EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/18/2009

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  ANGOLA   


Rookies academy others for Bounce 9ja Classic - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Bounce 9j Basketball Foundation first inter-academy basketball tournament tagged 1st Bounce 9ja Developmental League comes up from 25 through 30 of this month at the Sports Centre of the University of Lagos.

The Inter-academy tournament according to Bounce 9ja coordinator, Adenike Carew is to foster relationship among the various academies in Lagos and its environs.

The former board member of the Lagos State Basketball Association further hinted that the 6-day tournament is meant to create a healthy rivalry among the academies in Lagos state.

Academies listed for the tournament which promises to be an annual event includes the nations foremost basketball academy Rookies Academy, Raptors Academy, Warriors Academy and the Bounce 9ja Basketball Academy.

Others are Magnet Academy, United Christian, Nigerian Navy academy and Freedom Rain.

The maiden edition of the tournament is being supported by the University of Lagos.


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  ARGENTINA   


Ciudad Bragado and 9 de Julio to TNA - by Facundo Iatzky
Ciudad Bragado and 9 de Julio won their series and got the right to play in TNA(second division) next year. 9 de Julio won the north finals serie 3-0 against Banda Norte and Ciudad beat 3-1 to Union Vecinal, the surprisse of the season. Wth these games, season 08/09 of Liga B came to an end. Now Ciudad and 9 de julio will play the final just to decide the champion but it is a minor award, because the most important one is the ascent to TNA that both already got.

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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


The WABA-Gulf hegemony continues - by Maarouf Mawloud

JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): The WABA-Gulf hegemony on the FIBA Asia Champions Cup continued for the 11th year in a row with all the three West Asian teams in fray along with Al Arabi of Qatar making the semifinal grade at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday.

In the last one decade starting with Lebanese Al Hikmeh-Sagesses back-to-back triumphs in 1999-200 the Champions Cup has been won only by a team from either WABA or the Gulf sub zone, and this year wont be any different.

Tuesdays semifinals after Mondays rest day will feature WABA champions Mahram taking on Lebanese league winners Al Riyadi Beirut, in a repeat of their clash in the last four at the WABA qualifiers in Amman (Jordan) in March. Mahram had won that clash 69-56.

Mahram had also beaten Riyadi in the Group A preliminary round here but then the Lebanese were playing that game without four of their regular starters. Riyadi have won the only other clash between the two WABA giants a 91-83 win in the preliminary round of the WABA qualifiers.

In the semifinal that follows, last years GCC winners Al Arabi of Qatar will match wits with Jordanian league champions Zain, who in their former nomenclature as Fastilink, had won the Champions Cup at the 2006 edition in Kuwait.

Mahram began Sundays quarterfinal proceedings proving too mighty for Indian combination Young Cagers 97-73.

Riyadi, powered by Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency)s return, posted a 86-69 win over hosts Satria Muda.

In the other quarterfinals, Zain came up with a commanding performance to down Korean Army outfit Sangmoo 89-70 and Smart Gilas threatened to break the monopoly before falling to Al Arabi of Qatar 71-76.

El Khatibs return to court, and the resultant rise of Riyadi fortunes, was the cynosure of all eyes and might hold the key to the championship itself.

The Lebanese side raced away 27-18 in the first quarter, with El Khatib scoring 14 points.

Satria cut the lead down to 41-39 when they went into the changing rooms, and Riyadi hit back with their defense for the rest of the game.

Miller, who had led Satrias scoring in the first half with 17 points had only five points in the fourth quarter, in his game high 22 points; and collected eight of his game-high 12 rebounds in the first half.

Riyadi forced seven turnovers, collected 18 rebounds 10 in defense to curtail Satrias scoring rate in the third quarter.

El Khatib, meanwhile, had regained his bearings; Nate Johnson, who had scored only two points in the second quarter to add to his eight in the first came into his own; and Riyadi didnt have to bother too much in the final quarter.

Fadi El Khatib returned a game-high 30 points, with a 16/19 in field, including a three out of four in three-pointers.

Nate Johnson scored 10 points in each half as fellow American Chris Charles returned a double-double. Charles collected five boards in each of the third and fourth quarter, in his game-high 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

I think the team came together well in defense in the third quarter, said Abouchakra.

We allowed them to keep close in the first half. We began to defend really well in the third quarter depriving them the space. We also began to guard the base-line well, he added.

Satria Muda coach Fictor Roring said: We did try our best. Just that it was not good enough.

Satria take on Young Cagers in the 5-8 play-offs on Monday.

Young Cagers virtually the National Team, playing in the Champions Cup as a part of the preparations for the 25th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in China later this year were outsized 188.5 cms to 195.42 cms in average height. That difference in size reflected on the proceedings on the court as well as the score-line.

Jackson Vroman, going into the game with a 27.25 PPG average, scored his first field goal only midway through the second quarter a sizzling 3-pointer that took Mahram 44-20 ahead.

But the former New Orleans Hornets player had caused enough damage to the rivals morale before that, earning fouls repeatedly and converting the ensuing free throws.

Vroman played only the first and the fourth quarter in full on court only for 1:55 early in the second yet led the scoring for the team with 22 points.

Its another step towards achieving the target of what we came for here, Mahram assistant coach Ali Arezoomandi said.

Young Cagers Jagdeep Singh led the scoring for the game with 24 points, with 61.5% (8/13) rate on the field.

Im happy that my boys gave their 100% against a very strong team, said Young Cagers coach Aleksandar Bucan said.

Zaid Abbas, on loan from ASU, continued to remain in the medical list, but American center Roderick Riley and point guard Sam Daghles returned to the Zain starting line-up, despite yet to recover fully.

Riley led the Zain charge with a double-double. The former NBA D-League 28-year-old contributed 18 points, but more importantly collected 11 rebounds.

I think the rebounds made a lot of difference, Sangmoo coach Lee Hun Jae said.

Zain won the battle of boards by a whopping 54-26.

Daghles and seasoned campaigner Zaid Alkhas scored 13 points each as Zain coach Mario Palma gave all the available players at least 10 minutes each on the court.

We began well and things fell in place early for us, Palma said.

And it was a good chance for us to rotate the players to keep them fresh for the semifinals, the Portuguese added.

Kyong Suk No, who shared the game-high honors with Riley, converted six of 10 three-pointer attempts for his 18 points.

Sangmoo meet Smart Gilas on Tuesday in the 5-8 play-offs.

Smart Gilas sparkled with their speed and spirit, but against the size of Gulf powerhouse Al Arabi the Filipinos spirit came short.

Arabi, outscored 8-23 by Smart Gilas in the second quarter, began their resurrection towards the end of the third quarter. A 13-0 spree ensued that ran well past the midway mark of the fourth quarter, and Arabi held on for their maiden entry into the Champions Cup semifinals.

Arabis best finish yet in the Champions Cup is the seventh-place they achieved 25 years ago at the 1984 edition at Kuala Lumpur.

Arabi began well and seemed headed to cruise when they closed the first ten minutes 21-12 ahead.

But Mark Barocca came into his own in the second quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points for the game after drawing a blank in the first quarter, to lead a Smart Gilas surge that saw the Filipinos go into the changing room 35-29 ahead.

After an equally sparred initial moments, Arabi seized control as Erfan Saeed and Ali and Ali beginning to combine well with their imports Joshua Jones and Maurice Hargrow put the Qataris in sight of a semifinal place.

Saeed scored 13 of his game-high 20 points, Jones 10 of his 18 points, and Ali Ali 12 of his 17 in the second half.

Starting at 46-52 in the closing moments of the third quarter, Arabi went on to lead 59-52 with 5:40 left in the game, before CJ Giles twin free-throws ended the barren run for Smart Gilas.

I think we came well together in the second half, said Al Arabi coach David Ingham.

I guess we chose the wrong moment to play our worst game in the tournament, rued Smart Gilas coach Toroman Rajkov.

Scores

QUARTERFINALS

Mahram 97 (Jackson Vroman 22, Samad Nikkah 16, Hamed Afagh 14) bt Young Cagers 73 (Jagdeep Singh 24, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Trideep Rai 10). Quarterwise Scores: 31-13, 50-24, 78-50.

Zain 89 (Roderick Riley 18, Sam Daghles 13, Zaid Alkhas 13, Ontario Lett 11, Mousa Awadi 10) bt Sangmoo 70 (Kyong Suk No 18, Beom Chai Park 11, Byung Kook Chung 11). Quarterwise Scores: 22-13, 41-32, 65-44.

Al Riyadi Beirut 86 (Fadi El Khatib 30, Nate Johnson 20, Chris Charles 12, Ali Fakhreddine 10) bt Satria Muda 69 (Rashad Powell 22, Nakiea Miller 22, Rony Gunawan 10). Quarterwise Scores: 27-18, 41-39, 63-46.

Al Arabi 76 (Erfan Saeed 20, Joshua Jones 18, Ali Ali 17, Maurice Hargrow 16) bt Smart Gilas 71 (CJ Giles 20, Mark Barocca 16, Dylan Ababou 12).

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia

For more info only check http://www.basketballfollowers.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bucks' Bogut cleared to work out - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond released today the following statement on the injury (incomplete stress fracture - lower back) to center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah).

Earlier this week, Andrew underwent further testing on his back in Australia. Were extremely happy to report that the results of the scan showed Andrews injury to be healed and his doctors have cleared him to begin his off-season workouts.

This day couldnt come soon enough for me, said Bogut. Im looking forward to a productive summer in the gym and being in top form for training camp and the 2009-2010 season.

In 36 games this season, Bogut, 24, averaged 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocked shot in 31.2 minutes per game. At the time of his injury, Bogut was one of 11 players in the league averaging double-figures in both points and rebounds, and one of 13 players in the NBA that was averaging a double-double for the season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  BELGIUM   


D1, Round 36: Regular season is over, Charleroi in No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Charleroi 78-97
Charleroi is the regular season champion and it goes straight to the semis (26-6). Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) stepped up for Charleroi last night scoring 23, while Len Matela and Jerry Johnson helped with 19 pts each. Tim Black and Bryan Hopkins responded with 43 pts (together) in Antwerp (17-15, 4th place, quarterfinals).

Aalstar - Liege 85-86
15-17 (5th place) for Liege and 19-13 (3rd place) for Aalstar in regular season. Both teams go to play-off quarterfinals. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) and Will Homas combined 35 points in the winning squad. Trevor Huffman shined in loss with 27 pts.

Oostende - Leuven 64-80
Both teams entered to this game with the same 13-18 record. Leuven grabbed the last play-off spot thanks to James J.J. Miller (180-G-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Carolina A&T) who drained 17, DeMario Anderson who scored 14 and Chris Young who added 13 pts, plus 11 boards. The hosts got 16 pts from Matt Haryasz.

M.Hainaut - Gent 103-100
Dexia Mons-Hainaut outgunned Gent 103-100 booking a place for the play-off semifinals (24-8, 2nd place). Elton Nesbitt (176-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) was on fire for the winners with 25, while Thomas Bauwens netted one point less. Brandon Freeman delivered 17 pts for Gent, who ended regular season on 8th place with 9-13.


Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Optima Gent continues adding Belgian players to its roster for the 2009-2010 season. This time around it's a local player from Gent Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) who is soon to sign a contract with his new team.
Foucart played the past season for another D1 team Okapi Aalstar. At Aalst he played with his twin brother Olivier Foucart (192-G-84).

Thomas said he is looking forward to coming back to his hometown playing for a Gent team in D1 and hopes to get his share of playing time.


Olivier is also leaving Aalstar and is headed to ambitious D2 team Kangoeroes Boom. Olivier joined Aalst during the 08-08 season when he moved from Falco Gent to Aalstar during the season.


The 2009-2010 season will also be the first time in their career that the 2 brothers will be on different roster for a full season.



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  BELIZE   


Dangriga Basketball Association Tournament got under way!!!! - by David Magana
Last Thursday night at the Y Not Island in Dangriga Town the Dangriga Basketball Association Tournament got under way with two games played in the U-19 and Senior Divisions. In the first game, Hopkins massacred Southside Rebels by a score of 49 29. Hopkins was led by Macario Agustine with double double figures, 18 pts, 20 rebs and 3 blocks, followed by Ivor Ventura 11 pts and Travis Lopez with 9 pts. In a losing effort, Nigel Cain finished with 6 pts and 6 rebs.
In the Senior Division, in an exiting and close match BWEL Flames defeated WAMANDA Trip by a score of 51 48. BWEL Flames was led by Roger Pandy with 11 pts, 8 rebs, 1 block, Aaron Locario with 10 pts, 7 rebs and Mervin Castillo (-C) with 6 pts, 11 rebs. In a losing effort, Stephen Williams (188-G-83) with double figures, 14 pts, 10 rebs, 2 blocks, Tyrone Castillo (183-G-84) 12 pts, 6 rebs, Gary Francisco (175-G), 10 pts, 9 rebs, 1 block, and Travis Lennon (193-G/F-89) with 9 pts and 1 block.


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  BRAZIL   


Barbosa to play for Brasil - by Mel Devonne
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82), the lightning fast guard of the Phoenix Suns has agreed to play for
Brasil in the FIBA Americas 2009 Championships to be played August 26 through September 6.
The tournament will qualify 4 teams for the FIBA World Championships 2010 in Turkey.
Barbosa averaged 14.3 points in 70 games for the Suns and will strenghten the promising
National team of Brasil.
Barbosa, attended a NBB Flamengo game at Manacahino in Rio de Janeiro recently
and he will be a wecolmed addition to the team which has been down the last few years.


