EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/18/2009

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  ABA   


Knoxville advances to ABA Finals - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of an intense, bruising contest fraught with jawing, pushing, four technical fouls and an ejection, the Knoxville Thunderbolts prevailed over the New York 111-108 in the Final of the ABA Mini-Playoff and advanced to the ABA eight-team championship final in Nashville. The Thunderbolts will play their first game tomrrow, probably against powerhouse Southeast Texas Mustangs. The Thunderbolts ended the first half behind (Thunder managed to lead 57-44 at halftime) and came back during the last qtr, led by were led in scoring by Scott Williams (6'2''-G, college: Carson-Newman) and Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) with 26 each. Andy Tipton (6'8''-F, college: Carson-Newman) and Dane Bradshaw (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Tennessee) each added 12. The best in Thunder was Sean Dantzler (6'4''-G/F-83, college: St.Francis,NY), who scored 30, mostly from long range. Marvin McCullough (6'0''-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Iona) added 26 and Tim Gittens (6'3''-G-77, agency: Tank Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 16.

ABA Finals Bracket set - by Gianni Pascucci

On the official website of the host team Nashville Broncs, www.nashvillebroncs.com has been published the official ABA Finals bracket. The last team qualified, the Knoxville Thunderbolts, will meet tonight the Texas Fuel in a preliminary game to determine the 8th team, that wil meet the # 1 team, Southeast Texas Mustangs on tomorrow, Wed. 18. The other pairings are as follows:
Kentucky Bisons - Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Maywood Buzz - Chicago Steam
Nashville Broncs - Jersey Express



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 25 MVP: Jovo Stanojevic of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Final 4 in Belgrade? - by Eurobasket News
Center of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket), is MVP of the Round 25. His team faced with the home loss 66-72 against No.4 Hemofarm , while Stanojevic nailed 26 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and grabbed 5 steals. He made 11 of 14 attempts from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line reaching the index rate 36.

Meanwhile, president of Adriatic league, Radovan Lorbek, announced he will offer organization of the Final 4 tournament to city of Belgrade.

'At the beginning of the week I will suggest the management board of the league to offer organization of Final 4 tournament to city of Belgrade. We already have application from city of Zagreb to organize this event and to cover all of its expenses. However, Belgrade is the main favorite. The reason is the fact that we will have 3 participants of the Final 4 coming from Serbia', said Radovan Lorbek.

As a reminder, previous Final 8 tournament was held in Ljibljana. According to some rumors the hosts will have about 250.000 euros expenses for the organization.

General Manager of Crvena Zvezda, Milan Opacic, stated that question about the Final 4 host supposed to be resolved way earlier.

'At the beginning of the season the league rejected offer that the regular season champion get a chance to organize the Final 4. Now we have the situation that we still don't know where we will fight for the title. I expected a call from the league right after the previous round game because the time becomes a problem now', said Milan Opacic.

Participant of the Final 4 will be Partizan, Cibona, Crvena Zvezda and Hemofarm.


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 62-0 
 2. Atenas 62-5 
 3. Libertad 58-5 
 4. Sionista 57-5 
 5. Gimn.CR 57-5 
 6. Estudiantes 56-0 
 7. Cicl.Olimpico 56-6 
 8. Boca Jrs 55-6 
 9. Regatas C. 54-0 
 10. Independ.N. 54-6 
 11. Quimsa 52-6 
 12. Obras 51-1 
 13. Quilmes MP 51-5 
 14. El Nacional 50-6 
 15. Lanus 48-1 
 16. Ben Hur 40-6 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.5 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.6 
 3. Jackson, Penarol19.0 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.6 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.9 
 6. Robinson, Sionista17.1 
 7. Glover, Cicl.Olimpico16.5 
 8. Taylor, Lanus16.5 
 9. Espil, Boca Jrs16.4 
 10. Osborne, Libert.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.7 
 2. Williams, Cicl.Oli.9.6 
 3. Assie, Independ.N.8.7 
 4. Nelson, Estudiantes7.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa7.7 
 6. Levy, Estudiantes7.5 
 7. Taylor, Lanus7.3 
 8. Mikulas, Quimsa7.2 
 9. Kante, Atenas7.1 
 10. Cowan, Quilmes7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP5.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Penarol4.1 
 3. Treise, Quimsa3.9 
 4. Cantero, Sionista3.9 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes3.7 
 6. La Bella, Estudiantes3.3 
 7. Titarelli, Obras3.3 
 8. Cequeira, Regat.3.1 
 9. Martinez, Sionista3.0 
 10. Olmedo, Lan.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  Independ.N.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Assie, Independ.N.2.2 
 2. Moodie, Independ.2.1 
 3. Marin, Independ.N.2.0 
 4. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 5. Sciutto, Gimn.CR2.0 
 6. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 7. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 8. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 9. Johnson, Penarol1.6 
 10. Glover, Cicl.Olimpi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Quimsa
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Quimsa1.9 
 2. Moore, El Nacional1.9 
 3. Smith, Quimsa1.9 
 4. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.9 
 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. Gonzalez, Penar.1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Penney, Breakers23.7 
 2. Whitehead, Blaze20.4 
 3. Ere, Tigers20.4 
 4. Harvey, Blaze20.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats19.6 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles18.7 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers18.5 
 8. Franklin, Hawks18.4 
 9. Knight, Spirit18.1 
 10. Anstey, Tige.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke WHITEHEAD
  Blaze
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Whitehead, Blaze15.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers10.2 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles10.1 
 4. Anstey, Tigers9.3 
 5. Rychart, Hawks8.3 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats8.2 
 7. Rickert, Breakers7.9 
 8. Saville, Hawks7.8 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers7.8 
 10. Knight, Spir.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Shane HEAL
  Blaze
  (182-G-70)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Heal, Blaze5.1 
 2. Dann, Spirit5.0 
 3. Bruce, 36ers4.6 
 4. Boucher, Breakers4.6 
 5. Crosswell, Tigers4.6 
 6. Franklin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Hinson, Wildcats4.3 
 8. Bruton, Breakers4.3 
 9. Maher, 36ers4.2 
 10. Crawford, Wildca.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Williams, Taipans2.1 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles1.8 
 4. Crawford, Wildcats1.7 
 5. Boucher, Breakers1.7 
 6. Bruton, Breakers1.6 
 7. Martin, Spirit1.6 
 8. Bowen, Blaze1.6 
 9. Mee, Taipans1.5 
 10. Hinson, Wildca.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ANSTEY
  Tigers
  (213-C-75)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Anstey, Tigers1.8 
 2. Mee, Taipans1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 4. Frank, Blaze1.2 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.1 
 6. Victor, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Burston, Dragons1.0 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 9. Ere, Tigers0.9 
 10. Crosswhite, Tai.0.8 


Last games - Nathan Jawai leads Stampede to victory - by Eurobasket News
Idaho - Utah 99-92
Nathan Jawai (6'10''-C-86, college: Midland CC) stepped up for the Idaho Stampede last night collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Burleson scored 16 and Brent Petway had two points less than him. Lance Allred also shined registering double-double, 12 pts and 15 rebs. The hosts got 20 points from Morris Almond. Stampede 26-15, Flash 22-15.


Oceania Series confirmed - by Eurobasket News
Basketball New Zealands senior national teams the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns will have chances to clinch world championship berths on home hardwood, with the schedule for the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships confirmed on Monday.
The Tall Blacks will meet the world number nine and Beijing Olympics quarterfinalist Australia Boomers in a two-game series in late August while the Tall Ferns play the world number three and Beijing silver medalist Australia Opals in early September. The nations capital, Wellington, and the 4430-seat TSB Bank Arena will host game two of the mens championship on Tuesday, August 25, with the series opener on Sunday, August 23 in Australia. Poriruas 2000-capacity Te Rauparaha Arena, which opened for business in November last year, will host its first basketball international in game two of the Ferns-Opals series on Saturday, September 5. Australias capital, Canberra, will host game one on Wednesday, September 2.
Its great that strong, passionate basketball communities will get the chance to see our elite talent in action in two great venues, BBNZ chief executive Dale Stephens said. These are basketball communities that put a lot into the sport at all levels and to host the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns at TSB Bank Arena and Te Rauparaha Arena is reward for that commitment. Wellington last hosted the Tall Blacks in two games a win and loss against Venezuela in July 2007 and in an Oceania Championship game in August 2001, a game one victory propelling the Tall Blacks to a historic 2-1 series win and onto the 2002 World Championships.
The Tall Blacks and Boomers met twice in 2008, with Australia sweeping the series with a 75-60 win at the North Shore Events Centre and 94-57 result in Melbourne. The Wellington area has produced two of the Tall Blacks five home wins over Australia, so hopefully the capital will be good for the boys again, BBNZ national teams general manager Grant Chapman said. The Boomers could feature the likes of NBA big men Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC), NZ Breakers point guard CJ Bruton, rising talent Patrick Mills (183-G-88), along with European stars David Andersen and Brad Newley, and ANBL stars Mark Worthington and Chris Anstey.
The Tall Ferns and Opals met three times last year, twice in training camp scrimmages and once in competition. New Zealand celebrated a first-ever win over Australia 63-59 at the Good Luck Beijing Olympic Test Event in April, after two earlier defeats in Canberra.
The Oceania zone has two berths for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men in Turkey, so having already both qualified, the Tall Blacks and Boomers will be playing for seedings.
The Tall Ferns are not so fortunate, with Oceania holding just one berth for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic, they will need to beat the Opals to qualify. The Opals could feature the likes of WNBA players Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72), European-based pros Penny Taylor and Suzy Batkovic, and WNBL players Krisiti Harrower and Rohanee Cox. BBNZ will jointly host the games with the Wellington Saints organisation. The thing that really excites me is having both the mens and womens teams in Wellington playing against the powerhouse in Australia, Saints owner Nick Mills said. Thats big in any sport in New Zealand, let alone basketball, and the city. To be able to see a player like Patty Mills is great, hes going to be a high pick in the NBA Draft later this year. Im ecstatic about hosting these games.

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men
New Zealand Tall Blacks vs Australia Boomers
Game One
Sunday, August 23
TBC

Game Two
Tuesday, August 25
TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women
New Zealand Tall Ferns vs Australia Opals
Game One
Wednesday, September 2
Canberra

Game Two
Saturday, September 5
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga, Round 2 (second stage): Gmunden too strong for Arkadia in derby - by Eurobasket News
Group Top 8

Furstenfeld - Wels 99-92
The Panthers jumped to 17-7 record after this victory, what is enough for top of the Austrian top division (together with Gmunden). Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) stepped up for the Panthers collecting 23 points and 11 rebounds. Samo Grum scored 19, while Bryan Lucas and Shawn Ray combined 32 points and 9 rebs. Brandon Thomas answered with 33 points and 8 boards for the loosing side.

Gmunden - Arkadia 98-74
Gmunded registered comfortable home victory in derby game against Arkadia remaining on top of A Bundesleague, together with Furstenfeld, who also celebrated in this round (17-7). Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) top-scored for the hosts with 21 points. Shelton Colwell had 19 points and 7 boards, while Elijah Palmer helped with 16 pts. Arkadia got 18 points and 7 boards from Dzmitry Paliashchuk, falling to third place (16-8).

Kapfenberg - Oberwart 70-64
The Bulls grabbed this one so both teams are now on the same 15-9 record. Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) scored 16, Wayne Arnold and Ramiz Suljanovic had 15 pts each and Damir Zeleznik helped the hosts with 11 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists. On the other side, the Gunners got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Marko Moric.



Group Play-Out
Klosterneub. - UBSC Graz 100-79
Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama) was a key player for the winners in this game as he collected 23 points and 5 rebounds. Damir Rajkovic scored 17 and Melvin Creddle helped with 12 pts. Bryan Grier of Graz led all the scorers with 26 points. Klosterneuburg stays on top of the Play-Out Group with 13-11 record.

Worthersee - St.Polten 76-77
10-14 for St. Polten and 8-16 for Worthersee after this thriller. Martin Speiser (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) stepped up for the guests with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Stefan Kerschbaummayr and David Jandl helped with 31 pts together. Tim Burnette netted 21 and handed out 9 assists in loss.

Vienna - Gussing 64-92
Gussing trashed Vienna on the road mostly owing to Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle), who nailed 19 points. Dragan Miletic also shined with 16 and Mathias Klepeisz had one point less. The hosts got double-double from Lorenzo O'Neal, 13 points and 10 assists. Gussing 10-14, Vienna 3-21.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia23.0 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.0 
 3. Thomas, Wels19.9 
 4. Burnette, Worth.19.8 
 5. George, Vienna19.8 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten18.9 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Moric, Oberwart18.7 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg18.5 
 10. Nagler, Kloste.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.4 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.1 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Moric, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.2 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.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.5.7 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.2 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 6. Danek, Arkadia4.5 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 9. O'Neal, Vienna3.6 
 10. Rowland, Furste.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.5 
 2. George, Vienna2.2 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 4. Moore, Wels2.0 
 5. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 6. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 8. Youngblood, Oberw.1.8 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 10. Fears, Kapfenbe.1.8 
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. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 
 8. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 9. Mitchell, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Hamidovic, Kloste.0.7 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 32-2 
 2. Vitalyur 26-8 
 3. Grodno-93 20-14 
 4. OZAA Osip. 20-14 
 5. Lokomotiv 14-20 
 6. Sozh Gomel 11-21 
 7. BNTU 6-26 
 8. Temp-OSHVSM 3-27 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Bree 21-3 
 2. Hasselt 18-6 
 3. Sint-Jan Antw. 16-7 
 4. Waregem 15-8 
 5. Fleurus 15-9 
 6. Willebroek 14-10 
 7. De Westhoek 12-12 
 8. Pitzemburg 10-13 
 9. Essor Charleroi 10-14 
 10. Falco Gent 9-15 
 11. Boom 8-15 
 12. Wevelgem 7-4 
 13. Ninane 7-17 
 14. Carnieres 6-17 
 15. Nivelles 4-19 


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  BELIZE   


E-3 Wins Big in BECOL Tournament!!! - by David Magana

Last weekend at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio, the BECOL Tournament continued its regular season with 5 games being played in the different divisions. Friday's games were very exciting because the winning teams did it by only two and three points. In the senior division, the Perkup Blazers, who are still undefeated, were able to pull a close one (2 pts) against the actual champs Chirst for Life, who are having a bad season this year. In the U-18, Christ for Life Jr. pulled a win of 3 pts against Cayo Ballers. For this game, Paul Guttierez scored 32 pts, 13 rebs, incredible night for a young player.

Saturday's games, E-3 blowout Venus Warriors by 25 pts. Kurt Burgess had a great night with doulbe double figures. Cougars kept their undefeated record after deafeating X-tra House Creepers by 59 - 46.


GAME 1
Seniors
Christ for Life Sr. 48

Jamie Gillett 16 pts4
Jay Chavarria (191-F) 10 pts
Tahu Galvez 8 pts 8 rebs

Perk Up Blazers 50
Erwin Robinson 12 pts
Isani Enriquez (186-G/F) 11 pts 7 rebs
Benedict Terry (196-F-87) 7 pts 6 rebs
.
GAME 2
U-18
Cayo Ballers, 52
Alfonso (Fonso) Tesecum 23 pts 8 rebs
Ian Vega 10 pts 6rebs

Christ for Life (Jrs.) 55

Paul Guttierez 32 pts 13 rebs
Eliodoro Ho 11 pts

Saturday 14th March
GAME 1
Seniors
E-3 68

Kurt Burgess (-F/C) (Chengo) 25 pts 24 rebs 4 blocks
Jimmy Rudon 10 pts
Elroy (Shabba) Willis 9 pts

Venus Warriors 43
Ivan (Stainless) Flowers 11 pts 9 rebs
Dean Hemmenes 10 pts 7 rebs
Leon Myers 9 pts

GAME 2
Seniors
Xtra House Creepers 46

Lester Cadle (188-G-80) 27 pts
Ian Lennan 11 pts

Cougars Club 59
Dorian Jones (186-G) 16 pts 8 rebs
Aaron Bermudez 16 pts
Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 11 pts 5 rebs

GAME 3
U-21
Hydro Power 59

Mason (Palad) Berry 13 pts

Regis Morris 11 pts
Johan (Cotto) Bermudez 11 pts
Garret Bermudez 10 pts

Hardtime Hustlers 59
Omar Yacab 11 pts 8 rebs
Floyd (big Jim) Moro 9 pts 6 rebs

In the U-18 division, the postponed game between Sacred Heart College and O-Ballaz will be played on Tuesday at 7:00 pm

Games for this coming weekend. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp

Friday 20th March Game 1 (U-18) Christ for Life Jrs. vs Sacred Heart College
Game 2 (Seniors) Xtra House Creepers vs Christ for Life
Game 3 (O-35) Belize Bank Veterans vs Tuff Enuff Rebels


Saturday 21st March (These games will be played at the U.B. Gym)

Game 1 (U-21) Belmopan Trojans vs Sacred Heart College
Game 2 (0-35) Belmopan Bandits vs Hydro Power
Game 3 (Seniors) Cougars Club vs Christ for Life



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  BOSNIA   


Hrvoje Puljko moves from Borac Nektar to Siroki Eronet - by Eurobasket News
Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) terminated the contract with Borac Nektar few days ago and yesterday he signed it with Siroki Eronet. Puljko joined Borac during the summer from Slovakian team HBK Prievidza. Except of the Bosnian D1, he appeared twice in FIBA EuroChallenge averaging 7.5 ppg, 4 rebounds and 1.5 apg. He is currently the seventh best scorer in domestic championship. Before HBK Prievidza, Hrvoje Puljko spent one season with Cedevita Zagreb. He played 20 games in Croatian A1 league registering 9.6 ppg and 2.3 rpg. From 2004-2006 was a member of the German Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. During these two years Puljko has limited playing time which affected his numbers. In the first one he had 2.3 and later 2.5 ppg in 22 games. He grew up as a player in Zrinjevac, where he played until 2004.
Hrvoje Puljko is third player who arrives to Siroki at the middle of the season. Before him, the team already agreed terms with Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) and Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side). The other one (Grgat) still didn't arrive. The main target remains the championship title, what will be very hard as Bosna ASA BHT and currently the top ranked team in Divison 1, Partizan Igokea, have the same ambitions.


