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Stats Leaders - TNA

Points Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  Avg: 26
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.26.0 
 2. Miller, Bragado20.6 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF17.5 
 4. Melo, Z*Indepe.17.4 
 5. Elsener, El Nacional16.5 
 6. Nwankwo, El Nacional16.2 
 7. Williams, Independ.T.16.1 
 8. Truscott, San M.15.3 
 9. Ford, Belgrano SN15.3 
 10. Wilkerson, Ciclista15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Belgrano SN
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Truscott, San M.9.1 
 2. Leith, Firmat SF8.8 
 3. Ford, Belgrano SN8.5 
 4. Assie, San Mart.C.8.1 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.8.1 
 6. Espinoza, Argentino8.0 
 7. Williams, Club 97.8 
 8. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
 9. Benjamin, San M.7.0 
 10. Kornegay, A.Ita.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.6 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.4 
 3. Forastieri, Club 92.8 
 4. La Bella, Obera TC2.7 
 5. Lauro, Z*Indepe.2.6 
 6. Palacios, Firmat S.2.5 
 7. Sartorelli, San M.2.5 
 8. Bernhardt, San M.2.5 
 9. Perez, El Nacional2.4 
 10. Ceci, Argentino2.3 
Steals Per Game
  Alma Juniors
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.1 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional2.0 
 3. Williams, Independ.T.2.0 
 4. Eseverri, Belgrano.1.9 
 5. Castets, Obera TC1.9 
 6. La Bella, Obera TC1.9 
 7. Fernandez, Alma J.1.7 
 8. Castelli, Independ.T.1.7 
 9. Ford, Belgrano SN1.6 
 10. Bendel, Z*Indepe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.1.9 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.5 
 3. Francis, Argentino1.1 
 4. Kornegay, A.Ita.1.1 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.1.1 
 6. Williams, Club 91.1 
 7. Giorgi, Obera TC1.0 
 8. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 9. Ford, Belgrano SN0.9 
 10. Martina, Club 90.8 

TNA Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Obera TC - Belgrano SN 87-82
Obera managed to bear Belgrano SN for 1-1 in the TNA Quarterfinals. Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) and Eduardo Gamboa (190-G-84) were the leading players in victory as they scored 22 and 20 points respectively. Sebastian Pardal replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Ciclista - Firmat SF 74-62
2-0 lead for Ciclista, who got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77). Fabian Elias Saad (187-G-83) scored 14 and John Huggins added 12 pts. In Firmat, Justin Leith collected 14 pts and 5 rebs.

Bragado - Alma Juniors 76-55
11-pont win for Bragado, who tied the score to 1-1. Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) was a key player for the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) followed with 17 pts and 13 rebs. In Alma Juniors, Sebastian Porta collected 17 pts and 13 rebs.

San Mart.MJ - A.Italiana 79-82
Asociacion Italiana celebrated 79-82 road win last night tying the series to 1-1. Francisco Rasio (182-G-81, college: Miami Dade CC), Ricardo Centeno (204-C-79) and Javier Caceres scored 14 points each in this victory. Centeno and Caceres pulled down 8 and 6 rebounds respectively. For the hosts, Gaston Luchino netted 21 pts.

LigaA (second phase): Round 29 review - by Eurobasket News
Sionista - C.Entrerriano 85-67
Sionista had an easy job against Central Enterriano getting 29 points from Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Liman Sports, college: Villanova). He made 7 of 9 attempts from behind the arc last night and 4/4 for FG2. Daniel Hure (200-F-85) added 12 pts for the winners. Scott Cuttley replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds in loss.

Union S. - Obras 76-74
Thriller win for Union, whose leading player was William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) with 23 points and 8 rebounds. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) secured a great help adding 15 pts and 10 boards. Juan Espil was on fire in loss scoring 22 points for just 14 minutes on the court.

Estudiantes - Lanus 80-78
Another very exciting game and another win for the hosts. Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) paced Estudiantes with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Michael Robinson (198-F-76, college: Purdue) added 20 pts and 5 rebs. Jamaal Levy collected 18 pts and 8 boards in defeat.

Olimpico LB - Libertad S. 68-73
Nice road win for Libertad, who got 22 points and 6 rebounds from Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, agency: Buck Andre, college: Maryland). Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) is another player with very important role in this victory with 22 points and 6 boards, while Gregory Lewis added 11 pts and 7 rebs. Frank Williams responded with 17 pts for the hosts.

Gimnasia CR - Quilmes MP 98-89
Gerald Brown (193-G-75, college: Pepperdine) led the winners in scoring with 18 points. They had five more players with double-digits last night. On the other side, Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) shined with 29 pts and 14 boards. Gimnasia CR made impressive 16 of 26 attempts for 3-pts in this game.

Atenas - Quimsa 84-79
Atenas had Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) in a game mood with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) and Diego Lo Grippo followed him with 17 and 16 points respectively. Quimsa got 16 points from Pablo Gil.

Boca Jrs - La Union 75-78
David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) led La Union in scoring with 15 points. Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Ariel Pau added 13 pts. Cedric Moodie collected 22 pts in defeat.

Penarol - Regatas 78-75
The box-score will be available soon.


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 16-7 
 2. Charleroi 14-9 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 14-9 
 4. Oostende 13-11 
 5. M.Hainaut 11-12 
 6. Aalstar 11-12 
 7. Antwerp 11-12 
 8. Leuven 8-15 
 9. Gent 6-17 


Bajramovic likely to leave KSBIH - by Nedzad Kladusak
After BIH missed the second time to qualify for the EC KSBIH seriously considers to hire a new coach.
DEspite the KSBIH is broke and can t even afford to send his U16 team to an U16 EC there are several candidates who expressed their interest in leading the bosnian squad.
According to several sources Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ), the former Yugoslav NT player and brother of Drazen Petrovic is one of the top favourites.
Senad Muminovic who successfully develops bosnian talents is another name that is often mentioned.

Bajramovic declared that his club wants him earlier to come to Syria and he won t be able to lead the Bosnian NT.
In recent campaigns he had many cencellations of major players and had problems to impose his authority.

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna S. 1-0 
 2. Siroki Eronet 1-0 
 3. Igokea 1-0 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 0-0 
 5. Slavija 0-0 
 6. Borac Nektar 0-0 
 7. Grude 0-0 
 8. Hercegovac 0-0 
 9. Mladost MG 0-0 
 10. Sutjeska 0-0 
 11. Celik 0-0 
 12. Capljina 0-1 
 13. Sloboda Dita 0-1 
 14. Zrinjski MC 0-1 

Bogdan Tanjevic underwent surgery - by Nedzad Kladusak
The legendary bosnian coach Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) has recently been told had he has a very serious disease.
He will be sidelined for at least two months. However he is confident to lead Fenerbahce in the play-offs.
Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) wrote history as he led the youngsters of KK Bosna in 1979 to a sensational victory against Emerson featuring such stars like Meneghin and Morse.
It has the first time an yugoslav team made it to the top of european club basketball.
The native Montenegrinian became part of Bosnia-Hercegovina, the city of Sarajevo and KK Bosna.
Bosa get well soon!


Universo/BRB catch up with Flamengo on top - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB caught up with Flamengo on top of the NBB standings. The Brasilia outfit cruised past visiting Joinville 106:81 for the 18th win in the season. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) fired 28 points to lead the charge. Universo marked their dominance in the opening frame winning it 26:13. They stretched the margin at 26-point mark at halftime and never looked back en route to the win. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 21 points for the home team. Audrei Parisotto (195-F-84) responded with 22 points for Joinville. Andre Goes and Vinicius Da Silva Bristott had 14 points apiece as the visitors suffered the tenth loss in the tournament.
Flamengo in the meantime lost to GRSA/Bauru on the road 105:108. The hosts needed overtime to tame the league leaders. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) was pivotal with 24 points for GRSA/Bauru. Evandro Soro and Fernando Fischer accounted for 20 points each in the winning case. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) and Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) replied with 25 points each in the loss.
Pitagoras/Minas are now one win shy of the league leaders. They held off Londrina 101:80 for the 17th success. Raulzinho Togni (184-G-92) produced 20 points to pace the home side. Luiz Felipe Campos (191-G-80, college: BYU) and Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted 15 points apiece in the victory. Adriano Machado (208-C-83) posted 25 points in the losing case.


Rilski Sportist defeated Chernomorets - by Valentin Anguelov
Rilski Sportist managed to come out of the shock after the big loss against Levski and defeated Chernomorets 87-72 at home. The hosts had some difficulties but after the middle of the second quarter run away for good. In the second half the visitors cut the deficit to 4 points, but then Rilski took a double digit lead and held on for the win. With little to go in the game the margin went up to 19 points, but Chernomorets cut it to 15 at the buzzer.
Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) had very good game for the winners, missing only 2 three-pointers from 8 attempts, and finished with 29 points. Simeon Naydenov had 22 points and Travis Peterson added a double double - 15 points and 11 rebounds.
For the visitors Dwayne Morton had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Martin Horozov and Asen Saraliyski scored 11 points apiece.



The NT couldn't defeat Argentina in Game 4 of the ODESUR games - by Daniel Valencia
On saturday afternoon, the Chilean NT played against Argentina for the fourth round of the ODESUR games. In a closed game decided only in the last seconds, Argentina defeated Chile 76-74, despite the huge game from Franco Morales (179-G-92), who led all scorers with 30 points, along with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Chile 74 - Argentina 76
CHI: Franco Morales 30 pts. Felipe Acuna (182-G-92) 20 pts. Francisco Fox 19 pts.
ARG: Juan Jose Giaveno 15 pts. Joel Comba (198-F-92) 12 pts. Pablo Perez (202-F/C-92) 11 pts.

On sunday night, the Chilean NT will face Uruguay, looking to stay in the fight for the medals.

The NT continues the streak in the ODESUR games - by Daniel Valencia
After round 3 of the Odesur Games, the Chilean National Team Under 18 is still undefeated, after huge victories against Brazil and Venezuela.

On thursday night, the team coached by Juan Manuel Cordoba , defeated Brazil 70-67, with a huge night from Felipe Acuna (182-G-92), who ended the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while the point guard Franco Morales (179-G-92), scored 16, grabbed 13 boards and also had 6 steals.

This victory was the first win by any chilean NT in 40 years over Brazil.
Chile 60 - Brazil 57
: Felipe Acuna 17 pts. Franco Morales 16 pts. Emanuelle Moreno 10 pts.
BRA: Felipe Andre 13 pts. Gustavo Scaglia 10 pts. Cristiano Silva 9 pts.

On friday night, the NT confirmed the good moment with a 72-65 victory, reaching a 3-0 record. Franco Morales led the winners with an outstanding performance, ending the night with 28 points.

Chile 72 - Venezuela 65
CHI: Franco Morales 28 pts. Rolando Arteaga 17 pts. Felipe Acuna 15 pts.
VEN: Anthony Perez 18 pts. Edyn Calatayud 9 pts. Drexter Mejias 6 pts.


South American U18 Championship starts in Medellin - by Eurobasket News
Medellin welcomed the start of the South American U18 Championship. The tournament has been enjoying two days packed in action.
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay went victorious in the openers. Argentina prevailed against Venezuela 84:76. Juan Giaveno (175-G-92) and Ezequiel Diaz knocked down 16 points each to pace the charge. Anthony Perez (F-93) responded with 16 points for Venezuela.
Uruguay needed an overtime to prevail against Brazil 75:68. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) fired 25 points, while Alex Alvarez added 23 points for the winners. Arthur Casimiro responded with 10 points and 14 boards for Brazil.
Chile overcame hosting Colombia 76:65 behind 22 points from Franco Morales. Felipe Acuna (182-G-92) was responsible for 19 points in the win.
Uruguay continued their winning streak as they toppled Argentina 71:54 on Day 2 of the tournament. Alex Alvarez fired 24 points to lead the charge. Mathias Calfani accounted for 15 points in the victory.
Chile also posted the second straight win as they held off Brazil 60:57. Felipe Acuna had 17 points in the victory.
Venezuela recorded their first victory as they rolled past Colombia 59:49. Anthony Perez nailed 17 points for the winners.


Barva advances to Cup Final - by Gianni Pascucci
Ferreteria Brenes Barva destroyed Liceo, 103-65, in Game 2 of Semifinals, and yesterday night toook the decisive win, 91-80, for the final 2-1 in the aggregate and a ticket for the Costa Rica Cup Final Series, to be played the first week of April. The top performers in the decisive third game were Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC), for Barva, and Harold Mitchell (200-C-83), for Liceo, who scored 23 points each. In the other series, Univertsidad de Costa Rica defeated, 75-70 ARBA San Ramon on the road, tieing the aggregate on 1-1, and Game3 will be played tomorrow.


Keravnos ties the series 1-1! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Great game in Strovolos where Keravnos has tied the series against Ael 1-1.

Due to its excellent defense, Ael was ahead of the score even by 13 (60-73) at the last quarter and had the chance to 'steal' the game. Just 4' 58'' before the end Kieza hit a 3-pointer and tied the game 82-82. The game went in overtime.

Ael was ahead by 4 (84-88) with Smith taking the score to 91-92 and Hart making it 94-93. With 25' remaining and the score being 96-96 Lonnie Cooper finished with a layup and gave the victory to his team 98-96.

Keravnos was led by Smith's 19 points with Lonnie Cooper adding another 18.

Ael was led by Fel's 25 points. Giannoulis had 16 and Davis added another 18.

Quarters: 25-18, 34-38, 56-62, 82-82 (98-96 OT)

Keravnos (M.Ioannou): Soubotic 1, Hart 12 (1), Pilavas , Trisokkas 10, Smith 19 (4), Davis 8 (1), Kieza 5 (1), Cooper 18 (2), Damianovic 13, Garcia 12, Razis.

Ael: (Giakoullis): Liatsos 5 (1), Bracey 6, Davis 18 (1), Palalas 3 (1), I.Evdimov 13 (2), Fels 25 (6), V.Evtimov 5, Taylor 6, Giannoulis 16


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 34-3 
 2. Novy Jicin 34-4 
 3. BK Prostejov 32-6 
 4. BK Pardubice 27-12 
 5. BK Decin 24-15 
 6. B&W Opava 16-23 
 7. BC Kolin 16-23 
 8. USK Praha 16-23 
 9. Podebrady 11-28 
 10. Basketbol Brno 11-28 
 11. NH Ostrava 9-30 
 12. Vysehrad 2-37 


Friday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 82-95
Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) tallied 29 points as the Erie Bayhawks scored a 95-82 win over the Mad Ants Friday night, as Fort Wayne was forced to play with just seven healthy players. Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) led the Ants with 18 points, while Rod Wilmont added 16 and Rob Kurz, who played over 44 minutes, had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The two teams play the last of their three games in a row in Erie Sunday. *Courtesy of

Albuquerque - Tulsa 66ers 86-106
An almost perfect night from the field for Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) and a suffocating defense sparked Tulsa's blowout victory Friday over Albuquerque at the Tulsa Convention Center. In a 106-86 victory, Williams finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting, including consecutive two-handed slams to open the fourth quarter. Byron Mullens, the leading scorer for Tulsa, had 24 points and five rebounds for the 66ers, including 4-of-6 shooting beyond the arc. Over the last six games, Mullens is 10-of-17 on 3s, an impressive 58.8 percent over that span. Albuquerque was led in scoring by Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) who finished with a game- high 29 points. *Courtesy of

Idaho S. - Utah F. 109-116
The Utah Flash are one step closer to the playoffs with a 116 - 109 win against the Idaho Stampede. The Flash were down one point with three minutes remaining until a three pointer by Kevin Kruger put the Flash up two. Later in the fourth, The Flash closed out the game consecutive steals converted into breakaway dunks by Brian Hamilton and Bennet Davis to push their lead to five with less than a minute remaining. The Flash were lead by Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) who scored 11 points after halftime, and finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. In the fourth quarter, there were four lead changes with the difference being the Flash's ability to score from behind the arc and defend at the end of the game. The Flash ended up with six players in double figures with Utah's Orien Greene leading all scorers with 23. Idaho was led by Taylor's 22 points while Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) 's 21 points. Lance Allred added had a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. The two teams face-off for the third game in four nights tomorrow in a continued battle for a final playoff spot. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the McKay Events Centers. *Courtesy of

