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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Partizan 22-2 
 2. Cibona 18-6 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 18-6 
 4. Hemofarm 17-7 
 5. Zadar 16-8 
 6. Buducnost 13-11 
 7. Bosna S. 11-14 
 8. FMP 10-14 
 9. Olimpija 9-15 
 10. KK Split 9-15 
 11. Krka 8-17 
 12. KK Zagreb 7-17 
 13. Helios 7-17 
 14. Vojvodina 4-20 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dragan LABOVIC
  FMP
  (207-C/F-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Labovic, FMP17.9 
 2. Jacobson, Helios16.2 
 3. Shields, Krka15.5 
 4. Shannon, KK Split15.4 
 5. Ikonic, Bosna S.15.3 
 6. Tomic, KK Zagreb15.1 
 7. Gecevski, Zadar14.8 
 8. Ivanovic, Bosna S.14.1 
 9. Micov, Buducnost13.8 
 10. Stemberger, KK.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  KK Zagreb
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.8 
 2. Gecevski, Zadar8.0 
 3. Borovnjak, Vojvo.6.9 
 4. Velickovic, Partizan6.9 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 6. Samardziski, FMP6.9 
 7. Lasme, Partizan6.5 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.4 
 9. Labovic, FMP6.3 
 10. Fisher, Vojvodi.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Tau
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 2. Stipcevic, Zadar4.5 
 3. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.1 
 4. Shannon, KK Split4.1 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 6. Covic, FMP3.5 
 7. Calloway, Cibona3.4 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.3 
 9. Dixon, Zadar3.3 
 10. Marinovic, Crvena.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie SHANNON
  KK Split
  (180-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Shannon, KK Split2.3 
 2. Micov, Buducnost2.3 
 3. Dasic, Buducnost2.2 
 4. Calloway, Cibona2.0 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm1.9 
 6. Otasevic, Buducnost1.8 
 7. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.6 
 8. Stemberger, KK Sp.1.6 
 9. Stipcevic, Zadar1.5 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  U.Olimpija
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.3 
 2. Lasme, Partizan1.8 
 3. Vranes, Partizan1.7 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.3 
 5. Misanovic, Buduc.1.2 
 6. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.0 
 7. Gecevski, Zadar1.0 
 8. Zimic, Bosna S.1.0 
 9. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.0 
 10. Bajic, Vojvodi.1.0 


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  ANGOLA   


FIBA U19 Championship: Egypt, Angola handed tough opponents - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa representatives at this year FIBA U19 World Championship Egypt and Angola have been drawn in a tough group of the 9th World Youth Championship billed for New Zealand later this year.

The draw which was conducted by officials of World Basketball Governing body, FIBA, in conjunction with the New Zealand Basketball Federation in Auckland last week pitched Africa champion, Egypt in group-B alongside France, Iran and the United States of America.

Angola who finished second during the Africa Championship played in Alexandra, Egypt last year is in group-A. The African giant will play against Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico.

The 9th FIBA U19 World Championship will be played from 2nd to 12th July 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand with 16 teams comprised of players born in 1990 or after.

The groups:

Group A: Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico

Group B: Egypt, France, Iran and USA

Group C: Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand

Preliminary Round:

2nd July 2009:

Group A:
Game A1:Lithuaniavs.Puerto Rico
Game A2:Greecevs.Angola

Group B:
Game B1:Francevs.Egypt
Game B2:Iranvs.USA

Group C:
Game C1:Canadavs.Australia
Game C2:Spainvs.Syria

Group D:
Game D1:Croatiavs.Kazakhstan
Game D2:Argentinavs.New Zealand

3rd July 2009:

Group A:
Game A3:Angolavs.Lithuania
Game A4:Puerto Ricovs.Greece

Group B:
Game B3:USAvs.France
Game B4:Egyptvs.Iran

Group C:
Game C3:Syriavs.Canada
Game C4:Australiavs.Spain

Group D:
Game D3:New Zealandvs.Croatia
Game D4:Kazakhstanvs.Argentina

4th July 2009:

Group A:
Game A5:Lithuaniavs. Greece
Game A6:Angolavs.Puerto Rico

Group B:
Game B5:Francevs.Iran
Game B6:USAvs.Egypt

Group C:
Game C5:Canadavs.Spain
Game C6:Syriavs.Australia

Group D:
Game D5:Croatiavs.Argentina
Game D6:New Zealandvs.Kazakhstan

The 3 best-placed teams in each group will qualify for the Eighth-Final Round.

The teams placed 4th in each group will qualify for the Classification Round for 13th to 16th places.

5th July 2009: Rest Day

Eighth-Final Round:

The 12 teams qualified from the Preliminary Round will be divided into 2 groups (E and F) of 6 teams each.

The 3 teams placed 1st to 3rd from groups A and B will play in Group E.

The 3 teams placed 1st to 3rd from groups C and D will play in Group F.

Each team will play the 3 new teams in its own group (the final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for this Round).

6th July 2009:

Classification:Game 25:A4vs.B4
Game 26:C4vs.D4

Group E:Game 27:B2vs.A2
Game 28:B3vs.A1
Game 29:B1vs.A3

Group F:Game 30:D2vs.C2
Game 31:D3vs.C1
Game 32:D1vs.C3

7th July 2009:

Classification:Game 33:Loser 25vs.Loser 26(15 - 16)
Game 34:Winner 25vs.Winner 26(13 - 14)

Group E:Game 35:A3vs.B3
Game 36:A1vs.B2
Game 37:A2vs.B1

Group F:Game 38:C3vs.D3
Game 39:C1vs.D2
Game 40:C2vs.D1

8th July 2009:

Group E:Game 41:B2vs.A3
Game 42:B3vs.A2
Game 43:B1vs.A1

Group F:Game 44:D2vs.C3
Game 45:D3vs.C2
Game 46:D1vs.C1
The teams placed 13th to 16th return home after their last game.

The teams placed 1st to 4th in each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals.

The teams placed 5th and 6th in each group will qualify for the Classification Round for 9th to 12th places.

9th July 2009: Rest Day

Quarter-Finals:

10th July 2009:

Classification:Game 47:E5vs.F6
Game 48:E6vs.F5

Quarter-Finals:Game 49:E1vs.F4
Game 50:E3vs.F2
Game 51:E2vs.F3
Game 52:E4vs.F1

Semi-Finals:

11th July 2009:

Classification:Game 53:Loser 47vs.Loser 48(11 - 12)
Game 54:Winner 47vs.Winner 48 (9 - 10)

Game 55:Loser 49vs.Loser 50
Game 56:Loser 51vs.Loser 52

Semi-Finals:Game 57:Winner 49vs.Winner 50
Game 58:Winner 51vs.Winner 52

Grand Finale:

12th July 2009:

Classification:Game 59:Loser 55vs.Loser 56(7 - 8)
Game 60:Winner 55vs.Winner 56 (5 - 6)

Finals:Game 61:Loser 57vs.Loser 58(3 - 4)
Game 62:Winner 57vs.Winner 58 (1 - 2)


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA1 amd TNA2 Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group TNA1
P.Echague - San Mart.MJ 78-74
Pedro Echague celebrated at home vs San Martin MJ improving to 5-6 record. Williard Ford (201-F-72, college: Ill.-Chicago) was a key player for the hosts registering double-double, 21 points 11 rebounds. Ije Nwankwo replied with 20 points and 6 boards in the loosing squad.

Alma Juniors - Belgrano SN 75-64
3-8 for Alma Juniors and 1-10 for Belgrano after this game. Matias Tomatis (190-G-74) came up with 13, while Sylbrin Robinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Gregorio Eseverri netted 15 points in defeat.

La Union - Ciclista 82-74
La Union was better than Ciclista so both teams are on the same 7-4 record now. Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) was totally the best player in victory with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Byron Wilson scored 27 pts and grabbed 6 rebs for the guests.

Union - San Martin C 81-67
The box-score will be available soon. Union 8-3, San Martin C 7-4


Group TNA2
A.Espanola - Obera TC 96-87
Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.) stepped up for Asociacion Espanola yesterday draining 25 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Obera got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Facundo Giorgi. Espanola 2-9, Obera 3-8.

Atl.Echague - GimnasiaLP 67-66
Atletico Echague escaped with a tiny home victory against Gimnasia LP mostly owing to Javier Ledesma (188-G-81), who nailed 16 points. Emiliano Agostino of Gimnasia led all the scorers with 29 pts. Both teams are on 5-6 record now.

Firmat SF - C.Entrerriano 89-82
Firmat jumped to 6-5, while Centrerriano fell to 7-4 record in TNA2. Daaron Brown (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) shined for the hosts collecting 23 points and 9 rebounds. Curtis Marshall answered with 29 points and 7 boards.

Argentino - A. Italiana 81-79
The box-score will be available soon. Argentino 11-0, A Italiana 5-6.


Transactions before deadline - by Facundo Iatzky
Asociacion Quimsa released Brandon Mason due to injury. They replaced him with Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami, FL), player who had come to Argentina to play the Final four of Southamerican league with Cucuta team.
Obras Sanitarias resigned Patricio Rodriguez (193-F-84, agency: Players Group) and released Omar Canton.
Olimpico released Dallas Logan (5 pts 2.3 as) and signed former Quimsa Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati)
Regatas Corrientes released Durelle Brown and signed uruguayn Emilio Taboada (193-F-82).


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 61-0 
 2. Atenas 60-5 
 3. Libertad 56-5 
 4. Estudiantes 55-0 
 5. Sionista 55-5 
 6. Cicl.Olimpico 54-6 
 7. Gimn.CR 54-6 
 8. Boca Jrs 53-5 
 9. Quimsa 52-5 
 10. Independ.N. 52-6 
 11. Regatas C. 51-1 
 12. Quilmes MP 50-5 
 13. Obras 49-2 
 14. El Nacional 49-6 
 15. Lanus 47-1 
 16. Ben Hur 39-6 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Union 8-3 
 2. San Mart.C. 7-4 
 3. La Union 7-4 
 4. Ciclista 7-4 
 5. San Mart.MJ 6-5 
 6. P.Echague 5-6 
 7. Alma Juniors 3-8 
 8. Belgrano SN 1-10 
TNA2
 1. Argentino 11-0 
 2. C.Entrerriano 7-4 
 3. Firmat SF 6-5 
 4. A.Italiana 5-6 
 5. Atl.Echague 5-6 
 6. GimnasiaLP 5-6 
 7. Obera TC 3-8 
 8. A.Espanola 2-9 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.6 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.6 
 3. Jackson, Penarol19.1 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.6 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.9 
 6. Robinson, Sionista17.1 
 7. Taylor, Lanus16.5 
 8. Glover, Cicl.Olimpico16.5 
 9. Espil, Boca Jrs16.4 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.5 
 2. Williams, Cicl.Oli.9.6 
 3. Assie, Independ.N.8.7 
 4. Nelson, Estudiantes7.8 
 5. Allen, Quimsa7.7 
 6. Levy, Estudiantes7.5 
 7. Taylor, Lanus7.3 
 8. Kante, Atenas7.2 
 9. Mikulas, Quimsa7.2 
 10. Borrell, Obr.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP5.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Penarol4.2 
 3. Treise, Quimsa3.9 
 4. Cantero, Sionista3.9 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes3.8 
 6. La Bella, Estudiantes3.4 
 7. Titarelli, Obras3.2 
 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: 2.2
 1. Assie, Independ.N.2.2 
 2. Moodie, Independ.2.1 
 3. Sciutto, Gimn.CR2.0 
 4. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 5. Marin, Independ.N.2.0 
 6. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 7. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 8. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 9. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 10. Moore, El Nacion.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. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 7. Williams, Cicl.Oli.1.3 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 9. Smith, Lanus1.1 
 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. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.2 
 4. Ford, P.Echague18.2 
 5. Ceruti, San M.17.7 
 6. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.7 
 7. Sucre, Union17.6 
 8. Fabio, Obera TC17.2 
 9. Nwankwo, San M.17.1 
 10. Rollins, Ciclis.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carcamo, San M.9.3 
 2. Cutley, Atl.Echague9.1 
 3. Rollins, Ciclista9.1 
 4. Johnson, Belgrano.8.9 
 5. Robinson, Alma J.8.7 
 6. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Brown, Firmat SF7.8 
 9. Gibson, La Union7.2 
 10. Pardal, C.Entr.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.4.7 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.8 
 3. Costa, La Union3.8 
 4. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.2 
 5. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.7 
 6. Schoppler, A.Esp.2.5 
 7. Saul, A.Italiana2.5 
 8. Palacios, Alma J.2.5 
 9. Belvedere, San M.2.4 
 10. Ceruti, San.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Angel LOPEZ
  A.Italiana
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lopez, A.Italiana2.6 
 2. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.4 
 3. Martin, Union2.3 
 4. Eiguren, P.Echague2.2 
 5. Ford, P.Echague2.0 
 6. Pau, La Union1.9 
 7. Ledesma, Atl.Echa.1.8 
 8. Robinson, Alma J.1.8 
 9. Saul, A.Italiana1.8 
 10. Schoppler, A.E.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Argentino
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Espinoza, Argentino1.8 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista1.7 
 3. Nwankwo, San M.1.6 
 4. Robinson, Union1.5 
 5. Mattis, GimnasiaLP1.2 
 6. Brown, Firmat SF1.1 
 7. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.0 
 8. Porta, Atl.Echague1.0 
 9. Gibson, La Union1.0 
 10. Centeno, C.Entr.0.8 


LigaA Round: 29 (Regular Season, second phase) - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Regatas C. 80-62
The top ranked Penarol didn't have any troubles to beat Regatas at home 80-62. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) led the scorers with 26, while Roman Gonzales nailed 20 points (including 8 rebounds). Federico Kammerich collected 17 points and 10 rebounds for the loosing squad.

Ben Hur - Quilmes MP 66-79
The last ranked Ben Hur faced with another home loss, this time vs Quilmes. Jazwin Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) and Pablo Gil combined 30 points for the winning side. The hosts got 16 from Tiago De Souza.

Quimsa - El Nacional 84-57
Quimsa blasted El Nacional 84-57 getting 26 points from Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79). Jonathan Treise had 15 and Ramel Allen helped with 12 points, plus 13 rebounds. Gaston Torre had 10 pts in defeat.

Independ.N. - Libertad 77-87
Libertad cruised past Independiente mostly owing to Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) and Esteban Batista. Pinnock came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds, while Batista had 19 pts and 10 boards. Pablo Moldu followed them with 12 pts. On the other side, Brice Assie registered double-double, 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Lanus - Sionista 83-85
Sionista grabbed nice 85-83 road win against Lanus having couple of players in a game mood. Maybe the best one was Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82), who scored 18 points and dished out 4 assists. Diego Prego answered with 20 points in defeat.

Obras - Boca Jrs 76-82
Boca Juniors celebrated against Obras on the road 82-76 thanks to trio Fernando Calvi (200-F-81), Juan Espil and Carl Edwards. Calvi had 22, Espil 17 and Edwards nailed 16 points. Obras got 25 points and 8 boards from Lazaro Borrell.

Atenas - Gimn.CR 72-57
No.2 Atenas celebrated at home against Gimnasia CR 72-57. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Laws and Djibril Kante netted 14 points apiece. Gary Buchanan and Mariano Franco had the same numbers, but in loss.

Estudiantes - Cicl.Olimpico 66-56
As usual, Edward Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut) stepped up for Estu, this time collecting 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tarrie Monroe had 16 points, while Jamaal Levy added 13 points and 12 rebs. Ciclista got double-double from Anthony Glover, 21 points and 10 rebounds.


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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. Kapfenberg 15-9 
 5. Oberwart 15-9 
 6. Wels 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 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia23.5 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.1 
 3. George, Vienna19.8 
 4. Burnette, Worth.19.7 
 5. Thomas, Wels19.3 
 6. Youngblood, Oberw.19.2 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg19.0 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten18.8 
 9. Moric, Oberwart18.7 
 10. Vay, Arkad.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.4 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.0 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart8.0 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Colwell, Gmunden7.1 
 9. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.1 
 10. Moric, Oberwa.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.7 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.1 
 8. Rowland, Furstenf.3.9 
 9. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 10. O'Neal, Vien.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.6 
 2. George, Vienna2.2 
 3. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 4. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 5. Moore, Wels2.0 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg1.8 
 9. Thomas, Gussing1.7 
 10. Artner, Oberwa.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Barbary, Furstenf.1.0 
 4. Bakovic, St.Polten0.9 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 8. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 9. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Arkad.0.6 


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  BAHRAIN   


Manama in Final 4 Round - by Walter Neto
MANAMA took a crucial 112-98 victory over Al Hala and sealed a place in the Golden Square round of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League, being held at the Um Al Hassam Sports Complex.

Nineteen-year-old promising player Ahmed Abdulaziz scored 25 points and guided Manama to their 13th win in 16 matches to secure themselves a spot among the top four teams reaching the playoffs.
The 15-time champions moved on top of this 10-team round robin table with 29 points, just one ahead of defending champions Muharraq and Al Ahli, who have a game to play against Sitra tonight at 7.30pm. Five teams are still in contention for a place in the Golden Square. They are Manama, Al Ahli, Muharraq, Nuwaidrat and Al Hala.

Salman Ramdan-coached Manama, who are looking to regain the title they last won three years ago, have two matches remaining against Muharraq on Friday and bottom side Bahrain Club on March 23.
Despite the defeat, Al Hala remained one point behind fourth-placed Nuwaidrat and have two more games in hand which are relatively easy. Al Hala will take on Bahrain Club and Al Najma, the competition's teams at the bottom, on March 20 and 23, respectively.

Al Ahli, who will also play Nuwaidrat and Muharraq, are tipped to qualify for the Golden Square if they win today's match against Sitra. Muharraq revived their chances of retaining the trophy last Thursday when they picked up a vital 75-70 win over contenders Nuwaidrat. They have tough tasks ahead as they must win their both matches against Manama and Al Ahli to qualify.

Nuwaidrat will have to win their both matches against Al Ahli on Thursday and Isa Town on March 22 to keep their dream of reaching the Golden Square playoff for the first time. Also playing today, Isa Town (21 points) and Al Najma (17) will clash in a no-bearing game, commencing at 5.30pm.

Isa Town are looking to continue their recent outstanding results in the league while Al Najma hope to claim their forth win - one win over Isa Town on the first round..


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ChallengeCup
Zemgale - TTU KK 87-70
Zemgale celebrated the eight win in the season as they toppled TTU KK at home court. Janis Bambis (204-C-84) was impressive with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Ilmars Bergmanis contributed 17 points and 8 assists for the Jelgava team. Martin Viiask knocked down 17 points for TTU KK in defeat.

VEF Riga - Kaunas Tr. 102-85
VEF Riga claimed a coasting win over Kaunas Triobet. Rolands Freimanis (208-F-88) fired 21 points and collected 6 rebounds to lead VEF Riga. Jurijs Aleksejevs added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for a Valdis Valters team. Adas Juskevicius contributed 19 points for Kaunas Triobet.

Aisciai - Sakalai 69-78
Sakalai overcame Aisciai to stay on top of Group C of Challenge Cup. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) nailed 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Sakalai. Laurynas Samenas added 12 points for the winners. Paulius Kleiza answered with 13 points for Aisciai.

Keizarmezs - Tallinna Kalev 95-85
Keizarmezs scored a confident win over Tallinna Kalev in Riga. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) exploded with game-high 33 points for Keizarmezs. Lauris Blaus had 20 points and 10 caroms in the victory. Evgenyj Belousov notched 21 points for Tallinna Kalev.

Elite Group
Lietuvos - Zalgiris 75-77
Tadas Klimavicius scored two freebies with 5 seconds left in regulation to lift Zalgiris past Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made 4 steals to lead Zalgiris to the 13th victory. Dainius Salenga had 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Chuck Eidson responded with 20 points for Lietuvos Rytas as they became the winners of the regular season despite the loss.

Barons/LMT - Valmiera 80-76
Barons/LMT finished the Elite Division regular season on a high note as they knocked down Valmiera to claim the 7th spot. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) scored 25 points to lead Barons/LMT. Kaspars Berzins contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ronald Clark responded with 22 points for Valmiera as they finished in the upsetting 9th spot.

Kalev/Cramo - Ventspils 96-73
Kalev/Cramo dismtantled Ventspils in Estonia but still did not make it into the second spot clinching the third one in the regular season. Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and John Linehan had 19 points apiece to lead the way for Kalev/Cramo. Rait Keerles added 14 points for the winners. Mareks Jurevicus scored 15 points as Ventspils lost the 11th game and claimed just the 8th place.

Nevezis - ASK Riga 64-82
ASK/Riga cruised past Nevezis away from home as Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) had 20 points. Raitis Grafs contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Aigars Vitols managed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the winning case. Povilas Sakinis scored 15 points for Nevezis in the loss.


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
 1. Lietuvos 14-4 
 2. Zalgiris 13-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 12-6 
 4. ASK Riga 12-6 
 5. Siauliai 10-8 
 6. TU/Rock 8-10 
 7. Barons/LMT 7-11 
 8. Ventspils 7-11 
 9. Valmiera 5-13 
 10. Nevezis 2-16 
Group C
 1. Sakalai 16-4 
 2. VEF Riga 15-5 
 3. Kaunas Tr. 13-7 
 4. Neptunas 13-7 
 5. Norrkoping 11-9 
 6. Aisciai 10-10 
Group D
 1. TTU KK 9-9 
 2. Liepaja 9-10 
 3. Alytus Alita 8-11 
 4. Zemgale 8-12 
 5. Keizarmezs 8-12 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 7-11 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Keizarmezs
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Strupovics, Keiza.20.0 
 2. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.7 
 3. Bankevics, Valmiera19.6 
 4. Clark, Valmiera19.1 
 5. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.2 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Beard, TU/Rock17.2 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas17.1 
 10. Runkauskas, Sudu.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanoka BEARD
  TU/Rock
  (205-F/C-71)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.8 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.8 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.8 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 7. Bambis, Zemgale7.3 
 8. Berzins, Ba.7.1 
 9. Clark, Valmiera7.1 
 10. Cipriano, Norrkopi.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.5 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 3. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 4. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.4 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping4.3 
 6. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.3 
 7. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos4.1 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 4. Slesers, Keiza.2.2 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 6. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 7. Skele, Ba.1.9 
 8. Fox, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos1.9 
 10. Kolesnikov, VEF.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 6. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 7. Shukhovtsov, Sakal.1.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF Riga1.2 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 10. Viiask, TTU.1.1 


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  BELIZE   


UB Jaguars, Impressive in Can Cun!!! - by David Magana
Last Sunday night in Can Cun, the UB Black Jaguars played an impressive game defeating the Can Cun selection La Rebotera 86 50. After losing to Caguameros, Coach Kevin Siroki (178-G-70, college: Westminster) made some adjustments to his team and started out with Benedict Terry (196-F-87), Ryan Zuniga (188-F-89), Jorett Jones (193-G-89), Lindsberg Graham (178-G-83) and Winston Pratt (186-G-90). The UB Team came out playing extremely well to the point that at end of the first half they had the Can Cun selection down by Seventeen points. Everything came out to perfection; defensively they completely shut down the shooting players from the Can Cun team like the Cuban-Mexican player Jorge Serrano (186-G-76). UB only allowed seven three point shots. Winston Pratt played a marvelous game dunking, shooting threes, defending and becoming the UB leader to crush down the Can Cun selection. We would not be surprised if Air Jun gets an offer to play in one of the Mexican teams this year because of the level of basketball that he is playing.
For the winning Jaguars, Winston Pratt scored 27 pts, Jorett Jones 21 pts, Travis Lennon (193-G/F-89) 13 pts and Benedict Terry 10 pts. In a losing effort, Oswaldo Guzman (192-F-82) netted 14 pts and Guillermo Centeno (173-G-83) 13 pts.

It should be noted that the Can Cun Selection had eight players that play professional basketball in teams from the Mexican Southern League(Dorados & Aluxes) and from the Mexican LNBP (Pioneros de Quintana Roo) League.


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca - Paulistano 87-70
Vivo/Franca celebrated the eight win in the season as they held off Paulistano at home court. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Rogerio Klafke added 19 points for Vivo/Franco as they improved at 8-4 record. Andre Stefanelli secured 24 points for Paulistano in defeat.

Lupo/Araraq. - Pinheiros 75-84
Pinheiros grabbed just the fourth win as they upset Lupo/Araraquara away from home. Alexandre Nascimento (202-F-83) fird 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Pinheiros. Marquinhos Vinicius added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Julio Toledo had 20 points and 8 rebounds for Lupo/Araraquara. Arlindo Neto produced 17 points, 12 assists and 5 steals in the loss.

CETAF - Winner/Limeira 69-71
Winner/Limeira eked out a tough road success over CETAF. Shamell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Winner/Limeira to the 8th win. Renato Pinto produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning team. Guilherme Schneider responded with 18 points for CETAF.

Saldanha - S.Jose/Vinac 82-75
Eddy Carvalho (194-F-87) propelled Saldanha to the third win in the tournament. He notched 25 points and 6 assists as Saldanha outlasted Sao Jose at home. Willian da Silva contributed 15 points in the winning charge. Di Galvao and Junior Simoes responded with 14 points apiece for Sao Jose.

