EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/19/2009

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  ANTIGUA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Big Banana 7-0 
 2. Defence Force 7-0 
 3. West 5 6-1 
 4. Baldwin B. 5-2 
 5. Point Stars 4-3 
 6. Isl. Original 4-4 
 7. Golden Eagles 3-2 
 8. JSC Outlaws 3-4 
 9. BT. Hawks 3-4 
 10. Yorks C. 2-4 
 11. Freetown T. 2-5 
 12. Medcare Kings 1-5 
 13. Bolans Ravens 0-5 
 14. Asot Arcad YW 0-6 


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  ARGENTINA   


San Martin overcome Ciclista and advance to second final - by Facundo Iatzky
San Martin Corrientes beat Ciclista Juninense 82-53 and won the serie 3-2. Now San Martin will face Union Sunchales, that lost the final against La union formosa, to decide which team will advance to Liga A. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) and Lucas Gornatti (185-G-82) scored 16 each. 'second Final' will start on thursday between first seed in regular season, Union and third seed San Martin. Ciclista finshed in the fourth place after a good season.

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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Different Game for Mahram and Al-Riyadi... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): The WABA Champion MAHRAM of IRAN which is in FIBA Asia Champions Cup as the Champion of Iran in season 2009, will play in Semi-Final against Al-Riyadi, the Champion of Lebanon in season 2009 and ACC champion of 2009. These teams played together in Preliminary Round but in a completely different condition.
In Preliminary Round game, Mahram played against a team named Al-Riyadi but without their Starting Five like Fadi El Khatib, Chris Charles and Nate Johnson. In that game, Mahram won the match easily BUT fors sure this game will be completely different. In this game, Two Teams are trying to be in Final and also Al-Riyadi will have all of the players so the game will be so nice to watch.
The Comparison between Chris Charles vs Priest Lauderdale - Fadi El Khatib vs Jackson Vroman - Nate Johnson vs Samad Nikkhah Bahrami - mahmoud Ali vs Mehdi Kamrani would be interesting and each one who play better than the other, can change the result for his team.

At the other hand, Zain or Jordan with Roderick Riley, Sam Daghles, Zaid Alkhas, Ontario Lett is going to win Al-Arabi of Qatar to be in Final and try to be Champion of these season.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Wollongong ahm Hawks hires Gordie McLeod as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Wollongong ahm Hawks today have announced the signing of Hawks legend Gordie McLeod as Head Coach to lead the club into the 2009/10 NBL season.

Todays announcement is the right step forward for the new organisation Hawks Chairman Peter Bahlmann said.

'We are putting the building blocks in place for the new Wollongong ahm Hawks and we believe Gordies appointment is one of those pieces.' He added.

'ahm is pleased to see the Hawks take another step towards their return to the national basketball league. Gordie McLeod is an important part of the Hawks heritage and his return to the club is not only timely, but a huge boost to the team', said ahms Executive Group Manager, Dean Tillotson.

Previous Hawks Head Coach Eric Cooks has been approached to continue on with the club and further discussions on a position will commence this week.

'Eric did a fantastic job over the past 18 months as Head Coach of the ahm Hawks. He is a great guy with good values and we believe he has a lot to offer to the Wollongong ahm Hawks and the community. We look forward to discussing with Eric during the week on his future involvement with the club,' Bahlmann said.

'We will continue to move forward with further Wollongong ahm Hawks announcements later this week. We are confident that the new NBL competition will be announced shortly and once that occurs Hawks Memberships will be made available.'

Courtesy of www.savethehawks.com


Boomers to tour Asia, Americas - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia has confirmed the 2009 Boomers program, which includes tours to China, Argentina and Brazil as well as the FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand.

Following a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (June 19-23) Australia will play two games against China in China before returning to Sydney for a second training camp (July 21-27).

The Boomers will then tour South America (July 27 August 11) and play tournaments in Argentina and Brazil against the host nations and Uruguay.

After returning to Australia the team will camp in Sydney (August 18-22) in advance of the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand, where victory ensures a Number 1 seeding at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Basketball fans will get an opportunity to see the Boomers play on home soil when they take on New Zealand in Sydney on August 23 before the FIBA Oceania Championship moves to Wellington on August 25. The Boomers then depart for Kunshan, China, to contest the Boris Stankovic Cup against Turkey, Angola and the host nation.

New Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown is enthusiastic about the Boomers 2009 campaign.

We have scheduled games against world class competition that will help the Boomers on our journey toward the 2010 World Championship, Brown said.

Argentina is ranked number 1 in the world, China is ranked tenth, Angola is twelfth, Turkey is thirteenth, New Zealand is fourteenth and Brazil is sixteenth; thats six nations in the top twenty that well face.

Basketball Australia passed on participation in the prestigious 2009 NBA Las Vegas Summer League due to a large contingent of its top line players being unavailable.

'Because of injury, players being out of contract, and uncertainty with the upcoming NBA Draft, we were unable to secure the players necessary to responsibly justify the cost and benefits of playing in the NBA Summer League', Basketball Australia Chief Executive Larry Sengstock said.

'We anticipate that a number of the athletes we were thinking about taking to the NBA Summer League will already be there, which is a good situation to be in, and although it was difficult to withdraw, for many reasons we felt that it was the appropriate thing to do.'

'We will certainly consider this event next year, as part of our 2010 World Championship preparation'.

Basketball Australia will announce the 2009 Boomers Squad on Tuesday May 19.

Australia is currently ranked ninth in the world in mens basketball.


2009 Boomers schedule

June 19-23 - Camp 1 Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra ACT (Combined with Australian Mens University Games Team)
June 26- Jul 1 - Tour to China (AUS v CHN: 2 games)
July 21-27 - Camp 2 Sydney, NSW
July 30-Aug 4 - Tournament in Argentina (AUS v Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina: 3 games)
Aug 6-10 - Tournament in Brazil (AUS v Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina: 3 games)
Aug 18-22 - Camp 3 Sydney, NSW
Aug 22 - Basketball Australia Hall of Fame Dinner, Sydney
Aug 23 - FIBA Oceania Championship Game 1, AUS v NZ, Sydney
Aug 25 - FIBA Oceania Championship Game 2, AUS v NZ, Wellington
Aug 28-31 - Stankovic Cup, Kunshan, China (AUS v Turkey, Angola, China: 4 games)

Courtesy of the NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BARBADOS   


Tridents down Jackson - by Justin Marville
OVERLOOK THE SCHOOLBOYS at your own risk.
The hapless British American Insurance Jackson were the latest to fall victim to that lapse in judgement, humbly dropping Saturday night's Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League encounter with the upstart Sagicor Tridents 76-73 at the YMCA.
If last year's astonishing run to the post-season play-offs was anything to go by, then discounting the run-and-gun Tridents squad should be tantamount to expecting a controversy-free Crop-Over.
This would be especially so for Jackson, who were on the wrong end of a 113-76 whipping from those same opponents last season.
But that 2008 first-round thrashing appeared to be far removed from Jackson's long-term memory after the side were lulled into a false sense of security during the schoolboys' ordinary first-quarter performance.
However, a one-point half-time deficit (34-33) quickly transformed into a massive 13-point Tridents advantage within minutes in the third quarter as the schoolboys played true to their up-tempo style.
Doing a better job of controlling the defensive glass while creating more turnover opportunities, Tridents forced the issue in transition, with forwards Mark Bridgeman and Nicholai Williams outrunning their Jackson counterparts to finish on the break.
And the unassuming Bridgeman put the punctuation mark on the explosive 19-4 run, driving down through the middle of the lane for an emphatic one-handed dunk on Peter Alleyne.
Jackson threatened to rally in the fourth after Alleyne hit three successive treys to pull the side within five (75-70) in the game's final minutes, taking advantage of consecutive turnovers from Tridents centre Kregg Jones.
But the deficit was always too much to overcome.
Committing more turnovers than shot attempts, the Tridents' woeful six-for-17 effort from the floor to open the contest led to an unusually low 12-point first quarter output for them.
However, Jackson didn't fare much better at the other end, failing to take advantage of prolific shooting guard Keefe Birkett's slow start, holding a mere three-point lead into the ensuing period.
Once there, Alleyne and fellow backcourt mate Javid Beckles began to attack the rack, giving much needed assistance to swingman Levar Greaves.
Birkett finished with a team-high 14 points for the schoolboys, who improved to a win-loss record of 4-2. Bridgeman added 13 points and ten rebounds, while Daniel Lovell and Williams chipped in with 12 and ten points, respectively. For Jackson (1-4), Alleyne led all scorers with 18 points, Greaves had 16, and Beckles 13.


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Bulls 5-0 
 2. Pinelands 5-0 
 3. Cavaliers 4-1 
 4. Tridents 4-2 
 5. Sonics 3-2 
 6. Lakers 3-2 
 7. Warriors 2-3 
 8. Deacons 2-3 


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian Awards 2009-2010 - by Peter Buyse

The Belgian league awards were handed out this past sunday. Antwerp forward Christophe Beghin received the coveted Belgian player of the year award edging Roel Moors the Optima Gent guard who came in second.
MVP of the Ethias League is Okapi Aalstar's Matt Lojeski who led the league in scoring. Liege's Christopher Hill came in a distant 2nd.
The closest call of the evening was for the coach of the year award where Antwerp Giants and Begian NT coach Eddy Casteels received 6 more points than runner-up Chris Finch.
Remarkable in the coaches voting was the 5th place for D2 Waregem coach Kris De Pauw.
Best young player award went to Verviers-Pepinster player Maxime De Zeeuw, with Randy Oveneke as second.


The Eurobasket awards will be released in early June



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  BOSNIA   


Siroki gets closer to Adriatic League after beating Igokea (1-0) - by Eurobasket News
Siroki Eronet made a first step forward to Adriatic League beating Igokea in the Semifinals for 1-0 lead. Now Siroki is only one step away from Bosnian League Finals. If Siroki advance to Big Final there is a nice chance that it will meet the reigning champion - Bosna ASA BHT. In that case Siroki will automatically qualify for the regional championship, as Bosna ASA BHT already did it. It was a fairly close contest but it was Siroki who prevailed at the end wining the game with 10 point margin. For Siroki, Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami, OH) almost recorded triple-double after posting 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. He had help in Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87), who scored 16 and Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) who finished the contest with 13 points, while adding 8 rebounds and 6 assists. On the losing side Amal McCaskill had 22 points, while Marko Djerasimovic (200-F/G-84) added 18 points and 8 boards. Second game is scheduled for Tuesday when Siroki will have a chance to close the series. Of course it won't be easy job as Igokea will have the home court advantage.
Along with Bosna, Siroki has been the most successful team in Bosnia in the last decade. They have been regular participants of Adriatic League so far but never managed to record better placing than 11th. They were Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champions in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Other good results came in Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup which they won on four occasions 02, 04, 06 and 08. In Europe they also had less success losing in EuroChallenge qualifications this year.


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
GRSA/Bauru - Pitagoras/Minas 79-83
Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) tallied 24 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to propel Minas past GRSA/Bauru away from home. Murilo Da Rosa added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Fernando Fischer replied with 24 points in defeat.

Pinheiros - Flamengo 87-92
Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) came up with another sizzling performance to propel Flamengo to the opening win over Pinheiros in the LNB quarterfinals. Machado tallied 40 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge. Helio Vitor Lima and Jefferson Antonio had 14 points each in the victory. Marquinhos Vinicius responded with 25 points for Pinheiros. Leonardo Morro and Rafael Fusco posted 17 points each in defeat.

Winner/Limeira - Joinville 87-77
Winner/Limeira drew first blood in the quarterfinal series against Joinville claiming a home success. Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) provided 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts. Guilherme Teichmann was helpful with 16 points for the winners. Jefferson Sobral responded with 22 points for Joinville in the loss.

Vivo/Franca - Universo/BRB 76-78
Universo/BRB sneaked past Vivo/Franca on the road to open the lead in the semifinal series. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to pace the visitors. Arthur Luiz Belchior provided 19 points in the winning effort. Luiz Felipe answered with 19 points for Vivo/Franca in the loss.


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  CANADA   


Graham's 40 helps Slam rebound with 141-121 win over Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Bellignham Slam rode the hot shooting of Ira Graham (6'2''-G, agency: Duran International, college: W.Washington) as they defeated the Edmonton Energy, 141-121, in the second of back-to-back International Basketball League games Saturday at the Grant MacEwan Centre.

The game started out at a much slower pace than Friday's contest, as both teams combined for just 52 points in the first quarter, one more than the Slam's first quarter output the night before. Bellingham used a 16-3 burst in the game's opening minutes to establish a lead they would not relinquish, 16-7.

The second quarter saw the Slam blow the game wide open, outscoring the Energy by a 43-22 margin to take a 73-44 lead into halftime. Graham had 23 of his game-high 40 points at the break.

After a third quarter that saw Bellingham extend their lead to 32, 113-81, the Energy came out on fire in the fourth, using a sustained attack and a 18-1 run to get the deficit all the way down to eight, 127-119, with 3:11 to play. A converted three-point play by Jake Linton (5'11''-G, college: St.Martin's) with 2:57 left put the Slam back up by 11 and proved to be the dagger for the Energy. Bellingham held Edmonton to just two points in the final 2:45 to secure the victory.

Graham's 40-point night led six Slam players in double figures. Linton finished with 29 points on 8-for-12 three-point shooting while Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) added 24 points and 11 rebounds.

J.R. Patrick (6'4''-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Santa Clara) led Edmonton in the scoring column for the second straight game with 24 points. Skousen Harker posted a double-double with 24 points and ten rebounds.

The game was a chippy affair, with both teams combining for 58 fouls.

The Slam return to Washington but stay on the road as they take on the Vancouver Volcanoes at Clark College on May 23. The Slam will be back at Whatcom Pavilion when they take on the Vancouver Titans on Memorial Day, May 25. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.

Courtesy of The Bellignham Slam


Explosion wins 115-109 against first place Vancouver Volcanoes - by Eurobasket News
The Snohomish County Explosion were on fire with a full week of practice and everyone back in familiar roles.

Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) back with the team helped take control of the Explosion offense, the IBL leading scorer and fifth in the league with rebounds, played like the NBA prospect he is with 42 points and 13 rebounds. The Explosion had scoring from just 7 players tonight and Manny Kennedy (-F-85) was ejected as the Vancouver and Explosion got into a brief altercation as the Explosion were in control in the game holding leads of 15 and 20 points.

Ford had a solid night with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) lead the team with 15 assist, and 9 steals.

The Explosion are now 5-4 for the season and look to improve night in and night out. The young Explosion had great and coaching, and defensive pressure to continue to grow and look to take on the Edmonton Energy who just lost to Bellingham in Edmonton.

The Explosion hope to continue success on the road next week. The Explosion will then return home on May 30th against the Vancouver Titans. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.explosionbasketball.net or via the phone at 425-339-BALL.


Stats

Anthony Slater - 15 assist, 12 rebounds, 9 steals, 1 point

Tommie Tomsic (-G-85, college: Bellevue CC) - 10 points, 3 rebounds

Jeffrey Day - 9 rebounds, 2 pts, 5 blocks

Devon Greene - 13 rebounds, 0 assist, 43 points

Richard Ford (6'8''-F-85, college: So.Polytechnic St.) - 13 rebounds, 27 points,

Manny Kennedy - 12 rebounds, 2 assist, 10 points

Jason Hicks (5'10''-G-82, college: Walsh (OH)) - 22 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assist

Courtesy of The Snohomish County Explosion


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  CYPRUS   


Interview with Christos Stylianides, Linos Gabriel and Nicos Lambrias! - by Nasios Orinos

Profile:
Christos Stylianides, Head Coach-APOEL Nicosia, Head Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1968 - Nicosia

CHRISTOS STYLIANIDES HAS BEEN AWARDED BY eurobasket.com as THE MOST IMPROVED COACH OF THE YEAR!

Profile:
Nicos Lambrias, Assistant Coach-APOEL Nicosia, Assistant Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1981 - Nicosia

Profile:
Linos Gabriel, Head Coach-AEL Women's Baseketball, Assistant Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1975 - Nicosia


Christos Stylianides is among the best Cypriot players ever played the game. As a player he won many titles and has also been the Captain of the Cyprus National Team. Since his retirement, has coached ENAD and has also been the National Team's Head Coach. During the last year, as a head coach of APOEL Nicosia, has succeeded something extraordinary. He has won the Championship having a double disadvantage at the playoffs.

Nicos Lambrias has graduated from T.E.F.A.A Gymnastic Academy in Greece and has a postgraduate degree in Coaching. He has been an assistant professor to Anastasiades who is the Head of Basketball Department of University of Athens.
Nicos has been APOEL's assistant coach for the last two years. As Stylianides's associate during this past year has greatly helped his team to win the championship.

Linos Gabriel has graduated from Aristotele University in Thessaloniki with a specialization in Basketball.
Linos has been the Manager of APOEL Academy, as well as the as the Head Coach of APOEL Junior Team from 2001-2007. Specifically, his achievements include:
2002-2003 - Cup
2004-2005 - Championship, Cup and Special Cup
2005-2006 - Cup
2006-2007 - Championship

He has also served as an assistant coach to APOEL Men's Basketball from 2001-2007 with which he won a championship in 2002 and a Cup in 2003.
In 2005 he has served as the Head Coach of Military Men's National Team that represented Cyprus in the Military World Games.

The last two years has been the Head Coach of AEL Women's Basketball and has brought to the team many successes. He won twice the Championship and the Cup in the local championship and led AEL to the 32 of the FIBA EuroCyp in 2007-2008, and in the 16 in 2008-2009, finishing 9th on the board.


Eurobasket.com had a chat with all three of them.

(eurobasket)
Chris, you have managed to win the Championship with a double disadvantage. How difficult was that?
(Stylianides)
It was indeed difficult, considering the difficulties we had throughout the year.
Our mission was not easy at all. I was responsible for coaching and as you understand I had to work on the players' confidence, besides other things. In addition, I had to change a few players and add a couple more so things were not easy.
Nicos on the other hand, besides preparing the players physically, he spent many hours on scouting. So basically our job has been very difficult. You have to also consider the fact that we worked with specific budget constraints which sometimes is a factor towards success. Now, if you ask me whether we believed or not, after we beat Keravnos and went to the Cup final we realized we could do it.

(eurobasket)
Have you started working on a schedule for next year?
(Stylianides)
We have prepared a plan and we have talked to the management about it. I have recommended the players I would like to remain in the team for next year, but it is up to the management to decide.

(eurobasket)
Have you signed any players so far?
(Stylianides)
Not yet, but I hope we will soon.

(eurobasket)
When talking to Jo Jo and Lonnie, they said that the most difficult team they faced was AEK. How do you comment?
(Stylianides)
It might be true from their side. Personally, I think Apollon has been a great contender and to be honest we wanted to avoid it.

(Lambrias)
It is true. They had Lewis Sims who is a very good player.

(eurobasket)
Nicos, as an assistant coach, what are the challenges and how difficult was your job this past year?
(Lambrias)
As an assistant coach I had to train and physically prepare the team. We knew that the playoffs is what matters the most, so we had to prepare the team and keep it fresh for those games. This has been very difficult for me. Besides, I had to stay up for many nights to scout opponents. If you do this right, obviously it reflects on you and you feel you have participated, especially when your team wins the championship.

(eurobasket)
Lets talk a little bit about the National team. What are your targets in this year's tournament?
(Stylianides)
We are preparing and our target is to give 100%. If we do this i am confident it will take us somewhere.

(Gabriel)
Let me say that the team will fly on the 20th of May to Yugoslavia to give some games. The team will participate in the Small Nation Games Tournament that will take place from the 1st-6th of June in Eleftheria and everybody is welcome to watch the National Team.

(eurobasket)
From my side, I don't see too many Cypriot players playing in the local championship and I am worried. How do we expect the National Team to compete without any talents?
(Stylianides)
It is true. There aren't many players left. First of all when Jo Jo retires we will definitely have a serious problem in the Center position. And besides a few new talents we don't see many players ready to play. This is something we are aware of and that we are planning to work on.

(Gabriel)
There are some players abroad on which we count for the future and we hope to incorporate them. For example, we have been following Kounnas who has been playing well in Greece for the last few years. At the moment, he does not have a passport and he is not allowed to play, but we are working on it.

(eurobasket)
Guys, good luck in the future.
(Stylianides)
Thanks

(Lambrias)
Thanks

(Gabriel)
Before closing, I would like to ask Cypriots one more time to be present at the Small Nation Games and support our team.

(eurobasket)
Lets hope they do



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  D-LEAGUE   


Vipers represented in Grizzlies free agent camp - by Eurobasket News
The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that Kurt Looby (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Iowa), Marcus Hubbard (6'9''-C-83, college: Angelo St.) and Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) participated in a three-day Free Agent Mini Camp with the Memphis Grizzlies that concluded yesterday.

Looby received All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention this season while Farmer received the honor last year.

Looby put an exclamation point on the season on April 5 in a 113-101 win over Iowa, recording a triple-double with 14 points, 22 rebounds (ten offensive) and 11 blocked shots.

The 11 blocks were not only a franchise record, but tied an NBA D- League record, accomplished only twice before. Ten of the blocks came in the second half, including two in the final seven seconds of the game.

The 22 rebounds were the most by any Viper this season and the second highest total in franchise history. The top total of 24 was also accomplished against Iowa at Dodge Arena (Jesse Smith, 2/14/08). Looby was actually out-rebounding the Energy 16-14 at halftime and 19-17 with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter.

Through the first 21 games of the season, Looby was averaging 3.3 points, 3.9 rebounds (1.5 offensive), 1.4 blocks and 0.3 steals per game. He was shooting 50% (27-54) from the field and 48.5% (16-33) from the foul line.

On January 16, Looby moved into the starting lineup for the final 29 games, averaging 8.6 points, 11.1 rebounds (4.7 offensive) 3.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He reached double-figures in scoring 13 times and double-digits in rebounds 17 times, while recording ten double- doubles and one triple-double. He shot 58.4% (101-173) from the field and 64.8% (35-54) from the foul line.

Over the final 17 games of the season (March and April), Looby averaged 9.4 points, 13.2 rebounds (5.6 offensive), 3.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. His free throw shooting also improved, as he hit 36 of his final 50 attempts (72%).

Looby finished the season at 6.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He led the league in every blocking category, including total blocks (127), blocks per game (2.54), blocks per 48 minutes (4.78) and blocks per personal foul (0.96).

Hubbard averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 41 contests while increasing those numbers to 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 27 contests with the Vipers.

The power forward scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting against Colorado on January 14.

Farmer, who played for the Vipers during their inaugural season, was second in the NBA D-League in scoring at 24.7 points per game that year. He was one of only two players to score at least 49 points in a game, accomplishing the feat against the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on March 28, 2008.

