EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/20/2009

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Egypt5-0
2. Mali4-1
3. Senegal3-2
4. Morocco2-3
5. C.Africa1-4
6. Mozambiq.0-5
Group B
1. Nigeria5-0
2. Ivory Coast3-2
3. Angola3-2
4. Algeria3-2
5. Congo-Braza.1-4
6. Kenya0-5


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  ARGENTINA   


Mendoza to hold 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Mendoza , Argentina will hold 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this year. the event is scheduled for June 17 to 21. Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela will be divided into two groups, with four teams in each. Group A will consist of USA, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Brazil. Argentina, Canada, Bahamas and Mexico will play in Group B.
On the first day of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship Puerto Rico will face Venezuela in the opener. The game between Argentina and Bahamas will be the last in the first day right after Open Ceremony of the event.


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Mahrams solidity Vs. Zain flair in all-WABA final - by Mohammed Malas
JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Can Jordanian league winners Zains combined flair stop WABA champions Mahram from completing an Iranian three-peat at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Wednesday?

Thats the question thats doing the rounds in the minds of those who have watched the way Mahram have steamrolled their way into the title round with a 6-0 run in the tournament.

Its only logical that Zain, the only other unbeaten team in the Champions Cup will challenge Mahram in the final, but it will take as their coach Mario Palma put it their best to take home the title, which the Jordanians won in Kuwait three years ago under their former nomenclature Fastilink.

Mahram hold a 2-1 edge in the head-to-head meetings, but won the latest encounter 96-85 at the WABA qualifiers for this Champions Cup at Amman (Jordan) exactly two months ago.

The other two clashes between the two have come in the Dubai International with Zain winning their 2008 encounter 78-61 and Mahram the one a year earlier 76-70.

Mahram have added more fire power to their arsenal after that win at Amman, borrowing Jackson Vroman from Saba Mehr for the Champions Cup.

Zain too have changed their line-up bringing in Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) instead of Michael Christensen thus adding size to their armory.

But coach Mostafa Hashemi didnt read too much into all that.

Its the final game. And I hope everything goes on well, Hashemi said.

They are a very good team and it definitely wont be as easy as it seems, Hashemi said of his rivals for the championship game.

Dont forget an Iranian club has won the tournament the last two years (Mahram fellow Iranian league team Saba Battery were the champions in 2007-08). So the expectations are very high back home, Hashemi added.

Of course, all my players will give more than 100%, said Palma.

They look strong but they wont have it easy, the Portuguese added.

Both the coaches were equivocal in predicting a close game for the final.

We both know our games very well. Itll be a challenge for both, said Palma.

The better team of the day will win, said Hashemi.

Mahram X Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut took to the court without spearhead Fadi El Khatib, whose back injury recurred, and made it easier for WABA champions Mahram in the first semifinal of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Tuesday.

Mahram seized control of the game early and went on to hand down a punishing 109-80 defeat on their fellow WABA club.

The Iranian league winners, thus, kept themselves in line for an Iranian three-peat. Saba Battery had won the Champions Cup for the last two years. For Riyadi, it was their second successive defeat at the hands of an Iranian rival in the Champions Cup semifinal, having lost 68-70 to Saba last year at Kuwait.

A 14-0 run, which saw Mahram turn a 6-9 deficit to an overwhelming 20-9 lead midway through the first quarter helped the Mostafa Hashemi-trained club to gain the upper hand in the game.

Samad Nikkah sank two three-pointers and as many off the field in a 50% field scoring rate, effected one steal and two assists to put Mahram in the driving seat.

Samad scored 10 of his games 22 points in the first quarter.

American center Priest Lauderdale the tallest player in the tournament by a distance who was necessary for only 12 minutes average in their previous five wins in the tournament for Mahram, pulled down eight rebounds to steer his team comfortably ahead in the first quarter.

A comfort that only got better as the game progressed.

Lauderdale finished with a game-high 14 rebounds, to go along side his 20 points, as Mahram won the battle of boards 50-38.

Jackson Vroman once again justified his borrowing from Saba Mehr with another game-high performance.

The former New Orleans Hornets player returned 27 points, with a 10/15 record in the field and 7/10 in free-throws.

Riyadi coach Fouad Abouchakra was in an unenviable position.

Forced to play without El Khatib, Abouchakra had another trouble at hand that of point guard Ali Mahmouds strife with a flu.

The Lebanese champions had a woeful period as the game began.

They turned the ball over six times, converted only 5 of their 18 field attempts and managed only one offensive rebound in the first quarter and handed over the initiative to their rivals.

To a rival, who gleefully accepted it.

Hashemi was rather modest about the big win.

I think things fell into place rather well, especially since they were playing without Fadi, Hashemi said.

We still have one more game to go before we reach our goal, Hashemi sounded a word of caution.

The game was lost in the first quarter, conceded Abouchakra.

After that it was just a matter of time.

American Nate Johnson was the leading scorer for Riyadi with 26 points, but had a mere 6/16 record in two-pointers and a 3/7 in long-rangers.

Scores

Mahram 109 (Jackson Vroman 27, Samad Nikkah 22, Priest Lauderdale 20) bt Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Beirut 80 (Nate Johnson 26, Ali Fakhreddine 14, Mohammad Ibrahim 14). Quarterwise Scores: 26-14, 57-31, 83-55.

Zain X Al Arabi Club
Zain proved the better team on court and emerged a convincing 113-57 victor over Al Arabi Club in the second semifinal of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Tuesday.

Zain made the final for the first time in three years their last entry into the title round in their former nomenclature as Fastilink landing them the title in 2006 at Kuwait.

Arabi, playing the Champions Cup after 25 years ago will aim for their best ever finish having finished a mere seventh in the 1984 edition at Kuala Lumpur.

After equally-sparred opening moments, Zain pulled away from 6-all with a 10-2 run and never looked back.

That provided us the opening to take the game away, Zain point guard Sam Daghlas.

Mousa Awadis long-ranger from just inside the center-line at the hooter took Zain 52-30 ahead going into the change rooms.

A position from which they never looked back.

Mohammad Hammdans drive down the lane took Zain past the three-figure mark as the Jordanian league champions raced ahead to the biggest win in this years Champions Cup.

It went well, beamed Zain coach Mario Palma.

Zaid Abbas was back on the bench from a flu break, but didnt take to the court.

We didnt want to risk him. Hell play tomorrow, Palma said.

All the other players scored in the mammoth win with American Roderick Riley leading the way with 18 points.

Zain also held a huge 53-35 advantage in the rebounds.

Scores

Zain 113 (Roderick Riley 18, Ayman Idais 15, Sam Daghlas 14, Mohammad Hammdan 13) bt Al Arabi Club (Maurice Hargrow 16, Joshua Jones 14). Quarterwise Scores: 23-15, 52-30, 84-42.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian National Team announced - by Eurobasket News
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Basketball Australia has named a youthful Boomers squad with five teenagers and an average player age of twenty-three years for its 2009 program.

In a non-Olympic, non-World Championship year, Basketball Australia is utilising the opportunity to blood new recruits and to provide its athletes with invaluable international experience.

2008 Boomers squad member James Harvey is the old man of the squad at just 30 years of age, while 2008 Junior Male Player of the Year Hugh Greenwood is the youngest athlete at 17 years and two months and is one of four AIS athletes named.

With many of our 2008 Olympians unavailable for the 2009 program due to injury or the need for rest after two years without a break from competition, we are taking this opportunity to give new players a chance to stake their claim for a spot on the Boomers team, Basketball Australia Chief Executive Larry Sengstock said.

Theyre a young squad, theyre talented and theyll get a chance to play an exciting brand of basketball under new Head Coach Brett Brown.

The Boomers squad will come together for the first time at a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport on June 19 before tours to China, Argentina and Brazil in advance of the FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand in August.


2009 Boomers Squad

Name / Most recent club / Age

Adam BALLINGER* / Adelaide 36ers / 29
David Barlow (205-F-83) of Melbourne Tigers / Melbourne Tigers / 25
Aron BAYNES / Washington State University (USA) / 22
Aaron Bruce (191-G-84) of Adelaide 36ers / Adelaide 36ers / 24
Jason CADEE / Australian Institute of Sport / 18
Rhys CARTER / South Dragons / 25
Cody ELLIS / Australian Institute of Sport / 19
Oscar FORMAN / New Zealand Breakers (NZ) / 27
Adam GIBSON / South Dragons / 22
Chris GOULDING / Perth Wildcats / 20
Hugh GREENWOOD / Australian Institute of Sport / 17
Tom GREER / Melbourne Tigers / 25
Igor HADZIOMEROVIC / Melbourne Tigers Juniors / 17
James HARVEY / Gold Coast Blaze / 30
Brad HILL / Adelaide 36ers / 22
Nathan HERBERT / South Dragons / 24
Jacob HOLMES / Adelaide 36ers / 25
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) of Melbourne South Dragons / South Dragons / 21
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86) of Idaho Stampede (USA) / Toronto Raptors (USA) / 22
Luke KENDALL / Melbourne Tigers / 28
Julian KHAZZOUH / Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland) / 23
Daniel KICKERT / Kalise Gran Canaria (Spain) / 25
Matthew KNIGHT / Sydney Spirit / 24
Alex LOUGHTON / Perth Wildcats / 26
Aleks MARIC / CB Granada (Spain) / 24
Damian MARTIN / Sydney Spirit / 24
Steven MARKOVIC / Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) / 25
Patrick Mills (183-G-88) of St.Mary's College of California (USA) / St. Marys College (USA) / 20
Brock MOTUM / Australian Institute of Sport / 18
Luke NEVILL / University of Utah (USA) / 23
Liam RUSH / Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden) / 27
Damien RYAN / Aurora Basket Jesi (Italy) / 29
Luke SCHENSCHER / Adelaide 36ers / 27
Greg VANDERJAGT / Townsville Crocodiles / 24
Stephen WEIGH / Perth Wildcats / 22
Kerry WILLIAMS / Cairns Taipans / 21

Head Coach: Brett Brown
Assistant Coach: Andrej Lemanis
Assistant Coach: Shane Heal
Assistant Coach: Marty Clarke
Network Coach: Bill Tomlinson
Manager: Nic Mercer

* American-born Ballinger is married to an Australian and will be naturalised on July 12.


KEY DATES AT A GLANCE

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 30Aug 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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  AUSTRIA   


Gmunden advances to Big Final with 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
Wels - Furstenfeld 94-81
Wels outplayed Furstenfeld making a huge step forward to Big Final (2-1 lead). Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77) demonstrated nice performance for the hosts collecting 27 points and 6 rebounds. Davor Lamesic was second scorer of the team with 16 pts. In Furstenfeld, Bryan Lucas delivered 18 points. Game No.4 is scheduled for tomorrow

Arkadia - Gmunden 107-110 OT
The box-score will be available soon. Gmunden advanced to Finals with 3-0.


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Gordon Makes NBA All Rookie Team - by Tony Bahama
Bahamian-American Eric Gordon (193-G-88, college: Indiana) Jr. 20, who plays with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers finished the season ranked as the league's sixth best rookie by NBA coaches. However, some NBA analysts believe Gordon who got unexpected playing time because of injuries on his team and put up remarkable numbers was snubbed after not being named to the NBA's first All-Rookie Team.
Gordon, a 6'3' 222lbs shooting guard finished the season averaging 16.1 points per game, 2.8 assists and shot .389 from the three point line. He averaged 20.8 points in the final five games more than earning his $2.6 million dollar salary during the course of the season. Zach Randolph who is contracted for $14.6 million dollars was the teams top scorer averaging 20.9 points per game
It is thought that Gordon, the seventh overall pick in last years draft out of the University of Indiana did not make the first team because he plays for a team that largely under achieved and finished with a 19-63 record; 46 games behind division winners Los Angeles Lakers.
Additionally, Gordon who got lots of playing time due to injuries to star point guard Barron Davis was also facing a very talented group of NBA rookies who also excelled for their team this year. He has also been pegged as a poor defender and needs to improve his shot selection and mid range jumper along with his assist to turnover ratio.
He averaged just 2.8 assists compared to 2.1 turnovers in 78 outings where he averaged 34 minutes per game. He also averaged one steal per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies were unanimous selections to the 2008-09 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced on April 30th.
In 81 games the 6'3' Rose averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, to go along with 2.4 turnovers and 3.9 rebounds. Mayo 6'4' averaged 18.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.7 turnovers and 3.8 rebounds in 82 games.
Rounding out the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team are Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, New Jersey's center Brook Lopez and Miami's forward Michael Beasley who averaged 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds and could have easily been replaced by Gordon.
Oklahoma that finished with a 23-59 record and Memphis at 24-58 were expected to struggle this year unlike the Clippers.
The T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Gordon who was sixth with 39 points in the voting process five points behind Beasley; Minnesota's Kevin Love, Miami's Mario Chalmers, Memphis' Marc Gasol, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin and Portland's Rudy Fernandez where tied with 17 points.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.


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  BELGIUM   


Liege News - by Peter Buyse
Belgacom Liege Basket recently signed American guard Bobby Walker (188-G-84, college: Va Commonwealth). Walker was signed to pick up the slack after losing Chris Hill and Jamar Wilson to injury.
He played the last 2 regular season games for Liege after having started the season in Holland. In Holland he played for the Rotterdam Challengers.
In 41 games for Rotterdam he averaged 18.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 3.0apg. After leaving VCU after the 06-07 season he started his overseas career in Iceland playing for Keflavik.


Gent Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
A couple of days after announcing the signing of another young Belgian player in Thomas Foucart Optima Gent has now added Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) to its team for the 2009-2010 season.
Melson had a pretty decent season for Optima Gent during the past season with averages of 13.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg. The team now has already signed 7 players for the upcoming season.
Melson is the second foreign player signed next to Monwell Randle who also played for Gent the past season.


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  BELIZE   


Inter-Office Basketball games played on the 15 & 17 May: - by David Magana
Please find below the results of the Inter-Office Basketball games played on the 15 & 17 May:

Friday 15 May:
Game 1
Alamilla's Furniture / FCIB - 76 Atlantic Bank - 74
Top Scorers
Alamilla's - Michael 'Whiskey' Staine 16 pts / 13 rebounds / 4 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
John Rudon 16 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 steals
Atlantic Bank - Andrew 'Head' Staine 25 pts / 1 rebound / 2 assist / 3 steals
Darwin 'Doggy' Elijio 12 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals

Game 2
Tuff e Nuff Tours - 78 Belize Water Services Limited - 55
Top Scorers
Tuff e Nuff - Densmore 'Wabble' Edwards 34 pts / 4 rebounds / 5 assist / 2 steals
Rico Black (180-G-75) 12 pts / 2 assist / 1 steal
BWS - Jerome 'Penny' Ellis 16 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 6 steals
Benson Matthews 9 pts / 8 rebounds

Game 3
Belize City Council - 56 Cellular Plus / Customs - 54
Top Scorers
City Council - Godstend 'Goddis' Ferguson 15 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist / 5 steals
Kenroy Usher 13 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 6 steals
Customs - Andrew 'JewBoy' Robateau 28 pts / 6 rebounds / 3 blocks / 1 steal
Richard 'House' Garbutt 8 pts / 7 rebounds

Sunday 17 May:
Game 1
Brodies 'Milo' - 20 SSB / BNTU - 0
Game won by default as SSB / BNTU did not showup for the game

Game 2
Castillo Sanchez & Burrell - 59 Central Bank - 53
Top Scorers
CSB - Ervin 'Poote' Orosco 22 pts / 4 rebounds / 3 assist / 3 steals
Tyrone Palmerston 12 pts / 8 rebounds / 7 assist / 1 block
Central Bank - Wilfred Richards 16 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 steal
Leonard Linares 12 pts / 4 rebounds / 1 assist

Game 3
Police Department - 64 General Post Office - 54
Top Scorers
Police - Kenard Clarke 18 pts / 20 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
Adrian Flores 10 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Post Office - Ian Ferrera (188-F) 'Penny' 21 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Kevin Flowers 'Beeno' 16 pts (5-3's) / 2 rebounds

Game 4
Belize City Council - 73 K.H.M.H. - 52
Top Scorers
City Council - Virgil Miller 14 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
Damine Myles 14 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 steal
KHMH - Norman 'Namu' Humes 18 pts / 8 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 block
Francis Lemmoth 14 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals

Game 5
Atlantic Bank - 74 Belize Telemedia Limited - 66
Top Scorers
Atlantic - Andrew 'Head' Staine 29 pts / 4 rebounds / 5 steals
Dave Apolonio 13 pts / 1 rebound / 3 steals
Telemedia - Devon Lozano (182-G-79) 19 pts / 3 rebounds / 4 assist / 4 steals
Devon Lozano (182-G-79) 15 pts / 7 rebounds

NEXT GAMES:

Monday 18 May, 6:30 pm at Civic Center
Game 1 - Police Department vs Port of Belize
Game 2 - Aero Dispatch Services vs Kolbe Foundation
Game 3 - Home Protector Insurance vs Atlantic Bank

Wednesday 20 May, 6:30 pm at Civic Center
Game 1 - General Post Office vs Medical & Johnston Int'l
Game 2 - SSB / BNTU vs Belize Water Services Limited
Game 3 - Central Bank vs Alamilla's Furniture / FCIB


Playoff begin in BECOL Tournament!!! - by David Magana

The BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT continued over the weekend with the commencement of the PLAYOFFS with four (4) games per night.

FRIDAY 15TH MAY
GAME 1
U-18
Sacred Heart 58
Zamir (Gramax) Usher 14 pts
Dishon McNabb 13 pts
Elvis (Zui) Usher 11 pts
Shimeon (Shimo) Simpson 10 pts


O-Ballaz 52

Shelton Defour 18 pts
Vandel Fuller 14 pts
Elliot (Tito) Bermudez 11

GAME 2
U-18
Mt. Carmel 41

Johan (Cotto) Bermudez 21 pts
Michael (Blue) Williams 9 pts
Neon Harris 6 pts

Christ for Life 36
Clifford Neal 10 pts
G. Neal 7 pts
Leneke Noralez 6 pts

GAME 3
U-21
Belmopan Trojans 45

Daniel Norberto 9 pts
Don Williams 8 pts
Michael Martinez 7 pts

Hardtime Hustlers 40
Omar Yacab 15 pts
Elliot (Tito) Bermudez 13 pts

GAME 4
Seniros
Cougars Club 68

Dorian Jones 20 pts
Kyle Pascascio 20 pts
Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 12 pts

Perkup Blazers 58
Erick Reyes 11 pts
Rhetton Belisle 10 pts

SATURDAY 16TH MAY
GAME 1
U-21
Sacred Heart 57
Felix Martinez 17 pts
Elvis (Zui) Usher 15 pts
Ian Lennan 10 pts

Hydro Power 58
Frank Fuller 15 pts
Vandell Fuller 15 pts
Mason (Palad) Berry 13 pts

Game 2 In the O-35 Division Tuff Enuff Rebels forfeited their game to Hydro Power

GAME 3
O-35
Belmopan Bandits 44

Alfonso (Fonso) Audinett 21 pts
Fred Morter 8 pts
Clive Sutherland 8 pts

Belize Bank Veterans 31
Hugh OBrien 7 pts
Oscar Quewell 7 pts
Jayson Arnold 5 pts

GAME 4
Seniors
E-3 Stars 66

Elroy Willis 19 pts
Mark OBrien 12 pts
Kurt Burgess (196-F) (Chengo) 11 pts

Christ for Life 59
Mark Gentle 14 pts
Brett Smith 12 pts
Jay Chavarria (191-F) 11 pts
Lindy Gill 10 pts

Playoff Games scheduled for this weekend

Friday April 22nd, 2009 Game 1 (U-21) Belmopan Trojans vs Hardtime Hustlers
Game 2 (U-21) SHC vs Hydro Power
Game 3 (O-35) Hydro Power vs Tuff Enuff Rebels
Game 3 (Seniors) Cougars Club vs Perkup Blazers

Saturday May 23rd, 2009 Game 1 (O-18) Mt. Carmel vs Christ for Life Jrs.
Game 2 (U-18) O-Ballaz vs Sacred Heart College
Game 3 (O-35) Belmopan Bandits vs Belize Bank Veterans
Game 4 (Srs.) E-3 Stars vs Christ for Life Srs.
Dorian Jones (186-G)



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Two of three defending champs fall in Basketball season-opener - by David Edole
By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY
BVI News Online Chief Sports Correspondent

It wasn't a good night for defending champions in the opener of the BVI Basketball Federation league-which is being played on honour of Edred 'Beef' Stoutt-as two of the three defending champions fell.

Four-time defending champs Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics succumbed to Another Level, 65-60, in the opening game. Merwin Potter, Norville Carey and Kenrick Thomas, were the leading scorers with 13, 12 and 10 points respectively. Carey also pulled eight rebounds and had five blocks. Bodean Samuel and Brandon Riley were the Jr. Mystics' top scorers with 17 and 10 points a piece.

In the nightcap, Young Legs trimmed two times senior division champions East, 68-65. Trevon Lewis (-82) paced the Legs with 15 points. Chaurbin Smith (178-G-81) and Lyle Duggins followed up with 10 each. Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) narrowly missed a double double, with nine points and 12 boards.

A double-double eluded Devon 'Judah' Watty, who had the East's top score with 13 points and nine rebounds. David 'Bolo' Lettsome and Halstead Chiverton (-82) followed up with 12 points a piece.

McKenzie Baltimore had 20 points to lead six players in double figures, as Ghetto Mix toppled Off Da Chainz, 101-89. Sean Woods, Calvin Smith, Delon Mills and Travis Issac each had 14 points while Wayne 'Baby Fat' Campbell added another 11.

Shamori Morgan had a game high 28 points to lead Off Da Chainz scores. Tito Dowe and Deon Smith followed up with 16 and 14 to the tally.

Ryan Mills had the lower end of the scoring shoot out, but, it was good enough to help Equity Trust Jr. Odds to a 91-79, win over the BCQS Hawks. Mill tossed in 43 points, pulled 13 rebounds and snatched six steals. Azamba Galloway and Rowan Victor added 16 and 14 each.

Ryan Alfred popped a game-high 53 points. Kadeem Jones followed up with 23.

Fo Real mauled the hapless Brothers, 93-25. Curtio Fredericks had 18 points and pulled 17 boards. Wuli Fometa added 14 with eight steals and seven rebounds. Shaquille Fonseca and Kevin Bodkin, toss in 10 additional points each.

Shaun Fahie had seven points as the Brothers' top scorer.

Nahson Jeffers dropped in 15 points to lead Da Boys past Run It Red, 74-60. Winston Farrington and Kimahni Walker followed up with 14 and 12. Akeem 'Chunky' Titley had Run It Red's top score with 16 points. Jevon Morris added another 11.


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  CANADA   


U16 National Team announced - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball announced today the official rosters for the inaugural 2009 Cadet(te) Men's (CMNT) and Women's National Team (CWNT). These select athletes represent the nations best players under 16 years of age.

The talent includes 2008 U15 National Championship first team all-stars, David Wagner from Kamloops, BC, Vanessa Pickard from Riverview, NB and Ontarios Karly Roser from the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA), as well as National Championship MVP, Kevin Pangos from Holland Landing, ON and Nirra Fields from Lachine, QC.

'We have a tremendous opportunity to provide the top young Canadian athletes with an international experience that will open their eyes to a new level of basketball, said Wayne Parrish, CEO and Executive Director for Canada Basketball. These athletes have developed through the Centre for Performance and provincial team system and it will be exciting to watch them join together to represent Canada as they begin their quest to qualify for the FIBA World Championships.

