EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/30/2009

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  AUSTRALIA   


Brett Brown may replace Goorjian as Boomers head coach - by James Hoff
Current San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown is the favourite to replace current Australian Men's team coach Brian Goorjian , should his contract not be renewed. Goorjian's tenure started in 2002 as a replacement for Australian Phil Smyth, who was unable to coach his team past the New Zealand national team in order to qualify for the 2002 World Championships. Goorjian however has had limited success also with ninth placed finishes at the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Championships, and a disappointing seventh at the recent Beijing Olympics. In the 2006 Commonwealth games, the Boomers narrowly defeated the New Zealand national team in the final to claim the Gold Medal.

Goorjian's success in the National Basketball League however is unparalleled, with six Championships and more wins than any other coach in an Australian proffesional sporting league. Brett Brown however, left the NBL in 2002 to take up a role as the Director of Player Development with the Spurs in the NBA. He coached the North Melbourne Giants to the NBL championship in 1994. The announcement will made on Tuesday the 31st of March.


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group 1
 1. Furstenfeld 19-7 
 2. Gmunden 18-8 
 3. Kapfenberg 17-10 
 4. Arkadia 17-10 
 5. Wels 16-11 
 6. Oberwart 15-12 
Group 2
 1. Gussing 13-14 
 2. Klosterneub. 13-14 
 3. St.Polten 11-16 
 4. Worthersee 11-16 
 5. UBSC Graz 7-20 
 6. Vienna 4-23 


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.20.3 
 4. George, Vienna19.9 
 5. Thomas, Wels19.9 
 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: 11.1
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.1 
 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.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.6 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.4 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Rowland, Furstenf.3.8 
 9. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 10. O'Neal, Vien.3.7 
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. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 6. Burnette, Worth.1.9 
 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. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten0.7 
 9. Vay, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Arkad.0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Hala win game 1 - by Yousef Ahmed
AL HALA dug themselves out of a late 11-point hole to stun Al Ahli 89-82 last night and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three Golden Square semi-final series in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.
American import Anthony Jones scored 27 points and Mahmood Abdulnabi added 18 to lead a balanced attack from the victors, whose stifling defence held Ahli to just nine points in the decisive fourth quarter. Hala were one loss away from early elimination only one week ago, but now are just one win away from booking a berth in the championship round. Game two is scheduled to be played on Thursday. 'We did a brilliant job turning the game around; I'm pleased with the effort my guys put in to come away with the win,' Hala head coach Saleh Al Haddad told the GDN after the game.

Hala held a 46-39 lead at the break, but struggled to stay ahead as Ahli exploded for 34 points in the third to go comfortably ahead and build a 73-62 advantage heading into the fourth. But Hala came to life in the final 10 minutes, turning the game completely around and regaining the advantage midway through the period. They surprised their rivals with a quick run and then applied the finishing touches to cap a 27-point barrage and steal the crucial series advantage from under Ahli's noses. 'We are one game up now and we cannot relax,' Al Haddad said. 'For sure, they will come out stronger in the next game, as they now have nothing to lose. 'We must have the same approach; we cannot lose this advantage we have now and we hope we can take the next step and secure our place in the final.'

Contribution from Yasser bu Naffour and Ahmed Ali Hussain chipped in with 10 apiece in the win. Star shooting guard Ahmed Mirza (176-G-83) was held to just nine points, despite starting the game on-fire from the field. 'We were clumsy in the third, and Ahli took advantage. They punished us for our mistakes,' Al Haddad added. 'But in the fourth, we committed on covering them better defensively, and I pushed our guards to put more pressure on the ball and not allow their offence to settle. We did a great job in the end.' Johnny Taylor, the team's US import and former NBA first-round pick, scored game-high 30 points and took down 19 rebounds in the loss.

Hussain Shaker added 13 and Maytham Jameel 11. Ahli, coached by Aqeel Milad, received little production elsewhere. Their usually dependable forwards Ahmed Malallah and Mohammed Qurban finished with just nine and six points, respectively.

Tonight, the other Golden Square series between defending champions Muharraq and Cup holders Manama gets underway. Game one in the re-match of last year's finals series tips off at 7.30pm.

Source: GDN


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Keizarmezs
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Strupovics, Keiza.20.8 
 2. Bankevics, Valmiera19.6 
 3. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.4 
 4. Clark, Valmiera19.1 
 5. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.4 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Runkauskas, Suduva17.1 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas17.1 
 10. Beard, TU/Ro.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanoka BEARD
  TU/Rock
  (205-F/C-71)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.6 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.8 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 6. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.7 
 7. Bambis, Zemgale7.3 
 8. Clark, Valmiera7.1 
 9. Berzins, Ba.7.1 
 10. Cipriano, Norrkopi.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.3 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 3. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping4.3 
 6. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 7. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 8. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.2 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos4.1 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 4. Slesers, Keiza.2.2 
 5. Mazutis, ASK Riga2.2 
 6. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 7. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 8. Skele, Ba.1.9 
 9. Kolesnikov, VEF R.1.9 
 10. Eidson, Lietuv.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 6. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga1.3 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 9. Toome, TTU K.1.1 
 10. Viiask, TTU.1.1 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Bree 23-3 
 2. Hasselt 19-7 
 3. Sint-Jan Antw. 18-7 
 4. Fleurus 17-9 
 5. Waregem 16-9 
 6. Willebroek 14-11 
 7. De Westhoek 13-12 
 8. Essor Charleroi 11-15 
 9. Pitzemburg 10-14 
 10. Falco Gent 9-15 
 11. Boom 8-17 
 12. Wevelgem 7-4 
 13. Carnieres 7-18 
 14. Ninane 7-18 
 15. Nivelles 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Aalstar
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar18.4 
 2. Banks, Verviers.17.8 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp17.7 
 4. Hill, Liege17.3 
 5. Miller, Leuven16.9 
 6. Hite, Oostende16.7 
 7. Freeman, Gent16.4 
 8. Green, M.Hainaut15.3 
 9. Cage, Liege15.0 
 10. Pelle, Aalst.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damian CANTRELL
  Aalstar
  (200-F-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar9.7 
 2. Brown, Gent8.5 
 3. Randle, Gent8.0 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.7 
 5. Pelle, Aalstar7.7 
 6. Thomas, Liege6.9 
 7. Melson, Gent6.7 
 8. Young, Leuven6.3 
 9. Beghin, Antwerp6.3 
 10. Sensley, M.Haina.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trevor HUFFMAN
  Aalstar
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Huffman, Aalstar5.3 
 2. Draper, Oostende4.9 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut3.5 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.4 
 6. Moors, Gent3.2 
 7. Loubry, Gent3.0 
 8. Wilson, Liege3.0 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.8 
 10. Zecevic, Vervie.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 2. Hill, Liege2.3 
 3. Freeman, Gent2.0 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut1.9 
 5. Dove, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 6. Huffman, Aalstar1.8 
 7. Lojeski, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Black, Antwerp1.6 
 9. Broyles, Charleroi1.6 
 10. Petrovic, Oosten.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  Oostende
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Haryasz, Oostende1.4 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.4 
 3. Pelle, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 5. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 6. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Fields, Liege0.8 
 8. Green, Oostende0.8 
 9. Ibrahim, Leuven0.8 
 10. Erwin, Vervie.0.8 


D1, Round 26: Charleroi joins Mons on top - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Leuven 74-72
Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: SMU) was a key player for his Antwerp draining 25 points (6 triples). Tim Black had 15 and Brandon Gay added 14 pts, plus 8 boards. Chris Young replied with 19 pts and 7 boards for the loosing side. Antwerp 13-10. Leuven 8-15.

Aalstar - Charleroi 74-76
Charleroi grabbed valuable road win against Aalstar joining Mons-Hainaut on top of D1 with 17-6 record. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) came up with 14, while Matt Walsh and Len Matella nailed 12 points each. The hosts got 15 pts from Pablo Gonzales.

Oostende - Gent 93-86
Oostende had couple of players in a game mood against Gent celebrating 10th win. Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL), Veselin Petrovic and Michael Bauer scored 17 pts each. Brandon Freeman shined for the guests with 25 pts.

Verviers-Pep. - Liege 73-81
Another disappointment for the hosts this season. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) and Larry Owens stepped up for Liege combining 41 points. Adrian Banks replied with 18. Liege 11-12, Pepinster 5-18.


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  BOSNIA   


Brilliant Jazvin crushes Ural Great Perm, Edin Bavcic and Cologne 99ers lost crucial game - by Nedzad Kladusak
GER
Edin Bavcic is fighting with his team against relegation to the german PRO A.Yesterday they hosted Ratiopharm Ulm in a do or die game. In a very thrilling game Cologne 99ers have been defeated 78-80 and will need a miracle to stay in the BBL. Edin Bavcic played 27 minutes and scored 13pts (FG-3 3/8) along with 4 rebs. His counterpart Jeff Gibbs(PF, 188, 110kg!) was man of the match.
RUS
Ermin Jazvin was man of the match as Primorje recorded its fourth victory. In 31 minutes Ermin Jazvin had 15 points (FG 5/8), 13 rebs, 4 ass and 1 shotblock against Ural Great Perm featuring Zenica-native Vanja Plisnic. Ermin Jazvin shows considerably increased figures since the administration of Primorje decided to bring a new coach. Ermin Jazvin has been considered by german EL team Alba Berlin which finally opted for Blagota Sekulic.
TUR
Young bosnian PG prospect Mirza Ahmetbasic who has been tabbed by KK Bosna 2 years ago added 6 points and 3 rebs for Karsiyaka in 11 minutes as they have been defeated on the road by Efes Pilsen.
Kenan Bajramovic led his team to another victory scoring 19points (FG2-7/8, FG3- 1/7) in 32minutes.He grabbed also 8 rebounds.
Lance Williams was the best player (27min,20pts,10rebs) of his team but couldn t prevent the defeat of his team against Oyak Renault. His team is currently ranking 10th and is fighting for a play-off spot.
POL
Mujo Tuljkovic is however very close to the promotion to the semi-finals of the polish championship. He is in an excellent shape since weeks and scored 25 points (FG-3 5/9) against PBG Poznan. He dished also 3 assists.
FRA
Damir Krupalija won a very important game which will probably leave Dijon in the french PRO A for another season. In 33 minutes he had 10 pts and 8 rebs.


Bosnian League 8, 1TH round - by Elvir Halilovic

Bosna ASA BH Telecom - SL IAT Leotar 87:68
(25:22, 13:16, 21:18, 28:12)
Sarajevo, SD Mirza Delibasic Skenderija; Att.: 500; Ref.: Obradovic, Drmic, Milicevic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Ivanovic 11, Sehovic 5, Ikonic 16, Rakic 8, Vucurevic 2, Djurasovic 7 (7 reb., 3 as.), Suljagic 2, Hajric 16 (6 reb.), Pasalic 8 (6 reb.), Djordjevic D. 10 (7 as.), Avdic 2
Coach: Vlada Vukoicic
SL IAT LEOTAR: Kovacevic S., Setencic 18 (4 as.), Aleksic 3 (5 reb.), Radulovic, Zotovic 16 (5 reb.), Vukovic 5, Kourdou 2, Markovic 21 (10 reb.), Kovacevic M., Zagorac, Djordjevic I. 3
Coach: Radomir Kisic


Zrinski HT Mostar - Borac Nektar 88:83
(19:24 33:16 6:19 30:24)
Mostar, SD Bijeli brijeg; Att.: 300; Ref.: Zurapovic, Husaric, Duskaj
Gledaoca 300
ZRINSKI HT MOSTAR: Vujicic 3 ,Cular 7,Sarenac 2 , Tomovic 3, Petric, Oroz, Sesar 32, Dzidic 22, Simunic 4,Vuckovic11, Vareslija, Perajica 4
BORAC NEKTAR: Adamovic 3, Fekete 14, Peterkin 9, Palalic 8, Djurasovic 6, Crisp 27, Pavlovic 2, Milinovic 3,Djuranovic 2, Josipovic 3, Ivic, Kostadinovic 6


Hercegovac - Igokea Partizan 66:83
(15:22, 21:16, 13:27, 17:18)
Bileca, Gradska dvorana; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Bijedic, Pehar, Babic
HERCEGOVAC : Kures, Janjusevic 11, Tabakovic, Pejanovic 9, Goranovic 6, Kuljic 5, Delic 2, Vukovic 4, Savic, Timotic 16, Jojic 13, Jokanovic
Coach: Drago Karalic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Castle 9, Vuksanovic 29, Bocka, McCaskill 1, Djurica 2, Djerasimovic 12, Taylor 13, Micic, Mirkovic 4, Misanovic 3, Kovacevic 2, Matic 8
Coach: Dragan Bajic



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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Balkan 15-0 
 2. Dunav 2007 10-5 
 3. Overgas 10-5 
 4. Chernomor. 9-6 
 5. Vidabasket 9-6 
 6. Slavia 8-7 
 7. Beroe SZ 6-9 
 8. NSA 5-10 
 9. Dunav 3-12 
 10. Sportist Svoge 0-15 


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  CHINA   


CBA All Star Game - by Robert Wang
CBA all star game ended at 102 : 97. North team won the game. From south team, Zhu Fang yu scored 16 points, Wang shi peng got 3 points, Hu Xue Feng got 11 points, Wang zhi zhi scored21 points, Lu xiao ming got 4 points, Zhang Kai had 0, Qiu biao had 3 points, Wang Lei had 7 points, Zhang Nan had 2 points, Du Fng had 2 points, Rodney white got 19 points and Harvey scored 14 points. From North team, Li Guang and Zhang qing Peng scored 0, Yang ming had 4 points, Li xao Xu had 7 points, Zhang Yun Song had 3 points, Chen Lei had 7 points, Xu Guo Cong had 16 points (he also won the 3-points contest),Liu Jiu Long had 6 points, Zhang Wei had 20 points, Zhang xue Wen had 8 points, Odeyeji had 24 points, Ba Ter had 2 points.

CBA Showcases Stars in All-Star Game - by Arthur Volbert
All-star games are entertaining, but not especially meaningful. However there are some things we can say about the CBA all-star game, won by the North, 102-97. The South won the second and third quarters, 28-22 and 31-17. The North won the first and fourth quarters 33-18 and 30-20. This tells the relative strengths of the teams as much as does the final outcome of the game. But we can say something about the performances of some of the players.

Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) was the star for the North, with 21 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. He appears to be fully recovered from his injury, important to note since Bayi will not be in the CBA playoffs. He should be the center for the National Team in the Asian championships assuming that Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue are wisely given the summer off. Hu Xuefeng of Jiangsu was the North's second most important player, with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 30 minutes. He committed 3 turnovers. Rodney White of Zhejang Guangsha scored 19 points in 24 minutes, Donnell Harvey of Jiangsu had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 23. Zhu Fangyu of Guangdong added 16 points. Zhang Kai of Dongguan had no points and only one shot but got 6 rebounds in 7 minutes, showing what he is good at. He should also be on the National Team this summer. Wang Lei of Bayi scored 7 points in 12 minutes.

Olumide Oyedeji of Shanxi Zhongyu had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the South, playing 30 minutes. He was the only import used by the South. Zhang Wei of Shaanxi scored 20 points in 26 minutes. Zhang is a young player who emerged as a star this year. As is often the case for Chinese players, I have two different birth years for Zhang, 1986 and 1984. Xu Guochong of Xinjiang scored 16 points in 14 minutes, hitting 4 of 5 three-pointers. Zhang Xuewen of Shanxi Zhongyu scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Zhang is considered to be a very athletic young forward with high potential, though he only averaged 7.5 points this season in 23 minutes per game. Li Xiaoxu of Liaoning had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes but we should see him on the National Team this summer and better gauge his potential then. Chen Lei of Beijing scored 7 points in 18 minutes, though he only hit 3 of 9 shots. Yang Ming of Liaoning scored only 4 points but had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes at point guard. He had 1 turnover. Li Guang was scoreless at the point in 18 minutes, missing all three of his shots. But he had 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to 1 turnover. Both young players are candidates for backup point guard on the National Team, and showed today that they can think pass-first, a concept which often eludes the more physically-gifted Chen Jianghua. Liu Jiulong of Shaanxi, who was injured most of he season, had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. He apparently replaced Lee Benson, contributing to the report of our colleague Robert Wang that Shaanxi's imports have been sent home. Mengke Bateer played 10 minutes, backing up Oyedeji, and had 2 points and 4 rebounds. Apparently the all-star game was only 40 minutes long, rather than the CBA norm of 48. But this is an all-star game, so who cares?


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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 2 (Elimination Round) - by Eurobasket News

Group 1-8
Dubrovnik - Cibona 76-110
Second win for Cibona, who remains on top together with Zagreb. Davor Kus (192-G-78) shined in victory draining 24 points. Tomislav Zubcic had 16 and Alan Anderson netted 2 points less. Dejon Prejean and Marijo Hajdic scored 14 pts each in defeat.

KK Zagreb - Zadar 83-76
Ante Tomic (215-C-87) demonstrated impressive performance for Zagreb nailing 31 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. His team is with Cibona on top of A1 with 2-0. The reigning champion Zadar got 22 points from Desmon Farmer.

Sibenka - Svjetlost 94-92
Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) was a key player for Sibenka collecting 31 points and 8 rebounds. Marko Raic answered with 29, while Nenad Delic had 27 points, plus 14 boards. Sibenka 1-1, Svketlost 0-2.

KK Split - Cedevita 103-87
1-1 for Split and 0-2 for Cedevita after this game. Marko Batina (198-G-86) and Darlon Johnson paced the winners with 23 points each. Tomislav Petrovic had 2 points less, but for the loosing side..


Group 9-14
Trogir - Zabok 92-74
Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) was in a game mood collecting 21 points and 7 rebounds. Josip Sobin and Jozo Brkic followed him netting 18 points each. Ive Ivanov drained 23 pts in loss.

Borik - Alkar Sinj 62-63
Tiny road win for Alkar Sinj, who got 13 points from Igor Sumic (186-G-82, agency: Court Side). Nikola Gaurina and Josip Dapo had 12 pts each. Mate Mrva nailed 23 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts.

Kvarner NR - Dubrava 96-87
Scoring machine Marijan Mance (197-G-78) led his team to first victory draining 30 points. Zeljko Sakic also was on fire netting 2 points less than him, but for the guests.


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group 1-8
 1. KK Zagreb 2-0 
 2. Cibona 2-0 
 3. Zadar 1-1 
 4. Sibenka 1-1 
 5. Dubrovnik 1-1 
 6. KK Split 1-1 
 7. Svjetlost 0-2 
 8. Cedevita 0-2 
Group 9-14
 1. Alkar Sinj 4-0 
 2. Dubrava 2-2 
 3. Trogir 2-2 
 4. Borik 2-2 
 5. Zabok 1-3 
 6. Kvarner NR 1-3 


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Marijan MANCE
  Kvarner NR
  (197-G-78)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Mance, Kvarner NR22.7 
 2. Bizaca, Trogir22.5 
 3. Mimica, Sibenka20.9 
 4. Prejean, Dubrovnik20.7 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita18.3 
 6. Rimac, Svjetlost18.1 
 7. Vranjes, Dubrovnik17.7 
 8. Delic, Svjetlost17.3 
 9. Petkovic, Sibenka16.7 
 10. Spahija, Kvarner14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Kvarner NR
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.8 
 2. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.0 
 3. Bilan, Sibenka8.0 
 4. Kastropil, Cedevita7.4 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir6.8 
 6. Delic, Svjetlost6.8 
 7. Sobin, Trogir6.2 
 8. Vranjes, Dubrovnik6.0 
 9. Sakic, Dubrava5.8 
 10. Colak, Cedevi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Norac, Svjetlost5.9 
 2. Petkovic, Sibenka5.2 
 3. Sumic, Alkar Sinj5.2 
 4. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.7 
 5. Cosic, Dubrava3.7 
 6. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.6 
 7. Bradley, Cedevita3.4 
 8. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 9. Prejean, Dubrovnik3.4 
 10. Bubalo, Trog.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon PREJEAN
  Dubrovnik
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Prejean, Dubrovnik2.8 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.8 
 3. Maric, Dubrava2.3 
 4. Sumic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 5. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.0 
 6. Ivanov, Zabok1.8 
 7. Bosnjak, Dubrava1.7 
 8. Kovacevic, Cedevita1.4 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.4 
 10. Ramljak, Alkar Si.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Bilan, Sibenka1.1 
 4. Sobin, Trogir1.0 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 6. Kuljanin, Cedevita0.6 
 7. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj0.5 
 8. Delic, Svjetlost0.5 
 9. Vukicevic, Sibenka0.4 
 10. Vidacak, Dubra.0.4 


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  CYPRUS   


UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - by Nasios Orinos
In a completely irrational move AEL has decided to replace Dragan Raca .

It seems that people in AEL blame Dragan for loosing twice from APOEL and being close to stay out of the final.

They seem to forget though, that it was HIM who drove them to the Eurochallenge Final Four and of course it was HIM who led AEL to a Super Cup and a Cup this year. What else do they want?

We should not forget that AEL has been playing twice a week since October so it was not easy to beat APOEL, which by the way is a very good team, despite that fact that quite a few people laughed at us for believing that. Loosing from APOEL is not Dragan's fault.

By replacing Dragan at this point is like underestimating APOEL's victory and this is not right.

Basketball teams in Cyprus are not yet ready to compete at the local championship and abroad at the same time. Teams should finally choose; do they want European titles or local ones? Because if they want European ones they should be ready to give local ones away.

We believe that this was not a wise move. You do not change a successful coach before the 3rd semifinal game.

Closing, allow us to ask this. If AEL wins the Eurochallenge Cup, whose title will that be?


A Global Phenomenon!! - by Chris Mammides

The 28th of March could easily be the most awkward day in the short Basketball history of Cyprus. Dragan Raca , the best coach ever in the Cyprus history, the coach that actually place Cyprus in the Basketball map of Europe (either as a player in Keravnos Strovolou or as Coach in Proteas EKA AEL Limassol), the Head coach who grant the first and only European title for a Cyprus club, the coach that guide his team this season (with an amazing record in and out the island) in the final four of Euro Challenge, this season, the coach that lead his team in the top position in the local league, during the regular season and generally speaking the only Cypriot Coach that is recognizable in the Globe with International career, got dismissed yesterday without even know it or been in any official discussions with the team's management or even a warning!!

According to some behind the scene news, the best coach in Cyprus has been informed about his dismissal by the unofficial site that Proteas EKA AEL Limassol fans have in the web. The official reason of this action by Proteas EKA AEL Limassol Management is the fact that Seastar Apoel Nicosia won twice the team of Raca and that the team needed a renewal, probably the Limassol management forgot that this is the same coach that beat all its European opponents this season!! Never the less, the replacement of Dragan Raca and his overall team (Mile Protics and Giannis Raptis have been sacked too) is officially Miroslav Nikolic ex Coach of Hemofarm with an assistant coach being Kyriakos Yiangoulis .
Eurobasket is wishing all the best to the best Head Coach in Cyprus, Dragan Raca who already is in discussions (according to rumors) with two Russian teams, team that actually wanted him (and offered him a contract) this season too but the experience and successful coach preferred the Cyprus team so as to be close to his family and friends.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 40 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liberec - Kolin 87-79
Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 23 points as Liberec held off Kolin before the home fans. Martin Marek contributed 17 points and 5 rebounds as Liberec posted the 16th success in the tournament. Jonas Brown came up with 21 points and 6 boards for Kolin in defeat.

