EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/1/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cibona releases Brent Wright - by Eurobasket News
Cibona today announced that Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) is no longer member of the club.

'BC Cibona terminated the contract with Brent Wright because of unprofessional behavior. Despite the team will miss a player of his qualities, especially as there is no possibility for hiring his replacement because of transfer deadline, the team's policy won't be changed', says Cibona's official statement.

Wrigth didn't show up on the airport for Dubrovnik, what is the reason of the club's decision. The player appeared 3 times with Cibona in Adriatic league averaging 21.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He started the season in Ukrainign BC Kyiv, but in March joined the Croatian squad. Season 07/08 he spent in Ural Great Perm. For 22 games in Russian Superleague Wright had 13.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. In EuroCup he had 14.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 11 games. Interesting is that Brent Wright already played for Cibona on season 06/07. He was one of the team's best players with about 13 ppg and 7 rpg in all competitions. That season Cibona won the title in Croatian championship. In Adriatic league the team reached semifinals. In the past Brent Wright won Belgian, Latvian and Swedish championships. He graduated at Florida University in 2001.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Nations Cup for men: South Africa beat Zimbabwe 68 58 in opening game - by Richard
South Africa won the three first quarters (17 10; 18 14 and 21 15) before lost the last (19 12) with the late rising up of Zimbabwe.
Eric Banda of Zimbabwe was the best scorer of the game with 20 points and 3 rebounds.
The best scorer of South Africa was Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) with 15 points and 5 rebounds while his teammate Keneth Motaung recorded 12 points and 1 rebound.
For the day 2, Zimbabwe will face the host country, Mozambique while South Africa will take a rest.
Source fiba-afrique.org


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Curtis MARSHALL
  C.Entrerriano
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Marshall, C.Entrer.23.0 
 2. Carcamo, San M.20.6 
 3. Frey, A.Italiana18.9 
 4. Warren, Argentino18.7 
 5. Ghirardi, Firmat S.18.2 
 6. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.8 
 7. Ford, P.Echague17.8 
 8. Sucre, Union17.6 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC17.2 
 10. Nwankwo, San.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex CARCAMO
  San Mart.C.
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Carcamo, San M.9.4 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista9.1 
 3. Johnson, Belgrano.8.9 
 4. Frey, A.Italiana8.8 
 5. Williams, A.Espanola8.7 
 6. Robinson, Alma J.8.6 
 7. Sucre, Union8.1 
 8. Brown, Firmat SF7.8 
 9. Pardal, C.Entrer.7.4 
 10. Gibson, La Uni.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cristian CADILLAC
  C.Entrerriano
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Cadillac, C.Entrer.4.9 
 2. Sureda, Argentino3.8 
 3. Costa, La Union3.7 
 4. Sartorelli, San M.3.3 
 5. Rivero, Atl.Echague3.2 
 6. Saul, A.Italiana2.9 
 7. Perez, GimnasiaLP2.7 
 8. Schoppler, A.Esp.2.5 
 9. Ederra, Firmat SF2.3 
 10. Palacios, Alma.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregorio ESEVERRI
  Belgrano SN
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.4 
 2. Lopez, A.Italiana2.3 
 3. Martin, Union2.3 
 4. Saul, A.Italiana2.2 
 5. Eiguren, P.Echague2.1 
 6. Ford, P.Echague1.9 
 7. Robinson, Alma J.1.9 
 8. Pau, La Union1.9 
 9. Ledesma, Atl.Echa.1.8 
 10. Schoppler, A.E.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Argentino
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Espinoza, Argentino1.8 
 2. Rollins, Ciclista1.7 
 3. Nwankwo, San M.1.6 
 4. Hooks, A.Espanola1.6 
 5. Robinson, Union1.5 
 6. Brown, Firmat SF1.1 
 7. Porta, Atl.Echague1.0 
 8. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.0 
 9. Gibson, La Union0.9 
 10. Robinson, Alma.0.9 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga, Round 5: Gmunden celebrates in derby - by Eurobasket News

Group 1-6
Gmunden - Furstenfeld 105-88
Gmunden celebrated in derby game of round 5 against the Panthers joining them on top of A Bundesleague with 19-8 record. Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) came up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Peter Hutter had 21 and Deteri Mayes added 20 points for the winners. Desmond Penigar contributed with 18 pts and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Arkadia - Kapfenberg 90-91
The Bulls grabbed tiny 91-90 win against Arkadia so both teams are now on 17-10 record. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) was a key player in victory with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Deven Mitchell had 24 pts and 9 boards for the hosts.

Oberwart - Wels 71-75
16-11 for Wels and 15-12 for Oberwart. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) and Bruce Fields combined 49 points for the guests. The Gunners got 22 pts from Marko Moric.


Group 7-12
Vienna - Worthersee 58-77
Worthersee cruised past the last ranked Vienna mostly owing to Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina), who drained 21 points. Erik Rhinehart had 16 and Tim Birnette added 15 pts. Ravone George scored 21 in loss.

Gussing - UBSC Graz 90-77
Jason Chappell (207-F/C-83, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Wisconsin) led his Gussing to home win vs Graz collecting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Visitors got 26 pts from Dusan Virijevic. Gussing 13-14, Graz 7-20.

St.Polten - Klosterneub. 75-57
Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 6 assists. Marquis Wright followed with 12 pts. On the other side, Thomas Schreiner had 25 pts and 6 as.


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia22.9 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.0 
 3. Burnette, Worth.20.3 
 4. George, Vienna19.9 
 5. Thomas, Wels19.9 
 6. Speiser, St.Polten19.2 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Moric, Oberwart18.7 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg18.5 
 10. Nagler, Kloste.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas RHODES
  Vienna
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.1 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.3 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.0 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.1 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Ledoux, Gussing7.6 
 7. Strait, Wels7.3 
 8. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.3 
 9. Moric, Oberwart7.2 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alexander LANEGGER
  UBSC Graz
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.9 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 3. Burnette, Worth.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.6 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.4 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Rowland, Furstenf.3.8 
 9. Thomas, Gussing3.8 
 10. O'Neal, Vien.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Deven MITCHELL
  Arkadia
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.4 
 2. George, Vienna2.3 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 4. Moore, Wels2.0 
 5. Creddle, Klostern.2.0 
 6. Burnette, Worth.1.9 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg1.8 
 8. Ledoux, Gussing1.8 
 9. Youngblood, Oberw.1.8 
 10. Artner, Oberwa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan GRIER
  UBSC Graz
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden1.3 
 3. Barbary, Furstenf.1.0 
 4. Mascoll, UBSC G.1.0 
 5. Bakovic, St.Polten0.8 
 6. Huffman, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten0.7 
 9. Vay, Arkadia0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Arkad.0.7 


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  BELIZE   


COCABA Assembly a complete sucess!!! - by David Magana
The Central American Basketball Confederation (COCABA) had a General Assembly in Panama City where the representatives of the eight countries that are a part of the region participated.

In a meeting that extended into the late hours of the night due to the long agenda, COCABA approved their plans for 2009 that includes the senior basketball championships of 2009 and the Central American League for men and women's. Also the calendar for the U17 Tournaments for men and women were approved.

COCABA President, Enrique Basulto (Mexico) gave a complete report of his work during the year along with a financial statement with positive results of the events done in 2008. He also explained the different national federations that form the entity, the process of the international transfer of players, the technological process worldwide done by the FIBA Organizer and the qualification process to the international events in the Americas Zone.

FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, was in the meeting and congratulated the current President (Basulto) and the participants. The COCABA representatives gave total support of Garcia as the Secretary General of FIBA Americas and received an applause and congratulations from everyone.

Manuel Matzer of Guatemala, Carlos Loucel from El Salvador and Alexander Calderon of Costa Rica were selected as vocals of the Executive Committee of COCABA.

The eight participants of the meeting were: Alexander Caldern of Costa Rica, Carlos Loucel of El Salvador, Manuel Matzer of Guatemala, Marcela Mejia of Nicaragua, Paul Thompson of Belize, Jorge Calix from Honduras, Modesto Robledo of Mexico and Miguel Sanchiz Jr. of Panama.

Press Release COCABA: http://www.fibaamericas.com/noticiasread.asp?r=IMMMAQIYWW


Belize District Basketball Referee Association Formed!!! - by David Magana
We would hereby like to inform the general public of the formation of the Belize District Basketball Referee Association (BDBRA). All those seeking referees for their basketball tournaments are asked to contact the President Mr. Denfield (Teddy) Andrewin at phone no. 610-3808 or the Belize Basketball Federation.

We would like to thank you in advance for your kind and generous assistance in helping us grow the sport of basketball.

Respectfully,

Denfield Andrewin
President

Press Release Belize Basketball Referees Association


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian League 8, 2ND round - Bosna beat Siroki - by Elvir Halilovic

Results 2ND round:
SL IAT Leotar - Hercegovac 72:60
Zrinjski HT Mostar - Sloboda Dita 89:78
Igokea Partizan - Borac Nektar 86:72
Siroki Eronet - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 87:96 OT

Siroki Eronet - Bosna ASA BHT 87:96
(21:20, 16:12, 22:28, 18:17, 10:19)
Siroki Brijeg SD Pecara. Att.: 3.000. Ref.: Jovanic, Zurapovic, Obradovic
SIROKI ERONET: Smithson 2, Planinicc, Josipovic 11, Naletilic, Bubalo, Siriscevic 13, Puljko 8, Ruzic 4, Vrbanc 2, Mason 18, Grgat 29
Coach: Josip Vrankovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Ivanovic 16, Sehovic 19, Ikonic 13, Rakic 14, Vucurovic 6, Djurasovic, Zimic, Hajric 9, Pasalic, Djordjevic 11, Avdic, Ovcina 8
Coach: Vlada Vukoicic

Standings:
1. Igokea Partizan 2-0 /169:138/ +31 / 4
2. Bosna ASA BH Telecom 2-0 /183:155/ +28 / 4
3. Zrinjski HT Mostar 2-0 /177:161/ +16 / 4
4. Siroki Eronet 1-1 /171:174/ -03 / 3
5. SL IAT Leotar 1-1 /140:147/ -07 / 3
6. Sloboda Dita 0-2 /156:173/ -17 / 2
7. Borac Nektar 0-2 /155:174/ -19 / 2
8. Hercegovac 0-2 /126:155/ -29 / 2

3TH round:
Sarajevo: Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Sloboda Dita (Saturday 04.04. at 18:00)
SD Mirza Delibasic Skenderija; Ref.: Milan Adamovic, Dragan Kralj, Sasa Babic;
Bileca: Hercegovac - Siroki Eronet (Sunday 05.04. at 19:00)
Gradska dvorana; Ref.: Edin Husaric, Medin Duskaj, Seid Nozinovic;
Banja Luka: Borac Nektar - SL IAT Leotar (Saturday 04.04. at 20:00)
SD Borik; Ref.: Drazen Pehar, Ante Drmic, Asmir Kajan
Mostar: Zrinjski HT Mostar - Igokea Partizan (Saturday 04.04. at 18:00)
SD Bijeli Brijeg; Ref.: Ademir Zurapovic, Petar Obradovic, Bojan Jovanic



Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 8
 1. Igokea 2-0 
 2. Bosna S. 2-0 
 3. Zrinjski MC 2-0 
 4. Siroki Eronet 1-1 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 1-1 
 6. Sloboda Dita 0-2 
 7. BoracNektar 0-2 
 8. Hercegovac 0-2 
League 13
 1. Mladost MG 10-14 
 2. Vitez 9-15 
 3. Slavija 9-15 
 4. Grude 9-15 
 5. Posusje 8-16 
 6. Novi Grad 0-24 


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  BRAZIL   


Market News - by Mel Devonne
Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac de Compos of the NBB has brought in UTEP US Import Marvin Kilgore (191-G-84, college: UTEP), a quick point guard, needed to help the slumping Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac team with only 2 wins on the season. Kilgore has played well since joining the team, and is the former college teammate of Victor Rhomalo, also of Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac, who has been playing well since being activated, and has lost some 50lbs, which has seemed to help his quickness around the basket.

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  CAMEROON   


NCAA tournament notables... - by Yann Tientcheu
The NCAA tournament launched in March 19th has up until now seen the participation of two representatives of our National colors in the names of
Frank Tchuisi (6-8, 215, F) of Villanova University and Alfred Aboya (6-9, 245, F/C) of UCLA university. UCLA came into the tournament boasting a
25-8 season record. Ousted of the Pac 10 Tournament they entered in March 13th-ranked 15th nationally- as title defender, the Bruins had the best of the the Washington
State Cougars (64-53) in the first round before falling to #11 USC in the second round (65-55). UCLA's performance in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March 19th
preluded their debacle at the hand of Villanova (March 21st) as they flirted with an upset only defeating Virginia Commonwealth by 1pt (65-64) and loosing the second half
of the game (39-30). They will in fact be subdued by the Wildacts (Villanova) in their second confrontation of the National tournament losing by 20pts to Coach Jay Wright's team.
The Wildcats topped the Bruins offensively in both halves of the game; winning the first by 13pts and the second by 17pts. Villanova University of Frank Tchuisi has been as a matter
of fact handing out a series of abuses throughout the NCAA tournament and elbowed in the Final four in March 26th by mastering Duke University (77-54). Prolific offense, hard-nosed
defense, athleticism and length are all attributes accounting for the success of the Wildcats throughout this season. Their high-performance in the National tournament to this day is
indicative of a team's dedication to discipline, selfness and team-drive. Since the onset of the NCAA tournament, Villanova has been successively the headman of American
University (80-67), UCLA (89-69) and Duke University (77-54) overcoming each on of them by an average margin of 18.7pts. Alfred Aboya, who will be featured in the next article,
averaged 10pts, 8rbds and 2 steals per game in two meetings during the tournament. He had a career-year (9.9pts and 6.6rbds) and closes is college experience on a vibrant mark. Frank Tchuisi, who is also
a senior has not seen much action throughout the tournament and remains a positive and faithful contributor to the Wildcats' program averaging 0.9pts and 0.7rbds per game. Notables
of his season include season-high 14 mns and 4pts against against Fordham in Nov. 17th and 8mns-3pts-5rbds against Towson on Nov. 25th.


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  COSTA RICA   


LBS Updating - by Gianni Pascucci
Ferreterias Brenes Barva and Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica go on in dominating the National League, named Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS). Both the teams are yet undefeated, and Barva has one win less simply because the game vs. Limon was postponed. See here down the last game results:

Santa Ana Blairplayers - FB Barva 56-90
San Luis - Cooopenae Liceo CR 38-91
USJ ARBA - Perez Zeledon 83-80
Escazu - Universidad de Costa Rica 86-82
Goicoechea Brujas - BCR Limon 67-81
San Luis Gonzaga - Santa Ana Blairplayers 63-66
USJ ARBA - Escazu 57-70
Coopenae Liceo CR - Goicoechea Brujas 90-74
Perez Zeledon - UCR 71-64
Limon - Barva postponed


Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Liceo 7-0 
 2. Barva 6-0 
 3. Goicoechea 4-3 
 4. Escazu 4-3 
 5. Perez Zeledon 3-3 
 6. UCR 3-4 
 7. Limon 2-3 
 8. USJ-San Ramon 2-5 
 9. Santa Ana 1-6 
 10. San Luis G. 1-6 


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  CROATIA   


Cibona releases Brent Wright - by Eurobasket News
Cibona today announced that Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) is no longer member of the club.

'BC Cibona terminated the contract with Brent Wright because of unprofessional behavior. Despite the team will miss a player of his qualities, especially as there is no possibility for hiring his replacement because of transfer deadline, the team's policy won't be changed', says Cibona's official statement.

Wrigth didn't show up on the airport for Dubrovnik, what is the reason of the club's decision. The player appeared 3 times with Cibona in Adriatic league averaging 21.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He started the season in Ukrainign BC Kyiv, but in March joined the Croatian squad. Season 07/08 he spent in Ural Great Perm. For 22 games in Russian Superleague Wright had 13.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. In EuroCup he had 14.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg for 11 games. Interesting is that Brent Wright already played for Cibona on season 06/07. He was one of the team's best players with about 13 ppg and 7 rpg in all competitions. That season Cibona won the title in Croatian championship. In Adriatic league the team reached semifinals. In the past Brent Wright won Belgian, Latvian and Swedish championships. He graduated at Florida University in 2001.


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  D-LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.2 
 4. Williams, Austin22.8 
 5. Sims, Iowa22.8 
 6. Daniels, Erie21.0 
 7. Crawford, Los A.20.8 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa20.6 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.6 
 10. Davis, Colora.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.6 
 2. Sims, Iowa11.0 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.2 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Allred, Idaho9.3 
 7. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa9.1 
 9. Ewing, Reno8.9 
 10. Campbell, Anahe.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne10.9 
 2. Jordan, Rio Grande8.7 
 3. Gill, Colorado8.5 
 4. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.3 
 5. Conroy, Albuquerque8.0 
 6. Stinson, Iowa8.0 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 9. Karl, Idaho5.5 
 10. Baker, Dako.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.8 
 2. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.4 
 5. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. Major, Dakota2.1 
 7. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 8. Jordan, Rio Grande2.0 
 9. Stinson, Iowa2.0 
 10. Jeffers, Io.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Benson, Reno2.7 
 4. Looby, Rio Grande2.4 
 5. Giles, Los Angeles2.1 
 6. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 7. Sims, Iowa2.0 
 8. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 9. Haddadi, Dakota1.7 
 10. Hendrix, Dako.1.6 


Last games (1) - Wizards better than Toros - by Eurobasket News
Austin - Dakota 102-110
The Wizards grabbed this one thanks to Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona), who collected 29 points and 6 rebounds. DeMarcus Nelson followed him 20, while Malik Hairston added 17 pts, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. David Bell scored 22 pts in loss. Wizards 24-21, Toros 21-17.


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  EGYPT   


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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Rakocevic, Tau18.1 
 2. Logan, Asec.Prokom17.0 
 3. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.15.4 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.15.3 
 5. Navarro, Regal B.14.8 
 6. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.7 
 8. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.6 
 9. Eliyahu, Maccabi .14.0 
 10. Teletovic, T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.6 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Koffi, Le Mans7.7 
 5. Fischer, Maccabi .7.7 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.4 
 7. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.1 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.7.0 
 9. Burke, Asec.Prokom6.9 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.4 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.1 
 3. Mallet, DKV J.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.5 
 5. Prigioni, Tau4.5 
 6. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.1 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.3.8 
 8. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.8 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.5 
 10. Tepic, Partiz.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom2.7 
 2. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 4. Green, Fener.Ulker2.0 
 5. Anderson, Cibona2.0 
 6. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 7. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.9 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi1.8 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 10. McIntyre, Montep.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.9 
 3. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 4. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Lasme, Partizan1.6 
 6. Splitter, Tau1.5 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.3 
 8. McDonald, Tau1.2 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Olympi.1.1 
 10. Eze, Montepasc.1.1 


Euroleague Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Olympiakos 71-63
Real Madrid grabbed the first win in the quarterfinal series against the Reds. After two failures in Greece, Real celebrated 71-63. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) top-scored in victory with 22 points. Felipe Reyes also was on high level collecting 19 points and 9 rebounds. All other players in Real had less than 10 pts. On the other side, Giannis Bourousis had double-double for the Reds, 17 points and 10 boards. Lynn Greer this time stopped on 9 pts. The next game will also be played in Madrid, but on April 2nd.

Partizan - CSKA 56-67
The defending champion registered third consecutive win against Partizan booking a place for Berlin. As a reminder, in the first two games CSKA totally devastated Serbian team. Today Partizan improved its game, but it was not enough against the powerful Russians. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) stepped up with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Matjaz Smodis had 18 pts and 7 boards, while Erazem Lorbek stopped on 10 pts. Partizan got 26 points from Novica Velickovic and said goodbye to Euroleague 08/09.

Montepaschi - Panathinaikos 53-72
PAO grabbed valuable 72-53 win in Siena today taking 2-1 lead. The Greek champion demonstrated magnificent performance stopping the Italian champion at its home court on just 53 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Andrew Nicholas scored 13 points each for the Greeks. Spanoulis had 6 more rebounds beside that. Nikola Pekovic had 11 and Dusan Sakota added one point less. Montepaschi got 13 pts from Terrell McIntyre.

Tau - Regal Barca 69-62
Tau grabbed lead against. After loss in the last game at the Palau Blaugrana, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and his teammates made it at home for 2-1. Serbian scoring machine once again led his team with 15 points. Tiago Splitter posted 13 and Pete Mickeal registered 11 pts, plus 9 boards. Jaka Lakovic answered with 20 points for Barca.


