EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/8/2009

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition-Touring
 1. LA Slam 5-9 
 2. Empire 5 Linx 3-4 
 3. TH T.Blazers 1-2 
 4. Tri-City Racers 0-2 
 5. Empire Rage 0-8 
Northeast Div.
 1. S.Chicago BS 14-4 
 2. Cleveland R. 12-3 
 3. W. Virginia B. 11-14 
 4. Jersey Expr. 10-8 
 5. New York I. 3-7 
 6. N.Y. Thunder 1-0 
 7. Aurora Force 1-4 
 8. W.Virginia W. 0-2 
 9. Detroit Hoops 0-6 
Northwest Div.
 1. Maywood B. 18-3 
 2. Beijing O. 13-6 
 3. LA Push 7-6 
 4. S.Francisco R. 7-7 
 5. Salt Lake S. 1-0 
 6. Washington R. 1-1 
 7. Modesto B. 1-5 
 8. Sacramento 0-1 
Southeast Div.
 1. Kentucky B. 13-2 
 2. Kansas City 7-3 
 3. Knoxville T. 5-4 
 4. Nashville B. 5-5 
 5. Atlanta V. 1-5 
 6. Bahama PS 0-4 
 7. Georgia G. 0-9 
Southwest Div.
 1. Texas M. 22-1 
 2. Las Vegas A. 8-2 
 3. South Texas 8-7 
 4. Houston T. 7-10 
 5. W.Texas W. 4-3 
 6. Mississippi B. 4-8 
 7. Arizona R. 3-5 
 8. Fury 2-3 
 9. Texas City R. 2-11 
 10. Gallup T. 0-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA

Points Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Carcamo, San M.21.0 
 2. Warren, Argentino18.7 
 3. Ford, P.Echague18.3 
 4. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.3 
 5. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.9 
 6. Ceruti, San M.17.7 
 7. Sucre, Union17.6 
 8. Miller, A.Italiana17.5 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC17.2 
 10. Nwankwo, San.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carcamo, San M.9.3 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista9.2 
 3. Cutley, Atl.Echague9.1 
 4. Johnson, Belgrano.8.9 
 5. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 6. Robinson, Alma J.8.6 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Brown, Firmat SF7.8 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC7.3 
 10. Gibson, La Uni.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.4.8 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.8 
 3. Costa, La Union3.8 
 4. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.1 
 5. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.5 
 6. Saul, A.Italiana2.5 
 7. Belvedere, San M.2.5 
 8. Palacios, Alma J.2.5 
 9. Ceruti, San M.2.3 
 10. Gornatti, San.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Angel LOPEZ
  A.Italiana
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lopez, A.Italiana2.6 
 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
 Ije NWANKWO
  San Mart.MJ
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nwankwo, San M.1.8 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.8 
 3. Rollins, Ciclista1.7 
 4. Mattis, GimnasiaLP1.2 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.1 
 6. Brown, Firmat SF1.0 
 7. Porta, Atl.Echague1.0 
 8. Gibson, La Union1.0 
 9. Robinson, Union1.0 
 10. Whorton, Obera0.8 


LigaA Round: 27 (Regular Season, second phase) - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Libertad 77-76
Estudiantes escaped with a tiny home victory against Libertad mostly owing to Juan Manuel Rivero (192-G-85) and Edward Nelson, which combined 37 points. Juan Cangelosi followed them with 16 pts. Danilo Pinnock answered with 23 points for the loosing side.

Penarol - Sionista 106-60
Penarol devastated Sionista at home with plus 46. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) and Jose Muruaga led the scorers in victory with 23 points apiece. Roman Gonzales had 17. Visitors got the most from Javier Martinez, 22 pts.

Ben Hur - Boca Jrs 62-89
The last ranked Ben Hur faced with another home loss this season. Boca Junors had couple of players in a game mood, but maybe the best one was Juan Pablo Sanchez (190-G/F-83) with 19 points. Ariel Hillebrand scored 12 points in defeat.

Quimsa - Gimn.CR 74-75
Gimnasia CR grabbed thriller 75-74 road victory against Quimsa. Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88) came up with 16 and Jimmy Boston drained 2 points less. Jonathan Triese had 15 points and 6 assists for the hosts.

Lanus - Regatas C. 58-96
Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, college: W.Chester) came up with 20, Federico Kammerichs had 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Sebastian Acosta scored 17 pts. Diego Prego and Fernando combined 28 points in loss. Regatas totally outjumped it rivals having 10 rebounds more.

Atenas - El Nacional 91-67
Atenas blasted El Nacional at home mostly owing to Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) and Cristian Romero, which scored 21 and 16 points respectively. Djibril Kante netted 12 points. El Naconal got 10 pts and 5 rebs from Ramiro Heinrich.

Obras - Quilmes MP 61-79
Jazwin Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) and Carlos Dixon combined 40 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Hernando Salles followed them with 12 pts. Tyler Field collected 13 points and 7 boards in loss.


TNA1 and TNA2 Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group TNA1
San Mart.C. - La Union 81-66
San Martin C was better than La Union joining Union and Ciclista on top of TNA1 with 7-3 record. Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: E.Washington) was a key player for the winenrs colelctign 20 points and 11 rebounds. Lucian Gonzalez had 18 and Gustavo Mascaro added 16 pts. Visitors got 15 pts from Pablo Barrios.

Ciclista - Alma Juniors 81-71
Victory number 7 for Ciclista, who this time got the most from Franco Baldi - 24 pts. Hakeem Rollins followed with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Matias Tomatis had 19 points in loss.

Union - Pedro Echague 96-80
The box-score will be available soon.

Group TNA2
Atl.Echague - Firmat SF 74-66
Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Javier Ledesma had 14 and Gabriel Dominguez helped the winners with 11 points. On the other side, Firmat got 16 points and 6 boards from Matias Cudos.

GimnasiaLP - A.Espanola 71-66
Gimnasia LP outsmarted Asociacion Espanola 71-66 thanks to Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.), who drained 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Jared Johnson had double-double for the loosing squad, 22 points and 12 rebounds. Gimnasia 5-5, Espanola 1-9.

Obera TC - Argentino 85-91
Argentino registered 10th consecutive victory in TNA2, mostly owing to Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.), who nailed impressive 37 points. Selem Safar had 16 and Federico Aguerre added 14 pts and 6 rebs. Rashad West scored 23 pts in defeat.

A.Italiana - C.Entrerriano 71-76
C. Entrerriano grabbed nice 76-71 road win against Asocacion Italiana for 7-3 record. Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) was a key player for the winning squad collecting 29 points and 11 rebounds. Rodrigo Alvarez scored 14 pts in defeat.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.8 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.6 
 3. Jackson, Penarol18.7 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.1 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.5 
 6. Robinson, Sionista17.1 
 7. Taylor, Lanus16.5 
 8. Espil, Boca Jrs16.4 
 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, Estudiantes7.7 
 5. Taylor, Lanus7.4 
 6. Mikulas, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Levy, Estudiantes7.3 
 8. Allen, Quimsa7.2 
 9. Kante, Atenas7.2 
 10. Cowan, Quilmes7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP5.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Penarol4.1 
 3. Franco, Estudiantes4.0 
 4. Treise, Quimsa3.9 
 5. Cantero, Sionista3.9 
 6. La Bella, Estudiantes3.3 
 7. Titarelli, Obras3.3 
 8. Martinez, Sionista3.1 
 9. Cequeira, Regat.3.1 
 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. Marin, Independ.N.2.0 
 5. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 6. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 7. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 8. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 9. Sciutto, Gimn.CR1.8 
 10. Glover, Cicl.Olimpi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James MOORE
  El Nacional
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moore, El Nacional2.0 
 2. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.9 
 3. Smith, Quimsa1.9 
 4. Miller, Quimsa1.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa1.8 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.5 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 8. Williams, Cicl.Oli.1.2 
 9. Smith, Lanus1.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.0.9 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 20-1 
 2. Zrinjski MC 17-4 
 3. Sloboda Dita 17-4 
 4. Siroki Eronet 13-8 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 13-8 
 6. BoracNektar 12-9 
 7. Mladost MG 9-12 
 8. Hercegovac 8-13 
 9. Posusje 8-14 
 10. Slavija 7-14 
 11. Vitez 7-14 
 12. Grude 7-15 
 13. Novi Grad 0-22 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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Levski beat Euroins Cherno More in drama - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski defeated Euroins Cherno More in a very dramatic game 84-82 after overtime. Both teams showed two different faces in the two halfs. In the first half nothing was going well for Levski, the team had difficulties in attack and managed to score only 27 points. From the other side the visitors from Varna stayed much better on the court and were up by 19 points. Everything seemed to be going their way and there was no light in the tunnel to be seen for the players of Konstantin Papazov.

In the second half the situation on the court changed in dramatic fashion. Especially with good team defense and great three-point shooting Levski managed not only to tie the score but even to take the lead in the fourth quarter. In the last seconds Cherno More tied the score after a mistake by Asen Velikov and sent the game to overtime. First Plamen Aleksiev scored a three-pointer for 73-71 and then stole the ball from Velikov and assisted Julian Radionov as he tied the game at the end.

In the overtime after a lot of lead changes Levski fought until the end and got the win thanks to two free throws by Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado). This was 12th win for Levski as the team has also 4 losses. Cherno More lost for 7th time and second straight from Levski.

Marcus Hall finished the game with 28 points. Arnas Kazlauskas came off the bench to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double with the team. Asen Velikov scored 8 points, most of them in crucial moments.

For Cherno More top scorer was Bryce Sheldon with 19 points as he added also 8 rebounds. Corey McIntosh added 14 points while Zelko Bojovic played during the whole 45 minutes of the game and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Now both teams will start to thinkg about 'Ledenika Cup of Bulgaria' that will start next week. Cherno More will have a tough task against Spartak in Pleven in the 1/4 final while Levski will meet Chernomorets Burgas. Both games are on thursday at Balkanstroy hall in Pleven.


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  CAMEROON   


Mbah A moute in double-double performance... - by Yann Tientcheu
The Milwaukee Bucks of Luc Mbah A Moute (6-6, F/G)who are currently short of two precious players, that is to say Andrew Bogut and
Michael Redd, could not win through the Chicago Bulls on friday as the United center certainly enjoyed the unsettling
performance-at least for the Bucks fans-of Ben Gordon. The Gordon storm was certainly felt by the Bucks and the damages
were significant. 34pts, 7 Asts and 4 rbds allowed Gordon to make the night his, while going 4 for 6 from the three-point line leading the Bulls to 117-102 win.
Derek Rose also had a good night with 27pts and 6 Asts. Joachim Noah added a solid 7pts and 13rbds. A noteworthy
and ravishing performance in the Milwaukee Bucks camp has to be Luc Mbah A Moute's (not downplaying Jefferson's 27pts or Villanueva's 19pts and 12rbds). The indomitable lion whose usual
task is to guard the best offensive weapon of the opponents, displayed numbers worthy of an NBA All-Star. Mbah A Moute's contribution
in the game was valued at 21pts, 11rbds, 5 steals and 1 block (going 7 for 8 from the floor). Such digits come with a vibrant message: Mbah A Moute is
to be acknowledged on both hands of the floor. His last few games have also been indicative of the aforementioned fact. Guarding Lebron
James on March 4th, Mbah A Moute found the way to record 12pts, 7rbds and 2 blocks. He also had 13pts, 9rbds, 2 steals and 1 block
on Feb 28th in a 109-93 win against the Wahington Wizards. Mbah A Moute is currently averaging 7pts, 6rbds, 1 steal/g in 25.4mns.


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Last games - Tony Bethel lifts BayHawks to victory with 32 points - by Eurobasket News
Anaheim - Los Angeles 103-108
The LA-D-Fenders celebrated at home against the Arsenal mostly owing to Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86, college: Kentucky) and Gabriel Hughes, which drained 19 points apiece. Brandon Heath followed them with 16 pts. Kedrick Brown and Cedric Bozeman combined 46 points in defeat. Boezman also had 14 rebounds and 7 assists.

Sioux Falls - Erie 113-122
21-17 for the BayHawks and 20-18 for the SkyForce after this game. Tony Bethel (6'2''-G-82, college: N.Carolina St.) led the winners nailing 32 points. Mauruce Rice almost registered triple-double 24 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Frank Williams had 23 points in loss, while Kasib Powell added one point less.

Utah - Albuquerque 102-94
Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) came up with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, while Dontell Jefferson helped the Flash with 19 points, 5 rebs and 9 assists. Bennet Davis netted 15 pts. The Thunderbirds got double-double from Jasper Johnson, 19 points and 11 rebs.