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 21-2 
 2. Zrinjski MC 19-4 
 3. Sloboda Dita 18-4 
 4. Siroki Eronet 14-8 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 14-9 
 6. BoracNektar 12-11 
 7. Mladost MG 9-13 
 8. Hercegovac 9-14 
 9. Grude 9-15 
 10. Slavija 8-15 
 11. Posusje 8-15 
 12. Vitez 7-15 
 13. Novi Grad 0-23 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
 1. Celik 13-0 
 2. Triland 10-3 
 3. Vogosca 9-4 
 4. Brcko 8-5 
 5. Student T. 8-5 
 6. Play Off 8-7 
 7. Kakanj 6-7 
 8. Limometal 6-7 
 9. Bihac 5-8 
 10. Lukavac 4-10 
 11. Trica 3-11 
 12. Velpak 0-13 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Sutjeska 16-3 
 2. Bratunac 14-5 
 3. Gacko 13-6 
 4. Varda 12-7 
 5. Radnik B. 12-7 
 6. Prijedor 12-7 
 7. Glasinac 8-11 
 8. Bijeljina 6-13 
 9. Wolf Security 6-13 
 10. Rudar 6-13 
 11. Mladost 76 5-14 
 12. Radivoje Kor. 4-15 
Herceg-Bosne
 1. Brotnjo Citluk 14-1 
 2. Capljina 10-4 
 3. Siroki II 8-7 
 4. Odzak 8-7 
 5. Livno 6-8 
 6. Zrinjski II 6-8 
 7. Rama 5-10 
 8. Tomislav 4-11 
 9. Busovaca 3-12 
 10. Ljubuski 1-13 


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Z Jovanovic SLO 21.19
2 J Sesar ZRI 21.00
3 I Bakovic VIT 18.38
4 D Kastratovic HER 17.67
5 D Palalic MLA 17.48
Rebounds Per Game
1 O Peternik BOR 11.7
2 N Tmusic HER 8.5
3 I Cular GRU 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 V Jojic SLA 6.4
2 D Richardson BOR 6.3
3 Z Jovanovic SLO 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 N Milosevic SLO 4.5
2 M Pejanovic HER 3.0
3 T Tomovic ZRI 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 O Peternik BOR 1.5
2 B Pelkic LEO 1.2
3 S Kordou LEO 1.1
Ranking
1 O Peternik BOR 11.1
2 R Velimirovic SLO 10.4
3 V Jojic SLA 9.2


Joyful week-end for the favorites - by Eurobasket News

The teams from the top part of the standings didn't have any troubles to beat their rivals in Round 24 of the Bosnian D1.
Siroki Eronet trashed Borac Nektar at home 83-52 improving to 14-8 record, what is currently enough for position No.4. Bryan Smithson (183-G-85, college: NC-Asheville) led the scorers in victory with 17 points. Young Darko Planinic (209-C-90) also shined collecting 14 pts and 16 rebounds. On the other side, Borac got 17 points and 12 rebounds from US Virgin Island big guy Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.). His team fell to 12-10.
No.1 Igokea Partizan also celebrated in this round, but against Vitez 95-69. Igokea now has impressive 21-1 record.
Zrinjski did not have any troubles to beat Slavija on the road 80-73 and to reach 18-4 score. The same numbers also has Sloboda Dita, who cruised past Posusje as a guest 74-66. Milan Brecic (193-G-86) was a key player for Zrinjski vs Slavija delivering 23 points. Milos Mladenovic (204-C/F-82) scored 25 and Sindis Demic (190-G-83) had 24 points in loss.
Mladost faced with painful home defeat vs Grude 76-80, while Hercegovac outplayed Leotar in local derby 73-64.
Above mentioned Posusje and Slavija are the main candidates for relegation, together with Novi Grad, who already ended this season. First 6 team of D1, and most probably at this moment No.7 Hercegovac, will fight for the title later. The reigning champion Bosna ASA BHT will also join in the second stage.




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  CHINA   


Youg Player would go to nike Training Camp - by Robert Wang
Zhang Dao Yu from Zhe Jiang team will go to Oregon (Portland) , UAS for the training camp - Hoop Summit. Zhang Da Yu is 18 years old and he went to the Lebrown James' training camp last summer and this is his 2nd time to go to such type training camp. Yao Ming and Yi Jian Lian went to such type training camp before they went to NBA and hope Zhang would go to NBA through ths path, too. Good luck!
Another news from CBA today, China new Women's Basketball team's head coach is confirmed now. He is the former China National team player Sun Feng Wu.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Pardubice welcomes Prostejov tonight - by David Dousa

BK Prostejov, who lost three times in last six games, and that to first Nymburk, second Novy Jicin, and third Decin, and on the other hand, they recorded three wins, over Ostrava, Opava and Liberec comes to BK Synthesia Pardubice tonight. BK Synthesia Pardubice has even worse record from last six games, while loosing 4 of them, and winning just two. BK Prostejov currently resides at 4th place in the league and BK Synthesia Pardubice occupy 8th place. On the other hand, in three clashes against BK Prostejov, this season, BK Synthesia Pardubice has won twice, whereas BK Prostejov just once.


Both teams should play in their full strength. Even Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville), who missed last game, because of back sore, should be back in the game. So BK Prostejov can rely on a strong inside game produced by forceful duo Ian Hanavan Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) and snipers from the 3pt arc, like the best 3pt shooter of Mattoni NBL Colin Falls (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Notre Dame) Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80, agency: PPGroup), or Hurl Beechum (196-F-73, college: Iowa St.). On the other side, hardened players of the BK Synthesia Pardubices Foreign Legion, like Levell Sanders (189-G-75, agency: Stanley International, college: Seton Hall) on the point, Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73), or Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) on the swingmen, or Lavell Payne (203-F-85, college: Cent.Florida) and David Steffel (211-F/C-85), with experience from Italian SerieA, will try to stop the Eagles from BK Prostejov.


Spectators in Duhova Arena in BK Synthesia Pardubice are going to see an interesting clash, tonight for sure!



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  D-LEAGUE   


Last games - Nathan Jawai leads Stampede to victory - by Eurobasket News
Idaho - Utah 99-92
Nathan Jawai (6'10''-C-86, college: Midland CC) stepped up for the Idaho Stampede last night collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Burleson scored 16 and Brent Petway had two points less than him. Lance Allred also shined registering double-double, 12 pts and 15 rebs. The hosts got 20 points from Morris Almond. Stampede 26-15, Flash 22-15.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 24-15 
 2. Dakota W. 23-17 
 3. Erie BH 22-19 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 21-21 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 16-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 26-12 
 2. Austin T. 26-13 
 3. Albuquerque T. 21-19 
 4. Rio Grande VV 16-24 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 9-31 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 26-16 
 2. Utah F. 22-15 
 3. Bakersfield J. 22-19 
 4. Reno B. 18-21 
 5. Anaheim A. 15-26 
 6. LA D-Fenders 14-27 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.2 
 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. Allred, Idaho9.0 
 10. Ewing, Re.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 Grande8.3 
 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. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 6. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 7. Robinson, Reno2.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 9. Major, Dakota2.1 
 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. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 6. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 7. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.6 


Lakers recall Sun Yue from D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane) from the NBA Development Leagues Los Angeles D-Fenders, it was announced today. Sun, who became the 25th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season on March 6, played 4 games (4 starts) with the D-Fenders, averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.25 blocks in 36.0 minutes. Originally selected by the Lakers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Sun signed with the Lakers the following summer (August 25, 2008) shortly after representing China as a member of the Mens Olympic Basketball Team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Making his NBA debut on December 7 versus Milwaukee with four points on 2-of-3 shooting in five minutes, Sun has appeared in 10 games with the Lakers this season, totaling six points, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 28 minutes. (Courtesy of http://www.spmsportsinc.com)

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) has received a one-game suspension without pay after receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2008-09 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. A player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension after receiving his 16th technical foul. Every other technical foul beyond 16 (18, 20, 22, etc.) will also result in a one-game suspension without pay. Jackson received his most recent technical foul with 3:54 remaining in the third period of Golden States 154-130 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, March 15 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif. Jackson will serve his suspension on Tuesday, March 17 when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers at ORACLE Arena. (Courtesy of http://www.fox2now.com)


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  EBA   


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


Last Round results - by Gianni Pascucci
On sunday, March 15, the Delaware Destroyers took a very important win, 115-99, over the Harrisburg Horizon in the last game of the EBA regular season. Todd McCoy (6'4''-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Indiana St.) led the Delaware scorers with 22 points, and four other players ended the game in double figures for the Destroyers. The Horizon suffered through a cold shooting night. Team leader Anthony Frazier (6'8''-F-82, college: Cheyney) had a season low 9 points that included seven missed from the foul line. Rahim Walls (6'1''-G-75, college: W.Virginia St.) and Curtis King (6'7''-F, college: Morgan St.) had 20 points each for the losing Horizon. The loss sent Harrisburg from a possible first place to a season-ending tie for fourth. See here down all the last Round Results:
Nova Hawks 101- New York Wizards 98
Hampton Roads Cardinals 120 - Virginia Wolverines 115
Alexandria Avengers 117 - Virginia Fastbreak 105
Washington Madness 112 - Elmira Bulldogs 110
DE Destroyers 115 - Harrisburg Horizon 99


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  EGYPT   


Egyptian Super league finals starts tonight - by Sherif Soliman
Three buttels will take place tonight in the 1st round of the super league finals .First buttle will be held in Cairo stadium Gezira Vs Itthad,they Just met three days ago and Itthad was able to win showing a great performance to send Gezira off the quarter cup finals.Second buttle will be held in Amir fisal court when Ahly faces Geish in a real hard buttle for both teams who will not accept any defeat in the first round.Third game will be held in Zamalek court who will be facing somouha this game could be an easy one for the undefeated Zamalek who lost only 2 games in the regular season,while Somouha is suffering since their head coach Sherif Azmy left the team last month heading to his second home Syria. John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY)


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Zamalek 0-0 
 2. Ahly 0-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 4. Gezira 0-0 
 5. Geish Army 0-0 
 6. Somouha 0-0 
Group B
 1. Shorta-Police 0-0 
 2. Gasco 0-0 
 3. Al Olympi 0-0 
 4. Shark ins. 0-0 
 5. Shams 0-0 
 6. Sporting 0-0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.19.6 
 2. Perry, CSK V.19.5 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.16.8 
 4. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.16.5 
 5. Taylor, AEL16.2 
 6. Besok, Galatasaray15.2 
 7. Hill, Liege15.1 
 8. Gipson, Amsterdam14.8 
 9. Braswell, Cholet14.8 
 10. Torbert, M.Haina.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Jerusalem
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Watson, Jerusalem11.4 
 2. Tomic, KK Zagreb9.3 
 3. Falker, Cholet9.2 
 4. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.8.8 
 5. Thomas, Liege8.2 
 6. Besok, Galatasaray7.9 
 7. Greene, Sumykhim.7.5 
 8. Bajramovic, BC Ky.7.4 
 9. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.4 
 10. Milling, Hyeres.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Draper, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 2. Boykins, La Forte.5.8 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.4 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock4.7 
 5. Conlan, M.Hainaut4.2 
 6. Bremer, Triumph4.1 
 7. Mitchell, AEL4.1 
 8. Rowland, Telek.4.0 
 9. Butskyy, Sumykhim.4.0 
 10. Surovtsev, Ural.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Amsterdam
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Greene, Amsterdam2.5 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.4 
 3. Braswell, Cholet2.2 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.1 
 5. Langford, La Forte.2.0 
 6. Atkins, Galatasaray1.9 
 7. Ivory, Dt.1.9 
 8. Taylor, AEL1.8 
 9. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.8 
 10. Milling, Hyeres.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Haryasz, Oostende1.7 
 3. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.3 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.3 
 7. Johnson, Telek.1.3 
 8. Williams, Banvit1.3 
 9. de Jong, Vichy1.3 
 10. Likholitov, Ural.1.2 


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Telekom B. - La Fortezza 76-86
Virtus BolognaFiere tasted a road victory over in the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals Round 1 after winning the opening game over Telekom Baskets Bonn on Tuesday night in Germany. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) scored 17 points, Reshawn Terry 16 and Keith Langford 14 for Virtus. Rowland Earl finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort.

AEL - Amsterdam 82-72
Proteas EKA AEL grabbed the first victory over EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam on Tuesday in Limassol, Cyprus. Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Subotic Vujadin nailed 16. Gipson Teddy produced 17 points in the losing effort and Harrison CC notched 16. Proteas, who hosted last year's EuroCup Final Four, are now just a victory away from making it to the showpiece event again.

Triumph - Ural Great 100-102
Ural Great beat BC Triumph in the Russian derby of Quarter-Finals Round 102:100. The team from Perm needed an overtime to seal the winning outcome. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) top-scored for the winners with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Biggs Ralph nailed 23 and Plisnic Vanja posted 20. Perry Marque ended up with 26 points for the home side. The second game in the best-of-three series will be played in Perm on Thursday.


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Tau 4-2 
 3. Armani MI 2-4 
 4. Prokom 1-5 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 5-1 
 2. Real Madrid 5-1 
 3. Maccabi T-A 2-4 
 4. ALBA 0-6 
Group G
 1. Panathinaikos 5-1 
 2. Partizan 4-2 
 3. Unicaja 2-4 
 4. Lottomatica 1-5 
Group H
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Montepaschi 4-2 
 3. Cibona 2-4 
 4. Fener.Ulker 1-5 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.1 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.5 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.8 
 5. Smith, KTP18.3 
 6. Brown, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.5 
 8. Hester, Pyrinto17.4 
 9. Scott, Honka17.3 
 10. Williams, K.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Kataja12.9 
 2. Richardson, Tarmo12.6 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.2 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.4 
 5. Williams, KTP10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta10.3 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.6 
 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. Blair, Kataja4.4 
 3. Williams, KTP4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.1 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.8 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Swift, Kouvot3.2 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.6 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 5. Hester, Pyrinto2.0 
 6. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 7. Wood, Kataja2.0 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Gonner, Koriha.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.8 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 5. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Spencer, ToPo1.3 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Wood, Kata.1.0 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 37: Kataja (Joensuu) winning tonight 11th game in a row and opponent KTP (Kotka) losing the 4th time in a row. It seems right now there is not a single team able to shake Kataja's confidence. Kataja had again six players in double digits and visitor KTP lost by 24 pts 91-67 (43-31). Quarters: 23-16, 20-15, 26-21, 22-15. Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) and Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) led Kataja with 18 pts both. KTP had only two players over 10 pts: Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) (21) and Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Iona) (18).

Kataja - KTP 91-67 (43-31) (Larry Blair 18, Quinnel Brown 18, Jeremiah Wood 13 - Durel Vinson 21, Steve Smith 18).



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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Lille 21-5 
 2. Bordeaux 19-6 
 3. Challans 19-7 
 4. Fos Ouest 18-7 
 5. Angers 17-9 
 6. Blois 17-9 
 7. Reims 16-10 
 8. Chalons 14-12 
 9. Boulogne 13-13 
 10. St Chamond 12-14 
 11. Get Vosges 11-15 
 12. Bayonne 10-16 
 13. Longwy 10-16 
 14. Lievin 10-16 
 15. Prisse Macon 8-17 
 16. Roche-la-Moliere 8-18 
 17. Juvisy 5-21 
 18. CFBB 4-22 


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  GABON   


5th DAY OF National Championship: ATOMICK still in head - by Tim Ndjiki
Here are results and the ordering of the 5th day of the national championship nicknamed elite national championship (CNE)
Port Gentil: STADE MANDJI beats AO BB (84-71); ATOMICK beats SOMO (61-55); SOMO B beats OLYMPIC MANDJI (82-81). MOANDA: MANGA beats IZO B (83-44) OYEM: TOUNGUI B beats ENGONG (74-53)
Ordering to the exit of the 5th day - 1st ATOMICK 10 pts (+82); 2nd STADE MANDJI 9 pts (+106); 3rd AO BB 9 pts (10); 4th IZO BB 9 pts (-47); 5th MANGA B 8 pts (+79); 6th SOMO B 8 pts (+67); 7th TOUNGUI B 6 point (-32); 8th OLYMPIC MANDJI 5 pts (-54); 9th ENGONGS 5 pts (-102); 10th CAS 1987 5 pts (-111).
The commission of probate and discipline of the national Championship has just suspended of 5 months the trainer of CAS 1987, Mr ASSELE MISERE, to have attacked last weekend the coach of ATOMICK, EBOA Steeve.
Robert Ndong (-82)


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  GHANA   


ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD SPONSORS ACHIMOTA SEN. HIGH SCHOOLS NEW BASKETBALL FACILITY - by Isaac kwapong
On Saturday 14th of March 2009 during the Achimota Senior High School founders day, the school commissioned its new ultra modern outdoor basketball facility which is equipped with two outdoor basketball courts, and sitting space. The facility was sponsored by ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD and the 1959 Achimota senior high school year group. Also a total of fourty-two basketballs were donated to the school with fourty from a member of the old students association, and two from the contractor of the project. The new basketball court facility was commissioned by the Head mistress of the Achimota Senior High School and some members of the 1959 year group which included Dr. Kwame Addo-kuffour a former minister of defense of the republic of Ghana who played a major role in the building of the new basketball court facility. The Achimota old students association during the commissioning spoke of their decision to build a basketball court facility to help develop the sport of basketball in the school as well as improve the health of the students through sports. The building of the new basketball facility also happens to be in a year when the National Schools and Colleges sports festival will be organized in Accra. This years National Schools and Colleges sports festival will have basketball as one of its main events. The commissioning of the new basketball facility was crowned with a 10 minutes basketball match between the Team A and Team B of the Achimota Senior High School boys basketball team.

Dynasty All-Star Exhibition Game - by Isaac kwapong
Dynasty on the 14th of February valentines day organized a basketball all-star exhibition game at the Golden Sunbeam School one of the organisations club schools. The game was a right to dream initiative during the visit of its partners from the Alliowaattack basketball organisation in the USA. Their visit to Ghana was towards a basketball development project in collaboration with Right to Dream Sports Academy. Amongst the group was Jake who is a scout and the director of Alliowa Attack. With their interest to see the potential of young basketball talents in Ghana the game was organized. The game featured some of the nations best U18 young basketball prospects and they included Nana Yaw Sapon-Amoah (Aka Alimo), Papa Osei, Milad Auoad, Charles Fordjor, Osam Tawiah, Jeffrey Joseph Ola, kwame Danso, David Maja, and Baah Sekyere. The game was really exciting and intense even though most of them had not played any competitive games in a while. The game ended 52- 37. With Nana Yaw Sapon-Amoah scoring 25pts and Papa Osei scoring 15pts. The visitors where impressed and decided to follow up on Nana Yaw Sapon-Amoah who has been a young prospect through out his senior high school education in Presec Legon. Currently Nana Yaw Sapon-Amoah is on his way to the USA to train with the Alliowaattack and possibly gaining a scholarship to further his college education and basketball in the USA. Dynasty Basketball Association wishes him all the best and we will be praying this opportunity will open up more doors for him to realise his education and basketball dreams. We will be following up on his development in the USA and bring you the latest developments when it happens.

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Tim Blue: "I Wish We Can Win More Games" - by Fred Roggen
I had a little chat with former Middle Tennessee State forward Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.), he is playing his second season in the Dutch League and is one of the most important player of the WestBrabant Giants.
This season he averaged in 32 games 16.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.5apg.

What brought you to basketball and when did you realize that this is what you want to do?
The person who really brought me to basketball was my next door neighbor, after i began playing for awhile and realized i was ok at it, then i said maybe i could make something out of it

You played college ball at Middle Tennessee State University. What were your nicest memories on the Basketballcourt there?
Some of my nicest memories there were tournaments in canada as well as the virgin island

How is everything going for you this season?
Everything this season is ok, i wish we can win more games but i think we will be ok, i cant complain to much.

What do you see specifically as your role, what they're asking you to bring to the team?
My role on this team vary's from game to game being that im playing at the 3 position it may be to score or just run offense through me just as a diversion.

What do you consider to be the strongest and the weakest point of your game?
The strongest point of my game i would have to say driving and just creating offense, weakest point right now i would say i could my shooting and decesion making

What must your team do to win the 2009 Dutch Championship?
To win the championship we will have to all play at our best, we will have to get alot better as a team

How important is it to have home court advantage throughout the playoffs?
Home court is very important for us, our coach stress that all the time it would be easier i believe with home court.

Which arena in the Dutch League is the most difficult to compete in?
I would have to go with matrixx or gronigen they both have real nice crowds

What do you think [has been] the biggest accomplishment of your basketball career?
I would have to say making it playing in europe, there so many people who played basketball with me growing up and im one of the few to be able to still be playing

If you could go one on one against any player, past or present, who would you like to take on?
Any player one on one, ofcourse it would be jordan he is the best ever, i would just like to get a couple buckets on him.

Can you talk a little bit about your off the court interests? Hobbies, etc
My off court hobbies are many playstation and watching movies, with a couple of my teammates we go bowling maybe once a month, but im mostly on ps3

Thanks Tim, for taking some time to do this interview.


