EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/4/2009

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A news - by Facundo Iatzky
Obras Sanitarias is thinking in great thing after a bad season. For that reason they signed Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances) Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) and Federico Glinberg (201-C-90) for the upcoming season. They will join point guards Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82) and Cristian Cortes (185-G-90), te two survivors of the last season. Carlos Duro will be the coach.
Libertad sunchales announced the signings of Diego Alba (186-G-81), Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois). The players that will continue in the club are Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86), Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances), Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) and Andres Pelussi (198-F-77). Juan Parole will be the coach.
La Union Formosa confimed Hernando Salles (188-G-79) and Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) as point guards.
There is a possibility that Central Entrerriano return to Liga A, replacing Independiente Neuquen, that would return to TNA. It is because Independiente would have problems getting with the enough money to face the upcoming season. It will be defined this week.
Quimsa made the huge impact in the market agreeing in terms with Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi wins in thriller against Mons for 1-0 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - M.Hainaut 76-75
Charleroi celebrated in thriller against Dexia Mons-Hainaut for 1-0 lead in the Big Final. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) was on fire for the regular season champion scoring 23 points (5 triples). He came of the bench spending 23 minutes on the floor. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) was the second scorer in victory with 14 pts. In Mons, Elton Nesbitt (176-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) drained 17 (4 triples). Game 2 is scheduled for Jun 4th, and this time Mons will be the host.


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  BELIZE   


BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYOFF RESULTS!!! - by David Magana
The BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT continued over the weekend with the continuation of the Playoffs

FRIDAY 29th MAY
GAME 1
U-18
Mt. Carmel 58

Michael (Blue) Williams 16 pts
Johan (Cotto) Bermudez 15 pts
Neon Harris 14 pts
Michael (Scratch) Arnold 11 pts

Christ for Life 56
Paul (Tumpy) Roches 29 pts
Devon Jones 10 pts
Clifford Neal 6 pts

Note
With the win Mt Carmel advances to the U-18 Division Finals

GAME 2
Seniors
Cougars Club 51
Dorian Jones (186-G) (Cheezy) 18 pts
Jamaal Harris 14 pts

Perkup Blazers 56
Don Williams 14 pts
Erick Reyes 9 pts
Benedict Terry (196-F-87) 9 pts

NOTE:
Perkup Blazer Advances to the Senior Division Finals against the winner of the E3 Christ for Life Winner

GAME 3
SENIORS
E3 Stars 63

Mark OBrien 18 pts
Shannon Guzman 11 pts

Christ for Life 73
Brett Smith 20 pts
Mark Gentle 16 pts
Jamie Gillett 15 pts

These two teams have won one game each, and will face each other one more time to decide who goes on to the Senior Division Finals against Perkup Blazers

GAME 4
U-18
O-Ballaz 65

Ellito (Tito) Bermudez 25 pts
Shelton (O) Defour Jr. 21 pts

Sacred Heart College 51
Elvis (Zui) Usher 11 pts
Shimeon (Shimo) Simpson 11 pts
Dishon McNabb 10 pts

Note: O-Ballaz goes on to meet Mt. Carmel for the U-18 Championship

Playoff Games scheduled for this weekend

Friday June 5th Game 1 (U-21) Sacred Heart vs Hardtime Hustlers (3rd Place Game)
Game 2 (U-21) Hydro Power vs Belmopan Trojans (Game 1)
Game 3 (Seniors) E-3 vs Christ for Life (Game 3)

Saturday June 6th Game 1 (O-35) Hydro Power vs Belmopan (Game 1)
Game 2 (U-18) Sacred Heart College vs Christ For Life (3rd Place Game)
Game 3 (U-18) O-Ballaz vs Mount Carmel (Game 1)


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  BOSNIA   


Vlada Vukoicic extends his stay with Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
Vlada Vukoicic has received an offer for extending his stay as Head Coach of Bosna ASA BHT and it seems that he has accepted it. The new contract will be signed for 3 more years with option of further one. It seems that the Bosna's Management was satisfied with Vukoicic's work. He led them to Bosnian Cup and 1st place in regular season, which guaranteed Bosna a place in next year's Adriatic league. Unfortunately he only did not manage to help Bosna defend the title as they were beaten by Sirok in Playoff Finals. Still it looks like he will be given a chance to continue the work he has started and will be provided with appropriate reinforcements. Bosna will have high ambitions both in domestic and regional competition as they hope to regain the title as well as to try as far as possible in Adriatic League. Bosna's Management believes that Vukocic will succeed to help this team toachieve these goals.
Vlada Vukoicic started career with FMP going through youth selection. He was also a Head Coach of Serbian U20 Natinal Team which won European Championships in 2007. In 2005, Vukoicic took over as Head Coach of FMP Senior Team. After two successful seasons in which he led FMP to Adriatic League Title and Serbian Cup, Vukoicic moved to Hemofarm in 2008. After half a season in Vrsac, he did not receive extension so he signed with Telindus BC Oostende. Again this engagement was short lived as Vukoicic left the team in October 2008 when he signed for Bosna.


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Pitagoras/Minas - Universo/BRB 90-101
Universo/BRB joined Flamengo in the NBB Final after they overcame Minas on the road in Game 4. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) secured 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the visitors. Arthur Luiz Belchior added 16 points in the winning effort. Murilo da Rosa responded with 24 points and 10 boards for Minas in defeat.


Atila Santos leads upset of Lukoil - by Interperformances
Brazilian Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) was the MVP of the third game of the Bulgarian finals won by Cherno More over Lukoil Akademik 90-88 at Varna. The 6'10'center had an amazing game scoring 27 points shooting 10-16 from the field and 7-10 from the free throw line and captured 14 rebounds. This is the first win of Cherno More over Lukoil since March 16,2005. Atila has played most of his career outside of Brazil and with games like this he merits a call from the Brazilian National Team.

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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic - seven years in row champions of Bulgaria - by Valentin Anguelov
The domination of Lukoil Academic in Bulgarian championship continues. From 2003 'the students' have no mistake and are taking all their exams with the highest grade. All this has made 7 titles in a row and confirmed the fact that this is the best team at the moment in Bulgaria. In Game 4 of the Finals Lukoil Academic defeated away in Varna Cherno More 85-76. So the series is now over at 3-1 and 'the students' will once again celebrate.

Unlike the game from yesterday tonight both teams played a nervous and filled with a lot of turnovers game. Definitely players from both teams looked tired after a very difficult game yesterday.

The first half was very even until Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) scored a three-pointer to put his team ahead 32-30 with 4.18 to play. In those final minutes Lukoil Academic made a 9-0 run and took a 7 point lead in to the break.

Lukoil Academic controlled all of the third quarter and after two baskets by Mijovic took a 57-49 lead. In the remaining minute and a half the hosts managed to cut the deficit to three points, 55-58.

Cherno More managed to tie the game at 60 with McIntosh's three. Then came the moment of Hristo Nikolov. He scored 8 of his team next 10 points to make the score 62-70. Atila Santos scored but two fast breaks by Deane and Goldwire made the score 64-74.

With a minute and a half to go the hosts cut the deficit to 5 points but there was nothing more they could do and lost this game which meant new title for Lukoil Academic.

Willie Deane scored 28 points and was a rebounds shy of double-double. Leemire Goldwire added 23 and Nikolov 12 for the winners.

For Cherno More Corey McIntosh finished with 25 points and 5 assists. Santos added 19 points and 9 rebounds while Simeon Tsenov 17 and 8.

FULL STATS OF THE CHERNO MORE - LUKOIL ACADEMIC GAME 4



Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Awards 2008-09 - by Valentin Anguelov
Player of the Year: Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) (Levski)
Guard of the Year: Marcus Hall (Levski)
Forward of the Year: Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances) (Spartak Pleven)
Center of the Year: Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) (Rilski Sportist)
Best 6th Player of the Year: Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90) (Cherno More)
Import Player of the Year: Marcus Hall (Levski)
Domestic Player of the Year: Hrisimir Dimitrov (Spartak Pleven)
Defensive Player of the Year: Byron Sanders (207-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) (Yambol)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Pavel Marinov (196-G-88) (Yambol)

1st Team
Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) (Lukoil Academic)
Marcus Hall (Levski)
Hrisimir Dimitrov (Spartak Pleven)
Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) (Levski)
Travis Peterson (Rilski Sportist)

2nd Team
Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Rilski Sportist)
Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) (Lukoil Academic)
Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) (Lukoil Academic)
Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Rilski Sportist)
Byron Sanders (Yambol)

3rd Team
Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) (Cherno More)
Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) (Lukoil Academic)
Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) (Rilski Sportist)
Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) (Levski)
Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) (Cherno More)

All-Domestic Players Team
Ivan Lilov (Rilski Sportist)
Todor Stoykov (Lukoil Academic)
Hrisimir Dimitrov (Spartak Pleven)
Stefan Georgiev (Levski)
Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) (Lukoil Academic)

All-Imports Team
Willie Deane (Lukoil Academic)
Marcus Hall (Levski)
Dragoslav Papic (Rilski Sportist)
Travis Peterson (Rilski Sportist)
Byron Sanders (Yambol)

All-Defensive Team
Willie Deane (Lukoil Academic)
Leemire Goldwire (Lukoil Academic)
Hrisimir Dimitrov (Spartak Pleven)
Travis Peterson (Rilski Sportist)
Byron Sanders (Yambol)


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  CANADA   


Vancouver Titans with two defeats this week-end - by Eurobasket News
The Vancouver Titans came up short again in weekend International Basketball League (IBL) action, falling 113-102 on Saturday to the Snohomish County Explosion.

The Titans lost 105-83 at home on Friday to the Bellingham Slam.

On Saturday, Explosion players set several team records in the team's victory. Anthony Slater (176-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic), the IBL's assists leader this season, had 18 and now is the team's all-time assists leader. Richard Ford's (203-F-85, college: So.Polytechnic St.) 15 rebounds gave him a single-season team record with eight games remaining and Devon Greene's (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) 26 points left him tied for the team record for points in a season -- 436.

But the most impressive was new Explosion centre Ike Ohanson who shattered the most rebounds in a game record with 18 in his first game for his new team.

The Explosion looked to its stars and they delivered yet again. Ford received top honors tonight with 35 points to go with his 15 rebounds.

For the Titans, point guard Kyle Keyes (187-G-78, college: Montana) (Seattle, Wash.), who played for the Explosion last season, had 29 points. The Explosion are 6-6 on the season while Vancouver is 4-11.

On Friday, the Bellingham Slam rode the hot shooting of Ryan Diggs (188-G-83, college: W.Washington) as they defeated the Titans 105-83 at the Langley Events Centre.

It was the first action for Diggs in a Slam uniform this season, and he led all scorers with 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting.

The victory gave Bellingham (12-3) a four-game season sweep of the Titans. The Bellingham defence held a team under 100 points for the sixth time this season.

The Slam started off the game cold, trailing 28-19 after the first quarter.

But Bellingham rallied in the second quarter on the hot shooting of Lukas Henne. Henne had nine points in the frame on a variety of jumpers and dunks as the Slam managed to take the lead on several occasions. But Vancouver finished the half strong and led 52-49 at the break.

The Slam flat out dominated the second half, scoring 28 points each quarter while holding the Titans to 19 and 12 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The Titans managed just 32 per cent shooting in the second half. The 12 points allowed by the Slam in the fourth quarter is a team record.

Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) was not far behind Diggs in the scoring column for Bellingham, putting up 24 points and 14 rebounds. Henne and Ira Graham finished with 15 points each.

Vancouver was led by Emmy Unaegbu (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Keyes, who scored 18 points apiece. Richard Anderson (199-F-77, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Simon Fraser) (Ottawa) and James Hudson (North Vancouver, B.C.) both finished with 11.

Anderson, a former Canadian national team member and Simon Fraser University alumnus, joined the team Wednesday after the conclusion of his European teams season in Estonia.

Courtesy of The Snohomish County Explosion, Bellingham Slam & the Vancouver Titans


Edmonton Energy is on nice 8-2 in IBL after 5 straight wins - by Eurobasket News
Its now five in a row. The Edmonton Energy chalked up another win Saturday night, beating the Oregon Waves 129-100 in the second of two weekend home games.

Edmonton had won 131-99 on Friday.

That puts the Energy at 8-2 on the season. Oregon is 6-3.

On Saturday, Edmonton took control with a 16-0 run near the end of the first quarter. Skousen Harker (Raymond, Alta.) finished with 31 points while holding Oregon's seven-foot-two centre Brad Kanis to 18.

Lee Scruggs (211-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) (Franklin, N.C.) had a double-double -- 21 points and 10 rebounds -- for the Energy while Andrew Parker (196-G-83) and J.R. Patrick (193-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Santa Clara) scored 17 each.

The Waves' top scorer, five-foot-six Jeremiah Dominguez (168-G-85, college: Portland St.), required stitches after being hit on the head in the second quarter and did not return.

On Friday, the top three scorers for Edmonton were all hometown players -- Steven Siracusa (191-F) with 21 points, and Parker and Patrick with 20 each.

Dominguez of the Waves led all scorers with 22 points and added 12 assists.

Beginning June 5, the Energy is on the road in Alberta against the Yamhill Highflyers of Oregon in exhibition games in Leduc (June 5), Red Deer (June 6), Calgary (June 8) and Lethbridge (June 9).

Courtesy of The Edmonton Energy and IBL


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  CAPE VERDE   


Fiorentina Santo Antao Regional Champions - by Pedro Gomes
Fiorentina won their second straight Santo Antao Island championship in the senior men division. The team from Porto Novo went undefeated, also taking the regular season title.
Fiorentina won the best of 3 games playoff series against Beira Mar, from Ribeira Grande.
The team from Porto Novo, Santo Antao Island, will represent the island in the national championship to be held mid June, in the island of Sal.
Like last season, Fiorentina won all the tournaments they participated in. They continue their dominance on the island. Fiorentina is now preparing for the Sao Joao Cup, the last tournament of the championship.
The leaders of the club call, once again, the municipal authorities and the Government, to the need of Santo Antao to be equipped with better conditions, in terms of infrastructure for the playing of indoor sports.
The opinion of the clubs that plays the sport is that Santo Antao needs a covered pavilion.


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  CROATIA   


Finals: Cibona grabs 2-1 lead against Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Zadar 83-79
Cibona grabbed 83-79 home win against the defending champion taking 2-1 lead in the Finals. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) once again was the best player in Cibona draining 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Davor Kus (192-G-78) also shined netting 20 pts. All other players in the winning squad had less than 8. Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was on fire for the guests netting 20 pts (5 triples). Game 4 is scheduled for June 5th in Zadar.


