EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/27/2009

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  ALGERIA   


Results and standings after 14 round in the superleague of Algeria - by Carlos Pereira
Results and standings after 14 round in the superleague of Algeria

A (to the title)
AB Skikda NA Hussein Dey 63-79
ASPTT Alger WB An Benian 89-68
TRB Blida CRB Dar El Beida 75-60
WA Boufarik GS Ptrolier (delay)

Pts g
1. GS Ptrolier 26 13
2.CRB Dar Beida 24 14
3. WA Boufarik 22 13
4. ASPTT Alger 21 14
5.WB An-Benian 20 14
6. TRB Blida 19 14
7. NA HD 19 14
8. AB Skikda 13 14

B (to first division)
CRB Tmouchent NRM Harrach 69-77
JSB Msila CRM Birkhadem 60-80
USMM Hadjout NB Staouli 59-56
O Batna AU Annaba 76-67

Pts G
1. USMM Hadjout 21 12
2. O Batna 20 12
-. NB Staouli 20 12
4. NRM Harrach 19 12
-.CRB Tmouchent19 12
6.CRM Birkhadem 18 12
7. JSB Msila 13 12
-. AU Annaba 13 12


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  ANGOLA   


1 Agosto beat Petro in the round 3 of the Final Four - by Carlos Pereira
1 Agosto beat Petro in the round 3 of the Final Four. This competition is played in 4 laps.

Results
1 Agosto x Petro 86-71
ASA x Libolo 87-80

Box score 1 Agosto x Petro

1 de Agosto: Mayzer Alexandre (00), Armando Costa (07), Adilson Baza (00), Olmpio Cipriano (16), Kikas Gomes (16), Felizardo Ambrsio (10), Vlademir Ricardino (10), Francisco Jordo (12), Carlos Almeida (10), Miguel Lutonda (01), Rodrigo Mascarenhas (04), Simo Joo (00).
Coach: Lus Magalhes

Petro de Luanda: Eduardo Mingas (07), Roberto Fortes (03), Carlos Morais (16), Fernando Albano (00), Frederick Gentry (07), Paulo Santana (00), Victor Muzadi (00), Francisco Horcio (00), Milton Barros (16), Heshimu Evans (17), Victor Carvalho (03), Abdel Bouckar (00).
Coach: Alberto de Carvalho Ginguba

STANDING

1 de Agosto 06 pts
Petro de Luanda 05 pts
ASA 04 pts
Libolo 04 pts


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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Second win for Al-Riyadi at Arab Club Championships - by Maarouf Mawloud

Riyadi 97-76 Kahraba
Q1:23-16, Q2: 48-29, Q3: 69-52, Q4: 97-76
Stats:

Riyadi:
-Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) 30Pts, 4Rbs, 6Ass
-Ismail Ahmad 41Pts, 8Rbs, 2Ass (Including 6/9 on 3's)
-Alexander Radojevic 8Pts, 14Rbs, 2Ass
-Mohamad Ibrahim 10Pts, 5Rbs, 10Ass
-Ali Fakherdine 2Pts, 3Rbs
-Omar Turk 6Pts

Kahraba:
-Rashad Powell 13Pts, 5Rbs
-Malek Nahi 14Pts, 7Rbs
-Nikia Miller 15Pts, 4Rbs
-Curtis 7Pts, 7Ass
-Ahmad Monshid 9Pts



Day 2 - 22nd ACC - by Mohammed Malas
* Sunday 26/4, 22nd Arab Clubs Championship (Beirut, Lebanon 'Apr 25 - May 6')

# Group A:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 95 - Al Kahraba Electricity (IRQ) 76 (Qs: 23-16, 48-29, 69-52 & 95-76)
- Best scorers:
Riyadi [Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) '39 pts' & Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) '30 pts']
Kahraba [Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona) '18 pts', Rashad Powell (198-G-81, college: Idaho) '13 pts' & Malek Nahi '13 pts']

# Group B:

Al Jaysh Army SC (QAT) 83 - Al Arabi (KUW) 76 (Qs: 16-24, 32-41, 57-63 & 83-76)
- Best scorers:
Army [Ali Turki (202-F-82) '29 pts, 8 reb', Marzooq Abu-Sabbar A '20 pts, 7 reb & Thomas Compaore (201-F/C-87, agency: ACMT) '15 pts, 6 reb']
Arabi [Mikey Marshall (196-G-81, college: Texas Tech) '21 pts, 15 reb', Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) '13 pts' & Mohammad Ateeq '22 pts']

ASU Sports Club (JOR) 93 - Ittihad de Tanger (MOR) 75 (Qs: 22-20, 46-39, 71-55 & 93-75)
- Best scorers:
ASU [Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) '27 pts', Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) '16 pts, 6 ast' & Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine) '10 pts, 13 reb']
IRT [Younes Idrissi (204-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) '21 pts, 10 reb', Mustafa Al Khalfi '13 pts']

# Group C:

Al Manama (BHR) 92 - De La Salle Jerusalem (PAL) 74 (Qs: 25-15, 56-33, 77-55 & 92-74)
- Best scorers:
Manama [Ahmad Abdel-Aziz '28 pts']
De La Salle [Michael Vaughan-Cherubin (198-F-82, college: New Paltz St.) '23 pts']

# Day 3 - 22nd ACC (Beirut Time, +3 GMT):
- Monday 27/4:
16:00 Hilal X ASPTT
18:00 Zain X Manama
20:00 Army X ASU
22:00 Sagesse X Tanger

* Thomas Compaore is the 3rd imports of Al Jaysh Army SC of Qatar and not Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California)
* Michael Vaughan-Cherubin is the 3rd import of De La Salle Jerusalem and not Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming)


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga, Round 2 (Semi-Finals): Gmunden grabs 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Wels - Oberwart 85-91
Oberwart made it today tying the score in A Bundesleague quarterfinals to 1-1. Jae Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) top-scored for the Gunners with 19 points. He also handed out 7 assists beside that. Hannes Artner and Marko Moric followed with 14 pts. Tilo Klette and Brandon Thomas combined 37 points for the hosts.

Kapfenberg - Arkadia 82-75
Kapfenberg grabbed 82-75 home win toady for 1-1 in the quarterfinals. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Bradley) was on fire for the hosts scoring 33 points. Heinz Kugerl also had very important role registering double-double, 21 pts and 10 rebs. Arkadia got 19 pts from Deven Mitchell.

Gmunden - St.Polten 89-75
2-0 for the regular season champion after today's 89-75 home win. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) was a key player for the hosts collecting 22 points and 14 rebounds. David Jandl responded with 19 pts in loss.

Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 99-103
Klosterneuburg surprised Panthers tying the score to 1-1. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) and Melvin Creddle were the most important players for the guests combining 45 points. Marquis Wright helped with 15 pts. Furstenfeld got double-double from Desmond Penigar, 18 pts and 10 rebs.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BBL Final Four: Third place belongs to TU/Rock - by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock made history of Estonian basketball, beating ASK Riga 77:68 in SEB BBL third place game and achieved the best possible place behind two European top level teams Zalgiris an rytas.
The hosts were led by Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. But it was the Georgian duo, Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Octagon) who appeared as the true heroes, combining last 9 points for the hosts. Tsintsadze nailed a crucial three-pointer with 55 seconds left to play and made it 73:67. Sanikidze scored 4 last points of the game. Tsintsadze had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Sanikidze 12 points and 11 rebounds.
ASK was led by Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 15 points, 12 of them in the 1st quarter. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) made one of his best performances this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points.
The hosts outrebounded opponents 45:21 (!). The head coach of ASK Riga, Donaldas Kairys said that these numbers were the main reason of the loss. 'We were outrebounded and, having such a short bench, the foul trouble killed us at the end of the game, leaving us without substitutions' rotation
The hosts started the game in a pretty modest way, making only 1 of their 8 first shots. During first 7 minutes, hosts also made 5 turnovers and 7 fouls, allowing ASK go ahead 8:0 and 18:3. ASK won the 1st quarter 29:11. 'They succeeded in everything at the beginning,' both Indrek Visnapuu, the coach of TU/Rock, and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) mentioned later. 'But what's most important is that today we played three good quarters and these were three last quarters not like yesterday when we played good basketball for the three first quarters.'
In 2nd quarter, TU/Rock finally woke up and started the quarter with a 14:0 run in only 3 minutes. ASK held a narrow lead until with 1:30 to play in the first half, Marek Doronin nailed a three-pointer to take the hosts ahead 37:35. Uvis Helmanis answered with a triple and ASK won the first half 39:37.
In 3rd quarter, Tanoka Beard scored 6 in a row to take the hosts ahead 43:41. Grafs answered with only his third three-pointer of the season and Runkauskas took ASK ahead for the last time today - 46:45. Beard, Kullamae and Tein made a 7:0 run and TU/Rock led 56:50 with a quarter to go.
Although it seemed that the 4th quarter was going to be a pure formality, the Latvian team proved contrary. With 6 minutes to play, the hosts led 63:55 but Mazutis, Grafs and Vitols made a 8:0 run in only a minute to even the game 63:63. Then, Tsintsadze rose above everybody else. He made a couple of hard baskets, Tanel Tein added a three-pointer and Tsintsadze's three-pointer with 55 seconds to play, decided the fate of the game.


SEB BBL: Rytas is the champion! - by Janar Filippov
Lietuvos rytas is the first three-time SEB BBL champion after beating Zalgiris 97:74 (52:49) in the final, held in Tartu.
23 points is the biggest ever winning margin in SEB BBL finals history. Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) scored 41 points his career high in SEB BBL and also the best ever individual performance in BBL finals history. Eidson also had 8 rebounds and dished 8 assists. His shooting percentage was awesome 80 per cent - 16/20! Unsurprisingly, Eidson was named the MVP of the final game.
Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) added 14 and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 13 points. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) led Zalgiris with 26 points, Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) added 11 and Eurelijus Zukauskas 10 points.
After the game, Chuck Eidson was asked, is it possible to play basketball better than he did today. The MVP checked the scoresheet and said: 'Well-well...two turnovers, four missed shots. I think, it is possible to play better.' Then again, he admitted that it was his best performance ever, considering the importance of the game. Eidson said that for most of his 41 points, Marijonas Petravicius is the one to be blamed: 'Marijonas is a beast. He is my right hand. Without him under the basket i couldn't have made even half of my shots.'
Rytas made 61% of two-pointers, 10/20 of three-pointers and only 8 turnovers. Zalgiris had quite disappointing shooting percentage - 42% of two-point shots.
The winners' head coach, olympic champion Rimas Kurtinaitis was very happy with the way his team performed in defence. 'We were perfect in defence. Very aggressive. And also very fast in offence. We stole the ball and made many fast breaks.' Commenting Eidson's performance, Kurtinaitis said: 'We used the same offensive set throughout the game. I can't tell you why Zalgiris could not find the way to understand it and stop us. Then again, if someone thinks he knows how to stop us, I'd like to see it.'
The fate of the game was decided in the 3rd quarter when Rytas outscored their opponents 22:6. Until then, the game was even and extremely high-level. For example, both teams combined 14/24 three-pointers in first half.
Zalgiris started the game with a storm, going ahead 8:2 and 21:11 as Salenga had 9 pts, already. Then, Chuck Eidson took the initiative, scored 9 in a row and Rytas went ahead 26:25.
In 2nd quarter, Mindaugas Lukauskis was unstoppable, scoring 11 points.With two minutes left in first half, Rytas led 48:43 - Eidson and Lukauskis had combined unbelievable 40 points, already.
After the intermission, the black and red wall was built under the basket of Rytas and in nine minutes, Rytas allowed the opponents to make only two shots, outscoring the Greens 20:4 and going ahead 72:53. Zalgiris made 2/15 shots and 4 turnovers during that decisive period of the game.
The 4th quarter was a matter of formality as Rytas did not give any chances of coming back to the game to the opponents.


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  BARBADOS   


Williams, Tridents beat Senators - by Justin Marville
AKEEM WILLIAMS is developing a knack for having big fourth quarters.
And the Colombian Emeralds International Senators are getting on the wrong end of those exploits.
The diminutive point guard scored all nine of his points in the final quarter to spark a decisive 22-6 run as the Sagicor Tridents upended their newly promoted counterparts 80-66 in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Associations Premier League at the Wildey Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Six months after a similarly clutch performance delivered the Under-21 title to Lakers, the oft-overlooked Williams proved to be a thorn in the Senatorsside once again.
Only this time it would be the Rockley-based senior squad that was forced to suffer the same fate that befell their luckless juniors back in October.
The first of Williams treys in that deciding period punctuated a swift 6-0 Tridents run that brought a quick end to a 55-all deadlock at the start of the quarter.
A textbook Nicholai Williams hook-shot later, followed by Kregg Jones thunderous two-handed jam, and the second of Akeem Williams triples opened up an unassailable double-digit advantage (72-61).
But the crafty floor general wasnt finished just yet, adding three successive free throws, before his namesake scored in transition on a nifty spin moveto complete the rout (77-61).
Despite keeping the prolific Keefe Birkett quiet in that span, Senators did themselves no favours as seasoned forward Brian Yarde wasted a few easy scoring opportunities in the paint, while a couple crucial turnovers led to baskets in the opposite direction.
Birkett led all scorers on the day with 19 points, after torching his defenders for 14 first-half points, while Nicholai Williams and Ramon Byer chipped in with 16 and 13 points respectively.
Former Warriors guard Nicholas Kings 17 points was the top score for the winless Senators, who lost their third successive game on the trot. Yarde finished with 15 points, Anthony Forde had 11 and the returning Alwyn Lovell scored ten.
A late three-point barrage from combo guard Shawn Midnight Henry gave DC United their first victory of the season when they overcame the previously undefeated Playfair Warriors 79-71 in the nights second game.
Trailing by four with less than three minutes left in the fourth, the streaky Henry hit three successive treys the last two with defenders in his face to give the DC their first lead in the game at 69-67.
And the inside-outside duo of Selwyn Brooks and Sydney Bouncer Rowe did the rest, capitalising on Henrys surge by combining for the teams last ten points inside the final minute.
Brooks finished with a game-high 29 points, Henry scored 22, while Tyrone Alexander chipped in with 12. Rookie point-guard Tremaine Shaw led the Warriors with 19 points and Anthony Bynoe added 14.