Jerome Beasley Returns To Eiffel Towers - by Fred Roggen
Center Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) returns to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. The center has signed a contract until the end of the season 2009/2010. Beasley is on the moment suspended by the FIBA for three months after using cannabis. Beasley has expressed regret for what happened. 'We are very pleased with the return of Jerome Beasley, 'thus director Peter Vogelaar. 'Everyone makes mistakes in life. As an organization we have decided to give him another chance. '

EclipseJet MG Amsterdam Toppled By Proteas EKA AEL - by Fred Roggen
Proteas EKA AEL grabbed the first victory over EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam on Tuesday in Limassol, Cyprus. EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam fought until the end but Proteas EKA AEL held on and prevailed 82-72 in Game One of their EuroChallenge Quarter-Final tie on Tuesday in Limassol, Cyprus.
Playing without their injured Netherlands international center Peter van Paassen, Amsterdam struggled inside.
Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, college: Houston) 's lay-up for the visitors accounted for the last points of the second quarter and sent the teams to the changing rooms with Proteas clinging to a 39-37 advantage. Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) then buried a jump shot after the restart to knot the score at 39-39. Proteas went back in front by five after a Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) three-point play, only for Amsterdam to come back again with a Harrison three-ball tying the game at 46-46 midway through the quarter. The hosts finished the frame on a 16-7 run, capped by Darrel Mitchell's alley-oop pass to Taylor and they went to the last frame on top 62-53.
Taylor opened the fourth quarter with a lay-up and Subotic drilled a three as Proteas opened up a 67-43 lead - their biggest of the game. Amsterdam, despite the absence of their big center Van Paassen, fought brilliantly and twice clawed the deficit back to five at 75-70 with 2:14 remaining and 77-72 with just 1:40 left. Raca decided to call a timeout to discuss the end-of-game strategy.
When play resumed, Subotic missed an attempt from three-point land and Amsterdam had a chance to pull even closer but Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) lost control of his dribble and committed his fifth turnover of the game. Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) gave it right back with a bad pass, however, the Dutch team wasn't able to take advantage. CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) was off target with two three-pointers and Proteas ended up padding their lead at the free throw line.
Proteas won the battle of the boards 32-25 and they also excelled inside the arc, making 24 of 40 (60%) compared to 17 of 32 (53.1%) for Amsterdam.
Harrison finished four of eight from long range and Gipson was three of five.


FEB Results: Round 35 - by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in FEB action, Matrixx Magixx bounced back from a heartbreaking Thursday night loss in Rotterdam to put the clamps on Hanzevast Capitals, while ZZ Leiden climbs over Landstede Basketball for the 7th spot in the playoff race, by virtue of their win over Upstairs Weert in combination with West-Brabant Giants' road win in Zwolle.

In the Horstacker, after being down 49-44, a 17-0 run sparked by leading scorer
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) gave Matrixx the momentum it needed to overtake Hanzevast Capitals, winning by the score of 87-71. Wilson scored a game-high 27 pts., including making 3 three-pointers. Eric Nelson (201-F/C-76, college: Vermont) added 17 pts. and 9 rebounds, and Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) added good all-around numbers of 15 pts., 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) was the only Hanzevast player in double figures with 17 pts. Matrixx shot 62.2% FG and made 10 of 20 three-pointers, as well as a 35-25 rebounding advantage. With the win, Matrixx holds a 3-1 tiebreaker edge over Hanzevast and improves to 20-13 and move into 3rd place in the standings.


In Leiden in a matchup between two teams fighting for a playoff spot, ZZ Leiden, continues their ascend in the playoff race and control over its own destiny, winning over Upstairs by the score of 78-72. Despite missing point guards JS Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) and Vincent Krieger (184-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Asheville), ZZ still managed to come up with all the intangibles necessary to win ballgames, with X-factors Johan Kuijper (217-C-80) and oft-injured Niels Meijer (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) doing the dirty work inside. This resulted in a 49-37 rebounding advantage for ZZ. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led five ZZ players in dopuble digits with 19 pts. Upstairs' Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) had a strong performance, leading with game-highs of 24 pts. and 14 rebounds. With the win ZZ leapfrogs over Landstede Basketball for 7th place in the current standings.


In the ZBC-hal on Saturday night, Landstede Basketball once again got off to a good start, but had trouble once again holding the lead, with a strong performance by West-Brabant Giants guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) making the difference, helping the Giants steal a 72-66 win. Slagter was the motor for his team, scoring a game-high 20 pts., including 4 three-pointers, with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Landstede, who shot blanks from the three-point line (only 7 for 33 total), were led by

Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) with 18 pts. The win moves West-Brabant's record to 18-15, while Landstede drops its 5th straight, falling into 8th place, and will have to do some soul searching in their quest to get back on track and remain in the FEB playoff race.


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 28-5 
 2. Eiff.Towers 23-10 
 3. Hanzev.Cpt 20-13 
 4. M.Magix 20-13 
 5. Rotterdam 19-14 
 6. West-Brabant 18-15 
 7. ZZ Leiden 13-19 
 8. Landstede 13-21 
 9. Upstairs Weert 11-21 
 10. Aris Friesland 10-22 
 11. Den Helder 5-27 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MyGuide 2 19-2 
 2. MSV 18-4 
 3. Gorinchem 14-8 
 4. Landstede 2 14-8 
 5. Initial H5 13-8 
 6. Leiden 2 10-10 
 7. BV Rooi 10-10 
 8. Groene 10-11 
 9. Akrides 10-12 
 10. EBBC 8-14 
 11. Punch 7-13 
 12. Red Giants 7-14 
 13. Cangeroes 4-18 
 14. Pigeons 4-18 


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SLAM ADD 2 PlAYERS TO ROSTER - by John Gary
The Bellingham Slam have added a pair of players to the teams training camp roster,the team announced monday March 16. Forward Brandon Smith and guard Jake Linton will join the team next week for training camp in preparation for the teams season opener on April 3. Smith,a 6-6 forward from the University of Minnesota,played this winter with the Minot Skyrockets of the CBA.Smith averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Skyrockets before the CBA suspended operations in February. courtesy oursportscentral.com

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Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 15-2 
 2. Jerusalem 13-4 
 3. Hapoel Holon 10-7 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 10-7 
 5. Macc.Haifa 10-7 
 6. Galil Gilboa 9-8 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 8-9 
 8. Givat Shmuel 7-10 
 9. Ramat Gan 7-10 
 10. Rishon LZ 5-12 
 11. Ashkelon 5-12 
 12. Kiryat Ata 3-14 


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Bar.Netanya 19-1 
 2. Macc.Ashdod 13-7 
 3. Hap.Afula 12-8 
 4. Hap.Tivon 11-9 
 5. Lev Hashar. 11-9 
 6. Hod Hasharon 11-10 
 7. Ironi N-Ziona 10-10 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 10-10 
 9. Natzrath Elite 10-10 
 10. Kohav Yair 9-11 
 11. Elitzur Yavne 8-12 
 12. Megido/Yok. 7-13 
 13. Hap.Beeri 7-14 
 14. Benyamina 3-17 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Jamal WILLIAMS
  Megido/Yok.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Williams, Megido/Y.25.2 
 2. Haris, Hap.Tivon24.1 
 3. Brewington, Macc.Ash.24.0 
 4. Jackson, Hap.Beeri23.6 
 5. Uter, Lev Hashar.23.1 
 6. Williams, Elitzur .22.2 
 7. Morgan, Kohav Yair22.0 
 8. Brandy, Natzrath.20.9 
 9. Assaf, Macc.Ashdod20.8 
 10. Gueta, Bar.Netan.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Lev Hashar.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Uter, Lev Hashar.14.1 
 2. Brandy, Natzrath.12.2 
 3. Rokni, Macc.Ashdod10.3 
 4. Moscovitz, Hod H.9.9 
 5. Jackson, Hap.Beeri9.7 
 6. Williams, Megido/Y.9.2 
 7. Williams, Benyamina9.1 
 8. Carr, Hap.Afula8.9 
 9. Brewington, Macc.Ash.8.9 
 10. Gueta, Bar.Netan.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tomer HULI
  Bar.Netanya
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Huli, Bar.Netanya7.6 
 2. Nenikashvili, Natzra.6.5 
 3. Nenikashvili, Hap.A.6.5 
 4. Assaf, Macc.Ashdod6.4 
 5. Kantor, Elitzur .6.3 
 6. Eliyahu, Megido/Y.5.7 
 7. Tavor, Natzrath.5.2 
 8. Berkovitz, Hap.A.4.7 
 9. Ben Hemo, Hap.T.4.0 
 10. Lahat, Ironi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Megido/Yok.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eliyahu, Megido/Y.2.4 
 2. Peleg, Hap.Afula2.2 
 3. Lahat, Ironi N.2.2 
 4. Uter, Lev Hashar.1.9 
 5. Williams, Elitzur .1.8 
 6. Assaf, Macc.Ashdod1.8 
 7. Bochman, Elitzur .1.8 
 8. Yasu, Hap.Tivon1.7 
 9. Shahar, Elitzur .1.7 
 10. Baruch, Hap.Bee.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Lev Hashar.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Uter, Lev Hashar.2.8 
 2. Tzubrevitch, Kohav Y.1.6 
 3. Peterson, Elitzur .1.6 
 4. Williams, Benyamina1.4 
 5. Soll, Ironi N-Ziona1.3 
 6. Williams, Megido/Y.1.3 
 7. Carr, Hap.Afula1.1 
 8. Brewington, Macc.Ash.0.7 
 9. Peleg, Hap.Afula0.7 
 10. Dan, Ironi N-Zio.0.6 


Market News - by Netanel Dahan

Bnei Hasharon signed the former NBA player Ira Newble (199-F-75, college: Miami, OH),Newble played at 5 NBA teams: San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, and Los Angeles Lakers.
On his last season in the NBA he averaged 3.8ppg, and grabbed 2.6rpg. On his best season in the NBA with the Cavs he averaged 5.9ppg, and 3rpg. Newble is coming to replace Onyekwe who get injured.

Eldan Ashkelon signed CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC), is the Australia National Team player, he played with Portland Trail Blazers in 2000/01 and cut off, and on the last years he played in Australia, this season he played with New Zealand Breakers, and averaged 15.9ppg, 6.1apg, and 1.8spg with 48.0% from the three point area. CJ also played on the Olympic Games in Beijing and averaged 6.5ppg, 2.2rpg, and 3apg. Ashkelon still needs players and the top candidate to sign in the team is Demetric Shaw. Ashkelon will meet Bnei Hasharon on the next game.


And according to the Israeli media the NBA teams the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns are interested in Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv player Do'r Fischer.



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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 14-3 
 2. Peja 14-3 
 3. Bashkimi 11-6 
 4. Trepca Mitrov. 7-10 
 5. Drita 4-13 
 6. Bambi Mitr. 1-11 
 7. Coll.Eurosport 0-0 
 8. SHB 12 0-0 
 9. Kastrioti 0-0 
 10. Kosova V. 0-0 


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


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


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Pythons whipped Uhuru Kings - by Numennie Williams
NPA Pythons on Monday whipped Uhuru Kings 92-88 points in the grand final in a special basketball tournament intended to raise funds to do some minor renovation work at the Sports Commission as the country await some former NBA Stars that will be vising the country this week. The tournament brought together four of the country top basketball clubs. They include; Pythons, LPRC Oilers, Dream Team and Uhuru Kings. The tournament was organized by the Liberia Basketballl Federation.

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Interview with CIBACOPA leading scorer - Joe Chapman - by Chris Terrell

MySpace4Hoops Scouting Director Chris Terrell sat down with Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) on Monday to discuss among other things; playing along side Dwayne Wade, experiences in Mexico and Europe, and his thoughts of the early going in Mexico with Caballeros de Culiacan.
MS4H: Joe, you're currently leading the CIBACOPA in scoring for Culiacan. What would you say has been the main reason why you've had so much success?
Chapman: For me its alot of things first I put in alot of time on my game and my high school and college coaches made me pride myself on improving daily, but the points are ok but I would rather have the wins.

MS4H: What would you say are your greatest strengths on the basketball court. What do you like to do when it's late and your squad needs a bucket?
Chapman: I was taught by my college coach and college teammate Dwyane Wade that you take what the defense gives you.... I never wanted to be the guy who can be scouted. I can go right and left, post up and shoot threes but if my team needs a bucket im going to shoot what is open.
MS4H: When you played with Dwayne, and you were on the court together, what spots did which of you play?
Chapman: Well when I was a freshaman he played the 1 while I played the two but if we played together now I would play the one. I played the one and two last year in Europe and two years ago I played only the one here in mexico.
MS4H: Joe Chapman and his Marquette sqaud were Conference USA Champions and went to the NCAA final 4 in 2003. Following that season, as a junior, Chapman averaged over 8 points a game and many viewed him as someone who was possibly a senior season away from getting a shot at the NBA. Seeing what you did at Marquette, Europe, and now Mexico (Averaging over 30 points per game, leading the Mexican league); What do you think kept you from being invited to camp with a team in the league and do you or your agent have anything lined up for the summer?
Chapman: Yes I had a wonderful career at Marquette and enjoyed my four years there, but many viewed me as a role player on a great team so im using these overseas jobs as exposure of my talent so scouts can see I can play.

MS4H: We noticed that you went to the finals in Chile Dimayor against Liceo Mixto. Brandon Lee, the guard for that squad, is also now in the CIBACOPA. What can you tell us about your matchups with Lee and Liceo Mixto?

Chapman: Yes we played Brandon Lee in Chile. Brandon is a very good player and person and Liceo Mixto have a great orginazation in Chile.

MS4H: Your fellow teammate in Chile is with you now with Culiacan, B.J. Puckett. It's certain that Culiacan liked the way you two guys played together in Chile. Tell us why you and B.J. are such an effective combination?

Chapman: Yea me and Bj played in Chile together and he is a good player who can play 4 or 5 and thats good for how we play on this team in Cibacopa.

MS4H: If you don't catch on with an NBA team this summer, are you planning on going back to the Potros in the LNBP or are your sights set on Europe for the fall? Chapman: After the Cibacopa I do not know what me and my agent have lined up but it will be something good maybe again in Europe or Nba camp so we will see ....

You can get more information about Joe Chapman by contacting his agent Ian Singer at ian@guardiansportsgroup.com - Video is available online on youtube and google by searching Joe Chapman. Here is a link to some highlights from Chile:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm75cv7U3kY
Player analysis and scouting perspective is available. Contact Chris Terrell at myspace4hoops@yahoo.com



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New Jersey Nets' Sean Williams arrested - by Eurobasket News
Nets forward Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief Monday after an altercation with a clerk at a cell phone store in a shopping mall 20 miles south of Denver.

The 22-year-old Williams was also charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, according to Detective Sergeant Ron Pinson of the Lone Tree, Col., Police Dept.

The incident occurred at 2 p.m. Monday at the AT&T Mobility store inside the Park Meadows Mall. According to police, Williams had a verbal altercation with the clerk, and picked up a computer monitor and threw it. The monitor and other equipment was broken, causing damages estimated to be about $1,200 to $1,300.

Williams was then taken into custody 'without further incident,' and transported to Douglas County Jail, where he posted bond.

As the Nets prepared to play the Nuggets here, they only said they were aware of the incident, without acknowledging specifics.

'All I know is that there was an altercation, and he was arrested,' team president Rod Thorn said. 'It's in the hands of authorities.'

Thorn didn't even know whether his second-year forward had an attorney, brusquely dismissing it with, 'That's up to him.'

According to Pinson, no attorney was affiliated with the case as of 11 p.m. last night.

When asked whether the team would take disciplinary action against the erratic 22-year-old, Thorn replied, 'I don't know enough about it yet. We'll see what transpires.'

One thing is clear: Williams wouldn't accompany the team home after the game. He had to stay in the area and appear in court Tuesday.

Charlie Grantham, the player's agent, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

As of Monday, the Nets were not making any plans to sign an emergency point guard to a 10-day contract to replace Devin Harris for the short term.
But that doesn't mean they're expecting him back this week, either.
The best-case scenario, Thorn said last night, was 'a sprain, and he'll be out for a week. I would just say (tomorrow against the Knicks) is out, and we'll have to see how he responds beyond that.'
Harris, who sprained his left shoulder at Los Angeles Sunday, will have an MRI taken today when the team arrives home to determine whether there is rotator cuff damage.
'We don't know how long it's going to take,' Thorn summarized, 'but it seems he's better today.'

He's had more pressing issues on his mind lately, but Lawrence Frank happened to notice that Bobby Simmons is on a lights-out tear from the arc lately: The reserve forward was shooting an astonishing 79 percent (15-for-19) from 3-point range over his previous six games entering last night, and 63.3 percent (19-for-30) over his previous nine.
'And the thing is, he's coming into the game making shots,' Frank said. 'No warmup -- just check in, step right up, and whap. It's amazing.'
Simmons has been especially hot since New Year's Day: In the 28 game since, he has shot 53 percent from the arc. His seasonal percentage is up to .461, which was good enough for third in the league entering last night's games.
'Obviously, 15-for-19 is just (an aberration), and the law of averages catches up,' Frank said. 'But over his 57 games, his percentage is pretty darn good.'

On the heels of their first job initiative, the Nets will host a Sports Career Fair at Izod Center on April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., before the team's game against Detroit. Job-seekers will gain access to sports-industry employers such as the NBA, Madison Square Garden, and many area sports teams, including the 76ers, Flyers and Islanders.

Courtesy of http://www.nj.com


Lakers recall Sun Yue from D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane) from the NBA Development Leagues Los Angeles D-Fenders, it was announced today. Sun, who became the 25th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season on March 6, played 4 games (4 starts) with the D-Fenders, averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.25 blocks in 36.0 minutes. Originally selected by the Lakers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Sun signed with the Lakers the following summer (August 25, 2008) shortly after representing China as a member of the Mens Olympic Basketball Team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Making his NBA debut on December 7 versus Milwaukee with four points on 2-of-3 shooting in five minutes, Sun has appeared in 10 games with the Lakers this season, totaling six points, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 28 minutes. (Courtesy of http://www.spmsportsinc.com)

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) has received a one-game suspension without pay after receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2008-09 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. A player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension after receiving his 16th technical foul. Every other technical foul beyond 16 (18, 20, 22, etc.) will also result in a one-game suspension without pay. Jackson received his most recent technical foul with 3:54 remaining in the third period of Golden States 154-130 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, March 15 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif. Jackson will serve his suspension on Tuesday, March 17 when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers at ORACLE Arena. (Courtesy of http://www.fox2now.com)


Last games: 3-2 for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Raptors - Bobcats 86-112
The Bobcats registered comfortable home victory against the Raptors jumping to 24-22 record. Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) was a key player for the hosts collecting 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. DJ Augustin added 15 pts and 6 as, Boris Diaw 14 pts and Reymond Felton helped with 13 points and 8 assists. Chris Bosh stepped up for the guests collecting 18 points and 14 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani had 13 pts and 8 boards, while Shawn Marion contributed with 12 pts and also 6 rebs.

Trail Blazers - Grizzlies 103-92
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) came up with 22 points and 8 boards kast night for the Blazers. Brandon ROy followed him with 20 points, 6 rebs and 9 assists, while third scorer of the team was Travis Outlaw with 18 pts. OJ Mayo and Mike COnley replied with 41 pts in defeat. Blazers 42-25, Grizzlies 17-49.

Rockets - Hornets 95-84
The Rockets had couple of players in a game mood last night, but maybe the best one was Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's), who scored 18 points and handed out 5 assists. Luis Scola had double-double, 14 points and 12 boards, while Aaron Brooks also nailed 14. The Hornets got 29 points, 6 boards and 11 assists from CP3 (Chris Paul). Rockets 44-25, Hornets 41-25.

