EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/17/2010

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  ABA   


Some ABA playoff results - by Gianni Pascucci
During the weekend, the Sacramento Heatwave beat # 7 Clayton Showtime 119-114 in Northern California playoff, advancing to the the Northern California Championship Game against the San Francisco Rumble who defeated the California Sea Kings in the second semi-final game. The Division Final will be played on Friday, March 19. In the North Central playoff, the Chicago Steam prevailed, 116-111 over the Lake Michigan Admirals, advancing they too to the Division Final game. Veteran Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston) was the game top performer at 31 pts for the Steam


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Cibona 19-5 
 2. Partizan 18-5 
 3. Hemofarm 16-9 
 4. Buducnost 14-10 
 5. U.Olimpija 14-10 
 6. KK Zagreb 14-11 
 7. Cedevita 12-12 
 8. Zadar 12-13 
 9. Crvena Zvez. 11-14 
 10. Siroki Eronet 11-14 
 11. Radnicki K. 10-14 
 12. FMP 9-16 
 13. Bosna S. 5-18 
 14. Helios 5-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  MMC Real M.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Tomic, KK.17.9 
 2. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.17.1 
 3. Zizic, Cedevita17.0 
 4. Bazdaric, Cedevita16.5 
 5. Tomas, Cibona14.8 
 6. Zoric, KK.14.4 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm14.2 
 8. Videnov, Crvena Z.13.9 
 9. Simon, KK.13.9 
 10. Delic, Helios13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  MMC Real M.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tomic, KK.8.9 
 2. Mason, Siroki E.8.0 
 3. Maric, Partizan7.4 
 4. Zoric, KK.6.8 
 5. Roberts, Partizan6.7 
 6. Ruzic, Zadar6.6 
 7. Raduljica, FMP6.2 
 8. Vranes, Partizan5.9 
 9. Zizic, Cedevita5.9 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Feliks KOJADINOVIC
  Bosna S.
  (197-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.5.7 
 2. Mocnik, Helios5.5 
 3. Markovic, Hemofarm4.8 
 4. Mason, Siroki E.4.6 
 5. Anderson, Cedevita4.5 
 6. Gordon, Cibona4.5 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.4 
 8. Aleksic, Radnicki K.4.2 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.0 
 10. Stipcevic, Zadar4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Partizan
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCalebb, Partizan2.4 
 2. Walsh, U.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Roberts, Partizan1.8 
 4. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 5. Krstic, KK.1.7 
 6. Stipcevic, Zadar1.6 
 7. Otasevic, Buducnost1.6 
 8. Markovic, Hemofarm1.6 
 9. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.1.6 
 10. Sehovic, Bosna S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.3 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.2 
 4. Plaisted, Zadar0.8 
 5. Golubovic, U.Olimpija0.7 
 6. Marjanovic, Hemof.0.7 
 7. Maric, Partizan0.7 
 8. Tomic, KK.0.7 
 9. Samardziski, FMP0.6 
 10. Musli, FMP0.6 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bogut, Roy named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) and the Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) were named on Monday the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played March 8-14.

Bogut led Milwaukee to a 3-0 week, which included wins over the Celtics and Jazz. Bogut led the league in blocks of 3.67 and was second in rebounding of 13.7, while scoring 19.3 points per game.

With a point-rebound double-double in each game, Bogut now has 32 double-doubles on the season, placing him eighth in the NBA.

The Trail Blazers posted a 4-0 week behind Roy, who scored 27.0 points on 56.7 percentage of shooting. Roy's 41-point effort on March 11, in a win at Golden State marked his third 40-plus point effort of the season.

With his two three-point makes against the Kings on March 12, Roy moved into ninth place on the Trail Blazers' all-time three- point field goals list.


Courtesy of http://en.ce.cn


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin HOUSTON
  Arkadia
  (193-G/F-76)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Houston, Arkadia23.3 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden21.0 
 3. Francois, Gussing19.4 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.8 
 5. Paez, Oberwart18.2 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia18.2 
 7. Penigar, Furstenf.17.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg17.5 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.17.2 
 10. Dilys, Arkadia17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Johnson, Oberwart9.1 
 2. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.7 
 3. Houston, Arkadia8.3 
 4. Penigar, Furstenf.7.9 
 5. Conley, Wels7.8 
 6. McCandies, Worth.7.6 
 7. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing7.4 
 9. Moric, Klostern.6.9 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  Gmunden
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Boylan, Gmunden5.3 
 2. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.4.9 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.4.6 
 5. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.3 
 6. Zeleznik, UBSC G.4.1 
 7. Creddle, Klostern.3.9 
 8. Richards, Gussing3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Vienna3.7 
 10. Conley, Wels3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.2 
 2. O''Neal, Vienna2.1 
 3. Roderick, Arkadia2.1 
 4. Payton, Vienna2.1 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 6. Penigar, Furstenf.1.8 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 8. Jandl, St.Polten1.7 
 9. Woschank, Kapfe.1.6 
 10. Richards, Gussing1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.2 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.8 
 5. Francois, Gussing0.7 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 
 8. Bralovic, Arkadia0.6 
 9. Levy, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.5 


A Bundesliga Round: 5 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Wels - Furstenfeld 70-74
Furstenfeld closed Round 5 of the second stage with important road win against Wels. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) stepped up for the Panthers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) followed him with 20 pts. On the other side, Tilo Klette replied with 19 points and 7 boards. Furstenfeld stays No.1 with 24-3 score, while Wels dropped to 19-8.

Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 77-87
Melvin Creddle (185-G-82, college: Mount Olive) led the winners in scoring with 17 points, Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) (6 rebs) and Christoph Nagler had 16 points each, while Curtis Bobb helped with 15 points. Armin Woschank answered with 15 points and 7 assists in defeat. Klosterneuburg 20-7, Kapfenberg 15-12.

Gmunden - Arkadia 77-69
Gmunden was better than Arkadia improving to 21-6. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) once again was a key player in Gmunden draining 19 points. Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) had 16 points and 7 boards, while Ian Boylan added 11 pts and 9 assists in this victory. Kevin Houston collected 17 pts and 7 boards in loss. His team dropped to 14-13.

Group B
Worthersee - Gussing 73-83
Gussing jumped to 8-19 in Group B mostly owing to Jean Francois (197-F-80, college: Georgia Southern) and Marcus Heard (201-F-84, college: DePaul), who scored 26 and 24 points respectively. Heard grabbed 8 rebounds beside that. In Worthersee (4-23), Rasid Mahalbasic shined with 28 points and 13 boards.

Vienna - UBSC Graz 72-73
Second win of the season for Graz, who stays the last ranked team in Group B. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds in this victory. Damir Rajkovic (201-F-77) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds in defeat, and his Viena faced with 20th defeat in 27 appearances.

Oberwart - St.Polten 71-81
David Jandl (180-G-84, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points leading his St Polten to 15th victory of the season. They remain on top of Group B standings. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) followed Jandl with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Hannes Artner and Anthony Paez posted 17 points each in loss. Their Oberwart dropped to 13-14.



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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 19-2 
 2. Zrinjski MC 13-7 
 3. Sloboda Dita 13-8 
 4. Capljina 12-9 
 5. Hercegovac 11-10 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 10-11 
 7. Borac Nektar 9-12 
 8. Mladost MG 8-13 
 9. Sutjeska 8-13 
 10. Celik 8-13 
 11. Grude 7-13 
 12. Slavija 7-14 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Siroki Eronet
 2. Bosna S.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 16-4 
 2. Universo/BRB 16-4 
 3. Vivo/Franca 16-6 
 4. Pitagoras/Minas 14-6 
 5. Ciser/Joinville 11-9 
 6. Pinheiros/Sky 11-10 
 7. S.Jose/Vinac 10-11 
 8. Amigao/Assis 9-11 
 9. GRSA/Bauru 9-11 
 10. Palmeiras/Lupo 8-13 
 11. CETAF 8-13 
 12. Paulistano 7-14 
 13. Londrina 6-14 
 14. Saldanha 3-18 


Vivo/Franca prevail against Joinville in Round 22 - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca recorded the 16th win in the season as they overcame Joinville 91:77 at home court. The hosts bravely entered the encounter and built a 24:20 lead at the first intermission. Vivo/Franca established a 52:39 lead at the interval. Joinville could not trim the deficit in the third frame and found themselves trailing by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter. Joinville won the fourth stanza but it was too late to save the encounter. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) scored 22 points to lead the way for Vivo/Franca. Harper Williams (200-F-71, college: Massachusetts) added 16 points for the winners. Tiago Valentin De Lima and Shilton dos Santos finished with 16 points each in defeat.
Flamengo climbed back on top of the ladder after they registered the 16th win. The defending champions upset Paulistano 86:77 away from home. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 33 points to lead the visitors. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) and Guilherme Teichmann had 17 points each in the victory. Paulistano responded with 28 points from Paulinho Boracini. Luiz Felipe provided 17 points in the loss.
GRSA/Bauru posted the 9th victory as they held off visiting CETAF 80:72. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) knocked down 24 points to pace the hosts. Fernando Fischer had 13 points for the winners. Tramaine Stevens (200-G/F-87, college: Morehead St.) had 18 points for CETAF as they fell at 8-13 record.
Sao Jose escaped with a 71:70 victory against Pinheiros. Wanderson Trigueiro (204-F/C-81) tossed in 17 points for the visitors. Fulvio de Assis notched 16 points in the winning effort. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) was responsible for 21 points in the loss.



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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 32
 1. Emmett, Shandong32.0 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang30.6 
 3. Pickett, Shaanxi29.8 
 4. Edwards, Shaanxi29.3 
 5. Rodgers, Jilin28.5 
 6. White, Zhejiang.27.9 
 7. Lucas, Shanghai27.2 
 8. Wang, Bayi26.7 
 9. Brown, Zhejiang C.26.1 
 10. Mays, Beijing26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo COLLINS
  Ponce
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Collins, Jilin15.4 
 2. Mays, Beijing13.2 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.1 
 4. Harvey, Jiangsu12.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Liaoning12.3 
 6. Swift, Shandong11.8 
 7. Williams, Fujian11.6 
 8. Brown, Beijing11.6 
 9. Okosa, Qingdao DS11.4 
 10. Williams, Zhejiang C.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stephon MARBURY
  Shanxi Zh.
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Marbury, Shanxi Z.9.5 
 2. Lu, Fujian7.2 
 3. Parker, Guandong6.0 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu5.1 
 5. Fahed, TianJin R.4.9 
 6. Liu, Shanghai4.7 
 7. Lucas, Shanghai4.7 
 8. Allen, Xinjiang4.5 
 9. Kelley, DongGuan4.4 
 10. Carr, Jilin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Williams, Qingd.3.8 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu3.7 
 3. Parker, Guandong2.9 
 4. Pickett, Shaanxi2.6 
 5. Marbury, Shanxi Z.2.6 
 6. Allen, Xinjiang2.4 
 7. Emmett, Shandong2.4 
 8. Wang, Bayi2.3 
 9. Porter, Fujian2.3 
 10. Okosa, Qingdao DS2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Fujian
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Williams, Fujian4.4 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Swift, Shandong3.1 
 4. Collins, Jilin2.8 
 5. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.2 
 6. Xu, Bayi2.2 
 7. Wang, Bayi2.1 
 8. McCoy, Fujian1.8 
 9. Watkins, Jiangsu1.8 
 10. Simmons, DongGuan1.8 


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  CROATIA   


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. Zabok 12-6 
 2. Svjetlost 12-6 
 3. Trogir 12-6 
 4. Darda 11-7 
 5. Borik 10-8 
 6. KK Split 9-9 
 7. Dubrava 8-10 
 8. Dubrovnik 8-11 
 9. Sibenik 5-13 
 10. Kastela 4-15 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Cedevita
 2. KK Zagreb
 3. Cibona
 4. Zadar


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Bizaca, Trogir25.3 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava20.2 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost19.4 
 4. Mrva, Borik16.7 
 5. Filipovic, Sibenik16.5 
 6. Bilan, Sibenik16.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda15.6 
 8. Ivanov, Borik14.4 
 9. Mimica, KK Split14.2 
 10. Sakic, Dubrava14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Svjetlost
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.5 
 2. Bilan, Sibenik10.4 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir7.9 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.2 
 5. Maric, Dubrava7.1 
 6. Rahimic, Sibenik7.0 
 7. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 8. Sakic, Dubrava6.9 
 9. Macura, KK Split6.8 
 10. Krolo, Darda6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Siroki Eronet
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.1 
 2. Sumic, KK Split4.9 
 3. Cosic, Svjetlost4.1 
 4. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 5. Bubalo, Sibenik3.7 
 6. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 7. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.6 
 8. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 9. Blajic, Trogir3.4 
 10. Radic, Dubrovnik3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.9 
 2. Sumic, KK Split2.8 
 3. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 4. Petkovic, Sibenik2.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok1.9 
 6. Cosic, Svjetlost1.9 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.9 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir1.7 
 9. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.6 
 10. Katic, KK Split1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Macura, KK Split1.4 
 2. Bilan, Sibenik1.1 
 3. Vladovic, Sibenik1.0 
 4. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 5. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 6. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 7. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 
 8. Culjak, Dubrava0.6 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.6 
 10. Najev, KK Split0.5 


Vedran Princs signs with Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Vedran Princ (192-G-82) has found a new club as he has agreed a deal with Ventspils. Croatian guard has left Cibona at the beginning of this year after not being able to settle in the squad at the start of the season. He will be second Croatian player in Ventspils lineup, as Mateo Kedzo is already playing there. Princ will try to help Ventspils improve its position both in Baltic league and Latvian championship, where they are currently in fifth place. If everything goes according to plans, Princ should make his Ventspils debut soon.
Vedran Princ started his career with Zrinski Soko Mostar before moving to Feal Siroki Brijeg in 2002. With Siroki he has won numerous trophies including 3 League titles and 2 national cups. After 5 seasons with Siroki, where he became a valuable role player, Princ was signed by Cibona in 2007. In his first year with the club, he appeared in 16 League games, averaging 7.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 56.0% from the field. Following season Princ averaged 2.3 points in 24 Adriatic league games, while in Croatian League he played in 15 games and posted averages of 5.8 points 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while converting 85.7% of his 2 point attempts. Princ demonstrated moments of brilliance last season, helping his team win the National Cup. With Cibona he has also won National Title last season after his team was better than Zadar in Playoff finals. Before leaving Cibona, Princ has appeared in 13 Adriatic league games and has posted averages of 2.5 points. In Euroleague, he has played in 8 games and has averaged 3.7 points and 1.0 rebound.
Meanwhile, Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) was released by Ventspils.


Split appoints new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to reports from Croatian media, BC Split has changed Head Coach once again. The turmoil within the club continues, and this time it was Boris Kurtovic who had to pay the price. Kurtovic was sacked by the clubs management after failing to reach place in the second stage of the Croatian league, which could lead to place in Adriatic League. Reportedly, his replacement will be Mladen Vuskovic who has been working with youth categories within the club. Vuskovic is a familiar face, having already worked as Head coach at Split during 2001-2002 season. Clubs President Dino Radja has stated that he believes that Vuskovic was the best solution as new Head Coach since he is already familiar with the squad. It is expected that Vuskovic will also lead U18 team who will be defending the title they won last year. This should not interfere with Senior squad duties.
Mladen Vuskovic got his first Head Coaching job in 1997 when he was appointed as Head Coach of Siroki Brijeg. In his debut season, he led Siroki to National Title in Bosnian League. Season later he moved to Troglav Livno who also competed in Bosnian League. In 2001, Vuskovic signed a deal with Croatia Osiguranje Split but has resigned from the position in March of 2002. During season 2003-2004, Vuskovic returned to Siroki but has yet again left the club in March of 2004. From 2006 until 2008, Vuskovic worked as Head Coach of Croatian outfit Svijetlost. He had fairly good results with the team, and in 2008 he coached at the Croatian League All-Star Game.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Phoenix Suns assign Earl Clark to D-League's Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns assigned rookie forward Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr.

The 6-10, 225-pound Clark was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick (first round) of the 2009 NBA Draft and has appeared in 45 games this season for Phoenix. Clark will spend his first stint in the D-League.

The three-year standout at the University of Louisville, Clark owns averages of 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes this season for the Suns. Clark has scored in double figures three times in 2009-10, including a career-high 14 points off the bench Nov. 27 at Minnesota.

Currently sixth in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Suns (41-26) return to action Tuesday night, hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-53) at US Airways Center at 7 p.m. Phoenix time. The game can be seen locally on FOX Sports Arizona and heard on Sports 620 KTAR.