Maine RC - Reno Bighorns 91-102
Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) reached the 30-point plateau for the 10th time this season on Friday night, finishing with 32 to propel the Reno Bighorns to a 102-91 victory over the Maine Red Claws in the Reno Events Center. Farmer's 32 paced five Bighorns in double figures Friday night. Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) notched his sixth-straight double-double with 18 points and 15 boards, while Doug Thomas recorded a double-double of his own with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Former Red Claw guard Will Blalock picked-up 17 points and nine assists on the night. Morris Almond led the way for Maine with 22 points, while Paul Davis collected a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Robinson, who played the entire 2008-09 season in Reno and began this season with the Bighorns before a mid-season trade for Blalock, finished with 18 points and eight assists. *Courtesy of

Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 101-118
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Springfield Armor 118-101 on Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. GATORADE call-up candidate Alexander Johnson (6'10''-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) broke the franchise record for most free throws without a miss (17-of-17) to help Sioux Falls improve to 18-5 at home. Alexander Johnson posted his 11th double-double of the season with a game-high 31 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Joe Krabbenhoft (6'7''-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) added 24 points off the bench behind 9-of-12 shooting and a perfect 3-of-3 from the 3-point line while McCray dished out 13 assists for the second time this season. Marcus Campbell recorded his ninth double-double of the season with a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Abdulai Jalloh and Tre Whitted came off the bench and chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively. *Courtesy of

Dakota W. - Iowa E. 108-112
Write Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) and the Iowa Energy into the NBA Development League record book. Be sure to use a pencil, though. Stinson set the league assist record and Earl Barron scored six points in overtime as the Energy defeated the Dakota Wizards 112-108 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy also tied a D-League record with 36 wins. Point guard Stinson (20 pts) dished out 13 assists, putting his season total at 516. That breaks a league record of 504 set Walker Russell of Fort Wayne last season. Iowa's Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) finished with a game-high 30 points. *Courtesy of

Los Angeles D. - Rio Grande 95-110
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers reduced the magic number to two to clinch the D-League's conference championship with a 110-95 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday night. Any combination of Vipers' wins and Austin Toros' losses that equal two will wrap up that milestone. The bigger goal is to win the D-League championship. With Friday's victory, the Vipers have guaranteed home court edge in the first round of the playoffs. Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) led the Vipers with 23 points. The locals hit 10 of 13 three-pointers in the second half after knocking down just one basket from long range in the opening half. The two teams return to State Farm Arena again on Saturday night. *Courtesy of


Santiago: Sameji Falls - by Ozell Wells
PLAZA 90 - Sameji 78

Plaza Fernando Valerio, in the second game, went to the wire and beat Sameji 90-78, to return the favor of their firtst loss at the hands of Sameji. in the Basketball Association of Santiago de los Caballeros, ABASACA for the Cup Bohemia Beer, dedicated to Luis Manuel Bonetti.

Plaza Fernando Valerio, took the game to Sameji in the first half to win 53 to 31 at halftime, they withstood the attack of the Santiago players in the second half and stood at 70 to 73, with 2 minutes 40 seconds left in the game.
Dalky Melendez (203-F-86, college: La-Monroe), in his best game of the tournament,was the best PLAZA scorer with 17, Luis Cabrera (180-G-80) and Sandro Encarnacion (203-C-86) seconded them with 16 and 12 for both Carlos Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) and Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.).
For SAMEJ, Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) stood out for the losers with 23, Manny Quezada (188-G-85, college: USF) 18, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 14 and Juan Coronado (196-G-84) 10.
courtesy of ABASACA


Vladimir Golubovic stays in Caja Laboral - by Zoran Popovic
Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) extends contract with Caja Laboral for one more month. Young center came from Olimpija Ljubljana in February 2010 to replace injured Tiago Spliter, but after good games during the last month Management decides to extend contract with him. Golubovic started career in BC Vojvodina Novi Sad and played for them in period 2002 until 2008, when he moved to Olimpija Ljubljana. Golubovic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18, U20, University National team and now is member of Montenegrin National team.


KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo falling to division 1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 43: Six contests tonight. There were a few questions before these games and some answers were given. FoKoPo (Forssa) will fall from Top League
to division 1. FoKoPo lost at home vs Vilpas Vikings (Salo) 70-85 and that means FoKoPo will be # 12 and Vilpas # 11. Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) led the hosts with 17 pts and 15 rbs. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) and Boakai Lalugba (199-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) scored both 22 pts for visitor Vilpas. And which Team will win the regular season? There are still two choices before the very last round (44) coming Tuesday. It will be Pyrinto (Tampere) or Kouvot (Kouvola). Pyrinto will meet Honka (Espoo) in Tampere and Kouvot will play the last game in Helsinki vs Torpan Pojat. Tonight Kataja (Joensuu) beat Pyrinto 100-83 and Kouvot defeated Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 90-84.

FoKoPo - Vilpas 70-85 (33-39) (Durell Vinson 17/15, Jarno Nissinen 16, Tyson Patterson 14/5a - Jahmar Thorpe 22, Boakai Lalugba 22, Roope Ahonen 18).
Kataja - Pyrinto 100-83 (40-36) (Kristian Clarkson 19, Tim Whitworth 19, Jeb Ivey 18 - Chris Hester 24, Kenny Lowe 20, Damon Williams 14/11).
Kouvot - Korihait 90-84 (35-49) (AJ Moye 25, Kyle Shiloh 24, Ross Neltner 15 - AZ Reid 26, Mark McCarroll 18, Josh Gonner 16).

Honka - Torpan Pojat 75-88 (37-37) (Carl Elliott 20, Tuukka Kotti 14/12, Sasu Salin 12 - Tyray Pearson 20, Hanno Mottola 15, Antti Niskanen 13).
YMCA Lappeenranta - KTP 82-85 (38-48) (Adam Hall 22, Robert Turner 15, Akeem Scott 12 - Ryan McDade 20/13, Ian Young 18, Eric Washington 13).
YMCA Lahti - Kauhajoki 116-89 (55-48) (Corey Rouse 29/12, Ricky Hickman 24/10, Ray Nixon 21 - Henry Umoru 19, Reggie Golson 18/10, Eldar Skamo 18).

Korisliiga Round: 43 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - ToPo 75-88
ToPo prevailed against Honka on the road. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) nailed 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to help ToPo to the 29th success at the tournament. Hanno Mottola accounted for 15 points in the win. Carl Elliott responded with 20 points for Honka.

Kouvot - Korihait 90-84
Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) nailed 25 points to lead Kouvot to the 33rd victory. Kyle Shiloh was helpful with 24 points in the victory. Arizona Reiz responded with 26 points for Korihait as they fell at 21-22 record.

LrNMKY - KTP 82-85
KTP bettered LrNMKY away from home. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) notched 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Ian Young added 18 points in the 23rd win for KTP. LrNMKY were led by 22 points from Adam Hall.

FoKoPo - Salon Vilpas 70-85
Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) and Boakai Lalugba netted 22 points each to lead Salon Vilpas past FoKoPo. Roope Ahonen chipped in 18 points in the 11th win for the Vikings. Durell Vinson had 17 points and 15 rebounds for FoKoPo in defeat.

Namika Lahti - Karhu 116-89
Namika Lahti cruised past Karhu for the 20th win in the season. Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: E.Carolina) exploded with 29 points and 12 boards to lead the hosts. Ricky Hickman added 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Henry Umory responded with 19 points in the losing effort.

Kataja - Pyrinto 100-83
Kataja earned the 20th win as they held off the league leading Pyrinto. Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Widener) and Timothy Whitworth nailed 19 points each to pace the home team. Chris Hester responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Pyrinto.

Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 33-10 
 2. Kouvot 33-10 
 3. ToPo 29-14 
 4. LrNMKY 24-19 
 5. KTP 23-20 
 6. Honka 21-22 
 7. Korihait 21-22 
 8. Namika Lahti 20-23 
 9. Kataja 20-23 
 10. Karhu 14-29 
 11. Salon Vilpas 11-32 
 12. FoKoPo 9-34 

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
  Namika Lahti
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.8 
 2. Washington, KTP22.0 
 3. Trotter, ToPo20.4 
 4. Rouse, Namika L.20.1 
 5. Golson, Karhu19.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 7. Turner, LrNM.19.5 
 8. Reid, Korihait19.4 
 9. Hester, Pyrinto19.2 
 10. Lowe, Pyrinto19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Wood, Karhu14.2 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.4 
 3. McDade, KTP12.0 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto10.6 
 6. Stamper, LrNM.10.5 
 7. Kotti, Honka10.2 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.9.8 
 9. Hamm, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Wood, Karhu4.8 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.8 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 5. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Scott, LrNM.3.1 
 10. Jarvinen, LrNM.2.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Trotter, ToPo3.1 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.3.1 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.4 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.2 
 5. Scott, LrNM.2.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 7. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 8. Stamper, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 10. Belser, Honka1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Pearson, ToPo0.9 
 2. Clarkson, Kataja0.8 
 3. Stamper, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 5. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 6. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 7. Neltner, Kouvot0.6 
 8. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Moye, Kouvot0.6 
 10. Champion, FoKoPo0.6 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 23-4 
 2. Limoges 19-8 
 3. Maurienne 18-9 
 4. Bourg 17-10 
 5. Nanterre 17-10 
 6. Le Portel 17-10 
 7. Evreux 16-11 
 8. Lille 16-11 
 9. Boulazac 13-14 
 10. St.Vallier 12-15 
 11. Charleville 11-16 
 12. Nantes 11-16 
 13. Antibes 10-17 
 14. Fos Ouest 10-17 
 15. Clermont 9-18 
 16. Quimper 8-19 
 17. Bordeaux 8-19 
 18. Brest 8-19 


Superleague: Round 18 - by Akaki Bakradze
TSU vs. Samedicino 119:96
This victory brought to TSU third place. Minashvili made double-double for TSU. He scored 53 points and made 11 rebounds.

Dinamo vs. MIA 73:99
After this win MIA brought fifth place. Atuashvili made double-double for MIA. He scored 20 points and mad made 16 rebounds.

GSAU vs. Energy 78:89
The decisive was a third quarter, where Energy won with a difference of 14 points. Tilford scored 31 points and made 5 assists for Energy. His teammate Babiashvili made double-double (27pts.
Batumi vs. Sokhumi 105:78
This victory brought to Batumi fourth place. Batumis four players made double-double. Maisuradze (15 pts. 10 rbs.), Lezhava (19 pts. 11 ass.), Keshelava (27 pts. 15 rbs.) and Imnadze (29 pts. 27 rbs.)

Merani vs. Avia 20:0

Vakhtang Minashvili (202-C-79)

Geogian Stats Leaders
Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Imnadze Batumi 21.7
2 Babiashvili Ener 19.6
3. Lezhava Batumi 18.6
4. Nikoladze MIA 18.5
5. Bokolish Samed. 18.4
6. Atuashvili Mia 18.0
7. Sanadze Din.17.6
8. Tsivtsivadze 17.5
9 . Barbak D. TSU 16.5
10. Panchuli TSU 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1.Imnadze Batumi 14.5
2.Atuashvili MIA 10.3
3.Toudjani Energy 10.1
4.Rodumta Batumi 9.8
5.Atanelishvili GSAU 9.2
6.Barbak D. TSU 8.9
7.Londaridze Dinamo 8.7
8.Tavamaish Meran 7.7
9.Babiashvili Energy 7.5
10.Mumladze samed. 7.3
Assists Per Game
1.Tsivtsivadze GSAU 7.1
2.Gaprindashvili TSU 5.9
3.Sigua Dinamo 5.1
4.Khetsuriani TSU 4.9
5.Tughushi Energy 4.9
6.Berishvili D. MIA 4.0
7.Lezhava Batumi 3.7
8.Kokhreidze TSU 3.5
9. Tavartkiladze Batumi 3.1
10. Berishvili I. MIA 3.0
Steals Per Game
1. Berishvili B. Sokhu 3.6
2. Kokhreidze TSU 2.7
3. Panchulidze TSU 2.6
4. Gaprindashvili TSU 2.5
5 Sigua Dinamo 2.2
6. Gulisabedas GSAU 2.2
7. Toudjani Energy 2.1
8. Guruli P. Merani 2.1
9. Berishvili D. MIA 2.0
10. Tughushi Energy 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Bekauri Samed 2.1
2. Atuashvili MIA 1.7
3. Rodumta Batumi 1.6
4. Imnadze Batumi 1.3
5. Kvetenadze Sokh 1.2
6. Barbak D. TSU 1.2
7. Toudjani Energy 1.2
8 Khetsuriani TSU 1.0
9. Shermadini MIA 0.9
10. Kobidze Sokhumi 0.8


Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To Duesseldorf Giants Game March 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The Duesseldorf Giants March 28th.

A big 76-70 in Berlin last weekend. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are doing so many things well at the moment on the court. What is their biggest strength at the moment?

I think one of our biggest strengths to go a long with our fighting mentality is our depth. We have a lot of guys with different strengths that make us a well rounded team offensively and defensively.

What was your impression of the O2- World arena and what wont you forget from the thrilling 76-70 win?

The 02 World Arena is a very impressive facility. It reminded me of an NBA arena. There is no one thing I won t forget about the game. I think winning a road game at Berlin is something that will be remembered in general.

Could the presence of Dragan Labovic and upcoming return of Aubrey Reese make The Deutsche Bank Skyliners a title team instead of only a playoff team?

I try not to give this much thought at this point in the season. We have Cup coming up soon that we are focusing on and still trying to position ourselves for the playoffs. Our team is definitely moving in the right direction though.

The season is winding down and the TOP 4 tournament is around the corner. Is this the best time of the year for you as a player?

I think this is the best time of year for any competitor. This is the time of year the intensity picks up and the hard work pays off.

The next game is against The Duesseldorf Giants. What are your memories of the thrilling 70-67 buzzer beater win on the road?

I remember it being a tight game most of the time. I think they hit a big three to put it in overtime. Then of course Tez answered with the big three at the buzzer in overtime.

How difficult will this game be? The Duesseldorf Giants may just be the best 16th ranked team ever in the BEKO BBL?

Well there really are no teams in this league that can t beat you on any given night. Dusseldorf is no exception. We saw what they are capable of last game, so I think we have respect for them.

The Duesseldorf Giants are desperate for a win and ex Skyliner Koko Archibong is returning home to play. What will be key in winning the game?

I think it s important we have a strong start not to give them any early confidence. Besides this, we just have to keep ou
r intensity.

Were you surprised that Kansas was knocked out of the NCAA tournament?

I was very surprised. I thought they would definitely go to the Final Four.

What is your impression of Gonzaga and German wunderkind Elias Harris and all his NBA hype?

He is definitely a big time player. I didn t know he was from Germany until recently.
Thanks Seth for the chat.

Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom baskets Bonn Game March 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Kevin spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn March 28th

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have an 8-1 record since the five game losing streak. What part of the Braunschweig game has improved the most in this period?

I would say we are just playing well together right now. We are getting the ball to the open person and we are taking good shots right now.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are in 8th place and seem like they are in the middle of a camp fire as there is a lot of heat from down below. What is going to keep the club from letting their opponents below burn them in the stretch run?

We just have to keep on winning. We can not be concerned with what other teams are doing right now. It is going to be a tight race but we have played well with our backs against the wall.

It seems like Braunschweig has so many scoring options. Which player seems to have been the unsung hero in this 8-1 record?

We have a lot of people who have stepped up at different parts of this run. Everyone has contributed, I can't really just name one person.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What are your memories from the 74-69 loss at home? It seemed like the rims werent too soft for Braunschweig?

All I really remember was giving up a lot of transition points. We have to keep them off the break if we want to have a chance to win.

Is a big problem for any team that Bonn is very disciplined and have so many weapons?

Yes, they are a very good offensive team which makes them tough to beat, especially at home.

What will be key in winning this game? Is there any way to defend them crashing the boards?

Keeping them off the fast break, playin solid half court defense and limiting them to 1 shot a possession are going to key the keys.

I wish for a double double performance from you and Jared Jordan head to head. Does a duel like this bring out a little bit extra in you?

He is definitely a good player, He is a good true point guard and runs his team well. I am looking forward to the challenge.

What could be the next high ranked team to be upset in the NCAA tournament?

