EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/24/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Pavkovic and Bozovic three more years in Hemofarm Stada - by Zoran Popovic
Hemofarm players, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Milivoje Bozovic (210-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket), extends contract with KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac for three more years. Miljan Pavkovic started career in Mladost Zrenjanin, from 1998. till 2004. played for KK Zdravlje Leskovac, BC Vojvodina in season 2004-2005, BC Buducnost in season 2005-2006 and from 2006 is player of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac.
Milivoje Bozovic started career in Kasta Beograd, for Lavovi 063 Beograd played in period 2003-2005, Avala Ada 2005-2006. same season loaned to OKK Beograd and Mega Ishrana in period 2006-2007. From 2007 Bozovic is player of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac.


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  ANGOLA   


Rosters 2009 - by Carlos Pereira
Libolo Roster
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Domingos Bonifcio, Slvio Lopes, Antnio Carvalho and Adilson Camara (Guards)
Joaquim Xavier, Gerson Monteiro, Feliciano Camacho,Ezequiel Silva, Luis Costa and Joseph Mbang (Cameroon)(Fowards)
Leonel Paulo, Manuel Mariano, Camby Brito 1,99m and Reggie Moore (USA) (Centers)

Coach: Raul Duarte


Lusada Roster
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Elmer Felix, Nsilo Lopes, Leandro da Conceio 1,95m, Amndio Costa, Leonel Boaventura (Guards)

Joo Cassua, Jos Miguel, Kssio Viegas, Rosrio Pitra, Amlide Lufungula (Fowards), Eugnio Amaral, Maurcio da Silva, Branislav Couceiro, Mauro Silvestre (Fowards/Centers)

Andr Salgado 1,97m (Center).

Desportiva da Huila roster
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Buila Katiavala 2.08m (RDC), Abdulay faty 2.07m (Cape Verde), Bruno Maiato 2.03, Manuel Rostino 2.00 (Centers)

Andre Miguel, Adalberto Antnio 1,92m, Carlos, Osvaldo Baltasar, Gaspar Bango, Valdemar Domingues, Emanuel Caetano, Edson Domingos (Fowards)

Adilson Moreira, Mauro Lobito, Feliciano Almeida, Yuri Swingui 1,79m, Cesar Carapinha (Guards)

Petro Atltico roster
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Eduardo .Mingas, Frederick Gentry (USA), Abdel Boukar(RDC), Victor Muzadi (Centers)

Heshimu Ewans (Usa), Carlos Morais, Fernando Albano, Francisco Horcio, Hermegildo Tandala, Vitor Carvalho, Vladimir Pontes, Joaquim Costa (Fowards)

Milton Barros, Paulo Santana, Roberto Fortes (Guards)


1Agosto roster
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Joaquim Kikas Gomes, Felizardo Ambrsio, Francisco Jordo 2,05m (Portugal) (Centers)

C.Almeida, Mayzer Alexandre, Olmpio Cipriano, Vlademiro Ricardino, Rodrigo Mascarenhas (Cape Verde), Simo Joo, Pierro Ilunga (Fowards)

Miguel Lutonda, Armando Costa, Adilson Manuel (Guards)


Interclube roster
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Hugo Cristiano, Lifetu Selengue (RDC), Jorge Taty, Nivaldo Sumbo, Roly Mayombo (Centers)

Sanu Maria, Vicente Neto, Francisco Sousa, Helder Domingos, Michel Santos, Armindo Chipongue, Mutu Fonseca, Euclides Camacho (Fowards)

Simo Panzo, Joo Swingue, Fabrice Mokoteemapa 81 1,92m (RCA)(Guards)


ASA

Edmundo Ventura 1,82m, Wilson da Mata , Rui Matias 1,84m, Hlder King 1,99m, Felipe Abrao , Jos Nascimento, Wilson Carvalho , Adolfo Quimbamba 1,98m Leroy Watkins 2,03m (USA), Afonso Rodrigues 1,80m, Francisco Gonalves , Cristvo Oliveira , Carlos Quibato 1,81m, Ildefonso Kiteculo 1,96m,

Coach: Carlos Diniz


PROMADE CABINDA

Raimundo Mukla, Hlder Gonalves 1,97m, Carlos Rock Langonda 2,01m, Lus Fernandes, Mrio Correia (Cape Verde), Paulo Barros, Dominig Samba, Augusto Sangunga, Lus Matias, Henrique Bado, Edgar Chocolate and Paulo Papy.


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  ARGENTINA   


Playoffs game 2 - by Facundo Iatzky
Boca 68 -Independiente 94 (1-1)
Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) who had had a bad game the last friday, was outstanding this time with 23 points. Independiente surprissed everybody for the victory and specially for the difference. They have now two games at home to try to advance to quarterfinals. Brice Assie added 20 points. Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) scored 17 in a losing effort. Juan Espil and Carl Edwards, top scorers of Boca had not a good game and that was one of the keys of the victory of Independiente.

Sionista 92 - Quilmes 81 (2-0)
Sionista won again but this time Quilmes was very close of the victory. In fact Sionista could breath quietly in the last five minutes where they made a run of 21-6. Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82) was amazing with 18 pts 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Paraguayan Javier Martinez (189-G-78) added 16 and Chuck Robinson 19. Pablo Gil led quilmes with 26 points.

BB Estudiantes 88- Regatas 104 (0-2)
Regatas suffered a bit more than the first game but they eventually got the same result: The victory. Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80), as in the first game, showed a fantastic level, scoring 25 points. Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group) and Ramzee Stanton scored 25 each too. Pedro Franco had one of his best games this season with 27 points but it was not enough.

Olimpico 72 - Quimsa 65 (2-0)
Olimpico won again and obliged to Quimsa to win three straight games to save a very dissapointing season. Mariano Byro (196-G-82) was on fire with 19 points . Diego Cavaco scored 16 and James Williams finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) shined for Quimsa with 18 points.


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Waba teams in Asian Club Championships - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Waba Final Standings:
1- Mahram
2- Zain
3- Saba Mehr
4- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
5- Al Moutahed Tripoli
6- Orthodox
7- Al Karkh
8- Al Ahli Sanaa

the first Three Teams from Waba will be in Asian Club Championships...1 team from each country..so the three teams who will play in the Asian Club Championships are Mahram from Iran, Zain from Jordan and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut from Lebanon



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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group 1
 1. Furstenfeld 19-7 
 2. Gmunden 18-8 
 3. Arkadia 17-9 
 4. Kapfenberg 16-10 
 5. Wels 15-11 
 6. Oberwart 15-11 
Group 2
 1. Klosterneub. 13-13 
 2. Gussing 12-14 
 3. St.Polten 10-16 
 4. Worthersee 10-16 
 5. UBSC Graz 7-19 
 6. Vienna 4-22 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia22.9 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.0 
 3. Burnette, Worth.20.6 
 4. Thomas, Wels19.9 
 5. George, Vienna19.9 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten19.2 
 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: 11.3
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.3 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.0 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.1 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.3 
 9. Moric, Oberwart7.2 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alexander LANEGGER
  UBSC Graz
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.9 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.6 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.6 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.4 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Rowland, Furstenf.3.8 
 9. O'Neal, Vienna3.8 
 10. Thomas, Gussi.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.4 
 2. George, Vienna2.3 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 4. Moore, Wels2.0 
 5. Burnette, Worth.2.0 
 6. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg1.8 
 8. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 9. Youngblood, Oberw.1.8 
 10. Artner, Oberwa.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. Mascoll, UBSC G.1.0 
 5. Bakovic, St.Polten0.8 
 6. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.7 
 9. Schranz, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Speiser, St.Polt.0.7 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Places 1-4
 1. Minsk-2006 34-2 
 2. Vitalyur 28-8 
 3. Grodno-93 20-16 
 4. OZAA Osip. 20-16 
Places 5-8
 1. Lokomotiv 15-21 
 2. Sozh Gomel 12-22 
 3. BNTU 7-27 
 4. Temp-OSHVSM 4-28 


The middle of the Second Stage review - by Eurobasket News
It is the middle of the Second Stage in the Belarus league. Four top teams play against each other every weekend, while the rest of the teams battle for the last four spots.
Minsk-2006 is on top with 34-2 record defeating Grodno-93 twice. Over the weekend the leader of the league had 78:68 and 93:68 victories. Vitaltyur is second with 28-8 record after 89:76 and 77:69 over OZAA.
In the lower four Lokomotiv has 14-22 record after a 79:61 win and 64:69 loss from Temp. In another games Sozh won an lost to BNTU.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Bree 22-3 
 2. Hasselt 18-7 
 3. Sint-Jan Antw. 17-7 
 4. Waregem 16-8 
 5. Fleurus 16-9 
 6. Willebroek 14-10 
 7. De Westhoek 13-12 
 8. Essor Charleroi 11-14 
 9. Pitzemburg 10-14 
 10. Falco Gent 9-15 
 11. Boom 8-16 
 12. Wevelgem 7-4 
 13. Ninane 7-18 
 14. Carnieres 6-18 
 15. Nivelles 4-20 


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  BRAZIL   


Rosa Branca Team holds off Ubiratan Team in NBB All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Rosa Branca Team - Ubiratan Team 126:117

The newly created NBB League showed their high ambitions organizing a big All-Star Game show in Rio de Janeiro. The best performers were divided into two teams named after Brazilian basketball players.
The game was preceded by several contests. Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) of GRSA/Bauru won three-point shootout. The guard managed to earn 19 points in the final round. He overcame Arlindo Neto (188-G-86) of Lupo/Araraquara for the title. Julio Toledo (195-F-85) was the best in slam-dunk contest.
Finally the game time arrived. The teams clashed in front of more than 5o00 spectators at the Maracanazinho. Rosa Branca grabbed the lead early in the game and enjoyed a 7-point advantage after the starting frame. Ubiratan narrowed the margin early in the second period but could not hold on. Rosa Branca team surged ahead and piled up an 11-point lead at the interval. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) finished the first half with 11 points. Rosa Branca maintained the pressure in the second half. Shamell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up with first-class performance in the second half and paved Rosa Branca Teams way to the victory. Winner/Limeiras import topscored with 26 points for Rosa Branca Team. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) contributed 23 points, while Duda Machado (197-F/G-82) banked 15 points for the winning team. Marcelinho Machado responded with 25 points for Ubiratan. Luiz Felipe (201-F-79) fired 16 points in the loss.

Rosa Branca Team: Shamell Stallworth 26, Marquinhos Vinicius 23, Duda Machado 15
Ubiratan Team: Marcelinho Machado 25, Luiz Felipe 16


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  CHINA   


Qiu Biao Top Native Scorer, Mengke Bateer Top Native Rebounder - by Arthur Volbert
This web page lists the ten top scorers and rebounders in the CBA, as well as the top ten in assists, steals and blocks. All ten top scorers and rebounders are imports.

Below are the ten top native players in scoring and rebounding. The requirement for being on the list is to play 25 games, half the team's schedule.

Scorers:
1. Qiu Biao (200-F-83) Dongguan 21.5
2. Zhang Kai Dongguan 19.9
3. Zhu Fangyu Guangdong 19.4
4. Hu Xuefeng Jiangsu 18.7
5. Zhang Qingpeng Liaoning 18.4
6. Mo Ke Bayi 16.9
7. Gong Songlin Fujian 16.8
8. Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 16.6
9. Peng Fei Shanghai 16.2
10. Wang Lei Bayi 15.9

Not enough games to qualify:
Wang Zhizhi Bayi 22.5 23 games
Liu Xiqui Yunnan 17.4 22 games
Liu Wei Shanghai 16.8 24 games

Rebounders:
1. Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 10.6
2. Zhang Kai Dongguan 10.3
3. Li Xiaoxu Liaoning 7.5
4. Mo Ke Bayi 7.3
5. Ding Jinhui Zhejiang 6.3
6. Zhang Dayu Zhejiang 5.5
7. Peng Fei Shanghai 5.3
8. Hu Xuefeng Jiangsu 5.1
9. Zhang Wei Shaanxi 5.1
10. Wang Bo Jilin 5.1

Not enough games to qualify:
Wang Zhizhi Bayi 7.7 23 games
Deng Li Zhejiang 6.1 17 games
Liu Wei Shanghai 5.2 24 games
Liu Xiqui Yunnan 5.2 22 games


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 45-5 
 2. Xinjiang 44-6 
 3. Jiangsu 36-14 
 4. Shaanxi 30-20 
 5. DongGuan 29-21 
 6. Fujian 29-21 
 7. Zhejiang G. 28-22 
 8. Shandong 27-23 
 9. Beijing 27-23 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 26-24 
 11. Bayi 25-25 
 12. Liaoning 24-26 
 13. Jilin 23-27 
 14. Zhejiang C. 19-31 
 15. TianJin R. 13-37 
 16. Qingdao DS 13-37 
 17. Yunnan 6-44 
 18. Shanghai 6-44 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.8 
 4. Williams, Austin22.9 
 5. Sims, Iowa22.8 
 6. Daniels, Erie21.0 
 7. Crawford, Los A.20.8 
 8. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.8 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa20.6 
 10. Bangura, Rio Gran.18.9 
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, Erie10.2 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.2 
 7. Allred, Idaho9.0 
 8. Ewing, Reno8.9 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa8.9 
 10. Campbell, Anahe.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne10.9 
 2. Jordan, Rio Grande8.7 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.5 
 4. Gill, Colorado8.5 
 5. Conroy, Albuquerque8.0 
 6. Stinson, Iowa8.0 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 9. Ahearn, Dakota5.6 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.8 
 2. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.4 
 5. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 7. Robinson, Reno2.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 9. Major, Dakota2.1 
 10. Stinson, Io.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 Grande2.4 
 4. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 5. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 6. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 7. Sims, Iowa2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.6 


D.J. White waiting for NBA chance - by Eurobasket News
D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) has been a first-round NBA draft choice and he's battled a health problem.

Now, the former Big Ten Player of the Year is with the Tulsa 66ers trying to get back to the NBA.

White, assigned this week to Tulsa by the Oklahoma City Thunder and a standout for former coach Kelvin Sampson at Indiana University, scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first start as Tulsa rallied to edge Los Angeles 98-97 on Saturday night in NBA D-League action at the SpiritBank Event Center.

'It was good to get the win,' said the 6-foot-9, 227-pound White, who intercepted the Defenders' inbounds pass with less than a second to play to secure Tulsa's 10th victory of the season. His interception followed Moses Ehambe's game-winning 3-pointer with 0.2 remaining.

'The biggest thing now is the conditioning. Right now I am just trying to get a feel for the game.'

White had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes against Albuquerque on Wednesday the day he was assigned by Oklahoma City in his first contest with Tulsa.

Against Los Angeles (15-28), White logged nine more minutes on the court while hitting 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 free throws. He also had a pair of blocked shots.

Selected in the first round (29th overall pick) by the Detroit Pistons in the 2008 NBA draft, White was a draft day trade from the Pistons to the Thunder.

For White, a unanimous choice as the Big Ten Player of the Year and a second-team All-American as a senior for the Hoosiers a year ago, this start to his professional basketball career wasn't quite what he had expected.

To further complicate matters, following his draft day trade last June, White learned in October that he had a benign tumor in his jaw. He had initial surgery that month to remove the tumor as the Thunder was preparing to start its first season in Oklahoma City.

As a result, White was sidelined and has yet to play in an NBA game with the Thunder.

He had follow-up surgery in early January to replace part of the bone in his jaw and was just cleared medically on Monday to begin contact drills.

White averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds a game a year ago leading Indiana to a 25-8 record before the Hoosiers were eliminated by Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Last year the Indiana program was rocked with an internal investigation by the school after NCAA allegations against Sampson, the former University of Oklahoma coach. Sampson resigned in late February.

White is ready to resume his journey back to the NBA, which he hopes will soon take him down I-44 to the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

'I want to play somewhere. Obviously, my goal is to go back up (to the NBA),' he said.

'Whenever they (the Thunder) are ready for me, they are ready for me.'

Courtesy of http://www.tulsaworld.com


Knicks Sign Courtney Sims to 10-Day Contract - by Surujh Roopnarine
Continuing a run of 10-day contracts which saw fellow D-League alumni Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84) receive 10-day deals, the New York Knicks have signed Iowa Energy star Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Michigan). Sims, now on his third 10-day contract of the season (two consecutive contracts with Phoenix beginning on January 20th) has appeared in a total of four NBA games over the last two seasons, totaling 13 minutes. The ex-Michigan center is having a phenomenal season for Iowa this season, averaging 22.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 38.8 minutes while shooting 61 percent (277-of-458) from the field. He has scored in double figures in all 32 games, recording 22 point/rebound double-doubles and scoring 30 or more points on six occasions. The 2009 D-League All-Star Game Co-MVP will fill the roster spot vacated when Cheikh Sambs 10-day contract was not renewed. Sims is expected to join the Knicks today and be available when the team hosts the orlando magic tonight at MSG.

Last games (3) - Wins for Vipers, 14ers and 36ers - by Eurobasket News
Austin - Rio Grande 103-113
Jawad Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) was a key player for the Vipers last night draining 18 points. Trent Strickland had 18 points, 9 boards and 6 assists, while Kurt Looby helped with 14 points and 16 boards (7 off). Visitors got 39 points and 6 rebs from DeMarcus Nelson. Vipers 18-24, Toros 27-15.

Anaheim - Colorado 99-128
Easy one for Colorado, who is now on 29-12 record. Josh Davis (6'8''-C/F-80, college: Wyoming), Dominique Coleman and Sonny Weems combined 64 points for the winners. Cedric Bozeman replied with 27 in loss. His team fell to 15-29.

Dakota - Tulsa 102-112
The 36ers had couple of players in a game mood last night. Seven of those scored 10 or more points, but the best one was Moses Ehambe (6'6''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: ORU) with 25 pts. Blake Ahearn delivered 29 for the Wizards. Tulsa 11-32, Dakota 23-30.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


SUBERO STEPS DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF FIBA AMERICAS - by Ozell Wells
Following lengthy discussions held during the FIBA Americas Central Board meeting in San Juan 19 March 2009 on future directions, Dominican Julio Subero has decided to step down as the President of FIBA AMERICAS .In accordance with the Statutes of FIBA Americas, the first Vice-President, Horacio Muratore, from Argentina, has taken over the responsibility as Acting President with immediate effect. Mr. Muratore said: 'Mr. Subero has served the organisation faithfully and passionately. We arethankful for his dedication and for his generous gesture to allow FIBA Americas to move ahead.'

Also, the Central Board approved unanimously to continue with this important clubs competition in the Continent and, as it has happened twice before since its beginning, the third edition will begin in December 2009 and will end in February 2010. It is important to note that 16 teams from different countries, that are members of FIBA Americas, will be active in this competition.