In 33 games (27 starts), Farmer shot 47.1% (260-for-552) from the field, including 42% (89-for-212) from behind the arc. He also shot 84% (205-for-244) from the foul line. Farmer was tied for second on the team in total steals with 38 and tied for first at 1.2 per game. He also recorded 4.1 assists per game, the most by any Viper who played in at least three games.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams for the 2008-09 season. An expansion team will begin play in Portland, Maine for the 2009-10 season, and the Anaheim Arsenal will relocate to Springfield, Mass., with a new name, logo, and team colors. Sixty former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA start-of-season rosters, and the league continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast. The Vipers NBA affiliates are the Houston Rockets, and the New Orleans Hornets.

Courtesy of The Rio Grande Valley Vipers


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominicans in action this weekend - by Oscar Peralta
Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) took a lost this weekend in El Salvador. His team struggle early and was down at the half. They made a strong charge after the first half, winning the 3rd quater by 17 points. they fail to close the last period loosing the game by 1 point. Victor Toribio led his team with 22 points follow by college teammate Devin Thompson who finish with 20.
In Venezuela Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.) faced Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports). Michael Jack got the best of it by taking the win and finishing with a Double-Double 18 points and 15 rebounds. Luis Martinez who only played 5 minutes finish with 2 points. Michael jack's team Cocodrilos de Caracas won by a score of 84-71 over Trotamundos de Carabobo. It seems like Luis hasn't adjusted to the team but we look forward to him showing his level of Basketball.


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  EL SALVADOR   


Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 9-0 
 2. Denver 7-3 
 3. UTEC 6-3 
 4. Cosmos 4-6 
 5. Leones 4-6 
 6. San Marcos 3-6 
 7. San Miguel 0-9 


Last LSB results - by Jaime Arevalo
Despite the 17 points scored by Juan Reyes, San Miguel wasn' t able to take the first win of the season, falling again to Leones 65-73 in front of its fans. Nestor Orellana (-F) scored 24 pts to lead Leones, Daniel Calderon added 12 pts. Cosmos and UTEC played a very battled game, in which UTEC started strong, winning the first quarter 23-18 and keeping the lead in the second one, but Cosmos came back at the beginning of second half, winning 29-12 the third quarter. At the end, UTEC prevailed 90-89, and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-88) was the game top scorer ar 29. Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) and Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) shined for Cosmos, with 22 and 20 pts, respectively. In the most important game of the round, ExSal confirmed its supremacy by defeating Denver 89-70. With nothing less than 41 points scored for ExSal, Nathan Watson (191-G-83, college: Auburn) was the man of the game. Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) added 18 at the winning side, the best in Denver was Hank Rivers (203-F-81, college: Stephen F. Austin), with 31 points

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TTU needs double overtime to beat Valga - by Janar Filippov
In Estonian KML Bronze medal series, TTU needed two overtimes to overcome Valga 90:85. Kristo Orula (186-G-85) had 23+7rb for the winners who led by 17 just before the intermission but let the opponents even the game in the 4th quarter. Valga, led by 24 pts + huge 14 rbs of Antti Vasar (195-F-79), ended the 4th quarter with a 15:2 run and with 2 seconds left, Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) made it 61:61. In the first overtime, Valga led for most of the time but could not clinch it. In the 2nd overtime Valga stayed ahead until 1.30 to play. Then Joosep Toome (202-F-85) made a three-pointer (he had 8 pts in 2nd OT) and since then, TTU controlled the game. Valga mde 7 personal fouls in last minute of the game, whereas TTU gained 9 points through free throws.
Besides Orula, TTU was carried by Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) 17+13 rb, Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81, college: W.Illinois) and Joosep Toome 14 pts. Valga had 16 from Rannula, Timo Oja (182-G-87) added 14, Raido Roos (185-G-84) 12 and Richard Anderson (199-F-77, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Simon Fraser) 11+12 rb in whole 50 minutes.


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Stats Leaders - ProA
Pro A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Austin Nichols 21.4
2 Brion Rush 21.2
3 TJ Thompson 18.2
4 Dylan Page 17.7
5 Eric Chatfield 16.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Marcus Slaughter 9.5
2. Bingo Merriex 8.6
3 Vincent Masingue 8.6
4 Dounia Issa 8.5
5 Aeerick Sanders 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 Kareem Reid 7.7
2 Zack Wright 6.4
3 Thomas Heurtel 6.2
4 TJ Thompson 5.8
5 Laurent Sciarra 5.3
Steals Per Game
1 Zack Wright 2.6
2 Anthony Dobbins 2.5
3 Brion Rush 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Akin Akingbala 1.9
2 Marcus Slauthger 1.7
3 Dounia Issa 1.6
2FGP
1 Aeerick Sanders 68%
2 Cyril Julian 65%
3 Max Zianveni 63%
3FGP
1 Philippe Braud 47%
2 Derrick Obasohan 46%
3 David Bluthenthal 42%
Free Throws
1 Derrick Obasohan 91%
2 Justin Doellman 89%
3 Nando De Colo 88%
Ranking
1 Marcus Slaughter 21.5
2 Brion Rush 18.3
3 Ricardo Greer 18.2


French National Cup - Le Mans and Bourges winner - by Maxime Weber
After the 'Semaine des as', Le Mans add a new title to his history. Yesterday in Paris, behind 13.900 fans, le Mans won with an amazing Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) (24pts, 6rbs, 8asts) the final of the French National Cup. Against, Nancy (without Victor Samnick) JD Jackson and his players made a good match with a lot of confidence. Final score: 79-65

For the Men U18 category, Nancy won against Roanne 90-44. Gaetan Clerc (19pts, 13rbs, 9asts) named MVP of this final.

After the championship a week ago, Bourges beat again Tarbes in a final (68-63). Catherine Melain (184-F-74) played her last game with a club (she will play with the national team). She ranked 16 with only 3pts (9rbs, 5steals, 5asts).


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The play-off Finals schedule released - by Eurobasket News
Macedonian federation has issued a program of Macedonian play-off Finals series.

The finalists will be Feni Indistrija Kavadarci and KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje. Winner of the series will be the team that reaches 4 wins. First game will be played on May 20th and Feni will have the home court advantage. From there the series will go to Skopje on May 23rd, and then they return to Kavadarci for the third game on May 27th. Fourth game will be played in Skopje on May 30th, and if needed 5th, 6th and 7th game are scheduled for Jun 3rd, 6th and 10th. Favorites for the title are considered to be reigning champions Feni Indistrija Kavadarci, but Rabotnicki players and staff hope they will be able to surprise the favorites and stop their domination for the past two years. During the season these two teams met four times and both came out with 2 victories so the Finals series will start with 0-0 score. History is also on the side of Rabotnicki who will be playing its 16th Finals in 17 years and they have a chance to win their 13th title in history. On the other side Feni is playing its second consecutive Finals and have a chance to add another title to one they won last year which was first in their history. Both teams had fairly easy road to the finals. Rabotnicki skipped Playoff Quarterfinals as they were 2nd seed so they went straight to Semifinals. There they had a fairly easy job against Pelister Bitola which they beat 3-1. Feni Indistrija Kavadarci also qualified straight to the semifinals since they finished 1st in the regular part of the league. In semifinals they easily disposed of MZT Skopje also with 3-1 win in series.


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Rickey Paulding(EWE Baskets Oldenburg) Thoughts After Game One And To Game Two With The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
26 year old American Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) is a 196 cm shooting guard/forward from Detroit playing his second season for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He played at The University of Missouri from 2000-2004 together with Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney and ex Skyliner Travon Bryant. In his senior year he averaged in 30 games: 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg. He was drafted in the second round at #54 by the Detroit Pistons. As a rookie, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem averaging in 22 games: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 51.9%. The next season, he ventured to France playing for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne averaging in 24 games: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.8%. In the 2006-2007 season, he stayed in France and played for BCM Gravelines averaging in 33 games: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 69.7%. In his first season for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, he averaged 42 games: 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 67.7%. This season, he averaged 15,1ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,9apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about the Frankfurt-Oldenburg series.




Congrats on winning game one against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How difficult was this win considering that Frankfurt kept coming back?




It was a difficult win for us and it is never easy playing against a team that is always coming back during a game.



Oldenburg won with ten points, but Frankfurt rebounded better, both teams shot 47% from the field and Oldenburg shot a bit better from three point land 42% to 39%. Where were the biggest differences in this game?



We tried to stay even with Frankfurt with the rebounds. Keith Simmons did a good job getting offensive rebounds. We made some big plays, big shots, gave a good effort on defense, but the key was rebounding.



Is it just experience or also the result of a strong season that Oldenburg is always able to hit the big shots?



We have a great group of guys and a lot of guys that step up when they have to. It is a combination of many things that allows us to make the big plays. We also have experience in the down stretch of games.



How much did The Deutsche Bank Skyliners miss Lorenzo Gordon?




He is very important for them and they missed him. He is a big body in the low post and gets rebounds. On defense he is a big body in the middle. I dont know if he will play in game two, but he will really help them if he does.




Without Titus Ivory, Frankfurt was missing experience. Is Derrick Allen and Pascal Roller too little experience to win a five game series for Frankfurt?


I think Frankfurt has good experience with Allen and Roller and Ivory has been in many situations in his career and is experienced. I think those three guys have enough experience and all the other players can feed off them.


I call you, Jason Gardner and Je kel Foster the FGP trio. You guys shot a combined 44% from the field this season. Is it possible for the three of you to play many seasons in Oldenburg?



I dont know, but I would love to see that happen. It has been great playing with Jason Gardner for two years. Foster can score and is a good defender. If we have success in Oldenburg, then there could be a chance to play together for a few more years.



You guys did a good job compensating the loss to Jasmine Perkovic. What makes the inside play of Milan Majstorovic and Ruben Boumtje Boumtjec so strong?




Milan is a great player and has done a good job coming from the bench this season. He really stepped up in game one as starter. Ruben has had a solid season rebounding and blocking shots and playing defense. I feel that both can continue to step up in the Frankfurt series.




You spoke very long after the game with your friend Jimmy Mckinney. What did you speak about?



It is always good to catch up with Jimmy. He is a funny guy. He showed me some pics of his sons new haircut.



What will be key for winning game two?



We have to keep the same intensity that we had in game one. We cant be flat like in thebig loss in Frankfurt this season. We have to step it up on defense and control the rebounds.



Do you think that you can eclipse the 30 points that you scored in Frankfurt last season?


That will be hard to do again especially when a great athlete like Keith Simmons is defending me. It could be a long night for me with Keith defending me.




How do you see the other playoff series?



They are all difficult to predict. Even the Berlin-Paderborn series will be tough. I wont rule out Paderborn. They could win at home.



You have an all around game and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Will you be taking part in their summer league? I cant imagine that your NBA dream is over yet.



I will see at the end of the season what my options are if I will play Summer League. I have not closed my NBA dream yet, but I enjoy the BBL and now my main focus are the playoffs.



What was the last DVD that you saw?



Slumdog Millionare.


Ken Johnson(Telekom Baskets Bonn) Interview And Thoughts To Ratiopharm Ulm Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Detroit native Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) is a 210cm center playing his first year for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played four years at Ohio State leading the nation in blocks in 1999-2000 with 5,6 blocks. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2001 and played 16 games in the NBA in the 2002-2003 season. Since then, he has had a steady Pro Basketball career having played in countries like Korea, China, Italy and France. He also played in the States in the D-League an dthe NBDL league. Last season, he was an important piece to the success of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who lost in five games in the BBL semis to The Telekom Baskets Bonn. This season he averaged 8,1ppg, 3,5rpg and led the BBl with 2,4 bpg. He spoke to Eurobasket after game one.











Congrats on the win against Ratiopharm Ulm in game one. Except for the third quarter I think you guys had a very good effort.



Yes it was a good team effort. The whole team is working hard and we are trying to come together and keep our focus in the playoffs.



Ulm didnt shoot to well. Was the zone defense one of reasons for win?



Our zone was working. Now we are looking ahead to game two. Ulm is always very tough at home and this will be a difficult game for us.



Ulm had 18 turnovers. How strong is the Bonn defense and is the defense in playoff form?




Our defense is in playoff form. Ulm is one of those teams that is smaller, but very smart. We had to play hard to get this win.




During the regular season you averaged 22 minutes but in game one only nine minutes. Was your short playing time tactic from coach Michael Koch? It seems like he is playing a three man center rotation.



No, no, I was in foul trouble in game one. I had some difficult calls made against me, but you have to live with it and anything can happen in the playoffs. We made some defensive adjustments against Ulm.




Jeff Gibbs had another strong game with 11 points and 16 rebounds. How uncomfortable is Jeff Gibbs as an opponent?




Jeff is short, but very strong with long arms. Players tend to underestimate him. He is a rebounding machine. He is very smart and he is able to trick you with his size.



What will be the key to victory in game two? You lost the regular season game in Ulm.



We will have to step it up to another level. In the playoffs, you have to have a hungrier attitude then usual.



How big is the team desire to win the 2009 BBL title?



The team really wants to win. The team is ready and focused. We have to take it one game at a time.



What is the biggest difference between the playoffs for you last year in Frankfurt and this year in Bonn?




In Bonn, it is a lot looser, while in Frankfurt it was always structure structure structure.




Frankfurt lost the first game in Oldenburg. How do you see their chances of winning the series?




Frankfurt has a deep roster and possibly the deepest team in the league. I think Frankfurt can win. Oldenburg might be bigger, but Frankfurt deeper.




Frankfurt was weakened without Lorenzo Gordon, and Greg Jenkins and Anthony King had problems with Ruben Boumtje Boumtje. What can the Frankfurt big men do to control Boumtje Boumtje?



Ruben is a smart, a veteran and a seven footer. It is more difficult for them to shoot over him, but they should use their strength to control him.



What is the nicest thing that you have experienced in Bonn this season?



Germany is Germany. The Bonn fans are great, but I also miss the Frankfurt fans. I just like that I have had the chance to experience a new place like Bonn.



How has Alex King developed as a player and person?




Alex has done great! He is working hard and more loose. In Frankfurt he was always tense and nervous. Now he is simply Alex. This was a good choice to come to Bonn and play.




What was the last DVD that you saw?



Takin


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  GUYANA   


Inter-Ward Super-Eight wraps up tonight-Two Final Four spots up for grabs - by Paul Haynes
The heat is on and with dollars one game away, the last four teams in the HJTV and Lens Craft Inter-Ward basketball championships will be decided tonight when the quarter-final playoffs continues at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
South Ruimveldt are down to play Kitty/Campbellville as Alberttown/Bourda gear for the biggest challenge of the tournament against favourites, Wortmanville/Werkenrust. The best game will be displayed in winning efforts.
Sherwin Roberts has already displayed an aspect of his game that is likely to be a key fact for Kitty in the contest. Roberts has a deadly jumper and is likely to be closely guarded in an effort to stymie that lethal parameter shot.
Guest player from Linden, Steve Neils Jr. has not kicked into major offence but it is only a matter of time before the guard let loose. He is a major offensive player and will surely be aiming to take his team to the Final Four.
In addition, South has the sleeper Dane Kendal at the bottom. The big man is not a main presence on the court but his stats are usually major at the end of his games. Though he is mainly for defensive purposes Kendal scores big.
The game will definitely not be a walk in the park for South since Kitty shopped national centre from Linden, Jason Alonzo. The major defensive player joins forces with forwards Kester Gomes, Kevin Lawrence and Devon Bacchus.
Gomes also shoots the ball at high threepoint percentage but not with the potency of his rival, Roberts. The All-star player and former dunk champion also has a complete inside game that he will exploit in the marquee contest. Bacchus is a hustler and has the support and confidence of Gomes. He is not a tidy player but he gets the garbage points from second attempts. Lawrence is the leader on the team that is looking for a definite competitive resurgence.
Alberttown/Bourda have to prove that their win against Tucville last Thursday was no fluke against one of the best teams in the tournament, Wortmanville. Once they do that then the team is definitely made of championship goods.
The winner of the championship takes home $500,000 while second and third places get $300,000 and $100,000 respectively. Fourth place will receive $50,000 as all the teams in the Final Four are to receive prize monies.


LABA - Hamid is new LABA President - by Paul Haynes
Abdullah Hamid recorded an emphatic victory against Joe Chapman yesterday for Linden Amateur Basketball Associations (LABA) Presidency at the Annual General Meeting and Elections at the Mackenzie Sports Club pavilion.
From reports reaching Kaieteur Sport, Hamid won hands down with a 20-plus vote while Chapman merely had approximately six votes. Hamids entire slate was also elected since Chapman contested the Presidency without a slate.
Among those elected to the other posts are Bryan Lewis, Carwyn Holland, Keane Adams, Haslyn Graham, Beverly McDonald, Randy Norris, Aston Angel and Floyd Martindale. Up to press time their positions were not clear.


LABA Reports for Elections - by Paul Haynes
1. REPORT BY SECRETARY JOSEPH CHAPMAN FOR LABA 2008/9 BASKETBALL SEASON..
Presented at Annual General Meeting and Elections held on Sunday 17th May, 2009 at Mackenzie sports Club Lounge.
Members of the Executive Committee of LABA, club representatives and members all, to begin with in February 2008, the LABA started its programme with the continuation of its NCN Second Division championship.
In March the LTI and Mackenzie High School clashed in the GSSBA Conference Final and later Patriots and Wismar Pistons played in the NCN Second Division final which was won by Pistons 59-58, with Mark Louis being the MVP of the championship. In that month also the 4th Royals Inter Schools basketball championships was launched.
The Guyana/ New York Veterans visited in April where they did their annual charitable work in collaboration with the LABA and the Royals tournament began in April.
In related activities unbeaten schools Mackenzie High and LTI clashed in the GSSBA final which was won by Mackenzie High with Akeem Kanhai being the Most Valuable player.
The CUBA Masters from New York also visited and played against a Linden Masters side. The inaugural Brusches Classic began in April involving clubs from Linden and Georgetown.
In the Royals Schools basketball tournament Kanhai scored a record 54 points in one game for MHS and in the process set up a clash against arch rivals LTI in the final where MHS prevailed with Kanhai claiming the MVP title.
The LABA held a fund raising basketball game to raise funds to send FIBA Referee Sherwin Henry to an International Refereeing Clinic in St Lucia in May, where he was the only Guyanese to attend and remains the line accredited Guyanese FIBA Referee.
In June, the South New Ballers Independence tournament bounced off, as did the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federations Inter Association basketball championships.
In that competition Linden placed second to Georgetown in the Senior and Under 20 categories and won the female championship.
In July Pistons overwhelmed Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders 88-41 to win the New Ballers Uprising Independence Championships.
In August the LABA/ Elite basketball championship got started and in September the Ministry of education/Royals Under 15 schools championship was played and the tournament was won by MHS eat NSS 55-18 in the inaugural final.
In October the Supligen All Star Weekend was played with Linden winning the junior segment but losing out in the seniors match-up
In November Pistons outplayed Kings in the final of the ELABA/ Elite basketball championship final to claim their second championship for the year.
In November also the LABAS Senior Club championship began with Pistons winning their match against Raiders 71-51 but the Kings failing to show after pulling out at the last moment.
It was during this period that the LABA president Mr. Uborn Smith stated that his association will go it alone if major sponsors failed to forward with their support.
The LABA Senior basketball championship continued in December of 2008 before there was an obvious break in December
2. Then the Senior Championship resumed with action in January of 2009 among the seven competing clubs.
In February 2009 the LABA belatedly took a decision to relegate Kings to second division for not contesting the Senior Championship which had started in November 2008.
In February 2009 Akeem Kanhai led Grant House to championship honours and the Pioneer Construction sponsored Senior Championship continued during the month.
In March 2009 the Guyana Amateur basketball federation (GABF) sanctioned the NLE basketball championship where Linden and Georgetown teams were contesting for the biggest prize money in local basketball history.
During that period also talented youth players Akeem Kanhai and Rose piloted their teams to another final at the Department of Sport School championship where MHS prevailed over LTI once more.
Significantly three Linden clubs reached the final four in the NLE basketball championship, where Royals lost to Ravens in the final while Kings beat Jets for the third spot. Kanhai also was able to win another MVP award when his team MHS won the 2009 Royals Schools basketball championship against New Silvercity Secondary in the final in April 2009.
3. Performance of Secretary
For the records on the performance of the Secretary during that period, there were several documented minutes for several meetings which were held and others recoded in the minutes book over to support one of the basic functions of any secretary.
But to recap, during 2007 there were a number of documented meetings including the June 23 Meeting with Collin Aaron at his Office, a July Meeting of Executives, the Statutory July 16 at the MSC pavilion, July 17th with General Members another July Meeting with Retrieve Raiders, July 31 with Executives at MSC, August 2nd with Beepat Scorpions, August Statutory Meeting, 3rd September Statutory Meeting and a Special Executive Meeting held on November 26.
A total of eight Minutes were documented during that period from when we took office in June 12007 to December 2007.
In 2008, we held the first Statutory Meeting for 2008 in January at the LEAP Boardroom, then the February Statutory meeting at LEAP and on February 10, the Annual General Meeting Report. On April 7, Statutory Meeting at LEAP, then May 11 Statutory Meeting at LEAP, July 8 Statutory Meeting at MSC, July 19, Special Members Meeting, September 8, at LEAP Statutory Meeting, September 21 Emergency Meeting held at MSC Lounge, October 17 LABA Emergency meeting at MSC, November 13 Special Members Meeting at MSC Pavilion. A total of eleven minutes done during 2008
In addition there have been at least 30 outgoing correspondences including one being an application for a plot of land for construction of a basketball court for LABA and another for an Office space located at the Linmine Secretariat, one for office furnishings to Bosai and a proposal to the Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony for there furbishing of the Retrieve Hard Court into an indoor facility.
We also met with the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) and collectively put together a document which should pave the way forward as it relates to inter association /club rivalries dealing with how these matches are to be addressed and among other things the way to deal with disciplinary matters. We also jointly sent an ultimatum that the GABF hold elections within a specified time.
During the period under review we sent outlines and budgets for basketball sponsorship to some major sponsors including GT&T, Banks DIH Limited, Demerara Distillers Limited, Bakewell, Digicel and Pioneer Construction Company.
2nd VP Lewis Resigns, Major Sponsor banks pulls plug on tournaments.
Now, subtly I feel that there was sabotage by a few of the programmes of this association during the past year under review and such narrow thinking is cause for concern.
We differed on the way to treat with some promotions and this I felt allowed us not to be as objective as we ought to be at times. It caused the resignation of our second vice president which did handicap our functioning to some extent because Mr. Bryan Lewis was one of the hard working officials of this association up to that point.
4. Reports reach Major Sponsor pulls plug on tournaments
At the same time I can state without that our efforts to acquire sponsorship was somewhat seriously affected by reports channeled by Collin Aaron of problems within the association. This was after Mr. Aaron indicated to me his annoyance with us not granting the New Era basketball championship to go on without our request to see the rules for the tournament before sanctioning. He followed through with this threat to dissuade sponsorship form a major sponsor and as it turned out one of our major sponsors reneged on its promise to assist. The association also found itself in a quagmire when the Elite Promotions were told that there was a problem between LABA and Banks which forced the LKABA to take up partnership with the Elite Group to run off their tournament.
In the end we were found wanting for the top prize money and this remains outstanding for the winners of that tournament Wismat Pistons. We could have opted to reduce the prize monies at stake but decided to hold firm to the initial promise, hence we still have that monies owed to Pistons.
5. LABA General Council Stands By Its President
The association backed its embattled president during the testing period to remain in office and this ultimately saw us not getting the support we needed. But this was a decision we took collectively.
An attempt was also made to have the president removed by way of a no-confidence motion from office but this was rejected by the clubs at a special meeting also.
However, all is not lost and once the association comes together as one voice it can reclaim its status as the best in Guyana.
Collective Failure
In closing the LABA held its last statutory meeting on Tuesday May 12, 2009 at the Mackenzie sports Club Lounge. At this meeting among others who spoke was our Organising Secretary Mr. Abdulla Hamid.
In Hamids words I want to repeat one of his comments at the meeting I think it was a collective failure, (as) there was too much personalities clash. The mistakes have to be corrected. Too much excuses in the past. There is no weak president. I applaud everybody for the period.
Yours in sport
Joseph Chapman
Secretary
LABA
MINUTES OF LABA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 10, 2008 AT MACKENZIE SPORTS CLUB LOUNGE
Present were
Cloyde Brusche Kings
Ashton Angel (Jr) Kings
Andrew Persaud Retrieve Raiders
Michelle Daniels Wismar Pistons
Beverly McDonald Victory Valley Royals
Kester Jeffrey Victory Valley Royals
June Harris Victory Valley Royals
Alfie Fraser Victory Valley Royals
Errol Barnes Block 22 Flames
Terrence James GTS Bulls
Dillon Robertson 4 Corner Panthers
Lotoya Granger 4 Corner Panthers
Ramesh Rayman Patriots
Claude Williams GTS Bulls
Nevin Grenville Wismar Pistons

Prayers were said by Ms June Harris and called to order. Decision to confirm previous minutes were taken unanimously by the first vice president and organizing secretary.

