EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/4/2009

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Edward NELSON
  Estudiantes
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Nelson, Estudiantes20.1 
 2. Moodie, Independ.19.9 
 3. Jackson, Penarol19.3 
 4. Mazzaro, Quimsa18.6 
 5. Assie, Independ.N.17.0 
 6. Robinson, Sionista16.8 
 7. Espil, Boca Jrs16.8 
 8. Glover, Cicl.Olimpico16.4 
 9. Taylor, Lanus15.9 
 10. Osborne, Libert.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.10.6 
 2. Williams, Cicl.Oli.9.5 
 3. Assie, Independ.N.8.5 
 4. Nelson, Estudiantes7.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa7.7 
 6. Levy, Estudiantes7.4 
 7. Mikulas, Quimsa7.2 
 8. Taylor, Lanus7.1 
 9. Kante, Atenas7.1 
 10. Cowan, Quilmes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hernando SALLES
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Salles, Quilmes MP4.8 
 2. Cantero, Sionista4.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Penarol4.1 
 4. Treise, Quimsa3.9 
 5. Franco, Estudiantes3.8 
 6. Titarelli, Obras3.4 
 7. Martinez, Sionista3.2 
 8. La Bella, Estudiantes3.2 
 9. Montecchia, Regat.3.1 
 10. Cequeira, Reg.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcos CASINI
  Carmatic PT
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Casini, Boca Jrs2.0 
 2. Assie, Independ.N.2.0 
 3. Aguirre, Boca Jrs2.0 
 4. Sciutto, Gimn.CR2.0 
 5. Treise, Quimsa1.9 
 6. Marin, Independ.N.1.9 
 7. Moodie, Independ.1.9 
 8. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.8 
 9. Moore, El Nacional1.7 
 10. Johnson, Penar.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Guasave
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller, Quimsa1.9 
 2. Moore, El Nacional1.9 
 3. Bortz, Boca Jrs1.9 
 4. Smith, Quimsa1.9 
 5. Allen, Quimsa1.8 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.4 
 7. Williams, Cicl.Oli.1.3 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 9. Smith, Lanus1.1 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.1.0 


Stats Leaders - TNA

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group 1
 1. Gmunden 20-8 
 2. Furstenfeld 19-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 18-10 
 4. Wels 17-11 
 5. Arkadia 17-11 
 6. Oberwart 15-13 
Group 2
 1. Klosterneub. 14-14 
 2. Gussing 14-14 
 3. Worthersee 12-16 
 4. St.Polten 11-17 
 5. UBSC Graz 7-21 
 6. Vienna 4-24 


Stats Leaders

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


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Ahli wins game 2 - by Yousef Ahmed

AL AHLI put up a flawless show to post a 105-80 win over Al Hala and tie the series 1-1 yesterday in their second best-of-three Golden Square semi-final of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. American import Johnny Antonio scored 33 points for the victors who will clash again with Al Hala in the third and deciding match, scheduled for Monday, for the right of playing in the final. Others who played a key role in Al Ahli's win were Hussain Shaker (175-G) (17 points), Hashim Habib (16), Ahmed Malallah (188-F-71) (14), Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) and Maytham Jamil (10 each). Anthony Jones of the US was Al Hala's best player, scoring 25 points. Al Hala were also represented by Ahmed Ali (21), Ahmed Mirza (20), Ali Abbas (7), Abdulaziz Abdulbaqi (4) and Yasser Bunaffour (3).

Witnessed by a full-house crowd and staged at the Um Al Hassam Sports Complex, the second match of the series featured neck-and-neck play from both Al Ahli and Al Hala. Al Hala drew first blood, taking a two-point lead early in the first quarter, which however ended 26-25 for Al Ahli. Al Ahli, who lost their first semi-final match 82-89 last week, roared back in the second quarter during which they took a resounding 44-33 lead in the fifth minute but Al Hala improved on their teamwork and managed to cut their deficit to 48-43 at half-time. The third quarter started with Al Ahli widening their lead margin to 12 points. Al Hala regained momentum later in the quarter and eventually reduced Al Ahli's lead to seven points. However, Aqeel Milad's squad soon got things back under control as they took their lead to 84-66 at the end of the third quarter. Al Ahli virtually sealed victory midway into the fourth and last quarter when they went ahead by 20 points. They maintained their momentum for an emphatic 25-point win.

In the other semi-final playoff, defending champions Muharraq will take on 15-time winners Manama tonight in their second match of the series. Manama took a 1-0 lead last week, defeating Muharraq 86-76 in an action-packed game. Another win for Salman Ramadan-coached Manama will put them through to the final while Muharraq, under their US coach Wayne Mendozana, must claim victory to extend the series to a deciding match.

Source: GDN



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  BANGLADESH   


Bangladesh Navy clinches Independence Day Basketball title - by Eurobasket
Bangladesh Navy clinched the Independence Day Basketball title beating Europa Youth Club by 92-63 points in the final at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium here today (Thursday).
State Minister for Youth and Sports M Ahad Ali Sarkar was the chief guest in the day?s final and later distributed the prizes.
In the day?s final match, Bangladesh Navy dominated the first half by 36-25 points.
Mithun caged 32 and Rashed 23 points for the Navy men while Setu scored 18 and Shawon 10 points for Europa Youth Club.

Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 17-6 
 2. M.Hainaut 17-6 
 3. Aalstar 17-7 
 4. Antwerp 13-10 
 5. Liege 11-13 
 6. Oostende 10-13 
 7. Leuven 8-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 7-17 
 9. Gent 5-18 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Aalstar
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar18.8 
 2. Banks, Verviers.17.8 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp17.7 
 4. Hill, Liege17.1 
 5. Miller, Leuven16.9 
 6. Hite, Oostende16.7 
 7. Freeman, Gent16.4 
 8. Green, M.Hainaut15.3 
 9. Pelle, Aalstar14.9 
 10. Cage, Lie.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damian CANTRELL
  Aalstar
  (200-F-76)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar9.1 
 2. Brown, Gent8.5 
 3. Randle, Gent8.0 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.7 
 5. Pelle, Aalstar7.5 
 6. Thomas, Liege6.8 
 7. Melson, Gent6.7 
 8. Beghin, Antwerp6.3 
 9. Young, Leuven6.3 
 10. Sensley, M.Haina.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trevor HUFFMAN
  Aalstar
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Huffman, Aalstar5.2 
 2. Draper, Oostende4.9 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut3.5 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.4 
 6. Moors, Gent3.2 
 7. Wilson, Liege3.0 
 8. Loubry, Gent3.0 
 9. Zecevic, Verviers.2.8 
 10. Miller, Leuv.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher HILL
  Liege
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hill, Liege2.3 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 3. Freeman, Gent2.0 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut1.9 
 5. Lojeski, Aalstar1.9 
 6. Dove, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 7. Huffman, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende1.6 
 9. Black, Antwerp1.6 
 10. Broyles, Charler.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.4 
 2. Haryasz, Oostende1.4 
 3. Pelle, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 5. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 7. Green, Oostende0.8 
 8. Ibrahim, Leuven0.8 
 9. Fields, Liege0.8 
 10. Young, Leuv.0.7 


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  BELIZE   


Dangriga Basketball association News!!! - by David Magana
Attention;

As preparations by the association for the 2009 activities continue, we would like to take this opportunity to officially launch our calendar of events for the next four months.

Activities during this time includes;

* Referee Certification Training
* Coaches Certification Training
* Senior Open tournament
* Junior tournament (19&U)
* Summer Camp (ages 9-14)
* Two Invitational Games (1 junior, 1 senior)

Registration for upcoming activities outlined on the calendar may continue up to their respective deadlines.

Information released earlier with regards to registration remains, with the exception of the deadlines.

The attached calendar is in PDF format. If you encounter any problems opening the file, please reply to this email immediately to address your issue. Feel free to contact us with any other questions, concerns, or queries you may have.

Thanks
J.Rhys
623-3589
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
REFEREE TRAINING

Are you ready to make the right call?

Then come and be educated!

The Dangriga Basketball Association is proud to announce its first training/workshop for 2009.

Through this medium, the Dangriga Basketball Association tenders invitations to any person interested in becoming a certified basketball referee. Come and be informed of the rules governing basketball. The training/workshop will be conducted by facilitator Mr. Glenn Gill, FIBA Certified and President of Belize Association of Basketball Officials.

Place: Help-Age Center / Y Not Island
Date: April 17 & 19, 2009
Facilitation Fee: $30.00 per participant

For registration purposes, kindly contact DBA Executives listed below

The Dangriga Basketball Association, training for the future

John Rhys - 623-3589
Clifford Usher - 670-1128
Clifton Lorenzo - 662-0704
Sharon Valentine - 602-7365


Second Tryout for Belize Men's Senior Basketball National Team!!! - by David Magana
The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) announces the 2 tryout for the Mens Senior Basketball National Team. The BBF calls the attention of all interested players across the country to attend the tryout to be held at Belize City Civic Center on Sunday, 5th April at 8am sharp. The Belize Basketball National Team Programme is key component of the BBF's four-year strategic plan and will feature a core of 24 players with a dedicated coaching staff but most importantly, all-year round practice and preparation activities. It is the objective of the BBF for the Mens Senior Basketball National Team to compete in several regional tournaments later in the year.

Press Release BBF


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BVI to Host 2009 Men's CBC - by David Edole
President of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Usie Richards yesterday broke the silence surrounding the hosting of the 2009 senior championships, disclosing that the British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the male championship from June 28 to July 4.

Richards said that four countries had initially expressed their interest in hosting the championships after their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February - Guyana, the BVI, the Netherlands Antilles and the Dominican Republic.

However, Richards said, they were all asked to send a letter of commitment to the CBC by March 9 and according to the CBC top brass up to April 1, only the BVI had done so through their Ministry of Education and Culture.

Stabroek Sport has seen a copy of the letter which was signed by that Ministrys Permanent Secretary Sheila Brathwaite stating her governments fullest support to the BVI Basketball Federation to successfully host the games.

She said that they are fully equipped to organize and execute a sporting event of this magnitude and the benefits that can be derived are endless.

The letter also noted that the prestigious event would not only promote their country in the area of sports tourism and boost their economic growth but certainly they would be acknowledged and respected on the regional and international platform of basketball.

A similar letter was supposed to have been sent by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) but there was reportedly a difference between the federation and the National Sports Commission (NSC).

Stabroek Sport had earlier reported that a meeting involving Director of Sport Neil Kumar and President of GABF Godwin McPherson was not fruitful because of some differences over the budget. This was the beginning of March but since then nothing was said about Guyanas chances of hosting the championship. Efforts to contact McPherson on this issue yesterday were futile. It is also not clear if Guyana would be participating in the tournament.

The CBC president said that he did not receive any official update with regards to Guyanas intention to host the games but learnt through internet editions of local newspapers about the difference between the NSC and the GABF.

Meanwhile, McPherson had stated previously that if the games were to be held in a territory that required an entry visa, Guyana would not be participating.

And last year when the championship was hosted in Puerto Rico, Guyana was represented by an entirely overseas-based contingent, since the local players had been denied US visas by the embassy here.


But according to the CBC president, this should not be used as an excuse for not participating since it was said that its the responsibility of the CBC and the host country to ensure that the participants in the tournament be given the fullest opportunity to take part.

Unlike in the case of Guyana last year, Richards said that their application had to be made on a timely basis. He made reference to the Cuban team which took part in the tournament last year and had to get visas to enter the US province. He said it was the responsibility of the CBC and the Puerto Rican Federation to ensure that the team got the required documents to obtain their visas.


Female tournament


Meanwhile, the CBC is still seeking bids to host the female version of the tournament since the BVI is only hosting the male championship.

Richards explained that over the past decade, the BVI has been fielding a male team mainly because not many females there participate in the sport.

Member federations of the CBC have until April 15 to confirm their participation in the tournament and until May 1 to pay their registration fee of US$1,000 which will go to the host country to help offset some of their expenses.

By Rawle Toney


Standings - Men
BVIBF Standings
1. East 0-0
2. Toung Legs 0-0
3. Guns Anew 0-0
4. Talk Dat 0-0
5. 0-0
6. 0-0
7. 0-0
8. 0-0


26 teams registered for '09 basketball season - by David Edole
Final deadline for team rosters for the 2009 BVI Basketball Federation League was last night March 31, 2009.

Ten (12) teams registered for the Junior Division, Twelve (10) for the Intermediate Division and Four (4) for the Senior Division. The League starts on May 16 with a grand parade to the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

The teams are as follows:
SENIOR
East
Young Legs
Guns Anew
Talk Dat

NTERMEDIATE
Pure Playaz
Ghetto Mix
Rebels
Da Boyz
Off Da Chainz
Against Da Odds
All Or Nothing
Run It Red
Outkast
No Limit

JUNIOR DIVISION (12)
Another Level
Young Gunners
The Brothers
Game Over
Junior Odds
Basic
Hawks
Wolf Pack
Jr. Mystics
Fo Real
Da Streets
Pilipinas


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 14-3 
 2. Levski 13-5 
 3. ChernoMore 10-7 
 4. Spartak P. 9-8 
 5. Rilski S-list 8-9 
 6. Yambol 6-11 
 7. Sliven 0-17 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Levski
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Hall, Levski22.6 
 2. Sakota, CSKA19.0 
 3. Pickett, Lukoil A.17.9 
 4. McIntosh, Chern.17.5 
 5. Dimitrov, Spart.17.4 
 6. O'Gallagher, Yam.16.6 
 7. Papic, Rilski S-list16.2 
 8. Peterson, Rilski S.16.2 
 9. Adeleke, Lukoil A.15.8 
 10. Preston, Spartak.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenny ADELEKE
  Galatasaray
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Adeleke, Lukoil A.12.6 
 2. Sanders, Yambol11.6 
 3. Doychinov, CSKA8.8 
 4. Santos, ChernoMore8.3 
 5. Peterson, Rilski S.8.0 
 6. Georgiev, Levski7.5 
 7. Preston, Spartak P.7.5 
 8. Tenev, Sliven7.2 
 9. Skumatov, Yambol6.8 
 10. Sakota, CS.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Lukoil A.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Deane, Lukoil A.5.4 
 2. Akins, Lukoil A.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.9 
 4. McIntosh, Chern.4.6 
 5. Burks, Lukoil A.4.6 
 6. Hall, Levski4.2 
 7. Velikov, Levski3.6 
 8. Govedarov, Yambol3.4 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S-list3.2 
 10. Lilov, Rilski S-li.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hrisimir DIMITROV
  Spartak P.
  (197-G/F-74)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dimitrov, Spart.2.4 
 2. Velikov, Levski2.0 
 3. McIntosh, Chern.1.9 
 4. Pickett, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Tsvetkov, CSKA1.7 
 6. Belberov, Rilski S.1.7 
 7. Sanders, Yambol1.6 
 8. Goldwire, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S-list1.5 
 10. Stoykov, Lukoil.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael EARL
  ChernoMore
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Earl, ChernoMore1.7 
 2. Sanders, Yambol1.5 
 3. Jelic, ChernoMore1.4 
 4. Doychinov, CSKA1.3 
 5. Peterson, Rilski S.1.2 
 6. Adeleke, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Ilchev, Sliven0.9 
 8. Skumatov, Yambol0.8 
 9. Morton, Levski0.7 
 10. Tsvetkov, CS.0.7 


Lukoil Academic avenged their loss versus Levski in the Cup - by Valentin Anguelov
Lukoil Academic defeated Levski 82-92 away and practically decided the battle for first place in the regular season in the National Basketball league. In the current standings both teams have 31 points but Lukoil has one win more and two losses less and will have 5 home games from the remaining 7 matches. 'The Blues' were hoping to win again today like in the Cup final and then eventually to surprise their opponent in Pravets on 28th this month. Despite leading for most of the game none of this will happen for Levski as the champions won and will have a home court advantage in the playoffs.

One fact to mention is the poor refereeing in this game. The three referees had a very bad game with mistakes in both ways. The turning point in the game was at the end of the third quarter when Lukoil Academic finished the last 1.28 minutes with a 10-0 run to take a 64-68 lead going into the last quarter. In the last minutes despite all attempts from the hosts they couldn't come close enough and eventually lost the game.

Top scorer for Levski was Arnas Kazlauskas with 23 points, Marcus Hall added 21 and Zlatin Georgiev and Pavel Ivanov finished with 11 apiece.

For the visitors from Lukoil Academic Todor Stoykov showed why he is the captain and the leader of this team finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) added 23 points while Riste Stefanov scored 12.

Levski will have a rest this weekend while Lukoil Academic will host Euroins Cherno More in Pravets on Sunday.

FULL STATS OF THE LEVSKI - LUKOIL ACADEMIC GAME


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Dimayor: Two new teams for the upcoming Dimayor season - by Daniel Valencia
At the end of this month begins the new season of Dimayor. Without Deportes Ancud and CD Puente Alto (both teams wont play this year due to financial reasons) the league will have to new teams, both from the city of Vina del Mar.

Sagrados Corazones is one of the teams that entered the league this year with players like Rodrigo Ilabaca (180-G-81) (former Liceo Mixto), Carlos Gallardo (193-F/C-80) (former Liceo Mixto) and the brazilian Marcos Hubner (204-F/C-82, college: Abil.Christian) (former Deportes Ancud) as the foreign player for the team and Jose Luis Verdejo (CHI) as the head coach.

The other team joining the league is Everton de Vina del Mar. The team coached by Nelson Martinez (CHI) will have some important national players like Oliver Hermosilla (201-C-80) (two time champion with Liceo Mixto), Julius Holt (187-G/F-85) (former Deportes Ancud), Felipe Oyarzun (187-G-89) (former Provincial Osorno) and the american Lance Holloway (203-F-85) as their import player.

