EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/7/2009

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A quarterfinals round 2 - by Facundo Iatzky
Penarol 104 - Boca 111 (1-1)
Boca tied the serie thanks of a spectacular performance of veteran Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances). At age of 41, Espil keeps as one of the most determinants players of the league. Yesterday he finished with 29 points and 7 assists. Both foreigners Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) and Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) helped the team with 25 and 26 points respectevely. Nicolas Aguirre also had a good game guiding the team. Roman Gonzalez scored 22 and Sebastian Vega added 20 in a losing effort. Now Sergio Hernandez must find the way to stop the high score of Boca for the third game.

Atenas 77- Regatas 67 (2-0)
Atenas got another victory. Although it was more difficult than the first one, because regatas made a good deffensive game and former Atenas Sebastian Acosta (188-G-78) had a good game with 24 points but the abscent of Federico Kammerichs (injured) and the intense and collective game of atenas defined the game for the home team. Diego Osella who is not having a good season always appears in the important moments and yesterday was not the exception, with a fantastic deffensive game. Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) and Bruno Labaque were the top scorers of Atenas.

Gimnasia 96- Sionista 70 (1-1)
This time Gimnasia had not any problem to defeat easily to Sionista. Javier Martinez could not replace Juan Pablo Cantero as good as he had done it in the first game, and it was a key. The other was the high performance of some players like Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88), top scorer with 16 points, Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.) or German Sciutto. Eduardo Villares was the best of sionista with 20 points.

Libertad 78- Olimpico 75 (2-0)
In a game defined in the last seconds with two free throw shoots of Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72), Libertad grabbed their secong victory in the serie. Ciclista Olimpico even had the chance to win it with a shot of Mariano Byro but they could not. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was outstanding with 23 points. Esteban Batista added 17. The third game will be played in La Banda on wednesday for TV.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bogut out till 2009-10 - by James Hoff

Milwaukee Buckss's Australian centre, Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah), will miss the last five games of the NBA season with a lingering back injury.

Bogut suffered back spasms after a game against Philadelphia on December 17.

He played sparingly after that until tests revealed he had a stress fracture in his back.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles said there wasn't enough time left in the season to follow the normal progression of gradually bringing a player back from a major injury.

Typically, the player would participate in conditioning exercises and practice before returning to games.

The former top draft pick is expected to be fit in time for the next season's training camp.

Bogut played in 36 games this season. He averaged 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocked shots.

It is his lowest points average total since his rookie season, however his 10.3 rebounds per game average was a career high.



(source: www.heraldsun.com.au & www.nba.com)



Larry Sengstock takes Australian League into the Future - by James Hoff
Australian basketball has a new hand at the helm to guide it through the next stage of its commercial reform after the legendary Larry Sengstock was named as the sport's new Chief Executive Officer by Basketball Australia. The announcement coincided with a Guinness world-record attempt for dribbling basketballs, held at Melbourne's Federation Square.

Sengstock comes to basketball as an acknowledged leader in Australian sports management with exceptional experience in working with all levels of sport both locally and internationally, all range of commercial enterprises and with all levels of government.

One of the best credentialed sports and event management executives in Australia, Sengstock was the Head of Sport and Athlete Services for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was one of the original members of the bid team that secured the Commonwealth Games for Melbourne and then a member of the Organising Committee that ensured the Games were a stunning success. Sengstock joins Basketball Australia from his current role as Senior Consultant of International Projects with market-leading sports, recreation and leisure planning consultancy SGL Group.

The former Boomers star played 293 games for Australia during his storied on-court career and represented Australia at four Olympic Games (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992) and four World Championships (1978, 1982, 1986, 1990). He won five National Basketball League Championships (1979, 1980, 1985, 1987) and was the NBL Grand Final Most Valuable Player in the league's 1979 inaugural season. The NBL Grand Final MVP medal has since been named in his honour and he is a member of both the Basketball Australia and NBL Halls of Fame.

Chairman of the Board of Basketball David Thodey said BA undertook an exhaustive search for someone with proven leadership ability and impeccable corporate credentials and were thrilled to find Sengstock.

'Basketball faces great challenges in the next few years but is also entering a period of unparalleled opportunity,' said Thodey. 'It was vital therefore that we appointed a CEO with a demonstrated track record - someone who has vision, drive and a proven ability to successfully manage a transformational agenda. Larry Sengstock clearly fits that bill and the Board were delighted that he was available.'

'We underwent an aggressive recruitment process to find ourselves a best-of-breed business leader. That's exactly what we've found in Larry Sengstock, who more than ticks every box. The fact that he also happens to be someone who is an Australian basketball icon, and who has been intimately involved with the sport at every level, is an unbelievable bonus.'

Thodey paid tribute to departing BA Chief Executive Scott Derwin, who was a major driving force behind basketball's reform process.

'Larry will benefit from the solid foundation he will inherit from Scott Derwin's ten-year tenure. Scott did what no one before had managed to do - he got the NBL and BA not just to work together, but to unify into a single entity. That is a remarkable feat and one that will bear enormous fruit for the sport in the long-term. He led Australia's national program through three Olympic Games and two World Championships, with the international on-court success of our teams during that period including multiple medals and one world title. Scott was a leader who demonstrated resilience, commitment and passion for the vision of Basketball 's reform. We owe him a great debt of gratitude.'

Sengstock said he was looking forward to the challenge of growing the sport and finding ways to build linkages between the more than 600,000 participants and basketball's elite competitions and teams.

'I truly believe this is a time of opportunity for the sport,' said Sengstock. 'With the new men's national league set to be unveiled, Australia already having qualified for the 2010 senior World Championships, and the sport's stakeholders now unified and sharing a common purpose, we are poised on the brink of what could be a new golden age for basketball.'

'I've heard plenty of people talk about basketball getting back to the success of the 1980s and '90s, but the reality is that we need to move the sport forward, rather than focusing on the past,' Sengstock added. 'Our goal is to bring the sport into the 21st century commercially so we can capitalise on basketball's huge participation base and international successes.'

Sengstock will officially commence duties with BA on April 27.

(Courtesy of www.basketball.net.au)


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  BELIZE   


E-3 Undstoppable in BECOL Tournament!!! - by David Magana
E-Three Stars had four players scoring in double figures last weekend in their prime time match-up played against Cougars Club in the ongoing 2009 BECOL Basketball Senior Championship. Leading the charge for the Stars was Jimmy Rudon with 19 pts 2 rebs, followed by Kurt Burgess (-F/C) 'Chengo' 14 pts 11 rebs, Mark OBrien 14 pts 6 rebs, and Shannon Guzman 12 pts 2 rebs. The game, disappointingly, did not live up to its billing, as was evident by the lopsided 76-54 final score. Cougars Club, who with a win would have taken over sole possession of first place in the senior division, unfortunately could not capitalize on the opportunity presented to them. And so, despite good individual performances from Dorian Jones (186-G) 'Cheesy' 19 pts 7 rebs and Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 18 pts 4 rebs, as a team they fell way short and were not able to match the intensity brought by E Three Stars. In the earlier U-21 game, Sacred Heart College won over Hydro Power by the final score of 56-51, behind Felix Martinez and Ian Lennan 12 pts each; while for Hydro Power it was Johan Bermudez scoring 14 pts in the loss. In game three, played on Saturday night, Venus Warriors won handily over Unitedville Invaders by the score of 73-53 in senior play. Venus had four players scoring in double figures, led by Ivan Stainless Flowers 20 pts 4 rebs, followed by Jason Henry with 12 pts 5 rebs.

Scores from Friday games saw Cayo Ballers over St. Ignatius High School by the score of 41-34 in U-18 action. Alfonso Tesecum led Cayo Ballers with 26 pts 6 rebs, while for St. Ignatius it was Renton Lisbey totaling 14 pts 3 rebs. In the middle game, E-Three Stars won in a struggle over Perk Up Blazers by the score of 62-58. Kurt Burgess 'Chengo' totaled 24 pts 9 rebs and Elroy Shabba Willis 11 pts 1 reb in the win, while for Perk Up Blazers it was Don Williams totaling 13 pts 4 rebs. In the closing game played on Friday, Hydro Power edged Tuff E Nuff Rebels by the score of 45-43. Gerald and Stephen Usher had 14 pts and 12 pts, respectively, in the win; while Robert Galvez had a double double, 16 pts 10 rebs in the loss.

Tonights games put Flames versus Hydro Power in U-21 play, followed by Tuff E Nuff Rebels going up against Belize Bank Rebels in Over-35 action. The final game tonight will be a rain delayed make-up game which puts Cougars Club up against Venus Warriors in senior play. Following tonights action, the games resume tomorrow night with Mount Carmel taking aim at Cayo Ballers in U-18, followed by Belmopan Bandits seeing action against Hydro Power in O-35 play. The nightcap game has Benque Westside playing host to Hard Time Hustlers in U-21 basketball.

Courtesy: Amandala


Aerodispatch start win a loss!!! - by David Magana
Last year's Interoffice champs, Aerodispatch has started with the wrong foot loosing to Belize Telemedia Limited who want to make a comeback this year and win the prestigous Interoffice title.

Please find below the results of the Opening Night and Sunday games in the Inter-Office Basketball League:
Friday 03 April:
Game 1
Belize Telemedia Limited 55 Central Bank - 41
Top Scorers
Telemedia - Devon Lozano (182-G-79) 17 pts / 4 rebounds / 1 assist
Jason Lamb 13 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 steals
Central Bank - Edward 'Thugs' Baptist 20 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
Chris McGann 6 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 steal

Game 2
Belize Water Services 63 Aero Dispatch Services 53
Top Scorers
BWS - Jerome 'Penny' Ellis 20 pts / 7 rebounds / 4 steals
Karim Thompson 15 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
Aero Dispatch - Charles Galvez 14 pts / 9 rebounds / 2 steals
Ronald Alarcon 11 pts / 1 rebound

Sunday 05 April:
Game 1
Belize City Council 58 Belize Healthcare Partners Ltd 51
Top Scorers
BCC - Kenroy Usher 13 pts / 7 rebounds / 1 steal
Virgil Miller 12 pts / 9 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
BHPL - Leon Garcia 15 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 block / 3 steals
Jermaine Torres 9 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 4 steals

Game 2
Atlantic Bank 56 Belize Electricity Limited 50
Top Scorers
Atlantic Bank - Andrew 'Head' Staine 15 pts / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 steals
Justin Wade 12 pts / 7 rebounds / 3 blocks
B.E.L. - Austin Castro 13 pts / 1 steal
Herschell Armstrong 12 pts / 4 rebounds / 2 assist

Game 3
Guardian / Housing Dept. 50 Brodies Milo 39
Top Scorers
Guardian - Egbert Walford 16 pts / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 steals
Bernard Felix (183-G-85) 9 pts / 2 rebounds / 5 assist
Milo - Ashley Hemsley 16 pts / 1 rebound / 1 assist / 2 steals
Sherman 'Peego' Myles 10 pts / 10 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal

Game 4
K.H.M.H. 55 Customs Dept. 50
Top Scorers
KHMH - Fancis Lemmoth 17 pts (4-3's) / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
Norman 'Namu' Humes 14 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 steal
Customs - James 'Tanga'' Saunders 14 pts / 4 rebounds / 4 steals
Richard 'House' Garbutt 13 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist

Game 5
First Caribbean Int'l Bank 40 Castillo Sanchez & Burrell 33
Top Scorers
FCIB - Jacob 'Snake' Leslie 9 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 blocks / 2 steals
Darwin Usher 7 pts / 3 rebounds / 3 steals
CS&B - Ervin 'Poote' Orosco 7 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist
Tyronne 'Ty' Palmerson 7 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 steal

NEXT GAMES: Monday 06 April 6:30 pm at Civic Center

Game 1 - Kolbe Foundation vs Youth for the Future
Game 2 - General Post Office vs Port of Belize
Game 3 - Home Protector Insurance vs Grace Kennedy Belize


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  BOSNIA   


Preldzic and Mrsic shine in Turkey - by Nedzad Kladusak
Teletovic and TAU have to play a fifth match against Barca for a ticket to Berlin
Mirza Teletovic scored only a single point as his team TAU lost the fourth match against Barca and has now the chance to get the last ticket for the Final Four in Berlin.
After a long series of fantastic performances of Teletovic he seems to be in a little crisis. TAU bases its game on his perimeter shooting and whenever he doesn t get his
touch the team of Ivanovic is in trouble. The same problems faces also the bosnian NT coach Bajramovic. Most of his big men prefer outside shooting than to play inside.
Ermin Jazvin added another excellent performance adding 18 points (FG 8/11) against Triumph.
However his team lost and the chances to stay in the Superleague A are cut to a minimum,
Edin Bavcic won with his team against Ludwigsburg. Bavcic scored 7 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.
There are reports that the team is in serious financial problems again.
Lance Williams and Banvit had to take another blow for their play off hopes. Williams had 9 points (FG 4/13) and 11 rebounds.
Bosnias young hope Emir Preldzic who expressed his wish to put on the blue-golden jersey was perfect hitting all of his shots for a total of 10 points.
He dished 4 assists and had 4 rebounds. Damir Mrsic the 37 year-old bosnian marksman from Tuzla had 11 points missing only a single threepointer.
Mirza Ahmetbasic didn t enter the game while his team easily defeated the TED college.
Kenan Bajramovic lost against the superstrong Efes Pilsen. In 20 minutes of action he scored 10 points.
It wasn t the night of Damir Krupalija as his team lost against SLUC Nancy. He had 6 points (FG3-1/7) and grabbed 6 points.
Nedzad Sinanovic scored 10 points coming of the bench. He has been invited by Mensur Bajramovic but so far he never palyed a game for the NT.
Nihad Djedovic continuously plays good games for Cornella. This week he had 27 points (FG 11/19). However he announced that he wants to be
loaned to a ACB team that give him the playtime he needs to develop.
Polpharma lost the second match in the play-off series against Anwil and will have a do- or die game. In the last match Mujo Tuljkovic had 12 points and 6 rebs.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 15-2 
 2. Pitagoras/Minas 14-3 
 3. Universo/BRB 14-4 
 4. CISER/Araldite 14-4 
 5. Winner/Limeira 11-7 
 6. Vivo/Franca 10-7 
 7. GRSA/Bauru 8-9 
 8. Pinheiros 8-10 
 9. Paulistano 8-10 
 10. Conti/Assis 7-9 
 11. Lupo/Araraq. 6-11 
 12. CETAF 6-12 
 13. Univates/Bira 4-13 
 14. Saldanha 4-14 
 15. S.Jose/Vinac 2-16 


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Fujian - Jiangsu 110-116
Jiangsu edged Fujian 116:110 to advance to the Semifinals with 3-0 in the sereis. Harvey Donnell (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) had 30 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Gong Songlin ended up with 31 points and 5 rebounds for Fujian.

DongGuan - Shaanxi 121-97
Dongguan produced a 121:97 win over Shaanxi as Harris Michael (198-F-83, college: Rice) collected 41 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners into the semis. Zhang Wei and Chen Zhaosheng each scored 22 for Shaanxi.

Zhejiang G. - Xinjiang 107-128
Xinjiang played overcame Zhejiang Guangsha 128:107 as Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) exploded with 45 points. The second team of the Regular Season also advanced to the semis with 3-0 record. Rodney White had 35 points and 13 rebounds for Guangsha.

Shandong - Guandong 79-126
Guangdong overwhelmed Shandong 126:79 as Du Feng (206-C/F-81) and Zhu Fangyu each scored 22 points. Guo Lei led Shandong with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Li Jingyu had 14 points and 4 assists.


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  COSTA RICA   


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


Barva wins the first showdown - by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend, Ferreteria Brenes Barva defeated 89-72 archirivals of Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica in the first showdown between the two favourite teams in Apertura Tournment of Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS). The first qtr ended 21-20 for Liceo, but the home team came out strong in second partial, ending the first half ahead 43-30, and then keeping the lead till the end. The best performers of Barva were Isaac St. Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown), the top scorer at 24 points, and Charles Plummer (191-F-85), who was very effective in Outside shooting. Liceo had the best things from its front court players Daniel Simmons (193-C-80) (19 pts), Lemarck Clark (202-F/C-87) and Jaffrey Spencer (190-F-80). Thanks to this win, Barva keeps the top undefeated, and Liceo follows at the second place.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Nymburk claim Czech Cup - by Eurobasket News
Prostejov - Nymburk 61:86

Nymburk clinched the third straight Czech Cup title. Yesterday they defeated Prostejov in the remake of the 2008 Final game. Prostejov once again were upset just one step away from the title as Nymburk stole the show. Prostejov looked solid at the start as Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville) and Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) put the team ahead 8:2. But Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 6 points in a row to draw things level. Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) nailed 8 points in the final three minutes of the first frame as Nymburk won the starting quarter 18:16. The NBL defending champions opened the second quarter with 18 straight points to open a 20-point lead midway through the second stanza. Prostejov looked stunned and went into the dressing room down by 21 points. Nymburk easily kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame and managed to stretch the lead to 28 points with one quarter remaining. Ian Hanavan knocked down 6 points in a row to clip the margin at 26 points early in the final term but the intrigue was long gone in this one. Nymburk breezed to the victory and celebrated the third consecutive triumph in the Cup.
Justin Gray secured 14 points to lead Nymburk. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, while Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) had 12 points for the winners. Jason Miller answered with 19 points and 9 boards for Prostejov in defeat.

Prostejov: Jason Miller 19, Ian Hanavan 15
Nymburk: Justin Gray 14, Goran Jagodnik 13, Arthur Lee 12


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - District National
SRT Standings
 1. Sameji 10-1 
 2. CPN 6-5 
 3. Cupes 5-6 
 4. GUG 5-6 
 5. Plaza 3-6 
 6. CDP 2-7 


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  EBA   


Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Delaware D. 11-1 
 2. Elmira B. 9-2 
 3. Washin. Mad. 9-2 
 4. Nova 8-2 
 5. Harrisburg H. 8-3 
 6. Alexandria A. 7-3 
 7. Virignia F. 5-5 
 8. Newark 5-5 
 9. New York W. 5-5 
 10. Hampton 3-6 
 11. Salem M. 1-5 
 12. Cincinnati C. 1-7 
 13. NJ Lightning 1-8 
 14. Wilkes-Barre 0-9 
 15. Virginia W. 0-10 


Delaware Destroyers Claim EBA Crown! - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
Delaware Destroyers capped off a successful season by claiming the EBA crown Sunday afternoon with a hard-fought 115 to 103 victory over the Elmira Bulldogs.
Delaware dominated early behind the board game of Fahreed Cheatham and the perimeter shooting of Todd McCoy and Brian Smith. Delaware held a commanding 55-43 lead at halftime.
Elmira fought back in the third quarter, with Aubin Scott making 11 of his 19 points and Telron Spell knocking down 10 of his game-high 26 points. At the end of three, Delaware held a slim 76-74 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to Delawares Smith who racked up nine of his 17 points to secure the win for the Destroyers. Foul shooting in the last two minutes (five straight b y Todd McCoy) turned a tight three-point game into a 12 point winning margin. With their two championship series wins, Delaware finished the season with an impressive 11-1 record.


