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  ARGENTINA   


El Nacional and Argentino advance to TNA Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
San Mart.MJ - El Nacional 74-75
Thriller win for El Nacional, who advanced to TNA Semifinals with perfect 3-0. Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) shined for the guests last night with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Lucas Barlasina delivered 20 points.

Belgrano SN - Argentino 71-85
Argentino won last night eliminating Belgrano SN after just three games. Kevin Francis (203-F-84, college: Vincennes Univ.) top-scored in this victory with 20 points, Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Javier Ceci helped with 14 pts. Sergio Ravina netted 20 points in loss.

Bragado - Club 9 78-71
Bragado grabbed 2-1 lead against Club 9 getting 18 points from Federico Pollio (190-F-79). Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) had 16 points last night and Julian Olmedo added one less. Eduardo Seguar answered with 20 points in defeat.



Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Julian Olmedo
Olmedo
Brice Assie
Assie
Derrick Miller
Miller
Alexis Elsener
Elsener
Pablo Espinoza
Espinoza
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Player of the Year: Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) of Argentino
Guard of the Year: Julian Olmedo (187-G-77) of Ciudad de Bragado
Forward of the Year: Pablo Espinoza of Argentino
Center of the Year: Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78) of Ciudad de Bragado
Import Player of the Year: Derrick Miller of Asoc Italiana
Domestic Player of the Year: Pablo Espinoza of Argentino
Coach of the Year: Jose Antonio Cottonaro of Argentino

1st Team
Julian Olmedo (187-G-77) of Ciudad de Bragado
Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) of El Nacional
Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) of Argentino
Brice Assie (201-F-83) of San Martin Corr.
Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78) of Ciudad de Bragado

2nd Team
Selem Safar (190-G-87) of Argentino
Matias Tomatis (190-G-74) of Alma jrs
Martin Melo (197-F-82) of de Julio
Mariano Garcia (202-F-86) of San Martin Marcos Juarez
Federico Arce (200-F/C-82) of Ciclista

Honorable Mention
Louis Truscott (199-F-78) of San Martin Corrientes
Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83) of Club 9
Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85) of El Nacional
Justin Leith (201-F-81) of Firmat FC
Joseph Williams (201-C-79) of Independiente


Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Leonardo Gutierrez
Gutierrez
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez
Rodriguez
David Jackson
Jackson
Juan Manuel Locatelli
Locatelli
Roman Gonzalez
Gonzalez
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Player of the Year: Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Penarol
Guard of the Year: Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) of Penarol
Forward of the Year: Leonardo Gutierrez of Penarol
Center of the Year: Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) of Quimsa
Newcomer of the Year: Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of Penarol
Most Improved Player of the Year: Pedro Franco (187-G-81) of Estudiantes
Import Player of the Year: David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union
Domestic Player of the Year: Leonardo Gutierrez of Penarol
Defensive Player of the Year: Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) of Regatas
6th man of the Year: Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) of Atenas
Coach of the Year: Sergio Hernandez of Penarol

1st Team
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez of Penarol
David Jackson of La Union
Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-F-75) of Atenas
Leonardo Gutierrez of Penarol
Roman Gonzalez of Quimsa

2nd Team
Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) of Sionista
Laron Profit (196-G/F-77) of Libertad
Federico Kammerichs of Regatas
Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Atenas
James Williams (204-F-79) of Union

Honorable Mention
Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol
Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84) of Penarol
Marcos Mata (202-F-86) of Penarol
Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86) of Atenas
Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Atenas
Fernando Funes (193-G-83) of Central Entrerriano
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) of Libertad
Pedro Franco of Estudiantes
Laron Profit of LIBERTAD
Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) of Atenas
Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Union Sunchales

All-Domestic Players Team
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez of Penarol
Juan Manuel Locatelli of Atenas
Federico Kammerichs of Regatas
Leonardo Gutierrez of Penarol
Roman Gonzalez of Quimsa

All-Imports Team
David Jackson of La Union
Laron Profit of Libertad
Kyle Lamonte of Penarol
James Williams of Union
Djibril Kante of Atenas

All-Defensive Team
Juan Pablo Figueroa of Atenas
David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union Formosa
Marcos Mata (202-F-86) of Penarol
Federico Kammerichs of Regatas
Martin Leiva of Penarol



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  AUSTRALIA   


Melbourne Tigers ink Matthew Burston - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers have added another key member to their 2010/11 NBL roster, with the signature of Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82).

