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Ventspils land Armands Skele - by Eurobasket News
Armands Skele (192-G-83) has agreed on terms of contract with the Latvian champions Ventspils. The Latvian guard started the season in Martos Napoli. He tallied 5.8 points, 1.5 boards and 1.2 assists per game before the team went bankrupt and Skele became free agent. Last season Armands Skele played for Barons/LMT in Latvia. He tallied 16.8 points, 4.3 boards and 3.2 assists per game in the LBL. In EuroCup his stats read 11.3 points, 4.0 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals, while in Baltic League the guard notched 16.3 points, 4.9 boards and 3.1 assists per appearance. Armands Skele travelled to Poland last year to play for the Latvian National Team at the 2009 EuroBasket. There the guard delivered 7.3 points, 1.7 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Baltic-League Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nevezis - Siauliai 84-100
Siauliai posted the 9th win as they knocked down Nevezis on the road. Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) delivered 19 points and 9 boards for Siauliai. Vytautas Sarakauskas added 18 points in the winning effort. Darius Gvezdauskas replied with 28 points for Nevezis in defeat.

Lietuvos Rytas - VEF Riga 100-95
VEF Riga went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth frame but fell just short of win against Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius. Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 25 points and issued 11 assists to lead Lietuvos Rytas. Kenan Bajramovic and Aron Baynes added 15 points each in the victory. Sandis Valters responded with 27 points for VEF Riga. Taj McCullough added 19 points in defeat.

Nevezis - Ventspils 64-73
Ventspils made a successful trip to Lithuania as they fired past Nevezis. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the visitors. Ronalds Zakis added 13 points in the win. Egidijus Dimsa responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Nevezis.

Kalev/Cramo - Lietuvos Rytas 75-105
Lietuvos Rytas experienced little problems en route to the victory in Tallinn. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Martynas Gecevicius added 17 points for the Lithuanian team. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon accounted for 22 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas - Valmiera 98-62
Lietuvos Rytas jumped to a 14-1 record on top of the ladder after they cruised past Valmiera in Vilnius. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) provided 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Igor Milosevic added 16 points in the victory. Daviin Davis responded with 14 points for Valmiera.

Ventspils - Liepaja 99-71
Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Ventspils and the Latvian champions eased past Liepaja for the 11th win in the season. Dairis Bertans had 19 points for the winners. Aleh Kojenets responded with 28 points and 7 caroms in defeat.


LSB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Camaguey - Guantanamo 103-95
Yorman Polas (192-F-85) scored 26 points and made 8 steals to lead Camaguey past Guantanamo. Yunior Jimenez (192-G/F-85) notched 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for the winners. Alfredo Masso answered with game-high 35 points and 7 steals for Guantanamo.

Pinar - Guantanamo 94-70
Pinar cruised past Guantanamo for the ninth win. Yosiel Monterrey (185-G-88) provided 20 points for the winners. Ruslan Diaz had 19 points for Pinar. Elvis Pons replied with 23 points for Guantanamo.

Capitalinos - Santiago 91-82
Capitalinos celebrated the 17th win as they held off Santiago. Lisvan Valdes (194-G/F-88) scored 25 points to lead the charge. Orestes Torres nailed 13 points in the win. Damian Del Toro accounted for 18 points for Santiago.

Ciego de Avila - Holguin 88-73
Ciego de Avila recorded the 20th win in the championship as they eased past Holgiun at home court. Alexei Mestre (180-G-86) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Enrique Ramos contributed 14 points for the hosts. Henry Simon responded with 13 points for Holgiun. Alexei Fonseca had 11 points in defeat.


Stats Leaders - LIDOBA
SRT 2010 Stats Leaders


Four new teams added to GBPL - by Gianni Pascucci
According with the official GBPL website, the league increased its line-up of four new teams, three based in Texas, Austin Flame, Houston Astroids and San Antonio Airmen, and one based in Knox, Tennessee, the River City Red Wasps. This group of teams will compete in the so-named GBPL-2. This GPBL-2 will be a true developmental league and serve as a feeder link for the Global Professional Basketball League and its member teams. The goal of the GPBL will be to provide GPBL-2 team owners an platform where they can learn valuable experience in what it takes to own and manage a successful franchise. The GPBL-2 will serve those teams that currently play in smaller venues (300-1500 seats) while creating a business model that will help the teams make money.