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Cyprus hold off Luxembourg in opener - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Luxembourg 80:57

Cyprus entertained the home crowd with the opening win at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. They toppled Luxembourg at the Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Nicosia. Cyprus got to a storming start and never looked back en route to an impressive victory.
The hosts grabbed an early lead as Trissokas paced the charge. They eased to a 21:13 lead after the starting term. But Luxembourg slowed the home team down in the second frame. The visitors eked out a 17:15 win in the second stanza and arrived at halftime trailing by just 6 points. Cyprus shifted the gear in the third frame to clear off. Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) helped the hosts to a 16-point buffer with ten minutes to in the game. Cyprus dominated in the final quarter and ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Panagiotis Trisokkas finished with 17 points to lead Cyprus. Michalis Kounounis and Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) provided 13 points each in the winning effort. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) and Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) came up with 12 points apiece for Luxembourg. Samy Picard (195-F-88) banked 9 points in the loss.
Luxembourg will face San Marino, while Cyprus will take on Iceland later today.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 17, Michalis Kounounis 13, Aristides Koronides 13
Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 12, Martin Rajniak 12


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  EGYPT   


Wael Badr signes for Gezira - by Sherif Soliman
In one of the most important deals this season Gezira signed Wael Badr the MVP Zamalek former player,Wael made one of his best seasons ever scoring 18 po.,5 ass. per game. However, Mmdouh Abbas the elected Zamalek president tried to convinse Gezira board to return the player but all these efforts came to nothing. finally,Wael Badr will play for Gezira for the tow coming years to add more power to the guard posision for the team.However, Gezira will sign in the next few days an import from the USA to cover the big guys problem. Wael Badr (193-G-78)

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  FRANCE   


ASVEL and Nancy join Orleans and Le Mans in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Strasbourg 88-59
The regular season champion destroyed Strasbourg ending the Quarterfinals with 2-1. Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up for ASVEL collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill) and Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 each, while Amara Sy (202-F-81) drained 12. On the other side, Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) netted 14 pts. ASVEL will meet Nancy in the Semis.

Nancy - Roanne 95-82
Nancy advanced to Semifinals after last night's 95-82 win against Roanne (2-1). Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) was a key player for the hosts netting 24 points. John Cox (195-G-81, college: USF) followed with 17. In Roanne, Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds.


Pro B Market News - by Gregory Caru
In Pro B, three players have signed with a new team, this week.
*In Nanterre, Marc Judith (192-G-87) has signed in order to continue his progress after 5 seasons in Challans (N1) . This player his a french prospect,he has good hands,good shoot and a good vision of the game and he can also defend.Normally it is a good recruitment for nanterre specialist of young players ( Moerman for exemple ) and a big challenge for Judith.
*In Boulazac, Aaron Cel (203-F-87) has signed. Formed by Le Mans ( Pro A ) he's arrived in Brest ( Pro B ) in 07-08, he posted 5,8 ppg 2,6 rpg in 20 games and last year 10,9ppg 4,9 rpg in 34 games, a very good season for this player. He's able to shoot, take rebounds and defend, he knows the level of Pro B and he would like to play in Pro A one day.
*In Evreux, Da Silva has re-signed, and Benoit Toffin (205-F-77) is back. After 3 seasons with Rouen ( Pro A ) , last year for 3,9 ppg 2,3 rpg in 30 games,he has decided to return in Evreux his first team. This is a very experimented player (70 games in Pro A ) who knows the Pro B because he has already played in this level with Le Havre, Nantes, Reims, Rouen and Evreux( 8,2ppg 5,9 rpg) . He has a good shoot, good hands and he can defend in the paint against all sort of player


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Macedonians in European leagues - by Eurobasket News
It was a good week for Macedonian players abroad. In Croatia, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had a quite Game 2 in Croatian Playoff Finals, his Zadar played against Cibona but they still managed to win. Zadar's captain spent fairly quiet 20 minutes on the field scoring only 6 points. He did not have a good shooting night as he shot just 2 out of 7 from the field and missed both three pointers he took. He was active on the boards though, managing to collect 7 and he also added 2 assists and block as Zadar tied Finals series at 1-1.
In Spain, it was a Macedonian Semifinals as Vlado Ilievski's (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) Tau Vitoria took on Jeremiah Massey's (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) Real Madrid. In their first Semifinals encounter it was Ilievski who had a reason to celebrate as Tau managed to beat Real 91-80. However, Ilievski did not get into the game so it was Massey who was more productive finishing the contest with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block in 15 minutes of play.
In Bulgaria, Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) had another good game as he helped his Lukoil Akademik come one step closer to the title. Lukoil managed to beat Cerno More 93-74 and take 2-0 lead in the Playoff Finals, so now they need only one more win. Stefanov contributed to this win with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes of action.
Elsewhere, Head Coach of Benetton Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ), could not find a winning combination for his Semifinals matchup against Montepaski Siena. In Game one of Playoff Semifinals his team lost to the defending champion 107-79. In Ukraine, Cekovski was a hero for his Fero ZNTU as he led them to 5th place after decisive 80-79 win over Dnipro. Cekovski scored 16 points to go along 3 boards and 4 assists in 19 minutes.


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  GEORGIA   


Tsintsadze finishes the season abroad - by Eurobasket News
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) finished the 2008-2009 season in Estonia and ended up second in the Play-offs of EMKL. Kalev/Cramo retained the KML title after two-year pause. They defeated their archrivals TU/Rock in the sixth game to win the finals 4-2.
TU/Rock opened the game with four points in a row. Tein and Giorgi Tsintsadze soon gave the visitors a 9:2 lead for the visitors. Keerles and Kristjan Kangur narrowed the margin to two points midway through the opening frame but TU/Rock rebuilt a 6-point cushion. The Tartu team secured a 6-point advantage at the first intermission. Kristjan Kangur and Gregor Arbet came up with back-to-back trebles for Kalev/Cramo midway through the second term to give the hosts their first lead of the game. Gregor Arbet and Linenah completed a 12:0 run from the home team as they gained a 37:32 lead. Kevin Lyde capped the first half with a bucket as Kalev/Cramo sealed the outcome at 39:34.
Janar Talts opened the second half with 5 points in a row to level things up. Kristjan Kangur and Nate Fox retained the lead for the hosts. Tein, Janar Talts and Giorgi Tsintsadze fired right back keeping the teams balanced. The teams traded baskets to enter the final term all level at 52. Kevin Lyde scored 5 points to ignite a 10:0 run from the hosts early at the start of the fourth quarter. TU/Rock reacted with 6 points in a row to stay within striking distance. Giorgi Tsintsadze accounted for four points as TU/Rock jumped ahead 65:64 with under two minutes to go. Gregor Arbet stepped up for Kalev/Cramo hitting a jumper and putting the home side back into the drivers seat. Giorgi Tsintsadze and Doronin had the chance to save the game for the visitors but missed their attempts, while Nate Fox sealed the triumphant outcome for Kalev/Cramo.
Kristjan Kangur nailed 12 points to lead balanced effort from the Tallinn team. Nate Fox added 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Kevin Lyde provided 10 points and 6 boards for the new champions. Giorgi Tsintsadze replied with game-high 26 points for TU/Rock. Janar Talts finished with 18 points in the loss.

Before that John Linehan made his best performance of the final series, scoring 24 points and making incredible 7 steals and BC Kalev/Cramo downed TU/Rock 69:60 in front of opponents home crowd. Giorgi Tsintsadze scored 13 for TU/Rock.


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  GERMANY   


David Reichel(Oita Heat Devils Japan) Player Profile With German Roots - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

24 year old American David Reichel (202-F/G-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) is a 202cm forward playing his first season in Japan for Oita Heatdevils in the BJ League. He originally is from Camarillo, California and played four years at Cal State the same school where New York Phantoms Braunschweig guard Jonathan Levy played. In the 2006-2007 season, he broke the all time school record for 3 point shooting percentage for a single season. He shot 50% on the year. Cal State won the West Region and advanced to the NCAA final Four for the first time in school history. He suffered a dislocated thumb and partially torn ligaments and was forced to wear a cast on his shooting hand. He averaged 5.1 points per game with limited minutes. With his help, CSUSB won the CCAA conference title for the 3rd time in his career with a 22-8 record. He ended his college career the 2nd all time winningest player in school history. In his first season in Japan for Oita Heat Devils, he averaged in 51 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT-2(39.0%), FT: 73.7%. He was the second best three point shooter in the Japanese league. His future after Basketball also seems secure as he graduated Cal State with 4 degrees in Business Management major, Entrepreneurial Management major, Finance minor and Real Estate minor. He has a big desire to play in Germany. For any interested teams in Germany, you can contact David at dreichel@live.com or his agent Greg Foster (long time Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Laker player) greg@fostersports.com. Interested teams can also get a look at his shooting skills here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooYq43BjWn4


Dave, you just spent your first season in Japan. How did you like playing in Japan?



Japan was a great place to play. The country is beautiful and the people are extremely nice and helpful to the Americans.


How would you compare the Japanese league to the NCAA2?



Its a whole different level. The Japanese league is very fast paced. My college tended to play more of a half court grind out game. So this was a nice change of pace for me.



Your team Oita Heat Devils were the worst team in the league with a record of 8-44. What were the reasons for the poor season?



There were many factors that led to our season. A major factor was that the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. We simply did not have the talent other teams in the league with bigger money were able to get. Losing like that was really hard on me, I came from a very successful program in college and ending being the #2 winningest player in school history, so I had to find ways of handling the situation.


You played on a team that featured four other Americans. How can one picture the Japanese teammates? Were they more reserved or did you hang with them off the court?



My Japanese teamates were great off the court. They had one of a kind personalities. Japanese players are very unselfish, they like to make a pass before they like to score. Very refreshing.




Your listed as a shooting guard/small forward. What position do you prefer?



I play the 3 and 4 position. Im 6'8'' so I can shoot over most 3s and Im a mismatch player against 4s taking them off the dribble. I can guard both positions.




I watched your Youtube video and you can def shoot the ball. What other strengths do you possess on the court?



My basketball IQ is what has got me to the professional level. I have always prided myself on understanding the game, making the right pass, recognizing certain situations. I love watching film and breaking down players and developing game plans. I am also an underrated passer.




What do you still need to improve in your game?




There is always room for improvement. I would like to put on some size this summer to help my rebounding when I play the 4 position.




You were the second best three point shooter in the Japanese league. How tough is the defense in general in the Japanese league? You hit many open threes on video. How well do you shoot off the dribble and with a defender breathing down your throat?




I am a shooter. Off the dribble, standstill, running off screens, it doesn't matter, give me a crack of daylight and your'e going to pay. The defense was hard on me because once I became known in the league they had game plans for me. Double teams, switches and face guarding. But that opened up a lot for my post players. Thats one reason their numbers were good this year.




What was the most important thing that you learned as a rookie in Japan this season?




I learned not to let the management and the team business conflict. There were too many distractions this year to be 100% focused on our task at hand.




Who was the best player that you played against in Japan this season?



I would say the best overall player in Japan was Lynn Washington from Osaka. He has the whole package.



You are very interested in playing in Germany. Why would you like to play there and not in another country in Europe?



Well first of all my heritage is German, my last name is Reichel. My great grandparents came to the USA from Germany and we still have some relatives over there.



What do you know about the German league?



I have watched some games on the internet. Physical and skilled play, great fans. Jonathon Levy from my college is out there doing well.


Would you settle playing in the second league PRO A, if you didn..t get a chance to play in the first league BBL?



I never like to settle haha, but I would love to be in Germany for a team that has the same goals and determination as I do.




What is your dream as a professional Basketball player?



Everybodys dream including mine is to find my way to an NBA roster one day. But I am loving every minute I have been overseas!


Good luck Dave in finding a team in Germany this summer!




Thanks alot and hopefully see you out there soon!




Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooYq43BjWn4


Ratkovica re-signs with Tuebingen - by Manuel Schust
Walter Tigers Tuebingen announced today the re-signing of serbian playmaker Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket).
Ratkovica had his first year in Germany with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. But due to the lack of playing time behind Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), he decided to join Tuebingen last season.
This move fully paid off as Ratkovica became an important player on Tolga Ongoren's rotation. The 23-year old finished the season with remarkable averages of 9.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Especially new head coach Igor Perovic was a main factor for Ratkovica to resign with Tuebingen.


Coach Wagner to leave Noerdlingen - by Moritz Korff
Shortly after the Giants Noerdlingen annouced to withdraw from the 1. Bundesliga, another important change has been published. Noerdlingen's Head Coach Andreas Wagner will leave the club after two years. The 33-year-old led the Giants to the 2007-08 2. Bundesliga Pro A championship and received Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Coach of the Year honors afterwards. He also coached the team in its first BBL season with a 11-23 record. Prior to his stint in Noerdlingen Wagner had worked for Residence Walferdange from Luxembourg, FC Bayern Muenchen and TSV Muenchen Ost.
According to the Noerdlingen website the signing of the new Coach will be announced in a couple of days.


Giessen 46ers and Maras go separate ways - by Manuel Schust
The LTi Giessen 46ers have made their first move in this off-season and cancelled the contract with Robert Maras (216-C-78, agency: Court Side) by mutual agreement.
The former national player Robert Maras rejoined Giessen last season and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 32 contests.
Maras already played for Giessen during the 2006/07 campaign and averaged 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds at his first time with the 46ers.
The 30-year old center is mainly known for his time with Skyliners Frankfurt, where he played from 2000 - 2005. After leaving Frankfurt he played in Spain and Greece before rejoining the BBL and signing with Giessen.


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Standings
IBL Standings
Eastern
 1. Holland B. 11-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 10-6 
 3. G.Rapids F. 6-6 
 4. Japan T. 0-16 
Independent
 1. Yamhill H. 1-2 
 2. Red Rock R. 1-2 
 3. Arizona F. 0-1 
 4. Nevada P. 0-1 
 5. Chicago S. 0-1 
 6. Olympia R. 0-2 
 7. S.Illinois T. 0-2 
Northern
 1. Bellingham S. 12-3 
 2. Snohomish C. 6-6 
 3. Vancouver T. 4-11 
 4. USA All-Stars 4-16 
Southern
 1. Vancouver V. 10-3 
 2. Oregon Wave 7-4 
 3. C.Oregon H. 4-5 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
Western
 1. Edmonton E. 8-3 
 2. L.Angeles L. 8-3 
 3. Seattle M. 8-6 
 4. Tacoma T. 7-2 


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Montepaschi advances to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Armani MI - Angelico BI 75-70
Armani MI rolled over Angelico BI 75:70 in Semi-Finals Game 3 played on June 2nd. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Taylor Maurice nailed 17. Brunner Greg ended up with 23 points for the visiting side.