Delawares Brian Smith Named U.S Army MVP of the EBA Championship - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
When the going got tough in the fourth quarters for the Delaware Destroyers in both the semis and finals, Brian Smith put the team on his shoulders and led them to victory. In Saturdays semi-final game against Harrisburg, Brian Scored 14 of his 18 point total in the last quarter.
Fast forward to the championship game, fourth quarter against Elmira the game got close and it was Brian Smith time again. He unloaded nine of his 17 points to send the Destroyers home the victor.
Brian, a Philadelphia native, is a 61 guard from Butte College, Oroville, CA.


EBA Destroyers and Bulldogs Meet in Harrisburg - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
The EBA has set the contestants for its Championship game. The Delaware Destroyers (#1) came to town Saturday, March 28th to repeat their victory over the hometown Harrisburg Horizon (#5) and were not disappointed. Their 124-120 victory moves them into prime position to take the EBA trophy as the number one seed.
Not to go unnoticed, number three Elmira Bulldogs, who went undefeated all season long until falling to the Washington Madness in a season-closing upset, again faced nemesis Madness in the second semi-final game on Saturday, March 28th. This time, however, the fortunes were reversed when Elmira closed down the Madness 135-113.
Who will win the EBA Championship? Can the Bulldogs redeem themselves and close their season with only one blemish? Or will Delaware reign in a new era of EBA supremacy? We'll all find out in the 'Clash of Titans' scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th in the John Harris HS arena in Harrisburg, PA. See you there!


Elmira Bulldogs Destroy The Washington Madness In The EBA Playoff Semi-Finals And Move On To The Title Game!!!! - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
The #3 seed Elmira Bulldogs (10-1) avenged their only loss of the season to the #2 seed Washington Madness (9-2) with a huge 135-113 blowout win over the Madness at the EBA Final 4 in the Semi-Finals. The Bulldogs jumped out right from the start on the Washington Madness and never gave up the lead, dominating the game from start to finish. The Washington Madness came loaded with cavalry as the team furnished former Big East/Georgetown University player Lonnie Harrell who starred on the And 1 tour as 'Prime Objective' but he posed to the Bulldogs swarming defense and was totally shut down.
The Elmira Bulldogs were led by EBA MVP Candidate Aubin Scott who had a huge game with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Peter Lawal finished with 21 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Elmira, NY native Eric Bresett saved his best game of the season for the right time and finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Former Mansfield University star Kevin Hill also had his best game of the season finishing with 19 points including three huge 3-point baskets, Telron Spell also finished with 19 points and had a strong showing on the boards with 8 rebounds.
The Elmira Bulldogs will now move onto the 2009 EBA title game to face the #1 Seed Delaware Destroyers (10-1) who won their semi-final game by the score of 124-120 against the 7-time EBA defending champion Harrisburg Horizon. Elmira will once again be out for revenge as the Delaware Destroyers were the team that defeated the Elmira Bulldogs 119-105 in last seasons NPBL championship game on June 28 in Elmira, NY.
Start time for Sundays EBA championship game between the Elmira Bulldogs and Delaware Destroyers is slated for 3:00pmm from the brand new John Harris Gym on the grounds of Harrisburg High School.


EBA Final Four Meet in Harrisburg - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
The EBA has pared down the field for 2009 to the final four. The Delaware Destroyers (#1) will come to town at 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th in Harrisburg, PA in hopes of repeating their victory over the hometown Harrisburg Horizon (#5). The last time these two met, the number 1 seed was on the line. The Horizon anticipates a reversal of fortune enabling them to move onto the Championship matchup on Sunday.
Meanwhile, number two Washington Madness faces the Elmira Bulldogs (#3), who went undefeated all season long until falling to the Madness in a season-closing upset. Their rivalry continues at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th in Harrisburg, PA.
Who will win the EBA Championship? Can the Bulldogs redeem themselves and close their season with only one blemish? Will hard-closing Washington stomp all remaining challengers and become a rookie year champion? Will the EBA Champion Horizon come from behind and continue their league dominance? Or will Delaware reign in a new era of EBA supremacy? We'll all find out in the 'Clash of Titans' scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th in the John Harris HS arena in Harrisburg, PA. See you there!


Horizon Fall Short in the EBA Semi-Finals! - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
Harrisburg Horizon saw their run of EBA Championships come to an end Saturday, March 28th as they went down to defeat at the hands of the Delaware Destroyers 124-120. The game see-sawed back and forth with Harrisburg down five points through most of the game. Delawares Brain Smith iced the game with foul shots in the last five seconds to put Delaware up by four. Horizon had split two games with Delaware in the regular season but could not muster another win in the closing seconds of the semi-final match-ups. Thus, a seven year string of EBA Championships comes to a close for Harrisburg.
Fahreed Cheatham was high scorer for Delaware with 22 points. Anthony Frazier, with 29 points, was the high-scorer for the losing cause.


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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal again at the top undefeated - by Jaime Arevalo

During the last weekend, ExSal confirmed its good shape defeating Denver 87-57, after leading at the halftime 43-34. Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) and Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) scored 20 points each to lead ExSal, while Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) was the best performer in Denver with 14. In another game, San Marcos upset Cosmos 85-73 thanks, above all, to the great performance from Panamanian Alberto Hinds (-G), who scored 28 points in his debut. Roberto Mendez (181-G-78) added 26 in San Marcos, Carlos Alas (181-G-79) scored 31 pts for Cosmos. In the last game of the round, San Miguel felt at home to UTEC, 77-51. The standings are now as follows:

1. ExSal 5-0
2. Cosmos 2-2
3. Denver 2-2
4. Leones 2-2
5. San Marcos 1-2
6. UTEC 1-2
7. San Miguel 0-3




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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 20-1 
 2. TTU KK 16-7 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 15-5 
 4. Valga Welg 13-11 
 5. Kalev Tallinn 10-12 
 6. Rakvere 8-17 
 7. Parnu 7-17 
 8. Kuremaa 3-22 


Stats Leaders
KML Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gray, Tal. Kalev 16.1
2 Sanikidze, TU 16.0
3 Saage, Rakvere 16.0
4 Vares, Tal. Kalev 15.0
5 Riis, Parnu 14.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ringmets, Parnu 11.0
2 Sanikidze, TU 8.3
3 Anderson, Valga 8.3
4 Toome, TTU KK 7.8
5 Fox, Kalev/Cramo 7.5
4 Armpalu, Kuremaa 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Tsintsadze, TU 4.1
2 Rannula, Valga 3.2
3 Roos, Valga 3.2
4 Pugonen, Rakvere 3.1
5 Linehan, Kalev 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Linehan, Kalev 3.2
2 Vasar, Valga 2.4
3 Saage, Rakvere 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Lyde, Kalev/Cramo 1.8
2 Toome, TTU KK 1.3
3 Sanikidze, TU 1.0


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-11 
 2. Kouvot 27-14 
 3. Honka 26-15 
 4. Lahti 26-15 
 5. Korihait 24-17 
 6. KTP 23-18 
 7. Pyrinto 19-22 
 8. ToPo 19-22 
 9. LrNMKY 17-24 
 10. FoKoPo 17-24 
 11. Componenta 12-29 
 12. Tarmo 6-35 


Pyrinto bet FoKoPo - by Esko Saarinen
Pyrinto (Tampere) took the 10th win in last 10 matches as the team met FoKoPo (Forssa) at home. The match was quite even for three quarters time (51-51) but last quarter FoKoPo was out of match all the time. Seven minutes time FoKoPo got only one score and the game was over in numbers 68-53. Pyrinto's defence was lazy in the start and FoKoPo found the system to broke it. But in the finish period away team forgot the system and gave up easily the game. That means that almost sure Pyrinto is in play-off matches and newgomer in league FoKoPo has after two matches summer holiday. Pyrinto has not lost any match since Williams join the team after getting out of KTP (Kotka). Chris Hester (24/5) and Kenneth Lowe 20/2) were eager to score as to Antti Nikkila (10/13) and Damon Williams (10/12). Forssa had Ray Cunningham (18/15), Ronald Yates (18/7) and Nick Wallery (14/7) were the nmbers for americans and only Jarno Nissinen (10/2) was able to help them.

Steve Smith out of game - by Esko Saarinen
KTP Basket (Kotka) must play the rest of matches of this season without the team's captain, as Steve Smith has to go tu surgery for his shoulder. The time to recover is about half a year. He broke the shoulder two weeks ago in Tampere. Smit was this season the team's best score ave 18,2 points and 8,7 rebounds. The team tried to get another man for the Smith's place, but Finnish Basketball Assosiation didn't want it as the time to move is finish in the last day of January. There is three matches left in the league before the play-ofs, where KTP Basket is also going. The possibilities are now a little bit veaker as Smith is out of the team.

Korisliiga Round: 41 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - Korihait 66-78
Korihait fired down FoKoPo away from home behind 28 points from Josh Gonner. Mark Zoller (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) tallied 14 points, 11 boards, 7 assists and 3 steals in the victory. Ronald Yates responded with 35 points and 12 boards for FoKoPo. Ray Cunningham had 22 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

Honka - Kataja 94-63
Honka handed the eleventh defeat to the league leading Kataja. Six players scored in double figures to lead Honka to the 26th win in the season. Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) scored 15 points, while Jukka Matinen added 14 in the victory. Petri Virtanen responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Kataja in defeat.

Namika Lahti - Componenta 108-71
Namika Lahti outmuscled Team Componenta at home court to gain the 26th success in the tournament. Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) fired 23 points to lead the hosts. Ray Nixon contributed 18 points for Lahti. Frank Richards was responsible for 26 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in defeat.

Pyrinto - Tarmo 87-64
Pyrinto secured an important home win over Tarmo to climb at 19-22 record in the 7th position in the table. Kenny Lowe (191-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) accounted for 24 points to lead the charge. Damon Williams delivered 10 points and 9 boards in the winning case. Victor Morris had 19 points as Tarmo slipped at 6-35 record.

LrNMKY - ToPo 61-71
ToPo earned a road win over LrNMKY to improve at 19-22 record. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) nailed 22 points to lead the visitors. Eero Lehtinen contributed 14 points in the winning charge. Demetrius Brown had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for Lappeenranta in the loss.


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  FRANCE   


Pro B, Round 27: Paris-Levallois wins, four teams follow with 19-8 - by Eurobasket News
Brest - Bourg 75-61
Brest was too strong for Bourg mostly owing to Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M), who drained 20 points. Cecil Brown also shined netting 15. On the other side, visitors got 15 pts and 5 assists from Justin Ingram. Brest 12-15, Bourg 19-8 (same as Limoges, Poitiers and Clermont).

Nanterre - Le Portel 63-58
Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) was in a game mood this week-end collecting 22 points and 9 boards. He led his Nanterre to 12-15 record. Le Portel got 11 pts and 6 rebs from Laurent Cazalon.

Antibes - Boulazac 86-73
Victory number 12 for Antibes in Pro B and this time thanks to Yann Mollinari (188-G-75, agency: ANYPEX) and John McCord, which combined 42 points. McCord had 8 more rebounds by himself. Ronnie Taylor nailed 15 pts for the loosing side.

St.Quentin - Nantes 87-94
Nantes had couple of players in a game mood last week jumping to 15-12 record. Mehdi Labeyrie (202-F-78) scored 22, Chris Peasron had 20 and Olivier Bardet helped with 19 pts. Shaun Fein and Chris Humbert netted 17 pts each for Saint-Quentin.

St.Vallier - Evreux 74-80
Evreux grabbed nice 80-74 road win against Saint-Vallier so both teams are now on 10-17 record. Earnest Shelton (191-G-82, college: Alabama) led the winners with 20 points. Sean Barnette had 21 pts and 8 boards for the hosts.

Maurienne - St-Etienne 73-87
16-11 for Saint-Etienne and 13-14 for Maurienne after this game. Visitors grabbed it thanks to Terry Williams (189-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia Southern), who came up with double-double, 18 pts and 12 assists. Yannick Gaillou also nailed 18 points, but for the hosts.

Paris-Levall. - Charleville 89-60
No.1 Paris-Levallois devastated Charleville at home improving to 22-5 record. Rodney Elliott (202-F-76, college: Maryland) and Jimmal Ball combined 43 points in victory. Brice Voungang was better than the others in defeat scoring 12 pts.

Clermont - Poitiers 90-88
Clermont celebrated in derby game vs Poitiers joining them with 19-8 score. Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) led his squad in this important win collecting 29 points and 7 rebounds. Rasheed Wright was on fire in loss scoring 35.

Limoges - Quimper 97-58
Another win for Limoges and another impressive performance by Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville), who this time drained 29 points. His team joined Bourg, Poitiers and Clermont with 19-8 record (2nd/5th place). Jean-Michel Mipoka scored 10 points in defeat.


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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round: 29 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dt.Bank SKY - Duesseldorf 64-58
Dt.Bank SKY edged Duesseldorf 64:58 at home. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners, while Allen Derrick posted 13. Lottich Matt was the only one to score double figures in defeat nailing 19 points.

Bremerhaven - Goettingen 73-89
Goettingen improved their positions after 89:73 over Bremerhaven. Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Trice Roderick collected 15 points and 10 boards. Reiner Jared produced 15 points for the home side.

Telekom B. - Pad.Baskets 77-68
Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) posted 14 points as his Telekom beat Paderborn Baskets 77:68. Bowman Brandon nailed 11, while three other players scored 10. Felton Lavelle finished the night with 13 points in defeat.

Koeln 99ers - EnBW L'burg 67-59
Koeln 99ers rolled over EnBW Ludwigsburg 67:59 behind 17 points form Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). Jordan Michael added 15 and Turner Robert scored 10. Gibbs Kelvin finished the night with 12 points for the guests.

EWE Baskets - NY Phantoms 68-55
EWE Baskets rolled over NY Phantoms 68:55 as Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) notched 18 points for the winners. Gardner Jason and Foster Je'Kel nailed 15 each, while Cain Jason brought 11 points for the guests.

ALBA - Brose Baskets 62-72
ALBA lost to Brose Baskets 62:72 in one of the most exciting games of Regular Season Round 29. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Brown Elton combined 40 points for the winners. Sekulic Blagota ended up with 19 points in defeat.

ratiopharm - Walter Tigers 95-98
Walter Tigers grabbed 98:95 over ratiopharm on April 4th. Michael Haynes (203-G/F-81, college: Fordham) looked great for his team nailing 32 points, while Katic Rasko posted 26. Gibbs Jeff was responsible for 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Art.Dragons - TBB Trier 83-76
Art.Dragons rolled past TBB Trier 83:76 as Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) dominated the court with 27 points. McIntosh Lamont posted 14 and Hall Darius added 12. Shuler Jamal ended up with 16 points for the guests.

LTi 46ers - Noerdlingen 80-73
LTi 46ers edged Noerdlingen 80:73 behind 21 points from both Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) and Hickman Ricky. Jeanty Osvaldo provuded 18 points in the losing effort and McGhee Monta had 16.


ProA Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Langen - Lich 82-86
Langen lost to Lich 82:86 in Regular Season Round 27. Mark Reed (194-F/G-77, college: Va Commonwealth) and Bunkley Jesse combined 49 points for the winners. Benzing Robin was responsible for 25 points, Jeffers Kyle collected 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Chappell Brandon scored 14.

MBC - Jena 93-51
MBC is on throne with 23-4 record after the win over Jena 93:51. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) led the league leaders with 22 points, while Gilbert Johnnie and Schmidt Jorge netted 12 each. Uhegwu Henry poured in 14 points for the guests.

Bayreuth - Hagen 66-67
The top game of Regular Season Round 27 was played between Bayreuth and Hagen as the latter grabbed 66:67 road win to tie both teams records at 21-6. Pryor Quentin and Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) top-scored for the winners with 17 points apiece. Raffington Jermain delivered 13 points for the home side.

B.Muenchen - teckproBraves 81-88
Muenchen was beaten by teckproBraves 81:88 as Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) and Smallwood Marcus nailed 18 points each to lead the winners. Parker Kelvin produced 22 points in the losing effort.

Bremen - Kirchheim 76-84
Bremen lost to Kirchheim 76:84 in Regular Season Round 27. Thomas Klemm (200-F-81) paced all the winners with 17 points and Chennoufi Ziyed followed him with 16. Freymond Scott chipped in 22 points for the Rosters.

Heidelberg - Schalke 101-89
Heidelberg overcame Schalke 101:89 for 9-17 record. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) exploded with 25 points and 10 assists, while Adeberg Sebastian had 22 points and 10 boards. Hall Melvin produced 30 points for the visitors.

Cuxhaven - Chemnitz 93-92
Cuxhaven beat Chemnitz 93:92 as the latter used only 7 players in the game. Frank Kelsi Bennett (200-F-82, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Watkins Brandon poured in 19. Baker Torvoris ended up with 24 points and 12 boards in defeat.

ETB Wohnbau - Karlsruhe 71-97
ETB Wohnbau sent Karlsruhe to 18-9 record being defeated 71:97 at home. Al Elliott (188-G-79, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Pace) led the winners with 22 points and Kazarnovski Anton notched 21. Pittman Richmond brought his team 20 points in defeat.


ProB Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rhoendorf - Stahnsdorf 89-94
Rhoendorf lost to Stahnsdorf 89:94 as Andrew Lavender (170-G-84, college: Xavier) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Rojik Christopher finished the night with 24 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

Hannover - Freiburg 90-82
Hannover improved to 13-14 after the win over Freiburg 90:82. Deandre Townsend (173-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Emporia St.) paced all the winners with 21 points and Arigbabu David collected 18 points and 10 boards. Kinsella Mike brought 19 points for the visitors.

Franken Hexer - SU Braunsch. 76-91
Franken Hexer was beaten by SU Braunschweig 76:91 as the latter was led by Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, college: Lambuth) who poured in 30 points and made 10 rebounds. Schneider Dominik produced 16 points in the losing effort.

Landshut - Mainz 83-92
Lipke Tom nailed 26 points and Wormely Horace had 17 points and 15 assists but it was not enough for Landshut that lost to Mainz 83:92. Ilja Ickert (201-C-81) led the winners with 24 points, while Zuiderveen Mike collected 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Telemotive - Wolfenbuettel 68-71
Telemotive lost to Wolfenbuettel 68:71 as the latter improved to 21-6 record. Benny Anthony (198-F-88) led the winners with 17 points and Sheard Solomon delivered 16. Stemler Lance ended up with 21 points for the hosts.

Herten - Speyer 73-71
Herten is 18-9 after the win over Speyer 73:71. Kendall Chones (201-F-84, college: Colgate) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Fiorentino Dario had 13 points and 12 boards. Harris Elias chipped in 24 points for the visiting side.

proveo Merl. - Ehingen 74-68
proveo Merlins are on top with 22-5 after the home victory over Ehingen 74:68. Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Brooks Sean netted 12. Standhardinger Christian finished the night with 22 points and 11 boards for the guests.