Limera/Winner take game 1 in NBB Playoff - by Mel Devonne

Its playoff time in the NBB, and Limera/Winner took game 1 vs Joinville 87-77.
Limera shot 58% from the field to hold off Joinville, who made a couple runs.
Limeira got balance scoring from a bunch of players and were led by
Fiorotto with 17 points. They also got a good floor game for leading scorer
Shamell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF)

who only had 7 points, but ran the team well.
Jefferson Sabrial had one of his best games of the seson with
24 points for Joinville.
The game broadcast on SportTV 2 nationally in Brasil.
You can see NBB playoff action on Tues 17:00 when

Flamengo vs Pinhieros at www.esportestv.net



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  BULGARIA   


Semifinals: 1-0 for Lukoil and Levski - by Eurobasket News
Levski - ChernoMore 94-81
The joy for 'the blue' fans in Hristo Botev hall was double today. The basketball team of Levski defeated Euroins Cherno More and in the same time the football team of Cherno More defeated CSKA in Varna to make a big favour for Levski in the championship. The Cup holders had a difficult moments but managed to win 94-81 and took the lead in the 1/2 final series. The players of Levski started this game excellent but then let the visitors not only come back in it but even to have the lead for most of the second and third quarters. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) was the top scorer in the game with 30 points. He added also 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds. Arnas Kazlauskas recorded a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) had 19 and 6. For Euroins Cherno More the American Corey McIntosh finished with 20 points and 6 assists but also with 8 turnovers. Atila Santos scored 18 while Simeon Tsenov added 15 points. The second game is tomorrow again in Sofia and then the two teams will travel to Varna for a game on Wednesday and eventual fourth match on Thursday. (by Valentin Anguelov)

Lukoil A. - Rilski S-list 84-62
The champion of Bulgaria Lukoil Academic won its first game of this year playoffs after missing the first round due to the fact that CSKA stopped playing in the championship. Today in Pravets the team defeated Rilski Sportist 84-62 and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) had very good game finishing with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The captain of the team Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) also had nice match with his 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. For Rilski Sportist the only player who scored in double digits was Dragoslav Papic with 19 points while Travis Peterson and Ivan Lilov added 9 apiece. The two teams will meet in Pravets again tomorrow with Lukoil looking to secure good advantage before going to Samokov. The visitors will no doubt be looking first to play better and then if possible to try and steal something from their hosts. (by Valentin Anguelov)


Lukoil and Levski jump to 2-0 in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil A. - Rilski S-list 102-70
The defending champ blasted Rilski in the second game of the play-off semis for 2-0 lead. Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) led the hosts with 22, Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) had 19, while Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) delivered 15 pts (7 as). Travis Peterson responded with 22 pts and 9 rebs for the team from Samokov.

Levski - ChernoMore 76-63
2-0 for Levski, who once again got the most from Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) - 25 points. Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) was second scorer of the team with 13 points, while Stefan Georgiev delivered 2 points less. In Cherno More, Atila Santos collected 17 pts and 6 rebounds.


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  CAMEROON   


ABO youth and coaches clinic holds in Lagos - by Olusegun Ikuesan
African Basketball Online, ABO will be organizing a developmental basketball camp for youths in Nigeria.

The camp billed for Nigeria commercial capital, Lagos is schedule to take place this summer alongside a refresher clinic for coaches.

ABO, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing basketball, and providing leadership education to students, basketball coaches, administrators, programs and organizations in different African countries, has an objective to equip 1,000 African communities with 2,000 basketballs and 2,000 basketball shoes in the next three years.

The week long camp is billed to hold from August 10 through 15 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Nigeria.

The coaching clinic will have Coach Brian McCormick, author of Cross-Over, the new model of youth basketball development leading the various instructors that are expected from abroad.

About 250 basketball players (both male and female), and 30 coaches spread across Nigeria are expected to attend the Camp.


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Prov.Llanq. 6-2 
 2. Liceo Mixto 6-2 
 3. U.Concepc. 5-3 
 4. Dep.Espanol 5-3 
 5. U.Catolica 5-4 
 6. Dep.Valdivia 5-4 
 7. Prov.Osorno 4-4 
 8. Sagrados 4-5 
 9. U.Los Lagos 3-5 
 10. Boston Coll. 3-5 
 11. Everton 2-6 
 12. Dep.Castro 1-6 


Dimayor: Lindh joins Deportes Castro - by Daniel Valencia
Deportes Castro agreed terms with the american Michael Lindh (205-G/F-82, college: Cameron) as their import player for Dimayor season. Lindh was playing for the Houston Blaze, that was travelling through Chile in the past week, playing exhibition games. Lindh has playing experience in Sweden and Finland.

In the first game with his new team, Lindh scored 2 points against CD Universidad de Concepcion and on sunday night they play against Deportivo Valdivia. Deportes Castro is currently in the last place of the south zone with a 1-5 record.


Dimayor: friday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Provincial Llanquihue defeated Provincial Osorno 95-85 to secured the first place in the south group. Led by Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80), Cesar Chaine (201-C-86) and Nicolas Ulloa (170-G-90), the leader won the sixth game of the season so far. In Vina del Mar, Everton defeated the leader of the north group, Liceo Mixto, 77-67 to reach their second consecutive victory.

Friday night results

Everton 77 - Liceo Mixto 67
Eve: George Holt 14 pts. Jose Ignacio Collao 13 pts.
Lic: Patrick Saez 18 pts. Franco Morales 12 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 95 - Provincial Osorno 85
Llan: Jose Luis Campos 28 pts. Cesar Chaine 21 pts.
Oso: 'Pop' Thornton 34 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 13 pts.


Dimayor: saturday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Saturday night results

Sagrados Corazones 73 - Deportivo Espanol 87
Sag: Marcos Hubner 16 pts. Joaquin Oliver 14 pts.
Esp: Jose Madrid 20 pts. David Gonzalez 19 pts.

Universidad Catolica 75 - Boston College 78 OT (65-65)
Uc: Tomas Alvares 23 pts. Sascha Frings 21 pts.
Bos: Jefferson Agba 25 pts. Felipe Ziegele 21 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 83 - Deportes Castro 65
Ucon: Eduardo Marechal 25 pts. Diego Osses 19 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 24 pts. Mauro Salinas 18 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 81 - Universidad de Los Lagos 60
Val
: Jonathan Heard 28 pts. Francisco Bravo 23 pts.
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 30 pts. Michael Ernst 8 pts.


Dimayor: sunday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Valdivia and CD Universidad de Concepcion finished a perfect weekend after sunday night victories against Deportes Castro and Universidad de Los Lagos respectively. In the north group, Sagrados Corazones and Universidad Catolica defeated Boston College and Espanol de Talca. These are the complete results of sunday night.

Sagrados Corazones 72 - Boston College 67
Sag: Marcos Hubner 23 pts. Joaquin Oliver 12 pts.
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 20 pts. Jefferson Agba 14 pts.

Universidad Catolica 79 - Espanol de Talca 75
Uc: Jorge Schuler 23 pts. Felipe Contreras 15 pts.
Esp: Oliver Morton 21 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 13 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 73 - Universidad de Los Lagos 72
Ucon: Eduardo Marechal 22 pts. Diego Osses 14 pts.
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 21 pts. Ignacio Navarrete 15 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 86 - Deportes Castro 67
Val: Jonathan Heard 27 pts. Francisco Bravo 14 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 27 pts. Mauro Salinas 13 pts.


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  CHINA   


15 Named to Roster for National Team - by Arthur Volbert
The Chinese Basketball Association has released a 15-player roster for the 2009 FIBA Asian Championship to be held this summer from August 6 to 16 in the city of Tianjin, China. The top three teams qualify for next year's World Championship to be held in Turkey from August 28 to September 12, 2010.

I would like to that pryuen of http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/index.php and fefei of http://forums.interbasket.net/ for providing this list.

The 15 players are:
Guards: Liu Wei (190-G-80), Hu Xuefeng (185-G-80), Zhang Qingpeng (188-G-81), Chen Jianghua (188-G-89), Yue Sun (205-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane), Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83)
Forwards: Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83), Du Feng (206-C/F-81), Yi Li (203-F/G-85), Wang Lei (203-F-86), Ding Jinhui (204-C-90), Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90), Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87)
Centres: Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77), Zhang Songtao (213-C-85)

Three players will be dropped to come up with the Final 12 players. The team will also play in the FIBA Stankovic Continental Cup to be held from August 28 ~ 31 in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. Closed door training will begin May 31 in Beijing, with 8 exhibition games scheduled in July and August.

I predict that Zhang Songtao will make the team only if Wang Zhizhi or Jianlian Yi gets hurt. Both have a history of injuries so that is certainly a possibility. Barring other injuries, two players will be kept among Yi Li, Wang Lei and Ding Jinhui. Hu Xuefeng is competing with Zhang Qingpeng for the last point guard spot. Chen Jianghua will be kept because he is useful as instant offense off the bench. While Chen is far from being a complete player, no one else in China can play this role as well as he can.


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  CROATIA   


Cibona is regular season champion in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - KK Zagreb 85-81
Cibona celebrated in local derby sealing the first place before the play-off semifinals. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) this time led the scorers in Cibona with 17 points. Davor Kus had one less. Andrej Stimac and Luka Zoric netted 17 pts each in defeat. Cibona 13-1 (first place), Zagreb 10-4 (3rd place).

Cedevita - Svjetlost 104-77
Cedevita destroyed Svjetlost in the last round finishing the regular season on the 6th place with 4-10 record. Tomislav Petrovic (202-G/F-85, agency: Agency No 10) led the hosts with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Ramel Bradley added 10 pts. Matej Karlovic scored 18 for Svjetlost (3-11, 7th place).

Dubrovnik - KK Split 91-97
Split is the fourth ranked team with 8-6 record (semifinals), while Dubrovnik is fifth with 4-10. Darlon Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) and Eddie Shannon combined 44 points in the winning squad. Dejon Prejean and Maro Lucic delivered 15 pts each in loss.

Sibenka - Zadar 73-107
Zadar outplayed Sibenka with huge 107-73 getting 25 points and 5 rebounds from Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency). Todor Gecevski also had impressive performance nailing 24 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. The hosts got 22 pts and 5 rebs from Miro Bilan. Zadar 12-2 (second place, semifinals), Sibenik 2-12 (last place).


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group 1-8
 1. Cibona 13-1 
 2. Zadar 12-2 
 3. KK Zagreb 10-4 
 4. KK Split 8-6 
 5. Cedevita 4-10 
 6. Dubrovnik 4-10 
 7. Svjetlost 3-11 
 8. Sibenka 2-12 
Group 9-14
 1. Dubrava 6-4 
 2. Kvarner NR 6-4 
 3. Alkar Sinj 5-5 
 4. Zabok 5-5 
 5. Trogir 4-6 
 6. Borik 4-6 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Vysegrad win 1Liga championship - by Eurobasket News
Plzen - Vysegrad 61:67

Vysegrad finished their 1Liga season with a loud bang clinching the title. They overcame Lokomotiv Plzen in the fifth game of the final series to earn the championship crown as well as the spot in the NBL for the next season. The problem however stays, as Vysegrad is mainly an amateur club seeking to play in the profession league next year. But for now Vysegrad showed their highest ambitions.
Plzen entered the game firing from all guns. They cleared off to an 11:1 lead in the early minutes before Vysegrad took over. The visitors answered with a 17:0 run to pile up a 22:13 advantage early in the second stanza. Plzen had their own thoughts about it as they quickly bounced back. Plzen regained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 3 points 30:27. The third term turned into a seesaw action with teams exchanging the baskets. Vysegrad finally surged in front and ensured a 46:42 lead with ten minutes left in the encounter. Plzen stayed within striking distance throughout the fourth period. But Jakub Velensky (182-G-79) and Ondrej Lipold (198-F-82) provided the visitors with necessary buckets late in regulation as Vysegrad clinched the historic victory.
Jakub Velensky scored 15 points to lead Vysegrad. Ondrej Lipold added 13 points, while Pavel Hemmy (190-G-87) notched 12 for the winners. Martin Drobny (192-G/F-86) responded with 14 points for Plzen in defeat. Jaroslav Kovanda (204-F/C-82) recorded 10 points for the home team.

Plzen: Martin Drobny 14, Jaroslav Kovanda 10
Vysegrad: Jakub Velensky 15, Ondrej Lipold 13, Pavel Hemmy 12


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Wael badr is the MVP & Amin Rozieg is a scoring machine - by Sherif Soliman
The Egyptian season 2008-2009 was one of the strongest seasons ever,Itthad returned to Alex with glory holding back victory after ten years,Ahly won the cup to bring happyiness to thier fans,However, The stats showed that Amin Ben Rasheed the tunisian player was a scoring machine with 210 po. in 10 games 87 Reb,Brewer Hondre USA playing for Somuha 147 Po. Reb 122, Block 41, The MVP Egyptian point guared Wael Badr 178 Po. Ass. 47, Reb 49.Ramy Gunedy 154 po., Assis 27, Steal 18,Haytham Osama Somouha 144 po. Reb 53 ,Tarek El ghanam 129 po. Reb 88,Haytham Elsayed Zamalek 145 po. Ass.12, Steal 14,Tamir Mostafa Army 144 po. Ass, 27 ,Steal 10. Amine Rezig (198-G/F-80)


Ahly wins the Egyptian cup - by Sherif Soliman
Ahly 66-57 Itthad ,Ahly won over Itthad friday night to selebrate holding the cup for the 7th time.Itthad players were very tired after playing 2 finals in 48 hours.However, Ahly players did a great job in offence concentrating on the strenth of their big gays, Tarek El -Ghanam played one of his best games this season scoring and rebounding.On the other hand, Our national team will start the prepration camp early this month to participate in the Arab cup of nations then fly to turkey for camping before the world cup qualifiers in libya. Sherif Aly (186-G-72)


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The European champions qualified in the Greek finals - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos (as expected) made the 3-0 in the series against Aris and is now ready and prepared to play against Olympiakos (is playing tonight against Maroussi in SEF for the 3-0). The last game between Panathinaikos and Aris was once more a derby as the Greens mainly with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) kept a double digit difference untill the last few minutes where Tsaldaris and Argiropoulos succeeded three consecutive three pointers and transform the game into a derby as the difference went to just three points (70-67) with 52 seconds to go. Panthinakos played simply and with jsut a solid targe to sweep the series and get ready for the big 'battle' against Olympiakos, this time with home court disadvantage.

The final score against Aris was 71-69 and Obradovic saw some of his key players playing very well in the most crucial part of the league (something of course that made him quite happy)



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One on one with Turkish coaches. Part Two: Ozhan Gurel - by Moritz Korff

Ozhan, looking back at the 2008-09 season: Please name three reasons why your team won the championship in the Regionalliga North?
I would say: discipline, hard work and passion.

Generally speaking, what part does a coach have in such a success?
In my opinion only 25% of the success in a game, if you win or loose, have to do with the coachs action during the game, his influence is limited when the game is on. Of course you can make some changes and find the right words during the time outs for example, but the major work has to be done in practice. Games are won in practice. And thats where the coaching job gets very important. If a coach does the right things in practice, then he has huge impact on the results of his team. Also, the coach and the players need to have the same goal and must be willing to work hard to achieve it.

Please tell us, how your playing philosophy looks like.
Defense is the most important part of it. You have to work hard to keep the opponent from scoring. In offense the players must be free within a certain system and setup.

Why is defense so important to you?
Let me give you an example: You can be a good player in offense, but sometimes you just wont hit your shots. It can happen to everybody. And this can cause a lot of trouble for you and your team. On a day like this you still have the chance to win the game anyway, if you work hard in defense and try to regain your confidence by putting pressure on the other team and keeping it from scoring. Thats why I think defense is so important in basketball and comes first in my philosophy.

You are still a young coach, only 29 years of age and anyway have had great success so far, winning the 2008-09 RLN championship with SC Rist, making it to the finals of the 2. Bundesliga play offs with the womens team in 2005 and to the championship game of the German U18 Girls championship. What would you like to achieve as a coach in the years to come?
I hope to get far and Im willing to work hard to get there, like I have done in the past years. I hope to become a full-time coach in the future. It doesnt necessarily have to be somewhere in Germany, which has become my second home, or in Turkey. Its also a matter of luck where and how far you will go. I came to Germany to further my academic career and thought I would be playing some more years of basketball. Then I had to stop due to injury problems and suddenly I was a coach. All this happened kind of unplanned, but after short time I found out that coaching was exactly what I wanted to do.