Following from the recent key signings of Cameron Tragardh, Tommy Greer and Bennie Lewis, the Tigers jumped at the chance to secure the Australian big man. Burston has inked a two-year deal with the Tigers, fresh from averaging nearly 10 points per game (ppg) for the Adelaide 36ers in the 2009/10 NBL season.

Burston, the 2003 NBL Most Improved Player, will be well known to Tigers fans after coming from the South Dragons in 2008/09 when he led the team in field goal percentage, blocks and offensive rebounds in the year they won the championship against the Tigers.

Burston had the following to say upon signing with the Melbourne Tigers.

Al Westover is a fantastic coach who I have a large deal of respect for and it is great to be able to play under him. Although I grew up in Perth supporting the Wildcats, I have always had a soft spot for the Tigers watching guys like Andrew Gaze and Mark Bradtke. The Tigers have such a rich history and tradition it is great that I will be able to contribute to that this season and beyond. It is also great for me to get back to Melbourne where I have a house and although my time with Adelaide was good I am really happy to be joining the Tigers.

Tigers Head Coach Al Westover was really excited with the addition of Burston to the Tigers squad for next season.

To add a proven winner with the legitimate size and ability that Matt possesses is a real bonus for the club. After signing Trigger (Cameron Tragardh) and now Matt we have started to form a really strong nucleus for an exciting new front court. Matt has great hands for a big man and is a team oriented player who will fit into our system really well. The direction we are heading is really exciting and it is great to have Matt a part of it.

Further Tigers signings will be announced as they occur and Tigers memberships and ticket information will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.tigers.com.au for all the latest information.


Courtesy of The Melbourne Tigers


Gold Coast Blaze sign Stephen Hoare - by Eurobasket News
The Gold Coast Blaze's 2010/11 NBL championship hopes have risen significantly with the signing of Melbourne Tiger dual championship winner and former Townsville Crocodile Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC).

The veteran thirty-year-old forward, who at one time looked destined to finish his career in Townsville, chose the Blaze over a number of lucrative NBL club offers in the off-season.

He won championships with the Melbourne Tigers in 2006 and 2008 and last season averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists to be voted the Crocodiles' 'Player's Player'.

Hoares signing will be warmly welcomed by Blaze fans, coming as it does just days after Mika Vukonas announcement that he will return to his native New Zealand to play with the Breakers this season.

''I've always been pretty envious of the Blaze players when I've played on the Coast, it will be a great place to live, so to move here now is pretty exciting and an opportunity I'm really looking forward to,'' Hoare said.

''It's good to be signed up early and be part of the building blocks for next season, the club has already signed a good nucleus of players and that will only improve.''

''Joey Wright is one of the best coaches going around, so it all points to a successful year.''

Blaze head coach Joey Wright says Hoare offers a wealth of experience to his lineup.

'Stephen has played in four grand finals and brings a very high level of basketball IQ to the Blaze, Wright said.

Hes a very smart player, very intelligent. He has a great temperament and poise and never gets rattled on-court, he said.

Wright said he is pleased Hoare chose the Blaze over early retirement consideration and the other NBL offers.

Rat (assistant coach Ron Radliffe) and I used to watch him from afar and we really liked his controlled style.

We never thought wed get the chance to coach him, so were pretty excited about that.

What fans can expect from Stephen is a really, really hard worker on the offensive and defensive boards and no one can ask for more than that in a player, he said.

Stephen Hoare is one of the most successful and decorated basketballers currently playing in the NBL.

Amongst a host of other achievements he is:

Winner of 2005/06 & 2006/07 NBL Best Sixth Man award
Won championships with the Melbourne Tigers in 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 and played in the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 Grand Finals;
Was a member of the 2004-2005 NBL All-Star team and part of the Australian Under 23 squad in 1996;
Was selected on the ABA Conference First Team in 2001 and 2002;
Had the best 2008 NBL field goal percentage, shooting 60.5% (135/223);
Was the winner of the Melbourne Tigers Mr Efficient award in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

The other confirmed Blaze 2010/11 signings as of Wednesday 14th April 2010 are:

Chris Goulding
Adam Gibson
Anthony Petrie
James Harvey


Courtesy of The Gold Coast Blaze


Wollongong ahm Hawks keep Glen Saville - by Eurobasket News
Long-time Wollongong ahm Hawks star and savvy veteran Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) will return to the club for the 2010/11 National Basketball League season.