Prostejov - Decin 96-90
Colin Falls (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Notre Dame) nailed 21 points to lead Prostejov past Decin. Ian Hanavan provided 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists as the winners improved at 20-16 record. Pavel Houska notched 20 points to lead Decin. Jakub Houska added 17 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Opava - Ostrava 94-69
Jakub Sirina (184-G-87) accounted for 24 points and 7 assists as Opava held off Ostrava. Jakub Blazek contributed 19 points and 6 rebounds in the 14th win for Opava. Marcus Arnold responded with 27 points and 12 boards for Ostrava in the loss.

Geofin - Pardubice 69-65
A well-balanced offensive effort helped Geofin tame Pardubice at home. Stepan Reinberger (201-F-81, agency: PPGroup) and Kenny Walker nailed 15 points apiece to lead Geofin. Corey Muirhead and Robert Sarovic provided 10 points each in the winning case. Levell Sanders topscored with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Pardubice.

Nymburk - Podebrady 94-66
Nymburk eased past Podebrady for the 35th win in the championship. Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) notched 25 points and 4 steals to lead the defending champions. Ladislav Sokolovsky added 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Steve Castleberry replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Podebrady as they suffered the 25th loss.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 35-1 
 2. Geofin 27-9 
 3. Prostejov 20-16 
 4. Decin 20-17 
 5. Liberec 16-20 
 6. Ostrava 16-20 
 7. USK Praha 15-21 
 8. Opava 14-22 
 9. Pardubice 13-24 
 10. Podebrady 12-25 
 11. Kolin 12-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.0 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.5 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Benes, Podebrady16.3 
 5. Hatcher, Decin16.2 
 6. Sarovic, Geofin15.8 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.6 
 8. Sanders, Pardubice15.1 
 9. Beechum, Prostejov14.9 
 10. Platt, USK Pra.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Fujian
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava8.3 
 3. Platt, USK Praha8.2 
 4. Steffel, Pardubice8.1 
 5. Rogers, Kolin8.0 
 6. Walker, Geofin7.8 
 7. Sarovic, Geofin7.5 
 8. Meno, Liberec7.1 
 9. Williams, Decin6.9 
 10. Payne, Pardubi.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.2 
 2. Hatcher, Decin4.9 
 3. Ames, Kolin4.8 
 4. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 5. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 6. Skibniewski, Prost.4.6 
 7. Carnecky, Opava4.6 
 8. Mitchell, Ostrava4.4 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha4.1 
 10. Toth, Liber.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ian HANAVAN
  Prostejov
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hanavan, Prostejov2.8 
 2. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 4. Mitchell, Ostrava2.1 
 5. Soliver, Podebrady2.0 
 6. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 7. Pumprla, Opava1.9 
 8. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 9. Ubilla, Geofin1.9 
 10. Lee, Nymbu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.1 
 2. Williams, Decin1.8 
 3. Walker, Geofin1.3 
 4. Miller, Prostejov1.2 
 5. Hamm, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Payne, Pardubice1.1 
 7. Benda, Nymburk1.1 
 8. Meno, Liberec1.0 
 9. Castleberry, Podeb.0.9 
 10. Houska, Dec.0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 26-18 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 25-22 
 3. Erie BH 24-23 
 4. Dakota W. 23-21 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 17-29 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 32-12 
 2. Austin T. 27-16 
 3. Albuquerque T. 23-22 
 4. Rio Grande VV 19-26 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 14-32 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 28-17 
 2. Utah F. 27-15 
 3. Bakersfield J. 25-21 
 4. Reno B. 20-24 
 5. LA D-Fenders 15-30 
 6. Anaheim A. 15-32 


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. Sims, Iowa22.8 
 5. Williams, Austin22.6 
 6. Daniels, Erie21.0 
 7. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.8 
 8. Crawford, Los A.20.8 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa20.6 
 10. Davis, Colora.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. Allred, Idaho9.3 
 7. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa9.1 
 9. Ewing, Reno8.9 
 10. Ellis, Sioux Fal.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. Gill, Colorado8.5 
 4. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.5 
 5. Stinson, Iowa8.0 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque8.0 
 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. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 7. Major, Dakota2.1 
 8. Jordan, Rio Grande2.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa2.0 
 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. Benson, Reno2.7 
 4. Looby, Rio Grande2.4 
 5. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 6. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 7. Sims, Iowa2.0 
 8. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.6 


Last Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine

NBA --> D-League Player Assignments

The Oklahoma City Thunder re-assigned rookie forward D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) to the Tulsa 66ers, their NBA D-League affiliate. White was previously assigned to the 66ers on March 18 before being recalled on March 23. During his first stint in Tulsa, he appeared in three games averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists in 37.7 minutes. The first-year player out of Indiana has yet to appear in an NBA game after having early season jaw surgery. He is expected to be in uniform when the 66ers host the Bakersfield jam tonight at 6:00 P.M.

Player Movement


Los Angeles: Acquired 12-year NBA veteran Othella Harrington (6'10''-C/F-74, college: Georgetown) and waived Duane Erwin (6'9''-F-82, college: Memphis) due to injury. Harrington, a 6-9, 235-pound forward out of Georgetown has played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, New York Kicks, Vancouver Grizzlies and Houston Rockets in his NBA career. Last season he appeared in 22 games with the Bobcats and averaged 2.1 points, 1.9 rebounds in 7.5 minutes and shot .429 from the field. He has played in 709 games (263 starts) over his NBA career averaging 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot .505 from the field. Erwin played in 12 games (eight starts) for the D-Fenders this season where he averaged 8.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks in 26.0 minutes.

Iowa: Re-acquired second year swingman Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and waived Jamaal Moore (6'6''-F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Rice). Nichols, whose 10-day contract with the New York Knicks was not renewed, re-joined the Iowa last night and dropped a team high 33 points in their 109-107 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. With New York, the former Syracuse star appeared in two games and averaged 2.5 points. He has appeared in 15 career NBA games with Chicago (13) and New York (2) since entering the league as the 53rdpick of the 2007 NBA Draft by Portland. With the Energy, Nichols has appeared in 12 games (nine starts) and is averaging 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 50.0% from the field. Jamaal Moore appeared in eight games for the Energy since being acquired on Feb. 18th, and averaged 2,8 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Dakota: Signed David Monds (6'9''-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.). Monds, who was enjoying a very good season with Albuquerque prior to being waived on March 11 due to injury. Though Monds last played on February 26th when he sustained the injury, he will be a welcome addition to the Wizards frontcourt. In 30 games with the T-Birds, the former Oklahoma State product averaged 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 56.6% from the field.



Last games - Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Idaho - Reno 108-104
Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) demonstrated nice performance for the Stapmede last night coollecting 21 points and 18 rebounds. Mohammed Abukar had 16 and Jamal Tatum helped with 15 pts. David Noel came up with 24 pts, 9 rebs and 11 points in defeat.

Austin - Sioux Falls 87-98
The SkyForce grabbed this one thanks to Frank Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: Illinois) and Bobby Jones which nailed 26 and 25 points respectively. The Toros got 23 pts from Malik Hairstone. SkyForce 24-22, Toros 27-16.

Bakersfield - Rio Grande 101-114
Jawad Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) once again led the Vipers to victory draining 23 points and grabbing 8 boards. Jeff Trepagnier had 18 and Trent Strickland helped with 14 pts. Trey Johnson answered with 21 pts and 6 rebs in loss.

Ft.Wayne - Iowa 107-109
Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Curtis Stinson shined for the Energy last night draining 57 points. John Edwards followed them with 16 pts and 9 rebs. Taj McCullough drained 35 pts in defeat.

Anaheim - Utah 100-103
Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) led the hosts to victory collecting 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Morris Almond also had important role netting 23 pts. Kedrick Brown was better than the others in loss with 32 pts.


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  EBA   


Elmira and Delaware to play the Final this afternoon - by Gianni Pascucci
The Elmira Bulldogs avenged their only loss of the 2009 season to the Washington Madness with a huge, 135-113 blowout win at the EBA Final Four in the Semi-Finals. The Bulldogs jumped out right from the start on the Madness and never gave up the lead, dominating the game from start to finish. The Washington star player Lonnie Harrell (6'7''-F-72, college: Northeastern) was totally shut down by the Elmira defense. The Elmira Bulldogs were led by EBA MVP Candidate Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: LIU Brooklyn) with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Peter Lawal (6'5''-F, college: Post) added 21 points and a team high 12 rebounds, Eric Bresett (6'8''-C-85) performed for 20 points and 8 rebounds. The Elmira Bulldogs will now move onto the 2009 EBA Title Game to face this afternoon at 3:00 pm thee #1 Seed Delaware Destroyers, winner over the home team and 7-time EBA defending champion Harrisburg Horizon 124-120, at the end of a very close game. Elmira will once again be out for revenge as the Destroyers were the team that defeated the Elmira Bulldogs 119-105 in last season's NPBL championship game on June 28 in Elmira, NY.

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  EGYPT   


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


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  EL SALVADOR   


Cosmos defeat Leones - by Jaime Arevalo
Some nights ago, Cosmos confirmed its second place by defeating Leones 78-68. The partial scores were 22-15 and 35-28 in the first two quarters. During the third one, Leones tried to comeback, and the final score was 54-51, but Cosmos counteracted and took the win. Carlos Alas (181-G-79) and Jose Maria Rivas (-G/F) paced the winner team wiith 32 and 16 points, respectively, while Isidro Andaluz (178-G-88) and Daniel Calderon scored 16 points each in Leones. The standings are now as follows:
1. ExSal 3-0
2. Cosmos 2-1
3. Denver 1-1
4. Leones 1-1
5. San Marcos 0-2
6. UTEC 0-1
7. San Miguel 0-1


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  EUROCUP   


Unexpected defeat for Pamesa - by Philip Mulryne
Pamesa Valencia, who will fight for Eurocup trophy next week in Turin , Final 8 , experienced an unexpected loss in their domestic league. Cajasol Sevilla tries to survive in the ACB and they 've managed to beat Pamesa Valencia, 98-89 . Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) , who joined the team from BC Kyiv midseason and Branko Milisavljevic was the main actors in the victory . It seems like Spahija and his team started to think about Final 8 too early . Ermal Kuqo (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) is still injured and was unable to play for Valencia.

Benetton goes well - by Philip Mulryne
Benetton Treviso is in search for a new European Cup final and they've proved that by beating Scavolini with a margin of 81-54. Oktay Mahmuti's squad, who was awarded Eurocup Coach of The Year trophy last week , scored 18 points with DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson)l also contributed with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Italian outfit will play against Lithuanian giants Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Turin for the quarter-final encounter.

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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-9 
 2. Kouvot 27-12 
 3. Honka 25-15 
 4. Lahti 25-15 
 5. KTP 23-18 
 6. Korihait 22-17 
 7. Pyrinto 17-22 
 8. ToPo 17-22 
 9. LrNMKY 17-23 
 10. FoKoPo 17-23 
 11. Componenta 12-28 
 12. Tarmo 6-34 


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 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.1 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.4 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.8 
 5. Smith, KTP18.5 
 6. Brown, LrNM.18.2 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.5 
 8. Hester, Pyrinto17.4 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo17.3 
 10. Nixon, Namika Lah.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.1 
 2. Wood, Kataja12.9 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.10.7 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.6 
 5. Williams, KTP10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta9.8 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.6 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Vinson, KTP9.0 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrin.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Blair, Kataja4.4 
 3. Williams, KTP4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Penland, LrNM.4.1 
 6. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 7. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 8. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.3 
 10. Swift, Kouv.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Honka2.6 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.6 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 6. Wood, Kataja2.0 
 7. Jones, Componenta1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Gonner, Korihait1.7 
 10. Yates, FoKo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.8 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 5. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 6. Kotti, Honka1.4 
 7. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 8. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Owens, K.1.0 


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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, Strasbourg21.1 
 3. Page, Pau20.4 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.4 
 5. Chatfield, Dijon16.6 
 6. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 7. Banks, Orleans15.8 
 8. Harper, Roanne15.8 
 9. Boddicker, Chalon15.5 
 10. Skinn, Gravelin.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. Falker, Cholet8.3 
 4. Sanders, Dijon8.3 
 5. Issa, Vichy8.2 
 6. Page, Pau7.6 
 7. Greer, Nancy7.5 
 8. Vaty, Pau7.5 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.2 
 10. Thioune, Rou.6.8 
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, Pau5.8 
 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, Strasbourg2.2 
 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. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 4. Wright, Chalon1.0 
 5. Krupalija, Dijon1.0 
 6. Laing, Le Havre1.0 
 7. MBaye, Dijon1.0 
 8. Greene, Orleans1.0 
 9. Gunn, Besancon0.9 
 10. Greer, Nan.0.9 


Pro A, Round 23: ASVEL and Orleans win - by Eurobasket News
Besancon - Vichy 96-90
Besancon grabbed this one mostly owing to Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.), who nailed 19 points. Thomas Dubiez had 15 and Julius Hogde helped with double-double, 12 pts and 10 rebs. Vichy got 24 pts from David Teague. Besancon 8-15, Vichy 10-13.

Cholet - Dijon 66-74
9-14 for Dijon and 10-13 for Cholet after this game. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) led the winners with 24 points. Rodrigue Beaubois answered with 19 pts for the loosing squad.

Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 65-72
No.2 Orleans grabbed 16th victory of the season in 23 appearances. This time Aldo Curti (180-G-87) led it in scoring with 14 points. Ryvon Covile had 12 and Anthony Dobbins netted 11 pts. Austin Nichols contributed with 22 pts in defeat.

Roanne - Gravelines 68-61
Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) came up with 17 points for the Roanne, who now has pretty decent 15-8 record (third place). Aaron Harper had 16 and Uche Nsomwu helped with 12 pts, plus 14 rebs. Tony Skinn netted 17 pts for the guests.

ASVEL - Le Mans 72-66
J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) kept his ASVEL on top of Pro A with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Ali Traore also shined netting 2 points less. Le Mans got the most from Bobby Dixon, 24 points and 6 boards. ASVEL 17-6, 14-9.

Nancy - Rouen 96-73
Nancy blasted Rouen at home 96-73 joining group of the teams with 14-9 record. John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF) was on fire in victory with 25 points. Mohamed Hachad had 12 pts in defeat.

Le Havre - Chalon 61-68
Nice road win for Chalon, who got 14 pts from Darnell Harris (183-G-86, college: La Salle), 11 from Thierry Rupert and 10 pts from Stephane Risacher. Marcus Slaughter shined in loss with 17 pts. Chalon 14-9, Le Havre 8-15.

Pau - Strasbourg 82-74
The last ranked Pau Orthez was better than Strasbourg 82-74 registering the 6th win this season. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was a key player for the struggling hosts with 23 points and 10 rebounds. David Simon scored 18 in loss.


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Tobias Jahn and Cal Poly Pomona lost in the NCAA 2 National Championship Game - by Daniel Poerschke
German Power Forward/Center Tobias Jahn (206-F-86) and his Cal Poly Pomona college basketball team lost in the NCAA 2 national championship game versus Findlay 56:53 after overtime on a buzzer-beating tree pointer. Jahn played 28 minutes and scored 14 points (9/5 FG, 8/4 FT) and grabbed 8 rebounds.
The University of Findlay mens basketball team, ranked first in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, made history on Saturday, March 28 by finishing 36-0 after this 56-53 last second victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the NCAA Division II National Championship. The win in Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutual Center marked the first time a NCAA Division II national champion had won 36 games and lost zero.


Kyle Bailey probably out for the rest of the season - by Manuel Schust
Bad news for MEG Goettingen: John Patrick 's team, that has been the biggest surprise of the season, not only lost to Telekom Baskets Bonn last weekend, but also lost their starting Point Guard Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara).
The 26-year old american suffered a rupture of the syndesmosis in his left ankle and will have to sit out for about 10 - 12 weeks. This means that Bailey is probably out for the rest of the season.
After one season with ratiopharm Ulm Bailey returned to Goettingen this season and led his team to the top of the table producing 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
It should be very difficult for coach Patrick to compensate the loss of Bailey since he has been the leader of the team and a no new player can be signed at this stage of the season.
Goettingen is currently still on 3rd place and should make it to the play-offs. But Bailey's injury could be the end of this season's cinderella story for Goettingen.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Cant Shake The 45 Month Winless Streak Against The Brose Baskets Bamberg Falling Apart In The Fourth Quarter Losing 67 To 60. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Curses in professional sports are real depressing and made life difficult for Red Sox Nation for 86 years before they won the championship in 2004, possibly made some Cleveland sports fans pull out their hair since no team has won a title there since 1964, and gave Telekom Baskets Bonn center John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) a new focus each new Baseball season as his Chicago Cubs search for a Baseball title after going 100 years without a champagne party, but are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners cursed against The Brose Baskets Bamberg after suffering their ninth loss in a row 67 -60 dating back to the 2005 BBL finals? In the last two games, Frankfurt has gotten very close to beating Bamberg, but in the end had to leave the floor with two unlucky losses. 'I dont believe in curses. We were close to winning in Bamberg. It came down to the last two possessions. They simply played a bit smarter than us. Max Weber was called with an offensive foul that could of gone either way. Tonight we could of also won the game, but made too many mistakes. A team wins games on the floor', analysed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Bamberg American guard John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) comes from Kettering Ohio, which is about 250 Kilometres away from the 44 year drought winless title city of Cleveland, but probably too far away from being caught up in their sports curse. 'I dont believe in curses either. Every year, the teams change their players. It is always tough to play in Frankfurt', commented John Goldsberry. Chris Fleming was unlucky against Frankfurt in the 2005 playoffs losing with The Artland Dragons, but then had some successful years winning at home, but gave up the season series in 2007-2008 to Frankfurt, but has won this seasons series with Bamberg. 'I dont believe in curses either. Each new game brings new luck. Every team is different', commented Bamberg coach Chris Flemming. Skyliner Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) comes from New York and is a bit spoiled with New York Yankees success the last years, that he may not even know what a curse is. 'I dont believe in curses either. They might have our number, but we could of won, but let it slip away', said Skyliner center Greg Jenkins.

This was the third very bitter loss in a row after Paderborn and TBB Trier on the road where Frankfurt collapsed in the fourth quarter not being able to throw Bamberg out of the Ballsporthalle living room. 'This was a real tough loss. We werent disciplined in the last quarter and couldnt score for the first five minutes. In the last quarter, we have to get good possessions, make our shots and play tough defense, but we werent able to', stated Skyliner American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). For Bamberg it was a big win, because after four victories against middle class teams, they beat a playoff team with Frankfurt. 'The important thing was gaining the head to head advantage. We beat one of the better teams in the league. We showed how deep we are by not getting much production from Suput, Greene or Rivera, but still winning', stressed Bamberg coach Chris Fleming .

After playing only 7.50 minutes in the last five games and fuelled by Fan banners wanting more playing time, German National Player Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) got the call from coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and played 8.52 minutes scoring five points and getting one steal. He gave the team a lot of energy coming from the bench and exploding into the zone and making a sneaky lay up. 'I would have liked to have won, but I am really thankfull that coach gave me the chance to play. I was happy with my performance. I practiced hard and was happy that I could help the team', stressed Dominik Bahiense de Mello.

All of a sudden, The Brose Baskets Bamberg have developed one of the deeper benches in the league and are able to play 14 guys. Two guys who have received a bit of the short end of Chris Fleming s playing time have been Dan Dickau (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga)(277 NBA games) and 2007 BBL dunk champion Jared Newson (196-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee-Martin). Dickau scored 20 points threeor more times out of his first five games and curiously since the arrival of long time injured John Goldsberry five games ago has not played a single minute. Dickau might have had injury problems, but could of played in Braunschweig and Frankfurt and seems a bit perplexed by the 180 degree turn he has taken. 'You have to ask coach what my role is. I don really know. I do know that I can score and help this team win', explained Bamberg guard Dan Dickau. Even though Dickau might not be playing, Bamberg coach Flemming is fully aware of what Dickau can do and does not want to disrespect him by giving him little minutes. 'Dan is a high level player. We have two guards playing well and it is always difficult to intergrate a third guard. He is a great shooter and strong on the screen and role. I am not going to put him in for junk minutes. When I find the right role for him, then I will use him. He can win games for us', stressed Chris Fleming .

The other unhappy camper in Bamberg is American Jared Newson who was the last cut of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007-2008 season. Three years ago he was an important factor in the success of the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Now Newson doesnt even have to worry about what he has to do on the court, but moreover pray for just getting on the court. He was averaging over 25 minutes in the first seven games, but since then his playing time has dipped lower then the freezing point. In the last six games, he has played only 19.45 minutes and had three DNPs. Coach Flemming knows that Newson is on the bench, but will his role be newly defined? 'Jared is in the same situation as Dan. He is a good player and I believe in him. There was a phase where we wanted more from him on defense. We went with other guys and it worked. It has been tough for him to get minutes. He is a great kid, comes to work everyday and is a serious player. We are just so deep at the moment', reflected Bamberg coach Chris Fleming . Derrick Allen has high hopes for his friend Jared Newson. 'He has to keep his head up. He is a good kid and hard worker. Sooner or later it will work out for him', added Skyliner forward Derrick Allen. 'I saw Jared yesterday and spoke with him. It was nice seeing him. I wish him the best', commented American Skyliner Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross).

5000 anxious people filled the Ballsporthalle awaiting an exciting game and got their moneys worth as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started focused drilling two three pointers from Keith Simmons and Titus Ivory. However Bamberg struck back attacking the paint as Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) made a running hook shot and American Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored past two Skyliners. Bamberg led 8-7. However Frankfurt struck back as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) scored on a coast to coast sprint finishing with a lay up. Frankfurt led for only a short time 9-8 as Serb Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) made a pretty fake on Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and layed it in. Bamberg led 10-9. It was only a matter of time before Lorenzo Gordon would get his rhythm and he quickly led Frankfurt on a 6-0 run scoring three consecutive buckets down low. It seemed like Frankfurt was getting on a roll, but couldnt get stops on defense allowing Bamberg to crawl back. Elton Brown scored inside as did ex Skyliner Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) cutting the Frankfurt lead to 15-14. Frankfurt stayed tough going on a mini 4-0 run with hoops from Greg Jenkins, who shot the ball hard off the back board, but rolled in and Roller scored a mid distance jumper.

Frankfurt led 19-14, but it was Robert Garrett, who continued to be an unwanted pest on offense drawing an intelligent foul against Adam Emmenecker before making a three pointer. He scored the last points of the quarter giving Bamberg the lead back 21-20 and proving that he is still at the top of his game at age 32. 'The first quarter was close, but we gave them too many easy baskets. It is never good to do that, because it builds up the confidence of the opponent. We rebounded well', expressed Skyliner American Keith Simmons. Frankfurt was shooting big at 67% from two point range and the parking lot. Bamberg was shooting 58% from two point range, but shooting poorly at 20% from three point land. Bamberg had the slight 7-6 rebound edge.

Bamberg have a huge luxury by inserting American John deadly pass Goldsberry, who gave Frankfurt fits on offense with his defense and played with a very high Basketball IQ showing that there is little resistance against his deadly pass into the zone. Goldsberry had missed most of the season and wasnt even expected back this season, but made an early return. 'I feel close to 100%. I am feeling better every day. It is never easy coming back after a 8/9 month injury', stated John Goldsberry. He doesnt shoot much, but did to open the second quarter nailing an open three pointer, which was followed by a Eric Taylor (201-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Francis,PA) lay in off a bullet pass from Goldsberry. Bamberg led 26-20. American Lorenzo Gordon continued to be the work horse underneath scoring twice after grabbing offensive rebounds. Goldsberry fed Taylor again. Bamberg led only 28-25, but would soon increase their lead again as Fleming had another trick up his sleeve inserting 20 year old German Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) who recently scored 15 points against Dusseldorf, came on the court and played like a seasoned veteran drilling a three pointer.