Amongst others you previously played for the junior team of famous Efes Pilsen. Please tell us a little bit about their basketball program.
In my opinion Efes Pilsen runs one of the best youth-programs in European basketball. Their whole organization is much more professional than what the leading clubs in Germany have. In Turkey they call Efes Pilsen a factory for basketball players. Many, many great players have run through this program. And it attracts many promising taltens from all of Turkey and from other countries as well. When I played for Efes, Hidayet Turkoglu was there too. Its a great school of basketball. I learned a lot and Im very thankful for that time.

Are there any big differences between basketball in Germany and basketball in Turkey?
Basketball is much more popular in Turkey. Its the number two sport right after soccer. In Turkish basketball there is much more money involved than in Germany and the media pay much more attention to it. I think thats one of the reasons why you will find more good players from Turkey than from Germany. The clubs are able to attract many kids who want to play basketball. And youll find more domestic players in the teams than in Germany. In the first Turkish division the number of foreign players is restricted, so the young Turks will get the chance to play and improve their game. I think in Germany they wanted to make the Bundesliga games more attractiv by letting the teams sign eight or more Americans. But they cant keep up with the top teams in Europe anyway.

What makes Turkish coaches special?
Discipline comes first for most of the Turkish coaches. They can be very strict and demanding, which some players think can be stressful once in a while. You have to get used to it. They want their players to be aggressive in defense and play with lots of heart and passion. Thats also what the fans like to see. And body language is very important. Not only for the Turkish coaches, but also for those from other South-European countries. They like to use their arms during the game and talk to their players and the referees a lot. But you will also find those type of coaches in Germany for example. And on the other hand side there are coaches in Turkey, who sit on the bench during the whole game and who are more quiet. I think it all comes with experience. When you start coaching you think that you have to give instructions all the time. But its about what you say and not about the frequency. Compared to some years ago I am much more quiet on the line now.



One on one with Turkish coaches. Part One: Mahmut Ataman - by Moritz Korff
You probably know Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances) and Tolga Ongoren, but during the 2008-2009 season two other Turkish coaches made noise with their clubs in Germany. Mahmut Ataman was named the Eurobasket.com All-Pro B Coach of the Year after guiding Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to the second place in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, while Ozhan Gurel received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Coach of the Year honors. The 29-year-old claimed the RLN championship with SC Rist Wedel.
Eurobasket Germany talked to both of them.

Mahmut, you led Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to the runner-up spot in the 2008-09 Pro B season and to a promotion spot to the Pro A, which is a sensational result. Do you think so too?
Yes and no. No, because we as the Herzoege organization had set the target to move up to the Pro A, but soonest in two or three seasons. I did not know the league, the team and the organization. Prior to the start of the season many people said, that the skills of our team were not good enough to compete in the Pro B. Even an article on the league's website had us as the number one team to be relegated.
And yes, this has been a sensational season for us, because I had never expected to realize so much of what we had talked about before the beginning of the season.

Which were the keys to success for your team during the 2008-09 season?
Well, it may sound stereotyped, but if someone is allowed to use the phrase 'the star is the team', then it's us. We didn't have the top players of the league and not the deepest bench, but each spot was filled perfectly. And we had the ability to complement one another. Apart from exceptions we always acted as a team and developed a stong cohesion. All the players showed a team-first behavior for the benefit of the team. That made us strong.

At which point of the season did you know that your team was able to make it to the top and to compete for one of the promotion spots?
There were two special moments. One of them was after our outstanding start of the season, when we had to deal with three straight losses. This worked out very well until the last quarter of the game against Munich. In this moment the players had their heads down and just let it happen to them. Normally we have a rule which says that everything that is being said in the locker room, stays in the locker room. But on Monday after this last quarter against Munich I felt that some things had to be said which I think are fundamental: This meeting with the team took very long and I think the players didn't want to experience something like that again. Afterwards we had a run with 14 wins and only one defeat. When we had achieved our goal - to stay in the league - early in the season, we had another team meeting. This time it was about the question if we just wanted to let the season slide or if we wanted to compete for one of the promotion spots. I'm sure everybody can imagine what the answer was...

Statistically, there were surely better import players in the Pro B than your two American players, Connor Whitman and Solomon Sheard. If you look back, do you consider this fact as an advantage for your team, because the other teams had to focus on more than just these two players?
Again, yes and no. Of course both of them do no come from the best division in college basketball. But the stats do not reflect how import they have been for your team. Connor is an outstanding three-point shooter. He had a season high of 12 out 13 threes against Landshut. Statistically, I have never seen or heard of any better performance in the Bundesliga than that. He and Henje Knopke ran the point and he played good defense constantly. With another point guard on his side, Connor would be even better.
Solomon had to deal with a even more difficult situation. For the first time in his career he was coming off the bench. The reason for that was that I wanted to integrate the young Germans and BJ Anthony to the team and I acted on the assumption that an experienced player like Solomon would show good performances anyway. At first the more important thing was to get BJ Anthony involved, who is very talented, but who arrived not in full shape. BJ did very well in pre-season, that's why I didn't want to change the whole setup. So we always started the games with three Germans and Solomon was our energizer off the bench. I think it was important, that young players like Maximilian Pink and Benedict Seebode had to accept responsibility early and played well, when we needed them. Also the constancy which Frank Theis and Tobias Grauel developed through the season helped us very much.

What is the status quo in terms of promotion to the Pro A? Will Mahmut Ataman be the Wolfenbuettel coach if the team should move up?
That's a very important task. Bobby Junger and the Herzoege officials had sent a signal already at an early stage that everything will be done to realize moving up to the Pro A. That's a good basis to be succesful on the court and that is what we have been this season. But the surrounding conditions and given minimum standards are making the whole situation complicated. The league has agreed on coming up with a point-based system just in case there will be not enough teams who are able to put together a budget of at least 400.000 Euro and who do not have a gym with a capacity of minimum 1800. There are not many clubs who comply with these requirements and that's why all the teams are trying very hard to make it. Plus it is still uncertain how many teams will move down from the BBL.
That takes us to the second part of the question. I thought that a decision, or at least the main features of it, would be taken in May. But that's not the case. It will probably take until July. Of course I want to know where the journey is going to take us. We have achieved our goals early and now we have to set a new goal. But it's difficult to give an answer to all that, as long as the league management has not come to a conclusion. For me coaching a Pro A team would be the logical next step in my career path. And I hope this won't be the end of the line, because there is a lot that I want to achieve.

You are not the only Turkish coach who is having success in German basketball. Ozhan Gurel, Murat Didin and Tolga Ongoren are other examples. Is this just a coincidence or are Turks the better coaches?
I do agree with the first part of the question. The coaches that you named have been successfull in their leagues and you can see that all of them have ambitious plans for the future. But you have to keep in mind that everyone of these coaches is having success in their ways. There are certainly many differences. Didin, Ongoren and Gurel went through the Turkish school of basketball. The Turks have developed their own, very self-confident game of basketball. Basketball in Turkey is much bigger than in Germany. According to this the organization of basketball in Turkey is much better than many people would expect. Turkey has developed many athletes who are playing in the NBA or who are in leading positions at top-teams in Europe. The same is with the coaches. Many of them are working for clubs which are having success internationally. I won't call this fact coincidental, because a coincidence excludes that success can be repeated. In my opinion there is a strong system behind it.
My career is a little bit different. All I have in common with these coaches is the success. I was born in Turkey, but I grew up in Germany and I am certainly affected by both cultures. My person combines German and Turkish virtues, so to speak. My hot temper, which led to my nickname 'Rumpelstilzchen an der Seitenlinie' (Rumpelstiltskin on the sideline), has more and more given way to a considerate, methodical and perfectionist course of action. Nowadays you will see me getting mad on the sideline not very often, though the fans love to see it. But of course it's also a little of a show sometimes.

Just like Ozhan Gurel you have been successful coaching women's teams. Would you describe yourself as women's or men's coach?
Let me answer with a question: Why should I exclude anything?

I grew up coaching boys' and mens teams at TK Hannover. For more than ten years I coached kids and led them into men's basketball through the years. When I was a player I went through a hard school. After all players like the Arigbabu brothers, the Goch and Buss twins, Oliver Braun and many others are products of the 'Turn-Klubb', just like me. After that I continued my coaching career in the men's Regionalliga. Back in the days in Hannover everybody would have made a bet that I would never coach a women's team. But I did. My plan was to serve as an Assistant Coach to Vlastibor Klimes at the 2. Bundesliga Men's team in Goettingen. He told me that he already had found an assistant, but that his club needed somebody to coach the women's team. I thought he was joking, but after a trial practice I suddenly was a women's coach. In my second season in Goettingen we obtained a record of 27-0 and were promoted to the first league. After all I worked as a women's coach in Goettingen for six years. And I'm proud of it, because most of the previous coaches only stayed for one season.
I learned a lot during the term and was able to stand to benefit from that time, when I coached Wolfenbuettel last season. I found out, that especially a short decision making process is very important to me. No matter if you are coaching a men's or a women's team, one of the most important tasks is to develop the surrounding conditions and the structure of the organization little by little.
I will always be willing to coach a women's team again. But for now I am planning to explore the boundaries as a men's coach.

Can you imagine to work as a coach in Turkey some day or do you see yourself coaching in Germany in the next years?
It would be an extraordinary challenge for me to coach a team in the Turkish first league. Coaching a team from Istanbul would be a dream come true. I love the temper and affection there. Challenges are always exciting to me and I am rising to the challenge. So why not? I have been a coach for 22 years now and I hope there are many more years to come. That's why I don't have to rush. Let's wait and see.


1.Bundesliga Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Brose Baskets 84-76
Goettingen overcame Brose Baskets 84:76 in the first game Quarter-Finals Round 1 played on May 15th. Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) poured in 20 points and had 11 rebounds, while Oliver Chris posted 17. Suput Predrag finished the night with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the guests.

ALBA - Pad.Baskets 78-71
ALBA wins the opener of the Quarter-Finals Round 1 over Paderborn Baskets 78:71 on May 17th. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and McElroy Immanuel added 14. Peavy Nathan produced for the guests 20 points.

EWE Baskets - Dt.Bank SKY 79-69
EWE Baskets edged Dt.Bank SKY 79:69 in the Quarter-Finals opener. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) led all the winners with 24 points, while Gardner Jason ended up with 18. Simmons Keith collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.

Telekom B. - ratiopharm 71-62
Telekom grabbed the first win over ratiopharm beating them 71:62 at home. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) was responsible for 15 points, while Rowland Earl netted 12. Gibbs Jeff and Finn Sean scored 11 points each in the losing effort.


The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Fly Higher Than The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 79-69 In Game One Of Quarterfinal Playoffs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were hitting timely and precise three pointers all day long as if they were practicing and getting ready to throw their eggs into their nests from the air without breaking a single one as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners couldnt handle the flight of the Thunderbirds losing 79-69. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were able to snap their four game losing streak, while Frankfurt lost their second game in a row and trail the Thunderbirds in the best of five quarterfinal playoff 1-0. 'This was a good win for us. Frankfurt never quit and kept fighting. This win gave us a lot of confidence after the four game losing streak', stressed Oldenburg guard Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona). Frankfurt was hoping to steal a game in the Thunderbirds tree house arena, but were denied and had some misfortunate occurrences which hindered them from playing at full strength. 'It was not easy playing without Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and losing Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) so early gave us less experience on the floor. I was not happy with the inside play and we missed many inside rotations', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) (agency: Interperformances ).

Since Oldenburg coach Predrag Krunic has taken over the reigns in Oldenburg, the organization and the success of the team has risen. Last season, they reached the playoffs after a long thirsty stretch and this season the team wants to go all the way. In Gottingen, the team may not admit it, but are surely hoping to win the title and has even a big fan in Cologne manager Stephan Baack, who has predicted that Gottingen will go all the way. In the halftime, the fans presented the new likeable fan song, which ended with the phrases, 'and even if we are behind, we will fight back, we swear that we will stand behind you'. The fans have showed their entire loyalty the last two seasons, and they were rewarded with a fantastic game, where the team was never behind and kept striking away the dangerous comeback attempts by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. 'Oldenburg finished very strong. They were more aggressive in the individual play and came up with great plays. Frankfurt were back in the game with a few minutes to go, but got had two crucial turnovers', added ENBW Ludwigsburg coach Tyron McCoy . The Thunderbirds were very focused and never lost track of their faithful fans and kept them in the corner of their eye. 'Anytime when we are at home, we will get the total support of the fans. They always give us a boost and get us pumped up', added Oldenburg American Jason Gardner.

Long after the game was over as the EWE Baskets arena was as good as empty, there were two smiling faces near one of the baskets having fun and possibly reminiscing about their days at Missouri, but with the notion that Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) had just gone head to head on the court in a fierce basketball battle looked more distant than Hertha Berlin taking the 2009 Soccer title away from Bayern Munich or Wolfsburg. Since both have been in the league at the same time, Paulding leads the head to head match up 3-2 including a 30 point effort last season in Frankfurt and winning the game one playoff battle in points 24-5, but in the end that was forgotten, except for one play on the court. Jimmy McKinney stepped between a Rickey Paulding pass and stole the ball. 'I was a bit upset when Jimmy stole the ball, but it was not a gift from me. I saw him at the last minute when I passed the ball, but it was too late not to pass it', commented Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding. The worst thing for a player is always a loss and then everything else seems to be secondary. 'I remember that steal, but we didnt get the win, so everything else doesnt matter', expressed Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney.

After a hard day at the office, win or lose, what better way to end your Monday morning at home in Oldenburg or on the bus back to Frankfurt watching game seven between The Boston Celtics and Orlando on TV. Even when a BBL player is focused with their own playoff series, it never hurts just to relax and see how Dwight Howard will fare against Paul Pierce (200-F-77, college: Kansas) and co and try to remember how they played against ex Cologne player Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) of Cologne two season ago. 'The Boston Celtics will win game seven. Glen Big Baby Davis is the man. Without him, the Celtics would not be in game seven', stressed Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Some players never hesitate to go with the underdog. 'I think that Orlando will win. Their inside game is a bit better. I like the guard play of both teams as well too. I am rooting for Courtney Lee (196-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Kentucky), who is from my hometown', said Oldenburg guard Jason Gardner. 'Orlando has a chance, but Boston is very strong at home. I think Ray Allen will have a big game and win it for them', commented Oldenburg guard Rickey Paulding

It seemed like the misfortune of the start of the Artland Dragons game eight days ago had followed The Deutsche Bank Skyliners about 90 kilometers northwest to Oldenburg as it seemed like Toby the Dragon had not had enough of torturing Frankfurt last weekend as he somehow had snuck his way into the Thunderbirds spirit as Frankfurt quickly fell behind 9-2. Jason Gardner made a three pointer, which was followed by two consecutive Rickey Paulding three pointers. 'We lost the game in the first few minutes. We missed a few offensive rebounds and they hit three three pointers. After this, we were running to catch up through out the whole game', stressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . However Frankfurt was not caught on their left foot by this quick Oldenburg offensive fire, but roared back on a 6-0 run to cut the Oldenburg lead to 9-8. Captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made two mid distance jumpers and Jimmy McKinney a floater from the wing. Oldenburg had set up their zone roadblock not allowing Frankfurt entrance, while Frankfurt had opened up the tolls to their zone.