Along with Mat Campbell, Saville has been the cornerstone of the foundation club the past decade and will continue to lead by example on and off court for the Wollongong ahm Hawks.

Last season, not only was Saville an integral part in the Hawks success as NBL Grand Finalists but he also led the league in steals with 1.4 per game and shot a career high 48.8% from the three-point line to lead the league in three-point percentage for the season.

As a club were very happy to see Glen commit to the Hawks for the future. Glen is an integral part of our club, hes committed to our community and he has shown he is still the premier small forward in the National Basketball League, CEO Wayne Morris said.

Glen has been very public in stating he will be finishing his career in Wollongong, until that time comes Glen will again be leading by example on court and will be a great mentor for our up and coming young stars such as Tim Coenraad, Morris added.

With the off-season now in full swing, Saville has been busy working with his partner Angela operating Savvy Health & Fitness and also preparing for fatherhood with the arrival of their first child in the coming months.

Wollongong is where my life is and this is where I want to be. At the moment Im taking some much needed time off helping out down there at North Beach with Savvy fitness and learning some of the finer points of fatherhood from the old man Mat Campbell. Glen Saville said.

Glen will re-join Mat Campbell, Larry Davidson, Rhys Martin and Tim Coenraad for the 2010/11 NBL Season with the Wollongong ahm Hawks. The club is expected to announce further signings in the coming weeks.

Last seasons success was great and something we can always look back on and be proud of our achievements but the reality is it starts all over again the next few months. Were looking forward to the community getting behind us again and seeing that support continue to grow, Saville concluded.

Season tickets renewals and 2010/11 membership information will be released to current season ticket holders this week, while those interested in new season tickets for the 2010/11 NBL Season can register at www.hawks.com.au/register.

For more information on the Wollongong ahm Hawks please visit www.hawks.com.au.


Courtesy of the Wollongong ahm Hawks


Burger King NZ Breakers confirm signing of Mika Vukona - by Eurobasket News
The Burger King NZ Breakers have further underlined their championship aspirations next NBL season with the signing of Tall Black and former Breaker Mika Vukona (197-F-82).

In a move that further moves the Breakers ahead of the game with regards finalising their roster for the new season, Vukona is the last of eight local players that will be signed, with just two import positions to be filled closer to the September start of the season.

Breakers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis is clearly delighted to have enticed Vukona to return to the club he last played for in 2007/08.

Im really pleased and excited that Mika has decided to be a Breaker again. He has taken his game to another level over the past two seasons and the thought of him wreaking havoc for us again puts a smile on my face. Mika is the perfect fit for the style of basketball we will play this upcoming season.

His ability to defend the length of the floor and multiple positions, his amazing ability to rebound the ball combined with his improved efficiency at the offensive end will be tremendous assets for the team. Im thrilled to have Mika back and I know he will again be a fan favourite how can you not love the way he plays?

Indeed aside from his obvious playing abilities, it is the popularity of the Fijian born forward that will further endear him and the club to local fans.

General Manager Richard Clarke says that is a bonus with the signing.

Mika is not only a great player and as Andrej has said a great fit for the roster but he is a great personality. He plays with incredible passion and brings his own flair to games, as was seen when he played superbly in a losing Gold Coast effort against us late last season.

The response we have had from sponsors and season ticket holders to this news has already been hugely supportive and we expect will help further promote game nights at the North Shore Events Centre.

Bottom line though is we are bringing a player back to the club who has a passion and desire for success. The fact he is a Kiwi is an added bonus and further strengthens the Kiwi aspect to the Breakers roster.

While away with the South Dragons and the Gold Coast Blaze Vukona has shown his value to any team, helping the Dragons to the NBL title in 2008/09 and the Blaze to the semi finals last season. He is currently playing for Nelson in the Bartercard National Basketball League.

Vukona is delighted to be coming home.