Courtesy of http://phoenix.fanster.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 32-11 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 26-15 
 3. Dakota W. 23-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 18-25 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 14-27 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 30-12 
 2. Austin T. 25-15 
 3. Maine R.Claws 24-17 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 24-18 
 5. Albuquerque 18-25 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 22-20 
 2. Idaho S. 20-21 
 3. Reno Bighorns 19-20 
 4. Bakersfield J. 15-27 
 5. Los Angeles D. 13-26 
 6. Springfield A. 7-34 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Hairston, Austin T.29.1 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande26.9 
 3. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.23.5 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.21.7 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.21.6 
 9. Gee, Austin T.21.0 
 10. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.8 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Johnson, Sioux F.12.1 
 4. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 5. Butch, Bakersfi.11.3 
 6. Harris, Rio Grande10.2 
 7. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.0 
 8. Barron, Iowa E.10.0 
 9. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.0 
 10. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.6 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande10.0 
 3. Blalock, Reno B.7.5 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.7.4 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers7.2 
 6. Barrett, Idaho S.7.1 
 7. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 8. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 9. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.7 
 2. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 3. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Robinson, Los A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.2.0 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.6 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.3 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 6. Benson, Reno B.1.8 
 7. Daniels, Bakersfi.1.7 
 8. Trybanski, Reno B.1.6 
 9. Dorsey, Rio Grande1.5 
 10. McKenzie, Idaho S.1.5 


Heat sign Kenny Hasbrouck to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Even in the midst of a playoff race, the Miami Heat has decided to turn its focus to the future.

Rather than add a veteran point guard to fill the roster vacancy created by the move of Rafer Alston to the suspended list, the Heat has opted for developmental project Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86, college: Siena), signing him to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

Hasbrouck will wear jersey No. 4.

Hasbrouck, who spent last summer in the team's developmental camp before an injury kept him out of training camp, had been playing minor-league ball with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

Because the Heat has two vacant roster spots, it was in position to sign Hasbrouck for the balance of the season, as well as to a team option for next season.

'He's got a strong body, has a knack for penetrating, getting into the paint, and he improved his shooting over the summer,' coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We don't really know what his natural position is. This summer, we had him strictly as a point.

'We liked him. We didn't want to cut him. Then he got hurt.'

Hasbrouck, a 6-foot-3 combo guard that the Heat was trying to convert into a point guard last summer, had been averaging 16.9 points in the D-League. He had helped lead Siena to the NCAA Tournament in each of the previous two seasons, going undrafted last June.

Former Heat point guard Mike James had been hopeful of getting an audition with the team.

Because he has not played in the NBA this season, Hasbrouck is eligible for the Heat's playoff roster.


Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Thunder sign Mustafa Shakur to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. Shakur was a free-agent call up from the Tulsa 66ers, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Thunder.

Shakur, a D-League All-Star, was averaging 20.7 points (9th in the D-League) while shooting 50.3% from the floor (295-587 FG), 7.2 assists (4th in D-League), 2.3 steals (3rd in D-League) and 39.4 minutes in 40 games with the 66ers.

A 6-3, 190 pound guard, Shakur went undrafted out of the University of Arizona in 2007. Shakur was on the Arizona team that eliminated Oklahoma State from the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in 2005. He spent the previous three seasons playing overseas with Prokom Trefl Sopot of the Polish League (2007-08), Tau Cermica of ACB Spanish League (2008-09) and most recently with Panellinios BC of the Greek A1 League (2009).


Shakur will wear uniform No. 11.

Courtesy of www.newsok.com


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EBA Announces Teams for Championship Play-off Series - by EBA Media
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Defending league champions, Delaware Destroyers, will enter the 2010 Championship Play-off Series as the top seed. Delaware, from the Mid-Atlantic Division in the Northern Conference, has an 11 and 1 record. They will play the #4 seed out of the Mid-Atlantic Division, Harrisburg Horizon (8-2) in the Round of 8.

New York Wizards (10-1), Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers (10-1), and Washington Madness (9-2) hold down the remaining #1 seeds in the brackets.

The Wizards will play the Elmira Bulldogs (9-2); Norfolk takes on the Metropolitan (Washington, DC) All-Stars (7-5); and Washington will round out the series with a game against the NoVa Hawks (7-4).

Round of 8 games are scheduled at the top seeds' home courts on March 20th and 21st. The Championship series will follow on March 27th and 28th.

EBA Round of 8
Northern Conference

Mid-Atlantic Division
Harrisburg Horizon @ Delaware Destroyers
Sunday, March 21, 2010 1:00PM
WM HICKS ANDERSON COMMUNITY CENTER
501 N. Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Empire Division
Elmira Bulldogs @ New York Wizards
Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:00PM
LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY 11545

Southern Conference

Dominion Division
Metropolitan All-Stars @ Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers
Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:00PM
ATLANTIC SHORES CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL GYM
1217 N. Centerville Turnpike, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Capital Division
NoVa Hawks @ Washington Madness
Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:00PM
EMERY RECREATION CENTER
5701 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20011



Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gerald Carter 33.1 Hudson Valley Hype
2 Louis McCroskie 30.2 Hudson Valley Hype
3 Justin Carter 29.5 Garden State Rebels
4 Djuan Hankins 28.9 Salem Mustangs
5 Bobby Moore 26.5 Connecticut Stallions
Rebounds Per Game
1 Calvin Brown 13.1 Metropolitan All-Stars
2 Jason Clark 11.7 Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers
3 Derryck Alexander 11.4 Garden State Rebels
4 Rashaun Wilson 11.3 Garden State Rebels
5 Devon Neckles 11 Beltway Bombers
Assists Per Game
1 Brett Godette 9.7 Garden State Rebels
2 Haron Hargrave 8.8 Elmira Bulldogs
3 Kareem Collins 7 Beltway Bombers
4 Brandon Weldon 7 DE Destroyers
5 Perry King 6.5 Beltway Bombers
Steals Per Game
1 Warren Jeffries 4.4 Washington Madness
2 Lou Ford 4.2 Washington Madness
3 Haron Hargrave 3.4 Elmira Bulldogs
4 Dometreus Kemp 3 Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers
4 Hugh Jones 3 Washington Madness
4 Bernard Clark 3 Garden State Rebels
4 Bobby Moore 3 Connecticut Stallions
4 Perry King 3 Beltway Bombers
Blocks Per Game
1 Jason Clark 5.5 Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers
2 Kirk Stewart 3.7 Elmira Bulldogs
3 James Grant 3.5 Virginia Wolverines
4 Makal Stibbins 3.5 Harrisburg Horizon
5 Jason Fraser 3.3 New York Wizards


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Conference
Empire Div.
 1. New York W. 10-1 
 2. Elmira B. 9-2 
 3. Connecticut S. 4-7 
 4. Hudson V.H. 2-10 
Mid-Atlantic Div.
 1. DE Destroyers 11-1 
 2. Harrisburg H. 8-2 
 3. Garden St. R. 5-7 
 4. Newark P. 0-12 
Southern Conference
Capital Div.
 1. Washington M. 9-2 
 2. NoVa H. 7-4 
 3. M. All-Stars 7-5 
 4. Alexandria A. 4-7 
 5. Beltway B. 1-9 
Dominion Div.
 1. True Hope TB 10-1 
 2. Salem M. 3-6 
 3. Virginia W. 3-9 
 4. Hampton RC 1-9 


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NM1 Day 26: Week overview - by Chris Spiesser
Angers ESSL 78-75 Blois
Boulogne 76-74 St-Etienne
Cognac 57-83 Angers BC
Le Puy 95-76 GET Vosges
Bayonne 74-101 Denain
CFBB 77-88 Lievin
Longwy 81-98 Challans
St-Quentin 66-78 Chalons
Reims 85-84 St-Chamond

Le Puy 110-86 CFBB (counts for Day 30)

All the leaders won this week-end. Only Blois and Bayonne lost among the teams virtually qualified for the playoffs (places 2-9). St-Quentin purses its bad trend with a fifth loss in a row which drives the picards in the second part of the league. An awfull second quarter (8-22) gave coach Van Butsele's team the lead of the game that St-Quentin couldn't reverse, shooting a poor 3/21 at 3pts. Denain impressed in Bayonne that got outscored 24-44 in second half. Bach, Gouacide and Gacko totalized 70 ranking points as they annihilated the local paint by scoring a clean 22/27 inside. Reims is still not in its best shape but an overtime one point win was enough to stay on top of the league. Le Puy was efficient in its two must-win games and stays in embush on top. In the bottom, the combinaison of those results put real danger on Cognac and St-Chamond which lost contact with the relegation line. The ESSL Angers made the best move of the week as they join the GET with a 12-14 balance. The angevins defeated Blois with a poor accuracy (25/62) but a huge solidarity that allowed them to clinch a win after having been trailing by 9pts at halftime.

The roster of the week:
Johan Rathieuville (ESSl Angers): 13pts, 7rbs, 10ass
Damien Pistre (Le Puy): 25pts (9/15), 3rbs, 4stl
Karim Atamna (Reims): 23pts, 7rbs
Jason Bach (Denain): 19pts (9/11), 8rbs, 3ass
Mathieu Boutry (Challans): 16pts, 13rbs, 4ass

Bench
Jerome Dessart (Lievin): 19pts (8/11), 9rbs
Mickael Bole (St-Chamond): 21pts, 5rbs
Deron Hayes (Angers BC): 17pts (5/6 3pts), 3rbs, 4ass
Amadou Gacko (Denain): 8pts (100%), 11rbs
Nils Gouacide (Denain): 24pts (10/15), 3rbs


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Superleague: Round 9 review - by Eurobasket News
Pelister - Feni Indistrija 76-111
Feni Industrija blasted Pelister on the road 76-111. The team from Kavadarci did a great job in third quarter finishing it with huge 8-35. Pelister was pretty good in the first half, but that was all from them this week-end. Last ten minutes of the game were just the formality. Slobodan Mihajlovski (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) shined for the winners with 23 points. Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) had 19 and Bosko Jovovic added two points less. In Pelister, Gorgi Anakievski delivered 26 pts. Krste Krstevski followed with 22 pts and 7 rebs.

Ovce Pole - Torus 82-89
Torus went to Ovce Pole and stole one from their hosts to remain in third place. First half was spent in exchanging leads with Ovce Pole winning first quarter 26-22 while Torus managed to turn the game by halftime as they have built 38-41. After the break, Torus increased the pressure and has won the third period 14-30 which gave them comfortable 52-71. In the final 10 minutes, it was Ovce Pole who took the game over and almost managed to complete the comeback. They won the final period 30-18, but still fell short as Torus went away with 82-89 win. Visiting team was led by Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) who poured in 24 points, as well as Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Jovan Markovski who added 20 and 19 points respectively. For Ovce Pole, Nebojisa Ristic was great after scoring 21 points, while Aleksander Held followed closely with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Rabotnicki - V.Osiguruvanje 73-83
Vardar Osiguruvanje recorded a win away from home as they were better than Rabotnicki. Visiting team had to work hard in order to erase 20-15 first quarter deficit. They increased their defensive pressure and by halftime they managed to turn the game to their favor taking the 31-40 lead. Third quarter was decisive, as Vardar players continued to increase their lead and with 10 minutes left t to play they were comfortably up 46-68. They routinely closed the game out and all Rabotnicki could do was to cut the deficit for final scored of 73-83. Igor Penov (203-F-84) led the winning side with 15 points, while Darko Radulovic (194-G-80) and Joco Nikolovski chipped in 14 points apiece. For Rabotnicki, Nenad Dilberovski and Marjan Todorov stood above others with 18 and 14 points respectively.



D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Places 1-6
 1. V.Osiguruvanje 23-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 21-4 
 3. Torus 14-11 
 4. Rabotnicki 10-13 
 5. Ovce Pole 9-15 
 6. Pelister 8-16 
Places 7-9
 1. Plejmejker K. 7-13 
 2. MZT Skopje 7-14 
 3. Vardar 2000 5-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Karadzovski, Torus19.8 
 2. Cekovski, Rabotnicki19.1 
 3. Ristic, Ovce Pole19.0 
 4. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje18.6 
 5. Held, Ovce Pole17.3 
 6. Dimcevski, Vardar 17.0 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.16.7 
 8. Life, Feni Indistrija15.9 
 9. Held, Pelister15.7 
 10. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgji CEKOVSKI
  Levski
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.3 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.0 
 3. Held, Pelister7.6 
 4. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.5 
 5. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 6. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Pavlovski, Torus7.1 
 8. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 9. Dimcevski, Vardar 6.6 
 10. Held, Ovce Pole6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister6.5 
 2. Samardziev, Feni I.5.4 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus4.8 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.6 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.3 
 6. Kocov, Vardar 20004.2 
 7. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 8. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 9. Ugrinoski, V.Osig.3.5 
 10. Tasevski, Torus3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister2.3 
 2. Bogojev, Feni I.1.8 
 3. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.6 
 4. Tasevski, Torus1.6 
 5. Kocov, Vardar 20001.5 
 6. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.5 
 7. Held, Ovce Pole1.4 
 8. Held, Pelister1.4 
 9. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.4 
 10. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.7 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.7 
 3. Pavlovski, Torus1.6 
 4. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 5. Kralevski, Plejme.1.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 8. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.6 
 9. Ilic, Vardar 20000.6 
 10. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.5 
 3. Copeland, TBB Trier16.0 
 4. Jenkins, ALBA15.5 
 5. Burns, ratiopharm15.1 
 6. Jeffers, LTi 46ers15.1 
 7. Reese, Dt.14.7 
 8. Suput, Brose B.14.6 
 9. Oliver, Goettingen14.3 
 10. Jenkins, Walter T.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.3 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.6 
 3. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.6 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.4 
 5. Doliboa, Dt.7.0 
 6. Burns, ratiopharm6.6 
 7. Boone, Goettingen6.6 
 8. Archibong, Duesseld.6.4 
 9. Oliver, Goettingen6.4 
 10. Turek, Phoenix .6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.3 
 2. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.7 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.6 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.4 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.5.2 
 6. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 7. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.8 
 8. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.7 
 9. Williams, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Foster, EWE B.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.1.9 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.8 
 4. Foster, EWE B.1.5 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.1.5 
 6. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 7. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 8. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm1.4 
 10. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose Baskets
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 2. Boumtje, EWE B.1.5 
 3. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.0 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm1.0 
 7. Majstorovic, EWE B.0.9 
 8. Barrett, Pad.Bask.0.9 
 9. Flomo, Telekom B.0.9 
 10. Visser, EnBW L.0.9 


Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 112-104 OT Win In Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) is a 25 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his first season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. Last season, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Brandone took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 112-104 OT win in Tuebingen.

A wild 112-104 win in overtime in Tuebingen. How good did it feel coming back to win and getting a winning streak going again?


It always feels good to win games especially on the road. Now time to focus on the next one.

Have you had any more wild games in Europe more wild than this?


Yes last year in Austria in an elimination quarter final game. My team came back from 20 points down with I think 15 minutes or less left to play. We went on to win the championship. One of the most memorable games ever for me.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig poured on 29 points in the first quarter. What was the biggest strength in the Braunschweig attack in the first 10 minutes.


We played great Defense, moved the ball and knocked down shots.

In the second quarter and third quarter, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen outscored Braunschweig 51-33. Why was Braunschweig having so many problems on defense?


I think we lost our focus. A few setbacks and a run by Tuebingen created a downward spiral that took too long to snap out of.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were trailing Tuebingen 68-62 after three quarters. What words of wisdom did coach Sebastian Machowski give the team?


We have to get stops on defense, be confident in our execution, and finish plays on offense.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were down 76-65 and staged a 25-13 run to overtake the lead 90-88 with 3 seconds left. Describe that incredible comeback?



We were able to get some stops. We also got some huge shots from Heiko Schaffartzik, then Mike Hicks, then Kevin Hamilton, then John Allen, oh yeah and my main man Tony 'T-Bone' Granz.

You gave Braunschweig the 90-88 lead. Explain that play?

I was able to sneak under the basket somehow wide open. John Allen found me over the defense... then I threw the ball off the backboard and did a backflip 360 reverse windmill... orrr thats how I remember it lol

How did Branislav Rathkovica get the last two free throws with 3 seconds remaining?


Tuebingen ran a cross screen out of bounds play and while screening me Ratkovica turned and sealed while I was trying to get through. They passed it too him and I got a foul while trying to get back between him and the passer.

In overtime The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig dominated scoring 22 points. What was key that brought the team over the hump?


Just hard defense and we were able to convert our efforts on offense as well.

What was the most important thing learned out of this win?



Effort, will, and focused determination can win games.

You scored 21 points. You must be happy since your goal is to get back to your scoring ways?



I am relieved to have a decent scoring game but only because I know its something I am capable of doing on a more consistent basis but winning is by far the most important and what makes me happy. Scoring 21 without the win would really mean very little.

163-44 what does that score tell you? BG Karlsruhe beat USC Freiburg in PRO A play 163-44. USC Freiburg had to play 38 minutes with only 3 players. How crazy is that?


I didnt even know they would let you play. Id like to give a special C'MON SON! for whoever thought a three man weave could keep you from getting beat by 119. Just joking really I commend the guys for the effort. I would've done the same. I hope somebody had a quadruple double.
Thanks Brandon for the chat.



Jason Boone (BG Goettingen) Post Game Thoughts To 85-76 Loss Against The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. He took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 85-76 loss against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

A tough 85-76 loss to The Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn which snapped your 8 game winning streak. The last loss was January 10th against En BW Ludwigsburg . How strange was it losing again? How tough is a loss like this mentally?