The absence of wide body American Lorenzo Gordon really hurt the Frankfurt defense as Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) scored seven consecutive points as he looked very good against the less physical Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL). 'Boumtje Boumtje is very experienced. It is playoff time and he really stepped it up. He was really looking to score. I have to use my quickness more in game two and anticipate more what he will do', stressed Skyliner center Anthony King. Paulding then added another three pointer despite the hand of Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) in his face. Frankfurt trailed 19-8 and closed out the quarter with a two handed Keith Simmons dunk. Both teams were shooting quite even at 47% for Oldenburg and 46% from the field for Frankfurt. The difference was the parking lot, where Frankfurt had the big goose egg and Oldenburg was strong at 50%. Oldenburg had the 11-5 rebound edge as Frankfurt was still searching for their intensity under the boards. Both teams were knotted at three turnovers a piece. Frankfurt also got a blow as American Titus Ivory had to leave the game with knee problems.

The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg continued to keep their lead in the second quarter as Paulding hit a few jumpers with good man coverage. American Keith Simmons was doing the dirty work grabbing rebound after rebound as if Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) (agency: Interperformances ) had given him the center job. Oldenburg really hurt Frankfurt as Serb Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) scored inside with his left hand and nailed a three pointer. Oldenburg led 33-20 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were still searching for answers how else they can stop the feisty Oldenburg offense. Frankfurt shifted up a gear going on a 11-6 run to cut the Oldenburg lead 39-31. Keith Simmons showed his athletic ability coming closer to making the game a Paulding-Simmons highlight show. Simmons continued getting offensive rebounds, finished two fast breaks with lay ups, got support by an Evtimov three pointer and finished the run with a thunderous two handed slam dunk off an Anthony King miss. Gardner finished the second quarter with a three pointer and King with a tip in. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg had a comfortable 42-33 lead at halftime. 'Frankfurt had to rebound better, play better one on one defense against Paulding and Foster and limit second chance buckets to Oldenburg', warned Ex Opel Skyliner Tyron McCoy.' It was a real dog fight. We kept fighting and coming back', warned Ilian Evtimov. How curious stats and the score of a game can be sometimes, can only be answered by the Basketball gods. Frankfurt was shooting 47% form the field and 45% from three point land as Oldenburg was shooting 43% from the field and 38% from three point land. Frankfurt had limited Oldenburg to three rebounds in the second quarter and were leading the rebound fight 19-14. However Frankfurt had eight turnovers and Oldenburg five.

In the third quarter, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg would hold their lead, but see it slowly dwindle as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to chip away at the Oldenburg lead. Boumtje Boumtje continued to be a nasty pest as it seemed like he scored whenever he wanted to with a dunk and a mid distance jumper. Oldenburg led 46-38. Frankfurt now went on a 7-2 run to cut the Oldenburg lead to 48-42. Mckinney led the charge with a three pointer, Evtimov made an agile move around Majstorovic from the baseline laying it in and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored inside. Allen had been closed up well inside in the first half and went 0/6 from the field, got inside more in the second half and showed the old Allen. Allen scored twice more inside to cut the Oldenburg lead to 50-46, but the biggest Oldenburg strength was always finding the right answer on offense never allowing Frankfurt to cut the lead to less than four points. Paulding hit a big three pointer, which was followed by a Keith Simmons mid distance jumper, but Oldenburg found another crack in the Frankfurt defense as Gardner scored easily inside. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg led 58-50 after three quarters. At this point, the game was still pretty wide open.' Derrick Allen should have continued to score inside/out and Oldenburg let Paulding, Foster and Gardner do their thing and let Boumtje Boumtje clean up the mess under the boards', added Ex EWE Baskets guard Tyron McCoy . 'We went strong inside as Derrick Allen was great. We kept responding making baskets, saild Ilian Evtimov.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept fighting back, but the Oldenburg lead and their timely baskets and Frankfurt mini break downs on defense was too much for Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and his gang. Ilian Evtimov started the Frankfurt scoring with a running hook shot, but it was Rickey Paulding again who dropped a clutch three pointer. He followed that up with a steal and lay in. Oldenburg led 66-52 as time was slowly running away from Frankfurt. Serb Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) showed how valuable of a role player he is by coming in and grabbing rebounds and even as a 207cm big man leading the fast break outrunning the Frankfurt backcourt and laying it in. Simmons followed with another offensive rebound and slamming it home. Frankfurt trailed 68-56. Allen scored a jumper, followed by another Scekic hoop inside and an Allen hoop. Oldenburg led 70-60 with three minutes to play. Paulding once again found a spot and scored a mid distance jumper and Oldenburg led 72-60. Frankfurt had the hot hand one more time as Simmons and Evtimov nailed two three pointers bringing Frankfurt back to 72-66. However as if Frankfurt had not learned their lesson earlier in the game, they left Majstorovic open again and he swished a three pointer giving Oldenburg the 75-66 lead with under two minutes to play. Captain Pascal Roller responded with a clutch three pointer, but time was short and Jason Gardner scored four more free throws as Frankfurts comeback had come up short again.' We shot well tonight. Everybody stepped up and it is always difficult to play a team where all are hitting their shots', commented Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding. 'We let Paulding and Foster find their rhythm too quickly. They hit many big shots and we were unable to slow down their guards', stressed Keith Simmons.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were led by American Rickey Paulding with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists. The biggest difference to Rickey Paulding and a normal BBL player is that Paulding is like a black fly, hard to get rid of, while a mosquito is a lot easier to get rid off. 'He is so hard to stop, because he is so versatile and he hits the big shots', commented Skyliner guard Keith Simmons. American Jason Gardner added 18 points and four assists. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds. Milan Majstorovic scored 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Keith Simmons with 17 points and ten rebounds. Derrick Allen scored 14 points and five rebounds. Ilian Evtimov added 13 points on 5/7 shooting. 'My shot was feeling good tonight. I shot when I had the chance and my teammates found me, but I didnt do anything special with my shot', commented Ilian Evtimov. Captian Pascal Roller chipped in with 12 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot equally well from the field with Oldenburg at 47% and led the rebounding cleaning with 33-30, but know that letting a team score 80 points will not give themselves good chances to win if they arent more productive scoring and from the three point line where they shot a poor 39%. They also knew that defending athletic guys like Foster and Paulding will be no cake walk.' We played good individual defense, but that is not enough in the playoffs. We need to play strong team defense. They are very patient and shot well. We may have gotten first and second rotations, but missed the third. Team defense has to work to be successful', stressed Ilian Evtimov. 'Their scrappy offensive rebounds led to three pointers. We cant give up 80 points, if we want to win', added Skyliner American Keith Simmons. The series now moves to Frankfurt, where they will have to create more of an inside game and find a way to stop Paulding and escalate the team defense with a loud and boisterous home crowd leading the team on to victory. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The EWE baskets Oldenburg on Thursday May 21st at 17:00.


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Olympiakos and PAO advance to Big Final with 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - C.C. Marousi 81-67
As it was expected, Olympiakos outplayed Marousi tonight ending the semifinals series with perfect 3-0. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) stepped up in the winning squad with 17 points and 5 rebounds, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) had 16, while Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) helped with 14 points, plus 5 rebs. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Fanis Koumpouras answered with 12 pts each in loss.

Panathinaikos - Aris 71-69
The defending champion escaped with tiny 71-69 home win for 3-0 in the semis. It means that the Greens and Reds will meet each other in the big 'battle', but this time Olympiakos will have home court advantage. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored in PAO with 16, Costas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) had 14 and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 12 pts. Aris got 15 from Dimitrios Tsaldaris.


The European champions qualified in the Greek finals - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos (as expected) made the 3-0 in the series against Aris and is now ready and prepared to play against Olympiakos (is playing tonight against Maroussi in SEF for the 3-0). The last game between Panathinaikos and Aris was once more a derby as the Greens mainly with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) kept a double digit difference untill the last few minutes where Tsaldaris and Argiropoulos succeeded three consecutive three pointers and transform the game into a derby as the difference went to just three points (70-67) with 52 seconds to go. Panthinakos played simply and with jsut a solid targe to sweep the series and get ready for the big 'battle' against Olympiakos, this time with home court disadvantage.

The final score against Aris was 71-69 and Obradovic saw some of his key players playing very well in the most crucial part of the league (something of course that made him quite happy)



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Oscar Salguero leads SAT to win Game 1 of the Finals - by Victor Padilla
SAT Cybertech defeated D-Team 98 to 85 in the first game of the Final series of Torneo de Apertura. Taking the lead since the game began, SAT Cybertech presented his usual offensive weapons, with Oscar Salguero (196-F-87) directing his teammates with 35 pts, most of them in the second half of the game, which D-Team started trailing by 16 points. D-Team's inside players, Dangelo Vaughn (189-G/F-82) and Otto Rodriguez (192-F-88), contested the game of the winners with 25 pts each, but their effort was never matched by their key perimeters players (Fernando Marroquin (180-G-81) scored only 8 points), who seemed out-of-sync in their usual lightning play and high shooting accuracy. The last chance to regroup and keep the fight comes with Game 2, scheduled for Tuesday May 19, when D-Team must challenge a more experienced SAT Cybertech that is proving once again that they intend to win this tournament undefeated, as they did in 2008.

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FEB Finals: Oliver Gets Hot In Crunch Time, Eiffel Towers Ties Series 1-1 - by Sanders Jackson

Sunday afternoon in Game #2 at the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers got back on track, putting the disastrious Game #1 result behind them, closing out within the last 3 minutes with a bang, tieing the series up and winning over defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide 75-65. With 2:43 remaining, and Eiffel down 65-60, the Eiffel combination of
Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) and Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) gave Eiffel the shot in the arm it needed to finish strong, with first a Rixhardson putback, then Oliver made two three-pointers to help Eiffel close off with a 14-0 run. Richardson also came up with two big rebounds during the run. Oliver led all scorers with 27 pts., including 6 three-pointers. CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led Eclipse Jet/MyGuide with 15 pts. Game #3 will be on Tuesday in Amsterdam.


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Murray scores 30 in fourth straight win, 120-108 - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Lamond Murray (6'7''-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the first half Saturday night, leading the Los Angeles Lightning to a 120-108 pro basketball victory over the Kankakee (Ill.) Soldiers at Cal Lutheran.

Fred Vinson added 26 points and hit 8-of-18 from 3-point range, tying the team record for triples in a game. Murray, a 12-year NBA veteran, had 30 points in 29 minutes in the opener of a 12-game homestand. He also collected 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers and five blocks for the Lightning, which won its fourth straight game to improve to 5-1 in the IBL West.

The visitors cut a 61-52 halftime deficit to three (71-68) with 4:38 to go in the third. Vinson hit a 3-pointer to kick off an 18-6 run that gave the Lightning a 89-72 advantage entering the final period.

'We're so talented across the board, we never really felt threatened tonight,' said Vinson. 'Nobody's here to take all the minutes, we just want to win.'

Kamran Sufi had 13 assists while Phil Givens chipped in with 16 points off the bench. Point guard Trayvon Lathan had nine points on 4-5 shooting in his Lightning debut.

Erik Rhinehart topped the Soldiers (6-5) with 29 points and 13 boards. Lawrence Burnett had 13 points and 12 rebounds with Barry Bradford adding 13 points and eight assists.

L.A. outshot Kankakee 51.2 to 38 percent in the second half and blocked 13 shots in the game. The Soldiers got within 11 early in the fourth period before Givens hit a 3 and then fed Lathan for a layup.

'We made a good push in the third quarter but we did a little too much fouling,' said Lightning coach Ron Quarterman. 'The second unit is getting better.'

The same teams will meet on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports Arena.


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Al Wasl eliminated from Asia basketball championship - by Houman Bagheri
Jakarta - The Al Wasl basketball team from the United Arab Emirates in Group B was eliminated during qualifying round on the fifth day of the 20th FIBA Asian Championship Cup on Saturday.

Al Wasil was ranked fifth out of five teams in the group recording only one win in four matches it had played until the fifth day of the championship.

The average number of goals made by the team from the Middle East was also the lowest in the group namely 0.889, following Young Cagers from India (0.970), Satria Muda from Indonesia (1.030), Al Arabi from Qatar (1.159) and Zain from Jordan (1.323).

Al Wasil will still play against Qadsia from Kuwait in Group A on Tuesday but the results of the game would not make the two teams able to go to quarter finals.

'The match will only make them ranked ninth or tenth,' one of the committee members, Bonanza, said.

Teams that will compete in the quarter finals will be determined by results of matches on Sunday.

Today Zain, Group B's number one, will meet with Sangmoo of Korea which is ranked fourth in Group A. Mahram from Iran which is ranked first in Group A meanwhile will play against Young Cagers from India which is ranked fourth in Group B.

On Sunday also Al Riyadi from Lebanon which is the second place in Group A will also play against Satria Muda from Indonesia which is in the third place in Group B. Al Arabi from Qatar which is in the second place in Group B will meet with Smart Gilas from the Philippines which is in the third place in Group A.

'The results of the matches will determine the teams to meet in the quarterfinals. The loser will meet the loser and the winner will meet the winner on Tuesday.


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National League Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Bar.Netanya - Hap.Afula 112-78
Netanya easily won the opener of the Finals as the rolled over Hapoel Afula 112:78. Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) top-scored for the winners with 35 points, while Asenti Eran delivered 22. Matalon Noam ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Cohen Mintz Uri nailed 15.


BSL Final Four: The press conference - by Yarone Arbel
The 4th BSL Final Four made another step towards its highlight moments when the opening press conference of the event took place on Sunday noon at the VIP tent next to Nokia Arena.

Four teams were represented by their coaches and star players in addition to the league's commissioner - Avner Kopel.

First and foremost a representative of H. Stern introduced one more reason to fight for the title - the championship ring. Worth 13,500 NIS (~3,200$) an 18 carat white gold ring will be bestowed to each of the winning players. Only 36 copies of the ring were produced and some of the copies are open for the public to purchase.

'From this moment on all the attention is set on the coaches and players, so they could bring our basketball to new highs,' started commissioner Kopel.

