EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/11/2010 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


ABA announces Summer League in Texas - by Gianni Pascucci
'The ABA season is over, but still there are a lot of players who want to compete during the spring and summer and get ready for the fall/winter season,' stated Dick Packer, ABA President. 'Thanks to the hard work of our West Texas Whirlwind owner, Cleveland Phelps players will have just that chance with a new ABA Summer League that will feature four or more ABA teams.' Presently, there are four teams that will compete, including the North Texas Fresh, the West Texas Whirlwinds, the new Texas RimRockers and Oklahoma Stallions. 'It is quite possible that we will be adding the New Mexico Stars,' stated Phelps. 'This will give the new ABA teams as look at how things are done in the ABA, including how to coach, our unique rules. We're calling this the Lone Star Professional Basketball League and we certainly are open to additional teams.' for more information, contact Cleveland Phelps at midlandwhirlwinds@yahoo.com or visit www.lspbl.sports.officelive.com


ABA 2010 Friendship Games announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association now ranked as the largest professional sports league in the US in terms of teams, launched its global joint-venture in Las Vegas last December and plans for its first two ABA venues in Tampa, Florida and Las Vegas in February. It has positioned itself as #2 to the NBA, but now, its niche where teams from all over the world will see action vs. top ABA teams in a World Basketball Cup in 2011 has triggered a frenzy in the world basketball community. The $200 million dollar global expansion announced by ABA Global is kicking off with the second international team to enter the domain of the US professional league via an initial 'Friendship Game Series' starting April 25th in San Diego, California (Usbasket.com had yet told about the first game). After the successful entry of the Beijing Aoshen Olympians from China into the ABA, the Philippines is fielding their bet to the Olympics in 2012 - the Philippines Smart Gilas National Team to the ABA. 'The entry of the Philippines to the ABA is a tremendous follow-through after the Chinese team for ABA Global,' said Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The Philippines has basketball as the #1 sport and it is a dream of filipino cagers, same as others from around the world, to play pro basketball in the US. You will now have ABA jerseys with international stars together with our red, white and blue balls - now called FLAG balls.' 'The entry of the Philippine team is not only historic for the country; it is also historic for the USA, as there is a very close link between the two countries,' said Paul Monozca, ABA Global Vice-Chairman. 'The Philippine team will test their speed with its entry into the ABA in the US.' The 2010 FRIENDSHIP GAMES will be a five-game series in Southern California. The Smart-Gilas Philippine Nationals will be led by their captain, Chris Tiu (5'10''-G-85), the US trained forward Japeth Aguilar (6'9''-F/C-87, college: W.Kentucky) and center Greg Slaughter (6'11''-C-88). The ABA teams will include the Los Angeles Slam, the The San Diego Surf, the Riverside Rainmakers and the Clayton Showtime from Northern California.
There are over one million filipinos in California and the sheer numbers will increase attendance in these games. The opening game will be in San Diego, the second game in Riverside, the final three will be in Los Angeles, with the final game featuring an All-Star team of top West Coast ABA Players.


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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol shoot down Pitagoras/Minas in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Pitagoras/Minas 87:75

Penarol recorded the initial win at the Interligas Tournament. They held off Minas to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Playing before the home fans Penarol pulled ahead in the second frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) knocked down 27 points to lead the hosts.
The first frame did not give any clear answers about the favorites. The teams stayed close and Penarol led by a single point 20:19 at the first intermission. The Argentinean team stepped on the gas in the second period as they managed to clear off to a 10-point distance at halftime. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Vega helped Penarol stretch the lead to 19 points midway through the third frame. Minas entered the fourth term behind by 15 points but never got close enough throughout the reminder of the contest.
Leonardo Gutierrez provided 15 points for Penarol. Alejandro Reinick (203-C-78) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) answered with 19 points for Minas. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) accounted for 16 points in the loss.
Penarol are slated to face Atenas, while Minas will play against Vivo/Franca tonight.

Penarol: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 27, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Alejandro Reinick 11
Pitagoras/Minas: Christopher Jeffries 19, William Drudi 16



Liga A: 1/8 finals - by Facundo Iatzky
Boca 3- Obras 0
Easy serie for Boca Jrs. Too much difference for both teams. Boca did a great job during all the year while Obras had all kind of problems. Many players played in a good level.
Now Libertad will face them in an interesting serie of quarterfinals.

Union 1 - Regatas 3
Regatas could win their two games at home and they advanced to quarterfinals as 9th seed. Union made a great job but players such as Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) or Maxi Maciel were enough to Union.

Quimsa 3 - Estudiantes 1
End for the 'cinderella' of the league. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) was outsanding during all the serie and Cleotis Brown joined him in the last game. Quimsa will play against Sionista now.

La Union 2 -Lanus 2
The only serie that goes to a 5th game. Lanus won the fourth game in double overtime, to add more suffering to their fans. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Virginia Tech) shined in both games in Lanus. The fifth game will be in formosa next monday.



LigaA: Regatas and Quimsa advance to Quarterfinals, Lanus ties the series to 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Regatas C. - Union S. 81-73
Regatas outplayed Union last night wining the series 3-1. It means that Regatas advanced to Quarterfinals, where they will meet Libertad. Maximiliano Maciel (198-F-83) stepped up for the hosts with 22 points, while Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added 18 points and 13 rebounds. In Union, Ronald Selleaze collected 25 points and 8 boards.

Estudiantes - Quimsa 73-78
Quimsa eliminated Estudiantes thanks to last night's 73-78 road win. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) shined in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois) also helped Quimsa with 19 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristian Amicucci had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Quimsa will take on Atenas at the next stage.

Lanus - La Union 97-96 OT
Lanus escaped with OT win against La Union tying the series to 2-2. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Virginia Tech) was totally the best player for Lanus as he scored 37 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) replied with 25 points in defeat. La Union will be the host in decisive Game 5.



Vivo/Franca stun Atenas at Interligas Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca - Atenas 94:76

Vivo/France opened their Interligas Tournament campaign in style. They smashed Atenas in Mar del Plata to take the lead in Group B. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) unloaded 19 points to lead the Brazilian team.
Atenas looked solid in the starting frame. They earned a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter but Vivo/France turned things around in the second frame. They unloaded 28 points in the stanza to build an 8-point halftime lead. Vivo/Franca continued to stay aggressive in the third term. Helinho Garcia and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) pulled the Brazilian team ahead by 12 points 72:60 with ten minutes to go. The final stanza also belonged to Vivo/Franca. They accounted for 22 points and drove to the first win at the tourney.
Marcio Dornelles provided 16 points in the win. Rogerio Klafke (201-F-71, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 12 points in the winning effort. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) responded with 19 points for Atenas. Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) had 16 points in the loss.
Atenas will take on Penarol, while Vivo/Franca will face Pitagoras/Minas tonight.

Vivo/Franca: Helinho Garcia 19, Marcio Dornelles 16, Rogerio Klafke 12
Atenas: Juan Pablo Cantero 19, Juan Locatelli 16



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia drive past Germany to Albert Schweitzer Tournament title - by Eurobasket News
Australia U18 - Germany U18 68:51
Australian Junior National Team celebrated the victory at the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Germany. The Emus overcame the hosting team at the championship game tonight. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the Aussies. The forward was named the MVP of the competition after the game. Australia pulled away only in the fourth frame.
The Emus got to a slightly better start. They piled up a 5-point advantage at the first break. But Germany bounced back in the second stanza narrowing the deficit to a single point 23:24. Australia maintained the lead throughout the third period. They entered the fourth period ahead by 4 points 46:42. The hosts could not keep up the tempo. They allowed the visitors to pull away in the fourth term. The Emus fired past Germany and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Jackson Aldridge (185-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) provided 13 points in the winning effort. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G-92) had 11 points in the loss.

Australia: Mitchell Creek 20, Jackson Aldridge 16, Igor Hadziomerovic 13
Germany: Philipp Neumann 15+13 boards, Mathis Monninghoff 11

MVP
Mitchell Creek

Burkhard Wildermuth-Award
Dario Saric (203-F/C-93)

All-Tournament Team
Best Point Guard Jackson Aldridge
Best Shooting Guard Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92)
Best Small Forward Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92)
Best Power Forward Mitchell Creek
Best Centre Philipp Neumann



Australia advance into Albert Schweitzer tournament Final - by Eurobasket News
Australia U18 - Germany U17 75:53

Australia became the first Albert Schweitzer tournament finalists. They held off German U17 selection to enter the championship game. Germany U17 suffered the second straight defeat and would play in the consolation final.
The hosts got to the better start. They were up by two points at the first break 21:19. However the Emus shocked their opponents in the next two frames. Australia held the home team to only 8 points in the second term taking a 37:29 lead at the interval. The Aussies continued to dominate defensively in the third stanza as they held German team to just three points building a comfortable 22 points advantage before the fourth quarter. The margin proved too big to overcome as Germany had to surrender at the end.
Anthony Drmic (196-F-92) knocked down 17 points to lead the effort. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) and Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) and Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) responded with 11 points each in the loss.
Australia will now play against Germany U18 in the Final. German U17 team will take on the USA for the spot on the podium.

Australia: Anthony Drmic 17, Igor Hadziomerovic 12, Hugh Greenwood 12
Germany: Besnik Bekteshi 11, Paul Albrecht 11



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  BARBADOS   


Cavs drop DC in OT thriller - by Justin Marville
ZAHIR MOTARA gave DC United the full package - the good, the bad and the ugly.


And somehow Mpact Station Hill Cavs ended up with something more.


Premier League basketball's reigning double crowned champs got their first win of the 2010 season, but not before waiting excruciatingly for Motara's potential game-winner to fall just short at the final buzzer of Thursday's 74-72 overtime thriller at the Wildey Gymnasium.


The last second victory - the third of the year in ten games - kept Station Hill from dropping to their first ever 0-2 start to a season and ensured the Cavs avoided a second successive defeat while holding a double-digit lead.


But even more concerning than the season-opening loss to Cougars, is that the champs led by as many as 28 points (38-20) in the first half while Motara was showcasing 'the bad'.


Starting without national centre Sydney 'Bouncer Rowe in DC's lineup, the erratic shooting guard displayed some appalling shot selection in a woeful one-from-seven first-half shooting performance that included three airballs.


And Station Hill took advantage of Motara's early woes and the opposition's small ball lineups, as the Cavs dominated the offensive glass, leading to several second chance points for Junior Moore, Corey Williams, and eventually Darren Hunte and Ricardo Yearwood.


Transforming a 21-12 first-quarter advantage to a 38-20 rout, the champs then wasted a further opportunity to close out the game when they opted for the reserves to finish the half against an even smaller DC lineup.


It was an error they soon lived to regret once Motara brought 'the good'.


After his opponents failed to add to their first-half tally, DC's impulsive livewire flipped the script in the ensuing third quarter, scoring nine points in the period as part of a huge 30-17 rally that brought the Deacons side within five (55-50) entering the fourth.


However, he wasn't finished just yet, reigniting another run in the subsequent quarter with running mate Selwyn Brooks, as the duo eventually locked the scores at 65 inside the final minute.


But Motara's 'ugly' was yet to come.


After Rowe fouled out, Kelvin Patterson would let DC off the hook after missing two free throws, giving Motara and company 17.8 seconds for the go-ahead score.


However, with the ball in his hands for that final possession of regulation, Motara over-dribbled with Corey Williams draped all over him and eventually had to settle for a forced three-point shot that fell well short.


And so was the case in the subsequent extra session, as Motara misfired on all four attempts in overtime, which included the potential game-winner - an uncontested three-pointer from the corner that hit front-ring before time expired.


Moore and Williams both had a team-high 12 points, while Motara led all scorers with 23 points on dreadful seven of 27 shooting from the floor.


Earlier, Warriors joined Lakers, Bulls and Jackson as the league's remaining unbeaten teams after surviving a spirited effort from Sagicor Tridents in a tough 77-70 victory.


Trailing by as many as 11 points (22-10) in the second quarter, Warriors had to overcome a knee injury from star forward Corey McDonald and some questionable referee decisions before mounting a game-changing 11-3 run in the third.


Kareem Farrell and Kevin John then put away the game in the ensuing fourth, giving the side an unassailable 13-point advantage (75-62) prior to a threatening late-game rally Daniel Lovell and Dario Cumberbatch.


Farrell had a game high 25 points and John added 12, while Lovell and Cumberbatch led the winless Tridents with 15 and 12 points respectively.


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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
Optima Gent and guard Domien Loubry (186-G-85) have reached an agreement for the coming season. Contract is due to be signed next week. After 24 games this season he is averaging 11.0 ppg and 3.9 apg. He is the second leading scorer for Gent and is 4th in assists in the league.

Antwerp Giants have extended the contract of young Belgian player Jean-Marc Mwema (197-F-89) for 2 seasons.

Leuven Bears have announced that Ivica Skelin will not be their coach next season.


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 17-8 
 2. Charleroi 15-9 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 15-10 
 4. Oostende 14-11 
 5. Aalstar 13-12 
 6. Antwerp 13-12 
 7. M.Hainaut 11-14 
 8. Leuven 8-17 
 9. Gent 6-19 


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  BRAZIL   


Vivo/Franca stun Atenas at Interligas Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca - Atenas 94:76

Vivo/France opened their Interligas Tournament campaign in style. They smashed Atenas in Mar del Plata to take the lead in Group B. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) unloaded 19 points to lead the Brazilian team.
Atenas looked solid in the starting frame. They earned a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter but Vivo/France turned things around in the second frame. They unloaded 28 points in the stanza to build an 8-point halftime lead. Vivo/Franca continued to stay aggressive in the third term. Helinho Garcia and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) pulled the Brazilian team ahead by 12 points 72:60 with ten minutes to go. The final stanza also belonged to Vivo/Franca. They accounted for 22 points and drove to the first win at the tourney.
Marcio Dornelles provided 16 points in the win. Rogerio Klafke (201-F-71, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 12 points in the winning effort. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) responded with 19 points for Atenas. Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) had 16 points in the loss.
Atenas will take on Penarol, while Vivo/Franca will face Pitagoras/Minas tonight.

Vivo/Franca: Helinho Garcia 19, Marcio Dornelles 16, Rogerio Klafke 12
Atenas: Juan Pablo Cantero 19, Juan Locatelli 16



Penarol shoot down Pitagoras/Minas in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Pitagoras/Minas 87:75

Penarol recorded the initial win at the Interligas Tournament. They held off Minas to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Playing before the home fans Penarol pulled ahead in the second frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) knocked down 27 points to lead the hosts.
The first frame did not give any clear answers about the favorites. The teams stayed close and Penarol led by a single point 20:19 at the first intermission. The Argentinean team stepped on the gas in the second period as they managed to clear off to a 10-point distance at halftime. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Vega helped Penarol stretch the lead to 19 points midway through the third frame. Minas entered the fourth term behind by 15 points but never got close enough throughout the reminder of the contest.
Leonardo Gutierrez provided 15 points for Penarol. Alejandro Reinick (203-C-78) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) answered with 19 points for Minas. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) accounted for 16 points in the loss.
Penarol are slated to face Atenas, while Minas will play against Vivo/Franca tonight.