The schedule for the upcoming season of Dimayor was released in the past days and the zonal phase will start on April 18.


Dimayor: New faces for Liceo Mixto - by Daniel Valencia
The reigning champion Liceo Mixto signed three important players for the upcoming Dimayor league. They signed contracts with the guard Percy Werth (185-G-78) (former national team player), the young guard Franco Morales (179-G-92) (from Deportivo Valdivia) and the center Mauricio Cisternas (198-C-83) (from CD Puente Alto). With this additions Liceo reinforces the roster in the search of their third consecutive Dimayor title and kept a strong base of players with Lino and Patrick Saez, Galo Lara and Patricio Briones.

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  CHINA   


Guangdong, Xinjiang, Jiangsu, Dongguan Each Win Second Straight - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong, Xinjiang, Jiangsu and Dongguan all won their second staight games in the CBA playoffs, and it appears it will be three-and-done for all these first-round matchups.

Guangdong destroyed Shandong 123-81. Wang Shipeng scored 26 points and Smush Parker scored 19. Zhu Fangyu had 14 points. Jason Dixon had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Su Wei, Dong Hanlin and Zhou Peng scored 9. Wang Zheng and Du Feng each had 8. Note that Su Wei and Wang Zheng, Guangdong's two young 7-foot centers, had a combined 17 points and 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Shandong, without imports, gave its three top young players playoff experience. Li Jingyu scored 23. 209 cm Wu Ke had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sui Ran had 9 points though he only shot 3 for 14. Guo Lei scored 18 and Wang Gang had 10.

Xinjiang used four of its starters the entire game as it defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 96-84. Only Juan Mendez, who was in foul trouble, was given a rest and he was replaced for 14 minutes by Xue Yuyang. Xinjiang trailed 25-16 after one quarter though it led 46-41 af the half. It led 73-67 after three quarters. Myron Allen had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, though he also had 6 turnovers. Xu Guochong had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Mulati had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mendez had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 8 points and 12 rebounds. Xue had 8 point and 3 rebounds. Rodney White had 37 points and 7 rebounds for Zhejiang. Jelani McCoy had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Yu Junkai scored 9.

Hu Xuefeng (185-G-80) had 36 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 steals to 2 turnovers as Jiangsu beat Fujian 116-102. Fujian led 52-50 at the half. Donnell Harvey had 32 points and 16 rebounds for Jiangsu. Jameel Watkins had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Yi Li scored 13 and Zhang Cheng had 8. Chris Porter had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Fujian. Shaun Pruitt had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Gong Songlin scored 18. Lu Xiaoming had 11 points and 6 assists. Zhao Tailong and Feng Tian each had 8.

Dongguan defeated Shaanxi 111-102. Michael Harris had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Meng Duo had 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting and is looking like a national team candidate even if he is two years older than his listed age. Zhang Kai, another national team candidate, had 22 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Wang Yong and Yu Ning each scored 13. Qiu Biao scored 8 and Song Kangming had 6 points and 7 rebounds sharing the center position with Zhang. Zhang Wei, another emerging youngster, had 30 points for importless Shaanxi. 214 cm forward Zheng Zhun had 20 points and 7 rebounds, showing that his talent is real even if his age is not. Yang Wenbo, another talented youngster, had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Veteran Chen Zhaosheng had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Dai Yong had 11 points and 3 assists. Young Chai Guojun scored 7.


CBA Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Shandong - Guandong 81-123
Guangdong smashed Shandong 123:81 to step closer to the semis. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) scored 26 points and Smush Parker added 19. Li Jingyu finished the night with 23 in the losing effort.

Fujian - Jiangsu 102-116
Jiangsu improved to 2-0 in the Quarter-Finals after the second win over Fujian 116:102. Hu Xuefeng (185-G-80) top-scored with 36 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and Donnell Harvey collected 32 points and 16 rebounds for Jiangsu. Chris Porter had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Fujian.

DongGuan - Shaanxi 111-102
Dongguan registered the second win over Shaanxi 111:102 as Harris Michael (198-F-83, college: Rice) led the winners with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Meng Duo had 24 points and Zhang Kai posted 22 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 30 points for importless Shaanxi.

Zhejiang G. - Xinjiang 84-96
Six players were in the roster for Xinjiang that defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 96:84. Allen Myron (180-G-79, college: Lee JC) had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, whilst Xu Guochong had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Rodney White exploded with 37 points and 7 rebounds for Zhejiang.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Rodney WHITE
  Zhejiang G.
  (206-F-80)
  Avg: 36.2
 1. White, Zhejiang G.36.2 
 2. Rodgers, Jilin35.0 
 3. Benson, Shaanxi34.1 
 4. Snyder, Zhejiang C.33.6 
 5. Jones, Beijing31.6 
 6. Harris, DongGuan30.7 
 7. Harvey, Jiangsu29.8 
 8. Tuck, Shandong29.2 
 9. Williams, Qingd.27.7 
 10. Porter, Fuji.26.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Shanxi Zh.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.19.8 
 2. Benson, Shaanxi18.8 
 3. Harvey, Jiangsu15.4 
 4. Jones, Beijing14.6 
 5. Thompson, Shandong14.3 
 6. Harris, DongGuan14.1 
 7. Watkins, TianJ.14.0 
 8. Alexander, Liaoning13.5 
 9. Watkins, Jiangsu13.3 
 10. Porter, Fuji.12.9 
Assists Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Lu, Fujian8.9 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu7.5 
 3. Tuck, Shandong6.5 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang6.1 
 5. Benson, Shaanxi5.6 
 6. Williams, Qingd.5.5 
 7. Li, Qingdao DS5.4 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning5.0 
 9. White, Zhejiang G.4.9 
 10. Smith, TianJin.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Xiaoming LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Lu, Fujian4.6 
 2. Williams, Qingd.4.3 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.9 
 4. Allen, Xinjiang3.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu3.4 
 6. Li, Qingdao DS3.0 
 7. Robinson, Shaanxi3.0 
 8. Tuck, Shandong2.8 
 9. Jones, Beijing2.7 
 10. Porter, Fuji.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith CLOSS
  Liaoning
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Closs, Yunnan4.5 
 2. Lauderdale, Shand.3.7 
 3. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.5 
 4. Watkins, Jiangsu2.3 
 5. Harrison, Beijing2.3 
 6. Benson, Shaanxi2.0 
 7. McCaskill, Qingd.1.9 
 8. Mo, Bayi1.9 
 9. Oyedeji, Shanxi Zh.1.8 
 10. Samake, Jil.1.7 


Game 2 in Playoff - by Robert Wang
The 2nd game of playoff just finished. Alll 4 teams had won as we known it before games tonight. It seemed that the playoff is too boring and it is not as good as the regullar season. Shan Dong team and Shaan Xi team seemed that they gave up already before the playoff stared sine they have sent their impors back home. Here is the game result: Xin Jiang 96:84 guang Sha, Shan Dong 81:123 Guang Dong, Dong Guan 111:102 Shaan Xi, Fu Jian SBS 102:116 Jiang Su. Hu Xue Feng from jiang Su team scored 36 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Chris porter scored 26 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Harris scored 25 points and 13 rebounds.


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Seastar Apoel in the final!!! - by Michael Aristidou
Seastar Apoel Nicosia is the second team that will be on the final of Cyprus league. Seastar Apoel Nicosia won Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 80-65 in the fourth game and reach 3 wins over 1. Seastar Apoel Nicosia now will face Keravnos in the finals in the repeat of the last year pair! The raw will start next friday 10/4 in Keravnos field. The final is best of five. In the game now Seastar Apoel Nicosia started more positive and got an early lead and never loose it. Only in third quarter Proteas EKA AEL Limassol was better and reduce to 9 and at the begginning of the fourth quarter to six points. But Seastar Apoel Nicosia didint let their chance to get to the final and improve their game untill the end and won eventually.
Quarters 21-14,41-27,56-47,80-65.
First scorer from Seastar Apoel Nicosia was Lonnie Cooper (193-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) with 20 and from Proteas EKA AEL Limassol Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) had 17(1).
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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Nymburk 36-1 
 2. Geofin 28-9 
 3. Prostejov 20-17 
 4. Decin 20-18 
 5. Ostrava 17-20 
 6. Liberec 16-21 
 7. Opava 15-22 
 8. USK Praha 15-22 
 9. Pardubice 13-24 
 10. Podebrady 13-25 
 11. Kolin 12-26 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Maurice HAMPTON
  Liberec
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. Hampton, Liberec20.0 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava18.5 
 3. Pruitt, Prostejov16.4 
 4. Benes, Podebrady16.3 
 5. Sarovic, Geofin16.1 
 6. Hatcher, Decin16.0 
 7. Steffel, Pardubice15.6 
 8. Sanders, Pardubice15.1 
 9. Platt, USK Praha15.1 
 10. Beechum, Prostej.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Fujian
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pruitt, Prostejov9.9 
 2. Arnold, Ostrava8.3 
 3. Rogers, Kolin8.1 
 4. Steffel, Pardubice8.1 
 5. Platt, USK Praha8.1 
 6. Walker, Geofin7.8 
 7. Sarovic, Geofin7.4 
 8. Meno, Liberec7.1 
 9. Payne, Pardubice6.4 
 10. Williams, Dec.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Geofin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ubilla, Geofin6.1 
 2. Hatcher, Decin5.0 
 3. Sanders, Pardubice4.8 
 4. Ames, Kolin4.8 
 5. Ames, Prostejov4.7 
 6. Skibniewski, Prost.4.6 
 7. Carnecky, Opava4.6 
 8. Mitchell, Ostrava4.4 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha4.2 
 10. Toth, Liber.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  Kolin
  (184-G-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ames, Prostejov2.5 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.3 
 3. Mitchell, Ostrava2.1 
 4. Soliver, Podebrady2.0 
 5. Hampton, Liberec2.0 
 6. Pumprla, Opava1.9 
 7. Beechum, Prostejov1.9 
 8. Ubilla, Geofin1.9 
 9. Sanders, Pardubice1.7 
 10. Walker, Geof.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Kolin
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rogers, Kolin2.2 
 2. Williams, Decin1.7 
 3. Walker, Geofin1.3 
 4. Miller, Prostejov1.2 
 5. Benda, Nymburk1.1 
 6. Payne, Pardubice1.1 
 7. Hamm, USK Praha1.1 
 8. Meno, Liberec1.0 
 9. Castleberry, Podeb.0.9 
 10. Houska, Dec.0.8 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 26-20 
 2. Dakota W. 25-22 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 25-22 
 4. Erie BH 25-23 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 18-29 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 33-13 
 2. Austin T. 28-17 
 3. Albuquerque T. 23-23 
 4. Rio Grande VV 20-27 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 15-33 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 29-16 
 2. Idaho S. 28-18 
 3. Bakersfield J. 25-22 
 4. Reno B. 21-24 
 5. LA D-Fenders 16-31 
 6. Anaheim A. 15-32 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will CONROY
  Albuquerque
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.1 
 2. White, Anaheim25.9 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.3 
 4. Sims, Iowa22.8 
 5. Williams, Austin22.8 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa21.0 
 7. Daniels, Erie21.0 
 8. Crawford, Los A.20.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.6 
 10. Davis, Colora.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HENDRIX
  Dakota
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.6 
 2. Sims, Iowa11.0 
 3. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie10.2 
 5. Monds, Albuquerque9.6 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa9.2 
 7. Allred, Idaho9.2 
 8. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.2 
 9. Ewing, Reno8.9 
 10. Ellis, Sioux Fal.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne10.9 
 2. Jordan, Rio Grande8.9 
 3. Gill, Colorado8.7 
 4. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.3 
 5. Stinson, Iowa8.1 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque8.0 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin5.6 
 9. Karl, Idaho5.5 
 10. Baker, Dako.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.9 
 2. Elliott, Ft.Wayne2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.4 
 5. Noel, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. Jordan, Rio Grande2.2 
 7. Robinson, Reno2.1 
 8. Major, Dakota2.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa2.1 
 10. Stinson, Io.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SAMB
  Knicks
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Benson, Reno2.7 
 4. Looby, Rio Grande2.3 
 5. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 6. Petway, Idaho2.0 
 7. Sims, Iowa2.0 
 8. Haddadi, Dakota1.7 
 9. Hendrix, Dakota1.6 
 10. Giddens, Ut.1.6 


Last games (2) - Wins for BigHorns and 14ers - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Reno 114-121
David Noel (6'6''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up for the BigHorns last nigh collecting 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Garry Hill-Thomas also shined netting 26. Rod Benson stopped on 21 pts and 9 boards. On the other side, the Vipers got 27 points and 6 rebs from Jawad Williams. BigHorns 21-24, Vipers 20-26.

Colorado - Iowa 130-121
The 14ers had couple of players in a game mood last night. John Lucas (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) drained 24 points and dished out 6 assists, while Josh Davis and Joe Dabbert helped with 22 pts each. Mark Tyndale and Curtis Stinson scored 26 points apiece in loss. Colorado 32-12, Iowa 26-20.


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Tartu will host BBL Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) drained a huge three-pointer with time ticking off in the overtime securing a tough road win for TU/Rock in Tallinn. Beard finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards to lead TU/Rock into the Final Four. Marek Doronin added 14 points in the victory. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) replied with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Kalev/Cramo. Josh Pace (198-G-83, college: Syracuse) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. After that win BBL administration announced, that the Final Four tournament will be held in Tartu on 24-25 April.
In the Semifinal Game Estonian team will face Zalgiris from Lithuania. The latter advanced to the semis without the Quartefinal stage as they finished on the second spot. Tadas Klimavicius scored two freebies with 5 seconds left in regulation to lift Zalgiris past Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius in the last game of the Regular Season.Paulius Jankunas scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made 4 steals to lead Zalgiris to the 13th victory. Dainius Salenga had 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Chuck Eidson responded with 20 points for Lietuvos Rytas as they became the winners of the regular season despite the loss.
In the latest game of SEB KML Kuremaa SK lost to Tallinna Kalev 80:109. Erki Kivinukk (199-F-73) led the winners with 29 points, while Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) netted 20. Sven Kaldre (194-F-91) top-scored for the home side with 18 points and Jaan Puidet (191-G-92) posted 17.



Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 19-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 15-4 
 3. TTU KK 15-7 
 4. Valga Welg 13-10 
 5. Kalev Tallinn 10-11 
 6. Rakvere 8-17 
 7. Parnu 6-17 
 8. Kuremaa 3-22 


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Khimky pip Pamesa to reach EuroCup semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Pamesa - Khimky 73:76

Khimky and Pamesa Valencia opened the action on the second day of the EuroCup Final Eight in Turin.
Albert Oliver (187-G-78) set things going with a layup. Perovic and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) soon stretched Pamesa lead to 6:2. Pamesa stayed ahead though Khimky kept it close throughout the first frame. Rafael Martinez tallied 6 points in the frame but Maciej Lampe capped the stanza with a layup to ensure a 20:20 tie after ten minutes. Shammond Williams and Gregory opened the second frame with 5 straight points to put Valencia in charge. However Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) fired from downtown to fuel a 13:0 rally that saw Khimky gain a 33:25 advantage. Kuqo stopped the bleeding with four points in a row. Kelly McCarty and Albert Oliver exchanged free throws late in the half and the teams went into dressing rooms with Khimky leading by 4 points 37:33.
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) converted a three-point play at the start of the second half to stretch the lead at 7 points. However Albert Oliver stayed on fire as he narrowed the margin to 3 points midway through the third quarter. Soon Rafael Martinez and Claver tied it at 48. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) stepped up with a timely trey and Mike Wilkinson followed with a layup to give Khimky a 4-point advantage. Pamesa had the last word in the period as Nielsen, Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Pietrus crowned it with 4 freebies to draw things level at 54. Nielsen and Kuqo notched 5 points to push Pamesa in front at the start of the final stanza. Vule Avdalovic and Shammond Williams hit two triples as Pamesa secured a 65:58 advantage midway through the fourth term. Khimky were not about to fold. Carlos Delfino and Mike Wilkinson teamed up for 6 points as the Russian powerhouse clipped the deficit. Albert Oliver stayed persistent as he notched 5 more points to keep Pamesa in charge. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) stepped up with important four points for Khimky, while Carlos Delfino drained a trey to regain the lead for Khimky 72:70. Lampe extended the gap to 4 points with a jumper but Albert Oliver immediately responded with a three-pointer. Mike Wilkinson was fouled and went perfect from the stripe to keep Khimky ahead 76:73. Vule Avdalovic had a chance to force overtime but his three-pointer went off mark and Khimky celebrated a tough victory.
Mike Wilkinson dropped 15 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace Khimky. Jorge Garbajosa and Carlos Delfino added 12 points apiece for the winners. Albert Oliver responded with 18 points in the loss. Rafael Martinez had 11 points for Pamesa as they stopped one step away from the semis.