'The Quarterfinals proved themselves, as well as the Final Four who brings a lot of interest to our basketball league. We will continue with the exact same system the next season so we could examine better if it works well enough, and then we'll discuss if changes are needed.

'I wish everybody who's involved in this event all the best and hope the results will reach their maximum potential.'

Coach of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Pini Gershon (agency: Arik Krayn Services ), didn't take any pressure off his team by stating: 'Everybody wants to win the title, but we need to win it,' before adding: 'We're the best team in the league and the regular season proved that when we won the first place.'

He continued with his famous sense of humor by saying: 'From the championship title I won with Hapoel Galil Elyon back in 1993 and last year's Hapoel Holon we learn that teams, other than Maccabi, who win the prize almost fall apart and that all their best players become too expensive for them to keep, so my advice to the teams is to leave this headache for us.'

Gershon also spoke specifically about the games ahead of his team and tried to spread confidence by saying: 'We made some changes during the season and now we're ready for the battle. We had a month to get ready for this event. The players understand what's in stake. We have many players who never won titles and this is a good chance for them individually but they also need to win it for the club.'

His point guard, Carlos Arroyo(188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), the best passer in the league, added some bits of his own. 'Considering all the ups and downs we went through, I think we have done a great job to stay focused and put the championship in the center of our attention. All of us understand we need to step up our game coming Final Four time. We need to stick to what we know, play our best basketball, bring energy and that should do it.'

Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil point guard, Gal Mekel(195-G-88, college: Wichita St.), who was one of the main reasons his team won the Quarterfinals series, added some thought of his own.

'It's big fun to be part of a Final Four regardless of who we're facing. In the Final Four I want to focus on my team myself and see how I make my team better so we'll win. We'll have to be in good shape on Tuesday and do our best.'

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem was represented by head coach Guy Goodes (agency: Avi Zilberman ) and point guard Moran Rot(184-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services). The last won the title last year with Hapoel Holon over Maccabi and shared some of his feelings with the fans.

'I bring some experience with me from last year. Wherever I go I want to be part of a successful team and I've found that in Jerusalem as well. We proved the whole season we are worthy to be here.'

When asked about the similarity to last season he stated: 'Just like last year in Holon in Hapoel as well there's a great atmosphere in the team, and we're very hungry. We have big belief in ourselves and I think it's an open race.'

Coach Goodes mentioned the national cup Semifinals game Hapoel lost in the last seconds to Maccabi Haifa Heat, the same opponent they'll face on Tuesday night.
'We'll play against the same team in the exact same stage that we faced in the national cup. I hope the result will be different this time. I think we're ready basketball wise and mentally wise for this Final Four,' he said.

On the other side of court will wait head coach Avi Ashkenazi and former Hapoel power forward Ido Kozikaro(203-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services), in a team that played their debut season in the BSL this year, and already qualified to the top event - Maccabi Haifa Heat.

The resemblance to Hapoel Holon, who went through the same road last year before winning the title, doesn't play a role for Haifa's guys, but that won't damage any level in their belief.

'We have to believe in ourselves, because in one night anything can happen. We're not better than any other team here but we can compete with all teams. We tried to avoid the comparison to Holon because we are two different clubs,' said Ashkenazi.

He as well referred to the previous Semifinals encounter with Hapoel earlier this season.

'We were in this situation before earlier in the season, when we played in same stage against the same team in the same arena, and I hope it will help the team. I hope for the same result.

'For some this chance is once in a life time, for some it's less special, but there's pressure on everybody ,' concluded coach Ashkenazi.

Source: www.basket.co.il



The 2008/09 BSL Season Awards - by Netanel Dahan
Each season brings a different feeling and memory. Players and clubs go up and down as the years pass by, and in order to honor those who made the 2008/09 special here are the BSL Season Awards for the current season.

All-BSL Team:

Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) (Maccabi Haifa Heat)
Probably the most versatile player ever to play in the basketball gyms in Israel. 15.8 ppg, 5.3 rpb, 5.6 apg and 3.0 spg. In the play-off series he led his team in these four categories in addition to blocks per game. Don't forget that on top of being an amazing offensive player he's also a good stopper on the defensive end which makes him the perfect package. Without a doubt a Euroleague level player that somehow fell to the hands of Haifa, and hopefully will stay in Israel the next season as well.

Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) (Hapoel Meoded Tzvaim Holon)
The floor to head coach Danny Franko: 'From the day that I started to coach, since the days of Rimas Kaukenas in Hapoel Galil Elyon, I've never met a player with such high work morality as Luis. He's a role model for any player out there. Simply a perfect example to how I would have wanted, as the Junior national team coach, the Israeli players to work, progress and get better. If someone out there thinks it all comes easy to Flores, they don't know him. He's a hard-worker, more than any other player. An amazing personality.'

Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) (Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv)
The talent of Maccabi's forward is seen in any move he produces on court, but the most impressive thing about Omri Casspi, and what catches the eyes of the scouts in the best league in the world above anything else, is his amazing passion for the game and unstoppable hunger for the ball. Casspi loves the game, and the game loves Casspi. 12.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg in no more than 23 minutes per game, which he upgraded to 15.0 ppg and 5.8 ppg in the play-offs, bestows him a spot in the All-BSL team. We have no doubts that in the next season, or the following one, we'll have to sit in front of our TV in the middle of the night and watch him play in the NBA.

Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) (Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv)
He can't score from distance, he's not a great defensive player, or even average, but the long arms, the gigantic steps, his sensors in the paint, the unstoppable off-ball movement and the soft touch around the rim makes Lior Eliyahu an unstoppable offensive machine in the BSL and the Euroleague as well. He's the best scorer among the Israeli players with 13.2 ppg (posted the same numbers in the post-season) in addition to 4.7 rpg and 3.0 apg.

Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, college: Memphis) (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem)
Another player that diversity in his trademark (together with his braids) finished the season with 14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 5.0 apg. He kicked off the season in great shape and won the MVP of the first round, but down the road an injury and the mourning over his father's death kept him a bit more quiet than the usual. When the play-off bell made a sound he came back big time and wrote the very first triple double in the history of the Israeli play offs with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the decisive Game 3 of the series against Ironi Nahariya. His numbers in that series tell the whole story - 23 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.3 apg and also big 94.7% from the free throw line where he missed just a single shot in 19 attempts.

Best 6th man:
Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) (Maccabi Haifa Heat)
In the last games of the season Jefferson became a starter for Haifa, but for the vast majority of the season he came off the bench and made the difference. Some might say he deserves a spot in the All-BSL team with a contribution of 16.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg in no more than 25.3 mpg, but the fact the team matches the foreigner rules in the league pushed Jefferson back to the 6th man award. In the play-offs Jefferson, a gifted athlete to say the least, continued to display his ability to fly and wrote a big double-double average in the four games against the big guys of Bnei Hasharon - 18 ppg and 10.2 rpg.

Best Newcomer :
Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) (Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil Elyon)
After two years in Wichita State Gal Mekel signed a multi-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv and was on a loan this season to Gilboa/Galil. The 21 year old youngster didn't enjoy a good start but in the second round took the reins and finished the season with 6.9 ppg and 2.6 apg. In April he stepped up to 14.2 ppg and was awarded as the MVP of the month by the league. In the play-offs Mekel carried his team to a five games series against the champions from Holon when he wrote 14.0 ppg and 4.2 apg with 43% accuracy from long range. The good performance at the end of the season earned him his first ever call to the senior national team roster that eyes EuroBasket 2009 just around the corner. Don't be surprised if he makes the final list.

Most Improving Player:
Uri Kokia (203-F-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) (Hapoel Meoded Tzvaim Holon)
At the age of 27, after several season in which he was mostly considered an unskilled worker and a player for special tasks, following a season in the second division where he helped Maccabi Haifa to win a BSL ticket, Kukia became this season a key player in a high level team. He's also a threat on offense now with 6.6 ppg and the best rebounder among Israeli players with 7.1 rpg. In the post-season he continued to upgrade his numbers and registered 8.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg in the series against Gilboa/Galil.

Best Defensive Players:
Brian Randle (203-F-85) (Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil Elyon)
In the past Oded Katash 's Galil Elyon was mostly a great offensive team, but this season one player on the team changed the mind-set and turned the team, first and foremost, to a tough defensive squad. He blocks, he steals, he's a great one-on-one defender and always on time to help his team-mates. Randle became a nightmare to all the teams in the league who know that if they want to score a bucket, they better not face Brian Randle in front of them.

The players has been choosen by the surfers of basket.co.il.

Source:The Israeli super basketball league adminstration-www.basket.co.il.


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BJ League Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings - Evessa 93-87
Golden Kings celebrated the first Semi-Finals win over Evessa 93:87. Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) exploded with 50 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists to lead all the winners, while Ayer Chris added 20. Blackwell Ryan produced 27 points in the losing case.

Phoenix - Apache 84-89
Phoenix lost to Apache 84:89 in the Semi-Finals Game 1. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Baker Dameion nailed 16. Ocitti Stanley responded with 22 points in the losing effort.


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Sigal grabs 3-2 lead in the final - by Eurobasket News
The regular season champion made a huge step forward to Kosovan title. In fourth game of the final series Sigal cruised past Bashkimi in Prizren 74-57. It means that the score is 3-2 now for the team from Prishtine. Game No.4 will be played tonight, when Sigal will have a chance to grab the championship title in the front of its fans. As a reminder, in third game Bashkimi shocked Sigal with 75-74 win in Prishtine. However, No.1 team from regular season was able to revenge and it is once again on the right track. Result and game report from today's game (No.4) will be available soon. Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU)

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Kristaps Valters: 'I will wait until June to decide about my future' - by Emiliano Carchia

One of the most interesting players in ACB, Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid's Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) released some statements on his future.

'I think that the season was very good' said the player. 'It would have been better with a qualification for ACB playoffs'.

Regarding his future Valters confirmed the proposal made by Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid:

'The club offered to me a three year contract extension but my agent and I decided to wait until June' said the player.

You can find more on http://www.sportando.net/eng/europa/esteri/2263/kristaps_valters:_%27i_will_wait_until_june_to_decide_about_my_future%27.html



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Next Wolves GM might be Tom Penn, with Kevin McHale as coach - by Eurobasket News

Former Miami Heat General Manager Randy Pfund withdrew from the Timberwolves' search for a new basketball-operations leader Friday on a day when it appeared the team has focused on hiring Portland assistant general manager Tom Penn.

Penn remains the last known candidate interviewed -- last week -- by Wolves owner Glen Taylor and CEO Rob Moor during a five-month search in which Pfund and San Antonio assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey have withdrawn their names.

The Wolves likely would pair Penn -- a salary-cap expert who has tutored under Jerry West, Kevin Pritchard and Chuck Daly in a 10-year NBA management career with Memphis and the Trail Blazers -- with assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg as his top personnel evaluator.

ESPN.com, citing one unidentified league source Friday, said Penn is mulling an offer from the Wolves and is expected to accept.

Penn and former Indiana Pacers General Manager David Kahn are believed to be the only outside candidates both interviewed and still interested in the job.

Kevin Love, a Wolves rookie last season, said Friday that he has been in touch with members of the front office but everything still seems 'up in the air.'

'It's a little weird not knowing who we turn to next year to make decisions,' Love said during a conference call to promote his trip next week to New York to represent the team at Tuesday's draft lottery.

Pfund said Friday morning he told Moor this job is not for him.

'I don't think it's the right situation for me right now,' Pfund said. 'I obviously had a couple conversations and an interview there, and at this point I think I'm moving on from that situation.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Yao Ming probably out all summer - by Eurobasket News
The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) announced the men's national squad early on Friday morning when Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) was excluded due to a season-ending foot injury.

Yao sustained an injury in his left foot in Houston Rockets' 108-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on May 8. Team doctors said he had to rest for 8-12 weeks.

The newly Chinese team was formed for the 2009 Asian Men's Basketball Championships slated for August 6-16 in Tianjin, China.

'We don't expect Ming Yao to be ready in August. He needs at least two months to nurse the injury and another month for a full recovery. I don't think he can make it (for the championships),' said Hu Jiashi, vice president of

the Chinese Basketball Management Center, on Friday.

Most of the members of the 2008 Beijing Olympic

Games were registered in the new national team. The 34-year-old Guo Shiqiang was named the head coach of the team last week.

The CBA announced a backup national team on Wednesday, which Hu said, concluded most of the young stars of the domestic league.

'Players of the second national team have chances to make into the first team, if they work hard enough,' Hu said. 'We set up a backup national team in 2007 when three of the team made into the first team eventually. It's a good way to

help the young players being mature and being ready for bigger assignments.'

'Both teams are the preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. The final squad for the Olympics will be selected from members of the two teams,' Hu added.


The squad:

Yi Jianlian (New Jersey Nets), Zhu Fangyu, Wang

Shipeng, Du Feng, Chen Jianghua (Guangdong), Yi Li, Hu Xuefeng (Jiangsu), Wang Zhizhi, Wang Lei (Bayi), Zhang Qingpeng, Li Xiaoxu (Liaoning), Liu Wei (Shanghai), Ding Jinhui (Zhejiang), Zhang Songtao, Sun Yue (Beijing Aoshen).

Courtesy of www.news.xinhuanet.com


Bucks' Bogut cleared to work out - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond released today the following statement on the injury (incomplete stress fracture - lower back) to center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah).

Earlier this week, Andrew underwent further testing on his back in Australia. Were extremely happy to report that the results of the scan showed Andrews injury to be healed and his doctors have cleared him to begin his off-season workouts.

This day couldnt come soon enough for me, said Bogut. Im looking forward to a productive summer in the gym and being in top form for training camp and the 2009-2010 season.

In 36 games this season, Bogut, 24, averaged 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocked shot in 31.2 minutes per game. At the time of his injury, Bogut was one of 11 players in the league averaging double-figures in both points and rebounds, and one of 13 players in the NBA that was averaging a double-double for the season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Lakers rout Rockets and advance to West finals - by Eurobasket News
The doctor was in. Dr. Jekyll that is, and he had a cure for what was ailing the Lakers.

Now all is well again in La-La Land.

As forward Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) dominated on both ends of the court, the Lakers emphatically silenced the doubters and the Houston Rockets, winning the decisive final game of the Western Conference semifinals 89-70 on Sunday.

Pau Gasol scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. The Lakers looked like the conferences top-seeded team, not the maddeningly inconsistent one that was pushed to the limit by the undermanned, smaller Rockets.

Trying to reach the NBA finals for the second straight year, the Lakers will play host to the opener of the conference finals against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

The Lakers have been so up and down in this series that coach Phil Jackson said before game five that they had a little bit of Jekyll and Hyde in them. That was the night the Lakers raced to a 40-point win at home, only to follow it up two nights later with a 15-point loss, the second straight game they were blindsided in Houston.

There are any number of theories as to why the Lakers have had a split personality.