Penarol: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 27, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Alejandro Reinick 11
Pitagoras/Minas: Christopher Jeffries 19, William Drudi 16



Bauru start to work in their roster - by Paulo Freire
The board of Bauru Basketball Team, who manager and keeps the team Bauru/ GRSA / Itabom, announced late on Friday, through the press, the renewal of ties to a sponsor and players.
The Itabom, one of the masters sponsors, although the contract scheduled to end in June, has already signaled the renewal for another season.
'The renovation is the continuation of the consideration of Itabom has to his customers and the public of the city of Bauru,' commented Pedro Poli, president of Itabom and Bauru Basketball Team.
The directors also agreed to renew the contrect of american point guard
Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) , shootinguard Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) and Alex Oliveira (194-F-83) .

'We renew with Larry,Fischer and Alex who are some of the keys to the project success. In Alex case, who will have to undergo surgery, the renewal of his contract represents respect for the athlete and for the human, 'says Pedro Poli, remembering that the club awaits the arrival of new sponsors to the project, since the company GRSA, the other sponsor this season will not renew their contract.
In addition to Larry Taylor, Alex and Fischer, the directors also has renewed the contract with some of the young players of the GRSA / Itabom Bauru SG
Guilherme Gui (190-F-91), Everton Moraes (196-F-87) and Renato Carbonari (204-F/C-87) .

The directors still not have a deal with one of the great peaces in this season, the versatile Eddy Carvalho (194-F-87) and some other players in the 2009-2010 roster.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Randy George pours in 22 - by David Edole
Essex Pirates - George 22, Adu 20, Knight 18
Worcester Wolves - Gilbert 24, Normantas 23, Middleton 18

The Worcester Wolves scored a crucial 92-114 road win at the Essex Pirates to keep up their pursuit of a BBL Championship Playoff spot they remain just two points behind the Worthing Thunder in eighth place, but have a game in hand.

The Wolves have won four league games in a row, and were led by 24 points from Danny Gilbert, supported by 23 Kastytis Normantas and 18 from Rod Middleton. Randy George led the hosts with 22.

The Wolves were in control of the game from the outset as they took a 22-32 first quarter lead and expanded that to 40-63 with a massive first half haul. They were pegged back to 68-78 heading into the decisive period, but a big fourth quarter, in which they scored 36 points, saw them through comfortably.



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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 21-3 
 2. Levski 19-5 
 3. Yambol 12-12 
 4. Cherno More 11-13 
 5. Balkan 11-13 
 6. Rila Sport 10-14 
 7. Spartak P. 7-17 
 8. Chernomorets 5-19 


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  CROATIA   


Croatia edge Turkey to occupy 7th place in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - Turkey U18 66:60

Croatian U18 team earned the 7th position at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The Croats finished their campaign with a narrow 6-point victory over Turkey. Croatia had to overcome a sloppy start to eke out the win in this one. Dario Saric (203-F/C-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Turkey looked better in the first frame earning a 21:18 advantage at the first break. Croatia managed just ten points in the second frame. Turkey capitalized taking a 36:28 lead at the interval. But things changed drastically in the third period. Croatia went on a stunning 22:6 run to leave Turkey behind. Croatia entered the fourth quarter ahead by 8 points. Turkey outgunned their opponents 18:16 in the final stanza but it was not enough to succeed.
Antonio Boban (200-F-93) notched 15 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) and Stefan Zadravec (190-G-92) provided 9 points each in the victory. Ugur Dokuyan (196-F-93) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge (185-G-92) had 17 points in the loss.

Croatia: Dario Saric 16, Antonio Boban 15, Marko Ramljak 9, Stefan Zadravec 9
Turkey: Ugur Dokuyan 19, Safak Edge 17



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  D-LEAGUE   


SkyForce forces Game Three - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls SkyForce used a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter to open a double digit lead and held on for a 106-99 win over the Tulsa 66ers in game two of their opening round playoff series Friday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The 66ers fell behind by double digits in the second quarter as Sioux Falls scored eight straight to lead 45-34. They extended the lead in the final minute as Leemire Goldwire scored six points -- including a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to give the SkyForce a 53-40 halftime advantage.

The lead grew to 18 points in the third quarter before Tulsa put together a run to get within six, 77-71 on a Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) 3-pointer with nine seconds left in the quarter.

It was still a six point lead when Sioux Falls scored ten straight points to lead 90-74 on a 3-pointer by Goldwire with 8:36 remaining.

But, Tulsa didn't fold. The 66ers scored seven straight points to get within four points on a 3-pointer by B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) with just under two minutes to play. The lead would dwindle to three points on a lay-up by Mustafa Shakur with 1:15 remaining, but the SkyForce hit 5-of-7 from the free throw line to wrap up the win.

Deron Washington (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia Tech) led the 66ers with 21 points while Weaver scored 20. Shakur added 18, B.J. Mullens had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Larry Owens had 21.

Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) led Sioux Falls with 24 points and ten rebounds.

The final game of the 3-game series is set for Sunday in Sioux Falls. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.


Courtesy of www.ktul.com


Energy too much for Utah in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News
Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out 11 assists while Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC) registered a team-high 24 points as the Iowa Energy defeated the Utah Flash 101-91 Friday night in Des Moines. The win forces a deciding game three Sunday at 4 PM at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Coming off a 31 point defeat Wednesday in Utah, Iowa jumped out to an early 25-18 lead after the 1st quarter behind Stinson's nine early points. The Energy extended the lead to 48-34 at the half, and appeared to be in control of the game.

Utah battled back in the 3rd quarter as Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) scored 11 points in the frame, including a jump shot with :04 left in the quarter to draw the visitors to within two points. The Flash opened the 4th quarter with a quick 5-0 spurt behind a 3-pointer from Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) and a layup from Jordan Brady to take a three point lead. The Energy immediately responded with an 11-0 run to take a commanding 82-74 lead with 7:56 remaining in the game.

Iowa knocked down 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes of the game to force the deciding Game 3 on Sunday at 4pm.

Tickets are on sale for Sunday's game at www.dahlstickets.com or at the Wells Fargo Arena box office.

The Energy outrebounded Utah 47-41 in the game and only had 12 turnovers in the game.

Kruger led Utah with 28 points on the night, including six 3-pointers.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Santiago: Plaza beats the unbeaten and ties for first place! - by Ozell Wells
SANTIAGO-Plaza Fernando Valerio prevailed 97-95, over CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago , at the close of the Friday schedule.

For Plaza its their second victory of the semifinals, which equals the CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago in the first position of the Standing with a 2-1 record, with the same team, thus giving CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago their first loss in the semifinals, after starting with a record of two wins and no defeat.

The first half of the meeting favored CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago 49-43, after leaving a rally in front 10-0 with large bunches of three-pointers from Bernardo Martinez (190-G-77) and Franklin Matos (190-G-82), a situation that gave confidence to CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago in the second half, where the good long-distance shooting of Plaza Valerio, finally got a major victory.

At this meeting the war was three sets where both teams managed to get 12 shots attempted 24 three each for 50% each, where Dagoberto Pena (183-G-83) hit 8 shots to score three of 11 attempts, by the CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago Franklin Matos, Bernardo Martinez and Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) scored 11 of 19 shots from three attempts.

The teams were nearly equal in sets of field, 56.7% for CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, against 56.3% of Plaza Valerio. The gardens dominated the rebounds 38 to 36, but were more erratic in the free throw line where he dominated Plaza 61.9% vs. 53.3%, and this might be the key difference in the game.

Best of the best were: Luis Cabrera (180-G-80) with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3asists, Charlie Rodriguez with 20 points and 7 rebounds, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80, college: Angelo St.)s with 19 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Alvaro Calvo, and Dagoberto Pena with 13 points each.

For the CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago highlighted: Dagoberto Pena with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M) 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Franklin Matos 15 points and 3 rebounds, Adris Deleon with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists and Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) 11 points.
courtesy of ABASACA


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Le Mans 20-6 
 2. Cholet 19-7 
 3. Roanne 17-9 
 4. Gravelines 17-9 
 5. Orleans 17-9 
 6. Nancy 16-10 
 7. Paris-Levall. 14-12 
 8. Poitiers 13-13 
 9. Vichy 12-14 
 10. Hyeres-Toulon 12-14 
 11. ASVEL 11-15 
 12. Chalon 10-16 
 13. Le Havre 8-18 
 14. Strasbourg 8-18 
 15. Dijon 7-19 
 16. Rouen 7-19 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 25-4 
 2. Limoges 20-9 
 3. Nanterre 18-11 
 4. Lille 18-11 
 5. Evreux 18-11 
 6. Maurienne 18-11 
 7. Bourg 18-11 
 8. Le Portel 17-12 
 9. Boulazac 13-16 
 10. St.Vallier 13-16 
 11. Charleville 12-17 
 12. Fos Ouest 12-17 
 13. Antibes 11-18 
 14. Nantes 11-18 
 15. Clermont 11-18 
 16. Quimper 9-20 
 17. Brest 9-20 
 18. Bordeaux 8-21 


Mamoutou Diarra lands in Roanne - by Eurobasket News
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) has agreed on terms of contract with Roanne. The 29-year-old forward is going to replace Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) who got injured. Mamoutou Diarra started the season in Air Avellino. He played five games with the Italian team averaging 4.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per appearance. Last season the French-Mali player spent in Greece. He tallied 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for PAOK. Mamoutou Diarra played at the 2006 World Championship in Japan.


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Australia advance into Albert Schweitzer tournament Final - by Eurobasket News
Australia U18 - Germany U17 75:53

Australia became the first Albert Schweitzer tournament finalists. They held off German U17 selection to enter the championship game. Germany U17 suffered the second straight defeat and would play in the consolation final.
The hosts got to the better start. They were up by two points at the first break 21:19. However the Emus shocked their opponents in the next two frames. Australia held the home team to only 8 points in the second term taking a 37:29 lead at the interval. The Aussies continued to dominate defensively in the third stanza as they held German team to just three points building a comfortable 22 points advantage before the fourth quarter. The margin proved too big to overcome as Germany had to surrender at the end.
Anthony Drmic (196-F-92) knocked down 17 points to lead the effort. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) and Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) and Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) responded with 11 points each in the loss.
Australia will now play against Germany U18 in the Final. German U17 team will take on the USA for the spot on the podium.

Australia: Anthony Drmic 17, Igor Hadziomerovic 12, Hugh Greenwood 12
Germany: Besnik Bekteshi 11, Paul Albrecht 11



Australia drive past Germany to Albert Schweitzer Tournament title - by Eurobasket News
Australia U18 - Germany U18 68:51
Australian Junior National Team celebrated the victory at the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Germany. The Emus overcame the hosting team at the championship game tonight. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the Aussies. The forward was named the MVP of the competition after the game. Australia pulled away only in the fourth frame.
The Emus got to a slightly better start. They piled up a 5-point advantage at the first break. But Germany bounced back in the second stanza narrowing the deficit to a single point 23:24. Australia maintained the lead throughout the third period. They entered the fourth period ahead by 4 points 46:42. The hosts could not keep up the tempo. They allowed the visitors to pull away in the fourth term. The Emus fired past Germany and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Jackson Aldridge (185-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) provided 13 points in the winning effort. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G-92) had 11 points in the loss.

Australia: Mitchell Creek 20, Jackson Aldridge 16, Igor Hadziomerovic 13
Germany: Philipp Neumann 15+13 boards, Mathis Monninghoff 11

MVP
Mitchell Creek

Burkhard Wildermuth-Award
Dario Saric (203-F/C-93)

All-Tournament Team
Best Point Guard Jackson Aldridge
Best Shooting Guard Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92)
Best Small Forward Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92)
Best Power Forward Mitchell Creek
Best Centre Philipp Neumann



Lorenzo Williams out for the rest of the season - by Manuel Schust
The LTi Giessen 46ers announced today that starting point guard Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) is out for the rest of the season. The 25-year old american broke his hand in last week's game against Tuebingen. Ironically it was Williams who sealed Giessen's 70-68 win in that game with a game winning shot.
Lorenzo Williams played 25 games for the 46ers this season and averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 assists per game.
With two wins ahead of Hagen and 4 more games to play Giessen is in a good position to remain in the BBL. But with Willams out and the fact that they have lost direct comparisons against Hagen and Dsseldorf it could be a close finish.


Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Alba Berlin Game April 11th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) is a 25 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his first season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. Last season, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Brandon took some time to talk to Eurobasket before the game against Alba Berlin April 11th.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig play a Sunday night game against Alba Berlin. Will you catch some of the Top 4 on TV this weekend despite the game?


I am not sure how much I will get to see because we have practice, but I will definitely try to catch as much as possible.


The New Yorker Phnatoms Braunschweig have Tomasz Cielebak back since a few days. How has he returned and how much stronger will the team be with him against Alba Berlin?



It has been great to have Tomasz back in practice. I think he is eager to play and adding his versatility will help us in our playoff hopes.

What has been the main focus this week in practice?


Defense.

What are your memories of the 87-79 loss in Berlin? You were without Michael Hicks in that game, but you held your own against the 8 time BEKO BBL champion.


We got off to a rough start and I think we were able to take the lead into halftime but their discipline and 3 point shooting brought them back and was the deciding factor.

Both teams shot well in that game and the rebounding was even. Was it the turnovers that cost you the game in Berlin?


That was a factor but I think we could have overcome that. It was too easy for them to get what they wanted on offense which included finding open 3s and shooting 57 percent.

What will be the key to winning this game?


Staying disciplined and focused on offense and defense for the entire game should contribute a lot. I believe for us everything else after that falls into place.


What is the biggest challenge when playing against Derrick Byars?


Keeping him from making big plays on offense.

What sporting event do you follow now since college basketball is over?


The Masters

How is it being a new dad? Has your sleeping pattern suffered?


It has been the most vulnerable, chaotic, exhausting, most fulfilling, amazing, incredible life changing experience for me yet. Maybe I will try that sleep thing again one of these days lol
Thanks Brandon for the chat.