Matters Arising
President Smith explained past president Collin Aaron was not paid for his claims fpr outstanding monies owed to him.

Presidents Report
In that report Smith said the road to success is not easy. The period under review was very challenging from June to December 2007. He said there were setbacks and there was a lack of support by some members of the executive.
He said we had successful tournaments in 2007 and some enforcement of responsibility on clubs was done and there were co-opted replacements for non-functioning executives.
Retrieve Raiders representative Persaud said he supported all what the president had said in his report as a representative of the Raiders.

Secretary and Treasurers Reports
There were the reading of the Secretary and Treasurers Reports. Ms. McDonald queried about payment due to her which was not included in the report by the treasurer.
On the question of ID cards Persaud said he felt persons should pay for such id cards while president Smith informed a new body will be set up to address the ID Cards concerns. Williams said referees and officials should be paid stipends and not paid money for each game they officiate in. Smith said he agreed with Mr. Williams suggestion.
Angel said the football referees do not get as much as our referees are demanding and even suggested football referees receive $700 per game they officiate in.
Williams said that an independent body should be formed to deal with this issue. Jeffrey said he thinks there must be a look at clubs and how they are functioning so that the association could better serve the needs for basketball.

The meeting decided that there was to be a Special General Members Meeting to address other matters of concern on the following Sunday.


Yours in sport
Joseph Chapman
SecretaryLABA


Joseph Chapman : PRESIDENCY PROPOSAL TO CLUBS - by Paul Haynes
The Secretary
Basketball Club
Linden
9th May, 2009
Dear Sir/Madam,
I wish to openly seek your support to become the next President of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association.(LABA), now that the Annual General Meeting and Elections are set for Sunday May 17th at the Mackenzie Sports Club Lounge.
With Mr. Uborn Smith not seeking re-election and knowledge that Mr. Abdulla Hamid has signaled his intention to run for the post, I come forward as an alternative to Mr. Hamid.
My reasons are as follows:
1. I think that with my vast knowledge and being the most experienced basketball administrator around the game, I am most capable to take up that position.
2. I have served over the years in most positions with the exception of President and have done so honourably.
3. I believe that I am most suitable at this time to take the LABA to the next tier in relation to administration: be it administrative issues, constitutional or otherwise, as I have knowledge of the rules which govern the game at the local, regional and international levels, which places me at a distinct advantage over any other candidate.
4 That I can win support from our major sponsors, if given the post of president, as I have interacted with them on what can be done to support basketball over the past six months.
5 My integrity is in tact as it relates to communicating to other clubs and individuals and I can bring to the table international contacts which can be of an asset to the development of the game in Linden.
6 I intend to review the LABA Constitution and bring it in line with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), to make sure it is a document which serves the purpose of promotion basketball according to the international body. This new Constitution will focus on a number of issues which have been highlighted over the years and not been addressed favourably in the eyes of many, while bringing closure once and for all when such infringements occur in the future to the satisfaction of all concerned.
7 To have a regulated procedure for the ranking of clubs at the first division level in keeping with how the FIBA Rankings are done internationally. This would also bring some semblance of trust in such rankings of clubs over a specified period.
8 To have tournaments such as Under 17, Under 19 and Under 23 and the Third, Second and First Division competitions played annually.
9 To endorse the playing of the Ministry of Educations Inter Schools Under-15 and Victory Valley Royals Under-19 Schools competitions and have them in line with the LABAS programme of yearly activities.
10 To ensure the resuscitation of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and the making of a new GABF Constitution in keeping with the International Basketball Federation guidelines and not as the one that is presently being put forward since it does not confirm to the FIBAS Guidelines for National Federations. And this resuscitation of the GABF must be done with key inputs from the two major stakeholders, the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association and the LABA.
11 At the some time I wish to state that I do not oppose the slate put forward by Mr. Hamid to you for consideration. But I reiterate due consideration MUST be given to what the office of the President should bring to the fore as the principal leader of this association. And at the same time one must seriously consider those who intend to take up positions within the association, be it at the highest level of the President or as a Committee Member as they must be willing to work for the betterment of the sport.
12. Importantly, I wish to, at this time, bring some thoughts about past presidents in light of what has been stated in the press, for Mr. Hamids reasons for taking up the challenge of being the next president, failing which he will take his knowledge to Georgetown. This is a threat to all concerned and one must understand the rationale behind such a statement.
13 At the same time the past presidents all contributed to this sport over the years in one way or another. But Hamid took a swipe on big names pf the past holding the presidents position. However, there were only two so-called big names. Senior Guymine Managers Mr. Phil Yeung-He was instrumental in having the back boards made at no cost to the association at both the Mackenzie Sports Club and the Retrieve hard courts and repairs to the lights when necessary. Ann Mr. Ashton Alleyene-He was instrumental in sponsoring tournaments annually and ensuring transportation was there for Linden teams to travel from time-to-time to Georgetown and elsewhere for competitions.
So much for them the others were ordinary persons, Al McDonald was the first president and he was the man who shaped what we have today. A simply a sports reporter, but his contribution was tremendous in organizing the game. Eugene Spencer (Half Man) was another who was able to play many tournaments when he held the position and basketball was very competitive during that period. Mr. Cloyde Stephens (Jr.) was another whose administrative ability was second to none and he spearheaded the concrete fencing at the MSC hard court, while also being a voice to be heard strongly representing Linden at the highest level of the game. Mr. Robert Archer was an ordinary person who was able to play the most tournaments in one season during his tenure as president of LABA.
More recently we know of what contributions Mr. Collin Aaron made in bringing new sponsorship to the game and our incumbent president Mr. Uborn Smith did bring about some integrity to the sport when it comes to dealing with issues affecting clubs and players.
14 We must be grateful for those who contributed in the past, but to state that over the years LABA was run by persons of high office who failed the sport is simply misleading. And at some point in time you need figure heads to take you to the next level, like it or not, as what obtains at the highest level in the sport in this country, as what it takes economically to administrate this sport and have teams play at the international level
15 Finally, my advice also is to think hard about who you know have shown the qualities you associate with such positions when you decide to elect them.
I would if elected suggest Mr. Hamid for his known and undoubted basketball knowledge, be appointed to a such a position as Technical Director, as one cannot escape the fact that he has a lot to offer to the game technically.
However, ponder on my thoughts and if my proposals do find favour with your club call me on 621-1643 for a meeting. If they do not, thanks four your time and consideration.
Yours in sport
Joseph Chapman


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PromotieDivisie Playoffs: GOBA and MSV Log.in going to Final! - by Terry Cooper
GOBA will represent the city Gorinchem as they defeated #1 seeded EclipseJet2 88-79 in Apollohal on Friday. With the return of ex-dutch international G/F Jerome de Vries (196-G-76) (24pts), Ronald van Velzen (19pts), and Ardan Cusell (15pts), EclipseJet had no answer for the experienced players in Dutch basketball. Sunday in Northghal, MSV Log.in was able to maintain the advantage over Landstede2 winning 64-59 and punching their ticket to Almere. Peter Vader (205-C-80) lead MSV with 19pts/9rbs followed by Michael Leon wtih 13, and Zeeger van Leeuwen (194-F-76) with 10. Jesper Jobse was again the top man for Landstede2 with 21/13rbs. As the finals are set for May 24th in TopsportCentrum in Almere, this seems like a clear case of Sampson and Goliath however, dont be mistaken because GOBA has experienced players from both international and Eredivise level. GOBA (17-9), which is 2008-09 Eurobasket's PromotieDivisie team of the year came into the league and is the first team in NBB history to get to the championship in its first year of promotion. MSV Log.in will try to repeat as PromotieDivisie Champions and have won both regular season games against GOBA. Both teams have players that have played on top levels however, the team that uses it's experienced and bench players wisely will come home with the gold. Game time is at 5pm so everyone near and far come out and experience a championship battle of the year. Unfortunately Eurobasket cannot have an all PromotieDivise selection due to no official statistics for the league and selection is only based on official stats. Hopefully the NBB will understand this concern and a change will be mandatory for all teams next season. Stay Tuned and see you in Almere.

Semi Finals Scores:

GOBA - EclipseJet 88-79 (+9)
MSV Log.in - Landstede2 64-59 (+5)

1. MSV Log.in +14
2. GOBA +4
3. EclipseJet2 -4
4. Landstede2 -14


Vincent Krieger: "A Great Person, Not Just On The Court, But Also Off The Court" - by Fred Roggen
I caught up with former Dutch NT player, Vincent Krieger (184-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Asheville), for an in-depth interview, after his decision to end his player career after the playoffs game against Amsterdam.
It will be a kind of an 'farewell' interview because he deserved it. Vincent was able to match up with all the experienced guards in Europe and a
good open court player who gets his team- mates involved. He also played 88 games for the Dutch National Team.

This season:

Not counting your injury out, why has Leiden been so inconsistent this season?
Well for starters, we had a coach change at a certain point which is always a difficult situation for a team that had been losing games. Getting used to new things, different plays and philosophies. Players having different roles than before. And of course theres the pressure, because playing bad and losing games is not only the coachs fault, even though hes the one fired most of the times.

When Toon van Helfteren joined the team as the head coach, however, we picked all these things up very quickly. But of course we had a relatively young team so after winning a couple of games in a row, I think we started to take things for granted. And coming of that bad start of the season, we sometimes lacked the confidence and experience in close game situations.

Has frustration crept in a little bit?
I dont think we were frustrated, because even though we were a little inconsistent, we realized that we were a serious team now. And we were able to beat any other team by playing hard defense. And of course we lost some games that we really should have won, but we also won a couple that were unexpected in the eyes of many.

For me personally frustration was a factor, because I was always used to being faster than other players (thats that Surinam blood in me!!! hahaha), being athletic and now all of a sudden I couldnt even run full speed because of my hamstring. So not being able to help the team was very frustrating for me.

Injuries ruined your aspirations, and you decided to stop playing at the end of the season. At what point did you decide to end your career?
After doing a million things to get my hamstring to feel better, including shockwave therapy, and active release therapy which all really helped me, I came to realize that even though I could play again, I didnt feel the same way as before, physically. I would have a good day and run and jump all over the place, or a bad day where just walking would hurt me already. So I told myself that if I couldnt go a week of practice and games without pain before the season is over it would probably be better for me to stop playing. And seconds before the end of our final game I decided in my head that I wouldnt be back next season. (Maybe Ill make a come-back in 10 or 20 years from now, my hamstring should be fine then..)

His Career:

Who has been the biggest influence on your basketball career?
My dad, Ramon, who taught me and my brother Cliff the game has been the biggest influence. He was always the critical one, because he was such a good player himself. In Surinam, South America, hes a real legend, having played for the National team there for so long. Been in the Pan-American games etc. So he knows what hes talking about. He is 73 now and still plays ball every Sunday. I never really learned to shoot the ball the way he can

My moms Marion, has always been the sweet mom saying nice things to me, even if I played a terrible game. Great game Vince, wow, that ONE pass was amazing! And dont worry about those 30 turnovers, they just need to learn how to catch your passes hahahaha thats why I love them so much.

What made you decide to leave Holland to play college basketball at NC-Asheville?
Of course growing up in a basketball family you watch a lot of basketball games. In real life and on tv. My dad used to take me to games in Delft, Leiden, Amsterdam etc. and I was so little but already very impressed. With some great Dutch players, but especially with some American players like Dave Downey, Wilson Washington, Owen Wells, Tony Parker sr. and of course Dutch-American Mitchell Plaat, And we watched a lot of college and NBA basketball videos that we got from Ed Zaal, my dads great friend who had connections with the Celtics. From that point I wanted to go to the States to learn as much as possible and just experience the whole atmosphere there. When I found out the head coach at Asheville was Randy Wiel it was an easy decision. I had seen him play in Leiden when I was little, and he knew my dad. So with the help of a lot of people, such as Rob Meurs, I got in contact with different schools, but in my mind Asheville was my first choice. I even remember family and friends putting money together so I could by some decent clothes! Haha! Thanks everyone!

What were your nicest memories on the basketballcourt there?
WowSo many memories Well for someone like me things that dont seem important, are very, very important. Like the band playing certain songs before and during the game. And me recognizing them from the videos I watched when I was little.

A great memory was winning the regular season conference with Asheville. Or beating South Carolina at their place when they were almost unbeatable that season. Playing against Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Michael Dickerson at Arizona. Playing against Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, Jeff McGinnis, at NC and the season after that Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison.. I can go on for a while and most basketball players might think these things are normal when you compete at a certain level, which is true, but to me they mean a lot more, because I got to live my childhood dreams.

From 1998 till 2004, you've played in France, Belgium, Greece and Spain. What were your nicest memories on that period?
My time in Belgium was great. Especially my first season with Houthalen BC. Met a lot of good people and had a lot of fun playing. In Greece winning the championship with Apollon Patras with coach Darko Russo in the second division and moving up to the first league. In Spain living in Melilla, a small part of Spain on the coast of Africa (under Morocco), so every away game having to fly and cross the sea. You know good times.

Was it important for you to come home after that period abroad and play in Holland again?
Yes, I needed to make that decision and Im glad I did. Coach Erik Braal was one of the biggest reasons I decided to play for Rotterdam. I wanted to play good team basketball and we really accomplished that in three seasons. I also wanted to be close to my family and friends again.

You played in Holland for Rotterdam and Leiden. Looking back, what were the hights and depths of those years?
In Rotterdam reaching the cup final was one of the highlights. But losing that same final was one of the depths hahaha. Yeah, I can laugh about it now, not back then though haha. And also finishing tied for 3rd/4th place in the regular season, something that nobody ever would have thought but we always believed was possible.

Your thoughts about the time you were member of the Dutch National team?
This should be a whole different interview because I can write a book about this! In general I am so very thankful that I was part of the National team for so long. Seen so many places and represented the country. Everytime I heard the National Anthem I felt proud. I would always think the same things: look at me, a guy from The Hague, with Surinam roots, standing here playing for the country, because Im chosen to do so. And I would feel strong and ready to play.

I was really lucky that when I first joined the team as a youngster there were some really good and experienced players that picked me up right away. Players who teach the game. Players we need more. A player I naturally learned to become. Players that still echo in my head telling me something specific I would never forget, even when writing the answers to an interview at the end of my career.

You ever heard of Cees van Rootselaar? Chris van Dinten? Marco de Waard? Okke te Velde? Richard van Poelgeest? Marcel Huybens? Rolf Franke? Erwin Hageman? Milko Lieverts? Virgil Ormskerk? Mike Nahar? Geert Hammink? Wierd Goedee? Guys that help you out when youre the young guy.

Ive had good times with the team, and of course later some periods where we couldnt win a game which was frustrating. But Ill enjoy watching the team grow now, with vets Van Paassen and Elson and younger talent like Slagter, Akerboom, Norel, Janssen and Wessels.

I know it's hard to single out particular moments, but are there two or three in your career that stand out as the most exciting or thrilling?
I give you one.. And that was my first college game on the road at North Carolina. The first time I had seen so many people coming to see a basketball game. Tip off Im a freshman, on the bench, hype, standing up talking to my teammates on the court: Lets go! Be ready from the start! Lets go dogs! The ref throws the ball up. Rasheed Wallace tips it back to Jeff McGinnis. McGinnis passes it to Dante Calabria, He throws it long. Jerry Stackhouse catches the ball and shows me probably one of the best dunks I would ever see in my life. 3 seconds played and were down 2-0. And Im in awe.. Looking back, sometimes its not only about the things you did at a certain time and your own personal highlights, but its about the whole experience and enjoying and appreciating those things.

The end:

Passion is a word that's used a lot when people talk about your career. Is that something that's a current through your whole life, or is it something basketball brings out of you?
Basketball taught me HOW to be passionate. But its in me now. So whatever I decide to do, Im going to give it my all and enjoy the moments.

What has basketball meant to you?
My life. Everything And it will always be a big part of me. Ive learned a lot because of it.

Whats the next chapter for Vincent Krieger away from basketball?
Im not really sure. Ill probably keep doing something in basketball, but Im not sure what exactly. Im still going to be teaching and working with young unemployed people part-time.

And Im also starting an entertainment company focused on music and video productions. I finally have some time for my other passion.

Vincent, thanks for taking time out to share memories from your playing days.

Final word of Vincent: Thank you all for everything.


Robby Bostain Signs 2-Year Deal with GasTerra Flames - by Fred Roggen
The 25-year-old Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) has signed a 2-year deal with GasTerra Flames (former Hanzevast Capitals). GasTerra Flames recruited the 1.94 m long player for the point guard position but he can also play at the 2 and 3. Bostain led Landstede Zwolle with 20.1 points per game last season. Robby Bostain is a versatile lefthander; can play both the point and wing guard slots with proficiency...
unselfish performer with proven ability as a scorer, rebounder, passer, and defender. He played 36 games for Landstede Zwolle this season and averaged: MIN: 36.4, PTS: 20.1 RT: 5.3, AS: 4,9.


Leon Rodgers: "I Loved My Time In Holland" - by Fred Roggen
I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Rodgers Leon (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois), former MVP of the Dutch League and one of the best American players who ever played in Holland. After his Dutch period, he went to Ukraine, Germany and China. We talked about his China period, his three years stay in Holland and his plans for next season.

How is everything going for you this season, after your move from Germany to China?
Moving from Europe to China was a big move, the way things were on and off the court! On the court I was called on to play 95% of the game and having way more responsibilities on the court! After 4 months, (lol) I finally got used to thin!

Despite the up-and-down season of the Jilin Northeast Tigers, You have found a great deal of success in this league in a short period of time. why has this team been so inconsistent this season?
Well we had a very young team this year, We did a lot better than predicted at the beginning of the season. We were a few wins away from the playoffs which opening day we didnt think would be possible. I think if they keep that team together it would be much better next year. I think the language barrier was tough to overcame as well, although we began to manage it right after mid season!

You have been amazingly consistent throughout the CBA season. How have you raised your efficiency?
Well I definitely feel that I am reaching my prime of my game. It amazing the tricks and traits you pick up across the years. I think I play smarter than before. Mainly because I am becoming more of a student of the game.

You have played more of a complete game this season. Did you go into the season with certain goals in areas where you felt needed improvement?
Well I actually went into the season with more of a defensive mind set! Which I felt needed to be raised in order to reach the level I wish to achieve. Especially at the guard position.

You played three years in Holland for Eiffel Towers. What were your nicest memories on the basketballcourt there?
My 2 Championship and my first and third MVP, I think I was very fortunate to be in the company of some good players during my tenure in Holland. We had great fun on and off the court, which came with the success we were having. The MVP awards were and will always be special to me. I dont want to leave out beating Spains Real Madrid. Which I remember doing a before game interview, and them just being excited for us to be playing them, when I was thinking I am trying to win, which we later did!

What made you decide to leave Holland to play ball in the Ukraine.
I want to make it clear that I loved my time in Holland. The Country itself is beautiful, and the people are too! I left Holland due to the fact that I didnt think that it was much more I could achieve in the league itself. Winning two back to back titles and earning three straight MVPs, I thought it was time for me to try to play at even a higher level.

What are your plans for the next season? M'be back to Holland?
Actually I either want to play in the NBA , Spains ACB, or in Korea or China. Coming back to Holland is something I definitely wish to do in the near future. I think about finishing my career there all the time. I think it is a great place to live and at the same time play the game I love dearly!

I know it's hard to single out particular moments, but are there two or three in your career that stand out as the most exciting or thrilling?
Winning my first championship in Holland and in China scoring 63 points and 1 day later scoring a career high 66 points. In which I hit a countrys best 15 three pointers in one game. (I was in a Zone, I guess we could say!)

Can you talk a little bit about your off the court interests? Hobbies, etc
Well I like to kick back and joke a lot with friends and family, definitely like to play poker, bowling, softball!

Finally what message do you have for your Dutch fans?
I cant wait to see you ladies and gentlemen again! I will be back! Until then thank you for all the memories thus far!

Leon thanks for the time to do this interview.


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Semifinals: Paks and ZTE won the second game - by Tamas Deri

The guests were dominating for 32 minutes the game, when the home team started to play a hard zone defense and could get closer and closer. Laszlo Kalman scored some very important baskets, but got also two technical fouls in the last minutes, so the team of ASE was up by 8 points only 31.9 seconds before the end, when . Laszlo Kalman was dribbling the ball and American guard Michael English got in a conflict with him. Some seconds later around 40-50 fans were running on the court, players and referees got beaten. The referees decided to break up the game, ASE won and is leading 2-0 in the series.

ZTE KK could beat Pecs in an overtime derby and tie the series.

Game three will be played on Tuesday!