D1 Standings
 1. ABC 2-0 
 2. Zenith 2-0 
 3. OBC 1-1 
 4. TBC 1-1 
 5. Generation 1-1 
 6. Ivestp 1-1 
 7. SOA 0-2 
 8. Phoenix 0-2 


Basketball Louis Borg Cup final - by Eurobasket News
Siggiewi lifted the Louis Borg Cup for a second time yesterday after beating Luxol 87-77 in extra time in the return leg at Ta' Qali. There was little difference between the two finalists over both matches with Siggiewi claiming the honour 152-150 on aggregate. Luxol had won the first leg by eight points but that advantage was wiped out by Siggiewi in the last few seconds with a Marco Matijevic basket - 77-69. Luxol captain Robert Azzopardi could have tilted the balance in his team's favour and avoided extra time yesterday but he failed to pot any of his two free-shots just before the final buzzer went off. Pivot Matijevic was the game's top scorer with 22 points.
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Falcons Outlast ECSU 63-59 For CIAA Men's Basketball Title - by Eurobasket
Duke Crews
Chris Jordan
Hayward Fain
Marquie Cooke
Jerry Hollis
All-CIAA guard Chris Jordan (6'2''-G) (Sr./Houston, Texas) scored 20 points, including eight in the final 1:28, as top-seed Saint Augustine's College rallied past No. 7 seed Elizabeth City State University 63-59 Saturday to win the CIAA men's basketball championship at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Falcons (26-4 overall) won their second CIAA crown and the first since 1997. They also set a modern school single-season mark for victories.
'I told them after the game how proud I am of them,' said Falcon Head Coach Lonnie Blow, Jr. 'They put their stamp on the basketball program. I told them they are champions for life. Nobody can take that away from them.'
Blow, the 2010 CIAA men's basketball coach of the year, led the Falcons to the crown in only his second season at Saint Augustine's College. A team featuring six seniors, the Falcons blew away the competition in the first two tournament games, winning by an average of 22.5 points. But the Vikings, playing without All-CIAA player Marquie Cook were formidable opponents.
The Vikings, who were seeded seventh when they captured the CIAA title in 2007, led 41-34 with 12:24 remaining in the game on a layup by Blake Price (5'10''-G), a speedy point guard who scored a team-high 14 points.
With the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena sensing an upset, the Falcons roared back to tie the score 51-51 on a layup by All-CIAA forward Hayward Fain (6'5''-F) (Jr./Akron, Ohio), a versatile player who finished eight points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.
After tying the game, the Falcons outscored the Vikings 12-8 in the final 3:43 to claim the championship. Jordan, the tournament MVP, scored eight points during the stretch including a two-handed dunk for a 63-53 lead with 30 seconds left.
The Falcons beat the Vikings in the paint to gut out the victory. They held a 42-28 rebounding edge including 15-9 in offensive rebounds. Fain led the Falcons in rebounding but forward Kalvin Patterson (6'7''-F/C) (Sr./Rocky Mount, N.C.) added six rebounds and guards Jordan and Brandon Hickson (6'1''-G) (Sr./Columbia, S.C.) contributed five rebounds each. The Falcons also scored 40 points in the paint, led by Patterson's 11 points.
The Falcons failed to make a three-pointer for the first time this season, but outshot the Vikings overall 44 percent to 39 percent.
'We did not play particularly well, but it is all about surviving and advancing,' Blow said. 'We got off to a slow start but we got in rhythm late and were able to execute.'
Steven Brignol (6'5''-G/F) (Sr./Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in eight points and Shaun Washum (6'6''-F) (Jr./Norfolk, Va.) added six points for the Falcons. Quintin Spady (6'2''-G) scored 13 and Angelo Sharpless (6'4''-G) added 12 for the Vikings, who have seven freshmen.
Coach Blow and his six seniors - Jordan, Brignol, Fain, George DeGroat (6'5''-F) (Sr./Portsmouth, Va.), Patterson and Hickson - will lead the Falcons to the NCAA Division II playoffs, starting with the regionals on March 13. They will find out who their opponent is when the selections are announced March 7.
'Hopefully, we will get a good draw,' Blow said. 'But we are a good road team. We are not afraid to play anywhere.'
Jordan and Fain were named to the All-Tournament team.
Courtesy of CIAA

CIAA 2009-10 Summary

Regular Season Standings

Eastern Division
1 Bowie St. 6-2
1 Virginia Union 6-2
3 Elizabeth City 3-5
3 Virginia St. 3-5
5 St.Paul's 2-6
Western Division
1 St.Augustine 9-1
2 Chowan Univ. 6-4
2 Johnson C. Smith 6-4
4 Shaw 4-6
5 Livingstone 3-7
6 Fayetteville St. 2-8

CIAA Tournament Final: St.Augustine - Elizabeth City State 63-59
CIAA Tournament Semifinals:
Elizabeth City State - Shaw 44-36
St. Augustine's - Chowan 84-62

CIAA All-Tournament MVP: Chris Jordan of St.Augustine

All-CIAA Team
Duke Crews (6'8''-F-88) of BSU
Lando Morrison (6'6''-F) of CU
Jerry Hollis (6'6''-F-87) of JCSU
James Dillard (6'5''-F-87) of JCSU
Hayward Fain of SAC
Rodney Callwood (6'6''-F) of SU
Michael Carpenter (6'4''-F) of FSU
Jaleel Nelson (6'5''-G) of CU
Marquie Cooke (6'3''-G-84) of ECSU
Jarred Stockton (6'4''-F/G-83, college: Jacksonville) of LC
Chris Jordan of SAC
Braxton Byerson (6'3''-G) of VUUU

CIAA All-Rookie Team
Nick Chamblee (6'0''-G) of St. Augustine
Dominic Milburn (6'2''-G) of Bowie State
Blake Price of Elizabeth City St.
Angelo Sharpless of Elizabeth City St.
Quintin Spady of Elizabeth City St.