American role player Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) made a simple lay in after a crisp fling pass from John Mr pass Goldsberry. Tadda then followed by stripping 10 year veteran Pascal Roller the ball and going coast to coast for the lay up. Bamberg now had opened up the game and were leading 35-25. Frankfurt was missing too many shots especially easy lay ups. They also were playing too static and out of control instead of taking some tempo out of the game. After a De Mello lay in and a Rivera mid distance jumper, Frankfurt was able to go into half time trailing only 37-31 as Roller benefited from a total Bamberg miscommunication as he opened his eyes and suddenly had the ball in his hands and just had to lay the ball in the hoop. He followed with a jumper. 'Bamberg went on a run, but we came back and were only down by six points which could have been a lot worse', added Holy Cross alumnist Keith Simmons. Both teams were shooting slightly over 45% from the field, while Bamberg was shooting only 30% from three point range and Frankfurt only 25%. Frankfurt was clearly dominating the rebounds 19-13, but already had 8 turnovers, while Bamberg was being more disciplined with 4 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started the third quarter with a 7-0 run stunning Bamberg and retaking the lead 38-37. Derrick Allen started the charge with a three pointer, Ivory with a lay in off a pretty Allen pass and Gordon finished with a mini hook shot. The game now turned into a thriller as there were eight lead changes in the last six minutes of the third quarter. Robert Garrett found an opening behind the three point line and sunk a three pointer giving Bamberg the 43-41 lead. American Keith Simmons responded with a three pointer and erupted with a huge emotional roar that would of even received a thumbs up from Simba from the Lion King. After a Garret free throw, Gordon gave Frankfurt the lead back to 46-44. Both teams were shooting very well and now it was time for German National player Demond Greene to hit a three pointer giving Bamberg the 47-46 lead.

Captain Pascal Roller then sprinted into the zone as no defense was there to greet him. Frankfurt led again 48-47, but for the very last time in the game. It was Robert Garrett again, who hit a difficult three pointer giving Bamberg the 50-49 lead after three quarters. 'We played well in the third with a lot of intensity holding them to little points', said Skyliner guard Keith Simmons. 'The third quarter was back and fourth. We took the lead down the stretch and made some big stops', said Bambegr guard John Goldsberry. Both teams were shooting over 55% from the two point range, while Bamberg was at 40% from three point land and Frankfurt only at 29%. Frankfurt still dominated the rebounds 25-18.

Everyone was expecting the close battle between Frankfurt and Bamberg to continue in the fourth quarter, but instead saw a turn in the play of Frankfurt, which in comparison was like night to day or the 2006-2007 Boston Celtics to the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics. Bamberg bolted out on a 11-0 run while Frankfurt was held scoreless close to five minutes. Bamberg scored their points in the paint twice form Suput and once from Garret. It didnt really matter what Frankfurt did, nothing worked. There were too many open spaces in the zone for Bamberg to maneuver in, Frankfurt was too slow switching, and making too many simple mistakes on offense and making silly turnovers. With Frankfurt trailing 60-49, Frankfurt tried to get out of their funk by going on a mini 4-0 run with baskets from Gordon and Allen. Frankfurt trailed only 60-53, but Bamberg was smart, played tough defense and played with the clock drawing many fouls.

'We played good defense down the stretch in the last four games and did it again today', said John Goldsberry. Captain Pascal Roller got a small roar from the Ballsporthalle crowd sinking a three pointer and getting Frankfurt back to 62-56. Some free throws were made before De Mello dropped a three pointer from the wing cutting the Bamberg lead to 66-60, but time was elapsing and Frankfurt had lost another close game. 'Our offense stalled in the fourth quarter. We turned over the ball way too much and they made fast break baskets which hurt', expressed Skyliner Keith Simmons. Bamberg has the luxury that they also have a deep roster like Bonn and Ulm, where they can count on every player to step up. 'The only difference was that we played a bit better and our bench really stepped up. Tadda and Taylor really gave us a lift', stressed Bamberg coach Chris Fleming . 'We were a bit unlucky in the closing minutes getting four turnovers in a row which really hurt', stated Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances )

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by German National player Robert Garrett with 18 points. American Elton Brown added 14 points and ten rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Lorenzo Gordon with 19 points and eight rebounds. Captain Pascal Roller chipped in with 13 points, three rebounds and four assists.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now have a 6-7 record in 2009 in the BBL and are still searching for consistency in their play. The Brose Baskets Bamberg out shot Frankfurt 48% to 44%. Frankfurt controlled the boards 32-26, but had 16 turnovers. Their seven turnovers in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for Bamberg. The dominant full court press that was evident in Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig in January is only a beautiful memory as the team is desperately seeking to find that strong balance.' We had some breakdowns on defense, but we played ok. If we would of erased some of those free throws down the stretch, then we would of held them to 60 points which is respectable', said Skyliner guard Keith Simmons. Frankfurt continue to have immense problems closing the game strong.' We have to be focused and have concentration', stressed Keith Simmons.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Brose Baskets Bamberg have not met in the BBL playoffs since 2005, but if Bamberg can make a run down the stretch, then a meeting in the playoffs could be a possibility, but not necessarily a wanted option by Frankfurt. Frankfurt knows that Bamberg is tough and if they continue will be difficult to beat in the playoffs. 'Bamberg might be playing the best Basketball in the BBL at the moment. The return of Goldsberry has been huge. Garret is stepping up and they are playing great team Basketball', explained Skyliner American Derrick Allen. Even though Frankfurt is not playing their best Basketball at the moment, they continue to get the utmost respect from the league. 'Frankfurt is a good team with a good coach. They have many weapons. I think they will catch each other. They have a lot of character, talent and guys that want to win', warned Bamberg coach Chris Fleming . The New York Phantoms Braunschweig host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on April 2nd at 19:00.


Lee Humphrey(Ratiopharm Ulm) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

American Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Maryville Tennessee playing his first season in Germany for Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Florida from 2003 to 2007 winning two NCAA championships. In his senior year he averaged in 40 games: 10.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.9%, FT: 69.2%. He spent his rookie season in Greece with PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki averaging in 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was released and moved on to Poland to play for Energa Czarni Slupsk. This season for Ulm, he is averaging 11,3ppg and 1,0rpg.





Lee this is your first season in Ulm. Are there any similarities between the country side of Maryville, Tennessee where you come from and Ulm?


Ulm is a lot bigger than Maryville. It is maybe a bit colder in Ulm, but I like the area very much. It is a nice city, it is fun to play there and the fans are great! The Kuhberghalle is the best place to play.


Your currently in fourth place and have a 10-4 record since the middle of November 2008. What is the secret of the success of the team?


We have very talented guys and many that can score. The chemistry is very good and when our defense is good then we can be a very good team!


What guy do you respect 100% in Ulm?


There are so many guys on the team that I respect. Guys like Romeo, Dru, Sean, Per, Keith, Dan etc. All these guys have leadership and are always working hard.The first guy to come to mind is Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein), but



It is no secret that Ulm knows how to play offensive Basketball, but the team has really improved their defense. What are the reasons for this and how far is the team from being equally well on offense and defense?


Defense is something that we have been focusing on all season long. We know that we can score and need to play solid defense. We know that the key to success is having good defense and we will continue to focus on playing tough defense.

The legend says that Mike Taylor spent five days in Florida in hopes of convincing you to come to Ulm. How was coach Taylor able to convince you to come to Germany?


Coach Taylor is a great seller of the Ulm program. I quickly got self confidence with the way he was telling me how I could help the team. I felt I could help the team right away. He showed me pictures of the Munster and told me how great the fans were, so I decided to come to play there.


Mike Taylor lives Basketball 24/7. What makes him such a good coach?


Coach Taylor cares very much about Basketball. It is his passion. He cares very much for the players and always wants the team and players to improve. The whole team feels very comfortable around him.


What is your impression of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners? You beat them twice this season.


Frankfurt has many good players and play very physical. They are a very deep, dangerous and play good defense.


What players do you know and respect from The Deutsche Bank Skyliners? You must of played against Anthony King?


I remember playing against Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) who was at Miami. It was a very close game in Miami. I dont remember who won, but we won so many that year.lol I respect German National player Pascal Roller. He is a great player.


You won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournament with Florida. Which one was more difficult to win?


The most difficult one to win was the one in 2007. The expectations were so huge, because everyone was expecting us to win. It was hard getting all the outside pressure out of our heads.


Do you have your two NCAA rings stored in a special place?


They are in a safety deposit box in Tennessee. I look at them when I am at home or where them for special occasions.


So many guys play a whole career without winning a title. You won two NCAA titles before you were even a pro player. Is it difficult staying hungry to win more titles after winning two so big championships at Florida?


Coach Donovan always said at Florida that we should not live in the past but in the moment. I am very motivated to win in Ulm and I am sure we have a great chance of making the playoffs and that great things could happen here.



The 2007 team of Florida had perhaps the greatest starting five ever with Tauren Green(Spain), Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida)(Atlanta Hawks), Corey Brewer (206-F-86, college: Florida)(Minnesota Timberwolves) and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) and yourself. Which player was the best?


That is tough, because they did so many different things. Horford is playing great in the NBA, Corey Brewer was a great defender and Tauren Green shot the ball very well.


How would you compare the 2006-2007 Florida team with the 2008-2009 North Carolina team? Who was better?



I would have to go with us



Joakim Noah is the son of the eccentric ex tennis player Yannick Noah. What kind of a person was he?



He was a different kind of guy. He was a great team mate. He told us many stories about when he was living in Africa.


You once broke the net of the basket with your shot. What kind of feedback did you get the next day from your classmates?


It was all funny lines that I heard. People were calling Lee rips the net, or the funniest thing was someone said I shouldnt rip the net again, because it would cause too much of a delay in the game.


You once went 39 straight games of making at least one three pointer. What were the most free throws that you made in a row.


I actually made 76 free throws in a row in eigth grade


Who was the best player that you played against in college?


There were so many great players that I played against. Randy Foye (191-G-83, college: Villanova) and Greg Oden (213-C-88, college: Ohio St.) were the best


You also played together with New York Knick David Lee (206-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) early in your career. How much potential does he have?


He has great potential. I played my first two years with him. He was so athletic and was always grabbing rebounds. I am happy for him that he is playing so well in New York.


Some critics say that you are too one dimensional that all you can do is shoot. What have you improved on your game this season with Ulm?


I believe that I am able to score in many more ways now. I am able to get more to the basket. I am working on my mid range jumper and my pull up jumper.


What was it like playing in Greece for PAOK Thessaloniki?


Greece was a lot of fun. The Greek league is very competitive. It was a very crazy experience and not the best Basketball situation for me so I left.


What are your hobbies?


I love water sports and the ocean. I like to water ski and surf and also outdorr biking.


What was the last DVD that you saw?


Next Friday.



1.Bundesliga Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Koeln 99ers - ratiopharm 78-80
Sean Finn lifted ratiopharm Ulm to an exciting 80:78 road win over Koln 99ers. Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) led the winners with 17 points, while Gibbs Jeff and Betz Sebastian scored 16 each. Milosevic Stevan ended up with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 18-9 while Koln dropped to 7-19.

EWE Baskets - TBB Trier 91-66
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg produced a 91:66 home win over TBB Trier Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Gardner, Je'Kel Foster and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje added 14 points apiece. Brown Brian finished the night with 17 points for the guests.

LTi 46ers - EnBW L'burg 71-78
EnBW Ludwigsburg had a 78:71 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night in Giessen as Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) topscored with 17 points. Kelvin Gibbs added 14 and Brandon Woudstra chipped in 13. Schaffartzik Heiko was responsible for 17 points in the losing effort.

Dt.Bank SKY - Brose Baskets 60-67
Dt.Bank SKY lost to Brose Baskets 60:67 on Sunday. Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) led the winners with 18 points and Brown Elton nailed 14. Gordon Lorenzo ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Duesseldorf - NY Phantoms 74-72
Duesseldorf stun NY Phantoms 74:72 as Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Lottich Matt notched 13. Drevo, Andrew paced his team with 21 points and 10 boards.

Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers 85-92
Bremerhaven lost to Walter Tigers 85:92 as the latter was led by Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Fordham) who poured in 23 points and Moye Ajene netted 16 points. Callahan Craig collected 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Telekom B. - Goettingen 82-68
Telekom Baskets Bonn had a 82:68 home win over MEG Gottingen in a highlight game of the weekend as Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) top-scored with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Trice Roderick ended up with 14 points for the visiting side. Bonn team raised their record to 18-8 while Gottingen falls to 18-7.

ALBA - Noerdlingen 88-78
Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) and Julius Jenkins nailed 22 points ALBA Berlin to a hard-earned 88:78 home win over Nordlingen Saturday night at O2 World Arena in Berlin. Butch Brian and Gibson Danny chipped in 20 points each in defeat.

Art.Dragons - Pad.Baskets 77-73
Art.Dragons overcame Pad.Baskets 77:73 in Regular Season Round 27 on Sunday. Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) led all the winners with 15 points and Fenn Darren notched 12. Esterkamp Steven finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.


ProB Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Speyer - Hannover 83-78
Speyer outscored Hannover 83:78 behind 22 points from Julian Krieger (188-G-83) and 21 points from Harris Elias. Townsend Deandre answered with 22 points and 6 assists in the losing case.

Freiburg - Ehingen 108-81
Roquette Christoph had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Freiburg smashed Ehingen 108:81. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Youngstown St.) and Petric Marin followed him with 22 points each. Oppland Mike scored 21 for the guests and Standhardinger Christian nailed 20.

Mainz - SU Braunsch. 92-87
Mainz beat SU Braunschweig 92:87 to climb to 10-16 record. Ilja Ickert (201-C-81) shined with 25 points and Zuiderveen Mike collected 24 points and 14 rebounds. Jenkins Ivan netted 30 for the visitors and Friedel Philipp nailed 23.

Wolfenbuettel - Landshut 91-78
Wolfenbuettel improved to 20-6 record after the home win over Landshut 91:78. Connor Whitman (186-G-85) paced all the winners with 22 points and Grauel Tobias scored 19. Woamey Marco produced 24 points for the guests.

Rhoendorf - Franken Hexer 86-96
Rhoendorf sensationally lost to Franken Hexer 86:96 as the latter was led by Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) who provided 29 points for his team. Moore Gabriel finished the night with 19 points for the hosts.

Osnabrueck - Herten 85-75
Osnabrueck beat Herten 85:75 and tied them at 17-9 record. Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Coleman Derek notched 15. Knoch Jasper erupted with 24 points for the guests and Johnson Gary scored 20.


ProA Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jena - Heidelberg 78-86
Jena sensationally lost to Heidelberg 78:86 as Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) and McNeil Japhet combined 50 points for the winners. Seggelke Alexander produced 23 and Black Jeremy collected 22 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Bremen - B.Muenchen 82-78
Bremen stun Muenchen 82:78 on Sunday. Scott Freymond (188-G-80, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Cent.Washington) scored 24 points and dished out 12 assists, while Njei Acha nailed 20. Brooks Cedric produced 27 points for the visiting side.

Lich - Karlsruhe 65-66
Lich lost the thriller to Karlsruhe 65:66 as Rouven Roessler (200-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) paced all the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Elliott Al nailed 11. Bunkley Jesse poured in 16 points in defeat as other four players scored 10 each.

teckproBraves - Bayreuth 53-84
Sebastian Greene (203-F-84, college: Fordham) and Harris Jaivon notched 16 points each as Bayreuth overcame teckproBraves 83:54. Wiley DuJuan delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

Chemnitz - Kirchheim 89-83
Chemnitz stun Kirchheim 89:83 in Regular Season Round 26. Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) paced all the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Gerwig Nate and Khartchenkov Nikita chipped in 18 each. Scott Gordon responded with 19 points for the guests.

MBC - ETB Wohnbau 100-80
MBC increased their record to 22-4 after the home win over ETB Wohnbau 100:80. Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) top-scored for the winnes with 23 points and Grubler Lars collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hills Adrick ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Schalke - Langen 78-80
Schalke lost to Langen 78:80 in Regular Season Round 26. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Barth Kai nailed 18. Abercrombie Cory responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the home side.

Hagen - Cuxhaven 104-70
Hagen is 20-6 after the home victory over Cuxhaven 104:70. Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) dominated the court with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Griffin Chase netted 20 and Grothe Matthias as well as Pryor Quentin notched 16. Bennett Frank Kelsi answered with 20 points in defeat.


Bundesliga Game Day 27: Saturday March 28th/Sunday March 29th results! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 27 saw Ewe Baskets Oldenburg earn another home win and ALBA Berlin continue their march toward the top of the standings. Telekom Bonn beat MEG Gottingen in a marquee matchup of the weekend and ratiopharm Ulm picked up an exciting road win.

Saturday March 28th, 2009
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 91 TBB Trier 66
Rickey Paulding posted an 18pt 10reb double double while Jason Gardner, Je'Kel Foster and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje added 14pt apiece pacing Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to a 91-66 home win over TBB Trier Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Winning their 5th straight game, the Thunderbirds improved to 12-1 at home and remain atop the Bundesliga as 'Tabellenfuhrer'. Oldenburg opened fast with a 27-15 1Q and built a 48-28 halftime lead. Trier trimmed the twenty point deficit to 71-56 heading into the 4th but a 20-11 stretch sealed the big win for the Thunderbirds. Brian Brown topscored for Trier with 17pt 6reb while Chris Copeland added 14pt 6reb on 3 for 4 three point shooting. In the win, Oldenburg shot 55% making 7 of 26 threes (26%) while Trier made 44% of their shots including 5 of 15 threes (33%). The Thunderbirds enjoyed a big advantage from the foul line sinking 20 of 25 FT (80%) compared to 7 of 17 (42%) from Trier. Oldenburg outrebounded Trier 36-29. Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team are now 21-5 while Trier is 12-15.

ALBA Berlin 88 Nordlingen 78
Casey Jacobsen (4 for 7 threes) and Julius Jenkins (3 for 5 threes) scored 22pts apiece in leading ALBA Berlin to a hard-earned 88-78 home win over Nordlingen Saturday night at O2 World Arena in Berlin. In a game that featured 12 lead changes, upset minded Nordlingen held a 9pt advantage after an 11-0 scoring run. Nordlingen led 25-24 after 1Q and held a 45-43 lead at half. The tight game was 60-59 for Nordlingen heading into the 4th, but Berlin's 29-18 4Q sealed their seventh straight win and pushed their unbeaten home record at O2 World Arena to 12-0. Along with Jacobsen and Jenkins, Blagota Sekulic added 18pt 7reb in an excellent game inside for ALBA who shot 60% from the floor and made 8 of 18 threes (44%) in the win. Nordlingen hit 46% of their shots but made 11 of 28 threes (39%). ALBA sank 20 of 26 FT (76%) compared to 5 of 10 for Nordlingen. Omari Westley paced Nordlingen production with 21pt 7reb while Brian Butch and Danny Gibson chipped in 20pt apiece. With the win head coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA team improve to 20-5 while Nordlingen slips to 10-17.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 82 MEG Gottingen 68
Brandon Bowman scored 25pt 7reb in leading Telekom Baskets Bonn to an 82-68 home win over MEG Gottingen in a highlight game of the weekend. Tipping off with Gottingen in 3rd place and Bonn in 4th, Bonn closed the gap and earned the important head to head point differential tie breaker beating the Violets by 14pt after Gottingen topped them by 5 earlier in the season. Bonn started fast with a strong 21-14 1Q and held a 42-37 halftime lead. Bonn extended their advantage to 59-50 going into the 4th where they outscored Gottingen 23-18 to earn the home win. EJ Rowland finished with 16pt 6reb 6ast while Vincent Yarbrough (7reb) and Ken Johnson (6reb 4ast 6blks) added 10pt apiece. Rocky Trice led the Violets scoring 14pt with help from Kyle Bailey and Ben Jacobsen who contributed 11pt apiece. Bonn shot 48% from the floor including 7 of 22 from three (31%) with 25 of 32 FT (78%) while Gottingen sank 30% of their shots making 5 of 24 threes (20%) and 19 of 31 FT (61%). With the victory, Head coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team raise their record to 18-8 while Gottingen falls to 18-7.

ratiopharm Ulm 80 Koln 99ers 78
Sean Finn tipped in the game winning basket just before the final buzzer lifting ratiopharm Ulm to an exciting 80-78 road win over Koln 99ers Saturday night at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. After the 99ers evened the game with 5sec to play, the ball found ratiopharm Ulm sharpshooter Lee Humphrey (5 of 6 threes), who weaved his way up the floor between Koln defenders. Driving down the left side of the lane, Humphrey floated a lob pass over a 99er defender and Finn finished the play giving Ulm the thrilling win. Koln led 21-20 after 1Q and Ulm held a 42-41 lead at half. A strong 3Q run helped Ulm open a 10pt lead which Koln cut to 63-55 heading into the 4th. The 99ers mounted their rally and regained the lead twice down the stretch, but big baskets from Jeff Gibbs and Dru Joyce gave Ulm the lead in the final minute before Koln evened the score at 78. Lee Humphrey led Ulm's attack with 17pt while Sebastian Betz (3 for 6 threes) and Jeff Gibbs (7reb) added 16pt apiece and Romeo Travis finished with 14pt 8reb in the win. Stevan Milosevic paced Koln with 24pt 10reb while Robert Turner and Edin Bavcic had 13pt apiece. ratiopharm Ulm shot 51% from the floor including 9 for 20 threes (45%) while the 99ers hit 45% of their shots including 7 of 21 threes (33%). Ulm sank 13 of 21 FT (61%) to Koln's 17 of 29 (58%) and Ulm edged the 99ers in rebounding 33-32. ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 18-9 while Koln dropped to 7-19.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 78 LTi Giessen 46ers 71
Dane Watts topscored with 17pt helping push EnBW Ludwigsburg to a hardfought 78-71 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night in Giessen. Kelvin Gibbs added 14pt 6reb for Ludwigsburg and Brandon Woudstra chipped in 13pt 5reb 5ast for the win. Ludwigsburg moved ahead early taking a 23-15 lead after 1Q and a 41-35 lead at half. The 46ers cut the gap to 53-49 after 3Q but Ludwigsburg took the road win edging Giessen in the 4Q. Heiko Schaffartzik hit 4 of 8 threes to lead Giessen with 17pt while Michael Umeh added 16pt in the loss. Ludwigsburg shot 53% in the win including 6 of 14 threes (42%) while Giessen sank 40% from the floor with 7 of 18 thres (36%). Ludwigsburg made 20 of 29 FT (69%) compared with Giessen's 17 of 26 (65%). Ludwigsburg outrebounded Giessen 32 to 18. With the win, Head coach Rick Stafford and his Ludwigsburg team improve to 13-14 while Giessen falls to 7-19.