Univates/Bira - GRSA/Bauru 72-80
GRSA/Bauru snapped two-game losing streak defeating Univates/Bira on the road. Ricardo de Azevedo (201-F-83) scored 18 points, whole Fernando Fischer topscored with 19 points to lead the visitors. Audrei Parisotto responded with 23 points in the losing effort.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 9-1 
 2. Universo/BRB 9-2 
 3. CISER/Araldite 9-2 
 4. Vivo/Franca 8-4 
 5. Winner/Limeira 8-4 
 6. Pitagoras/Minas 7-3 
 7. Conti/Assis 6-4 
 8. Paulistano 5-7 
 9. GRSA/Bauru 5-7 
 10. Pinheiros 4-8 
 11. CETAF 4-8 
 12. Lupo/Araraq. 4-8 
 13. Univates/Bira 3-9 
 14. Saldanha 3-9 
 15. S.Jose/Vinac 2-10 


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Machado, Flamengo26.2 
 2. Stefanelli, Pauli.21.8 
 3. Stallworth, Winner.20.6 
 4. Vinicius, Pinheiros20.5 
 5. Taylor, GR.19.8 
 6. dos Santos, Winner.19.4 
 7. Morejon, CE.18.7 
 8. da Rosa, Pitago.18.3 
 9. Klafke, Vivo/Franca17.8 
 10. Shipp, Pitago.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shilton DOS SANTOS
  Joinville
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. dos Santos, Joinville12.0 
 2. Nascimento, Pinheiros9.3 
 3. da Rosa, Pitago.8.8 
 4. Bambu, Lupo/Ara.8.8 
 5. Cipriano, Unive.8.3 
 6. Ferreira, Saldanha7.8 
 7. Teichmann, Winner.7.4 
 8. Morejon, CE.7.2 
 9. Costa, CE.6.9 
 10. Drudi, Vivo/Fran.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando PENNA
  Paulistano
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Penna, Paulistano9.8 
 2. Sucatzky, Pitago.6.2 
 3. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.6.2 
 4. Taylor, GR.6.2 
 5. Costa, Vivo/Franca5.8 
 6. Silva, Un.5.8 
 7. dos Santos, Winner.5.0 
 8. Pinto, Winner/L.4.4 
 9. Ferreira, S.Jose/V.4.3 
 10. Machado, Flamen.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fernando PENNA
  Paulistano
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Penna, Paulistano2.8 
 2. Taylor, GR.2.6 
 3. Machado, Flamengo2.3 
 4. Felipe, Vivo/Franca2.3 
 5. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.2.3 
 6. Ferreira, Saldanha2.1 
 7. Gustavo, Saldanha2.0 
 8. Pinheiro, CE.2.0 
 9. Teichmann, Winner.1.8 
 10. Stallworth, Winn.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Guilherme TEICHMANN
  Winner/Limeira
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Teichmann, Winner.1.9 
 2. Vinicius, Lupo/Ara.1.5 
 3. Tischer, Lupo/Ara.1.3 
 4. Fiorotto, Winner.1.3 
 5. Toledo, Lupo/Ara.1.3 
 6. Mathias, Paulistano1.2 
 7. Castro, S.Jose/V.1.2 
 8. Garcia, Un.1.1 
 9. da Rosa, Pitago.1.1 
 10. Ferreira, Uni.1.0 


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  BULGARIA   


Levski edge Rilski Sportist to make it to the Bulgarian Cup final - by Valentin Anguelov
In a tightly contested and dramatic semifinal of the Cup of Bulgaria Levski defeated Rilski Sportist Samokov by 77-75 and made it through to Sunday's final in Pleven.

It was very close in the first 13 minutes of the game, with Rilski having the slight edge. Then Levski had the upper hand during the 2nd and 3rd quarter, at times leading by 12 points. But, despite being quite tired from another thrilling battle - the quarterfinal versus Balkan the previous night, the Rilski Sportist players somehow found guts and inner strenght to launch a come-back. It was successfull for a while, as they used a 9-point run in the middle of the 4th quarter to lead for the first time since the 1st - 58-61. Then Levski led again (64-61), Rilski tied the scores at 72-72, but in a crazy final minute of the game Levski prevailed - 77-75.

American guard Charles Jones scored the most points for the winning side, despite a series of misses from behind the arc, after he had initially gone 3 for 4. Then it became 3/10, but a clutch three-pointer in the closing minutes made it 4-11 and a total of 18 points for him. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Center Stefan 'Toro' Georgiev was peforming very well using his stronger frame versus Rilski Sportist star player Travis Peterson, before he was ejected for 5 fouls early in the 4th quarter. Yet, Georgiev finished with a double-double too - 10 points and 10 boards. But his brother Zlatin 'Goldie' Georgiev was the real hero for Levski, as he excelled in the 4th quarter and especially the decisive minutes, when he scored most of his points to finish with 15 under his belt.

Rilski Sportist guard Branko Mirkovic was the top scorer of the game but that didn't help his team at the end. Mirkovic had 26 points, Peterson and Ivan Lilov netted 13 each, while Dragoslav Papic and veteran Leven Belberov had 10 and 8 respectively, the latter off the bench.

On Sunday at 18.00 Levski faces champion and favorite Lukoil Academic in the final of the Cup of Bulgaria, while Saturday's 3/4 place game (at 18.00 as well) matches Rilski Sportist versus competition hosts Spartak Pleven.


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  CANADA   


CIS consolation #1: Stingers beat Tigers, will play for fifth place - by Eurobasket
Sophomore guard Decee Krah (180-G) scored 16 points in only 19 minutes of court time as the No. 7-seeded Concordia Stingers defeated the No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers 72-61 in the first consolation semi-final of the 2009 CIS men's basketball championship, Saturday afternoon, at Scotiabank Place.
The Quebec champion Stingers, who were relegated to the consolation side of the draw following a 76-67 opening-round loss to No. 2 Calgary, advance to the consolation final for fifth-place. They will take the court Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against either No. 5 Ottawa or No. 8 St. Francis Xavier.
The AUS champion Tigers, who lost 78-54 to No. 3 UBC on Friday, return home with an 0-2 record. Dalhousie also went 0-for-2 in its only previous CIS tournament appearance in 1996.
'We played well enough to win today, it is a tough game for our kids to play,' said Concordia head coach John Dore. 'The guys responded well and it is about pride at that point in the year.'
'There's not a lot of positives once we arrived in Ottawa, I think the positives we are going to take are the ones we had leading up to Ottawa and build on those,' said Dalhousie head coach John Campbell , whose team upset StFX and Cape Breton at the AUS championship a week ago to capture the second conference title in program history.
The Stingers led 18-10 after the opening quarter, 39-26 at the half and 54-46 after 30 minutes.
First-team all-Canadian guard Damian Buckley (186-G) (Montreal) was the only other Stinger to score in double figures finishing with 11 points and six rebounds.
Fifth-year seniors Dwayne Buckley (191-G/F) (Montreal) and Jamall Gallier (198-C) (Toronto), who will wear the Concordia uniform for the final time on Sunday, added nine points and six points, respectively, and both grabbed six rebounds. Gallier was named game MVP for the winners.
Freshman Evens Laroche (Montreal) contributed nine points and a game-high 11 boards.
Third-year guard Simon Farine (188-G) (Toronto) was the lone bright spot for the Atlantic champions. The Tigers' player of the match scored nearly half of his team's points, finishing with 30, while none of his teammates could tally more than six.

STAT LEADERS

Concordia
Points: Decee Krah (16), Damian Buckley (11), Dwayne Buckley (9)
Rebounds: Evens Laroche (11), Jamall Gallier (6), Damian Buckley (6), Dwayne Buckley (6)
Assists: Dwayne Buckley (4), Evens Laroche (3)
Player of the game: Jamall Gallier
Dalhousie
Points: Simon Farine (30), Josh Beattie (193-G) (6), Yannick Walcott (191-G) (6)
Rebounds: Sandy Veit (201-F) (8), Stephen Lopez (186-G) (7)
Assists: Andrew Sullivan (183-G-87) (4), Simon Farine (3)
Player of the game: Simon Farine

Courtesy CIS


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  CHINA   


New Big guy signed in Fu Jian - by Robert Wang
Shaun Pruitt signed in China with Fujian, replacing the Chicago Bulls' 2003 draft pick (36th. overall), Mario Austin. In Pruitt's 1st game, he posted 19 points and 14 rebounds to beat the Shanghai Sharks. The Chinese Basketball Association has emerged as one of the top leagues worldwide, recently producing 2 domestic NBA lottery picks (Yao and Yi Jian Lian) and this season employing numerous NBA imports, such as 1st round picks David Harrison (2004 Pacers) Kirk Snyder (2004 Jazz), and Bonzi Wells (1998 Pistons).

CBA Round: 47 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shanxi Zh. - Zhejiang C. 116-90
Pickett Tim (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) exploded with 40 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead Shanxi Zhongyu to a 116:90 win over Zhejiang. Olumide Oyedeji collected 26 points, 23 rebounds and 6 assists. Kirk Snyder again was on top of his team with 43 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Xinjiang - TianJin R. 118-82
Xinjiang improve to 42-5 record as Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) led the winners with 51 points, 17 rebounds and 5 steals. Myron Allen had 29 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, whilst Theron Smith collected 25 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Tianjin.

Yunnan - Shanghai 104-102
Yunnan rolled past Shanghai 104:102 as Li Tao (200-F-82) had 37 points and 15 rebounds. DaJuan Tate finished the night with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Shanghai.

Shaanxi - Beijing 116-87
Benson Lee (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) was unstoppable with 52 points, 26 rebounds and 8 assists as Shaanxi defeated Beijing 116:87. Dontae Jones had 36 points and 16 rebounds for Beijing.

Bayi - Guandong 82-110
Guangdong improved to 42-5 after the win over Bayi 110:82. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) had 23 points, while Chen Dawei scored 19 and Wang Shipeng added 18. Delehei led Bayi with 18 points.

Fujian - Jiangsu 125-117
Fujian rolled past Jiangsu 125:117 as Porter Chris (201-F-78, college: Auburn) led the winners with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Han Shuo paced Jiangsu with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

Zhejiang G. - DongGuan 131-114
White Rodney (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) recorded 62 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as Zhejiang Guangsha outscored Dongguan 131:114. Michael Harris had 38 points and 8 rebounds for Dongguan.

Liaoning - Qingdao DS 112-97
Liaoning produced a 112:97 win over Qingdao in Regular Season Round 47. Alexander Chris (216-C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) top-scored with 47 points and 24 rebounds, while Yang Ming had 26 points and 10 assists. Frans Steyn had 33 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Shandong - Jilin 103-110
Jilin overcame Shandong 110:103 as Rodgers Leon (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) had 38 points and 10 rebounds. Tuck Mack finished the night with 30 points in defeat, while Walker Samaki collected 22 points and 18 rebounds.


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 42-5 
 2. Xinjiang 42-5 
 3. Jiangsu 35-12 
 4. Fujian 28-19 
 5. Shaanxi 28-19 
 6. Zhejiang G. 27-20 
 7. DongGuan 26-21 
 8. Shandong 25-22 
 9. Bayi 24-23 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 24-23 
 11. Beijing 24-23 
 12. Liaoning 23-24 
 13. Jilin 22-25 
 14. Zhejiang C. 18-29 
 15. TianJin R. 12-35 
 16. Qingdao DS 12-35 
 17. Shanghai 6-41 
 18. Yunnan 5-42 


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Rodney WHITE
  Zhejiang G.
  (206-F-80)
  Avg: 36.4
 1. White, Zhejiang G.36.4 
 2. Rodgers, Jilin35.0 
 3. Muoneke, Yunnan34.6 
 4. Snyder, Zhejiang C.33.6 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi33.2 
 6. Jones, Beijing31.6 
 7. Harris, DongGuan30.4 
 8. Harvey, Jiangsu29.8 
 9. Tuck, Shandong29.2 
 10. Williams, Qin.27.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Shanxi Zh.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.19.8 
 2. Benson, Shaanxi18.8 
 3. Harvey, Jiangsu15.3 
 4. Jones, Beijing14.6 
 5. Thompson, Shandong14.3 
 6. Watkins, TianJ.14.0 
 7. Harris, DongGuan13.8 
 8. Watkins, Jiangsu13.4 
 9. Porter, Fujian13.1 
 10. Alexander, Liaoni.13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Lu, Fujian9.3 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu7.3 
 3. Tuck, Shandong6.5 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang6.1 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi5.7 
 6. Williams, Qingd.5.5 
 7. Li, Qingdao DS5.4 
 8. White, Zhejiang G.5.1 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning5.0 
 10. Smith, TianJin.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. Hu, Jiangsu3.4 
 5. Allen, Xinjiang3.3 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS3.0 
 7. Robinson, Shaanxi2.9 
 8. Tuck, Shandong2.8 
 9. Jones, Beijing2.7 
 10. White, Zhejiang.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith CLOSS
  Liaoning
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Closs, Yunnan4.5 
 2. Lauderdale, Shand.3.7 
 3. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.5 
 4. Harrison, Beijing2.3 
 5. Watkins, Jiangsu2.1 
 6. Benson, Shaanxi2.1 
 7. McCaskill, Qingd.1.9 
 8. Mo, Bayi1.9 
 9. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.1.8 
 10. Samake, Jil.1.7 


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  CYPRUS   


Pizza Express Primetel Apollon qualifies for semi finals. - by Michael Aristidou
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon succeeded a second win over B.M.C. AEK Larnacas by 84-72 and make it through the semi finals of Cyprus league. Pizza Express Primetel Apollon now waits to find out his opponent from the pair Keravnos-Intercollege Etha. B.M.C. AEK Larnacas was the team that started better in the first quarter but during the rest of the game Pizza Express Primetel Apollon dominate in the field and won rather eazily.
The quarters 22-18, 43-48, 58-68, 72-84.
First scorer for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas was Remon Van de Hare (222-C-82, agency: Court Side) Remon with 22 in his best game this year. From Pizza Express Primetel Apollon Sam Jones (188-G-78, college: Northwood) hadded 21(3).


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 36 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ostrava - Kolin 98-74
Ostrava thumped Kolin before the home fans. Six players scored in double figures for Ostrava. Mike Mitchell (183-G-83, college: N.Mexico St.) poured in 18 points for the winning side. Petr Bohacik contributed 17 points in the victory. Jon Rogers and Rashaan Ames had 20 points apiece for Kolin.

Decin - Podebrady 85-70
William Hatcher (188-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) tallied 21 points and 8 assists to pace Decin past Podebrady. Marek Balik contributed 12 points for the winners as they climbed at 19-14 record. Pavel Benes accounted for 15 points and 7 assists for Podebrady. Steve Castleberry posted 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 22nd loss for the visitors.

Nymburk - Geofin 74-67
Nymburk once again proved their hegemony in the league as they overcame their closest rivals Geofin at home for the 32nd victory. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) notched 28 points to lead Nymburk. Blake Schilb contributed 18 points and 8 boards in the win. Robert Sarovic responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Geofin in the loss.

Opava - Pardubice 81-72
Ondrej Dygryn (190-G-84) fired 27 points and ripped off 6 rebounds to lead Opava past Pardubice. Marek Stec came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals for the winners. David Steffel responded with 17 points for Pardubice in the loss.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 32-1 
 2. Geofin 24-9 
 3. Decin 19-14 
 4. Prostejov 17-14 
 5. Ostrava 14-18 
 6. Liberec 13-18 
 7. USK Praha 13-18 
 8. Pardubice 12-21 
 9. Opava 11-21 
 10. Kolin 11-21 
 11. Podebrady 11-22 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.5 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.2 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Benes, Podebrady16.2 
 5. Hatcher, Decin16.1 
 6. Sarovic, Geofin15.9 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.6 
 8. Walker, Geofin15.1 
 9. Beechum, Prostejov14.9 
 10. Sanders, Pardubi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Ventspils
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Rogers, Kolin8.2 
 3. Steffel, Pardubice8.1 
 4. Arnold, Ostrava8.0 
 5. Platt, USK Praha7.9 
 6. Walker, Geofin7.8 
 7. Meno, Liberec7.6 
 8. Sarovic, Geofin7.5 
 9. Bohacik, Ostrava6.4 
 10. Payne, Pardubi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.2 
 2. Ames, Kolin5.3 
 3. Mitchell, Ostrava4.8 
 4. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 5. Hatcher, Decin4.8 
 6. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 7. Skibniewski, Prost.4.6 
 8. Carnecky, Opava4.6 
 9. Toth, Liberec4.0 
 10. Kotas, USK Pra.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ian HANAVAN
  Prostejov
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hanavan, Prostejov2.8 
 2. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 4. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 5. Soliver, Podebrady2.0 
 6. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 7. Sanders, Pardubice1.9 
 8. Pumprla, Opava1.8 
 9. Ubilla, Geofin1.8 
 10. Walker, Geof.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.1 
 2. Williams, Decin1.8 
 3. Walker, Geofin1.3 
 4. Payne, Pardubice1.2 
 5. Miller, Prostejov1.2 
 6. Hamm, USK Praha1.1 
 7. Benda, Nymburk1.1 
 8. Meno, Liberec1.0 
 9. Pelikan, Geofin0.8 
 10. Diakite, Prostej.0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 22-15 
 2. Dakota W. 22-17 
 3. Erie BH 22-18 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 21-19 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 15-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 26-10 
 2. Austin T. 26-13 
 3. Albuquerque T. 19-18 
 4. Rio Grande VV 15-25 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 8-30 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 25-14 
 2. Utah F. 21-14 
 3. Bakersfield J. 21-19 
 4. Reno B. 17-21 
 5. Anaheim A. 15-24 
 6. LA D-Fenders 13-26 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.8 
 4. Williams, Austin22.8 
 5. Sims, Iowa22.6 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.3 
 7. Daniels, Erie21.1 
 8. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.8 
 10. Jeffers, Io.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.7 
 2. Sims, Iowa11.0 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.1 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.3 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa9.1 
 8. Johnson, Albuquer.9.0 
 9. Ewing, Reno8.9 
 10. Allred, Ida.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.0 
 2. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.5 
 3. Gill, Colorado8.3 
 4. Jordan, Rio Grande8.1 
 5. Stinson, Iowa7.9 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque7.6 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota5.6 
 9. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.7 
 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, Dakota2.1 
 8. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 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 Grande2.3 
 4. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 5. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 6. Petway, Idaho2.0 
 7. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.6 


Last games - Friday - by Eurobasket News
Dakota - Erie 123-117
The Wizards grabbed this one mostly owing to Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.), who drained 35 points. Maurice Baker also had very important role in last night's victory collecting 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Maureece Rice answered with 36 points and 9 assists in loss. Wizards 22-16, BayHawks 22-18.

Austin - Tulsa 111-108
26th win in 39 appearances for Austin. This time Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) was totally the best player for the Toros nailing 23 points and pulling down impressive 23 rebounds (10 off). Gary Forbes led the scorers in loss with 22 points.

Los Angeles - Idaho 100-111
25-14 for Idaho and 13-26 for LA Defenders after this game. Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) dropped 29 points for the winning squad. Nathan Jawai helped with 15 pts and 9 rebs. The D-Fenders got 34 points from Dwayne Mitchell.

Bakersfield - Utah 96-108
Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) was a key player for the Flash collecting 29 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Trey Johnson scored one point less than him, but for the loosing side. The Flash jumped to 21-14, while the Jam fell to 21-19.

Sioux Falls - Reno 116-118
The BigHorns escaped with a tiny home victory against the SkyForce thanks to Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California), who came up with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Russell Robinson scored 20, while David Noel and Patrick Ewing had 19 pts each. Frank Williams had 31 pts for the guests.


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  EGYPT   


Who will be in the semifinal gezira or itthad - by Mohamed Hafez


A very strong action game will start tonight 5:00 pm at Cairo international stadium between Al Gezira as a home team and Al Ittihad Alexandria as away team in the pre semi final game the winner will go directly to the semi final , this game was posponed for more than a month ago as Al Ittihad Alexandria was participating in Dubai international tournament , the very funny thing that after this game the two teams will face each other again on the same arena after on three days on Tuesday in the first game of the final league , Al Ittihad Alexandria had made some trial to amend the time of todays game as the club soccer team also had a game at the same time in another city but all trials went to faliure


FIBA U19 Championship: Egypt, Angola handed tough opponents - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa representatives at this year FIBA U19 World Championship Egypt and Angola have been drawn in a tough group of the 9th World Youth Championship billed for New Zealand later this year.

The draw which was conducted by officials of World Basketball Governing body, FIBA, in conjunction with the New Zealand Basketball Federation in Auckland last week pitched Africa champion, Egypt in group-B alongside France, Iran and the United States of America.

Angola who finished second during the Africa Championship played in Alexandra, Egypt last year is in group-A. The African giant will play against Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico.

The 9th FIBA U19 World Championship will be played from 2nd to 12th July 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand with 16 teams comprised of players born in 1990 or after.

The groups:

Group A: Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico

Group B: Egypt, France, Iran and USA

Group C: Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand

Preliminary Round:

2nd July 2009:

Group A:
Game A1:Lithuaniavs.Puerto Rico
Game A2:Greecevs.Angola

Group B:
Game B1:Francevs.Egypt
Game B2:Iranvs.USA

Group C:
Game C1:Canadavs.Australia
Game C2:Spainvs.Syria

Group D:
Game D1:Croatiavs.Kazakhstan
Game D2:Argentinavs.New Zealand

3rd July 2009:

Group A:
Game A3:Angolavs.Lithuania
Game A4:Puerto Ricovs.Greece

Group B:
Game B3:USAvs.France
Game B4:Egyptvs.Iran

Group C:
Game C3:Syriavs.Canada
Game C4:Australiavs.Spain

Group D:
Game D3:New Zealandvs.Croatia
Game D4:Kazakhstanvs.Argentina

4th July 2009:

Group A:
Game A5:Lithuaniavs. Greece
Game A6:Angolavs.Puerto Rico

Group B:
Game B5:Francevs.Iran
Game B6:USAvs.Egypt

Group C:
Game C5:Canadavs.Spain
Game C6:Syriavs.Australia

Group D:
Game D5:Croatiavs.Argentina
Game D6:New Zealandvs.Kazakhstan

The 3 best-placed teams in each group will qualify for the Eighth-Final Round.

The teams placed 4th in each group will qualify for the Classification Round for 13th to 16th places.

5th July 2009: Rest Day

Eighth-Final Round:

The 12 teams qualified from the Preliminary Round will be divided into 2 groups (E and F) of 6 teams each.

The 3 teams placed 1st to 3rd from groups A and B will play in Group E.

The 3 teams placed 1st to 3rd from groups C and D will play in Group F.

Each team will play the 3 new teams in its own group (the final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for this Round).

6th July 2009:

Classification:Game 25:A4vs.B4
Game 26:C4vs.D4

Group E:Game 27:B2vs.A2
Game 28:B3vs.A1
Game 29:B1vs.A3

Group F:Game 30:D2vs.C2
Game 31:D3vs.C1
Game 32:D1vs.C3

7th July 2009:

Classification:Game 33:Loser 25vs.Loser 26(15 - 16)
Game 34:Winner 25vs.Winner 26(13 - 14)

Group E:Game 35:A3vs.B3
Game 36:A1vs.B2
Game 37:A2vs.B1

Group F:Game 38:C3vs.D3
Game 39:C1vs.D2
Game 40:C2vs.D1

8th July 2009:

Group E:Game 41:B2vs.A3
Game 42:B3vs.A2
Game 43:B1vs.A1

Group F:Game 44:D2vs.C3
Game 45:D3vs.C2
Game 46:D1vs.C1
The teams placed 13th to 16th return home after their last game.

The teams placed 1st to 4th in each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals.

The teams placed 5th and 6th in each group will qualify for the Classification Round for 9th to 12th places.

9th July 2009: Rest Day

Quarter-Finals:

10th July 2009:

Classification:Game 47:E5vs.F6
Game 48:E6vs.F5

Quarter-Finals:Game 49:E1vs.F4
Game 50:E3vs.F2
Game 51:E2vs.F3
Game 52:E4vs.F1

Semi-Finals:

11th July 2009:

Classification:Game 53:Loser 47vs.Loser 48(11 - 12)
Game 54:Winner 47vs.Winner 48 (9 - 10)

Game 55:Loser 49vs.Loser 50
Game 56:Loser 51vs.Loser 52

Semi-Finals:Game 57:Winner 49vs.Winner 50
Game 58:Winner 51vs.Winner 52

Grand Finale:

12th July 2009:

Classification:Game 59:Loser 55vs.Loser 56(7 - 8)
Game 60:Winner 55vs.Winner 56 (5 - 6)

Finals:Game 61:Loser 57vs.Loser 58(3 - 4)
Game 62:Winner 57vs.Winner 58 (1 - 2)


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Damon Williams, The Magic Man - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: American 'veteran' F Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) is a Magic Man. Williams started this season on KTP (Kotka) roster and helped KTP into 21-12 record after 33 rounds. Then something happened suddenly. Williams 'left' KTP and moved back to his 'home town' Tampere in Finland. Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) replaced Williams in Kotka and KTP is 1-3 now without Williams and with Owens. Tonight KTP lost third time in a row. This time FoKoPo (Forssa) won the thriller in Kotka (73-75), where Owens missed one FT (41 seconds to go) and made a TO (nine seconds to go). The first victory ever (in 16 years) in Kotka for Head Coach Timo Nieminen. Meanwhile Damon Williams after joining Pyrinto (Tampere) roster has helped Tampere Team to 4-0 record and improved 10-22 record into figures 14-22 right now. Williams averaged 16,7 ppg - 10,3 rpg on KTP roster and is averaging now 14,8 ppg - 10,0 rpg with Pyrinto. Tonight (even Friday and 13th of March) Pyrinto won in Uusikaupunki, another thriller tonight, by six pts: 75-81. Williams had a double-double again: 17/12.

KTP - FoKoPo 73-75 (37-35) (Durell Vinson 21/13, Steve Smith 18, Robert Owens 13 - Nick Wallery 22, Ray Cunningham 17/13, Ronald Yates 15).

Korihait - Pyrinto 75-81 (38-41) (Josh Gonner 21, Mark Zoller 17/11, Bojan Sarcevic 16 - Chris Hester 22, Kenny Lowe 18, Damon Williams 17/12).



KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti defeated Honka - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 36: This does not happen very often (in recent years): YMCA Lahti defeating Honka (Espoo) 87-73 tonight. Hosting YMCA Lahti got good
help from Team's three American players. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) - Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) - Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) scored 63 out of Team's 87 points. When Honka got only 27 pts from Team's
three foreigners and just four (4) pts from two NT players Jukka Matinen - Kimmo Muurinen, the result can be understood. In Lappeenranta local YMCA LPR
was close to an upset, but Kouvot (Kouvola) survived by winning 68-72. Calvin Walls (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) combined 39 pts for Kouvot.