Canada Basketball and the provincial sport organizations worked together to select athletes from the Centre for Performance program, a regional training centre concept intended to identify and develop elite-level Canadian basketball players at a young age. A key component of Canada Basketballs national player and coach identification and development strategy, top male and female players were chosen from each of the six sites across Canada (BC, AB, Prairies, ON, QC, Atlantic).

The national teams first competitions will be the FIBA Americas zone championships leading to the first-ever world championship in 2010. The FIBA Americas U16 World Championship Qualification Tournament for Men takes place June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina. In total, eight countries will participate including Canada, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Venezuela and Mexico, with the top three nations advancing to the first ever FIBA U17 World Championship next year.

The training camp roster for CMNT consists of 16 players, with 10 athletes that have been pre-selected to the final team. The remaining six athletes will vie for the two remaining spots on the final roster. I am thrilled that we have been able to bring together the top players from across Canada in our CP program and development system, said Roy Rana, Head Coach for the CMNT. We are excited to include six additional athletes in the training camp experience, who have the possibility of making the team. Ultimately we believe strongly that they will represent Canada with passion and pride.

On the womens side, the CWNT roster is complete, made up of 12 young players from across the country.

I am excited about the depth of talent at every position, said Jacquie Lavallee, the newly appointed Head Coach for CWNT. Our provincial partners across Canada have done an excellent job in identifying and developing talented athletes through our regional Centres of Performance program. This tournament is a great opportunity for our countrys young players to compete against the best in FIBA Americas.

The FIBA Americas U16 World Championship Qualification Tournament for Women takes place August 5-9 in Mexico City, Mexico. Eight countries will compete, including Canada, USA, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Likewise, the top three nations will advance to the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women next year.

Help Send Canadas Youth on the Road to the Worlds
Canadas basketball community is invited to get involved and support these young athletes as they begin their journey on the road to the FIBA Americas U16 Championships. The Canadian Basketball Foundation, the registered charitable arm of Canada Basketball, is currently collecting donations to fund critical areas such as travel, meals, and training. Special giving pages has been created to designate funding specifically for each of the Cadet(te) National Teams and all contributions are 100% receiptable.

To make a donation to Cadet Mens team, please visit www.canadahelps.org, select giving pages and enter Cadet Mens National Team or http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=4112.

To support the Cadette Womens team visit www.canadahelps.org, select giving pages and enter Cadette Womens National Team or click here.

The provincial/territorial sport organizations have worked closely with Canada Basketball, not only in assisting with athlete selection but also in financial support. Ontario Basketball has played an integral role, as several players on both training rosters reside in this province.

We are pleased to support the Canadian national cadet boys and girls squad, stated Michele OKeefe, Ontario Basketballs Executive Director. Many of the young athletes have been developed through the Ontario club and development systems and were very proud to have them representing Ontario and Canada in the next step of their development.

Please see below for a complete rosters of the CMNT and CWNT including players and team staff. For more information on the Canada Basketball, CNT and the Canadian Basketball Foundation visit www.basketball.ca.



CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER 2009

Name Position Height Hometown School/PTSO Club (2008/09)

Alexander, Jon** Forward 6'6 Scarborough, ON Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic SS / Scarborough Blues
Bennett, Anthony** Forward 6'5 Brampton, ON Harold Brathwaite SS / Brampton Hype Sports
De Ciman, Joe** Guard 6'3 Regina, SK Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS
Downey, Mandrez Guard 5'9 North Preston, NS Cole Harbour HS
Duke, Fergus** Guard 6'3 Dartmouth, NS Astral Drive JHS / North Preston Bulls
Dunlop, Keegan Centre 6'10 St. Catherines, ON St. Francis Catholic SS / Newman Youth
Evan, Ryan Centre 6'10 Kanata, ON Earl of March HS / Ottawa Guardsman
Jacobsen, Mitch Guard 6'7 Calgary, AB Sir Winston Churchill / TSBC
Jankovic, Stephan Foward 6'9 Mississauga, ON St. Francis Xavier HS
Lewis, Nick** Guard 6'1 Scarborough, ON Pope John Paul II Catholic SS / Scarborough Blues
Notice, Duane Guard 6'2 Vaughn, ON St. Michaels College / BJC Magic
Pangos, Kevin** Gaurd 6'0 Holland Landing, ON Dr. Denison HS / York Region Avengers
Stauskas, Nik** Guard 6'4 Mississauga, ON Loyola Catholic SS
Taylor, Brin** Guard 6'4 Edmonton, AB Jasper Place HS
Wagnr, David** Forward 6'9 Kamloops, BC South Kamloops SS
Webster-Chan, Negus** Gaurd 6'6 Scarborough, ON Pope John Paul II Catholic SS / Scarborough Blues
** Denotes pre-selected athletes



CADET MEN'S TEAM STAFF

Name Position School/Club

Roy Rana Head Coach Centre for Performance ON
Kirby Schepp Assistant Coach Centre for Performance MB
Krisjon Vargas Athletic Therapist
Sefu Bernard CP Head Coach Centre for Performance National HC
Steve Konchalski Council of Excellence St. FX University

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CHILE   


Houston Blaze to play with University of Concepcion - by Cristian Quiroga
Houston Blaze, U.S. team, will visit zone of Concepcion in the framework of its tour by Chile. In the framework of a sports clinic for smaller, next Wednesday, 27 of May a exhibition between University of Conception will be disputed and an international guest Houston Blaze. Is a matter of the Houston Blaze, group U.S. that gathers to noticeable professional basketball players (NBA, ABA, CBA. USBL and D-League), who through tours by Europe, Mexico, Central America and South America, they promote and they diffuse the beautiful sport under the hoop and we encourage the participation of smaller. The squad already has visited three times Chile in the last three years.
'The expectations are to congregate at more than 1,500 children in this spectacle', maintains Alejandro Osses, responsible for Huachipato branch of basketball.' And among the activities is contemplated that the team can visit hospitals and social centers. In turn, the UdeConce, that at present intervenes in the Opening Tournament of Dimayor and is directed for the Argentine Jorge Luis Alvarez, has compromised its participation and wait to include its maximums figures, among them Evandro Arteaga (at present being recovered of a wound), Eduardo Marechal, Diego Osses, Marcelo Hernandez and Nelson Mendez, among others. For more information on the Houston Blaze Basketball Organization or its players please log onto www.houstonblaze.com or email houston.blaze@yahoo.com.


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Interview with Darius Rice - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Darius Rice (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL), the Miami graduate is well known for the record he set up in NBDL where he had eleven successful 3pt shots. After some preseason games in NBA he played in Asia and now he is ready for the next big step.

This summer you signed in Premiata Montegranaro along with fomer NBA star Shawn Kemp. Many believed you would be an explosive duo in Italy, what happened? Why you left from the team early?

Darius Rice: Playing with Shawn Kemp was Great we had a really good preseason in which i scored 48 points in 1 game. Shawn and i had the same agent. Shawn had to leave because of personal reasons with his family so he did not return. He was our main guy that everyone wanted to see so when he did not return the team released me. I was their best player. It was not my fault i like Premiata Monegranaro and the fand liked me too. I wish i was there to help them this year they really struggled. I could have led the to better record.

You played for Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago in the NBA summer league, do you support them in the playoffs?

Darius Rice: Yes i am supporting the Cavaliers. Really had a great relationship with them and Lebron and i are good friends. He saw a lot of good things in me and i wish i could have been on that team with them during this time. Hopefully this year i get back into NBA . They are a really good team with great chemistry and they have fun playing!

Which well known NBA player you believe has your playing style?

Darius Rice: I think my game is a combination. I have a Dirk Nowitzki game, with a mixture of Glen Rice and Robert Horry.

You played in Asian leagues, whats your opinion about the competition there?

Darius Rice: The Asian leagues are really competitive. The game is faster than the Euroleague game. It was a great experience as well. Also Puerto Rico was a really competitive league. I really liked the Italian league i think i would have been really good if the team stuck with me and i feel the team's record would have been better. Maybe i get to go back if i dont get NBA shot.

After your amazing game in the NBDL with Dakota Wizards did you have offers from European teams?

Darius Rice: After the NBDL game i went to the Cleveland Cavaliers and also worked out with the San Antonio Spurs. I been through so much i can write a book of my experiences! It was really late in the season so Euroleague was about over. Hopefully i can get a good deal there in the future.

Which league you would like to play in the future?

Darius Rice: I would love to play in the NBA. It my dream and i work extremely hard to get 1 chance. If a team gives me a chance i will not disappoint them. If that does not work out tho i would love to play in ACB in Spain, Italy, or Turkey! Anywhere thats a good league where i can show my talents and help a team win and help my family.

Everybody knows you for your good 3pt shots, tell us your other strong points in your game.

Darius Rice: Other strong points in my game are my athleticism and my energy. I am a very exciting player who plays with heart and passion and my number one goal is winning. I am a great leader. I can make young players better and help all the players confidence with my leadership because i have seen so much and been around so many great players that it rubbed off on me. Played with Shaq, D. Wade, Lebron, Jason Kidd, i have learned how to be a leader. All of these qualities i bring as well as my ability to score a lot of points and shoot really well.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Darius Rice: In my free time i play chess, video games, or just work out and relax. I am a very cool guy!!


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  CROATIA   


Coach Skelin leads Leuven to Belgian Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
It seems that the Beligan league is sitting well with coaches from Croatia. After Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) has won the National Cup and the first place in regular season with Charleroi, another Croatian coach had success with a Belgian team. Ivica Skelin (agency: LBM Management ) has managed to take his Leuven to Playoff Quarterfinals after beating Oostende away 64-80. It seems that Skelin did a great job motivating his team as they came out strong from the tip off to control the game from start to finish. Four players recorded double figures for Leuven with Miller leading the way with 17 points while Anderson, Young and Fells added 14, 13 and 10 points respectively. For the losing side Harayasz finished the contest with 16 points. In the Playoff Quarterfinals Leuven will play against Aalstar, while on the other side of the bracket Antwerp will play Liege. Charleroi and Dexia have already qualified for Semifinals as they finished first and second in the regular part of the season.
Ivica Skelin (agency: LBM Management ) started his coaching career at Split as he first led the cadets. Soon his quality surfaced as he led Split cadets to Cadet Croatian Championship. Later he took the Junior squad at Split and also led them to the Junior Croatian Championship in 1996. Skelin continued his rise within Splint ranks making it to the position of Technical Director of all youth movement where he stayed until 2001. In 2001 he moved to Belgium where he was signed by Go-Pass Pepinster as Assistant Coach. In 2005 he returned as Head Coach to Split but after just one year he returned to Belgium as Head Coach of Verviers-Pepinster. For season 2008-2009 Skelin signed with Lueven.


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Votroubek Stanislav triumphs in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) triumphs in Slovakia with a new champion Nitra. Nitra became the new Extraliga champions as they defeated Pezinok in the fifth decisive game of the finals.
Pezinok surged ahead early in the game. Kozlik and Snopko connected from beyond the arc to give the hosts a 10:4 lead. However Eugene Lawrence responded with his own triple as Nitra went on a 9:1 run to grab the lead. Fapso fired from downtown and Dametri Hill added two free throws as the visitors enjoyed a 20:15 advantage at the first intermission. Andrej Lukjanec and Micuda quickly denied the deficit at the start of the second frame and the teams traded baskets throughout the period. Andrej Lukjanec accounted for 3 points late in the first half as Pezinok claimed a 43:41 lead into the major break.
Andrej Lukjanec scored 5 straight points midway through the third frame as Pezinok stretched the margin to 6 points. Soon Lorenzo Williams and Andrej Lukjanec ensured a 10-point advantage for the hosts. Fapso, Dametri Hill and Andrej Cervenka kept Nitra in the contest as they narrowed the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. Eugene Lawrence and Fapso hit 5 points in a row as Nitra piled up a 72:66 lead early in the fourth term. Eugene Lawrence and Pohanka continued Nitras onslaught as the visiting team earned a 9-point cushion. Lorenzo Williams and Andrej Lukjanec struck back with 6 points in a row as Pezinok clipped the gap. But Nitra stayed calm as Tomek and Eugene Lawrence restored a 7-point buffer for Nitra with less than 2 minutes to go. Dametri Hill knocked down 5 free throws in the dying seconds as Nitra succeeded in keeping Pezinok at bay.
Eugene Lawrence tallied 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to pace Nitra to the triumph. Branislav Tomek contributed 18 points and 11 boards for the winners and Stanislav Votroubek ended up with 13 points. Andrej Lukjanec could not rescue Pezinok with game-high 34 points. Kevin Houston came up with 22 points in the loss.

Before that Stanislav Votroubek's Nitra overcame Pezinok at home court to tie things at 2-2 in the Extraliga finals. Andrej Cervenka scored 22 points to pace Nitra to a valuable victory today. The teams started the game evenly as they exchanged baskets in the starting minutes. However the hosts unleashed ten points in a row midway through the frame to earn a 20:10 lead. Nitra ensured a 25:18 advantage at the first intermission and continued to mount the pressure in the second frame. Dametri Hill and Andrej Cervenka helped the home side to enlarge the margin to 13 points. Nitra wisely kept their opponents at bay and piled up a 19-point lead at halftime. Andrej Cervenka netted another jumper to give Nitra a 21-point cushion early in the third frame. Micuda and Lorenzo Williams clipped the gap to 13 points late in the quarter before Dametri Hill and Eugene Lawrence made it 68:51 for the hosts with one term remaining. Eugene Larence and Vido tipped off the fourth period with consecutive baskets as Nitra coasted to the win. Pezinok never threatened the margin and had to give it up at the end. Dametri Hill and Branislav Tomek finished with 20 points apiece for Nitra. Stanislav Votroubek collected 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Lorenzo Williams responded with 16 points and 5 assists for Pezinok. Kevin Houston and Matas Niparavicius posted 11 points each in the loss.


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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA
LIDOBA 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
M.MARTINEZ, SAMEJI 20.2
E.FERGUSON, G.U.G 20.0
M.GUZMAN, CUPES 23.8
B.COLON, G.U.G 19.7
A.FILION, SAMEJI 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
M.MARTINEZ, SAMEJI 10.0
C.PANIAGUA, CPN 12.0
M.GUZMAN, CUPES 11.0
A.FILION, SAMEJI 8.8
J.NOWSU, G.U.G 10.0
Assists Per Game
J.CORONADO, SAMEJI 4.5
D.MILLER, CUPES 4.6
E.FERGUSON, G.U.G 3.8
V.ORTEGA, CPN 3.6
W.MUNOZ, G.U.G 2.5
Blocks Per Game
M.MARTINEZ, SAMEJI 2.0
C.PANIAGUA, CPN 1.8
M.GUZMAN, CUPES 1.8


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KML Final: Kalev/Cramo wins Game 2 - by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo came back from a 17-point deficit, forced the game into overtime with 4 seconds left and dominated the game clearly in last two minutes, beatind TU/Rock 84:74 (26:43, 70:70) in Game 2 of the SEB Meistriliiga. Until then, Kalev/Cramo had lost 6 games in a row to TU/Rock in Estonian final series. 3000 spectators, the full house, experienced a great thriller, which has already become a habit in Estonian finals, which is one of the most tense rivalries in European basketball (only comparable to the Kaunas-Vilnius 'war' in Lithuania, Red vs Greens in Greece or Partizan vs Crvena Zvezda in Serbia).
Kalev/Cramo ended the game with 9:0 run, gaining the most from the fact that 4 opponents had left the game with 5 fouls. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) led the winners with 16 pts. He was held on zero in the first half of the game but bounced back woth 12 points in the 3rd quarter. Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) added 15 points, including 8 (!) in the dramatic last 3 minutes of the regular time. With 3 minutes left, Rock led 67:58 but 2 three-pointers by Fox and another one by Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) (10 pts today) evened the game with a minute left. Then both teams had a trouble on the free throw line - both were 1/4 in last minute. Free throw from Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) evened the game with 4 seconds left. In the overtime, Kalev/Cramo dictated the game and after Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) was fouled out (he was the 4th player of his team with 5 fouls), Rock had no chance to stop the guests, who were 6/7 from the FT line in overtime, while making only 13/29 in regular time.
Kalev/Cramo started the game, making only 4/19 FG and falling behind 20:37. But Linehan and Kriisa took the intiative in 3rd quarter with Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82), Fox and Kevin Lyde controlling the game in post.

Kalev/Cramo: Lihenan 16+ 8 rbs+ 4 ast + 3stl, Fox 15, Lyde 13+11rbs, Kangur 13+7 rbs, Kriisa 10
TU/Rock: Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) 16+4ast, Tein 11+6rbs, Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) 9+7rb, Talts 9


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KORISLIIGA: Mikko Jalonen back to Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish G Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) returns back to Korihait, Uusikaupunki. Jalonen played last season 33mpg on FoKoPo (Forssa) roster averaging 10,8 ppg, 3,3 rpg and 2,6 apg. Jalonen was part of Korihait roster 2003-05. Newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) has re-signed with Lasse Hintsala (193-G-84) and SF Hintsala will start his second season at Kauhajoki. Last season Hintsala averaged 6,7 ppg - 1,9 rpg in 20 mpg on the second highest level (I-division).

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Chalon has added Sherman Gay in his roster - by Gregory Caru
Chalon ( 16-14 ) 7th in Pro A, has signed Sherman Gay (201-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: Loyola Marymount) in order to replace, one of his best player Brian Boddicker ( 14,3 ppg 6,1 rpg 2,1 apg ) injured for the rest of the season. Gay is well known in france , this is a good player ( 3-4 ) with good hands, who can play in the paint or move away. He has already played in Pro A with Bourg ( 05-06 ) for 10 ppg 3,9 rpg in 34 games and Le Havre ( 06-07 ) with 10,5 ppg 4,4 rpg in 34 games. In 07-08 he has signed with ZTE KK (HUN) for only 1 game, he prefered to come back in France and sign with Brest in Pro B ( 17,3 ppg 5,7 rpg in 15 games ) for the rest of the season. This season he was always in Brest ( Pro B ), he realized a good season stats: 15,4 ppg 5,4 rpg in 29 games. He's arrived in Chalon this week in order to prepare the play-Off's game,with his new team, against Orleans ( 2th in Pro A ).A big challenge for this player, a bet for chalon !

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Machowski appointed Braunschweig Head Coach - by Moritz Korff
Sebastian Machowski (agency: LimeLight) has been appointed new Head Coach of 1. Bundesliga outfit New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. The 37-year-old Berlin native put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the club as the successor of Emir Mutapcic.
Machowski appeared 32 times on the German Men's National Team between 1992 and 1999. He was one of the best German sharpshooters during the 90s and played for ALBA Berlin and the Telekom Baskets Bonn, before making the move abroad. He had stints in Spain, Italy, France and Greece. In 2001 Machowski returned to Germany and played for Leverkusen, MBC and Koeln. He spent the last years of his playing career in Polish basketball, retired in 2008 and became a coach. He took over the helm at the Polish first division side SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg and served as a Head Coach in 07-08 and 08-09


Market News - by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced an agreement with Simon Schmitz (188-G-90). The 19-year-old German junior-international will join the team after scoring 14.1 points per contest for the BIS Baskets Speyer last season. Schmitz also had 4 rebounds per contest and dished out 3.7 assistsin Pro B competition.

Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86) makes the move from Hertener Loewen to ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) for the 2009-2010 season. The 22-year-old Power Forward produced 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest for Herten in this past year.

Solomon Sheard (204-F/C-79, college: Paul Quinn) will stay another season with Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. He hopes to play in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A with the club next season after finishing this past campaign second in the Pro B. Sheard averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 boards in 29 games for Wolfenbuettel last season.

Hertener Loewen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has added Vincent Kittmann (199-F-88, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) to their 2009-10 roster. The athletic wing spent this past season with Osnabrueck and averaged close to 5 points through 19 games. Meanwhile, Andre Spalke (190-G-82) has earned a contract extension with the Lions. He appeared in 28 Pro B games for Herten during 2008-09 and contributed 3.1 points per outing.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Look To Break The Flight Of The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Thunderbirds In Game Two May 21st - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After losing game one in the thunderbird nest, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have to defend their own Ballsporthalle nest and scare away the avian predator combining aggressive play and the mentality of a carnivore beast in game two May 21st. Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) may not like the frogs in the Artland, but he has always proposed his love for animals and wants not to hurt the Thunderbirds physically, but by special Basketball means. 'You never want to scare an opponent in the playoffs. You win by playing positive Basketball. We will hurt them if they respect our basketball', stressed Skyliner Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Skyliner forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) was disappointed twice last Sunday losing game one against Oldenburg and later that night as the Boston Celtics lost game seven at home against The Orlando Magic. 'Without Glen baby Davis, the Celtics would never have reached game seven and too bad he didnt play so well in the deciding game. Without his strong game and the absence of Kevin Garnett (208-F-76), it will never be easy to win', stressed Ilian Evtimov.

Game two will be like an early season type of game seven for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, because with a loss, the team could be a lot closer to an early summer than would be Alba Berlin if they were down 0-2 against the Paderborn Baskets. 'It is never good to lose game one, but we still have two chances to win in Oldenburg. We have to put pressure on them. We have to win game two, because it will be hard to win the series down 2-0', warned Ilian Evtimov. The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg now have a chance to steal a game in Frankfurt. The only thing that might hinder them could be thoughts back to the 84-53 blow out loss in Frankfurt in December 2008, but Predrag Krunic surely has already found a way to erase that calamity from the memory banks of his club. 'We have to keep the same intensity that we had in game one. We cant be flat like in the big loss in Frankfurt this season. We have to step it up on defense and control the rebounds', said Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri). 'I am not sure how Oldenburg will approach this game, but I strongly doubt that they will be as lackadaisical as that big loss. They are a good team and I am sure that they will play better than back then', said Ilian Evtimov.