Montepaschi - Benetton 101-76
Montepaschi advanced to the Finals of Serie A sweeping the series over Benetton after 101:76 in Game 3. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), Sato Romain and Domercant Henry top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Eze Benjamin netted 13. Stefansson Jon ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.


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CSA and Zenith to meet in Cup Finals - by Kristian Santiago
CSA routed Generation by astonishing 70 points (96-26) to move into the finals where they are going to clash with Zenith, who managed to edge Ivorian basketball powerhouse ABC 71-65. The cup final should be a good test for Zenith regarding the national championship, where they are going to bump heads with ABC once more.

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Eurobasket.com All-LBL I division awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Guard of the Year: Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Forward of the Year: Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Center of the Year: Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of ASK Riga
Newcomer of the Year: Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of BK Ventspils
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) of VEF Riga
Bosman Player of the Year: Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) of VEF Riga
Import Player of the Year: Ronald Clark (196-G-81) of SK Valmiera
Domestic Player of the Year: Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Defensive Player of the Year: Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Coach of the Year: Agris Galvanovskis of BK Ventspils


1st Team
Bernard King (196-G-81) of BK Ventspils
Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Ronald Clark (196-G-81) of SK Valmiera
Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of ASK Riga

2nd Team
Edgars Jeromanovs
Ingus Bankevics
Evgeniy Kolesnikov
Ernests Kalve
Warren Carter

Honorable Mention
Andrius Mazutis
Todd Abernety
Akselis Vairogs
Uvis Helmanis
Mareks Jurevicus
Pavels Veselovs
Jurijs Aleksejevs
Arturs Stalbergs

All-Domestic Players Team
Edgars Jeromanovs
Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Barons/LMT Riga
Ernests Kalve
Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of ASK Riga

All-Imports Team
Todd Abernety
Bernard King (196-G-81) of BK Ventspils
Evgeniy Kolesnikov
Ronald Clark (196-G-81) of SK Valmiera
Warren Carter

All-Defensive Team
Andrius Mazutis
Aigars Vitols
Akselis Vairogs
Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Martins Sirmants

All-Newcomers Team
Kristaps Kanbergs
Armands Osins
Lauris Mizis
Kristers Zeidaks
Maris Ziedins



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Interview with Mindaugas Lukosius - by Eurobasket
A successful coach with a winning tradition. Blue Stars' coach Mindaugas Lukosius (agency: 123 podium) opens his heart to Eurobasket and tells us more about his career and his past season in Lebanon and his future plans

- Coach, you used to be a former Soviet Union and Lithuanian national team player. Please tell us more about your career as a basketball player and your best memories?
ML: I've started playing basketball when I was 6, and since then, had many unforgettable moments. Have played in USSR and Lithuania National Youth teams. Have been in Lithuania national team in 1992, but under some circumstances, didn't play in the Olympics. I'm proud that I have played with players such as Chomicius, Kurtinaitis, Sabonis, Marciulionis. I also have been a champion of Lithuania and Hungary, twice each.

- Outside a successful coaching career in Lithuania and Germany, you coached in Kuwait where you also won every possible title there in 2 seasons with Qadsia except the Asian Championship. What does the Kuwaiti basketball need to be able to win continental titles and how was your time in Kuwait? will you ever return there?
ML: The biggest problem is that there's a big competition between two major clubs and this doesn't allow the other team to collect the best players from the 2nd one, to represent a Kuwaiti club in Asian championship. Kuwait leaves me the best memories, and I still have many friends there.

- What do you think of the level of the basketball in the Middle East (outside of Lebanon) and the Gulf? and do you think that Iran is going far ahead?
ML: Kuwait and Qatar are the top two in Gulf, but they aren't good enough in the Middle East. The results of the last years shows, that basketball is progressing in Iran the most.

- How was the level of the competition this past season in Lebanon?
ML: The level was good, but I've heard that couple of years ago, it was much better.

- How do you see the level of the Lebanese league comparing to the Arab world, Asia & Europe. What can we do to make it become better (higher level and more competitive)?
ML: Lebanese and Iranian leagues are the best in Middle East, but it would be too hard, to compare them to European leagues. At first, it should be independent from federation, fully professional league, which would have a long term vision, and prevent and solve upcoming problems. The league organization of this year was very bad, because of changing time-limit, changing dates & schedules, stopping championship and deciding to finish the championship two months earlier than expected, left no team satisfied. Did you hear anywhere, that in the playoffs, teams that faced each other were 3rd against 5th and 4th against 6th (positions in the regular championship)? Or that the finals, best of 5, were scheduled everyday from Monday to Friday ? But as Lebanese like to say, with the smile on their face 'This is Lebanon' :)

- Do you think that 2 imports are enough for the Lebanese league?
ML: I think, that they should take a look and follow the European leagues. This question was on in Europe, 10 years ago, and every country was solving in their own way. But now, most of the European leagues teams have more that 2 import players.

- You joined Blue Stars in Lebanon for this past season and offered one on the best attractive basketball in Lebanon in the past few years. How do you evaluate your season with Blue Stars? What were the reasons of your success?
ML: For this season, Blue Stars have created a new team of young talents. Major goal was to make them have faith in their abilities, work hard in the practices, and make the team feel the beauty of basketball. I'm happy, that the players trusted me and tried to make everything that was told to. Basketball is a team sport, and our play was attractive, because we played as a TEAM.

- You are a coach with a winning tradition. You won titles everywhere you coached. What's your feeling after this season. What did you miss in order to have a winning team with Blue Stars (you faced many ups and downs this season)?
ML: As I have mentioned, the changing of the schedule had a lot of influence, having playoffs earlier, than how it was decided at the beginning of the season and etc. these are the subjective conditions. In coaching, 50% of the luck is planing. Other problems: injuries, rehabilitation. For example, the captain of the team, Ahmed Ozeir, haven't played a single game in the season, even though, there was much expectectations from him. I think that physical preparation for the players, isn't correct in Lebanon, which causes many injuries. During whole season I had to keep on explaining the players, that speed is more important then large biceps, in basketball.

- What do you think of your local players and how do you evaluate your 2 American players level for this season?
ML: As I told you, the local players have showed their best, and the basketball that our import players have shown, was the best in my opinion, comparing to the salaries they were getting and looking at the quality of basketball.

- We noticed some tension between you and your American guard Nick Zachery, but he stayed in your team for the whole season despite the many rumors we heard that you will replace him. What really happened?
ML: Nick has a personality of a leader. He helped us in many crucial moments, but sometimes his individual actions have been harmful for the team basketball. In my team, players have to do everything, to reach for the win in every single game.

- What do you think of Blue Stars and the management and how was the cooperation between you and them?
ML: I'm happy that I had a chance working with professional, great leaders, during my career. Trust and understanding was one of the reasons of success of Blue Stars. I had a great cooperation with very dedicated and honest people like Claude & Mario Maacaron, Rabih Aboujaoudeh and Mario Saradar who has given a lot, not only to Blue Stars, but for the basketball in Lebanon.

- What do you think of Blue Stars decision to fold their division one team and release all their players?
ML: It's really sad, and I think, it was caused by some disorder in the team, and some previousg problems.

- What do you think about Riyadi's defeat in the Asian Championship?
ML: The Asian championship, was the third important tournament for Riyadi in one month. They went there after winning the Lebanese and Arab championships. Players were tired and the squad in that championship was different. Vogel and Ismail didn't go, and Fadi was injured, and they are the key of the wins for Riyadi.

- Where you surprised to see Riyadi win the Lebanon championship after all the problems they suffered this season, knowing that you beat them twice this season out of 3 encounter.
ML: It's very experienced team, that can survive in tough situations and well managed by coach Fouad Abou Chacra. They deserved to win the championship. But still, Blue Stars is the only team having a positive balance against the champions.

- You always admired Mouttahed throughout the season. After 2 defeats in the final in the past 2 years what do you think they still need to become champions?
ML: Mouttahed have won the regular season this year, played beautiful basketball, and Darren Kelly with Tony Williams were probably the best players of the league and abig credit goes also to coach Toni Vujanic. But this team was missing the mentality of the winner. In the finals, it looked like, they didn't believe in the victory.

- Sagesse is the only team you couldn't beat this season in Lebanon, knowing that all your games ended in a 1 or 2 pts difference and that they are a much experienced team. What are the reasons? and what do you think of their fans?
ML: Yes, when playing against Sagesse, we've really missed luck, but all of the games were very tensed and everything was decided in the last seconds. That's where the experience of the players comes. Sometimes, even the qualifications of the referees. About Sagesse fans, it would be a lot to talk. Having that type of fans, the team shouldn't play bad or even lose.

- What do you think about the new comer Tebnin and their surprising qualification to the final 4 after beating Champville?
ML: It's a well set-up squad, and their qualification to the final 4 is no surprise.

- Are you interested to stay in Lebanon for the coming 2009-2010 season and is there any team in Lebanon that you'd be interested to coach in the future. We also heard that you have many offers from teams in Europe?
ML: Season is just over. Knowing the economical situation now, not many teams have exact plans for the next season. There are some conversations with a couple of teams, but my agent knows more about it. My wish,is to coach the team, that would aim for the champions title in the league.

- What do you think of Lebanon's National Team chances in qualifying to the next World Championship? and do you think that with the absence of Yao Ming, does the Lebanese NT have any chances of winning the Asian title? If not, who do you think is a strong candidate to win the title and advance to the next World championship and why?
ML:This year, Lebanese national team is trying to collect the best players. Some of them are playing in the other leagues, and will come to the national team for the first time. It's not decided yet, which import player will get the nationality, to represent Lebanon. After these questions will be solved, then we can talk about the strength of the team. But I'm sure, that Lebanon will make it to the World Championship.

- Would you be interested to coach the Lebanese national team in the future? where you approached?
ML: Coaching the national team is a very good praise of the coach. Not only honor, but also huge responsibility.

- You won as a head coach, with the Lithuanian national team the World University Championship in summer 2007. What are your best memories as a basketball coach?
ML: It's the biggest win of me as a coach. I have the finals recorded, and watch it sometimes to remember, I remember, how the national team, was standing on the winners podium, and were singing the Lithuanian National Anthem.

- Lithuania is a small country in population and similar to Lebanon. Why is Lithuania so much ahead in basketball?
ML: Even though, basketball is sport number 1 in both, Lebanon and Lithuania, but the difference is big. As we say in Lithuania, basketball, is our second religion. The main work is done in the special basketball schools, that children start going to since they are 5-6 years old. Qualified coaches, game system, press and television, of course the wins of our national team, this makes the product, which is called, the Lithuanian Basketball.

- Do you have any plans with the Lithuanian national team this summer or in the future?
ML: Yes, I am the coach of Lithuanian second national team. We'll start practicing on July 1st and then we'll go to China, to play friendly games.

- Where do you think Lithuania now stands in the basketball world?
ML: Lithuanian basketball is very valuable. None of the national teams have such a consistant results. Not for nothing we have the right to organize the European men basketball championship in 2011.

- Last word to your fans in general and to the basketball fans.
ML: As a player and as a coach, I have visited many different countries, and met many people around the basketball court, but fans were always the most sincere. See you on the basketball court, I will work as hard as I can, so that I could leave you satisfied.


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XIII Games of the Small States of Europe Cyprus 2009. Cyprus soundly defeats Luxembourg in first game. - by Alex Meyers

June 2, 2009

Cyprus 80 Luxembourg 57

Nicosia, Cyprus


Basketball tipped off in the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe in Cyprus Tuesday with Luxembourg, Iceland, Malta, Cyprus, San Marino and Andorra in the Men's tournament.

History has proclaimed a few clear favorites to win in the basketball section of the games. Traditionally, Iceland has more basketball quality than any other country, despite the fact that the Mens National team of Cyprus has won 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. Logi Gunnarsson, a guard playing for Gijon in Spain, is considered Iceland's best player, with 10 points per game in European competitions. Malta also has its star, center Marco Matijevic, with Serbian roots.

First day action pitted Luxembourg against the host of the games, Cyprus. Luxembourg took it hard on the chin in their opening game. Down by 8 points at the end of the first quarter, Luxembourg regrouped and had a better second period pulling to within 6 points just before the half. Luxembourg struggled inside and lost the war on the boards 43-28. Cyprus attacked the hoop more aggrerssively leading to several Luxembourg fouls and consequestly Cyprus was able to take full advantage at the free throw line where they out-scored their opponent 15-2. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) and Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 12 points each for Luxembourg. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) was held to just 5 points but had 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes of play. Luxembourg took more shots from 2 point range than Cyprus but the home squad connected on 61% with 19/31 compared to Luxembourg's 14/38 for only 36%. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) led Cyprus with 17 points followed by Aristides Koronides and Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) with 13 each. Georgios Anastasiadis also added 10.

Cyprus: 28 field goals, 9 three pointers, 15 for 22 free throws, 43 rebounds, 17 fouls, 17 assists, 5 steals and 15 turnovers
Trisokkas 17, Koronides 13, Palalas 6, Garcia 9, Liatsos 9, also Kounnas 13, Anastasiadis 10, Pantouris 2 and Yiannas 1
Luxembourg: 23 field goals, 9 three pointers, 2 for 4 free throws, 28 rebounds, 23 fouls, 14 assists, 9 steals and 14 turnovers
M. Rajniak 12, N. Delgado 4, Smith 5, Scholtes 3, Schumacher 12, also Hoffmann 0, Giver 3, Picard 9, J. Delgado 3, Wiseler 6, Koster 0

Score by Quarters: 21-13, Halftime 36-30, 3rd Q 58-42, Final 80-57


In the other games yesterday Andora defeated San Marino 47-79 and Iceland blew out Malta 93-43. In today's action, the Luxembourg squad will take on
San Marino at 4:15pm Cyprus time. Andora will face Iceland and San Marino has to play Cyprus.