Ft.Wayne - Reno 92-101
The BigHorns were too strong for the Mad Ants jumping to 14-20 record. David Noel (6'6''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) drained 23, while Patrick Ewing had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Chris Hunter collected 24 points and 10 rebounds for the loosing squad.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 21-13 
 2. Erie BH 21-17 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 21-17 
 4. Dakota W. 20-17 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 13-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Austin T. 25-11 
 2. Colorado 14ers 23-10 
 3. Albuquerque T. 19-16 
 4. Rio Grande VV 13-23 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-27 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 22-14 
 2. Utah F. 20-13 
 3. Bakersfield J. 20-16 
 4. Reno B. 14-20 
 5. Anaheim A. 14-23 
 6. LA D-Fenders 13-24 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Rockets
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. White, Anaheim25.9 
 2. Conroy, Albuquerque25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.6 
 4. Sims, Iowa22.4 
 5. Williams, Austin22.3 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.7 
 7. Daniels, Erie21.2 
 8. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.1 
 10. Martin, Io.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa10.8 
 3. Daniels, Erie10.4 
 4. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Brown, Austin9.5 
 7. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.3 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa9.0 
 9. Johnson, Albuquer.8.9 
 10. Campbell, Anahe.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.0 
 2. Gill, Colorado8.6 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.3 
 4. Jordan, Rio Grande8.0 
 5. Stinson, Iowa7.7 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 7. Conroy, Albuquerque7.5 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota5.8 
 9. Clinkscales, Erie5.5 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.9 
 2. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 3. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.6 
 4. Noel, Albuquerque2.4 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.3 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 7. Major, Dakota2.2 
 8. Jordan, Rio Grande2.2 
 9. Robinson, Reno2.2 
 10. Johnson, Aust.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Looby, Rio Grande2.1 
 4. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 5. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 6. Sims, Iowa2.1 
 7. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.8 
 10. Haddadi, Dako.1.7 


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  EL SALVADOR   


Quezada shines in LSB opener - by Jaime Arevalo
The inaugural game of Liga Superior-Apertura ended with a large win, 94-65, for ExSal over Cosmos. Even being not in great physical shape, Rodrigo Quezada (200-C-80) led the Salesianos, helped by young Panamanian Nicanor Rivas (192-G/F-91), who was the game top scorer at 23 points. The best in Cosmos were Carlos Alas (181-G-79) and Rafael Cardona (-G/F), who scored 13 points each. At the end of the game, The ExSal officilas confirmed that Oscar Rivera will be out till April 13, due to his three-month disqualification sanctioned by FESABAL for the double registration in the Clausura 2008.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Top 16 Week 5 co-MVPs: Charles Gaines (Maccabi) and Mike Hall (Milano) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
In a decisive week of Euroleague drama in which the last five Quarterfinal Playoff qualifiers were decided, some players whose teams didn't make it to the next round left their mark on the competition with outstanding individual performances. A pair of forwards, Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) of Armani Jeans Milano and Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, shared the Top 16 Week 5 co-MVP honors with performance index ratings of 33 each. Mike Hall did everything he could, but could not finally keep Milano in the playoff race during an 84-81 road loss against Olympiacos. Mike Hall finished with 27 points by making 7 of 8 two-point shots and 4 of 8 three-pointers. He also picked up 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 fouls drawn for his 33 index rating. Charles Gaines, a mid-season pickup by Maccabi, helped his new team grab a 70-76 road win against Alba Berlin. Charles Gaines stepped in for injured big man D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) to post 22 points based on solid 8-for-11 two-point shooting. He added 12 rebounds, a steal and 7 fouls drawn to show the way to victory despite it being the first time since 2003 that Maccabi played a Top 16 game knowing that it could not advance in the competition. Following them was Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) of Unicaja, who won't be in the playoffs, either, but tied the Euroleague's three-point record by burying 9 shots from downtown during in his team's blowout home win against Lottomatica Roma. Thomas Kelati finished with a career-high 33 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for a 30 index rating. Three playoff-bound stars - Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) of Olympiacos, Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) of Montepaschi Siena and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - followed with ratings of 29 each to complete the best individual performances in Top 16 Week 5.

Individual highs: Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) of Olympiacos, 14 rebounds.
Thomas Kelati was Week 5's best scorer with 33 points against Roma. Terrell McIntyre, however, is now the Top 16 best scorer at 20.2 points per game. Giannis Bourousis of Olympiacos led all rebounders by pulling down 14 in his team's playoff-clinching home win against AJ Milano. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) of Fenerbahce Ulker continues to lead all rebounders in the Top 16 with 9.3 on average, showing why he is the Euroleague's all-time best rebounder. His teammate Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) led Top 16 Week 5 in assists by dishing 7 against CSKA Moscow. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Unicaja ranks first in assists (5.4 apg.) in the Top 16 so far. Nikola Vujcic, Dimitris Diamantidis and Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) each collected 4 steals this week. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) of Asseco Prokom stays atop the Top 16 steals standings at 4 per game. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) of Partizan and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) of Regal FC Barcelona each had 3 blocks this week. Fran Vazquez also leads the Top 16 blocks table at 2.6 per night. Four players - Giannis Bourousis, Mirsad Turkcan, Charles Gaines and Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) of Alba Berlin - registered double-doubles this week. Mirsad Turkcan had his 47th Euroleague career double-double - 14 points, 10 rebounds - against CSKA.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 35 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 90-65
Pyrinto overcame Namika Lahti 90:65 as Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) and Hester Chris paced the winners with 20 points each. Ahvenniemi Olli nailed 14 and Williams Damon scored 12. Nixon Ray collected 22 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.

Tarmo - Korihait 57-90
Tarmo lost to Korihait 57:90 that went to 20-15 record. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, whilst Zoller Mark, Laroche Alain and Lehtila Niilo provided 12 each. Richardson DeWayne ended up with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the home side.

Kataja - Componenta 104-82
Kataja is on top with 25-9 record being the only team to score more than 100 points in the round. The favorite overcame Componenta 104:82 as Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) and Wood Jeremiah combined 44 points. Kuisma Martti was responsible for 17 points in defeat.

KTP - ToPo 75-79
KTP lost to ToPo 75:79 in the opener of Regular Season Round 35 played on March 6th. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) shined for the guests with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Smith Steve responded with 24 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Honka - LrNMKY 95-57
Honka smashed LrNMKY 95:57 as Sasu Salin (190-G-91) ruined the guests with 35 points and Muurinen Kimmo posted 16 points. Penland Adrian delivered 20 points for the guests and Coleman HL netted 17.

FoKoPo - Kouvot 69-57
FoKoPo upset Kouvot 69:57 in Regular Season Round 35 to sent them to 23-12 record. Nick Wallery (198-F-81, college: Albany St.) led the winners with 19 points and Yates Ronald netted 16. Williams Matt delivered 18 points for the guests.


KORISLIIGA: Kataja's ninth (9) in a row - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 35: Kataja (Joensuu) is rolling. Tonight Kataja won the ninth contest in a row by defeating Team Componenta (Karkkila) 104-82. Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) (22) and Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (22/17) led Kataja once again. Tarmo (Porvoo) instead lost 13th time in a row as visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) won 57-90 after a slow start. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led Korihait with 18 pts. Pyrinto (Tampere) is 3-0 after Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had left KTP (Kotka) and joined Pyrinto roster. Tonight Williams scored 'only' 12 pts, but Pyrinto crushed YMCA Lahti 90-65. Lahti scored only 21 pts during the second half and Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) none pts after being the leading scorer of the game after the first half (22 pts). Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) and Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Pyrinto with 20 pts both. In Espoo Honka beat YMCA Lappeenranta 95-57. 17-year-old Sasu Salin (190-G-91) netted his career high 35 pts in 23 minutes. Salin hit 9 of his12 treys! In Forssa FoKoPo upset Kouvot (Kouvola) 69-57. Kouvot had only two players in double digits and 20 TOs in the game. FoKoPo's three American players combined 48/69 pts. Nick Wallery (198-F-81, college: Albany St.) led FoKoPo in pts.

Kataja - Team Componenta 104-82 (48-47) (Larry Blair 22, Jeremiah Wood 22/17, Anssi Kinnaslampi 18 - Martti Kuisma 18, Frank Richards 16, Sami Marouf 14).

Tarmo - Korihait 57-90 (30-40) (DeWayne Richardson 21/11, Mikael Holme 12 - Josh Gonner 18, Mark Zoller 12/11, Alain Laroche 12, Niilo Lehtila 12).

Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 90-65 (40-44) (Antti Nikkila 20, Chris Hester 20, Olli Ahvenniemi 14/10 - Ray Nixon 22, 22/10, Jason Conley 116.

Honka - YMCA Lappeenranta 95-57 (43-26) (Sasu Salin 35, Kimmo Muurinen 16, Jukka Matinen 14 - Adrian Penland 20, HLColeman 17/10, Joonas Suotamo 11).

FoKoPo - Kouvot 69-57 (43-26) (Nick Wallery 19, Ronald Yates 16, Ray Cunningham 13 - Matt Williams 18, Tuomas Iisalo 14).




KORISLIIGA: ToPo upset KTP in Kotka - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 35: Only one game tonight. KTP (Kotka) hosting visitor Torpan Pojat (HelsinkI) and an upset as the result. KTP shooting percentages were too low
(1 - 55,0%, 2 - 46,4%, 3 - 18,2%) while ToPo made FTs 80,0% and 2-pointers 61,4%. Also ToPo had difficulties to hit from behind the arc (16,7%). KTP had a lead
(65-63) with 5:27 to go, but the next 4,5 minutes ToPo won 0-10 and took 65-73 lead. During the last 1:08 minutes KTP came back to the game, but the game clock
saved ToPo. An important win to visitor ToPo 75-79. It was ToPo's fourth victory (4-14) on the road this season. At home ToPo has been more dangerous: 12-5.
KTP is actually playing better on the road. KTP record at home now 10-7 and on the road 12-6. KTP had only three (all three American players) in double digits.
Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Iona) led home team with 24 pts and 13 rbs. Ville Makalainen played his 200 game on top level. ToPo had all five starters over 10 pts. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) led ToPo with 19 pts and 10 rbs.

KTP - Torpan Pojat 75-79 (39-44) (Steve Smith 24/13, Robert Owens 18/11, Durell Vinson 14 - Isaac Spencer 19/10, Eero Lehtinen 15, Jean Francois 14, James Allen 14, Timo Heinonen 11).


Two Top League Coaches have been punished by Finnish Basketball Federation. Last Wednesday Honka (Espoo) Coaches Mihailo Pavicevic and Jyrki Suhonen behaved themselves in Kouvola during and after the game the way, that Pavicevic has been given a caution and Suhonen has been suspended for one game, which is this Saturday.



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 26-9 
 2. Lahti 23-12 
 3. Kouvot 23-12 
 4. KTP 22-13 
 5. Honka 21-14 
 6. Korihait 20-15 
 7. ToPo 16-19 
 8. LrNMKY 15-20 
 9. FoKoPo 14-21 
 10. Pyrinto 13-22 
 11. Componenta 11-24 
 12. Tarmo 6-29 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.0 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.6 
 4. Brown, LrNM.19.0 
 5. Richards, Compo.18.7 
 6. Smith, KTP18.2 
 7. Scott, Honka18.0 
 8. Richardson, Tarmo17.8 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto17.3 
 10. Yates, FoKo.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.0 
 2. Wood, Kataja13.0 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.11.2 
 4. Williams, KTP10.3 
 5. Jones, Componenta10.3 
 6. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.3 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.5 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.0 
 10. Wallery, FoKo.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, KTP4.3 
 3. Blair, Kataja4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 6. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Swift, Kouvot3.1 
 10. Kataja, Kouv.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Honka2.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.1 
 5. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 6. Jones, Componenta2.0 
 7. Wood, Kataja1.9 
 8. Yates, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Cummings, Honka1.7 
 10. Gonner, Koriha.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. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 5. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 6. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 8. Wood, Kataja1.0 
 9. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 10. Perkins, Hon.1.0 


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  GERMANY   


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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 20-3 
 2. Bayreuth 19-4 
 3. Hagen 18-4 
 4. Karlsruhe 14-9 
 5. Jena 13-9 
 6. Kirchheim 13-9 
 7. Chemnitz 12-11 
 8. B.Muenchen 12-11 
 9. Cuxhaven 10-13 
 10. teckproBraves 9-13 
 11. Bremen 9-13 
 12. Langen 9-14 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 7-15 
 14. Schalke 5-17 
 15. Heidelberg 5-17 
 16. Lich 5-18 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Omari WESTLEY
  Noerdlingen
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.6 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.4 
 3. Bailey, Goettingen15.0 
 4. Bowman, Telekom B.14.9 
 5. Fenn, Art.Dragons14.6 
 6. Jeanty, Noerdlingen14.6 
 7. Katic, Walter Tigers14.5 
 8. Rowland, Telek.14.5 
 9. Suput, Brose B.14.3 
 10. Anderson, Walter.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Pad.Baskets
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.4 
 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: 4.5
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.5 
 2. Franklin, NY Phant.4.1 
 3. Gordon, Koeln 99ers4.1 
 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. Schaffartzik, LTi 3.5 
 10. Bailey, Goetting.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. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 5. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 7. Franklin, NY Phant.1.6 
 8. Peete, Duesseldorf1.5 
 9. Jacobson, Goett.1.4 
 10. Oliver, Goetting.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ken JOHNSON
  Telekom B.
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Telek.3.0 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Reiner, Bremerha.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.2 
 5. Dennis, Noerdlingen1.0 
 6. Gibbs, ratiopharm0.9 
 7. Drevo, NY Phantoms0.9 
 8. Sesay, ALBA0.8 
 9. Butch, Noerdlingen0.8 
 10. Ohlbrecht, Brose.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Johannes LISCHKA
  LTi 46ers
  (203-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Lischka, Lich24.1 
 2. Watkins, Cuxhaven22.5 
 3. Hall, Schalke18.7 
 4. Khartchenkov, Chemn.18.7 
 5. Benzing, Langen18.2 
 6. Baumann, Kirchheim18.1 
 7. Hodges, Heidelberg17.7 
 8. Griffin, Hagen17.6 
 9. Komarek, Heide.17.3 
 10. Oppland, Bayreu.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam BAUMANN
  Kirchheim
  (203-C/F-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Baumann, Kirchheim10.8 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven10.2 
 3. Jeffers, Langen10.1 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth9.8 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe9.6 
 6. Gilbert, MBC9.2 
 7. Gerwig, Chemnitz8.9 
 8. Sabourin, Bremen8.8 
 9. Freese, Lich8.5 
 10. Lischka, Li.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.4 
 2. Bannister, Schalke6.1 
 3. Pfeifer, Chemnitz5.4 
 4. Ruffin, teckproB.4.5 
 5. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.4 
 6. Williamson, Jena4.4 
 7. Griffin, Hagen4.4 
 8. Holcomb-Faye, Bayre.4.3 
 9. Crawford, Kirch.4.2 
 10. Parker, B.Muench.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Japhet MCNEIL
  Heidelberg
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.6 
 2. Williamson, Jena2.3 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Pfeifer, Chemnitz2.2 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth2.1 
 6. Mueller, Bremen2.0 
 7. Crawford, Kirch.2.0 
 8. Harris, Bayreuth1.9 
 9. Paeley, teckproB.1.9 
 10. Thomas, ETB.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Decin
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, B.Muenchen2.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.4 
 3. Shaw, ETB Wohnbau1.3 
 4. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.3 
 5. Benzing, Langen1.1 
 6. Zyskunov, teckproB.1.1 
 7. Sabourin, Bremen1.0 
 8. Fairley, Jena1.0 
 9. Kruel, Hagen0.9 
 10. Jennings, B.M.0.9 


