simon, Albacomp4.9 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar4.8 
 8. Dagostino, Debre.4.6 
 9. Hinnant, ZTE K.4.6 
 10. Cruz, Sopro.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Branko SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.2 
 2. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.8 
 3. Wittmann, PVSK P.2.6 
 4. Coleman, Szolnok2.3 
 5. Ciric, Falco2.3 
 6. Kelley, PVSK P.2.3 
 7. Haynes, Univer KSE2.2 
 8. Hanga, Albacomp2.2 
 9. Booker, Marso-Va.2.1 
 10. Fodor, Korme.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronnie ROSS
  Szolnok
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ross, Szolnok1.2 
 2. Dill, Dombovar1.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco0.9 
 4. Dale, Univer KSE0.9 
 5. Wilson, Szolnok0.9 
 6. Booker, Marso-Va.0.8 
 7. Welton, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Ware, Debreceni0.7 
 9. Spivey, PVSK P.0.7 
 10. Kennerly, Debrece.0.7 


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  IBL   


EXPLOSION TRAINING CAMP WEEK ONE HIGHLIGHTS - by John Gary
Snohomish County Explosion players arent the only ones getting in early work for the upcoming season. Explosion head coach chris Weakly and his staff are implementing a new program and outlook during training camp-the team is retooling from the ground up after losing in the first round of the play-offs last year. So while the players finish wwek one,many changes have been established,weight room and on court workouts. Weakly is laying the foundation for what he hopes will be the first winning season for the franchise and a trip to the second round of the play-offs. courtesy oursportscentral.com

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  INDONESIA   


IBL round 1 serie 3 results & reports : Satria Muda the winner of round 1 - by Anto Hanayudha

IBL season round 1 serie 3 already ran in Bandung, the homebase of Garuda, IBL cup 2008 champion. Two teams are championship finalist favourite, Satria Muda and Garuda was still unbeatable. And Satria Muda is still leading the IBL standings.
Citra Satria, Angsapura and MHIM who havent ever won in 2 previously series, finally reach for victory. Citra Satria made surprised win against one of the final four favorite teams, CLS Knights. Also Garuda won an important match against the big rival team Aspac.
After 3 series, it made Satria Muda is the champion of round 1. Garuda, Aspac and CLS Knights are following under Satria Muda at the standings. Its not a definite picture of the final four finalist, because the other teams can bring serious threat in the round 2. They will repair the roster and the tactics to face the next round. Maybe they will make surprise victory again when facing the big four teams. So watch out Satria Muda, Garuda, Aspac and CLS Knights.


Feb. 26
Angsapura vs Citra Satria 56-48
Satria Muda vs Stadium Bhinneka 71-37
Feb. 27
Satria Muda vs CLS Knights 81-31
Garuda vs Stadium Bhinneka 72-57
Feb. 28
Garuda vs Aspac 70-53
Citra Satria vs Bima Sakti 59-53
MHIM vs Angsapura 82-74
Mar. 1
Satria Muda vs Pelita Jaya 81-53
Citra Satria vs CLS Knights 69-58
Aspac vs Stadium Bhinneka 66-59
Mar. 2
Satria Muda vs Bima Sakti 79-49
CLS Knights vs Angsapura 64-57
Garuda vs MHIM 84-58
Mar. 3
Stadium Bhinneka vs Citra Satria 82-51
Bima Sakti vs MHIM 72-56



IBL round 1 serie 1 results & reports : Satria Muda made a good start - by Anto Hanayudha

IBL reigning champion Satria Muda made a good start in IBL 2009 opening season. They won all matches and to be standings leader for a time. Even IBL cup champion Garuda couldn't beat them.
Many veteran players still had contribution to their club. Such as I Made Sudiadnyana and Cokorda Raka (Garuda), Agung Sunarko (Satria Muda), Dhanny Harahap (Bima Sakti), A.F. Rinaldo, Hari Suharsono and Rommy Chandra (Aspac) and Ali Budimansyah and Lucky Pinontoan (Pelita Jaya) and Pek King Dhay (CLS Knights).
But now a lot of new star players will invasion them. Such as Amin Prihantono, Faisal Ahmad and Ronny Gunawan (Satria Muda), Denny Sumargo and Mario Wuysang (Garuda), Andrie Ekayana (CLS Knights), Andi Poedjakusuma and Bayu Radityo (Pelita Jaya), Riko Hantono and Xaverius Prawiro (Aspac) and Dimas Dewanto and Ponsianus Indrawan (Bima Sakti).
3 teams were not yet win in serie 1 at Jakarta. They were Angsapura, Citra Satria and MHIM. They still look for game best to win. Maybe in serie 2 at Malang they will win a match.
Bima Sakti will be the host for serie 2. It is a big challenge for team with many young players. They hope can win several match for boost up their position.


Jan. 22
Satria Muda vs. Angsapura (96-44)
Garuda vs. Citra Satria (94-48)
Aspac vs. CLS Knights (66-61)
Jan. 23
Pelita Jaya vs. Citra Satria (68-50)
Stadium Bhinneka vs. Angsapura (61-52)
CLS Knights vs. MHIM (50-44)
Jan. 24
Satria Muda vs. Garuda (88-82)
MHIM vs. Stadium Bhinneka (79-78)
Bima Sakti vs. Aspac (75-66)
Jan. 25
Aspac vs. Pelita Jaya (79-57)
Garuda vs. CLS Knights (90-58)
Bima Sakti vs. Angsapura (65-45)
Jan. 26
Pelita Jaya vs. MHIM (57-54)
Satria Muda vs. Citra Satria (80-37)
Jan. 27
Garuda vs. Angsapura (62-41)
Aspac vs. Citra Satria (74-45)



IBL round 1 serie 2 results & reports : Satria Muda still unbeatable - by Anto Hanayudha

Satria Muda was still unbeatable in serie 2. They swapped all matches to be standings leader. Big rival Garuda also swapped all matches to be runner up in the standings. Both clubs are favourite to meet in the championship finals.
Host of serie 2 Bima Sakti had big pressure to show best performance in front of their crowd. In 4 macthes, they won 2 and loss 2. But they are still having chance to final four slot. Their coach said this team still had lack in the game and need patience to control the game, especially facing strong clubs.
3 teams aren't yet to reach for victory. They are Angsapura, Citra Satria and MHIM. They are still chance for next 4 series to boost up their position in the standings.
Next serie will go on in Bandung. Bandung is the host of Garuda. Garuda want to continue their performance in order that can overtake the standings leader Satria Muda.


Feb. 6

Garuda vs. Bima Sakti (81-66)
Pelita Jaya vs. Stadium Bhinneka (63-54)
Feb. 7
CLS Knights vs. Bima Sakti (71-59)
Satria Muda vs. MHIM (85-49)
Garuda vs. Pelita Jaya (82-57)
Feb. 8
Satria Muda vs. Aspac (74-63)
CLS Knights vs, Stadium Bhinneka (59-57)
Feb. 9
Bima Sakti vs. Pelita Jaya (63-61)
Aspac vs. MHIM (63-49)
Feb. 10
CLS Knights vs. Pelita Jaya (71-65)
Bima Sakti vs. Stadium Bhinneka (69-43)



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  ITALY   


Virtus La Fortezza wins Group J of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Virtus BolognaFiere clinched first place in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group J after a road trip to Ukraine. BC Kyiv did not win any periods against the Italian team and was defeated 57:69. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) posted 15 each. Drozdov Artur finished the night with 20 points for the home side. Italian and Ukrainian sides finish ith 4-2 record to advance.
On March 17th Virtus La Fortezza will meet Telekom Baskets Bonn that became the second team to advance from Group I to the Quarter-Finals. The German team improved to 3-3 with the 67:59 victory over Belgacom Liege that slipped to 2-4. Earl Rowland paced all the winners with 22 points, while Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) netted 10. Hill Christopher finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. In Round 5 German Telekom Baskets beat EiffelTowers Den Bosch on the last day of the Top 16 Round 5 on Wednesday to leave three teams in Group I with 2-3 records. Winsome Frazier was unstoppable with 27 points, while Strasser Johannes netted 10. Akerboom Kees finished the night with 24 points in the losing effort. Richardson Anthony scored 19 and Downey Taron ended up with 11.
Telekom Baskets became the finalist of the German Cup and lost only in the Final to Alba. The Final game brought lots of interest and intrigue on the first day of March. Winsome Frazier gave Telekom an 8:4 lead however Jenkins tied it at 10:10. The first quarter became more defensive as the teams produced 22 points each. Winsome Frazier restored a 12:10 Telekom edge after 10 minutes. In the second period Alba took a control of the game and was much better than the opponent. After 7-0 run the favorites had 24:17 and finished the first half at 34:22. The game became equal in the third period as Alba held the score for good, while Telekom Baskets Bonn tried to catch up. The teams finished three quarters of the game as Alba enjoyed 45:35, while Julius Jenkins sealed the outcome with under 7 minutes to go. Alba kept the advantage and won the Cup.


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Anderson, Snaidero18.8 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.7 
 3. Carroll, Banca T.16.9 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI16.8 
 5. Collins, Carife FE16.7 
 6. Minard, Premiata16.6 
 7. Hawkins, Armani MI16.3 
 8. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.0 
 9. Warren, Air AV15.5 
 10. Neal, Benett.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon HUNTER
  Premiata
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.2 
 2. Ford, La Fortezza9.2 
 3. Pasco, Solsonica9.2 
 4. Wallace, Benetton7.9 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.4 
 6. Romero, Snaidero7.4 
 7. Hall, Armani MI7.2 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.9 
 9. Akindele, Scavolini6.7 
 10. Ebi, Carife6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jermaine JACKSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.4 
 3. Spinelli, Angelico.4.5 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.2 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Stanic, Scavolini3.7 
 8. Forte, Snaidero3.6 
 9. Best, Air AV3.4 
 10. Becirovic, Lottom.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ramel CURRY
  Scavolini
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Curry, Scavolini3.3 
 2. Boykins, La Forte.3.2 
 3. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 4. Collins, Carife FE3.1 
 5. Poeta, Banca Tercas3.0 
 6. Hicks, Scavolini3.0 
 7. Gordon, Fortitudo2.9 
 8. Slay, Eldo Caserta2.9 
 9. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 10. Elder, NGC Can.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Akindele, Scavolini1.6 
 3. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 4. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 5. Pasco, Solsonica1.4 
 6. Crosariol, Air AV1.3 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu1.0 
 8. Gist, Angelico BI0.8 
 9. Gigli, Lottomatica0.8 
 10. Nnamaka, Carife0.8 


Ivanov joins Premiata - by Gianni Pascucci
Premiata Montegranaro announced yesterday the signing of young Bulgarian talent Deyan Ivanov (205-F/C-86). Rumors say that Ivanov agreed to ink a contract till the end of the next season, and this is a Is a smart market move for Premiata, because it anticpates the registration rules of the upcoming season, when every Serie A team will allowed to sign an USA player less, with an increased quota of Bosman players...

Benetton clinch top spot in EuroCup Group J - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Zadar 94:81

Benetton outlasted Zadar in Treviso to secure the top spot finish in Group J of EuroCup. Zadar completed the Last 16 stage in the second place and also booked their Final Eight appearance. Benetton will now be tested by Lietuvos Rytas in Turin. Zadar will face Bilbao in Final Eight opener.
Benetton jumped right of the blocks as Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) orchestrated the show. The guard scored 11 points to lead the home side to a 20:7 lead. Gary Neal soon fired from downtown to boost the margin to 17 points. Benetton maintained the pressure and completed the starting quarter ahead 27:11. Benetton enjoyed a 19-point lead shortly after the start of the second period before Zadar answered with a triple from Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and narrowed the margin. Todor Gecevski and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) revitalized Zadars performance with some solid plays but it was not enough. Gary Neal and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) gave the hosts a 49:31 advantage at the end of half one. Gary Neal, Radoslav Rancik and Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) kept pushing Zadar to the verge with more baskets early in the third quarter. Zadar trailed by as many as 29 points in the third quarter before axing the deficit to 24. Benetton reserves logged on some more minutes in the fourth period as the Italian team coasted to the victory.
Gary Neal finished the encounter with 24 points. Domen Lorbek provided 18 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric managed game-high 26 points for Zadar. Damir Rancic (197-G-83) knocked down 18 points in the loss.

Benetton: Gary Neal 24, Domen Lorbek 18, DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) 10
Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 26, Damir Rancic 18


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  JAMAICA   


Jordan Named to C-USA All-Defensive Team - by Leonard Whyte
Irving, TX (03-11-2009) - The awards just keep coming for Jerome Jordan. One day after being named to the Conference USA all-league first team, the University of Tulsa's seven-footer was named to the Conference USA all-defensive team for the second straight year. Jordan has been a menace in the paint for opposing players and leads the league in blocked shots with a 2.52 average, while also altering numerous shots. He also ranks second in C-USA for rebounding at 8.8 per game and second for defensive rebounds with a 6.3 average. This is the third award of the post season for the junior center as last week he was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' all-district team. Tulsa returns to the court in the conference tournament on Thursday to face the winner of the Marshall University vs. Rice University game to be played tonight.

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  KOSOVO   


First league will start this weekend - by Fidan Begolli
This weekend within dates 14/15th of March 2009, will start competition in first league of Kosovo. There are 4 clubs taking part in this league: Vllaznimi, Malisheva, Llapi and Lipjani. These teams will play in double points system.
Champion of this league will play in play-out with teams of TechnoMarket Superleague B. Winner of the play - out, in 2009/2010 championship will play in Baskeball Superleague of Kosovo, which league will count 8 teams.


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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL Standings
 1. RNS-D/Livani 15-4 
 2. Jurmala 14-5 
 3. Saldus 14-6 
 4. Zemgale/Juniors 13-6 
 5. ASK/Juniors 13-8 
 6. Valmiera-2 12-6 
 7. Ridzene/Barons 9-8 
 8. Ventspils au. 9-11 
 9. SK Cesis 7-13 
 10. Keizarmezs-2 6-12 
 11. Liepajas Papirs 5-14 
 12. Kandava 4-15 
 13. BA Riga 3-16 


Tough victory for ASK Riga - by Emiliano Carchia
In a nervous end of the game ASK Riga reached a win against SK Valmiera. The final result of the game was 85:81 (16:29, 25:9, 18:24, 26:19).


Starters: ASK Riga Bertans, Vitols, Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International), Mazutis, Mednis
SK Valmiera Clark, Sirsnins, Bankevics, Elliott, Poznaks


Today Grafs was not playing for the side of ASK Riga. It meant that young Mednis had a chance to start the game. First points for ASK Riga was scored exactly by him after a good pass made by Uvis Helmanis. Vitols took a lead on hisshoulders and ASK Riga got a lead of 7:2. Then SK Valmiera started to play more often under the basket and this made huge problems for ASK Riga. SK Valmiera took over the lead and made the result 9:18 in their favour. Next on SK Valmiera continued to play on their tallest guys and controlled the game. In the final second of this quarter Bankevics delivered a three pointer making the result critical for ASK Riga 16:29.


In the second quarter of the game ASK Riga made a run of 7:0 and the result was 23:29. Further on SK Valmiera increased their lead back to ten points 23:33 but then again ASK answered with the same making it 28:33. In the next episodes already ASK was the team which controlled the game and when it was left one minute to play in this quarter ASK Riga took over the lead 39:38. Further on ASK Riga increased this lead till plus 3 points 41:38.


After the half-time ASK Riga continued to dominate as they made the result look like 49:43. But then it was time for SK Valmiera to show their strength as they made a run of 0:14. The main reason for such a play was Bankevics who was unstoppable from beyond the line. At this moment the result was 53:60 in the favour of team SK Valmiera. However, till the end of the quarter ASK Riga managed to decrease the lead of SK Valmiera. It was 59:62 before the final ten minutes.


SK Valmiera started the final quarter with increasing their lead once again as Cavars scored 5 points in a row making it 59:67. Next on Uvis Helmanis and Bankevics exchanged three pointers but Clark added a jump shot. Then Mazutis and Bertans took the game on them and with a help of free-throws came as close as 70:74. Next on Runkauskas nailed two three-pointers for ASK Riga and it was equal 76:76. Still less than 4 minutes to go. In the final minutes of the game again Bertans and Mazutis were the main players on the field who ensured a victory for ASK Riga 85:81.


ASK Riga: Uvis Helmanis 24, Bertans 21, Mazutis 17, Vitols 8, Runkauskas 8, Laksa 5, Mednis 2, Stelmahers
SK Valmiera: Bankevics 31, Elliott 15, Cavars 12, Clark 11, Sirsnins 8, Amolins 2, Poznaks 2, Ziedins, Virsis (source: www.bbl.net)


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Moutahed 15-3 
 2. Al Riyadi 13-5 
 3. Sagesse 12-4 
 4. Champville 11-5 
 5. Blue Stars 9-8 
 6. Tebnine 6-9 
 7. Antranik 6-10 
 8. Anibal 4-12 
 9. Kahraba 4-12 
 10. Feytroun 2-14 


Congrats Moutahed - by Maarouf Mawloud



I will lie if I say that I dont enjoy watching team of coach Toni Vujanic the chemistry that the team have discipline....strategy offence and defense that we didnt see for a long time in Middle east........rotations........rebounds.But last night was something special something not to forget.

Opponent was the most famous team in Middle East and Asia the winner of many Championships the biggest name last 5 years...but this time complete with 2 Imports Knight Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and ex-NBA star Lee Nailon (204-F-75, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) and again night not to forget. Manara was in fire, fans were cheering but only one team was playing Al Moutahed Tripoli.
Start of the gamer was very good for guest team leaded by again formidable and excellent Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) (and now for sure MVP of regular season),Al Moutahed Tripoli was leading aggressive defense was on full court and only Nate Johnson had more space for scoringrest was guarded very tied Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut came back at the end of 1st quarter that finished 23-20 for Trablos team Begin 2nd quarter Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut succeed to balance the game and even to lead with 4 points but not for a long after Time out of Al Moutahed Tripoli, blue team regain lead and finished comfortable 1st half with buzzer beater of Darren Kelly with 49-38

Third quarter Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut started with 2-1-2 zonefor a 2 min the guest team was searching the rhythm but in no time Darren Kelly-Tony Williams-Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency)-Mohammad Fahes (195-F-82) and Elie Roustom (191-F-87) continued where they stopped hard and full court defense and very organized and patient and controled offense . This was a quarter of Tony Williams he played on great way, guarding Lee Neilon or nate Johnson and in offence slashing the basket Elie Rustom was as usually good, defensively strong off guard played great defense on Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) .and all dirty work was done by Fahes and captain Roy samaha.the 3rd quarter ended with 75-59

On the fourth quarter the game was formality Al Moutahed Tripoli team extended lead on 22 points and its a time for other guys.end of the game brought us a new Lebanese regular league champion on fantastic way 93-73


From Al Moutahed Tripoli: Darren Kelly 35Pts, 3Rbs, 6Ass, Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) 28Pts, 9Rbs, 5Ass added 1Block, Elie Roustom 6Pts, 5Rbs, 2Stls,Roy Samaha 7Pts, 7Rbs, 3Ass, Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) 8Pts, 3Rbs, Mohammad Fahes 6Pts, 2Rbs

From Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: Knight Johnson 31Pts, 3Rbs, 1Ass, 1Block, Ali Mahmoud 6Pts, 8Ass, 3Rbs, Joe Vogel 9Pts, 12Rbs, 1Ass, Lee Nailon 15Pts, 3Rbs, 1Ass, Ali Fakherdine 6Pts, 6Rbs, Omar Turk 6Pts, 1Rbs, 1Ass



After the game we had small chance to talk with coach Toni Vujanic and he said: 'of course that Im happy...it was a very good game, great defense and great result for my team and North of Lebanon, Tripoli . I want specially to thank ALL MY PLAYERS for incredible effort and great achievement they all worked hard and made it all possible, THANKS to my assistants and medical stuff...again BIG THANKS for our great fans-you are the best..and at the end, THANKS to our President Ahmed SAFADI...Congratulation to everyone(MABROUK).just dont forget one thing this is fantastic achievements but competition, play-off, WABA and Pan Arab games follows, so no time to rest and no time for celebration.'