Cyprus hold off Luxembourg in opener - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Luxembourg 80:57

Cyprus entertained the home crowd with the opening win at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. They toppled Luxembourg at the Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Nicosia. Cyprus got to a storming start and never looked back en route to an impressive victory.
The hosts grabbed an early lead as Trissokas paced the charge. They eased to a 21:13 lead after the starting term. But Luxembourg slowed the home team down in the second frame. The visitors eked out a 17:15 win in the second stanza and arrived at halftime trailing by just 6 points. Cyprus shifted the gear in the third frame to clear off. Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) helped the hosts to a 16-point buffer with ten minutes to in the game. Cyprus dominated in the final quarter and ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Panagiotis Trisokkas finished with 17 points to lead Cyprus. Michalis Kounounis and Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) provided 13 points each in the winning effort. Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) and Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) came up with 12 points apiece for Luxembourg. Samy Picard (195-F-88) banked 9 points in the loss.
Luxembourg will face San Marino, while Cyprus will take on Iceland later today.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 17, Michalis Kounounis 13, Aristides Koronides 13
Luxembourg: Tom Schumacher 12, Martin Rajniak 12


Luxembourg better San Marino on Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - San Marino 94:61

Luxembourg gained the first win at the Games of the Small States of Europe. They defeated San Marino in Nicosia today to improve at 1-1 record in the ladder. Luxembourg got to the better start and took over. Taking advantage of numerous mistakes from San Marino, Luxembourg raced to an 11-point lead at the first intermission. Luxembourg team did not loosen the grip in the second stanza and piled up a 49:31 lead at halftime. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) led the charge for Luxembourg as they entered the second half confidently. They eased to a comfortable 30-point advantage in the third frame. Luxembourg reigned under the rim and did not allow San Marino to get back into the game.
Larrie Smith finished with 23 points and 7 boards to lead Luxembourg. Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) added 10 points in the victory. Stefano Rossini (183-G-74) replied with 20 points for San Marino. Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79) had 12 points in the losing effort. Luxembourg outrebounded their opponents 47:32 and forced those to 22 turnovers.
Luxembourg will face Malta in the third round of action. San Marino will try to gain the first win when they play against Cyprus tomorrow.

Luxembourg: Larrie Smith 23, Pit Hoffmann 10, Chris Scholtes (197-F/G-85) 9, Samy Picard (195-F-88) 9
San Marino: Stefano Rossini 20, Andrea Raschi 12


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Malta National Team 2009 - by Kristian Santiago
Malta's national team at the 13th Games of the Smaller States of Europe in Cyprus looks as follows:

4 Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80)
5 Marco Mercieca (184-G-83)
7 Peter Shoults (168-G-85)
8 Steve Schembri (187-F-79)
9 Addison Bonnici (195-F-84)
10 Omar Said (177-G-80)
11 Adrian Micallef (190-F-79)
12 Dirk Schembri (193-F-85)
13 Kristin Baldacchino (184-G-81)
14 Marko Matijevic (200-F-78)
15 Silvio Cassar (208-C-71)


Andorra too good for Malta - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Andorra 62:82

Andorran National Team gained the second straight victory at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe on Cyprus. After beating San Marino in the opener Andorra dealt with Malta earlier today. A well-balanced effort from the starting five allowed Andorra to dominate right from the start. They nailed 25 points in the opening frame and eased to a 10-point lead at the first intermission. The second quarter had a similar scenario as Andorra extended the gap to 15 points at halftime. Andorran team reigned on the boards and wisely capitalized on numerous turnovers from Malta.
Malta needed to change things drastically in the third frame but they did not. Andorra held their opponents to 10 points in the period and widened the margin to as many as 23 points before the final term. Malta had little chance of saving this one despite winning the final stanza by 3 points.
Rafael Casals (208-C-76) came up with 17 points and 12 boards for Andorra. Xavier Galera (182-G-82) and Daniel Marin (192-F-78) provided 13 points each in the winning effort. Steve Schembri (187-F-79) responded with 19 points for Malta. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Malta slipped at 0-2 record and would look for the initial win against Luxembourg tomorrow. Andorra will face Iceland on Thursday.

Malta: Steve Schembri 19, Dirk Schembri 16
Andorra: Rafael Casals 17+12 boards, Xavier Galera 13, Daniel Marin 13


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U20 Montenegro starts preparation for Mediterranean Games and European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 National Team gathered today at Cetinje where the players did their physical examinations and did their first practice. They are preparing for Mediterranean Games, which will be held in Pescara, as well as for European Championship, to be held in Greece. Head Coach Dejan Radonjic has called 18 candidates which will be competing for 12 places in the team.

List of candidates includes: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90), Nikola Lalic (188-G-89), Nebojsa Jovovic (180-G-89), Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89), Nikola Ivanovic (192-G-89), Nikola Djokovic (191-G-89), Slobodan Miljanic (-90), Milorad Sutulovic (197-G-90), Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90), Filip Patakovic, Stefan Knezevic, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89), Filip Barovic (206-F-90), Milos Lopicic (214-C-90), Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90), Marko Ljujic (205-F/C-90), Radoje Vujosevic (210-C-89) and Milos Savovic (195-G-89, agency: Octagon).

After the first workout, Dejan Radonjic was pleased with what he has seen. Even though this will be almost completely new team compared to the one that took participation in Latvia last year, Dejan Radonjic still believes he made good choices. He believes that he will be able to get out maximum of the called players and that the best prepared players will comprise team which will try to achieve good result in Pescara. Along with practicing, team is expected to play several control matches against U20 Croatian National Team and U20 Russian Team. Also games in Pescara will be used to assess how far the team has progressed and will be a good preparation for main event in Greece. Montenegro will square off against Albania, Turkey and Libya.
Than at the more important completion in Greece, U20 Montenegro team will be in a fairly tough group comprising of Lithuania, Turkey and Israel. Lithuania finished 2nd last year at European Championship, while Turkey and Israel are known for very strong youth teams. Still Dejan Radonjic believes that if his team reaches optimum form they will be a tough opponent for any team. That is why he hopes to take the full advantage of preparatory period as well as Mediterranean games so that his team can be ready.


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LeBron James has surgery to remove benign growth on jaw - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers star LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had a benign growth removed from his right jaw during a five-hour procedure at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday.

James has had the condition for several months, but with permission from his treating doctors, he and his family decided to put off the operation until the Cavs completed their season. Cleveland was eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Saturday by Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals.

During the operation, Dr. Frank Papay removed tissue from the parotid gland, which produces saliva. Surgery for such conditions often takes time because of the numerous nerves and blood vessels in that area of the jaw.

The Cavaliers released a statement saying doctors were 'pleased with the outcome of the procedure, and at this time, are confident that no further treatment will be needed as LeBron is expected to make a full and complete recovery.'

James remains hospitalized and the team said he will soon be returning home.

The 24-year-old James was the league MVP this season after leading the Cavs to 66 regular-seasons wins and their second Central Division title. He averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds in Cleveland's series against the Magic, who won in six games.

James caused a minor controversy after Game 6 for not shaking hands with Orlando's players and skipping the postgame news conference.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Assistant coach Del Harris retiring from Bulls - by Eurobasket News
The venerable coaching career of Del Harris will end shortly with the announcement of his retirement after 50 years, according to a league source.

Harris turns 72 next month. His departure creates a vacancy on Vinny Del Negro's coaching staff, which could be filled by holdover Pete Myers or another candidate.

League sources said former Bulls guard and current Sacramento Kings assistant Randy Brown interviewed with Del Negro here at this week's NBA predraft camp, although indications are Brown could be hired in a player development role rather than coaching.

Myers, whose contract ends after June, had been relegated to a behind-the-bench role with little input last season. Still, sources indicate Myers remains in good standing with the organization and that attempts to have Del Negro expand his role could be made.

Harris, who led the Houston Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1995 with the Lakers, had one year remaining on his Bulls contract. The Bulls are expected to honor part of that contract.

Harris' NBA career began as a Rockets assistant in 1976. He compiled a 556-457 overall record with Houston, Milwaukee and the Lakers. The Bulls' Game 7 loss to Boston marked his 202nd playoff game, 88 of which were as a head coach.

Harris' departure is expected to make Bernie Bickerstaff Del Negro's lead assistant.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Alvin Williams jacked up to rejoin Raptors - by Eurobasket News
Alvin Williams (6'5''-G-74, college: Villanova) played an integral part in the greatest success the Raptors have known and he wants the chance to help return the franchise to that level.

The iconic point guard whose clutch deciding-game jumpshot clinched the only playoff series Toronto has ever won, a five-game set against the New York Knicks in 2000 is in line to join Jay Triano's staff as an assistant coach for skills development, bridging the Raptors' past and future.

'It's just a great opportunity,' the 34-year-old Williams said in a telephone interview yesterday. 'I just feel like I've been away from the game so long and I want to get back involved in NBA basketball.'

Williams, who last played pro hoops in a brief two-game stint with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007, would provide Triano with a staff member old enough to remember when things were best around the Raptors but young enough to truly connect with many of the players he'd be teaching.

'I think I'm still really in tune with the players,' said Williams, who has been living in his hometown of Philadelphia since retiring and working with players at his alma mater, Villanova University.

'I know that I'm not that far removed from the game; I know some of the problems that go on in a season.'

According to sources, Triano and Williams are expected to meet in the next couple of days to try to finalize a deal. Triano, elevated from interim coach earlier this month, is still putting together his complete staff.

Sources have been suggesting for months that former Memphis Grizzlies head coach and long-time Phoenix Suns assistant Marc Iavaroni would be the lead assistant on Triano's staff and the fate of former Toronto assistants Alex English, Mike Evans and Gord Herbert all of whom are free agents at the end of this month is still to be determined.

The 6-foot-5 Williams, who held almost all the team's significant point guard records until Jose Calderon broke them last season, does have a varied history. A second-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1997, he came to Toronto as part of the blockbuster Damon Stoudamire trade in February 1998.

After a rocky start he didn't have the confidence of then-coach Butch Carter and languished on the end of the bench he flourished under Lenny Wilkens and went on to play 458 games over parts of nine seasons with the Raptors.

His career was cut short by a series of knee injuries; Toronto waived him after he played just one game in the 2005-06 season after he missed the entire 2004-05 season and he caught on only on a 10-day trial with the 2006-07 Clippers.

It's just that kind of past that he feels makes him well-suited to a coaching job.

'I know a lot of the problems that go on throughout a season,' said Williams.

'I know the whole aspect of it, when you're not playing and when things aren't going well. I know when guys have to get in the gym and start working harder, I can tell them how to handle themselves with some off-court issues.

'I haven't been away too long; I think the players need a voice of experience.'

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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Tyler Newton MVP of NetScouts Basketball San Jose Showcase Camp - by Carl Berman
Tyler Newton (6'10''-C-82, college: Pacific) has been named the MVP of the NetScouts Basketball San Jose International Tryout Camp. Newton, a versatile 6-11 post from the University of Pacific showed ability inside and out in averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler also had the best individual game at the camp with a 25 point, 23 rebound effort. Newton has starred in Japan the past two seasons and would be a good addition to an NBA Summer League team.
Newton is joined on the 1st Team by Augie Johnston, Joel Smith, Brandon Payton, Dante Green and Ryan Symes. Johnston, a dead-eye three point shooter from CSU-Monterey Bay, was the leading scorer at the camp averaging 24.3 ppg. Augie connected on 15/22 from three point land. Smith, who played most of his college career at the University of Washington, has a strong 6-5 body to match up well against defending guards. Smith averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds. Payton, from Oregon State and a veteran of European leagues, showed good leadership from the point in averaging 11 points and over 4 assists. Green, an athletic 6-5 from CSU-Monterey Bay, is an explosive scorer and solid rebounder. Symes, a 6-5 wing from Whitworth, exhibited good scoring ability in averaging over 12 ppg.
The All-Tournament 2nd Team consists of Nurudeen Adepoju, an athletic 6-5 from Southern Utah with experience in Iran. Nurudeen had a 19 point 8 rebound effort. Deon Sharps, a 6-8 forward from Notre Dame de Numur, showed good scoring ability around the basket in averging 10 ppg and 7 rpg. Michael Sordello, a 6-4 point guard, showed a varied game with good rebounding ability for a guard. Sordello led the camp in assists and had a 9 point, 10 rebound, 7 assist game. Pat Galos, a 6-8 forward from the University of Portland showed a nice inside-out game and had a double-double in one game. Tim Haley, a 6-2 point guard from Chico State showed solid all around ability. Haley, with experience in Germany, had an 18 point effort.
Other players that stood out included Jordan Whittenburg, a 6-4 shooting guard from NW Christian, who shot 50% on 3's. Jermell Rowland (NW Nazarene) and Geoff West (Univ. of Mary) both showed good point guard skills and Seth Thomas (CSU-Pueblo) and Darryl Anderson (CSU-Monterey Bay), both 6-5, showed nice all-around ability.


Memphis finds no proof former player cheated - by Eurobasket News
Memphis was unable to find proof a former player cheated on his SAT exam in its internal investigation of NCAA allegations against the mens basketball team.

The investigation report, released to The Associated Press and other news outlets Tuesday under a public records request, details Memphis internal investigation into allegations that a former player allowed a stand-in to take his SAT test and of grade tampering.

School officials argue that even if the NCAAs Committee on Infractions believes a former player cheated, the program should not be penalized because the school was unaware of any wrongdoing.

Most names in the report were redacted by the school because of privacy concerns, but an attorney for former Memphis star Derrick Rose has acknowledged that Rose cooperated with an investigation of similar allegations while still a student.

The report says the school had no reason to suspect the SAT was fraudulent until notified by Educational Testing Service that the players score had been canceled. That letter came May 5, 2008, after Roses only season at Memphis.

The university ... took all reasonable steps to confirm that (name redacted) had met eligibility requirements, the report states.

Memphis will present its findings to the Committee on Infractions on Saturday in Indianapolis. Former coach John Calipari is expected to participate by phone.

The NCAA also alleges an employee at Roses Chicago high school changed a grade so a C would show up on his transcript instead of a D. The player then used the test score and the transcript to enroll at Memphis.

A 2007 investigation by the school into the grade-tampering charge determined that even if the grade had been changed, he was still eligible for admission.

Athletic director R.C. Johnson has said the school checks out potentials athletes, but has refused to detail efforts to investigate.

Kentucky officials were aware of the allegations when they hired Calipari and believe the coach was open and honest about the situation. Johnson interviewed several high-profile coaches when Calipari left, but couldnt lure them to Memphis. So he turned to 31-year-old Calipari assistant Josh Pastner.

Pastner, who has said he knew nothing about the investigation before being hired, was excused from participation because of a previous commitment.

NCAA officials notified Memphis on Jan. 16 of the knowing fraudulence or misconduct that occurred in 2007-08. The Tigers won 38 games that season and were the national runnerup.

Calipari, who left Memphis and signed an 8-year, $31.65 million contract with Kentucky on March 31, has been assured by the NCAA that he is not under investigation.