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-9 
 2. Kouvot 27-13 
 3. Honka 25-15 
 4. Lahti 25-15 
 5. Korihait 23-17 
 6. KTP 23-18 
 7. Pyrinto 17-22 
 8. ToPo 17-22 
 9. LrNMKY 17-23 
 10. FoKoPo 17-23 
 11. Componenta 12-28 
 12. Tarmo 6-34 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Magen MCNEIL
  Kauhajoki
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. McNeil, JKS27.3 
 2. Holmes, BC Nokia26.7 
 3. Surratt, Ura Basket25.7 
 4. Heard, LoKoKo25.1 
 5. Francis, JKS23.0 
 6. Cooper, BC Nokia22.7 
 7. Jackson, Jyvaskyla22.2 
 8. Piplovic, Lapua21.9 
 9. Washington, Kauha.21.7 
 10. Dlouhy, BC Nok.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko PIPLOVIC
  Lapua
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Piplovic, Lapua12.2 
 2. Francis, JKS11.4 
 3. McNeil, JKS11.2 
 4. Daanish, Salon Vilpas10.9 
 5. Morris, Huima10.3 
 6. Hartford, Huima9.9 
 7. Green, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 8. Kraznotzhon, HN.9.7 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia9.5 
 10. Washington, Kau.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  LoKoKo
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Davis, LoKoKo4.7 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket4.4 
 3. Conerly, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 4. Carhart, Lapua4.0 
 5. Graham, Huima4.0 
 6. Ahonen, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 7. Holmes, BC Nokia3.5 
 8. Horton, Kauhajoki3.4 
 9. Naukkarinen, Jyvas.2.9 
 10. Silvonen,.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  Kauhajoki
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Horton, Kauhajoki3.2 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket3.2 
 3. McNeil, JKS2.8 
 4. Holmes, BC Nokia2.7 
 5. Little, HN.2.6 
 6. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.6 
 7. Davis, LoKoKo2.5 
 8. Carhart, Lapua2.5 
 9. Heard, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Ragsdale, Lap.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike KING
  Jyvaskyla
  (201-F-74)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Jyvaskyla2.1 
 2. Still, Lapua1.2 
 3. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.2 
 4. Washington, Kauha.1.2 
 5. Thomas, LoKoKo1.1 
 6. Collins, Jyvaskyla1.1 
 7. Watson, BC Nokia1.0 
 8. Dlouhy, BC Nokia0.9 
 9. Francis, JKS0.9 
 10. Hartford, Hui.0.9 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wood, Kataja20.7 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.1 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.4 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.8 
 5. Smith, KTP18.5 
 6. Brown, LrNM.18.2 
 7. Richardson, Tarmo17.5 
 8. Hester, Pyrinto17.4 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo17.3 
 10. Nixon, Namika Lah.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.1 
 2. Wood, Kataja12.9 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.10.7 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.6 
 5. Williams, KTP10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta9.8 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.6 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Vinson, KTP9.0 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrin.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Blair, Kataja4.4 
 3. Williams, KTP4.3 
 4. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Penland, LrNM.4.1 
 6. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 7. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 8. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.3 
 10. Swift, Kouv.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Kataja
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Blair, Kataja2.6 
 2. Scott, Honka2.6 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Wood, Kataja2.0 
 5. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 6. Hester, Pyrinto2.0 
 7. Jones, Componenta1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Gonner, Korihait1.7 
 10. Yates, FoKo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.8 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Kotti, Honka1.4 
 5. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 6. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 7. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 8. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Owens, K.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Eric Sandrin has signed in Chalon in order to replace Boddicker injured - by Gregory Caru
Chalon wants to play Play Offs,has lost one of his best player Brian Boddicker, power forward(15,5ppg 6,5rpg 2,3apg in 21games) injured for 6 weeks,Beugnot(head coach) has decided to sign Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific),another power forward,for a short contract.This player isn't very known in Europe because of his strange career,after the University(2003),he has signed in Goias(BRA),next in Brazilia(BRA),after, he's returned in USA with Bellevue(ABA) and the pre season of Sacramento Kings(NBA)in 2005,but also Sioux Falls(CBA).In 2006,he's arrived in Europe in Koszalin(POL)and Madeira Funchal(POR),he posted 14,4ppg 6,6rpg in 32games,but it's really difficult to juge this player with only this small experience in a small Championship.After, 2007, he has signed with Mobis Phoebus(KOR)and 2008, with Samsung Thunders(KOR),and now Chalon!He has 6 weeks to prove that he can play in France,not really easy.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Group 1-6
 1. F.Rabotnicki 19-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 18-3 
 3. AMMAK SP 12-8 
 4. Swisslion P. 12-9 
 5. MZT Skopje 9-11 
 6. Ovce Pole 7-14 
Group 7-9
 1. Vardar 2000 5-12 
 2. Torus 4-14 
 3. K.Sokoli 2-15 


Fersped Rabotnicki jumps on top alone - by Eurobasket News
Fersped Rabotnicki celebrated in derby game of Round 5 against Feni Industri 75-62 jumping on top of Superleague alone with impressive 19-2 record. It was one of the most important games between these two teams so far. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) was a key player for the winners registering double-double, 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bora Pacun (210-F-87) had 16 and Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) drained 12 pts. On the other side, the reigning champion got 16 points from Slobodan Mihajlovski (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Marjan Gjurov (201-F-80) was the last one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. The hosts had pretty good beginning creating 17-8 lead. Feni woke up after that, but they was not able to close the gap on more than 7 pts. However, Slobodan Mihajlovski and his teammates shined after the breather tying the score before the last stanza. It was the end for the guests as Rabotnicki's players intensified defense stopping their rivals on just 12 pts until the end. On the other side, they drained 24 celebrating comfortable win. Feni now has 18-3.
In the other games Ovce Pole was better than AMAK SP 90-83 improving to 7-14, what is still not enough for any better than the last place. In third game Swisslion Pelister outplayed MZT Skopje 89-76. The team from Bitola moved up to 12-9, while MZT dropped to 9-12.
In the group for the survival Vardar was too strong for Torus 82-79 keeping the spot for the next season in Macedonian top division.


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  GERMANY   


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Go For The Season Triple At The New York Phantoms Braunschweig And Have A Reunion With Ayinde Ubaka April 2nd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With winter coming to an end, and spring slowly approaching with the weather getting warmer one might become witness to a bee buzzing to a snowdrop and excitingly whispering 'Spring is coming now' while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are in great need of coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) to communicate the words 'Skyliners are coming now' to his team so they can transform his magical words on the court to success in the next weeks. After the vigorous ending to 2008 where they had a 8-1 record, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2009 have seemingly been stuck in an unloving igloo on the court having problems to catch fire to escape the frigid casa especially in the crunch time of games. 'We really need his support as coach as we continue to give our best', stressed Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.).
The BBL continues to demonstrate how balanced the league is as six weeks ago, The New York Phantoms Braunschweig were a play off team and since then have lost six games in a row and fallen to 14th place with a difference of three wins from the last playoff place. This six games losing streak has been so bitter, because the team had lost the six games by a combined total of 19 points. The 83-81 loss to Paderborn, 70-69 loss to Nordlingen and 74-72 loss to Dusseldorf were extremely hurtfull. In a way both Braunschweig and Frankfurt share the same problem at the moment not being able to win close games. 'It is difficult to pin point where the problem is, but I think we have to get tougher and just find ways to win games down the stretch and always stay focused. We have to learn to win games when its tight. We have lost ten games with less than five points', warned Braunschweig American Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California). Frankfurt hasn't lost quite as many close games in this phase, but also need to find ways to win the nail bitters. 'We are lacking mental toughness and have to be more concentrated down the stretch', stressed Skyliner guard Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross).
The game will mark a reunion with Ex Skyliner American Ayinde Ubaka, who had a short stay in Frankfurt coming to help as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was nursing an injury last season. He averaged in 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg. He also played 5 ULEB Cup games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg. He is the back up to American William Franklin (183-G-85, college: Bradley) at the point guard position and seems content with his role. 'He is the starter and I am happy with backing him up. I am still trying to fit in and work myself into the rotation', expressed American Ayinde Ubaka. He was only a short time in Frankfurt, but has fond memories and made friendships. 'I am really looking forward to playing against Frankfurt. I still like the team. They also are looking forward to playing against me. This is not a real special game, but just another game. I am looking forward to seeing Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85). I spent the most time with them when I played in Frankfurt. We always talked a lot of trash. But now I can finally play a real game against them and not just in practice', stated Ayinde Ubaka.
He has played five games for Braunschweig averaging 3,6ppg in 10 minutes, but can be a thorn in the back side for any team. 'Ayinde is a good friend. I am also looking forward to seeing him. He can do a lot on the court, with controlling the offense, his shooting and passing', warned Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney. It doesn't matter what ex player is asked about Ayinde Ubaka, there is only positive reactions. 'He is a nice, funny and very likeable guy. I can remember at the Skyliner Christmas poker party, he arrived with a purple costume and alligator shoes. He was the highlight of the party. It will be an honour to see him again and play against him', expressed Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov. Evtimov will also have a special reunion with his teammate Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) vs Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) and Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia). 'It will be an ACC reunion, because we all played in the ACC conference. Kyle and Jason play with a lot of heart and will be great seeing them again', said Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov.
The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig are a team that hasn't given The Deutsche Bank Skyliners really any problems in the last three seasons. In this time, Frankfurt has won six of the last seven games and the last three games on the road. The last two wins in the Ballsporthalle were by 10 and 13 points, and three years ago, the fans experienced an exciting finish as Frankfurt won 68 to 65. This season, Frankfurt has been unbeaten against Braunschweig winning a thriller at home in overtime 81-75 and earning a ticket to the BBL Top 4 in Hamberg with a 68-58 win in Braunschweig where Frankfurt displayed a fierce full court press and Skyliner rookie Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) made his BBL breakthrough by leading Frankfurt to the win with 13 points on 6/7 shooting in 22 minutes showing his scoring ability as if he had received a crash course lesson from Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) in how to be efficient in a short period of time.
Even though, The New York Phantoms Braunschweig are in 14th place, this will be a very dangerous game for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Even though they have won twice this season and have a six game winning streak against Braunschweig, this game will seem more difficult then the first two games since the team of Emir Mutapcic will be up for revenge. 'It is always hard to win three games in a row against one team. It will be a big challenge, because they have lost so many close games. If they had had a bit more luck then they could of easily been 5-1 instead of 0-6 in that stretch', warned Ilian Evtimov. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have won the last three games in the Volkswagonhalle and will need not to necessarily be faster than a VW to win, but a lot stronger. 'We have to be like a Hummer. We don't have to go around the players like a Porsche, but just be dominant like a Hummer', joked Skyliner Ilian Evtimov.
The New York Phantoms Braunschweig have never been shy of promoting their youth program, but the program lacked two things. The young players hardly got playing time from coach Emir Mutapcic and a majority of the players after having sustained enough pain at the end of the bench with splinters in their back side decided to leave the club. Guys like Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side), and Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) were able to develop further in Bremerhaven and Artland and guys Like Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85), Jorge Schmidt (193-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86, agency: Liman Sports)Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) have all left dreaming of more success and playing time for other clubs. In 2.5 years, no German has been able to be a regular in the rotation. It is important in Braunschweig to educate young talent on the court, but if they make it into the playing rotation seems not to be the first preference. The most important thing is too win and to fill the arena.
The New York Phantoms Braunschweig are led by American American Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) who is averaging 12,7ppg 3,9rpg and 2,1apg. He has been very consistent scoring in double figures in 20/26 games this season. He played at Temple University and was invited in 2007 to play at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational(Top American College players) together with ex BBL players Caleb Green and Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton)(San Antonio Spurs). William Franklin is averaging 11,2ppg, 2,6rpg and 3,9apg. He has had a solid season scoring in double figures 16 times and registering a double double against Ratiopharm Ulm with ten points and ten assists. He is a great point guard with a good assist /turnover ratio. He played together with American Jeremy Crouch (196-G-85, college: Bradley) at Bradley and reached the NCAA sweet 16 in 2006.
American Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) is averaging 11,2ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,1apg. He has had sort of an up and down season, but at times has cranked it up scoring more than twenty points and he has registered three double doubles. He is an all around fine player who can bang underneath and step outside and hit the jumper. He sunk three three pointers in the cup loss in January to Frankfurt bringing Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) goose bumps in the first quarter. He has experience having played in Sweden and France. American Kyle Visser is averaging 10,9ppg and 5,9rpg. He is still very young with a lot of potential. He has scored 15 times in double figures this season. He played at Wake Forest reaching the Sweet 16 in 2004. American Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) is averaging 9,8ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,4apg per game. He was held to two points in the Ballsporthalle this season. He is a deadly shooting guard, who last played for Mike Taylor at Ulm. He was the MVP at the Austrian All Star game 2005.
American Jason Cain is an important role player from the bench and is averaging 6,8ppg and 4,2rpg. This is his second season in the BBL after getting his Basketball learning at The University of Virginia. American Michael Flowers (188-G-86, college: Wisconsin) is averaging 4,4ppg and 1,4rpg per game and was slow finding his rhythm in the first few months, but has scored in double figures in three of the last seven games and had his breakout game against Gottingen scoring 19 points on 7/10 shooting. He is from Chicago and also a BBL rookie having played at The University of Wisconsin. American Jeremy Crouch is averaging 3,8 ppg and 1,7rpg. He has had a tough season shooting only 27% from the parking lot making three three pointers against Frankfurt and Dusseldorf this season, but he is a BBL rookie with a high Basketball IQ and makes his team mates better. German Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10) is averaging 3,4ppg and 1,8rpg. The ex Ludwigsburg player doesnt get many minutes, but when he is on the court, he gives 180% and can always score or make a big defensive play
Both teams may be separated between 8 places in the BBL standings, but from the statistics, both teams are very even. Both teams average 72 points per game, but the Skyliners average two rebounds more per game. The Skyliners have an advantage in the creating department as Braunschweig only have four players averaging an assist or more per game. A lot of the burden will fall on the shoulders of American William Franklin who averages 3,9 assists per game. The question will be if Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) will give the starting nod to BBL rookie Adam Emmenecker who had a strong performance in the BBL cup game and can defend the quick Franklin better than captain Pascal Roller. Any team would be thrilled to have Roller coming from the bench. Controlling Franklin should be a goal of Frankfurt. Frankfurt also need to improve on their post defense. Even though Andrew Drevo and Kyle Visser are hungry under the boards, Drevo can also hurt you in other areas. 'I think that Drevo can do more damage with his three pointer so we will have to be alert', commented Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov.
Braunschweig will have the combination of having revenge to win and the pressure of winning after the long winless streak. 'We have to play hard and execute. If the game is close then we have to find a way to win', said Braunschweig guard Ayinde Ubaka. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need an all around good team performance and after weeks of not learning from their mistakes, they will need to give an effort that will make their coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) happy. 'The key to victory will be to cut down on our turnovers and stop their fast break. We can't get their crowd involved in the game', described Skyliner Ilian Evtimov. The possibility of having a tight game and winning is most likely the best medicine the team can absorb now after their minor disease of forgetting how to execute down the stretch.' We have mostly been controlling the tempo in the games, but the turnovers have been hurting us in crunch time. We have to be more disciplined and cut down on the turnovers. One or two turnovers can cost us the game', warned Ilian Evtimov.
Before the season, talk in Skyliner land was about reaching the BBL final or possibly winning the double, but as the season progressed, Frankfurt lost in the cup semi final and have only had a 6-7 record and the discussion of the playoff home court advantage has evaporated and now the hope remains that the team makes the playoffs at the end of the season. However, one should not forget, that having a low playoff placing can be difficult, but the playoffs are a whole new season and sometimes gives a team unknown energy and strength. 'Even if Frankfurt has been struggling lately, it means nothing for the playoffs. Azovmash Mariupol finished the season not so strong, but woke up in the playoffs and won the championship. The team should not worry where it ends at the end of the season', stressed Ukrainian Eurobasket author Alexander Muzyka. For The New York Phantoms Braunschweig, the hopes of reaching the playoffs are slowly diminishing, but the team still has chances if it starts to make a run now. 'We have not given up the hope of getting to the playoffs. In our heads, we believe in reaching the playoffs. We will fight to the end. We need to change some things in order to be successful', added Braunschweig guard Ayinde Ubaka. The New York Phantoms Braunschweig host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on April 2nd at 19:00.


2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Teams - by Moritz Korff
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Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Player of the Year
Daryl Cohen (193-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) - BG Dorsten

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West First Team
Paul Peterson (175-G-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) - NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos
Daryl Cohen - BG Dorsten
Kris Krzyminski (188-G/F-83, college: Wayne St., MI) - Schwelmer Baskets
Chris Martin (200-F-83, college: Elmhurst) - TSV Leverkusen
Kristofer Speier (206-F/C-81, college: Lewis & Clark) - Schwelmer Baskets

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Second Team
Tim Haley (188-G-83, college: Chico St.) - TSV Leverkusen
Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) - BSV Wulfen
Daniel Lieneke (200-F-81) - Benslips Baskets Salzkotten
Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) - NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos
Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cape Breton) - BSV Wulfen

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Defensive Player of the Year
Paul Peterson - NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Domestic Player of the Year
Daniel Lieneke - Benslips Baskets Salzkotten

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Domestic Players Team
Steffen Hummelt (196-G-84) - BSV Wulfen
Sebastian Rathjen (194-G-82) - BG Dorsten
Daniel Lieneke - Benslips Baskets Salzkotten
Bastian Kordyaka (207-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) - BBV Hagen
Kristofer Speier - Schwelmer Baskets

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Most Improved Player of the Year
Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88) - BG Dorsten

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year
Christian Behrends (200-F-89) - NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Coach of the Year
Dragan Torbica - NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos

All votes were made by coaches and club officials of the RLW teams plus one vote made by Eurobasket.


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  GUATEMALA   


Lanco-Elite Sport defeats USAC - by Gianni Pascucci
No one is yet able to stop the rush of Elite Sport in this year Liga Metropolitana-Apertura. During the last weekend, the Guatemalan tableheaders largely defeated USAC, 96-65 at the Gimnasio de la Universidad Popular. The top performers in last game were Jose Luis Burbano (186-G/F-85) with 27 points and Alexis Mazariegos with 21. The record of Lanco-Elite Sport BC is now 5-0, and is followed in the standings by Sat Markvision (8 pts), Le Mans (8 pts) and D-Team Guatemala (7 pts)

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  ICELAND   


Grindavik in the finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Grindavik will face KR in Iceland Express league finals. Tonight team beat Snaefell 75-85 and the serie 3-1
Grindavik started game with full court press and played very agressive defense which Snaefell had problems of play against in first period. Second period they did good job of get throught the press and hometeam led at halftime 43-41
Second half was played poorly by Snaefell too many turnovers and bad freethrow shooting was their main problem
You dont win a game like that if you have 25 turnovers and the team misses 11 freethrows even you win the rebounding baddle 41-21
So KR vs Grindavik in the finals. Two of the best teams this season. KR with one loss and Grindavik with 2 in the regular season.
Top scorers for Snaefell. Louisius Wagner 21. Hlynur Baeringsson 15 + 16 rebs. Jon Jonsson & Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 12 each.
For Grindavik. Nicky Bradford (200-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 23. Thorleifur Olafsson 18. Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson 14
Finals starts saturday at KR.


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-2 
 2. Jerusalem 15-4 
 3. Macc.Haifa 12-7 
 4. Hapoel Holon 12-7 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 10-9 
 6. Galil Gilboa 10-9 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 8-11 
 8. Ramat Gan 8-11 
 9. Givat Shmuel 7-12 
 10. Ashkelon 7-12 
 11. Rishon LZ 5-14 
 12. Kiryat Ata 3-16 


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  JORDAN   


Bosnjak speaks about his team's preperation for the JPL's finals - by Mohammed Malas
ASU Sports Club's head coach Vladimir Bosnjak from Serbia spoke to Asia-Basket yesterday about his preperations for the JPL's finals which his team reached for the 1st time in their short history in basketball.

1- Whats your feeling after your qualification in the JPL's finals?
HAPPY A LOT FOR ALL PLAYERS, SOME OF THEM DID IT 1ST TIME AND I AM SURE GREAT CAREER IS IN FRONT OF THEM. HAPPY FOR ALL PEOPLE AROND US AND FOR DR. Haitham Khadeejeh (PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB), WHO INVESTED A LOT IN THIS NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE. ALSO, I AM HAPPY FOR MY FRIEND Igor Kovacevic WHO WAS PREPARING TEAM FOR CHAMPIONSHIP FROM SEPTEMBAR, SINCE I WAS WITH SYRIAN NATIONAL TEAM AND ISLAM ABBAS AND Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) WITH JORDAN NATIONAL TEAM IN ARAB CHAMPIONSHIP. IT WAS A GREAT TEAM WORK AND OUR HARD WORK DID PAY-OFF.

2- Are you satisfied with the team's performance?
I AM VERY MUCH SATISFIED WITH TEAM PERFORMANCE, CAUSE DO NOT FORGET LEAGUE IS ORGANIZED IN VERY WIRD WAY. 1ST ROUND 3 GAMES IN ONE WEEK, SAME WAS WITH 2ND ROUND, SO WHO WAS LOSING THE PLAYER FOR ONLY MINOR INJUREE, WHICH LESS ABOUT ONE WEEK, LOST PLAYER FOR HALF OF THE SEASON. WE LOST Zeid Abbas AND Eyad Abdeen (202-F-79) IN 1ST ROUND AND Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) IN 2ND ROUND. THIS WAS 1ST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER. AND RYADI WAS ONLY ONE TEAM WHO PLAYED LAST YEAR WITHOUT FOREIGNERS, SO ALL THOSE PLAYERS HAD MUCH MORE EXPERIENCE THAN OTHER TEAMS WHO WERE 1ST TIME DEALING ONLY WITH DOMESTIC PLAYERS. THERE FOR ALL CREDITS FOR WINNING GO TO THIS NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW PLAYERS OF A.S.U.

3- What about the preperations for the 22nd Arab Clubs Championship (Beurit, Lebanon April 25, May 6)?
WE PREPARED FOR SEMI-FINALS AND NOW FINALS, SO FOR US THAT IS GOING TO BE EXTENTION OF PREVIOUS COMPETETION, NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE IS LEARNING TO WIN BIG GAME AND WITH RIGHT FOREIGNERS WE SHOULD BE SERIOUS OPPONENT TO EVERYONE. GOOD THING WOULD BE PREP-TOUNAMENT IN MOROCCO (SALA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT), AFTER OUR FINAL GAMES.