WE WISH JULIO SUBERO ALL OF THE BEST AND WANT TO THANK HIM FOR REPRESENTING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND BASKETBALL IN LATIN / SOUTH AMERICA THE BEST THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN!
WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU!
Courtesy of FIBAAmericas


Standings - District National
SRT Standings
 1. Sameji 5-1 
 2. Cupes 5-2 
 3. GUG 4-3 
 4. CPN 2-4 
 5. CDP 2-5 
 6. Plaza 2-5 


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  EGYPT   


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


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 19-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 15-4 
 3. TTU KK 15-7 
 4. Valga Welg 11-10 
 5. Kalev Tallinn 9-10 
 6. Rakvere 8-15 
 7. Parnu 5-17 
 8. Kuremaa 3-21 


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  EUROCUP   


Rising Star Trophy winner: Milan Macvan, Hemofarm Stada - by Eurobasket
With a unique combination of strength and smarts, one of the Eurocup's youngest players this season not only ranked among the competition's top performers, but led his team to the Final Eight. For his instant impact on courts around the continent, teenage power forward Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) of Hemofarm Stada has been chosen by Euroleague Basketball as the first Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner! The brand new Rising Star Trophy recognizes the best Eurocup player who was younger than 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Macvan, 19, dramatically improved throughout his second season with Hemofarm, pushing his team forward through two difficult stages of competition after star center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was severely injured. His game-winning basket in the closing seconds of the final regular season game sent Hemofarm to the Last 16, where Macvan was even better, ranking eighth among all players in performance index rating. No other under-22 player came close to his numbers and leadership abilities. Macvan finished as his team's top scorer and rebounder, pacing Hemofarm to the Final Eight and a chance to win the Eurocup title!

The Rising Star Trophy is part of an expanded awards structure meant to enhance recognition of the finest Eurocup players for their efforts on the basketball court throughout the season. Apart from the Eurocup Rising Star, Euroleague Basketball and its in-house experts will also select the Eurocup Coach of the Year, All-Eurocup first and second teams and, above all, the Eurocup MVP. Additionally, the Eurocup Final Eight MVP award will go the best player at that event as voted by accredited journalists in attendance during the title game.

Macvan had a solid start of the season, averaging 10 points in the first three Eurocup games. After the injury to Vukosavljevic, Macvan became the team leader when it mattered most. After having collected 10 points in a critical 89-85 home win against Buducnost, Mavcan scored the game-winning basket in that 80-82 do-or-die, come-from-behind regular season finale, against CEZ Basketball Nymburk. Once in the Last 16, Macvan took over. He had 24 points and 8 rebounds in the Last 16 opener, a 84-74 home win against Azovmash Mariupol. Macvan soon added 15 points and 9 rebounds to help Hemofarm down Crvena Zvezda 88-73 and improve to 2-1. In the rematch against C. Zvezda in Week 4, Macvan had 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting as Hemofarm registered a blowout 65-91 win. By the time that Hemofarm won its final Last 16 game to qualify for the Final Eight, Macvan had averages of 15 points and 5.7 rebounds and an average index rating of 17.7. Only six players were better in that round. For the season overall, Macvan averaged 12.1 points on 60.3% two-point and 83.3% free-throw shooting to go with 4.8 rebounds and a 13.4 index rating per game.

Macvan, who doesn't turn 20 until November, had already led the under-18 and under-20 national teams of Serbia to gold medals in European and World Championships. Now, he'll try to put Hemofarm in the history books at the Final Eight in Turin, Italy from April 2 to 5.

Courtesy of Eurocup


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Yannakis: the control of the rhythm, the rebounds and the patience will be the main factors for the game against Real - by Kostas Papadopoulos

The first game of Euroleague's play-offs between Olympiacos and Real Madrid will be held tomorrow at SEF (Eurobasket.com will be there) and both the coaches and the main players of the two teams stated their opinions at the official site of the competition.
Panagiotis Yannakis said that 'we start a playoffs series and there are some important things that we have to take care of such as the control of the rhythm; besides, the rebounds and the patience will be the main factors for both teams. Real Madrid is a team that wants to achieve big results and we respect them a lot, especially for their style of playing. From our side, I expect our fans to have patience during the games and keep supporting us. The home court advantage is important, but our main goal is to create a team that will not depend either on the home court or on the opponents one'.
Real's coach, Joan Plaza , stated that 'we are travelling to Athens with the goal of getting one win in the two games we will be playing there against Olympiacos, a great team which has earned the right to be considered as one of the top candidates to lift the Euroleague trophy this season. We know the difficulty of the challenge we have in front of us, but we must trust in our abilities and ourselves because each time that we show faith in what we do, we are a very dangerous team, capable of beating anyone. Apart from that, it will be important to try to overcome the pressure of the Friendship and Peace Stadium, an arena where the fans live basketball like in no other place and who stay by their team until the very end'.
As for the players, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) emphasized on the fact that Real Madrid is a big size and glorious club, so it deserves a lot of respect. 'They are here and they didn't came by accident or because of their luck. They have some players playing for many years and a specific basketball philosophy. They have also proved that they have the know-how to take results on the road, thanks to their experience and personality. Certainly, we count on the home court advantage and our fans can help us a lot, but such a series is not an easy one. We need to make three steps to go to Berlin, but we may have to play five games. The most important thing is to stay together and look forward to each game'.
On the other hand, Alex Mumbru (201-F-79) admitted that 'we're coming to Athens to play against a great team that has a top notch roster and which has been super tough at home this season. We all know this is going to be difficult, but we have to do everything in our hands to rack up a win in Greece so we would have the option to solve things in Madrid, which is what we all want. In order to achieve in that, we should play our best game and face the critical moments, which I am sure will come, with confidence. If we are mentally strong and have the patience, I am sure we will have chances to reach our goal'.

And Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) added that 'it will be a difficult atmosphere since Olympiacos fans support their team in a very hot way. We want though the victory very much because we do know that we are ahead of a great chance to achieve in something that Real has not for so many years: go to a final-4. Everybody was afraid of a possible battle against TAU but, having seen Olympiaco's achievements till now, it is not certainly a lucky tight. It is difficult to play against such fans but is not unachievable. What matters me most, though, is the referees and whether they will catch up with the game's pressure. We have to win at Greece to go to Berlin and it is better to succeed in it now and not in the fifth game'.



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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jyvaskyla - Kauhajoki 99-98
Jyvaskyla won the thriller over Kauhajoki 99:98 as Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) led the winners with 30 points and Siimes Antti collected 16 points and 11 boards. Brace Kwamena ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.

Ura Basket - LoKoKo 69-83
Regular Season Round 24 saw the home loss of Ura Basket against LoKoKo 69:83. Anthony Davis (188-G-83, college: Austin Peay St.) paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Heard Jonathan collected 26 points and 12 boards. Crayton Derrick had 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

HNMKY - Huima 86-103
Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) nailed 28 points and had 10 rebounds as Huima had a road victory over HNMKY. Silvonen Sauli neyyed 29 for the hosts and Nieminen Eetu chipped in 22.

BC Nokia - Honka 87-80
BC Nokia rolled over Honka 87:80 as Holmes Jason and Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) combined 46 points for the winners. Raami Antti notched 16 for the guests and Lindbom Carl had 14 points and 10 boards.

Lapua - Salon Vilpas 87-75
Lapua improved to 13-7 record after the win in a key game of Regular Season Round 24 over Salon Vilpas 87:75. Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Raiski Toni posted 21. Ahonen Roope finished the night with 20 points for the second team of the league.


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 17-3 
 2. Salon Vilpas 15-5 
 3. Lapua 13-7 
 4. Huima 10-10 
 5. LoKoKo 10-10 
 6. BC Nokia 9-11 
 7. Jyvaskyla 9-11 
 8. Honka 8-12 
 9. HNMKY 7-13 
 10. JKS 7-13 
 11. Ura Basket 5-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Magen MCNEIL
  Kauhajoki
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. McNeil, JKS27.3 
 2. Holmes, BC Nokia26.5 
 3. Surratt, Ura Basket25.7 
 4. Heard, LoKoKo25.3 
 5. Cooper, BC Nokia23.4 
 6. Francis, JKS23.0 
 7. Jackson, Jyvaskyla22.2 
 8. Washington, Kauha.21.7 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia21.6 
 10. Hartford, Hui.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko PIPLOVIC
  Lapua
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Piplovic, Lapua12.1 
 2. Francis, JKS11.4 
 3. McNeil, JKS11.2 
 4. Daanish, Salon Vilpas10.9 
 5. Morris, Huima10.3 
 6. Green, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 7. Kraznotzhon, HN.9.7 
 8. Dlouhy, BC Nokia9.5 
 9. Hartford, Huima9.5 
 10. Washington, Kau.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  LoKoKo
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Davis, LoKoKo5.1 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket4.4 
 3. Conerly, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 4. Graham, Huima4.0 
 5. Holmes, BC Nokia3.7 
 6. Carhart, Lapua3.7 
 7. Ahonen, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 8. Horton, Kauhajoki3.4 
 9. Piplovic, Lapua3.1 
 10. Naukkarinen, Jyv.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Armondo SURRATT
  Ura Basket
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Surratt, Ura Basket3.2 
 2. Horton, Kauhajoki3.2 
 3. McNeil, JKS2.8 
 4. Holmes, BC Nokia2.7 
 5. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.6 
 6. Little, HN.2.6 
 7. Carhart, Lapua2.6 
 8. Heard, LoKoKo2.5 
 9. Davis, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Williams, Hon.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike KING
  Jyvaskyla
  (201-F-74)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Jyvaskyla2.1 
 2. Still, Lapua1.2 
 3. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.2 
 4. Washington, Kauha.1.2 
 5. Hartford, Huima1.1 
 6. Thomas, LoKoKo1.1 
 7. Collins, Jyvaskyla1.1 
 8. Watson, BC Nokia1.0 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Francis, J.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.1 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg21.5 
 3. Page, Pau19.4 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.4 
 5. Chatfield, Dijon16.6 
 6. Harper, Roanne15.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 8. Banks, Orleans15.8 
 9. Boddicker, Chalon15.5 
 10. Spencer, Le Ma.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bingo MERRIEX
  Le Havre
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Merriex, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Slaughter, Le Havre9.0 
 3. Masingue, Hyeres-T.8.7 
 4. Sanders, Dijon8.3 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.3 
 6. Issa, Vichy8.2 
 7. Vaty, Pau8.0 
 8. Greer, Nancy7.5 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.2 
 10. Lewin, Strasbou.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Reid, Vichy7.4 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.5 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Pau5.3 
 5. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 6. Pellin, Roanne5.0 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans4.9 
 8. Jeanneau, AS.4.9 
 9. Greer, Nancy4.6 
 10. Houston, Rou.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Chalon
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, Chalon2.9 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.4 
 3. Rush, Strasbourg2.3 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon2.1 
 5. Greene, Orleans2.0 
 6. Banks, Orleans1.9 
 7. Causeur, Le Havre1.9 
 8. Grier, Cholet1.7 
 9. Stanley, Gravelines1.7 
 10. Dorsey, Rou.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Rouen
  (179-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg1.1 
 3. Laing, Le Havre1.0 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon1.0 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.0 
 6. Wright, Chalon1.0 
 7. MBaye, Dijon1.0 
 8. Grier, Cholet0.9 
 9. Bojic, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Gunn, Besanc.0.9 


Pro A, Round 22: ASVEL jumps on top, Orleans drops to No.2 - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - ASVEL 79-89
ASVEL outplayed Roanne in derby game of the round jumping on top of Pro A alone with 16-6 record. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) led the scorers with 20, JR Reynolds had 16 and Amara Sy helped with 15 points. Chris Monroe answered with 20 points for Roanne, who now has 14-8 (same as Le Mans and Strasbourg).

Strasbourg - Le Havre 88-83
Strasbourg was too strong for Le Havre becoming the third team with 14-8 record in the league. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) was central figure of this game collecting 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. TJ Thompson scored 26 in defeat, while Marcus Slaughter contributed with 23 points and 12 boards.

Le Mans - Cholet 84-79
Le Mans grabbed 84-79 home win against Cholet joining Roanne and Strasbourg with 14-8 record (3rd-5th place). Alain Koffi (207-C-83) stepped up for the hosts this week-end nailing 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Joao Paulo Batista had 21 and Bobby Dixon also shined with 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. Rodrigue Beaubois scored 17 points for the loosing side.

Gravelines - Nancy 58-62
The hosts did not have any player with double-digits in scoring this week-end. On the other side, Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) and Michel Morandais nailed 13 pts each for the winners. Akin Akingbala had double-double, 11 pts and 11 boards. Nancy 13-9, Gravelines 12-10.

Dijon - Orleans 77-66
Dijon crushed Orleans, who slipped from the first place to No.2 with 15-7. The top now belongs to ASVEL. Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) paced the hosts to victory with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Terence Dials collected 19 and 6 boards for the guests.

Vichy - Hyeres-Toulon 72-49
Vichy devastated Toulon with huge 72-49 for 10-12 record in Pro A. Kareem Reid (178-G-75, college: Arkansas) came up with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while David Teague and Amadi McKenzie helped the winners with 13 points each. Austin Nichols collected 15 points and 6 boards for the guests.

Rouen - Besancon 86-67
Ninth win for Rouen and at the same time the 15th defeat for Besancon this season. Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: Mc Neese St.) led the scorers in victory with 18 points. Michel Nascimento was behind him with 16. Julius Hodge delivered 19 points for Besancon.

Chalon - Pau 79-70
Chalon was better than the last ranked Pau-Orthez thanks to Thierry Rupert (200-F-77, agency: Octagon) and Darnell Harris, which poured in 17 points each. Stephane Risacher helped with 14 pts and 9 rebounds. Pau got double-double from Dylan Page, 29 points and 11 boards. Chalon 13-9, Pau 5-17.


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Group 1-6
 1. F.Rabotnicki 18-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 17-2 
 3. AMMAK SP 12-6 
 4. Swisslion P. 11-9 
 5. MZT Skopje 9-9 
 6. Ovce Pole 5-14 
Group 7-9
 1. Vardar 2000 4-12 
 2. Torus 3-13 
 3. K.Sokoli 2-14 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Omari WESTLEY
  Noerdlingen
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen16.5 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.4 
 3. Gardner, EWE B.14.8 
 4. Suput, Brose B.14.7 
 5. Bailey, Goettingen14.6 
 6. Katic, Walter Tigers14.6 
 7. Bowman, Telekom B.14.4 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.14.3 
 9. Hunt, Koeln 99ers14.2 
 10. Jeanty, Noerdling.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.3 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.8.4 
 4. Katic, Walter Tigers7.7 
 5. Gordon, Dt.7.6 
 6. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.1 
 7. Westley, Noerdlingen6.9 
 8. Rouse, LTi 46ers6.4 
 9. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.4 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  ratiopharm
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.9 
 2. Gardner, EWE B.4.2 
 3. Anderson, Walter T.4.0 
 4. Franklin, NY Phant.4.0 
 5. Watson, Bremerha.4.0 
 6. Rowland, Telek.3.8 
 7. Jenkins, ALBA3.7 
 8. Rivera, Brose B.3.6 
 9. Schaffartzik, LTi 3.5 
 10. Bailey, Goetting.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Goettingen
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Trice, Goettingen2.9 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 4. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 5. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 6. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 7. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 8. Peete, Duesseldorf1.5 
 9. Triplett, ratiopharm1.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ken JOHNSON
  Telekom B.
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Telek.2.8 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Reiner, Bremerha.1.1 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 5. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.0 
 6. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 7. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 8. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 9. Visser, NY Phant.0.8 
 10. Evans, TBB Tri.0.8 


ProB Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Telemotive - Rhoendorf 81-88
Telemotive lost to Rhoendorf 81:88 as the latter was led by Christopher Rojik (200-F-74, college: Holy Cross) who poured in 20 points. Moore Gabriel posted 17 and Lange Johannes brought his team 14. Stemler Lance finished the night with 19 points and 12 boards for the hosts.

Freiburg - proveo Merl. 78-69
Freiburg upset the first place proveo Merlins 78:69 and sent them to 20-5 record. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Youngstown St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Kinsella Mike had 22 points and 15 rebounds. Brooks Sean delivered 28 points and 13 rebounds for the guests.

Herten - B'guessbach 78-74
Herten improved to 17-8 record defeating Breitenguessbach 78:74. Kendall Chones (201-F-84, college: Colgate) poured in 20 points, whilst Johnson Gary and Knoch Jasper notched 15 each. Land Erik responded with 18 points for the visitors.

Mainz - Franken Hexer 81-75
Mainz overcame Franken Hexer 81:75 as Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary's (KS)) erupted with 33 points and 10 assists, while Ickert Ilja posted 23. Rush Steven ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.

SU Braunsch. - Wolfenbuettel 77-103
SU Braunschweig lost to Wolfenbuettel 77:103 in Regular Season Round 25. Solomon Sheard (204-F/C-79, agency: Liman Sports, college: Paul Quinn) led the winners with 18 points, while three other players notched 17. Friedel Philipp nailed 21 and Roberts Davon had 20 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Ehingen - Speyer 87-63
Ehingen is 12-13 after the home win over Speyer 87:63. Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Oppland Mike posted 12. Harris Elias finished the night with 18 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

Hannover - Osnabrueck 82-87
Osnabrueck improved to 16-9 record defeating Hannover 87:82. Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) was responsible for 20 points and Coleman Derek scored 18. Townsend Deandre ended up with 30 points in the losing effort.

Landshut - Stahnsdorf 88-62
Landshut rolled over Stahnsdorf 88:62 as Miller Greg and Tamal Forchion (198-F-86, college: George Washington) combined 50 points for the winners. Lavender Andrew and Schaffartzik Kevin nailed 13 points each in the losing effort.


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A1, Round 22: Reds and Greens celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Trikalla - C.C. Marousi 73-81
CC Marousi cruised past Trikalla on the road mostly owing to William Amar Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.), who nailed 20 points. Jarod Stevenson had 16, Kostas Kaimakoglou added 15 pts and 10 rebounds, while Loukas Mavrokefalides this time helped with 14 points and 7 boards. The hosts got 11 pts from Prodromos Nikolaidis. Marousi 14-8, Trikalla 4-18.

ESTIA Egaleo - VAP Kolossos 72-81
VAP Kolossos grabbed this one 81-72 remaining at the middle of the standings, together with PAOK (10-12). On the other side, the host fell to 5-17. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player for the winners draining 22 points (4 triples). Donell Taylor replied with 24 pts and 8 boards in loss.

Olimpia L. - AEK 82-77
Olimpia was better than AEK 82-77 for 7-15 record in A1. Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points. Sotiris Karapostolou had 15 and Stephen Arigbabu netted 12 pts. Dimitris Papanikolaou and Travon Bryant combined 46 points in defeat.

Panellinios - Panionios 66-60
Panellinios grabbed valuable home win vs Panionios joining Aris on third place with 16-6 record. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Anthony Grundy led the scorers in Panellinios with 11 pts. Ostojic missed only one board for double-double. Ivan Zoroski answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests (14-8).

Aris - Panathinaikos 69-76
The Greens celebrated against Aris on the road thanks to big guy Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.), who collected 21 points and 6 rebounds. He missed only twice in this game. Vassilis Spanoulis also had important role netting 19, while Sarunas Jasikevicius added 12 pts. Aris got 22 points from Keydren Clark. PAO 19-3, Aris 16-6.

Olympiakos - AEL 1964 100-62
The Reds devastated the last ranked AEL with huge 100-62 staying on top of A1 with almost perfect 21-1 record. Olympiakos had couple of players in a game mood, but maybe the best one was Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Fotis Lampropoulos almost had double-double in loss, 13 pts and 9 boards.

PAOK - Kavala/P. 85-66
Easy one for PAOK, who stays at the middle of the standings together with Kolossos (10-12). Alexis Kiritsis (195-G-82) nailed 19, Britton Johnsen 17, Dejan Tomasevic had 16 and Giorgos Tsiaras delivered one point less. Will Daniels answered with 26 points and 5 boards in defeat.