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Liga-Sudamericana Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo - Regatas C. 92-72
Flamengo stunned the Liga Sudamericana reigning champions Regatas Corrientes to open the final round of the tournament. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 25 points and 5 assists to lead Flamengo. Helio Vitor Lima produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Mariano Fierro responded with 16 points for Regatas.

Quimsa - Canoneros 93-85
Quimsa opened the final round of Liga Sudamericana with a tough win over Canoneros. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) poured in 28 points to lead the Argentinean team. Jonathan Treise and Gabriel Mikulas provided 19 points each in the victory. Jermaine Walker answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Canoneros.


Standings
7 Standings
 1. Flamengo 1-0 
 2. Quimsa 1-0 
 3. Canoneros 0-1 
 4. Regatas C. 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Machado, Flamengo24.5 
 2. Thomas, La.24.0 
 3. Torres, Canoneros22.7 
 4. Moreno, Canoneros22.3 
 5. Soro, Pitagora.20.3 
 6. Cequeira, Regat.19.0 
 7. da Rosa, Pitago.18.3 
 8. Mazzaro, Quimsa17.7 
 9. Mikulas, Quimsa17.3 
 10. Cocha, Obr.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Albert BURDITT
  La Salle UPB
  (203-F-72)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Burditt, La.9.7 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.3 
 3. Field, Obras9.0 
 4. Mikulas, Quimsa8.0 
 5. Borrell, Obras8.0 
 6. Probst, Pitagora.7.3 
 7. Guevara, Canoneros7.0 
 8. Wilson, Canoneros7.0 
 9. Thomas, La.6.7 
 10. Bethelmy, Cocodril.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo SUCATZKY
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (176-G-72)
  Avg: 10
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.10.0 
 2. Moreno, Canoneros6.7 
 3. Titarelli, Obras6.0 
 4. Lima, Flamengo5.8 
 5. Mikulas, Quimsa4.7 
 6. Cequeira, Regat.4.7 
 7. Machado, Flamengo4.3 
 8. Machado, Flamengo4.0 
 9. Cajal, Quimsa4.0 
 10. Treise, Quim.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Duda MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Machado, Flamengo2.3 
 2. Silva, Pitagora.2.0 
 3. Togni, Pitagora.2.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.8 
 5. Breen, La.1.7 
 6. Paez, Cocodrilos1.7 
 7. Treise, Quimsa1.7 
 8. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 9. Thomas, La.1.3 
 10. Lima, Flamen.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo DA ROSA
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 2. Elisma, Cocodrilos1.7 
 3. Tintorelli, Regat.1.5 
 4. Torres, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Allen, Quimsa1.0 
 6. Burditt, La.1.0 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 8. Araujo, Flamengo0.8 
 9. Graterol, Cocodrilos0.7 
 10. Palacios, Cocodril.0.7 


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 16-0 
 2. Lietuvos 15-1 
 3. Siauliai 12-4 
 4. Nevezis 10-5 
 5. Neptunas 8-9 
 6. Sakalai 8-10 
 7. Aisciai 6-10 
 8. Kaunas Tr. 6-11 
 9. Techasas 4-12 
 10. Alita 3-13 
 11. Suduva 2-15 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Nerijus VARNELIS
  Alytus Alita
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Varnelis, Alytus A.22.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Aisciai20.6 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas19.4 
 4. Runkauskas, Suduva18.9 
 5. Dabkus, Nevezis15.9 
 6. Hill, Techasas15.7 
 7. Griskenas, Techasas15.6 
 8. Praskevicius, Siaul.15.0 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas14.8 
 10. Petravicius, Lietuv.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Zalgiris
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.8.9 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas7.4 
 3. Motiejunas, Aisciai7.3 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.2 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.8 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.6.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Siauliai6.7 
 8. Ramanauskas, Kaunas T.6.7 
 9. Dimsa, Aisciai6.6 
 10. Petravicius, Lietuv.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Nevezis
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Viskontas, Nevezis6.9 
 2. Runkauskas, Suduva4.2 
 3. Vasiliauskas, Kaunas T.3.9 
 4. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Aisciai3.8 
 6. Hill, Techasas3.6 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas3.4 
 8. Stasaitis, Techasas3.4 
 9. Samenas, Sakalai3.4 
 10. Mazeika, Neptun.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Siauliai
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hannah, Siauliai2.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietuvos2.3 
 3. Bolds, Techasas2.1 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas2.0 
 5. Runkauskas, Suduva1.9 
 6. Hill, Techasas1.9 
 7. Vileita, Siauliai1.8 
 8. Salenga, Zalgiris1.7 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos1.7 
 10. Kadziulis, Siauli.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.7 
 2. Woods, Zalgiris1.8 
 3. Zukauskas, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Leonavicius, Nevezis1.4 
 5. Dimsa, Aisciai1.3 
 6. Kuzminskas, Siauliai1.3 
 7. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.1.0 
 8. Sarakauskas, Sakal.0.9 
 9. Volkus, Siauliai0.9 
 10. Ramanauskas, Kaunas.0.8 


It is playoff time in NKL - by Eurobasket News
NKL enjoyed the start of the playoffs, as eight teams are to decide on four lucky ones that will play in the leagues quarterfinals.
The fifth-ranked Akademija suffered a major upset as they lost their best-of-five series opener to Perlas at home court. The favorites started the game quite confidently and led 21:19 after the opening frame. But Perlas used impressive performance from Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) to change the complexion of the game. The visitors stayed close and surged ahead in the final period to celebrate an 84:76 victory. Zydrunas Kelys came up with 24 points for Perlas. Simas Buterlevicius added 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Akademija. The teams will meet again on Thursday.
In other games the hosts were less welcoming. Naglis rolled past Delikatesas 84:72 to open the lead in the series. Evaldas Jocys (203-F-75, college: E.Carolina) fired 26 points to pace Naglis. Buzas added 14 points for the home team. Juotas Blazys (197-F-82) was responsible for 18 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Pieno zvaigzdes left no chance for visiting Maista claiming a comprehensive 105:81 win. Jason Warren (200-F-83, college: Missouri Western) came up with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Pieno. Zydrunas Valuckis (192-G-75) had 21 points and 6 assists in the win. Tadas Sebeziovas (183-G) had 24 points for Maista in the loss.
Andrius Zymantas (188-G-81) canned 19 points and dished out 9 assists to propel Nafta-Uni-Laivite to a 93:68 victory over Puntukas. Remigijus Kasparavicius (197-F-78) registered 18 points in the winning case. Mindaugas Gelzinis (202-F-78) notched 16 points for Puntukas as they have a chance to revenge when they host Nafta-Uni-Laivite on Thursday.


Marko Banic fires Bilbao to win against Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Lietuvos Rytas 67:59

Iurbentia Bilbao ensured the top-spot finish in EuroCup Group L. They defeated Lietuvos Rytas to enter Final Eight from the favorable position in the ladder. Lietuvos Rytas made it to Turin despite the loss. Bilbao will now test Zadar, while Lietuvos Rytas will take on Benetton in the Final Eight.
Marko Banic (204-F-84) engineered the victory for Bilbao as he stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Spaniards. The hosts offered a stifling defense for Lietuvos Rytas in the opening minutes as the Lithuanian team could not find a basket for almost three minutes. Finally Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) broke the silence with 5 points for the visitors as they took a 5:2 lead. Bilbao however soon retained the lead and completed the starting quarter ahead 17:15. Jomantas put Lietuvos Rytas in charge with a three-pointer in the early moments of the second quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the frame before Marko Banic secured a narrow lead for the home team 33:31 at halftime.
Bilbao opened the second half with 6 straight points to stretch the margin. Lietuvos Rytas stayed within striking distance though and regained the lead after Justas Sinica (203-F-85) fired from downtown late in the frame. Marko Banic came up with timely free throws and Janis Blums (190-G-82) cannoned from beyond the arc for Bilbao's 51:47 advantage. Marko Banic and Janis Blums teamed up for a bunch of points at the start of the fourth quarter as the hosts ran away at 12-point distance. Bilbao never loosened the grip in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end.
Janis Blums registered 12 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) provided 9 points for the winners. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Donatas Zavackas had 12 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Bilbao: Marko Banic 24+14 boards, Janis Blums 12, Renaldas Seibutis 9
Lietuvos Rytas: Marijonas Petravicius 13, Donatas Zavackas 12


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Nogales and Guaymas makes changes - Guaymas wins by 18 - by Chris Terrell

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico - Nogales approached this game knowing that they need to make some changes quickly as the early season results were troublesome for the Fuerza Guinda. With reinforcements intact for both teams, Nogales' five-some of David Lopez (193-G-83), Justin Griffin (193-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo), Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.), Alberto Gonzalez (202-F/C-85) and Jorge Cota (188-G-80) attempted to change the momentum of the standings. A turn of tides between the two teams as last year's cellar dweller, Guaymas, has been fairly consistent early on while Nogales has taken their spot at the bottom of the standings.

A slow first quarter had Nogales trailing 26-10 and playing from behind the entire game. Waller has played well for Fuerza Guinda averaging 19.6 points per game, but Nogales made the decision to inactivate Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb)(20.3ppg) to make room for Griffin, a 6'4 guard/forward who was a LIDOBA All-Star game participant in the Dominican as well as a member of Barreteros de Zacatecas in the LNBP.
Griffin, in his first appearance for Nogales this season, was 3-6 from 2, 1-4 from 3, and 7 of 8 from the foul stripe for his 16 points also adding 2 rebounds on the night. Lopez, like Griffin is almost 6'4, and added 17 points on the night hitting 4 of 10 shots from the field including 1 of 7 from 3 in almost 34 minutes of playing time.
For Guaymas Larry Satchell (206-F/C-80, college: Arkansas) has been very solid coming off a monster performance of 19 points and 17 rebounds against defending champion Mazatlan, Mr. Consistent on this night as the league's leading rebounder contributed with 16 points and 9 boards. Micheal Nunes had 21 on the night and that's status quo as he hit for his average again for the season but the news for this Guaymas team was their newly acquired tandem of Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) and Rommel Marentez (178-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) were very strong in their performances with 20 points and 7 boards while going 10-13 from the field for Habel while Marentez had 21 points and 9 assists connecting on 8 of 11 from the field. Habel and Marentez seem to be big pick ups for the Ostieneros as the team awaits the return of Brandon Lee. Guaymas's new guys got the better of Nogales' on this night, final score Ostieneros 88, Fuerza Guinda 70.

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Halcones make it 2-0 in finals - by Kristian Santiago
Halcones UV Xalapa once again showed supermacy in the finals by beating visitors Soles de Mexicali 100-91 in the second encounter of the series.
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) was the man of the match for the Halcones as he scored 21 points, pulled 15 rebounds and blocked three shots for the hosts.
Dontae Truitt (198-G/F-81, college: Georgia SW) added another 20 and Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) chipped in 18 for Halcones UV Xalapa as well.
Soles were lead by Horacio Llamas (212-C-73, agency: Interperformances), who netted in 24 points and pulled nine boards, as well as Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) with 20 points and 11 boards in the loss.
The series now moves for the next three games to Mexicali starting the 13th of March with the first home game for the Soles in the LNBP finals.


New Coach - Caballeros deal Lobos a setback - by Chris Terrell

Culiacan, Sinaloa, MX - The new coach for Caballros is Angel Gonzales, the former assistant coach for the Halcones in the LNBP and he wanted to get things going in the right direction in this game and this season and did so with the help of Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) who came up huge against the 08 champs on this night going for 30, while the american tandem of B.J. Puckett (205-F-83, agency: AMI, college: Clayton St.) and Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) got 20 apiece helping Culiacan overcome Mazatlan. For the Lobos Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) had 27 and Tyson Patterson (198-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Appalachian St.) with 15 was not enough falling in this one on the road 79-77.

This appears to be a dog fight between these two teams as the Sinaloa neighbors each try to show the other that their team will win out in the end. Mazatlan, with it's smaller line-up and ability to switch with up to 5 players on the floor at under 6'7 and Culiacan, with a more classic style of the big man Lopez to go with Puckett, a 6'9 shooter, that is very difficult to matchup with because of his ability at his size to knock down the long ball and the play of Chapman who has been extremely effective in the early going for the Caballeros. The teams will meet back up, this time in Mazatlan, to help decide which style will win out - Tonight at 8pm.



Obregon falls to Tepic at home - by Chris Terrell
Obregon, Son, MX - The Trigueros have shown a tendency to have problems with quicker guards early this seaon but they had a problem with a big guy and a smaller one in this game. Dedrick Gage (201-F-80, college: Lynn) had 36 while fellow import Antwan Sutton (183-G-83, college: Solano CC) had 29 as the imports used their quickness to the advantage. For the Trigueros; Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) was big again with 29, while Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.) did what he could tohelp the cause with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Marco Valenzuela (185-G-81) got his jumpshot going en route to 19 points on the scorecard but it wasn't enough as Obregon loses at home against the surprise team from Nayarit - Coras 92-84.

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MNT1A : Lalovic and Primorje too strong for Ulcinj , Mogren win against Jedinstvo - by Dragan Scepanovic
ULCINJ - PRIMORJE 64:72 (11:19, 15:23, 24:16, 14:14)
Ulcinj .School centaer Marshal Tito'. Spect: oko 600. Reff: Jokic, Dragojevic, Savovic (Podgorica).
ULCINj: Latkovic, Stanic 2, Jovanovic 12, Jankovic 10, Sekulic 10, Djurkovic 9, Ivanovic 17, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77), Djordjevic 4, Micetic, Cetkovic
PRIMORJE: Arapovic, Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 5, Tepavcevic 16, Miljanic 3, Oldrih, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77), Zambelic 2, Najdenov 10, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 11, Kovacevic 2, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 20


MOGREN Budva - JEDINSTVO B.Polje 79:71 (18:19, 18:19, 24:15, 19:18)
Budva. MSC. Spect 300. Reff: Rutesic, Suntic i Muhadinovic
MOGREN: Stojakovic 23 (6-7), Vukajlovic, Igor Kunjic (202-F-87) 2, Stevovic 11 (8-10), Jovanovic 4, Nikic 2 (2-2), Milosev, Milovic 12 (4-6), Zeljko Maricic(188-G-90), Zivkovic 10 (1-2), Micovic 9 (1-1), Markovic
JEDINSTVO: Gemaljevic 11 (6-11), Musovic, Vucetic, Popovic 21 (3-4), P. Popovic 2, Omerovic, Babaca 13 (5-5), Radulovic 3 ()1-2), Tokalic, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78), Ignjatovic 12 (2-2), Bili Francez 2


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Second Half Surge Lifts Hustlin Owls to Cascade Championship - by Kevin
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The No.9 ranked Oregon Tech men's basketball team outscored The Evergreen State by 20 points in the second half, lifting the Owls to an 82-72 victory over The Evergreen State College tonight in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Finals. After shooting 54.8% in the first period, the Owls held the Geoducks to only 29.2% (7-24) shooting in the second stanza. The Owls shot 39.4% for the game and outrebounded their opponent 51-29. Jguwon Hogges (5'8''-G) tied a career-high to lead the Owl attack with 28 points. Joshua Wetzler (6'7''-C-84) finished with a double-double, including a career-high 20 rebounds to go with 11 points. Wetzler reached 1,000 rebounds in his career with tonight's effort. Christian Cavanaugh (6'10''-F-86) netted 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, followed by 10 points from Justin Parnell (6'4''-G). Michael Ward (-F) and Nicholas Moore (6'7''-F) led the Geoducks with 19 points apiece. Moore grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Ward tallied five. Julio Feliciano (6'8''-C) finished with 13 points and four assists. Tech held Cascade Conference Player of the Year and CCC leading scorer, Nathan Menefee (5'10''-G), to only eight points on 1-12 shooting for the game. The Owls led 7-3 early, but Evergreen would mount a comeback and quickly tie the contest at 7-7. After the third tie of the game, it was all Geoducks. At the 10:53 mark, the Owls found themselves down 10 points, 26-16, and by as many as 15 points, 44-29, with only 4:01 remaining in the first half. Oregon Tech closed out the half with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 44-34 at intermission. A 14-5 Owl run, capped off by a Jguwon Hogges 3-pointer, closed the gap to 49-48 at the 15:07 mark. Another Hogges 3-point field goal then gave Tech their first lead since early in the first half, and all the momentum they would need. Tech then quickly jumped out to an eight point advantage, 61-53, with 10:28 to play, but a Michael Ward 3-pointer closed the Geoduck gap to 63-60 with 9:53 on the clock. An ensuing 8-2 Hustlin' Owl run got the lead back up to nine points, 71-62, as the Owls were able to hold on over the remaining six minutes to secure an 82-72 victory in tonight championship game.

Courtesy of cascadeconference

Cascade Regular Season Standings
1. Oregon Tech 15-5 28-5
1. E.Oregon 15-5 23-7
3. Warner Pacific 14-6 21-8
4. Evergreen St. 13-7 19-11
5. Idaho Coll. 12-8 16-15
6. NW Christian 11-9 . 18-13
7. Northwest 7-13 13-16
7. Corban 7-13 11-19
7. S.Oregon 7-13 9-21
10. Cascade 5-15 12-16
11. Concordia (OR) 4-16 10-20

Tournament Final: Oregon Tech - Evergreen 82-72
Tournament Semifinals:
Oregon Tech - Northwest Christian 64-50
Evergreen - Eastern Oregon 84-74

All-Cascade Team
Nathan Menefee of Evergreen
Jguwon Hogges of Oregon Tech
Adam Moore (6'7''-F) of Warner Pacific
Craig McGee of College of Idaho
Justin Parnell of Oregon Tech
Kris Groce (5'10''-F) of Eastern Oregon
Neil Fryer (6'4''-F) of Eastern Oregon
Kaylone Riley (6'8''-C) of Warner Pacific
Paul Carollo (6'5''-C) of Eastern Oregon
Nicholas Moore of Evergreen

All-Cascade Honorable Mention
Christian Cavanaugh of Oregon Tech
Dylan Perry (6'3''-F) of Northwest Christian
Jarrad Childs of Southern Oregon
Steven Vaughan of Concordia
Alex Tiefenthaler of Concordia
Greg George of Northwest
Erv Adams of Cascade

Cascade All-Defensive Team
Kaylone Riley of Warner Pacific
Bryan Champ of College of Idaho
Jguwon Hogges of Oregon Tech
Jeremy Templeton (5'10''-G) of Eastern Oregon
Jabari McIntosh of College of Idaho

Cascade Player of the Year: Nathan Menefee of Evergreen
Cascade Defensive Player of the Year: Kaylone Riley of Warner Pacific
Cascade Newcomer of the Year: Justin Parnell of Oregon Tech
Cascade Coach of the Year: Dave Lipp of Northwest Christian



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Warriors waive Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Marcus Williams (6'3''-G-85, college: Connecticut), the team announced Tuesday (March 10). Williams appeared in nine games this season, averaging 1.3 points and 1.4 assists in 6.0 minutes per game. Despite being healthy, he hasnt played since January 25, when he received four minutes. The previous game he received one minute. The Warriors roster now stands at 14 players.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are losing about $30 million this season and cannot continue to shoulder the millions of dollars it costs to operate Conseco Fieldhouse.
That was the announcement Monday to the Capital Improvement Board from CIB Vice President Pat Early, who has been in discussions with team officials about the financial problems both organizations face.

Operating Conseco Fieldhouse costs the Pacers roughly $15 million a year. If the team can't make those payments, it would fall to the CIB, which already is struggling with a budget shortfall of $20 million this year.

That potential $35 million shortfall is driving the CIB to look at a number of options. On Monday, the board agreed to cut $1.4 million in grants to arts groups and others. That's on top of $6 million in previous cuts.

Board President Bob Grand said he did not see Early's warning to the board as a capitulation to the Pacers but as a report from a board member who has been in contact with a key stakeholder.

No action on what to do with the team was proposed or taken Monday. Greg Schenkel, vice president of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, said only that the team is working with the CIB to find solutions.

Early said the team has told him it has lost money in all but two of the 28 years the Simons have owned the team.

