EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/6/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dragan LABOVIC
  FMP
  (207-C/F-87)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Labovic, FMP18.2 
 2. Jacobson, Helios16.3 
 3. Shannon, KK Split15.6 
 4. Shields, Krka15.5 
 5. Ikonic, Bosna S.15.3 
 6. Gecevski, Zadar15.1 
 7. Tomic, KK Zagreb14.8 
 8. Stemberger, KK Sp.14.1 
 9. Simon, KK Zagreb14.0 
 10. Micov, Buducno.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  KK Zagreb
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.9 
 2. Gecevski, Zadar8.0 
 3. Borovnjak, Vojvo.7.1 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 5. Samardziski, FMP6.7 
 6. Velickovic, Partizan6.7 
 7. Lasme, Partizan6.6 
 8. Labovic, FMP6.2 
 9. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 10. Fisher, Vojvodi.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Zadar
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stipcevic, Zadar4.6 
 2. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 3. Shannon, KK Split4.2 
 4. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.0 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.6 
 6. Covic, FMP3.5 
 7. Calloway, Cibona3.5 
 8. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.4 
 9. Marinovic, Crvena Z.3.3 
 10. Dixon, Zad.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Eddie SHANNON
  KK Split
  (180-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Shannon, KK Split2.3 
 2. Dasic, Buducnost2.3 
 3. Micov, Buducnost2.1 
 4. Calloway, Cibona2.0 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 6. Otasevic, Buducnost1.7 
 7. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.7 
 8. Stemberger, KK Sp.1.6 
 9. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 10. Sutalo, Vojvodi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  U.Olimpija
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.4 
 2. Lasme, Partizan1.8 
 3. Vranes, Partizan1.7 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.3 
 5. Misanovic, Buduc.1.2 
 6. Roberts, Crvena Z.1.1 
 7. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.0 
 8. Zimic, Bosna S.1.0 
 9. Gecevski, Zadar1.0 
 10. Bajic, Vojvodi.1.0 


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.9 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.6 
 3. Jackson, Penarol18.9 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.4 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.5 
 6. Robinson, Sionista17.1 
 7. Espil, Boca Jrs16.6 
 8. Taylor, Lanus16.6 
 9. Glover, Cicl.Olimpico16.2 
 10. Osborne, Libert.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.6 
 2. Williams, Cicl.Oli.9.3 
 3. Assie, Independ.N.8.6 
 4. Nelson, Estudiantes7.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa7.5 
 6. Taylor, Lanus7.5 
 7. Mikulas, Quimsa7.4 
 8. Levy, Estudiantes7.3 
 9. Kante, Atenas7.2 
 10. Gomez, El Nacion.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP5.0 
 2. Cantero, Sionista4.0 
 3. Franco, Estudiantes4.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Penarol3.9 
 5. Treise, Quimsa3.8 
 6. Titarelli, Obras3.3 
 7. La Bella, Estudiantes3.3 
 8. Cequeira, Regat.3.1 
 9. Martinez, Sionista3.1 
 10. Olmedo, Lan.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Hebraica
  (198-G/F-79)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Johnson, Boca Jrs6.7 
 2. Assie, Independ.N.2.4 
 3. Moodie, Independ.2.2 
 4. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 5. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 6. Marin, Independ.N.2.0 
 7. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 8. Sciutto, Gimn.CR1.9 
 9. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 10. Salles, Quilmes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James MOORE
  El Nacional
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moore, El Nacional2.1 
 2. Smith, Quimsa1.9 
 3. Allen, Quimsa1.9 
 4. Miller, Quimsa1.9 
 5. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.9 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.7 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 8. Smith, Lanus1.3 
 9. Williams, Cicl.Oli.1.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.0.9 


Stats Leaders - TNA

Points Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Gigantes
  (201-C-81)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Johnson, Belgrano.21.3 
 2. Carcamo, San M.21.0 
 3. Ford, P.Echague18.3 
 4. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.3 
 5. Warren, Argentino17.9 
 6. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.9 
 7. Ceruti, San M.17.7 
 8. Sucre, Union17.6 
 9. Miller, A.Italiana17.5 
 10. Fabio, Obera17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carcamo, San M.9.3 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista9.3 
 3. Cutley, Atl.Echague9.1 
 4. Johnson, Belgrano.8.9 
 5. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 6. Robinson, Alma J.8.4 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Brown, Firmat SF7.9 
 9. Whorton, Obera TC7.8 
 10. Fabio, Obera7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.5.0 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.9 
 3. Costa, La Union3.9 
 4. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.0 
 5. Palacios, Alma J.2.6 
 6. Saul, A.Italiana2.6 
 7. Belvedere, San M.2.5 
 8. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.5 
 9. Gornatti, San M.2.4 
 10. Ceruti, San.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Angel LOPEZ
  A.Italiana
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lopez, A.Italiana2.5 
 2. Martin, Union2.3 
 3. Eiguren, P.Echague2.2 
 4. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 5. Pau, La Union2.0 
 6. Ford, P.Echague1.9 
 7. Schoppler, A.Esp.1.8 
 8. Ledesma, Atl.Echa.1.8 
 9. Saul, A.Italiana1.8 
 10. Eiguren, P.Echag.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Argentino
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Espinoza, Argentino1.9 
 2. Nwankwo, San M.1.8 
 3. Rollins, Ciclista1.7 
 4. Mattis, GimnasiaLP1.2 
 5. Brown, Firmat SF1.0 
 6. Robinson, Union1.0 
 7. Porta, Atl.Echague1.0 
 8. Gibson, La Union1.0 
 9. Marshall, C.Entrer.0.9 
 10. Whorton, Obera0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Penney, Breakers23.7 
 2. Ere, Tigers21.4 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze20.4 
 4. Harvey, Blaze20.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats19.6 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles18.7 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers18.5 
 8. Franklin, Hawks18.4 
 9. Worthington, Drago.18.2 
 10. Knight, Spir.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke WHITEHEAD
  Blaze
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Whitehead, Blaze15.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers10.2 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles10.1 
 4. Anstey, Tigers9.8 
 5. Rychart, Hawks8.3 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats8.2 
 7. Rickert, Breakers7.9 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers7.8 
 9. Saville, Hawks7.8 
 10. Knight, Spir.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Shane HEAL
  Blaze
  (182-G-70)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Heal, Blaze5.1 
 2. Dann, Spirit5.0 
 3. Crosswell, Tigers4.9 
 4. Bruce, 36ers4.6 
 5. Boucher, Breakers4.6 
 6. Franklin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Bruton, Breakers4.3 
 8. Hinson, Wildcats4.3 
 9. Maher, 36ers4.2 
 10. Williams, Crocodil.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Williams, Taipans2.1 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles1.8 
 4. Crawford, Wildcats1.7 
 5. Boucher, Breakers1.7 
 6. Martin, Spirit1.6 
 7. Bruton, Breakers1.6 
 8. Anstey, Tigers1.6 
 9. Bowen, Blaze1.6 
 10. Mee, Taipa.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ANSTEY
  Tigers
  (213-C-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anstey, Tigers1.9 
 2. Mee, Taipans1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 4. Frank, Blaze1.2 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.1 
 6. Burston, Dragons1.1 
 7. Darden, Dragons1.1 
 8. Victor, Wildcats1.0 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 10. Smith, Taipa.0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  VEF Riga
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.20.1 
 2. Clark, Valmiera19.4 
 3. Bankevics, Valmiera19.4 
 4. Strupovics, Keiza.19.2 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.19.0 
 6. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas17.6 
 9. Beard, TU/Rock17.5 
 10. Runkauskas, Sudu.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanoka BEARD
  TU/Rock
  (205-F/C-71)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.6 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas7.9 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.4 
 7. Valukonis, Suduva7.3 
 8. Dimsa, Aisciai7.2 
 9. Selakovs, VEF Riga7.1 
 10. Clark, Valmie.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.6 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping4.8 
 3. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 4. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 5. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.4 
 6. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 7. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 8. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.3 
 9. Eidson, Lietuvos4.2 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.2.3 
 4. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 6. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 7. Eidson, Lietuvos1.9 
 8. Skele, Ba.1.9 
 9. Fox, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 10. Mazutis, ASK Ri.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 6. Shukhovtsov, Sakal.1.2 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock1.2 
 8. Berzins, Ba.1.2 
 9. Toome, TTU K.1.2 
 10. Selakovs, VEF Ri.1.2 


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  BELIZE   


Belmopan Teams Undefeated in BECOL Tournament.!!! - by David Magana

The BECOL Tournament in San Ignacio continued this past weekend with five games in the different categories. So far the Belmopan teams participating in the senior category have been winning big. Perk Up Blazers won over Venus Warriors by 62 32 while Cougars Club beat Unitedville Invaders by 62 38. Below are numbers from games played over the weekend:

Friday 27th February

GAME 1
Under 21
Belmopan Trojans 64

Daniel Norberto 16pts 10 rebs 2 blocks
Jarrell Velasquez 12 pts 1 block

Sheng-Li Arnold 11pts

Benque Westside 34

Joe Luis Pech 11 pts 8 rebs
Evan Brown 10 pts 6 rebs
Anthony Codd Jr. 9 pts
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GAME 2
O-35
Belmopan Bandits 47

Fred Morter 15 pts 11 rebs
Fred Banks 13 pts
Alfonso (Fonso) Audinett 11 pts 6 rebs

Tuff Enuff Rebels 44

Rico Black (180-G-75) 17 pts
Darren Bovell (193-F-70) 14 pts
Kaino Green 8 pts 7 rebs

GAME 3
Seniors
Venus Warriors 46

Tom (Tommo) Diego 14 pts
Calvin Welch 10 pts 11rebs
David (Dabo) Frutos 6 pts 8 rebs
Leon Myers 7 pts 5 rebs

Perk Up Blazers 62

Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 14 pts 7 rebs
Benedict Terry (196-F-87) (Big Ben) 10 pts 11 rebs
Erick Reyes 9 pts
Isani Enriquez (186-G/F) 8 pts

Saturday 28th February
GAME 1
Seniors

Cougars Club 62

Jamaal Harris 18 pts 12 rebs
Dorian Jones (186-G) 12 pts 11 rebs
Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 8 pts
Francis Arzu (186-F) 7 pts

Unitedville Invaders 38

Engelbert (Squeaky) Haylock 7 pts
Samuel (Spop) Martinez 5 pts
Vandale Fuller 10 pts
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GAME 2
O-35
Hydro Power 54

Joe (Wapango) Awe 16 pts
Samuel (Spop) Martinez 9 pts 5 rebs
Stephen Usher 8 pts

Belize Bank Veterans 38

Eldon (Don) Gillett 20 pts
Evan Reynolds 7 pts
Cliff (Big Dog) Garbutt 6 pts

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

Friday 6th March Game 1 (U-18) Mount Carmel vs St. Ignatius
Game 2 (U-21) Sacred Heart vs Benques Westside
Game 3 (Seniors) Venus Warriors vs Xtra House Creepers


Saturday 7th March Game 1 (U-21) Flames vs Belmopan Trojans
Game 2 (Seniors) E-3 Stars vs Unitedville Invaders
Game 3 (O-35) Belmopan Bandits vs Tuff Enuff Rebels



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  BOSNIA   


No surprises in Round 22 - by Eurobasket News
Nothing has changed after 22nd round of the Bosnian D1. The teams from the top part of the standings didn't have any troubles to beat their rivals.
Soboda Dita trashed Borac 104-70 mostly owing to Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) and Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86), which nailed 17 points apiece. Igor Josipovic (203-F/C-88) also scored 17, but for the loosing side. Sloboda jumped to 17-4, while Borac fell to 12-8.
Siroki Eronet blasted Leotar with plus 30, 91-61. It means that the team from Siroki Brijeg moved up to position number 4 with 13-7 record. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) stepped up for the hosts collecting 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He had impressive 7 of 7 from behind the arc. On the other side, Dusko Markovic (204-F/C-74) netted 21 points in loss.
After 3 consecutive defeats, Zrinjski finally celebrated. It was against Posusje on the road 88-62. Zdravko Vuckovic (197-F-79) led the winners with 22 points. Boris Dzidic (205-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) had 17.
No.1 in Bosnan top division, Igokea Partizan, got 20-0 officially against Novi Grad improving to 19-1. Hercegovac was better than Grude 78-67 reaching the same score as Mladost, 8-12. These two teams will fight to grab the last train for the next stage. In the last game of the Round Slavia outsmarted Vitez 84-81 for 7-13.


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lupo/Araraq. - Univates/Bira 61-66
Univates/Bira held off Lupo/Araraquara on the road for the third success in the season. Diguinho Del Arco (176-G-79) fired 21 points to pace Univates/Bira. Audrei Parisotto had 12 points and 6 boards in the win. Chico Delben answered with 17 points and 10 boards for Lupo/Araraquara.

Vivo/Franca - Joinville 71-72
Joinville eked out a tough road win over Vivo/Franca as Andre Luiz Manteguinha nailed 21 points. Shilton dos Santos and Antwine Williams added 16 points apiece for the winners. Marcio Dornelles dropped 23 points and pulled down 8 boards for Vivo/Franca.

Universo/BRB - Pinheiros 96-94
Universo/BRB narrlowly defeated Pinheiros at home court to post the 7th win in the season. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points to pace the victors. Arthur Luiz Belchior added 17 points for the hosts. Alex Nascimento managed 30 points and 13 boards for Pinheiros in the loss.

S.Jose/Vinac - GRSA/Bauru 73-84
GRSA/Bauru posted the fourth victory in the season as they sneaked past Sao Jose/Vinac. Daniel Gaucho (197-G/F-86) nailed 25 points for GRSA/Bauru. Ricardo de Azevedo had 16 points in the win. Paulo Nery had 20 points and 5 boards for Sao Jose as they slipped at 2-7 record.

Winner/Limeira - Conti/Assis 80-78
Shamell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) tallied 33 points, 9 assists, 6 steals and 4 boards to lead Winner/Limeira past Conti/Assis on the road. Guilherme Teichmann added 17 points and 8 boards as the visitors climbed at 5-4 record. Anderson Mosso dropped 19 points for Conti/Assis in the losing effort.

Saldanha - Flamengo 81-104
Flamengo maintained their winning rhythm in NBB as they cruised past Saldahna on the road. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 31 points for the league leaders. Helio Vitor Lima added 17 points in the winning case. Eddy Carvalho answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Saldanha.

CETAF - Pitagoras/Minas 69-99
Minas registered the sixth victory in the tournament as they stunned CETAF away from home. Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) and Murilo da Rosa had 17 points apiece for the winners. Evandro Soro added 16 points for Minas. Felipinho Azevedo answered with 18 points for CETAF as they fell at 3-6 record.


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


Stats Leaders - BNL
Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Machado, Flamengo26.8 
 2. Taylor, GR.22.4 
 3. Vinicius, Pinheiros19.5 
 4. dos Santos, Winner.19.4 
 5. Stallworth, Winner.19.1 
 6. Stefanelli, Pauli.19.0 
 7. Klafke, Vivo/Franca18.3 
 8. Nascimento, Pinheiros17.6 
 9. Shipp, Pitagora.17.3 
 10. Morejon,.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shilton DOS SANTOS
  Joinville
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. dos Santos, Joinville11.7 
 2. Nascimento, Pinheiros9.8 
 3. Bambu, Lupo/Ara.9.7 
 4. da Rosa, Pitago.8.6 
 5. Cipriano, Unive.8.3 
 6. Teichmann, Winner.7.7 
 7. Ferreira, Saldanha7.3 
 8. Drudi, Vivo/Franca7.3 
 9. Taylor, GR.6.9 
 10. Felipe, Vivo/Fran.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando PENNA
  Paulistano
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Penna, Paulistano9.7 
 2. Sucatzky, Pitago.6.6 
 3. Taylor, GR.6.1 
 4. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.5.4 
 5. Costa, Vivo/Franca5.3 
 6. Silva, Un.5.2 
 7. Giannecchini, Conti/.5.1 
 8. dos Santos, Winner.5.0 
 9. Soares, Joinville4.4 
 10. Ferreira, S.Jose.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Helinho GARCIA
  Vivo/Franca
  (186-G-75)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Garcia, Vivo/Franca3.3 
 2. Taylor, GR.2.9 
 3. Penna, Paulistano2.7 
 4. Pinheiro, CE.2.4 
 5. Ferreira, Saldanha2.3 
 6. Neto, Lupo/Araraq.2.2 
 7. Felipe, Vivo/Franca2.1 
 8. Machado, Flamengo2.1 
 9. Azevedo, CE.1.9 
 10. Gustavo, Saldan.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Guilherme TEICHMANN
  Winner/Limeira
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Teichmann, Winner.1.8 
 2. Toledo, Lupo/Ara.1.6 
 3. Vinicius, Lupo/Ara.1.5 
 4. Mathias, Paulistano1.3 
 5. Castro, S.Jose/V.1.3 
 6. Felipe, Vivo/Franca1.2 
 7. Garcia, Un.1.1 
 8. Fiorotto, Winner.1.1 
 9. Morro, Pinheiros1.0 
 10. Rodrigues, Conti/.0.9 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


THIRD INTER-SECONDARY SCHOOLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - by David Edole
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports are inviting the public to the Third Inter-secondary Schools Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex from March 7-9 and the games will commence at 6:00 p.m. on March 7 and 8, and at 10:00 a.m. on March 9. There will be an admission fee of $5. Come out and support all the participating schools. For more information contact the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports at 468-3701 ext. 5111.


Kleon Penn records second 100-blocks season for McNeese State - by David Edole
By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY
BVI News Online Chief Sports Correspondent

Playing before his parents for the first time this season, McNeese State University senior Kleon Penn (211-C-86) completed the first back to back 100 blocks season in school history on Saturday night, during the Cowboys' 80-76, overtime loss to Nicholls State.

Penn had three blocks to reach the milestone and dropped in 19 points - the second highest scorer on the team and also pulled a team high seven rebounds - for the 11-16 Cowboys, who fell to 5-9 in Southland Conference play.

Last night, Penn was among three seniors honored in their final home game, but he got into foul that limited his play to just 19 minutes, during a 71-61 loss to Southeastern Louisiana-the same school another BVI athlete, Kyle Francis (track & field) attends. The 6'11' big man poured in 11 points-which tied the team high in scoring. He did not have any blocks in the game. Penn will wrap up his 2-year Cowboys regular season stint on Saturday, at Central Arkansas.

In his two years at McNeese State, Penn has amassed 217 blocks, after establishing the school record of 117 last year, when he broke Edmond Lawrence's 35-year old block shots record of 106, set during the 1972-73 season.


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist jumps to BIBL semifinals in style - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Quarterfinals: Rilski Sportist - Radnicki 034 Group 93-67

Rilski Sportist devastated Radnicki 034 Group in Samokov 93-67 advancing to Final 4. It is the second victory for the Bulgarians against Radnicki in seven days. As a reminder, in the first game, which was played in Kragujevac, Rilski celebrated 91-81. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) shined for the winners yesterday collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) scored 18, while Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13 points. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) was the last one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. On the other side, Danilo Draskovic (207-C-86) was better than the others registering 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 14 and Petar Beader (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on one point less. Rilski was better team from the beginning. Radnicki came to Samokov to try to make a miracle, but after just few minutes it was clear that is not going to happen. Travis Peterson was in a game mood leading Rilski to 26-20 after ten minutes. During the next period the hosts extended their lead even more, 50-39. Radnicki faced with real fiasco in third stanza. Visitors succeeded to score just 7 points in ten minutes, while on the other side Rilski drained 32. That was the end of the Serbian team in BIBL 08/09. Rilski Sportist still doesn't know who will be its rival in the semifinals as Swisslions Takovo and Mega Hypo Leasing didn't play their quarterfinal games yet.

Rilski Sportist: Travis Peterson 24+10 boards, Bogdan Boev 18, Dragoslav Papic 13, Ivan Lilov 10
Radnicki 034 Group: Danilo Draskovic 19+10 boards, Rajko Kljajevic 14, Petar Beader 13


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 17-3 
 2. Cape Breton 15-5 
 3. Dalhousie 13-7 
 4. St.Mary's 12-8 
 5. UPEI 11-9 
 6. Acadia 6-14 
 7. New Brunsw. 3-17 
 8. Memorial 3-17 
CanWest Central
 1. Calgary 17-5 
 2. Alberta 13-9 
 3. Saskatchewan 10-12 
 4. Lethbridge 5-17 
CanWest Great Plains
 1. Brandon 13-9 
 2. Regina 12-10 
 3. Winnipeg 5-17 
 4. Manitoba 4-18 
CanWest Pacific
 1. UBC 21-2 
 2. Victoria 17-6 
 3. Trinity West. 17-6 
 4. Simon Fraser 14-9 
 5. UCFV 7-16 
 6. Thompson R. 2-21 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 12-4 
 2. Laval 10-6 
 3. UQAM 8-8 
 4. Mc Gill 5-11 
 5. Bishop's 5-11 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 21-1 
 2. Ottawa 19-3 
 3. Toronto Univ. 15-7 
 4. Ryerson 12-10 
 5. Queens 7-15 
 6. York 7-15 
 7. Laurentian 5-17 
 8. RMC 0-22 
UOA West
 1. W.Ontario 19-3 
 2. Windsor 15-7 
 3. Mc Master 13-9 
 4. Guelph 10-12 
 5. Waterloo 10-12 
 6. Laurier 9-13 
 7. Brock 8-14 
 8. Lakehead 6-16 


OUA West Final: Western 98 Windsor 66 (FINAL) - by Eurobasket
It was close for about five mintues.
Then the Western Mustangs proved why they are the best in the West, leading after all four quarters and for most of the game. The nationally No. 4 ranked Mustangs rode an 18-3 run late in the first half to win the OUA West Final 98-66 at Alumni Hall on March 4.
With the win, Western qualifies for the CIS national championship, the Final 8, which takes place March 13-15 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
Ottawa will host Windsor in the OUA Third Place Game on March 7 after losing 82-61 to Carleton in the OUA East Final. Because Carleton hosts the national championships, the host spot for the Final 8 will go to the winner of the OUA Third Place Game, while the loser could still qualify for nationals via a wild card berth, to be announced on March 8.
Carleton has advanced to the nationals as OUA East champion, and Western will host the No. 1 ranked Ravens in the OUA Wilson Cup Final on March 7 at 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall.
Tickets for the Wilson Cup are $12 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and youth.
In the OUA West Final, offensive rebounding, solid defensive boards and hot three-point shooting allowed Western to dominate.
Keenan Jeppesen (201-F-84, college: Brown) (Stoney Creek, Ont.) led Western in scoring with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists along with a block and a steal.
Three other Mustangs were in double-digit scoring. Alex Brzozowicz (191-G) (Oak Park, Illinois) was 6/10 from three-point range for 18 points, Bradley Smith (198-F) (Innisfill, Ont.) added 16 points and eight boards and Matthew Curtis (185-G) (Hamilton, Ont.) scored 12 points and dished four assists.
OUA West player of the year Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) (Peterborough, Ont.) paced Windsor with 22 points and eight boards.
Both sides of the gym were open at Alumni Hall, with a capacity crowd over over 1,000 taking in the game. There was a feeling of energy and excitement in the gym with both teams looking for the OUA West title and the guaranteed spot in CIS Nationals, March 13-15 in Ottawa.
The last time Western opened both sides of the gym was in a regular season showdown with McMaster in 2002.
Western went on an 18-3 run to close out the first half to lead 49-33 at the break.
Jeppesen led both teams with 13 points, while Brzozowicz was hot from outside, going four for six from three-point land for 12 points. Smith also had 11 points at the break.
Surmacz had 11 points and five boards for Windsor.
In the second half, Western stretched the lead to as much as 34 points, before subbing in bench support in the fourth quarter.
Stellar defence - Western held Windsor to 36.9% shooting while hitting 50% of their own shots - and balance gave Western the edge in the second half.
With about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Western began to rest key players with the game's outcome determined.

CIS Nationals - The Final 8
(March 13-15, Ottawa, Scotiabank Place)
1. Canada West Champion Calgary
2. Canada West Runnerup UBC
3. OUA East Champion Carleton
4. OUA West Champion Western
5. Quebec Champion Montreal/Concordia
6. AUS Champion (AUS Final 6 runs March 6-8, St. FX and Cape Breton are semifinalists)
7. Host/OUA Third Place Ottawa/Windsor winner
8. Wild Card (announced Sunday March 8 in evening)
For more information, please visit http://www.universitysport.ca/e/final8/2009/index.cfm

CIS Playoff Schedule
(All Times Eastern)
Wedneday March 4
OUA West Final: Western 98 Windsor 66
OUA East Final: Carleton 82 Ottawa 61

Thursday March 5
Quebec Final: UQAM at Concordia, 7 p.m.
AUS Quarter-Final: UPEI vs. Saint Mary's, 6 p.m.
AUS Quarter-Final: Acadia vs. Dalhousie, 8:15 p.m.

Friday March 6
AUS Semifinal: TBA vs. St. FX, 6 p.m.
AUS Semifinal: TBA vs. Cape Breton, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday March 7
OUA Wilson Cup Final: Carleton at Western, 2 p.m.
OUA Third-Place Game: Windsor at Ottawa, TBA
AUS Final: Semifinal Winners, 6:30 p.m.