FALCO-SZOVA KC Szombathely - Atomeromu SE 79-87
(22-28, 17-25, 18-18, 22-16)
Arena Savaria, Att.: 2200, Referees: Kiss L., Kiraly L., Torok R.
FALCO: Kalman 17/6, Hudson 12, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 17/3, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 20/3, Horvath Z. 3, Vrsaljko 10, Pankar, Vida, Lakatos 2, Borszeki, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Paks: Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 26/3, English 10, Meszaros 8/6, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 20/12, Csaplar-Nagy, Johnson 12/3, Kiss 6/6, Panta 5/3, Gulyas, Coach: Branislav Dzunic
Series: 2-0 for ASE

Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Pecsi VSK-PANNONPOWER 86-85
(13-21, 22-23, 30-18, 13-16, 8-7)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 2000, Referees: Palla, Bognar, Toth K.
ZTE: Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 17/3, Watson 12, Kaman 7, Michael Jones (206-F-82, agency: AMI, college: Arkansas) 16/6, Helbich 10/3, Gaspar 4, Trepak 8/6, Laszlo Simon (193-G-86) 12/3, Baki, Coach: Volgyi Peter
Pecs: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 17/6, Krisztian Wittmann (185-G-85, agency: FCM) 23/18, Denes 6/3, Toth N. 5/3, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 15, Aleksic 9/6, Grebenar 2, Czigler 6, Kapov 2, Hosszu, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Series: 1-1


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Explosion wins 115-109 against first place Vancouver Volcanoes - by Eurobasket News
The Snohomish County Explosion were on fire with a full week of practice and everyone back in familiar roles.

Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) back with the team helped take control of the Explosion offense, the IBL leading scorer and fifth in the league with rebounds, played like the NBA prospect he is with 42 points and 13 rebounds. The Explosion had scoring from just 7 players tonight and Manny Kennedy (-F-85) was ejected as the Vancouver and Explosion got into a brief altercation as the Explosion were in control in the game holding leads of 15 and 20 points.

Ford had a solid night with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) lead the team with 15 assist, and 9 steals.

The Explosion are now 5-4 for the season and look to improve night in and night out. The young Explosion had great and coaching, and defensive pressure to continue to grow and look to take on the Edmonton Energy who just lost to Bellingham in Edmonton.

The Explosion hope to continue success on the road next week. The Explosion will then return home on May 30th against the Vancouver Titans. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.explosionbasketball.net or via the phone at 425-339-BALL.


Stats

Anthony Slater - 15 assist, 12 rebounds, 9 steals, 1 point

Tommie Tomsic (-G-85, college: Bellevue CC) - 10 points, 3 rebounds

Jeffrey Day - 9 rebounds, 2 pts, 5 blocks

Devon Greene - 13 rebounds, 0 assist, 43 points

Richard Ford (6'8''-F-85, college: So.Polytechnic St.) - 13 rebounds, 27 points,

Manny Kennedy - 12 rebounds, 2 assist, 10 points

Jason Hicks (5'10''-G-82, college: Walsh (OH)) - 22 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assist

Courtesy of The Snohomish County Explosion


Standings
IBL Standings
Eastern
 1. Holland B. 10-2 
 2. G.Rapids F. 6-4 
 3. Kankakee S. 6-6 
 4. Japan T. 0-9 
Independent
 1. S.Illinois T. 0-0 
 2. Nevada P. 0-1 
 3. Chicago S. 0-1 
 4. Olympia R. 0-1 
 5. Yamhill H. 0-2 
Northern
 1. Bellingham S. 9-3 
 2. Snohomish C. 5-4 
 3. USA All-Stars 4-16 
 4. Vancouver T. 3-7 
Southern
 1. Vancouver V. 7-2 
 2. C.Oregon H. 3-1 
 3. Oregon Wave 2-1 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles L. 6-1 
 2. Seattle M. 5-4 
 3. Edmonton E. 4-3 
 4. Tacoma T. 3-0 


Blast rout weary Japan again (IBL, USA) - by Eurobasket News
The Holland Blast put on a dribbling, shooting, rebounding and dunking exhibition Sunday night in a 148-93 International Basketball League victory over the Japan Tornadoes.

This was the second time this season that the Blast manhandled the road-weary team from Japan at the Civic Center.

This was our sixth game in eight days, said guard Daisuke Sugiwaki. Were pretty tired.

Holland player-coach Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)) felt for the Tornadoes.

They came out with more energy than the last time we played them, but I could see them getting tired for obvious reasons, Bosma said. Traveling like theyve been can take a lot out of you.

The Blast did not want to embarrass their overseas opponents.

We did not want to run up the score, said Blast game-floor coach Teddy Davis. We just wanted to execute our game plan and not develop any bad habits.

The Tornadoes had the games top two scorer in Yuto Okumoto (-C-86) (31 points) and Kaqtaoka (23 points).

Eight different Holland Blast players reached double figures in the teams 10th win in 12 starts.

We did a lot of things very well, Davis said. We had fun. We did not have any fun in those two games we lost.

Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Cent.Michigan) (Muskegon Heights-Central Michigan University) poured in a team-high 25 points for the Blast. Kevin Ludwig (6'2''-G, college: Spring Arbor) (West Ottawa-Spring Arbor) followed with 20 points. Rachminn Dillard (6'5''-F, college: Grand Rapids CC) and Jeremy File each swished 16 points.

Knocking down 15 points were Julius Vines and Mike Hall (Holland-Grand Valley State University). Bosma checked in with 13 points.

It was a good fun day starting with our camp, to this, Bosma said.

The highlight of the action-filled game for the local fans was two third-quarter back-to-back high-flying dunks from Nick Freer on high lob passes from File.

Those felt great, said, who scored 19. You usually are lucky to get one like that in a game but to get two is a bonus.

File, who stands less than 6-feet felt like a giant at times against the much shorter Tornadoes.

It felt good for a change to feel taller than I really am, File said chuckling.

The Blast will put their 10-2 IBL record on the line Friday night at home against the Grand Rapids Flight.

Were going to have to play another good game against those guys, who we had to go into overtime to win the last time we played them, Bosma said.

Courtesy of The Holland Blast


Graham's 40 helps Slam rebound with 141-121 win over Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Bellignham Slam rode the hot shooting of Ira Graham (6'2''-G, agency: Duran International, college: W.Washington) as they defeated the Edmonton Energy, 141-121, in the second of back-to-back International Basketball League games Saturday at the Grant MacEwan Centre.

The game started out at a much slower pace than Friday's contest, as both teams combined for just 52 points in the first quarter, one more than the Slam's first quarter output the night before. Bellingham used a 16-3 burst in the game's opening minutes to establish a lead they would not relinquish, 16-7.

The second quarter saw the Slam blow the game wide open, outscoring the Energy by a 43-22 margin to take a 73-44 lead into halftime. Graham had 23 of his game-high 40 points at the break.

After a third quarter that saw Bellingham extend their lead to 32, 113-81, the Energy came out on fire in the fourth, using a sustained attack and a 18-1 run to get the deficit all the way down to eight, 127-119, with 3:11 to play. A converted three-point play by Jake Linton (5'11''-G, college: St.Martin's) with 2:57 left put the Slam back up by 11 and proved to be the dagger for the Energy. Bellingham held Edmonton to just two points in the final 2:45 to secure the victory.

Graham's 40-point night led six Slam players in double figures. Linton finished with 29 points on 8-for-12 three-point shooting while Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) added 24 points and 11 rebounds.

J.R. Patrick (6'4''-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Santa Clara) led Edmonton in the scoring column for the second straight game with 24 points. Skousen Harker posted a double-double with 24 points and ten rebounds.

The game was a chippy affair, with both teams combining for 58 fouls.

The Slam return to Washington but stay on the road as they take on the Vancouver Volcanoes at Clark College on May 23. The Slam will be back at Whatcom Pavilion when they take on the Vancouver Titans on Memorial Day, May 25. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.

Courtesy of The Bellignham Slam


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Young Cagers ousted in Quarter finals of Asia Cup - by Anil Kumar

WABA champions Mahram proved too mighty for Young Cagers of India racing away to a 97-73 win to become the first team to enter the semifinals of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday.

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

The Indian outfit 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 converted one of the two free throws when Vineet Mathew fouled him in the first ten seconds of the game and Olympian Samad Nikkah followed it with a customary drive-in the lane. And Mahram only grew in strength from there.

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

Priest Lauderdale (stomach upset) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (ankle) were the only two Mahram players who didnt take the court as the Iranian league champions completed their 5-0 run in the tournament.

Mahram have now averaged 27 points difference in their margin of victory.

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

They (Young Cagers) fought well throughout the game. Thats really respectable, he added.

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

Jagdeep is one of the examples of our players improving with every game, said Bucan.

We knew we had very little chance against their size. But then not many people counted on us playing the quarterfinal itself. This game indeed was a bonus for my boys, the Serbian added.

We are definitely a better team than we where when we arrived here last Sunday.

Scores

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.

Courtsey - Fiba Asia



Indonesian Club upsets Young Cagers, India 79-59 - by Anil Kumar
Hosts Satria Muda became the first Indonesian club to enter the quarterfinal stage of the Champions Cup in six years, with a 79-59 win over Young Cagers, India to close their Group B engagements of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Saturday.

The last time any team from Indonesia had made the last eight grade was in 2003, when Aspac finished seventh at Kuala Lumpur. Satrias previous best finish in the Champions Cup was ninth which they achieved at the 2000 edition at Beirut.

Playing in front of the largest crowd so far at the Britama Arena after their vice president Mr. Yusuf Kalla opened the proceedings, Satria did give their fans a few jitters, when their Indian opponents scored the first nine points of the game.

I guess the players were a little nervous playing in front of a dignitary, reasoned out Satria coach Fictor Roring.

Nakiea Miller converted a free-throw followed by fellow American Rashad Powells twin success from the foul-line to open the scoring for Satria as the hosts began to find their rhythm.

Young Cagers, who had already booked a place in the play-offs did take the fight to the rival camp, but an indifferent third quarter hampered their chances.

Miller returned another double-double with 33 points and 29 rebounds.

Powell 20 points and seven rebounds.

The hosts out-rebounded their rivals 57-29.

I think we are improving as a team with every game. From now, its one game at a time. And its a play-off situation, anything can happen, said Powell.

I think we played alright especially against their imports, said Young Cagers coach Aleksandar Bucan.

Scores

Satria Muda 79 (Nakiea Miller 33, Rashad Powell 20) bt Young Cagers 59 (Trideep Rai 18, Jagdeep Singh 18). Quarterwise Scores: 14-15, 31-30, 59-41.

Courtesy - Fiba Asia


NRI Basketball League Consolidated Results from UAE - by Anil Kumar
4th RAK Aviation
Standings as on 18th May 2009

Men division Results

Pool A
RAK Aviation 80 beat DPS-Sharjah 62
Dominions 70 beat DPS- Dubai 59
DPS- Sharjah 86 beat DPS-Dubai 43
J.Mart City Fives 78 beat Dominions 54
EPM Stars 93 beat DPS-Dubai 39
DPS-Sharjah 62 beat Dominions 37
RAK Aviation 85 beat EPM Stars 71
J.Mart City Fives 86 beat DPS-Dubai 51
EPM Stars 72 beat Dominions 48
RAK Aviation 86 beat DPS-Dubai 59
EPM Stars 99 beat J.Mart City Fives 58
RAK Aviation 74 beat Dominions 60
EPM Stars 72 beat DPS-Sharjah 48
RAK Aviation 87 beat J.Mart City Fives 52

Pool B

Zeroz 78 beat Miracles Twelve 71
Hoopers 58 beat All Stars 53
Hoofbeatz Hustlers 94 beat Zeroz 57
All Stars 83 beat City Stars 62
Hoofbeatz Hustlers 77 beat City Stars 21
Hoopers 76 beat City Stars 55
All Stars 75 beat Hustlers 73
Hoopers 67 beat Miracles Twelve 63
Miracles Twelve 67 beat City Stars 43
Zeroz 87 beat City Stars 75
All Stars 87 beat Miracles Twelve 74
Hoofbeatz Hustlers 72 beat Hoopers 57
All Stars 87 beat Zeroz 54


STANDINGS AS ON 18 MAY 2009

Pool A

Team Played Won Loss Points
RAK Aviation 5 5 0 10
EPM Stars 5 4 1 9
J.Mart City Fives 4 2 2 6
DPS-Sharjah 4 2 2 6
Dominions 5 1 4 6
DPS-Dubai 5 0 5 5

Pool B
Team Played Won Loss Points
All Stars 5 4 1 9
Hoofbeatz Hustlers 4 3 1 7
Hoopers 4 3 1 7
Zeroz 4 2 2 6
Miracles Twelve 4 1 3 5
City Stars 5 0 5 5


Mahram bruise Young Cagers in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News
Young Cagers - Mahram 73:97

Iranian Mahram stayed undefeated at the Asia Champions Cup posting the fifth straight victory. Yesterday the Iranian powerhouse eased past Young Cagers of India to reach the semifinal stage of the tournament. Young Cagers made it a loud surprise when they advanced to the playoffs but could hardly match Mahram in the clash. It was one-way traffic right from the start as Mahram accounted for 31 points in the starting frame building a comfortable 18-point lead. Mahram continued their onslaught in the second frame and soon piled up a 26-point advantage at halftime. The Iranian champions reigned inside the paint mounting the pressure on the undersized Yougn Cagers. Young Cagers adjusted in the second half and matched the effort losing the third quarter by just two points 26:28. The Indian team won the fourth quarter but had little chance to threaten the deficit. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead Mahram. Samad Bahrami (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) added 16 points for the winners. Jagdeep Singh (199-C-86) nailed 24 points for Young Cagers. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) had 16 points in the losing case.
Mahram thus advanced to the tournaments semifinal where they would be challenged by Riyadi from Lebanon. Young Cagers would fight for the 5th-8th spots against Satriu Muda. The games are scheduled for May 19.

Young Cagers: Jagdeep Singh 24, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16
Mahram: Jackson Vroman 22, Samad Bahrami 16, Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) 14


RAK AVIATION 4TH IBS NRI Indian LEAGUE 2009 Detailed Results - - by Anil Kumar

RESULTS

Results: Friday 17th April 2009
Men Division: Pool B

Zeroz: 78 (Melvin 23, Joseph 19, Zaheer 11, Siddique 9, Sinan 8, Jude 7 and Surendra Raj 1) beat Miracles Twelve: 71 (Sidheek Razak 26, Kunal Vohra 23, Ali Hussain 10, Sterin 6 and Peer Mohd. 4)

Hoopers, Dubai: 58 (Cyril Braganza 16, Ivan 14, Us man 13, Avro 4, Jude 4, Cyril Miranda 3, Shoji 2 and Joseph 2) beat All Stars: 53 ( Roger 20, Tasha 16, Praveen 7, Nina 5, Bayed 3 and Sarris 2)

Women Division:

Delhi Private School, Sharjah: 49 ( Juliet Johnny 30, Jenner Johnny 7, Humeral Tandem 6, Spoorthy Parkas 3 and Keerthana 3) beat Pink Ladies, Dubai: 30 (Sharon Lobo 10, Charmaine Martin 7, Lorna Thomas 5, Terry Jacob 2, Rhea 2, Deborah Johnston 2, Shantella Tewari2)

Under 13 Boys:

G. Tech, Dubai: 51 ( Atik 16, Sayooj 16, Safar 8, Ritik 4, Karan 2, Dean 2, Bhavya 2, Bharath 1) beat Delhi Private School, Dubai: 19 (Kausthum 6, Gurtej 5, Abhijith 4, Malcolm 4)




Results: Thursday 23rd April 2009
Men division Pool B:
Hoofbeatz Hustlers, Dubai: 94 (Arafat 20, Deepak 13, Shankar 13, Reejo 13, Shajahan 13, Jean 10, Deepu 5 and Beslin Saju 7) beat Zeros, Dubai: 57 ( Melvin 29, Joseph 13, Zaheer 6, Sinan 4 and Siddique 5)




Men Division Pool A:

Delhi Private School, Sharjah: 86 (Kenneth Morris 41, Shubham 18, Harsh 14, Nigel 7, Advait 5 and Arun 1) beat Delhi Private School, Dubai: 43 (Shyam Kumar 13, Farhan Nadeem 10, Zinan A. Shafi 7, Yuvaraj 7, Madhav 4, Jerry Bobby 2)

Results Friday 24TH April 2009

Men Division Pool A:
RAK Aviation: 80 (Manoj Abraham 31, Atkyn 14, Milton 10, Abu backer 10, Bimal Raj 6, Ameen 6 and Kishore 3) beat DPS, Sharjah: 62 (Keeneth Morris 18, Harsh 18, Shubham 10, Lionel 10, Nigel 4 and Arun 2)

Dominions: 70 (Prabhu 23, Abhishek 16, Brian 13, Maninder 6, Adarsh 4, Kevin 4, Joe 3, Joseph 1) beat DPS, Dubai: 59 (Shyam Kumar 22, Farhan Nadeem 22, Jerry Bobby 5, Zinan 5, Reynold 3, Madhav 1, Yuvaraj 1)

All Stars, Dubai: 83 (Niaz 19, roger 19, Thanshu 17, Zayed 11, Pradeep 8, Ismail 5, Anees 4) beat City Stars, Sharjah: 62 (Shabeer 22, Saif 10, Mirsab 6, Jashir 6, Amjad 5, Imran 3, Layanas 2, Ali Sirajudin 2, Shameer 3, Alshab 2)

Results: Saturday 25th April 2009

Women Division:
Blade Watches, Dubai: 35 ( Anita Theresa 10, Preethy 8, Christine 7, Nandini 5, Swathi Sampath 3, Ashiqa Nasir 2) beat InSportz Arabian Gazelles: 34 (Roshni 14, Sharon 7, Rebecca 6, Harshana 4, Henna 3).

Under 13 Girls:
DPS, Sharjah: 18 (Aarushi 8, Mehr Singh 4, Shriya Sadhu 4, Lubna Syeda 2) beat DPS, Dubai: 17 (Varsha 8, Reedhi 5, Anjali Iyer 2 and Meenakshi 2)
The Millennium-Dubai: 31 (Shreya Munge 16, J.P. Sindhu 9, Amritha Leo 4, Vorshini 2) beat Dubai Modern High School: 27 (Jeena Joyee 9, Rhea Kalapura 8, Nistula 4, Anahita 2 and Mayanka Madan 2)

Results: Thursday 30th April 2009

Men Division Pool A
J.Mart City Fives 78 (Ginesh 19, Mathew 16, Suneeth 11, Pattam Kurian 9, Castro 12, Bonny 7 and Venukumar 4) beat Dominions 54 (Vivek 19, Prabhu 8, Joe 5, Kevin 7, Adarsh 4, Bryan 4, Abhishek 3, Ehab 2 and Joseph 2)

EPM Stars 93 (Siddarth Singh 20, Padampat Bhatia 16, Terry Michael 17, Leonid 11, Shaffique 10, Faisal 5, Aditya 5, Jason 3, Sidharth Iyer 2 and Shyam 4) beat DPS-Dubai: 39 (Zinan Ashraf 14, Vinaya Krishna 13, Jerry Bobby 7, Shyam Kumar 5)

Men Division Pool B
Hoofbeatz Hustlers-Dubai 77 (Nithin 24, Rejo Raphael 19, Shankar 11, Arafat 9, Deepu 6, Shajahan 4 and Deepak 4) beat City Stars-Sharjah 21(Mohd. Jashir 9, Mohd. Shabeer 6, Mohd. Alshaab 2, Amjad 2, Ali Sirajuddin 2)

Results: Friday 1st May 2009
Women Division:
The Millennium School, Dubai: 46 (Sreya Munkhe 20, Reya Munkhe 11, Amritha Leo 6, Swetha Kutty 4, Sindhu J.P. 3) beat Pink Ladies 33 (Debbie 8, Shantella 7, Sharon 8, Charmine 5, Ashley 3 and Aparna 2)

DPS-Sharjah: 63 (Juliet Johny 24, Joannu Ann Varghese 16, Jennet Johny 9, Najat Abdul Wahab 7, Humeira Tasneem 2 and Keerthana 5) beat InSportz Arabian Gazelles 35 ( Roshni 15, Sharon 14, Henna 2, Rebecca 2 and Harshana 2)

Men Division:
DPS-Sharjah:62 (Kenneth Morris 19, Shubhab 16, Lionel 6, Harsh 10, Advait 4, Nigel 3, Arun 2 and Arjun 2) beat Dominions 37 (Kevin 10, Abhishek 8, Joe 7, Bryan 7, Adarsh 3 and Prabhu 2)

RAK Aviation: 85 (Manoj Abraham 24, Milton 23, Atkyn 12, Bimal Raj 13, Johnson 5, Kishore 6 and Anas 2) beat EPM Stars: 71 (Padampat Bhatia 15, Shafeeque 12, Sidharth Iyer 12, Aditya 11, Sasikumar 10, Jason 7, Leonid 2 and Sidharth Singh 2)

J.Mart City Fives: 86 (Mathew 26, Ginesh 19, Venukumar 13, Suneeth 13, Sebastian 5, Castro 5, Ratheesh 3 and Joe Joseph 2) beat DPS- Dubai 51 (Farhan Nadeem 22, Shyam Kumar 14, Jerry Bobby 7, Zinan 5 and Madhav 3)

Results: Saturday 2nd May 2009
Under 13 boys division:
New Indian Model School-Sharjah: 31 (Mohd. Wafi 6, Rishal 6, Abhil Dev 10, Mathias 3, Rhitwik 2, Sanu Varghese 2 and Mohd. Anees 2) beat Our Own Indian School-Dubai: 13 ( Rahul Reji 4, Arshad Ashraf 4, Ahmed 2, Rishi 2, Girish Jagdeesh 1)

Emirates National School-Sharjah: 57 (Nikhil Mohammed 17, Ajit Jacob 12, James Jacob 10, Shad Abdullah 6, Vipin Kuriakose 4, Mohd. Rasiq 2, Sherin Saji 2, Afsal Mohd. 2 and Nihal vinod 2) beat DPS-Dubai: 5 (Gurtej Singh 4, Kaausthurb 1)

Dubai Modern High School: 34 (Prithvi 14, Shorye Chopra 8, Kevin Varghese 4, Nikhil. S 2, Rishabh 2, Varun.T 2 and Inaan.B. 2) beat DPS-Sharjah: 16 (Sharan 6, Snehil Rajeev 3, Prateek 3, Ansh Mathur 2, Nemeer 1 and Karun Kumar 1)

Results Thursday 7th May 2009

U13 Boys Division
Dubai Modern High School: 42 (Nikhil 12, Prithvi 10, Inaan 6, Varun 6, Risabh 6, Aarchit 2) beat Our Own Indian School: 25 ( Amardeep 8, Rishi 4, Girish Jgdees 4, Sheldon 3, Arshad 3, Rahul Reji 2 and David 1)

U13 Girls:
Dubai Modern High School: 42 (Rhea 24, Jeena 7, Nistula 6, Misba 3 and Simron 2) beat DPS-Sharjah 9 (Mehr 5, Sreiya Sadhu 3 and Sreedevi 1)