He said the team has not threatened to leave, but he said there is a good chance it will look to move or even shut down if the CIB does not assume the operating costs.

'If we are unable to do this, we're really jeopardizing the health of Downtown,' Early said.

'It's important that everyone understands the Pacers can't participate any more financially,' he said. 'We are going to have to find a solution.'

Criticizing the effort, Timothy Maguire, chairman of the county Libertarian Party, said the city signed a bad deal with the Colts and now must put its foot down with the Pacers. 'The bailouts have got to stop,' Maguire said. 'Maybe the city can't afford the teams.'

The board also discussed another option Monday: the idea of raising the city's hotel and food and beverage taxes.

Board member Craig Huse, owner of St. Elmo Steak House, said the restaurant and hotel industry wasn't sure it could withstand another 1 percentage point increase, which could raise a combined $24 million for the CIB.

'Conseco or Lucas Oil going dark is not something anyone wants to see,' Huse said. 'But at some point, there has to be a pushback. There seems to be a consensus (in our industry) that we've reached that point.'

The state legislature, expected to finish its session in late April, is expected to consider giving the city the authority to raise various taxes. The CIB also has asked the state to consider expanding a professional sports tax district that taxes the income of stadium employees, including athletes.

Early's report on talks with the Pacers overshadowed the board's vote to cut some of the grants it awards. The board cut 13 percent from cultural tourism, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indiana Black Expo.

Dave Lawrence, vice president of the Arts Council, said he appreciated the difficult situation facing the CIB but reminded the board that the arts also contribute to the city's vitality, including generating $52 million in taxes.

'As we're talking about the Pacers and how to save Downtown,' he said, 'we also have to talk about the arts.'

Courtesy of http://www.indystar.com


Eduardo Najera is done for New Jersey Nets - by Eurobasket News
Just 27 games, 319 minutes.

This isn't exactly what Eduardo Najera (6'8''-F-76, college: Oklahoma) had in mind, but that is precisely where his season runs out.

The team confirmed what had been inevitable for weeks, that the vet forward is going to have surgery on his abdominal injury this week, so the next time you'll see him in uniform is October 1 or thereabouts.

'It's a shame for him, because here's a guy who is so diligent about his body, cares so much about playing, and yet it's been one of those years for him where he's been snake-bit from the start,' L-Frank said. 'It's just been one injury over another. It's a shame. You just feel bad for him that it's one of those years.'

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Vince Carter's knee was better today, but he didn't do much other than put some ice on it. There was no practice at all, in fact, once Keyon Dooling sank a half-court shot on his fourth try -- the coach was feeling generous today.

So Carter says, 'I'm fine,' and adds that he'll be ready for Golden State Wednesday.

Odd that Vince would end the night with a limp, though -- especially after that windmill slam he threw down earlier. That was turn-back-the-clock stuff, he agreed.

'I don't know what the hell that was about,' he said of the dunk. 'My mother asked me that same thing: 'What were you thinking?''

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They're still gushing over Sean.

L-Frank: 'Sean has really done a great job -- he's really been focused, he's brought great energy into the gym, doing exactly what we're asking and hopefully he can keep building on it because he's been a big plus.'

Jarvis Hayes: 'You watch him now, and it's like he can block anything -- or he's at least gonna try -- and the others, (teams) know it.'

Hayes was seated courtside watching a 3-on-3 game going on as he said this -- almost on cue -- Yi Jianlian threw down a hellacious dunk on Sean's head.

'Ooof. That's not easy to do,' Hayes said.

Even Williams was impressed. He sidled over to the sideline wide-eyed, tore off his shirt, and finished the game in skins.

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Bobby Simmons, meanwhile, has a strained shoulder. Which, considering he's hit 7-for-8 from downtown in the last three games, isn't bothering him in the least.

Courtesy of http://www.nj.com


Last games - Cavs grab 50th win, James with triple-double - by Eurobasket News
Jazz - Pacers 112-100
Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) and Paul Millsap stepped up for the Jazz last night draining 24 and 22 points respectively. Okur had 6, while Millsap missed only one rebound for double-double. Ronnie Brewer was behind them with 18 pts. The hosts got 23 points and 13 boards from Troy Murphy. Jazz 41-23, Pacers 28-38.

Knicks - Bucks 120-112
Larry Hughes (6'5''-G-79, college: St.Louis) was on fire last night delivering 39 points. Nate Robinson also had very important role in this victory scoring 32 points and handing out 7 assists in 31 minutes. David Lee had 19 points and 18 rebs. On the other side, the Bucks got 32 pts and 9 rebs from Charlie Villanueva. Knicks 26-37, Bucks 30-37.

Bobcats - Spurs 86-100
San Antonio Spurs was better than the Bobcats jumping to 43-20 record. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) and Roger Mason scored 21 pts each, while Tim Duncan had 18, plus 11 rebounds. Raja Bell and Emeka Okafor replied with 16 pts apiece for the loosing side.

Mavericks - Suns 122-117
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) was a key player for the Mavs collecting 34 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Terry was behind him netting 25 pts. Steve Nash once again shined for the Suns posting 23 pts and dishing out 13 assists. Mavs 39-25, Suns 34-30.

Thunder - Kings 99-98
The OC Thunder celebrated 5th victory in the last 6 games improving to 18-46 record. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Russell Westbrook led the scorers with 22 points each. Thabo Sefolosha nailed 17 and grabbed 7 rebs. Spencer Hawes had double-double for the Kings, 20 pts and 10 rebs.

Cavaliers - Clippers 87-83
The Cavs celebrated 50th victory of the season and once again mostly owing to LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), who came up with triple-double 32 pts, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Al Thornton and Eric Gordon combined 40 points and 21 boards for the loosing side. Cavs 50-13, Clippers 15-49.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Wade, Heat29.7 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.2 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.9 
 4. Durant, Thunder26.0 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.5 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers22.9 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.9 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.2 
 3. Lee, Knicks12.0 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.9 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.6 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.6 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.5 
 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. Duhon, Knicks7.7 
 9. Wade, Heat7.7 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 3. Wade, Heat2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Brewer, Jazz1.8 
 7. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. Artest, Rockets1.7 
 10. James, Cavalie.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  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. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 9. Duncan, Spurs1.8 
 10. Dalembert, 76e.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 49-16 
 2. 76ers 31-31 
 3. Nets 28-36 
 4. Knicks 27-37 
 5. Raptors 23-42 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 50-13 
 2. Pistons 32-31 
 3. Bucks 30-37 
 4. Bulls 29-36 
 5. Pacers 28-38 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 47-17 
 2. Hawks 37-28 
 3. Heat 35-29 
 4. Bobcats 28-36 
 5. Wizards 15-50 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Jazz 41-24 
 2. Nuggets 41-25 
 3. Trail Blazers 40-24 
 4. Timberwolves 19-45 
 5. Thunder 18-47 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 51-13 
 2. Suns 34-30 
 3. Warriors 23-42 
 4. Clippers 15-49 
 5. Kings 14-50 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 43-20 
 2. Rockets 42-24 
 3. Hornets 40-23 
 4. Mavericks 39-25 
 5. Grizzlies 16-47 


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Vikings Crash The Dance - by Eurobasket
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The third time was the charm for CSU to win the Horizon League vs. No. 17 Butler
Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86) scored 19 points and Cleveland State used a flurry of 3-pointers to beat No. 16 Butler 57-54 Tuesday night, winning the Horizon League tourney championship and its first NCAA tournament berth since 1986.
Six of Cleveland State's first seven field goals in the second half were 3-pointers, helping the Vikings (25-10) erase an 8-point lead by the Bulldogs (26-5).
Butler's last lead was 48-47 midway through the period, then Jackson hit a 3-pointer and a floater in the lane to put the Vikings in front for good. Butler had two chances to tie in the closing seconds, but Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G) and Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) missed 3-pointers.
Mack led Butler with 18 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

Horizon League Regular Season Standings
1 Butler 15-3 26-4
2 Wisc.-Green Bay 13-5 22-10
3 Cleveland St. 12-6 24-10
3 Wright St. 12-6 20-13
5 Wisc.-Milwaukee 11-7 17-14
6 Youngstown St. 7-11 11-19
6 Ill.-Chicago 7-11 16-15
8 Loyola, IL 6-12 14-18
9 Valparaiso 5-13 9-22
10 Detroit Mercy 2-16 7-23

Tournament Final: Butler - Cleveland St. 54-57
Tournament Semifinals:
Green Bay - Cleveland St. 67-73
Butler - Wright St. 62-57

All-Horizon League 1st Team
Matt Howard (6'8''-F) of Butler
J'nathan Bullock (6'5''-F-87) of Cleveland State
Ryan Tillema (6'8''-G-86) of Green Bay
Gordon Hayward of Butler
Josh Mayo (5'11''-G-87) of UIC

All-Horizon League 2nd Team
Cedric Jackson of Cleveland State
Todd Brown (6'5''-G-87) of Wright State
Rahmon Fletcher (5'10''-G-88) of Green Bay
Tone Boyle (6'2''-G) of Milwaukee
Urule Igbavboa (6'9''-F-87) of Valparaiso

Horizon League All-Newcomer Team
Gordon Hayward of Butler
Shelvin Mack of Butler
Tone Boyle of Milwaukee
James Eayrs (6'7''-F) of Milwaukee
DeAndre Mays (6'2''-G-87) of Youngstown State

Horizon League All-Defensive Team
Cedric Jackson of Cleveland State
Terry Evans (6'5''-F-86) of Green Bay
Scott VanderMeer (7'0''-C-86) of UIC
Matt Howard of Butler
Will Graham (6'2''-G-85) of Wright State

Horizon League Player of the Year: Matt Howard of Butler
Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year: Cedric Jackson of Cleveland State
Horizon League Newcomer of the Year: Gordon Hayward of Butler
Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year: Ryan Tillema of Green Bay
Horizon League Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens of Butler



Woodsides Basket Lifts North Dakota State Past Oakland for The Summit League Title - by Eurobasket
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Ben Woodside (5'11''-G-85) jumper with four seconds left lifted North Dakota State to a 66-64 victory over Oakland in the championship game of the 2009 Summit League men's basketball tournament Tuesday night.
North Dakota State rallied from a 12-point deficit in the last nine minutes to earn The Summit League's automatic qualifier spot in the NCAA tournament in its first season of Division I eligibility. The Bison also won The Summit League regular season title and are 26-6.
With 6-9 sophomore Will Hudson hitting four field goals and a free throw, Oakland opened a ten-point lead in the first five minutes of the game and led 43-33 at intermission thanks in part to shooting 62.5 percent from the field (20-32). Although the Golden Grizzlies shot just 32 percent in the second half (8-25), they managed to stay on top, leading 60-48 following a three-point basket by Erik Kangas (6'3''-G-87).
Sophomore forward Michael Tveidt (6'7''-F-87), NDSU's only non-senior starter, led the comeback. His three-pointer at 6:27 cut the margin to 60-55, and his fourth trey of the game in as many attempts gave the Bison the lead at 64-62 with 1:27 to go.
Oakland tied the game on a dunk by Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) with 11 seconds left before Woodside scored on a jumper from the free throw line. Oakland had one last shot, but a three-point try by Johnathon Jones (5'11''-G-88) was off the mark.
Tveidt led all scorers with 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 field goal attempts. Woodside finished with 17, while Brett Winkelman (6'6''-F-86) had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Hudson and Kangas paced Oakland with 16 points each, Jones added 15 and Benson had a 14-point, 14 rebound double-double for the Golden Grizzlies.
NDSU won the rebound battle 35-33 and shot 41.9 percent (26-62) from the field. The Bison were 8-for-10 at the foul line while Oakland was 4-for-8.
Oakland, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, ends its season with a 22-12 record.
The NCAA Tournament selection show will air Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

Courtesy of The Summit League

Summit League Regular Season Standings
1 N.Dakota St. 16-2 26-6
2 ORU 14-4 16-15
3 Oakland 13-5 22-12
4 IUPUI 9-9 16-14
5 IPFW 8-10 13-17
5 S.Utah 8-10 11-20
7 S.Dakota St. 7-11 13-20
8 W.Illinois 6-12 9-20
8 Centenary 6-12 8-23
10 UMKC 3-15 7-24

Tournament Final: North Dakota State - Oakland 66-64
Tournament Semifinals:
North Dakota State - Southern Utah 79-67
Oakland - South Dakota State 74-56

Summit League All-Tournament MVP: Ben Woodside of North Dakota State

Summit League All-Tournament Team
Keith Benson of Oakland
Johnathon Jones of Oakland
Erik Kangas of Oakland
Brett Winkelman of North Dakota State
Ben Woodside of North Dakota State

All-Summit League 1st Team
Robert Jarvis (5'11''-G) of Oral Roberts
Johnathon Jones of Oakland
Erik Kangas of Oakland
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F) of Oral Roberts
Brett Winkelman of North Dakota State
Ben Woodside of North Dakota State

All-Summit League 2nd Team
Davis Baker (6'4''-G) of Southern Utah
Keith Benson of Oakland
David Dubois (6'5''-G-86) of Western Illinois
Robert Glenn (6'7''-F) of IUPUI
Garrett Callahan (6'1''-G) of South Dakota State

All-Summit League Honorable Mention
Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88) of Centenary
Dane Brumagin (6'4''-F-86) of UMKC
David Carson (6'7''-F-86) of IPFW
Mike Nelson (6'4''-G-86) of North Dakota State
Nick Stallings (6'1''-G-83) of Centenary

Summit League All-Newcomer Team
Kevin Ford (6'9''-F) of Oral Roberts
Robert Glenn of IUPUI
Dominique Morrison (6'6''-F) of Oral Roberts
Gary Redus of Centenary
Deilvez Yearby (6'6''-F) of IPFW

Summit League Player of the Year: Ben Woodside of North Dakota State
Summit League Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Adams of Centenary
Summit League Newcomer of the Year: Robert Glenn of IUPUI
Summit League Sixth Man of the Year: Deilvez Yearby of IPFW
Summit League Coach of the Year: Saul Phillips of North Dakota State



Robert Morris Claims Sixth NEC Men's Basketball Title With 48-46 Win Over Mount St. Mary's - by Eurobasket
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With the clock winding down, Robert Morris rushed to take a potential game-winning shot. Top scorer Jeremy Chappell (6'3''-G-87) got the ball, only to have it knocked out of his hands and directly to teammate Dallas Green (6'8''-F-88).
Coach Mike Rice 's only thought: Oh, no, not him.
Oh, yes.
Green picked up the loose ball and made a hurried shot with 2.5 seconds remaining for his only basket of the game, and regular-season champion Robert Morris shook off its tournament jinx against Mount St. Mary's for a 48-46 victory Wednesday night in the Northeast Conference championship game.
Chappell scored 15 points as Robert Morris (24-10), rallying from five points down in the second half to beat the 2008 champion Mountaineers (19-13) for the third time this season, withstood a ragged performance on its home court to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.
'He probably was the fifth guy on the floor I would have picked [to take the shot],' Rice said. 'His nickname is the screen machine, for all the screens he sets. We ran the play I wanted, but they knocked it away and Dallas went and got it.'
Chappell then batted the ball loose on the Mountaineers' inbounds play, and moments later a school-record crowd of 3,227 swarmed the court to celebrate the kind of scene that makes March special. A team that wouldn't be a factor in a much-bigger conference becomes one of the big boys, if only for one night.
Losing was tough enough for the Mountaineers after they couldn't hold the lead, but losing the way they did made it worse.
'It hurts more because I'd rather see a guy who make shots his whole career [win the game],' Jeremy Goode (5'9''-G-87) said. 'It was his first basket and he makes a shot like that -- it hurts worse.'
Green, a 6-foot-8 junior from Indianapolis, averages 6.9 points but had made only a single free throw in the title game before making the decisive 8-footer close to the baseline.
Afterward, he said, smiling 'I'm from Indiana, so I've got that touch.'
'Part of March is making shots, and it was the first shot he [Green] made the whole game,' the Mountaineers' Kelly Beidler (6'5''-F-88) said. 'Unfortunately, it was at the end of the game.'
Each of the previous two seasons, the Colonials swept the regular season series from Mount St. Mary's, only to lose to the Mountaineers at home in the tournament.
'Our No. 1 weakness coming into this year was mental toughness,' Rice said. 'Things wouldn't go our way and we'd start arguing with the referees or each other, and they don't like being critiqued by me. But we were rock-solid dudes in that huddle tonight -- bricklaying dudes, maybe, but rock-solid dudes.'
Robert Morris shot 34 percent (18-of-53).
Chappell, the MVP of the Northeast regular season and tournament, hit a 3-pointer to put the Colonials ahead 46-44 with 1:42 remaining, but Shawn Atupem (6'7''-F-89) made two free throws with 1:17 remaining to tie it.
Beidler scored 12 and Atupem had 11 for Mount St. Mary's, which missed 11 of 12 3-point attempts while being denied its second successive trip to the NCAA tournament.
Mount St. Mary's went on a 7-0 run to take a 40-35 lead on Markus Mitchell's basket with 6:56 remaining. The Mountaineers also had a chance to expand on a five-point lead at 42-37, but Jean Cajou (6'3''-G-88) took a pair of long 3-pointers on successive possessions instead of trying to work the clock for better shots.
Both teams obviously had the we're-on-TV jitters in the first half, when the Colonials missed 17 of their first 23 shots and Chappell, averaging 22 points in the tournament, didn't score until making two free throws with 3:17.
However, Mount St. Mary's -- which shot 39.1 percent overall (18-of-46) -- couldn't take advantage, managing only a 19-all halftime tie.
Robert Morris, 5-0 in conference championship games played on its home court, didn't take its first lead until Jimmy Langhurst (5'11''-G-88) converted two free throws resulting from a technical foul with 55.6 seconds remaining, making it 19-17.
The Mountaineers came out of a timeout only to call another one as soon as taking the ball out, after realizing they had six players on the court, resulting in an automatic technical.
That extra player might help the Northeast next week.
No Northeast team has won anything in the NCAAs other than a play-in game or a game held to determine the last-seeded team in a region, and the conference hasn't had a team seeded higher than 13th since there were only 12 teams in a region.
Last year, Mount St. Mary's beat Coppin State 69-60 in the play-in game, then lost to North Carolina 113-74.

Courtesy of NEC

NEC Regular Season Standings
1. Robert Morris 15-3 24-10
2. Mt.St.Mary's 12-6 19-13
2. Sacred Heart 12-6 17-14
2. LIU Brooklyn 12-6 16-14
5. Quinnipiac 10-8 15-16
6. Wagner 8-10 16-14
6. Cent.Conn.St. 8-10 13-17
8. St.Francis,NY 7-11 10-20
9. Monmouth 6-12 8-23
9. Fairleigh Dickinson 6-12 7-23
11. St.Francis,PA 3-15 6-23

Tournament Final: Robert Morris - Mount St. Mary's 48-46
Tournament Semifinals:
Robert Morris - Quinnipiac 75-48
Mount St. Mary's - Sacred Heart 68-63

NEC All-Tournament MVP: Jeremy Chappell of Robert Morris

All-NEC 1st Team
Jeremy Chappell of Robert Morris
Jeremy Goode of Mount St. Mary's
Joey Henley (6'5''-F) of Sacred Heart
Justin Rutty (6'7''-F) of Quinnipiac
Jaytornah Wisseh (6'1''-G-88) of Long Island

All-NEC 2nd Team
Sean Baptiste (6'3''-G-88) of FDU
Ricky Cadell (6'2''-G) of St. Francis (NY)
James Feldeine (6'4''-G-88) of Quinnipiac
Ken Horton (6'6''-F) of CCSU
Rob Robinson (6'8''-F-87) of Robert Morris

NEC All-Rookie Team
Julian Boyd (6'6''-F-90) of Long Island
Will Campbell (5'10''-G) of Monmouth
James Johnson (6'0''-G) of Quinnipiac
Stefan Perunicic (6'6''-G/F) of St. Francis (NY)
Travis Taylor (6'8''-F-90) of Monmouth

NEC Player of the Year: Jeremy Chappell of Robert Morris
NEC Defensive Player of the Year: Francisco Bateko (6'1''-G-84, college: Fort Scott CC) of Robert Morris
NEC Rookie of the Year: Julian Boyd of Long Island
NEC Most Improved Player of the Year: James Feldeine of Quinnipiac
NEC Coach of the Year: Mike Rice of Robert Morris



De Paul and St. Johns take the invitation, utilize the opportunity and advance to the second round at Big East. - by Rangi Gescheit
De Paul and St. Johns take the invitation, utilize the opportunity and advance to the second round.