Germany prevail against USA in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - USA U18 64:59
German U18 team reached the championship game at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. They held off the USA to earn the spot in the decider. The Bundesteam will now take on Australia for the gold. The United States will be opposed by Germany U17 in the consolation final.
Germany U18 started the game confidently and pulled ahead. The hosts built a 7-point advantage at the first break. The USA answered right back in the second term as they cut the margin to just two points at halftime 34:36. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Germany maintained their narrow lead as they headed into the fourth quarter ahead by two points. The USA failed to deny the deficit in the fourth term as they accounted for only 13 points and came up short of victory. Falko Theilig (180-G-92) produced 13 points to pace the home side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) knocked down 11 points in the winning effort. Ryan Boatright (182-G-92) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Leonard (192-G/F-92) netted 10 points in the loss.

Germany: Falko Theilig 13, Philipp Neumann 11, Daniel Theis (205-C-92) 8
USA: Ryan Boatright 19+10 rebounds, Damian Leonard 10



Germany U17 defeat USA to clinch third spot in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17 - USA U18 79:68

German U17 team wrapped up the Albert Schweitzer tournament on a high note. They outscored the USA team to earn the spot on the pedestal. The USA finished in the fourth overall position. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the home team to the victory.
Germany U17 snatched a narrow 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second term and it paid off. The German team managed to clear off to a 9-point distance. The USA could not pick up the slack after the main break. Germany continued to control the situation and moreover the home team extended their advantage at as many as 15 points. The United States players finally showed some aggressiveness in the fourth term. They shot down their opponents but it was too late to save the encounter.
Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) accounted for 13 points for Germany. Malik Muller (187-G-94) produced 11 points in the winning case. Damian Leonard (192-G/F-92) and Ryan Boatright (182-G-92) responded with 18 points each for the USA. Royce Woolridge had 11 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Germany: Besnik Bekteshi 17, Paul Albrecht 13, Malik Muller 11
USA: Damian Leonard 18, Ryan Boatright 18



Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 23-5 
 2. Cuxhaven 21-7 
 3. Braves 20-8 
 4. Kirchheim 18-10 
 5. Karlsruhe 18-10 
 6. Crailsheim 15-13 
 7. Chemnitz 14-14 
 8. B.Muenchen 14-14 
 9. Osnabrueck 13-15 
 10. Hannover 12-16 
 11. Jena 11-17 
 12. Heidelberg 11-17 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 10-18 
 14. Freiburg 10-18 
 15. Langen 8-20 
 16. Noerdlingen 6-22 


Seth Doliboa Stuffs Brandon Brooks On The Last Play Sending The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Into The 2010 BEKO BBL Cup Final Past The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 61-59 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The three games of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven this season have been as tight as an eye and a needle, the canal of Corinth in Greece, the trash compactor in Stars Wars as the walls were closing in and as the friendship of Ulm manager Thomas Stoll and coach Mike Taylor who were in attendance as all games have been decided by a total by no more than five points, but Frankfurt won the semi final cup game that counted most 61-59 in front of a sell out crowd in the Ballsporthalle. Frankfurt is back in the BEKO BBL Cup final after last tasting champagne of victory in 2000 as they clipped the wings of the albatross Alba Berlin. It was that type of game which deserved no loser as both teams gave everything they had and the game was decided on a last play. 'This was a very important win in our home. Every guy on the team from the youngest until the oldest wanted to win this game. Each guy played with unbelievable hustle and played with a kind of heart that could lead us to winning the cup', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Eisaberen Bremerhaven gave everything, but came up short at the end and it was understandable that most were devastated after the loss and didnt want to talk, except for ex Ratiopharm Ulm Mr incredible Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) who had his typical double double game and found words for the bitter loss. 'There was no real difference in this game between both teams. It is always tough when you play hard for 40 minutes and it comes down to a last shot especially since it happened in all three games', stated Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). 'The three games this season have been really crazy since they were all so close. Both teams played with so much heart and nobody wanted to lose. We are just very excited now', commented Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners gave an admirable team performance, but the team had a hero at the end in Ohio native Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.), who made a giant play on defense blocking Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) as he came into the zone. Doliboa has not always looked spectacular on defense this season, but saved his best for last as he made up for a missed call in Bremerhaven last week and a loss in the Ballsporthalle two weeks ago. 'I knew that I would have to make a defensive play on their last possession. Brooks is real quick of the dribble and I am just glad that I got all ball. I made up for my mistake on the last play in the loss to Duesseldorf', stressed Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.). Assistant coach Engin Gencoglu was extremely proud of Doliboa who kept his composure in the last seconds and didnt get beat by Brooks. 'Seth played very smart and didnt jump and stayed with him all the way', warned Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu .

At the start of the game, the atmosphere was breathtaking and so loud making the always noisy Jako arena in Bamberg feel and sound like a countryside high school gym. As the Ballsporthalle was dark and the players were being introduced, the arena was transformed into a sea of blue lights as fans had necklaces that blinked the Skyliner colors of blue. The first two meetings by both clubs had been decided by no more than three points combined and no one believed on one team getting a big lead, but everyone expected another nail bitter and that is exactly what they got. In the first few minutes there were five lead changes, but it seemed like the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had a bit more kick in their game. Frankfurt had Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) back for the second game after his 7 week injury and Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) surprised everyone by starting German Dominik Bahiense De Mello and Serb Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) (207-C/F-87) Bremerhaven presented their typical Bremerhaven inside/out game as Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) scored inside over Labovic and athletic Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) hit two difficult contested three pointers as Bremerhaven led 9-4 early. Frankfurt was still testing the waters on offense and soon found their groove as they started to score inside as Super Tez Robertson made a two handed dunk and Reese a lay in and Reese then fed De Mello a prefect pass as he catched it and shot it in the air tying the score at 10-10. Both teams now were at the same eye level and both teams then swapped 4-0 runs starting with Bremerhaven as Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) made two free throws and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) then caught Frankfurt napping got ahead on transition of the Frankfurt pack scoring on an easy lay up. Frankfurt quickly responded with baskets from Quantez Robertson as he nailed two free throws and Dragon Labovic scored inside. Gibbs made two free throws and Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) scored to give the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven the 18-17 lead. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) closed out the scoring in the first quarter with a three pointer. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 18-17 after 10 minutes. 'The first quarter was a real battle. Both teams were hitting their shots and it was an even game', said BG Goettingen forward Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford). 'Frankfurt played more aggressive from the start and held it until the end', added Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). After one quarter, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 33% from the field and 40% from outside and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 50% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 10-5 rebounding edge, but four turnovers and Frankfurt only two.

In the second quarter, the game remained very tight as no team was able to have more than a four point lead. Bremerhaven extended their lead to 21-17 after Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) sunk a big three pointer. Labovic countered with a lay up and free throw to get Frankfurt back to 21-24. Frankfurt had to keep an eye on the inside and every now and then a Bremerhaven shooter slipped free as did ex NBA player Norman Richardson (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra) nailing a three pointer for the 24-20 lead. This pattern seemed to go on for a little while longer as both teams traded baskets and no team was able to escape on even a mini run. Doliboa and Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) traded baskets as Bremerhaven led 26-23. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) then scored inside with a pretty lay in with his left hand ,but Norman Richardson (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra) striked again with a lay up, but Bremerhaven still led 28-25. Doliboa then scored a three pointer tying the game at 28. Bremerhaven returned and Drevo missed a three pointer. Frankfurt then retook the lead again as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored inside. Drevo found his groove in the last minutes as he scored 7 unanswered points with two baskets inside and a three pointer as Bremerhaven had the narrow 35-32 lead at intermission. 'It was still a pretty even game, but Drevo really hurt Frankfurt. Labovic was a force inside for Frankfurt', expressed North Carolina native Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford). 'The first half was really even and there were no runs, but in these type of games there are usually no real runs', stressed Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting41% from the field and 25% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 41% from the field and 45% from the three point line. Bremerhaven still had the massive rebound advantage 21-14 and had seven turnovers while Frankfurt had four.

Despite the close game, it seemed like there was still a lot more potential for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to increase their offensive game and they did soaring on a 8-0 run to start the third quarter to lead 40-35. Reese started the scoring attack with one of his typical penetration scoots and then making a fade away jumper. It is usually coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) who is known for unravelling something from his trick box, but this time it was Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) that hit two three pointers in a row which is about as rare as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) going inside to dunk twice in a row. Frankfurt had the momentum and had more energy on offense, defense and more importantly were starting to make strides under the boards which had been a weak point up to then. Labovic then made a tip in and Frankfurt led 42-36. Bremerhaven kept fighting as Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) scored inside cutting the Frankfurt lead to 42-39. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) then made a heads up play catching a Reese air ball under the basket with one second left on the shot clock and laying it in extending the Frankfurt lead to 44-39. Frankfurt couldnt pull away as they werent consistent on offense and Bremerhaven had luck as Philipp Schwethelm made a three pointer as the ball rolled around the toilet bowl before deciding to fall in and BEKO BBL rookie Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) made a fade away jumper off the penetration to give Bremerhaven the 46-45 lead. Doliboa then hit one of two free throws which he had to take for Marius Nolte who had to leave the floor due to a cut. Roller then hit a three pointer and Frankfurt led 50-46. Bremerhaven closed out the third quarter with a 4-0 run as Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) made a dunk and Brooks two free throws. 'Frankfurt upped their intensity at the start, but we matched it later in the quarter', stressed Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). Frankfurt was shooting 43% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 38% from the field and 40% from the parking lot and the rebounding was dead locked at 26-26 as Frankfurt had outrebounded Bremerhaven 12-5 in the third quarter. Both teams had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter occurred that one run that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were waiting for as they cruised out on a 9-0 run to lead 59-50. Frankfurt scored twice inside and once from outside. Allen started the scoring barrage as he made a lay up off a sweet feed from Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) made a very difficult hard fought reverse layup, Robertson some how outmuscled the bigger Bremerahven guys making a tip in on the second attempt and Mckinney finished the timely run with a three pointer. 'Derrick hit some big shots and we played some big defense in this run', stressed Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.). 'It seemed like Frankfurt wanted it more in this run. They played together and we had some turnovers', added Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). Both teams then traded baskets as Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) made a tip in off a Schwethelm miss and Allen made a jumper from near the free throw line. Frankfurt still led 61-52 and time was starting to run away for Bremerhaven and they needed to do something quick. Bremerhaven coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) inserted little used Germany energy spar plug Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) that came in and showed his efficiency by making a jumper, Gibbs then somehow snuck between three Skyliners and made a shot after the fourth Breemrhaven chance and Lipke then made a steal and coast to coast run as suddenly Frankfurt only had the slim 61-58 lead. 'Bremerhaven had some big plays and we had some turnovers, but no one gave up in this Bremerhaven comeback', stressed Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.). It was crunch time and it seemed like the Ballsporthalle was getting louder by each second. After a Labovic miss inside, Gibbs made only one of two free throws to cut the Frankfurt lead to 61-59. With less than a minute, Frankfurt had the ball, and Bremerhaven stuck it to them with an aggressive defensive set forcing Roller to a low percentage off balance jumper from the corner. Bremerhaven had 12,5 seconds to play and one play. Bremerhaven had many options and might have surprised everyone in the arena except for Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) by letting Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) go to the hole and get stuffed by the Skyliner forward which led Frankfurt to the 2010 BEKO BBL final. 'We had more energy at the end. We believed that we could win this game and our rebounding helped us get this win in the end', commented Engin Gencoglu .

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds and Dragan Labovic added 10 points and six rebounds. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) poured in 12 points.

There wasnt too much difference in the stats as both team shot poorly from the field under 40% as defense was the name of this game. Both teams shot 33% from outside. Frankfurt made a comeback in the rebounding duel winning 38-33 and Frankfurt had 14 turnovers and Bremerhaven only 12. Even though Frankfurt won only by two points, it was the rebounding that seemed to play a big factor in this game. 'We could of played harder. We were outrebounded which is really very rare. We like to limit our opponents to six or less offensive rebounds and Frankfurt had 14', stressed Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). A big key was totally shutting down top point guard Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) who finished with a big egg in the scoring department, dished out four assists and had three turnovers. 'We are happy that we stopped Campbell. That is why De Mello started . he is our most aggressive player and he did a good job',stressed Engin Gencoglu . I't was key for Frankfurt that Campbell was shut down. I cant remember him ever not scoring', expressed Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now have 18 hours to recuperate for the 2010 BEKO BBL final against The Brose Baskets Bamberg who disposed of BG Goettingen 71-59 and will only have about three extra hours rest. 'When you reach a final and have little time to recuperate you cant really think about it. We have to be focused on Bamberg and show our Skyliner character. We have to play with the same energy and hustle like we did against Bremerhaven tonight', stressed Engin Gencoglu . 'Our muscles might be tight, but we have to use our strength of mind now against Bamberg', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Ex Ratiopharm Ulm American Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) sees Frankfurt as having the advantage. 'Frankfurt-Bamberg is a good matchup. It is the end of the season and I think it will be another close game. You wont see a big win tomorrow. Frankfurt is at home and will win by four points', warned Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Brose Baskets Bamberg in the 2010 BEKO BBL final on Sunday April 11th at 15:00.



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Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ikaros Esperos 20-4 
 2. Iraklis 19-5 
 3. Pagrati 16-8 
 4. Olimpiada P. 15-9 
 5. Arkadikos 14-10 
 6. KAOD 13-11 
 7. Xanthi 12-12 
 8. AGOR 12-12 
 9. Ikaroi Serron 10-14 
 10. Amyntas 10-14 
 11. Near East 10-14 
 12. Perama 10-14 
 13. Dafni 10-14 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 8-16 
 15. OFI 7-17 
 16. Egaleo 6-18 


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Matt Bauscher, "We would take bullets for eachother." - by Fred Roggen
As the regular season nears its end, the GasTerra Flames are on the top of the Dutch league. Yeah, we met up with 'Bausch' again. You can never get too much of him. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports) and I sat down for an exclusive interview. Some players get recognition very soon. For some reason, other don't. Flames guard Matt Bauscher has always belonged to the first group. There is no limit for his ambition to succeed on the hardwood, Bauscher is doing more than just contributing. He's making an impact. He is an great defender and terrific all-around talent.

What are some of the high points and low points of your first season as a GasTerra Flames?
There have been so many high points it's tough to say. Beating good teams from other countries in the pre-season, our long win streaks, winning the league for home court advantage...but the best was the time spent with the team off the court. There hasn't been too many low points, we've lost a couple tough games but we always stay positive. We are confident in what we're doing here.

What are your thoughts on the teams recent play at the Final Four?
We definitely didn't play our best basketball. You can say that JD and Aron were out with injures, we were unaware of the different basketball that was being used, we shot 5-28 from three...but we're not making excuses. We lost, we're looking forward and going for the #1 goal we set back in August and that's the title.