I really wanted to come home, for a number of reasons. I am looking forward to playing with the New Zealand boys, the likes of Tom, Kirk and Dillon. Ive had two great years with two good clubs and working with great coaches. I believe I am a better player now and can add something to this club.

I think I am a better player at the offensive end of the court, that is something I have been working on and defensively I am still learning and cant think of a better player to learn from than Dillon.

My goal though is to win a championship. Im sure any Kiwi player will tell you the same, I have that desire to win an Aussie championship for a Kiwi team - that is the goal.

The signing of Vukona effectively brings an end to the first stage of recruitment for the Breakers and with the season still some four months away, gives the club a head start on most other teams in the league.

All that remains is the addition of two imports to the roster and the confirmation of two development players, both of whom will be New Zealanders.

The Burger King Breakers can confirm the following players have been re-signed to the roster for the 2010-11 season:

CJ Bruton Guard
Paul Henare Guard
Kirk Penney Guard
Corey Webster Guard
Tom Abercrombie Forward
Dillon Boucher Forward
Mika Vukona Forward
Alex Pledger Centre


Courtesy of The Burger King NZ Breakers


David Andersen season ends slightly early - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets C David Andersen (7'0''-C-80) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season (which ends Wednesday night) for precautionary reasons relating to the sore lower back that has caused him to miss the past 11 games.
Andersen finishes his first NBA season with averages of 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing in 63 games. He is expected to make a full recovery and be available to commence his usual offseason training program with no limitations.

Meanwhile, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports:

The text message arrived on Phil Jacksons cellphone Sunday at 8 p.m., a few hours after the Lakers latest loss.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) wanted to sit out the last two regular-season games.

It was somewhat surprising, seeing how Bryant had just told reporters he wanted to continue playing because you cant rest too much you get rusty, but then came the text, eventually followed by the Lakers official announcement Monday afternoon that Bryant wont play another game until the playoff opener because of his broken right index finger.
Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Lovcen and Levski to meet in BIBL Finals - by Eurobasket News
Lovcen - Feni Indistrija 81-74
Lovcen managed to beat Feni Industrija and to book a spot for the Balkan League Finals. The Montenegrin outfit celebrated 81-74 victory mostly owing to Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87), who came up with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) also had very important role adding 18 points and 15 boards. Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Lovcen - 14 pts. On the other side, Feni Industrija got 13 points from Darko Sokolov and 12 from Djems Lajf. Bojan Trajkovski followed them with 11 points and 7 boards. In the Big Final, Lovcen will meet Levski. The game will be played tomorrow.

Levski - Cherno More 91-76
Levski cruised past Cherno More advancing to Balkan League Finals. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) top-scored for the hosts with 21 points and he also had 6 rebounds beside that. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) followed him with one point less. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) also shined last night registering double-double of 12 points and 16 rebs. In Cherno More, Vasil Kyosev and Simeon Tsenov (7 rebs) delivered 17 points each. Gary Wary had 15 points and 6 boards. Levski will meet Lovcen in the Big Final. The Bulgarian squad will play at its home court as city of Sophia is the host of this Tournament (Final 4).



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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky sweep eighth-final series against Paulistano/Amil - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky narrowly defeated Paulistano/Amil in two straight games and sealed the ticket to the quarterfinal stage of the NBB championship. After the road win in the opener Pinheiros/Sky arrived at home. Pinheiros/Sky had to sweat to overcome Paulistano/Amil 94:92 in Game 2. The teams traded baskets throughout the whole game and Pinheiros/Sky managed to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) and Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) added 17 points apiece for the hosts. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) responded with 21 points for Paulistano/Amil.
The third game of the series also turned into a thrilling clash. Olivinha Rodriguez knocked down 25 points to pace the home team to a 74:73 victory. The success propelled Pinheiros/Sky to the quarterfinal encounter against Pitagoras/Minas. Pinheiros/Sky surged ahead early in the game. They built an 8-point advantage at halftime but Paulistano/Amil did not surrender. They denied the deficit in the fourth term and challenged the home side in the final minutes. Pinheiros/Sky however survived the threat and came out winners. Jamison Brewer contributed 16 points for the winning side. Paulinho Boracini accounted for 23 points in the loss.
GRSA/Bauru swept the series against Assis Basket. Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) delivered 21 points in the decisive 86:81 win in the third game. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) added 18 points in the victory. Mark Borders and John A. Thomas replied with 18 points apiece in the losing effort.



Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
#s#
Fulvio de Assis
de Assis
Marcelinho Machado
Machado
Alexandre Garcia
Garcia
Guilherme Giovannoni
Giovannoni
Murilo da Rosa
da Rosa
#e#6

Player of the Year:
Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75) of Flamengo Petrobras
Guard of the Year: Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of A.E. Sao Jose
Forward of the Year: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) of Universo/BRB
Center of the Year: Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of Pitagoras/Minas
Import Player of the Year: Tony Stockman (186-G-81) of Franca
Newcomer of the Year: Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) of Paulistano
Most Improved Domestic Player of the Year: Eddy Carvalho (194-F-87) of Bauru
Domestic Player of the Year: Marcelinho Machado of Flamengo
Defensive Player of the Year: Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) of Pinheiros
Coach of the Year: Aluisio Xavier Ferreira of Brasilia/Universo

1st Team:
Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of A.E. Sao Jose
Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75) of Flamengo Petrobras
Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80) of Universo/BRB
Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) of Universo/BRB
Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of Pitagoras/Minas

2nd Team: (5 players both imports and domestic players)
Paulinho Boracini of Sao Paulo
Tony Stockman of Sao Paulo
Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) of Pinheiros
William Drudi (206-C/F-81) of Minas
Baby Araujo (211-C-80) of Paulistano

Honorable Mention:
Raulzinho Togni (184-G-92) of Minas
Fernando Mineiro (200-F-80) of Londrina
James Parker (188-G-81) of Assis
Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) of Bauru
Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) of Araraquara
Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) of Flamengo

All-Imports Team:
Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Bauru
Tony Stockman of Franca
Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80) of Pinheiros
Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) of Minas
Amiel Vega Morejon (202-F-76) of Saldanha da Gama

All-Defensive Team:
Eduardo Machado of Flamengo
Eddy Carvalho of Bauru
Cicero Gonzaga (202-F/C-86) of Cetaf/Vila Velha
Olivinha Rodriguez of Pinheiros
Adriano Machado (208-C-83) of Londrina



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  BULGARIA   


Levski and Lovcen through to the final - by Valentin Anguelov
The teams of Levski and Lovcen have qualified for the Final of Eurohold Balkan league. In the first semifinal Lovcen defeated Feni Industries 81-74 and then in the second one Levski won against Euroins Cherno more 91-76.
Lovcen had a good second quarter after which it built up a lead of 8 points. It was extended to 13 after three quarters and the team held on for the win.
Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) paced the winners with 27 points and Boyan Dublevic added 18 and 15 rebounds. For Feni 13 points scored Darko Sokolov.
In the second semifinal Levski defeated Euroins Cherno more after a strong third quarter. Cherno more led for most of the first half, at times even with a 7-point lead. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) had very good start of the second half scoring the first 12 points for the hosts of the Final 4 Levski and from then on the team took the lead for good.
Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) was the top scorer for the winners with 21 points, as Harper added 20. For the team from Varna Vasil Kyosev and Simeon Tsenov scored 17 points apiece.
So now the Final of Eurohold Balkan league is set. Levski and Lovcen will meet on thursday at 16.30 CET in 'Universiada' hall in Sofia. The game will be broadcasted LIVE on internet. To see the game you have to enter www.bulgarianbasket.com and click on the banner to the right.



FULL STATS FROM LEVSKI - EUROINS CHERNO MORE GAME

FULL STATS FROM LOVCEN - FENI INDUSTRIES GAME


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  CANADA   


CANADIAN BIG MAN WALKER SET TO SIGN AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESTOA - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca Toronto center Maurice Walker was expected to sign with the University of Minnestoa on Wednesday the first day of the late signing period.Coach Tubby Smith asked me to wait until Wednesday too make everthing official,' Walker said in a text message Tuesday. 'So out of respect,I m waiting until tommorrow too make everthing official. The 6-10 300 pound Walker,who visited the Minnestoa campus Saturday with his family, is ranked No.12 among centres nationally by Rivals.com and No.9 by ESPN.com.