Carleton Ravens Win their 7th Straight OUA East Mens Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket
RAVENS DEFEAT OTTAWA GEE GEES, 82-61, AT RAVENS NEST. FACE WESTERN SATURDAY IN OUA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
The Carleton University Ravens Mens Basketball team defeated the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, 82-61, to claim their 7th straight OUA East Mens Basketball Championship, for Head Coach Dave Smart it marks his 8th OUA East Title in his 10 years at the helm of the Carleton University Ravens Basketball program.
The Ravens will travel down the 401 to face the University of Western Ontario in the 2009 OUA Mens Basketball Championship Game, the Wilson Cup, on Saturday, March 7th, at 2:00PM. Western won their second straight OUA West crown by defeating Windsor tonight, in London, 98-66. The Ravens defeated Western, 81-56, in last years Wilson Cup, at Carleton. The Ravens won the only 2008-09 OUA regular season game, with Western, 79-74, in London, Ontario, on November 8th, 2008.
The Ravens spotted Ottawa a quick 7-point lead, 9-2, before they went on a 10-point run to erase the early deficit and the led by 4-points, 18-14 after the first quarter. In the second Carleton showed why they are the defending OUA Champions and the CIS Number One Ranked team as they dominated the quarter outscoring Ottawa 26-15 to open a 15-point halftime lead, 44-29. The Ravens continued to control
The game in the second half as they outscored Ottawa by one point in the third and went on to outscore their cross town rivals by 5 in the final quarter for their 21-point victory. The Ravens sweep the 3 OUA regular and post season games from Ottawa in 2008-09 and improve their overall OUA Regular and Post Season record to 23-1 going into the Wilson Cup.
Carleton was led by fifth year senior Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85), Odessa, Ontario who led all scorers with a game high 25-point performance, 9-total rebounds, 6-assists and 2 steals. Doornekamp was selected as the Rogers TV 22/OUA East Championship Game Most Valuable Player. Kevin McCleery (203-F), the fourth year veteran forward from Ottawa, added 17-points and 6-rebounds while Mike Kenny (183-G-85), Ottawa and Rob Saunders (191-G-85), Kingston, Ontario added 11-points each. Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84), Kingston, Ontario., the 2009 OUA East Player of the Year added 6-points, 4-assists and 4 rebounds in the victory over Ottawa.
Tonights victory was the last home game in Doornekamp, Turnbull and Saunders remarkable Carleton University/CIS University Basketball careers.
The Gee Gees were led by Josh Wright (188-G, college: Syracuse), Utica, New York with a team high 13-points. Carleton out rebounded Ottawa 32 to 24 for the game.
The Gee Gees will host the University of Windsor, on Saturday, March 7th in the OUA Bronze Medal Game to determine the third berth from the OUA for the 2009 CIS Mens Basketball National Championship Tournament, March 13-15, 2009, hosted by Carleton University, at Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa 14 15 16 16 = 61
Ravens 18 26 17 21 = 82
Top Scorers:
Ottawa: Wright 13-points/ Ravens: Doornekamp 25-points
Team Rebounds:
Ottawa: 5+19=24/ Ravens: 11+21=32

Courtesy of Carleton


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  CHINA   


New Import tryout in China - by Robert Wang
SHAUN PRUITT will tryout in China in Fu Jiang SBS team. If he passed the trial then he will take the place of Mario Austin. Here is this big guy's info.
Height: 208cm / 6'10''
Position: Center
Born: 1985
245lbs / 112kg
Born: Nov.22, 1985 in Chicago
Full name: Shaun Steven Pruitt
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Career:
Aurora, Ill. (West Aurora H.S.)
2004-2005: Illinois (NCAA): 21 games: 1.4ppg, 19reb, 0ast
2005-2006: Illinois (NCAA): 33 games: 6.2ppg, 5.1rpg, FG: 52.4%, FT: 48.4%
2006-2007: Illinois (NCAA): 35 games: 11.4ppg, 7.5rpg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 51.3%
2007: NBA Draft candidate
2007-2008: Illinois (NCAA): 34 games: 12.6ppg, 7.3rpg, FGP: 57.2%, FT: 56.4%
2008: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 11.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.9%, FT: 75.0%
2008 June: Sacramento Kings (NBA) pre-draft workout
2008 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets)
2008-2009: BK Prostejov (Czech Rep.-NBL), left in Feb.09, then moved to BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL): 1 game: 1pt 4reb 1assist 1block
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Awards/Achievements:
Big Ten Regular Season Champion -05
Big Ten Tournament Champion -05
NCAA Finalist -05
Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -06
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -07
All-Big Ten 3rd Team -07
Big Ten Tournament Finalist -08



Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Rodney WHITE
  Zhejiang G.
  (206-F-80)
  Avg: 35.4
 1. White, Zhejiang G.35.4 
 2. Muoneke, Yunnan34.6 
 3. Rodgers, Jilin33.6 
 4. Snyder, Zhejiang C.32.8 
 5. Jones, Beijing32.3 
 6. Benson, Shaanxi32.2 
 7. Harris, DongGuan30.7 
 8. Harvey, Jiangsu30.5 
 9. Tuck, Shandong30.2 
 10. Williams, Qin.26.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Shanxi Zh.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.19.8 
 2. Benson, Shaanxi18.7 
 3. Harvey, Jiangsu15.8 
 4. Jones, Beijing14.7 
 5. Watkins, TianJ.14.4 
 6. Thompson, Shandong14.3 
 7. Harris, DongGuan14.0 
 8. Watkins, Jiangsu13.5 
 9. Porter, Fujian13.0 
 10. Lauderdale, Sha.12.9 
Assists Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Lu, Fujian9.4 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu7.2 
 3. Tuck, Shandong6.5 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang5.9 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi5.7 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS5.5 
 7. Williams, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning5.0 
 9. White, Zhejiang G.4.9 
 10. Mengke, Xinjia.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Lu, Fujian4.9 
 2. Williams, Qingd.4.4 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.6 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu3.4 
 5. Allen, Xinjiang3.4 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS3.1 
 7. Robinson, Shaanxi2.9 
 8. Tuck, Shandong2.8 
 9. Jones, Beijing2.7 
 10. Porter, Fuji.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith CLOSS
  Liaoning
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Closs, Yunnan4.5 
 2. Lauderdale, Shand.3.7 
 3. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.4 
 4. Harrison, Beijing2.4 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi2.2 
 6. Mo, Bayi2.0 
 7. Watkins, Jiangsu2.0 
 8. McCaskill, Qingd.1.9 
 9. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.1.7 
 10. Thompson, Shando.1.7 


Winding Down...... - by Alex Yam
The CBA regular season is winding down and teams are jostling for playoff position. Teams 5-9 are still fighting for playoff seeding, as only the top 8 make the post season. The last 2 weeks of the regular season is crucial to all but especially to those teams that are either tied or separated by 1 game.


This season has been one of the most exciting ones in recent CBA history. The import MVP likely will come down to 2 veterans, Lee Benson of Shaanxi and Donnell Harvey of Jiangsu, both on playoff teams, and both boasting impressive statistics, and amongst the league leaders in scoring and rebounding.

Tonights games will clear the picture up, as key games such as SBS Fujian v Beijing, Dongguan v Shanxi Zh. could clear up the picture or cause more confusion. We shall see! Good luck to all!


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Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Sanac Karl. 14-3 
 2. Bosco 14-3 
 3. Fortuna 12-5 
 4. Maksimir 10-7 
 5. Rudes 9-8 
 6. Samobor 8-9 
 7. Kaptol 8-9 
 8. Hermes Anal. 8-9 
 9. Zrinjevac 8-9 
 10. Sisak 6-1 
 11. Gorica 5-12 
 12. Zorona K. 0-16 
Group East
 1. Darda 16-0 
 2. Osijek 2006 14-3 
 3. Vukovar 13-4 
 4. Belisce 12-4 
 5. Nasice 9-7 
 6. Zupanja 8-8 
 7. Valpovo 7-9 
 8. Djakovo 4-13 
 9. Virovitica 3-13 
 10. Vinkovci 3-14 
 11. Klasije 1-15 
Group North
 1. Podravac Virje 16-1 
 2. Cakovec 16-1 
 3. Medjimurje C. 14-3 
 4. Petar Zrinski 13-4 
 5. Vindija 12-5 
 6. Graficar 7-10 
 7. Nedelisce 7-10 
 8. Radnik 5-12 
 9. Bjelovar 5-12 
 10. Ivancica 4-12 
 11. Mladost D. 1-15 
 12. Modeks 1-16 
Group South
 1. Kastela 16-1 
 2. Vostarnica 14-3 
 3. Vodice 13-4 
 4. Klesari Kebo 11-6 
 5. Mislav 10-7 
 6. Cetina 8-9 
 7. Jazine 7-10 
 8. Omis Galeb 6-11 
 9. Pet Bunara 5-11 
 10. Solin 5-12 
 11. DOSK 4-12 
 12. Dalvin 2-15 
Group West
 1. Kraljevica 16-1 
 2. Torpedo 15-2 
 3. Crikvenica 11-5 
 4. Puris 10-6 
 5. Pleter 9-8 
 6. Skrljevo 8-9 
 7. Kastav 8-9 
 8. Porec 7-10 
 9. KK Pula 6-11 
 10. Matulji 5-12 
 11. Jadranka 3-14 
 12. Kostrena 3-14 


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Bizaca, Trogir23.7 
 2. Mance, Kvarner NR21.7 
 3. Mimica, Sibenka20.5 
 4. Bradley, Cedevita19.0 
 5. Rimac, Svjetlost18.9 
 6. Vranjes, Dubrovnik18.1 
 7. Petkovic, Sibenka17.5 
 8. Delic, Svjetlost16.3 
 9. Bilan, Sibenka15.1 
 10. Sakic, Dubra.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zoric, Zabok9.6 
 2. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.3 
 3. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.3 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka7.9 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir7.1 
 6. Delic, Svjetlost6.5 
 7. Brkic, Trogir6.1 
 8. Colak, Cedevita6.0 
 9. Vranjes, Dubrovnik6.0 
 10. Sobin, Trog.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Sibenka
  (181-G-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Petkovic, Sibenka5.9 
 2. Sumic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 3. Norac, Svjetlost5.7 
 4. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.9 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita3.7 
 6. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 7. Prejean, Dubrovnik3.4 
 8. Cosic, Dubrava3.3 
 9. Bubalo, Trogir3.0 
 10. Glavinic, Kva.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Norac, Svjetlost3.1 
 2. Prejean, Dubrovnik2.1 
 3. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.1 
 4. Sumic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 5. Maric, Dubrava2.0 
 6. Ivanov, Zabok1.9 
 7. Bosnjak, Dubrava1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj1.4 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.4 
 10. Petkovic, Siben.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Bilan, Sibenka1.1 
 4. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 5. Sobin, Trogir0.9 
 6. Delic, Svjetlost0.6 
 7. Kuljanin, Cedevita0.5 
 8. Parezanovic, Cedev.0.5 
 9. Blesic, Kvarner NR0.4 
 10. Karac, Dubrovn.0.4 


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEL 13-3 
 2. Keravnos 12-4 
 3. Apollon 12-4 
 4. APOEL 8-8 
 5. Achilleas K. 7-9 
 6. AEK 7-9 
 7. Etha 5-11 
 8. ENAD 5-11 
 9. Omonia 3-13 


A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lewis SIMS
  Apollon
  (203-F/C-73)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Sims, Apollon19.4 
 2. Bradford, Achillea.18.3 
 3. Zujovic, Achilleas K.18.0 
 4. Anderson, AEK17.2 
 5. Cooper, AP.17.0 
 6. Car, Etha17.0 
 7. Grgat, Achilleas K.16.9 
 8. Shaw, Apollon16.8 
 9. Merritt, Etha16.3 
 10. Greer, Keravn.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Panagiotis TRISOKKAS
  Keravnos
  (206-C-80)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Trisokkas, Keravnos9.5 
 2. Radunovic, AP.9.0 
 3. Garcia, AP.8.3 
 4. Brown, Apollon7.3 
 5. Merritt, Etha7.3 
 6. Sims, Apollon7.0 
 7. Wilson, ENAD6.9 
 8. Van de Hare, AEK6.9 
 9. Grgat, Achilleas K.6.7 
 10. Blanchard, A.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne FOREMAN
  ENAD
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Foreman, ENAD6.0 
 2. Cooper, AP.4.7 
 3. Barlow, Etha4.3 
 4. Mitchell, AEL4.2 
 5. Anderson, AEK3.9 
 6. Kounounis, AEL3.7 
 7. Smith, Omonia3.5 
 8. Bradford, Achillea.3.4 
 9. Woolridge, Kerav.3.2 
 10. Mujezinovic, A.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Michalis KOUNOUNIS
  AEL
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kounounis, AEL3.7 
 2. Jenkins, Omonia2.6 
 3. Taylor, AEL2.0 
 4. Sikes, Omonia1.8 
 5. Shaw, Apollon1.8 
 6. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 7. Cooper, AP.1.7 
 8. Barlow, Etha1.7 
 9. Foreman, ENAD1.7 
 10. McClendon, Achill.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyle DAVIS
  Reno
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Davis, AEK2.3 
 2. Wiley, AEK2.0 
 3. Whitehead, ENAD1.5 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.1 
 5. Van de Hare, AEK1.1 
 6. Sikes, Omonia1.0 
 7. Kandic, AEK1.0 
 8. Mijovic, Omonia1.0 
 9. Alexander, AEK1.0 
 10. Van Dorpe,.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.7 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.1 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Sarovic, Geofin16.1 
 5. Benes, Podebrady16.1 
 6. Hatcher, Decin15.8 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.5 
 8. Beechum, Prostejov15.2 
 9. Walker, Geofin15.1 
 10. Sanders, Pardubi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Ventspils
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Steffel, Pardubice8.3 
 3. Arnold, Ostrava8.2 
 4. Rogers, Kolin8.1 
 5. Walker, Geofin7.8 
 6. Platt, USK Praha7.6 
 7. Sarovic, Geofin7.5 
 8. Payne, Pardubice6.6 
 9. Bohacik, Ostrava6.3 
 10. Hamm, USK Pra.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.3 
 2. Ames, Kolin5.1 
 3. Mitchell, Ostrava4.8 
 4. Carnecky, Opava4.8 
 5. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 6. Hatcher, Decin4.7 
 7. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 8. Skibniewski, Prost.4.4 
 9. Toth, Liberec4.1 
 10. Kotas, USK Pra.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ian HANAVAN
  Prostejov
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hanavan, Prostejov2.8 
 2. Mitchell, Ostrava2.6 
 3. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 4. Soliver, Podebrady2.1 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 6. Sanders, Pardubice2.0 
 7. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 8. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 9. Ubilla, Geofin1.9 
 10. Lee, Nymbu.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.3 
 2. Walker, Geofin1.4 
 3. Williams, Decin1.3 
 4. Hamm, USK Praha1.2 
 5. Payne, Pardubice1.2 
 6. Benda, Nymburk1.2 
 7. Meno, Liberec1.1 
 8. Miller, Prostejov1.0 
 9. Pelikan, Geofin0.9 
 10. Diakite, Prostej.0.8 


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.2 
 2. White, Anaheim25.6 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota24.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa23.0 
 5. Williams, Austin22.1 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.7 
 7. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 8. Daniels, Erie21.0 
 9. Martin, Iowa20.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakers.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.8 
 2. Sims, Iowa10.6 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.0 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.8 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.7 
 7. Brown, Austin9.5 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa8.9 
 9. Allred, Idaho8.9 
 10. Coleman, Colora.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.4 
 2. Gill, Colorado8.6 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.1 
 4. Stinson, Iowa7.8 
 5. Conroy, Albuquerque7.7 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 7. Jordan, Rio Grande6.5 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota5.9 
 9. Clinkscales, Erie5.6 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.9 
 2. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.8 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Noel, Albuquerque2.5 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.3 
 6. Major, Dakota2.3 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 8. Jordan, Rio Grande2.2 
 9. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 10. Jeffers, Io.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Clippers
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Aus.2.5 
 4. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 5. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 6. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 7. Looby, Rio Grande2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 10. Hendrix, Dako.1.9 


Busy Wednesday of Player Movement - by Surujh Roopnarine
More and more this season we have seen D-League players getting traded. An occurrence that almost never took place during the leagues early years, the 2008-09 season has seen high-profile names such as Dwayne Jones, Demetris Nichols, Ronald Dupree and Gary Forbes change locations. In the first few days of March we have already seen three trades go down seeing six players change addresses. As the league strives to grow more and more akin to the NBA model of basketball operations, maybe next season we will see the three players for one plus a conditional second round draft pick trade.

Anaheim: Signed Ray Reed (5'11''-G-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). The 5'11' guard out of Cal-State Fullerton by way of Georgetown played last season in the WCBL with the Carlsbad Beach Dawgs.

Iowa: Signed former Connecticut swingman Denham Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Connecticut) and waived Brian Evans (6'1''-G-82, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) due to injury. Brown played in eight games at the beginning of this season with Dakota, where he averaged 12.9 points and 3.8 rebounds before leaving in December. Since leaving UCONN he has played for Seattle in the NBA as well as Tulsa and Turkey and Italy internationally. Evans, a veteran guard out of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, appeared in 31 games for the Energy mostly off the bench, averaging 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 50.5% from the field.

Rio Grande Valley: Re-acquired Alpha Bangura (6'6''-F/G-80, college: St.John's) and then traded him to Bakersfield for former USC standout Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC). They also waived Maurice Carter (6'5''-G-76, college: LSU). Bangura, a St. John's product, was leading the Vipers in scoring (18.9ppg) prior to being released on February 14th due to injury. Trepagnier, in his second D-League season after having been named to the All-D-League 1st Team after the 2002-03 season with Asheville, was averaging 10.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games with the Jam this season.

Dakota: Traded Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) to the Reno Bighorns for former Idaho State big man Jesse Smith (6'11''-F/C-82, college: Idaho St.). Benson, one of the most famous D-Leaguers over the last few years, has not matched his past performances this season, as his minutes (19.9), scoring (7.3), rebounds (5.8), assists (0.8) and blocks (1.1) are all down from last year when he was named to the All-D-League 2nd Team. Smith is in his third pro season after leaving Idaho State after the 2005-06 season. This year he is averaging 10.0 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 46.5% in 30 games.

Iowa: Acquired Steve Newman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgia) and waived Aristide Sawadogo (7'0''-C-81, college: Clayton St.) due to injury. Newman, the 69 forward out of Georgia was with Utah until being waived on February 25th. In 27 games he averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. Sawadago is in his second D-League season after having split last year with Austin and Iowa. In 13 games this year he has averaged 0.6 points and 1.4 rebounds.


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  EBA   


Hawks defeat Mustangs - by Gianni Pascucci
In another EBA weekend game, the NoVa Hawks prevailed over the Salem Mustangs, 137-127. The Hawks trailed nearly the entire game but find away to pull it out lead by Joseph Flegler (5'9''-G-85, college: Savannah St.), who performed for 38 pts , 7 ast, 5 rebs and 4 stls, a strong play from Elyon Bush (6'7''-F-85, college: Delaware St.), who added 17 pts and 10 rebs, and an united effort as usual from the deep hawks as a unit. The NoVa team was down as much as 10 points late in the 4th quarter, but a final surge and a huge 3 point basket from Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) sealed their seventh victory in 8 tries keeping them in the hunt for the EBA 2009 title.

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  EL SALVADOR   


LSB at the start - by Jaime Arevalo
This week starts the Apertura edition of the 2009 Liga Superior de Baloncesto de El Salvador. Considering what happened last year, when the Semifinal were suspended after that some clubs dicovered that Oscar Rivera were playing both in ExSal and in a Gatemalan league team, the LSB League Council agreed on some new rules, more clear, that should avoitd these problems. The teams at the start in 2009 are ExSal, the reigning champion after having won the Apertura 2008, runner-up Centro Educativo Denver, Cosmos, UTEC and San Marcos. The new additions are a team named Leones Automoto, made basically of ex alumni of Liceo Salvadoreno H.S. and a club from the town of San Miguel, at the eastern side of the country. According with the new players registration rules, each team will have a maximum of 12 domestic players, and at least one of them has to be aged under 20. The import players quota is a maximum of two, but their registartion is allowed only in the first part of the competiiton, to avoid an unfair, last time strengthening just before the playoffs. Another novelty is that for the first time, there will be a team exchange between the LSB and the Liga Premier. The last placed team of LSB will be relegated in Liga Premier at the end of the Apertuura, and the best team of Liga Premier will play in LSB the Clausura.

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  EUROCHALLENGE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.19.6 
 2. Perry, CSK V.19.5 
 3. Taylor, AEL16.8 
 4. Greene, Sumykhim.16.8 
 5. Besok, Galatasaray15.9 
 6. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.15.8 
 7. Braswell, Cholet15.6 
 8. Langford, La Forte.15.3 
 9. Hill, Liege15.3 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Jerusalem
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Watson, Jerusalem11.4 
 2. Tomic, KK Zagreb9.3 
 3. Falker, Cholet9.3 
 4. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.8.8 
 5. Besok, Galatasaray8.3 
 6. Thomas, Liege8.1 
 7. Szewczyk, Lok.R.7.5 
 8. Greene, Sumykhim.7.5 
 9. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.4 
 10. Bajramovic, BC.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Draper, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 2. Boykins, La Forte.5.9 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.6 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock4.7 
 5. Maceina, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.4.6 
 7. Mitchell, AEL4.2 
 8. Rowland, Telek.4.1 
 9. Conlan, M.Hainaut4.1 
 10. Bremer, Trium.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Amsterdam
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Greene, Amsterdam2.4 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.4 
 3. Braswell, Cholet2.3 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.1 
 5. Atkins, Galatasaray1.9 
 6. Ivory, Dt.1.9 
 7. Langford, La Forte.1.9 
 8. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.8 
 9. House, Lok.Rostov1.8 
 10. Grier, Chol.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 3. Haryasz, Oostende1.7 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.3 
 6. Terry, La Fortezza1.3 
 7. Williams, Banvit1.3 
 8. Johnson, Telek.1.3 
 9. de Jong, Vichy1.3 
 10. Likholitov, Ural.1.2 


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Azovmash
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. El-Amin, Azovmash18.9 
 2. Sundov, ASK Riga18.8 
 3. McCarty, Khimky17.6 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre17.4 
 5. Labovic, FMP17.2 
 6. Neal, Benetton16.8 
 7. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.4 
 8. Eidson, Lietuvos16.3 
 9. Fenn, Art.Dragons15.8 
 10. Gecevski, Zad.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius ALEXANDER
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F/C-75)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Alexander, Ba.9.2 
 2. Sundov, ASK Riga8.8 
 3. Slaughter, Le Havre8.7 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar8.6 
 5. Merriex, Le Havre8.3 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics8.1 
 7. Wallace, Benetton7.8 
 8. Roberts, Crvena Z.7.7 
 9. Dudley, T.Telekom7.6 
 10. Dasic, Buducno.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rashid ATKINS
  Galatasaray
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Atkins, Oostende6.5 
 2. Eidson, Lietuvos5.5 
 3. El-Amin, Azovmash5.2 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas4.7 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar4.5 
 6. Thompson, Le Havre4.5 
 7. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.4 
 8. Price, Dynamo M.4.3 
 9. Lee, Nymburk4.2 
 10. Milisavljevi., Lie.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Besiktas
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chatman, Besiktas3.0 
 2. Mancinelli, Fortitudo2.5 
 3. Lyday, Unics2.3 
 4. Fisher, Kalise G.C.2.1 
 5. Douglas, Pamesa V.2.0 
 6. Thompson, Azovmash2.0 
 7. Stipcevic, Zadar1.9 
 8. Dasic, Buducnost1.9 
 9. Fernandez, Kalise G.1.9 
 10. Thompson, Le Hav.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Townes, PGE Turow3.5 
 2. James, Bnei H.1.8 
 3. Slaughter, Le Havre1.8 
 4. Haryasz, Oostende1.8 
 5. Turek, PGE Turow1.8 
 6. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Van Den Spie., Azovm.1.5 
 8. Huffman, Gmunden1.5 
 9. Mozgov, Khimky1.4 
 10. Freeland, Kalise.1.2 


Mavrokefalidis said: - by Philip Mulryne
European trophy is over for Costa Greek side lost to Khimky at week 5 of the Eurocup last 16 groups. This means , Maroussi is out of the quarter-final competition. Here is Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84)' comments:

'In the beginning ,we knew it will be hard, in the group, there were wealthy Russian teams like Khimky and Dinamo . However, we've started well, got 2 wins. Unfortunately, we could not complete our surprising performance. I don't think we were unsuccessfull. We gave our best, got lots of experience. Now , the aim is The Greek League. '

Marussi started the preparations for domestic league game against PAOK which will take place this Saturday .