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
 1. Celik 22-0 
 2. Triland 18-3 
 3. Vogosca 14-7 
 4. Student T. 13-9 
 5. Brcko 11-10 
 6. Play Off 11-10 
 7. Kakanj 10-11 
 8. Limometal 9-13 
 9. Trica 7-14 
 10. Bihac 7-15 
 11. Lukavac 7-15 
 12. Velpak 0-22 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Sutjeska 20-5 
 2. Bratunac 18-7 
 3. Radnik B. 16-9 
 4. Prijedor 16-9 
 5. Varda 14-8 
 6. Gacko 14-8 
 7. Glasinac 10-12 
 8. Wolf Security 7-15 
 9. Bijeljina 7-15 
 10. Rudar 6-16 
 11. Mladost 76 6-16 
 12. Radivoje Kor. 4-18 
Herceg-Bosne
 1. Brotnjo Citluk 17-1 
 2. Capljina 15-3 
 3. Odzak 12-6 
 4. Siroki II 10-8 
 5. Livno 10-8 
 6. Zrinjski II 6-11 
 7. Busovaca 5-12 
 8. Tomislav 5-13 
 9. Ljubuski 4-12 
 10. Rama 2-14 


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Balkan 18-0 
 2. Overgas 13-5 
 3. Dunav 2007 12-6 
 4. Chernomor. 12-6 
 5. Vidabasket 10-8 
 6. Slavia 8-10 
 7. NSA 7-11 
 8. Beroe SZ 6-12 
 9. Dunav 3-15 
 10. Sportist Svoge 1-17 


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: sunday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Espanol de Talca and CD Universidad de Concepcion were the winners of sunday night action in Dimayor. Playing as visitors, Espanol won the second game of the season with David Gonzalez (180-G-86) and Oliver Morton (207-C-78, college: Chattanooga) combined for 43 points. 68-77 for Espanol against Everton. In Concepcion, the host, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated Deportivo Valdivia 80-68. Eduardo Marechal (186-G-85) was outstanding with 29 points in the night.

Sunday night results

Everton de Vina del Mar 68 - Deportivo Espanol de Taca 77
Eve: Oliver Hermosilla 15 pts. Francois Diaz 15 pts.
Esp: David Gonzalez 22 pts. Oliver Morton 21 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 80 - Deportivo Valdivia 68
Ucon: Eduardo Marechal 29 pts. Diego Osses 16 pts.
Val: Claus Prutzmann 22 pts. Rodrigo Munoz 21 pts.


Dimayor: saturday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto and Provincial Llanquhue are the leaders of north and south zone respectively after saturday night victories. In Los Andes, Liceo defeated Espanol 94-67, with Percy Werth (185-G-78) and Mauricio Cisternas (198-C-83) leading the scorers with 17 and 16 points. In Llanquihue, Provincial Llanquihue was too much for Deportes Castro and took a 90-72 victory, with Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) leading all scorers with 26 points. In Osorno, the host, Provincial Osorno defeated Universidad de Los Lagos 57-51. In Vina del Mar, Sagrados Corazones reach the second victory of the tournament after defeating Universidad Catolica 69-56.

Saturday night results

Liceo Mixto 94 - Espanol de Talca 67
Lic: Percy Werth 17 pts. Mauricio Cisternas 16 pts.
Esp: David Gonzalez 15 pts. Oliver Morton 13 pts.

Provincial Osorno 57 - Universidad de Los Lagos 51
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 19 pts. Erik Carrasco 15 pts.
Ula: Sergio Cardenas 14 pts. Ignacio Navarrete 8 pts.

Sagrados Corazones 69- Universidad Catolica 56
Sag: Joaquin Oliver 24 pts. Marcos Hubner 13 pts.
Uc: Felipe Contreras 11 pts. Sascha Frings 9 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 90 - Deportes Castro 72
Llan
: Jose Luis Campos 26 pts. Cesar Chaine 16 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 18 pts. Pedro Sandoval 11 pts.


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Blasts Xinjiang Again for 2-0 Lead - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong outscored Xinjiang 31-16 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 100-81 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven CBA finals.

Guangdong led 23-21 after one quarter and 47-37 at the half but Xinjiang narrowed the gap to 69-65 after three quarters.

Zhu Fangyu led Guangdong with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Smush Parker had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals to 3 turnovers. Dixon Jason (205-C-73, college: Liberty) had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Chen Jianghua had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Wang Shipeng had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Su Wei scored only 3 points, but grabbed 9 rebounds. Guangdong is still trying to figure out which is their most promising young center, Su or Wang Zheng.

Juan Mendez led Xinjiang with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Apparently reports of his imminent departure from Xinjiang were inaccurate. Myron Allen had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. But he also had 8 turnovers and hit only 2 of 11 shots. Mulati had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guochong scored 10. Mengke Bateer had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists but was outplayed by Dixon Jason and Su Wei inside.

Guangdong again had a huge rebounding edge on Xinjiang, 47-35. Xinjiang only hit 39 percent of its two-point shots compared to 60 percent for Guangdong, again showing Guangdong's superiority inside.


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  CYPRUS   


Stylianides beats Frankias and wins the Championship! - by Nasios Orinos

It was on the 3rd of October 2008, when we first saw APOEL. It appeared at Keravnoss tournament and played against Marousi. We stated then, that APOEL would have been a very strong contender and it did.


APOEL was surely a better team than Keravnos mainly for three reasons.


Keravnos had indeed more depth (basically had 13 players ready to play), but APOEL had more quality players. It was certainly stronger at all 5 positions than Keravnos with Jo Jo Garcia, Lonnie Cooper, Rasheed Brokenborough, and Gerben Van Dorpe being among the best players in the league.


We should never forget the captain of the National team, George Anastasiades whose contribution was significant especially defensively and also players like Martin Zeno and Siril Makanta who also had significant contribution.


Yes, Apoel stuggled a lot during the 1st round, but we need to account in our analysis that it played 6 games away due to court punishment. On the other hand Keravnos with a lot higher budget than Apoel had no excuse to struggle and it did. Someone needs to have in mind that during the 1st round Keravnos won 5 games by 1-point, two of those in overtime.


Lastly, in the games against each other APOEL won 5 (2 of those by 25) and lost only 2 close games (1 in overtime).


The above reasons prove that Apoel was indeed a better team.


Congratulations need to be given to Christodoulos Ellinas who has kept the promise he gave to us. We remember giving him a call in mid- July and asked him about his plans. He basically promised a new era for the team and he said his goal was to build up a team that would become a threat to contend for the titles in the years to come.
His exact words were: 'I will do my best so that APOEL enterers a new era. More over, I will do everything in my power to support all those fans that stood by the team last year''.

Special reference needs to be made for Christos Stylianides who did an excellent job since the day he took over the team. Clearly, he won the war between him and Vasilis Frankias. In a total of 7 games against each other, he won 5 and lost only 2. He literally crushed Frangias twice (won by 25) and he reached this year's pinnacle with his victory at game 1 of the finals in Strovolos, where he broke Keravnos's home court two-year winning streak. He only lost from Frangias twice, one of those in overtime.

Regarding the game, stats do not matter anymore. Simply, APOEL was a better team, had more passion and was thirsty for a title. Keravnos fought well during the second half and got as close as to 3-points, but that was it. APOEL won the game by 79-70.

Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP), clearly found the solution to the double team that Frankias has used the previous two games and was the MVP of the game. He scored the two most important baskets of the game, at the 37' and 37' 42'' and kept the lead to 5, which it turned out to be precious.

Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Temple) and Gerben Van Dorpe (211-F/C-76, agency: Stanley International, college: Mt.St.Mary's) were also magnificent and helped their team greatly.


Lonnie Cooper (193-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) did not score much but he did an excellent job in organising the team and running the drills.


Special reference needs to be made for the thousands of fans who have been in the Lefkotheo indoor arena. We have been in the sport for 25 years and we don't remember seeing more people. How can a team lose with so many fans cheering for it?

Congratulations to APOEL!!!



Analysis of why Keravnos had a disaster year!!! - by Nasios Orinos

In our personal opinion, Keravnos was not a championship team this year mainly because was not built that way. It struggled a lot, especially in the 1st round and in general, it paid for serious mistakes made by Vasilis Frankias (team's coach).

At the 1st round it won 5 games (Apollon, AEL, Apoel, Omonoia, AEK) by one point, two of those in overtime. It could have easily lost a few of those games. It was clearly far behind last year when it swiped all games in its home court.

Kindly, we wish to state that the championship was lost, not because of the referees, nor because of bad luck, or eurobasket reporters (who by the way have been criticized a lot this year for just doing their job), and not because of anyone else, but because of mistakes taken place.

Mistakes

1) The team has been without a CENTER PLAYER all year long. Not a bad idea to play only with power forwards (as the original idea was), but it is only good for Panathinaikos, Olymbiakos or the NBA; certainly not for Keravnos.
We have noted this many times. Keravnos has never won a championship without a quality center on the team.

When the team decided to land a center on the team, it was too late, obviously because at that time of the year it is too difficult to spot a dominant center player.

The end result was that all year long Keravnos could no beat APOEL with Jo Jo Garcia in the team. In our opinion, Garcia has been the best Center in the league.

2) A winning team was let to be destroyed (lost Anastasiades, Randojevic, Smith). What were the chances of replacing all three of them with the same calliber players?

3) With a higher budget than all other teams (except AEL), the team kept changing players all year long and besides Greer, was not able to land another quality player. This year it has probably changed more players than all the other teams together (note: this has been going on during the last 3 years).

How can a team with a lot higher budget than Apoel, end up having a worse team? Keravnos had indeed more depth (basically had 13 players ready to play), but APOEL had more quality players. It was certainly stronger at all 5 positions than Keravnos with Jo Jo Garcia, Lonnie Cooper, Rasheed Brokenborough, and Gerben Van Dorpe being among the best players in the league.

It is not about how much players you have, but how well they can play. And we have many examples of teams that have less players but are better 'teams'.


4) In a desperate move, Patrick Lee (gone through a major injury and has not played for 10 months) was asked to return just to go through trials and see whether he was in a position to play. This move communicated how desperate the team was of quality players as well as the difficulty in landing such players.


5) The team lost the National Team's Captain, George Anastasiades to APOEL, allowing Apoel to build a psychological advantage.


Bottom line? The team has lost the Super Cup and Cup, was humiliated at the finals and was crushed in Europe.


It is true that since the beginning of the season we were among the very few that did not believe in coach Frangias for certain reasons which we clearly stated at the time.

It seems we were right.


He was given the complete freedom to put his strategy into play and as any coach, obvioulsy, should be judged by the result.


We wish to assure him that there is nothing pesonal with him. He does his job and we do ours!



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NBL Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Liberec - Prostejov 105-99
Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 28 points, while Boris Meno contributed 27 as Liberec rallied past Prostejov for the initial win in the series. Liberec and Prostejov are now tied at 1-1 and will play at least two more games to decide on the winner. Hurl Beechum had 26 points for Prostejov in the losing case.

USK Praha - Nymburk 70-103
Nymburk stepped closer to the semis after they bruised USK Praha in the capital. Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) paced balanced effort with 17 points. Blake Schilb added 14 points and 5 boards for the defending champions. Vojtech Hruban answered with 15 points for USK Praha.

Opava - Geofin 70-85
Robert Sarovis tallied 21 points and 10 boards as Geofin ensured the second straight win over Opava in the quarterfinal series. Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) added 17 points and 6 boards for the visitors. Pavel Purmpla responded with 18 points and 9 caroms for Opava as they must win in the next game to stay alive.

Ostrava - Decin 103-91
Ostrava struck right back edging Decin for a tie in the quarterfinal series. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, college: Illinois) poured in 27 points and pulled down 8 boards to lead Ostrava to the win. Marek Stuchly contributed 20 points for the winners. Tarvis Williams answered with 22 points for Decin in defeat.


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Ahly & Itthad reaches the Cup final - by Sherif Soliman
Itthad made it and sent Zamalek out of the Egyptian cup semi.. Itthad won only 2 po. scored by Moamen Abou El Anin before 4 seconds from the end.However, Ahly made an easy win over Somouha who couldnt resist Ahly loosing 48-63. The final game will take place in Cairo Stadium on the 15th of May.,police should do a better Job next game to secure the players and prevent any expected violence from both fans.