YMCA Lahti - Honka 87-73 (43-35) (Ray Nixon 24/10, Jason Conley 21, Kurtis Rice 18 - Tuukka Kotti 26, Sasu Salin 12, Akeem Scott 11).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Kouvot 68-72 (26-38) (Adrian Penland 26, HLColeman 17/11, Joonas Suotamo 12 - Calvin Walls 24, Brian Swift 15, Tuomas Iisalo 13).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 26-9 
 2. Kouvot 25-12 
 3. Lahti 24-12 
 4. KTP 22-15 
 5. Honka 21-15 
 6. Korihait 20-16 
 7. ToPo 16-19 
 8. LrNMKY 15-21 
 9. FoKoPo 15-21 
 10. Pyrinto 14-22 
 11. Componenta 11-24 
 12. Tarmo 6-29 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 16-2 
 2. Salon Vilpas 14-4 
 3. Lapua 11-7 
 4. Huima 9-10 
 5. LoKoKo 9-10 
 6. Jyvaskyla 8-10 
 7. BC Nokia 8-11 
 8. HNMKY 7-11 
 9. Honka 7-11 
 10. JKS 7-13 
 11. Ura Basket 5-13 


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. Hartford, Hui.21.5 
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, Kauhajoki9.6 
 9. Hartford, Huima9.5 
 10. Dlouhy, BC Nok.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. Graham, Huima4.0 
 5. Carhart, Lapua4.0 
 6. Holmes, BC Nokia3.7 
 7. Horton, Kauhajoki3.3 
 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. Little, HN.2.6 
 7. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.6 
 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. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.2 
 3. Still, Lapua1.2 
 4. Collins, Jyvaskyla1.2 
 5. Thomas, LoKoKo1.2 
 6. Hartford, Huima1.1 
 7. Washington, Kauha.1.1 
 8. Watson, BC Nokia1.0 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Francis, J.0.9 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.0 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.5 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.7 
 5. Brown, LrNM.18.5 
 6. Smith, KTP18.3 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.8 
 8. Scott, Honka17.5 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto17.4 
 10. Yates, FoKo.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.0 
 2. Wood, Kataja13.0 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.2 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.4 
 5. Jones, Componenta10.3 
 6. Williams, KTP10.3 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.5 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.9 
 10. Smith, K.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, KTP4.3 
 3. Blair, Kataja4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Swift, Kouvot3.1 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Williams, KTP2.4 
 3. Blair, Kataja2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 6. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 7. Wood, Kataja1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Gonner, Koriha.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (199-F-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, KTP1.8 
 2. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 5. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Wood, Kata.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 15-6 
 2. Orleans 15-6 
 3. Roanne 13-7 
 4. Le Mans 13-8 
 5. Strasbourg 13-8 
 6. Chalon 12-8 
 7. Nancy 12-8 
 8. Gravelines 12-8 
 9. Cholet 9-11 
 10. Vichy 9-11 
 11. Rouen 8-13 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 7-13 
 13. Le Havre 7-13 
 14. Dijon 7-13 
 15. Besancon 6-14 
 16. Pau 5-16 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Paris-Levall. 20-3 
 2. Bourg 17-6 
 3. Clermont 17-7 
 4. Poitiers 16-7 
 5. Limoges 15-8 
 6. Saint-Etienne 14-10 
 7. Charleville 13-11 
 8. Nantes 12-12 
 9. Antibes 11-12 
 10. Maurienne 11-12 
 11. Nanterre 10-13 
 12. Brest 10-13 
 13. Le Portel 9-15 
 14. Boulazac 8-15 
 15. Evreux 8-15 
 16. St.Vallier 8-15 
 17. St.Quentin 8-16 
 18. Quimper 3-20 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.0 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg21.7 
 3. Page, Pau20.0 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.2 
 5. Chatfield, Dijon16.8 
 6. Banks, Orleans16.2 
 7. Harper, Roanne15.6 
 8. Boddicker, Chalon15.5 
 9. Spencer, Le Mans15.4 
 10. Skinn, Gravelin.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bingo MERRIEX
  Le Havre
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Merriex, Le Havre9.6 
 2. Slaughter, Le Havre8.9 
 3. Issa, Vichy8.4 
 4. Falker, Cholet8.2 
 5. Sanders, Dijon8.0 
 6. Vaty, Pau7.9 
 7. Greer, Nancy7.4 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Thioune, Rouen7.0 
 10. Lewin, Strasbou.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Vichy7.5 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.7 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Pau5.4 
 5. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 7. Jeanneau, AS.5.0 
 8. Pellin, Roanne5.0 
 9. Greer, Nancy4.7 
 10. Houston, Rou.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Chalon
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wright, Chalon3.0 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.5 
 3. Rush, Strasbourg2.2 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon2.2 
 5. Causeur, Le Havre2.0 
 6. Greene, Orleans1.9 
 7. Banks, Orleans1.8 
 8. Stanley, Gravelines1.7 
 9. Grier, Cholet1.7 
 10. Nichols, Hyeres.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Rouen
  (179-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg1.2 
 3. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 4. MBaye, Dijon1.1 
 5. Laing, Le Havre1.0 
 6. Wright, Chalon1.0 
 7. Grier, Cholet1.0 
 8. Krupalija, Dijon1.0 
 9. Traore, AS.0.9 
 10. Bojic, Le Hav.0.9 


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. Cornett, Quimper7.5 
 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. Morlende, St.Qu.4.6 
 8. Craven, Clermont4.6 
 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
 Dragan LUKOVSKI
  Limoges
  (190-G-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lukovski, Limoges2.0 
 2. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 3. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne1.1 
 5. Bing, Clermont1.1 
 6. Mohammed, Limoges1.0 
 7. Kennedy, Antibes1.0 
 8. Fein, St.Quentin1.0 
 9. Barnette, St.Vallier1.0 
 10. Mathis, Evre.1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Predrag Samardziski joins Interperformances - by Interperformances
The very talented 22 years old Macedonian Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) has signed a representation contract with Interperformances. The 70 center has been a mainstay of all of the Macedonian Youth National Teams, where he helped Macedonia win a Silver Medal in the European Championship U20 Division B in 2006, averaging 20,4 ppg, 14,4 rpg, 1,4 apg and 2,8 bpg . Plays with the Senior National Team since 2004. Started with the club Partizan Beograd from 2000 till 2006, moved to FMP Zeleznik Beograd for the next three years and is now open to moving to another country. Fundamentally sound center with good low post moves with either hand and can step out and face the basket hitting the 15 foot jumper. A player that likes contact, which makes him a good rebounder. Plays aggressive defense and runs the floor well for his size.

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  GERMANY   


Nagys suspended for one game - by Manuel Schust
BBL announced today that EnBW Ludwigsburg Center Tomas Nagys (208-F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Clemson) got suspended for one game and was fined for 2500 Euros.
The 28-year old lithuanian got ejected from last weekend's game against EWE Baskets Oldenburg after he threw an elbow at Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10), hitting his opponents neck and chin.
So Ludwigsburg will have to play this weekend at Berlin without Nagys, who averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for the swabians.


Bremen Rooster part company with Thompson and Weddle, add four Germans to the squad - by Moritz Korff
The Bremen Roosters (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have parted company with Jeremy Weddle (183-G-86, college: Lambuth) and Christopher Thompson (198-F-82, college: S.Indiana), as the club announced in a press release today. However no details were reported.
To fill up the roster, the club agreed to terms with four German players already before the transfer period ended on February 28th. Paul Heitzhausen (194-F-89) and Maximilian Wagner (198-F-90) will get the chance to see action in the Pro A and will continue to play for Vegesacker TV (2. Regionalliga) as well. Both received so called double licenses as well as Frederic Nitsch (199-F-90) and Jonas Liermann (194-F-87) of BG '89 Rotenburg/Scheessel, another 2. Regionalliga outfit.


Romeo Travis Shoots Ratiopharm Ulm To Victory in Giessen 81-78 With A Little Help From Julia - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ratiopharm Ulm met a very competitive and very Focused Giessen 46er team in the Sporthalle Ost in Giessen and were able to pull away in crunch time in the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run and win 81 to 78. It was a hard piece of labor for Ulm, but it was all in a days hard work as the team travelled five hours by bus played and returned home in fourth place. Ulm coach Mike Taylor had a wide grin on his face somewhere between a Michael hakim Jordan and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) grin and is starting to realize that all his hard work is paying off. 'This was a business win for us. We were talking all week about developing and growing as a team. We have been working the last two years to go into games as the favourite. I am really proud of my guys the way they competed especially on defense. Giesen played team Basketball and had the momentum in the fourth, but we raised our momentum on defense and rebounds and the three Travis three pointers helped us,' said a jubilant Mike Taylor . For the Giessen 46ers it was a very bitter loss as they had control of the game in the fourth and couldnt learn from the Bremerhaven loss a week earlier. 'This has a similar ending to the Bremerhaven game where we were leading by 8-10 points in the fourth. We gave this game away. The three pointers by Ulm were tough shots where our defense was good. On offense, we were too quick and running around like wild hens which led to turnovers or missed shots. We have to find more calmness on offense', stressed Giessen German Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86, agency: Liman Sports).

Ratiopharm continue to play strong Basketball staying deep in the playoff places and sticking to the home court advantage. Ratiopharm Ulm extended their winning streak to two games and won their sixth game out of their last eight games. Ulm continue to demonstrate that they are a post season team. 'Ulm will fight for the playoffs. They possibly could make some noise in the playoffs as well. They have very good individual players that are difficult to guard', said German Jannik Freese. Ulm also showed that they are solid on the road extending their record to 6-6. 'The Kuhberg Halle will always remain the best place to play for me, but the atmosphere in Giessen was similar. It was very loud and I really noticed the whistling down the stretch on offense and at the free throw line', added Ulm American Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida).

With the loss to American NBA draft pick Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis), the chances for Giessen to stay in the league get about as complicated as the chances for the Oklahoma Thunder to reach the NBA playoffs. Giessen have really not had the positive turnaround that they had hoped for since the Simon Cote firing losing 8 of the last 10 games and are currently riding a three game losing streak. The heart and fighting spirit of the Giessen 46ers did not go unnoticed with Ulm. 'Giessen made some big shots and have good shooters with Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) and Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) who are hard to guard. I think that they have potential to win some more games down the stretch,' stated 2006 & 2007 NCAA Florida champion Lee Humphrey.

The hero in the fourth quarter was American Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron)(201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron), who continues to show how valuable he can be when he is hot on offense. He finished the game as Ulm top scorer with 20 points and has reached this pinnacle in 1/3 of the Ulm games this season. He hit three difficult big three pointers down the stretch, which would of even gotten the three point money shot seal of approval from Dr. three point Larry Bird. Travis has an extraordinary uncommon name with Romeo, but the notoriety of his name and that of his companion Julia from the famous novel Romeo & Julia, which might of sparked her from moonlighting from the balcony for a front row seat on the rim. 'My beloved Julia was controlling the ball and guiding it go in', joked Ohio native Romeo Travis. He is shooting 32% from the parking lot this season and helped Ulm win the game at the end, but for some reason had to withstand quite a bit of jokes following the game. 'I have never seen Romeo hit three three pointers in a row. We gave him a hard time after the game in the locker room,' joked Lee Humphrey. Travis also got a big time compliment from coach Mike Taylor , who can rely on so many guys to help step up on any given night. 'Romeo took over the game like his good friend, the best Basketball player in the world LeBron James (203-F-84) can in the NBA. Romeo simply knew what he had to do', expressed Ulm coach Mike Taylor .

Ratiopharm Ulm knew from the get go that this would be a hard piece work as Giessen escaped the starting block shooting like they had arrived from Basketball heaven. Ulm started right away getting the ball down low to Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) as he responed with two hoops inside. The Giessen 46ers took the first 6-0 mini run of game to lead 12-6 as Schaffartzik hit a three point bomb somewhere half way to Frankfurt, German Robert Maras (216-C-78, agency: Court Side) made a mid distance jumper over Finn and Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) showed his strength on the offensive boards getting a rebound and laying it in. Giessen had this special fire and bigger intensity as they kept scoring after Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) had nailed a three pointer. Michael Umeh nailed a three pointer and Lischka scored again inside. Giessen led 19-9 as Ulm was looking for answers.

Giessen had done a good job not letting Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) find his rhythm early. Giessen remained dominant inside as Ulm was trying to be too creative on offense which was leading to turnovers. Ulm finished the first quarter with a tick of extra energy as Per Gunther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services) went inside and made a layup and slowly getting a new nickname as speedy Gonzalez. American Sean Finn finished with a lay up as Ulm was marching back and only trailing 22-16. Giessen was shooting extraordinary high with 75% from three point land and 62% from the field. Ulm was shooting 50% from the field and were still looking to find their groove from outside as they were only shooting 25%. Giessen was setting the tone under the boards leading the rebound battle 7-5. Ulm was doing a good job with points in the paint leading 12-8 despite a quiet Jeff Gibbs. 'We never really start well. There have only been a few games where we have started well. It was obvious that they would come out with a high intensity playing at home', added American Jeff Gibbs.

Ratiopharm Ulm started very strong in the second quarter as they had control of the game showing more discipline and were playing aggressive defense. Travis and Tripplet made steals and Travis and Guenter hoops. Ulm was slowly edging their way back into the game, while Giessen was missing more shots. American Lee Humphrey tied the score at 23 with a free throw. Giessen didnt want to relinquish the lead just yet as Jannik Freese made a mid distance jumper that got a friendly Giessen bounce. Who knows, but possibly Fabo(Giessen mascot) the Dragon, the son of Fabius(Giessen mascot) transported some mystical power to help the ball find the hole? Ulm tied the score with an open Dru Joyce, who showed through out the game how calm he is in regard to shooting the pull up jumper. 'I was feeling good tonight especially after making a few early. I feel I am shooting better this year than last, but I have always been a shooter who can knock down the shot', commented American Dru Joyce. Joyce then followed with a perfectly timed alley oop pass to Sean Finn and Ulm had the lead back 27-25.

However the Ulm lead would only be short lived as Giessen continued to find ways to score and hold the lead until the last second of the second quarter. Giessen went on a 7-0 run and were helped by a Ulm gift to American Ricky Hickman (190-G-83, college: NC-Greensboro) who made a very strange and unconventional four point play. He scored a free throw, then missed the second got the rebound and scored and was fouled in the process. He made the bonus free throw and Giessen led 32-27. Legends like John Stockton (186-G-62, college: Gonzaga) will be remembered for his passing abilities, Shaq maybe more for his dancing than dominant Basketball, and Ulm American Lee Humphrey for now in his early Basketball career his three point shooting. He responded with a long range bomb and Joyce followed with another three pointer. Giessen still led 34-33, but American Keith Triplett (191-G-80, college: Toledo) stole the ball and went coast to coast to tie the score 35 all. Michael Umeh scored off the penetration, but Ulm had the last laugh dancing into halftime with a Lee Humphrey buzzer beater and retaking the lead 38-37. 'We had to stop Giessen getting transition baskets. We still had a lot to do as we were getting outrebounded and they were shooting too many free throws', added Ulm forward Jeff Gibbs. Both teams were shooting over 50% from the field and the Humphrey three pointers helped Ulm reach 44%. Giessen had the 17-13 rebound edge and both teams had nine turnovers.

The only time when there should have been unhappy Giessen fans should have been at the end of the game, because during the game, the spectators were receiving every pennies worth of admission as there was not much separating both teams as both fought to the end and gave the fans very exciting Basketball. The quarter had three lead changes, but even though Ulm was leading for most of the third quarter, Giessen was overwhelming the small Basketball gym with their never ending will to win. Ulm started with a 5-0 run to lead 43-37, but Giessen always had an answer on offense never allowing Ulm to get a big lead. Giessen went on a mini run of 4-0 to cut the Ulm lead to 43-41 as Ex German National Gerrit Terdinge made a tip in and German Johannes Lischka went coast to coast turning the Ulm defense to dog food for a few seconds.

Lischka should be an easy bet for making his debut for Germany in the very near future under Dirk Bauermann Ulm kept the lead, but Giessen was pressing and regained the lead with a 6-0 run as Robert Maras made an easy back door hoop, Lischka followed with a running floater and Terdenge made a pretty text book fade away jumper rainbow that some how took a short detour to the Giessen VIP room, but eventually fell home. Giessen once again had the short lead, but Ulm kept a fancy rhythm on offense going on a 8-0 run as Travis and Humphrey nailed three pointers. Ulm lead again 54-47, but was Ulm coach Mike Taylor really breathing a sigh of relief yet? Maybe for a minute, but Giessen was very steady on offense as German Heiko Schaffartzik made a text book rainbow off the dribble and Ricky Hickman stole the ball point blank from Guenter and Giessen had tied the score at 56 and Taylor might have been wondering when will Giessen lay down and surrender?

American Dan Fitzgerald made a lay in, but it was Schafartzik again who now drained a three pointer from the left wing and the score was 59-59. The last minute stayed exciting as German Sebastian Betz (200-F-85) made a three pointer for the 62-61 lead, but Giessen guard Umeh responded with the lead 63-62 with a lay in, but Ulm finished the third quarter with the lead 64-63 as Sean Fin made an easy lay in. 'We are a great second half team. The game was pretty even and we had to find a way to put them away earlier. They are like Dusseldorf who never give up', warned Jeff Gibbs. After 30 minutes, Giessen was shooting 57% form the field and 42% from the parking lot, while Ulm was shooting very consistently at 53% from the field and 57% from long range. Giessen still had the edge in the paint with a 24-17 rebounding edge and both teams had 14 turnovers. The points in the paint was a close fight, but Ulm led that category 30-26.

Ratiopharm Ulm was unable to hold the intensity in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as Giessen roared back going on a 11-2 run to lead 74-66. This was the quarter of the two big runs. The only difference was that Ulm was just a bit stronger in their run which helped them win in Giessen. In this Giessen run, everything was working as only could. Giessen got big three pointers from Schaffartzik, Hickman and Umeh. Giessen was playing super intelligent Basketball on both ends of the court. Robert Maras hauled down a rebound and made a very coordinated touchdown pass in the manner of Bret Favre as he found Hickman for two points. Ulm was just shocked and almost helpless as they had to put up with the Giessen momentum and uncordial Giessen whistling fans.


But Ulm stayed cool and in a very special manner the way championship Basketball teams do, started a comeback and simply hit shots. A red telephone might have been hidden on the Ulm bench, because Romeo Travis might have used it in the timeout to quickly ask friend LeBron James for advice. Travis hit a three pointer, which was followed by a Jeff Gibbs lay in and Giessen only led 76-73. After Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: E.Carolina) hit two free throws, Travis made another difficult rainbow three pointer to cut the Giessen lead to 78-76. After a Ulm stop on defense, Travis did it again nailing another three pointer giving Ulm the lead back 79-78 and they would never look back

.'I know that I can shoot the three pointer. We have enough guys who can shoot and I really dont need to shoot, but tonight we were down and I had to shoot. I am just blessed that I was able to make the shots', explained American forward Romeo Travis. Umeh missed which was followed by two Dru Joyce free throws. Ulm led 81-78. Giessen had one last chance, but Hickman unleashed an air ball and instead of an overall loud Osthalle, there was a small area next to the Ulm bench that was full of cheers from the Ulm fans. 'Down the stretch, our defense really stepped up. We got big rebounds from Sean Finn and Dru Joyce and didnt let Giessen score in the last minutes', expressed Lee Humphrey. It is just a big thrill as the two maker and shakers of Ulm Thomas Stoll and Mike Taylor screamed for joy as the game ended. Ulm is undergoing something very special, which could lead to even bigger screams of happiness later in the season.


Ratiopharm Ulm was led by American Romeo Travis with 20 points and and five rebounds. American Dru Joyce had a strong game with 15 points and nine assists. American Sean Finn chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds. American Lee Humphrey added 12 points. The Giessen 46ers were led by American Michael Umeh with 16 points. Heiko Schaffartzik added 15 points. American Ricky Hickman contributed with 13 points. Germans Gerrit Terdenge and Johannas Lischka chipped in with ten points a piece.

Both teams shot extremely well from the field at 50%, while Ulm was helped in the fourth quarter by Travis upping their three point field goal percentage to 58%. Giessen had the upper hand down low winning the rebound war 34-28, but Ulm scored more in the paint winning there 36-30. The turnovers and steals were dead even at 19 and 8 a piece. This was a pretty even game, where just a few more ball possessions, defensive stops and three pointer set Ulm on their way to winning the game. The Giessen 46ers showed that they want to stay in the BBL, and will continue to give opposing teams problems down the stretch. Ulm on the other hand continues to be a very bright spot on the German Basketball horizon as Mike Taylor has built a very dangerous team in the last two years. This is the type of team that could give teams headaches in the playoffs. Ulm also has learned to win close games all season long having won seven games by four or fewer points. This is a team that will give opponents fits in crunch time. Winning is never easy, but winning close games is even harder. 'Winning close games has to do with self confidence and a matter of experience. We have been working hard all season long analysing each game and developing as a team so we can win close games', said Ulm coach Mike Taylor . Ratiopharm Ulm welcome The Telekom Baskets Bonn on March 21st while the Giessen 46ers travel to MEG Gottingen on March 25th.



Danny Gibson(Nordlingen Giants) Pregame Thoughts to Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game March 15th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
25 year old American Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) from Madison Indiana and is a 180 point guard for The Nordlingen Giants who is playing his first season in the BBL. He started gaining Basketball experience at Southern Indiana where he averaged in 34games: 8.2ppg 2.7rpg 4.9apg 1.9spg 40.6%3p in his senior year. He then came to Germany and played at NVV Lions Mnchengladbach in 2006-2007 averaging in 29 games: 22.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 40.1%, FT: 75.2%. Last season he played in the PRO A and played at Cuxhaven averaging in 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. This season, he is averaging 11,7ppg, 1,9rpg and 2,7apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about the upcoming game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 15th.




Danny, this is your first season in the BBL. Is it what you expected and how happy have you been with your game?


It actually is what I expected. I am happy with my game, but there is always room for improvement.






You guys are playing a great season. How far is Nordlingen from being a playoff team?


Once we get to the level of playing consistently every night, I think we can be a playoff team.





What kind of a feeling was it being able to beat Bamberg twice in one season?


It's a great feeling to beat any team twice in this league, due to the tough competition.






You have been logging 33 minutes a game this season. Is there any special conditioning you do or how is it to play so much?


There is no special conditioning. I just go and play hard when I am on the court.







You guys lead the league with 16,5 turnovers per game. This is a big motivation for opposing defenses. What has the team been working on too limit turnovers?

We are working on being smart with the ball and making better decisions.







What ahs been the nicest compliment that you have gotten this season in regards to the Nordlingen Basketball season?


The nicest compliment given is that we always play hard for the full 40 minutes.




What have you improved in your game this season?


This season I have improved in my ability to run a team.






The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Sklyiners that beat you twice this season. Revenge must be big, but could over motivation hurt the team?


We are looking forward to this game and have plenty of motivation.




You played in Frankfurt already once this season and lost in Cup play. What do you guys want to do differnetly this time in order to win?


To play better defense for the entire 40 minutes.




What was it like playing against Pascal Roller (180-G-76)?


It is always great to play against a player of his caliber.






You, Omari, Monta and Osvaldo can win games, but if you could choose, with what player would you have the most confidence in taking the last shot?


All 3 of these players have made big shots the entire year, which is why whoever I got the ball to would make the shot.





Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) dreams of being a point guard. He would fit the mold of a Magic Johnson. How would a one on one turn out between you and him?


He has the height; I have the speed. I think my speed would get him in the end.




With what Skyliner player would you like to play together with in a team?


Derek Allan because his work ethic would wear off on an entire team.




What are your NCAA Final Four predictions?


Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA, Wake Forest



What was the last DVD that you saw?