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Red's news - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) is back in Athens from the USA since last Thursday. The American forward was operated and was following his physiotherapy in Los Angeles until last week but since his condition improved significantly it was decided that he was ready to return to his base in Athens.
Certainly, Josh Childress refused, when arrived, to set a definite timeline for his return by stating that he is not ready to determine this date until his movements and speed return to the wanted previous standards. He also expressed his joy for being back in Athens, his will to being teammates with Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) and that this has been the longest period he was sidelined due to an injury in his entire career.
What changed actually since that time? Josh Childress is getting better day by day and probably he will be in the 12 players for the Euroleague's game against Milano, taking the place of Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85)
And here appears another problem that came up this week at Olympiacos, despite the whole joy for the win against Panathinaikos on Sunday's game for the Greek championship. Olympiakos' coach Panagiotis Yannakis confronted Sofoklis Schortsanitis in Tuesday's training session regarding the player's refusal to join his teammates at the centre of the court after Sunday's game, in order to celebrate their win. Sofoklis Schortsanitis was called to Panagiotis Yannakis ' office upon his arrival to the training session and after a brief conversation he was told not to train with the team and to leave.
Certainly, not a good situation for the Greek center


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Rakocevic, Tau19.3 
 2. Logan, AseccoPr.17.3 
 3. Warren, Air AV16.2 
 4. Splitter, Tau15.1 
 5. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.15.1 
 6. Teletovic, Tau15.0 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 8. Eliyahu, Maccabi .14.7 
 9. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.5 
 10. Hawkins, Armani14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.6 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .7.7 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans7.7 
 6. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.3 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.7.0 
 9. Ilyasova, Regal B.6.8 
 10. Lasme, Partiz.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.1 
 2. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.1 
 3. Mallet, DKV J.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.6 
 5. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.3 
 6. Prigioni, Tau4.3 
 7. Holden, CSKA3.9 
 8. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.8 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.7 
 10. Tepic, Partiz.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 David LOGAN
  AseccoProkom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Logan, AseccoPr.2.8 
 2. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 3. Stonerook, Montepas.2.2 
 4. Green, Fener.Ulker2.1 
 5. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.9 
 6. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 7. McIntyre, Montepas.1.9 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi1.8 
 9. Calloway, Cibona1.8 
 10. Hawkins, Armani1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Splitter, Tau1.8 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.8 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Lasme, Partizan1.8 
 6. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.4 
 8. McDonald, Tau1.3 
 9. Vranes, Partizan1.2 
 10. Archibald, Unica.1.2 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Wood, Kataja20.6 
 2. Blair, Kataja19.9 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.6 
 4. Brown, LrNM.19.0 
 5. Richards, Compo.18.8 
 6. Smith, KTP18.0 
 7. Scott, Honka18.0 
 8. Richardson, Tarmo17.6 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto17.2 
 10. Williams, K.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.1 
 2. Wood, Kataja12.9 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.5 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.4 
 5. Williams, KTP10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta10.1 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.5 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.2 
 9. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 10. Vinson, K.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, KTP4.3 
 3. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 4. Blair, Kataja4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.3 
 9. Swift, Kouvot3.1 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.1 
 5. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 6. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 7. Yates, FoKoPo1.9 
 8. Wood, Kataja1.9 
 9. Gonner, Korihait1.7 
 10. Cummings, Hon.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.9 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 5. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 7. Spencer, ToPo1.1 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Wood, Kataja1.0 
 10. Perkins, Hon.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Rouen has added Antonio Webb in his roster - by Gregory Caru
Michel Veyronnet,new assistant coach of the french national team( new head coach Collet:ASVEL) has decided to sign another guard with his team Rouen.Veyronnet wasn't satisfied by his 2 point guards Toti but especially Low arrived after kevin Houston's injury.Low is able to score 11ppg and drive his team 4,3apg but he is not really efficient to defend,like against Chatfield(Dijon)or Sciarra(Orleans)!So,Antonio Webb has been signed for the rest of the season,this is a small guard,very fast and good scorer,able to play 1-2.He is not really known in Europe even if he has already played in Brno(CZE 06-07) Horsens(DEN) and last year, Pitesti(ROM) for 11,8ppg 4,6apg.He should play in the pratice with his new partners but not against Hyres(week 20) according to Veyronnet,a very important game for Rouen(7-12) who wants to stay in Pro A! Antonio Webb (178-G-84, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Bethune-Cookman)

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MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje sign Milorad Damjanac - by Eurobasket
MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje signed Serbian center Milorad Damjanac (206-C, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Damjanac played most recently at Vestelspor Manisa (Turkey). He actually started this season in Thor AK in Iceland. However the league had very serious financial problems due to deep recession and the teams released most of the import players. Damjanac managed to get a contract in Turkish 2nd division in December. But it seems he will finish this season in Macedonia. He had a very successful last two seasons playing in NAIA in the USA. Then he spent one year at Oklahoma City On-Point Hoops in American semi-pro league UBL. but he wanted to make it back to Europe using his Bosman status.

Superleague - Round 1, Frye MVP - by Zoran Bogdanovic
Jarrid Frye (190-G-85, agency: Liman Sports, college: Sacred Heart) is MVP of the Superleagues first round with 19 poits, 8 rebounds, 5 stolen, 2 assists and one blocked shot. The best rebounder of the round is Milorad Damjanac with 15 rebounds grabed. Ferspeds guard, Ognen Stojanovski is leader in assists 6.
MZT FERSPED- RABOTNICKI 53:72 (15-13; 15-23; 18-14; 5-22)
MZT: Damjanac 14 pts & 15 rbs, Radulovic 12 pts
FERSPED: Tasovski 16 pts, Trajkovski 15 pts, Simic 10 pts, Pacun 7 pts & 9 rbs
AMAK SP-SWISSLION PELISTER 85:57 (26-22; 20-13; 20-5; 19-17)
AMAK SP: Jarrid Frye 19 pts & 8 rbs, V.Stojanovski 18 pts, Cubrilo 14 pts & 7 rbs, Agoc 13 pts
SWISSLION: Alcev 11 pts
OVCE POLE-FENI INDUSTRI 72:83 (16-28; 24-22; 14-8; 18-25)
OVCE POLE : Ristic 17 pts, Todorovic 15 pts, Ivanovic 12 pts
FENI : Gocevski 16 pts, Samardziski 15 pts, Markovic 14 pts, Markovski 14 pts, Gurov11 pts


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1.Bundesliga Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
NY Phantoms - Noerdlingen 69-70
The game between NY Phantoms and Noerdlingen kept the spectators excited until the last seconds as the guests grabbed 69:70 win. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) led the winners with 17 points and McGhee Monta collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Visser Kyle had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Brose Baskets - TBB Trier 65-62
Rivera Filiberto nailed 16 points and Suput Predrag had 15 as Brose Baskets outscored TBB Trier 65:62. George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) finished the night with 14 points in defeat and Shuler Jamal notched 13.

Duesseldorf - Pad.Baskets 87-90
Duesseldorf lost to Paderborn Baskets 87:90 in Regular Season Round 23 that is divided into games throughout March, April and May. Bryant McAllister (191-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Duquesne) led the winners with 23 points, while Ensminger Chris collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Lottich Matt ended up with 17 points in defeat.

Dt.Bank SKY - EnBW L'burg 68-58
Dt.Bank SKY overcame EnBW Ludwigsburg 68:58 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Wysocki Konrad produced 13. Nagys Tomas finished the night with 18 points and Jones Domonic posted 11.


EWE Basket and Telekom Bonn win the latest - by Eurobasket News
EWE Basket rejuvenated their chances of reaching quarterfinals after bruising La Fortezza in Germany. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) scored 16 points to lead the hosts to the second win in Group J. Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) added 13 points for the winners. La Fortezza were not rescued by 23 points from Earl Boykins.
In another game of the group BC Kyiv ensured their quarterfinal appearance with win in Turkey. Manuchar Markoishvili nailed 23 points to lead BC Kyiv to the fourth win in Group J. Artur Drozdov added 18 points and 8 boards in the victory. Galatasaray that looked doomed right from the start answered with 13 points from Quinton Hosley. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Anthony Tolliver had 12 points each in the inglorious loss for the Turkish team.
German Telekom Baskets beat EiffelTowers Den Bosch on the last day of the Top 16 Round 5 on Wednesday to leave three teams in Group I with 2-3 records. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) was unstoppable with 27 points, while Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) netted 10. Akerboom Kees finished the night with 24 points in the losing effort. Richardson Anthony scored 19 and Downey Taron ended up with 11.


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Omari WESTLEY
  Noerdlingen
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.6 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.3 
 3. Paulding, EWE B.15.2 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen15.0 
 5. Bowman, Telekom B.14.9 
 6. Fenn, Art.Dragons14.6 
 7. Jeanty, Noerdlingen14.6 
 8. Gardner, EWE B.14.5 
 9. Rowland, Telek.14.5 
 10. Katic, Walter Tige.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.1 
 3. McGhee, Noerdlin.8.3 
 4. Katic, Walter Tigers7.7 
 5. Gordon, Dt.7.6 
 6. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.2 
 7. Westley, Noerdlingen6.8 
 8. Rouse, LTi 46ers6.4 
 9. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.3 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  ratiopharm
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.6 
 2. Gardner, EWE B.4.1 
 3. Franklin, NY Phant.4.1 
 4. Rowland, Telek.4.0 
 5. Watson, Bremerha.4.0 
 6. Jenkins, ALBA3.9 
 7. Anderson, Walter T.3.9 
 8. Rivera, Brose B.3.6 
 9. Bailey, Goettingen3.5 
 10. Schaffartzik, LT.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  Goettingen
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Trice, Goettingen3.0 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.2.6 
 4. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 5. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 6. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 7. Foster, EWE B.1.6 
 8. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 9. Paulding, EWE B.1.5 
 10. Peete, Duesseldo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ken JOHNSON
  Telekom B.
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Telek.3.0 
 2. Reiner, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.2 
 5. Boumtje Boum., EWE B.1.0 
 6. Gibbs, ratiopharm0.9 
 7. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 8. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 9. Visser, NY Phant.0.8 
 10. Majstorovic, EWE.0.8 


Steve Esterkamp(Paderborn Baskets) Pregame T'houghts to Paderborn Baskets-Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game March 8th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio) is a 198cm forward playing his fifth season for the Paderborn Baskets. He played at Ohio University from 1999-2003 averaging 11,7ppg and 2,8rpg in four years. He then crossed the Atlantic Ocean to start his Basketball career in Austria. He played at Steiner Swans Gmunden (AUT-A Bundesliga): 6 games: 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2.7spg and in December went to Germany and played at SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 19 games: 23.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg. In 2005-2006, he, Tim Black and Marius Nolte helped Paderborn advance to the BBL. Last season he averaged in 31 games: 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.1% for Paderborn. This season he is averaging 13,9ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,4apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about Paderborn and the next game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.







Since some months, talk has been that Paderborn is having difficulties with the finances and the possibility of having to stop operations has been prevalent. How much of this has effected you?







It has been on my mind since the end of January. I have been lucky to have been able to play in Paderborn for a long time and this all could effect my future. The most important thing is to win as many games as possible. I am trying to block that out and concentrate on basketball. What happens after the season, I have to worry later about.









You guys are on a three game winning streak going into the Dusseldorf game and are in seventh place. What have been the reasons for the turnaround?







The biggest reason has been that we have been playing with a lot of energy for 40 minutes. Before the energy lasted 20 minutes and teams were controlling us. We are fighting more and are creating more shots on offense. We are playing for each other and there is less one on one.






Congrats on another close win in Dusseldorf 90-87. How did you pull off this win?






We stepped up our defense near the end forcing them to take tough shots






Do you think that because no one is really certain what will happen in the future with Paderborn Basketball, that that has given the team this special energy?







I think it has helped us. The whole future question was on our minds during the Nordlingen game. We really came together in that game and started fighting as a team.






In the last two games, the team has showed that you can win the close games. Who has been the energizer who has given the team the extra strength?







In the last two games, it has been Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) who has helped us win with his shots. Against Braunschweig, he hit some big three pointers at the end and he had the game winning tip in against Bamberg. He has also stepped up his defense a notch.



Nathan Peavy has always been an important factor. How has he helped the team?






He is playing great! He has given the team a lot of energy and helped with hiss coring inside and out.






How important has American Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: LimeLight, college: Valparaiso) been? He has been the teams top rebounder in 17 of 20 games. Can he get loud in the dressing room?





He hasn't really shown it. lol His signing was the biggest and best move that the team could of done. His ability to rebound the ball makes every one elses job a lot easier. I am sure that Chris can get loud, but so far he hasnt






Were you surprised that no other BBL team wanted him before the season?







I couldn't believe it either. I am now glad that no one else wanted him and we got him.







Ex Skyliner Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) is back at home in Paderborn. He hasn't got a lot of playing time, but was top scorer with 22 points this season. What does he give the team?






Nino brings a lot of energy on defense. The plan was to bring him back slowly after his long injury. Now it is time for him to step up. He will get a bigger role. He is practicing great, and has continued to bring extra energy on defense and when he has the open shot, he can knock it down.







On Sunday is the return game with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Frankfurt won the first game 61-56. You were top scorer in that game. I think this game will be a lot different than the first game?







We have a bigger chance now since Nathan Peavy will be back. Now we can bring extra energy with Marius Nolte off the bench. We are playing better as a team now and have a stronger bench than before and hopefully that will help us Sunday.






You guys score more, rebound more and are playing at home. Plus Frankfurt will have played four games in 12 days. Are you the favourite?






I dont really know, but I guess they will be favourite. We will go in and be concentrated and play with a lot of self confidence.







What will be the key to success against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?






We have to be concentrated and play the way we did in the last games. We also have to pressure them, but that is usually easier said then done.





What Skyliner player are you looking forward to playing against?






Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona). It is always nice to see ex teammates.







How did Greg Jenkins make you laugh?








He was able to make me laugh every day. He is always able to make a joke and make you laugh. He makes people relax better.






What are your NCAA Final Four predictions?






I have not been watching too much NCAA. I would have to do some research before I could give predictions.








How is your brother Dave Esterkamp doing?








Not so well. He got injured at the beginning of the season and is sitting out the season. He is in Switzerland now and hopes to return next season







What was the last DVD that you saw?







Old School. My cousin from USA is visiting and we recently watched that.



The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Have A Return Date With The Paderborn Baskets And Ex Skyliner Defense Specialist Nino Garris - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Basketball schedules, snapping winning and losing streaks can be very mysterious in the BBL when it comes to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Paderborn Baskets in the 2008-2009 season, because a neutral party The Dusseldorf Giants pop up as the team Paderborn played before the last and current Frankfurt games. Back in October 2008, Paderborn beat Dusseldorf 91-74 to snap their four game losing streak and last night Paderborn was at it again tangling with Dusseldorf and winning 90-87 to extend their winning streak to four games. If superstition plays any part, then the Skyliner faithful fans may be content to think that Frankfurt will win again after a Paderborn win against Dusseldorf. 'Normally, you have to be the main factor with creating luck. Sometimes you can leave messages as well like watching a game, reading a book or driving in traffic. I hope this Dusseldorf message is a nice sign that will work for us in Paderborn', joked Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). 'I dont believe too much in superstitions. It is funny how the schedule works out, but I just hope that we win this time instead of losing like we did in Frankfurt', warned Steven Esterkamp.

But before superstition is even able to take over the headline, one must remember that there is still a Basketball game to be played on Sunday in Paderborn in the always unruly and uncomfortable Maspernhalle. This will be the third arrival for Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) in the Maspernhalle and he has very fond memories of one game dating back to 2005, even if the game might of cost him his last nerves on that night, it was a game that he can still picture clearly in his Basketball mind. The win with the Bermuda triangle of Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene), Williams Chris (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) carried the then Opel Skyliners into the BBL Top 4.' We had made the last shot. Paderborn had one last try and Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: LimeLight, college: Barton (NC)) took a difficult shot from the wing and missed. We have to thank god for the luck of the last shot. I remember that game like if it was today', stated Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Captain Pascal Roller has another experience in the Maspernhalle in his mind, but the jersey that he was wearing that day was a white one. 'I remember a German National game under Hendrik Dettmann in 2002. We played former Jugoslavia and lost', added Skyliner Pascal Roller.' I remember the cup game very well. It was just really exciting, that we had the chance to play Frankfurt. Timothy Black was the motor of the team. No one gave us a chance to win. It was a great experience', remembered Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio).

When the three minute mark arrives in a Basketball game, one can use the term of crunch time, a term referring as the time when all shots count. Now in the regular BBL season, March has arrived and one could define the crunch time for the season having arrived. There are two months remaining and now every win is important for vital jockeying of playoff spots. Winning home games is the norm, but winning some road games cant hurt either. 'We have to keep winning games. We want a comfortable spot in the top four spots so we can have home court advantage in the playoffs. We dont want to drop any games', stressed Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.)

The Paderborn Baskets might be number one in sports, but the 140,000 city of Paderborn is also known for other things besides Basketball. Heinz Nixdorf who developed the worlds first small computer in 1964 is from Paderborn. In 1986, Nixdorf had 23,000 employes. In the last weeks, it wasnt easy for Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) to put up with the geniuses Einstein, Planck and Weber and now he has to not only contend with the loud Maspernhalle, but the spirit of Mr computer Nixdorf. 'It is not a surprise that Nixdorf comes from a University town like Paderborn. There is strong education there. He discovered the computer for further progress and now it is the job of the two Basketball teams to make further progress on the court', joked Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The game also will mark the encounter with ex Skyliner Nino Garris and ex Skyliner acquaintance Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: LimeLight, college: Valparaiso), who battled against Frankfurt for many years with Bamberg. Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) came to Frankfurt in the summer of 2005 with capacious expectations, but unfortunately could never full fill them. He was plagued with injuries and could never find his rhythm or true form which he had had with Alba Berlin for many years. He only played 59 games out of a possible 122 games in Frankfurt. Sometimes it felt like Garris was on the court about as long as a human being could physically bare being able to tip toe on cold snow bare foot before being frost bitten. After three years, he decided to return home to Paderborn. This season he is averaging 4,5ppg, 2,1rpg, 1,1 apg in 15 minutes per game. He was top scorer in Nordlingen with 22 points on 9/12 shooting. His team mates also seem to have a lot of expectations of the German. 'Nino brings a lot of energy on defense. The plan was to bring him back slowly after his long injury. Now it is time for him to step up. He will get a bigger role. He is practicing great, and has continued to bring extra energy on defense and when he has the open shot, he can knock it down', added Paderborn American Steven Esterkamp. 'It is always nice to see Nino. We had a nice time in Frankfurt. I am happy if he stays healthy and plays well', said Skyliner captain Pascal Roller.

From 2000 until 2005, American Chris Ensminger was without a doubt the best and most consistent center in the BBL In those five years, he averaged 12,7ppg and 11,3rpg. In the last three years, his stats went down to 8,0ppg and 5.9rpg, but he was backup in Bamberg that had top players. He might of not been getting any younger, but his competitive face expression was still there. Nobody wanted him before the season, except for Paderborn coach Douglas Spradley who believed in him. 'I couldnt believe it either. I am now glad that no one else wanted him and we got him', said American Steven Esterkamp. Spradley gambled in the eyes of the BBL, but now has the last laugh as Ensminger is back in his stomping ground under the boards sneering and bringing trepidation to the opponents. He is leading the BBL in rebounding with 10,6rpg and showing that he is more like 28 than 35. He has been top rebounder for Paderborn in 17 of 20 games. 'His signing was the biggest and best move that the team could of done. His ability to rebound the ball makes every one elses job a lot easier', stressed Steven Esterkamp. American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) will have to duel with Ensminger and use his body to the best of his ability, because he will have the height disadvantage.

This is the third consecutive season for The Paderborn Baskets in the BBL and the first year without scoring machine Timothy Black, who left to conquer new territory in Belgium. He was the leader of the team and his absence this season is similar to the situation that the New England Patriots had last season in American Football without their Mr everything Tom Brady. The only difference is that Brady did not completely go, but missed the whole Football season because of injury. Last season Paderborn finished at position eleven, and were never really far from the playoff area. But can the team be better this year without Timothy Black? One thing is clear, coach Douglas Spradley has never had much money to work with for new players, but he has always found a way to find budgetable players who can perform. Douglas Spradley is an instituion in Paderborn the same way Franz Beckenbauer is for Bayern Munich. Even as Spradley flirted with the idea of going to Oldenburg last season, it didnt really get anybody annoyed, because in the end he stayed faithful to Paderborn. Douglas Spradley has been coach in Paderborn since 2001 and even played for them in the 90s. His teams dominated the second Bundesliga for many years and in the 2005-2006 season did something very rare winning 50 games in a row with the magic trio of Black, Esterkamp and Nolte.

. The Paderborn Baskets are 1-1 at home agaisnt Frankfurt, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 2-1 record against Paderborn at home. In the first season, Frankfurt had a strong first half, but simply collapsed in the second half losing 76 to 66 in the Maspernhalle in Paderborn. Last season Frankfurt lost a close fight at home 73 to 67, but destroyed Paderborn in the return game on the road 88 to 68 with an unforgettable performance by Ilian Evtimov, who scored 26 points. In the first game this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners escaped with a 61-56 win. Paderborn shot very poorly. The score cant really indicate how well Frankfurt played. In the important statistical categories like shooting and rebounding they dominated and they showed their good concentration and cool ball handling getting only eight turnovers. Lorenzo Gordon had missed the game and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had to carry the load with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Paderborn Baskets have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the BBL since December 2008. They started the season very cold losing eight of their first 11 games and were near the bottom of the standings. However since the beginning of December 2008, the team has had a rapid turn around winning nine of their last 11 games and climbing into a playoff position at #7. They had huge wins at home against Ulm and on the road in Bamberg. They recently beat Dusseldorf in overtime 90-87 and won close games against Braunschweig. 'The biggest reason has been that we have been playing with a lot of energy for 40 minutes. Before the energy lasted 20 minutes and teams were controlling us. We are fighting more and are creating more shots on offense. We are playing for each other and there is less one on one', warned Paderborn forward Steven Esterkamp

The Paderborn Baskets are led by Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH), who is averaging 14,6 points, 5,0 rebounds and 1,2 assists per game. The American missed the first ten games, but since his return, has sparked the team in scoring and rebounding scoring in double figures in 9 of 12 games. Steven Esterkamp, is averaging 13,8 points, 3,8 rebounds and 2,4 assists per game. For four years, he was part of the three musketeers with Nolte and Black. He has always been a scorer in Paderborn, but with Black gone, has his role changed any? 'No my role hasnt changed much from last season. Marius Nolte (206-C-81) and I share the leadership role now that Timothy Black is gone', added Steven Esterkamp. American Chris Ensminger, who won two BBL titles in Bamberg is averaging 11,7 points, 10,6 rebounds and 1,6 assists per game. He is showing his rebounding instinct from his Bamberg glory days again. In the 2004-2005 season, he was the top rebounder in the BBL. American Lavelle Felton (193-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Louisiana Tech), who played at Louisanna Tech and in Jena last season is averaging 10,2 points, 3,0 rebounds and 2,2 assists per game. He is more of a scoring point guard and has shown that this season.

American Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) is averaging 7.8 points, 2,8 rebounds and 2,0 assists per game. Wright has been another psark plug in the last weeks helping win games against Bamberg and Braunschweig with his timely shooting. Paderborn crowd magnet German Marius Nolte is averaging 7,5 points and 3,5 rebounds per game. The former A-2 National player has been in Paderborn since 2001 and it wouldn't come as a surprise if the friendly big man ends his Basketball career in Paderborn some day. Nolte and Paderborn go together like bread and butter. American Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) is a BBL rookie with a huge body that is averaging 3,1 points and 1,4 rebounds per game. He didnt have much luck at Ohio State having to watch NBA rising star Greg Oden (213-C-88, college: Ohio St.) get most of the minutes and now in Paderborn he has Chris Ensminger planted in front of his nose. Paderborn has a very thin bench with little BBL experience having many young talented German players like Thomas Gajda, Domonik Malinowski, Robert Oehle and Jan Mohring, who are always alert to pounce off the end of the bench with the same type of zeal a cat shows when stomping to grab a little helpless mouse.

This will not be an easy game for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as there are quite a few uncomfortable factors that will come into play for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Frankfurt has to overcome the boisterous Maspernhalle, the fierce Chris Ensminger, the four game Paderborn winning streak and some of the positive Paderborn Stats. Paderborn are the fourth best scoring team in the league and top rebounding team in the BBL and Ensminger has 202 rebounds of the total 824. Frankfurt will try not to worry too much about the opponent, but concentrate more on their own game. 'We have to control the rhythm of the game and have good offensive possessions. We have to play in our comfort zone to be successful,' stressed Ilian Evtimov. The Paderborn Baskets might be considered the favourites on account of their home court advantage and their four game winning streak. 'We have to be concentrated and play the way we did in the last games. We also have to pressure them, but that is usually easier said then done', warned American Steven Esterkamp. Coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) never tells the whole story before a game, but just tidbits to how he hopes to leave the guests with a win. 'We have to control the ball and intensity of the game. We have to play good defense and stop Chris Ensminger', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Paderborn Baskets host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 8th at 17:00..


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  GREECE   


Incredible: Djikanovic arrested in mistake for escaping Greek jail - by Kostas Papadopoulos
About 10 days ago all Greeks stood speechless when two dangerous prisoners escaped from the so-called Athens' most secure prison using a helicopter, for the second time in three years. One of the men was Vassilis Paleokostas, who for many people is thought as the nowdays 'Robin Hood' of Greece.
Since that day the Greek police has been on a man-hunt all over Greece in order to recapture the prisoners. It appears, though, that about 40 Greek policemen thought that Vassilis Paleokostas was escaping the law disguised into a basketball player by adding 48 whole cm to his height and a lot of muscles. So they stopped Trikala's center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) in a road block and arrested him when he was returning from Athens. It took them over one hour to realise their mistake and release him. Incredible, isnt it?