I think winning is a habit so it definitely was upsetting to lose like that in Bonn. It's easy to let one loss turn into two or three and our main goal right now is to bounce back against MBC.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn poured it on winning the first quarter 21-14. A very untypical start for BG Goettingen. Did Bonn adjust well against your pressure play and what was key in the first quarter?


Yeah I think they knew what to expect and did a good job of handling our initial wave. They came out with more energy and took that lead, and when you play catch-up all night it usually ends poorly for you.

BG Goettingen struck back in the second quarter to trail only 34-33 at halftime. What adjustments did BG Goettingen make in the second quarter?


Confidence and energy. We saw a couple of shots go in the basket, got a dunk or two and then we were able to use that momentum and make a game out of it.

In the third quarter, Bonn was back to their scoring ways making 21 points. How much of a menace was Ronald Dupree?


He played really well, whether the defense was on him or not he was doing what they pay him to do. When you force a guy into a turn-around fade away with a hand in face and it goes straight through the net, at some point you have to just say 'today is his day.'

In the fourth quarter, both teams teed up on each other as Bonn won the quarter 30-26. Did both teams decide to pack it in with playing defense?


Like us, Bonn is a pretty deep team so the pace of the game was fairly fast toward the end. I think both teams were still making an effort to defend but the bottom line is that shots were falling.

What words of wisdom did coach John Patrick give the team after the loss?



He reiterated the fact that any team in this league is beatable on any given night and that although we didn't play our best basketball in Bonn we need to stay focused on continuing to be one the best teams in the BBL.

How tough was it playing against Chris Ensminger. He had a double double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Did he unravel his hook shot against you? Can you learn things in a short time just playing against him?


There are definitely things that I've learned from playing with Michael Meeks this season and I'd imagine Ensminger is the same way. He's not more athletic than Flomo, as strong as Bowler or as good of a shooter as Olbrecht but I'm sure those guys are constantly learning from him. He's very effective.

163-44 what does that score tell you? BG Karlsruhe beat USC Freiburg in PRO A play 163-44. USC Freiburg had to play 38 minutes with only 3 players. How crazy is that?



That looks like my lifetime score on Spider Solitaire. That's pretty crazy but I'm more impressed with 3 guys scoring 44 points in 38 mins against 5 defenders. That seems like a lot.
Thanks Jason for the chat.



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Olympia Larissas sign Jason Fontenet - by Eurobasket News
Jason Fontenet (178-G-82, college: Oregon St.) has agreed on terms of contract with Olympia Larissas. The 27-year-old guard spent the previous season in Ukraine. He averaged 16.5 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 boards and 1.2 steals per game for Ferro-ZNTU. Earlier Jason Fontenet played for the Tulsa 66ers in the D-League. There his stats read 9.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per appearance. Fontenet graduated from the Oregon State University back in 2006.


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 27-3 
 2. Eiff.Towers 21-7 
 3. Giants 21-8 
 4. ZZ Leiden 18-12 
 5. M.Magix 18-13 
 6. DeFriesland 16-15 
 7. EclipseJet 11-19 
 8. Upstairs Weert 10-20 
 9. Landstede 5-26 
 10. Rotterdam 3-27 


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Yamhill HighFlyers announce roster for 2010 season, open offices in McMinnville - by Trask Frost
For Immediate Release: March 15, 2010
Contact: Yamhill HighFlyers General Manager, Eric Bailey, ericbailey@ymail.com

Yamhill HighFlyers announce roster for 2010 season
Franchise also announces new offices in McMinnville, hire new staff

Yamhill County, Oregon--The Yamhill HighFlyers, who are entering their first full season in the International Basketball League, are proud to announce their roster for the 2010 season. The roster features Division 1 level talent from top to bottom. The team currently has 11 players under contract and is finalizing agreements with 2 to 3 others. The franchise is also pleased to announce the opening of offices in McMinnville along with new team staff.

Team Background: The Yamhill HighFlyers played 9 games in 2009, 2 home and 7 road games, as part of their branding seasona coming soon mode the IBL uses to help teams create a fan base and prepare for their first full season in the league. The HighFlyers won their first game in franchise history on May 28th, 2009 with a home victory against the Japan Tornadoes 140-121 in front of a strong home crowd. Chris Hunt and Jason Hartford were the stars of the 2009 season--both are set to return for 2010 and will be surrounded by an upgraded roster. The HighFlyers will play 23 games in 201010 home, 9 road, and 4 neutral site.

HighFlyers open up shop in McMinnville, hire staff: The HighFlyers franchise will be opening their first official offices early April in McMinnville, to be located at: 2090 NE Highway 99w Suite A, McMinnville, OR 97128. Fans will be able to stop by or call and purchase season tickets and ask any questions they may have about our first full season in the league. The franchise is also happy to announce the hiring of new staff which will help operate the team during the 2010 season. Courtney Purcell, who brings with her several years of game day operations experience with Portland Timbers Soccer, Portland Beavers Baseball, and Gateway Grizzlies Baseball, was recently hired as the HighFlyers official Game Day Operations Manager. Aaron Fahsholz and Michael Harman will come on board as official interns for the franchise. And the team is currently finalizing interviews to hire two season ticket and sponsorship sales reps. HighFlyers General Manager Eric Bailey--'These staff hires and the opening of a new office in McMinnville show our commitment to our fans and to the people of Yamhill County that we plan on being a fixture in the community for years to come.'

HighFlyers 2010 Roster and some highlights:
Head Coach Peter Sambu14 years of college and professional experience, including most recently as the lead assistant coach for the Edmonton Energy.

1) Nate Bowie, 6'0' point guard, University of Central Arkansas
-Led the Division 1 Southland Conference in scoring his senior year; averaged over 25 points per game in the IBL last year and is an overseas veteran

2) York Sims, 6'3' guard, University of Central Arkansas
-Athletic guard who can shoot from outside as well as get above the rim

3) Cheyenne Moore, 6'6' shooting guard, Clemson University/George Washington University
-Prolific dunker who can attack the rim

4) Curtis Nash, 6'5' shooting guard, UNC Charlotte
-Outstanding, pure shooter; overseas veteran with valuable experience; once had workout with Memphis Grizzlies

5) Paul Miller, 6'3' guard, Lane College
-Solid defender and penetrator, plays smart and within the game

6) Jason Hartford, 6'9' small forward, Cornell University
-Led Cornell to the NCAA tourney, averaged 29 points in the IBL last year and is an overseas, accomplished veteran

7) Chris Hunt, 6'6' small forward, Occidental College
-Averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds for the HighFlyers last year, including 41 points in one game

8) Damian Browne, 6'5' power forward, Eastern Oregon University
-Dominating rebounder, athletic with solid build and plays with intensity, IBL veteran

9) Tae Jackson, 6'7' power forward, Lincoln (MO) University
-Solid 10 points/10 rebounds in the IBL last year; great defender who can play tough around the rim

10) Durrell Nevels, 6'9' center, University of Central Arkansas
-Was 5th in all of NCAA Division 1 in shot blocking his junior year; great defender and rebounder

11) Alex Veit, 6'9' center, University of Hawaii
-Can get above the rim with ease

G.M.Eric Bailey--'We are very pleased with the roster we have put together and expect to compete right from the start. This is a solid pro-level team, with Division 1 level talent from top to bottom. This season should be very exciting for our fans.'

Additional HighFlyers team info can be found online at www.highflyersbasketball.com or www.iblhoopsonline.com
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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 17-4 
 2. Grindavik 16-5 
 3. Keflavik 16-5 
 4. UMFN 14-7 
 5. Stjarnan 14-7 
 6. Snaefell 13-7 
 7. Tindastoll 8-13 
 8. IR 7-13 
 9. Hamar 7-14 
 10. Fjolnir 7-14 
 11. Breidablik 5-16 
 12. FSU 1-20 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  FSU
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Williams, FSU27.5 
 2. Dabney, Hamar24.8 
 3. Valdimarsson, Ham.24.8 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan24.6 
 5. Smith, Fjolnir23.7 
 6. Burns, Keflavik21.5 
 7. Burton, Snaefell21.4 
 8. Caird, FSU21.3 
 9. Vilbergsson, Grind.21.3 
 10. Zdravevski, Stjar.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.7 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.0 
 3. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 4. Pantelic, Stjarnan10.6 
 5. Ermolinskij, KR10.1 
 6. Caldwell, Breidablik10.0 
 7. Daanish, Tindastoll9.4 
 8. Stefansson, UMFN9.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.8.8 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G/F-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Ermolinskij, KR9.4 
 2. Steinarsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 3. Burton, Snaefell7.4 
 4. Jonsson, Grindavik6.0 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.7 
 6. Dabney, Hamar5.4 
 7. Inge, KR5.2 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.4.9 
 9. Giovacchini, Tinda.4.6 
 10. Schmidt, Breidablik4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Inge, KR3.4 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR3.0 
 3. Williams, FSU2.8 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.7 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 6. Birmingham, Grindavik2.4 
 7. Bradford, UMFN2.3 
 8. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.3 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Pantelic, Stjarnan2.3 
 3. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.8 
 4. Stefansson, UMFN1.7 
 5. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 6. Daanish, Tindastoll1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 8. Caldwell, Breidablik1.4 
 9. Inge, KR1.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.3 


One round left - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last round in Iceland Express League will be exciting one. Not known who will be regular season Champions KR & Grindavik are the teams fighting for that. Not known who will be in 7th & 8 place and make it to play-offs. So next thursday when last round is played will be a interesting one.
Results from last round.
Tindastoll 94 R 90. Cedric Isom 29 for Tindastoll. Nemanja Sovic 33 for R.
KR 92 Keflavik 100 KR leading by as many as 20 points but threw it away with bad organized second half where too many players try to win it by their own. Brynjar Bjornsson 27 for KR. Draelon Burns 29 Uruele Igbavboa 25 for Keflavik
Grindavik 106 FSU 66. Pall Vilbergsson 28 Omar Saevarsson 22 for Grindavik Aleksas Zimnickas (203-F-83, college: Hartford) 30 Chris Caird 27 for FSU.
Breidablik 81 Fjolnir 93. Jonathan Schmidt 29 for Breidablik Chris Smith 25 for Fjolnir.
Hamar 73 Stjarnan 96 Marvin Valdimarsson 18 for Hamar. Djorde Pantelic 20 for Stjarnan.
Njardvik 70 Snaefell 96. Nick Bradford 28.for Njardvik. Jon Jonsson 25 for Snaefell


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Satria Muda borrowed Mario Wuysang from Garuda - by Anto Hanayudha
IBL defending champion Satria Muda Britama Jakarta borrowed guard Mario Wuysang from Garuda Flexi Bandung. Wuysang will play as starting point guard just for ABL competition. Wuysang replaced import player from Philippine guard Rensy Bajar. Bajar released by Satria Muda before new year. He will can play when Satria Muda face Kuala Lumpur Dragons from Malaysia at first ABL match this year. Last year Wuysang played in all IBL games. He also played in IBL tournament where Garuda reached until final four. Wuysang was IBL all star player and member of Indonesian national team. Satria Muda had a good recruitment to add their roster power.
(SMsite/ah)



Jakarta's Governor cup again held - by Anto Hanayudha
Jakarta's Governor basketball cup again held in 2010. Last tournament held in 1999. Twelve Indonesian basketball teams competed here from March 4 until March 13 at Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Building Jakarta. They consist of eight IBL teams and four KOBATAMA teams. The teams from IBL are Aspac (Jakarta), Bima Sakti Nikko Steel (Malang), Citra Satria (Jakarta), CLS Knights (Surabaya), Garuda Flexi (Bandung), Muba Hangtuah Indonesia Muda (South Sumatera), Pelita Jaya Esia (Jakarta) Stadium Bhinneka (Jakarta). Angsapura (Medan) and defending IBL champion Satria Muda Britama (Jakarta) did not take part in this event. The teams from KOBATAMA are Aliansi (Jakarta), Pasific Caesar (Surabaya), PIMNAD (Nangroe Aceh Darussalam) dan Sahabat (Semarang) PIMNAD is KOBATAMA champion last year. All teams divided into three groups. This tournament will present tough competition between team. Also will be an excellent warm up for all teams to face new season of IBL and KOBATAMA. The season will begin in the middle year.

Group A
Aspac

Muba Hangtuah Indonesia Muda
Pacific Caesar
Stadium Bhinneka
Group B

Bima Sakti Nikko Steel
Citra Satria
Garuda Flexi
PIMNAD
Group C

Aliansi
CLS Knights
Pelita Jaya Esia
Sahabat



New promoter for IBL 2010 - by Anto Hanayudha
After previous IBL promoter TVOne withdrawn before new season, PERBASI as official chief organisation basketball for Indonesia try to search new promoter. PERBASI never want IBL competition will absent this year. After waiting for several times, PERBASI have a positiveness about new IBL promoter. Development Basketball League (DBL) will be new IBL promoter for this year. DBL which centered at Surabaya East Java is a basketball promoter for high school competitions. DBL headed by Azrul Ananda as commissioner and under one of giant media company in Indonesia Jawa Pos Group. PERBASI and DBL will cooperation for next three seasons. DBL will be only one promoter which interested held IBL this year. PERBASI support some concepts from DBL because it has a common vision and mission to develop IBL. PERBASI and DBL want develop IBL to be the highest profesional basketball competition in Indonesia. The new IBL 2010 season will begins in September. Before that will be held a warm up tounament in June. But it's no television show until final games. It will strive for later and dependent development situation.
(perbasi/ah)



Garuda won Jakarta's Governor cup - by Anto Hanayudha
Garuda Flexi (Bandung) won 2010 Jakarta's Governor cup basketball tournament. In the final Garuda defeat the capital team Pelita Jaya Esia (Jakarta) 71-56 at Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Building Jakarta. It's the first title for Garuda coach Johanis Winar. Winar is former Muba Hangtuah Indonesia Muda (South Sumatra) coach in IBL last year. Winar also have ever been Garuda coach before taken by another former coach Raoul Hadinoto. Garuda's veteran forward I Made 'Lolik' Sudiadnyana crowned as tournament best player. This result will be a good start for Garuda to welcome the new IBL season this year.


Pelita Jaya and Garuda stepped into final - by Anto Hanayudha
Pelita Jaya Esia (Jakarta) and Garuda Flexi (Bandung) stepped into final of 2010 Jakarta's Governor cup basketball tournament. In semi final Pelita Jaya defeat fellow city rivals club Aspac with score 69-57. While Garuda overpowered CLS Knights (Surabaya) with score 71-50. The final will take place on March 13 at Soemantri Brodjonegoro Sports Building Jakarta. Before final game it will be held the third place game between Aspac versus CLS Knights.