B'guessbach - Osnabrueck 67-62
Breitenguessbach beat Osnabrueck 67:62 in the last game of Regular Season Round 27. Erik Land (203-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 boards, while Tadda Karsten posted 15. Pesic Michajlo and Hebbelmann Uwe had 15 points apiece in defeat.


Will Chavis(MBC) Interview Part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber




Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) is a 28 year old 181 cm guard from Philadelphia playing his second season in the PRO A In Germany with MBC. He played his last two years of college Basketball for the legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech averaging in 33 games: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He bounced around Europe his first two seasons from 2003-2005 with teams like Cholet, France, UMFN Njardvikur of Iceland and was tested by Larissa in Greece and Climamio Fortitudo Bologna, but never found a real home there. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin in the Czech league and made a name for himself there. He averaged in 44 games: 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4(5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. He played five Eurochallenge games, won the 2006 Czech republic Allstar Game three point shooting contest and the Cup with Jicin. His superb season in the Czech Republic garnered a lot of interest around Europe and he was signed by Demon Astronauts Amsterdam where he averaged in 39 games: 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. He also played six Fiba Eurocup games averaging in 6 games: 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3%. He also took part in the 2007 Dutch Allstar game. Last season he started at Omonia Nicosia, but left after seven games averaging 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%,and went to Germany to play for MBC. This season, in a team stocked with a lot of scoring power he is averaging 10,8ppg, 2,4rpg and 2,5 apg. He is a strong Point Guard with a strong personality and knowledge of the game. He can score points and run a team. Coach Knight says that Will: ' takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. Aggressive and quick in defense, can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard'




This is your second season with MBC. You last played in the very warm climate of Cyprus. Why did you choose to come to Germany and play for a team in the PRO A?



The team I was playing on in Cyprus was very unprofessional and breached the contract agreement that I had with the club. So I decided to leave at the Christmas Break. While at home I sent out happy holiday greetings for all of my contacts and one happened to be Kim Rasmussen. He emailed me back and asked If I was working. I told him about Cyprus, he asked if I would be interested in playing for a championship contender, I said yes and I was on a plane on new years day which was also my birthday.



Any benefits of having a birthday on the new years????




No Benefits at all!!! It kind of sucks sometimes because Christmas is so close everyone already spent all of their money. So not a lot of presents for me on my birthday!






You had pretty good PRO A stats last season with MBC in 12 games with 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg. Did you not get any interest from any BBL teams in the offseason? Were you surprised that you didn..t land in the BBL?





I played well when I came to MBC, they had just lost four out of five games and dropped out of first place. We got back on track and then my season was cut short with four games to go due to a pulled muscle. MBC offered for me to come back, I liked the atmosphere and people here and really understood the commitment to getting into the BBL, so I didnt put any thought to a BBL team, I was dissappointed that we didnt reach the goal of moving up to the BBL.


A couple weeks ago, you had a very surprising 95-76 loss to USC Heidelberg. Why did you lose by 21 points to a 7-17 team?





I learned playing for Bobby Knight in college never to make excuses and I dont like to make excuses so I wont. We played bad and we have to understand in these last five games that we are the hunted because we are on top. Everyone will bring their A-game so we will always have to be intense, prepared and focused as a collective group and we will be. In Heidelberg we were not one of those.





Did anything stay in your memory after the loss? Maybe that your opponent Jibril Hodges is the son of two time NBA champ Craig Hodges of the Chicago Bulls? What was your impression of Jibril Hodges?





I think the thing that sticks out the most is how everyone looked after the game. Their faces. We know that should not have happened. It left a bitter taste in our mouths and bought us back to reality. Hodges is a very good player, He is very athletic at his position and can really shoot the ball.


MBC are at the moment in first place with 23 wins and 4 loses. What is the secret of the success of the team this season?






The Secret to success is never really a secret. We work hard. We have a young and ambitious coach who really works hard to prepare for the games, we also have a 10 man rotation and great group of talented players who are selfless and care more about winning than stats and such. We sacrifice for each other and care about each other. Its a very special thing. Our motto is 'Together' and we try to live up to that each and every time we touch the floor.






The top of the PRO A is very tight with MBC, Hagen and Bayreuth fighting for two spots in the BBL. How is the atmosphere in the team at the moment? Is MBC a lot of pressure of getting back to the BBL?






The atmosphere in and around the team is very positive. We know we have to control our own destiny and that is what we tend to focus on. The community of Weissenfels takes basketball very seriously, they have great tradition and they are very eager to get back to the BBL. We have great fan support and they are there for us at every game.



What are the most important things that MBC has to work on down the stretch to get back into the BBL?






Well I can only speak from a players stand point. We have to remain focused in these last games, Stay together, work hard in practice, and fight in the games to win. Just be professional and give 100% or more if necessary.






Which team is tougher for MBC? Bayreuth or Hagen?






Both teams are very good and have talented players and coaches. Well since we are 0-2 against Bayreuth and 3-0 against Hagen I would have to say Bayreuth. But its just about match ups and we let one slip at home to Bayreuth.





What is like playing for coach Bjorn Harmsen who is one year younger than you?





Bjorn is a good person and really works hard at his job. He takes it serious and I respect that because I am the same way. From day one we have been professional in the way we relate to each other and from our first conversation we had one goal and one goal only and that has been to win a championship. So I really dont think about his age too much and I am sure its the same for him.



What is the biggest strength of coach Harmsen? What has been the most important thing that he has been able to give the team on the way to this successful season?





I think his strength is in game preparation, he really does work hard in preparing the team to play against the opponent. And maybe his suits, we secretly call him Pat Riley.




There are quite a few Americans in the team, but I guess you must have a special bond with Malick Moore that comes from your hometown Philadelphia?





Yeah We have Wayne Bernard, Johnnie Gilbert, and Martin Ides who is Czech/German. Malik and I are both from Philly I have known and played against him for years. We live right next door to each other in Weissenfels. My brother Darien Chavis and his Teammate Jermaine Daily are also American and they are ripping up the Regionalliga for MBC2 so we have a Philly connection out here. We also keep in touch with Mike Jordan another Philly guy who is in Cologne who schooled me to German life.





How important was his signing? He could possibly give the team the extra energy to reach the BBL.





His signing was very important in the fact that he fit in and it kept our ways flowing. Gregory Burks was doing a great job before Malik got here, so all Malik had to do was fit in and he is a good guy so it was easy. He gives us a different dimension with his speed and quickness, but we have 10 players who can play and that contribute to our success.





At what level would you rate the PRO A, if you would compare it to the Basketball leagues in the States?





Its kind of hard to compare because its a different style of basketball. Some teams play structured and some play wild. But its most definitely competitive. Plus I have never played in any leagues in the states to really get a good feel for them.


What is it like living in the east of Germany in Weissenfels? Is it a very big culture shock for you?





Yes, its very different coming from Philly to Weissenfels, but I actually like it here. The people are forcing me to learn some German, because not a lot of people speak English. The Club is very professional and the fans are Crazy andthey have a basketball museum dating back to the 50's. My two kids are here with me and they go to school and speak German very well. So its has been a good experience. I have nothing bad to say at all.





What has really been difficult for you as an American to get used to living in Weissenfels? I hope there is a Mcdonalds or Burger King there.





We have Burger King and McDonalds..Lol...but it was not hard. Leipzig and Halle are relatively big Cities and are not very far away. So its cool.





Like every PRO A team, there are Germans also in the team. Guys Like Sascha Leutlof and Jorge Schmidt have played in the BBL. How is their development coming with MBC? What do they give the team?





Jorge or 'Smiley' as we call him because he smiles all the time is a dead eye shooter, every time he shoots I think its going in I just put my hands in the air. Sasha is the professor. He can post you up, take you off the dribble and his shot has really improved. But the most important thing is they are very good teammates and work very hard. We also have Lars Grubler with BBL experience, Robert Cardenas, and Freider Diestelhorst who are also young and talented German players.



Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. proveo Merl. 22-5 
 2. Wolfenbuettel 21-6 
 3. Herten 18-9 
 4. Rhoendorf 17-10 
 5. Osnabrueck 17-10 
 6. B'guessbach 13-14 
 7. Stahnsdorf 13-14 
 8. Hannover 13-14 
 9. Telemotive 12-15 
 10. Ehingen 12-15 
 11. SU Braunsch. 12-15 
 12. Mainz 11-16 
 13. Freiburg 10-17 
 14. Landshut 10-17 
 15. Franken Hexer 8-19 
 16. Speyer 7-20 


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  GREECE   


Istvan Nemeth had an almost perfect shooting night - by Interperformances
6'3' guard (can play both the point and shooting guard positions) Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Interperformances) had a great shooting night in the win of AEK Athens over Paok Marfin Thessaaloniki 93-85 in the Greek A1 League. The Hungarian scored 34 points with 3-3 from the two, 7-9 from the three and 7-8 from the free throw line. The win ties AEK with Paok for 7th place in the league. Istvan had a great Qualification to European Championships 2009 Tournament, where he averaged 14.3 ppg, 4.4 rrpg and 2.0 apg.

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  HUNGARY   


Istvan Nemeth had an almost perfect shooting night - by Interperformances
6'3' guard (can play both the point and shooting guard positions) Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Interperformances) had a great shooting night in the win of AEK Athens over Paok Marfin Thessaaloniki 93-85 in the Greek A1 League. The Hungarian scored 34 points with 3-3 from the two, 7-9 from the three and 7-8 from the free throw line. The win ties AEK with Paok for 7th place in the league. Istvan had a great Qualification to European Championships 2009 Tournament, where he averaged 14.3 ppg, 4.4 rrpg and 2.0 apg.

Final Four, day 2: Pecs won the Cup - by Tamas Deri
Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) and his team was playing very well on Sunday against Falco KC and could decide the game in the last 8 minutes. The American point guard scored amazing 31 points and helped his team to get the first title in club's history.

Falco-SZOVA KC Szombathely - Pecsi VSK-PANNONPOWER 87-98
(23-18, 19-24, 22-27, 18-34)
Hungarian Cup Final, Szombathely, Arena Savaria, Att.: 2.000, Referees: Foldhazi T., Palla Z., Bognar T.
Falco KC: Vida -, Hudson 14/3, Lakatos 4, Perincic 10/6, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/9, Ciric 11/3, Kalman 21/9, Vrsaljko 6, Feigl -, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Pecsi VSK: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 20/12, Thomas Kelley 31/9, Toth 5/3, Grebenar 5, Bencze 13, Aleksic 13/9, Denes 3/3, Hosszu 8/6, Czigler -, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


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  ISRAEL   


Premier L. Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa - Kiryat Ata 84-63
Galil-Gilboa beat Kiryat Ata 84:63 to keep its hopes for home-court advantage in the playoffs alive. Brain Randle (203-F-85) led the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Roberts Brian posted 14. Nixon Aaron ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Hapoel Holon - Givat Shmuel 74-63
Hapoel Holon held onto fourth place with a 63:74 road win at Givat Shmuel behind 18 points by Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) and 17 by Luis Flores. Grays Greg paced his team with 17 points.

Macc.Haifa - Ashkelon 84-77
Maccabi Haifa Heat produced a 84:77 road win over Ironi Ashkelon. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) top-scored for the winners 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists. Rahshon Turner's double-double streak was stopped when he finished the game with only 18 points and 8 boards for Ashkelon.

Bnei Hasharon - Rishon LZ 95-78
Bnei Hasharon beat Rishon Lezion 95:78. Ira Newble (199-F-75, college: Miami, OH) scored 20 and added 9 rebounds for his team, Ori Itchaki had 14 and Cookie Belcher and Shawn James had 13 each. DeMarco Johnson led Rishon with 25.

Ramat Gan - Maccabi T-A 86-103
Maccabi produced a 103:86 over Ironi Ramat Gan and improved its record to 18-2. Six players scored in double-digits led by Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) with 20. Lior Eliyahu posted 14, D'or Fischer scored 13 and Dee Brown added 11. Yariv Yatzkan scored 24 points in defeat.


Jerusalem continue to lose away from home - by Yoni Janis
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem continue to lose away from home tonight, losing 82 67 to Ironi Nahariya to finish the 20th round of the Israeli premier league.
with 2 matches remaining to the end of the regular season, it would seem that Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem would finish in 2nd place,
while Ironi Nahariya made a big step in assuring there spot in the playoff, and the 7th place that would meet the two clubs against each other
in the first round of the playoffs.
Ironi Nahariya started the game well and only allowed 10 points in the first quarter, and led 39-23 at the end of the half.
Hapoel started the second half good and got within 6 points, but fell apart at the end, and ended loosing by 15.
For Ironi Nahariya Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) had a monster game with 29 points and Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) had a great game as well with 21.


Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-2 
 2. Jerusalem 15-4 
 3. Macc.Haifa 13-7 
 4. Hapoel Holon 13-7 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 11-9 
 6. Galil Gilboa 11-9 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 8-11 
 8. Ramat Gan 8-12 
 9. Givat Shmuel 7-13 
 10. Ashkelon 7-13 
 11. Rishon LZ 5-15 
 12. Kiryat Ata 3-17 


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Snaidero Udine changes coach - by Gianni Pascucci
As it's sadly usual in Italian basketball, another team in bad waters changed coach. Pallalcesto Amatori Snaidero Udine officially announced the firing of head coach Romeo Sacchetti . The team will be coached till the end of the season by the duo fomed by Mario Blasone on the bench and Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania) on the court. According with some rumors, this move is an anticipation of what will happen next season, when veteran player Jerome Allen could become the new coach of the team if it will be relegated in Lega 2.

Legadue, round 27 (regular season). Review - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese is 7-1 in the last 8 games while Seven2007 Roseto is 0-8. Harem Scafati is 4-1 with coach Bartocci.

Season high for Max Monti (205-PF/C-75) of Roseto (10 points), Emanuele Rotondo (194-G-75) of Basket Livorno (12) and Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) of Fileni Jesi (18)


Best italian players starting five of round 27
PG:Marco Rossi (183-G-81) of Prima Veroli: 14 points with 4/6 from the field and 4/4 from the line
SG:Michele Mian (195-G-73) of Prima Veroli: 14 points with 6/6 from the line
SF:Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85)of Casale Monferrato: 15 points,9 rebounds,3 blocks and 4 steals
PF:Tommaso Rinaldi (204-F-85), of Crabs Rimini: 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals
C: Giacomo Galanda (211-C-75) of Cimberio Varese: 24 points with 10/11 from the line

Best import players starting five of round 27
PG:Randy Childress (190-G-72, college:Wake Forest) of Varese: 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
SG:Paul Marigney (192-G-82,college:St.Mary's,CA) of Edimes Pavia: 32 points with 11/18 from the field
SF:Alvin Young (191-F-75,college:Niagara) of Reggio Emilia: 20 points and 4 assists
PF:Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82,college:Indiana) of Enel Brindisi: 25 points and 10 rebounds
C: Chris Heintich (208-C-77,college:St.Louis) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia: 11 points and 10 rebounds


Serie A Week 25 review - by Stefano Pini

Mvp of the week Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)
Against Gmac: 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 7 steals. Williams is an impact player for Air. In the 11 games won with him on the court he had 10,2 points and 5,5 rebounds. In the 10 games lost he had 6,2 points and 3,9 rebounds

Italian Player of the week Marco Carraretto (196-G-77, agency: Players Group)
With the victory at Rieti, Montepaschi Siena was sure to end the regular season at the first place. The italian soldier scored 11 points in the 4th quarter to stop Solsonica's rally


Euro Player of the week Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT)

At Biella, in a wonderful new sport palace, Cant played a shining game. Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) had the numbers to be the our Mvp of the week but the French forward is the undisputed best Bosman of this round.
23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. And Cant made a jump towards playoff

Losing Effort of the Week Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79)
Against Cant Valerio gave what Gaines wasn't able to give. In 25', 23 points, 4 steals and 2 assists



SerieA Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Angelico BI - NGC Cantu 92-101
NGC Cantu fired past Angelico Biella on the road. Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) scored 25 points, while Herve Toure provided 23 points, 6 boards, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the 13th win for the team. Valerio Spinelli responded with 23 points for Biella as they fell at 11-14 record.

Air AV - GMAC BO 73-68
Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scored 19 points, pulled down 7 boards and made 7 steals to pilot Air Avellino past GMAC Bologna. Chris Warren delivered 14 points, 6 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals in the win. Marcelinho Huertas had 19 points for GMAC Bologna in defeat.

Premiata - Scavolini 87-79
Premiata rolled to the 11th win in the season as they shot down Scavolini at home court. Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) topscored with 16 points as five Montegranaro players delivered in double digits. Ricky Minard secured 14 points in the victory. Michael Hicks and LeRoy Hurd responded with 18 points each in the loss.

Armani MI - Banca Tercas 97-88
Armani Jeans secured the 15th win in the season as they fired down Banca Tercas at home court. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) scored 21 points to lead the charge. Luca Vitali added 14 points for the winners. Brandon Brown replied with 19 points and 10 boards for Banca Tercas in defeat.

Carife FE - Snaidero 93-75
Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) nailed 21 points as Carife Ferrara eased past Snaidero. Andre Collins, Ndudi Ebi and Harold Jamison had 16 points apiece for the winning side. Rashad Anderson responded with 21 points for the Udine outfit.

La Fortezza - Eldo Caserta 86-81
La Fortezza held off Eldo Caserta as Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) stepped up with 19 points. Sharrod Ford was solid on the glass with 15 rebounds to go along with 16 points. Guillermo Diaz answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Eldo Caserta in defeat.

Solsonica - Montepaschi 54-69
Montepaschi rebounded after the loss in Euroleague to upset Solsonica away from home. Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) netted 20 points for Montepaschi. Romain Sato delivered 13 points and 12 boards in the winning effort. Jerry Green accounted for 11 points as Solsonica slipped at 9-16 record.


Lega2 Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder - Cimberio VA 87-89
The league leading Cimberio Varese escaped with a narrow win over Trenkwalder in Reggio Emilia. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) fired 24 points to lead Varese. Randolph Childress delivered 13 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Alvin Young responded with 20 points and 4 assists for Regio Emilia in the loss.

Seven 2007 - Banco Sard. 65-73
Trent Whiting nailed 25 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Banco di Sardegna past Seven 2007 Roseto. Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD) contributed 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals as the winners improved at 14-13 record. Martin Ringstrom nailed 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for in the loss.

Vanoli SO - Edimes PV 79-76
Vanoli Soresina toppled Edimes Pavia behind 19 points from Silvio Gigena (200-F-75). Troy Bell, Quadre Lollis and Ariel Filloy managed 12 points apiece as Vanoli scored the 16th victory. Paul Marigney responded with game-high 32 points to lead Edimes PAvia.

Fastweb CM - Aget IM 86-70
Zabian Dowdell (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) fired 16 points to propel Fastweb Casale past Aget Imola. Tommaso Fantoni contirbuted 15 points, 9 boards and 3 blocks for the hosts. Sandis Valters answered with 17 points as Aget Imola slipped at 10-17 record.