Sunday March 29th, 2009
brose Baskets Bamberg @ Deutsche Bank Skyliners 3pm tip

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig @ Dusseldorf Giants 4pm tip

Walter Tigers Tubingen @ Eisbaren Bremerhaven 4pm tip

Paderborn Baskets @ Artland Dragons 5pm tip BBL.TV


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oldenburg 21-5 
 2. ALBA 18-5 
 3. Goettingen 18-7 
 4. Ulm 18-8 
 5. Bonn 18-8 
 6. Frankfurt 16-11 
 7. Bamberg 14-12 
 8. Paderborn 13-13 
 9. Ludwigsb. 13-14 
 10. Tuebingen 12-14 
 11. Trier 12-15 
 12. Art.Dragons 11-15 
 13. Duesseldorf 11-16 
 14. Braunschweig 10-16 
 15. Noerdlingen 10-17 
 16. Koeln 99ers 7-18 
 17. Giessen 7-19 
 18. Bremerhaven 5-21 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 22-4 
 2. Bayreuth 21-5 
 3. Hagen 20-6 
 4. Karlsruhe 17-9 
 5. Jena 15-11 
 6. Kirchheim 15-11 
 7. Chemnitz 14-12 
 8. B.Muenchen 13-13 
 9. Bremen 11-14 
 10. teckproBraves 11-15 
 11. Cuxhaven 10-16 
 12. Langen 10-16 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 9-17 
 14. Heidelberg 8-17 
 15. Schalke 6-20 
 16. Lich 5-21 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. proveo Merl. 21-5 
 2. Wolfenbuettel 20-6 
 3. Rhoendorf 17-9 
 4. Osnabrueck 17-9 
 5. Herten 17-9 
 6. Telemotive 12-14 
 7. Ehingen 12-14 
 8. Stahnsdorf 12-14 
 9. Hannover 12-14 
 10. B'guessbach 12-14 
 11. SU Braunsch. 11-15 
 12. Mainz 10-16 
 13. Freiburg 10-16 
 14. Landshut 10-16 
 15. Franken Hexer 8-18 
 16. Speyer 7-19 


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. Katic, Walter Tigers14.6 
 6. Bowman, Telekom B.14.4 
 7. Bailey, Goettingen14.4 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.14.3 
 9. Jeanty, Noerdlingen14.2 
 10. Rowland, Tel.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.2 
 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
 Michael JORDAN
  Koeln 99ers
  (183-G-77)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Jordan, Koeln 99ers6.8 
 2. Joyce, ratiopharm5.0 
 3. Gardner, EWE B.4.2 
 4. Watson, Bremerha.4.0 
 5. Anderson, Walter T.4.0 
 6. Franklin, NY Phant.4.0 
 7. Rowland, Telek.3.8 
 8. Jenkins, ALBA3.7 
 9. Rivera, Brose B.3.6 
 10. Schaffartzik, LT.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Goettingen
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Trice, Goettingen2.7 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 4. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 5. Lee, Goettingen1.7 
 6. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 7. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 8. Peete, Duesseldorf1.5 
 9. Jacobson, Goett.1.4 
 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. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 4. Reiner, Bremerha.1.1 
 5. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.0 
 6. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 7. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 8. Ohlbrecht, Brose B.0.8 
 9. Visser, NY Phant.0.8 
 10. Gibbs, ratiopha.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Brandon WATKINS
  Cuxhaven
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Watkins, Cuxhaven21.9 
 2. Khartchenkov, Chemn.18.6 
 3. Benzing, Langen18.0 
 4. Baumann, Kirchheim18.0 
 5. Hall, Schalke17.8 
 6. Hodges, Heidelberg17.8 
 7. Griffin, Hagen17.5 
 8. Komarek, Heide.17.2 
 9. Oppland, Bayreuth17.0 
 10. Parker, B.Muench.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam BAUMANN
  Kirchheim
  (203-C/F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Baumann, Kirchheim10.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven10.3 
 3. Jeffers, Langen9.6 
 4. Howard, Karlsruhe9.6 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth9.5 
 6. Gilbert, MBC9.1 
 7. Lischka, Lich8.9 
 8. Gerwig, Chemnitz8.8 
 9. Freese, Lich8.7 
 10. Sabourin, Brem.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.5 
 2. Pfeifer, Chemnitz5.7 
 3. Bannister, Schalke5.5 
 4. Ruffin, teckproB.4.5 
 5. Williamson, Jena4.4 
 6. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.4 
 7. Crawford, Kirch.4.3 
 8. Griffin, Hagen4.2 
 9. Parker, B.Muenchen4.2 
 10. Holcomb-Faye, Bay.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.5 
 2. Scott, Kirchheim2.3 
 3. Williamson, Jena2.3 
 4. Pfeifer, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth2.0 
 6. Crawford, Kirch.2.0 
 7. Paeley, teckproB.1.9 
 8. Harris, Bayreuth1.8 
 9. Brooks, B.Muenchen1.7 
 10. Parker, B.Muench.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Decin
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, B.Muenchen2.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.5 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.4 
 4. Shaw, ETB Wohnbau1.2 
 5. Zyskunov, teckproB.1.1 
 6. Kruel, Hagen1.0 
 7. Fairley, Jena1.0 
 8. Benzing, Langen1.0 
 9. Hornig, Kirchheim1.0 
 10. Abercrombie, Sch.0.8 


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A2: Week 23-Round Up - by Chris Mammides
Peristeri - Keravnos Aigiou 69-60
The Karagiannis Battle, in the coaching benches kept Peristeri in the top position of the league after 24 weeks and brought the Athenian western suburbs area team a step closer to the A1. The quarters were: 15-15, 36-33, 50-42, and 69-60. Top scorer was the American Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) with 16 points followed by Tsamatos with 10. On behalf of Keravnos Aigio, top scorer was once more Kostas Kefalas (185-F-81) with 22 followed by Georgoulas and Albert with 14 and 11 respectively.

Pagrati - Iraklis 75-68
In Pagrati, we had a real derby which finally ended with the home teams victory after an amazing fourth quarter. The quarters were: 17-17, 34-38, 54-49, and 75-68. The amazing trio for Pagrati (Koukas, Maheras and Damir Latovic (204-C-80)) scored 51 points out of 75 of their team. From Iraklis, top scorers were Liakopoulos (17p) and Totsios (13p)

Near East - Apollon Patras 95-76
An easy afternoon took place in Near East court and Coach Tolis Karnesis faced no problem against Koronidis (23p) and Georgitsis (14p). The quarters were: 21-18, 42-35, 69-62, 95-76.The first triple-double figures in the league took place after 24 weeks, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) scored 10 points, gave 10 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds. The top scorer of the game (and of the league) was Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) with his 39 points.

Xanthi - MENT 87-77
For three quarters the game was a real derby but during the fourth and most crucial quarter the home team and more specifically the Serbian Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) (29 points) took the initiatives and awarded his team with another positive result, the quarters were: 21-20, 45-46, 71-65,and 87-77. The top scorers on behalf of the already relegated team of MENT were: Benas 16, Mandic 16 and Makris 14.

Rethymno - KAOD 68-69
The Dramas team succeeded its best road win in Crete which was crucial for the survival. KAOD is now officially in the A2 for the season 2009-2010 as the record of 11-12 which has at this stage is very difficult to be affected by teams which have at this stage 8-15. The quarters were: 21-22, 43-43, 59-61, 68-69. The top scorers for the two teams were Vardavas (15 points) for the home team and Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue) (15p) with Kitsoulis (16p) for KAOD.

Olympiada Patras - Panerythraikos 95-82
Panerythraikos lost another game, this time against a team which will have as an opponents until the end for the survival and the remaining in the division, the home team has balanced the records to 8-15 with the team of Panerythraikos so that means that the Erythrea team is now in the red light zone as the last three weeks the statistics have been changed dramatically for coach Houhoulis team (3 defeats) and the hopes for remaining in the division have been minimized a lot. The quarters were: 22-21, 46-41, 66-59, and 95-82. From the Patras team who breath after this game, the Serbian Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) scored 31 points followed by his country-fellow Tosic with 21 and Georgaros with 16 while from Panerythraikos, top scorer was Sofogiannis with 18 followed by Stathas and Doumanis with 14 and 13 respectively.

Dafni - Ilysiakos 71-74
In the most crucial game of the 23rd week the road win of Ilysiakos over Dafni put an end to the possibility of Coach Sorotos team to play in A1 next season, so for a third consecutive season Dafni will (most probably) finish in the third position of the league. Sakis Karidas was the hero of this amazing road win as he scored the winning three pointers for Ilysiakos 4 seconds before the end of the game. The quarters were: 21-23, 41-44, 61-52, and 71-74. Top scorers for Dafni were Kakiouzis with 23, Sourlsi and Gizogiannis with 13 a peace. From Ilysiakos, top scorer was Bogris with 23 and Karydas with 16.

ICBS Ermis - Lagkada 87-74
In the last game took place in Thessaloniki, Coach Tsotsoumanos team had an amazing Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) who finished the game with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 block shots helpind his team to win another game. The quarters were: 17-15, 37-32, 57-56, and 87-74. Top scorer for the visiting site of the Lagkadas team was Nikoloudis with 26 points.


B Division: Week 23 Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
B Division: Round Up.
Arkadikos lost another game while Amyntas and Ikaroi Serron won so at this stage the three teams are balancing in the first place of the league with a record of 17-6. It is worth mentioned that the team of Arkadikos last month was all alone with a +4 advantage over the other teams, right now this is history! The second team in the league with a 16-7 is now Ikaros Kallitheas while with 15-8 Lavrio and OFI are following. So in the most exiting league the last decade, there are sixe teams for three plasces. The results with more analysis are as follows:

Halkida Ikaroi Serron 64-73
The quarters: 10-14, 20-36, 44-57, 64-73.
Halkida: Pappas 17, Jeremic 16.
Ikaroi Serron: Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 28, Topouzis 20.

Amyntas P. Faliro 87-62
The quarters: 28-19, 45-34, 61-44, 87-62.
Amyntas: Boutros 12, Costas Vogiatzis (203-F-86) 14
P. Faliro: Derohonesian18, Monemvasitis 22

OFI - Goumenisa 91-87
The quarters: 23-21, 48-41, 67-68, 91-87.
OFI: Tselios 15, Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 22, Panagakis 11
Goumenisa: Fivos Gimnopoulos 19, Karipidis 16, Giorgos Delipaltidis (205-C-82) 19

Ikaros Kallitheas Pierikos/Arhelaos 68-56
The quarters: 25-8, 32-19, 52-33, 68-56.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Papadakis 12, Michalis Karastamatis (200-F-84) 13, Martzos 12
Pierikos/Arhelaos: Kothras 13, Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 13.

Apollon Kalamarias - Komotini 77-81
The quarters: 25-17, 45-43, 61-58, 77-81.
Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 20, Patrikis 13.
Komotini: Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) 16, Foutsitzis 14, Dinas 13

Anagennisi/Floga Aias Evosmou 104-94 (after two overtimes)
The quarters: 20-12, 40-32, 56-51, 71-71, 85-85, 104 -92.
Anagennisi/Floga: Bourdanos 15, Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) 32, Zarogiannis 21,
Aias Evosmou: Filiousis 25, Souflias 14,

Doukas Arkadikos 91-78
The quarters: 30-23, 45-47, 62-58, 91-78.
Doukas: Rozolis 17, Papargiropoulos 17, Christos Gavanopoulos (198-G-85) 19, Galiotos 14.
Arkadikos: Manos 23, Manavopoulos 13


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Eredivisie Round: 38 (Regular Season, with box-scores) - by Eurobasket News
Eiff.Towers - Rotterdam 104-86
In the Maaspoort in the Eiffel Towers-Rotterdam Challengers, Eiffel let Rotterdam Challengers know that in the FEB, there is a big difference between a contender and a pretender, taking control of the game tempo early and cruising to an 104-86 win. Eiffel led at one point 37-21 before the Rotterdammers made a big run, cutting to lead to 49-43 in the 3rd quarter after an Eiffel head coach Don Beck technical foul and two free throws by Ties Theeuwkens (190-G-85, agency: Court Side). *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

M.Magix - Aris Friesland 86-80
In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx continued on their quest for a homecourt advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs with an 86-80 win over Aris Friesland. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) led Matrixx with 24 pts., with Gerrit Brigitha adding 20. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

ZZ Leiden - Hanzev.Cpt 77-79
In Leiden, a strong comeback helped Hanzevast Capitals pull out a close 79-77 win over ZZ Leiden to remain in 3rd place in the FEB standings. The team of Marco van den Berg found themselves down 64-50 at the end of the 4th quarter, but found their second win in the 4th quarter, while ZZ, who were on automatic pilot throughout the first three quarters, found themselves in the 4th quarter flying on empty fumes. Aro*More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

Landstede - Upstairs Weert 78-88
In the ZBC-hal, Upstairs Weert found themselves in a dogfight vs. Landstede Basketball, but in the end the Limburgers had more bite, with an 88-78 win to allow themselves to climb over Landstede for the last playoff spot. Upstairs overcame a 9-2 Landstede start thanks to the strong play of Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara), whose strong play helped the Limburgers control the tempo early. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

West-Brabant - Den Helder 109-96
Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Gaston Essengue combined 39 points for the winners in this game. Matt Witt stepped up in loss collecting 31 points and 8 assists. Mitchel Kouwijzer netted 21 pts.

Upstairs Weert - Den Helder 109-96
In the Boshoven, in a defensive challenged contest, solid three-point shooting and good defense on the three-point line made the difference for Upstairs in its 109-96 win over BlueStream Seals. While both teams offered little resistance in defending the bucket (Upstairs 73.7% FG, BlueStream Seals 69.2% FG), the Limburgers shot 12 of 26 from the three-point line, while the guests only made 5 of 25. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

M.Magix - West-Brabant 85-49
In the Horstacker, in what was perhaps its finest defensive effort of the season, Matrixx Magixx dominated this affair from the start, jumping out to a 30-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and it snowballed from there, with Matrixx winning over West-Brabant Giants in an 85-49 blowout. Matrixx would lead 50-20 at halftime, and held the Giants to shooting numbers of only 33% FG and 2 of 16 from the three-point line. *More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.0 
 2. Bostain, Landstede20.0 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam19.0 
 4. Wilson, M.Magix18.0 
 5. Pope, West-Brabant17.8 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 7. Ross, Upstairs.16.7 
 8. Witt, Den Helder16.6 
 9. Blue, West-Brabant16.1 
 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. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 8. Brempong, Hanze.7.8 
 9. Dialls, Den Helder7.8 
 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. Witt, Den Helder4.4 
 8. Blackwood, Aris F.4.3 
 9. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 10. Sears, M.Mag.4.1 
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.Magix3.0 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.3 
 7. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 8. Bostain, Landstede2.2 
 9. Smith, Upstairs.2.1 
 10. Walker, Rotterd.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. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 6. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 7. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 8. Gladness, M.Magix1.0 
 9. Patten, Upstairs.0.9 
 10. Kuijper, ZZ Leid.0.9 


FEB Results: Upstairs Weert Remain Hot, Matrixx Magixx Blow Out West-Brabant Giants - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, there were only two matchups, with both Upstairs Weert and Matrixx Magixx improving their playoff positioning withthe Limburgers winning at home over BlueStream Seals, and Matrixx Magixx laying the smackdown on West-Brabant Giants in the Horstacker.

In the Boshoven, in a defensive challenged contest, solid three-point shooting and good defense on the three-point line made the difference for Upstairs in its 109-96 win over BlueStream Seals. While both teams offered little resistance in defending the bucket (Upstairs 73.7% FG, BlueStream Seals 69.2% FG), the Limburgers shot 12 of 26 from the three-point line, while the guests only made 5 of 25. Upstairs were energized by the play of both
Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) and Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara), who both scored game-highs of 31 pts. Matt Witt (183-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) led BlueStream Seals with 24 pts. The win allowed Upstairs to leapfrop above ZZ Leiden for 7th place in the FEB standings.


In the Horstacker, in what was perhaps its finest defensive effort of the season, Matrixx Magixx dominated this affair from the start, jumping out to a 30-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and it snowballed from there, with Matrixx winning over West-Brabant Giants in an 85-49 blowout. Matrixx would lead 50-20 at halftime, and held the Giants to shooting numbers of only 33% FG and 2 of 16 from the three-point line. No West-Brabant player would reach double figure scoring. The three-point line was also friendly to Matrixx, with 14 of 29 total, including 10 in the 1st half. Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) led Matrixx with 17 pts., with Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) adding 16. Both Sears and Wilson combined to make 9 three-pointers. Matrixx now moves into 3rd place in the current standings a game ahead of Hanzevast Capitals.



Frank Tolbert M'be Out For The Rest Of The Season - by Fred Roggen
Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn), the forward of Matrixx Magixx, is m'be out for the rest of the season . The 22-year-old American had surgery on Thursday to remove an abscess. It is not clear how long the recovery takes, but coach Michael Schuurs thinks that Tolbert is out for the rest of the season. 'I would love to get back before the playoffs, but I dont necessarily have a date right now,' Tolbert said.
The forward averaged 13.3ppg this season.


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Easy win for our NT in the All-Star game - by Tamas Deri

Last night our National Team played against the League All-Stars in the anniversary All-Star game in Nyiregyhaza.
The League All-Stars (only 2 hungarians of 12 team members) tried to make a real show for the fans and did not even take care of their defense and allowed to score 22 3pointers for the National Team.
As every year, even this time there were a 3point shooting and slam dunk contest. One second division player, Attila Szabolcsi (180-G-71) won the 3point contest in the final against the top scorer of our first division, Roy Booker.
In the final of the slam dunk contest were: Gabor Bak (amateur), Gergely Kortelyesi, Ivory Clark and Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM). The young star of our NT, Adam Hanga could win the contest and got also the MVP of the All-Star game. The best scorers of the game were Larry Welton (196-F-85, college: Aurora) and George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) with 22 points.


Hungary - League All-Stars 141-96
(37-23, 46-19, 28-25, 30-29)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1.500, Referees: Pali, Kiraly, Kapitany
Hungary: Fodor M. 7/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 13/3, Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/9, Sitku 13/3, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Varadi 14/9, Bodi 9, Kortelyesi 9/6, Adam Hanga 15/3, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Zsolt Kiss 9/9, Vojvoda 14/12, Coach: Lajos Meszaros
League All-Stars: Savic 6, Kelley 4, Dill 13/3, Larry Welton 22/6, George Banks, Farkas A. 2, Brooks 2, Booker 8/3, Orosz 6, Danielson 5/3, LaGrange, Clark 6, Coaches: Peresztegi Nagy Akos and Por Peter


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Double overtime - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last friday it was 4 overtimes in semifinals game in play-offs.
On saturday another overtime game. Now it was in the game Grindavik vs Snaefell and it was only double overtime.Snaefell 2 down and game was away game for them and they had to win or it was over for them.
Strong first half (30-43) and still leading by 15 after third period. Grindavik got going in last period and tight the game up. It was in last overtime Snaefell got away from them again and won 104-97
Next game on tuesday at Snaefell.
Leading scorers for Grindavik. Helgi Jonas Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson (185-G-76) 22. Nick Bradford 21 + 20 rebs. Thorleifur Olafsson 15.
For Snaefell. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 23. Hlynur Baeringsson 21 + 17 rebs. Jon Olafur Jonsson 20. Magni Hafsteinsson 17


Fjolnir in Top league - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir made it back to top league by beating Valur for second time in the play-offs and now 96-77
With great first period 38-11 the game was in their hand. Fjolnir is very young but great tallented team that will be interested to see in next years.
Score at halftime 55-26 It was only in last quarter that Valur did compeat in this game. Three years in a row Valur loose in the finals of move up to top league.
Leading scorers for Fjolnir. Haukur Palsson (197-F-92) 18. Roy Smallwood 16 + 11 rebs. Arnthor Gudmundsson 15
For Valur Rob Hodgson 23. Ragnar Gylfason 15


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The 2014 FIBA World Championship Evaluation Commission visits Italy - by Houman Bagheri
GENEVA, Switzerland / ROME, Italy - Upon completing its visit to Spain, which included trips to all five Spanish cities interested in becoming World Championship venues in 2014 (Granada, Sevilla, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Bilbao and Madrid), the 2014 FIBA World Championship Evaluation Commission heads now to Italy in order to conclude its tour of the three candidate countries interested in organizing the 2014 edition of basketballs premier championship.

The three-person 2014 FIBA World Championship Evaluation Commission, composed by Mr. Borislav Stankovic (FIBAs Secretary General Emeritus), Mr. Markus Studer (FIBAs Chief Operating Officer) and Mr. Predrag Bogosavljev (FIBAs Head of Events), will remain in Italy for the whole of next week.

The 2014 FIBA World Championship Evaluation Commissions agenda for next weeks stay in Italy includes several operational meetings, the inspection of the potential facilities (proposed arenas/venues and hotels) and trips to the five Italian cities interested in becoming World Championship venues in 2014: Turin (Monday 30th March), Milan (Tuesday 31st March), Siena and Bologna (Wednesday 1st April) and Rome (Thursday 2nd Friday 3rd April).

In addition, the Commission, accompanied by Mr. Dino Meneghin, President of the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP), will be officially received by the mayors of the above-mentioned cities, as well as by other relevant Italian sport and political authorities.

Once the trips to China, Spain and Italy have been completed and all aspects of the three bids have been carefully revised and all commitments assessed, the 2014 FIBA World Championship Evaluation Commission will prepare in-depth reports which will be brought forward to the FIBA Central Board members.

Then, on 23rd May 2009, at its meeting in Geneva, the FIBA Central Board will decide on the host of the 2014 World Championship for Men.


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Lega2 Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi - Harem SC 74-77
Enel Brindisi narrowly defeated Harem Scafati at home court. Marco Killingsworth scored 20 points and pulled down 17 boards to lead the winners. Marcus Hatten and Sotiris Gioulekas added 17 points each in the victory. Ronald Davis responded with 19 points and 5 boards for harem Scafati in defeat.

Banco Sard. - Vanoli SO 100-97
Banco di Sardegna ensured a tough home win over Vanoli Soresina as Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD) exploded with 33 points, 9 assists and 7 boards. Trent Whiting added 23 points in the 13th win for Banco di Sardegna. Troy Bell responded with 30 points for Vanoli Soresina. Marco Cusin had 24 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Seven 2007 - Crabs RN 67-79
Rimini Crabs defeated Seven 2007 on the road to improve at 13-13 record. German Scarone (190-G-75) was responsible for 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Chris McCray had 15 points, 7 boards and 7 assists in the winning effort. Fabio Ruini responded with 18 points for Seven 2007 Roseto in the loss.

Prima VE - Aget IM 76-61
Prima Veroli held off Aget Imola at home court as Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points and dished out 7 assists. Ivan Gatto contributed 13 points and 11 boards for Prima Veroli as they secured the 16th win in the season. Joseph Bunn had 20 points and 8 rebounds for Aget Imola.

Carmatic PT - Trenkwalder 68-61
Jerry McCullough (179-G-73, college: Pittsburgh) banked 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead Carmatic Pistoia past Trenkwalder. Sylvere Bryan delivered 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Glen McGowan delivered 19 points and 5 rebounds for Reggio Emilia in the losing case.

Edimes PV - Basket LI 91-81
Edimes Pavia knocked down Basket Livorno at home court as Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Thomas Mobley and Jeffrey Viggiano had 18 points apiece for the winners. Marcelus Kemp fired 38 points for Basket Livrono. Jermaine Boyette had 19 points in the losing effort.

Fileni JE - Umana Reyer 85-91
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) knocked down 31 points to lead Venezia past Fileni Jesi on the road. Rodolfo Rombaldoni managed 16 points as Venezia improved at 12-14 record. Michele Maggioli had 26 points and 6 rebounds for Fileni Jesi. Michael Cuffee had 20 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.


SerieA Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas - Solsonica 85-58
Banca Tercas earned the 15th victory as they bruised Solsonica at home. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) finished with 12 points, while Jaycee Carroll added 11 points for the winners. Vangelis Sklavos answered with 18 points for Rieti as they slipped at 9-15 record.