Red's news - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) is back in Athens from the USA since last Thursday. The American forward was operated and was following his physiotherapy in Los Angeles until last week but since his condition improved significantly it was decided that he was ready to return to his base in Athens.
Certainly, Josh Childress refused, when arrived, to set a definite timeline for his return by stating that he is not ready to determine this date until his movements and speed return to the wanted previous standards. He also expressed his joy for being back in Athens, his will to being teammates with Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) and that this has been the longest period he was sidelined due to an injury in his entire career.
What changed actually since that time? Josh Childress is getting better day by day and probably he will be in the 12 players for the Euroleague's game against Milano, taking the place of Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85)
And here appears another problem that came up this week at Olympiacos, despite the whole joy for the win against Panathinaikos on Sunday's game for the Greek championship. Olympiakos' coach Panagiotis Yannakis confronted Sofoklis Schortsanitis in Tuesday's training session regarding the player's refusal to join his teammates at the centre of the court after Sunday's game, in order to celebrate their win. Sofoklis Schortsanitis was called to Panagiotis Yannakis ' office upon his arrival to the training session and after a brief conversation he was told not to train with the team and to leave.
Certainly, not a good situation for the Greek center


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie

Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.4 
 2. Bostain, Landstede19.9 
 3. Pope, West-Brabant19.8 
 4. Walker, Rotterdam18.6 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.1 
 6. Blue, West-Brabant17.0 
 7. Ross, Upstairs.16.9 
 8. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 9. Smith, Upstairs.15.9 
 10. Chiotti, ZZ Leid.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus JACKSON
  Upstairs Weert
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.11.7 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.3 
 3. Khazzouh, Hanze.9.8 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam9.5 
 5. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.4 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 7. Dialls, Den Helder8.1 
 8. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 9. Brempong, Hanze.7.8 
 10. Krstanovic, Han.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.8 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.3 
 3. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 4. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.8 
 5. Bostain, Landstede4.6 
 6. Oliver, Eiff.Towers4.6 
 7. Blackwood, Aris F.4.3 
 8. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 9. Pope, West-Brabant4.1 
 10. Jansen, Hanzev.Cp4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Charles RICHARDSON
  Rotterdam
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Sears, M.Magix3.0 
 3. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.0 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.4 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.3 
 7. Smith, Upstairs.2.2 
 8. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 9. Bostain, Landstede2.1 
 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. Blue, West-Brabant1.1 
 6. Gladness, M.Magix1.1 
 7. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 8. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 9. Nelson, M.Magix0.9 
 10. Patten, Upstai.0.9 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 26-4 
 2. Eiff.Towers 20-10 
 3. Hanzev.Cpt 19-12 
 4. M.Magix 17-12 
 5. West-Brabant 17-12 
 6. Rotterdam 17-13 
 7. Landstede 13-17 
 8. Upstairs Weert 11-19 
 9. ZZ Leiden 10-19 
 10. Aris Friesland 9-22 
 11. Den Helder 5-24 


Furious Rally By Rotterdam Challengers Helps In Upset Over Eclipse Jet/MyGuide; Hanzevast Capitals, Matrixx Magixx Win Easily At Home - by Sanders Jackson


Thursday night in FEB action, defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide had a sizable lead vs. dangerous Rotterdam Challengers in the 3rd quarter before blowing it, with the Rotterdammers keeping head coach Maarten van Gent's record unblemishedand winning in an incredible comeback. Meanwhile Hanzevast Capitals and Matrixx Magixx took n prisoners in home wins over West-Brabant Giants and BlueStream Den Helder respectively.

In the Topsportcentrum, road warriors Eclipse Jet/MG held a 64-44 lead on the Rotterdammers with 4:00 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, but from that point on, like the Dow Jones index the lead strunk in the last minutes of the quarter very quickly, thanks to a 19-2 Rotterdam run. Early in the 4th quarter a
Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) basket gave the Rotterdammers a 70-68 lead for good, with the Rotterdammers pulling off an 101-91 upset. Defense helped the Rotterdammers take advantage of Eclipse Jet/MG, with 32 of their points coming off turnovers and once again good perimeter shooting, making 11 of 22 three-pointers. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) continues to progress, leading the Rotterdammers with 29 pts., with Walker adding 23. In all Rotterdam had five players in double figures and outscored Eclipse Jet/MG much deeper bench by a 33-24 margin. CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led all scorers with 32 pts. The Rotterdammers remain the FEB's hottest team, winning its 6th straight and on the heels of Matrixx Magixx for the 4th spot in the FEB standings and homecourt advantage in the first round of the FEB playoffs.


In the Martiniplaza, hot three-point shooting, execution on offense, ball control and good balanced scoring made a big difference for Hanzevast Capitals, who had little resistance in their defeat of West-Brabant Giants by the score of 98-76. Hanzevast made 10 of 19 three-pointers in the 1st half and made 17 of 34 total. Hanzevast only committed 8 turnovers and had six players in double figures. Rogier Jansen had 17 pts. and 8 assists to lead Hanzevast, Daniel Novak (201-F/G-78, agency: Interperformances) and Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland) added16 pts. each, and also combining to make 8 of 10 three-pointers, with Novak making five. In the PG matchup,Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) helped shut down West-Brabant Giants top scorer Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine), holding him to only five points and also five turnovers. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the Giants with a game-high 19 pts. Hanzevast remain a half-game behind Eiffel Towers for 2nd place in the FEB standings.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx continued BlueStream Seals' misery, keeping themselves in the race fro homecourt advantage for the 1st round of the playoffs, winning in an 108-85 blowout. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) led Matrixx with a game-high 24 pts., Gerrit Brigitha (204-F/C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had 19 and Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) added 18 and 8 assists. Darnell Dialls (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) led BlueStream with 20 pts. Matrixx moves a half-game ahead of Rotterdam Challengers for 4th place in the FEB standings.



Upstairs Weert Continue On Roll, Win On Road Over Aris Friesland - by Sanders Jackson

Wednesday night in Leeuwarden, Upstairs Weert had no letdowns in the aftermath of their upset win over defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, creating distance from Aris Friesland in their pursuit for the FEB playoffs with a 76-68 win. Aris Friesland had a 10-point lead (58-48) in the 3rd quarter, but shot themselves in the foot in the last quarter, missing layups and making bad decisions with the ball. The Limburgers chipped at the lead, and with a minute remaining, the Limburgers extended the lead to six and were able to nail the hammer in the coffin, with Aris unable to show anymore fight in them.
Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) continued in good form, leading all scorers with 23 pts. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) also picked up where he left off from the Eclipse Jet/MyGuide win, adding a second straight double-double with 17 pts. and 13 rebounds, and Chris Woods (196-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) also had a double-double of 20 pts. and 11 rebounds. The Limburgers lead by a half-game over ZZ Leiden for the 8th spot in the FEB playoffs race, while Aris fall 2 1/2 games back in the playoff race.


Telekom Baskets Beat EiffelTowers Den Bosch - by Fred Roggen
German Telekom Baskets beat EiffelTowers Den Bosch on the last day of the Top 16 Round 5 on Wednesday to leave three teams in Group I with 2-3 records. EiffelTowers rolled to a 20-point triumph in the first meeting with Bonn back on February 3 but the game in Germany was a different story. Late in the second quarter, the contest was knotted at 31-31 but Bonn then got a three-point scoring explosion from Winsome Frazier and finished the half with a 15-8 run. Frazier hit four three-balls in the last three minutes of the half as Bonn opened up a 46-39 lead. They stayed in front for the rest of the game. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) was unstoppable with 27 points, while Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) netted 10. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) finished the night with 24 points in the losing effort. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) scored 19 and Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) ended up with 11.

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Zahn plays for Al Karkh in WABA - by Mohammed Malas
The american center Adam Zahn (203-F/C-84, college: Oregon) arrived to Amman, Jordan yesterday to join his new team Al Karkh in their camp to prepare for the West Asian (WABA) Clubs Championship which will be held in Amman from the 13th to 21st of March.

The Oregon University (US-NCAA1)) graduate's overseas experience was in Norway and Japan adding to the IBL and WCBL leagues inside the United States.


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  ITALY   


Unicaja destroys Lottomatica in Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Unicaja - Lottomatica 99-64

After thriller defeat in the last round, Unicaja blasted Lottomatica 99-64 for 2-3 record in Group G. The Italians remain winless with 0-5. Panathinaikos and Partizan from this group already booked a spot for the next stage last week. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) was on fire for the hosts last night. He drained 9 triples from 19 attempts, 33 points in toal. Kelati also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) and Vitor Faverani (209-C-88) were behind him scoring 16 points apiece. Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) had 17 points in loss. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while ex Pamesa's player Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) netted 11 pts.
Unicaja dominated from the very beginning. At the halfway of the first stanza the host made 11-0 run taking 25-11 lead. Thomas Kelati drained 6 triples in the first period lifting Unicaja to 31-15 after 10 minutes. At that point of game it was already clear that Lottomatica will face with 5th consecutive defeat in Top 16. Unicaja reached plus 20 very soon and at the half time the score already was 55-30. Marcus Haislip and Vitor Faverani joined Thomas Kelati helping the hosts to create magnificent 80-45 with 10 minutes to go. At the one moment in the last quarter the team from Malaga jumped to plus 39, 90-51. In the last round Unicaja goes to Athens, while Lottomatica waits Partizan.

Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 33+7 boards, Marcus Haislip 16+5 boards, Vitor Faverani 16
Lottomatica: Brandon Jennings 17, Angelo Gigli 13+9 boards, Ruben Douglas 11


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Rashad ANDERSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Anderson, Snaidero18.8 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.4 
 3. Minard, Premiata17.3 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI16.7 
 5. Hawkins, Armani MI16.6 
 6. Carroll, Banca T.16.6 
 7. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.2 
 8. Collins, Carife FE16.1 
 9. Neal, Benetton16.0 
 10. Boykins, La For.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon HUNTER
  Premiata
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.1 
 2. Pasco, Solsonica9.2 
 3. Ford, La Fortezza9.0 
 4. Wallace, Benetton7.8 
 5. Hall, Armani MI7.3 
 6. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.3 
 7. Romero, Snaidero7.3 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.9 
 9. Pinkney, NGC Cantu6.9 
 10. Toure, NGC Can.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jermaine JACKSON
  Snaidero
  (195-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.3 
 3. Spinelli, Angelico.4.6 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.2 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Forte, Snaidero3.7 
 8. Best, Air AV3.5 
 9. Stanic, Scavolini3.5 
 10. Boykins, La For.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl BOYKINS
  La Fortezza
  (168-G-76)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Boykins, La Forte.3.4 
 2. Curry, Scavolini3.3 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas3.1 
 4. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 5. Hicks, Scavolini3.1 
 6. Collins, Carife FE3.0 
 7. Slay, Eldo Caserta2.9 
 8. Toure, NGC Cantu2.9 
 9. Becirovic, Lottomat.2.9 
 10. Smith, Angelico2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  La Fortezza
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Akindele, Scavolini1.6 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 4. Ebi, Carife FE1.4 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.4 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.3 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu0.9 
 8. Gist, Angelico BI0.8 
 9. Achara, Fortitudo0.8 
 10. Nicevic, Benett.0.8 


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  JAMAICA   


Louisville Cruises by Seton Hall on Senior Night - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (03-05-2009) - Freshman center Samardo Samuels scored nine points in 22 minutes as the sixth-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals celebrated Senior Night with an easy 95-78 victory over Seton Hall University last night in a Big East affair. Louisville, 24-5 overall and 15-2 in the conference, kept alive their hopes for at least a share of the conference title by shooting 54 percent from the field and forcing Seton Hall into 18 turnovers. The Cardinals travel to West Virginia University on Saturday for their regular season finale and can win the Big East title outright with a victory coupled with a loss by No. 1 University of Connecticut to No. 3 University of Pittsburgh.

Rose, Alliman receive All-AMC honors; McFarlane mentioned - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (03-05-2009) - Senior center Daniel Rose and junior forward Ricardo Alliman, both Cedarville University standouts, were fittingly rewarded for their fine 2008-09 season with All-American Mideast Conference (AMC) honors as the post-season awards were announced yesterday. The 6 10 Rose was voted to the All-AMC First Team after averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during the season. He also tied the Cedarville single-season blocked shots record with 80 rejections, a record he now shares with mentor Michael Minto who set the mark 20 years ago. Rose also leads the AMC in blocks and is ranked third in the country. Alliman received All-AMC Second Team honors after averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds a game. Another Jamaican, senior forward Karim McFarlane of Notre Dame College, who also plays in the AMC, received honorable mention. Finally, first year Cedarville head coach, Pat Esteep, was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.

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  KOSOVO   


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


Carlos Morban comes to Kosovo - by Eurobasket
dominican rep. national team player Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) has left KK Siroki Eronet from Bosnia due to problems getting a work permint and next they sign for KB Peja in Kosovo. In his frist game they beat rival Trepca Mitrovica and Morban was top scorer with 25 points.
Morban finished lat season in Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A) playing 15 games and averaging 13.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 45%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 75.5%, he also received many awards in his career such as: Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Imports Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Import Player of the Year -07 and Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 1st Team -07


Deadline for registering players in TechnoMarket Superleague A has ended - by Fidan Begolli
In midnight has passed deadline for clubs to register international and local players in TechnoMarket Superleague A.

Requests has been made from these clubs:

KB 'Bashkimi'

1. Florian Rexhepi, local player from Sigal Prishtina
2. Alvin Kadic - from Bosnia and Hercegovina.

KB 'Trepa'

1. John Gardiner, from USA
2. igor Milicic - from Croatia.

KB 'Sigal Prishtina'

1. Brad Jones - from USA,
2. Kevin Owens from USA.


In case that the documentation will be completed and the added tax will be paid, these playes has the right to play in the 6th week of the TechnoMarket Superleague A, planned for 07/08 Mardh 2009.
Clubs of TechnoMarket Superleague A does not have the right to register other players until the regular summer passing period. In the desicion of the Board of FBK, according to the clause 8, of the rule of registering and passing players in FBK, for replacing international playes it is said that: in case that the inetrnational player will be injured, club has got the right to change international player until 8 days before the start of play-off.


Decisions made by competitions commissionary - by Fidan Begolli
TechnoMarket Superleague A
According to the clause 44, paragraph 3 and clause 45, paragraph 10 and 11of the propositions of the competition, Competition Commissionary has made this:

DECISION

That the game of the 3rd week of TechnoMarket Superleague A, Peja - Progres has been registered with official result 20:0 to BC Peja. Opposed to the request made by KB 'Progres' for the game to be played within dates 14/15.02.2009, request has been approved that the game must be played within dates 04/05.03.2009. BC 'Progres' did not travel to Peja to play the game which was foreseen from BC Peja to be played on 4th of March 2009 at 19:00.

Because this is the second game that has been registered with official result, according to clause 45, paragraph 10 and 11 of the propositions of the competition, BC 'Progres' has been moved away from future competition games of TechnoMarket Superleague A. All results that BC 'Progres' has achieved until now in TechnoMarket Superleague will remain valid, although all incoming games of BC 'Progres will be registered with official result in name of rival teams.
The game of the 5th week of the TechnoMarket Superleague A, Bashkimi - Progres was registered with official result of 20:0 to BC 'Bashkimi'.


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


LBL standings
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 14-7 
 2. VEF Riga 12-9 
 3. Liepaja 11-8 
 4. Ventspils 9-2 
 5. Barons/LMT 9-3 
 6. ASK Riga 8-3 
 7. Zemgale 8-12 
 8. ASK/Buki 4-15 
 9. Keizarmezs 2-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  VEF Riga
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.6 
 2. Jansons, ASK/.17.3 
 3. Alexander, Ba.16.5 
 4. Clark, Valmiera16.4 
 5. Brunins, ASK/.16.3 
 6. Bankevics, Valmiera15.0 
 7. Skele, Ba.14.9 
 8. Gustas, Ba.14.8 
 9. Berkis, Zemgale14.6 
 10. Berzins,.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald CLARK
  Valmiera
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Clark, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Elliott, Valmiera8.1 
 3. Berzins, Ba.8.0 
 4. Tsiakos, Ventspils8.0 
 5. Selakovs, VEF Riga6.6 
 6. Alexander, Ba.6.4 
 7. Jansons, ASK/.6.1 
 8. Blaus, Keizarmezs6.1 
 9. Aleksejevs, VEF R.6.0 
 10. Raiskums, Zemga.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  DniproAzot
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Gabrans, ASK/.5.9 
 2. Sirsnins, Valmiera5.0 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.4.5 
 4. Metra, ASK/.4.2 
 5. Cooper, VEF Riga4.2 
 6. Aleksic, ASK Riga4.0 
 7. Jeromanovs, VEF R.3.9 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.9 
 9. Brazelton, Ventspils3.8 
 10. Skele,.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Barons/LMT
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Skele, Ba.2.5 
 2. Aleksic, ASK Riga2.0 
 3. Kolesnikov, VEF R.2.0 
 4. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.9 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.1.9 
 6. Metra, ASK/.1.8 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.8 
 8. Gailitis, VEF Riga1.7 
 9. Vitols, ASK Riga1.6 
 10. Strelnieks, Kei.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  Barons/LMT
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Berzins, Ba.1.7 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.6 
 3. Elliott, Valmiera1.3 
 4. Cukinas, Ba.1.0 
 5. Blaus, Keizarmezs0.9 
 6. Veselovs, Ventspils0.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 8. Zorin, Liepaja0.7 
 9. Aleksejevs, VEF R.0.7 
 10. Alexander,.0.6 


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  LEBANON   


First win of Sagesse against Riyadi-Beirut since the 2006 - by Maarouf Mawloud
In normal situation, might win Sagesse is a great achievement in this way, but to win against riyadi, however, under surgeon of el-Riyadi must recognize that Lebanon's champion, who has fought this game in the absence of the five pillars of the squad
And controlled the game, informed the nerves, especially since some of Al-Riyadi players are still in need of more time to restore the experience of dealing with the difficult moments, Ali Fakhredine did 3 turnovers in the sensitive time, and Mohamed Ibrahim who missed a lot of easy chances in the game, Only Ali Mahmoud (15 points, 7 rebounds) was an expert in dealing with this kind of games, but one hand cannot clap alone.
Sagesse packed the stands of court; this is what added flavor to the game, Sagesse miss playmaker Ronnie Fahd and Brian Beshara showed effectiveness in offense and defense and scored 15 points.
Final score was 77-72 (Q1:19-21;Q2:32-38;Q3:55-53;Q4:77-72)
This victory was the first one for Sagesse against Riyadi from 3 years.
From home team ,Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) was the best scorer by 21 pts added 9 rebounds, Rolando Howell did a good job too, he had 11 pts and 11 rebounds, Brian Bshara had 15 pts and sabah Khoury had 17 pts.
From away team, Lee Nailon was the best scorer in the game by 24 points added 5 rebounds 3 assists and 3 steals, ali mahmoud did a good job by 15 points 7 rebounds 3 assists and 4 steals, Mohamed Ibrahim added 12 pts, ali fakhredine 7 points and 9 rebounds,and Joseph voguel had a normal game by 8 points and 8 rebounds
Fouad abou-Chakra Trap six of his players in this game


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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcelinho MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Machado, Flamengo24.3 
 2. Thomas, La.24.0 
 3. Torres, Canoneros22.7 
 4. Moreno, Canoneros22.3 
 5. Soro, Pitagora.20.3 
 6. Cequeira, Regat.19.0 
 7. da Rosa, Pitago.18.3 
 8. Mazzaro, Quimsa17.7 
 9. Cocha, Obras17.3 
 10. Mikulas, Quim.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.7 
 2. Burditt, La.9.7 
 3. Field, Obras9.0 
 4. Borrell, Obras8.0 
 5. Mikulas, Quimsa8.0 
 6. Probst, Pitagora.7.3 
 7. Wilson, Canoneros7.0 
 8. Guevara, Canoneros7.0 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodrilos6.7 
 10. Elisma, Cocodril.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo SUCATZKY
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (176-G-72)
  Avg: 10
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.10.0 
 2. Moreno, Canoneros6.7 
 3. Lima, Flamengo6.3 
 4. Titarelli, Obras6.0 
 5. Mikulas, Quimsa4.7 
 6. Cequeira, Regat.4.7 
 7. Machado, Flamengo4.5 
 8. Machado, Flamengo4.0 
 9. Cajal, Quimsa4.0 
 10. Treise, Quim.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Duda MACHADO
  Flamengo
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Machado, Flamengo2.5 
 2. Silva, Pitagora.2.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 4. Lima, Flamengo1.7 
 5. Breen, La.1.7 
 6. Treise, Quimsa1.7 
 7. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 8. Paez, Cocodrilos1.7 
 9. Thomas, La.1.3 
 10. Cequeira, Reg.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo DA ROSA
  Pitagoras/Minas
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. da Rosa, Pitago.1.7 
 2. Tintorelli, Regat.1.7 
 3. Elisma, Cocodrilos1.7 
 4. Torres, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Araujo, Flamengo1.0 
 6. Allen, Quimsa1.0 
 7. Burditt, La.1.0 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 9. Graterol, Cocodrilos0.7 
 10. Mikulas, Quim.0.7 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Nerijus VARNELIS
  Alytus Alita
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Varnelis, Alytus A.22.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Aisciai20.4 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas19.8 
 4. Runkauskas, Suduva18.9 
 5. Hill, Techasas15.7 
 6. Griskenas, Techasas15.5 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas14.7 
 8. Dabkus, Nevezis14.6 
 9. Veikalas, Nevezis14.5 
 10. Gailius, Neptun.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Zalgiris
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.8.9 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas7.7 
 3. Motiejunas, Aisciai7.4 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Siauliai6.9 
 6. Dimsa, Aisciai6.8 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.8 
 8. Varnelis, Alytus A.6.7 
 9. Ramanauskas, Kaunas T.6.7 
 10. Janisius, Alytus.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Nevezis
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Viskontas, Nevezis6.0 
 2. Rinkevicius, Aisciai4.3 
 3. Runkauskas, Suduva4.2 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Kaunas T.3.9 
 5. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
 6. Hill, Techasas3.6 
 7. Mazeika, Neptunas3.6 
 8. Samenas, Sakalai3.6 
 9. Stasaitis, Techasas3.5 
 10. Dainys, Neptun.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Siauliai
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hannah, Siauliai2.8 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietuvos2.3 
 3. Bolds, Techasas2.1 
 4. Hill, Techasas1.9 
 5. Runkauskas, Suduva1.9 
 6. Mazeika, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Cerneckis, Suduva1.8 
 8. Eidson, Lietuvos1.8 
 9. Vileita, Siauliai1.7 
 10. Kadziulis, Siauli.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.7 
 2. Woods, Zalgiris1.8 
 3. Zukauskas, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Leonavicius, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Kuzminskas, Siauliai1.3 
 6. Dimsa, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.1.0 
 8. Volkus, Siauliai0.9 
 9. Siksnius, Sakalai0.8 
 10. Vaitiekus, Neptun.0.8 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Last round of qualification brought wins for Contern, Sparta, Musel Pikes and Racing. - by Alex Meyers
February 14, 2009

Contern 94 - Residence 68

Ken Diederich led all scorers in AB Contern's 26 point romp over visiting Residence. His teammates found him open beyond the arc ,he went 7 for 11. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson CC) was close to a double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds while adishing for 5 assists. Eric Jeitz also stepped his game up big time adding 26 points and 6 assists. Yves Braun scored 10. For Residence, Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) scored 23 points and ripped down 11 boards. Thierry Abdiu added 18. Residence, playing without Pit Koster, will face Racing first in the pool called: Diekirch League - Hommes:Poule maintien. The other two teams playing in that pool to see who will drop to National 2 and who will stay in the Diekirch League for 2009-10 are Heffingen and Black Star.

Contern: 33 field goals, 13 three pointers, 15 for 22 free throws, 31 rebounds, 21 fouls and 10 turnovers
Becker 3, Fasbender 6, Diederich 29, Gary 13, Jeitz 26, also Bissener 2, Gindt 2, Majerus, Torres Dos Santos 3 and Braun 10
Residence: 22 field goals, 3 three pointers, 21 for 28 free throws, 32 rebounds, 18 fouls and 20 turnovers
F. Mangen 6, Hall 23, Hemmen 4, Julien 4, Leschek 4, also S. Mangen, Felten 9, Kayser, Bichel and Abdiu 18

Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-19, Halftime 44-37, 3rd Q 74-58, Final 94-68
165 Spectators


Sparta 98 - T71 83

T71 took an early lead in this intense battle. Sparta made a huge mid-game run and took complete control in the fourth quarter extending their lead to as much as 18 points. Sparta destroyed T71 on the boards out-rebounding their opponents 48-20 Sparta had to play without captain and point guard Chris Wulff and Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) was still on the sidelines. Replacement player Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) showed his capabilities leading Sparta and the match with 37 points 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Pivot player Pit Hoffman dominated inside with 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Julien Hublart and Xavier Engel added 10 points each. T71's Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) scored 36 points but struggled however from deep, shooting only 1 for 6 for 17%. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) managed to score 20 points before fouling out in the last minute of play. No other player stepped it up scoring wise for T71 who finished qualification play with a respectable11-7 record and goes into the playoffs in 5th place. Sparta, who improved to 12-6 is tied for second place with Contern(12-6) and Musel Pikes(12-6). All three teams are now just a half a point behind league favorite Amicale(13-5). T71 will host Contern and Sparta will visit Amicale on Friday, March 6th to tip off the playoffs for DBBL Champion 2009.