Harem SC - Fileni JE 100-87
Harem Scafati thumped Fileni Jesi to improve at 14-13 record. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) notched 27 points to pace Scafati. Bennett Davison banked 18 points for the winners. Ruben Boykin finished with 18 points and 5 steals for Fileni Jesi.

Crabs RN - Carmatic PT 76-66
Rimini Crabs defeated Carmatic Pistoia as Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) pitched in 23 points and 11 steals. Tomasz Kesicki added 13 points in the 14th win for Rimini Crabs. Jerry McCullough came up with 14 points and 5 assists for Carmatic Pistoia.

Enel Brindisi - Prima VE 82-90
Well-balanced offensive effort allowed Prim Veroli to knock down Enel Brindisi on the road. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) tallied 17 points, 10 boards and 7 steals to lead the visitors. Afik Nissim added 16 points in the victory. Marco Killingsworth replied with 26 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Basket LI - Umana Reyer 80-62
Basket Livorno thrashed Umana Reyer as Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Marcelus Kemp and Emanuele Rotondo had 12 points each in defeat. Otis George answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Venezia in defeat.


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 31-15 
 2. Apache 28-18 
 3. 89ers 26-20 
 4. Albirex 22-24 
 5. Broncos 19-27 
 6. Grouses 10-36 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 35-11 
 2. Five Arrows 32-14 
 3. Evessa 29-17 
 4. Rizing 20-26 
 5. Lakestars 17-29 
 6. Heat Devils 7-39 


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LBF and FSLB signs agreement - by Numennie Williams
Friends and Supporters of Liberian Basketball, Inc. (FSLB, Inc.) and the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) have officially entered into a pact which will be the enable FSLB to pursue unlimited opportunities to aid with the basketball programs in Liberia. The two groups have been engaged in discussions over the past few years to see how the organization can best help the LBF accomplish its goals. At recent meetings held Monrovia in February, 2009, representatives from FSLB, LBF, Ministry of Youth and Sports, The Liberian National Olympic Committee, The Interschool Sports Association, The Referees Association, Old Timers, and others, were able to come to an agreement regarding formalizing the relationship between the two parties and on February 26, 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between FSLB and LBF.

FSLB, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer basketball organization comprised primarily of former players and supporters in the Diaspora who have come together to promote and support the evolution and sustainable development of Basketball in Liberia -both nationally and internationally. To date, FSLB has been instrumental in getting the NBA to sponsor Mohammed Jabatehs trip to the Basketball Without Borders Camp in South Africa, the organization has aided the group SportsPower with arrangements to travel to Liberia in March to conduct workshops, clinics and speak to the youth and FSLB has also obtained donations from the NBA which will be shipped to Liberia. Presently, FSLB is working with the Liberian Renaissance Foundation (founder, Dr. Dawn Barnes) to help identify Liberian youth with athletic and academic talents who may qualify for scholarships to attend private boarding school in New York. FSLB is excited about the opportunity to give back to Liberia, particularly as it relates to basketball and helping to empower our youth, who are the future of Liberia.

The signing of the MOU marks a big milestone as it will open up many doors which will enable FSLB to assist the LBF. FSLB will be hosting its 3rd Annual Fundraiser and Tournament in Maryland on the weekend of July 10-12, 2009. This event will be a great opportunity for interested parties to learn more about how they can contribute to the cause


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Rytas, Bjelica agree to extension - by Simas Baranauskas
Eurocup champions Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius decided to extend the contract Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) for another year. The young player showed a lot of progress throughout the season and has played an important role in Rytas team, which has now won both of the competitions this season, they have participated - the Europup and LKF cup in Lithuania. Bjelica averaged 9,9 points, 4,6 boards in 23 minutes he's been playing in Eurocup.

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Contern romps Amicale!! T71 handles Musel Pikes! Etzella crushes Sparta! - by Alex Meyers

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Etzella 91 - Sparta 65

Ettelbruck, Luxembourg
Sparta had a great start in this match between arch-rivals Saprta-Etzella. The came out on fire winning the 1st quarter on the road in front of nearly 400
spectators. The rest of the game belonged to Etzella. In the fourth quarter Etzella completely destroyed Sparta by a score of 23-5. Going into that quarter, the score
was still close 68-60. With five minutes remaining in the match, it was still only a 14 point Etzella lead at 77-63. The home team went on a tear! Crushing BBC Sparta 14 to 2. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) managed a double-double but it was not his best with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Pit Hoffmann scored 18 to lead Sparta and took 9 rebounds as well. Xavier Engel and Julien Hublart added 14 each. Etzella was feeling good with three players scoring over 20 points. Marcus Kennedy led the way with 26 points 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Nelson DelGado scored 23 points, took 8 rebounds, had 4 steals and dished for 6 assists. Tim Giver had 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Sparta played without Christian Wulff and Jean De Marchi. Etzella played without Pit Kerger

Etzella: 38 field goals, 7 three pointers, 8 for 12 free throws, 35 rebounds, 15 fouls and 7 turnovers
N. DelGado 23, Kennedy 26, J. DelGado 13, Schroeder 3, giver 20, also Benseghir, E. Ferreira 2, S. Ferreria, Garganese and Jacoby
BSparta: 23 field goals, 5 three pointers, 8 for 12 free throws, 35 rebounds, 15 fouls and 7 turnovers
Smith 11, Hoffmann 18, Hublart 14, Engel 14, Palumbo 2, also Evans 2, Nittler, Tripodo, Wagner 4

Fouled out: 39' Engel (Sparta)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 15-25, Halftime 46-41, 3rd Q 68-60, Final 91-65
392 spectators



Musel Pikes 59 - T71 80

Remich Luxembourg

T71 also won a road game last Sunday, March 29th in Remich, with all five starters reaching double figures in scoring. Gilles Ruffato was in great form delivering a

huge double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tim whitworth led all scorers with 23 points. Martin Rajniak scored 15, took 10 rebounds and had 3 assists. Frank Siebenbour and Felix Hoffmann(4 steals, 2 asssits) added 11 and 10 points respectively.

Musel Pikes: 24 field goals, 3 three pointers, 8 for 11 free throws, 33 rebounds, 13 fouls and 12 turnovers
Braier. 13, Schwartz 11, G. Schmit 6, Picard 22, C. Schmit 5, also R. Denzter 2, C. Dentzer, and Altman
T71: 31 field goals, 8 three pointers, 10 for 11 freee throws, 40 rebounds, 16 fouls and 14 turnovers
Whitworth 23, Rajniak 15, Ruffato 15, Hoffmann 10, Siebenbour 11, also Steinmetz, robert, Rech. Laures, Kostur 6, Herrmann and Abreu

Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-30, Halftime 34-46, 3rd Q 44-61, Final 59-80
212 spectators

Contern 85 - Amicale 60

Contern, Luxembourg
Contern crushed Amicale with strong beginning and end. Contern defended well and helf Amicale to only 60 points with huge 1st and 4th period efforts. Contern jumped out to a commanding lead 31-18 in the first period. They cruised through the middle 2 quarters and turned it back up a notch in the final stanza downing Amicale 15-8 for the 25 point home victory. Brandon Gary paced Contern with 23 points followed by Gilles Becker 18, Ken Diederich 17 and Eric Jeitz 15. Veteran guard Gilles Becker had one of his better games adding 5 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Amicale's Travis DePree had 16 points and 13 rebounds, 2 steals, a blocked shot and 5 assists. Raul Birenbaum added 13 points, Christian Schartz 12 and Christopher Jones 10 for the visitors from Steinsel.

Contern: 31 field goals, 11 three pointers, 12 for 18 free throws, 28 rebounds, 16 fouls and 14 turnovers
Becker 18, Jeitz 15, Diederich 17, Gary 23, Fasbender 5, also Bissener 2, Braun 5, Gindt, Majerus and Torres Dos Santos
Amicale: 24 field goals, 4 three pointers, 8 for 11 free throws, 29 rebounds, 18 fouls and 24 turnovers
Jones 10, DePree 16, Schartz 12, Scholtes 5, Ney, also Rausch, Kartheiser 2, Haan 2, Gillardin and Birenbaum 13

Fouled out 40' Scholtes(Amicale)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 31- 18, Halftime 50-33, 3rd Q 70-52, Final 85-60
300 spectators



Standings - DBBL
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. Contern 17-8 
 2. Amicale 16-9 
 3. Etzella 15-9 
 4. Musel Pikes 14-10 
 5. T71 14-11 
 6. Sparta 14-11 
Group B
 1. Residence 9-13 
 2. Racing 8-14 
 3. Black Star 8-14 
 4. Heffingen 3-19 


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CIBACOPA All-Star results - by Chris Terrell
Mazatlan, Sin, MX - The North zone defeated the South on Sunday 109-103 behind the scoring efforts of the North division leading Mineros de Cananea. Cananea's Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) 20, Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) 18, and Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.) 17 led the North to the victory. James Parker (183-G-81, college: Robert Morris) for Los Mochis led all South division scorers with 27 points in only 24 minutes and Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) had 16. Final box score is listed below.

North (109)
15 Jerome Habel 14 2 0 0 3 0 24:18
16 Letheal Cook 18 5 0 0 0 1 24:34
10 Franco Harris 17 3 4 0 0 1 28:50
11 David Lopez 11 4 0 0 2 2 21:34
9 Marcos Chavez 9 1 0 0 1 0 19:52

Pts Reb Ast Blk Stl F Tp
6 Edgar Soto 4 2 0 0 1 1 21:10
5 Brandon Heredia 3 2 0 0 0 0 8:59
7 Marco Valenzuela 3 0 0 0 0 0 10:35
13 Reggie Jordan 4 3 1 0 3 1 8:44
8 Jorge Casillas 4 1 0 0 1 0 6:48
14 Derek Thomas 20 0 0 1 1 0 15:04
17 Julio Everardo 2 1 0 0 0 0 9:32

South (103)
13 Enrique Zuiga 10 3 4 0 1 3 30:13
11 Victor Avila 11 8 2 0 0 3 25:12
14 Ron Selleaze 13 4 0 0 0 3 20:41
8 Alex Aguirre 6 4 0 0 0 1 25:29
18 Sam Bowie 16 2 1 0 0 2 15:16

Pts Reb Ast Blq Rob F Tp
15 Marcos Dorado 4 3 0 0 3 0 11:31
6 Joe Chapman 3 1 1 0 0 0 5:35
15 Andrei Amezquita 2 0 1 0 0 3 14:13
4 Alan Cortez 0 0 0 0 0 0 5:15
9 James Parker 27 3 0 0 3 1 24:36
10 Tyson Patterson 5 0 1 0 1 1 16:35
7 Dedric Gage 7 1 0 0 0 1 5:24


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MNT SL 3Round : Danilovgrad-Mornar 89-85 - by Dragan Scepanovic
DANILOVGRAD - MORNAR Bar 89:85
Danilovgrad - School Center. Spect: 300. Reff: Dragojevic Sundic (Podgorica), Muhadinovic (Cetinje). By -Q.: 20:29, 27:16, 18:12, 24:28.
DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 15, Bogojevic 11, Radulovic 10, Djurovic, Simonovic 12, B. Stanisic 9, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 4, Mijajlovic, Milatovic 19, Manojlovic 9, M. Stanisic
MORNAR: Popovic 11, Djurisic 21, Djelosevic 23, Mihajlovic, Damjanovic, Radovic 5, Mijovic 12, Dabrovic 5, Cebalovic, Samojlovic 8, Vujosevic, Scepanovic


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


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Danny Ainge's hopes high for playoffs - by Eurobasket News
There still are some issues that make him apprehensive, but its pretty much official. Danny Ainge has a man crush.

'I love our team', said the Celtics' president of a team that is managing to hold on to the second seed in the Eastern Conference despite significant injuries. 'I mean, there are all sorts of question marks as far as health and whats going to happen. Those are always the variables and the uncertainties with every team. But I really like our team. When were healthy and were playing, I love what we can be.'

Ainge remains confident that Kevin Garnetts sore right knee will be better by the postseason, which is important because top conference foes Cleveland and Orlando have improved this year.

'Absolutely theyr'e better', Ainge said, 'but I think were better, too. I definitely think were better. If were healthy, I think were significantly better. I think Perk (Kendrick Perkins [stats]) is much better. I think Rajon (Rondo) is much better. I think Leon (Powe) and Baby (Glen Davis) are much better. I think those four guys in particular have made great improvements this season. Ray (Allen)s playing better, and Paul (Pierce)s playing as good as hes played ever. The question is what kind of KG were going to get because of his health. Thats a key, but I think hell be ready.'

I think Tony (Allen)s health is important for us, too, he added, referring to the man who returned this past week from nearly two months out for left thumb surgery. I think were going to need some defense out of Tony come playoff time, and it looks like hes coming around. And Scal (Brian Scalabrine, out with postconcussion syndrome) has been huge for us this year. His team defense and spreading the floor has been really important. Itd be great to have him back, too.

With questions regarding some key reserves, Ainge acknowledged that the acquisitions of Stephon Marbury and Mikki Moore have helped to lower his blood pressure.

Im much more comfortable, he said. Much more comfortable. We added depth and experience. I love the energy that Steph and Mikki are playing with. I think that shortly well start seeing them play without thinking. I think the wheels have been spinning. People forget that last year when we brought Sam (Cassell) and P.J. (Brown) in, they werent thrust into the action so quickly because our team was all healthy. We were able to bring them along slower, where with Steph and Mikki, when they came in our team was depleted and had injuries. So we needed them and they had to play right away.

In that Ainge said was saying amorous things about the Celts even before those pick-ups, is it possible he was fibbing? Or maybe its just puppy love?

No, I did love the team before, but what Im saying is I feel more comfortable after these additions, he replied. You just never know what can happen from a health standpoint, and these guys can help us withstand that. Youll see that even better the longer theyre here. Steph has shown that he can penetrate. He gets in the paint. Hes the only person on our team other that Rajon who gets in the paint off the dribble. And he plays really good defense. He gets out there and he fights through screens. He competes, he has talent and hes learning our system. So that gives me a great deal of comfort. If Steph can develop into a 25-minute-a-game guy that can start shooting the ball better and scoring more, thats great, too. But I feel really comfortable having him here with us.

Its the same thing with Mikki. I dont know how many minutes hell get once the playoffs start. A lot of it might depend on the health of Leon and Scalabrine and everybody, but I like the fact that we have a lot of parts and a lot of depth. Right now, the biggest question in my mind is just health.

Ainge no longer has concerns about his teams approach after watching it weather last seasons playoff storm and steadily improve.

I think last year we hadnt been through it, he said. I think we came out of the gates in the playoffs really ready to play, but I think we took Atlanta lightly after we blew them out in the first two games. I think that affected us the rest of that series.

I really think well be ready this year. Like I said, I love our team.

Courtesy of http://www.bostonherald.com


Nuggets' 2009 first-round pick goes to Thunder - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets will send their 2009 first-round draft choice to Oklahoma City, it was assured Sunday night.

Denvers 110-87 win at Minnesota means the Nuggets cant finish with one of the top 20 picks in Junes draft.

As part of a Jan. 7 trade between Denver and Oklahoma City, the Nuggets sent the pick to the Thunder and protected it through the top 20. The Nuggets also sent Oklahoma City guard Chucky Atkins (5'11''-G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) while getting center Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86) and the Thunders 2009 second-round pick.

Had Oklahoma City not gotten Denvers 2009 selection, it would have received a Nuggets first-round pick in a later year.

Its likely the Nuggets wont have a first-round pick in Junes draft. They will get Charlottes selection only if the Bobcats make the playoffs. But thats very unlikely after Charlote on Sunday lost at Detroit to fall three games behind the Pistons and Chicago for the No. 8 spot in the East.

Due to their salary-cap issues and that a first-round pick gets a guaranteed contract for at least two seasons, the Nuggets wouldnt mind not getting Charlottes pick this summer. Its a pick that conceivably could be No. 1 in the 2014 draft.

If the Nuggets dont get the pick this season, its protected for the top 12 in 2010, the top 10 in 2011, the top eight in 2012 and the top three in 2013. Its unprotected in 2014.

The Nuggets also dont mind that much parting with their first-round pick this June to Oklahoma City, a selection that would be No. 26 overall if the standings remain as they are.

The pick the Nuggets got back from Oklahoma City will be No. 34 overall if the standings stay the same. Some believe that, with the draft lacking depth, No. 34 could be as good as No. 26.

And, while the No. 26 pick likely would get a guaranteed contract worth just over $1 million the first season and just over $1.1 million the second season, the No. 34 selection likely would be relegated to a first-year deal worth the minimum of $457,588. A second season likely would be worth the minimum of $762,420, and might not be guaranteed.

Since the Nuggets dont have their own second-round selection, the pick from Oklahoma City likely will be their only one in the draft. Denver dealt its own 2009 second-round selection to Portland on draft night last June in a three-team deal that got the Nuggets swingman Sonny Weems after he had been selected by Chicago.

Courtesy of http://www.indenvertimes.com


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North Carolina defeats Michigan State 89-72 to win the NCAA Championship - by Eurobasket

North Carolina has beaten Michigan State 89-72 to win its fifth NCAA basketball championship. Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) led a record-setting first half and the Tar Heels coasted to an easy victory Monday night at Ford Field. The Tar Heels (34-4) started the season as the unanimous No. 1 pick and breezed through the NCAA tournament. They became the first team to win all six games by double digits. Lawson finished with 21 points and eight steals for coach Roy Williams' team. Goran Suton (6'10''-C-85) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan State (31-7). The Spartans lost for the first time in three championship game appearances.

Live Thoughts from the game with Kevin Kloostra

The game is about to start! The crowd is ready, the players are ready, the world is ready to see a amazing game between Michigan St and North Carolina! The Ford Field is packed and the game is about to start. Michael Jordan , Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird are just a few of the basketball legends at game tonight. The attendance for tonight's game is 72, 922 and that is a new record.

1st Half

Wow an amazing start to this game, a jump ball was called the first 2 seconds of the game and Tyler Hansbrough was sent to the ground. Deon Thompson opens the game for UNC with a running shot in the lane. Sutton answers the UNC bucket with a huge 3 pointer and the crowd is going nuts here in Detroit. With 15:24 left in the first half the score is 17-7 for the North Caroina Tar Heels. So far the heels have controlled the game by scoring on almost every trip, while Michigan State has failed to get anything going on the offensive end. The Crowd is so quiet right now because North Carolina has jumped out to a 24-9 lead with 13 minutes to go in the first half. With 7:33 to go in the first half the score is now 38-18 for the Tar Heels. North Carolina has done whatever the want so far and Michigan State has no answer for them on the defensive end thus far. The crowd is begging for a State run right now, the Spartans must go a run before the half runs out. This game is getting out of hand real quick, Tom Izzo was just forced to call a timeout because of wide open Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87) 3 pointer, the score is now 43-20 for UNC. The final media timeout of the half was just called with 3:43 left on the clock and the score is 48-25 for the Tar Heels. The First half has just to a close and the score is 55-34 for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels have just set an NCAA record for most points in a half with 55. This first half has been dominated by the Tar Heels because they can basically do whatever they want, they are scoring at will and their defensive has been tremendous. Michigan State has not played their best ball yet and must come out and play absolutely flawless in the 2nd half for them to win.

