EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/2/2009

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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day 7 - 22nd ACC - by Mohammed Malas
* Friday, 1/5 '22nd Arab Clubs Championship':

# Group A:

Al Hilal (KSA) 92 - Al Nizwa (OMA) 86 (Qs: 25-17, 49-35, 67-60 & 92-86)

ASPTT Alger (ALG) 90 - Al Kahraba Electricity (IRQ) 74 (Q: 19-24, 37-48, 59-59 & 90-74)
- Best scorers:
ASPTT [Djillali Canon (190-G/F-78) '19 pts', Walid Hamma (182-G-85) '17 pts' & Hamdi Driss '15 pts']
Kahraba [Rashad Powell (198-G-81, college: Idaho) '24 pts, 9 reb', Curtis Slaughter (201-G-80, agency: Promotex, college: Cal.St. Northridge) '19 pts, 9 reb' & Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Iona) '15 pts']

# Group A Standings:
1- Riyadi
2- ASPTT
3- Al Kahraba
4- Hilal
5- Nizwa

# Group B:

Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 95 - ASU Sports Club (JOR) 93 (Qs: 28-20, 46-36, 59-64, 83-83 & OT: 95-93)
- Best scorers:
Sagesse [Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) '34 pts' & Brian Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) '15 pts']
ASU [Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) '33 pts', Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) '24 pts' & Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) '16 pts']

Ittihad de Tanger (MOR) 67 - Al Jaysh Army SC (QAT) 63 (Qs: 24-9, 36-29, 57-49 & 67-63)
- Best scorers:
IRT [Mustapha Khalfi (173-G-80) '20 pts']
Army [Thomas Compaore (201-F/C-87, agency: ACMT) '22 pts']

# Group B Standings:
1- Sagesse
2- ASU
3- Army
4- IRT
5- Arabi

# Quarter-Final Groups:
- Group D:
Zain (JOR)
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)
ASU Sports Club (JOR)
- Group E:
ASPTT Alger (ALG)
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB)
Al Manama (BHR)

# Day 8 - 22nd ACC (+3 GMT):
- Saturday 2/5:
18:00 Zain X Riyadi
21:00 Al Manama X ASPTT


Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. ASPTT 2-2 
 3. Al Kahraba 2-2 
 4. Al Hilal 1-3 
 5. Al Nizwa 0-4 
Group B
 1. Sagesse 3-0 
 2. ASU 2-2 
 3. Al Jaysh 2-2 
 4. IRT 2-2 
 5. Al Arabi 0-4 
Group C
 1. Zain 3-0 
 2. Al Manama 2-1 
 3. De La Salle 1-2 
 4. Al Tilal 0-3 


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  AUSTRIA   


Deven Mitchell continues his impressive season - by Interperformances
The Austrian Bundesliga top scorer Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) with 22.2 ppg continues his impressive season with the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. The 6'7' small forward showed his complete game in the quarter-finals win over Kapfenberg 92-74. Deven scored 29 points (10-11 from the free throw line), took down 9 rebounds and had 6 steals on the defensive end of the court. His teammate 6'9' Fabricio Vay (205-F-86, agency: Interperformances) helped with 18 points and 6 rebounds. The Lions coached by Italian Andrea Maghelli take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.

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  BAHRAIN   


Manama advance in Arab clash - by Yousef Ahmed
MANAMA yesterday booked a berth in the second round of the 22nd Arab Clubs Basketball Championship beating Yemeni champions Al Tilal 84-56 in Beirut.

In their deciding Group 'C' match, the 15-time Bahrain league champions put up a spirited show to bag full points and secure a place among the top eight teams in the competition.

Manama, coached by Salman Ramadhan, claimed second place overall in their four-team group with five points from three matches, one behind defending champions Zain of Jordan who finished on top of the group with an all-win record.

Zain scored their third successive win later yesterday defeating De La Salle/Jerusalem of Palestine 112-60.

Ten other Arab clubs are competing in their respective groups for a place in the second round. In the five-team Group 'A', hosts Al Riyadhi Beirut of Lebanon lead with six points from three matches.


sourceGDN


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  BELIZE   


Inter-Office Basketball League has decided to postpone games in compliance with Ministry of Health's suggestion !!! - by David Magana
As a precaution and in compliance with Ministry of Health's suggestion to postpone all public gatherings for the time being due to the possibilty of the Swine Flu outbreak, the Inter-Office Basketball League has decided to postpone the scheduled games for Sunday 03 May.

The games for Monday 04th May are pending for the time being until an official release is made by the Ministry of Health as to public gatherings.

Press Release

Inter-Office Basketball League


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Espanol reach the third victory - by Daniel Valencia
In the first game of the weekend, Deportivo Espanol de Talca, coached by Carlos Iglesias , defeated Boston College 89-83 in Santiago, supported on Sebastian Saez (190-G-84), Eduardo Sepulveda (186-G-86) and Oliver Morton (207-C-78, college: Chattanooga), that combined for 67 points. For the losing side, Felipe Ziegele (178-G-80) was the scoring leader with 35.

Boston College 83 - Espanol de Talca 89
Bos: Felipe Ziegele 35 pts. Marco Cornez (195-F-82) 24 pts.
Esp: Sebastian Saez 26 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 21 pts.


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Grabs 3-1 Lead in CBA Finals - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong edged Xinjiang 81-78 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven CBA finals. Parker Smush (193-G-81, college: Fordham) had 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals to lead Guangdong.

Guangdong opened strongly and led 20-15 after one quarter, 45-38 at the half, and 67-54 after three quarters. Xinjiang rallied 24-14 in the fourth quarter but did not have quite enough to secure a victory.

Jason Dixon, playing power forward, had 20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 steals. Zhu Fangyu had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assist and 4 steals. Wang Shipeng scored 11. 6-11 Su Wei played 39 minutes at center before fouling out. He had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Du Feng, who normally plays power forward, was limited to 16 minutes and was scoreless.

Juan Mendez had 21 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes for Xinjiang. Mengke Bateer had 16 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks in 46 minutes. Xu Guochong scored 13 and Mai Wulan had 12. Myron Allen had 5 points on 1 of 13 shooting but also had 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 9 steals as well as 8 turnovers.

Xirelijiang Muhetaer had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals before fouling out in 23 minutes. Xirielijiang, a Xinjiang native who also goes by his Chinese name of Co Tal (191-G-91), is a young guard who has been seeing increased playing time recently. He is someone to watch in the future.


CBA Round: 4 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Xinjiang - Guandong 78-81
Guangdong became closer to the title as the rolled over Xinjiang 81:78 in Game 4. Parker Smush (193-G-81, college: Fordham) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Dixon had 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Zhu Fangyu scored 16 points. Juan Mendez had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Xinjiang.


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  CYPRUS   


Proteas Eka Ael and Keravnos releases their head coaches! - by Michael Aristidou
After they both failed to win this year championship Proteas EKA AEL Limassol and Keravnos Strovolou released their head coaches and look now for another. Keravnos Strovolou release Vasilis Fragias after he has been head coach for three years in their team. Vasilis Fragias achieve in this three years to win one championship last year and one cup in 2007 with Keravnos Strovolou. Also lead his team to th Eurocup challenge final in 2007. He is one of the most succesful head coaches been in the island. On the other hand Proteas EKA AEL Limassol release Miroslav Nikolic (agency: Beo Basket ) who was hired one month ago! Proteas EKA AEL Limassol is going to have several changes for the forthcoming seazon including staff budjet etc.