4- After Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine)'s signature..Whats your opinion in him and what're your plans for your imports in the big arabic event?
I GUESS I BELONG TO THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT DRIVE THE CAR AND LISTEN THE RADIO AT THE SAME TIME. I WAS SO FOCUSED ABOUT DEFEATING RIYADI, THAT I WAS NOT INVOLVED IN BRINGING FAMOUS MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL PLAYER AT THAT TIME. I HEARD ONLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM, FROM THE TIME HE WAS IN FASTLINIK (Now Zain).

IMPORTANT THING IS THAT HE IS IN SHAPE SO WHEN HE COMES HE NEEDS TO AJUST ONLY ON TIME-ZONE, NOT ON METCH-UP ZONE, OR SOME OTHER THINGS CONNECTED WITH GAME.

5- Last words.
AND AT THE END MR. MALAS THANK YOU FOR BIG SUPPORT OUR CLUB ALWAYS HAD FROM YOU AND EUROBASKET, WE ARE GLAD THAT LIKE A GREAT REPORTER YOU RECOGNIZED NEW TEAM ( A.S.U. ) HOW GROWS UP AND YOU FOLLOW UP OUR NOT EASY CLIMBING TO THE HILLS.


Zain completes their ACC's roster with Riley's arrival - by Mohammed Malas
Zain's basketball team manager Mr. Tareq Al Housani announced to media yesterday that the American center Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) will arrive today to complete the roster of Zain for the 22nd Arab Clubs Championship (Beirut, Lebanon Apr 25 - May 6), The Jordaian-American shooting guard Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) will be on the same plane but will still await for his release clearance from his turkish team TTNET Beykozspor where he playhed at the begining of the season and left due to personal reasons.

Riley was part of Sporting Feytroun in the lebanese league and participated with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in the 12th WABA Champions Cup which ended in Amman before 2 weeks, His career also contains South Korea, Ukraine and American D-League.

The team will have Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh), Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) and Riley on the imports list for the big arabic event.


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  KOSOVO   


Kahrimanovic ends this season! - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
The ad hoc health commission appointed by BFK, consisting of : Dr. Merkur Dobroshi, orthopedist, Dr. Blerim Qosaj orthopedist and Dr. Milazim Haxholli orthopedist, made the medical examination of the injured player from BC Bashkimi Abdurrahman Kahrimanovic and found that he is not able to play for at least 7 weeks( 3 weeks cast of the leg and 4 week of physical therapy), so BC Bashkimi from Prizreni is allowed to replace the foreign player Kahrimanovic based on the decision of BFK Board, on 29.09.2008 point I .2. alinea 3 Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-G-75, agency: Court Side)


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  LATVIA   


LBL standings
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 15-8 
 2. VEF Riga 13-11 
 3. Liepaja 12-10 
 4. Barons/LMT 10-3 
 5. Ventspils 10-3 
 6. ASK Riga 9-4 
 7. Zemgale 9-14 
 8. ASK/Buki 5-16 
 9. Keizarmezs 4-18 


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  LEBANON   


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


Group Stage round 3 - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

GroupA:

1st Game:
28-3-2009
Tebnine 99-75 Kahraba Zouk (Demirdjian Center)

Stats:

Tebnine:
-Chudney Gray 17Pts, 8Rbs, 9Ass
-Brandom Kurtz 28Pts, 13Rbs
-Hassan Lakkis 14Pts, 3Ass
-Mohamad Handar 12Pts, 12Rbs
-Charbel Sokhen 11Pts, 3Rbs
-Anis Feghali 11Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass

Kahraba Zouk:
-Larry Cox 21Pts, 11Rbs
-Donta Richardon 11Pts, 5Rbs
-Jason Kozah 12Pts, 3Ass
-Wael Habchi 12Pts

Q1: 31-15, Q2: 58-39, Q3: 70-57- Q4: 99-75

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2nd Game:
28-3-2009
Al Moutahed Tripoli 73-81 Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Murr Stadium)

Stats:

Al Moutahed Tripoli:
-Anthony Williams 22Pts, 4Rbs, 2Ass
-Darren Kelly 12Pts, 5Ass
-Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) 15Pts, 3Rbs, 2Blks
-Mohamad Fahes 8Pts, 3Rbs, 3Ass
-Elie Rostom 8Pts, 4Rbs
-Roy Samaha 2Pts, 6Rbs

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
-Sabah Khoury 19Pts, 2Ass
-Marcus Melvin 15Pts, 7Rbs
-Rolando Howell 11Pts, 6Rbs, 2Blks
-Brian Beshara 11Pts, 6Rbs
-Rony Fahed 10Pts, 4Ass
-Joe Ghattas 6Pts
-Bassem Balaa 2Pts, 2Rbs

More Stats:
Q1: 17-19 , Q2: 39-41 , Q3: 57-64 , Q4: 73-81

FG: *27/62 = 44% (Al Moutahed Tripoli)
*28/63 = 45% (Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut)

3P: *11/24 = 46% (Al Moutahed Tripoli)
*9/16 = 56% (Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut)

TO: Al Moutahed Tripoli 16-15 Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut

TR: Al Moutahed Tripoli 26-34 Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut

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GroupB:

1st Game:
29-3-2009
Blue Stars 70-71 Antranik Beirut (Champville Stadium)

Stats:

Blue Stars:
-Nick Zachary 24Pts, 4Rbs
-Joel Box 21Pts, 12Rbs, 2Ass
-Jean Abdel Nour 16Pts, 14Rbs

Antranik Beirut:
-Mike Fraiser 22Pts, 24Rbs
-Brain Wethers 17Pts, 3Rbs
-Vicken Eskedjian 7Pts, 5Rbs

More Stats:
Q1: 11-21, Q2: 32-35, Q3: 50-52, Q4: 70-71

FG: *26.77 = 34% (Blue Stars)
*19/52 = 37% (Antranik Beirut)

3P: *7/24 = 29% (Blue Stars)
*6/22 = 27% (Antranik Beirut)

TO: Blue Stars 8-16 Antranik Beirut

TR: Blue Stars 41-45 Antranik Beirut

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2nd Game:
30-3-2009
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 87-76 Champville (Murr Stadium)

Stats:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
-Mohamad Ibrahim 27Pts, 5Rbs, 5Ass (with 8, 3's)
-Nate Johnson 39Pts, 10Rbs, 3Ass and added 3 Blocks
-Omar Turk 5Pts, 3Rbs, 6Ass
-Yehya Sabra 10Pts, 8Rbs, 2Ass and added 1 Block
-Abdallah Hijazi 6Pts, 2Rbs

Champville:
-Chris Charles 29Pts, 25Rbs, 3Ass
-Rubens Petterson 5Pts, 5Rbs
-Ramy Akkiki 24Pts, 5Rbs (with 5, 3's)
-Karl Sarkis 6Pts, 6Ass

More Stats:
Q1: 20-18, Q2: 32-36, Q3: 70-43, Q4: 87-76

TO: Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 9-20 Champville



Sagesse leads 1-0 in his serie against Blue Stars - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut V/S Blue Stars (1st Game)

31-3-2009...(Fouad Chehab)

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 70-54 Blue Stars

Stats:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
-Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 16Pts, 12Rbs, 3Ass
-Rolando Howell 12Pts, 11Rbs, 1Ass and added 3 Blocks
-Joe Ghattas 10Pts, 4Rbs
-Brian Bechara 13Pts, 3Rbs, 2Ass
-Rony Fahed 8Pts, 4Ass
-Sabah Khoury 6Pts, 2Ass
-Nadim Souaid 4Pts, 2Rbs

Blue Stars:
-Nick Zachary 29Pts, 5Rbs, 4Ass (5 3's)
-Joelle Box 15Pts, 8Rbs (3 3's)
-Rodrigue Akl 5Pts, 3Rbs, 3Ass
-Jean Abdel Nour 6Pts, 2Rbs

More Details:

*Turnovers:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 10-13 Blue Stars

*Rebounds:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut 37-33 Blue Stars

*FT:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut: 8/23 = 26%
Blue Stars: 13/19 = 41%

*3P:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut: 10/28 = 26%
Blue Stars: 10/25 = 29%



Staten Jamel replaced Ruben Patterson in Champville - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Staten Jamel (198-G-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) replaced Ruben Patterson (199-F-75, college: Cincinnati) in Champville..Staten Jamel will play his first game on thursday v/s Tebnin
Staten Jamel he's born August 1983.
Outlook:
A talented player that has the size of a forward and the handles of a point man. Great all-around player with multiple skills. Not only does he score, he rebounds, passes; he does every aspect of the game that needs to be done.
Previous teams:
Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia)
Minnesota R. (USA-ABA)
Toledo R.K. (USA-ABA)
Erdemir (Turkey)



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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Nerijus VARNELIS
  Alytus Alita
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Varnelis, Alytus A.22.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Aisciai21.4 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas19.4 
 4. Runkauskas, Suduva18.9 
 5. Dabkus, Nevezis15.5 
 6. Griskenas, Techasas14.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas14.8 
 8. Kadziulis, Siauliai14.4 
 9. Salenga, Zalgiris14.2 
 10. Maciulis, Zalgir.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Zalgiris
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.8.9 
 2. Motiejunas, Aisciai7.5 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas7.4 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.2 
 5. Masiulis, Aisciai7.1 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.8 
 7. Varnelis, Alytus A.6.8 
 8. Ramanauskas, Kaunas T.6.7 
 9. Kuzminskas, Siauliai6.4 
 10. Petravicius, Lietuv.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Nevezis
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Viskontas, Nevezis6.8 
 2. Jomantas, Lietuvos4.4 
 3. Runkauskas, Suduva4.2 
 4. Stasaitis, Techasas4.0 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Kaunas T.3.9 
 6. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
 7. Rinkevicius, Aisciai3.7 
 8. Hill, Techasas3.6 
 9. Dainys, Neptunas3.4 
 10. Mazeika, Neptun.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Siauliai
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hannah, Siauliai2.5 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietuvos2.4 
 3. Bolds, Techasas2.1 
 4. Kutra, Techasas2.0 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas2.0 
 6. Runkauskas, Suduva1.9 
 7. Eidson, Lietuvos1.9 
 8. Hill, Techasas1.9 
 9. Salenga, Zalgiris1.7 
 10. Vileita, Siauli.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.7 
 2. Woods, Zalgiris1.8 
 3. Zukauskas, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Leonavicius, Nevezis1.4 
 5. Kuzminskas, Siauliai1.2 
 6. Dimsa, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.1.0 
 8. Sarakauskas, Sakal.0.9 
 9. Motiejunas, Aisciai0.9 
 10. Volkus, Siauli.0.9 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 18-0 
 2. Lietuvos 18-1 
 3. Siauliai 13-5 
 4. Nevezis 12-6 
 5. Neptunas 9-9 
 6. Sakalai 8-11 
 7. Kaunas Tr. 7-11 
 8. Aisciai 6-12 
 9. Alita 4-14 
 10. Techasas 4-15 
 11. Suduva 2-17 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings - DBBL
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. Contern 15-7 
 2. Amicale 15-7 
 3. Sparta 14-8 
 4. Etzella 13-9 
 5. Musel Pikes 13-9 
 6. T71 12-10 
Group B
 1. Racing 8-13 
 2. Residence 8-13 
 3. Black Star 8-13 
 4. Heffingen 2-19 


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
Group A
 1. Soleuvre 16-1 
 2. BBC Nitia 13-4 
 3. Pall Aren 9-8 
 4. BC Mess 8-9 
Group B
 1. Basket Esch 10-7 
 2. Mondorf 8-8 
 3. Bascharage 3-14 
 4. Schieren 0-16 


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Mineros 17-2 
 2. Trigueros 11-8 
 3. Ostioneros 8-11 
 4. Hermosillo 7-12 
 5. Fuerza Guinda 6-13 
Southern Division
 1. Caballeros 12-7 
 2. Lobos UAD 12-7 
 3. Frayles 9-10 
 4. Pioneros 6-13 
 5. Coras 5-7 


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  MONTENEGRO   


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


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  NBA   


Last games (4) - Wins for Magic, Bucks, Jazz and Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News
Bucks - Nets 107-78
Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) stepped up for the Bucks last night draining 29 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Charlie Villanueva also had important role posting 20 pts. The best scorer in NY Nets was Chris Douglas-Roberts with just 14 pts. Bucks 32-43, Nets 30-44.

Knicks - Jazz 104-112
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) came up with 24 points and 13 assists, Calros Boozer had 21 pts and 11 rebounds, while Kyle Korver added 16 pts. On the other side, Al Harington scored 24, while David Lee collected 21 pts and 10 rebs. Jazz 46-27, Knicks 29-45.

Grizzlies - Warriors 114-109
19-54 for the Grizzlies and 25-49 for the Warriors after this game. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) led his team to victory registering double-double, 24 points and 10 assists. Rudy Gay and Mike Conley added 21 pts each. Monta Elis and Jamal Crawford combined 55 points in loss.

Magic - Heat 101-95
Victory number 55 for the Magic and once again mostly owing to Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85), who collected 22 points and 18 rebounds. Rashard Lewis had 21 and Hidayet Turkoglu added 16 pts. Dwayne Wade was on fire for the Heat scoring 42 points.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Wade, Heat30.0 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.3 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.2 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.4 
 6. Granger, Pacers24.9 
 7. Martin, Kings24.2 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers23.2 
 9. Bosh, Raptors22.7 
 10. Harris, Ne.22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.0 
 3. Lee, Knicks11.8 
 4. Murphy, Pacers11.8 
 5. Biedrins, Warriors11.5 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.6 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.1 
 9. McDyess, Pistons9.8 
 10. Yao, Rocke.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Paul, Hornets10.9 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.7 
 3. Nash, Suns9.6 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.8 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.5 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 7. Davis, Clippers8.1 
 8. Wade, Heat7.5 
 9. Duhon, Knicks7.4 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.3 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.1 
 4. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 5. James, Cavaliers1.8 
 6. Rondo, Celtics1.8 
 7. Brewer, Jazz1.7 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. Ariza, Lakers1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bobca.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Andersen, Nuggets2.3 
 3. Camby, Clippers2.2 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.1 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Perkins, Celtics1.9 
 7. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 8. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 9. Lopez, Nets1.8 
 10. Bynum, Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 56-19 
 2. 76ers 38-35 
 3. Nets 30-45 
 4. Knicks 30-46 
 5. Raptors 28-45 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 61-13 
 2. Pistons 36-38 
 3. Bulls 36-40 
 4. Bucks 32-43 
 5. Pacers 32-43 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 55-18 
 2. Hawks 43-32 
 3. Heat 39-35 
 4. Bobcats 34-40 
 5. Wizards 17-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 50-26 
 2. Trail Blazers 47-27 
 3. Jazz 46-28 
 4. Thunder 21-53 
 5. Timberwolves 21-54 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 59-16 
 2. Suns 40-34 
 3. Warriors 25-49 
 4. Clippers 18-56 
 5. Kings 16-57 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 48-26 
 2. Rockets 48-26 
 3. Hornets 46-28 
 4. Mavericks 44-31 
 5. Grizzlies 19-54 


Howard and Parker are the players of the week - by Demar Thomas
The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) and the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 23, through Sunday, March 29.

Howard led Orlando to a 3-0 record, averaging 23.7 points on .614 shooting from the field, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for the Magic, which clinched its second consecutive Southeast Division title. During Orlando's 84-82 win over Boston on March 25, Howard posted 24 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks. Orlando owns a half-game lead on Boston in the race for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Parker averaged 27.5 points and 8.3 assists in leading San Antonio to a 3-1 week. Parker recorded back-to-back 30-point, 10-assist games on March 24 vs. Golden State and March 25 at Atlanta. On March 29 at New Orleans, Parker scored his 10,000th career point, becoming the fourth Spur player to accomplish the feat.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Cleveland's LeBron James and Mo Williams, Denver's Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Toronto's Chris Bosh.

Source: NBA.com


Heat honour Mourning - by Demar Thomas
The Miami Heat retired Alonzo Mourning (6'10''-C-70, college: Georgetown)'s No.33 on Monday, making him the first player in franchise history to have his number hoisted to the rafters of American Airlines Arena.

Mourning spent 10 1/2 of his 15 NBA seasons in South Beach, helping the team to the 2006 NBA championship. The 39-year-old is the franchise leader in points (9,459), rebounds (4,807) and games played (593), while Mourning also won two Defensive Player of the Year awards and earned six of his seven All-Star selections with the club.

Mourning, the second overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1992 draft, faced a life-threatening situation following the 1999-2000 season, when he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that kept him out for the first five months of the following season.

'Just eight short years ago, I didn't envision this moment happening,' Mourning said at the halftime ceremony when the Heat played Orlando. 'This is probably one of the greatest moments of my life.'

Prior to Mourning, a number of central figures in his life spoke at the podium. After Florida governor Charlie Crist took a moment to honor Mourning and his philanthropic work, several members of Georgetown basketball lore took a turn, including Dikembe Mutombo -- Mourning's teammate -- Patrick Ewing, and legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson. Former Heat coach and current team president Pat Riley also spoke, while Mourning's former Heat teammate Tim Hardaway, Mourning's family and his high school coach were in attendance.

It was announced that the Heat's weight room was re-named Zo's Zone in honor of Mourning, and the team presented him with a collage painting and crystal jersey. Mourning's jersey was lifted as he got teary-eyed, and then he spoke.

'When I came to the arena, I saw a guy outside taking bets if I was going to cry or not. So you all can collect your money, cause I know you all bet against me,' Mourning joked. 'I just want to say that I am truly humbled, and I'm honored to be the first in franchise history...to have his number retired.'

That Mourning had his number retired is a remarkable occurrence. Despite playing a full 2001-02 season, Mourning sat out for the duration of the 02-03 campaign. He underwent a kidney transplant in late 2003 and returned to the hardwood a few months later with the Nets before being dealt to the Raptors, who bought out his contract. He then returned to the Heat to finish out his career.

Mourning owns career averages of 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.


Shaun Livingston joins OC Thunder - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) to a multi-year deal, Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Livingston, 23, is being called-up from the NBA Developmental Leagues Tulsa 66ers, where he averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 29.4 minutes in 11 games (10 starts). At the time of his call-up, the 67 guard ranked seventh in the D-League in assists (6.0). He scored a season-high 22 points on March 27 at Rio Grande Valley Vipers and dished out a season-best 11 assists against Iowa Energy on March 12.

Originally selected by the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft (#4 overall), he has appeared in 149 NBA games with L.A. Clippers and Miami. The Peoria, Illinois native owns career averages of 7.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per contest.

Livingston, who will wear jersey #14 with the Thunder, becomes the 19th Call-Up of the 2008-09 season and the 137th player since the league began play in 2001.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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An interview with: Coach Wright - by Eurobasket

Q. Coach 'K' was saying before your game in the Sweet 16 that he thought that your team was very similar to his in terms of quick guards and, you know, having a lot of guys run the perimeter that can run around and be a quick team, if you will. Do you agree that you're a similar team as Duke, and what concerns you most about Carolina? Is it loss and penetrating the defense or their size down low?
COACH Jay Wright : I would agree that we're a similar team to Duke. And to us, that's a flattering comparison. So I like that Coach 'K' said that.
About Carolina, probably what concerns us most is just the completeness of their team. You mention right away you've got one of the best point guards in the country who can create shots, who can control the tempo of the game. You've got one of the best big men in the country who has the ability to play inside outside. You've got wing players like Green and Ellington who can shoot it, who rebound. And you've got a deep bench and length and size.
It's just a complete basketball team. Obviously, you know, when you get to this point, everybody's good. But I think we've all watched this team throughout the year and thought they were, you know, possibly the best team in the country.

Q. You mentioned Danny Green. Just wondered what your impressions of him specifically were, and, obviously, he got them off to a great start against Oklahoma.
COACH Jay Wright : He did. I coached in Long Island at Hofstra University. I watched Danny in high school. He does an incredible job at Carolina. And has just gotten better and better.
And I think he is one of the guys, you know, I just mentioned complete team. I think he is a complete player. He can do it all. He can get his own shot. He block shots, he rebounds, he scores around the basket. He shoots threes, and he's a veteran. You know, he's one of those guys that's been through a lot in his career.
As coaches in college we understand probably one of the toughest things for kids to deal with that are great high school players is when they don't come in and they're not a star right away or they have to come on off the bench. But he's dealt with that, that's made him mentally tough. Not a Final Four, not the game against Oklahoma. He's been through it all. He's a big time player.

Q. I want to say coming through the TV screen you called a timeout between the two free throws, and while some people will talk about the guys who have national titles. What I was impressed with was you weren't watching the game, you were coaching the player. Not only trying to ice a player, but setting up an inbounds play. Is that the value of having one of those left in your pocket? Having a timeout at that point to settle guys down to put them in a better place, is that what happened during that timeout?
COACH Jay Wright : Yeah, I was hoping to get to Levance Fields, but as you know, that wasn't going to work, because that kid has ice in his vein. The other thing that was important to us is if he missed we had not rebounded the ball well on free throws. Blair was getting in there and served.
We knew what we were going to do on a make, so we just wanted to review that. We wouldn't have needed an entire timeout to go over that. So that's a lot for guys to think about in the last couple of seconds.