Deutsche Bank Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is ALWAYS good for surprises and without his personality and comedic breaks that have imprinted his stay since day one of his tenure in Frankfurt and combined with his success, the whole Deutsche Bank Skyliner Basketball experience would not have been as enjoyable as it has been. You never know what to expect from the Turkish coaching genius, but despite a 1-0 Oldenburg series lead, playing one of the tougher opponents in the BBL with Oldenburg, the knowledge that Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) has aches and pains and is not 100% fit and the possibility that Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) may not play in game two, he always remains positive and is always looking a bit further.' I am sure that we can win this series and that we have the power to reach the BBL final', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Skyliner center Lorenzo Gordon did not play in game one because of shoulder problems and was dearly missed by Frankfurt. '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', stated Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding. Lorenzo Gordon could of played in game one, but seemed like Frankfurt was saving him for game two. 'We are optimistic that Lorenzo can play in game two. He is rehabilitating his shoulder twice a day', said Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . The other big Skyliner worry is about the availability of American Titus Ivory. He hurt his knee in game one as he was trying to cover Je Kel Foster, but ran into Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) 'My knee isnt doing too good. But we will try everything possible that I can play on Thursday', added Frankfurt guard Titus Ivory. Without Ivory, a lot of needed experience will be missing on the court for Frankfurt. 'Ivory is very experienced and the other less experienced players feed off his knowledge', expressed Oldenburg American Rickey Paulding. Frankfurt hope that Ivory can play. 'We are taking it day by day. If Titus says that he can play then he will', added Kamil Novak . A press conference without a Didin joke is about as doubtfull as seeing ex Chicago Bull Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) playing Cologne 99erMichael Jordan in a one on one duel in the BCM training facility in Frankfurt. 'If Ivory cant play then we will take him as an extra coach, but it will be difficult to find a seat on the bench since Kamil is occupying two seats with his injury', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Even though The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have lost four of their last five games in Oldenburg and lost game one 79-69, coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) was not disappointed by the overall effort by his players in game one. 'I have to compliment the team. They played well thanks to their hustle. We did some boxing out mistakes, but overall played good defense. They made some difficult and unbelievable shots with little time left on the shot clock and they had the home luck. You cant keep a team at zero points. Winning has to do with experience', philosophized Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Two Skyliners that had good games were Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross). Allen had a horrendous start going 0/7 from the field in the first half. He had problems getting points close to the baskets as the Oldenburg big men were pushing him away. In the second half, he showcased his pretty ballerina moves and finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) continues not to believe that Allen has his two year playoff drought on his mind. 'He has no problems in his mind. He was forcing some shots in the first half. Later he got his points inside. Maybe he will penetrate more in the future in these situations', added Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). American Keith Simmons finished with 17 points and ten rebounds and showed again that he could candidate for the nickname Air Simmons or sub for an eagle at a zoo flight show. Didin thinks it is only normal for a player like Simmons to continue his great play in the post season. 'Keith played with high energy in Oldenburg. But it is only normal that the more of an investment you do during the season, the better you will be in the playoffs', commented Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

It will be very warm on May 21st for game two and the Ballsporthalle will be cooking, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to continue to experience warm and uncomfortable arenas for the next weeks instead of visiting beaches or the local swimming pools. There are a few things that Frankfurt will need to do like stopping Rickey Paulding. He had a stellar performance with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The only thing missing was a moonwalk dance on the rim. Sometimes instead of getting afraid of a players stats, one should just see what a player is or is not capable of doing in a logical way. 'What does he average per game? He averages 14,8 points per game. He scored 24 points against us in game one. He was hot, but it is not easy to score that much each night. If he does it again then I tip my hat to him. He was taking very tough shots and just making them. We were defending him well and it is always hard to stop a player that is hot', stressed Skyliner Ilian Evtimov.

Frankfurt also will need to defend the inside game better as Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) had their problems dealing with Boumtje Boumtje and Majstorovic. Even though Boumtje Boumtje finished with 13 points and six rebounds, he does not seem to be the biggest concern for Frankfurt. 'Boumtje Boumtje is their only true five. He didnt really post up much, had one penetration, got offensive rebounds and scored on the pick and roll. We cant stop all their big men, but we would rather have Majstorovic beat us with a three pointer than Gardner. We have to set priorities on defense. The key will be to get Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) out of the game', added Ilian Evtimov. It is not always easy to stop the athletic players like Paulding and Foster, but at the end of the day, it is team defense that wins games. 'We have to play team defense and stay focused. The small mistakes are what can make the difference at the end of the day. We have to stay together', added Ilian Evtimov. The Orlando Magic learned their lesson in the seven game series by controlling Glen Davis (206-F-86, college: LSU) in game seven and Frankfurt will have to learn their fatal mistake at the start of game one. 'The real key for winning game two is not letting them get the lead. We dont want to keep fighting back like in game one. Oldenburg wont let us come back. We want to dictate the game', warned Ilian Evtimov. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The EWE Baskets Oldenburg in game two May 21st at 17:00


A Roportaj With Murat Didin(Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Concerning The Playoff Series With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is in his third complete season as coach of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played professional basketball in Turkey from 1970-1982. He started his coaching career in 1982 with Ankara DSI Spor. He has mostly coached in Turkey, but also has coached for Konrad Rimini. He also coached lker Istanbul, Galatasaray and Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul from 2005-2007. His biggest success as coach was winning the Turkish league title in 2001. He took some time to talk to eurobasket.com about the Oldenburg playoff series before game one.






This is your third Quarterfinal playoff series in the BBL. You have sweet memories defeating The Artland Dragons 3-2 in 2005 and Leverkusen 3-2 in 2008. Will we see another 3-2 against EWE Baskets Oldenburg?






So why not? Maybe we will have another 5 game series and it would be really nice if I could win my 3rd 5 game quarter final series in a row.




It has been stated that the EWE Baskets Oldenburg are more easy to handle than The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Do you share this idea?





For us, the most important thing is to find a way to qualify for the next round. All teams have different characters, I think the most important thing for us is to use our advantages. Bonn is not easier than Oldenburg and vice versa, they are both difficult.






This will be a difficult series. One cant take the first win too serious since Oldenburg was tired from travelling and the second game was a lot closer and exciting. What can we await in this series?






A very tough fight, whoever continues fighting has more chances to win.








Could this series become a big battle of the point guards Pascal Roller and Jason Gardner? How much of a role will these two players have?








Yes, it will be a battle of both point guards. Both will play a big role a team can only be as good as their playmaker.






In the second half of the loss in Oldenburg during the regular season, Jason Gardner didnt play and Daniel Hain did a good job disturbing Pascal Roller. I am sure that Krunic will do this again. What will team do differently this time?









Very important is to find a new strength, and this can be found in many aspects of the game. The team has to adjust to any condition that can happens on the court



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This game will also be a fight between the intelligent Oldenburg big men against the physical Frankfurt big men. From your experience, what wins a five games series? Intelligence or toughness?









You cannot separate one from the other, if you are only physical then you are something, if you are only intelligent then you are something, if you have both you are everything. We want to win with both strengths. These are the 1st playoffs for King, Gordon and Jenkins, it will be a nice challenge for them to pick up their basketball level and adjust









I hope we will see a much improved Lorenzo Gordon and Greg Jenkins on defense. What will they have to do better?








We have to see much, much better play from them on defense. They are much better and much more intelligent than what they have shown this season. If we want to become better as a team, we need them.









Derrick Allen has been the most consistent player this season. He has had two poor playoff series the last years with Leverkusen and Frankfurt. Will we see a bigger role from him or will you continue to use all weapons?








Yes, we need all our weapons. Derrick Allen is ready for the playoffs, he is improving more and more at the 4 position and now it is time for him to put extra defense and I am sure he will be successful. The defense from Derrick has got a lot better in the 2nd half of the season, but he needs to keep improving. I have not spoken extra to Derrick about the playoffs, last year he played position 5, but the opponents were focusing on him and he was getting hit hard so he sunk under the basket. Now, he is playing position 4, playing inside out. We are deeper this season and the opponent will not concentrate so much on him.









This will be a very tough series. What is the most difficult thing for you as coach to get your team past Oldenburg?








We cannot see this only from a coachs standpoint. We, as a group, need to concentrate mentally and physically in order to increase our team energy.







How sad are you about your friend Tolga Ongren departing Tubingen? Are you surprised?







They beat some big teams with Oldenburg and Artland, but we have to remember that they lost some important games against Berlin and Goettingen, where the game was decided on just a few possessions. They lost about 8 games between 2 and 5 points. If they could have been just a little bit better in these games, then they would be in the playoffs. I feel that Tuebingen has increased their basketball curves in the last 2 years since Tolga Ongren was there, he is a hard worker and I wish him great luck with my heart for his future.







What was the last DVD that you saw besides various Basketball games?








For basketball, I watched Bamberg vs. Oldenburg. For fun, I watched The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith.


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Steve Ross For 2 Years To GasTerra Flames - by Fred Roggen
The 28-year-old Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) has signed a 2-year deal with GasTerra Flames (former Hanzevast Capitals). The 2.01 swingman was recruited by the Flames to bolster their offensive power, Ross is a sweet outside shooter but can also cause headaches for opposing players by beating them off the dribble and driving to the hoop. In particular, the atmosphere in Groningen were decisive for him to choose for GasTerra Flames. He played 41 games for Upstairs Weert this season and averaged: MIN: 29.7, PTS: 17.7 RT: 6.7, AS: 1.2.

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WABA champions enter Asia Champions Cup title game - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Riyadi 109:80

The reigning WABA champions Mahram of Iran are eying another trophy. Earlier today they swept Riyadi to advance into the championship game at the Asia Champions Cup held in Indonesia these days. Mahram main man Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) scored 27 points to propel Mahram to the win.
Riyadi suffered a major loss before the game as Fadi El Khatib aggravated his injury and was sidelined for the clash. Riyadi earned a 9:6 lead early in the game but Mahram quickly adjusted and answered right back. The Iranian powerhouse unleashed a 14:0 run to grab the advantage. Nikkah fired 10 points in the opening frame as Mahram piled up a 26:14 lead. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) collected 8 rebounds in the first frame to add to the Mahram solid tally. Mahram were dominant in the paint and mounted the pressure in the second stanza. Mahram nailed 30 points in the period and the margin grew to as many as 25 points at the interval. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) seemed to fight alone in the field as he received little help from his teammates. Mahram kept their opponents at bay taking a 28-point lead into the fourth stanza. Nothings changed in the court during the fourth period as Mahram sailed to the comfortable victory at the end.
Samad Bahrami (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) nailed 22 points for Mahram. Priest Lauderdale added 20 points and 14 rebounds in the winning case. Nate Johnson replied with 26 points for Riyadi. Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) and Mohamed Ibrahim (192-G-83) produced 14 points apiece in defeat.
Mahram will face Zain from Jordan in the Final tomorrow.

Mahram: Jackson Vroman 27, Samad Bahrami 22, Priest Lauderdale 20+14 boards
Riyadi: Nate Johnson 26, Ali Fakhreddine 14, Mohamed Ibrahim 14


Mahrams solidity Vs. Zain flair in all-WABA final - by Mohammad Ahmadi
JAKARTA (FIBA Asia Champions Cup): Can Jordanian league winners Zains combined flair stop WABA champions Mahram from completing an Iranian three-peat at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Wednesday?

Thats the question thats doing the rounds in the minds of those who have watched the way Mahram have steamrolled their way into the title round with a 6-0 run in the tournament.

Its only logical that Zain, the only other unbeaten team in the Champions Cup will challenge Mahram in the final, but it will take as their coach Mario Palma put it their best to take home the title, which the Jordanians won in Kuwait three years ago under their former nomenclature Fastilink.

Mahram hold a 2-1 edge in the head-to-head meetings, but won the latest encounter 96-85 at the WABA qualifiers for this Champions Cup at Amman (Jordan) exactly two months ago.

The other two clashes between the two have come in the Dubai International with Zain winning their 2008 encounter 78-61 and Mahram the one a year earlier 76-70.

Mahram have added more fire power to their arsenal after that win at Amman, borrowing Jackson Vroman from Saba Mehr for the Champions Cup.

Zain too have changed their line-up bringing in Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) instead of Michael Christensen thus adding size to their armory.

But coach Mostafa Mostafa Hashemi didnt read too much into all that.

Its the final game. And I hope everything goes on well, Mostafa Hashemi said.

They are a very good team and it definitely wont be as easy as it seems, Mostafa Hashemi said of his rivals for the championship game.

Dont forget an Iranian club has won the tournament the last two years (Mahram fellow Iranian league team Saba Battery were the champions in 2007-08). So the expectations are very high back home, Mostafa Hashemi added.

Of course, all my players will give more than 100%, said Palma.

They look strong but they wont have it easy, the Portuguese added.

Both the coaches were equivocal in predicting a close game for the final.

We both know our games very well. Itll be a challenge for both, said Palma.

The better team of the day will win, said Mostafa Hashemi .

Mahram X Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut took to the court without spearhead Fadi El Khatib, whose back injury recurred, and made it easier for WABA champions Mahram in the first semifinal of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Tuesday.

Mahram seized control of the game early and went on to hand down a punishing 109-80 defeat on their fellow WABA club.

The Iranian league winners, thus, kept themselves in line for an Iranian three-peat. Saba Battery had won the Champions Cup for the last two years. For Riyadi, it was their second successive defeat at the hands of an Iranian rival in the Champions Cup semifinal, having lost 68-70 to Saba last year at Kuwait.

A 14-0 run, which saw Mahram turn a 6-9 deficit to an overwhelming 20-9 lead midway through the first quarter helped the Mostafa Mostafa Hashemi -trained club to gain the upper hand in the game.

Samad Nikkah sank two three-pointers and as many off the field in a 50% field scoring rate, effected one steal and two assists to put Mahram in the driving seat.

Samad scored 10 of his games 22 points in the first quarter.

American center Priest Lauderdale the tallest player in the tournament by a distance who was necessary for only 12 minutes average in their previous five wins in the tournament for Mahram, pulled down eight rebounds to steer his team comfortably ahead in the first quarter.

A comfort that only got better as the game progressed.

Lauderdale finished with a game-high 14 rebounds, to go along side his 20 points, as Mahram won the battle of boards 50-38.

Jackson Vroman once again justified his borrowing from Saba Mehr with another game-high performance.

The former New Orleans Hornets player returned 27 points, with a 10/15 record in the field and 7/10 in free-throws.

Riyadi coach Fouad Abouchakra was in an unenviable position.

Forced to play without El Khatib, Abouchakra had another trouble at hand that of point guard Ali Mahmouds strife with a flu.

The Lebanese champions had a woeful period as the game began.

They turned the ball over six times, converted only 5 of their 18 field attempts and managed only one offensive rebound in the first quarter and handed over the initiative to their rivals.

To a rival, who gleefully accepted it.

Mostafa Hashemi was rather modest about the big win.

I think things fell into place rather well, especially since they were playing without Fadi, Mostafa Hashemi said.

We still have one more game to go before we reach our goal, Mostafa Hashemi sounded a word of caution.

The game was lost in the first quarter, conceded Abouchakra.

After that it was just a matter of time.

American Nate Johnson was the leading scorer for Riyadi with 26 points, but had a mere 6/16 record in two-pointers and a 3/7 in long-rangers.

Scores

Mahram 109 (Jackson Vroman 27, Samad Nikkah 22, Priest Lauderdale 20) bt Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Beirut 80 (Nate Johnson 26, Ali Fakhreddine 14, Mohammad Ibrahim 14). Quarterwise Scores: 26-14, 57-31, 83-55.

Zain X Al Arabi Club
Zain proved the better team on court and emerged a convincing 113-57 victor over Al Arabi Club in the second semifinal of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Tuesday.

Zain made the final for the first time in three years their last entry into the title round in their former nomenclature as Fastilink landing them the title in 2006 at Kuwait.

Arabi, playing the Champions Cup after 25 years ago will aim for their best ever finish having finished a mere seventh in the 1984 edition at Kuala Lumpur.

After equally-sparred opening moments, Zain pulled away from 6-all with a 10-2 run and never looked back.

That provided us the opening to take the game away, Zain point guard Sam Daghlas.

Mousa Awadis long-ranger from just inside the center-line at the hooter took Zain 52-30 ahead going into the change rooms.

A position from which they never looked back.

Mohammad Hammdans drive down the lane took Zain past the three-figure mark as the Jordanian league champions raced ahead to the biggest win in this years Champions Cup.

It went well, beamed Zain coach Mario Palma.

Zaid Abbas was back on the bench from a flu break, but didnt take to the court.

We didnt want to risk him. Hell play tomorrow, Palma said.

All the other players scored in the mammoth win with American Roderick Riley leading the way with 18 points.

Zain also held a huge 53-35 advantage in the rebounds.

Scores

Zain 113 (Roderick Riley 18, Ayman Idais 15, Sam Daghlas 14, Mohammad Hammdan 13) bt Al Arabi Club (Maurice Hargrow 16, Joshua Jones 14). Quarterwise Scores: 23-15, 52-30, 84-42.


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Haifa is the first finalist of the 4th Final Four! - by Yarone Arbel
It took five extra minutes but Maccabi Haifa Heat is in the finals after an overtime 98-93 triumph over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Haifa will take on the winner between Maccabi and Gilboa/Galil.

Maccabi Haifa Heat 98 - Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 93 OT
For the second year in a row the BSL finals will feature a newcomer after Maccabi Haifa Heat wrote a great achivement by qualifying to the finals of the league after a thrilling 98-93 overtime win over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Haifa dominated the game from the start and entered the last quarter with a comfortable 13 point lead after a huge offensive display from the arc in the first half. Hapoel's answer was a stunning 0-23 run in six minutes, which kept growing till an eight point lead, with four minutes to play. Haifa proved their big heart and forced an 84-84 tie before missing a golden chance to win the game in regulation. In the overtime, despite a big foul trouble, Haifa was the main power and didn't drop the lead once on the way to the big finals.

Rookie Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) had a slow start but from the second quarter and on he was on fire on his way to 26 points, ten rebounds and just a single missed shot from the line in 12 attempts. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) was the hot hand in Haifa's run with 22 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals, Gur Porat (197-G-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) played a big x-factor role with 15 points, including some big plays at the end of the fourth quarter, Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR) scored only 12 but was the main force in overtime while Amit Ben David (190-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Moshe Mizrakhi scored 11 each. Travis Watson led Hapoel with 24 points and ten rebounds, Timmy Bowers added 20 points with nine boards and five assists, Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 13 including key points in the big run, while Omar Sneed (198-C-76, college: Memphis) and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) had 11 each.

A mass of fans from Jerusalem and Haifa warmed up their throats long before the tip off, and set a great atmopshere for the first Semifinals. Haifa came ready to, once again, eliminate Hapoel one game before the finals and went for the prey right from the start.

Haifa pushed the ball inside to Sales who scored close to the rim, but made their first big difference thanks to points from distance. Moshe Mizrakhi nailed a corner three-ball and soon added another to make it a 9-4 game. Watson scored for Hapoel but made a quick second foul to take a seat, and watch his team in trouble against Haifa's tough defense with a shot clock violation. Doron Perkins hit from distance as well and force a time out by Hapoel down 12-4, but that didn't help much. Davon Jefferson with a block allowed Mizrakhi to hit yet once again from the same spot and now the difference was already 11. Sharon Shason hit nothing but air to give another example to Hapoel's misery but Moran Rot came off the bench to stop Haifa's run with a right side slash, 15-6 after five minutes. Jefferson still didn't find his spot with his third miss from the field, while Hapoel relayed on Torin Francis who was a presence in the paint and with four points cut the margin to five, 15-10. Perkins felt it's time to take over and connected a big shot under pressure with a long distance three pointer to make it a double-digit game again, 20-10, but Hapoel was ready to retort. Seven unanswered points were made thanks to a smashing dunk by Francis and a fantastic catch-and-shoot three pointer by Sneed, but the final play of the period was in favor of Haifa when Amit Ben David grabbed an offensive board and finished with a three point play, 23-17.

Francis collected 6 points for Hapoel while Haifa had the upper edge behind 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Doron Perkins and Moshe Mizrakhi.

Hapoel faced trouble against Haifa's defense and scored only three points in the first 3:25 minutes of the quarter. While the Reds hit just one shot out of six long distance attempts, Haifa already registered six hits behind the arc, the last of was Jefferson's first field goal, which he followed with a pair from the line, 31-20. Perkins with a big steal had a chance to keep up the good momentum but a reckless turnover allowed Yuval Naimi to score a quick bucket followed by another great finish and make it just a seven point game. Hapoel pushed the ball inside and Watson with a basket and the bonus kept his team not too far, only to see Gur Porat connected back-to-back long arrows from the same spot which didn't allow Hapoel to move any closer, and less than four minutes to play in the first half, the gap was still ten, 37-27. If all that wasn't enough now it was Ben David's turn to hit twice in a row from arc distance, but team from capital city found the way to stay in the game. An unsportsmanlike foul on Naimi allowed Haifa to climb to 46-32 after nearly 18 minutes, and from there Hapoel found no way back. Timmy Bowers scored his first points from the line, but Porat answered with another long distance hit, and Perkins beat the buzzer with an off-balance shot to set the gap on 14 at the break, 53-39.
Perkins led the scoring sheet with 12 followed by Jefferson with 10 and three players with nine - Mizrakhi, Porat and Ben David. Hapoel saw 11 fromFrancis and seven by Watson. Haifa hit no less than 11 three pointers in 15 attempts from long distance, while Hapoel was only two out of nine.

Back from the break Hapoel needed to react fast, but Haifa had no plans to make it easy for them. Malik Dixon had to leave to the bench due to an injury, but Haifa kept the pressure on. Perkins blocked Rot and soon after Jefferson denied Watson's attempt to score, to maintain Haifa's lead. After six minutes in the half Hapoel was still up 60-46, as both teams struggled to score. Bowers finished a fast break with a dunk, but Kozikro showed his big heart and fought for every ball to collect one offensive rebound after the other. Dixon returned but remained the only Haifa player not to attempt without making a three pointer with his third miss. The aggressive defense resulted some foul trouble as both Kozikaro and Sales collected four, but Perkins with a steal on the perimeter sent Dixon for a fast break lay up, 68-53. Watson scored drew Jefferson's third foul and scored two from the line, to make it a 13 point game entering the last quarter.

Francis and Watson had 13 each for Hapoel while Haifa, although not making a three pointer in this quarter, saw 16 from Jefferson, 13 by Porat and Perkins still with 12.

It was now or never for Hapoel and this time they reacted. Watson used Sales' foul trouble in the low-post and Bowers hit a big transition three pointer to cut the margin to no more than eight, 68-60. Hapoel wasn't going to miss this chance. Watson scored in the paint and Shason hit a three ball from the top of the key to make it just a three point game after a 0-12 run and over seven minutes to play. Perkins missed a tough lay up to see Watson go once again to the line, where he scored just once. Haifa called a time out but it made no change. Shason hit another three ball to give Hapoel their first lead of the night. Mizrakhi wrote his 4th foul and Perkins his 3rd as Hapoel reached their 20th point in a row, 68-73. Haifa seemed lost and their foul trouble made it impossible to display their aggressive defense. Shason used that for his third hit from distance in a row before Porat finally broke the drought and scored Haifa's first points in the fourth quarter after more than six minutes, to cut Hapoel's run on 0-23. Kozikaro fouled out which left Haifa with much less meat in the paint and so the weight moved to the back court. Ben David with a big steal cut the margin to four, 76-80, less than 2:30 to play, and Porat with a fast break lay up pushed Hapoel to take a time out, now up by just two points and two minutes on the game clock. Both sides missed twice in a row before Jefferson with a big offensive play drew Shason's 5th foul and went to shoot two with 54.7 seconds on the clock. He hit both and forced an 80-80 tie that put the pressure on Hapoel's side. The ball went inside to Watson once again and Jefferson stopped him with his 4th foul. The big guy scored them both and left Haifa 39.9 seconds to answer. Bowers sent Perkins to the line, and his first attempt jumped on the rim twice before slipping in. The second was smoother and Hapoel called their last time out with 33.8 ticks to plan a winning play. It was set to Bowers who made a huge shot to put Hapoel on top with 26.7 to play, but Dixon's shot wasn't any less impressive leaving Hapoel with 10.3 seconds to win the game, although Perkins had other thoughts. He stole the ball at mid court and had an open way to the rim, but Sneed came out of nowhere, changed his shot and the ball went out to call it an overtime.

Watson collected 22 with eight rebounds by that time followed by 16 written on Bowres and 13 by Shason. Haifa had 18 each from Jefferson and Perkins before 15 by Porat.

Jefferson started the overtime with another big offensive board followed by a huge three point play. Hapoel lost their rhythm and Haifa was quicker on the loose balls. Dixon missed a big momentum shot from distance and Watson from the other side set the score on 89-86. Dixon stayed in charge and a big left-to-right slash finished with another bucket. Francis missed twice from the line, just to see Dixon dominate with another big floater, 93-88. Rot stole the ball but took a quick three attempt that went out. Jefferson scored two from the line to set the difference on seven, 95-88 and with 41.6 seconds Bowers went to the line after drawing Porat's 5th foul. He made only the second, 95-89, and Hapoel needed another miracle to survive. Dixon shocked with two missed shots from the line, and Hapoel were still alive. They missed twice but kept the ball to allow Bowers an open shot and it was once again a three point game, 95-92. Now it was Jefferson's turn to go to the line, and after missing the first he hit the second to make it a two possession game. Hapoel went for their true last chance but Naimi missed the jumper, and Haifa celebrated a big historical win.