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  CHINA   


Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
#s#
Charles Gaines
Gaines
Stephon Marbury
Marbury
Bateer Mengke
Mengke
Smush Parker
Parker
Stromile Swift
Swift
#e#6

Player of the Year: Gaines Charles (201-F-81) of Xinjiang
Guard of the Year: Marbury Stephon (187-G-77) of Shaanxi
Forward of the Year: Gaines Charles of Xinjiang
Center of the Year: Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) of Xinjiang Gyang
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Yu Shulong (185-G-90) of JiLin and Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) of Guangdong
Most Improved Player of the Year: Xu ZhongHao (212-C-90) of Bayi Fubang
Import Player of the Year: Gaines Charles of Xinjiang
Domestic Player of the Year: Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) of GuanDong
Defensive Player of the Year: Williams Chris (199-F/G-80) of QingDao
Coach of the Year: Donewald Bob Jr. of Shanghai

1st Team
Gaines Charles (201-F-81) of Xinjiang
Marbury Stephon (187-G-77) of Shaanxi
Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) of Xinjiang Gyang
Parker Smush (193-G-81) of Guandong
Swift Stromile (206-F-79) of Shandong

2nd Team
Lucas John (180-G-82) of Shanghai Dongfang
Zhu FangYu of GuanDong
Williams Chris of Qingdao
Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) of Liaoning
Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang

Honorable Mention
Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of BaYi
White Rodney (206-F-80) of Zhejiang
Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) of Zhejiang
Liu Wei (190-G-80) of Shanghai
Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) of Liaoning
Xu GuoChong (198-F/G-81) of Xinjiang
Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) of Liaoning
Harrison David (213-C-82) of Guandong
Allen Myron (180-G-79) of Xinjiang
Harvey Donnell (203-C-80) of Jiangsu
McCoy Jelani (208-C-77) of Fujian

All-Imports Team
Gaines Charles of Xinjiang Gyang
Marbury Stephon of ShanXi
Parker Smush of Guandong
Swift Stromile of Shandong
Lucas John of Shangha

All-Domestic Players Team
Mengke Bateer of Xinjiang Gyang
Zhu FangYu of GuanDong
Liu Wei of Shanghai
Zhang QingPeng of Liaoning
Xu GuoChong Of Xinjiang

All-Defensive Team
Tang ZhengDong (213-C-84) of JiangSu
Han Dejun (215-C-89) of Liaoning
Maurice Taylor (206-F-76) of ShanXi
Williams Chris of QingDao
Brown Ernest (213-C-79) of Beijing

All-Newcomers Team
Yu Shulong of Ji Lin
Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) of Shaanxi
Zhang Kai (211-C-82) of DongGuan
Xirelijiang Muhetaer (G-91) of Xinjiang
Xu ZhongHao of Bayi



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  CUBA   


LSB Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Capitalinos - Ciego de Avila 75-78
Ciego de Avila stopped the bleeding and narrowed the deficit in the Finals. Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the defending champions past Capitalinos. Andy Bofill (192-G/F-82) contributed 14 points for Ciego de Avila. Lisvan Valdes answered with 19 points for Capitalinos. Alexis Lavastida delivered 17 points in defeat.



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Apoel wins Game 1 of the Finals! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Apoel won game 1 of the finals and has know restored a home court advantage.

It was a good game with 2 equal teams. Ael has managed to go ahead of the score with 49-39 at the 3rd quarter.

Apoel had a 12-28 run and took the score to 61-67 and closed the game with 66-70.

Brandon Heath led Apoel with 25-points, and was practically 'dancing' in the floor. Atkins had 15-points and Van Dorpe had 11.

Ael was led by Gianoullis's 20-points, who proved once more that he is a great center.

Game 2 will take place on Friday, at Lefkotheo Indoor Arena.

Quarters: 17-19, 32-33, 55-50, 66-70

AEL:Liatsos 9 (1), Bracey 2, Davis 9, Evdimov 7 (1), Fels 5 (1), Taylor 12, Gianoullis 20

APOEL: Van Dorpe 11 (1), Sims 6 (1), Dozet 3 (1), Heath 25 (4), Mokonko, Sullivan, Randojevic 2, Hiouz 8, Atkins 15 (2)



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NBL Round: 43 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BK Decin - NH Ostrava 89-73
Alic Admir nailed 19 points as BK Decin overcame NH Ostrava 89:73. Miroslav Soukup (200-F-82) followed him with 16 and Pistecky Antonin posted 15. Stuchly Marek ended up with 32 points in he losing case.