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  ESTONIA   


TTU KK sweep the Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News
TTU KK beat BC Rakvere Tarvas 93:74 to sweep the Quarterfinal series. It was another game that belonged to the third team of the Regular Season. They opened the game with 23-17 and improved to 7-point lead at the halftime. In the third period TTU KK used a 22-15 run to close the third stanza and had 28-23 in the last one. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) led the winners with 16 points, while Joosep Pokla and Martin Viiask both added 15. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) nailed 12 and Kristjan Makke ended up with 10 points in a win. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
The Quarterfinal series between KK Valga and Tallinna Kalev is till on. On April 29th Tallinna Kalev grabbed a 72:65 road victory for 2-1 lead in the 1/4 finals. The fifth team after the Regular Season started with 19:16 and then added 19-18 win in the second period. Both teams went to the lockers for 38:34 and both had chances to win in Game 3. Tallinna Kalev came back from the lockers with the same desire to win and produced 20-15 in the third period. KK Valga responded only with 16-14 that was not however enough to reach the guests. Evgenyj Belousov (194-F-84) exploded with 27 points to lead all the winners. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) collected 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Ardo rmpalu and Gert Dorbek had 10 each. Richard Anderson finished the night with 19 points in the losing case. The game four is scheduled between the teams for tonight.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


The Greek semi: Before the game - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Here we are again. Everything is ready for the Greek battle between the Reds and the Greens. Both teams are at their places as well as their many fans. Nothing happenned regarding violence, although many believed that theopposite would happen. Vasilopoulos and Schortsianitis are out for the Reds and Bourousis is at the 12 players but he had passed a difficult night with a high temperature.
Starting fives:
Olympiacos: Childress, Vujcic, Halperin, Printezis, Pargo
Panathinaikos: Spanoulis, Fotsis, Pekovic, Nicholas, Perperoglou


CSKA - Barcelona: before the game - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Eurobasket.com is at O2 arena at Berlin and will transmit you everything happening here before, at and after the game of CSKA against Regal FC BARCELONA. Both teams have brought here a lot of funs but honestly the ones of Barcelona are certainlly more loud than their 'opponents'. What is for certain is that the Greeks are more loud than anyone.The team face no problems and let the best win.
The starting five players for each team are:
CSKA: Lorbek, Holden, Smodis, Langdon, Khryapa
Barcelona: Basile, Lacovic, Navarro, Andersen, Santiago


CSKA for the fourth time in the final - by Kostas Papadopoulos
It was certainly an exciting first semi-final. Barca provided a strong obstacle to CSKA's win but it finally did not succeeded. And this due to Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78). The Lithuanian super star scored 25 points at the second half (missing only a free throw and suceeding in his 4 2p, 3 3p shots and 7 rest free throws) and showed David Andersen (212-C-80) who is the real boss. The Barca's center may have scored 24 points respectively but there were not enough. What counted mostly? CSKA's experience; and certainly Siska.

The thrird period was almost totally balanced. Barcelona made a 5-0 serie for the 41-32, but the Russians answered for the 43-39 and then for the 47-46. It was a battle between David Andersen (17 points) and Ramunas Siskauskas (11), who equalised the score at 52-52, before the ending 56-54.
CSKA draw again at 56-56, but 5 consecutive points from David Andersen made then the 61-56. Messina placed Planinic for the first time in the game. Can he change it? Ramunas Siskauskas succeeded in 2 in-a-row 3 point shots and there CSKA is! Ahead at the score for a first time: 61-62, 6:26 before the end. And with 5 more points from him, 61-67. CSKA made a 13-5 serie with Ramunas Siskauskas scoring 11 of these points!!!
The difference increased at 6 (64-70) later, with 4:20 remaining. At that time Ramunas Siskauskas had scored 20 points at this half but what should be mentioned is that the whole picture of the game changed after Planinic entered the game.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80)'s second successful 3-point shot made the 69-72. Ramunas Siskauskas answered with 2 free throws (69-74), and after missed shots from both sides, Ilyasova made the 71-74. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) responded with a basket (71-76), Juan Carlos Navarro succeeded in another 3-point shot (74-76) but Ramunas Siskauskas and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) then made the 74-80, with 21,9 seconds remaining. Nothing changed until the end; consecutive free throws made the final 78-82 and the Russians are at the final for fourth time in a row.

Barcelona: Basile 5, Barton 2, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) 13, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, David Andersen 24, Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) 6, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 9, Grimau 4, Sada, Ilyasova 2
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) 9, Ramunas Siskauskas 29, J.R. Holden 8, Trajan Langdon 15, Kaun 4, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) 9, Zisis, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) 8, Planinic, Morris


Barcelona - CSKA 36-32 (1st Half) - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Barcelona started the game with an early 14-4 after four successful 3-point shots (at 5 attempts) by Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) (2), Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and David Andersen (212-C-80). This lead extended to 17-6 but CSKA managed to diminish it at 7 (19-12) with the period ending at 21-12. CSKA had very bad percentages and that led to this difference.

However, at the beginning of the second period, a quick 6-0 serie by CSKA brought the score at 21-18 and everything seemed to start from the beginning. Barcelona had a different opinion, bringing the score at 27-20, with 5 minutes remaining. At that time Juan Carlos Navarro made his third foul, which at that time could be quite significant for the future of the game. Jaka Lakovic, though, was there and gave an instant first response with his third successful 3-point shot for the 30-22. It was though Russians' time then; three unresponded baskets (by Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), Holden and Siskauskas) equalised the score at 30-30. The half ended at 36-32 after a buzzer by David Andersen.
In conclusion, Barca take a quick lead due to its good percentages at the first period but CSKA's good defense came up at the second period to bring the Russian team close. Jaka Lakovic and David Andersen distinguished from the spanish team (11 and 9 points respectively) while from CSKA Matjaz Smodis and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) were the best.
Barcelona: Basile 2, Barton 2, Jaka Lakovic 11, Juan Carlos Navarro 3, David Andersen 9, Vazquez 2, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 5, Grimau 2
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 7, Siskauskas 4, Holden 5, Trajan Langdon 8, Kaun 4, Khryapa 4



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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Paris-Levall. 25-6 
 2. Poitiers 22-8 
 3. Clermont 22-9 
 4. Limoges 20-11 
 5. Bourg 20-11 
 6. Saint-Etienne 18-13 
 7. Charleville 18-13 
 8. Nantes 17-14 
 9. Antibes 15-16 
 10. Maurienne 15-16 
 11. Nanterre 15-16 
 12. Brest 13-18 
 13. Evreux 12-19 
 14. St.Vallier 11-19 
 15. Boulazac 11-20 
 16. Le Portel 11-20 
 17. St.Quentin 8-23 
 18. Quimper 5-26 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Goettingen 25-8 
 2. Oldenburg 25-8 
 3. ALBA 24-8 
 4. Bonn 21-11 
 5. Frankfurt 21-12 
 6. Ulm 20-13 
 7. Bamberg 19-14 
 8. Paderborn 17-15 
 9. Art.Dragons 16-16 
 10. Trier 16-17 
 11. Ludwigsb. 15-18 
 12. Tuebingen 14-19 
 13. Duesseldorf 13-19 
 14. Braunschweig 13-20 
 15. Noerdlingen 11-21 
 16. Koeln 99ers 9-23 
 17. Giessen 8-25 
 18. Bremerhaven 6-26 


Aaron Fleetwood(Phoenix Hagen) Interview Part 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


25 year old Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Delaware St.) of Phoenix Hagen is a 206 power forward who grew up in College Basketball country North Carolina. He played at Delaware State from 2004-2007 and averaged in 34 games: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 54.8%. he then decided to turn pro and came to Germany and played for Osnabrueck in the German Regionaliga averaging 15,5ppg. This season he made the jump to PRO A with Phoenix Hagen who are playing to advance to the BBL next season. This season he averaged in 30 games 8,9ppg, 4,7rpg and 1,2 apg. Eurobasket was able to interview Aaron some weeks ago as he was involved in the crunch time of the PRO A season.






What was your childhood like in North Carolina?




I grew up as a southern kid, smelling good farm air and just playing basketball everyday after school until the sun went down. Homework was a major part of my life, in the States you have to make good grades to play for the school.






Who were your Basketball idols as you were growing up?










Most kids are a big fan of Michael Jordan, me too, I liked Scottie Pippen more. He didnt get the praise he should have got. An unsung Hero. I have a clip of him dunking hard on Patrick Ewing. Larry Johnson, John Starks, Penny Hardaway, Harold Miner. Just to name a few.






You are from North Carolina which you could call Basketball country. What was your favorite Basketball college in the state as you were growing up? You had quite a few to choose from and why was it your favorite?










Growing up I was an NC State WolfPack fan. I grew up in the city they played in 'Raleigh' and They seem to be the underdog in the ACC in North Carolina, so seeing them upset teams like UNC and Duke was great.






You played at Delaware State. What were your nicest memories from college life in the classroom, court, and elsewhere?













Not so much of a nice memory in the classroom. Once basketball started you would have so much work to make up and then followed by exams. You wanted to be eligible for next semester so it was hard. On the court, I would say winning the first MEAC championship in school history for Delaware State University. Playing Duke University in the first round of the March Madness tourney followed next. Just being blessed to travel around the states and play many Major D-1 schools. Places I probably would have never went to if I didnt play basketball.







Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or Europe now?














NBA: Deron Williams 'Utah Jazz', Karl Lowdry 'Houston Rockest' Aaron Gray 'Bulls' Jordan Farmer 'Lakers.
Europe: Brandon Bowman 'GTown Hoyas' Daniel Fitzgerald 'Marqutte'








If you ever have the chance, would you play in the states?














If given the opportunity. I am also happy where I am at today.








If you had one dream country to play in where would you like to play and why?












Germany has always been a dream country for me to play.. Really!!






How would you compare the PRO A and German Regionaliga? You jumped past the PRO B, so there must be quite a difference.












I would compare Pro A to some mid-major schools. The style of play is totally different though. Seeing some Pro B games this year, there really is not a difference regarding to the Regionaliga league. Both leagues are allowed 2 import players. In the Pro A there are more experienced players, there are at least 5 import players on a team. Pre-season conditioning is different. The pre-season condition in Hagen reminded me of the days in college. Running that I was used to.






What do you miss the most from the States?











I miss my family the most. Being here for over nine months and not seeing your family can be hard at times, especailly if you are in a basketball slump. I talk to my family just about every day, sometimes about nothing, just to hear their voice. Also my grandmother baked pasta.




What does it mean that North Carolina won the 2009 NCAA tournament?













That means a lot. This year Phoenix Hagen did a bracket challenge for some Euro$$$$. I won the big pot. Almost perfect bracket.lol.. hopefully I dont get Ching Ching!!!






What would you like to do after your Basketball career?











I would like to coach a High School basketball team and send them to the State finals. Also be a mentor to kids. I had a great Mentor coming up. 'Marlon Lee' He coaches now and mentors kids.






What was the craziest shot that you ever took in a game or practice.












Not a shot, but my first Pro A regular season home game, I dunked on this guy so hard..Really!!! I honestly thought I was going to clear him like Vince Carter did in the summer Olympics game. A couple plays later I dunked on another player. That was crazy.






What do you like most about Germany?











The most I like about Germany are the Castles. There are so many famous Castles here. No two castles are a like. Some of these castles date back to 1067 AD and took at least 5 years to build. Thats awesome!! and seeing them is Priceless.





What are your hobbies?












I like swimming, fishing, shooting pool, surfing the internet, throwing darts and playing playstaion.






What was the last DVD that you saw?











The last DVD I saw was: Strange Wilderness.. Funny movie, you should watch it....lol...



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  GHANA   


Standings
GAABL Standings
GAABL
 1. Reformers 1-0 
 2. Yotive 0-0 
 3. CEPS Braves 0-0 
 4. Hoops 0-0 
 5. Fire Service 0-0 
 6. Wizards 0-0 
 7. Panthers 0-0 
 8. Holy Family 0-0 
 9. Team Youth 0-0 
 10. D.C.D. 0-0 
 11. C.Y.O 0-1 
WBA
 1. Takoradi 4-0 
 2. Eff-Ess 3-1 
 3. Bikat 2-3 
 4. Frank Motors 1-2 
 5. Grippers 0-4 


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  GREECE   


The Greens at the final: 84-82 - by Kostas Papadopoulos

The third period was characterised by the continuous series:
Olympiacos 5-0 (46-43)
Panathinaikos 7-0 (46-50)
Olympiacos 8-0 (54-50)
Panathinaikos 4-0 (54-54)
Panathinaikos 10-1 (60-66)
This last one gave the Greens a significant lead of these 6 points which was reduced by the end at three (63-66) after a Bourousis' 3p shot. Vujcic (9), Batiste (8) and Jasievicius distinguished at that time.
At the last period Panathinaikos leaded 65-73, after a successful 3p shot by Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland), taking advantage of Vujcic' two successive turnovers, while the Reds also faced a problems with fouls (Bourousis and Childress 4, Vujcic 3 with 8 minutes remaining).However the Reds made a 6-0 serie to bring the difference to 2 (71-73). Panathinaikos then seemed more concentrated leading again by 7 (74-81) with 2:31 remaining. However, a quick 6-0 serie in 53 seconds brought the Reds again at 1 (80-81). Pekovic scored a free throw for the 80-82 and Bourousis 2 respectively for the draw (82-82). Pekovic's successful shot for the 82-84 was the crucial one since Bourousis lost the last shot. Final 84-82 for the Greens.


Olympiacos: Papaloukas 9, Childress 11, Vujcic 14, Bourousis 10, Halperin 4, Greer 18, Vougioukas, Printezis 9, Erceg 4, Teodosic 3, Pargo

Panathinaikos: Kecman, Spanoulis 18, Perperoglou 4, Batiste 19, Fotsis 5, Nicholas, Tsartsaris, Diamantidis, Pekovic 20, Jasikevicius 18



The Greek semi: Before the game - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Here we are again. Everything is ready for the Greek battle between the Reds and the Greens. Both teams are at their places as well as their many fans. Nothing happenned regarding violence, although many believed that theopposite would happen. Vasilopoulos and Schortsianitis are out for the Reds and Bourousis is at the 12 players but he had passed a difficult night with a high temperature.
Starting fives:
Olympiacos: Childress, Vujcic, Halperin, Printezis, Pargo
Panathinaikos: Spanoulis, Fotsis, Pekovic, Nicholas, Perperoglou


Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 41-43 (1st half) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The first period ended at 21-27, but its total picture doesn't reflect the score at all. Panathinaikos took a quick lead (7-0 and 9-2 by Perperoglou-4 points- and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) -5). Olympiacos reduced it at 9-7 but the Greens continued by hitting inside the field since Vujcic faced many difficulties either with Nikola Pekovic or with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket)). Since the Reds were behind by 6 (15-9), having already made 3 turnovers, it was Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances)' time. Hiw entering calmed Olympiacos' game, and with Bourousis entering the Reds strengthened their defense and found ways to score. Although Vassilis Spanoulis scored 11 points, the Reds came close very close (21-22) with Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) helping also a lot, before the final 21-27, with a Vassilis Spanoulis' buzzer 3p shot.
At the second period, the first three minutes belong to Nikola Pekovic. He scored 8 consecutive points for Panathinaikos' 28-35 and nothing seemed possible to stop him, except from his fouls (2). Although he was made a substitute, Panathinaikos continued to take advantage of Vujcic's bad defense (32-39) and only Lynn Greer's attempts (15 points) were keeping the Reds alive (37-39, 2:53 before the half time). Thodoros Papaloukas equalised the score with 1:34 remaining. The final 41-43 reflects how the Reds were improved at their defense (only 8 points at the last 5 minutes, regarding the 35 at the rest fifteen).
A nice first half at this second semi-final with Panathinaikos taking a quic lead, seemed to be the dominator of the game, but Thodoros Papaloukas and Lynn Greer changed the whole picture. What should be mentioned is the fact that Panathinaikos was scoring almsot totally from inside (1/6 3p shots), which was outbalanced by its 6 offensive rebounds. The Reds managed to return, having good percentages and due to their leaders and the concentration they gave to their team's play.

Olympiacos: Thodoros Papaloukas 6, Childress 5, Lynn Greer 15, Vujcic 2, Bourousis 3, Halperin 2, Printezis 5, Erceg 3
Panathinaikos: Vassilis Spanoulis 13, Perperoglou 4, Batiste 7, Fotsis 2, Nikola Pekovic 15, Jasikevicius 2


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  GUATEMALA   


Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
 1. Elite Sport 9-1 
 2. SAT 8-0 
 3. D-Team 7-2 
 4. URL 7-2 
 5. USAC 7-3 
 6. Le Mans 5-4 
 7. Compusys 5-6 
 8. Millonarios 4-6 
 9. Wildschine 3-8 
 10. Deportivo P. 2-9 
 11. Fenix 0-8 
 12. Juventud 0-9 


Upcoming games for top contenders at Liga Metro - by Victor Padilla

With two thirds of the Torneo de Apertura already past, and just ten more rounds to play, Liga Metro is preparing to welcome the most fierce competition amongst the best teams at the top of the table: Lanco Elite Sport, Sat Cybertech, Lemans and D-Team (former Corpoevisa). As per schedule officialy released, these confrontations will be held on the following dates:
April 21st, 2009 - Sat Cybertech vs. Lemans
April 26th, 2009 - Lanco Elite Sport vs. Lemans
April 28th, 2009 - Lanco Elite Sport vs. D-Team

April 30th, 2009 - Lemans vs. D-Team
May 3rd, 2009 - Sat Cybertech vs. Lanco Elite Sport
All going well, May 10th will start the Final Four between the leaders of Torneo de Apertura, which currently look just as strong as they did last year, when the same teams shown above also reached the final stages of the competition.