All-CIAA Player of the Year: Duke Crews of BSU
All-CIAA Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Hyman (6'11''-F/C) of Bowie State
All-CIAA Rookie of the Year: Angelo Sharpless of Elizabeth City St.

Bridgeport Tops C.W. Post in ECC Title Game - by Eurobasket
Khaleef Allicott
Dave Boykin
Aaron Hall
Brian Hutchinson
Nemanja Jokic
Junior Jermaine Washington (Philadelphia, PA) scored 24 points off the University of Bridgeport bench and senior Steve Martin (5'10''-G) (Philadelphia, PA) the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, added 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half, as the top-seeded Purple Knights captured the 2010 East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Championship with a 70-61 win over the host and second seeded, C.W. Post University Pioneers. The win by Bridgeport snaps a 43-game home winning streak for the Pioneers, who are now 23-6. The win gives Bridgeport the East Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament that begins on Saturday. The win also raises UB's overall record to 23-8.
The win gives Bridgeport, the teams first-ever east Coast Conference men's basketball title, and the Purple Knights will be making back-to-back apearance in the NCAA Division II Championship.
C.W. Post was led by senior Nemanja Jokic (6'7''-F-84) with 19 points. Jokic was oined in double figures by freshman Jonathan Kohler (6'5''-G) and junior Aaron Hall (6'2''-F), who each netted 15 points.
'Our depth and experience proved to be the difference today, said Bridgeport head coach Mike Ruane . We were able to run guys in and out of he game which wore them down a bit at the end. C.W. Post is an excellent eam, and our experience with guys like Steve Martin and Jermaine ashington just worked to our advantage.'
Bridgeport will find out Sunday night at 9:30 p.m, who they will face in he NCAA Tournament.
Provided by Bridgeport Sports Information department.
Courtesy of Bridgeport

ECC 2009-10 Summary

ECC Regular Season Standings
1 Bridgeport 18-3
1 C.W. Post 18-3
3 Queens (NY) 14-7
4 Molloy 10-11
4 NYIT 10-11
6 Dowling 8-13
7 St.Thomas Aquinas 5-16
8 Mercy 1-20

ECC Tournament Final: Bridgeport - C.W. Post 70-61
ECC Tournament Semifinals:
Bridgeport - NYIT 76-50
C.W. Post - Queens (N.Y.) 71-62

ECC All-Tournament MVP: Steve Martin of Bridgeport

All-ECC 1st Team
Khaleef Allicott (6'0''-G) of Queens
Dave Boykin (6'3''-G) of Bridgeport
Aaron Hall of C.W. Post
Brian Hutchinson (6'6''-F) of Molloy
Nemanja Jokic of C.W. Post

All-ECC 2nd Team
Ra'Shad James (6'1''-G) of St. Thomas Aquinas
Jonathan Kohler of CW Post
Steve Martin of Bridgeport
Akim Neverson (6'6''-F) of Queens
David Seagers (6'2''-G) of Dowling
Jerrell Walker (6'6'') of NYIT

ECC All-Rookie Team
Justin Brown (6'4''-G) of St. Thomas Aquinas
Tyler Jones (6'0''-G) of Mercy
Jonathan Kohler of CW Post
Dominic Scurry (6'3''-G-89) of NYIT
Bryan Van Cott (6'4''-G/F) of Mercy

All-ECC Player of the Year: Khaleef Allicott of Queens
All-ECC Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Kohler of C.W. Post
All-ECC Co-Coach of the Year: Mike Ruane of Bridgeport and Tim Cluess of C.W. Post


Grizzlies recall Hasheem Thabeet from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have recalled rookie center Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87, college: Connecticut) from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League after less than two weeks in the minors.
The 7-foot-3 Thabeet was sent to the D-league on Feb. 25. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.17 blocks in six games with Dakota.

Thabeet, the second overall pick last year out of Connecticut, had averaged 2.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 50 games for the Grizzlies.

The 23-year-old is the highest drafted player to play in the NBA's minor league.

With the Wizards, he started four of six games and had a career-high 19 points Feb. 28 at Fort Wayne and a personal-best 18 rebounds March 5 at Tulsa. The Wizards were 5-1 during his stay.