Asked what the Lakers learned from this series, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) cracked: That were bipolar.

Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) added: To make it interesting. Its Hollywood, you know.

It turns out that home-court advantage and a smothering defense were all it took to jump-start the Lakers, who made sure they didnt choke this one away against the No. 5 seed.

The Lakers dominated the paint on both ends, forcing the Rockets into turnovers and bad shots. They owned the backboards, taking a 55-33 advantage, and blocked 10 shots. They had an 8-0 lead a few minutes in and widened it to 25 points on Pau Gasol's jump hook shortly before halftime.

After the game, Bryant patted Pau Gasol on the shoulder and offered congratulations.

I was just proud of the way he played, Bryant said. He answered the challenge, and he played like one of the best players in the world. I was just excited for him.

Pau Gasol kept Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) from penetrating, as he did often in this series. Pau Gasol had 12 defensive rebounds and swatted away three shots.

He made 10 of 19 shots himself and left to a nice ovation with 3:34 remaining in the game.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Magic beats Celtics 101-82, advance to East finals - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) and Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) helped dethrone the defending champion Boston Celtics on Sunday night and gave Orlando a chance to bring a crown to the Magic Kingdom.

Howard had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Hidayet Turkoglu had 25 points with 12 assists in Game 7 on Sunday night, leading Orlando into the Eastern Conference finals, 101-82.

Orlando trailed for just 36 seconds and built a lead it couldn't squander to earn the right to play LeBron James and the Cavaliers for a spot in the NBA finals. Game 1 is Wednesday in Cleveland.

'We believe. We believe we can go all the way,' Howard said. 'It's going to get harder.'

Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points for Boston, and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had 16 before they were taken out of the game for a courtesy cheer with 2:30 left and the Magic up 99-78. The other member of the new Big Three, Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76), awaited them on the bench, where he watched the whole series in street clothes with a right knee strain.

Garnett's absence derailed the Celtics' title defense before it got started, forcing them to fight through a seven-overtime, seven-game series against Chicago in the first round and leaving them perpetually playing from behind in the second.

The Magic nearly blew a 28-point lead in Game 1, then did waste a 14-point lead in Game 5 to give the Celtics a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Boston, which won the last of its unprecedented 17 NBA titles last year, had never lost a series after being ahead 3-2.

But Orlando came back from a 10-point deficit on Thursday night to force Game 7.

And there was no panic this time. Just a lot of Magic.

Orlando led by 14 in the second quarter before Boston cut it to 45-42 in the third period. Rondo's long 2-pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter made it a 66-61 game, but Orlando scored the first eight points of the fourth to open a double-digit lead.

Orlando led 81-64 with 8:04 left when Howard picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench. Boston cut the deficit to 90-78 on Allen's 3-pointer with 4:12 to play.

But Hidayet Turkoglu sank a 3-pointer, then Kendrick Perkins was called for a charge and Hidayet Turkoglu made a fadeaway jumper to extend the lead to 17 points. Hidayet Turkoglu was 9 for 12 from the field, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Notes:@ Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing had guaranteed a victory. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who had been Ewing's teammate with the New York Knicks, laughed it off. ... Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner took in the game from courtside. ... Howard took a swing at Kendrick Perkins with about 2:30 left in the third quarter, but he did not connect and there was no call.

Courtes of www.kdrv.com


Orlando advances to the Eastern Conference Finals - by Darryl Reshaw


Orlando came into the TD Banknorth Garden, also known as the jungle in search of a victory of the Celtics and a berth in the Eastern Conference, where the reigning MVP LeBron James and the vaunted Cleveland Cavaliers await. While many would say that the Magic should look to match the energy that the hometown fans would give to Boston, Orlando one-upped the Celtics, by correctly looking to set the tone themselves as the aggressor instead of merely hoping to weather the Celtics early barrage. In doing so, Orlando got out early by forcing the Celtics into difficult shots and running their shooters, namely the lethal Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut), off the 3-point line, thus forcing the Celtics into misses. This allowed Orlando to get out on the break and run, which serves two purposes. First, it keeps the Celtics from setting up their half-court defense, but it also helps to get Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) easily looks at the rim in transition. The Magic also continued with their strategy of looking to get the Celtics big men in pick-and-roll situations, which they do not have the lateral quickness to cover effectively. Orlando jumped out to a 27-17 lead after the first period fueled by the solid play of Rafer Alston, who had 7 points and 3 assists in the quarter.

The second period started with Orlando looking to build on their lead and they did just that, getting out to a as much as a 14-point lead, with Hedo Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) connecting on jumpers from the perimeter. The Magic had a 37-23 lead until Hidayet Turkoglu picked up his third foul with 6:39 left in the period. The Celtics then started to make their move behind captain Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) taking over and creating off the dribble, getting into the teeth of the Magic defense. Ray Allen also came to life and got into a rhythm. Allen, the best in the business coming off screens for long jumpers, and led all scorers at the half with 13 points. The Celtics picked up even more momentum when Howard picked up three quick, ill-advised fouls. The first two fouls resulting from blatantly illegal screens and the third came when Howard erroneously decided to contest a Kendrick Perkins face-up jump shot in the mid-post area, when Howard should live with Perkins taking that shot every time down the floor. The Magic survived a late Celtic push to go into the locker room with a 45-38 lead at the break.

The Celtics came out in the third period with designs on taking the game over within the initial five minutes of the quarter, storming out to cut the Magic lead to 45-42 in the first 2 minutes of the period, behind the play-making skills of Pierce and his ability to exploit Orlandos double teams by passing out of it to the open man for jumpers. Orlando weathered the early Celtics rally by running their offense through Hidayet Turkoglu despite his foul trouble. He did a great job of using the bounce to get into the teeth of the Celtics defense and find open shooters on the wing when the Celtics set up their half-court defense. Hidayet Turkoglu also connected on some jumpers as well as a 3-point shot during the quarter. The Celtics ended the quarter with a huge momentum boost when Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky), who scored eight points during the period, connected on a long pull-up jumper with his foot right on the 3-point line, to cut the Magic lead to five, 66-61. Allen had another impressive quarter with seven more points.

Orlando opened the final stanza by looking to initiate the action again, with Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) connecting on a 3-point shot and a nice pull-up mid-range jumper, which sandwiched a Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Kentucky) 3-point play the old-fashioned way, giving the Magic a 74-61 lead with 10:30 remaining in the fourth period. Behind Pietrus and Hidayet Turkoglu breaking down the Celtics defense, the Magic built a 17-point lead before Howard went to the bench with his fifth foul just shy of the 8-minute mark. The Celtics, with Howard on the bench with small with four perimeter players to spread the floor and get points in a hurry to take advantage of Howards absence. Allen connected on a 3 to bring the Celtics to wining twelve, 90-78, but the Magic promptly brought Howard back and went right back to their staple during this game, getting Hidayet Turkoglu in the pick-and-roll, which he excels at making plays in these sets, thus giving the Magic more of a cushion. He also used his size advantage to see over defenders for shots and passes when the Celtics went small. Running the offense through Hidayet Turkoglu also helped take the play-making responsibilities away from Alston, which freed him up to play an efficient game without hurting the team by trying to do too much with the ball. The Magic eliminated the Celtics by a score in Game 7 by a score of 101-82, with Hidayet Turkoglu leading the way as a scorer as well as a playmaker with 25 points and 12 assists. Lewis chipped in 19 points, while the Pietrus contributed a rather impressive 17 points, including 3-3 from the land of 3. Howard also added another double-double, finishing with 12 points, 15 rebounds and five block shots. Ray Allen led the way for the Celtics with 23 points.

Celtics Keys to Victory

(1) Increased shot attempts for Ray Allen
Result: Allen got 18 shot attempts, which served to get him into rhythm, which shooters need and he responded

(2) Paul Pierce must be the best player on the floor the Celtics
Result: Though Pierce made a concerted effort to get to the bucket early on and get into the teeth of the Orlando defense, he did not win the personal battle at his position

(3) Rondo must dominant and get into the paint
Result: Though he made some spectacular plays at point during the game, Rondo did not display the all-around dominance that he demonstrated in the first round against Chicago. Undoubtedly, the presence of Howard cuts down on some of his shot attempts in the paint, Rondo did truly place him imprint on this game and he tended to gamble a little too much on defense, which freed up Alston for open looks at the bucket.

(4) Stephon Marbury (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) must win the battle of backup point guards against Anthony Johnson of the Magic
Result: Marbury did not clearly win the match-up. When the Celtics go to their bench and have Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-C-78, college: USC) and/or Eddie House (6'1''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) in the game, Marbury must penetrate to the hoop, which not only creates scoring opportunities for himself, but it also frees up Scalabrine and House for jumpers when their defenders have to help on Marbury and then Marbury can kick to open shooters. These two players need another player to create scoring chances for them.

Orlando Keys to Victory

(1) Dwight Howard needs to play like Superman.
Result: Howard did not play like the Man of Steel, but he did dominant the defensive glass. His presence in the paint deterred penetration from Rondo and help Orlando to force the Celtics to miss a number of easy shots near the rim.

(2) The Magic must have a playmaker to help Dwight Howard.
Result: Hedo Hidayet Turkoglu became the perimeter playmaker and primary ball-handler for the Magic. He did an amazing job of reading the pick-and-roll, correctly processing when to score and when to find open teammates. Hidayet Turkoglu also did a masterful job of getting into the paint and kicking out to wide-open shooters. He won the match-up against Pierce at the small forward slot.

(3) The Magic must win with defense.
Result: Orlando did a good job defensively against the Celtics, even contesting a number of perimeter shots from Ray Allen, though he connected on 50% of his shots. The Magic effectively executed their game plan of doubling Pierce, making his looks more difficult and forcing players such as Glen Big Baby Davis to beat them.

(4) The Magic must shoot the ball well from the perimeter.
Result: Orlando shot a sizzling 62% from 3-point range and managed to knock down practically every open look they got from the perimeter. With Hidayet Turkoglu probing from the perimeter and Howard in the paint, the Magic shooters will continue to get these looks and they responded in a positive way against the Celtics.

(5) Orlando must get contributions from the bench.
Result: In the pivotal fourth period, Mickael Pietrus provided a substantial lift for the Magic off the bench. Serving as Orlandos version of San Antonios Bruce Bowen, a 3-point marksman that plays very good on-ball defense, Pietrus connected on 3-pointers from the corner as well as getting into the paint off the dribble. He also played his customary pressure defense.

While the Celtics could only manage to successfully complete only one of their tasks, the Magic accomplished all of their goals throughout this contest. When you add it all up, the Magic did more than enough to gain the unenviable tasks of taking on Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

By Antonio Williams


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Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Nelson 10-2 
 2. Waikato 9-1 
 3. Wellington 9-2 
 4. Cougars 8-4 
 5. Harbour Heat 6-5 
 6. Bay Hawks 4-6 
 7. Manawatu 3-10 
 8. Auckland 2-9 
 9. Taranaki 0-12 


Phill Jones carries Nelson past Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Phill Jones (196-G-74) hit a buzzer-beating jumper to propel the Nelson Giants to the tenth win in the season. This time the league leaders dealt with the Auckland Stars 77:75 at the Trafalgar Centre. Nelson headed as favorites into this one and quickly proved the status taking an 18:14 lead into the second frame. Nelson raced ahead to a 10-point lead in the second frame but Auckland found the way to reduce the margin to just three points with one half remaining. The teams kept it close throughout the third stanza before Phill Jones exploded with a pair of three-pointers that ensured a 10-point buffer for the hosts at the end of the third frame. Blagoj Janev and Hayden Allen (187-G-79) accounted for triples late in the game as the Stars once again bit out of the deficit. It all came down to the final attempt and Phill Jones did not let his team down winning the clash for the Giants. He finished with 24 points to lead the way for Nelson. Jared Lloyd (194-G-82, college: Hope International) had 14 points, while John Barber (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Youngstown St.) delivered 11 points in the win. Hayden Allen responded with 28 points for the Stars as they slipped at 2-9 record.
The NBL defending champions Waikato toppled the Easy LPG Bay Hawks 77:73 behind 18 points from Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.). Michael Fitchett (183-G-82) contributed 14 points as the Pistons climbed at 9-1 record. Charles Bailey (200-F-82, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 14 points for the Bay Hawks.
The Harbour Heat clinched the second straight win as they outgunned hapless Taranaki 84:76 at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth. Mike Bell (202-F-67, college: Oklahoma) provided 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the visitors. Corey Webster (180-G-88, college: Lambuth) came up with 20 points despite fouling out in the final term. Phillip Gilbert (191-G-82, college: Bradley) accounted for 26 points in the 12th straight defeat for the Heat.


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ABO youth and coaches clinic holds in Lagos - by Olusegun Ikuesan
African Basketball Online, ABO will be organizing a developmental basketball camp for youths in Nigeria.

The camp billed for Nigeria commercial capital, Lagos is schedule to take place this summer alongside a refresher clinic for coaches.

ABO, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing basketball, and providing leadership education to students, basketball coaches, administrators, programs and organizations in different African countries, has an objective to equip 1,000 African communities with 2,000 basketballs and 2,000 basketball shoes in the next three years.

The week long camp is billed to hold from August 10 through 15 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Nigeria.

The coaching clinic will have Coach Brian McCormick, author of Cross-Over, the new model of youth basketball development leading the various instructors that are expected from abroad.

About 250 basketball players (both male and female), and 30 coaches spread across Nigeria are expected to attend the Camp.


Rookies academy others for Bounce 9ja Classic - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Bounce 9j Basketball Foundation first inter-academy basketball tournament tagged 1st Bounce 9ja Developmental League comes up from 25 through 30 of this month at the Sports Centre of the University of Lagos.

The Inter-academy tournament according to Bounce 9ja coordinator, Adenike Carew is to foster relationship among the various academies in Lagos and its environs.

The former board member of the Lagos State Basketball Association further hinted that the 6-day tournament is meant to create a healthy rivalry among the academies in Lagos state.

Academies listed for the tournament which promises to be an annual event includes the nations foremost basketball academy Rookies Academy, Raptors Academy, Warriors Academy and the Bounce 9ja Basketball Academy.

Others are Magnet Academy, United Christian, Nigerian Navy academy and Freedom Rain.

The maiden edition of the tournament is being supported by the University of Lagos.


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
Gaza Group
 1. Gaza SC 4-1 
 2. Rafah 4-1 
 3. Khadamat B. 4-1 
 4. Khadamat DA. 2-3 
 5. Khadamat KY. 1-4 
 6. Khadamat J. 0-5 
West Bank Group
 1. Ibdaa D. 13-0 
 2. Sarriyet 11-2 
 3. De La Salle 11-2 
 4. Orthodox BJ 11-2 
 5. Orthodox R. 9-4 
 6. Qalandia 8-4 
 7. Al Ahli 8-5 
 8. Hiteen 8-5 
 9. Catholic A. 7-6 
 10. Ebal 6-7 
 11. Islami 5-8 
 12. Al Fara 5-8 
 13. AlBireh 4-8 
 14. RaI AlSaleh 4-9 
 15. Huwara 3-10 
 16. Thaqafi BS 2-11 
 17. Balata 0-13 
 18. Thaqafi T. 0-13 


We talked with Carlos Diodati, international coach - by Mariano Galindo
Who is Carlos Diodati?