I can see Ohio State losing a game soon.
Thanks Kev for the chat.

Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To Eisbaeren Bremerhaven game March 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 25 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. Last season for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

How does a 7 game winning streak sound like for Phoenix Hagen to end the season?

A seven game win streak would be great. It would be tough with our remaining schedule but not impossible

How big is the belief that Phoenix Hagen will stay in the BEKO BBL?

It is a strong belief but we know that we still have work left to do before it is definite.

How happy was coach Ingo Freyer after the win in Duesseldorf. What words of wisdom did he give the team?

He was probably one the happiest people around Saturday. He didn't say a whole lot because that was just one game and we still are not safe.

The next game is against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. What is your memory of the 94-90 loss in Hagen?

That was a game that we gave away. We were winning the whole game and our inexperience showed in the fourth quarter.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have been playing great ball in 2010. What have they improved on in that time?

They are playing better team ball now and getting everyone involved as before everything ran through one player.

Phoenix Hagen didnt have Michael Jordan at that time. Will this give the team new advantages on offense that they didnt have in the first game? Rodney Buford is gone.

The first game we played great offensively but of course having Mike will help especially if the game is like it was in the last one.

Phoenix Hagen came close in the first game in winning. How will you defeat The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven this time around?

We have to control the tempo of the game and not get into an up and down game with them. We need to make them work on offense and defense.

Were you surprised that Kansas lost?

I was very surprised by that game. It goes to show that nothing is impossible.

Who is the favorite now in winning the NCAA tournament?

I have to go with Kentucky. They are looking unstoppable right now, hitting threes and playing defense.
Thanks Quentin for the chat.

Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game March 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, 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%. Brandon took some time to talk to Eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have an 8-1 record since the five game losing streak. What part of the Braunschweig game has improved the most in this period?

We are playing with great chemistry and showing that we can stop teams when we really put forth the effort.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are in 8th place and seem like they are in the middle of a camp fire as there is a lot of heat from down below. What is going to keep the club from letting their opponents below burn them in the stretch run?

We have to win. Not much else we can control.

It seems like Braunschweig has so many scoring options. Which player seems to have been the unsung hero in this 8-1 record?

I think every player has really stepped up but the Unsung Hero award goes to... Philipp Kochling, our assistant coach, for making us better every day.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What are your memories from the 74-69 loss at home? It seemed like the rims werent too soft for Braunschweig?

I remember they really took advantage of their fast break opportunities. We can't always make shots so we have to focus on not letting them get so many easy baskets this time around.

Is a big problem for any team that Bonn is very disciplined and have so many weapons?

Yes that is always a threat to any team.

What will be key in winning this game? Is there any way to defend crashing the boards?

We cant start off so sluggish as we did the first time and we have to make their job on offense a lot more difficult. Also our guards will probably have to really step up with crashing the boards.

You told me some weeks ago that you want to be more of a scoring threat down the stretch. Braunschweig has so many weapons. Does it surprise you that you have been top Braunschweig scorer in the most games this season with 6?

Really!!?? Sounds like I might need a raise lol just joking... kinda

What could be the next high ranked team to be upset in the NCAA tournament?

I dont think Kentucky will make the final four
Thanks Brandon for the chat.


B Division: Week 21 Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
In the 20th day of the Second division the league tasted two great wins, the one was in the supposed to be derby, game between the top seated team of Panelesiniakos and the team which was leading the race in the first 17 weeks, the team of Katerini, Pierikso Arhelaos, the final score and the performance of the two teams obviously is showing the ream difference between the two teams. At the same time Panerythraikos beat very difficult the team of Mantoulidis with a basket at the end of the game as Kostas Pallis (190-G) tried to win the game by himself.
M. Alexandros - Agia Paraskevi 84-69
Quarters: 19-14, 42-29, 65-46, 84-69.
M. ALEXANDROS: Chrisochou 13, Karatzas 11, Maltesios 11, Bakos 12
AGIA PARASKEVI: Sarikas 12, Ktistou 14 (4), Christodoulos 21.

MENT- Anagennisi Floga 71-61
Quarters: 21-12, 35-27, 56-45, 71-61.
MENT: Tanakidis 16, Brozos 22
ANAGENNISI FLOGA: Kothras 12, Spiropoulos 16

Apollon Patras Keravnos Aigiou 86-72
Quarters: 20-12, 47-34, 69-49, 86-72.
APOLLON PATRAS: Nikolaides 12, Vlahopoulos 11, Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) 30 (6), Veskoukis 13.

KErAVNOs: Bourdanos 11, Petropoulos 18, Georgaros 14, Ekine 12.

Panelefsiniakos Pierikos Arhelaos 72-50
Quarters: 20-15, 36-28, 52-42, 72-50.
PIERIKOS ARHELAOS: Gogidis 14, Rodostoglou 13, Rodostoglou 13, Cuk 10.

Lavrio - Doukas 87-65
Quarters: 23-26, 47-39, 66-52, 87-65.
LAVRIO: Giorgos Bakas (201-F-80) 16, Sinnis 10, Mouratis Kousoulas (185-G-85) 14, Psileas 25 (4).
DOUKAS: Melas 11, Ifantis 13

Panerythraikos - Mantoulidis 80-79
Quarters: 29-12, 48-31, 62-51, and 80-79.
Panerythraikos: Kalaniotis 15, Mantzioris 12, Hopson 24.
MANTOULIDIS: Gakis 10, Giahantzis 10, Georgakis 10, Kostas Pallis 27.

Komotini - AEK Argous 57-67
Quarters: 13-8, 24-29, 37-49, 57-67.
KOMOTINI: Dinas 18, Paratsoukidis 14.
AEK ARGOUS: Papantoniou 14, Gavanopoulos 12, Nikolopoulos 12, Bellis 16.

Aias Evosmou - Apollon Kalamarias 71-78
Quarters: 15-22, 32-37, 49-66, 71-78.
Aias Exosmou: Marousits 11, Kogias 13
APOLLON KALAMARIAS: Nanis 14, Thymnios 11, Dimitriou 17, Pantsios 14.

Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ikaros Esperos 19-4 
 2. Iraklis 18-5 
 3. Pagrati 16-7 
 4. Olimpiada P. 14-9 
 5. Arkadikos 14-9 
 6. KAOD 13-10 
 7. Xanthi 12-11 
 8. AGOR 11-12 
 9. Amyntas 10-13 
 10. Dafni 10-13 
 11. Perama 9-14 
 12. Near East 9-14 
 13. Ikaroi Serron 9-14 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 7-16 
 15. OFI 7-16 
 16. Egaleo 6-17 

Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 21-1 
 2. Olympiakos 18-3 
 3. Marousi BC 16-6 
 4. Panellinios 15-7 
 5. VAP Kolossos 13-9 
 6. Peristeri GS 11-10 
 7. PAOK 11-11 
 8. Aris 10-12 
 9. Panionios 9-13 
 10. AEK 8-14 
 11. Trikalla 6-16 
 12. Kavala/Panor. 6-16 
 13. Ilysiakos 5-17 
 14. Olimpia L. 4-18 


Surprising Final Dutch Cup, ABC Amsterdam versus ZZ Leiden - by Fred Roggen
After fighting off one comeback attempt after another, ABC Amsterdam outlasted WCAA Giants 97-99 after overtime in their semifinal on Friday in Almere to take a ticket to the Dutch Cup final game on Sunday. A masterful performance by Alton Mason (190-G-77, agency: Stanley International, college: Arizona St.), who finished with 32 points, was key for ABC Amsterdam. WCAA Giants had led by 15 points in the second quarter, but ABC Amsterdam completed a comeback in the third quarter, Lead changes and ties marked much of the fourth quarter and overtime, but Amsterdam was loyal to its usual basketball philosophy and beat WCAA Giants 97-99, with Alton Mason adding 32 points, Qarran Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) added 18, while Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) had 15. Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) led WCAA Giants with 29 points. Daniel Faris (206-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: N.Mexico) had 16 while Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) added 14 for the Giants.

ZZ Leiden topped Dutch League leader GasTerra Flames 75-72, Friday at Almere to its first Dutch Cup final ever. it was appropriate that Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) finished it, as he scored 18 points for ZZ Leiden in 38 minutes. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) had his biggest game with 23 points and 5 assists to pace ZZ Leiden to an 3-point halftime advantage. GasTerra Flames fought back and led briefly at the end of the third period 57-60, but ZZ Leiden came back and held on for the victory. Even when GasTerra Flames rallied and got a 60-65 edge, but Lemelle made his free throws 72-70. GasTerra Flames never surrender and
Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) tie the game 72-72 but Ronny LeMelle scored in the final seconds from downtown to seal ZZ Leiden win. Danny Gibson scored 23 points, Ronny LeMelle 18 and Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) 11 for ZZ Leiden. Matt Haryasz led GasTerra Flames with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) had 12, Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 12 and Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports) 10.


Killester complete clean sweep - by Eurobasket News
Killester completed a clean sweep of trophies on Saturday when they brushed aside the challenge of UL Eagles to lift the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague on a scoreline of 74-64. The Dubliner followed up their National Cup and Regular Season success with another vintage display which was helped greatly by the performance of MVP Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82). The Eagles got off to bright start through Scott Kinevane before Michael Westbrooks signaled Killesters intent with a three. Eagles Welsh star Stuart Robbins (210-C-76, college: Wabash Valley CC) got in on the scoring act but the impressive Westbrooks ensured the Dubliner giants were tied 13-13 with 4.24 left in the first quarter. Killesters started to show their experience against the final new boys with Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, agency: BrezoPro, college: Dowling) sinking a trademark dunk before contributing a lay-up. Mark Keenans side finished the stronger with a further three points from Pete Madsen ensuring a comfortable 29-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. Robbins followed by a basketball from Robert Lynch (193-F-78) provided some hope for the travelling UL support but Killester were to soon find their rhythm and dominate the quarter. Killester were scoring at ease with Jermaine Turner causing huge problems for the Eagles defence, quickly building up a 38-26 advantage. Westbrooks and Madsen continued the onslaught to leave 17 points between the sides at half time. (47-30) Killester were in no mood to let up after the re-start with a basket from Robbie Clarke (175-G-87) followed by a three from Paddy Kelly piling on the agony for Tony Hehirs UL charges. Matt Hall and Robbins desperately tried to claw back the deficit but another dunk from Turner opened up a 16 point lead with 4.30 left in the quarter. Glen Wong struck a three on the buzzer but 14 points (60-46) still separated the sides as they faced the deciding final quarter. Killester continued in the same vein in the fourth, with Jermaine Turner and Michael Westbrooks extending their advantage to 18 points. Neil Campbell and Scott Kinevane contributed two big threes to leave UL in with a shout while a basket from Neil Campbell brought the Treaty County to within 13 points of Killester. UL maintained their comeback despite losing Robbins to a fifth foul but time was not on their side as Killester completed a magnificent treble.
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JBL Round: 41 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tochigi Brex - Hitachi S. 82-58
Tochigi Brex outscored Hitachi 82:58 in the latest game of the Regular Season Round 41. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Merritt Scott collected 15 point and 10 boards. Rice Lamar delivered 20 points in the losing effort.

Mitsubishi - Panasonic 77-71
Mitsubishi rolled over Panasonic 77:71 as Hale Ron posted 17 points and Shingo Utsumi (188-G/F-84) delivered 16. Kinoshita Hiroyuki produced 17 points in defeat, whle Nagayama Makoto and Custis Ace added 14 apiece.

Hokkaido - Aishin 72-78 OT
Aishin needed overtime to beat Hokkaido 78:72. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, college: UCLA) stepped up with 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Takeuchi Kosuke collected 20 points and 15 boards. Maraker Christian ended up with 20 points and 12 boards in the losing effort.

Toshiba - Toyota 92-65
Toshiba overcame Toyota 92:65 at the Regular Season Round 41. Cory Violette (203-C/F-82, college: Gonzaga) and Ishizaki Takumi top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Kikuchi Shohei netted 16. O'Bannon Charles finished the night with 23 points in the losing effort.


Day 1 - 09/10 Midrar JPL - by Mohammed Malas, Amman - ASU Sports Club and Al Riyadi's missions were accomplished in Day 1 of the 2009/2010 Midrar Professional Basketball League yesterday in Prince Hamza Hall in Amman.

ASU Sports Club 107 : 51 Al Wihdat
Wesam Al-Sous (18 points), Islam Abbaas (11 rebounds) and Abdalla Abu Koura (16 points) were making the difference along the game times against a young team leaded by veteran Raed Ewais who tried his best keep his teammates in the game's atmosphere esspecially Ahmad Shaker who was the best scorer with 23 points.

Orthodox 69 : 110 Al Riyadi
Al Riyadi managed to beat Orthodox in a one sided game most of the time, Orthodox's main player Mahmoud Abdeen was suffering from a light injury which prevented him from playing more minutes but Ibrahim Bassam (17 points) and Hani Al Faraj (14 points) did well despite the loss, Suni Sakakini (18 points) and Issa Kamel (192-F-83) (25 points) from Al Riyadi were doing their job properly and that let the coach Sameer Morcos to use all his players in the last two quarters.

Day 2 - 09/10 Midrar JPL (Jordan Time):
- Monday 29/3:
17:00 Al Riyadi X Al Wihdat
19:00 Orthodox X ASU Sports Club

In a related issue, Zain Club refused to let the team's players to participate under the name of Jordan National Team in the league, Their reason was the idea of having only Zain players in that team without calling up the players from other clubs!

Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 1-0 
 2. ASU 1-0 
 3. Zain 0-0 
 4. Orthodox 0-1 
 5. Al Wihdat 0-1 


NABL main assets - by Gianni Pascucci
As the 2010, inaugural season of the league is at the start, we would like to remember that the NABL distinguishes itself from other minor spring time leagues with the ability to deliver on the core principals listed below:
Standard Rules: The NABL will use the same rules as does the NBA, with a 24 second shot clock and each team will have 6 timeouts (all full timeouts) per game. The game plays with four 12 minute quarters with overtime if needed.
Roster Stability: unlike other minor league basketball leagues each team will have a roster of 12 players and can only move 2 people on and off a roster per week. Players will be known in the league and stars will show up to every game not just select games.
Travel Costs: No team in the league will ever have to pay more than six thousand dollars per year to travel, and lodge players during the season.
Post Season Awards: MVP, Rookie of the Year, All Defensive Teams and All Star Selections per position.
Owner Control: The league uses its owners to govern the league and makes sure that all important decisions are made as a group with majority consensus.
Post Season Play: The top 4 teams in the league will meet for post season play other teams will be eliminated in the regular season. There will be a Semi Final and Final series played with the best record hosting the best out of three series for each round until a champion has won the NABL coveted Iron Horse Trophy.
More information about league and the teams playing in the league can be found at:

Snohomish County Explosion announces 2010 opening night roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Where does the International Basketball Leagues (IBL) top scorer for the 2009 season play spring basketball in 2010 ? Not the IBL, but the new top level spring league in the Pacific Northwest, the NABL. Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) averaged 37.1 points per game last season 7 points more per game that the second leading scorer of the IBL and is returning the Explosion along with some other key players from the Explosion 2009 season. Head Coach Chris Weakley smiled to announce the roster We are proud to bring back some names that you might be more familiar with also like Devon Greene, Richard Ford, Anthony Slater, Jason Hicks, and Chris Ferguson. These names should ring a bell as the core of the 2009 team that was one game away from the Championship. We are trying to do just one thing this year win a championship and the team last year all wanted to come back and finish what we did not do last year said Weakley.