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Lightning to host Edmonton in season opener on Saturday - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The Los Angeles Lightning will open their second pro basketball season on Saturday night when the Edmonton Energy comes to Cal Lutheran for a 7 p.m. game. The teams will meet again on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports Arena.
The Lightning, who compete in the high-scoring International Basketball League, have a star-studded roster of ex-NBA players, led by 12-year veteran Lamond Murray and 13-year player Bryon Russell. Murray, a 6-7 forward, averaged 26.6 points for L.A. last year and led the IBL in rebounds at nearly 12 per game. Russell played nine seasons with the Utah Jazz and competed in two NBA Finals against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Saturday will mark the Lightning debut of California State Sen. Tony Strickland, a former Whittier College star. Strickland. The 6-5 Strickland, 39, has signed for the entire 14-game home season.
'I am not looking at this as a gimmick,' Lightning coach Ron Quarterman told the Ventura County Star. 'Tony works hard and does all the drills. He knows how to play and he'll play quality minutes.'
Fred Vinson, the IBL 3-point record holder with 15 in a game, is also back for his second season, along with 7-3 ex-L.A. Clipper Keith Closs. Point guard Kamran Sufi led the league in assists last year at 11.6. Guard Phil Givens set a franchise record with 57 points in the 2008 season finale.
Edmonton is one of two Canadian teams in the IBL, which also features squads from China and Japan. The league uses a 22-second shot clock, immediate inbound passes and only one timeout per quarter.
All 14 home games will be on radio on KVTA 1520 and KKZZ 1400 with KEY-3 sports anchor Gerry Fall and Don Ford calling the action.
Lightning tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Follow the Lightning all season long at www.lalightning.net.


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Deven Mitchell continues his impressive season - by Interperformances
The Austrian Bundesliga top scorer Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) with 22.2 ppg continues his impressive season with the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. The 6'7' small forward showed his complete game in the quarter-finals win over Kapfenberg 92-74. Deven scored 29 points (10-11 from the free throw line), took down 9 rebounds and had 6 steals on the defensive end of the court. His teammate 6'9' Fabricio Vay (205-F-86, agency: Interperformances) helped with 18 points and 6 rebounds. The Lions coached by Italian Andrea Maghelli take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.

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


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9th Annual NIKE Star Search Camp Set For July - by Leonard Whyte
MIAMI, FL (05-01-2009) - The 9th annual NIKE Star Search Basketball & Life Skills Development Camp is set for July 12-17, 2009, at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports in St. Catherine, Jamaica. Since its inception, over 90 male and female student/athletes have secured full basketball scholarships to United States high schools, colleges, and universities.

The Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD) Inc, Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association (JABA), and NIKE are the official sponsors of the camp, while G.C. Foster College will once again provide accommodations for the student/athletes. 'We are excited to be able to host this camp for another year and to provide a positive influence on all camp participants,' said Gary Henry, President of JBD, Inc. 'Young adults, now more than ever, need positive support and mentorship to guide character development and to help them work towards their future aspirations.'

Registration begins on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at G.C. Foster College.


Jordan to return to Tulsa for his senior season - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (05-01-2009) - Junior center Jerome Jordan ended the speculation that he would enter the June 2009 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft by indicating that he will return to the University of Tulsa for his senior season. The 7' 0' Jordan called it a 'fairly easy decision.' 'It was a fairly easy decision based on where I am as a player. There are some things that I have to work on before turning professional,' said Jordan. 'As a senior, the great group of guys we have for next season and the coaching staff, I think we can really do something special next year.'

Jordan was a first-team all-Conference USA selection this past season and for the second straight year was named to the league's all-defensive team. He helped lead Tulsa to back-to-back 25-win seasons while starting 74 of 75 games the last two seasons. Jordan averaged 13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots as a junior. He also shot 58-percent from the field and 74-percent from the free throw line in 36 games this past season.

He ranks first and second on the school's single-season blocked shots list with 143 blocks as a sophomore in 2007-08 and 91 blocked shots this past season. Jordan has 251 career blocked shots and will enter the 2009-2010 season needing 15 blocks to become the school's all-time leader and 63 more blocks to move into first-place on the C-USA chart. With 968 career points and 666 career rebounds, Jordan will need 32 points to reach the 1,000 career scoring plateau and 34 rebounds for 700 career boards.


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BJ League announce official award winners - by John Scribe
Tokyo--

The BJ League today announced its regular season award winners for the 2008-2009 season. For the first time in its four-year history, the league presented a regular season MVP. The JBL likewise presented a regular season MVP for the first time this season.
There are new faces due to personnel moves and new acquisitions during the course of the summer, but also familiar players that have established a name for themselves in Japan.

The following are this years award winners. Asia-Basket Japan will announce its awards winners right after the BJ League Finals, and also host the Ultimate All-Japan Awards soon thereafter.

Official BJ League Award Winners:

Circle-K Sunkus MVP:
Jeff Newton, Ryukyu Golden Kings

BJ League Best Five Awards:
G Michael Gardener, Hamamatsu Phoenix (1st time)
G Naoto Takushi, Ryukyu Golden Kings (2nd year in a row)
F Bobby St. Preux, Sendai 89ers (1st time)
F Lynn Washington, Osaka Evessa (2nd time)
C Jeff Newton, Ryukyu Golden Kings (1st time)

Coach of the Year:
Dai Oketani, Ryukyu Golden Kings

Most Improved Player:
Shigeyuki Kinjo, Ryukyu Golden Kings

Sixth Man of the Year:
Masahiro Ohguchi, Hamamatsu Phoenix

Commissioners Award:
G Tsubasa Yonamine, Oita
F Anthony McHenry, Ryukyu Golden Kings

Booster (Fans) of the Year:
East: Tokyo Apache
West: Ryukyu Golden Kings

Performers of the Year (Awarded to the best dance/cheerleading team):
G.O.W. of the Toyama Grouses

Team Assist Award (Awarded to the best team volunteer workers):
East: Green Spirts of the Saitama Broncos
West: Rizing Fukuoka Thunder Birds

Community Assist Award (Awarded to the team with the best Community Service):
East: Niigata Albirex
West: Shiga Lakestars


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Why Toni Vujanic is the best coach in this area ? - by Maarouf Mawloud
By Maarouf Mawloud
Looking back at this season and the one before, ever since Coach Toni Vujanic signed with Al Moutahed Tripoli, Lebanese Basketball altogether has witnessed an incline in its professional play.
For those who doubt that Toni Vujanic is worthy of being voted Coach of the Year, I would like to present them with just a few facts that are sufficient to prove his value.
Coach Vujanic was able to function a team with 4 local players without substantial experience and was able to stand his ground in the lead of the regular season when the opponent Coach Fuad Abou Chakra was playing with 6 National Team players. Avoiding the comparison with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut whose budget is almost 2.5 times larger, his unique style and system is worthy of praise and has been accepted as among the best in the Middle East. He is famed for the 2-1-2 match-up defense, last years court defense, and this years run and jump press.
In addition to all this, Coach Toni has created a chemistry bond within the team that no other Lebanese team has. This of course plays a major role in building strong communication between the team members and also between the players and the management. It seems wherever he goes success is his companion;Cyprus,Holland,Germany,Belgium,Austria,Spain, KSA, Anibal, Sagesse, Al-Ahli, Mouttahed.

Finally, I deem it necessary that a coach with such a diverse background and experience, and a person who has achieved major successes in several places and countries be valued appropriately and officially to show the deep respect we owe him! If voting was not to his favor, he remains the best in our eyes, and to us he will always be the one who truly deserved it. Thank You Best Coach of the Year Coach Toni Vujanic .