Spurs - Thunder 76-78
19th victory for the OC Thunder, who got 25 points from Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas). Thabo Sefolosha drained 12 and Jeff Green was the last one with double-digits in scoring, 10 pts. On the other side, Tony Parker shined collecting 28 points and 7 rebounds. Thunder 19-48, Spurs 44-42.

Nets - Nuggets 96-121
The winners had 6 players with 10 or more points last night, what was enough for comfortable victory. Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) stepped up with 19 points and 8 boards, JR Smith also had 19, while Carmelo Anthony and Dahntay Jones added 15 points apiece. Vince Carter again shined for the Nets nailing 32 pts (5 triples). Nuggets 43-25, Nets 28-39.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Heat30.0 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.5 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.7 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.6 
 6. Granger, Pacers24.7 
 7. Martin, Kings24.2 
 8. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers23.1 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Lee, Knicks12.1 
 3. Camby, Clippers12.1 
 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. Bosh, Rapto.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.7 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.4 
 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. James, Cavaliers1.8 
 8. Wallace, Bobcats1.8 
 9. Ariza, Lakers1.7 
 10. Brewer, Ja.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.3 
 3. Andersen, Nuggets2.3 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 8. Lopez, Nets1.8 
 9. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 10. Duncan, Spu.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 50-18 
 2. 76ers 34-31 
 3. Knicks 28-38 
 4. Nets 28-39 
 5. Raptors 24-44 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 54-13 
 2. Pistons 33-33 
 3. Bulls 31-37 
 4. Bucks 31-38 
 5. Pacers 28-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 49-18 
 2. Hawks 40-28 
 3. Heat 36-30 
 4. Bobcats 29-38 
 5. Wizards 16-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 43-25 
 2. Trail Blazers 42-25 
 3. Jazz 42-26 
 4. Timberwolves 20-47 
 5. Thunder 19-48 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 53-14 
 2. Suns 36-31 
 3. Warriors 24-43 
 4. Clippers 16-51 
 5. Kings 14-53 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 45-22 
 2. Rockets 44-25 
 3. Hornets 41-25 
 4. Mavericks 41-27 
 5. Grizzlies 17-49 


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Purdue Wins Big Ten Tournament Championship - by Kevin
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Purdue finally lived up to its billing. The Boilermakers, the preseason favorites in the Big Ten, fell to a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament by losing three of their final four regular season games. They found their groove at Conseco Fieldhouse. E'Twaun Moore (6'3''-G-89) scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and No. 24 Purdue rallied to beat Ohio State 65-61 on Sunday for its first Big Ten tournament title. Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) scored 16 points, and Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) added nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (24-9). Hummel was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Evan Turner (6'7''-G) had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State (22-10). Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) and William Buford (6'5''-G) each added 15 points for the Buckeyes, who were was chasing their second title in three years. The loss snapped the Buckeyes' four-game winning streak. Purdue beat Penn State and Illinois to reach the final. Fifth-seeded Ohio State beat Wisconsin and No. 7 Michigan State to advance to the championship game. The Boilermakers enjoyed a virtual homecourt advantage over the weekend. Conseco Fieldhouse is about 65 miles from Purdue's campus in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State led 33-27 early in the second half before Purdue went on a run. A 3-pointer by Moore and a putback by Hummel cut the Buckeyes' lead to one point, then Johnson tied the game by making the second of two free throws with 15:44 to play. Purdue finally took the lead on a 3-pointer by Moore that made it 43-41 with just over 12 minutes left. Another 3 by Moore fewer than 2 minutes later made it 48-41. Ohio State chipped away, and a free throw by Turner trimmed Purdue's lead to 58-55 with 1:33 left. Purdue's Moore missed a 3-pointer, but Purdue rebounded and got a new shot clock. Keaton Grant (6'4''-G-86) made a 3 with 42.2 seconds to play to make it 61-55, and the Purdue fans started to celebrate. Moore missed a free throw, then Turner converted a three-point play at the other end to make it 61-58 with 16.7 seconds remaining. Kramer was fouled with 14.7 seconds left and made both free throws to extend Purdue's lead to 63-58. Buford missed a 3 at the other end, then Kramer rebounded and made two more free throws to end the threat.
Coutesy of Indianapolis (AP)

Big Ten Regular Season Standings
1 Michigan St. 15-3 25-5
2 IIllinois 11-7 23-8
2 Purdue 11-7 22-9
4 Ohio St. 10-8 20-9
4 Penn St. 10-8 21-10
4 Wisconsin 10-8 19-11
7 Minnesota 9-9 21-9
7 Michigan 9-9 19-12
9 Northwestern 8-10 17-12
10 Iowa 5-13 15-16
11 Indiana 1-17 6-24


Tournament Final: Purdue - Ohio State 65-61
Tournament Semifinals:
Michigan St. - Ohio St. 70-82
Illinois - Purdue 56-66

Big Ten All-Tournament MVP: Robbie Hummel of Purdue

All-Big Ten 1st Team
Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89) of Michigan
Kalin Lucas (6'0''-G-89) of Michigan State
Evan Turner of Ohio State
Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) of Penn State
Jajuan Johnson of Purdue

All-Big Ten 2nd Team
Mike Davis (6'9''-F-88) of Illinois
Goran Suton (6'10''-C-85) of Michigan State
Kevin Coble (6'8''-F-87) of Northwestern
E'Twaun Moore of Purdue
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) of Wisconsin

All-Big Ten 3rd Team
Demetri McCamey (6'3''-G-89) of Illinois
DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88) of Michigan
Craig Moore (6'3''-G-86) of Northwestern
Jamelle Cornley (6'5''-F-87) of Penn State
Robbie Hummel of Purdue

All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
Mike Tisdale (7'1''-C-89) of Illinois
Jake Kelly (6'6''-G-88) of Iowa
Raymar Morgan (6'8''-F-88) of Michigan State
Lawrence Westbrook (6'0''-G-88) of Minnesota
William Buford of Ohio State
Jon Diebler of Ohio State
Stanley Pringle (6'1''-G-87) of Penn State
Trevon Hughes (6'0''-G-87) of Wisconsin

Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Matt Gatens (6'5''-G) of Iowa
Delvon Roe (6'8''-F-89) of Michigan State
William Buford of Ohio State
B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C) of Ohio State
Lewis Jackson (5'9''-G-89) of Purdue

Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Chester Frazier (6'2''-G-86) of Illinois
Travis Walton (6'2''-G-87) of Michigan State
Damian Johnson (6'7''-F-87) of Minnesota
Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88) of Purdue
Jajuan Johnson of Purdue

Big Ten Player of the Year: Kalin Lucas of Michigan State
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Walton of Michigan State
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: William Buford of Ohio State
Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year: B.J. Mullens of Ohio State
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo of Michigan State




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2008-09 D3hoops.com All-Region Teams announced - by Moritz Korff

D3hoops.com announced its 2008-09 All-Region teams today.

Northeast
Player of the Year: Jimmy Bartolotta, G, MIT
Coach of the Year: Jeff Brown, Middlebury
Rookie of the Year: Brian Vayda, F, Clark

First team
G Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT
G Ben Rudin, Middlebury
F Brian Baskauskas, Amherst
F Tyler Kathan, Keene State
C Jose Guitian, Lasell

Second team
G Jeremy Shannon, Emerson
G Bobby Bailey, Rhode Island College
F Jon Pierce, Tufts
F Maurice Horton, Worcester State
C Craig Johnson, Coast Guard

Third team
G Todd Doyle, Wentworth
G Aaron Trigg, Gordon
F Blake Schultz, Williams
F Adam Choice, Colby
C Dylan Holmes, Salem State

East
Player of the Year: Sean Burton, G, Ithaca
Coach of the Year: Jim Mullins, Ithaca
Rookie of the Year: Chad Burridge, F, Oswego State

First team
G Sean Burton, Ithaca
G Scott Morton, Geneseo State
F Mike Chmielowiec, Rochester
F Sam Simmons, RPI
C Mark Carson, Rochester Tech

Second team
G Corey McAdam, Nazareth
G Tom Wopperer, St. Lawrence
F Ryan McAdam, Nazareth
F David Golembiowski, SUNYIT
C Jeff Bostic, Ithaca

Atlantic
Player of the Year: Damien Santana, G, Farmingdale State
Coach of the Year: Gerry Matthews, Richard Stockton
Rookie of the Year: Rashawn Smalls, F, New Jersey City

First team
G David Acree, St. Joseph's (L.I.)
G Tim Wesley, Ramapo
F Marvin Billups, SUNY-Purchase
F Rashawn Smalls, New Jersey City
C Marcel Esonwune, York (N.Y.)

Second team
G David Acree, St. Joseph's (L.I.)
G Tim Wesley, Ramapo
F Marvin Billups, SUNY-Purchase
F Rashawn Smalls, New Jersey City
C Marcel Esonwune, York (N.Y.)

Middle Atlantic
Player of the Year: Andrew Powers, C, Gettysburg
Coach of the Year: Glenn Robinson, Franklin and Marshall
Rookie of the Year: Georgio Milligan, G, Franklin and Marshall

First team
G Rashawn Johnson, Wesley
G Darnell Braswell, DeSales
F Jason Banzhaf, Catholic
F James McNally, Franklin and Marshall
C Andrew Powers, Gettysburg

Second team
G John Noonan, Ursinus
G Joel Patch, Susquehanna
F Dave Smith, Gwynedd-Mercy
F Kevin Misevicius, Cabrini
C Brandon Altmann, Mary Washington

Third team
G Camontae Griffin, St. Mary's (Md.)
G Charles Jones, Widener
G James Jones, Delaware Valley
F Tom Arthur, Philadelphia Bible
C Ed Lapinski, DeSales

South
Player of the Year: Tyler Sanborn, C, Guilford
Coach of the Year: Tom Palombo, Guilford
Rookie of the Year: Keenan Hardy, F, Rust

First team
G Mike Moore, DePauw
G Clay Henson, Guilford
F Jeremy Pittman, Huntingdon
F Todd Ward, Oglethorpe
C Tyler Sanborn, Guilford

Second team
G Mike Moore, DePauw
G Clay Henson, Guilford
F Bryan Johnson, Mississippi College
F Derek Mitchell, Ferrum
F Curtis Peery, Roanoke

Third team
G Jonathan Walker, McMurry
G Jonathan Rumley, Averett
F Danny Noll, Centre
F Josh Johnson, Louisiana College
F Tilmon Gaddy, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Great Lakes
Player of the Year: Jesse Reimink, F, Hope
Coach of the Year: Mike Moran, John Carroll
Rookie of the Year: Justin Hallowell, F, Wooster

First team
G Nate Stahl, Capital
G Desmond Young, Adrian
F Jesse Reimink, Hope
F Ryne Murray, Westminster (Pa.)
C Andrew Bene, Baldwin-Wallace

Second team
G Brian Pollock, Otterbein
G Chris Switzer, Mount Union
F Bryan Yelvington, Kenyon
F Rudy Kirbus, John Carroll
F Kyle Meyer, Ohio Northern
C Josip Lucic-Jozak, Washington & Jefferson

Third team
G Trevor Scott, Muskingum
G Ian Franks, Wooster
F Kyle Holliday, Ohio Wesleyan
F George Raftis, Allegheny
C Andy O'Keefe, Grove City

Midwest
Player of the Year: Kent Raymond, G, Wheaton (Ill.)
Coach of the Year: Mark Edwards, Washington U.
Rookie of the Year: Tim McCrary, F, Wheaton (Ill.)

First team
G Kent Raymond, Wheaton (Ill.)
G Steve Djurickovic, Carthage
G Aaron Thompson, Washington U.
F Brian Fogerty, Fontbonne
C Brent Ruch, Elmhurst

Second team
G Sean Wallis, Washington U.
G Ryan Kroeger, Lawrence
F Andy Horton, Beloit
F Tyler Nading, Washington U.
C Andy Wiele, Wheaton (Ill.)

Third team
G John Hoch, Carroll
G John Grotberg, Grinnell
F Chris Drennan, North Central (Ill.)
F Joey Verax, Transylvania
C Anthony Pettaway, Defiance

West
Player of the Year: Jeff Skemp, C, UW-Whitewater
Coach of the Year: Steve Fritz, St. Thomas
Rookie of the Year: Aaron Van Klaveren, F, Cal Lutheran

First team
G Myles McKay, UW-Whitewater
G Andre Wagner, Buena Vista
F D.J. Marsh, UW-Oshkosh
F Zach Johnson, Carleton
C Jeff Skemp, UW-Platteville

Second team
G Tim Madson, Bethel
G Joe Scott, St. Thomas
F Jason Foster, Puget Sound
F Chris Blees, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
C Cameron Mitchell, Willamette

Third team
G Chris Faidley, Whitman
G Ross Nakamura, Whitworth
F John Fraase, Concordia-Moorhead
F Dane Seckar-Anderson, UW-Oshkosh
F Nate Alm, Augsburg


Courtesy of http://d3hoops.com/all-region/



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Oceania Series confirmed - by Eurobasket News
Basketball New Zealands senior national teams the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns will have chances to clinch world championship berths on home hardwood, with the schedule for the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships confirmed on Monday.
The Tall Blacks will meet the world number nine and Beijing Olympics quarterfinalist Australia Boomers in a two-game series in late August while the Tall Ferns play the world number three and Beijing silver medalist Australia Opals in early September. The nations capital, Wellington, and the 4430-seat TSB Bank Arena will host game two of the mens championship on Tuesday, August 25, with the series opener on Sunday, August 23 in Australia. Poriruas 2000-capacity Te Rauparaha Arena, which opened for business in November last year, will host its first basketball international in game two of the Ferns-Opals series on Saturday, September 5. Australias capital, Canberra, will host game one on Wednesday, September 2.
Its great that strong, passionate basketball communities will get the chance to see our elite talent in action in two great venues, BBNZ chief executive Dale Stephens said. These are basketball communities that put a lot into the sport at all levels and to host the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns at TSB Bank Arena and Te Rauparaha Arena is reward for that commitment. Wellington last hosted the Tall Blacks in two games a win and loss against Venezuela in July 2007 and in an Oceania Championship game in August 2001, a game one victory propelling the Tall Blacks to a historic 2-1 series win and onto the 2002 World Championships.
The Tall Blacks and Boomers met twice in 2008, with Australia sweeping the series with a 75-60 win at the North Shore Events Centre and 94-57 result in Melbourne. The Wellington area has produced two of the Tall Blacks five home wins over Australia, so hopefully the capital will be good for the boys again, BBNZ national teams general manager Grant Chapman said. The Boomers could feature the likes of NBA big men Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC), NZ Breakers point guard CJ Bruton, rising talent Patrick Mills (183-G-88), along with European stars David Andersen and Brad Newley, and ANBL stars Mark Worthington and Chris Anstey.
The Tall Ferns and Opals met three times last year, twice in training camp scrimmages and once in competition. New Zealand celebrated a first-ever win over Australia 63-59 at the Good Luck Beijing Olympic Test Event in April, after two earlier defeats in Canberra.
The Oceania zone has two berths for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men in Turkey, so having already both qualified, the Tall Blacks and Boomers will be playing for seedings.
The Tall Ferns are not so fortunate, with Oceania holding just one berth for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic, they will need to beat the Opals to qualify. The Opals could feature the likes of WNBA players Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72), European-based pros Penny Taylor and Suzy Batkovic, and WNBL players Krisiti Harrower and Rohanee Cox. BBNZ will jointly host the games with the Wellington Saints organisation. The thing that really excites me is having both the mens and womens teams in Wellington playing against the powerhouse in Australia, Saints owner Nick Mills said. Thats big in any sport in New Zealand, let alone basketball, and the city. To be able to see a player like Patty Mills is great, hes going to be a high pick in the NBA Draft later this year. Im ecstatic about hosting these games.

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men
New Zealand Tall Blacks vs Australia Boomers
Game One
Sunday, August 23
TBC

Game Two
Tuesday, August 25
TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women
New Zealand Tall Ferns vs Australia Opals
Game One
Wednesday, September 2
Canberra

Game Two
Saturday, September 5
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz


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PSL(5): A Great Win for Ibdaa and Islami Bethlehem, A Surprising One for Qalandia, A good one for Far'a - by Tamara Awartani
Ibdaa vs. Catholic Action 119 97
The game started off strong and tense, Ibdaa running for the title with well known players such as Yahia Al Khatib (190-G-77) hit 4 threes scoring over 20 points, Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80) unbeatable under basket had more than 4 blocks scoring 28points along with great defense, Abdalla Jaber played well hitting a couple of threes scoring 14points supported by a Super Import Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) scoring 30 points 5 beautiful assitst, 2 steals and 4 powerful dunks competing against the Youngest Team on the league with a great potential such as Shadi Bahnan (180-G-87) playing strong fast to the basket, Firas Freig the 3pointer as well as Issa supported by an unstoppable Import Justice Graham (195-G-79, college: Glenville St.) scoring 56points. However, The experience of Ibdaa players along with having a strong complete team played a big role in winning the game.
1st 25-22, 2nd 35-19, 3rd 32-20, 4th 27 -36


Islami Bethlehem vs. Thaqafi Beit Sahour 89 71
The game started off on a slow pace but with Islami Bethlehem leading the whole game getting more focused in the 2nd quarter led by Ramzi Jafal, Ramzi Hreimi and Husam AlAfaghani while Thaqafi Beit Sahour tried to keep up led by Husam & Elias Kokali, Hanna Manoli and Majd Abu AlSadi.
1st 12 11, 2nd 16 11, 3rd 29 18, 4th 32-31


Qalandia vs. RaI Saleh 98 78
A close strong game played on both ends, Qalandia led by the import Brian, Firas Affaneh, Ismael Hamad, Adham AbdelQader and Bashar Abdallah while RaI Saleh led by the great Import Derrick Lamar and Fares Swaiti.
1st 12 12, 2nd 26 22, 3rd 28 26, 4th 32 - 18


Fara vs. Thaqafi Toulkarem 72 46
A more of a practice game for AlFara while Thaqafi Toulkarem gain experience to become better.
AlFara led by Ahmad Anab, Mohammed Faisal and Samer Abdel Qader while Thaqafi Toulkarem is one of the candidates to go down to Division One, played good.

Beit Jala had another surprise for De La Salle wining 94 - 84, details to follow tom.


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


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Stats Leaders
PBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Millien, Halifax 25.8
2 Bobo, Detroit 22.6
3 Bufford, Detroit 22.1
4 Gill, Detroit 21.9
5 McGinnis, Wilmington 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lloyd,Mid-Michigan 13.5
2 Bailey,Detroit 10.4
3 Rayson,Buffalo 10.1
4 Sanders,Halifax 10.1
5 Millien,Halifax 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 Johnson, Battle Creek 7.4
2 Sawyer, Chicago 6.9
3 Gill, Detroit 6.0
4 Stewart, Manchester 5.1
5 Sims, Augusta 5.1


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Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Tempcold 21-2 
 2. Rosasport 19-4 
 3. Astoria 19-4 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 15-8 
 5. AZS Kutno 14-9 
 6. SIDEn 14-9 
 7. Bonduelle 12-11 
 8. Norgips 10-13 
 9. UKS Leczyce 10-13 
 10. Tur B.Podl. 9-14 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 8-15 
 12. Ksiezak L. 5-17 
 13. Legia W-wa 2-20 
 14. OSSM Sopot 2-21 
Group B
 1. Spojnia S. 19-2 
 2. AZS Szczecin 17-4 
 3. AZS Opole 17-5 
 4. Tarnovia 15-6 
 5. Pogon P. 12-9 
 6. Open Basket 12-9 
 7. AZS Big Plus 10-11 
 8. MKKS Rybnik 10-12 
 9. Tytan 10-12 
 10. Doral-Nysa 8-13 
 11. Slask II W. 5-16 
 12. VB Leasing 3-18 
 13. OSSM Wroc. 0-21 
Group C
 1. Start Lublin 21-2 
 2. UMKS Kielce 19-4 
 3. MKKS Zabrze 15-8 
 4. Basket K. 14-8 
 5. Alba 14-9 
 6. Cracovia 12-11 
 7. Pogon RS 11-12 
 8. MCKiS Jaw. 10-11 
 9. Limanowa 10-13 
 10. SKK S-ce 9-14 
 11. Wisla Krakow 9-14 
 12. AZS Radom 8-15 
 13. HK Zory 7-16 
 14. OSSM W-wa 0-22 


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  QATAR   


Al Rayyan to Meet Qatar Club in Heir Apparent Cup Final - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Qatar Club will get a chance to avenge last year's Heir Apparent Cup defeat to Al Rayyan, as they again both reached this year's final. Qatar Club reached the final by beating As Sadd Sports Club 76-68 in a close contest, while Al Rayyan beat Al Arabi Club handily 76-40, in a game that was never in doubt.

Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) of Qatar Club goes into to the final on hot streak, averaging 27 ppg (to lead all scorers), 8 rpg and 6 apg in the Cup. His Qatar Club team will have their work cut out for them though, as they face an Al Rayyan team that is full with confidence after claiming the league title only 2 weeks ago. However, if there is a player or a team that is up to the task of dethroning the defending champs, it's Hargrow and his Qatar Club side.


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D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 18-1 
 2. Al Ansar 16-3 
 3. Al Hilal 16-4 
 4. Ohod 15-4 
 5. Al Ahli 13-6 
 6. Al Wahda 8-10 
 7. Al Nahda 7-12 
 8. Al Khaleej 7-12 
 9. Al Fateh 5-13 
 10. Al Maseerah 4-15 
 11. Al Qadsia 3-16 
 12. Al Safaa' 2-17 


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Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Proleter Naft. 18-3 
 2. Beograd 16-5 
 3. Mladost C. 13-7 
 4. Superfund 13-8 
 5. FMP II 13-8 
 6. Vojvodina Z. 11-10 
 7. Crnokosa 11-10 
 8. Radnicki O. 11-10 
 9. Beovuk 72 8-12 
 10. Vrbas 8-13 
 11. Sloboda U. 7-12 
 12. Crvena Zv. 2 7-14 
 13. Kikinda 7-14 
 14. Maraton 2-19 


Round 25 MVP: Jovo Stanojevic of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Final 4 in Belgrade? - by Eurobasket News
Center of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket), is MVP of the Round 25. His team faced with the home loss 66-72 against No.4 Hemofarm , while Stanojevic nailed 26 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and grabbed 5 steals. He made 11 of 14 attempts from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line reaching the index rate 36.

Meanwhile, president of Adriatic league, Radovan Lorbek, announced he will offer organization of the Final 4 tournament to city of Belgrade.

'At the beginning of the week I will suggest the management board of the league to offer organization of Final 4 tournament to city of Belgrade. We already have application from city of Zagreb to organize this event and to cover all of its expenses. However, Belgrade is the main favorite. The reason is the fact that we will have 3 participants of the Final 4 coming from Serbia', said Radovan Lorbek.

As a reminder, previous Final 8 tournament was held in Ljibljana. According to some rumors the hosts will have about 250.000 euros expenses for the organization.

General Manager of Crvena Zvezda, Milan Opacic, stated that question about the Final 4 host supposed to be resolved way earlier.

'At the beginning of the season the league rejected offer that the regular season champion get a chance to organize the Final 4. Now we have the situation that we still don't know where we will fight for the title. I expected a call from the league right after the previous round game because the time becomes a problem now', said Milan Opacic.

Participant of the Final 4 will be Partizan, Cibona, Crvena Zvezda and Hemofarm.


Slavisa Bogavac joins Interperformances - by Interperformances
One of the top players in Serbia, Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80) has signed a representation contract with Interperformances. He is a 6'7'shooting guard /small forward and can also play a little power forward. The Ergonom player has always been good, but has exploded this year, becoming one of the best. He is an outstanding shooter with range, who is second in the league with a 21,3 average (69% from the 2 and 38.3% from the 3) Good rebounder (7,1 rpg), plays aggressive defense to complete his all-around game....

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  SLOVAKIA   


Round 7: No.1 Nitra and No.2 Pezinok win - by Eurobasket News
No.1 Nitra celebrated in Round 7 of the Slovakian Extraliga remaining on top with 22-7 record. This time Nitra was better than Astrum Levice at home 87-64. Second quarter was the crucial one as the hosts ended it with impressive 23-5. Dametri Hill (203-C-74, college: Florida) shined once again delivering 21 points. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) had 17 and Eugene Lawrence (185-G-86, college: St.John's) added two less. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) answered with 17 points in defeat.
The reigning champion, Pezinok, cruised past No.3 Prievidza in very important game 92-79. Both teams entered to it with the same 20-8 record. Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) top-scored for the guests with 17 points. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice), Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) and Matas Niparavicius (207-C/F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Weber St.) had 15 pts apiece. The hosts got 21 from Greg Immink (178-G-83, college: Hope (MI)).
In the last game of Top 6 Group Spisska Nova Ves outsmarted Banska Bystrica on the road 70-65 for 15-14 score. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, college: Jacksonville) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) and Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) followed him with 15 points apiece.
In the second group (from 7-12 place) Inter blasted Slavia in Bratislava 97-61. Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) was on fire nailing 37 points. Stephen Cramer (188-G-84, college: Hope (MI)) also was hot netting 33 points. Their Inter now has 14-15 score. In the last two games MBK Handlova celebrated vs Dolny Kubin 82-73, while Komarno was better than Chemosvit as a guest 85-76.


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Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Parklji 20-2 
 2. Rudar 19-3 
 3. Rogaska 19-3 
 4. MFC.2 Marib. 16-6 
 5. Sencur 13-9 
 6. Kraski Zidar 12-10 
 7. Triglav K. 12-10 
 8. Hrastnik 9-13 
 9. Gradisce 9-13 
 10. Jance 8-15 
 11. Litija 7-15 
 12. Konjice 5-17 
 13. Rogla 4-19 
 14. Radenska 2-20 


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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Dreke BOULDIN
  Matchmind
  (202-G/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind21.9 
 2. Echols, Cantabria20.2 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.17.2 
 4. Williams, Matchmind16.4 
 5. Turner, Promobys16.0 
 6. Llorente, Archena16.0 
 7. Nelson, Huelva15.8 
 8. Harry, Archena15.4 
 9. Martinez, Navalcar.15.2 
 10. Matamalas, Alai.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zachary ANDREWS
  Guadalajara
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.6 
 2. Mortellaro, ADT T.9.2 
 3. Turner, Promobys9.1 
 4. Mathis, Alcazar8.8 
 5. Williams, Matchmind8.6 
 6. Thompson, Molina8.2 
 7. Echols, Cantabria8.2 
 8. Mugica, Archena8.0 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind7.8 
 10. Ausina, Moli.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Salvador CAMPS
  Cantabria
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Camps, Cantabria7.0 
 2. Monclova, Alcazar5.3 
 3. Rufian, Huelva5.2 
 4. del Tio, Merida4.7 
 5. Llorente, Archena4.5 
 6. Darbo, Huelva4.3 
 7. Nunez, Guadalajara3.9 
 8. Castello, Matchmind3.6 
 9. Sanchez, Cantabria3.6 
 10. Inigo, Guadalaja.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. Camps, Cantabria2.1 
 5. Gomez, Huelva2.0 
 6. Monclova, Alcazar2.0 
 7. Comas, Girona1.9 
 8. Sanchez, Cantabria1.9 
 9. Rueda, Promobys1.8 
 10. Matamalas, Alai.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MCLEMORE
  Huelva
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.2 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarrag.1.6 
 3. Williams, Matchmind1.5 
 4. Herndon, Alaior1.3 
 5. Cabeza, Girona1.2 
 6. Farley, Archena1.2 
 7. Williams, V..1.2 
 8. Rodrigo, Navalcar.1.1 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind1.1 
 10. Nunes, Meri.1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  Los Barrios
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Guillen, Los Barrios18.5 
 2. Detrick, La Laguna17.5 
 3. Garcia, Burgos17.1 
 4. Kiefer, Vic16.9 
 5. Simien, Caceres16.8 
 6. Terrell, La Palma15.9 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.15.7 
 8. Robinson, Gandia B.15.1 
 9. Prestes, Cl.Rincon14.9 
 10. Blair, Mallor.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Donaldson, La La.9.5 
 2. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.5 
 3. Battle, Valladolid9.0 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Hamilton, Tenerife7.8 
 6. Guillen, Los Barrios7.5 
 7. Nana, Rosalia7.4 
 8. Baez, Leon7.1 
 9. Cusworth, Leche R.7.1 
 10. Moss, Cacer.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Melilla
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.3 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Sala, La Palma4.4 
 4. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.3 
 5. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
 6. Brown, Caceres3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 8. Lopez, Leche Rio3.5 
 9. Cortaberria, Cl.Ri.3.4 
 10. Colom, Plus Puj.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marc BLANCH
  Mallorca
  (195-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.0 
 3. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, Melilla1.8 
 5. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 6. Baez, Leon1.6 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.1.6 
 8. Battle, Valladolid1.6 
 9. Hill, Alicante1.6 
 10. Victor, Melil.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (200-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.2 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.7 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 6. Cusworth, Leche R.1.3 
 7. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.2 
 8. Sinanovic, Burgos1.2 
 9. Nana, Rosalia1.1 
 10. Campbell, Los Barri.1.0 


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Play-off quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins survived in the second game of the play-off quarterfinals against Jamtland tying the series to 1-1. It was a road 94-96 victory for the Dolphins. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) stepped up for his team scoring 22 points. Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) followed him with 20, while Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, college: Butler) helped with 16 pts. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) was on fire for the hosts netting 33 points.
Uppsala outsmarted Plannja as a guest 90-89 grabbing nice 2-0 lead. Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, college: Butler) top-scored in victory with 22 points. Danny Gathings (193-F-80, college: High Point) had 14 and Jeff Horowitz scored one point less. Gerald Riley (198-F-81, college: Georgetown) and John Rosendahl combined 53 points in loss.
08 Stockholm grabbed the first victory vs Solna Vikings 82-77 (1-1). Mikael Lindquist came up with 21, Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) had 20, while Johan Akesson (211-C-84) drained 3 pts less. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) again shined for the Vikings delivering 19 pts.
After 89-81 victory in the first, the Sundsvall Dragons celebrated also in the second game jumping to 2-0 in the quarterfinals (97-76). Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Liam Rush nailed 25 points each for the winners. Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) answered 14 points in defeat.

As a reminder, the quarterfinal system is best-of-five and the next games are scheduled for today and tomorrow.


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Corey MUIRHEAD
  Geofin
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Muirhead, Herens20.8 
 2. Almanson, Lugano T.19.1 
 3. Alston, Monthey18.9 
 4. Volcy, Monthey18.7 
 5. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.18.7 
 6. Wells, Lugano Tigers17.8 
 7. Scott, MGS17.7 
 8. Brown, Lausanne17.1 
 9. Siggers, Boncourt17.0 
 10. Grimm, SAM Mas.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GRIMM
  SAM Massa.
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Grimm, SAM Massa.10.5 
 2. Passos, Herens10.4 
 3. Wells, Lugano Tigers9.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.9.6 
 5. Sloan, Fribourg9.3 
 6. Thomas, Starwings9.3 
 7. McFarlin, Nyon9.2 
 8. Volcy, Monthey9.1 
 9. Durant, Lausanne8.7 
 10. Allen, Fribou.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pascal PERRIER-DAVID
  Fribourg
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Perrier-D., Fribo.7.6 
 2. Coffin, Starwings7.5 
 3. Pleux-D., Lausanne6.3 
 4. Gray, Lugano Tigers5.1 
 5. Jefferson, Geneva4.9 
 6. Brown, Lausanne4.8 
 7. Angley, SAM Massa.4.5 
 8. Bah, Nyon4.5 
 9. Maio, Monthey4.5 
 10. Gibson, Vacal.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jean-Richard VOLCY
  Monthey
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Volcy, Monthey3.5 
 2. Angley, SAM Massa.3.4 
 3. Gray, Lugano Tigers3.0 
 4. Wright, Starwings2.9 
 5. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.4 
 6. Sloan, Fribourg2.4 
 7. Dacevic, Vacallo2.4 
 8. Gibson, Vacallo2.3 
 9. McFarlin, Nyon2.3 
 10. Muirhead, Here.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Lausanne
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Salaam, Lausanne3.4 
 2. Allen, Fribourg3.3 
 3. Niang, Lausanne1.8 
 4. Volcy, Monthey1.3 
 5. Wells, Lugano Tigers1.3 
 6. Valmera, Boncourt1.1 
 7. Sloan, Fribourg1.0 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 9. Holland, Nyon0.8 
 10. Martins, Here.0.8 


LNA Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - MGS 83-46
Boncourt earned the 11th win as they thumped MGS at home court. Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) paced balanced offense with 17 points. Mathieu Richecouer added 14 points in the victory. Douglas Scott and Cedric Mafuta nailed 14 points apiece for MGS in the loss.

Monthey - Nyon 96-55
Monthey outsmarted Nyon at home court to improve at 12-8 record. Jean-Richard Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) fired 27 points and grabbed 11 boards for the winners. Herman Alston had 21 points for Monthey. Yuanta Holland topscored for Nyon with 13 points and 9 boards.

Lausanne - Vacallo 59-65
Vacallo posted the 18th win in the season as they eked out Lausanne on the road. Nikola Dacevic (205-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 19 points, made 6 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the league leaders. Slaven Smiljanic produced 16 points in the victory. Brendon Polyblank responded with 24 points and 6 boards for Lausanne.

Lugano Tigers - Starwings 93-80
Lugano Tigers defeated Starwings at home and overcame those in the ladder. Josh Almanson (203-F-81, college: Bowling Green) poured in 27 points to lead the Tigers. Derek Stockalper contributed 19 points in the winning case. Amin Wright notched 23 points for Starwings as they slipped at 11-9 record.


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  TURKEY   


Leroy Hickerson signed with Mutlu Aku Selcuk - by Mustafa Bozkurt
After released Monty Mack and Jamar Butler, Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya signed with LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands)... Former Halcones UV Xalapa player arrived Konya yesterday night. Hickerson played in Mexico-LNBP and he averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 asists in 42 games. He also was MVP of 2009 All-Star Game in Mexico. Hickerson also played final with his team in Liga Americas and he averaged 17 points 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 asists.

Two new guards for Mutlu Aku Selcuk University - by Baha Kurtulus
Monty Mack - Jamar Butler and Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya go seperate their ways last week because of the players personal problems.
Selcuk Universitesi has signed contracts with two guards LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) and Quinton Day (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: UMKC) .

LeRoy Hickerson transferred from Halcones UV Xalapa , Mexico League.
2007-2008: Tijuana Galgos (Mexico-LNBP,1T): 48 games: Score-4(22.1ppg), 6.0rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-1(1.6spg)
2008-2009: Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): Liga Americas: 3 games: 17.0ppg, 7.3rpg, Assists-3(5.7), Steals-3(2.3)

Quinton Day played in FMV Isikspor Turkey as the second score leader of the last season. He had started with Sokol Znicz Jaroslaw this season
2007-2008: FMV Isikspor Istanbul (TUR-TB2L,1T), Turkish League: 11 games: Score-2(20.7ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.5spg),
2008-2009: Sokol Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-DBE), 13 games: 17.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3,2 asg, 2.9 spg


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


PRO REPORT - by David Edole
Quebradillas Pirates will be returning to the National Superior Basketball (BSN) and their first community player will be Virgin Islander Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville).
Sheppard is currently playing in Iran with the Shiraz A.S. Pipe and it is expected to report to Quebradillas by the end of March.
Sheppard is not a novice to the BSN. He has played for four seasons in Puerto Rico professional league. Sheppard has a career average of 14.7 points and 4.3 assists. He played for the Guaynabo Conquistadors last season.
The Pirates will show off their new digs as they play home games in the new Raymond Dalmau Gymnasium.

SPAIN
Melilla - La Palma 83-70
Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) and Melilla Baloncesto dominated La Palma, 83-70, Friday night in Spanish Basketball League Gold Division. Victor was back to his former self when he scored 18 points on seven-of-eleven from the field. Victor also tallied four rebounds in only 15 minutes of action. The win improves Melilla to 16-8 win-loss record and the number three spot in the standings.

BOSNIA
Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.)
and Borac Nektar could not overcome the hot shooting of Siroki Eronet and fell, 52-83. Peterkin was a beast when he tallied a double double of 17 points and 12 boards. His effort was not enough as Borac Nektar fell to 12-10 on the season

FRANCE
Saint-Etienne (14-10) got a double double from St. Johnian Josiah James (203-F/C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Birmingham Souther). The power forward tallied 18 points and 11 boards to lead St-Etienne over St. Quentin, 91-84. James was 6-of 13 from the field and six-of-six at the charity stripe. With the win St. Etienne now sits in 6th place in PRO B standings

GERMANY
Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Drexel) and Bremerhaven throwed everything they could think off at Telekom B and still was outlasted, 66-69, in the German Bundis Liga. Telekom Baskets Bonn used a strong third quarter to take control and hold off an intense Bremerhaven upset bid. Bremerhaven was hungry for the upset early outscoring Bonn 26-19 after 1Q and holding a, 37-32, lead at half. Bonn responded with a strong 21-10 3Q to take a 53-47 lead into the 4th where they held off the Polar Bears comeback down the stretch. Elegar had a double double of 12 points and 10 boards. Bonn team upped their record to 17-7 while Bremerhaven dropped to 4-20.

UKRAINE
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) scored 16 as Kryvbasbasket knock down Gryfony, 86-73, on the road. Kryvbasbasket sits in sole possession of first place in the UBL with an 26-9 record.


Ron Charles: Ultimate Role Player - by David Edole
Ron Charles ranks as MSU's career leader in field-goal percentage, connecting on nearly 64 percent (376 of 588) of his shots from the floor.

Nothing ever seemed to bother him - not a 90-degree shift in temperatures, being 2,000 miles from his home in the Virgin Islands, losing his spot in the starting lineup or being undervalued in Spartan basketball history.

They called him 'Bobo' for his luck with the ladies. But another name fit Ron Charles better. Assistant coach Don Monson called him 'No Sweat,' because he never showed much urgency in practice. In fact, he was the ultimate role player, a guy who'd always roll with the punches.

'Ron could do a lot of things but never seemed to be working very hard,' Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote said. 'Finally, Don said, 'The athletic department is going to save money on you, Ron! You never have to shower after practice. You never sweat.''

Not as much as Heathcote did when he walked down the hallway in Jenison Field House. But then, he didn't spend much of his life in St. Croix, the way Charles did after a move from New York as a pre-teen.

It was that seven-year stay in the sunny Caribbean that led to his opportunity in East Lansing, a win-win situation for a player and program that share the label '1979 NCAA Champions.'

Heathcote was an assistant on the USA Pan American Games team when he spotted Charles in 1975. But he was coaching in Missoula, Mont., at that point. The sales pitch improved significantly the following spring when he left for MSU.

'I almost went to St. John's,' Charles said. 'They wanted me real bad. But my father didn't want me to go back to New York. That was one of the big reasons I wound up at Michigan State. My first impression was that I was back in the cold. I really liked the Virgin Islands. And my freshman year, it snowed Nov. 1. By the end of the term, it was so cold it brought tears to my eyes.'

If Charles remembered what it was like to live in 0-degree weather instead of 90-degree heat, he forgot that numbing chill when it was time to pack. Or maybe he didn't have anything appropriate for his suitcase.

'I was 17 years old,' Charles said. 'Being so far from the Virgin Islands and my family was hard. I didn't have a winter coat. I didn't even have a long-sleeved shirt. T-shirts, shorts and sandals were all we wore.'