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BBL Final Four: Third place belongs to TU/Rock - by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock made history of Estonian basketball, beating ASK Riga 77:68 in SEB BBL third place game and achieved the best possible place behind two European top level teams Zalgiris an rytas.
The hosts were led by Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. But it was the Georgian duo, Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Octagon) who appeared as the true heroes, combining last 9 points for the hosts. Tsintsadze nailed a crucial three-pointer with 55 seconds left to play and made it 73:67. Sanikidze scored 4 last points of the game. Tsintsadze had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Sanikidze 12 points and 11 rebounds.
ASK was led by Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 15 points, 12 of them in the 1st quarter. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) made one of his best performances this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points.
The hosts outrebounded opponents 45:21 (!). The head coach of ASK Riga, Donaldas Kairys said that these numbers were the main reason of the loss. 'We were outrebounded and, having such a short bench, the foul trouble killed us at the end of the game, leaving us without substitutions' rotation
The hosts started the game in a pretty modest way, making only 1 of their 8 first shots. During first 7 minutes, hosts also made 5 turnovers and 7 fouls, allowing ASK go ahead 8:0 and 18:3. ASK won the 1st quarter 29:11. 'They succeeded in everything at the beginning,' both Indrek Visnapuu, the coach of TU/Rock, and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) mentioned later. 'But what's most important is that today we played three good quarters and these were three last quarters not like yesterday when we played good basketball for the three first quarters.'
In 2nd quarter, TU/Rock finally woke up and started the quarter with a 14:0 run in only 3 minutes. ASK held a narrow lead until with 1:30 to play in the first half, Marek Doronin nailed a three-pointer to take the hosts ahead 37:35. Uvis Helmanis answered with a triple and ASK won the first half 39:37.
In 3rd quarter, Tanoka Beard scored 6 in a row to take the hosts ahead 43:41. Grafs answered with only his third three-pointer of the season and Runkauskas took ASK ahead for the last time today - 46:45. Beard, Kullamae and Tein made a 7:0 run and TU/Rock led 56:50 with a quarter to go.
Although it seemed that the 4th quarter was going to be a pure formality, the Latvian team proved contrary. With 6 minutes to play, the hosts led 63:55 but Mazutis, Grafs and Vitols made a 8:0 run in only a minute to even the game 63:63. Then, Tsintsadze rose above everybody else. He made a couple of hard baskets, Tanel Tein added a three-pointer and Tsintsadze's three-pointer with 55 seconds to play, decided the fate of the game.


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La Fortezza triumph in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News

Virtus - Cholet 77:75


Virtus Bologna celebrated the EuroChallenge title after beating Cholet in the Final game at the home arena. The game was a first-class show for all fans that gathered to watch the encounter. The dramatic dying minutes brought success to La Fortezza though.

Virtus has won the opening frame 21:19 after Alex Righetti nailed a three-pointer at the dawn of the frame. The hosts surged ahead early in the second frame to earn a 10-point advantage. However Cholet managed to step on the gas and trimmed the deficit after Nando De Colo (202-G-87) hit from beyond the arc. Giovanonni failed to answer straight back with 11 seconds left in the half. The buzzer sent the teams to the lockers with scoreboard reading 45:39 in favor of Virtus.

Virtus came back to the court controlling the game and did not slow down in the third period. Righetti made it 54:46 midway through the third period. The French outfit reduced the gap however to 56:53 after Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80) stepped up with some timely baskets. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) closed the third period with two free throws for 64:57.

The last period started with the dunk by Ford which was followed by a basket from Giovanonni for 68:60. Trailing 13 points with less than 5 minutes in the fourth period Cholet reduced to 76:73 with 2 minutes to go. French team reduced to surrender exploding with a 10-0 run. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) missed two free throws, while Nando De Colo was deadly from the stripe reducing the margin to just one point 75:76. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) got fouled and hit one free throw to make it 77:75 for Virtus. Nando De Colo had a chance to save the game but missed a potential winner sealing the fate for Cholet.

Langord was pivotal for Virtus with 21 points. Earl Boykins delivered 18 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Nando De Colo could not rescue his team despite an impressive performance worth game-high 24 points.


Virtus: Keith Langford 21, Earl Boykins 18, Sharrod Ford 12

Cholet: Nando De Colo 24, Claude Marquis 17



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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti made the semi-finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Quarter-finals, Game # 4: Top League 'Final 4 Teams' are clear now. The fourth Team in the semi-finals is YMCA Lahti after succeeding to win at Uusikaupunki vs Korihait in the TV-game today: 64-74 (36-30). Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) led YMCA Lahti with 24 pts. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) added 17 pts and grabbed 10 rbs. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86), who will play in Sweden next season, had also a double-double 16/11. Kurtis Rice scored also in double digits (12). Jussi Kumpulainen led Korihait with 19 pts and 15 rbs. Alain Laroche nailed 17 pts and Mark Zoller 13 pts. The semi-finals will start on April 29. Regular season winner Kataja (Joensuu) will meet Pyrinto (Tampere) and Honka (Espoo) will play vs YMCA Lahti.


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Interview with Ronald Dorsey - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The fans go to the games to see his dunks and admire his athletic abilities, the coaches love him for his work ethic, Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: Mc Neese St.) came out from a small college but he is playing now with success in Pro-A and who knows where he will play the following years.

Before going to college what you were dreaming to become and are you satisfied being a pro basketball player?

Ronald Dorsey: Yes, I am extremely satisfied and blessed to be in this situation that I am in right now in my life. Every since I could remember, my dream has always been to become a Professional Basketball Player. I loved basketball as a child, and my passion for the game grew stronger as I mature as a player.

Your first contract in Europe was in Finland, how you ended up there?

Ronald Dorsey: I landed for that job by driving 12 hours to Boston, MA going to an Exposure Camp. During my last year at McNeese State I wanted to further my career as an professional, so I thought that going to this exposure camp in Boston could only help me with accomplishing my dream. So I went and performed well during the camp and got my chance that I was looking for.

You had a very good season in Lithuania how you decided to move in France Pro-B?

Ronald Dorsey: I knew that coming to France would better my career in Europe. France is a well respected league in Europe. I did my research and saw that many good players start in France Pro-B and move up to Pro-A the following season. So I decided to take a chance in Pro-B and help the team advance to Pro-A so that I could play at the top level again. That goal was conquer, now we are playing to stay in Pro-A this year.

This is you second year in France, what is your opinion about the league competition there?

Ronald Dorsey: Pro-A is more competitive and a little more physical compared to Pro-B. Every night you step on the court, you have to bring your best game. The French players are talented as well, which means that all five players on the court can go. This detail makes the league even better.

What about your future plans, where do you want to play?

Ronald Dorsey: I would love to play in Spain next year. I hear a lot of good things about the league over there. As well as Italy, Germany, Greece, and Israel are some thats on my list. France will always be an option as well.

Describe us your abilities, your style of play.

Ronald Dorsey: I am a true 2/3 guard that is very athletic, with a good 3 point shot. Can drive and create not for only myself but my teammates as well. I love fast break, run and gun style of basket, but since I have been overseas Ive been in many different styles of play so I had to adapt to different situations.

Who is your favorite player and why?

Ronald Dorsey: Ray Allen, he has one of the best jump shots in the NBA. The way he comes off those picks and shoot it is just beautiful basketball.

Do you have any regrets about any offer you rejected in your career and which was it?

Ronald Dorsey: Not at all! Every decision that I have in my career has formed me into the professional that I am today. By starting from nothing only made me work harder than others. I can say that I have been under represented doing part of my professional career in Europe, as far as having a good agency representing me. Playing in France Pro-A is a great accomplishment for me from where I came from. I just want to continue to keep playing and work hard on my game so that I can play at the best levels in the world, maybe someday the NBA and all around Europe.

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Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Lille 26-5 
 2. Bordeaux 24-7 
 3. Challans 23-8 
 4. Fos Ouest 22-8 
 5. Angers 21-10 
 6. Blois 19-12 
 7. Reims 18-13 
 8. Chalons 17-14 
 9. Boulogne 16-14 
 10. St Chamond 16-16 
 11. Lievin 14-17 
 12. Get Vosges 14-17 
 13. Bayonne 11-20 
 14. Longwy 11-21 
 15. Roche-la-Moliere 9-22 
 16. Prisse Macon 8-22 
 17. Juvisy 6-25 
 18. CFBB 4-27 


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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oldenburg 25-7 
 2. ALBA 24-8 
 3. Goettingen 24-8 
 4. Frankfurt 21-12 
 5. Bonn 20-11 
 6. Ulm 20-12 
 7. Bamberg 19-14 
 8. Paderborn 16-15 
 9. Art.Dragons 16-16 
 10. Trier 16-17 
 11. Ludwigsb. 15-18 
 12. Tuebingen 14-18 
 13. Duesseldorf 13-19 
 14. Braunschweig 13-20 
 15. Noerdlingen 11-21 
 16. Koeln 99ers 9-22 
 17. Giessen 8-25 
 18. Bremerhaven 5-26 


1.Bundesliga Round: 33 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Telekom B. 80-69
Bamberg defeated Bonn as Elton Brown notched 27 points and 13 rebounds. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) had 25 points and 6 boards for the winners. Earl Rowland replied with 18 points for Bonn as they are now just one win up against Bamberg.

ratiopharm - Pad.Baskets 77-73
Ulm managed the 20th win in the season as they toppled Paderborn Baskets at home court. Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) had 17 points for the hosts. Jeff Gibbs was helpful with 15 points and 12 boards. Bryant McAllister responded with 19 points for Paderborn in the loss.

Noerdlingen - Bremerhaven 91-84
Noerdlinger scored a home win over Bremnerhaven as Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) deliverd 27 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Brian Butch contributed 20 points and 8 caroms for the winning team. Mike Gansey responded with game-high 29 points and 15 boards.

EnBW L'burg - Goettingen 53-79
Goettingen continued to chase the league leading Oldenburg after they edged Ludwigsburg on the road. Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) fired 18 points, while Ben Jacobson added 16 to lift the visitors to the victory. Frank Robinson had 18 points and 8 boards for Ludwigsburg in defeat.

Walter Tigers - EWE Baskets 89-79
Tuebingen slowed down the league leaders Oldenburg beating them at home court. Michael Haynes (203-G/F-81, college: Fordham) poured in 25 points for Walter Tigers. Branislav Ratkovica added 17 points in the victorious effort. Oldenburg got 27 points from Rickey Paulding.

Dt.Bank SKY - ALBA 73-66
Skyliners held off ALBA Berlin to improve at 21-12 record in the standings. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace Frankfurt team. Konrad Wysocki added 12 points for the winners. Casey Jacobsen had 14 points for ALBA in defeat.

TBB Trier - Koeln 99ers 73-58
Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.) knocked down 14 points to propel TBB Trier to a home win over Koeln. Derek Raivio and Christopher Copeland had 13 points apiece for the winners. Jeremy Hunt responded with 18 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for the 99ers.

NY Phantoms - LTi 46ers 98-94
Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) tallied 28 points and 9 boards for Branschweig to celebrate victory over visiting Giessen. Kyle Visser delivered 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. Michael Umeh answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the 46ers.


Bundesliga Game Day 33: Friday through Sunday April 24th - 26th results! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 33
The Bundesliga playoff picture became a bit clearer as teams fought for playoff places and playoff position down the stretch of the exciting 2008-2009 season. The league gained more fantastic exposure as Eurosport showed the Ewe Baskets Oldenburg at Walter Tigers Tubingen game live in preparation for the upcoming playoff games to be shown on the outstanding European sports channel.

Friday April 24th
brose Baskets Bamberg 80 Telekom Baskets Bonn 69
Elton Brown posted a 27pt 13reb double double and Demond Greene hit 4 of 6 threes to add 25pt as brose Baskets Bamberg beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 80-69 Friday night at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. A classic Bundesliga matchup that has developed into a terrific rivalry after several fantastic playoff meetings, Bamberg burst to a 31-19 lead after 1Q and held a 46-37 halftime lead. In the second half, Bonn worked for a comeback, but Bamberg maintained their lead and earned the strong home win. EJ Rowland was the lone double digit scorer for Bonn with 18pt. Bamberg shot 50% from the floor while Bonn hit 40% in the game. Bamberg held a clear advantage at the foul line making 18 of 31 FT (58%) to Bonn's perfect 8 for 8. Bamberg also outrebounded Bonn 38-31. Head coach Chris Fleming and Bamberg won their third straight and 8th out of their last 10 raising their record to 19-14 while Bonn remains in strong playoff position at 20-11 despite the loss.

Saturday April 25th
ratiopharm Ulm 77 Paderborn Baskets 73
Lee Humphrey scored 17pt and Jeff Gibbs added a 15pt 12reb double double leading ratiopharm Ulm to a hardfought 77-73 home win over Paderborn Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. Fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot, Paderborn played an inspired game as the action took a physical, playoff feel. Paderborn held a 20-17 lead after 1Q and maintained a 35-33 lead at half. Ulm responded in the 3Q and the teams exchanged leads through much of the third and early 4th. Big 3pt shots from Lee Humphrey and Dan Fitzgerald powered a 4Q Ulm run which helped them build a 10pt lead before holding off Paderborn's late rally with key Dru Joyce and Jeff Gibbs FT's. Along with Humphrey and Gibbs, Sean Finn chipped in 10pt 7reb in a solid game for Ulm. Bryant McAllister topscored for Paderborn with 19pt, Nathan Peavy 16pt, Steve Esterkamp 15pt and hardworking Chris Ensminger added a strong 14pt 14reb double double. In the win, ratiopharm Ulm shot 44% from the floor making 7 of 20 threes (35%) and 20 of 25 FT (80%) while Paderborn hit 37% of their shots including 6 of 17 threes (35%) and 21 of 27 FT (77%). Paderborn outrebounded Ulm 36-34 in a physical confrontation on the boards. Sealing at least the sixth playoff position, ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 20-12 while Paderborn slipped to 16-15 but remains in the playoff race with three games left.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 89 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 79
In a game shown live on Eurosport, Walter Tigers Tubingen took an impressive 89-79 home win over Bundesliga Tabellenfuhrer Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Saturday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. The Tigers exploded to a 23-8 1Q taking immediate control but the Thunderbirds bounced back in the 2Q trimming the deficit to 39-30 at half. The teams played an even third sending the game 59-50 going into the 4th where Tubingen maintained their advantage to earn the nice home win. F Michael Haynes enjoyed a 25pt 5reb 4stl performance while Branislav Ratkovica produced 17pt 5reb 3ast 3stl against his former Oldenburg team. In the loss, Rickey Paulding finished with 27pt 5reb and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje added a 12pt 11reb double double. Tubingen shot 46% from the floor while Oldenburg hit 41%. The Tigers sank 7 of 17 threes (41%) while the Thunderbirds hit 12 of 32 from beyond the arc (37%). Tubingen converted 24 of 35 FT (68%) to Oldenburg's 21 of 26 (80%) and the Tigers outrebounded Oldenburg 39-34. Head coach Tolga Ongoran and his Tigers are now 14-18 while Head coach Predrag Krunic and Oldenburg remain atop the Bundesliga with a 25-7 mark.