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 32.8
 1. Aaron, Hoops32.8 
 2. James, Neptune32.7 
 3. Ratzsch, Belfast .30.4 
 4. Turner, Killester25.2 
 5. Robbins, UL Eagles25.2 
 6. Johnson, UCC D.23.1 
 7. Fritsch, Moycullen21.7 
 8. Foley, Ulster Elks20.5 
 9. Neal, Ulster Elks19.6 
 10. Taylor, Hoops18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Aaron, Hoops20.4 
 2. Robbins, UL Eagles13.1 
 3. Johnson, UCC D.13.1 
 4. Ratzsch, Belfast .12.9 
 5. Turner, Killester12.7 
 6. Neal, Ulster Elks12.3 
 7. James, Neptune12.1 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.11.6 
 9. White, Hoops11.6 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.1 
 2. Drumm, Ulster Elks6.2 
 3. Ratzsch, Belfast .4.4 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.4.4 
 5. Coughlin, UCC D.4.1 
 6. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 7. Turner, Killester3.8 
 8. Cummins, Ulster Elks3.7 
 9. Hall, UL Eagles3.7 
 10. James, UCD Marian3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Turner, Killester3.4 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.7 
 3. Kelly, Killester2.5 
 4. James, Neptune2.5 
 5. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 6. Loughnane, Moycu.2.4 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 8. Madsen, Killester2.1 
 9. Summersgill, Belfas.2.1 
 10. Neal, Ulster Elks2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Micheal TRIMMER
  DCU Saints
  (204-C-67)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Trimmer, DCU S.2.5 
 2. Fritsch, Moycullen2.2 
 3. James, Neptune2.1 
 4. Bennett, Neptune2.0 
 5. Neal, Ulster Elks1.4 
 6. Turner, Killester1.3 
 7. Johnson, UCC D.1.2 
 8. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 9. Aaron, Hoops1.0 
 10. Ratzsch, Belfast .1.0 


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Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Gary NEAL
  Benetton TV
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Neal, Benetton TV19.3 
 2. Grundy, Carife FE17.9 
 3. Ere, Pepsi Caserta16.9 
 4. Aradori, Angelico.16.7 
 5. Jackson, Carife FE16.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.8 
 7. Brown, Air AV15.3 
 8. Hicks, Scavolini PS15.1 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR14.4 
 10. Smith, Angelico BI14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg BRUNNER
  Sigma Coat.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Brunner, Sigma C.10.2 
 2. Troutman, Air AV8.6 
 3. Wallace, Benetton.8.5 
 4. Ford, Carife FE8.5 
 5. Jones, Pepsi C.7.9 
 6. Williams, Scavolin.7.6 
 7. Pasco, Angelico BI7.2 
 8. Hall, Armani MI6.8 
 9. Ivanov, Sigma C.6.8 
 10. Brown, Vanoli CR6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Air AV
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Brown, Air AV5.1 
 2. Green, Scavolini PS5.0 
 3. Smith, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.3 
 5. Becirovic, Armani M.4.1 
 6. Childress, Cimberio.4.1 
 7. Finley, Armani MI4.1 
 8. McIntyre, Montepas.3.8 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.5 
 10. Kus, Benetton TV3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Scavolini PS
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Green, Scavolini PS3.5 
 2. Troutman, Air AV3.1 
 3. Jaaber, Lottomat.3.1 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 5. Hawkins, Montepas.2.5 
 6. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.4 
 7. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 8. Grundy, Carife FE2.3 
 9. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.3 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ford, Carife FE3.0 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.2 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.2 
 4. Pasco, Angelico BI1.0 
 5. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.1.0 
 7. Maggioli, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Gigli, Lottomatica0.9 
 9. Traylor, NSB Napoli0.9 
 10. Ortner, NGC Cantu0.8 


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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Astana Tigers 18-2 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 15-6 
 3. Tobol 14-6 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 8-12 
 5. BK Almaty 4-16 
 6. BK Atyrau 1-18 


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Golden 4 Set to begin - by Corey Washington
AL Kuwait Club, Kazma, Qadsia, and Al Jahraa have all advanced to the Golden 4.. Competition is getting tougher and lot more exciting as teams are starting to settle in with their imports. One thing that sticks out this year is that all four teams have two solid imports to complement their local stars. Spending good money on great imports is always a good investment. Some clubs have played with one import, and some younger clubs have even competed against some of these top teams with no imports. Lets take a look at some key points which landed these teams in the 4 top positions in Kuwait

On Sunday Qadsia beat Kuwait club 85:69 With Kuwait an automatic bid for the Golden 4, Qadsia was in a win or go home situation. Qadsia has a whole new import group from the beginning of the season, but hard play from local stars like Abdullah N. Al Sarraf has helped keep the boat afloat. Now with the addition of Michael Christensen, a 68 Forward that handles the ball well, and works out well in the low post, Qadsia has a more options.

Kuwait Club has controlled most of the season, but the level of play from some dependable locals have gone down What has stayed a constant is the delivery from Andre Pitts, who puts up 30+ on any given night with 15 min of play time easy.. And Ira Clark, a beast in the post, but even more deadly from beyond the arc... These two guys have taken this team on their shoulders and positioned Kuwait for a title run. Kuwait is sure to deliver during the final 4 play.

Jahraa and Sahel faced off in the desert on Sunday as well. Both teams needing a win Not putting their hopes in the hands of Kuwait club beating Qadsia, which would give both Jahraa and Sahel automatic bids due to wins over Qadsia earlier in the seasonJahraa beat Sahel 65: 59 to advance to the last position in the Golden 4. With great performances from American forward Cedric Taylor and American guard Anthony Jones, local Jahraa star Dari Abdel Azeez was able to work his magic on his end and pull out the win over Sahel. Wayne Houston and Chris Thompson were unable to get their team going which at the time, lacked determination and and played very selfishly.. Houston and Thompson have had better games, but this loss was a team effort.

One of the big surprises of this year comes from Kazma Club who for the first time in many years have qualified in the top 4. Kazma would also have to win the recruiting award for 2010 by adding a canadate for import of the year American Forward Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.), and Power Forward John Oden. Westly has been unstoppable this year The 67 forward from Cleveland can do it all, from the 1 to the post position, similar to that of his Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavilers. John Oden is a complete beast in the post, and can also pop out and hit that 10-15 ft. jumper with ease. With these two guys in full throttle, its hard to match up against the height and level of play from these 2 guys Kazmas local players also proved that they deserved to be in the elite, by putting in hard work in and off the court in the off season. Adding new Coach Salman Ramadan Bahrains former National Team Coach, the chemistry between players and the coaching staff has hoisted them to a new level and we can expect much more, if not even a championship out of kazma

To start the final 4, Kuwait club will play host to Jahra, while Kazma hosts Qadsia in the first round of the Golden 4 Thursday, March 18th.



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Beirut Unisports Festival 2010 Round 2 (Qualification games) results - by Maarouf Mawloud
The University Of Balamand (UOB) and the Lebanese American University next to the University of Saint-Joseph (The Hosts) are the qualifiers to the Group stage of the tournament from Lebanon. Also the Russian Delegation is the first to arrive to Lebanon.

In the First stage of the knock-out between the Lebanese universities to assure a spot in the group stage, 4 games were played. The First one was between the University Of Balamand (UOB) and the University Of Sagesse (ULS) which ended up with a win for UOB 53-52. In the second game the American University Of Beirut (AUB) won over Beirut Arabic University (BAU) (28-27).Also the Lebanese American University (LAU) defeated the Antonine University (UPA) 52-46.At the end the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) won over the Lebanese International (LIU) 43-32.

In the final stage of qualifying, Balamand University captured a crucial win in a very dramatic match which ended after Overtime 48-46 against the American University Of Science And Tech. On the other hand, the universities DERBY of Beirut was won by the Lebanese American University (35-30) against the American University OF Beirut.
And on-line access to Beirut airport recorded a full-fledged arrival of the Russian Delegation, while delegations from Greece, Romania and Morocco are expected to arrive at dawn.


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  LITHUANIA   


LKL Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Techasas - Suduva 92-91
Vaidotas Volkus knocked down two freebies late in regulation to propel Techasas past Suduva. Ernestas Ezerskis (192-G-87) accounted for 25 points in the victory. Laimonas Lukosevicius added 20 points for the hosts. Nerijus Varnelis answered with 24 points and 7 caroms for Suduva.

Siauliai - Zalgiris 70-77
Zalgiris stole a tough road win in Siauliai. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) knocked down 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists to pace the visitors. Marcus Brown contributed 13 points for Zalgiris. Mindaugas Kuzminskas replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Siauliai. Derrick Low and Vytautas Sarakauskas nailed 12 points apiece in defeat.

Sakalai - Juventus 80-67
Sakalai outgunned visiting Juventus as Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) scored 22 points. Ovidijus Varanauskas added 12 points in the winning effort. Jonas Elvikis responded with 19 points for Juventus.

Nevezis - Lietuvos Rytas 61-94
Lietuvos Rytas cruised past Nevezis on the road. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 19 points to lead the visitors. Donatas Zavackas added 18 points and 8 rebounds as Lietuvos Rytas improved at 18-1 record. Egidijus Dimsa knocked down 24 points and collected 12 boards in defeat.

Alytus Alita - Perlas 66-94
Perlas toppled Alytus on the road. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Saulius Kulvietis knocked down 16 points as Perlas recorded the tenth win. Andrius Aleksandrovas answered with 15 points for Alytus.



Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 18-1 
 2. Zalgiris 17-1 
 3. Siauliai 15-5 
 4. Juventus 11-8 
 5. Techasas 11-11 
 6. Neptunas 10-10 
 7. Perlas 10-12 
 8. Rudupis 9-11 
 9. Sakalai 7-13 
 10. Suduva 7-14 
 11. Nevezis 5-14 
 12. Alytus Alita 5-15 
 13. Aisciai 5-15 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Valdas DABKUS
  Rudupis
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Dabkus, Rudupis21.3 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.19.4 
 4. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 5. Ruikis, Suduva18.0 
 6. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 7. Kuzminskas, Siauliai15.9 
 8. Ezerskis, Techasas15.3 
 9. Kieza, Suduva15.3 
 10. Broadus, Suduva15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis9.5 
 2. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 3. Vilkius, Neptunas7.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Silinskis, Nevezis7.4 
 7. Janisius, Suduva7.4 
 8. Valukonis, Aisciai7.3 
 9. Adomaitis, Alytus A.7.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Aisciai6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Broadus, Suduva5.9 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.5.9 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.2 
 4. Janavicius, Aisciai4.9 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietuv.4.9 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas4.7 
 7. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 8. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 9. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 10. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.5 
 2. Ginevicius, Lietuv.2.5 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 4. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 6. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 8. Low, Siauliai2.0 
 9. Birgelis, Suduva2.0 
 10. Pakamanis, Juven.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.6 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 4. Begic, Zalgiris1.4 
 5. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.2 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Zyle, Aisciai1.1 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.0 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakalai0.9 


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T71 destroys Musel Pikes to rise to 2nd in DBBL!!! Tom Schumacher with 31! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, March 13, 2010

T 71 89 - Musel Pikes 66

Dudelange, Luxembourg


Musel Pikes was the better team Saturday night in Dudelange... ...but only during the 1st quarter. Pikes took a commanding lead of 15-26 and looked like they could put in a serious bid for an upset road win. Then the tides changed. T71 went on a huge 2nd quarter run to take a 46-38 halftime lead. In the second half it was more of the same. T71 blew Musel Pikes out and took over sole posession of 2nd place in the DBBL title race. Tom Schumacher was on fire, scoring a game high 31 points. Frank Muller added 24 points and Andre Abreu 11 followed by Denell Stephens (192-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Slippery Rock) with 10. Musel Pikes struggled from the free throw line where they only made 6 trips and score 2 times for 33%. Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) had the game's only double-double with 22 points and 10 rbounds. Jannik Tuffel and Laurent Schwartz added 12 points each. Martin Rajniak did not play due to an ankle inury. Next weekend T71 will travel to Steinsel to play Amicale on Saturday, March 20th and Muel Pkes must go to Bertange and face off with Sparta on Sunday, March 21st.

T 71: 34 field goals, 8 three pointers, 12 for 15 free throws, 29 rebounds, 9 fouls and 11 turnovers
T. Schumacher 21, Muller 24, Ruffato 7, Stephens 10, Abreu 11, also Bemtgen, Hoffmann, Keiffer 3, Schmit, B. Schumacher 1, Siebenbour 2 and Steinmetz
Musel Pikes: 27 field goals, 10 three pointers, 2 for 6 free throws, 22 rebounds, 14 fouls and 17 turnovers
Schwartz 12, Tuffel 12, Walters 22, G. Schmit 7, Kox 7, also C. Dentzer 3, R. Dentzer 3, Schmitz 0 and Haas 0

Score by quarters: 1st Q 15-26, 2nd Q 31-12, Halftime 46-38, 3rd Q 20-13, 4th Q 23-15, Final 89-66

410 Spectators



Sparta defeats Contern in last seconds! Larrie Smith 37 points! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Contern 89 - Sparta 91

Contern, Luxembourg
Contern led most of the way and were up by as many as 11 points before falling in the final seconds to Sparta. Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) played hero once again with 37 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and blocked shot. Julien Hublart had one of his better games as of late with 23 points. Tom Wagner added 12 points. Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) was held to only 4 points. For Contern, Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hutchinson CC) had a monster of a game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocked shots and 3 steals. Eric Jeitz also shone for Contern with 24 points followed by Ken Diederich and his 19. Contern is now 1-3 in the title group and in 5th place in the DBBL. Sparta is 2-2 in the title group and is in 4th place. Next Sunday, March 21st, Contern goes to Etzella and Sparta plays host to Musel Pikes.

Contern: 31 field goals, 7 three pointers, 20 for 29 free throws, 26 rebounds, 19 fouls and 10 turnovers
Diederich 19, Schroeder 4, Gary 26, Becker 6, Jeitz 24, also Braun 8 and Bissener 2
Sparta: 34 field goals, 10 three pointers, 13 for 15 free throws, 29 rebounds, 25 fouls and 12 turnovers
Fouled out: 40' Wagner (SPA); Technical foul: 23' Diederich (CON)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 31-29, 2nd Q 21-18, Halftime 52-47, 3rd Q 23-19, 4th Q 14-25, Final 89-91

346 Spectators


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 13-4 
 2. Ulcijn 13-4 
 3. Mornar Bar 11-6 
 4. Danilovgrad 9-8 
 5. Gorstak 9-8 
 6. Jedinstvo 8-9 
 7. Teodo Tivat 8-9 
 8. Mogren 6-11 
 9. ABS Primorje 5-12 
 10. Primorje-M. 3-14 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost


MNT1A 17 Round : ABS and Lovcen win in derby games - by Dragan Scepanovic
BC LOVCEN Cetinje 92:72 BC MORNAR Bar
CETINJE - SRC Lovcen. Spect 300.Reff: Dragojevic, Savovic (Podgorica), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje).By-Q. : 23:22, 20:19, 24:12, 25:19.
LOVCEN: Stojanovic 7, Lalic, Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) 7, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) ,Ivanovic 13 (4-4), Pelkic 2 (2-2), Boricic, Kandic 15, Lopicic 6, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88), Dubljevic 18 (8-6),Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 24 (1-1).
MORNAR: Pesic 5 (2-1), Djurisic 2 (2-2), Mihailovic 9 (3-3), Djeljosevic 10 (3-2), Vulevic, Damjanovic 10 (2-1), Ljujic 5 (3-1 , Sekulovic 4 (4-4), Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 16 (9-8), Dobrovic 7, Gagic 4.

BC PRIMORJE H.Novi 60 : 68 BC ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi
HERCEG NOVI SC Igalo.spect 700. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Lakicevic (Budva),Janjusevic (Niksic).By-Q.: 17:12, 14:16, 16:19, 13:21.
PRIMORJE: S. Arapovic 14, Jakov Samardzic) 2, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85), Papovic 6, Misinezovic, D. Arapovic, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 15, Bacovic 6, Jovanovic 4, Vujosevic, Kovacevic 10, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) 3.
ABS PRIMORJE: Bulatovic, Djokovic 6, Tmusic 3, Djuricic, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 21, Drincic, Misnjic,Medic 3, Vujovic 8, Ivan Zejak) 20, Mandic 7, Vujadinovic.

BC Danilovgrad BC Ulcinj 62:67
Danilovgrad : Radulovic 20, Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) 16, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 7, Milatovic 14- Ulcinj : Tepavcevic 13 ,Djukanovic12 ,Tomasevic 11,Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 9
BC Jedinstvo B.Polje BC Teodo Tivat 76:77
Jedinstvo: Mijic 14, Omerovic 12 , Babaca12 - Teodo : Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) 17, Vucic 16 ,Vujacic 11, Radonjic 11
BC Mogren Budva BC Gorstak Kolasin 80:81
Mogren : Boskovic 18 Nikic 10 - Gorstak : Dragan Pejic (187-G-76) 16, Pekovic 22. Bulatovic 22



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Saint Francis and Walsh to fight for Division II crown - by Eurobasket News
Saint Francis fired past the defending champions Oklahoma Wesleyan 77:73 to reach Division II championship game. Qadr Owens provided 25 points to lead the Cougars. The teams kept it close before Steve Briggs (5'10''-G) exploded with several three-pointers to trigger a 20:6 rally from the Eagles. Oklahoma Wesleyan established a 40:27 advantage. Saint Frances immediately responded with a 12:0 run of their own to trail by one at halftime. Qadr Owens helped Saint Francis surge ahead early in the second half. Steve Briggs drew things level at 66 but the Cougars accounted for six points in a row to run away for good in this one. DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis (6'5''-F) knocked down 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Steve Briggs nailed 36 points to lead the Eagles. Sadiel Rojas (6'5''-G/F) had 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Walsh needed some magic to nip Bellevue 67:66 in another semifinal clash. Jeremy Shardo (6'0''-G-89) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to propel the Cavs to the second ever championship game. Belleuve stormed into the game taking a 27:12 lead. Walsh used a 17:8 run to get within 6 at halftime. The Bruins opened the second half with 13:4 run to stretch the advantage. Walsh went on a 12:0 run midway through the half to once again catch up with their opponents. Bellevue led by two points late in the game and Avery Tyler had a chance to seal the deal for the Bruins. The player however missed both his attempts and gave Walsh a chance to set up the final attack. The Cavs did not waste it and Jeremy Snardo won the game for Walsh. Snardo finished with 18 points to lead the charge. Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87) had 12 points and 1o rebounds for the winners. Avery Tyler secured 20 points and 9 rebounds for Bellevue.
The title is scheduled for tonight at the Keeter Gym on the campus of College of the Ozarks.



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  NBA   


Heat sign Kenny Hasbrouck to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Even in the midst of a playoff race, the Miami Heat has decided to turn its focus to the future.

Rather than add a veteran point guard to fill the roster vacancy created by the move of Rafer Alston to the suspended list, the Heat has opted for developmental project Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86, college: Siena), signing him to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

Hasbrouck will wear jersey No. 4.

Hasbrouck, who spent last summer in the team's developmental camp before an injury kept him out of training camp, had been playing minor-league ball with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

Because the Heat has two vacant roster spots, it was in position to sign Hasbrouck for the balance of the season, as well as to a team option for next season.