Rose, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and the current rookie of the year, has issued a statement through his attorney Daniel E. Reidy and wont comment any further on the investigation.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


MWC tourney to stay in Las Vegas through '13 - by Eurobasket News
The Mountain West Conference plans to keep its men's and women's basketball tournament in Las Vegas through at least 2013. Conference officials said Tuesday that they agreed to extend the tournament's run at the Thomas & Mack Center, the home arena of UNLV. The conference had previously agreed to hold the tournament in Las Vegas through 2010.


Meanwhile, former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-G-88, college: Arkansas) repeated his earlier claim that somebody wrote a paper for him while he was with the Razorbacks, but he backed off comments hed made that implicated teammates.

'I want to clear the line. I took full responsibility. I dont know what happened with another player, Beverley told The Associated Press on Tuesday in Minneapolis. I know that young lady did write my paper, and I was punished for it, and I accept my punishment, and I learn from my mistakes.'

Beverley played two seasons with the Razorbacks but was suspended last August. He left Arkansas to play for a Ukrainian team.


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Canguros de Parque Lefevre have new owners. - by Gianni Pascucci
Panamanian Basketball Federation (FEPABA) announced the sell of the rights to the Canguros de Parque Lefevre basketball franchise to a group of investors formed by Gilberto Mora, Gabriel Giron, Aquiles Quintero, Erasmo Albaez, Humberto Zambrano, Lourdes de Riley and Jorge Lasso. Canguros are one of the most important CBS teams, having won the title thre econsecutive times, and also are one of the favourite for the edition of 2009, the seventh one. FEPABA officials also announced that negotiations are on to sell the rights to Navieros de Colon and to Montunos de Azuero, two franchises not in the Capital Town.

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Metropolitan League updating - by Gianni Pascucci
The six teams not involved in the Top 4 completed last week another regular season named 'Copa Estadio Comuneros', and first four placed advanced to the Semifinal Round. Deportivo Universidad Catolica de Asuncion ended at the first place and won the first game of the Semifinal Round, 70-55 over Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion. Olimpia de Asuncion defeated Deportivo Deportivo Sajonia 67-61 in teh other game. The standings are now as follows: 1. Universidad Catolica de Asuncion 3 pts (1 point bonus), Olimpia de Asuncion 2, Deportivo Sajonia 1, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion 1,5 (0,50 bonus).

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Rainmen decisions expected this week - by Eurobasket News
Andre Levingston is optimistic that hell have Les Berry back in the fold by this week.

The Halifax Rainmen owner has been working on bringing Berry back as head coach since the Premier Basketball League season ended in March.

Levingston, who hired Berry in February after firing Rick Lewis 11 games into the season, said a few minor details still need to be ironed out.

'Well have discussions in the next two days to solidify some things. But were close,' Levingston said on Monday.

'Im very interested in having Les coming back. I was impressed with the way he handled things. I want to see him starting off from the beginning and working his craft.

'Im optimistic. Its just some things we have to work through. Hopefully in the next couple of days, we can say hes our coach again.'

Berry, who is popular with the players and fans, did a solid job with the Rainmen after coming in at mid-season. He posted a 6-3 record after taking over but was unable to guide the Rainmen to the playoffs.

Levingstons optimism isnt as high in regards to the man he wants to hire as the teams elite senior sales and marketing specialist.

Levingston has his eyes set on Kevin Matchett, an experienced Toronto-based sports sales manager. But that would require Matchett and his wife to relocate to the east coast and finding a job for her.

'This is a big decision, a relocation,' Levingston said. 'And its not just him, its he and his wife. There are just not a lot of jobs in her field. Its a bit more complicated.'

Matchett has experience as a senior manager of ticket and corporate sales with the NBAs Toronto Raptors, Major League Soccers Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He made an impressive impact with all three organizations and Levingston has been aggressively pursuing him for a number of weeks.

'Again, (a decision will) be in the next couple of days as well,' Levingston said. 'Thats a little more complicated because hes not a single guy. Hopefully that can work out but if not, well move forward and find someone else for that position.'

Courtesy of The Halifax Rainmen


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


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LPB Round: 2 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Ovarense 70-62
Benfica went on a 2-0 Final lead over Ovarense after 70:62 in Game 2. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76), Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) and Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Waller John ended up with 15 points in the losing case.


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BSN, last games (8) - Bayamon beats Santurce, Angel Daniel Vassallo scores 55 for Caguas - by Eurobasket News
Caguas - Ponce 93-99
Ponce outplayed Caguas last night jumping to 6-12 record in BSN. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) top-scored in victory with 26 points. He also had 8 rebounds and 6 assists beside that. Gabriel Colon followed him with 20 pts. In Caguas (5-13), Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) responded with impressive 36 points and 9 boards.

Guaynabo - Carolina 98-106
Carolina grabbed this one thanks to Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level), who nailed 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Ebie Ere had 21 pts and 9 boards, while Lee Benson added 15 pts, 15 rebs and 6 assists. Carlos Escalera and Monty Wilson (197-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.) combined 55 points in defeat. Carolina 12-7, Guaynabo 3-14.

Bayamon - Santurce 84-71
In third game, which was player yesterday, Bayamon was too strong for Santruce improving to 13-7 record. The loosing squad fell to 13-5. Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) came up with 22, Uka Agbai had 20 pts and 11 rebounds, while Glen McGowan and Christian Dalmau helped the winners with 18 points each. Larry Ayuso drained 19 pts for Santruce.

San German - Santurce 81-96
June 1 - Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) and Larry Ayuso led the winners netting 24 points apiece. Davis also grabbed 14 rebounds beside that. In loss, currently the top-scorer of BSN Jesse Pellot-Rosa netted 30 points.

Ponce - Arecibo 67-69
Arecibo grabbed 89-68 thriller win against Ponce, mostly owing to Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) and Danilo Pinnock who scored 17 and 15 points respectively. Pinnock also had 14 rebounds beside that. Lee Nailon had 19 points and 9 boards in Ponce..

Guaynabo - Bayamon 71-72
Another thriller on May 30th and this one belonged to Bayamon. Monty Wilson came up with 22, while Carlos Escalera netted 16 pts for the winners. Christian Dalmau and Carmelo Lee combined 35 points in defeat.

Mayaguez - Caguas 122-117
May 30 - Mayaguez grabbed this one despite magnificent performance by Angel Daniel Vassallo, who nailed 53 pts for Caguas. James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) led the winners with 30 points and 7 rebounds, while Dan Langhi registered monster double-double, 23 points and 13 boards.

Humacao - Mayaguez 78-99
Ramon Clemente (198-F-85, college: Wichita St.) was a key player in Mayaguez in this game registering double-double, 26 points and 16 rebounds. James Maye also had DD, 16 pts and 10 boards, while Alex Galindo stopped on 12 pts. Curtis Jackson answered with 16 points in loss. Mayaguez 10-8, Humacao 3-15.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 15-4 
 2. Santurce 13-5 
 3. Bayamon 13-7 
 4. Arecibo 12-5 
 5. Carolina 12-7 
 6. Mayaguez 10-8 
 7. San German 8-10 
 8. Ponce 6-12 
 9. Caguas 5-13 
 10. Guaynabo 3-14 
 11. Humacao 3-15 


Lions Break Home Losing Streak - by Luis Ramirez
With the last qualifying slot at stake the Ponce Lions beat the Caguas Criollos 99-93, while also stopping a home court losing streak at 6. The Lions last home win was back in April, so it was really a refreshing win for the Lions and their fans. The game started with the Criollos taking the initial lead in the 1st qtr. 24-22. The Lions fought back in the 2nd qtr and took a lead at the half 67-62. In the 3rd qtr the Lions were up 11 points at one point but the Criollos with their star player Angel Vassallo fought back to come within striking distance of the Lions. Vassallo almost single-handedly kept the Criollos in the game, but with Ponce playing an inside game it kept the game out of reach for the Criollos.
For Ponce, Lee Nailon scored 26 points followed by Gabriel Colon with 20 points. For Caguas it was Angel Vassallo with 36 points followed by Rafael Perez with 17 points.

In other BSN action, the Bayamon Cowboys beat the Santurce Crabbers 84-71. The Crabbers took the 1st qtr 18-15, but the Cowboys came back in the 2nd qtr to take the lead at the half 38-35. The Cowboys clamped down on defense in the 3rd qtr and had extended their lead when the qtr came to an end 60-48. Santurce was never a big threat the rest of the game. For Bayamon, Franklin Western scored 22 points followed by Uka Agbai with 20 points and 11 rebounds. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso scored 19 points followed by Josh Davis with 10 points.

Over at Carolina, the Giants survived a last quarter offensive run by the Conquistadors to finally beat them 106-98. The Giants took the 1st qtr 31-30, but the Conquistadors tied it at 50 all at the half. It was a good offensive quarter for the Giants in the 3rd with gave them a big 15 point lead, but the Conquistadors would not let up and battled back in the 4th but finally fell short. For Carolina, Alejandro Carmona led all scorers with 34 points and 10 rebounds followed by Ebi Ere with 15 points and 15 rebounds. For Guaynabo, Carlos Escalera scored 29 points followed by Monty Wilson with 26 points.


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Valdemaras Chomicius is named head coach in Unics - by Eurobasket News
Valdemaras Chomicius was appointed as a new head coach of Unics Kazan. He is going to substitute Aco Perovic at the steer of the Russian powerhouse. Chomicius has been working in Russia since 1999. He was at the helm of Ural Great and Unics. Last season he guided Unics-2 and won the golden medals in the U23 championship with the team. He was also an assistant coach with the Lithuanian National Team during the Olympic Games in Athens and Sydney.

Market News-Lavronovic in Maccabi talks,Holden to Barcelona? - by Vladimir Lobanov
Reports in Russia today says that Dynamo Moscow Center - Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) is in talks with Israeli champions - Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The Lituanian International played in Russia for the past three years playing for Unics Kazan and Dynamo Moscow. Due to the financial problems at Dinamo the player is free to join any despite he has another year is his contract. Maccabi, according to reports, is in talks with the player for the past couple of days and trying to struck a deal for the 30 years old center. Meanwhile,rumours in Spain today says that Barcelona are intersted in CSKA Moscow guard - JR Holden. Holden plays for the Army club since the summer of 2002 and is one of the leaders of the team. Holden himslef stated that he would like to continue at CSKA.

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Bunene carries Marine to rout - by Kristian Santiago
(By Julius Mbaraga)

National Basketball League

Rusizi 67-77 Marine
UNR 55-79 CSK
UGB 54-84 Espoir
APR 89-60 KIE

Bunene Gedeka had reason to smile after powering Marine to their fifth successive win of the season in Sundays 77-67 victory over Rusizi.

The agile center busted out of a slump with 21 points and 14 rebounds while Alma Ibanga added 20 points to maintain the 2007 champions unbeaten run in this years national basketball league.

Despite the defeat, Rusizi had the better start claiming the first quarter 23-14 but Bunene together with Marines skipper Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) and Ibanga led Marines fight back with a 25-16 second quarter win to leave the sides level (39-39) at half time.

Rusizi threatened for a second time with a third quarter lead of one point but Prospere Mihigos side rallied back in the fourth quarter (22-14) to seal off a not so straightforward win.

This was one of our toughest games in the season so far but Im happy we still managed to seal off a nice win, Bunene, who joined Marine in the off-season from APR, said in a post match interview.

They (Rusizi) made the most of their home advantage and could have easily shocked us if we had backed down for a second.

Like Marine, defending champions APR also coasted to their fifth win of the season after an 89-60 win over Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). CSK and Espoir also came off with wins against the National University of Rwanda (UNR) and UGB respectively.

CSK beat UNR 79-55 while Espoir raced to their biggest win of the season with an 89-60 victory over UGB.


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Baseline set to play in 2009 Kentucky Pro-Am - by Bobby Rouse
The Baseline Warriors have confirmed their entry into the 15th Annual Hoops Kentucky ProAm Basketball Tourney June 25-28 in Sellersburg, Indiana. All Games Played at Nolan Fieldhouse (5010 Progress Way Sellersburg, Indiana 47172). The tournament provides the following prizes: First Place $2500 (free in 2010 tournament), Second Place $1400, Third Place Entry Fee, MVP $100 and award, and a 10 Man All Tournament Team will receive plaques

Baseline will be coached by Bobby Rouse who has confirmed the following players for the tournament:

Lance Parique (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Georgia St.)
Damon Barnett (6'8''-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.)
Jeremy Law (6'3''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.)
Ozzie Henderson (6'6''-F-84, college: Edward Waters)
Carlos Wheeler (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville)
Shannon Chambers (6'7''-F-81, college: Charleston)
LaMarr Farr (6'4''-G-83, college: Lambuth)
Ronald Blackshear (6'5''-G-78, college: Marshall)
Darius Davis (6'5''-F-83, college: Kent St.)

Bobby Rouse : Head Coach
Marcell Scott (6'5''-G/F-73, college: Jacksonville) Asst. Coach

As players are confirmed for the tournamen, they will be announced.


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Douanes and Goree clinch first wins in semi-finals - by Kristian Santiago
AS Douanes Dakar thrashed DUC Dakar 78-60 at home to secure a 18 point margin for the away-game against the students. Mayoro Fall and Souleymane Diatta (188-G-87) led Douanes to a well-deserved winner and almost sure to the finals of the Senegalese Championship.

US Goree is far from pulling the ticket for the finals although they were able to beat the students from USC/UGB St.Louis 73-69.
Soguy Gueye and center Mouhamadou Diop (210-C-87) kept USC/UGB St.Louis within distance while Malamine Bodiang (190-G-86) and forward Elhadji Diakhate (203-F-87) led US Goree in scoring.
The second match in St.Louis may has to be moved due to the final exams of most of US Goree's players, but the federation has yet to agree on this request.