Nordlingen 91 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 84 OT
Danny Gibson drilled 8 of 15 threes to score 27pt with 7ast 6stl in leading Nordlingen to an exciting 91-84 overtime home win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Saturday night in Nordlingen. Gibson's stat-sheet-stuffing performance was not the lone big night for Nordlingen as Brian Butch added 20pt 8reb and Omari Westley and Monta McGee (8reb) finished with 15pt apiece in the win. The exciting game opened with a back and forth high scoring 1Q which saw Nordlingen take a 27-26 lead. Bremerhaven started Q2 strong opening a 47-43 advantage at half. Nordlingen responded taking a 64-63 lead into the 4th. But the teams were even at 79 after regulation. A 12-5 overtime period gave Nordlingen the home win. In the game, Nordlingen shot 41% from the floor hitting 17 of 42 threes (40%) along with 10 of 18 FT (55%). Bremerhaven hit 48% of their shots making 11 of 26 threes (42%) and 9 of 17 FT (52%). Rebounds were even at 43 but Bremerhaven suffered 24 turnovers to Nordlingens 14. Mike Gansey enjoyed a 29pt 15reb (7 of 13 threes) performance for Bremerhaven while Yemi Nicholson added 17pt 8reb and Craig Callahan had 12pt in the loss. With the win, Head coach Andreas Wagner and his Nordlingen team improve to 11-21 while Bremerhaven is 5-26.

MEG Gottingen 79 EnBW Ludwigsburg 53
A solid team attack helped MEG Gottingen cruise to a 79-53 road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Rundesporthalle. Clif Brown led the Gottingen offense with 18pt 7reb with help from Ben Jacobsen (16pt 5reb 3ast 3stl), Chris Oliver (15pt 5reb) and Rocky Trice (14pt 4reb). The Violets shot 46% from the floor hitting 10 of 22 threes (45%) and shooting 19 of 30 from the foul line (63%). Gottingen opened a 20-10 lead after 1Q and held a 44-29 lead at half. Building a 57-39 lead after 3Q, Gottingen enjoyed their 7th win in their last 10 games. Frank Robinson paced Ludwigsburg in the loss with 18pt 8reb and Domonic Jones added 14pt. Ludwigsburg hit 32% from the floor making only 4 of 28 threes (14%) but did make 11 of 12 FT (91%) and outrebound Gottingen 37-31. Head coach John Patrick and his MEG Gottingen team improve to 24-8 while Ludwigsburg falls to 15-18 dropping their 3rd game in a row.

Sunday April 26th

Dusseldorf Giants 87 Artland Dragons 86

Dusseldorf played spoiler Sunday afternoon at Burg-Wachter-Costello edging Artland 87-86 behind a terrific team effort. Hoping to overtake Paderborn for the 8th and final playoff spot, Artland started the game strong opening a 26-21 lead after 1Q but a Dusseldorf 2Q run helped the Giants take a 41-39 halftime lead. The Dragons responded out of halftime regaining the lead and taking a tight 60-58 margin into the 4th. Dusseldorf earned the exciting home win edging Artland 87-86 before the final buzzer. Dusseldorf's Matt Lottich buried 4 of 9 threes to topscore with 17pt while Brant Bailey and Gordon Geib contributed 12pt apiece, TJ Carter added 11 and Zack Whiting 10 against his former team. The statistically even game saw Artland shoot 49% and Dusseldorf 48% from the floor with the Dragons making 12 of 27 (44%) and Giants 10 of 30 (33%) from beyond the arc. Dusseldorf held two advantages, helping themselves win by hitting their foul shots (17 of 23 78%) and taking care of the basketball suffering only 8 turnovers. Artland outrebounded Dusseldorf 38-27. The Dragons were led by an excellent effort from Toby Bailey who hit 6 of 9 threes finishing with 25pt 7reb and Ronald Ross who produced 16pt 4ast before fouling out. Head coach Achim Kuczmann and his Giants improved to 13-19 while Artland evened at 16-16. The Dragons remain behind Paderborn in the race for the final playoff spot.


Deustsche Bank Skyliners 73 ALBA Berlin 66

Deutsche Bank Skyliners earned an important 73-66 home win Sunday at Ballsporthalle in a game shown live on BBL.TV. With Oldenburg losing on the road in Tubingen Saturday night, Sunday's game presented ALBA Berlin with the opportunity to even Oldenburg's league best record with a win. Lorenzo Gordon led the Skyliners with 15pt 8reb, Konrad Wysocki finished with 12pt 4reb before fouling out and Keith Simmons chipped in 10. ALBA controlled play early building a 19-15 1Q lead before Frankfurt fought back and the teams went into halftime tied at 32. Throughout the physical second half, Frankfurt edged ahead and took a tight 54-52 lead into the 4th. Down the stretch, several turnovers led to Berlin empty possessions and Skyliners Lorenzo Gordon and Konrad Wysocki converted important baskets to help their team pick up the impressive home win. Casey Jacobsen paced the ALBA attack hitting 3 of 5 threes to topscore with 14pt while Adam Chubb and Immaneul McElroy had 10pt apiece. Frankfurt hit 49% of their shots including 6 of 15 from three (40%) while ALBA shot 51% from the floor making 7 of 17 threes (41%). In the close game, Frankfurt made 13 of 19 FT (68%) while Berlin hit only 9 of 17 (52%). Berlin also suffered 14 turnovers compared with 8 from the Skyliners. Frankfurt outrebounded Berlin 31-27. Head coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners improve to 21-12 while ALBA slips to 24-7.


NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 98 LTi Giessen 46ers 94 3OT

In one of the most thrilling games of the Bundesliga season, NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig took an exciting 98-94 triple overtime win Sunday at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. Dustin Salisberry led the way with 28pt 9reb while Kyle Visser added 18pt 9reb, Jonathan Levy 15pt 5reb and Andrew Drevo 11pt 12reb double double. Michael Umeh paced Giessen with a 22pt night and Johannes Lischka chipped in 20pt 14reb. Corey Rouse also finished with a 13pt 10reb double double in the loss for the 46ers. The Phantoms raced to a 20-12 lead before taking a 33-29 lead at half. Regulation ended even at 79 before the teams competed throughout three exciting overtimes. In the win, Braunschweig shot 50% from the floor while holding Giessen to 36% but the 46ers made 29 of 51 FT (56%) compared with Braunschweig's 20 of 42 (47%) from the foul line. The exciting triple overtime game saw both teams take turns making big plays before Braunschweig earned their second straight win. Head coach Emir Mutapcic and his Braunschweig team earned the triple overtime home win and improved to 13-20 while Giessen falls to 8-25 falling for the fifth straight time.


TBB Trier 73 Koln 99ers 58

TBB Trier used a balanced team effort and strong second half to take a 73-58 home win over Koln 99ers Sunday night at Trier Arena. Brian Brown led the scoring with 14pt followed by 13pt apiece from Derek Raivio and Chris Copeland along with 12pt from Norman Richardson. Jeremy Hunt was the leading scorer for Koln finishing with 18pt 6reb. Koln opened the action moving to a 21-16 lead after 1Q and holding a 33-30 halftime lead. Trier outscored the 99ers 19-14 in the 3rd assuming a 49-47 advantage heading into the 4th. But Trier finished the game 24-11 in the final ten minutes to earn the nice win. Trier shot 46% from the floor and held Koln to 34% but the 99ers were slowed by 3 for 20 three point shooting (15%) and 24 turnovers. Head coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team won their 4th straight game improving their recored to 16-17 while Koln dropped to 9-22.



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Secpond Division: Week 26 - Round Up - by Chris Mammides

New interest in the league of the second division as Arkadikos lost in his home court from Serelis's Lavrio who succeeded the most importand road win of the seazon, an amazing step for Lavrio team who succeeded to beat Arkadikos in his unbeaten home court (12-0), Lavrio is currently among the top favorite teams to be promoted in the A2. At the same time, Apollon Kalamarias beat Amyntas and now there are 6 teams for three positions (Amyntas 19-7, Ikaroi Serron 19-7, Lavrio 18-8, Ikaroi Kallitheas 18-8, Arkadikos 18-8, OFI 17-9). The results with more analysis are as follows:
Arkadikos - Lavrio 84-86
The quarters were: 22-23, 42-39, 56-64, 84-86.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: Giannis Manos (186-G-71) 26, Moutran 17
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 24, Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) 23

Apollon Kalamarias - Amyntas 91-88
The quarters were:
29-17, 44-40, 66-69, 91-88.

Top scorers:

Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 29, Papadopoulos 14, Thymnios 15.

Amyntas: Samothrakis 16, Zoupas 14 and Moumouris 10

Ikaroi Serron - Pierikos/Arhelaos 68-54
The quarters were: 20-13, 35-25, 51-42, 68-54.

Top scorers:

Ikaroi Serron: Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 19, Topouzis 19 and Georgantzas 17

Pierikos/Arhelaos: Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 13, Chrisanthopoulos 13

Sporting - OFI 62-75
The quarters were: 16-17, 22-34, 40-51, 62-75.

Top scorers:

Sporting: Kritsalos 15, Houmas 10

OFI: Tsakiridis 34, Vagenas 10

AIAS - Ikaros Kallitheas 79-77 in Overtime
Quarters: 15-11, 26-30, 49-46, 65-65, 79-77.
AIAS: Souflias 26, Hatzivretas 13

Ikaros Kallitheas: Emmanouilidis 18, Melas 16

Komotini - Anagennisi/Floga 53-58
The quarters were:
16-4, 36-22, 43-42, 53-58.

Komotini: Foutsitzis 13

Anagennisi/Floga: Zarogianni 16, Spiropoulso 14





Aris Thessalonikis is the champion in U20 - by Chris Mammides
The Champion of the youth league in Panhellenic level for the seazon 2008-2009 is officially Aris Thessalonikis. In the last day of the special league U20, Aris Thessalonikis thrash the team of Esperos Patras 100-65. Aris was unbeaten from the begging to the end og the league and with an amazing 6-0 beat all the teams from allover Greece.
In the final round, Aris beat Ilyssiakos, Ikaros Kallitheas, Komotini, Niki Volou and last night Esperos Patras.

Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) was the MVP of the league while the top five players of the tournament (other than Papanikolaou) were the following:
Spyros Mourtos (190-G-90) of Aris Thessalonikis
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) of Ilyssiakos
Giannis Dimakos (195-G-90) of Ikaros Kallitheas
Andreas Vournas (203-F-90) of Esperos Patras


A1, Round 1 (Quarter-Finals): No mercy for the guests - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - PAOK 97-54
As it was expected, the Greens were too strong for PAOK taking 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was central figure of the game nailing 21 points in 16 minutes. Mike Batiste had 14 points and 8 boards, while Andrew Nicholas delivered 2 pts less than him. Britton Johnsen answered with 17 pts and 6 boards in defeat.

C.C. Marousi - Panellinios 82-77
CC Marousi had couple of players in a game mood today. Konstantinos Charalampidis (189-G-76) and Kostas Kaimakoglou came up with 13, Loukas Mavrokefalides had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Jarod Stevenson and Williams Amar Keys helped with 10 points each. Manolis Papamakarios and Jurica Golemac responded with 17 pts apiece in the loosing squad. Marousi - Panellinios 1-0.

Olympiakos - VAP Kolossos 84-61
Olympiakos did not have to work very hard in order to beat VAP Kolossos in the first quarterfinal game. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) paced the Reds to victory collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds. Lynn Greer had 11, while Nikola Vujcic and Thodoros Papaloukas added 10 pts each. Lans Harris scored 20 points for Kolossos.

Aris - Panionios 75-74
Aris escaped with 75-74 home win against Panionios taking 1-0 lead in the play-off quarterfinals. Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) was a key player for the hosts netting 22 points. Andrew Betts was behind him with 15 (6 of 6 from the field). Panionios got 19 points and 6 boards from Aaron Miles.


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Elite Sport defeats URL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Liga Metro reignng champions took another win some days ago, answering to the winning streak of their traditional contender Sat-Cybertech. This time, Elite Sport destroyed Universidad Rafael Landivar 91-51, with Jose Luis Burbano (186-G/F-85) leading again the way at 25 points, Guillermo Noack (190-F-79) adding 20 and Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) 19. This weekend, Elite Sport will meet Le Mans, in a game that is expected to be tugher than this last one, let's see what will happen

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FEB Results: 1st Round FEB Playoffs Game #2 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in Game #2 of the FEB playoffs, the three top seeds defending champion Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals advanced to the semifinals of the FEB playoffs, while in Nijmegen Matrixx Magixx tied up the series at 1-1 with West-Brabant Giants to force a deciding 3rd game on Wednesday in Bergen-op-Zoom.

In Leiden, #1 seeded Eclipse Jet/MyGuide had their hands full with upset minded ZZ Leiden throughout the first three quarters, but in the deciding 4th quarter the team of Arik Shivek put the clamps on ZZ, plus with two-time FEB MVP
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) doing damage inside, with Eclipse Jet/MG ending ZZ's season with a 67-63 win. Eclipse Jet/MG forced ZZ into a 4th quarter scoring drought, allowing only 5 total pts., and with shooting numbers of only 40.5% FG. The lack of good perimeter shooting balanced with their inside attack did ZZ in. Eclipse Jet/MG had no such problem, as van Paassen managed to get the ball into his sweet spots, shooting 10 of 13 from the field en route to scoring a game-high 26 pts. and snatching down 13 rebounds. Eclipse Jet/MG shot 60.7% from the field. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led ZZ with 18 pts. Eclipse Jet/MG will await the winner of the West-Brabant Giants-Matrixx Magixx series.