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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oldenburg 19-5 
 2. Goettingen 17-6 
 3. Bonn 17-7 
 4. Ulm 16-8 
 5. ALBA 15-5 
 6. Frankfurt 15-9 
 7. Paderborn 13-11 
 8. Bamberg 12-12 
 9. Ludwigsb. 11-13 
 10. Trier 11-13 
 11. Braunschweig 10-14 
 12. Tuebingen 10-14 
 13. Noerdlingen 10-14 
 14. Art.Dragons 10-14 
 15. Duesseldorf 9-15 
 16. Koeln 99ers 7-16 
 17. Giessen 7-17 
 18. Bremerhaven 4-20 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 21-3 
 2. Bayreuth 19-4 
 3. Hagen 18-5 
 4. Karlsruhe 15-9 
 5. Kirchheim 14-9 
 6. Jena 14-10 
 7. B.Muenchen 13-11 
 8. Chemnitz 12-11 
 9. Cuxhaven 10-14 
 10. Bremen 9-13 
 11. teckproBraves 9-14 
 12. Langen 9-15 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 8-15 
 14. Schalke 6-18 
 15. Heidelberg 5-17 
 16. Lich 5-19 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. proveo Merl. 20-4 
 2. Wolfenbuettel 18-6 
 3. Rhoendorf 16-8 
 4. Herten 16-8 
 5. Osnabrueck 15-9 
 6. Telemotive 12-11 
 7. Hannover 12-12 
 8. B'guessbach 12-12 
 9. SU Braunsch. 11-12 
 10. Ehingen 11-13 
 11. Stahnsdorf 10-13 
 12. Landshut 9-15 
 13. Freiburg 8-16 
 14. Mainz 8-16 
 15. Franken Hexer 6-17 
 16. Speyer 6-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Omari WESTLEY
  Noerdlingen
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.5 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.5 
 3. Gardner, EWE B.14.9 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.14.9 
 5. Jeanty, Noerdlingen14.7 
 6. Bailey, Goettingen14.6 
 7. Katic, Walter Tigers14.6 
 8. Bowman, Telekom B.14.6 
 9. Rowland, Telek.14.5 
 10. Suput, Brose.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.8 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.3 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.8.3 
 4. Katic, Walter Tigers7.7 
 5. Gordon, Dt.7.6 
 6. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.2 
 7. Westley, Noerdlingen7.0 
 8. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.4 
 9. Rouse, LTi 46ers6.4 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  ratiopharm
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.7 
 2. Watson, Bremerha.4.0 
 3. Gardner, EWE B.4.0 
 4. Franklin, NY Phant.4.0 
 5. Anderson, Walter T.4.0 
 6. Rowland, Telek.3.8 
 7. Jenkins, ALBA3.8 
 8. Schaffartzik, LTi 3.5 
 9. Rivera, Brose B.3.5 
 10. Bailey, Goetting.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Goettingen
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Trice, Goettingen2.9 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 4. Foster, EWE B.1.8 
 5. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 7. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.5 
 9. Peete, Duesseldorf1.5 
 10. Jacobson, Goe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ken JOHNSON
  Telekom B.
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Telek.2.9 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Reiner, Bremerha.1.1 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 5. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.0 
 6. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 7. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 8. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Brose B.0.8 
 10. Gibbs, ratiopha.0.8 


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  GUYANA   


NLE Basketball.... Wins for Ravens and Jets in NLE basketball quarter-finals - by Joe Chapman
GEORGETOWNS Ravens stuttered through with a 74-70 overtime victory against fellow City team Pepsi Sonics, while Lindens Amelias Ward Jets cantered their way past Beepat Scorpions 74-56, in two quarter-final matches in this years Next Level Entertainment (NLE) third annual championship Friday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Playing in the first game of a double-header feature, Jets stung the Scorpions with relative ease as they found the runway clear after taking leads throughout the encounter. The experienced Kevin Joseph quarter-backed them with 23 points, five assists and three steals; Delbert Kitt notched up 14 and big forward Domain Webster playing well within himself produced 13 points, 10 rebounds and one steal.
The Jets were racing away at halftime 49-25 and the tactics by the Scorpions to play a man-to-man game opened up all sorts of transition plays for the speedy Jets side.
The Scorpions best shoots were Trevor McLeod with 17 points four rebounds and two steals, Rawle Toney contributed 12 points and Darren Thomas collected 11 points, 10 rebounds and one blocked shot.
The second game was a dingdong affair between Ravens and Sonics. The Ravens prevailed in overtime after being held to a 63-63 stalemate at the end of regulation time and a 28-all deadlock at halftime.
As such, the going was never easy for the flying Ravens and sailing Sonics and in the end the birds soared high enough to win and gain one off the semifinal slots available.
Kevin Lawrence played big for the Ravens with 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals with Darcel Harris picking up 14 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals, as Ryan Gullen added 13 points, six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot and Soriah Clarke with 11. In fact it was Clarke who scored the buzzer-beating lay-up to send the game into overtime.
Jason Squires was the leading player for the Sonics with 13 points while teammates Trevor Smith 11 and Rawle Whyte netted nine points, six rebounds and two steals in the loss.


NLE basketball..Semi-final line-ups to be completed tonight - by Joe Chapman
WITH two more semi-final slots remaining to be filled tonight, national club champions Wismar Pistons and Victory Valley Royals will square off in a match of the bauxite mining town teams, while the other quarter-final pits Kashif and Shanghai Kings against Georgetowns Nets.
These match-ups are interesting since it will determine how the balance of power will be in the final-four setting.
With Amelias Ward Jets already through, the winner of the clash with Pistons and Royals will determine the opponent for the Jets. The other encounter will determine if another Georgetown side will join Ravens for the right to play in the final or will Ravens have the unenviable task of colliding with the dangerous Kings for a spot in the final.
From all indications the Kings should prevail, based on their team outlook and while they entered at the pleading of the organisers NLE, it is just to say that were it not for a decision not to play in the current seeding tournament of the Linden Amateur basketball association, the Kings would have been among the top-rated sides and not placed as the eighth ranked Linden side.
However, the fact is that Kings are going to be a force that none of the competing clubs would like to face and the Nets therefore will have their work cut out against this strong Linden side.
The Kings have in their lineup players of the calibre of centre Jason Alonzo and Omally Sampson with the back court of Steve Neils (Jr) and Marvin Hartman who are among the best locally.
The Nets had their way inside against the Raiders of Linden but this Kings team will be of a different kind. The Nets will find Alonso and company hard to dislodge on the block and Neils and Hartman hard to control.
For now Drumson McCaulay, Mattian Williams and Fabian Johnson, who all had solid performances against the Retrieve Raiders, will now be able to better judge their ability against this Kings team.
The other clash should be slightly in favour of the national champions Pistons, with Quincy Jones, Shane Lewis and a new acquisition from the Royals, Dwight Cooper, being their main springs up front.
The back court of the Pistons will be handled by Nevin Grenville and Mark Louis. The Royals will rely on the roving centre Dwayne Roberts and Anson Durant, Orlando Glasgow and Chris Williams to shoot them past their opponents.
This will be a game that may go down to the wire. But the fact that the Pistons won against the Royals recently should be of some comfort to them.


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  HUNGARY   


Albacomp and Szolnok won - by Tamas Deri
It was a close game for 32 minutes, but Rashad Bell and Jara Doyne scored very important points int he last 8 minutes, so Albacomp could win in Budapest Thursday night.

Even Kaposvar was very close to make a big surprise last night, but Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St.)s (18 points and 11 assists) and Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette)s (20 points, 18 rebounds) double-doubles were enough for Szolnoks victory, which team is still on the way into the playoffs with the 6th win in a row.

ENTERNET NTE-HEGYVIDEK -ALBACOMP 65-81
(18-16, 15-24, 20-16, 12-25)
Budapest, Att.: 800, Referees: Cziffra, Kiss L., Sojtory
HEGYVIDEK: Antione Johnson (185-G-81, college: Albany) 20/12, Andras Rujak (187-G-88) 11, Simon N. 3, Younger 8/6, Keresztes 9, Hajmasy 2, Krasznai 3/3, Fulop 4, Will 3, Beak 2, Coach: Hartai Tamas
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 6/6, Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) 27/6, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 21/12, Gobi 5, Radovic 11/3, Adam HANGA 6, Keller 5/3, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos


Szolnoki Olaj KK -Kaposvari KK 70-65
(25-13, 15-18, 12-20, 18-14)
Szolnok, Att.: 1500, Referees: Adam J., Vetek F., Szabo G.
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Ronnie Ross 18/9, Tutt 10, Varadi 6/6, Jurkunas 9/6, Ousmane Barro 20, Cziczas 3/3, Harazin, Toth 4, Szabo, Coach: Por Peter
Kaposvari KK: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 15/6, Vojvoda 14/6, Hoffmann 2, Welton 7, Orosz 22, Kiss , Csirke 3/3, Juhos 2, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
STATISTICS:
2pointers: 50% - 51%
3pointers: 8/28 - 5/21
Free Throws: 12/21 - 12/17
Rebounds: 40 (Barro 18) - 37 (Juhos 8)
Assists: 21 (Ross 11) - 22 (Marciulonis 9)
Steals: 7 - 8 (Orosz 2)
Blocks: 3 - 3 (Welton 2)
Fouls: 16 - 20


Hungarian Cup: Final Four in Szombathely again - by Tamas Deri
On Thursday the managements of the four clubs were invited to the Hungarian Federation, where they could bit for the Final Four. At the end two teams Pecs and Falco KC Szombathely raised the bit step by step and for 13.1 million HUF (around 45.000 EUR) Szombathely will be the home of the Final Four again.

The semifinals will be played ont he 4th of April as follows:
Szolnoki Olaj KK - PVSK Pannonpower Panthers
Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend - Falco-Szova KC Szombathely

The Final will be played on Sunday, 5th of April in the Arena Savaria.


Bialek left Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The polish power forward and the management of Kormend decided to part their ways, so Bialek left the team already and traveled back to Poland.
Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) came first in September to our country, where he spent a week-tryout with Falco KC Szombathely, but did not sign. He went to Greece to play for Olimpias Patron in the 2nd division, but left the team before the season started. He just got a one month deal with Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend which got prolonged after his good games in Eurochallenge and the regular season. The fans of Kormend and Szolnok will never forget his shot clock shot in Kormend, with that the home team won the game after the decision of the Federation by one point. He had a lot of games with double figures: 25 points against ZTE, 19 points and 10 rebounds against. Atomeromu, 18 and 10 against Dombovar, 20 and 10 against Univer.

After the Christmas break Bialek did not find the rhythm and could not put up the same good numbers as before: could score only 37 points in his last 6 games for Kormend.



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  ICELAND   


Hamar back to top league. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last games of regular season in div 1 was friday.Hamar had already won the league and will move directly up to Iceland Express league again.
Teams in place 2-5 go to play-offs and winner of that moves up with Hamar.
Results from last games.
Armann 94. Hottur 80. Saemundur Oddson 22 for Armann. Bayo Arigbon 31+ 14 rebs for Hottur.
Hamar 90 Thor 86. Marvin Valdimarsson hot in this game with 40 pts. Elvar Gudmundsson 27 for Thor.
Fjolnir 116. Laugdaelir 85. Roy Smallwood 24 Jon Sverrisson 19 for Fjolnir. Petur Sigurdson 28. Vidar Hafsteinsson 20 for Laugdaeli.
UMFH 108 Armann 93. Caleb Holmes 32. Atli Gunnarsson 23 for UMFH. Gunnlaugur Elsuson 35 for Armann.
Haukar 66 Valur 79. Sveinn Sveinsson (190-F-81) 19 for Haukar. Hjalti Fridriksson (-89) 17 for Valur.

Teams in play-offs. Fjolnir vs Haukar. Valur vs. KFI.


Two home wins in play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Snaefell & Grindavik start play-offs with good home win.

Grindavik 112 IR 78. Not too strong defense in this game from IR. 55-49 at halftime but bad second half were IR only scored 29 pts against 57 pts from Grindavik.
Top scorers for Grindavik. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) 28. Brenton Birmingham & Nick Bradford 16 each for Grindavik. Sveinbjorn Claessen 20 Hreggvidur Magnusson 19 for IR.

Snaefell 93 Stjarnan 81 40-38 at halftime. Lack of rebounding (47-24) was main problem for Stjarnan + much better shooting % from home team.
Leading scorers for Snaefell.Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 23 L. Wagner 16. Magni Hafsteinsson & Slobodan Subasic 15 each.For Stjarnan former Snaefell player Justin Shouse 22 + 12 assist. Jovan Zdravevski 21


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  INDIA   


Western, Southern Railway champions in Ramu Memorial - by Anil Kumar



Western Railway and Southern Railway fashioned contrasting victories to clinch the mens and womens titles, respectively, in the All India Silver Jubilee Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament, sponsored by United Phosphorous Limited and ONGC, that concluded at the Indian Gymkhana on Sunday.



Defending womens champions Southern Railway routed Maharashtra 96-59 to retain the title and complete a hat-trick for a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and the Kapila Khandvala Trophy.



In a thrilling mens final, Western overcame a strong challenge from former champions Indian Overseas Bank with a thrilling 89-83 win for the mens crown and a cash prize of Rs. One lakh.



Western, who got off to a good start, controlled the proceedings and were in no fear of losing their grip after leading by a narrow 48-43 margin at half-time.



But they were taken by surprise in the third quarter when IOB came back strongly with Mihir Pandeys breathtaking accuracy to trail 62-68 and set the stage for a nail-biting finish.



IOB kept their hopes alive through four crucial three-pointers by Pandey in the third quarter, at a time when Western had relaxed in the interim.



But the pressure got to IOB towards the end that allowed Western to claw back, though they snatched the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter at 70-68 with seven minutes and 43 seconds remaining.



IOB held on to a delicate 81-80 lead with just two minutes and 35 seconds remaining in a match that could have gone either way, before Western earned a slew of crucial free throws to steadily swell their tally and snatch the match away.




Southern Railway, winners in the last two editions, dominated the match with a combined effort and led 49-23 at half-time to take it away from a hapless Maharashtra who missed chances galore.



Southern Railway, who avenged their defeat in the league where they lost 60-66 in extra-time, were led by India star Geethu Anna Jose who top scored with 30 points, while player of the tournament S. Kokila contributed 15, P. Anitha 13 and Nina Harindran 11.



Veteran Geo Blessen scored 15 points for Maharashtra while S. Indu scored 14.



Our team combined well from the beginning,explained a delighted A. Shivanandan, senior coach, Southern Railway. Our defence was good, we controlled the defensive rebound, which is essential in basketball. The (vast) experience of Geethu, Kokila and P. Anitha was decisive.



The better team won,admitted Maharashtra coach Abdul Hamid. We did not convert our chances.



Result: Men: Western Rly 89 (Yadwinder Singh 25, Jasjot Singh 25, Vishesh Brighuvanshi 22, Gagandeep Singh 15) bt IOB 83 (Mihir Pandey 24, Harish K. 23, S. Robinson 21). HT: 48-43.



Women: Southern Railway 96 (Geethu Anna Jose 30, S. Kokila 15, P. Anitha 13, Nina Harindran 11) bt Maharashtra 59 (Geo Blessen 15, S. Indu 14). HT: 49-23.


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  IRAN   


Matic named new Iran basketball coach - by Mohammed Malas
Matic named new Iran basketball coach
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 07:34:16 GMT

The Iranian national basketball squad
Iran has named Serbian Veselin Matic as the new head coach of the Iranian national basketball squad to replace his compatriot Rajko Toroman.

Veselin Matic has been selected as the new Iranian basketball head coach, said Mahmoud Mashhoon, the President of the Iranian Basketball Federation (IBF) on Thursday.

According to the agreement the Serbian coach can bring an experienced physical therapist, a physician, a masseur, an analyst and an assistant to Iran, he explained. 'Dr. Mehran Hatami from Iran will be one of his assistants.

Mashhoon further pointed out that Matic will finalize the agreement at the Iranian National Olympic Committee on Saturday.

Matic will in Tehran on April 4 to start his work, he added.

Mashhoon stated that the Iranian national basketball team will hold its first training camp after the country's basketball league competitions.

The 54-year-old Serbian Rajko Toroman coached the Iranian basketball outfit in 2007-2008 but then moved to steer Philippine national basketball team.

THe Iran basketball squad is one of the strongest teams in Asia, the current champions at the FIBA Asia Championship. HRF/JG


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  ITALY   


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 20-1 
 2. Lottomatica 14-7 
 3. Banca Tercas 13-8 
 4. La Fortezza 13-8 
 5. Benetton 12-10 
 6. Armani MI 11-10 
 7. NGC Cantu 11-10 
 8. Scavolini 10-11 
 9. Premiata 10-11 
 10. Angelico BI 10-11 
 11. Air AV 9-12 
 12. Solsonica 8-13 
 13. Eldo Caserta 8-13 
 14. Fortitudo 8-14 
 15. Carife FE 7-14 
 16. Snaidero 5-16 


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. Boykins, La Forte.15.5 
 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. Slay, Eldo Caserta2.9 
 8. Elder, NGC Cantu2.9 
 9. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 10. Gordon, Fortitu.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. Nnamaka, Carife FE0.8 
 9. Achara, Fortitudo0.8 
 10. Nicevic, Benett.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Aget IM
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Bunn, Aget IM24.4 
 2. Dowdell, Fastw.21.6 
 3. Hatten, Enel Brindisi21.5 
 4. Davis, Harem SC21.0 
 5. Kemp, Basket LI20.5 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO20.0 
 7. Boyette, Basket LI19.6 
 8. Goss, Crabs RN19.3 
 9. Marigney, Edimes P.19.2 
 10. Whiting, Banco.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle HINES
  Prima VE
  (198-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Hines, Prima VE9.6 
 2. Lloreda, Seven 20079.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni J.9.1 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.8.7 
 5. Bunn, Aget IM8.5 
 6. George, Umana R.8.3 
 7. Tyler, Carmatic PT7.9 
 8. Smith, Fastweb CM7.9 
 9. Ringstrom, Seven 7.9 
 10. Salvi, Harem7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jason ROWE
  Banco Sard.
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.8 
 2. Childress, Cimberio.4.8 
 3. Allen, Prima VE4.3 
 4. de Assis, Seven 4.3 
 5. Cinciarini, Edimes P.3.8 
 6. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.7 
 7. Busca, Harem SC3.6 
 8. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.6 
 9. Nissim, Prima VE3.4 
 10. Swann, Aget3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Elton TYLER
  Carmatic PT
  (205-F/C-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tyler, Carmatic PT4.0 
 2. Bunn, Aget IM4.0 
 3. Goss, Crabs RN3.9 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.3.8 
 5. Lloreda, Seven 20073.6 
 6. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.5 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.5 
 8. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.5 
 9. Childress, Cimberio.3.4 
 10. Mbemba, Vanoli3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reyshawn TERRY
  La Fortezza
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.6 
 5. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.0 
 7. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 8. George, Umana R.0.9 
 9. Dickens, Cimberio.0.9 
 10. Melli, Trenkwald.0.8 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 16-7 
 2. Vanoli SO 14-9 
 3. Prima VE 14-10 
 4. Fastweb CM 13-10 
 5. Fileni JE 12-11 
 6. Banco Sard. 12-11 
 7. Basket LI 12-11 
 8. Edimes PV 12-12 
 9. Trenkwalder 11-12 
 10. Crabs RN 11-12 
 11. Enel Brindisi 11-12 
 12. Harem SC 10-13 
 13. Carmatic PT 10-13 
 14. Aget IM 9-14 
 15. Umana Reyer 9-14 
 16. Seven 2007 9-14 


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No problems for ASK Riga against Nevezis - by Emiliano Carchia
ASK Riga visited Kedainiai and was able to get an easy 82:64 victory, which was their 12'th of the season. The Latvians got 4'th place in a regular season. Nevezis Kedainiai became the worst team in Elite division and will play a transitional game against Challenge Cup's champion.

The guests got down to business already in the first quarter in which they captured a double-digit lead (21:11). They finished this period leading 29:18 and continued their successful play throughout the whole game. the difference between teams became 20 points already in the second quarter and Nevezis Kedainiai could not do anything about it.

ASK Riga just played their game and showcased that they are a different caliber team than Nevezis Kedainiai and got an easy win on the road.

Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) led all scorerd with 20 points and 5 assists, Aigars vitols collected 15 (7 rebs.). Povilas Sakinis scored 15 (5 rebs.) for Nevezis Kedainiai. (source: www.bbl.net)


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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 7-9 
 7. Antranik 6-11 
 8. Kahraba 5-12 
 9. Anibal 4-12 
 10. Feytroun 2-15 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Heat30.0 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.6 
 3. Bryant, Lakers28.0 
 4. Durant, Thunder26.0 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.6 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers23.0 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.8 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Howard, Magic13.9 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.2 
 3. Lee, Knicks12.1 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.9 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.5 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.7 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.3 
 9. Yao, Rockets9.6 
 10. McDyess, Pisto.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.8 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.4 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 7. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 8. Wade, Heat7.7 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.6 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.3 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat2.0 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 7. Brewer, Jazz1.8 
 8. Iguodala, 76ers1.7 
 9. Artest, Rockets1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bobca.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.3 
 3. Andersen, Nuggets2.2 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 8. Lopez, Nets1.8 
 9. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 10. Bynum, Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 50-16 
 2. 76ers 32-31 
 3. Nets 28-37 
 4. Knicks 28-37 
 5. Raptors 23-43 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 52-13 
 2. Pistons 33-31 
 3. Bulls 30-37 
 4. Bucks 30-38 
 5. Pacers 28-39 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 48-17 
 2. Hawks 38-28 
 3. Heat 36-29 
 4. Bobcats 28-38 
 5. Wizards 15-51 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 42-25 
 2. Trail Blazers 41-24 
 3. Jazz 41-25 
 4. Timberwolves 20-46 
 5. Thunder 18-48 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 52-13 
 2. Suns 35-31 
 3. Warriors 23-42 
 4. Clippers 15-50 
 5. Kings 14-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 44-21 
 2. Rockets 43-25 
 3. Hornets 41-24 
 4. Mavericks 40-26 
 5. Grizzlies 16-48 


Last games - James leads Cavs to win with 51 points - by Eurobasket News
Pacers - Hawks 87-101
Another nice performance by Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas), who this time nailed 30 points and handed out 6 assists for the Hawks. Alfred Horford also was in a game mood collecting 17 pts and 15 boards. TJ Ford led the scorers in defeat with 29 pts. Hawks 38-28, Pacers 28-39.

Grizzlies - Celtics 92-102
The reigning champ got 30 points and 11 rebounds last night from Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California). Ray Allen scored 22 and Paul Pierce helped with 17. OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay combined 47 pts for the guests. Celtics 49-16, Grizzlies 16-47.

Knicks - Timberwolves 102-94
Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) was a starter last night for the Knicks collecting 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Wilson Chandler also shined with 24 points and 12 boards. David Lee, Larry Hughes and Al Harrington scored 12 pts each. The Wolves got 28 points from Ryan Gomes. Knicks 28-37, Wolves 19-46.

Hornets - Bucks 95-86
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) led the Hornets to 40-23 record registering 30 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. David West followed him with double-double, 21 points and 10 boards. Richard Jefferson netted 27 for the loosing squad.

Nets - Trail Blazers 100-109
Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) was on fire for the Blazers scoring 31 points. Nicolas Batum netted 20 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 pts and 10 boards. Devin Harris came up with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat. Blazers 41-24, Nets 28-37.

Cavaliers - Kings 126-123
Victory number 52 for the Cavs. Fantastic LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) this time poured in 51 points and also registered 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Anderson Varejao had 18 points and 12 rebs. Kevin Martin answered on the other side with 34 points and 6 boards.

Mavericks - Warriors 110-119
The Golden State Warriors celebrated last night against the Mavs jumping to 23-42 record. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) and Monta Ellis combined 60 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 9 boards for the Mavs.

Rockets - Bobcats 91-86
Ming Yao was a key player for the Rockets last night nailing 23 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Luis Scola had 15 pts and 6 rebs, while Aaron Brooks and Ron Artest netted 10 points apiece. Gerald Wallace collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in loss. Rockets 43-24, Bobcats 28-37.

Bulls - 76ers 101-104
Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) was on fire for Philadelphia draining 31 points. Andre Iguodala had 25 and Andre Miller stopped on 13 pts, including 13 assists. Chicago got 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Derrick Rose. 76ers 31-31, Bulls 29-36.

Pistons - Raptors 99-95
The Pistons grabbed this one mostly owing to Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut), who came up with 24 points and 16 assists. Antonio McDyess also shined adding 16 pts and 13 rebounds. On the other side, Chris Bosh registered double-double, 27 points and 10 rebounds. Pistons 33-31, Raptors 23-43.

Magic - Wizards 112-103
47-17 for the Magic and 15-50 for the Wizards after this game. Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Rashard Lewis scored 19, while Dwight Howard and Rafer Alston netted 18 pts each. Antawn Jamison replied with 36 points in defeat.


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CBSSports.com National Player of the Year: Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of Oklahoma
National Coach of the Year: Bill Self of Kansas
National Freshman of the Year: Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89) of Memphis

All-America 1st Team
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) of North Carolina
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) of Davidson
James Harden (6'5''-G-89) of Arizona State
Blake Griffin of Oklahoma
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of Pittsburgh

All-America 2nd Team
Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87) of Kansas
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Marquette
Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87) of Duke
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) of Connecticut

All-America 3rd Team
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86) of Florida State
Tyreke Evans of Memphis
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) of Louisville
Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) of Pittsburgh
Jordan Hill (6'10''-F) of Arizona

National Freshman All-American 1st Team
Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-G) of Washington
Tyreke Evans of Memphis
Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89) of Oklahoma
Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90) of Wake Forest
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90) of Georgetown

National Freshman All-American 2nd Team
Terrico White (6'5''-G) of Mississippi
Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G-90) of Virginia
Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) of Butler
Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89) of Nevada
Samardo Samuels (6'8''-F-89) of Louisville

National Freshman All-American 3rd Team
Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) of Connecticut
Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) of Kansas
Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90) of Washington State
Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F) of West Virginia
Yancy Gates (6'9''-F) of Cincinnati


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Led by Robert Dozier (6'9''-F-85)'s double-double, Memphis secures their fourth straight conference title.
Robert Dozier and the Memphis Tigers watched the last 32 seconds tick off the clock, finishing a fourth straight Conference USA tournament championship. No one threw the ball into the air or jumped on a table.
'It's just one of our goals we accomplished,' said Dozier, a senior. 'The next big thing is the (NCAA) tournament. We want to be national champions, so we've got to go get ready.'
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89) scored 18 points and Dozier added 18 points and 14 rebounds Saturday, leading No. 4 Memphis to a 64-39 victory over Tulsa in the Conference USA tournament final.
The Tigers (31-3) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 25 and won their 61st straight league game. Memphis, last year's national runner-up, hasn't lost since Dec. 20 to Syracuse. Fans started chanting 'No. 1 seed, No. 1 seed' in the final minutes.
Memphis coach John Calipari tried a new tact in lobbying for a second consecutive No. 1 seed.
'If you looked at what the committee did a year ago, four No. 1s, all four in the final games, and there were very few lower teams beating upper teams. I am going to trust their judgment,' Calipari said. 'If they think we're a 2 seed, we'll try to prove them wrong.'
Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) added 12 points and Doneal Mack had 11 for Memphis, which padded its NCAA record of wins during this four-year run to 135. After the tournament awards, the lights dimmed for the unveiling of a banner in the rafters with Dozier, Anderson and Chance McGrady's names and jersey numbers in recognition of that achievement.
The number of wins was left blank, though Calipari has the figure in mind he wants to see.
'We got to get to 141. 1-4-1. And mark it down. That one won't be matched,' Calipari said of a number that would result in the school's first national title.
Tulsa (24-10), which had won seven straight, scored the fewest points ever in a C-USA tournament game with reserve Glenn Andrews leading the team with 13 points. Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik called it a tough venue that had him calling timeouts early trying to quiet the crowd a bit and an opponent deserving of a No. 1 seed.
'You can't replicate that,' Wojcik said of the Tigers. 'And if you could, you'd play that way.'
Tulsa hoped for a better showing than last year's title game, which Memphis won 77-51. The Golden Hurricane gave Memphis its toughest game in league play this season, a 55-54 Tigers win in Tulsa on Jan. 13.
But Tulsa never got untracked. Memphis scored the first eight points, never trailed and led by as much as 28 in securing what could be the league's lone NCAA berth. Calipari said he wasn't happy to hurt the NCAA chances of a deserving team in Tulsa.
'We would've done this to anybody in any league. Bring it. ... We'll play you,' he said. 'We play Tulsa and do this, and it hurts Tulsa. That disappoints me.'
Evans, the tournament MVP, helped put away the game, scoring the first nine points of a 12-0 run spanning halftime. He had the last four of the first half and opened the second with a driving layup, then hit a 3 from the right corner.
'It is great to go out and win conference,' Evans said with a snip of a net tucked around the back of his cap. 'I haven't really won a championship since I was 12 and won a national tournament.'
Even when the Tigers messed up, they still salvaged a play. Andrews nearly got a steal in the second half only to see Evans scramble to get it back. He was on the floor when he tossed the ball to Anderson, who passed to Dozier for a thundering dunk and a 52-30 lead with 7:58 left.
The Tigers held Tulsa's leading scorers to a combined 7-of-28. Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86) had four points, Ben Uzoh (6'3''-G-88) seven on 3-of-11 shooting and Ray Reese six. The Golden Hurricane missed 13 of their first 15 shots and went scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.
'We had chances early to score some points,' Wojcik said. 'Their defense forces you to rush shots and take them quicker than you want to. It's tough to score against them because they just extend everything and at least alter a shot. They had 10 blocks against us today.'
At times, both teams looked as if it was a little early for basketball, with a morning tip-off that produced long concession lines at the coffee stands.
Jordan finally got the Golden Hurricane going by driving for a layup, then dunking just as Memphis started struggling. The Tigers finished the half hitting only four of their last 22 shots, and the Golden Hurricane closed to 21-18 on a pair of Steve Idlet free throws at 4:09.
Dozier hit three of four free throws, and Evans drove through the paint for a layup and added two foul shots for a 28-20 halftime lead. He almost drew a foul that might have sent him to the line with less than 7 seconds left when Jordan put an elbow into his chest, but there was no call. Jordan drove to the basket and was called for a travel.
The clock showed 5.7 seconds remaining, so officials reviewed the final sequence. The clock had stopped with about 6.5 seconds left, anticipating a foul, and they ruled the first half over.