GMAC BO - La Fortezza 74-75
Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) knocked down a late three-pointer to propel La Fortezza past GMAC Bologna on the road. He finished with 14 points as La Fortezza improved at 16-8 record. Earl Boykins contributed 12 points for the winners. Marcelinho Huertas responded with 24 points and 5 assists for GMAC Bologna as they suffered the fourth consecutive loss.

Snaidero - Armani MI 85-88
Jobey Thomas knocked down 4 freebies in the final minute of regulation to seal the road win over Snaidero for Armani Jeans. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the visitors. Jobey Thomas and Mike Hall added 14 points for Armani Jeans. Hector Romero notched 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Udine team in defeat.

NGC Cantu - Premiata 86-74
NGC Cantu celebrated the 12th win in the season as they held off Premiata at home court. Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) scored 23 points to pace the charge. Kevinn Pinkney added 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bryce Taylor responded with 23 points for Montegranaro in the loss.

Scavolini - Benetton 54-81
Benetton enjoyed a cruising road win over Scavolini. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) scored 18 points to lead balanced Benetton effort. Sandro Nicevic and Gary Neal contributed 15 points apiece for the winners. Michael Hicks responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.

Eldo Caserta - Angelico BI 81-85
James Gist (203-F-86) stepped up with 20 points to propel Angelico Biella past Eldo Caserta away from home. Jonas Jerebko produced 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Guillermo Diaz registered 22 points for Eldo Caserta in the loss.


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 22-1 
 2. La Fortezza 16-8 
 3. Lottomatica 15-8 
 4. Banca Tercas 15-9 
 5. Benetton 14-10 
 6. Armani MI 14-10 
 7. NGC Cantu 12-12 
 8. Scavolini 11-13 
 9. Angelico BI 11-13 
 10. Air AV 10-13 
 11. Premiata 10-13 
 12. Solsonica 9-15 
 13. Eldo Caserta 9-15 
 14. Carife FE 8-15 
 15. Fortitudo 7-16 
 16. Snaidero 6-18 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Michael HICKS
  Scavolini
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hicks, Scavolini19.0 
 2. Anderson, Snaidero18.6 
 3. Collins, Carife FE16.8 
 4. Minard, Premiata16.7 
 5. Carroll, Banca T.16.5 
 6. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.3 
 7. Smith, Angelico BI16.1 
 8. Hawkins, Armani MI16.0 
 9. Warren, Air AV15.8 
 10. Boykins, La For.15.7 
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, Benetton8.5 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.7 
 6. Hall, Armani MI7.3 
 7. Romero, Snaidero7.2 
 8. Papadopoulos, GMAC B.7.1 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.6.7 
 10. Pinkney, NGC Can.6.6 
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. Forte, Snaidero3.8 
 7. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 8. Stanic, Scavolini3.6 
 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. Poeta, Banca Tercas2.9 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 8. McIntyre, Montepas.2.8 
 9. Slay, Eldo Caserta2.7 
 10. Smith, Angelico2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.7 
 2. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 4. Akindele, Scavolini1.5 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.4 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.3 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu1.0 
 8. Achara, GMAC B.0.8 
 9. Nicevic, Benetton0.8 
 10. Gist, Angelico0.7 


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. Kemp, Basket LI20.8 
 4. Hatten, Enel Brindisi20.8 
 5. Davis, Harem SC20.5 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO20.2 
 7. Whiting, Banco S.19.5 
 8. Marigney, Edimes P.19.4 
 9. Boyette, Basket LI19.2 
 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.9.0 
 5. Bunn, Aget IM8.3 
 6. George, Umana R.8.3 
 7. Ringstrom, Seven 7.9 
 8. Tyler, Carmatic PT7.8 
 9. Smith, Fastweb CM7.7 
 10. Salvi, Harem7.4 
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.3.8 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.8 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.7 
 8. Nissim, Prima VE3.4 
 9. Busca, Harem SC3.4 
 10. Passera, Cimber.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Phil GOSS
  Crabs RN
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Goss, Crabs RN3.9 
 2. Tyler, Carmatic PT3.9 
 3. Killingswort., Enel B.3.7 
 4. Bunn, Aget IM3.6 
 5. Lloreda, Seven 20073.5 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.5 
 7. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.5 
 8. Boykin, Fileni JE3.3 
 9. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.3 
 10. Pinnock, Seven 20.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni JE
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 2. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.6 
 5. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.0 
 7. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 8. Dickens, Cimberio.0.9 
 9. Tyler, Carmatic PT0.8 
 10. Green, Umana Rey.0.8 


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


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 29-14 
 2. Apache 27-16 
 3. 89ers 24-19 
 4. Albirex 20-23 
 5. Broncos 17-26 
 6. Grouses 10-33 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 33-10 
 2. Five Arrows 29-14 
 3. Evessa 26-17 
 4. Rizing 19-24 
 5. Lakestars 17-26 
 6. Heat Devils 7-36 


BJ League Round: 44 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Grouses - 89ers 81-98
Grouses was defeated by 89ers 81:98 as Rodney Webb (201-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic) and St.Preux Bobby combined 47 points for the winners. Ward Jerod finished the night with 24 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

Apache - Phoenix 72-68
Humphrey John and Dameion Baker (192-F-78, college: Mount Olive) nailed 23 points each as Apache beat Phoenix 72:68. Morrison Marcus produced 24 points in the losing effort.

Five Arrows - Lakestars 86-78
Five Arrows edged Lakestars 86:78 behind 16 points from Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-G-82). Camara Babacar and Okada Yu added 15 each for the win. Rourke Ryan responded with 31 points in defeat and Nash Bobby scored 21.

Golden Kings - Evessa 85-79
Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) collected 23 points and 12 rebounds as Golden Kings beat Evessa 85:79. Kinjo Shigeyuki had 17 and Ayer Chris added 10 points and 16 rebounds. Washington Lynn shined for the guests with 34 points.

Albirex - Broncos 81-69
Albirex outscored Broncos 81:69 in Regular Season Round 44. Yuichi Ikeda (191-G/F-83) paced all the winners with 32 points and Little Emmanuel notched 13. Warren Reginald collected 25 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.

Heat Devils - Rizing 78-93
Heat Devils lost to Rizing 78:93 as Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals. Marlin Bryant netted 19 and Mitomo Kohei posted 16. Price Jefferey ended up with 27 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.


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Parada with ASU in ACC - by Mohammed Malas
Al Ghad Newspaper have mentioned in today's edition that The mexican international center Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine) will be back to Jordan to be part of ASU Sports Club's steup in the 22nd Arab Clubs Championship in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut, from the 25th of April until the 5th of May under the participation of 16 teams.

Parada is well known amongst the fans in Jordan as he played with Fastlink (The ex-name of Zain) for 2 seasons (2005-2006 and 2006-2007) adding to his career in playing in South Korea, Japan, Philippines and Mexico.

ASU is looking to complete the list of imports soon for the big event as 3 imports are allowed to play in the Arabic competition.


JPL Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - Zain and ASU face to face in the Finals - by Mohammed Malas
# Sunday 29/3:

ASU Sports Club 75 - Al Riyadi Amman 60 (Qs: 18-16, 35-29, 50-46 & 75-60)
- Best scorers:
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) '24 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) '20 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '18 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman

Zain 95 - Orthodox 88 (Qs: 20-25, 48-48, 75-68 & 95-88)
- Best scorers:
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '26 pts' from Zain
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '24 pts' from Orthodox
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '22 pts' from Zain
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '21 pts' from Zain
Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) '20 pts' from Orthodox

# JPL Round 1 - Finals (Jordan Time, +3 GMT):
- Friday 3/4:
19:00 Zain X ASU Sports Club


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ASK Riga reclaims third game of the series - by Emiliano Carchia
ASK Riga showcased what the second game of the first round in the play-offs mean as the Latvians got a big revenge against BC Siauliai 61:44 on the road and will play the decisive third game of the series.

During the first quarter both teams fought equally, but ASK Riga took the initiative at the end of it and got a bit bigger lead. However, BC Siauliai cut their deficit to 2 points, but the guests won this period by 5 points - 19:14.

ASK Riga enlarged its lead to 9 points early in the second quarter, while BC Siauliai appeared scoreless. Just a couple possessions after that Marius Runkauskas launched a three-pointer to give his team the lead in double figures for the first time all game long - 28:17. Yet, the guests did not capitulate too early and fused their deficit to just a minimal one as Saulius Kuzminskas connected a jumper with just 36 seconds left to play in the first half - 27:28. Players went to the locker-rooms as the scoreboard showed 27:31 up by ASK Riga.

BC Siauliai once again came closer when Stefhon Hannah made a lay-up (31:33), but the guests ran away and kept the distance for a long time. They regained the lead in double figures, while the quarter ended 37:45.

BC Siauliai faced difficulties scoring against the opponents and could not make a single basket in 4 minutes of play in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, ASK Riga took a full advantage of that by scoring 7 straight points. The difference between teams became 20 points, when Uvis Helmanis made a free throw (53:39). The rest of the time was just a formality.

Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds for the winners, U.Helmanis added 14 points. S.Hannah and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (202-F-89) (7 rebs.) both had 12 points for BC Siauliai. (source: www.bbl.net)


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Play-Offs Schedule - by Maarouf Mawloud

QUARTER FINALS (Best Of 3 Games)

(A)Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut v/s Blue Stars
Game 1: Tuesday March 31 at 21.30----->Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut court

Game 2: Friday April 3 at 21.00----->Blue Stars court
Game 3 (If Necessary) Monday April 6 at 22.00----->Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut court

(B)Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut v/s Kahraba Zouk
Game 1: Wednesday April 1 at 19.00----->Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut court
Game 2:Friday April 3 at 19.00----->Kahraba Zouk court
Game 3:(If Necessary) Sunday April 5 at 16.00----->Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut court

(C)Champville v/s Tebnine
Game 1:Thursday April 2 at 19.00----->Champville court
Game 2:Saturday April 4 at 16.00----->Tebnine court
Game 3 (If Necessary) Tuesday April 7 at 21.30----->Champville court

(D)Al Moutahed Tripoli v/s Antranik Beirut
Game 1:Wednesday April 1 at 19.00----->Al Moutahed Tripoli court
Game 2:Saturday April 4 at 16.00----->Antranik Beirut court
Game 3:(If Necessary) Monday April 6 at 19.00----->Al Moutahed Tripoli court



NIGEL DIXON will replace Rodney Buford in Riyadi - by Maarouf Mawloud
Dixon Nigel (210-C/F-80, college: W.Kentucky) arrived to Beirut to join Riyadi for the remainder of the season
He's born Sep.6, 1980 in Samford (Florida)
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Dixon Nigel (210-C/F-80, college: W.Kentucky) is on of the most powerful low post players you will ever find. He is an immovable force on the low block and is an outstanding rebounder (led the entire NCAA in rebounds per minute) and presence on the defensive end. In addition, he has developed some crafty low post moves. Nigel has shown his true dedication and focus by shedding over 100 pounds and being in the best shape of his life. He runs the court well for a man his size and his strength is unmatched on the court. He had an outstanding veterans' camp with the Detroit Pistons but was unfortunately their last cut. A future NBA player and possible overseas star, Nigel is a very coachable player and is known as a very polite and good person


Standings - Div.1
Div.1 Standings
 1. Army 13-4 
 2. Kahraba 12-4 
 3. Tadamon 11-4 
 4. Animation 11-5 
 5. Ghazir 10-6 
 6. Antonins 9-5 
 7. Club Central 8-8 
 8. St.Georges 7-8 
 9. Homenetmen 5-10 
 10. Tebnine 4-12 
 11. ENB 1-14 
 12. Anoubine 0-11 


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Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Mineros 16-2 
 2. Trigueros 11-7 
 3. Ostioneros 8-10 
 4. Hermosillo 7-11 
 5. Fuerza Guinda 5-13 
Southern Division
 1. Caballeros 11-7 
 2. Lobos UAD 11-7 
 3. Frayles 9-9 
 4. Pioneros 6-12 
 5. Coras 5-7 


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


MNT S-League 1.Round : Primorje win in derby - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi win in derby game of 1 Round of Montenegrin Super Basketball league in city of Ulcinj against Basketball Club Ulcinj 69-65 (15-6,18-22,16-10,20-27).Once agin best player of the game are Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) ho score 19 points and 10 reb.Good game in basketball team of Primorje play Tepavcevic 9 points and 10 reb., Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) and Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) score 11 points.In Ulcinj best was Bojan Pelkic ho score 17 points.

ULCINJ - PRIMORJE H.Novi 65-69 (6-15,22-18,10-16,27-20 )
Ulcinj . School center Marshal Tito . Spect 600.Reff Sutulovic,Koljensic (Podgorica),Kicovic (Bar)
ULCINJ: Pelkic 17p.-4reb, Sekulic 16 points / PRIMORJE : Boris Lalovic 19p.-10 reb, Zarko Dragicevic 11p.,Petar Jovanovic 11p., Tepavcevic 9p -10 reb


MNT S-League 1.Round : Easy win for Buducnost and ABS - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost M:tel - Mornar 86:79 (29:19, 17:14, 22:22, 18:24)
Podgorica - Dvorana Moraca. Gledalaca: 150. Sudije: undic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Nikic), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje).
Buducnost M:tel: Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) 17, M. Popovic 8, Bojovic, Gordic 16, Otaevic 6, Dragicevic 7, Simonovic 14, Maras 6, Dasic 6, M. Ljujic 2, Jenkins 4.
Mornar: N. Ljujic 3, Djurisic 29, Djeloevic 11, Mihailovic 2, Damjanovic 5, Radovic 8, Mijovic 8, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88), N. Popovic 4, Samojlovic 5, Vujsevic 4, Savic.

Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje 89:73
Danilovgrad - Spect: 200. Reff Vojinovic (Niksic), Dragojevic (Podgorica), Savovic (Podgorica). Bu Q. : 21:29, 15:12, 21:16, 32:16.
Danilovgrad: Jovovic 2, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 5, Bogojevic 22, Radulovic 19, M. Staniic, Simonovic 20, B. Staniic 3, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 5, Mijajlovic, Milatovic 6, Manojlovic 7, Vujisic.
ABS Primorje: Bulatovic, Radovanovic 5, Boricic 20, Djecevic, Pajevic 9, Komatina 23, Minic, Bacovic 2, Vujovic 8, Mandic 6, Medic.


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  NBA   


Last games (8) - Nice Saturday for the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Knicks - Bobcats 85-96
The Bobcats outplayed NY Knicks last night mostly owing to Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama), who almost registered triple-double, 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. DJ Augustun followed with 19 and Raja Bell had 14 pts. Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington answered with 18 pts each in loss. Bobcats 33-40, Knicks 29-44.

Pistons - Wizards 98-96
The Pistons grabbed tiny road win in Washington DC jumping to 35-37 record. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) was a key player in his team with 31 points. Antawn Jamison came up with 21 pts for the loosing side.

Bucks - Heat 85-102
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) led his Miami Heat to 39-34 record nailing 27 points and dishing out 7 assists last night. Udonis Haslem also had important role adding 16 pts and 12 boards. The Bucks got 32 points from Richard Jefferson, falling to 31-43.

Clippers - Rockets 93-110
Ming Yao came up with double-double, 21 points and 15 rebounds, leading his Rockets to 48-26 record. Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) also shined netting 21. Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman nailed 17 and 16 points respectively in defeat.

Warriors - Nuggets 116-129
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) once again led his team to victory, this time collecting 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Linas Kleiza added 22 pts in 21 minutes. The Warriors got 30 pts, 5 rebs and 5 as from Jamal Crawford. Nuggets 48-26, Warriors 25-48.

Suns - Jazz 99-104
45-27 for the Jazz and 40-33 for the Suns after this game. Mehmet Okur paced the hosts with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Deron Williams had 21 pts and 13 assists. Steve Nash scored 20 pts for the Suns.

Grizzlies - Trail Blazers 66-86
Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) and LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up for the Blazers last night combining 39 points. OJ Mayo led the scorers in loss with 12 pts. The Blazers jumped to 46-27, while the Grizzlies dropped to 18-54

Pacers - Bulls 106-112
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) shined for the Bulls last night draining 25 points. John Salmons had 22 and Tyrus Tomas scored 18, plus grabbed 8 rebounds. On the other side, Danny Granger was on fire scoring 32 points.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Wade, Heat29.8 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.4 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.6 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.4 
 6. Granger, Pacers24.9 
 7. Martin, Kings24.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers23.2 
 9. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 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, Bobcats10.1 
 9. McDyess, Pistons9.9 
 10. Yao, Rocke.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Paul, Hornets10.9 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.6 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.7 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.5 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 7. Davis, Clippers8.1 
 8. Wade, Heat7.5 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.4 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.3 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.1 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.8 
 6. Wallace, Bobcats1.8 
 7. Brewer, Jazz1.7 
 8. Davis, Clippers1.7 
 9. Ariza, Lakers1.7 
 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. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Perkins, Celtics1.9 
 8. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 9. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 10. Lopez, Ne.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 56-19 
 2. 76ers 37-35 
 3. Nets 30-44 
 4. Knicks 30-44 
 5. Raptors 28-45 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 60-13 
 2. Pistons 36-37 
 3. Bulls 36-39 
 4. Bucks 31-43 
 5. Pacers 31-43 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 54-18 
 2. Hawks 43-31 
 3. Heat 39-34 
 4. Bobcats 33-40 
 5. Wizards 17-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 49-26 
 2. Trail Blazers 46-27 
 3. Jazz 45-27 
 4. Timberwolves 21-53 
 5. Thunder 20-53 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 59-15 
 2. Suns 40-34 
 3. Warriors 25-48 
 4. Clippers 18-56 
 5. Kings 16-56 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 48-25 
 2. Rockets 48-26 
 3. Hornets 45-28 
 4. Mavericks 43-31 
 5. Grizzlies 18-54 


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  NCAA1   


NCAA Elite 8 in Memphis - by Darryl Reshaw

Today all eyes will be watching the highly anticipated matchup between North Carolina and Oklahoma to see who books the final spot to Detroit.
The real matchup that everyone is talking about is the showdown between Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) who both share the honors of NCAA Player of the Year.
Tyler Hansbrough has been the marquee name in college basketball the past four years and has stayed in Chapel Hill instead of opting for the fortunes of the NBA.
However this year the most heralded big man has been Blake Griffin who has marveled NBA scouts and will be the first player selected in the upcoming NBA 2009 draft.
Blake Griffin is an unreal athletic specimen who at 6'11' & 250lbs has the skills and speed of a natural 6'5' swing man with amazing power.
He is totally unstoppable and he has posted some impressive statistics in this years NCAA Tourney shooting over 78% from the field.
The critics are all favoring North Carolina due to the fact that they have Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87) who will land on NBA rosters soon.
With a healthy Ty Lawson North Carolina has been totally impossible to guard and may be the favorite to win the NCAA Tourney if they adance to the Final Four.

On Friday night the NCAA South Regional provided a nice and warm atmosphere around Fed-Ex Arena.
Eurobasket entered the arena and noticed Jason Capel (6'8''-G/F-80, college: N.Carolina) the former Tar Heel player and brother of Oklahoma's coach Jeff Capel and a host of other notable OU and Syracuse fans wearing their red and orange.
The Sooners overwhelmed Syracuse 84-71 to advance to the Elite Eight.
The game began with the Sooners dominating the first half with superior play from the NCAA Player of the year Blake Griffin who scored 30 points and pulled 15 rebounds and Tony Crocker (6'6''-G-87) scored a career high 28 points for the Oklahoma.
The Sooners took a 39-26 lead at halftime as Syracuse struggled with very poor perimeter shooting.
Tony Crocker began the second half like the first hitting threes from deep as Oklahoma started on a 7-0 run extending their lead to 46-26 in the first two minutes of the second half.
Syracuse woke up a little in the second period but the margin was too great to overcome.
Blake Griffin and Co was too hot to handle even for the supreme effort of Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89) who is a future NBA player.
The nightcap game feaured the mighty North Carolina Tar Heels and Gonzaga who has one of the best mid-major programs in the NCAA.
North Carolina just outclassed Gonzaga to advance to the Elite 8 by a 98-79 score.
Tyler Hansbrough led the Tar Heels with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington both chipped in 19 points each.
The game started with a fast scoring pace with both teams scoring easily and hitting the perimeter shots with North Carolina maintaining a comfortable margin. Ty Lawson was on fire early hitting from everywhere.
North Carolina was just too strong inside and played better defense.
With Ty Lawson running the show the Tar Heels looked awesome and are favorites to make the Final Four.
Gonzaga was fiesty early in the contest going back and forth trading baskets with the mighty Tar Heels.

Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) led Gonzaga with 16 points while Josh Heytvelt (6'11''-F-86) and Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88) chipped in 14 points and 10 points each.
However Gonzaga defense was non existense and they turned the ball over way to often to challenge North Carolina.



Curry joins Blue Devils - by Kevin Cochran
The nation's top transfer is heading to Duke.

Seth Curry (6'1''-G), who led all freshman in scoring this season at Liberty, will sit out next season and joins Duke for the 2010-11 season. He averaged 20.2 points per game for the Flames, but then decided to transfer to an ACC school in North Carolina. The Blue Devils offered a scholarship on Sunday, and Curry accepted.

Curry says the new Duke practice facility, the chance to get a Duke education, and the opportunity to play for the Blue Devils were his deciding factors. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.


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Tobias Jahn and Cal Poly Pomona lost in the NCAA 2 National Championship Game - by Daniel Poerschke
German Power Forward/Center Tobias Jahn (206-F-86) and his Cal Poly Pomona college basketball team lost in the NCAA 2 national championship game versus Findlay 56:53 after overtime on a buzzer-beating tree pointer. Jahn played 28 minutes and scored 14 points (9/5 FG, 8/4 FT) and grabbed 8 rebounds.
The University of Findlay mens basketball team, ranked first in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, made history on Saturday, March 28 by finishing 36-0 after this 56-53 last second victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the NCAA Division II National Championship. The win in Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutual Center marked the first time a NCAA Division II national champion had won 36 games and lost zero.


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Waikato remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
The NBL defending champions Waikato Pistons earned the third consecutive victory in the NBL championship. Earlier today they knocked down the Manawatu Jets 92:83 in Hamilton. The Pistons looked solid right from the start and were gradually taking over in this one. They rolled to a 41:31 lead at halftime. The tempo rose in the second half but the Pistons did not allow the visitors to threaten the margin heading into the fourth quarter up by 12 points. The Jets failed to challenge the league leaders and lost the fourth game in the season. Justin Bailey (188-G-77, college: Hartford) paced the Pistons with 32 points. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) provided 23 points in the win. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) secured 26 points for the Jets in defeat.
Nelson celebrated the second victory as they held off the Easy LPG Bay Hawks 97:74. Phill Jones (196-G-74) was quite productive for the Giants early in the game helping the hosts to build a 29:17 lead after the starting stanza. Nelson maintained the distance enjoying a 51:39 advantage into the second half. The Bay Hawks leaders Charles Bailey and John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) got into foul trouble early in the second half and limited the offensive options for the visitors. In the meantime Phill Jones continued to deliver as Nelson had an 11-point buffer heading into the fourth period. The Bay Hawks came up empty in the fourth quarter and Nelson sealed the deal. Phill Jones netted 32 points to lead the Giants. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) provided 20 points in the winning case. John A. Thomas had 15 points, while Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) finished with 13 points in the loss.