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Kearse Named Jostens UBA International Player of the Month - by UBA media

UBA, March 17, 2008 SISU star Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) today was named the UBA Player of the Month presented by Jostens, for games played in Feb./March.

Kearse, who was first in the league in scoring this month, averaged 27.6 points to go along with 9.5 rebounds, helping SISU go 5-1 and earn the 2nd seed in the Danish Playoffs. Kearse scored 22 or more points in all of the teams six games, including two 30-plus point games. In a win over HIC on March 3, Kearse led SISU with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Last night in the opening round of the Danish Playoffs Kearse scored a career high 39 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the third Player of the Month nod for Kearse this season.

Here is a closer look at Keasre:

Mychal Kearse, SISU CPH
SISU vs. Horsens IC: Recorded 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 96-77 win over Horsens IC.
SISU @ BK AMAGER: Netted 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 98-96 win to AABY.
SISU vs. New Orleans: Tallied 39 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a 77-75 loss to AABY.

Kease was also named to the Danish All-Star game were he was named the games Most Valuable Player. (22pts, 10rbs, 5ast)*

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Kato named Team Japan Head Coach - by UBA media
Kazutoyo Kato has been named the Head Coach of Team Japan, which will participate in the UBA Playoff Classic in Atlanta, GA from July 16-18th.

A distinguished basketball personality in Japan, Kato has a long list of accolades as a former professional player in Japan and National team member. Starting out as a standout at Meijo University High School, Kato soon starred at Tsukuba University, where he led his team to the Intercollegiate Runner-Ups. Soon thereafter, he entered the pro ranks of the Nihon Basketball League (now JBL) with Sumitomo Metal Industries (1983-88) and was a member of a championship team during that tenure.

Kato also was a Japan National Team member from 1977-1988 and has had a chance to travel with the team in many competitions around the world including Bucharest, Vancouver, Philippines and Hawaii to name a few. Kato has 11 years experience as a High School coach in Aichi prefecture.

Currently, Kato seeks to spread the upbringing of basketball in Japan by developing grass-roots activities. He teaches primary, junior high, high school and university students all over Japan a unique viewpoint and guidance method. Kato is the Director of Japan Hoops Net Club (NPO), lecturer at Aichi University (Mind and Body Science Department) and a Representative of the Rising Wave Basketball Club.

''Kato's experience as a top-level player and coach in Japan is exactly what we were looking for when considering a coach for Team Japan,'' said UBA commissioner J.D. Barnes. ''He is well respected, will be able to relate to the players and has a wealth of knowledge about the game. His involvement in the community also reinforces our vision.''


Women News

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Luxol spoil Hibs' perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Luxol moved into second place at the end of the first phase of the women's league after they inflicted the first defeat on leaders Hibs Medsea. Third-placed Depiro McDonald's saw off Loyola Allcare Insurance while Honey Athleta completed the double over Starlites Sports Experience.

In the most eagerly-awaited clash of the weekend, it was Luxol who produced the better finish to win a closely-fought game. Though the match never reached high standards, it was nonetheless a nail-baiting affair with leaders Hibs edging the first quarter 7-6.

Hibs extended their lead to 12-8 in the early stages of the second quarter but suddenly Luxol found their rhythm to dominate the remaining minutes, going in for the break 21-14 ahead.

The champions regained their composure and a 14-point run in the second half of the third quarter put Hibs six points in front, 30-24.

Luxol netted the opening seven points of the last session to regain the lead 31-30 but Hibs made a reaction to open a three-point gap, 34-31.

Up to this stage, Luxol's top-scorer Steffi Demartino had had a quiet match but she came good when it mattered most, potting the last four points of the match for a 35-34 victory.

Depiro recovered from a slow start to ease past Loyola 45-24. After Loyola led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, Depiro stepped up their game to go 19-13 ahead at half-time. Depiro were never troubled until the final buzzer.

Athleta needed extra-time to gain their fourth victory at the expense of Starlites who are still searching for their first win.

It was the Starlites who forced the early tempo to lead 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. At half-time, Starlites were 31-18 ahead but Athleta came back strongly after the interval.

After reducing the gap to six points, 40-34, ahead of the last 10 minutes, Athleta managed to force extra time thanks to a Dorien Jager basket, 51-51. In a close finish, Athleta had the last laugh as they pulled off a 60-58 victory.

Standings: Hibs 23 (11-1); Luxol 22 (10-2); Depiro 21 (9-3); Loyola 17 (5-7); Athleta 16 (4-8), St Andrews 16 (4-8); Starlites 12 (0-12).

Next fixtures
Men's BOV KO semi-finals: Saturday, 16.45 Athleta vs Luxol. Sunday, 14.30 Depiro vs Loyola.

Women's league: Sunday, 09.15 Loyola vs Starlites; 11.00 Athleta vs St Andrews.
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