USK Praha - B&W Opava 95-85
USK Praha improved to 17-26 record beating B&W Opava 95:85. Martin Klimes (203-C-83, college: Vermont) led the way with 21 points, McKay Myles nailed 19, while Ford Tremaine collected 15 points and 21 rebounds. Stec Marek finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort.

BC Kolin - Podebrady 109-71
BC Kolin is with 17-26 record beating Podebrady 109:71. Six players scored in double digits as Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) and Platt Roderick poured in 19 points each. Thomas Kevin produced the same number of points in defeat.

CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 84-55
CEZ Nymburk opened Regular Season Round 43 with the win over BK Pardubice 84:55. Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) and Lenzly Michael paced all the winners with 14 points each, while Necas Radek had 13 points and 11 boards. Hampton Maurice produced 14 points in defeat.

Basketbol Brno - Novy Jicin 58-82
Basketbol Brno lost to Novy Jicin 58:82 as Dusan Pandula (196-F-84) shined with 22 points and Sarovic Robert poured in 12. Sedmak Peter ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.



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Bighorns suffer season-ending defeat to Vipers, 135-118 - by Eurobasket News
In a game that featured 17 lead changes, it was a dominant fourth-quarter effort and a huge game for an NBA assignee that lifted the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 135-118 victory over the Reno Bighorns in the decisive game three of the NBA D-League playoffs Tuesday night in State Farm Arena.

With the win, Rio Grande Valley advances to the second round of the D-League playoffs to meet the Austin Toros. Reno's season comes to a close, with the Bighorns finishing the 2009-10 campaign with a franchise-record 29 wins.

Reno led in the early-going, and trailed by just a point entering the fourth quarter. But the final period of play belonged to the Vipers. Rio Grande Valley outscored Reno 41-25 in the period, an effort that pushed it to round two. Mike Harris, who was assigned to Rio Grande Valley by the Houston Rockets this morning, scored 45 points and grabbed 13 boards.

Doug Thomas (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Iowa) and Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) shared the scoring lead for Reno, collecting 21 points apiece. Richard Frahm (6'5''-G-77, college: Gonzaga) hit four three-pointers en route to 20 points, and Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) scored 15 points with eight assists.

In addition to Harris' effort, Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) scored 18 points for the Vipers, and Will Conroy added 24 points and six assists.

Season tickets for the 2010-11 season of Reno Bighorns basketball are on-sale now. Call (775) 284-2NBA or visit www.RenoBighorns.com for details.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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The start of my journey to Egypt - by Ivan Jenkins
Its around 3 am here and as usual I'm on the net chatting with friends, reading the news and last but not least trying to figure out what I'm going to talk about with my second post. Nevertheless, I have decided to give you a brief intro of how my journey started.
I got a call from my agent June 27, expressing the teams interest in me. Next thing I know, there's a flight booked for July 1st to Egypt. At the time I had just moved in a apartment for the summer, bought furniture and a new car. But this was a opportunity that couldn't turn down. So I jumped on the flight, leaving my parents to drive from 2hrs away to take care of my issues left behind. Luckily I have the best parents a person could possibly ask for, they took care of everything.

Soon after I arrived, I spent a lot of time in the streets walking around the city taking it all in, still in shock that I'm actually in AFRICA (yes folks Egypt is in Africa). Excited to be visiting this part of the world, a place with so much history. I wanted to see everything right away. But yeah, that died down real quick. After all I planned to be here for 10 months, why rush? But honestly I think the sun got the best of me. Every time I looked outside I started sweating. I believe July is one of if not the hottest months of the year around these parts. It had to top 150 degrees Fahrenheit at least 5 times (lol joking). After sweating away about 3 or 4 pounds, I came to the conclusion that it was a battle I just couldn't win. I stayed in most days until 6 or 7pm from then on. With that being said, I love it here. I prefer the heat any day over cold weather. Year round warm weather is great!!!