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Korean Hoops Will Play Without Dongbu Promy forward Kim Joo-sung - by Rick Ross
The South Korean national basketball team revealed Tuesday that
Kim Joo-sung will be out of action after the 29-year-old was diagnosed
with a heart arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat.
The loss of the 2.05-meter center/forward is a big blow to head coach
Huh Jae's side, which was already facing a serious size disadvantage.
The Korean team lost 2.21-meter Egis big man Ha Seung-jin to an ankle injury last month.
The squad is currently training for the East Asia Basketball Association Championship,
which starts on June 10 in Nagoya, Japan.
Korea is grouped with China and Hong Kong in the tournament,
where the top two teams will be promoted to the FIBA Asia Championship in Tanjin, China in August.
According to Huh, Kim complained of chest pains during practice on Friday, and is now in hospital.
Although he is expected to be released next week,
he will need to take a break from training.
With two high-profile centers out of action,
the Korean team will likely have problems in the post without a true center to fill in.
Potential replacements Ham Ji-hoon of the Ulsan Mobis,
Oh Se-keun of Chung-Ang University, Kim Min-soo of the
SK Knights and Lee Dong-joon of the Daegu Orions are all relatively small for the center position.
Ham is 1.98 meters, while the other three are 2 meters.
To make matters worse, none of the four have much experience at the international level.
In order to counter the height handicap, headman Huh will go small,
basing a game plan on quickness and help defense.
The absence of Ha and Kim will hurt the team in terms of height,
but I think quickness will be able to make up for it,'' Ham said.
And since we have played against foreign players in the
(Korean) league, it will help us to box out opponents in the paint.
League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Joo Hee-jung, who was traded to the
Knights after the season from the KT&G Kites, says relying on help
defense could be an effective strategy in the international tournament.
Unlike the Korean Basketball League (KBL), there is no illegal defense.
So when the ball is in the post, the perimeter defenders will move inside to help out the front court.

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter



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Market News - by Robert Mayor
- J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) could be the guard that Regal F.C. Barcelona was looking. Andre Barrett (175-G-82, college: Seton Hall) won't continue in 'blaugrana' club, and CSKA Moscow player has a Spanish team offer and could play again with ex-CSKA center David Andersen (212-C-80) next year.

- According to some Spanish media, Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) could be close to sign with Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada that seems that will probably lose Valters after his good season. Some teams like Pamesa Valencia and DKV Joventut seems interested in him.

- Coach Porfirio Fisiac will continue in front of C.B. Valladolid next season. After returning to ACB after one year in LEB Gold, club and trainner reached an agreement.

- According to several media, after leaving Pamesa Valencia, Albert Oliver (187-G-78) is close to sign a two-years-deal with MMT Estudiantes, that was looking for a veteran guard.


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid
Guard of the Year: Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Forward of the Year: Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of CD Villa de Los Barrios
Center of the Year: Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid
Bosman Player of the Year: Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Import Player of the Year: Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid
Domestic Player of the Year: Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of CD Villa de Los Barrios
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid
Coach of the Year: Porfirio Fisac of Valladolid

1st Team
Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Jose Urtasun (193-G-84) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Spencer Gloger (203-F-80) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of CD Villa de Los Barrios
Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid

2nd Team
Kyle Hill (188-G-79) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of C.B. Valladolid
Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Grupo Begar Leon
Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84) of Tenerife Rural
Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83) of Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias

3rd Team
Stephane Dumas (190-G-78) of C.B. Valladolid
Jason Detrick (198-G-80) of Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias
Francisco Sanchez (202-F-79) of Tenerife Rural
Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79) of U.B. La Palma
Paulo Prestes (209-C-88) of Unicaja Malaga

Honorable Mention
Christopher Hernandez (188-G-83) of C.B. Valladolid
Jorge Garcia (203-C-77) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83) of Melilla Baloncesto
Brian Cusworth (213-C-84) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Kammron Taylor (188-G-84) of Beirasar Rosalia
Diego Garcia (186-G-79) of Autocid Ford Burgos
Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Marc Blanch (195-F-82) of Basquet Mallorca
Mattew Kiefer (208-F-83) of CB Vic

All-Domestic Players Team
Daniel Lopez (188-G-82) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Jose Urtasun (193-G-84) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Francisco Sanchez (202-F-79) of Tenerife Rural
Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of CD Villa de Los Barrios
Jorge Garcia (203-C-77) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca

All-Imports Team
Kyle Hill (188-G-79) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca
Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83) of Melilla Baloncesto
Spencer Gloger (203-F-80) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83) of Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias
Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid

All-Bosmans Team * only 4 players selected
Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of C.B. Valladolid
Jason Blair (201-F-79) of Basquet Mallorca
Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80) of Melilla Baloncesto

All-Defensive Team
Robert Battle (200-C-81) of C.B. Valladolid
Diego Ciorciari (185-G-80) of Melilla Baloncesto
Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83) of Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias
Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84) of Tenerife Rural
Marc Blanch (195-F-82) of Basquet Mallorca


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of Faymasa Palencia
Guard of the Year: Brett Beeson (193-G-72) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Forward of the Year: Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of Faymasa Palencia
Center of the Year: Edward Cage (203-F/C-78) of HNV Consmetal Navarra
Bosman Player of the Year: Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Import Player of the Year: Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of Faymasa Palencia
Domestic Player of the Year: Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) of Faymasa Palencia
Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) of C.B. Tarragona 2016
Coach of the Year: Josep Maria Solsona of Cornella

1st Team
Brett Beeson (193-G-72) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) of Faymasa Palencia
Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of Faymasa Palencia
David Navarro (192-G-83) of Caja Rioja
Edward Cage (203-F/C-78) of HNV Consmetal Navarra

2nd Team
James Holmes (188-G-83) of Torrons Vicens - C.B. L'Hospitalet
Tarick Johnson (192-G-81) of Viopisa Gijon Baloncesto
Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79) of CB Penas Huesca
Timothy Frost (208-C-80) of Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo

3rd Team
Deforrest Smith (198-G/F-84) of Caja Rioja
Inaki Narros (194-G-81) of HNV Consmetal Navarra
Andre Howard (199-F-78) of Caja Rioja
Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) of Torrons Vicens - C.B. L'Hospitalet
Robert Joseph (204-C-78) of Leyma Basquet Coruna

Honorable Mention
Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Canasta Jerez Unibasket * should be ranked much higher, but played only first part of the season
David Mesa (200-C-80) of C.B. Tarragona 2016
Josep Ortega (201-C-84) of CB Prat Juventud
Alfredo Ott (193-G-83) of HNV Consmetal Navarra
Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82) of Faymasa Palencia
Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) of C.B. Tarragona 2016
Enrique Garrido (178-G-82) of CB Penas Huesca
Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Qalat Caja Sol

All-Domestic Players Team
Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) of C.B. Tarragona 2016
Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) of Faymasa Palencia
David Navarro (192-G-83) of Caja Rioja
Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) of Torrons Vicens - C.B. L'Hospitalet
David Mesa (200-C-80) of C.B. Tarragona 2016

All-Imports Team
James Holmes (188-G-83) of Torrons Vicens - C.B. L'Hospitalet
Brett Beeson (193-G-72) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of Faymasa Palencia
Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79) of CB Penas Huesca
Edward Cage (203-F/C-78) of HNV Consmetal Navarra

All-Bosmans Team * only 4 players selected
Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) of Canasta Jerez Unibasket
Tarick Johnson (192-G-81) of Viopisa Gijon Baloncesto
Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82) of Faymasa Palencia

All-Defensive Team
Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Canasta Jerez Unibasket
Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) of C.B. Tarragona 2016
Timothy Smith (176-G-82) of Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo
Robert Joseph (204-C-78) of Leyma Basquet Coruna
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) of WTC Cornella


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SYNERGY HAS A NEW LOCATION - by Chris Cardenas

KATY,TX - last years suprisingly quick and high scoring CYPRESS SYNERGY is moving to a new location. For the 2010 season the Synergy will be playing for and representing KATY,TX. TPBL league owner Chris Cardenas says ' Katy, Tx is an amazingly beautiful area of our state and we certainly look forward to making trips there for TPBL games. I know that team owner JOHN CARSWELL will have the team ready to show the city of Katy some good basketball action.' For new players, coaches or potential sponsors please contact team owner John Carswell at : 713-494-6678 or email : INFO@HOUSTONSYNERGY.COM or JUDGE@HOUSTONSYNERGY.COM.
Any new teams looking to join our states pro basketball league which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010 call : 325-763-6630 or email: cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


BROWNWOOD,TX TO JOIN THE TPBL - by Chris Cardenas
Brownwood,tx - get ready for the TPBL!!!! Jody Jordan and Aaron Adams are bringing the Texas Professional Basketball League to your city!! All the 3 point shooting, great passes and monster dunks are heading to Brownwood,tx for the 2010 season. Howard Payne university and the Brownwood Coliseum are the possible venues that will be used for the 1st year BROWNWOOD BUCKSHOTS basketball team. TPBL league owner Chris Cardenas ' Im very excited about the entry of Brownwood. For years they've had very good high school and college basketball programs. Now, its time to bring in the pro's.' To contact the BROWNWOOD BUCKSHOTS please call team owner Jody Jordan at 325-227-1331 for tryout and team information.

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Power hold off Riders - by Kristian Santiago
(by Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo)

Saturday results (Men)
Riders 96-104 Power
MBC Rocks 79-88 Gulu Hawks
Rhino 81-103 MUK Heaters
Sharing 72-68 Sky Jammers
Ndejje v Marines (postponed)

Knight Riders frightened many hearts as they matched champions DMark Power for long spells before losing 96-104 in an exhilarating MTN-Fuba National Basketball League game at YMCA Court, Wandegeya on Saturday.

Ahead of a long week in which Powers depth will be tested by Nkumba Marines on Wednesday and UCU Canons on Friday, they had to dig deep after Riders 2008 Division II champions - led the first two quarters 22-18 and 21-20 respectively.

Former captain Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) sunk 33 points while Norman Blick (201-F-83) added 21 points as Power staged a superb comeback to take the final two quarters.


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The Metro League will star on June 5 - by Hector Lopez
The Metropolitan championship will be played again since next Friday 5, it was officially announced by Washington Filippini, the head officer for the League. The tournament was suspenden on May 9, after two young people were killed during a quarrel outside an stadium. Immediately the Uruguayan Federation interrupted the Metro League and all other basketball activities en Montevideo. During this period the basketball authorities and the Police took measures against the violence. The twio best team will be promoted to the Uruguaya League 2010.

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United States Basketball Association 2010 Season Starts April 7, 2010 - by USBA Media



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'll have 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 Classic 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 top four teams in each division will secure a playoff position.

The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship Trophy will be awarded to the top team.

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 of America, Feed America and the USMC Toys for Tots. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city and children housed in juvenile detention centers. The league has authorized each team to conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. 'We'll invite all groups who help children to contact the league and well issue complimentary tickets to these groups to our home games. The selected children to be the ball kids will receive $25.00 apiece per game for their services,' said Jenkins.

'The leagues 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 activate the league. Well get to know our fans and supporters in each city. We want our fans to be able to have ample access to the coaches and players,' said Green. Tryouts will be held for teams on March 14th and 21st, 2010.

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 each city 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, our entertainment and our prices 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)

The Grand prize drawing for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener, the drawings for the other prizes will be held at a special pre-game show. '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) 729-0306 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, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and the District of Columbia who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. This 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 21,600 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 and Clear Channel Communication Radio Broadcast Partnership - by USBA Media

The United States Basketball Association (USBA) and its parent company the Alden Group LLC are in the process of negotiating a multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Communication, Inc., to radio broadcast all mens basketball games beginning with the 2010 season.

'A partnership with Clear Channel Radio will substantially strengthen the promotion of our mens basketball program within our teams markets and it will provide our association a step up in minor league basketball,' said USBA president Duane Jenkins.

If an agreement can be reached, Clear Channel affiliates will broadcast all of the USBAs regular season and postseason games, including a 30-minute pregame show and a 15-minute post game show. The stations will also be the radio home of the Coaches Corner, a live weekly radio program with the head coach of each team hosting a informal sports forum, designed to introduce players and coaches to their communities.

'We are very excited to partner with Clear Channel, whose stations boasts the rare combination of championship heritage with excellent programming that has risen to new heights and will help our exciting young league.' 'We are committed to bringing our listeners the best in sports as our fan base is very knowledgeable and very passionate about the game of basketball,' said Jenkins.

In addition to broadcasts, the partnership will fully integrate the USBA mens basketball into programming and promotion of each station including: on-air/on-line imaging, on-site events, enhanced coverage of games and, and multi-media advertising to promote its association. Production initiatives will include live coverage of mens basketball events, with the opportunity to promote and highlight USBA teams ticketing and marketing initiatives.

Under the proposed agreement, Clear Channel and its affiliates would also provide enhanced streaming and pod casting of programming that could be simulcast on www.usbaball.com, at no additional cost to our sponsors or our advertisers, making free content available to our fans league wide.

'Additional components of the partnership would include weekly USBA updates to occur during daily programming, and the airing of the basketball coachs show.
Increasing visibility for our entire league and our basketball games, is a significant step up in our growth,' said Jenkins.

'We are pleased to be expanding our radio broadcast reach for our mens basketball program.' ' With this new affiliation, we can greatly benefit our sponsors, advertisers and fans throughout our southern footprint.' No agreements have been signed to date. Negotiations are progressing and still ongoing.



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LPB 2009 - Week 15 (Monday): Panteras puts Gigantes closer to elimination - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Panteras de Miranda defeated Gigantes de Guayana as visitors and put them closer to elimination, as the league started its final regular season week of daily matches.

Panteras de Miranda 91 - Gigantes de Guayana 90
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 22-20-20-28= 90
PAN: 29-15-21-26= 91

Scorers
PAN: Daimon Gonner (198-F-80) 17 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 16 points, Brian Latham (184-G-83) 13 points

GIG: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 18 points, Robert Cox (196-G/F-84) 17 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 17 points, Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 16 points



LPB 2009 - Week 15 (Wednesday): Guaros ties Cocodrilos at the top - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara defeated Toros de Aragua at home to earn victory number 29 and tie things up at the top of the LPB 2009 regular season standings with Cocodrilos de Caracas. It was the 18th victory as hosts in 20 matches for Guaros, who tied their own franchise record with the win.

Guaros de Lara 95 - Toros de Aragua 88
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 29-22-19-25= 95
TOR: 25-14-19-30= 88

Scorers
GUA: Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) 20 points, Albert White (197-G/F-77) 17 points and 8 assists, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 16 points and 8 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 8 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 6 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 5 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 2 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 1 point, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 0 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 0 points, Juan Manaure (188-G-79) 0 points

TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 24 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Brumbaugh (208-G/F-85) 18 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 12 points and 7 rebounds, Cory Bradford (191-G-78) 10 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 10 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 9 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 3 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 2 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points, Felix Rivas (197-F-88) 0 points, Luis Navarro (192-F-92) 0 points



Double Horse's hustle, wasted - by Yelitza La Torre
Alejandro Flores (202-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) made 24 points and captures 10 rebounds, but he couldn't avoid that Guaros de Lara defeated his team Toros De Aragua 95-88 in the Bolivarian Dome of Barquisimeto. With this triumph, Guaros de Lara moves up to joint Cocodrilos Del Caracas in the first place of the classification round; this way Guaros ensure that either Marinos de Anzoategui or Guaiqueries de Margarita can't reach them.
Alejandro Flores (202-F-81,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) was the best player for Toros de Aragua with 24 points, followed by Keith Brumbaugh (208-G/F-85, college: Chipola) with 18 points in this one, his first game in Venezuela. For the winner Guaros de Lara, both Pablo Machado (207-C-77, college: Loyola Marymount) and Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81,college: Kent St.) lead their team with 20 points each one.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 29-12 
 2. Guaros 29-12 
 3. Marinos 28-15 
 4. Guaiqueries 25-16 
 5. Trotamundos 24-17 
 6. Gaiteros 16-24 
 7. La Guaira BBC 16-26 
 8. Toros 14-27 
 9. Gigantes 13-28 
 10. Panteras 12-29 


LPB 2009 - Week 15 (Tuesday): Marinos holds on to third place - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos held on to third place in the LPB 2009 standings with an away victory against La Guaira BBC, a team that is trying as hard as they can to claim sixth place and advance to playoffs, a spot currently occupied by Gaiteros del Zulia.