Source: http://www.basket.co.il/News.asp?id=1488&lang=en


Maccabi in the finals after a 72-70 win - by Yarone Arbel
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv will get a chance to win back the BSL title after a 72-70 victory over Altshular Shaham Gilboa/Galil on Tuesday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. An unexpected thriller was decided by a Lior Eliayhu move in the post before both sides missed chances to change the score. The runner-up from last season will play for the title on Thursday night against the newcomer Maccabi Haifa Heat, who earlier eliminated Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in overtime.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 72 - Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil 70 
Maccabi held a double-digit lead already in the first quarter, maintained it in the second and was up by 14 in the third quarter as well, but some big minutes by Galil changed the momentum of the game. The team of Oded Kattash even managed to take the lead in their hands, but the experience of Maccabi made the difference.

Eliyahu finished as the top scorer with 20 points, D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) added 14 with ten rebounds, Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 with nine rebounds while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and Dee Brown had nine points each. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) had a big night for Galil with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists followed by 13 points by Dion Dowell (198-G-85, college: Houston)l, 12 of Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and ten of Brian Randle (203-F-85).

Maccabi rested Marcus Brown (played only 1:15 min.) who carries an injury and used Tal Burstein in the starting line-up, and it turned out for the best. Burstein played a key role in Maccabi's good start. as his team took a a quick 7-0 lead sharing points between three players. When Fischer dunked an alley-hoop pass by Arroyo it seemed like Galil was in trouble, but their answer was quick. It took Galil over four minutes to score their first points, when Kadir scored in the low post, but once on the move it was an equal game. Dee Brown came in for Arroyo but Maccabi's man was Casspi who showed his presence around the rim and intensity on defense to lead Maccabi to a 14-7 lead after eight minutes. Burstein made it a ten point lead, before Dowell finished the opening ten minutes with a big drive, 17-9.

Casspi wrote six points and five rebounds in the first quarter while all of Galil's points divided between Kadir with five and Dowell with four.

Maccabi's game was flowing better as Fischer hit a mid-range jumper and Dee Brown connected from long range to write a 24-11 lead after 14 minutes. Galil missed open shots, but Maccabi didn't perform their best game as well. After going down by 14, 27-13 Galil used big minutes by Randle, who combined steals and big defense on one side with points on the other to make it 27-19 after 17 minutes. Dee Brown connected again from distance and ran the break to make sure Maccabi stay far enough, before Galil called for another time out. Randle continued to be Galil's main force, but his second foul, after an offensive rebound by Eliyahu, gave Galil some headache. Mekel with his first points, right before the break, set the margin on ten again, and all were ready for Maccabi to enter the break with a double-digit lead, but Roberts beat the buzzer with a huge corner three sent the teams to the locker-rooms separated by only seven, 37-30.

Brown and Eliyahu scored nine for Maccabi while Fischer and Casspi had seven points each and a total of 13 rebounds. Kadir remained the top scorer of Galil with seven and Randle had six.

Straight from the break Mekel connected from distance to make it a six point game, but Maccabi was more athletic and physical. Casspi with a big move on the right wing was followed by two above the rim plays of Eliyahu and Fischer as Maccabi climbed to 47-35 after 24 minutes. Two off-dribble scores by Roberts cut the margin to 53-44 but Eliyahu was there again to collect points and stop Galil's run. Yaniv Green scored a difficult post up play, but Kadir with a reverse lay up kept Galil in the game. Randle's dunk followed by a huge jumper by Roberts made it just a six point game, right before the third buzzer. Roberts missed an open three that could have created chaos, but the teams still entered the last ten minutes separated only by six, 58-52.

Eliyahu was the top scorer with 14 while Casspi and Fisched reached 11 each. Kadir scored 13, Roberts 12 and Randle ten for the Red side.

Dowell opened the the last quarter with two huge hits behind the arc from the right wing and narrow the gap to only four with 7:30 to play in the game, 62-58. Kadir made a huge follow dunk to cut the margin by half, and Swann hit a big three to shock Maccabi with a 62-63 Galil lead. Arroyo carried Maccabi on his back with five points in a row, but Galil were on fire. A turnover on the fast break caused Arroyo to commit his fourth foul and go to the bench with a bit over four minutes to play and watch Galil take a 67-68 lead with Kadir's points from the line. With the pressure on the big shoulders of Maccabi it was time for the heroes on both ends to step up. Fishcer after a big offensive board scored from close range and added the bonus from the line and after both teams missed, Mekel finished a big drive to write a 70-70 tie with a little less than two minutes to play. Eliyahu with a big play in the post gave Maccabi the lead under a minute to go, and Roberts missed with a hand in his face at the other side. With 30 seconds to go and the ball in Arroyo's hands Galil chose to play defense and it worked well after Burstein missed a tough shot, but in the remaining six seconds Galil couldn't create a decent shot and missed with the buzzer from nearly half court.

Source: http://www.basket.co.il/News.asp?id=1490<=en


Maccabi Tel Aviv-and Maccabi Haifa in the finlas - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv will meet Maccabi Haifa Heat,in the finlas of the Israeli Super league in this Thursday.

Maccabi Tel Aviv won Galil Gilboa 72-70.

And Maccabi Haifa won Hapoel Jerusalem in overtime 98-93.

Here are the are the summaries of the games(from Basket.co.il):

Maccabi Haifa-Hapoel Jerusalem:

For the second year in a row the BSL finals will feature a newcomer after Maccabi Haifa Heat wrote a great achivement by qualifying to the finals of the league after a thrilling 98-93 overtime win over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Haifa dominated the game from the start and entered the last quarter with a comfortable 13 point lead after a huge offensive display from the arc in the first half. Hapoel's answer was a stunning 0-23 run in six minutes, which kept growing till an eight point lead, with four minutes to play. Haifa proved their big heart and forced an 84-84 tie before missing a golden chance to win the game in regulation. In the overtime, despite a big foul trouble, Haifa was the main power and didn't drop the lead once on the way to the big finals.

Rookie Davon Jefferson had a slow start but from the second quarter and on he was on fire on his way to 26 points, ten rebounds and just a single missed shot from the line in 12 attempts. Doron Perkins was the hot hand in Haifa's run and came one assist short of a triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals, Gur Porat played a big x-factor role with 15 points, including some big plays at the end of the fourth quarter, Malik Dixon scored only 12 but was the main force in overtime while Amit Ben David and Moshe Mizrakhi scored 11 each. Travis Watson led Hapoel with 24 points and ten rebounds, Timmy Bowers added 20 points with nine boards and five assists, Sharon Shason added 13 including key points in the big run, while Omar Sneed and Torin Francis had 11 each.

A mass of fans from Jerusalem and Haifa warmed up their throats long before the tip off, and set a great atmopshere for the first Semifinals. Haifa came ready to, once again, eliminate Hapoel one game before the finals and went for the prey right from the start.

Haifa pushed the ball inside to Sales who scored close to the rim, but made their first big difference thanks to points from distance. Moshe Mizrakhi nailed a corner three-ball and soon added another to make it a 9-4 game. Watson scored for Hapoel but made a quick second foul to take a seat, and watch his team in trouble against Haifa's tough defense with a shot clock violation. Doron Perkins hit from distance as well and force a time out by Hapoel down 12-4, but that didn't help much. Davon Jefferson with a block allowed Mizrakhi to hit yet once again from the same spot and now the difference was already 11. Sharon Shason hit nothing but air to give another example to Hapoel's misery but Moran Rot came off the bench to stop Haifa's run with a right side slash, 15-6 after five minutes. Jefferson still didn't find his spot with his third miss from the field, while Hapoel relayed on Torin Francis who was a presence in the paint and with four points cut the margin to five, 15-10. Perkins felt it's time to take over and connected a big shot under pressure with a long distance three pointer to make it a double-digit game again, 20-10, but Hapoel was ready to retort. Seven unanswered points were made thanks to a smashing dunk by Francis and a fantastic catch-and-shoot three pointer by Sneed, but the final play of the period was in favor of Haifa when Amit Ben David grabbed an offensive board and finished with a three point play, 23-17.

Francis collected 6 points for Hapoel while Haifa had the upper edge behind 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Doron Perkins and Moshe Mizrakhi.

Hapoel faced trouble against Haifa's defense and scored only three points in the first 3:25 minutes of the quarter. While the Reds hit just one shot out of six long distance attempts, Haifa already registered six hits behind the arc, the last of was Jefferson's first field goal, which he followed with a pair from the line, 31-20. Perkins with a big steal had a chance to keep up the good momentum but a reckless turnover allowed Yuval Naimi to score a quick bucket followed by another great finish and make it just a seven point game. Hapoel pushed the ball inside and Watson with a basket and the bonus kept his team not too far, only to see Gur Porat connected back-to-back long arrows from the same spot which didn't allow Hapoel to move any closer, and less than four minutes to play in the first half, the gap was still ten, 37-27. If all that wasn't enough now it was Ben David's turn to hit twice in a row from arc distance, but team from capital city found the way to stay in the game. An unsportsmanlike foul on Naimi allowed Haifa to climb to 46-32 after nearly 18 minutes, and from there Hapoel found no way back. Timmy Bowers scored his first points from the line, but Porat answered with another long distance hit, and Perkins beat the buzzer with an off-balance shot to set the gap on 14 at the break, 53-39.

Perkins led the scoring sheet with 12 followed by Jefferson with 10 and three players with nine - Mizrakhi, Porat and Ben David. Hapoel saw 11 fromFrancis and seven by Watson. Haifa hit no less than 11 three pointers in 15 attempts from long distance, while Hapoel was only two out of nine.

Back from the break Hapoel needed to react fast, but Haifa had no plans to make it easy for them. Malik Dixon had to leave to the bench due to an injury, but Haifa kept the pressure on. Perkins blocked Rot and soon after Jefferson denied Watson's attempt to score, to maintain Haifa's lead. After six minutes in the half Hapoel was still up 60-46, as both teams struggled to score. Bowers finished a fast break with a dunk, but Kozikro showed his big heart and fought for every ball to collect one offensive rebound after the other. Dixon returned but remained the only Haifa player not to attempt without making a three pointer with his third miss. The aggressive defense resulted some foul trouble as both Kozikaro and Sales collected four, but Perkins with a steal on the perimeter sent Dixon for a fast break lay up, 68-53. Watson scored drew Jefferson's third foul and scored two from the line, to make it a 13 point game entering the last quarter.

Francis and Watson had 13 each for Hapoel while Haifa, although not making a three pointer in this quarter, saw 16 from Jefferson, 13 by Porat and Perkins still with 12.

It was now or never for Hapoel and this time they reacted. Watson used Sales' foul trouble in the low-post and Bowers hit a big transition three pointer to cut the margin to no more than eight, 68-60. Hapoel wasn't going to miss this chance. Watson scored in the paint and Shason hit a three ball from the top of the key to make it just a three point game after a 0-12 run and over seven minutes to play. Perkins missed a tough lay up to see Watson go once again to the line, where he scored just once. Haifa called a time out but it made no change. Shason hit another three ball to give Hapoel their first lead of the night. Mizrakhi wrote his 4th foul and Perkins his 3rd as Hapoel reached their 20th point in a row, 68-73. Haifa seemed lost and their foul trouble made it impossible to display their aggressive defense. Shason used that for his third hit from distance in a row before Porat finally broke the drought and scored Haifa's first points in the fourth quarter after more than six minutes, to cut Hapoel's run on 0-23. Kozikaro fouled out which left Haifa with much less meat in the paint and so the weight moved to the back court. Ben David with a big steal cut the margin to four, 76-80, less than 2:30 to play, and Porat with a fast break lay up pushed Hapoel to take a time out, now up by just two points and two minutes on the game clock. Both sides missed twice in a row before Jefferson with a big offensive play drew Shason's 5th foul and went to shoot two with 54.7 seconds on the clock. He hit both and forced an 80-80 tie that put the pressure on Hapoel's side. The ball went inside to Watson once again and Jefferson stopped him with his 4th foul. The big guy scored them both and left Haifa 39.9 seconds to answer. Bowers sent Perkins to the line, and his first attempt jumped on the rim twice before slipping in. The second was smoother and Hapoel called their last time out with 33.8 ticks to plan a winning play. It was set to Bowers who made a huge shot to put Hapoel on top with 26.7 to play, but Dixon's shot wasn't any less impressive leaving Hapoel with 10.3 seconds to win the game, although Perkins had other thoughts. He stole the ball at mid court and had an open way to the rim, but Sneed came out of nowhere, changed his shot and the ball went out to call it an overtime.


Watson collected 22 with eight rebounds by that time followed by 16 written on Bowres and 13 by Shason. Haifa had 18 each from Jefferson and Perkins before 15 by Porat.

Jefferson started the overtime with another big offensive board followed by a huge three point play. Hapoel lost their rhythm and Haifa was quicker on the loose balls. Dixon missed a big momentum shot from distance and Watson from the other side set the score on 89-86. Dixon stayed in charge and a big left-to-right slash finished with another bucket. Francis missed twice from the line, just to see Dixon dominate with another big floater, 93-88. Rot stole the ball but took a quick three attempt that went out. Jefferson scored two from the line to set the difference on seven, 95-88 and with 41.6 seconds Bowers went to the line after drawing Porat's 5th foul. He made only the second, 95-89, and Hapoel needed another miracle to survive. Dixon shocked with two missed shots from the line, and Hapoel were still alive. They missed twice but kept the ball to allow Bowers an open shot and it was once again a three point game, 95-92. Now it was Jefferson's turn to go to the line, and after missing the first he hit the second to make it a two possession game. Hapoel went for their true last chance but Naimi missed the jumper, and Haifa celebrated a big historical win.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv-Galil Gilboa:

In front thousands of their fans Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv earned a chance to win back the BSL title after a 72-70 victory over Altshular Shaham Gilboa/Galil on Tuesday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. An unexpected thriller was decided by a Lior Eliayhu move in the post before both sides missed chances to change the score. The runner-up from last season will play for the title on Thursday night against the newcomer Maccabi Haifa Heat, who earlier eliminated Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in overtime.

Maccabi held a double-digit lead already in the first quarter, maintained it in the second and was up by 14 in the third quarter as well, but some big minutes by Galil changed the momentum of the game. The team of Oded Kattash even managed to take the lead in their hands, but the experience of Maccabi made the difference.

Eliyahu finished as the top scorer with 20 points, D'or Fischer added 14 with ten rebounds, Omri Casspi scored 11 with nine rebounds while Carlos Arroyo and Dee Brown had nine points each. Elishay Kadir had a big night for Galil with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists followed by 13 points by Dion Dowell, 12 of Brian Roberts and ten of Brian Randle.

Maccabi rested Marcus Brown who carries an injury and used Tal Burstein in the starting line-up, and it turned out for the best. Burstein played a key role in Maccabi's good start. as his team took a a quick 7-0 lead sharing points between three players. When Fischer dunked an alley-hoop pass by Arroyo it seemed like Galil was in trouble, but their answer was quick. It took Galil over four minutes to score their first points, when Kadir scored in the low post, but once on the move it was an equal game. Dee Brown came in for Arroyo but Maccabi's man was Casspi who showed his presence around the rim and intensity on defense to lead Maccabi to a 14-7 lead after eight minutes. Burstein made it a ten point lead, before Dowell finished the opening ten minutes with a big drive, 17-9.

Casspi wrote six points and five rebounds in the first quarter while all of Galil's points divided between Kadir with five and Dowell with four.

Maccabi's game was flowing better as Fischer hit a mid-range jumper and Dee Brown connected from long range to write a 24-11 lead after 14 minutes. Galil missed open shots, but Maccabi didn't perform their best game as well. After going down by 14, 27-13 Galil used big minutes by Randle, who combined steals and big defense on one side with points on the other to make it 27-19 after 17 minutes. Dee Brown connected again from distance and ran the break to make sure Maccabi stay far enough, before Galil called for another time out. Randle continued to be Galil's main force, but his second foul, after an offensive rebound by Eliyahu, gave Galil some headache. Mekel with his first points, right before the break, set the margin on ten again, and all were ready for Maccabi to enter the break with a double-digit lead, but Roberts beat the buzzer with a huge corner three sent the teams to the locker-rooms separated by only seven, 37-30.

Brown and Eliyahu scored nine for Maccabi while Fischer and Casspi had seven points each and a total of 13 rebounds. Kadir remained the top scorer of Galil with seven and Randle had six.

Straight from the break Mekel connected from distance to make it a six point game, but Maccabi was more athletic and physical. Casspi with a big move on the right wing was followed by two above the rim plays of Eliyahu and Fischer as Maccabi climbed to 47-35 after 24 minutes. Two off-dribble scores by Roberts cut the margin to 53-44 but Eliyahu was there again to collect points and stop Galil's run. Yaniv Green scored a difficult post up play, but Kadir with a reverse lay up kept Galil in the game. Randle's dunk followed by a huge jumper by Roberts made it just a six point game, right before the third buzzer. Roberts missed an open three that could have created chaos, but the teams still entered the last ten minutes separated only by six, 58-52.


Eliyahu was the top scorer with 14 while Casspi and Fisched reached 11 each. Kadir scored 13, Roberts 12 and Randle ten for the Red side.

Dowell opened the the last quarter with two huge hits behind the arc from the right wing and narrow the gap to only four with 7:30 to play in the game, 62-58. Kadir made a huge follow dunk to cut the margin by half, and Swann hit a big three to shock Maccabi with a 62-63 Galil lead. Arroyo carried Maccabi on his back with five points in a row, but Galil were on fire. A turnover on the fast break caused Arroyo to commit his fourth foul and go to the bench with a bit over four minutes to play and watch Galil take a 67-68 lead with Kadir's points from the line. With the pressure on the big shoulders of Maccabi it was time for the heroes on both ends to step up. Fishcer after a big offensive board scored from close range and added the bonus from the line and after both teams missed, Mekel finished a big drive to write a 70-70 tie with a little less than two minutes to play. Eliyahu with a big play in the post gave Maccabi the lead under a minute to go, and Roberts missed with a hand in his face at the other side. With 30 seconds to go and the ball in Arroyo's hands Galil chose to play defense and it worked well after Burstein missed a tough shot, but in the remaining six seconds Galil couldn't create a decent shot and missed with the buzzer from nearly half court.


The finlas wil be as I said in this thursday(21/05/09),the game for the 3rd place of Hapoel Jerusalem v.s Galil Gilboa will strat in 18:00(local time),and the game for the championship will start in 20:50(local time).

Source:Basket.co.il



Premier L. Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - Macc.Haifa 93-98
Davon Jefferson tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds as Maccabi Haifa upset Jerusalem in the Premier League semifinal. Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) nearly missed triple-double notching 22 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Timothy Bowers had 20 points, 9 boards and 5 assists for Hapoel Jerusalem in defeat.

Maccabi T-A - Galil Gilboa 72-70
Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) stepped up with 20 points to lift Maccabi Tel-Aviv into the Final after they dealt with Galil Gilboa. Dor Fischer had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Elishay Kadir answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Galil Gilboa as they stopped just a step away from a loud sensation.


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Lega2 Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Vanoli SO - Fastweb CM 84-91
Fastweb Casale drew things level against Vanoli Soresina claming a road win in Game 2. Andrea Ghiacci (200-G/F-81) and Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80, college: Maryland) netted 18 points apiece to pace Casale. Zabian Dowdell posted 15 points for the visitors. Troy Bell answered with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks for Vanoli Soresina.

Banco Sard. - Harem SC 74-58
Banco di Sardegna secured the second straight win over Harem Scafati taking a comfortable lead in the semifinal series. Giacomo DeVecchi (196-F-85, agency: Players Group) nailed 16 points to lead the charge. Philip Martin added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Joel Salvi and Michael Lenzly replied with 16 points apiece for Harem Scafati in defeat.


SerieA Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Scavolini 94-51
Montepaschi got to an impressive start of the playoffs as they destroyed Scavolini at home court. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 14 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas secured 13 as the Siena team celebrated the initial win in the series. Ramel Curry responded with 11 points for Scavolini.

Benetton - La Fortezza 85-77
Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) nailed 18 points to propel Benetton past La Fortezza in the quarterfinal series opener. Sandro Nicevic secured 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Keith Langford responded with 28 points for La Fortezza in defeat.

Banca Tercas - Armani MI 75-85
Armani Jeans surged ahead in the series against Banca Tercas claiming a road win in the opener. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors. Mike Hall added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Guiseppe Poeta responded with 20 points for Banca Tercas in defeat.

Lottomatica - Angelico BI 80-67
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) knocked down 21 points to propel Lottomatica past Angelico Biella in the quarterfinal opener. Andre Hutson delivered 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Greg Brunner answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Angelico Biella.


Quarterfinals Game 1, Tuesday Games Review - by Stefano Pini
At 19' Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) put a 3 points shot that kept Pesaro close to Siena (30-26). The other 21' of the game ended 64-25 for Montepaschi. Seven players scored more than 9 points for Siena. Pianigiani used 10 players for at least 16' during the game. A look at the stats. Evaluation: Siena 142, Pesaro 22! Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in 22'. For Pesaro: Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) ended the game with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals... While there was struggle at Treviso. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) scored 18 points in 21' with a great impact in the second half, while La Fortezza was grasped to Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas). 28 points, 10 fouls won, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. Bologna didn't have a great shooting night (8/25 from the arc) while Benetton obtained 38,8% of his offensive production shooting from downton (11/25). Treviso's newcomers, Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) and Ioannis Kalampokis (195-G-78) combined for 2 points in 17'.

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Zain coast past Arabi into Asia Champions Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Zain - Arabi 113:57

Zain claimed an overwhelming victory over Arabi to secure the birth in the Asia Champions Cup Final. Zain are looking to repeat the success of 2006 when they clinched the title in Kuwait. Arabi were considered a surprising side at the semifinals and Zain proved their status of the favorites. The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes before Zain pulled away. The Jordanian champions went on a 10:2 run to clear off. They maintained the lead and enjoyed a 23:15 lead at the first intermission. Arabi struggled defensively as Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) distributed the ball well, while Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) and Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) were deadly under the rim to spear the Qatari team. Zain accounted for 29 points in the second term and built a 22-point advantage at halftime. Arabi needed a drastic change after the major break but it never came. Zain fired 32 points in the third period and continued their onslaught. Arabis defense collapsed at this stage of the contest allowing Zain to reign in the court. The Jordanian team cruised to the win and paved the way into the Final.
Roderick Riley secured 18 points to lead Zain. Ayman Idais added 15 points, while Sam Daghlas had 14 points in the win. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) responded with 16 points for Arabi. Joshua Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Zain: Roderick Riley 18, Ayman Idais 15, Sam Daghlas 14
Arabi: Maurice Hargrow 16, Joshua Jones 14


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TREPAS JUNIORS AGAIN CHAMPION! - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
Juniors of BCTrepca defended their name as Champion of Kosova for the competitive edition 2008/09, in two final matches they were more succesful then the Juniors of BC College Eurosporti. In Mitrovica they won the match with the score 104:78, while in Prishtina the score was 98:96.

The president of BFK, Eroll Belegu handeled the Cup Drilon Hajrizi captain of BC Trepca, and the gold medals for players while the silver medals for the players of BC College Eurosporti where delivered by Competition Commissary Nazmi Pacarda.