'He's got a strong body, has a knack for penetrating, getting into the paint, and he improved his shooting over the summer,' coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We don't really know what his natural position is. This summer, we had him strictly as a point.

'We liked him. We didn't want to cut him. Then he got hurt.'

Hasbrouck, a 6-foot-3 combo guard that the Heat was trying to convert into a point guard last summer, had been averaging 16.9 points in the D-League. He had helped lead Siena to the NCAA Tournament in each of the previous two seasons, going undrafted last June.

Former Heat point guard Mike James had been hopeful of getting an audition with the team.

Because he has not played in the NBA this season, Hasbrouck is eligible for the Heat's playoff roster.


Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Phoenix Suns assign Earl Clark to D-League's Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns assigned rookie forward Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr.

The 6-10, 225-pound Clark was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick (first round) of the 2009 NBA Draft and has appeared in 45 games this season for Phoenix. Clark will spend his first stint in the D-League.

The three-year standout at the University of Louisville, Clark owns averages of 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes this season for the Suns. Clark has scored in double figures three times in 2009-10, including a career-high 14 points off the bench Nov. 27 at Minnesota.

Currently sixth in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Suns (41-26) return to action Tuesday night, hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-53) at US Airways Center at 7 p.m. Phoenix time. The game can be seen locally on FOX Sports Arizona and heard on Sports 620 KTAR.


Courtesy of http://phoenix.fanster.com


Monday's games (6) review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Houston R. 123-125
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 45 points for the Nuggets, but missed a 3-point try at the buzzer. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) grabbed the final rebound and finished with 23 points and 11 boards. Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) came up with 31 points and 9 assists in this victory, and Kevin Martin added 29 points and 7 rebs. Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith scored 17 pts each for the Nuggets.

Washington W. - Utah Jazz 89-112
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 23 points, and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) notched his 35th double-double of the season before both starters rested the entire fourth quarter of a 112-89 victory Monday night. Sundiata Gaines also had very important role last night adding 15 pts. For the Wizards, Andray Blatche collected 24 pts and 6 boards.

LA Lakers - Golde State W. 124-121
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 29 points and the Lakers dominated the boards to overcome a turnover-plagued night and beat the Warriors for the ninth straight time, 124-121 on Monday night. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) also shined last night with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Stephen Curry replied with 29 points, 5 rebs and 9 assists in defeat.

New York K. - Philadelph.76 94-84
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points, Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) added 20 and the Knicks won their second straight on the road by rallying past the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, 94-84 on Monday night. Al Harrington contributed 15, Tracy McGrady scored 14 and Wilson Chandler had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks (24-43), who snapped the Dallas Mavericks' 13-game win streak with a convincing 128-94 victory last Saturday. In the loosing squad, Andre Iguodala collected 14 points and 17 boards.

N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers 108-100
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 24 points to help New Orleans notch its 13th straight victory over the Clippers since a 100-90 loss on Jan. 8, 2007. Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Morris Peterson added 17 pts, 8 rebs and 5 assists in this victory. The hosts got 18 points and 17 assists from Baron Davis.

Detroit P. - Boston C. 93-119
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) finished with 15 points in 17 minutes, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Michael Finley each scored 15 and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and eight rebounds. On the other side, Detroit Pistons got 16 pts and 7 assists from Will Bynum. Richard Hamilton delivered 14 pts.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Cleveland C.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. James, Clevelan.29.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.8 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.8 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.7 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.5 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.4 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.1 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.23.1 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.8 
 4. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 7. Bosh, Toronto R.11.2 
 8. Love, Minnesota T.11.1 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 10. Wallace, Charlotte B.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.3 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Jackson, Charlott.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 8. Bryant, LA Lakers1.7 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.7 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 6. Dalembert, Philad.2.0 
 7. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 8. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Perkins, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Lopez, New J.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 42-24 
 2. Toronto R. 32-33 
 3. New York K. 24-43 
 4. Philadelph.76 23-44 
 5. New Jersey N. 7-60 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 53-15 
 2. Milwaukee B. 36-29 
 3. Chicago B. 31-35 
 4. Detroit P. 23-45 
 5. Indiana P. 22-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 47-21 
 2. Atlanta H. 43-23 
 3. Miami Heat 35-33 
 4. Charlotte B. 34-32 
 5. Washington W. 21-45 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 46-22 
 2. Utah Jazz 43-24 
 3. Oklah.City T. 41-24 
 4. Portland TB 41-28 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-54 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 50-18 
 2. Phoenix Suns 42-26 
 3. LA Clippers 25-43 
 4. Sacramento K. 23-45 
 5. Golde State W. 18-48 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 45-22 
 2. San Antonio S. 40-25 
 3. Memphis G. 36-32 
 4. Houston R. 34-31 
 5. N.Orleans H. 33-35 


Bogut, Roy named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) and the Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) were named on Monday the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played March 8-14.

Bogut led Milwaukee to a 3-0 week, which included wins over the Celtics and Jazz. Bogut led the league in blocks of 3.67 and was second in rebounding of 13.7, while scoring 19.3 points per game.

With a point-rebound double-double in each game, Bogut now has 32 double-doubles on the season, placing him eighth in the NBA.

The Trail Blazers posted a 4-0 week behind Roy, who scored 27.0 points on 56.7 percentage of shooting. Roy's 41-point effort on March 11, in a win at Golden State marked his third 40-plus point effort of the season.

With his two three-point makes against the Kings on March 12, Roy moved into ninth place on the Trail Blazers' all-time three- point field goals list.


Courtesy of http://en.ce.cn


Thunder sign Mustafa Shakur to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. Shakur was a free-agent call up from the Tulsa 66ers, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Thunder.

Shakur, a D-League All-Star, was averaging 20.7 points (9th in the D-League) while shooting 50.3% from the floor (295-587 FG), 7.2 assists (4th in D-League), 2.3 steals (3rd in D-League) and 39.4 minutes in 40 games with the 66ers.

A 6-3, 190 pound guard, Shakur went undrafted out of the University of Arizona in 2007. Shakur was on the Arizona team that eliminated Oklahoma State from the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in 2005. He spent the previous three seasons playing overseas with Prokom Trefl Sopot of the Polish League (2007-08), Tau Cermica of ACB Spanish League (2008-09) and most recently with Panellinios BC of the Greek A1 League (2009).


Shakur will wear uniform No. 11.

Courtesy of www.newsok.com


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  NCAA1   


Missouri backing way into Big Dance - by Jon Schillie
The Missouri Tigers take on Clemson on Friday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament East Regional first round at Buffalo, New York. Mizzou is suffering from injuries to front court players Justin Safford and Laurence Bowers (6'8''-F). Safford is very doubtful as he has not played since an ACL tear against Colorado although surgery has been postponed in the hope that he could recover enough to play. This does not seem likely. Bowers tore ligaments in his left, non-shooting, wrist in Monday practice before the Big 12 Tournament. Surgery has also been put off here so he can play in the Big Dance. In Missouri's loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament, Bowers had his wrist heavily taped and scored 11 points. He will most likely play. Missouri can ill afford the loss of Safford and the limitations on Bowers because the Tigers are thin in the front court in terms of talent, size and experience to begin with. Adding to this problem is the general malaise that seemed to overcome the Tigers in the Big 12 Tournament. The Tigers laid an egg at the most inopportune time against Nebraska with the guard heavy attack being virtually unable to score for most of the game from inside and out, eventually losing to Nebraska by 15. If the Tigers are to have any success at all in the NCAA bracket they will need a most assured reversal of the complete and total torpor that seemed to shroud them from the very tip-off of the abysmal Nebraska game. As is the usual case in the NCAA Tourney, even if Mizzou can get past Clemson, things get tougher very quickly as W.Virginia awaits as a very hot number 2 seed and Big East Tournament champion. The Mountaineers have a very beefy lineup that is sure to give Missouri fits inside, if the Tigers get that far. At this juncture, Missouri's Elite Eight run of 2009 seems a distant and somewhat hazy dream.

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NBBF FIXED APRIL 7 AS KICKOFF FOR THE ZENITH BANK BASKETBALL LEAGUE - by Enoma Ugheghe
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has fixed April 7th as start off date for this seasons Zenith Bank League. The Secretary of the Federation Mr. Francis Gbiri confirmed the date just as he confirmed that the sponsors have handed in the cheque for the season.
The NBBF picked a cheque of N10m from Zenith Bank in Lagos last Thursday as sponsorship fee for the year.
I believe we are set to kick off now having collected the most important thing the cheque.


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PBBA Week II Continued: - by Tamara Awartani
Catholic Action vs. Ahli 96 - 92
Catholic Action started off strong and not until Ahli AlQuds realized what they got themselves into in the first quarter that they gave Catholic Action a very hard time to win the game 'importless' but with their experience and skills got close.
Catholic Action players Shadi Bahnan (180-G-87) with his penetrations along with the young Ibrahim Habash's shots who has great potential assisted by Ty Brunson (203-F/C-80, college: Mass.-Lowell) who was the winning card for Catholic Action with his under basket moves and snatching all rebounds.
While AlAhli led by Raed Diyab (184-G-74) assited by Ismael Sweiti (181-G-81) 's penetrations & shots along with Sameh Hdeib (191-C-81) under basket and with Rami Al Bakri (185-G-77) 's 3 pointers were able to keep up and lead 2 quarters.
31/14, 17/19, 27/26, 21/33


Orthodoxi Ramallah vs. AlRa'I Saleh 97 64
A more of a practice game for Orthodoxi Ramallah players which gave the coach a chance to try out most of his players, while it was a good experience game for AlRa'i Saleh young players.
Ahmad Deeb the key of Orthodox Ramallah led the team with his shots and several assists to Ammar Jalytah on fastbreak , along with Khalil Hussary & Yamen Hweit's shots while their import Joseph Zait was an all around scorer. However AlRa'I highly depended on Nick Tuggle (198-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.), who was all over the court with several shots, penetrations, assists and steals and ended the game with an amazing dunk, assisted by Samer Hadad, Ahmad Nofal, Bashar Abdel Qader, Firas Asali and Bashar AlJabi.
26/11, 15/13, 23/16, 33/24


Qalandia vs. Hiteen 91 81
A close game filled with crowd excited to watch the game cheering for their teams, Qalandia led most of the game while Hiteen was trying to catch up at all times and had a great comeback in the 4th but were unlucky with many of their shots.
Qalandia led by Nizar Shehadeh who hit several 3pointers, assisted by their import John who had a major role in the win, along with Ismael Hamad under basket and Omar Jatar and Adham Jarzawi's shots.
While Hiteen's players played strong with great teamwork especially Malcolm Thomas (192-F-85, college: Widener) hitting several shots and assists along with Sa'ed Darwazeh & Haytham Qanaeer who both played great inside and outside along with Asad Asfouri and the star Shadi Takruri is back along with Mohammed AlHilu but it wasnt enough to win the game.
14/13, 24/18, 33/26, 20/24


Eibal vs. Ibdaa 106 105
The game of the week and what a game with double overtime! Eibal the team with their long basketball history are back on track by being the only team beating Ibdaa the 2009 undefeated double champ.
Eibal team started the game with full determination and focus to win the game, Jamal Walker (193-G/F-81, college: Briar Cliff) scoring from all over the court, short and long, surely gave Eibal an edge, not to forget the role of the local players who also had a major part, such as Qasem Turabi (194-F/C-90), Basheer Abdelazeez (178-G-78), Tamer Qanadeelo (192-F/C-80) and Naeem Turabi (185-F-81).
While Mahdi Eid (194-F-81) led the team in scoring along with Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) getting 46 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists and who forced overtime by hitting the buzzer shot, Khaled Khamees also hit 3pointers, assisted by Yousef Adawi and Abdallah Jaber, moreover Yahia Al Khatib (190-G-77)'s experience played a role.
20/21, 20/24, 3rd & 4th (53/48), 5th & 6th (13/12)



Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 3-0 
 2. Orthodox R. 3-0 
 3. Ibdaa D. 2-1 
 4. Catholic A. 2-1 
 5. Hiteen 2-1 
 6. Sarriyet 2-1 
 7. Ebal 2-1 
 8. Terrasanta 2-1 
 9. Al Ahli 1-2 
 10. Bethlehem 1-2 
 11. Orth. Thaq. BS 1-2 
 12. Islami 1-2 
 13. Qalandia 1-2 
 14. Orthodox BJ 1-2 
 15. RaI AlSaleh 0-3 
 16. AlAroob YC 0-3 


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Cavs release Shawn Daniels, sign Oliver Miller - by Eurobasket News
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry announced yesterday that they have released 6'8' Center Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) and signed 6'9' Center Oliver Miller (6'9''-C-70, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Arkansas).

The Cavs released Daniels so that he could play ball in the Philippines.

Daniels played his last game on Sat against the Buffalo Stampede where the Cavs dominated 164-96.

Daniels scored 188 points, 113 rebounds, 81 assists, 12 blocks and 23 steals this season with the Cavs.

Miller is a retired NBA player and has also played with international teams, the CBA, the ABA, and the USBL.

For more information about Cavs basketball please call 580.353.CAVS (2287) or visit our website at lfscavs.com.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Burger King Titans sign Keena Young - by Eurobasket
Burger King Titans added to their roster 25-year old American forward Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU). Young played most recently at Sigal Prishtine (Kosova). Young played also pro basketball in Belgium and France.
in Kosovo Young was awarded: Kosovo League All-Star Game -09, Kosovo League Champion -09, Kosovo League Regular Season Champion -09
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  POLAND   


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Astoria 24-2 
 2. SKK Siedlce 21-5 
 3. Norgips 21-6 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 18-8 
 5. Zuraw Gn. 18-9 
 6. Tur B.Podl. 17-8 
 7. MMKS SIDEn 16-11 
 8. Harmattan 15-11 
 9. Basket Kw. 13-13 
 10. Assec.Prokom 3 11-15 
 11. Korsarz 9-17 
 12. AZS Olsztyn 8-18 
 13. Zyrardowianka 8-18 
 14. Unibet Legia 7-17 
 15. OSSM W-wa 2-25 
 16. OSSM Sopot 0-25 
Group B
 1. AZS Szczecin 20-2 
 2. Open Basket 18-4 
 3. AZS PP Poznan 17-4 
 4. AZS Kutno 14-8 
 5. Ksiezak 14-8 
 6. Nysa Klodzko 12-10 
 7. Stal Ostrow 11-11 
 8. Pogon Prudnik 11-12 
 9. MKS Skiern. 10-12 
 10. AZS PO Opole 10-12 
 11. Slask Wroclaw 7-15 
 12. Obiekty Wrocl. 7-15 
 13. OSSM Wroclaw 2-20 
 14. KKS Siechnice 0-21 
Group C
 1. Rosasport 23-1 
 2. Unia Tarnow 21-4 
 3. UMKS Kielce 16-7 
 4. AZS PR Radom 16-9 
 5. MCKiS Jaw. 15-7 
 6. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 14-10 
 7. Pogon Ruda Sl. 13-10 
 8. Cracovia 13-11 
 9. Komtek 10-13 
 10. Alba 10-13 
 11. MKS Limanowa 9-14 
 12. Mickiewicz 7-17 
 13. Staco Niepol. 5-18 
 14. Wisla Krakow 5-19 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 1-23 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.5 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Day, ISS Sportino19.1 
 4. Mays, Znicz18.8 
 5. Chappell, Znicz18.4 
 6. Swanson, AZS K.18.2 
 7. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 8. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.8 
 9. Okafor, Polpharma17.6 
 10. Miller, Polonia Azbud17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.8.8 
 3. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.4 
 4. Chappell, Znicz8.3 
 5. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 6. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 7. Okafor, Polpharma7.4 
 8. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.2 
 9. Wallace, PGE Turow7.2 
 10. Kesicki, ISS S.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.9 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Swanson, AZS K.5.6 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.0 
 5. Ocokoljic, PBG B.5.0 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.9 
 7. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 9. Snieg, Polonia 20114.2 
 10. Hughes, Polonia .4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  ISS Sportino
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Day, ISS Sportino2.5 
 2. Chappell, Znicz2.4 
 3. Majewski, Polph.2.3 
 4. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.3 
 5. Swanson, AZS K.2.2 
 6. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 7. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
 8. Szubarga, Anwil2.0 
 9. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 10. Angley, Polpharma2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .1.7 
 2. Wallace, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.4 
 4. Kesicki, ISS S.1.2 
 5. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 6. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.1 
 7. Wyka, Znicz0.9 
 8. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.0.9 
 9. Sullivan, Anwil0.8 
 10. Bigus, ISS Sportino0.8 


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 25
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon25.0 
 2. Gainous, Santurce20.0 
 3. Ayuso, Capitanes20.0 
 4. Copeland, San G.20.0 
 5. Nailon, Quebradillas19.5 
 6. Priutt, Isabela19.2 
 7. Mays, Humacao18.7 
 8. Perez, Isabela18.4 
 9. Figueroa, Guaynabo18.3 
 10. Melendez, Ponce18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Priutt, Isabela15.2 
 2. Walker, Guaynabo11.7 
 3. Dyer, San German10.2 
 4. Jones, Quebradillas9.0 
 5. Collins, Ponce8.8 
 6. Nailon, Quebradillas8.5 
 7. Gainous, Santurce8.3 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo7.8 
 9. Aubry, Capitanes7.5 
 10. Colon, Ponce7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon7.8 
 2. Cruz, Ponce6.8 
 3. Russell, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Cruz, Capitanes5.0 
 5. Hatton, Ponce4.8 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.0 
 7. Green, Isabela3.8 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo3.8 
 9. Santiago, Santurce3.7 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel COOPERLAND
  San German
  (177-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Copeland, San G.2.4 
 2. Hodge, Santurce2.0 
 3. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 4. Cortes, Capitanes2.0 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.8 
 7. Pagan, Santurce1.7 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 9. Lee, Bayamon1.3 
 10. Graham, Mayaguez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Priutt, Isabela2.0 
 2. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 3. Gainous, Santurce1.7 
 4. Russell, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 6. Hodge, Santurce1.3 
 7. Pagan, Santurce1.3 
 8. Nieves, Santurce1.3 
 9. Mays, Humacao1.3 
 10. Villafane, Santurce1.0 


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Beirut Unisports Festival 2010 Round 2 (Qualification games) results - by Maarouf Mawloud
The University Of Balamand (UOB) and the Lebanese American University next to the University of Saint-Joseph (The Hosts) are the qualifiers to the Group stage of the tournament from Lebanon. Also the Russian Delegation is the first to arrive to Lebanon.