Men Division:
Hoopers-Dubai: 76 (Usman 30, Cyril Braganza 10, Jude 9, Cyril Miranda 8, Binoy 7, Ivan 6, Joseph 4, Shoaib 2) beat City Stars-Sharjah: 55 ( Mohd. Imran 19, Shabeer 12, Mohd. Jashir 11, Amjad 5, Saif 4, Mirsab 2 and Shameer 2)

EPM Stars: 72 (Shafeeque 24, Aditya 14, Jason 12, Sidharth Iyer 8, Leonid 6, Faisal 6, Terry 2) beat Dominions: 48 (Adarsh 9, Vivek 9, Prabhu 8, Bryan 8, Abhishek 5, Ehab 4, Joseph 3, Kevin 2)

Results Friday 8th May 2009


Men Division:
All Stars-Dubai: 75 (Bonney 30; Thamshu 16; Rahul 12, Roger 10; Zayed 4; Pradeep 3) beat Hoofbeatz Hustlers-Dubai:73 (Shankar 16, Jean 15, Rijo 12, Shajahan 9, Deepak 7, Nithin 6, Arafat 4, Beslin Saju 3 and Jim 1)

Hoopers-Dubai: 67 (Cyril Braganza 22, Cyril Miranda 20, Ivan 16, Usman 9) beat Miracles Twelve: 63 (Sidheek Razak 17, Kunal Vohra 16, Sterin 12, Ali Hussain 8, Peer Mohammed 7, Razil Ali 3)

RAK Aviation: 86 (Bimal Raj 18, Atkyn 18, Abu backer 14, Milton 14, Manoj Abraham 8, Ameen 6, Kishore 4 and Anas 4) beat DPS-Dubai: 59 (Jerry Bobby 15, Shyam Kumar 12, Farhan Nadeem 10, Yuvaraj 6, Bikram 4, Zinan Ashraf 3, Reynold 3, Vinayakrishna 2, Keegan Jude 2 and Nikhil Steven 2)

EPM Stars: 99 (Sasi Kumar 25, Aditya 24, Shafeeque 18, Sidharth Iyer 15, Padampat 8, Jason 4, Faisal 3, Siddarth Singh 2) beat J.Mart City Fives: 58 (Ginesh 20, Mathew 14, Suneeth 12, Bonny 5, Castro 3, Pattam Kurian 2 and Sebastian 2)

Women Division:

InSportz Arabian Gazelles: 55 (Sharon Thomas 20, Clarida 17, Roshini 7, Meenal 7, Reshma 4) beat The Millennium School-Dubai: 48 (Shreya Munghe 22, Amritha Leo 7, Nileena Susan 4, Ria Munghe 4, Swetha 4, Sindhu 4 and Tasnim 3)

Results: Saturday 9th May 2009

Women Division:

Blade Watches-Dubai: 52 (Nandini 22, Anita Theresa 12, Ashiqa Nasir 6, Preethy 6, Christine 4 and Swathi Sampath 2) beat Pink Ladies- Dubai: 29 (Charmine 10, Sharon 5, Shantella 4, Ashley 2, Debbie 2, Rhea 2, Angela 2 and Terry 2)

U13 Boys Division:

DPS- Sharjah: 39 (Nameer 16, Prateek 15, Snehil 3, Ansh 2, Karun 2 and Abhay Singh 1) beat Our Own Indian School-Dubai: 16 (Arshad 8, Rishi 5, Amardeep 3)

U13 Girls Division:

The Millennium School-Dubai: 54 (Amritha 20, Sindhu 12, Shreya Munghe 10, Arushi 6, Tracey 4 and Danica 2) beat DPS-Dubai: 10 (Anjali 3, Arati 2, Varsha 2, Aishwarya 2 and Namitha 1)

Results: Thursday 14th May 2009
U13 Boys division:
NIMS-Sharjah: 36 (Mohd. Wafi 16, Abhil Dev 6, Sanu Varghese 4, Bijith Baby 4, Joel Joseph 3, Anees 2 and Rhitwik Suresh 1) beat DPS-Sharjah: 21 (Snehil 5, Nameer 5, Prateek 4, Sharan 3, Abhay Singh 2 and Gaurav 2)
Women Division:
DPS-Sharjah: 31 (Juliet 15, Joannu 9, Humaira 4 and Jennet 3) beat The Millennium School-Dubai 19 ( Shreya Munghe 8, Amritha Leo 4, Rhea Munghe 2, Susmita Shenoi 2, Sweta Kutty 2 and Sindhu J.P. 1)
Men Division:
Miracles Twelve: 67 (Sidheek Razack 24, Kunal Vohra 19, Murtaza 6, Ali Hussain 5, Razli Ali 4, Sterin 4, Gokul 3 and Sameer 2) beat City Stars-Sharjah: 43 ( Ali Sirajuddin 9, Shabeer 7, Jashir 6, Saif 6, Amjad 5, Imran 4, Mohammed 4 and Alshab 2)

RAK Aviation:74 (Shinu 19, Bimal Raj 15, Atkyn 12, Manoj Abraham 10, Siju 6, Ameen 5, Anas 3,Kishore 2, Milton 2) beat Dominions-Dubai:60 ( Abhishek 16, Vivek 14, Bryant 9, Joseph 8, Adarsh 5, Cherian 4, Amaze 2 and Kevin 2)

Results Friday 15th May 2009

Zeroz-Dubai: 87 ( Melvin 31, Joseph 20, Siddique 13, Jude 10, Sinan 7, Amjith 5 and Zaher 1) beat City Stars-Sharjah: 75 (Mohd. Imran 23, Jashir 16, Shabeer 11, Mirsab 10, Saif 8, Amjad 5, Mohammed 2)

EPM Stars-Dubai: 72 (Shafeeque 16, Sidharth Iyer 12,Jason 10, Aditya 10, Padampat 9, Leonid 4, Siddarth 4, Faisal 3, Fernando 2, Terry 2) beat DPS-Sharjah: 48 (Harsh 14, Nigel 12, Shubham 7, Arjun 6, Lionil 3, Kenneth 2, Advait 2, Arun 2)

All Stars-Dubai: 87 (Rahul 39, Bony 16, Roger 15, Pradeep 11, Zayed 4 and Thamsu 2) beat Miracles Twelve: 74 (Sidheek Razak 28, Kunal Vohra 27, Sterin 10, Ali Hussain 7 and Murtaza 2)

Hoofbeatz Hustlers-Dubai: 72 (Shankar 17, Rejo Raphael 12, Jean Manaloor 14, Nithin 10, Deepak 8, Deepu 5, Shajahan 4, Beslin Saju 2) beat Hoopers-Dubai: 57 (Cyril Braganza 15, Ivan 14, Rakesh 12, Cyril Miranda 7, Usman 6 and Jude 3)

RAK AVIATION: 87 (Manoj 32, Atkyn 16, Shinu 11, Milton 9, Amin 6,Kishore 6, Abu Backer 4 and Bimal Raj 3) beat J.Mart City Fives: 52 ( Ginesh 30, Mathew 10, Bonny 6, Suneeth 4, Sebastian 2)

Women Division:
InSportz Arabian Gazelles: 61 (Sharon Thomas 26, Meenal 16, Roshini 6, Klarissa 4, Divya 4, Harshana 3 and Rebecca 2) beat Pink Ladies-Dubai: 22 (Charmine 9, Shantella 7, Terry 3, Sharon 2 and Deborah 1)

Results -Saturday 16th May 2009
U13 Boys Division
New Indian Model School-Sharjah: 57 (Mohd. Wafi 20, Abhil Dev 14, Sanu Varghese 8, Mathias 6, Mohd. Anees 5, Shibil 4) beat Dubai Modern High School: 16 (Kevin 6, Shorey 4, Pritvi 2, Nikhil 2, Raj 1, Varun1)

U13 Girls Division:
The Millennium School-Dubai: 32 (Shreya Munghe 16, Sindhu 7, Amritha 5, Vaishnavi 2, Danica 2) beat DPS-Sharjah: 10 (Mehr Singh 6, Lavanya 2, Prarthana 2)

Dubai Modern High School: 41 (Rhea 14, Anahita 8, Mayanka 6, Jeena 5, Nistula 4, Prachi 3, Arusha 1) beat DPS-Dubai: 13 ( Varsha 11, Ananta 2)

Men Division:
All Stars-Dubai: 87 (Bony 26, Rahul 22, Thamsu 15, Roger 10, Pradeep 6, Niaz 6, Zayed 2) beat Zeroz Dubai 54 ( Melvin 19, Joseph 14, Siddhique 10, Jude 4, Zaher 3, Sinan 2 and Amjith 2)


Highlights of FIBA Asia Cup - India's performance - by Anil Kumar
Indian combination Young Cagers played some organized and unassuming basketball and posted an 82-76 win over last editions bronze medalists Al Wasl of UAE to virtually assure themselves of a quarterfinal berth from Group B in the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Friday.

Young Cagers scored the final four points against an undefended goal, with Wasl throwing in the towel in protest against a 24-second violation non-ruling.

It would have mattered if we were trailing and won the game just because of those two baskets. Since we were already leading and the rivals protested for no mistake of ours, I will accept the win gleefully, said Young Cagers coach Aleksandar Bucan.

Punjab Police center Jagdeep Singh led the Young Cagers' charge with 22 points and eight rebounds.

I think we got our combination going rather well especially in the second and third quarters, Jagdeep said.

We basically came here to gain some experience for the FIBA Asia championship. This win is a big bonus for us, Bucan said.

It showed that the boys have the ability to translate their hard work in training into game situations, the Serbian added.

If this win takes us into the quarterfinals, we will be much richer by experience, Bucan said.

The win left Young Cagers tied with Satria Muda with a 1-2 record from three outings. The two clash on Saturday.

American Chukwunike Okusa led the scoring for the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead Wasls challenge.

Wasl, who wound up their four games in preliminary round with a 1-3 record are left hoping Young Challengers beat Satria to make the last eight grade.

Scores

Young Cagers 82 (Jagdeep Singh 22, Talwinderjit Singh 14, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 12) bt Al Wasl 76 (Chukwunike Okusa 29, Herve Lamizana 16).

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Indonesian champions Satria Muda, Young Cagers of India and Smart Gilas of Philippines induced an air of refreshing change to the monotony of results scoring upset, but well deserving, wins over their more fancied opponents on the fourth day of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Friday.

Young Cagers brought the curtain down on a day when only Mahram survived the carnage of fancied teams with an 82-76 win over last editions bronze medalists Al Wasl of UAE.

Smart Gilas played with a lot of speed and showed a lot of spunk in beating Lebanese league champions Al Riyadi Beirut 91-86 in Group A.

Interestingly, the coaches of both Smart Gilas and Young Cagers incidentally both Serbians Toroman Rajkov and Aleksandar Bucan had both asserted on the eve of the championship that their teams were here to gain more experience and exposure.

Both the teams exceeded their coachs expectations by booking a place in the quarterfinals.

Satria rode on birthday boy Nakiea Millers stupendous show under the board to beat Al Arabi of Qatar 84-77 to improve their position in Group B.

Smart Gilas are now 2-1 in Group A and take on Kuwaiti league winners Al Qadsia on Saturday. Riyadi wound up their preliminary round engagements 2-2.

Qadsia, were steamrolled by WABA champions Mahram 120-80 in the other Group A game on Saturday. Mahram, having won all their three games now take on Koreas Sangmoo.

Young Cagers scored the final four points against an undefended goal, with Wasl throwing in the towel protesting against a 24-second violation non-ruling.

It would have mattered if we were trailing and won the game just because of those two baskets. Since we were already leading and the rivals protested for no mistake of ours, I will accept the win gleefully, said Young Cagers coach Aleksandar Bucan.

Punjab Police center Jagdeep Singh led the Young Cagers' charge with 22 points and eight rebounds.

I think we got our combination going rather well especially in the second and third quarters, Jagdeep said.

We basically came here to gain some experience for the FIBA Asia championship. This win is a big bonus for us, Bucan said.

It showed that the boys have the ability to translate their hard work in training into game situations, the Serbian added.

If this win takes us into the quarterfinals, we will be much richer by experience, Bucan said.

The win left Young Cagers tied with Satria Muda with a 1-2 record from three outings. The two clash on Saturday.

American Chukwunike Okusa led the scoring for the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead Wasls challenge.

Wasl, who wound up their four games in preliminary round with a 1-3 record are left hoping Young Challengers beat Satria to make the last eight grade.

Satria had their hero in Nakiea Miller.

The American who turned 31 today, accounted for 23 points alright, but more importantly as acclaimed by the two rival coaches made the difference in the game with his 21 rebound collections. That 14 of them came in defense spoke for his contribution in checking the Arabi scoring.

My man here stood really tall under the board, Arabi coach David Ingham said.

Happy birthday to him!

Im glad we picked Miller from the list of choice we had, said Satria coach Fictor Roring.

Rashad Powell also returned a double-double with 20 points and 12 boards.

I think we beat them in free-throws and rebounds, Miller said.

Satria were 12/14 as against Arabis 11/24 in free throws.

The hosts won the battle of boards 53-45.

Smart Gilas seized the initiative with a 9-0 run early in the game for a 17-6 lead and kept growing in confidence and scoring as the game progressed.

CJ Giles scored eight of his 20 points in the final quarter, after his return from an injury scare in the third quarter. Giles also collected 11 boards for the game.

Not bad at all for a team that came to gain experience, chuckled Rajkov.

Its indeed a great result for us. Yesterday (against Mahram), we showed we had the toughness to play big teams and today we translated that into a winning result. It certainly is very positive step ahead for us, said Rajkov.

Christian Charles returned to the Riyadi starting five with a double-double (21 points and 12 boards).

Fellow American Nate Johnson, who was not fielded on Thursday top scored the game with 43 points. But there was hardly any support from the rest.

I think this was their win more than our loss, said Riyadi coach Fouad Abouchakra.

They came hard at us and dictated the pace right from the beginning and we fell into their trap, he added.

Mahram led the Qadsia throughout and stepped up the gas with a 16-3 run in the final three minutes of the second quarter.

Jackson Vroman, on loan from Saba Mehr for this championship, was once again in roaring form with 32 points, sharing the scoring honors for the game with Samad Nikkah.

Hamed Afagh and Mahdi Kamrani, Samads teammates on the Iranian National Team at the Beijing Olympics last year accounted for 11 points apiece.

It was a good game for us, but I think we can do a lot better in our defense, Vroman said in a sign of a team thats looking to improve all the time.

I think we are giving away too many points in the first quarter. We can do a lot better in our transition defense and also improve our defensive rebounds, the 27-year-old former New Orleans Hornets forward said.

Qadsia coach Jordancho Davitkov, Against such a strong team, it was a matter of time when they would pull away.

We managed to remain in contention for about 17 minutes, which is a positive Ill take from this game. Especially because we are here without three of our main players, the Macedonian former Yugoslav player said.

Scores

Group A

Smart Gilas 91 (Mark Barocca 28, CJ Giles 20, Dylan Ababou 17) bt Al Riyadi Beirut 86 (Nate Johnson 43, Christian Charles 21). Quarterwise scores: 26-15, 49-34, 65-65.

Mahram 120 (Jackson Vroman 32, Samad Nikkah 32, Priest Lauderdale 12, Hamed Afagh 11, Mahdi Kamrani 11) bt Al Qadsia 80 (Abdulaziz Mohammad 17, Joel Box 14). Quarterwise Scores: 33-27, 58-42, 90-58.

Group B

Satria Muda 84 (Rony Gunawan 24, Nakiea Miller 23, Rashad Powell 20) bt Al Arabi 77 (Maurice Hargrow 21, Erfan Saeed 15, Ali Ali 15, Joshua Jones 13). Quarterwise Scores: 25-23, 46-41, 59-61.

Young Cagers 82 (Jagdeep Singh 22, Talwinderjit Singh 14, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 12) bt Al Wasl 76 (Chukwunike Okusa 29, Herve Lamizana 16).


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Satria Muda surrender against Riyadi - by Eurobasket News
Satria Muda - Riyadi 69:86

Lebanese Riyadi ensured their Asia Champions Cup semifinal birth after they held off hosting Satria Muda in Jakarta yesterday. Satria Muda surprised many during the preliminary round as they posted looked confident and posted two victories to advance into the quarterfinals. Riyadi got a major boost before the game as their main man Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) returned from a minor injury into the lineup. Fadi El Khatib showed his skills in the opening frame scoring 14 points and allowing Riyadi to secure a 27:18 lead after ten minutes. Satria Muda however rebounded pretty quickly as they took over in the second frame. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona) unloaded 17 points as Satria Muda clipped the margin to only 2 points into the major break. Riyadi made necessary defensive arrangements and regained control over the encounter. Riyadi forced Satria Muda to a number of turnovers and won the third quarter 22:7 to build a decisive lead. Nakiea Miller nailed just 5 points in the fourth quarter as Satria Muda looked doomed. Riyadi never loosened the grip and secured a comfortable victory at the end. Fadi El Khatib provided 30 points to pace Riyadi. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) had 20 points, while Chris Charles (213-F/C-81, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Villanova) netted 12 points for the winners. Rashad Powell (198-G-81, college: Idaho) and Nakiea Miller answered with 22 points each for Satria Muda. Rony Gunawan had 10 points in the loss.
Riyadi will now face Mahram in the semifinal on Tuesday. Satria Muda will test Young Cagers in the fight for the 5th-8th position.

Satria Muda: Rashad Powell 22, Nakiea Miller 22
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 30, Nate Johnson 20, Chris Charles 12


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Different Game for Mahram and Al-Riyadi... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): The WABA Champion MAHRAM of IRAN which is in FIBA Asia Champions Cup as the Champion of Iran in season 2009, will play in Semi-Final against Al-Riyadi, the Champion of Lebanon in season 2009 and ACC champion of 2009. These teams played together in Preliminary Round but in a completely different condition.
In Preliminary Round game, Mahram played against a team named Al-Riyadi but without their Starting Five like Fadi El Khatib, Chris Charles and Nate Johnson. In that game, Mahram won the match easily BUT fors sure this game will be completely different. In this game, Two Teams are trying to be in Final and also Al-Riyadi will have all of the players so the game will be so nice to watch.
The Comparison between Chris Charles vs Priest Lauderdale - Fadi El Khatib vs Jackson Vroman - Nate Johnson vs Samad Nikkhah Bahrami - mahmoud Ali vs Mehdi Kamrani would be interesting and each one who play better than the other, can change the result for his team.

At the other hand, Zain or Jordan with Roderick Riley, Sam Daghles, Zaid Alkhas, Ontario Lett is going to win Al-Arabi of Qatar to be in Final and try to be Champion of these season.


Mahram bruise Young Cagers in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News
Young Cagers - Mahram 73:97

Iranian Mahram stayed undefeated at the Asia Champions Cup posting the fifth straight victory. Yesterday the Iranian powerhouse eased past Young Cagers of India to reach the semifinal stage of the tournament. Young Cagers made it a loud surprise when they advanced to the playoffs but could hardly match Mahram in the clash. It was one-way traffic right from the start as Mahram accounted for 31 points in the starting frame building a comfortable 18-point lead. Mahram continued their onslaught in the second frame and soon piled up a 26-point advantage at halftime. The Iranian champions reigned inside the paint mounting the pressure on the undersized Yougn Cagers. Young Cagers adjusted in the second half and matched the effort losing the third quarter by just two points 26:28. The Indian team won the fourth quarter but had little chance to threaten the deficit. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead Mahram. Samad Bahrami (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) added 16 points for the winners. Jagdeep Singh (199-C-86) nailed 24 points for Young Cagers. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) had 16 points in the losing case.
Mahram thus advanced to the tournaments semifinal where they would be challenged by Riyadi from Lebanon. Young Cagers would fight for the 5th-8th spots against Satriu Muda. The games are scheduled for May 19.

Young Cagers: Jagdeep Singh 24, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16
Mahram: Jackson Vroman 22, Samad Bahrami 16, Hamed Afagh (191-G-83) 14


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The 2008/09 BSL Official Season Awards - by Yarone Arbel
After 22 regular season games and four great Quarterfinals pairs it's time to respect the players who stood out this season. 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, 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.

All-BSL Team - Luis Flores (188-G-81, 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.'

All-BSL Team - Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, 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 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.

All-BSL Team - 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 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.

All-BSL Team - Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, 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, 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, Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil Elyon)
After two years in Wichita State 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 Kukia (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 Kattash'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 Randle in front of them.

Source: http://www.basket.co.il/News.asp?id=1469&lang=en


Three Fighting Illinis after one Israeli title - by Yarone Arbel
In 2004/05 Illinois reached the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Apart of Deron Williams, who's shinning in the Utah Jazz nowadays, you could find on that team also Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois), Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Brian Randle (203-F-85) who sat out that season due to an injury. All the last three will participate this year in the BSL Final Four. Brown is playing for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Powell is the forward of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and Randle excels for Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil.

That season was the 100th anniversary of the men basketball team in Illinois, and one of their best. The team reached an amazing 29-0 record before dropping a game, and later on won the Big 10 conference on their way to the NCAA finals, where North Carolina were just five points better, 75-70. The season record of the team that season was 37-2.

Apart of Williams, Randle, Powell and Brown there were two more players worth mentioning - Miami Heat's Luther Head and James Augustine, who played in the NBA as well before moving to the strong ACB league - certainly a great team to remember. In the finals against North Carolina Brown scored 12 and dished seven assists, while Powell added nine points with 14 rebounds. Head led his team in points with 21 followed by Williams with 17, but the winners had Sean May with 26 and Raymond Felton with 17 to better their opponent.

The following season, despite three players left to the NBA, the team finished with another good record of 26-7, and reached the second round of The Big Dance.
Bruce Weber, who coached Illinois in those years and still seats on that prestigious bench, agreed to contribute a few words of his own to honor and congratulate his former players who will compete for the Israeli title on the upcoming Tuesday and Thursday.

'That's great news for Dee, Brian and Roger. There are a number of former Illinois players representing our program in Europe, and it's great to have three of them playing in Israel. Dee, Roger and Brian were outstanding players here during the winningest seasons in the history of Fighting Illini basketball. So it's no surprise to see they are members of successful teams that have all advanced to the Israeli Final Four. They are living their dream of playing professional basketball and I know they enjoy being in Israel and the great support they've received over there. I wish them well and am looking forward visiting with them when they return to the U.S. in a few weeks.'

Source: http://www.basket.co.il/News.asp?id=1468&lang=en


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Lega2 Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Banco Sard. - Harem SC 70-52
Banco di Sardegna earned the first win in the semifinal stage as they romped past Harem Scafati. Manuel Vanuzzo (203-F-75) tallied 19 points and 12 boards to lead the way for the hosts. Trent Whiting added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Ronald Davis answered with 11 points for Harem Scafati.