Yannakis: the control of the rhythm, the rebounds and the patience will be the main factors for the game against Real - by Kostas Papadopoulos

The first game of Euroleague's play-offs between Olympiacos and Real Madrid will be held tomorrow at SEF (Eurobasket.com will be there) and both the coaches and the main players of the two teams stated their opinions at the official site of the competition.
Panagiotis Yannakis said that 'we start a playoffs series and there are some important things that we have to take care of such as the control of the rhythm; besides, the rebounds and the patience will be the main factors for both teams. Real Madrid is a team that wants to achieve big results and we respect them a lot, especially for their style of playing. From our side, I expect our fans to have patience during the games and keep supporting us. The home court advantage is important, but our main goal is to create a team that will not depend either on the home court or on the opponents one'.
Real's coach, Joan Plaza , stated that 'we are travelling to Athens with the goal of getting one win in the two games we will be playing there against Olympiacos, a great team which has earned the right to be considered as one of the top candidates to lift the Euroleague trophy this season. We know the difficulty of the challenge we have in front of us, but we must trust in our abilities and ourselves because each time that we show faith in what we do, we are a very dangerous team, capable of beating anyone. Apart from that, it will be important to try to overcome the pressure of the Friendship and Peace Stadium, an arena where the fans live basketball like in no other place and who stay by their team until the very end'.
As for the players, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) emphasized on the fact that Real Madrid is a big size and glorious club, so it deserves a lot of respect. 'They are here and they didn't came by accident or because of their luck. They have some players playing for many years and a specific basketball philosophy. They have also proved that they have the know-how to take results on the road, thanks to their experience and personality. Certainly, we count on the home court advantage and our fans can help us a lot, but such a series is not an easy one. We need to make three steps to go to Berlin, but we may have to play five games. The most important thing is to stay together and look forward to each game'.
On the other hand, Alex Mumbru (201-F-79) admitted that 'we're coming to Athens to play against a great team that has a top notch roster and which has been super tough at home this season. We all know this is going to be difficult, but we have to do everything in our hands to rack up a win in Greece so we would have the option to solve things in Madrid, which is what we all want. In order to achieve in that, we should play our best game and face the critical moments, which I am sure will come, with confidence. If we are mentally strong and have the patience, I am sure we will have chances to reach our goal'.

And Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) added that 'it will be a difficult atmosphere since Olympiacos fans support their team in a very hot way. We want though the victory very much because we do know that we are ahead of a great chance to achieve in something that Real has not for so many years: go to a final-4. Everybody was afraid of a possible battle against TAU but, having seen Olympiaco's achievements till now, it is not certainly a lucky tight. It is difficult to play against such fans but is not unachievable. What matters me most, though, is the referees and whether they will catch up with the game's pressure. We have to win at Greece to go to Berlin and it is better to succeed in it now and not in the fifth game'.



Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  VAP Kolossos
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Smith, VAP K.18.1 
 2. Francis, AEL 196416.4 
 3. Vasiliadis, PAOK15.9 
 4. Childress, Olympiakos15.6 
 5. Nikolaidis, Trikalla15.2 
 6. Grundy, Panellinios15.2 
 7. King, Olimpia L.15.1 
 8. Avery, Trikalla14.6 
 9. Gregory, PAOK14.1 
 10. Mejia, AEL 19.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torin FRANCIS
  AEL 1964
  (210-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Francis, AEL 19648.6 
 2. Wesson, PAOK8.4 
 3. Tomasevic, PAOK7.4 
 4. Nelson, Aris7.3 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.0 
 6. Massie, Trikalla6.9 
 7. Bryant, AEK6.8 
 8. Baxter, Panionios6.1 
 9. Sekulic, Aris6.0 
 10. Golemac, Panellini.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.6 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios4.0 
 3. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.3.9 
 5. Avery, Trikalla3.8 
 6. Mulaomerovic, PAOK3.8 
 7. Dickel, Trikalla3.1 
 8. Miles, Panionios3.1 
 9. Thomson, AEK3.0 
 10. Vasiljevic, VAP.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Panionios
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Panionios2.5 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios2.0 
 3. Belser, Olimpia L.1.9 
 4. Childress, Olympiakos1.5 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.4 
 6. Smith, VAP K.1.3 
 7. Halperin, Olympiakos1.3 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.1.3 
 9. Batis, Olimpia L.1.3 
 10. Clark, Ar.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 DeVon HARDIN
  ESTIA Egaleo
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Hardin, ESTIA E.1.6 
 2. Francis, AEL 19641.4 
 3. Massie, Trikalla1.3 
 4. Glyniadakis, C.C. M.1.1 
 5. Bryant, AEK0.9 
 6. Childress, Olympiakos0.8 
 7. Baxter, Panionios0.8 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 9. Bryant, AEK0.8 
 10. Johnsen, PA.0.7 


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie

Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.2 
 2. Bostain, Landstede20.0 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam19.0 
 4. Pope, West-Brabant18.6 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.4 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 7. Ross, Upstairs.16.7 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant16.3 
 9. Witt, Den Helder15.8 
 10. Chiotti, ZZ Leid.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus JACKSON
  Upstairs Weert
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.11.4 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.4 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.3 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam9.2 
 5. Khazzouh, Hanze.9.0 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 7. Dialls, Den Helder8.0 
 8. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 9. Brempong, Hanze.7.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leid.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.9 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.3 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.0 
 4. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 5. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.8 
 6. Bostain, Landstede4.6 
 7. Blackwood, Aris F.4.3 
 8. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 9. Witt, Den Helder4.1 
 10. Pope, West-Braba.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Charles RICHARDSON
  Rotterdam
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.1 
 3. Sears, M.Magix2.9 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.4 
 7. Bostain, Landstede2.2 
 8. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 9. Walker, Rotterdam2.1 
 10. Smith, Upstai.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Hanzev.Cpt
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.8 
 2. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 3. Brempong, Hanze.1.4 
 4. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 5. Gladness, M.Magix1.1 
 6. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 7. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 9. Patten, Upstairs.0.9 
 10. Kuijper, ZZ Leid.0.9 


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 23: EJ/MG2 & MSV Log.in clinch playoffs - by Terry Cooper
With 3 games remaining in the regular season, EJ/MG2 and MSV Log.in have punched their tickets to the playoffs while three other teams are fighting a tight race for the final two spots. GOBA won at home over VBC Akrides 79-68 while Landstede2 defeated Pigeons in a tight game 91-83. Initial High Five beat Z&Z2 61-48 while the Red Giants are coming together as of late winning over De Groene Uilen 87-78. Punch edged EBBC2 on the road 75-67 while BV Rooi continued their winning streak beating EJ/MG2 on the road 79-70. After two tough road losses, MSV Log.in bounced back at home to win over Cangaroes 90-72. The team from Utrecht came out aggressive with strong post play from veterans Tim Rottier and Leergum to stay close in the first half to Log.in 45-41. After the break, MSV begin to put the peices together with the great play of Edgart Martis, Jeffery de Vries, and Edwin Engelhart to bridge the gap to 12 by the end of the 3rd quarter. From the start of the 4th til the end, the Noordwijkers refused to give any slack as they fought from start to finish to win 90-72 at home. Jeffrey de Vries (180-G-84) and Peter Vader (205-C-80) lead with 20 each while Matis finished with 17/9rebs and Engelhart (193-F-76) 14/8rebs. Leergum finished with 16, Siemen Meester (197-F-82) with 12 and Tim Rottier (203-C-83) with 10. High Five, Landstede2,and GOBA are still fighting for the final two playoff spots and it will run down to the wire. Cangaroes and Pigeons are fighting to stay in the league as they will battle for survival and to recover from a tough and long season (NBB game scheduling has to be better than this. No way a 26 game season should end late April...come on) Stay tuned (PROMOTIEDIVISIE STATS NOW!!)

Week22 Scores:

VBC Akrides - De Groene Uilen 79-88
High Five - EJ/MG2 71-78
Pigeons - EBBC2 88-81
Cangeroes - Landstede2 52-60
Red Giants - MSV Log.in 98-93 OT
BV Rooi - Goba 111-75

Week 23 Scores:

De Groene Uilen - Red Giants 78-87
EBBC2 - Punch 67-75
EJ/MG2 - BV Rooi 70-79
Goba - VBC Akrides 79-68
MSV Log.in - Cangeroes 90-72
Landstede2 - Pigeons 91-83
Z&Z2 - High Five 48-61


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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Roy BOOKER
  Marso-Vagep
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Booker, Marso-Va.22.2 
 2. Bell, Albacomp21.6 
 3. Dill, Dombovar21.4 
 4. Banks, Kormend20.9 
 5. Ciric, Falco19.4 
 6. Welton, Kaposvari18.8 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.8 
 8. Gulyas, Atomeromu18.4 
 9. Cruz, Soproni18.4 
 10. Kelley, PVSK.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zoltan HORVATH
  Falco
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Horvath, Falco9.4 
 2. Dill, Dombovar8.3 
 3. Morrison, Albacomp8.2 
 4. Basit, Szolnok7.8 
 5. Ware, Debreceni7.7 
 6. Bialek, Kormend7.6 
 7. Bell, Albacomp7.3 
 8. Bencze, PVSK P.7.3 
 9. Clark, Dombovar7.1 
 10. Banks, Korme.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie ROSS
  Szolnok
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Ross, Szolnok6.7 
 2. Marciulionis, Kapos.6.6 
 3. Kalman, Falco6.4 
 4. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.5 
 5. Kelley, PVSK P.4.9 
 6. Simon, Albacomp4.8 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar4.6 
 8. Dagostino, Debre.4.6 
 9. Hinnant, ZTE K.4.3 
 10. Cruz, Sopro.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Branko SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.3 
 2. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.9 
 3. Kelley, PVSK P.2.7 
 4. Wittmann, PVSK P.2.5 
 5. Coleman, Szolnok2.3 
 6. Hanga, Albacomp2.2 
 7. Ciric, Falco2.2 
 8. Fodor, Kormend2.1 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu2.1 
 10. Rujak,.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronnie ROSS
  Szolnok
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ross, Szolnok1.3 
 2. Dill, Dombovar1.3 
 3. Wilson, Szolnok0.9 
 4. Horvath, Falco0.9 
 5. Dale, Univer KSE0.8 
 6. Bell, Albacomp0.7 
 7. Booker, Marso-Va.0.7 
 8. Spivey, PVSK P.0.7 
 9. Welton, Kaposvari0.7 
 10. Kennerly, Debrece.0.7 


A Division, Round 22: Albacomp wins, PVSK celebrates in derby - by Eurobasket News
Albacomp - Soproni 100-88
Albacomp drained 100 points against Soproni, what was enough for comfortable victory. It means that the hosts remain on top of Hungarian Division A with nice 18-4 record. Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) was on fire draining 5 triples of 7 attempts - 25 points in total. Scott Morrison had 22 and Rashad Bell netted 21 points for the hosts. Soproni got 22 points from David Brooks.

Kormend - Univer KSE 88-95
Victory number 13 for Univer KSE, who this time got the most from Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) and Greg Danielson, which combined 49 points. George Banks was on pretty high level for the hosts netting 31 pts. His team dropped to 8-14.

PVSK Panth. - Falco 95-66
PVSK devastated Falco at home 95-66 mostly owing to Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.), who nailed 22 points and handed out 6 assists. Zoltan Bencze also shined for the winners collecting 19 pts and 6 boards. Visitors got 23 points from Laszlo Kalman. PVSK 16-6 (second place), Falco 14-7.

Dombovar - Atomeromu 80-78
Dombovar celebrated tiny home win against Atomeromu jumping to 12-9 record in Hungarian top division. Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) and Ben Adams combined 48 points for the winning squad. Ian Johnson netted 19 for Atomeromu, who fell to third place with 15-4.

Szolnok - Marso-Vagep 85-70
13-8 for Szolnok and 7-14 for Marso after this game. Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) was a key player for the hosts in this round delivering impressive 28 points. Branko Savic responded with 22 pts for the guests.


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Div 1 play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Both Haukar and KFI won their games against Fjolnir and Valur and both serie stands now 1-1
Fjolnir lost at home 70-73 to Haukar. Bad start in the game and out rebounded 47-34 was too much for Fjolnir.
Leading scorers for Fjolnir. Aegir Steinarsson 20. Roy Smallwood 17
For Haukar. Kristinn Jonasson 16. Sveinn Sveinsson 15. Aron Kristjansson 14.

KFI 70 Valur 59 At halftime KFI leading 41-32. Valur had terrible third period 20-8 but KFI did similar in last period 9-19
Leading scorers for KFI. Daniel Kalov (204-F-89) 18. Craig Schoen 16. Pance Illievski 13.
For Valur. Rob Hodgson 21.


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Premier L. Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa - Jerusalem 74-81
Jerusalem improved to 14-4 record beating Galil Gilboa 81:74. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) led the way with 23 points and Powell Roger added 16. Swann Isaiah was responsible for 14 points in the losing effort.

Ramat Gan - Givat Shmuel 90-89
Ramat Gan rolled over Givat Shmuel 90:89 as Anthony Myles (206-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) paced all the winners with 26 points and Yatzkan Yariv netted 16. Bradford Steffon erupted with 28 points in defeat.

Bnei Hasharon - Ashkelon 76-81
Bnei Hasharon was beaten by Ashkelon 76:81 as Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) had massive 17 points and the same number of rebounds. Ben Chimol Avi posted 11 as well as Eitan Or in a win. Newble Ira brought 17 points for Bnei Hasharon.

Kiryat Ata - Macc.Haifa 75-92
Maccabi Haifa overcame Kiryat Ata 92:75 as Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Quaintance Haminn finished the night with 17 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Hapoel Holon - Ironi Nahariya 76-74
Hapoel Holon overcame Ironi Nahariya 76:74 in Regular Season Round 18. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Orland Yehu netted 13. Lewis Ron finished the night with 23 points in the losing effort.


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


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 22-1 
 2. Lottomatica 15-8 
 3. La Fortezza 15-8 
 4. Banca Tercas 14-9 
 5. Benetton 13-10 
 6. Armani MI 13-10 
 7. NGC Cantu 11-12 
 8. Scavolini 11-12 
 9. Premiata 10-12 
 10. Air AV 10-13 
 11. Angelico BI 10-13 
 12. Solsonica 9-14 
 13. Eldo Caserta 9-14 
 14. Carife FE 8-15 
 15. Fortitudo 7-15 
 16. Snaidero 6-17 


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Anderson, Snaidero18.7 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.5 
 3. Collins, Carife FE16.8 
 4. Carroll, Banca T.16.5 
 5. Minard, Premiata16.5 
 6. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.3 
 7. Smith, Angelico BI16.1 
 8. Hawkins, Armani MI16.1 
 9. Warren, Air AV15.8 
 10. Neal, Benett.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon HUNTER
  Premiata
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.1 
 2. Ford, La Fortezza9.0 
 3. Pasco, Solsonica9.0 
 4. Wallace, Benetton8.2 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.7 
 6. Romero, Snaidero7.2 
 7. Hall, Armani MI7.2 
 8. Papadopoulos, Forti.7.1 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.6.7 
 10. Akindele, Scavoli.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jermaine JACKSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.3 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 4. Spinelli, Angelico.4.2 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.0 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Forte, Snaidero3.8 
 8. Stanic, Scavolini3.8 
 9. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.4 
 10. Boykins, La For.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl BOYKINS
  La Fortezza
  (168-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Boykins, La Forte.3.3 
 2. Curry, Scavolini3.2 
 3. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 4. Hicks, Scavolini3.1 
 5. Collins, Carife FE3.0 
 6. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 7. Poeta, Banca Tercas2.9 
 8. Elder, NGC Cantu2.8 
 9. McIntyre, Montepas.2.8 
 10. Slay, Eldo Caser.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.7 
 2. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 3. Akindele, Scavolini1.5 
 4. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.4 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.3 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu0.9 
 8. Achara, Fortitudo0.8 
 9. Nicevic, Benetton0.8 
 10. Frosini, Eldo Caser.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Aget IM
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Bunn, Aget IM23.8 
 2. Dowdell, Fastw.21.5 
 3. Hatten, Enel Brindisi21.2 
 4. Davis, Harem SC20.8 
 5. Kemp, Basket LI20.2 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO20.2 
 7. Marigney, Edimes P.19.5 
 8. Whiting, Banco S.19.5 
 9. Boyette, Basket LI19.3 
 10. Goss, Crabs19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaime LLOREDA
  Seven 2007
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Lloreda, Seven 20079.5 
 2. Hines, Prima VE9.5 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni J.9.1 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.8.7 
 5. George, Umana R.8.3 
 6. Bunn, Aget IM8.3 
 7. Ringstrom, Seven 7.9 
 8. Tyler, Carmatic PT7.8 
 9. Smith, Fastweb CM7.7 
 10. Salvi, Harem7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Randolph CHILDRESS
  Cimberio VA
  (190-G-72)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Childress, Cimberio.4.8 
 2. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.8 
 3. Allen, Prima VE4.3 
 4. de Assis, Seven 4.3 
 5. Cinciarini, Edimes P.3.9 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.8 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.7 
 8. Busca, Harem SC3.6 
 9. Nissim, Prima VE3.4 
 10. Swann, Aget3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Elton TYLER
  Carmatic PT
  (205-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Tyler, Carmatic PT3.9 
 2. Goss, Crabs RN3.9 
 3. Killingswort., Enel B.3.8 
 4. Bunn, Aget IM3.6 
 5. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.5 
 6. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.5 
 7. Lloreda, Seven 20073.5 
 8. Pinnock, Seven 20073.3 
 9. Hatten, Enel Brindisi3.3 
 10. Rowe, Banco Sa.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reyshawn TERRY
  La Fortezza
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.5 
 5. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.0 
 7. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 8. Dickens, Cimberio.0.9 
 9. Tyler, Carmatic PT0.8 
 10. Ezugwu, Banco.0.8 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 17-8 
 2. Vanoli SO 15-10 
 3. Prima VE 15-10 
 4. Fastweb CM 14-11 
 5. Fileni JE 13-12 
 6. Basket LI 13-12 
 7. Trenkwalder 12-13 
 8. Crabs RN 12-13 
 9. Banco Sard. 12-13 
 10. Edimes PV 12-13 
 11. Harem SC 12-13 
 12. Enel Brindisi 12-13 
 13. Carmatic PT 11-14 
 14. Umana Reyer 11-14 
 15. Aget IM 10-15 
 16. Seven 2007 9-16 


Legadue, round 25 (regular season). Review - by Antonello Varallo
First home defeat of the season for Vanoli Soresina, after 12 home win in a row.
Season high for Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Davide Bonora (186-G-73) of Umana Venezia (28 and 12 points),Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni Jesi(28), Matteo Formenti (194-G-82) and Andrea Ghiacci (200-SG/SF-81) of Fastweb Casale Monferrato (15),Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU) of Seven 2007 Roseto (28), Emanuele Rotondo (194-G-75) of Livorno (12)

Best italian players starting five of round 25

PG:German Scarone (190-G-75)of Crabs Rimini: 19 points with 5/6 from 3pts and 9 assists
SG:Matteo Formenti (194-G-82)of Fastweb Casale Monferrato: 15 points with 5/8 from downtown
SF:Andrea Ghiacci (200-SG/SF-81)of Fastweb Casale Monferrato: 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
F: Tommaso Rinaldi(204-F-85)of Crabs Rimini: 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
C: Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni Jesi: 28 points with 9/11 from the field and 9/10 from the line

Best import players starting five of round 25

PG:Dawan Robinson (189-G-82,college:Rhode Island) 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals
SG:Phil Goss(186-G-83,college:Drexel): 19 points and 8 assists
SF:Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83)of Umana Venezia: 28 points with 5/8 from 3pts and 9/10 from the line
F: Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU) of Seven 2007 Roseto: 28 points with 16/20 from the line
C: Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK) of Aget Imola: 31 points with 10/13 from the field and 7 rebounds


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Tulsa sent packing by Auburn - by Leonard Whyte
Auburn, AL (03-23-2009) - Junior center Jerome Jordan finished with four points and 10 rebounds as Auburn University defeated the University of Tulsa 74-55 on Saturday night to end the Hurricanes 2008-09 season in the second round of the NIT championships. Tulsa ended their campaign at 25-11, advancing to the postseason for the second straight year, while posting back-to-back 25-win seasons. The focus now turns to Jordan as the 7-footer decides whether to enter the NBA draft this summer or return to Tulsa for his senior season.