Q. I don't know if you believe that you learned more about your team after a loss as opposed to a win. But talking to guys getting ready for the Final Four over the years, it does seem they reference losses more than they reference a win. Is there something that kind of falls in line with what we as the media have heard over the years along those lines?
COACH Jay Wright : Definitely. We lost a game to Georgetown late in the year at home, where we were very sloppy with the ball. Very lackadaisical offensively and played great defense. It was kind of the opposite. The way we played, we had played to a point in the year where we were always good offensively, and we'd get a little lackadaisical defensively. And try to make the points to the guys.
You know what, we played a good game here. We were consistent defensively, and we can be good offensively. And I think that game helped our guys click into the fact that we could be a good team here because defensively we're pretty good. And we know we're a good offensive team.

Q. I was wondering you're on a steady progression up through the NCAA Tournament. But the first three seasons at Villanova were NIT. Can you think back to then? Did you feel you were spinning your wheels a bit or behind, or was this the building process you expected to take as long as it did?
COACH Jay Wright : You know what, our first three years were wild. And when you go through those, you look back on it now and you say, you know, it made us stronger. At the time, you definitely think you're spinning your wheels.
Our first year we were a borderline NCAA Tournament team. We took over a team. Obviously, no one that we recruited. The guys did a great job. We were playing great basketball at the end, they he just missed and made it to the quarter just before the quarterfinals of the NIT.
And then we had our problems with, you know, the kids got the phone access number. And used that phone access number, so that got them suspended for two years. So that was a tough two years, you know. But I always felt like we were going in the right direction. But they were three years that made us stronger, definitely.

Q. What does it say about Reggie Redding that in the span of a few seconds off the game clock, he can make one, maybe not so good inbounds play. And a few seconds later, make a pretty key inbounds play for you at the end?
COACH Jay Wright : You know, that is something that we've talked about a lot and it's very important to us that our players learn that not just as basketball players, but as men, you know. In the past he threw the long pass.
As a coach, I have to take responsibility for having that option even available at that time. It wasn't the first option at all. But if you're a coach and that option is available, you have to trust your players' decisions.
What we wanted Reggie to learn from that was we'd always rather our guys make an aggressive mistake and not be afraid to make a big play. And that's what he was trying to do. So, you know what, feel good about the fact that you had the confidence to do that.
But more important the next play, we were down to our fourth option which was throwing that ball up to Dante, and he made the right decision. And actually a couple of other guy guys on that play did not execute right. And they left Reggie in a tough position. But he had the confidence, again, to trust himself and make that play.
You know, if that pass gets stolen, he's a go twice, and he has to live with that the rest of his life. But we've done everything to make him feel good about the fact that he was the guy in the arena making the play. Everyone else was watching.

Q. Is it safe to say if he doesn't play the way he has the final third of the season here, you would not be going to Detroit now?
COACH Jay Wright : Definitely. You look at the plays. There were other great plays at the end of that game. The drive he made, a pass to Corey Fisher, a crosscourt pass he made to Corey Stokes. He made a lot of big time plays late in that game. Marquette in the Big East tournament. He makes the pass at the end of the game to Dwayne Anderson.
He has stepped up. He continues to get better. He's one of the guys that's making our team better because he's getting better every day.

Q. Wayne Ellington said he was down to Villanova and North Carolina when he was making his college choice before deciding to go to Chapel Hill. How close did you think you came to getting him? And what do you remember about recruiting him back then?
COACH Jay Wright : He broke my heart, man. Broke my heart. But I'm very, very happy for him. He's had a great career. And I know he loves it down there.
He went to the same school as my children, he and Gerald Henderson. So I actually remember when he was coming out of 8th grade or 9th grade, they brought him to me and said this kid's going to go to Episcopal Academy where the kids go. They asked can you talk to his mom about the school. It had nothing to do with basketball. And he wasn't even a well known player or anything.
They came to me to talk about the academics, it's an outstanding academic school. It started in the 1700's. So his mom wanted to know about the education he'd receive there.
So I knew him since that time. Wonderful kid, great player. And I was at Carolina, and I knew we'd not had great success recruiting North Carolina or Duke. So you can never argue that.
If a guy's going to go to Carolina or Duke, you can't argue with that. He's either going to stay home or go with us or go away, you can't pick a better place in the country.

Q. Could you talk about Scottie Reynolds? It takes a special kid to make the kind of play he made the other night. Talk about him a little bit?
COACH Jay Wright : He is a special kid. I think any of us in coaching that have any success we're all doing the same thing. Some of us get blessed to have special kids, and that's what brings you to these unique situations. You know, you look at Tyler Hansbrough with that team in Carolina, and what he's done since he's been there. And that's what Scottie Reynolds has been for us.
He's made a lot of plays like that. One of his great characteristics is he never fears failure. And he doesn't worry about what he looks like. He never worries about looking bad. He's all out, and he knows he's going to be all out.
He gets a little out of control, and it's going to look bad. But most of the time he's making plays that people say wow. He's making a lot of plays that other people are afraid to make. And he's got a great inner confidence. He really is a special kid. He never seizes to amaze me.

Q. You have a lot of tournament experience over the last couple of years, but these other three coaches have some years on you and some National Championships under their belt. I'm wondering have they had any influence on you at all? And also, they all seem pretty tight with each other. And I don't mean any disrespect by it. But do you feel a little like an outsider?
COACH Jay Wright : I know what you're saying. This is definitely like one of those pictures you look at, choose which doesn't belong here, you know. But I think the three of them, you know, have been in these situations together. You know, when you get to the level that all three of these guys are, there are just certain experiences that you have, certain situations you're invited to that, you know, you have in common, and you get to know each other.
One of the things about the three of them that is very similar, Jim being in our league, he's one of the first ones to call me and congratulate me about going to the tournament. I love him. He is the toughest guy in the world to compete against, but he is a coach's coach. He respects coaching. And he's been great to me.
I've learned a lot from him being the East. From my Hofstra days I used to go see him in clinics and watch his videos.
Tom and Roy, you know, you watch them. You watch success. And you try to emulate what they do and try to figure out what makes them different. You know, those guys are incredibly successful. Probably just as humble as they are successful, and most of all, they're probably better guys and people than they are coaches. Both of them have always been great to me anywhere they see me. They go out of their way in any way to help you.
You've got three big time guys here. That's why they are in the position they're in.

Q. You guys have seen Carolina from afar, and they thought they were the best team this year. There were so many expectations around that team coming into the year. Talking about going unbeaten and all that kind of thing. I know that's something they're not necessarily concerned with. But the kids are human, is that fair for any team to go through that or is that a sign of respect?
COACH Jay Wright : You know, again, I'm kind of the new guy on the block here and I'm learning a lot through this process. Just watching the first time we played Duke, just watching the pressure on Duke all the time. The focus on Duke from everywhere, whether they win, whether they lose. Then Carolina is the same way.
You said is it fair? Probably not. But being the coach of Carolina is a lot different than anywhere else. And I'm sure Roy deals with things that none of us can even imagine with expectations. It's the same thing with being a player. I do think a lot of people did expect them to be undefeated. I think a lot of people would say wow, it must be great to go to Carolina. Must be easy. You win all the time. But it's not, it's tough.
They handle it, their players and coaches handle it extremely well. It amazes me how they handle it. And I think the injuries that they felt with this year with Marcus Thornton, you know, I think it really has strengthened them and made them great right now. They lost some games, but they know there's a reason they lost the games. It wasn't that they weren't good enough, they were missing players.
So you take the humility and a loss and you learn to work harder. But you know you're getting some guys back and you've got a chance to be great. I think in the end it's going to be a positive for them.

Q. Through the eye test a lot of time a conference will get a label. I was guilty, I called the Big East the beards and bodies conference. But you play better basketball than that. Is there a chance maybe now to have people realize that these games aren't 40 38, and guys aren't getting thrown into the fifth row? These are good basketball teams.
COACH Jay Wright : Yeah, I think sometimes it's tough to shed a stereotype. Like you, I was an assistant back in the mid '80s, and sometimes when we watch film of those games, I mean, there were fights in those games. They just break them up. There were no fouls called or anything. It has changed. It really has because of the way officials have officiated games. I think you can see some of the success that the Big East teams have in the tournament right now.
It's because, you know, it's not like it was back when Patrick Ewing and Derrick Coleman and those guys were playing. It is really good basketball. Not that that wasn't, but it's not as physical. The officials that ref in the Big East ref in the SEC or ACC. So I think people are starting to see that. I think it's kind of a stereotype that, you know, it's just tough to break, but I think it's being broken.

Q. Were there two officials that hadn't worked a Big East game for the game against Pittsburgh? And is there a cautionary oh, oh, I hope these guys understand at least what might be going on here in terms of physicality?
COACH Jay Wright : Yeah, you know what, the two guys yeah, you're right. There was. There were two guys that did not do Big East games. You're right. You know, I would be lying if I told you I wasn't thinking about that, because we knew what that game was going to be, you know.
It's, as I said, it's not like it was. But it's still tough and physical. But I thought they did a great job, obviously. When you win, you probably think that. But I thought they did a great job. There were a lot of fouls called, and it was a very physical game.

Q. I was wondering if you can reflect a little bit more on the history, specifically with the year the Big East has had, in comparison also with the '85 season, if that's something you take into consideration throughout your preparation in this tournament?
COACH Jay Wright : Well, you know, I'm not really a superstitious guy. But everybody was talking about it, and I was following it. As much as I love my man Tom Izzo, I was kind of hoping selfishly that Louisville got there for the Big East, because everyone was talking to us about how it was so eerily similar to the year that St. John's, Villanova and Georgetown were in it with one non Big East team. But Michigan State just played awesome, man. They just proved that they deserved to be there.
The thing that I think is comparable to '85 is if you remember '85, B.C. was a shot away from being in that Final Four also. B.C. played in the final eight. So there were four Big East teams in the final eight that year. And it was just one of those magical years.
Conferences go in cycles. That was just such an amazing year in the Big East in '85, and I think this year was the same way. And you look at all the teams that had success in the tournament from the Big East. And now we have two in the Final Four. I really do think maybe this year and last year were the two best years ever in the Big East. I mean this year and '85, excuse me.
DAVID WORLOCK: Coach Wright, thank you for your time. Congratulations and best of luck.

Courtesy of NCAA1



An interview with: coach Williams - by Eurobasket
Q. From the time I guess it was last Thursday when you were talking about asking Ty the questions about a scale of 1 to 10 where he was. Were you concerned Friday going into the game about how strong he was physically, and what do you think transpired to make him play as close to 100% as we've seen in a while?
COACH Roy Williams : I think Thursday I was more than concerned. That's when I told you that 6 to 6 evaluation on a scale of 1 to 10. Looking back on it, I think the travel, when you get on an airplane. My feet swell, my hands swell, everything. So I think that happen something to do with it.
And the fact that the Thursday schedule was so crowded with all the trying to practice, and all the media responsibilities. You're tied up for like six straight hours that we were not able to allow the toe to heal anymore or to get back to where it was before the flight. I think looking back on it, that was the biggest problem.
Once we got him back in the pool and he was able to do things there, in his mind, which could be part of it, too. But in his mind the pool is the best thing for him right now, and it relieves more of the pressure than anything else.
So after we got him back there and a little more consistent basis Thursday night and during the day on Friday since we played a fairly late game Friday, that helped it as well. So we were able to do that again Saturday.
I'm concerned about the flight up there if It's going to do the same thing. It was a little more tender last night after we came back here. But hopefully with the time in the pool and the extra time he'll still be fine.

Q. Tom Izzo said maybe your team reminds him of one of his teams where guys came back to school to win a championship. Do you feel like you've had this fortune kind of happen to you twice? In 2005, it was the same thing. Guys could have left and didn't?
COACH Roy Williams : Well, I would probably agree and disagree. 2005, nobody was even thinking about going. It's got to be a two way street. Nobody on the NBA side said they should leave. They didn't have the testing of the waters kind of thing.
But after my first I can't remember here, we had two minute discussions with two guys and it was over with. That's all we did. So there was no coming back to school in 2005. I remember at the press conference in Denver where we lost, an NBA coach heard one of the questions did I expect hem them to come back. And the NBA coach said why would they think about that? Who would want them.
We had to play better. We had gone 19 11, and 19 17 the year before. There's no comparison there at all. The second part of it, and I can understand what Tommy is saying. There is no question that was a factor. But it was not the biggest factor. It sounds good cute and makes for a good story. So people are going to write what they want to write.
If Ty had someone who told them he would have gone in the top 15 picks, he would have gone. If Danny and Wayne had been convinced they would be first round picks, they would have gone. They were not convinced of that. Ty was not convinced. And we had no one come forward to say he was going to be their pick, so they had a great option. That great option was to come back and win as many games as they could possibly win and have another chance.
So after the decision was made for those personal reasons, they did collectively embrace the idea of, hey, we've gotten to the Final Four and didn't play very well last year. Let's see if we can do better this year.
But, again, that is the facts of the matter. Some of the questions at the press conference sort of get turned around. And as all of you guys know. Sometimes your questions are phrased the way you want them to be answered. And the kids answer them that way.

Q. Could you address the improvements you guys have had defensively? In what ways are you playing well defensively? And can you share with me any of the fun stuff with the Guitar Hero filming there?
COACH Roy Williams : I think from the first day I've tried to push this team to concentrate and to invest in it on the defensive end of the floor. And I think we have over the air year. We've had times we didn't play as well, and didn't have that sense of urgency.
But we've had some games where at big moments we've really stepped up. So that, itself, has given the coaching staff and players some confidence that they could do it. So the next push was to try to get them to do it consistently. And over the course of the last month we've had some good moments defensively.
So it's been a sales job on my part, the team's part from one individual to the next, understanding how important it is. They're buying into it more each and every day, and seeing what it can do for us. And we have gotten better over the year. And you would think after 90 something practices, you should be getting better. And we're going to get better on it as we practice this week.
The Guitar Hero, it was fun. It was frustrating, because I didn't feel like I was doing exactly what they wanted to do. It probably would have been more fun if all four coaches had been there at the same time as opposed to each of us doing our part individually.
But if you had all four of us there at the same time, it would have probably taken 30 days to do a 20 second commercial, because it would have been so hard to get all of us to do exactly the right thing at one time.

Q. Following up on that point so you were just basically on when did you do the filming of that?
COACH Roy Williams : I was trying to figure out what point. I thought we were still talking about our defense, Roger.

Q. Sorry about that?
COACH Roy Williams : That's all right. Oh, gosh, it was two or three weeks ago. I know probably a little longer than that. It was three or four weeks ago. I know that I was the first one there at the studio for about two and a half hours, and about an hour after I left, Rick was coming in. And then I think Mike and Coach Knight did theirs the next day.
I think they had everybody in in the two day period. But I don't know about Mike and Coach Knight. Their paths may have crossed. But I was done and out before Rick got there.

Q. Where'd you have to go?
COACH Roy Williams : It was easy for two of us because they did it over in Raleigh.

Q. Jay is the only Final Four rookie in the group here. Talk a little bit about what it does for a coach reputation wise and recruiting wise to call himself a Final Four coach and National Championship coach? And the second part would be an overall assessment of how their team plays and what do you see as a reflection of Jay and what you see in Nova in general?
COACH Roy Williams : Okay, the first part when you first started the question about the Final Four. I thought Jay's also the only one that is undefeated at the Final Four. And I remembered that Jimmy is, too, he's been twice and won the whole thing both times.
Tommy and I, I lead us in losses at the Final Four. We've been there a couple more times but have more losses. There is no question in my mind that it does something for you. I can't put a finger on it and say legitimize. Because there are too many great coaches that have never gone to a Final Four.
I don't want to say it puts you at a different level, because some of those great coaches that have never been to the Final Four are still as high as you can possibly be.
But in saying all that, to the public, to the fans, to the recruits, there is a specialness about this time because of the attention is so big at the final Final Four. I went as an assistant in '82 and we won the National Championship, and I didn't go back until '91 as a Head Coach. And it was amazing how much bigger it had gotten in those nine years. The media attention, the fan attention. It was mind boggling how much bigger it got in my opinion.
My vocabulary's not good enough to put it. It's not legitimacy, because I think that downgrades some great coaches that have not been there. But there is definitely a different stamp of approval. Whether or not the one about winning it, I made the statement and I just copied it from Coach Smith in '82.
I made the statement that I wasn't that much better of a coach three hours later before I was before the start of that game. Yet the people do perceive you a little differently. It's weird. There's no question when you sit back and think about it.
It's a fact. I go through the airport the first two years after, and maybe even still now and people are more people are g yelling at me than before 2005. And they're saying good things. So there is something to it. Jay has done a wonderful job. I don't know him too well, but I've really enjoyed him.
Larry Brown spent a whole year going to his practices all the time. And I know Larry very well, so hearing about Jay's practices, talking to Jay about Larry being at practices. We get a laugh out of that. He's really one of the good guys in coaching.
I feel very fortunate, I think I've got a lot of friends in coaching. Jimmy Calhoun and I play golf together. Tom and I enjoy each other's company. And his wife, Lupe, and my wife, Wanda, really enjoy each other. And Jay being the youngest and best looking of the crowd, there is no question that he's a guy that I do enjoy the times that I've been around him.
His team, I think you could make the case for the fact that his team is playing better than anybody right now. Just what they did to UCLA, and to Pitt and Duke, it's hard to imagine anybody playing any better than they are right now.
I have not had a chance. We returned home last night and got here to the Smith center at about 12:30. So I did not go home and start breaking down tape. I went home and got some cookies and some milk and sat on my rear end for a little while and went to bed.
But we'll start looking at it more today. About you just from a distance, while your own team is playing, you don't have time to sit there and study somebody else.
One of my assistants has been in charge of Villanova for the past week, and I'll get more information from him.

Q. As Tyler heads into his last one or two game, I was wondering from your vantage point, will his imprint transcend North Carolina? Does he live an imprint, do you think, on the college game? He seems maybe like a Battier was a number of years ago. To have been kind of the quintessential college player.
COACH Roy Williams : I think you're right. I think he will have an impact. I've said all year long from last June to today that every college coach in America should want Tyler Hansbrough to have a great year. So people or agents or runners or somebody won't say well, you better jump out while it's hot. You never can tell what's going to happen.
This kid chose to come back to college because he loved college basketball, loved college life. He's done very well. The NBA has not folded. He'll still be a number one NBA draft choice. Every coach in America should have been pulling for him all year long so we can keep the agents and runners and those kind of people from trashing college basketball.
But he's a unique young man. That is the best word that I can describe him. To me when something is really unique, that means you can't find many of them. And I don't think you can find many Tyler Hansbroughs. I've said before, and I'll say many times I've been awfully lucky.
But he is the most focused individual I have ever seen. The most driven to be the best player he can be. To try to get the most out of his potential. To listen to what his coaches say and to try to work on those things. He's just been an unbelievable joy to be with.
And I made this statement in Memphis. Somebody asked about the Blake Griffin Tyler Hansbrough duel, and would I pay to see them play one on one. And I said no, I think that would be ugly basketball. I care a less to watch them play one on on one. I'd pay to watch their teams play.
I said Tyler Hansbrough, if our team wins and he only scores six points, he's going to be happy. I wish I hadn't said that, because he only got eight. But he was ecstatic with our team, and he's ecstatic with where he is, and knows that he did some good things and some things not so good. But he's focused on our team.

Q. Wayne Ellington was saying when the all ACC team came out a couple weeks ago and he was left off, he was disappointed and he spoke to you afterwards. I wondered what did you tell him and what has been the difference in his game postseason? Seems he's turned it up a notch?
COACH Roy Williams : We talked about it quickly. And I said I've seen some great players that not make this team and turn around and play great the next couple of weeks. You have that opportunity. Just use it as motivation.
And there were some other things that we shared that would be more private. But I think, you know, if somebody doesn't appreciate you, you can let it roll off your back and work harder to make them appreciate you. Or you can be worried about it and think that it's something wrong with them as opposed to accepting some responsibility.
Wayne has just played better. He didn't have a great game yesterday against Oklahoma, but he's been big time, big time the last three weeks to say the least.

Q. What is your specific memory of Coach Smith asking you to come to Carolina? Was it a phone call, was it in person? What are your memories of that?
COACH Roy Williams : We were in a basketball camp. Forget which summer. Guess it was the summer of '79. So it was in June. And it was the last week of camp. And each week we'd have a staff party on Thursday night and camp would end on Friday.
Coach asked me if he could visit with me for a few minutes on Thursday night at the staff party. And talked to me at that time. Before I left to go home on Friday after camp, he said I really want you to think about that. I would love for you to come and join us of the .so it was a face to face conversation down here on campus during a basketball camp.

Q. Was it surprising at all? Or did you expect him to do that?
COACH Roy Williams : No, it was a little bit out of the blue. When I came to camp, needless to say, I was coming to work my tail off and learn some basketball and have a good time and play golf with my buddies in the break during the afternoon. So I had worked every week of every camp for five years I guess at that time.
So it was a routine or a ritual with me that I just enjoyed being here. But I had no idea that that was coming.