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WABA champions enter Asia Champions Cup title game - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Riyadi 109:80

The reigning WABA champions Mahram of Iran are eying another trophy. Earlier today they swept Riyadi to advance into the championship game at the Asia Champions Cup held in Indonesia these days. Mahram main man Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) scored 27 points to propel Mahram to the win.
Riyadi suffered a major loss before the game as Fadi El Khatib aggravated his injury and was sidelined for the clash. Riyadi earned a 9:6 lead early in the game but Mahram quickly adjusted and answered right back. The Iranian powerhouse unleashed a 14:0 run to grab the advantage. Nikkah fired 10 points in the opening frame as Mahram piled up a 26:14 lead. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) collected 8 rebounds in the first frame to add to the Mahram solid tally. Mahram were dominant in the paint and mounted the pressure in the second stanza. Mahram nailed 30 points in the period and the margin grew to as many as 25 points at the interval. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) seemed to fight alone in the field as he received little help from his teammates. Mahram kept their opponents at bay taking a 28-point lead into the fourth stanza. Nothings changed in the court during the fourth period as Mahram sailed to the comfortable victory at the end.
Samad Bahrami (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) nailed 22 points for Mahram. Priest Lauderdale added 20 points and 14 rebounds in the winning case. Nate Johnson replied with 26 points for Riyadi. Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) and Mohamed Ibrahim (192-G-83) produced 14 points apiece in defeat.
Mahram will face Zain from Jordan in the Final tomorrow.

Mahram: Jackson Vroman 27, Samad Bahrami 22, Priest Lauderdale 20+14 boards
Riyadi: Nate Johnson 26, Ali Fakhreddine 14, Mohamed Ibrahim 14


Riyadi Beat the Hosts, and Fly into the Semis - by Hassan Thini
Walking into the quarter finals as a 3rd, is not a familiar territory for the champions. However the bad luck forced Riyadi into such things. The upper hand of the game was the return of the captain Fadi El Khatib. Fadi returned from an injury lay-off in style and Lebanese league champions posed a powerful 86-69 win over hosts Satria Muda to enter the semifinals of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

Fadi, Nate, and Chris all had good games, as Fadi started the quarter with 14 points in the first quarter, and the tone was set from the first quarter. The period ended with Riyadi being up a 27-18 and the hosts just never recovered!

Nate had 10 points in each half while Chris had a double double, and Riyadi outrebounded the hosts 50-37 which is always a great sign.

The game ended with a big 17 point win and the champions of the Arab world are now in the semi finals to try and beat Mahram, the champions of the WABA. Riyadi will need all contributions from the captain and all the rest. Chris Charles has a big task ahead of him to try and defend Mahrams priest.

The game will be played on Tuesday.
Written by Jad Halabi


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Contern wins game 2 to tie DBBL Final series at 1-1!! Contern's Brandon Gary game 2 MVP! Picard held scorless in 2nd half! Game 3 on Sunday, - by Alex Meyers

Friday, May 15, 2009

Contern 74 - Musel Pikes 66

Contern, Luxembourg
Samy Picard kept Musel Pikes in the game in the first half in Contern last night. Picard had 21 points(his per game average)and his team was up 38-39 at the intermission. Contern's defense made the difference in the second half and especially in the final period which won the game for them. Picard was held for 20 minutes without scoring. Guy Schmit(6 points) was also held way below his 16 point per game average. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson CC) scored 25 points, took 12 rebounds, had 7 steals and blocked 2 shots. Ken Diederich added 18 points and Eric Jeitz 11. Gilles Becker had only 9 points but led the game in assists with 6 while taking 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Con tern went 23/38 from inside the three point line for 61%. Musel Pikes had theree players in double figures. Samy Picard 21, Chris Braier (195-F-84, college: Lawrence) 16 and Laurent Schwartz added 15. Braier grabbed 14 rebounds and contributed 3 assists and a blocked shot. Former Contern pivot player Tom Schmitz nearly reached double double status with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Musel Pikes took 27 shots from three point range hitting only 7 for 26%. Going into the fourth period, the game was tied at 56. Musel Pikes fell apart scoring only 10 points. Contern took full advantage for the 8 point victory.the final game #3 will be in Contern on Sunday, May 17th at 20:15.


Contern: 28 field goals, 5 three pointers, 13 for 10 free throws, 33 rebounds, 16 fouls and 9 turnovers

Becker 9, Fasbender 9, Jeitz 11, Gary 25, Diederich 18, also Bissener 2 and Braun 0

Musel Pikes: 24 field goals, 7 three pointers, 11 for 16 free throws, 34 rebounds, 13 fouls and 12 turnovers

Schwartz 15, G. Schmit 6, Braier 16, Schmitz 8, Picard 21 and R. Dentzer 0

Score by quarters: 1st Q 21-22, Halftime 38-39, 3rd Q 56-56, Final 74-66
1300 Spectators



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 to that Contern had won the league title two other times for a total of 4 since 1956 when the club was founded. 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, 7 turnovers
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, 11 turnovers
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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Buducnost M:tel new-old champion - by Dragan Scepanovic

Third game of Final Play-Off
KK Buducnost M:tel - KK Primorje Herceg Novi 3-0


Buducnost 97 - Primorje 72
PODGORICA - SC 'Moraca'. Spect : 500. Reff : Vojinovic ,Rutesic (Niksic), Dragojevic (Podgorica). By - Q. : 29:14, 27:18, 26:16, 24:25.
BUDUCNOST: Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) 8(3-3), Filip Barovic (206-F-90) 4 , Popovic 12 , Bojovic 17 (4-4), Gordic 12 (2-0),Otasevic 5(2-1), Dragicevic 15 (1-1), Simonovic 10(4-3), Maras 6 (4-2), Djurisis 2(2-2), Novakovic, Jenkins , Coach Dejan Radonjic
PRIMORJE: Arapovic 2(2-2), Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) , Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) 3 (2-1), Miljanic 2(2-0), Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 5, Oldrih, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 22 (7-6), Zambelic, Najdenov 5 (2-0), Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 8, Kojcinovic , Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 25 (10-9)



Buducnost sweep Primorje to clinch 3rd consecutive title - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Primorje 97-72

Just like it was expected from the beginning of the season, Buducnost has won their 3rd title in a row. In the third game they have easily beaten Primorje by 27 points and showed why they were branded as favorites. Game started with Buducnost asserting themselves and executing their plays with ease. This resulted in 6-point lead for the hosts with 4 minutes left in the first quarter. Still Primorije came with the intent of making it hard for the reigning champion and they were to pull the result even and 20 a piece. At the end of the first the score stood at 24-22. In the second quarter Buducnost players stepped their game up and opened the quarter with 14-5 run. From there until the half time Buducnost was able to keep the lead and head for the break with 50-39 advantage. In the second half it was all or nothing for Primorje players and they started playing like that. Even though Buducnost was keeping their lead for the most of the quarter, Primorije managed to come to only 4 point deficit with minute to play in the third. After a three pointer by Goran Pejovic (203-F-77), the score stood at 66-62. Still that was the last of the visitors as the Buducnost took over again. They opened the fourth quarter with another 16-2 run which proved to be too much for Primorje players. In the last 7 minutes of play Buducnost players were able to further extend their lead and after setting the final score at 97-72 the celebrations could begin. The best player for Buducnost on the night was their captain Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) who scored 18 points while Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) finished with 17 and Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) added 15. For the visiting side Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) had 25 and Goran Pejovic added 22 points but that was not enough to seriously threaten the champions.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 18, Milos Bojovic 17, Zarko Dragicevic 15, Popovic 12, Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 10
Primorje: Boris Lalovic 25, Goran Pejovic 22, Zarko Dragicevic 8


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Bryants' free throws give Lakers 105-103 win (1-0) - by Eurobasket News
Those wildly inconsistent Lakers showed up for their Western Conference finals opener against Denver and still managed to defend their home court.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 40 points, including six free throws in the final 30 seconds, to lift Los Angeles to a 105-103 victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday night after the Lakers trailed most of the game.

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 13 points and 14 rebounds and Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) had 13 points for the Lakers, who faced a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Gasol's two free throws tied the game for the last time at 99 before Bryant went to the line, offsetting a 3-pointer by Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) and a free throw by J.R. Smith.

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 39 points, Billups added 18 and Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) had 15 for the Nuggets, who hadnt played since taking care of Dallas in five games last Wednesday.

Game 2 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

Bryant, who was 9 for 9 from the line in the fourth quarter, made two for a 101-99 lead with 30 seconds left. Trevor Ariza stole the inbounds near midcourt and the Lakers were able to run the clock down to 10 seconds when Bryant made two more free throws.

Billups hit a 3-pointer to get the Nuggets to 103-102 with 5 seconds left, but then Anthony fouled Bryant, who made his final two foul shots.

Smith made one free throw with 3.2 seconds left and missed the second intentionally. Bryant grabbed the games last rebound.

A good one, an important one, Bryant said of the win. Like I told the guys in a timeout, this is a different series. We felt kind of down on ourselves with a slow start. ... I told them to forget about that, this is a different series.

The Lakers were back in action 48 hours after closing out Houston in seven games in the conference semifinals.

We just had to push through it, we didnt come out with the kind of energy we wanted, guys were fatigued, a little tired, Bryant said. But it was a gut check for us.

Denver led most of the game in its return to the conference finals for the first time in 24 years. But the Nuggets couldnt stop Bryant over the final 6:48, when he scored 15 points, including seven straight to help the Lakers improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs. They are 8-0 this postseason when scoring 100 points.

Bryant got the better of Anthony, his U.S. Olympic teammate.

It was a lot of fun, hes a bull down there, Bryant said. I am a little out of my weight class, but Ill give it my best shot.

Neither team led by more than five points in the third quarter, when Laker starters Andrew Bynum and Ariza both picked up their fourth fouls.

The Lakers used a 9-0 run, including seven straight by Fisher, to go up 70-66. From there, though, the Nuggets ended the quarter on a 10-4 run to lead 76-74. Billups had five consecutive points, including a free throw after a technical foul on Bryant, in the spurt.

The Nuggets moved the ball well and aggressively drove the basket in taking a 13-point lead in the opening quarter, but hurt themselves by going 12 of 21 from the line in the half. Billups, who missed three free throws in the first two playoff series combined, missed his first three of the game.

The Nuggets controlled the first half, leading until the final 1:10 of the second quarter. Thats when Josh Powell hit two free throws to give the Lakers their first lead.

The Nuggets went back in front before Fisher hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Lakers into halftime leading 55-54. Fisher was 0 for 6 before connecting from the right baseline, which was emblematic of the Lakers shooting woes. They hit 38 percent from the field, with Bryant going 7 of 16.

COurtesy of www.chron.com


Interview with Darius Rice - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Darius Rice (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL), the Miami graduate is well known for the record he set up in NBDL where he had eleven successful 3pt shots. After some preseason games in NBA he played in Asia and now he is ready for the next big step.

This summer you signed in Premiata Montegranaro along with fomer NBA star Shawn Kemp. Many believed you would be an explosive duo in Italy, what happened? Why you left from the team early?

Darius Rice: Playing with Shawn Kemp was Great we had a really good preseason in which i scored 48 points in 1 game. Shawn and i had the same agent. Shawn had to leave because of personal reasons with his family so he did not return. He was our main guy that everyone wanted to see so when he did not return the team released me. I was their best player. It was not my fault i like Premiata Monegranaro and the fand liked me too. I wish i was there to help them this year they really struggled. I could have led the to better record.

You played for Cleveland Cavaliers two years ago in the NBA summer league, do you support them in the playoffs?

Darius Rice: Yes i am supporting the Cavaliers. Really had a great relationship with them and Lebron and i are good friends. He saw a lot of good things in me and i wish i could have been on that team with them during this time. Hopefully this year i get back into NBA . They are a really good team with great chemistry and they have fun playing!

Which well known NBA player you believe has your playing style?

Darius Rice: I think my game is a combination. I have a Dirk Nowitzki game, with a mixture of Glen Rice and Robert Horry.

You played in Asian leagues, whats your opinion about the competition there?

Darius Rice: The Asian leagues are really competitive. The game is faster than the Euroleague game. It was a great experience as well. Also Puerto Rico was a really competitive league. I really liked the Italian league i think i would have been really good if the team stuck with me and i feel the team's record would have been better. Maybe i get to go back if i dont get NBA shot.

After your amazing game in the NBDL with Dakota Wizards did you have offers from European teams?

Darius Rice: After the NBDL game i went to the Cleveland Cavaliers and also worked out with the San Antonio Spurs. I been through so much i can write a book of my experiences! It was really late in the season so Euroleague was about over. Hopefully i can get a good deal there in the future.

Which league you would like to play in the future?

Darius Rice: I would love to play in the NBA. It my dream and i work extremely hard to get 1 chance. If a team gives me a chance i will not disappoint them. If that does not work out tho i would love to play in ACB in Spain, Italy, or Turkey! Anywhere thats a good league where i can show my talents and help a team win and help my family.

Everybody knows you for your good 3pt shots, tell us your other strong points in your game.

Darius Rice: Other strong points in my game are my athleticism and my energy. I am a very exciting player who plays with heart and passion and my number one goal is winning. I am a great leader. I can make young players better and help all the players confidence with my leadership because i have seen so much and been around so many great players that it rubbed off on me. Played with Shaq, D. Wade, Lebron, Jason Kidd, i have learned how to be a leader. All of these qualities i bring as well as my ability to score a lot of points and shoot really well.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Darius Rice: In my free time i play chess, video games, or just work out and relax. I am a very cool guy!!


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Marbury: 'Future uncertain' - by Eurobasket News
In the aftermath of Boston's Game 7 loss to the Orlando Magic, guard Stephon Marbury (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) noted that he hasn't had any formal talks with Celtics management about staying in Boston, but said he was open to the idea.

'Tonight was the best I felt the whole time I was here,' said Marbury, who contributed 4 points in 13:46 off the bench. 'As far as attacking the basket or being explosive. So I know that it's there. I can definitely build on that going into next year.'

And his thoughts on his time in Boston, where he appeared in 23 games, including four starts, while averaging 3.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.

'I mean I love it here, I loved playing basketball here,' said Marbury. 'That's where I am right now... I don't know what my future holds. I'm just going to wait and see what the future holds.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Kyle Korver ss ready to opt out and leave the Jazz - by Eurobasket News
Recession? What recession?

While the rest of the nation hopes to hold onto a job, any job and while the rest of the country hopes to lose only 50% of their 401k, Jazz players are planning on winning the lottery.

Sure the luxury tax is probably dropping from $71 million to $68 million and sure NBA owners, like everyone else, have taken some major financial hits. Did players and agents not notice David Stern setting up eight figure credit lines for owners to tap into?

First Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) announced he was looking to be paid like a Top 10 center instead of a Top 20 center, so opting out sounds like a foregone conclusion. Now Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) is apparently opting out. In an interview with KXNO in Des Moines he didnt definitely say he was opting out, but he makes it clear if there is any interest at all from around the NBA, he knows it is a business and he is ready to move again.

If you are looking for a silver lining, Korver made a shade under $5 million in 2008-09 and has just one year left on his contract. If he and Okur opt out, then the Jazz might have money to afford Boozer and Millsap. Oh, sorry, I forgot, most of you want Boozer to go away.

Possibly the Jazz can move Okur and Korver in sign and trades, but I believed the Jazz best chance to improve dramatically, was to use the guys with just a year left on their contracts in a mega-deal, but now two of those guys look like they will opt out, leaving the Jazz with Matt Harpring and possibly Carlos Boozer as trade bait for a team looking for cap room in 2010.

Courtesy of www.kutv.com


Carmelo Anthony healthy - by Eurobasket News
Forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) spent an entire season trying to crack the code to the Lakers' defense without much success. Against Los Angeles, he averaged 14.5 points on 32.8 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent from the 3-point line. His turnovers in the four games equaled his jersey number (15).

But none of that, he said Sunday, is cause for concern in the Nuggets' upcoming Western Conference finals series against the Lakers.

'I'm not worried about that,' Anthony said. 'They are going to do what they are going to do. They're going to send two, three people at me. They are going to shift the whole defense on me. I just continue doing what I've been doing throughout this whole playoffs.'

Anthony has been nearly unstoppable in these playoffs, averaging 27.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He's shooting 48 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from the 3-point arc. He scored 102 points in the last three games of the conference semifinal series against the Mavericks.

Still, the Nuggets are wary of the issue and have been working in practice on ways to get Anthony better looks at the basket. Nuggets coach George Karl also says he'll let Anthony go out and do in-game problem-solving to raise his productivity.

'I think we've just got to trust that over the last two or three months Melo has been figuring it out at the best rate he's done all year,' Karl said. 'He's trying to play quicker on his catches and staying away from isolations, staying away from the power game. But when we do do that, he's been a playmaker. So we're going to give him the opportunity to make some plays.'


Footnotes.

Anthony said he's not worried about the left thigh bruise he suffered Wednesday in Game 5 of the Nuggets' series against the Mavericks. 'I'm good,' he said. . . . Karl, when asked about comments Rockets forward Shane Battier made after their game against L.A., saying the Nuggets would have a tough time against the Lakers: 'Why would I comment on a Duke guy?'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


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NBA Playoffs dominated by non-college players - by Eurobasket News
Anybody who reads here much knows that -- though I loved writing about Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Tyreke Evans -- I think the NBA's age-limit rule preventing high school players from jumping directly to the NBA is ridiculous, and that those who pretend college basketball is necessary to prepare prospects are either stupid, naive or blind to all the information suggesting otherwise.

Which brings me to these NBA Playoffs.

We are now down to the final four teams, and the leading scorer for those four teams - Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) of the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) of the Cavs and Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) of the Magic -- combined to play a grand total of one season of college basketball. Furthermore, none of the top three regular-season scorers from the Lakers (Bryant, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Andrew Bynum) or Magic (Howard, Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) and Hedo Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79)) played a minute of college basketball, and none of the remaining contenders' top three scorers from the regular season did more than two years of college.

Now look at it this way ...


-- TOP THREE ACTIVE REGULAR-SEASON SCORERS FOR REMAINING NBA CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS--

1. LAKERS
Kobe Bryant: Zero years of college
Pau Gasol: Zero years of college
Andrew Bynum: Zero years of college

2. NUGGETS
Carmelo Anthony: One year of college
Chauncey Billups: Two years of college
J.R. Smith: Zero years of college

3. CAVS
LeBron James: Zero years of college
Mo Williams: Two years of college
Zydrunas Ilgauskas: Zero years of college

4. MAGIC
Dwight Howard: Zero years of college
Rashard Lewis: Zero years of college
Hidayet Turkoglu: Zero years of college

Add it up and nine of the 12 leading regular-season scorers (who are currently active) from the Lakers, Nuggets, Cavs and Magic never played college basketball. Six (Bryant, Bynum, Smith, James, Howard and Lewis) went directly from American high schools to the NBA, three (Gasol, Ilgauskas and Hidayet Turkoglu) are international players, and the other three (Anthony, Billups and Williams) played in college for a combined total of five seasons.

So again, I love college basketball would like to see all the greats play four years.

I'm sure you would, too.

But let's not pretend it's always the best way or even necessary to develop as a player.

Because these NBA Playoffs are clearly suggesting otherwise.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com (by Gary Parrish)


Southern Miss G Wise hires agent, to enter draft - by Eurobasket News
Southern Miss guard Jeremy Wise (6'2''-G-86) has hired an agent. It means that Wise ended his college career a season early.

Wise entered his name in the NBA draft last month, but said he would likely return for his senior year. A statement released by the school Thursday did not name Wises agent.

The Jackson, Miss., native started all 96 games over the last three seasons, finishing sixth on the career scoring list at Southern Miss with 1,691 points and 11th in Conference USA.

The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 16.7 points and 4.7 assists last season.

Coach Larry Eustachy said in the statement that he appreciated Wises contributions and wished him luck.

Courtesy of www.m.si.com


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Interview with FIBA Coach Mathias Eckhoff - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with Norwegian FIBA Coach Mathias Eckhoff , HEAD COACH of Swedens KFUM Jamtland Basket for his thoughts on this, his first season in Sweden and on the league and its future.

EU: Hello Coach, how have you been doing? How have you found Swedens Basketligan?
Coach- Life's good I guess. Sweden is nice and uncomplicated.

EU: How would you compare the level of play in Sweden? You have varied coaching & playing experiences in the US & internationally in Brazil, Luxembourg, & as Head Coach of the Norway National Team, how close do u see them to becoing a force to be reckoned with?.
Coach- The Swedish league is better than they get credit for, something you can see by Norrkpings results in the Baltic Sea League. The national teams are also doing really well and they have profiles that seems primed to take the next step....

EU: What do u see on the horizon for the Basketligan? Is it a bright future? What types of adjustments do you feel need to be made given the current financial landscape globally?
Coach- Sweden has a lot of talented players and a potential to compete at a high level and like they've proven with their women teams they can produce really good results. The league has been hit by the financial crisis like everywhere else but it will survive and I'm sure it will continue to grow strong.

EU: We see that you were able to put together a unified team effort and fight your way into the playoffs, reaching the quarterfinals this season?
Please detail the seasons challenges for us?
Coach- With a budget far below the other playoff teams and no real size our challenge was to avoid becoming a poor version of others and instead focusing on become a better version of ourselves. Changing the practice culture and trying to convince ourselves that we could compete doing it our way finding ways for us to be efficient as a group... As always injuries affected and slowed down the process a bit but we got better all the time and we could easily have gone through the quarterfinals losing two games in OT's and generally being up in all the games... The margins are indeed extremely small in this game of ours.....

EU: What can we expect from you in the near future? A possible return to Sweden, and a subsequent push for the Baltic League in the next season?
Coach- You never know... Theres always a lot of talk and there has been teams contacting me. There are many other concerns to consider when you have kids like I have and there's a lot of competent people out there chasing jobs so whatever happens happen... But Sweden is an option with the possibility of building something further and breaking barriers...

EU: Turning our attentions back home briefly, what do u see as the future of basketball in Norway? You being the sole Norwegian Coach working abroad and by reputation the best Norwegian basketball player, what do you feel is needed for Norway to become a more of a desired locale in FIBA Basketball? Is there also a possible return to the National Team side of things there?
Coach- Hehe, the 'reputation thing' you're refering to I've never heard of and must come from someone seriously deluded but then again, the world wants to be deceived, so why not now... Nothing magical about what needs to be done in Norway. Hard work and continuity of action over time....
Other sports are the priority in Norway and the talent pool is seriously thinned out because of that. The practice of stopping kids groth if they look like they'll be taller than 2 meters also makes it tough. We have some talented guards who's doing pretty well with the younger national teams and if we can keep on giving them challenges they deserve and maybe possibly uncover some size from somewhere (The beautiful norwegian women have procreated and produced offspring with passports all over the globe
:) we should be able to compete and play at the level of the other scandinavian countries... Having said that, its kind of peculiar to pin a lot of the future of the sport on our lovely women spawing abroad, but what can you do.....

EU: We have also discovered that you had a career as an actor as well. How closely do you stay connected to the world of the silver screen? What prompted the shift from acting to basketball?
Coach- Not closely at all and boredom! And I was a basketball player first before I went to drama school in London and became an humble servant of Thalia, like they say... Pretentiously put I can phrase it like this; Basketball is a passion and an indulgence I've been allowed to pursue and the game keeps on teaching me something about life and it makes me feel alive...

EU: Do you have anything to say to your fans in Sweden? At home in Norway or in Luxembourg or the US?
Coach- Fans??? Words and their associations... I'll give you a poem that is a variation over a classical theme... Mind over matter and as the creatures of habit that we are, our ability to create our own destiny....
Like the honorable Pekka Salminen would say it; Respect the game'.
Enjoy!!!