In the First stage of the knock-out between the Lebanese universities to assure a spot in the group stage, 4 games were played. The First one was between the University Of Balamand (UOB) and the University Of Sagesse (ULS) which ended up with a win for UOB 53-52. In the second game the American University Of Beirut (AUB) won over Beirut Arabic University (BAU) (28-27).Also the Lebanese American University (LAU) defeated the Antonine University (UPA) 52-46.At the end the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) won over the Lebanese International (LIU) 43-32.

In the final stage of qualifying, Balamand University captured a crucial win in a very dramatic match which ended after Overtime 48-46 against the American University Of Science And Tech. On the other hand, the universities DERBY of Beirut was won by the Lebanese American University (35-30) against the American University OF Beirut.
And on-line access to Beirut airport recorded a full-fledged arrival of the Russian Delegation, while delegations from Greece, Romania and Morocco are expected to arrive at dawn.


All Star Game-Oradea 2010 - by Eurobasket News
All Star North-All Star South 103:105

Oradea enjoyed All Star Game that combined beat players who were divided into All Star North and All Star South. The latter grabbed 105:103 victory as Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) made two free throws at the very end.
All Star North won the opening quarter 41:37 as there was no defense in the court. The players showed great skills and achievement and were supported by the spectators that enjoyed offensive game. All Star North won also the second period 22-21 to take the bigger lead. Cracium made a three-pointer to send the teams to the lockers for 63:58. The intrigue however was not over and All Star South started to catch up with the opponents. Mandache gave them 81:80 lead in the third period, while Silvasan made it 82:81 for All Star North. Nenad Markovic (199-F-80) nailed a three-pointer to close the third period at 87:85 with his team. The score was tied at the very end at 103:103 as Cooley made a lay-up for All Star North team. With 50 seconds to go Kibwe Trim was fouled and made two free-throws for 105:103. Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) and Nenad Markovic later missed three-pointers as the game was over in beautiful Oradea.
Kibwe Trim paced all the winners with 17 points, while Craciun and O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86, college: Troy) netted 16 each. Joseph Edgar Barber posted 14 and Liviu Dumitru added 12. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) top-scored in the game with 21 points in the losing effort. E. Brown nailed 13, whilst Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) and Nenad Markovic posted 10 apiece.

All Star North: Zoran Krstanovic 21, E. Brown 13, Tudor Dumitrescu 10, Nenad Markovic 10
All Star South: Kibwe Trim 17, Craciun 16, O'Darien Bassett 16, Joseph Edgar Barber 14, Liviu Dumitru 12



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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. N.Novgorod 29-5 
 2. Revda 23-11 
 3. Saransk 23-13 
 4. Severstal 21-11 
 5. Lok.Novos. 21-13 
 6. Spartak-P. 19-17 
 7. Ural Ekater. 16-18 
 8. Rjazan 14-18 
 9. Chelabinsk 14-20 
 10. Irkutsk 12-22 
 11. Naltchik 10-22 
 12. Magnitogorsk 10-24 
 13. Tambov 8-26 


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Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 17-2 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 13-6 
 3. St.Mirren 13-6 
 4. Troon T. 7-11 
 5. Glasgow S. 3-15 
 6. E.Lothian B. 1-17 


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BC Partizan Igokea Beograd sign Jamar Butler - by Eurobasket
BC Partizan Igokea Beograd strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Jamar Butler (185-G-85, college: Ohio St., agency: 540 Sports). Butler played most recently at Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece). While playing 18 games for Olimpia L. this season he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg. Butler is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Greece, Italy and Turkey.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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Olimpija inks Lalic, Mercator adds Tomic - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija has reached an agreement with Croatian Jure Lalic (212-C-86) on a deal for the remainder of the season. Lalic arrives from Belgian team Spirou Charleroi, where he averaged 14.6 minutes, 3.8 points (2P 58%, 3P 50%, FT 38%), 1.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks in 15 games of Belgian League this season and 16.5 minutes, 5.5 points (2P 54%, FT 58%), 1.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in 6 Eurocup games.
LTH Cast Mercator inked Boban Tomic (190-G-88) ex Postojna untill end of the season. Last season he averaged 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 14 games of Telemach League.



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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.3 
 2. Morley, Burgos17.3 
 3. Donaldson, La La.17.3 
 4. Riera, Mallorca16.7 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna15.9 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.15.6 
 7. Humphrey, Leon15.3 
 8. Roe, Tenerife15.0 
 9. Blanch, Mallorca14.7 
 10. Hess, CB Tarragona14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.8 
 2. Starosta, Melilla9.8 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.8.9 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.2 
 5. Arteaga, Palencia8.2 
 6. Adrien, Breogan8.0 
 7. Humphrey, Leon7.5 
 8. Coleman, Breogan7.4 
 9. Phillip, CAI Z.7.4 
 10. Padgett, La Palma7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.1 
 2. Cherry, Caceres4.6 
 3. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.1 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.7 
 5. Mena, La Palma3.7 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.5 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.3 
 8. Garrido, La Laguna3.1 
 9. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.0 
 10. Riera, Mallorca3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.2.6 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.5 
 3. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 4. Blanch, Mallorca2.1 
 5. Boccia, Tenerife2.0 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.0 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.8 
 8. Perez, Cornella1.7 
 9. Garcia, La Palma1.7 
 10. Castro, Burgos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.7 
 3. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.4 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.4 
 8. Samb, Cornella1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Green, Mallorca0.9 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CAI Zaragoza 22-6 
 2. Melilla 21-7 
 3. La Laguna 18-10 
 4. Burgos 18-10 
 5. Leon 16-12 
 6. Vive Menorca 16-12 
 7. Breogan 15-13 
 8. La Palma 14-14 
 9. Girona 14-14 
 10. Caceres 14-14 
 11. Tenerife 13-15 
 12. Ourense 12-16 
 13. Palencia 12-16 
 14. Mallorca 12-16 
 15. CB Tarragona 10-18 
 16. Clin.Rincon 10-18 
 17. Cornella 10-18 
 18. Vigo 5-23 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 34-5 
 2. Plannja 31-8 
 3. Sundsvall 28-11 
 4. Solna 23-16 
 5. Sodertalje 19-20 
 6. Uppsala 17-22 
 7. Gothia Basket 17-22 
 8. Boras 14-26 
 9. 08 13-26 
 10. Eco Orebro 12-27 
 11. Jamtland 7-32 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Gordon WATT
  Uppsala
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Watt, Uppsala20.6 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.9 
 3. McKnight, Plannja19.5 
 4. Rush, Gothia Basket19.0 
 5. Palm, Boras18.9 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.9 
 7. Akingbade, Jamtl.16.8 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall16.0 
 9. Carter, Gothia B.15.8 
 10. Nystrom, Boras15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.4 
 3. Watt, Uppsala9.1 
 4. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.9 
 5. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.9 
 6. Rush, Gothia Basket8.4 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.5 
 8. Mottram, Gothia B.7.5 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 10. Djordjic, Soder.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.3 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.3 
 5. Mbemba, Solna5.0 
 6. Carter, Gothia B.4.9 
 7. Mitchell, Solna4.6 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.5 
 9. Larsson, Plannja4.3 
 10. McKnight, Plannja3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.2 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping2.0 
 4. Crone, Sodertalje2.0 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.0 
 6. Mbemba, Solna2.0 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Solna1.8 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.1 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.8 
 3. Konare, Jamtland1.5 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Rush, Gothia Basket1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Walker, Sodertalje0.8 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.8 
 9. Akesson, Plannja0.8 
 10. Drains, Norrkoping0.7 


Basketligan Round: 43 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
08 - Jamtland 98-81
08 Stockholm had an easy job against Jamtland improving to 13-26 in Swedish top division. Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 5 rebounds, while Darly Massamba (195-F-81, college: Armstrong Atlantic) added 14 pts and 6 boards. In Jamtland (7-32), Dokun Akingbade collected 28 pts and 12 rebs.

Uppsala - Sundsvall 74-65
Howard Frier (193-F-76, agency: Promotex, college: Colorado) scored 22 points, while Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist) helped the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Spagrud replied with 19 pts and 13 rebs in defeat. Uppsala 17-22, Sundsvall 28-11.

Boras - Plannja 92-96
John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) stepped up for Plannja Basket with monster double-double of 35 points and 15 rebounds. Hakan Larsson (184-G-74) followed him with 27 points, 9 boards and 9 assists. In the loosing squad, Michael Palm collected 18 pts and 17 rebs. Plannja 31-8, Boras 14-26.

Norrkoping - Eco Orebro 92-81
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead his Norrkoping Dolphins to 34th victory of the season. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) secured a great help adding 19 points and 10 rebs. For the guests, Pedro Cipriano had 16 points and 15 boards. Norrkoping 34-5, Eco Orebro 12-27.

Sodertalje - Gothia Basket 95-84
19-20 for the Kings and 17-22 for Gothia Basket after this game. William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) led the winners with 22 points. Emil Salon (192-G-85) had one point less, but in defeat.


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.8 
 2. Shipp, Bornova20.4 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga18.0 
 6. Baxter, Besiktas17.6 
 7. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.5 
 8. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.3 
 9. McClinton, Aliaga16.7 
 10. Heytvelt, Oyak R.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.9.7 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.5 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.3 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.5 
 6. Greene, Antalya7.3 
 7. Elegar, Bornova7.2 
 8. Bowman, Tofas7.1 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka7.1 
 10. Stanojevic, Kepez B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.1 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Ermis, Banvit5.1 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 5. Acik, T.Telekom4.6 
 6. James, Mersin4.3 
 7. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 8. Holston, Karsiyaka4.2 
 9. Jackson, Antalya4.1 
 10. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.9 
 2. Shipp, Bornova2.4 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 4. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 5. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 6. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.0 
 7. James, Mersin2.0 
 8. Jackson, Antalya2.0 
 9. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 10. Williams, Erdemir1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Omer ASIK
  Fener.Ulker
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 3. Elegar, Bornova1.4 
 4. Denison, Tofas1.4 
 5. Solak, Galatasaray1.3 
 6. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 7. Bowman, Tofas1.2 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.2 
 9. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.1 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld1.0 


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 18-2 
 2. Kryvbasbasket 18-3 
 3. Ferro-ZNTU 16-4 
 4. BC Kyiv 13-6 
 5. BC Odessa 13-6 
 6. Azovmash 12-9 
 7. Dnipro 11-9 
 8. Hoverla 9-11 
 9. Khimik 8-12 
 10. Mykolaiv 8-12 
 11. Halychyna 8-12 
 12. Pulsar 3-16 
 13. DniproAzot 3-18 
 14. Gryfony 0-20 
ZFolded
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.4 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.1 
 3. Thomas, Fe.20.2 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv19.3 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik18.9 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.4 
 7. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.5 
 9. Williams, Halychyna17.5 
 10. Sparks, Hoverla17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.6 
 2. Thomas, Fe.11.5 
 3. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 4. Pettway, Dnipro7.3 
 5. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 6. Hunter, Fe.7.1 
 7. Finn, Halychyna7.1 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash7.0 
 9. Dubnyuk, Pulsar6.9 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.0 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.5 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.6 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 5. Burtt, Fe.5.3 
 6. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.3 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot5.3 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.1 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.7 
 10. Koljevic, Khimik4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. House, Azovmash3.0 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 3. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.1 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 6. Nesbitt, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 8. Sparks, Hoverla1.7 
 9. Zabirchenko, BC Ky.1.7 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.8 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.1 
 3. Pettway, Dnipro1.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.9 
 5. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 6. Balashov, BC Odessa1.6 
 7. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 8. Agafonov, Khimik1.3 
 9. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.1 
 10. Sokur, DniproAzot1.0 


Khimik: Wethers in, Koljevic out - by Alexander Muzyka
Khimik headquarters officially announced Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80) try-outs have ended and American guard got a full contract untill the end of the season. Ukrainian fans can remember Wethers by his performance in Budivelnyk in a season 2008/09. Meanwhille, Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84) and Khimik both decided not to long their agreements which has ended, too. Khimik headquarters want to thank him for the good play and to wish him the best in his future.

Rimantas Grigas parts ways with Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Rimantas Grigas has left Budivelnyk. The team has cited family issues as the main reason for the coachs decision. Rimantas Grigas arrived in Kyiv back in 2008/09 season. He led the Kyiv outfit to the 2009 UBL Cup title. Budivelnyk also made it into the UBL Final in 2009. The 48-year-old specialist has worked with Zalgiris and Atletas. Rimantas Grigas also led the Lithuanian NT at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok. Aleksander Lokhmanchuk will take over the team in the upcoming games.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Team of the Week #24 - by Andy Webb
The BBL Team of the Week this week features Jason Johnson (201-F/C, agency: BrezoPro, college: S.Carolina St.) and Bradd Wierzbicki (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Chez Marks (Cheshire Jets), Jerome Gumbs (Everton Tigers) and Lynard Stewart (Newcastle Eagles).

Johnson and Wierzbicki earned their places thanks to their performances against PAWS London Capital last Saturday evening, a 93-60 win for the Riders. Forward Johnson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 10/12 from the field. He also had 4 blocked shots to his name and 2 steals. His team mate, Wierzbicki, holds down one of the guard spots this week, thanks to his 25 point, 6 assist display against the Capital, with 70% field goal shooting and 60% three point percentage.

Gumbs, who hails from the US Virgin Islands, scored 24 points in the Tigers 89-107 win against Worthing Thunder, and nailed ten of his eleven attempts from the free throw line, as well as snatching 4 steals.

This week's second guard, Marks, stood out for the Jets in their convincing 59-88 defeat of Glasgow Rocks. The 6'3'' American had 24 points, on 5/6 field goal shooting, 4/9 from long range, and a clean sheet from the charity stripe, in his 37:53 of playing time.

Finally, as the BBL Trophy Finalists, Newcastle Eagles continued their sparkling form to ease past Marshall MK Lions 99-68, Lynard Stewart's number of 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 28:04 on court, earned him the Centre position in this week's line up.

There are still tickets left for this Sunday's BBL Trophy Final at Guildford Spectrum, so don't miss out on the mouth-watering clash between the Newcastle Eagles and Cheshire Jets, and call 01483 443333 now to buy your tickets now! Alternatiely, go to www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk now to purchase your tickets online.





Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 24-5 
 2. Sheffield S. 23-5 
 3. Scottish R. 19-9 
 4. Leicester R. 17-11 
 5. Cheshire J. 16-12 
 6. Everton T. 15-13 
 7. MK Lions 14-13 
 8. Worthing T. 14-15 
 9. Guildford H. 11-18 
 10. Worcester W. 10-16 
 11. Plymouth R. 9-18 
 12. Essex Pirates 5-23 
 13. London C. 3-22 


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  URUGUAY   


Defensor Sporting and Malvin will play the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting and Malvin advanced to the Uruguayan League final games, for the second time, after beating Trouvuilla (3-1) and Union Atletica (3-2) Defnsor Sporting took a clear lead during the first quarter (25-12) and continua increasing the difference to win 90-63. Malvin took the lead with 1.50 to play when Bruno Fitipaldo (193-G-91) scored a three point shots to win 77-69. Defensor and Malvin both already won at least one LUB title, in 2003 and 2006. The main scorers and all import players were:
Defensor 90 - Chris Jackson 20 points 20 rebounds, Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) 15 points and 4 assists
Trouville 63 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 14 points 7 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 5 points 4 rebounds.
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Malvin 77 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 19 points, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) 15 points 17 rebounds, Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall) 7 points 7 rebounds
Union Atletica 69 - Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 26 points 10 assists, Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) 13 points 11 rebounds, Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) 11 points 7 rebounds.