Marinos de Anzoategui 74 - La Guaira BBC 66
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
LG: 14-13-20-19= 66
MAR: 20-17-24-13= 74

Scorers
MAR: Michael Gale (193-G-82) 21 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 16 points, Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85) 16 points, Jermaine Walker (198-F-77) 11 points

LG: Ricky Johns (190-G-85) 19 points, Hiram Fuller (206-F/C-81) 13 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 12 points, Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) 11 points



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Warriors battling in WBA... - by David Archer
by Chris Stephens
Daily Tribune News Sports Editor
http://www.daily-tribune.com
Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009

Cartersville, GA - The Cartersville Warriors get instructions from head coach Cory Baldwin during a timeout. Its a new basketball season and the Cartersville-Baseline Warriors are off to a fast start with a 2-0 record and currently in first place in the World Basketball League (WBA) standings.

After defeating the Rome Rage 93-85 to open the season Friday, the Warriors showed a defensive effort in beating Memphis, 72-62, on the road.

Defense is going to be a major key to our game, said first-year head coach Cory Baldwin . We are similar to what the San Antonio Spurs do. Well press a little, on defense. On offense, we run pick-and-rolls and post our guards.

The Warriors are a division of the Human Race Inc., which is a nonprofit organization designed to provide athletic opportunities for young people in the community. One thing David Archer Jr., who runs Human Race Inc. with his wife, said the organization provides is athletes an opportunity to take their game to the next level.

All of the other teams in this league pay their players, he said. The only thing we really pay our players is per diem so they can eat on the road and gas money from home-game profits. But, one thing we can provide these players is access to teams and scouts from many leagues around the world. They might not get paid much here, but they'll have an opportunity to go somewhere else to continue to play basketball. So, its an investment for them.

Baldwin describes Bobby Brown as the motor of the team.

Whether hes talking or moving, he gets this team moving, Baldwin said. He was the defensive player of the year in the league a few years ago, so he has experience with this league.

Two other players Baldwin will look to lead the team are Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) and Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY).

Justin led us in scoring the first night and is a great post player, Baldwin said. Chucky is a big guard who has played overseas the past three years.

Baldwin knows his style of play isnt going to net the team 90-100 points per game, but their aggressive defensive play will give them an advantage in most games.

If we can get 8-12 points off turnovers, then well be pretty hard to beat, he said. Fast-break points will be our x-factor as we rely on our defense a lot. Our defense will be our best offense.

One advantage Baldwin feels his team has is that the players are familiar with each other. He said most of them have played together before, so that makes the team chemistry easy to come by.

Our chemistry is good, Baldwin said. We dont have a star of the team, we just have a bunch of guys who play together. And, thats a successful formula at any league.

Archer said bringing in Baldwin as the head coach was a natural choice for the team.

Ive faced him many times when he coached at Truett-McConnell, Archer said. Hes a good coach who knows the game very well. He relates to the players very well and hes gotten them to respond. Theyre executing as a team, and thats very important.

All home games will be held at J.H. Morgan Gym on Aubrey Street. Admission is $4.
Were excited about this season and Im ready to see how it will all turn out, Baldwin said.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


News from Dandenong Jayco Rangers - by Eurobasket News
Caitlin Ryan (178-G-81), captain of the Dandenong Jayco Rangers is a starter for the 09-10 season after surgery to repair her long-suffering shoulder. Caitlin will be lining up for the Rangers with her 3-point arm in as-new condition.

Players returning for next season include; Alison Downie (181-G/F-84), Nicole Hunt (167-G-88), Faith Probst (186-F-84, college: Fresno St.), Clare Papavs (180-G-87) and Amelia Todhunter (166-G-88). Head coach Dales Waters is thrilled with these players resigning 'after what was a transitional season in 08-09 the girls will really step up to the plate in 09-10,' said Waters.

There will be announcements made in the very near future with regards to recruits so stay tuned!

For further details please contact Deb Weston, Media Manager WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers. Weston's phone: 0432 170 842

Courtesy of The Dandenong Jayco Rangers


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Malta earn the second straight win in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Cyprus 53:48

Malta celebrated the second win in a row at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. They defeated hosting Cyprus today to climb on top of the ladder. The winner managed to overcome 22 turnovers to gain the needed result. Cyprus were doomed by miserable shooting as they sink 1/22 from beyond the arc and 16/45 from the field.
Malta held the hosts to only 9 points in the first frame to surge in front. The Maltese team enjoyed a 4-point advantage at the first break and did not allow Cyprus to rebound in the second stanza. Cyprus accounted for just 11 points in the second frame and trailed by 10 points at the interval. Malta maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They stretched the margin to 13 points and withheld a furious comeback effort in the final period. Loretta Ellul knocked down 13 points to lead Malta. R. Brincat and Josephine Grima (190-C-84) netted 12 points each in the win. Valentina Emilova Ionova (176-G-83, college: Adelphi) nailed 12 points for Cyprus. Sophia Theologou (189-C-88) and Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) banked 10 points apiece in defeat.
Cyprus will face Iceland, while Malta will take on Luxembourg on Friday.

Malta: Loretta Ellul 13, R. Brincat 12, Josephine Grima 12
Cyprus: Valentina Emilova Ionova 12, Sophia Theologou 10, Kalia Papadopoulou 10


Cyprus rally past Luxembourg in opener - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Luxembourg 68:55

Cypriot National Team gained an overwhelming victory over Luxembourg in the starting game of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) provided 22 points to pace the hosts to the initial win.
Cyprus stunned the visitors early in the game. Luxembourg could not score for almost 7 minutes at the start of the game allowing the hosts to pile up a 12:0 lead. Cyprus outgunned their opponents 18:5 in the first ten minutes. The situation did not change in the second term as Cyprus maintained the pressure. They stretched the margin to as many as 15 points at halftime. Luxembourg finally got things rolling in the third quarter but it was a bit too late. The visitors clipped the deficit to 11 points with a quarter remaining. But Cyprus did not panic in the dying minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end.
Michaela Vezenkova (191-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) knocked down 16 points for Cyprus. Valentina Emilova Ionova (176-G-83, college: Adelphi) finished with 10 points in the victory. Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) had 14 points for Luxembourg. Michele Orban (190-C-86) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 22, Michaela Vezenkova 16, Valentina Emilova Ionova 10
Luxembourg: Tessy Hetting 14, Michele Orban 12


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  FRANCE - Women  


French U20 National Team gather in Vichy - by Eurobasket News
Nineteen players arrived to Vichy to start preparations for the upcoming U20 European Championship. It is going to be a busy summer for the team as they will be getting fit for the journey to Poland. French U20 team will take part in the international tournament in Bourg-en-Bresse from June 16 to 21. France will play with Germany, Poland and Turkey. Later they are expected to travel to Turkey for another tourney involving Russia, Turkey and Spain. Finally French youngsters will participate in the international competition in Italy early in July before departing for Poland.
France got into Pool D together with Belarus, Russia and Sweden. Les Bleus will tip off their campaign against Belarus on July 9.
These are the players that have been invited by Alain Jardel to the training camp:

Marielle Amant (191-C-89) (Arras), Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) (Tarbes), Camille Aubert (170-G-89) (Reze Nantes), Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) (Charleville), Virginie Bremont (178-G-89) (Armentieres), Carine Brossais (185-F-89) (Nantes), Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) (Bourges), Helena Ciak (USM Saran), Jessica Clemencon (-F/C) (Etoile de Voiron), Aline Fischbach (-F) (Graffenstaden), Alexia Kusion (181-F-89) (Charleville), Lorraine Lokoka (184-C/F-89) (Rennes), Sarah Michel (178-F/G-89) (Arras), Darline N'Soki (181-F-89) (Graffenstaden), Melanie Plust (173-G-89) (Union Hainaut), Audrey Salvi (168-G-89) (Sprimont), Doriane Tahane (192-C-89) (Nantes), Johanna Tayeau (172-G-89) (Limoges), Lala Wane (Gravenchonnais).


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  ISRAEL - Women  


LIRON COHEN IN WISLA - by Gil Goshen

Last week we announced about the transfer of the best European point guard Liron Cohen to WIsla and therfore We have decided to set up an interview with her:

1. Why did you decide to play for Wisla next season? What was most important reasons (money, maybe city)?

i decided to play for wisla cuz it was important for me to stay in the euroleague and to be part of a good team with goals in the euroleague,and for those reasons wisla is a great. this club is always on the top level either in the local league or the euroleague.

2. What do you know about Wisla? Do you have friends in club?

well i dont know yet the girls or the staff but im looking forward to meet everybody and then the answer will be - yes, i have friends in the club :-)) like i said before, wisla is one of the best clubs in europe. organized and with tradition and alot of experience and everywhere i go i hear nothing but good about wisla.

3. Two years ago in Krakow played Liad Suez from your country. Did you talk with her about Wisla and city?

yes i talked to liad about wisla and she was very happy knowing that im going there..she was telling me that she had a great time there with the people around the fans the girls the staff and city is amazing and very pretty.

4. Polish league isn't as good as spanish league or WNBA. Isnt sport regress for you?

i dont think its a regress i think in every league there a few teams that are better from the rest and in the polish league maybe there are two or three top teams but the compition is hard between them and when you also play in the euroleague which is the top level in the europien basketball...so when u combine the two how can i say its a regress?

5. You played in Kosice last season. What do you think about slovakian culture, mentality?

i had a wonderful time in Kosice it is definitely one of the best places,team i played for. there are alot of things important for a player when he comes to a new place\team\country but for me the most important thing is the people around you the people you work with the ones you see you play you share with every day and in a way they become like a family to you and thats how i felt in Kosice with the managment players coaches and fans. caring and pleasant people.

6. In Krakow is new coach, mr Hernandez. Do you know him from spanish league. What do you think about him?

well i know Mr. Hernandez from the spanish league and i know he has alot of experience and he is one of the best coached in spain - always had problems to play against his team when i was in spain :-) and i think that someone who coaches a team like salamanca that is always on the top in a strong league like spain and took them to the final four of the euroleague...then theres no need to add.....

7. What are your sport expectations in Krakow?

im coming to wisla and when you are in a club like this the expectations is to win the local league - take the polish championship and cup. and with that to try and get to the highest level in the euroleague. hopefully with a nice and good basketball for the fans so they can enjoy and support us...


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  JAPAN - Women  


Mercury waives Yuko Oga - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury today announced that Yuko Oga (5'7''-G-82) has been waived. Oga has chosen to return to Japan to fully recover from an injury suffered this past offseason. The Mercury training camp roster now stands at 13.

Oga suffered a fracture dislocation to the radius and ulna in her left wrist on Feb. 7, 2009 while playing in Japan and underwent successful surgery on Feb. 9.

'Yuko showed a lot of heart in the way she tried to fight through the pain that she's been suffering during training camp,' said Head Coach Corey Gaines. 'As camp progressed, the pain returned and she was unable to play to her potential. Despite the incredible job her doctors did on the surgery, she's unable to participate in full contact basketball at this time and needs to return home to fully recover.'

'We respect Yuko's decision to return to Japan, which was a very difficult one,' said General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. 'It was unfortunate that she couldn't continue to perform at the level that she expected of herself. We wish her the best in her recovery.'

Oga, nicknamed 'Shin', became just the second Japanese player in WNBA history (Mikiko Hagiwara) when she appeared in 23 games for the Mercury in 2008. In her first season in Phoenix, she averaged 2.4 points in 7.8 minutes.

The Phoenix Mercury tips off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6 vs. the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tickets for the home opener are on sale now and start at just $10. The first 6,000 through the doors on opening night will receive a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of the Arizona Lottery. Fans who would like to receive ticket offers prior to public on sale dates can sign up to become a member of Downtown Live free of charge at phoenixmercury.com. For tickets and information, call (602) 252-WNBA or visit phoenixmercury.com.

Courtesy of The Phoenix Mercury


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  LIBERIA - Women  


K-Deltas and Phoenix in LBF Final - by Numennie Williams
Liberia Basketball Federation female champions K-Deltas are in the grand final of this year championship. The two teams are tied with a win each and game two comes on today. The former champion Phoenix won the first match with a 60-54 points defeat to tye champions while in game two fedending champion K-Deltas won the secondt match with a 62-52 points in a tight battle. Game trhree will come on Friday June 5 and the fourth will come on Saturday June 6.

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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Cyprus rally past Luxembourg in opener - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Luxembourg 68:55

Cypriot National Team gained an overwhelming victory over Luxembourg in the starting game of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) provided 22 points to pace the hosts to the initial win.
Cyprus stunned the visitors early in the game. Luxembourg could not score for almost 7 minutes at the start of the game allowing the hosts to pile up a 12:0 lead. Cyprus outgunned their opponents 18:5 in the first ten minutes. The situation did not change in the second term as Cyprus maintained the pressure. They stretched the margin to as many as 15 points at halftime. Luxembourg finally got things rolling in the third quarter but it was a bit too late. The visitors clipped the deficit to 11 points with a quarter remaining. But Cyprus did not panic in the dying minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end.
Michaela Vezenkova (191-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) knocked down 16 points for Cyprus. Valentina Emilova Ionova (176-G-83, college: Adelphi) finished with 10 points in the victory. Tessy Hetting (188-F-86) had 14 points for Luxembourg. Michele Orban (190-C-86) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Cyprus: Kalia Papadopoulou 22, Michaela Vezenkova 16, Valentina Emilova Ionova 10
Luxembourg: Tessy Hetting 14, Michele Orban 12


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  MALTA - Women  


Malta earn the second straight win in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Cyprus 53:48

Malta celebrated the second win in a row at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. They defeated hosting Cyprus today to climb on top of the ladder. The winner managed to overcome 22 turnovers to gain the needed result. Cyprus were doomed by miserable shooting as they sink 1/22 from beyond the arc and 16/45 from the field.
Malta held the hosts to only 9 points in the first frame to surge in front. The Maltese team enjoyed a 4-point advantage at the first break and did not allow Cyprus to rebound in the second stanza. Cyprus accounted for just 11 points in the second frame and trailed by 10 points at the interval. Malta maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They stretched the margin to 13 points and withheld a furious comeback effort in the final period. Loretta Ellul knocked down 13 points to lead Malta. R. Brincat and Josephine Grima (190-C-84) netted 12 points each in the win. Valentina Emilova Ionova (176-G-83, college: Adelphi) nailed 12 points for Cyprus. Sophia Theologou (189-C-88) and Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) banked 10 points apiece in defeat.
Cyprus will face Iceland, while Malta will take on Luxembourg on Friday.