With Bob Chapman and Gregory Kelser returning and Charles and Terry Donnelly among the freshmen, Heathcote's first team went 12-15, including two wins by forfeit. But there was always hope for the future with Earvin Johnson and Jay Vincent in their senior seasons at Lansing Everett and Eastern, respectively.

'We knew all about them,' Charles said. 'Earvin used to play with us. And we'd always watch him and Jay. My freshman year, they sold out Jenison - for a high school game! We were getting just over 5,000 fans. And they doubled that. But I thought if we could get those two, we'd be a real good team.'

The Spartans' other advantage was their head coach. Even with a horrid record, Heathcote's team won five of its last seven games and lost in overtime at top-ranked Michigan.

'Coach Heathcote was a great coach,' Charles said. 'He gave us an edge in every game. On the court, he was really hard on his players, hollering and screaming all the time. But off the floor he was great. He was another father to me.'

Charles' sophomore season saw MSU rule the Big Ten and finish 25-5, a hint of what was to come. Yet, nothing came easy for the Spartans in January 1979. They were 4-4 in the Big Ten and in serious jeopardy of missing the NCAA Tournament after an 83-65 humiliation at Northwestern.

'After we got blown out in that game, we came back and had a meeting,' Charles said. 'Some changes probably needed to be made. It was just too bad they involved me. I was playing pretty well at the time. But we needed another ballhandler in the lineup. They were doubling Earvin and putting a lot of pressure on Terry. When they changed the starting lineup, that changed the complexion of the team.'

Heathcote appreciated Charles' acceptance of a move that gave Mike Brkovich more playing time and put a versatile big man on the bench more often.

'Ron was very disappointed about it,' Heathcote said. 'But he wasn't the type of player who'd openly complain. We tried to explain to him, 'Hey, you're a better player than 'Brk'. But for the good of the team, Mike needs to start.' We told him he'd play just as many minutes. Well, he didn't. And he was disappointed about that, but not devastated.'

Part of the reason for that was the support of his teammates, especially Kelser, his closest friend, and Johnson.

'He idolized Gregory and Earvin,' Heathcote said. 'If they said, 'This is best for the team,' he accepted that a lot better than if I'd said that.'

Whatever was said was validated a wild, overtime win over 8-0 Ohio State on Feb. 1. And by the time MSU returned from Salt Lake City, it was 26-6 and one of the best teams in college basketball history.

'We had the lead against OSU when Earvin went down,' Charles remembered of the loudest night in Jenison history. 'I saw him holding his ankle, saw the pain on his face and said, 'Oh, boy! We're in trouble.' The Buckeyes came back. Then, we heard this incredible roar. Earvin was coming back from the locker room. That place was sooooo loud! I'll never forget that feeling.'

He has never forgotten the feeling six and seven weeks later, when the Spartans dominated top-seeded Notre Dame, then beat top-ranked Indiana State to win the school's first NCAA basketball title.

With Vincent nursing a foot injury, it was time for Charles to return to the lineup and play more minutes. More importantly, it was time to make a definitive statement.

'We watched Notre Dame a lot that season,' Charles said. 'I think we saw those guys on TV almost every week. They got so much publicity. They were a good team. But we really wanted a chance to play them. When we did, we took care of business.

'The championship game had even more buildup. You had two of the best players in NCAA history in Earvin and Larry Bird. The whole country was captivated by that matchup. It was two big guys handling the ball and getting everybody else involved. No one had seen that before.'

No one had seen the real Charles, either, though he had set an MSU record as a junior with .665 shooting accuracy from the field.

His senior year was outstanding, though the team regressed to 12-15 with Johnson and Kelser in the NBA. While Vincent led the Big Ten in scoring, Charles paced the team in rebounds with 8.9 per game - .2 more than Kelser had averaged as a senior en route to the school's career record.

But it was Charles' offense that was the biggest surprise. He erased his own mark with .676 precision from the floor. Thirty years later, no one has approached that season accuracy or his .639 career mark.

In a 59-58 win over Michigan in Crisler Arena, Charles set a single-game record with 12-for-12 shooting, one basket better than his 11-for-12 work that season against Central Michigan.

'We lost our last games, but I was drafted by Chicago,' he said. 'I didn't make the team, so I went to Europe and played in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. It wasn't the NBA. But I really enjoyed it.'

Charles has made the best of his situation in every environment. If he wasn't the brightest star on the continent, he was content to do the best he could, just as he did with the Spartans.

'I was just happy to be part of it all,' Charles said. 'We had two great players in Greg and Earvin. Jay was pretty good, too, come to think of it. What we needed were role players. Coach Heathcote told me to rebound, block shots and play defense. And that's what I did - whatever would help the team.'

Charles returned to the U.S. in 1989 and settled in Atlanta, roughly halfway between St. Croix and East Lansing. He began a career with the federal prison system. And nearly 20 years later, no one has heard a peep of discontent.

'If I hadn't come to Michigan State, a lot of things would've been different,' Charles said. 'I wouldn't have been a national champion. That's one thing. I was a decent player in high school and had a lot of opportunities. I'm sure I would've had a chance to shoot the ball more. But I wouldn't have all these great friends I have now.'

That timeless bond was obvious when the '79 players and coaches came back for the win over Wisconsin, the last school to beat them.

'Everyone is pretty much the same,' Charles said. 'We're all cracking jokes. No one has really changed. And no one is stand-off-ish. It's like riding a bike. You never forget. If someone falls off, they get back on and start pedaling again.'

Charles has been pedaling Spartan glory at every opportunity. He has made it a point to follow the team as closely as any former player. And when MSU has advanced to the Final Four or played in a Sweet 16 near Atlanta, a 6-foot-8 superfan has been there, staying in the background but never far away.

'I'm such a Spartan,' Charles said with a smile. 'I love to follow the football team. Of course, I watch all the basketball I can. And I even watch hockey. Whatever they're doing, I want them to win.'

'Mr. Unassuming' may not be finished contributing just yet. His son, Ronald Charles Jr., is a lot like his dad - but with bigger feet and more growth potential at Marion East in suburban Chicago.

'I have two kids,' Charles said with considerable pride. 'One is already 6-8 at age 16. And he wears a size-16 shoe! He can't wear mine any more. I'm only a 15.'

No. 15 in the program - in his program, now and forever - left big shoes for all MSU role players to fill.


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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. Penn, BC Kyiv2.6 
 10. Lekavicius, Sumykh.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. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.7 
 7. Famutimi, Khimik1.7 
 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. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.1.0 
 7. Djapa, Pulsar1.0 
 8. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 
 9. Van Den Spie., Azovm.0.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Mykola.0.8 


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  USBA   


Ten questions with USBA president Duane Jenkins - by Eurobasket
1) First off, talk a little bit about the evolution of the league and how it came to be.

Well where do I begin? In the spring of 1999, I was assigned to officiate basketball games at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Ga.
The United States Basketball League (USBL) had a team there called the Atlanta Trojans. The owner of the Academy, Paul Kinney approached me to help garner sponsorships for the team. I was amazed at the popularity of this league. Shortly thereafter I approached the home office of the USBL to inquire about franchise ownership. Originally I wanted to place teams in Savannah and Macon, Ga., however the USBL and I were unable to negotiate a deal.

My interest in basketball remained very high. In the fall of 2005 I replied to an advertisement placed by the World Basketball Association (WBA). I meet with the two principle owners and they invited me to sit in on an owners meeting. I was so impressed that I signed an agreement to create advertising and sponsorship products for four of their teams.
Due to some problems with the league and a legal battle that took place, I decided to withdraw myself from the league. At that time Ed Krinsky then the Director of Operations was being attacked by the WBA, Ed and I began to talk about creating franchises for the Southeast United States.
I began to write, what I thought to be proper league procedure. I convinced three of my clients to purchase franchises in the USBL:
Savannah, GA; Macon, GA; and Nashville, TN. We then started up the USBA on July 7, 2007.

2) All ten of your teams are in the southeast region of the US; why this particular region?

First of all I love Georgia, it's a great state that's ripe with opportunities. We believe regional competition will be the key to the success of the USBA. The south is overflowing with great talent. Until we came along, there wasn't a viable league here in the south to display the talent pool of basketball players. When we pit Columbia, SC against Augusta, Georgia, you have two large southern cities within two hours driving time of each other, border war and bragging rights come into play. Every southern city loves to beat Atlanta at anything, so this is perfect for us.

3) You have some big names as far as coaches. Talk about some of those big names and how you were able to recruit them to work with the USBA.

I'm astonished at the ability to attract the type of men and women to lead our teams. In Montgomery we have Mr. Wilbert Hamilton and Mr.
Vincent Royal, these two gentlemen are legends in the State of Alabama and are known nationally. In Nashville we have Oliver Lee, a man who was highly recruited out of high school by the late great Al McGuire, and was Doc Rivers roommate at Marquette University. Jeff Hill, Head Coach of Birmingham Crusaders enlisted Connie Morris as his assistant, she can out play most men. I could talk about our coaches all day.

We've been fortunate to have attracted people who not only have a rock solid background in the game but are respected people in their communities.
With the great coaching talent we've amassed for our teams, we think we have the opportunity to field great players. The final component that is needed for a great game is the quality of the referee.
The USBA is extremely fortunate to have acquired the services of Simmie Lavender as our Supervisor of Officials. You can rest assure that with Mr.
Lavender in charge, we now have top flight officials with extensive NCAA and D-league experience.

4) You are marketing your teams to churches in each area. Talk a bit about the philosophy behind that part of your marketing plan.

We have a vested interest in our team communities and I believe the single best way to positively reach the young people is through the schools and the churches. We have set up a revenue sharing program with the universities and colleges in the cities in which we play. The schools in our team cities and the church groups assist in programs that will directly assist in the educational and cultural development of our children in these communities.

5) One of the goals of the league is to promote community service and working with inner city kids. Talk about some of the things the league will do in those areas to fulfill these goals.

First and foremost our players and coaches will be active in the community.
Each game will have two 'pre-games' where four churches or schools will be invited to play a game before the main game. We have provided the schools and the churches with guest passes so the rest of the children can attend the game for free. Our USBA Youth Outreach programs will provide a variety of programs to each community to hopefully help them with some of the challenges facing our young people.
Our programs are available to all families in our cities. The goal of the USBA is not just to give basketball players the chance to advance their careers, we will do that, but we will use the game of basketball to establish a very aggressive social agenda to do the best we can to help where ever we can.

6) Over the past few years, the minor leagues have gotten a bad rap. What will the USBA do that is different from other leagues?

There is only one official basketball minor league in the United States, the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL).
The leagues on our level traditionally have not been good stewards of the game of basketball. We recognize our place in the pecking order. We will never make any claims to falsely tell a player we can get him a job in the NBA, the D-League or in Europe. We will tell our players that they will be paid for the services and if you work hard enough, the possibilities of someone approaching them to advance is good. We will try and steer our kids back to college to complete their education, as we believe a college education is a necessity in today's time. If they move up, well that's great. Our league is designed to aid develop young players in the careers on and off the court.

7) The minors tend to come up with quirky rules such as the ABA's '3-D' rule. Can we expect to see any of those in the USBA?

We play by NBA rules, period, with the exception of our fines. We've adjusted the fines to reflect our pay scale. Our basketballs are the Spaulding TF-1000. The integrity of the game is paramount and must be protected.

8) What are the standards you expect USBA players to live by both on and off the court?

As my grandfather said, I have zero tolerance for monkey business. The players and coaches agreements state that if anyone is convicted in as much as misdemeanor, they will be terminated from the league. I want them out of the night clubs and into the books. We play at colleges and universities, our personnel will be model citizens or they will be gone, it's as simple as that. Fighting, cursing, or blatant disrespect for the officials is also cause for termination for the league, not suspension, termination. Our fan base will see good kids play top quality basketball and we will keep our league as clean as possible

9) Your first season of play is just under a month away. Talk about some of the challenges you have faced leading up to opening night.

The list is long and arduous, We are working hard to be ready and with the leagues commitment, all should go well.

10) When fans get to the arenas, what can they expect as far as level of play?

We have had great attendance at our tryouts. I have been told by our coaches that they are not surprised by the talent thus far. With a spring league, we have been able to get players from all over the United States and some International leagues. Keep in mind we are a single A division minor basketball league, however we will get a lot of super talent.

Each game will be very entertaining. We have set in place halftime promotions as well as top quality entertainment for the fans. I'm extremely excited. We selected these communities because the interest in basketball is extremely vibrant. The folks in our towns have shared their support of our league, our teams and our civic programs. With our commitment to assist them in the community we believe this will be the start of a beautiful relationship.

For more information on the USBA, go to our website at www.usbaball.com, or call Duane Jenkins at 770-899-6388.


USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Fantastic Deal for Families - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A. ( March 17, 2009) ---- The United States Basketball Association (USBA), today, announced it's unprecedented season ticket promotion that will include all teams. According to league officials the, USBA will initiate it's inaugural season with a special season ticket offering that will include all eleven teams of the league. The USBA consist of two divisions, the Appalachian and the Atlantic. The teams are the Atlanta Platinum (Ga), Augusta Raging River (Ga), Birmingham Crusaders (Al), the Chattanooga Royal (Tn), Columbia Centurion (SC), Jacksonville Admirals (Fla), the Montgomery Generals (Al), Nashville Thunder (Tn), Richmond Colonials (Ga), West Virginia Capital and the Savannah Seahawks (Ga).

The league has set aside a certain amount of single season tickets in each city for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers, said league President Duane Allen Jenkins and in conjunction with this promotion, the league will offer a single season ticket for the low cost of $105.00, with economy the way it is at this point, we would like to offer the fans high intensity basketball and first class entertainment at a great price'. The season ticket comes with free admittance to all fifteen home and home playoff games (priority seating), plus fifteen free home single game tickets, complimentary concession's, a free game day program, and a 24'x 36' full color poster with the fan and either the Basketball Team or the Dance Team. The league will donate $10,000.00 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in each USBA team city. ' We have established a partnership with this fine organization and we believe the success of the nation's children is our top priority, and, as a result of this promotion we will donate a total of $140,000.00 league wide, in an attempt to aid the clubs in their efforts', said league Chief Duane Allen Jenkins

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. All season ticket holders are eligible to participate in the drawing. The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2009 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis LS
(one automobile and a $40.00 Quik Trip, BP or RaceTrac weekly gas card for one year, will be given away in each USBA team city, 11 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
( Family of four, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, transfers to and from the airport , daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 22 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The NBA Extravaganza
( Trip for two to an NBA game, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, overnight stay at Marriott Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancake, two given away in each USBA team city, 22 total league wide),

* 4th Prize: The Trek Bicycle Explosion
(six men, six women, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 264 total league wide),

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 275 total league wide),

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
( 25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 275 total league wide) .

' All drawing's for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home game season opener and, as far as we know, this appears to be the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports, boasted Jenkins, ' Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for more details about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association. We plan to begin our first season with a bang and all of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience', proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins.' We'll see you and your friends, court side in 2009'


About the United States Basketball Association (USBA) --- The USBA is a mid spring to early summer professional men's basketball league. The league was founded in July 2007. The league is headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The USBA will show case players, coaches and dance team members for the NBADL, and the International basketball community. The league season begins April 11, 2009 with the regular season ending on June 27, 2009. Each team will play a thirty game schedule, that will include15 home games and 15 away games. The league will host a mid season All Star Game and a season ending Championship play-off series. Elite players can be catapulted to enjoy further basketball career opportunities in the NBA Summer Leagues, the NBA Summer Camps, as well as exposure to the many professional International leagues from around the world. The USBA will accept eligible collegiate players from the NCAA. League advises college students to seek advice from family, coach or friends before contacting the USBA. The league age limit is 20 years old.

About the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc.,--- The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not for profit company, The company was founded in July 2007. Approval for non profit status has been applied for and approval will be awarded. The USBA Youth Outreach gives aid to people in the community in need, regardless of race, gender, religion, age or any other positions of a persons life. Programs offered by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., can be seen by going to www.usbaball.com , click on USBA Youth Outreach page.


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2009 - Week 3 (Saturday): Guaros surprises Trotamundos, La Guaira sweeps - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara surprised Trotamundos de Carabobo at the Forum of Valencia, while La Guaira BBC completed a sweep over Panteras de Miranda. Cocodrilos de Caracas took down Marinos de Anzoategui. Gigantes de Guayana and Gaiteros del Zulia got tough at home against Guaiqueries de Margarita and Toros de Aragua, respectively.
Guaros de Lara 84 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 83 (ET)
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo
Quarter by quarter
TRO: 23-19-20-14-7= 83
GUA: 23-17-17-19-8= 84
Scorers
GUA: Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 29 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 17 points, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82) 10 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 9 points, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 5 points, Moses Marbury (191-G-80) 4 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 3 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 1 point, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 0 points, Juan Manaure (188-G-79) 0 points
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 19 points and 8 rebounds, Mark Borders (188-G-84) 18 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 15 points, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82) 12 points and 10 rebounds, Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) 10 points, Richard Ortega (188-G-82) 5 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 2 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 2 points, Luis Carmona (191-F/G-90) 0 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 0 points

Cocodrilos de Caracas 86 - Marinos de Anzoategui 76

Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter

COC: 23-19-24-20= 86

MAR: 11-17-21-27= 76

Scorers

COC: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 22 points and 14 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 15 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 13 points, Tim Jones (193-G/F-73) 8 points, Jason Crowe (193-G-76) 8 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 8 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 5 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 3 points, Edner Elisma (205-F/C-75) 2 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 2 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points

MAR: Michael Gale (193-G-82) 24 points, Uka Agbai (203-F-81) 16 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 9 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 7 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 6 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 5 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 4 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 3 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 2 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 0 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 0 points, Hatila Passos (212-C-86) 0 points

Gigantes de Guayana 91 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 86 (ET)

Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter

GIG: 18-16-23-20-14= 91

GUAI: 16-15-20-26-9= 86

Scorers

GIG: Clarence Matthews (201-F-82) 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Johnson (201-C-81) 20 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 16 points, Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 14 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 6 points and 6 assists, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 4 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 4 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 3 points, Pedro Montano (201-F-84) 2 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 0 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 0 points, Reinaldo Charles (190-G-84) 0 points

GUAI: Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 21 points and 6 assists, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 19 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 11 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 9 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 9 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 8 points, Ricky Sanchez (212-C-87) 7 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 2 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 0 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 0 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 0 points

Gaiteros del Zulia 81 - Toros de Aragua 80

Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter

GAI: 25-19-18-19= 81

TOR: 13-24-23-20= 80

Scorers

GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 26 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 16 points

TOR: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 26 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 19 points

La Guaira BBC 80 - Panteras de Miranda 71

Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter

LG: 22-16-27-15= 80

PAN: 21-15-15-20= 71

Scorers

LG: Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) 30 points, Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) 16 points

PAN: Devougn Lamont (208-F-84) 25 points and 8 rebounds



Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
J. Johnson (Gig) 22.3
R. Nembhard (Gai) 19.2
J. Vargas (Tro) 18.5
R. Sanders (Gai) 18.4
R. Perez (Tro) 17.8
Rebounds Per Game
R. Sanders (Gai) 9.4
A. Sucre (Mar) 9.2
L. Bethelmy (Coc) 7.8
T. Braggs (Gua) 7.4
A. Williams (LG) 6.8
Assists Per Game
R. Nembhard (Gai) 6.0
H. Guillent (Gua) 4.8
B. Latham (Pan) 4.8
C. Cedeno (Guai) 4.5
T. Braggs (Gua) 4.1
Steals Per Game
B. Latham (Pan) 4.5
M. Borders (Tro) 3.6
H. Salcedo (Mar) 3.6
J. Crowe (Coc) 3.5
J. Vargas (Tro) 3.2
Blocks Per Game
E. Elisma (Coc) 1.3
M. Bortz (Tro) 1.2
M. Marriaga (Tro) 1.2
A. Barrios (Gai) 1.1
A. Marin (Tor) 1.0
2FGP
M. Bortz (Tro) 70.0%
A. Marin (Tor) 69.0%
M. Borders (Tro) 67.0%
J. Vargas (Tro) 66.0%
L. Bethelmy (Coc) 62.0%
3FGP
R. Pachano (Tor) 52.0%
K. Pena (Guai) 51.0%
H. Paez (Coc) 50.0%
L. Zerpa (Gai) 50.0%
E. Lugo (LG) 48.0%
Free Throws
J. Herrera (Coc) 92.0%
J. Centeno (Coc) 90.0%
R.Nembhard (Gai) 85.0%
M. Gale (Mar) 84.0%
M. Borders (Tro) 83.0%