Q. Can you talk about Danny Green and his progression throughout his career? Especially his performance in the Oklahoma game, coach? And when you first recruited him, what did you like about him and what type of player did you think he would be?
COACH Roy Williams : He was great yesterday. I think what he did yesterday is a little bit of what I saw when I recruited him. I saw a youngster who could shoot, put the ball on the floor, who had an ability to get his hands on a lot of balls from the offensive backboard. Did not see the shot blocking ability that I've seen develop over the last four years. But he probably had it in high school, too, I just didn't see it.
But we really felt we needed a small forward who could do a lot of things including shoot. And we felt like Danny was exactly what we were looking for. And I think over the four years each and every year he's developed some things on both ends of the court that's really helped us.
Every year he's played big for us in some really big time games he's handled the adversity extremely well. And he's a youngster who can line up and play every night.

Q. When you say 'lot of adversity,' can you go into that a little bit?
COACH Roy Williams : No, I think It's been documented a great deal. The adversity off the court with his personal life. He's faced adversity on the court of wanting to start and me putting him in the substitute six man's role. And stepping up this year and being a starter, and missing some of the little things that go along with being the sixth man. It hasn't been the smoothest ride in the world, but he's done very well with it.
DAVID WORLOCK: Thank you Coach Williams. Congratulations and safe travels to Detroit.

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An interview with: Coach Calhoun - by Eurobasket
DAVID WORLOCK: We're excited to host all four teams this coming weekend. And what surely shapes up to be a great Final Four. We'll jump right into questions and answers as each coach has only 20 minutes. We thank them all for their time today. We'll begin this afternoon's call with Coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies, the champions of the West Regional.

Q. I just wanted to ask you, we cover Villanova here, and it's Jay Wright's first time. All the other three coaches, including yourself, have won the championship and have been to many Final Fours. As a coach, getting to the Final Four, what's that mean to your career, and of course, winning the championship, what's that mean in defining a coach's career?
COACH Jim Calhoun : You know, I think Jay has always defined his career a long time before this. I think, obviously the incredible resurgence going back to the days when Steve Lappas was there and Rollie Massimino. But no question that Jay's put his own Mark on it, and this is a special, special, just a special time for his kids, for Villanova University.
Jay and I have talked and I know he's incredibly excited as I am. This doesn't get old by the way, I can tell you that much right now.
But no question, I do think that people rightly or wrongly, postseason play has become the ultimate judgment of maybe success and failure eventually in this business. And Jay certainly has succeeded now in an incredible win over Pittsburgh. He'll be looked at a little bit differently now, no question, as well he should be. But he's a terrific basketball coach. Villanova did a wonderful job of beating a great, great Pittsburgh team.

Q. Can you just talk about the idea that you guys are actually going to be kind of a visiting team here, and you know, 72000 Michigan State, not all of them, obviously, but a lot of Michigan State fans and how you deal with that with your team?
COACH Jim Calhoun : Yeah, I really don't see us being we'll have the white uniforms on. That's as close we'll get to being a home team, I think. But bottom line is that clearly when you talk about 72,000, I'm sure there will be 50 or 60,000 Michigan State fans there, as well there would be if we were playing up here.
We were a very good road team this year, and we're going to have to be. We played a places like Louisville and West Virginia, et cetera, it's going to be a lot different. The stakes are different, certainly. But it's an away game for us. We clearly understand that.
But once they get the game, and the hoops are ten feet high, foul line 15 feet, the ball's round, and we're going to play basketball five on five. We've just got to play.
We've lost to Pittsburgh on the road, and we lost in the Big East Tournament in six overtime games to Syracuse. Otherwise I think we're around 17, 18 2. So we're good on the road this year. And we're going to have to be very, very good to beat an awfully, awfully good Michigan State team.
But there's no doubt about it, I'm very aware fortunate fact that there will be a little bit of noise for the guys in green. No question. Just the fact of life that we have faith, and it's a basketball game. I'm treating it like a road game, to be quite honest with you.

Q. I was wondering if you could talk to me. I'm doing a story about teams that blow everybody out, basically, on this are way to the Final Four. In 2004, you guys had beaten everybody by at least 16 points when you you got to the Final Four you won it that year. What are some of the pros and the cons, the positives and the negatives of doing it that way?
COACH Jim Calhoun : Well, we had the best team in the country. We had Emeka Okafor. The only games we lost that year were without Emeka. But, the pros certainly is how you feel good about yourself, you feel very confident. The cons are we almost lost.
We trailed Duke in the semifinal as by, I believe, 7 points or 9 points with 7 minutes to go. I'm sorry, 4 minutes to go. So we got into a game and all of a sudden hadn't been there in quite a while. We were very fortunate to pull out a win by I think four points.
So my point being that is the con. The con is you think that's the NCAA Tournament. And that was not the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament was much more like the Duke game. We had to battle for everything to get to Monday night. No question. So it's pro.
We feel much better as a team, forget the margin of victory that we have. But we feel better because we've won four straight games. Conversely, we've been in a lots of games with Missouri and Purdue has been much tougher, and we've had to battle to get the wins. So, point being, I think we're prepared for Michigan State that it's going to be an incredibly difficult game.
If given my druthers, I'd rather come in having both experiences. Feeling good about ourselves by beating Texas A&M. And feeling very comfortable about the way we've played and having gotten a couple of games out particularly against Missouri in the final eight game.

Q. Can you talk about Kemba Walker's development this year, and especially how he played this last game. And did you think he would be this advanced at this point in his freshman year?
COACH Jim Calhoun : He was the MVP of the 18 and under team, National Team last year, which he came in second. We knew how he was, he was a McDonald's All American. Until he came here, he really wasn't that quick. It was me teaching him my speed. No. He was right in the bottle, and I said it a long time ago that he's a one man fast break. He really, really is.
He's probably the quickest point guard I've ever had, and he's got to be one of the quickest guards in America, certainly.
He is a one man fast break. He makes us run. So his development has been great. Obviously, we desperately needed him against Missouri, he came through, and was able to break their pressure. They have terrific pressure.
And did I expect a freshman to act like a senior as he did the other day? No. But I keep telling him he's no longer a freshman. He's one of the best players we have.

Q. His high school Coach Mo hicks said you were recruiting Brandon Jennings at the same time. Was there a certain point you decided to focus on Kemba as on opposed to Brandon?
COACH Jim Calhoun : Yeah, no question. We felt Kemba was the kind of guy that could lead our team. We felt he was perfect for UCONN in the way we wanted to play. And he became the perfect guy. Obviously, Brandon was a terrific, terrific player. But it was our choice to try to go after Kemba, and I would have had no idea what Brandon would have done. I know what he did. But bottom line is we wanted Kemba.

Q. I wanted to check with you on an update on Thabeet's finger. How's that looking for him this week?
COACH Jim Calhoun : It's on his offhand, but he blocks a lot of shots with that inside hand. It was self induced. He fell on it going for a loose ball, and kind of got a pretty good sized contusion there. But I don't think by game time it should affect him. Might affect him the first couple of days of practice.
We're also thinking of keeping Jeff Adrien out today because of tendinitis. He had a pretty good bang on Saturday. But beyond that, we appear to be pretty healthy.

Q. A follow up you guys were able to play two different games out here against Purdue, and then obviously against Mizzou. I'm just wondering. I don't know if you got this question earlier, but how much does that help your team when you get to a Final Four, too. Just being able to play different styles, up tempo, slow tempo, that sort of thing?
COACH Jim Calhoun : You cannot win, I don't believe, and we've been fortunate to win a couple of National Championships. Without being a multi distance team. I don't think a team that purely presses or purely runs. Carolina can run like crazy and half court defense you, too. They can run great offense off the court. Same for Villanova. They can trap you, press you, they can spread you offensively and play a half court game.
And Michigan State plays as good a hard court game right now with Morgan back healthy as anybody in the country.
We think we can go with Stanley Robinson at 6'9' at the four spot and play small. We can certainly go big. So you have to be able to play in different ways and try to win it. I don't think a one dimensional team, because if it gets stopped, that is the end of the line, you can't readjust. So every team has to be able to show, get inside itself. And I think the multi dimensional teams have a much better chance of winning the National Championship.

Q. How different is this Final Four than the first two you had in terms of what you expected and your personal satisfaction of being here again?
COACH Jim Calhoun : The first one was so emotional because we had four or five final eights, and Christian Laettner buzzer beater, et cetera. We just didn't get there. We got there after an emotional game against Gonzaga. It was pure emotion. I was wiped out for a full day afterwards because of the drama of it.
But the 2004, with the bad back of Emeka, it was back and forth, back and forth. He gets healthy, we get here, and I feel we're going to win, and we almost got beaten by Duke in the semifinals. Nevertheless, we were the best team in the done he tree. It was a great deal of satisfaction.
I almost felt more pressure on my self because I felt we had the best team. And the best team should win, and it turns out we did. This one is really personal, because this group was 17 14 two years ago. Has come through with a couple of additions, Kemba and so on, and is now playing just terrific basketball. Adjusting from the loss of two of our three best players in Jerome Dyson and Stanley Robinson, and A.J. Price, and Jeff, and Craig Austrie, all those guys have stepped up.
So many ways it's been the most difficult road to get there. As a matter of fact, it has been the most difficult road to get there as far as all things put together. So it has a special, special place. I love these kids. I'm so happy that we can go to Detroit together. I didn't want alone.

Q. What did you learn from the first two? What experience does any coach take from going through one and two and then the third one?
COACH Jim Calhoun : Trying to find that great Niche between having the kids enjoy the tournament, trying to get into the Jim, when you have fans there early, and taking them out to eat, and doing the things that recognize just what a great season you've had. And somewhere Thursday, late Thursday, start to turn into getting ready in game mode.
I just think that's what you need. To balance between enjoying, the accomplishment of getting there. Enjoying the fanfare, which is what the Final Four is all about. But then turning in to trying to win two basketball games. That is the best advice I could give anybody. I want my kids to enjoy it. I really, really do, and I think they will.
Then, try to win two basketball games. I think that's what all of us going in there feel that way. We want to win two basketball games.

Q. I'm not sure what might have happened after the TV cameras went off. But am I correct in saying when you left the floor did you not cut down the nets?
COACH Jim Calhoun : We did not cut down the nets. We didn't do that in 2004, either. We felt we could buy a couple of nets if we want to. And we have a trophy from the Western Champion. But the ultimate goal for all teams.
First time we did it in '99 because it was so special. It was the university's trip to the Final Four. Not that we're making this a habit. I don't think three times say habit. I'd like it to be a habit. Nevertheless, in '04 the decision was made not to do it, and we kept with that tradition. We had bigger fish to fry. And the nets we want to cut down are the nets on Monday.

Q. You brought up the idea that this group is 17 14. While you don't want to have that happen, the concept of that to this all four coaches were expressing how much they liked their teams that they were with this year going to Detroit. Is it something that you can express that lay people understand?
COACH Jim Calhoun : You feel it more than you can express it. I can be worried but not say anything. But point being, this one I feel. Just what they've been through, what Jerome had done. The day we found out after the Syracuse game we thought it was a contusion, instead was a meniscus, we were really down. Then we got beaten by Pittsburgh in that six overtime game. We had a tough loss, and everybody else Jerome wasn't here.
That wasn't the issue. We need to be not the same team, but as good a team. And I think we're as good a team as we were when we had Jerome. But we are different. Stanley is taking a different role. A.J. is taking more shots. Lot of things have changed.
Most importantly, these kids stayed with it. And that is the thing that's made it really, really special. They stayed with a situation that was very, very difficult. They've stayed incredibly focused.
I thought our 2006 team was very talented. Six future NBA players. They were great kids, right on the cusp. Lost in an overtime game. But this team is more focused. Maybe because of that 17 14 team. They've climbed a hill. Lost in the first round last year at the NCAA Tournament. So it's been a great hill to climb.
Then to have Jerome go down, this team ultimately stuck in it. Now they've got a place in UCONN history, which is what I wanted them to have.

Q. In your game preparation what have you noticed in Goran Suton that's led to his development this year, and his solid play in the tournament so far? And what is the best way to deal with a big man like him who has some range?
COACH Jim Calhoun : We play against Harangody, Luke Harangody, a terrific player from Notre Dame. He does not go outside as much as Suton does. But nevertheless, he's a similar type player. He just becomes a terrific, terrific basketball player. I think for Suton he's always been a great player. Tommy is the only guy who can't rebound because of his size. But everybody else can really, really rebound.
You know, he's a good post player. But he's extended his game now to make him and incredible high post player. He puts pressure on you. He'll make threes. I mean, he will fish you up if you can't follow him. He shoots 85%.
And Thabeet they beat the Louisville team, we know how good they are, coming out of our league, he was special. He wasn't just good the other day. That first half he in in my opinion determined and set up the whole game because he was so special.

Q. Your respect for Tom Izzo has been well noted over the air past couple of years. What's it mean for you to be able to coach against him on this big stage?
COACH Jim Calhoun : I just got an invitation for Coaches Versus Cancer on Friday night. I don't know that we're going to make that on either one of us. But point being he's a terrific coach. We've spent a lot of time talking on the phone a couple times this year. He's one of the best coaches in America, and best people in America.
What he's done at Michigan State after Judd winning a National Championship there in '79. I couldn't have more respect for him. And I consider him a dear friend.
So, you know, it's always great that he's there and I'm there, sometimes you don't like to be playing against someone you have so much admiration and respect for. But the idea is they're both there. We'll go at it again, and I guess the only faults would be if we beat him, I think he'll be upset, but could take it a little more. And I would probably feel the same way.
But neither one of us want to be beaten by the other one. We both care and respect each other too much to want to lose to the other guy.
DAVID WORLOCK: Thank you, Coach Calhoun. Safe travels, and best of luck.

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An interview with: Coach Izzo - by Eurobasket
Q. Coach, it looked like maybe it was as emotional as you've ever been after in and around the basketball game. What was that the other night that maybe struck you a little bit differently?
COACH Tom Izzo : It kind of was. I think this year for this team we've had a lot of things to go through with the injuries and illnesses that we've had. And I knew it was a big deal to Travis Walton to kind of keep our string of Final Fours alive as far as our seniors go. And maybe as important to have a tournament in your home state. That doesn't get you any wins or get you any more fans most of the time because of the way the tickets are. This thing is really a national tournament now.
But the opportunity to play in our state especially with some of the struggles we've gone through this past year, I guess I felt a little bit like hopefully we can be, you know, the sun shining through some pretty cloudy areas.

Q. The good news is you you get to play in Detroit. The bad news is you're playing a team that's lost one road game all year. Can you talk about what you think makes UCONN such a tough opponent on the road and the focus this team seems to have despite what's swirling around the program?
COACH Tom Izzo : You know, '99 we played them for the first time. That was the year we both got to the Final Four and they won it. And I realized then from when we played them out there to watching them in that Final Four, you know, Jim does a great job. He has toughness within his players. He finds those blue collared guys.
I mean, I've been amazed over the air years the number of great players he's had that maybe weren't rated that high coming out. That means the development is incredible. But I think their toughness, and that's why they win on on the road of the they have mental and physical toughness, and a guy with incredible size.
But you look at price, he's playing better. And I think they just got the combination of good players, good size. Good shooters and a very good coach.

Q. Hasheem Thabeet, you made reference to him yesterday. Is he one of those once in a blue moon kind of centers? And how do you counter him? He and Goran Suton are just worlds apart with their strengths, I think.
COACH Tom Izzo : I think there is some truth to that. I can't sit here and tell you I know how I counter him because I just started watching a lot of film. I watched Connecticut play a lot this year. But when you watch him as a fan, you don't watch him the same way you do as a coach or an opponent.
I'm trying to look at some teams that are playing smaller guys on him. Everybody's playing a smaller guy on him. Because nobody's got anybody near that size. But at the same time, you know, you're trying to get a feel for him, because sometimes he just does some things that are incredible for his size of the of.
You know, I can't say we'll even know until we get there. But at the same time I agree with Matt Painter. I heard his interview after the game. He said he's a hard guy to prepare for. It's a hard guy to simulate in practice, and that their strength and speed, they're athletes.
That's probably going to be true. I think the only plus we've had is playing a team that's not as big, but very athletic. A USC team who is very athletic. And Kansas had, you know, a player that, not as big, but a very good post player.
You know, it gives us some feel for it, but I don't think it will be determined until we get to the game.

Q. Talking about Big Ten unity as you've done all along. Is it possible that you've talked to John Beilein down the road about his game plan against Connecticut, and given some ideas about how he was able to come so close to beating them?
COACH Tom Izzo : Well, I'm talking to a few Big Ten guys, sure. I'm going to give John a call, give Matt a call, and anybody else I can call to try to figure out how you can do that. I don't think there's any question that the Big East has been so good. And I know those guys stick together.
So hopefully I'll be able to get a little help from our Big Ten counterparts that have played them. And I think I will. I'll do that after I get out at least a little feel for myself for them so I know what they're talking about when I talked to them.

Q. Jim Calhoun just referred to you as a dear friend. Said he talks to you a lot during the season by phone. How would you characterize your friendship and relationship with Jim?
COACH Tom Izzo : You know, I remember calling him back when we played him. I was so impressed. We had a good team. They were only sophomores, I think. And just went out there and we played pretty good the first half, and then they just took it to us in the second half.
You know, I've always appreciated guys that I think are demanding, are holding people accountable, and his team has played tough. I've always during the year a couple times he'll call me. I just look at it as I love the way his teams play. And I love the way he's developed players.
I mean there are so many of those guys who say God, where did he come from, you know? Didn't seem like he was on everybody's All American list, and he wasn't. He was just a player. He's a very good judge of talent, I think.
So all coaches in my kind of world, I try to learn from all of them. And he's one that's been successful. He's been to Final Fours. He's won championships in a very tough league. And he's done it over time. He's been consistent. I guess that's why I appreciate him.
I kind of like the fact, too, that he tells it like it is. He builds up his players. He'll also tell you if his player isn't playing good. And I kind of appreciate that.

Q. As you look back on on your head coaching career back there, how pivotal was it for you to have the succession and place from Judd in the mid '90s?
COACH Tom Izzo : Well, Judd coached everything to me. I've learned from a lot of coaches. I've been in the league with Bobby Knight, and Gene Keady, and so many good coaches here. Back when I was an assistant in my early years as a Head Coach.
But nobody had the impact that Judd had on me. I learned so many things from him. And maybe some of the best are important this week: Dealing with the media, how to handle them, understand and respecting that everybody's got a job to do.
But probably most of all the work ethic he always had. And the fact that he never asked me as an assistant to do anything more than he would do as the Head Coach. I still try to be a Head Coach that acts like an assistant. I still try to treat my assistants like he treated me. That's why I've had some guys move on. I appreciate what they can do.
So Judd has meant the world to Michigan State basketball. But he's even meant more to me, because if not for him, I definitely wouldn't have been the Head Coach at Michigan State.

Q. I think a lot of people projected that by March you might have a case of momentum going here as you've got people healthy. You've got ray mar finally over illness. Picked up a little steam, that kind of thing. Has that been the plan? Not on to say that you played with any degree of imperfection, but do you finally see the cylinders clicking on all fronts?
COACH Tom Izzo : I heard an interview with Jay Wright from Villanova the other day. He said it sounds crazy, but I think my team's getting better at the end of the year. I laughed because as you just stated, I've been saying that for a while.
And as I say that, Raymar struggled a little bit in the last couple of games. He's just a little worn out from the long season after the two surgeries and all the rehab. It's been incredible what he's gone through. But he struggled a little bit lately. And now Raymar breaks his nose. And after coming back and playing pretty well in some games, he struggled a little bit lately. But I still know how good he is. And I still think he could be one of the surprise players in this tournament. I thought that last week, and it didn't happen. He had some foul trouble and the broken nose. But I still have a lot of faith in Ray.
I thought as this team got healthy, you know, and we had a chance to be beat a very good team. In some ways we're getting even better than thought, and I still think we have room to improve. It's too bad we're running out of time. But what a better time to improve at the end of the year.

Q. I know that you've been asked this by other members of the media, but as this particular journey been for you anymore gratifying than the earlier four?
COACH Tom Izzo : I'm not sure there's ever one that's more gratifying than the first. Because you know, anything that happens for the first time, it's like your first kiss. You still remember it, right? That was gratifying.
Then to go back to a Final Four when Cleaves and Peterson could have left early, you know, that was. And the next year made it special with three.
I think in 2005 when we went back it was like can you get back after the Cleaves era. We did that. But who is kidding who, you know? There's been one or on two times in the last 35 years that a team had a chance to play in a Final Four in its home state. Especially with all the economy issues and all the things we've gone through.
We've always stated our team's a blue collar team ever since I came here. And there's no better blue collar city than Detroit and all the things they go through.
So it was a little more special than normal. Travis Walton wanting to be not the first senior class that stayed four years and then go to the Final Four. There were a lot of story lines in that. They were all good ones. Who knows where we can take it from here, but it's been a heck of a journey, and I'm hoping we still have a couple of games left.

Q. How are you going to keep your team focused with it being played in your home state? I think back to the palace in the Flintstone era. How did you keep that team focused? Are you going to do the same thing with this team so they aren't distracted by the local friends and family and everything?
COACH Tom Izzo : We did talk about it last night once we got back that it was going to be hard. And tickets, it sounds crazy, but I think there's a lot less tickets now than there were when we went in 2005. I don't know why, but the way it's handed out is less tickets go to each school than there used to be. That will be a problem.
But I think that's where the players' maturity has to come in. There there's no question that the Peterson era and that game down there, I wasn't worried about distractions. They had their mindset on what they wanted to accomplish. This team's a lot younger in a lot of different ways. So I'll probably deal with it more.
But I think we've had enough that we've gone through this year where they know outside distractions and injuries, and all the things that played such a part in the season. I think they understand now that they've got to be focused. Yet none of them are going to be ready for the media blitz or the things that go on in the Final Four.
I'm thinking over the air next couple of days they'll have the experience to go through it. I'm going to have to subtly explain how different it is, and make sure we get a lot of work done here, because once you get to Detroit Wednesday or Thursday, it gets to be a little bit of a crazy atmosphere. You've got to make sure you have your work done before you get there.