Courtesy of C-USA

C-USA Regular Season Standings
1 Memphis 16-0 30-3
2 Tulsa 12-4 24-9
3 UAB 11-5 22-11
4 Houston 10-6 21-11
4 UTEP 10-6 19-12
6 Cent.Florida 7-9 17-14
6 Marshall 7-9 15-17
6 Tulane 7-9 14-17
9 E.Carolina 5-11 13-17
10 S.Mississippi 4-12 15-17
10 Rice 4-12 10-22
12 SMU 3-13 9-21

Tournament Final: Memphis - Tulsa 77-51
Tournament Semifinals:
Memphis - Houston 74-49
Tulsa - UAB 70-67

C-USA All-Tournament MVP: Tyreke Evans of Memphis


All-C-USA 1st Team
Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G) of Houston
Tyreke Evans of Memphis
Stefon Jackson (6'5''-G-85) of UTEP
Jerome Jordan of Tulsa
Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86) of UCF

All-C-USA 2nd Team
Antonio Anderson of Memphis
Paul Delaney (6'2''-G-86) of UAB
Robert Dozier of Memphis
Ben Uzoh of Tulsa
Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85) of UAB

All-C-USA 3rd Team
Randy Culpepper (6'0''-G-89) of UTEP
Markel Humphrey (6'5''-F-87) of Marshall
Lawrence Kinnard (6'8''-F-86) of UAB
Kelvin Lewis (6'4''-G-88) of Houston
Jeremy Wise (6'2''-G-86) of Southern Miss

C-USA All-Freshman Team
Tyreke Evans of Memphis
Paul McCoy (5'11''-G) of SMU
Darrius Morrow (6'8''-F-90) of East Carolina
Arnett Moultrie (6'11''-F-90) of UTEP
Damier Pitts (5'10''-G-89) of Marshall
A.J. Rompza (5'9''-G) of UCF

C-USA All-Defensive Team
Antonio Anderson of Memphis
Paul Delaney of UAB
Robert Dozier of Memphis
Bamba Fall (7'1''-C-86) of SMU
Jerome Jordan of Tulsa
Kelvin Lewis of Houston

C-USA All-Academic Team
Sean Coleman (6'8''-F-87) of Houston
Adam Williams (6'4''-G) of Marshall
Aleks Perka (6'7''-F-87) of Rice
Steven Idlet (6'10''-F) of Tulsa
Sam Mitchell (6'9''-F/C-87) of Tulsa

C-USA Player of the Year: Jermaine Taylor of UCF
C-USA Defensive Player of the Year: Antonio Anderson of Memphis
C-USA Newcomer of the Year: Aubrey Coleman of Houston
C-USA Freshman of the Year: Tyreke Evans of Memphis
C-USA Sixth Man of the Year: Wesley Witherspoon (6'8''-G/F-90) of Memphis
C-USA Coach of the Year: John Calipari of Memphis



Florida State Upsets North Carolina, 73-70 - by Rick Ross
Toney Douglas scored 27 points and 22nd-ranked Florida State upset
No. 1 North Carolina 73-70 Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

Solomon Alabi and Derwin Kitchen added 11 points apiece for the
Seminoles (25-8), who will take on either Duke or Maryland in their first
ACC championship game Sunday afternoon. They beat North Carolina for the first time since
2004 and are now 1-1 against the Tar Heels in ACC Tournament semifinals.

Wayne Ellington scored 24 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 22 for the
Tar Heels (28-4), leaving him just three points shy of J.J. Redick's ACC points record (2,769).
North Carolina had its bid to win three consecutive titles stopped.

Douglas' 3-pointer gave Florida State a 48-46 lead with 13 minutes,
30 seconds remaining, and the Seminoles didn't give up the lead
despite several pushes by the Tar Heels until
Bobby Frasor made one of two free throws with 1:03 left to give North Carolina a 70-69 lead.
But Douglas responded with two free throws, and after a Hansbrough turnover
Kitchen's pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left gave the Seminoles a three-point lead.

Ellington and Green missed 3-pointers in the final seconds for the Tar Heels,
who played their second consecutive game without ACC player of the year
Ty Lawson who is out with a right big toe injury
The Tar Heels hadnt lost to Florida State in the postseason since the 1972 national semifinals.
Florida State used a 10-0 run spanning halftime to turn an eight-point deficit into a
34-32 advantage on Douglas 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half.

But then Hansbrough took over. He scored North Carolinas first 10 points of the half and then made a pretty interior pass to
Ed Davis for a dunk that cut Florida States advantage to 45-44.
Ellington followed that with a free throw to make it 45-45 with 13:57 remaining.
He was about to shoot his second free throw when the dome suddenly dimmed just a bit.
There was still plenty of light to play, but the game was delayed about 5 minutes until
UNCs Roy Williams and FSUs Leonard Hamilton agreed to resume play.

Then Ellington made the free throw, giving the Tar Heels the lead back at 46-45 before Douglas 3.
From there the teams exchanged baskets, with North Carolina tying it at 55 and getting within 66-65 on
Ellingtons 3-pointer with 3:56 remaining before finally taking the lead after Frasor was fouled.
Neither team led by more than five points in the second half.
After jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead, the Seminoles went cold
going scoreless for nearly 7 minutes and the Tar Heels took the lead, 10-8, on a layup by Ellington.
Ellington had the hot hand early. He scored 13 first-half points, including three 3-pointers, to help
North Carolina grab a 30-21 advantage on Hansbroughs layup with 1:51 remaining in the first half.
But the Seminoles got two field goals on their last possession before the break
a jumper by Douglas on which he was fouled and a layup by Kitchen to trail just 32-29 at halftime.
Both teams shot 12-for-34 in the first half, with the Tar Heels making two more free throws and one more
3-pointer than the Seminoles.
Deon Thompson had 12 points for the Tar Heels, who still have a great chance of getting the
NCAA Tournaments No. 1 overall seed.


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March Madness doesn't infect the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. Cinderella doesn't live here. Big 12 postseason play always make sure the carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight.
Ninth-seeded Baylor became the fourth team to win three games in the Big 12 Championship but fall short in the title game. No. 3 seed Missouri made sure the Green Machine's dream died a victory short.
The relentless Tigers won their first Big 12 Championship - in basketball and in any men's sport - with a business-like 73-60 victory over Baylor Saturday in the Ford Center.
'Our defense was the most consistent thing for us in the second half,' Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. 'And in the second half we really came out and put the pedal to the metal.'
Missouri in 1997 and 2003 and Oklahoma State in 1999 all attempted the four wins in four days challenge. Baylor tried but became an almost-but-not-quite story.
And around the country, a number of NCAA Tournament bubble teams could breathe again. Had the Bears won and captured the Big 12's automatic bid, there would have been one less place to sit in the game of musical chairs. San Diego State, Maryland, Creighton, Saint Mary's, Penn State, Arizona and Auburn - enjoy the oxygen.
'Coach Anderson has been nothing but honest with us,' said senior Matt Lawrence (6'7''-G), who had 13 points. 'He said he was gonna bring a championship to this school. Nobody believed him other than the 14 guys in our locker room.'
Tired teams have no luck. For Baylor, it started with who it played. Asked if playing Missouri was the worst match up for a team playing its fourth game in four days, Drew had an easy answer: 'Yes.'
Missouri's pressure defense - whether full court or half court - plus its deep bench tends to wear teams down.
'Anytime you play a team like Missouri that basically presses the entire game, it kind of wears guys down,' said Baylor's Kevin Rogers (6'9''-F-86), who was limited to eight points on six shots. 'That's the style they play and it's very successful for them.'
The Tigers started the second half with an 11-4 burst that produced their first double-digit lead (46-35).
Baylor countered to keep the game within reach. But at the midway point of the second 20 minutes, the Bears played like a tired team. Four 3-pointers just kicked off the front side of the rim and became rebounds. Another quarter of an inch and those were swishes.
'We were taking and making those shots all tournament,' said senior guard Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87), who missed one of the threes and also came up short on a driving layup. 'Missouri makes you play faster than you want. Maybe we rushed some shots. Maybe it was fatigue. I don't know.'
Baylor's four guards Jerrells, Tweety Carter (5'10''-G-86), Henry Dugat (6'0''-G-87) and Lacedarius Dunn (6'4''-G-87) - combined to make 15 of 46 shots. The foursome was 4-of-23 on 3-pointers.
Missouri, which was 6-of-31 on 3-pointers against Oklahoma State's zone in Friday's semifinal victory, had little trouble solving Baylor's zone. The Tigers made 8-of-17 from behind the arc. Coupled with Baylor's ineffectiveness against Mizzou's defense.
There was no drama preceding the celebration. Missouri dribbled out the clock and then the confetti blizzard started.
After accepting the championship trophy, Anderson took the microphone. His 'M-I-Z' was answered by 'Z-O-U.' Then he told the crowd, 'We're not done yet.'

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* The All-Tournament team - Missouri's DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86) (most outstanding player), Missouri's Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86), Baylor's Kevin Rogers, Texas' Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C) and Texas Tech's Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88).
* The four Big 12 teams that attempted to win four games in four days lost the Championship game by an average score of 65-51. The four teams shot 31.6 percent from the field and 21.5 percent on 3-pointers.
* There was a nice touch to the introduction of the starting lineups for both teams. Instead of just the five players, the public address announcer introduced student managers, team trainers and reserves.
* The Baylor women's team, which defeated Iowa State in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship semifinal earlier Saturday, got to the men's game about mid-way through the first half. On a block-charge call that went against Baylor in the second half, Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey was on her feet yelling in protest.
* Former Arkansas players Oliver Miller and Todd Day who played for the Razorbacks when Mike Anderson was an assistant coach there were in attendance Saturday.


Courtesy of Big12Sports



Big 12 Regular Season Standings
1 Kansas 14-2 25-7
2 Oklahoma 13-3 27-5
3 Missouri 12-4 25-6
4 Texas A&M 9-7 23-9
4 Oklahoma St. 9-7 22-10
4 Texas 9-7 22-10
4 Kansas St. 9-7 21-11
8 Nebraska 8-8 18-12
9 Baylor 5-11 19-13
10 Iowa St. 4-12 15-17
11 Texas Tech 3-13 14-18
12 Colorado 1-15 9-22


Tournament Final: Missouri - Baylor 73-60
Tournament Semifinals:
Missouri - Oklahoma State 67-59
Texas - Baylor 70-76

Big 12 All-Tournament MVP: DeMarre Carroll of Missouri

Big 12 All-Tournament Team
DeMarre Carroll of Missouri
Zaire Taylor of Missouri
Kevin Rogers of Baylor
Dexter Pittman of Texas
Mike Singletary of Texas

All-Big 12 1st Team
Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87) of Iowa State
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88) of Kansas
Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87) of Kansas
DeMarre Carroll of Missouri
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of Oklahoma

All-Big 12 2nd Team
Denis Clemente (6'0''-G-86) of Kansas State
Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89) of Oklahoma
James Anderson (6'6''-G-89) of Oklahoma State
A.J. Abrams (5'11''-G-86) of Texas
Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87) of Texas

All-Big 12 3rd Team
Curtis Jerrells of Baylor
Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89) of Colorado
Leo Lyons (6'9''-F) of Missouri
Ade Dagunduro (6'5''-G-86) of Nebraska
Byron Eaton (5'11''-G-86) of Oklahoma State
Josh Carter (6'7''-G/F-88) of Texas A&M

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Lacedarius Dunn of Baylor
Kevin Rogers of Baylor
Jacob Pullen (6'1''-G-89) of Kansas State
J.T. Tiller (6'3''-G) of Missouri
Austin Johnson (6'3''-G-87) of Oklahoma
Terrel Harris (6'5''-G-87) of Oklahoma State
John Roberson (5'11''-G-88) of Texas Tech
Alan Voskuil (6'3''-G-86) of Texas Tech

Big 12 All-Rookie Team
Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) of Kansas
Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) of Kansas
Denis Clemente of Kansas State
Zaire Taylor of Missouri
Willie Warren of Oklahoma

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Cole Aldrich of Kansas
J.T. Tiller of Missouri
Ade Dagunduro of Nebraska
Terrel Harris of Oklahoma State
Justin Mason (6'2''-G-88) of Texas
Derrick Roland (6'4''-G-88) of Texas A&M

Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team
Josh Lomers (7'0''-C-87) of Baylor
Levi Knutson (6'4''-G-88) of Colorado
Sean Haluska (6'3''-G-87) of Iowa State
Matt Kleinmann (6'10''-C) of Kansas
Tyrel Reed (6'3''-G-89) of Kansas
Buchi Awaji (6'4''-G) of Kansas State
Chris Merriewether (6'4''-G) of Kansas State
DeMarre Carroll of Missouri
Nick Krenk (6'0''-G) of Nebraska
Paul Velander (6'2''-G-85) of Nebraska
James Anderson of Oklahoma State
Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85) of Texas
Dogus Balbay (6'0''-G-89) of Texas
Damion James of Texas
Gary Johnson (6'6''-F-88) of Texas
Chinemelu Elonu (6'10''-F/C) of Texas A&M
Esmir Rizvic (7'0''-C-82) of Texas Tech

Big 12 Player of the Year: Blake Griffin of Oklahoma
Big 12 Defensive Co-Player of the Year: Cole Aldrich of Kansas and J.T. Tiller of Missouri
Big 12 Rookie Newcomer of the Year: Denis Clemente of Kansas State
Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Willie Warren of Oklahoma
Big 12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year: Lacedarius Dunn of Baylor and Matt Lawrence of Missouri
Big 12 Coach of the Year: Bill Self of Kansas



#5 Louisville to face #20 Syracuse at the Big East Tournament Final. - by Rangi Gescheit
#5 Louisville to face #20 Syracuse at the Big East Tournament Final.

Sold out Friday night Madison Square Garden hosted the double header of semi finals of the Big East Tournament. #5 Louisville (seed 1 at the big east, 26-7) faced #13 Villanova (seed 4 in the Big East, 23-11).#20 Syracuse (seed 6, 26-8) face W.Virginia (seed 7, 23-11). Higher seeds advance to play on the crown of the Big East Conference.

#5 Louisville - # 13 Villanova 69-55
Great performance of the Cats Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) and Dwayne Anderson (6'6''-G/F) was not enough against the deep team of Rick Pitino , 8 players played 12 minutes or more, holding 46%from downtown, just to open up the lane and allow the young big man Terrence Jennings get some easy buckets. When he was not assertive enough, Earl Clark (6'9''-G/F-88) stepped up to take some hit, and show some versatility. A nice Villanova comeback, 8 minutes to go, got them to a 50- 50 tie, but could not carry them any farther, due to a 3 point shot of McGee, and strong drives to the hoop by the Cardinals. Even a great 3 pointer by Corey Fisher, could not make it better for the Mountaineer since the Cardinals allowed them only 5 points in the last 8 minutes. Louisville maintained its odds to gain a #1 seed in a regionals at the NCAA tournament when a win over Syracuse would probably guarantee that.
Jerry Smith (6'1''-G-87) (6'1''-G-87), which was an important asset to Coach Pitino since entering the Big East Tournament, scored 16 points and showed a lot of character and leadership on the court. Smith: Coach tells us all the time that the way we practice is how we play. I had to buy into it, and I am happy I can show that in games. I think it (my improvement R.G) has to do with teams that are flying at me to block my shots so I had to drive and make them guard me. It helps me to get lay ups and also open looks for 3.

#20 Syracuse W.Virginia 74-69 (OT)
This time Syracuse needed only one over time to win the game. W.Virginia ran her patient offence to tier the already exhausted Syracuse team (win last night over UConn in 6 overtimes!!!). The thing was, Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89) did not run out of gas. He kept running the Cuse team, feed the big guys, that shared the ball with the shooters. Since that was the case, Coach Huggins tried his best weapon from the #2Pitt game, and moved to 1-3-1 half court zone defense. It worked for few minutes, and forced the Orange to settle for a long range, uncomfortable shots. But then the Orange went back to their running game. Andy Rautins (6'5''-G-86) gave up a shot for a Jonny Flynn cut to a lay up, and Jonny Flynn did the same thing to Andy Rautins on the next time down, extending the gap to 8, 28-20 3 minutes to half time.
The Mountaineers had the ball for the last 30 sec of the half. They ran a long ball movement offense and took a successful 3 point shot with 2 second to go, nothing but net, 29-33 orange. Kristof Ongenaet (6'8''-F-85, college: Cuesta JC) grabbed the ball quickly and handed a buzzer bitter practice to Eric Divendorf. It worked, and this time even the refs approved it. The whole thing was these. Quick pass, a blue shirt defender next to Divendorf, a great catch, turn to the basket, and from half court, while the time is ruuning out. Divendorf shots. The ball is in the air the buzzer is heard. And the ball dropped right in. It is good 36-29 at half time.
At the second half W.Virginia ran her stuff, and the Syracuse just did not run away. Ebanks helped the Mountaineers to hang around, and at the last 5 seconds, knocked down both free throws to send the game to an Over Time (7th over time for the Cuse in the last 24 hours).
Syracuse won the jump ball and it was all over. Paul Harris (6'5''-F-86) Made a lay up, and right after him it was Jonny Flynn. From there on, it was clear that the Cuse were more determined to get to the finals. After all it took them a lot of effort to get over UConn. Why should they give up now?


Utah Tops SDSU to Claim MWC Tournament Championship - by Eurobasket
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Luke Nevill (7'2''-C-86) scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half of a defense-dominated game, and Shaun Green (6'8''-F-87)'s steal right before the buzzer clinched Utah's 52-50 victory over San Diego State on Saturday for the Mountain West Conference tournament title.
Lawrence Borha (6'3''-G-84) scored 12 points and hit three free throws in the final 12.8 seconds for the second-seeded Utes (24-9). They won their second Mountain West tournament title not with scoring, but by limiting San Diego State star Lorrenzo Wade (6'6''-F) to 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
Richie Williams (5'9''-G) hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds for San Diego State to make it 51-50. After Borha missed his last free throw with 7.6 seconds left, Williams drove downcourt for a final shot - but Green swiped it cleanly from his hands on the perimeter.

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MWC Regular Season Standings
1 BYU 12-4 25-7
1 Utah 12-4 23-9
1 N.Mexico 12-4 21-11
4 San Diego St. 11-5 23-8
5 UNLV 9-7 21-10
6 Wyoming 7-9 19-13
7 TCU 5-11 14-17
8 Colorado St. 4-12 9-22
9 Air Force 0-16 10-21

Tournament Final: Utah - San Diego St. 52-50
Tournament Semifinals:
BYU - San Diego St. 62-64
Utah - Wyoming 68-55

MWC All-Tournament MVP: Luke Nevill of Utah

All-MWC 1st Team
Luke Nevill of Utah
Lee Cummard (6'7''-G-85) of BYU
Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) of BYU
Tony Danridge (6'5''-G/F-86) of New Mexico
Brandon Ewing (6'2''-G-86) of Wyoming

All-MWC 2nd Team
Daniel Faris (6'9''-F-87) of New Mexico
Kyle Spain (6'5''-F) of San Diego State
Lorrenzo Wade of San Diego State
Kevin Langford (6'8''-F-85) of TCU
Wink Adams (6'0''-G-85) of UNLV

All-MWC 3rd Team
Jonathan Tavernari (6'6''-G/F-87) of BYU
Marcus Walker (6'0''-G-86) of Colorado State
Richie Williams of San Diego State
Rene Rougeau (6'6''-G-86) of UNLV
Lawrence Borha of Utah

All-MWC Honorable Mention
Andrew Henke (6'6''-G) of Air Force
Roman Martinez (6'6''-G/F-88) of New Mexico
Chad Toppert (6'7''-G-85) of New Mexico
Billy White (6'7''-F) of San Diego State
Zvonko Buljan (6'9''-C-87) of TCU
Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89) of Utah
Luka Drca (6'5''-G-87) of Utah
Shaun Green of Utah
Tyler Kepkay (6'0''-G-87) of Utah
Tyson Johnson (6'6''-F-87) of Wyoming
Sean Ogirri (6'2''-G-86) of Wyoming

MWC All-Defensive Team
Luke Nevill of Utah
Jackson Emery (6'3''-G-87) of BYU
Richie Williams of San Diego State
Rene Rougeau of UNLV
Lawrence Borha of Utah

MWC Player of the Year: Luke Nevill of Utah
MWC Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Nevill of Utah
MWC Newcomer of the Year: Zvonko Buljan of TCU
MWC Freshman of the Year: Afam Muojeke (6'7''-G/F-88) of Wyoming
MWC Sixth Man of the Year: Shaun Green of Utah
MWC Coach of the Year: Steve Alford of New Mexico



Trojans Top Sun Devils to Win Pac-10 Crown - by Eurobasket
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Daniel Hackett (6'5''-G-87) hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds remaining and Southern California held on for a 66-63 victory over No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday to win the Pac-10 tournament championship for the first time.
Freshman Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89) scored 25 points, Hackett added 19 and Dwight Lewis (6'5''-G-87) 13 for the sixth-seeded Trojans (21-12), who overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to become the lowest seed to win the tourney.
James Harden (6'5''-G-89), the Pac-10 player of the year, missed a free throw, a layup and a 3-pointer in the final 50 seconds for the fourth-seeded Sun Devils (24-9). They were led by Jeff Pendergraph (6'9''-F-87) with 20 points and Derek Glasser (6'1''-G-87) with 16 in the school's first appearance in the title game.
The Trojans had been 0-3 in league tourney finals, losing to Oregon in 2003 and 2007 and to Arizona in 2002. The previous lowest-seeded team to win was Oregon six years ago. USC split with the Sun Devils during the regular season.
DeRozan was named the tournament's most outstanding player, and USC fans responded by chanting 'One More Year!' to the rookie who may be headed to the NBA draft.
Lewis hit a 3-pointer in front of USC's bench that left the Trojans trailing 63-62 with 1:01 remaining. Harden was called for an offensive foul and turnover at ASU's end, putting Hackett at the line with 42 seconds left. He made both to give USC a 64-63 lead, its first since the game's opening minutes.
Then Harden missed a layup with 19 seconds to go. Gibson got the block and the defensive rebound and was fouled by Glasser. Gibson made one of two free throws for a 65-63 lead.
Harden missed a 3-pointer over Gibson with 4 seconds to play. Harden finished with 10 points, well under his 21.1 average.
The Trojans inbounded and Lewis was fouled. He missed the first and made the second for a 66-63 lead. Glasser's 3-pointer from the far left sideline was off the mark at the buzzer.
Hackett climbed on the scorer's table and pumped his arm to the cheers of USC's fans. Lewis carried a cooler of Gatorade onto the court, but was discouraged from dumping it.
USC turned up its defense to start the second half, pressing the Sun Devils full-court and getting a couple of key steals by Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85). The Trojans opened on a 29-16 run, including 13 points by DeRozan and nine by Lewis, to close to 55-53 with 8:42 remaining.
During that stretch, the Trojans scored eight in a row, helped on one sequence with a block by Gibson and the defensive rebound by Hackett, who passed to DeRozan for the basket and a foul.
After getting beat inside in the first half, when the Sun Devils owned a 14-6 edge in the paint, the Trojans drove to the basket in the final 20 minutes and it paid off with dunks by DeRozan, Lewis and Gibson. But USC was shaky from the line over the final 6 1/2 minutes, going 6-of-10.
The Sun Devils shot 64 percent from 3-point range in the first half, with six of their last eight field goals coming from beyond the arc. Harden was scoreless with five assists when he hit back-to-back treys to end the half with the Sun Devils leading 39-24.
USC twice tied the game, the last time on Hackett's jumper with 10:40 remaining. But then Ty Abbott launched the 3-point barrage that put the Trojans behind by double-digits.
Coming off a 65-55 semifinal upset of No. 15 UCLA, the Trojans wanted the victory to earn the automatic NCAA tournament berth that goes with the title. Now they're guaranteed to receive their third invitation in coach Tim Floyd's fourth season.
A year ago, USC lost in the first round to Kansas State.