2nd Half

The 2nd half has started and Goran Suton has scored a quick layup but Ty Lawson answers right back with a pair of free throws. It is going to take a miracle for Michigan State to come back, but this home crowd might just be able to help them out. Michigan State is trying so hard to get back into this game! After a huge 3 by Sutton to cut the lead to 18 they got a big stop on defence but turned the ball over at half court and UNC answered with layup and a foul by Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89) to quiet the crowd here in Detroit. The score is now 61-41 with 14:55 to go in the game. I have to say watching the Ty Lawson is person for the first time he is the fastest point guard with the ball I have seen. The man can move people! With 11:47 to go in the game the score is 65-46 for North Carolina. The Tar Heels have answered every Michigan State run with huge baskets to quiet this crowd. They are such a well rounded team that almost never gets rattled under pressure. Danny Green just hit a huge 3 to put the lead back up to 19. Wayne Ellington leads the way for UNC with 19 points and Goran Suton leads the way Michigan State with 14 points so far. Michigan State continues to struggle shooting the ball as they have just missed 3 pointers in a row. The score is now 72-53 for UNC with 7:33 to go. Ty Lawson has 8 steals in the game so far! That is unheard of in a basketball game, an absolute amazing performance by Lawson. Michigan State is shooting 42.2 % for the game and UNC is shooting 44.2 %. The key stat is the free throw shooting of State, they have shot only 58.8% for the game so far. State has cut the lead to 13 with 4:57 and the crowd is going wild here in Detroit. Ty Lawson with a amazing drive to hoop for a layup has almost secured the championship for North Carolina. They lead 80-65 with only 3:51 to go in the game, time is running out for the Spartans. The game is officially over as the North Carolina Tar Heels have won the game 89-72.



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  PALESTINE   


A Stepping Stone for Basketball in Gaza - by Tamara Awartani
After the devastating war on Gaza, the Basketball Federation in Gaza got themselves together and will be launching several basketball tournaments to give people some hope and something to look forward to do as nothing is allowed in or out. The federation has decided to devote all the efforts on making basketball happen in Gaza after being cut for two years, the following tournaments will take place so as to activate the clubs before launching the official federation league:
1- Gaza AlRiyadi Tournament 10th of April
2- The Late Hasan Balousheh Tournament for Universities 16th of April
3- AlMahaba wal Wafa (Love & Loyal) Tournament for 1991 boys June
4- The Late Taha Skik (one of the leaders of Basketball in Gaza) 27th of August


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle
 2. Orthodox
 3. Arab O.
 4. Catholic A.
 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


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  PORTUGAL   


Marcel sign in Syria - by Nuno Vieira
Former Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras Champion in 2007-2008, Marcel Momplaisir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island) sign with Al Wehda Damascus of Syria.
After becoming champion Marcel with a great carrier until now waited for a good offer from Portugal but nothing shows up, an concrect offer came from Spain and Angola but the player decline because the financial offer was not the rigth one, so he decided to stay at home until now.
Al Wehda Damascus close the regular season at the 3 spot and is playing for the Championship.
The Player wish to conitnue with his very good carrier, and will try to help his new team to get the Championship.
Eurobasket Portugal and I belive Fisica Fans wish him GOOD Luck!!


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smith, CAB 22.1
2 Graham, Vitoria 21.7
3 Madison, CAB 20.8
4 Williams,Academica 20
5 Jeffrey C., Fisica 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1Jeffrey C.,Fisica 12.4
2 Johnson,Academica 10
3 Coleman, Vagos 9.8
4 Kevin, Porto 9.6
5 Doliboa, Benfica 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Pires, Barreirense 5.3
2 Costa, Ginasio 4.8
3 Figueiredo, Porto 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 3.9
5 Smith, CAB 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Madison, CAB 3.4
2 Harvey, Vitoria 2.3
3 Tyrekus,Barreirense 2.3
4 Costa, Ginasio 2.3
5 Joseph, Fisica 2,2
Blocks Per Game
1 Graham,Vitoria 2
2 Brown,Barreirense 1.6
3 Doliboa,Benfica 1.6
4 Rosefelt,Academica 1.5
5 Kevin, Porto 1.5


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Div.A Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pitesti - CSU Brasov 77-102
CSU Brasov is third with 20-8 record after 102:77 over Pitesti. Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Mandache Andrei nailed 21. Stefanovic Ivan finished the night with 17 points for the hosts.

Timisoara - Ploiesti 74-82
Ploiesti won the Regular Season with 25-3 record proving its once again over Timisoara, 82:74. Mike Jones (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Maryland) led the winners with 23 points, while Cepulis Arvydas and Carutasu Dumitru scored 12 each. Dzambic Rade chipped in 17 points for the hosts.

Craiova - Otopeni 85-80
Craiova outscored Otopeni 85:80 as Jermaine Green (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) erupted with 32 points and Tomic Branislav followed him with 24. Santana Angel responded with 19 points for Otopeni.

Gaz Metan - U.Mobitel.CN 79-72
Gaz Metan finished the Regular Season with the win over U.Mobitel.CN 79:72. Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) led the winners with 25 points and Hargrave Haron scored 21. Krstanovic Zoran chipped in 18 points for the guests.

CSU Atlassib - Dinamo B. 100-80
CSU Atlassib finished with 19-9 record after the win over Dinamo 100:80. Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Johnson Brandon added 15. Markovic Stojadin delivered 20 points for the visitors.

Rovinari - Targoviste 95-73
Rovinari clinched the 7th position with 16-12 record beating Targoviste 95:73. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) led the way with 23 points, while Hafford, Paul and Troupe Porter added 15 each. Andrei Dragos ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Avtodor 40-4 
 2. Magnitogorsk 32-10 
 3. Lok.Novos. 29-13 
 4. Revda 28-16 
 5. Chelabinsk 26-16 
 6. N.Novgorod 25-17 
 7. Saransk 21-21 
 8. Krasnodar 20-23 
 9. Rjazan 19-24 
 10. Naltchik 17-24 
 11. Irkutsk 17-25 
 12. Zaretchny 16-25 
 13. Severstal 11-32 
 14. Kursk 7-31 
 15. Ural Ekater. 7-34 


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Coachman and Huckaby with Al Ahli for Playoffs - by Mohammed Malas
Al Ahli Jeddah has agreed to terms with Higher Level Sports Agency for clients Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) & Jamel Coachman (204-F-79, college: Oklahoma Baptist) to strengthen their roster for the 2009 Playoffs.

Both players are coming from playoffs clubs in Kuwait as quality imports.

Huckaby is coming off his 2nd standout year in Kuwait at Al Sahel Club leading them to the Golden 4. He is a phenomenal athlete with 44' vertical and great ball handling ability. He electrifies crowds with big time 'dunks' and many ways he can score.

Coachman comes from An Nasr and has also played last season in Bahrain. He has great footwork around the basket and scores well on the low block as well as perimeter skills to be an effective threat facing the basket. An excellent man to man defender, he constantly draws the assignment of covering the opposing teams' best player.

Source: Higher Level Sports Agency


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  SERBIA   


Lietuvos Rytas, Milko Bjelica win EuroCup 08/09 - by Dragan Jankovski
Lietuvos Rytas is the new EuroCup champion. Hemofarm STADA was not able to get through the semifinals, but despite that Serbia has one player with EuroCup trophy in his 'pocket'. It is Milko Bjelica (207-C-84), ex power forward of Crvena Zvezda. Lietuvos Rytas celebrated in the big final against Khimky Moscow 80-74 and Bjelica helped his team with 9 points in 11 minutes. In the semis Rytas outplayed Hemofarm STADA 73-68, while on Thursday the Lithuaninas were better than Benetton 85-79. Milko Bjelica scored 12 points in that game. As it is already posted on Eurobasket, he extended contract with Rytas for the next season, when they will take a spot in Euroleague.

Meanwhile, U16 Serbia celebrated on strong international tournament in French city Belgrad. In the first game Serbian cadets outplayed France 90-58 and after that Turkey 116-96. In the final Serbia was too strong for Greece 96-77. Bezbradica led the scorers in that game with 20 points. Miljenovic had 17 and Cvetkovic netted 14 pts.
Next week-end Serbian cadets will participate on another international tour, this time in Italian city Ragusa. Their rivals will be Spain, Russia and Italy. This summer Serbia will play on European Championship 2009 in Kaunas from 6th-16th of August.


Serbian B league, round 24 (Regular season): OKK Beograd won as a guest, Mladost Cacak and Crvena Zvezda II won at home - by Zoran Popovic

FMP II Beograd-OKK Beograd 60-76 (11-26, 25-14, 14-21, 18-15)

FMP II Beograd: Ponjavic 4, Djokic 8, Gudzic 6, Subotic 6, Ognjenovic, Djekic 8, Zaric 3, Vukasovic 2, Stamenkovic 8, Stojadinovic, Gacinovic 4, Musli 11.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 11, Kruscic 2, Dragovic 13, Vukadinov 23, Korac 18, Simic, Andjic 6, Zivanovic, Vasic 3, Milovanovic,m Covic, Dimitrijevic.

OKK Beograd better opened the match and after first quarter had +15 advantage, but in the second period young FMP team made break and finished first half on only +4 points advantage for the guests. In the third quarter OKK Beograd again made small break which was enough to saved previous advantage in the last period of the game. The most efficient player in OKK Beograd was Vukadinov who scored 23 points and for FMP II Beograd Musli scored 11 points.

Mladost Cacak-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 104-91 (24-18, 27-22, 25-25, 28-26)

Mladost Cacak: Rakovic 1, Papic 27, Terzic 7, Azanjac 10, Vojinovic 10, Tresac 22, Marinkovic 2, Dukanac 24, Todorovic 11, Milovanovic, Cirovic, Martinovic.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Rboskic 12, Socanac 2, Knezevic 6, Dzakovic 33, Apic 15, Aleksic, Matic 9, Stankovic 7, Bulatovic 7

During the all match Mladost was better rival and took advantage from the beginning of the match. To 15th won this season Mladost was led by Papic who scored 27 points, Dukanac with 24 and total index 42 and Tresac who add 22 points. The best role for KK Beovuk 72 Beograd showed Dzakovic who scored 33 points.

Crvena Zvezda 2nd team-Maraton 66-64 (14-11, 17-14, 13-18, 22-21)

Crvena Zvezda 2nd team Susa, Lukic 7, Radosavljevic 4, Gagic 13, Djurovic 4, Stevovic, Nedovic 9, Dj.Majstorovic 5, D.Majstorovic 12, Sepa 12, Djukic, Milosevic.
Maraton Atlantik Jagodina Gajovic 14, Djuric 2, Petricevic, Kovacevic 9, Stevanovic, Arsic 18, Mladenovic, Milutinovic 4, Milojkovic 6, Milinic11.

Crvena Zvezda young team won 9th match in this season, the guests from Jagodina had chance to won, but they missed three points shot in the last few seconds. In the first hald Crvena Zvezda made advantage of +6, in the third Maraton made break and finished third period on only +1 point advantage for Crvena Zvezda. In the last quarter Maraton players had chance to made another break, but Crvena Zvezda players use all their mistakes and won the match. The most efficient in Crvena Zvezda 2nd team was Gagic with 13 points and in Maraton Arsic scored 18 points.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Prievidza become the first semifinalist - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza claimed the semifinal birth after they completed the sweep of the quarterfinal series against Banska Bystrica. Prievidza scored an 88:74 home victory and advanced into the next round of action. The teams kept it close throughout the first half and Prievidza led by just 5 points at the interval. The hosts used an 8:2 run midway through the third frame as they cleared off to a 13-point distance. Prievidza extended the advantage to 19 points heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the decisive victory. Lubos Strocel (193-G-81) knocked down 20 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead Prievidza. Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75) had 18 points in the victory. Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) had 16 points for Banska Bystrica.
Nova Ves pulled ahead in the series against Levice. Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) nailed 19 points to lead Nova Ves to an 81:70 success as they surged ahead 2-1. Glen Elliott (208-F/C-83, college: Florida A&M) added 13 points in the winning effort. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) answered with 20 points for Levice in defeat.
Nitra earned the second consecutive win over Komarno. This time Nitra grabbed a 74:65 success at home. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) banked 23 points, while Eugene Lawrence (185-G-86, college: St.John's) netted 18 points for the hosts. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) topscored with 17 points for Komarno.
Pezinok seemed to pick up the right form as they thrashed Chemosvit 94:74. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) dropped 16 points to propel Pezinok to a 94:74 victory. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) chipped in 22 points for Chemosvit.


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  SLOVENIA   


Emir Preldzic unmistakable with Fenerbahce, Lorbek and Smodis jump to 22-0 - by Eurobasket News
Some of the Slovenian top players had pretty good performance in European competitions last week-end.

Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) paced their CSKA Moscow to 22nd win in Russian A Superleague. It is important to mention that their team appeared the same number of times keeping the top in style. In the last round CSKA was better than Ural Great in Perm 84-68. Smodis was second scorer of the team nailing 14 points. Lorbek followed him with one point less, including 4 rebounds.

Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) also was on pretty high level this week-end helping his Fenerbahce Ulker to cruise past Antalya on the road 87-68. Preldzic did not miss any single shot for 17 minutes (1/1 FG2, 2/2 for 3-pts, 2/2 FTs) - 10 points in total. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists beside that. Fener shares third place in TBL with Galatasaray (18-7).

Point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) again led his Rega Barca to victory, this time in ACB. Its rival CB Granada was defeated at home 54-68 and Lakovic scored 13 points in 13 minutes. He missed only once from behind the arc (3/4). As a reminder, Lakovic was a key player for Barca in the last game of the Euroleague quarterfinals against Tau in Vitoria. The score is 2-2 at this moment and the last deceisive game will be played at the Palau Blaugrana. Barca is the second ranked team in ACB with 22-5. Tau is first, 23-3.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Four Teams Set for 2nd-Round Playoffs - by Rick Ross
As the KCC Egis beat the ET Land BlackSlamer 95-88 in Game 5 in the first round of the
Korean Basketball League (KBL) playoffs, the four teams competing in the next stage was completed.
The regular-season champion Ulsan Mobis confront the veteran team
Samsung Thunders, while the defending champion Dongbu Promy will compete with the Egis.
Many experts have compared the Mobis' ascendancy with the experience of the Thunders.
As the 2008-2009 KBL season started, the Ulsan-based team was considered an underdog,
but their young guns, Ham ji-hoom, Kim Hyo-bum, and others aided the team's victory and their two imports
Bryant Dunston and Victor Thomas have shown good performances.
In addition, they have a magician in head coach Yoo Jae-hak.
He has helped his energetic players to generate their power over 100 percent.
Yoo consistently made synergetic effects, using non-starters.
That's why the Mobis clinched the top spot during the season,
even though their starters were stuck on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, the Seoul-based Thunders' strong weapon is experience.
Their veterans Lee Sang-min, 36, Kang Hyuk, 32, and Lee Kyu-sup, 31,
already showed how wisdom was important in the first round of the playoff over the LG Sakers.
The Thunders smashed their energetic but young opponents 3-1.
Moreover, Terrence Leather, who clinched top spot in the
KBL scoring and rebound charts, continues to stand solidly.
The fourth-ranked Thunders have anxieties over the stamina of their players.
The old warriors may run the risk of being unraveled against the Mobis' young speedy players.
During the regular season, both were balanced in head-to-heads with a 3-3 record.
The first match of best-of-five series is scheduled for today in Ulsan.
On Wednesday at Wonju, the reigning champion Promy meets the third-ranked Egis.
The Promy fans are concerned over whether or not their team has recovered from its late slide in the regular season.
The Wonju-based outfit picked up only one victory during the last eight games of the season as their foreign player
Wendell White was forced onto the sidelines with an injury and with 2007-2008 Most Valuable Player
(MVP) Kim Joo-sung was exhausted.
But, like the Thunders, stamina is also an issue for the Egis.
As their players engaged in five violent games in the first round, they could be exhausted.
The Egis head coach Huh Jae is still disturbed by injured guard
Kang Byung-hyun and Shin Myung-ho. Kang wasn't named on the roster during the first round and
Shin broke his nose in Game 3 of the first round.
In the match, the bout between the Egis rookie center
Ha Seung-jin and 2007-2008 MVP Kim could catch the eye of fans.
The 2.21-meter tall Ha already showed his prowess against the BlackSlamer's veteran center Seo Jang-hoon.
While Ha is superior in height, Kim could overwhelm the Egis rookie with speed.
During the season, the Promy were ahead of the Egis in head-to-heads with a 4-2 record.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


KBL Round: 5 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - ET Land B.Sl. 95-88
KCC Egis advanced to the semifinals after the decisive win over ET Land 95:88. Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) paced all the winners with 28 points and Ha Seung-Jin posted 15. Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) finished the night with 30 points in defeat, while Powell Carlos scored 29 points and dished out 10 assists.


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  SPAIN   


Rebounder Jimenez Breaks Into ACB All Time Top Three - by Paul Nilsen
Spanish veteran Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) has moved into third place in the ACB all time list of rebounders after pulling down 7 rebounds during the win over MMT Estudiantes, his former club.

Jimenez has now crashed the boards 2935 times surpassing Juan Antonio Orenga. He is now 98 rebounds behind second placed Claude Riley although the legendary Granger Hall might be out of sight on a staggering 4292 boards.

Breaking through that 3,000 barrier looks to be the next landmark for this great professional


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  SWEDEN   


Dragons and Uppsala are still alive in the semis - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons and Uppsala Basket registered first wins in the play-off semifinals of Swedish Basketligan. Both teams were defeated in the first two games.
The Dragons outplayed Norrkoping Dolphins on the road 100-92 thanks to well played third quarter (20-34). Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) top-scored in victory with 25 points. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 21, while Liam Rush (203-F/G-82) helped with 18. Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84, agency: Interperformances) also had important role scoring 17 pts. On the other side, the Dolphins got 21 points from Oladupo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC). Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) followed him with 17. Game number four is scheduled for April 7th.
Uppsala Basket also won on the road, but against the Solna Vikings 76-71. Crucial period of the game was third quarter, which belonged to Uppsala 16-24. Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, college: Butler) was a key player in the winning squad delivering impressive 32 points. Marko Djuric (208-F/C-83, agency: LimeLight) scored 13, while Thomas Jackson and Danny Gathings delivered 12 each. Jonte Flowers (196-G, college: Winona St.) contributed with 21 points in loss. Fourth game between these two teams is also scheduled for April 7th.