Sparta: 34 field goals, 8 three pointers, 22 rebounds, 22 for 37 free throws, 48 rebounds, 21 fouls and 12 turnovers
Grant 37, P. Hoffmann 27, Evans, Engel 10, Hublart 10, also Wolzfeld, Wagner 4, Palumbo 6, Nittler 3, and Di Marchi 1.
T 71: 31 field goals, 2 three pointers, 19 for 27 free throws, 20 rebounds, 20 rebounds
Whitworth 36, Rajniak 20, Siebenbour 4, Ruffato 3, F. Hoffmann 3, also Steinmetz 2, Klein 2, Laures 2, Kostur 5 and
Abreu 6

39' Rajniak(T71) Fouled Out
Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-27, Halftime 47-50, 3rd Q 74-71, Final 98-83
315 Spectators


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  MEXICO   


Leroy Davis, Guasave defeats Los Mochis - by Chris Terrell
Guasave, Sinaloa, MX - With the help of 34 points from Leroy Davis (194-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.), Guasave blows out Los Mochis 96-66. The game was balanced in the early going as a strong first quarter from Leroy Davis with 10 points kept the Frayles even with Pioneros at 20. The lead was extended to 10 after the 2nd and 3rd quarters as it appeared to be a defensive struggle going into the fourth, Guasave holding a 60-50 advantage. But behind five(5) 4th quarter 3-pointers from Leroy Davis, Guasave, went on a game ending 36-16 run over the final quarter to easily distance themselves from the visitors. Final score in Guasave; Frayles 96, Pioneros 66.

Cananea needs overtime - takes game from Culiacan - by Chris Terrell
Cananea, Sonora, MX - The return to the court of Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) with 21 points, was not enough to defend the colors of Caballeros, nor was the scoring effort of Joe Chapman (193-G-84, college: Marquette) with 28 as Culiacan fails to bring home a victory in this difficult series played at the home of Mineros. Caballeros forward B.J. Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) was held to 15 but behind 29 points from Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.), 27 for Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.), and Luis Ramirez (180-G-82) with 14; Cananea did just enough to capture the home win, 91-84.

Guaymas beats Trigueros in Obregon 85-79 - by Chris Terrell
Guaymas, Sonora, MX - The first quarter of the game was very closely contested with each team scoring 22 points. During the second quarter, Guaymas began to make their move, pushing the advantage over Obregon to 9. After a 30-20 3rd quarter, the two teams moved on to the 4th with Obregon holding a slight edge at 63-62. The crowd for Guaymas was on their feet for much of the 4th quarter as the momentum and advantage began to turn the Ostieneros way. Top scorers on the night for Trigueros included the twin towers Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) with 23 and Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.) with 16. But behind 26 points from Manuel Soto (192-F-76) and 18 for Michael Nunez (196-G/F-83, college: Oregon Tech), much to the appreciation of those in attendance, Guaymas took the win, at home, going away 85-79.

Fuerza Guinda falls again to Lobos - by Chris Terrell

Nogales, Sonora, MX - Even with the the clutch performances of Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) and and Timothy Jennings (193-G/F-83, college: Gardner-Webb), Nogales falls again to Mazatlan, this time with attempts at a 3 pointer at the buzzer, 87-84. Mike Strobbe (201-F-85) had a good look at a 3 to tie for Nogales in the closing seconds but the shot and the game fell just short for Nogales.

The Lobos were backed by Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 29 units, while Patterson included 15 and Clodoaldo Rodriguez 19. For Nogales, the problems with getting Eduardo Linan cleared to play this season along with the recent car accident of Christian Estrada kept the team short-handed. newly acquired Carlos Besneyrigollen was not yet in uniform for Nogales but is expected to be with the team when they travel next for Cananea. The afformentioned 3-some of Waller, Jennings, and Strobbe finished with 30, 30, and 15 respectively.. but to no avail - Final score in Nogales, Fuerza Guinda 84 - Lobos 87.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Goran Jeretin moves to Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Member of the Montenegrin National Team, Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket), signed contract with AEL Limassol. The leader of the Cypriot championship added combo guard until the end of 08/09.
Goran Jeretin started the season with Ukrainian BC Kyiv. After defeat in the final of National Cup against Azovmash, the team decided to release almost all import players. Jeretin played 8 games for Kyiv in EuroChallenge Cup averaging 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.8 apg. In Ukrainian Superleague he had 6.2 ppg in 19 games. Jeretin played for Team Montenegro last summer on European Championship bivision B registering 11.3 ppg and 3.8 apg in 4 appearances. He missed the entire 07/08 season due to serious knee injury (ACL). During the summer 2006 he signed with Dynamo St. Petersburg, who went bankrupt soon after that. Than he joined the Montenegrin champ Buducnost Podgorica averaging 18.1 ppg and 3.9 apg in Adriatic league. In January 2007 he moved to Israeli giant Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague with 5.5 ppg and 1 apg. In the past he also played for Crvena Zvezda, Lovcen Cetinje, Primorje and Ibon. With Crvena Zvezda he won Serbian and Montenegrin National Cup twice. In 2007 Jeretin won Israeli championship with Maccabi.


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  NAIA   


East Bay Cal Pac Champs! - by Eurobasket
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The Pioneer men's basketball team captured their first ever Cal Pac Conference regular season title. The last Cal Pac Conference title for the Pioneers was in 1998-99. Cal State East Bay is 19-7 overall, finished 14-2 in the Cal Pac, and posted a perfect 10-0 record at home. Junior guard Moore Tauran (6'3''-G) was named Cal Pac Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Moore, from Newark, NJ, led the Pioneers to the title by averaging 16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds while shooting over 49 percent from three-point range. He is joined on the first team by sophomore teammate Will Freedman (6'5''-F) (11.1 ppg, 5.0rpg). Earlier, Moore was named Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week (January 26-31) for his performance against Simpson University and Menlo College and (February 1-7) versus Bethany University, William Jessup, and Dominican University. Cal State East Bay is averaging 77 points and 37.3 rebounds a game. Moore Tauran is the Pioneers top scorer averaging 15.1 points per game. Shea Frazee (6'2''-G) is averaging 10.5 points per game and has converted 46 of 98 three-pointers. Will Freedman is averaging 11 points per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Center Finis Jones (6'6''-F/C), averaging 6.5 points per game, has 31 blocked shots. The Pioneers have received good production from Jawaan Rubin who is averaging 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds a game.
Moore Tauran hit a three-pointer with 0.8 second remaining to give Cal State East Bay a 55-52 victory over William Jessup University in the championship game of the Cal Pac Basketball Post-Season Playoffs on February 28. Moore led the Pioneers in scoring with 12 points. Finis Jones, Jun Uchida (5'6''-G), and Melvin Flemings all scored eight points. Jones led the Pioneers on the boards with six rebounds.

Courtesy of Cal St-East Bay

CalPac Regular Season Standings
1 Cal.St. East Bay 14-2 19-7
2 William Jessup 13-3 14-14
3 Dominican 11-5 16-13
4 Cal Maritime 9-7 14-14
5 Bethany (CA) 6-10 11-16
6 Pacific Union 5-11 7-17
7 Menlo 5-11 7-19
8 Holy Names 5-11 7-24
9 Simpson (CA) 4-12 6-20

Tournament Final: CSU East Bay - William Jessup 55-52
Tournament Semifinals:
William Jessup - Dominican 67-59
CSU East Bay - CSU Maritime 88-76

All-CalPac Team
Lucas Birchard (6'6''-F) of William Jessup
Chris Cobb (5'8''-G) of Menlo
Chris DeMarco (6'6''-F) of Dominican
Will Freedman of CSU East Bay
George Golden (6'3''-G) of Bethany
Andrew Medeiros (6'1''-G) of Cal Maritime
Brandon Monty (6'2''-F) of Pacific Union
Moore Tauran of CSU East Bay
Zach Sowers (6'3''-G) of William Jessup
John Stiles (6'7''-F) of Cal Maritime

All-CalPac Honorable Mention
Kenny Thompson (6'4''-F) of Bethany
Adam Chavis (6'6''-F) of Dominican
Ryan Trammel (6'5''-C) of Dominican
Aaron Kanno (5'11''-G) of Holy Names
Jonathan Kargas (6'5''-F) of Holy Names
Kameron Barnes of Pacific Union
Aundre Sheard of Simpson
Justin Sparks of Simpson

CalPac Player of the Year: Moore Tauran of Cal State University East Bay
CalPac Defensive Player of the Year: Kameron Barnes of Pacific Union
CalPac Newcomer of the Year: Chris DeMarco of Dominican
CalPac Coach of the Year: Bryan Rooney of California Maritime



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  NBA   


Allen Iverson out for two weeks with back injury - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have reeled off three consecutive wins against division leaders without their top scorer, Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown).

How about two more weeks?

Doctors at Georgetown University examined Iverson's sore back Wednesday morning and recommended that 'he suspend basketball-related activities for two weeks.'

That includes not traveling with the team, a measure intended to prevent additional stress on his back.

Once the two-week period of rest is over, Iverson will be re-evaluated by the doctors at Georgetown, who either will clear him to resume playing or extend his time off the court.

That means the earliest Detroit can expect Iverson back in the lineup would be sometime near the end of March, which leaves less than a month for him to get acclimated to the idea of coming off the bench.

Last week, coach Michael Curry announced that Iverson would come off the bench and Richard Hamilton would take his place in the starting lineup.

Iverson has yet to speak publicly since Curry's announcement, primarily because he has been away from the team trying to find the root of his back pain.

Being sidelined because of an injury is nothing new to Pistons guards this season.

The Pistons were 6-2 in the games missed by Hamilton because of a groin injury, and they won both games missed by Rodney Stuckey this season because of dizziness.

Detroit has fared well in games without Iverson this season as well.

Since the Nov. 3 trade that brought Iverson to Detroit from Denver, the Pistons have won five of the six games he has not played in. The lone loss came Feb. 11 at Chicago, a game the Pistons led by 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter before they lost 107-102.

'We're playing well when we have guys out,' Curry said. 'But the reality is for us to be the best team we can be this year, we need everybody playing well and on the same page.'

Without Iverson, who Curry reiterated will come off the bench once he's healthy, the Pistons have turned to reserve Will Bynum.

Hamilton said he's not surprised at Bynum's play.

'We always knew that he could play,' Hamilton said. 'I'm just happy that he's getting an opportunity to go in and show what he can do.'

Said Bynum: 'It's a great opportunity for me. I'm just going out there trying to be aggressive. It's worked out well so far.'

Although he knows his minutes will be cut back once Iverson is cleared to play, Bynum said it's not something he's worrying about.

'I'm doing what I've been doing all year; stay working out and stay ready,' he said.

Where's Afflalo?
Minutes have been few and far between lately for Arron Afflalo, who has not played (coaches' decision) in four of Detroit's past seven games. In the three games he played in, Afflalo totaled just 14 minutes. Most of Afflalo's playing time has gone to Walter Herrmann.

'It's nothing against Arron Afflalo,' Curry said. 'I thought when he's called upon, he's stepped in and played well. But when you're looking at your team and you're trying to find ways to continue to be more effective, he (Herrmann) gives us an option of playing alongside Tayshaun (Prince) we don't quite get with Tayshaun and Arron playing.'

Courtesy of http://www.mlive.com


Nuggets sign guard Jason Hart, Spurs release Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets signed guard Jason Hart (6'3''-G-78, college: Syracuse) on Tuesday for the remainder of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The six-foot-three Hart averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 assists in 28 games with the Los Angeles Clippers this season before being waived on Feb. 27. In eight NBA seasons, Hart has averaged of 4.9 points and 2.3 assists in 325 games with Milwaukee, San Antonio, Charlotte, Sacramento, the Clippers and Utah.

The San Antonio Spurs released forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) on Wednesday. Mensah-Bonsu appeared in three games for the Spurs after signing a 10-day contract with the team, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game. The 25-year-old also spent eight games this season with the Austin Toros, the Spurs' NBDL affiliate, where he averaged 26.6 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. In 15 career games with San Antonio and Dallas, Mensah-Bonsu has tallied 2.9 points per contest in 6.1 minutes of playing time.


James White signs 10-day with Houston Rockets - by Eurobasket News
James White (6'6''-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati), the 6'7' swingman out of Cincinatti, who was playing with the Anaheim Arsenal of the D-League, has been called-up by the Houston Rockets, taking the place of recently waived Luther Head. In the D-League, White was averaging 26 points and five rebounds, shooting 55% from the field. He was also this years D-League dunk champ.

White, who was the only player in the D-League to have an NBA championship ring (with San Antonio his rookie seasn), is an explosive athlete who has been shooting the ball wel this season. White was formerly known for an attitude problem, but by all accounts, that's been mostly fixed. He can get to the rim and 'D' up, thanks to his long arms and ridiculous athleticism. His shot's consistency isn't quite what it should be, but with his athleticism, I think he can still come off the bench in the NBA and do what's needed, as he won't be relied upon to score the 26 points he's averaging in the D-League.

In an interview he recently said 'Everybody thinks I have a bad attitude or I'm a bad guy because I show emotion. But that's what fuels me to play, my emotion.' Well, I like the emotion and his attitude, by all accounts, seem to have improved tremendously over the past two years.

Courtesy of http://www.ridiculousupside.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Wade, Heat29.3 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.5 
 3. Bryant, Lakers28.1 
 4. Durant, Thunder26.0 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.2 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers22.7 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.5 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.3 
 3. Lee, Knicks11.9 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.8 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.6 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.7 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.6 
 9. Yao, Rockets9.5 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.7 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.5 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 7. Duhon, Knicks7.8 
 8. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 9. Wade, Heat7.5 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, Hornets2.7 
 2. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 3. Wade, Heat2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 7. Wallace, Bobcats1.8 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. Brewer, Jazz1.7 
 10. Iguodala, 76e.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Magic2.9 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.3 
 3. Andersen, Nuggets2.2 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 7. Duncan, Spurs1.8 
 8. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 9. Yao, Rockets1.8 
 10. Bynum, Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 48-14 
 2. 76ers 29-30 
 3. Nets 27-34 
 4. Knicks 25-35 
 5. Raptors 23-39 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 48-12 
 2. Pistons 30-29 
 3. Bucks 29-35 
 4. Bulls 28-34 
 5. Pacers 27-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 44-16 
 2. Hawks 34-27 
 3. Heat 32-28 
 4. Bobcats 26-35 
 5. Wizards 14-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 39-22 
 2. Trail Blazers 38-22 
 3. Jazz 38-23 
 4. Timberwolves 18-42 
 5. Thunder 16-45 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 49-12 
 2. Suns 34-27 
 3. Warriors 22-40 
 4. Clippers 15-47 
 5. Kings 13-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 40-20 
 2. Rockets 39-23 
 3. Hornets 38-22 
 4. Mavericks 36-25 
 5. Grizzlies 16-44 


Last games - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce lift their teams to victories - by Eurobasket News
Grizzlies - Clippers 118-95
Memphis Grizzles cruised past the Clippers in LA mostly owing to Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut), who drained 35 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Marc Gasol also had very important role almost registering triple-double 20 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Al Thornton answered with 25 pts and 5 rebs. Grizzlies 16-44, Clippers 15-47.

Bucks - Cavaliers 73-91
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) led the Cavs to victory last night delivering 23 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. He was almost perfect from behind the arc, making 4 of 5 attempts. Maurice Williams was second scorer of the team with 15 pts. Richard Jefferson was unstoppable in loss draining 29 pts. Cavs 48-12, Bucks 29-35.

Suns - Heat 129-135
Another impressive performance by Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and another victory for the Heat. This time Wade came up with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists. Michael Beasley and Daequan Cook helped with 55 points together. Steve Nash had double-double in defeat, 29 points and 10 assists. Heat 32-28, Suns 34-27.

Celtics - Nets 115-111
The reigning champion grabbed this one mostly owing to Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), who nailed 31 points. Rajon Rondo had 20, Kendrick Perkins added 17 pts and 13 rebs, while Ray Allen helped with 16 pts. Vince Carter led the Nets with 34 points. Devin Harris collected 25 pts and 11 assists. Celtics 48-14, Nets 27-34.

Hawks - Knicks 105-109
Larry Hughes (6'5''-G-79, college: St.Louis) top-scored for the Knicks last night with 23 points. Al Harrington drained 20 and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Wilson Chandler stopped on 18 pts. On the other side, Atlanta got double-double from Alfred Horford, 20 points and 13 rebounds. Knicks 25-35, Hawks 34-27.

Wizards - Thunder 83-88
Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) was a key player for the Wizards last night delivering 29 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Andray Blathce and Darius Songaila also shined with 14 points apiece. Visitors again got the most from the big guy Nenad Krstic, 16 points. Wizards 14-46, Thunder 15-45.

Warriors - Bulls 88-110
28-34 for the Bulls and 21-40 for the Warriors after this game. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) paced the hosts scoring 23 points and pulling own 9 rebounds. Brad Miller, who came of the bench, collected 19 points and 6 boards, with pretty good shot percentage. Stephen Jackson replied with 19 pts in defeat.

Spurs - Mavericks 102-107
Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) was on fire last night registering 10/15 for , 3/5 from behind the arc and 5/5 FTs - 29 points in total. Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jason Terry helped with 17 pts and 6 as. Tony Parker drained 37 points for the guests. Mavs 36-24, Spurs 40-19.

Rockets - Jazz 94-101
Deron Williams led the Jazz last nigh collecting 26 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists. Carlos Boozer also shined adding 20 pts and 17 rebs. Ronnie Brewer had 19 and Mehmet Okur this time stopped on 16 pts. All other players in Utah had less than 7 pts. Houston got 25 pts from Ron Artest. Jazz 38-23, Rockets 39-23.

Pacers - Trail Blazers 105-107
Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a tiny 107-105 win against the Pacers. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) nailed 28 points, including 2 crucial free throws with 1.7 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw followed him with 21 pts apiece. Marquis Daniels scored 28 points in defeat. Blazers 38-22, Pacers 27-37.


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Red Raiders roll on senior night - by Kevin Cochran
The Texas Tech coaches noticed a bounce in Alan Voskuil's step as the senior warmed up before Wednesday night's game against No. 9 Kansas.

Voskuil, playing in his final home game, was 9-of-14 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Red Raiders to an 84-65 upset of the Jayhawks to end a six-game losing streak.

'It's something I'm never going to forget,' said Voskuil, who was 10-of-17 overall. 'I mean (a) new career-high, most 3s I've hit in a game.'

He hit the last two shots of the game, both 3s from well beyond the arc and near the Tech bench, as fans cheered him and chanted his name.

'I wasn't missing,' he said. 'Might as well throw them up there. Guess they went in.'

Pat Knight , who sat beside his famously temperamental father as an associate head coach the last two times Tech beat Kansas in Lubbock, said Voskuil was hot in warmups. One of his assistants remarked to him that Voskuil could have a great last home game.

'The kid just shot lights out,' Pat Knight said. 'He felt it.'

Texas Tech (13-17, 3-12 Big 12) never trailed and fended off several comebacks by the Jayhawks, who got as close as 43-41 in the second half.

Despite the loss, Kansas (24-6, 13-2) clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, its fifth straight and ninth in the conference's 13 seasons.

'I said, 'Hey congratulations, we won the league and got beat by 19 or whatever we got beat tonight,'' coach Bill Self said. 'It's pretty remarkable that a team that could perform as poorly as we did tonight was able to be 13-2, I guess, and clinch a tie with a chance to win it outright on Saturday.'

The Jayhawks close the regular season at home against Texas. Oklahoma and Missouri are tied for second at 12-3.

Self said Kansas just didn't play with an edge against Texas Tech.

'Even if we played with an edge, we probably still would've been unsuccessful because Tech was that much better than us,' he said. 'We did try. There was just nothing in the tank.'

Self said it could have been his team's lack of maturity.

'I don't mean that in any negative way at all,' he said. 'We've gone from being under the radar and then all of a sudden people are saying good things about us. Guys were hearing what they're saying.'

Self said Tech's 3s and Voskuil kept the pressure on.

'He was by far the best player in the gym,' Self said. 'He moves very well without the ball. Always has. Things just kind of fell together for (the Red Raiders) and they had a great game.'

Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87), Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) and Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) all scored 11 points for the Jayhawks, who moved into the top 10 for the first time this season on Monday.

It was the first time in six games Collins did not get at least 20 points.

The Jayhawks, who had won five straight coming into the game, appeared listless on defense and failed to pull down key rebounds late in the game. Tech outrebounded Kansas 39-38, quite a switch from the past four games when the Jayhawks outrebounded their opponents by an average of 12.8 rebounds.

It was the third time in four years Tech has beaten Kansas at home when the Jayhawks were ranked in the top 10.

'It's a beautiful building but there's obviously something wrong with it,' Self said, jokingly.

Kansas finished 21-of-63 from the field.

After pulling within 43-41, the Jayhawks couldn't gain any momentum. They got within 64-58 on two free throws by Taylor but couldn't pull any closer down the stretch.

The Red Raiders' success from 3-point range (55.6 percent) was better than their overall field goal percentage (45.1). And they missed only three of 26 free throws.

In one stretch of the first half, Voskuil hit three straight 3s and Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88) connected on two in a row. Kansas finished 4-of-24 on 3s.

Knight, who pulled Voskuil out before the end of the game so fans could give him a rousing sendoff, said it was tough on him.

'I just hugged him,' Knight said. 'I couldn't even talk. The kid has had an unbelievable career. We'll always talk about (this win).'

Courtesy: texastech.cstv.com


Tigers tame Sooners - by Kevin Cochran
DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping Missouri wind up an unbeaten season at home and grab a share of second place in the Big 12 with a 73-64 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

'Perfect, that's a good word,' said Carroll, who is also coach Mike Anderson's nephew. 'It's one of those things you dream about. To finish it off like this, it's amazing.'

Leo Lyons (6'9''-F) added 15 points and J.T. Tiller (6'3''-G) had 13 for Missouri (25-5, 12-3), which went 18-0 at home after regaining its footing from a 25-point spanking at Kansas on Sunday. Missouri had a raucous sellout crowd of 15,061 on senior night that remained on its feet throughout.

Anderson said Missouri's pressure tactics wore out the Sooners.

'It was big. You saw it,' he said. 'At one point they just stopped playing and no one called time out.'

The only concern for Carroll was handling with the emotion of the pregame ceremonies that left him and fellow senior Matt Lawrence (6'7''-G) in tears.

'Me, personally, I knew once I hit the locker room I was ready,' Carroll said. 'I wanted those emotions to fire me up so I'm not going to lose at home.'

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) had 16 points and 21 rebounds, his nation-leading 24th double-double of the season, for Oklahoma (26-4, 12-3), which has lost three of four. Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86) added 14 points and eight rebounds, while the rest of the Sooners were a combined 12-for-40.

'We'll be all right,' Blake Griffin said. 'This isn't the end of the world. This isn't going to make or break our season.'

Missouri, which has won eight of nine overall, closes the regular season at Texas A&M on Saturday. Oklahoma, which has lost six of seven to Missouri, finishes at home on Saturday against Oklahoma St..

Griffin, who missed 1 1/2 games with a concussion, hurt the Sooners' chances for a comeback with three straight missed free throws in the second half. He finished 2-for-7 from the line and Oklahoma was 5-for-13 from there in the last 20 minutes.

Griffin, who committed a team-worst six turnovers, was impressed with Missouri, although he added he would like a rematch in the Big 12 tournament where both schools have first-round byes.

'Basically, they executed a lot better than us,' Griffin said. 'They're all over the floor and they do a great job of running to passing lanes, getting steals and pressuring.'

The Sooners committed 22 turnovers, one off their season worst, and their point total was a season low.

'One of the things we talked about was not turning the ball over and not allowing them to speed us up,' Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. 'We didn't do a good job of either one of those.'

Missouri beat a top five team for the first time since defeating the Sooners 67-52 on Feb. 26, 2003, at the old Hearnes Center. Missouri led by as many as 15 points in the second half, and protected a lead that had been whittled to seven in the final 3 minutes.

Blake Griffin nearly had a double-double by halftime with 11 points and nine rebounds, but Missouri had a 39-28 lead behind a balanced attack and 6-for-14 3-point shooting. Carroll had nine points and seven rebounds and Missouri got an unexpected contribution from reserve Justin Safford (6'8''-F), who hit his first two 3-pointers and had six points, doubling his scoring total from the previous five games.