See here the 2010 Snohomish County Explosion fulll rooster: teams...........................hometown
Devon Greene 6-7 F Arizona Snohomish County Explosion
Richard Ford 6-9 F Southern Polytech Snohomish County Explosion; Japan Alabama (inactive)
Anthony Slater 5-9 G Florida Atlantic - Snohomish County Explosion
Jason Hicks 5-10 G Walsh College - Snohomish County Explosion; Romania Cleveland, Ohio
Mike Boyle 5-11 G Kamiak High School; - Snohomish County Explosion Lynnwood, WA
Sanjey Noriega 6-4 G Alaska/Fairbanks Lynnwood, WA
Patrick Mattson 6-6 F Everett Community College Everett, WA
Sean Carter 5-10 F Bellevue Community College; Massachusetts Lynnwood, WA
Tommy Tomsic 6-2 G Bellevue Community College Bellevue, WA
Shawn Wolters 6-5 F Everett Community College/ College of the Desert, CA Sultan, WA
Chris Ferguson 6-0 G Evergreen State College; Snohomish County Explosion Seattle, WA
Mike Jones 6-10 C Alaska/Fairbanks; - Snohomish County Explosion Everett, WA
Johnnie Sarijus 6-3 G Evergreen State College Seattle, WA
Rob Usison 5-9 G ....................................................... Miami, FL
RJ Johnson 6-3 G Edmonds Community College Seattle, WA
Caleb Law 6-2 G Mariner High School Lynnwood, WA
Artem Tarasov 6-2 G Bellevue Community College Monroe, WA

Two other opening day rosters released - by Gianni Pascucci
The very good media information service of the NABL supplied to two other opening nigh rosters, as follows:

Salem Stampede 2010 Team Roster
# player....................hgt..pos...hgt.
2 Jeremiah Dominguez G 5-6 155 Portland State U Salem, OR
3 Ryan Schmidt F 6-7 215 Western Oregon U. Keizer, OR
4 Matt Larson G 6-1 175 Corban Brush Prairie,
8 Michael Tabb G 6-6 205 San Francisco JC New Orleans, LA
20 Hiro Oga G 5-11 165 BYU-Hawaii Oita City, Japan
21 Ryan Skinner G 6-0 165 Yakima Valley Casa Grande, AZ
22 Jeff Dunn G 6-6 190 Corban Dallas, OR
24 Cody Tesoro G 6-0 165 Linfield Kahului, HI (Injured reserve)
25 James Johnson G 6-2 180 Western Carolina U. Bellevue, WA (Injured reserve)
31 Matt Schmidt F 6-6 220 Western Oregon U. Keizer, OR
32 Matt Espinoza G 6-4 205 Southern Oregon U. Salem, OR
33 Antone Jarrell F 6-7 235 Portland State U. Portland, OR
42 Cameron Mitchell F 6-7 220 Willamette University Portland, OR
44 Willie Freeman F 6-7 235 Western Carolina U. Atlanta, GA

Head Coach: Price Johnson (First year)
Asst.Coach: James Westbrook
Asst.Coach: Marty Branch
President/General Manager: Joe Becerra

Seattle Mountaineers 2010 Roster
# player...........hgt..wgt............hometown
3 Ira Graham 6-2, 185 Fontana, CA
5 Marcus Bradford 6-3, 185 Columbus, OH
6 Manny Kennedy 6-8, 230 Seattle, WA
8 Jason Hopkins 6-7, 230 Seattle, WA
11 Baree Ward 6-0, 180 Tacoma, WA
15 Chris Keller 6-5, 180 Snohomish, WA
20 Brian Johnson 5-11, 165 Seattle, WA
22 Michael Knight 6-3, 180 Seattle, WA
23 Chad Troyer 6-4, 180 Seattle, WA
32 Kenan Oliver 6-7, 210 Montgomery, AL
33 Rashaad Powell 6-6, 210 Renton, WA
34 Jacob Manning 6-8, 220 Tacoma, WA
50 Kyle Dalvit 6-11, 255 Bellingham, WA

Head Coach: Don Sims (6 years)
Assistant Coach: Randy Redwine (3 years)


Martin Methodist's Bodison and Shackleford 1st Team - by Stephan Ditgens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Martin Methodist College Basketball players Aubre Bodison and Will Shackleford were selected to the 2010 TranSouth All-Conference First Team.

Bodison, a 6-3 senior guard from Tallahassee, Florida has started in all of the RedHawks 30 games this season. He averages 15.6 points per game and has a total of 468 points this season. Bodison has 36 steals, 66 assists, and 116 rebounds. He had knocked down 61 three-pointers and is 6th in the TranSouth in threes per game. Bodison was selected TranSouth All-Conference First Team last season as well.

Shackleford, a 6-5 senior post player from Andrews, South Carolina leads the nation in rebounds with 385 so far this season, averaging 12.5 rebounds per game. He also leads the NAIA in double-doubles with 24. Shackleford is 1st in the TranSouth in field goal percentage, shooting 61 percent and 5th in the TSAC in scoring with 507 points, 16.9 points per game. He also has 27 steals and 17 blocks. Will was chosen as the TSAC Player of the Week for the week of ending December 13th. This is Shacklefords second time making the TranSouth All-Conference First Team.

The pair has helped the RedHawks to an 18-12 regular season record and a TranSouth record of 6-10. Martin Methodist is the No. 6 seed going into the 2010 TranSouth Tournament and will face the No. 3 seeded Freed-Hardeman University Lions on the road on Thursday March 4th in Henderson, Tennessee at 7:00.


Friday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 98-105
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) and Elton Brand each added 14 points, and the 76ers won consecutive games for the first time in more than six weeks with a 105-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Josh Smith and Joe Johnson netted 20 pts each in loss.

Denver N. - Toronto R. 97-96
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) takes great pleasure in knocking the life out of a crowd. Anthony buried an 18-foot fadeaway at the buzzer to lead the Denver Nuggets to a come-from-behind 97-96 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Anthony scored 25 points and Nene added 20 for the Nuggets (48-25), who avoided their first four-game losing streak since February 2007. Billups chipped in with 18 points despite going just 4 for 18 from the field. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 15 points in a rare reserve role, and Bargnani had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Toronto. *Courtesy of

Sacramento K. - Boston C. 86-94
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 22 points, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added 20 and Garnett had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Celtics to their sixth win in seven games. Pierce also set a franchise record with 5,373 free throws made after hitting 10. He passed John Havlicek's 5,369. Carl Landry had 30 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Washington W. - Charlotte B. 96-107
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 23 points, Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) added 20 and the Bobcats overcame some lackadaisical stretches to move four games above .500 for the first time in their six-year history. Raymond Felton added 19 points and 11 assists in this victory. On the other side, Andray Blatche replied with 18 points, 5 boards and 6 assists.

Utah Jazz - Indiana P. 106-122
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 18 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 122-106 on Friday night. Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) added 17 points and 9 boards. Mehmet Okur answered with 27 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 97-102
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored half of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio beat Cleveland 102-97 on Friday night, ending the Cavaliers' eight-game winning streak that began with a home victory over the Spurs earlier this month. Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) and Tim Duncan nailed 16 points each. LeBron James collected 27 points, 5 boards and 10 assists for the Cavs.

New York K. - Phoenix Suns 96-132
Leandro Barbosa scored 18 points in his fifth game back from wrist surgery for the Suns, who have won 20 of 25 to climb within a half-game of No. 4 Utah and a game of No. 3 Dallas in the Western Conference. Phoenix remained 1 1/2 games behind Denver, the conference's No. 2 team. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 18 and Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) 17 for Phoenix, then sat out the final quarter. Al Harrington had 24 and David Lee 21 for New York. *Courtesy of

Detroit P. - New Jersey N. 110-118
Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) had a career-high 37 points and Yi Jianlian (7'0''-C/F-87) had a career-best 31 and the Nets eliminated any chance of setting a record for fewest wins in a season, beating the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Friday night for their first winning streak of the season. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) collecetd 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Pistons.

LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 75-91
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 23 and the Thunder snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' seven-game winning streak with a resounding 91-75 victory Friday on a turnover-filled night for Bryant. Nenad Krstic added 10 points and 10 rebounds in this victory. Lamar Odom collected 15 pts and 7 boards for the guests.

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 87-74
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 30 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, leading the Heat to an 87-74 victory over the Bucks on Friday night in a game overshadowed when Delfino was taken from the court on a stretcher after a blow to the head. Udonis Haslem added 10 points and 18 rebounds. In Milwaukee, John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) collected 23 pts.

Minnesota T. - Orlando M. 97-106
Orlando center Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) had 19 rebounds and four blocked shots Friday night to add to his league-leading totals in both categories, and added 24 points for good measure as the Magic handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their 15th straight loss, 106-97. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Al Jefferson collected 18 points and 13 rebs.

Delfino released from hospital - by Eurobasket News
Bucks forward Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) was released from St. Luke's Hospital on Friday night after being examined for head and neck injuries, general manager John Hammond said Saturday.

The results of the medical tests were negative. The Bucks indicated Delfino will be listed as day-to-day on the injury report with neck and jaw soreness.

Delfino was hurt late in the second quarter of the Bucks' 87-74 loss to Miami at the Bradley Center. He fell to the floor after missing a shot and was face down when he was inadvertently stepped on by Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who was grabbing a rebound.

Delfino was examined by Bucks orthopedic doctor Michael Gordon and determined to have full movement in all his extremities. The forward was placed on a stretcher after a delay of several minutes and taken to St. Luke's for X-rays. *Courtesy of

Gilbert Arenas avoids jail time in sentencing - by Eurobasket News
Suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) was ordered Friday to spend 30 days in a halfway house for his conviction on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also sentenced Arenas to 400 hours of community service, which cannot be conducted at basketball clinics, and a $5,000 fine.

Arenas apologized in court, saying, 'Every day, I wake up wishing it did not happen.'

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws in a Dec. 21 incident at Verizon Center. Following an argument over an unpaid gambling debt totaling a few hundred dollars, Arenas brought several guns to the team locker room and set them near Javaris Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to 'PICK 1.'

'The evidence is that both of you felt disrespected,' Morin told Arenas. 'Rather than acting like mature adults, you escalated the incident' by bringing guns to practice.

After sentencing, Arenas' lawyer, Ken Wainstein, said he was pleased with the outcome.

'Judge Morin's decision was fair and measured; it reflected a deep understanding of the relevant facts ... Mr. Arenas is grateful to the court and looks forward to serving the community and once again being a force for good in the District of Columbia,' Wainstein said in a statement.

In court papers, prosecutors said Crittenton had a legitimate reason to believe Arenas' threat was genuine.

Prosecutors had wanted Arenas to go to jail for at least three months. They said he lied repeatedly about why the guns were in the locker room and tried to cover up what had happened. They also said he knew bringing guns into D.C. was illegal and has a prior gun conviction.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh wrote in court papers that 'if any other individual -- without the fame, power, and the wealth of this defendant -- brought four firearms into Washington, D.C., for the purpose of a similar confrontation,' they would surely go to jail.

Arenas' lawyers sought probation and community service, arguing the incident was a misguided prank with no intention to harm anyone. They pointed out that the guns were unloaded, that Arenas' lighthearted comments about the incident were misinterpreted, and that he's a good role model who excelled at community service.

'This sad saga has sent a strong message to any and all who might consider bringing guns into the district,' defense attorneys wrote.

Arenas' sentence could determine whether the Wizards will attempt to void the remainder of his six-year, $111 million contract, although the players' union has vowed to fight such a move.

Regardless, Arenas' misdeed has helped contribute to the precipitous decline of a franchise, which is headed for its second consecutive last-place finish after years of regularly reaching the playoffs.

The Wizards did not address Arenas' future with the team in a statement later Friday.

'We believe today's sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months,' said the statement issued by president Ernie Grunfeld and the Pollin family that owns the team.

'Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community ... we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve.'

The maximum term for Arenas' crime is five years. Sentencing guidelines for someone with his record call for six months to two years, although those guidelines also allow for probation.

There has been little dispute about the facts of the case.

Arenas and Crittenton had argued over a card game and exchanged threats while the team flew home from a road game Dec. 19. Two days later, Arenas brought his guns to the locker room. Crittenton then retrieved his own gun and showed it to Arenas.

Crittenton pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation.

Arenas entered his guilty plea Jan. 15.

In sentencing Arenas, Morin said he took into account the fact that Crittenton only received probation and he believed Arenas was remorseful.

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Miami Heat signs guard Kenny Hasbrouck to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86, college: Siena) hasn't played since he signed with the Heat two weeks ago but thought he made a strong enough impression to stick around.

The Heat thought so, too.

Miami signed Hasbrouck to a second 10-day contract Friday, but he remained on the inactive list for Friday night's game at Milwaukee.

Hasbrouck's original 10-day deal expired Friday. Miami's options were to release Hasbrouck, extend a second and final 10-day contract or sign him for the rest of the season.

Hasbrouck, a 6-3 combo guard and former star at Siena College, had averaged 16.9 points and 2.9 assists in the NBA Development League.

The Heat signed him for depth in case of an injury, but it is taking the longer view. Hasbrouck will likely participate in Miami's summer program.

Hasbrouck already has gotten a head start. His current deal expires April 4, giving him at least four more games.

``I think I worked hard and showed that I will do all I can for this team,'' Hasbrouck said. ``All I've heard so far is, `Good job, keep working.' They rewarded me with a 10-day contract, so I'll keep rewarding them with effort.''

The Heat will extend its roster to the league limit of 15 for the first time this season when it completes a 10-day contract with D-League forward Alade Aminu this weekend.

Aminu, 6-10, was cut by Miami in the preseason but averaged 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in the D-League.

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Milwaukee Bucks sign Darnell Jackson - by Eurobasket News
It didnt take Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) long to find a job.

Jackson, a former Kansas University power forward who was released by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, was picked up by the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

The 6-foot-9, 253-pound Jackson will not be eligible for the playoffs if the Bucks reach the postseason.

Darnell is a good player who works hard, a good kid, a man, and well miss having him around, Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was great in practice.

Hopefully, he can get to somewhere where he has an opportunity to play. I think thats important for the next step of his career. Had we kept him here, the mind-set was he was going to be on the inactive list. That wasnt necessarily good for him. It wasn't good for us. Ultimately, that was a big part of the decision.

The 24-year-old Jackson was selected by the Miami Heat with the 52nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but was traded to Cleveland for a 2009 second-round pick.

He appeared in 51 games for the Cavaliers last season and averaged 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds, and he made two starts. He played a total of 113 minutes and scored 21 points (0.8 average) for Cleveland this season.

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Michigan State holds off Northern Iowa - by Eurobasket News
No big shots from Ali Farokhmanesh. No mid-major magic.

Just another trip to the regional finals for Michigan State.

Durrell Summers (6'4''-G-89) scored 19 points and Korie Lucious (5'11''-G-89) hit a whirling turnaround jumper with 91 seconds left, helping the fifth-seeded Spartans survive a scare with a 59-52 win over pesky Northern Iowa in the Midwest Regional semifinals Friday night.

Playing without injured star Kalin Lucas (6'0''-G-89), Michigan State (27-8) needed a half to get used to Northern Iowa's grinding style and held the Panthers to 10 free throws and no field goals over the final 10:21 to send the Heartland heroes home.

Always at their best in the NCAA tournament, the Spartans are one win from a sixth trip to the Final Four in 12 years. They'll play Sunday against sixth-seeded Tennessee, which beat No. 2 Ohio State 76-73 earlier Friday night.

'I knew it would be just a gut-it-out game. I'm sure everybody predicted it,' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. 'That's kind of enjoyable, to find a way. It's somewhat more rewarding than the last two.'

Northern Iowa (30-5) knocked off one college basketball giant but couldn't make it two straight, unable to contain the athletic Spartans for an entire game after stunning top-seeded Kansas in the second round.

Adam Koch (6'8''-F-88) had 13 points and Kwadzo Ahelegbe 12 for the Panthers, but Farokhmanesh, the early-round star, was just 1 for 6 from 3-point range.

'We knew this was going to be a tremendous challenge and they played exactly how we thought they were going to,' Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said. 'I'm obviously very proud of our guys.'

Michigan State, last year's national runner-up, turned the game on defense in the second half, escaping with a difficult win as Lucas watched from the bench in a walking boot.

Lucious, the replacement for Lucas who beat the buzzer with a game-winning 3 against Maryland in the second round, hit his acrobatic shot, spinning from the defense and falling away toward the top of the key. Michigan State held, then Chris Allen followed with a putback with 31 seconds left, putting the Spartans up 57-51.

'The second half, we went inside more and it created a lot more opportunities for us,' Izzo said. 'Let me tell you something - that's a good team.'

A few years back, maybe this was a mismatch: the powerhouse from the Big Ten against the scrappy mid-major.

Not this year.

Northern Iowa has done its best to shake the underdog tag, reaching the NCAA tournament five of past seven years, moving into the round of 16 this year for the first time with wins over UNLV and top overall seed Kansas.