In Weert in the Eiffel Towers-Upstairs Weert series, Eiffel trailed of were tied in the game for a total of 39:58 minutes, but the end results are what count with 0:00 left, as two free throws by Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) sent Eiffel advancing to the semifinals round and Upstairs on vacation winning 76-75. Downey, who was scoreless until the 3:18 mark of the 3rd quarter, led Eiffel with 18 pts., including streaks of scoring both 8 and 5 pts. in a row to help Eiffel gain the momentum swings it needed, including a three-point play in the last seconds on dribble penetration. It also helped Eiffel that Upstairs missed four straight free throws in crunch time. Upstairs, who shot a poor 6 of 13 from the free throw line, were led by Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) with a game-high 21 pts. Eiffel will meet Hanzevast Capitals in the semifinals round.


In the Topsportcentrum, Hanzevast Capitals overcame the pressure of pesky Rotterdam Challengers to win closely 75-73 to return to the FEB semifinals for the first time since 2006. Hanzevast had a big performance from X-factor Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland) who scored 23 pts. inside to lead Hanzevast. The Rotterdammers, who shot the ball poorly from both the field (42.6%) and free throw line (only 12 of 23), were led by Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) with a game-high 25 pts. Hanzevast will now take on Eiffel Towers in the semifinals round with Game #1 starting next Sunday.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx staved off elimination, getting off to a good start, putting the pressure early on West-Brabant and maintaining control of the game tempo in winning 80-69. Matrixx led 47-34 at halftime, remained cool when the Giants made an 18-5 run through the middle of the 3rd quarter to cut Matrixx's lead to 62-56. But in the end Matrixx could rely on strong play from the Dutch combination of Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) and Gerrit Brigitha (204-F/C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), plus strong work on the glass, winning the battle of the boards 48-35. Both Brigitha and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) led Matrixx with 16 pts. each, with Heinen adding 15. Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico) led the Giants with 17 pts. and 13 rebounds. It will be stay-or-go home for one of the teams on Wednesday night in Bergen-op-Zoom.



ZZ Leiden Extend Contract Of Coach Toon van Helfteren - by Fred Roggen
Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden announced Saturday that they have extended the contract of Coach Toon Van Helfteren . The 58-year-old van Helfteren extended his contract with one season with an option for a longer stay. ZZ leiden finished 12-17 this season and reached the playoffs under the guidance of coach van Helfteren . 'I am very pleased to be able to continue working at Leiden,' said coach Toon Van Helfteren .

Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MyGuide 2 23-3 
 2. MSV 22-4 
 3. BV Rooi 17-8 
 4. Landstede 2 17-9 
 5. Gorinchem 17-9 
 6. Initial H5 16-10 
 7. Groene 11-13 
 8. Leiden 2 11-14 
 9. Akrides 10-16 
 10. Punch 10-16 
 11. Red Giants 10-16 
 12. EBBC 10-16 
 13. Cangeroes 5-21 
 14. Pigeons 5-21 


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U20 Final Four - Albacomp is the Champion! - by Patonay Adam
The first and second team from the regular season of the A Division and B Divison meet today in Zalaegerszeg for decide who have the best under 20 team. Albacomp, ZTE, Szeged and Debrecen. The players borned in 1989 (or younger) and every team could use 2 players who are older (1988, 1987). The two A Division team won the first games and they played the final. Szedeak Szeged beat Debrecen and won the bronze-medal.
Albacomp started with Hanga's basket and lead on the begining of the game. Adam Toth (208-F/C-89) dominated under the basket but both team couldn't make the 3 point shots that's why the difference was very small beetwen the two team during the game. ZTE missed their guard Oliver Toth who injured on the first game while Szabolcs Antal (202-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) played in Albacomp but after a longer injury. Hanga was unstoppable but the PG of ZTE, Daniel Kertesz didn't let to win easily the favourite team. At all we could watch a strong game and good basketball! The two centers Akos Keller (206-F/C-89) and Adam Toth played very hard against each other, Daniel Kertesz and Andras Madar (191-G-91) gave good passes and lead their teams, Kornel Starics (192-G-88) and Gergely Baki (195-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) worked hard against Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) who is the member of the senior national team. ZTE could make the open threes (1/18) on home court while Adam Hanga dominated Albacomp won the National Championship!

Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Albacomp 73:78
ZTE: Daniel Kertesz 13, Kornel Starics 14, Gergely Baki 17/3, Adam Foldesi (-90) 2, Adam Toth 19. Sub.: Balazs Horvath 6, Bence Bodor (204-F-92) 2. Coach: Attila Kiss
Albacomp: Andras Madar 11/3, Adam Hanga 29, David Nagy -, Szabolcs Antal 9/3, Akos Keller 17 (11 reb) Sub.: Szabolcs Somogyfoki (198-F-92) 12, Vidor Keller -, Feher -, Veszter -. Coach: Gabor Matus


Play-Out: round 1 - by Tamas Deri
Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend - EnteNet-NTE Hegyvidek 81-75
(16-18, 23-27, 15-14, 27-16)
Kormend, Att.: 1000, Referees: Forrai, Torok, Vetek
Kormend: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/6, Fodor G. 11/3, Csaba Ferencz (194-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/6, Hegedus, Toth G. 6., George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 23, Trummer 10/9, Kocsis T. , Coach: Hencsey Tamas
Hegyvidek: Hajmasy 2, Rujak 8/3, Younger 7/3, Antione Johnson (185-G-81, college: Albany) 27/12, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 12, Krasznai T. 3/3, Simon N., 4, Will 3/3, Beak, Fulop 9/3, Coach: Sabali Balazs


Univer-Kecskemet Kaposvari KK 109-77
(32-22, 19-15, 27-15, 31-25)
Kecskemet, Att.: 300, Referees: Szabo G., Marton, Gelencser
Univer Kecskemeti SE: Peter Toth (200-G-88) 17, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 19/9, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 31/12, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/15, Horti 13, Tornoczky 7, Csernai, Dobos, Konya, Szoke 5, Coach: Forray Gabor
Kaposvari KK: Csirke, Vojvoda 11/6, Welton 12/3, David 13/6, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 20, Markus 6/3, Kovacs D. 8/6, Hoffmann 4, Takacs G. 3/3, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub


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All game 1 in quarter finals go down to the wire - by Yoni Janis
With 3 away teams stealing home court advantage, and all games creating lots of tension it is safe to say that the playoffs have finally arrived.
Already yesterday a huge upset shacked things up when 8th seeded Eldan Ashkelon upset the 1st seed Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 96-95 in an overtime buzzer beater.
In regulation maccabi was able to allow a 10-0 run with 2:57 left in the game.For Maccabi likely end of first round draft pick in this years draft Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 24
and Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) added 22, Eldan Ashkelon enjoyed great games from Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who scored 27 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) who added 23.
But the big story was at the end of overtime, when maccabi sent Tre Kelley (182-G-85, college: S.Carolina) to the foul line with 6.9 left on the clock and leading 95-92.
He scored the first shot, and missed the second shot on purpose and guys started to fight for the ball and more then 4 seconds went off the clock before it was called jump ball.
The position arrow pointed ashkelon direction, and Kelley swished the prayer shot from the left corner for the victory.
Second seeded Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem was only team to hang on to home court advantage, by beating Ironi Nahariya 78-76.
In a well played match that was close for most of it, and nearly won by Ironi Nahariya at the last second when Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) 3 point shot went in and out.
For Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, college: Memphis) had good game with 19 points and Yuval Naimi (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 17, While Ironi Nahariya enjoyed 26 points from Lewis and 15 by Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.).
In other games Maccabi Haifa Heat - Bnei Hasharon:66-69
And defending champions Hapoel Holon started on the wrong side loosing 74-81 To Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa who were able to run away with the game in the last 2 minutes.


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 27-1 
 2. Lottomatica 18-10 
 3. Banca Tercas 17-10 
 4. La Fortezza 17-10 
 5. Armani MI 17-11 
 6. Benetton 16-12 
 7. NGC Cantu 14-14 
 8. Angelico BI 14-14 
 9. Air AV 12-16 
 10. Carife FE 12-16 
 11. Scavolini 12-16 
 12. Eldo Caserta 11-17 
 13. Premiata 11-17 
 14. Solsonica 10-18 
 15. Fortitudo 9-19 
 16. Snaidero 6-22 


Virtus Bologna wins EuroChallenge - by Gianni Pascucci
Virtus BolognaFiere defeated Cholet 77-75 yesterday afternoon in front of almost 8,000 home fans, becoming the EuroChallenge Champion 2009 and putting back Italy into the trophy winners list after too much years. It wasn' t an easy job, however, because then French team fought till the end, missing the last 3-pointer that could have won the game. Even the score at the end of the first half (45-39 for Cholet) gives an idea of how much close the game was. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) showed why he is yet ranked NBA material, leading his team in a very good losing effort (24 points and 4 rebounds). Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80) added 17 pts and 10 rebs, Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) 13 pts and 11 rebs at the losing side, while Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was the best in Bologna, not only being the Virtus best scorer at 21 points, but above all being the main actor in the clutch moments of the game. Langford was awarded as the EuroChallenge Final Four MVP at the end, Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) added 18 points, 5 rebs and 1 assists and Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) 12 pts and 12 rebs at the wining side.

Benetton adds Stefansson to its final season roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Basket Treviso announced yesterday the agreement with Jon Stefansson (195-G-82). The player should land in Treviso tomorrow night, and will replace in roster the injured Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85). Stefansson has just won Icelandic league (where he was playing in his original team, KR Reykjavik), ending season as the league MVP, with 18.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 5.6 apg

SerieA Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Carife FE - Angelico BI 104-108
Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) canned 25 points, while Jonas Jerebko added 20 points and 13 boards as Angelico Biella eked out a narrow road win over Carife. Greg Brunner delivered 13 points for the winners. Andre Collins had 24 points and 6 assists for Carife Ferrara.

Eldo Caserta - Solsonica 77-63
Eldo Caserta improved at 11-17 record after they sneaked past Solsonica. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) nailed 20 points to lead the charge. Fabio Di Bella provided 14 points in the win. Jiri Hubalek answered with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Solsonica.

La Fortezza - Montepaschi 86-89
Montepaschi put the Futurshow Station into silence stealing a narrow away from home win over La Fortezza in Bologna. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) posted 25 points and 6 assists to lead the league leaders to the 28th win. Shaun Stonerook added 16 points and 14 boards in the victory. Earl Boykins answered with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for La Fortezza.

Scavolini - Air AV 89-67
Scavolini cruised past Air Avellino for the 12th win in the season. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) came up with 18 points for Scavolini. Ramel Curry added 15 points for the winners. Andrea Crosariol delivered 18 points and 4 boards for Air Avellino in defeat.

Lottomatica - Armani MI 83-71
Lottomatica held off Armani Jeans to clear off from their opponents in the ladder. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) fired 21 points and made 5 steals for Lottomatica. Andre Hutson had 18 points and 6 boards for the winners. David Hawkins and Pape Sow responded with 12 points apiece for Armani Jeans.

Banca Tercas - Premiata 86-83
Banca Tercas narrowly edged Premiata in Teramo. Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, college: Iowa) topscored with 19 points for the winning team. Valerio Amoroso added 18 points for BAnca Tercas. Kiwane Garris nailed 25 points for Premiata.

NGC Cantu - GMAC BO 74-64
Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and Tautvydas Lydeka scored 13 points apiece to lift NGC Cantu to the win over GMAC Bologna. Barry Elder and Jason Rich delivered 11 points each in the victory. Jamont Gordon fired back with 21 points for GMAC Bologna.

Snaidero - Benetton 70-84
Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) poured in 26 points as Benetton recorded the 16th win in the tournament. They overcame Snaidero despite 21 points and 8 boards from Benjamin Ortner. Michele Antonutti provided 14 points and 9 boards in the loss.


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ASU & Zain's rosters for the 22nd ACC - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the full rosters of ASU Sports Club and Zain for the 22nd Arab Clubs Championship (Beirut, Lebanon 'Apr 25 - May 6).

# ASU Sports Club:
- Players:
4- Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's)
5- Nidal Shareef (190-G-82)
6- Fadi Al Saqa (179-G-77)
7- Ahmed Hamarsheh (202-C-86)
8- Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine)
9- Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.)
10- Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84)
11- Ghazi Naber (178-G-76)
12- Eyad Abdeen (202-F-79)
13- Ali Oraikat (190-G)
14- Islam Abbas (201-C-80)
15- Zeid Abbas (203-F-83)
- Head Coach: Maz Trakh

# Zain:
- Players:
4- Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon)
5- Wesam Sous (181-G-83)
6- Fadel Najjar (194-G-85)
7- Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85)
8- Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.)
9- Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M)
10- Ontario Lett (198-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: Pittsburgh)
11- Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: District of Col.)
12- Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon)
13- Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)
14- Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84)
15- Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side)
- Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma


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  KUWAIT   


Day 3 - 29th GCC - by Mohammed Malas
* Saturday 25/4, 29th Gulf Clubs Championship:

# Group A:

Al Jahraa (KUW) 81 - Al Arabi Club (QAT) 74 (Qs: 16-19, 35-38, 54-51 & 81-74)
Game's MVP: Cedric Taylor (202-F-79, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Pikeville) 'Al Jahraa'


# Group B:

Al Qadsia (KUW) 84 - Al Ansar (KSA) 72 (Qs: 21-22, 42-38, 66-56 & 82-72)
Game's MVP: Boubacar Coly (206-F-83, college: Morgan St.) 'Al Ansar'

Al Rayyan (QAT) 76 - As Seeb (OMA) 70 (Qs: 16-13, 45-26, 65-56 & 76-70)
Game's MVP: Hussain Shaker (175-G) 'As Seeb'


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LBL Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera - VEF Riga 64-82
VEF Riga stunned Valmiera on the road to advance into the LBL semis. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) knocked down 18 points and dished out 11 assists to lead VEF Riga. Jurijs Aleksejevs had 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ingus Bankevics topscored with 21 points for Valmiera.