Pamesa: Albert Oliver 18, Rafael Martinez 11
Khimky: Mike Wilkinson 15, Jorge Garbajosa 12, Carlos Delfino 12


Eidson leads Rytas into Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Basket-Lietuvos Rytas 79:85

Turin welcomed another two teams last night in the EuroCup Final Eight. Lietuvos Rytas upset the home country team Benetton Basket 85:79 to take the place in the Final Four. The EuroCup MVP Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) led Rytas with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 12 points each. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) finished with 18 points in the losing effort.
Benetton Basket started the game better taking some leads throughout the first period. Neal looked active for the Italian side as hit another shot to make it 12:11. Domen Lorbek capped an 8-0 run before Eidson finally stopped the bleeding with a triple that made it 20:14. Italian squad used another push for 27:18 after the opening frame. The second quarter however belonged to the Baltic State. Rytas produced a 12-0 run to take 30:27 lead in the middle of the second stanza. Jomantas muscled his way through for a three-point play, widening the advantage to 41:32. Both squads left the court for 49:43 Lithuanian advantage.
The game remained even in the third period, however Rytas kept their lead. Milko Bjelica made it 60:52 and then brought his team 62:52. Lorbek reduced the gap for 62:65 as the teams finished 30 minutes of the game. The score was tied at 67:67 and then Lukauskis put Rytas up by 76:74. Italian team trailed until the end when Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) however dunked with 6 second left to cut it to 79:83. Lietuvos Rytas scored two more points to enter the Final Four.

Benetton Basket: Gary Neal 18 points, C.J. Judson Wallace 16, Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) 12.
Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 23 points, 8 rebounds, Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) 16 points, Milko Bjelica (193-F-81) 12, Marijonas Petravicius 12, Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) 11, Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) 11


Eurocup Press Conference, Paolo Bellino - by Philip Mulryne
Paolo Bellino, General Director, Torino Olimpic Park
'It gives us great pleasure to be here today, at the top moment of the Final Eight. Thank you to all of you who are here. I'd like give some data about our event venue, Palasport Olimpic Isozaki. It was a big challenge for us, but we thing this is a fantastic venue for basketball, as well as a fantastic multisport and entertainment venue. In the future, we expect to host other important events, and hopefull more related to basketball.
'I wish to thank the Piemonte region and the municipality of Torino, who help us economically to give us the chance to host these events. I think the Final Eight offers a fantastic means to present the city of Torino and the region to the world. Torino will be on the air in the rest of Europe, and beyond, this weekend.
'Of course, I want to say thanks to all the teams here in Torino. I am sure they will give us a fantastic show and a fantastic tournament in the next days.
'We have sold 13,000 tickets for the event so far. That includes 4,200 for Thursday, which we consider a good result for that night.
'I would like to mention the important work done by the great team at Palasport Olimpic, who have demonstrated today, as during all the year, their great competence and know-how at these big sports events.'
source : eurocupbasketball.com


Tears of Moscow and Three Never Disappoints... - by Philip Mulryne
A decent start . Second Final Eight in Torino in a row was opened  with a - so called - surprise...Young KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac , actually they've the youngest players , i mean mathematically ... They were able to beat Moskow. Well, Russian turned back to home without a trophy last year, but this time it's earlier. They had  hard times this year, mainly financial ... Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) have left the team , also Arriel McDonald (191-G-72, college: Minnesota). Not to forget the departure of Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma). However, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances)'s efforts were only enough for an early exit. Congratulations to them , and young Serbians. Now they're semis as they were 3 years ago. This campaign will be remembered by the young star Markovic, big man Macvan , Bozovic and their friends surely. 
KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac's next target will be Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. 2005 champions were able to beat Benetton Treviso . Italians , led by Eurocup coach of the year , Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ) , wanted to remember the old days .However , as Rimas Kurtinaitis 've said after the match : ' When the last five mins  came, we were still running, but other team's players stopped. ' Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79), a great contributor to Lithuanian giants, said before the tournament :' In 2005 , we won but I was injured and couldn't play , in 2007, when we've played wtih Real Madrid in ULEB cup final. This time I've played but we lost. There is an idiom in Lithuania ' Three never disappoints' Let's find it he is right or not...


Bilbao outlast Zadar in EuroCup Final Eight - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Zadar 76:67

Bilbao wasted a 13-point first frame lead but revived late in the game and stole a hard-fought victory from Zadar. The Spaniards entered the semifinal where they would take on Khimky.
Bilbao stormed into the game as Janis Blums (190-G-82), Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Paco Vazquez (190-G-74) scored the starting 10 points. Renaldas Seibutis added two more as Bilboa built a stunning 12:0 lead with 5 minutes gone in the game. Finally Desmon Farmer (195-G-81, college: USC) broke the silence for Zadar accounting for three points. But the situation did not change as the Spaniards continued to mount the pressure. Markota, Javier Salgado (180-G-80) and Quincy Lewis stretched the margin at 13 points. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) capped the first frame with two free throws as Bilboa ensured a 24:11 advantage at the first intermission. Desmon Farmer, Jere Macura (203-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) and Gecevski nailed 7 points early in the second term cutting the deficit to 8 points. Janis Blums and Renaldas Seibutis answered with several buckets to keep some breathing space for Bilbao. Stipcevic and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) stayed consistent for the Croatian team as they narrowed the margin before Vasquez hit two freebies and the Spanish team went into the locker rooms ahead by 8 points 39:31. Janis Blums opened the second half with a three-pointer and then Guardia added another long bomb to extend the gap to 15 points. But Zadar refused to fold. They went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance. Ruzic and Rancic crowned the third stanza with four consecutive points as Zadar knotted things up at 53. The teams traded baskets at the start of the final quarter before Drago Pasalic, Guardia and Janis Blums propelled the Spaniards to a 65:55 lead with under 7 minutes left. Stipcevic fired a triple, while Johnson added a layup to keep the intrigue burning. Hrvoje Peric got it further for Zadar as he clipped the margin to only 3 points. Javier Salgado followed with 4 free throws in a row as Bilbao maintained the lead. Javier Salgado and Quincy Lewis added five more points as Bilbao took control over the game and silenced their opponents.
Janis Blums pitched in 21 points to topscore for Bilbao. Drago Pasalic had 12 points, while Javier Salgado managed 10 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric responded with 17 points for Zadar. Desmon Farmer finished with 11 points in the losing case.

Bilbao: Janis Blums 21, Drago Pasalic 12, Javier Salgado 10
Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 17, Desmon Farmer 11


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Vive Menorca
  (220-C-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sundov, ASK Riga18.8 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash17.9 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre17.4 
 4. Neal, Benetton17.4 
 5. Labovic, FMP17.2 
 6. Hansen, Dynamo M.16.3 
 7. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.1 
 8. Eidson, Lietuvos15.8 
 9. Fenn, Art.Dragons15.8 
 10. McCarty, Khim.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius ALEXANDER
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F/C-75)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Alexander, Ba.9.2 
 2. Sundov, ASK Riga8.8 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar8.6 
 4. Merriex, Le Havre8.3 
 5. Veremeenko, Unics8.1 
 6. Roberts, Crvena Z.7.7 
 7. Dasic, Buducnost7.4 
 8. Wallace, Benetton7.4 
 9. Dudley, T.Telekom6.9 
 10. Kirksay, Uni.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rashid ATKINS
  Galatasaray
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Atkins, Oostende6.5 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash5.3 
 3. Eidson, Lietuvos5.3 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas4.7 
 5. Thompson, Le Havre4.5 
 6. Price, Dynamo M.4.3 
 7. Lee, Nymburk4.2 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar4.2 
 9. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.1 
 10. Palacio, Khim.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Besiktas
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chatman, Besiktas3.0 
 2. Lyday, Unics2.3 
 3. Thompson, Azovmash2.2 
 4. Fisher, Kalise G.C.2.1 
 5. Douglas, Pamesa V.2.0 
 6. Eidson, Lietuvos2.0 
 7. Stipcevic, Zadar1.9 
 8. Thompson, Le Havre1.9 
 9. Dasic, Buducnost1.9 
 10. Kirksay, Uni.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Townes, PGE Turow3.5 
 2. Haryasz, Oostende1.8 
 3. Turek, PGE Turow1.8 
 4. James, Bnei H.1.8 
 5. Slaughter, Le Havre1.8 
 6. Huffman, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Van Den Spie., Azovm.1.5 
 8. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Mozgov, Khimky1.2 
 10. Veremeenko, Uni.1.2 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Quarterfinal Playoffs Game 4 MVP: Terrell McIntyre, Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket
His team may not have reached the Final Four, but one of the Euroleague's newest superstars went out of the playoffs with a bang in Game 4 on Thursday. Point guard Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) of Montepaschi Siena not only won MVP honors for Quarterfinal Playoffs, Game 4 despite his team's elimination by Panathinaikos, but he did so while posting the highest single-game scoring total all season in the Euroleague: 35 points. Whether shooting from deep or driving to the basket, McIntyre was impossible to stop during his 37 minutes on the floor Thursday. He buried 6 of 11 shots from long-range, 5 of 6 two-pointers and all of his 7 free throw attempts without a miss. To his 35 points, McIntyre added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 5 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 37. Following him came another rising superstar, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) of Olympiacos, who led the Reds to the Final Four for the first time in 10 years thanks to his monster performance in a 75-78 road win against Real Madrid. Bourousis had 25 points on 9-for-11 two-point shooting while he collected 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 7 fouls drawn for a 35 index rating. Euroleague top scorer Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica registered a 23 index rating despite his team's home loss against Regal FC Barcelona. Rakocevic had 21 points, 4 assists and 7 fouls drawn. Roger Grimau (196-G-79) of Barcelona followed with a 20 index rating and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Panathinaikos with 19 to complete the top individual performances of Quarterfinal Playoffs Game 4.

Individual highs: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Panathinaikos, 10 assists

McIntyre was also the Game 4 top scorer with 35 points against Panathinaikos. He finished his season atop the scoring table for the playoffs, at 24.7 points per game, more than five points ahead everyone else. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) of Real Madrid pulled down 10 rebounds in his team's home loss against Olympiacos. Reyes is also the playoffs' best rebounder at 8.8 per night. Vassilis Spanoulis of Panathinaikos was the only player to reach double digits in assists by dishing 10 against Montepaschi. Theo Papaloukas of Olympiacos leads the playoffs with 6.3 assists per night. Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) collected 4 steals, the most in Game 4, and also leads the playoffs in that category (2.5 spg.). His teammate Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) had 4 blocks against Panathinaikos, whose forward Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) leads the playoffs with 1.75 rejections per game. Reyes and Spanoulis were the only players to record double-doubles in Game 4.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


ToPo and Korihait won - by Esko Saarinen
Finnish Basketball season is coming to end in regular season. Few matches are still left and the teams are battling of play-off places. Friday Top (Helsinki) took important win of LrNMKY (Lappeenranta. Away match finished 61-71 (27-30) to ToPo. Also Korihait (Uusikaupunki) left FoKoPo (Forssa) without points and rised to 5th places and is training for play-offs. In Forssa tha match finished 66-78 (33-42). Forssa has not troubles the stay in league but to way to play-offs seems to be too long. LrNMKY vs ToPo was a even match where ToPo took the bigger lead only in fourth quarter, when James Allen (8/4) succeeded in thee-point shoots. Jean Francois (11/13) and Isaac Spencer (22/7) were the other important players for ToPo. Finnish players Eero Lehtinen and Timo Heinonen are doing better all the time. LrNMKY had only american doing well. Adrian Penland (16/7) and Demetrius Brown (24/10) were well.. Korihait was a team against FoKoPo. Seven players make important role in the team, as in Forssa only americans succeeded. Roland Yates shooted 35 points and took 12 rebounds, Ray Cunningham (22/10) and Nick Wallery (0/10) were the others.

1st Division Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Salon Vilpas - Lapua 80-68
Salon Vilpas is one up on Lapua in the semifinal clash. Quennell Green (198-G/F-84, college: SE Louisiana) scored 22 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead Salon Vilpas. Amani Daanish added 18 points and 13 boards for the Vikings. Lapua responded with 23 points from Kyle Carhart. Marko Piplovic had 20 points and 12 caroms in defeat.

Kauhajoki - LoKoKo 91-84
Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Roni Leimu (189-G-82) scored 21 points apiece for Kauhajoki to pace the team past LoKoKo. Brandon Polk contributed 20 points and 10 boards as Kauhajoki earned a 1-0 lead in the series. Jonathan Heard answered with 34 points and 12 boards for LoKoKo. Eryk Thomas banked 24 points in the losing case.


Harris left Componenta - by Esko Saarinen
One of Finnish basketball legends Bernard Harris, 58, has left the coaching career in the team of Componenta. He wanted himself to get rid of the job, as it was too difficult to coach the team who is going to be elimination match against the I division team. In Componenta the end of this season will be coached by Veikko Tanni and Antti Leismala, the other traineers in this season. American born Harris won gold in Finland in 1982. He is 7th of all-time scores in Finland. Before he came to Finland he played seasons 1974-75 in Buffalo Sabres NBA team. He has coached in Finland also Vilpas (Salo) and FoKoPo (Forssa).

Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-10 
 2. Kouvot 27-14 
 3. Honka 25-15 
 4. Lahti 25-15 
 5. Korihait 24-17 
 6. KTP 23-18 
 7. ToPo 19-22 
 8. Pyrinto 18-22 
 9. FoKoPo 17-24 
 10. LrNMKY 17-24 
 11. Componenta 12-28 
 12. Tarmo 6-34 


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Kataja
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Wood, Kataja20.5 
 2. Blair, Kataja20.1 
 3. Coleman, LrNM.19.2 
 4. Richards, Compo.18.8 
 5. Smith, KTP18.5 
 6. Brown, LrNM.18.4 
 7. Hester, Pyrinto17.6 
 8. Richardson, Tarmo17.5 
 9. Yates, FoKoPo17.3 
 10. Nixon, Namika Lah.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeWayne RICHARDSON
  Tarmo
  (202-C-77)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Richardson, Tarmo13.1 
 2. Wood, Kataja12.6 
 3. Dantzler, Compo.10.7 
 4. Cunningham, FoKoPo10.6 
 5. Williams, KTP10.3 
 6. Jones, Componenta9.8 
 7. Coleman, LrNM.9.4 
 8. Waters, Componenta9.1 
 9. Vinson, KTP9.0 
 10. Smith, K.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  LrNMKY
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, LrNM.6.5 
 2. Williams, KTP4.3 
 3. Colman, LrNM.4.2 
 4. Penland, LrNM.4.2 
 5. Blair, Kataja4.0 
 6. Richards, Compo.4.0 
 7. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.9 
 8. Barnes, Tarmo3.3 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.3 
 10. Swift, Kouv.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Honka
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Honka2.6 
 2. Blair, Kataja2.6 
 3. Williams, KTP2.4 
 4. Hester, Pyrinto2.1 
 5. Richards, Compo.2.0 
 6. Wood, Kataja2.0 
 7. Jones, Componenta1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Gonner, Korihait1.7 
 10. Yates, FoKo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto2.0 
 2. Williams, KTP1.8 
 3. Epps, ToPo1.5 
 4. Kotti, Honka1.4 
 5. Hunter, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Messy, Tarmo1.4 
 7. Spencer, ToPo1.2 
 8. Cunningham, FoKoPo1.0 
 9. Perkins, Honka1.0 
 10. Wood, Kata.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 17-6 
 2. Orleans 16-7 
 3. Le Mans 15-9 
 4. Roanne 15-9 
 5. Nancy 15-9 
 6. Strasbourg 15-9 
 7. Chalon 14-9 
 8. Gravelines 12-11 
 9. Cholet 10-13 
 10. Vichy 10-13 
 11. Rouen 9-14 
 12. Dijon 9-15 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 8-15 
 14. Le Havre 8-15 
 15. Besancon 8-16 
 16. Pau 6-17 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Paris-Levall. 21-5 
 2. Bourg 19-7 
 3. Poitiers 19-8 
 4. Clermont 19-8 
 5. Limoges 18-8 
 6. Saint-Etienne 16-11 
 7. Charleville 15-11 
 8. Nantes 14-12 
 9. Maurienne 13-14 
 10. Nanterre 11-15 
 11. Antibes 11-15 
 12. Brest 11-15 
 13. St.Vallier 10-16 
 14. Evreux 9-17 
 15. Boulazac 9-17 
 16. Le Portel 9-17 
 17. St.Quentin 8-18 
 18. Quimper 4-22 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Austin NICHOLS
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.1 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg21.1 
 3. Page, Pau20.4 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.4 
 5. Chatfield, Dijon16.6 
 6. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 7. Banks, Orleans15.8 
 8. Harper, Roanne15.8 
 9. Boddicker, Chalon15.5 
 10. Skinn, Gravelin.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bingo MERRIEX
  Le Havre
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Merriex, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Slaughter, Le Havre9.0 
 3. Falker, Cholet8.3 
 4. Sanders, Dijon8.3 
 5. Issa, Vichy8.2 
 6. Page, Pau7.6 
 7. Greer, Nancy7.5 
 8. Vaty, Pau7.5 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.2 
 10. Thioune, Rou.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Reid, Vichy7.4 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.5 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Pau5.8 
 5. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 6. Pellin, Roanne5.0 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans4.9 
 8. Jeanneau, AS.4.9 
 9. Greer, Nancy4.6 
 10. Houston, Rou.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Chalon
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wright, Chalon2.9 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.4 
 3. Rush, Strasbourg2.2 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon2.1 
 5. Greene, Orleans2.0 
 6. Banks, Orleans1.9 
 7. Causeur, Le Havre1.9 
 8. Grier, Cholet1.7 
 9. Stanley, Gravelines1.7 
 10. Dorsey, Rou.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Rouen
  (179-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg1.1 
 3. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 4. Wright, Chalon1.0 
 5. Krupalija, Dijon1.0 
 6. Laing, Le Havre1.0 
 7. MBaye, Dijon1.0 
 8. Greene, Orleans1.0 
 9. Gunn, Besancon0.9 
 10. Greer, Nan.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Shaun FEIN
  St.Quentin
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Fein, St.Quentin20.3 
 2. Craven, Clermont19.6 
 3. Olivero, Le Portel18.5 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges18.2 
 5. Ingram, Bourg18.0 
 6. Carter, St-Etienne17.3 
 7. Younger, Poitiers17.1 
 8. Wright, Poitiers16.5 
 9. Bing, Clermont16.4 
 10. Hollins, Nant.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe HUMBERT
  St.Quentin
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.5 
 2. Melicie, St.Vallier9.2 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.3 
 4. Almonte, Nanterre8.0 
 5. Cornett, Quimper7.8 
 6. Mathis, Evreux7.6 
 7. Sullivan, Maurienne7.6 
 8. Younger, Poitiers7.6 
 9. Lalugba, Bourg7.5 
 10. Joseph, Maurien.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Terry WILLIAMS
  St-Etienne
  (189-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, St-Etienne6.0 
 2. Taylor, Boulazac5.6 
 3. Gomez, Poitiers5.5 
 4. Ingram, Bourg5.1 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.4.8 
 6. Craven, Clermont4.8 
 7. Morlende, St.Qu.4.6 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne4.6 
 9. Thomas, St.Vallier4.1 
 10. Richardson, Bre.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Clermont
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Craven, Clermont3.2 
 2. Barnette, St.Vallier2.5 
 3. Sullivan, Maurienne2.5 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.3 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.2 
 6. Williams, St-Etienne2.0 
 7. Ingram, Bourg2.0 
 8. Traore, Boulazac2.0 
 9. Karim, Evreux1.9 
 10. Boire, Le Port.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joah TUCKER
  St.Quentin
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 2. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 3. Bing, Clermont1.0 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges1.0 
 5. Mathis, Evreux1.0 
 6. Barnette, St.Vallier1.0 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne1.0 
 8. Fein, St.Quentin1.0 
 9. Kennedy, Antibes0.9 
 10. Carter, St-Etien.0.9 