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. - Charles Reade

Eurobasket would like to thank Coach Eckhoff for taking the time to speak with us. We would like to wish him continued success and look for exciting things from him next season and in the seasons to come. BEST SWISHES!


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Interview with FIBA Coach Mathias Eckhoff - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with Norwegian FIBA Coach Mathias Eckhoff , HEAD COACH of Swedens KFUM Jamtland Basket for his thoughts on this, his first season in Sweden and on the league and its future.

EU: Hello Coach, how have you been doing? How have you found Swedens Basketligan?
Coach- Life's good I guess. Sweden is nice and uncomplicated.

EU: How would you compare the level of play in Sweden? You have varied coaching & playing experiences in the US & internationally in Brazil, Luxembourg, & as Head Coach of the Norway National Team, how close do u see them to becoing a force to be reckoned with?.
Coach- The Swedish league is better than they get credit for, something you can see by Norrkpings results in the Baltic Sea League. The national teams are also doing really well and they have profiles that seems primed to take the next step....

EU: What do u see on the horizon for the Basketligan? Is it a bright future? What types of adjustments do you feel need to be made given the current financial landscape globally?
Coach- Sweden has a lot of talented players and a potential to compete at a high level and like they've proven with their women teams they can produce really good results. The league has been hit by the financial crisis like everywhere else but it will survive and I'm sure it will continue to grow strong.

EU: We see that you were able to put together a unified team effort and fight your way into the playoffs, reaching the quarterfinals this season?
Please detail the seasons challenges for us?
Coach- With a budget far below the other playoff teams and no real size our challenge was to avoid becoming a poor version of others and instead focusing on become a better version of ourselves. Changing the practice culture and trying to convince ourselves that we could compete doing it our way finding ways for us to be efficient as a group... As always injuries affected and slowed down the process a bit but we got better all the time and we could easily have gone through the quarterfinals losing two games in OT's and generally being up in all the games... The margins are indeed extremely small in this game of ours.....

EU: What can we expect from you in the near future? A possible return to Sweden, and a subsequent push for the Baltic League in the next season?
Coach- You never know... Theres always a lot of talk and there has been teams contacting me. There are many other concerns to consider when you have kids like I have and there's a lot of competent people out there chasing jobs so whatever happens happen... But Sweden is an option with the possibility of building something further and breaking barriers...

EU: Turning our attentions back home briefly, what do u see as the future of basketball in Norway? You being the sole Norwegian Coach working abroad and by reputation the best Norwegian basketball player, what do you feel is needed for Norway to become a more of a desired locale in FIBA Basketball? Is there also a possible return to the National Team side of things there?
Coach- Hehe, the 'reputation thing' you're refering to I've never heard of and must come from someone seriously deluded but then again, the world wants to be deceived, so why not now... Nothing magical about what needs to be done in Norway. Hard work and continuity of action over time....
Other sports are the priority in Norway and the talent pool is seriously thinned out because of that. The practice of stopping kids groth if they look like they'll be taller than 2 meters also makes it tough. We have some talented guards who's doing pretty well with the younger national teams and if we can keep on giving them challenges they deserve and maybe possibly uncover some size from somewhere (The beautiful norwegian women have procreated and produced offspring with passports all over the globe
:) we should be able to compete and play at the level of the other scandinavian countries... Having said that, its kind of peculiar to pin a lot of the future of the sport on our lovely women spawing abroad, but what can you do.....

EU: We have also discovered that you had a career as an actor as well. How closely do you stay connected to the world of the silver screen? What prompted the shift from acting to basketball?
Coach- Not closely at all and boredom! And I was a basketball player first before I went to drama school in London and became an humble servant of Thalia, like they say... Pretentiously put I can phrase it like this; Basketball is a passion and an indulgence I've been allowed to pursue and the game keeps on teaching me something about life and it makes me feel alive...

EU: Do you have anything to say to your fans in Sweden? At home in Norway or in Luxembourg or the US?
Coach- Fans??? Words and their associations... I'll give you a poem that is a variation over a classical theme... Mind over matter and as the creatures of habit that we are, our ability to create our own destiny....
Like the honorable Pekka Salminen would say it; Respect the game'.
Enjoy!!!

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. - Charles Reade

Eurobasket would like to thank Coach Eckhoff for taking the time to speak with us. We would like to wish him continued success and look for exciting things from him next season and in the seasons to come. BEST SWISHES!


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Dante Hunter: I can play in any league at any level and play good - by Mariano Galindo

Dante Hunter (191-G-83, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Calumet) (191-G-83, college: Calumet) is one of the best players in PBL. We talked with him, and we could know more about this very good and very fast guard.

1- What's about your season in Palestina?

My season is going good in Palestine because my team is in second place and we are trying to win the championship.

2- You are playing so well. What do you think about your future? Do you think that you could be in upper level?

Thanx, I think I have alot of goods things in store for my future, winning as many championships is my goal. I can play in any league at any level and play good.

3- What can you offer to your future new team?

I am a good person and player on and off the court. I can offer a team leadership, dedication, desire to win and discipline to go along with being a good all around basketball player.

4- Can you tell us how how is your game?

At 6'3 I play the point and shooting guard position , I am very fast and can also shoot the ball very well from anywhere on the court. I take pride in playing hard defense. I play similiar to a Steve Nash and Deron Williams of course Im not as good as those guys lol but I play like them.

5-Tell us about your performances in PBL

I am averaging 29 Points 10 assists 8 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game playing out here has been a good experiece I am learning Arabic as well and enjoying the culture. The league is good there are some good import players out here along with some good local players as well.

6- Could you describe your teams before Sarriet Ramala?

The 2007-2008 season I played for a team in El Salvador called San Marcos I average 28 points and 10 assists per game I also played a few games in the USBL and toured playing against the Harlem Globetrotters in Europe and South America

7-Where do you like to play next season?

Next season I am opened to play anywhere whether its Europe, South America or staying in the Middle East as long as its a good situation for me.



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. Qalandia 9-4 
 6. Al Ahli 9-5 
 7. Orthodox R. 9-5 
 8. Hiteen 8-5 
 9. Catholic A. 7-5 
 10. Ebal 6-8 
 11. Islami 5-8 
 12. Al Fara 5-8 
 13. RaI AlSaleh 5-9 
 14. AlBireh 4-9 
 15. Huwara 3-10 
 16. Thaqafi BS 2-11 
 17. Thaqafi T. 0-13 
 18. Balata 0-14 


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Last games (2) - No.1 San Miguel jumps to 11-2 recrord - by Eurobasket News

Burger King - Purefoods 96-86
Burger King was too strong for Purefoods joining Rain or Shine on the second place with 8-6 record. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) shined for the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Aban had 12, while Shawn Daniels added 10 pts and 21 boards. Marquin Chandler responded with double-double in defeat, 26 pts and 11 rebs. Purefoods 7-7.

Santa Lucia - San Miguel 90-92
No.1 San Miguel escaped with 92-90 win for nice 11-2 record. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) stepped up for the winning squad with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jonas Villanueva helped with 13 pts. On the other side, Anthony Johnson collected 29 pts and 14 rebs. His Santa Lucia dropped to 7-7.




Player of the Week: Jimmy Alapag - by Josh Villegas
There's a reason why he's dubbed as the Mighty Mouse.
Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), the 5'9 point guard of the Talk n Text Tropang Texters, dished out a mighty performance to lead his team past the Burger King Whoppers in a double-overtime thriller last Wednesday.
While their new import, Rashad Bell, did most of the damage scoring-wise, Alapag provided support and stability as he logged in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists, in their win against the Whoppers to earn the Motolie-Accel Player of the Week honor.
In the two OT periods, the former Cal-State San Bernardino Coyote showed no mercy to the guards of Burger King as he scattered 11 of his teams 26 points, including eight points in the second overtime.
With the win, Talk n Text improved its record to (7-6) and kept alive its bid for an outright semifinals seat.
In 44 games this season, Alapag is averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5 assists. With the way hes playing, the Mighty Mouse could be well on his way to getting his third mythical five selection when the season ends.


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 11-2 
 2. Rain or Shine 8-6 
 3. Burger King 8-6 
 4. Ginebra 7-5 
 5. Talk N Text 7-6 
 6. Sta Lucia 7-7 
 7. Purefoods 7-7 
 8. Coca-Cola 5-7 
 9. Alaska 4-8 
 10. Barako Bull 2-12 


Last games (3) - Wins for San Miguel, Coca-Cola and Santa Lucia - by Eurobasket News
San Miguel - Bara ko Bull 99-92
San Miguel grabbed 10th win of the season remaining on top of PBA standings alone. This time Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) top-scored in the winning squad with 33 points. Beside that, he pulled down impressive 21 rebounds. Dondon Hontiveros also was on fire netting 23 pts. Daryan Selvy responded with 32 points and 13 boards in Barako Bull (2-12).

Rain or Shine - Coca-Cola 91-94
Coca-Cola grabbed 94-91 win against Rain or Shine improving to 5-7 record. James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) was a key player in victory with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Jai Lewis had 30 pts and 22 boards in loss. His Rain or Shine fell to 8-6.

Purefoods - Santa Lucia 95-104
Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) once again stepped up for Santa Lucia registering monster double-double: 27 points and 23 rebounds. Joseph Yeo followed with 22 pts. On the other side, Marquin Chandler was unstoppable nailing 39 points and grabbing 15 boards. Both teams are on 7-6 record now.


2009 Philippine National Team - by Josh Villegas

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Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Rain or Shine
Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Coca-Cola Tigers
Jayjay Helterbrand (183-G-76) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
Kelly Williams (198-F-82) of Santa Lucia Realtors
Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) of Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
James Yap (191-F/G-82) of Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Willie Miller (180-G-77) of Alaska Aces
Ryan Reyes (188-G-83) of Santa Lucia Realtors
Mick Pennisi (204-F-75) of San Miguel Beermen
Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of Burger King Titans
Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84) of Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Sonny Thoss (203-C-81) of Alaska Aces
Ranidel de Ocampo (195-F-81) of Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
Japeth Aguilar (206-C-87) of Western Kentucky University (USA)
Head Coach: Yeng Guiao


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  PUERTO RICO   


San German beats Humacao in Overtime - by Luis Ramirez
It was a hard fought contest right to the end, in fact the game went into overtime to decide the winner against the San German Athletics and the Humacao Grays , but in the end it was the Athletics who came out as victors 94-89. The game started with the Grays taking the 1st qtr. 25-22. San German fought back in the 2nd qtr to take the lead 42-40. In the 3rd quarter the Grays came right back to reclaim the lead 64-57. It came to the 4th quarter and the game ended tied at 83 each. The Athletics were able to control the final 5 minutes for the win.
For San German, Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds followed by Christopher Vega with 26 points. For Humacao, Ansel Guzman scored 21 points followed by Demarr Johnson with 17 points.
This was the only game on tap last night.


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


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  QATAR   


Zain coast past Arabi into Asia Champions Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Zain - Arabi 113:57

Zain claimed an overwhelming victory over Arabi to secure the birth in the Asia Champions Cup Final. Zain are looking to repeat the success of 2006 when they clinched the title in Kuwait. Arabi were considered a surprising side at the semifinals and Zain proved their status of the favorites. The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes before Zain pulled away. The Jordanian champions went on a 10:2 run to clear off. They maintained the lead and enjoyed a 23:15 lead at the first intermission. Arabi struggled defensively as Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) distributed the ball well, while Roderick Riley (210-C-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Prairie View A&M) and Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) were deadly under the rim to spear the Qatari team. Zain accounted for 29 points in the second term and built a 22-point advantage at halftime. Arabi needed a drastic change after the major break but it never came. Zain fired 32 points in the third period and continued their onslaught. Arabis defense collapsed at this stage of the contest allowing Zain to reign in the court. The Jordanian team cruised to the win and paved the way into the Final.
Roderick Riley secured 18 points to lead Zain. Ayman Idais added 15 points, while Sam Daghlas had 14 points in the win. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) responded with 16 points for Arabi. Joshua Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Zain: Roderick Riley 18, Ayman Idais 15, Sam Daghlas 14
Arabi: Maurice Hargrow 16, Joshua Jones 14


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  RUSSIA   


Nachbar leaves Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) leaves Dynamo Moscow and will continue his career whether in Europe or the USA. The financial issues could not keep the player in his former team.
In 2009 season for Dynamo Bostjan Nachbar became a Russian Cup Finalist, reached Eurocup Quarterfinals, became a Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup 1st Team, Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup 1st Team and Eurobasket.com Eurocup All-Europeans Team. In 13 EuroCup games for his Russian team he averaged 16.1 points per game and had 4.8 rebounds.
Dynamo Moscow finished the Regular Season with 16-6 record on the third position, however was swept in the Quarterfinal series.
Spartak SP sensationally beat Dynamo Moscow 88:75 in the capital of the country as Pashutin Zakhar poured in 20 points and Meshcharakou Yegor ended up with 17. Bostjan Nachbar delivered 23 points in the losing case.
Spartak SP created a real upset sweeping the series over Dynamo Moscow and taking their place in the Semifinals. The team from Saint Petersburg had a 73:68 home win to win 2-0 in the series. Pashutin Zakhar top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Meshcharakou Yegor and Rakovic Milovan had 10 each. Lavrinovic Darjus collected 22 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Bostjan Nachbar had 7 points and 6 rebounds that time.


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  SLOVENIA   


Nachbar leaves Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) leaves Dynamo Moscow and will continue his career whether in Europe or the USA. The financial issues could not keep the player in his former team.
In 2009 season for Dynamo Bostjan Nachbar became a Russian Cup Finalist, reached Eurocup Quarterfinals, became a Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup 1st Team, Eurobasket.com All-Eurocup 1st Team and Eurobasket.com Eurocup All-Europeans Team. In 13 EuroCup games for his Russian team he averaged 16.1 points per game and had 4.8 rebounds.
Dynamo Moscow finished the Regular Season with 16-6 record on the third position, however was swept in the Quarterfinal series.
Spartak SP sensationally beat Dynamo Moscow 88:75 in the capital of the country as Pashutin Zakhar poured in 20 points and Meshcharakou Yegor ended up with 17. Bostjan Nachbar delivered 23 points in the losing case.
Spartak SP created a real upset sweeping the series over Dynamo Moscow and taking their place in the Semifinals. The team from Saint Petersburg had a 73:68 home win to win 2-0 in the series. Pashutin Zakhar top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Meshcharakou Yegor and Rakovic Milovan had 10 each. Lavrinovic Darjus collected 22 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Bostjan Nachbar had 7 points and 6 rebounds that time.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


NBA Camp to Take Place This Week - by Rick Ross
The Korea Development Camp will return to Seoul for the third straight year this week.
The camp, organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA)
and Korean Basketball League (KBL), will invite the top 40 players between the ages of
16 and 19 to help improve their skills from Thursday through Sunday at the
Yangjae Education and Culture Center.

Five-time NBA champion Ron Harper, who played for the Chicago Bulls with
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal
and Kobe Bryant, and Toronto Raptors forward Jason Kapono, a two-time three-point shootout
winner in the All-Star weekend, will join NBA assistant coaches Stephen Silas of the
Golden States Warriors and Rory White of the L.A. Clippers as camp coaches.

The event will also feature KBL coaches, including KTF MagicWings assistants
Kim Hee-seon and Kang Byung-soo and former Samsung Thunders assistant Lee Min-hyung.
Daegu Orions forward Lee Dong-joon will also join the camp.
For the first time, the event will feature an NBA referee clinic,
a new program specially designed to train KBL referees.

The Korea Development Camp is one of the most successful basketball training camps in
Korea and our campers have shown tremendous improvement over the past two years,
Kim Dong-kwang, executive director of basketball operations of the KBL.
We are happy to team up with the NBA to raise the standard of basketball in our country.''

The camp MVP will earn a spot to participate in Basketball without Borders Asia, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 2


By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter



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  SPAIN   


Quarterfinals: Tau and Barca in the semis, Unicaja survives on the island against Granca - by Eurobasket News
Iurbentia B. - Tau 76-97
Tau cruised past Bilbao on the road ending the series with 2-0. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) once again was the best scorer in the winning squad with 23 points (5 rebs). Pete Mickeal had 15 and Mirza Teletovic nailed one point less. Luke Recker delivered 19 pts for the hosts. Tau now waits the winner of Real Madrid - DKV Joventut series.

Kalise G.C. - Unicaja 68-70
Unicaja survived last night with 70-68 road win tying the score to 1-1. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) was a key player for the team from Malaga collecting 17 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Cabezas was second scorer in victory with 14 pts. In Granca, Joshua Fisher netted 16 points. Game No.3 is scheduled for May 24 in Malaga.

Pamesa V. - Regal Barca 55-81
Regal Barca destroyed Pamesa in Valencia advancing to semifinals with perfect 2-0. David Andersen (212-C-80) was unstoppable in the paint nailing 21 points. JC Navarro and Jaka Lakovic followed with 13 pts each. Pamesa got 11 points from Kosta Perovic and Kenny Gregory (apiece).

DKV Joventut - Real Madrid 82-77
Ricky Rubio (192-G-90), Demond Mallet and Jerome Moiso rained 16 points each for DKV Joventut helping it to tie the score against Real Madrid (1-1). Beside the points, Rubio also registered 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Louis Bullock replied with 22 pts for the guests. Game No.3 - May 23 in Madrid.


LEB Gold Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Alicante - Burgos 89-69
Nice 20-point win by Alicante for 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals. Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81, college: Vermont) this time stepped up for the hosts collecting 16 points and 5 rebounds. Diego Garcia was on fire in Burgos with 23 points. Next game is scheduled for May 22 also in Alicante.

Tenerife - Cl.Rincon 83-77
Tenerife was too strong for Clinicas Rincon mostly owing to nice perfromance by Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-G-81) and Patrick Carroll, which drained 18 and 16 points respectively. Jose Angelo Antelo followed them with double-double, 12 pts and 12 rebs. Paulo Prestes answered with 20 pts and 13 rebs in loss. Game 2 - May 22.

Melilla - Leon 79-56
Melilla destroyed Leon for 1-0 lead. Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 15 pts and 8 as, Rafael Huertas had 11, while Hector Garcia and Keith Waleskowski added 10 pts each. Leon got 13 pts and 8 rebs from Jaime Peterson. Game No.2 - May 22.

Leche Rio - Los Barrios 81-89
Valuable road win for Los Barrios, who got 21 points and 9 rebounds from Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76). Jesus Chagoyen and Eric Sanchez delivered 13 pts apiece. In loss, Andre Pecile and Brian Cusworth scored 19 pts each. Los Barrios - Leche Rio 1-0.


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  SWEDEN   


Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-G) of Solna Vikings
Guard of the Year: Thomas Jackson (175-G-80) of Uppsala Basket
Forward of the Year: Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Center of the Year: Johan Akesson (211-C-84) of Helsingborg/08 Stockholm
Newcomer of the Year: Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Plannja Basket
Most Improved Player of the Year: Emil Salon (192-G-85) of Gothia Basket
Bosman Player of the Year: Liam Rush (203-F/G-82) of Sundsvall Dragons
Import Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Domestic Player of the Year: Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77) of Solna Vikings
Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Coach of the Year: Pekka Salminen of Solna Vikings

1st Team
Thomas Jackson of Uppsala Basket
Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall Dragons
Liam Rush of Sundsvall Dragons
Johan Akesson of Helsingborg/08 Stockholm

2nd Team
Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Jamtland Basket
Kenny Grant (188-G-82) of Norrkoping Dolphins
Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80) of Jamtland Basket
Lesli Myrthil of Solna Vikings
Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Boras Basket

Honorable Mention
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkping Dolphins
Hakan Larsson (184-G-74) of Plannja Basket
Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) of Sundsvall Dragons
Joakim Blom (211-C-76) of 08 Stockholm
Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83) of 08 Stockholm
Danny Gathings (193-F-80) of Uppsala Basket
Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) of Sodertlje Kings

All-Domestic Players Team
Olivier Ilunga of Sundsvall Dragons
Kenny Grant of Norrkping Dolphins
Lesli Myrthil of Solna Vikings
Joakim Kjellbom of Norrkping Dolphins
Johan Akesson of Helsingborg/08 Stockholm

All-Imports Team
Thomas Jackson of Uppsala Basket
Andrew Mitchell of Jamtland Basket
Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Alex Wesby of Sundsvall Dragons
Ryan McDade of Bors Basket

All-Bosmans Team
Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) of Sundsvall Dragons
Juha Sten (191-G-83) of Solna Vikings
Liam Rush of Sundsvall Dragons
Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82) of Gothia Basket
Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81) of Solna Vikings

All-Defensive Team
Juha Sten of Solna Vikings
Thomas Jackson of Uppsala Basket
Jonte Flowers of Solna Vikings
Tyrone Levett of Jmtland Basket
Doug Thomas (203-F-83) of Sundsvall Dragons


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Mitchell, Jamtl 20,69
2 Levett, Jamtl 20.4
3 Wesby, Sundsvall 18.9
4 Springs, Boras 18.6
5 Riley, Plannja 18.3
6 Moore, Gothia 18.1
7 Grant, Norrkoping 17.8
8 Blassingame, 08 17.1
9 Rush, Sundsvall 17.1
10 Akesson, Helsin 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 McDade, Boras 13.3
2 kesson, Helsing 8.9
3 Taylor, Solna 8.7
4 Smith, Sodertalje 8.3
5 Burrows, Sodertal 8.2
6 Kjellbom, Norrkop 8.0
7 Johnson, Gothia 7.9
8 Gathings, Uppsala 7.8
9 Thomas, Sundsvall 7.8
10 Rosendahl, Plan 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 Larsson, Plannja 7.7
2 Blassingame, 08 6.8
3 Cook, Gothia 4.9
4 Grant, Norrkop 4.8
5 Massamba, Sodert 4.7
6 Subotic, Sundsv 4.7
7 Jackson, Uppsala 4.5
8 Springs, Boras 4.5
9 Mitchell, Jamtl 4.0
10 Sten, Solna 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Flowers, Solna 3.0
2 Sten, Solna 3.0
3 Jackson, Uppsala 2.6
2FGP
1 Dilligard, Sodert 72.8
2 Hartmann, 08 68.4
3 Olsson, Plannja 68.4
3FGP
1 Olsson, Plannja 47.5
2 Rafii-Aval, Gothia 47.2
3 Westerlund, 08 44.9
Free Throws
1 Andersson, Hels 100.0
2 Alexander, Sundsv 86.4
3 Subotic, Sundsv 85.5


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Dante Hunter: I can play in any league at any level and play good - by Mariano Galindo

Dante Hunter (191-G-83, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Calumet) (191-G-83, college: Calumet) is one of the best players in PBL. We talked with him, and we could know more about this very good and very fast guard.

1- What's about your season in Palestina?

My season is going good in Palestine because my team is in second place and we are trying to win the championship.

2- You are playing so well. What do you think about your future? Do you think that you could be in upper level?

Thanx, I think I have alot of goods things in store for my future, winning as many championships is my goal. I can play in any league at any level and play good.

3- What can you offer to your future new team?

I am a good person and player on and off the court. I can offer a team leadership, dedication, desire to win and discipline to go along with being a good all around basketball player.

4- Can you tell us how how is your game?

At 6'3 I play the point and shooting guard position , I am very fast and can also shoot the ball very well from anywhere on the court. I take pride in playing hard defense. I play similiar to a Steve Nash and Deron Williams of course Im not as good as those guys lol but I play like them.