Did you guys meet after the game and have a heart-to-heart about it?
We watched film and learned, in a game like basketball you can't win every single game. The best team will win it all in May.

Is this where you think its most important to show the leadership on the floor and in the locker room?
Our team is so close, we trust eachother...we are all on the same page with coach and you see that special bond on the court. We would take bullets for eachother.

Talk a little bit about the length of the Dutch league season as compared to the college season. How is it affecting you
I definitely think the season is drug out too much. We had stretches where we didn't play for 15 days...the season could realistically be 6 months. I wish we played 3 times a week, but it is what it is.

Is it mentally grinding?
You have to be mentally tough that's why a lot of good players don't pan out. Some people it doesn't effect I guess and some it does. We are very lucky to be making a living playing basketball.

Having grown up in Idaho, you have had to make adjustments culturally as well.
Idaho will always be where my heart is. Holland is a wonderful country, I've never came across a single person who didn't agree with that. It's pretty easy living out here with the people being very friendly. I compare Boise to Groningen all the time because it's 200,000 people, college age city...not too big or too small for my comfort.

What has been the biggest surprise for you as you wind up your second season as a professional basketball player?
The biggest surprise is how good we all get along here. When you have a team full of talented players, sometimes personalities clash...it has been a blast this season thanks to everybody here in Groningen.

Talk about the fans' appreciation for your game. They save their loudest applause for you. It seems they appreciate all the things you do for the team.
I love our crowd. We have Donar fans who have supported this team for 30-40 years! I've gone to birthday parties, dinners, clinics, bowling, you name it with them....I think when the fans feel close to the players it's a special thing. Things like blogs, twitter...make it good for them.

The end of the season is upon us. Any pressure on you to play better?
I think every team and player wants to play there best basketball at the end of the season. I don't feel any pressure though, we are going to continue to do what we do.

Any predictions on how the first round of the playoffs will go? You see any upsets?
There has been upsets all season, so it should interesting. We're just going to worry about ourselves and let the rest work itself out.

Will this playoff appearance be more meaningful in light of missing out last year with DeFriesland Aris?
Last year we had a good team in Leeuwarden and the league from top to bottom was stronger. This is a new year and a new team...and I'm excited for the playoffs that's for sure.

Are the EiffelTowers still the team to beat even though they're the third seed at the moment in the League?
I think there are alot of tough teams in the league. Eiffel is definitely talented, but so are alot of the other teams here in Holland.

How do you see your playoff role on the GasTerra Flames?
Nobody on our team tries to be a hero, we are going to continue to do what we've done all season. With Hype out, we all need to step it up a notch.

How important is your defensive intensity for the playoffs?
Marco has emphasized all season long, defense and rebounding. We pride ourselves on those two things and they will be vital come playoff time.

Whats driving you? Is it about getting a championship, or getting respect?
Me, personally, all I care about is winning. It's 100% about getting a championship, respect will come from those people who understand basketball.

How close are the Flames to winning a championship?
We haven't won anything yet and we're definitely hungry. We have 12 guys buying into Coach Marco and Coach Heins philosophy and are willing to do anything to achieve our goal.






Matt, thanks for this interview and good luck in the playoffs.



Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 31-3 
 2. Eiff.Towers 23-11 
 3. Giants 23-11 
 4. ZZ Leiden 22-13 
 5. M.Magix 22-13 
 6. DeFriesland 17-17 
 7. EclipseJet 14-20 
 8. Upstairs Weert 11-23 
 9. Landstede 5-30 
 10. Rotterdam 4-31 


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2nd division: the playoffs began - by Tamas Deri


Last night the playoffs of the 2nd division started. The best 4 teams of the eastern conference play eight games against the best 4 teams of the western conference. The champion will get the right to play in the top league next season.

SZTE-Szedeak finished the regular season on the 2nd place of the Eastern conference with 19-3 and could win against the 3rd place team of the Western Conference Veszprem (18-4) last night. Attila Tanacs was the player of the game with 27 points (12/12 2pts, 1/3 3pts) and 9 rebounds. Levente Gemes added 20 points, Mate Vida helped his team with 16 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Peter Farago scored 23 points on the losing effort.

Del-Konstrukt SZTE-Szedeak - Veszpremi Egyetem 93-79
(24-26, 24-23, 26-16, 19-14)
Szeged, Att.: 600, Referees: Vetek, Maar
Szeged: Mate Vida (191-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16, Molnar M. 5, Nyilas 14/6, Kovacs 11, Levente Gemes (208-C-73) 20/3, Attila Tanacs (200-F/C-82) 27/3, Simandi, Molnar B
Veszprem: Jilling, Peter Farago (188-G-84) 23/6, Meresz Cs. 3/3, Zoltan Pataki (200-F/C-83) 20/6, Szabo B. 8, Robert Nagy (188-G-84) 11, Bovanovics 11/3, Fekete 3/3, Kiskos

The winner of the Eastern Conference, Jaszberenyi KSE (19-3) could not be stopped by 4th place team of the Western Conference SMAFC-NYME last night. Gabor Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) had almost a great double-double with 25 points and 8 assists, Ferenc Godena scored 17 points. Richard Meszaros and Peter Peter Likar (205-F/C-84) helped the home team with 15 points each. Viktor Kovats (191-G/F-79) was the best scorer of the game with 30 points including five 3pointers.

Jaszberenyi KSE - SMAFC-NYME 94-80
(19-24, 27-25, 28-15, 20-16)
Jaszbereny, Att.: 300, Referees: Jurak K., Mocsai L., Vale F.
Jaszbereny: Richard Meszaros 15/12, Wehner 9/3, Ferenc Godena 17, Gabor Drahos 25/12, Horvath 9, Peter Likar 15, Puskas 2, Varga 2.
SMAFC: Szlavik 6, Csaplar Nagy 11, Karacsonyi 8, Kovacs B. 11/3, Viktor Kovats 30/15, Balogh 12, Vesztergom Z. 2

It was a great battle between the two best foreigners of the second league last night in Hodmezovasarhely. The home team (18-4, 3rd place of the Eastern Conference) lead by Senegalese big man Cheick Diakite was up already by 11 points in the half time, but the guests played an amazing second half and won by 12. Diakite had an amazing double-double with 22 points, 19 rebounds and 7 fouls against. American guard Chris Rodgers was the best scorer with 24 points, he collected also 7 rebounds.

Enternet Vasarhelyi Kosarsuli - Nagykanizsa KK 73-85
(24-14, 24-25, 14-26, 11-20)
Hodmezovasarhely, Att.: 600, Referees: Kss L., Reisz P., Kovacs N.
Enternet Vasarhelyi Kosarsuli: Balaton 9, Czibere 11/9, Vas 15/15, Utasi -, Cheick Diakite (203-C-85, college: Virginia Tech) 22, Mocsai 8, Kukla -, Szilagyi 2, Dani 5/3, Boszormenyi 1
Kanizsa KK: KDaniel Kasza (174-G-87) 12/3, Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) 24/3, Vertetics 7/3, Koma 10, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/6, Kornel STARICS 16/9, Mihalics 5/3



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IBLs British Columbia Titans continue to add to roster and add to coaching staff as the Titans organization readies itself for opening day - by Trask Frost
IBL's British Columbia Titans continue to add to roster and add to their coaching staff as Titans organization readies itself for opening day

Terrence Hundley is a Titan. A part of the starting five for the Central Oregon Hotshots last season, the 6' 3' Guard averaged over 29 points and 6 assists per game in 2009. With an outstanding three point shot and his athleticism Hundley has also played in the Slovenian League where he was an All Star and Slam Dunk contest winner in 2009. Hundley toured with And 1 in Brazil this winter and is making the trip from LA to Greater Vancouver April 11th for camps starting April 12th. 'I am a competitor looking for a championship and anxious to be a part of the Titans' Terrence shared with General Manager, Sharleen Graf. The Titans are also excited about Josh Washington's return to the Titans. A part of the starting five for the Titans last season, the 6' 3' Guard from Texas A & M has also played in Germany, Bulgaria and the ABA. Last year Washington had some explosive games, scoring over 20 points and is one to watch this season. Off the court Josh enjoys working with youth and will continue his work in Greater Vancouver when he returns April 14th. 'Working with local kids, like I have at the Fort Worth YMCA is something I truly love and really believe is my calling when I'm done playing professionally' Washington stated. Currently Washington is on Athletes in Action tour in Central Asia and London from March 12 to March 27th. He has traveled and played with AIA for the past two years and enjoys the experience. Simon Fraser University (SFU) defensive powerhouse Emmy Unaegbu is returning to the Titans in 2010. The 6' 4' small forward was the CIS Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. He is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey and is also coaching the Junior Boys Basketball team. Emmy is excited to be back with the Titans this season and looks forward to closed camp starting April 14 at the Langley Events Centre. Elzie Bibbs toured with the Globetrotter Military Tour and is now trotting up to BC to become a BC Titan. The 6' 6' Shooting Guard/Small Forward has experience in the IBL, Bahamas, Croatia and most recently the ABA as a part of the Sacramento Heat Wave where he has been known to put up over 50 points in one game. Bibbs also enjoys giving back to the communities he is in and worked with the Sacramento Boys & Girls Club weekly reading books, helping with homework and holding basketball camps throughout the season. Two assistant coaches have been added to the Titans Bench to help make a run for a championship this season with Head Coach Scott Allen. The two new assistant coaches are Matthew Boulton and Bill Ruby both offering years of experience to the Titans coaching staff.



BC Titans season and game tickets are now available. Contact the BC Titans for a preferred seat or visit www.langleytickets.com to purchase today.


www.IBLhoopsonline.com





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Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 16-2 
 2. Haukar 14-4 
 3. Valur 12-6 
 4. Skallagrimur 12-6 
 5. Thor Thorl 12-6 
 6. Hottur 7-11 
 7. Armann 7-11 
 8. Thor AK 6-12 
 9. IA 4-14 
 10. UMFH 0-18 


Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Craig Schoen
Schoen
Igor Tratnik
Tratnik
Richard Fields
Fields
Konrad Tota
Tota
Magnus Palsson
Palsson
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Player of the Year: Craig Schoen (178-G-83) of KFI
Guard of the Year: Craig Schoen of KFI
Forward of the Year: Richard Fields (193-G-85) of Thor Thorl.
Center of the Year: Igor Tratnik (207-C/F-89) of KFI
Newcomer of the Year: Thorsteinn Ragnarsson (187-G) of Thor Thorl.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Oskar Magnusson (196-G-86) of Haukum
Bosman Player of the Year: Igor Tratnik of KFI
Import Player of the Year: Craig Schoen of KFI
Domestic Player of the Year: Haftor Gunnarsson (183-G-81) of Skallagrimur
Defensive Player of the Year: Magnus Palsson (85) of Thor Thorl.
Coach of the Year: Borce Ilievski of KFI

1st Team
Craig Schoen of KFI
Igor Tratnik of KFI
Richard Fields of Thor Thorl.
Konrad Tota (195-F-80) of Skallagrimur
Magnus Palsson of Thor Thorl.

2nd Team
Byron Davis (188-G-85) of Valur
Gretar Erlendsson (84) of Thor Thorl.
Haftor Gunnarsson of Skallagrimur
Silver Laku (188-G-84) of Skallagrimur
Hordur Hreidarsson (200-C-88) of Valur

Honorable Mention
Saevar Haraldsson (184-G-84) of Haukum
Odinn Asgeirsson (197-C-79) of Thor Ak.
Oskar Magnusson of Haukum
Helgi Einarsson (195-F-89) of Haukum
Hordur Nikulasson of IA
Baldur Ragnarsson (182-G-90) of Thor Thorl.

All-Domestic Players Team
Gretar Erlendsson of Thor Thorl.
Magnus Palsson of Thor Thorl.
Haftor Gunnarsson of Skallagrimur.
Saevar Haraldsson of Haukum
Odinn Asgeirsson of Thor Ak.

All-Imports Team
Craig Schoen of KFI
Byron Davis of Valur
Silver Laku of Skallagrimur
Richard Fields of Thor Thorl.
John Davis (198-F-84) of Armann

All-Bosmans Team
Konrad Tota of Skallagrimur
Igor Tratnik of KFI
Mateusz Sowa (206-C-86) of KFI
Pance Ilievski (186-G-81) of KFI
Darco Milosevic (180-G) of KFI

All-Defensive Team
Magnus Palsson of Thor Thorl.
Richard Fields of Thor Thorl.
Byron Davis of Valur
Igor Tratnik of KFI
Trausti Eiriksson (207-F-91) of Skallagrimur

All-Newcomers Team
Thorsteinn Ragnarsson of Thor Thorl.
Hordur Nikulasson of IA
Emil Barja of Haukum
Snorri Sigurdsson (185-G-90) of Valur
Orn Sigurdsson of Haukum



Standings - D1 League
D1 League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jolley, Hottur 25.4
2 Tota, Skallagr. 24.0
3 Laku, Skallagr. 23.5
4 Schoen, KFI 21.7
5 B.Davis, Valur 21.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Jolley, Hottur 15.1
2 Sowa, KFI 13.7
3 sgeirsson, Thor Ak. 10.6
4 Eirksson, Skallag. 8.5
5 Gunnarsson, Hrunam. 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Schoen, KFI 6.8
2 Ragnarsson, Thor T. 6.0
3 Dearborn, Hottur 5.4
4 Gunnarsson, Skallag. 4.8
5 Freyr, Jonsson 4.5


Play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik beat Njardvik 79-103 at Njardvik gym and are in drivers seat with 2-0 record and need only one more win to make it to the finals.
Playing as a team from beginning was the key for the big win. Njardvik team did look opposite. No team effort. Bad inside shooting, loosing in rebounds and turnovers.
Nobody on Njardvik team did step up. Fridrik Stefansson, Gudmundur Jonsson & Nick Bradford with 13 points each.
Gunnar Einarsson with a very good game for Keflavik 26 points. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 20 pts. Draelon Burns 17. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 15.