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  GERMANY   


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Look For The Season Triple Against The Dusseldorf Giants April 5th In Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


For certain former Major league Baseball players like ex Boston Redsox Mo Vaughn(1512 games, 328 homers, 10 TRIPLES)) or ex Detroit Tiger Cecil Fielder(1470 games, 319 homers 7 TRIPLES) getting a triple was about as rare as a BBL player getting 40 points in a game, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have the chance to achieve two season triples against the Dusseldorf Giants on Sunday April 5th after having secured the triple against The New York Phantoms Braunschweig recently winning all three season games. One should not forget that Vaughn and Fielder were a bit handicapped with their heavy stature which made it very difficult for them to get triples. Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor who played a year of college baseball has his own perspective on the difficult comparison. 'It is always difficult to beat a team three times in a season. The problem always arises after a team has won two times that they can easily win and they relax. The other team gets hungry and the team that won twice gets vulnerable. In Baseball, when hitting a triple, you cant really control where it goes. There is a lot of luck involved in getting a triple, while It is all a matter of preparation for being able to win three times in a season. It is difficult to compare what is more difficult', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor

In the last three seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a postive record of 7-6 against The Giants that used to play in Leverkusen. In the last two seasons, Frankfurt had rude memories in the Ballsporthalle losing 91-61 in 2007 and 91-73 in 2008. The biggest thrill was the stunning and breathtaking five game quarterfinal playoff win last season. This season, Frankfurt had a thrilling 84-80 win in Dusseldorf where they were able to withstand a 25 point Dusseldorf explosion in the fourth quarter. It was a total team effort where Frankfurt shot 52% and controlled the boards 37-31. Americans Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) with 21 points and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) with 19 points led Frankfurt to the win. A month ago, Frankfurt beat Dusseldorf again 73-69 for third place at the BBL Top 4 in Hamburg. Frankfurt was making a winter sleep for the first 30 minutes, but came alive in the last quarter scoring 27 points fuelled by 15 points by Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Frankfurt didn't shoot as well as in Dusseldorf, but led the rebound battle 40-30, but had 19 turnovers. 'We saw how dangerous they were in Hamburg. They are a great shooting team especially from the three point area', expressed Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri).

After the thunderous season in 2007-2008 as the Bayer Giants Leverkusen, the team has been struggling this year as the Dusseldorf Giants. Even though that they are in 12th place with 24-32 points, they are only two wins away from the playoff area. They started off 2009 going on a seven game losing streak, but since the top four in Hamburg have rattled off four wins in five games including winning three close games with a combined difference of only six points. A few days ago, they unleashed their offensive power winning 96-89 in Tubingen. 'The biggest difference in the last games has been that we are all healthy again and our mentality has gotten stronger', stressed Dusseldorf point guard Zack Whiting (193-G-84, college: Chaminade). It seems like it has taken the team until the down stretch to find their nerves in the closing minutes of games. 'We have so much confidence now. Before, we always fell apart in the second half. Now we are staying together as a team and protecting the ball', said Dusseldorf American Zack Whiting. The man from Chico, California is a like a reborn man after coming back home to the Giants. With the Artland Dragons, he never really fit into coach Torsten Leibenaths system averaging only 4,3ppg, 2,1rpg and 2,8apg, while in Dusseldorf he is like the man of old from last season where he led the BBL in assists. Now on the Rhine, he is averaging 9,7ppg, 2,4rpg and 4,4 apg. 'My wife and I are so happy to be back with the Giants', added Zack Whiting. Possibly Whiting might be able to lead the team into the playoffs if they continue their run. A pity that Dusseldorf hadn't signed him earlier.

Last season in the BBL quarterfinal playoffs, Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Zack Whiting had very interesting duels head to head and one would expect Whiting to name Roller as the player he is looking forward most to playing, but instead it is shooting guard Jimmy McKinney. 'My favourite player is Jimmy McKinney. He is a friendly guy and I have a lot of respect for him. He could start for a lot of other BBL teams', reflected Dusseldorf American Zack Whiting. 'I am very flattered by his words. He is a very good player that knows how to run the team. He gets people involved and was a big reason for their success last season', stated Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have been struggling the last weeks, but came together as a team winning in Braunschweig 55-53. 'That win was big. Just to get another win under our belt was very important', stressed American guard Jimmy McKinney. Pascal Roller was the hero of the game with his last minute game winning fade away jumper, but guys like Titus Ivory and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) were so important with their energy. Even though Frankfurt has been struggling as a team in certain phases of the game in the last two games, it has been a very unexpected player Dominik Bahiense de Mello who stepped it up against Bamberg and in Braunschweig. Against Bamberg he hit a huge three pointer bringing the team back to 76-70 and in Braunschweig with Frankfurt lifeless after 20 minutes, was inserted in the third and led the Frankfurt turn around with a 10-3 run with a three pointer and a steal. It has been an incredibly difficult season with school and Basketball, but De Mello has had nerves of steal focusing strongly on Basketball recently. His team mates have recognized his high spirited play. 'Dominik has been huge. He is one of those under control players that can really shoot the ball. I always tell him that he should of played college ball in the States. He could of easily played for Duke', commented St Louis native Jimmy McKinney.


Titus Ivory was one of the other unsung heros in Braunschweig making a big steal and lay up starting the Frankfurt charge in the last minutes on the winning 9-4 run that took the team to the win. After Ivory was sinking in quick sand against Bamberg, he was back on top of his game against the Phantoms. 'Titus is a veteran player and knows what he has to do. Against Bamberg he was trying to make too many things happen, but in Braunschweig he took control and made the big plays', stressed Skyliner Jimmy McKinney.

Sometimes even if a team is having a lot of success, an unexpected change happens even if it cant be altered or liked by the fans. In the NBA, teams changing addresses is not uncommon as the Seattle Supersonics left the north and headed south east to Oklahoma. In the last years the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis, while The Charlotte Hornets left for New Orleans. In the BBL, there is much less money involved than in the NBA, but that doesn't change the largeness of the heart of the fans. After The Bayer Giants Leverkusen lost their sponsor Bayer last season practically overnight, they were left scrambling looking for a new sponsor. The only way out was moving up the Rhine river to Dusseldorf and leaving 15 BBL titles and 10 cup wins behind in Leverkusen. After the five game thrilling playoff series last season between Frankfurt-Leverkusen, it may be difficult not getting off the highway exit Bay arena, but going the 20 extra kilometres to Dusseldorf.


Even though a new era is commencing in the city of fashion in Dusseldorf, it still has some recognizable faces in the organization. German mastermind coach Achim Kuczmann is back at the helm and he brought two important ingredients Americans Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) and Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson) with him. German Gordon Geib (180-G-83, agency: LimeLight) also followed Kuczmann to Dusseldorf and he is also an important piece to the puzzle. He was with Leverkusen since he was 16 and was an institution there. There he fit together with Leverkusen as well as toast and jam. He still lives in Leverkusuen and commutes to work every day. Leverkusen is history and in terms of Basketball will never be forgotten, but after reaching the playoffs the last two years in walking distance of the Bayer factory, the team now wants to continue their success in the city with the most expensive shopping street, the Knigsalle.

The Dusseldorf Giants are led by American Brant Bailey, who is averaging 12,3ppg and 4,3rpg. He really stepped into the limelight last season picking up the load for the departed Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and Eric Taylor (201-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Francis,PA). He is a relentless hard worker, who has a special sign on his face saying winner. 'He is a good player, but we dont specifically want to stop him, but stop Dusseldorf as a team', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). American Brendan Winters is averaging 12,0ppg, 4,3rpg and2,1apg. He is the son of ex NBA player Brian Winters and he has become a very dangerous BBL player, who can sink shot after shot in a game as if he was all alone in a gym practicing. American Matt Lottich (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Stanford) is averaging 10,5ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,3apg. He is an all rounder, who played at Stanford together with Former BBL player Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford), and former NBA player Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford). He has already proven that he is a winner at the young age of 26 having won three titles at Osaka Japan. American Zack Whiting is back for a second time under coach Achim Kuczmann . He is averaging 9,7ppg, 2,4rpg and 4,4apg. He has really added a kick in the Dusseldorf creativity department with his passing skills. Who will forget his rare BBL triple double last season against The Giessen 46ers where he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.

American Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) is averaging 9,5 ppg and 2,8rpg. He is a good inside defender that tasted success with Butler, reaching the sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2007. He missed a few games and is back in the rotation. American Marcus Carter (193-G) is averaging 8,8ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,7apg. The BBL rookie that played at The University Of North Carolina/Wilmington is a versatile guard that can shoot and help out inside. American Logan Kosmalski (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Davidson) is averaging 7,1ppg, 5,2rpg and 1,1apg. He has the majority of the work load under the boards. He played some years in France, but sat out last season. American Todd Hendley (206-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) is averaging 6,6ppg and 2,8rpg. He is a big guy, who is also a BBL rookie and another player that had a huge achievement with reaching the sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament together with Braunschweigs Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) in 2004 with Wake Forest.

The heart and soul of the team is German Gordon Geib, who is averaging 5,9ppg, 1,5rpg and 1,8apg. He missed 11 games this season and is averaging 17 minutes per game. He continues to be an important role player from the bench, but unfortunately has not become the German franchise player for the Giants that so many had hoped for. The team also has three young Americans coming from the bench with the Spoler twins and Mattias watch out I can shoot out the lights if you want me too Goddek. German Tom Spoeler (206-F-88) recently got a big chance by Achim Kuczmann and used it scoring in double figures against Nordlingen and Trier. 'He has a lot of confidence and has really stepped up and produced when he got the chance. He has a lot of athletic ability. Now he needs to work on his decisions and putting the mental part together', added Dusseldorf guard Zack Whiting.

With the playoffs always coming closer, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners need to take advantage and win their remaining home games and keep coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) as the ruler in the Ballsporthalle living room and disposing of any unwanted BBL predators. The Dusseldorf Giants have been an uncomfortable opponent this season and Frankfurts priority number one will be to limit their outside shooting. Even if the Frankfurt defense has been struggling a bit in the last weeks, it was back on target in Braunschweig and will need to keep Dusseldorf off balance. A key will be not allowing Whiting to successfully run the Dusseldorf offense. Frankfurt had problems with the post defense against Dusseldorf in Hamburg and will need to keep Kosmalski and Hendley better in check. 'Our post defense can always improve, but the problem is that we lack rhythm in all areas. We are playing hard, but we need to feel that chemistry that we can win. Last year, we always knew that we could win. We need the unity to win', warned Sklyiner guard Jimmy McKinney. The Dusseldorf Giants are playing great Basketball and know what it will take to be successful in the Ballsporthalle. 'We will have to match them physically. They are very athletic and we will have to have more energy and toughness to win', stated Dusseldorf guard Zack Whiting. Dusseldorf nearly scored 100 points in Tubingen and the topic that always arises are their dangerous shooters.' I saw the Dusseldorf game in Tubingen and the Giants played their usual style of hitting shots, but after a slow start, they used the Tubingen foul trouble to their advantage and got hot. Campbell and Winters hit many shots and they made a big run. Dusseldorf is so dangerous, because they are never out of a game, because their shooting can always bring them back', warned Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Dusseldorf Giants Sunday April 5th at 15:00

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  GUATEMALA   


SAT Cybertech Going Strong at Liga Metro 2009 - by Victor Padilla
In the most expected game of the evening, Sat Cybertech-Markvision overcame young team D-Team (last years Corpoevisa) on a 90 70 game that showcased a renewed offensive face from last years runner up at the Liga Metro Championship. Oscar Salguero (196-F-87) proved once again why he was named the Best Guatemalan Player of Year 2008, with 27 points of strong play mainly in the paint. However, the duet Bonti Garca (202-F-80) and Victor Padilla (196-G/F-70), with 24 and 17 pts each, demonstrated to other teams that Sat Cybertech-Markvision has upgraded their post playing for this tournament, and that there will be a need to find ways to overcome this new offensive weapon. On the losing side, D-Team failed to manage their strongest weapond -speed and transition play provided by their Sub-21 National Team Players- and limited their offensive play to shots beyond the arc, supplied mainly by Heberth Rodriguez (185-G-82), who scored 26 pts. Although none of the fans can deny that this game has been one of the best this season.

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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie

Points Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.0 
 2. Bostain, Landstede20.0 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam19.0 
 4. Wilson, M.Magix18.0 
 5. Pope, West-Brabant17.8 
 6. Ross, Upstairs.17.3 
 7. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 8. Witt, Den Helder16.6 
 9. Stapleton, Upstai.16.1 
 10. Blue, West-Braba.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus JACKSON
  Upstairs Weert
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.11.1 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.5 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.3 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam9.2 
 5. Khazzouh, Hanze.9.0 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 7. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 8. Brempong, Hanze.7.8 
 9. Dialls, Den Helder7.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leid.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.9 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.3 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.0 
 4. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.8 
 5. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 6. Bostain, Landstede4.6 
 7. Witt, Den Helder4.4 
 8. Blackwood, Aris F.4.3 
 9. Downey, Eiff.Tow.4.2 
 10. Sears, M.Mag.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Charles RICHARDSON
  Rotterdam
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.1 
 3. Sears, M.Magix3.0 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.3 
 7. Bostain, Landstede2.2 
 8. Punch, Landstede2.2 
 9. Walker, Rotterdam2.1 
 10. Sykes, Rotterd.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Hanzev.Cpt
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.8 
 2. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 3. Brempong, Hanze.1.4 
 4. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 5. Briggs, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 7. Gladness, M.Magix1.0 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 9. Patten, Upstairs.0.9 
 10. Kuijper, ZZ Leid.0.9 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 29-5 
 2. Eiff.Towers 24-11 
 3. Hanzev.Cpt 22-13 
 4. M.Magix 22-14 
 5. Rotterdam 21-15 
 6. West-Brabant 21-16 
 7. Upstairs Weert 14-22 
 8. ZZ Leiden 13-22 
 9. Landstede 13-24 
 10. Aris Friesland 11-24 
 11. Den Helder 6-30 


FEB Results: Round 38 - by Sanders Jackson


Thursday night in FEB action, in the race for playoff positioning, both Landstede Basketball and ZZ Leiden failed to gain ground, while Rotterdam Challengers had no challenge vs. BlueStream Seals, winning easily on the road to remain in the hunt for homecourt advantage in the 1st round of the FEB playoffs.

In the ZBC-hal, it appeared that Landstede Basketball would put their seven game losing streak to an end and get themselves back in the playoff race vs. Hanzevast Capitals, but it was not meant to be, as two 13-0 starts were enough to energize Hanzevast with them winning 83-72. Landstede came out as the aggressors early on, staking Hanzevast to a 22-10 and 26-14 leads on a
Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) three- pointer and a backdoor layup midway through the 2nd quarter. At that moment Hanzevast had little ball movement in their offense, had trouble passing out of double teams, turning over the ball and were bothered by Landstede's pressure. Landstede held their own on the glass and would lead 34-25 at halftime.


In the 3rd quarter, however, by virtue of good strong on-the-ball defense and good three-point line defense Hanzevast started to pick things up, with Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) setting the tone, with good ballhawking, and his ability to get into the lane and find open targets. Hanzevast caused Landstede to take bad shots under duress with the shot clock winding down. Their pressure defense held Landstede without a score for the first 4:30 of the 3rd quarter, and Hanzevast went on a 13-0 run. However Landstede managed to kep the game close, remaining within three at 48-45 at the end of the 4th quarter.


At the start of the 4th quarter, Hanzevast's halfcourt defense would continue to bewilder Landstede, and in their first five possessions put the game out of reach, by courtesy of strong interior play of Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland), who scored eight of Hanzevast's points in their second 13-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer to give Hanzevast the lead at 61-46. By then, Hanzevast had the game tempo in its hands, Thomas kept the pressure on Landstede's ballhandlers, and Hanzevast kept the pressure on Landstede leading scorer Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) and preventing him from getting easy looks to the baskets. Hanzevast moved the ball better in the 4th quarter and had a good inside-outside balance, preventing Landstede from establishing one. Will Whittington (191-G/F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) led Hanzevast with 19 pts. Young led all scorers with 21 pts., including 18 in the 1st half. Hanzevast had a whopping 39-9 bench scoring advantage and held Landstede to 39% FG. With the win, Hanzevast moves a half-game ahead of Matrixx Magixx for 3rd place in the FEB standings, while Landstede drops its eight straight and hurts its chances further to gain the final playoff spot.