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  WABA   


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


Day 5 - 12th WABA Champions Cup - by Mohammed Malas
- By Mohammed Malas, Tuesday 17/3:

# Group A:

Mahram (IRI) 83 - Orthodox (JOR) 64 (Qs: 21-12, 47-31, 65-47 & 83-64)
- Best scorers:
Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) '24 pts' from Mahram
Samad Bahrami (200-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) '20 pts' from Mahram
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '16 pts' from Orthodox
Oscar Yebra (200-F-74, agency: Court Side) '14 pts' from Mahram
James Williams (206-C-78, college: Long Beach St.) '13 pts' from Orthodox

# Group B:

Al Karkh (IRQ) 97 - Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) 76 (Qs: 30-24, 55-38, 76-56 & 97-76)
- Best scorers:
Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) '34 pts' from Al Jeish Army Damascus
Adam Zahn (203-F/C-84, college: Oregon) '23 pts' from Al Karkh
Justin Johnson (183-G-83, college: Mississippi) '23 pts' from Al Karkh
Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) '18 pts' from Al Karkh

Saba Mehr (IRI) 78 - Zain (JOR) 76 (Qs: 16-16, 38-36, 54-53 & 78-76)
- Best scorers:
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) '25 pts' from Saba Mehr
Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) '24 pts' from Zain
Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) '19 pts' from Saba Mehr
Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh) '16 pts' from Zain

# Quarter Finals - 12th WABA Champions Cup (Jordan time, +2 GMT):
- Wednesday 18/3:
13:00 Mahram - Al Karkh
15:00 Al Moutahed Tripoli - Saba Mehr
17:00 Orthodox - Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
19:00 Al Ahli Sanaa - Zain


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  WBA   


WBA Exposure League Seeking B-Ball Stars for 2009 Tryout Camp - by Eurobasket
ATLANTA, GA, March 15, 2009,The WBA Exposure League Tryout Camp will be held on April 17th and 18th, 2009 at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave; Decatur, GA 30030. This camp will give talented athletes an opportunity to be exposed to all teams in the WBA. The top players will be signed to the league. Signed WBA players will report to their respective teams training camp after the Tryout Camp; joining vets and protected players for preparation for opening game night. The teams participating in the 2009 WBA Exposure League season from May-July are: Buford, GA; Decatur, GA; Cartersville, GA; Rome, GA; Memphis, TN; Tupelo, MS; and Palm Coast, FL.
The mission of the WBA Exposure League is to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, CBA, and International Scouts, while providing each community with an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. The WBA serves as a training ground to develop players and coaches on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, community involvement, and most importantly exposure. Over 400 WBA Players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the CBA, D-League, and the NBA.
WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. WBA exposure teams have produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who recently signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs the former Magic City Court Kings and now plays with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL. Other star athletes include Josh Powell who signed to the L.A. Clippers; former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets.
In the last 5 years, over 200 players from the WBA Free Agent Tryout Camps have been drafted by teams in the league such as Miami Heat Forward, Jamario Moon, who played with the WBAs Rome Gladiators. Learn more about Moon; http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jamario_moon.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
BWBL Standings
Group A
 1. TEO Vilnius 0-0 
 2. Tim-Scuf 0-0 
 3. Cesis 0-0 
 4. Berezina 0-0 
Group B
 1. TTT Riga 0-0 
 2. Kozachka 0-0 
 3. Arvi 0-0 
 4. Lemminkain. 0-0 


Semifinals of the XV championship - by Eurobasket
On the 10th of March Baltic Womens basketball league decided that semifinals games will be hold on the 27th 29th of March, 2009 in Lithuania: pool A in Vilnius (MRU sports hall), pool B in Klaipeda (Neptunas sports hall).
The schedule of the semifinals will be presented in a short run.

The Final Four of the XV championship will be hold on the 17th - 19th of April, 2009, in Cesis, Latvia (if SK Cesis team qualifies to the Final Four) as it was the only team, which made an official request to BWBL about arranging Final Four games. Two best teams from each pool will qualify for the Final Four games.

Pool 'A'
1 TEO
2 SK Cesis
3 Berezina-RCOR
4 TIM-SCUF

Pool 'B'
1 TTT
2 Arvi
3 Lemminkainen
4 Kozachka-Zalk

Source: bwbl.lt


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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Olimpia 25-1 
 2. Berezina 23-3 
 3. Minsk-2006 18-8 
 4. Victoria 16-12 
 5. BrGU 9-13 
 6. Mogilevchanka 8-16 
 7. Sozh Gomel 3-23 
 8. RGUOR 0-26 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Studenec O. 14-0 
 2. Croatia 2006 12-2 
 3. Zadar 8-6 
 4. Pozega 6-7 
 5. Pula 6-8 
 6. Agram 5-8 
 7. Mursa 4-10 
 8. Novi Zagreb 0-14 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Ragusa
 2. Sibenik
 3. Gospic
 4. Medvescak


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Dynamo M. 6-0 
 2. Targoviste 2-4 
 3. AZS Gorzow 2-4 
 4. MBK Ruz. 2-4 
Group B
 1. Dynamo K. 4-2 
 2. Challes 4-2 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 3-3 
 4. Bnot Hash. 1-5 
Group C
 1. Ramla 6-0 
 2. Rivas Ecopolis 4-2 
 3. Crvena Zv. 1-5 
 4. Dunav 1-5 
Group D
 1. Szeged 6-0 
 2. U.Neuchatel 3-3 
 3. Solna Vikings 2-4 
 4. Foton 1-5 
Group E
 1. San Jose 5-1 
 2. Athinaikos 5-1 
 3. Panionios 2-4 
 4. Ragusa 0-6 
Group F
 1. Taranto 5-1 
 2. Gospic 3-3 
 3. AEL 3-3 
 4. Gran Canaria 1-5 
Group G
 1. Galatasaray 6-0 
 2. Mondeville 3-3 
 3. Aris H. 2-4 
 4. Buducnost 1-5 
Group H
 1. EBE Ibiza-PDV 6-0 
 2. Trutnov 3-3 
 3. ICIM Arad 2-4 
 4. Arvi 1-5 
Group I
 1. Lavezzini PA 5-1 
 2. Esperides 4-2 
 3. Cesis 3-3 
 4. Zeljeznicar 0-6 
Group J
 1. Tarbes 6-0 
 2. Olivais 3-3 
 3. Extrugasa 2-4 
 4. Ribera 1-5 
Group K
 1. Hemofarm 5-1 
 2. Chevakata 5-1 
 3. Lemminkain. 2-4 
 4. AD Vagos 0-6 
Group L
 1. Dexia 5-1 
 2. Spartak N. 3-3 
 3. Botas 3-3 
 4. BC Star 1-5 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 20-1 
 2. Tarbes 20-1 
 3. Villeneuve 13-8 
 4. Union Hainaut 12-9 
 5. Challes 12-9 
 6. Montpellier 11-10 
 7. Pays d'Aix 11-10 
 8. COB Calais 10-11 
 9. Mondeville 9-12 
 10. Reims 9-12 
 11. Arras 9-12 
 12. Landes 5-16 
 13. Clermont 4-17 
 14. Nantes 2-19 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma RANDALL
  Clermont
  (188-C-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Randall, Clermont18.4 
 2. Mosch, Montpellier17.3 
 3. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes16.7 
 4. Das Neves, Clerm.16.1 
 5. Mosby, Arras15.8 
 6. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.8 
 7. Robert, ESB V.14.9 
 8. Williams, Mondeville14.5 
 9. Wright, Tarbes13.8 
 10. Neaves, COB Cala.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isabelle YACOUBOU-DEHOUI
  Tarbes
  (195-C-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes10.9 
 2. Robert, ESB V.10.9 
 3. Randall, Clermont10.8 
 4. Neaves, COB Calais9.6 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.8.6 
 6. Mosby, Arras8.0 
 7. Moore, Nantes7.9 
 8. Diouf, Landes7.6 
 9. Berezhynska, Reims7.5 
 10. Ndiaye, Tarb.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Florence LEPRON
  ESB Villeneu.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Lepron, ESB V.4.8 
 2. Mitchell, Arras4.7 
 3. Wright, Tarbes4.7 
 4. Bouderra, Nantes4.6 
 5. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 6. Sharp, Aix-en-Prov.4.4 
 7. Wambe, Union H.4.2 
 8. Das Neves, Clerm.4.2 
 9. Melain, Bourges4.0 
 10. Englert, Rei.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sarah MICHEL
  Arras
  (178-F/G-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Michel, Arras6.2 
 2. Luptakova, Challes3.1 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges2.9 
 4. Robert, ESB V.2.6 
 5. Stansbury, Union H.2.1 
 6. Mosch, Montpellier2.1 
 7. Anderson, ESB V.1.9 
 8. Skrela, Montpellier1.9 
 9. Badiane, Challes1.9 
 10. Williams, Mondevil.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Vaida SIPAVICIUTE
  Arras
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Sipaviciute, Arras1.1 
 2. Evtoukhovitc., ESB V.0.9 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges0.9 
 4. Van Gorp, Nantes0.9 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes0.8 
 6. Melain, Bourges0.6 
 7. Drljaca, ESB V.0.6 
 8. Coulibaly, Landes0.6 
 9. Ndiaye, Tarbes0.6 
 10. Moeggenberg, T.0.6 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Saarlouis 18-4 
 2. Wasserburg 17-5 
 3. Halle 15-7 
 4. Oberhausen 13-9 
 5. Donau-Ries 12-10 
 6. Marburg 12-10 
 7. Herner 10-12 
 8. Goettingen 8-14 
 9. Freiburg 8-14 
 10. Wolfenbuttel 7-15 
 11. Chemnitz 6-16 
 12. Leipzig 6-16 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Opladen 22-0 
 2. Osnabrucker 17-5 
 3. Quakenbrueck 15-7 
 4. Rist-Wedel 14-8 
 5. Jena 13-9 
 6. Koeln 9-13 
 7. Berlin Baskets 9-13 
 8. Hagen SV 8-14 
 9. Bielefeld 8-14 
 10. Hagen Phoe. 7-15 
 11. Gotha 5-17 
 12. Bonn 5-17 
South
 1. Leimen 20-2 
 2. Rhein MB 19-3 
 3. Mainz 16-6 
 4. Gruenberg 14-8 
 5. Wuerzburg 13-9 
 6. Speyer 12-10 
 7. Sandhausen 9-13 
 8. Herzogenaur. 8-14 
 9. Ludwigsburg 8-14 
 10. Viernheim 7-15 
 11. Keltern 4-18 
 12. SV Fellbach 2-20 


Stats Leaders - Women
DBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Paunovic, Freiburg 19.9
2 Tatham, Halle Lions 19.9
3 Goodwin, S'louis 19.0
4 Hightower, W'burg 18.0
5 Lassiter, Wolfenb. 17.5
6 Danckert, Leipzig 17.5
7 Hollans, Donau-Ries 17.0
8 Thoresen, W'burg 16.1
9 Teilane, Wolfenb. 16.0
10 Hayes, Freiburg 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Teilane, Wolfenb. 11.4
2 Tatham, Halle Lions 9.7
3 Keith, Chemcats 9.6
4 Fertitta, Chemcats 9.2
5 Trahan-Davis, S'louis 9.1
6 Chambers, Goetting 9.1
7 Hollans, Donau-Ries 8.8
8 Milovanovic, W'burg 8.5
9 Ernest, Oberhausen 8.2
10 Kuhn, W'burg 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Rego, Halle Lions 5.6
2 Comtesse, Saarlouis 4.6
3 Bar, Saarlouis 4.1
4 Paige, Wasserburg 4.0
5 DeHaven, Leipzig 3.8
6 Mersch, Oberhausen 3.7
7 Broring, Donau-Ries 3.6
8 Kerns, Goettingen 3.4
9 Davidson, Marburg 3.4
10 Paunovic, Freiburg 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Hayes, Freiburg 4.5
2 DeHaven, Leipzig 4.4
3 Bar, Saarlouis 3.1
4 Diaz, Leipzig 3.1
5 Austmann, O'hausen 2.8
6 Tatham, Halle Lions 2.7
7 Hightower, W'burg 2.6
8 Thoresen, W'burg 2.5
9 Broring, Donau-Ries 2.4
10 Danckert, Leipzig 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Teilane, Wolfenb 3.4
2 Danckert, Leipzig 1.2
3 Chambers, Goetting 1.1
4 Bar, Saarlouis 1.1
5 Tatham, Halle Lions 0.9
6 Foster, Freiburg 0.9
7 Gemo, Wolfenb 0.9
8 Beck, Goettingen 0.8
9 Diaz, Leipzig 0.8
10 Ernest, Oberhausen 0.7


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. HLB Account. 21-1 
 2. ProBuild Lions 18-4 
 3. Woonb./DAS 15-7 
 4. Perik Jumpers 14-8 
 5. AutoCAD Am. 11-11 
 6. BV Lely 11-11 
 7. CSR Binnenl. 7-15 
 8. Celeritas-D. 6-16 
 9. Wereldtick. 4-18 
 10. Grasshoppers 3-19 


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Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eurol. 20-0 
 2. Pecsi 19-1 
 3. Szeged 16-4 
 4. BSE 15-5 
 5. Foton 13-7 
 6. ZTE 10-10 
 7. Szolnok 8-12 
 8. Vasas-Csata 8-12 
 9. Atomeromu 6-14 
 10. BEAC 3-17 
 11. Cegledi EKK 2-18 
 12. Savaria 0-20 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Electra Ramat - Ramla 65-71
Ramla managed to upset the league leading Electra Ramat away from home. Katya Levitsky (194-C-85, college: Villanova) scored 28 points, grabbed 13 boards and dished out 5 assists to lead the visitors. Sheri Lynette Sam and Tamara Moore had 13 points apiece for Ramla. Mirav Dori notched 12 points for Electra Ramat.

Maclar.Holon - M.Ashdod 81-72
Brooke Reves (185-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) nailed 16 points and pulled down 8 boards to lead Maclaren Holon to the win over Maccabi Ashdod. Edwina Brown poured in 15 points for the winning team. Jennifer Fleisher responded with 18 points and 9 boards for Maccabi Ashdod in the loss.

Ramat Hen - Bnot Hash. 72-70
Noa Ganor (171-G-86) nailed two free throws with 22 seconds left in regulation to lift Ramat Hen to a narrow win over Bnot Hasharon. Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) finished with 20 points as Ramat Hen improved at 17-5 record. Ayana Walker delivered 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Temeka Johnson provided 24 points for Bnot Hasharon in defeat.


Round 4th ( qualifying ) First Team. - by Gil Goshen



The M.V.P of 4th qualifing round is Katia Levitsky from Ramla.

Ivory Latta had 20 points , 6 ast, 3 stl led her team to win vs. Bnot Hsharon.

Ayana Walker had 19 points and 10 rbs and together with Ivory Latta dominated the game which was very important for the 2nd place in the league.

Tamara Moore had 13 points, 5 rbs, 3 stl, and 4 ast and a lot of experience led her team to win vs. Ramat Hasharon ( away ).

Temeka Johnson had 24 points, 4 ast, and 4 stl , although her team Ramat Hsharon lost vs. Ramat Chen Temeka was great and almost won the game by herself.

Katia Levitsky The Israeli National Forward with 28 points, 13 rbs and 5 ast led her team to win vs. Ramat Hasharon. Katia played like a super star at the high European Level and gave the national coach Eli Rabbi a reason to smile


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  ITALY - Women  


Three game winning streak follows three game loosing streak - by Juliane Hoehne
San Martino Di Lupari is almost back to where they came from the end of the championship table in A2 North. After wins against Tecno Allarmi Cervia, Sernavimar Marghera and Sea Logistic Systems Crema followed losses against Libertas Sporting Udine, Lenzi Profexional Bolzano and also this weekend Meccanica Nova Bologna.
While the game against Lenzi Profexional Bolzano seemed open until the last five minutes (42:42) and was then lost 44:55, Meccanica Nova Bologna showed right from the start, which of the two teams is the dominating one. Meccanica Nova Bologna was leading after the first quarter with 10:18 caused through a good inside play by Meccanica Nova Bolognas post players Lorenza Arnetoli (194-C-74) and Katja Temnik (188-C/F-78). For San Martino Di Lupari, only two players were able to score in this game episode. Nothing much changed in the second quarter and both teams went to the locker rooms with a ten point advantage for Meccanica Nova Bologna.
In the third quarter the team of Head Coach Jacopo Lodde played a very good zone defense, which held Meccanica Nova Bologna to only one basket and allowed a short run to cut the lead by Meccanica Nova Bologna to only two points going into the last quarter (29:31). But also in the last quarter San Martino was struggeling once again on the offensive end, finishing the game with only 43 points, while Meccanica Nova Bologna scored 52. Top scorer for Meccanica Nova Bologna was Charlotte Hediger (174-F-90) with 16points, while Juliane Hoehne (191-F/C-83, college: IPFW) scored 19 points for San Martino Di Lupari and Erika Bolletta (164-G-80) added 11 rebounds.
The loss of Pakelo San Bonifacio and the win by Sea Logistic Systems Crema, put San Martino Di Lupari now in the 13th spot of the championship table. Next week Pakelo San Bonifacio and San Martino Di Lupari will face each other to compete for the direct descend.


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.3 
 2. Dixon, Pozzuoli16.5 
 3. Smith, Comense16.2 
 4. Mahoney, Taranto15.3 
 5. Hodges, Umbertide15.3 
 6. Montagnino, Ribera15.2 
 7. Summerton, Lavezzin.15.0 
 8. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.1 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo14.1 
 10. Moises Pinto, F.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.5 
 2. Gaither, Livorno9.1 
 3. Godin, Taranto8.4 
 4. Smith, Comense8.3 
 5. Hayden-J., Umana R.8.3 
 6. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.0 
 7. Bjelica, Faenza8.0 
 8. Chones, Ribera7.0 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.6.6 
 10. Willis, Umberti.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marija ERIC
  Vomero NA
  (164-G-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Eric, Vomero NA4.4 
 2. Carpreaux, Ribera4.3 
 3. Penicheiro, San G.4.0 
 4. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.0 
 5. Moises Pinto, Fae.2.9 
 6. Greco, Taranto2.2 
 7. Moro, Familia Schio2.2 
 8. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.2.1 
 10. Zampella, Faen.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca ZARA
  Lavezzini PA
  (177-G-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.9 
 2. Gianolla, Priolo3.7 
 3. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.5 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio3.4 
 5. Micovic, Viterbo3.4 
 6. Ballardini, Umana R.3.4 
 7. Screen, Lavezzin.3.3 
 8. Chones, Ribera3.3 
 9. Zampella, Faenza3.2 
 10. Tillis, San Giovan.3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa HAYDEN-JOHNSON
  Umana Reyer
  (194-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.7 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. Smith, Comense1.0 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 5. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 6. Batkovic, Taranto0.7 
 7. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.7 
 8. Chones, Ribera0.6 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 10. Bjelica, Faen.0.6 


A1, Round 22: Cras Taranto remains No.1 - by Eurobasket News
San Giovanni - Familia Schio 55-77
The second ranked Schio smashed San Giovanni on the road for 17-5 record in Serie A1. Laura Macchi (187-F-79), who came of the bench, led the guests scoring 16 points and grabbing 6 rebs. She made 4 of 6 attempts from behind the arc. Raffaella Masciadri added 14 and Alison Feaster-Strong had 2 pts less. The host got double-double from Iciss Tillis, 13 pts and 12 rebounds.