Courtesy: mutigers.com


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The Royals celebrate their second straight Landmark Conference title Saturday at the Long Center - by Kevin
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SCRANTON, Pa.—Sophomore guard Zach Ashworth (6'2''-G) etched his name among the all-time legendary performances in University of Scranton history Saturday night in the championship game of the Landmark Conference tournament at the Long Center.
He connected on 9 of 11 shots from the field to finish with a career-high 26 points as the Royals held off Susquehanna, 80-75 in overtime, to win their second straight Landmark title and 19th overall conference championship in school history. Scranton, now 21-6, also received 15 points from sophomore guard Luke Hawk (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) and senior forward Paul Biagioli (6'6''-F) (Waverly, Pa./Abington Heights) and 12 points from senior guard Ryan Fitzpatrick (6'4''-G) (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga).
Susquehanna, now 18-8, was led by senior forward Joel Patch (6'6''-G/F) (Conklin, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley) with 19 points and 22 rebounds—his fourth straight ‘double-double' and his 16th of the season—and freshman guard Spenser Spencer (6'0''-G) (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) added 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. The Crusaders, who overcame a 10-point deficit with 6:08 left to take a one-point lead with 1:10 remaining, also received 12 points and five assists from senior guard Matt McDevitt (6'2''-G) (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) and 10 points from junior guard Bryant Majors (6'3''-G) (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg).
Ashworth came to the forefront in the overtime period, scoring nine of the Royals' 14 points. He scored the first five points of the extra stanza to give Scranton a 71-66 lead before the Crusaders came back twice to tie the game—at 71-71 with 3:29 left and 75-75 with 17 seconds remaining. Ashworth came through with two more clutch plays down the stretch, draining a 3-pointer with 1:22 left to give the Royals a 75-73 lead and set up FitzPatrick's momentum-turning 3-pointer with nine seconds left with an assist to give Scranton a 78-75 lead.
Susquehanna had an opportunity to send it into another overtime period, but Majors missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left. Royal junior guard Dan Oconnell (6'0''-G) (Somers, N.Y./Kennedy Catholic) got the rebounds, was fouled, and hit two free throws with two seconds left to set the final score.
The game featured eight ties and seven lead changes. By halftime, Patch had already had a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, and Spencer added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, but the Royals, behind 13 points by Biagioli, managed to squeeze out a 35-33 lead by intermission. It remained close throughout most of the second half until FitzPatrick keyed an 8-0 spurt with a 3-pointer and senior Paul Hawk (6'8''-F) (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) and Ashworth followed with five free throws to give Scranton its largest lead, 61-51, with 6:08 left. Spencer hit a jump shot, Patch followed with a traditional 3-point play, McDevitt and Majors added lay-ups, and sophomore forward Hunter McKain (6'5''-F) (Ligonier, Pa./Shady Side Academy) capped off a 13-2 run with a tip-in as the Crusaders wedged out a one-point lead, 64-63, with 1:10 left. After Biagioli made both ends of a one-on-one free throw opportunity and O'Connell made one of two charity tosses with 31 seconds left, McKain sent the game into overtime by calmly sinking two free throws with five seconds remaining. For the game, Scranton shot nearly 44 percent from the field and connected on 24 of 31 free throw attempts (77.4 percent). Ashworth's previous career-high was 22 points in an 86-77 win over Susquehanna on January 9 at the Long Center and in a 91-74 victory over Albright, also at the Long Center, on December 13.
Scranton and Susquehanna will find out Monday if their overall records are enough to warrant a Pool B bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III championships. The Landmark Conference does not have an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament, but will receive one beginning next season.
Courtesy of Scranton

Landmark Regular Season Standings
1. Scranton 11-3 21-6
2. Susquehanna 11-3 18-8
3. Merchant Marine 10-4 15-12
4. Catholic 8-6 18-9
5. Moravian 5-9 10-15
5. Juniata 5-9 7-18
7. Goucher 4-10 6-17
8. Drew 2-12 4-21

Tournament Final: Scranton - Susquehanna 80-75 OT
Tournament Semifinals:
Scranton - Catholic 71-64
Susquehanna - Merchant Marine 82-71

Landmark 1st Team
Zach Ashworth of Scranton
Jason Banzhaf (6'4''-F) of Catholic University
Tom Izzo of Merchant Marine of Merchant Marine
Joel Patch of Susquehanna
Ryan Fitzpatrick of Scranton
Spenser Spencer of Susquehanna

Landmark 2nd Team
Paul Biagioli of Scranton
Jeff Berkey of Juniata
Darrin Boswell of Goucher
Matt Hueber (6'4''-F) of Merchant Marine
Ryan Samuel (5'9''-G) of Merchant Marine
Maurice Young of Moravian

Landmark Player of the Year: Joel Patch of Susquehanna

Landmark Defensive Player of the Year: Bryant Majors of Susquehanna

Landmark Rookie of the Year: Spenser Spencer of Susquehanna

Landmark Coach of the Year: Frank Marcinek of Susqehanna



Red Hawks come back to beat top-seeded St. Lawrence, 72-65, to capture automatic bid into NCAA Tournament - by Kevin
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CANTON, N.Y. - Liberty League Player of the Year Sam Simmons (6'4''-F) scored a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds to lead the Rensselaer men's basketball team to a 72-65 win over St. Lawrence in the league tournament championship game and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Simmons was named the Most Valuable Player and to the All-Tournament Team of the four-team event.
The third-seeded Red Hawks, who trailed by seven points at the half, improve to 15-12. They will play in the national tournament for the first time since 1996 when they advanced to the Sweet 16. The brackets will be announced on Monday. St. Lawrence, the top seed, falls to 20-6.
Joining Simmons (Newburgh, NY/Newburgh Free Academy), who moved into third place on the RPI career scoring list, on the All-Tournament Team was teammate Tim Rupp (6'3''-F) (Staten Island, NY/Curtis), a junior, as well as St. Lawrence senior captain Tom Wopperer (6'4''-G). Clarkson's Ryan Smith (6'6''-F) and Hamilton's Lance Wilson-Pegues (5'11''-G) rounded out the 2009 All-Tournament squad.
The contest began with the Red Hawks earning an eight-point edge before a 12-4 run by the Saints, capped off by back-to-back three's by Wopperer and Garrett Sharlow (6'4''-G) that knotted the game at 24-24 with 6:24 remaining in the opening half. The two teams traded a basket each when the Saints enjoyed 10-2 fun for a 36-28 lead. The Red Hawks got as close as four points with 42 seconds left in the half but a three point basket from Wopperer gave St. Lawrence a 39-32 edge at the break. Sharlow recorded 13 points for the Saints in only 12 minutes of action in the first half and Wopperer added 10. Simmons had 15 points for the Red Hawks to keep the squad within reach. St. Lawrence enjoyed a lead as big as nine (39-48) with 14:59 to go in the second half, but Rensselaer shut down the Saints offense and capitalized on four minute SLU scoring drought to pull within one point, 48-47, with 11:58 to play in regulation. The teams exchanged shots from beyond the perimeter and a layup from Bela Vonnak (6'6''-F) gave St. Lawrence a three-point edge over RPI with 9:47 left.
RPI fought back to earn the third tie of the game, 53-53, off a three from Eric Anderson (6'1''-G) (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack) before Rupp knocked in a jumper from inside the paint for RPI's first lead since the opening half. Despite two more ties down the stretch, Rensselaer used clutch free throw opportunities and threes to clinch the title and a ticket to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
St. Lawrence shot 43 percent from the field in the first half, but was contained to only 26.5 percent in the second, while Rensselaer shot 65 percent from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three-point range, and 90 percent from the free throw line to seal the victory. In addition to the contributions received by Simmons, who had 13 points in a semifinal win over Hamilton on Friday, Rupp added 16 points and Anderson supplied 11 points for the winning team. Sharlow tallied a team-high 15 points with six boards for St. Lawrence. Wopperer recorded 13 points and Vonnak chipped in 11 points.
Courtesy of rpiathletics

Liberty Regular Season Standings
1. St.Lawrence 12 2 20 6
1. Hamilton 12 2 18 7
3. Rensselaer Poly 7 7 15 12
4. Clarkson 6 8 15 11
4. Union (NY) 6 8 13 11
6. Hobart 5 9 8 17
6. Vassar 5 9 10 15
8. Skidmore 3 11 8 17

Tournament Final: Renesselaer - St. Lawrence 72-65
Tournament Semifinals:
Rensselaer - Hamilton 64-55
St. Lawrence - Clarkson 88- 64

Liberty All-Tournament MVP: Sam Simmons

Liberty All-Tournament Team
Sam Simmons of Rensselaer
Tim Rupp of Rensselaer
Tom Wopperer of Rensselaer
Ryan Smith of Clarkson
Lance Wilson-Pegues of Hamilton


Liberty 1st Team
Drew Desmarais of Union College
Josh Sharlow (5'9''-G) of St.Lawrence
Sam Simmons of Rensselaer
Harlee Wood (6'4''-F) of Hamilton
Tom Wopperer of St. Lawrence

Liberty 2nd Team
Robert Estep (6'2''-G) of Hobart
Brandon Linton (6'3''-G) of Clarkson
Matt Nunn (6'5''-F) of Vassar
James Simpson (5'10''-G) of Hamilton
Richard Williams (6'5''-F) of St. Lawrence

Liberty Honorable Mention
George Koduah (6'6''-C) of Clarkson
Joey Lokitis of Union
Steve Madej of Union
Patrick Sullivan (6'7''-F) of Hamilton

Liberty All-Academic Team
Keith Murray (6'2''-F) of Clarkson
Kyle Dumas (6'2''-G) of Hamilton
Gabriel Rosen (6'7''-C) of Hamilton
Timothy Shaw (6'7''-F) of Hamilton
Michael Barlow (6'5''-F) of Hobart
Ryan Young (6'5''-F) of Hobart
Mike Brion (6'4''-F) of Rensselaer
Mike Hammond (6'2''-G) of Rensselaer
Travis Jones (6'2''-G) of Rensselaer
Kyle Jung (6'6''-F) of Rensselaer
Tim Rupp of Rensselaer
Tom Wopperer of St. Lawrence
Jon Douglas (6'6''-F) of Skidmore
Ivan Paladin (6'3''-G) of Skidmore
Brian Butterworth (6'3''-G) of Vassar
Matt Nunn of Vassar

Liberty Player of the Year: Sam Simmons of Rensselaer

Liberty Rookie of the Year: Patrick Sullivan of Hamilton

Liberty Coach of the Year: Chris Downs of St. Lawrence



The Bridgewater State College men's basketball captured the MASCAC Tournament title - by Kevin
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SALEM, Mass. -- The Bridgewater State College men's basketball captured the MASCAC Tournament title on Saturday afternoon as the Bears knocked off host Salem State College, 77-66, in the championship game. With the win, Bridgewater (20-6) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament which will get underway next Thursday. The NCAA tournament pairings are expected to be announced on Monday morning. This marks the second time in four years and third time overall that Bridgewater has captured the MASCAC championship. BSC's first captured the conference tournament title during the 1998-99 season. The Bears will also be making the program's fourth trip to the NCAAs. Bridgewater first advanced in 1983 followed by automatic bids in 1999 and 2006. BSC also reached the 20-win mark for only the third time in school history, joining the 82-83 squad and the 74-75 team that each went 21-6.
'We got the trifecta,'' said BSC Head Coach Joe Farroba . 'The best thing about this is we won the (regular-season) conference championship, the tournament championship and we're going to the NCAAs. 'That's the first time we've done that, gotten all three. The kids worked really hard. These are kids with a good work ethic, and they don't want to lose.'
Bridgewater had four players in double figures, led by senior forward Stace Garrick (6'2''-F) (West Warwick, RI), who came off the bench to score 17 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Nicholas Motta (6'3''-F) (Fairhaven, MA) added 16 points and six boards, while senior center Roland Millien (6'6''-C)(Stoughton, MA) finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore guard Judah Jackson (6'1''-G) (Everett, MA) chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Bears never trailed in a game which featured just one tie (19-19). After Salem evened the score at 19 apiece, BSC responded with a 15-4 run over a four-minute stretch to take a 34-23 lead with 4:22 to play in the first half. Bridgewater led 39-31 at the intermission, but Salem went on an 8-2 run to open the second half to pull to within two points at 41-39.
Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information

MASCAC Regular Season Standings
1. Salem St. 10-2 21-6
1. Bridgewater St. 10-2 20-6
3. Westfield St. 9-3 18-10
4. Framingham St. 6-6 15-13
5. Worcester St. 5-7 12-14
6. Fitchburg St. 2-10 8-16
7. MCLA 0-12 1-24

Tournament Final: Bridgewater St. - Salem St. 77-66
Tournament Semifinals:
Bridgewater St. - Westfield St. 87-56
Salem St. - Framingham St. 92-69

MASCAC 1st Team
Dylan Holmes (6'7''-C) of Salem State
Roland Millien of Bridgewater State
Maurice Horton (6'4''-F) of Worcester State
Josue Almodovar (6'4''-F) of Framingham State
Dave Jaehnig (6'4''-G) of Westfield State
Stevie Celestin (6'0''-G) of Salem State

MASCAC 2nd Team
Roderick Jackson (6'6''-F) of Framingham State
Judah Jackson of Bridgewater State
Brian Torres of Fitchburg State
Jon Greenberg of MCLA
Nicholas Motta of Bridgewater State
Brandon Mauer (6'2''-G) of Westfield State

MASCAC Player of the Year: Dylan Holmes of Salem State

MASCAC Rookie of the Year: Brian Clark (6'5''-F/G) of Salem State

MASCAC Co-Coach of the Year
Chris Harvey of Salem State
Joe Farroba of Bridgewater State



Colonels win 2009 SCAC Championship - by Kevin
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The # 16 Centre College men's basketball team won the 2009 SCAC Championship by defeating Southwestern, 72-67, on Sunday, March 1, in Conway, Ark. The Colonels have now won the SCAC Tournament in two of the last three years.
The Colonels raced out of the gate and quickly built a commanding first half lead. At half Centre led Southwestern by 15, 42-27. In the first half the Colonels dominated in the paint, scoring 12 points, and in points off of Southwestern turnovers, scoring 10 points.
Southwestern stormed back in the second half to cut the Centre lead to three, 67-64, with two minutes to go in the game. Centre preserved the final Southwestern attack in route to the Championship victory thanks to clutch play.
Leading the Colonels to the 2009 SCAC Championship was senior guard Kris Bentley (5'11''-G) (Pikeville, Ky.). Bentley scored a career high 31 points thanks to shooting 8 for 14 from three-point land and going 7 for 7 from the free throw line. Senior forward T.C. Thomason (6'3''-G) (Russellville, Ky.) scored 16 points and junior forward Danny Noll (6'6''-F) (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) scored 11 points. Senior point guard Ryan Crowdis (6'1''-G) had 5 points, 5 rebounds and a game-high 9 assists. Sophomore center Alex Lloyd (6'8''-C) (Lexington, Ky.) pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds while also recording 2 blocks and 2 steals.
With the win Centre improves to 23-4 overall along with having won eight straight games. The last time Centre won the SCAC Tournament Championship was during the 2006-07 season. In route to the eighteenth conference title in school history the Colonels defeated first round opponent Austin College, 66-41, and then a day later in the second round defeated Hendrix College, 78-77.
Courtesy of centre

SCAC Regular Season Standings
East Division

1. Centre 12-2 23-4
2. DePauw 11-3 19-7
3. Oglethorpe 7-7 16-10
4. Sewanee 4-10 7-19
5. Rhodes 1-13 8-16
6. Birmingham Souther 0-0 11-14

West Division
1. Trinity (TX) 13-2 23-4
2. Hendrix 9-6 17-10
3. Southwestern (TX) 7-8 18-10
4. Austin 6-9 13-13
4. Millsaps 6-9 9-16
5. Colorado Coll. 4-11 5-20


Tournament Final: Centre - Southwestern 72-67
Tournament Semifinals:
Centre - Hendrix 78-77
Southwestern - Trinity 68-63

SCAC All-Tournament MVP: Danny Noll of Centre

SCAC All-Tournament Team
Andrew King (6'7''-F) of Hendrix College
Andrew McDonald (6'6''-F) of Southwestern
Anthony Cox (5'5''-G) of Southwestern
Danny Noll of Centre
Kris Bentley of Centre

All-SCAC 1st Team
Mike Moore (5'8''-G) of DePauw
Danny Noll of Centre
Todd Ward of Oglethorpe
Luke Caldarera (6'3''-F) of Trinity
Andrew King of Hendrix

All-SCAC 2nd Team
Kola Alade of Austin College
Charles Houston (6'2''-F) of Trinity
Cory Smith of Rhodes
B.J. Moon (5'10''-G) of Trinity
T.C. Thomason of Centre

All-SCAC 3rd Team
Tom Callen (6'4''-G) of DePauw
Ben Pursell of Sewanee
Ryan Crowdis of Centre
Blake Martinez (6'2''-G) of Millsaps
Joe Kennedy of Oglethorpe
Chad Songy (5'9''-G) of Millsaps

SCAC Player of the Year: Mike Moore of DePauw

SCAC Defensive Player of the Year: Charles Houston of Trinity

SCAC Newcomer of the Year: Jeff Mullaney (6'2''-G) of Centre

SCAC Coach of the Year: Pat Cunningham of Trinity



Top Four Seeds in ECAC CHampionships advance. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez


Top Four Seeds in ECAC CHampionships advance. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
The first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships saw the top four teams advance to the semifinals, in what should be a very exciting final four.

Top seeded Montclair State better 8 seeded SUNY Maritime in solid fashion 79-67. Montclair State Ali Mix led all scorers netting 27 points while fellow teamate Jon Georges grab a game high 18 total rebounds.

In the second game of the evening, #2 seed New York University held on to a 84-80 victory against #7 seed York College.

Rounding out the first round match-ups.#3 Rutgers-Newark down Stevens Institute of Technology 91-89 and #4 seed Lehman College cruised into the semi-finals with a 76-63 victory over #5 seed U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Lehman College Senior Duane Rhoden scored 13 points while snatching 5 boards to lead Lehman.

The Semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 7 at highest seed

No. 1 Montclair State vs. No. 4 Lehman College, Time TBA
No. 2 New York University vs. No. 3 Rutgers-Newark, Time TBA


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Oyedeji Olumide dominates the boards - by Eurobasket News
Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81) continues a great season in China. His team tries hard and has 22-21 record. In the latest game Guandong however improved to 38-5 record rolling past Shanxi Zhongyu 106:89. Parker Smush Liu Xiaoyu and Zhu Fangyu combined 63 points for the winners. Oyedeji Olumide had massive 17 points and 29 rebounds, whilst Wei Mingliang posted 16.
In Regular Season Round 42 Shanxi Zhongyu brought a sensation over Jiangsu beating them 125:114 as Tim Pickett led Zhongyu with 46 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Oyedeji Olumide followed him with 28 points and 21 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng responded with 45 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists for Jiangsu.
In Regular Season Round 41 Shanxi Zhongyu beat Shanghai 128:103 behind Oyedeji Olumide's 27 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks. Li Gen led Shanghai with 27 points and 6 rebounds.
Shanxi Zhongyu rolled over Tianjin 109:100 to tie their record at 20-20 on Regular Season Round 40. Tim Pickett led Zhongyu with 34 points and 5 rebounds, while Oyedeji Olumide had 23 points and 26 rebounds. Li Gangfeng scored 24 points and Xu Guijun produced 22 in defeat.


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BLNO awards 2009 - by Kaare Vangen
BLNO Awards season 2008/09:

Player of the Year - MVP:
Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.), Tromso Storm

Best Defensive Player:
Dag Christensen (201-F/C-80), Tromso Storm

Best Coach:
Jeffrey Lange , Tromso Storm

Talent of the Year:
Miilah Kombat (200-F-88), Ammerud

Best Show:
Harstad Vikings

All Star Team:
- Ronald Timus, Tromso Storm
- Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC), Asker Aliens
- Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.), Ulriken Eagles
- Taj Finger (203-F-86), Tromso Storm
- Miilah Kombat, Ammerud

The awards have been decided by the coaches of BLNO. The best defensive player has not been awarded a spot on the All Star Team. This team consists of one guard (Timus) and four forwards. Two Norwegian players made it to the team (Karlsen and Kombat).


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 18-3 
 2. Ulriken 16-5 
 3. Harstad 15-6 
 4. Asker 12-9 
 5. Ammerud 9-12 
 6. Gimle 9-12 
 7. 3B 5-16 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-21 


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


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Round 11: Libertad, FPC and Sol keep the top - by Gianni Pascucci

In the Day 2 of the second phase of Apertura, all the games had the expected results. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) of Libertad was the main performer, hitting 8 three pointers for a total of 33 points in the game vs. Sajonia. But Oscar Laconich (184-G/F) goes on in surprising. This time, he was the round main scorer at 39 !! See here the games resume:

Libertad 100 - Sajonia 77 (Bruno Zanotti 33, Elias Sosa (196-F/C-82) 24; Rodrigo Torres (-F/C) 18)
San Lorenzo 80 - UAA 75 (Juan Zayas (-G-86) 20; Edgar Morel (185-G-80) 31)
Felix Perez Cardozo 97 - Ciudad Nueva 88 (Sergio Lopez (189-G/F-85) 21, Edison Ortiz (197-F) 15; Jose Rios 19, Oscar Laconich 39)
Sol de America 92 - Olimpia 56 (Jose Cabrera (-G-90) 14, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 14; Hector Gimenez (-F) 19)
U.Catolica 86 - Dep.San Jose 92 (Guillermo Osorio (-F) 26; Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) 22, Carlos Luis Vallejos 20)



Metropolitan League Standings
Metropolitan L. Standings
 1. Sol de Amer. 10-1 
 2. Felix Perez 10-1 
 3. Libertad 10-1 
 4. D.San Jose 6-5 
 5. Sportivo SL 5-6 
 6. Univ.Catolica 4-7 
 7. Univ.Autonoma 4-7 
 8. Ciudad Nueva 4-7 
 9. Olimpia 2-9 
 10. Dep.Sajonia 0-11 


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Kenyon Gamble signs in Quatar - by Chris Terrell

Kenyon Gamble (7'0''-C-82, agency: European Basketball Agency, college: Tuskegee) is added to the list of exceptional players that have used their experience in the PBL this season to spring board to highly paid positions with clubs overseas. There is that give and take in Minor League Basketball here domestically between winning games, putting the best talent on the court possible and doing what basketball at this level is all about and that is development, preperation, and giving the players a platform to leap from to that next level. A team in the NBA D-League, as an example, can go undefeated and have a great season, but if they didn't have players go from their organization onto the NBA and Europe; the Development League would be a misnomer. Instead many players get call-ups to their NBA teams and countless others go on to great positions with other organizations world wide.

Fans of the Manchester Millrats of the PBL must have torn feelings; knowing that having Kenyon Gamble on their backline defending the middle was going to be a huge part of their success this season. On the other hand, the organizations ability to continue to recruit, develop, and help propel athletes to that next level is a feather in the organization's collective cap that will allow them to continue to contract with very high level talent, in some cases below market value, because of other doors that relationship opens.
With Gamble, his new club in Qua
tar plays in a league in the middle east that is incredibly wealthy with teams that don't have any problems paying very lucrative salaries. It may not be NBA or Western Europe money but low to mid 6 figures USD for a season is not uncommon in that part of the world. Kenyon is a 2 time all-CBA 1st team defensive player, a former CBA defensive player of the year, a #1 overall draft selection coming out of college into the WBA, Gamble has led multiple leagues in blocked shots including the PBL this season, WBA, and CBA to name a few here in the US. In addition to ability to block shots, changing or altering shots that result in a low opposing field goal percentage, Gamble is also an excellent rebounder and can be counted on for double digits offensively at a very high field goal percentage.

Bottom line is that he helps teams win games wherever he goes. Gamble has several NBA workouts on his resume and the thought is that with a little more seasoning over the waters under his belt, he can come back and get another shot at the league in the summer.
For Manchester, they just keep going, Mike Mazur has been added to the roster and is expected to be a force for the Millrats in the middle down the stretch. Mazur knows how to use his frame to power around the basket and take care of the glass, he also has a nice touch facing the basket and has experience in the NBADL among others. Other player scouting and analysis is available by request at myspace4hoops@yahoo.com



Millrats forced to reload - by Carl Berman
Manchester, NHThe Manchester Millrats were dealt two significant blows to their title quest this week. Centers Kenyon Gamble and Aaron Spears will not remain on the team's roster for the remainder of the season. The 7'0 Gamble, who was leading the PBL in blocks at 3.9 per game, departed for a lucrative job in Qatar. 'We are proud to have been able to assist Kenyon to be in a position to receive that reward,' stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'He is a good person and a very high caliber basketball player. We always want to win, but our mission also centers around helping these young men further their careers.'

Aaron Spears was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear (knee injury) that was suffered in the Millrats last game at Buffalo on February 21st. With only four weeks left in the season, a return to action was not likely. 'The challenge in pro sports is that you can be thrown a curveball at any moment, and you need to be flexible enough to make changes on the fly and still not miss a beat,' McCarthy explained, 'we've made roster moves already this season to address certain team needs that worked out well, and we will do the same in this instance.'

With the PBL transaction deadline looming on March 9th, and two important road games this weekend, McCarthy and Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon wasted no time searching for a replacement. The Millrats are pleased to announce the signing of 6'11 264lb Marc Mazur (6'11''-C-79, agency: Duran International, college: Detroit Mercy). Mazur will be in uniform for this weekend's games against the Frost Heaves and the Kebs. Mazur, who played collegiately at Detroit and hails from Clarkston, Michigan, played several years in the D-League, the CBA, and has had stints in countries such as the Baltics, Poland, Spain, Chile, and Portugal. 'Mazur is a big physical presence inside, a great rebounder, and has a nice touch from the outside as well,' said Coach Spon. 'He'll fit in great with us and he's played with some of our guys before so the chemistry will be there.'

Manchester is currently 13-3 with a vice grip on first place in the Atlantic Division. They have won 13 out of their last 14 games (#1 in the PBL), including 8 in a row. The Millrats defense is #1 in the PBL in points against (95.8), #1 in steals (11.7), and #1 in blocks (5.1). Friday night at 7:05pm, the Millrats will visit the Burlington Memorial Auditorium to face their archrival, the Vermont Frost Heaves. Vermont has never lost in Burlington in their franchise's history. On Saturday, Manchester will head to Quebec City to face the Kebs. Manchester has never beaten Quebec in the Pavilion de la Jeunesse. For more information please contact Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


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Tau Ceramica celebrates in Poland 92-72 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Asseco Prokom - Tau Ceramica 72-92

Spanish champion cruised past the Polish champ on the road 92-72 jumping to 4-1 record in Group E. Olympiakos will have a chance to do the same today against AJ Milano at home. Anyway, the winner of the Group will be known after the last game between these two teams in Spain. On the other side, Asseco Prokom remains winless with 0-5. Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in victory nailing 22 points (4 triples). Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 14 and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) drained 13 points for the guests. The big guy Patrick Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) shined in loss collecting 15 points and 9 rebounds. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) and Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 12 points apiece.
Asseco Prokom had better opening quarter finishing it with plus 4, 23-19. Patrick Burke and Ronnie Burrell scored the final 16 points of the first period. At the midway of the second stanza Tau managed to create 5-14 run for 28-33. The hosts quickly replied with 5-0, but Tau went to the half time with 36-38, thanks to Pete Mickeal's layup. The finish of third quarter was crucial period of the game. Tau made impressive 4-16 run grabbing nice 53-64 lead after 30 minutes. During the last ten Mirza Teletovic lifted his team even more to plus 22, 57-79. As it is mentioned above, in the last round of Top 16 Tau will host Olympiakos. Asseco Prokom goes to Milano.