In Leiden, ZZ Leiden had a chance to overtake Upstairs Weert for 7th place in the FEB standings but layed a goose egg vs. Aris Friesland, once again failing to hold thefort in the 4th quarter and losing 75-73. ZZ, coming off a home loss vs. Hanzevast Capitals in which they blew a 14-point lead, had a chance to make a little distance between themselves and the rest in the playoff race, tied things up at 73-73 on a JS Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) three-pointer, but Aris PG Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) had the last word, scoring the winning basket in the last seconds. Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) led all scorers with 18 pts. ZZ Leiden, who could not take advantage of a 42-25 rebounding advantage but had 21 turnovers next to its name, were led in scoring by

Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) with 17 pts. The win keeps mathematically Aris Friesland in the playoff race, while ZZ failed to gain ground and are a half-game behind Upstairs Weert.


In Den Helder, Rotterdam Challengers came out of the starting gates swinging the hardest, strongest and fastest, with lameduck BlueStream Seals showing no resistance, with the Rotterdammers winning in a 107-67 blowout. The Rotterdammers shot 61.8% FG and forced 24 BlueStream Seals turnovers.The Rotterdam trio of Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN), Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) and Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored 20 pts. each for Rotterdam.



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  IBL   


The IBL welcomes today its newest team - the Southern Illinois Truth - by Eurobasket
Co-owners Michael Tangman and Robert Ring both have local ties; Tangman is originally from Robinson, Illinois and Ring currently resides in Mt. Vernon. Their vision was to bring a professional level basketball team to this rural area of the state giving members of the smaller communities a chance to see a high quality basketball event. Says Tangman this will provide something new and exciting for the entire community to enjoy. We wanted the smaller communities of Southern Illinois to have an opportunity to be a part of something that has never been experienced in this area before. Tangmans background includes playing two seasons on the Marine Corps traveling basketball team and another year in Japan. Co-owner Michael TangmanI became interested in fielding a team while playing semi-professionally in Japan. I wanted to provide the same professional basketball game experience to the smaller towns of Southern Illinois- an opportunity only larger cities usually get to experience. Ring attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri on a wrestling scholarship. Both owners are excited about the potential economic impact on the region and the opportunity to give something back to the community. As well, the Truth and their sponsors will combine to provide free basketball clinics for youth in the area.

Coaching staff: Mike Boyce will serve as Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations for the Truth in 2009. Boyce brings with him over 30 years of national and international coaching experience in both basketball and track and field. He has been bestowed numerous awards including the prestigious Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award and in 1999 was named to the All-USA Teacher Team by USA Today for his work in basketball. Joining Boyces staff will be Jim Hayes and Palmer Alexander. Hayes is a life-long educator and a former Missouri sports official. Alexander is currently a sports commentator and reporter in the St. Louis area.

Roster:
Players name height weight age hometown
Terry Ayers (6'3''-G-78, college: Crossroads) Peoria, IL
Adam Cartwright (6'5''-G/F-89) Flora, IL
Victor Chuckwudebe (6'7''-F/C-78, college: Illinois) Springfield, IL
Jonathan DePalmer (6'0''-G-87) Mt. Vernon, IL
Michael Doggan (5'9''-G-86) Mt. Vernon, IL
Jamar Horton (5'9''-G-86, college: Le Moyne - Owen) Okolona, AR
Daryle Jones (5'6''-G-84) St. Louis, MO
Dominique Leake (6'4''-F-84) Centralia, IL
Glendale Moore (6'6''-F-88) Mt. Vernon, IL
Averi Peoples (6'3''-G-88) Mt. Vernon, IL
Tyler Sickmeyer (6'6''-F-84, college: Lincoln Christian) Springfield, IL -> unfortunately player is known of bad reputation for not keeping financial terms
Kenny Simelton (6'7''-C-84) Cairo, IL
Christopher Washington (6'6''-F/C-83) Mt. Vernon, IL
Ronald Wyatt (6'1''-G-78) St. Louis, MO

The above roster is a current 2009 roster. The Southern Illinois Truth will use this roster for its first 2 road games, coming up this Saturday and Sunday in Kankakee Illinois. IBL Commissioner Mikal Duiliothe Truth roster may shift and shimmy with their roster, until it hits a professional level of play but it is great to see 15 guys ready to go, right now.


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Saba 20-3 
 2. Petrochimi 20-3 
 3. Zob Ahan 18-5 
 4. Mahram 18-5 
 5. BEEM 13-10 
 6. a.s Pipe 11-12 
 7. Kordestan 10-13 
 8. Gorgan 10-13 
 9. Azad 9-14 
 10. Ararat 7-16 
 11. Shahrekord 7-16 
 12. Langeroud 6-17 
 13. Khorasan 0-23 


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  JORDAN   


JPL Round: 1 (Finals) - by Mohammed Malas
* Friday, 3/4:

# 1st place series:

ASU Sports Club 67 - Zain 65 (Qs: 21-14, 41-35, 54-47 & 67-65) 'ASU leads 1-0'

- Best scorers:
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) '22 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '22 pts' from Zain
Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) '16 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '15 pts' from Zain

# 3rd place game series:

Orthodox 80 - Al Riyadi Amman 79 (Qs: 21-19, 39-41, 59-60 & 80-79) 'Orthodox leads 1-0'
- Best scorers:
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '37 pts' from Orthodox
Malek Khashan (185-G-85) '19 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Ghazi Naber (178-G-76) '15 pts' from Orthodox
Faisal Kheir (204-C-85) '14 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman


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  LATVIA   


LBL D2 Round: 35 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
LU/Ridzene - Valmiera U21 69-77
Aigars Strelis (198-F-87) notched 23 points to pace Valmiera U21 past LU/Ridzene. Oskars Virsis delivered 13 points in the winning effort. Arturs Duselis (198-F-89) tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds for LU/Ridzene as they slipped at 10-11 record.

Jurmala - Liep.Papirs 90-58
Jurmala shot down Liepajas Papirs at home court as Oskars Rusmanis (181-G-87) knocked down 18 points and dished out 6 assists. Atis Ozols added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for the winners. Artis Ate responded with 16 for Liepajas Papirs in the loss.

Zemgale/Jun. - Kandava 96-78
Zemgale/Juniors held off Kandava to secure the 16th win. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) contributed 19 points and 13 boards for Zemgale/Juniors. Lauris Mizis added 18 points in the victory. Kandava suffered 16th loss despite game-high 31 points, 5 boards and 5 assists from Elgars Klips. Girts Celms and Kaspars Adins had 15 points each in defeat.


Standings - LBAL
LBL Standings
 1. RNS-D/Livani 17-4 
 2. Jurmala 17-5 
 3. Zemgale/Juniors 16-6 
 4. Saldus 15-7 
 5. Valmiera-2 14-7 
 6. ASK/Juniors 14-8 
 7. Ridzene/Barons 10-11 
 8. Ventspils au. 10-11 
 9. SK Cesis 8-15 
 10. Keizarmezs-2 6-14 
 11. Kandava 6-16 
 12. Liepajas Papirs 5-18 
 13. BA Riga 3-19 


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Sagesse to the Semi Final..after the second win against BLUE STARS - by Maarouf Mawloud
Game2
3-4-2009

End of the Game:

Blue Stars 80-87 Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut

Q1: 22-19, Q2: 37-38, Q3: 54-62, Q4: 80-87

Stats:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
-Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) 18Pts, 7Rbs, 6Ass (with 4 , 3's)
-Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 20Pts, 11Rbs, 6Ass (with 3 , 3's)
-Rony Fahed 11Pts, 1Rbs, 3Ass (including 2/2 from the arc)
-Rolando Howell 10Pts, 5Rbs, 1Ass and added 1 Block (with 4/10 From the Free Throw)
-Sabah Khoury 12Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass (with 4 , 3's)
-Joe Ghattas 13Pts, 1Rbs, 2Ass

Blue Stars:
-Rodrigue Akl 14Pts, 5Rbs, 8Ass
-Joelle Box 18Pts, 8Rbs, 3Ass
-Nick Zachary 25Pts, 4Rbs, 3Ass
-Jean Abdel Nour 17Pts, 7Rbs


Tebnin created the big upset - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Tebnin created a very big upset by beating Champville in the playoffs first round 67-61.
The game was a very intense one, full of excitement till its last seconds.
Tebnin imposed its rhythm till the last minutes of the game through the great leadership of Chudney Gray who scored 30pts and dished 6 assists .
On the other side Champville welcomed a new foreign player Jamel Staten who didnt show a good level due that he joined the team in the previous day.

The game on Saturday will be a very decisive one , Champville who was a big favorite before the start of this round have to win in order to preserve its chances to qualify to the second round , as for Tebnin the performance of the team its much more than expected for this season , they are 1 game from creating history .

Best Scorers :
Champville :Christien Charles(18)
Tebnin : Chudney Gray (30)


A new partnership between FLB & New Look Sports - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Basketball Federation signed a new sponsorship agreement with New Look Sports for the period of 4 years, The Lebanese Basketball Federation president Mr. Pierre Kakhia insisted that this agreement have a big Title €ś A Big partnership with New Look Sports €ś.On the other hand Mr. Boudi Maalouli the owner of the company New Look Sports expressed its biggest satisfaction for continuing the partnership between the FLB and the New Look Sports for the coming years , he revealed that the FLB together with New Look Sports will be organizing an annual event called €ś Golden Hoops €ś which will nominate the best players , coaches , € for each season. Moreover this press conference was an occasion to inform the Media about the preparations of the Lebanese National Teams who have a very important summer.

DEVON FORD will replace Jamel Staten tomorrow in Champville game - by Maarouf Mawloud
Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) the player who Played before with Champville for the season 06-07 and played with them the Lebanese semi final in 2007
he gets alot of awards with Champville:
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 2nd Team -06, 07
Lebanese League Semifinals -06, 07
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League All-Imports Team -07
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League All-Defensive Team -07

Devon Ford is the replacement of Jamel Staten (198-G-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato)...he will play tomorrow against tebnin in City Complex at 16.00


Tebnin led the series 1-0 - by Maarouf Mawloud
Game1:
2-4-2009

Champville 61-67 Tebnin

Q1: 15-18, Q2: 34-34, Q3: 48-53, Q4: 61-67

Stats:

Champville:
-Ramy Akiki 17Pts, 5Rbs, 6Ass
-Chris Charles 18Pts, 19Rbs

Tebnin:
-Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) 30Pts,5Rbs,6Ass
-Hassan Lakkis 14Pts
-Brandon Kurtz 12Pts,10Rbs

TO: Champville 18-16 Tebnin
TR: Champville 44-27 Tebnin
Ass: Champville 14-10 Tebnin
FG:
Champville: 26/67 = 39%
Tebnin: 27/62 = 44%
3P
Champville: 5/20 = 25%
Tebnin: 9/22 = 41%
FT: both the same 4/11 = 36%

Tebnin led the series 1-0


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Eidson leads Rytas into Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Basket-Lietuvos Rytas 79:85

Turin welcomed another two teams last night in the EuroCup Final Eight. Lietuvos Rytas upset the home country team Benetton Basket 85:79 to take the place in the Final Four. The EuroCup MVP Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) led Rytas with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 12 points each. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) finished with 18 points in the losing effort.
Benetton Basket started the game better taking some leads throughout the first period. Neal looked active for the Italian side as hit another shot to make it 12:11. Domen Lorbek capped an 8-0 run before Eidson finally stopped the bleeding with a triple that made it 20:14. Italian squad used another push for 27:18 after the opening frame. The second quarter however belonged to the Baltic State. Rytas produced a 12-0 run to take 30:27 lead in the middle of the second stanza. Jomantas muscled his way through for a three-point play, widening the advantage to 41:32. Both squads left the court for 49:43 Lithuanian advantage.
The game remained even in the third period, however Rytas kept their lead. Milko Bjelica made it 60:52 and then brought his team 62:52. Lorbek reduced the gap for 62:65 as the teams finished 30 minutes of the game. The score was tied at 67:67 and then Lukauskis put Rytas up by 76:74. Italian team trailed until the end when Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) however dunked with 6 second left to cut it to 79:83. Lietuvos Rytas scored two more points to enter the Final Four.

Benetton Basket: Gary Neal 18 points, C.J. Judson Wallace 16, Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) 12.
Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 23 points, 8 rebounds, Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) 16 points, Milko Bjelica (193-F-81) 12, Marijonas Petravicius 12, Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) 11, Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) 11


Mazeikiai, Meresta and Juventus book semifinal spots - by Eurobasket News
Mazeikiai ensured the semifinal birth as they defeated Nafta-Uni-Laivite 72:66 in the fifth game of the series. Nafta gave some scares to the hosts as they led 21:20 after the starting frame. But Mazeikiai limited their opponents to just 12 points in the second period to surge ahead for good. Marijus Norkus (197-G/F-85) netted 25 points and collected 9 boards for the winners. Tomas Klimas (208-C-85, college: C.W. Post) added 15 points in the winning case. Andrius Zymantas (188-G-81) responded with 19 points, 7 boards, 8 steals and 4 assists in defeat.
Meresta paved their way into the semis after a difficult home win over Akademija. The visitors led by 6 points heading into the fourth term but wasted it all. Vytautas Padgureckas (186-G-85) scored 6 points in the final 66 seconds of regulation to seal the winning outcome for Meresta 82:77. Vytautas Padgureckas knocked down 27 points, collected 6 boards and dished out 4 assists for Meresta. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) added 17 points in the victory. Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) had 21 points and 11 boards for Akademija in the loss.
Juventus left no chance for Pieno zvaigzdes at home court. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) tallied 17 points and 14 boards to lead the regular season champs to a 109:73 victory. Marijus Kugauda (190-G-76) contributed 17 points in the victory. Zydrunas Valuckis (192-G-75) had 20 points to lead Pieno zvaigzdes.


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Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Mineros 18-3 
 2. Trigueros 12-9 
 3. Ostioneros 10-11 
 4. Hermosillo 9-12 
 5. Fuerza Guinda 6-15 
Southern Division
 1. Caballeros 13-8 
 2. Lobos UAD 13-8 
 3. Frayles 10-11 
 4. Pioneros 7-14 
 5. Coras 5-7 


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  NBA   


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Celtics title hopes rest on K.G.s ailing knee

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BOSTON Privately, those surrounding the Boston Celtics take a deep breath, sigh and shrug. Essentially, theyre telling you: Who knows? Everyones uneasy, bordering on fearful. Kevin Garnetts gimpy knee holds hostage the Celtics chances for a championship defense.

Id be very, very surprised if Kevin Garnett is not playing in Game 1 of the playoffs, Doc Rivers said on Wednesday. Garnetts going to be back before the regular season is over, the coach says, and theyre going to have him for the playoffs. Nevertheless, the speculation on K.G.s knee is growing the way that it did for Tom Bradys in Boston.

The speculation is rampant and wild, Rivers said.

If Garnett comes back, theres still an unmistakable worry: Can he hold up? The Celtics have conceded the top seed to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and needed double overtime to beat the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and reclaim the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Unless this rest can push Garnett back to 100 percent and no one expects that the Celtics are without a punchers chance to beat the Cavaliers.

Finally, Garnett has come to understand this, too. The toughest guy in the gym has stepped back, stepped down and heeded reason. Once, Garnett fought management and coaches on everything with his body. He never wanted to sit, never wanted to stop pushing, but those days are done. Rivers took a long look at Garnett dragging that right knee in a loss to the Orlando Magic last week and told K.G. to sit until the final week of the regular season.

Only, Garnett hasnt fought Rivers on it. K.G. was hurting the Celtics, and he knew it. Hes 32 years old and the credibility of a championship the wisdom of his years conspired to convince him that he had to heed the long picture. To be the tough guy, to play through the pain, benefits no one but LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Garnett missed a month, tried to return and goes out again now. He has been so durable in his career, an elastic man and this thing must scare him.

It isnt going away, and it isnt getting better.

I think hes been much better this time around, Rivers said. Much better about listening to his coach, his body and taking the time away. In the beginning of this, it was, Im getting back, Im getting back. And I think, maybe sitting out the first stint, allowed him to take a deep breath. Most veteran players start looking at the big picture.

The big picture is clear for the Celtics: There is no tomorrow. From the beginning, they believed they had a three-year window to win titles with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Boston won it all a season ago, but advancing in this Eastern Conference becomes a treacherous proposition. Garnett is everything to these Celtics. Pierce was the NBA Finals MVP and Allen is an All-Star, but that 17th NBA championship was born on the back of defense.

The Celtics will be fortunate to get past the Magic with Garnett struggling on that knee. Without Garnett himself, the Cavs will destroy Boston. Theres a spur in the back of the right knee rubbing against the tendon, Celtics GM Danny Ainge said. The pain has been excruciating for Garnett, and playing through it turned into a nightmare.

The reality of it is that these are complex situations, Ainge told WEEI Radio in Boston. K.G. is not comfortable, and sometimes these things go away. Sometimes they take a little longer. But no doctor can go in there and say this is going to be better and in 14 days well be all fine.

Its unpredictable.

For now, the Celtics have turned to Kendrick Perkins, whose season has been worthy of consideration for the All-Defense team. Yet Garnett is the traffic cop for these Celtics, the inspirational soul. The Celtics were flat for much of Wednesday night, fortunate to spare themselves a loss. In the overtime, Rivers confessed to peeking at the scoreboard and noticing that the Orlando Magic had lost to Toronto. Seeding, he swears, isnt nearly as important as getting K.G. back, and getting him right. For Boston, they need that second spot. They need to hold off Orlando.