Vanoli SO - Fastweb CM 77-66
Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) notched 27 points as Vanoli Soresina defeated Fastweb Casale in the semifinal opener. Mauricio Aguiar added 11 points and 7 boards to pace the winners. Zabian Dowdell responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Casale in the loss.


Quarterfinals Game 1: wins for Roma and Milano - by Gianni Pascucci
As it was expected, Lottomatica Roma defeated Angelico Biella, 80-67 in Game 1 of the Serie A Quarterfinals yesterday nigth at PalaLottomatica Arena. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was the game top scorer at 21 pts, Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) added 18 pts and 9 rebs, and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) confirmed to be the most important player in Roma, dishing 7 assists and adding 14 pts and 7 rebs. Inside players Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and James Gist (203-F-86) were the best in Biella, with 14 and 13 pts, respectively. In the other game of the night, Armani Jeans Milano took a very important win on the road over Banca Tercas Teramo, a team that payed its debut at this level of competition. The game ended 75-85, and five players ended the game in double digits in Milano, led by David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple), with 16, Denis Marconato (211-C-75) grabbed 10 rebs and scored 10 points, confirming to be a very important addition, Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was the game top performer, with 15 pts and 9 rebounds. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) was the usual leader of his team, ending the game with 20 pts and 3 assists, Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 pts and 9 rebs, but it wasn' t enough.

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Blast rout weary Japan again (IBL, USA) - by Eurobasket News
The Holland Blast put on a dribbling, shooting, rebounding and dunking exhibition Sunday night in a 148-93 International Basketball League victory over the Japan Tornadoes.

This was the second time this season that the Blast manhandled the road-weary team from Japan at the Civic Center.

This was our sixth game in eight days, said guard Daisuke Sugiwaki. Were pretty tired.

Holland player-coach Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)) felt for the Tornadoes.

They came out with more energy than the last time we played them, but I could see them getting tired for obvious reasons, Bosma said. Traveling like theyve been can take a lot out of you.

The Blast did not want to embarrass their overseas opponents.

We did not want to run up the score, said Blast game-floor coach Teddy Davis. We just wanted to execute our game plan and not develop any bad habits.

The Tornadoes had the games top two scorer in Yuto Okumoto (-C-86) (31 points) and Kaqtaoka (23 points).

Eight different Holland Blast players reached double figures in the teams 10th win in 12 starts.

We did a lot of things very well, Davis said. We had fun. We did not have any fun in those two games we lost.

Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Cent.Michigan) (Muskegon Heights-Central Michigan University) poured in a team-high 25 points for the Blast. Kevin Ludwig (6'2''-G, college: Spring Arbor) (West Ottawa-Spring Arbor) followed with 20 points. Rachminn Dillard (6'5''-F, college: Grand Rapids CC) and Jeremy File each swished 16 points.

Knocking down 15 points were Julius Vines and Mike Hall (Holland-Grand Valley State University). Bosma checked in with 13 points.

It was a good fun day starting with our camp, to this, Bosma said.

The highlight of the action-filled game for the local fans was two third-quarter back-to-back high-flying dunks from Nick Freer on high lob passes from File.

Those felt great, said, who scored 19. You usually are lucky to get one like that in a game but to get two is a bonus.

File, who stands less than 6-feet felt like a giant at times against the much shorter Tornadoes.

It felt good for a change to feel taller than I really am, File said chuckling.

The Blast will put their 10-2 IBL record on the line Friday night at home against the Grand Rapids Flight.

Were going to have to play another good game against those guys, who we had to go into overtime to win the last time we played them, Bosma said.

Courtesy of The Holland Blast


BJ League Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings - Apache 89-82
Golden Kings proved that they were stronger than any other team in the Regular Season to win the Final game of the Play-offs over Apache 89:82. Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83, college: Georgia Tech) led the winners with 19 points, while Ayer Chris nailed 17. Baker Dameion finished the night with 20 points in the losing case.


Newton leads Kings to Promised Land - by John Scribe
'Its been a good year'.
Those were the words of Ryukyu (Okinawa) Golden Kings Center-Forward Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana).
Newton, the laidback forward from Atlanta, GA used this one-liner statement to describe him and his teams season, but there was so much more to discuss. And this is probably what defined him as he was the unsung hero for three of his former teams title runs.
To start, the Golden Kings made the biggest turnaround in league history. From being the last place team in its inaugural season in the BJ League, the Ryukyu Golden Kings ended its regular season with a remarkable 41-11 record. They started its playoff run by sweeping Fukuoka, and knocked off the three-time defending Champions Osaka Evessa in the semi-finals.
Behind Newtons 50 point, 19 rebound effort. The 50-point bombardment was a BJ League scoring record. And of course, Newton shrugged it off too.
Tonight, Newton did not score a lot of points, but was an effective anchor on the defensive end and provided a double-double to lead Ryukyu to a 89-82 victory over the Tokyo Apache in the BJ League finals. As a result, the second year team takes home its first-ever professional sports title to its island.
On the other hand, Tokyo loses its second straight game in the finals.
Ryukyu controlled the game from the start, by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on multiple three-point plays by center Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) Tokyo stays close with scores by fourth year guard John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (12 points). 'The turnovers we committed in the beginning of the game affected through the end', described Tokyo head coach Joe Bryant .
As the game enters into its second stanza, things get rough. Tokyo's Dameion Baker (192-F-78, college: Mount Olive) clashed with the frontcourt of Ryukyu and gets assessed a technical foul, along with Bryant. Foul trouble also lurks as guard Masashi Joho (183-G-82), Tizzo Johnson (201-F-81, college: NC-Greensboro), and Humphrey are sent to the bench after committing hustle fouls.
Ryukyu takes advantage by making its free throws and getting solid play from reserve Yosuke Sugahara and import Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83, college: Georgia Tech).
However, Baker counters back with numerous scores to keep the Apache within arms reach with a halftime score of 46-38.
In the third quarter, Tokyo gets a grip to turn the game into a seesaw match. Baker leads Tokyo to within six points with many of his mid-range jump shots. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) joins to parade as he scores 6 points in the sequence. Howevr, Ryukyu maintains control, as best-five performer Naoto Takushi (183-G-81) drove to the paint at will to score crucial lay-ups.
As the game was turning into a classic in the fourth, Tokyo faces its worst nightmare. Baker, who had scored 20 points up until the final stanza, collapsed on the floor and tore his Achilles tendon on the defensive end. Joho, the teams shooting ace, then fouls out from a blocking foul. Forward Julius Ashby, who was coming on during the rally, faced his fourth foul.
With no offensive weapons and size to combat the Kings, The Apache falls into a drought as Aoki struggles to find enough space to let off his shot and get anything else from its players.
The Kings then get timely baskets from McHenry and Guard Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-G-84), the leagues most improved player, to nail the Apache's coffin. Tokyo Guard Jun Iwasa (188-G-80) scored 2-straight three pointers to close-in on the Kings, but the Kings finished all its free throws to secure the victory.
As the buzzer sounded, the Ryukyu boosters stood to dance and cheer in their Okinawan style as the players basked in the confetti shower.
Newton, the leagues regular season MVP was then awarded the Finals MVP for his heroics. And maybe, he was deserving of these accolades while with Osaka?
But like in the past, he was humble and low key.
No matter how many different questions he was asked, he provided the same answer over and over.
'This organization, staff, players, and boosters got it done man', he replied.
But he was accepting of one comment, and it is probably the most important thing in sports: winning.
As the post game announcer asked Newton would he like to be called the master of championships, Newton responded proudly: 'Yeah, you can call me that'.
As the Osaka Evessa ends its dynasty, Newton continues his individual dynasty as the winningest player in league history.
Tokyo, the Easts champions actually performed better than last year, but will have to wait another year to be christened the Leagues king.
'We have unfinished business, so we would love to be back again next year', said Bryant.
Maybe, the answer lies in testing basketball version's 'Newton's Law'?
Except, this law indicates that what comes in, helps a team go up.



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NBA star Pierce may visit Bahrain - by Murad Masri
According to Gulf Daily News , NATIONAL Basketball Association ( NBA ) superstar Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics could visit Bahrain later this year.
California-based Point Forward Productions are currently in talks with private parties in the region on the organisation of a Gulf-wide Basketball tour, which would bring Pierce and other select NBA players and coaches to Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Lebanon.
This was confirmed by Point Forward vice-president Kristaan Johnson, who spoke with the GDN by telephone from the US. His father, former five-time NBA All-Star Marques Johnson, is the Point Forward chief executive.
The tour will feature Basketball camps in each country, headlined by Pierce, with the aim of increasing knowledge and awareness of the game in the Gulf.
Johnson said that the 2008 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player has already committed to the project.
They were recently close to finalising tour details, but their main sponsor had suddenly pulled out. They have now re-opened talks with other parties and are also in search of potential new backers.
'Paul is very interested in coming to the Gulf,' Johnson said. 'We were in the second or third round of negotiations with our previous investor, but it didn't push through. It's a pretty big task to bring a big-time Basketball star of his level, but we are confident we can get this done.'
Shahram Sports are the Bahrain-based company presently negotiating to help bring the tour to the region, which would be the first of its kind ever to be held.
'This is a really exciting project for us,' said Johnson, who had previously played professionally in Qatar and Lebanon.
'We want to get lots of local kids involved in Basketball, teach them the skills of the game and really build on their development from the grassroots level.
'We also hope to involve each country's up-and-coming young players from the national teams, and really help further promote Basketball in the region.'
Pierce will be the lone 'A-list' star on the tour. The one-time NBA champion and eight-time All-Star is committed to using Basketball 'as an international language to promote global friendship and sportsmanship,' said Johnson.
' NBA players have an extraordinary ability and commitment to touch the lives of young fans all over the world, and this camp is a perfect complement of international community outreach and Basketball development,' he added.
'Paul will be the main attraction. The other NBA players are also well-known guys but not on the level of Paul. It's very difficult to get big-time stars off their busy schedules during the off-season.'


Zain topple Sangmoo to reach semifinals in Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
Zain - Sangmoo 89:70

Jordanian Zain paved their way into the Asia Champions Cup semifinal. They defeated Sangmoo of South Korea yesterday and advanced to the next round of the contest. Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) was pivotal for Zain with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. It was the fifth straight win for the Jordanian champions at the competition. The first frame became the key to success as Zain stormed into the game. They held the Korean team to 13 points in the period and built a 9-point advantage at the first intermission. Sangmoo seemed to shift the gear in the second quarter as they matched Zain in almost all components of the game. The gap remained at 9-point mark at the interval. But Zain increased the pressure after the major break. Roderick Riley and Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) fueled another run from Zain as they cleared off to a 21-point distance with ten minutes to go in the game. Sangmoo outgunned Zain in the fourth period but had nothing to hope for in this one.
Sam Daghlas came up with 13 points and 6 assists for Zain. Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) had 13 points, while Ontario Lett added 11 points for the winners. No Kyoung-Suk (189-G/F-83) answered with 18 points for Sangmoo. Park Bum-Jae (189-G/F-83) and Chung Byung-Kook (182-G-84) delivered 11 points each in the loss.
Zain will now take on Arabi in the semifinal. Sangmoo will fight for the 5th-8th spots against Smart Gilas from Philippines.

Zain: Roderick Riley 18+11 boards, Sam Daghlas 13, Zaid Al Khas 13
Sangmoo: No Kyoung-Suk 18, Park Bum-Jae 11, Chung Byung-Kook 11


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Sigal ends 08/09 season with two trophies - by Eurobasket News
Sigal defended the Kosovan championship title. The team from Prishtina celebrated against Bashkimi in the fifth game 81-76 ending the final series with 4-2. The regular season champion entered to Big Final with 1-0. In the first match Sigal won at home 83-77 for 2-0 lead. Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) was a key player for the hosts collecting 20 points and 4 rebounds. Kevin Owens (209-C-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Monmouth) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU) followed with 14 points and 7 boards. Bashkimi got 21 pts from Donte Gennie (185-G-83, agency: AMI, college: Georgia Southern). Elnis Prasovic (204-F-84) contributed with 18 pts. Next game was played in Prizren, where Bashkimi celebrated 81-74 coming to 1-2. In third game Bashkmi shocked Sigal in Prishtina 75-74. It means that the score was tied to 2-2 and the next match was held in Prizren. That was a chance for Bashkimi to come a step closer to championship title, but Sigal's players shined when it was the most important. They cruised past Bashkimi with plus 17, 74-57. Last night Sigal played in the front of its fans grabbing 81-76 win for the second trophy this season. As a reminder, Sigal is the Kosovan Cup winner for 2009.

This championship titile is the 4th consecutive for Sigal (06, 07, 08, 09).


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LBL Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Barons/LMT 78-77
Ventspils grabbed the second victory over Barons/LMT 78:77 in a thriller played on Monday. The home side produced 20-19 in the last period to seal the winning outcome and took 2-1 in the series. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Umbrasko Juris nailed 16. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) poured in 25 points in the losing case.


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The year 2008/2009 belongs to Rytas in Lithuania! - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris-Lietuvos Rytas 80:92

This year definitely belongs to Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania and probably in the major parts in Europe as well. The team triumphed in Baltic League tournament 2008/2009 as the winners overcame the rivals Zalgiris 97:74. Moreover Lietuvos Rytas triumphed in EuroCup Final and got 2009-10 Euroleague ticket. Lithuanian powerhouse overcame Russian BC Khimki Moscow 80:74 to lift up the trophy of EuroCup. Another trophy came from home as the favorites overcame Zalgiris 4-1 in the Final series to complete the fantastic year with three trophies.

Game 5 was expected to be the last for the triumphant and they grabbed 82:70 victory. Lietuvos Rytas trailed in the opening quarter and finished it with 20-26 loss. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) tied the game for his team at 30:30 and then Rytas looked much better in the half. The team produced 28-13 to take 48:39 advantage. The game however was not over for Zalgiris that had nothing to lose in the series. The latter reduced to 67:61 mostly due to 22-19 in the third frame. That was however all in the game and in the series for the home side. Lietuvos Rytas pushed the tempo for good and never looked behind after. The team clinched 82:70 victory in Game 5 and finished the Fantastic Year in Lithuania.
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Donatas Zavackas added 15. Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) ended up with 14 points, whilst Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and Justinas Sinica scored 9. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) top-scored in the losing effort with 23 points. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15, Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 14 and Mantas Kalnietis posted 9.

Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 23, Paulius Jankunas 15, Jonas Maciulis 14, Mantas Kalnietis 9.
Lietuvos Rytas: Marijonas Petravicius 17, Donatas Zavackas 15, Chuck Eidson 14, Milko Bjelica 9, Justinas Sinica 9.


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Contern Wins!!! Contern 2009 DBBL Champion!!!! Brandon Gary MVP with 25 points and 15 rebounds!!! - by Alex Meyers

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Contern 84 - Musel Pikes 73


Contern, Luxembourg
A.B. Contern won its 4th Championship in Luxembourg Basketball last night in Contern. The last time Contern could wave the blue and white flag was in 2004. Previously Contern had won the league title two other times. The first one in 1988 and the second in 2001. Musel Pikes came to Contern ready and played well in the first quarter leading 19-21. In the second, Contern caught fire scoring 29 points while holding Musel Pikes again to 21 for a 6 point lead at halftime. In the third period, Contern turned it up a notch on defense and went on a nice run taking a game high 11 point lead and held their ground during the fourth coasting for the DBBL title. Contern's Brandon Gary was the MVP of the series and the final game with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Ken Diederich scored 19 points followed by Eric Jeitz with 14.

Samy Picard(10 rebounds) held Musel Pikes in the game with his scoring finishing with a game high 30 points. Laurent Schwartz scored 16 and Claude Scmit 12. Picard had 22 in the first half and only 8 in the second. Chris Braier scored 10 points in the first half and was scorless in the second.


We had a few words with Contern's up and coming young leader wing guard Eric Jeitz. This is what he had to say: 'We won the DBBL Championship because we stuck together.' Jeitz continued... 'Brandon Gary is a great player. He is the best player in the DBBL and is the league MVP for 08-09. He is a great all-arounder.'

Eric went on to say: 'Our Contern crowd was great in the semis, and finals, we had fun playing, and all my family and friends were there, so it was really cool!'

Contern: 32 field goals, 5 three pointers, 15 or 16 free throws, 18 fouls
Becker 6, Fasbender 9, Jeitz 14, Diederich 19, Gary 25, also Bissener 8, Torres Dos Santos 0 and Braun 3
Musel Pikes: 25 field gopals, 6 three pointers, 17 for 22 free throws, 15 fouls
Schwartz 18, G. Schmit 12, Schmitz 0, Braier 10, Picard 30, also Kirch 3, R. Dentzer 0 and C. Schmit 2

Fouled out: 38' Becker(Con) and 40'' Braier(MPikes)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-21, Halftime 48-42, 3rd Q 66-55, Final 84-73
1850 Spectators



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  MALI   


Senegal wont be in Tripoli Mali edged the Lions in Bamako! - by Kristian Santiago
After recording a 69-61 win in the first encounter, Mali left no doubt who is going to Libya from the Zone 2 qualifiers. Senegal was able to bounce back on Sunday by beating the hosts 61-58 but the Lions needed to overcome a nine-point deficit and were not able to do so.
Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) top-scored for Senegal with 19 points in the second game and even though it looked all good for the guests two minutes before the final whistle (54-47), the Malian converted five of six from the charity stripe in crunch-time to seal the deal and their qualification for Libya 2009. Its a tough situation for Senegal, who was always qualified for the African Championships since the year 1964 (!). The difference of the two teams were the missing stars of Senegalese basketball who are all still into the play-offs while Mali had Amara Sy (202-F-81), Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82, agency: Octagon) and Samake Soumaila (215-C-78, agency: Buck Andre) among others.


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 7 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News

Eastern Conf
Magic - Celtics 101-82
Coming into Sunday's game, the Boston Celtics were 17-3 all-time at home in Game 7 showdowns. You can now make that 17-4 after the Orlando Magic went into Boston and handily beat the Celtics by a final score of 101-82. The Magic were led by Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79). The native of Turkey scored 25 points, dished off 12 assists and pulled down five rebounds, while shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 4-for-5 on three-pointers. Superstar big man Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, while Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. For the Celtics, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) put on a valiant effort. The veteran shooting guard scored 23 points and hit half of his 18 shots from the field. Paul Pierce finished with 16 points but struggled for much of the game, finishing just 4-for-13 from the field. With the win, the Magic advance to face the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84). The Cavs have won all eight of their playoff games this season and appear to be the favorites to win the 2009 NBA championship. The Magic will need another upset to advance to the NBA Finals.


Western Conf
Rockets - Lakers 70-89
The LA Lakers advanced to the NBA Western Conference finals today and Orlando Magic won its way into the Eastern Conference showdown. The Lakers had a convincing 89-70 victory over the Houston Rockets, giving them a 4-3 semi-final series victory. It earned the Lakers a meeting with the Denver Nuggets in the conference final, with the winner of that best-of-seven series to advance to the NBA finals. And in the Eastern Conference, the Orlando Magic will play Cleveland Cavaliers in the final after overcoming Boston Celtics. Out west, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 21 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as the Lakers jumped out to a quick lead over Houston Rockets that they never relinquished. Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 14 points, while teammate Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) finally found his form with 14. Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) scored 13 and Argentina's Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) added 11 for Houston.


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  NCAA1   


Bone signs seven-year contract with Washington State - by Eurobasket News
New Washington State University basketball coach Ken Bone has signed a seven-year contract with starting pay of $650,000 per year, plus incentives.

The contract was released Wednesday after The Associated Press requested it under the state's open records laws.

Bone will be paid a base salary of $200,000. Supplemental income will add $450,000 the first year, $550,000 the second and $650,000 the third year. Additional raises would be negotiated after that, according to the contract.

The contract also includes various incentive payments tied to winning and academic performance by players. They include $100,000 for a national championship, and $50,000 for getting one of the major coach of the year awards.

Tony Bennett, who left after this past season for Virginia, won numerous coach of the year awards after his first season as head coach at WSU. Bennett was paid some $1 million a year when he left.

Bone, who took Portland State to consecutive NCAA tournaments, also received a one-time payment of $74,000 to pay his buyout from Portland State.

His package also includes a country club membership, 14 tickets to each home game, tickets to WSU football games and costs for bringing his wife on road trips.

If Bone leaves early, his buyout clause starts at $500,000, and drops to $300,000 in the final years.

Courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com


Oklahoma dismisses forward Pattillo for violating team policy - by Eurobasket News
Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88), expected to contend for a starting spot next season, was dismissed Sunday from OU's basketball squad.

Sooners' coach Jeff Capel announced Patillos dismissal for violation of team rules in a released statement and said hed have no comment. Pattillo was suspended one game during the regular season for similar cause, believed to be academic related.

Pattillo, a 6-foot-6 forward, played in 18 games for the Sooners during an interesting season for the junior college transfer. First, Pattillo opted to redshirt and didnt play through the first semester, only to decide he was ready to play just before tipoff of OUs game against Texas on Jan. 13.

He averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots averaging 15 minutes a game.

At times, Pattillo was spectacular. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Baylor. He scored a season-high 15 points in a home loss to Kansas, when Blake Griffin did not play due to a concussion.

Other times, Pattillo disappeared.

Still, with the loss of Blake and Taylor Griffin, he was projected to fill a prominent role inside for the Sooners next season.

Now more emphasis will be put on the development of incoming freshmen Keith Tiny Gallon and Andrew Fitzgerald, to go with returning players Orlando Allen and Ryan Wright.

Courtesy of www.newsok.com


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Three countries withdraw from Oceania Championship - by Eurobasket News
The number of teams that are going to participate in the Oceania championship this year decreased lately. Three federations refused to participate in the tournament namely Fiji, Tahiti and Palau. They claimed financial situation in the countries as the main reason for the decision. Thus five states will be presented by their National teams (both men and women) in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The competition is scheduled to start on June 21. New Caledonia will face Australia, while Northern Mariana Islands will play against Guam in the opening day in the womens section.
New Zealand vs. New Caledonia and Northern Mariana Islands vs. Austrlia will make up the schedule for the opening day in mens part of the tourney.


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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. Orthodox BJ 12-2 
 3. De La Salle 11-2 
 4. Sarriyet 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 4-9 
 14. RaI AlSaleh 4-9 
 15. Huwara 3-10 
 16. Thaqafi BS 2-11 
 17. Balata 0-13 
 18. Thaqafi T. 0-13 


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A good start for Sol de America - by Gianni Pascucci
A clear, 90-80 win over Deportivo San Jose was the start of the Triangular Tournment for Sol de America yesterday night in Asuncion. Jose Fabio (198-F-77) led all the scorers with 31 points, Panamanian Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added 18 pts and lots of rebounds, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) scored 16 points at the winning side. Delvin Thomas (201-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Bethune-Cookman) scored 24 points to lead San Jose, and Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) added 17 in losing effort. The next game of the Triangular is scheduled for Thursday night, when San Jose will meet Libertad.