Carlos Diodati is a professional coach from Argentina who has been coaching for more than 20 years. I have national and international experience and I have worked at different levels. In 1995 I was assistant coach in World Junior Championship, in Grecce, helping to G. Vecchio. I went to two camps in Temple with John Chaney and since then, I became the scout to this College to 2002. In Boca Juniors, I had the possibility to work near Ruben Magnano (Gold Medal in 2004 Olympic Games) and Sergio Hernndez, current Argentinian National Teams Head Coach.


Where have you been coaching?

In Argentina, C.A. Independiente, C. A Lanus, y Boca Jrs.( ten years), Espe( Ecuador) three months in Denmark, en el Horsens IC.,and Panama ( Chorillos).


Why do you want to work abroad?

Actually, I had the interest from Sarryet Ramala, that contacted with me last December. However, it did not work by the war. But I think that it would be exciting have an experience in championship like Syria, Jordan or Palestine leagues. Indeed, I think that Palestine has made a good work and has given an important step to build a good basketball championship, allowing imports inside it. Palestine has very good high players with an interesting future: Suni Sakakeeni, plays in Jordan, Zeid Abbas, plays also there or Yoosef Lyad, who competes with Ibdaa inSyria.


What can you offer to your team?

I think that i can reach experience and a basketball formation with American mentality, but the most important thing, the enrichment that gives you the possibility to make exchanges with other cultures, and in this case, with coaches and players from the region.


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PLK Round: 4 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Asec.Prokom 77-85
Prokom stepped closer to defending their DBE title after they earned the second straight road win over Turow today. Prokom thus earned a 3-1 lead in the finals and remained just one win away from triumph. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) tallied another big double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. David Logan added 17 points for the winners. Chris Daniels responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Turow. Damir Miljkovic had 13 points in the losing case.


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Lions change Coach but get same Result - by Luis Ramirez
Exit- Carlos Mario Rivera, Enter- Allans Colon for the Ponce Lions. The Lions are currently dead last in the BSN standing and are looking for a team reaction to pull out of their down spiral. Last night the Lions played against the Mayaguez Indians and were hoping that their losing streak would come to an end but it was not to be. The Indians trounced the Lions 110-96. The game started with an 8-0 run for the Indians and early in the game it was the Indians who showed a lot of energy in the game contrary to the Lions who seemed lost in their game transition. The 1st qtr ended with the Indians leading big, 26-15, but the Lions managed to get an offensive run by Raul Orta and Ricky Melendez to cut the Indians lead to just 1 point 50-49. In the 3rd qtr the Lions kept pace with the Indians but in the 4th qtr, the Lions were frustrated by the Indians pesky defense and they collapsed. For Mayaguez, James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 25 points and captured 11 rebounds followed by Kevin Hamilton with 24 points. For Ponce, Ricardo Melendez scored 28 points followed by Lee Nailon with 25 points.
Over at Humacao, the Caguas Criollos beat the Grays 76-66. Caguas took the lead in the 1st qtr and would not look back. At the half the Criollos were leading 48-31. In the 2nd half it was more of the same for the Grays as the Criollos although not as offensive as in the 1st half were able to hold on for the win. For Caguas, Matt Freije scored 29 points while capturing 10 rebounds followed by Rafael Perez with 17 points and 12 rebounds. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman scored 19 points followed by James Life with 16 points.
In the final game of the night, San German beat the Guaynabo Conquistadors 96-87. It was Guaynabo taking an early lead in the 1st qtr 27-19. They managed to maintain the lead as the 1st half came to an end 50-43. But the Athletics came back in the 3rd qtr to reclaim the lead. San German was able to control the game in the 4th qtr to close out the win. For San German, Jesse Pellot scored 33 points while Ruben Wolkowisky with 22 points. For Guaynabo, Jumaine Jones scored 17 points followed by Ismael Caro with 16 points.


Last games (6) - Larry Ayuso lifts No.1 Santruce to 11-1 - by Eurobasket News
Guaynabo - San German 87-96
Another loss for Guaynabo, who fell to 3-10 record. At the same time San German jumped to 7-6 (5th place). Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) was a key player for the winners collecting 33 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Ruben Wolkowisky also was good nailing 22 pts and grabbing 7 rebs. Jumaine Jones had 17 pts in defeat.

Caguas - Humacao 76-66
Caguas grabbed this one thanks to Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), who drained 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Rafael Perez followed him with 17 pts and 12 rebs. On the other side, Humacao got 19 pts from Ansel Guzman. Caguas 4-8, Humacao 3-9.

Mayaguez - San German 70-82
Christopher Vega (182-G-84) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa were the best scorers in San German netting 19 points each. Vega also had 7 rebounds beside that. Ruben Wolkowisky helped with 18 pts. James Maye responded with 16 points in the loosing squad.

Ponce - Mayaguez 96-110
James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) came up with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Hamilton had 24 pts, 5 rebs and 5 as, while Dan Langhi added 21 pts and 6 boards. In Ponce, Ricardo Melendez and Lee Nailon combined 53 points. Ponce 3-10.

Guaynabo - Santurce 98-121
Santruce registered 11th win of the season for almost perfect 11-1 record (first place). Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) again was on fire scoring 27 points (5 triples). Ricardo Dalmau and Josh Davis had 22 and 20 pts respectively. The last ranked Guaynabo got 17 pts from Andres Ortiz.

Quebradillas - Humacao 96-89
The Pirates were better than Humacao mostly owing to wonderful performance by Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.), who poured in 31 points (6 triples). Peter John Ramos had double-double, 17 pts and 14 rebounds. James Life responded with 25 pts in defeat. Quebradillas improved to 9-4 (3rd place).


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


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Div.A Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ploiesti - Timisoara 79-71
Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) nailed 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace balanced Ploiesti to the initial win in the Romanian Division A final against Timisoara. Rashard Griffith and Dwayne Curtis knocked down 11 points apiece for the winning team. Rade Dzambic replied with 18 points for Timisoara.


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Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Avtodor 47-5 
 2. Magnitogorsk 39-13 
 3. Lok.Novos. 36-16 
 4. Revda 36-18 
 5. N.Novgorod 32-20 
 6. Chelabinsk 32-20 
 7. Saransk 30-24 
 8. Krasnodar 27-25 
 9. Rjazan 25-28 
 10. Irkutsk 22-30 
 11. Zaretchny 21-33 
 12. Naltchik 19-33 
 13. Severstal 13-39 
 14. Ural Ekater. 10-45 
 15. Kursk 8-48 


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Liga UPC Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
U.Olimpija - Zlatorog 66-70
Zlatorog grab a 70-66 victory on the Union Olimpija's home court to lead the semifinal series 1-0. It was a surprising win as Zlatorog won their first road playoff game in over 5 years and their first game at Tivoli Hall since. April 19, 2000. Zlatorog opened the second half with a 16-3 run to take a lead 49-42. Uros Lucic (207-C-83) socred game high 18 points, Vincent Hunter 13 of his 16 points netted in the third quarter, Nejc Strnad added 11 and Ante Masic 10 points. Olimpija's offense was held to less than 30 points in the second half. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) scored 17 points and Miha Zupan added 11 as defending champion placed just two scorers in double figures. (by Zeljko Zule)

Helios - Krka 87-81
Nicholas Jacobson (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) scored 25 points including seven 3-pointers, all in the first half, to lead Helios to a 87-81 victory over Krka in Game 1 of Play-Off semifinals. Helios trailed just at 5-6 and went on a 21-4 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a lead 42-23. Helios outscored Krka 62-41 in the first half on shooting 11-of-16 from 3-point range. Alexei Lashkevich finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds, Alwin Snow netted 19 points and Jure Mocnik added 12 points. Krka cut 21-points halftime deficit to six, 81-75, but Jure Balazic missed a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining. Simon Petrov (190-G-76) scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, Davor Marcelic added 16 points and Ricky Shields 14. (by Zeljko Zule)


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ACB Quarterfinals: Tau, Barca and Real win (1-0), Granca shocks Unicaja in Malaga (OT) - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Pamesa V. 68-66
Regal Barca grabbed tiny 68-66 win at the Palau Blaugrana for 1-0 lead. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) was a key player for the hosts collecting 18 points and 7 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro also shined with 14 pts and 5 rebs. Third scorer of the team was David Andersen with 13 pts (7 boards). In defeat, Albert Oliver and Kosta Perovic delivered 14 pts apiece.

Unicaja - Kalise G.C. 90-96
Granca shocked Unicaja in Malaga celebrating 96-90 overtime win (0-1). Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) stepped up in this fantastic victory with 17 points. Mario Bruno Fernandez added 14 pts and 7 boards. Omar Cook and Marcus Haislip combined 45 points for the hosts. Granca will have a chance to reach the semis in the next game, at the front of its fans.

Tau - Iurbentia B. 90-86
The regular season champion outsmarted Bilbao in the first game of the play-off semis for 1-0 lead. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) led the scorers in victory with 18 points. Pete Mickeal followed him with 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Tiago Splitter registered double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs and 5 as). In Bilbao, Salvador Guardia, Luke Recker and Drago Pasalic netted 15 pts each.

Real Madrid - DKV Joventut 79-62
Real Madrid registered nice 79-62 home win grabbing 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) was almost unmistakable scoring 14 points. Felipe Reyes and Jeremiah Massey nailed 10 each. Pau Ribas and Simas Jasaitis netted 12 and 10 pts respectively for Joventut.


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We talked with Carlos Diodati, international coach - by Mariano Galindo
Who is Carlos Diodati?

Carlos Diodati is a professional coach from Argentina who has been coaching for more than 20 years. I have national and international experience and I have worked at different levels. In 1995 I was assistant coach in World Junior Championship, in Grecce, helping to G. Vecchio. I went to two camps in Temple with John Chaney and since then, I became the scout to this College to 2002. In Boca Juniors, I had the possibility to work near Ruben Magnano (Gold Medal in 2004 Olympic Games) and Sergio Hernndez, current Argentinian National Teams Head Coach.


Where have you been coaching?

In Argentina, C.A. Independiente, C. A Lanus, y Boca Jrs.( ten years), Espe( Ecuador) three months in Denmark, en el Horsens IC.,and Panama ( Chorillos).


Why do you want to work abroad?

Actually, I had the interest from Sarryet Ramala, that contacted with me last December. However, it did not work by the war. But I think that it would be exciting have an experience in championship like Syria, Jordan or Palestine leagues. Indeed, I think that Palestine has made a good work and has given an important step to build a good basketball championship, allowing imports inside it. Palestine has very good high players with an interesting future: Suni Sakakeeni, plays in Jordan, Zeid Abbas, plays also there or Yoosef Lyad, who competes with Ibdaa inSyria.


What can you offer to your team?

I think that i can reach experience and a basketball formation with American mentality, but the most important thing, the enrichment that gives you the possibility to make exchanges with other cultures, and in this case, with coaches and players from the region.


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UBL Round: 3 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa - Budivelnyk 81-89
Budivelnyk swept the semifinal series versus BC Odessa to enter the Final of the UBL inaugural season. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points to pace Budivelnyk to the third decisive win in Odessa. John DeGroat provided 21 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Andrei Kalnichenko responded with 20 points and 10 boards for BC Odessa in defeat.

Politek.Lviv - Kryvbasbasket 97-95
Politekhnika-Halychyna held off Kryvbasbasket in Lviv to stay alive in the series. Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech) knocked down 27 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists to lead Politekhnika-Halychyna to a vital success. Volodymyr Gurtovoy provided 21 points and 6 boards for the winners. Milos Pavlovic and Jarrett Howell scored 14 points each for the visitors in defeat.


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URBL Announces All-Star Selections - by URBL media
The URBL has announced it's 1st Annual All-Star Weekend. The players were selected this morning by the URBL owners and League Commissioner Mac Claire.
2009 URBL East All-Stars:
Player: (Ht: Po: DOB: College) # Team Season Stats:
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian): 8 Dallas Ft. Worth (41.4ppg,10.3rpg, 6.0apg)
Jerome Boyd (6'8''-F/C-85, college: Clayton St.): 34 Dallas Ft. Worth (30.5ppg, 15.4rpg, 3.1bpg)
Sherman Douglas (6'2''-G-82, college: Faulkner): 23 Dallas Ft. Worth (16.0ppg, 13.3apg, 59.5% 3PT)
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.): 21 Irving A. (28.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.5apg)
Sergio Negrin (5'6''-G-85, college: Southeastern): 1 Houston S. (19.5ppg, 9.5apg, 2.0spg)
Anthony Oxley (5'8''-G-86, college: Mount Aloysius): 12 Austin F. (15.0ppg, 9.0apg)
Floyd Spears (6'8''-F/C-71, college: Michigan St.):4 Irving A. (14.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 8.9apg)
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): 3 Irving A. (15.8ppg, 10.0apg, 49.2% 3PT)
Royal Maxwell (6'9''-F-80, college: Jackson St.): 2 Dallas (18.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 7.9apg)
2009 URBL West All-Stars:
Player: (Ht: Po: DOB: College) # Team Season Stats:

Spivey Conwill (6'3''-G-81, college: High School): 10 Converse F. (31.0ppg, 5.0rpg)
Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83, college: San Marcos): 31 Converse F. (25.0ppg, 5.0apg, 57.1% 3PT)
Zeke Fisher (5'6''-G-82, college: Missouri Baptist): 16 Converse F. (13.9ppg, 11.0apg, 3.0spg)
James Ellison (6'8''-F/C-79, college: Texas F.): 34 Texas M. (12.9ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3bpg)
Scott Tranquier (6'1''-G-85, college: High School): 3 Texas M. (20.5ppg, 4.0apg, 52.5% 3PT)
Jabari Britt (6'6''-G/F-83, college: San Marcos): 23 Houston G. (22.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg)
Kevin Green (6'6''-F-83, college: Lee): 2 Houston S. (17.5ppg, 8.8rpg)
Solomon Humphrey (6'1''-G-88, college: North Lake CC): 20 I. Assault (16.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5spg)
2009 URBL 3 Point Shoot Out:
Sherman Douglas (6'2''-G-82, college: Faulkner): Dallas Ft. Worth (59.5% 3PT)
Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83, college: San Marcos): 31 Converse F. (57.1% 3PT)
Scott Tranquier (6'1''-G-85, college: High School): 3 Texas M. (52.5% 3PT)
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): Irving A. (49.2% 3PT)
2009 URBL Slam Dunk Contest:
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.): Irving A.
Will Randle (6'4''-G-88, college: High School): Converse F.
Kevin Green (6'6''-F-83, college: Lee): Houston S.
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian): Dallas Ft. Worth


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  USBA   


USBA inaugural season set to begin April 7, 2010 - by USBA Media
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---

The United States Basketball Association is pleased to announce their inaugural season opening on April 7, 2010. The league will take an aggressive posture by activating 18 teams housed in 3 divisions. Permanente home gymnasiums of each individual team are in the process of being completed. 'Come Hades or high water, we will tip off in 2010, we have agreements in place to use gymnasium for 12 of our teams already, the colleges and universities that we planned to occupy this year, understood the challenges we faced in 2009 and they graciously permitted the league to renew their commitment to play at their facilities', said USBA president and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins.'We anticipate having all locations set by early fall'.