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Rudupis win second straight, take lead in Final - by Eurobasket News
Rudupis - Meresta 81:76

Rudupis posted the second straight win in the NKL Finals to surge ahead 3-2 in the series. A Virginijus Seskus squad is now just one step away from the title. The sixth game of the series is scheduled for Saturday.
The start of the game reminded of the series tradition as four starting games went in favor of the visitors. Meresta took the initiative early and cleared off to a 9-point distance. Janas Jurgo (200-F-83) and Sidlauskas cut the margin to 4 points before Kumpis and Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) made it 24:18 for Meresta after ten minutes. Streikus and Orelikus kept the visitors at safe distance at the start of the second frame. Rudupis failed to pull in front as they still trailed by 9 points at the interval. Simonas Slivka, Kumpis, Vaidas Pauliukenas (190-G-79) and Vytautas Padgureckas (186-G-85) all scored in an 8:0 run as Meresta enjoyed a 16-point lead midway through the second stanza. But Rudupis answered with a 12:2 rally of their own to trim the deficit to a single point at three-quarter time. Kastytis Normantas (191-G-85) opened the final quarter with a jumper to set the hosts in charge. Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) nailed 4 points in a 6:0 rally that gave the home team a 6-point lead. Rudupis maintained the lead before Simonas Slivka and Streikus narrowed the margin to 3 points with 13 seconds left in regulation. But Gytis Andrijauskas (187-G-86) buried both free throws to seal the winning outcome for Rudupis.
Gytis Andrijauskas came up with 22 points to lead the hosts. Kestutis Sestokas added 21 points and 8 boards in the win. Vytautas Padgureckas delivered 15 points and 6 boards in the loss. Simonas Slivka finished with 13 points for Meresta.

Rudupis: Gytis Andrijauskas 22, Kestutis Sestokas 21, Janas Jurgo 12
Meresta: Vytautas Padgureckas 15, Simonas Slivka 13


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NBA Round: 6 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News

Eastern Conference
Hawks - Heat 72-98
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) kept his team alive in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals nailing impressive 41 points and grabbing 5 boards. The score is tied now and the 7th decisive game will be played tomorrow in Atlanta. Except of Wade, rookie Michael Beasley also shined for the Heat last night collecting 22 points and 15 rebounds. Michael Bibby responded with 20 pts and 7 boards in loss.

Celtics - Bulls 127-128
One more thriller, and now, the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics will play a decisive seventh game. Derrick Rose scored 28 points and blocked Rajon Rondo potential game-winner, John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 35, and the Bulls beat the defending champions 128-127 in triple overtime Thursday night to tie the first-round series at three games apiece. Ray Allen scored a career playoff-high 51 points for the Celtics, but the series will go back to Boston for Game 7 on Saturday after another classic battle in a series that had already seen its share of drama.

Magic - 76ers 114-89
4-2 for the Orlando Magic, who will meet Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls in the semis (East). Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) led the winners in this game with 29 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Rafer Alston had 21 pts and 10 as, while JJ Redick helped with 15 pts (5 triples). On the other side, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala combined 44 points.


Western Conference
Trail Blazers - Rockets 76-92
The Rockets celebrated at home advancing to Western Conference Semis with 4-2. Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) this time was a key player for the winners netting 27 points. Chinese superstar Ming Yao also shined registering double-double, 17 pts and 10 boards. Visitors got 26 pts from LaMarcus Aldridge and 22 from Brandon Roy. The Rockets will meet the LA Lakers at the next stage.


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Marcel Jones leads Jets past Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) fired 38 points to propel the Manawatu Jets to the second win in the season. Today the Jets outscored the visiting Bay Hawks 107:93 at the Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North. The hosts rallied to a 9-point lead at the interval and maintained the gap after the major break. Aidan Daly (182-G-78) and Marcel Jones helped the home team extend the distance to 12 points after three quarters and the Jets never looked back again. Aidan Daly finished with 26 points for the winners. Christopher Daniel (197-G/F-85) came up with 25 points for the visitors. John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) had 21 points as the Bay Hawks slipped at 4-4 record.
The NBL defending champions crushed the Auckland Stars 85:68 at the ASB Stadium. The Pistons were dominant as they eased to a 41:29 halftime advantage. The Stars never sparked in the sky losing the sixth game in the tournament. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) and Justin Bailey (188-G-77, college: Hartford) provided 20 points apiece for Waikato. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/f-87, college: Washington St.) added 19 points in the winning case. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) responded with 22 points for the Stars. Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) notched 11 points in the losing case.


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


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


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 8-0 
 2. Sta Lucia 6-4 
 3. Purefoods 6-4 
 4. Ginebra 5-5 
 5. Rain or Shine 5-5 
 6. Talk N Text 5-5 
 7. Burger King 5-5 
 8. Alaska 4-6 
 9. Coca-Cola 2-6 
 10. Barako Bull 2-8 


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


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CSKA for the fourth time in the final - by Eurobasket
It was certainly an exciting first semi-final. Barca provided a strong obstacle to CSKA's win but it finally did not succeeded. And this due to Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78). The Lithuanian super star scored 25 points at the second half (missing only a free throw and suceeding in his 4 2p, 3 3p shots and 7 rest free throws) and showed David Andersen (212-C-80) who is the real boss. The Barca's center may have scored 24 points respectively but there were not enough. What counted mostly? CSKA's experience; and certainly Siska.

The thrird period was almost totally balanced. Barcelona made a 5-0 serie for the 41-32, but the Russians answered for the 43-39 and then for the 47-46. It was a battle between David Andersen (17 points) and Ramunas Siskauskas (11), who equalised the score at 52-52, before the ending 56-54.
CSKA draw again at 56-56, but 5 consecutive points from David Andersen made then the 61-56. Messina placed Planinic for the first time in the game. Can he change it? Ramunas Siskauskas succeeded in 2 in-a-row 3 point shots and there CSKA is! Ahead at the score for a first time: 61-62, 6:26 before the end. And with 5 more points from him, 61-67. CSKA made a 13-5 serie with Ramunas Siskauskas scoring 11 of these points!!!
The difference increased at 6 (64-70) later, with 4:20 remaining. At that time Ramunas Siskauskas had scored 20 points at this half but what should be mentioned is that the whole picture of the game changed after Planinic entered the game.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80)'s second successful 3-point shot made the 69-72. Ramunas Siskauskas answered with 2 free throws (69-74), and after missed shots from both sides, Ilyasova made the 71-74. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) responded with a basket (71-76), Juan Carlos Navarro succeeded in another 3-point shot (74-76) but Ramunas Siskauskas and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) then made the 74-80, with 21,9 seconds remaining. Nothing changed until the end; consecutive free throws made the final 78-82 and the Russians are at the final for fourth time in a row.

Barcelona: Basile 5, Barton 2, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) 13, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, David Andersen 24, Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) 6, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 9, Grimau 4, Sada, Ilyasova 2
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) 9, Ramunas Siskauskas 29, J.R. Holden 8, Trajan Langdon 15, Kaun 4, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) 9, Zisis, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) 8, Planinic, Morris


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Baseline USA vs All Army Elite - by Bobby Rouse
On Saturday May 2, 2009 at 1PM, Baseline USA of the SEBL will play an exhibition game against the All Army Elite Men's Basketball team in Atlanta, GA on Fort Gillem. The game is a tune up for the All Army team as they prepare for the Armed Forces Tournament of Champions later in May. Bobby Rouse who is the General Manager of the Cartersville Warriors of the WBA will coach the team in the exhibition. The roster for Saturday will consist of:

PG-
Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) - 6'3' - Whitfield, AL
Andrew Jones (6'3''-F/G-83, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Miles) - 6'3' - Dallas, GA

SG-
A.J. Mastin (6'2''-G-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.) - 6'3' - Chatanooga,TN
Karl Hollingsworth (6'3''-F/G-82, college: Stetson) - 6'3' - Stockbridge, GA

SF-
Shannon Chambers (6'7''-F-81, college: Charleston) - 6'8' - Los Angeles, CA

PF-
Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Clark Atlanta) - 6'9' - Atlanta, GA
Kedrione Harris (6'7''-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.) - 6'8' - Fort Valley, GA
Ozzie Henderson (6'6''-F-84, college: Edward Waters) - 6'6' - Jacksonville, FL

C-
Donovan McMullen (6'10''-C-85, college: Reinhardt) - 6'10' - McDonough, GA
Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) - 6'10' - Atlanta, GA

Coach-
Bobby Rouse - 6'5' - Barnwell, SC
Andrew Jones Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.)