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


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Final regular season statistics for possible POY Tyrone Rayson - by Chris Terrell
Now that the regular season has concluded, here are the final statistics for Buffalo's Player of the Year candidate Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central):

PPG: Rayson was #2 in the PBL at 23.3ppg, Miguel Millien (6'9''-F-83, college: Idaho St.) took the scoring title averaging 25.1
Total Points: #1 in the league with 465, next closest competitor was Stane's Bufford (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Michigan) with 427
MPG: #2 in the PBL at 39.3 minutes per game
Total Minutes Played: #1 in the PBL with 786
2FG%: 58.4%, among the league leaders in scoring, Rayson's near 60% clip was near the top
3FG%: 35%, among the league leaders in rebounding, Rayson's 35-100 from long distance showed his versatility
DRPG: #4 in the PBL at 6.6
Total Defensive Rebounds: #1 in the league with 131
ORPG: #2 in the PBL at 3.5
Total Offensive Rebounds: #1 in the league with 70
RPG: #3 in the PBL at 10.1
Total Rebounds: #1 in the league with 201, next closest player was James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara) with 151

I know Player of the Year awards don't normally go to players whose teams didn't experience more success in the win-loss column, but if you were to poll coaches around the league, each one would find a place for Tyrone Rayson in their line-up. The first year Buffalo Stampede battled with issues of depth and injury all season but one thing was clearly evident, Rayson numbers beg for serious consideration in the voting for Player of the Year and All-PBL honors.

You can get more player scouting insight by mail at myspace4hoops@yahoo.com


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rod NEALY
  Ginebra
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 27
 1. Nealy, Ginebra27.0 
 2. Lewis, Rain or Shine27.0 
 3. Sullinger, Coca-Cola26.6 
 4. Thorpe, Purefoods21.5 
 5. Santos, Burger King20.7 
 6. David, Burger King20.4 
 7. Freeman, San M.20.0 
 8. Salvacion, Ginebra19.3 
 9. Yap, Purefoods16.3 
 10. Simon, Purefoo.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jai LEWIS
  Rain or Shine
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lewis, Rain or Shine20.8 
 2. Johnson, Santa L.20.0 
 3. Nealy, Ginebra15.8 
 4. Freeman, San M.13.2 
 5. Taulava, Coca-Cola12.7 
 6. Daniels, Burger King11.1 
 7. Clark, Rain or Shine11.0 
 8. Hamilton, Puref.10.3 
 9. Sullinger, Coca-Cola10.2 
 10. Norwood, Rain.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Coca-Cola
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola6.0 
 2. Mercado, Rain o.5.2 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.2 
 4. Nealy, Ginebra5.0 
 5. Arboleda, Burger K.4.7 
 6. Hamilton, Puref.4.5 
 7. Villanueva, San M.4.2 
 8. Taulava, Coca-Cola4.0 
 9. Yap, Purefoods3.8 
 10. Daniels, Burger Ki.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Purefoods
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hamilton, Puref.3.0 
 2. Daniels, Burger King2.0 
 3. Yap, Purefoods1.5 
 4. Robinson, Purefoods1.5 
 5. Baguio, Burger King1.4 
 6. Nealy, Ginebra1.3 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.2 
 8. Yap, Purefoods1.2 
 9. Villanueva, San M.1.2 
 10. Vergara, Purefoo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Burger King
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Daniels, Burger King2.1 
 2. Hrabak, Barako Bull2.0 
 3. Aquino, Santa Lucia2.0 
 4. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.8 
 5. Santos, Burger King1.4 
 6. Mamaril, Ginebra1.3 
 7. Yeo, Santa Lucia1.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Barako B.1.0 
 9. Pingris, San Miguel1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Pur.1.0 


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


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Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Illiabum 18-10 
 2. Sampaense 16-11 
 3. Queluz 14-13 
 4. Esgueira 13-14 
 5. Galitos FC 13-15 
 6. Sangalhos 10-18 
 7. Electrico FC 8-19 
 8. Barcelos 8-19 
 9. Angra 8-20 
 10. Maia 7-20 
 11. Seixal 7-20 
 12. Atletico 2-26 


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Al Arabi, Rayyan, Qatar Club and As Sadd Make it Through to Semi Final Round of Emir's Cup - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Al Arabi Club, Al Rayyan, Qatar Club and As Sadd Sports Club all qualified from the group stages of the Emir Cup Final. Qatar Club finished first in Group One and play Al Arabi Club, runners up in Group 2, while As Sadd Sports Club, who qualified second from Group 1, take on Al Rayyan, winners of Group 2.

Emir's Cup

Preliminary round

Group 1 Final Standings

*Qatar Club (2-1)
*As Sadd Sports Club (2-1)
Al Jaysh Army SC (2-1)
Al Gharrafah (0-3)

* qualify by virtue of better points difference

Group 2 Final Standings

Al Rayyan (3-0)
Al Arabi Club (2-1)
Al Ahli Sports Club (1-2)
Al Wakrah (0-3)

(Win-Loss in parentheses)


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CSU Ploiesti and CSU Atlassib Sibiu won the postponed games - by Eurobasket News
CSU Ploiesti and CSU Atlassib Sibiu won the postponed games to improve their positions in the standings. CSU Ploiesti overcame Gaz Metan Medias 85:74 on March 26th at Olimpia Ploiesti arena. The hosts started with 20-15 lead, however were almost caught up at the halftime. Gaz Metan Medias bounced back in the second period with 20-17 and reduced to 37:35. Moreover the guests tasted the lead at the end of the third period that they won 23-20. CSU Ploiesti however produced 28-16 in the last stanza to clinch the 23rd win. Michael Jones led the winners with 26 points, while Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) added 16. Dumitru Carutasu (204-C-76) collected 13 points and 18 rebounds and Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) notched 12. Thomson finished the night with 15 points, whilst Hargrave and Washington scored 14 each.
CSU Atlassib Sibiu edged Energia Rovinari 91:75 for 18-8 record. Transilvania arena and 1400 spectators saw 28-20 in the opening quarter as the hosts dominated the court. They improved to 6 more points at the halftime providing 21-15 in the second frame. Energia Rovinari managed to win the third period with 20-19, however could not reach the hosts. CSU Atlassib Sibiu produced 23-20 in the last quarter and clinched the necessary victory. Brandon Johnson (185-G-86, college: ODU) paced all the winners with 23 points. Scott notched 20 and Popa Calota added 15. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Hafford delivered 16 points in the losing effort.


Div.A Round: 29 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Pitesti 70-75
Targoviste lost to Pitesti 70:75 as David Lawrence (201-F-85, agency: AMI, college: Charleston) paced all the winners with 26 points and Dumitru Liviu added 18.

U.Mobitel.CN - Rovinari 90-86
U.Mobitelco improved to 19-8 record beating Rovinari 90:86. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) led the winners with 22 points, while Silvasan Mihai and Roberts Terrence nailed 17 each. Troupe Porter ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

Dinamo B. - Rapid B. 89-53
Dinamo outscored Rapid 89:53 sending them to the 28th loss. Viorel Mocanu (205-C-77) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Markovic Stojadin netted 16.

Tirgu Mures - Craiova 86-67
Tirgu Mures improved to 13-14 record beating Craiova 86:67 in Regular Season Round 29. Marius Pociukonis (189-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Cooley JuJuan had 16 points and dihed out 10 assists. Tomic Branislav ended up with 22 points for the guests.

CSU Brasov - Timisoara 77-75
CSU Brasov edged Timisoara 77:75 for 19-8 reord in the top game of Regular Season Round 29. Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) and Broadus Rashaun combined 40 points for the winners. Markovic Nenad netted 19 in defeat, while Dzambic Rade scored 16.


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 23-3 
 2. Timisoara 20-7 
 3. U.Mobitel. CN 19-8 
 4. CSU Brasov 19-8 
 5. CSU Atlassib 18-8 
 6. Otopeni 16-9 
 7. Rovinari 15-12 
 8. Pitesti 15-12 
 9. Gaz Metan 13-14 
 10. Mures 13-14 
 11. Dinamo B. 11-16 
 12. Craiova 10-17 
 13. Targoviste 7-20 
 14. Oradea 2-24 
 15. Rapid B. 0-28 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Matthews, CSU A.21.7 
 2. Lawrence, Pitesti19.3 
 3. Tomic, Craiova18.6 
 4. Obradovic, Otopeni18.0 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.17.9 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.5 
 7. Bulancea, Rapid B.17.1 
 8. Broadus, CSU Brasov16.6 
 9. Reaves, Dinamo B.16.3 
 10. Darby, Rovina.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.11.8 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.1 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.8.7 
 4. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.5 
 5. Jucan, Gaz Metan8.4 
 6. Holmes, Craiova8.2 
 7. Gnjato, Targoviste8.1 
 8. Green, Rovinari7.9 
 9. Lazar, Oradea7.8 
 10. Obradovic, Otope.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.7.0 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.1 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.5 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.5 
 8. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 9. Fometescu, Dinamo B.3.3 
 10. Mitchell, Craio.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.2 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.0 
 3. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.7 
 4. Mandic, Oradea2.6 
 5. Matthews, CSU A.2.5 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.5 
 7. Washington, Gaz M.2.4 
 8. Mitchell, Craiova2.4 
 9. Blidaru, Otopeni2.3 
 10. Fometescu, Dinamo.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.2 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 4. Pantelic, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.3 
 7. McKenna, Tirgu M.1.2 
 8. Harrison, CSU A.1.2 
 9. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 10. Bubanja, Gaz Met.1.2 


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Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 21-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 15-6 
 3. Khimky 15-6 
 4. Unics 14-6 
 5. Triumph 11-8 
 6. Spartak SP 10-11 
 7. Lok.Rostov 9-11 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 7-14 
 9. Ural Great 6-13 
 10. Univ.Surgut 6-16 
 11. Spartak-P. 4-15 
 12. CSK VVS 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Univ.Surgut
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.0 
 2. Perry, CSK V.17.3 
 3. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.5 
 4. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.4 
 5. Kambala, Krasnoya.15.4 
 6. Bailey, Spartak-P.15.2 
 7. Wisniewski, Spart.15.1 
 8. Meshcharakou, Sparta.14.7 
 9. Washington, Ural G.14.6 
 10. Warrick, Krasno.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 2. Clancy, CSK V.7.2 
 3. Kirksay, Unics6.4 
 4. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.3 
 5. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.2 
 6. Meshcharakou, Sparta.5.9 
 7. Plisnic, Ural Great5.8 
 8. Javtokas, Dynamo M.5.8 
 9. Trushkin, Spart.5.8 
 10. Jones, Ural Gre.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jannero PARGO
  Olympiakos
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 3. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.5.2 
 4. Bremer, Triumph4.9 
 5. Wisniewski, Spart.4.6 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.0 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.5 
 8. Biggs, Ural Great3.5 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 10. Perry, CSK.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Krasnoyarsk
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.5 
 2. House, Lok.Rostov2.4 
 3. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.0 
 4. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 5. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.9 
 6. Biggs, Ural Great1.8 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 9. Marshall, Lok.R.1.7 
 10. McCarty, Khim.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.3 
 2. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.3 
 3. Likholitov, Ural G.1.2 
 4. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.2 
 5. Pervukhin, Univ.Sur.1.2 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 7. Savrasenko, Spart.1.1 
 8. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 10. Khryapa, CS.0.9 


A Superleague Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo M. - Unics 79-53
Dynamo Moscow held off Unics in the capital to take a one-win lead of their opponents in the standings. Sergey Monya (204-F-83) tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds to topscore for Dynamo. Travis Hansen added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the victory. Igor Zamanskiy had 12 points and 6 boards for Unics in the loss.

Univ.Surgut - Khimky 67-75
Khimky held off Universitet Yugra in Surgut. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) scored 17 points and issued 7 assists to lead the visitors. Vitaly Fridzon knocked down 13 points, while Kelly McCarty and Mike Wilkinson had 12 points apiece for the winners. Stjepan Stazic netted 17 points in the losing effort. Lionel Chalmers was limited to 14 points, but added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in defeat.

Triumph - Krasnoyarsk 87-58
Triumph gained the 11th win in the season as they thumped Krasnoyarsk at home court. Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) notched 19 points to lead the charge. Fedor Dmitriev secured 14 points and 8 rebounds for the victors. Denis Beljaev and Curtis Millage finished with 10 points each for Enisey in the loss.

Spartak SP - CSK VVS 92-77
Spartak Saint Petersburg claimed a confident home win over CSK VVS and left the last spot in the ladder. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) fired 28 points and distributed 6 assists to lead Spartak. Yegor Meshcharakou and Zakhar Pashutin added 16 points each for the winners. Sergei Chikalkin and Andrei Ivanov had 17 points apiece for Samara in defeat.

Spartak-P. - Ural Great 93-82
Spartak Primorie celebrated just the third victory in the season as they overwelmed Ural Great in Vladivostok. Nikolay Padius (197-G-80) scored 24 points to lead the hosts. Maurice Bailey added 16 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebonds for the winners. Vanja Plisnic had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Ural Great in defeat.


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Metalac Valjevo lands Zlatko Bolic - by Zoran Popovic
The most efficient player of Serbian Swisslion league in season 2008-2009, Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket), signed contract with KK Metalac Valjevo. During the season in Novi Sad, Zlatko Bolic average scored 22.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists. Bolic started career in Vojvodina and played for them in period 1990-1996 and 2000-2002, when he moved to Crvena Zvezda and played five seasons for them, in period 1996-2000 and 2002-2003. Season 2003-2004 Bolic spend in Strasbourg, season 2004-2005 in Atlas Banka, 2005-2006 in Hemofarm Stada. International career Bolic continued in AEL Larissa 2006-2007, started season 2007-2008 in Trikalla, but in October same season moved to Radnicki Invest Inzenjering Novi Sad and played for them last two seasons.

Serbian B league, round 23rd (Regular season): OKK Beograd definitely in Serbian A league, Vrbas Carnex won against Kikinda - by Zoran Popovic

OKK Beograd-Mladost Cacak 95-79 (24-17, 19-23, 24-14, 28-25)

OKK Beograd: Dragan Mitrovic (192-G-85) 16, Dragan Kruscic 19, Dragovic 12, Vukadinov 4, Korac 3, Simic, Branko Andjic 24, Zivanovic, Vasic 11, Suzic 6, Ivanovic, Dimitrijevic.
Mladost Cacak: Rakovic 3, Papic 14, Terzic 9, Azanjac 16, Vojinovic 2, Tresac 15, Marinkovic 7, Dukanac 11, Grujancic, Grcic, Cirovic, Jakovljevic 2.

OKK Beograd with 18th won this season in Serbian B league, is definitely new member of Serbian A league in season 2009-2010. OKK Beograd better opened the match and finished first quarter with +7 points advantage, but the guests from Cacak made break in the second quarter and finished first half on only +3 points advantage for domestic players. During the most of third quarter teams were equal, but in the last few minutes of that period of the match OKK Beograd made break and finished third quarter with +12 points advantage. In the last quarter guests from Cacak tried to made surprise, but domestic players saved previous advantage. The most efficient player in OKK Beograd was Branko Andjic with 24 points, Dragan Kruscic with 19 points and Dragan Mitrovic with 16 points. For the guests the best role showed Azanjac with 16 points and Tresac with 15 points.

Kikinda-OKK Vrbas Carnex 81-83 (19-22, 16-22, 18-21, 28-18)

Kikinda: Mladenovic 15, Ilic, Tesla, Petrovic 3, Krajnovic 4, Vokic 24, Cvetkovic, Banjanin 11, Trkulja, Simic 9, Zeljkovic, Mihajlovic 5.
OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Perunovic, Bajic 23, Zvijer, Popovic 5, Vojvodic, Matic 15, Kovacevic 4, Pap 9, Markovic 15, Glosac, Vujacic 12.

OKK Vrbas Carnex won very important match for them and saved their place in Serbian B league. In the same time, with that lost match, Kikinda definitely lost their chances to play next season in Serbian B league. Guests from Vrbas controlled the result during the most of the match, but in the last five minutes domestic players made break and took advantage of +6 points for them. But, that wasnt enough, because in last two minutes guests from Vrbas made final break and serie of 8-0 and won the match. Bajic with 23 scored points led Vrbas to the won and the best role for domestic players showed Vokic with 24 points.


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Proleter Naft. 19-4 
 2. Beograd 18-5 
 3. FMP II 15-8 
 4. Superfund 15-8 
 5. Mladost C. 14-9 
 6. Vojvodina Z. 12-11 
 7. Crnokosa 11-12 
 8. Radnicki O. 11-12 
 9. Vrbas 10-13 
 10. Sloboda U. 10-13 
 11. Beovuk 72 8-14 
 12. Crvena Zv. 2 8-14 
 13. Kikinda 7-16 
 14. Maraton 2-21 


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Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Helios 3-0 
 2. Krka 3-0 
 3. Slovan 2-1 
 4. U.Olimpija 2-1 
 5. Polzela 1-2 
 6. Luka Koper 1-2 
 7. Zlatorog 0-3 
 8. Elektra 0-3 
Places 9-13
 1. Zagorje 11-15 
 2. TCG Mercator 10-15 
 3. Epic Misel 8-17 
 4. Alpos S. 7-18 
 5. Nova Gorica 6-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Gil GOODRICH
  Zagorje
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje21.8 
 2. King, Polzela21.2 
 3. Ivanovic, Elektra17.4 
 4. Paris, Zagorje17.3 
 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, Zagorje11.5 
 3. Paris, Zagorje9.5 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.8.2 
 5. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Polzela7.1 
 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: 4.9
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela4.9 
 2. Cmer, Luka Koper4.7 
 3. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Elektra4.6 
 5. Goodrich, Zagorje4.0 
 6. Mocnik, Helios3.7 
 7. Krivec, Krka3.3 
 8. Shields, Krka3.3 
 9. Perko, Nova Gorica3.3 
 10. Jovanovic, Epic Mis.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. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.9 
 5. Goodrich, Zagorje1.8 
 6. Percel, Zagorje1.8 
 7. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.7 
 8. Strnad, Zlatorog1.7 
 9. Snow, Helios1.7 
 10. Novak, Elekt.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Radunovic, Elektra1.7 
 3. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 5. Lucic, Zlatorog1.2 
 6. Hunter, Zlatorog1.1 
 7. Brown, Alpos S.1.0 
 8. Bajramlic, Zagorje0.9 
 9. Jelesijevic, Polzela0.9 
 10. Johnson, Zagor.0.9 


Liga UPC Round: 3 (Elimination Round, with box-scores) - by Eurobasket News

Group 1-8
Polzela - Zlatorog 77-70
Hopsi used a 14-5 run to finish the game. Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points, Shawn King had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Vladimir Anzulovic posted 12 points. Hopsi shot 10-of-19 from 3-point range while Zlatorog made just 3 of 16 3-pointers. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Helios - U.Olimpija 79-78
Helios led as many as 14 points after first quarter and had their largest lead at 56-37 in the third period. Olimpija cut the deficit to 72-75 with 27 seconds left, but Jasmin Jasmin Hukic and Saso Ozbolt missed 3-pointers. Hukic finished with 21 points and Ozbolt added 15. Helios committed 19 turnovers but outrebounded their opponent by 34-22. Nicholas Jacobson (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) scored 19 points in win. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Slovan - Elektra 72-70
Dejan Mlakar made a layup with 4 seconds left in the game. Marko Lekic (211-C-85) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dejan Delic scored 16 points. Elektra had a chance to win but Balsa Radunovic missed 3-pointer at the buzzer. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Krka - Luka Koper 89-86
Krka trailed 77-82 and scored 8 consecutive points to take a lead 85-82. Simon Petrov (190-G-76) posted 23 points, Richard Shields added 22 and Smiljan Pavic had 11 points and 13 rebounds. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


Group 9-13
TCG Mercator - Epic Misel 76-70
TCG trailed 63-67 with 0:20 into the game. Simon Finzgar (196-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) made a pair of free throws and send the game into overtime with 3-pointer to tie the score at 68 after Vjeran Soldo hit just one free throw with 15 seconds left. Finzgar finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Toma Mezek scored 14 points and Mensud Juelvic and Igor Jokic 13 apiece. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Nova Gorica - Zagorje 82-76
Vlado Pasalic (207-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds and Vladimir Gojnic had 11 points and 10 rebounds as Gorica recorded their first consecutive wins of the season. Gorica made a 6-1 run in the final 44 minutes. Marko Marcetic finished with 17 poinst and Darko Kastratovic aded 16. Th* More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Dreke BOULDIN
  Matchmind
  (202-G/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind21.9 
 2. Echols, Cantabria20.2 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.16.8 
 4. Williams, Matchmind16.4 
 5. Llorente, Archena16.0 
 6. Turner, Promobys16.0 
 7. Nelson, Huelva15.8 
 8. Harry, Archena15.4 
 9. Martinez, Navalcar.15.2 
 10. Matamalas, Alai.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zachary ANDREWS
  Guadalajara
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.6 
 2. Mortellaro, ADT T.9.2 
 3. Turner, Promobys9.1 
 4. Mathis, Alcazar8.8 
 5. Williams, Matchmind8.6 
 6. Thompson, Molina8.4 
 7. Echols, Cantabria8.2 
 8. Mugica, Archena8.0 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind7.8 
 10. Ausina, Moli.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Salvador CAMPS
  Cantabria
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Camps, Cantabria7.0 
 2. Monclova, Alcazar5.3 
 3. Rufian, Huelva5.2 
 4. del Tio, Merida4.7 
 5. Llorente, Archena4.5 
 6. Darbo, Huelva4.3 
 7. Nunez, Guadalajara3.9 
 8. Sanchez, Cantabria3.6 
 9. Castello, Matchmind3.6 
 10. Inigo, Guadalaja.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Promobys
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Turner, Promobys2.5 
 2. Martinez, Navalcar.2.4 
 3. Llorente, Archena2.2 
 4. Camps, Cantabria2.1 
 5. Gomez, Huelva2.0 
 6. Monclova, Alcazar2.0 
 7. Comas, Girona1.9 
 8. Sanchez, Cantabria1.9 
 9. Rueda, Promobys1.8 
 10. Matamalas, Alai.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MCLEMORE
  Huelva
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.2 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarrag.1.6 
 3. Williams, Matchmind1.5 
 4. Herndon, Alaior1.3 
 5. Farley, Archena1.2 
 6. Cabeza, Girona1.2 
 7. Williams, V..1.2 
 8. Rodrigo, Navalcar.1.1 
 9. Bouldin, Matchmind1.1 
 10. Turner, Promob.1.0 


ACB, Round 28: Barca beats Joventut, Cajasol celebrates in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza - Bruesa 79-92
Bruesa cruised past CAI Zaragoza mostly owing to Andy Panko (203-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley), who registered double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bernard Hopkins had 13 and Bojan Popovic netted 12 pts. The hosts got 22 points from Paolo Quinteros. Bruesa 9-17, Zaragoza 8-18.

Kalise G.C. - Real Madrid 72-68
Granca was better than real Madrid on the island jumping to 18-8 record (5th place). Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) led the scorers in victory with 14 points. Jim Moran had 11, while Joel Freeland and Melvin Sanders nailed 10 pts each. Felipe Reyes answered with 15 pts for Real (19-7).

Pamesa V. - Cajasol 89-98
Another impressive performance by Cajasol, who now has 8-18 record. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) was on fire draining 37 points (4 triples). Matt Nielsen scored 18 pts for the team from Valenica, who fell to 14-13..

CB Murcia - Tau 85-94
No.1 Tau registered 23rd win in 26 appearances and once again thanks to Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78), who drained 23 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Lamont Barnes had double-double in loss, 22 pts and 12 rebs. His team fell to 7-20.

DKV Joventut - Iurbentia B. 98-77
18th win for DKV Joventut, what is still not enough for the fifth place. Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) and Ricky Rubio scored 14 pts apiece for the hosts. Pau Ribas followed with 13 pts. Bilbao got 20 pts from Janis Blums.