Q. You have three coaches who have won it all, and Jay Wright from Villanova is the rookie Final Four coach. Could you talk a little about what getting to the Final Four does for a coach's resume, reputation, and in a more practical sense for recruiting? And when you have one, what that means to a coach's overall sort of body of work?
COACH Tom Izzo : Well, I think Jay has been undergo tutelage. He had Rollie for a while. And Jay has done a great job in his own right pun on words. I've always enjoyed watching his teams. They beat us up in the Alaskan Shootout early in his career. I thought he did a great job then.
As far as getting to the Final Four, the biggest advantage is the next time you get there you don't do your tickets Friday night the day before the game. You get more organized earlier in the week. And you understand how to handle all the things that go on with the Final Four week.
Does it change your resume? You know, maybe in the coach's other coaches minds. I don't think as a coach yourself you feel any different once you get the one you want to get to. And now you realize how much fun and exciting. And you want your players to share in that experience.
I love Jay's team this year. They play hard. I got a chance to be around them this summer when we were preparing for one of the USA teams that he coached. And Reynolds, and I got a chance to get closer to him and see him in action. And I just love how hard they play.
And the game the other night was one of the games of the era as far as two teams playing. So I think Jay will be in a few more Final Fours before his career is over. He's done an incredible job there. And he's a good guy. Sometimes it's a hard combination these days.

Q. I wondered after you played Carolina in Ford Field. Lot of people figured they'd be back this weekend because they were looking so good. But coming out of that game did you feel like your team had it in them to make it back?
COACH Tom Izzo : I should straighten that out. Who knows if we can beat UCONN, who knows what happens. But if we have to play Carolina again, they might beat us by 30 again. But in that setting, that day to use every excuse we can. We came off our Florida trip. Played three games down there, we did not have Suton, did not have Delvon Roe much, and we didn't play good, and they played very good.
But I did not look at that game in any way, shape and form in looking at how we are. How they are, I look at it all the time, because I think they're that good. But I think we're a lot better. We were a lot better then, we just didn't play better that night for various reasons.
That is not something I'd lose sleep over every night, I can promise you that. That doesn't mean if we met again, the outcome they're a very talented, good, experienced, deep team. But I think we're a lot better team. When people say, How can Michigan State get to a Final Four? They lost by 30 to North Carolina. I don't look at it that way.
I mean, Wright is a great coach, a great team. But that night I remember him saying to me after you looked like you had no legs the second half. And I would have had to agree with him. It was partially because we had some injuries, partially a guy didn't play, and partially the road trip.
And maybe the most important one was they were awfully good that night and deserved everything they got. But I think we would be better and will be better if given that opportunity again.

Q. Your schedule was pretty tough in the non conference, too. Do you feel that paid you some dividends over the air last couple of weeks?
COACH Tom Izzo : I really do. What we did this year different than other years we've always played a tough schedule. This year, we had Oklahoma State, and Maryland early. And then we had North Carolina and Texas, and Kansas. That was good.
But I think we played on the road a lot more this year in the non conference. And I think that maybe attributed to our success going 8 1 in the world in the Big Ten. So who knows. If they work for you, you say they were positive. If they work against you, you say they were negative.
But I do think we became a closer and tougher team, and we had to become a tougher team. So I'd say the way we played the last two weeks, yeah, I think it helped us some is, I really do.

Q. You've talked about Goran Suton's development. And I know he had to overcome injury this year, but what specifically did he improve upon as far as his skill set or his understanding or physicality? What was the most important part of that?
COACH Tom Izzo : Well, it wasn't skill set and it wasn't understanding. Those are two of his biggest strengths, as far as he is a skilled player. What he improved on is his shooting and his body. He became stronger, more muscle tone. Not a great athlete as far as a leaper, but he is a great athlete as far as timing and things like that.
But he really improved his shooting this summer. I think he fell in love with the game, finally. It took a while, but he did. He worked so hard on it.
When he had the knee problems at the end of August and most of September and he came back a little bit. Then it went out again in early November, that was hard because he kind of lost our whole preseason. Not only to games, but his conditioning. And they had to reinvent the shot that he had worked so hard to develop.
But to his credit, he's kept working on it. He has a great understanding of the game and has improved his shooting. I think that's why he's a better player.

Q. What did he change as far as his shot?
COACH Tom Izzo : Well, he spent time on it. It wasn't broken, it wasn't like it was some shot that had to be redesigned. It's just again falling in love with the game, means you spend hours on your shooting. And we've had guys here that did that.
Jason Richardson used to wear out the shooting machines. And Goran improved a lot. He lost some of it when he was out for those six to eight weeks, more or less.

Q. Seasons and teams will develop an identity over the course of said season. And obviously there is a psychological part knowing when to pat them on the back and kick them in the rear end. Have you noticed that in the end you assess teams and say this is sort of what they were. And was this year's team more pat or more kicking?
COACH Tom Izzo : That's interesting. Usually by this time of the year you have a good feel about your team. It was the end of February, and I was still trying to find my team. And I think that was because of the different major injuries to three different guys.
And they were all guys that were in my starting group, so, you know, I think for the most part there was a little more patting on the back. They probably wouldn't agree with that. And I say that because we were young and I said a million times, I little more fragile. We had key people out with Suton and Roe, and, of course, Raymar Morgan late in the season. Yet it's been a team that's developed better leadership skills.
I've always stated that a player coached team is better than a coach coached team. And I think Walton did a great job. We started getting more from Suton, and from Lucas, and I think that really made it a lot easier for a coach.
And I think everybody would agree when you look at this Final Four, there are some veterans on every team, you look at Carolina who has not only veterans, but a little like we had when Cleaves and Peterson was here. Guys could come out early, came back to win a championship, and that's what you've got to appreciate about those guys. They gave up something to win a championship. Now they have a chance to do it. And so that's pretty neat when that happens.
DAVID WORLOCK: Thank you, coach Izzo.
Courtesy of NCAA1


Basketball Legends MAGIC JOHNSON and LARRY BIRD to appear Live at 2009 Final four - by Eurobasket
INDIANAPOLIS---Legendary NCAA and NBA basketball stars Magic Johnson (6'10''-G-59, college: Michigan St.) and Larry Bird will present the game ball at the 2009 NCAA national championship game, scheduled for April 6 at Ford Field in Detroit. Johnson and Bird, both members of the Naismith Hall of Fame, are famous in part for leading their teams to legendary games against one another, beginning with the 1979 national title game between Johnsons Michigan State Spartans and the Bird-led Sycamores of Indiana State.
The 30th anniversary of that game, the highest-rated game in the storied history of the NCAA championship, will be a focal point of celebrations throughout Final Four weekend, culminating with Bird and Johnson presenting the game ball to team captains and officials.
'The NCAA mens basketball tournament is one of the worlds most popular sporting events, and a great deal of that can be contributed to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird , two of the greatest players the sport has ever seen, said Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and chair of the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Committee. The popularity of the tournament, and specifically the Final Four, soared when a young man with an infectious smile and a skill set never seen before by someone with his size led his team to a national championship over a sharp-shooting Indiana kid, from a small town and at a small university, with an unparalleled fire and competitive nature. It was a classic matchup that somehow managed to live up to the hype. The two men went on to stellar professional careers and had great success on the international level as well, and are tremendous ambassadors for the game, so it will be a great honor to have these men with us at the Final Four. The anniversary of their legendary Final Four match-up is one of the key reasons the basketball committee chose to come to Detroit for this years championship.
A press conference featuring Johnson and Bird will take place at Ford Field at 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 6. The press conference will last 30 minutes, concluding approximately one hour prior to the start of the national championship game. Johnson and former Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote will represent the Spartans when the team is honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association at its annual awards breakfast, which takes place at 8 a.m. Friday, April 3 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Former Spartans Greg Kelser, Jayson Vincent (6'4''-G) and current MSU coach Tom Izzo also are scheduled to attend.
Saturdays first semifinal game, featuring West Regional champion Connecticut against Midwest Regional champ Michigan State, tips off at 6:07 p.m. EST. South Region champion North Carolina faces East Region champion Villanova 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal


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Shut Up & Play - Coach of the Year - by Kaare Vangen

Refs have been voting and Ulriken Eagles Geir Bangstad has been announced as Coach of the Year. He took over Eagles after Jay Anderson had to leave his position due to health problems. Bangstad received more than 50 % of the votes.

Audun Eskeland (176-G-85) who was coaching Eagles during his ankle problems was also given honor. Other nominees were Alex Bray (Harstad), Jeffrey Lange (Tromso) and Ulf Landstrom (Ammerud).



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PSL(7): An Important Win For Islami, A lucky Win for Orthodoxi Beit Jala, A good one for Qalndia. - by Tamara Awartani

Islami Bethlehem vs. Huwara 85 74
A crucial win for Islami Bethlehem to stay in the super league led by Ghaleb AlHreimi, Khaled AlHaj &
Daniel Orme (193-G-84, college: Portland St.) who surely gave an edge to the team with his great shots & drives while Huwara also played hard trying to keeping up led by the known strong hearted player Mohammed Al Hilu and Ali Atef.
1st 17-13, 2nd 24-25, 3rd 22-18, 4th 22-21


Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs. AlFara
A Roller Coaster Game! Orthodoxi Beit Jala was affected with the absence of their great import player, the tension as well as the loss of focus in the numerous freethrows almost cost them the game, it wasnt till the last seconds that they managed to win having several ties, through the wind fast passes of Kamal Mkarker, strong unstoppable drives of
Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) guided by Khali Harb with his good court vision and drives. AlFara on the other hand didnt give up that easly, playing strong till the last seconds and more determined & focused to win, great 3pointers and shots specially Ahmad Aqab, Mohammeh Shuhail
1st 6-15, 2nd 20-13, 3rd 23-16, 4th 23-25

Qalandia vs. Eibal 62- 51
An important strong game for both teams though it ended with low score. Qalandia is surely standing out in every game while Eibal had an important win in round 6. Qalandia through Nizar Shehdadeh, Mohammed Tayer, Bryan played hard while while Eibal players played strong through Basheer Abel Azziz, Naim Turabi, Ishaq Alsamari.
1st 23-16, 9 -16, 17-8, 13-11

Tomorrow's games:

Ra'I Saleh vs. Thaqafi Toulkarem at 4.30 : An easy one for Ra'I

Ebal vs. Fara at 6.00: A Nablusized game with an edge for Ebal

Ahli vs Qalandi at 7.30: A real competative game great to watch



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San Jose wins Game 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo San Jose clearly defeated Universidad Catlica, 74-56 last night, in Game 1 of the additional series of the Metropolitan League Apertura to qualify to the Top 4. The 'Saints' stayed ahead in teh score all game long, with Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) leading the way at 22 points, and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) adding 19 pts. The best scorers in Catolica were Norbert Aguero (-G) and Oscar Vairoletto (198-F/C-84), with 13 points each. Game 2 of the series will be played on Thursday, April 2.

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Smart Gilas lost to Serbian Division I Club - Vujic Metalac Valjevo - by Hector Santos
Philippine developmental basketball team a.k.a. Smart Gilas lost to Serbian Division I club Vujic Metalac Valjevo via 92-61 to begin a seven-game exhibition series in Belgrade, Serbia. Coach Rajko Toroman described the trip as learning experience.

Metalacs was banered by Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81), 6-10 Stefan Bircevic, 6-6 Reggie Freeman and 6-5 Nikola Micevic.

Meanwhile, Smart Gilas returns home April 8 then flies to Las Vegas on April 19 for more tune-up games. During the US trip, SBP executive director Noli Eala said they will check out foreign players willing to be naturalized and hold tryouts for Fil-Am players on May 2-3.

Smart Gilas will represent the country at the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta on May 12-20.


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1Liga Round: 4 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
LKS Lodz - Big Star 80-88
LKS Lodz lost to Big Star 80:88 in Quarter-Finals Round 4. Damian Kulig (202-F-87) paced all the winners with 27 points and Zmarlak Pawel nailed 15. Morawiec Krzysztof ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

Stal SW - MOSiR Kr. 60-64
Stal SW was beaten by MOSiR 60:64 as the series is tied at 2-2. Marcin Malczyk (191-G-82) and Oczkowicz Dariusz top-scored for the winners with 15 points apiece, while Salamonik Marcin netted 14. Partyka, Rafal delivered 18 points in defeat.

Elimination
Prokom II - Znicz Basket 82-71
Prokom II rolled past Znicz Basket 82:71 in the Elimination Round. Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) shined with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Zalucki Jakub posted 18. Briegmann Tomasz notched 17 points for the guests.


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Znicz Basket
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dloniak, Znicz Basket20.4 
 2. Pacocha, Big Star18.5 
 3. Misiewicz, Zubry16.8 
 4. Salamonik, MOSiR K.16.5 
 5. Berisha, Polonia 201116.5 
 6. Wisniewski, Zastal Z.16.1 
 7. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.15.6 
 8. Kulig, Big Star15.5 
 9. Donigiewicz, AZS A.15.4 
 10. Pluta, MOSiR.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomasz WOJDYLA
  Sudety JG
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Wojdyla, Sudety JG9.6 
 2. Mis, Siarka T.8.3 
 3. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 4. Bartosz, Polonia .8.0 
 5. Misiewicz, Zubry7.7 
 6. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.7.7 
 7. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.7.5 
 8. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.7.4 
 9. Kulig, Big Star7.4 
 10. Mielczarek, Big St.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof KALINOWSKI
  MOSiR Kr.
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Kalinowski, MOSiR K.5.9 
 2. Baran, Siarka T.4.8 
 3. Ecka, Znicz Basket4.7 
 4. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 5. Pacocha, Big Star4.6 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.4.2 
 7. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.4.1 
 8. Swietonski, Prokom I.4.0 
 9. Snieg, Polonia 20114.0 
 10. Wilczek, Zastal3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bartosz KRUPA
  Siarka T.
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Krupa, Siarka T.3.8 
 2. Malecki, Resovia3.8 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.3.4 
 4. Trepka, LKS Lodz3.2 
 5. Pacocha, Big Star3.2 
 6. Snieg, Polonia 20113.1 
 7. Berisha, Polonia 20113.1 
 8. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.3.0 
 9. Swietonski, Prokom I.3.0 
 10. Piechowicz, Stal.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz PISARCZYK
  Sokol L.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.4 
 2. Milewski, MMKS D.1.6 
 3. Czech, Sudety JG1.5 
 4. Lapeta, Prokom II1.5 
 5. Lisewski, Stal SW1.5 
 6. Kulikowski, Zubry1.4 
 7. Kulig, Big Star1.4 
 8. Mis, Siarka T.1.3 
 9. Konare, Zubry1.2 
 10. Karwowski, Poloni.1.2 


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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 0-0 
 2. Humacao 0-0 
 3. Ponce 0-0 
 4. San German 0-0 
 5. Carolina 0-0 
 6. Quebradillas 0-0 
 7. Santurce 0-0 
 8. Caguas 0-0 
 9. Guaynabo 0-0 
 10. Mayaguez 0-0 


Puerto Rico Mens National Basketball tournament is ready to roll - by Rafael Otero

Puerto Rico Mens National Basketball tournament is ready to roll. The Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) Regular season will tip off April 17th with four exciting games featuring the Capitanes de Arecibo hosting the renews Vaqueros de Bayamon. Also Mayaguez will visit Ponce, Guaynabo will do the same to San German and Caguas will host Carolina on a busy basketball night. The Regular season ends in June 27th with 11 teams participating. Only 6 teams can make it to the Playoffs. This seems to be one of the best tournaments of the last couple of years since various native elite players come back to play on their national land. Also, the teams have already confirmed great import players to complement their national talent. Puerto Ricos Internationals playing ball overseas like Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) (Fuenlabrada-Spain), Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (Poland), Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) (Paderborn-Germany) Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) (Artland Dragons-Germany), Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) (Ramat Gan-Israel), Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Holy Cross) (Poland) and Andres Rodriguez (188-G-88) (BC Donetsk-Ukraine) among many others have already confirm their participation from the beginning of the season. Also, well known players and international proven talent like Christian Dalmau (Bayamon), Miguel Ali Berdiel (Santurce), Rick Apodaca (Santurce) and Elias 'Larry' Ayuso (Santurce) have been practicing with their respective teams since early on. Besides that, the tournament will feature many NCAA Division I players that have end their respective participation and eligibility and they are ready to show their talent on the next level, like Virginia Tech back to back leading scorer and ACC all second team selection A.D. Vassallo (considering entering NBA Draft), shooting guard Jesus Verdejo from South Florida and Florida Intl University leading scorer and former Kansas Jay hawk Alex Galindo. Young gun Ricky Sanchez (611), Puerto Rico National Team member and former Denver Nuggets 2nd Round pick, is under contract with Ponce Leones but his participation remains uncertain due to a contractual dispute with Leones de Ponce. Sanchez is actually practicing with Isla Margarita Guaiqueries (a Venezuelan team coach by former PR National Team coach Julio Toro) but still under contract with Ponce. His case is hearing pending on the leagues office right now.

The league will have their pre season preparation tournament from April 4th trough April 7th at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, home of Vaqueros de Bayamon.

Keep reading our website since we will have correspondents covering the games on a daily basis!



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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Matthews, CSU A.21.2 
 2. Lawrence, Pitesti19.3 
 3. Tomic, Craiova18.6 
 4. Gibson, U.Mobite.17.9 
 5. Obradovic, Otopeni17.6 
 6. Popescu, Rovinari17.5 
 7. Bulancea, Rapid B.17.1 
 8. Broadus, CSU Brasov16.6 
 9. Reaves, Dinamo B.16.3 
 10. Darby, Rovina.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.11.8 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti10.1 
 3. Wingate, Tirgu M.8.7 
 4. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.5 
 5. Jucan, Gaz Metan8.4 
 6. Obradovic, Otopeni8.2 
 7. Holmes, Craiova8.2 
 8. Gnjato, Targoviste8.1 
 9. Green, Rovinari7.9 
 10. Lazar, Orad.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.7.0 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni5.2 
 3. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.5 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.1 
 5. Dzambic, Timisoara4.1 
 6. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.7 
 7. Johnson, CSU A.3.6 
 8. Radmanovac, Gaz M.3.5 
 9. Fometescu, Dinamo B.3.3 
 10. Broadus, CSU Bras.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Tirgu Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cooley, Tirgu M.3.2 
 2. Johnson, CSU A.3.0 
 3. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.7 
 4. Mandic, Oradea2.6 
 5. Gibson, U.Mobite.2.5 
 6. Matthews, CSU A.2.4 
 7. Washington, Gaz M.2.4 
 8. Mitchell, Craiova2.4 
 9. Blidaru, Otopeni2.3 
 10. Fometescu, Dinamo.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  CSU Brasov
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.2.2 
 2. Tibarna, Otopeni2.0 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 4. Pantelic, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 6. Wingate, Tirgu M.1.3 
 7. Harrison, CSU A.1.2 
 8. McKenna, Tirgu M.1.2 
 9. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 10. Gibson, Craio.1.2 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 24-3 
 2. Timisoara 20-7 
 3. U.Mobitel. CN 19-8 
 4. CSU Brasov 19-8 
 5. CSU Atlassib 18-9 
 6. Otopeni 17-9 
 7. Rovinari 15-12 
 8. Pitesti 15-12 
 9. Gaz Metan 13-14 
 10. Mures 13-14 
 11. Dinamo B. 11-16 
 12. Craiova 10-17 
 13. Targoviste 7-20 
 14. Oradea 2-25 
 15. Rapid B. 0-28 


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Todor Gecevski named to All-Eurocup first team - by Interperformances
Macedonian Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) has been named center of the All-Eurocup first Team. He played a major role in taking Zadar to second place in their group in the final 16 of the Eurocup. The 6'10' center averaged 15.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for an index of 17 (10th best) in 28 minutes. Todor has been a mainstay of Zadar in the Croatian and Adriatic Leagues for the last 4 years. The 31 years old has been an important member of the FYR Macedonian Nation Team since 1995.

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Al Hilal chooses their 3rd import for ACC - by Mohammed Malas
Al Hilal Sports Club management have finally choosen the 3rd import to be with the team for the 22nd Arab Clubs Championship (Beirut, Lebanon April 25 - May 6) under the coaching of Carlos Knox .

Gabriel Hughes (213-F/C-80, college: California) who's currently with Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League will arrive to Saudi Arabia on the 11th of april to join the team in their preperations for the big arabic event, He's familiar with the area as he played before in Egypt and UAE plus chance in being part of teams in Japan, Romania and Hungary.