Snaefell started the serie great against KR by big win away in first game, but in second game at home team did very poor job special in rebounding were they usually beat everyone, now they lost that battle 31-45 Bad three point shooting was also a big factor in the loss. KR won 88-107 and serie is now 1-1
Leading scorers for Snaefell. Hlynur Baeringsson 22+13 rebs. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 17. For KR. Morgan Lewis 24. Tommy Johnson 18. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) 18+15 rebs + 10 assist


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Spain prevail against Italy to clinch 5th spot in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Italy U18 96:79

Spain celebrated the fifth place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The Spaniards overcame Italy to wrap up their campaign. Spain recorded five wins in six games at the tourney. Italy finished at 3-3 record.
Spain silenced their opponents early in the game. They went on a 7:0 run to open the game with. Italy however bounced back late in the period cutting the deficit at just one point 12:13. Spain ensured an 18:15 advantage heading into the second stanza. Albert Ventura (196-F-92) exploded with seven points early in the second term giving Spain a 25:18 advantage. But Italy stayed persistent as they drew things level at 28. Jaime Fernandez (188-G-93) and Pierre Oriola helped the Spanish team to build a 41:35 lead at halftime. Andrea Traini (178-G-92) and Fabio Mian (195-F-92) tied things up at 41 early in the third term. Spain responded with an 18:0 run to open a comfortable 59:41 advantage. The team continued to pile up advantage and finished the quarter enjoying a 73:49 lead. Italy went on a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 21 points. But Spain maintained a tight grasp on the lead to cruise to the victory at the end.
Jaime Fernandez and Albert Ventura produced 18 points each for Spain. Angel Aparicio (199-F-92) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Andrea Traini replied with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Italy. Fabio Mian delivered 14 points in the loss.

Spain: Jaime Fernandez 18, Albert Ventura 18, Angel Aparicio 17+12 boards
Italy: Andrea Traini 31, Fabio Mian 14



Pesaro takes an important win - by Gianni Pascucci
Scavolini Spar Pesaro defeated on the road Carife Ferrara yesterday night, 83-75, probably claiming its stay in Serie A the next season too. The result of this game could mean, instead, relegation to Lega 2 for Ferrara, that will battle till the end for sure, but now faces a very hard schedule and some complicated crossings with the other teams willing to avoid the 15th place. Yesterday game was conditioned by a very good start of Scavolini-Spar, that ended 28-16 the first quarter thanks to a very good 3 pts accuracy. Ferrara wasn' t able to answer immediately, tried to come back two or three times during the second and the third quartter, but never managed to take the lead in the score, even because each time Pesaro answered well. With 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, Panamanian star Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) was the game MVP. Dusan Sakota (209-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 pts with 5/7 in three pointers, and Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) performed for 11 points, 5 steals, 4 assists at the winning side. Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79) and Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) scored 19 points each for Ferrara, and Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) added 14 pts, but it wasn' t enough. And now Pesaro can concentrate on Eurochallenge Final Four....

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JBL FINALS: Tochigi rallies to take game 1 - by John Scribe
Brex put up 31-9 run in the fourth to cruise to first finals win in franchise history

Tokyo Yoyogi Gymnasium--

Tochigi had the butterflies and it showed.

However, when they got their composure together, they showed that can not only play against a champion but dominate them.
The Link Tochigi Brex, which made its first-ever appearance in the JBL Finals rallied from 49-39 halftime deficit to beat the defending champion Aisin Sea Horses 88-77 at Yoyogi before a packed crowd in game one.

The game was a typical tale that comes with a finals story.

Aisin, the defending champ was supposed to control the series as they had the experience and MVP in 206cm Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) and best five member J.Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85)i.

Tochigi, being the first-time challenger could not get things early as they allowed 11 first-quarter points to Takeuchi and was out rebounded for most of the day.

However, Tochigi found a way to wake up and step up during the second half.

Tochigi turned up its defense and got great contributions from its star players in Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) to make a valiant comeback in the second half. And they really did most of their damage in a 31-9 run in the fourth quarter. Kawamura scored 12 of his 23 points while Tabuse tallied 11 of his 27 points in the final stanza to exhibit their starpower in an exciting display of a team that intends to change the current status quo of the league.

Aisin had control of the game for most of the game as Takeuchi (22 points 22 rebounds) dominated early on. JR Henderson-Sakuragi (16 points) joined in and drew double teams to give his team easy shots.

However, Aisin did not get much help in the second half and saw their All-Star guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) make bad decisions and turn the ball over. Kashiwagi scored 14 points but committed 6 turnovers and fouled out as he was clearly outplayed by Tabuse. Import Daryan Selvy (197-F-79, college: Oklahoma), who is usually reliable for the Seahorses was also a no-show with only 3 points on 1-for-5 shooting.

Tomorrow's game should be crucial as another victory by the Brex can add momentum on a team that may be the hottest squad in the league right now.

Game two of the 3-out-of-5 series will be tomorrow at 15:00 at Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium.



JBL Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Tochigi Brex 77-88
Tochigi Brex surprised Aishin 88:77 in the Finals Game 1 as Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Kawamura Takuya combined for 50 points for the winners. Takeuchi Kosuke responded with 22 points and 22 rebounds in defeat.



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Standings - Premier League
Premier League 09-10 Final Standings
1. ASU
2. Al Riyadi
3. Orthodox
4.Al Wihdat


JPL 09/10 Midrar League : ASU Clinches the Title - by Omar Shafaamri
ASU Sports Club who won the first round of the Final Series 90-59, did again in the away game 91-75 and that forced Al Riyadi to stop their dream to schedule another game for next Monday, in the third place match Orthodox managed to repeat his victory of the units on 83-73, had won the first game, a 90-84 .

After the end of the match, Chairman of the Basketball Federation Said Shuqom coronated players of ASU Club gold medals and handed the championship trophy to the captain of ASU Islam Abbas, and club president of Applied Sciences silver medals to players of Riyadi-Aramex , and Director of Information of Midra Sport Issa Badran Orthodox bronze medals.

The playmaker of ASU Club wesam Sous awarded for best player in the tournament, Ali Jamal as the best defender, and Orthodoxi player Hani Farag Most Improved Player and Wihdat Club player Munir Dais best young player.

ASU 91-75 Riyadi-Aramex
A strong start for Riydai, as is the case in past confrontations and provides 6-0, before returning Applied to tie and progress 9-6 with the Help of Wesam Sous who presented a collection of asists to Abdulla Abu Qura, at a time Malek Khashan attacks to advance 23-19 with the end of the period.

Riyadi relied on the point Guard Saif Amer for the distribution of balls and Issa Kamel with Male Khashan around the circle, Sunny Sakakini with Faisal Khair under the baskets and the latter Fouls forced him leaving his place to Ali Jamal , while ASU coach made two substitutions involving Louay al-Najjar, Ghazi Naber, rather Nidal Sharif and Ahmed Hamarsheh along wesam Sous , with the presence of Islam Abbas and Abu Qura deep in the region.

With the launch of the second quarter Riyadi Lead 27-19, ASU trimmed with the three pointers fro Wesam Sous while Islam abbas and Nidal Al-Sharif returning to the Court there is a tie game 29-29 and then again 35-35 minutes before the End of 2nd Quarter , Riyadi taking advantage Issa Kamel's Skills to lead 38-36 with whistle break .

As expected third-quarter income of Applied imposing progress to regain control of 48-40, but Khashan grade outside the group of sports and scored on all occasions responded to the texts and carpenter from beyond the arc to increase the difference between 66-54 and ending the superiority of Applied 70-54.

Loai Najjar and Nidal Al-Sherif throws breakthrough in bringing the deficit to 20 points, 85-65, and the resolution of the game before the end of 3 minutes to celebrate Applied win with the final whistle, the outcome of 91-75 and clinch the first time in its history at the top of the Jordanian basketball 2009-2010 season.

Orthodox 83-73 Wihdat
The 3rd placeGame witnessed the 2nd Win for orthodoxi Club on Wihdat to clinch the 3rd place , Wihdat showed great performance despite the absnce of their Coach and the Young players involved in this team specially Muneer Idais who shined today with 30 pts .

Final standings :
1- ASU
2- Riyadi-Aramex
3- Orthodoxi
4- Wihdat


Sakakini Best Dunker
The Dunk Contest was Held yesterday before the Final Game, which was won by Riyadi's Star Sunny Sakakini after fierce competition with the player of ASU Ali Zoubi, where established playoff round between the two players scored Sakakini the Mos Beautiful Dunk in the competition, which awarded the perfect score of 30 points, while Shadi Fleifel won the 3pts Compettion scorng 17 points, and each with a gift from Midrar Sports Company the official sponsor of the tournament.

Jo-Basket.com


Asia-basket JPL 09/10 Awards - by Omar Shafaamri
By the End of Jordanian Premier League (JPL) and Crowning Applied Sciences Club with the Title for the First Time in the Club's History , Asia-basket/Jordanian Section Honours Players ,Coaching Staffs , Admins , Referees and Sponsors for their Efforts in this exceptional League for the Current Season .

Asia-basket 1st Team : Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) (ASU) , Ahmed Shaker (Wihdat) , Issa Kamel (Riyadi) , Sunny Sakakini (Riyadi) , Ibrahim Bassam (Orthodoxy)

Asia-basket 2nd Team : Saif Amer (Riyadi) , Nidal sharif (ASU) , Malek Khashan (Riyadi) , Ali Jamal (Riyadi) , Islam Abbas (ASU)

Most Valuable Player : Wesam Al-Sous


Best Admin : Fadi Sabbah (Riyadi Club)

Best Young Team : Wihdat

Best Young player : Muneer Idais (Wihdat)

Best Coach : Frederick Oniga (ASU)

Best Referee : Taiseer Saadeh

Best T.V Commentator : Motassem Salameh

Best Court Correspondent : Amr Salah

Best Online Broadcasters : Ashraf Yaghmour , Ghaith Omari

Best Newspaper Journalist : Husam Barakat (alghad Newspaper)

Special Thanks from Asia-basket.com/Jordanian Section Staff for Mr. Samer Kamal (Midrar Sports Company) Who Sponsored the League and Participated in taking care of the Young talents in Jordanian basketball .
Wish to See you next Year with a New improved Edition of JPL .



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Valmiera
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Davis, Valmiera17.7 
 2. Timermanis, Barons17.3 
 3. Efejuku, Barons16.7 
 4. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja15.7 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF Riga14.5 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils14.4 
 10. Kisielius, Liepaja14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.3 
 3. Zorin, Barons6.7 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 5. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.9 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera5.8 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 8. Jurevicus, Ventspils5.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
 10. Zakis, Ventspils5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.3 
 4. Sirsnins, Barons4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.5 
 6. Vilums, Liepaja3.1 
 7. Jurevicus, Ventspils3.0 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.0 
 9. Efejuku, Barons2.6 
 10. Bertans, Ventspils2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.2 
 3. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 4. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 5. Bertans, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale1.3 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.9 
 4. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 5. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 6. Cresnar, Valmiera0.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.7 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.5 
 9. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera0.5 


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Division A: Round 23 review - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed - Champville 78-90
Amazing performance by Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency), who scored 48 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. El Khatib had impressive 9 of 10 from behind the arc, 8 of 9 for FG2 and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Tony Madison (190-G-71, college: New Orleans) added 18 points and 11 assists in this win. On the other side, Al Moutahed got 20 points and 9 rebs from Elie Roustom.

Kahraba - Hoops 69-87
Hoops cruised past Kahraba 69-87 getting 20 points and 5 rebounds from William Byrd (201-F-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff). Hussein El Khatib scored 13, while Mohamad Hamdar (7 rebs) and Enique Clemons added 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Raymond Dagher collected 26 points.

Sagesse - Al Riyadi 88-91
Al Riyadi grabbed tiny 88-91 win against Sagesse mostly owing to Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) and Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's), who combined 49 points. Vogel had 7 rebounds beside that, while Bangura added 5 rebs and 8 assists. Eugene Kelley replied with 26 points and 6 assists in loss.


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 19-2 
 2. Champville 17-4 
 3. Moutahed 13-8 
 4. Hoops 13-8 
 5. Sagesse 7-14 
 6. Anibal 3-11 
 7. Kahraba 3-18 
 8. Antranik 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (197-F-79)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. El Khatib, Champville31.8 
 2. Colson, Antranik25.8 
 3. Johnson, Al Riyadi25.3 
 4. Bangura, Al Riyadi24.3 
 5. Battles, Kahraba23.9 
 6. Byrd, Hoops21.4 
 7. Clemons, Hoops21.1 
 8. Kearse, Kahraba21.0 
 9. Luca, Anibal20.7 
 10. Ford, Moutahed19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm BATTLES
  Kahraba
  (205-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Battles, Kahraba14.3 
 2. Luca, Anibal11.9 
 3. Giles, Al Riyadi11.9 
 4. Darnell, Champville11.1 
 5. Charles, Champville10.7 
 6. Danielson, Champville9.0 
 7. Samaha, Sagesse8.8 
 8. El Khatib, Champville8.7 
 9. Christensen, Mouta.7.8 
 10. Kearse, Kahraba7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sean COLSON
  Toros
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 9
 1. Colson, Antranik9.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi7.6 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.5 
 4. Madison, Champville6.0 
 5. Slaughter, Anibal5.6 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi5.3 
 7. Ghattas, Sagesse4.5 
 8. Bangura, Al Riyadi4.3 
 9. El Khatib, Champville4.1 
 10. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Hoops
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Clemons, Hoops4.9 
 2. Byrd, Hoops3.1 
 3. Kearse, Kahraba3.0 
 4. Slaughter, Anibal2.4 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 6. Bangura, Al Riyadi2.3 
 7. Hakim, Kahraba2.3 
 8. Christensen, Mouta.2.2 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 10. Phillips, Sagesse2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christien CHARLES
  Champville
  (213-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Charles, Champville3.2 
 2. Giles, Al Riyadi2.8 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.7 
 4. Darnell, Champville2.4 
 5. Battles, Kahraba1.9 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.2 
 8. Daoud, Anibal1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Anibal1.1 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi1.0 


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LKL Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Rudupis 89-54
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed 23 points to lead Zalgiris past Rudupis. Mantas Kalnietis netted 16 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards for the winning team. Evaldas Dainys led Rudupis with 13 points in defeat.

Siauliai - Techasas 113-89
Siauliai rolled past Techasas in the quarterfinal series opener. Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) accounted for 24 points each to lead Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius provided 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Vaidotas Volkus answered with 23 points for Techasas.

Juventus - Neptunas 78-66
Jonas Elvikis (195-F-82) scored 18 points to lead Juventus past Neptunas in the opener. Virginijus Praskevicius added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Tomas Vilkius answered with 15 points for Neptunas. Gridziunas had 12 points in the losing effort.

Lietuvos Rytas - Perlas 92-86
Lietuvos Rytas scraped past Perlas at home court. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the hosts. Martynas Gecevicius added 21 points in the winning effort. Tautvydas Slezas replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Perlas.



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Mamoutou Diarra lands in Roanne - by Eurobasket News
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) has agreed on terms of contract with Roanne. The 29-year-old forward is going to replace Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) who got injured. Mamoutou Diarra started the season in Air Avellino. He played five games with the Italian team averaging 4.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per appearance. Last season the French-Mali player spent in Greece. He tallied 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for PAOK. Mamoutou Diarra played at the 2006 World Championship in Japan.