2 under dog teams, De Paul (16th seed in the big east) and St. Johns (13th) enjoy the new Tournament Playoffs system, and beat their opponents to advance to the 2nd round at the Big East tournament. De Paul faced #9 Cincinnati, and pulled its first Big East win of the season 67-57. St. Johns faced #12 Georgetown, which started the season up and strong. About a week ago these 2 teams have met, and St. Johns repeated the outcome, and won again, 64-59.

For the first time, all 16 team of the big east are invited to the tournament. The bottom 4 faced 4 team which finished the regular season above them ( 9th Vs. 16th, 10 Vs. 15th ect.). Teams ranked 5 to 8 get a one day buy, So this way first 4 teams (1st 4th seed) are joining at the quarter final, and enjoy 2 day buy in the tourney.
De Paul hanged at the game with Dar Tucker (6'4''-F) getting in foul trouble early. Deonta Vaughn (6'1''-G-86) did not hit the 3 well for Cinci but kept them in the game ofensivley wise ( with 15 points), with a small lead at the half 27- 25 on Cincis favor.
At the second half De Paul kept pressing, while Cincinnati kept missing from the free throw line (40% for the game!), the game was still tie till the 8 minutes to go TV time out. From that point and on it was all De Paul. Well balanced offense while forcing Cinci to inconvenient 3 points shots (5-22 which is 22%), De Paul got an 8 point lead, which was not dropped till the buzzer. 57-67 at the end of regulation. De Paul will face #8 Providence at the second round.

St. Johns met the Hoyas from Georgetown. The hosted them a week ago and need an over time in order to win. This time they just needed to shut off Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90) (13 points and 40% field goals), and enjoyed Paris Horne (6'3''-G/F-87) (23 points), D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89) (14 points) and Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88) (12 points and 13 rebounds!). That and 82% from the line secured the win for the Red Storm. GTown tried to come back at the final 3 minutes with quick shots and fouls to stop thew clock, but the free throws were to the Storms advantage this time. 64-59 to the favor of the red at the final buzzer. Norm's Storm will meet #5 Marquette at the second round.


Western Kentucky Wins Sun Belt Tournament - by Kevin
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Western Kentucky University (24-8) built a 15-point first-half cushion but had to rally in the final 12 minutes to hold off South Alabama (20-13) 64-56 on Tuesday night at Summit Arena, winning the program's seventh Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship. The Hilltoppers punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and the 21st time in the program's 90-year history.
'There was a lot of focus tonight on team defense and rebounding. It was a physical game again, the third in a row, and on the offensive end I really wanted to be aggressive against South Alabama. We really started off the game aggressive,' said WKU head coach Ken McDonald , only the second Hilltopper coach to win his first three postseason games. 'We got away from that a little bit when South Alabama went on their run, but we were able to get back in the aggressive mode the last 10 minutes, and I thought we kind of controlled the game from that point forward.' WKU is now 7-4 all-time in 11 appearances in the Sun Belt Tournament finals, winning their fifth tournament title in the last eight years. The Hilltoppers scored the first 11 points of the game, nine coming from the sophomore Steffphon Pettigrew (6'5''-G/F). After DeAndre Coleman (6'7''-F-86) got the Jaguars on the board with a tough spinning lay-up at the 15:38 mark, D.J. Magley (6'9''-F) had an offensive stickback and Pettigrew connected on his second three-pointer as the Toppers went up 16-4 with 13:07 left in the first half. Pettigrew stayed hot, knocking down his third triple of the first half as the Toppers build their largest lead of the game 27-12 with 5:47 remaining. The 2007 Kentucky Mr. Basketball scored all of his 15 points in the opening stanza to go with seven rebounds in 35 minutes.
South Alabama reduced the deficit to 35-25 at the break, and in a second-half start that mirrored the Toppers' regular season finale at Middle Tennesse, the Jaguars gave WKU its best shot, reeling off an 18-4 run to take a 43-39 lead with 12:46 to play on a Domonic Tilford (5'10''-G-87) three-pointer. It was last points the Jaguars' leading scorer would record as he finished with 12 for the game. But as they have so many times this year, WKU responded. Magley rebounded and scored a missed AJ Slaughter (6'3''-G) three-pointer, then Slaughter connected from long range, and Sergio Kerusch (6'5''-G/F) flushed a nice feed from Orlando Mendez-Valdez (6'1''-G) of Western Kentucky University for seven-straight points, part of a 14-3 run as WKU reclaimed control 53-46 with 7:02 left. Slaughter finished with a team-high 18 points and earned Sun Belt Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Mendez-Valdez and Kerusch added 10 and eight respectively and were also named to the All-Tournament team. Magley's eight points off the bench tied a season-high set on November 18 against Campbellsville. He also had six boards. As a team, WKU outrebounded the best rebounding team in the league 32-22. Coleman finished with a career-best 27 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead South Alabama.
WKU connected on 14-of-14 free throws and 8-of-23 three-point attempts. WKU will now await the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on Sunday, March 15 to find out their seed, opponent, and location. The Hilltoppers won their first two games of last year's 'Big Dance' in advancing to the program's seventh NCAA Sweet 16.
Courtesy of wkusports

Sun Belt Regular Season Standings
East Division
1. W.Kentucky 15-3 23-8
2. Troy 14-4 19-12
3. S.Alabama 10-8 20-12
3. Middle Tenn.St. 10-8 18-14
5. Florida Intern. 7-11 13-20
6. Florida Atlantic 2-16 6-26
West Division
1. UALR 15-3 23-8
2. N.Texas 11-7 20-12
3. Denver 9-9 15-16
4. La-Lafayette 7-11 10-20
5. New Orleans 6-12 11-19
5. La-Monroe 6-12 10-20
7. Arkansas St. 5-13 13-17


Tournament Final: WKU - South Alabama 64-56
Tournament Semifinals:
WKU - North Texas 77-70
South Alabama - UALR 54-44

Sun Belt All-Tournament MVP: AJ Slaughter of WKU

Sun Belt All-Tournament Team
Josh White (5'10''-G-88) of North Texas
DeAndre Coleman of South Alabama
Domonic Tilford of South Alabama
Orlando Mendez-Valdez of WKU
Sergio Kerusch of WKU
AJ Slaughter of WKU

All-Sun Belt 1st Team
Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87) of UALR
Nate Rohnert (6'5''-G/F-87) of Denver
Desmond Yates (6'7''-F-86) of Middle Tennessee
Brandon Hazzard (6'2''-G-87) of Troy
Orlando Mendez-Valdez of WKU

All-Sun Belt 2nd Team
Paul Graham (6'5''-G-85) of Florida Atlantic
Domonic Tilford of South Alabama
Brandon Davis (6'6''-F) of South Alabama
Richard Delk (6'4''-G-86) of Troy
AJ Slaughter of WKU

All-Sun Belt 3rd Team
Freddy Asprilla (6'10''-F/C-87) of FIU
Kyndall Dykes (6'3''-F-87) of New Orleans
Eric Tramiel (6'7''-F-88) of North Texas
DeAndre Coleman of South Alabama
Michael Vogler (6'1''-G-87) of Troy

Sun Belt Player of the Year: Orlando Mendez-Valdez of WKU
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year: John Fowler (6'4''-F-86) of UALR
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year: Freddy Asprilla of FIU
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year: Richard Delk of Troy
Sun Belt Coach of the Year: Don Maestri of Troy





Wolff out after 15 seasons - by Kevin Cochran
Dennis Wolff will not return next year as head coach of the Boston University men's basketball team, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced today.

'We greatly appreciate the contributions that Dennis has made during his 15 years at BU,' Lynch said. 'To a man, his student-athletes competed hard on the court, earned their degrees in the classroom and represented BU well in the community. We wish Dennis nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

'This decision was not made quickly or easily,' Lynch added. 'However, after a thorough analysis, I believe that a change in leadership is in the best interests of our men's basketball program.'

The head coach since the 1994-95 season, Wolff posted an overall record of 247-197. The Terriers finished third in the America East Conference this year with a 17-13 record, ending their season in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

During Wolff's tenure, BU advanced to two NCAA tournaments (1997, 2002) and made three NIT appearances (2003, 2004, 2005). The Terriers won two America East championships (1997, 2002) and captured the conference's regular-season crown five times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004). He coached more seasons and won more games than anyone in the program's 100-season history.

A national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.

Courtesy: goterriers.com


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Midwestern State wins LSC Basketball Championship - by Kevin
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The Mustangs (24-6) have now won the LSC tournament four times in the last 10 years, including twice in the last three seasons. MSU, the No. 1 overall seed, didn't even qualify for the tournament a year ago, but rebounded this year, thanks to winning 21 of their 23 games. LSC South Division Player of the Year Nolan Richardson (6'2''-G), who had scored 40 points in the first two games of the tournament, picked up two early fouls and had just two points at the half. But playing with his grandfather, former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson in attendance, Richardson hit three 3-pointers in the second half and finished the game with 15 points, earning MVP honors of the tournament. The Mustangs got some huge production off the bench from both Anthony Moore (6'3''-G), who scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds. Trajinski Grigsby (6'7''-F-86, college: S.Alabama) had 15 points, hitting three big 3-pointers. Point guard Earl Rabb (6'3''-G) had seven points, six assists and four rebounds. Along with Richardson, Rabb and Moore were named to the all-tournament team. The rest of the team included SWOSU's Abdullah Lawal (6'1''-G) and Clarke Hale (6'2''-G), along with Eric Cazenave (6'1''-G-87) from Central Oklahoma. MSU gets the automatic bid to next week's tournament and should be one of the top three seeds. The Bulldogs' season will likely end at 19-11 considering they were not included in the latest South Central Regional rankings. SWOSU had three players in double figures, led by Hale's 17 points. Kenneth White (6'2''-G-85) scored 16 and Jordan Frosch added 10. The Bulldogs were one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the LSC, but were just 5-of-23 on Sunday. The Mustangs were 7-of-15 from beyond the arc, but five came in the second half. MSU led by as much as seven in the first half, but led only 34-29 at the half. The Bulldogs scored the first points of the second half to cut the lead to three, but they would never get any closer. Midwestern went on an 8-1 run, paced by two Richardson 3-pointers. A 3-pointer by Grigsby with 7:26 to play gave MSU its largest lead at 15, although SWOSU would trim it down to six with a minute to play. But free throws by Richardson and Moore put the game away, giving the championship to the Mustangs.
It was a special moment for MSU head coach Jeff Ray , whose father suffered a stroke passed away in the middle of the season. The Mustangs have dedicated the rest of the season in his honor. Ray's father, Bobby, who went by the nickname 'Fuzz' had served as an assistant coach. During the game, MSU had left an open chair on the bench. In the final minutes of play, once the Mustangs gained complete control, two MSU fans unveiled a huge homemade sign that read 'For Fuzz' which ignited the Midwestern players and fans. After the game, the Mustangs players carried Ray on their shoulders and let him cut the final piece down of the championship net.

Courtesy of lonestarconference

LSC Regular Season Standings
North Division
1. Cent.Oklahoma 10-2 24-5
2. SW Oklahoma St. 8-4 19-11
2. Tex.A&M-Comm. 8-4 17-11
4. Cameron 7-5 14-14
5. Northeastern St. 6-6 11-16
6. SE Oklahoma 2-10 5-22
7. East Central 1-11 6-22
South Division
1. Midwestern St. 10-2 24-6
2. Angelo St. 8-4 20-8
2. Tex.A&M-Kingsv. 8-4 19-10
4. Tarleton St. 6-6 18-10
4. W.Texas A&M 6-6 16-11
6. Abil.Christian 4-8 10-16
7. E.New Mexico 0-12 4-23


Tournament Final: Midwestern State - Southwestern Oklahoma 66-60
Tournament Semifinals:
Southwestern Oklahoma - Central Oklahoma 69-67
Midwestern State - Texas A&M-Kingsville 76-62

LSC All-Tournament MVP: Nolan Richardson of Midwestern State

LSC All-Tournament Team
Nolan Richardson of Midwestern State
Earl Rabb of Midwestern State
Anthony Moore of Midwestern State
Abdullah Lawal of Southwestern Oklahoma
Clarke Hale of Southwestern Oklahoma
Eric Cazenave from Central Oklahoma

All-LSC North Division 1st Team
Lance Harper (6'6''-F-86) of Central Oklahoma
Deundrae Spraggins (6'3''-G-83) of Texas A&M-Commerce
Dave Smith (5'10''-G) of Cameron
Kenneth White of Southwestern Oklahoma
Jason Jones (6'7''-F-86) of Northeastern State

All-LSC North Division 2nd Team
William Slones (6'8''-C-86) of Southeastern Oklahoma
Dontae Figgs (6'3''-G-85) of East Central
Abdullah Lawal of Southwestern Oklahoma
Clarke Hale of Southwestern Oklahoma
Ben Rovenstine (6'2''-G) of Northeastern State

All-LSC North Division Honorable Mention
Kallan Glasgow (6'2''-G) of Cameron
Mekaile Reed (6'3''-G/F) of Cameron
David Thomas (6'4''-G-86) of Central Oklahoma
Eric Cazenave of Central Oklahoma
Michael Sosanya (6'6''-F-88) of Central Oklahoma
Justin Wilkerson (6'9''-F-86) of East Central
Kendall Smith (6'3''-G) of Southwestern Oklahoma
Jerard Campbell (6'3''-G-85) of Southwestern Oklahoma
Rashad Brown (6'7''-F-85) of Texas A&M-Commerce

All-LSC South Division 1st Team
Nolan Richardson of Midwestern State
Kyle Shields (6'0''-G-85) of West Texas A&M
Eric Williams (6'6''-F-86) of Tarleton State
Wendell Mulkey (6'0''-G) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Lionel Brown (5'10''-G-84) of Angelo State

All-LSC South Division 2nd Team
Dejan Sencanski (6'6''-F-84) of Abilene Christian
Ryan Bennett (5'11''-G-87) of Angelo State
Earl Rabb of Midwestern State
Clyde Johnson (6'5''-F) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Dante Adams (6'3''-G-87) of Abilene Christian

All-LSC South Division Honorable Mention
Malik Motnii (6'9''-C-87) of Angelo State
Dannon Wafer (6'2''-G) of Eastern New Mexico
Craig Green (6'2''-G-86) of Midwestern State
Marlin Cloudy (6'3''-G-86) of Tarleton State
Anthony Jones (6'6''-F) of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Nick Burns (6'1''-G-87) of West Texas A&M

LSC All-Academic Team
David Thomas of Central Oklahoma
Ian Adams (6'10''-C-81) of East Central
Wale Ogunoye (6'6''-F) of Tarleton State
Matt Churchman (6'4''-F) of Eastern New Mexico
Adam Terneus (6'3''-G) of Central Oklahoma

LSC South Division Player of the Year: Nolan Richardson of Midwestern State
LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Jones of Texas A&M-Kingsville
LSC South Division Freshman of the Year: Kalif Bakare (5'11''-G) of Tarleton State
LSC South Division Newcomer of the Year: Lionel Brown of Angelo State
LSC South Division Coach of the Year: Jeff Ray of Midwestern State

LSC North Division Player of the Year: Lance Harper of Central Oklahoma
LSC North Division Defensive Player of the Year: Abdullah Lawal of Southwestern Oklahoma
LSC North Division Freshman of the Year: Brad Hambrick (6'0''-G) of Texas A&M-Commerce
LSC North Division Newcomer of the Year: Deundrae Spraggins of Texas A&M-Commerce
LSC North Division Co-Coach of the Year: Terry Evans of Central Oklahoma and Alexander Wade of Cameron



Tobias Jahn was selected 2nd Team All-CCAA - by Daniel Poerschke
Tobias Jahn (206-F-86), a sophomore from Babenhausen, Germany, who is playing from Cal Poly Pomona, was selected 2nd Team All-CCAA for the 2008-09 campaign. The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) is a NCAA 2 conference. Jahn is averaging 8.6ppg and 5.6rpg for the 20-7 Broncos this season. He saw action in all 27 games and started 18 of those as the Power Forward. In 22 minutes per game, Jahn shot 58.6% from the Field and 66.1% from the Charity Stripe.

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Storm and Eagles in the finals - by Kaare Vangen

HOME COURT. The deciding factor. ONLY home wins so far in the playoff. Storm had a tremendous fourth period tonight, routing the Asker team 29-9. And Eagles had the lead for most of the time against Vikings. So for one of the very few times in BLNO history we will have a final series without the Vikings team. Tromso Storm will have to be the favourite for the title because they will have the home court advantage and will probably have a bigger and more enthusiastic home crowd.

Tonights results:
Tromso Storm - Asker Aliens 93-72 (19-22,27-19,18-22,29-9) Storm win series 2-1
Attendance: 1211
Storm: Finger 27, Timus 26, Mihaylov 16, Issalhi 11, Christensen 8, Figenschou 5
Aliens: Mahnin 21, Karlsen 15, Nyborg 8, Mjs 6, Torkildsen 6, Vangen 4, Stien 4, Sandstrm 3, Aliferis 2

Ulriken Eagles - Harstad Vikings 67-54 (16-13,16-14,17-14,18-13) Eagles win series 2-1
Attendance: 588
Eagles: Bullock 18, Eskeland 13, Thomas 13, Elsafadi 7, Danielsen 6, Taheri 5, Hammer 5
Vikings: Billings 21, Adahada 10, Woodsen 8, Risshall 5, Gabela 4, Knutsen 4, Myhrer 2



The finals will be played

Match 1: March 20 18:30 @Tromsohallen
Match 2: March 22 16:00 @Tromsohallen

Match 3: March 27 19:00 @Haukelandshallen
Match 4: March 29 16:00 @Haukelandshallen(opt)

Match 5: April 1 18:30 @Tromsohallen (opt)



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Clark and Rayson Battle - Buffalo falls to Wilmington - by Chris Terrell

Kris Clark (6'3''-G-83, college: New Orleans) is the PBL Player of the Week due in large part to his 39 point performance against Buffalo on Sunday night. Clark at the guard spot was 13 of 20 from the field to go along with his 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Wilmington's depth and Buffalo's lack of it was evident as the Seadog bench outscored the Stampedes' by 20 in a game that would see Wilmington prevail.

But don't let the poor record of the Stampede fool you, they've got an incredible talent in Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) that has lit up the PBL all season. Rayson, currently 8th in the league in scoring and 4th in rebounds, exploded again on Sunday; this time for 25 points and 19 rebounds! Rayson was an all-league player in the WBA and ABA with the Texas Tycoons and has taken his game to the top of the charts in the PBL this season. The PBL places a large emphasis with Player of the Week nominations on that team's record during that week but often the play of one player can't overcome a team that is deficient in other areas. The gritty forward can play 3 or 4 positions on the court, can shoot the ball, defend, board, and plays with so much heart and determination that he should get his due. The only player to average more ponts and rebounds than Tyrone Rayson, at this point late in the season, is Halifax's A.J. Millien.



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Vitoria looses Blanks - by Luis Rocha
Julian Blanks (188-G-80, college: La Salle), that was performing greatly and helping Vitoria to achieve nice results, has to stop playing, and return to Pensylvanis (his home town), because is suffering from a serious illness. Its a blow to the player, and to the club, but now its time to think on the wellfare of the player. Coach Fernando Sa , has told the media, that by now the club is not thinking in substitute Blanks. Juliann Blanks that played in Portugal for the first time in Porto, has been a nice add for both teams that sign him here, and its a pity when a player such as he, has to go,,because the competition will be weaker.

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Div.A Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Otopeni 77-64
Srboljub Samailovic fired 20 points and Targoviste held off Otopeni at home court. Dragos Andrei (188-G-87) came up with 16 points for the hosts as they now improved at 6-17 record. Bojan Obradovic tallied 27 points and 10 boards for Otopeni in the losing effort.