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Lebanese National team news - by Maarouf Mawloud

by Maarouf Mawloud

Mr.Pierre Kakhia revealed during a sports show on Future TV that 2 college players in US agreed to play for the National Team this summer,one of them is 206cm with very good stats.Mr.Kakhia stated that the current candidate for naturalizion is playing in the Iranian league.
He also annouced the opening of a basketball academy for the young players under the supervision of Coach Paul Coughter.
He also named Dragan Racca the coach of the Men's NT and Elie Nasr the coach of the Women's NT,and Paul Coughter the coach of the different youth NTs.
Some infos for Lebanese basketball group refer that the 2 players are currently playing in college competitions in US 'NCAA' and 'NAIA',the first is a Forward/Center and 206cm,and the second is a point guard and 184cm tall.
Another information mention that a third player,a center and 206cm is also close to join the National Team.



Second win for Al-Riyadi at Arab Club Championships - by Maarouf Mawloud

Riyadi 97-76 Kahraba
Q1:23-16, Q2: 48-29, Q3: 69-52, Q4: 97-76
Stats:

Riyadi:
-Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) 30Pts, 4Rbs, 6Ass
-Ismail Ahmad 41Pts, 8Rbs, 2Ass (Including 6/9 on 3's)
-Alexander Radojevic 8Pts, 14Rbs, 2Ass
-Mohamad Ibrahim 10Pts, 5Rbs, 10Ass
-Ali Fakherdine 2Pts, 3Rbs
-Omar Turk 6Pts

Kahraba:
-Rashad Powell 13Pts, 5Rbs
-Malek Nahi 14Pts, 7Rbs
-Nikia Miller 15Pts, 4Rbs
-Curtis 7Pts, 7Ass
-Ahmad Monshid 9Pts



Fadi and Ismail Lead Riyadi to First Win in Arab Championship - by Hassan Thini
The Lebanese championship is over, and another test awaits the champions. This time it is with the presence of the 2 team leader the Tiger Fadi and the Captain Ismail!

Last night Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut started their journey to regain the Arab championship, having lost it last year after winning it numerous times in the previous years. The championship is played in Lebanon, infront of the Lebanese home crowd, and with the insertion of two great players that we missed in the Lebanese championship!

However after finishing a very tough Lebanese championship with a very small rotation just 2 days ago, our heroes needed a rest, and so did Coach Fouad give them. Nate, Ali M, Omar, and Joe Vogel did not participate in last nights game getting a well deserved rest. However with Somaa and Fadi back the team did not miss a glimpse as the two previously banned players where showing how much the crowd has missed them.

During the first quarter, and on the opening play, Ismail assisted Fadi for an open three in the left corner that triggered the very big Yellow crowd. From that moment on, it was ALL Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, as Moe Ibrahim, Fadi, Ismail, Ali F, and Alex showed some great basketball. Fadi controlled the whole quarter, as he hit three treys, and followed them by an amazing two handed dunk on the fast break. After 1 quarter it was 17-30.

The second quarter showed Tommy Ammar (198-G/F-87, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mars Hill) get into the game, but he was not very comfortable in his first game back since west Asia. On the other hand, Ismail started looking like his own self, and he started assisting rebounding tough and scoring great! After 2 quarters the game was a blowout already and it was 59-38!

The third and fourth quarters where on the same way, as a rotation with Abdalla, Tom, Yehya, and the starters while keeping Fadi and Ismail for the full 40 minutes took place. After three the score was more than 20 points, and during the fourth quarter Fadi hit his 10th three of the night and the score was back up to 30 points.

Ismail finished with a very good triple double, Ali Fakhredine had 26 points and 11 boards. While Fadi the Tiger was the one who stole all the spotlight while scoring 51 points!!!!

The next game is tonight at 10 pm as Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut looks to improve on the promising start!

Written by Jad Halabi


Stats Leaders - Men
Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Johnson, Riyadi 26.4
2 Gray, Tebnine 25.2
3 Williams, Moutah 22.7
4 Wethers, Antranik 22.1
5 Fraser, Antranik 21.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Fraser, Antranik 21.4
2 Alexander, Anibal 16.0
3 Charles, Champv 13.7
4 Cox, Kahraba 12.7
5 Box, Blue Stars 12.4
Assists Per Game
1 Mahmoud, Riyadi 6.3
2 Kelly, Moutahed 6.1
3 Gray, Tebnine 5.1
4 Wethers, Antranik 4.9
5 Ibrahim, Riyadi 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 Williams, Moutahed 2.7
2 Gray, Tebnine 2.7
3 Zachery, Blue Stars 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Alexander, Anibal 4.4
2 Cox, Kahraba 3.0
3 Charles, Champville 2.9
2FGP
1 Abboud, Moutah 63.9
2 Akary, Moutahed 63.0
3 Mahmoud, Riyadi 61.8
3FGP
1 El Zloulof, Riyadi 60.0
2 Zaloum, Kahraba 46.7
3 Wethers, Antranik 42.7
Free Throws
1 Akiki, Champville 86.9
2 Bou Abboud, Antr 82.9
3 Kozah, Kahraba 78.6


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Mineros 26-5 
 2. Hermosillo 17-14 
 3. Trigueros 16-15 
 4. Ostioneros 14-17 
 5. Fuerza Guinda 6-25 
Southern Division
 1. Caballeros 22-9 
 2. Frayles 16-15 
 3. Lobos UAD 16-15 
 4. Pioneros 11-20 
 5. Coras 5-7 


Omar Waller Interview - by Chris Terrell
Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) faces the firing squad on a daily basis. No, it's not that rough in his native Ft Wayne Indiana. Waller is up early and he's up often, focused on the hopeful possibilities of the future of his pro hoops career as he takes thousands of shots from the 'gun.' Waller is banking on his early morning shooting and cardio sessions to land him a permananent contract in Mexico next season.

Waller displayed his talents at the LNBP Pro Showcase in the Summer of 2007 where he put up decent numbers but unfortunately wasn't noticed. He thought he played well but aknowledged he 'wasn't on the right court at the right time' to be noticed by LNBP teams in attendance. Waller was disappointed and shaken but didn't give up, though he was close.

After San Diego he did all he could to network and market himself. He played in a few scattered tournaments but nothing consistent came up. The phone wasn't ringing. The end of his organized basketball life had arrived. Or had it? His close friend Armando Alvarez kept on Waller 'to stay hungry and focused' on landing job in Mexico. But at that time, Waller had shifted focus from the LNBP to the National Guard. As he took a practice entrance exam for the Guard last December, the long awaited call came. It was Alvarez telling him to pack his bags because he was heading for the 'Big Taco...Chilangolandia...La Jungla...El Defectuoso...the D.F.,' or more commonly known as, Mexico City, that afternoon for a shot to play in the LNBP.

Omar Waller is a physical player who can put it on the floor. Waller arrived arrived in the sprawl of Mexico City on Dec 2nd, 2008 and suited up immediately for the Estrellas Indebasquet, one of the LNBP's expansion teams last season. The Estrellas were victorious in Waller's first game but wins after his arrival were a rare commodity. He played the 3,4,and 5 and soon earned the respect of the refs eventually getting the foreigner calls or as Waller puts it, 'Kobe calls.' Though Omar didn't shoot a lot of threes he had the 'green light' from his coach and sees himself shooting a high percentage from 'threelandia' next year. Waller admitted it was a 'tough season' only winning 7 games but by the end of the year he played himself into a starting role averaging 18.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Off the court and out and about in Mexico City, Waller soaked in the culture. 'I tried a lot of stuff I woudn't normally eat...like octopus and I liked it!' Mexico City is full of surprises that you only experience when immersed in the 'Jungle.' But the jungle for Waller was like a walk in the park for Waller;' It wasn't dangerous for me and Mexico City was beautiful, friendly and one of the nicest places I've been with friendly, warm people'.

Last year in the LNBP, Waller, a 6'6'' 225 lb swing man who patterns his game after Kobe Bryant, took advantage of a situation where others may have thrown in the towel. Waller admits 'It wasn't easy to break into the LNBP, it took awhile,' and now 'I want to be dedicated to one team in Mexico.' A healthy perspective for sure and one that is appreciated by Mexican teams who want to steer clear of finicky foreign players. He approached his experience in Mexico City as a 'stepping stone' and recognizes that the LNBP is a 'great league...that has done a lot for me...you have to bring your 'A' game every night. The fans are rabid and are against you during the game but afterwards they still want my autograph.'

Waller is cautiously and confidently, optimistic about returning to Mexico City next season. And although the LNBP has replaced the Estrellas with another team from Mexico City, Omar is committed to being a long term fixture in the LNBP and believes his services can help any team in the league. Teams that are inquiring about the services for Omar Waller can contact feedback@enfuegohoops.com


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
Superleague
 1. Buducnost 10-0 
 2. Ulcijn 5-4 
 3. Primorje-M. 5-5 
 4. Danilovgrad 4-6 
 5. ABS Primorje 4-6 
 6. Mornar Bar 1-8 
Play-Out
 1. Lovcen 9-0 
 2. Mogren 6-2 
 3. Jedinstvo 5-3 
 4. Gorstak 4-5 
 5. Rudar 2-6 
 6. Niksic 0-10 


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  NBA   


Cavaliers complete sweep of Pistons (4-0) - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) earned a break.

James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, sweeping the Eastern Conference first-round series.

The top-seeded Cavs might be off for more than a week, waiting for Atlanta or Miami to advance.

Detroit, meanwhile, will have its longest offseason since 2001 and about $20 million in salary-cap space to rebuild a once-proud team.

James made his first four shots - including a windmill dunk. He helped put the Pistons away for good with a 16-6 run midway through the third quarter.

Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) scored a career playoff-high 24 for the Cavs.

Detroit's Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) had 26 points, tying a career playoff high.

James has led the Cavs into the playoffs the past four years, winning at least one series each time.

Cleveland lost to the Pistons in the second round of the 2006 playoffs, got past them the next year in the conference finals en route to its first NBA finals appearance and was eliminated by the eventual champion Boston Celtics in the second round last year.

The Cavs will face the winner of the Atlanta-Miami series, which the Heat lead 2-1 heading into Monday night's game at home. The best-of-seven series could end as late as Sunday, May 3.

Detroit was in the conference finals the past six years, the longest such streak in the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers' run two decades ago. The Pistons, the only Eastern Conference team in the playoffs for an eighth straight year, had advanced in each of the previous seven postseasons.

James worked up a sweat 2 hours before tipoff, shooting 3-pointers from every angle, driving against imaginary defenders for dunks and pullups and leaning against the air to practice low-post moves.

When James joined his teammates for pregame warmups, Cleveland fans seemed to outnumber Detroit supporters and he waved his arms in the air to encourage them to be even louder.

'It's great to be in Cleveland,' Cavs radio broadcaster Joe Tait said.

James gave them plenty to cheer about early, especially on a spectacular dunk, and ignited more 'M-V-P!' chants by a slam that put the Cavs ahead 86-69.

In the final minutes of the game, 'Let's Go Cavs!' chants could easily be heard as frustrated fans of the Pistons exited.

Rasheed Wallace was scoreless, missing all seven of his shots, in what was probably his last game with the Pistons unless they make a stunning move and re-sign him as a free agent.

Wallace's and Allen Iverson's contracts will come off the Pistons' books this summer, making them potentially a major player in the offseason.

Iverson was acquired from the Denver Nuggets for Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) early in the season and the short-term impact was awful for the Pistons, transforming them from a possible contender to a definitive disaster.

In their final game, reserve Will Bynum scored a career playoff-high 22 and Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) had 14 points.

Delonte West scored 12 for the Cavs.

Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com


NBA Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News

Eastern Conf
Celtics - Bulls 107-86
The reigning champion managed to beat Chicago Bulls 107-86 at the United Center taking 2-1 lead in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) top-scored in the winning squad with 24 points. Rajon Rondo also demonstrated nice performance collecting 20 pts, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Ray Allen netted 18, while Glen Davis helped with 14 pts, 9 rebs and 6 assists. Ben Gordon responded with 15 pts in loss. Game No.4 is scheduled for Sunday.

Magic - 76ers 94-96
The underdog Philadelphia 76ers stunned the Orlando Magic when a last-second shot gave them a 96-94 victory and a lead in their playoff series on Friday. Thaddeus Young maneuvered around the league's top defensive player Dwight Howard for a layup with two seconds left to lift the 76ers to a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven playoff. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) added 24 and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who led by as much as 17 before the Magic embarked on an 18-4 run to pull within 78-75 late in the third quarter.

Hawks - Heat 78-107
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Jermaine O'Neal had 22 pts and 10 rebs, while Mario Chalmers helped the winners with 15 pts. Their Miami Heat has 2-1 lead now. On the other side. Alfred Horford, Michael Bibby and Josh Smith scored 13 pts each in loss.

Cavaliers - Pistons 79-68
Third consecutive win for the Cavs and once against thanks to LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), who almost registered tripled-double: 25 pts, 11 rebs and 9 as. Joe Smith also shined collecting 19 pts and 10 boards. The hosts got 15 points, 8 rebs and 6 assists from Richard Hamilton.


Western Conf
Trail Blazers - Rockets 83-86
In the West, the Houston Rockets held off a late rally from the Portland Trail Blazers and captured an 86-83 win to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Portland All-Star guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) was held to 19 points, a game after dropping 42 in a Blazers' win. The Rockets got 19 points from Luis Scola and 16 from Shane Battier en route to the home win. Game Four is on Sunday in Houston.