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Tacoma Thunder announce Roster, Head Coach and Home Venue - by Joe Becerra
Thunder of Tacoma Announce Coach, Roster and Home Game Location
Tacoma, Washington April 10th 2010- Press Release

The Thunder of Tacoma are happy to announce all home games will be played at the Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center for the 2010 season.

With Coach Doug Hockenbury and a list of star players Tacoma has been busy and keeping some of this information a surprise for the tip-off next Friday Night at 8:00pm against the Snohomish County Explosion. Coach Doug Hockenbury will be the teams head coach for the 2010 season. Hockenberry has 37 years coaching including 8 years in the High School level coaching Mt. Vernon Christian High School, North Sound Christian High School, Seattle, Mount Si High School. He also has four years coaching college @ Peninsula Community College and Puget Sound Christian College.

He also has 21 yrs coaching at the Semi-Pro level. The players roster is complete and is looking good for the Thunder and the Local Community.

Tacoma Thunder Roster:

Name Position Height School

NATE JACKSON PT. GUARD 5 9 CENTRAL WASHINTON UNIVERSITY
ADAM WARDELL PT. GUARD 6 2 SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
ZLATKO SAVOVIC PT. GUARD 6 3 LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
RYAN HANSEN GUARD 6 2 EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
BRANDON LARRIEAU GUARD 6 0 SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
JASON STROMVALL GUARD 6 4 GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
PHILLIP WAY GUARD 6 5 LEWIS & CLARK STATE UNIVERSITY
JUSTIN DOBSON FORWARD 6 5 HAWAII HILO UNIVERSITY
PAUL RICHARDS FORWARD 6 6 EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TERRANCE TROUPE FORWARD 6 6 HAWAII HILO UNIVERSITY
ROB DIEDERICHS FORWARD 6 8 SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
NICK MOORE POST 6 7 EVERGREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
MATT MGEBRASS POST 6 7 NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
KYLE WHEELER POST 6 8 WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE
ROB WILL POST 6 10 SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY


Rainmakers host Showtime in a Rose City battle-release opening night roster - by Joe Becerra
National Athletic Basketball League- Press Release
Saturday, April 10
Cross Town Rival Weekend Game II- Tualatin Rainmakers vs Portland Showtime



Tualatin, Oregon April 10th 2010- Press Release The Rainmakers will host cross town rivals Portland Showtime in a first for both expansion organizations tonight at the Heritage Activity Center as the NABL late game of the evening with tip-off at 8:30pm.

The Tualatin Rainmakers have also released the roster for the season opener.

Cody Tesoro (6'0''-G, college: Linfield), Jaxin Skyward (6'0''-G), and Jordan Whittenburg (6'3''-G-85, college: NW Christian) will lead the Rainmakers attack. All three will be contenders for the league lead in three point field goals. Look for 60-80 points a night from this trio.

Travis Derochowski (6'9''-C, college: Montana St.) and player/coach Heath Bailey (6'11''-C-81, college: Angelo St.) will man the middle and be the NABL version of 'Twin Towers'.

Doug Lamb (6'1''-G-81, college: W.Oregon), Adrian Russell (6'8''-F/C, college: Cascade), Chris Hoyt (6'5''-G/F, college: S.Oregon) and Steve Reed (6'4''-G-74) are solid IBLveterans that are capable of big scoring nights and know how to win. These four will be looked upon to add playmaking and leadership to the Rainmakers season.

Tyrone White owner of the Portland Showtime looks to bring in his highly rated pre-season team and will see if they can back up the expectation over local
coaching sensation Ryan Menten of the Rainmakers. ' We are looking forward to Saturday's game. We will try and display our style of ball from the start.
Fast break, share the ball and pressure D' stated White. ' We have been having some very competetive practices and we are ready for our first test'
With Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F, college: Oregon St.) and Josh Tarver (6'3''-G) leading a Portland group that may be the most talented from 1-12 in the NABL

look for some up tempo ball.

'We like our chances tonight', says Menten ' and most importantly the Rainmakers organization wants to take the time tonight as our opener and recognize Beaverton. We will not be wearing our official uniforms tonight as the league has allowed us to pay our respects to the Beaverton Basketball program and what it has done in the community and in the state. Showing a reflection on the program as a whole we are honored to be wearing these uniforms in honor tonight. '

Look for both teams to put on a great show. Both organizations have put together coaching staffs that are second to none with rosters that are loaded with talent.
The Showtime and the Rainmakers look for a great opening season game and a Rose city rivalry that is just beginning to start.

Tualatin Roster

Active Roster
Name: Height:
Deonte Compton (5'10''-G) 5'10''
Cody Tesoro 6'1''
Cedric Green 6'2''
Doug Lamb 6'3''
Jaxin Skyward 6'2'
Steve Reed 6'4''
Jordan Whittenburg 6'4''
Tavar Nesbitt 6'5''
Chris Hoyt 6'6''
Adrian Russell 6'9''
Heath Bailey 6'10''
Travis Derochowski 6'10''
Head Coach: Ryan Menten
Asst. Coaches: Heath Bailey, David Walker



Pro Basketball tips off in Seattle tonight- Explosion-Mountaineers continue tradition - by Joe Becerra
National Athletic Basketball League: Press Release
Saturday, April 10
Cross Town Rival Weekend Game I - Snohomish County Explosion vs Seattle Mountaineers

Monroe, Washington April 10th 2010 - Press Release The Explosion will host the cross town rivals from Seattle in the first of two games in the NABL Rival Weekend. The Explosion season home opener at the Monroe Sports Arena is the first NABL game of the evening with tip-off at 7:00pm.

Don Sims head coach of the Seattle squad looks to bring in the top scorer of the NABL, Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) and his veteran experienced team to see if they can return to .500 on the season with a win tonight over the home team.

Tonights match has so much to get excited about so lets get some background about how this rivalry started.

First it begins with ownership as the Explosion owner Nathan Mumm was a minor owner of the Seattle organization in 2006 and worked with owner and head coach Don Sims in his first season with Seattle. Mumm after the 2006 season decided he would like to own a team of his own and so the Explosion joined the IBL for the 2007 season.

Randy Redwine currently the assistant coach with Seattle, was also on that staff back in 2006 were he first met Mumm. Redwine then joined the Explosion organization as the head coach for the first two years before returning back to Seattle in 2009.

Players that have played on the Explosion team currently on the Seattle roster include Washington, Miller, Powell, Keller and Kennedy. These teams have played each other in the IBL for three seasons. The franchises have played a total of 10 games with the series currently tied five to five. Both teams are looking for their first NABL win.

'This is why games like this are so great' says Mumm. 'You got to love these guys off the court but on the court this is the best basketball rivalry you will see in the Puget Sound area until the NBA returns. It is a chess game on and off the court and why we are happy that both of these teams are in the NABL because this is a game that will have all the fireworks tonight and then some. '

This is a key matchup as both teams have been defeated by the Salem Stampede (2-0) the favorite to win the NABL championship. One team will even up their record as another team will be struggling with two early losses. The top four teams make the NABL playoffs. Tip-off is at the Monroe Sports Arena at 7:00pm tonight.



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Friday's games (13) review - by Eurobasket News
Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 107-99
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis dropped San Antonio back to the eighth seed in the tight Western Conference playoff race with a 107-99 win over the Spurs, who have just three games left. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) netted 20 points. The hosts got 26 pts, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Manu Ginobili.

Dallas M. - Portland TB 83-77
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 40 points and 10 rebounds in the Mavericks' 83-77 victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 18 and Jason Terry added 12. In Portland TB, LaMarcus Aldridge shined with 27 pts.

Chicago B. - New Jersey N. 116-127 OT2
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) had a career-high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in leading New Jersey to a 127-116 victory and becoming the first Nets rookie to post a triple-double since 2001. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) added 16 points and 14 boards. In Chicago Bulls, Brad Miller collected 27 points and 10 rebs.

Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 114-103
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) scored 12 points during a pivotal 18-3 third-quarter run and finished with 27 points and 16 assists to lead Utah to a 114-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) had 20 and Carlos Boozer added 19 points, plus 10 rebounds. Darren Collison collected 28 points and 7 assists for the Hornets.

Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 91-96
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 35 points and the Thunder held Phoenix to its lowest scoring output in a second half this season on their way to a 96-91 victory Friday night. Three players followed Durant with 15 points each. Visitors got 24 points and 15 rebs from Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82).

Charlotte B. - Houston R. 90-97
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) added 17 in the Rockets' 97-90 win over the Bobcats on Friday night. Luis Scola and Chase Budinger finished with 12 points each. On the other side, Geral Wallace collected 18 points and 9 boards.

Washington W. - Boston C. 106-96
Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) scored 31 points and added 11 rebounds on Friday night as Washington opened a 28-point first-half lead and held on through a late flurry of 3-pointers from Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) to beat Boston 106-96. It was one month after the Wizards blew a 13-point lead with six minutes left to drop their third straight game in a losing streak that would grow to 16 in a row. Rajon Rondo collected 17 pts, 6 rebs and 12 assists for the Celtics.

Indiana P. - Cleveland C. 116-113
Mike Brown watched the blood drip off Chris Bosh's face earlier this week and decided that wasn't going to happen to his guys. With nothing left to play for, Brown doesn't want to risk injury to LeBron James or another one of his starters. Cleveland's coach benched most of them Friday, allowing Indiana to escape with a 116-113 victory for the Pacers' ninth win in 11 games. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 36 points, including nine of Indiana's final 11, and the Pacers beat a Cleveland team that was without starters James, Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, Shaquille O'Neal and backup Daniel Gibson. Brandon Rush and Earl Watson each had 16 points, Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Roy Hibbert added 12 as the Pacers put all five starters in double figures. Watson also had 10 assists. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Detroit P. - Miami Heat 106-99
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) scored 26 of his season-high 39 points in the second half, including two huge 3-pointers in the final 3 1/2 minutes, and the Pistons beat Miami 106-99 on Friday night to snap a nine-game Heat winning streak that had been the NBA's longest. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) also was great last night with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Dwyane Wade collected 19 pts and 9 assist for the Heat.

LA Lakers - Minnesota T. 97-88
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and the Kobe-less Lakers locked up home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs with a 97-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the reigning champs, who have the No. 1 seed in the West for the third straight season. Jonny Flynn delivered 19 pts in defeat.

New York K. - Orlando M. 103-118
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) and Vince Carter scored 25 points apiece, and the Magic tuned up for the playoffs with a 118-103 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 19 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Danilo Gallinari shined with 28 pts.

Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 95-90
Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) scored 23 points and Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon) had 18 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 95-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Brandon Jennings this time helped with 16 points and 7 assists. The hosts got 21 pts from Andre Iguodala.

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 101-107
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 15 of his 25 points when Atlanta took the lead in the second period, and the Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 107-101 on Friday night to reach 50 wins for the first time in 12 years. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 18 and Josh Smith added 17 points, plus 10 rebounds. Amir Johnson collected 18 points and 13 rebs for the Raptors.



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St. Francis (NY) to join the - by Rangi Gescheit
St. St.Francis (NY) (NY) to join the 'Searching Teams' after Brian Nash 's resignation.
Brian Brian Nash , after coaching 5 years at St. St.Francis (NY), resigned as the head coach of their Mens Basketball Team. Coach Brian Nash had 11-18 overall record in 2009-2010 and 8-10 in the conference. Prior to St. St.Francis (NY), Coach Brian Nash was Louis Orr's assistant at Seton Hall's Big East.
St. St.Francis (NY) athletic Director, Irma Garcia said that a search committee has been formed to select the next head coach.



Germany U17 defeat USA to clinch third spot in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17 - USA U18 79:68

German U17 team wrapped up the Albert Schweitzer tournament on a high note. They outscored the USA team to earn the spot on the pedestal. The USA finished in the fourth overall position. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the home team to the victory.
Germany U17 snatched a narrow 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts mounted the pressure in the second term and it paid off. The German team managed to clear off to a 9-point distance. The USA could not pick up the slack after the main break. Germany continued to control the situation and moreover the home team extended their advantage at as many as 15 points. The United States players finally showed some aggressiveness in the fourth term. They shot down their opponents but it was too late to save the encounter.
Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) accounted for 13 points for Germany. Malik Muller (187-G-94) produced 11 points in the winning case. Damian Leonard (192-G/F-92) and Ryan Boatright (182-G-92) responded with 18 points each for the USA. Royce Woolridge had 11 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Germany: Besnik Bekteshi 17, Paul Albrecht 13, Malik Muller 11
USA: Damian Leonard 18, Ryan Boatright 18



Germany prevail against USA in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - USA U18 64:59
German U18 team reached the championship game at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. They held off the USA to earn the spot in the decider. The Bundesteam will now take on Australia for the gold. The United States will be opposed by Germany U17 in the consolation final.
Germany U18 started the game confidently and pulled ahead. The hosts built a 7-point advantage at the first break. The USA answered right back in the second term as they cut the margin to just two points at halftime 34:36. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Germany maintained their narrow lead as they headed into the fourth quarter ahead by two points. The USA failed to deny the deficit in the fourth term as they accounted for only 13 points and came up short of victory. Falko Theilig (180-G-92) produced 13 points to pace the home side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) knocked down 11 points in the winning effort. Ryan Boatright (182-G-92) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Leonard (192-G/F-92) netted 10 points in the loss.

Germany: Falko Theilig 13, Philipp Neumann 11, Daniel Theis (205-C-92) 8
USA: Ryan Boatright 19+10 rebounds, Damian Leonard 10



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NBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wellington - Taranaki 98-71
Wellington cruised past Taranaki for the fourth win. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) accounted for 25 points. Erron Maxey added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Saints. Demarshay Johnson answered with 21 points and 9 caroms in the losing effort.

Otago - Nelson 71-102
Nelson recorded the fifth win in the season as they stunned Otago away from home. Darryl Jones (193-G/F-85) led balanced offensive effort with 14 points for the Giants. Sam Dempster and Mika Vukona finished with 13 points apiece in the victory. Tyler Amaya was responsible for 23 points and 6 rebounds in the seventh straight defeat for the Nuggets.

Manawatu - Waikato 73-95
Waikato recorded the sixth win in th season as they eased past Manawatu on the road. Hayden Allen (187-G-79) scored 25 points to lead the visitors. Alex Pledger added 22 points and 9 rebounds for the Pistons. Richard Jeter responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the Jets.

Bay Hawks - Waikato 78-73
Bay Hawks toppled Waikato behind 20 points from Josh Pace (198-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse). Everard Bartlett added 18 points as the winners improved at 4-3 record. The defending champions suffered the first loss despite 21 points from Hayden Allen.