Rapid B. - Pitesti 66-91
Pitesti outlasted Rapid Bucuresti as Elbert Fugua (-C) paced well-balanced visitors with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Ivan Stefanovic had 17 points and 11 boards for Pitesti. Marius Bulancea topscored with 31 points for Rapid as they suffered the 24th straight loss.

CSU Brasov - Tirgu Mures 86-74
Brasov built a 13-point halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win over Tirgu Mures. Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU) scored 21 points for Brasov. Andrei Mandache finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the victors. Jujuan Cooley posted 22 points for Tirgu Mures in defeat.

Dinamo B. - Timisoara 65-81
Timisoara held off Dinamo Bucuresti on the road to post the 18th win. Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT) fired 34 points to lead Timisoara. Milos Pesic had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Chris Reaves responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals for Dinamo. Stojadin Markovic managed 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Gaz Metan - Rovinari 88-74
Gaz Metan eased past Rovinari as Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rob Thomson delivered 21 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds for the winning team. Paul Hafford notched 20 points to pace Rovinari in the 9th loss in the tournament.


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 19-2 
 2. Timisoara 18-6 
 3. CSU Brasov 16-7 
 4. CSU Atlassib 15-6 
 5. U.Mobitel. CN 15-7 
 6. Otopeni 14-8 
 7. Rovinari 14-9 
 8. Pitesti 14-10 
 9. Gaz Metan 11-12 
 10. Mures 11-12 
 11. Craiova 8-14 
 12. Dinamo B. 8-15 
 13. Targoviste 6-17 
 14. Oradea 2-21 
 15. Rapid B. 0-24 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Matthews, CSU A.22.3 
 2. Obradovic, Otopeni18.8 
 3. Lawrence, Pitesti18.8 
 4. Gibson, U.Mobite.18.5 
 5. Tomic, Craiova18.4 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.5 
 7. Bulancea, Rapid B.17.1 
 8. Cepulis, Ploiesti17.0 
 9. Vlaicu, Rapid B.16.4 
 10. Darby, Rovina.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.12.0 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.4 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.9.1 
 4. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.3 
 5. Jucan, Gaz Metan8.2 
 6. Lazar, Oradea8.0 
 7. Green, Rovinari7.7 
 8. Holmes, Craiova7.6 
 9. Matthews, CSU A.7.5 
 10. Obradovic, Otope.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.6.9 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.2 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.4 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.7 
 8. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 9. Lawrence, Pitesti3.4 
 10. Mitchell, Craio.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.0 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.0 
 3. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.7 
 4. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.7 
 5. Matthews, CSU A.2.6 
 6. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 7. Blidaru, Otopeni2.3 
 8. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.3 
 9. Holmes, Craiova2.1 
 10. Velickovic, Timisoa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.3 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Pantelic, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.4 
 7. Harrison, CSU A.1.3 
 8. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 9. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 10. McKenna, Tirgu.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Univ.Surgut
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.5 
 2. Perry, CSK V.17.3 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.17.2 
 4. Nachbar, Dynamo M.15.8 
 5. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.4 
 6. Wisniewski, Spart.15.1 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.15.0 
 8. Warrick, Krasnoya.14.7 
 9. Meshcharakou, Sparta.14.7 
 10. Washington, Ural.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 2. Clancy, CSK V.7.1 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.7 
 4. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.2 
 5. Kirksay, Unics6.2 
 6. Meshcharakou, Sparta.5.9 
 7. Jones, Ural Great5.6 
 8. Plisnic, Ural Great5.6 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.5.6 
 10. Trushkin, Spa.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jannero PARGO
  Olympiakos
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.5.4 
 3. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 4. Wisniewski, Spart.4.6 
 5. Bremer, Triumph4.6 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.2 
 7. Biggs, Ural Great3.7 
 8. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.4 
 9. Perry, CSK V.3.3 
 10. Holden, CS.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 David TOYA
  Prostejov
  (200-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Toya, Spartak-P.2.6 
 2. House, Lok.Rostov2.4 
 3. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.4 
 4. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.1 
 5. Biggs, Ural Great1.9 
 6. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 7. Bremer, Triumph1.8 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 10. Komarovski, Univ.S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.2 
 2. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.2 
 3. Savrasenko, Spart.1.1 
 4. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 5. Pervukhin, Univ.Sur.1.1 
 6. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.1 
 7. Likholitov, Ural G.1.1 
 8. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 9. Morris, CSKA1.0 
 10. Veremeyenka, Uni.0.9 


Triumph and Ural Great advance to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great advanced to the Quarterfinals of EuroChallenge after a road 76:81 victory against Cajasol. The Spanish side tried hard but sent the Russian representative to the next stage. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) and Biggs Ralph scored 13 apiece. Ellis Tyrone finished the night with 16 points for the hosts.
BC Triumph won EuroChallenge Group L beating CSK-VVS Samara on Tuesday. The teams remained even in the first half and only in the second the hosts took advantage of the court. Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) led the winners with 22 points and Dmitriev Fedor nailed 21. Clancy Sam ended up with 19 and Sljivancanin Mladen produced 18 in defeat.
Proteas EKA AEL won Group L and advanced into the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals with a 74:60 win over Lokomotiv Rostov. Aleksandar Radojevic top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Mujezinovic Haris and Subotic Vujadin netted 13 each. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) was responsible for 13 points for the Russian side.


Unics roll past Turk Telekom in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Unics 66:86

Unics clinched the third win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage but it still did not allow them to enter the Final Eight. The Russian team defeated Turk Telekom in Ankara but could not overcome Zadar in the standings. Turk Telekom in the meantime slipped at 1-5 record in Group J.
Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) hit 11 points in the opening term to give Unics an 18:16 lead after the starting term. Dmitry Sokolov kept on scoring in the second frame as his free throws allowed Unics to stay in charge early on. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) stepped up with back-to-back treys for Turk Telekom as they surged ahead 26:25. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) and Roderick Blakney capped the first half with jumpers to ensure a 37:34 lead for Turk Telekom.
Roderick Blakney continued to do the damage in the third period as he extended the hosts lead to 5 points. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) and Igor Zamanskiy (202-F-77) stopped the bleeding for Unics with a couple of timely buckets as the teams were leveled at 54 after three quarters of action. The fans were ready for the intriguing battle in the fourth quarter but they were mistaken. Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77), Tariq Kirksay, Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) and Igor Zamanskiy all banked a three-pointer to silence the crowd at the Ataturk Spor Salonu. Unics took over and were cruising from now.
Dmitry Sokolov finished with 21 points to lead Unics. Marc Jackson added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Tariq Kirksay had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Roderick Blakney responded with game-high 24 points and 5 assists. Kristoffer Lang contributed 13 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Turk Telekom: Roderick Blakney 24, Kristoffer Lang 13
Unics: Dmitry Sokolov 21, Marc Jackson 18, Tariq Kirksay 12+10 rebounds


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Hemofarm make it to EuroCup Final Eight - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Pamesa 66:62

Hemofarm earned a tough win over Pamesa in Serbia to reach the Final Eight of EuroCup. Hemofarm had to win the game against Pamesa no to rely on the result of Azovmash vs. Crvena Zvezda clash. And Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) did all he could for Hemofarm to accomplish the mission. He nailed 18 points to lead Hemofarm to a vital victory that set up their meeting with Dynamo Moscow in Turin. Pamesa clinched the top spot in Group K despite the loss and would face Khimky in Final Eight.
Hemofarm stayed in front throughout the opening quarter Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Macvan were active for the hosts. Miljan Pavkovic capped the first frame with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 27:20 advantage. Pamesa ground defensively in the second period and cut the margin. Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) hit a three-pointer and Pamesa trailed by just three points midway through the frame. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) allowed the Spaniards to surge in front 35:34 in few moments before Hemofarm got sobered up. Bozovic and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) capped the first half with three points and Hemofarm were down by 2.
Bozhidar Avramov nailed 4 points early in the third quarter and the things started to look dull for the home team at 38:49. But they found their go-to guy in Miljan Pavkovic. He buried back-to-back triples and Hemofarm looked hopeful once again. And though Pamesa led 53:48 heading into the fourth term Hemofarm kept the intrigue alive. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), Milos Borisov (201-F-85) and Miljan Pavkovic all scored in an 11:0 rally from the hosts that propelled them to a 59:53 advantage. But the game was not done just yet. The visitors narrowed the margin to 2 points with less than two minutes to go. Marton Bader was accurate from the charity stripe, while Bozhidar Avramov and Simeon missed their long-range attempts and Hemofarm celebrated the crucial victory.

Hemofarm: Miljan Pavkovic 18, Bojan Krstovic 10, Milos Borisov 9
Pamesa: Bozhidar Avramov 18, Kosta Perovic 15


Azovmash down Crvena Zvezda with little avail - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Azovmash 72:95

Azovmash did all they could in fight for the EuroCup Final Eight appearance but never made it that far. The Ukrainian champions overcame Crvena Zvezda on the road in the last round in Group K but watch Hemofarm taking the vital win against Pamesa that left Azovmash with no Final Eight spot. Azovmash finished the Last 16 competition at 3-3 record, while Crvena Zvezda slipped at 1-5 record in the fourth place in the pool.
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) and Skutyelnik fired from downtown to pace Azovmash in the early minutes. The visitors soon cleared off to a 10-point distance 17:7 before the hosts answered with baskets from Keselj and Kovac. Crvena Zvezda managed to cut the distance to only 4 points with one quarter played in the game. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) and Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored early in the second period just to witness R.T. Guinn taking floor again for a 27:19 Azovmash lead. The hosts finally had the momentum as they unleashed an 11:1 rally to grab a 30:28 lead late in the half. Dijon Thomspon and Rolandas Jarutis responded for the visitors as Azovmash enjoyed a 40:35 advantage at halftime.
R.T. Guinn went of the dressing room firing as he pushed the margin to double figures. Crvena Zvezda narrowed the margin to 5 points but once again Azovmash reacted quickly and gained an 11-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) went 2/2 from beyond the arc in the early minutes of the fourth period to doom the hosts. The home team collapsed and allowed Azovmash to cruise to the win. Simonas Serapinas nailed 22 points for the winners. R.T. Guinn added 18 points, while Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Boris Bakic (194-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Elmedin Kikanovic 19, Boris Bakic 14
Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 22, R.T. Guinn 18, Hasan Rizvic 16


Dusan Katnic lifts Mega HL to semifinals in Balkan league - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Quarterfinals: Swisslions Takovo - Mega Hypo Leasing 88-78

Mega Hypo Leasing survived in Vrsac last night. The Belgrade's team had plus 11 from the first game and No.1 from the regular season with impressive 7-1 record, Swisslions Takovo, was not able to reach it. Actually the host had a chance at the very end, but Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) missed a tough 3-pointer. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) grabbed the ball, but he also was unsuccessful. Ocokoljic top-scored for Swisslions with 25 points (also had 5 boards and 6 assists). Above mentioned Markovic added 15 and Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-G-77) netted 13 points. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) once again was a key player for Mega Hypo Leasing. He drained 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. Katnic was the first option in offense for Mega HL drawing many fouls by the hosts and making 14 of 20 from the line. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) also had important role for the guests registering double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds. Strahinja Dragicevic (194-F-86) had 19 also, while hero from the first game Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) this time helped with 12 points. The first semifinal game is scheduled for March 24, when Bulgarian Rilski Sportist will host Mega HL. No.1 from the regular season, Swisslion Takovo, is eliminated. It is important to mention that the hosts had furious third quarter stopping their rivals on just 10 points (19-10). At that point of game it was plus 11 for Swisslions and it seemed that Mega HL slowly looses control on it, but Dusan Katnic was there earning the MVP title in his team.

Swisslions Takovo: Sasa Ocokoljic 25+5 boards+6 as, Radovan Markovic 15, Vladimir Vlaskovic 13
Mega HL: Dusan Katnic 20+7 boards+6 as, Uros Nikolic 19+11 boards, Strahinja Dragicevic 19, Stefan Stojacic 12


Cumings moves from Vojvodina to Cedevita - by Zoran Popovic
Former guard of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd (2005-2007), Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) moves from Vojvodina to Cedevita Zagreb. Cummings came in Vojvodina from MMT Estudiantes in January this year. On 8th games played for Vojvodina Cummings average scored 8.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. On 11 games for MMT Estudiantes in Spanish league Cummings, average scored 6.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Vonteego Cummings started career in Thomson GA High School, played for Pittsburgh (NCAA) 1995-1999, drafted by Indiana Pacers 1999 in the first round and traded to Golden State Warriors. In his NBA career Cummings also played for Philadelphia 76ers and in Europe for FuturVirtus Castelmaggiore (ITA-Lega2) 2003-2004, KK Hemofarm 2004-2005 and Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv 2007-2008.

Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Zlatko BOLIC
  Radnicki I.
  (195-G-74)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.5 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.2 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL20.1 
 4. Markovic, Napredak19.5 
 5. Mirkovic, Masinac19.3 
 6. Kljajevic, Radnicki.19.2 
 7. Stefanovic, Sloga18.2 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad17.6 
 9. Sinovec, Vizura16.9 
 10. Mladenovic, Erg.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros MIRKOVIC
  Masinac
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac8.5 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Bogavac, Ergonom7.2 
 4. Dokic, Tamis6.7 
 5. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.4 
 6. Buric, Vizura6.3 
 7. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.0 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac6.0 
 9. Nikolic, Mega HL5.9 
 10. Bozovic, Slo.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan JOVICIC
  Tamis
  (184-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.3 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.6 
 3. Stefanovic, Sloga4.1 
 4. Teodosic, Metalac4.1 
 5. Stefanovic, Borac4.0 
 6. Tomasevic, Masinac3.5 
 7. Vukotic, Sloga3.5 
 8. Maric, Ergonom3.4 
 9. Martinic, Novi Sad3.3 
 10. Fekete, Radnicki.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Novi Sad
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.9 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 4. Sinovec, Vizura1.7 
 5. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.7 
 6. Bogavac, Ergonom1.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Masinac1.7 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac1.6 
 9. Majstorovic, Ergon.1.5 
 10. Milasinovic, Masin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo DRASKOVIC
  Radnicki 034
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.0 
 3. Tanaskovic, Metal.1.0 
 4. Bircevic, Metalac1.0 
 5. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 6. Buric, Vizura0.9 
 7. Mladenovic, Ergon.0.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 9. Gavranovic, Ergon.0.7 
 10. Bunic, Novi S.0.7 


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Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 19-3 
 2. Helios 17-4 
 3. Zlatorog 16-5 
 4. Slovan 15-6 
 5. Polzela 11-10 
 6. Luka Koper 8-13 
 7. TCG Mercator 8-13 
 8. Elektra 8-13 
 9. Zagorje 8-13 
 10. Postojna 7-14 
 11. Alpos S. 6-15 
 12. Nova Gorica 4-18 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Gil GOODRICH
  Zagorje
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje22.2 
 2. King, Polzela21.2 
 3. Ivanovic, Elektra17.7 
 4. Strnad, Zlatorog17.2 
 5. Delic, Slovan17.1 
 6. Paris, Zagorje16.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Epic Misel15.9 
 8. Berdiel, Zlatorog15.3 
 9. Cup, Elektra14.7 
 10. Pavic, Kr.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. King, Polzela14.4 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.7 
 3. Paris, Zagorje8.9 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.7.8 
 5. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.3 
 6. Pavic, Krka7.2 
 7. Jelesijevic, Polzela6.9 
 8. Cup, Elektra6.9 
 9. Lucic, Zlatorog6.2 
 10. Miljkovic, Zlator.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela5.5 
 2. Cmer, Luka Koper4.7 
 3. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje4.3 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektra4.3 
 6. Krivec, Krka3.5 
 7. Perko, Nova Gorica3.4 
 8. Jovanovic, Epic Misel3.3 
 9. Lapornik, Alpos S.3.2 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Zlatorog
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.5 
 2. Dragic, Slovan2.1 
 3. Goodrich, Zagorje2.0 
 4. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 5. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.9 
 6. Snow, Helios1.8 
 7. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 8. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.8 
 9. Percel, Zagorje1.6 
 10. Jovanovic, Epic Mis.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. King, Polzela3.0 
 2. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 3. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 4. Hunter, Zlatorog1.3 
 5. Lucic, Zlatorog1.2 
 6. Brown, Alpos S.1.0 
 7. Soda, Nova Gorica1.0 
 8. Cikic, Nova Gorica0.9 
 9. Johnson, Zagorje0.9 
 10. Bajramlic, Zagor.0.9 


Elektra and Loka clinch final two spots (Round 22) - by Zeljko Zule
Elektra Esotech and Luka Koper clinched the last two spots in League Play-Off and Alpos handed Epic Misel their worst home loss of the season,103-65.
UPC League - Round 22: Elektra Esotech-TCG Mercator 85-67: It was a do-or-die game for both teams, but Elektra made a 12-2 run in first quarter and led as many as 48-30 at the halftime. Dejan Cup 14 of his 26 points (FG 13-15) scored in first quarter, Luka Sjekloca finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Balsa Radunovic netted 13 points, Tadej Horvat 12 and Nikola Ivanovic handed out 10 assists. TCG Mercator had three players in double figures. Mensud Julevic posted 18 points, Igor Jokic 16 and Primoz Skok 11.
Hopsi-Luka Koper 89-79: Trailing 7-17 in the first quarter, Hopsi used a 12-1 run to take a 36-31 lead.Shawn King finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds and Nemanja Jelesijevic collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Koper capture League Play-Off even with loss. Ivan Drzic scored 18 points and Ales Kunc and Drazen Bubnic 15 apiece.
Zagorje-Zlatorog 62-77: Zlatorog never trailed and had their largest lead at 41-18. Dario Krejic recorded his first double-double of the season by scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Vincent Hunter netted 23 points. Zagorje extended their losing streak to five games and dropped to League Play-Out. Gilbert Goodrich scored 21 points on shooting just 1-of-9 from 3-point line, David Paris collected 20 points and 11 rebounds and Joshua Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds.
Epic Misel-Alpos Sentjur 65-103: Takais Brown (203-F-86, college: SE Illinois JC) had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Armin Avdibegovic posted 16 points, Marcus Crenshaw in his debut scored 15 points in just 18 minutes and Nejc Glavas added 13 points as Alpos handed Epic Misel their worst home loss of the season. Alpos claimed just its second road win. Bojan Jovanovic had 18 points for Epic and David Moro scored 13.
Helios-Geoplin Slovan 87-80: Helios scored 7 consecutive points in final 1:03 minutes to seal its victory. Nicholas Jacobson scored 18 points, Alexei Laskhevich 14, Aljaz Janza and Matej Krusic 11 apiece and Alvin Snow 10. Sasa Doncic had 24 points for Slovan, Marin Han added 18 and Milan Klepo 11.


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KBL Round: 34 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SK Knights - KCC Egis 66-87
SK Knights lost to KCC Egis 66:87 in the last game of Regular Season Round 34. Brand Micah (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) led the winners with 27 points, Choo Seung-Kyun posted 22 and Ha Seung-Jin collected 16 points and 23 rebounds. Stiemsma Gregory ended up with 21 points and 4 boards in the losing effort.

SK Knights - Samsung Th. 75-83
SK Knights were beaten by Samsung 75:83 as Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) shined with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Stiemsma Gregory notched 26 for the hosts and Kim Julian poured in 22.

Dongbu Promy - KTF M.Wings 67-69
KTF M.Wings upset Dongbu Promy 69:67 on March 8th. Jones Jonathan (211-C-79) paced all the winners with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Park Sang-Oh netted 16. Daniels Chris finished the night with 18 points and 10 boards in defeat.

LG Sakers - KT&G Kites 85-92
KT&G Kites overcame LG Sakers 95:82 as Joo Hee-Jung paced all the winners with 28 points and Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) ended up with 25 points. Ki Seung-Ho brought his team 25 points in defeat.