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Stats Leaders
National League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Collins, St.M 20.5
2 Fraser, C.Erik 19.8
3 Donnelly, C.Erik 18.9
4 Flockhart, Ed.K. 17.9
5 Bunyan, C.Erik 17.8
6 Thomas, Troon 15.9
7 Gibson, ELoth 15.8
8 Pearson, Troon 15.5
9 P.Campbell, Ed.K. 15.2
10 E.Campbell Tro 13.4


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Miroslav Nikolic replaces Dragan Raca in AEL, Uros Mirkovic in Swisslions Takovo - by Dragan Jankovski
After two defeats against APOEL in the semifinals of Cyprian play-off, management of AEL decided to part ways with coach Dragan Raca. At the same time, AEL agreed terms with another Serbian coach - Miroslav Nikolic (agency: Beo Basket ).
Nikolic will try to make a break and to win three games. Only that will give AEL chance to defend the title. Coach Nikolic changed many teams in the past. He used to work in Beocin, Partizan, Buducnost, Radnicki, Crvena Zvezda, Apollon Patras and Hemofarm Stada. Miroslav Nikolic (agency: Beo Basket ) was assistant coach of Yugoslav National team from 1996 to 2000 and head coach of Serbian U18 and U19 National team 2007. He also worked with U18 Serbia last year. With U19 Serbia Nikolic won the FIBA World Championship 2007 in Novi Sad. He started this season with Avtodor Saratov in Russia, but after reaching the 1st place and a spot for A1 league, he left the club due to the financial problems.

MVP of the Serbian A1 league, Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket), joined the top-ranked team Swisslions Takovo, who participate in Superleague. Their main target will be to earn a place for Adriatic league. Mirkovic averaged 19.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.7apg. Mirkovic also was MVP of A1 league last season.


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


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KBL Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 74-63
Samsung improved to 2-0 over LG Sakers after 74:63 win in Game 2. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) and Lee Kyu-Sup (198-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 20 points apiece, while Lee Jung-Suk netted 12. Johnson Ivan produced 18 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

KCC Egis - ET Land B.Sl. 74-79
KCC Egis lost the second game to ET Land 74:79 and allowed them to tie the series at 1-1. Powell Carlos (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 27 points, while Hwang Sung-In netted 15. Choo Seung-Kyun finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.


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Todor Gecevski named to All-Eurocup first team - by Interperformances
Macedonian Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) has been named center of the All-Eurocup first Team. He played a major role in taking Zadar to second place in their group in the final 16 of the Eurocup. The 6'10' center averaged 15.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg for an index of 17 (10th best) in 28 minutes. Todor has been a mainstay of Zadar in the Croatian and Adriatic Leagues for the last 4 years. The 31 years old has been an important member of the FYR Macedonian Nation Team since 1995.

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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Corey MUIRHEAD
  Geofin
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Muirhead, Herens20.8 
 2. Almanson, Lugano T.19.3 
 3. Alston, Monthey18.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.18.7 
 5. Volcy, Monthey18.7 
 6. Scott, MGS17.7 
 7. Brown, Lausanne17.1 
 8. Siggers, Boncourt17.0 
 9. Wells, Lugano Tigers16.8 
 10. Grimm, SAM Mas.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hatila PASSOS
  Marinos
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Passos, Herens10.4 
 2. Grimm, SAM Massa.10.4 
 3. Wells, Lugano Tigers9.6 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.9.6 
 5. Sloan, Fribourg9.3 
 6. Thomas, Starwings9.3 
 7. McFarlin, Nyon9.2 
 8. Volcy, Monthey9.1 
 9. Durant, Lausanne8.7 
 10. Johnson, Month.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pascal PERRIER-DAVID
  Fribourg
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Perrier-D., Fribo.7.6 
 2. Coffin, Starwings7.2 
 3. Pleux-D., Lausanne6.0 
 4. Jefferson, Geneva5.4 
 5. Gray, Lugano Tigers5.1 
 6. Brown, Lausanne5.0 
 7. Maio, Monthey4.5 
 8. Bah, Nyon4.5 
 9. Angley, SAM Massa.4.4 
 10. Gibson, Vacal.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jean-Richard VOLCY
  Monthey
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Volcy, Monthey3.5 
 2. Angley, SAM Massa.3.3 
 3. Gray, Lugano Tigers3.1 
 4. Wright, Starwings2.7 
 5. Dacevic, Vacallo2.4 
 6. Sloan, Fribourg2.4 
 7. Gibson, Vacallo2.3 
 8. Muirhead, Herens2.3 
 9. McFarlin, Nyon2.3 
 10. Jaquier, Boncou.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Lausanne
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Salaam, Lausanne3.4 
 2. Allen, Fribourg3.3 
 3. Niang, Lausanne1.6 
 4. Volcy, Monthey1.3 
 5. Wells, Lugano Tigers1.2 
 6. Valmera, Boncourt1.1 
 7. Sloan, Fribourg1.0 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 9. Messy, Boncourt0.8 
 10. Martins, Here.0.8 


Luzern, Bernex and Martigny work it through - by Eurobasket News
Three teams booked their semifinal birth in the LNB. Luzern, Martigny and Bernex completed the sweeps in their respective quarterfinal series and entered the semis.
Luzern left no chance for Korac Zurich. The Lions claimed a 93:70 home win and looked just solid enough on the road. Luzern clinched a 45:36 halftime lead. Korac Zurich threw all they had in the third frame and narrowed the margin at just one point with ten minutes to go. But Julio Anthony (193-G-86, college: E.Illinois) stayed consistent and allowed Luzern to deliver the positive result. Anthony finished with game-high 28 points for the Lions. Danijel Eric (193-F-81) and Rolf Stallkamp (200-F-78) had 21 points apiece for the winners. Nenad Dosic (199-F-75) responded with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for Korac Zurich.
Bernex eliminated Zurich Wildcats clinching the second straight win. Babacar Toure came up with 24 points and 12 boards to pace Bernex to a 79:70 home win that propelled the team into the semifinal. Zurich Wildcats led by 7 points at halftime but ran out of steam after the major break and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Lazarevic (190-G-85) produced 23 points in the winning effort. Federico Augugliaro (181-G-87) responded with 16 points for the Wildcats in defeat.
Martigny shot down Neuchatel 95:72 and completed 2-0 sweep in the series. Raphael Moret (200-F-84) scored 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Martigny. David Michellod (178-G-83) added 22 points in the victory. Thomas Kaiser (185-G-84) had 32 points and 6 assists for Neuchatel.
Pully forced the decider after they earned a 79:66 home win over Vevey. Pully outscored their opponents 23:8 in the starting stanza and never looked back en route to the vital victory. Yves Bulundwe (179-G-85) scored 20 points for Pully. Ian McCormick (202-F/C, college: Swarthmore) tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds in the winning case. Thomas Studer (198-F-84) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Vevey.


LNA Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - Monthey 94-65
Boncourt thrashed Monthey to level things up in the match-up. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, college: Albany), Evan Pellerin and Steeve Louisaint had 13 points apiece for Boncourt. Jean-Richard Volcy responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Monthey in defeat.

Starwings - Lugano Tigers 69-73
Lgano Tigers put one foot in the semis as they knocked down Starwings in Basel. The Tigers thus clinched a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and would look to close out the series at home on April 4. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) tallied 24 points to lead Lugano. Derek Stockalper added 15 points and 10 boards for the winners. Nils Menck responded with 26 points for Starwings.

Nyon - Fribourg 74-70
Nyon surprised the defending champions Fribourg to draw things level in the series. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, agency: LBM Management) notched 23 points to pace Nyon. Ville Kaunisto added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Oliver Vogt had 15 points and 12 boards for Fribourg in defeat.

Lausanne - Vacallo 66-81
Vacallo edged closer to the next stage as they held off Lausanne away from home. Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) nailed 26 points to lead the visitors. Matt Schneidermann produced 20 points for Vacallo. Brendon Polyblank was responsible for 20 points for Lausanne.


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Derrick Franklin To Join Ittihad - by Emile Aaji
Al Ittihad Aleppo club decided to sign the American center Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, college: Columbus St.) to play in the playoffs along with the American guard William Clay (188-G-78, college: Texas) .
Derrick spent the season in Egypt , Mexico and Iran and also played in Uruguay , Japan and the D-Leauge before .
Al Ittihad Aleppo have secured their playoff spot and they will be fighting for the 4th place in the last round of the regular season , Derrick will not be allowed to play this game according to the league rules .
The 28 years old Center will arrive to syria in the next few days .


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  UBL   


UBL Starts April 4, 2009 ( Arkansas vs Texas) - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL will start April 4th 2009 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Texas Wranglers will play the Arkansas Warriors the first game of the season. Both teams have played preseason games and are ready for the season opener. The UBL have five teams that will play this year. Tulsa, Springfield MO,Oklahoma,Arkansas and Texas. Please visit our site at www.ublhoops.com. The UBL is the League that moves players to the next level.
THE UBL COME GET SOME!!!!



Standings
UBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Arkansas W. 0-0 
 2. Tulsa T. 0-0 
 3. Springfield T. 0-0 
 4. Oklahoma I. 0-0 
 5. Texas W. 0-0 
D-League
 1. I-20 Pros 0-0 
 2. NM Power 0-0 
 3. CV Titans 0-0 
 4. Arkansas S. 0-0 
 5. Texas O. 0-0 
 6. Wranglers DL 0-0 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Azovmash 23-4 
 2. BC Kyiv 22-4 
 3. BC Donetsk 19-8 
 4. Khimik 13-14 
 5. Mykolaiv 11-16 
 6. Pulsar 7-19 
 7. Poltava 7-20 
 8. Sumykhimpr. 5-22 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  BC Donetsk
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk19.3 
 2. Jackson, Mykolaiv17.4 
 3. Owens, BC Donetsk17.1 
 4. Greene, Sumykhim.16.3 
 5. Gladyr, Mykolaiv16.3 
 6. Ulyanko, Pulsar15.7 
 7. Aleksic, BC Donetsk15.1 
 8. Bajramovic, BC Ky.14.2 
 9. Clemons, 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. Gumenyuk, Pulsar6.5 
 6. Thompson, Azovmash6.3 
 7. Owens, BC Donetsk6.2 
 8. Blair, Mykolaiv6.2 
 9. Tucker, BC Donetsk6.1 
 10. Kieza, Polta.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  BC Donetsk
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.6.7 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash5.7 
 3. Kelly, Khimik4.0 
 4. Jarutis, Azovmash3.1 
 5. Shemosyuk, Pulsar3.0 
 6. Jarutis, Poltava3.0 
 7. Clemons, Poltava3.0 
 8. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.2.9 
 9. Jackson, Mykolaiv2.8 
 10. Butskyy, Sumykh.2.8 
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. Drozdov, BC Kyiv1.9 
 4. Clemons, Poltava1.9 
 5. Thompson, Azovmash1.8 
 6. Famutimi, Khimik1.8 
 7. Lekavicius, Sumykhim.1.7 
 8. El-Amin, Azovmash1.6 
 9. Aleksic, BC Donetsk1.5 
 10. Guinn, Polta.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyrelle BLAIR
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Blair, Mykolaiv1.7 
 2. Gumenyuk, Pulsar1.5 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 
 4. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.2 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.1 
 6. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.1.0 
 7. Djapa, Pulsar1.0 
 8. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 
 9. Van Den Spie., Azovm.0.9 
 10. Guinn, Polta.0.8 


All Star Day rosters are known - by Alexander Muzyka
Superleague official site has announced the roster of All Star Day teams. There were starting fives made by fans voting. Second five was made by clubs headquarters voting. 11th and 12 th players had a wild-card from FBU and hosting team MBC Mykolaiv. Mass-media opinion had no weight. As for the fans comments - nobody can't understand second fives' voting - as for example, why there isn't one of the best Ukrainian rebounders Roman Gumeniuk (221-C-87) in rosters but we can see injured Serhi Lischuk in starting five?

Ukrainian stars
Oleksandr Rayevskyi (MBC Mykolaiv)
Serhi Gladyr (MBC Mykolaiv)
Artur Drozdov (BC Kyiv)
Serhi Lischuk (Azovmash)
Viacheslav Kravtsov (BC Kyiv)
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Dmytro Zabirchenko (BC Donetsk)
Aleksandr Skutelnik (Azovmash)
Oleksi Onufriev (MBC Mykolaiv)
Andri Agafonov (Khimik)
Oleh Saltovets (BC Kyiv)
Dmytro Diatlovskyi (BC-93 Pulsar)
Yevhen Podorvannyi (Sumykhimprom)
Coaching stuff: Volodymyr Poliakh (MBC Mykolaiv), Mikhailo Pereverzi (BC-93 Pulsar)

Legion stars
Andres Rodriguez (BC Donetsk)
Manuchar Markoishvili (BC Kyiv)
Anthony Tucker (BC Donetsk)
Haywood Owens (BC Donetsk)
Tyrelle Blair (MBC Mykolaiv)
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Wykeen Kelly (Khimik)
Jarrius Jackson (MBC Mykolaiv)
Dijon Thompson (Azovmash)
R.T. Guinn (Azovmash)
Demetrius Alexander (BC Donetsk)
Olumuiwa Famutimi (Khimik)
Gytis Sirutavicius (BC Poltava)
Coaching stuff: Rimas Girskis (Azovmash), Sasa Obradovic (BC Kyiv)


Prekevicius and Thomas to Ukraine - by Alexander Muzyka
- Azovmash found a substitute for Khalid el-Amin. There was a Michael Byars-Dawson from Anibal as a first candidate but 'lions' were not satisfied of him and prefered Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84). Lithuanian guard played in Lietuvos Rytas this season.

- Khimik stopped its searching for a new center. This position was empty after Vassil Evtimov was gone. Oliver Popovic invited some players for try-outs. Travis Reed couldn't return his conditions after the injury and got a big weight. Then there was David Monds as a candidate, too. But Khimik headquarters decided to choose John Thomas (205-F/C-75) from Al Jalaa who will perform himself today's evening in a game vs BC Kyiv, basket.net.ua informs.

- Cherkasy Monkeys parted ways with Antonio Grant (196-F-77), who scored 7.3 ppg but couldn't find his place in a team.


Superleague Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - Azovmash 82-77
BC Donetsk scalped Azovmash at home court to improve at 19-8 record. Anthony Tucker (196-F-85, college: Texas) fired 25 points to pace the hosts. Haywood Owens added 16 points in the victory. Goran Cakic replied with 19 points as the Mariupol team suffered the 4th loss in the season.

Sumykhimpr. - Poltava 74-78
Poltava came back from Sumy victorious. Aurimas Kieza (204-F-82, college: Hofstra) tallied 15 points and 6 rebounds for Poltava. Gytis Sirutavicius and Jayson Wells added 12 points apiece for the visitors. Linas Lekavicius responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Sumykhimprom.

Pulsar - Mykolaiv 48-52
Mykalaiv continued to deliver the first-class performance as they closed out Pulsar in Rivne. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 16 points to lead Mykolaiv to the 11th win. Igor Silkovskyi added 10 points for the winners. Ilya Shemosyuk and Andrei Artimovic had 11 points each for Pulsar.

BC Kyiv - Khimik 67-65
BC Kyiv eked out last second home victory over Khimik. Olu Famutimi got a controversial foul with less than a second remaining and Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) was deadly from the stripe to seal the win for BC Kyiv. Drozdov finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Nikola Vasic added 13 points for the winners. Olu Famutimi responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Khimik in defeat.


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United States Basketball Association 2009 Tryouts A Complete Success - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A (March 31, 2009)---- 'We had over 300 players tryout in ten cities, for our first year, were completely satisfied' said Kenneth Green, USBA Vice President of Basketball Operations. Team tryouts were held each weekend in March, in all USBA team cities, throughout the south. The final tryouts were March 28, 2009. 'We not only had a great turnout from the Montgomery area, we had kids travel from as far away as Atlanta, Georgia to strut their stuff', declared Wilbert Hamilton, Head Coach of the Montgomery Generals. The USBA will begin the inaugural season on April 11, 2009. The mid spring mens professional basketball league is set to field ten teams, split into two divisions. The Atlantic division will house the Richmond Colonials, the Savannah Seahawks, the Jacksonville Admirals, the Columbia Centurions, and the Augusta Raging River. The Appalachian Division consists of the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Crusaders, the Nashville Thunder, the Montgomery Generals and the West Virginia Capitals. 'In Richmond we had a tremendous turnout, the Colonials will have a few surprises in store for the rest of the teams', declared Corey Braxton, Head Coach of the Richmond Colonials. ' We originally planned to field fourteen teams in our first year, however a variety of challenges prevented us from completing our initial goals, since we decided to play at small colleges, we ran into scheduling conflicts with some of the venues', said Duane Jenkins, USBA president, 'next year we'll get another chance to secure these additional desired venues'. Each USBA team will play a thirty game schedule, complete with fifteen home and fifteen away.

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  WCBL   


Beijing joins the WCBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Beijing Aoshen Olympians team, which has played as part of the American Basketball Association for the past couple of seasons, played yesterday night an exhibition game against the Hollywood Jammers, previously known as the Hollywood Shooting Stars team. The Chinese team based in California agreed to join the West Coast Basketball League, and they they will play a full schedule in this league, whose 2009 season starts later next month.

Aguirre joins the SB Breakers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers announced the signing of Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College graduate, Santiago Aguirre (6'8''-C-85, agency: Passing Lane, college: Westmont). Aguirre kept his skills sharpened the past 3 seasons playing professionally in Mexico. 'I'm looking forward at getting a chance to play at home again,' Santiago stated, 'I got used to playing with many International players in Mexico, so I'm excited about playing American style basketball again.' Curt Pickering , President and Head Coach for the Breakers had this to say about Aguirre. 'Sant is an example of grassroots basketball in Santa Barbara. He made it through the ranks of elementary, junior high, high school and Westmont College both academically and on the basketball court. He is a great role model for the youth in this community and will add chemistry to our wealthy roster projected for 2009.'




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Poule A
 1. Dexia 6-1 
 2. Waregem 5-2 
 3. Sint Kateline 0-8 
Poule B
 1. BBC Boom 7-2 
 2. Point Chaud 5-4 
 3. Houthalen 4-5 
 4. Monceau 4-5 
 5. Ieper 4-5 
 6. N.Namur 3-6 


Dexia improves to 6-1 record in Pool A - by Eurobasket News
Dexia improves to 6-1 record in Pool A after 87:72 road win over St-Katelijne Waver . The last game of the Pool is scheduled for April 4th when Dexia will take on Waregem.
Dexia produced 17:15 in the opening quarter against St-Katelijne Waver as the latter still hoped for the initial victory in the pool. The favorites improved to 40:34 at the halftime as Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) looked well for the guests. Another 22-19 in the third period was too much for the hosts that also posted 19 points in the last period. Dexia led the game to the winning outcome after 25-19 in the ;last frame to take 6-1 record on top. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) nailed 21. Agabalova produced 13 and Malashenko ended up with 12 points for the win. Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) top-scored for the home side with 20 points and Van Dessel added 18.
BBC Boom meanwhile improved to 7-2 record to top the Pool B. The team overcame Blue Cats Ieper 77:63 in the latest game. The hosts dominated the court and won truthfully in the game. Van den Vonder paced all the winners with 21 points and Virginie Michiels (180-F-87) brought her team 12. Van Driel delivered 11, whilst Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) added 8.
Point Chaud Sprimont rolled over Spirou Monceau 67:61 to take 5-4 record ion Pool B.


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 17-0 
 2. Brotnjo 94 12-5 
 3. Jedinstvo 11-4 
 4. Trebinje 11-6 
 5. Celik 9-5 
 6. Sloboda 9-7 
 7. Banovici 8-9 
 8. Borac-Mladost 4-10 
 9. Livno 3-12 
 10. Zrinjski 1-13 
 11. Bugojno 1-15 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Vigor Skopje 11-1 
 2. Biljana 10-1 
 3. Mladinec 6-6 
 4. Student S. 5-7 
 5. Kumanovo 3-8 
 6. Narkonon 0-12 


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D1 Round: 3 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ramat Hen - Ramla 71-63
Ramat Hen reduced the gap in the Semifinal series over Ramla beating them 71:63 in Game 3. Ayana Walker (191-F/C-79, college: Louisiana Tech) paced all the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while three other players netted 13. Sam Sheri Lynette responded with 21 points in the losing effort.

Electra Ramat - Bnot Hash. 90-71
Electra Ramat advanced to the Finals of the Israeli League defeating Bnot Hasharon in Game 3 90:71. Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) and Ebony Hoffman (188-C/F-82, college: USC) were perfect for the winners combining 41 points. Houston Charde produced 21 points in defeat.


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.1 
 2. Dixon, Pozzuoli16.5 
 3. Smith, Comense16.2 
 4. Montagnino, Ribera15.8 
 5. Hodges, Umbertide15.6 
 6. Summerton, Lavezzin.15.4 
 7. Mahoney, Taranto14.8 
 8. Pascalau, Priolo14.1 
 9. Moises Pinto, Fae.14.1 
 10. Andjelic, Pozzuo.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iciss TILLIS
  San Giovanni
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.2 
 2. Gaither, Livorno9.1 
 3. Godin, Taranto8.8 
 4. Hayden-J., Umana R.8.3 
 5. Smith, Comense8.3 
 6. Bjelica, Faenza8.0 
 7. Vilipic, Lavezzin.7.7 
 8. Chones, Ribera7.0 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.6.8 
 10. Willis, Umberti.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ticha PENICHEIRO
  San Giovanni
  (180-G-74)
  Avg: 4
 1. Penicheiro, San G.4.0 
 2. Eric, Vomero NA3.9 
 3. Carpreaux, Ribera3.8 
 4. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.0 
 5. Zara, Lavezzini PA2.7 
 6. Greco, Taranto2.2 
 7. Sauret Gille., Taran.2.1 
 8. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 9. Moro, Familia Schio2.1 
 10. Colico, Ribe.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Ribera
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Carpreaux, Ribera6.1 
 2. Gianolla, Priolo3.7 
 3. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.6 
 4. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.5 
 5. Ballardini, Umana R.3.4 
 6. Screen, Lavezzin.3.4 
 7. Micovic, Viterbo3.3 
 8. Macchi, Familia Schio3.3 
 9. Tillis, San Giovanni3.2 
 10. Zampella, Faen.3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Vanessa HAYDEN-JOHNSON
  Umana Reyer
  (194-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.7 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. Smith, Comense1.0 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 5. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 6. Batkovic, Taranto0.6 
 7. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.6 
 8. Chones, Ribera0.6 
 9. Dos Santos, Vomero N.0.6 
 10. Bjelica, Faen.0.6 


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


A1, Round 25: Taranto and Schio unstoppable - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Lavezzini PA 81-55
Schio blasted Lavezzini mostly owing to Laura Macchi (187-F-79), who drained 17 points. Allison Feaster-Strong had 14 and Raffaella Masciadri added 12 pts, including 7 rebounds. Their team remains on top, together with Taranto (20-5). The team from Parma got 20 pts from Francesca Zara.