BG 74 Goettingen becomes MEG Goettingen - by Moritz Korff
Today MEG Goettingen will take on ALBA Berlin in probably one of the most exciting match-ups of game day 24 in the 1. Bundesliga.
MEG Goettingen? That's right. The league leader who used to keep its traditional name BG 74 Goettingen (short for Basketballgemeinschaft Goettingen von 1974 e.V.), has made a deal with a company called MEG. Part of the agreement is that the Violets will go to the start as MEG Goettingen until 2011.


ProB Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Osnabrueck - Franken Hexer 92-75
Osnabrueck outscored Franken Hexer 92:75 in Regular Season Round 23. Michajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) nailed 18 points, while Boticki Daniel followed him with 16. Steer Ryan chipped in 20 points in defeat.

Speyer - Stahnsdorf 98-90
Speyer overcame Stahnsdorf 98:90 as Julian Krieger (188-G-83) was unstoppable with 39 points for the winners. Harris Elias was responsible for 22 and Leber Armin nailed 18. Lavender Andrew posted 21 for the visitors and Krajewski Steve added 20.

Freiburg - Landshut 98-107
Freiburg was beaten by Landshut 98:107 as Horace Wormely (168-G-84, college: Vanguard) exploded with 39 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Miller Greg notched 23. Crawford Domonique and Kinsella Mike combined 50 points for the hosts.

Ehingen - Wolfenbuettel 60-75
Wolfenbuettel improved to 17-6 on the second place after the road victory over Ehingen 70:65. Frank Theis (200-C-82) and Sheard Solomon paced the winners with 16 points apiece. Oppland Mike ended up with 12 points for the hosts.

Herten - Rhoendorf 90-69
Herten tied Rhoendorf at the standings with 16-7 record each beating them 90:69. Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) shined with 32 points and 8 steals, whilst Chones Kendall netted 21. Rojik Christopher delivered 17 points in defeat.

proveo Merl. - SU Braunsch. 93-64
proveo Merlins are on top with 19-4 record after the home win over SU Braunschweig 93:64. John Griffin (183-G-85, college: Bucknell) led the league leaders with 18 points and Williams Ed nailed 16. Wysocki Kevin posted 15 points for the guests making 11 of them from the free throw line.

Hannover - Mainz 95-83
Hannover is 12-11 after the win over Mainz 95:83. Deandre Townsend (173-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Emporia St.) and Holt Casey combined 40 points to lead the winners. Sharda Anish produced 24 points for the guests.


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  GREECE   


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ilysiakos 16-4 
 2. DASH Perist. 16-4 
 3. Dafni 15-5 
 4. Iraklis 14-6 
 5. Rethymno 12-8 
 6. Apollon 12-8 
 7. Near East 11-9 
 8. HSBC Pagrati 9-11 
 9. ICBS 9-11 
 10. KAOD 8-12 
 11. Ermis L. 8-12 
 12. Panerythrai. 8-12 
 13. Olimpias 7-13 
 14. Xanthi 6-14 
 15. Keravnos Aigio 6-14 
 16. MENT 3-17 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-3 
 3. Aris 15-5 
 4. Panellinios 15-6 
 5. Panionios 13-7 
 6. C.C. Marousi 13-8 
 7. AEK 10-10 
 8. VAP Kolossos 9-11 
 9. PAOK 9-12 
 10. Kavala/P. 7-14 
 11. Olimpia L. 6-15 
 12. ESTIA Egaleo 5-15 
 13. Trikalla 4-16 
 14. AEL 1964 2-19 


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  IRAN   


Saba Mehr Won The Big Game... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
24th round of Iran Superleague Basketball was played in last Thursday and Shiraz a.s Pipe, Mahram, Azad University, Traktorsazi Kordestan, BEEM and Saba Mehr won their matches. In the biggest game of the week, Petrochimi was playing against Saba Mehr in Tehran-Azad Universityi Basketball Hall. At the start of the game, Saba Mehr did really good and scored some points and didn't let Petrochimi to score at all and score was 10-0 for Saba Mehr. After a time-out for Petrochimi, they started scoring and in first quarter,result was 26-21 for Saba Mehr. Second Quarter was for Petrochimi and in Half Time, Score board showed 45-61 for Petrochimi. Game continued and score was 63-80 for Petrochimi and everybody thought Petrochimi is the winner BUT Saba Mehr did their golden job and score changed completely and at the end Saba Mehr won the game on 95-93. Mehran Shahin Tab's thoughts won Nenad Krdzic's. At the end of the game, Managers and Coaches of Petrochimi were too angry of Referees.

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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 24-10 
 2. Hitachi S. 22-12 
 3. Panasonic 22-12 
 4. Toyota 17-17 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-19 
 6. Toshiba 15-20 
 7. Hokkaido 14-21 
 8. Mitsubishi 8-26 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 25-11 
 2. Apache 24-14 
 3. 89ers 18-18 
 4. Albirex 15-21 
 5. Broncos 14-22 
 6. Grouses 10-26 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 28-8 
 2. Five Arrows 26-10 
 3. Evessa 22-14 
 4. Rizing 15-21 
 5. Lakestars 14-24 
 6. Heat Devils 7-29 


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  JORDAN   


Rasheim Wright escaped, Beykoz is going to FIBA - by Mohammed Malas
(by Mustafa Bozkurt - Eurobasket Turkey)

Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) left TTNET Beykozspor without any reason. Wright told the team stuff that he wanted to leave Turkey before Yesilyurt game and he didnt play his real game against to Yesilyurt, and TTNET Beykozspor lost that game. Wright repeated that he would like to leave after that game and the team stuff accepted that offer with a buy-out. And after that Jordan National Team member left the country without telling anyone from the team. Although Wright got his February salary beginning of the month he didnt play February. Now TTNET Beykozspor management is going to FIBA to get their rights.


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  KUWAIT   


Sahel make it to the Golden 4!! - by Corey Washington
Al Sahel Club is something to keep an eye on these days. Some of the top dogs like Jahra and last years Champs Al Arabi have all fallen victim to this group of steel hearted young local players and especially their lightning quick point American point guard Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.). Huckaby displayed an impressive performance in both of Sahels last victories.

With the game neck and neck on into the 4th quarter, Rickey did what a true point guard is supposed to do. He took over the game, leaving Jahras guards dizzy from his quick dribbling and ankle breaking crossovers, even making extremely hard passes to open players who in return rewarded him with multiple 3s. With Jahra turning the ball over on the first possession of overtime, Sahel feed of the energy and came together as a collective team and took out one of the top dogs. Final score 83 -92, Rickey had 28pts 5ass, 6rbs, 2stls.. Leading all scorers in the game.

Sahel has never beat two Golden 4 teams back to back before, but this game against Al Arabi changed all of that. Both teams came out strong, but Huckaby and company were just not leaving without a win. Despite fouling out with 2 min to go in the 4th, Rickey had 18pts, 3rbs, and 2 stls. With Rickey on the bench, Sahels local player Shayee took it the rest of the way home dropping three 3s to put sahel up by 9 points winning 79-70 over last years Champs. With this win, Sahel advances to the Golden 4. Ironically leaving Al Arabi, and Jahra left to fight for the last spot. Al Jahra has Kuwait Club tonight in the Jahra Desert! A loss will do nothing to Kuwait Club, but a loss for Al Jahra could be bad news..
Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.)


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 18-0 
 2. Al Qadsia 16-2 
 3. Al Jahraa 14-4 
 4. Al Sahel 13-7 
 5. Al Arabi 12-7 
 6. Kazma 9-9 
 7. An Nasr 9-9 
 8. Al Yarmook 5-14 
 9. Sulaibikhat 4-15 
 10. Al Tadhamon 3-16 
 11. Al Shabab 0-20 


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  LEBANON   


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


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Nerijus VARNELIS
  Alytus Alita
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. Varnelis, Alytus A.22.0 
 2. Motiejunas, Aisciai20.5 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas19.5 
 4. Runkauskas, Suduva18.9 
 5. Dabkus, Nevezis15.9 
 6. Hill, Techasas15.7 
 7. Griskenas, Techasas15.6 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas15.1 
 9. Salenga, Zalgiris14.6 
 10. Petravicius, Lietuv.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Zalgiris
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.8.9 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas7.6 
 3. Motiejunas, Aisciai7.2 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 5. Dimsa, Aisciai6.9 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.8 
 7. Varnelis, Alytus A.6.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Siauliai6.8 
 9. Ramanauskas, Kaunas T.6.7 
 10. Janisius, Alytus.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Nevezis
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Viskontas, Nevezis6.9 
 2. Runkauskas, Suduva4.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, Aisciai4.1 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Kaunas T.3.9 
 5. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 6. Hill, Techasas3.6 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas3.4 
 8. Samenas, Sakalai3.4 
 9. Stasaitis, Techasas3.4 
 10. Mazeika, Neptun.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Siauliai
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hannah, Siauliai3.0 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.1 
 3. Lukauskis, Lietuvos2.1 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas2.0 
 5. Runkauskas, Suduva1.9 
 6. Vileita, Siauliai1.9 
 7. Hill, Techasas1.9 
 8. Kadziulis, Siauliai1.8 
 9. Salenga, Zalgiris1.7 
 10. Eidson, Lietuv.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.7 
 2. Woods, Zalgiris1.8 
 3. Leonavicius, Nevezis1.4 
 4. Dimsa, Aisciai1.3 
 5. Zukauskas, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Kuzminskas, Siauliai1.2 
 7. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.1.0 
 8. Volkus, Siauliai0.9 
 9. Sarakauskas, Sakal.0.9 
 10. Ramanauskas, Kaunas.0.8 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 14-0 
 2. Lietuvos 14-1 
 3. Siauliai 10-4 
 4. Nevezis 9-5 
 5. Neptunas 8-8 
 6. Sakalai 7-10 
 7. Aisciai 6-9 
 8. Kaunas Tr. 6-10 
 9. Techasas 4-11 
 10. Alita 3-12 
 11. Suduva 2-13 


LKL Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Alytus Alita - Nevezis 86-128
Nevezis thrashed Alytus Alita 128:86 as 6 players scored more than 14 points for the winners. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) was in front of them with 32 points and Sakinis Povilas finished the night with 26. Varnelis Nerijus notched 20 points for the home side.

Suduva - Aisciai 75-123
Suduva was smashed by Aisciai 75:123 as Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) and Motiejunas Donatas combined 52 points for the winners. Gvezdauskas Darius ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

Neptunas - Lietuvos 72-93
Lietuvos improved to 14-1 record after a road win over Neptunas 93:72. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Babrauskas Steponas and Sinica Justas netted 12 each. Vasylius Valdas posted 21 points in the losing effort.

Sakalai - Zalgiris 51-77
Sakalai could not hand the favorite Zalgiris the first loss and lost at home 51:77. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jankunas Paulius ended up with 19. Labuckas Arnas led the home side with 16 points.

Techasas - Suduva 93-66
Techasas edged Suduva 93:66 in the opener of Regular Season Round 17. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 11 boards, while Buinauskas Tadas followed him with 21. Cerneckis Tomas posted 24 points for the visitors.

Kaunas Tr. - Sakalai 87-77
Kaunas overcame Sakalai 87:77 in Regular Season Round 17. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) was unstoppable with 31 points and Juskevicius Adas netted 13. Siksnius Arvydas produced 16 ;points in defeat.