Farokhmanesh ran off the Runnin' Rebels with a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in the opening round, then topped it with a no-no-no-great-shot! 3 to take out the Jayhawks. The son of an Iranian Olympic volleyball player, Farokhmanesh has become a folk hero back in Cedar Falls, a Stephen Curry-like sensation to the rest of the country.

Of course, all the Panthers have moved into a new level of fame, appearing on magazine covers, fans from all over jumping aboard the purple-powered bandwagon.

'Our community rallied around our team, our students rallied around these guys and that's because of their personalities,' Jacobson said.

Michigan State has been the monument of the bracket under Izzo: 13 straight NCAA tournaments, seven trips to the round of 16, five Final Fours, a national title in 2000.

This has been a little tougher trip.

The resilient Spartans survived a whack-a-mole-like season filled with winning streaks, injuries, suspensions and benchings.

The latest downturn came in the second round, when Lucas ruptured his Achilles' tendon against Maryland, leaving the Spartans without their scoring, assists and all-around leader.

Having Allen and forward Delvon Roe hampered by lingering injuries wasn't going to make it any easier.

'It's kind of hard when you lose your floor general,' Michigan State forward Draymond Green said, referring to Lucas.

Northern Iowa took advantage early.

Grinding the game down with their smothering defense, the Panthers got the tempo they wanted: slow-and-not-so-easy.

Koch, previously quiet in the postseason, scored nine quick points and Northern Iowa held the Spartans to 7-of-22 shooting, going into halftime with a 29-22 lead on Ahelegbe's buzzer-beating jumper.

But the Spartans fought back.

Appearing more comfortable against Northern Iowa's swarming man defense, Michigan State hit six of its first seven shots during an opening 16-5 run, going up 38-34 on Roe's sky-high alley-oop off a sore knee.

Northern Iowa responded in typical fashion, setting up a foul-filled final 7 minutes that Michigan State grinded into another regional final appearance.

'I love March,' Izzo said with a smile.

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Third-seeded Baylor routs 10th-seeded Saint Mary's - by Eurobasket News
LaceDarius Dunn (6'4''-G-87), Tweety Carter (5'11''-G-86) and Baylor had all the fun Friday night, ending what had been an entertaining NCAA tournament ride for Omar Samhan (6'11''-C-88) and surprising Saint Marys.

Dunn and Carter both made 3-pointers on their first shots and later combined for a highlight alley-oop dunk as Baylor rushed to a huge lead and romped 72-49 in the South Regional semifinals.

The third-seeded Bears (28-7) led 46-17 at halftime and could begin looking ahead to Sunday, when they will play for a chance at their first Final Four since 1950, when there were only eight teams in the field.

More impressive for Baylor, it is another inspiring step in redemption nearly seven years after coach Scott Drew took over a program reeling and recovering from a murder and scandal that shook the worlds largest Baptist university like nothing in its history.

Drew had to rebuild with reduced scholarships, a roster decimated when the top three scorers were allowed to transfer and an unprecedented half-season after the NCAA considered shutting the program down a whole year.

Dunn and Carter, two top Louisiana high school players who were recruited by other established programs, still came to Baylor. And now they have helped get the Bears, who were picked 10th in the preseason Big 12 poll by the leagues coaches, be one of only eight teams still with a chance to win the national title.

Thats the reason why we came here. To be a part of something special, Carter said. It really means a lot to me, this team, this program, for us to come through all the adversity.

Dunn scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and Carter added 14 points for Baylor. Dunn turned away with a wide smile after the teammates combined on their big dunk.

Samhan, who had become a breakout star in the tournament with his dominating play in the first two rounds and the one-liners when talking or tweeting, finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (28-6). He had only made only 1-of-8 shots and had only three points at halftime.

With Samhan held in check, the tiny school from Moraga, Calif., that beat Villanova and Richmond earlier in the tournament was headed home.

Bottom line, when it was all said and done, I was proud of what we did this year, coach Randy Bennett said. I told them they we stunk tonight. ... Nobody wanted it to go that way but it went that way.

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Duke advances to round of eight, beats Purdue - by Eurobasket News
This is more like it for Coach K and Duke.

The top-seeded Blue Devils returned to the round of eight for the first time since 2004, with Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) and Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) helping them pull away in the second half Friday night for a 70-57 win over Purdue in the South Regional semifinals.

Singler scored 24 points and Scheyer added 18, snapping out of a shooting slump just in time.

Duke (32-5) will play third-seeded Baylor in Sunday's regional final after clearing a nagging hurdle that had some wondering if the mighty program was losing its edge.

The Blue Devils had lost in the round of 16 in three of the past five seasons, but now stand one victory from their 11th Final Four appearance under coach Mike Krzyzewski .

'It feels good, but we really can't relax at all,' Scheyer said. 'We can't enjoy these wins right now. We want to keep moving forward.'

Duke kept marching through the NCAA tournament while other favorites are falling by the wayside. The Blue Devils and Kentucky are the only No. 1 seeds left after Kansas and Syracuse were upset.

Scheyer, Duke's leading scorer, was 5-for-18 from the field in Duke's first two NCAA tournament games. He went 5-for-9 in the second half after missing his first six shots and also went 7-for-8 from the foul line.

It was 31-all with 15 minutes left before the Blue Devils broke away.

Brian Zoubek grabbed 14 rebounds and Duke dominated the undersized Boilermakers inside, as expected. The absence of injured do-everything forward Robbie Hummel finally caught up with fourth-seeded Purdue (29-6), which lost in the regional semifinals for the second straight season.

Hummel tore his right ACL in late February and watched Friday's loss in street clothes from the bench.

Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) scored 23 points and E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89) added 18 for the Boilermakers. No other Purdue player reached double figures and the team shot 37 percent (20 of 54).

'This team had a great season,' Johnson said. 'We had a lot of adversity but this team never quit. When a lot of people counted us out, we just moved forward. I think this team just did a good job of coming together through adversity.'

Coach K watched the game from a stool on the raised floor, a few feet above the Duke bench, and had a front-row seat to a rough first half.

The Blue Devils missed 22 of 29 shots, had 11 turnovers and led 24-23 only because of a 29-13 edge in rebounding. Scheyer was 0-for-6 from the field, continuing his slump after going 1-for-11 in Duke's second-round win over California.

Singler characterized both teams' struggles in the half when he went for a dunk in the last minute and the ball got stuck between the rim and the glass.

Scheyer swished a 3 from the wing with 17:52 left, and Krzyzewski leaped up and punched the air, a sign of how much the shot meant to both the team and its leading scorer.

'That was a huge 3, him to finally see something go in,' said Nolan Smith, who scored 15 points. 'That got him going. Now he's ready. See it go in the hole, you get confidence.'

But Moore hit a straight-on 3 about two minutes later to tie it at 31. Duke started to build a lead after that, and Singler's 3-pointer with 11:55 left put the Blue Devils up 40-35.

Chris Kramer, Purdue's top 1-on-1 defender, plowed into Zoubek, who was setting a screen, about a minute later and crumpled to the floor. He seemed dizzy and needed help as he walked off the floor.

Purdue cut it to two before Smith scored seven straight points, finishing the one-man spurt with a 3-pointer with 7:58 to go. Smith held his follow-through as the Blue Devils' bench erupted, sensing that the stubborn Boilermakers were finally breaking.

The Boilermakers had to adjust on the fly after Hummel went down, and had won five of seven games since his injury. They simply ran out of offensive options against the Blue Devils' defense and dropped to 0-5 against No. 1 seeds in the tournament.

Baylor will likely have more fan support on Sunday. Fans in green and gold filled all but one section of Reliant Stadium for the opener.

Duke has history on its side - the Blue Devils are 40-8 as a No. 1 seed in the tournament and have reached the Final Four in five of the 11 times they've earned a top seed.

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In Sweet 16, Tennessee tops Ohio State for first trip to region final - by Eurobasket News
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl had heard the question six times before over the past five months. Six times this season the Volunteers had claimed victory after trailing at halftime, and six times he was asked afterward: What'd you say to the guys in the locker room at the break?

Typically, Pearl said Friday night, he remains positive. He doesn't yell. He states adjustments that need to be made.

But when asked the question a seventh time -- in the moments following Tennessee's 76-73 win over Ohio State in the Midwest Region semifinals -- Pearl revealed he'd taken a different approach with the Volunteers behind by three at the break.

'I got after them really hard tonight,' Pearl said. 'Fifty-six percent shooting? Ohio State doesn't lose when they outshoot their opponent. So if we're going to defend like that, we might as well get ready to go home because it's done. I challenged their toughness. I said that I thought they were intimidated early in that game. And we were not the more physical team in the first half.'

But Tennessee (28-8) was the more physical team in the second half, and consequently the sixth-seeded Volunteers advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. They will face Michigan State here on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, shot 55.6 percent in the first half despite an uneven performance by standout guard Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88). Though Turner surged after the intermission -- scoring 21 of his game-high 31 points -- Ohio State (29-8) shot just 32.3 percent after the break.

Tennessee, meantime, repeatedly fed the ball inside to senior forward Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87), and he responded by shredding Ohio State's 2-1-2 zone defense. Wayne Chism tallied 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds. Tennessee held a 50-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 41-29 edge on the boards.

'The difference in the second half was I started putting the ball higher off the glass,' Wayne Chism said. 'In the first half, I was putting it up soft and coming up short every time. I had to adjust the way I shot the ball in the second half, and I did a great job of finishing.'

'You sure did,' Pearl affirmed.

Despite their effectiveness down low, the Volunteers battled their own lack of discipline in the second half. Tennessee misfired badly on alley-oop attempts, air-balled three-point shots and made sloppy passes. There were travels and charges and shot clock violations. Tennessee recorded 10 of its 16 turnovers after the intermission.

Consecutive Wayne Chism baskets cut Ohio State's lead to one with just more than eight minutes remaining in the game. But after forcing a steal, Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson was called for a charge, temporarily halting the Volunteers' momentum.

But Tennessee played stingy enough defense after the intermission to negate its offensive miscues.

Turner tallied Ohio State's first 14 points of the second half, but he often was alone in his offensive endeavors.

Tennessee center Brian Williams tipped in what proved to be the game-winning basket with 32 seconds left to put the Volunteers ahead by one. Turner then drove the length of the court, but his contested layup attempt fell errant.

A pair of free throws by Tennessee guard Bobby Maze put the Volunteers up by three with 12.9 seconds remaining. Volunteers guard J.P. Prince ended the game when he blocked a last-second three-point attempt by Turner.

'Didn't really think about it, you know?' said Prince, when asked whether he was worried about a foul being called on the final play. 'You've got to make the block. You've got to contest the shot. I mean, I knew he was going to flail. That's going to happen anytime at the end of the game. But I had a clean block. I just had to use my length, and I had to make the play.'

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Broncos win NCAA men's basketball title - by Eurobasket
Greg Kamansky gathered his thoughts, waited a moment and said the word that was unspoken for so long, but so true and on the minds of Cal Poly Pomona fans and supporters Saturday afternoon.
Redemption, the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos mens basketball coach exclaimed after his team defeated No. 2 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 65-53 for the NCAA Division II NCAA Championship before a crowd of 3,672 fans at the MassMutual Center located in the birthplace of the game.
It was one year ago that the Broncos lost in the NCAA title game, losing on a last-second, desperation 3-pointer from Findleys Tyler Evans (6'2''-G-86) in overtime.
There would be little doubt about this contest on a chilly day in New England as the Broncos were out to claim their first NCAA championship and the 14th NCAA title in school history.
CPP, which finished the season 28-6, took control from the outset as it scored the games first eight points and never trailed against a team that entered play on a 15-game winning streak. For the game, the Broncos held IUP to its lowest scoring effort on the season and 25 points below its season average.
The Broncos became the first unranked team to win the championship since North Alabama in 1979. They also became just the third school in history to lose a national title and win the following year.
I am so proud of our teams effort today because it took our best game of the year to defeat a team that presents so many weapons, Kamansky said. That we held them to 53 points and stopped their big guns speaks volumes about our guys.
But its more than just defense. We hit shots during the entire Elite Eight and we showed improvement from the foul line the last two games. It takes a team to win here and I cant say enough about how they mesh together and play unselfishly.
Junior Donnelle Booker (6'5''-F) scored a game-high 13 points and Tournament MVP Austin Swift (6'5''-G) and All Elite Eight choice Dahir Nasser (6'1''-G) each had 12. Junior Tobias Jahn (6'9''-F-86) scored 10 points off the bench with three rebounds. It was Jahn's second straight double-figure effort in the tourney.
Usually you can find one or two weaknesses out there, Kamansky said about IUP. They have size, athleticism, and they can drive and they can shoot. It was tough finding a weakness on them. We knew they were explosive. (We couldnt) let them get on any runs, which was easier said than done. I dont believe they went on any type of run that influenced the game.
The Broncos took command on 15-of-28 shooting from the floor in the opening half and fired in five 3-pointers to lead 35-25 at the break. Defensively, CPP was outstanding as it held IUP to only six first-half field goals.
Thats our mentality to come out blazing, Nasser said. We want to win games. Our plan was definitely to lock down on their three-point shooters. We had to get up on their shooters.
Swift had eight first-half points and Nasser had six as CPP five of nine from the 3-point arc to extend the lead through most of the opening 20 minutes in double digits.
I remember last year how Findlay came out in the first half, Swift said. They gave it to us. We were down by a lot. We had the experience from last year knowing how to prepare for games. We had the intensity. We jumped out on them early. We just put our foot to the throttle and came out with the win.
Bookers 3-pointer pushed CPP ahead to its largest lead in the first half (14 points) with 7:29 remaining and CPP up 27-13.
Crimson Tide coach Joe Lombardi gave credit to CPPs strength on defense Kamanskys patented match-up zone.
It was a combination of zone and man principles, Lombardi said. We dont really see anything like that all year. There was a learning curve we had to go through. We practiced yesterday. We spent 20 minutes on it. It took us awhile to figure it out. I am not talking about the players. Im talking about me as a coach. Theyre long and they play hard. They didnt give us a lot of easy buckets. They did a good job in the second half. We dug ourselves into some holes we couldnt get through.
The Broncos took its largest lead of the game at 51-34 when Swift canned two free throws with 11:13 left. Over the next 10 minutes, CPP led by double digits until IUP made a threat in the final moments.
A Dwayne Fells (6'5''-F) free throw put the Broncos up 59-48 with 1:37 left. The Crimson Hawks responded with a layup from Ashton Smith (6'2''-G) and to cut the lead inside 10 at 1:24. After a turnover from CPPs Mark Rutledge (6'2''-G), IUP couldnt answer as it picked two fouls on the next possession.
Rutledge buried a pair of free throws and CPP led again by double digits at 61-50 with 53 seconds left.
IUP set up on offense and Julian Sanders (6'3''-G) fired an errant 3-point effort, but was fouled by Swift, who picked up his fifth foul.
Sanders hit all three free throws, and CPP led 61-53 with 42 seconds remaining.
But the threat ended on the next play as Booker was on the receiving end of a baseball pass. He caught the ball on the break and threw down a dunk and CPP led 63-53 with 40 seconds left.
The biggest thing about Donnelle is he can play with anybody, Kamansky said. In our regional games he was fantastic. The first couple of games he had a bit of stage fright. Last night I told him to unleash it. He was at ease today. You can tell by the way he played.
The victory added two more season records to the list the Broncos added this year. They will finish as the NCAAs top scoring defense at 56.2 points a game and rank among the top 10 in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent.
Darryl Webb (6'6''-F) led the Crimson Tide with 12 points and Akida McLain (6'9''-F-86) with 10.
Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona


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

NBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cougars - Southland Sharks 75-79
Southland rebounded after a stunning loss to Wellington to overcome Christchurch. Michael Rose (193-F/G-87, college: E.Kentucky) knocked down 20 points to lead the Sharks to the second win in the season. Rene Rougeau netted 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in the victory. Mark Morrison responded with 24 points for the Cougars.

Harbour Heat - Manawatu 105-73
Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) knocked down 28 points and made 6 steals to lead Harbour past Manawatu. Rick Rickert provided 21 points and 10 rebounds in the fourth win for Harbour. Richard Jeter responded with game-high 30 points for the Jets. Kaine Hokianga had 16 points in the loss.