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Market News-"Velickovic close to Maccabi" - by Zoran Klansic
Reports in Serbia today are saying that Partizan Belgrade starlet - Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) is very close to agree terms with European Powerhouse - Maccabi Tel-Aviv.According to the report Maccabi has agreed fee with Partizan for the talnted forward and negotiations with player and Maccabi are on final stages.
Velickovic,a product of Partizan's youth system, made his doubt in the first team in the 04/05 season and made his first Euroleague appearance in the 05/06 season.improving his game in every year he signed a new contract in the summer of 2008 for two more years.
this year Velickovic made his big breakthrough for Partizan as he avreged 12.8ppg ,6.9ppg and 2.1apg in the Adriatic league and 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg 1.7apg in the Euroleague.
Velickovic also voted for the raising star of the Euroleague for the 2008/2009 season.
In Maccabi he will be coached by legendary coach - Pini Gershon who won 3 European cups this decade.Gershon came back to Maccabi in November 2008 after two seasons with Greek club Olympiacos.


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Elektra beat Hopsi for first home win in League Play-Off - by Zeljko Zule
Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) scored 30 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, Dejan Cup had 25 points on shooting 11-of-14 from the field and 10 rebounds and Nikola Ivanovic added 23 points and handed out 6 assists to lead Elektra Esotech to their first home win in League Play-Off, an 101-85 victory over Hopsi in the openining game of Round 12. Elektra opened the game with a 16-3 run and went on a 21-5 run in the third period to take a lead 82-63. Hopsi led as many as 11 points in the second quarter and commited 21 turnovers. Nemanja Jelesijevic collected 18 points and 10 rebounds and Vladimir Anzulovic and Marko Samanic added 15 points each.

Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
Places 1-8
 1. U.Olimpija 10-1 
 2. Helios 9-2 
 3. Krka 8-3 
 4. Slovan 5-6 
 5. Zlatorog 5-6 
 6. Polzela 5-7 
 7. Elektra 2-10 
 8. Luka Koper 1-10 
Places 9-13
 1. TCG Mercator 12-18 
 2. Zagorje 12-18 
 3. Alpos S. 11-19 
 4. Epic Misel 10-20 
 5. Nova Gorica 9-21 


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KCC Egis lifts up the trophy in the country! - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 98-82
KCC Egis edged Samsung 98:82 to lift up the trophy in the country. The most excited Final saw 7 games as KCC Egis triumphed over Samsung with 4-3 record. Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) led the winners with 24 points, while Ha Seung-Jin collected 18 points and 15 rebounds. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) responded with 34 points and 10 rebounds.


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Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Valladolid 23-8 
 2. Melilla 23-9 
 3. Alicante 22-9 
 4. Leche Rio 21-11 
 5. Tenerife 19-13 
 6. Burgos 18-14 
 7. Axarquia 18-14 
 8. Los Barrios 17-15 
 9. Plus Pujol 17-15 
 10. Leon 16-15 
 11. Caceres 15-17 
 12. La Laguna 14-18 
 13. Vic 14-18 
 14. La Palma 13-19 
 15. Mallorca 12-20 
 16. Aguas Gandia 10-22 
 17. Illescas 7-24 
 18. Rosalia 7-25 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Palencia 20-10 
 2. Caja Rioja 19-11 
 3. Navarra 19-11 
 4. Torrons Vic. 19-11 
 5. Cornella 18-12 
 6. Vigo 18-12 
 7. Jerez 17-13 
 8. CB Tarrag. 17-13 
 9. Plasencia 16-14 
 10. Ourense 15-15 
 11. Huesca 14-16 
 12. Prat 11-19 
 13. Gijon 10-20 
 14. CajasurCord. 10-20 
 15. Coruna 9-21 
 16. Qalat Caja Sol 8-22 


Ilievski injured - by Robert Mayor
Tau Ceramica guard Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) will remain sidelined, at least, three weeks due muscular problems that will force him to have rest while his teammates play the last regular season game against MMT Estudiantes and start the ACB Playoffs.

Ilievski wasn't able to play last ACB game due this injury and now the recently signed American guard John Lucas (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) will need to adapt faster to the team in order to help his new club.


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Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Final Four
 1. Tofas 1-0 
 2. ITU 1-0 
 3. Trabzonspor 0-1 
 4. Bornova 0-1 
Group A - Others
 1. Genc Telekom 16-6 
 2. Vestel 13-9 
 3. Edirne Genclik 13-9 
 4. Pamukkale 11-11 
 5. Akcakoca P. 10-12 
 6. TED Istanbul 9-13 
 7. FMV Isik 9-13 
 8. Orman 7-15 
 9. Eyup 4-18 
 10. Bursa B-bol 4-18 
Group B - Others
 1. Gelisim 16-6 
 2. Beykoz 12-10 
 3. Pertevniyal 12-10 
 4. Canakkale 12-10 
 5. Duzce Genclik 11-11 
 6. Genc Banvit. 10-12 
 7. Yesilyurt 7-15 
 8. Usak 7-15 
 9. Ankara Basket 5-17 
 10. Mulkiye 0-22 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Mens Field Announced for 2009 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament - by David Edole

Seattle, Washington-- The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2009 mens basketball tournament field and bracket today. The eight NCAA division I mens basketball teams participating in the 10th annual event include Boston College, DePaul, East Carolina, Northern Iowa, Purdue, Saint Josephs, South Dakota State, and Tennessee. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.

Four of this years tournament entrants, Purdue, Tennessee, Boston College and Northern Iowa, earned berths to the NCAA tournament in March. Purdue advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Connecticut, which won the 2008 Paradise Jam championship and advanced to the NCAA tournaments Final Four. Tennessee, Boston College and Northern Iowa all lost in the first round. Additionally, former Paradise Jam tournament champion Boston College will be returning to islands to defend their 2003 tournament title. Although these four NCAA tournament-hardened squads bring high expectations to the islands this November, they will be hard-pressed by the other four teams also seeking early season success, making the Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.

The 2009 Paradise Jam will tip off November 20 with Northern Iowa playing DePaul at 2:00 pm, followed by Tennessee vs East Carolina at 4:30 pm, Boston College vs. Saint Josephs at 7:00 PM and South Dakota State battling Purdue at 9:30 PM. All game times are Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Two games will be played daily on November 21 (losing teams from Nov. 20th) and November 22 (winning teams from Nov. 20th) at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The final day of competition on November 23 will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2:00 pm (7th & 8th place), 4:30 pm (4th & 6th place), and 7:00 pm (3rd & 5th place) with the championship game at 9:30 pm. All games will be played at the state-of-the-art University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

In 2008 Paradise Jam action, Connecticut defeated Wisconsin for the Paradise Jam championship. Miami (FL) beat San Diego to take third place, Southern Mississippi edged out Iona in the final seconds to capture fourth place, and La Salle edged Valparaiso for 7th place. At least four of the games will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports.

2009 MEN'S BRACKET



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  UBL   


(UBL) Tulsa vs Arkansas, Missouri vs Oklahoma this weekend - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL is moving at a fast pace and the league is just looking great. This weekend the Tulsa Tornadoes will play the Arkansas Warriors in Little Rock Arkansas. Also The Springfield Thrill will be playing the Oklahoma Impact in Springfield Missouri. The Texas Wranglers will play the Oklahoma Impact next weekend in Oklahoma. The level of play is just outstanding in the UBL. Please visit our site at

www.ublhoops.com

(The UBL Come Get Some!!!)