Asseco Prokom: Patrick Burke 15+9 boards, Qyntel Woods 12, Ronnie Burrell 12
Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 22, Pete Mickeal 14, Igor Rakocevic 13


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Matthews, CSU A.22.3 
 2. Gibson, U.Mobite.18.9 
 3. Lawrence, Pitesti18.9 
 4. Tomic, Craiova18.4 
 5. Popescu, Rovinari17.9 
 6. Vlaicu, Rapid B.16.9 
 7. Darby, Rovinari16.7 
 8. Cepulis, Ploiesti16.6 
 9. Bulancea, Rapid B.16.5 
 10. Broadus, CSU Bras.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.11.9 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.5 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.9.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.4 
 5. Lazar, Oradea7.9 
 6. Green, Rovinari7.8 
 7. Jucan, Gaz Metan7.7 
 8. Holmes, Craiova7.6 
 9. Matthews, CSU A.7.5 
 10. Osby, U.Mobitel..7.2 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.7.1 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.0 
 3. Dzambic, Timisoara4.5 
 4. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.3 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.0 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.9 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.6 
 8. Lawrence, Pitesti3.5 
 9. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 10. Fometescu, Dinamo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  CSU Atlassib
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, CSU A.3.0 
 2. Cooley, Tirgu M.2.9 
 3. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.8 
 4. Matthews, CSU A.2.6 
 5. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.4 
 6. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.4 
 7. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 8. Velickovic, Timisoara2.1 
 9. Holmes, Craiova2.1 
 10. Blidaru, Otope.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.3 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Pantelic, Pitesti1.7 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.7 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.3 
 7. Harrison, CSU A.1.3 
 8. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 9. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 10. McKenna, Tirgu.1.1 


VOTE FOR ALL STAR GAME 2009 - by Nagy Szilveszter
Vote NOW for the Men All Star Game 2009 on http://www.frbaschet.ro
The All Star Game will be at 13th April in the Sala Polivalenta, in Bucharest.
The two team will be: SOUTH TEAM vs. NORTH TEAM.
The rosters will be: 12 players (max. 7 foreigners).
To register your vote you have to vote for the Women too.
You can vote only at 1 computer (IP Adress).
The results will be announced at 6th April.
Thank your for your VOTES.


Kostoski replaces Dawson - by Vasile Racovitan
CSU Cuadripol Brasov announced that newcomer Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will replace LeRoy Dawson (188-G-81, college: S.Nazarene)
The decision is considered a surprise, since Dawson was one of the most important players of the team in this season. He played 20 games for CSU Brasov, averaging 9.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was the team's best 3-point scorer, with 31 baskets.
Also, Alex Hartman is injured and many expected him to be the player to be replaced by Kostoski.


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Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Avtodor 35-3 
 2. Magnitogorsk 28-10 
 3. Revda 26-12 
 4. Lok.Novos. 23-13 
 5. Chelabinsk 23-15 
 6. N.Novgorod 22-14 
 7. Saransk 18-18 
 8. Rjazan 16-20 
 9. Krasnodar 16-22 
 10. Zaretchny 15-21 
 11. Naltchik 15-21 
 12. Irkutsk 13-23 
 13. Severstal 10-28 
 14. Kursk 7-25 
 15. Ural Ekater. 7-29 


Defending Euroleague champion secures the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: CSKA - Fenerbahce Ulker 77-60

CSKA did not have any troubles to beat Fenerbahce Ulker last night and to reach 4-1 record in Group H. It means that the defending Euuroleague champion booked a sport for the quarterfinals. At the same time, Fener dropped to 1-4 without any chance to reach it. Last round's home loss against Cibona was faithful for the Turkish squad. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) led the scorers in victory delivering 18 points. His country-mate Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) helped with 14 pts, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Gordan Giricek (197-G-77) shined in loss scoring 15 points. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76), who came of the bench, registered double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) stopped on 12 pts.
CSKA made impressive 12-0 run in finish of the opening stanza taking 27-13 lead. Mirsad Turkcan and Marques Green stepped up for Fener soon after that, what resulted with 0-9 series. That allowed visitors to came within 5 points. Later Gordan Giricek buried a triple for surprising minus 1, 36-35. Crucial periods of the game were finish of third and beginning of the last stanza when CSKA made 11-0 run. At that point of game it was unreachable 63-49 for the reigning Euroleague champ. In the last round CSKA will take on Cibna in Zagreb. Fener will host Montepaschi Siena.

CSKA: Erazem Lorbek 18, Matjaz Smodis 14, Viktor Khryapa 9+5 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Gordan Giricek 15, Mirsad Turkcan 14+10 boards, Marques Green 12


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Rilski Sportist jumps to BIBL semifinals in style - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Quarterfinals: Rilski Sportist - Radnicki 034 Group 93-67

Rilski Sportist devastated Radnicki 034 Group in Samokov 93-67 advancing to Final 4. It is the second victory for the Bulgarians against Radnicki in seven days. As a reminder, in the first game, which was played in Kragujevac, Rilski celebrated 91-81. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) shined for the winners yesterday collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) scored 18, while Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13 points. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) was the last one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. On the other side, Danilo Draskovic (207-C-86) was better than the others registering 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 14 and Petar Beader (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on one point less. Rilski was better team from the beginning. Radnicki came to Samokov to try to make a miracle, but after just few minutes it was clear that is not going to happen. Travis Peterson was in a game mood leading Rilski to 26-20 after ten minutes. During the next period the hosts extended their lead even more, 50-39. Radnicki faced with real fiasco in third stanza. Visitors succeeded to score just 7 points in ten minutes, while on the other side Rilski drained 32. That was the end of the Serbian team in BIBL 08/09. Rilski Sportist still doesn't know who will be its rival in the semifinals as Swisslions Takovo and Mega Hypo Leasing didn't play their quarterfinal games yet.

Rilski Sportist: Travis Peterson 24+10 boards, Bogdan Boev 18, Dragoslav Papic 13, Ivan Lilov 10
Radnicki 034 Group: Danilo Draskovic 19+10 boards, Rajko Kljajevic 14, Petar Beader 13


Predrag Stojakovic with Serbia on EuroBasket 2009 in Poland? - by Dragan Jankovski
Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) announced possibility to play for Team Serbia on EuroBaaket 2009 in Poland. In interview, which he gave to Spanish ACB web site, Stojakovic started that he didn't say goodbye to National Team jersey.

'I didn't play for the National Team since EC 2003 in Sweden, but there is a possibility that I'll wear Serbian jersey in the future. Of course I will have to talk with the NT head coach Dusan Ivkovic and after that I will make a decision', said Predrag Stojakovic.

NBA star already had contact with coach Ivkovic before the last summer's qualifications.

'Yes, we have talked, but it was on friendly base. We didn't 'touch' any concrete subject. He informed me about the situation in Serbian basketball. I would like to repeat, I didn't deny to play for Serbia at that time and I never said I won't play for it in the future', said Stojakovic.

Predrag Stojakovic played 53 NBA games this season with New Orleans Hornets averaging 13.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. His team demonstrates pretty good performance, mostly owing to him and of course 'CP3' (Chris Paul). Stojakovic started basketball career in Crvena Zvezda. After that he played for PAOK and later moved overseas. He was a member of the Kings, Pacers and now Hornets. He won the Bronze at EC 1999 in France. Two years later Stojakovic won the gold on EC in Turkey and another Gold on the World Championship 2002 in Indianapolis.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Zlatko BOLIC
  Radnicki I.
  (195-G-74)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.3 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.0 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL20.5 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac19.7 
 5. Markovic, Napredak19.3 
 6. Kljajevic, Radnicki.19.0 
 7. Stefanovic, Sloga18.5 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad17.6 
 9. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.1 
 10. Sinovec, Vizu.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros MIRKOVIC
  Masinac
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac8.4 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Bogavac, Ergonom7.0 
 4. Dokic, Tamis6.7 
 5. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.5 
 6. Buric, Vizura6.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac6.2 
 8. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.1 
 9. Nikolic, Mega HL5.8 
 10. Zigeranovic, Bor.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan JOVICIC
  Tamis
  (184-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.3 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.7 
 3. Stefanovic, Sloga4.2 
 4. Teodosic, Metalac4.1 
 5. Stefanovic, Borac4.0 
 6. Vukotic, Sloga3.6 
 7. Maric, Ergonom3.5 
 8. Tomasevic, Masinac3.4 
 9. Martinic, Novi Sad3.3 
 10. Pejovic, Napred.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Novi Sad
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.9 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 4. Sinovec, Vizura1.7 
 5. Mirkovic, Masinac1.7 
 6. Bogavac, Ergonom1.7 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac1.7 
 8. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.7 
 9. Majstorovic, Ergon.1.5 
 10. Dunderski, Vizu.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo DRASKOVIC
  Radnicki 034
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Tanaskovic, Metal.1.0 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.0 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac1.0 
 5. Buric, Vizura1.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.0 
 7. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 9. Gavranovic, Ergon.0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Bor.0.7 


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  SLOVENIA   


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Gil GOODRICH
  Zagorje
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje22.9 
 2. King, Polzela21.8 
 3. Ivanovic, Elektra17.3 
 4. Strnad, Zlatorog17.2 
 5. Delic, Slovan17.1 
 6. Paris, Zagorje15.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Epic Misel15.6 
 8. Berdiel, Zlatorog15.3 
 9. Cup, Elektra14.6 
 10. Pavic, Kr.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. King, Polzela14.9 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje12.1 
 3. Paris, Zagorje8.8 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.7.6 
 5. Pasalic, Nova Gorica7.3 
 6. Pavic, Krka7.2 
 7. Cup, Elektra7.0 
 8. Lucic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Soldo, Epic Misel5.9 
 10. Miljkovic, Zlator.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela5.7 
 2. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 3. Cmer, Luka Koper4.5 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje4.2 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektra3.9 
 6. Krivec, Krka3.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Epic Misel3.4 
 8. Perko, Nova Gorica3.4 
 9. Shields, Krka3.2 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Zlatorog
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.5 
 2. Dragic, Slovan2.2 
 3. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje2.0 
 5. Snow, Helios1.8 
 6. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 7. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.8 
 8. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.7 
 9. Percel, Zagorje1.7 
 10. Horvat, Elekt.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 3. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 4. Lucic, Zlatorog1.3 
 5. Hunter, Zlatorog1.2 
 6. Brown, Alpos S.1.0 
 7. Soda, Nova Gorica1.0 
 8. Johnson, Zagorje0.9 
 9. Sjekloca, Elektra0.9 
 10. Klepo, Slov.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Horvat, Sencur 21.7
2 Sivka, Konjice 17.5
3 Smaka, Konjice 16.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dolinar, Gradisce 8.5
2 Kresner, Sencur 8.3
3 Horvat, Sencur 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Milasinovic, Jance 3.4
2 Gorence, Sencur 3.2
3 Brecko, Hrastnik 3.1
Ranking
1 Horvat, Sencur 24.2
2 Dominko, Radens 19.8
3 Kresner, Sencur 19.5


Filipovski to take over as Rostov's coach, Gorica inks Kastratovic - by Zeljko Zule

Russian team Lokomotiv Rostov has appointed Slovenian's Saso Filipovski as their head coach. The 34-year old Filipovski is expected to take over his new post early next week.

As we reported two weeks ago, former Montengerin U-20 NT member Darko Kastratovic (189-G-88) is set to join CPG Nova Gorica. The last-placed team of UPC League made it official and signed Kastrovic today for the reminder or the season. He averaged 17,9 points in 14 Bosnian Leagues games with Hercegovac Bileca this season. He has also played for Ibon Niksic.



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  SPAIN   


Regal Barca advances to Euroleague quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Regal Barca - Real Madrid 90-79

Regal Barca grabbed nice 90-79 victory at the Palau Blaugrana booking a spot for Euroleague quarterfinals. What is also important, Barca will have a chance to end the Top 16 stage as No.1 in Group F. Real Madrid also qualified for the quarterfinals. Center David Andersen (212-C-80) stepped up for Barca in Spanish 'El Classico' nailing 22 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 16 points and 6 assists, while Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) and Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) helped with 11 points apiece. Real got the most from Marko Thomas, 18 points for little bit more than 13 minutes last night. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) followed him with 15 pts. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) and Sergio Llull (178-G-87) added 11 points each.
Barca controlled rhythm of the game from the early beginning. It was 9-2 and later 26-17 for the hosts. Felipe Reyes managed to close the gap to 30-21 after 10 minutes. However, nothing has changed after that. Gianluca Basile and Ersan Ilyasova helped Barca to jump on plus 12 quickly. Later, Louis Bullock drained triple for minus 8, but Gianluca Basile and David Andersen pulled Barca up to 48-38 after 20 minutes. At the midway of third stanza Barton nailed a triple extending Barca's lead to 15 points, 62-47. Basile later set the score to impressive 74-53. In the last period the hosts touched 84-59, after 3-pointer by Juan Carlos Navarro. In the last round of Top 16 Barca will play in Tel-Aviv. If case of win Barca will advance to quarterfinal from top of Group F. Real Madrid will host ALBA.

Regal Barca: David Andersen 22+4 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 16+6 as, Fran Vazquez 11, Gianluca Basile 11
Real Madrid: Marko Tomas (201-G-85) 18, Louis Bullock 15, Tomas Van Den Spiegel 11, Sergio Llull 11


Tau Ceramica celebrates in Poland 92-72 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Asseco Prokom - Tau Ceramica 72-92

Spanish champion cruised past the Polish champ on the road 92-72 jumping to 4-1 record in Group E. Olympiakos will have a chance to do the same today against AJ Milano at home. Anyway, the winner of the Group will be known after the last game between these two teams in Spain. On the other side, Asseco Prokom remains winless with 0-5. Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in victory nailing 22 points (4 triples). Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 14 and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) drained 13 points for the guests. The big guy Patrick Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) shined in loss collecting 15 points and 9 rebounds. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) and Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 12 points apiece.
Asseco Prokom had better opening quarter finishing it with plus 4, 23-19. Patrick Burke and Ronnie Burrell scored the final 16 points of the first period. At the midway of the second stanza Tau managed to create 5-14 run for 28-33. The hosts quickly replied with 5-0, but Tau went to the half time with 36-38, thanks to Pete Mickeal's layup. The finish of third quarter was crucial period of the game. Tau made impressive 4-16 run grabbing nice 53-64 lead after 30 minutes. During the last ten Mirza Teletovic lifted his team even more to plus 22, 57-79. As it is mentioned above, in the last round of Top 16 Tau will host Olympiakos. Asseco Prokom goes to Milano.

Asseco Prokom: Patrick Burke 15+9 boards, Qyntel Woods 12, Ronnie Burrell 12
Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 22, Pete Mickeal 14, Igor Rakocevic 13


Menorca Make Moves For Sundov and Burtt - by Paul Nilsen
ViveMenorca have made their final move to salvage their season by drafting in former NBA big man Bruno Sundov (220-C-80) and scorer Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) after cutting both Bud Eley and Marcus Faison from the team writes www.acb-basket.com. The Islanders are looking odds on for relegation to the LEB and with Javier Imbroda looking for a first win after his recent arrival, he has chosen to replace Eley in the paint with Sundov. Eley was averaging 8 points and 6 boards per game but this has been viewed as insuffiicent by the Directors who will expect bigger numbers from Sundov who joins Menorca as his third club this season alone after spells with ASK Riga and Cibona. Sundov is no stranger to the ACB having played for Etosa Alicante in 2005-2007 having left the States after playing for a number of NBA teams. Faison only arrived at Menorca a month or so ago and was seen as the man to provide the extra firepower but he has failed to dliver and his spot has been handed to Burtt. The guard is quick and a real scorer and arrives from Eldan Eshkolon in Israel where he has been prolific all season - something the Menorca fans will be hoping he can continue for the next couple of months.

Unicaja destroys Lottomatica in Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Unicaja - Lottomatica 99-64

After thriller defeat in the last round, Unicaja blasted Lottomatica 99-64 for 2-3 record in Group G. The Italians remain winless with 0-5. Panathinaikos and Partizan from this group already booked a spot for the next stage last week. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) was on fire for the hosts last night. He drained 9 triples from 19 attempts, 33 points in toal. Kelati also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) and Vitor Faverani (209-C-88) were behind him scoring 16 points apiece. Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) had 17 points in loss. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while ex Pamesa's player Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) netted 11 pts.
Unicaja dominated from the very beginning. At the halfway of the first stanza the host made 11-0 run taking 25-11 lead. Thomas Kelati drained 6 triples in the first period lifting Unicaja to 31-15 after 10 minutes. At that point of game it was already clear that Lottomatica will face with 5th consecutive defeat in Top 16. Unicaja reached plus 20 very soon and at the half time the score already was 55-30. Marcus Haislip and Vitor Faverani joined Thomas Kelati helping the hosts to create magnificent 80-45 with 10 minutes to go. At the one moment in the last quarter the team from Malaga jumped to plus 39, 90-51. In the last round Unicaja goes to Athens, while Lottomatica waits Partizan.

Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 33+7 boards, Marcus Haislip 16+5 boards, Vitor Faverani 16
Lottomatica: Brandon Jennings 17, Angelo Gigli 13+9 boards, Ruben Douglas 11


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Brad OLESON
  A.G. Fuenla
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla20.9 
 2. Rakocevic, Tau20.6 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.19.0 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid17.4 
 5. Dean, CB Murcia16.7 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.6 
 7. Haislip, Unicaja16.5 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.16.2 
 9. Splitter, Tau16.1 
 10. Bullock, Real Madr.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Curtis BORCHARDT
  Granada
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Borchardt, Granada10.0 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.9 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.4 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.7 
 5. Panko, Bruesa7.0 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.5 
 7. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 8. Barnes, CB Murcia5.9 
 9. Splitter, Tau5.8 
 10. Augustine, Kalise.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  DKV Joventut
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut6.2 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.5.9 
 3. Prigioni, Tau4.8 
 4. Cook, Unicaja4.8 
 5. Valters, A.G. F.4.7 
 6. Thomas, CB Murcia4.5 
 7. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.4 
 8. Williams, Pamesa V.3.9 
 9. Lakovic, Regal B.3.9 
 10. Mallet, DKV.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Tau
  (186-G-77)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.3 
 2. Popovic, Bruesa1.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.8 
 4. Splitter, Tau1.8 
 5. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 6. Jasen, MMT E.1.7 
 7. Cook, Unicaja1.7 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.1.7 
 9. Lescano, CAI Z.1.6 
 10. Guerra, CAI.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Lamont BARNES
  CB Murcia
  (208-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Barnes, CB Murcia1.7 
 2. Borchardt, Granada1.7 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.4 
 5. Haislip, Unicaja1.1 
 6. Ibaka, Ricoh Man.1.1 
 7. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 8. Gutierrez, Granada1.1 
 9. Moss, CB Murcia1.0 
 10. Eley, Vive Menor.1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Tarick JOHNSON
  Gijon
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Johnson, Gijon20.1 
 2. Beeson, Cornella18.0 
 3. Dedovic, Cornella17.9 
 4. Johnson, Palencia17.4 
 5. Wolfram, Huesca17.2 
 6. Holmes, Torrons .16.8 
 7. Ferrer, CajasurC.15.8 
 8. Bravo, Palencia15.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat15.5 
 10. Alvarez, CB Tarr.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert JOSEPH
  Coruna
  (204-C-78)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Joseph, Coruna8.8 
 2. Johnson, Palencia8.7 
 3. Ortega, Prat8.5 
 4. Diouf, Qalat C.8.4 
 5. Mesa, CB Tarrag.7.8 
 6. Johnson, Cornella7.6 
 7. Martin, Plasencia7.4 
 8. Frost, Vigo7.3 
 9. Gitterer, Huesca7.2 
 10. Wolfram, Hues.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lino LOPEZ
  Coruna
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Lopez, Coruna4.4 
 2. Rodriguez, CB Ta.3.9 
 3. Bavosi, Jerez3.9 
 4. Smith, Vigo3.9 
 5. Robles, Plasencia3.7 
 6. Aguilar, Qalat C.3.5 
 7. Beeson, Cornella3.5 
 8. Garrido, Huesca3.4 
 9. Garrido, CajasurC.3.4 
 10. Gonzalez, Navar.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel RODRIGUEZ
  CB Tarrag.
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rodriguez, CB Ta.2.1 
 2. Lett, Jerez1.9 
 3. Dedovic, Cornella1.8 
 4. Nualart, Torrons .1.8 
 5. Smith, Vigo1.7 
 6. Adams, Palencia1.6 
 7. Garrido, CajasurC.1.6 
 8. Beeson, Cornella1.6 
 9. Johnson, Palencia1.6 
 10. Ott, Navar.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert JOSEPH
  Coruna
  (204-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Joseph, Coruna2.4 
 2. Samb, Cornella2.3 
 3. Diouf, Qalat C.1.9 
 4. Eyenga, Prat1.8 
 5. Adams, Palencia1.2 
 6. Lett, Jerez1.2 
 7. Martin, Plasencia1.1 
 8. Santana, Plasencia1.1 
 9. Cage, Navarra0.9 
 10. Cabanas, Torron.0.8 


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  SWEDEN   


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Andrew Mitchell 20.7
2 Tyrone Levett 20.0
3 Alexander Wesby 18.9
4 Johan Akesson 18.6
5 Dennis Springs 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ryan McDade 13.4
2 Mark Mc Carroll 9.6
3 Johan Akesson 8.9
4 Jaraun Burrows 8.2
5 Danny Gathings 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Hakan Larsson 7.7
2 Jerel Blassingame 6.8
3 Michael Bree 5.9
4 Aaron Cook 4.9
5 Kenneth Grant 4.8
Steals Per Game
1 Antonio Kellogg 3.3
2 Juha Sten 3.0
3 Jermaine Flowers 2.9
4 Thomas Jackson 2.7
5 Andrew Mitchell 2.3


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  SYRIA   


Inteview with Ryan Holmes - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith), currently averaging 27 ppg to go with 11 rebounds at Al Wathba in Syria, to get his thoughts on the current season.

EU: How are you finding the season thus far? Is it what u expected? This is your third Middle East experience, is it as u wanted it to be?
The season has been full of ups and downs. We've had a lot of injuries. We've been playing without our center for almost 2 months. So other than the injuries there havn't been many suprises. It's not exactly what I wanted, but 'with out struggle there is no progress.' F. Douglass. Being able to play pro basketball is a blessing so, I dont complain!

EU: After an ALL NAIA career at Philander Smith, you have gained experience in the Middle East... Qatar, Jordan and now in Syria. Which is you favorite place to be in the region? Why is that? Where to from here?
I've really enjoyed every where I've been, but I would have to say Jordan, because that is where I got my 1st opportunity to play at the pro level. After I'm done here in Syria I hope that I'm giving the opportunity to play in the Asian Club Championships and Arab Club Championships so that way I can get more exposure in this region, but my main goal is still the NBA!

EU: How have u found the differences in culture? Has it been an easy adjustment? Have u picked up anything that u will take back with you when u go home, end of season?
There are so many differences, but I've gotten use to most of them. One major difference is the people here are so nice its crazy. Me being from Chicago Heights, you don't see people being that nice that often...lol. I've picked up a little Arabic since i've been here so I look forward to using that when I get back home, and being here has made me appreciate the things I have and not really worry about what I dont have. Those are two things that will stick with me where ever I go.

EU: Who was the main person that assisted you in getting over to this part of the world?
It was actually three people. The first being Craig Hodges. Hodge introduced me to Hend, and Hend got me my first job in Jordan with coach Najjar. I've know Hodge all my life and he's played a huge roll in getting me in contact with the right people! So thanks to Hodge, Hend, and Gheith....lol I appreciate ya!

EU: Honestly speaking, where do u see the team finishing in the standings with you playing the way that you have been? Al Wathba has been historically on of the poorest performing teams in the league, but THIS SEASON YOU ARE ONE GAME OUT OF FOURTH PLACE AND A SPOT IN THE PLAYOFFS! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
Honestly, I see us making the final 6. I've been doubted by many my whole life, and one thing I've learned is success is the best revenge! This has been a real challenge for me because my team is so young plus the injuries, but I'm enjoying it. And your right, Al Wathba is usually one of the poorest teams in the league but thats what makes all this so sweet. My team mates and I have been able to turn this thing around! We've won some games this year that in years past was unheard of...So, it feels good to be such a big part of something like that.

EU: What do u think about the level of play in Syria comparatively? Would you return to the region for another tour of duty?
The level of play in Syria is competitive.. I can do without all the fouls though...lol But there are many Syrian players here that can play in the states easily, and all the Americans here are a threat night in and night out! And if the opportunity is right?? I will be back in Syia.....