Waikato - Otago 97-64
Waikato recorded the fourth straight win in the season as they cruised past Otago. Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse) scored 29 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. Thomas Abercrombie contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds for the defending champions. Antoine Tisby responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the Nuggets as they slipped at 0-4 record.

Taranaki - Otago 95-82
Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina) unloaded 27 points to lead Taranaki past Otago. Demarshay Johnson added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Mountainairs improved at 2-2 record. Tyler Amaya responded with 23 points in the fifth straight defeat for the Nuggets.

Wellington - Southland Sharks 114-70
Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Howard) nailed 22 points as Wellington thrashed Southland. Lindsay Tait returned to the Saints in a nice form tallying 20 points and 8 assists, while Erron Maxey added 20 points and 10 boards in the third victory for Wellington. Michael Rose replied with 23 points for the Sharks.


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


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Assec.Prokom 22-2 
 2. Anwil 21-3 
 3. Polpharma 18-7 
 4. Trefl Sopot 16-9 
 5. PGE Turow 15-10 
 6. AZS Koszalin 13-11 
 7. Energa Czarni 11-14 
 8. Sokol Znicz 11-14 
 9. Polonia 11-14 
 10. PBG Basket 11-14 
 11. Stal SW 8-17 
 12. SKK Kotwica 7-18 
 13. Polonia 2011 6-19 
 14. ISS Sportino 3-21 


Big game (Porto x Benfica) - by Portugal Eurobasket
Benfica without losing any game for the regular season will play this afternoon for to keep this record clean. Porto on the other end lost several games with teams that everybody considerer weakers but they were able to find the way to beat them. Porto so far won both Cup. Ealier February they won Taa Hugo dos Santos in Lagoa-Algarve and few weeks ago they won Taa de Portugal, at Entroncamento, giving the idea that they can beat anybody. Benfica last season finisch the regular season without any lost and they won the Portuguese Championchip without winning any Cup also. The game will be televise on cable.


Preview of round 29 - by Sebastian Umbrich
Round 29 of the Romanian championship is the second last round of the regular season. While the battle of the top of the standings is pretty easy, three teams having detached from the platoon, the battle for places 6-8 is very tight. After round 28 we have another two teams who have compromised their chances to play in the play-offs: CS Dinamo Bucuresti, who lost against CSM Bucharest and CS Otopeni who lost against Timisoara. So, we have 5 teams which still fight for 3 available 4 places for the play-offs. It has also been decided which teams will have the home ground advantage in the play-offs: U Cluj, CS Gaz Metan Medias, CSU Asesoft Ploiestii, while CSU Sibiu needs one more win (or another loss for Timisoara) to gather this advantage, too.
Whats more, this round offers two interesting derbies.

First match: 27th March 2010
CS Elba Timisoara vs. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
After having won last round against Otopeni, Timisoaras hopes to catch 4th place are still alive; but to fulfill their dream, they have to win against 1st ranked U Cluj, a team which rolled over Energia Rovianri last Wednesday. Moreover, Branko Cuic managed to make the first triple-double of this season (10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists). This match will be very interesting; Elba Timisoara may become only the second team to beat U Cluj and CSU Ploiesti on home ground this season, after CSM Oradea. After 28 rounds, Timisoara is ranked 5th, with an 18-10 record, while U Cluj is ranked 1st, with a 23-4 record, and a match less played. In their first meeting this season, U Cluj won 81-74.
Referees: Marius Ciulin, Alexandru Olaru, Adrian Habor
Broadcaster: TVR Timisoara and TVR Cluj, 17:00

Second match: 27th March 2010
SCM CSU Craiova vs. CS Otopeni
After last rounds loss, and after Brasovs win, Craiova fell on the last rank. It is highly possible that they will relegate; but they will have a difficult mission this round, facing CS Otopeni, a team which will probably play in the play-outs. CS Otopenis fall is still unexplainable: they started the season with a 5-0 streak, but have won only 7 matches during the last 22. Before this round, Craiova was last ranked, with a 4-23 record, while otopeni was ranked 12th, with a 12-15 record, and a match less played. In their first meeting earlier this season, Otopeni won 85-79.
Referees: Doru Vinasi, Cosmin Prisca, Ciprian Ciocan

Third match: 27th March 2010
CS Dinamo Bucuresti vs. CS Gaz Metan Medias
This will be a quite disproportioned match: Dinamo, who lost any chance to play in the play-offs, after Markovic Stojadin left them to coach Otopeni, is facing a huge challenge in trying to win against CS Gaz Metan Medias, a team that has, according to the Romanian basketball fans, the biggest chances to win this championship. Before this round, Dinamo was ranked 11th, with an 11-17 record, Medias is ranked 2nd, with a 22-6 record. In their first meeting earlier this season, Medias knocked out Dinamo, 82-59.
Referees: Mircea Serban, Bogdan Podar, Dragos Nicolae

Fourth match: 27th March 2010
BC Mures Targu-Mures vs. CS Municipal Bucuresti
While Mures chances to catch the play-offs are still alive, CSM Bucharest should make good choices and wishes good luck in the play-outs. According to a poll realized by the site , BC Mures and CSM Oradea have the biggest chances to catch the play-offs. Before this round, Mures was ranked 7th, with a 15-13 record, CSM Bucharest was ranked 13th, with a 10-18 record. In their previous meeting earlier this season, CSM Bucharest won 77-75, after Angel Santana (200-F-77, college: St.Francis,NY) scored two free throws.
Referees: Ciprian Stoica, Alexandru Anica, Alin Dorin Rosu

Fifth match: 27th March 2010
CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov vs. CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca
This will be the derby of the agony; two teams who had pretty great expectations at the beginning of the championship, CSU brasov having finished last championships regular season ranked 3rd, and Gladiator Cluj having just promoted to the first scene of Romanian basketball. But their dreams have disappeared after the first rounds of the championship; now both teams are trying to avoid the direct relegation (teams ranked 15th and 16th automatically relegate), but one of these teams (if not both of them) will no longer be in the Divizia A next season. Both teams are at a 5-23 record, Gladiator being ranked 14th, Brasov 15th. In their first meeting earlier this season, Gladiator won 87-80.
Referees: Alin Mircea Faur, Gabriel Dima, Marius Epure

Sixth match: 27th March 2010
BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti vs. BC Arges Pitesti
This will be another interesting match of this round: both teams still have chances to play in the play-offs, but Steaua needs more the win than Pitesti. Steaua had no chance last round agains CSU Ploiesti, while Pitesti won relatively easy against Gladiator Cluj. There is nothing more left to say about this match, only that Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) (Steaua) and Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) (Pitesti) will offer an interesting duel in the paint. Before round 29 Steaua was ranked 9th (14-14 record), Pitesti was ranked 6th (16-12 record). In their first meeting earlier this season, Pitesti won 80-74.
Referees: Fabiana Nitu, Laszlo Bukureszti, Sefer Bedir

Seventh match: 28th March 2010
CSU Sibiu vs. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
This match will be the second derby of this round. After last years match 4 of the semifinal, when Ploiesti won with a massive promote from the referees (especially Stelian Banica and Laurentiu Grigoras) CSU Ploiesti has interdiction to step inside the Transilvania sports center, according to the supporters of CSU Sibiu. Moreover, after last years semifinal, the majority of Romanian basketball fans have accused CSU Ploiesti for paying money to referees, so that they can win the championship Brandon Johnson (185-G-86, college: ODU) and Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola, IL) (both from CSU CSU Sibiu) said that they will never forget that match, and that they will try to do all in order to beat Ploiesti; but it was not the first the first time Ploiesti won a title with the help of the referees: the 2007-2008 final against U Cluj has been won by Ploiesti (4-3) after a huge scandal, in matches 5, 6, 7 of the final. (U Cluj had a 3-1 lead). It is expected that the fans of CSU Sibiu will create another colossal atmosphere in the Transilvania sports center. Before this round, CSU Sibiu was ranked 4th (19-9 record) and Ploiesti was ranked 3rd (22-6) record. In their first meeting earlier this season, Ploiesti won 69-59.
Referees: Stelian Banica, Laszlo Bukureszti, Marius Epure
Broadcaster: TVR 3, 18:00

Eight match: 28th March 2010
CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu vs. CSM Oradea
The epilogue of round 29 will be another interesting match: two teams with chances for the play-offs, but if Oradea wins, Oradea goes to the play-offs and Energia will play in the play-outs. Oradea comes after winning on Wednesday against CSU CSU Sibiu, while Energia lost against U Cluj. Before this round, Energia was ranked 10th with a 13-15 record, while Oradea was ranked 8th, 14-14 record. In their first meeting earlier this season, Oradea won 84-70.
Referees: Laurentiu Grigoras, Vlad Potra, Istvan Bertalan


Market news: Videnov leaves Crvena Zvezda, Andjusic in Hemofarm - by Zoran Popovic
Bulgarian player Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) decides to terminate contract with Serbian team. During the season in Eurocup Videnov on 12 games average scored 8.9 points, 2.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, in Adriatic league on 19 games 13.9 points, 3.2 boards, 2.4 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. Before Crvena Zvezda, Videnov played for W.Kentucky (NCAA), KK Split, Nancy Sluc, Tekelspor Instanbul, Real Madrid, Caja San Fernando, Solsonica Rieti and CB Granada.
After great season in Mega Vizura, young Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) came back to Hemofarm Stada. On 23 games in Serbian league, Andjusic average scored 10.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Andjusic was member of Serbian U16 and U18 National team.

Serbian B league, Round 23 (Regular season) - by Zoran Popovic

Both teams were equal rival during the most of first half, but in the last few minutes of first period, domestic players made advantage of +10 points. After the break Partizan young players made small break, but that was not enough to surprise domestic players. The most efficient player in Superfund was Sindjelic who scored 21 points and in Partizan Vlahovic scored 34 points.

Superfund BP Partizan 2 90:82 (22:19, 24:17, 16:24, 28:22)

Superfund BP: Zdujic 2, Filipovic 4, Zivkovic 17, Sindjelic 21, Zivkovic 4, Malidzan 14, Simic 7, Veinovic 6, Valtic, Sua, Petrovic 12, Matic 3.
Partizan 2: Janjuz 8, Trikic, Vujovic, Radenkovic, Djukic 3, Josilo, Vlahovic 34, Lucic 11, Balaban 11, Andrejic, Besovic 9, Basta 6.

Young FMP team started match very aggressive and after the first quarter had +18 points advantage. Guests from Leskovac tried to made break, but young FMP players routinely saved advantage from the first period. The most efficient player in FMP was Stamenkovic with 27 points and in for Zdravlje Andrejevic scored 29 points.

FMP 2 Zdravlje 96:84 (30:12, 21:25, 21:19, 24:28)

FMP 2: Mladenovic, Ponjavic 10, Pavlovic 6, Popovski Turanjanin 3, Gacinovic 5, Djordjevic, Miljenovic 8, Bezbradica 8, Stamenkovic 27, Siladji 3, Ognjenovic 4, Milovanovic 22.
Zdravlje: Trickovic 2, Radojkovic, Stojanovic, Mirasevic 7, Savic, Trajkovic 16, Radivojevic 22, Ilic 6, Andrejevic 29, Tasic, Kocic 2.

Vladimir Golubovic stays in Caja Laboral - by Zoran Popovic
Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) extends contract with Caja Laboral for one more month. Young center came from Olimpija Ljubljana in February 2010 to replace injured Tiago Spliter, but after good games during the last month Management decides to extend contract with him. Golubovic started career in BC Vojvodina Novi Sad and played for them in period 2002 until 2008, when he moved to Olimpija Ljubljana. Golubovic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18, U20, University National team and now is member of Montenegrin National team.


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Helios 1-0 
 2. Krka 1-0 
 3. Parklji 1-0 
 4. U.Olimpija 1-0 
 5. Rudar 0-1 
 6. Sentjur 0-1 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 0-1 
 8. Zlatorog 0-1 
 1. Polzela 3-0 
 2. Elektra Esotech 2-0 
 3. Luka Koper 1-2 
 4. Sencur CP 0-2 
Will join on later stage:
 1. TCG Mercator


South American U18 Championship starts in Medellin - by Eurobasket News
Medellin welcomed the start of the South American U18 Championship. The tournament has been enjoying two days packed in action.
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay went victorious in the openers. Argentina prevailed against Venezuela 84:76. Juan Giaveno (175-G-92) and Ezequiel Diaz knocked down 16 points each to pace the charge. Anthony Perez (F-93) responded with 16 points for Venezuela.
Uruguay needed an overtime to prevail against Brazil 75:68. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) fired 25 points, while Alex Alvarez added 23 points for the winners. Arthur Casimiro responded with 10 points and 14 boards for Brazil.
Chile overcame hosting Colombia 76:65 behind 22 points from Franco Morales. Felipe Acuna (182-G-92) was responsible for 19 points in the win.
Uruguay continued their winning streak as they toppled Argentina 71:54 on Day 2 of the tournament. Alex Alvarez fired 24 points to lead the charge. Mathias Calfani accounted for 15 points in the victory.
Chile also posted the second straight win as they held off Brazil 60:57. Felipe Acuna had 17 points in the victory.
Venezuela recorded their first victory as they rolled past Colombia 59:49. Anthony Perez nailed 17 points for the winners.


KBL Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT 88-77
KCC Egis surprised Sonic Boom KT 88:77 in Semi-Finals Game 4 to advance to the Finals. Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) led the way with 24 points, while Akins Tony added 21 points and 14 assists. Park Sang-Oh responded with 23 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 64-85
Mobis Phoebus advanced to the Finals beating Dongbu Promy 85:64. Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Yang Dong-Geun netted 18. Jones Jonathan answered with 24 points and 10 caroms in defeat.


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Standings
Group A
 1. Huesca 12-6 
 2. Andorra 10-8 
 3. Caja Rioja 10-8 
 4. Navarra 10-8 
 5. Santurtzi 9-4 
 6. Alaior 9-4 
 7. L'Hospitalet 7-5 
 8. Rosalia 7-6 
 9. Coruna 7-11 
 10. ADT Tarragona 6-7 
 11. Prat Juventud 6-12 
Group B
 1. Promobys 14-4 
 2. Alcazar 13-5 
 3. Huelva 8-10 
 4. Plasencia 7-11 
 5. Guadalajara 6-12 
 6. Real M. II 5-7 
 7. Qalat CajaSol 5-7 
 8. Matchmind 5-7 
 9. Illescas 5-13 
 10. CajasurCord. 3-9 


KKL snaps 6-game losing streak - by Chris Wang
Led by Chen Jen-wei and Chen Ching-huan, KKL snapped its six-game losing streak Saturday after a 79-71 win in which the team rallied from 20 points down for the win with a 20-6 4th quarter run. The victory also put an end to Yulon's winning streak at 10, two wins short of its team record.

KKL head coach Lo Tien-chin blamed the losing streak on the lack of defensive tenacity, but said that was a result of the constant criticism from the media and fans, which labeled KKL's defense as 'dirty.'

Since nobody wanted to be seen as a dirty player, the team's defense suffered, Lo said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Beer was hurt by the absence of injured import Derek Stribling, who was sidelined all week, and lost four straight.