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Arabi overpower Smart Gilas in Asia Champions Cup quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Arabi - Smart Gilas 76:71

Arabi completed the semifinal picture of the 20th Asia Champions Cup. Yesterday the Qatari powerhouse tamed Filipino Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal to reach the next stage of the tournament. The game turned into a real fight with roller-coaster scenario. Arabi looked solid at the start of the game. They held their opponents to 12 points in the starting frame and piled up a 9-point advantage. But Smart Gilas were not done just yet. They smashed Arabi with a sizzling performance in the second quarter. The Filipino team outscored Arabi 23:8 and gained a 6-point at halftime. Arabi needed the bigger part of the third quarter to come back to life. Finally they did going into the fourth term down by just two points. Arabi shifted the gear in the final term unleashing a 13:0 blow that left Smart Gilas behind. The Qatari team maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved victory. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) topscored with 20 points for Arabi. Joshua Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) delivered 18 points, while Ali Turki (201-F-82) had 17 points in the win. C.J. Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) answered with 20 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barocca (195-G) finished with 16 points in defeat.
Arabi will face Zain in the semifinal tomorrow. Smart Gilas will play against Sangmoo for the 5th-8th spots.

Arabi: Erfan Ali Saeed 20, Joshua Jones 18, Ali Turki 17
Smart Gilas: C.J. Giles 20, Mark Barocca 16


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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
CAB - Ovarense 82-84
Ovarense made a huge step towards securing the spot in the LPB Final after they defeated CAB Madeira for the second straight time away from home. John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU) nailed 23 points to propel the visitors to a dramatic success. Rolan Roberts added 22 points in the victory. Jason Smith had 19 points for CAB Madeira.

Benfica - Academica 105-103
Benfica came back from a 6-point halftime deficit to overcome Academica in the second game of the semifinal series. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) scored 27 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Elvis Evora added 26 points and 16 boards for the winners. Anthony Williams accounted for 23 points as Academica now must win both home games to stay alive in the clash.


Coach Lopez goes to Porto - by Luis Rocha
After being defeted by Benfica in LPB quater finals, Porto decide to hire coach Moncho Lopez to take the strings of the roster next season. Coach lopez is the head coach of the portuguese National Team, he will take the two jobs, and will try to do the best posible in any of them. Some are talking about, changes in players of Portos roster, it seems that the new head coach want diferent players in the team, that can pull Porto back on the right track.

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Danilo Pinnok joins the Bsn champs.... - by Jesus Jimenez
Finally, the player who Capitanes de Arecibo needed,to start a winning streak appears, Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington).He caused great impact in his first game with the team, with only one practice began in the regular starting five, he established his game to help restore the bsn champs run and gone game.Danilo is strong on defense, solid in his offensive game but more importantly, proved to be a winner.thanks to his presence, Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) returned to his natural position of power Foward and can look better, last night Danilo finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and two asists.A lots of good things are waiting for him in this league........

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  QATAR   


Arabi overpower Smart Gilas in Asia Champions Cup quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Arabi - Smart Gilas 76:71

Arabi completed the semifinal picture of the 20th Asia Champions Cup. Yesterday the Qatari powerhouse tamed Filipino Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal to reach the next stage of the tournament. The game turned into a real fight with roller-coaster scenario. Arabi looked solid at the start of the game. They held their opponents to 12 points in the starting frame and piled up a 9-point advantage. But Smart Gilas were not done just yet. They smashed Arabi with a sizzling performance in the second quarter. The Filipino team outscored Arabi 23:8 and gained a 6-point at halftime. Arabi needed the bigger part of the third quarter to come back to life. Finally they did going into the fourth term down by just two points. Arabi shifted the gear in the final term unleashing a 13:0 blow that left Smart Gilas behind. The Qatari team maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved victory. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) topscored with 20 points for Arabi. Joshua Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) delivered 18 points, while Ali Turki (201-F-82) had 17 points in the win. C.J. Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) answered with 20 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barocca (195-G) finished with 16 points in defeat.
Arabi will face Zain in the semifinal tomorrow. Smart Gilas will play against Sangmoo for the 5th-8th spots.

Arabi: Erfan Ali Saeed 20, Joshua Jones 18, Ali Turki 17
Smart Gilas: C.J. Giles 20, Mark Barocca 16


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  SENEGAL   


Senegal wont be in Tripoli Mali edged the Lions in Bamako! - by Kristian Santiago
After recording a 69-61 win in the first encounter, Mali left no doubt who is going to Libya from the Zone 2 qualifiers. Senegal was able to bounce back on Sunday by beating the hosts 61-58 but the Lions needed to overcome a nine-point deficit and were not able to do so.
Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) top-scored for Senegal with 19 points in the second game and even though it looked all good for the guests two minutes before the final whistle (54-47), the Malian converted five of six from the charity stripe in crunch-time to seal the deal and their qualification for Libya 2009. Its a tough situation for Senegal, who was always qualified for the African Championships since the year 1964 (!). The difference of the two teams were the missing stars of Senegalese basketball who are all still into the play-offs while Mali had Amara Sy (202-F-81), Ousmane Cisse (206-C-82, agency: Octagon) and Samake Soumaila (215-C-78, agency: Buck Andre) among others.


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  SERBIA   


Big Final: Crvena Zvezda survives, the score is 1-2 for Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Crvena Zvez. 58-63
Crvena Zvezda survived tonight registering the first win in the Final series. It means that the score is 2-1 now for Partizan and the next game will be played in the front of Crvena Zvezda's fans. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) top-scored in the winning squad with 15 points. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) was the last on with double-digits for the guests - 11 pts. In Partizan, Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 5 boards. They still need just one more win to defend the title.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Zain topple Sangmoo to reach semifinals in Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
Zain - Sangmoo 89:70

Jordanian Zain paved their way into the Asia Champions Cup semifinal. They defeated Sangmoo of South Korea yesterday and advanced to the next round of the contest. Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) was pivotal for Zain with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. It was the fifth straight win for the Jordanian champions at the competition. The first frame became the key to success as Zain stormed into the game. They held the Korean team to 13 points in the period and built a 9-point advantage at the first intermission. Sangmoo seemed to shift the gear in the second quarter as they matched Zain in almost all components of the game. The gap remained at 9-point mark at the interval. But Zain increased the pressure after the major break. Roderick Riley and Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) fueled another run from Zain as they cleared off to a 21-point distance with ten minutes to go in the game. Sangmoo outgunned Zain in the fourth period but had nothing to hope for in this one.
Sam Daghlas came up with 13 points and 6 assists for Zain. Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) had 13 points, while Ontario Lett added 11 points for the winners. No Kyoung-Suk (189-G/F-83) answered with 18 points for Sangmoo. Park Bum-Jae (189-G/F-83) and Chung Byung-Kook (182-G-84) delivered 11 points each in the loss.
Zain will now take on Arabi in the semifinal. Sangmoo will fight for the 5th-8th spots against Smart Gilas from Philippines.

Zain: Roderick Riley 18+11 boards, Sam Daghlas 13, Zaid Al Khas 13
Sangmoo: No Kyoung-Suk 18, Park Bum-Jae 11, Chung Byung-Kook 11


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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Fredrik Larson (204-F/C) of Lindigo
Guard of the Year: Tomas Oberg (184-G-82) of Haga Haningue
Forward of the Year: Fredrik Larson of Lindigo
Center of the Year: Mikael Hermansson (203-F/C-77) of Blackebergs
Import Player of the Year: Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F) of Nassjo
Domestic Player of the Year: Fredrik Larson of Lindigo
Coach of the Year: Stefan Ameln of Haga Haninge

1st Team
Tomas Oberg of Haga Haningue
Jonathan Person (190-G-93) of Uppsala
Jermaine Ferguson of Nassjo
Fredrik Larson of Lindigo
Mikael Hermansson of Blackebergs

2nd Team
Fredrik Heikkinen (185-G-85) of Nassjo
Per Hultman-Boye (192-G-81) of Haga Haningue
Jorgen Martinson (193-G-85) of Saltsjbadens
Srdjan Damjanovic (202-F/G-79) of Nassjo
Mohamed Neffati (196-F-84) of NUBF

3rd Team
Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82) of Orebro
Ted Cedermarker (182-G-79) of Srbija
Plaisir Mukoko (-F/C) of Fryshuset
Christopher Czerapowicz (195-G-91) of Sanda
Todorce Petkovski (200-F-80) of Srbija

Honorable Mention
Mikael Aren (168-G) of Hallsta
Martin Storm (187-G/F-88) of Talje
Daniel Martinsson (199-F-77) of Lidingo
Tomi Nyroos (175-G) of Lidingo
Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackebergs
Richard Hartmann of Fryshuset
Bjorn Johansson (190-G-83) of Haga Haninge
Urban Soderman (206-F/C-76) of Haga Haninge
Anders Falestrom (188-G-83) of Kalmar
Robin Ryan (193-G-87) of Lulea Steelers
Mikko Riipinen (175-G-87) of Norrkoping BK
Johan Lindberg (-81) of Alvik
Christoffer Sillen (179-G-85) of S:t Helena
Jonas Wernqvist (203-C-80) of Stockholmspolisens


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The first victory for Al Jalaa women team in the league finals - by Emile Aaji
Al Jalaa Aleppo women team managed to beat Al Yarmouk in the first game of the finals series 70-50 to lead 1-0 .
They still need to win one more to be the champions of Syria again .
The 2 teams played 5 times this season , Al Jalaa Aleppo won 4 .
Al Jalaa Aleppo are the defending champions as they won the league last year .
After the end of the league Al Jalaa Aleppo will play against Al Ittihad Aleppo in the cup finale .
Al Jalaa Aleppo are also the defending champions of the Syrian cup .


Al Jalaa Smashes Al Ittihad in the Syrian cup - by Emile Aaji
In the worst night of Al Ittihad Aleppo History , Al Jalaa Aleppo smashed their neighbours in the derby game by 46 points !
The game was complitaly one sided and Al Jalaa Aleppo led the score for 40 minutes to end up with the worst defeat in the history of Al Ittihad Aleppo club 100-54 .
The 2 teams will play again on tuesday Al Ittihad Aleppo will need to win by more than 46 points to face the winner between Al Jeish Army Damascus and Al Karameh in the semi-finals of the Syrian cup .
Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) was the top scorer with 22 points , Sharif El Sharif (188-G-78) added 20 .
Al Jeish Army Damascus won their first game agains Al Karameh 66-69 .


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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Politek.Lviv - Kryvbasbasket 94-104
Kryvbasbasket joined Budivelnyk in the UBL Final. They beat Politekhnika-Halychyna in the fourth game of the semifinal series to complete the victory. Dmitri Korablev (198-F-77) scored 24 points to lead Kryvbasbasket. Kitwana Rhymer contributed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Gerrod Henderson answered with 23 points for Politekhnika-Halychyna in the loss.


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  URBL   


Jerome Boyd named URBL Player of the Week - by URBL media
The URBL is pleased to announce that Jerome Boyd (6'8''-F-C-85, college: Clayton State) of the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples has been named the URBL Player of the Week for the week ending May 16.

Boyd averaged 34.6 points, 16.0 rebounds a game for the Disciples as they went 3-0 during the past week, all on the road. Boyd started the week in Converse and put up 34 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-102 victory. Four nights later, Boyd had 35 points on 11 for 16 shooting from the field in a 110-89 win against Katy. In their final visit to Houston, DFW took a 99-74 victory behind Boyd's 35 points and 16 rebounds. This is the 2nd time Boyd has won Player of the Week honors, but there are many more to come.
Jerome Boyd (6'7''-F/C-85, college: Clayton St.)


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Stats Leaders - LPB
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
J. Vargas, Tro 19.4
R. Nembhard, Gai 18.8
C. Matthews, Gig 18.6
M. Campbell, LG 18.5
T. Braggs, Gua 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
H. Passos, Mar 8.4
T. Braggs, Gua 7.6
C. Matthews, Gig 7.5
L. Bethelmy, Coc 7.0
A. Sucre, Mar 6.9
Assists Per Game
G. Barrera, Tro 5.7
B. Latham, Pan 5.6
R. Nembhard, Gai 4.8
H. Guillent, Gua 4.2
D. Guevara, Mar 4.1
Steals Per Game
H. Guillent, Gua 3.9
B. Latham, Pan 3.8
K. Pena, Guai 3.3
M. Gale, Mar 3.2
G. Barrera, Tro 3.1
Blocks Per Game
C. Matthews, Gig 1.3
A. Barrios, Gai 1.2
E. Elisma, Coc 1.2
M. Marriaga, Tro 0.8
P. Machado, Gua 0.7
2FGP
J. Vargas, Tro 63.0%
L. Bethelmy, Coc 62.0%
T. Braggs, Gua 59.0%
E. Torres, Pan 59.0%
P. Machado, Gua 56.0%
3FGP
O. Quintero, Gig 47.0%
J. Centeno, Coc 47.0%
R. Pachano, Tor 44.0%
J. Herrera, Coc 43.0%
A. Sucre, Mar 42.0%
Free Throws
O. Quintero, Gig 89.0%
J. Ramos, Gig 84.0%
J. Herrera, Coc 84.0%
Washington, Guai 84.0%
J. Centeno, Coc 83.0%


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Rage ready to compete - by Gianni Pascucci
The Rome Rage are scheduled to take the court on May 29, with Sean Perkins as general manager and head coach, and a strong squad, loaded with local names. Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans), Latece Williams (6'8''-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) and Larry Cox (6'11''-C-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) are all proven pros. Six rookies complete the roster. They are Ricky Garrett (6'5''-G/F), Chris Coffey, Jacob Selman (6'2''-G-84, college: Reinhardt), and Tim Askew. The team is talking also with Derek Sams and Rashun Bryant (6'9''-C-83), and could sign them soon. Rome's previous pro basketball franchise, the Gladiators, won two consecutive WBA titles and had quite the following before folding before the 2007 season, due to off the court issues with owner. The Rage hopes in a succesful comeback in 2009.



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  ALBANIA - Women  


Kosova's Champions meet with National team of Albania - by Eurobasket News
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.
Courtesy of:http://www.basketbolli.com


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Opals all tied up in China series - by Eurobasket News
The Australian Women's Basketball Team has been defeated by China 90-84 in the second match of a three-game series in Anshan, China last night.

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) top-scored for the Opals with 15 points, Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) added 14 points and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) 13, while Chinas Bian Lan led all scorers with 27 points.

China was quick to take the lead and was strong on the boards giving the side plenty of possession. The Opals lost Beijing Olympian Emma Randall to injury in the first quarter, impacting their ability to hit the boards hard and China continued to dominate throughout the first half, establishing a 10-point lead.

While Bian Lan for China was exceptional and constantly drawing fouls from the Aussie defence the Opals hung on in the third quarter but were still trailing at final break.

The fourth quarter saw Bishop and Rohanee Cox take charge, driving hard to the basket and coming up with some big plays to inspire their teammates. Soon the game was within one point and the Opals were playing with renewed confidence.

In the end the Opals high foul count put China to the line too many times and the lead drew out once more.

In the post match press conference Opals Coach Carrie Graf said, It was another physical contest and the problem tonight for the Opals was the rebounding in the first half. Being down 22-8 rebounds, it is always going to be hard to come back from that start.

Graf praised young talent Elizabeth Cambage, the 17-year-old, who in only her second game for the Opals sunk 13 points and took nine rebounds.

She has got a bright future and it is exciting to watch her play, Graf said.

Elizabeth Cambage agreed with Graf that the Opals need to make an impact on the boards.

Well definitely come out stronger next game and get on the boards, Elizabeth Cambage said [AUDIO]. Weve had one win and one loss now so weve really got to pick it up and give it to China.

With Australia winning the first game 73-72 on Friday, the series is now tied heading into the third and deciding game in the city of Fuxin in Liaoning Province on Tuesday night at 7.30pm local time.


At a glance:

Australia 84 - Abby Bishop 15, Kathleen Macleod 14, Elizabeth Cambage 13
China 90 - Bin Lan 27, Chen Xiaojia 13, Ma Zengyu 13

Courtesy of www.basketball.net.au


Tall Fern signs with Adelaide - by Eurobasket News
Tall Ferns Olympian Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) will be the latest New Zealander to play in the Australian Women's National Basketball League later this year.

Wallbutton, currently playing in the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL), has signed with the Adelaide Lightning, joining Tall Ferns point guard Angela Marino for the 2009/10 season which tips off in October.

The 1.83m forward has previously appeared in the WNBL, taking the court for the Dandenong Rangers and Christchurch Sirens.

Wallbutton who averaged 10.4 points and five rebounds at the Beijing Olympics last August, has made a strong start to the SEABL; she has won the player of the month award for March and helped her team, the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits, to their first win since July 22, 2007.

In seven games this season for Albury-Wodonga, coached by Tall Ferns video technician Ken Hamilton, Wallbutton is averaging 21.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

The WNBL last season featured six current or former Tall Ferns: Marino, Tall Ferns captain Aneka Kerr and Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe with the Townsville Fire, Natalie Purcell at the Logan Thunder, former national team rep Lisa Pardon with the Bulleen Boomers and Adrianne Gilbert with the Sydney Uni Flames.

Courtesy of NZPA


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Liga 4
 1. M.Kraj. BL 3-0 
 2. Zeljeznicar 3-1 
 3. Celik 1-2 
 4. Jedinstvo 0-4 
Places 5-12
 1. Brotnjo 94 13-7 
 2. Trebinje 13-7 
 3. Sloboda 12-8 
 4. Banovici 10-10 
 5. Borac-Mladost 7-12 
 6. Livno 5-14 
 7. Bugojno 1-19 
 8. Zrinjski 1-19 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Third place to be decided in third game - by Eurobasket News
Beroe - Montana 80-71

Beroe 07 used the home court in order to force game 3 in the series which decide third place. So the series will head back to Montana for the decisive game. The first quarter was suspense as the lead changed but neither team was able to build any kind of momentum. At the end of the first Beroe grabbed 4 point lead thanks to pts by Latasha Byears (184-F-73, college: De Paul) as the score stood at 22-18. In the second the exchange of lead continued in the opening minutes as Montana managed to even the score at 24. Still it was the host who managed to make a 7-0 run in the closing minutes of the quarter and take 10 points lead at the half with result being 50-40. It was a close contest again after the break as Montana players started to melt away Beroes advantage. At the end of the third thanks to points by Perostiiska and Zelova Beroe cut the deficit to only 6 points. However, that was all visiting players could do, as Latasha Byears led her team in the forth with series of great plays. Beroe was able to bring back the lead to 10 points again and from there they just routinely kept their lead until the final whistle. Latasha Byears finished the game with 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds. She had help from Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) who added 19 and Neli Pasheva (174-F-81) who finished the game with 17 points and 4 assists. For the visiting team Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: Florida Intern.) had 23 points and 9 boards while Ivelina Vrancheva (175-G-82, agency: Ronsport) added 15 points and 5 rebounds and assists. Having the home court advantage, Montana still remains the favorite for the 3rd place.

Beroe: Latasha Byears 23+14 boards, Ralitsa Naneva 19, Neli Pasheva 17+4 boards
Montana: Vera Perostiyska 23+9 rebs, Ivelina Vrancheva 15+5 rebs+ 5 as


Lukoil evens series at 1-1 after beating Dunav away - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt - Lukoil Neftochimik 67-74

Lukoil managed to take away the home court advantage from Dunav after winning the second game of the Finals Series 67-74. Now they have a chance to clinch the tile if they manage to beat reigning champions in next two games they will be playing at home. Still even though Dunav is facing injury problems, their players are determined not to step of their throne and will give their best in order to defend the title. The game started evenly with both teams exchanging the lead. The biggest lead in the quarter was obtained by Lukoil who took 7-14 advantage with 4 minutes to play in the first. Still Dunav players managed to step up their game and finished the first quarter with 2 point advantage as the score stood at 21-19. In the second Lukoil came out strong and after evening the score at 21 a piece, they went on a run eventually building 12 point lead. At half the score was 32-44. In the third Lukoil managed to keep its lead with secure play on both ends of the court. At one point in the third the lead rose up to 17 for Lukoil, but a strong finish by Dunav set the score at the end of the third at 47-60. In the forth Dunav players opened up completely feeling like they have nothing to lose. This resulted in 7-0 run in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Still Lukoil was able to fend of this charge by the hosts and in the routine finish they first extended their lead back to 10 points and in the closing minute they were sure from the foul line to close out the game. For Lukoil Olena Samburska (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) was the player of the game with 28 points and 8 boards, while Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) added 17 points to go with 9 steals and 5 assists. For the losing team Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) had 14, Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) scored 12 and grabbed 9 boards while Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) finished the contest with 11 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.

Dunav Econt: Zornitza Kostova 14, Natalia Topalova-Shopova 12+9 rebs, Veronika Bortelova 11+8 as +4 rebs
Lukoil Neftochimik: Olena Samburska 28+8 rebs, Elena Yolovska 17+9 st + 5 as, Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) 15+8 rebs


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  CHINA - Women  


Melvin believes in Mystics' direction - by Eurobasket News
Plenty of people wondered why Melvin Chasity (6'3''-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) would return, by choice, to Washington to play for the Mystics. After all, having played here 3 1/2 seasons from 2004 to 2007, Melvin knows as well as anyone what an unsuccessful franchise it has been.

But wooed by General Manager Angela Taylor and Coach Julie Plank , Melvin, a free agent, spurned her other suitor, San Antonio, to come back to Washington because she believes in Taylor and Plank.

'I like their goals and their vision for the team,' said Melvin, who plays center and forward. 'I had those goals when I was here, and I felt like I wasn't able to [achieve them]. We had gotten there and then I was shipped off [to the Chicago Sky] so I had unfinished business. . . . Whether it was the greatest decision, I don't know. I made a decision. I'm happy.'

Melvin wasn't the only new face at Mystics media day yesterday at Verizon Center. As usual, the Mystics have a new coach, Plank, their 11th coach in 12 seasons. Several players were wearing Mystics uniforms for the first time, including two of the team's four draft picks, Marissa Coleman and Josephine Owino. (The other two draft picks, guard Camille LeNoir and center Jelena Milovanovic, are no longer with the team. LeNoir was cut; Milovanovic has chosen to remain overseas.) Other newcomers include Lindsey Harding, Matee Ajavon, Kelly Schumacher and Kiesha Brown, who also returns for her second stint with the Mystics.

From the veterans to the newcomers, everyone seems to like what Taylor and Plank have done in their short time with the team.

'This staff reminds me a lot of the staff my freshman year at Maryland,' Coleman said. 'Very energetic, passionate about it, dreaming big and having high expectations and aspirations for this team to get to the playoffs and ultimately to win a championship.'

Despite all the changes, four of the top five scorers are back from a team that finished 10-24 last season, including leading scorer Alana Beard. No one on the team has been through more coaching changes than Beard, who is in her sixth season with the Mystics.