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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 23-7 
 2. Guaros 23-7 
 3. Cocodrilos 19-11 
 4. Trotamundos 18-12 
 5. Guaiqueries 16-14 
 6. Gaiteros 14-16 
 7. La Guaira BBC 12-18 
 8. Toros 10-19 
 9. Gigantes 8-22 
 10. Panteras 6-23 


Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game 2009 - by Eurobasket
Venezuelan Team:
Diego Guevara (184-G-77) (Marinos)
Jhon Romero (199-F-85) (Marinos)
Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) (Guaros)
Pablo Machado (207-C-77) (Guaros)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) (Cocodrilos)
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) (Cocodrilos)
Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) (Trotamundos)
Richard Lugo (209-C-73) (Trotamundos)
Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) (Gaiteros), got injured and was replaced by Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) (Gigantes)
Carlos Morris (194-G-75) (La Guaira)
Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) (Toros)
Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) (Panteras)
Head Coach: Nestor Salazar
Assistant: Carl Herrera

Imports Team:
Michael Gale (193-G-82) (Marinos)
Hatila Passos (212-C-86) (Marinos)
Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) (Guaros)
Carl Elliott (193-G-83) (Cocodrilos)
Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) (Trotamundos)
Rogers Washington (198-F-77) (Guaiqueries)
Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) (Gaiteros)
Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) (La Guaira)
Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) (Toros)
Omar Quintero (183-G-81) (Gigantes)
Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) (Gigantes)
Brian Latham (184-G-83) (Panteras)
Head Coach: Guillermo Navarte
Assistant: Manolo Cintron

* Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) (Panteras) will participate in Slam Dunk contest


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  WBA   


Baseline USA vs All Army Elite - by Bobby Rouse
On Saturday May 2, 2009 at 1PM, Baseline USA of the SEBL will play an exhibition game against the All Army Elite Men's Basketball team in Atlanta, GA on Fort Gillem. The game is a tune up for the All Army team as they prepare for the Armed Forces Tournament of Champions later in May. Bobby Rouse who is the General Manager of the Cartersville Warriors of the WBA will coach the team in the exhibition. The roster for Saturday will consist of:

PG-
Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) - 6'3' - Whitfield, AL
Andrew Jones (6'3''-F/G-83, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Miles) - 6'3' - Dallas, GA

SG-
A.J. Mastin (6'2''-G-83, college: So.Polytechnic St.) - 6'3' - Chatanooga,TN
Karl Hollingsworth (6'3''-F/G-82, college: Stetson) - 6'3' - Stockbridge, GA

SF-
Shannon Chambers (6'7''-F-81, college: Charleston) - 6'8' - Los Angeles, CA

PF-
Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Clark Atlanta) - 6'9' - Atlanta, GA
Kedrione Harris (6'7''-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.) - 6'8' - Fort Valley, GA
Ozzie Henderson (6'6''-F-84, college: Edward Waters) - 6'6' - Jacksonville, FL

C-
Donovan McMullen (6'10''-C-85, college: Reinhardt) - 6'10' - McDonough, GA
Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) - 6'10' - Atlanta, GA

Coach-
Bobby Rouse - 6'5' - Barnwell, SC
Andrew Jones Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.)


WBA 2008 Champs-Decatur Court Kings Announce 2009 Tryout Camp - by Bobby Rouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


WBA 2008 Champs-Decatur Court Kings Announce 2009 Tryout Camp

ATLANTA, April 30, 2009-
Decatur's champion professional basketball team, the Decatur Court Kings will hold its Tryout Camp on Sunday May 17th at City of Decatur Gym on 231 Sycamore St. in Decatur GA. This camp will give talented athletes an opportunity to be exposed to the Decatur Court Kings staff. The top players will be signed. The registration fee is $100.00 in advance and $125.00 at the door. The mission of the WBA Exposure League is to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, CBA, and International Scouts, while providing each community with an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. The WBA serves as a training ground to develop players and coaches on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, community involvement, and most importantly exposure. Over 400 WBA Players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the CBA, D-League, and the NBA.
WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. WBA exposure teams have produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who recently signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs the former Magic City Court Kings and now plays with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL. Other star athletes include Josh Powell who signed to the L.A. Clippers; former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets.

About The Decatur Court Kings Open Tryout Camp:

WHERE: City of Decatur Gym at 231 Sycamore St. in Decatur, GA 30031

WHEN: Saturday-May 17, 2009

SCHEDULE: 10:00am - 3:00 pm

REGISTRATION FEE:
Registration: $100
Walk-up Registration: $125
Acceptable Forms of Payment: Cash, Money Orders, PayPal

For more information about the WBA Decatur Court Kings Tryout Camp and to register, visit our website at www.wbaball.net or call the WBA Office directly at 770.904.5081 or email WBA Commissioner Lionel Garrett at lionel@wbaball.net. Media Inquiries contact Trea Davenport, WBA Director of Media Relations at treadaypr@gmail.com.



WBA Exposure League Big Man Camp! - by Bobby Rouse
The WBA Exposure League Big Man Camp!

WHO:
Calling all BIG MEN!! (6'8' +)
Do you want to be paid up to 25K per month for your bball skills?
Are you interested in playing in the Korean Basketball League?
Do you meet the qualifications?
If the answers to all of the above questions are YES, then fill out an application and attend the camp!

WHAT:
The WBA Exposure League & Top Notch Sports & Entertainment, an authorized agency for the (KBL) Korean Basketball League, want to see you at the BIG MAN TRYOUT CAMP!!
This is an amazing opportunity to play international professional basketball. All players who attend the BIG MAN Tryout will be exposed to the Top Notch Sports & Entertainment Agency.
With all things being possible, some players may be invited to attend the Korean Basketball League (KBL) Pre-Draft Tryout Camp for Foreign Players which will be held from July 22, 2009 - July 24, 2009 at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV. USA
The KBL season will begin towards the middle of October, 2009 and will run to the end of April, 2010.
The Registration fee for the WBA Exposure League Big Man Camp is only $250. The first 30 players to register fee will be $200. Please go to www.wbaball.net And register !
The WBA Exposure League Big Man Camp is where 'The Sky Is the Limit'!

WHEN & WHERE:
The WBA Exposure League Big Man Camp will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Decatur Gymnasium in Decatur, GA from 1-7pm.
231 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030 USA

Camp Director
Lionel Garrett
Lionel@wbaball.net


2009 Cartersville Warriors Tryout Camp - by Bobby Rouse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cartersville Warriors Announce 2009 Tryout Camp

ATLANTA, May 1, 2009The Cartersville Warriors professional basketball team, will hold its Tryout Camp on Saturday, May 23rd at The Aubrey Street Gymnasium, 126 Aubrey Street, Cartersville, GA 30120. This camp will give talented athletes an opportunity to be exposed to the General Manager and Coach of the Warriors. The top players attending the camp will be invited to veterans camp which will begin on Sunday May 24, 2009 in Cartersville. The registration fee for the camp is $50.00. The mission of the WBA Exposure League is to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, CBA, and International Scouts, while providing each community with an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. The WBA serves as a training ground to develop players and coaches on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, community involvement, and most importantly exposure. Over 400 WBA Players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the CBA, D-League, and the NBA.

WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. WBA exposure teams have produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who recently signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs the former Magic City Court Kings and now plays with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL. Other star athletes include Josh Powell who signed to the L.A. Clippers; former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets.

About The Cartersville Warriors Open Tryout Camp:

WHERE: Aubrey Street Gymnasium, 126 Aubrey Street, Cartersville, GA 30120

WHEN: Saturday-May 23, 2009

SCHEDULE: 10:00am - 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION FEE:

Registration: $50

Acceptable Forms of Payment: Cash, Money Orders, PayPal

For more information about the WBA Cartersville Warriors Tryout Camp contact General Manager Bobby Rouse at 678-522-1017 or prohoopsatl@yahoo.com.




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes wins AWBL Meister 2009! - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes became the Champion of 2008/2009 season as the team rolled over WBC Kraftwerk Ladies 98:83 in the third game. The Winner of the Regular season won the series 3-0 to triumph in the country. Flying Foxes started the game with 29:14, however lost the second period 26-23. WBC Kraftwerk Ladies produced 27-23 in the third period to reduce the gap almost to the minimum. Flying Foxes SVS Post pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza and won the fourth period 23-16 to seal the winning outcome. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, college: La Salle) top-scored for the winners with 31 points, whilst Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) nailed 23. Lee poured in 25 points for the hosts and Crawford added 16.

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  BARBADOS - Women  


Barbadian legend Hinds dead at 44 - by Justin Marville
THE BARBADIAN BASKETBALL FRATERNITY is in mourning after the death of former national womens player Arleen Hinds.
A physical education teacher at Grantley Adams Memorial School for the last 20 years, the 44-year-old Hinds passed away last Wednesday after losing her battle with cancer.
Renowned as one of Barbados top players, the stylish former Lumber Company UAC and Senators guard/forward represented the country during an illustrious 15-year career, last playing for Barbados back in 1991 at the CARICOM Tournament in Trinidad.
Arleen Hinds was an extremely talented basketball player with the ability to play both basketball and netball at the national level, said Gay Griffith, a past long-serving president of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association.
She was a very good perimeter shooter who used her height to her advantage. It is tragic to lose someone in her young 40s and in the prime of her educational career.
An astute netballer, Hinds was known for her accurate outside shooting from the goal attack position for club side UAC.
She was also responsible for the development of many of Grantley Adams sports programmes outside of basketball, notably road tennis - coaching the reigning two-time school champs to glory in each of the last two years.
Hinds, who earned a Masters degree in sport management from Temple University, leaves to mourn, her mother Ottline Cozier, brothers Mervin, Floyd, Sherwin and Henderson, and sisters Floria, Sherline and Geanette.
No date has been set for the funeral.