Norrkoping Dolphins - Sundsvall Dragons 92 - 100
(25 - 22, 16 - 17, 20 - 34, 31 - 27)

Norrkoping:
Oladupo Ayuba 21, Joakim Kjellbom 17, Fred Drains 12, Joseph McNaull 11, Kenneth Grant 10, George Gervin 8, Mikko Riipinen 5, Pedro Cipriano 4, Andrew Pleick 4.
Sundsvall: Alex Wesby 25, Srdan Subotic 21, Liam Rush 18, Olivier Ilunga 17, Doug Thomas 9, Michael Palm 8, Aki Ulander 2.
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Solna Vikings - Uppsala Basket 71 - 76
(21 - 14, 11 - 13, 16 - 24, 23 - 25)

Solna:
Jonte Flowers 21, Lesli Myrthil 15, Mats Levin 13, Juha Sten 9, Martin Pahlmblad 6, Saulius Dumbliauskas 4, Peter Bogner 3.
Uppsala: Thomas Jackson 32, Marko Djuric 13, Mindaugas Budzinauskas (197-G-73) 12, Danny Gathings 12, Fredrik Jonzen 4, Jeff Horowitz 3.


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  TAIWAN   


April 5 SBL results - by Chris Wang
PY 93-92 BOT
PY: James Mao 29p+12rb, Tsai Wen-cheng 21p+12rb
BOT: Lin Chun-feng 23p, Hsu Chih-chan 19p+11rb

Dacin 98-69 TM
Dacin: Lin Yi-hui 23p, Chang Chih-feng 14p
TM: Liu Sheng-yao 13p, Chen Yao-ting 13p

Yulon 87-85 KKL
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 26p+12rb, Lee Chi-yi 14p+12rb, Yang Che-yi 12p+6a
KKL: Chen Ching-hwan 21p, Lin Kwan-lun 17p, Hsiao Yuan-chan 17p

Standing:
Yulon 16-4
Dacin 16-6
TB 15-7
PY 9-11
KKL 9-12
TM 6-16BOT 3-18


Stats Leaders
SBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Yang Ching-min, TB 19.2
2. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 18.8
3. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 17.6
4. Hsu Chih-chan, BOT 15.9
5. Chen Ching-hwan 15.7
6. Tien Lei, Dacin 15.1
7. Lin Chih-chieh, TB 14.9
8. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 14.4
9. Ouyang Ching-heng, TM 14.3
10. Chien Chia-hong, PY 14.1
11. Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT 13.9
12. Wu Yong-jen, TM 12.9
13. James Mao, PY 12.4
13. Yang Che-yi, Yulon 12.4
15. Chen Shih-chieh, PY 12.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Byron Allen, Dacin 9.6
2. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 9.5
3. Hsu Chih-chan, BOT 7.8
4. Chen Ching-hwan, KKL 6.9
5. Lin Chih-chieh, TB 6.8
5. Tien Lei, Dacin 6.8
7. Wu Tai-hao, TB 6.7
8. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 6.6
9. Ho Shou-cheng, TB 5.9
10. Hsiao Yuan-chan, KKL 5.3
Assists Per Game
1. Wu Yong-jen, TM 4.5
2. Chen Shih-chieh, PY 4.2
3. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 3.8
4. Hsu Tse-hsin, TM 3.6
5. Chen Shih-nian, TB 3.6
Steals Per Game
1. Chen Ching-hwan, KKL 1.90
2. Lin Ching-pang, PY 1.86
3. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 1.82
4. Chen Shih-chieh, PY 1.75
5. Wu Yong-jen, TM 1.74
Blocks Per Game
1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.20
2. Tien Lei, Dacin 1.82
3. Hsu Chih-chan, BOT 1.76
4. Wu Tai-hao, TB 1.70
5. Hsu Wei-sheng, TM 1.14


Byron Allen named March MVP - by Chris Wang
Dacin import Allen Byron (201-C-81, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Northwestern St.) was named SBL March MVP Monday, edging out Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting 22-19 in the media voting, and became the first import to win the monthly award this season.

Allen, who is now leading the league in rebounding, averaged 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game. His consistent inside presence was a big reason why Dacin now ranks second in the league.

Tseng had 19 points while KKL forward Chen Ching-hwan, who is enjoying a breakout season, had 10 points.


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Yulon Luxgen 16-4 
 2. Dacin 16-6 
 3. Taiwan Beer 15-7 
 4. Pure Youth 9-11 
 5. KKL 9-12 
 6. Taiw.Mobile 6-16 
 7. Bank of Taiw. 3-18 


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  TPBL   


TPBL CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH!!!!! san angelo,tx vs. midland, tx - by Chris Cardenas
The San Angelo,Tx Chaparrals have been fighting injuries, and tough losses all year, but found a way to get into the playoffs. For the Midland Heat , its business as usual. Now, both teams are ready for the 2009 Championship series which will begin Friday April 17-19. Game 1 will be in san angelo,tx while games 2 and 3 (if nec.) will be in midland,tx. Both teams able to score well over 100 points per game make this years tpbl championship even more exciting than the last one as this will be a rematch of the 2008 title in which the midland heat won 2 games to 0.
for information on game tickets for either site call tpbl owner chris cardenas at : 325-763-6630


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jones Ready For Breakout Season - by David Edole
When Charlotte 49er center Phil Jones (208-C-85) was asked to comment on what the team's message has been for the offseason his response was clear and without hesitation. '[We] have to cut back on making mistakes,' said Jones. 'We lost 10 to 12 games within the last two or three possessions.'

For a team that went 11-20 it does not take a genius to figure out the math.

Jones will be an integral part to the success of next year's squad. Jones showed improvement in his second season of playing basketball. He averaged 7.3 pts and 4.2 rebounds per game. Jones only averaged 3.3 pts and 2.9 rebounds in his first season. Jones shot 47.2 percent from the field (compared to 32.8 percent in his first season) and he shot 75.7 percent from the free throw line (compared to 58.9 percent in his first season.)

'I think I made a nice improvement,' said Jones. 'I'm making steps to get better.'

Jones said he will be working on three things specifically this offseason to continue that improvement. He said he is working on his ball handling, putting the ball on the floor, and getting his weight down. Jones said that he was at 267 when the season ended and he is already down to 255. He is looking to get down to 245 and then add 10 to 15 pounds of muscle.

'If he gets himself to where he is fit to play for 30 minutes at a high level then he's going to be a force to be reckoned with,' said Bobby Lutz after the Niners demolished Fordham this season. Jones agreed with Coach Lutz's assessment.

The other thing that has kept Jones off of the floor has been foul trouble. Jones fouled out of nine games this season and had four fouls in four other contests. Instead of getting frustrated and upset, Jones has taken a different approach. 'I just learned to live with it,' he said. 'A few of refs are going call certain things certain ways. I try to forget about it and move on.'

As far as next year goes, Jones believes he will have his breakthrough season with the Niners. He also likes the prospects of next year's team. 'The team we have is exceptional I think,' he said. 'I think as far as this year we were tuned to coach, but we weren't really tuned in and that sort of reflected our record. But next year with the guys returning and the newcomers that I spoke to they said we are willing to do whatever coach says to make the team better. I'm looking forward to next year.'

Does Jones think that all of the adversity and the tough losses will help next year's team when it comes to crunch time? 'We're hoping next year that there is no crunch time,' he said. 'We're trying to beat people by 20, 30, 40, 50 points. [We don't] want to leave it in the referee's hands. We're just trying to smash everybody.'

With the Final Four approaching this weekend Jones said it has been difficult to watch the NCAA Tournament. 'Its frustrating to see teams that you've beaten in the NCAA's and your not,' he said. 'That's why we have to get better.'

Although the team struggled this past season, Jones wanted to add one thing to the Niner fans. 'As far as the team goes just keep coming out and supporting us like you all have been doing and thank you for everything.'

Tim Parker
NinerReport.com Publisher


Super 12 - by David Edole
Here is a quick look at the top talent in the Virgin Islands for next season.

1. Merwin Potter, Guard, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2010
Coming off a surprise season where he was named Virgin Islands Basketball Player of the Year, Merwin Potter is on a high. He was a major piece of the V.I. Junior National team that took home a silver medal in Caribbean Basketball Championships that was held in Antigua.
Potter is an all around player. He can create his own shot off the dribble of create for other. He is an outstanding defender and for his height (5-10) a real god rebounded. HE had a game of 18 points 18 rebounds in a win over British Virgin Islands in the CBC. He was also named MVP of the 2009 MLK tourney that was held in CAHS. If Charlotte Amalie repeats it will be because of Potter.
NEEDS: A better outside shot.

2. James 'NeNe' Sneed, Guard, Educational Complex, Class of 2010
Virgin Islands Junior National team head coach Jareem Dowling said, James Sneed (-G-92) has the world of talent. Dowling even called him an NCAA Division I player. However, Sneed attitude has left him out of favor with local coaches around St. Croix. Even this writer called him out and asked him to fall in line. I dont know what happened if stars fell into the right path but Sneed responded in a big way. He sated the season regulated to Educational Complexs B Team but by the end of the season. He was on A team and even produced a 28 point game in the finals of the Territorial Championship.
Sneed is a 5-foot-10 point guard who has deep range on his jump shot. He is quit scary when his jumper is on. Couple his shooting with his quickness to get to the basket. Now you could see why I call him the best basketball prospect in the territory. Sneed can also get up there. He was snatching rebounds against players who were 6-7 and 6-8 this past summer in the Caribbean Basketball Championships. He almost dunked on a couple of trees in the process. Sneed is said to be a low-major prospect in basketball but he is a mid major prospect in baseball.
NEEDS: To dribble better with his right hand.

3. Taaron Jones (-G-91), Guard, Central High, Class of 2010
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Taaron Jones play in the Dekalb Holiday Tournament (Atlanta, GA). Central lost to Widner-Barow but anyone who was in attendance new that Jones was the man. He was swish-swashing jump shots like the rim was big as an ocean. That outside shot best defines the 6-foot guard. He had the most consistent three point stroke in the territory.
Jones is a kid the plays super hard and loves to compete, said Jareem Dowling. He is extremely coachable and will make any college happy.
This season Jones will be the heart and soul of Central High School. He will be looked to for leadership and to help guide the young team back on top after losing their grip on St. Croix District title.
NEEDS: Improve quickness.

4. Aubrey Dawson, Forward, Eudora Kean, Class of 2010
Who is that guy? was mentioned often by onlookers at the Central High Invitational Basketball tournament. This 6-foot-7 skinny kid was coming off of Eudora Keans bench and creating havoc. He had long arms and could jump out of the gym. The other team had trouble getting to the basket due to his length and Dawson was snatching rebound s that looked out of his reach. Dawson led Eudora Kean to their first tournament win in eons. However, he could not repeat the feat in the St. Thomas District finals versus Charlotte Amalie. Dawson could be a Division I player but he has to get good coaching in the off season.
NEEDS: Where do I start? Not aggressive enough on the offensive end. He gets rebounds based on his athleticism. He needs to block out. He has to put on some weight and get stronger.

5. Shamal Caines, Guard, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2010
Shamal Caines is one of the better pure shooters that we have in the territory. When he is not deferring to others, he is lethal. Caines scored a career best 29 points in the IAA finals win over Eudora Kean. His form on his jumpers should be taught in the territory.
Needs: Defensive improvement necessary.

6. Charles Pemberton, Forward, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2010
One word to describe Charles Pemberton.. Monster. This guy is built like a defensive tackle and it is all on a 6-foot-4 frame. He rebounds with such ferocity, sometimes opposing players want no part of it. Pemberton better known as Water Island is a player that plays his role. His coaches ask him to rebound, blocked shots and set devastating screens. And that is what he does. Those screens can send someone to another world. In his final year it up to him to add scoring to his game. If he does, Charlotte Amalie will be tough.
NEEDS: Better Conditioning. Score the basketball!

7. Salim Ross, Guard, Educational Complex, Class of 2010
James Sneed is not the only talented player on the Educational Complex roster. The high leaper known as Salim Ross has had some good games this past season. He had a 15 point effort in game on of the territorial championship series. Ross is a scorer an has a nice soft touch. Surprisingly, he has good handles on the bounce.
NEEDS: Confidence

8. Kadeem Jones, Guard, Central High, Class of 2011
V.I. Junior Mens basketball coach Jareem Dowling calls Kadeem Jones A coaches dream. Dowling said Jones was the most cerebral player on the U16 team. He has a deep understanding of the games. Jones knows when to pass and shoot it.
Jones played his first year of varsity basketball and looked like he belonged. This season with Lamar Bough off to college, point guard duties fall squarely on Jones shoulders. Look for him to have a fine junior season at 15 years old for the Caribs.
NEES: Jones is way too small (5-foot-7) and a little bit slow for his height.

9. Shanel Caines, Guard, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2011
Some say he may be the best point product from the Virgin islands since Kevin Sheppard. I simply say he is the next Shanel Caines. Caines put on a cerebral performance in the final game of the Territorial Championship series. Charlotte Amalie was down by as much as 18 points before Caines led them to victory. Caines should off his impressive passing ability as well as the ability to pick the pocket of offensive guards. His three point stroke was on fire (He is a Caines).
NEEDS: To get stronger.

10. Michael Venzen, Forward, Sts. Peter and Paul, Class of 2010
Venzen should feel slighted that he was not selected to the ST. Thomas All Stars for the SunStroke Classic. That gives him more than enough ammunition to make the other schools pay. Venzen stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 240 pounds. He plays defensive tackle for the Private school Arawaks and now have a reason to hit on the basketball floor. He is strong in the post and is a monster three feet and in. He is extremely difficult to stop on the under basket because he goes up with such a force. He averaged 19 points per game in the 2009 MLK tourney and he did it against the better teams.
NEEDS: Outside shot. He puts the ball on the floor making himself smaller than his size. That allows the smaller players to sneak in a steal the ball.

11. Mike McDonald, Forward, Country Day, Class of 2010
Known as a shot blocker Michael McDonald will have to show that he is more than just a defensive player. McDonald will have to score the basketball if Country Day will stay in the discussion as one of the top six teams in the territory. CDS got help from Charles Moorehead but he is gone. It is up to McDonald and freshman Charles Sealy.
NEEDS: Improve offense. Confidence.

12. Sekayi Petersen, Guard, BCB, 2014
Sekayi Petersen had an amazing summer leading the Virgin Islands to a silver medal in the 16-under Caribbean Basketball Championships. Last summer The 15 year old not only dominated the event but also sent college coaches in a frenzy. One coach stated that he was too good to remain in the
Virgin Islands when they found out his age. Petersen's best game was a 31 points, eight rebound, nine steal effort in a win over British Virgin Islands. Sekayi is not only a basketball player but a definite baseball prospect. He led the St. Thomas Explorers team with three home runs in the annual Cooperstown baseball world classic. At 6-foot and solidly built he is an imposing figure..


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AllStarDay contests' list - by Alexander Muzyka
According to niknews.mk.ua (the newspaper from the AllStarDay hosting city), there will be the next players to take part in AllStarDay contests:

3-points shootout
Serhi Gladyr (196-G/F-89) (MBC Mykolaiv)
Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) (BC Kyiv)
Dmytro Diatlovskyi (195-G-85) (BC-93 Pulsar)
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) (Azovmash)
Yevhen Podorvannyi (194-F/G-78) (Sumykhimprom)
Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) (BC Poltava)
Rules: 25 attempts (5 attempts per each of the 5 positions) with 1 point for the first, second, third and forth ball and 2 points for the prize fifth ball of the each position. Semifinals and finals (of the best two contestants).

Slamdunk contest
Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) (BC Kyiv)
Anthony Leon Tucker (196-F-85) (BC Donetsk)
Oleksandr Osnach (202-C-90) (Azovmash)
Olumuiwa Famutimi (197-G-84) (Khimik)
Dmytro Khodov (203-F-87) (Khimik)
Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) (Azovmash)
Rules: 2 dunks by 1 minute for each attempt. Semifinals and finals (of the best two contestants).

Skills challenge
Dmytro Zabirchenko (191-G-84) (BC Donetsk)
Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81) (BC Donetsk)
Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) (BC Kyiv)
Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79) (Khimik)
Vladyslav Tonchenko (185-G-89) (MBC Mykolaiv)
Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) (MBC Mykolaiv)
Rules: dribbling, assist, free throw, assist, dribbling, shot. Semifinals and finals (of the best two contestants).


Standings - Higher League
UBL Standings
Group A
 1. Hoverla 2-0 
 2. DniproAzot 2-1 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 1-1 
 4. BC Odessa 1-2 
 5. Cherkasy 0-2 
Group B
 1. Budivelnyk 2-0 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 1-1 
 3. Politek.Lviv 1-1 
 4. Dnipro 1-2 
 5. Gryfony 1-2 


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URBL Names Boyd Player of the Week - by URBL media
April 6, 2009, The URBL names National Division Player of the Week. Jerome Boyd had an out standing game as he powered up 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assist. Boyd also shot 94% from the field(12-13) as he led the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples passed the Texas Marshalls 113-79. 'He is just awesomeme, We are like Shaq and Kobe. He's the Diesel, he's just too much for other post players(6-8 265). The just totall dominateded the game', said teammate Jermaine Barnes. Boyd was apart of the #1 ranked Clayton State Lakers in 08. Where he led the team in rebounds, but now he has come into his own as a Disciple. Jerome Boyd (6'7''-F/C-85, college: Clayton St.)

Games results: Barnes scores 42 in opener... - by URBL media
The Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples rolled to a 113-79 victory over the Texas Marshalls on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Arlington Arena in Arlington, TX. The Disciples have now won there first games in the URBL! 'Legend' Jermaine Barnes led the Disciples in scoring with 42 points(9 rebs and 7 ast), scoring 14 second quarter points (5 of them on long range 3 point baskets) to pace the Disciples out of the blocks. The Disciples had four other players in double figures: Jerome Boyd added 26 points, 15 rebound, Sherman Douglas 10 points, 12 ast, Jered McClinic 13 point, 11 rebs and Royal Maxwell added 18 points, 10 assists and 8 rebound. Scott Tranquier scored 21 points(7-14 3PT) despite the Marshalls The Houston Stars won their opener, 91-80 verses Dallas. Sergio Negrin had 19 points, 10 assist ans 5 steals.Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian)

Irving Assault open season with win. Sloan and James post 29. - by URBL media
The Assault had triumphed in their season-opener at home Friday, April 3, defeating the Texas Marshalls 101-58. Six players reached double figures in the scoring column for the Irving Assault. Rick James nailed 10-of-19 shots from the floor and 6-of-11 3PT to beb the game top scorer at 29 points. Michael Sloan also added 29 points and a league recored 7 steals in his home debut. Will De La Cruz, playing out of a reserve role, turned in a double-double effort of 12 pts and 11 ast. Irving Assault sprinted out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back. Scott Tranquier scored a team high 20 points in a losing effort.
Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.)


Barnes adds Star Power to the URBL - by URBL media

Interview with Jermaine 'JB' Barnes - March 10, 2009
Currently joining the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples in there first season Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G-82, college: Atlanta Christian,GA) or 'JB' as he is affectionately known, has landed in Dallas,TX doing what he does best.putting on a show. The Atlanta born guard out of Atlanta Christian College took some time to answer a few questions in the days leading up to the opening game. Starting guard for the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples (URBL) Barnes brings Japan star power to the new league, while in Japan he was named the JBL3 Most Valuable Player and the leagues top scorer(48.3ppg). Also being name the 1st selection in the 09' URBL draft.