MMT Estudia. - Ricoh Man. 86-65
9-17 for Estu and 13-14 for Manresa after this game. Carlos Suarez (201-F-86, agency: Court Side) stepped up for Estu collecting 20 points and 13 rebounds. Javier Bulfoni netted 15 for the loosing squad.

Regal Barca - Unicaja 95-94
Regal Barca escaped with a tiny home win vs Unicaja for 21-5 record (second place). Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was a key player for the hosts with 25 points. Unicaja got 24 pts and 7 boards from Marcus Haislip, slipping to 19-8.

A.G. Fuenla - Granada 90-74
Antonio Bueno (208-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19, Kristaps Valters had 15 pts, 6 rebs and 8 as, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili drained 13 pts in this victory. Vlado Scepanovic replied with 13 points for the guests. Fuenla 12-14, Granada 9-18.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.3 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla19.5 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.18.6 
 4. Dean, CB Murcia17.9 
 5. Reyes, Real Madrid17.0 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.8 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja16.7 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.16.1 
 9. Navarro, Regal B.16.1 
 10. Splitter, T.15.5 
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 Murcia6.4 
 8. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau6.0 
 10. Eley, Vive Menor.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  DKV Joventut
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut5.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.5.8 
 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. Sada, Regal Bar.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Tau
  (186-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.2 
 2. Rubio, DKV Joventut2.0 
 3. Popovic, Bruesa2.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.7 
 5. Jasen, MMT E.1.7 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.7 
 7. Cook, Unicaja1.7 
 8. Lescano, CAI Z.1.7 
 9. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 10. Jeter, Vive.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Woods, CAI Z.2.3 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 3. Borchardt, Granada1.6 
 4. Barnes, CB Murcia1.6 
 5. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.3 
 6. Ibaka, Ricoh Man.1.2 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Gutierrez, Granada1.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 10. Eley, Vive Menor.1.0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 23-3 
 2. Barcelona 21-5 
 3. Real 19-7 
 4. Unicaja 19-8 
 5. G.Canaria 18-8 
 6. Joventut 18-9 
 7. Pamesa 14-13 
 8. Ricoh Man. 13-14 
 9. Fuenlabrada 12-14 
 10. Bilbao 11-15 
 11. Bruesa 9-17 
 12. Estudiant. 9-17 
 13. Granada 9-18 
 14. Cajasol 8-18 
 15. Zaragoza 8-18 
 16. Murcia 7-20 
 17. Menorca 6-20 


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  SYRIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 21-0 
 2. Jeish 19-2 
 3. Wehda 16-5 
 4. Yarmouk 12-9 
 5. Talee'a 11-10 
 6. Ittihad 11-10 
 7. Hurriya 9-12 
 8. Karameh 9-12 
 9. Wathba 9-12 
 10. Kasyoun 5-16 
 11. Nawayeer 4-17 
 12. Hutteen 0-21 


John Thomas Heads To Ukraine ! - by Emile Aaji
The American ex-nba player John Thomas (205-F/C-75, college: Minnesota) decided to leave the Syrian champions Al Jalaa Aleppo to sign with the Ukranian club Khimik-OPZ Yuzny and he left Syria yesterday .
John has played with Al Jalaa Aleppo this season in Dubai tournament and the Syrian League , He Played 27 games with Al Jalaa Aleppo , 20 league matches won them all , And 7 matches in Dubai tournement won 4 and lost 3 .
Al Jalaa Aleppo played against Al Karameh with one import and won the game 88-72 , and they will play the final game in the regular season against Al Jeish Army Damascus with one import aswell but they can replace John in the Final 4 round which they allready made it .
Al Jalaa Aleppo remain in the 1st position with 21 straight victories unbeated .


Final 6 Places Have Been Taken - by Emile Aaji
After the 21st round of the regular season , Final 6 qualification has been sealed before the final matchday .
Al Jalaa Aleppo ( 21-0 ) led the table and Al Jeish Army Damascus ( 19-2 ) got positon 2 and they both will qualify directly to the final 4 , The game between them in the final round will not be decisive as they both secured their positinos .
Al Wehda Damascus ( 16-5 ) also secured position 3 and they will face the 6th on the table in the final 6 , Al Yarmouk ( 12-9 ) , Al Ittihad Aleppo ( 11-10 ) and Al Talee'a ( 11-10 ) also made the final six but they still have to fight for positon 4 to avoid playing against Al Wehda Damascus and play against the 5th with home court advantage .
Al Yarmouk are more qualified to get positon 4 with one win ahead of Al Ittihad Aleppo and Al Talee'a which they both have the same number of victories but ittihad have beated talee'a by 10 while talee'a beeted Al Ittihad Aleppo by 4 so Al Ittihad Aleppo will have the advantage if they both got the same record at the end of the regular season .
3rd place team Al Wehda Damascus will play against the 6th and the winner will face Al Jeish Army Damascus in the semifinals , 4th against the 5th and winner will face Al Al Jalaa Aleppo .
Hutteen and Nawayeer Have both relegated to the 2nd devision .


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  TAIWAN   


March 29 SBL results - by Chris Wang
Dacin 81-71 BOT
Dacin: B. Allen 20p+18rb, Chang Chih-feng 30p
BOT: Chen SHun-hsiang 24p, Lin Chun-feng 19p

KKL 89-61 TM
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 19p, Chen Ching-hwan 14p
TM: Hsu Tse-shin 15p, Yen Cheng-hong 13p

TB 93-92 PY
TB: Wu Tai-hao 23p, Lin Chih-chieh 20p+8rb, Ho Shou-cheng 17p+8rb, Yang Yu-ming 12p
PY: Chien Chia-hong 23p, Lin Tsun-ching 18p, Tsai Wen-cheng 16p, James Mao 10p

Standing:
Yulon 14-4
Dacin 15-5
TB 14-6
KKL 8-11
PY 7-11
TM 5-14BOT 3-15


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Dacin 15-5 
 2. Yulon Luxgen 14-4 
 3. Taiwan Beer 14-6 
 4. KKL 8-11 
 5. Pure Youth 7-11 
 6. Taiw.Mobile 5-14 
 7. Bank of Taiw. 3-15 


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Kepez Bld
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Fitch, Kepez Bld27.0 
 2. Reese, Aliaga21.8 
 3. Crispin, Banvit20.7 
 4. Lofton, Mersin19.4 
 5. Williams, Banvit19.3 
 6. Gordon, Oyak R.19.2 
 7. Davis, Aliaga18.6 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.18.0 
 9. McCalebb, Mersin17.8 
 10. Baxter, Besikt.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  Karsiyaka
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.2 
 3. Besok, Galatasaray9.1 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld8.9 
 5. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 6. Benton, Karsiyaka8.0 
 7. Ffriend, Mersin7.7 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.7.5 
 9. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen7.5 
 10. Davis, Alia.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Karsiyaka
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka7.8 
 2. Fitch, Kepez Bld5.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 4. Acik, T.Telekom5.6 
 5. Senturk, Darussaf.5.0 
 6. Crispin, Banvit5.0 
 7. Reese, Aliaga4.9 
 8. Gordon, Oyak R.4.6 
 9. McCalebb, Mersin4.6 
 10. Green, Antal.4.3 
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. Mims, Antalya2.1 
 5. Hammonds, Darussaf.2.0 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 7. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka1.9 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 9. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 10. Smith, Efes Pils.1.8 
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. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 6. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.7 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.5 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.3 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.2 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.0 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 22-2 
 2. T.Telekom 19-5 
 3. Fener.Ulker 17-7 
 4. Galatasaray 17-7 
 5. Antalya 14-10 
 6. Mersin 13-11 
 7. Besiktas 13-11 
 8. Oyak Renault 11-13 
 9. Karsiyaka 11-13 
 10. Banvit 10-14 
 11. Selcuk Uni. 9-15 
 12. Darussafaka 9-15 
 13. Erdemir 9-15 
 14. Kepez Bld 8-16 
 15. Aliaga 8-16 
 16. TED Koleji 2-22 


TBL, Round 24: Efes Pilsen and Turk Telekom celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Aliaga - T.Telekom 69-70
The second ranked Turk Telekom escaped with 70-69 road win vs Aliaga for 19-5 score. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in his team with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Charles Davis nailed 20 pts and grabbed 15 rebs for the hosts.

Oyak Renault - Banvit 92-86
11-13 for Oyak Renault and 10-14 for Banvit after this game. Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up for the winners draining impressive 34 points. Joseph Crispin responded with 27 pts in defeat.

Besiktas - Antalya 84-92
Antalya grabbed valuable road win against Besiktas moving up to fifth place with 14-10. The hosts dropped to 13-11 record. Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) paced the guests to victory with 25 points. K'Zell Wesson had double-double for the hosts, 22 pts and 10 rebs.

Kepez Bld - Galatasaray 75-69
Kepez surprised Galata handing it the 7th loss of the season. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) once again shined for the hosts collecting 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Quinton Hosley delivered 17 pts for the guests.

TED Koleji - Erdemir 68-72
Erdemir celebrated 72-68 as a guest against the last ranked Erdemir improving to 9-15 record. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) and Erdal Bibo combined 35 points for the winners. The hosts got 23 pts and 7 boards from Caner Erdeniz.

Efes Pilsen - Karsiyaka 84-60
Powerful Efes Pilsen jumped to 22-2 after home win vs Karsiyaka 84-60. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) stepped up with 18, while Kaya Peker drained two points less. Gerald Brown of Karsiyaka led all the scorers with 19 pts.

Mersin - Selcuk Uni. 89-75
Victory number 13 for Mersin, whose best player was Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Lester McCalebb followed with 19 pts. Ibekwe Ekenechukwu was on high level in loss with 26 pts and 13 boards.

Fener.Ulker - Darussafaka 101-78
Fenerbahce Ulker devastated Darussafaka at home 101-78 joining Galatasaray on third place in TBL with 17-7 record. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 16, while Omer Onan and Semih Erden netted 15 pts each. Visitors got 20 pts from Baris Hersek.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


UConn frosh Walker a man among boys - by David Edole
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The UConn Huskies are blessed with titans on their baseline, a coach seemingly worth every dime of his generous paycheck and gobs of historical mojo in this state.
But when their current march to the Final Four was about to be compromised, their next step required a star turn from the smallest Husky.

Thanks to a fistfight for control of game pace with the Missouri Tigers, UConn's 82-75 win in the West regional final became a showcase for freshman Kemba Walker (185-G-90).

'He played like a man among boys,' A.J. Price, the region's Most Valuable Player, said of his teammate and understudy. 'At times, he just dominated the game.'

In 25 minutes off coach Jim Calhoun's short bench, the 6-foot-1 freshman from the Bronx provided the top-seeded Huskies with 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting), five dimes and five rebounds.

'Today, he was really, really special,' Calhoun, whose team reached Detroit with starting guard Jerome Dyson in street clothes, said of Walker.

With the third-seeded Tigers attempting to goose UConn into a raucous tempo similar to that which overwhelmed the speed freaks from Memphis on Thursday night Walker was expected to have a profound impact on this Elite Eight skirmish.

His options were simple: Be a gullible rookie seduced by the Missouri style or an immeasurably useful asset. Actually, he could be credited with being a bit of both.

'It makes you play that way,' Walker said of Missouri's ability to turn frenzy into an art form. 'That's something I like to do ... play at a fast pace. And I was able to keep my composure out there.'

Walker demonstrated that creating open-floor opportunities can be risky when the other team has the quickest player in the game.

This variable was not unlike what UConn experienced when it coaxed a track meet with UCLA and Tyus Edney during the 1995 West Region final in Oakland.

But Walker's influence on the 2009 region title game threatened to be insignificant when UConn opened with a 13-2 lead.

Three of Missouri's first four field-goal attempts had been either snuffed by Stanley Robinson (he finished with four blocks) or rendered harmless by the presence of a 7-foot-3 access-denial unit named Hasheem Thabeet.

But Thabeet committed his first personal foul on the next play after that margin was established, Calhoun removed him from the game and Missouri took a few more liberties in the lane.

So, with the Tigers now joining the battle, UConn managed to make its shots or with Price often giving in to the pace commit turnovers. The Huskies finished with 11 first-half boo-boos that explain why a 70-percent shooting performance was only good for a 44-38 halftime advantage.

Missouri continued fighting and finally claimed the lead at 50-49 on a layup by Keith Ramsey with 13:36 to play. After both teams co-starred in an interlude of offensive incompetence, Walker who had nine points and four assists in the first half began taking over.

In a 25-second spree, he set up Thabeet for a lay-up, snagged a defensive rebound and scored on a Kemba slice in transition to give UConn a 65-59 edge at 5:13.

But the still-runnin' Tigers closed to within three before Walker struck again. With the shot clock on life support and 2:11 left to play, he waved off a ball screen by teammate Jeff Adrien, spun away from a defender and threw up a wild one-hander that banked in from about 15 feet straight away.

'I told him (Adrien) to get out of my way,' Walker said of his decision to ditch the pick. 'I was turning, turning and I just threw it up. '

Missouri guard and defensive stopper J.T. Tiller was a nearby witness to the play before fouling out a minute later.

'You know, sometimes you got to make plays,' he said. 'And that was just one of those plays that put us back on our heels a little bit. We played great defense for 35 seconds on the shot clock, and he it put it up there. Just described what kind of day it was, you know?'

This bit of Walker panache also was not lost upon Missouri guard Zaire Taylor, who grew up in Staten Island and referred to Walker as the very definition of a Bronx guard.

Asked what defines a Bronx guard, Walker smiled and said, 'Speed. Handle. Just a tough player.'

Price, seated next to the freshman in the interview room, threw in an assist.

'And moxie,' he said.

It turns out that moxie goes a long way, helping drag UConn from Arizona all the way back to Detroit.

'I'm as happy as I can possibly be about a basketball situation,' said Calhoun, whose team did not allow off-court distractions to cause redaction.

Walker was a little emotional, as well.

'After the game, I kind of did cry,' Walker said.

We can't offer any proof, but it's widely believed that even his tears move fast.

by Randy Hill


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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 1 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Cherkasy - DniproAzot 87-95
DniproAzot started the second round of UBL on a positive note claiming a road victory over Cherkasy. Jerel Allen and Chad Eichelberger knocked down 20 points apiece to lead the charge. Marius Janisius (203-F-77) topscored with 21 points for the surprise winners. Feliks Kojadinovic responded with 19 points for Cherkasy.

Group B
Polit.Lviv - Gryfony 116-76
Politekhnika-Halychyna left no chance for visiting Gryfony rallying to a comprehensive win. Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech) fired 16 points and issued 7 assists to pace the Lviv outfit. Volodymyr Gurtovoy contributed 16 points for the winning team. Timur Yevseyevych answered with 17 points for Gryfony.

Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 74-73
Ferro-ZNTU were close to coming up with another big surprise in the round but fell just short losing to Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk. Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) nailed 16 points and collected 9 caroms to pace the hosts. Devin Green added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the winning case. Gjorg Cekovski had 15 points and 9 boards for Ferro in the loss.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


UBL Imports (Updated) - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the updated list of imports in the UAE basketball league....If you have any correction or addition please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail to Mohammed_Malas@hotmail.com.

- An Nahl Sharjah:
Justin Murray (198-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) 'USA'
Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) 'USA'

- Al Shabab:
Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) 'USA'
Edwards Corsley (206-C/F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 'USA'

- An Nasr:
Reggie Butler (207-C-77, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Xavier) 'USA'
Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) 'USA'

- Al Wasl:
Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) 'Ivory Coast'
Randy Holcomb (204-F/C-79, college: San Diego St.) 'USA'

- Al Ahli:
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) 'USA'

- Ash Shaab:
Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) 'Tunisia'


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Capital Secure Much Needed Win - by Andy Webb
In their final home match of the season PAWS London Capital secured their second BBL Championship victory with an 84-82 win over play-off chasing Worcester Wolves.

The result does nothing for the Capital league position but is a reward for improved performances in recent weeks. For Worcester, however, the defeat could be a major blow for their play-off hopes as they now trail BiG Storage Cheshire Jets and Sheffield Sharks in joint eighth by two points.

Capital trailed 40-50 in the third before a 13-6 end to the period brought them back to 53-56 with 10 minutes remaining. The fourth quarter was a high scoring affair which was only decided in the final 60 seconds. A Lekan Popoola (183-G-81) three point play gave London an 80-79 lead, which was added to by two free throws by Popoola and two more from Marcus Knight.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders secured their first winning season in 15 years with a comfortable 83- 64 home victory over Worthing Thunder. The Riders also all but booked their play-off berth as they moved into joint third place in the table.

Worthing led in the third quarter (44-46) but a 10-0 Leicester run, with six from Tommy Swanson, saw them take a 57-50 lead into the final stanza.

A 9-2 tear early in the fourth quarter gave Riders a 69- 54 lead, which Thunder could only trim to 71-59 before a final surge saw them finish the match with their largest advantage of the night.

BBL Championship

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 83 (20,38,57) (James 17, Swanson/Williams/Lamble 15)
Worthing Thunder 64 (18,34,50) (Woods 19, Patton 17, Bargeman 8)


Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders secured their first winning season in 15 years with a comfortable 83- 64 home victory over Worthing Thunder. The Riders also all but booked their play-off berth as they moved into joint third place in the table.

The Riders were shocked into action early in the match as Ryan Patton's three three-pointers for Thunder contributed to a 1-12 start to the game for the visitors. However, once Rob Paternostro had called a timeout Leicester finished the first quarter with a 19-6 run to lead 20-18.

Thunder edged in front 24-25 before an 11-2 Riders burst helped them go in at the interval 38-34 in front.

Once again Worthing led in the third quarter (44-46) but a 10-0 Leicester run, with six from Tommy Swanson, saw them take a 57-50 lead into the final stanza.

A 9-2 tear early in the fourth quarter gave Riders a 69- 54 lead, which Thunder could only trim to 71-59 before a final surge saw them finish the match with their largest advantage of the night.

PAWS London Capital 84 (15,33,53) (Gariba 19, Popoola 18, Knight 17)
Worcester Wolves 82 (17,46,56) (Tshomba 17, Disy 17, Harker 14)

In their final home match of the season PAWS London Capital secured their second BBL Championship victory with an 84-82 win over play-off chasing Worcester Wolves.

The result does nothing for the Capital league position but is a reward for improved performances in recent weeks. For Worcester, however, the defeat could be a major blow for their play-off hopes as they now trail BiG Storage Cheshire Jets and Sheffield Sharks in joint eighth by two points.

Worcester had dominated the first half as they took a 15-17 first quarter lead and extended it to 33-46 by half time.

Capital still trailed 40-50 in the third before a 13-6 end to the period brought them back to 53-56 with 10 minutes remaining.

The fourth quarter was a high scoring affair which was only decided in the final 60 seconds. A Lekan Popoola three point play gave London an 80-79 lead, which was added to by two free throws by Popoola and two more from Marcus Knight.

Wolves could only answer with a last second three from Veron Tabu as Capital celebrated their victory.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 24-4 
 2. Everton T. 22-5 
 3. Guildford H. 19-10 
 4. Plymouth R. 18-12 
 5. Leicester R. 17-12 
 6. Scottish R. 16-14 
 7. Cheshire J. 13-17 
 8. MK Lions 12-17 
 9. Sheffield S. 12-18 
 10. Worcester W. 12-19 
 11. Worthing T. 11-20 
 12. London C. 2-30 


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  VENEZUELA   


A mess after many inspections - by Carlos Santander
Someone is supposed to explaining it, why after many inspections by the LPB's commission; The Multisport Jose Maria Vargas, Arena of the Professional Basketball team Depotivo La Guaira is not good to hold a professional basketball game yet?. At this time it's pointless to mention all those problems that both professional team; La Guaira and Gigantes past thru during the last game. After this Tsunami, a lot of people came out complaining about all those imperfections; including LPB's directory, is talking about that according with the article number 144 of the LPB general rules, Deportivo la Guaira has to pay 3000, oo hard bolivars of penalty because of equipment imperfections and 500, oo hard bolivars because they were short of their own security staff, but what about the inspection LPB did in the past to allowed them to play ball over there? What LPB Arena inspections means? It's really confused!
Governor, basketball fanatics understand your frustration and is understandable that you got up from your comfortable sit to arguing with someone, but not to Coach Nelson Solrzano, he was doing his job. Try to go against the right person or group; if they let you!


Richard Lugo back to the basketball Court - by Carlos Santander
Terrific Venezuelan center Richard Lugo (209-C-73, college: St.Francis,NY) finally resolve any differences between him and his former basketball team Trotamundos de Carabobo, this way, Richard is going to join his friend Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston) in Gigantes de Guayana. The experimented center will be in action on next week after many months trying to solve those legal problems that kept him away from the basketball court; mentioning his name brings back to memory local and international basketball team as; Vaqueros de Bayamon, Halcones de Cordoba, Porrino Spain, Panteras de Miranda, Delfines de Miranda, Trotamundos de Carabobo, Caoneros en Colombia, etc. Now with Gigantes de Guayana, Richard Lugo will be able to show to Venezuelan, he is still the big man that we need in the National team.

Mijares hero in Margarita - by Yelitza La Torre
Toros de Aragua defeated Guaiqueries de Margarita 81-80. In this match between Puerto Rican coaches' strategies, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: McClennan CC) was the hero. Kenya Carper made a three point shot to put the score 78-78. Then after that, Guaiqueries didn't hesitate to give the ball to Cesar Silva who put the score 80-78 for Guaiqueries, but with few seconds remaining to go, Ernesto Mijares made a three point shot to win this exciting game 81-80. Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) was the best Toro with 21 points followed by Alejandro Flores (202-F-81,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 13 and the final seconds hero Ernesto Mijares whom finished the game with 11 points. Guaiqueries had it best men on Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) with 24 points, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) 17 points.

Beast-rriaga - by Wolfgang Lucena
Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) became a beast and scored 27 points to help Trotamundos de Carabobo defeating Marinos de Anzotegui 96-85 in the Valencia's forum. Miguel Marriaga and Mark Botz, both building up a huge fence to stop Marinos offense to this way defeated Marinos de Anzotegui for first time in this 2009 season. Those best men for Trotamundos de Carabobo were Miguel Marriaga with 27 points 8 rebounds and three blocks, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Buffalo) block out 4 balls, captures 7 rebounds and the Uruguayan Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) made 23 points and 3 assist. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) pops out for Marinos de Anzotegui with 23 points and 11 rebounds.


Panteras doesn't dance Gaita

In the Belisario Aponte arena of Maracaibo, Gaiteros Del Zulia had a party to defeat Panteras de Miranda 82-79. Panteras de Miranda has been trying to stop its bad record, but tonight it couldn't be possible versus Gaiteros Del Zulia. Askia Jones (196-G-71, college: Kansas St.) was the best dude for Gaiteros with 19 points followed by Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, college: Weber St.) and Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) with 15 points each one. Devougn Lamont (208-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) was the best one for Panteras with 23 points.