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  CUBA - Women  


Cuban National Team 2009 - by Kasia
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Ineidis Casanova (180-G-88) of Santiago de Cuba
Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) of Occidentales de Habana
Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) of Sancti Spiritus
Klavdia Calvo (185-F-83) of Occidentales de Habana
Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) of Centrales
Oyanaisis Gelis (171-G-83) of Orientales de Habana
Taimy Fernandez (182-G-82) of Pinar del Rio
Leidis Oquendo (179-F-82) of Centrales
Yulizeny Soria (181-F-79) of Occidentales de Habana
Arlenys Romero (176-G-84) of Pinar del Rio

Lazara Moises (190-C-89)
Edith Tompson (190-C-91)
Klenia Noblet (186-C-88)
Cariola Echevarria (178-F-76)
Islen Carbonel (177-F-88)
Lisdeivis Martinez (175-G-89)


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  GERMANY - Women  


The Saarlouis Royals are German champions! - by Moritz Korff
The Saarlouis Royals completed their amazing season with a 76-66 victory over defending champion TSV Wasserburg in game five of the DBBL finals and earned their first German championship title in club history.
Thus the dynasty of TSV Wasserburg is over. The Bavarians had won five straight titles since 2004. The Royals had already captured the German Cup-Competition earlier this year.
In game five the Royals had to replace Guard Stina Barnert (176-G-89) due to problems with her thigh, while Wasserburg was without Katharina Kuehn (193-C-80) who had suffered an injury of the achilles tendon in the fourth match. After ten minutes the hosting Royals were trailing (18:27) and Wasserburg increased their lead to 13 points at the beginning of the second quarter. At the half however, the host had cut the lead to two points and then grabbed the lead after the break. Saarlouis Coach Rene Spandauw let his starting five play almost the entire second half. And his starters did very well. After 30 minutes the Royals were ahead 57-50 and 63-50 in the final period. But Wasserburg managed to come back in the last encounter of the season and made it a 63-58 game. Saarlouis replied with six points in a row and the visitors never recovered from that run.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Etzella and Residence win in semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News
Etzella moved closer to the final after they claimed a road win over T71 Dudelange in the semifinal best-of-three series. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) provided 17 points to pace the visitors. Joelle Baatz (168-G-91) had 13 points in a 70:61 success. T71 Dudelange were the first to strike as they grabbed a 5-point lead after the opening frame. But Etzella changed the complexion of the game in the second stanza and took over cutting the distance to 3 points at halftime. The second half turned into a rather one-sided traffic as Etzella rushed in front and ensured an important road success. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) had 12 points and 6 boards for Etzella. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) produced 19 points to lead T71. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) was limited to 9 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Residence took a 1-0 lead in the series against Musel Pikes beating those 71:54 at home court. Veronique Kohnen (176-F-82) and Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) provided 25 points apiece for Residence. The hosts led from start to finish. They won the starting frame by 8 points and wisely maintained the advantage throughout the contest. Residence held their opponents to just 30% of field goals to celebrate the positive result. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) notched 18 points for Musel Pikes. Christiane Fischer (168-G) delivered 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.


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  PALESTINE - Women  


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


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  SPAIN - Women  


Ros Casares grabs third consecutive title in LFB! - by Eurobasket News
Halcon A.Per. - Ros Casares 66-70
Powerful Ros Casares outsmarted Perfumerias on the road 70-66 defending the championship title in LFB (third consecutive). The team from Valencia did a great job in the first quarter (10-22) and later managed to keep its lead, despite the hosts had pretty decent 30 minutes (56-48, last quarter 25-19). Amaya Valdemoro (184-F/G-76) top-scored for the new-old champions with 18 points. Erika De Souza (197-C-82) had 15 pts and 9 rebounds, while Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) delivered 10 pts. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) registered monster double-double for Perfumerias, 22 points and 20 rebounds.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Womens Field Announced for 2009 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament - by David Edole

Seattle, Washington The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2009 womens basketball tournament field and brackets today. The eight NCAA division I womens basketball teams participating in the 10th annual event include Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California and Texas. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.

Six of the tournaments eight participants earned berths in the NCAA Tournament in March. Oklahoma, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Texas each competed in the tournament, with Oklahoma advancing all the way to the Final Four before falling to Louisville. Rutgers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before succumbing to Purdue. Mississippi State and San Diego State both advanced to the second round before falling to Ohio State and Stanford, respectively. Notre Dame and Texas both lost in the first round of the tournament. Tournament-hardened teams such as these help to make the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.

Five teams of this years teams will make return visits to the islands, three of whom earned Paradise Jam championships. Rutgers will defend its 2004 crown; South Carolina claimed a 2002 championship and Texas won in 2001 with a narrow victory over fellow 2009 participant, Southern California. Mississippi State finished second in 2003. Rutgers will be the first womens team to appear in three Paradise Jam tournaments, having also competed in the 2006 event.
The Paradise Jam consists of two separate tournament divisions. Each is a four-team, three-game round-robin event. One is called the 'Island Division tournament and the other is called the Reef Division tournament. Both are Multiple Team Event (MTE) tournaments. An MTE tournament counts as only two games against a teams annual maximum of 29 games, despite playing three games at the tournament.

The Paradise Jam Island Division tournament includes Oklahoma, San Diego State and Notre Dame and South Carolina. Competition begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, at 2:00 PM with a matchup between South Carolina and Oklahoma, followed by the 4:30 PM game between San Diego State and Notre Dame. Games continue on November 27th with Notre Dame vs. South Carolina at 2:00 PM and Oklahoma vs. San Diego State at 4:30 PM. Competition concludes on November 28th at 2:00 PM with San Diego State vs. South Carolina followed at 4:30 PM by Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame.

The Paradise Jam Reef Division tournament participants are Rutgers, Mississippi State and Texas, and Southern California. Competition begins November 26th at 7:00 PM with Southern California playing Rutgers, followed by the 9:30 PM game with Mississippi State vs. Texas, a rematch of last years NCAA Tournament first round in which Mississippi State defeated Texas. Games continue on November 27th with Rutgers vs. Mississippi State at 7:00 PM and Texas vs. Southern California at 9:30 PM. The remaining match ups will conclude on November 28th at 7:00 PM with Southern California vs. Mississippi State and 9:30 PM with Texas vs. Rutgers.

All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Games will be played at the U.V.I. Sports and Fitness Center, the Caribbeans premier basketball facility located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

In 2008 Paradise Jam action, Wisconsin came from behind to take the lead with seven seconds to play, upsetting sixth-ranked Baylor to claim the Island Division championship. Villanova finished ahead of Central Florida to earn third place in the division. In the Reef Division, second-ranked California cruised past Texas Tech, South Florida and Iowa to claim that divisions championship. South Florida defeated Iowa in overtime to earn 2nd place.


2009 REEF DIVISION BRACKET

2009 ISLAND DIVISION BRACKET



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Higher League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Egenti, Kozachka 19.4
2 Biryuk, Kozachka 18.5
3 K.Dorogo, Tim-Scuf 16.8
4 Maznich., Tim-Scuf 16
5 Rymaren., Kozachka 15.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Egenti, Kozachka 12.2
2 Mazniche., Tim-Scuf 7.2
3 Kulaga, Chaika 6.9
4 K.Dorogo, Tim-Scuf 6.5
5 Shnipor, NAEK 5.8
Assists Per Game
1 Biryuk, Kozachka 5.4
2 Kurbatove, NAEK 3.7
3 Krasnikova, Tim-Scuf 4.3
4 Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 3.2
5 Dubas, Tim-Scuf 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Biryuk, Kozachka 2.8
2 Krasnikova, Tim-Scuf 3.1
3 Nikolenko, NAEK 2.4
2FGP
1 Rymarenko, Kozachka 63.0%
2 Maznichenko, Tim-Scuf 58.0%
3 Egenti, Kozachka 57.0%
3FGP
1 Silyanova, Kozachka 56.0%
2 Egenti, Kozachka 45.0%
3 Zhyrakova, NAEK 45.0%
Free Throws
1 Biryuk, Kozachka 90.0%
2 Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 88.0%
2 Malynovska, NAEK 88.0%