Courtesy of Pac-10


Pac-10 Regular Season Standings
1 Washington 14-4 25-8
2 UCLA 13-5 25-8
3 Arizona St. 11-7 24-9
3 California 11-7 22-10
5 USC 9-9 21-12
5 Arizona 9-9 19-13
7 Washington St. 8-10 17-15
8 Oregon St. 7-11 13-17
9 Stanford 6-12 18-13
10 Oregon 2-16 8-23

Tournament Final: Southern California - Arizona State 66-63
Tournament Semifinals:
UCLA - USC 55-65
Washington - Arizona State 65-75

Pac-10 All-Tournament MVP: Demar DeRozan of USC

Pac-10 1st Team
Jon Brockman (6'7''-F-87) of WASH
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88) of ARIZ
Patrick Christopher (6'5''-G-88) of CAL
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) of UCLA
Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G) of WASH
James Harden of ASU
Jordan Hill (6'10''-F-87) of ARIZ
Jeff Pendergraph of ASU
Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87) of CAL
Taylor Rochestie (6'1''-G-85) of WSU

Pac-10 2nd Team
Taj Gibson of USC
Daniel Hackett of USC
Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86) of UCLA
Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-G) of WASH
Nic Wise (5'10''-G) of ARIZ

Pac-10 Honorable Mention
Alfred Aboya (6'9''-F/C-85) of UCLA
Anthony Goods (6'3''-G) of STAN
Calvin Haynes (6'2''-G) of OSU
Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F) of STAN
Roeland Schaftenaar (6'11''-F/C-88) of OSU

Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Deangelo Casto (6'8''-F-90) of WSU
Demar DeRozan of USC
Jeremy Green (6'10''-G) of STAN
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90) of UCLA
Isaiah Thomas of WASH
Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90) of WSU

Pac-10 All-Defensive Team
Alfred Aboya of UCLA
Darren Collison of UCLA
Taj Gibson of USC
Daniel Hackett of USC
Jordan Hill of ARIZ

Pac-10 Player of the Year: James Harden of Arizona State
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year: Taj Gibson of USC
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year: Isaiah Thomas of Washington
Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon of Washington
Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Lorenzo Romar of Washington



#5Louisville beat tired #20 Syracuse to win the Big East Championship 76-66 - by Rangi Gescheit

#5Louisville beat tiered #20 Syracuse to win the Big East Championship 76-66.

#5Louisville was down 8 points at half time, again, just like they were against Villanova. Tonight, just like yesterday, Rick Pitino 's players came out of the locker room to start the second half as strong as they can. Tomight they had 27-9 in 8 minutes over the orange. They kept Exhausted Syracuse (played 7 over times the last 48 hours) away, and won the Big East Tournament with style. Few second to the end of the game, on a Syracuse penetration, Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) made a steal, while falling, passed to Earl Clark, which ran down the court, and dunked it. The fans of both teams cheered, since everybody knew, who the better team was tonight.


Coach Rick Pitino said last night that he respect Syracuse team and he knows a very important key to their game. As he said: 'They will start the game strong, they will be in your face, but mid wat through of the second half, if they still run at you, you are in trouble. If they still have legs to keep them in the game, they will find a way to beat you.

Forth night in a row, Syracuse showed up at the Garden, to try to win another game. Tonight it was not just another game; it was the game for the Big East Championship. But the Orange which played 6 overtimes Vs. UConn 2 nights ago and needed only one over time to get over West Virginia last night. So, tonight they did not have legs nor air to play 2 halves of a basketball game. They were done about 15 minutes into the game.

Coach Rick Pitino was right, and the 'Cuse could not hold half way through the second half. Eric Devendorf (6'4''-G-87) really tried but had to drag his feet while jogging. Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89), which played more the 60 minuted 2 days ago, find it hard to make a jumper, and Jim Boeheim had to let him sit long minutes, hoping he would recover.

Louisville showed no mercy. Williams started the second half with 2 steals. One dunk, and the other ended with a long range 3 points shot. A minute later he hit another one, to extend the lead 57:47, Louisvilles favor. The Cardinals never dropped it. Kept going and won the Big East regular season, and the Tournament as well.

Main scorers:
Louisville:
Samardo Samuels (6'8''-F-89) 15 points, 3 rebounds
Earl Clark (6'9''-G/F-88) 13 points, 10 rebounds
Terrence Williams 11 points, 7 rebounds
Andre McGee (5'10''-G-87) and Jerry Smith 10 points and 2 assists each.

Syracuse:
Eric Devendorf 20 points
Jonny Flynn 11 points , 6 assists
Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89) 9 points and 7 rebounds
Kristof Ongenaet (6'8''-F-85, college: Cuesta JC) 9 points 6 rebounds 4 assistes.



Binghamton Captures First-Ever AEC Men's Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket
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Reggie Fuller (6'6''-F-86) scored 19 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting and D.J. Rivera (6'2''-G-88) added 16 points to lead top-seeded Binghamton to a 61-51 win over sixth-seeded UMBC in the America East Men's Basketball Championship Final in front of standing room only crowd of 5,342 and a national television audience at Binghamton University's Events Center on Saturday, March 14.
With the victory, Binghamton, winners of 11 straight, captured its first-ever America East title and will make the program's initial trip to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The Bearcats will learn their fate during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. on CBS.
Binghamton (23-8), which tied its school record for victories in its 63-year history with the victory, jumped out to an early 16-9 advantage on blistering 7-of-9 shooting from the floor.
The Retrievers cut the lead to two on a pair of buckets from junior Rich Flemming, who had a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards off the bench, and one by senior Darryl Proctor (6'4''-F-86). But the Bearcats, who forced UMBC into 11 first-half turnovers, responded by running off 12 of the game's next 16 points, including six from Fuller to take a 29-19 lead with 6:38 remaining in the frame.
UMBC (15-17), the 2008 conference champion, followed with eight unanswered to trim the deficit to two. Proctor, who earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight year, capped the spurt on a coast-to-coast layup with 1:41 left before intermission.
But, Binghamton, who shot 51.6 percent from the floor in the half, closed the stanza with seven consecutive points, capped by Emanuel Mayben (6'3''-G-87)'s 3-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds which gave his squad a 36-27 advantage at the break.
Binghamton expanded its lead to 14 right out of the gates in the second frame on a jumper by Rivera, the championship's Most Outstanding Player, and a 3-pointer from Chretian Lukusa. Matt Spadafora brought the Retrievers within double-digits on a 15-footer with 11:45 to go. UMBC, just the second No. 6 seed to reach the title game, continued to chip away at the deficit and got within six at 57-51 on a pair of Chauncey Gilliam (6'4''-G-89) free throws with 4:49 left.
Binghamton, who went the final 8:16 of the contest without a field goal, clamped down defensively holding the Retrievers scoreless the rest of the way and converted all four free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the outcome.
Mayben, who had five points, five rebounds and six assists, was joined by Fuller and Rivera on the All-Championship team. Proctor, who recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Greene were named the team for the second straight season for UMBC, which had its five-game America East Championship win streak snapped.


GAME NOTES
The crowd of 5,342 was the largest in the five-plus year history of the Events Center and second largest single-game gate in America East Championsihp history... Binghamton is the fourth different first-time America East champion in the last seven years... (2003), Albany (2006) and UMBC (2008) were the others... UMBC's Jay Greene (5'8''-G-86) passed Boston University alum Shawn Teague ‘85 for third on the conference's all-time assist list and finished his career with 683... Greene is the fifth player in league history to be named to the All-Championship team three times... The game was televised nationally on ESPN2, the 22nd straight year the league's title game has been aired nationally.


Courtesy of AEC

AEC Regular Season Standings
1 Vermont 13-3 23-8
1 Binghamton 13-3 22-8
3 Boston U. 11-5 17-13
4 Stony Brook 8-8 16-14
4 New Hampshire 8-8 14-16
6 UMBC 7-9 15-16
7 Albany 6-10 15-16
8 Maine 4-12 9-21
9 Hartford 2-14 7-26

Tournament Final: UMBC - Binghamton 51-61
Tournament Semifinals:
UMBC - Albany 64-58
New Hampshire - Binghamton 67-72

AEC All-Tournament MVP: D.J. Rivera of Binghamton

AEC All-Tournament Team
D.J. Rivera of Binghamton
Emanuel Mayben of Binghamton
Reggie Fuller of Binghamton
Darryl Proctor of UMBC
Jay Greene of UMBC

All-AEC 1st Team
John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88) of Boston
Corey Lowe (6'2''-G-88) of Boston
Darryl Proctor of UMBC
Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F) of Vermont
Mike Trimboli (6'1''-G) of Vermont

All-AEC 2nd Team
Emanuel Mayben of Binghamton
D.J. Rivera of Binghamton
Jay Greene of UMBC
Tyrece Gibbs (6'3''-G-85) of New Hampshire
Muhammad El-Amin (6'5''-G) of Stony Brook

All-AEC 3rd Team
Tim Ambrose (6'0''-G) of Albany
Will Harris (6'6''-F) of Albany
Reggie Fuller of Binghamton
Jaret Von Rosenberg (6'2''-G-87) of Hartford
Colin McIntosh (6'8''-F) of Vermont

AEC All-Rookie Team
Jake O'Brien (6'8''-F-89) of Boston
Gerald McLemore (6'3''-G) of Maine
Tommy Brenton (6'5''-G/F-89) of Stony Brook
Bryan Dougher (6'1''-G-89) of Stony Brook
Garvey Young (6'4''-G) of Vermont

AEC All-Defensive Team
Jerel Hastings (6'5''-F-86,) of Albany
Reggie Fuller of Binghamton
Matt Wolff (6'6''-G/F-85) of Boston
Marques Cox (6'1''-G) of Stony Brook
Marqus Blakely of Vermont

AEC Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely of Vermont
AEC Defensive Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely of Vermont
AEC Rookie of the Year: Jake O'Brien of Boston University
AEC Coach of the Year: Kevin Broadus of Binghamton



Owls Soar To Second Straight A-10 Championship - by Eurobasket
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Temple is back, and going to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G) scored 29 points and the four-seeded Owls (22-11) became the first team to win consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference tournaments in eight years with a 69-64 victory over Duquesne on Saturday night.
The seventh-seeded Dukes (21-12) were looking for their first NCAA berth in 32 years, and just 2 1/2 years after five basketball players were shot on campus. They won three games in three days but couldn't handle Temple outside-inside punch of Christmas and Sergio Olmos (7'0''-C-86), who had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Aaron Jackson (6'4''-G-86), the only remaining player on the team who was among those shot in the fall of 2006, led the Dukes with 20 points.
The A10 title was the eighth for Temple, and the second in three years since Fran Dunphy replaced John Chaney as coach. Chaney's Owls were the last team to win consecutive titles in 2000 and 2001, but Temple struggled after that.
They're back now, in large part, to Christmas delivering seven high-arcing 3-pointers in another major March present.
When the Owls won the title last year over Saint Joseph's, Christmas led the way with 22.
This game never had the intensity of that Philadelphia-based rivalry, but the Dukes had their chances late to get back in the game, but they couldn't make the big shots.
Trailing 62-51 approaching the seven-minute mark, Jackson hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. He made the free throw to narrow the lead to seven points and Saunders closed the gap to 62-57 with a driving layup with 4:48 to go.
After Ryan Brooks (6'4''-G) of Temple hit a 3-pointer and Saunders hit a layup, Duquesne had five chances to cut into the Owls 65-59 lead and they missed shots on five straight possessions.
Christmas, who was named the tournament's outstanding player for the second straight year, ended the drought by both teams by finally hitting a free throw with 51 seconds to play.
After that is was just a matter of running out the clock, and watching the Owls hug each other as their fans calmly rushed the court at Boardwalk Hall in this casino resort, maybe, another sign that winning is back at Temple.
Brooks added 14 points and Lavoy Allen (6'9''-F) had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Owls, who shot almost 46 percent from the field, including 11 of 28 from 3-point range.
Bill Clark added 13 points for Duquesne, which was outrebounded 41-30. The Dukes, who shot better than 50 percent in the first three games of the tournament, hit 10 of 30 in the second half to finish at 43 percent.
Duquesne, which has not been to a postseason tournament since 1994, will have to wait on Sunday for what probably will be an NIT bid.
No one put on more of a show in an entertaining first half than Christmas, who scored 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers in helping Temple take a 42-37 lead.
Olmos added a free throw, and Allen and Brooks hit jumpers to push the lead to 47-37 early in the second half, and Duquesne never recovered.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half that flowed with only 10 total fouls and seven turnovers.
Clark led Duquesne with 10 and Saunders had 9. Olmos gave the Owls an inside presence with nine points on 4 of 5 shooting while Brooks scored nine points in helping them get off to a quick start.


Courtesy of Atlantic 10

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Standings
1 Xavier 12-4 25-6
2 Temple 12-5 20-11
3 Dayton 11-5 25-6
3 Rhode Island 11-5 22-10
5 Duquesne 9-7 20-11
5 La Salle 9-7 18-13
5 Richmond 9-7 17-14
8 St.Joseph's 10-8 17-15
9 St.Louis 8-8 18-14
10 Massachusetts 7-9 12-18
11 St.Bonaventure 6-10 15-14
12 Charlotte 5-12 11-20
13 George Washington 4-12 10-18
14 Fordham 1-15 3-25

Tournament Final: Temple - Duquesne 69-64
Tournament Semifinals:
Xavier - Temple 53-55
Dayton - Duquesne 66-77

Atlantic 10 All-Tournament MVP: Dionte Christmas of Temple

Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team
Melquan Bolding (6'4''-G/F-88) of Duquesne
Ryan Brooks of Temple
Dionte Christmas of Temple
Aaron Jackson of Duquesne
Sergio Olmos of Temple

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team
Jimmy Baron (6'3''-G-86) of Rhode Island
Dionte Christmas of Temple
Aaron Jackson of Duquesne
Ahmad Nivins (6'9''-F-87) of Saint Joseph's
B.J. Raymond (6'6''-G/F-87) of Xavier

All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
Kevin Anderson (6'0''-G-88) of Richmond
Derrick Brown (6'8''-F-87) of Xavier
Tony Gaffney (6'8''-F-84) of Massachusetts
Rodney Green (6'5''-G) of La Salle
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of Dayton

All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team
Lavoy Allen of Temple
Ricky Harris (6'2''-G-87) of Massachusetts
Kevin Lisch (6'2''-G) of Saint Louis
Lamont Mack (6'7''-F-87) of Charlotte
Kahiem Seawright (6'8''-F-86) of Rhode Island

All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention
C.J. Anderson (6'6''-G/F-85) of Xavier
David Gonzalvez (6'4''-G-87) of Richmond
Marcus Johnson (6'3''-G-87) of Dayton
Chris Lowe (6'0''-G-87) of Massachusetts
Damian Saunders (6'7''-F-88) of Duquesne

Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
Melquan Bolding of Duquesne
Jio Fontan (5'11''-G) of Fordham
Chris Johnson (6'5''-G/F) of Dayton
Kwamain Mitchell (5'10''-G) of Saint Louis
Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-F-89) of St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team
Lavoy Allen of Temple
Tony Gaffney of Massachusetts
Ahmad Nivins of Saint Joseph's
London Warren (6'0''-G-87) of Dayton
Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88) of Saint Joseph's

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
Jimmy Baron of Rhode Island
Luke Bonner (7'1''-C-85) of Massachusetts
Jason Duty (6'1''-G) of Duquesne
Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis
Yves Mekongo-Mbala (6'7''-F) of La Salle

Atlantic 10 Player of the Year: Ahmad Nivins of Saint Joseph's
Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Gaffney of Massachusetts
Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year: Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure
Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year: Aaron Jackson of Duquesne
Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year: Delroy James (6'8''-F-87) of Rhode Island
Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year: Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year: Jim Baron of Rhode Island



Louisville Has More Juice Than Orange; Cardinals Capture 2009 Big East Championship - by Eurobasket
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Louisville's sweep of its first Big East titles ended Syracuse's overtime run in regulation.
Earl Clark (6'9''-G/F-88) had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Cardinals to a 76-66 victory over Syracuse (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on Saturday night, giving the regular-season champs their first Big East tournament title.
The conference's first five-day tournament will be remembered as well for the Orange and their run to the final game that included the epic six-overtime win over Connecticut in the quarterfinals and a more mundane one-overtime victory over West Virginia in the semis.
Louisville's pressure defense is tough on a team with plenty of rest. It was really troubling for a team that had played nearly an extra game of overtime in a four-day span.
The conference title in their fourth season in the Big East will probably translate into a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the Cardinals (28-5).
Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89), who played 67 minutes in the marathon win over Connecticut (No. 4, No. 3) and all 45 in the victory over West Virginia, was selected the tournament MVP. He had 11 points and six assists in a mere 34 minutes against the Cardinals, but that followed three games where he averaged 22 points and 10 assists, including 34 and 11 against the Huskies.
The win was the 10th straight for Louisville, which will be making its second straight NCAA appearance and 34th overall.
Eric Devendorf (6'4''-G-87) had 20 points for Syracuse (26-9), which had won seven straight and went from a team that was being talked about in bubble terms to one deserving of seeding around No. 4. The Orange will return to the NCAA tournament after missing it for two straight years.
Syracuse was going for a sixth Big East title in its 14th championship game. Its last title came in 2006, when Gerry McNamara led an overachieving team on a memorable run of last-second wins.
The Cardinals made sure there was no great story for Syracuse this time.
Syracuse closed the first half on a 13-2 run to take a 38-30 lead. But the Cardinals opened the second half on a 13-3 run that included two 3-pointers and during which Syracuse turned the ball over three times. The Cardinals led 43-41 on a reverse layup by freshman Samardo Samuels (6'8''-F-89), who finished with 15 points, just 3:05 in.
Suddenly, the Syracuse players did look a little tired. They didn't seem to have their legs as they came up empty on six straight possessions after tying the game at 43.
Louisville scored eight straight points, the last four by Clark, and it seemed like another game with a chance of going overtime was not going to happen.
One possession in that stretch, Syracuse missed four 3-pointers. They managed to corral three long rebounds in the sequence, but none produced any points.
A 3 by Andre McGee (5'10''-G-87) gave Louisville a 68-56 lead with 4:04 to play, and the Syracuse fans in the sellout crowd of 19,375 at Madison Square Garden only had two more reasons to cheer: when coach Jim Boeheim took the starters out with 1:19 to go and when Flynn was announced as the MVP.
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cardinals, who finished 10-for-28 from 3-point range and forced Syracuse into 17 turnovers, 10 in the second half.
Andy Rautins, whose 3 at the start of the sixth overtime gave Syracuse the lead for good two nights earlier, finished 2-for-10 from behind the arc as the Orange went 5-for-18.
Louisville won 15 conference titles before joining the Big East, 11 in the Metro, and two each in Conference USA and the KIAC.
Flynn was the first MVP from a losing team since Victor Page (6'3''-G-75) of Georgetown in 1996.


Courtesy of Big East


Big East Regular Season Standings
1 Louisville 16-2 26-5
2 Connecticut 15-3 27-3
2 Pittsburgh 15-3 28-4
4 Villanova 13-5 26-6
5 Marquette 12-6 24-9
6 Syracuse 11-7 24-8
7 W.Virginia 10-8 23-10
7 Providence 10-8 19-13
9 Cincinnati 8-10 18-14
9 Notre Dame 8-10 18-14
10 Georgetown 7-11 16-14
10 Seton Hall 7-11 17-15
11 St.John's 6-12 16-17
12 S.Florida 4-14 9-22
13 Rutgers 2-16 11-21
14 De Paul 0-18 9-24

Tournament Final: Louisville - Syracuse 76-66
Tournament Semifinals:
Louisville - Villanova 69-55
Syracuse - W.Virginia 74-69

Big East All-Tournament MVP: Jonny Flynn of Syracuse

Big East All-Tournament Team
Jonny Flynn of Syracuse
A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86) of UConn
Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F) of West Virginia
Eric Devendorf of Syracuse
Earl Clark of Louisville
Terrence Williams of Louisville

All-Big East 1st Team
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) of Connecticut
Terrence Williams of Louisville
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Marquette
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of Notre Dame
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of Pittsburgh
Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) of Pittsburgh

All-Big East 2nd Team
A.J. Price of Connecticut
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86) of Marquette
Jonny Flynn of Syracuse
Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87) of Villanova
Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88) of West Virginia

All-Big East 3rd Team
Deonta Vaughn (6'1''-G-86) of Cincinnati
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86) of Connecticut
Earl Clark of Louisville
Levance Fields (5'10''-G-87) of Pittsburgh
Jeremy Hazell (6'5''-G-86) of Seton Hall

All-Big East Honorable Mention
Weyinmi Efejuku (6'5''-G-86) of Providence
Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88) of USF
Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87) of Villanova
Alex Ruoff (6'6''-G) of West Virginia

Big East All-Rookie Team
Yancy Gates (6'9''-F) of Cincinnati
Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) of Connecticut
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90) of Georgetown
Samardo Samuels of Louisville
Mike Rosario (6'3''-G-90) of Rutgers
Devin Ebanks of West Virginia

Big East Co-Player of the Year: Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut and DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh
Big East Rookie of the Year: Greg Monroe of Georgetown
Big East Sixth Man of the Year: Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) of Villanova
Big East Most Improved Player of the Year: Dante Cunningham of Villanova
Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Alex Ruoff of West Virginia
Big East Sportsmanship Award: Alex Ruoff of West Virginia
Big East Coach of the Year: Jay Wright of Villanova



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MIAA Report - by Sanjey Noriega
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The MIAA may only have two teams in the eight-team NCAA Division II South Central Regional, but they are the tournament's top two seeds.

Sixth-ranked Cent.Missouri St. (26-4, 16-4 MIAA) is the host and top seed for the regional, while No. 7 SW Baptist (24-4, 17-3 MIAA) is seeded second in the bracket. This is the first time the MIAA has only placed two teams in the regional since it expanded to eight teams in 2003.

SBU opens action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (March 14) at the UCM Multipurpose Building when the Bearcats take on the seventh-seeded Angelo (Texas) State Rams from the Lone Star Conference. The UCM Mules follow that at 6 p.m. with their matchup against eighth-seeded Texas A&M-Kingsville of the LSC.

SBU and ASU have one common opponent this season -- Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Bearcats downed the Bulldogs in Bolivar by a 106-82 Dec. 9, while the Rams split two meetings -- winning at Southwestern by an 88-85 score on Dec. 13 but losing in the first round of the Lone Star Tournament last Thursday (March 5) in Bartlesville, Okla., 82-65.

Angelo State comes into the regional with losses in its last three games, after winning eight of its previous nine games.

SBU had a nine-game winning streak snapped in its MIAA Championship Tournament opener, a 93-92 loss to Missouri Western (14-16, 9-11 MIAA) while playing without junior C Matthew Rogers, who missed the game due to an illness. The Bearcats hope to have his services back for the regional.

The Mules and Javelinas have no common foes this season. Texas A&M-Kingsville has just five wins in its last nine games, while UCM enters the game riding a six-game winning streak, and has won 14 of its last 15 games.

Should they get past Angelo State, SBU would face the winner between No. 13 Central Oklahoma and Dallas Baptist (Texas) at 4 p.m. Sunday (March 15).

With a win over the Javelinas, the Mules would take on the survivor between No. 21 Midwestern (Texas) State and Incarnate Word (Texas) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The regional championship game is slated for Tuesday (March 17) at 7 p.m.

THIRD OVERTIME WIN MEANS THIRD MIAA TOURNAMENT CROWN IN FIVE YEARS FOR MULES: The eighth-ranked Cent.Missouri St. Mules won their third MIAA postseason championship in five seasons and fifth overall by edging eighth-seeded Missouri Western in the title game of the MIAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, 86-84 in overtime, Sunday afternoon (March 8) at Municipal Auditorium.

UCM is the first team in MIAA history to play and win three overtime games to capture the postseason championship. The Mules had just one game go to extra sessions in the regular season -- a 79-72 win over Pittsburg State.

The game was tight throughout, with a total of 13 ties and 16 lead changes -- in the second half alone the teams were even seven times and exchanged the advantage on 12 occasions.

The Griffons opened the second half down five, 40-35, but used a 15-5 start to the period to get their own five-point advantage, 50-45, at the 15:25 mark. Senior G Lonnel Johnson scored the first five points of the period to knot the score at 40-40 less than 30 seconds in.

Western was up by a 54-49 count when UCM scored nine straight points to get a four-point, 58-54 lead just past the halfway point of the half. Junior F Tremaine Luellen sank consecutive three-pointers after senior G Josiah Miller converted a traditional three-point play.

A 9-2 spurt by the Griffons gave Western back a three-point lead, 65-62, at the 6:39 mark -- junior F James Bush was 4-for-4 at the foul line in that stretch. A layup by junior F Sanijay Watts cut the gap to one for the Mules with 6:25 left - and from there neither team mustered more than a two-point cushion to end regulation.

Cent.Missouri St. led by two when sophomore F Dominique Thuston was fouled with less than 23 seconds left in regulation. He sank both charity tosses to tie the score at 76-76. After a 30-second timeout, the Mules held for the last shot - senior G DeAndre Byrd's three-point try missed its mark and Thuston grabbed the board to force overtime.

The Mules took the lead to start the free five minutes of basketball when senior G Joe Young (6'2''-G-87) converted a pair at the foul line 46 seconds into the period. Western drew even with a jumper from senior G Leonard Parker on the next possession.

UCM scored five of the next six points to get an 83-79 lead with 2:39 left. A three-pointer from junior G Marcus Rhodes cut the Mules lead to one at the 1:50 mark, but Watts made two free throws 31 seconds later to make it a three-point game.