TM 81-73 KKL 73
TM: A. Foyle 19p+10rb, Wu Yung-jen 19p+7rb+8a, Liu Sheng-yao 14p, Hsu Wei-sheng 12p+7rb
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 25p+10rb, S. Hawkins 15p+9rb, Chen Ching-huan 12p+10rb

Yulon 89-60 BOT
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 24p+7rb, Chou Shih-yuan 12p, Chen Chih-chung 11p
BOT: D. Creighton 17p+11rb, Chen Shun-hsiang 12p

Dacin 75-69 TM
Dacin: Tien Lei 20p, B. Allen 15p+13rb, Su Yi-chieh 13p+6a
TM: A. Foyle 23p

PY 83-69 TB
PY: J. Sanders 25p+17rb+7a, James Mao 18p+8rb
TB: Ho Shou-cheng 22p, Yang Ching-min 14p+12rb, Yang Yu-ming 15p

KKL 79-71 Yulon
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 31p+10rb, Chen Ching-huan 21p, S. Hawkins 13p+10rb
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 21p+6rb, Tseng Wen-ting 10p+14rb+6a

Dacin 16-5
Yulon 15-7
KKL 11-10
PY 11-11
TB 10-10
TM 8-13
BOT 3-18


Bertha C. Boschulte JV Basketball tournament results - by David Edole

Elena Christian 36 BCB 33
Everson Davis 12 Jashawn George 8
Kyle Edwards 10, Jabari Alexander 9

John H. Woodson 40 Cancryn 37
Turrell Thomas 17, Jose Cirillo 7, Joshua Hernandez 7
R. Huggins 9, B. Haywood 8, J. Hodge 8

CAHS 39 Sprauve 31
S. Serrano 8, Keeleh Burner 8
A. Thomas 12, A.J. Penn 9

BCB 49 All Saints 42
K. Matthew 23
Shannon Lewis 14, Bashan James 8

Central 25 Cancryn 16
Nasha Williams 9, Kadeesha Barry 7
Artiquar Jarvis 6, Annelle Durand 6

BCB 42 John H. Woodson 20
Akia Frett 16, Jerusha Corbett 13, Shirvel Luke 10
Raemisha Claxton 9, Patrice Arthurton 5

Cancryn 23, Elena Christian 22
Tinea Hanley 7, Keanna Mills 6
Keyani Rivera 16

Akia Frett 12, Jerusha Corbett 7
K'shanna Baptiste 2, Elisha Ortiz 2, Khadia Baptiste 2

Saturday's Schedule (March 27)
Game 9: Woodson vs. CAHS 9:00 am (boys)
Game 10: Elena vs. John H. Woodson 5 minutes after (girls)
Game 11: CAHS vs. Cancryn 5 minutes after (girls)
Game 12: Cancryn vs. Jess 5 minutes after (boys)
Game 13: All Saints vs CAHS -Woodson loser 5 minutes after (boys)
Game 14: BCB vs. Central 5 minutes after (girls)
Game 15: Game 8-losers 5 minutes after (girls)
Game 16: Game 8-losers 5 minutes after (boys)
Game 17: Game 9 5 minutes after (boys)
Game 18: Game 10-losers 5 minutes after (boys)
Game 19: Game 9-losers 5 minutes after (girls)
Game 20: Game 11-losers 5 minutes after (boys)

Game 21: Championship girls game 10:00 am
Game 22: Championship boys game 11:00 am

BCB March Madness JV Tournament - by David Edole
BCB March Madness JV Tournament

Saturday final scores
CAHS 41 Woodson 39
Achkel Basil 14, Akito Amaro 9
Turrell Thomas 10, Joshua Hernandez 10

Cancryn 37 JESS 19
B. Haywood 8, R. Higgins 6, T. Halliday 6
Andrew Penn 10, Meshawn Wilkinson 3, Aleek Thomas 3

Woodson 45 All Saints 31
Turrell Thomas 16, Malacoy Francis 7
J. Smalls 11, T. Adams 7

BCB 40 Cancryn 39
Kyle Edwards 17 Rashawn James 11
B. Haywood 11, J. Hodge 9

CAHS 38 Elena Christian 26
Achkel Basil 14, J. Boumo 9
Darren Stevens 9, Everson Davis 8

Woodson 43 BCB 39
Turrell Thomas 18, Joshua Hernandez 6
Shannon Lewis 17, Kyle Edwards 9

Woodson 49, Elena Christian 33
Joshua Hernandez 16, Turrell Thomas 15
Everson Davis 13, Kehan Nicholas 8, Darren Stevens 8

Cancryn 25 CAHS 17

Tinea Hanley 13, Voniya McFarlane 4, Keshawnna Mills 4
Khadia Baptiste 9, Kshanna Battiste 4

Woodson 21 Elena Christian 18
Jlene Martinez 7, Raemisha Claxton 6, Patrice Arthuton 6
Deja Spears 10, Zianna Angol 4, Keyani Rivera 4

BCB 34 Central 28
Akia Frett 11, Jersusha Corbett 8
Kadeesha Barry 11, Nasha Williams 11

Cancryn 31 Woodson 18
Tinea Hanley 10, Annelle Durand 8
Jlene Martinez 11, Shanyce Hanley 4

Central 32 Cancryn 13
Nasha Williams 9, Kadeesha Barry 8
Keshawnna Mills 7, Voniya McFarlane 4

GIRLS: BCB vs. Central High 10:00 am
BOYS: CAHS vs. John H. Woodson 5 minutes after..


LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 25th): Bucaneros take revenge, Guaiqueries and Gigantes win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira saved a series split as hosts of Gaiteros del Zulia, while Guaiqueries de Margarita were relentless at home against Panteras de Miranda and Gigantes de Guayana were able to hold off Guaros de Lara.

Bucaneros de La Guaira 89 - Gaiteros del Zulia 85
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 25-19-22-23= 89
GAI: 25-22-16-22= 85

GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 22 points and 4 steals, David Reichel (202-F/G-84) 19 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 10 points and 7 rebounds, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 8 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 6 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 2 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 2 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points
BUC: Rammel Allen (210-C-79) 19 points and 8 rebounds, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 14 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 13 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 12 points, 5 assists and 6 steals, Dallas Logan (193-G-82) 11 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 9 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 5 points, Jean Wilder (198-F-82) 4 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 2 points, Alejandro Quiroz (185-G-75) 0 points, Erick Herrera (184-F-80) 0 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 0 points

Guaiqueries de Margarita 98 - Panteras de Miranda 89
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 26-21-24-27= 98
PAN: 20-14-24-31= 89

GUAI: Evan Brock (204-F-84) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 17 points and 6 rebounds, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 15 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 13 points, 8 assists and 5 steals, Cristian Montas (202-F/C-79) 10 points and 10 rebounds, Ricky Johns (193-G-85) 9 points and 5 assists, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 4 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 4 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 4 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 2 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 2 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points
PAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 17 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 13 points, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85) 12 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 11 points and 7 rebounds, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 11 points, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) 8 points, Devougn Lamont (208-F-84) 7 points and 8 rebounds, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 6 points, Victor Gonzalez (200-F-69) 4 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points, Julio Rausseo (200-F/C-77) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76, college: Sam Houston St.) 0 points

Gigantes de Guayana 100 - Guaros de Lara 90
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 28-12-21-39= 100
GUA: 21-13-26-40= 90

GIG: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 23 points, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 20 points and 7 rebounds, Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 16 points and 6 assists, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 13 points, Will Caudle (206-C-82) 10 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 8 points, Elvis Baez 5 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 3 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 2 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 0 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 0 points, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 0 points
GUA: Sonys Reyes 22 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 13 points and 5 steals, Majic Dorsey (185-G-81) 10 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 6 points and 6 rebounds, Arthur Long (206-F/C-73) 6 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 6 points, Rafael Rodriguez (G) 6 points, Anthony Steward (200-F-78) 4 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 3 points

LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 24th): Gaiteros defeats Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia pulled off an away victory against Bucaneros de La Guaira to accent their threat against the top two teams in the LPB 2010 regular season standings.

Gaiteros del Zulia 101 - Bucaneros de La Guaira 97
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 25-28-25-19= 97
GAI: 23-24-28-26= 101

GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 31 points and 9 assists, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, David Reichel (202-F/G-84) 18 points, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 14 points and 8 rebounds, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 10 points and 8 rebounds, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 3 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 3 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 2 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 2 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 0 points
BUC: Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 21 points, Dallas Logan (193-G-82) 19 points, Rammel Allen (210-C-79) 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 14 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 11 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 8 points, Alejandro Quiroz (185-G-75) 3 points, Jean Wilder (198-F-82) 3 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 2 points, Erick Herrera (184-F-80) 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 0 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 0 points

LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 27th): Cocodrilos gain bigger lead at the top of LPB standings - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas earned a very comfortable victory against Toros de Aragua as hosts to complete a sweep and extended the gap between them and the rest of the teams, as they're in the top of the LPB 2010 regular season standings with only 4 losses in 18 matches.

Cocodrilos de Caracas 99 - Toros de Aragua 65
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 35-25-21-18= 99
TOR: 20-15-17-13= 65

COC: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 13 points and 5 steals, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 12 points, Tephen Hamilton (201-F-78) 11 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 10 points and 10 rebounds, Wen Mukubu (198-G/F-83) 10 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 10 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 8 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 7 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 6 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 5 points, Robert Palacios (185-G) 4 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 3 points
TOR: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 18 points, Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) 14 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 8 points, Jesus Tovar (183-G-90) 5 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 4 points and 6 rebounds, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 4 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 4 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 2 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 2 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 2 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 2 points

LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 26th): Guaiqueries continues rebellion, Guaros get back, Cocodrilos rule - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita continues to rise to the playoffs spots in the LPB 2010 standings and they completed a crucial home sweep over Panteras de Miranda. Guaros de Lara got back at Gigantes de Guayana despites battling with several injuries and Cocodrilos de Caracas remains at the top after a victory against Toros de Aragua.

Cocodrilos de Caracas 93 - Toros de Aragua 80
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 31-20-16-26= 93
TOR: 22-15-25-18= 80

COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 15 points and 6 assists, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 14 points, Tephen Hamilton (201-F-78) 11 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 8 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 8 points, 5 assists and 4 steals, Wen Mukubu (198-G/F-83) 5 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 4 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Robert Palacios (185-G) 0 points
TOR: Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) 24 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 18 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 11 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 8 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 5 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 5 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 4 points and 8 rebounds, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 2 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 2 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 1 point, Jesus Tovar (183-G-90) 0 points

Guaiqueries de Margarita 76 - Panteras de Miranda 75
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 13-12-24-27= 76
PAN: 13-25-19-18= 75

GUAI: Evan Brock (204-F-84) 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cristian Montas (202-F/C-79) 14 points and 16 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 13 points and 5 assists, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 10 points and 7 rebounds, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 6 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 5 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 3 points and 9 rebounds, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 1 point, Ricky Johns (193-G-85) 0 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 0 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points
PAN: Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) 22 points and 7 rebounds, Aaron Eneas (202-F-78) 18 points and 11 rebounds, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 12 points, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85) 10 points and 5 steals, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 8 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 3 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 1 point, Julio Rausseo (200-F/C-77) 1 point, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 0 points, Victor Gonzalez (200-F-69) 0 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points

Guaros de Lara 99 - Gigantes de Guayana 88
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 13-25-28-22= 88
GUA: 24-24-24-27= 99

GIG: Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 25 points and 7 assists, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 19 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 14 points, Will Caudle (206-C-82) 13 points and 6 rebounds, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 7 points, Elvis Baez 7 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 2 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 1 point, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 0 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 0 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 0 points, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 0 points
GUA: Arthur Long (206-F/C-73) 22 points and 17 rebounds, Majic Dorsey (185-G-81) 22 points and 8 assists, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 19 points, Sonys Reyes 15 points and 4 steals, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 13 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Steward (200-F-78) 4 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 2 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 2 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 0 points, Rafael Rodriguez (G) 0 points

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 14-4
2. Marinos 11-6
3. Gaiteros 11-7
4. Guaros 11-7
5. Panteras 10-10
6. Trotamundos 9-8
7. Guaiqueries 9-9
8. Gigantes 6-12
9. Bucaneros 5-13
10. Toros 3-13

LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 23rd): Marinos sweeps, Guaros steals one at the island - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui won for the second straight night as hosts against the fiery Panteras de Miranda, while Guaros de Lara recovered from a bad outing and stole a win off Margarita Island's Guaiqueries.

Marinos de Anzoategui 87 - Panteras de Miranda 79
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 26-20-21-20= 87
PAN: 15-25-18-21= 79

MAR: Hector Romero (202-F-80) 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 15 points and 13 rebounds, Michael Gale (193-G-82) 15 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 11 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 11 points and 5 assists, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 6 points, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 5 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 2 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 2 points, Robert Iriarte 2 points, Henry Dugat (183-G-87) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points
PAN: Kojo Mensah (185-G-85) 21 points, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 18 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 7 points and 6 rebounds, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 6 points, Aaron Eneas (202-F-78) 4 points and 8 rebounds, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 3 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 1 point, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Victor Gonzalez (200-F-69) 0 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points, Julio Rausseo (200-F/C-77) 0 points

Guaros de Lara 89 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 83
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 13-23-20-27= 83
GUA: 16-18-29-26= 89

GUAI: Cristian Montas (202-F/C-79) 14 points and 14 rebounds, Evan Brock 12 points, Ricky Johns (193-G-85) 10 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 9 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 9 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 9 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 7 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 5 points and 6 assists, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 5 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 3 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points
GUA: Arthur Long (206-F/C-73) 21 points and 12 rebounds, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 18 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 15 points, Majic Dorsey (185-G-81) 15 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 6 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 4 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 4 points, Anthony Steward (200-F-78) 4 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 2 points and 11 rebounds, Rafael Rodriguez (G) 0 points

LPB 2010 - Week 6 (Mar 22nd): Cocodrilos keeps winning ways, four others get triumphs - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas completed an away sweep over Trotamundos de Carabobo to continue their domination in the LPB 2010 regular season standings. Meanwhile, Gaiteros del Zulia got a series split on the road against Toros de Aragua, Gigantes de Guayana won big against Bucaneros de La Guaira on a 40-point margin, Marinos de Anzoategui recovered in the last minutes to defeat Panteras de Miranda and Guaiqueries de Margarita pulled off a difficult home win over Guaros de Lara.

Cocodrilos de Caracas 87 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 84
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 17-22-23-22= 84
COC: 17-23-26-21= 87

COC: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 21 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks, Tephen Hamilton (201-F-78) 18 points and 8 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 9 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 9 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 6 points and 7 rebounds, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 3 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 2 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 0 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Robert Palacios (185-G) 0 points
TRO: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 29 points and 12 rebounds, Alex Galindo (198-F-85) 15 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 12 points and 5 assists, Martin Osimani (194-G-81) 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 11 points, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77) 4 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 2 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 0 point, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) 0 points, Sterling Guedez (204-C-88) 0 points

Gaiteros del Zulia 84 - Toros de Aragua 80
Rafael Romero Bolivar Arena - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 22-14-22-22= 80
GAI: 17-22-22-23= 84

TOR: Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) 20 points and 6 rebounds, Sean Colson (182-G-75) 17 points and 7 assists, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 11 points and 7 rebounds, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 6 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) 3 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 2 points and 6 rebounds, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 2 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 2 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 0 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 0 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 0 points
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 19 points and 5 assists, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 16 points and 8 rebounds, David Reichel (202-F/G-84) 12 points, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 10 points and 6 rebounds, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 10 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 10 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 5 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 0 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 0 points

Gigantes de Guayana 108 - Bucaneros de La Guaira 68
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 28-31-22-27= 108
BUC: 16-12-20-20= 68

BUC: Rammel Allen (210-C-79) 15 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 12 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 9 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 8 points, Dallas Logan (193-G-82) 5 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 5 points, Alejandro Quiroz (185-G-75) 4 points, Erick Herrera (184-F-80) 4 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 2 points, Jean Wilder (198-F-82) 2 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 2 points
GIG: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 27 points and 9 rebounds, Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 18 points and 6 assists, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 14 points, Will Caudle (206-C-82) 13 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 12 points, Elvis Baez 11 points, 6 assists and 6 steals, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 4 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 4 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 3 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 2 points, Ruben Contreras (196-F-87) 0 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 0 points

Marinos de Anzoategui 109 - Panteras de Miranda 105
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 26-29-24-30= 109
PAN: 29-30-20-26= 105

MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 22 points and 12 rebounds, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 20 points and 5 assists, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 16 points and 7 rebounds, Michael Gale (193-G-82) 13 points, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 12 points and 11 rebounds, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 6 points, Henry Dugat (183-G-87) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 0 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Jose Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 0 points
PAN: Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) 21 points and 5 steals, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85) 20 points and 6 assists, Aaron Eneas (202-F-78) 17 points and 6 rebounds, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 16 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 6 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 5 points and 6 rebounds, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 4 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 2 points, Victor Gonzalez (200-F-69) 0 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points, Julio Rausseo (200-F/C-77) 0 points

Guaiqueries de Margarita 71 - Guaros de Lara 66
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 20-14-15-22= 71
GUA: 25-12-13-16= 66

GUAI: Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 23 points and 11 rebounds, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 12 points and 7 rebounds, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 8 points and 7 rebounds, Christopher Moore (205-F-82) 8 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 6 points, Ricky Johns (193-G-85) 6 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 3 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 2 points, Cristian Montas (202-F/C-79) 1 point and 7 rebounds, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points
GUA: Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 17 points, Arthur Long (206-F/C-73) 15 points and 10 rebounds, Majic Dorsey (185-G-81) 13 points and 8 assists, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78, college: St.Francis,NY) 10 points and 11 rebounds, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 5 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 4 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 2 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Anthony Steward (200-F-78) 0 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 0 points, Rafael Rodriguez (G) 0 points


Women News


Start of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Three games opened another big round of the Baltic league. Lemminkainen won over ECLEX 75:63 in Tallinn. The guests opened the game with 19-13 and added 24-17 in the second frame. ECLEX started to play better in the second half and tied the third quarter at 21-21. Moreover the hosts won the last period 12-11 but lost the game. Siksniute ad Rima Margeviciute (186-F-81, college: Liberty) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Milieskiene posted 14, while Inesa Visgaudaite brought her team 7 points. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) delivered 10 and Kosk scored 8.
Berezina-RCOR outscored TIM-SCUF 82:58 in Minsk. The team from Belarus trailed 21-24 after the opening quarter, however bounced back with 22-15. Berezina produced 25-9 in the third quarter and benefit from the game. Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) top-scored for the hosts with 25 points,while Pankova brought 13. Yakovits and Volha Ziuzkova delivered 12 apiece. Faskhudinova responded with 12 points in the losing case. Yevgeniya Sharovka (175-G-88) netted 11, while Berezynets notched 10.
BC Minsk 2006 outscored Viktoria 79:68 in the Belarusian clash of Baltic league. It was a tough start as the teams stayed close to each other. Minsk grabbed 22-19 after the opening quarter and added 21-14 in the second frame. They enjoyed another 18-12 in the third quarter, while Viktoria won the last frame with 23-18. Ignatovich stepped up with 18 pints to lead all the winners. Duboiskaja ended up with 15, while Anastasiya Ramanava (187-F-85) poured in 12. Karalina Padshyvalava (164-G-89) delivered 14 points in defeat, Keida scored 13 and Shulga added 11.