Louisville marches on with win over Siena - by Leonard Whyte
Dayton, OH (03-22-2009) - Overall No. 1 seeds, the University of Louisville, fought off a stiff challenge from #9 Siena College to advance to the Sweet 16, as the NCAA championships continued last night to determine college basketballs top team. After a hard forth encounter in which Siena erased a 12-point second-half deficit then went up by four, Louisville fought back and managed to wear down a tired-looking Siena team for the 79-72 victory. Junior center Samardo Samuels finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks, as Louisville moved to 30-5 on the season and won their 12th straight game. They will now face 12th-seeded Arizona in the Midwest Regional on Friday in Indianapolis for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight.

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BJ League Round: 43 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix - Golden Kings 83-82
Phoenix handed Golden Kings their 10h loss, while themselves improved to 29-13 record. The home side grabbed 83:82 as Michael Gardener (182-G-81, college: SE Louisiana) exploded with 36 points and Morrison Marcus nailed 28. Kinjo Shigeyuki finished the night with 16 points for the guests.

Rizing - Apache 80-78
Rizing edged Apache 80:78 behind 19 points and 12 rebounds from Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.). Joho Masashi ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.

89ers - Heat Devils 95-85
Sendai 89ers improved to 23-19 record defeating Heat Devils 95:85 in Regular Season Round 43. Bobby St.Preux (196-G/F-80, college: N.Kentucky) posted 30 points for the hosts, while Holm Chris and Webb Rodney added 20 each. Sato, Kimitake nailed 29 in defeat, while Price Jefferey had 28.

Evessa - Albirex 100-85
Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) was unstoppable with 33 points and 20 rebounds for Evessa that rolled over Albirex 100:85. Blackwell Ryan collected 27 points and 11 boards, whilst Murry Nile scored 20. Little Emmanuel posted 20 points in defeat.

Broncos - Five Arrows 84-86
Broncos lost to Five Arrows 84:86 as Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-G-82) was responsible for 22 points and Sparks Rasheed scored 17. Warren Reginald chipped in 27 points for the hosts and Shimizu Taishiro nailed 22.

Lakestars - Grouses 78-71
Lakestars overcame Grouses 78:71 in Regular Season Round 43. Five players scored in double figures for the winners as Ryan Rourke (199-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Cornell) top-scored with 17 and Billbe Brayden collected 16 points and 14 boards. Kabaya Masayuki ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 29-13 
 2. Apache 26-16 
 3. 89ers 23-19 
 4. Albirex 19-23 
 5. Broncos 17-25 
 6. Grouses 10-32 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 32-10 
 2. Five Arrows 28-14 
 3. Evessa 26-16 
 4. Rizing 18-24 
 5. Lakestars 17-25 
 6. Heat Devils 7-35 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Moutahed 15-3 
 2. Sagesse 13-5 
 3. Al Riyadi 13-5 
 4. Champville 12-7 
 5. Blue Stars 11-8 
 6. Tebnine 9-9 
 7. Antranik 7-11 
 8. Kahraba 5-13 
 9. Anibal 4-14 
 10. Feytroun 2-16 


Interview with William Pippen - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with William Pippen, currently playing in Lebanon with Champville. to get his thoughts on the current season.
EU: How are you finding the season thus far? This being your second Lebanese experience, is it what u expected?
WP: This has been a very interesting year. We started off slow but after the first round we turned things around and became a very successful team. I have enjoyed this year; I never know what to expect but this turned out good.
EU: After a brief US Pro experience in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, NBDL and WBA, how are you finding life in the middle east in this your fourth tour of duty in the FIBA ASIA region? You have played previously in Japan, the UAE and in Jordan. Which is you favorite place to be in the region? Why is that?
WP: LIFE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TAKES SOME ADJUSTING TO ALL IN ALL ITS A GREAT PLACE. SO BLESS TO BE ABLE AND TRAVEL THE WORLD PLAYING A SPORT THAT I LOVE. IT HAS BROUGHT ME TO PLACES THAT I HAVE GREW TO APPRECIATE AND LOVE. JAPAN HAS PROBABLY BEEN THE BEST PLACE THAT I HAVE ADAPTED TO; MAIN BECAUSE I HAD A CLOSE FRIEND FROM COLLEGE WHO I PLAYED WITH AND ALSO 'JELLYBEAN' BRYANT ( KOBE FATHER) WAS MY COACH SO WE HAD A GREAT SEASON!
EU: How have u found the differences in culture? Has it been an easy adjustment? Have u picked up anything that u take back with you when you go home, end of season?
WP: I ADAPT FAST TO WHEREVER IM PLAYING. IF YOU WANT TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR STAY YOU BASICALLY HAVE TO THROW YOURSELF INTO YOUR WORK AND JUST GO WITH THE FLOW....THEREFORE ACCEPTING THE CULTURE!
EU: Who was the main person that assisted you in getting over to this part of the world?
WP: I HAVE DIFFERENT CONTACTS ALL OVER. OF COURSE HEND HAS GOTTEN ME GREAT OFFERS.
EU: What are your thoughts on the state of basketball in Lebanon? There has been another ex-NBA player to join the league in the past 5 days, Ruben Patterson. Do u feel that the league is still on the rise in terms of Asian Basketball Countries?
WP: BASKETBALL IN LEBANON IS STILL GROWING. I BELIEVE THEY NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE STABILITY AND TRUST IN THERE FOREIGN PLAYERS. SO MANY PLAYERS ARE PROMISED THINGS ONLY TO HAVE THEM NOT DELIEVERED. IM NOT SPEAKING FROM A PERSONAL EXPRIENCE BUT THIS HAS HAPPEN TO FRIENDS OF MINE. THE LEAGUE IS DEFINITE ONE OF THE TOP IN ASIA. THE LOCALS ARE GOOD PLAYERS AND THE COMPETITION IS GREAT!
EU: There is talk of you going to the NBA Summer League by Hend Abufarie, who we had the pleasure of speaking with. What are your thoughts on this?
WP: IF I GET THE CHANCE I WILL MAKE THE BEST OF IT.
EU: Where do you see the Champville team finishing in the championship this year? You currently sit in a 2way tie for 3rd place. what do you predict? Is there the chance of a return to the region next season?
WP: THEY JUST BROUGHT RUBEN IN AS A REPLACEMENT FOR ME DUE TO MY KNEE INJURY. SO HE ADDS EXPREIENCE AND LEADERSHIP SO I WILL SAY THEIR CHANCES ARE GOOD. WITH THIER TALENT THE SHOULD REACH THE FINAL FOUR AND FROM THERE WHO KNOWS. I DO WISH THEM THE BEST OF LUCK.
EU: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans/supporters?
WP: CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ME AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ENTERTAIN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT. GOD BLESS! WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH WILLIAM THE BEST ON THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON IN SYRIA!


Former NBA player Rodney Buford signed with Riyadi...and Khatib will play back in Lebanon - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Creighton) arrived in Beirut to join Riyadi for the remainder of the season

He borns November 2, 1977; Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI.
Rodney Buford is a Good inside-outside game. Gets great dribble penetration with an equally deadly pull-up jumper. Tremendous outside shooter who consistently hits over 40% from 3.

From other Side The court decision today was in favor of Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency),he is allowed to play in the league again this season.
The federation appealed the decision of the court,Riyadi's game is postponed to Wednesday.



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March 21st Recap in the CIBACOPA - by Chris Terrell
Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona) came into this two game set coming off a couple of big performances earlier in the week but never quite got going in this one, Guaymas holding off Guasave 79-77. Leroy Davis (200-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.) had 29 points in the loss while Miller had only 9 to go with his 2 boards. Larry Satchell (206-F/C-80, college: Arkansas) was the force in the middle in this game with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Michael Nunez (196-G/F-83, college: Oregon Tech) connected for 18. Culiacan looked impressive in the 90-67 win against Hermosillo. Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) had 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) had 21 and 9 boards, and B.J. Puckett had a solid game of 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Hermosillo was led by Marquise Gainous (206-F-76, college: TCU) with 24 to go with 5 boards. Cananea in a match-up of division leaders spanked Mazatlan by 20, aided in the effort by Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) who had 33 and 8 rebounds. Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.) had 27 in the winning cause. Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) did everything he could to keep Mazatlan in this game but to no avail adding 36. Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) had 23 and 13 while Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.) added 21 as Obregon defeated Los Mochis 87-81. Michael Henderson (196-F-84, college: Chicago St.) had another very good game with 32 points and 7 boards for the Pioneros. The Fuerza Guinda duo of Keith Gayden (202-F-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Duquesne) and Eduardo Linan (187-G-75) put Nogales back in the win column with 37 and 32 respectively. Antwan Sutton (183-G-83, college: Solano CC) had 35 and Dedrick Gage (201-F-80, college: Lynn) 30 but it wasn't enough as Nogales wins 106-97. A break down of the games and stats are listed below:

Guaymas 79 - Guasave 77
Guaymas - L Satchell 12 p, 12 r, 4 a - R Marentes 15 p, 3 r, 5 a - M Nunez 18 p, 1 r, 1 a
Guasave - L Davis 29 p, 2 r, 3 a - E Zuiga 18 p, 1 r, 2 a - N Miller 9 p, 2 r, 3 a
Culiacn 90 - Hermosillo 67
Culiacn - J Chapman 36 p, 5 r, 4 a - J Jesus Lopez 21 p, 9 r, 3 a - B Puckett 13 p, 11 r, 2 a
Hermosillo - M Ganious 24 p, 5 r, 1 a - F Luna 12 p, 3 r, 0 a - J Esteban 9 p, 3 r, 2 a
Cananea 103 - Mazatln 83
Cananea - L Cook 33 p, 8 r, 0 a - F Harris 27 p, 2 r, 0 a - D Thomas 15 p, 2 r, 1 a
Mazatln - R Selleaze 36 p, 5 r, 2 a - A Aguirre 18 p, 8 r, 0 a - C Rodriguez 11 p, 1 r, 0 a
Cd Obregn 87 - Los Mochis 81
Cd Obregn - R Benitez 23 p, 13 r, 4 a - C Groves 21 p, 5 r, 3 a - M Valenzuela 15 p, 1 r, 3 a
Los Mochis - M Henderson 32 p, 7 r, 2 a - J Parker 18 p, 1 r, 1 a - F Ibarra 9 p, 4 r, 0 a
Nogales 106 - Tepic 97
Nogales - K Gayden 37 p, 5 r, 4 a - E Linan 32 p, 1 r, 2 a - J Griffin 13 p, 7 r, 3 a
Tepic - A Sutton 35 p, 2 r, 4 a - D Gage 30 p, 5 r, 1 a - R Navarro 14 p, 6 r, 0 a


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 2. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 3. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 4. Ulcijn 0-0 
 5. Primorje-M. 0-0 
 6. Buducnost 0-0 
Play-Out
 1. Mogren 0-0 
 2. Lovcen 0-0 
 3. Rudar 0-0 
 4. Niksic 0-0 
 5. Gorstak 0-0 
 6. Jedinstvo 0-0 


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Last games (7) - Ninth consecutive win for Cleveland Cavs (57-13) - by Eurobasket News
Heat - Pistons 101-96
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) paced his Miami Heat to victory in Detroit nailing 39 points and handing out 6 assists. Jamario Moon had 17, Udonis Haslem 16 and Jermaine O'Neal delivered 14 points for the winners. The hosts got 24 points from Rodney Stuckey. Heat 37-32, Pistons 34-35.

Rockets - Spurs 87-85
Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) top-scored for the Rockets last night with 24 points leading them to win in San Antonio. Luis Scola also had very important role in this victory registering double-double, 19 points and 17 rebounds. Tim Duncan and Tony parker combined 45 points in loss. Parker also had 12 assists beside that. Rockets 47-25, Spurs 45-24.

Thunder - Timberwolves 97-90
Nice road win for the Thunder, who got 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas). Jeff Green was second scorer of the team with 71 points. Craig Smith came off the bench for the Wolves answering with 19 points and 10 boards. Both teams are on 20-50 record now.

Clippers - Raptors 76-100
25-45 for the Raptors and 17-53 for the Clippers after this game. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) came up with double-double in victory, 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Shawn Marion had almost the same digits, 14 pts and also 13 rebs. Zach Randolph collected 20 points and 7 boards for the Clippers.

Cavaliers - Nets 96-88
The Cavs celebrated in NJ against the Nets registered 9th consecutive victory for 57-13 record. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) once again was pretty close to triple-double collecting 30 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 and Andreson Varejao added 16 pts, plus 11 rebs. Vince Carter had 25 points, 9 boards and 5 assists for the hosts.

Warriors - Hornets 89-99
Nice 10-point home win by the Hornets for 44-25 record. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) came up with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, while David West helped with 23 pts and 6 as. Stephen Jackson responded with double-double in loss, 22 pts and 10 rebounds.

76ers - Kings 112-100
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) and Thaddeus Young lifted Philly to 35-33 record combining 49 points. Louis Williams was behind them scoring 18 pts and handing out 5 assists. Franciscio Garcia was on fire for the Kings draining 6 triples - 14 pts in total.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Heat30.0 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.5 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.6 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.5 
 6. Granger, Pacers24.7 
 7. Martin, Kings24.2 
 8. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers23.1 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Howard, Magic13.9 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.0 
 3. Lee, Knicks11.9 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.8 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.5 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.6 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.2 
 9. McDyess, Pistons9.9 
 10. Yao, Rocke.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.6 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.5 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 7. Davis, Clippers8.1 
 8. Wade, Heat7.6 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.4 
 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. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 5. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 6. James, Cavaliers1.8 
 7. Ariza, Lakers1.7 
 8. Davis, Clippers1.7 
 9. Wallace, Bobcats1.7 
 10. Harris, Ne.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Andersen, Nuggets2.3 
 3. Camby, Clippers2.2 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Perkins, Celtics1.9 
 7. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 8. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 9. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 10. Thomas, Bul.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 54-18 
 2. 76ers 36-33 
 3. Nets 30-40 
 4. Knicks 28-42 
 5. Raptors 25-45 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 57-13 
 2. Pistons 34-35 
 3. Bulls 33-38 
 4. Bucks 31-40 
 5. Pacers 29-42 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 52-18 
 2. Hawks 42-29 
 3. Heat 38-32 
 4. Bobcats 31-39 
 5. Wizards 16-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 45-26 
 2. Trail Blazers 44-27 
 3. Jazz 43-26 
 4. Thunder 20-50 
 5. Timberwolves 20-51 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 55-14 
 2. Suns 39-31 
 3. Warriors 25-45 
 4. Clippers 17-54 
 5. Kings 15-55 
Southwest Div.
 1. Rockets 47-25 
 2. Spurs 45-24 
 3. Hornets 44-25 
 4. Mavericks 42-28 
 5. Grizzlies 17-53 


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March Madness. Sweet 16 - by Eurobasket News
This year the Sweet 16 will have more 'sweet' than usual. The favorites beat their opponents to reach the final stages.
Midwest first seeded Louisville beat Siena and held on to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last five years. Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) led his team to 79:72 victory Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament collecting 24 points and 15 rebounds. Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86) scored 24 points for the Saints.
First seeded team in the East Pittsburg got 32 points from Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) beating Oklahoma State and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three seasons. Obi Muonelo (6'5''-G-88) scored 19 points for the eighth-seeded team.
Michigan State outscored USC 74:69 as Walton led the way with 18 points for the winners. Dwight Lewis (6'5''-G-87) had 19 points and DeMar Derozan added 18 points for USC.
Arizona returned to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006 after pulling away from the lowest seed to win a first round game in this year's tournament. The wildcats are seeded 12 and remained the only 'unpredictable' team in the tournament. Arizona took an early 14-point lead and advanced to the Midwest Regional semifinals by beating Cleveland State 71:57.
In another games on Sunday, March 22nd Marquette lost to Missouri 79:83, Kansas smashed Dayton 60:43, Syracuse edged Arizona State 78:67 and Wisconsin was beaten by Xavier 49:60.
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C.W. Post and Findlay Reach Elite 8 - by Sanjey Noriega
From:ncaa.com
Findlay (OH)

The Oilers, ranked first in the nation, advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history with a dramatic 89-86 overtime victory against 18th ranked Bellarmine on March 17 in Croy Gymnasium.

The game was nip and tuck throughout as there were 11 ties and ten lead changes during the thriller which gave the Oilers a 33-0 record on the season.

Senior forward Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) put on quite the performance as he racked up 37 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. The All-American who was named the tournament MVP, drilled 4-of-6 three pointers and all 11 of his attempts from the line to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

For the tournament, the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and Midwest Region Player of the Year averaged 27.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while hitting 31-of-32 (96.9%) of his free throw attempts.

Senior guard Tyler Evans added a season-high 14 points which included a 4-of-5 showing from three point land while sophomore guard Nathan Hyde scored 11.

Senior forward Morgan Lewis scored six points to go along with a career-high 13 boards while junior guard Marcus Parker and senior center Lee Roberts added nine and eight points respectively.

Parker and Hyde were also selected to the all-tournament team.



C.W. Post reached the Elite Eight by defeating Bentley College 82-76. They came from behind to win the game as they were down by as many as 18 points.

On the season, the Pioneers are 30-0 and being led by Jonathan Schmidt and Nick Carter who are averaging 19.1 and 18.1 points per game respectively.


GNAC Postseason Awards - by Sanjey Noriega
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2008-09 Mens Basketball Postseason Awards

Player of the Year: Ira Graham (6'2''-G), W.Washington
Newcomer of the Year: Morris Anderson (6'3''-G), W.Washington
Freshman of the Year: Blair Wheadon (6'2''-G), W.Oregon
Coach of the Year: Brad Jackson , W.Washington

First Team Position Ht Cl. Hometown
+Kenny Barker (6'3''-G-86), Alaska-Anch. Guard 6-3 Sr. San Diego, CA
*Ira Graham, W.Washington Guard 6-1 Sr. Fontana, CA
**Jake Linton (5'11''-G), Saint Martins Guard 5-10 Sr. Lynnwood, WA
Matt Penoncello (6'5''-G), Cent.Washington. Guard 6-5 Sr. Moscow, ID
Morris Anderson, Western Wash. Guard 6-2 Jr. Federal Way, WA
*Jake Beitinger (6'8''-F), Cent.Washington. Forward 6-8 Sr. Port Orchard, WA
*Repeater **Two-time repeater +Unanimous

Second Team Position Ht Cl. Hometown
Chris Banchero (6'1''-G), Seattle Pacific Guard 6-1 So. Seattle, WA
Brandon Foote (6'3''-F), Cent.Washington. Forward 6-3 Sr. Bellingham, WA
Travis Kuhns (6'8''-F), W.Oregon Forward 6-8 Sr. Salem, OR
Calin Schell (6'7''-F), Western Wash. Forward 6-7 Jr. Chelan, WA
Casey Reed (6'5''-F), Seattle Pacific Forward 6-5 Sr. Canby, OR
Bill Richardson (6'8''-C), Saint Martins Center 6-8 Sr. Shelton, WA

Honorable Mention
Jeremiah Trueman, Alaska-Anch. (F, 6-9, Sr., Stratford, New Zealand); Emmanuel Jenkins (6'0''-G), Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-0, Jr., Tacoma, WA); Johnny Spevak, Cent.Washingtonington (G, 6-3, Sr., Edgewood, WA); Travis Bunker, MSU Billings (F, 6-6, Sr., Beaver, UT); Derek Wright, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Jr., Brooklyn, NY); Michael Hall, MSU Billings (G, 6-0, Sr., Dayton, OH); Brian Barkdoll, Northwest Nazarene (C, 6-10, So., Portland, OR); Kendall Gielow, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-7, Jr., Medford, OR); Blake Poole, Saint Martins (F, 6-5, So., Eugene, OR); Brandon Larrieu, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-0, Jr., Tacoma, WA); Rafael Moreira, Seattle Pacific (C, 6-9, Jr., Brasilia, Brazil).