Siauliai - Techasas 114-65
Siauliai is third with 10-4 record defeating Techasas 114:65. Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) paced all the winners with 28 points and Kuzminskas Mindaugas netted 23. Darius Griskenas chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. IRT 13-1 
 2. ASS 11-3 
 3. MAS 9-5 
 4. RCA 6-8 
 5. FUS 6-8 
 6. WAC 4-10 
 7. KAC 3-11 
 8. CMC 2-12 
 9. MET 0-0 
 10. TSC 0-0 


D1 Results - by Nour Amri

Things are going tighter for many teams and the league is getting very disputed at the bottom. Crucial games are coming for WAC and KAC to save themselses from direct relegation. On the other hand, FUS and MAS are fighting for the play offs.

Day 13 Results: IRAN Nador - MAS Fes : 73-63 / IRT Tanger - ASS Sale : 76-72 / FUS Rabat - CMC Casablanca : 76-61 / KAC Kenitra - RCA Casablanca : 81-68 / WAC Casablanca - ASE Essaouira : 69-72

Day 14 Results : MAS Fes - WAC Casablanca : 71-67 / ASS Sale - IRAN Nador : 101-56 / CMC Casablanca - IRT Tanger :72-82 / RCA Casablanca - FUS Rabat : 82-80 / ASE Essaouira - KAC Kenitra



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Wade, Heat29.4 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.1 
 3. Bryant, Lakers28.0 
 4. Durant, Thunder26.0 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.3 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers22.7 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.7 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.3 
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, Spurs10.6 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.6 
 9. Yao, Rockets9.6 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Paul, Hornets11.1 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.7 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.5 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.4 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.4 
 7. Duhon, Knicks7.8 
 8. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 9. Wade, Heat7.6 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.2 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Celtics1.9 
 6. Wallace, Bobcats1.8 
 7. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. James, Cavaliers1.7 
 10. Brewer, Ja.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. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 7. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 8. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 9. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 10. Duncan, Spu.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 49-14 
 2. 76ers 30-30 
 3. Nets 27-35 
 4. Knicks 25-36 
 5. Raptors 23-40 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 49-13 
 2. Pistons 31-30 
 3. Bucks 30-36 
 4. Bulls 29-34 
 5. Pacers 27-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 45-16 
 2. Hawks 35-28 
 3. Heat 33-29 
 4. Bobcats 28-35 
 5. Wizards 14-49 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 40-23 
 2. Jazz 39-23 
 3. Trail Blazers 39-23 
 4. Timberwolves 18-44 
 5. Thunder 16-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 50-12 
 2. Suns 34-28 
 3. Warriors 22-42 
 4. Clippers 15-47 
 5. Kings 13-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 41-20 
 2. Rockets 40-23 
 3. Hornets 39-22 
 4. Mavericks 37-25 
 5. Grizzlies 16-45 


Last games - Celtics celebrate in Cleveland, Pierce 29 pts - by Eurobasket News
Hawks - Bobcats 91-98
The Bobcats celebrated at home against the Atlanta Hawks 98-91 jumping to 27-35 record. Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Emeka Okafor also had very important role registering double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds. Visitors got 15 points and 7 boards from Alfred Horford.

Nets - Magic 102-105
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) stepped up for the Magic nailing 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Rashard Lewis had 21 and Mickael Pietrus collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. Devin Harris replied with 25 points and 9 assists for the Nets. Magic 45-16, Nets 27-35.

Heat - Raptors 108-102
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) once again was of fire leading the Heat to victory with 42 points, 6 rebounds 8 assists. Michael Beasley was the second scorer with 12 pts. On the other side, the Raptors got 34 points from Chris Bosh and 23 from Andrea Bargnani. Heat 33-28, Raptors 23-40.

Cavaliers - Celtics 94-105
The reigning champion cruised past the Cleveland Cavs on the road mostly owing to Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), who drained 29 points and handing 9 assists. Leon Powe also shined with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Maurice Williams scored 26 for the Cavs, while LeBron James this time stopped on 21 pts, 6 rebs and 5 as. Celtics 49-14, Cavs 48-13.

Warriors - Pistons 91-108
31-29 for the Pistons and 21-41 for the Warriors after this game. Richard Hamilton top-scored in victory with 22 points. Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell followed him with 16 points each. Jamal Crawford answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the Wizards.

Bucks - Bulls 102-117
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) led the hosts collecting 34 points and 7 assists, Derrick Rose had 27 and John Salmons delivered 21 pts. On the other side, the Bucks got 27 points from Richard Jefferson and 21 pts, plus 11 rebs from Luc Mbah A Moute. Bulls 29-34, Bucks 29-36.

Suns - Rockets 112-116
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Oregon) top-scored for the Rockets last night with 30 points. Ron Artest had 21 and Carl Laundry nailed 16 points in 23 minutes. Steve Nash was unstoppable in the loosing squad collecting 32 points and 13 rebounds. Rockets 40-23, Suns 34-28.

Wizards - Spurs 78-100
The Spurs did not have any troubles to beat Washington Wizards at home improving to 41-20 record. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored 19 points and dished out 7 assists, Ime Udoka had 13, while Michael Finley and George Hill netted 12 points apiece. Antawn Jamison scored 14 pts in defeat.

Timberwolves - Lakers 90-110
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) nailed 23 and Pau Gasol helped the LA Lakers last night in Staples Center with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Gomes answered with 10 points in loss. Kevin Love registered double-double, 18 points and 14 rebounds. Lakers 50-12, Wolves 18-43.

Nuggets - Jazz 91-97
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) was a key player for the Jazz last night as he scored 25 points and handed out 11 assists. Ronnie Brewer was behind him with 16 pts. The Nuggets got 27 points from JR Smith. Jazz 39-23, Nuggets 40-23.


Tyrus Thomas sets Chicago Bulls record for blocked shots - by Eurobasket News
Stuff happens.

So do blocks, swats, rejections and any other name you use for blocked shots when it comes to Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU).

The third-year forward set a franchise record Friday night by blocking at least one shot in his 24th consecutive game. The previous record of 23 had been shared with Ben Wallace (Jan.-March 2007) and Jawann Oldham (March-April 1985).

Thomas set the mark with a second-quarter block of Luc Mbah a Moute's layup attempt. During the streak, Thomas, who had two blocks Friday, has 49 overall.

'I'm just doing my thing,' Thomas said.

Hold steady: The Bulls are one of multiple NBA teams not to raise season-ticket prices for next season.

'In the face of these economic challenges, we wanted to be sensitive to our most loyal fans,who have continued to support us in both good times and bad,' said Steve Schanwald, the Bulls' executive vice president-business operations.

The Bulls, who raised prices on 33 percent of their season tickets after last season, currently rank second in the NBA with an average of 21,143 fans per game. Schanwald speculated that, despite level prices, the renewal rate could be affected because the economy is impacting all businesses.

Layups: Tim Thomas returned but did not score in 14 minutes after missing two games with a strained left knee. ...

Luol Deng used an electrical stimulation device on his right shin before the game. Deng, who has a small fracture in his right tibia, still is seeking information on his condition before deciding his plan of action. ...

Bucks and former Bulls coach Scott Skiles turned 45 Thursday.

Courtesy of http://www.chicagotribune.com


Knicks want Eddy Curry in with any David Lee trade - by Eurobasket News
Knicks center Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82) was back on the practice court for the first time in nearly two months yesterday, but Mike D'Antoni made it clear he likely won't be back in the rotation.

Curry, who last practiced Jan. 9 in Houston because of a lack of conditioning and two sore knees, has played two minutes and 38 seconds this season. He could suit up tonight versus the Bobcats.

But his role now - and for the forseeable future - is to play garbage time as the Knicks immerse themselves in a playoff race, two games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They have no time to experiment with their 6-foot-11, 300-pound former franchise player, who has become an albatross - by far Isiah Thomas' worst personnel move.

D'Antoni already has 10 guys he's considering for a nine-man rotation. Curry is the Knicks' 11th man, unless he shows something in practice besides being out of shape and rusty.

'His conditioning? Bad,' D'Antoni said. 'But that's anybody when you're out eight months.'

Curry's status still is vital to the future of the franchise. Their goal is to make him viable enough to trade his contract to create more cap space for 2010.

Curry was immovable at the Feb. 19 trade deadline because he hadn't played. Showing other teams he can still be an asset by season's end is important, especially if the Knicks fall out of the playoff race in the next month.

'We'll play it by ear, see where we are in relationship to the playoffs,' D'Antoni said. 'We're not just going to throw him out there. The guys have worked really hard to try to get in position to get in the playoffs. The playoff run is the No. 1 thing. No. 2 is trying to get him ready as we go forward. Otherwise, he'll have to wait. He knows that.'

D'Antoni moved on without Curry after he played just one game in Dallas, practiced the next day in Houston, then developed soreness in his other knee. Curry predicted he would return to practice the Monday after the All-Star break. He was three weeks late.

Curry's season has been a tragedy on and off the court. He's been sued for sexual harassment by his male former driver. Curry filed a countersuit last week.

Last month, Curry's personal life was in the papers again when a former girlfriend and their infant daughter were murdered in Chicago. Curry had two children with the victim while married to another woman.

Curry, who blew off reporters at practice, reported to training camp 30 pounds overweight. He started the season out of the rotation, and later injured his knee.

Near the trade deadline, team president Donnie Walsh told other teams if they wanted David Lee, they had to take Curry. That scenario could unfold this summer.

'I read an article from two years ago, this franchise was going to build everything around him,' Walsh said yesterday, illustrating his potential value. 'It's the first day of practice in a long time. It's a good day for me. And it's a good day for Eddy to be playing again.'

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Nate Robinson (sprained ankle) practiced and will play tonight after missing one game. . . . Demetris Nichols, the former second-round pick cut in training camp in 2007 after an impressive showing, practiced today after signing a 10-day contract. The Knicks still have an open roster spot. Walsh indicated C Cheikh Samb will get a second 10-day contract because of his shot-blocking and outside shooting. . . . Walsh confirmed the Post report that the Knicks have been disinvited to Italy and will hold training camp again in Saratoga.

Courtesy of http://www.nypost.com


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ETSU wins Atlantic Sun Championship - by Eurobasket
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The ETSU Buccaneers dominated the low post in an 85-68 win against the Jacksonville Dolphins in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Championship game earning their first trip to the NCAA tournament as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
ETSU (23-10, 14-6 A-Sun) scored 22 of its first 29 points in the paint and had 23 second-chance points in the win.Mike Smith (6'6''-G-87) led ETSU with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Tournament Most Valuable Player Kevin Tiggs (6'4''-F-84) added 21. Tiggs scored nine points to lead ETSU on a 13-0 run over three minutes to take a 32-16 lead with 13:30 left in the first. Jacksonville (18-13, 15-5 A-Sun) was led by Ben Smith (5'10''-G) with 29.
Behind key layups by Micah Williams (6'4'') along with a tip-in and three by Smith, the Buccaneers expanded their lead to 16 with 8:18 to play before the break. Jacksonville was unable to bring the game any closer than 13 before ETSU took a 43-28 lead at the half. Last year, the Dolphins faced a 45-23 deficit to Belmont.
ETSU opened the second half on an 11-2 run to expand its lead to 24 at 54-30. The lead grew to its largest at 30, 69-39 with a 3-pointer by Mike Smith with 9:05 left. Ben Smith hit three free throws, a jumper, and a 3-pointer to lead Jacksonville on a 13-2 run to cut ETSU's lead to 18 with just over four minutes left.
ETSU outrebounded Jacksonville 40-34 but the Dolphins' Lehmon Colbert (6'6''-F) did pull down a career-high 13, the most in school history in an A-Sun Championship game.
ETSU, the 16th different school to win the A-Sun Championship, will make its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since receiving the SoCon automatic bid in 2004. The Bucs will learn their NCAA tournament fate during the selection show live on CBS on Sunday, March. 15 at 6:00 p.m.
ETSU will enter the NCAA Tournament on a season-high tying five-game win streak. In those five games, the Bucs have averaged 89.4 points per game and not scored fewer than 81 points in any contest. They have outscored the five opponents (Kennesaw State, Mercer, Stetson, Belmont and Jacksonville by a combined 447-345 count. They won all five by an average of 20.4 points per game and won all five by least 14 points.
Jacksonville earned an automatic bid to the NIT by capturing the regular season title. It was the second consecutive season that Jacksonville lost in the tournament championship.
Joining Tiggs on the All-Tournament team was Lehmon Colbert (Jacksonville), Courtney Pigram (6'1''-G-85) (ETSU), Alex Renfroe (6'2''-G-86) of Belmont University (Belmont), Ben Smith (Jacksonville), and Mike Smith (ETSU).