EU: There is talk of you going to the NBA Summer League by Hend Abufarie, who we had the pleasure of speaking with. What are your thoughts on this?
That would be a Blessing and I take full advantage of all my Blessings....Ryan Holmes, 1st Philander Smith College player to make it to the NBA...lol sounds good to me!

EU: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans/supporters?
I just want to say thanks to everyone who believes in me and my abilities, especially my parents,siblings, friends, and all my teammates and coaches that played a part in me getting to this point and beyond! Thanks....and Lil Ryan I'll see you soon!
WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH RYAN THE BEST ON THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON IN SYRIA!


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15th ANNUAL ALL STAR CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - by Chris Cardenas

San Angelo,Tx - Its here again guys!!! The 15th Annual All Star Classic Mens Open basketball tournament is schedule for MARCH 28-29 in San Angelo,Tx and if its anything like its been in the past, it promises to show some of the best basketball talent in Texas. All teams are welcomed in this annual event that was started to welcome in MARCH MADNESS!!
tournament information : 15th ANNUAL ALL STAR CLASSIC MENS OPEN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT , WHEN: March 28-29 , ENTRY FEE: $150 per team early registration ($175 if you pay the day of) , DEADLINE TO ENTER: March 25 , TO ENTER CALL : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Aubrey REESE
  Aliaga
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Reese, Aliaga22.2 
 2. Crispin, Banvit20.5 
 3. Williams, Banvit19.9 
 4. Lofton, Mersin19.5 
 5. Gordon, Oyak R.19.2 
 6. Davis, Aliaga18.3 
 7. McCalebb, Mersin17.9 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.17.5 
 9. Graves, Galatasaray17.4 
 10. Baxter, Besikt.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  Karsiyaka
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.0 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.4 
 3. Besok, Galatasaray9.1 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld8.8 
 5. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 6. Ffriend, Mersin7.9 
 7. Williams, Banvit7.8 
 8. Benton, Karsiyaka7.8 
 9. Davis, Aliaga7.5 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pils.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Karsiyaka
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka7.3 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 3. Acik, T.Telekom5.5 
 4. Crispin, Banvit5.2 
 5. Senturk, Darussaf.5.1 
 6. King, Antalya5.1 
 7. Reese, Aliaga4.9 
 8. Atkins, Galatasaray4.6 
 9. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.5 
 10. Gordon, Oyak.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Mersin
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Basden, Mersin2.9 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.7 
 3. Atkins, Galatasaray2.2 
 4. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 5. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 6. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 8. Graves, Galatasaray1.8 
 9. Senturk, Darussaf.1.8 
 10. Thornton, Efes.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Erek HANSEN
  TED Koleji
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.8 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.4 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.1 
 4. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 5. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 6. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.8 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.6 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.3 
 9. Johnson, Aliaga1.2 
 10. Douthit, Antal.1.1 


Defending Euroleague champion secures the quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: CSKA - Fenerbahce Ulker 77-60

CSKA did not have any troubles to beat Fenerbahce Ulker last night and to reach 4-1 record in Group H. It means that the defending Euuroleague champion booked a sport for the quarterfinals. At the same time, Fener dropped to 1-4 without any chance to reach it. Last round's home loss against Cibona was faithful for the Turkish squad. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) led the scorers in victory delivering 18 points. His country-mate Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) helped with 14 pts, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Gordan Giricek (197-G-77) shined in loss scoring 15 points. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76), who came of the bench, registered double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) stopped on 12 pts.
CSKA made impressive 12-0 run in finish of the opening stanza taking 27-13 lead. Mirsad Turkcan and Marques Green stepped up for Fener soon after that, what resulted with 0-9 series. That allowed visitors to came within 5 points. Later Gordan Giricek buried a triple for surprising minus 1, 36-35. Crucial periods of the game were finish of third and beginning of the last stanza when CSKA made 11-0 run. At that point of game it was unreachable 63-49 for the reigning Euroleague champ. In the last round CSKA will take on Cibna in Zagreb. Fener will host Montepaschi Siena.

CSKA: Erazem Lorbek 18, Matjaz Smodis 14, Viktor Khryapa 9+5 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Gordan Giricek 15, Mirsad Turkcan 14+10 boards, Marques Green 12


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Temple Clinches A-10 Tournament Bye With 68-59 Win Over Saint Joseph's - by David Edole
Temple clinched a first round bye in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament and beat city rival Saint Joseph's for the fourth straight time with a 68-59 victory on Thursday night in front of a near-sellout crowd at the Liacouras Center. The Owls' three seniors, who were honored in a pre-game ceremony, each played important roles in the win, with Dionte Christmas scoring a game-high 23 points in his final game in the building.

'Tonight was a real critical game for us after two tough losses,' head coach Fran Dunphy said. 'I thought our seniors were great tonight.'

The Cherry and White (18-11, 10-5 A-10) is currently in fourth place in the league standings, one game ahead of Duquesne with only Saturday's visit to George Washington on the schedule. But since the Owls hold the tiebreaker over the Dukes thanks to a February 15 victory in Pittsburgh, Temple will garner an extra day of rest before competing on Thursday in Atlantic City.

Christmas took a while to heat up, missing his first three shots before getting into the scoring column on a pull-up jumper with 9:11 to play before halftime. His 23 points are the most for the Philadelphia native since pouring in 27 on February 8 against Rhode Island. He also added eight rebounds and three assists.

'There was a lot of emotion in a game like this,' Christmas said. 'I tried to put the emotions aside and just play.'

Two other seniors, Semaj Inge and Sergio Olmos, also willed Temple to victory. Inge scored all nine of his points in the first half, including six during a 14-4 run that gave the Owls the lead for good midway through the opening stanza.

Olmos finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while limiting Saint Joseph's star Ahmad Nivins to 6-for-16 shooting from the floor. Nivins still managed 17 points and 16 rebounds, but had to work for every shot, as the 7-0 Olmos contested his every move.

'Serg didn't get a whole lot of help on Nivins,' Dunphy said. 'As good as he was offensively, and he was very good, he was terrific defensively.'

Temple managed to win without much help offensively from its second and third leading scorers in Lavoy Allen and Ryan Brooks. Allen was saddled with foul trouble all game, playing only 15 minutes and contributing four points. Brooks took just two field goal attempts and had two points.

The Hawks led 17-10 midway through the first half, but TU rallied back to take its first and last lead on a Christmas three with 4:39 to play before intermission to give the hosts a 24-21 lead.

The advantage would grow to 34-23 just after halftime, but Saint Joseph's went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just two. But back-to-back threes by Christmas and sophomore Craig Williams (206-F-90) (11 points, career-high nine rebounds) in a span of 40 seconds built the lead back to nine and the Owls never looked back.

Unlike last month at The Palestra, when TU struggled from the line to let the Hawks back in the game down the stretch, the Owls were solid from the charity stripe in the closing minutes. Temple was 11-for-13 in the final 2:31 tonight to seal the Big 5 victory. The Owls finished the City Series with a 2-2 record.

'That was a little more pleasing to the soul than the last time we played,' Dunphy said.

St. Joe's (15-14, 8-7) struggled offensively and had just four players in the scoring column. Tasheed Carr had 22 to lead the Hawks.

Temple finished its home slate with a 9-2 record at the Liacouras Center.

The Owls visit George Washington on Saturday at 7:30 PM. The game will be broadcast on WPHT 1210 AM.


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  VENEZUELA   


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




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Cheryl Chambers named WNBL Coach of the Year - by Eurobasket News
The Australian Defence Force Womens National Basketball League is pleased to announce Bulleen Boomers head coach Cheryl Chambers as Coach of the Year for the 2008/09 season.

Chambers steered Bulleen into second place on the ladder at the end of the regular season, a feat the team had achieved only once before; the Boomers also finished second in the 2004/05 season, giving Chambers her first Coach of the Year nod.


This season she has led the Boomers to the finals for the first time since the 2005/06 season. After recruiting well in the off-season Chambers molded her side into a cohesive unit that is on the verge of the clubs first grand final berth.

Chambers was named the Coach of the Month for January after guiding the Boomers to an undefeated 5-0 run, and finished the season with a 17-5 win-loss record.

Despite losing key player Shelley Hammonds to a knee injury in Round 17, Chambers restructured the team and regrouped to defeat the second-placed Townsville Fire and snatch a spot in the major semi final.

Chambers became head coach of Bulleen in 2001 and the team has finished no lower than sixth place with the WNBL Life Member at the helm.

In her eighth season as head coach she boasts a 55 per cent winning record with 89 wins and 74 losses.

The former Opals assistant coach has a long involvement with Australian representative teams; she made her Australian representative coaching debut in 2003 and has since been an assistant coach in 43 international games.

She served as an assistant coach for the Australian Sapphires at the Young World Championships in 2003 and the Gems at the 2005 FIBA Junior World Championships. She was a part of the Opals coaching staff in 2006 before withdrawing from the world championship preparations to have her third child.

Close behind Chambers, and on an equal number of votes, was Townsville Fire head coach Peter Buckle and Canberra Capitals head coach Carrie Graf.

Graf was named Coach of the Month in December and guided the Capitals to the minor premiership while Buckle has led the Fire to its first finals appearance in six seasons.

The Coach of the Year award is determined by a poll of the head coaches, assistant coaches and team captains from all WNBL clubs at the conclusion of the regular season, they are not allowed to vote for members of their own team.


Previous ADF WNBL Coach of the Year recipients:

1987 Tom Maher (Nunawading Spectres)
1988 Robbie Cadee (Bankstown Bruins)
1989 Mark Molitor (North Adelaide Rockets)
1990 Jenny Cheesman (AIS)
1991 Jerry Lee (Canberra Capitals)
1992 Tom Maher (Perth Breakers)
1993 Jan Stirling (Adelaide Lightning)
1994 Ray Tomlinson (Melbourne Tigers)
1995 Guy Molloy (Perth Breakers)
1996 Lori Chizik (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers)
1997 Bill Tomlinson (Sydney Flames)
1998 Phil Brown (AIS)
1998/99 Phil Brown (AIS)
1999/00 Mark Wright (Dandenong Rangers)
2000/01 Mark Wright (Dandenong Rangers)
2001/02 Karen Dalton (Sydney Panthers)
2002/03 David Herbert (Townsville Fire)
2003/04 Gary Fox (Dandenong Rangers)
2004/05 Cheryl Chambers (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers)
2005/06 Gary Fox (Dandenong Rangers)
2006/07 Carrie Graf (Canberra Capitals)
2007/08 Carrie Graf (Canberra Capitals)
2008/09 Cheryl Chambers (Bulleen Boomers)

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Agnesa Doychinov 24.0
2 Latasha Byears 23.5
3 Gergana Koleva 23.1
4 Dionne Brown 22.3
5 Vera Perostiyska 20.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stefka Miteva 12.4
2 Lori Nero 11.2
3 Vera Perostiyska 10.5
4 Latasha Byears 9.3
5 Agnesa Doychinova 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Ivelina Vrancheva 5.8
2 Silvia Peeva 5.1
3 Veronika Bortelova 4.4
4 Svetla Asenova 4,1
5 Elena Yolovska 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Gergana Koleva 3.1
2 Silvia Peeva 3.0
3 Zornitsa Kostova 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 Vera Perostiyska 3.1
2 Stefka Miteva 1.5
3 Lori Nero 1.4


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  CANADA - Women  


McGill Cagers WIN-Adwards Quebec All-Stars Announced - by John Gary
Freshman Anneth H.M. Lazarenko and senior Nathifa Weekes,both members of the McGill Marlets were among the major award receipts as the Quebec University Basketball League announced their womens basketball stars.Him-Lazarenko,a 5-10 forward from STE. Dorothee Quebec,received the leagues rookie of the year nomination and earned a berth on the conference and all rookie teams,however she suffered a torn ACLin right knee on January 31st and will miss the remainder of the season. The twenty-one year old education major,leads the QUBL scoring race with 14.8 points per game and ranks in third place in both rebounds and field goal percentage. She is second in free throws made and ninth in steals. courtesy basketball canada


TORONTO SEMIR-PRO Womens team Names Ryerson Assitant Coach - by John Gary
The Toronto Stealth,a franchise getting ready for its first season in the semi-pro Womens Blue Chip Basketball League WBCBL,has hired Ryerson University Assitant Coach Richard Dean as its head coach. Dean currently is the assitant coach of the Ryerson Rams mens team where he has been coaching for 11 seasons before that he was the assitant coach for the Ryerson Rams womens team for nine years. From 1989-1992,he was the head coach of the senior boys team at West Hill Collegiate Institue where he coached future Canadian senior mens national team star Rowan Barrett who also played in European professional leagues. courtesy basketball canada

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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic CO grabs victory in big derby - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Jolly JBS 70-57

Gospic CO celebrated in big Croatian derby against Jolly JBS 70-57. The team from Sibenik was better almost 30 minutes. Frankly, they never had more than 10-point lead, but on the other hand they almost all the time had 5+. At midway of the first stanza it seemed that Jolly JBS will once again take it easily in Gospic, but that didn't happen. Hero of the game was Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84), who nailed 38 points in total. At the beginning of the last quarter the score was tied 47-47. After that she closed 5-0 run for her team for 50-47. Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) than stepped up for the hosts. She drained 2 bombs and together with Jelena Ivezic and Anda Jelavic (175-G-80) quickly lifted her team to plus 10. Anda Jelavic finished the game with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Emanuela Salopek helped with 10 pts. On the other side, Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) shined netting 16 pts. Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) was the last one with double-digits in scoring, 10 pts. After the game Gospic's head coach Vlado Brkljacic stated he is extremely satisfied with performance of his players. According to him, Gospic was very aggressive at both sides of the court, especially in the last quarter what is the reason of this 13-point win.

Gospic CO: Jelena Ivezic 38, Anda Jelavic 10+7 boards+7 as, Emanuela Salopek 10
Jolly JBS: Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak 16, Constance Jinks 10


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. Gambrinus 22-2 
 2. USK Praha 22-2 
 3. Trutnov 12-12 
 4. Valosun B. 11-13 
A2
 1. Hradec Kralove 14-13 
 2. Strakonice 14-13 
 3. Slovanka 11-16 
 4. Sparta Praha 10-17 
 5. Karlovy Vary 10-17 
 6. BK Tabor 3-24 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Kieraah MARLOW
  S-Hameen.
  (178-F-85)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Marlow, S-Hameen.23.9 
 2. Parker, PuHu22.3 
 3. Covington, S-Ham.20.6 
 4. Bailey, Huima20.0 
 5. France, Huima19.6 
 6. Haynes, Espoo Team19.0 
 7. Parker, PeKa17.7 
 8. Gidden, HoNsU17.7 
 9. Pellom, FoA17.2 
 10. Freeman, Pe.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jazz COVINGTON
  S-Hameen.
  (185-F-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Covington, S-Ham.14.4 
 2. Gidden, HoNsU14.1 
 3. Roukanoja, PuHu12.2 
 4. Robinson, Huima12.0 
 5. Haynes, Espoo Team11.8 
 6. Triggs, PeKa11.0 
 7. Jones, BC Nokia10.7 
 8. Yates, BC Nokia10.5 
 9. Freeman, PeKa10.3 
 10. Solovyeva, Ca.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vilma KESANEN
  Catz
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kesanen, Catz3.5 
 2. Pellom, FoA3.1 
 3. DeCoud, HoNsU2.6 
 4. Frasier, FoA2.5 
 5. Rivers, PeKa2.5 
 6. Haynes, Espoo Team2.5 
 7. Covington, S-Ham.2.4 
 8. Parker, PuHu2.4 
 9. Jamsen, Huima2.4 
 10. Parker, Pe.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Erneisha BAILEY
  Huima
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Huima4.0 
 2. DeCoud, HoNsU3.8 
 3. Haynes, Espoo Team3.4 
 4. Collier, HoNsU3.2 
 5. Pellom, FoA3.0 
 6. Reshetko, Catz3.0 
 7. Allen, Espoo Team2.9 
 8. Vapamaa, S-Hameen.2.8 
 9. Haynes, Catz2.8 
 10. Robinson, Hui.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa GIDDEN
  HoNsU
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gidden, HoNsU1.8 
 2. Roukanoja, PuHu1.5 
 3. Solovyeva, Catz1.3 
 4. Sten, Catz1.2 
 5. Triggs, PeKa1.2 
 6. Tuure, Catz1.0 
 7. Allen, Espoo Team1.0 
 8. Reshetko, Catz1.0 
 9. Scott, Catz0.9 
 10. Parker, Pu.0.7 


D1 Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Espoo Team - PeKa 64-67
The semifinals brought the first battle between Espoo Team and PeKa as the latter grabbed 64:67 road win. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Triggs Sherida posted 18. Haynes Ashley finished the night with 18 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Catz - S-Hameen. 72-56
Catz proved the ambitions for Gold defeating S-Hameenmaa 72:56 in the opener of Semi-Finals. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) paced all the winners with 20 points and Reshetko Elena had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Marlow Kieraah produced 20 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Liene Jansone at Tarbes until the end of the season - by Leslie Anderson
Latvian International Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81) will play for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre until the end of the season. She comes in to replace N'Diaye NDeye.
Janson who was playing for Gambrinus Sika Brno this season had spent the previous three season in the Spanish League. This will be her first adventure in the French League.
She had a successful career in the NCAA with Siena College, the same school as Gunta Basko and has played in Israel during her first professional season
She was a member of the Latvian national team that finished forth in Eurobasket 2007 and also played in the 2008 Olympics.


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Female league in bad waters - by Gianni Pascucci
While in the male division the league had a regular start, the female division of Liga Metropolitane is in serious trouble. In fact, three traditional Guatemalan powerhouses, Sagrado Corazon, URL and Mystics, left the league, opting to compete in lower division. The reason iss that they were not be able to afford the season costs. At present, there are only three clubs left in Liga Metropolitana, and it is unknown if the league will really start in 2009. It is the worst crisis in the last decade.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Robinson, Savaria23.7 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs21.5 
 3. Djelmis, Szolnok15.6 
 4. Ievtushenko, Atome.14.9 
 5. Quennan, MiZo Pecs14.5 
 6. Varga, ZTE14.2 
 7. Milkova, BSE14.2 
 8. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.0 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.13.8 
 10. Zherzherunov., S.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Robinson, Savaria9.8 
 2. Wilson, Atomeromu8.4 
 3. Gardner, Savaria7.5 
 4. Radunovic, Foton7.5 
 5. Serban, Cegledi EKK6.8 
 6. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.3 
 7. Coelho, MiZo Pecs6.3 
 8. Vajda, MiZo Pecs6.1 
 9. Horvath, ZTE6.1 
 10. Holt, MKB Eur.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.6 
 2. Djelmis, Szolnok3.5 
 3. Furesz, Foton3.4 
 4. Furesz, Szeged3.4 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged3.4 
 6. Borovickova, Foton3.3 
 7. Darida, Szolnok3.2 
 8. Orban, Cegledi EKK2.9 
 9. Zsovar, BSE2.8 
 10. Tamis, Atomero.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  MiZo Pecs
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.7 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.5 
 3. Wilson, Atomeromu3.2 
 4. Koncz, BSE3.1 
 5. Darida, Szolnok2.9 
 6. Varga, ZTE2.6 
 7. Horvath, ZTE2.4 
 8. Eordogh, MKB E.2.4 
 9. Kocsis, BSE2.3 
 10. Milovanovic, MKB.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rachill ROBINSON
  Dunav
  (187-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Robinson, Savaria1.6 
 2. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs0.8 
 3. Gardner, Savaria0.8 
 4. Sandor, Savaria0.8 
 5. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.7 
 6. Fritz, Vasas-Csata0.7 
 7. Hegedus, Cegledi .0.6 
 8. Baksa, Cegledi EKK0.5 
 9. Radunovic, Foton0.5 
 10. Szabadfi, Savar.0.4 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Electra Ramat 16-3 
 2. Ramat Hen 15-4 
 3. Bnot Hash. 15-4 
 4. Elizur Ram. 13-6 
 5. M.Ashdod 11-8 
 6. Elitzur Holon 9-10 
 7. Natanya 7-11 
 8. B.Yehuda 5-14 
 9. Hap.T-A 3-15 
 10. M.Tel Kabir 0-19 


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.6 
 2. Dixon, Pozzuoli16.5 
 3. Smith, Comense16.2 
 4. Mahoney, Taranto15.3 
 5. Montagnino, Ribera15.2 
 6. Hodges, Umbertide15.0 
 7. Summerton, Lavezzin.15.0 
 8. Pascalau, Priolo14.1 
 9. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.1 
 10. Moises Pinto, F.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.4 
 2. Gaither, Livorno8.8 
 3. Godin, Taranto8.4 
 4. Smith, Comense8.3 
 5. Hayden-J., Umana R.8.3 
 6. Bjelica, Faenza8.0 
 7. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.0 
 8. Chones, Ribera7.0 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.6.6 
 10. Screen, Lavezz.6.4 
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.4.1 
 4. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.0 
 5. Moises Pinto, Fae.2.9 
 6. Moro, Familia Schio2.3 
 7. Greco, Taranto2.2 
 8. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.2.1 
 10. Zampella, Faen.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca ZARA
  Lavezzini PA
  (177-G-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.9 
 2. Gianolla, Priolo3.7 
 3. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.5 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio3.4 
 5. Ballardini, Umana R.3.4 
 6. Micovic, Viterbo3.4 
 7. Screen, Lavezzin.3.3 
 8. Chones, Ribera3.3 
 9. Zampella, Faenza3.2 
 10. Antibe, Familia Sch.3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa HAYDEN-JOHNSON
  Umana Reyer
  (194-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.7 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. Smith, Comense1.0 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 5. Batkovic, Taranto0.7 
 6. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.7 
 7. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 9. Bjelica, Faenza0.6 
 10. Chones, Ribe.0.6 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Ashley SHIELDS
  Duda Leszno
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Shields, Duda L.17.7 
 2. Coleman, AZS J.17.5 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.16.6 
 4. Zohnova, AZS G.16.5 
 5. Sissoko, MUKS P.15.5 
 6. Mieloszynska, CCC15.0 
 7. Rushing, MUKS P.14.6 
 8. Carter, CCC14.1 
 9. Tulikihihifo, Cukie.13.9 
 10. Krawiec, Energa.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Djenebou SISSOKO
  MUKS Pozn.
  (190-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Sissoko, MUKS P.12.9 
 2. Robbins, CCC10.8 
 3. Petillon, Cukierki10.5 
 4. Beachem, MUKS P.10.3 
 5. Carter, CCC8.8 
 6. Kobryn, Wisla C.8.7 
 7. Merideth, AZS J.8.3 
 8. Atkinson, Utex Row8.1 
 9. Shields, Duda L.7.2 
 10. Aleliunaite-J., Inea.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Agata GAJDA
  CCC
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gajda, CCC4.6 
 2. Skerovic, Wisla C.3.4 
 3. Wlazlak, LKS3.4 
 4. Marchanka, Lotos P.3.4 
 5. Richards, AZS G.3.3 
 6. Atkinson, Utex Row3.3 
 7. Kenig, LKS3.0 
 8. Howard, Inea A.3.0 
 9. Krysiewicz, Duda L.2.9 
 10. Rushing, MUKS.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 La'Tangela ATKINSON
  Utex Row
  (188-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Atkinson, Utex Row4.4 
 2. Krysiewicz, Duda L.3.7 
 3. Gajda, CCC3.6 
 4. Shields, Duda L.3.5 
 5. Beachem, MUKS P.3.3 
 6. Moore, Energa T.3.3 
 7. Rushing, MUKS P.3.3 
 8. Ristic, AZS J.3.3 
 9. Petillon, Cukierki3.1 
 10. Sissoko, MUKS.3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 DeTrina WHITE
  Duda Leszno
  (180-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. White, Duda Leszno2.3 
 2. Aleliunaite-J., Inea A.1.9 
 3. Taylor, AZS Gorzow1.9 
 4. Coulibaly, MUKS P.1.8 
 5. Palka, Wisla C.1.8 
 6. Moore, Energa T.1.2 
 7. Walich, Inea A.1.1 
 8. Atkinson, Utex Row1.0 
 9. Perkins, Utex Row1.0 
 10. Robbins, C.1.0 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina round 20 - by Luis Rocha
A quiet round that had on Vagos-Alges the spotlight. Vagos was clearly stronger than the opponent. the game was solved in the first quarter. Alges didnt feel at ease in the beginning and finish the quarter with 20 points down. They come up in the second, but at the break they were still down by 13, Vagos controlled the game winning the next two quaters, and finish with 78-55, that before the game was an unthinkable result. Easy wins for Olivais (69-38), Cab (45-85), B.Viagem (50-66) and Pvoa (81-49), bad performances for uniao and Barcelos. The MVP of the round was Povoa's Rachel Folcik (185-C-85), she scored 23 points, get 8 rebounds, gave 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Nice game of a player that playing simple is getting nice numbers and helping Povoa.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


VOTE FOR ALL STAR GAME 2009 - by Nagy Szilveszter
Vote NOW for the women All Star Game 2009 on http://www.frbaschet.ro
The All Star Game will be at 6th April in the Sports Hall, in Alexandria.
The two team will be: ROMANIA (Romanian players) vs. WORLD (foreigner players).
The rosters will be: 12 players.
To register your vote you have to vote for the Men too.
You can vote only at 1 computer (IP Adress).
The results will be announced at 30th March.
Thank your for your VOTES.


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 21-0 
 2. Alexandria 19-2