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D3hoops.com's All-America Awards 2008-09 - by Kevin
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All-America Coach of the Year: Glenn Robinson of Franklin and Marshall
All-America Player of the Year: Jimmy Bartolotta (6'4''-G-86) of MIT
All-America Rookie of the Year: Justin Hallowell of Wooster

All-America 1st Team
Jimmy Bartolotta of MIT
Kent Raymond (6'3''-G) of Wheaton (Ill.)
Aaron Thompson (6'4''-G-88) of Washington U.
Jesse Reimink (6'4''-F) of Hope
Jeff Skemp (6'10''-C) of UW-Platteville

All-America 2nd Team
Sean Wallis (6'2''-G-86) of Washington U.
Myles McKay (6'3''-G) of UW-Whitewater
Mike Chmielowiec (6'3''-F/G) of Rochester
Zach Johnson (6'6''-F) of Carleton
Brent Ruch (6'9''-C) of Elmhurst

All-America 3rd Team
Steve Djurickovic (6'3''-G-88) of Carthage
Tim Madson (6'1''-G) of Bethel
D.J. Marsh (6'4''-F) of UW-Oshkosh
Tyler Kathan (6'5''-F) of Keene State
Mark Carson (6'6''-F-87) of Rochester Tech

All-America 4th Team
Sean Burton (5'9''-G) of Ithaca
Rashawn Johnson (6'3''-G-86) of Wesley
Richard Jean-Baptiste (6'4''-F) of Brooklyn
Brian Baskauskas (6'6''-G/F) of Amherst
Tyler Sanborn (6'10''-C-88) of Guilford

All-America Honorable Mention
Ben Rudin (6'0''-G-87) of Middlebury
Ryan Kroeger of Lawrence
Nate Stahl (6'6''-F-87) of Capital
Brian Fogerty of Fontbonne
Jose Guitian (6'10'') of Lasell



All-Northeast Region

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

1st Team
Jimmy Bartolotta of MIT
Ben Rudin of Middlebury
Brian Baskauskas of Amherst
Tyler Kathan of Keene State
Jose Guitian of Lasell

2nd Team
Jeremy Shannon (5'11''-G) of Emerson
Bobby Bailey (6'0''-G) of Rhode Island College
Jon Pierce (6'5''-F) of Tufts
Maurice Horton (6'4''-F) of Worcester State
Craig Johnson (6'6''-F) of Coast Guard

3rd Team
Todd Doyle (6'0''-G) of Wentworth
Aaron Trigg (6'1''-G) of Gordon
Blake Schultz (6'3''-G/F) of Williams
Adam Choice of Colby
Dylan Holmes (6'7''-C) of Salem State



All-East Region

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

1st Team
Sean Burton of Ithaca
Scott Morton (6'6''-G) of Geneseo State
Mike Chmielowiec of Rochester
Sam Simmons (6'4''-F) of RPI
Mark Carson of Rochester Tech

2nd Team
Corey McAdam (6'2''-G) of Nazareth
Tom Wopperer (6'4''-G) of St.Lawrence
Ryan McAdam (6'4''-F) of Nazareth
David Golembiowski of SUNYIT
Jeff Bostic (6'5''-C/F) of Ithaca



All-Atlantic Region

Player of the Year: Damien Santana (6'2''-G) of Farmingdale State
Coach of the Year: Gerry Matthews of Richard Stockton
Rookie of the Year: Rashawn Smalls of New Jersey City

1st Team
Damien Santana of Farmingdale State
Santini Lancioni (5'9''-G) of Richard Stockton
J.J. Walsh of St.Joseph's (L.I.)
Mike Campbell of Farmingdale State
Richard Jean-Baptiste of Brooklyn

2nd Team
David Acree (6'0''-G) of St.Joseph's (L.I.)
Tim Wesley (6'2''-G/F) of Ramapo
Marvin Billups (6'4''-G) of SUNY-Purchase
Rashawn Smalls of New Jersey City
Marcel Esonwune (6'6''-F/C) of York (N.Y.)



All-Middle Atlantic Region

Player of the Year: Andrew Powers (6'6''-C) of Gettysburg
Coach of the Year: Glenn Robinson of Franklin and Marshall
Rookie of the Year: Georgio Milligan (6'2''-G) of Franklin and Marshall

1st Team
Rashawn Johnson of Wesley
Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G) of DeSales
Jason Banzhaf (6'4''-F) of Catholic
James McNally (6'6''-F) of Franklin and Marshall
Andrew Powers of Gettysburg

2nd Team
John Noonan (6'5''-G) of Ursinus
Joel Patch (6'6''-G/F) of Susquehanna
Dave Smith (6'7''-F) of Gwynedd-Mercy
Kevin Misevicius (6'6''-F) of Cabrini
Brandon Altmann (6'9''-C) of Mary Washington

3rd Team
Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86) of St. Mary's (Md.)
Charles Jones of Widener
James Jones of Delaware Valley
Tom Arthur (6'5''-F) of Philadelphia Bible
Ed Lapinski (6'6''-F/C) of DeSales

All-South Region

Player of the Year: Tyler Sanborn of Guilford
Coach of the Year: Tom Palombo of Guilford
Rookie of the Year: Keenan Hardy of Rust

1st Team
Mike Moore (5'8''-G) of DePauw
Clay Henson (6'1''-G-87) of Guilford
Jeremy Pittman (6'2''-G) of Huntingdon
Todd Ward of Oglethorpe
Tyler Sanborn of Guilford

2nd Team
Justin Short (5'10''-G) of Randolph-Macon
Eryk Watson (6'3'') of Maryville (Tenn.)
Bryan Johnson (6'7''-F-86) of Mississippi College
Derek Mitchell (6'4''-F) of Ferrum
Curtis Peery of Roanoke

3rd Team
Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86) of McMurry
Jonathan Rumley (6'3''-G-85) of Averett
Danny Noll (6'6''-F) of Centre
Josh Johnson of Louisiana College
Tilmon Gaddy (6'6''-F) of Mary Hardin-Baylor



All-Great Lakes Region

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

1st Team
Nate Stahl of Capital
Desmond Young (6'3''-G) of Adrian
Jesse Reimink of Hope
Ryne Murray (6'4''-F) of Westminster (Pa.)
Andrew Bene of Baldwin-Wallace

2nd Team
Brian Pollock of Otterbein
Chris Switzer of Mount Union
Bryan Yelvington of Kenyon
Rudy Kirbus (6'4''-F) of John Carroll
Kyle Meyer of Ohio Northern
Josip Lucic-Jozak (6'8''-C) of Washington & Jefferson

3rd Team
Trevor Scott of Muskingum
Ian Franks (6'3''-F) of Wooster
Kyle Holliday (6'3''-F) of Ohio Wesleyan
George Raftis of Allegheny
Andy O'Keefe of Grove City



All-Midwest Region

Player of the Year: Kent Raymond of Wheaton (Ill.)
Coach of the Year: Mark Edwards of Washington U.
Rookie of the Year: Tim McCrary (6'6''-F) of Wheaton (Ill.)

1st Team
Kent Raymond of Wheaton (Ill.)
Steve Djurickovic of Carthage
Aaron Thompson of Washington U.
Brian Fogerty of Fontbonne
Brent Ruch of Elmhurst

2nd Team
Sean Wallis of Washington U.
Ryan Kroeger of Lawrence
Andy Horton of Beloit
Tyler Nading (6'7''-F-87) of Washington U.
Andy Wiele (6'8''-C) of Wheaton (Ill.)

3rd Team
John Hoch (5'10''-G) of Carroll
John Grotberg (6'2''-G-87) of Grinnell
Chris Drennan (6'5''-F) of North Central (Ill.)
Joey Verax (6'5''-F) of Transylvania
Anthony Pettaway (6'8''-C) of Defiance



All-West Region

Player of the Year: Jeff Skemp of UW-Platteville
Coach of the Year: Steve Fritz of St. Thomas
Rookie of the Year: Aaron Van Klaveren of Cal Lutheran

1st Team
Myles McKay of UW-Whitewater
Andre Wagner (5'8''-G-86) of Buena Vista
D.J. Marsh of UW-Oshkosh
Zach Johnson of Carleton
Jeff Skemp of UW-Platteville

2nd Team
Tim Madson of Bethel
Joe Scott (6'4''-G) of St.Thomas
Jason Foster (6'7''-F) of Puget Sound
Chris Blees of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Cameron Mitchell (6'7''-C) of Willamette

3rd Team
Chris Faidley (6'2''-G-86) of Whitman
Ross Nakamura (6'1''-G) of Whitworth
John Fraase of Concordia-Moorhead
Dane Seckar-Anderson (6'7''-F) of UW-Oshkosh
Nate Alm (6'6''-F) of Augsburg


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  PARAGUAY   


Capitan Bado wins Pilar League - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by veterans Leonardo Maier (198-C-72), Rodrigo Espinola (-F/C), Orlando Martinez (187-G/F-72) and Victor Villalba (187-G-74), the team named Capitan Bado triumphed in the 2009 edition of Pilar Regional League, clearly defeating 3-0 General Diaz in the Final series. The results of the playoffs were:
Game 1: Cap.Bado - General Diaz 77-70
Game 2: Cap.Bado - General Diaz 81-80
Game 3: Cap.Bado - General Diaz 87-84

Capitan Bado should now be allowed to compete in 2009 National League. It is not yet know in another team from Pilar will be invited too. The final standings of Pilar League 2009 were as follows:
1. CAPITAN BADO
2. GENERAL DIAZ
3. DEPORTIVO OBRERO
4. 1 DE MAYO
5. AMERICA
6. CRUSECITA
7. 1 DE MARZO
8. P.B.C.
9. TRES CORRALES
10. SPORT CREP


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  PBL   


Standings
PBL Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Manchester 16-4 
 2. Vermont FH 13-6 
 3. Halifax R. 10-8 
 4. Quebec Kebs 4-13 
 5. Montreal S. 3-11 
Central Division
 1. Battle Creek K. 16-2 
 2. Detroit P. 6-12 
 3. Chicago T. 6-12 
 4. M. Michigan 2-11 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 14-3 
 2. Wilmington SD 13-5 
 3. Augusta G. 10-10 
 4. Buffalo S. 1-17 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Maryland N. 0-0 


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Cornelius MCFADGON
  Barako Bull
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 41
 1. McFadgon, Barako B.41.0 
 2. Johnson, Santa L.32.0 
 3. Clark, Rain or Shine23.0 
 4. Reyes, Rain o.18.0 
 5. Williams, Santa Lucia16.0 
 6. David, Burger King16.0 
 7. Arana, Rain o.16.0 
 8. Sharma, Barako B.16.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.15.0 
 10. Daniels, Burger Ki.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (198-G/F-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Johnson, Santa L.20.0 
 2. Reyes, Rain o.14.0 
 3. Daniels, Burger King13.0 
 4. Clark, Rain or Shine13.0 
 5. Santos, Burger King13.0 
 6. Williams, Santa Lucia12.0 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.11.0 
 8. Sharma, Barako B.9.0 
 9. Quinahan, Burger K.7.0 
 10. Belga, Burger Ki.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dennis MIRANDA
  Santa Lucia
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miranda, Santa L.6.0 
 2. Tang, Rain or Shine5.0 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia5.0 
 4. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
 5. Dulay, Rain or Shine4.0 
 6. Aquino, Santa Lucia3.0 
 7. David, Burger King3.0 
 8. Daniels, Burger King3.0 
 9. Arboleda, Burger K.2.0 
 10. Clark, Rain or Shi.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Burger King
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniels, Burger King3.0 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.3.0 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia2.0 
 4. Yeo, Santa Lucia2.0 
 5. Ybanez, Barako Bull2.0 
 6. Holper, Barako Bull2.0 
 7. Cruz, Burger King1.0 
 8. McFadgon, Barako B.1.0 
 9. Baguio, Burger King1.0 
 10. Juntilla, Barako Bu.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike HRABAK
  Barako Bull
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hrabak, Barako Bull2.0 
 2. Aquino, Santa Lucia2.0 
 3. Daniels, Burger King2.0 
 4. Santos, Burger King1.0 
 5. David, Burger King1.0 
 6. Yeo, Santa Lucia1.0 
 7. Arana, Rain o.1.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Barako B.1.0 
 9. Arboleda, Burger K.0.0 
 10. Laure, Rain.0.0 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 5-0 
 2. Rain or Shine 4-1 
 3. Sta Lucia 4-2 
 4. Burger King 4-2 
 5. Talk N Text 2-3 
 6. Purefoods 2-3 
 7. Barako Bull 2-4 
 8. Alaska 2-4 
 9. Coca-Cola 1-4 
 10. Ginebra 1-4 


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  POLAND   


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Tempcold 22-2 
 2. Rosasport 20-4 
 3. Astoria 19-5 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 16-8 
 5. AZS Kutno 14-9 
 6. SIDEn 14-10 
 7. Bonduelle 13-11 
 8. UKS Leczyce 11-13 
 9. Norgips 10-14 
 10. Tur B.Podl. 9-14 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 8-15 
 12. Ksiezak L. 5-18 
 13. Legia W-wa 2-21 
 14. OSSM Sopot 2-21 
Group B
 1. Spojnia S. 20-2 
 2. AZS Szczecin 18-4 
 3. AZS Opole 17-6 
 4. Tarnovia 16-6 
 5. Pogon P. 12-10 
 6. Open Basket 12-10 
 7. AZS Big Plus 11-11 
 8. Tytan 11-12 
 9. MKKS Rybnik 10-12 
 10. Doral-Nysa 9-13 
 11. Slask II W. 5-17 
 12. VB Leasing 3-19 
 13. OSSM Wroc. 0-22 
Group C
 1. Start Lublin 22-2 
 2. UMKS Kielce 20-4 
 3. MKKS Zabrze 16-8 
 4. Basket K. 15-8 
 5. Alba 15-9 
 6. Cracovia 12-12 
 7. MCKiS Jaw. 11-11 
 8. Pogon RS 11-13 
 9. Limanowa 10-14 
 10. SKK S-ce 10-14 
 11. Wisla Krakow 9-15 
 12. AZS Radom 8-16 
 13. HK Zory 7-17 
 14. OSSM W-wa 0-23 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.8 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Hicks, Polpharma16.7 
 4. Mojica, AZS K.16.6 
 5. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.1 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.8 
 7. Mills, SKK Kotwica15.1 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.1 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.0 
 10. Miller, ISS.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.5 
 4. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.7 
 5. Naymick, SKK K.7.5 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 7. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.5 
 8. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 9. Okafor, Atlas Stal6.9 
 10. McLean, PBG.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.2 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.9 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.8 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.4 
 6. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.2 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 8. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 9. Davis, PBG Basket3.9 
 10. Burks, En.Czar.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.7 
 2. Harrington, Polonia3.3 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 5. Day, Sokol Znicz2.9 
 6. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 7. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 8. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 9. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.3 
 10. Reynolds, Sokol Zni.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 6. Booker, En.Czarni1.2 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.2 
 8. Turek, PGE Turow1.2 
 9. Barrett, SKK K.0.8 
 10. Daniels, PGE Tur.0.8 


Kotwica wins Polish Cup - by Eurobasket
The 'Black Horse' of this year PLK Kotwica Kolobrzeg made another surprise winning Polish Cup in Lublin when they defeated in the final Asseco Prokom 98-89.
It was the first time for team from Kolobrzeg when they made it to the Polish Cup Final Four.
The final game did not look as easy walk for Kotwica, when Asseco Prokom took 8-2 lead. But the team of Sebastian Machowski managed to catch up thanks to 14-points run and took the lead 16-10. However the rest of the game was very close, while both teams tied frequently.
Just before the end of the game Kotwica managed to take 10-point comfortable lead and the team celebrated their first in the history Polish Cup trophy.
The surprise of the evening was game of David Przybyszewski (215-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), who replaced injured Drew Naymick in Kotwica team. He recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds.
He had a great help of American duo Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Holy Cross) (18 points + 5 reb + 7 ast) and Julien Mills (193-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Ball St.) (17p+7r+4a).

Semifinals:
Kotwica - PGE Turow 88-76
Asseco Prokom - Anwil 93-90


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  QATAR   


Qatar SC approaches Moore - by Mohammed Malas
The american power forward Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) signed a contract to join Qatar Club till the end of this season 2008/2009 under the coaching of Eric Darrel ....

Moore was in syria from the begining of this season with Kasyoun and did a great job before moving to Doha, Qatar...He played before in Hungary, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Argentina and South Korea...


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  SERBIA   


Serbian B league, round 22 (Regular season): OKK Beograd one-step closer to Serbian A league - by Zoran Popovic
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd-OKK Beograd 98-104 (24-23, 29-26, 20-27, 25-28)

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 30, Riboskic 5, Socanac, Knezevic 14, Jovanovic, Djakovic 24, Torlak 8, Apic 12, Bogdanovic, Dondur, Stankovic 4, Bulatovic 11
OKK Beograd: Dragan Mitrovic (192-G-85) 22, Kruscic 26, Dragovic 18, Vukadinov 6, Korac 12, Simic, Andjic 5, Zivanovic, Vasic 5, Suzic 10, Ivanovic, Dimitrijevic.

After the won against KK Beovuk 72 Beograd in 22nd round of Serbian B league, OKK Beograd is one more step closer to Serbian A league. After minimum advantage of Beovuk after first quarter and better game in the second quarter, half time was finished with +4 points advantage for Beovuk. After the half time, OKK Beograd made break in the third quarter and took advantage, which saved in the last period of the match. Kruscic with 26 points, Dragan Mitrovic with 22 points and Dragovic with 18 points led OKK Beograd and the most efficient player in Beovuk was Dragojevic who scored 30 points.

FMP II Beograd-KK Sloboda Uzice 75-70 (22-17, 17-14, 18-19, 18-20)

FMP II Beograd: Dimic 9, Djokic 7, Gudjic 2, Subotic 12, Lukovic 14, Djekic 8, Zaric 2, Vukasovic 2, Smiljanic 14, Stojadinovic, Gacinovic 5, Ognjenovic.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Malesevic 17, Bodic, Obrenovic, Zaric 10, Petronijevic 5, Bukvic, Djokic 6, Panic, Cvetkovic 17, Bakralcic 15.

Young FMP team was better during the most of the match. After better opened first quarter and advantage which they build during the first and second period of the match, young players routinely controlled result in the second half and finally won the match. The best role in FMP showed Smiljanic and Lukovic per 14 scored points. In KK Sloboda Uzice Malesevic and Cvetkovic scored per 17 points.