Courtesy of A-Sun

A-Sun Regular Season Standings
1 Jacksonville 15-5 18-13
2 E.Tenn.St. 14-6 23-10
3 Belmont 14-6 19-12
4 Lipscomb 12-8 17-14
5 Campbell 11-9 14-16
6 Mercer 11-9 17-15
7 Stetson 9-11 13-17
> USC Upstate 8-12 9-21
> Florida Gulf Coast 7-13 11-20
> N.Florida 6-13 8-22
> Kennesaw St. 3-17 7-22
> - Not Eligible for A-Sun Tournament Play During NCAA Reclassifying Period

Tournament Final: Jacksonville - ETSU 68-85
Tournament Semifinals:
Jacksonville - Lipscomb 88-72
ETSU - Belmont 88-74


A-Sun All-Tournament MVP: Kevin Tiggs of ETSU


A-Sun All-Tournament Team
Kevin Tiggs of ETSU
Lehmon Colbert of Jacksonville
Courtney Pigram of ETSU
Alex Renfroe of Belmont
Ben Smith of Jacksonville
Mike Smith of ETSU

All-A-Sun 1st Team
James Florence (6'1''-G-88) of Mercer
Adnan Hodzic (6'9''-C-88) of Lipscomb
Alex Renfroe of Belmont
Ben Smith of Jacksonville
Kevin Tiggs of ETSU

All-A-Sun 2nd Team
Garfield Blair (6'5''-G-87) of Stetson
Bobby Davis (6'6''-F-87) of USC Upstate
Daniel Emerson (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Kentucky) of Mercer
Courtney Pigram of ETSU
Jonathan Rodriguez (6'5''-F-87) of Campbell

A-Sun All-Freshman Team
Reggie Chambers (5'9''-G) of FGCU
De'Marion Gordon (6'1''-G) of USC Upstate
Lorne Merthie (6'1''-G) of Campbell
Kurtis Woods (6'0''-G) of Kennesaw State
Brian Wright (6'6''-F-88) of Lipscomb

A-Sun Player of the Year: Alex Renfroe of Belmont

A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year: Ayron Hardy (6'5''-F-88) of Jacksonville

A-Sun Freshman of the Year: Lorne Merthie of Campbell

A-Sun Coach of the Year: Cliff Warren of Jacksonville



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MIAA Tournament Update - by Sanjey Noriega
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the second time in as many seasons, the No. 8 seed in the MIAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament will play in the title game, as Missouri Western defeated fourth-seeded Ft.Hays State, 69-62, in the semifinal round Saturday afternoon (March 7) at Municipal Auditorium.

The Griffons (14-15, 9-11 MIAA) will face the winner of the other semifinal between second-seeded Cent.Missouri St. and sixth-seeded Washburn at 1 p.m., CDT, Sunday (March 8). Western is in the final for the first time since winning it in 2003 -- the first year the MIAA played its postseason in Kansas City.

MWSU made 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the field in the second half as they seized control from the Tigers (20-9, 12-8 MIAA), who made just 22-of-62 (35.5 percent) from the field for the contest.

The swing in momentum likely took place just before the first half ended, when junior F James Bush tipped in a miss by senior G Leonard Parker just before time expired to cut the Ft.Hays State lead to two, 27-25.

The first 20 minutes was tight, as neither team could get a lead of more than four points and the score was tied six times.

The Tigers regained a four-point advantage when junior F Ryan Herrman (6'6''-F) scored the second half's first bucket at the 18:32 mark. Bush answered again by converting a three-point opportunity on the next possesion to make it a 29-28 FHSU lead.

That sparked a 13-4 run for the Griffons which gave them the largest advantage of the game, 38-33, with 14:59 remaining in the game. Sophomore F Dominique Thuston drained a pair of treys -- one to tie the game at 33-33 and the other to give his squad the five-point cushion.

FHSU answered six unanswered points, with senior G Terry Jeffries (6'0''-G) scoring the last four on consecutive layups, to get the Tigers back on top by one, 39-38, with 13:58 left. It would be their last lead of the game.

Again, Bush was there for Western with the timely bucket, igniting an 8-0 run with a layup off a feed from senior G Leonard Parker on the possession after FHSU took the lead. The Griffons had a 46-39 lead with 9:37 left.

The Tigers then bounced back with five straight points from the hand of Jeffries -- who led FHSU in the game with 19 points -- to make it 46-44 with 8:6 remaining. It was as close as the Tigers would get.

Junior F Quentin Noblin (6'5''-F) sank a three-point goal, converting a turnover by Jeffries when Ft.Hays State had the ball and a chance to tie of take the lead, to keep the Tigers from getting any closer.

Thuston led the Griffons with 18 points and 11 rebounds -- he was 2-for-3 from the three-point arc. Bush had 12 points and two blocked shots while Noblin tallied 10 off the bench.

Besides Jeffries' 18 points, Herrman scored 13 with 10 rebounds and three steals for the Tigers. FHSU was 4-of-20 (20 percent) from long range in the game -- 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) in the second half.


MIAA Tournament Update - by Sanjey Noriega
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The eighth-ranked Central Missouri Mules will play in the MIAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament final for the fourth time in five seasons after pulling out a 72-69 overtime win from Washburn in the semifinal round Saturday afternoon (March 7) at Municipal Auditorium.

The No. 2 seed Mules (25-4, 16-4 MIAA) will face eighth-seeded Missouri Western (14-15, 9-11 MIAA) in the championship game Sunday (March 8) at 1 p.m., CDT. It will be the first time Central Missouri had faced the Griffons in the conference tourney final since 1990 -- MWSU's first year in the MIAA.

UCM is the first team to play two overtime games in one MIAA postseason -- the tournament has been played for 29 years.

Washburn (16-13, 11-9 MIAA) had a six-point lead with 5:36 left in regulation when UCM's first-team All-MIAA selection, junior F Sanijay Watts, left the contest with an injury and did not return.

The Mules then rallied, scoring 11 of the next 16 points and tying the game at 54-54 with 1:38 on the second-half clock. Senior G DeAndre Byrd did most of the damage for UCM, scoring the first nine points before a steal-and-layup from senior G Joe Young knotted the game.

Washburn struck back and regained the lead with a three-point bucket from senior F Lekheythan Malone with 1:09 left . Following a turnover, Ichabods senior G James Williams was fouled by junior F Tremaine Luellen at midcourt with 40 seconds left. He made the first free throw but missed the second to leave the margin at four, 58-54.

On the next possession for the Mules, junior G Alex Moosmann tried a three from the right baseline and missed, but he followed the shot, got the rebound and fed Byrd for another three-point try.

On the shot, Byrd was fouled by WU freshman G William McNeill with 23 seconds left. He sank all three charities to get the Mules within a point at 58-57.

Washburn missed a chance to extend the lead when senior G DeAndre Eggins missed the front end of a 1-and-1 chance with 21 seconds on the clock. The Mules got the rebound and had a chance to win in regulation, as Byrd was fouled by McNeill with less than seven seconds left.

He made the first then missed the second to leave it at 58-58 -- but UCM had another life when the ball went out of bounds off the Ichabods with less than five seconds left. Byrd let fly a jumper, but was off target and time expired after WU gathered the rebound.

Henderson, held scoreless in regulation, scored the Mules' first four OT points and UCM held a 62-59 advantage with 3:26 left in the extra session. Eggins answered for Washburn with four straight points to give the Ichabods a 63-62 lead with 2:21 remaining.

The score stayed there for more than a minute of game time, but senior G Josiah Miller -- after missing two free throws 30 seconds before -- was able to sink a bucket with 1:04 on the clock to give UCM back the lead, 64-63.

Those were the first of eight straight points scored by the Mules -- they went 6-for-6 at the foul line after that to make it a 70-63 game with 16 seconds left. Washburn scored six of the last eight points of the game, but time ran out on its bid for an upset.

Byrd finished with 19 points for Central Missouri -- 17 coming after halftime -- with 11 rebounds. Young finished with 15 points while Watts had 10 (all in the first half) and Mossmann also scored 10. Henderson had 11 rebounds in the game to go with his six points -- all in OT.

Williams scored 14 points with eight rebounds and four assists for the Ichabods, while Eggins finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Senior F Paul Byers had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Malone and junior G Covier Carter each finished with 10 points.


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Run for the title has begun - by Moritz Korff
The NCAA Division 3 National Tournament has started. The 28 games of the first round took place on March 6th and already provided some highlights.
In a overtime thriller No. 7 UW-Whitewater kicked out No. 20 Elmhurst 81-79. No. 17 Rhode Island College fell short 68-73 to MIT, 2007 National champ and last year's finalist Amherst suffered defeat against Gwynedd Mercy. The game between Carnegie-Melon and Brockport State went into overtime twice, with Carnegie-Melon sealing the win in the end.
Meanwhile, most of the favorites went through to the second round that will be played on March 7th. This round will see some more big games, including No. 3 Wheaton (Ill.) taking on No. 5 UW-Platteville, defending champion No. 2 Washington University meeting No. 8 UW-Whitewater and No. 1 St. Thomas playing against No.4 UW-Stevens Point.
An updated bracket can be found on d3hoops.com: click


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PSL(3) A Surprising Win for Orthodoxi Beit Jala over Sariyet Ramallah A Tough Win for Thaqafi Beit Sahour over AlBireh - by Tamara Awartani

Thaqafi Beit Sahour vs. AlBireh 57 55
It was an exciting game to watch with several ties several times, both teams played hard till the last second of the game. Thaqafis Beit Sahour was lead by Elias Kokakli, Husam Manoli, Hanna Banoura & Rafat Mura while AlBirehs team was lead by Fuad Jarrar, Shadi Bajali, Qahar Abu Dieh and Naser Awartani.

Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs. Sariyet Ramallah 94 89
A breath taking game, Orthodoxi Beit Jala played beautifully, hard & with their hearts to win this game while Sariyet Ramallah played good but the absence of a coach hit them hard.
Orthodoxi Beit Jala was led by Khalil Harb with beautiful drives,
Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) the star of the game unstoppable flying over the players, who played with his heart scored 28points,15 rebound, 3blocks,2assists along with Bradley Hippolyte (191-F, college: St.Andrews) the powerful one scoring 21points, 8rebounds,4assists,5steals,2blocks as well as Charlie Qattans perfect shooting & Kamal Mkarkers assists.
While Sariyet Ramallah was led by
Dante Hunter (191-G-83, college: Calumet) with brilliant 3points & skillful drives scoring 21points,9 rebounds, 3assists, 3steals along with Saleem Al Husari (184-G-85) and Ahmad Yasser the 3pointers & beautiful drives as well as Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75), Bashar Kassis & Saleem Sakakini who played good under basket.
1st 21- 24, 2nd 20 - 21, 3rd 23 - 13, 4th 30 - 31


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FPC defeats Sol - by Gianni Pascucci
The main game of the 12th Round of Metropolitan League was the showdown between Felix Perez Cardozo and Sol de America. Led by their main gunner, Sergio Aceval (180-G-78), who scored 24 points, FPC won the game 82-77, keeping the first place in the table together with Libertad, winner over UCA 78-57 with Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) scoring 21 points. Thge other top scorer in this Round was Hugo Paredes (198-F-84), who scored 24 pts he too to lead Deportivo San Jose to the win, 104-66, over Ciudad Nueva. The last two games of the round were Olimpia 57 - Sportivo San Lorenzo 76 and UAA 94 - Sajonia 65.

Metropolitan League Standings
Metropolitan L. Standings
 1. Felix Perez 12-1 
 2. Libertad 12-1 
 3. Sol de Amer. 10-2 
 4. D.San Jose 7-5 
 5. Sportivo SL 6-6 
 6. Univ.Autonoma 5-7 
 7. Univ.Catolica 4-8 
 8. Ciudad Nueva 4-9 
 9. Olimpia 2-10 
 10. Dep.Sajonia 0-12 


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Millrats fall to Vermont in OT - by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats gave a valiant effort to try and become the first team to beat Vermont in Burlington, but in the end they fell to the Vermont Frost Heaves in overtime by a final score of 106-99.

The Millrats started strong out of the gates by grabbing a 19-6 lead. Vermont countered with an 11-2 run to close the first quarter and trailed 21-17 at the end of one. Both teams went back and forth in the second, with Manchester clinging to a 42-40 lead at the half. Manchester showed resolve the third quarter and led by 7, 75-68, after three quarters of play. The Millrats went on a 9-0 run to begin the fourth and held an 84-68 lead a couple minutes into the final stanza. It was at that point that the Frost Heaves began their comeback. They battled all the way back and tied it on a bucket by John Williams (6'0''-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Bryant) at the end of regulation to force overtime. In overtime, Vermont was able to take control and defeat the Millrats by a final score of 106-99.

Manchester was led by Tommy Mitchell who had 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field. Desmond Ferguson contributed 16, while Al Stewart tallied 12. Marlowe Currie and newcomer Marc Mazur both finished with 10 points on the evening. John Williams paced the Frost Heaves with 26 points. Benson Collier had a double double (21 points and 10 rebounds). Brian Graves scored 15 and Larry Turner finished with 14.

Manchester travels to Quebec City to take on the Kebs tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. The Millrats are looking for their first ever win in Quebec City. For more information please contact Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


Detroit Panthers win third straight - by Carl Berman
With a revamped roster, the Detroit Panthers are getting hot and find themselves in a three-game winning streak, but it might just be too late for them to slip into the playoffs. Brian Woodland (6'0''-G-75, college: Henderson St.) scored a season-high 30 points including 6-for-6 from three-point land, and the Panthers held on to beat the Chicago Throwbacks 123-116 on Friday night. Randy White Chocolate Gill continued to fill up the stat sheet with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals and Stanes Bufford hit for 16 for the Panthers, who won their third straight game. Three Chicago players topped to 20-point plateau with Dameon Mason leading the way with 28 points. Stanley Thomas continued his scoring surge with 23 and Willie Mitchell hit for 22 against his former team. Imari Sawyer picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. The Panthers record improved to 5-9 while Chicago dropped to 6-9. The Panthers look to pick up their fourth consecutive win on Sunday when they host Montreal.