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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 9-4
2. Marinos 9-4
3. Guaros 8-4
4. Trotamundos 8-5
5. Panteras 8-5
6. Gaiteros 7-5
7. Guaiqueries 6-8
8. Gigantes 4-7
9. Toros 2-10
10. Bucaneros 2-11


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  WABA   


WABA Final Standings
UC Standings
 1. Mahram 5-0 
 2. Jalaa 4-1 
 3. Zob Ahan 3-2 
 4. Al Riyadi 2-3 
 5. Hoops 1-4 
 6. Duhok 0-5 


Mahram WABA Champions for the second Straight year. - by Maarouf Mawloud
After few days from winning the Iranian Super League, Mahram were again WABA Champions... Jalaa were second, Zob Ahan thirs, Riyadi 4th, Hoops 5th and Dhouk 6... As a conclusion the 4 teams thats qualified to Asia are : Mahram, Jalaa, Riyadi and D'houk... The two Lebanese teams had a big battle to see who is the team that will play in Qatar in May... Hoops the new team in D1 made a very big performance ans was very close to qualify, but the lack of experience made them to end in the 5th place after two big games against Jalaa and Mahram where they lost in Overtime...



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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Lightning name new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Adelaide Operations Manager and 1987 WNBL Championship coach Steve Breheny has been named the new coach of the Lightning for the 2010/11 season.

Steve Breheny has targeted retaining centre Cayla Francis as a top priority and returning Lightning players to the Opals squad is high on his 'to-do' list, writes Boti Nagy in The Adelaide Advertiser.

Breheny, 55, formally will be appointed coach of Adelaide Lightning today, becoming the WNBL's first joint club operations manager/coach.

He replaces Vicki Valk who had the job for three years after replacing Chris Lucas early in the 2007-08 season, taking the team he built to the championship.

Last year the Lightning finished fourth and this year missed the finals for the first time in the club's 18-year history.

'I guess the damning statistic for the team was that upto the 11th game of last season, it was 34-4 but it has gone 19-16 since,' Breheny said. 'It was time for a fresh face and a fresh attitude.' Captain Jess Foley and erratic forward Rebecca Duke are expected to be casualties of the new regime with Breheny adamant any player who did not want to play for Adelaide would not be required.

'If you don't want to be here, don't come,' he bluntly said.

Since his own stellar playing career which included the 1980 Moscow Olympics, 1982 world championship, NBL titles with St Kilda in 1979-80 and the captaincy in that second season, Breheny has built a reputation as one of Australia's most respected coaches.

He cut his teeth coaching women's basketball, taking Coburg to the 1987-88 Australian Club Championship titles and into the 1987 WNBL grand final.

He subsequently coached Canberra into the NBL grand final and also was head coach at Geelong before successful assistant coaching stints at North Melbourne (1994 crown) and Adelaide (1998-99-02 championships).

He joined the Lightning as operations manager last season, returning to the 'cut-and-thrust' of head coaching on Saturday with Eastern's SBL team.

The latest Opals squad has no Lightning representation for the first time since the club's formation, though it does include overseas-based former players such as Laura Summerton, Jenni Screen and Erin Phillips, plus South Aussies Abby Bishop (Canberra) and Rachael Flanagan (Townsville).

'It's not a good situation for the club if it has no-one in an Opals squad,' Breheny said, indicating club ownership had recruiting some past Lightning players high on its agenda.


Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 17-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 15-3 
 3. Celik 15-4 
 4. Sloboda 13-5 
 5. Borac ML-IEFK 10-8 
 6. Banovici 9-9 
 7. Brotnjo 94 7-11 
 8. Tomislav 5-12 
 9. Igman 4-14 
 10. Trebinje 2-15 
 11. Brcko 1-17 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Dream re-signs WNBA All-Star Erika De Souza - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream announced today that the team has re-signed restricted free agent center Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82) to a two year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'It's a situation where Erika wanted to be here and we certainly wanted her back,' said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors. 'She is one of the best centers in the world right now. We are very fortunate that were able to sign her to a two year deal.'

De Souza, a 6-5 center, earned her first All-Star appearance last season. The Brazil native started every contest in 2009, averaging 11.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game. She finished among league leaders in several statistical categories, including: rebounding (2nd), double-doubles (2nd), field goal percentage (4th) and blocks (5th).

Originally acquired by the Dream in the 2008 Expansion Draft from the Connecticut Sun, de Souza is entering her third season with the Dream and fifth in the WNBA. This offseason, de Souza is competing for Ros Casares in Spain, one of the top teams in EuroLeague. She is currently averaging 12.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Dream tips off its third season this summer at Philips Arena, with the home opener slated for May 16 against the Indiana Fever at 7 pm. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in the spring.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL, Round 17 review: Dunav stays No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt hosted Beore 2007 and had no troubles on their way to 91-66 win. First half was spent in fairly close mathcup in which hosts were able to build 49-41 lead. Third quarter proved to be decisive as Dunav players increased pressure and won the period 25-14. By the end of the match they continued to roll over visiting side on their way to 35 point margin win. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) and Charel Allen (181-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame) led the way with 17 points apiece, with latter also adding 11 rebounds. For Beore, Latasha Byers had 19, while Ralica Naneva followed with 16 points on the night.
Montana 2003 survived later surge by Minor to hold onto 88-84 win. Hosts were in control for the most of the match, and have managed to build 73- 62 lead. Than in the final 10 minutes, visiting players awoke and started to melt the deficit. Still after a thrilling finish, hosts had enough strength to prevent a comeback by Minor and win game by 4 points.
Lukoil Neftohimik showed no mercy to visiting Slavija, as they blew them out of the gym 103-41. Game was virtually over by halftime when Lukoil already had 60-25 lead. They continued to pound on their opponent in the second half for the 62 point margin win. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Baylor) and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: Florida Intern.) led the rout with 22 points apiece, while Frida Aiili added 20 points of the bench. For Slavija, Mihaela Dilova and Radostina Slavova had 7 points apiece in loss.

NBL standings
1. Dunav 15-2
2. Lukoil 14-3
3. Montana 2003 11-6
4. Beroe 2007 8-9
5. Minor 3-14
6. Slavia 0-17


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 15-2 
 2. Lukoil 14-3 
 3. Montana 2003 11-6 
 4. Beroe 2007 8-9 
 5. Minor 3-14 
 6. Slavia 0-17 


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  CHINA - Women  


Liaoning triumphs in the country! - by Eurobasket News
Liaoning triumphs in the country as they became the Winners of the Play-offs. In Game 4 Liaoning produced a 78:69 win over Henan to win the series 3-1. Henan won the opening quarter 13-10, while Liaoning responded with 18-12 in the second period. It was tough in the third frame as the teams nailed 22 points each and only due to 28-22 in the last period Liaoning grabbed the win. Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) nailed 28 points for the hosts that were not enough for the win.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Osnabrucker 16-2 
 2. Chemnitz 15-2 
 3. Rotenburg/S. 14-4 
 4. Rist Scala 12-5 
 5. Quakenbrueck 7-10 
 6. Hagen Phoe. 6-11 
 7. Bielefeld 5-12 
 8. Jena 5-12 
 9. Dorsten 5-12 
 10. Bonn 1-16 
South
 1. Leimen 19-2 
 2. Mainz 17-4 
 3. Viernheim 17-4 
 4. Speyer 14-7 
 5. Gruenberg 13-8 
 6. Wuerzburg 11-10 
 7. Sandhausen 11-10 
 8. Herzogenaur. 7-14 
 9. Germering 6-15 
 10. Heidelberg 6-15 
 11. Ludwigsburg 3-18 
 12. Keltern 2-19 


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  GREECE - Women  


A1: Round 22 review - by Eurobasket News
In Round 22 of Greek top division, Esperides had an easy job at home as they rolled over Olympiacos 80-50. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) led the winning side with 22 points. Aggeliki Tserou (185-C-74) and Dora Mastrogiannidou (188-F-80) were also good as they added 14 and 13 points respectively. For Olympiacos, Niki Zerva and Lydia Milkova were the only two players in double digits with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Panionios stole one from P. Faliro as they have managed to overcome them 63-67. Meg Tierney (190-F/C-81) was great for visiting side as she poured in 28 points on the night. She was followed by Kari Koch (173-G-83, college: Missouri St.), who added 14 points. Hosts got 19 points from Karen Mourd as well as 18 points by Magda Karabatzaki.
Apollon K. hosted Panathanaikos and managed to come up with 69-64 victory. Hosts were led to victory by Nicol Carter who scored 21 points. Dimitra Telidou (170-G-80) added 12, while Dimi Giannopolou chipped in 11 points. On the other side, Giuliana Mendiola had 22 and Lindsey Wilson contributed with 11 points.
Apollon Ptolemidas recorded 68-72 away win over their hosts FEA Neas. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, college: UNLV) and Eleni Papadimitriou (178-G-80) led the winners with 18 and 16 points respectively. They got support from Jela Vidacic and Kemi Nkele who chipped in 13 points apiece. For hosts, Kathrin Gerlads had 21 points, while Tania Halivera added 14 points.

A1 standings
1. Athinaikos 20-0
2. Esperides 15-6
3. Panathinaikos 13-7
4. DAS Ano Liosa 12-8
5. Apollon Ptol. 12-8
6. Aris Thessal. 12-8
7. Panionios 10-10
8. P.Faliro 10-11
9. FEA Neas 9-11
10. Olympiakos V. 8-12
11. Apollon Kal. 7-13
12. Olympiada L. 3-17
13. Hania 0-20


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 20-0 
 2. Esperides 15-6 
 3. Panathinaikos 13-7 
 4. DAS Ano Liosa 12-8 
 5. Apollon Ptol. 12-8 
 6. Aris Thessal. 12-8 
 7. Panionios 10-10 
 8. P.Faliro 10-11 
 9. FEA Neas 9-11 
 10. Olympiakos V. 8-12 
 11. Apollon Kal. 7-13 
 12. Olympiada L. 3-17 
 13. Hania 0-20 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Legitimate defeat for DS1 in Landsmeer - by Eurobasket
What a big difference in this away game than the home game against ProBuild. Then there was a lot of determination and no giving up, and now it was a flat and uninspiring match.

This time, it cost ProBuild Lions little effort to get around STOL-Grasshoppers. At their home base, they won by 83-57. It took little effort on ProBuilds part to win the match. There is no shame in losing from the Landsmeers team, but STOL-Grasshoppers had a different match in mind than how it turned out.

The first quarter begins well. The scoring goes pretty equally until the 8th minute:
12-11. But the scores are easy for ProBuild, while the ladies from Katwijk have to fight for every score. Unfortunately, all their hard work is not enough, and in the last 2 minutes the Landsmeer ladies take their lead to 19-11. Also unfortunate is that at that time its clear that Meghan Hutchens cannot finish to match. The ankle injury she experienced during training last Thursday is more serious than expected and with 2 matches coming up next week shes being spared.

The first 3 minutes of the second quarter are a copy of the beginning of the match. Grasshoppers keep working hard and this is rewarded with scores. After 3 minutes its 22-17 for ProBuild. Then ProBuild sharpens up and via a series of easy scores take their lead to 36-19. Two scores by Julia and Rianne bring the score at halftime score to: 36-23.

The picture stays the same in the 3rd quarter. Again, the scoring goes pretty equally, so the margin stays about the same (48-35 after 6 minutes). Considering the difference in how the scores are made is whats really noticeable. Watching the game, you would expect a much larger difference on the scoreboard. Apparently ProBuild notices this also and make a push that the Katwijks team are unable to answer in this phase. From 48-35 in the 6th minute, the scores goes to 56-35 in the 9th minute.

The beginning of the 4th quarter is not the same as the other 3 quarters. Unfortunately, not a good sign for Grasshoppers. ProBuild takes over and in 4 minutes take their lead to 75-41. This is due to a number of eady give away scores. After these 4 minutes, the match is routinely played out. Laki Lakner allows his reserve players on the court for the first time to give his starters rest.
The match ends at 83-57.

In short, not a good match which again demonstrates that hard work alone is just not good enough. The loss is appropriate and not unexpected. After all, they are the competition leaders and we are last place. The difference in experience, cleverness, and doing the right thing at the right time was very big. The difference in shots taken
(86 57) also says a lot.

Anouk Breel 13 pts; Rianne Philippo 11 pts; Julia Dijkman 8 pts en 7 rebs

Wednesday, March 17, its a home game against BV Lely from Amsterdam. The match begins at 20:30 hour.
courtesy of:
Basketballvereniging STOL-Grasshoppers
Paul Schadd van Dooren


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D1 Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Elizur Ramla - M.Ashdod 72-74
Elizur Ramla lost to Ashdod 72:74 as the series is tied at 1-1. Ashley Walker (185-F/C-87, college: California) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Laicy Natasha added 15 points and 12 boards. Quinn Noelle replied with 17 points in the losing case.

Ramat Hen - Electra Ramat 47-54
Electra Ramat tied the series over Ramat Hen after 54:47 in Game 2. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) paced the Winner of the Regular Season with 18 points and Anderson Ambrosia netted 15. Jackson Tiffany responded with 21 points in the losing effort.



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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 18-1 
 2. Familia Schio 15-4 
 3. Faenza 15-4 
 4. Umana Reyer 13-6 
 5. Priolo 11-8 
 6. Comense 9-10 
 7. Bracco Geas 8-11 
 8. Umbertide 7-12 
 9. Livorno 6-13 
 10. GMA Napoli 5-14 
 11. Basket Parma 5-14 
 12. Vomero NA 2-17 


A1: Round 19 review - by Eurobasket News
Comense - Bracco Geas 75-61
Comense closed Round 19 with nice 75-61 home win against Bracco Geas. Melissa Fazio (182-F-79, college: St.Bonaventure) shined for the hosts with 18, Jiullian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Angela Zampella added 15 pts in this victory. Nuria Martinez Prat replied with 12 pts and 5 boards in defeat. Comense 9-10, Bracco Geas 8-11.

Taranto - GMA Napoli 89-53
Easy one for Taranto, who stays on top of A1 standings with almost perfect 18-1 score. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) once again was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) secured a great help adding 15 pts and 7 boards. In GMA Napoli (5-14), Marcedes Walker collected 19 points and 7 rebs.

Livorno - Umbertide 64-53
6-13 for Livorno and 7-12 for Umbertide after this game. Cristal Kelly (191-F-86, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up for the winning squad with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Umbertide got 14 pts from Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management).

Familia Schio - Basket Parma 67-59
Familia Schio was better than Basket Parma registering 15th victory of the season. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) came up with 16 points each, and they grabbed 9 and 8 rebounds respectively in this game. Raffaella Masciadri followed with 15 pts. In Basket Parma (5-14), Naomi Halman collected 15 points and 7 boards.

Priolo - Umana Reyer 62-71
Umana Reyer cruised past Priolo on the road getting 17 points and 7 rebounds from Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman). Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) also had 17 and Daliborka Jokic helped with 12 pts. Roberta Meneghel answered with 15 points in defeat. Umana Reyer 13-6, Priolo 11-8.

Vomero NA - Faenza 59-81
Faenza stays on the second place together with Familia Schio (15-4). Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) shined in this game with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and Francesca Modica followed with 18 and 16 points respectively. Milka Bjelica shined in defeat with 25 points and 15 boards.


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brooke SMITH
  Comense
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Smith, Comense16.9 
 2. Robert, Faenza16.9 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli16.9 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio16.6 
 5. Cirov, Priolo15.4 
 6. Walker, GMA Napoli15.3 
 7. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.3 
 8. Brunson, Taranto15.1 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo13.8 
 10. Pinto, Faenza13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli9.7 
 2. Robert, Faenza8.9 
 3. Brunson, Taranto7.9 
 4. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 5. Willis, Livorno7.6 
 6. Smith, Comense7.4 
 7. Screen, Basket P.7.0 
 8. Machanguana, Bracco G.6.8 
 9. Harmon, Comense6.3 
 10. Seino, Priolo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Pinto, Faenza2.9 
 2. Eric, Vomero NA2.6 
 3. Macchi, Familia Schio2.6 
 4. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.3 
 5. Ballardini, Umana R.2.2 
 6. Moro, Familia Schio2.2 
 7. Goryanova, GMA N.2.1 
 8. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 9. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 10. Haynie, Priolo1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Angela ZAMPELLA
  Comense
  (170-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zampella, Comense6.0 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli4.8 
 4. Pinto, Faenza4.5 
 5. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.4 
 6. Ristic, Livorno4.4 
 7. Palie, Vomero NA4.2 
 8. Macchi, Familia Schio4.2 
 9. Robert, Faenza4.1 
 10. Fazio, Comense4.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksandra PRYSTUPA
  Faenza
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 2. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 3. Smith, Comense0.9 
 4. Alexander, Faenza0.9 
 5. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.8 
 6. Godin, Taranto0.7 
 7. Wabara, Bracco G.0.7 
 8. Ngoyisa, Familia .0.6 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo0.5 
 10. Zanoni, Bracco Geas0.5 


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Schoolcraft C.C. makes National Finals - by Eurobasket
Schoolcraft Community College (Michigan) and Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) met in the Womens Championship game last year. Kirkwood C.C. came out on top, 62-38. Kirkwood is the favorite again and has the number one ranking in the country.
The NJCAA Division II National Tournament is the destination and these two rivals will be on a collision course for this years title.
Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois is again the host school and 12 of the nations best womens basketball teams have qualified. The event will be held at the Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium on the East Peoria Campus, March 17-20.
Kirkwood, besides being the defending National Junior College Athletic Associations champions have actually won the last three years.
They are deep in talent, and overwhelmed Southeast C.C. (Nebraska), 79-26 to get to the NJCAA finals.