There are no guarantees in the Garden these days, just guesses. No one knows about that knee, and the Celtics chances for repeating as NBA champions have never been so shaky. If were healthy out there, Im very confident in this basketball team, Rivers said.

Only, Boston isnt healthy because K.G. is a long way from his old self. Garnett sits now and prays they can get him right for the playoffs, right for one more run. He needs to be himself again, and maybe that still isnt enough with possible Game 7s looming in Orlando and Cleveland to get back to the Finals. Around here, they shrug and sigh when it comes to that gimpy knee. No one knows. No one knows at all.


Last games (3) - Cavs fail after 13 wins, Nuggets extend winning streak to 5 - by Eurobasket News
Bucks - 76ers 95-105
The 76ers celebrated at home vs Milwaukee Bucks jumping to 39-35 record. Willie Green (6'4''-G-81, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 21, Andre Iguodala had 20, while Andre Miller helped with 18 points and 11 assists. Visitors got double-double from Ramon Sessions, 18 pts and 10 as.

Cavaliers - Wizards 101-109
The Cavs finally failed and it was in Washington DC last nigh. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) led the Wizards to victory nailing 25 points. Antawn Hamison had 19 and Darius Songaila netted 2 points less. LeBron James collected 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the loosing side. Wizards 18-59, Cavs 61-14.

Jazz - Nuggets 104-114
The Nuggets got the most from J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85), who scored 28 points. Carmelo Anthony also had very important role netting 23 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. CJ Miles top-scored in loss with 19 pts. Nuggets 50-26, Jazz 46-29.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Wade, Heat29.8 
 2. James, Cavaliers28.3 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.2 
 4. Durant, Thunder25.9 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.4 
 6. Granger, Pacers25.0 
 7. Martin, Kings24.6 
 8. Roy, Trail Blazers23.2 
 9. Anthony, Nuggets23.0 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.22.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Howard, Magic13.9 
 2. Murphy, Pacers11.8 
 3. Lee, Knicks11.8 
 4. Biedrins, Warriors11.5 
 5. Camby, Clippers11.4 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.11.0 
 7. Duncan, Spurs10.6 
 8. Okafor, Bobcats10.1 
 9. McDyess, Pistons9.8 
 10. Yao, Rocke.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Paul, Hornets11.0 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.6 
 3. Nash, Suns9.7 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.8 
 5. Rondo, Celtics8.5 
 6. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 7. Davis, Clippers8.1 
 8. Duhon, Knicks7.5 
 9. Wade, Heat7.5 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  Hornets
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Paul, Hornets2.9 
 2. Wade, Heat2.3 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.1 
 4. Chalmers, Heat2.0 
 5. James, Cavaliers1.8 
 6. Rondo, Celtics1.8 
 7. Brewer, Jazz1.7 
 8. Harris, Nets1.7 
 9. Ariza, Lakers1.7 
 10. Wallace, Bobca.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Magic
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Magic2.9 
 2. Andersen, Nuggets2.3 
 3. Camby, Clippers2.1 
 4. Turiaf, Warriors2.1 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors2.0 
 6. Perkins, Celtics1.9 
 7. Thomas, Bulls1.9 
 8. Yao, Rockets1.9 
 9. Duncan, Spurs1.8 
 10. Bynum, Lake.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 58-19 
 2. 76ers 39-35 
 3. Nets 31-45 
 4. Knicks 30-46 
 5. Raptors 29-45 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 61-15 
 2. Pistons 36-39 
 3. Bulls 36-40 
 4. Pacers 32-44 
 5. Bucks 32-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 56-19 
 2. Hawks 43-33 
 3. Heat 40-36 
 4. Bobcats 34-42 
 5. Wizards 18-59 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 51-26 
 2. Trail Blazers 48-27 
 3. Jazz 46-30 
 4. Timberwolves 22-54 
 5. Thunder 21-54 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 61-16 
 2. Suns 42-34 
 3. Warriors 27-49 
 4. Clippers 18-57 
 5. Kings 16-59 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 49-26 
 2. Rockets 48-28 
 3. Hornets 47-29 
 4. Mavericks 45-32 
 5. Grizzlies 21-54 


Pistons guard Allen Iverson out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket
The Pistons portion of Allen Iverson's (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) Hall of Fame career has ended.
And not with the hoisting of a championship banner, as the guard talked about when joining the team in November, but with a press release from Joe Dumars late Friday afternoon.
Dumars, the president of basketball operations who orchestrated the Chauncey Billups-for-Iverson trade two games into the season, said Iverson would miss the final seven games and the playoffs because of his back.
Iverson, 33, will be a free agent after this season and after the disaster of 2008-09 there is almost no chance the Pistons would want him back next season.
After talking with Allen and our medical staff, we feel that resting Allen for the remainder of the season is the best course of action at this time, Dumars said in a release. While he has played in our last three games, he is still feeling some discomfort and getting him physically ready to compete at the level he is accustomed to playing this late in the season does not seem possible at this time.
Iverson, who missed 16 games because of his back injury, practiced Friday morning on a limited basis. He was unavailable for comment. Dumars declined additional comment.
The announcement followed a week in which Iverson openly complained about coming off the bench. After the loss at Cleveland on Tuesday, he said: Eighteen minutes, cmon, man. I can play 18 minutes with my eyes closed, with a 100-pound truck on my back. Im wondering what the rush was to get me back. I mean, for that?
The following night, after a loss at New Jersey, he talked to the New York media of retiring if he had to come off the bench in future seasons.
Leon Rose, his agent, insisted Iversons back, not a bruised ego, was the only factor in the Pistons announcement. Theres nothing else going on, he told the Associated Press.
Iverson made more than $20 million this season. His final stat line as a Piston: four points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Courtesy of detroit Free Press


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Mark Fox agrees six-year deal worth $1.3 million a year - by Eurobasket
Mark Fox was introduced as Georgias mens basketball coach Friday.
Fox agreed to six-year deal for $1.3 million a year.
We have a very bright future with this program, Fox said.
Athletics director Damon Evans started the press conference by proclaiming, I know this is going to be a great day when you look back on history of Georgia mens basketball program.
Evans went on to elaborate that Fox embodies everything he wanted in a coach:
His commitment to the student-athlete. His commitment to academics.
Turning to basketball, Fox said his teams will place an emphasis on defending and rebounding, while also trying to play as fast as they can on offense.
Fox said he wont bring all of his assistants with him from Nevada, and that he will try to hire assistant coaches who are familiar with the area.
Fox said he met with the team Friday morning and discussed his expectations. He expressed how excited he is to get the players on the floor to see what they are capable of.
Fox showed some humor when asked about facing Floridas Billy Donovan or Kentuckys John Calipari .
I think Billys a better player than me, but John, with his bad hip, I think I could take him.
Some information on Fox:
Fox had been coach of Nevada for the past five seasons, where he went 123-43, including 21-13 this past season. He never won fewer than 21 games there and went 29-5 in 2006-07.
Nevada competes in the Western Athletic Conference, and Foxs teams won the league four of his five seasons. They finished second to Utah State this past season.
The Wolf Pack played in the NCAA Tournament three consecutive seasons but not the past two. They reached the second round in 2005 and 2007.
Foxs teams played Georgias twice, winning both times. Nevada beat the Bulldogs 58-47 in Athens on Nov. 26, 2004 and 68-62 on Dec. 21, 2005.
Georgia has had an opening for its mens basketball job since Jan. 29 when Dennis Felton was fired in the middle of his sixth season. The Bulldogs were winless in the SEC at the time (0-5) and Felton left Georgia with an 84-91 overall record, 26-59 in the SEC. They managed to win three more games under the direction of interim coach Pete Herrmann to finish 12-20 overall and 3-13 in SEC play.
Fox graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Eastern New Mexico in 1991 and obtained a masters of science degree in athletic administration and sports psychology from the Kansas in 1996.
Fox and his wife, Cindy, have two children: a son, Parker (8), and a daughter, Olivia (6). Cindy is an associate athletics director at Nevada.

Courtesy of AJC


UConn basketball made over $6 million last year - by Eurobasket
Connecticut's men's basketball program showed a profit of just under $6.3 million during the 2008 fiscal year, nearly four times what the school is paying head coach Jim Calhoun .
The program earned $14.07 million in revenue during the year and had $7.8 million in expenses, according to the state Office of Legislative Research. That's a profit margin of just under 45 percent.
The report was requested in the wake of February's heated exchange between Calhoun and a political activist over the coach's $1.6 million salary in tough economic times.
'Quite frankly, we bring in $12 million to the university, nothing to do with state funds,' Calhoun said at the time. 'We make $12 million a year for this university.'
If the coach was referring to gross revenue, UConn men's basketball brings in $2 million more than he estimated.
According to the report, the program took in $7.3 million in direct revenue, the majority of that coming from $4.2 million in ticket sales. It also had $6.7 million in indirect revenue from such things as athletic fundraising and licensing.
The other side of the ledger showed $6 million in direct expenses, including Calhoun's $1.6 million salary, and $1.5 million in other expenses attributable to the program, such as ticket printing and expenses related to injuries.
Calhoun was traveling with his team Wednesday to Detroit for the Final Four, and could not be reached for comment. UConn spokesman Mike Enright said the school provided the data for the legislative report.
UConn president Michael Hogan said shortly after the salary flap erupted that Calhoun's salary represented 'fair-market value and his teams generate considerable resources for our Division of Athletics.'
Calhoun is Connecticut's highest-paid state employee, according to the state comptroller. But he's not the nation's highest-paid basketball coach.
John Calipari on Tuesday agreed to an eight-year, $31.65 million contract with the University of Kentucky. Coaches at other top basketball programs such as Florida and Kansas also earn considerably more than Calhoun.

Courtesy of PAT EATON-ROBB - Associated Press Writer


USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of Oklahoma

1st Team
Blake Griffin of Oklahoma
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of Pittsburgh
James Harden (6'5''-G-89) of Arizona State
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) of Davidson
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina

2nd Team
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) of North Carolina
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) of Connecticut
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Marquette
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of Notre Dame
Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87) of Kentucky


Blake Griffin of Oklahoma named AP Player Of The Year - by Eurobasket
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Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of The University of Oklahoma is the runaway choice as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.
The 6-10 Griffin averaged 22.7 points and led the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting a Big 12 record 65.4 percent from the field. Griffin, the first Oklahoma player to win the award, led the Sooners to a 30-6 record and the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
Griffin, who had 30 double-doubles this season, was to be honored Friday, four days after he was the only unanimous selection to the AP All-America team.
He received 66 votes from the 71-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of University of North Carolina of North Carolina, who won the award last year, received two votes as did DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of University of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh.

FIRST TEAM
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of Oklahoma, 6-10, 251, sophomore, Oklahoma City, 21.9 ppg, 14.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 63.5 fg pct (71 first-place votes, 335 points)
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina, 6-9, 250, senior, Poplar Bluff, Mo., 21.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 52.2 fg pct, 85.6 ft pct (50, 304)
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of Pittsburgh, 6-7, 265, sophomore, Pittsburgh, 15.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 59.9 fg pct, 1.5 steals (49, 294)
James Harden (6'5''-G-89) of Arizona State, 6-5, 218, sophomore, Los Angeles, 20.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 35.8 minutes, 50.2 fg pct (45, 290)
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) of Davidson, 6-3, 185, junior, Charlotte, N.C., 28.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.7 apg, 87.6 ft pct, 2.6 steals (49, 288)

SECOND TEAM
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87), Connecticut, 7-3, 263, junior, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 13.7, 10.9 rpg, 4.6 blocks, 64.3 fg pct (19, 238)
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87), North Carolina, 5-11, 195, junior, Clinton, Md., 15.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 46.7 3-pt fg pct, 80.9 ft pct, 2.0 steals (28, 232)
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88), Notre Dame, 6-8, 255, junior, Schererville, Ind., 23.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.1 apg (6, 135)
Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87), Kentucky, 6-4, 208, junior, Norcross, Ga., 24.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 40.1 3-pt fg pct, 89.7 ft pct (8, 117)
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87), Marquette, 6-3, 200, senior, Chicago, 19.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 40.6 3-pt fg pct (7, 114)

THIRD TEAM
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87), Louisville, 6-6, 215, senior, Seattle, 12.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.5 steals (4, 103)
Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87), Kansas, 5-11, 200, junior, Chicago, 18.3 ppg, 5.0 apg (3, 94)
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86), Florida State, 6-2, 200, senior, Jonesboro, Ga., 21.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 36.4 minutes, 1.9 steals (4, 85)
Sam Young (6'6''-F-85), Pittsburgh, 6-6, 220, senior, Clinton, Md., 18.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg (1, 79)
Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87), Duke, 6-4, 215, junior, Merion, Pa., 16.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg (4, 74)

HONORABLE MENTION
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86), Connecticut
Josh Akognon (5'11''-G-86), Cal State Fullerton
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88), Kansas
Alex Barnett (6'6''-F-86), Dartmouth
Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F), Vermont
Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87), Iowa State
Michael Bramos (6'5''-G/F-87), Miami (Ohio)
Jon Brockman (6'7''-F-87), Washington
Brandon Brooks (6'2''-G), Alabama State
John Bryant (6'10''-C), Santa Clara
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88), Arizona
DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86), Missouri
Jeremy Chappell (6'3''-G-87), Robert Morris
Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G), Temple
Earl Clark (6'9''-G/F-88), Louisville
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87), UCLA
Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87), Villanova
Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87), South Carolina
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89), Memphis
Levance Fields (5'10''-G-87), Pittsburgh
Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89), Syracuse
Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86), Siena
Jordan Hill (6'10''-F-87), Arizona
Matt Howard (6'8''-F), Butler
Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84), Tennessee-Martin
Matt Kingsley (6'9''-F-86), Stephen F. Austin
Kalin Lucas (6'0''-G-89), Michigan State
Eric Maynor (6'2''-G-87), Virginia Commonwealth
Kellen McCoy (5'6''-G-87), Weber State
Tywain McKee (6'2''-G-86), Coppin State
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (6'1''-G), Western Kentucky
Derrick Mercer (5'9''-G), American
Luke Nevill (7'2''-C-86), Utah
Ahmad Nivins (6'9''-F-87), Saint Joseph's
Artsiom Parakhouski (6'11''-C-87), Radford
A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86), Connecticut
Alex Renfroe (6'2''-G-86), Belmont
Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87), Boston College
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88), Duke
Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86), Central Florida
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88), Wake Forest
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87), LSU
Evan Turner (6'7''-G), Ohio State
Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F/C-88), Mississippi State
Gary Wilkinson (6'9''-F-82), Utah State
Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86), Creighton
Ben Woodside (5'11''-G-85), North Dakota State


Gonzaga's Heytvelt leads All-Star team to win - by Eurobasket
Josh Heytvelt (6'11''-F-86) expected to finish his career with a Final Four trip in Detroit, not a meaningless All-Star game.
His shot at the Final Four denied, Heytvelt still wanted to go out with a memory on the Ford Field court.
Heytvelt hit the winning 3-pointer in the final minute, scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Reeses All-Stars to a 105-100 win over Hersheys All-Stars in a college senior game Friday night.
Walking in the hallway right when we got here in Ford Field was kind of depressing a little bit, Heytvelt said. But I got over it, because I had something to look forward to today.
The Tar Heels eliminated Heytvelts Gonzaga team in the regional semifinal.
Boston Colleges Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87) scored 24 points and Wisconsins Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) had 14 for the winners in a game played on the same court as the Final Four.
Connecticut plays Michigan State, and Villanova plays North Carolina on Saturday.
Just to have this experience like those great teams is wonderful, Landry said.
The exhibition pitted a couple of Final Four coaching veterans against each other.
Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson led Josh Carter (6'7''-G/F-88) and the Hersheys team, and Bruce Weber of Illinois coached Rice and the Reeses All Stars.
Each coach was familiar with his top assistant. Richardson reunited with Missouri coach Mike Anderson ; the duo worked together on Arkansas 1994 title team.
Purdue coach Matt Painter was an assistant under Weber at Southern Illinois. Weber, who led Illinois to a national runner-up finish in 2005, was a last-minute sub for former Purdue coach Gene Keady. Keady missed the game because his wife is ill.
I feel bad for him because hed love to be part of it, Weber said. Its fun to get to know guys from all over the place. I thought they played pretty hard and played basketball like youre supposed to.
Central Florida's Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86) had 23 points for Hersheys. Washington's Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G) had 22 points, and Auburn's Korvotney Barber (6'7''-F-87) added 17.
This game, featuring a collection of players who arent moving on to the NBA, looked like just about any other basketball All-Star game. Richardsons famed 40 Minutes of Hell took 30 minutes to warm up.
Richardson had only two days to get his roster caught up on the basics of the pressure defense. Most of the players have been finished for weeks, and it looked like it.
They didnt have their legs and the style that I play, you have to have other guys come in and give that group some help, Richardson said.
There were a whopping 55 turnovers in the game, and 10 players scored in double figures.
In the beginning it was just guys trying to get familiar with the court and everything, but in the second half the intensity really picked up, Landry said. Guys were out there to play.
Landry hit a pair of 3s midway through the second half to give the Reeses team a 76-64 lead.
Like he did with the Razorbacks, Richardson cranked up the defensive pressure, and his team stormed back to take the lead. Barbers dunk off a miss made it 80-79 to give Richardsons team the lead. The lead swapped between the teams several times over the final minutes, delighting a few thousand fans who watched the free game at Ford Field.
Were kind of chilling there with the lead, and they made the run at us, Weber said. Coach Richardson was pressing us.
Taylors dunk with 1 minute left gave Hersheys its last lead, 98-96.
Heytvelt, who scored 14 points in his final game for Gonzaga in an NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina, hit the 3 that put Reeses ahead for good. Rice sealed the win from the free-throw line.
It took some time to get used to it, but it was pretty neat, Heytvelt said.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Reese's All-Stars:
Tyrese Rice (Boston College)
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (6'1''-G) (Western Kentucky)
Josh Akognon (5'11''-G-86, college: Washington St.) (Cal State Fullerton)
Alex Ruoff (6'6''-G) (West Virginia)
Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) (Findlay)
B.J. Raymond (6'6''-G/F-87) (Xavier)
Alfred Aboya (6'9''-F/C-85) (UCLA)
Marcus Landry (Wisconsin)
John Bryant (6'10''-C) (Santa Clara)
Josh Heytvelt (Gonzaga)
Coach: Bruce Weber of Illinois and Matt Painter of Purdue