'We're doing the same thing, you know,' she said. 'I'm changing coaches. I'm changing coaching staffs. I'm used to it, but I'd just say that I think there's a different feel to it. . . . I'm excited. I am very excited. It feels different. The energy around this arena is unbelievable, starting from the coaches.'

Though she's not making any bold predictions, Melvin said the Mystics will be a better team because everyone has the same goal and knows what they want out of each other. 'I can work with that,' she said. 'Even though people say we're starting over [and ask] why did I come back here, but I just see the vision. I believe in it, so we'll see what happens.'

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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  CUBA - Women  


Spain nip Cuba for the second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 81:70

Spain and Cuba met again in the friendly series hosted by Spanish team. This time the game was played at the Do Sar Arena in Santiago de Compostela. Once again it was Spain who celebrated the victory. The scenario reminded of the first meeting of the teams as Cuba grabbed an early lead. Klavdia Calvo (185-F-83) and Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) allowed the visitors to secure an 8:5 lead midway through the starting frame. Lucila Pascua and Tamara Abalde (192-G-89) dragged Spain closer but the hosts trailed 14:15 at the first intermission. Spain used a 7:0 run in the second frame to take the lead. Cuba however remained within striking distance and Spaniards enjoyed just a slender 36:34 advantage at halftime.
The teams continued to trade baskets in the third frame and soon Suchitel Avila and Darnell Clavon gave the lead back to the visitors at 49:51. Spain reacted with buckets from Alba Torrens and Anna Cruz securing a 61:54 buffer before the fourth quarter. The hosts quickly stretched the margin to 9 points after the start of the final stanza and maintained the gap throughout the reminder of the clash. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington), Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) produced 12 points apiece for Spain. Tamara Abalde added 9 points in the winning effort. Klavdia Calvo replied with 15 points for Cuba. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) had 11 points in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 12, Laia Palau 12, Isabel Sanchez 12
Cuba: Klavdia Calvo 15, Oyanaisis Gelis 11


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  FINLAND - Women  


Laaksonen to Espoo - by Esko Saarinen
Last season's winner Espoo Basket Team has sign Niina Laaksonen (NT, 185) to the next season's rooster. 24 year old Laaksonen has played in National Team 51 times, in 20-year's team 21 and in 18-years teams 29 times. She started her career in high level in the season 2001-2002 when playing in Pussihukat (Vantaa) team. That season she was elected the best new-comer and in the season 2007-2008 best player in the women's league. Laaksonen has won two times pronze medals in Finland, in 2004 and 2008. Years 2004-2006 she played in Germany BG Dorsten team, season 2006-2007 in Spanish team Gran Canaria and last season in Italy Naples Basket Womero. In Germany her team was iin silver lplace and pronce place in cup. She came back to Finland to continue her studies. HYNMKY (Helsinki) and KaPo (Helsinki) were her first teams in basketball.

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  KOSOVO - Women  


BASHKMI CHAMPION OF WOMENS LEAGUE KOZMETIKA AFRODITA - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Club Bashkimi from Prizren won the series over the BCPenza from Peja, with the over all records 2:0, so in the finals of Play off of the Womens League Kozmetika Afrodita it is announced as the champion of the Womens League of Kosova for the editon 2008/009

To the captain of BC Bashkimi Liridona Krsniqi is handled the Cup by the manger of Kozmetika Afrodita manager for Kosova. Mr. Shpetim Mehmeti
Courtesy of: http://www.basketbolli.com


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  LIBERIA - Women  


LBF semi final heats up - by Numennie Williams
The semi final stage of the Liberia Basketball Federation national league began yesterday with defending female champion K-Deltas crushing Destiny Queens 77-57. game to will come on Friday. On Wednesday the second pairing will bring former champion Phoenix against Timberwolves in a match thet promises to be tension pack. The four teams made it to the semi final stage recently after months of intense basketball action.

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  NCAA1 - Women  


Oregon F Manou and G Gaynor leave women's team - by Eurobasket News
Oregon faced with two leavings in the last few days. Sophomore forward Ellie Manou (6'3''-F-89) and freshman guard Darriel Gaynor (5'6''-G) have decided to move on.

Manou is returning home to her native Australia. She averaged 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 57 games, including 34 starts.

Gaynor averaged 1.3 points and one rebound in 26 games last season as a true freshman.

Oregon coach Bev Smith was let go after the Ducks went 9-21 last season. She was replaced by veteran Paul Westhead .

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Western Carolina names Karen Middleton HC - by Eurobasket News
Western Carolina Athletic Director Chip Smith today announced Karen Middleton, who has served the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois, as the 10th Head Coach of the Western Carolina Women's basketball program.

'The search for the position of Head Women's Basketball Coach at Western Carolina University went very smoothly,' Smith said. 'We had a large number of very qualified applicants, which says a great deal about the program and the coaches who have helped shape it.'

'From this group of very qualified candidates, Karen Middleton possesses all of the qualities we were seeking in a head coach,' Smith continued. 'She had a very successful career as a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina. While at Stanford, she was an integral member of a coaching staff that won eight PAC-10 Conference Championships and made several appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including four times as an Elite Eight team. Her background in recruiting for both Stanford and the University of Illinois is exceptional.'

'Western Carolina is a great fit for me,' Middleton said. 'I feel very confident the experiences I have had to compete for championships at the highest level have prepared me to take on this position.'

'I am very excited about the team's attitude,' Middleton said. 'They play so hard and it is a full team effort and about their support and what the coming years are going to bring.'

'We are excited to welcome Karen Middleton to Western Carolina University,' said Chancellor John Bardo. 'She has coaching experience at some of the toughest women's basketball conferences in the nation, including the Big 10, Pac-10 and Southeastern conferences, which will serve her well as the next head coach of the Lady Catamounts. With a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the game, she will be able to continue the tradition of excellence both on and off the court that we have come to expect from our women's basketball program.'

While at Illinois, Middleton helped coach the Illini to 20 wins in 2007-08. In addition to leading the Orange and Blue to on-the-court success, Middleton also helped Head Coach Jolette Law and staff, sign the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, during the fall of 2008. 'Just as important as her athletic expertise is her commitment to academics' Smith said.

'Karen's enthusiasm for and appreciation of academic success by her players was evident from our first conversation, and this is very important to the members of the team.' 'Everyone with whom we spoke about Karen praised her knowledge of the game, her recruiting ability, her organization and her genuine personality' Smith admitted. 'We are pleased that she has accepted our offer to be the next head coach of the Lady Catamounts.'

Prior to her stint at Illinois, Middleton spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Stanford University, where she handled off-campus recruiting and scouting for head coach Tara VanDerveer. She also played a role in player development, working mainly with the perimeter players. While at Stanford, she helped the Cardinal to eight Pac-10 conference titles and 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Sweet Sixteens and three Elite Eights. She also coached three Kodak All-Americans (Candice Wiggins, Nicole Powell and Kristin Folkl), two Pac-10 Players of the Year (Wiggins and Powell), and 11 players that went on to play in the WNBA. Prior to Stanford,

Middleton served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Washington University (1994-97) and as an assistant coach the University of South Carolina (1992-94). Middleton attended and played at the University of South Carolina, where she was a four-year letterwinner from 1988-1991. She was a team captain, team MVP and a two-time All-Metro Conference selection during her career and finished as the fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,714 points. Middleton is in the books as the best shooter in school history as she still holds school records for career 3FG made (317), career 3FG percentage (44.5), season 3FG made (115) and season 3FG percentage (46.9). Her 115 threes made in 1991 ranks as the sixth-most in NCAA history. In addition to playing in four NCAA Tournaments, which included a Sweet 16 appearance, Middleton was a two-time GTE Academic All-District selection at South Carolina and participated in the 1989 USA Basketball Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City.



WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT KAREN MIDDLETON

Jolette Law, Illinois Head Coach

'The administrators at Western Carolina have a keen eye for talent and for selecting winners. Like the coaches who've come before her, Karen will quickly earn the respect of the players and fan base. Karen patiently waited for the right opportunity to return to the Carolinas, landing at Western is like a homecoming of sorts. Without a doubt I can say that Karen's knowledge, experience and respect for how the game should be played is certain to keep Western Carolina at the top of the Southern Conference. Great hire!'

Tara VanDerveer, Stanford Head Coach

'Karen Middleton is very knowledgeable, hardworking and a caring coach. Karen will be an exceptional mentor for her players. The women on the team will grow, improve and thoroughly enjoy playing for her. Karen will continue the outstanding tradition of women's basketball excellence and will be a great representative of Western Carolina.'

Beth Dunkenberger, Virginia Tech Head Coach

'Western Carolina made a terrific hire with Karen Middleton . She has been an integral part of Top 25 programs both as a player and as an assistant coach and knows what winning is all about. With Karen leading the way, I have no doubt that the Catamounts will continue to carry on their championship tradition.'

Nancy Wilson, College of Charleston Head Coach

'Karen is one of the nicest people and one of the most dedicated players that I have coached. Because of this I chose her to be on my staff at South Carolina when she was just out of college. I have followed her career with interest because I knew she had the traits to be one of the best. Western Carolina has made a great hire and I am thrilled that she is back in the south.'

Debbie Antonelli, Women's Basketball Analyst

'Karen's career path to becoming a head coach has been a diligent and detailed process. She has worked and prepared through each experience with some of the best coaches in the game. She will bring a well prepared game plan and will run a first-class program at Western Carolina.'

Courtesy of www.catamountsports.com


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Tall Fern signs with Adelaide - by Eurobasket News
Tall Ferns Olympian Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) will be the latest New Zealander to play in the Australian Women's National Basketball League later this year.

Wallbutton, currently playing in the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL), has signed with the Adelaide Lightning, joining Tall Ferns point guard Angela Marino for the 2009/10 season which tips off in October.

The 1.83m forward has previously appeared in the WNBL, taking the court for the Dandenong Rangers and Christchurch Sirens.

Wallbutton who averaged 10.4 points and five rebounds at the Beijing Olympics last August, has made a strong start to the SEABL; she has won the player of the month award for March and helped her team, the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits, to their first win since July 22, 2007.

In seven games this season for Albury-Wodonga, coached by Tall Ferns video technician Ken Hamilton, Wallbutton is averaging 21.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

The WNBL last season featured six current or former Tall Ferns: Marino, Tall Ferns captain Aneka Kerr and Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe with the Townsville Fire, Natalie Purcell at the Logan Thunder, former national team rep Lisa Pardon with the Bulleen Boomers and Adrianne Gilbert with the Sydney Uni Flames.

Courtesy of NZPA


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  RUSSIA - Women  


WNBA Atlanta Dream signs former Georgia standout Coco Miller - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream announced today the signing of former University of Georgia standout and eight-year WNBA veteran Coleen Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia). Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

'Coco is the type of player who helps you win games,' said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors, who coached Miller with the Washington Mystics. 'She's an extremely hard worker and is very professional in her approach to the game. Her versatility-- being able to play and defend multiple positions-- is really going to help us.'

Miller, a 5-9 guard, spent her first eight seasons in the league with the Washington Mystics where she averaged 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She appeared in all 34 games for the Mystics last season, including six starts, and averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. In 2002, Miller was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player.

A standout at UGA, Miller was originally selected by the Mystics with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft. During her collegiate career, Miller was a four-time All-SEC selection and finished her career as one of the top ten leaders in assists and steals at Georgia. In four years under Coach Andy Landers, Miller averaged 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

'I'm glad we finally have a UGA player and what a great one we got,' said Meadors. 'She still has a lot of friends in Athens so she is really looking forward to getting back to Georgia and into an Atlanta Dream uniform.'

The Dream will tip off its second season on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Fever. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call 404.604.2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net. Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX, at AtlantaDream.net, at the Philips Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Courtesy of The Atlanta Dream


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  SPAIN - Women  


Tamara Abalde was extended by Ros Casares - by Ivan Villar
Ros Casares extended the contract of Tamara Abalde (192-G-89),one of diamond of women spanish basketball.Galician player will play in Rivas Futura because she'll have quite minutes to be ready and come back to Valencia in a close future.The forward had made good stats this season and valencian team knows that she will be a very important player soon.In other way,Marina Ferragut won't play in La Fonteta anymore.The center had not many minutes and the orange team wish her the best in her future.

Jose Ignacio Hernandez is new coach of Wisla Cracovia - by Ivan Villar
One of best spanish coaches,Jose Ignacio Hernandez Hernandez,will coach in Poland next season.He won a lot of tittles in Salamanca for long years.Jose Ignacio Hernandez Hernandez only had good words for fans,managers and players of Perfumerias.The club let him the door open.Jordi Aragones will go with him after signing by polish team as assistant coach.So Wisla Cracovia will have spanish taste because Marta Fernandez is playing there from last year.

Advanced social programmes for women, another value of the Spanish bid to host the 2014 FIBA World Championship - by Ivan Villar
The bid to host the 2014 FIBA World Championship that the FEB has submitted to FIBA contains an important effort on social impact, particularly regarding programmes for women, which have the full support of the Spanish Minister for Equality, Bibiana Ado.

These programs include a project proposal based on gender equality in sport and education projects for gender equality at work, as well as projects for the integration of women in society. In addition, the promotional campaign for the 2014 FIBA World Championship that will involve over 250 operations around the world until 2014- includes the promotion of the World Championship for Women.

Furthermore, all sporting events to be held during the 2014 FIBA World Championship (Mundialito, BasketSquare, Tribasket, 3x3 ...) will stimulate the participation of women.

This programme has the explicit support of the Spanish Minister for Equality, Bibiana Ado, who visited the headquarters of the Spanish Federation weeks ago and signed a collaboration agreement with Jos Luis Sez, President of the FEB. 'I support the Spanish bid to host the 2014 FIBA World Championship and Id like to join the enthusiastic efforts that the FEB is devoting to this social programme'. During her visit to the FEB, the Minister emphasized 'the opportunity that Ive had to see the high number of women who are a part of the staff at the FEB, and Id like to congratulate them for it'.


Rivas Futura resigns Bermejo,Uhjely,Fort,Joens and Dubjlevic - by Ivan Villar
The good season made by Rivas Futura have consequences.Managers decided to resign his coach,Javier Fort at first moment.After this Petra Ujhely,Clara Bermejo, Cathy Joens and Jelena Dubjlevic were extended other season.So the principal references of team will continue together next season.Clara Bermejo was included in first list of national team announced by Evaristo Perez.Probably she will be out of final list but she was awarded because of her great season.

Spain nip Cuba for the second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 81:70

Spain and Cuba met again in the friendly series hosted by Spanish team. This time the game was played at the Do Sar Arena in Santiago de Compostela. Once again it was Spain who celebrated the victory. The scenario reminded of the first meeting of the teams as Cuba grabbed an early lead. Klavdia Calvo (185-F-83) and Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) allowed the visitors to secure an 8:5 lead midway through the starting frame. Lucila Pascua and Tamara Abalde (192-G-89) dragged Spain closer but the hosts trailed 14:15 at the first intermission. Spain used a 7:0 run in the second frame to take the lead. Cuba however remained within striking distance and Spaniards enjoyed just a slender 36:34 advantage at halftime.
The teams continued to trade baskets in the third frame and soon Suchitel Avila and Darnell Clavon gave the lead back to the visitors at 49:51. Spain reacted with buckets from Alba Torrens and Anna Cruz securing a 61:54 buffer before the fourth quarter. The hosts quickly stretched the margin to 9 points after the start of the final stanza and maintained the gap throughout the reminder of the clash. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington), Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) produced 12 points apiece for Spain. Tamara Abalde added 9 points in the winning effort. Klavdia Calvo replied with 15 points for Cuba. Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) had 11 points in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 12, Laia Palau 12, Isabel Sanchez 12
Cuba: Klavdia Calvo 15, Oyanaisis Gelis 11


Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle will play in Salamanca next season - by Ivan Villar
First moves of Perfumerias Avenida happened this week.The young star Alba Torrens (191-F-89) decided to leave Vigo after 3 important years in galician team.The forward is called to be the new Amaya Valdemoro.Perfumerias Avenida also signed one of best players of last seasons in Spain,Sancho Lyttle.Caribbean player will arrive to Perfumerias after being MVP of season and showing a great level in Ibiza last years.

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Melvin believes in Mystics' direction - by Eurobasket News
Plenty of people wondered why Melvin Chasity (6'3''-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) would return, by choice, to Washington to play for the Mystics. After all, having played here 3 1/2 seasons from 2004 to 2007, Melvin knows as well as anyone what an unsuccessful franchise it has been.

But wooed by General Manager Angela Taylor and Coach Julie Plank , Melvin, a free agent, spurned her other suitor, San Antonio, to come back to Washington because she believes in Taylor and Plank.

'I like their goals and their vision for the team,' said Melvin, who plays center and forward. 'I had those goals when I was here, and I felt like I wasn't able to [achieve them]. We had gotten there and then I was shipped off [to the Chicago Sky] so I had unfinished business. . . . Whether it was the greatest decision, I don't know. I made a decision. I'm happy.'

Melvin wasn't the only new face at Mystics media day yesterday at Verizon Center. As usual, the Mystics have a new coach, Plank, their 11th coach in 12 seasons. Several players were wearing Mystics uniforms for the first time, including two of the team's four draft picks, Marissa Coleman and Josephine Owino. (The other two draft picks, guard Camille LeNoir and center Jelena Milovanovic, are no longer with the team. LeNoir was cut; Milovanovic has chosen to remain overseas.) Other newcomers include Lindsey Harding, Matee Ajavon, Kelly Schumacher and Kiesha Brown, who also returns for her second stint with the Mystics.

From the veterans to the newcomers, everyone seems to like what Taylor and Plank have done in their short time with the team.

'This staff reminds me a lot of the staff my freshman year at Maryland,' Coleman said. 'Very energetic, passionate about it, dreaming big and having high expectations and aspirations for this team to get to the playoffs and ultimately to win a championship.'

Despite all the changes, four of the top five scorers are back from a team that finished 10-24 last season, including leading scorer Alana Beard. No one on the team has been through more coaching changes than Beard, who is in her sixth season with the Mystics.

'We're doing the same thing, you know,' she said. 'I'm changing coaches. I'm changing coaching staffs. I'm used to it, but I'd just say that I think there's a different feel to it. . . . I'm excited. I am very excited. It feels different. The energy around this arena is unbelievable, starting from the coaches.'

Though she's not making any bold predictions, Melvin said the Mystics will be a better team because everyone has the same goal and knows what they want out of each other. 'I can work with that,' she said. 'Even though people say we're starting over [and ask] why did I come back here, but I just see the vision. I believe in it, so we'll see what happens.'

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Seattle Storm announces 2009 training camp roster - by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm will open its 2009 training camp on Sunday, May 17 at the Furtado Center (the Storm Training Facility, 490 Fifth Ave. N.), with the first media availability scheduled for Monday, May 18 following the annual Media Day event. The last 30 minutes of each practice session training camp will be open to the media, with availability following the practice.

Media Day will be held at the Furtado Center on Monday, May 18. Storm players and coaches will be available to the media for interviews and photo opportunities.


A schedule of practices and preseason games during training camp follows:

Monday May 18 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday May 19 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday May 20 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday May 21 Preseason Game #1 vs. Sacramento - 7 p.m. (PDT)

Friday May 22 Off Day

Saturday May 23 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday May 24 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Monday May 25 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday May 26 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday May 27 Travel Day

Thursday May 28 Scrimmage in Las Vegas - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday May 29 Travel Day

Saturday May 30 Preseason Game #2 at. Phoenix - 7 p.m. (PDT)

Sunday May 31 Off Day

Monday June 1 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday June 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday June 3 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday June 4 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday June 5 Travel Day

Saturday June 6 Season Opener at Sacramento - 1 p.m. (PDT)

Sunday June 7 Home Opener vs. Sacramento - 6 p.m. (PDT)


This schedule is subject to change. Suggested media arrival time for Monday, May 18 is 4 p.m. Suggested media arrival time for practices scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is 1 p.m. For up-to-date practice times and availability sessions, please call the Storm PR Hotline at 206-281-5847.



2009 SEATTLE STORM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

NO. PLAYER POS. HT. WT. DOB FROM WNBA YRS.

22 La'Tangela Atkinson (6'2''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) G/F 6-1 164 3/22/84 North Carolina, '06 3

9 Suzy Batkovic (6'4''-C-80)* C 6-4 197 12/17/80 Australia 1

5 Kimberly Beck (5'8''-G-85, college: George Washington) G 5-8 125 12/27/85 Geo. Washington, '08 1

10 Sue Bird G 5-9 150 10/16/80 Connecticut '02 7

33 Janell Burse C 6-5 199 5/19/79 Tulane, 01 7

2 Swin Cash* F 6-1 162 9/22/79 Connecticut, '02 7

1 A'Quonesia Franklin G 5-4 154 9/29/85 Texas A&M, '08 1

23 Mara Freshour G/F 6-1 4/22/87 Florida State, '09 R

4 Katie Gearlds G 6-1 184 10/26/84 Purdue, 07 2

15 Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81)* F/C 6-5 187 5/11/81 Australia 8

14 Shannon Johnson G 5-7 152 8/18/74 South Carolina, 96 10

20 Camille Little F 6-2 180 1/18/85 UNC, 07 2

7 Aja Parham F 6-0 2/17/84 Boston College, '06 R

43 Ashley Robinson C 6-4 180 8/12/82 Tennessee '04 5

35 Kasha Terry C/F 6-3 185 10/21/83 Georgia Tech, '06 3

44 Ashley Walker F 6-1 2/24/87 California, '09 R

30 Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.)* G 5-11 165 11/29/83 Penn State '05 4


HEAD COACH: Brian Agler (Wittenburg)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Shelley Patterson (Washington State)

Nancy Darsch (Springfield College)

ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tom Spencer (Central Washington)

Courtesy of The Seattle Storm


WNBA Atlanta Dream signs former Georgia standout Coco Miller - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream announced today the signing of former University of Georgia standout and eight-year WNBA veteran Coleen Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia). Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

'Coco is the type of player who helps you win games,' said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors, who coached Miller with the Washington Mystics. 'She's an extremely hard worker and is very professional in her approach to the game. Her versatility-- being able to play and defend multiple positions-- is really going to help us.'

Miller, a 5-9 guard, spent her first eight seasons in the league with the Washington Mystics where she averaged 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She appeared in all 34 games for the Mystics last season, including six starts, and averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. In 2002, Miller was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player.

A standout at UGA, Miller was originally selected by the Mystics with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft. During her collegiate career, Miller was a four-time All-SEC selection and finished her career as one of the top ten leaders in assists and steals at Georgia. In four years under Coach Andy Landers, Miller averaged 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

'I'm glad we finally have a UGA player and what a great one we got,' said Meadors. 'She still has a lot of friends in Athens so she is really looking forward to getting back to Georgia and into an Atlanta Dream uniform.'

The Dream will tip off its second season on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Fever. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call 404.604.2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net. Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX, at AtlantaDream.net, at the Philips Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Courtesy of The Atlanta Dream