5-Tell us about your performances in PBL

I am averaging 29 Points 10 assists 8 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game playing out here has been a good experiece I am learning Arabic as well and enjoying the culture. The league is good there are some good import players out here along with some good local players as well.

6- Could you describe your teams before Sarriet Ramala?

The 2007-2008 season I played for a team in El Salvador called San Marcos I average 28 points and 10 assists per game I also played a few games in the USBL and toured playing against the Harlem Globetrotters in Europe and South America

7-Where do you like to play next season?

Next season I am opened to play anywhere whether its Europe, South America or staying in the Middle East as long as its a good situation for me.



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Chang Chih-feng named regular season MVP - by Chris Wang
The SBL rolled out the regular season awards winners this past week as Dacin was the apparent big winner. Tigers guard Chang Chih-feng was named Most Valuable Player and head coach Chiu Da-tsun won the Coach of the Year award.

Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting won the Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in his SBL career.

SBL First Team:
Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Chen Chih-chung, Yulon
Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Byron Allen, Dacin
Yang Ching-min, TB


Dacin stomps TB in Game 3 - by Chris Wang
Not wanting to fall into a 3-0 hole, Dacin routed Taiwan Beer 89-68 in Game 3 of the 2009 SBL Finals to make the series 2-1.

However, TB was not happy with the officiating of three FIBA referees and claimed that the team was considering to boycott the remaining games if the officiating goes one-sided.

Dacin had a 17-4 deciding run in the third quarter and held Lin Chih-chieh, who had 18 points in the first half, scoreless in the final 20 minutes.

Chang Chih-feng led Dacin with 21 points and Lin Yi-hui had 18 points. Tien Lei and Byron Allen each had 13 points. Allen added 14 rebounds. Dacin controlled the boards with a 40-21 rebounding advantage.

Chen Shih-nian scored 13 and Yang Yu-min had 12 for TB.


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. P.Rico0-0
3. USA0-0
4. Venezuela0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Bahamas0-0
3. Canada0-0
4. Mexico0-0


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  TPBL   


TEXAS PRO LEAGUE COMBINE IN JULY - by Chris Cardenas

Houston, Tx- will be the site for the 2009 TPBL combine. All players looking to make a roster for the 2010 season are encouraged to come out and show their skills. Teams joining the league for the 2010 season will be looking to upgrade their rosters and will looking for some new talent to do just so. The combine will be a combination of drills for bigs and guards and alot of full court action during the weekend. Here is the info on the 2009 TPBL COMBINE : July 11-12 (sat - sun) , Houston Tx , Raul Yzaguirre Gym, early registration $75 due by July 5 , late/walk up registration $100. Due to gym space and gym availablity there will only be room for 60 players so please get your entry form and fees in. for an entry form email league owner chris cardenas : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM or call 325-763-6630.


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Quarterfinals: Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker advance to semis - by Eurobasket News
Darussafaka - Efes Pilsen 60-87
The regular season champion advanced to semifinals with prefect 3-0 after beating Darussafaka 87-60 last night on the road. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) led the scorers with 15, Kerem Gonlum had 14, while Preston Shumpert added 13 pts. The hosts got 15 points from Sean Banks. Efes Pilsen now waits the winner of Galatasaray - Besiktas series.

Antalya - Fener.Ulker 74-92
Fenerbahce Ulker became the first participant of the play-off semifinals outplaying Antalya on Sunday 92-74 (3-0). Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) was a key player in this victory almost registering double-double: 21 pts, 10 rebs and 7 as. Devin Smith followed with 15 points and 9 boards. In Antalya, Marcus Douthit answered with 23 points and 11 boards. Fener will meet Turk Telekom or Mersin in the semis.

Mersin - T.Telekom 104-103
Another thriller between these two teams, but this one belonged to Mersin 104-103. It means that Mersin came on 1-2, but the next game will be played in Ankara. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) stepped up for the hosts with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Christopher Lofton added 3 points less than him. Baris Ozcan and Erwin Dudley combined 41 pts in defeat (Dudley had 12 rebs).

Galatasaray - Besiktas 80-66
The box-score will be available soon. Galatasaray grabbed 2-0 lead.


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Superleague Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - BC Donetsk 113-68
Azovmash posted the first win in the Superleague Final in a rather one-sided game opener in Mariupol. The defending champions dismantled ambitious Donetsk as Rolandas Jarutis (183-G-76) netted 21 points and issued 6 assists. Serhiy Lishchuk contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Haywood Owens answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Donetsk.


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Standings
URBL Standings
D Division
 1. Austin F. 5-3 
 2. Houston S. 4-3 
 3. S. Antonio 2-4 
 4. Univ.City S. 2-4 
 5. Dallas 1-7 
National Division
 1. DFW 9-2 
 2. Converse F. 8-1 
 3. Irving A. 7-0 
 4. Houston G. 4-6 
 5. Texas M. 1-6 
 6. Katy S. 0-10 


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  USBA   


USBA Teams Split Into Three Division and Eighteen Teams For 2010 - by USBA Media

May 19, 2009 (by USBA Media)

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

The 2010 regular season will begin on April 7, 2010 and end on July 3, 2010. There is a mid season All Star Game slated for May 22nd and May 23rd, 2010. The Championship game is scheduled for July 11, 2010. Both series will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The league will continue its partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. A special invitation has been extended to the Boys and Girls Clubs as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city. The league has authorized each team conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. 'We'll issue complimentary tickets to games and well pay the ball kids $25.00 apiece per game', said Jenkins. The league's three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern will consist of six teams in each division. 'With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead', said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. 'This is a prime opportunity for us to get this party started'. ' We plan get to know our fans and supporters in each city.' ' We want our fans to be able to have access to the coaches players', said Green.

The league will make season ticket packages available. The availability of the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza is October 1, 2009. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league has set aside 1200 single season tickets for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers', said Jenkins. The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket and comes with admission to all fifteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance). 'We designed the USBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, price and entertainment will fit right into anyones budget', said Jenkins According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion'. 'Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is the chance to win a new car, a trip to see an NBA game and to go on a Disney World vacation'.

The prize list is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts (25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)All drawings for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener.

'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports'. says Jenkins. ' Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association'. 'We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience' proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins.

For more information, call the USBA league office at (770) 899-6388 or go to www.usbaball.com.

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



USBA 2010 Basketball Team Line-up - by USBA Media

2010 UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TEAMS
Regular Season: April 7, 2010 TO JULY 3, 2010

ATLANTIC DIVISION:

COLUMBIA CENTURION...Columbia, South Carolina
CHARLOTTE BLUE WAVE...Charlotte, North Carolina
JACKSONVILLE ADMIRALS...Jacksonville, Florida
RICHMOND COLONIALS...Richmond, Virginia
SAVANNAH SEAHAWKS...Savannah, Georgia
WASHINGTON CONGRESSIONALS...Washington, D.C.

APPALACHIAN DIVISION:

WEST VIRGINIA CAPITALS...Charleston, West Virginia
CHATTANOOGA ROYAL...Chattanooga, Tennessee
HUNTSVILLE STORM...Huntsville Alabama
LEXINGTON COMMANDERS...Lexington, Kentucky
LOUISVILLE STALLIONS...Louisville, Kentucky
NASHVILLE THUNDER...Nashville, Tennessee

SOUTHERN DIVISION:

ATLANTA PLATINUM...Atlanta, Georgia
AUGUSTA RAGING RIVER...Augusta, Georgia
BIRMINGHAM CRUSADERS...Birmingham, Alabama
MISSISSIPPI RIVERHAWKS...Jackson, Mississippi
MOBILE MARINERS...Mobile, Alabama
MONTGOMERY GENERALS...Montgomery, Alabama


2010 UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION REGULAR SEASON:
The complete approved schedule will be finalized and displayed on October 1, 2009. The complete list of venues will be available as soon as agreements of usage are approved.

THE UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION REGULAR SEASON:
Wednesday April 7, 2010 thru Saturday July 3, 2010

All Star Classic May 22-23, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia

Championship game - Sunday July 11, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia

The United States Basketball Association regular season will run from April 7, 2010 to July 3, 2010. The league Championships playoffs will begin on Monday, July 5, 2010 thru Friday, July 9, 2009. The USBA Championship Game will be played on Sunday July 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The top four teams in each division USBA teams will play a single game elimination series. The playoff brackets will be paired according to win / loss record. The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship trophy will be awarded to the first place team. The USBA will hold an awards ceremony and reception party on Saturday July 10, 2010. The league will give awards to the most valuable player, most valuable coach, best dance team, all referee team, scoring leader, rebound leader, assist leader, best defensive player, best sportsmanship, best community leader and the best sixth man. Team, league personnel, invited guest, media personnel and honorees will be given complimentary guest passes to the USBA Championship Extravaganza. The United States Basketball Association will provide dinner, refreshments and entertainment.



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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2009 - Week 12 (Sunday): Cocodrilos sweeps to get closer, Toros stops Guaros - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas completed a sweep over Trotamundos de Carabobo and got one game closer to first place in the LPB 2009 standings, as the leaders, Guaros de Lara, slipped at the home of Toros de Aragua and had to settle with a series split as visitors..

Toros de Aragua 90 - Guaros de Lara 78
El Limon Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 23-21-23-23= 90
GUA: 20-17-21-20= 78

Scorers
GUA: Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 22 points, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 20 points and 5 rebounds, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 9 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 8 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 7 points and 5 assists, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 5 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 5 points, Albert White (197-G/F-77) 2 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 0 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 0 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 0 points

TOR: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) 27 points and 8 steals, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 20 points and 11 rebounds, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 5 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 11 points, 8 assists and 5 steals, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 10 points, Jerod Ward (206-F/G-76) 6 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 2 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 2 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 0 points


Cocodrilos de Caracas 84 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 71
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
COC: 17-16-29-22= 84
TRO: 14-13-18-26= 71

Scorers

COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 15 rebounds, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 18 points and 8 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 15 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 13 points, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 9 points, 6 assists and 7 steals, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 6 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 2 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 2 points, Wladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 1 point, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Jhoyfre Diaz 0 points

TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 21 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 19 points and 12 rebounds, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 10 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 7 points, Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) 5 points and 5 rebounds, Brandon Heath (193-G-84) 5 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 2 points, Johan Perez (198-F-82) 2 points, Luis Martinez (198-F-84) 0 points, Freddy Del Pino (180-G-89) 0 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Three more Aussies headed to NCAA colleges - by Eurobasket News
Australian Insititute of Sport guard Kate Gaze (172-G-90) and state representative players Skye Rees and Maddy Plunkett have signed with NCAA colleges for the coming year.

Gaze joins fellow Aussie Louella Tomlinson on the Saint Marys Gael squad.

Kate Gaze is a tremendous shooter with a very high basketball IQ, said Saint Marys womens basketball head coach Paul Thomas. She will come in and extend defences immediately.

The 57 guard has participated actively in Australian basketball, playing in the 2007 Junior World Championships, for the NSW U-16 Metro team (2004, 2005) and the U-18 (2006) National Junior Champs, in the 2006 Oceania Youth Tournament in New Zealand, and for the Australian Junior Womens Squad Gems.

In February the guard competed in the Australian National Under 20 competition, averaging 17.7 points and shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. Gaze also dished out 3.8 assists in the process, while pulling down 4.3 rebounds. The guard is currently a starter and team captain for her AIS squad, averaging 5.8 points and shooting 35.0 percent from the floor in the WNBL.

Our connection with Australian basketball continues to grow, said Thomas. We feel that our program now has two of the most well known names in Australian womens basketball (Louella Tomlinson and Kate Gaze), and we hope to continue to strengthen the relationship that we have built.

Meanwhile Plunkett and Skye Rees have both signed letters of intent with the University of Arkansas womens basketball team.

63 forward Skye Rees was the first signee for the Razorbacks.

Skye is a very important piece to the puzzle as we look at the big picture of building our program, head coach Tom Collen said.

The 6-3 junior college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M immediately becomes one of the tallest players on the Razorback roster, and with the graduation of senior post player Whitney Jones adds an experienced player to the Arkansas inside game.

A mobile player in the high post with strong three-point shooting skills, Collen is excited about the added dimension to Arkansas offense Rees can provide for next season.

We played all of last season without a natural 4 player, so its nice to be heading into the summer with a player at that position, Collen said. She is a very good three-point shooter and has pretty good passing skills for a post player.

Like so many of the Australian players, Skye is extremely skilled, especially at the high post, Collen said. Ayana did a great job for us last season, but she was battling against much larger players, particularly in the SEC, all year. At 6-3, Skye gives us that SEC caliber size we need.

Back home in Drouin, Australia, Rees played prep basketball in the southern state of Victoria from 2003 to 2007. She was a member of the Victoria Under 20 team that won the national tournament in 2007. She also played for the Dandenong Rangers amateur youth squad, Victoria Country and in the Nunawading leagues. She was the top scorer for the Rangers in 2007, hitting 12.8 ppg the year before she enrolled at Northeastern A&M.

Rees also played for Vic Country in the U18 Australian National Junior Championships, with a highlight game of a 12 point-11 rebound double in the final rounds of the national tournament. She was among the top rebounders at the 2006 national juniors. Rees was in the Australian junior camp in 2004 and 2005, and toured the U.S. in the fall of 2006 as a member of Melbourne Roos. Her highlight of the 11-game tour against west coast Division I teams was a team high 13 in the Roos exhibition at then top 15-ranked Cal.

Junior college All-American Plunkett continues the University of Arkansas womens basketball recruiting announcements.

The 62 Albury, New South Wales, native is Arkansas second Australian post player this spring.

Maddy is a great addition to the program, Collen said. She gives us another post player with good size and lots of skills. She is a great rebounder and scorer, and is a very good three-point shooter.

She was one of the top junior college posts in the country as a freshman, but sat out all season with her knee injury, Collen said. She will have three seasons of eligibility remaining and has the potential to impact us immediately as soon as we can get her health back to 100%.

At the close of her freshman season, Plunkett led the Golden Eagles into the NJCAA quarterfinals in 2008 before falling to Arkansas-Fort Smith.

We were fortunate to sign her this spring because most of the other programs recruited her believing she would come out of JC next season, Collen said.

In her native country, Plunkett scored the first 14 points for New South Wales in the bronze medal game of the Australian U20 tournament to finish fourth at the 2007 event. She attended Xavier High School in Australia, and was on the U19 Australian Junior Olympic Team.

Courtesy of www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com and www.smcgaels.com


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  BELIZE - Women  


Womens Basketball Marathon!! - by David Magana
There was a womens basketball marathon held on Saturday 16 May at the Civic Center, under the banner: Women in Sports.

The championship match result is below:
Team Lacey - 46 High School Posse - 42
Top Scorers

Team Lacey - Enid Dakers 20 pts / 10 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
Tifara Swift 13 pts / 4 rebounds / 2 assist
H/S Posse - Glenda Torres 17 pts / 9 rebounds / 2 assist / 4 steals
Victoria Zalaya 10 pts / 2 rebouns / 3 steals

Team Lacey was named in honor of Lacey Rosales, whose life was cut short earlier this year, by her teammates.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Lukoil beats Dunav, takes 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Neftochimik - Dunav Econt 76-67

Lukoil Neftochimik is one home win away from winning the Bulgarian Championship after beating Dunav Econt 76-67. Now they hold 2-1 lead in the series and have a chance to close it out today when the two teams will play Game 4 of the series. Having in mind the importance of this game Lukoil players came out strong from the tip off taking the game over and building a lead. Lukoil finished the first quarter with solid 27-16 lead and the game was looking good for them. However, in the second quarter a drop in concentration by hosts has enable Dunav players to slowly take over the game. As result they were able to surpass Lukoil by the half and head for the break with 1 point lead as the score stood at 37-38. Obviously this was a waking call for the host players, as they came back from the break ready to play. They quickly made a run with a series of good offensive executed plays which enable them to finish the third quarter with 10 point lead. With 12 minutes to play the score was 58-48. From there Lukoil players managed to routinely keep their advantage as Dunav could not make the run to come close. For the winning side 4 players finished with double figures with Iolovska leading the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Dzuric added 19, Samburska 14 while Nero finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds. For visiting team Kostova and Bortelova scored 16 points apiece. Minkova finished the contest with double dobule after posting 13 points along with 11 rebounds.


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U16 National Team announced - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball announced today the official rosters for the inaugural 2009 Cadet(te) Men's (CMNT) and Women's National Team (CWNT). These select athletes represent the nations best players under 16 years of age.

The talent includes 2008 U15 National Championship first team all-stars, David Wagner from Kamloops, BC, Vanessa Pickard from Riverview, NB and Ontarios Karly Roser from the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA), as well as National Championship MVP, Kevin Pangos from Holland Landing, ON and Nirra Fields from Lachine, QC.

'We have a tremendous opportunity to provide the top young Canadian athletes with an international experience that will open their eyes to a new level of basketball, said Wayne Parrish, CEO and Executive Director for Canada Basketball. These athletes have developed through the Centre for Performance and provincial team system and it will be exciting to watch them join together to represent Canada as they begin their quest to qualify for the FIBA World Championships.

Canada Basketball and the provincial sport organizations worked together to select athletes from the Centre for Performance program, a regional training centre concept intended to identify and develop elite-level Canadian basketball players at a young age. A key component of Canada Basketballs national player and coach identification and development strategy, top male and female players were chosen from each of the six sites across Canada (BC, AB, Prairies, ON, QC, Atlantic).

The national teams first competitions will be the FIBA Americas zone championships leading to the first-ever world championship in 2010. The FIBA Americas U16 World Championship Qualification Tournament for Men takes place June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina. In total, eight countries will participate including Canada, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Venezuela and Mexico, with the top three nations advancing to the first ever FIBA U17 World Championship next year.

The training camp roster for CMNT consists of 16 players, with 10 athletes that have been pre-selected to the final team. The remaining six athletes will vie for the two remaining spots on the final roster. I am thrilled that we have been able to bring together the top players from across Canada in our CP program and development system, said Roy Rana, Head Coach for the CMNT. We are excited to include six additional athletes in the training camp experience, who have the possibility of making the team. Ultimately we believe strongly that they will represent Canada with passion and pride.

On the womens side, the CWNT roster is complete, made up of 12 young players from across the country.

I am excited about the depth of talent at every position, said Jacquie Lavallee, the newly appointed Head Coach for CWNT. Our provincial partners across Canada have done an excellent job in identifying and developing talented athletes through our regional Centres of Performance program. This tournament is a great opportunity for our countrys young players to compete against the best in FIBA Americas.

The FIBA Americas U16 World Championship Qualification Tournament for Women takes place August 5-9 in Mexico City, Mexico. Eight countries will compete, including Canada, USA, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Likewise, the top three nations will advance to the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women next year.

Help Send Canadas Youth on the Road to the Worlds
Canadas basketball community is invited to get involved and support these young athletes as they begin their journey on the road to the FIBA Americas U16 Championships. The Canadian Basketball Foundation, the registered charitable arm of Canada Basketball, is currently collecting donations to fund critical areas such as travel, meals, and training. Special giving pages has been created to designate funding specifically for each of the Cadet(te) National Teams and all contributions are 100% receiptable.

To make a donation to Cadet Mens team, please visit www.canadahelps.org, select giving pages and enter Cadet Mens National Team or http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=4112.

To support the Cadette Womens team visit www.canadahelps.org, select giving pages and enter Cadette Womens National Team or click here.

The provincial/territorial sport organizations have worked closely with Canada Basketball, not only in assisting with athlete selection but also in financial support. Ontario Basketball has played an integral role, as several players on both training rosters reside in this province.

We are pleased to support the Canadian national cadet boys and girls squad, stated Michele OKeefe, Ontario Basketballs Executive Director. Many of the young athletes have been developed through the Ontario club and development systems and were very proud to have them representing Ontario and Canada in the next step of their development.

Please see below for a complete rosters of the CMNT and CWNT including players and team staff. For more information on the Canada Basketball, CNT and the Canadian Basketball Foundation visit www.basketball.ca.



CADETTE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER 2009

Name Position Height Hometown School/PTSO Club (2008/09)

Der, Lexie Forward 6'0 Burnaby, BC St. Thomas More H.S.
Dheensaw, Shalie Centre 6'3 Victoria, BC Claremont Secondary H.S.
Fields, Nirra Guard 5'7 Lachine, QC Loyola H.S. / D.J. Sports
Halvorson, Kaylee Guard 5'7 Regina, SK Luther College H.S.
McDonald, Jory Forward/Centre 6'1 Kingston, ON Regiopolis-Notre Dame / Kingston Impact
Nieuwenhuizen, Emma Guard/Forward 5'11 Strathroy, ON Strathroy District Collegiate / London Ramblers
Pickard, Vanessa Guard 5'11 Riverview, NB Riverview H.S. / Riverview
Purkovic, Isidora Guard 5'11 Calgary, AB Elboya Junior H.S. / Outwest
Ring, Kellie Guard 5'9 Ottawa, ON Louis Riel / Ottawa Shock
Roser, Karly Guard 5'9 Hamilton, ON National Elite Development Academy (NEDA)
Rusk, Alexandria Centre 6'3 Baie dUrfe, QC John Rennie H.S. / Lakers West Islands
Traore, Tiye Forward 5'11 Sudbury, ON Lockerby Compostie School / Sudbury Lakers



CADETTE WOMEN'S COACHING STAFF

Name Position School/Club

Jacquie Lavallee Head Coach Centre for Performance - Saskatchewan

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CROATIA - Women  


Medvescak has successful season in all categories - by Eurobasket News
Medvescak senior team had a very successful season behind it. They managed to reach the final of Croatian Cup, and they caped the excellent season by finishing third in Croatian League. It seems that the senior players were good role models for younger categories of Medvescak as they have also achieved great results this season. Junior team has been great in Division Center of Junior Croatian Championship. After a series of great wins they managed to qualify for the finishing tournament after beating Rijeka 99-62, Zadar 58-48 and Split 73-49. They are considered favorites to reach the Final of Junior Croatian Championship. Cadet Team has also had a successful start of the season by winning 1st place at the international tournament in Slovenia. In the competition of 8 teams from Slovenia, Italy Slovakia and Croatia, Medvescak Cadets have won all six games they played on their way to winning a trophy. They also had the best player of the tournament in Anja Majstorovic, while Hana Kukolja won the best scorer award. After that they continued parallel participation in Croatian Cadet League as well as Female A-2 League. In the tougher and older competition of A-2 they finished with the impressive 11 wins and 5 losses taking the 1st place. At their age league they only had one loss and they have qualified for the tournament where they will have a chance to book their place at Cadet Final Four. Finally their U12 Team has also started successfully their season by winning the Easter tournament which was recently held at Pescenica. Now they will start participation in League of Sport Schools where they are considered the favorites. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81)

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4. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) of SK Cesis
5. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of SK Cesis
6. Zane Eglite (170-G-84) of TTT Riga
7. Zane Tamane (196-C-83) of Nadezhda Orenburg (RUS)
8. Gunta Basko (181-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)
9. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA)
10. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
11. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) of C.B. Olesa Espanyol (ESP)
12. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga
13. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) of SK Cesis
15. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) of TTT Riga
16. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) of SK Cesis
17. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of SK Cesis
18. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) of TTT Riga
19. Edite Kresa (170-G-87) of Wayland Baptist University (USA)
21. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) of Liepajas metalurgs
23. Anita Teilana

Head coach: Ainars Zvirgzdins
Assistant:
Karlis Muiznieks


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  FINLAND - Women  


Kurki's comeback - by Esko Saarinen
Seppo Kurki is again the head coach of Peli-Karhut (Kotka). He was coaching the team in the seasons 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, when PeKa won the Finnish Championships. Last season Peka was coaching by Larry Pounds and the team took bronze medals. Kurki says he coundn't be out of team more than one year and the decicion to come back was easy. Also the club is happy in getting the old fellow for coaching. next season's whole coaching staff is the same than in the years of Champions.