Hershey's All-Stars:
Justin Dentmon (Washington)
Ben Woodside (5'11''-G-85) (North Dakota State)
Jermaine Taylor (Central Florida)
Jimmy Bartolotta (6'4''-G-86) (MIT)
Lee Cummard (6'7''-G-85) (BYU)
Josh Carter (Texas A&M)
Korvotney Barber (Auburn)
Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86) (Washington State)
Luke Nevill (7'2''-C-86) (Utah)
Diamon Simpson (6'7''-F-87) (St. Mary's)
Coaches: Nolan Richardson ex Arkansas and Mike Anderson of Missouri


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Hawks too good for Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Easy LPG Bay Hawks secured the first win in the season as they held off Auckland in Napier. John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) nailed 22 points and pulled down 12 boards to lead the Hawks to an 86:75 victory. Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) secured 19 points for the winners. The Hawks jumped to a 23:13 lead and maintained it throughout the game. The Stars cut the lead in the third frame but were still down by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter. Auckland never threatened the margin and lost the battle. Charles Bailey (200-F-82, college: Detroit Mercy) finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the home team. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) tallied 28 points and 7 rebounds for the Stars. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) had 25 points, 10 boards and 3 assists in the losing case.
Nelson claimed the fourth victory and cleared off on top of the standings. The Giants toppled Taranaki 97:95 in overtime as Phill Jones (196-G-74) scored 29 points. The Giants wasted an 8-point first frame lead to play extra five minutes. However Phill Jones buried a crucial three-pointer late in the extra frame to ensure a tough victory for Nelson. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) had 24 points and 9 boards for the victors. Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-G-81) and Phillip Gilbert (191-G-82, college: Bradley) responded with 28 points each for the Dynamos as they slipped at 0-4 record.


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


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  PALESTINE   


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


PSL(8): An Easy Win for Sarriyet Ramallah & a Beautiful Win for Orthodoxi Beit Jala - by Tamara Awartani

Sariyet Ramallah vs. Thaqafi Beit Sahour 120 59
A one sided game for Sarriyet Ramallah to guarantee as much points as possible, while it was a good game for Thaqafi Beit Sahour to raise their level of game against a strong team.
Sarriyet Ramallah players were focused right from the start,
Dante Hunter (191-G-83, college: Calumet) stood out in the game with his smooth 3pointers and a beautiful dunk and amazing drives, Saleem Sakakini one of the main scorers of the game unstoppable under basket, Saleem Al Husari (184-G-85) ,Ghassan Habash (175-G-85) , Ahmad Yasser & Jack Tanous with beautiful 3pointers along with Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75) great strong drives. While Fadi Khouri, Fadi Murra had great 3pointers along with the scorer Hussam Kokali & Rafat Banoura who stood out.
1st 35 6, 2nd 18-18, 3rd 34-14, 4th 33-24


Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs. Catholic Action 110 94
The Bethlehemites Game, One of the most enjoyable games played in the league with two great imports on both teams, a fast shooting guard
Shane Nichols (183-G-84, college: Wofford) Beit Jala and an unstoppable small forward Richard Catholic Action!
Both teams played off strong with their hearts to win the game, with Beit Jala leading all the game but Catholic Action sure didnt make it easy for them especially in the second half with one point difference!
Shane Nichols led Beit Jala with amazing 7 3points and drives scoring 30points, along with Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) with great strong moves under basket, Kamal Mukarkar with great assists, Charlie Qattan with great shots and Rimon Zreineh while main player Khalil Harb didnt play due to injury.
As for Catholic Action, Richard who was unstoppable under basket even with being double-teamed, scored 35points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists along with Yassin Sharabati and the fast combination of the team led by Shadi Bahnan, Firas Freig and Elie Nasrawi.
1st 21-18, 2nd 27-20, 3rd 27-26, 4th 28-27



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  POLAND   


PLK Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Anwil - Polpharma 95-78
Anwil eased past Polpharma as six players scored in double figures for Wloclawek outfit. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Pail Miller and Ian Boylan delivered 14 points each for Anwil. Mujo Tuljkovic produced 16 points and 5 board for Polpharma. Courtney Eldridge had 13 points and 7 assists in defeat.

PGE Turow - AZS Koszalin 81-64
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Turow to the opening win over Koszalin. Chris Daniels provided 16 points for the Zgorzelec team. George Reese responded with 17 points, 9 boards and 5 steals for Koszalin. Igor Milicic posted 14 points, 7 assists and 4 boards for the visitors.

SKK Kotwica - En.Czarni 70-58
Kotwica eased past Energa Czarni in the quarterfinal opener. Sefton Barrett (198-G/F-83, college: Cent.Michigan) came up with 19 points, 8 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists to lead Kotwica. David Przybyszewski added 18 points in the victory. Demetric Bennett responded with 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for Energa Czarni in the loss.

Asec.Prokom - Atlas Stal 90-92
Atlas Stal came up with a loud sensation as they nip Prokom in Sopot. Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) scored 24 points to lead Atlas Stal to a narrow victory. Krzysztof Szubarga added 21 points and 9 assists in the winning effort. David Logan and Qyntel Woods responded with 23 points each in the loss.


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom18.9 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Hicks, Polpharma16.7 
 4. Mojica, AZS K.16.6 
 5. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.1 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.8 
 7. Mills, SKK Kotwica15.1 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.1 
 9. Miller, ISS S.15.0 
 10. Reynolds, Sokol Zni.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  ISS Sportino
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.3 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.5 
 4. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.5 
 5. Naymick, SKK K.7.5 
 6. Burke, Asec.Prokom7.4 
 7. Dylewicz, Asec.Pro.7.3 
 8. Okafor, Atlas Stal6.9 
 9. McLean, PBG B.6.8 
 10. Bigus, PBG Bask.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.3 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.9 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 4. Eldridge, Polpharma4.8 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.4 
 6. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.4 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.4.2 
 8. Burks, En.Czarni4.1 
 9. Greene, Victoria.4.0 
 10. Davis, PBG Bask.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.7 
 2. Harrington, Polonia3.3 
 3. Lee, ISS Sportino3.2 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 5. Koszarek, Anwil2.8 
 6. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 7. Greene, Victoria.2.6 
 8. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.3 
 9. Logan, Asec.Prokom2.2 
 10. Reynolds, Sokol Zni.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Erie
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.2.0 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Booker, En.Czarni1.3 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.2 
 8. Turek, PGE Turow1.2 
 9. Barrett, SKK K.0.9 
 10. Daniels, PGE Tur.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Jason SMITH
  CAB
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Smith, CAB22.8 
 2. Marcal, Porto F.21.7 
 3. Coleman, AD Vagos20.2 
 4. Burns, Porto F.19.8 
 5. Hill, AD Vagos18.7 
 6. Waller, Ovarense18.7 
 7. Doliboa, Benfica18.6 
 8. Ramos, Benfica18.4 
 9. Bowman, Barreire.18.3 
 10. Graham, VSC.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel JOHNSON
  Academica
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Johnson, Academica10.1 
 2. Ferguson, Fisica10.0 
 3. Martin, Porto F.9.3 
 4. Roberts, Ovarense8.5 
 5. Minter, VSC G.8.3 
 6. Doliboa, Benfica8.3 
 7. Brown, Barreirense8.2 
 8. Hill, AD Vagos8.1 
 9. Coleman, AD Vagos7.8 
 10. Torson, Ginas.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Blanks, VSC G.6.8 
 2. Pires, Barreirense5.7 
 3. Minhava, Benfica5.0 
 4. Figueiredo, Porto F.4.9 
 5. Costa, Ginasio4.9 
 6. Smith, CAB4.7 
 7. Reed, Benfica4.4 
 8. McKenzie, Barreire.3.9 
 9. Reveles, AD Vagos3.7 
 10. Carreira, Benfi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Julian BLANKS
  VSC Guimar.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blanks, VSC G.2.5 
 2. Smith, CAB2.1 
 3. Calvin, Ginasio2.1 
 4. Coleman, AD Vagos2.0 
 5. Tavares, VSC G.1.9 
 6. Bowman, Barreire.1.9 
 7. Costa, Ginasio1.9 
 8. Davis, Fisica1.9 
 9. Madison, CAB1.8 
 10. Cunha, Porto.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Ashkelon
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Truscott, Benfica2.0 
 2. Stempin, Ovarense2.0 
 3. Roberts, Ovarense2.0 
 4. Brown, Barreirense1.8 
 5. Coleman, AD Vagos1.6 
 6. Minter, VSC G.1.5 
 7. Martin, Porto F.1.4 
 8. Billmeier, AD Va.1.3 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica1.2 
 10. Graham, VSC.1.2 


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  RUSSIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Univ.Surgut
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.0 
 2. Perry, CSK V.17.3 
 3. Nachbar, Dynamo M.16.5 
 4. Bailey, Spartak-P.15.6 
 5. Kambala, Krasnoya.15.4 
 6. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.4 
 7. Wisniewski, Spart.15.1 
 8. Meshcharakou, Sparta.14.7 
 9. Washington, Ural G.14.6 
 10. Warrick, Krasno.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 2. Clancy, CSK V.7.2 
 3. Kirksay, Unics6.4 
 4. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.3 
 5. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.2 
 6. Meshcharakou, Sparta.5.9 
 7. Plisnic, Ural Great5.8 
 8. Javtokas, Dynamo M.5.8 
 9. Goree, Triumph5.6 
 10. Jones, Ural Gre.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jannero PARGO
  Olympiakos
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 3. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.5.2 
 4. Bremer, Triumph5.1 
 5. Wisniewski, Spart.4.6 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.0 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.7 
 8. Biggs, Ural Great3.5 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 10. Perry, CSK.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Krasnoyarsk
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.5 
 2. House, Lok.Rostov2.4 
 3. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.0 
 4. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 5. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.9 
 6. Biggs, Ural Great1.8 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 8. Ginevicius, Spart.1.8 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 10. McCarty, Khim.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.3 
 2. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.3 
 3. Likholitov, Ural G.1.2 
 4. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.1.2 
 5. Pervukhin, Univ.Sur.1.2 
 6. Savrasenko, Spart.1.1 
 7. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 9. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 10. Khryapa, CS.0.9 


Khimky pip Pamesa to reach EuroCup semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Pamesa - Khimky 73:76

Khimky and Pamesa Valencia opened the action on the second day of the EuroCup Final Eight in Turin.
Albert Oliver (187-G-78) set things going with a layup. Perovic and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) soon stretched Pamesa lead to 6:2. Pamesa stayed ahead though Khimky kept it close throughout the first frame. Rafael Martinez tallied 6 points in the frame but Maciej Lampe capped the stanza with a layup to ensure a 20:20 tie after ten minutes. Shammond Williams and Gregory opened the second frame with 5 straight points to put Valencia in charge. However Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) fired from downtown to fuel a 13:0 rally that saw Khimky gain a 33:25 advantage. Kuqo stopped the bleeding with four points in a row. Kelly McCarty and Albert Oliver exchanged free throws late in the half and the teams went into dressing rooms with Khimky leading by 4 points 37:33.
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) converted a three-point play at the start of the second half to stretch the lead at 7 points. However Albert Oliver stayed on fire as he narrowed the margin to 3 points midway through the third quarter. Soon Rafael Martinez and Claver tied it at 48. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) stepped up with a timely trey and Mike Wilkinson followed with a layup to give Khimky a 4-point advantage. Pamesa had the last word in the period as Nielsen, Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Pietrus crowned it with 4 freebies to draw things level at 54. Nielsen and Kuqo notched 5 points to push Pamesa in front at the start of the final stanza. Vule Avdalovic and Shammond Williams hit two triples as Pamesa secured a 65:58 advantage midway through the fourth term. Khimky were not about to fold. Carlos Delfino and Mike Wilkinson teamed up for 6 points as the Russian powerhouse clipped the deficit. Albert Oliver stayed persistent as he notched 5 more points to keep Pamesa in charge. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) stepped up with important four points for Khimky, while Carlos Delfino drained a trey to regain the lead for Khimky 72:70. Lampe extended the gap to 4 points with a jumper but Albert Oliver immediately responded with a three-pointer. Mike Wilkinson was fouled and went perfect from the stripe to keep Khimky ahead 76:73. Vule Avdalovic had a chance to force overtime but his three-pointer went off mark and Khimky celebrated a tough victory.
Mike Wilkinson dropped 15 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace Khimky. Jorge Garbajosa and Carlos Delfino added 12 points apiece for the winners. Albert Oliver responded with 18 points in the loss. Rafael Martinez had 11 points for Pamesa as they stopped one step away from the semis.

Pamesa: Albert Oliver 18, Rafael Martinez 11
Khimky: Mike Wilkinson 15, Jorge Garbajosa 12, Carlos Delfino 12


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


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  SERBIA   


Serbia and US reach agreement in basketball beating case - by Eurobasket
The Serbian government on Thursday said it has paid 900,000 dollars in compensation to the family of a US student who was beaten by a Serb basketball player in the United States last year.
Serbian state secretary Slobodan Homen confirmed the payment to the family of Bryan Steinhauer. Up until now, the government had labeled the case against Miladin Kovacevic (206-C-87), the alleged assailant, as a 'state secret,' keeping all information tightly sealed.
The decision to remove the 'state secret' tag came a day after a New York prosecutor officially transferred the responsibility for pressing criminal charges to Serbia. All available evidence will now be transferred to Serbia.
The decision ended a row which strained already cold relations between the two countries. The Serbian government welcomed the move, saying the 'problem in the Kovacevic case was successfully solved.'
Kovacevic was charged last May for the near fatal assault of a fellow student. He fled to Serbia three days after posting bail with the help of Serbian diplomat who issued him travel documents to replace the passport confiscated by police.
Washington insisted on a trial in the United States, but Serbian laws ban extradition. The case drew sympathy in Serbia, whose relations with the United States were already strained following US support for Kosovo's split from Serbia in February 2008.
Serbian president Boris Tadic on Thursday welcomed the development, saying that a 'great burden' was lifted and that the case had threatened to become 'an obstacle in Serbian-United States relations, which would cause grave political and financial difficulties to Serbia.'
In February, Belgrade media disclosed a secret state plan to spend one million dollars to keep Kovacevic in Serbia. Reports said that Serbia would pay 900,000 dollars in compensation to the victim's family and another 100,000 for other expenses.
The reports caused an uproar in Serbia as the news of the payment came as the global financial crisis was hitting the already fragile local economy.
US officials said the money was transferred on March 12. Homen confirmed that on Thursday.
The US embassy in Belgrade welcomed 'the willingness of the government of Serbia to pay compensation to the Steinhauer family to help them cope with the consequences of the brutal attack on Bryan Steinhauer,' a statement read.
Kovacevic's lawyer said that the transfer of the case will help Kovacevic to have 'a fair and just trial in the Serbian court.'
The domestic courts have also brought charges against the former consul and vice-consul in New York, Slobodan Nenadovic and Igor Milosevic, who have been accused of aiding and abetting Kovacevic.

Courtesy of Europe News


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  SLOVAKIA   


Prievidza step closer to semis - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza earned the second straight win over Banska Bystrica in the quarterfinal series. This time Prievidza turned out stronger on the road 74:64 to take a 2-0 lead. However the game was far from being an easy walk for the visitors. Banska Bystrica opened the game aggressively and outlasted their opponents 18:13 in the starting frame. Prievidza however used a 15:4 run in the second period to surge in front. Lubos Storcel capped the half with a three-pointer to give Prievidza a 34:33 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter and entered the final part of the encounter tied at 53. Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75), Pavel Bosak (192-G-82) and Szalay stretched the margin at 5 points early in the fourth term. Few moments late Pavel Bosak added 5 points in a row for the visitors as they cleared off to an 11-point distance. Banska Bystrica never came back into the game and had to surrender at the end. Pavel Bosak finished with 26 points to pace Prievidza. Viliam Ridzon and Lubos Strocel (193-G-81) had 13 points apiece in the victory. Ivan Skara (204-F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) replied with 25 points and 6 boards for Banska Bystrica.
Levice drew things level in the series versus Nova Ves. Levice looked too good for the visiting side in the second and third periods piling up a 10-point lead before the final stanza. Nova Ves cut the margin to a single point with 11 seconds remaining but Dusan Zivicky (198-F-86, agency: FCM) fired a jumper to seal the winning outcome for Levice. Peter Terlanda (205-F/C-88) and Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) scored 13 points each in the win. Vladimir Klar (190-F-86) delivered 11 points for Levice. Nova Ves responded with 16 points and 7 boards from Glen Elliott (208-F/C-83, college: Florida A&M).