Orions - ET Land B.Sl. 89-98
Sneed Dillon and Okosa Reggie combined 45 points for Orions but it was not enough against ET Land that stole 89:98 road win. Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) top-scored for the winners with 32 points and 10 caroms.

KCC Egis - LG Sakers 94-89
On March 7th KCC Egis beat LG Sakers 94:89. Brand Micah was responsible for 27 points for the winners and Ha Seung-Jin had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Jeon Hyung-Soo led the way for his team with 16 points.

Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy 96-71
Samsung handed Dongbu Promy 96:71 loss behind 27 points and 7 rebounds from Haynes Aaron. Leather Terrence produced 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Lee Jung-Suk notched 16. Son Kyoo-Wan posted 15 points in the losing effort.

ET Land B.Sl. - Mobis Phoebus 75-71
ET Land sensationally beat Mobis Phoebus 75:71 as Powell Carlos top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Little Donald collected 16 points and 17 boards, while Seo Jang-Hoon scored 15. Dunston Bryant ended up with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the guests.


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 32-16 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 29-19 
 3. Samsung Th. 27-22 
 4. KCC Egis 27-22 
 5. KT&G Kites 27-22 
 6. ET Land B.Sl. 26-22 
 7. LG Sakers 25-24 
 8. SK Knights 22-27 
 9. Orions 16-32 
 10. KTF M.Wings 12-37 


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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.6 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla20.2 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.18.9 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid17.0 
 5. Dean, CB Murcia17.0 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.7 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja16.7 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.16.5 
 9. Splitter, Tau16.1 
 10. Navarro, Regal.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Curtis BORCHARDT
  Granada
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Borchardt, Granada10.2 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.7 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.3 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.7 
 5. Panko, Bruesa7.1 
 6. Barnes, CB Murcia6.3 
 7. Vazquez, Regal B.6.3 
 8. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau5.8 
 10. Augustine, Kalise.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  DKV Joventut
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut6.4 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.5.9 
 3. Prigioni, Tau4.8 
 4. Cook, Unicaja4.8 
 5. Valters, A.G. F.4.6 
 6. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.5 
 7. Thomas, CB Murcia4.5 
 8. Mallet, DKV J.3.7 
 9. Williams, Pamesa V.3.7 
 10. Lakovic, Regal.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Tau
  (186-G-77)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.3 
 2. Rubio, DKV Joventut2.0 
 3. Popovic, Bruesa1.9 
 4. Splitter, Tau1.8 
 5. Thomas, CB Murcia1.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.8 
 7. Jasen, MMT E.1.7 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.1.7 
 9. Lescano, CAI Z.1.7 
 10. Cook, Unica.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Curtis BORCHARDT
  Granada
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Borchardt, Granada1.7 
 2. Barnes, CB Murcia1.7 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.6 
 4. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.4 
 5. Ibaka, Ricoh Man.1.2 
 6. Haislip, Unicaja1.2 
 7. Gutierrez, Granada1.1 
 8. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 9. Savane, Kalise G.C.1.0 
 10. Moss, CB Murc.1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Dreke BOULDIN
  Matchmind
  (202-G/F-80)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind22.3 
 2. Echols, Cantabria20.2 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.17.1 
 4. Williams, Matchmind16.6 
 5. Turner, Promobys16.5 
 6. Llorente, Archena16.5 
 7. Harry, Archena15.4 
 8. Nelson, Huelva15.3 
 9. Martinez, Navalcar.15.2 
 10. Ausina, Moli.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zachary ANDREWS
  Guadalajara
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.3 
 2. Mortellaro, ADT T.9.3 
 3. Turner, Promobys9.2 
 4. Mathis, Alcazar9.0 
 5. Williams, Matchmind8.4 
 6. Echols, Cantabria8.1 
 7. Thompson, Molina8.1 
 8. Mugica, Archena8.0 
 9. Ausina, Molina7.9 
 10. Bouldin, Matchmi.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Salvador CAMPS
  Cantabria
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Camps, Cantabria7.1 
 2. Monclova, Alcazar5.5 
 3. Rufian, Huelva5.3 
 4. del Tio, Merida4.6 
 5. Darbo, Huelva4.5 
 6. Llorente, Archena4.4 
 7. Nunez, Guadalajara3.9 
 8. Castello, Matchmind3.6 
 9. Sanchez, Cantabria3.5 
 10. Baquer, Alai.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Promobys
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Turner, Promobys2.5 
 2. Martinez, Navalcar.2.4 
 3. Llorente, Archena2.2 
 4. Monclova, Alcazar2.0 
 5. Gomez, Huelva2.0 
 6. Camps, Cantabria2.0 
 7. Rueda, Promobys1.9 
 8. Comas, Girona1.9 
 9. Sanchez, Cantabria1.9 
 10. Matamalas, Alai.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MCLEMORE
  Huelva
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.3 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarrag.1.7 
 3. Herndon, Alaior1.4 
 4. Williams, Matchmind1.4 
 5. Cabeza, Girona1.2 
 6. Williams, V..1.2 
 7. Farley, Archena1.2 
 8. Hilliman, Promobys1.1 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind1.1 
 10. Turner, Promob.1.1 


Hemofarm make it to EuroCup Final Eight - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Pamesa 66:62

Hemofarm earned a tough win over Pamesa in Serbia to reach the Final Eight of EuroCup. Hemofarm had to win the game against Pamesa no to rely on the result of Azovmash vs. Crvena Zvezda clash. And Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) did all he could for Hemofarm to accomplish the mission. He nailed 18 points to lead Hemofarm to a vital victory that set up their meeting with Dynamo Moscow in Turin. Pamesa clinched the top spot in Group K despite the loss and would face Khimky in Final Eight.
Hemofarm stayed in front throughout the opening quarter Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Macvan were active for the hosts. Miljan Pavkovic capped the first frame with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 27:20 advantage. Pamesa ground defensively in the second period and cut the margin. Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) hit a three-pointer and Pamesa trailed by just three points midway through the frame. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) allowed the Spaniards to surge in front 35:34 in few moments before Hemofarm got sobered up. Bozovic and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) capped the first half with three points and Hemofarm were down by 2.
Bozhidar Avramov nailed 4 points early in the third quarter and the things started to look dull for the home team at 38:49. But they found their go-to guy in Miljan Pavkovic. He buried back-to-back triples and Hemofarm looked hopeful once again. And though Pamesa led 53:48 heading into the fourth term Hemofarm kept the intrigue alive. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), Milos Borisov (201-F-85) and Miljan Pavkovic all scored in an 11:0 rally from the hosts that propelled them to a 59:53 advantage. But the game was not done just yet. The visitors narrowed the margin to 2 points with less than two minutes to go. Marton Bader was accurate from the charity stripe, while Bozhidar Avramov and Simeon missed their long-range attempts and Hemofarm celebrated the crucial victory.

Hemofarm: Miljan Pavkovic 18, Bojan Krstovic 10, Milos Borisov 9
Pamesa: Bozhidar Avramov 18, Kosta Perovic 15


Marko Banic fires Bilbao to win against Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Lietuvos Rytas 67:59

Iurbentia Bilbao ensured the top-spot finish in EuroCup Group L. They defeated Lietuvos Rytas to enter Final Eight from the favorable position in the ladder. Lietuvos Rytas made it to Turin despite the loss. Bilbao will now test Zadar, while Lietuvos Rytas will take on Benetton in the Final Eight.
Marko Banic (204-F-84) engineered the victory for Bilbao as he stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Spaniards. The hosts offered a stifling defense for Lietuvos Rytas in the opening minutes as the Lithuanian team could not find a basket for almost three minutes. Finally Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) broke the silence with 5 points for the visitors as they took a 5:2 lead. Bilbao however soon retained the lead and completed the starting quarter ahead 17:15. Jomantas put Lietuvos Rytas in charge with a three-pointer in the early moments of the second quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the frame before Marko Banic secured a narrow lead for the home team 33:31 at halftime.
Bilbao opened the second half with 6 straight points to stretch the margin. Lietuvos Rytas stayed within striking distance though and regained the lead after Justas Sinica (203-F-85) fired from downtown late in the frame. Marko Banic came up with timely free throws and Janis Blums (190-G-82) cannoned from beyond the arc for Bilbao's 51:47 advantage. Marko Banic and Janis Blums teamed up for a bunch of points at the start of the fourth quarter as the hosts ran away at 12-point distance. Bilbao never loosened the grip in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end.
Janis Blums registered 12 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) provided 9 points for the winners. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Donatas Zavackas had 12 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Bilbao: Marko Banic 24+14 boards, Janis Blums 12, Renaldas Seibutis 9
Lietuvos Rytas: Marijonas Petravicius 13, Donatas Zavackas 12


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  SWITZERLAND   


Various news from Switzerland - by Kristian Santiago
Injured Shaun Durant (203-C-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lipscomb) left Lausanne Basket for personal reasons.He scored 12,7 ppg and pulled 8,7 rpg this season.
Bulgarian forward Georgi Davidov (201-C-76) who replaced Durant during his injury, won't be playing again this season for Lausanne Basket as well.
Colas Bernex Basket released Nsendula Mulowayi whose temprorary contract expired with the team.
Davide Garruti (189-G-89) joins Vacallo after starting the season in Rhone Herens Basket.

For disciplinary reasons, Jeff Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) has been replaced on Boncourt's roster by Evan Pellerin (200-F-82, college: Stonehill).
Brock Gillespie (186-G-82, college: Rice) has been waived by Benetton Fribourg Olympic.
Roger Keller (185-G-77) won't be playing again this season for BC Infina Korac Zurich.


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Corey MUIRHEAD
  Geofin
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Muirhead, Herens20.8 
 2. Almanson, Lugano T.19.1 
 3. Alston, Monthey18.9 
 4. Volcy, Monthey18.7 
 5. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.18.7 
 6. Scott, MGS17.9 
 7. Wells, Lugano Tigers17.8 
 8. Brown, Lausanne17.4 
 9. Siggers, Boncourt17.3 
 10. Grimm, SAM Mas.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GRIMM
  SAM Massa.
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Grimm, SAM Massa.10.5 
 2. Passos, Herens10.4 
 3. Wells, Lugano Tigers9.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.9.6 
 5. Sloan, Fribourg9.3 
 6. Thomas, Starwings9.3 
 7. McFarlin, Nyon9.2 
 8. Volcy, Monthey9.1 
 9. Durant, Lausanne8.7 
 10. Allen, Fribou.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pascal PERRIER-DAVID
  Fribourg
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Perrier-D., Fribo.7.6 
 2. Coffin, Starwings7.5 
 3. Pleux-D., Lausanne6.3 
 4. Gray, Lugano Tigers5.1 
 5. Jefferson, Geneva4.9 
 6. Brown, Lausanne4.8 
 7. Gibson, Vacallo4.5 
 8. Bah, Nyon4.5 
 9. Maio, Monthey4.5 
 10. Angley, SAM Mas.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jean-Richard VOLCY
  Monthey
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Volcy, Monthey3.5 
 2. Angley, SAM Massa.3.4 
 3. Gray, Lugano Tigers3.0 
 4. Wright, Starwings2.9 
 5. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.4 
 6. Sloan, Fribourg2.4 
 7. Muirhead, Herens2.3 
 8. Gibson, Vacallo2.3 
 9. McFarlin, Nyon2.3 
 10. Forbes, Ny.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Lausanne
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Salaam, Lausanne3.4 
 2. Allen, Fribourg3.3 
 3. Niang, Lausanne1.6 
 4. Wells, Lugano Tigers1.3 
 5. Volcy, Monthey1.3 
 6. Valmera, Boncourt1.1 
 7. Sloan, Fribourg1.0 
 8. Messy, Boncourt0.9 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 10. Martins, Here.0.8 


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Aubrey REESE
  Aliaga
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Reese, Aliaga22.2 
 2. Crispin, Banvit20.6 
 3. Williams, Banvit19.6 
 4. Lofton, Mersin19.4 
 5. Gordon, Oyak R.19.2 
 6. Davis, Aliaga18.9 
 7. McCalebb, Mersin17.8 
 8. Baxter, Besiktas17.7 
 9. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.17.5 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  Karsiyaka
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.3 
 3. Besok, Galatasaray9.1 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld8.8 
 5. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 6. Benton, Karsiyaka8.0 
 7. Ffriend, Mersin7.7 
 8. Williams, Banvit7.6 
 9. Davis, Aliaga7.6 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pils.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Karsiyaka
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka7.4 
 2. Acik, T.Telekom5.6 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 4. Crispin, Banvit5.1 
 5. Senturk, Darussaf.5.1 
 6. King, Antalya5.1 
 7. Reese, Aliaga5.0 
 8. McCalebb, Mersin4.6 
 9. Gordon, Oyak R.4.6 
 10. Atkins, Galatasar.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Mersin
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Basden, Mersin2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.7 
 3. Atkins, Galatasaray2.2 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 5. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 6. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka1.9 
 7. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 8. Hammonds, Darussaf.1.8 
 9. Graves, Galatasaray1.8 
 10. Senturk, Daruss.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Erek HANSEN
  TED Koleji
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.8 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.3 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.1 
 4. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 5. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 6. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.8 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.5 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.3 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.0 


Unics roll past Turk Telekom in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Unics 66:86

Unics clinched the third win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage but it still did not allow them to enter the Final Eight. The Russian team defeated Turk Telekom in Ankara but could not overcome Zadar in the standings. Turk Telekom in the meantime slipped at 1-5 record in Group J.
Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) hit 11 points in the opening term to give Unics an 18:16 lead after the starting term. Dmitry Sokolov kept on scoring in the second frame as his free throws allowed Unics to stay in charge early on. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) stepped up with back-to-back treys for Turk Telekom as they surged ahead 26:25. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) and Roderick Blakney capped the first half with jumpers to ensure a 37:34 lead for Turk Telekom.
Roderick Blakney continued to do the damage in the third period as he extended the hosts lead to 5 points. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) and Igor Zamanskiy (202-F-77) stopped the bleeding for Unics with a couple of timely buckets as the teams were leveled at 54 after three quarters of action. The fans were ready for the intriguing battle in the fourth quarter but they were mistaken. Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77), Tariq Kirksay, Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) and Igor Zamanskiy all banked a three-pointer to silence the crowd at the Ataturk Spor Salonu. Unics took over and were cruising from now.
Dmitry Sokolov finished with 21 points to lead Unics. Marc Jackson added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Tariq Kirksay had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Roderick Blakney responded with game-high 24 points and 5 assists. Kristoffer Lang contributed 13 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Turk Telekom: Roderick Blakney 24, Kristoffer Lang 13
Unics: Dmitry Sokolov 21, Marc Jackson 18, Tariq Kirksay 12+10 rebounds


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  UKRAINE   


BC Kyiv to face Cholet in the Quarterfinal of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Virtus BolognaFiere clinched first place in EuroChallenge Top 16 Group J after a road trip to Ukraine. BC Kyiv did not win any periods against the Italian team and was defeated 57:69. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) and Koponen Petteri posted 15 each. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) finished the night with 20 points for the home side. As a result both teams finished with 4-2 record and advanced to the Quarterfinal of EuroChallenge.
On March 17th the Ukrainian side will face Cholet that improved to 5-1 in Top 16 Group I having a 72:70 win at EiffelTowers Den Bosch to knock the Dutch outfit out of the EuroChallenge. The hosts however started with 25-15 lead, but then lost the second and the third quarters respectively. Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88, agency: Court Side) and Marquis Claude top-scored for the winners with 18 points each. Richardson Anthony ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
The only loss the French side had was in Round 5 of Top 16. Liege eked out a road victory over Cholet Basket on March 3rd. Larry Owens came up with 16 points for points-needy Liege. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) and Christopher Hill added 15 points apiece for the winners. Rodrigue Beaubois responded with 18 points for Cholet.


Azovmash down Crvena Zvezda with little avail - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Azovmash 72:95

Azovmash did all they could in fight for the EuroCup Final Eight appearance but never made it that far. The Ukrainian champions overcame Crvena Zvezda on the road in the last round in Group K but watch Hemofarm taking the vital win against Pamesa that left Azovmash with no Final Eight spot. Azovmash finished the Last 16 competition at 3-3 record, while Crvena Zvezda slipped at 1-5 record in the fourth place in the pool.
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) and Skutyelnik fired from downtown to pace Azovmash in the early minutes. The visitors soon cleared off to a 10-point distance 17:7 before the hosts answered with baskets from Keselj and Kovac. Crvena Zvezda managed to cut the distance to only 4 points with one quarter played in the game. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) and Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored early in the second period just to witness R.T. Guinn taking floor again for a 27:19 Azovmash lead. The hosts finally had the momentum as they unleashed an 11:1 rally to grab a 30:28 lead late in the half. Dijon Thomspon and Rolandas Jarutis responded for the visitors as Azovmash enjoyed a 40:35 advantage at halftime.
R.T. Guinn went of the dressing room firing as he pushed the margin to double figures. Crvena Zvezda narrowed the margin to 5 points but once again Azovmash reacted quickly and gained an 11-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) went 2/2 from beyond the arc in the early minutes of the fourth period to doom the hosts. The home team collapsed and allowed Azovmash to cruise to the win. Simonas Serapinas nailed 22 points for the winners. R.T. Guinn added 18 points, while Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Boris Bakic (194-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Elmedin Kikanovic 19, Boris Bakic 14
Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 22, R.T. Guinn 18, Hasan Rizvic 16


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua took a 1-0 lead over Defensor - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the defending champions, took a 1-0 lead over Defensor Sporting with a 85-72 win for the Uruguayan League best-of-five final series. Bigua with a 17-4 run in the second quarter took a 16 points lead (37-21) and during all the game had a 10/17 points lead. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Bigua, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) netted 20, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) had 9 points and 6 rebounds and Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 8 and 8. For Defensor Sportiung Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 19 and grabbed 14 rebounds. Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) played just 14 minutes with 2 points because he was injured in the left knee. Thje second game will played Friday. All the games are played in a neutral court, the Cilindro Municipal.