The 2010 regular season will begin on April 7, 2010 and end on July 3, 2010. There is a mid season All Star Game slated for May 22nd and May 23rd, 2010. The Championship game is scheduled for July 11, 2010. Both series will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The league will continue its partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. A special invitation has been extended to the Boys and Girls Clubs as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city. The league has authorized each team conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. 'We'll issue complimentary tickets to games and well pay the ball kids $25.00 apiece per game', said Jenkins.

The league's three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern will consist of six teams in each division. 'With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead', said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. 'This is a prime opportunity for us to get this party started'. ' We plan get to know our fans and supporters in each city.' ' We want our fans to be able to have access to the coaches players', said Green

The league will make season ticket packages available. The availability of the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza is October 1, 2009. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league has set aside 1200 single season tickets for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers', said Jenkins.

The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket and comes with admission to all fifteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance). 'We designed the USBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, price and entertainment will fit right into anyones budget', said Jenkins

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion'. 'Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is the chance to win a new car, a trip to see an NBA game and to go on a Disney World vacation'

The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2010 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis LS
(one automobile and a $40.00 Quik Trip, BP or RaceTrac weekly gas card for one year, will be given away in each USBA team city, 18 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
(Family of four, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, transfers to and from the airport, daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The NBA Extravaganza
( Trip for two to an NBA game, round trip airfare on Delta Airlines, overnight stay at Marriott Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancakes, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide.)

* 4th Prize: The Trek Bicycle Explosion
(Six mens, six womens, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 432 total league wide)

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
(25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

All drawings for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports'. says Jenkins. ' Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association'. 'We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience' proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins. For more information, call the USBA league office at (770) 899-6388 or go to www.usbaball.com.



2010USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:
Purchase of a season ticket to any 2010 USBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. Promotion ends April 5, 2010 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. USBA employees, family member of USBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 1200 season tickets sold per USBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 1200 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 50 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 48 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 48 to 1. The USBA has set aside 1200 season tickets per USBA team city to be sold, a total 12,000 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If the same individual purchases two season tickets for the 2010 basketball season and before April 5, 2010 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a USBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prizewinners must make travel reservation through the USBA. Travel blackout periods may effect certain travel dates. All NBA games must be east of the Mississippi River and in the Continental United States. Grand prizewinners have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law.


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2009 - Week 12 (Saturday): Top teams win and maintain their reign - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Marinos de Anzoategui, the top three teams in the LPB 2009 standings and already qualified to the playoffs, got important wins on Saturday night's action, while Gigantes de Guayana completed a vital sweep over Panteras de Miranda.

Marinos de Anzoategui 93 - La Guaira BBC 76
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 18-20-27-28= 93
LG: 19-21-18-18= 76

Scorers
MAR: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 27 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 15 points and 8 assists, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 10 points and 8 rebounds, Nathan Green (203-F-75) 5 points and 10 rebounds, Hatila Passos (212-C-86) 4 points and 5 rebounds, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 2 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 0 points, Luis Sanchez (186-G-88) 0 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points, Juan Fontena (196-F-87) 0 points

LG: Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) 21 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 11 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 10 points, Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 8 points and 5 rebounds, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 8 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 7 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 7 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 4 points and 9 rebounds, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 0 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points



Guaros de Lara 81 - Toros de Aragua 79
El Limon Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 22-13-18-26= 79
GUA: 19-11-26-25= 81

Scorers
GUA: Albert White (197-G/F-77) 30 points and 5 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 18 points and 7 steals, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 9 points and 7 rebounds, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 9 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 7 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 6 points, Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 2 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 0 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 0 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 0 points

TOR: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) 17 points, Jerod Ward (206-F/G-76) 16 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 15 points and 5 rebounds, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 13 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 8 points and 8 rebounds, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 5 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 3 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 2 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 0 points


Cocodrilos de Caracas 92 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 74
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
COC: 16-25-26-25= 92
TRO: 11-22-15-26= 74

Scorers

COC: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 26 points and 15 rebounds, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 13 points, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 12 points and 6 assists, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 11 points and 12 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 11 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 8 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 8 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 2 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 1 point, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Wladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 0 points

TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 24 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 16 points and 15 rebounds, Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) 13 points and 5 rebounds, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 10 points, Brandon Heath (193-G-84) 9 points, Luis Martinez (198-F-84) 2 points, Freddy Del Pino (180-G-89) 0 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points, Johan Perez (198-F-82) 0 points


Gigantes de Guayana 98 - Panteras de Miranda 95
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 20-28-27-23= 98
PAN: 28-16-18-33= 95

Scorers

GIG: Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 26 points and 8 assists, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals, Robert Cox (196-G/F-84) 15 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 14 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 0 points, Nestor Moran (178-G-87) 0 points, Antonio Sucre (193-F-83) 0 points, Pedro Montano (201-F-84) 0 points, Ernesto Romero (192-G-88) 0 points, Jesus Belmonte (198-F-87) 0 points

PAN: Daimon Gonner (198-F-80) 29 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 20 points and 6 rebounds, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 11 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 11 points, Brian Latham (184-G-83) 8 points and 10 assists, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 5 points, Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) 4 points and 5 rebounds, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 3 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 2 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 2 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 0 points



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Guaros 26-9 
 2. Cocodrilos 26-11 
 3. Marinos 25-12 
 4. Guaiqueries 20-15 
 5. Trotamundos 20-17 
 6. Gaiteros 15-20 
 7. La Guaira BBC 14-23 
 8. Toros 13-23 
 9. Gigantes 11-25 
 10. Panteras 10-25 




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Women News

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


French National Team for the games against Greece - by Eurobasket
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French NT coach Pierre Vincent announced the names of players called for the National Team 2009 games. Teh first test will be the series of friendly games against Greece:
The games will be played in Bourg-en-Bresse (May 22), Saint Etienne (May 23) and Lyon (May 24).

French NT roster:
Caroline Aubert (168-G-80) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) of USO Mondeville
Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (ITA)
Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) of Vomero Basket Napoli (ITA)
Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
Anael Lardy (170-G-87) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63
Florence Lepron (183-G-85) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole
Catherine Melain (184-F-74) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Emmeline Ndongue (191-F/C-83) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole
Yacine Sene (183-F-82) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
Head Coach: Pierre Vincent of Bourges
Assistants: Francois Brisson , Patrick Chicanne and Thierry Moullec


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Bourges go for double in France - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Tarbes 68:63

Bourges claimed the Coupe de France to complete the double success in French season. Today Bourges defeated Tarbes to clinch the Cup title. The victory was mainly due to a storming first half when Bourges left no chance for their opponents. Tarbes in the meantime piled up bitter memories as they lost in the LFB Final and now followed it with a Cup Final fiasco. Bourges wasted little time rallying to a 21:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Tarbes struggled offensively as they accounted for just 7 points in a low-scoring second frame. Bourges capitalized building a 19-point advantage into the major break. Tarbes however managed to revive the intrigue in the second half. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) gave Tarbes a necessary spark as they went on a desperate comeback effort. Tarbes opened the second half with an 8:0 run to cut the deficit. A Francois Gomez team clipped the gap to 12 points with one quarter to go. Bourges seemed to retain control as they stretched the buffer back to 13 points early in the fourth term but Tarbes refused to fold. They came within 5 points with under 2 minutes remaining. But Melain and Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) secured the winning outcome for Bourges in the dying seconds as Bourges celebrated another title.
Celine Dumerc secured 13 points to lead Bourges. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) fired 11 points in the win. Tanisha Wright answered with 27 points and 8 boards for Tarbes. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) produced 13 points in defeat.

Bourges: Celine Dumerc 13, Alessandra Santos 11, Emmeline Ndongue 9, Katarina Manic 9, Ana Lelas 9
Tarbes: Tanisha Wright 27, Liene Jansone 13


French National Team for the games against Greece - by Eurobasket
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French NT coach Pierre Vincent announced the names of players called for the National Team 2009 games. Teh first test will be the series of friendly games against Greece:
The games will be played in Bourg-en-Bresse (May 22), Saint Etienne (May 23) and Lyon (May 24).

French NT roster:
Caroline Aubert (168-G-80) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) of USO Mondeville
Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (ITA)
Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) of Vomero Basket Napoli (ITA)
Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
Anael Lardy (170-G-87) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63
Florence Lepron (183-G-85) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole
Catherine Melain (184-F-74) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Emmeline Ndongue (191-F/C-83) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole
Yacine Sene (183-F-82) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
Head Coach: Pierre Vincent of Bourges
Assistants: Francois Brisson , Patrick Chicanne and Thierry Moullec


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Greece and Slovak Republic play two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Greek and Slovak Republic National teams played two friendly games in Athens during the week. The teams gained a win apiece as a part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket in Latvia. Greece will play in Group B of the preliminary tournament together with Latvia, Poland and Hungary. Slovak Republic will fight with Ukraine, Spain and Czech Republic for the chance to advance from Pool A. Both teams will tip off their EuroBasket 2009 campaigns on June 7.
Meanwhile they rehearsed future battles in Athens. Slovak Republic were the first to strike as they celebrated a 77:73 win in the opening game. The teams kept it close throughout the first half but Greece managed to pile up a 3-point lead at the interval. The hosts maintained it throughout the third stanza but had to surrender at the end. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) provided 14 points to lead Slovak Republic. Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) added 12 points apiece for the visitors. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) responded with game-high 26 points for Greece. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) posted 14 points in the loss.
Greece however rebounded pretty quickly notching a 57:45 victory next day. The hosts used a 20:8 rally in the second frame to pile up a decisive 12-point lead at halftime. Greece controlled the tempo in the second half and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Stella Kaltsidou fired 16 points for the winners. Zoi Dimitrakou banked 8 points for the home team. Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic.


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Kosova's champions (W) meet with national team of Albania - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
Three time winners of the championship and Kosova Cup in women's category players of BC 'Bashkimi' will meat with a friendly match with the National Team of Albania. This match will take place on May 16, 2009 (Saturday) in Vlora starting at 18:00
This match will take place as a part of a preparations of the Albanian National Team for their participations in Mediterranean Games wich will be organised by the end of this month in Italy.


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Latvia topple Lithuania in friendly outings - by Eurobasket News
Latvia gained two consecutive wins over Lithuania in the midweek. Both teams are now getting fit for the upcoming EuroBasket 2009. Latvia will host the event and will play in Pool B alongside Hungary, Greece and Poland. Lithuania got into Pool C together with Serbia, Turkey and the defending champions Russia.
Latvia and Lithuania clashed in two friendlies in Liepaja as the part of their preparation for the competition. Both games went in favor of the hosts but none of them was an easy jog for the Latvian team. Lithuania tipped off the opener winning the first frame 27:15 before the hosts adjusted. They limited Lithuania to only 7 points in the second frame and got as close as one point at halftime. Latvia then made a decisive push in the third frame as they outscored the visitors by 7 points to secure the winning buffer. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) finished with 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) had 13 points, while Zane Tamane (196-C-83, college: W.Illinois) secured 12 points for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G/F-80, college: Liberty) notched 15 points in defeat.
Next day Latvia wasted little time before unleashing a decisive onslaught. They outgunned the visitors 20:5 in the first quarter and never looked back again en route to a 78:52 success. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) came up with 16 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) finished with 10 points in the victory. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) canned 13 points in the loss.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Latvia topple Lithuania in friendly outings - by Eurobasket News
Latvia gained two consecutive wins over Lithuania in the midweek. Both teams are now getting fit for the upcoming EuroBasket 2009. Latvia will host the event and will play in Pool B alongside Hungary, Greece and Poland. Lithuania got into Pool C together with Serbia, Turkey and the defending champions Russia.
Latvia and Lithuania clashed in two friendlies in Liepaja as the part of their preparation for the competition. Both games went in favor of the hosts but none of them was an easy jog for the Latvian team. Lithuania tipped off the opener winning the first frame 27:15 before the hosts adjusted. They limited Lithuania to only 7 points in the second frame and got as close as one point at halftime. Latvia then made a decisive push in the third frame as they outscored the visitors by 7 points to secure the winning buffer. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) finished with 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) had 13 points, while Zane Tamane (196-C-83, college: W.Illinois) secured 12 points for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G/F-80, college: Liberty) notched 15 points in defeat.
Next day Latvia wasted little time before unleashing a decisive onslaught. They outgunned the visitors 20:5 in the first quarter and never looked back again en route to a 78:52 success. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) came up with 16 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) finished with 10 points in the victory. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) canned 13 points in the loss.


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  PALESTINE - Women  


PBBA Women Standing
PBBA Standings
 1. Catholic A. 4-0 
 2. De La Salle J. 3-0 
 3. S. Ramallah 2-1 
 4. O. Beit Jala 1-1 
 5. O. Beit Sahour 1-2 
 6. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 7. T. Beit Sahour 0-0 
 8. O. Ramallah 0-2 
 9. De La Salle B. 0-2 
 10. T. Jerusalem 0-3 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Greece and Slovak Republic play two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Greek and Slovak Republic National teams played two friendly games in Athens during the week. The teams gained a win apiece as a part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket in Latvia. Greece will play in Group B of the preliminary tournament together with Latvia, Poland and Hungary. Slovak Republic will fight with Ukraine, Spain and Czech Republic for the chance to advance from Pool A. Both teams will tip off their EuroBasket 2009 campaigns on June 7.
Meanwhile they rehearsed future battles in Athens. Slovak Republic were the first to strike as they celebrated a 77:73 win in the opening game. The teams kept it close throughout the first half but Greece managed to pile up a 3-point lead at the interval. The hosts maintained it throughout the third stanza but had to surrender at the end. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) provided 14 points to lead Slovak Republic. Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) added 12 points apiece for the visitors. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) responded with game-high 26 points for Greece. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) posted 14 points in the loss.
Greece however rebounded pretty quickly notching a 57:45 victory next day. The hosts used a 20:8 rally in the second frame to pile up a decisive 12-point lead at halftime. Greece controlled the tempo in the second half and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Stella Kaltsidou fired 16 points for the winners. Zoi Dimitrakou banked 8 points for the home team. Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) answered with 11 points for Slovak Republic.