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PLK Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Victoria Gorn. 116-73
PGE Turow is 16-9 in the standings after the win over Victoria Gornik 116:73. John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska), Edney Tyus and Witka Robert top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Chanas Kamil responded with 27 points in the losing effort.

Atlas Stal - Anwil 77-93
Atlas Stal lost to Anwil 77:93 in Regular Season Round 28. Marko Brkic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 23 points, Pluta Andrzej netted 18 and Koszarek Lukasz brought his team 17. Jovanovic Nikola responded with 19 points for the hosts.

SKK Kotwica - Polpharma 87-75
SKK Kotwica tied Polpharma at 15-9 in the standings after the home win over them 87:75. Pawel Kikowski (193-G-86, agency: LimeLight) was responsible for 24 points for the winners and Mills Julien brought his team 19. Tuljkovic Mujo ended up with 23 points for the guests.

ISS Sportino - Sokol Znicz 79-68
ISS Sportino outgun Sokol Znicz 79:68 as Timermanis Ivars top-scored with 22 points. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 19 and Miller Eddie produced 16. Timberlake Chad chipped in 17 for the visitors and Kovalenko Vitaly netted 15.


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Znicz Basket
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Dloniak, Znicz Basket21.1 
 2. Pacocha, Big Star19.1 
 3. Salamonik, MOSiR K.16.7 
 4. Misiewicz, Zubry16.6 
 5. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.16.2 
 6. Berisha, Polonia 201116.2 
 7. Wisniewski, Zastal Z.16.0 
 8. Kulig, Big Star15.7 
 9. Pluta, MOSiR K.15.5 
 10. Donigiewicz, AZS.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomasz WOJDYLA
  Sudety JG
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Wojdyla, Sudety JG9.5 
 2. Mis, Siarka T.8.1 
 3. Bartosz, Polonia .8.0 
 4. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.7.6 
 5. Kulig, Big Star7.5 
 6. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.7.5 
 7. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.5 
 8. Misiewicz, Zubry7.5 
 9. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.7.4 
 10. Piotrkowski, AZS.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof KALINOWSKI
  MOSiR Kr.
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kalinowski, MOSiR K.6.0 
 2. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.3 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.5.0 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star4.8 
 5. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.4.2 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20114.2 
 8. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.4.1 
 9. Swietonski, Prokom I.3.9 
 10. Wilczek, Zastal3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz MALECKI
  Resovia
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Malecki, Resovia3.9 
 2. Krupa, Siarka T.3.6 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.3.4 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star3.4 
 5. Berisha, Polonia 20113.1 
 6. Snieg, Polonia 20113.1 
 7. Trepka, LKS Lodz3.1 
 8. Piechowicz, Stal S.3.0 
 9. Swietonski, Prokom I.2.9 
 10. Zalucki, Prokom2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz PISARCZYK
  Sokol L.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.4 
 2. Lisewski, Stal SW1.6 
 3. Milewski, MMKS D.1.6 
 4. Czech, Sudety JG1.5 
 5. Kulikowski, Zubry1.4 
 6. Mis, Siarka T.1.4 
 7. Lapeta, Prokom II1.3 
 8. Konare, Zubry1.2 
 9. Karwowski, Polonia .1.2 
 10. Kulig, Big St.1.2 


Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Prokom 17-6 
 2. Polpharma 15-8 
 3. Anwil 15-9 
 4. Kotwica 15-9 
 5. Turow 15-9 
 6. AZS Koszalin 14-10 
 7. En.Czarni 13-10 
 8. Polonia 13-10 
 9. Bank BPS 10-14 
 10. Sportino I. 9-15 
 11. Atlas Stal 9-15 
 12. Znicz J. 8-16 
 13. PBG Basket 8-16 
 14. Gornik W. 5-19 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Polonia 2011 21-7 
 2. MOSiR Kr. 21-7 
 3. Big Star 20-8 
 4. Siarka T. 18-10 
 5. Zastal ZG 17-11 
 6. Stal SW 16-12 
 7. LKS Lodz 16-12 
 8. MMKS DG 16-13 
 9. Zubry 15-14 
 10. Sokol L. 13-14 
 11. Sudety JG 13-16 
 12. Znicz Basket 12-17 
 13. AZS Kalisz 10-19 
 14. AZS AWF K-ce 8-21 
 15. Prokom II 7-21 
 16. Resovia 3-24 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.8 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Wojcik, PBG Basket17.2 
 4. Hicks, Polpharma16.8 
 5. Mojica, AZS K.16.5 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.6 
 7. Harrington, Polonia15.4 
 8. Miller, ISS S.15.1 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.0 
 10. Weeden, Bank B.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.3 
 4. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.6 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 6. Naymick, SKK K.7.4 
 7. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.2 
 8. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 9. Okafor, Atlas Stal6.9 
 10. McLean, PBG.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.0 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil6.0 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.8 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.6 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 7. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 8. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.0 
 9. Davis, PBG Basket3.9 
 10. Garner, Bank B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.9 
 2. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Harrington, Polonia3.1 
 5. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 6. Eldridge, Polpharma2.7 
 7. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 8. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.4 
 9. Frasunkiewic., Polon.2.2 
 10. Szubarga, Atlas.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Booker, En.Czarni1.4 
 6. Turek, PGE Turow1.3 
 7. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 8. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 9. Daniels, PGE Turow0.8 
 10. Barrett, SKK.0.8 


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Patton signs for Al Gharrafah - by Ali Ahmed
Al Gharrafah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Cedric Patton (201-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.) to play for them this season 2008/2009.

An all-around, versatile player who can score, rebound, pass, and defend at a high level solid ball handler versatile enough to play 2, 3, or 4 position unselfish player will get teammates involved likes to slash to the basket runs the floor well and likes to finish on the break has a solid midrange game has three point range on his shot can post up smaller players and take taller players on the perimeter.


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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. Lawrence, Pitesti18.8 
 3. Gibson, U.Mobite.18.5 
 4. Tomic, Craiova18.4 
 5. Obradovic, Otopeni18.2 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.9 
 7. Cepulis, Ploiesti17.0 
 8. Darby, Rovinari16.7 
 9. Bulancea, Rapid B.16.5 
 10. Vlaicu, Rapid.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.11.7 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.4 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.9.3 
 4. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.4 
 5. Jucan, Gaz Metan7.9 
 6. Lazar, Oradea7.9 
 7. Green, Rovinari7.8 
 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, Otopeni5.3 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.4 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.3 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.6 
 8. Johnson, CSU A.3.5 
 9. Fometescu, Dinamo B.3.5 
 10. Lawrence, Pites.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.1 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.0 
 3. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.7 
 4. Matthews, CSU A.2.6 
 5. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.4 
 6. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.4 
 7. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 8. Blidaru, Otopeni2.2 
 9. Velickovic, Timisoara2.1 
 10. Holmes, Craio.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.4 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.7 
 4. Pantelic, Pitesti1.7 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.4 
 7. Harrison, CSU A.1.3 
 8. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 9. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 10. McKenna, Tirgu.1.1 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 19-2 
 2. Timisoara 17-6 
 3. CSU Atlassib 15-6 
 4. U.Mobitel. CN 15-7 
 5. CSU Brasov 15-7 
 6. Otopeni 14-7 
 7. Rovinari 14-8 
 8. Pitesti 13-10 
 9. Mures 11-11 
 10. Gaz Metan 10-12 
 11. Craiova 8-14 
 12. Dinamo B. 8-14 
 13. Targoviste 5-17 
 14. Oradea 2-21 
 15. Rapid B. 0-23 


Div.A Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pitesti - Gaz Metan 82-78
Pitesti improved to 13-10 record defeating Gaz Metan 82:78. David Lawrence (201-F-85, college: Charleston) paced all the winners with 17 points, whilst Pantelic Djordje and Elliott Reggie netted 15 each. Washington Andrew responded with 26 points in defeat.

Ploiesti - CSU Brasov 93-84
The game between top teams Ploiesti and CSU Brasov became the key one in Regular Season Round 24. The league leaders improved the positions beating Brasov 93:84. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Hargrove Darius notched 18. Mandache Andrei chipped in 23 points for the guests.

Otopeni - U.Mobitel.CN 91-79
Seals LeVar nailed 21 points, whilst Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Popovic Slobodan added 19 each as Otopeni edged U.Mobitel.CN 91:79. Cuic Branko produced 15 points in the losing effort.

Timisoara - Rapid B. 111-62
Timisoara destroyed Rapid 111:62 behind 38 points from Nikola Vasojevic (192-G-86) and Grubisic Bojan together. Markovic Nenad posted 16 and Codin Horia finished the night with 15 points. Bulancea Marius answered with 15 points for the visitors.

Tirgu Mures - Targoviste 72-51
Tirgu Mures overcame Targoviste 72:51 in Regular Season Round 24. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) led the winners with 15 points and 8 assists and Wingate Major collected 13 points and 13 boards. Samailovic Srboljub nailed 14 points for the guests.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Univ.Surgut
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.5 
 2. Perry, CSK V.17.3 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.17.2 
 4. Nachbar, Dynamo M.15.8 
 5. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.4 
 6. Wisniewski, Spart.15.1 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.15.0 
 8. Meshcharakou, Sparta.14.7 
 9. Warrick, Krasnoya.14.7 
 10. Washington, Ural.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 2. Clancy, CSK V.7.1 
 3. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.7 
 4. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.2 
 5. Kirksay, Unics6.2 
 6. Meshcharakou, Sparta.5.9 
 7. Jones, Ural Great5.6 
 8. Plisnic, Ural Great5.6 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.5.6 
 10. Trushkin, Spa.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jannero PARGO
  Olympiakos
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.5.4 
 3. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 4. Wisniewski, Spart.4.6 
 5. Bremer, Triumph4.6 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.3 
 7. Biggs, Ural Great3.7 
 8. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.4 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 10. Perry, CSK.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Lok.Rostov
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. House, Lok.Rostov2.4 
 2. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.4 
 3. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.1 
 4. Biggs, Ural Great1.9 
 5. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 6. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 7. Bremer, Triumph1.8 
 8. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.8 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 10. McCarty, Khim.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.3 
 2. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.2 
 3. Pervukhin, Univ.Sur.1.1 
 4. Likholitov, Ural G.1.1 
 5. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.1 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 7. Savrasenko, Spart.1.1 
 8. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 9. Morris, CSKA1.0 
 10. Khryapa, CS.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 19-0 
 2. Khimky 13-5 
 3. Dynamo M. 12-5 
 4. Unics 11-5 
 5. Triumph 10-7 
 6. Spartak SP 9-10 
 7. Lok.Rostov 8-10 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 7-12 
 9. Ural Great 5-12 
 10. Univ.Surgut 5-13 
 11. CSK VVS 4-14 
 12. Spartak-P. 3-13 


A Superleague Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CSK VVS - CSKA 45-79
CSKA celebrated an easy win in Samara beating CSK VVS 45:79. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) shined with 25 points and 7 rebounds, whilst Kaun Sasha nailed 14. Clancy Sam finished the night with 16 points in defeat.

Univ.Surgut - Krasnoyarsk 88-71
University Surgut overcame Krasnoyarsk 88:71 in the first game of March 7th. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) led the winners with 18 points, while Warrick Fred netted 17. Chalmers Lionel delivered 25 in defeat, while Stazic Stjepan posted 24.

Triumph - Dynamo M. 72-63
Triumph edged Dynamo Moscow 72:63 in a key game of the round. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) posted 22 points for the visiting team but it was not enough for the total success. Perry Marque led the winners with 15 points and Askrabic Ognjen notched 12.

Spartak SP - Unics 69-72
Spartak SP lost to Unics 69:72 as Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) pulled his team to a victory with 27 points. Meshcharakou Yegor notched 19 points for the home side and Wisniewski Andrew ended up with 14.

Lok.Rostov - Khimky 75-69
Lokomotiv Rostov sensationally beat Khimky 75:69 in Regular Season Round 19. Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Morgunov Nikita ended up with 14. McCarty Kelly produced 15 points in the losing effort.


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 20-3 
 2. Borac 16-7 
 3. Metalac 15-9 
 4. Napredak 14-9 
 5. Radnicki 034 13-10 
 6. Mega HL 12-11 
 7. Novi Sad 11-12 
 8. Radnicki I. 11-12 
 9. Ergonom 10-13 
 10. Sloga 9-15 
 11. Vizura 9-15 
 12. Masinac 9-15 
 13. Tamis 8-15 
 14. Zdravlje 6-17 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Zlatko BOLIC
  Radnicki I.
  (195-G-74)
  Avg: 22.3
 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. Dramicanin, Borac1.7 
 6. Bogavac, Ergonom1.7 
 7. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.7 
 8. Mirkovic, Masinac1.7 
 9. Majstorovic, Ergon.1.5 
 10. Dasic, Slo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo DRASKOVIC
  Radnicki 034
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Buric, Vizura1.0 
 3. Tanaskovic, Metal.1.0 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac1.0 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.0 
 7. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 
 10. Pavlovic, Radnic.0.7 


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  SLOVENIA   


Alpos Sentjur signs Marcus Crenshaw - by Matej Bergant
Slovenian Alpos Sentjur signed US point guard Marcus Crenshaw (178-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, Agency: BBallWorld) untill end of the season. He started his season in Poland playing for ISS Sportino Inowroclaw but left in February '09 to sign with Alpos Sentjur. Crenshaw started his basketball career playing for Kent State University and California State Fullerton University in the NCAA. In his last season playing for California State Fullerton University he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg. He was also named All-Big West Sixth Man of 2007. This season he averaged 6.5ppg and 2.2apg in 18.5mpg during his time with ISS Sportino Inowroclaw of Poland.