Kurki makes comeback - by Esko Saarinen
Seppo Kurki is again the head coach of Peli-Karhut (Kotka). He was coaching the team in the seasons 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, when PeKa won the Finnish Championships. Last season Peka was coaching by Larry Pounds and the team took pronze medals. Kurki says he coundn't be out of team more than one year and the decicion to come back was easy. Also the club is happy in getting the old fellow for coaching. next season's whole coaching staff is the same than in the years of Champions.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Leipzig picks up Carmen Guzman and Mara Hoefer - by Cornelius Damm

Despite being relegated to 2.DBBL after finishing last in 1.DBBL this season BBV Leipzig Eagles landed a top import Guard in Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB). The 2007 Conference USA Player of the Year was one of the best scoring Guards in college at her time. Her senior year in 2007 Guzman finished among the NCAA Top Ten in scoring with an average of 21.8 PPG. The outstanding play at her alma mater UAB got her a ticket to the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp in 2007. The following season 2007/08 Guzman took her game overseas and played for Botasspor Adana in Turkey. Under her guidance Botas finished fourth after Regular Season in the TBBL and advanced to the TBBL Semifinals in the Play Offs. Despite this successful start of a professional career Guzman sat out this year enabling the Eagles to pick up a player with her qualities. Leipzig wants to play for the Championship in 2.DBBL in order to return directly to 1.DBBL one year later.

In addition Leipzig also picked up a new post player in Mara Hoefer (188-C-83)
. The 25 year old German native just graduated from Montana St. where she had played during the last two seasons. Her senior statline from this years campaign reads 5.5 PPG and 2.7 RPG in nearly 15 minutes per game. Before coming to MSU she suited up for Kansas City Community College. With Leipzig she can now show what she has learned in the States.



Tatham makes Wasserburg switch - by Moritz Korff
The SV Halle Lions have confirmed that their topscorer Tamara Tatham (185-F/C-85, college: Massachusetts) will leave the club after one season to head to TSV Wasserburg, where she is going to play during 2009-2010. The Canadian international spent an outstanding year with the Lions and was named Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Center of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Defensive Player of the Year just recently. Tatham appeared in 29 DBBL-games for Halle and averaged team-highs 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds as well as 2.9 steals per contest.


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Mercury's Nicole Ohlde to miss 3-5 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury today announced that forward/center Nicole Ohlde (6'4''-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) will miss 3-5 weeks with a fractured fourth metatarsal in her left foot. She sustained the injury during the last game of the season in Hungary, where she played during the offseason with Mercury teammate Kelly Mazzante (6'0''-G-82, college: Penn St.). Ohlde will be present for Mercury training camp and will continue to train and rehabilitate until being released to play.

'We've got high expectations for Nicole this season,' said General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. 'Injuries are a part of this game and all we can hope for is a speedy recovery for her. Although it's a slight setback, she's come into Phoenix mentally prepared to play, and the team is excited to have her in a Mercury uniform as soon as she's ready.'

'Obviously, I wish that I could have Nicole in training camp from day one,' said Head Coach Corey Gaines. 'She's a proven veteran, though, and I'm certain that she'll pick up our system quickly and be a solid contributor as soon as she's cleared.'

Originally drafted by Minnesota with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, the 6-5 Ohlde enters her sixth season in the WNBA. She started 170 consecutive games for the Lynx in five seasons in Minnesota and owns career averages of 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25.9 minutes per game. The Kansas State product graduated in 2004 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,241 career points, and remains the only Wildcat, male or female, to record at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.

The Phoenix Mercury tips off a summer of savings on Saturday, June 6 when the team takes on the San Antonio Silver Stars at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center. The first 6,000 people through the doors on opening night will receive a free commemorative t-shirt courtesy of Arizona Lottery. To purchase tickets to the home opener, visit phoenixmercury.com or call 602.252.WNBA. Lower-level seats start at just $10. Season tickets and a variety of other flexible game packages are available.

Courtesy of The Phoenix Mercury


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Storm trying to extend contracts of Sue Bird, Brian Agler - by Eurobasket News
The Storm began contract negotiations with coach Brian Agler and Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut), hoping to extend their deals before the season concludes.

Bird, entering her eighth season, could test the free-agent market. She was designated as the franchise's 'core' player last season, which prevented her from negotiating with other teams but paid her a $2,500 bonus. She signed a one-year deal with the Storm.

Even though longtime teammate Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) considered offers from other teams in her first year as a free agent this past offseason, Bird doesn't believe she'll do the same.

'I don't know, isn't that the popular thing to do?' she said. 'I'll make Lauren sweat it out for a year. I'm just playing. I think Seattle is the place for me, so we'll see.'

Bird, a 5-foot-9 point guard, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Storm in 2002. She helped the team win its 2004 championship and is the franchise's all-time leader in assists (1,246) and steals (326).

Bird, a five-time All-Star, said she feels the same kind of connection to Seattle as Jackson said she did. Both own homes in the downtown area and spoke while playing in Russia about the rare opportunity to play for one team.

'I started thinking about it when there were rumors of our team moving to Oklahoma,' Bird said. 'That was one of the things that really stuck out and made me sad. The idea that 10 or 20 years from now, I couldn't come back to Storm games as a player who played here her entire career. Not many people get to do that, it's special.'

Storm CEO Karen Bryant was confident Monday that deals would be reached for Agler and Bird.

Agler was selected by former owner Clay Bennett and signed to a two-year deal. Although the Storm lost in the opening round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year, Agler led Seattle to a franchise-best 22-12 record and improved its defensive play.

As director of player personnel, he was aggressive in signing big-time free agents.

'He did a masterful job in re-signing Lauren and we feel really good about him at the helm,' Bryant said. 'Sue, I think, really feels happy and supported here. Why risk whether or not you can find that somewhere else when you're happy with where you are?'

Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com


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Latvian National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) of SK Cesis
5. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of SK Cesis
6. Zane Eglite (170-G-84) of TTT Riga
7. Zane Tamane (196-C-83) of Nadezhda Orenburg (RUS)
8. Gunta Basko (181-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)
9. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA)
10. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
11. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) of C.B. Olesa Espanyol (ESP)
12. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga
13. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) of SK Cesis
15. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) of TTT Riga
16. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) of SK Cesis
17. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of SK Cesis
18. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) of TTT Riga
19. Edite Kresa (170-G-87) of Wayland Baptist University (USA)
21. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) of Liepajas metalurgs
23. Anita Teilana

Head coach: Ainars Zvirgzdins
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Three more Aussies headed to NCAA colleges - by Eurobasket News
Australian Insititute of Sport guard Kate Gaze (172-G-90) and state representative players Skye Rees and Maddy Plunkett have signed with NCAA colleges for the coming year.

Gaze joins fellow Aussie Louella Tomlinson on the Saint Marys Gael squad.

Kate Gaze is a tremendous shooter with a very high basketball IQ, said Saint Marys womens basketball head coach Paul Thomas. She will come in and extend defences immediately.

The 57 guard has participated actively in Australian basketball, playing in the 2007 Junior World Championships, for the NSW U-16 Metro team (2004, 2005) and the U-18 (2006) National Junior Champs, in the 2006 Oceania Youth Tournament in New Zealand, and for the Australian Junior Womens Squad Gems.

In February the guard competed in the Australian National Under 20 competition, averaging 17.7 points and shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. Gaze also dished out 3.8 assists in the process, while pulling down 4.3 rebounds. The guard is currently a starter and team captain for her AIS squad, averaging 5.8 points and shooting 35.0 percent from the floor in the WNBL.

Our connection with Australian basketball continues to grow, said Thomas. We feel that our program now has two of the most well known names in Australian womens basketball (Louella Tomlinson and Kate Gaze), and we hope to continue to strengthen the relationship that we have built.

Meanwhile Plunkett and Skye Rees have both signed letters of intent with the University of Arkansas womens basketball team.

63 forward Skye Rees was the first signee for the Razorbacks.

Skye is a very important piece to the puzzle as we look at the big picture of building our program, head coach Tom Collen said.

The 6-3 junior college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M immediately becomes one of the tallest players on the Razorback roster, and with the graduation of senior post player Whitney Jones adds an experienced player to the Arkansas inside game.

A mobile player in the high post with strong three-point shooting skills, Collen is excited about the added dimension to Arkansas offense Rees can provide for next season.

We played all of last season without a natural 4 player, so its nice to be heading into the summer with a player at that position, Collen said. She is a very good three-point shooter and has pretty good passing skills for a post player.

Like so many of the Australian players, Skye is extremely skilled, especially at the high post, Collen said. Ayana did a great job for us last season, but she was battling against much larger players, particularly in the SEC, all year. At 6-3, Skye gives us that SEC caliber size we need.

Back home in Drouin, Australia, Rees played prep basketball in the southern state of Victoria from 2003 to 2007. She was a member of the Victoria Under 20 team that won the national tournament in 2007. She also played for the Dandenong Rangers amateur youth squad, Victoria Country and in the Nunawading leagues. She was the top scorer for the Rangers in 2007, hitting 12.8 ppg the year before she enrolled at Northeastern A&M.

Rees also played for Vic Country in the U18 Australian National Junior Championships, with a highlight game of a 12 point-11 rebound double in the final rounds of the national tournament. She was among the top rebounders at the 2006 national juniors. Rees was in the Australian junior camp in 2004 and 2005, and toured the U.S. in the fall of 2006 as a member of Melbourne Roos. Her highlight of the 11-game tour against west coast Division I teams was a team high 13 in the Roos exhibition at then top 15-ranked Cal.

Junior college All-American Plunkett continues the University of Arkansas womens basketball recruiting announcements.

The 62 Albury, New South Wales, native is Arkansas second Australian post player this spring.

Maddy is a great addition to the program, Collen said. She gives us another post player with good size and lots of skills. She is a great rebounder and scorer, and is a very good three-point shooter.

She was one of the top junior college posts in the country as a freshman, but sat out all season with her knee injury, Collen said. She will have three seasons of eligibility remaining and has the potential to impact us immediately as soon as we can get her health back to 100%.

At the close of her freshman season, Plunkett led the Golden Eagles into the NJCAA quarterfinals in 2008 before falling to Arkansas-Fort Smith.

We were fortunate to sign her this spring because most of the other programs recruited her believing she would come out of JC next season, Collen said.

In her native country, Plunkett scored the first 14 points for New South Wales in the bronze medal game of the Australian U20 tournament to finish fourth at the 2007 event. She attended Xavier High School in Australia, and was on the U19 Australian Junior Olympic Team.

Courtesy of www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com and www.smcgaels.com


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Janell Burse standing tall in return to Storm - by Eurobasket News
Aside from driving the wrong way down Fifth Avenue for nearly a block this weekend, Storm veteran Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) has made a comfortable return to Seattle.

The 6-foot-5 center re-signed with the team in February following a one-year WNBA hiatus to rest nagging injuries in her foot and shoulder and heal a surgically repaired wrist. After taking last summer off, Burse played in Russia and wasn't bothered by her shoulder or foot.

While the first extended rest in about eight years of year-round play fared well for her body, Burse had qualms about missing the WNBA season.

'Around July, I regretted my decision about not playing because I was working out and feeling great,' said Burse, who spent the 2008 season in Houston and Slidell, La. 'I was like, 'Aw, this sucks that I can't go back and get on the court in Seattle.' '

The Storm suspended Burse's contract to free salary-cap space. That prevented Burse from returning to the league.

Back in a Storm jersey Monday for the second day of training camp, Burse noticed a lot of changes to the franchise she has been with since 2004. She was surrounded by unfamiliar faces, new ownership and a different system under coach Brian Agler.

'There's more freedom,' said Burse, who averaged 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 29 games in 2007. 'You don't want to just stand in one place and be easy to guard, so I like the new system.'

And Burse has picked up some new skills to help her excel within the offense. Burse showed off better passing ability in practice Monday, and Storm teammate Sue Bird noticed Burse's improved shooting range while playing against her Dynamo Moscow team in Russia.

It was Burse's first stint playing in Russia; she chose to play there because of the noted physical play in the country, wanting to test her shoulder against opponents that she'd face in the WNBA.

'Her range is much further back now,' said Bird of Burse, who was named to the EuroCup's second team. 'She's consistently hitting jump shots, whether it's pick-and-pops or facing people up. As a post player, that's a huge advantage.'

Because Suzy Batkovic (wedding) isn't expected to join the Storm until at least June 7, missing the first two games of the regular season, Agler said 'Janell probably has a starting spot to lose.'

After playing behind Kamila Vodichkova during Seattle's 2004 championship run, Burse in 2005 became the starter inside under former coach Anne Donovan.

'She's penciled in right there, and I hope it plays out that way because I like what she can give to the team,' Agler said of Burse. 'I know when she's playing well, good things can happen.'

Regardless, Burse is just happy to be playing for the Storm.

'You don't really realize how much you miss something until you're away from it,' she said. 'Then [when] you go back to it, you realize it was awesome.'

Courtesy of www.seattletimes..com


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NT of Serbia - List of the players for Euro basket 2009 - by Zoran Bogdanovic
Women national team of Serbia passed first half of training period for European Championship in Latvia which will hold from the 9th till the 20th of June this year. After basics camp at Kopaonik from 4th till 13th of May and training at Ruma from 13th till 18th of May they went to play two control matches with NT of Hungary.First test match with Hungary NT finished with loss (Hungary-Serbia 83:52 - 20-15; 29-6; 16-19; 18-12).
Next tests will be the series of games at the tornament in Firenza against Italy, Greece and Turkey from 27th of May till 2nd of June.
List of the players for 2009 Euro Basket : Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89),Jelena Milovanovic, Ines Ajanovic, Ana Perovic, Marina Pukar, Ivana Grubor, Iva Roglic, Miljana Musovic, Maja Miljkovic, Tamara Radocaj, Milica Dabovic, Ines Kresovic, Marina Rizvic and Marija Eric.


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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) of Telge
Guard of the Year: Leah Metcalf (173-G-83) of Marbo
Forward of the Year: Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70) of Solna * played both shooting guard and small forward positions
Center of the Year: Louice Halvarsson of Telge
Bosman Player of the Year: Jurgita Kausaite of Solna
Import Player of the Year: Leah Metcalf of Marbo
Domestic Player of the Year: Louice Halvarsson of Telge
Defensive Player of the Year: Leah Metcalf of Marbo
Coach of the Year: Stefan Bergman of Solna

1st Team
Leah Metcalf of Marbo
Jurgita Kausaite of Solna
Jennie Thingwall (184-F-85) of 08
Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Solna
Louice Halvarsson of Telge

2nd Team
Brittney Vaughn (170-G-83) of Visby
Hanna Bouldwin (185-F-84) of Telge
Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) of Lulea
Ida Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna
Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Sundsvall

Honorable Mention
Liz Sherwood (193-C-84) of Lulea
Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81) of Marbo
Elena Radenkovikj (189-C-85) of Visby
Vera Janjic (178-G-82) of Sundsvall
Anna Hoglund (178-G-82) of Sundsvall
Marscilla Packer (175-G-86) of Norrkoping
Camilla Fagerberg (181-F-86) of Jamtland
Carla Bartee (185-F-85) of Brahe
Amy Mohr (186-C) of Umea
Kelsey Blair (186-F/C) of Eskilstuna

All-Domestic Players Team
Louice Halvarsson of Telge
Jennie Thingwall of 08
Elisabeth Egnell of Solna
Ida Andersson of Solna
Anna Hoglund of Sundsvall

All-Imports Team
Brittney Vaughn of Visby
Leah Metcalf of Marbo
Sabrina Scott of Lulea
Lauren Ervin of Sundsvall
Carla Bartee of Brahe

All-Bosmans Team
Hanna Bouldwin of Telge
Jurgita Kausaite of Solna
Elena Radenkovikj of Visby
Vera Janjic of Sundsvall
Anette Johansen (175-F-82) of 08

All-Defensive Team
Leah Metcalf of Marbo
Carla Bartee of Brahe
Amy Mohr of Umea
Ida Andersson of Solna
Louice Halvarsson of Telge


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Mystics open training camp (roster) - by Eurobasket News
Training camp for the Washington Mystics started yesterday at the Verizon Center. Training camp is not open to the public. The following is the official 2009 Washington Mystics training camp roster:


No. Player Pos. Ht. /Wt. Birthdate College WNBA Exp.

22 Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) G 5-8/160 5/07/86 Rutgers 1

20 Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) G/F 5-11/160 5/14/82 Duke '04 5

32 Nikki Blue (5'8''-G-84, college: UCLA) G 5-8/163 4/29/84 UCLA'06 3

8 Kiesha Brown (5'11''-G-79, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) G 5-10/134 1/13/79 Georgia '01 7

4 Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87) G/F 6-1/160 1/04/87 Maryland '09 R

25 Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) F 6-0/177 2/25/83 Duke '06 3

10 Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) G 5-8/139 6/12/84 Duke '07 2

1 Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) F/C 6-2/190 10/27/86 Maryland '08 1

24 Kristen Mann (6'2''-F-83, college: UCSB) F 6-1/185 8/10/83 UC-Santa Barbara 4

44 Melvin Chasity (6'3''-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) C/F 6-3/185 5/03/76 NC State '98 10

9 Coleen Miller (5'9''-G-78, college: Georgia) G 5-9/140 9/06/78 Georgia '01 8

33 Bernice Mosby (6'1''-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Baylor) F 6-1/140 2/14/84 Baylor '07 2

14 Eshaya Murphy (5'11''-G-85, college: USC) G 5-11/164 4/15/85 USC'07 2

41 Josephine Owino (6'4''-C) C 6-3/ 8/28/83 Union '09 R 43 Nakia Sanford F/C 6-4/200 5/10/76 Kansas '99 6


Washington's training camp roster features All-Star Alana Beard, veterans Monique Currie and Melvin Chasity, newcomers Matee Ajavon and Lindsey Harding as well as 2009 first round draft pick, Marissa Coleman.

Washington will travel to New York to face the Liberty in a school day pre-season game to be played at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 21.

'We are excited about the fifteen players who opened up camp with us on Sunday. It's so nice to actually start camp with your best players on the court, many of whom had a chance to rest and recuperate after the long 'off-season' overseas,' said General Manager Angela Taylor. 'The intensity and competitiveness out there on the court is off the charts as each of them battle for a spot on the final roster. Yesterday was the first day in our journey to becoming a championship contender.'

Tasha Humphrey is not listed on the official training camp roster because she reported to camp unable to perform.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6, on the road against the Connecticut Sun. Washington will host the club's home opener on Sunday, June 7, against the Atlanta Dream. Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.

Courtesy of the Washington Mystics


Shock signs two players to complete training camp roster - by Eurobasket News
Detroit Shock Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer announced today that the team has signed former Michigan State product, Kristen Rasmussen (6'2''-C-78, college: Michigan St.) and free agent guard Sequoia Holmes (6'1''-F-86, college: UNLV) to training camp contracts. The Shock's roster now stands at the maximum 15 players.

Rasmussen, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 2.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 31 games last season for the Minnesota Lynx before being waived on January 9th. The Lynx acquired Rasmussen on March 14, 2008, in a trade with the Connecticut Sun. In 276 career games spanning nine seasons in the WNBA, Rasmussen holds averages of 4.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg.

Holmes signed a training camp contract with the Houston Comets last season and averaged 3.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 17 games (three starts).

A University of Nevada-Las Vegas product, Holmes led the All-Mountain West Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game, ranked third in rebounds (7.3 rpg) and third in steals (2.33 spg) her senior year. She earned All-Conference honors three times and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. She finished her UNLV career with 1,485 points, ranking seventh among all-time UNLV scorers.

A complete Detroit Shock training camp roster follows.



2009 DETROIT SHOCK TRAINING CAMP ROSTER


NO POS NAME HT WT DOB COLLEGE/COUNTRY YRS

45 C Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) 6-6 225 2/18/83 Georgia '05 4

20 G Tanae Davis-Cain (5'11''-G-87) 5-11 6/7/87 Florida State '09 R

9 G Tiera DeLaHoussaye (5'6''-G-87, college: W.Michigan) 5-6 5/19/87 Western Michigan '09 R

35 F Cheryl Ford (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) 6-3 195 6/6/81 Louisiana Tech '03 6

4 G Kristin Haynie (5'9''-G-83, college: Michigan St.) 5-9 147 6/17/83 Michigan State '05 4

17 G Sequoia Holmes 6-1 155 6/13/86 UNLV '08 1

22 G Alexis Hornbuckle (5'11''-G-85, college: Tennessee) 5-11 155 10/16/85 Tennessee '08 1

44 C Tay McWilliams (6'3''-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) 6-2 184 10/20/70 St. Edward's '93 10

33 C Britany Miller (6'4''-C-87, college: Florida St.) 6-4 8/10/87 Florida State '08 R

14 G Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) 5-9 147 8/25/79 Georgia '01 8

23 F Plenette Pierson (6'2''-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) 6-2 178 8/31/81 Texas Tech '03 6

52 F Kristen Rasmussen 6-4 172 11/1/78 Michigan State '00 9

24 C Olayinka Sanni (6'2''-C-86, college: W.Virginia) 6-2 205 8/21/86 West Virginia '08 1

30 G Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) 5-11 175 6/4/74 Ohio State '96 10

1 G Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86) 5-10 8/28/86 Pittsburgh '09 R


Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

Assistant Coaches Rick Mahorn, Cheryl Reeve

Trainer Laura Ramus


Experience the three-time WNBA Champion Detroit Shock presented by Meijer in 2009 by calling 248.377.0100 or by logging on to www.DetroitShock.com for season ticket information.

Courtesy of The Detroit Shock


Mercury's Nicole Ohlde to miss 3-5 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury today announced that forward/center Nicole Ohlde (6'4''-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) will miss 3-5 weeks with a fractured fourth metatarsal in her left foot. She sustained the injury during the last game of the season in Hungary, where she played during the offseason with Mercury teammate Kelly Mazzante (6'0''-G-82, college: Penn St.). Ohlde will be present for Mercury training camp and will continue to train and rehabilitate until being released to play.

'We've got high expectations for Nicole this season,' said General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. 'Injuries are a part of this game and all we can hope for is a speedy recovery for her. Although it's a slight setback, she's come into Phoenix mentally prepared to play, and the team is excited to have her in a Mercury uniform as soon as she's ready.'

'Obviously, I wish that I could have Nicole in training camp from day one,' said Head Coach Corey Gaines. 'She's a proven veteran, though, and I'm certain that she'll pick up our system quickly and be a solid contributor as soon as she's cleared.'

Originally drafted by Minnesota with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, the 6-5 Ohlde enters her sixth season in the WNBA. She started 170 consecutive games for the Lynx in five seasons in Minnesota and owns career averages of 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25.9 minutes per game. The Kansas State product graduated in 2004 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,241 career points, and remains the only Wildcat, male or female, to record at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.

The Phoenix Mercury tips off a summer of savings on Saturday, June 6 when the team takes on the San Antonio Silver Stars at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center. The first 6,000 people through the doors on opening night will receive a free commemorative t-shirt courtesy of Arizona Lottery. To purchase tickets to the home opener, visit phoenixmercury.com or call 602.252.WNBA. Lower-level seats start at just $10. Season tickets and a variety of other flexible game packages are available.

Courtesy of The Phoenix Mercury