Kirkwood has a rich tradition; In all, Coach Kim Muhl has led the Eagles to five National Championships. They only give up, on average, 47 points a game. For the year, Kirkwood is 34-1.
Coach Muhl substitutes 12 deep and features two long range specialists, so far this season, Kalli Hansen has 67-threes and Staci Gillum has 62-threes.
Schoolcraft has experience also and is peaking at the right time. Said Coach Karen Lafata, We beat a determined Owens C.C. (Toledo, Ohio), (74-64) in the District. She added with a smile, I am bringing my Polish-Italian heritage to Peoria. My Polish mother taught me well. We will be intense and we will be prepared. We have a balanced attack. Being here last year, will help our composure.
This will be Lafatas fourth trip to the NJCAA finals. The Detroit native and veteran coach is a Wayne State University alumnus. She previously coached at Macomb Community College. Currently, she also teaches in the Mt. Clements School District.
A big highlight this season was Schoolcrafts showcase performance at the District H, tournament in Toledo. They won three games and sophomore Angela Burrell (Detroit Northwestern) was named MVP. She shoots the three consistently, with 51 on the year. She is also the top playmaker, averaging six assists a game.
Antania Shepherd (Detroit Cody) and Amber Avery (Southfield Lathrup) were also named to the NJCAA District H, All-Tournament team.
Steadiness and speed are the benchmark of Schoolcrafts attack. They play a penetrating wing offense, with the forwards slashing in toward the basket. John Lenders a retired basketball coach and longtime Schoolcraft basketball observer said, To have tournament success they will have to make their layups and get the inside offensive rebounds.
The Lady Ocelots boast six double figure averages. Besides Burrells 11 points a game they also have, Antania Shepherd-13, Amber Avery-12, April Goins-11 (Detroit Pershing), Kimberly Bee-10 (Detroit CMA), and Jasmine Brown-10 (Romulus H.S.). As a team, they average 84 points.
On defense they dont press much but are relentless in coverage. The Lady Ocelots have that signature Coach Lafata trait: Everyones hands are up. On the season they have given up only 54 points per game.
Schoolcraft sophomore, Emelda Chew (Detroit Northwestern) said, Coach Lafata stresses team-team-team, she rotates us all and everyone contributes. I have learned so much these past two seasons.
Brown and Shepherd are both hitting over 70% at the foul line.
Said Brown, Coach Lafata stresses foul shots. We need to make our foul shots. My dad is a basketball coach so I know how important it is to make foul shots. And Amber (Avery) gives us a spark when we are down; she is our go-to girl.
In the rebounding area, everyone contributes. On average per game, they are led by Avery-10, Bee-9 and Goins-8.
The Lady Ocelots also get quality minutes from three freshmen, guard Jalesa Moise (Plymouth H.S.), guard Elaina Mathis (Detroit CMA), and center Nakia Griffin (Livonia Churchill). Freshman center Sarah Jury (Livonia Ladywood), compliments the playing time as the super-sub.
Schoolcrafts only loss this year was to Delta C.C. on the road, in a Michigan Community College Athletic Association league game, 62-56.
The NJCAA Finals are a great platform to display talent, as many Universities will have coaches and scouts in attendance.
Schoolcraft Athletic Director Sid Fox announced that Goins has recently signed a letter of intent to play for Florida Southern in Boca Rotan, Florida next season. He added, We take pride of our tradition at Schoolcraft to prepare our student-athletes for the next level. They are true student-athletes. Any program will be fortunate to have one of our Schoolcraft ladies. Coach Lafata prepares you for the future.
In the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championship game, Schoolcraft bested Lake Michigan C.C. (Benton Harbor), 53-36 on the road.
Helping on the bench, Lafata is assisted by Kevin Brathwaite and Marty Simmonds. Kim Kotlewski is the certified trainer for the team.
Three teams from Illinois made it to the finals, Illinois Valley C.C. (Oglesby), Parkland College (Champaign) and Kankakee C.C. (Kankakee).
Lake Michigan C.C. also qualified for the tournament. Another favorite will be Monroe College of New York,
There will be one undefeated team competing, Patrick Henry C.C. (Virginia) at 19-0.
The tourney bracket with game times will be available online and all the tournament games can be viewed on the web. Look for the watch games link on the tournament website www.icc.edu/njcaatournament.
The Tournament celebrates womens basketball success and there is an all team awards banquet planned. Also, among the activities are a tee-shirt exchange, and a charity event entitled, Hoops for Haiti.
This is the third year Illinois Central College will be hosting the national tournament. I.C.C. was recently awarded another three-year host bid which will run through 2013.
Ironically, the I.C.C. women were giant killers this year as they were the only team to beat Kirkwood C. C. and they also beat a strong Kankakee C.C.squad.
For the District G- Championship, Lake Michigan C.C. bested Grand Rapids C.C., 53-36. Tyecia Warren and Katy Stuppy of Lake Michigan C.C. were named to the All- Tournament team. Lake Michigan C.C. is 26-5, on the season.
Deb Nikodemski and Courtney Stocking of Grand Rapids C.C. and Taquweisha King of Kellogg C.C. were also named to the All-Tournament team.
In District H, Angela Ruelle of Oakland C.C. and Chanahl Putnam of St. Clair County C.C. were also named to the All-Tournament team.

By Raymond Rolak


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Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 20-1 
 2. TTT Riga 19-2 
 3. RTU-Merks 10-12 
 4. DU/Swedbank 9-14 
 5. Liepajas met. 8-13 
 6. TTT Jun. 6-16 
 7. LU 4-18 


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1 Round W-MNT S-league : first win for Jedinstvo and Roling - by Dragan Scepanovic

BC JEDINSTVO B.Polje 86: 52 BC ANTIVARI Bar
BIJELO POLJE - SC Nikoljac. Spect 400. Reff: Scekic and Corac. By-Q. 32:13, 20:10. 17:20, 17:9.
JEDINSTVO: Sanja Knezevic (190-F-84) 11, Bigovic 10, Burdzovic 9 (4-1), Garcevic 15 (1-1), Lazovic 1 (2-1), Stanecia Graham (185-F-86, college: Washburn) 16 (4-2), Obradovic, Cvijovic, Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) 9 (2-2), Zivana Jankovic (174-G-83) 2, Rakovic 3 (5-1) Mujovic 10.
ANTIVARI : Jovic 4, Nikezic, Nikpaljevic, Vucetic II, Sabanovic, Kuzelj 2 (2-2), Jelena Vucetic 23 (5-4), Ostojic, Jovana Pasic (178-G-92) 19 (10-10), Vukovic 2, Marjanovic 2.

BC ROLING Niksic 78:59 BC BUDUCNOST Podgorica
NIKSIC - SC Niksic. Spect 100. Reff: Filipovic and Nikolic. BY-Q.: 19:24, 21:10, 22:12,16:13
ROLING: H. Baletic, Goranovic, Marina Ristic (168-G-87) 20, Jovanovic, Stanicic, J. Baletic, Vucic 2, Vuksic 2, Neda Nikolic (178-F/C-91) 22, Orbovic, Andjela Djurovic (188-F/C-90) 10,Djordjevic 22.
BUDUCNOST: Grnovic 2, Gordana Cavic (174-G-90) 1, Perunovic 4, Bajic 3, Marija Vujadinovic (175-G-90) 17, Gajevic, Mihailovic 18, Sofranac 1, Nikolic, Dobrovic 3, Franovic, Milica Milosev (185-F-93) 10.


Standings - Women League
Superleague 1A Standings
 1. Jedinstvo 1-0 
 2. Roling Niksic 1-0 
 3. Rudar 0-0 
 4. Antivari Bar 0-1 
 5. Buducnost 0-1 


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  NAIA - Women  


Northwestern and Shawnee State in Division II title game - by Eurobasket News
Northwestern outscored Briar Cliff 91:83 to reach the NAIA Division II championship game. The Red Raiders never trailed in this one. Northwestern opened the game with eight points in a row. Briar Cliff managed to draw things level at 12 just but Northwestern quickly cleared off again and raced to an 11-point lead at the interval. Val Klenjan boosted the margin to 15 points early in the second half but the Chargers did not surrender. Briar Cliff cut the deficit to 3 points and raised the pressure on their opponents. But Northwestern proved deadly from the stripe in the dying moments and sealed the winning outcome. Becca Hurley (5'9''-G) scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Red Raiders. Kendra De Jong (5'11''-F) and Randa Hulstein (6'1''-F) notched 14 points apiece in the winning case. Liz Grider responded with 20 points for the Briar Cliff. Morgan Brown netted 19 points in defeat.
Catrice Mitchell (6'3''-C) knocked down a late jumper to propel Shawnee State to a heart-stopping 55:54 victory over Indiana Wesleyan in another semifinal clash. The Bears will now play against Northwestern at the Tyson Events Centre tonight. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half. Indiana Wesleyan managed to ensure a 6-point halftime lead. The Wildcats improved to a 10-point lead early in the second half. Shawnee State denied the deficit and went in front 50:49 with under 5 minutes to go. Stephanie Burtch and Abby Ballman (5'9''-G/F) exchanged triples before Elaine Hessel put the Wildcats in charge. Mallory Albers (5'7''-G) missed a three-pointer but Catrice Mitchell hit a bucket to win the battle for the Bears. Abby Ballman and Mallory Albers finished with 12 points each to lead the Bears. Alison Meyer (6'0''-F) finished with 11 points for Shawnee State. LeAnn Douglas replied with 13 points for Indiana Wesleyan. Elaine Hessel added 12 points for the Wildcats.



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Standings - Women
National League Standings
 1. Glasgow 16-0 
 2. Edinburgh 14-3 
 3. St.Mirren 9-8 
 4. Polonia P. 8-8 
 5. Clark Erikss. 6-9 
 6. St Maurice's 2-12 
 7. Grampian 0-15 


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A League: Round 21 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 21 of the Serbian A League for Women almost brought surprise as Radivoj Korac demonstrated nice performance against No.1 Partizan. Visiting Partizan was ahead for most of the match and it seemed they will extend the undefeated streak with ease. However, in the final quarter hosts went on the run, but fell short in the dying seconds as Partizan came away with thriller 76-77 win.
In other matchups, Vozdovac hosted Crvena Zavezda and rolled over them with ease. After a closely contested first half, Vozdovac players increased pressure, especially in the final quarter which they won 23-14. In the end they celebrated comfortable 85-59 home win.
Vojvodina Nis hosted Proleter and came up on top with 69-56 win. Anja Stupar (178-F/C-89) led the winning side with 18 points, while Aleksandra Cabarkapa (186-F-86) chipped in 12 points. For Proleter, Danijela Jovanov was the only player to reach double digits as she scored 26 points.
Radnicki went to Loznica and managed to steal one from their hosts, winning the contest 59-63. Visiting team was led by Alexandra Katich (172-G-87, college: Brown) and Verica Stojiljkovic (166-G-79) who finished the night with 19 points apiece. For hosts, Mirjana Markovic poured in 20 points, while Jovana Vidakovic followed with 13.
Hemofarm Stada also won away from home, as they have beaten Celarevo 70-75. Sasa Cado (172-G-89) led the way for winning side with 18 points, while M Mandic added 11 points. On the other side, Celarevo got 20 points from both Milena Radosevic and Maja Skoric, but still failed to win.
Finally, Spartak was able to overcome Kovin at home, as they recorded 72-67 home win. Marija Kovacic (197-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) led the hosts with 24 and 20 points respectively. For Kovin, Nevena Jovanovic was good in loss with 21 points while Danijela Kostic followed with 15 points.

A League standings
1. Partizan 21-0
2. Hemofarm 17-4
3. Vojvodina 14-7
4. Radivoj Korac 14-7
5. Vodovac 13-8
6. Crvena Zv. 12-9
7. Celarevo 8-13
8. Proleter 7-14
9. Kovin 6-15
10. Spartak 5-16
11. Radnicki KG 5-16
12. Loznica 4-17


Standings - Women
A League Standings
 1. Partizan 21-0 
 2. Hemofarm 17-4 
 3. Vojvodina 14-7 
 4. Radivoj Korac 14-7 
 5. Vodovac 13-8 
 6. Crvena Zv. 12-9 
 7. Celarevo 8-13 
 8. Proleter 7-14 
 9. Kovin 6-15 
 10. Spartak 5-16 
 11. Radnicki KG 5-16 
 12. Loznica 4-17 


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Extraliga Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli opened a Quarterfinals mathcup against Banska Bystrica with a blowout home win 115-27. Hosts displayed dominance throughout the match never allowing their opponents to score more than 9 points in period, while in the second they allowed only 2. If this is any indication of how the series will go, Dobri Anjeli are looking at the sweep. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) led the rout with 39 points. She was followed by Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Anna Jurchenkova who added 25 and 19 points respectively.
Ruzemberok also started off with a win in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals as they were better than Roznava 80-57. Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) led the winning side with 13 points. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90), Lizanne Murphy and Barbora Novocka were also good as they all chipped in 11 points apiece. For Roznava, Diana Benushkova and Tiffany Tucker had 11 points each.
Presov hosted Basket Steel and managed to come away with 73-61 win to open the QFinals Finals matchup. Christina Wirth (185-G/F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) led the hosts with 16 points. She got help from Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) who added 13 points, as well as Yulia Kravaeva and Michaela Zentkova who scored 11 points apiece.
Nitra also started the playoffs with a home win over Popard, winning the Game One 71-64. Hosts were led by Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) who poured in 29 points. Sheila Lambert (170-G-80, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Baylor) was also good, after she scored 18 points. On the other side, Poprad got 13 points from Jennifer Fleischer as well as 12 from Alesia Lalovic.
Second games are scheduled for March 18.


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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Championship Round
 1. Hit Kran.Gora 20-1 
 2. Merkur Celje 19-1 
 3. AJM Maribor 15-6 
 4. Ilrija 11-10 
 5. Triglav 10-11 
 6. Konjice 8-12 
Classification Round
 1. Odeja KED 9-12 
 2. Jezica 9-12 
 3. Domzale 2-19 
 4. Kozmetika Afr. 1-20 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
Group A
 1. 08 2-1 
 2. Telge 2-1 
 3. Solna Vikings 1-2 
 4. Sundsvall 1-2 
Group B
 1. Lulea BBK 2-1 
 2. Sallen 2-1 
 3. Marbo Basket 1-2 
 4. Norrkoping 1-2 
Places 9-12
 1. Visby 6-16 
 2. Eos 6-16 
 3. Umea 4-18 
 4. Brahe 2-20 


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Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Dnipro 22-2 
 2. Dynamo-NPU 22-2 
 3. Kozachka 17-8 
 4. Donbas 15-8 
 5. Luganski Last. 12-12 
 6. Yuzhna Palmira 7-17 
 7. Politeh Basket 5-19 
 8. BC Frankivsk 4-20 
 9. Orlan Simfer. 4-20 


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  WNBA - Women  


Katie Smith signs with Washington Mystics - by Eurobasket News
Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) has signed with the Washington Mystics, with general manager Angela Taylor calling the guard 'the LeBron James of this free-agency process.'

Smith is the third-leading scorer in WNBA history, helped the Detroit Shock win two championships and was the MVP of the 2008 finals. She also was a member of three Olympic champion U.S. basketball teams - at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Games.

Smith missed the end of last season with Detroit because of a herniated disc in her back. But she said Tuesday she is healthy and looking forward to 'getting the rust off and getting the timing back.'

The Mystics went 16-18 last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Dream re-signs WNBA All-Star Erika De Souza - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Dream announced today that the team has re-signed restricted free agent center Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82) to a two year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'It's a situation where Erika wanted to be here and we certainly wanted her back,' said Dream General Manager & Head Coach Marynell Meadors. 'She is one of the best centers in the world right now. We are very fortunate that were able to sign her to a two year deal.'

De Souza, a 6-5 center, earned her first All-Star appearance last season. The Brazil native started every contest in 2009, averaging 11.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game. She finished among league leaders in several statistical categories, including: rebounding (2nd), double-doubles (2nd), field goal percentage (4th) and blocks (5th).

Originally acquired by the Dream in the 2008 Expansion Draft from the Connecticut Sun, de Souza is entering her third season with the Dream and fifth in the WNBA. This offseason, de Souza is competing for Ros Casares in Spain, one of the top teams in EuroLeague. She is currently averaging 12.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Dream tips off its third season this summer at Philips Arena, with the home opener slated for May 16 against the Indiana Fever at 7 pm. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available for purchase by calling 1-877-977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in the spring.


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