Alpos Sentjur announced also that they are trying out Slovenian Lovro Hren (202-F/G-87) who broke the contract with Hopsi Polzela a month ago.


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 24-6 
 2. Solna 22-8 
 3. Uppsala 20-10 
 4. Sodertalje 17-13 
 5. Plannja 16-14 
 6. Sundsvall 16-14 
 7. 08 15-15 
 8. Jamtland 13-17 
 9. Helsingborg 9-21 
 10. Boras 8-22 
 11. Gothia Basket 5-25 


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  SYRIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 18-0 
 2. Jeish 17-2 
 3. Wehda 14-4 
 4. Ittihad 11-8 
 5. Yarmouk 9-9 
 6. Karameh 9-9 
 7. Talee'a 8-10 
 8. Hurriya 8-11 
 9. Wathba 8-11 
 10. Kasyoun 5-14 
 11. Nawayeer 4-15 
 12. Hutteen 0-18 


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


SBL broadcast off again - by Chris Wang
A bad news for those fans like me who couldn't or didn't want to make it to the gym and watch actual SBL action: the game broadcast was out again after ESPN Taiwan unilaterally terminated the verbal agreement with the SBL Committee.

Well, this is not the first time we hear that. ESPN Taiwan agreed to broadcast SBL games about a month ago after Videoland walked out of its VERBAL agreement with the league on January 16.

The keyword here is VERBAL. These people are all businessmen. And if you are a businessman, the ground rule of all deals is that you have to put them on papers and names of both sides on the dotted lines. American high school basketball prospects walked out of oral commitments and sign with other schools, so why can't Videoland and ESPN Taiwan? Even an idiot like me knows that but not these folks.

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

Eric Sports, SBL's marketing partner this season, said in a press release that both sides agreed last month to reach the final deal before April 30 but ESPN Taiwan refused further negotiation.

It did not say when the game will be on air again.

In short, both sides said different things and had different memos on their hands. Nobody knows the truth and the negotiation process, and I doubt that anyone is interested in it. What fans want is to have the broadcast back. Simple as that.

The SBL said in its press release that ESPN Taiwan's walkout was 'a humiliation for local sports'. From what I've seen, the SBL was fortunate to find a broadcast partner and it's been a buyers' market amid the global financial crisis. It's only natural that the TV stations have the upper hand.

And if this is what it takes for SBL teams and the CTBA to realize that, I wouldn't mind that SBL games are off air.


March 6-7 SBL results - by Chris Wang
3/7
PY 107-95 TM
*PY's second win in its last nine games
PY: Chien Chia-hong 24p, Hong Chih-shan 20p, Lin Ching-pang 17p+6s
TM: M. Boggans 20p, Hsu Tse-hsin 19p+6a

Yulon 80-73 TB
Yulon: Yang Che-yi 20p+6rb
TB: Lin Chih-chieh 30p+6rb

Dacin 73-71 KKL
Dacin: Tien Lei 20p+11rb, Chang Chih-feng 16p+7rb

3/6
KKL 100-83 PY
*KKL had 14 blocks in the game
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 25p, Chen Ching-hwan 20p
PY: James Mao 21p, Chen Chun-chieh 21p

Dacin 86-66 BOT
Dacin: Tien Lei 18p, B. Allen 18p+12rb
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 16p

Standing:
Dacin 10-2
Yulon 8-2
TB 7-4
KKL 5-7
TM 4-7
PY 4-7BOT 1-10


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Trabzonspor 17-3 
 2. Bornova 15-4 
 3. Genc Telekom 14-6 
 4. Vestel 12-7 
 5. Edirne Genclik 11-8 
 6. Pamukkale 10-10 
 7. Akcakoca P. 9-10 
 8. FMV Isik 9-11 
 9. Orman 7-13 
 10. TED Istanbul 6-13 
 11. Eyup 4-15 
 12. Bursa B-bol 3-17 
Group B
 1. Tofas 19-1 
 2. ITU 16-3 
 3. Gelisim 14-5 
 4. Beykoz 10-9 
 5. Canakkale 10-9 
 6. Duzce Genclik 10-10 
 7. Genc Banvit. 10-10 
 8. Pertevniyal 9-10 
 9. Yesilyurt 7-12 
 10. Usak 6-13 
 11. Ankara Basket 5-14 
 12. Mulkiye 0-20 


Rasheim Wright escaped, Beykoz is going to FIBA - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Rasheim Wright left Beykoz without any reason. Wright told the team stuff that he wanted to leave Turkey before Yesilyurt game and he didnt play his real game against to Yesilyurt, and Beykoz lost that game. Wright repeated that he would like to leave after that game and the team stuff accepted that offer with a buy-out. And after that Jordan National Team member left the country without telling anyone from the team. Although Wright got his February salary beginning of the month he didnt play February. Now Beykoz management is going to FIBA to get their rights.

Rasheim Wright escaped, Beykoz is going to FIBA - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) left Beykoz without any reason. Wright told the team stuff that he wanted to leave Turkey before Yesilyurt game and he didnt play his real game against to Yesilyurt, and Beykoz lost that game. Wright repeated that he would like to leave after that game and the team stuff accepted that offer with a buy-out. And after that Jordan National Team member left the country without telling anyone from the team. Although Wright got his February salary beginning of the month he didnt play February. Now Beykoz management is going to FIBA to get their rights.

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


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  BC Donetsk
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk19.2 
 2. Owens, BC Donetsk17.4 
 3. Gladyr, Mykolaiv16.7 
 4. Greene, Sumykhim.16.3 
 5. Ulyanko, Pulsar15.7 
 6. Jarutis, Poltava15.6 
 7. Aleksic, BC Donetsk15.5 
 8. Bajramovic, BC Ky.14.2 
 9. Guinn, Poltava13.8 
 10. El-Amin, Azovma.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Abdullahi KUSO
  Sumykhimpr.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.7.6 
 2. Aleksic, BC Donetsk7.5 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.7.2 
 4. Guinn, Poltava7.0 
 5. Tucker, BC Donetsk6.7 
 6. Thompson, Azovmash6.5 
 7. Owens, BC Donetsk6.1 
 8. Gumenyuk, Pulsar6.0 
 9. Kieza, Poltava5.8 
 10. Zuza, Polta.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  BC Donetsk
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.7.0 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash5.7 
 3. Jackson, Mykolaiv4.2 
 4. Kelly, Khimik3.8 
 5. Clemons, Poltava3.4 
 6. Jarutis, Poltava3.0 
 7. Shemosyuk, Pulsar2.9 
 8. Butskyy, Sumykhim.2.8 
 9. Penn, BC Kyiv2.6 
 10. Aleksic, BC Donet.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  BC Donetsk
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.3.3 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.8 
 3. Clemons, Poltava1.9 
 4. Drozdov, BC Kyiv1.8 
 5. Thompson, Azovmash1.8 
 6. Famutimi, Khimik1.6 
 7. El-Amin, Azovmash1.6 
 8. Guinn, Poltava1.5 
 9. Zabirchenko, BC Do.1.5 
 10. Lekavicius, Sumykh.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Roman GUMENYUK
  Pulsar
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gumenyuk, Pulsar1.5 
 2. Blair, Mykolaiv1.4 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 
 4. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.2 
 5. Djapa, Pulsar1.0 
 6. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 
 7. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.1.0 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv0.9 
 9. Van Den Spie., Azovm.0.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Mykola.0.8 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Kyiv 19-3 
 2. Azovmash 19-3 
 3. BC Donetsk 13-8 
 4. Khimik 12-10 
 5. Mykolaiv 8-14 
 6. Pulsar 6-16 
 7. Poltava 5-16 
 8. Sumykhimpr. 5-17 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 19-4 
 2. Everton T. 18-4 
 3. Scottish R. 16-8 
 4. Plymouth R. 15-10 
 5. Guildford H. 14-9 
 6. Leicester R. 14-10 
 7. Cheshire J. 11-13 
 8. MK Lions 10-13 
 9. Sheffield S. 10-16 
 10. Worthing T. 10-18 
 11. Worcester W. 10-18 
 12. London C. 1-25 


Top Two Both Win - by Andy Webb
All of the BBL Championship's top three teams were in action on Friday night against sides that are currently sitting outside of the BBL Championship Playoff places.

The Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers scored hugely impressive victories, while the Scottish Rocks continued their poor away form as they lost for the sixth consecutive time south of the border.

The Tigers bounced back from three consecutive defeats to record the fifth biggest win in the history of the BBL Championship: 126-60 over the PAWS London Capital.

British guard James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) scored a career high of 31 points, including nine three-pointers, while native Londoner Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) scored 25.

Everton were in the ascendancy from the outset and an 11-0 finish to the first quarter, during which Jones made a trio of three-pointers in 1:26, made the score 39-8.

The Capital could not get close as the lead reached 50 points at 77-27 in the third quarter, before peaking at 124-53 after an 18-0 surge in the fourth quarter.

Elsewhere, the Newcastle Eagles maintained their lead of the BBL Championship after beating the Worthing Thunder by 98-64, with all twelve of their players getting on the scoresheet.

Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) led the way with 19 points, and there was no way back for Worthing after he scored the last eight points of the third quarter to make the score 79- 40. The Eagles had also finished the second stanza with a 13-4 burst.

Finally, the Sheffield Sharks maintained their good home record against the Scottish Rocks as they won 79-70 at the English Institute of Sport. They have not lost a home league game to the Rocks in over three years. James Whyte (201-F/C-82, college: Mass.-Lowell) scored 4/4 three-pointers on his way to 15 points.

Everton Tigers 126 (39,69,100) (Jones 31, Babalola 25, Smith 24)
PAWS London Capital 60 (8,23,47) (Knight 26, Popoola 10, Jivens 9)


The Everton Tigers got back to winning ways and moved back up into second place in the BBL Championship table after routing the PAWS London Capital by 126-60 on Merseyside. The winning margin is the fifth largest in the history of the BBL Championship.

British guard James Jones scored a career high of 31, including an awesome nine three-pointers. Marcus Knight stood out for the Capital with 26 points.

The Tigers looked as though they had put three straight defeats behind them as soon as they stepped on the court. They raced into a 14-2 lead as Chuck Evans hit two early three-pointers; that was soon followed by Josh Gross scoring 8 points in a 14-2 run, making the score 28-6. There was more to come as James Jones scored a trio of three-pointers in an 11- 0 run across the final 1:26 of the first quarter - the Tigers led 39-8.

That momentum was carried over into the second stanza as the Tigers started with a 12-4 burst and Jones hit two further three-pointers for a massive 51- 12 lead. There was another 8-0 run for the Tigers midway through the quarter, before Jones and Adam Nowell connected on further triples and the Tigers went into the break 69-23 in front.

The Tigers broke through the century mark in the third quarter as, amazingly, Jones added three more three- pointers. Just two minutes in the lead reached 50 points at 77-27, although a brief highlight for the Capital followed as they hit the next ten points, including three-pointers from Darren Mills and Lekan Popoola and the sixth point of the quarter for young forward Xavier Lutaaya. However, order was restored as Jones and Evans connected from long-range, before the Tigers scored 7 straight points to lead 92- 41.

Andre Smith and Olu Babalola made early three- pointers in the fourth quarter before a massive 18-0 surge, which included a further 8 points for Babalola, a London native, saw the lead peak at 124-53. The Capital relied on Marcus Knight in the fourth as he scored 12 points and was the only player to score until Popoola added a free-throw with 8 seconds left, and they finished with a 7-2 run.

Newcastle Eagles 98 (24,53,79) (Smith 19, Bridge 14, Toney 14)
Worthing Thunder 64 (18,34,40) (Ivanovskis 19, Mbeye 17, Woods 8)

The Newcastle Eagles consolidated their position at the top of the BBL Championship with a comprehensive 98-64 defeat of the Worthing Thunder. It was their sixth consecutive win in all competitions.

All 12 of Newcastle's roster got on the scoresheet, with Charles Smith's 19 points setting the pace; Andrew Bridge and Tafari Toney scored 14 each. For the Thunder, Janis Ivanovskis scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds.

The Eagles opened up a slight edge from the early stages, as the teams were separated in a competitive first quarter only when Newcastle scored five straight points to lead 18-10. However, a strong 13-4 finish to the second stanza saw them flirting with a twenty-point lead at 53-34 by the halfway point.

The Eagles compounded Worthing's misery in the third period as they restricted their visitors to just six points, while scoring 26 of their own. The lead was stretched to 79-40 as Charles Smith scored the last eight points of the quarter.

Newcastle showed their depth late in the game as everyone scored, with young guard Sam Attah coming from the bench to score 7 points. The Thunder outscored the hosts in the last period, but they were already condemned to their tenth defeat in the last eleven games.

Sheffield Sharks 79 (15,45,64) (Whyte 15, Sanders 14, Gorman 12)
Scottish Rocks 70 (19,33,55) (Yanders 22, Davis 15, Murray 12)


The Sheffield Sharks moved to the verge of the BBL Championship playoffs as they overcame the Scottish Rocks by 79-70. The win saw them record back-to- back victories for the first time since January and maintain their good home record against the Rocks: they have not lost at home in the league to the Glasgow club in over three years.