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  VENEZUELA   


Gigantes defeated Panteras - by Yelitza La Torre
Gigantes de Guayana defeated Panteras de Miranda 102-97 in an overtime game. Panteras de Miranda was leading the game during those first three quarters, but Gigantes wake up to tie it up, to then finally beat Panteras out in the first over time played in the 2009 LPB season.
Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) was the main offensive player for Gigantes with 32 points, helped by the Venezuelan's Super Hero Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston) with 29 points.
Marvin Gentry (191-G-84) , the new foreign player for Panteras, couldn't avoid with his 24 points and 5 rebounds, the third defeat that suffer Miranda in a row.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 5-0 
 2. Trotamundos 4-1 
 3. Guaiqueries 4-1 
 4. Gaiteros 3-2 
 5. Cocodrilos 3-2 
 6. Gigantes 2-4 
 7. Guaros 1-3 
 8. La Guaira BBC 1-4 
 9. Panteras 1-4 
 10. Toros 1-4 


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  WCBL   


Standings
WCBPL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 18-0 
 2. Pasadena 5-3 
 3. High Desert 5-6 
 4. Carlsbad 4-6 
 5. Ventura 4-7 
 6. Newport Beach 1-7 
 7. O. County 0-0 
 8. Hollywood 0-8 




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Women News

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  CYPRUS - Women  


Achilleas Kaimakliou defendes the title - by Richard
Prior to the mens cup final K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol defended their own title in the womens cup final, heavily relying on their five international assets to overcome Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou. The Limassols team Bosnian guard Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) received the MVP trophy, while Sonia Papadopoulou (171-G-82) of Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou got the Fair Play award.
Source: cybasketball.com


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Kieraah MARLOW
  S-Hameen.
  (178-F-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Marlow, S-Hameen.23.5 
 2. Parker, PuHu22.3 
 3. Covington, S-Ham.20.2 
 4. Bailey, Huima20.0 
 5. France, Huima19.6 
 6. Haynes, Espoo Team18.7 
 7. Gidden, HoNsU17.7 
 8. Freeman, PeKa17.6 
 9. Pellom, FoA17.2 
 10. Hodges, Hui.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vanessa GIDDEN
  HoNsU
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Gidden, HoNsU14.1 
 2. Covington, S-Ham.13.9 
 3. Roukanoja, PuHu12.2 
 4. Haynes, Espoo Team12.1 
 5. Robinson, Huima12.0 
 6. Jones, BC Nokia10.7 
 7. Triggs, PeKa10.6 
 8. Yates, BC Nokia10.5 
 9. Freeman, PeKa10.3 
 10. France, Hui.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vilma KESANEN
  Catz
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Kesanen, Catz3.4 
 2. Pellom, FoA3.1 
 3. Piipari, Catz3.1 
 4. DeCoud, HoNsU2.6 
 5. Haynes, Espoo Team2.5 
 6. Rivers, PeKa2.5 
 7. Frasier, FoA2.5 
 8. Jamsen, Huima2.4 
 9. Parker, PuHu2.4 
 10. Covington, S-H.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Erneisha BAILEY
  Huima
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Huima4.0 
 2. DeCoud, HoNsU3.8 
 3. Haynes, Espoo Team3.4 
 4. Collier, HoNsU3.2 
 5. Pellom, FoA3.0 
 6. Reshetko, Catz3.0 
 7. Allen, Espoo Team2.8 
 8. Haynes, Catz2.8 
 9. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 10. Vapamaa, S-Hame.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa GIDDEN
  HoNsU
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gidden, HoNsU1.8 
 2. Roukanoja, PuHu1.5 
 3. Solovyeva, Catz1.3 
 4. Sten, Catz1.2 
 5. Triggs, PeKa1.1 
 6. Allen, Espoo Team1.1 
 7. Tuure, Catz1.0 
 8. Scott, Catz0.9 
 9. Reshetko, Catz0.9 
 10. Zwarich, F.0.7 


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma RANDALL
  Clermont
  (188-C-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Randall, Clermont18.4 
 2. Mosch, Montpellier17.3 
 3. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes16.7 
 4. Das Neves, Clerm.16.1 
 5. Mosby, Arras15.8 
 6. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.8 
 7. Robert, ESB V.14.9 
 8. Williams, Mondeville14.4 
 9. Wright, Tarbes13.8 
 10. Luptakova, Chall.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isabelle YACOUBOU-DEHOUI
  Tarbes
  (195-C-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes10.9 
 2. Randall, Clermont10.8 
 3. Robert, ESB V.10.4 
 4. Neaves, COB Calais9.6 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.8.6 
 6. Mosby, Arras8.0 
 7. Moore, Nantes7.9 
 8. Diouf, Landes7.6 
 9. Berezhynska, Reims7.5 
 10. Ndiaye, Tarb.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leilani MITCHELL
  Arras
  (165-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Mitchell, Arras4.7 
 2. Lepron, ESB V.4.7 
 3. Wright, Tarbes4.7 
 4. Bouderra, Nantes4.6 
 5. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 6. Sharp, Aix-en-Prov.4.4 
 7. Wambe, Union H.4.2 
 8. Das Neves, Clerm.4.2 
 9. Melain, Bourges4.0 
 10. Englert, Rei.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sarah MICHEL
  Arras
  (178-F/G-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Michel, Arras6.2 
 2. Luptakova, Challes3.1 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges2.9 
 4. Robert, ESB V.2.6 
 5. Stansbury, Union H.2.1 
 6. Mosch, Montpellier2.1 
 7. Williams, Mondeville2.0 
 8. Badiane, Challes1.9 
 9. Anderson, ESB V.1.9 
 10. Skrela, Montpelli.1.9 
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 2. Evtoukhovitc., ESB V.0.9 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges0.9 
 4. Van Gorp, Nantes0.9 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes0.8 
 6. Melain, Bourges0.6 
 7. Ndiaye, Tarbes0.6 
 8. Coulibaly, Landes0.6 
 9. Moeggenberg, Tar.0.6 
 10. Robert, ESB.0.5 


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Heather Ernest - end of career after total knee damage? - by Cornelius Damm
Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) who played five seasons in Germany as one of the top players on the Power Forward suffered a hard knee injury during last weeks Tuesday practice (03/03/09) with her team. According to a press release of her club evo New Basket Oberhausen Ernest was driving to hoop as she collapsed all the sudden without any contact by another player. She immediately felt a strong pain in her right knee. Two days later the MRT brought up what the doctors called a total damage. Not only did she tear her ACL, she also damaged her meniscus and fractured the top of her shinbone. This heavy injury that seems to need more than one surgery probably will end a great career in Germany. After college Basketball at Maine Ernest played three seasons with Trinos Goettingen before transferring to Oberhausen in the summer of 2007. In all years Ernest worked the paints in 1.DBBL with her step through moves. With her help Oberhausen finished 2008 as the third best team after regular season and also in the post season as they beat Eisvogel USC Freiburg in the battle for third place. Next weekend (March 21st/22nd) the German Cup Finale Four will take place in Oberhausen and the hosting 'New Baskets' seemed to be the number one contestant for this first title of the season before the Play Offs go under way one week later. Now things are looking slightly different as Oberhausen Co-Coach John Bruhnke admitted that 'the loss of Ernest' who is also the team captain 'cannot be compensated'. 'She has always been a role model and a real leader for our young squad.'


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Anna Vajda scored 16 points for the winners at the Euroleague All-Star - by Balazs Radics
Team Europe - Team of the Imports 99-78

Team Europe: Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) (MiZo Pcs 2010), Ann Wauters (belgian, CSZKA Moszkva), Celine Dumerc (french, Bourges), Shay Doron (izraeli, Besiktas), Jelena Milovanovic (serbian, MKB-Euroleasing Sopron), Nevriye Yilmaz (turkish, Fenerbahce), Anasztaszja Veremejenko (russian, Orenburg), Evanthia Malci (greek, Praha), Becky Hammon (russian, CSZKA Moszkva), Geraldine Robert (francia, Lille), Cathy Melain (francia, Bourges)
Head Coach: Pierre Vincent (Bourges)


Team of the Imports: Alessandra Santos (brazil, Bourges), Candice Dupree (USA, Krakw), Sylvia Fowles (USA, Szpartak Moszkva), Dominique Canty (USA, Krakw), Mudju Ngoyisa (congo, Valenciennes), Laura Harper (USA, Besiktas), Crystal Langhorne (USA, Vilnius), Tamika Whitmore (USA, Brno), Lindsay Whalen (USA, Praha), Alana Beard (USA, Gdynia), Sheana Mosch (USA, Montpellier)
Head Coach: Laszlo RATGEBER


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Play-offs Final Four - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Final Four in play-offs started last night when Haukar ( 1) met Hamar ( 4 ) Exciting and close game from beginning. Score at halftime 27-30 for Hamar. Haukar leading by 3 after third period.
Final score Haukar 66 Hamar 61. M. Knight 19 pts. Slavica Dimovska 13. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 12. Ragna Brynjarsdottir 14 rebs for Haukar. La Kiste Barkus 28 Julia Demirer 11 + 15 rebs for Hamar.

Keflavik ( 2 ) at home faced KR ( 3 ) Keflavik lost in Subway Cup to KR month ago but had the chance to pay that loss back tonight. Keflavik leading by 2 ( 43-41) at halftime but KR leading by 2 after third period. Keflavik had 8 point lead at time in second half but KR came up with a win when Helga Einarsdottir made a jumper 4 second before the end of game and KR won 78-77. Good start for KR to win away.
Leading scorers for Keflavik. Brynds Gudmundsdottir 17. TaKesha Watson 16. Ingibjorg Vilbergsdottir. Birna Valgarsdottir & Svava Stefansdottir all with 12 pts.
For KR. Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-G-81) 29. Margret Kara Sturludottir 20. Gudrun G. Thorsteinsdottir 12 + 11 rebs. Sigrun Amundadottir 11 + 14 rebs


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SDSU Defeats Oakland to Win Summit League Championship Game - by Kevin
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South Dakota State rallied from a ten-point halftime deficit to defeat Oakland University, 79-69, in the championship game of The 2009 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Sioux Falls Arena. The victory gives SDSU the league's automatic qualifier berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. Pairings will be announced next Monday, March 16. SDSU, the league's regular-season champion, won its 17th consecutive game and improved to 31-2 on the season.
It was a game of opposites as Oakland dominated the first half and led by ten at halftime, 39-29. SDSU wasted little time catching up in the second half, taking its first lead at 46-45 on a three-pointer by Stacie Oistad (6'0''-F) with 13:46 to play, and the Jacks put 50 points on the scoreboard in the second half. The Jacks fell behind early as they made just one of their first seven field goal attempts, and had eight turnovers by the time Oakland had opened a 17-7 lead. Jessica Pike (5'8''-G-87) scored 20 first-half points, while reserve Hanna Reising added 12 as the Golden Grizzlies were on top 39-29 at intermission.
However, Pike scored just two points in the second half. Oakland shot just 36 percent from the field and the Golden Grizzlies lost for the first time in 20 games after leading at halftime. 'Oakland had a great year. Most of the time, if you go 16-2, you win a conference championship,' SDSU coach Aaron Johnston said. 'Playing in a tournament is far more grueling with the games taking place in a short period of time. We were a little tight early, but played with far more urgency and intensity in the second half.'
Tournament and regular season league MVP Jennifer Warkenthien (6'0''-F) led the Jacks with a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double. 'We just played a lot harder in the second half,' Warkenthien said. 'We didn't want to go back to the locker room after the game feeling like we did at halftime.' Kristin Rotert (6'0''-G/F) scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half. 'We've come back from large deficits before so we knew we could do it,' she said. Stacie Oistad, who scored 13 points, said about the comeback, 'we knew it wasn't something we could overcome with one play so we had to chip away.'
Guard Macie Michelson (5'6''-G), who finished with 10 points, started the second half rally with a three-point basket. When Oistad hit SDSU's sixth trey of the period, the Jacks were up 58-53. The Jacks made their free throws: 12-of-14 in the closing six minutes. Warkentheirn had six of those and finished the game 6-for-6. Pike led Oakland with 22 points, Reising hit all four of her three-point shots and finished with 18 points and Melissa Jeltema (5'9''-G-88) scored 12. SDSU shot 44.7 percent for the game (21-47) while Oakland finished 41.9 percent (26-62). The Jacks also had a 39-30 rebounding advantage. Oakland finished its season with a 26-5 record.

Courtesy of The Summit League

Summit League Regular Season Standings
1. S.Dakota St. 17-1 31-2
2. Oakland 16-2 26-6
3. N.Dakota St. 12-6 16-13
4. IUPUI 10-8 16-15
5. IPFW 8-10 9-21
6. UMKC 7-11 12-18
6. W.Illinois 7-11 9-21
8. ORU 6-12 13-17
9. S.Utah 5-13 9-20
10. Centenary 2-16 4-25

Tournament Final: South Dakota State - Oakland 79-69
Tournament Semifinals:
Oakland - North Dakota State 67-48
South Dakota State - IUPUI 68-53

Summit League All-Tournament MVP: Jennifer Warkenthien of South Dakota State

Summit League All-Tournament Team
Birkel Katie (5'8''-G-89) of North Dakota State
Jernisha Cann (5'10''-F-86) of IUPUI
Jessica Pike of Oakland
Jennifer Warkenthien of South Dakota State
Jill Young (5'8''-G) of South Dakota State

All-Summit League 1st Team
Jernisha Cann of IUPUI
Chazny Morris (5'10''-G) of UMKC
Jessica Pike of Oakland
Janae Voelker (5'10''-G/F-87) of Oral Roberts
Jennifer Warkenthien of South Dakota State
Julia Whitted (6'5''-C-87) of IUPUI

All-Summit League 2nd Team
Ketty Cornemann (5'11''-F) of South Dakota State
Inger Hodgson (5'9''-G-87) of North Dakota State
Chelsey Jackson (5'7''-G) of IPFW
Melissa Jeltema of Oakland
Anne Westwood (6'1''-F/C-87) of Southern Utah

All-Summit League Honorable Mention
Maria Boever (6'1''-F) of South Dakota State
Mariana Camargo (5'11''-G-85) of Oral Roberts
Brittany Carnago (6'3''-C-89) of Oakland
Kristin Rotert of South Dakota State
Amanda Walker (5'9''-G-87) of Western Illinois

Summit League All-Newcomer Team
Birkel Katie of North Dakota State
Sharise Calhoun (5'5''-G-90) of Oakland
Eva Ivanova (6'3''-F/C) of PFW
Georgia Jones (5'9''-G-90) of Oral Roberts
Jill Young of South Dakota State

Summit League Player of the Year: Jennifer Warkenthien of South Dakota State
Summit League Defensive Player of the Year: Jernisha Cann of IUPUI
Summit League Newcomer of the Year: Georgia Jones of Oral Roberts
Summit League Women of the Year: Jill Young of South Dakota State
Summit League Coach of the Year: Aaron Johnston of South Dakota State








Blue Raiders win Sun Belt Championship - by Kevin
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Middle Tennessee used a 12-2 run early in the second half to break open a close game to capture the Sun Belt Tournament Championship by a 74-54 score against UALR and seal the program's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Raiders' title is their fifth in the last six seasons and third in four years under head coach Rick Insell . Insell became the fastest head coach in school history to reach 100 victories, doing so in 132 games. The previous best was by Larry Joe Inman, who accomplished the feat in 147 contests. A balanced scoring attack paced the Lady Raiders, led by 24 points from Third Team All-Sun Belt choice Brandi Brown (6'3''-F/G-87). Brown knocked down five 3-pointers, four of which came in the first half. Sun Belt Player of the Year Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87) University added 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double. The double-double is her 16th of the season, 13th against a league opponent and 54th of her career. She also handed out a career-best tying six assists despite not reaching the 30-point plateau for the first time in 11 games. Clark set tournament records for most free throws (25) and total points (92).
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Chelsia Lymon (5'5''-G-88) gave Middle Tennessee (28-5) three starters in double figures with 16 points, knocking down 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc. Lymon dished seven assists, giving her 16 in the last two games. Anne Marie Lanning (5'11''-G-88) and Jackie Pickel (5'10''-G-88) added six and five points, respectively, from their starting positions. Pickel set a tournament record for minutes played with 120. Emily Queen (6'1''-F-88) was the only other Lady Raider to see action, grabbing two rebounds and adding an assist in 10 minutes. Chastity Reed (6'1''-F-89) paced the Lady Trojans with 18 points, while dishing five assists. She also was the team's leading rebounder with four boards. MT owned a 32-19 advantage on the glass against UALR (26-6), including 23-to-11 on the defensive end. Asriel Rolfe chipped in 13 points for the Lady Trojans.
The game started with neither team claiming more than a two-point cushion until Clark buried a pair of free throws at 11:02 to put the Blue Raiders ahead by three, 14-11. Her charity tosses were part of a larger 14-2 spurt, capped by a Pickel jumper at 7:55, giving MT a 24-13 edge. Brown knocked down consecutive treys during the stretch. UALR then responded with a 16-7 run over the next seven minutes to slice the deficit to two, 31-29, before Lanning ended the half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to help swing the momentum back in Middle Tennessee's favor. Lymon then opened the second half with another triple, only 15 seconds in, helping to push the lead back to eight. Again, the Lady Trojans would not die, using a pair of treys from Rolfe to cut the margin to two, 41-39 before MT went on its game-deciding run.
The closest the No. 2-seeded Lady Trojans would get the remainder of the game would be eight, 55-47, with 9:12 left on a Reed jumper. Brown then capped another streak by the top-seeded Lady Raiders with her final 3-pointer, increasing their lead to 20, 67-47, at the 4:54 mark.
Clark's layup with 41 seconds to play provided MT with its largest lead at 21, 72-51. Clark was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Lymon and Brown were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Middle Tennessee must now wait until the NCAA Selection Show at 6 p.m. Monday. The Selection Show is broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m. followed by an hour-long extended coverage special beginning at 7 on ESPNU. Details regarding a Lady Raider viewing party will be announced later in the week.
Courtesy of goblueraiders

Sun Belt Regular Season Standings
East Division

1. Middle Tenn.St. 17-1 28-5
2. S.Alabama 10-8 21-11
2. W.Kentucky 10-8 16-13
2. Troy 10-8 16-14
5. Florida Atlantic 9-9 12-17
6. Florida Intern. 4-14 6-24
West Division
1. UALR 16-2 26-6
2. Denver 10-8 16-15
3. Arkansas St. 10-9 16-14
4. New Orleans 8-10 14-17
5. La-Monroe 7-11 15-16
6. N.Texas 6-12 11-20
7. La-Lafayette 0-18 3-27

Tournament Final: Middle Tennessee - UALR 74-54
Tournament Semifinals:
Middle Tennessee - South Alabama 77-71
UALR - Denver 70-60 (2OT)

Sun Belt All-Tournament MVP: Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee

Sun Belt All-Tournament Team
Shakira Nettles (5'11''-G) of South Alabama
Chastity Reed of UALR
Anshel Cooper (5'10''-G-88) of UALR
Chelsia Lymon of Middle Tennessee
Brandi Brown of Middle Tennessee

All-Sun Belt 1st Team
Chastity Reed of UALR
Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee
Amber Jackson (6'2''-F-86) of North Texas
Kylie Morrissy (5'10''-G-87) of Troy
Arnika Brown (6'2''-F-87) of WKU

All-Sun Belt 2nd Team
Anshel Cooper of UALR
Monika Bosilj (5'10''-G-85) of FIU
Jada Frazier (5'10''-G-87) of New Orleans
Shakira Nettles of South Alabama
Jessica Starling (6'1''-G) of South Alabama

All-Sun Belt 3rd Team
Lottie Moore (5'8''-G-87) of ULM
Alexis Green (5'8''-F-87) of Louisiana-Lafayette
Brandi Brown of Middle Tennessee
Chelsia Lymon of Middle Tennessee
Kenzie Rich (5'7''-G-88) of WKU

Sun Belt Player of the Year: Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsia Lymon of Middle Tennessee
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year: Kaetlyn Murdoch (5'11''-F) of Denver
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year: Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee
Sun Belt Coach of the Year: Rick Insell of Middle Tennessee



Lehigh Defeats Lafayette For Patriot League Championship - by Eurobasket
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Lehigh Defeats Lafayette For Patriot League Championship
For the second time in program history, the Lehigh women's basketball team is going dancing. The top-seeded Mountain Hawks (26-6) claimed their second Patriot League women's basketball championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 64-56 win over rival Lafayette (10-22) in front of 2,339 fans at Stabler Arena on Wednesday. Lehigh finished the season with a perfect 17-0 record at home this season. The Mountain Hawks will find out their seeding and opponent during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday evening.
'I am just so excited for my seniors,' said Lehigh head coach Sue Troyan . 'I wanted so badly for them to be able to experience this feeling because they have meant so much to this program.'
Alex Ross (5'10''-G) scored 20 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, helping Lehigh become the first top-seeded team to win the title since Army in 2006. Ross made six three-pointers, including three straight to help the Mountain Hawks build an early 29-16 advantage. Lehigh maintained it double-digit lead at halftime, going into the locker room with a 37-27 edge.
The Mountain Hawks extended their lead to 12 points early in the second half, but Lafayette pulled within one possession on three separate occasions. The Leopards held Lehigh scoreless for a six-minute stretch and pulled within one point with 3:22 left to play. Lafayette had a chance to take their first lead in over 30 minutes, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh, which was 0-for-8 from the free throw line in the first half, made five free throws in the final 39 seconds to secure the victory.
'Once we pulled within one, I thought we were ok and we were going to come out of this with a win,' said Lafayette head coach Tammy Smith . 'We just had a couple of turnovers and couldn't make a big defensive stop. It was a great battle.'
'I told Tammy that she coached a heck of a game,' Troyan said. 'Her team played their hearts out. She did a great job, and they competed so hard.'
Lafayette was attempting to become the first No. 7 seed to win the Patriot League Tournament. The Leopards lost their final 10 regular season games before beating No. 2 American and No. 6 Navy to reach the championship tilt.
'I love every one of these girls,' said Lafayette senior guard Jessica Spicer. 'They really are like family. It just hurts that I won't be able to play with them again next year.'
'I think you always want to leave a program better than you found it,' said Lafayette senior forward Emily Garner (5'11''-F). 'After the way we ended the season, the five of us seniors looked at each other and said this isn't the way we want to end it. We played with our heads and our hearts together in this tournament.'
Ross was the only Mountain Hawk to score in double-figures. She was named Patriot League Tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points per game in three contests. Senior guard Tricia Smith (5'9''-G) notched 10 rebounds to help Lehigh out-rebound Lafayette by a 42-33 margin. Lafayette was paced by Garner, who closed her career with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Patriot League's postseason participants are now set. Lehigh will play in the NCAA Tournament. American, which finished second in the Patriot League standings, will compete in the WNIT for the second consecutive season.