Q: Hey 'JB' congratulations on becoming the 1st player taking the this years draft. How did you end up playing in Japan and now the URBL?

A: I ended up in Japan due to a close friend (Jerone Dodd), he got me my first shot to play out of college. Seeing that I went to a D3 college alot of teams were afraid to take me but he gave me a chance. I guess you could say it paid off. He really taught me how to be a professional, on and off the court. The URBL was more of a business move. Sherman Douglas who is a close friend of mine purchased the team. Long story short, he hates to lose so I came.

Q: How has the transition been with your teammates and coach?

A: The transition has been good between me and the team and coach. I came in a little bit out of shape and didn't have much time to get ready but we(me and D.J. Douglas) made it work.. Sherman has put me through extra workouts, extra running, extra shootingBut most of all I like the group he has put together. Royal Maxwell (6'9''-F-80, college: Jackson St.), is hands down our best player. He can do it all at 6-9, Jared McClinic (6'4'-F-80, college: Morris Brown), is a freak and Jerome Boyd (6'8'-F-C-84, college: Clayton St.) is a great post. He can use both hands and can flat out score. Im just trying to come in and win.

Q: You were named D3 National Player of the Year, All-Japan MVP, URBL MVP?

A: 'God willing'.

Q: You have excelled as a scorer on every level, the NCAA(26.1), Japan(48.3), ABA(26.2) and EBA(23.1). Why do you feel your not in the NBA?

A: 'To be honest I get this question alot, but it's very easy to answer. I had to go D3 in college because of my grades. So I had to prove that I wasn't just a small league star. When I went to Japan I had to start at the bottom, but I worked my way up. The Japanese teams and agents told me I had to play in the ABA,NBDL and CBA if I wanted a chance at the big league there and in the NBA. But now I have proven that I can play on all level. Now im ready to take my game to another level. But if I could play in the NBA that would be a blessing'.

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

A: 'Wow, great question. That would have to be Royal Maxwell. He can do it all. He's 6-9 and plays like a guard'. Against would have to be Sherman Douglas, he cheats'. As far as a teammate Mike Kearse maybe the best. A 6-4 PG who can do it all. He belongs in the NBA.

Q: Where did you learn to shoot? People say you have the best mid range in the south?

'A: Sherman Douglas and James Smith(uncle). There's not secret to shooting, just hard work. They pushed me to be the player I am today. And til this day I still can't out shoot either one of them'. (lol)

Q: As far as coaching. Who was your favorite and who was the toughest?

A: My favorite coach was Robert 'Reed' Moore. He was great. He could sell papaer to a tree. I can honestly say he brought the 'JB' out of Jermaine Barnes. The toughest was hands down 'Jay Livingstone'. Coach Jay was a great coach.

Q: What were you doing to keep busy while playing in Japan?

A: I really didnt do much in Japan but work on my game. I had alot to prove my first two season in the JBL3'

Q: There's a rumor that you scored 60 point twice while in Japan, is this true?

A: Very much so. The first time I did it was my first year with Proline. We were down big and God took over. I really can't say it was me. The second time was last year in the All-Japan Tournament. I had 63 but we lost in the Championship.

Q: Ok, now focusing on your present situationWhat are you doing to prepare for the upcoming season in the URBL?

A: Well my goals are simple. I want the win the URBL championship and be the MVP of the league. Anything else will be a failure.

Q: Who would you say helped you get to this point in life as a player and a person?

A: 'My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Followed by my mother and father. I had a great dad. He always pushed me to be the best in everything I did. He made me believe in my dreams. He pushed me. My mother was a strong women of God and she pushed me in my foundation in the Lord. Those two where very important in my growth as a person. As a player Sherman Douglas, Jared McClinic, Mike Davis, Sam Orum, Royal Maxwell, Derrick Stroud, Dorian Lee and Mike Kearse. Those guys helped me as a player and are my dear friends.



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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2009 - Week 6 (Sunday): Guaros completes sweep, Toros and Cocodrilos avenge previous losses - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara completed a sweep as visitors over Panteras de Miranda and won their eighth straight match and 13th of the last 14 they've played, while both Toros de Aragua and Cocodrilos de Caracas avenged previous losses against Trotamundos de Carabobo and Gaiteros del Zulia, respectively.

Guaros de Lara 91 - Panteras de Miranda 89
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 27-24-17-21= 89
GUA: 23-26-28-14= 91

Scorers
GUA: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 26 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 22 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82) 12 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 11 points and 5 steals, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 9 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 7 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 4 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 0 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points
PAN: Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 17 points, Lavor Postell (197-F/G-78) 17 points, Brian Latham (184-G-83) 14 points and 5 assists, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 14 points, Devougn Lamont (208-F-84) 13 points and 7 rebounds, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 7 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 4 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 3 points, Alfredo Rodriguez (195-F-85) 0 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points, Gustavo Montoya (197-F-86) 0 points

Toros de Aragua 80 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 77
El Limon Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 23-13-17-17-10= 80
TRO: 15-19-18-18-7= 77

Scorers
TRO: Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) 16 points and 6 rebounds, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 15 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 13 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 8 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 8 points, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 7 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 5 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 5 points, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82) 0 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
TOR: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 15 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 14 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 steals, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 11 points and 6 steals, Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 10 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 9 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 6 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 3 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 0 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points, Cesar Olivo (186-G-83) 0 points

Cocodrilos de Caracas 99 - Gaiteros del Zulia 82
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 8-22-22-30= 82
COC: 25-27-21-26= 99

Scorers
GAI: Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 20 points, Reggie Charles (201-F-81) 17 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 12 points
COC: Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 20 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 18 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 15 points



LPB 2009 - Week 6 (Saturday): Marinos and Guaros unstoppable, Trotamundos, Gaiteros and Gigantes win - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui and Guaros de Lara extended their winning streaks and their fight for first place in the LPB 2009 standings, by taking down Guaiqueries de Margarita and Panteras de Miranda, while Trotamundos de Carabobo won as visitors against Toros de Aragua and both Gaiteros del Zulia and Gigantes de Guayana got home victories.

Marinos de Anzoategui 82 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 70
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 18-22-16-26= 82
GUAI: 18-12-18-22= 70

Scorers
MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 16 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 15 points and 7 assists, Michael Gale (193-G-82) 12 points and 7 steals, Uka Agbai (203-F-81) 10 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 9 points and 6 rebounds, Hatila Passos (212-C-86) 6 points and 8 rebounds, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 6 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 5 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 3 points, Ruben Contreras (196-F-87) 0 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points
GUAI: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 20 points, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 13 points, Chris Jackson (208-C-81) 12 points and 15 rebounds, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 11 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 6 points and 5 steals, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 6 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 2 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 0 points, Giorland Rada (185-G-85) 0 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 0 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 0 points

Guaros de Lara 100 - Panteras de Miranda 90
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 20-27-25-18= 90
GUA: 18-28-30-24= 100

Scorers
GUA: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 26 points and 9 rebounds, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 18 points and 9 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 16 points and 5 assists, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 14 points and 9 steals, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 9 points, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82) 6 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 6 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 3 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points
PAN: Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 18 points, Devougn Lamont (208-F-84) 17 points, Brian Latham (184-G-83) 16 points, 8 assists and 6 steals, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 14 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 11 points, Lavor Postell (197-F/G-78) 10 points, Alfredo Rodriguez (195-F-85) 4 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 0 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points, Gustavo Montoya (197-F-86) 0 points

Trotamundos de Carabobo 80 - Toros de Aragua 78
El Limon Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 20-24-20-14= 78
TRO: 16-18-24-22= 80

Scorers
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 18 points and 5 assists, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 13 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 12 points and 10 rebounds, Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) 12 points, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82) 10 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 8 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 3 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 2 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 2 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 0 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
TOR: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 21 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 17 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 13 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 9 points, Kenya Capers (194-F-73) 8 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 3 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 3 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 2 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 2 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points, Cesar Olivo (186-G-83) 0 points

Gaiteros del Zulia 84 - Cocodrilos de Caracas 80
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 18-20-18-28= 84
COC: 21-23-17-19= 80

Scorers
GAI: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 18 points, Reggie Charles (201-F-81) 15 points
COC: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 26 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 16 points

Gigantes de Guayana 79 - La Guaira BBC 73
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 20-12-22-25= 79
LG: 21-10-23-19= 73

Scorers

GIG: Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 21 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 15 points and 7 rebounds, Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 13 points and 5 steals, Clarence Matthews (201-F-82) 10 points and 7 rebounds, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 9 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 4 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 2 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 2 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 2 points, Pedro Montano (201-F-84) 1 point, Nestor Moran (178-G-87) 0 points, Antonio Sucre (193-F-83) 0 points

LG: Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) 28 points and 7 steals, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) 17 points and 5 steals, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 10 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 6 points and 9 rebounds, Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83) 3 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 3 points, Victor Luces (188-G-77) 2 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 2 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 2 points, Victor Gonzalez (200-F-69) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Jose Camacho 0 points



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 15-4 
 2. Guaros 14-4 
 3. Cocodrilos 12-7 
 4. Gaiteros 11-7 
 5. Trotamundos 10-8 
 6. Guaiqueries 8-10 
 7. La Guaira BBC 7-11 
 8. Toros 7-12 
 9. Gigantes 6-13 
 10. Panteras 2-16 




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Flying Foxes clinch regular season title - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes won the AWBL regular season. They claimed the 23rd victory in Round 28 to complete the regular season action. The reigning champions handled Wels 79:64 in a possible final rehearsal. The first frame proved deadly for Wels as they lost it 7:23 and never seriously threatened the hosts afterwards. Martina Remler (185-F/C-75) knocked down 21 points to lead Flying Foxes. Renee Taylor (158-G, agency: Ronsport, college: Miami, FL) contributed 19 points in the victory. Victoria Crawford (170-G-83, college: Memphis) secured 18 points for Wels. Monika Barenyiova (167-F-72) had 12 points in the losing case.
Herzogenburg finished the regular championship in the third position. They fired down Graz 70:42 in the final round. UBBC held their opponents to 24 points in the first half to pile up a 12-point lead. Graz could not find the answer after the major break and lost the game. Jordan Wilson (186-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin) netted 23 points for the winners. Theresa Schwarzinger (167-G-89) answered with 15 points for Graz as they remained at the bottom of the standings.
Klosterneuburg defeated Lady Jacks Baden 71:57 at home court. The hosts cleared off to an 11-point distance at halftime and breezed to the win afterwards. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) netted 13 points in the victory. Marina Picorusevic (160-G-92) added 11 points for Klosternueburg. Theresa Grath (174-F-90) had 18 points for Baden.


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 23-1 
 2. Wels 18-6 
 3. UBBC 16-8 
 4. Jocher's D. 13-11 
 5. Vienna 87 10-14 
 6. Graz 2-22 
 7. Baden 2-22 


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Gospic 7-0 
 2. Sibenik 5-2 
 3. Medvescak 4-3 
 4. Studenec O. 3-4 
 5. Croatia 2006 1-6 
 6. Ragusa 1-6 
Places 7-12
 1. Mursa 5-1 
 2. Pula 4-2 
 3. Agram 3-2 
 4. Pozega 3-3 
 5. Zadar 2-3 
 6. Novi Zagreb 0-6 


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Amager make it to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Amager have entered the Dameligaen semifinals after they defeated Falcon for the second straight time in the quarterfinal series. Amager proved strength at home court 84:71 and booked the spot in the semifinal series against SISU. Falcon had their backs against the wall in this one and rushed ahead right from the start. A brave performance in the starting stanza allowed the visitors to earn a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. But Amager quickly gained control and rallied to a 47:41 lead at the interval. The teams slowed down substantially in the third frame combining for only 16 points as Falcon clipped the deficit to only 4 points. But it was just a pause for the hosts as they exploded with 30 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) tallied 21 points, 9 boards and 6 assists to pace Amager. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) had 20 points in the winning effort. Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) responded with 19 points for Falcon.
Aabyhoj stayed alive in their series against Vaerlose as they sneaked past their opponents 69:66 on the road. The victory allowed Aabyhoj to draw things level in the best-of-three series. Vaerlose seemed to roll to the win as they piled up a 23:14 lead after the opening stanza but Aabyhoj did not say die and struck back in the second frame. Emilie Hesseldal (185-F/C-90) and Stephanie Mannemar Jensen (-G-90) helped the visitors to a 26:12 run that left Vaerlose behind. The hosts failed to regain the lead after the main break and had to surrender at the end. Jensen Stephanie Mannemar Jensen and Emilie Hesseldal notched 15 points apiece for Aabyhoj. Anne Deleuran (172-G-87) added 13 points for the winners. Chelsea Lutha (-F) replied with game-high 25 points for Vaerlose. The third game of the match-up is scheduled for April 7.


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Lady Horizon Finish Season with a Classic Win - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
Saving the best for last, Harrisburgs Lady Horizon traveled to Baltimore and came home with a not-soon-to-be-forgotten 101 to 100 victory. Each team exhibited sensational shooting from opening tip to the last lay-up.
Harrisburgs All-Star performer Sasha Palmer scored a career-high 49 points that included eight 3-pointers. The team recorded 13 from long range. Palmer was backed-up by Longo(15), Bullock(14) and Swingler(13).
With seconds left in the game and Harrisburg down by one, rookie Forward, Lindsay Cole grabbed a loose ball under her basket and laid it in to put her team ahead 101 to 100. With only five seconds left, Baltimore rushed the ball in from mid-court and shot a 20-footer that rimmed out. The rebound that followed also missed and Harrisburg had a classic win. Everyone in attendance agreed that this was one of the best played games ever in the history of the WEBA.
Baltimore Starz were led by Jasmine Byrds 23 points. Her outside sharp-shooting at times was simply unstoppable. Her three teammates Griffin, Price and Wright each recorded 19.
This win gave Harrisburg a one-up edge over the Starz, having split two previous games in Harrisburg earlier in the season. The two teams will go at it again Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 PM in Harrisburg, PA as they are paired against each other in the WEBA Final Four semi-finals game.
Harrisburg moved its regular season record to 6-4 and secured second place in the regular 2009 season, grabbing the number two seed. Delaware(#1) and the NJ Thunder(#4) will play the second semi-final game at 3:00 PM. Winners will meet for the Championship, Sunday, March 29th at 1:00 PM.


Lady Horizon Move into Championships! - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
Harrisburgs Lady Horizon and Delawares Lady Destroyers will meet at 1PM on Sunday, March 29th to decide the WEBA Championship.
Harrisburgs Lady Horizon met the Baltimore Starz in an all-or-nothing showdown and emerged victorious with a score of 108-89 behind the shooting of former Harrisburg HS star Damita Bullock and April Longo, both with 25 points, Palmer with 18 and Swingler with 16.
The Harrisburg ladies had failed to capture the WEBA title for the first time since the WEBA's inception when they lost to the rookie Starz in 2008. Now the Lady Horizon are poised to rebound to the top spot when they face the Delaware Lady Destroyers. The Delaware Lady Destroyers defeated the NJ Thunder 90-54 to claim the other spot in Sundays finals.


WEBA Final Four Come to Harrisburg - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
The WEBA decided its final four Saturday in Baltimore when the Harrisburg Lady Horizon emerged victoriously over the hometown Baltimore Starz with a final score of 101 to 100.
These two teams will convene a grudge match when they again face off in Harrisburg, PA at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th. Both teams intend to determine who will move on to the Championship game the following day.
At the same time, number one Delaware Lady Destroyers will attempt to quash newcomers NJ Thunder (#4) in their contest at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th and move on to claim the WEBA title in the Championship game. The Thunder hope to mount an upset by raining on Delaware's parade.
Who will claim the WEBA Championship? Are the Lady Horizon ready for a come back to league dominance? Or will the WEBA Champion Starz mount a repeat victorious season? Are the Thunder strong enough to become a rookie year champion? Or will Delaware show everyone who's really number one? Come and see the 'Rumble in H-Burg' scheduled for 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th in the John Harris HS arena in Harrisburg, PA. See you there!


WEBA Semi-Final Victors Meet in Harrisburg - by EBA Media
by C.J. Vann
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
With a decisive victory over the NJ Thunder 90-54, the Delaware Lady Destroyers now move into the Championship as the number one seed. Meanwhile, the Harrisburg Lady Horizon handily beat the Baltimore Starz 108-89 to face the Lady Destroyers in the Championship as the number two seed.
Harrisburg Lady Horizon previously beat the Delaware Lady Destroyers in the penultimate game of the season. But the Delaware ladies finished with a better record. Who will claim the WEBA Championship? Are the Lady Horizon ready for a come back to league dominance? Or will Delaware show everyone who's really number one? Come and see the 'Rumble in H-Burg' scheduled for 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th in the John Harris HS arena in Harrisburg, PA. See you there!


WEBA Crowns Lady Destroyers Champs - by EBA Media
By James Phillips
The Patriot-News
jphillips@pnco.com
EasternBasketballAllaince.com
It was obvious by the high level of play in Sundays Womens Eastern Basketball Alliance championship game that implementing a playoff format this season was a grand idea.
The Harrisburg Lady Horizon and Delaware Lady Destroyers went back and forth for the majority of the contest before Delaware outscored Harrisburg 15-7 in the final 5:42 to register an 89-86 victory at Harrisburg High School.
Reserves Shivonne Augustine and Sherelle Holmes tallied six and four points, respectively, to lead Delaware (9-2) during that late surge. The Lady Horizon (7-5) had some critical miscues and missed opportunities down the stretch.
This leaves a bad taste in my mouth because ... yes, we did have control of the game, Horizon forward Damita Bullock said.
We had some unforced turnovers and poor execution late in the game that really hurt us, Bullock said. You have to give credit to Delaware for doing what it had to do to pull out the game
Playing two games in two days seemed to sap the energy of the Lady Horizon in the fourth quarter. Delaware chased down a lot of loose balls and was in the bonus early in the final quarter.
Harrisburg defeated Baltimore 108-89 Saturday in one semifinal. Delaware downed the NJ. Thunder 90-54 in the other semifinal contest
Playing back-to-back games is tough, but we played hard and had a chance, Harrisburg forward Sasha Palmer said. I do feel that the playoff system makes the games more competitive and meaningful. Palmer led the Horizon with 23 points. April Longo added 20 and Bullock, a former Harrisburg High and Tennessee-Chattanooga standout, contributed 14, including seven in the fourth quarter.
Forward Lena Thomas poured in a game-high 26 points to power Delaware and guard Kelli Sawyer scored 22.
We knew what we had to do against Harrisburg and that was play tough team defense, contain their 3-point shooters and rebound, Thomas said. Playing hard as a team was the key for us getting the job done.
Delaware was coached by former DePaul University All-American forward Dallas Comegys. Comegys, who was drafted 21st overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 1987, also had short stints with the Nets and Spurs before playing overseas.
I think it was a great idea to finally have a playoff system in the league so that you would have the two best teams play for a championship, Comegys said.
Its an honor to be the first team to claim the championship of the league, Comegys said. Having WEBA playoffs is the best basketball and it helps the league grow. Give Harrisburg credit for playing tough throughout the game. I think they kind of wore down late in the game.
In the EBA mens championship game, Delaware made it a clean sweep as the Destroyers defeated the Elmira Bulldogs 115-103.