For the Rocks, meanwhile, it was their sixth consecutive loss on trips south of the border, stretching back to the end of November.

James Whyte made 4/4 three-pointers to lead the Sharks with 15 points, while Chris Sanders scored 14 and Matt Gorman added 12. Former Shark Rob Yanders led all scorers with 22 points in vain for the Rocks.

The teams traded baskets early on before a 10-0 burst from the visiting Rocks gave them a 10-19 lead. Whyte led the recovery as he netted his third three- pointer of the quarter in a 5-0 finish that drew them close at 15-19 by the end of the first quarter.

The Sharks took the lead for good in the second stanza. After drawing level at 21, they pushed the lead out to 28-23 on a Gorman basket in what became a 13-4 start to the quarter. That run extended all the way to a commanding 42-29 advantage.

The Rocks came back in the third period as a 10-3 push made the score 51-46, although the Sharks managed to keep them at arm's length thereafter. From 61-50 the Rocks scored five points, but that run was promptly halted by Perry Lawson's three-pointer and the Sharks took a 64-55 lead into the fourth.

Atiba Lyons opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, before the Rocks managed to make it a one- possession game late on at 70-67. However, Sherman Rivers and Marshall Brown scored back-to- back baskets before Brown and Lyons saw the game out from the free-throw line.


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  URBL   


URBL Adds Irving Assault - by URBL media
March 5th, Irving-The United Regions Basketball League is pleased to welcome its newest team, the Irving Assault. Jay Livingstone will coach the club.
'We are happy to be apart of such a great and growing league,' Livingstone said. 'Seeing that we joined the league so late we have to work harder than any other club.
The Assault were apart of the URBL's first blockbuster trade with the DFW Disciples. 'Theres no doubt about it, our team goes through Rick James, Sloan and De La Cruz. Rick James is a great player and will be a force in this league. Mike Sloan is an all-around talent,'Livingstone said. 'I saw him light up the SEBL this season (30.1ppg) and I knew we needed him if we wanted to be a top team. Will De La Cruz will go down in history as the first trade in the league sending Derrick Stroud to the DIsciples. De La Cruz was a D3 All-American filling up a super talented back court with former teammate Jermaine Barnes. 'Were just ready to put on a show and show the good people of Irving a great team'.
Rick James (6'2''-G/F-83, college: Trevecca Naz.)


Barnes named #1 Pick of the 2009 URBL Draft - by URBL media

Rd/Overall Name Team Ht/Wt Pos

1/1 Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) Dallas-Ft. Worth
1/2
Curtis Scipio (5'11''-G) Universal City
1/3
Glenn Olds (6'11'', college: Sinclair CC) Converse
1/4
Yves Celestin San Antonio 5-7/195 G
2/5
Royal Maxwell Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-9/215 F
2/6
Reggie Paul (6'5''-G/F-71, college: Seattle Pacific) Universal City 6-6/265 F
2/7
Adrian Wilson (6'6''-F-79, college: SU-Shreveport) Converse 6-6/235 F
2/8
Ben Caldwell (6'8''-C) San Antonio 6-7/240 F
3/9
Rick James (6'2''-G-85, college: Trevecca Naz.) Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-2/200 G
3/10
Steve Faz Universal City 5-5/175 G
3/11
Shawn Jackson (6'8''-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) Converse 6-4/210 G
4/12
Derek Stallings (6'2''-G-81) San Antonio 6-4/220 G/F
4/13
Sherman Douglas (6'1''-G-66, college: Syracuse) Dallas-Ft. Worth 6-2/220 G
4/14
Kory Van Rogue Universal City 6-0/200 G
4/15
Danny Sommers (6'5''-F-85) Converse 6-4/220 F
4/16
Marques Whitte San Antonio 5-9/190 G



DFW Officially Adds Jermaine Barnes - by URBL media
The Dallas Fort Worth Disciples, the URBL's latest entry has officially added Jermaine Barnes as of his recent signing.
Barnes attended Atlanta Christian and has had a adds significant japaneese star power to the team by way of Barnes' storied career in Japan.
The 6-5 guard was the MVP of the Aichi League (Japan) in 2008 averaging 48.3ppg and leading his team to the All-Japan championship game.
'We feel that by adding a player like JB, you give yourself a great chance to win said coach Alex Taylor. 'Hes by far the best scorer I have seen in all of my year of playing and coaching. Anyone who can score 60 points twice in a season has to be a great scorer. Barnes had two sixty point games in Japan.
'I have spoken to jermaine several times by phone and I can tell that he is a quality person who will only help our league, ' URBL CEO Mac Claire stated.
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian)


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Bigua will play the final games against Defensor - by Hector Lopez
Bigua reached the Uruguayan League finals games after beating Atenas 116-109 to clinch 3-2 the serie, and now will be playing against Defensor Sporting, begining Tuesday 10. Bigu, the current champions, will be playing a final best of five serie for the third time on a row. Defensor Sporting won the 2003 League championship. Atenas was winning 95-93 but with 1.2 seconds to play, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) , scored a three-point shot, sending the game for an overtime. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 43 points for Bigua (8/19, 4/8, 11/11), while Osimani had 15 points and 16 assists. Also for Bigua, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) scored 23 points (96%) and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) netted 8, with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. For Atenas, Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) netted 42 points (9/14, 4/6, 7/7), Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) had 14 assits and netted 14 points. Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds.

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




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Women News

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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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Paris invites to All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
March 8th is the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game that will take place in the capital of France. The International Women day will see Europe taking on the Rest of the World.
Last year Vidnoje, the home arena of Spartak Moscow Region waived to ALL STAR GAME players and fans. An outstanding event, atmosphere, players, spectators and we can continue to list all the special features of the show. European Stars were stronger than the Rest of the World beating them 111:86. With the victories in all quarters Europe was outstanding in the campaign. Amaya Valdemoro led the winners with 25 points and grabbed the MVP award of the event.
Four players that will start in the first five and two more in the substitution just returned from Ekaterinburg where they participated in the Russian Cup. Europeans Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) from CSKA Moscow, Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) from UMMC Ekaterinburg and Rest of the world players Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) from Spartak battled for their teams. UMMC satisfied all the local fans winning the Russian Cup 2008/2009. Ekaterinburg saw the battle between two best teams nowadays in Russia as UMMC rolled past Spartak Moscow Region 70:64. The hosts opened the game with 19-11 and never looked behind in the battle. Gruda Sandrine and Agnieszka Bibrzycka tried hard to stay for the team in the second period and to hold the score with their team for good. Miller closed the first half at 31-28 for the home side. Pondexter Cappie shined in the third period and both teams left the quarter at 53:44 before the last 10 minutes of the game. Diana Taurasi tried harder than any other player from Spartak Moscow Region, but her effort was not enough against UMMC and their support. Gruda Sandrine led the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Pondexter Cappie collected 14 points and dished out 7 assists. Maria Stepanova ended up with 13 points and 12 boards and Nolan added 10 points, Diana Taurasi finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort. CSKA takes the third place in the Cup beating Vologda 91:72. The favorites opened the game with 29-25 in the opening quarter and added 21-15 in the second frame. Vologda tried hard but did not catch up with the winning side. Rebecca Khammon top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ann Wauters together with Edwige Lawson-Wade added 12 each.


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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Kieraah MARLOW
  S-Hameen.
  (178-F-85)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Marlow, S-Hameen.23.8 
 2. Parker, PuHu22.3 
 3. Covington, S-Ham.20.2 
 4. Bailey, Huima20.0 
 5. France, Huima19.6 
 6. Haynes, Espoo Team18.5 
 7. Gidden, HoNsU17.7 
 8. Freeman, PeKa17.4 
 9. Pellom, FoA17.2 
 10. Hodges, Hui.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jazz COVINGTON
  S-Hameen.
  (185-F-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Covington, S-Ham.14.2 
 2. Gidden, HoNsU14.1 
 3. Roukanoja, PuHu12.2 
 4. Haynes, Espoo Team12.1 
 5. Robinson, Huima12.0 
 6. Triggs, PeKa11.1 
 7. Jones, BC Nokia10.7 
 8. Yates, BC Nokia10.5 
 9. Freeman, PeKa10.1 
 10. Solovyeva, Ca.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vilma KESANEN
  Catz
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Kesanen, Catz3.6 
 2. Piipari, Catz3.2 
 3. Pellom, FoA3.1 
 4. DeCoud, HoNsU2.6 
 5. Haynes, Espoo Team2.6 
 6. Frasier, FoA2.5 
 7. Rivers, PeKa2.5 
 8. Jamsen, Huima2.4 
 9. Parker, PuHu2.4 
 10. Covington, S-H.2.3 
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 Team3.0 
 8. Vapamaa, S-Hameen.2.7 
 9. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 10. Haynes, Ca.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa GIDDEN
  HoNsU
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gidden, HoNsU1.8 
 2. Roukanoja, PuHu1.5 
 3. Solovyeva, Catz1.4 
 4. Sten, Catz1.2 
 5. Tuure, Catz1.1 
 6. Triggs, PeKa1.1 
 7. Reshetko, Catz1.0 
 8. Allen, Espoo Team1.0 
 9. Scott, Catz0.9 
 10. Parker, Pu.0.7 


D1 Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
S-Hameen. - Catz 67-88
Catz stepped closer to the Finals as they defeated S-Hameenmaa 88:67 in Game 2. Rene Haynes (177-G-85, college: Michigan St.) paced all the winners with 21 points and Solovyeva Yelena nailed 16. Covington Jazz and Marlow Kieraah combined 40 points for the home side.

PeKa - Espoo Team 63-71
Espoo Team tied the Semi-Finals series over PeKa beating them 71:63. Susanna Rinta (176-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Nuutinen Sirri posted 16. Freeman Shanika delivered 15 points for the hosts.


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Greek Cup - by George Manousidis
In the first day of Greek Cup Final Four P.Faliro beat Aris Holargos 93-23 and take the ticket for the final. The game it was like an easy practice for the team of P.Faliro because Aris Holargos went to court with the U18 team.
In the second game Esperides overcame Panathinaikos in a hard game and is the second team for the final. If Esperides take final it will be the fourth Cup in a row.
For the history the winners from 1996 are:

1996 Sporting
1997 Apollon Kalamarias
1998 Thriamvos
1999 Sporting
2000 Panathinaikos
2001 DASAL
2002 ANO Glyfadas
2003 ANO Glyfadas
2004 DASAL
2005 Sporting
2006 Esperides
2007 Esperides
2008 Esperides
2009 (we will find tommorow at 19:00)


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MIAA Tournament Update - by Sanjey Noriega
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 22-1 run which ended in the early stages of the second half helped put the 10th-ranked Emporia St. Lady Hornets in the conference postseason final for the first time since 2005, as they downed Missouri So., 83-69, Saturday night (March 7) in the MIAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament semifinal at Municipal Auditorium.

The top-seeded Lady Hornets (25-4, 17-3 MIAA) will take on the winner of the second semifinal between No. 11 Wahsburn and Pittsburg State in the title game Sunday (March 8) at 3:15 p.m. It will be Emporia St.'s seventh MIAA Tournament championship appearance (4-2).

The fifth-seeded Lions (19-10, 12-8 MIAA) battled hard with ESU over the game's first 16 minutes. There were nine ties and two lead changes in that span -- Southern at one point was up by six, 11-5, on three unanswered buckets by senior G Myosha Barnes.

A jumper by junior G Lacy Corker with 5:57 left in the first half gave ESU its largest lead to that point, 28-24. The Lions scored five of the next six points -- a three-pointer by junior G Jolea Apon at the 4:51 mark knotted the score at 29-29. It would be MSSU's last field goal until the 16:12 mark of the second half.

Emporia St. ended the first half by scoring 16 straight points -- six each from senior F Ida Edwards and junior G Cassondra Boston -- and the Lady Hornets carried a 45-29 lead into the locker room at the break. Boston had all 15 of her points in the game during the first half.

The Lions committed four turnovers, missed three times from the field and once at the foul line in the final 4:14 of the period.

The Lady Hornets kept it up out of the gate in the second half, opening the frame by scoring six of the first seven points to extend the lead to 21, 51-30, at the 17:26 mark. It was as large as 22 points before an 11-0 Lions spurt halved their advantage with 11:24 left, 59-48.

MSSU would get no closer, as Emporia St. built its lead back up to 20, 75-55, with 6:14 remaining.

Edwards scored 14 of her game-high 24 points for the Lady Hornets in the second half, and added 10 rebounds. Boston had five assists to go with her 15 points and sophomore C Alli Volkens chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Barnes ended the night with 20 points and four assists for the Lions. Senior G India Wood (5'7''-G) and junior G Jolea Apon each scored 13 points while senior F Nichole Helfrich ended the night with 12.


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 22-0 
 2. Alexandria 19-2 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 16-5 
 4. Arad 16-5 
 5. Govora 14-7 
 6. Satu Mare 13-8 
 7. Cluj Napoca 11-11 
 8. Oradea 10-11 
 9. Craiova 9-12 
 10. Rapid 8-13 
 11. Iasi 4-17 
 12. Olimpia 4-18 
 13. S.Studentesc 3-18 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-22