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


News and Stats from Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Four teams that will go to Final Four are known after the second day of the tournament. TEO, Arvi, SK Cesis and TTT Riga won the second games and clinched the place in Final Four.
In Vilnius TEO overcame Berezina-RCOR 88 : 61 for 2-0 in Pool A. The hosts started with 18-13 in the opening quarter and increased the lead to 6 more points at the halftime. TEO looked great in the game and won the rest of the periods. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) paced all the winners with 25 points, Langhorne nailed 19 and Bimbaite posted 13. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Tiamezhnikava scored 17 and Padabed nailed 8.
SK Cesis improved to 2-0 record after 74:59 over TIM-SCUF. Latvian side started with 25-15 and never looked behind after. In the second period Cesis produced 23-15 for 18 points advantage at the halftime. Ukrainian team bounced back with 11-8 in the third period due to the defensive style and could tie the last period at 18-18. As a total that was not however enough to reach SK Cesis. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Young and Tare delivered 14 apiece. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) responded with 21 points in the losing effort as her team dropped to 0-2. Dorogobuzova nailed 12 and Berezynets was responsible for 6 points.
In Klaipeda Arvi did not have any difficulties reaching 2-0 after the win over BC Star 74:39. Lithuanian side opened the game with 20-14 and demolished the opponents in the second period for 16-4. Another 23-6 in the third stanza was too much for the Estonian side in the game. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) and Sauliute paced all the winners with 13 points each, while Paugaite netted 10. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) finished the night with 18 points in defeat.
The game between TTT Riga and Lemminkainen became the most interesting in Day 2. Even though Latvian side was the favorite of the game, Lemminkainen struggled hard and went on a 18:16 lead. TTT Riga bounced back with 15-12 in the second quarter and had 1 points deficit before the second half. Latvian side kept the score for good after 21-17 in the third period and 23-22 in the last. Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) again top-scored for the winners with 20 points, Krumberga added 19 and Brumermane posted 13. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) shined for the Lithuanian team with 29 points. Siksniute provided 14 and Zygelyte nailed 11.

TEO - Berezina-RCOR 88 : 61 ( 18 : 13, 22 : 16, 22 : 19, 26 : 13 )
TEO: Gintare Petronyte 25, Langhorne 19, Bimbaite 13
Berezina: Aksana Dauharukava 19, Tiamezhnikava 17, Padabed 8

BC Star -Arvi 39 : 74 ( 14 : 20, 4 : 16, 6 : 23, 15 : 15 )
BC Star: Ashley Wallace 18, Gregor 8, Kostla 6
Arvi: Ligita Kinkeviciene 13, Sauliute 13, Paugaite 10

TIM-SCUF - SK Cesis 59 : 74 ( 15 : 25, 15 : 23, 11 : 8, 18 : 18 )
TIM-SCUF: Ol'ha Maznichenko 21, Dorogobuzova 12, Berezynets 6
SK Cesis: Kristen Mann 21, Young 14, Tare 14

TTT Riga - Lemminkainen 75 : 69 ( 16 : 18, 15 : 12, 21 : 17, 23 : 22 )
TTT Riga: Merike Anderson 20, Krumberga 19, Brumermane 13
Lemminkainen: Rita Milieskiene 29,Siksniute 14, Zygelyte 11


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


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Sun Fengwu named as head coach of Chinese women's basketball team - by Eurobasket News
BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Sun Fengwu , one of China's best men's basketballers in the 1980s and early 1990s, was on Tuesday unveiled as the head coach of the Chinese women's basketball team by the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

As one of the assistants to former head coach Tom Maher, the 47-year-old Sun saw China finish fourth in the Beijing Olympic Games. The position has been vacant since the Australian's contract with CBA expired after the Beijing Olympics.

Sun, a Chinese international from 1982 to 1992, competed in three Olympics and three world championships and led China to six Asian champions.

After retirement in 1992, he moved to Singapore and was named as its national men's team. He returned to China in 1996 and coached several first division clubs. He has coached women's and men's youth teams since 2002.

Sun's first major competition will be the Asian Championship, which opens on June 21 in Taipei. 'We will warm up for the championship by playing Lithuania, Australia, Canada and the United States,' Sun said.

He said that the players will start their training in late March.

Sun revealed that his team will be mainly composed of youngsters. 'I hope to give priority to the young players,' Sun told Xinhua after the press conference.

He said due to problems of age and injuries, most of the veterans who participated in the Beijing Olympic Games will be left out of the squad. 'Only three to five players will remain in the team,' he said.

'You will see many new faces. These young players has little international experiences and still require going through arduous training,' Sun said.
Courtesy of: http://english.sina.com/


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 18-2 
 2. Horsholm 17-4 
 3. Amager 13-10 
 4. Aabyhoj 12-9 
 5. Falcon 10-10 
 6. Vaerlose 10-14 
 7. Lemvig 8-14 
 8. Horsens 7-14 
 9. Virum 3-21 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


Top women exposure camp in the U.S. - ESL starts it's first summer camp for women players - by Eurobasket
Today women basketball on an international basis is rapidly growing.
The WNBA feature the best players from all over the world and most of their top stars are playing in the top leagues in Europe.
The lucrative six figure contracts are paid in Europe compared to less money in the short season of the WNBA.
There are limited opportunities for females who dont make WNBA teams and play at smaller NCAA programs that lack media exposure.
Last summer Eurobasket received a lot of enquiries from women who were all conference players at mid-major programs and division two All Americans who were searching for international playing opportunities.
There is a market void for a lot of talented female players who are not on the WNBA radar or national team level that can play in Europe.
This summer the ESL will hold an inaugural event for the women seeking exposure to the international market at Fordham University in June.
The ESL Womens event will consist of a network of agents, coaches and international scouts who will provide job opportunities to the international market.
The market for international summer exposure events for men is saturated with too many promoters but the female market does not have a legitimate event.
The ESL for women will provide a significant exposure opportunity for high-caliber players from NCAA, mid-major, NAIA and NCAA II programs.
There are a lot of jobs for women in markets like Israel, France, Finland, Sweden, England, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey just to mention a few.
This event will be an exciting alternative for the Eurobasket Summer League which will add to our outstanding creditability.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 22-1 
 2. Tarbes 22-1 
 3. Villeneuve 15-8 
 4. Union Hainaut 13-10 
 5. Challes 12-11 
 6. Montpellier 12-11 
 7. COB Calais 12-11 
 8. Pays d'Aix 11-12 
 9. Arras 11-12 
 10. Reims 9-14 
 11. Mondeville 9-14 
 12. Landes 7-16 
 13. Clermont 4-19 
 14. Nantes 2-21 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma RANDALL
  Clermont
  (188-C-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Randall, Clermont18.4 
 2. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes16.7 
 3. Mosch, Montpellier16.4 
 4. Das Neves, Clerm.16.1 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.8 
 6. Mosby, Arras15.5 
 7. Robert, ESB V.14.9 
 8. Williams, Mondeville14.5 
 9. Wright, Tarbes14.2 
 10. Laborde, Land.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isabelle YACOUBOU-DEHOUI
  Tarbes
  (195-C-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes10.9 
 2. Robert, ESB V.10.9 
 3. Randall, Clermont10.8 
 4. Neaves, COB Calais9.6 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.8.6 
 6. Mosby, Arras7.8 
 7. Diouf, Landes7.7 
 8. Berezhynska, Reims7.6 
 9. Moore, Nantes7.4 
 10. Ndiaye, Tarb.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Florence LEPRON
  ESB Villeneu.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Lepron, ESB V.4.8 
 2. Wright, Tarbes4.8 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.4 
 5. Sharp, Aix-en-Prov.4.4 
 6. Bouderra, Nantes4.2 
 7. Das Neves, Clerm.4.2 
 8. Wambe, Union H.4.1 
 9. Melain, Bourges4.0 
 10. Englert, Rei.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sarah MICHEL
  Arras
  (178-F/G-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Michel, Arras6.3 
 2. Luptakova, Challes3.0 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges2.9 
 4. Robert, ESB V.2.6 
 5. Stansbury, Union H.2.0 
 6. Mosch, Montpellier2.0 
 7. Anderson, ESB V.1.9 
 8. Williams, Mondeville1.8 
 9. Nikipolskaia, Clerm.1.8 
 10. Skrela, Montpelli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Vaida SIPAVICIUTE
  Arras
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Sipaviciute, Arras1.1 
 2. Van Gorp, Nantes0.9 
 3. Evtoukhovitc., ESB V.0.9 
 4. Ndongue, Bourges0.9 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes0.8 
 6. Drljaca, ESB V.0.6 
 7. Coulibaly, Landes0.6 
 8. Moeggenberg, Tar.0.6 
 9. Melain, Bourges0.6 
 10. Ndiaye, Tarb.0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 24-0 
 2. Esperides 22-2 
 3. Panathinaikos 16-7 
 4. Apollon K. 16-8 
 5. P.Faliro 14-9 
 6. Ano Liosa 14-10 
 7. Apollon P. 12-12 
 8. Panionios 12-12 
 9. Paghiakos 8-16 
 10. M.Aleksandros 8-16 
 11. Aris H. 8-16 
 12. Olympiada L. 7-17 
 13. Siemens 5-18 
 14. Kastoria 0-24 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


ProBuild Lions defend the Cup title - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions - Renes/Binnenland 80:74

ProBuild Lions claimed the second consecutive Dutch Cup title. They defeated Renes/Binnenland in a tight dramatic Final game. Chelsey Warburton (173-G-85, college: Weber St.) came up with 22 points to pace the Lions to the trophy.
The teams kept it close in the first half. They exchanged the strikes as the Lions held on to a minimal 23:21 lead at the first break. Binnenland stiffened defense in the second term and limited the Lions to just 10 points. The teams were separated by just a single point at halftime - 33:32 for ProBuild at halftime. Chelsey Warburton and Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) allowed the Lions to clear off to a 10-point distance in the third frame but Renes/Binnenland would not go away. They capped the stanza strongly to cut the deficit to 7 points 53:60. Binneland closed the margin to 2 points after a bucket from Milly Watkins late in the regulation. Jasmin Overbeeke answered from downtown to soothe it for the Lions. However soon Jeanette Woodberry (172-G-85, college: Davenport) knocked down two free throws to narrow the distance to 2 points 74:76. Binnenland started to foul but Molly McDowell and Ilana Vergunst (169-G-87) made no mistake to seal the victory for the Lions. Molly McDowell provided 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Jeanette Woodberry responded with 30 points for Renes/Binnenland in the losing effort.


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 20-5 
 2. Schio 19-5 
 3. Venezia 19-6 
 4. Faenza 17-8 
 5. Parma 15-9 
 6. San Giovanni 15-10 
 7. Priolo 15-10 
 8. Comense 11-14 
 9. Vomero NA 10-14 
 10. Pozzuoli 10-15 
 11. Umbertide 9-16 
 12. Livorno 7-18 
 13. Ribera 3-21 
 14. Viterbo 3-22 


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. Summerton, Lavezzin.15.0 
 7. Mahoney, Taranto14.8 
 8. Pascalau, Priolo14.1 
 9. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.1 
 10. Moises Pinto, F.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.5 
 2. Gaither, Livorno9.1 
 3. Godin, Taranto8.8 
 4. Hayden-J., Umana R.8.3 
 5. Smith, Comense8.3 
 6. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.0 
 7. Bjelica, Faenza8.0 
 8. Chones, Ribera7.2 
 9. Willis, Umbertide6.7 
 10. Dos Santos, Vomero.6.6 
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. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.0 
 5. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.0 
 6. Greco, Taranto2.2 
 7. Moro, Familia Schio2.2 
 8. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.2.1 
 10. Screen, Lavezz.1.9 
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. Macchi, Familia Schio3.4 
 6. Ballardini, Umana R.3.4 
 7. Micovic, Viterbo3.3 
 8. Screen, Lavezzin.3.3 
 9. Chones, Ribera3.2 
 10. Zampella, Faen.3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa HAYDEN-JOHNSON
  Umana Reyer
  (194-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.7 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. Smith, Comense1.0 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 5. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 6. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.7 
 7. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 8. Batkovic, Taranto0.6 
 9. Ress, Familia Schio0.6 
 10. Chones, Ribe.0.6 


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  LATVIA - Women  


SK Cesis and TTT Riga won the second games - by Eurobasket News
SK Cesis and TTT Riga won the second games and clinched the place in Final Four of Baltic League.
SK Cesis improved to 2-0 record after 74:59 over TIM-SCUF. Latvian side started with 25-15 and never looked behind after. In the second period Cesis produced 23-15 for 18 points advantage at the halftime. Ukrainian team bounced back with 11-8 in the third period due to the defensive style and could tie the last period at 18-18. As a total that was not however enough to reach SK Cesis. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Young and Ieva Tare (185-F-74) delivered 14 apiece. Maznichenko responded with 21 points in the losing effort as her team dropped to 0-2. Dorogobuzova nailed 12 and Berezynets was responsible for 6 points.
The game between TTT Riga and Lemminkainen became the most interesting in Day 2. Even though Latvian side was the favorite of the game, Lemminkainen struggled hard and went on a 18:16 lead. TTT Riga bounced back with 15-12 in the second quarter and had 1 points deficit before the second half. Latvian side kept the score for good after 21-17 in the third period and 23-22 in the last. Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) again top-scored for the winners with 20 points, Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) added 19 and Brumermane posted 13. Milieskiene shined for the Lithuanian team with 29 points. Siksniute provided 14 and Zygelyte nailed 11.


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  LEBANON - Women  


Antranik Beirut vs Homenetmen Antelias in the Cup Final - by Raffi Kassabian
Antranik Beirut will face Homenetmen Antelias in the final game of the Lebanese Cup Competition 2009. In the semi final round Antranik Beirut had an easy win over La Toure Antoura with the score 63-35 while Homenetmen Antelias had a good performance against Riyadi Beirut which resulted to a deserved win with the score 65-56. The final will be played in Fouad Chehab Stadium on Tuesday 31st of March 2009 at 19:30

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  LITHUANIA - Women  


TEO and Arvi clinched the Final Four birth - by Eurobasket News
TEO and Arvi won the second games and clinched the place in Final Four, while Lemminkainen tried hard versus TTT Riga.
In Vilnius TEO overcame Berezina-RCOR 88 : 61 for 2-0 in Pool A. The hosts started with 18-13 in the opening quarter and increased the lead to 6 more points at the halftime. TEO looked great in the game and won the rest of the periods. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) paced all the winners with 25 points, Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) nailed 19 and Bimbaite posted 13. Dauharukava ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Tiamezhnikava scored 17 and Padabed nailed 8.
In Klaipeda Arvi did not have any difficulties reaching 2-0 after the win over BC Star 74:39. Lithuanian side opened the game with 20-14 and demolished the opponents in the second period for 16-4. Another 23-6 in the third stanza was too much for the Estonian side in the game. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) and Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) paced all the winners with 13 points each, while Paugaite netted 10. Wallace finished the night with 18 points in defeat.
The game between TTT Riga and Lemminkainen became the most interesting in Day 2. Even though Latvian side was the favorite of the game, Lemminkainen struggled hard and went on a 18:16 lead. TTT Riga bounced back with 15-12 in the second quarter and had 1 points deficit before the second half. Latvian side kept the score for good after 21-17 in the third period and 23-22 in the last. Anderson again top-scored for the winners with 20 points, Krumberga added 19 and Brumermane posted 13. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) shined for the Lithuanian team with 29 points. Siksniute provided 14 and Zygelyte nailed 11.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


MNT S-League 1.Round : Easy win for Jedinstvo against Roling - by Dragan Scepanovic
Jedinstvo - Roling 90:45 (26: 14, 27:6, 19:14, 18:11)
SC: 'Nikoljac'. Spect 200. Reff: Kajevic i Gumirovic (Bijelo Polje).
JEDINSTVO: Knezevic 17 (2-2), Burdzovic 11 (4-4), Popovic 6, Pavicevic 18 (1-0), Cvijovic, Radivojevic 4 (2-2 ), Jeknic 12 (2-2), Zivana Jankovic (174-G-83) 6, Ruzic 16 (1-1).
ROLING: Jovanovic, Baletic, Stansiic 8 (2-2), Vucic 12 (4-3), Mikovic 6, Orbovic 7 (2-1), Andjela Djurovic 12 (2-2), Milatovic.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


BC Municipal Targoviste wins the Regular Season with no losses - by Eurobasket News
BC Municipal Targoviste wins the Regular Season with no losses as the team reached 26-0 record last night. The game that was the top one of Regular Round 26 saw two teams from the throne. BC Municipal Targoviste proved it one more time and remained undefeated.
BC Teleorman Alexandria lost to BC Municipal Targoviste 62:76. The leader of the League started with 17-12 and improved to 8 more points at the halftime. The hosts tried hard but could not reach the opponents. BC Municipal Targoviste produced 20-18 in the third period to have 55:40 lead before the last period. In the final stanza the guests were defeated 22-21 however clinched the 26th win in a row. Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while AnneMarie Parau (174-G-84) had 16. Toma nailed 12 and Coker scored 9. Valentin was responsible for 6 points and Turoczi ended up with 4. Anca Sipos (183-F/C-85) top-scored with 19 points in the losing effort.
CSS LMK Sfantu Gheorghe is 19-6 and will probably improve to 20-6 in the third position as the team will face Alba Iulia on March 30st. BC ICIM Arad is fourth with 19-7 as the team overcame U Trustul CRE Cluj-Napoca 82:53. CSM Satu Mare has 18-8 after 75:36 over Sp. Studentesc Omnilogic ANEFS . CSM Satu Mare went on a 26-8 lead after the opening quarter and never looked behind after. Claudia Pop (184-F-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 7 steals. Ivan - Urse nailed 12 and Laura Dragoescu (178-G-85) scored 11. Baluta ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


A Superleague Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda O. - Dynamo M. 61-66
Dynamo Moscow clinched the last Semifinal spot as in Game 3 they beat Nadezhda 99:61 with 2500 spectators support. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) paced all the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Kuzina Marina nailed 12. Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) finished the night with 24 points in defeat and Lennox Betty scored 13.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Betty LENNOX
  Nadezhda O.
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Lennox, Nadezhda O.22.4 
 2. Taurasi, Spartak .17.5 
 3. Snell, Dynamo M.17.4 
 4. Jekabsone-Z., Dynamo M.17.1 
 5. Christon, Nadezhda.16.3 
 6. Iakovleva, Spart.14.7 
 7. Bibrzycka, UMMC14.6 
 8. Bokareva, Chevakata14.2 
 9. Jackson, Spartak .14.1 
 10. Kuzina, Dynamo.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.11.6 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC8.6 
 3. Bokareva, Chevakata8.6 
 4. Burse, Dynamo M.8.4 
 5. Iakovleva, Spart.8.0 
 6. Fowles, Spartak .7.9 
 7. Kiseleva, Slavyanka7.6 
 8. Psareva, Dynamo K.7.6 
 9. Wauters, CSKA6.8 
 10. Kuzina, Dynamo.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elena BERSENEVA
  Dynamo N.
  (172-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Berseneva, Dynamo N.5.7 
 2. Snell, Dynamo M.5.3 
 3. Bird, Spartak V MR4.8 
 4. Babusheva, Slavy.4.3 
 5. Lawson-Wade, CS.4.1 
 6. Pondexter, UMMC4.0 
 7. Moore, Chevakata3.8 
 8. Khammon, CSKA3.8 
 9. Taurasi, Spartak .3.7 
 10. Firsova, Spartak3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Loree MOORE
  Chevakata
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Moore, Chevakata2.9 
 2. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.2.3 
 3. Fomina, Dynamo K.2.2 
 4. McCarville, CS.2.1 
 5. Khammon, CSKA2.1 
 6. Valuzyte, Dynamo K.2.0 
 7. Bokareva, Chevakata2.0 
 8. Douglas, CSKA2.0 
 9. Snell, Dynamo M.2.0 
 10. Makhlina, Spa.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.9 
 2. Stepanova, CSKA2.5 
 3. Kiseleva, Slavyanka1.5 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.4 
 5. Fowles, Spartak .1.4 
 6. Myasoedova, Dynamo N.1.4 
 7. Stepanova, UMMC1.1 
 8. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.1.0 
 9. Baranova, UMMC1.0 
 10. Osipova, Sparta.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Murphy, San Jose20.6 
 2. Lyttle, EBE I.18.8 
 3. Valdemoro, Ros C.17.1 
 4. Price, Mariana17.0 
 5. Lovelace-T., Hondar.16.0 
 6. Kresovic, Gran C.15.4 
 7. Perovanovic, Gran C.15.1 
 8. Page, Mariana15.1 
 9. Thomas, Mann F.15.0 
 10. Vega, Maria.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lyttle, EBE I.11.3 
 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. Lovelace-T., Hondar.7.5 
 10. Perovanovic, Gran.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Silvia MORALES
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (170-G/F-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Morales, EBE I.4.0 
 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. Montanana, Ros C.3.0 
 10. Revuelto, San Jo.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. Palau, Ros Casares2.5 
 5. Lyttle, EBE I.2.4 
 6. Revuelto, San Jose2.1 
 7. Vesela, Ros Casares2.1 
 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.1.3 
 3. De Souza, Ros C.1.2 
 4. Ble, Gran Canaria0.9 
 5. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.9 
 6. Snow, Halcon A.0.9 
 7. Turner, Mann F.0.8 
 8. Riley, Rivas Ecopolis0.7 
 9. Holmes, EBE I.0.7 
 10. Pirsic, EBE.0.7 


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 23-1 
 2. Halcon A.Per. 18-6 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 17-7 
 4. Olesa 15-9 
 5. San Jose 15-9 
 6. Mariana 14-10 
 7. EBE Ibiza-PDV 13-11 
 8. Hondar.-Irun 12-12 
 9. Real C.Vigo 11-13 
 10. Cadi la Seu 9-15 
 11. Gran Canaria 6-18 
 12. Mann Filter 5-19 
 13. Extrugasa 5-19 
 14. Estudiantes 5-19 


LFB, Round 24: Ros Casares outguns Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Cadi la Seu - Mariana 67-57
Sonia Reis (189-C-84) was a leading corer in victory with 15 points. Silvia Santos Lus had 11 and Soeli Zakrzeski added 10 pts. Gisela Vega answered with 28 points and 5 boards in defeat. Cadi la Seu 9-15, Mariana 14-10.

Estudiantes - Olesa 87-89
Olesa celebrated in thriller against Olesa remaining on the 4th place, together with San Jose (15-9). Anna Cruz (175-G-86) shined for the winners draining 24 points. Laura Herrera scored 17 pts and grabbed 7 boards for the hosts.

Real C.Vigo - EBE Ibiza-PDV 45-67
Victory number 13 for Ibiza, who again got the most from Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) - 22 points and 15 rebounds. Shannon Johnson helped with 14 pts. Agne Ciudariene also had 14, but for Vigo.

Gran Canaria - Mann Filter 69-44
Very important win for the survival by Granca, who now has 6-18 record. Mann Filter fell to 5-19. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) and Adrijana Knezevic combined 32 points in victory. Visitors didn't have any player with 10+.

Ros Casares - Rivas Ecopolis 74-55
No.1 Ros Casares blasted No.3 Rivas Ecopolis mostly owing to Amaya Valdemoro (184-F/G-76) and Erika De Souza, which combined 30 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Roneeka Hodges answered with 17 points for the guests.

Halcon A.Per. - Hondar.-Irun 76-95
No.2 Perfumeiras faced with disappointing home loss vs Hondarribia falling to 18-6. Helen Santos Luz (175-G-72) came up with 25 and Amra Dapo nailed 21 pts in victory. The hosts got 21 pts from Anke De Mondt.

San Jose - Extrugasa 90-59
15-9 for San Jose and 5-19 for Extrugasa after this game. As usual, Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) led the scorers in victory, this time with 23 points. The same number also had Iziane Castro, but in defeat.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Universit BC Neuchtel: contract extension for Hicks - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Good news for Universit BC Neuchtel: Cameo Hicks (1984, 182, 3-4) agreed on extending her contract for one more season. The former University of Washington player will then enter her third season as a member of the reigning Swiss champion.