Southland Sharks - Nelson 72-74
Nelson eked out a narrow road win over Southland. Phill Jones hit two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for the Giants. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances) provided 19 points for the winners. Michael Fitchett knocked down 18 points for Nelson. Rene Rougeau led the Sharks with 19 points and 11 rebounds. James Paringatai chipped in 19 points in the loss.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Richard JETER
  Manawatu
  (198-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Jeter, Manawatu24.8 
 2. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 3. Webster, Harbour .24.0 
 4. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 5. Rose, Southlan.22.6 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki22.3 
 7. Jones, Nelson20.6 
 8. Amaya, Otago20.4 
 9. Hudson, Wellington20.3 
 10. Winitana, Cougars20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Pledger, Waikato13.1 
 2. Rickert, Harbour .12.4 
 3. Terrell, Bay Hawks11.4 
 4. Boucher, Harbour .10.5 
 5. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 6. Johnson, Taranaki8.4 
 7. Maxey, Wellington8.3 
 8. Horvath, Wellington7.9 
 9. Vukona, Nelson7.8 
 10. Abercrombie, Waika.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  Harbour Heat
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Boucher, Harbour .6.8 
 2. Kench, Cougars5.3 
 3. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 4. Tait, Wellington4.0 
 5. Jones, Nelson3.7 
 6. Bartlett, Bay H.3.4 
 7. Amaya, Otago3.4 
 8. Davey, Taranaki3.1 
 9. Webster, Harbour .3.0 
 10. Daly, Cougars3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Harbour Heat
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Webster, Harbour .5.0 
 2. Te Huna, Manawatu3.2 
 3. Rougeau, Southl.3.1 
 4. Tait, Wellington3.0 
 5. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 6. Kench, Cougars2.6 
 7. Rose, Southlan.2.6 
 8. Boucher, Harbour .2.5 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki2.3 
 10. Jones, Nelson2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas ABERCROMBIE
  Waikato
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Abercrombie, Waika.2.3 
 2. Pledger, Waikato1.9 
 3. Harrison, Nelson1.7 
 4. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 5. Rougeau, Southl.1.6 
 6. Vukona, Nelson1.4 
 7. Trueman, Taranaki1.2 
 8. Iti, Southlan.1.1 
 9. Boucher, Harbour .1.0 
 10. Rickert, Harbour .1.0 


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


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  NIGERIA   


Nigeria National Division-One Championship to hold in Kaduna - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The postponed national Division-One Championship earlier billed for Ilorin, Kwara State will now hold at the sports hall of the Murtala Square, Kaduna from April 16 through 24.

The Division-One Championship was moved to Kaduna for logistics reason and all the participating teams are expected to be in Kaduna on Friday April 16 while actions start April 17.

The Division-One Championship was earlier schedule to hold between March 27 and April 4 was postponed due to some technical hitches but the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has assured teams that the championship will go on as schedule with Kaduna State hosting.

The Division-One Championship which was last played in 2003 will serve as avenue for the lower teams to seek promotion to the elite premier league


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  PBL   


Frost Heaves beat up on Quebec, 119-94 - by Eurobasket News
Vermont used its tremendous depth Friday night to help bury its disappointment from Thursday's loss and earned a 119-94 Premier Basketball League victory over Quebec in its regular-season finale at Memorial Auditorium.

'We played pretty well tonight,' Vermont coach Joe Salerno said. 'I don't think we played one of our best games, but we played well enough to get the W. For us, that was the most important thing - to bounce back from (Thursday) night's loss and ensure that we got that win tonight.'

Vermont ends the regular season at 12-8 while Quebec ends at 4-16. The Kebs have been eliminated from playoff contention, while the Frost Heaves' post-season plans remain on hold while the league irons out what it wants to do after allowing Puerto Rico to rejoin the mix.

'It's frustrating,' Salerno said. 'You'd like to know and start preparing first thing tomorrow morning. We could be in Halifax on Tuesday, we could be in Puerto Rico next week, I have no idea. It's a little frustrating to leave us in the balance, the guys are wondering what's up. We just have to sit tight and see whatever the league decides to do and be ready to go.'

All 11 Frost Heaves scored and grabbed at least one rebound. Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) led the way with 18 points, two assists and three steals. Ross Demasi (5'8''-F) of Swanton added 17 points, six rebounds and two assists, Jawan Bailey (6'8''-F, agency: Union Sports, college: Incarnate World) finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, Marshall Brown and Markus Austin both tallied 13 points and Matt Hall chipped in 10 points.

'We really are (balanced),' Salerno said. 'I think we started working toward that in making transactions during the season. The goal was to get that balance where we don't have a letdown at any position. Al Stewart had a huge first half, and Markus Austin played a lot of good minutes in the second half. We really do have a lot of depth, and we knew that coming in that depth was going to be the key to the game and getting fresh legs up off the bench, and it was effective.'

The Vermont bench was more than effective, outscoring the Quebec reserves 69-14.

The Kebs were paced by Samuel Audet-Sow's game-high 25 points and seven rebounds. Jamaal Wise added 24 points and eight rebounds, Brandon Morris had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, Jean-Phillipe Morin added 12 points and Charles Fortier chipped in 10 points.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Aaron Cook, assisted by Dwuan Rice, broke open a back-and-forth early first quarter and sparked a 13-0 Vermont run. The Frost Heaves led 24-14 at the end of the first and maintained a comfortable lead through much of the first half. Quebec struggled and shot around 30 percent from the field for most of the first half while Vermont shot 45 percent or better in each frame.

Quebec's woes worsened in the third, thanks to plenty of turnovers, and the Vermont lead ballooned to 19 after Rice found Demasi down low, midway through the quarter.

But Vermont had little answer for Audet-Sow, who scored 15 of his 25 points in the third, and brought the Kebs to within 13 with 4:18 left in the frame.

Long-range shots from Brown, Austin and Demasi kept Vermont's lead at at least 15 points throughout the fourth as the Frost Heaves outscored the Kebs 32-21 in the final 12 minutes to secure the 119-94 final.

Vermont will wait for the end of the PBL regular-season Which falls on Sunday, when Halifax travels to Puerto Rico to learn its playoff fate. Without Puerto Rico, Vermont would've been the No. 4 seed and faced No. 1 Lawton-Fort Sill in the first round. With Puerto Rico, Vermont drops to No. 5 and is in danger of not making the playoffs. Salerno confirmed none of his players are running into a time crunch regarding contracts signed for the summer, and all will be available if the team does qualify for the postseason.

'That was something that we talked about when we lost Jeral (Davis, to a team in Mexico),' Salerno said. 'We sat down and had a team meeting that day, and all the guys on the team now are committed to this team and finishing out the season with this team. I think you could see at our team meeting today the concern everyone had not knowing if we're going to be in the playoffs. Everyone's going to be here for the rest of the season, and we're looking forward to seeing what happens in the playoffs.'


Courtesy of www.timesargus.com


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  ROMANIA   


Timisoara wins the Romanian Cup! - by Sebastian Umbrich
CS Elba Timisoara has won the Romanian Cup, season 2009-2010. It is the first in 6 years since another team than CSU Ploiesti wins this tournament, the second of importance in Romanian basketball. Timisoara met CS Gaz Metan Medias, after both teams won some equilibrated matches in the semifinals: Timisoara won against Otopeni, 64-62, while CS Gaz Metan Medias won against CSU Ploiesti, 65-59, a victory which has been saluted by the 2000 people from the Transilvania sport center from Sibiu, where the Final Four has been held. The score of the final was 92-83 for Timisoara, but the score doesn't totally reflects what happened during the 40 minutes of play.
The first quarter disputed with the duel between Milos Pesic (202-F-84) of Timisoara on one side, and Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) of Medias, on the other side, in the spotlight. Both of them managed to score 11 points during the first quarter, Titus Nicoara managing 7 rebounds as well, fact that permitted Gaz Metan to keep close to Timisoara. After 10 minutes of play, the scoring table showed 22-21 for Timisoara.
CS Elba Timisoara started very well the second quarter, benefiting much from the 2 personal fouls made by Titus Nicoara. On the other hand, Dan Paltinisanu (208-C-79, agency: Court Side) is replaced by Bojan Grubisic (212-C-80) but the latter played very well, scoring 6 consecutive points, a reason why the difference between the two teams rose to 11 points, making the scoring table to show 41-30. Dan Paltinisanu comes back in the field, but reacts uncontrolled to a foul, and gets punished with an unsportsmanlike foul, achieving 4 personal fouls. Gaz Metan benefits from this, Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) scoring all 4 free throws awarded (2 for the foul, 2 for the unsportsmanlike), while Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) scored a 3-point-shot. Bojan Grubisic scored a free throw, making the scoring table show 42-37; Titus Nicoara made a lay-up, while Milos Pavlovic scored a 3-point-shot reestablishing the tie (42-42). The second quarter finished 44-43 for Timisoara.
Forced by the facts, Timisoara starts the third quarter with 3 guards: Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT), Uros Velickovic (190-G-83) and Daniel Tudosa (180-G-87). Bojan Grubisic and Milos Pesic completed the starting five. This five didn't help the team from the Romanian Banat a bit, Medias starting very good the third quarter, with Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) scoring 2 3-point-shots, bringing Medias to a 55-49 lead, but Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) loses control, fouling and being punished with an unsportsmanlike foul as well, being eliminated. Nenad Markovic (199-F-80) scores 2 free throws and a 3-point-shot bringing the scoring table to 55 all. Velickovic scores a jump shot, Pesic a 3-point-shot, and so Timisoara managed to outscore Gaz Metan 13-0 during 2:32 minuts. This outscore is ended by Tudor Jucan, who scores two free throws and a tap-in, making it 62-59, a score which kept until the end of the third quarter.
Titus Nicoara scores the first points of the fourth quarter, being assisted by Jarrett Howell, but Rade Dzambic responses with a 3-point-shot, 65-61. Referee Marius Ciulin whistles foul (a disputable decision) in a duel between Dan Paltinisanu and Titus Nicoara, a foul after which the former is eliminated. After some misses from both sides, the scoring table showed 66-63 after 34 minutes. Rade Dzambic scores 3 points, Nicoara scored two points, Nenad Markovic and Derrick Phelps both scored 3-point-shots, and with 3 minutes to go an important fact happened: Titus Nicoara is eliminated. After this, the match got more and more to Timisoara. After 38 minutes the score was 77-74, a moment when Dragan Petricevic asked time out. Uros Velickovic score 2 free throws, Derrick Phelps missed a 3-point-shot, Andrei Talaba scored 2 points, and another miss from Derrick Phelps brought the Cup to Timisoara, the final score being 92-83.
Timisoara: 18/31 2 point shots, 10/20 3 point shots, 26/37 free throws
Medias: 23/44 2 point shot, 7/23 3 point shots, 16/23 free throws
Medias had 32 rebounds, while Timisoara had only 25; Medias had 8 steals, Timisoara same; Medias 14 turnovers, Timisoara only 13; Medias had made 34 fouls (4 players eliminated) while Timisoara 26 (2 players eliminated).



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  SAINT KITTS   


Basketball Champions Challenges Ban On Player - by Richard
The defending 2009 St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association SKABA Champions the Horsfords Ghetto Roots have officially given notice of its intention to mount a legal challenge on the ban of one of its players, Mr. Dale Rochester.
During the first half of the 2009 season the player was informed by SKABA officials that he could no longer play with his religious head-wrap. The Officials stated that the religious head dress worn by the followers of Bobo Shanti is in violation of F.I.B.A. international rules which govern the rules of the local division. It is against the religious doctrine of Bobo Shanti to display one's head in public and as such it is a religious practice to wrap ones head in a turbon.
Rochester had been playing in said wrap for at least 2 seasons prior with the Cayon Lions Basketball team during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Head Coach of the Ghetto Roots team Dr. Garfeild Alexander gave notice to the SKABA via legal documents that the team intends to challenge the ban on Rochester on the following grounds:
1. The rule essentially was created to prevent players from wearing equipment that would cause injury to other players on the Court, as can be gleaned from the first line of the rule. The religious head covering of Mr. Rochester if properly worn would not be equipment that would cause injury, and as such should not be interpreted to fall within the definition of headgear, which clearly goes against the intention of the rule makers.
2. Mr. Rochester was never given the opportunity to be heard by the Association before the making of the decision, which clearly violates the rules of Natural Justice which must prevail in all situations.

3. To prevent Mr. Rochester from playing in the Associations league as a result of his religious practices would result in discrimination against our client and/or Mr. Rochester.

EVERYONE has the constitutional right to practice their religious beliefs and the actions taken against this player are highly discriminatory, said Ghetto Roots Head Coach Dr. Garfeild Alexander . The 'head dress' does not in any way give the player an unfair advantage over opposing players nor does it obstruct opposing players or officials (hence there is no violation of the
F.I.B.A. rules). In fact his head dress disallows his hair from becoming a projectile and obstructing or causing physical damage, the Head Coach continued.
Coach Alexander went on to say Would you prefer to see your son be a Bobo dread or a Blood or a Crip?

Alexander said Freedom of religion is considered by many people and nations to be a fundamental HUMAN RIGHT.
Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an INDIVIDUAL or community, in PUBLIC or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, PRACTICE, worship, and OBSERVANCE,.
Members of this sect can be seen through out St.Kitts-Nevis selling sugar cane and other products. have been labeled a 'cult' by many, this is as a result of ignorance to the order and fear of the unknown (this is new to SK).
The document informed SKABA of the intention of Dr. Alexander on behalf of the Ghetto Roots Basketball Club to proceed to make application to the Court for an interpretation of the Rule relating to headgear, and to prevent the league from moving forward until the resolution of the issue.
Ghetto Roots won their 6th SKABA title in 2009 and are favorites to repeat and win a 7th Championship in 2010.

source: ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
Super Liga
 1. Crvena Zvez. 1-0 
 2. Partizan 1-0 
 3. Hemofarm 1-0 
 4. Radnicki K. 1-0 
 5. Tamis 0-1 
 6. FMP 0-1 
 7. Borac 0-1 
 8. Metalac 0-1 
Only 1st Stage
 1. Novi Sad 0-0 
 2. Masinac 0-0 
 3. Vojvodina 0-0 
 4. Sloga 0-0 
 5. Beograd 0-0 
 6. Radnicki Basket 0-0 
 7. KG 06 0-0 
 8. Napredak 0-0 
 9. Proleter Naft. 0-0 
 10. Ergonom 0-0 
 11. Mega Vizura 0-0 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round: 4 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Komarno - Handlova 65-75
Handlova entered the semifinal stage after the road win over Komarno. Jaroslav Stefanik (194-F-76) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort. Josip Glavinic added 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Komarno answered with 15 points and 7 assists from T.J. Bannister.