Mladost Cacak-Radnicki Obrenovac 90-83 (21-22, 19-24, 23-14, 27-23)

Mladost Cacak: Cirovic, Papic 7, Terzic 22, Azanjac 4, Vojinovic 2, Tresac 16, Marinkovic 3, Dukanac 25, Gujanicic, Avramovic, Milovanovic, Jakovljevic 11.
Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 3, Radojicic 14, Vranes, Huskic, Nastic 5, Jevtic 12, Nesic, Koprivica 17, Boricic 16, Kolasinac, Jovanovic 12, Jadranin 4.

Radnicki surprised Mladost during the first half of the match and finished that period of the game with +5 points advantage for them. In the third quarter domestic players led by Tresac and Dukanac made break and took advantage to the end of that period. In the last quarter Tresac scored two three points shot and after that Mladost easy finished the match. The most efficient in Mladost were Dukanac with 25 points and Tresac with 22 points. For Radnicki Koprivica scored 17 points and Boricic scored 16 points.


Uros Mirkovic MVP of Serbian Swisslion A league, Regular season - by Zoran Popovic
Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) is MVP of Serbian Swisslion A league in season 2008-2009. During the season on 26 games, Mirkovic average scored 19.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Mirkovic started career in KK Masinac Krajlevo in season 2000-2001 and except short period when he played for Radnicki Beograd in season 2002-2003 and from April 2008 till the end of the season for Vojvodina Srbija Gas, Mirkovic spend his career in Kraljevo. Last season Mirkovic also won the MVP award in Swisslion league.

Pavkovic and Bozovic three more years in Hemofarm Stada - by Zoran Popovic
Hemofarm players, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Milivoje Bozovic (210-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket), extends contract with KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac for three more years. Miljan Pavkovic started career in Mladost Zrenjanin, from 1998. till 2004. played for KK Zdravlje Leskovac, BC Vojvodina in season 2004-2005, BC Buducnost in season 2005-2006 and from 2006 is player of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac.
Milivoje Bozovic started career in Kasta Beograd, for Lavovi 063 Beograd played in period 2003-2005, Avala Ada 2005-2006. same season loaned to OKK Beograd and Mega Ishrana in period 2006-2007. From 2007 Bozovic is player of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac.


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Gil GOODRICH
  Zagorje
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje22.1 
 2. King, Polzela21.2 
 3. Ivanovic, Elektra17.4 
 4. Paris, Zagorje16.7 
 5. Strnad, Zlatorog16.6 
 6. Delic, Slovan16.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Epic Misel16.0 
 8. Cup, Elektra15.3 
 9. Berdiel, Zlatorog15.3 
 10. Brown, Alpos.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. King, Polzela14.5 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.7 
 3. Paris, Zagorje9.1 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.8.2 
 5. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Polzela7.3 
 7. Pavic, Krka7.1 
 8. Cup, Elektra6.6 
 9. Lucic, Zlatorog6.0 
 10. Miljkovic, Zlator.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela5.1 
 2. Cmer, Luka Koper4.7 
 3. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Elektra4.6 
 5. Goodrich, Zagorje4.2 
 6. Mocnik, Helios3.5 
 7. Shields, Krka3.3 
 8. Krivec, Krka3.3 
 9. Perko, Nova Gorica3.3 
 10. Lapornik, Alpos.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Zlatorog
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.5 
 2. Dragic, Slovan2.1 
 3. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje1.9 
 5. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.9 
 6. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.7 
 7. Strnad, Zlatorog1.7 
 8. Snow, Helios1.7 
 9. Percel, Zagorje1.6 
 10. Zagorc, Heli.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Radunovic, Elektra1.7 
 3. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 4. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 5. Lucic, Zlatorog1.2 
 6. Hunter, Zlatorog1.1 
 7. Brown, Alpos S.1.0 
 8. Bajramlic, Zagorje0.9 
 9. Klepo, Slovan0.9 
 10. Sjekloca, Elekt.0.9 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Top Six Finalized Joo Hee-jung MVP - by Rick Ross
The last two spots in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) playoffs were decided,
Sunday, after the LG Sakers and the ET Land BlackSlamer clinched
fifth and sixth by the slightest of margins: points difference.
The slots were finalized on the last day of the five-month-long season.
Reigning champion the Dongbu Promy had already surrendered top spot to the Ulsan Mobis,
Saturday, as the the latter defeated the KTF MagicWings 93-89.

The Promy had clung to the No. 1 point for much of the season,
but it trailed behind the Mobis as the Wonju-based outfit took only one victory from its last eight games.
The top two teams ― the Promy managed to claim second place advanced to the second round of the playoffs,
and the KCC Egis and the Samsung Thunders followed them in the third and fourth.
And they will now be joined in a best-of-five series by the
BlackSlamer and the LG Sakers in the first round of the season finale.

Missing out on the playoffs were the KT&G Kites. Their final record was the same as the
Sakers and the BlackSlamer, at 29-25, after the Incheon-based
BlackSlamers just managed to beat the SK Knights 90-84.
Though the Kites were tied with both the Sakers and the
BlackSlamer in head-to-heads at 6-6, their rankings were decided by points difference
and the Sakers and the BlackSlamer emerged victorious with plus-12 scores.

The first-round playoffs start on Friday with a game between the Thunders and the Sakers is in Seoul,
while the third-ranked Egis and the sixth-placed BlackSlamer meet up on Saturday in Jeonju.
The winners in the first round of the playoffs take a best-of-seven series with the
Promy and the Mobis in the second round, which is to be held from April 7.
Meanwhile, the seventh-placed Kites' guard Joo Hee-jung has been selected as the league's
Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the regular season.

The achievement marks the first time that an MVP player has
been elected from a team that failed to reach the playoffs.
Joo averaged 15.1 points, 8.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds with 2.3 steals during the season,
claiming top spot on the leader boards for assists and steals.
In total, the 32-year-old guard has recorded 1,100 steals,
4,000 assists from 600 appearances overall ― the highest in KBL history.
Based on his brilliant activities, he attracted 53 out of 80 votes from reporters.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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  SPAIN   


ACB, Round 27: Tau blasts Joventut, Manresa crushes No.2 Regal Barca - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - CB Murcia 83-81
Another nice performance and valuable win for Cajasol, who now has better score than the 16th ranked Murcia (7-18). It seems that the team from Sevilla is finally on the right track for the survival in ACB this season. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) came up with 16, Andre Miso had 15, while Clay Tucker and Nik Caner-Medley netted 12 points each. Taquan Dean was on fire in loss scoring 34 points.

Real Madrid - Pamesa V. 80-76
Real outsmarted Pamesa in Madrid remaining on third place with 19-6 record. The team from Valencia fell to 14-12, but it is almost sure participant of the play-off quarterfinals. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) scored 13, while Sergio Llull and Tomas Van Den Spiegel followed him with 11 points apiece. Rafael Martinez of Pamesa led all the scorers with 24 points.

Bruesa - Kalise G.C. 66-73
Nice road win for Granca for 17-8 score. As usual, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) was a key player in his team collecting 24 points and 6 rebounds. Bernard Hopkins and Andy Panko combined 32 pts for the hosts.

Granada - CAI Zaragoza 66-67
Very important win for CAI Zaragoza, who joined Estu and Bruesa with 8-17. Interesting is that the winners had only two players with more than 10. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) came up with 10 pts and 10 rebs, while Darren Phillip added 10 pts. Jimmie Hunter answered with 22 points for the hosts.

Unicaja - A.G. Fuenla 91-78
As it was expected, Unicaja was too strong fro Fuenla improving to 19-7 record (4th place). Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) top-scored in this victory with 26 points (also had 6 rebs). Thomas Kelati helped with 21 pts. Fuenla got 17 points from Bard Oleson.

Ricoh Man. - Regal Barca 122-117
Manresa crushed No.2 Regal Barca in a high-scoring game mostly owing to Guillem Rubio (202-C-82), who nailed 34 points and grabbed 7 boards. On the other side, Juan Carlos Navarro scored 32, Fran Vasquez had 28 points and 16 rebounds, while Roger Grimau contributed with 22 pts. Manresa 13-13, Barca 20-5.

Vive Menorca - MMT Estudia. 70-75
Disappointing defeat for ViveMenorca, who remains on the bottom of the standings alone with 6-20 record. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) shined in Estu scoring 20 points. Petar opovic nailed 13 and Pancho Jasen helped with 2 less. Steve Burtt netted 25 pts in 24 minutes for the hosts. Estu 8-17.

Tau - DKV Joventut 99-65
No.1 Tau devastated DKV Joventut at home 99-65. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) was on his level netting 23 points. Pete Mickeal scored 20 pts and grabbed 7 boards, coming off the bench, while Tiago Splitter added 16 pts and 7 rebs. Luka Bogdanovic was on fire in loss with 16 pts. Tau 22-3, Joventut 17-9.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.2 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla19.5 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.18.8 
 4. Dean, CB Murcia17.9 
 5. Reyes, Real Madrid17.0 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.8 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja16.7 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.16.1 
 9. Jeter, Vive M.16.1 
 10. Splitter, T.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Curtis BORCHARDT
  Granada
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Borchardt, Granada9.9 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.7 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.0 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.4 
 5. Panko, Bruesa6.9 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.8 
 7. Barnes, CB Murcia6.2 
 8. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau6.0 
 10. Eley, Vive Menor.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Ricoh Man.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.6.0 
 2. Rubio, DKV Joventut5.9 
 3. Thomas, CB Murcia4.9 
 4. Cook, Unicaja4.8 
 5. Prigioni, Tau4.7 
 6. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.5 
 7. Valters, A.G. F.4.4 
 8. Williams, Pamesa V.3.7 
 9. Mallet, DKV J.3.7 
 10. Lakovic, Regal.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Tau
  (186-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.2 
 2. Rubio, DKV Joventut2.0 
 3. Lescano, CAI Z.1.8 
 4. Popovic, Bruesa1.8 
 5. Jasen, MMT E.1.7 
 6. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 7. Cook, Unicaja1.7 
 8. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.7 
 9. Splitter, Tau1.6 
 10. Jeter, Vive.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Lamont BARNES
  CB Murcia
  (208-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Barnes, CB Murcia1.7 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 3. Borchardt, Granada1.6 
 4. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.3 
 5. Ibaka, Ricoh Man.1.2 
 6. Splitter, Tau1.2 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Gutierrez, Granada1.1 
 9. Savane, Kalise G.C.1.0 
 10. Moss, CB Murc.1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Tarick JOHNSON
  Gijon
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Johnson, Gijon20.1 
 2. Djedovic, Cornella17.3 
 3. Beeson, Cornella17.0 
 4. Johnson, Palencia17.0 
 5. Holmes, Torrons .16.5 
 6. Wolfram, Huesca16.3 
 7. Bravo, Palencia15.3 
 8. Ferrer, CajasurC.15.3 
 9. Ortega, Prat15.3 
 10. Smith, Vi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josep ORTEGA
  Prat
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Ortega, Prat8.7 
 2. Joseph, Coruna8.6 
 3. Johnson, Palencia8.5 
 4. Diouf, Qalat C.8.4 
 5. Mesa, CB Tarrag.7.9 
 6. Johnson, Cornella7.6 
 7. Martin, Plasencia7.3 
 8. Frost, Vigo7.3 
 9. Gitterer, Huesca7.2 
 10. Samb, Cornel.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lino LOPEZ
  Coruna
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Lopez, Coruna4.4 
 2. Rodriguez, CB Ta.4.0 
 3. Smith, Vigo3.9 
 4. Bavosi, Jerez3.9 
 5. Robles, Plasencia3.6 
 6. Aguilar, Qalat C.3.5 
 7. Mediano, Caja R.3.4 
 8. Garrido, Huesca3.4 
 9. Garrido, CajasurC.3.4 
 10. Beeson, Cornel.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel RODRIGUEZ
  CB Tarrag.
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rodriguez, CB Ta.1.9 
 2. Djedovic, Cornella1.7 
 3. Smith, Vigo1.7 
 4. Nualart, Torrons .1.7 
 5. Beeson, Cornella1.6 
 6. Perez, Cornella1.6 
 7. Ott, Navarra1.6 
 8. Garrido, CajasurC.1.6 
 9. Jackson, Vigo1.5 
 10. Suka-Umu, Cajasu.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert JOSEPH
  Coruna
  (204-C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Joseph, Coruna2.3 
 2. Samb, Cornella2.2 
 3. Diouf, Qalat C.1.9 
 4. Eyenga, Prat1.7 
 5. Lett, Jerez1.2 
 6. Martin, Plasencia1.1 
 7. Adams, Palencia1.1 
 8. Santana, Plasencia1.1 
 9. Cage, Navarra0.9 
 10. Clarkson, Plasenc.0.8 


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  SWEDEN   


Vikings are the last semifinalists - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings - 08 Stockholm 90-65

Solna Vikings celebrated in the fifth decisive game of the play-off quarterfinals against 08 Stockholm. It means that the Vikings are the last participant of the semifinals and they will take on Uppsala. Jonte Flowers (196-G, college: Winona St.) once again was a key player for the winners, this time nailing 26 points. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) also shined scoring 19, while Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 15 points. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) was the last one with 10. On the other side, Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) was on fire delivering 25 pts. Johan Akesson (211-C-84, agency: Warren Sports International) had 18 and Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) added 12 pts. Vikings opened the game pretty good creating 21-16 lead after first 10 minutes. Visitors missed a chance to book a spot for the semis in the front of their fans few days ago and they looked kind of disappointed in decider. The hosts exploited that jumping to plus 15 at the half time. Last 20 minutes of the game were just the formality. The Vikings slowed down a little bit, but they still manage dot extend their lead. Jonte Flowers was almost unstoppable at the offensive end leading his team to 19 pts in third and 25 in the last quarter, despite question about the winner was already resolved. The first semifinals game is scheduled for March 27th.

Solna Vikings: Jonte Flowers 26, Saulius Dumbliauskas 19, Juha Sten 15, Martin Pahlmblad 10
08 Stockholm: Jerel Blassingame 25, Johan Akesson 18, Joakim Blom 12


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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg Olympic wins thriller on the road against Vacallo - by Alexander Davis
In a game that was supposed to be meaningless, where both teams already knew their playoff positions, both Fribourg and Vacallo fought to the end. Tresore Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) was the hero hitting a 3 pointer at the buzzer, and finishing with a team high 18 points. The 1st quarter was a fast paced one, with both teams trading baskets, as Olympic took an early advantage 19-16. But Vacallo responded hitting on all cylinders as Matt Schneidermann (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa), and Nikola Dacevic (205-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) led Vacallo to outscore the Swiss Champs 28-18 and taking a 44-37 lead going into the half. Olympic who was playing with experienced point guard Pascal Perrier-David (184-G-75) back in the line up, after having achilles surgery, helped his team get within 1 point of Vacallo, 50-49 late in the 3rd quarter. But Vacallo countered, with Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) making 3 straight 3 pointers and extending the advantage to 10 points, leading Olympic 62-53 after 3 quarters. But the 4th period is where Fribourg Olympic proved its toughness. Led by the interior play of Marcus 'The Warrior' Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU) , Fribourg climbed back into the game. Sloan scored 7 of his 16 points in the 4th qaurter and shut down Dacevic who had been slicing through the defense until the 4th quarter. Fribourg seemed to feed of of his energy as Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80, college: American) and Quidome began to catch fire outside both making consecutive 3's to bring Olympic back in the game. Sloan who has struggled at the free throw line this season, was fouled with a minute to go, but calmly sank 2 free throws to cut the advantage to 70-69. after a Vacallo miss on the other end, Quidome hit a big 3 pointer to put Olympic on top 72-70 with 30 seconds to play. The next possession Vacallo drove the lane and Dacevic was fouled by Sloan who committed his 5th foul, and he made 2 free throws to tie the game at 72 all. The final possession for Fribourg started in a crazy fashion. The referee signaled for Fribourg to come out of the timeout, then as they were coming back on the court to inbound the ball, the ref placed the ball on the ground and began counting 5 seconds?? He than gave the ball to Vacallo player Manuel Raga was standing out of bounds, to say that it was Vacallo's ball, and then he changed his call and gave the ball back to Fribourg, where Perrier-David then passed the ball to Quidome in the corner, where he hit the game winning 3 pointer as time expired!! This wasn't the 1st questionable call of the game, as the referees were clearly over their head in this game, as they usually seem to be in Switzerland. Quidome led Fribourg with 18 points, followed by Sloan's 16 and 8 rebounds, Buscalgia 13, and Oli Vogt finished with 12. Vacallo was led by Nikola Dacevic who finished with a game high 21 points, Matt Schneiderman 20, and Rickey Gibson had 16 in the losing effort. These teams seem to be on a collision course to the finals as the playoffs begin on Tuesday.

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  TAIWAN   


Song-shan HS wins first ever HBL men's title - by Chris Wang
The monkey was finally off their backs. Song-shan High School used a 8-0 run in the last two minutes en route to a 69-61 victory over Nen-jen HS in the HBL championship game and won its first ever HBL title in school history.

Song-shan finished the season 16-0 and gave head coach Huang Wan-long his first title ring in 12 years with the Taipei City school.

It has been five years since Song-shan last played in the final four, and it has been 10 years since Song-shan last played in the national title game. In between, the best finish it has ever achieved was the fifth place. Twice it was out of the final eight.

Which was a disgrace for a school that has been known for hard-nosed defense and has produced famous alumni like Chen Hsin-an, who was at the game Sunday night to show his support. Somehow, Song-shan always lost on buzzer-beaters, untimely losses and missed free-throws.

San yi-ching, a undersized 193cm center, was named MVP after a 16-point, 6 rebounds outing. He had 15 and 5 in the semifinal win over defending champ Nan-shan HS.

With a 13-point lead evaporated and the game tied at 61 all, Song-shan players showed a soldout crowd how determined they wanted to bring home the title this time. San Yi-ching scored on an offensive rebound before Shih Jin-yao's 3-pointer and Lu Kwan-liang's fastbreak layup. Shih then made one of two free-throws.

The scoring spurt in 60 seconds decided the outcome and put a footnote on Song-shan's spectacular undefeated season. This time they brought their A game when it mattered most. No more missed free-throws and outside shots. No more letdowns.

However, it seemed Song-shan was going to have another breakdown in the second half. 'The Green Shield, ' the school's nickname for its tenacious man-to-man defense, led 39-26 early in the third quarter but Nen-jen point guard Chen Kuei-hsiang drained four threes to make the game interesting.

Chen Kuei-hsiang, who almost single-handedly led Nen-jen to a unbelievable comeback, made the last of his game-high six 3-pointers with six minutes to go to tie the score.

Chen finished with 25 points, five boards, four assists and two steals while freshman phenom Chen Ying-jun scored 23. The 'Chen combo' combined for 48 of Nen-jen's 61 points.

Hu Lung-mao, Song-shan's another undersized center at 190cm, scored 12 points to go with two blocks. Shih Jin-yao added 6 points and five rebounds.

I still remember watching Song-shan players crying in the locker room after one of those heartbreaking losses. That is why my heart goes out for Song-shan boys and Huang Wan-long, a friend of mine. After all these years of blood, sweat and tears, they deserved this trophy. No more heartbreaks.