Lakers - Jazz 86-88
Utah Jazz survived last night thanks to Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) and his fadeaway jumper with 2.2 seconds left for 88-86 win over Los Angeles Lakers. It means that the score is now 1-2 for the team from LA. Carlos Boozer was totally the best player for the hosts nailing 23 points and pulling down impressive 22 rebounds. Williams scored 13 pts and dished out 9 assists. In Lakers, Lamar Odom had 21, Pau Gasol 20 and Kobe Bryant contributed with 18 pts. Game number four is scheduled for tomorrow.

Nuggets - Hornets 93-95
First win for the NO Hornets and mostly owing to Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest), who demonstrated impressive performance collecting 32 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds. David West had 19 and Rasual Butler delivered 2 points less. Carmelo Anthony responded with 25 pts, 8 rebs and 5 assists for the Nuggets. Game number 4 will be played on Monday, again in NO.

Spurs - Mavericks 67-88
Dallas Mavs blasted San Antonio Spurs 88-67 also taking 2-1 lead, but on West. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game as the hosts ended it 29-12. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) stepped up for his team with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Howard followed him with 17 pts and 8 rebs. On the other side, Tony Parker scored 12 points for the Spurs. Fourth game will be played tomorrow.


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  NCAA1   


Henderson declares for NBA draft - by Rick Ross
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87) is entering the NBA
draft but is keeping open the option to return to Duke for his senior season.
The school said in an announcement
Saturday that Henderson has not hired an agent.

The swingman was widely expected to test his draft stock after a
productive junior year in which he led the Blue Devils with 16.5
points and scoring at least 10 points in 31 games this season.

He helped Duke win its 11th Atlantic Coast Conference
tournament title, finish 30-7 and reach the
NCAA tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 2006.

Henderson's decision came a day before the
deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.
Those who have not hired agents may withdraw by June 15.


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


Cowboys make it 5 in a Row - by Luis Ramirez
The Bayamon Cowboys are sitting at the top of the standings and they are looking invincible. They beat the Humacao Grays last night 88-79. The game started out with the Grays taking the 1st quarter 23-22. The Cowboys kept pace with the Grays and in the 1st half it was all tied at 39 points. In the 2nd half the Cowboys went on fire and played some good defense to take a 10 point lead as the 3rd quarter ended 66-56 in favor of the Cowboys. The Grays tried to make a comeback in the 4th quarter but the Cowboys would not have any part of that. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) led the Cowboys with 23 points and 10 assists for a double-double, followed by Jabari Smith with 18 points and 9 rebounds. For the Grays, it was James Life with 27 points followed by Ansel Guzman with 15 points.

In other BSN action, the Arecibo Captains outdueled the Quebradillas Pirates 90-85. Although the Pirates took the 1st quarter 20-18, the Captains came right back in the 2nd quarter to end the half leading by 9 points, 44-35. In the 2nd half the Pirates kept pace with the Captains but the damage done in the 2nd quarter was too much to overcome for the Pirates in the 2nd half of the game. For Arecibo who is playing without import player Marcus Fizer, got 15 points from Angel Figueroa followed by Christopher Vega and Carlos Rivera who both scored 13 points. For Quebradillas, Peter John Ramos scored 23 points and captured 15 rebounds followed by David Huertas with 17 points. The Captains will travel to Ponce today in a back to back game.

In the final game of the night, it was the San German Athletics who would finally play in their home court and did not disappoint their home crowd as the Athletics beat the Caguas Criollos 91-87. The San German Arena was undergoing some reconstruction and this had kept the Athletics from playing as the home team until last night. The Athletics came out on fire as they scored 27 points in the 1st quarter while the Criollos would go on to score 16 points. At the half the Athletics were leading 39-34. The Criollos would not go gently into the night, as they came back in the 3rd quarter to reclaims the lead 61-59. It came down to the last period of play as the Athletics were able to come back for the win. For San German Jesse Pellot scored 27 points followed by Ruben Wolkowisky with 23 points and 10 rebounds. For Caguas, Rafael Perez scored 24 points followed by Ryan Humphrey with 18 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds.


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Another embarrassment for Hopsi - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija won their seventh consecutive game, defeating Helios 62-55 and is very close on first place after regular season. Krka used a huge last quarter (28-13) to take out Koper nad Zlatorog crushed Hopsi by 101-57.

League Play-Off, Round 10: Union Olimpija-Helios 62-55: The game had only two tie scores and one lead change. Olimpija took control with a 15-4 run spanning halftime to take a largest lead of the game by 41-26. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Saso Ozbolt collected 11 points and 8 rebounds. Olimpija outrebounded Helios 52-28, picked up 18 offensive boards. Vjeko Petrovic led the guests with 12 points.
Zlatorog-Hopsi 101-57: Zlatorog shot 57 percent for the game and built a 23-point lead at the halftime. Dario Krejic scored 29 points incluiding six 3-pointers off the bench, Nejc Strnad added 19 points, Uros Lucic 14 and Vincent Hunter collected 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hopsi shot just 2-of-15 form the 3-point line and was outrebounded 21-36 in their worst loss since April 25, 1998. Nemanja Jelesijevic finished with 15 points and Marko Samanic posted 13.
Luka Koper-Krka 79-82: After trailed by as many as 12 points after the third quarter, injury-riddled Krka made a 21-3 run including 14 straight points. Davor Marcelic and Bojan Krivec posted 19 points each and Marko Rakocevic added 16. Koper's bench players scored just 6 points in the contest. Miha Cmer had 21 points and 6 assists, Ivan Drzic netted 19 points, Drazen Bubnic 16 and Miha Markic collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Elektra Esotech-Geoplin Slovan 72-75: Elektra turned a 12-point deficit into a 72-70 lead with 1:42 remaming. Dejan Delic answered with a pair of free-throw and Dejan Cigoja's steal and dunk with 1:05 remaining in the contest proved to be the difference. Cigoja finished 17 points and 11 rebounds and Delic added 14 points while Balsa Radunovic had 18 points for Elektra and Dejan Cup collected 16 points and 12 rebounds.



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Final Buzzer To Sound For Ferran - by Paul Nilsen
Veteran playmaker Ferran Lopez (188-G-71) has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada point guard has said that after playing 493 games in the ACB and at 37 years old, his heart wants him to continue but his head has told him to call time on his career. Fuenla are enjoying a surprise season and look like they could clinch a play-off spot - the perfect way for Lopez to bow out of the game although it looks like he could stay with the Madrid club with an off court role next season.

ACB, Round 32: Barca and Joventut win, defeats for Tau and Real - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Cajasol 93-67
Regal Barca blasted Cajasol at the Palau Blaugrana securing the second place in regular season with two rounds to go (25-6). Big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) nailed 16, Roger Grimau had 13, while David Andersen, Fran Vasquez and Jordi Trias helped with 12 points each. Cajasol got 16 points from Clay Tucker (10-20).

A.G. Fuenla - Tau 103-90
Fuenla crushed No.1 Tau thanks to Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85), Brad Oleson and Kristaps Valters, which combined 60 points. Pete Mickeal almost registered double-double for the guests, 22 pts and 9 rebs. Despite this loss, Tau will keep position No.1 before the play-off.

CAI Zaragoza - Iurbentia B. 69-70
Bilbao grabbed 70-69 road win against CAI Zaragoza, who fell to 8-22. The same record has Murcia and one of these two teams will most probably join ViveMenorca next season in LEB Gold. Salvador Guardia (205-F-74) and Janis Blums led the scorers in victory with 14 pts each. Loren Woods answered with 16 pts and 15 boards.

Kalise G.C. - DKV Joventut 72-77
20-10 for Joventut and 18-12 for Granca after this game. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) led the team from Badalona with 17 points. Luka Bogdanovic also had important role collecting 13 pts and 9 rebounds. The hosts got 16 pts and 5 rebs from James Augustine.

Pamesa V. - CB Murcia 83-63
Pamesa devastated Murcia at home keeping the 7th place with 16-15 record. This time American Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) stepped up for the team from Valencia netting 21 points. Matt Nielsen delivered 17. Diego Fajardo had double-double in Murcia, 11 pts and 10 rebs. Murcia fell to 8-22 (red zone).

Ricoh Man. - Granada 75-90
Granada cruised past Manresa on the road for 12-19 record. The winners won't be able to reach the play-off. On the other side, Manresa still has some chances for position No.8. Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77, college: Life) scored 21 pts for the guests. Josh Asselin had the same number, but in defeat.

Vive Menorca - Bruesa 77-76
The last ranked Vive Menorca grabbed 77-76 home win vs Bruesa improving to 7-23 and keeping just theoretical chance to survive in ACB. Pooh Jeter (179-G-83, college: Portland) and Mario Stojic combined 45 pts in this game. Bruesa got 17 pts from Bernard Hopkins.

MMT Estudia. - Real Madrid 71-63
Estu celebrated in Madrid's derby joining Cajasol and Bruesa on pretty safe 10-20. Pancho Jasen (198-G-78) scored 15, Carlos Suarez had 12 pts and 11 rebounds, while Petar Popovic nailed 10 points in this valuable win. Felipe Reyes collected 15 points and 17 reboudns for Real (21-9, 4th place).


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 27-4 
 2. Barcelona 25-6 
 3. Unicaja 22-8 
 4. Real 21-9 
 5. Joventut 20-10 
 6. G.Canaria 18-12 
 7. Pamesa 16-15 
 8. Fuenlabrada 15-15 
 9. Bilbao 14-16 
 10. Ricoh Man. 14-16 
 11. Granada 12-19 
 12. Cajasol 10-20 
 13. Estudiant. 10-20 
 14. Bruesa 10-20 
 15. Zaragoza 8-22 
 16. Murcia 8-22 
 17. Menorca 7-23 


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Manning elected President! - by Albert-Lee Young

A new era for basketball in Trinidad & Tobago was initiated.

After months of uncertainty Brian Manning, son of Prime Minister Patrick Manning, was elected President of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad & Tobago at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 25th April at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation. Manning defeated his fellow candidate Courtney Mc Nish by two votes for the presidency.

Also elected were Mr. Earl Noel and Kelvin Roberts, who both retained their positions as the Vice President of Organization & Development and Secretary respectively. The other members of the Executive elected for the 2009-2011 term were new comers Conrad Pierre, Vice President of Finance; David Benjamin, Vice President of Technical & Training; Melonie Morton, Vice President of Communication & Marketing; and Lisa Gay-Ali, Assistant Secretary.

Following the much anticipated AGM, Mr. Manning extended thanks to the delegates and offered his commitment to working; and undertaking the responsibilities to perform to the best of his ability for the development of the sport.



St Augustine retains championship! - by Albert-Lee Young

Kyron Joseph top scored with 19 points to help St Augustine Secondary School defeat the National Academy of Business (NABAC) 80-63 in the Trinidad & Tobago Schools Basketball Association Champion of Champions Under-20 male final.

St Augustine held a slender lead for the first three quarters; 21-19, 42-42, 59-54. With 1:07 mins left in the third quarter, NABAC center Austin Ralph was fouled out and by the 8:55 mark in the fourth quarter NABAC suffered another setback when their other big man, Abede Hume, picked up his fifth foul.

From then on St Augustine went on to outscore their opponents 21-9 to clinch back to back title. For the winners, Michael Jerome contributed 15 points with Andell Crickshand and Marcus Ruiz both adding 10 points each.

Jamal Hill led NABAC with 18 points, Karius Chickshand chipped in with 17 points and Austin Ralph scored 12points.


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 26-2 
 2. T.Telekom 20-8 
 3. Fener.Ulker 20-8 
 4. Galatasaray 19-9 
 5. Besiktas 16-12 
 6. Antalya 16-12 
 7. Mersin 15-13 
 8. Karsiyaka 13-15 
 9. Darussafaka 12-16 
 10. Oyak Renault 12-16 
 11. Erdemir 12-16 
 12. Banvit 12-16 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 10-18 
 14. Aliaga 9-19 
 15. Kepez Bld 9-19 
 16. TED Koleji 3-25 


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  URBL   


URBL Names James Player of the Week - by URBL media
The URBL is pleased to announce that Rick James (6'3''-G-F-82, college: Trevecca Naz.) of the Irving Assault has been named the URBL Player of the Week for the week ending April 25.

James averaged 37.0 points, 8.2 rebounds a game for the Assault as they went 2-0 during the past week, all on the road. James started the week in Dallas and put up 46 points and eight rebounds in a 140-130 victory. One week later, James had 28 points on 11 for 16 shooting from the field in a 114-80 win against Houston.

James is the current 3rd in the league in scoring average with 29.5 points a game and is averaging 8.2 rebounds a game, good for fifth in the URBL. To go along with his scoring prowess, James is third in the URBL in field goal percentage, 51/80 (63.8%) from the field and first in three point percentage 11/17 (64.7%).
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.)