Viterbo - Faenza 47-83
Devastating win for Faenza, who now has 17-8 record (4th place). Francesca Modica (175-G-81) and Adriana Moises Pinto drained 16 and 14 pts respectively in victory. Jessica Maria Butler posted 12 points for the loosing side.

Pozzuoli - Priolo 80-82
Priolo grabbed nice 82-80 road win against Pozzuoli joining Lavezzini and San Giovanni at the middle of Serie A1 standings with 15-10 record. Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) and Adira Barnes combined 32 points. Tamecka Dixon had 21 pts for the hosts.

Livorno - San Giovanni 69-75
Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) demonstrated impressive performance pacing her San Giovanni to victory with double-double, 30 points and 10 rebounds. Livorno Bernadetta Bagnara and Katarina Ristic stepped up for Livorno scoring 13 pts each, while Emanuela Ramon added one point less. San Giovanni 15-10, Livorno 7-18.

Ribera - Vomero NA 81-68
Ribera outplayed Vomero at home 81-68 registering the fourth win this season. Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) was a key player for the hosts netting 23 points. Visitors got 20 pts from Cintia Dos Santos.

Comense - Umana Reyer 48-69
The team from Venezia grabbed this one thanks to Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) and Jenifer Nadalin, which nailed 37 points together. Brooke Smith replied with 23 pts and 6 rebounds in defeat. Umana Reyer 19-6 (third place), Comense 11-14.

Taranto - Umbertide 76-57
As it was expected, powerful Taranto outplayed Umbertide at home for 20-5 score. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) led the winners with 19, while Suzy Batkovic added 14 pts. Nieves Llamas and Jenna Rubino collected 39 points in loss.


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  JORDAN - Women  


Malhas want to retire - by Murad Masri

Amina malhas future as basketball player is not clear these days, as she think seriously to retire due to her knee injury.
Malhas who spent her all playing career with of (Al-riyadi) club,didn't manage to complete last season and also didn't join the national team practices, which make her want to take this decision.
(Al-riyadi) club has lost alot of good players in the last years either due retirement like Muna and Anood Srojeh or due leaving country like Roza Kopty or for other reasons like Sarah Hatouqa.


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  LEBANON - Women  


Antranik gets the Lebanese Cup - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Antranik Beirut faced Homentmen Antelias in the final game of the Lebanese Cup Competition.
Game was really close except the fourth quarter...half time finished 26-26 both team were concentrated on this game..and looked to get the cup.
Evryone know about the derby between both teams..Antranik Beirut and Homentmen Antelias ...third quarter continue too close and Antranik Beirut finished it up by 3 points only 41-38.
But the Fourth quarter was the revenge for Antranik Beirut Girl who made a good quarter and Homentmen Antelias gave the win to Antranik Beirut because of the big number of turnovers.
Game finished 65-44 for Antranik Beirut.
EuroBasket congrats Antranik Beirut for the Lebanese Cup Champions



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Standings - Women League
Superleague Standings
 1. Buducnost 1-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 1-0 
 3. BC H.Novi 0-1 
 4. Roling Niksic 0-1 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Stanford beats Iowa State thanks to 46 points by Appel - by Eurobasket News
Iowa State's scheme was obvious to Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) even before the opening tip. The Cyclones put all their energy into guarding the Stanford center's teammates, forcing Appel to try to beat them herself.
And what a beating it was one that will forever have a prominent place in Stanford's illustrious basketball history, long after the resulting Final Four trip by the Big Appel and her Cardinal.
Appel scored a school-record 46 points in the third highest-scoring effort in NCAA tournament annals, overwhelming Iowa State's single-coverage defense and securing Stanford's second straight Final Four appearance with a 74-53 victory in the Berkeley Regional final on Monday night.
Stanford's imposing 6-foot-4 junior with neon-pink fingernails and a dancer's grace broke Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) single-game school scoring record with her final basket for the Cardinal (33-4). Dominating from the first possession, she made 19 of her 28 shots and with 16 rebounds nearly outrebounded Iowa State by herself before being mobbed by teammates at the final buzzer.
'I came into the gym with the mind-set that I wasn't going to leave without the net,' said Appel, the Pac-10 player of the year who erased her previous career high by 13 points. 'We weren't going to leave here without cutting down those nets. It just wasn't an option.'
She left little doubt about Stanford's 20th straight victory and eighth Final Four berth, although coach Tara VanDerveer never felt comfortable until the final seconds. Only Drake's Lorri Bauman (50 points in 1982) and Texas Tech's Sheryl Swoopes (47 in 1993) have scored more points in an NCAA tournament game than Appel.
Appel dazzled the supportive Bay Area crowd with one beguiling move after another, seemingly oblivious to Iowa State's sadly inadequate low-post coverage. Tough enough to physically dominate the low-post mosh pit, but slick enough to emerge without a scratch. Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly was left grinning in frustration on the bench.
'Tara told me she was pretty sure they weren't going to double me, so we knew immediately that we were going to go inside,' Appel said. 'That was our game plan from the very beginning, and it worked for us.'
Appel's postgame understatement made her teammates smirk. During warmups, VanDerveer told Appel she might have a chance to score 50 points, given the Cyclones' plan to counteract what hurt them in the teams' meeting in November.
Stanford routed Iowa State 83-45 during a tournament in Hawaii, getting just six points from Appel, who set up her teammates for 13 three-pointers.
'I don't question what they did,' VanDerveer said. 'Jayne had to deliver. We knew what we had to do. ... If Jayne has four points or 46 points, she is the same person. She sets an example for these young people.'
At the Final Four in St. Louis, the Cardinal will meet the winner of Connecticut's Trenton Regional final meeting with Arizona State. Stanford is the last team to beat the undefeated Huskies, doing it in last season's semifinal game in Tampa.
'In my mind, there's no doubt that Stanford is the only team that has a chance to beat (UConn),' Fennelly said. 'I wasn't concerned about how many points (Appel) scored. Our plan was to make 10 or 11 3's, and take away the 3 from them. We needed to score when we had open looks at the basket.'
Amanda Nisleit scored 17 points for the Cyclones, whose 7-for-26 shooting on three-pointers was far too inadequate to overcome Appel's awe-inspiring effort. Iowa State (27-9) has made the regional final twice, falling short in 1999 and again this season.
Alison Lacey, who scored 29 points in Iowa State's comeback win over Michigan State in the Berkeley semifinals, managed just two on 1-of-10 shooting against Stanford. Senior Heather Ezell had 10 points, making just one of her eight three-point attempts.
'She deserves all the credit that she's got,' Ezell said of Appel. 'They knew that we were shooting the ball really well from three-point land, and they were going to try to guard us as best they could out there. There was always a hand in your face.'
Last season's loss to Tennessee in the national title game was Stanford's first Final Four appearance since 1997. After a decade of disheartening NCAA losses, VanDerveer's teams finally have reclaimed their tournament toughness and Appel obviously is one monstrous reason.
Only eight players in NCAA tournament history have scored at least 41 points in a game. Stanford has done it three times in the last two years: Wiggins twice last season, including a 41-point effort in the regional final, followed by Appel's biggest game yet.
Stanford left no doubt of its plan from the opening possession. Appel won the tap, immediately got the ball down low, rebounded her own miss and scored from the other side of the hoop. She scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the first 7:44 before VanDerveer put her on the bench for a breather.
Appel outscored Iowa State in the first half with 27 points, making 13 of her 19 shots. She then scored the first six points of the second half, surpassing her previous career high and staking Stanford to a 44-25 lead. Iowa State never began fouling Appel pre-emptively, despite her unimpressive free-throw shooting in recent games.
Appel matched Marissa Coleman's 42-point performance for Maryland last Saturday on two free throws with 5:46 to play, and she matched Wiggins' Stanford record on a hook shot with 3:48 left. After beating the school record on one last low-post move with 1:43 to play, VanDerveer finally felt comfortable enough to take her out.
'She's the best post player I've ever played with, and probably the best ever,' said fellow 6-foot-4 post player Kayla Pedersen, who had six points and eight assists for Stanford. 'I was getting yelled at for not rebounding, but I knew she was going to make it.'
Courtesy of http://www.usatoday.com


Louisville beats Maryland to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News
As the Louisville Cardinals circled around to cut down the nets for the first time, the scoreboard clock still showed one-tenth of a second remaining.
How appropriate: time hasnt run out yet on the most successful tournament run in program history.
Louisville is headed to the Final Four for the first time, after Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-60 upset of top-seeded Maryland in the Raleigh Regional final Monday night.
Deseree Byrd (5'9''-G-88) added 17 points and nine assists and Candyce Bingham (6'1''-F-86, college: Xavier) had 15 points for the third-seeded Cardinals (33-4).
They never trailed and led by double figures for virtually the entire second half in continuing an improbable march through the bracket that started on LSUs inhospitable home court.
(The players) had to get us out of Baton Rouge and they did that. I told them, If you get that done, well get you to the Final Four, coach Jeff Walz said. They believed in everything we told them. They sat there and they laid it on the line for us. They followed a game plan tonight as well as any team Ive coached. Its a credit to them to believing in what were doing, and it shows.
hey did, and now theyve earned a spot against the winner of the Oklahoma City regionaleither Oklahoma or PurdueSunday night in St. Louis.
Im dreaming right now, McCoughtry said. Then, she gestured to Byrd and adding, pinch me, Des.
Marissa Coleman finished with 18 points two nights after scoring a career-high 42 against Vanderbilt and Marah Strickland added 15 the top-seeded Terrapins (31-5), who finally ran out of comebacks. Two nights after rallying from 18 down to beat the Commodores, the Terps turned it over 21 timesa major reason why they were denied their fourth trip to the national semifinals.
They did a really good job of making us uncomfortable, throwing different looks at us, guard Kristi Toliver said. They wanted to be physical from the beginning. We knew they were going to be that way, and we never really could get into rhythm.
Headed there instead is a Cardinals team led by a Baltimore native, McCoughtry, and coached by Walz, a former Maryland assistant.
Just when the Terps thought they had clawed back into the game late, the Cardinals seniors put it away.
Coleman hit a 3-pointer to pull Maryland within eight at the five-minute mark. But Bingham responded seconds later with a layup over Demauria Liles to start the 13-2 run that pushed it into double figures to stay. McCoughtry added hit a 3-pointer over Liles and Bingham followed that with a layup to stretch it to 67-52.
They carry us, Byrd said. We just follow.
Once again, McCoughtry was the Cardinals primary option on offense. The Big Easts defensive player of the year got plenty of chances to show her scoring touchshe was 9-for-25 in this one and combined to shoot 19-for-53 in two games in Raleigh.
She helped the Cardinals to win for the 12th time in 13 games and snapped Marylands 15-game winning streak with a victory that was particularly sweet yet also emotionally drainingfor Walz.
He spent six years assisting Brenda Frese and drew up the most memorable play of Marylands national title in 2006the 3-pointer in the final seconds by the then-freshman Toliver that forced overtime against Duke.
I told them its one of the hardest games Ive ever had to coach, Walz said. Its different if youre playing them in a regular-season game because everybodys career continues on. But this was a game where we came out on the top side of it, and their careers are over.
There were no such heroics this time for Toliver, the ACC player of the year who finished with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Nor were there any for Coleman, who wept inconsolably and nearly collapsed as she came off the court for the final time with about a minute remaining.
Its always tough to have that moment for seniors, for their careers to end, Frese said. Especially two seniors like these two. You hate for it to end like this.
Liles had 10 points and 17 rebounds for Maryland. Freshman Becky Burke finished with 10 points for the Cardinals, who sent the Terps into an early hole they couldnt escape.
They used an early 13-3 run to take a quick double-figure lead, with Monique Reeds layup with just under eight minutes before the break making it 24-14.
We came out from the jump and we played hard, Byrd said. We all have heart.
Part of Marylands problem was that its two biggest stars, Coleman and Toliver, combined to go 3-for-15 in the first half. The Terps managed just three field goals in a span of roughly 11 1/2 minutes and were held to a season-low 25 points at halftime.
The Cardinals overcame some shooting struggles of their own. They went scoreless for nearly six minutes, missing nine straight shots, and McCoughtry misfired on eight in a row before swishing a mid-range jumper at the buzzer that put Louisville up 30-25 at the break.
Then, after withstanding Marylands second-half attempt to get back in it, they could keep thinking big.
Its time to go to Disney World, McCoughtry said, breaking into a laugh as she added, oh, wait. Weve got two more games.
Courtesy of http://rivals.yahoo.com


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Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Asker/BV 11-1 
 2. Gimle 9-3 
 3. Ullern 8-4 
 4. Hop 7-5 
 5. Nordstrand 4-8 
 6. Ammerud 2-10 
 7. Ulriken 1-11 
 8. Elite Nord 0-0 


Kvinneligaen - All Star Team - by Kaare Vangen

All the coaches have been voting and here is the All Star Team for Kvinneligaen 2009:

Sigrid Skorpen (174-G-91) (Asker/BVIF)

Jeanine Flaaten (Gimle)

Kamela Gissendanner (185-G-85, college: Penn St.) (Gimle)

Torunn Ytrehus (Ullern)

Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.) (Asker/BVIF)


Nanna Sand was also voted MVP. We congratulate! The awards were presented to the players during the playoff games in the Oslo area. Nanna Sand were also MVP last season.



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Kool Kats Prevail In Battle Royale For Senior Women Title - by Eurobasket
The City of Edinburgh Kool Kats entered today's Scottish Cup Final undefeated in Senior Women National League play. With a record like that another win and the Scottish Cup might be a foregone conclusion, but ladies of St Mirren Reid Kerr College had other plans and pushed the Kats to brink in a great game that saw each team pull ahead and battle back. Ultimately, the Kool Kats prevailed, but not without being thoroughly tested.

The second half opened with the Saints holding a one point lead at 36-35. After a two from Natalie Chaloner (177-F-86) and Ailidh Hood (179-F/C-88), the Saints had pushed that lead to five at 40-35. Emma Findlay (165-G-87) and Samantha Duff (176-G-87) responded for the Kats with a lay up and a three knotting things up at 40. From there the lead changed three times as the teams pushed each other for control.

Edinburgh finally took the lead back for the last time with a basket and a free throw from Kathryn Taylor with 1:08 reamining in the quarter. Those points were part of a 9-0 run the Kats went on to close the third quarter at 56-49.

The Saints came back in the fourth quarter to pull within two at 56-60 with 6:00 remaining, but they could not get ahead. The Kats slowly built on their lead. Samantha Duff added seven of their last nine points where they closed out the game with 75-64 victory.

Edinburgh had three players in double figures led by Samantha Duff with 24. Rebecca Allison (168-G-91) added 14 and Emma Findlay had 9. The Saints had three as well. Mellissa Prunty was their top scorer with 18. Natalie Chaloner added 14 and Toni Carvill had 11.

Courtesy of Basketballscotland


Stats Leaders
National League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bell, KKats 20.8
2 McGarnachan, Gl.19.7
3 Baird, C.Erik 18.2
4 Cumming, St.M 17.2
5 Ritchie, PolPh 17.1
6 Chaloner, St.M 16.0
7 Rowan, KKats 15.5
8 Allison, KKats 13.7
9 Gallagher, C.Erik 12.7
10 McNeil, Glad 11.8


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  SERBIA - Women  


Milena Krstajic on All Star game - by Dragana Vukovic
The Romanian All Star game will be held on the 6th of April in Alexandria.Milena Krstajic (184-F-84) will play for the team of foreigners.She is having a great season this year averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds for 31.38 minutes.This is her first season abroad and she made a good job.Following weekend Milena Krstajic will take part,with her team CS CET Govora, on the final four Cup Tournament.The teams which will be on the Cup Tournament are U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca,CSM Targoviste,CS Teleorman Alexandria and CS CET Govora.

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TEKNOSA Women Turkish Cup Eight-Finals - by Baha Kurtulus
TEKNOSA Women Turkish Cup Eight-Finals will be held in Kadir Has Sport Hall-Kayseri on 12nd-14th April 2009.
Matches performed according to the elimination system will be shown at NTV Spor TV Channel alive.

Eight-Finals pairings, 12nd April 2009

Ceyhan Belediye - Tarsus Belediye
Mersin Buyuk Sehir Belediyesi - Galatasaray
Besiktas Cola Turka - Fenerbahce
Pankup Ted Kayseri Koleji - Samsun Basketbol

Semi Finals, 13rd April 2009

Final, 14th April 2009


Start of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
The top seeded teams got 1-0 record before the start of the Quarterfinals of Turkish Play-offs. The first Quarterfinal games brought 2-0 record for the favorites.
The winner of the Regular Season Fenerbahce beat TED Kayseri 87:50 controlling the whole game. The favorites started with 21-14 and led to the winning outcome. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) led the winners with 14 points while Vardali added 13. Ashley Robinson resisted with 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
Galatasaray overcame Besiktas in a classical derby 73:63. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 4 rebounds, while Braxton netted 10. Anna De Forge brought her team 20 points and 7 rebounds.
The second team after the regular season Samsun beat Ceyhan 65:59. The hosts opened the game with 22-10 however the guests played even in the rest of the game. Erlana Larkins (185-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) exploded with 22 points and Nihan Anaz (172-G-79) delivered 11 points for the hosts. Ozkan ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
Mersin outscored Tarsus Bld 78:68 as Quigley top-scored with 15 points and Gokce netted 12. Brown finished the night with 17 points and Ilsu Daricioglu (170-G-83) nailed 15.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Kozachka wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka wins the Regular Season of the Higher League in Ukraine. April 2nd will be the start of the Play-offs, however Eurobasket would like to recollect the season for the winning team from Zaporozhye.
The winner of the regular season finished with 21-3 record, while Tim-Scuf is second with 18-6. All three games that Kozachka was upset in belonged to Tim-Skuf. It is expected that both teams will reach the Final and will start another clash for the Gold.
Kozachka-ZALK claimed the first title in the season in Ukraine as they celebrated the victory in the Ukrainian Cup. Kozachka-ZALK held off Tim-Scuf in the final game to clinch the Cup title. The Cup Final Four was held in Kyiv and Kozachka faced Chaika at the semifinal stage. The Ukrainian most renowned team gained a comprehensive 97:66 win to advance into the Final. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) nailed 27 points to lead the charge. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) produced 22 points and 8 steals for the winners.
Last year Tim-Scuf edged the 2007 champions Dnipro in the decisive fifth game of the Final series to clinch the Superleague title. The Kyiv outfit saved the day at the capital winning the fourth game and forcing the title decider. They extended the winning streak in Dnepropetrovsk beating the regular season champions and snatching the crown. The encounter turned into a real drama full of lead changes and seesaw action. Lamisha Augustine and Jennifer Fleischer sealed the winning outcome for Tim-Scuf from charity stripe.


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Sheffield H. 19-1 
 2. UWIC Archers 18-2 
 3. Nottingham W. 15-5 
 4. Northumbria 14-6 
 5. Solent S. 11-9 
 6. London HA 7-13 
 7. London M. 7-13 
 8. Manchester M. 7-13 
 9. Rh.Rebels 6-14 
 10. Leeds C. 5-15 
 11. Sevenoaks S. 1-19 


City Of Sheffield Hatters triumph in the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
City Of Sheffield Hatters triumph in the Regular Season finishing with 19-1 record. UWIC Archers is second with 18-2, while Nottingham Wildcats are third with 15-5.
City Of Sheffield Hatters destroyed Rhondda Rebels 93:38 in the last game of the Regular Season. The guests stayed in the game up to the second half, however lost to the favorite later in the game. After 24:13, the hosts improved to 45:24 entering the third period. Rhondda Rebels could score only 7 points in both third and the last periods as City Of Sheffield Hatters pushed the tempo for enormous lead. Sarah Naylor (183-F-83) led the winners with 32 points, while Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) nailed 16. Bofenda posted 10 points in defeat and Thompson had 9.
UWIC Archers overcame London Metropolitan University trailing 46:53 after three quarters played. UWIC Archers managed to reorganized and won the game with 36:8 in the last stanza. Nicki Avery (178-F) paced all the winners with 19 points and Hoffman scored 16. Mia Spasowska (186-C, college: Humboldt St.) produced 23 points in the losing effort.
In the Playoff Quarter Finals on April 4th City Of Sheffield Hatters will play against Manchester Mystics at All Saints Venue. UWIC Archers will face London Heathrow Acers in UWIC Sports Hall, while Team Northumbria meets Solent Suns in Centre for Sport . Nottingham Wildcats will play versus London Mets in Wildcats Arena on April 5th.