Courtesy of Patriot League

Patriot League Regular Season Standings
1 Lehigh 12-2 26-6
2 American 9-5 19-11
3 Bucknell 8-6 16-12
3 Holy Cross 8-6 13-17
3 Army 8-6 19-12
3 Navy 8-6 16-15
7 La-Lafayette 2-12 10-22
8 Colgate 1-13 15-25

Tournament Final: Lehigh - Lafayette 64-56
Tournament Semifinals:
Lehigh - Army 61-42
Navy - Lafayette 55-62

Patriot League All-Tournament MVP: Alex Ross of Lehigh

Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Nalini Hawkins (5'3''-G-89) of Army
Lakeisha Wright (5'11''-G/F) of Lafayette
Emily Garner of Lafayette
Erica Prosser (5'7''-G) of Lehigh
Melissa Rich (6'2''-C) of Lehigh
Alex Ross of Lehigh

All-Patriot League 1st Team
Michelle Kirk (6'0''-G/F-89) of American
Alex McGuire (5'8''-G-87) of Army
Amanda Brown (5'6''-G-87) of Buckenll
Briana McFadden (5'10''-G) of Holy Cross
Erica Prosser of Lehigh

All-Patriot League 2nd Team
Erin Anthony (6'2''-F-88) of Army
Lauren Schober (6'0''-F-87) of Bucknell
Bethany O'Dell (5'8''-G) of Holy Cross
Alex Ross of Lehigh
Angela Myers (5'5''-G-88) of Navy

Patriot League All-Rookie Team
Ebony Edwards (5'7''-G) of American
Lisa Strack (5'10''-G-90) of American
Trisha Krewson (6'0''-G-89) of Bucknell
Patricia Oakes (6'4''-C-89) of Colgate
Alexa Williams (6'3''-C/F) of Lehigh

Patriot League Player of the Year: Erica Prosser of Lehigh
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year: Angela Myers of Navy
Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Trisha Krewson of Bucknell
Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Erin Anthony of Army
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Sue Troyan of Lehigh



UConn Wins Big East Championship 75-36 - by Eurobasket
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Maybe Connecticut will find some competition in the NCAA tournament, because the Big East tournament was a breeze for the top-ranked Huskies.
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) scored 28 points and UConn cruised to its 15th Big East tournament championship with a 75-36 victory over No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday night.
When the sensational sophomore walked off the floor with eight minutes left, she had single-handedly outscored Louisville 28-27. Moore was selected the tournament's most outstanding performer, and the Huskies won their three tournament games by an average of 35 points.
The Huskies (33-0) have won four of the last five conference tournament titles and enter the NCAAs unbeaten for the fourth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1996-97 they lost to Tennessee in the regional final.
Connecticut's road to a sixth national championship will begin on March 22 at home in Storrs as the Huskies host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
All-Big East forward Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) was held to nine points to lead Louisville (29-4). She averaged 33 in the first two tournament games and 24 for the season.
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) added 21 points and 15 rebounds for UConn for her ninth double-double of the season.
UConn's tournament dominance was just a carry over from the regular season. The Huskies have won by an average of 31 points and been especially good against ranked teams.
They demolished No. 3 Oklahoma by 28 at home in late November, routed No. 11 North Carolina on the road by 30 and took care of Louisville by 28 the first time they met in late January. Throw in victories over Pittsburgh and Notre Dame and the Huskies have beaten Top 25 teams by nearly 30 points a game.
No team has come within single digits of the Huskies all season and their biggest deficit has only been six points.
UConn didn't give Louisville a chance, scoring 18 of the first 22 points as the Cardinals missed 11 of their first 12 shots. Charles' three-point play on a putback made it 16-4.
McCoughtry, who hit the only basket during the drought, then missed a shot on the other end. Louisville coach Jeff Walz , whose team had already committed six fouls in the first seven minutes, thought his star player had been bumped on the shot and he promptly let the official know it.
Walz was assessed a technical and Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) hit the two free throws to extend the advantage to 18-4.
Becky Burke (5'11''-G) hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 11, but then UConn went on a 15-2 run to make it 33-9 with just under eight minutes left.
By the time the half ended, Connecticut was ahead 50-24 and Moore had 19 points. She was 7-for-9 from the field, including hitting four 3-pointers. The 50 points matched a Big East record for points in a half of a championship game.
Charles added 13 points and nine rebounds by the break as UConn shot 59 percent (17-for-29) from the field.
It didn't get any better for Louisville in the second half as they were held scoreless for the first eight minutes. Deseree Byrd (5'9''-G-88) finally ended the drought with a free throw with 11:57 left that made it 65-25. Monique Reed's layup with 9:46 left was the Cardinals' first basket of the second half. They missed their first 14 shots.
Louisville ended up shooting just 22 percent (12-for-57) from the field and set a record for futility for points in a title game.
The Huskies fell just short of surpassing their own championship record for margin of victory set in 2002 of 42 points.
This was only the third meeting between the top two seeds in the Big East tournament in the last 11 years. The No. 2 seeds had won both the previous meetings.

Courtesy of Big East

Big East Regular Season Standings
1 Connecticut 16-0 31-0
2 Louisville 14-2 28-3
3 Pittsburgh 12-4 23-6
4 Villanova 10-6 19-12
4 Notre Dame 10-6 22-8
4 De Paul 10-6 23-9
7 Rutgers 9-7 19-12
8 S.Florida 8-8 22-10
9 Georgetown 7-9 17-13
9 Marquette 7-9 16-15
11 W.Virginia 5-11 17-14
11 Syracuse 5-11 16-14
13 St.John's 4-12 17-14
13 Providence 4-12 10-20
13 Seton Hall 4-12 17-14
16 Cincinnati 3-13 14-17

Tournament Winner: Connecticut - Louisville 75-36
Tournament Semifinals:
Connecticut - Villanova 72-42
Louisville - Pittsburgh 69-63

Big East Conf. All-Tournament MVP: Maya Moore of UConn

Big East Conf. All-Tournament Team
Maya Moore of UConn
Tina Charles of UConn
Kalana Greene (5'10''-G-87) of UConn
Angel McCoughtry of Louisville

All-Big East Conf. 1st Team
Candyce Bingham (6'1''-F-86) of Louisville
Tina Charles of Connecticut
Shantia Grace (5'6''-G-86) of USF
Chandrea Jones (5'9''-G-87) of Syracuse
Laura Kurz (6'1''-F-86) of Villanova
Angel McCoughtry of Louisville
Renee Montgomery of Connecticut
Maya Moore of Connecticut
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G) of Rutgers
Lindsay Schrader (6'0''-G-87) of Notre Dame
Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86) of Pittsburgh

All-Big East Conf. 2nd Team
Ashley Barlow (5'9''-G-88) of Notre Dame
Takisha Granberry (5'11''-G-86) of West Virginia
Monique McLean (5'11''-G-87) of St. John's
Deirdre Naughton (5'10''-G-87) of DePaul
Liz Repella (5'11''-G) of West Virginia
Angel Robinson (5'8''-G-89) of Marquette
Kahla Roudebush (5'8''-G-86) of Cincinnati
Xenia Stewart (6'0''-G-87) of Pittsburgh
Natasha Williams (6'3''-F-86) of DePaul
Noteisha Womack (6'3''-F) of Seton Hall

All-Big East Conf. Honorable Mention
Krystal Ellis (5'9''-G) of Marquette
Karee Houlette (5'9''-G) of Georgetown
Nicole Michael (6'2''-F-87) of Syracuse
Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87) of Rutgers

Big East Conf. All-Freshman Team
Kandice Green (6'1''-F) of Seton Hall
Keisha Hampton (6'2''-F) of DePaul
Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G) of Connecticut
Natalie Novosel (5'11''-G) of Notre Dame
Jessica Pachko (6'2''-F) of Marquette
Monique Reid (6'1''-F-90) of Louisville
Shanasa Sanders (5'7''-G) of Cincinnati
Erica Solomon (6'2''-F-89) of Notre Dame
Da'Shena Stevens (6'1''-F-90) of St. John's
Shawnice Wilson (6'6''-C-90) of Pittsburgh

Big East Conf. Player of the Year: Maya Moore of Connecticut
Big East Conf. Defensive Player of the Year: Angel McCoughtry of Louisville
Big East Conf. Freshman of the Year: Da'Shena Stevens of St. John's
Big East Conf. Sixth Player of the Year: China Threatt (5'9''-G) of DePaul
Big East Conf. Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Laura Kurz of Villanova and Sarah Miles (5'7''-G) of West Virginia
Big East Conf. Scholar-Athletes Of The Year: Jill Stephens (6'3''-F-86) of Cincinnati
Big East Conf. Sportsmanship Award: Renee Montgomery of Connecticut
Big East Conf. Co-Coach of the Year: Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Harry Perretta of Villanova



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  NCAA2 - Women  


MIAA Women's Report - by Sanjey Noriega
MIAA Women's Basketball Report No. 13

No. 8 Washburn, No. 13 Emporia St. ready for regional run in Texas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the first time since the regional tournaments expanded to eight teams in 2003, the MIAA will have only two teams headed to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional in women's basketball.

What the conference lacks in quantity of entrants is more than made up for in the quality -- MIAA Tournament champion and No. 8-ranked Washburn (26-4, 16-4 MIAA) earned the No. 2 seed while MIAA regular-season champion and No. 13 Emporia St. (25-5, 17-3 MIAA) received the No. 4 seed.

Between them, the Lady Blues (2003, '05, '08) and Lady Hornets (2001, '06) have made five Elite Eight appearances in the last eight seasons -- Washburn captured the 2005 championship.

Both teams will take on foes from the Heartland Conference in the opening round on Friday (March 13) at Canyon, Texas. The WU Lady Blues will take on the No. 7 seed and HC Tournament champion Incarnate Word (Texas) at 3 p.m.

The UIW Lady Cardinals (21-8) finished second in the regular season race in the Heartland, then went on to upset top-seeded St. Mary's (Texas), 61-59, in the conference tournament final Saturday (March 7).

The aforementioned St. Mary's Rattlers (24-5) will be the No. 5 seed in the regional and take on ESU at 6 p.m.

Incarnate Word and Washburn have one common opponent -- Southwest Baptist (8-20, 5-15 MIAA). The Lady Cardinals downed the Bearcats, 73-65, on their home court in San Antonio Nov. 28, while the Lady Blues swept the season series with SBU by scores of 81-62 in Topeka Jan. 7 and 99-93 in Bolivar Feb. 14.

ESU and St. Mary's have three common foes this season -- Newman (Kan.), Texas A&M International and SBU. The Lady Hornets took two of three meetings with Southwest Baptist, bouncing back from an 86-73 home loss by logging wins of 89-81 in Bolivar and 81-65 in the MIAA Tournament's opening round. Emporia St. also claimed a 72-36 home win over Newman Nov. 19 and a 115-63 win over TAMIU Nov. 28 in a tournament at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

St. Mary's defeated SBU, 71-67, at home on Nov. 29, then swept the NU Jets and split with the DustDevils duringHC play.

WASHBURN WINS FIFTH TOURNAMENT CROWN IN SEVEN YEARS: No. 11 Washburn had a 13-point second-half lead get away, but that didn't keep the Lady Blues from capturing their fifth MIAA postseason title in seven seasons as they handed No. 10 Emporia St. a 78-69 setback in the MIAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament final Sunday evening (March 8) at Municipal Auditorium.

With the win, WU head coach Ron McHenry has won more MIAA postseason championships than any coach in conference history (5) and Washburn tied Central Missouri for the most tournament games won (29).

Washburn and Northwest Missouri State (which won the tournament in 2004 and 2008) remain the only schools to win a tournament championship since the event moved to Kansas City in 2003.

The Lady Blues came out of the gate fast, scoring the game's first 10 points as they built a 16-4 lead seven minutes into the contest. The Lady Hornets bounced back from the slow start and scored 12 of the next 13 points to get the deficit to one, 17-16, at the 10:35 mark.

Junior G Cassondra Boston did most of the damage in the rally, scoring ESU's first nine before junior G Sophia Lenard's three-point bucket capped the run. Boston had 13 points in the half and 25 for the game.

Up three with 3:31 left in the first half, Washburn out-scored the Lady Hornets by a 13-5 margin to hold a 43-32 lead at the break. Eight of senior G Janice Bright (5'9''-G-84)'s 13 first-half points came in that final stretch to end the period -- she finished with 25 points as well.

Junior C Dayna Rodriguez opened the second half with a layup to make it a 13-point game before the Lady Hornets began to chip away. ESU worked the deficit down to six twice before putting together a 16-5 run to get its first lead of the game.

A jumper by Boston tied it at 59-59 with 6:59 to go, and a layup from senior F Ida Edwards (6'0''-F) put the Lady Hornets on top with 6:14 on the clock.

That advantage proved to be short-lived, as senior C Stanecia Graham hit four straight free throws to make it a 63-61 Lady Blues lead at the 4:56 mark. Edwards had a chance to knot the score again after being fouled on the following possession, but she only made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe.

Washburn then scored the next nine points -- going 7-of-9 at the foul line -- to get its lead back to double-digits with one minute left and salt away the championship.

Bright added 12 rebounds to her 25-point scoring effort, as she wrapped up tournament Most Valuable Player honors. She finished the event averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in the three games.

Graham came off the bench to score 17 with five rebounds and joined Bright on the All-Tournament Team -- she averaged 16 points and 6.3 rebounds in the tourney.

Boston distributed six assists with her 25-point night and also earned All-Tournament honors. She averaged 17.3 points and five assists on the weekend. Edwards finished with 11 points and eight boards, earning All-Tournament as well by averaging 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Sophomore C Alli Volkens scored 15 off the bench for ESU.

Pittsburg State senior F Candice Gilbert rounded out the All-Tournament Team. She averaged 15.5 points and 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the Gorillas' run to the semifinals.

BRIGHT, EDWARDS ARE WBCA ALL-AMERICA FINALISTS; PSU'S LORD NAMED REGION'S COACH OF THE YEAR: Three from the MIAA earned regional recognition from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for Division II, it was announced Tuesday (March 10).

Washburn senior G Janice Bright and Emporia St. senior F Ida Edwards were among 41 finalists -- and six from Region VI (South Central region) -- to be named as a finalist for the State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team. Pittsburg State head coach Lane Lord was selected as Russell Athletic Region VI Coach of the Year.

Bright and Edwards are eligible for selection to the All-America Team to be announced March 23 prior to the start of the NCAA Division II Women's Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas. Lord is now eligible to be named National Coach of the Year, which is presented prior to the Division I Women's Final Four in St. Louis.

Bright led her Lady Blues squad to their fifth MIAA Tournament championship in seven seasons, earning Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in WU's three wins. The native of Los Angeles, Calif., scored 25 points with a career-high 12 rebounds in the finals win over ESU.

The MIAA's leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and free throw shooter (86.2 percent), Bright also ranks second in three-point goals made per game (2.70) and third in three-point field goal accuracy (41.1 percent).

Edwards was selected as the MIAA's Most Valuable Player this season and joined Bright as the only unanimous first-team All-MIAA honorees. She averaged 14.6 points (eighth in the MIAA) with10.2 rebounds (second in the MIAA) and was the conference's field goal percentage leader (57.1 percent).

The Yazoo City, Miss., product joined Bright on the All-Tournament Team , after averaging 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in Kansas City.

Lord, in his second year at Pittsburg State, took a team which placed last in the conference the year before and guided it to a third-place finish in 2008-09. The Gorillas posted their first 20-win season since 1994-95, and just the fourth in school history.

THREE FROM MIAA ON DAKTRONICS SIDs ALL-REGION LIST: On the heels of being named All-America finalists, Washburn senior G Janice Bright and Emporia St. senior F Ida Edwards were first-team selections to the Daktronics Division II SIDs All-South Central Region Team Tuesday (March 10).

Edwards' teammate, junior G Cassondra Boston, was the only MIAA representative on the the second team.

Bright and Edwards are now eligible for the Daktronics Division II SIDs All-America Team.

Boston joined Bright and Edwards as members of the All-Tournament Team during the MIAA Championship last weekend. Boston averages 15.1 points (7th in the MIAA) and 4.27 assists (3rd in the MIAA) per game.

Tournament Notes


Emporia St.: Previous appearances in NCAA-II Tournament: 11. Last NCAA-II Tournament title game appearance: 1998 (Lost to North Dakota, 92-76). Last NCAA-II Elite Eight Appearance: 2006 (lost to American International [Mass.], 86-79, in quarterfinals). Last NCAA-II Tournament Appearance: 2008 (Lost to Washburn, 73-58, in South Central final). NCAA-II Tournament record: 19-11. Coach Brandon Schneider's record in NCAA-II Tournament: 12-8. Tournament Fact: Senior G Andrea Leiker has played in eight NCAA tournament games -- the most of any Lady Hornet -- and averaged 6.0 points in the postseason.

Washburn: Previous appearances in NCAA-II Tournament: 12. Last NCAA-II Tournament title game appearance: 2005 (defeated Seattle Pacific [Wash.], 70-53). Last NCAA-II Elite Eight Appearance: 2008 (Lost to South Dakota, 85-80 -- 2OT, in quarterfinals). Last NCAA-II Tournament Appearance: 2008 (Lost to South Dakota, 85-80 -- 2OT, in national quarterfinals). NCAA-II Tournament record: 22-11. Coach Ron McHenry's record in NCAA-II Tournament: 17-6. Tournament Fact: Senior G Jessica Mainz has played in WU's last 10 NCAA tournament games, scoring 44 points with 50 rebounds, 16 assists and 11 steals.




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MIAA Women's Basketball Tournament MVP

Janice Bright, G
Washburn University

Bright, a 5-foot-9 senior from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in helping the Lady Blues capture their fifth MIAA Tournament championship last weekend.

She scored 25 points and hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds in WU's 78-69 win over top-seeded Emporia St. in the championship game Sunday (March 8). Bright scored 13 of her points in the first half, including eight in a stretch which put the Lady Blues up by 11 at the break, 43-32.

In a 73-46 first round win over Fort Hays State Friday (March 6), she scored 20 points and added five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. All five of Bright's field goals were from three-point range.

She added 11 points and three boards in the 83-64 semifinal win over Pittsburg State.

Bright is a graduate of Lynnwood High School, and transferred to WU from Cincinnati (Ohio) State Technical College.

Others on All-Tournament Team: Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; Ida Edwards, F, ESU; Candice Gilbert, F, PSU; Stanecia Graham, F, WU.

Athlete of the Week winners: 11/24 -- Ida Edwards, F, ESU; 12/1 -- Janice Bright, G, WU; 12/8 -- Andrea Leiker, G, ESU; 12/15 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; 12/29 -- Janice Bright, G, WU; 1/5 -- Courtney Creed, G, SBU; 1/12 -- Ida Edwards, F, ESU; 1/19 -- Rebecca Roberts, F, UCM; 1/26 -- DePrice Taylor, G, PSU; 2/2 -- Janice Bright, G, WU; 2/9 -- Nicole McCombs, F, PSU; 2/16 -- Ida Edwards, F, ESU; 2/23 -- Erica Biel, F, FHSU; 3/2 -- Stanecia Graham, F, WU.


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  NORWAY - Women  


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Asker/BV 11-0 
 2. Gimle 8-3 
 3. Hop 7-4 
 4. Ullern 6-4 
 5. Nordstrand 4-8 
 6. Ammerud 2-9 
 7. Ulriken 1-11 
 8. Elite Nord 0-0 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Championship round
 1. Merkur Celje 15-1 
 2. AJM Maribor 14-2