URBL Stats Leaders
URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Barnes, DFW 41.3
2.Conwill, Con 31.5
3.Boyd, DFW 30.0
4.James, Irving 29.5
5.Sloan, Irving 26.7
Rebounds Per Game
1.Boyd, DFW 15.2
2.Barnes, DFW 10.5
3.Ellison, Texas 10.2
4.Cato, Con 10.0
5.McClinic, DFW 9.5
Assists Per Game
1.Douglas, DFW 13.0
2.Fisher,Con 12.0
3.De La Cruz, Irving 10.0
4.Negrin, Houston 9.5
5.Oxley, Hou G. 9.0
Steals Per Game
1.Sloan, Irving 5.5
2.Barnes, DFW 5.2
3.Fisher, Con 4.0
4.Negrin, Houston 3.5
5.Trinquier, Texas 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1.McClinic, DFW 4.0
1.Moon, Irving 3.5
3.Ellison, Texas 2.5
4.Cato, Con 2.0
5.Barnes, DFW 1.8
2FGP
1.Boyd, DFW .913
2.Fisher, Con .750
3.James, Irving .532
4.Cato, Con .500
5.Barnes, DFW .500
3FGP
1.Douglas, DFW 100
2.Harner, Con .700
3.James, Irving .600
4.Tranquier, Texas .500
5.Barnes, DFW .495


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Montevideo 3-0 
 2. 25 de Agosto 2-1 
 3. Welcome 2-1 
 4. Nacional 2-1 
 5. Urunday Univ. 2-1 
 6. Olivol Mundial 1-1 
 7. Aguada 1-1 
 8. Yale 1-1 
 9. Verdirrojo 1-2 
 10. Larre Borges 1-2 
 11. Capitol 1-2 
 12. Larranaga 1-2 
 13. Goes 0-3 


Montevideo in the only Metro leader - by Hector Lopez
Montevideo is only Metropolitan League leader, with a 3-0 record, after beating Welcome 79-69, in the opening games for the third round. The best scorer for Montevideo Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) scored 29 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, to get a 43 ranking, and Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) netted 19 and Juan Andres Cambon (180-G-88) had 9 assists. For Welcome, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) netted 19 points, Federico Haller (198-F-88) grabbed 10 rebounds. Both teams are the main candidates to win the two promotions for the Uruguayan League 2010. Larre Borges defeated Capitol 89-76. Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) netted 22 points and Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) added 13 abnd took 12 rebounds. For Capitol Aram Tavokjian (191-G-82) netted 28. Other results:
Urunday 62 Verdirrojo 61 and 25 de Agosto 78 Larranaga 71.




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Women News

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  CYPRUS - Women  


Kalia Papadopoulou is doing great in the French league! - by Chris Mammides
Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) who was not 'good enough' for the Cyprus league is doing great in the French league Pro B. The Cypriot guard (rumors are bringing her in the Greek A1 next seazon) is among the top players of the legue and of course in her team, the team of Laverion.
The Cypriot player is averaging 12.8 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game and 2.4 steals per game. Kalia is an all around palyer and has an amazing team spirit, she is definately the player that all the coaches are looking to add in their rosters. She is scoring, rebonding, organising and assisting the overall team. She is a real coachin the court.


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Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
 1. Limoges 24-4 
 2. SI Graffenstaden 22-6 
 3. Armentieres 21-7 
 4. Toulouse 19-9 
 5. Charleville 19-9 
 6. La Roche-sur-Lion 18-10 
 7. Strasbourg ABC 14-14 
 8. Nice 13-15 
 9. Dunkerque 12-16 
 10. Rennes 11-17 
 11. Laveyron 11-17 
 12. Voiron 10-18 
 13. Ifs 9-19 
 14. Colomiers 8-20 
 15. Pleyber Christ 7-21 
 16. CFBB 6-22 
 17. Mourenx 0-0 
 18. Lot-et-Garonne 0-0 


An update on what is happening in NF1 - by Leslie Anderson

After 28 rounds three teams have booked their ticket for the end of season play-off. Limoges ABC en Limousin are leading the table and just require one more victory to claim the regular season title.

The
Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden are second in the table and are the only team that can deny Limoges ABC en Limousin of the title. For this to happen Limoges ABC en Limousin must lose the last two games of the season while the Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden win their remaining games.

Armentieres SO are the third team to qualify after beating the leaders this weekend.

Toulouse Metropole Basket , ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres and Roche Vendee BC are still in the race for the final place.

At the other end of the table, Pleyber Christ Basket Club and US Colomiers have been mathematically relegated but as those who follow French Basketball, this does imply that they will drop to NF2 next season.


You can find a complete round up of the NF1 division in English here with an explanation of the relegation situation.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Wasserburg forces final fifth game - by Cornelius Damm
The reigning five time champion TSV 1880 Wasserburg is back in business tying the Finals for another time. In a 85-79 thriller they beat TV Saarlouis Royals in front of their noisy home crowd of 1000 spectators. With the game on its brink at 79-79 under a minute to go Wasserburg PG Yolanda Paige (13 pts, 6 ass) fed Carlene Hightower (24 pts) in the corner who sank her fourth three pointer of the game to give her team a 82-79 lead. As Saarlouis failed to score of the next possession Suzana Milovanovic (16 pts, 12 reb) decided the game for Wasserburg with a lay up. But the x-factor for Wasserburg in this game probably was Corry Berger. Not seeing much playing time so far in this series she stepped up strong as German National Team Post Katharina Kuhn (7 pts) left the game with an injury midst of third quarter. Berger finished the night with an 7/10 shooting performance to give her team 15 pts. Saarlouis was paced by Celeste Trahan with a nice double double of 17 pts and 17 reb. Romy Bar followed with 16 pts, while Petra Manakova shipped in 14 pts and 8 reb. Stina Barnert and Fantasia Goodwin scored 14 and 12 pts. Saarlouis controlled the boards winning the rebound duel 44 to 31 but shot only 43 percent (31/71) out of the field while Wasserburg sank 52 percent (33/63) of their shots.

So far in this series each team won its home games. The final game will be played Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Saarlouis.


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  GREECE - Women  


FEA in the A1 - by George Manousidis
FEA is one of the two teams promoted in A1 after tonight;s games. Coach Marios Despotakis is already planning the new seazon in the A1 and as he wants to develop a strong and competitice team he already agreed terms with the second scorer of the Greek League A1, Joanna Solverson. Solverson was among the steadiest players in the league and among the most productive players in the league. Solverson was the top player als of her team Apollon Kalamarias

FEA and O.A. Hanion promoted in the A1 - by George Manousidis
FEA is one of the two teams promoted in A1 after tonight;'s games. FEA thrashed the team of Asteras Exarhion 74-43 in the last game of the seazon and finished unbeaten at the top of the legue - Goup A. Coach Marios Despotakis is already planning the new seazon in the A1 and as he wants to develop a strong and competitice team he already agreed terms with the second scorer of the Greek League A1, Johanna Solverson (188-F-84, college: Iowa). Solverson was among the steadiest players in the league and among the most productive players in the league. Solverson was the top player als of her team Apollon Kalamarias

Stella Kaltsidou in Bourges - by George Manousidis
Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83), after a totally succesfull seazon with Ravenna Esperides / Glyfada winning the Greek Cup and finishing in the second position in the Greek league behind the unbeaten team of Athinaikos, received an offer from the French league and she accepted. The Greek player is officially player of the French team Cercle Jean Mace Bourges. The cotnract is of one year and she will not be the first Greek player in the specific team as Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) used to play in the French team before receiving the offer from WNBA.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


MKB Euroleasing Sopron: third in a role! - by Patonay Adam
Szeviep Szeged won over Mizo Pecs and went to the final where Sopron was waiting for them and beat them on the first game. Szeged could make teh surprise again because they won against Sopron on home court and after they were very close to caught the champion on road, but Dora Horti (195-C-87) (scored 20 points with 14 rebounds) didn't want to lose and lead her team to the important victory. Tonight they meet again and Szeged could play close game again but Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and her Szeviep couldn't make one more surprise and MKB Euroleasing won their third championship title in a role!

Uniquoa NB1/A - FIINAL - 2008/09 - Game 4.
Szeviep Szeged - MKB Euroelasing Sopron 71:76
Szeged: Bernadett Nemeth 13/6, Zherzherunova O. 21 (12 reb), Maslowski M. 23.
Sopron: Honti K. 15, MacLeod K. 14/9, Holt A. 10, Milovanovic J. 15, Dora Horti 14 (12 reb)


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  IRAN - Women  


Sparkles of improvement in I.R.Iran Women Basketball - by Nazanin Rashedi
Baharak Zaringhaba ,I.R.Iran ex-National Team player, has recently signed a one month contract with Al-Shabab Basketball Club,UAE.This 23 year old player used to play in Azad University club, I.R.Iran League and will be playing in Al-Shabab Cclub till the end of UAE-league .
This is the first time that Iranian Women Basketball players sign contracts abroad and is considered a sparkle of coming improvements.


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  LEBANON - Women  


The finals... - by Maarouf Mawloud

By Maarouf Mawloud

Homentmen Antelias will play the final of the Lebanese Women Championship after managing to beat Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in the semi Final series 3-2 , the ladies of Homentmen Antelias secured their place in the final after wining the fifth game 61-60.

The final will join Antranik Beirut to Homentmen Antelias for the second consecutive season.

The two teams met 3 times this year and the games were full of excitement due of the big number of fans who attended the games.

Antranik Beirut is 3-0 against Homentmen Antelias this season, the first game in the regular season in Homentmen Antelias finished 59-48 for Antranik, the second game saw also Antranik Beirut winning 64-53 .The third time the two teams met in the Cup Final where Antranik Beirut once again scored another win 65-44.



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lawless, MAXI 18.9
2 Salkauske, MAXI 16.0
3 Podesvova, MBK 15.5
4 Sujova, Cassovia 15.3
5 Talajkova, Slovan 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Talajkova, Slovan 11.0
2 Podesvova, MBK 10.1
3 Karavaeva, Presov 8.8
4 Tetemondova, WHI 8.4
5 Salkauske, MAX 8.2
Assists Per Game
1 Chapdelaine, MBK 6.3
2 Riecka, Slovan 3.9
3 Kubatova, Nitra 3.7
4 Mincikova, MAXIMA 3.6
5 Sujova, Cassovia 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Hrickova, MAXIMA 3.7
2 Krizmova, Slovan 3.5
3 Tetemondova, WHI 3.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Alyoshkina, MBK 1.9
2 Williams, Nitra 1.5
3 Talajkova, Slovan 1.5


Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Erin Lawless (188-F-85) of Maxima Broker
Guard of the Year: Kaela Chapdelaine (178-G-85) of MBK
Forward of the Year: Erin Lawless of Maxima Broker
Center of the Year: Iveta Salkauske (196-F/C-82) of Maxima Broker
Bosman Player of the Year: Iveta Salkauske of Maxima Broker
Import Player of the Year: Erin Lawless of Maxima Broker
Domestic Player of the Year: Renata Talajkova (190-C-81) of Slovan
Defensive Player of the Year: Renata Talajkova of Slovan
Coach of the Year: Stefan Svitek of Maxima Broker

1st Team
Iveta Salkauske of Maxima Broker
Sidney Spencer (191-F-85) of Maxima Broker
Erin Lawless of Maxima Broker
Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) of MBK
Kaela Chapdelaine of MBK

2nd Team
Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) of Maxima Broker
Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) of MBK
Renata Talajkova of Slovan
Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) of Nitra
Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) of Poprad

Honorable Mention
Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) of Maxima Broker
Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81) of Maxima Broker
Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) of Maxima Broker
Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81) of MBK
Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) of MBK
Edita Sujanova of Nitra
Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84) of BSS Kosice
Julija Karavaeva (193-F-82) of Presov
Alexandra Riecka (170-G-78) of Slovan

All-Domestic Players Team
Renata Talajkova of Slovan
Katarina Hrickova of Maxima Broker
Lucia Kupcikova of MBK
Katarina Tetemondova of Poprad
Daniela Cikosova of Maxima Broker

All-Imports Team
Sidney Spencer of Maxima Broker
Erin Lawless of Maxima Broker
Kaela Chapdelaine of MBK
Chelsea Aubry of BSS Kosice
Cathrine Kraayeveld of Maxima Broker

All-Bosmans Team
Iveta Salkauske of Maxima Broker
Simona Podesvova of MBK
Edita Sujanova of Nitra
Julija Karavaeva of Presov
Alexandra Riecka of Slovan


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Scarborough Secondary wins girls title! - by Albert-Lee Young

Scarborough Secondary School easily defeated the defending champs, International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) 34-19 in the finals of the Trinidad & Tobago Schools Basketball Association Girls Open Championships.

Led by Shontelle Yearwood with 7 points, the Scarborough girls pressured ISPS with their quickness and controlled the tempo for most of the contest. They led throughout the entire game, 9-6, 20-11 and 26-17. For the winners, Arita Edmund and Aneica Frank both added 6 points each.

For ISPS, Kristen Temple and Emma Golborne each scored 7 points.


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  WBCBL - Women  


Former Rebels Help Lift the Las Vegas Pride to Franchise Win #1 - by Willie McCray
Las Vegas, NV

The newly formed semi-professional womens basketball team wins in its first try. For the past 3 years the Pro-Am National Finals have been played in Las Vegas, NV. Each of those three years the team representing Inglewood, CA has walked away with the title of national champions. With several weeks of practice under their belt, the Las Vegas Pride was ready to find out if they were game ready against the champs.

In front of a standing room only crowd that included former Utah Jazz forward, Byron Russell and R&B singing sensation Brian McKnight, the Pride took the floor. UNLV senior Shamela Hampton would start the game in her first post collegiate contest.

The team from Inglewood jumped out to a quick 14-2 lead before Pride head coach, Dan Savage, used a time out and inserted two more former UNLV rebels in an attempt to close the gap, and the tone of the game changed instantly. Sequoia Holmes and Rocky Jupiter would pick up the pace on the fast break and bring a much-needed boost on defense. The Pride worked their way back into the game and took their first lead just before halftime. The second half would see yet another senior rebel take the floor and make an immediate impact. Shannon Oberg did not take much time to impact the game. A quick steal followed by a deep three pointer by Oberg would increase the Pride lead to 9. When the final horn sounded the Pride beat the three time defending champions by 6 points. The entire team played a role in this win said Coach Savage We have an extremely deep team and I expect us to out-work most teams we face.

Team captain, Laurie Byrd, was instrumental in keeping the young Pride team focused. Other key players for the Pride include Layla Willis who scored four crucial baskets within a 3-minute stretch and Tiff who played a well-rounded game.

The Las Vegas Pride is one of the newest members of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older. The competition level ranges from former College players to WNBA players and current International players.

For more information, please contact:
JOVAN THOMAS
phone: 702-415-1947
email: JOVAN@PRIDEBASKETBALL.COM
website: www.PRIDEBASKETBALL.com