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Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-G-82) of Spartak
Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi of Spartak
Forward of the Year: Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of UMMC
Center of the Year: Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Spartak
Import Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles of Spartak
European Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi of Spartak
Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles of Spartak
Coach of the Year: Laszlo Ratgeber of Spartak

1st Team
Diana Taurasi of Spartak
Sylvia Fowles of Spartak
Michelle Snow (196-C-80) of Halcon
Agnieszka Bibrzycka of UMMC
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F/G-76) of Los Casares

2nd Team
Sue Bird (175-G-80) of Spartak
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Halcon
Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) of UMMC
Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82) of Umana Reyer
Laura Harper (193-F/C-86) of Besiktas

Honorable Mention
Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) of Bourges
Asjha Jones (188-F-80) of UMMC
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Los Casares
Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86) of TEO Vilnius
Liron Cohen (174-G-82) of Maxima Broker
Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) of MBK
Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77) of Wisla Can-Pack
Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76) of MiZo Pecs

All-European Players Team
Diana Taurasi of Spartak
Agnieszka Bibrzycka of UMMC
Amaya Valdemoro of Los Casares
Celine Dumerc of Bourges
Sandrine Gruda of UMMC

All-Imports Team
Sylvia Fowles of Spartak
Michelle Snow of Halcon
Laura Harper of Besiktas
Sue Bird of Spartak
Le'Coe Willingham of Halcon


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DBBL-Semis: Saarlouis and Wasserburg grab the lead - by Moritz Korff
The semifinals of the 2008-09 DBBL playoffs started with two home wins on Sunday. Saarlouis and Wasserburg, the two top teams of the regular season, are ahead 1-0 after match day one. The next games will be played on April 11th.

TV Saarlouis Royals - evo New Basket Oberhausen 66-60
Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead the Royals to the first win in the series. Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) and Stina Barnert (176-G-89) each added 16 points. The Oberhausen offense was led by Bracey Barker (186-F-85, college: Maine) who put in 14 points, Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) finished the contest with 9 points.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg - SV Halle Lions 84-52
The visitors outscored Halle 44-22 in the first half and earned an easy victory. Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) continued where she had left off in the quarterfinals and showed a great performance: She had 20 points for Wasserburg, Katharina Kuehn (193-C-80) followed with 13 points. The Lions got 14 points and 15 rebounds from Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts), she was the only Halle player in double figures.


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Perik Jumpers come up short against HLB Accountants - by Eurobasket News
HLB Accountants posted the 23rd victory in the season as they eked out a 73:70 road win over Perik Jumpers. The Tubbergen team stayed concentrated in the first half and managed to pile up a 13-point lead at the interval. But the league leaders raised the pressure in the third frame and clipped the margin. HLB Accountants entered the fourth term trailing by 3 points and soon jumped in front. Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) paced the visitors as they sneaked past Perik Jumpers in the final seconds. Marloes Roetgerink poured in 30 points to lead HLB Accountants. Tirza Pentury (168-G-82) had 12 points in the winning case. Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) answered with 16 points for Perik Jumpers. Sharon Beld (184-F-88) had 14 points and 8 boards in defeat.
ProBuild Lions claimed the 20th victory as they rallied past BV Lely away from home. The Lions got 26 points and 11 rebounds from Chelsey Warburton (173-G-85, college: Weber St.) and posted an 80:38 victory. Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) delivered 13 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in the win. ProBuild stunned BV Lely 30:9 in the opening frame and never looked back en route to the success. Grasshoppers held off Amazone 72:62 to post the fourth win in the season. Ingrid Van der Plas (178-F/C-91) scored 16 points for the hosts. Julia Dijkman (184-C-89) had 12 points in the winning effort.


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Cesis steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - TTT Riga 60:51

Cesis aggravated TTT Riga situation in the Final series claiming the second straight victory. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) shone again for Cesis as she tallied 27 points, 11 boards and 5 assists as Cesis celebrated the home victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The defending champions had now some difficult tasks to solve in the reminder of the series. Cesis looked impassable defensively early in the game as TTT Riga struggled to find open looks. Cesis limited their opponents to just 13 points in the opening frame and earned a 7-point lead into the second stanza. The things stayed dull for the visitors after the intermission as they managed just 12 points in the period and trailed by as many as 10 points at halftime.
The game however was not over just yet as TTT Riga tried to recover. They answered with a stifling defense of their own and held the hosts to 12 points in the third quarter. TTT Riga were behind by 9 points with ten minutes left in regulation but the distance proved insurmountable. Cesis did not panic and maintained the pressure to keep TTT Riga at bay throughout the rest of the encounter.
Elina Babkina (172-G-89) nailed 15 points for Cesis. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) added 8 points and 12 boards for the winners. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) had 16 points and 8 rebounds for TTT Riga. Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) finished with 13 points in the loss.
The third game is scheduled for April 9.

Cesis: Kristen Mann 27+11 boards, Elina Babkina 15, Tamera Young 8+12 boards
TTT Riga: Aija Brumermane 16, Merike Anderson 13


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Standings - Women
Diekirch Standings
Group A
 1. Musel Pikes 19-6 
 2. Etzella 17-8 
 3. T71 Dudelange 17-8 
 4. Basket Esch 15-10 
 5. AB Contern 14-11 
 6. Residence 14-11 
Group B
 1. Amicale 12-10 
 2. Racing 6-16 
 3. Grengewald 5-17 
 4. Black Frogs 0-22 


Musel Pikes upset Etzella and Contern at the weekend - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes stayed on top of the standings in Pool A of the Diekirch League Qualifying Round with two victories in Round 4. First Musel Pikes rallied past Etzella 74:47 on the road. Christiane Fischer (168-G) tallied 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead the visitors. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) and Magaly Meynadier (165-G-91) added 15 points apiece for the winners. Musel Pikes led by just three points after the starting frame but used a 28:15 run in the second term to take the lead for good in this one. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) responded with 23 points for Etzella.
Next Musel Pikes faced Contern at home court and managed to steal a last-second 60:59 victory. Contern outscored the hosts 23:9 in the second frame to enjoy a 7-point halftime advantage. But the visitors wasted all of their lead in the second half and lost the close battle at the end. Christiane Fischer stepped up with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Carine Cigrang had 14 points and 7 caroms for the winning team. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 28 points and 7 boards for Contern as they slipped at 14-11 record.
The defending champions Basket Esch split their weekend games as they first loss to Residence on the road, but then rebounded against Etzella at home court. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) pitched in 31 points and 12 boards to lead Residence to a 76:62 victory. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) had 20 points and 8 boards for Basket Esch in defeat.
Erneisha Bailey (175-G-86) fired 20 points in two days piloting the reigning champs to a 78:72 success against Etzella. Gaelle Pousseur added the same 20 points. Katie Donovan had 30 points for Etzella as they fell at 17-8 record after two straight losses.
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UConn cruises past Stanford for the big final - by Eurobasket News
Geno Auriemma has coached perfect teams and national champions before. He has also worked with some of the best players in the history of women's basketball.

On the doorstep of another unbeaten season, the Connecticut coach wants to add senior guard Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) and the rest of the these Huskies to those lists.

'I don't want this team to come up short,' Auriemma said. 'I don't want them to stop playing. I wanted them to be in the championship game. You love when your best players -- the ones who have given their heart and soul to the program and have accomplished so many things -- have a chance to win the last college game of the year.'

Montgomery scored 26 points, Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) added 24, and unbeaten UConn cruised to its first title game in five years with an 83-64 victory against Stanford on Sunday night.

UConn will face Big East rival Louisville on Tuesday night. The Cardinals missed their first 13 shots before rallying to beat Oklahoma 61-59.

The Huskies (38-0) already have routed Louisville twice this year, including dismantling the Cardinals 75-36 in the Big East tournament championship game in early March.

'I wish we were playing anyone but Louisville,' Auriemma said. 'Anyone, I don't care who. The last team you want to play is a team you beat the way we beat them the two times we beat them, especially the last time we played them.'

The Huskies have made almost everyone look silly this season, winning by nearly 31 points a game and not allowing a team to come within single digits.

With an imposing lineup that featured five starters over 6 feet, Stanford (33-5) was supposed to be an obstacle. The Cardinal were the last team to beat Connecticut, knocking them out of the Final Four last season.

That challenge didn't last long -- just like most of the other ranked teams UConn has faced this season.

After Jayne Appel got off to a quick start, the Huskies swarmed the Stanford star on defense, sometimes sending four players at her. The Cardinal couldn't stop Renee Montgomery on the other end, who sliced through Stanford's defense with ease.

'They went on a run where one time we totally lost Montgomery,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'For their team they really capitalized on any time someone was open.'

Appel finished with 26 points, but she had little help. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kayla Pedersen added 10 points.

UConn beat Stanford 87-60 in the Final Four en route to its first undefeated season in 1995, and also went unbeaten in 2002. The Huskies also entered the NCAA tournament undefeated in 1997, but fell to Tennessee in the regional final.

Besides Connecticut, only the Lady Vols and Texas have run through a season unbeaten.

This was the second successive season Stanford and Connecticut met in the Final Four. The Cardinal walked away with a 82-73 victory last season before falling to Tennessee in the title game.

On Sunday, they tried to run with the Huskies early and led 14-13 in the first half. Appel was unstoppable, scoring 10 of the team's first 14 points on an array of post moves.

But then the Huskies clamped down, going on one of their vaunted runs that have carried them all season long.

Connecticut scored 18 of the next 22 points to take a 31-18 lead. As she has been for most of the season, Montgomery was the catalyst.

The senior guard, who was the first UConn player to have her jersey retired while still playing, started the spurt with a 3-pointer. She had seven points during the burst that ended with Kaili McLaren's putback with 5:39 left in the half.

'Renee Montgomery was the difference maker,' VanDerveer said. 'That's the player of the year right there.'

The teams traded baskets for the rest of the first half as UConn went into the break up 37-24. It was the 32nd time this season that they held a double-digit lead at the half.

UConn put together a 13-0 run after intermission, holding Stanford without a point for the first 5 minutes of the second half. Moore, the Associated Press player of the year, had seven during the surge.

Appel finally ended the drought with a layup, but it was too late as Stanford trailed by 24 points at that point. The Cardinal could get within only 19 the rest of the way.

'Connecticut was head and shoulders above us tonight,' VanDerveer said.

Stanford had won 20 straight coming into the Final Four, including capturing its sixth consecutive Pac-10 tournament title. But the Cardinal couldn't get going offensively besides Appel, who grabbed seven rebounds to break the single-season school record set by Nicole Powell in 2003-04.

The victory against Stanford helped ease some painful St. Louis memories for the Huskies, who lost in the 2001 national semifinals to Notre Dame in the Gateway city.

It also set up only the fourth meeting in the championship between teams from the same conference.

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Cardinals outplays OU to reach title game! - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) and Louisville played the second half as if they belonged in their first Final Four.

McCoughtry scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds, helping Louisville crawl out of an early hole to beat Oklahoma 61-59 in the national semifinals Sunday night and end Courtney Paris' (6'4''-C-87) stellar career.

'We have not one high school All-American on this team, but these guys have worked so hard,' McCoughtry said. 'I'm so proud of them.'

Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson (5'9''-F/G) had a good look on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that rattled out.

Paris promised to pay back the cost of her four-year scholarship if the Sooners failed to win the title. She had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and left the court in tears after exchanging hugs with McCoughtry and huddling with her team for a final time.

Keshia Hines (6'2''-F/C-89) added 10 rebounds and nine points for the Cardinals (34-4), who'll face either unbeaten and top-ranked Connecticut or Stanford in Tuesday's final.

Ashley Paris (6'3''-F-87), Courtney's twin sister, had 16 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma.

Louisville looked nervous while enduring an awful first half. The Cardinals fell behind 16-2 after 7 1/2 minutes and finished the half down by 12 after season-worst 22-percent field-goal shooting.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz challenged McCoughtry at halftime.

'I told her she was awful,' Walz said. 'She came out in the second half and played like an All-American.'

The Cardinals opened the second half with a 15-1 run and took their first lead on a drive by McCoughtry with about 15 minutes to go. Oklahoma missed nine of its first 10 shots, and never was able to regain control.

'We came out too relaxed and Louisville did a good job taking advantage of that,' Courtney Paris said.

McCoughtry, who averages 23.2 points, missed all seven of her first-half shots, including an air ball, and went without a point for more than 16 minutes.

The Sooners shot only 26.9 percent in the second half, not much better than Louisville's first half.

'No one expected us to be here,' Walz said. 'Now we're playing on Tuesday.'

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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Sonja Petrovic at the top of Europe! - by Zoran Bogdanovic
After scoring championship gold medal in national competition, the pioneers, cadets, juniors, seniors, winner of Cup and European Championships for cadets, juniors, Sonja has achieved more success as a member of European team champions Spartak MR.
Spartak MR in the, Miller, Karpunina, Kuin, Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89), Streimikute, Shchegoleva, Bird, Cherepanova, Osipova, Taurasi, Fowles, Jackson confirmed his domination in Europe. From 03 - 05 April 2009 in Spain, in the Final four women's Euroleague.
participants were European champions, Spartak MR, Avenida, Sopron and Ekaterinburg.
After severe injury and knee surgery Sonja was very hard training by the experts and the leadership from her club Spartak MR.
Award came at the Final Four. One minute in the final game with the best international players such as Taurasi, Jackson, Bird, Fowles. was good for school and experience.


Hemofarm STADA takes 2-0 lead in the final - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA made a huge step forward to another championship title in Serbia. In the second game of the play-off finals the team from Vrsac celebrated against Partizan on the road 78-56.

As it was in the first game, visitors once again demonstrated much better performance. After 12 minutes Hemfoarm already had 15-point lead. It was a signal for Partizan's players to wake up, what they immediately did. After few minutes they came to 32-38. However, Hemofarm completed 22-4 run later for unreachable 60-36. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) was the key player netting 20 points. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) delivered 10 and at the same time she was the last Hemofarm's player with double-digits in scoring. Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) stopped on 9, while Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) and Vukicevic had 8 pts each. Partizan got the most from Bojana Jankovic (185-F-83) and Mirjana Beronja (170-G-86) - 10 points apiece. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) had 9.

As a reminder, Hemofarm STADA celebrated in the first game 83-65. That one was played at the hall 'Millennium' in Vrsac.

Game number 3 is scheduled for April 9th. It means that Hemofarm will have a chance to defend the title in the front of its fans.


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Ruzomberok and Maxima Broker edge closer to Final - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok and Maxima Broker opened their semifinal series with straight victories edging closer to the Extraliga Final.
MBK Ruzomberok handled Nitra twice. Ruzomberok built a 12-point lead at halftime and then limited Nitra to miserable 2 points in the third frame to seal the deal in the opener 66:49. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) and Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) scored 16 points apiece to pace Ruzomberok. Kalafutova had 11 points for Nitra in defeat. The things did not get any better for Nitra in the second game of the series. They played at home court and fought bravely to keep close in the first half. Ruzomberok led by just one point heading into the locker room. However the visitors came out firing in the second half outscoring the home team 25:9 in the third stanza and building an unassailable lead. Simona Podesvova finished the encounter with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Ruzomberok. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Simkulakova had 12 points apiece in the win. Tiffani Williams (199-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) responded with 13 points and 11 boards for Nitra.
Meanwhile Maxima Broker eased past Kosice for a 2-0 lead. The first game was a one-way traffic as Maxima Broker coasted to a 90:60 success. Iveta Salkauske (196-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Illinois) poured in 26 points to lift the hosts. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) added 20 points in the victory. Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) and Nikola Kovalova (168-G-89) had 14 points each in defeat. Maxima Broker dominated in the road game as well clinching a comprehesive 81:51 victory. Sidney Spencer delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Iveta Salkauske and Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) provided 15 points each. Jana Vackova (169-F-85) and Nikola Kovalova responded with 11 points apiece in the second straight loss for Kosice.


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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Championship round
 1. Merkur Celje 20-2 
 2. AJM Maribor 18-4 
 3. Hit Kr.Gora 17-5 
 4. Triglav 13-9 
 5. Jezica 8-14 
 6. Domzale 6-16 
Classification round
 1. Odeja KED 8-12 
 2. Konjice 5-15 
 3. Rogaska 1-19 


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Play-off semifinals: 2-0 for Vikings and Telge Energi - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings and Telge Energi made a huge step forward to big Damligan final outplaying their rivals on the road in the second semifinal games.
The Vikings were too strong for 08 Stockholm 72-53. From the early beginning it was clear that the hosts won't have any chance in this one. After opening 10 minutes it already was 14-22 and during the next one Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and her teammates jumped to plus 15. The hosts slightly improved after that, but it was not enough even for a small treat. Egnell led the scorers in victory with 14, while Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) netted one point less. Jillian Ingram (175-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and Anette Johansen (175-F-82, college: NYIT) answered with 14 points each in defeat.
Telge Energy outsmarted Lulea Basket 65-60 thanks to Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89), which scored 18 and 16 points respectively. Sandra Jansson (168-84) and Cleopatra Forsman were behind them with 11 points each. Bosnian player Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81, agency: LBM Management) drained 25 points for the hosts. Telge Energi had plus 5 at the half time, 31-36. During the following 10 minutes they jumped to 8-point lead, what turned out as unreachable for the hosts until the end.
Both, Vikings and Energi, will have a chance to book a spot for the big final today. They will again play at their home courts.


08 Stockholm Human Rights - Solna Vikings 53 - 72
(14 - 22, 7 - 15, 22 - 22, 10 - 13)

08 Stockholm:
Jillian Ingram 14, Anette Johansen 14, Nina Risto 12, Jennie Thingwall 7, Madeleine Lindquist 3, Danielle Hamilton-Carter 2, Martina Stlvandt.
Solna: Elisabeth Egnell 15, Christy Bacon 14, Jurgita Kausaite 10, Michaela Livijn 10, Maria Nsstrm 8, Josefin Olheim 5, Erika Valek 4, Barbora Fabianova 3, Kathleen Smith 3.


Lulea Basket - Telge 60 - 65
(15 - 19, 16 - 17, 11 - 14, 18 - 15)

Lulea:
Amra Mehmedic 25, Elizabeth Sherwood 17, Sabrina Scott 8, Frida Grahn 3, Elin Sderstrm 3, Anna-Lisa Vestin 2, Anna Brnnvall 2.
Telge: Stefanie Yderstrom 18, Louice Halvarsson 16, Sandra Jansson 11, Cleopatra Forsman 11, Hanna Bouldwin 9.