Umbertide - Livorno 70-59
Umbertide outplayed Livorno in very important game as both teams entered to it with the same 7-14 record. Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) top-scored in victory with 26 points (also had 7 rebs). Doneeka Hodges followed her with 21. Katryna Gaither answered with double-double in defeat, 18 points and 16 assists.

Taranto - Pozzuoli 76-53
No.1 Cras Taranto remains on top of Serie A1 after 23-point victory vs Pozzuoli. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) and Michelle Greco scored 12 points apiece, while Ilsaine David, Suzy Batkovic and Elodie Godin delivered 10 pts each. Godin also grabbed 10 rebs beside that in 16 minutes. Zuleira Aties had double-double for the guests, 14 pts and 12 rebs.

Comense - Ribera 78-69
As it was expected, Comense was better than the last ranked Ribera jumping to 11-11 record. Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) was a key player for the winning squad collecting 29 points and 15 rebounds. Jami Montagnino answered with 23 points in loss.

Vomero NA - Viterbo 76-55
Marija Eric (164-G-83) came up with 16 points and 6 assists, Sara Giauro scored 15 and Paola Mauriello netted 11 points in victory. On the other side, Viterbo got the most from Milica Micovic, 15 points and 5 rebs. With this win Vomero moved up to 9-13 record (10th place).

Priolo - Faenza 60-50
Priolo grabbed this one mostly owing to Florina Pascalau (193-C-82), who drained 17 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Tanja Cirov had 13 pts and 8 boards, while Angela Gianolla also scored 13. Adriana Moises Pinto collected 18 points and 12 boards in defeat. Priolo 12-10, Faenza 16-6 (same as Venezia, 3rd/4th place).

Lavezzini PA - Umana Reyer 54-63
The team from Venezia cruised past Lavezzini in Parma joining Faenza on third place with 16-6 record. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) scored 14, Jenifer Nadalin had 11 points, while Vanessa Hayden-Johnson added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lavezzini got 20 pts from Laura Summerton, falling to 13-9.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


No. 22 Michigan Tech takes out No. 1 Northern Kentucky - by Eurobasket News
No. 22-ranked Michigan Tech played an excellent game on both ends of the floor to take down No. 1-ranked, No. 1-seeded and defending national champion Northern Kentucky 76-53 Saturday, March 14 to earn a spot in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

Tech (26-6) received 20 points from Katie Zimmerman and a career-high 19 more from Lisa Staehlin to dethrone the defending national champions and advance to the NCAAs Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999.

I am so proud of our team, said head coach John Barnes. We got the early lead and continued to build it throughout the game. Once again, everybody contributed to the win.

Reaching the Sweet 16 was one of our goals, now well go after the Elite 8.

Zimmerman drained four 3-pointers in the first seven minutes for all 12 points of a 12-5 advantage. The hosts battled back on top at 17-16 with 9:10 to go, but Lucy Dernovsek answered immediately with a pair of free throws. The Huskies never trailed again.

It was still a two-point margin before No. 4-seeded Tech closed out the half on a 5-0 run with five straight swishes at the foul line. The score was 34-27 at the break.

Perhaps the most critical junction in the game the first few minutes of the second half were all Techs as it expanded its lead to 11 in the first two minutes. Back-to-back layups from Katie Wysocky and Staehlin grew the lead to a dozen with 13:33 to play.

Techs defense, which was the catalyst in its quarterfinal win over Northwood, held strong again. NKU didnt reach the 40 point mark until the 5:57 mark. The Huskies had built a 17-point lead by that point.

The Norse started fouling with 4:22 to play, and the nations third-best free throw shooting team made them pay. Tech connected on 17-of-19 foul shots in the waning minutes to end the game at 32-of-36 - two shy of the school record for makes.

Tech shot 44 percent from the field including 6-of-18 (33 percent) from 3-point range. NKU was held to 34 percent from the floor including 2-of-19 (10.5 percent) from behind the arc. The Huskies also posted a 38-31 rebounding edge.

Zimmerman (20), Staehlin (19) and Wysocky (17) accounted for 56 of the teams 73 points enough to outscore the Norse by themselves. Staehlins total came on 8-of-9 field goal shooting. Wysocky added a game-high nine rebounds.

NKUs Jessie Slack, who entered the game with a 17-point scoring average, was held to 10 on 5-of-18 shooting. Tara Ferris and Alicia Schneider got the better of the defensive matchup on her most of the night.

Michigan Tech will now try to earn a trip to the NCAA Womens Basketball Elite 8 in San Antonio, Texas. The Huskies will have to get through No. 7-seeded Indianapolis in the regional title game. The Greyhounds (24-9) are a surprise addition the championship contest after they upset No. 3 seeded Quincy 74-64 in the days first semifinal.

The 2009 NCAA Womens Basketball Midwest Regional Championship game is set for 7 p.m. Monday (March 16) at NKUs Bank of Kentucky Center.

Notes: Tech ended Northern Kentuckys seven-game winning streak in the NCAA Tournament ... The Huskies win over the Norse was their first in four tries. The previous three meetings vs. NKU were all buzzer-beater losses in the NCAA Tournament ... Techs 26 wins this season are tied for the third-most in school history ... The Huskies are now 13-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.

Courtesy of The Michigan Tech


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Deepwater Coach looks beyond Nigeria league - by Olusegun Ikuesan
... Target Continental ticket

Despite the non-activities that have bedeviled the Nigeria local scene with three months into the year, Coach of First Deepwater basketball club, Lateef Erinfolami is optimistic that his team will grab one of the continental tickets at the end of the women league.

Speaking with our correspondent shortly after the Oil and Gas outfit handed down an 84-65 points defeat of Dolphins basketball club in a warm-up game played last week at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium, the former Chief Coach of Delta Force basketball club is confident that the First Deepwater team would not be found wanting whenever the league jump-start.

The former Nigeria international says only a continental ticket would be good enough reciprocate all the support from club chairman, Engr. Babatunde Babalola.

I am confident that we are capable of picking one of the two continental tickets and without sounding immodest I am not afraid of any team in the Nigerian league.

We have the players to do the job especially with the great support weve continue to receive from our chairman and other management staff of the club we can go beyond the sky and not just to qualify for the continental championship alone but to also represent Nigeria very well.

The continue its build-up to the dunk-off date of the 2008/ 2009 season with great expectation as it has intensify its training which it conducted at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 23.4
2. J. Hughes, Orad. 20.5
3. C. Graham, STM 20.1
4. B. Savic, Alexan. 19.7
5. C. Givens, Targov 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. J. Kajdacsi, SFG 10.7
2. N. Turoczi, Targov. 9.0
3. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 8.5
4. C. Givens, Targov. 8.3
5. M. Jones, Oradea 7.4
Assists Per Game
1. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 7.6
2. M. Boriga, Targov. 4.2
3. C. Givens, Targov. 3.7
4. I. Vass, Sf. Ghe. 3.5
5. C. Graham, STM 2.9
Steals Per Game
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 3.3
2. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 2.7
3. C. Graham, STM 2.7
4. I. Vass, Sf. Ghe. 2.7
5. J. Hughes, Oradea 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1. L. Toma, Targov. 1.7
2. O. Baluta, Sp. St. 1.0
3. A. Hutanu, ''U'' Cluj 0.8
4. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 0.7
5. O. Cazac, Sf. Ghe. 0.7
2FGP
1. D. Zoric, Alexan. 63.2
2. C. Givens, Targ. 61.2
3. A. Meszaros, Ar. 60.5
4. J. Kajdacsi, SFG 60.2
5. L. Toma, Targov. 60.1
3FGP
1. E. Tarta, Arad 53.4
2. D. Bucica, Arad 51.9
3. M. Krstajic, GOV 48.9
4. J. Hughes, Orad. 42.2
5. M. Bukovszki 40.0
Free Throws
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 5.8
2. C. Graham, STM 5.8
3. A. Meszaros, Arad 3.7
4. Al. Cutas, Craiova 3.7
5. M. Jones, Oradea 3.6
Ranking
1. C. Givens, Targ. 23.5
2. F. Diaconu, GOV 19.9
3. C. Graham, STM 19.7
4. B. Savic, Alexan. 18.2
5. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 18.2


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 10-13 
 11. Olimpia 5-18 
 12. Iasi 4-19 
 13. S.Studentesc 3-20 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-23 


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Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
 1. UMMC 16-2 
 2. Spartak V MR 16-2 
 3. CSKA 14-4 
 4. Nadezhda O. 11-7 
 5. Dynamo M. 11-7 
 6. Chevakata 8-10 
 7. Dynamo K. 7-11 
 8. Dynamo N. 4-14 
 9. Spartak SP 3-15 
 10. Slavyanka 0-18 


A Superleague Round: 19 The End of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo N. - Nadezhda O. 66-79
Nadezhda clinched fourth with 11-7 record defeating Dynamo Novosibirsk 79:69. Betty Lennox (173-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) paced all the winners with 29 points and Christon Shameka posted 20. Berseneva Elena and Melenteva Natalja brought 13 points each in defeat.

Dynamo M. - Slavyanka 84-60
Dynamo Moscow is 5th with 11-7 record after the home victory over Slavyanka 84:60. Latvian International Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) notched 21 points and Zakalyuzhnaya Oksana added 16. Kiseleva Yuliya answered with 28 points and 10 boards for the visitors.

Chevakata - Dynamo K. 101-76
Chevakata finished 6th with 8-10 record smashing Dynamo Kursk 101:76 in the last game. Six players scored in the double digits as Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) top-scored with 20 points. Vizbariene Irena and Bocharova Anastasia finished the night with 14 points apiece for the guests.

Spartak V MR - CSKA 85-80
Another thriller between top teams in Russia saw Spartak Moscow Region stunning CSKA 85:80. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) paced all the winners with 25 points, while Fowles Sylvia collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) finished the night with 20 points 7 assists and 6 rebounds in defeat. Spartak Moscow Region finishes second with 16-2 record and CSKA is third with 14-4.

UMMC - Spartak SP 81-62
UMMC wins the Superleague Regular Season finishing with 16-2 record after the home win over Spartak SP 81:62. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) nailed 16 points and had 10 boards. Firsova Olga ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Betty LENNOX
  Nadezhda O.
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Lennox, Nadezhda O.22.7 
 2. Taurasi, Spartak .18.8 
 3. Jekabsone-Z., Dynamo M.17.5 
 4. Snell, Dynamo M.17.1 
 5. Christon, Nadezhda.15.7 
 6. Iakovleva, Spart.14.7 
 7. Bibrzycka, UMMC14.6 
 8. Burse, Dynamo M.14.6 
 9. Kuzina, Dynamo M.14.4 
 10. Jackson, Sparta.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.11.3 
 2. Burse, Dynamo M.8.9 
 3. Bokareva, Chevakata8.7 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC8.3 
 5. Iakovleva, Spart.8.0 
 6. Psareva, Dynamo K.7.8 
 7. Fowles, Spartak .7.8 
 8. Kiseleva, Slavyanka7.6 
 9. Wauters, CSKA6.7 
 10. Vizbariene, Dynamo.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elena BERSENEVA
  Dynamo N.
  (172-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Berseneva, Dynamo N.5.9 
 2. Snell, Dynamo M.5.5 
 3. Bird, Spartak V MR4.6 
 4. Babusheva, Slavy.4.3 
 5. Khammon, CSKA4.2 
 6. Taurasi, Spartak .4.0 
 7. Moore, Chevakata3.9 
 8. Lawson-Wade, CS.3.8 
 9. Firsova, Spartak SP3.4 
 10. Volkova, Chevaka.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Loree MOORE
  Chevakata
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Moore, Chevakata3.2 
 2. Khammon, CSKA2.2 
 3. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.2.2 
 4. Fomina, Dynamo K.2.2 
 5. Valuzyte, Dynamo K.2.1 
 6. Snell, Dynamo M.2.1 
 7. Bokareva, Chevakata1.9 
 8. Bocharova, Dynamo K.1.9 
 9. Volkova, Chevakata1.9 
 10. Makhlina, Spa.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.0 
 2. Stepanova, CSKA2.5 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.7 
 4. Fowles, Spartak .1.5 
 5. Myasoedova, Dynamo N.1.5 
 6. Kiseleva, Slavyanka1.5 
 7. Osipova, Spartak .1.1 
 8. Burse, Dynamo M.1.1 
 9. Stepanova, UMMC1.1 
 10. Baranova, UM.1.1 


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Standings - Women
A League Standings
 1. Hemofarm 21-1 
 2. Vojvodina 18-4 
 3. Partizan 17-5 
 4. Crvena Zv. 15-7 
 5. Spartak 14-8 
 6. Proleter 10-12 
 7. Radivoj Korac 10-12 
 8. Kovin 9-13 
 9. Celarevo 7-15 
 10. Loznica 6-16 
 11. Kraljevo 5-17 
 12. Usce 0-22 


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Maxima Broker keeps the top - by Eurobasket News
Powerful Maxima Broker celebrated in Round 9 of the Slovakian Extraliga against BSS Kosice on the road 63-54. It means that Maxima stays on top of the standings with impressive 23-2 record. Iveta Salkauske (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) led the winners draining 19 points. Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) had 14 and Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) scored one point less. The hosts got 16 pts from Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88), falling to 12-13.
No.2 MBK Ruzomberok also celebrated on the road, but against No.3 Nitra 73-69. With this victory the winners jumped to 21-4, while Nitra dropped to 18-7 score. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) paced the guests with 22 and Aloskinova netted 18 pts. T Sujova replied with 24 points for the loosing squad.
In the last game of the Top 6 group PU Presov was too strong for Poprad for 6-19, what is still not enough for any better than the last place. Julija Karavaeva (193-F-82, agency: LBM Management) shined in victory with 25 points. Brezaniova and Martina Gandzalova (179-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) posted 14 pts each in defeat.
In the second group (from 7-10 place) Slovan escaped with a tiny home victory vs Roznava, 74-71. Hana Krizmova (170-F-85) was a key player for the winners netting 28 points. Alexandra Riecka (170-G-78) was behind her with 21. Slovan stays on top of the second group with 7-12.


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Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Murphy, San Jose20.6 
 2. Lyttle, EBE I.19.2 
 3. Valdemoro, Ros C.17.1 
 4. Price, Mariana17.0 
 5. Lovelace-T., Hondar.16.0 
 6. Kresovic, Gran C.15.4 
 7. Page, Mariana15.1 
 8. Perovanovic, Gran C.15.1 
 9. Thomas, Mann F.15.0 
 10. Vega, Maria.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, EBE I.11.1 
 2. Page, Mariana10.3 
 3. Ble, Gran Canaria9.5 
 4. Snow, Halcon A.9.0 
 5. Turner, Mann F.8.7 
 6. De Souza, Ros C.8.5 
 7. Ujhelyi, Rivas E.8.1 
 8. Murphy, San Jose7.5 
 9. Perovanovic, Gran C.7.5 
 10. Lovelace-T., Hond.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Silvia MORALES
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (170-G/F-79)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Morales, EBE I.4.1 
 2. Dominguez, Halcon A.4.0 
 3. Bermejo, Rivas E.3.8 
 4. Aguilar, Ros C.3.7 
 5. Santos Luz, Hondar.3.6 
 6. Cruz, Olesa3.5 
 7. Price, Mariana3.3 
 8. Castillo, Mariana3.1 
 9. Revuelto, San Jose3.0 
 10. Montanana, Ros.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Murphy, San Jose2.9 
 2. Price, Mariana2.7 
 3. Valdemoro, Ros C.2.6 
 4. Lyttle, EBE I.2.5 
 5. Palau, Ros Casares2.5 
 6. Vesela, Ros Casares2.1 
 7. Revuelto, San Jose2.1 
 8. Santos Luz, Cadi l.2.0 
 9. Cruz, Olesa2.0 
 10. Bermejo, Rivas.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olga PODKOVALNIKOVA
  Olesa
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.4 
 2. Lyttle, EBE I.1.2 
 3. De Souza, Ros C.1.2 
 4. Ble, Gran Canaria0.9 
 5. Snow, Halcon A.0.9 
 6. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.9 
 7. Turner, Mann F.0.8 
 8. Pirsic, EBE I.0.8 
 9. Holmes, EBE I.0.7 
 10. Riley, Rivas Ecopol.0.7 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Second part of Lady Bucs' title journey begins today - by David Edole
The University of Virgin Islands Lady Bucs are entering a bit of March Madness themselves as the second part of the LAI schedule gets under way.

After finishing the regular season with a 3-5 record, UVI got some help from division foes to slip into the second half of the season, where the top five teams from the Cosme Beitia division take on the top five teams from the Rafael Mangual division.

'I guess I'm a bit satisfied, but not totally,' said UVI head coach Curtis Gilpin on Monday. 'We've got five more games and we have to face the top five teams in the other division. But I think we can hold our own being that we've seen the best of the league already.'

UVI had a grueling regular season in their own Cosme Beitia division, which has produced perennial champs like UPR-Bayamon and UPR-Rio Piedras. Bayamon finished first and Rio Piedras second in the division again this season.

After losing their first four games the Lady Bucs bounced back with three straight wins to get back into playoff contention. UVI lost its last game to Metropolitan University on March 7, but got some help with a loss by UPR-Carolina, which was tied with UVI for fifth place.

'The team's pretty pumped and they're ready for the opportunity,' Gilpin said. 'The season's not over and we appreciate it.'

The second part of the season will be tough for more than one reason for the Lady Bucs. First, they have to play the top five teams in order from first to fifth.

Second, and maybe the most daunting, they have to play without starting point guard Nicole Flemming; the sophomore guard went down with a season-ending injury in their final game. The Lady Bucs, though, will have their top two scorers and rebounders leading the way in Tiffany Reddick and Angelina Prince.

Reddick is averaging a team leading 17.4 points and 8.6 rebounds to go with 1.9 steals per game. Prince is putting up 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and two blocks per game.

The front court will be led by Teal Hetrick and Elicia Jno-Baptiste, who will play an even bigger role on the team with Flemming out. Hetrick is averaging a team-leading 2.4 steals and nearly two assists per game for UVI.

'I'm going to look for a lot more offense out of Teal and ask Elecia to do a lot more for us too,' Gilpin said.

With four of five starters healthy and experienced from last year though, Gilpin will be trying to implement some new schemes on both sides of the ball to try and mix things up.

'We're working on a couple of different defenses and trying to shore up some offensive sets this week,' Gilpin said. 'We are also going to try and break up the press and get some quick scoring.'

As for the schedule, it begins this afternoon when UVI travels to Puerto Rico to face Rafael Mangual division champions UPR-Mayaguez. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Then on Friday, the Lady Bucs will host the first of two inter-division games in the second part of the schedule. The Lady Bucs will host Inter-American University at 4:30 p.m. On March 24, UVI will go back to Puerto Rico to face Catholic University of Puerto Rico, then return home to face UPR-Arecibo on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. The final game of inter-division play will take place on March 30 on Puerto Rico as the Lady Bucs face off against Eastern University.

After the five inter-division games have taken place, the top six teams - regardless of division - will make it into the single elimination quarterfinals beginning on April 1.

'Hopefully we can at least take three of five and then we would have a good chance to advance,' Gilpin said.

By CHRIS WALSH