Senior G Ken Goodwin went for the tie on the next trip down but missed on his shot from the arc. Rhodes was able to grab the rebounds and reset the Griffons' offense. Johnson then worked for a layup to reduce the margin to one, 85-84, with 33 seconds left.

Forced to foul at this point, Western put Byrd at the line with less than 24 seconds left. He missed on the first try, but after a Griffons timeout came back to make the second. Western had one more chance to tie or take the lead.

Junior F Quentin Noblin took a shot at the win with four seconds left, but his three-point try missed the mark. Junior G Alex Moosmann snagged the carom and UCM was able to run out the clock.

Young scored 15 of his game-high 26 points after halftime, including five of UCM's 10 in overtime. He was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 at the three-point line and earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors for averaging 20 points and sinking 13 three-point goals.

Luellen finished with 24 points - scoring 12 in each half - while Watts added 11 after missing the last portion of the semifinal game Saturday (March 7) vs. Washburn with a leg injury.

All five Western starters scored at least 10 points - Rhodes led the way with 22 points, and added six rebounds with five assists. Johnson scored 16 points, while Bush had 12, Thuston finished with 11 and Parker had 10. Goodwin also scored 10 points off the bench.

Young was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Luellen and Byrd, along with Johnson and Rhodes from Western.

ROGERS NAMED DAKTRONICS SOUTH CENTRAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Junior C Matt Rogers (6'11''-C-87) of Southwest Baptist was the unanimous choice as the South Central Region Player of the Year in voting for the Daktronics Division II SIDs All-South Central Region Team announced Wednesday (March 11).

He was joined by two others from the MIAA on the first team, and the conference also placed three on the second team.

SBU senior G D'Ante Harris and Cent.Missouri St. junior F Sanijay Watts made the first team, while Northwest Missouri State senior F Hunter Henry, Nebraska-Omaha senior G Michael Jenkins and Emporia State junior G Lamar Wilbern made the second-team list.

Rogers, Harris and Watts are now eligible for selection to the Daktronics Division II SIDs All-America Team.

Rogers was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player and repeated as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. The Doniphan, Mo., product averages 18.9 points (1st in the MIAA), 8.67 rebounds (second in the MIAA) and a Division II-best 4.11 blocked shots per game. He set conference's career blocked shots mark as a sophomore and enters the regional with 328.

Harris averages 15.7 points (8th in the MIAA) and makes 2.75 three-point goals per game for the Bearcats.

Watts is the MIAA's top field goal shooter, making 55.6 percent of his attempts. He enters the regional averaging 14.9 points (11th in the MIAA) and 5.8 rebounds (10th in the MIAA).

Henry averaged 16.962 points (4th in the MIAA) and a league-high 8.70 rebounds per game.Jenkins is just ahead of Rogers in the scoring race (16.964 ppg) and made a conference-high 82 percent from the foul line. Wilbern averaged 15.9 points (sixth in the MIAA) and 7.1 rebounds (T4th in the MIAA) for the third-place Hornets.

Tournament Team Notes



Cent.Missouri St.: Previous appearances in NCAA Division II Tournament: 18. Last NCAA Division II Tournament title: 1984 (Defeated St. Augustine's [N.C.], 81-77 -- UCM women also won NCAA-II title in 1984). Last NCAA Division II Elite Eight Appearance: 2007 (lost to Winona [Minn.] State, 90-85 in OT, in semifinals). Last NCAA-II Tournament Appearance: 2007 (Lost to Winona [Minn.] State, 90-85 in OT, in national semifinals). NCAA-II Tournament record: 24-18. Coach Kim Anderson's record in NCAA Division II Tournament: 5-3. Tournament Fact: Senior G Victor Lee is the only player on the current Mules roster who has NCAA-II postseason experience -- he appeared in two games as a sophomore during the 2007 run to the national semifinals.

Southwest Baptist: Previous appearances in NCAA Division II Tournament: 5. Last NCAA Division II Elite Eight Appearance: 1991 (Lost to California State-Bakersfield, 55-52, in quarterfinals). Last NCAA-II Tournament Appearance: 2008 (Lost to Tarleton [Texas] State in 2008 regional semifinal). NCAA-II Tournament record: 4-5. Coach Jeff Guiot's record in NCAA Division II Tournament: 2-3 (includes 0-1 mark while at Bemidji [Minn.] State). Tournament Fact: Senior G Nick Kovacevich led SBU in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) during last season's tournament run, but he's out with an injury -- senior G D'Ante Harris averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the 2007 NCAA postseason.



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MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament MVP

Joe Young, G
University of Cent.Missouri St.

Young, a 6-foot-2, 204-pound senior from Battle Creek, Mich., averaged 20 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the Mules won an unprecedented three overtime games to capture the MIAA Championship Tournament.

He scored 26 points in the title contest, an 86-84 win over No. 8 seed Missouri Westen Sunday (March 8), while hauling in four rebounds and collecting a pair of steals. He scored 15 of his points after halftime and five of UCM's 10 in the overtime.

Young opened tournament play with a 19-point, five-rebound effort as the Mules got past Missouri Southern, 77-76. He then had 15 points and three steals in the 72-69 semifinal win over Washburn.

Young, who averaged 37.3 minutes per game in spite of coming off the bench, is a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and transferred to UCM from Kellogg (Mich.) Community College.

Other All-Tournament selections: DeAndre Byrd, G, UCM; Lonnel Johnson, G, MWSU; Tremaine Luellen, F, UCM; Marcus Rhodes,G, MWSU.

Athlete of the Week winners: 11/24 -- Vincent Ateba, F, MSSU; 12/1 -- Matthew Rogers, C, SBU; 12/8 -- Matthew Rogers, C, SBU; 12/15 -- Dominique Thuston, F, MWSU; 12/29 -- Dominique Thuston, F, MWSU; 1/5 -- D'Ante Harris, G, SBU; 1/12 -- Lamar Wilbern, G, ESU; 1/19 -- Michael Jenkins, G, UNO; 1/26 -- Mitch Albers, G, UNO; 2/2 -- Sanijay Watts, F, UCM; 2/9 -- Matthew Rogers, C, SBU; 2/16 -- Matthew Rogers, C, SBU; 2/23 -- D'Ante Harris, G, SBU; 3/2 -- Matthew Rogers, C, SBU.


West Region Update - by Sanjey Noriega

From-gnacsports.com
Larry Gordon (6'5''-F) had game-highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds leading Cal Poly Pomona to an 80-72 triumph over Seattle Pacific in the concluding game of a West Sub-Regional of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball tournament Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Broncos, the No.3 seed in the West Region, improved to 22-7 and face the winner of tonight's BYU-Hawaii-Cal State Dominguez Hills contest at Laie, Hawaii, on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

If BYU-Hawaii wins tonight, they will host the title game, but if Dominguez Hills wins Pomona will host the Toros.

Guard Brandon Larrieu (6'0''-G) led Seattle Pacific (19-10) with 22 points. Rob Diederichs and Jeff Downs each added 13 for the Falcons.

Gordon, the CCAA MVP who matched his career-high in scoring for the second straight night, was 11 of 12 from the field, helping the Broncos shoot 66.7 percent (30-45) for the game, and also added a team-high five assists.

Cal Poly Pomona led 32-28 at halftime, and led the entire second half, twice opening up a 12-point lead.

Seattle Pacific staged a late rally, narrowing the margin to five (75-70) with 43 seconds left and getting the ball back on a turnover, but Adam Wardell missed two free throws, and Walter Thompson hit a fast-break layin at the other end with 29 seconds to go, putting the game out of reach.

Thompson finished with 18 points on five of five field-goal shooting, and forward Tobias Jahn had 16 points on seven of nine shooting. It was the 13th triumph in the last 14 games for the Broncos.


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NCAA D3 National Championship: Salem, here we come! - by Moritz Korff
Farmingdale State - Richard Stockton 60-103
No. 6 Richard Stockton is going to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia. The Ospreys, who hosted the sectional, routed Farmingdale State 103-60 in the Elite Eight.

DeSales - Franklin & Marshall 60-70
Franklin & Marshall came out victorious of a game between two unranked teams to win a spot in the Final Four. Georgio Milligan scored 21 points for the Diplomats and dished out 3 assists, while James McNally registered 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Mike Baker had a game high 10 boars in the win. DeSales was led by Ed Lapinski with 23 points, Darnell Braswell had 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Texas-Dallas - Guilford 59-64 OT
No. 23 Guilford Quakers defeated No. 22 Texas-Dallas in overtime and will head to Salem. It will be Guilford's first Final Four appearance in school history. The Quakers were paced by Tyler Sanford who finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds, his 19th double-double of the season.

St. Thomas - Washington University-St. Louis 64-79
Defending champion WashU ended the 30 games winning streak of No. 1 St. Thomas and handed the Tommies the first loss of the 2008-09 season. The Bears advance to the round of four for the third straight year. Tyler Nading (6'7''-F-87) showed an impressive performance for the Bears and led all scores with 28 points on a 10 out of 11 shooting. He also collected 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Sean Wallis had 13 points and 11 assists, Aaron Thompson added 17 points and 9 boards. The Tommies got 15 points from Tyler Nicolai. St. Thomas was up by 8 points at the half, but the Bears made an outstanding job turning things around after the break.

Semifinals:
Richard Stockton vs. Franklin & Marshall
Guilford vs. Washington University-St. Louis


NCAA D3 National Championship: Only 8 teams remaining - by Moritz Korff

Bridgewater State - Farmingdale State 64-84
The Rams of Farmingdale State continue their run and advanced to the Elite Eight by knocking off Bridgewater State in a clash of two unranked teams. It's the first time in program history that Farmingdale State has come that far in a NCAA Division 3 Tournament. The Rams were led by Junior Mike Campbell who scored a game high 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Junior Daniel Phillips followed with 18 points, Senior Brastus Shannon contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds to the win. Senior Roland Millien registered a double-double for the BSC Bears in the loss, he finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Sophomore Judah Jackson added 16 points.

Texas-Dallas - Capital 71-63
No. 22 Texas-Dallas has made it to the next round in the 2009 NCAA Division 3 National Championship by overcoming No. 13 Capital and All-American Nate Stahl (6'6''-F-87) who ended his college career with 27 points/9 rebounds performance. Brandon Greene and Jimmy Witten each scored 15 points for the Comets. Witten also had 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

DeSales - Mass-Dartmouth 67-58
Another ranked team had to waive goodbye to its championship hopes, as unranked DeSales ended the season of Mass.Dartmouth in the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are only one step away from making a trip to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia.

Puget Sound - St. Thomas 69-86
The No. 1 Tommies has put another win to their perfect record in this current season and sealed their ticket to the Elite Eight by defeating No. 7 Puget Sound. St. Thomas outrebounded UPS 35-23 and shot 8 out of 14 from beyond the arc. Senior Guard B.J. Viau (6'3''-G-86) had 18 points for the Tommies, Senior Jason Foster (6'7''-F) answered with 23 points in defeat.

Washington University - Wheaton (Ill.) 55-52
The defending champ WashU knocked off No. 3 Wheaton in a high class game and advanced to the Elight Eight. The second ranked Bears will now take on No. 1 St. Thomas.
Both teams showed great defensive play and their will to continue the season. WashU was paced by Sean Wallis (6'2''-G-86) who totaled 18 points and 6 assists, Aaron Thompson (6'4''-G-88) added 14 points, but also turned the ball over 7 times. Wheaton got 22 points from Kent Raymond (6'3''-G) and 20 points from Ben Panner (6'3''-G).

Salem State - Franklin & Marshall 61-67
Unranked Franklin & Marshall used the home court advantage to advance to the round of eight. It will be sixth time for the Diplomats being among the last eight teams in the tournament. Clay Scovill scored 15 points and pulled down 9 boards in the winning effort, Anthony Brooks added 13 points, James McNally grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. The Salem State offense was paced by Stevie Celestine who finished the contest with 19 points, Nick Linear had 15.

St. Lawrence - Richard Stockton 68-71
No. 6 Richard Stockton College stopped the run of unranked St. Lawrence and will play against Farmingdale State for a ticket to the Final Four.

Guilford - John Carroll 78-73
The No. 10 John Carroll Blue Streaks suffered a close loss, falling 73-78 to Guilford on their home floor. Guilford's big man Tyler Sanborn (6'10''-C-88) 'killed' the host with an impressive double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds, Rhett Bonner (6'0''-G) totalled 21 points. John Carroll was led by Tyler Kirsch with 14 points, Corey Shontz scored 12 in defeat. A trip to the Final Four is on the line, when the Quakers take on Texas-Dallas in the sectional final.


These are the match-ups in the NCAA Division 3 Elite Eight:

No. 22 Texas-Dallas vs. No. 23 Guilford

No. 2 Washington U. vs. No. 1 St. Thomas

Farmingdale State vs. No. 6 Richard Stockton

Franklin & Marshall vs. DeSales



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Manawatu and Wellington set NBL season rolling - by Eurobasket News
The Manawatu Jets and the Wellington Saints opened the 2009 NBL season at the Arena Manawatu tonight. The first game of the new season brought victory to the Saints as they eked out a tough 97:86 win.
The Saints rising star Mike Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) tipped off the game with a jumper as Wellington jumped into early lead. The Jets however quickly gained the advantage and surged ahead. The Jets were well cheered by 1000+ plus crowd and finished the starting stanza up by 5 points 30:25. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) fired 16 points in the first half and Manawatu managed to keep the Saints at bay leading 46:43 at the interval.
The complexion of the game changed slightly after the major break as the Saints started to take control. Luke Martin distributed the ball well, while Mike Efevberha was consistent from around the court to put the visitors in charge. The Saints completed the third quarter with an 8-point cushion 73:65. The Jets kept the intrigue alive as Marcel Jones dragged the hosts within 5 midway through the final stanza. But the Saints did not panic and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Mike Efevberha was outstanding in the first game of the season as he poured in 33 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Troy McLean (194-G-79) added 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Arthur Trousdell (203-F-81, college: Cameron) delivered 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints. Marcel Jones hit 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Jets. Aidan Daly (182-G-78) notched 15 points in the losing effort.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Harbour Heat 1-0 
 2. Wellington 1-0 
 3. Cougars 0-0 
 4. Waikato 0-0 
 5. Bay Hawks 0-0 
 6. Nelson 0-0 
 7. Taranaki 0-0 
 8. Manawatu 0-1 
 9. Auckland 0-1 


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  PALESTINE   


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 4-0 
 2. Orthodox 4-0 
 3. Ibdaa 4-0 
 4. Sarriyet 4-1 
 5. Arab O. 3-1 
 6. Catholic A. 3-1 
 7. Hiteen 2-2 
 8. Ebal 2-2 
 9. AlBireh 2-2 
 10. Qalandia 2-2 
 11. Thaqafi B.S. 2-2 
 12. Islami 2-2 
 13. Al Ahli 2-3 
 14. Huwara 1-3 
 15. Orthodoxi B.S. 0-0 
 16. Ra'I AlSaleh 0-4 
 17. Balata 0-4 
 18. Al Fara 0-4 
 19. Thaqafi 0-4 


PSL(5): Sariyet Ramallah Back on Track - by Tamara Awartani
Sariyet Ramallah vs. Ahli AlQuds 88 - 73
A competitive game and a lot of fans, both teams eager to win, Sariyet Ramallah played hard right from the start leading by 9points through Dante Hunter (191-G-83, college: Calumet) with amazing shots & steals, Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75) with strong drives, Salim Sakakini stood out in rebounding & scoring under basket. While Ahli didnt give up that easily playing hard leading the 2nd & 3rd quarter through 3pointers, good shots & drives for Mahdi Eid, Raed Dyab, Ismael Sweiti, Rami Bakri, Samer Dweik, Haitham AlRajabi, & Ibrahim Alami, while Saleem Al Husari (184-G-85) held Sariyet Ramallah together, Ahmad Yasser had good shots, & Murad Abu Laban stood out in the fourth quarter.
1st 24-15, 2nd 18 20, 3rd 17-18, 4th 29-20

Tomorrow's games:
Balata vs. Huwara : A win that Huwara needs
AlBireh vs. Orthodoxi Ramallah : An easy win for Orthodoxi, since AlBireh still dont have their main players playing
Hiteen vs. Ebal : A very competative nice game to watch


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Prokom 18-7 
 2. Turow 17-9 
 3. Kotwica 16-9 
 4. Anwil 16-9 
 5. Polpharma 15-10 
 6. En.Czarni 14-10 
 7. AZS Koszalin 14-11 
 8. Polonia 13-12 
 9. Atlas Stal 10-15 
 10. Bank BPS 10-15 
 11. Sportino I. 9-15 
 12. PBG Basket 9-16 
 13. Znicz J. 8-17 
 14. Gornik W. 5-20 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.5 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.9 
 4. Hicks, Polpharma16.8 
 5. Mojica, AZS K.16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Miller, ISS S.15.1 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.1 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Atlas St.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.5 
 4. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.7 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 6. Naymick, SKK K.7.4 
 7. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 8. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.1 
 9. McLean, PBG B.6.9 
 10. Okafor, Atlas St.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.0 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil6.0 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.8 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.4 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 7. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.2 
 8. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 9. Davis, PBG Basket3.8 
 10. Lee, ISS Sporti.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.8 
 2. Harrington, Polonia3.3 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 5. Day, Sokol Znicz2.9 
 6. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 7. Eldridge, Polpharma2.7 
 8. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 9. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.4 
 10. Szubarga, Atlas.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Drew NAYMICK
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Booker, En.Czarni1.3 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 7. Turek, PGE Turow1.3 
 8. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 9. Barrett, SKK K.0.8 
 10. Gomez, ISS.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 24-0 
 2. Ovarense 20-4 
 3. CAB 20-4 
 4. AD Vagos 17-6 
 5. Academica 16-8 
 6. Porto Ferpinta 14-11 
 7. VSC Guimar. 13-10 
 8. Barreirense 13-11 
 9. Ginasio 11-13 
 10. Fisica 8-16 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Jason SMITH
  CAB
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Smith, CAB22.8 
 2. Marcal, Porto F.21.7 
 3. Coleman, AD Vagos19.9 
 4. Burns, Porto F.19.4 
 5. Hill, AD Vagos18.8 
 6. Waller, Ovarense18.8 
 7. Doliboa, Benfica18.5 
 8. Graham, VSC G.18.4 
 9. Bowman, Barreire.18.3 
 10. Williams, Academi.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel JOHNSON
  Academica
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Johnson, Academica10.5 
 2. Ferguson, Fisica10.0 
 3. Martin, Porto F.9.8 
 4. Doliboa, Benfica8.5 
 5. Minter, VSC G.8.3 
 6. Brown, Barreirense8.2 
 7. Hill, AD Vagos8.1 
 8. Coleman, AD Vagos7.9 
 9. Roberts, Ovarense7.6 
 10. Torson, Ginas.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Blanks, VSC G.6.8 
 2. Pires, Barreirense5.7 
 3. Figueiredo, Porto F.5.1 
 4. Costa, Ginasio5.0 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.0 
 6. Smith, CAB4.7 
 7. Reed, Benfica4.1 
 8. McKenzie, Barreire.3.9 
 9. Carreira, Benfica3.9 
 10. Hill, AD Vag.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blanks, VSC G.2.5 
 2. Brown, Ginasio2.3 
 3. Smith, CAB2.1 
 4. Coleman, AD Vagos2.0 
 5. Cunha, Porto F.1.9 
 6. Bowman, Barreire.1.9 
 7. Davis, Fisica1.9 
 8. Costa, Ginasio1.8 
 9. Madison, CAB1.8 
 10. Manuel, Ginas.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STEMPIN
  Ovarense
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Stempin, Ovarense2.0 
 2. Evora, Benfica2.0 
 3. Truscott, Benfica2.0 
 4. Roberts, Ovarense1.9 
 5. Brown, Barreirense1.8 
 6. Coleman, AD Vagos1.6 
 7. Minter, VSC G.1.5 
 8. Martin, Porto F.1.5 
 9. Billmeier, AD Va.1.4 
 10. Graham, VSC.1.3 


LPB Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - Fisica 94-68
Porto Ferpinta held off Fisica behind 17 points and 6 rebounds from Nuno Marcal (205-F-75). Christian Burns added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Carlos Dias responded with 16 points for Fisica as they remained at the bottom of the ladder.

CAB - Barreirense 95-65
CAB Madeira posted the 20th win in the season as they edged Barrerrense. Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) scored 23 points to lead the hosts. Lance Soderberg provided 15 points and 6 rebounds as Madeira remained in the second spot in the ladder. Joao Santos answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Barreirense.

Academica - VSC Guimar. 78-72
Academica held off Guimaraes for the 17th win in the championship. Karlton Mims (189-G-80, college: Washburn) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Anthony Williams and Nuno Souza added 12 points apiece for Academica. Sergio Correia had 21 points for Guimaraes in the loss.

Ginasio - AD Vagos 72-77
Vagos remained in the 4th spot in the table after they escaped with a tough road win over Ginasio. Ricardo Hill (200-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois St.) was impressive with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Joao Reveles knocked down 15 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds for the winning side. Ginasio were led by ohn Torson with 21 points and 11 boards.


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Div.A Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tirgu Mures - Ploiesti 62-70
Ploiesti posted the 21st victory as they sneaked past Tirgu Mures on the road. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) accounted for 16 points to lead the visiting team. Darius Hargrove added 14 points for the league leaders. JuJuan Cooley had 22 points and 7 steals for Tirgu Mures in the 13th loss in the season.

Pitesti - Dinamo B. 71-75
Dinamo Bucuresti celebrated the ninth victory as they upset Pitesti away from home. Chris Reaves (191-G-84, college: Chaminade) fired 25 points to lead the visitors. Demetrius Williams added 16 points and 15 rebounds for Dinamo. David Lawrence managed 18 points and 6 rebounds for Pitesti.

Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN 70-91
UMobitelco reminded they are real force in the league thrashing Oradea on the road. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) poured in 25 points for a Tab Baldwin team. Terrence Roberts added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Andelko Mandic provided 22 points for Oradea in the loss.

Craiova - Targoviste 91-79
Craiova toppled Targoviste for the 9th success in the championship. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) knocked down 29 points for the hosts. Jermaine Green contributed 26 points in the winning clause. Srboljub Samailovic had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Targoviste.

CSU Atlassib - Gaz Metan 97-73
CSU Atlassib Sibiu thumped Gaz Metan as Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 31 points. Michael Harrison added 14 points to lead Sibiu to the 16th win in the season. Andrew Washington scored 17 points for Gaz Metan in defeat.

Rovinari - Rapid B. 97-72
Rovinari held off Rapid Bucuresti behind 21 points from Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Sacred Heart). Edjuan Green, Constantin Amarghioalei and Paul Hafford had 14 points each in the win. Catalin Vlaicu responded with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing case.


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 21-2 
 2. Timisoara 18-6 
 3. U.Mobitel. CN 17-7 
 4. CSU Brasov 16-7 
 5. CSU Atlassib 16-7 
 6. Rovinari 15-9 
 7. Otopeni 14-8 
 8. Pitesti 14-11 
 9. Gaz Metan 11-13 
 10. Mures 11-13 
 11. Dinamo B. 9-15 
 12. Craiova 9-15 
 13. Targoviste 6-18 
 14. Oradea 2-22 
 15. Rapid B. 0-25 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Matthews, CSU A.22.1 
 2. Lawrence, Pitesti18.8 
 3. Obradovic, Otopeni18.8 
 4. Tomic, Craiova18.4 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.17.9 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.5 
 7. Bulancea, Rapid B.17.1 
 8. Vlaicu, Rapid B.16.8 
 9. Cepulis, Ploiesti16.3 
 10. Reaves, Dinamo.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.12.0 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.3 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.8.9 
 4. Jucan, Gaz Metan8.5 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.5 
 6. Holmes, Craiova8.2 
 7. Green, Rovinari7.9 
 8. Lazar, Oradea7.7 
 9. Osby, U.Mobitel.CN7.5 
 10. Obradovic, Otope.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.6.8 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.2 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.5 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.6 
 8. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 9. Lawrence, Pitesti3.4 
 10. Broadus, CSU Bras.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.2 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.1 
 3. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.7 
 4. Matthews, CSU A.2.6 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.5 
 6. Holmes, Craiova2.3 
 7. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 8. Blidaru, Otopeni2.3 
 9. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.2 
 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. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 4. Pantelic, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Harrison, CSU A.1.3 
 7. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.3 
 8. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 9. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 10. McKenna, Tirgu.1.1 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 20-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 13-5 
 3. Khimky 13-6 
 4. Unics 12-5 
 5. Triumph 10-8 
 6. Spartak SP 9-10 
 7. Lok.Rostov 8-11 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 7-12 
 9. Ural Great 6-12 
 10. Univ.Surgut 6-13 
 11. CSK VVS 4-15 
 12. Spartak-P. 3-14 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Univ.Surgut
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.4 
 2. Perry, CSK V.17.3 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.17.2 
 4. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.2 
 5. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.4 
 6. Bailey, Spartak-P.15.2 
 7. Wisniewski, Spart.15.1 
 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.7.2 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.7 
 4. Kirksay, Unics6.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.2 
 6. Meshcharakou, Sparta.5.9 
 7. Javtokas, Dynamo M.5.8 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.5.8 
 9. Plisnic, Ural Great5.8 
 10. Jones, Ural Gre.5.6 
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. Bremer, Triumph4.6 
 5. Wisniewski, Spart.4.6 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.0 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.5 
 8. Biggs, Ural Great3.5 
 9. Perry, CSK V.3.3 
 10. Holden, CS.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Krasnoyarsk
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.4 
 2. House, Lok.Rostov2.4 
 3. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.0 
 4. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 5. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.9 
 6. Biggs, Ural Great1.8 
 7. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 9. Bremer, Triumph1.7 
 10. McCarty, Khim.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.2 
 2. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.2 
 3. Likholitov, Ural G.1.2 
 4. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.2 
 5. Pervukhin, Univ.Sur.1.1 
 6. Savrasenko, Spart.1.1 
 7. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 8. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 9. Loncar, Unics0.9 
 10. Khryapa, CS.0.9 


A Superleague Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - Khimky 69-67
Ural Great handed Khimky the sixth loss in the season. Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a jumper with ten seconds left in regulation and Ural Great celebrated a narrow success at the end. Aleksei Surovtsev and Fedor Likholitov had 18 points apiece to lead Ural Great. Darius Washington provided 14 points and 6 assists in the victory. Kelly McCarty had 19 points and 6 rebounds for Khimky in defeat.