Malta: Loretta Ellul 13, R. Brincat 12, Josephine Grima 12
Cyprus: Valentina Emilova Ionova 12, Sophia Theologou 10, Kalia Papadopoulou 10


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Delle Donne to play basketball for Delaware - by Eurobasket News
The highly anticipated college basketball career of Elena Delledonne (-89) will begin this season at the University of Delaware, UD announced this afternoon.

DelleDonne, five-time first-team All-State player at Wilmingtons Ursuline Academy and 2008 national player of the year, signed with eventual 2009 unbeaten NCAA champion Connecticut as a high school senior.

She changed her mind, said she needed a break from basketball and enrolled at UD, where she played volleyball last fall and was a Colonial Athletic Association all-rookie selection for the CAA champion Blue Hens.

And now, the 6-foot-5 swing guard is ready to return to basketball, in which her career 2,818 points were the most in Delaware high school basketball history - boys or girls.

I am extremely excited to be competing in my home state and for Coach [Tina] Martin, DelleDonne said in a UD statement. I really enjoyed playing volleyball this past fall but found myself missing basketball. Basketball has been an important part of my life and I realized that it is my first love and my passion.

DelleDonne, 19, sparked Ursuline to four state basketball titles, set a national record by converting 80 straight free throws as a sophomore and scored 50 points in the state championship game at UDs Carpenter Center as a sophomore.

Shell have freshman eligibility this season for Delaware.

We are thrilled that Elena will be playing basketball at the University of Delaware, Delaware coach Tina Martin said in the UD release. Elena is versatile and has the ability to play multiple positions. She will have an immediate impact on our program with the skills, competitiveness and athleticism she brings to the team.

DelleDonne joins a UD team coming off a 15-15 season that returns its entire starting lineup, its top nine scorers and top seven rebounders next season, including third-team All-CAA guard Tesia Harris (13.6 ppg), guard Vanessa Kabongo (10.8 ppg), guard Corininthia Benison (9.3 ppg) and forward Ariene Jenkins (8.1 rpg).

The Blue Hens will also be bolstered by the addition of DelleDonnes ex-Ursuline teammate, Kayla Miller, a point guard who transferred from George Washington midway through last season and becomes eligible after first semester ends.

Delaware won at least 19 games eight straight seasons from 1999-2000 through 2006-07 and was one of three CAA schools to reach the NCAA Tournament that last year, earning an at-large selection. Martin is 237-149 in 13 years as coach.

Were all just so excited about next season, Miller told The News Journal today. Our goal already was to win 20 or more before we knew Elena was going to play. We felt we could compete in the CAA. Now we feel we can be even stronger.

Delaware opens the 2009-10 season with seven road games, the first at St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 17.

The home opener is Dec. 11 against Navy, the first of four straight at the Carpenter Center followed by matchups with La Salle Dec. 13, Buffalo Dec. 22 and Massachusetts Dec. 30. The Colonial Athletic Association schedule, which commences in early January, will be announced in late summer.

Courtesy of www.delawareonline.com


Blue Devils hire Stafford-Odom as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Duke has hired Trisha Stafford-Odom as an assistant womens basketball coach.

The school says Stafford-Odom will be heavily involved in both recruiting and coaching the guards. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie called Stafford-Odom a high-energy person with a passion for basketball.

Stafford-Odom played at California before playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas. She previously served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA from 2005-08, and says she spent the past year focusing on her family.

She replaces Shannon Perry, who spent the past five seasons at Duke. Stafford-Odom begins work June 10.

Courtesy of Yahoo (www.yahoo.com)


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  POLAND - Women  


New Lotos PKO BP Gdynia point guard - by Maciej Schwarz
Erin Phillips (173-G-85), current Olimpic vice champion and World Champion from 2006 is a New signing of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia. Australian national, holding British passport plays as point guard or shooting guard. She is 24 years old and 173cm tall. Last season she spent in A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra, where she had remarkable avg. 33mins, 12ppg, 5.6ass, 3 st., 4.6 reb.
Phillips was chosen in WNBA draft in 2005, but decided not to play in USA at the time. One year later she started WNBA career in the Connecticut Sun, noting as a 'freshman' 5.4ppg and 2.4 ass. New Lotos PKO BP point guard is known as a fighter, maybe because she started her sport career inAustralian Football. Moreover, she was to become first woman to play in Australian Football League (Mens league), but authorities did not let her do it. However, she plays basketball now, and she does it great.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia topped Spain in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Spain 75:71

Less and less time is left for the start of the Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia that will start on June 7th. The top teams still trying to reach the best shape and play friendlies with each other. Russia topped Spain 75:71 in Kaunas in a great game from both sides.
Russian National team opened the game with 21:19 to take a little lead in the matchup. The second period became easier for the Russian team that improved in the court. Led by Irina Osipova (197-C-81) and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) the team produced 15-8 in the period to take 36:27 halftime advantage. It seemed that the game would not be difficult for the winners, however Spain came back into the game.
Alba Torrens (191-F-89), Lima and Sanches played well in the third period to bring the intrigue back to the court. Spain produced 23-14 in the third period for 50:50 at the end of the third quarter. The last frame was the most interesting, but gave Russia the win in the game. Abrosimova and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) scored the important baskets for the winners to celebrate the victory with Russia.
Irina Osipova led the Russian side with 15 points, while Maria Stepanova netted 14. Ilona Korstine and Marina Karpunina (178-F-84) followed them with 11 points apiece. Alba Torrens ended up with 13 points for the Spanish outfit, whilst Lima and Sanches scored 12 each.

Russia: Irina Osipova 15, Maria Stepanova 14, Ilona Korstine 11, Marina Karpunina 11
Spain: Alba Torrens 13, Lima 12, Sanches 12


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  SPAIN - Women  


Russia topped Spain in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Spain 75:71

Less and less time is left for the start of the Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia that will start on June 7th. The top teams still trying to reach the best shape and play friendlies with each other. Russia topped Spain 75:71 in Kaunas in a great game from both sides.
Russian National team opened the game with 21:19 to take a little lead in the matchup. The second period became easier for the Russian team that improved in the court. Led by Irina Osipova (197-C-81) and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) the team produced 15-8 in the period to take 36:27 halftime advantage. It seemed that the game would not be difficult for the winners, however Spain came back into the game.
Alba Torrens (191-F-89), Lima and Sanches played well in the third period to bring the intrigue back to the court. Spain produced 23-14 in the third period for 50:50 at the end of the third quarter. The last frame was the most interesting, but gave Russia the win in the game. Abrosimova and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) scored the important baskets for the winners to celebrate the victory with Russia.
Irina Osipova led the Russian side with 15 points, while Maria Stepanova netted 14. Ilona Korstine and Marina Karpunina (178-F-84) followed them with 11 points apiece. Alba Torrens ended up with 13 points for the Spanish outfit, whilst Lima and Sanches scored 12 each.

Russia: Irina Osipova 15, Maria Stepanova 14, Ilona Korstine 11, Marina Karpunina 11
Spain: Alba Torrens 13, Lima 12, Sanches 12


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  TURKEY - Women  


Vardarli leads Turkish side over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Ukraine 82:76

Turkey overcame Ukraine in a preparation matchup before the Eurobasket 2009 that will start on June 7th in Latvia. Both teams looked well in the court, however Turkey kept the lead that they made in the first period. Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) shined for the Turkish side in a 82:76 victory.
The beginning of the game belonged to the Turkish side that went on a 27-17 lead. It became more balanced in the second period as Ukraine produced 16-16 to trail 33:43 at the halftime. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83), Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) and Birsel Vardarli scored some important baskets for the winners, that scored 26 points in the third frame. Ukraine however played better at that time and managed to produce 27. It helped Ukrainian squad to reduce to 60:69 however they could not reach the opponents. Turkey lost the last stanza 13-16 but won 82:76.
Birsel Vardarli led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Saziye Ivegin followed her with 12 and Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Nihan Anaz (172-G-79) poured in 9 points, while Tugba Palazoglu delivered 8.
Ukraine hopes to add Valeriya Berezhynskaya to the roster as the latter has some visa issues for Latvia. Berezhynskaya was due to arrive in Kiev on a flight from America on Tuesday after taking part in WNBA tryouts in Miami.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Vardarli leads Turkish side over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Ukraine 82:76

Turkey overcame Ukraine in a preparation matchup before the Eurobasket 2009 that will start on June 7th in Latvia. Both teams looked well in the court, however Turkey kept the lead that they made in the first period. Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) shined for the Turkish side in a 82:76 victory.
The beginning of the game belonged to the Turkish side that went on a 27-17 lead. It became more balanced in the second period as Ukraine produced 16-16 to trail 33:43 at the halftime. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83), Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) and Birsel Vardarli scored some important baskets for the winners, that scored 26 points in the third frame. Ukraine however played better at that time and managed to produce 27. It helped Ukrainian squad to reduce to 60:69 however they could not reach the opponents. Turkey lost the last stanza 13-16 but won 82:76.
Birsel Vardarli led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Saziye Ivegin followed her with 12 and Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Nihan Anaz (172-G-79) poured in 9 points, while Tugba Palazoglu delivered 8.
Ukraine hopes to add Valeriya Berezhynskaya to the roster as the latter has some visa issues for Latvia. Berezhynskaya was due to arrive in Kiev on a flight from America on Tuesday after taking part in WNBA tryouts in Miami.


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  WNBA - Women  


Chicago Sky tips off 2009 season - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky continues preparation for the 2009 WNBA season with a special exhibition game against the Hollywood celebrities of the Entertainment League (E-League), including Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, rapper Nelly, and 'Scrubs' star Donald Faison in the first-ever 'Basketball Battle of the Sexes.'

The Sky will take on the E-League stars on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00pm, at UIC Pavilion. The game will be played according to WNBA rules, utilizing the three-point line, shot clock, and an official WNBA basketball. WNBA referees will officiate.

The Sky will start the team's fourth season on the road Saturday, June 6, against the Minnesota Lynx. The home opener will be played at UIC Pavilion on Friday, June 12, at 7:30pm, against the Atlanta Dream.

Special game nights for the Sky this season include: 'Go Red for Women,' June 27, against Washington; 'Go Green Night,' July 10, against Indiana; Camp Day Activation, July 22, against New York; 'Breast Cancer Awareness Night,' August 28, against New York; and Fan Appreciation Night, Sept. 12, against Detroit.

Joining the team for the 2009 WNBA season is a talented group of new signings, including two draft picks and international star Nan Chen (6'6''-C-83), who led the Chinese Women in scoring and rebounding in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Sky's first-round draft pick, Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G, college: Maryland), was an All-American guard for the Maryland Terrapins. The core of the Sky's lineup includes returning veterans, Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) (center), Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) (forward), and Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) (guard).

To purchase tickets for any 2009 Sky home game, please call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit chicagosky.net.

Courtesy of The Chicago Sky


Fever beats San Antonio to wrap preseason - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 16 points and rookie point guard Briann January (5'8''-G-87, college: Arizona St.) added 12 Tuesday night as the Indiana Fever beat the San Antonio Silver Stars in a WNBA preseason game at the Austin Convention Center. It was the final preseason game for both teams.

The Fever commanded a 38-22 lead at the intermission, outscoring the defending Western Conference champions 19-7 in a decisive second quarter. Catchings paced Indiana with 13 points by halftime, on 5-of-7 shooting with a pair of steals. January started her second game of the preseason, scoring nine points by halftime.

Indiana forward Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 10 points for the Fever whose balanced attack saw only three players - Catchings and fellow starters Khadijah Whittington (6'1''-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) - play more than 20 minutes. The Fever had 11 steals in the game and forced 20 turnovers.

Indiana stretched its lead to 21 points after three quarters, 61-40, and withstood a San Antonio rally in the final quarter for the win. The Fever finished its preseason unbeaten in three games. The Silver Stars were winless in two contests. San Antonio got 12 points from Becky Hammon and 10 from Sophia Young.

The Fever opens its 10th WNBA season Saturday, when it travels to Atlanta. A day later, exactly 10 years from the day Indianapolis was awarded the WNBA franchise (June 7, 1999), the Fever hosts the Minnesota Lynx in its 2009 home opener (7:00 p.m.).

Courtesy of The Indiana Fever


Mercury waives Yuko Oga - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury today announced that Yuko Oga (5'7''-G-82) has been waived. Oga has chosen to return to Japan to fully recover from an injury suffered this past offseason. The Mercury training camp roster now stands at 13.

Oga suffered a fracture dislocation to the radius and ulna in her left wrist on Feb. 7, 2009 while playing in Japan and underwent successful surgery on Feb. 9.

'Yuko showed a lot of heart in the way she tried to fight through the pain that she's been suffering during training camp,' said Head Coach Corey Gaines. 'As camp progressed, the pain returned and she was unable to play to her potential. Despite the incredible job her doctors did on the surgery, she's unable to participate in full contact basketball at this time and needs to return home to fully recover.'

'We respect Yuko's decision to return to Japan, which was a very difficult one,' said General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. 'It was unfortunate that she couldn't continue to perform at the level that she expected of herself. We wish her the best in her recovery.'

Oga, nicknamed 'Shin', became just the second Japanese player in WNBA history (Mikiko Hagiwara) when she appeared in 23 games for the Mercury in 2008. In her first season in Phoenix, she averaged 2.4 points in 7.8 minutes.

The Phoenix Mercury tips off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6 vs. the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tickets for the home opener are on sale now and start at just $10. The first 6,000 through the doors on opening night will receive a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of the Arizona Lottery. Fans who would like to receive ticket offers prior to public on sale dates can sign up to become a member of Downtown Live free of charge at phoenixmercury.com. For tickets and information, call (602) 252-WNBA or visit phoenixmercury.com.

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