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round: 4 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
LG Sakers - Samsung Th. 88-98
Samsung registered a Semifinal place after 98:88 win over LG Sakers. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) erupted with 41 points and 11 rebounds, while Lee Kyu-Sup posted 20. Crump Brandon scored the same number of points in defeat.

ET Land B.Sl. - KCC Egis 85-94
KCC Egis tied the series over ET Land at 2-2 after 94:85 victory. Brand Micah (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Ha Seung-Jin collected 22 points and 11 boards. Powell Carlos produced 34 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.


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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  Los Barrios
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Guillen, Los Barrios18.1 
 2. Detrick, La Laguna17.5 
 3. Garcia, Burgos17.1 
 4. Kiefer, Vic17.0 
 5. Terrell, La Palma16.2 
 6. Cusworth, Leche R.15.7 
 7. Robinson, Gandia B.15.1 
 8. Prestes, Cl.Rincon14.8 
 9. Riera, Mallorca14.6 
 10. Blair, Mallor.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulo PRESTES
  Unicaja
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.8 
 2. Donaldson, La La.9.5 
 3. Battle, Valladolid8.9 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Guillen, Los Barrios7.6 
 6. Hamilton, Tenerife7.5 
 7. Nana, Rosalia7.4 
 8. Baez, Leon7.4 
 9. Cusworth, Leche R.7.1 
 10. Moss, Cacer.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Melilla
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.2 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.3 
 4. Sala, La Palma4.3 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 6. Brown, Caceres3.8 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid3.7 
 8. Lopez, Leche Rio3.5 
 9. Cortaberria, Cl.Ri.3.4 
 10. Jimenez, Illesc.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marc BLANCH
  Mallorca
  (195-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.4 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.0 
 3. Ciorciari, Melilla1.9 
 4. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 5. Hill, Alicante1.7 
 6. Baez, Leon1.7 
 7. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 8. Boccia, Tenerife1.6 
 9. Battle, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Cusworth, Leche.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (200-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.2 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.7 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 6. Cusworth, Leche R.1.3 
 7. Sinanovic, Burgos1.2 
 8. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.2 
 9. Nana, Rosalia1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Ali.1.0 


Bilbao outlast Zadar in EuroCup Final Eight - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao - Zadar 76:67

Bilbao wasted a 13-point first frame lead but revived late in the game and stole a hard-fought victory from Zadar. The Spaniards entered the semifinal where they would take on Khimky.
Bilbao stormed into the game as Janis Blums (190-G-82), Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Paco Vazquez (190-G-74) scored the starting 10 points. Renaldas Seibutis added two more as Bilboa built a stunning 12:0 lead with 5 minutes gone in the game. Finally Desmon Farmer (195-G-81, college: USC) broke the silence for Zadar accounting for three points. But the situation did not change as the Spaniards continued to mount the pressure. Markota, Javier Salgado (180-G-80) and Quincy Lewis stretched the margin at 13 points. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) capped the first frame with two free throws as Bilboa ensured a 24:11 advantage at the first intermission. Desmon Farmer, Jere Macura (203-F/C-80, college: Notre Dame) and Gecevski nailed 7 points early in the second term cutting the deficit to 8 points. Janis Blums and Renaldas Seibutis answered with several buckets to keep some breathing space for Bilbao. Stipcevic and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) stayed consistent for the Croatian team as they narrowed the margin before Vasquez hit two freebies and the Spanish team went into the locker rooms ahead by 8 points 39:31. Janis Blums opened the second half with a three-pointer and then Guardia added another long bomb to extend the gap to 15 points. But Zadar refused to fold. They went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance. Ruzic and Rancic crowned the third stanza with four consecutive points as Zadar knotted things up at 53. The teams traded baskets at the start of the final quarter before Drago Pasalic, Guardia and Janis Blums propelled the Spaniards to a 65:55 lead with under 7 minutes left. Stipcevic fired a triple, while Johnson added a layup to keep the intrigue burning. Hrvoje Peric got it further for Zadar as he clipped the margin to only 3 points. Javier Salgado followed with 4 free throws in a row as Bilbao maintained the lead. Javier Salgado and Quincy Lewis added five more points as Bilbao took control over the game and silenced their opponents.
Janis Blums pitched in 21 points to topscore for Bilbao. Drago Pasalic had 12 points, while Javier Salgado managed 10 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric responded with 17 points for Zadar. Desmon Farmer finished with 11 points in the losing case.

Bilbao: Janis Blums 21, Drago Pasalic 12, Javier Salgado 10
Zadar: Hrvoje Peric 17, Desmon Farmer 11


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


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Valladolid 20-7 
 2. Alicante 20-7 
 3. Melilla 19-8 
 4. Leche Rio 17-10 
 5. Tenerife 17-10 
 6. Axarquia 16-11 
 7. Burgos 15-12 
 8. Caceres 14-13 
 9. Leon 14-13 
 10. Los Barrios 14-13 
 11. Plus Pujol 13-14 
 12. La Laguna 13-14 
 13. Vic 12-15 
 14. La Palma 11-16 
 15. Mallorca 11-16 
 16. Aguas Gandia 7-20 
 17. Rosalia 5-22 
 18. Illescas 5-22 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Palencia 19-8 
 2. Torrons Vic. 18-9 
 3. Vigo 17-10 
 4. Navarra 17-10 
 5. CB Tarrag. 16-11 
 6. Caja Rioja 15-11 
 7. Plasencia 15-11 
 8. Cornella 15-12 
 9. Ourense 14-13 
 10. Jerez 14-13 
 11. Huesca 12-14 
 12. Prat 11-15 
 13. CajasurCord. 9-18 
 14. Gijon 9-18 
 15. Coruna 7-20 
 16. Qalat Caja Sol 6-21 


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  SWEDEN   


Norrkoping stepped into the semis of ChallengeCup - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping stepped into the semis of ChallengeCup after two different games versus Lithuanian Neptunas. Both team had tremendous wins at home, however Swedish team had a better difference to advance.
Gee Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) piloted ambitious Norrkoping to a stunning win over Neptunas in the quarterfinals opener. Gervin nailed 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds as the Swedish side experienced little problems against the visiting team. Andrew George Pleick (196-G-80, college: Lafayette) and Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) added 17 points each in the victory. Martynas Mazeika provided 20 points for Neptunas.
Neptunas fired down Norrkoping at home court but still came up short of the Final Four. The Dolphins entered the game with a massive 35-point advantage but saw it evaporate and had to fight fiercely to secure the next stage birth. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to ensure Norrkoping loss by comfortable 34 points. Fred Drains added 18 points for the Dolphins. Martynas Mazeika came up with 30 points to lead Neptunas. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) had 28 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort.

In the Semifinals the Swedish side will face Sakalai that paved their way through to the Final Four as they stunned Liepajas Lauvas at home court. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points to lead Sakalai. Rokas Uzas contributed 14 points, 7 assists and 4 boards in the win. Curtis Nash responded with 9 points for Lauvas.



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


Sharks Take Overtime Thriller - by Andy Webb
Sheffield Sharks 83 (19,34,54,74) (Whyte/Rivers 20, Sanders 15)
Marshall MK Lions 80 (22,37,55,74) (Williams 20, Eddie/Youngblood 14)

Sheffield Sharks moved themselves into a three-way tie for seventh position in the BBL Championship table thanks to an 83-80 overtime victory over fellow play-off challengers Marshall MK Lions at the EIS, Sheffield on Thursday evening. The Sharks lead 74-69 midway through the final period but a Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) three-pointer and a Terrell Brown basket for the Lions tied the score at 74-74 with just under two minutes remaining. Both sides had opportunities to win the game in regulation but could not finish off the game as time expired and it went into overtime. In the extra period both teams enjoyed 4-0 bursts to remain tied at 78-78 before a Lions basket followed by Chris Sanders making 1-from-2 at the foul-line gave the visitors a 79-80 lead midway through the period. A Marshall Brown two-pointer gave the Sharks the lead for the first time in the additional period at 81-80 before two free- throws from Perry Lawson took the home side out to 83-80. The Lions had opportunities to tie the game once more but their three-point attempts were unsuccessful as the Sharks held on for the all-important victory. Earlier in the game the Sharks lead 16-12 early on, but a 7-0 burst from the Lions midway through the opening quarter gave the visitors a 16-19 lead. The Lions continued to extend their lead throughout the remainder of the first half and lead by as many as eight points at 29-37. The Sharks ended the half with the final five points to trail 34-37 at the half. In the second half both teams traded baskets throughout much of the third period, but it was the Lions who held onto a slender one-point lead at 54-55 going into the final stanza. In the final quarter the home side enjoyed a 6-0 burst midway through it to take the score out to 66-60 before the Lions responded with the next five points of their own to trim the deficit back to 66-65 before the fireworks of the closing stages began. A combination of James Whyte and Sherman Rivers that led the scoring for the Sharks with 20 points a-piece, while Yorick Williams led the Lions in scoring with 20 points as well.


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  URBL   


Standings
URBL Standings
D Division
 1. S. Antonio 0-0 
 2. Dallas 0-0 
 3. Univ.City S. 0-0 
 4. Austin F. 0-0 
 5. Houston S. 0-0 
National Division
 1. Converse F. 0-0 
 2. Irving A. 0-0 
 3. DFW 0-0 
 4. Katy S. 0-0 
 5. Houston G. 0-0 
 6. Texas M. 0-0 


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  VENEZUELA   


Gigantes acquired Kevin Palacios from Cocodrilos - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gigantes de Guayana acquired forward Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) from Cocodrilos de Caracas as a loaned player for the remainder of the 2009 season, to improve their situation in the 3 and 4 positions and get some help for recently signed scorer Levi Stukes (188-G-84).

Palacios, a member of Venezuela's Senior NT, current champion of both the LPB and LNB with Cocodrilos de Caracas and Duros de Lara and who played NCAA basketball in the United States, is widely known by coach Nelson Solorzano and was not getting enough minutes under coach Nestor Salazar . He played in Poland back in 2007 with Gipsar Stal Ostrow SSA.

Gigantes also announced that they've released guard Reinaldo Charles (190-G-84) and veteran shooting guard Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) due to low level of performance on court so far in the season.


LPB 2009 - Week 6 (Thursday): Guaros wins sixth in a row, Marbury teared down Gaiteros - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara won their sixth game in a row and the 11th in their last 12 games, as they stopped Gaiteros del Zulia's four-game winning streak in an inspired night by Moses Marbury (191-G-80) at Domo Bolivariano, in the only Thursday night game of LPB's Week 6. Guaros tied their best winning streak as a franchise, set from May 14th till the 25th in 2005. Heissler Guillent was unable to tie Victor David Diaz and his record of consecutive free-throws scored, 37. Guillent's streak ended at 36.

Guaros de Lara 107 - Gaiteros del Zulia 93
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara


Quarter by quarter
GUA: 21-25-32-29= 107
GAI: 28-15-24-26= 93


Scorers
GUA: Moses Marbury 28 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 18 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 15 points and 8 rebounds, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 13 points and 8 rebounds, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 12 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 7 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 6 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 5 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 1 point, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Juan Manaure (188-G-79) 0 points


GAI: Robert Sanders (201-F-82) 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 19 points and 7 rebounds, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 9 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 8 points, Reggie Charles (201-F-81) 5 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 5 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 5 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 2 points, Enielsen Guevara 0 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 0 points



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 13-4 
 2. Guaros 12-4 
 3. Cocodrilos 11-6 
 4. Gaiteros 10-6 
 5. Trotamundos 9-7 
 6. Guaiqueries 8-8 
 7. La Guaira BBC 6-10 
 8. Toros 6-11 
 9. Gigantes 5-12 
 10. Panteras 2-14 


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Standings
HBA Standings
 1. JBC 23-1 
 2. Sigauke 22-3 
 3. Leopards 22-3 
 4. Raiderz 19-4 
 5. Cavaliers 18-7 
 6. Stormers 12-12 
 7. Pistons 10-15 
 8. NABA Pross 10-15 
 9. Jammers 9-15 
 10. Nuggets 8-17 
 11. Gentelmen 6-18 
 12. U.Z. Stars 6-19 
 13. Golden Spurs 4-21 
 14. South Central 3-22 




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Women News

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  GERMANY - Women  


TV Saarlouis Royals books the place in the semis - by Eurobasket News
TV Saarlouis Royals overcame Trinos Gottingen 65:61 in the third Quarterfinal game to book the place in the semis. Being the winner of the Regular Season and the winner of German Cup, TV Saarlouis Royals could beat however Trinos Gottingen only in the decisive game. The latter opened the game with 15:13 lead and struggled hard later in the game. The favorites bounced back with 20:15 for 33:30 halftime advantage. The intrigue remained in the second half as well and especially when the guests produced 19-17 to reduce to one point. TV Saarlouis Royals survived a battle to advance with 65:61 victory. Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Trahan-Davis Celeste ended up with 12, while Bar posted 9. Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) responded with 17 points in the losing case.
In the Semifinal the team will face Oberhausen that was the first team in the Semifinals. They booked the ticket to the semifinal with two victories over Donau-Ries. In the second encounter at Donau-Ries Petra Glaeser (194-F-81) paced the Oberhausen attack with 14 points in the 65:56 triumph.
The other Quarterfinal series is scheduled for tonight. The score for TSV 1880 Wasserburg and Herner TC as well as SV Halle Lions and BC Pharmaserv Marburg is 1-1 in the series.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ramla - Ramat Hen 79-78
Ramla becomes the second Finalist of the league winning the thriller over Ramat Hen 79:78 in the Semifinal Game 4. Levitsky Katya paced all the winners with 20 points and Moore Tamara nailed 14. Doron Shay and Pringle LaToya combined 42 points in defeat.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Cesis one up on TTT Riga - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Cesis 56:91

Cesis taught TTT Riga a good lesson in the opening game of the LSBL Finals. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) exploded with 32 points to lead Cesis to a stunning victory. The archrivals met in Riga but Cesis did all they could to leave the game without the intrigue. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) added 31 points as Cesis coasted to the first win in the series. The visitors managed to close Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) and looked unstoppable offensively.
Cesis did not wait for too long as they rushed ahead in the starting stanza. They outscored the hosts 22:16 in the first stanza to take the lead. TTT Riga slowed their opponents down in the second frame and stayed behind by 6 points at halftime. Cesis went off the dressing room firing from all guns and overwhelmed the home team in the third stanza. Cesis won the period by 16 points and never looked back en route to a comprehensive success.
Ieva Tare (185-F-74) knocked down 13 points in the winning case. Merike Anderson responded with 18 points for TTT Riga. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Cesis outrebounded their opponents 39:24 and forced the hosts into 21 turnovers.
Game 2 is scheduled for April 5.

TTT Riga: Merike Anderson 18, Dita Krumberga 11
Cesis: Kristen Mann 32, Tamera Young 31, Ieva Tare 13


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


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


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Afeisha shines in NAIA tournament! - by Albert-Lee Young

Playing in her first national tournament, Afeisha Noel stole the show - and the basketball - leading fourth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist University to a 57-39 victory over Louisiana State University-Shreveport in the opening game of their NAIA championship tournament game.

Noel, a 6-3 junior center known for her strong post play, used agility and quickness to garner six steals in the contest. The Lady Bison defense allowed the Lady Pilots only 14 field goals in the contest, keeping an opponent under 40 total points for the first time this season. OBU amassed 16 steals in the contest, had five blocks, and collected 27 defensive rebounds. A Noel basket at the 4:52 mark made it 24-13 and OBU would maintain a double-digit cushion the rest of the way. With the victory, the OBU women became the first team in the history of the program to win 30 games in a season.

'Being in my first national tournament game was exciting,' Noel said. 'We wanted to do well and we were able to advance to the next round.' Noel had amazing stats of 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks and 6 steals without committing any fouls or turnovers in 22:15 minutes of playing time.

Making their 14th consecutive appearance in the 32-team NAIA Women's Division I Basketball National Championship, the Lady Bison went on to reach the Semifinals with victories in the Sweet 16 against Columbia College, 81-52 and in the Quarterfinals, 70-54, against Lee University.

In the Semifinals, Oklahoma Baptist's record-breaking season ended with a disappointing 73-48 loss at the hands of the eventual winners, Union University. OBU finished its best season with a school-record 32 wins and a school-record 17-game win streak, which included a school-record eight consecutive Sooner Athletic Conference road wins.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Fenerbahce and Samsun qualify to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Two top teams after the Regular Season Fenerbahce and Samsun qualify to the semis. The favorites swept the series over the opponents.
Fenerbahce had a road win over TED Kayseri 69:78. The latter opened more confident and took 23:21 after the opening quarter. Fenerbahce bounced back immediately in the second quarter and grabbed 24-12 in it. Both squads left the court as the winner of the Regular Season had 45:36 advantage. With 17-13 in the third period the game was done by that time. Even though TED Kayseri produced 21-16, they could not at least tie the score. Katherine May Smith led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds to the semifinal stage. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) posted 16 and Sutton-Brown scored 14. Ashley Robinson ended up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for TED Kayseri.
Samsun proved the ambitions for the high positions not only in the Regular Season, however in the play-offs as well. The team swept the series over Ceyhan 3-0 after 62:53 in the latest game. The favorites grabbed the lead from the first minutes taking 16:8 end-of-first quarter advantage. A 21-12 in the third period was crucial for the hosts in the game that had nothing to do but to allow Samsun to taste semifinal birth. Alison Bales (201-C-85, college: Duke) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Erlana Larkins (185-F-86, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) notched 14. Anaz brought her team 13 points and McBride nailed 12. Campbell ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Tarsus Bld tied the series over Mersin after 78:72 at home. Brown led the winners with 25 points, while Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) had 19. Williams produced 17 points in defeat and Quigley scored 16.