Triumph - CSKA 66-80
CSKA grabbed a road win over Triumph as Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) scored 15 points. Erazem Lorbek and Andrey Vorontsevich added 12 points apiece as CSKA improved at 20-0 record. Fedor Dmitriev produced 17 points for Triumph as the team suffered 8th defeat in the tournament.

CSK VVS - Univ.Surgut 69-75
Universitet-Yugra earned just the sixth win as they rallied past CSK VVS in Samara. Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) knocked down 20 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead the visitors. Petr Gubanoc had 15 points in the victory. Gannadi Zelenskiy answered with 24 points for Samara.

Unics - Lok.Rostov 81-51
Unics posted the 12th win as they thumped Lokomotiv Rostov. Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) fired 18 points to lead the Kazan team. Terrell Lyday added 15 points in the winning case. Szymon Szewczyk responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Lokomotiv as they slipped at 8-11 record.

Dynamo M. - Spartak-P. 101-81
Dynamo Moscow held off Spartak Primorie in the Russian capital to register the 13th victory. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 points to lead the hosts. Darjus Lavrinovic was helpful with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks for Dynamo. Andrei Trushkin tossed in 19 points and collected 10 rebounds to pace Spartak.


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Parmer takes Johnson's place in Al Ittihad - by Mohammed Malas
The american point guard Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) agreed with Al Ittihad Jeddah's management to get back to the team after 2 years of absence in the area, He will replace Danny Johnson (190-G-76, college: Charleston) who left the team earlier this month.

Pramer was a member of the team in 2006 in Asian Clubs Championship which was held in Kuwait, He played in Macedonia last season and before in Qatar and Poalnd.


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 21-3 
 2. Borac 16-8 
 3. Metalac 16-9 
 4. Napredak 15-10 
 5. Radnicki 034 13-11 
 6. Mega HL 13-11 
 7. Radnicki I. 12-13 
 8. Novi Sad 11-13 
 9. Ergonom 11-14 
 10. Sloga 10-15 
 11. Masinac 9-15 
 12. Tamis 9-15 
 13. Vizura 9-16 
 14. Zdravlje 6-18 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


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. Teodosic, Metalac4.1 
 4. Stefanovic, Sloga4.1 
 5. Stefanovic, Borac4.0 
 6. Mitic, Novi Sad3.6 
 7. Vukotic, Sloga3.5 
 8. Tomasevic, Masinac3.5 
 9. Maric, Ergonom3.4 
 10. Martinic, Novi S.3.3 
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. Dasic, Slo.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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  SPAIN   


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Alicante 18-5 
 2. Valladolid 16-7 
 3. Melilla 16-8 
 4. Leche Rio 15-8 
 5. Tenerife 15-9 
 6. Axarquia 14-10 
 7. Caceres 13-11 
 8. Burgos 13-11 
 9. Leon 12-11 
 10. Los Barrios 12-11 
 11. Plus Pujol 11-12 
 12. La Palma 11-13 
 13. La Laguna 11-13 
 14. Vic 10-14 
 15. Mallorca 9-14 
 16. Aguas Gandia 6-17 
 17. Illescas 5-18 
 18. Rosalia 4-19 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Palencia 17-7 
 2. Torrons Vic. 16-7 
 3. Vigo 15-8 
 4. Caja Rioja 15-8 
 5. Navarra 14-10 
 6. Plasencia 14-10 
 7. CB Tarrag. 13-10 
 8. Ourense 13-11 
 9. Cornella 12-11 
 10. Jerez 12-12 
 11. Huesca 11-13 
 12. Prat 9-14 
 13. CajasurCord. 8-15 
 14. Gijon 8-15 
 15. Coruna 7-17 
 16. Qalat Caja Sol 4-20 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  Los Barrios
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Guillen, Los Barrios18.7 
 2. Garcia, Burgos17.6 
 3. Detrick, La Laguna17.3 
 4. Kiefer, Vic17.0 
 5. Simien, Caceres16.8 
 6. Cusworth, Leche R.16.3 
 7. Terrell, La Palma16.0 
 8. Robinson, Gandia B.15.0 
 9. Blair, Mallorca14.8 
 10. Prestes, Cl.Rinc.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulo PRESTES
  Unicaja
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.6 
 2. Donaldson, La La.9.2 
 3. Battle, Valladolid9.0 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Hamilton, Tenerife7.8 
 6. Guillen, Los Barrios7.5 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.7.3 
 8. Moss, Caceres7.1 
 9. Baez, Leon7.0 
 10. Blair, Mallor.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Melilla
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.3 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Sala, La Palma4.3 
 4. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.2 
 5. Brown, Caceres3.7 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid3.6 
 8. Lopez, Leche Rio3.5 
 9. Colom, Plus Pujol3.4 
 10. Cortaberria, Cl.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marc BLANCH
  Mallorca
  (195-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.0 
 3. Ciorciari, Melilla1.9 
 4. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 5. Baez, Leon1.7 
 6. Cusworth, Leche R.1.7 
 7. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 8. Hill, Alicante1.6 
 9. Angulo, Caceres1.5 
 10. Garcia, Burg.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (200-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.1 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.7 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Cusworth, Leche R.1.4 
 6. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 7. Sinanovic, Burgos1.2 
 8. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.2 
 9. Nana, Rosalia1.2 
 10. Campbell, Los Barri.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. Inigo, Guadalajara3.5 
 10. Sanchez, Cantabr.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. Camps, Cantabria2.0 
 6. Gomez, Huelva2.0 
 7. Sanchez, Cantabria1.9 
 8. Comas, Girona1.9 
 9. Rueda, Promobys1.9 
 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. Turner, Promobys1.1 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind1.1 
 10. Rodrigo, Navalc.1.1 


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  TAIWAN   


TB spoils Chen's return - by Chris Wang
Chen Hsin-an returned to the court for the first time since the season opener and had an above-average performance of 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, but Taiwan Beer spoiled the party with a 82-79 win as Yulon was knocked down from the No. 1 spot it claimed one day earlier.

Dacin, which defeated Taiwan Mobile 92-76 Saturday, was back on top at 11-3 and Yulon (10-3) fell a half game behind.

TB opened the high-intensity game with a 19-5 run. Yulon quickly recovered and stayed close for most of the game but failed to take advantage of TB's foul trouble. Lin Chih-chieh and Wu Tai-hao were both plagued by early foul trouble. Lin had four fouls with 4:30 to go in the first half while Wu was also whistled for two quick fouls in the first half.

Tien Lei recovered from the worst game of his career and chipped in 18 points, including four dunks. Byron Allem also had his best game of the season, scoring 21 and pulling down 11 boards, in the win that handed TM its 4th consecutive loss.

TB 82-79 Yulon
TB: Yang Ching-min 20p, Lin Chih-chieh 16p+9rb, Ho Shou-cheng 14p
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 18p+6rb+4a, Chen Chih-chun 18p, Yang Che-yi 16p, Tseng Wen-ting 13p+11rb

Dacin 92-76 TM
Dacin: B. Allen 21p+11rb, Tien Lei 18p+8rb, Chang Chih-feng 19p
TM: Ouyang Ching-heng 18p, M. Boggan 16p+8rb

PY 94-83 KKL
PY: Chien Chia-hong 25p+8rb+5a, Hong Chih-shan 16p, Chen Shih-chieh 14p
KKL: Hsiao Yuan-chan 14p, Lee Wei-min 13p, Shan Wei-fan 13p


SBL games back on air - by Chris Wang
The SBL game broadcast was back on ESPN Taiwan after a negotiation between CTBA (Chinese Taipei Basketball Association) with the television network. However, no one is sure whether both sides have signed written contract this time.

ESPN Taiwan, a cable TV channel, unilaterally terminated the verbal agreement on game broadcast with the SBL Committee last week.

ESPN Taiwan said last week that the SBL Committee was privately working on a deal to have a terrestrial TV station as its broadcast partner, which ESPN Taiwan claimed a breach of agreement.


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Dacin 11-3 
 2. Yulon Luxgen 10-3 
 3. Taiwan Beer 9-4 
 4. KKL 6-8 
 5. Pure Youth 5-8 
 6. Taiw.Mobile 4-10 
 7. Bank of Taiw. 2-11 


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  TANZANIA   


Vijana,JKT for RBA final today - by Carlos Pereira
By Suleiman Jongo

Former East and Central African champions, Vijana, clash against their archrivals JKT today in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball Kili league final at the indoor stadium.
Vijana booked a place in the final after defeating Savio in three matches of their semi final. On the other hand, JKT mauled Tanzania Prisons in two straight victories to sail through to the final.

Other teams which featured in the league were; Oilers, ABC, UDSM, PT Stars, Pazi, Crows and Hoop Life (men). Women teams were Jeshi Stars, JKT Stars, Don Bosco Lady Lions and Cargo Ladies.


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Kyiv 20-3 
 2. Azovmash 20-3 
 3. BC Donetsk 15-8 
 4. Khimik 12-11 
 5. Mykolaiv 8-15 
 6. Pulsar 6-17 
 7. Poltava 6-17 
 8. Sumykhimpr. 5-18 


Standings - Higher League
UBL Standings
 1. Kryvbasbasket 26-9 
 2. Budivelnyk 22-11 
 3. BC Odessa 22-12 
 4. Cherkasy 21-12 
 5. Polit.Lviv 21-12 
 6. Dnipro 19-14 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 14-19 
 8. Hoverla 11-22 
 9. Azoty 8-27 
 10. Gryfony 4-30 


Superleague Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mykolaiv - BC Kyiv 61-68
BC Kyiv earned a rough road success against Mykolaiv. Sasa Obradovic once again used just players but it never prevented his team from stealing the win in Mykolaiv. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) scored 22 points, dished out 5 assists and pulled down 4 rebounds to lead the charge. Denys Lukashov had 13 points and 9 boards for the winning side. Jarrius Jackson and Sergiy Gladyr notched 13 points apiece for Mykolaiv in the loss.

Poltava - Khimik 92-84
Poltava surprised Khimik at home court as Saulius Kazevicius (189-G-76) scored 22 points. Poltava used a stunning 20:0 rally in the third frame to grab a decisive lead. Gytis Sirutavicius nailed 20 points for the winners. Olu Famutimi had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Khimik in the loss.

Sumykhimpr. - BC Donetsk 72-83
Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) nailed 17 points and BC Donetsk brought a road victory from Sumy. Anthony Tucker produced 15 points as Donetsk posted the 15th win. Corey Santee netted 17 points for Sumykhimprom as their losing skid continued. Sumykhimprom lost the 11th straight game.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  BC Donetsk
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk19.3 
 2. Owens, BC Donetsk17.1 
 3. Gladyr, Mykolaiv16.5 
 4. Greene, Sumykhim.16.3 
 5. Ulyanko, Pulsar15.7 
 6. Aleksic, BC Donetsk15.1 
 7. Bajramovic, BC Ky.14.2 
 8. Clemons, Poltava14.0 
 9. Guinn, Poltava13.8 
 10. El-Amin, Azovma.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Abdullahi KUSO
  Sumykhimpr.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.7.6 
 2. Aleksic, BC Donetsk7.5 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.7.2 
 4. Guinn, Poltava7.0 
 5. Thompson, Azovmash6.5 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk6.2 
 7. Tucker, BC Donetsk6.1 
 8. Gumenyuk, Pulsar6.1 
 9. Kieza, Poltava6.0 
 10. Blair, Mykola.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  BC Donetsk
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.6.7 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash5.7 
 3. Jackson, Mykolaiv4.0 
 4. Kelly, Khimik3.8 
 5. Clemons, Poltava3.2 
 6. Jarutis, Poltava3.0 
 7. Shemosyuk, Pulsar2.9 
 8. Butskyy, Sumykhim.2.8 
 9. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.2.6 
 10. Penn, BC Ky.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  BC Donetsk
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.3.3 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.8 
 3. Clemons, Poltava2.1 
 4. Drozdov, BC Kyiv1.9 
 5. Thompson, Azovmash1.8 
 6. Famutimi, Khimik1.7 
 7. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.7 
 8. El-Amin, Azovmash1.6 
 9. Guinn, Poltava1.5 
 10. Aleksic, BC Donet.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Roman GUMENYUK
  Pulsar
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gumenyuk, Pulsar1.5 
 2. Blair, Mykolaiv1.5 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 
 4. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.2 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.1 
 6. Djapa, Pulsar1.0 
 7. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.1.0 
 8. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 
 9. Van Den Spie., Azovm.0.9 
 10. Guinn, Polta.0.8 


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  URUGUAY   


Hatila Passos signed with Marinos de Anzoategui -LPB - by Sergio Dans
After his goods performances in Uruguay with Atenas, Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) landed a new job with Marinos de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan LPB. His debut is today vs. Cocodrilos. Teams will play again tomorrow. In Uruguay avarege double-double in most of the games and show as a solid and great inside player.The player will be coach by experienced Flor Melendez and fans looked forward to the arrival of the player.


Bigua took a 2-0 lead over Defensor - by Hector Lopez
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 26 points for a total of 30 during the two last quarters leading Bigua to take a 2-0 lead over Defensor Sporting winning 96-94 for the LUB best-of-three final games. Defensor had a 16 points lead with five minutes to play in the third quarter but Garcia Morales and Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group), with 11 points during that period tied the game 69-69. In the last quarter Garcia Morales scored eigth points in a row and Bigua took the lead 77-73. For Bigua, Garcia Morales 30 points, including 5/7 with three-point shots, Mauricio Aguiar 22 points Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 19 points 8 rebounds, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) 9 points 11 assists. For Defensor Sporting, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 34 points, incuding 13/19 on two-point shots, and 8 rebounds, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 20 points and 10 rebounds, Diego Gonzalez (176-G-84) 10 points and 8 assists.

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Hector Aguilar shining in the end of the season - by Wolfgang Lucena
Terrific Venezuelan Point Guard Hector Aguilar (186-G-89) had a great end of season with 19 points and 6 assist during his last game at Patterson School.
The Bulldogs of Patterson Scholl defeated North Carolina tech prep-school 79-88.
Hector Aguilar from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, after his great time as student-athlete at Patterson School, will be facing new challengers in the United States of America during the next scholar semester, but at the college level.


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  WABA   


Day 2 - 12th WABA Champions Cup - by Mohammed Malas
- By Mohammed Malas, Saturday 14/3:

# Group A:

Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 94 - Al Ahli Sanaa (YEM) 43 (Qs: 29-11, 58-27, 76-36 & 94-43)
- Best scorers:
Mohamed Akary (185-G-85) '26 pts' from Al Moutahed Tripoli
Sabri Sadaqa '16 pts' from Al Ahli Sanaa
Elie Roustom (191-F-87) '14 pts' from Al Moutahed Tripoli
Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) '13 pts' from Al Moutahed Tripoli

Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) - Orthodox (JOR)
Al Jalaa decided to withdraw from the tournament due to the refusal of the West Asian Federation (WABA) to register Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) and Eder Araujo (213-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Walsh (OH)) as local players.

WABA decided to get back to the legal committee in FIBA which advised to refuse the papers of Al Jalaa proving that Eder and Marcelo are syrians...No strong evidences proves that the players had syrian origin either from their parents or grandpaernts, FIBA's regulations clarifies that any player who has dual citizenship must declare an only one sports nationality before being 16 years old or he will be considered as naturalized player.

# Group B:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 115 - Al Karkh (IRQ) 68 (Qs: 26-24, 56-30, 88-45 & 115-68)

- Best scorers:
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) '42 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) '20 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) '18 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) '17 pts' from Al Karkh

Zain (JOR) 89 - Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) 74 (Qs: 19-16, 37-35, 63-55 & 89-74)
- Best scorers:
Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh) '25 pts' from Zain
Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) '25 pts' from Al Jeish Army Damascus
Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar) '18 pts' from Al Jeish Army Damascus
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '17 pts' from Zain
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '16 pts' from Zain

# Day 3 - 12th WABA Champions Cup (Jordan Time, +2 GMT):
- Sunday 15/3:
15:00 Saba Mehr - Al Karkh
17:00 Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut - Al Jeish Army Damascus
19:00 Al Ahli Sanaa - Mahram


Al Jalaa's withdrawal!! - by Mohammed Malas
Al Jalaa Aleppo from Syria decided to withdraw from the tournament due to the refusal of the West Asian Federation (WABA) to register Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) and Eder Araujo (213-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Walsh (OH)) as local players.

WABA decided to get back to the legal committee in FIBA which advised to refuse the papers of Al Jalaa Aleppo proving that Eder and Marcelo are syrians...No strong evidences proves that the players had syrian origin either from their parents or grandpaernts, FIBA's regulations clarifies that any player who has dual citizenship must declare an only one sports nationality before being 16 years old or he will be considered as naturalized player.


Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Orthodox 1-0 
 2. Mahram 1-0 
 3. Moutahed 1-1 
 4. Jalaa 0-0 
 5. Al Ahli 0-2 
Group B
 1. Al Riyadi 2-0 
 2. Zain 2-0 
 3. Saba 0-1 
 4. Jeish 0-1 
 5. Al Karkh 0-2 


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  WCBL   


Fray joins the Breakers - by Gianni Pascucci

The Santa Barbara Breakers announced the signing of Zack Fray (6'6''-F-81, college: Santa Ana CC) of Los Angeles. Fray is a combo big guard/small forward who went to training camp with the Miami Heat in 2003. A sustained injury shortened his attempt at making the Heat roster thus leading him on to opportunities in Ireland, England and China. Fray starred played two years at Santa Ana CC, averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists per game. A father of two daughters, Fray is also the double for Laker great Kobe Bryant in magazine and television commercials. He has extensive duties outside basketball endorsing many products with national corporations. The Breakers begin their home schedule on Saturday, April 25 at 7:05 pm at the SBCC Sports Pavillion. For tickets, call 969-7542. You can also log on to: www.breakersbasketball.com or www.westcoastprobasketball.com





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Women News

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  ICELAND - Women  


Play-offs. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Second games of the final four in play-offs where bothe home teams won. Hamar tight the serie up against Haukar and KR took a 2-0 lead against Keflavik.

Hamar 53 Haukar 41. Low scoring game. 12-8 after first quarter & 23-20 at halftime. Team kept struggling scoring en second half but Hamar manage to score 30 points agains 21 from Haukar.
Julia Demirer 16 pts & 18 rebs for Hamar. LaKiste Barkus 13. For Haukar Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 12 Slavica Dimovska 10.

KR 69 Keflavik 54. Great first period from KR ( 26-8) and leading at halftime 45-26 was too much for Keflavik even with hard fight to get back into the game in third quarter and a 15-0 run team could not get closer and two good three pointers from Gudrun Amundadottir got KR on the roll again.
Hildur Sigurdardottir with another good all around game for KR 19 pts. Margret Kara Sturludottir 13. Sigrun Amundadottir 9 pts & 16 rebs.
For Keflavik Bryndis Gudmundsdottir (180-F-88) 21 Takesha Watson 15


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  LEBANON - Women  


Standings - Women League
Div.1 Standings
 1. Antranik 10-0 
 2. Homentmen A. 9-3 
 3. Al Riyadi 8-2 
 4. Antoura 4-7 
 5. Al muttahed 3-8 
 6. Homentmen B. 2-8 
 7. Anibal 0-8 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


CBSSports.com National All-American Teams - by Eurobasket
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CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team
Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87) of Oklahoma
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of Connecticut
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Louisville
Andrea Riley (5'5''-G-88) of Oklahoma State
DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87) of Auburn

CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 2nd Team
Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) of Ohio State
Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) of Stanford
Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87) of Middle Tennessee
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G) of Maryland
Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) of Connecticut

CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 3rd Team
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut
Ashley Walker (6'1''-F/C-87) of California
Lyndra Littles (6'1''-F-87) of Virginia
Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89) of Gonzaga
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G) of Rutgers


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Northern Kentucky wins GLVC Tourney opener behind near triple-double by Jessica Slack! - by Lucius Jones
Defending National Champions, N.Kentucky defeated Grand Valley St. 66-57 in GLVC Tournament opening action. D2 National Player of the Year and All American candidate, Jessica Slack (5'11''-G) had an absolutely outstanding performance with 24 points on 8-13FG, 5-8 3point shots, and 3-3FT. She also recorded a double double with 10 rebounds and a near triple double with 7 assists in 39mins of action. N.Kentucky faces Michigan Tech today in semi-final play at 8:30pm. The pre-season #1 team in the nation looks poised to chase the back to back titles that have been a goal of the school since the beginning of the year. Northern Kentucky also shot 13-24 from the 3 as a team.

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  NIGERIA - Women  


Live returns to National Stadium - by Olusegun Ikuesan
.... As First Deepwater pipe Dolphins in friendly

The palpable quietness that has enveloped the indoor sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium was broken last Thursday as thousands fans trooped the nation top-most basketball arena to catch a glimpse of action in the friendly game between First Deepwater basketball club and Dolphin basketball club.

The test match between both sides witnessed a new beginning for the players and handlers who were on trial for the first time saw Dolphin drawing the first blood which drew cheers from the fans who has been deprived of top flight basketball actions in recent, no thanks to the lack-luster attitude of the out-gone board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.

The coaches Lateef Erinfolami and Shola Ogunade tutored First Deepwater team rose to the challenge poised by the Wale Aboderin Dolphin ending the first quarter by 23-09 points.

The staggering first quarter score-line became the tonic the Dolphin ladies needed to wake up to the reality of being white-washed to pick the second quarter with a narrow margin of 14-12 points to end the first stanza at 35-23 points in favour of the Oil and Gas ladies who are the latest entrant to the Nigeria Women League.

Both tied the third quarter at 20 points apiece with First Deepwater ladies falling back on experience to take the game out of the reach of the more faster and enterprising Dolphin ladies to win the fourth quarter by 29-22 points to end the game at 84-65 points.

Chairman of First Deepwater basketball club, Engr. Babatunde Babalola praised his wards but urged them to be more proactive in subsequent tune-up games in order to be ready for the league.

He urged the team management to organized more friendly games for the side both at the local scene and neighbouring West Africa countries.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 23-0 
 2. Alexandria 20-3 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 18-5 
 4. Arad 16-7 
 5. Satu Mare 15-8 
 6. Govora 15-8 
 7. Oradea 11-12 
 8. Cluj Napoca 11-12 
 9. Craiova 10-13 
 10. Rapid 9-13 
 11. Olimpia 5-18 
 12. Iasi 4-19 
 13. S.Studentesc 3-20 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-22 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Round 21 - Partizan better than Vojvodina - by Zoran Bogdanovic
HEMOFARM STADA - RADIVOJ KORAC 80:59 ( 28:14 , 17:18 , 11:20 , 24:7 )
Hemofarm opened the match with advantage of 18 pts at the end of first quarter. Radivoj Korac succedded to tie at the beginning of last quarter but host team with another big seria in the last seven minutes (21:1) added 20th win.
HEMOFARM : Butulija 15 pts, Kovacevic 12 pts, Ostojic 10 pts
RADIVOJ KORAC : Musulin 15 pts, Vucurovic 15 pts, Kravic 14 pts
PARTIZAN - VOJVODINA NIS 80:75 ( 23:12 , 24:21 , 18:26 , 15:16 )
Wholl win this derby was known at the half time which host team closed with 14 points advantage.
PARTIZAN : Jankovic 21 pts, Stjepanovic 21 pts & 9 rbs, Dangubic 15 pts, 7 rbs & 7assists, Beronja 15 pts
VOJVODINA: Bajic 18 pts, Scekic 14 pts, Siljegovic 13 pts, Vukovic 12 pts
CRVENA ZVEZDA CELAREVO 96:64 ( 27:19 , 19:14 , 22:14 , 28:17 )
Jovica Antonic gave the chance to all his players to play in this match. Crvena Zvezda played this game without Miljana Musovic and Iva Roglic while Celarevo added to rooster new player, Marina Puskar.
CRVENA ZVEZDA : Vasovic18 pts, Puric 14 pts, Puskar 12 pts, Prcic 12 pts, Maksimovic 11 pts
CELAREVO : Moraca 19 pts & 9 rbs, Pericin 13 pts, Radisic 12 pts
PROLETER LOZNICA 52:44 ( 14:10 , 8:8 , 14:14 , 16:12 )
PROLETER : Jela Vidacic (190-C-85) 23 pts & 23 rbs, Gobeljic 13 pts
LOZNICA : Jugovic 11 pts, Matic 11 pts
KOVIN-SPARTAK 79:73 ( 27:23 , 13:21 , 20:13 , 19:16 )
KRALJEVO-USCE 94:78 ( 30:12 , 26:15 , 20:19 , 18:32 )
Kraljevo added 5th win in this championship and kept the chances to stay in the league next season.
KRALJEVO : Mihailovic 29 pts, 8 rbs & 6 assists, Zivanovic 20 pts, Velisavljevic 15 pts & 14 rbs, Racic 10 pts
USCE : Sarvan 19 pts, Markovic 13 pts, 6 rbs & 7 assists, Traljic 13 pts, Mlinar 12 pts


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  SPAIN - Women  


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Murphy, San Jose20.7 
 2. Lyttle, EBE I.18.8 
 3. Price, Mariana17.2 
 4. Valdemoro, Ros C.17.1 
 5. Lovelace-T., Hondar.16.0 
 6. Kresovic, Gran C.15.2 
 7. Johnson, EBE I.15.2 
 8. Thomas, Mann F.14.9 
 9. Perovanovic, Gran C.14.9 
 10. Page, Maria.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Lyttle, EBE I.