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Yulon Luxgen 13-3 
 2. Dacin 13-4 
 3. Taiwan Beer 11-6 
 4. KKL 7-10 
 5. Pure Youth 6-10 
 6. Taiw.Mobile 5-12 
 7. Bank of Taiw. 2-13 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Basketall Caravan moves to Mayaro - by Don Farrell

Third edition of the Masters Basketball Caravan will be held in Mayaro in three weeks time. And, because of the encouraging response of the first two events, an effort will be made to include several of the former top teams around the country.

Co-ordinator Earl Noel said yesterday that it is quite likely that some of the top players of yesteryear who represented teams like Sunjets, Super Jets and Defence Force of the North; Pt Fortin Gun Hawks and San Fernando Dovers of the South and Grande All Stars of the East will be seen in action again. He, however, noted that the organisers will have to limit the Over-40 teams from outside the area where the caravan will be held, because of the overwhelming response.

We want to take the caravan to the next level by extending an invitation to the top Over-50 and Over 60 players from particular areas, said Noel. The aim of the Masters Caravan is to attract former players and other interested persons, male and female, to the basketball fraternity with the intention of having them make a positive contribution to the sport.

Former players have been testing their skills in the Over 40, 50 and 60-year age bracket in the mens and womens divisions.
Organised by the National Basketball Federation of T&T, the caravan is the brainchild of Earl John.


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Trabzonspor 19-3 
 2. Bornova 17-5 
 3. Genc Telekom 16-6 
 4. Vestel 13-9 
 5. Edirne Genclik 13-9 
 6. Pamukkale 11-11 
 7. Akcakoca P. 10-12 
 8. TED Istanbul 9-13 
 9. FMV Isik 9-13 
 10. Orman 7-15 
 11. Eyup 4-18 
 12. Bursa B-bol 4-18 
Group B
 1. Tofas 21-1 
 2. ITU 19-3 
 3. Gelisim 16-6 
 4. Beykoz 12-10 
 5. Pertevniyal 12-10 
 6. Canakkale 12-10 
 7. Duzce Genclik 11-11 
 8. Genc Banvit. 10-12 
 9. Yesilyurt 7-15 
 10. Usak 7-15 
 11. Ankara Basket 5-17 
 12. Mulkiye 0-22 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Aubrey REESE
  Aliaga
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Reese, Aliaga21.8 
 2. Crispin, Banvit20.7 
 3. Lofton, Mersin19.4 
 4. Williams, Banvit19.3 
 5. Gordon, Oyak R.19.2 
 6. Davis, Aliaga18.6 
 7. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.18.0 
 8. McCalebb, Mersin17.8 
 9. Baxter, Besiktas17.2 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  Karsiyaka
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.2 
 3. Besok, Galatasaray9.2 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld8.8 
 5. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 6. Benton, Karsiyaka8.0 
 7. Saunders, Kepez Bld7.8 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin7.7 
 9. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen7.5 
 10. Ibekwe, Selcuk.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Karsiyaka
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka7.8 
 2. Fitch, Kepez Bld5.9 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 4. Acik, T.Telekom5.6 
 5. Crispin, Banvit5.0 
 6. Senturk, Darussaf.5.0 
 7. Reese, Aliaga4.9 
 8. Gordon, Oyak R.4.6 
 9. McCalebb, Mersin4.6 
 10. Preldzic, Fener.Ulk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Mersin
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Basden, Mersin2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.7 
 3. Atkins, Galatasaray2.1 
 4. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 5. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka1.9 
 6. Hammonds, Darussaf.1.9 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 9. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.8 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Erek HANSEN
  TED Koleji
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.8 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.4 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.1 
 4. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 5. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.8 
 6. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.5 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.3 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.0 


TBL, Round 23: Efes Pilsen wins, Turk Telekom beats Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
Aliaga - Efes Pilsen 75-81
No.1 Efes Pilsen cruised past Aliaga on the road for impressive 21-2 record. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) led Efes with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Mario Kasun also nailed 12, while Kerem Tunceri scored one point less. Aubrey Reese almost responded with triple-double in loss: 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

T.Telekom - Fener.Ulker 87-78
Turk Telekom celebrated in derby game of the round against Fenerbahce Ulker 87-78. It means that the hosts jumped to second place alone, due to Galatasara's defeat this week-end. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) and Serkan Erdogan drained 22 points each for the winners. Bekir Yarangume also shined netting 17. Fener got 15 pts from Damir Mrsic and 14 from Mirsad Turkcan. Turk Telekom 18-5, Fener 16-7.

Erdemir - Karsiyaka 82-81
Erdemir celebrated in thriller against Karsiyaka for 8-15 score. Hakan Demirel (192-G-85, agency: Court Side) and Nathan Funk combined 35 points for the winning squad. Hakan Koseoglu demonstrated nice performance in loss: 28 points and 10 assists.

Selcuk Uni. - Kepez Bld 78-71
Selcuk grabbed 78-71 home win against Kepez improving to 9-14 record in TBL. Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) was a key player for the hosts collecting 18 points and 12 rebounds. Marlon Smith also had important role netting 15 pts. Gerald Fitch and Darren McLinton combined 43 points in defeat.

Darussafaka - Besiktas 79-86
Besiktas joined Antalya on the fifth place after this victory (13-10). Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87) led the scorers in Besiktas with 21 points. Muratcan Guler and Cevher Ozer nailed 19 points each. Maarten Leunen had 22 pts in defeat, while Soner Senturk contributed with double-double, 21 pts and 10 rebs.

Antalya - Oyak Renault 76-80
Oyak Renault surprised Antalya on the road mostly owing to Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt), who scored 23 points. The hosts got 17 from Ricardo Marsh. With this victory visitors jumped 10-13, while Antalya fell to 13-10 record.

Banvit - Mersin 80-95
Excellent 95-80 win for Mersin, who is now on 12-11 record. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) was on fire scoring 27 points. He also handed out 7 assists beside that. Umit Sonkol followed with 21 pts and 7 rebs. The hosts got 21 points from Joseph Crispin.

Galatasaray - TED Koleji 63-74
Marshall Strickland (188-G-83, college: Indiana) put a great effort against his ex team and collected 21 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Onder Adnan Kulcebas is one of the player who gained critical points and played major role through the victory of his team and drained 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. More comments already posted in previous news by Baha Kurtulus


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11th Annual SUN STROKE Hoop Classic ALL STAR ROSTERS - by David Edole

All over the country the best basketball players are rewarded for their efforts by being named to their respective All State teams. Eleven years ago Sun Stroke Promotions set out to have the best players in our territory recognized for their basketball exploits with the inception of the Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic. In its eleventh consecutive year, the Classic is one of the biggest sporting events in the Virgin Islands.
The All Star team was selected via a coaches' poll with the top vote getter being named the Big Baller. The winning coach of their
respective regular season are named head coach of the All Star team. The ALL VI Hoop Classic will be held on April 10-11, 2009 on the
Island of St. Croix.


A look back...
2008 Boys Sunstroke All Virgin Islands Hoops Classic Game:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=583956066266879414&q=&hl=en

2008 Girls Sunstroke Game:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4180910360949269404&hl=en


ST. THOMAS All Stars Coached by Pedrito Estrill CAHS his 10th year as head coach

Ryan Mills (186-G), Junior, Guard, (Charlotte Amalie) Big Baller
Shamal Caines, Senior, Guard, (Charlotte Amalie)
Jefferson Faustin Senior, Guard, (Eudora Kean)
Michael Davis, Senior, Forward (Eudora Kean)
Mikael George, Senior, Guard, (CAHS)
Merwin Potter, Junior, Guard, (CAHS)
Aubrey Dawson, Junior ,Forward (KEAN)
Alex Blythe, Junior, Forwad (Antilles)
Dornell Weaver, Freshman, Forward (Antilles)
Charles Pemberton, Junior, Foward (Charlotte Amalie)
Arturo Watlngton, Guard (Sts. Peter and Paul)



ST. CROIX All Stars Coached by Regular Season Champion Dean Heywood, Educational Complex

Kyle Sylvester (-F-90), Senior, Forwad (Educational Complex) Big Baller
Charles Moorehead, Senior, Forward (St. Joseph)
Timothy Sneed , Senior, Guard (Educational Complex)
Jahdel Jules Guard (7th Day)
Lamar Bough (-G-91), Senior, Guard (Central)
Taaron Jones (-G-91) , Junior, Guard (Central)
Salim Ross , Junior, Forward (Educational Complex)
Ferdinand Decambre, Senior Guard (Country Day)
Semaj Hodge, Senior, Guard (Country Day)
Darnell Williams, Senior, Forward, (Educationa Complex)
Irayn Williams (-G-91), Senior, Guard, (Central)

Players are listed in the order which they came in the Coaches poll.



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UBL Oklahoma Tryouts - by Ozzie Denson
OKLAHOMA IMPACT

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL CLUB

UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE

FREE AGENT CAMP

SATURDAY....MARCH 28TH

@SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
in Bethany, OK

Registration from 11:00 to 1:00pm.....Cost is $50.00

Free Agent Camp will begin at 1:30pm

*Note: the majority of the roster spots will be selected from this camp. If
you make the final travel roster your camp fee will be refunded.

Contact: Rick McCormick, GM and Head Coach @ office 405-701-0778 and cell
214-476-2243 for more details.




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Waba teams in Asian Club Championships - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Waba Final Standings:
1- Mahram
2- Zain
3- Saba Mehr
4- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
5- Al Moutahed Tripoli
6- Orthodox
7- Al Karkh
8- Al Ahli Sanaa

the first Three Teams from Waba will be in Asian Club Championships...1 team from each country..so the three teams who will play in the Asian Club Championships are Mahram from Iran, Zain from Jordan and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut from Lebanon



Standings
UC Standings
 1. Mahram 8-0 
 2. Zain 7-0 
 3. Saba 6-0 
 4. Al Riyadi 5-0 
 5. Moutahed 4-0 
 6. Orthodox 3-0 
 7. Al Karkh 2-0 
 8. Al Ahli 1-0 




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Women News

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Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 20-1 
 2. Wels 15-5 
 3. UBBC 15-6 
 4. Jocher's D. 11-10 
 5. Vienna 87 9-13 
 6. Graz 2-19 
 7. Baden 2-20 


Easy wins for leaders in AWBL - by Eurobasket News
The AWBL defending champions Flying Foxes eased to the 20th win in the season in Round 25. They held off Klosternueburg at home court. The one-way traffic right from the start resulted in Flying Foxes claiming a 36:9 lead after the starting frame. The visitors came up with 14 points in the next two quarters and entered the final term trailing by unassailable 70 points. Flying Foxes cruised to the win as Renee Taylor (158-G, agency: Ronsport, college: Miami, FL) completed her 25-point tally. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) provided 19 points for the winners. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) responded with 11 points for Klosetneuburg in defeat.
UBBC upset Vienna 87 96:41 on the road. Herozgenburg dominated from the early moments as they claimed a 24-point lead at the interval. Vienna 87 scored only 4 points in the third quarter and lost a chance to recover in this one.
Lady Jacks Baden needed an overtime to outlast Graz 51:46 on the road. The teams stressed defense in the game as Graz led 11:9 after the starting frame. The margin stayed throughout the second period as the hosts were up 27:25 at halftime. They stretched the margin to 5 points with one quarter remaining but Marlies Kiefer (158-G-83) ignited a comeback effort that saw Baden draw things level at the end of regulation. Graz were limited to only 3 points in the extra period as Baden ensured the second win in the season. Marlies Kiefer nailed 14 points to lead the way for Baden. Annika Pansy (173-G-88) contributed 11 points in the victory. Marianna Kuras (182-F-81) responded with 17 points, while Elisabeth Lutter (173-F-86) canned 16 points in the loss.


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Standings - Women
Premier Standings
Places 1-4
 1. Olimpia 27-1 
 2. Berezina 24-4 
 3. Minsk-2006 19-9 
 4. Victoria 16-14 
Places 5-8
 1. BrGU 11-13 
 2. Mogilevchanka 8-18 
 3. Sozh Gomel 4-24 
 4. RGUOR 1-27 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Poule A
 1. Dexia 5-1 
 2. Waregem 5-2 
 3. Sint Kateline 0-7 
Poule B
 1. BBC Boom 6-2 
 2. Point Chaud 4-4 
 3. Houthalen 4-4 
 4. Monceau 4-4 
 5. Ieper 4-4 
 6. N.Namur 2-6 


Waregem sneak past St. Kateline Waver in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Waregem earned the 5th win in the D1 Elimination round after they defeated St. Kateline Waver in overtime. Waregem got to a confident start to the game as they led 20:15 after ten minutes. But St. Kateline struck right back drawing things level at 33 at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the second half and appeared tied at the end of regulation. But the hosts held their opponents to only 4 points in overtime claiming a tough win at the end. Anne-Sophie De Bondt and Malfait scored 12 points apiece to lead Waregem. Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) and Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) added 10 points each in the victory. Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) answered with 19 points and 7 boards for Sint Kateline. Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) had 18 points in defeat.
BBC Boom grabbed the sixth win in Pool B. They upset Spirou Monceau 74:64 on the road. Corina Arts (184-C-76) scored 23 points and pulled down 13 boards to lead BBC Boom. Vreny Van Driel (176-G-88) contributed 18 points for the visitors. Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Monceau.
Houthalen fired down Point Chaud 93:68 at home court. The hosts built a 7-point lead into the final term and never looked back en route to the victory. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) nailed 25 points and made 6 steals to lead Houthalen. Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) added 21 points and 13 boards in the winning case. Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) answered with 22 points for Point Chaud.


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 16-0 
 2. Brotnjo 94 12-4 
 3. Jedinstvo 11-4 
 4. Trebinje 10-6 
 5. Celik 9-5 
 6. Sloboda 9-6 
 7. Banovici 7-9 
 8. Borac-Mladost 4-10 
 9. Livno 3-11 
 10. Zrinjski 1-13 
 11. Bugojno 1-15 


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Gambrinus roll past USK Praha in finals opener - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - USK Praha 78:66

Gambrinus drew the first blood in their finals best-of-five series against USK Praha. The archrivals made up expected match-up to fight for the ZBL crown. The defending champions did not upset the crowd that gathered in Brno as they edged one step closer to the summit. Gambrinus surged in front late in the starting frame as they capped it with 10 straight points to pile up a 24:12 lead. The hosts maintained a steady grip in the second period and finished it on top 43:32. Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) stepped up with consecutive triples for USK Praha early in the third stanza as the visitors came as close as 5 points. Soon Evanthia Maltsi added another three-pointer that narrowed the margin to just 3 points. However Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) gave the home team some breathing space at 57:52 with one quarter remaining. Zirkova and Tamika Whitmore fired from downtown early in the fourth period as Gambrinus cleared off to a 9-point distance. Next Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) and Tamika Whitmore silenced the visitors with a pair of long bombs to boost the margin to 10 points. USK Praha could not recover losing the first clash in the finals series.
Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) knocked down 20 points to pace the Brno team. Hana Horakova and Tamika Whitmore added 14 points each in the victory. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) had game-high 22 points and 6 boards in the loss. Evanthia Maltsi secured 14 points for USK Praha. The teams will now move to the capital for the second game on March 25.

Gambrinus: Hamchetou Maiga 20, Hana Horakova 14, Tamika Whitmore 14
USK Praha: Lindsay Whalen 22, Evanthia Maltsi 14


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Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 17-2 
 2. Horsholm 17-4 
 3. Amager 13-9 
 4. Aabyhoj 12-8 
 5. Falcon 10-10 
 6. Lemvig 8-13 
 7. Vaerlose 8-14 
 8. Horsens 6-14 
 9. Virum 3-20 


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Perik Jumpers overcome Amazone Leidsche in two overtimes - by Eurobasket News
Perik Jumpers needed two overtimes, good luck and impressive performances from key players to outlast Amazone Leidsche on the road in Round 23. Laura Dinkins (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: N.Arizona) fired 27 points and pulled down 10 boars to lead Perik Jumpers to an exhausting 80:71 victory. Perik Jumpers dominated throughout the first half and led 35:26 heading into the locker rooms. But the hosts tuned in late in the encounter to knot things up at 57 forcing an extra term. Perik Jumpers surged ahead but once again could not hold on to the lead allowing Amazone to taste luck in the second overtime. Laura Dinkins finally took over in the second extra term and paced the visitors to the 15th win in the season. Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) added 25 points, while Sharon Beld (184-F-88) had 9 points and 19 boards in the victory.
HLB Accountants gained the 22nd win in the tournament as they held off Lely Amsterdam 80:77. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) scored 8 points in the starting period and the league leaders enjoyed an 18:17 advantage after ten minutes. But BV Lely soon showed their ambitions as they edged in front and completed the first half leading 41:33. The things did not chance radically in the third period as Lely entered the final stanza ahead by 7 points 65:58. But HLB Accountants showed character and eked out a tough win at the end as Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) and Anna Vicenzetto stepped up in the dying stages. Nanna Carithia Rivers (173-G-82, college: N.Carolina St.) dropped 19 points to topscore for HLB Accountants. Leonie Kooij contributed 14 points, while Anna Vicenzetto added 10 points for the winners. Karen Heinen (185-F-84) responded with 23 points for BV Lely.


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A league, Round 22: MKB Euroleasing is regular season champion - by Eurobasket News
MKB Eurol. - MiZo Pecs 83-64
MKB Euroleasing blasted MiZo at home 83-64 in derby game of the entire regular season. Thanks to this victory MKB Euroleasiing became the regular season champion, while MiZo will go to the play-off from the second place. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) shined for the hosts collecting 19 points and 7 rebounds. Dora Horti followed her with 17 points and 6 boards, while Katalin Honti added 15 points. Visitors almost got double-double from Nicole Ohlde, 25 points and 9 boards. MKB Euroleasing 21-1, Mizo 20-2.

Szeged - BSE 68-52
Szeged grabbed this one thanks to Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management), who nailed 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Michelle Maslowski had 15 and Petra Russai netted 14 pts. Lidiya Milkova scored 12 points for the loosing side. Szeged 18-4 (third place), BSE 15-7 (fourth place).

Szolnok - ZTE 66-57
Szolnok finished the regular season on the 7th place with 10-12, while ZTE is on one position above with 11-11. Rita Hegedus (193-F-78) was a key player for the winners scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 boards. Anett Serban also had double-double, 15 points and 11 rebs. Rita Rasheed collected 16 pts and 13 boards in defeat.

Vasas-Csata - Cegledi EKK 94-45
9-13 for Vasas-Csata (8th place) and 2-20 for Cegledi in regular season. Reka Fejes (186-F-87) and Judit Fritz combined 48 points for the hosts. Finda Mansare also shined netting 16. Cegledi had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Katinka Orban - 14 pts.

BEAC - Savaria 94-34
BEAC devastated Savaria, who finished the 08/09 season winless. Beata Kisvari (176-F-87) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points (also had 8 rebounds). Emese Szsz also was on fire netting 16. Ivett Sandor and Eniko Horvath posted 12 pts each in loss. BEAC 4-18 (10th place).

Foton - Atomeromu 83-64
Despite this victory Foton didn't succeed to reach the fourth place (15-7). Experienced Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) was central figure of the game as she nailed 20 points and grabbed 6 boards. Bettina Bozoki delivered 14 points in defeat. Her team is on position No.9 with 7-15.