ECLEX -Lemminkainen 63:75 ( 13 : 19, 17 : 24, 21 : 21, 12 : 11 )
ECLEX: Kerttu Jallai 17, Solveig Keskula 10, Kosk 8
Lemminkainen: Siksniute 18, Rima Margeviciute 18, Milieskiene 14

BC Minsk 2006-Viktoria 79:68 ( 22 : 19, 21 : 14, 18 : 12, 18 : 23 )
BC Minsk 2006: Ignatovich 18, Duboiskaja 15, Anastasiya Ramanava 12
Viktoria: Karalina Padshyvalava 14, Keida 13, Shulga 11

Berezina-RCOR - TIM-SCUF 82:58 ( 21 : 24, 22 : 15, 25 : 9, 14 : 10 )
Berezina: Viktoria Hasper 25, Pankova 13, Yakovits 12
TIM-SCUF: Faskhudinova 12, Yevgeniya Sharovka 11, Berezynets 10

  BELARUS - Women  

Minsk holds the weekend games - by Eurobasket News
Minsk holds the weekend games of Baltic league. Three teams from Belarus will meet each other as well as Ukrainian Tim-Skuf.
Berezina-RCOR outscored TIM-SCUF 82:58 in Minsk. The team from Belarus trailed 21-24 after the opening quarter, however bounced back with 22-15. Berezina produced 25-9 in the third quarter and benefit from the game. Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) top-scored for the hosts with 25 points,while Pankova brought 13. Nadzeya Yakovits (182-F-90) and Volha Ziuzkova delivered 12 apiece. Faskhudinova responded with 12 points in the losing case. Yevgeniya Sharovka (175-G-88) netted 11, while Berezynets notched 10.
BC Minsk 2006 outscored Viktoria 79:68 in the Belarusian clash of Baltic league. It was a tough start as the teams stayed close to each other. Minsk grabbed 22-19 after the opening quarter and added 21-14 in the second frame. They enjoyed another 18-12 in the third quarter, while Viktoria won the last frame with 23-18. Ignatovich stepped up with 18 points to lead all the winners. Duboiskaja ended up with 15, while Anastasiya Ramanava (187-F-85) poured in 12. Padshyvalava delivered 14 points in defeat, Keida scored 13 and Shulga added 11.

  BOSNIA - Women  

Zeljeznicar finishes the Regular Season undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Zeljeznicar finishes the Regular Season undefeated as the team won all 19 games. In the last round they overcame Banovici 94:46. In April the Bosnian League will have Liga 4 as Zeljeznicar will face the second and the third teams of the League Celik and Jedinstvo. Moreover Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka will start their campaign in the country. The first games are scheduled on April 3rd.

  BRAZIL - Women  

Brazil edge Argentina for U18 South American title - by Eurobasket News
Brazil overcame Argentina 63:49 in the U18 South American championship game in Medellin, Colombia. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Brazil took care of Chile 65:48 in the semifinal. Argentina prevailed against Colombia 66:42.
Brazil got to the better start. They led by 4 points at the first intermission 20:16. Brazil maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They limited their opponents to just 7 points in the period and built a 33:23 advantage at halftime. Brazil raised the pressure in the third stanza. It paid off as the team gained a comfortable 14-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. Argentina could not recover allowing Brazil to roll to the Gold medals. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (92) fired 16 points and collected 19 rebounds to lead the effort. Joice Dos Santos added 15 points, while Tassia Pereira (175-G-92) contributed 13 for the champions. Rocio Diaz (93) responded with 14 points for Argentina. Diana Cabrera (92) dropped 11 points in the loss.
Colombia celebrated the Bronze medals as they shot down Chile 44:39 in the consolation final.


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.18.8 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun .18.3 
 3. Misurova, Trutnov17.8 
 4. Zrustova, Valosun .16.8 
 5. Viteckova, Frisco S.16.8 
 6. Wallace, BA Sparta15.6 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.15.4 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.15.0 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.14.6 
 10. Hartigova, Trutnov14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.10.7 
 2. Kulichova, Frisco S.8.9 
 3. Hartigova, Trutnov8.7 
 4. Sipova, Slovanka.8.2 
 5. Stepanova, VS Praha7.9 
 6. Vetrovcova, Karlov.7.4 
 7. Zrustova, Valosun .7.4 
 8. Tamane, USK Praha6.8 
 9. Svobodova, Valosun .6.8 
 10. Bonner, Frisco Sika6.6 
Assists Per Game
  Slovanka MB
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.4.8 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.4.2 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika3.9 
 4. Bednarova, USK P.3.1 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha3.1 
 6. Borecka, Karlovy .2.7 
 7. Johnova, Strakonice2.5 
 8. Misurova, Trutnov2.4 
 9. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.4 
 10. Maltsi, USK Praha2.3 
Steals Per Game
  Frisco Sika
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Horakova, Frisco S.3.5 
 2. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.5 
 3. Wallace, BA Sparta2.8 
 4. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.8 
 5. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.2.7 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.2.5 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.4 
 8. Vlkova, Valosun .2.3 
 9. Vetrovcova, Karlov.2.3 
 10. Brantlova, Karlovy .2.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Frisco Sika
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kulichova, Frisco S.1.9 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha1.6 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.1.1 
 4. Novakova, Hradec K.1.1 
 5. Kraayveld, USK P.1.0 
 6. Stepanova, VS Praha1.0 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.0.9 
 8. Kohoutova, Hradec K.0.8 
 9. Svobodova, Valosun .0.8 
 10. Wallace, BA Sparta0.7 

ZBL Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Slovanka MB 92-48
Frisco Sika cruised past Slovanka in the semifinal opener. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Petra Pospisilova responded with 12 points for Slovanka.

USK Praha - Trutnov 109-56
USK Praha had no problems against Trutnov to open the semifinal series. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) delivered 18 points to pace the charge. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) and Tereza Peckova notched 15 points each for the winners. Michaela Hartigova responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Trutnov.

  ESTONIA - Women  

Tartu Ulikool overcame Audentes in the latest game of the League - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool overcame Audentes 79:69 in the latest game of the League. It was a surprising 32-12 start the guests that looked awesome in the beginning. As it became clear after that lead was not enough for them at the end. Tartu Ulikool responded with 23-14 in the second period and had massive 31-11 in the third. Moreover they added 13-12 n the last stanza to win the game. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Annika Ruutli (165-G-85) netted 14. Laura Tomson (180-F-88) posted 13, while Gerli Odrusk (171-G-83) delivered 12. Maaja Bratka (186-C-92) ended up with 19 points and 18 boards in the losing case, whilst Janett Perv (177-91) collected 17 points and 10 boards.
Meanwhile Lemminkainen won over ECLEX 75:63 in Tallinn at the Second Stage of Baltic League. The guests opened the game with 19-13 and added 24-17 in the second frame. ECLEX started to play better in the second half and tied the third quarter at 21-21. Moreover the hosts won the last period 12-11 but lost the game. Siksniute and Margeviciute paced all the winners with 18 points each. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) posted 14, while Inesa Visgaudaite brought her team 7 points. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Keskula delivered 10 and Kosk scored 8.

  ICELAND - Women  

Hamar takes the lead - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
First game in play-offs final was at DHL Gym, KR home last night.
First time Hamar is in the finals but this is third year in a row KR is there. KR regular season Champion 2010.
Both teams start with full court press defense. KR with very aggressive defense which cost them a lot of early fouls.
Unnur Tara Jonsdottir kept KR alive in offense with good scoring early in the game. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) did the same for Hamar.
Hamar coach did a good job in resting players and his team looked better prepared against all KR team tryed to do.Hamar outrebounding KR 47-27
Final score KR 79 Hamar 92.
Top scorers for KR. Unnur Tara Jonsdottir 20. Jenny Pfeiffer-Finora 16
For Hamar. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) 27, Sigrun Amundadottir 18. Julia Demirer 16

  IRELAND - Women  

Montenotte claim three in a row - by Eurobasket News
Team Montenotte Hotel Cork completed a three in a row of league titles on Saturday when they accounted for old foes DCU Mercy 64-57 in the final of the IrishSport.TV Womens SuperLeague.
In another milestone for the club, Grainne Dwyer (F-84) capped off her return from Australia to produce an MVP performance with an excellent defensive showing. DCU Mercy opened up a fourth point lead in the early stages of the first quarter (7-3) before Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) closed the gap to just a solitary point courtesy of a three pointer from the top of the arch. Another three closely followed through the Irish international Dwyer but Lindsay Peat (175-G-80) struck two baskets to leave DCU with a two point lead at the end of the first quarter. (13-11). Amanda O'Regan (178-F-82) opened Montenottes account from the free throw line in the second quarter, while a basket inside from Grainne Dyer marked a positive spell for the Cork side. A costly turnover from Emma Reilly resulted in a basket for Maire Breen and a converted bonus point giving Glanmire a three point lead but Shauna O'Connor responded in typically brilliant fashion. The 61 Guard contributed three three pointers to swing the contest in favour of DCU. Lindsay Peat continued the onslaught with a further three to widen the gap to 12 points. Dwyer provided some respite for Montenotte but Lindsay Peat converted inside again to leave Mark Ingles side with a handsome 34-20 half time lead. Montenotte clawed their way back into the contest in the third quarter with Claire Rockall starting the comeback with a superb three pointer. Another three from Rockall further cut into the deficit before Dwyer showed her experience with a three to maintain the revival. DCU found some respite in what was proving a miserable quarter for the Dubliners through Sarah Woods and OConnor. However, a three pointer on the buzzer from Dwyer saw the Glanmire side fight back to within two points of their opponents heading into the final quarter. (43-41). It didnt take long before the comeback was complete when Marie Breen converted a basket before Dwyer edged her side in front moments later. Breen was to cause further heartache for DCU when she nailed five points without reply. DCUs problems were worsened when Lisa Palmer was fouled out as the National Cup champions trailed 55-49. In a dramatic finale, Lindsay Peat did her utmost to get her side back into the contest from the free throw line but a score inside from Aine McKenna (165-G-89) was enough to ensure their third league title in succession.
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  LITHUANIA - Women  

LKKA-Aistes wins the first Quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
LKKA-Aistes wins the first Quarterfinal as they outscored Laisve 58:55. The latter however played better in the first half and won the opening quarter 16-12. Moreover they added 15-13 in the second frame for 6-point lead at the halftime. LKKA-Aistes needed 22-13 in the third period to grab the first win in the series. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Druskyte added 11. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) respoded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Meanwhile Lemminkainen won over ECLEX 75:63 in Tallinn at the Second Stage of Baltic League. The guests opened the game with 19-13 and added 24-17 in the second frame. ECLEX started to play better in the second half and tied the third quarter at 21-21. Moreover the hosts won the last period 12-11 but lost the game. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) ad Margeviciute paced all the winners with 18 points each. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) posted 14, while Inesa Visgaudaite brought her team 7 points. Jallai ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) delivered 10 and Kosk scored 8.

  POLAND - Women  

PLKK Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice - TS Wisla Can-Pak 75-66
CCC Polkowice advanced into the PLKK semis. They upset visiting Wisla in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82, college: Louisiana Tech) provided 20 points and 14 boards in the victory. Ewelina Kobryn replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Wisla. Janell Burse finished with 14 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Maurita REID
  MUKS Poznan
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Reid, MUKS P.21.6 
 2. Shields, B.Prusz..20.5 
 3. Thomas, Artego B.19.8 
 4. Egenti, Energa T.15.7 
 5. Gladden, Energa T.15.5 
 6. Krezel, Utex Row15.0 
 7. Crisman, Artego B.15.0 
 8. Skobel, Inea A.14.8 
 9. Matovic, Lotos G.14.4 
 10. Castro, TS Wi.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Artego Bydg.
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Crisman, Artego B.10.6 
 2. Ukoh, Inea A.10.4 
 3. Carter, CCC P.10.1 
 4. Denson, Odra Brzeg9.5 
 5. Oha, LKS Siemens9.4 
 6. Bell, Utex Row8.9 
 7. Gahan, B.Prusz..8.3 
 8. Payne, Artego Bydg.7.8 
 9. Egenti, Energa T.7.7 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Liron COHEN
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Cohen, TS Wi.5.5 
 2. Richards, Gorzow5.4 
 3. Boddie, Utex Row5.3 
 4. Pawlak, Lotos G.4.6 
 5. Reid, MUKS P.4.6 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.4.3 
 7. Gajda, Energa Torun4.3 
 8. Bortelova, CCC P.3.5 
 9. Idczak, Inea A.3.1 
 10. Bobbitt, CCC P.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  MUKS Poznan
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Reid, MUKS P.4.5 
 2. Rushing, MUKS P.3.7 
 3. Shields, B.Prusz..3.2 
 4. Sepulveda, Odra B.3.2 
 5. Skobel, Inea A.3.0 
 6. Ross, Inea A.2.8 
 7. Crisman, Artego B.2.7 
 8. Malaszewska, Odra B.2.7 
 9. Gladden, Energa T.2.7 
 10. Denson, Odra Brzeg2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marita PAYNE
  Artego Bydg.
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Payne, Artego Bydg.2.6 
 2. Majewska, TS Wi.1.8 
 3. Denson, Odra Brzeg1.7 
 4. Oha, LKS Siemens1.5 
 5. Vargas-S., MUKS P.1.5 
 6. Walich, Super-Pol1.2 
 7. Burse, TS Wi.1.2 
 8. Williams, MUKS P.1.1 
 9. Carter, CCC P.1.0 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.1.0 

  SPAIN - Women  

Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 24-1 
 2. Perfumerias 22-3 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 21-4 
 4. Real C.Vigo 13-12 
 5. Mann Filter 13-12 
 6. Gran Canaria 12-13 
 7. Mariana 12-13 
 8. Girona 12-13 
 9. Cadi la Seu 11-14 
 10. Olesa 11-14 
 11. Real Canoe 8-17 
 12. Hondar.-Irun 7-18 
 13. Estudiantes 6-19 
 14. EBE Ibiza-PDV 3-22