Prievidza - Nova Ves 70-66
Prievidza proved too good for Nova Ves at home court. The victory allowed Prievidza to tie things up in the series. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) knocked down 22 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 boards to lead the hosts. Ali Thomas added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Corey Jefferson and Artur Mielczarek answered with 14 points each for Nova Ves.

B.Bystrica - Nitra 74-72
Banska Bystrica stayed alive in the quarterfinal series against Nitra. Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) scored 14 points to lead Banska Bystrica to the second win as they drew things level in the series. Gregory Immink added 13 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Stanislav Votroubek responded with 15 points for Nitra.



Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.8 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.6 
 3. Burrows, Komarno17.9 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 5. Polakovic, Svit17.2 
 6. Crawford, Nitra16.8 
 7. Nicholson, Pezinok16.5 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves15.8 
 10. Jackson, Pezinok15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.6 
 2. Burrows, Komarno8.1 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok7.9 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza7.6 
 5. Tomek, Nitra7.4 
 6. Skara, B.Bystrica7.2 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.7 
 8. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
 9. Laco, Svit6.4 
 10. Madaj, Komarno6.2 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Komarno
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Bannister, Komarno8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.1 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.6 
 4. Scott, Nitra4.9 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.9 
 6. Crawford, Nitra4.5 
 7. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 8. Grznar, Levice3.5 
 9. Milosevic, Pezinok3.3 
 10. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jan ZAVODNY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.7 
 2. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 3. Scott, Nitra2.4 
 4. Crawford, Nitra2.3 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.1 
 6. Glavinic, Handlova1.9 
 7. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.9 
 8. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 9. Nuber, Handlova1.9 
 10. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Komarno
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Burrows, Komarno0.7 
 2. Polakovic, Svit0.7 
 3. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 4. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 6. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 7. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 8. Klar, Levice0.6 
 9. Glavinic, Handlova0.5 
 10. Fears, Prievidza0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


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


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  SPAIN   


Spain prevail against Italy to clinch 5th spot in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Italy U18 96:79

Spain celebrated the fifth place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The Spaniards overcame Italy to wrap up their campaign. Spain recorded five wins in six games at the tourney. Italy finished at 3-3 record.
Spain silenced their opponents early in the game. They went on a 7:0 run to open the game with. Italy however bounced back late in the period cutting the deficit at just one point 12:13. Spain ensured an 18:15 advantage heading into the second stanza. Albert Ventura (196-F-92) exploded with seven points early in the second term giving Spain a 25:18 advantage. But Italy stayed persistent as they drew things level at 28. Jaime Fernandez (188-G-93) and Pierre Oriola helped the Spanish team to build a 41:35 lead at halftime. Andrea Traini (178-G-92) and Fabio Mian (195-F-92) tied things up at 41 early in the third term. Spain responded with an 18:0 run to open a comfortable 59:41 advantage. The team continued to pile up advantage and finished the quarter enjoying a 73:49 lead. Italy went on a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 21 points. But Spain maintained a tight grasp on the lead to cruise to the victory at the end.
Jaime Fernandez and Albert Ventura produced 18 points each for Spain. Angel Aparicio (199-F-92) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Andrea Traini replied with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Italy. Fabio Mian delivered 14 points in the loss.

Spain: Jaime Fernandez 18, Albert Ventura 18, Angel Aparicio 17+12 boards
Italy: Andrea Traini 31, Fabio Mian 14



Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Standings
Group A
 1. Huesca 14-6 
 2. Navarra 12-8 
 3. Caja Rioja 11-9 
 4. Santurtzi 10-5 
 5. Andorra 10-10 
 6. Alaior 9-5 
 7. Rosalia 9-6 
 8. L'Hospitalet 8-6 
 9. Prat Juventud 7-13 
 10. Coruna 7-13 
 11. ADT Tarragona 6-8 
Group B
 1. Alcazar 15-5 
 2. Promobys 15-5 
 3. Plasencia 9-11 
 4. Huelva 9-11 
 5. Real M. II 6-8 
 6. Qalat CajaSol 6-8 
 7. Matchmind 6-8 
 8. Guadalajara 6-14 
 9. Illescas 5-15 
 10. CajasurCord. 4-10 


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  SYRIA   


The full story about whats happen with Jaycen Herring in Syria - by Ahmad Madwar
this email sent by prolife sport agency :


AL TALEE'A is the team in Syria where Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.), my client signed a contract with. From the start of this deal things did not go right and became very shady. For one the team booked his flight with 4 hours notice for Jaycen to be at the airport which would of been impossible, so Jaycen and I had to call the airlines and change the flight for the next day, costing Jaycen 100.00 out of his own pocket, which the team and the agent working with the team Hani Majzoub agreed to. Jaycen flies out the next day, arrives in Syria where no one from the team is there to pick him up, the airport security detains Jaycen and puts him into a holding cell for 4 hours, then finally I tracked down this agent Hani Majzoub on skype where he just arrived to the airport, so he picks up Jaycen and takes him to a run down hotel where he was suppose to stay for one to two nights, he stayed there for almost 3 weeks. Then this team Al Talee decides that the American Andrew Washington who was leaving and Jaycen was to take the place of is going to stay, so they were to have two americans, well in Syria you can only play one american. In the 4 week Jaycen was there he played a total of 25 mins tops. Then the team finally admits they made a mistake and should of not brought in Jaycen and they did not want to have two americans on the team, we said that is fine, Give Jaycen the monthly money owed to him for playing there for 4 weeks. Jaycen Herring still has not been paid by this club due to the shady illegal actions of the club and this Scam artist fake agent Hani. Hani and the club never even paid Jaycen back the 100.00 they owed him for having to change the flight. Also Hani was to pay me, Jaycens agent a percentage for our agent fees, and he never paid us anything. Hani needs to be put out of business and let this be a warning to all playe rs and agents to beware of this shady fake agent, Hani, and also I recommend not to deal with the club Al Talee'a in the Syrian League. Also Fiba needs to really look into the shady business that some of these clubs in Syria are dealing with. That area needs to be cleaned up.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Shoe Bomber fame James Sworn in as US Citizen - by Don Farrell
ames sworn in as U.S. citizen


Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Kwame James had to wait nearly 10 years to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen, a long time compared with the time he spent helping subdue would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid on a trans-Atlantic flight.

James a 6'8' basketball player from Trin City,Trinidad who played for Crusaders in Trinidad and University of Evansville, now 32, wore a gray pinstriped suit and blue tie at Thursday's ceremony in Atlanta, which ended years of immigration limbo that began after he helped thwart the terror attack aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight in December 2001.

James -- was napping when a flight attendant roused him. Ten rows back, Reid was scuffling with passengers and the crew after he tried to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes.

James helped tie up Reid with belts and headset wires, and took turns holding Reid by his ponytail with another passenger until the plane could land in Boston.

Nearly 10 years later, James would rather talk about how happy he is to be a new citizen and his passion for music.

'I became a citizen of one of the best countries in the world and I am very happy,' he said. 'All the things that people come here for, that's what I'm here for, the opportunity. You can come from nothing and become something here, just through hard work.'

James, who was born in Canada and raised in Trinidad, was playing professional basketball in France at the time of the incident. He had been traveling to the U.S. to meet his then-girlfriend and take her to his family's home in Trinidad for the holidays.

He returned to France after the trip but asked his basketball coach for some time off when the reality of the flight's close call set in.

'I didn't understand the magnitude of what happened at first,' he said.



I can't wait to vote in the next election.
-- New U.S. citizen Kwame James

He entered the U.S. as a tourist but later realized he couldn't overstay his visa if he wanted to become a citizen later. He agreed to testify against Reid, but the government seemed to turn its back on him after Reid pleaded guilty before trial in October 2002, said his immigration lawyer, Michael Wildes.

Wildes was shocked that someone who had acted heroically might lose permission to stay in the U.S., and he volunteered during a nationally televised to take the case for free.

Wildes brought James' case to the attention of then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rep. Joe Crowley. He also helped James apply for a visa that allowed him to play basketball.

James ended up making the cut for the minor league Brooklyn Kings. The assistant coach and co-owner of the team, Dan Liebman, said the two 'became like brothers' and even let James crash at his apartment.

'He's an incredible class act through and through,' Liebman said. 'People should model their children after him.'

James married his girlfriend, Jill, and became a legal permanent resident. After several more years, he applied for citizenship and was finally sworn in Thursday.

After giving up basketball, James got a job as a sales representative for Pfizer but later was laid off. Having shown he could get a job on his own, James felt comfortable accepting help offered by Liebman and agreed a year ago to move to Atlanta to help expand his friend's IT staffing firm in the Southeast.
Given his love for hip-hop and urban music, James was happy to move more


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  TURKEY   


Croatia edge Turkey to occupy 7th place in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - Turkey U18 66:60

Croatian U18 team earned the 7th position at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The Croats finished their campaign with a narrow 6-point victory over Turkey. Croatia had to overcome a sloppy start to eke out the win in this one. Dario Saric (203-F/C-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Turkey looked better in the first frame earning a 21:18 advantage at the first break. Croatia managed just ten points in the second frame. Turkey capitalized taking a 36:28 lead at the interval. But things changed drastically in the third period. Croatia went on a stunning 22:6 run to leave Turkey behind. Croatia entered the fourth quarter ahead by 8 points. Turkey outgunned their opponents 18:16 in the final stanza but it was not enough to succeed.
Antonio Boban (200-F-93) notched 15 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) and Stefan Zadravec (190-G-92) provided 9 points each in the victory. Ugur Dokuyan (196-F-93) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge (185-G-92) had 17 points in the loss.

Croatia: Dario Saric 16, Antonio Boban 15, Marko Ramljak 9, Stefan Zadravec 9
Turkey: Ugur Dokuyan 19, Safak Edge 17



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa - Hoverla 78-80
Hoverla narrowly defeated BC Odessa to improve at 13-12 record. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) provided 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Alexander Kudryavtsev added 17 points in the winning effort. Jerome Coleman answered with 24 points for BC Odessa.

Budivelnyk - Azovmash 74-72
Artur Drozdov hit a late three-pointer to propel Budivelnyk to the 23rd win in the season. The Kyiv team thus clinched the regular season crown. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) led the charge with 30 points. Michailis Anisimovas added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Hasan Rizvic responded with 19 points for Azovmash. Ramel Curry accounted for 18 points in the losing effort.

Gryfony - BC Kyiv 68-95
BC Kyiv thumped Gryfony away from home. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) led balanced effort with 16 points. Viacheslav Kravtsov added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the 17th win for the visitors. Sergei Sabutskyy responded with 14 points for Gryfony.

DniproAzot - Dnipro 62-66
Dnipro overcame DniproAzot to earn the 14th win in the season. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) scored 28 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Andri Lebedev notched 12 points in the victory. Lamar Karim answered with 16 points for DniproAzot.

Halychyna - Khimik 70-87
Khimik earned the 10th win in the season as they nipped Halychyna in Lviv. Travis Garrison (203-F-84, college: Maryland) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Andriy Agafonov added 16 points and 8 caroms for Khimik. Nick Williams paced Halychyna with 20 points.

Ferro-ZNTU - Kryvbasbasket 109-70
Ferro-ZNTU fired 109 points en route to a comfortable home win against Kryvbasbasket. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Arkansas) accounted for 37 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts. Steve Burtt added 23 points and 9 assists in the 19th win for Ferro-ZNTU. Jurica Zuza answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Kryvbasbasket. Dmitry Korablev delivered 12 points in the losing effort.



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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 28-5 
 2. Sheffield S. 28-6 
 3. Scottish R. 22-11 
 4. Leicester R. 20-14 
 5. Cheshire J. 19-13 
 6. Everton T. 19-15 
 7. MK Lions 17-17 
 8. Worthing T. 16-18 
 9. Worcester W. 15-18 
 10. Plymouth R. 11-21 
 11. Guildford H. 11-22 
 12. Essex Pirates 7-27 
 13. London C. 3-29 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.27.0 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.3 
 3. Harrison, MK Lions21.1 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.20.4 
 5. Valencia, Plymouth R.20.3 
 6. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.1 
 7. Yanders, Scottish.19.7 
 8. Disy, Worcester W.19.4 
 9. Moore, Everton T.19.4 
 10. Martin, Guildford H.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Leicester R.
  (201-F/C-)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Johnson, Leiceste.10.7 
 2. Janusauskas, London C.10.0 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.9.9 
 4. Rodrigo, Essex P.9.2 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth R.8.7 
 6. Richard, Worthing.8.5 
 7. Gariba, London C.8.0 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.7.6 
 9. Disy, Worcester W.7.6 
 10. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.6 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.4 
 3. Moore, Everton T.5.8 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.5.1 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.4.9 
 6. Drakeford, Guildfor.4.8 
 7. Jackson, Newcastl.4.7 
 8. Westbrooks, Leices.4.7 
 9. Middleton, Worceste.4.4 
 10. Jivens, London C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester W.
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Middleton, Worceste.2.8 
 2. Moore, Everton T.2.5 
 3. Peterson, Cheshire.2.3 
 4. Babalola, Evert.2.3 
 5. Normantas, Worceste.2.2 
 6. Sapp, Scottish R.2.2 
 7. Young, Cheshire J.2.1 
 8. Gariba, London C.2.0 
 9. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.0 
 10. Martin, Plymouth.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.3 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.1.8 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.1.3 
 4. Gorman, Sheffiel.1.0 
 5. Young, Cheshire J.0.9 
 6. Copeland, Scottish.0.9 
 7. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.9 
 8. Janusauskas, London C.0.8 
 9. Morris, MK Lions0.8 
 10. Hilleary, Plymouth R.0.8 




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Flying Foxes defend their AWBL title - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes - Wels 90:40
Flying Foxes thrashed Wels in the second game of the championship series. The winners thus swept the series to claim their fourth AWBL title. Flying Foxes highlighted 2009/10 season with the double success as they triumphed in both the championship and the Cup.
The decisive win turned a piece of cake for Flying Foxes. Wels fought bravely in the first half. They trailed by 15 points at the interval. But the second half belonged to the hosts. Flying Foxes exploded with 28:8 run in the third stanza to clear off to an insurmountable distance. Wels had no chances in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end 40:90. Kimberly Dietz (175-G-85, college: Kansas St.) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Petra Steger (176-G/F-87) and Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) added 16 points each in the victory. Natalia Gavrilova (195-C-78) responded with 9 points for Wels. Katharina Schoninger (181-G-86) had 8 points in the losing effort.
The season awards were given out after the game.

Finals MVP
Petra Steger

AWBL MVP
Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, college: La Salle)

Austrian MVP
Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83)