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Robinson, Savaria23.7 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs21.5 
 3. Djelmis, Szolnok15.4 
 4. Milkova, BSE14.9 
 5. Radunovic, Foton14.9 
 6. Milovanovic, MKB E.14.8 
 7. Ievtushenko, Atome.14.2 
 8. Varga, ZTE14.0 
 9. Hegedus, Szolnok13.2 
 10. Horti, MKB Eur.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Robinson, Savaria9.8 
 2. Wilson, Atomeromu8.6 
 3. Radunovic, Foton7.6 
 4. Gardner, Savaria7.5 
 5. Serban, Cegledi EKK6.8 
 6. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.4 
 7. Vajda, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 8. Coelho, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 9. Horvath, ZTE6.2 
 10. Zherzherunov., S.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.8 
 2. Djelmis, Szolnok3.8 
 3. Darida, Szolnok3.4 
 4. Furesz, Szeged3.4 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged3.2 
 6. Borovickova, Foton3.1 
 7. Furesz, Foton3.1 
 8. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.2.8 
 9. Macleod, MKB E.2.8 
 10. Tamis, Atomero.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.6 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.5 
 3. Wilson, Atomeromu3.2 
 4. Koncz, BSE3.0 
 5. Darida, Szolnok2.8 
 6. Szasz, BEAC2.6 
 7. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.2.5 
 8. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.5 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.2.4 
 10. Varga, Z.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Robinson, Savaria1.6 
 2. Gardner, Savaria0.8 
 3. Fritz, Vasas-Csata0.7 
 4. Sandor, Savaria0.7 
 5. Hegedus, Cegledi .0.6 
 6. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs0.6 
 7. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.6 
 8. Radunovic, Foton0.5 
 9. Szabadfi, Savaria0.5 
 10. Serban, Cegledi E.0.4 


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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. Hodges, Umbertide15.6 
 5. Montagnino, Ribera15.5 
 6. Mahoney, Taranto15.3 
 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, Ribera7.2 
 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. Zampella, Faenza2.1 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.2.1 
 10. Dixon, Pozzuo.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Ribera
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Carpreaux, Ribera6.9 
 2. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.9 
 3. Gianolla, Priolo3.7 
 4. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.5 
 5. Micovic, Viterbo3.4 
 6. Macchi, Familia Schio3.4 
 7. Ballardini, Umana R.3.4 
 8. Screen, Lavezzin.3.3 
 9. Chones, Ribera3.2 
 10. Zampella, Faen.3.2 
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. Batkovic, Taranto0.7 
 6. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 7. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 9. Bjelica, Faenza0.6 
 10. Ress, Familia Sch.0.6 


A1, Round 23: Schio crushes Taranto joining it on top - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Taranto 78-66
Schio crushed powerful Cras Taranto 78-66 joining it on top of Serie A1 with nice 18-5 record. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) paced the hosts victory in this derby game collecting 20 points and 5 rebounds. Elisabetta Moro and Raffaella Masciadri helped with 10 points apiece. The EuroCup finalist got 15 points from Michelle Greco.

Viterbo - Priolo 54-80
13-10 for Priolo and 3-20 for poor Viterbo after this game. Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) came up with double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Rada Vidovic also shined in victory netting 16 points. Michela Franchetti delivered 13 in defeat.

Pozzuoli - Vomero NA 50-56
Vomero surprised Pozzuoli on the road so both teams are on 10-13 record now. Point guard Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced the guests with 16 points. Cintia Dos Santos had 11 pts and 13 boards. The hosts got 14 pts from Tamecka Dixon.

Livorno - Umana Reyer 42-58
The team from Venezia did not have any troubles to beat Livorno on the road and to keep the third place with 17-6 record. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) was the only one with more than 10 pts in victory - 17 points. The hosts didn't have any player with 10+.

Ribera - Umbertide 71-67
Ribera was better than Umbertide registering the third win this season in Serie A1. However, it is not enough any better than the last place (together with Viterbo). Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) stepped up for the winners with 18 points nad 7 rebounds. Marjorie Carpreaux and Jami Montagnino were behind her with 14 pts each. Doneeka Hodges answered with 22 points in defeat.

Comense - Lavezzini PA 52-69
Lavezzini cruised past Comense on the road with huge 69-52 jumping to 14-9 record, what is currently enough for the fifth place. The team from Parma got the most from Laura Summerton (191-C-83), 20 points. Francesca Zara also shined netting 16. Brooke Smith of Comense led all the scorers with 26 points (also had 9 rebs).

Faenza - San Giovanni 57-64
San Giovanni grabbed valuable road win against dangerous Faenza thanks to Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU), who drained 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Manuela Zanon contributed with 12 pts and 7 rebs in victory. Maja Erkic shined in loss with 20 points. San Giovanni 13-10, Faenza 16-7.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. T71 Dudelange 16-5 
 2. Musel Pikes 15-6 
 3. Etzella 15-6 
 4. Residence 13-8 
 5. Basket Esch 13-8 
 6. AB Contern 12-9 
Group B
 1. Amicale 10-10 
 2. Grengewald 5-15 
 3. Racing 4-16 
 4. Black Frogs 0-20 


T71 clear off on top - by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange took a sole lead in Group A of the Diekirch Qualifying Round as they claimed the 16th win in the season. T71 Dudelange outscored Etzella 89:61 at home court to gain the position. The first frame saw the teams trading baskets with neither side able to take the charge. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) paced T71 but the hosts led by just 2 points 23:21. However the hosts used a decisive 28:14 rally in the second frame to take the drivers seat. T71 dominated on the glass and never allowed Etzella to claw their way back in the game. Melissa Dennett finished with 31 points and 19 boards for T71. Anouk Wagener (160-G-89) and Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) replied with 16 points for Etzella. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) had 12 points in the losing effort.
Musel Pikes fired down Basket Esch 77:63 to stay in the second spot in the standings. The reigning champions won the opening frame 20:13 but could not keep up the tempo. Christine Fischer ignited a comeback effort from Musel Pikes as they entered the fourth quarter ahead by 9 points. Basket Esch failed to strike back and had to surrender at the end. Christine Christiane Fischer tallied 32 points and 15 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) added 17 points for the winners. Erneisha Bailey (175-G-86) and Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) scored 15 points each in the loss.
Residence dealt with Contern at home court as Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) finished with 34 points and 11 boards. Veronique Kohnen (176-F-82) notched 12 points for the winning side. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


GNAC Postseason Awards - by Sanjey Noriega
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2008-09 Womens Basketball Postseason Awards

Players of the Year: Rebecca Kielpinski (6'2''-C), Alaska Anchorage
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Jackie Thiel, Alaska Anchorage
& Jessica Summers, Western Washington
Freshman of the Year: Jordan Harazin, Seattle Pacific
Coach of the Year: Tim Moser , Alaska Anchorage

First Team Pos Ht Cl Hometown
**+Rebecca Kielpinski, UAA C 6-2 Sr. Mandan, ND
*+Alira Carpenter, MSU Billings G 5-8 Sr. Lewistown, MT
Daesha Henderson, Seattle Pacific G 5-8 Jr. Snohomish, WA
Kelsey Hill, Seattle Pacific C 6-2 Sr. Portland, OR
Dara Zack, Saint Martins F 5-10 So. Spokane, WA
Katie Torland, Western Oregon F 5-10 Jr. Burns, OR
*Repeater +Unanimous

Second Team Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Jessica Summers, Western Wash. F 6-1 Sr. Blaine, WA
Jackie Thiel, UAA G 5-4 Sr. Plainview, TX
Amanda Dunbar, Western Washington G 5-9 So. Marysville, WA
Kelsey Burns, Seattle Pacific G 5-11 Sr. Seattle, WA
Mallory Whipple, NW Nazarene G 5-7 Sr. Redmond, OR
Claire Pallansch, Western Wash. C 6-1 Sr. Redmond, WA

Honorable Mention
Ruby Williams, UAA (F, 5-10, Sr., Phoenix, AZ); Sheena Brown, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-8, Sr.), Shantell Marquis, MSUB (G, 5-10, Jr.); Kayla Ryan, MSUB (F, 6-1, So.); Kristin Hein, NNU (C, 5-11, Jr.); Brittney Roggenkamp, NNU (G, 5-11, Jr.); Lindsay Brady, NNU (G, 5-8, Jr.); Jamey Gelhar, SMU (G, 5-6, Jr.); Roni Jo Mielke, SMU (G, 5-6, So.); Maddie Maloney, SPU (G, 5-10, So.).


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  POLAND - Women  


3 game to the end! - by Jordan Losi
After the lost game in Libertas Sporting Udine,Memar Reggio Emilia immediatly back to the win against Lenzi Profexional Bolzano!But the team of coach Giancarlo Giroldi found another lost in Meccanica Nova Bologna...the game was very hard and the resulthave been decided just in last 20 seconds!!!
Last week Memar Reggio Emilia got another chance to reach 4th place,playing against Sernavimar Marghera....and with super Elena Capolicchio (169-G-92) (27 points for her...and she is jusy 17years old!!!) the team won and by 20!In first round Memar Reggio Emilia lost by 8 vs Sernavimar Marghera...it means that if the 2 team will arrive in the same place in the end of regular season,Memar Reggio Emilia will be first!!!!
Now three more games to finish.....tomorrow in Tecno Allarmi Cervia,after at home against New Wash Montichiari,and to finish in Pilot Italia Biassono.
And after easter will start playoff!!!
Right now Magdalena Kozdron (173-F-80) (173-F-80) is on 3rd place of top scorer of all second league with 19.7
points per game.she is also taking 7.1 rebound per game and total she has 17.9 valutation!

here you can find stat of last 4 games of Memar Reggio Emilia!

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6706

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6716

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6717

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6730


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  RUSSIA - Women  


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.17.7 
 4. Snell, Dynamo M.17.1 
 5. Christon, Nadezhda.15.4 
 6. Iakovleva, Spart.14.7 
 7. Bibrzycka, UMMC14.6 
 8. Burse, Dynamo M.14.2 
 9. Jackson, Spartak .13.9 
 10. Fowles, Sparta.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.11.5 
 2. Burse, Dynamo M.8.8 
 3. Bokareva, Chevakata8.7 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC8.3 
 5. Iakovleva, Spart.8.0 
 6. Fowles, Spartak .7.8 
 7. Psareva, Dynamo K.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. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.2.2 
 3. Fomina, Dynamo K.2.2 
 4. Khammon, CSKA2.2 
 5. Snell, Dynamo M.2.1 
 6. Valuzyte, Dynamo K.2.1 
 7. Volkova, Chevakata1.9 
 8. Bocharova, Dynamo K.1.9 
 9. Bokareva, Chevakata1.9 
 10. McCarville,.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.8 
 2. Stepanova, CSKA2.5 
 3. Kiseleva, Slavyanka1.5 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.5 
 5. Myasoedova, Dynamo N.1.5 
 6. Fowles, Spartak .1.5 
 7. Burse, Dynamo M.1.1 
 8. Osipova, Spartak .1.1 
 9. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.1.1 
 10. Baranova, UM.1.1 


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  SERBIA - Women  


National Cup: Fifth consecutive trophy for Hemofarm STADA! - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm STADA outplayed Crvena Zvezda in the final of Serbian National Cup 79-66. It means that the orange team won the fifth consecutive trophy in the most massive Serbian competition. At the same time, it is the ninth National Cup title for Hemofarm in the club's history. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) led the scorers in Hemofarm with 22 points. Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) and Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) followed her with 11 points each. On the other side, Crvena Zvezda got 20 points from Miljana Musovic (180-G-87). Iva Roglic (189-F-88) stopped on 15. Hemofarm was better team from the early beginning. After opening ten minutes it was 17-11 and later 33- 25 for the hosts. Crvena Zvezda was not able seriously to treat until the end as Hemofarm also was better in the last two periods (25-24, 21-17).

In the semifinals Hemofarm STADA celebrated against Partizan 70-60. Tamara Radocaj shined in that game also netting 14 points. Mirjana Beronja (170-G-86) and Jankovic scored 11 points apiece for Partizan.

Crvena Zvezda grabbed 76-69 win against Vojvodina in the semifinals thanks to Miljana Musovic, who scored 27 points. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) had 17 in Vojvodina.

The Final tournament of Serbian National Cup was held in Vrsac. President of the Serbian Basketball Federation, Dragan Kapicic, handed the trophy to Hemofarm's captain Biljana Stankovic.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Quarterfinals start in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian Extraliga enjoyed the start of the quarterfinals. All the favorites looked solid in the starting games and posted well-deserved victories. Maxima Broker overwhelmed Cassovia 106:47 at home court to take the lead in the series. The regular season leaders raced to a 24:16 lead after ten minutes and continued to pile up the lead throughout the reminder of the contest. Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) finished with 23 points to lead the charge. Iveta Salkauske (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) added 21 points for the winners. Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) responded with 12 points for Cassovia in defeat.
MBK Ruzomberok held off Slovan 92:52 at home. It was all over for the visitors after the first period as MBK Ruzomberok cleared off to a 15-point distance. The gap grew at 29 points at the interval and the hosts coasted to the win in the second half. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) finished with 22 points and 9 boards for Ruzomberok. Kaela Chapdelaine (178-G-85, college: Oregon) added 16 points and 10 boards in the victory. Alexandra Riecka (170-G-78) had 15 points and 8 assists for Slovan in defeat.
Nitra also had little problems in their quarterfinal opener as they dismantled Presov 94:47. T Sujova came up with 22 points and 6 boards to pace Nitra. Zuzanna Valachova (183-F-87) added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Patricia Cizmarova (173-F-86) answered with 12 points for Presov.
Kosice had to overcome a 4-point halftime deficit to celebrate a narrow 63:57 victory over Poprad. Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) tallied 13 points and 8 boards to pilot Kosice. Stefania Kandracova (174-G-89) provided 12 points for the winning side. Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) exploded with 20 points, 15 boards and 6 assists for Poprad.
The second games of the series are scheduled for March 25.


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


S-Birds win WKBL Championship 2009 - by Eurobasket
S-Birds did not have big problems to win WKBL final series against Bichumi 3-0. However the third game was not that easy and S-Birds edged Bichumi 66-63.
The champion was lead by international guard Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) who scored 20 points. She was helped by Japanese-Korean center Ha Eun Joo (203-C-83) (15 points and 13 rebounds) and international forward Jung Sun Min (186-F-74) (13 points).


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  SPAIN - Women  


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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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
Group 1-4
 1. Solna Vikings 5-0 
 2. Lulea BBK 2-3 
 3. Telge Energi 2-3 
 4. 08 1-4 
Group 5-8
 1. Norrkoping 5-1 
 2. Sundsvall 4-2 
 3. Marbo Basket 3-3 
 4. Visby 0-6 
Places 11-12
 1. Umea 3-19 
 2. Eskinstuna 3-19 
Places 9-10
 1. Jamtland 6-16 
 2. Brahe 5-17 


Dolphins keep their hope for the semis alive - by Eurobasket News
In very exciting last round of the Group 5-8 Norrkoping Dolphins made it. Despite Sundsvall DB needed just to win against Marbo and to continue battle for the semifinals with the last ranked team of Group 1-4, that didn't happen.

Sundsvall faced with a home loss vs above mentioned Marbo 84-97 falling to 4-2 record. Agnes Nordstrom (179-G-88) top-scored for the winning squad with 24 points. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) also was on fire netting 22, while Emma Nilsson (179-F-84) helped with 17 pts. The hosts got 30 points from Anna Hoglund (178-G-82), but it was not enough yesterday. Marbo is No.3 in this group with 3-3.
The Dolphins grabbed expected road win against winless Visby 83-79 for nice 5-1 record in Group 5-8. Marscilla Packer (175-G-86, college: Ohio St.) shined with 34 points in maybe the most important game for her team so far. Angela Williams (178-F-76) was the second scorer of the team with 10 pts. On the other side, Visby got 18 points from Brittney Vaughn (170-G-83, college: Arkansas).

The Dolphins will continue competition in Damligan and it will most probably take on 08 Stockholm (not known yet). The winner of best-of-three series will book a spot for the semis, together with first 3 teams fro Group 1-4. Today will be played the last round of that pool.


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Pu Men wins 2009 HBL women's title - by Chris Wang
The story of a Cinderella team winning three games in three days for an improbable crown did not materialize. Yang-ming HS came up one win short of the making of an amazing story, losing 73-48 to Pu Men High School in HBL women's title game Sunday.

Pu Men dominated the game with its height advantage from start to finish. The southern school led 37-15 at halftime and never let Yang-ming get close. In fact, Pu Men HS was also a Cinderella team, winning a title six years after the school was established by a wealthy Buddhism organization. It made its first final four appearance just last year.

Center Chang Yi-lin had 22 points and 8 rebounds and received the MVP honor. Forward Wei Yu-chun had 26 points, shooting 6-of-10 from three.

The title was of course special for the players, but it's even more special for Pu Men head coach Lee Heng-shu, a former South Korean national who won Olympic Silver before coming to Taiwan for developing her professional career. Lee later became a head coach and now speaks fluent Mandarin.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Fenerbahce 17-3 
 2. Samsun 15-5 
 3. Mersin 15-5 
 4. Galatasaray 13-7 
 5. Besiktas 12-8 
 6. Tarsus Bld 10-10 
 7. Ceyhan 9-11 
 8. TED Kayseri 8-12 
 9. Botas 5-15 
 10. Cankaya 4-16 
 11. Burhaniye bld. 2-18 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


11th Annual SUN STROKE Hoop Classic ALL STAR ROSTERS - by David Edole

All over the country the best basketball players are rewarded for their efforts by being named to their respective All State teams. Eleven years ago Sun Stroke Promotions set out to have the best players in our territory recognized for their basketball exploits with the inception of the Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic. In its eleventh consecutive year, the Classic is one of the biggest sporting events in the Virgin Islands.
The All Star team was selected via a coaches' poll with the top vote getter being named the Big Baller. The winning coach of their
respective regular season is named head coach of the All Star team. The ALL VI Hoop Classic will be held on April 10-11, 2009 on the
Island of St. Croix.


A look back...
2008 Boys Sunstroke All Virgin Islands Hoops Classic Game:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=583956066266879414&q=&hl=en

2008 Girls Sunstroke Game:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4180910360949269404&hl=en

ST Thomas All Stars Coached by Myron Corbett Charlotte Amalie
Victoria Hamilton, Senior, Guard/Forward/Center (Antilles) BIG BALLER
LaShanda Creque, Senior, Guard (Charlotte Amalie)
Shayla Kelly, Junior,Guard (Antilles)
LaAsia Campbell, Senior, Forward, (Antilles)
Amara Williams, Junior, Forward (Charlotte Amalie)
Aesha Peters, Junior, Center (Charlotte Amalie)
TeAndra Richardson, Sophomore, Forward (Charlotte Amalie)
Chalez Martin, Sophomore, Guard, (Antilles)
Hadiya Casimir, Guard, (Charlotte Amalie)
Kelsey De La Cruz, Freshman, Guard, (Charlotte Amalie)


ST CROIX All Stars Coached by Donald Bough Central

Sydney Rogers
, Senior, Gaurd, (Country Day) BIG BALLER
Shamyra Vanterpool, Junior, Forward (Central)
Lanese Bough, Sophomore, Guard, (Central)
Risheema Burke, Junior, Guard, (Central)
Nique Llanos, Sophomore, Forward (Educational Complex)
Hanifah Hendricks, Junior, Center, (Country Day)
Lima Lake, Senior, Forward (Central)
Miyoko Benta, Senior, Forward, (Country Day)
Kim Richardson, Senior, Guard (Country Day)
Deneque Phillips, Sophomore, Guard, (Central)

Players are listed in the order which they came in the Coaches poll.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Higher League Standings
 1. Kozachka 21-3 
 2. Tim-Scuf 18-6 
 3. Chaika 5-19 
 4. Ol.-NAEK 4-20