The first couple weeks I lived in a hotel/motel. I cant say that it was the best but I managed. The food was ok though. I'm a picky eater so I stuck to my usual fruit, baked chicken and rice. Cant go wrong with that. However the sheets and covers in my room seemed to be from the late 80's. Basically every time I stepped foot in my room I started screaming (not literally but you know what I mean). Coming here with a open mind, hoping for the best, I rolled with the punches. Until one night laying in bed, I saw Mr. GEICO (a lizard)himself crawling above me on the ceiling. I'm not scared of much... well maybe bungy jumping, unknown pit bulls and yeah, bushwick bill... but that was the last straw. I got on the horn (telephone/mobile) ASAP and started making calls to get out of there. I know it was about 4am but, I didn't expect to have a roommate. I guess he needed a short break from the heat too. As expected no one answered and I ended up packing my bags and chilling in the lobby all night until I reached someone. The next morning my agent picked me up, took me to a hotel which was a lot better. I stayed at this hotel for about 2 weeks and then finally moved into my apartment.

My living situation is very good now. My place is great and I have very nice neighbors. I'm living in a huge 2 bedroom, but most importantly I have internet and satellite. I have a sling box plus I pick up quite a few english channels on the satellite, showing everything from top movies from the states to NBA and Euro league games. So its very easy to keep up with the everything from the US, making me feel right at home. When I first moved in my neighbors immediately introduced themselves and told me if I needed anything just ask. It was a pleasure to know that I had such friendly neighbors. It made my transition a little easier. The old lady next door even cooked a meal for me. Which was a Egyptian dish called Koshary. It was pretty good.
Well that's its for this time folks. Next time I will talk more about my preseason training camp and the start of the season. Take care


Being in a position to travel the world, indulge in other cultures, as well as play the game I love is something that I would never take for granted - by Ivan Jenkins
First I would like to thank the euro basket staff for giving this opportunity to share my insight and experiences that Ive encountered playing abroad. It has been an eye opening experience living and playing here in Egypt, one that I will cherish for a life time. Being in a position to travel the world, indulge in other cultures, as well as play the game I love is something that I would never take for granted. This is something most can only dream of. I came to Egypt with an open mind and a huge appetite for the game of basketball. Not really knowing what to expect from this side of the world, everything has turned out for the best, and Im enjoying my time spent on and off the court.
Im currently playing for the Al Zamalek Sporting Club located in Cairo, Egypt. Overall this has been a good season so far for the team. Coming into the season with a new coach and roster, with exception of 3 players, I think we have done an exceptional job of meshing as a team. Most thought we would be fighting to stay in the league. By overcoming many obstacles through hard work and determination we managed to finish 3rd in the regular season with a 16-6 record. By no means am I satisfied with a 3rd place finish, but I am proud of how this team fought every second of every game. Currently we are playing in the Super League Championship phase of the season, with 10 games down and 10 more to go (still in 3rd place). This is probably the most trying time of the year for us, especially because of the injuries that we have had to endure. Im currently out for the remainder of the season, because of a meniscus tear suffered in a game 3 weeks ago. Recovery takes about 6 weeks but unfortunately the season will be over by then. I will not be on the battle field with my comrades, but now on the sideline as their biggest fan. Over the course of the last 3 games, the team has managed to go 2-1 with me sidelined, and I couldnt be any prouder of how this young team has responded in times of adversity.


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EMKL Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 63-67
Kalev/Cramo earned the first win in the classic semifinal rivalry against TU/Rock. The defending champions grabbed a road win in the opener. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the visitors. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. Tanel Tein replied with 20 points for TU/Rock. Scott Morrison had 12 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Rakvere - TTU KK 89-81
Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) tallied 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Rakvere past TTU KK in the semifinal opener. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) delivered 18 points in the victory. Joosep Pokla notched 17 points for TTU KK. Kristo Orula added 16 points in defeat.



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KORISLIIGA: Thriller at Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The home court advantage seems to be a big thing, when Vilpas (Salo) and Korikobrat (Lapua) are qualifying to the last spot in Korisliiga (Top League). Vilpas won on Monday at Salo 77-65 (32-38) and Korikobrat tonight at Lapua 80-76 (41-42). The second game was a real thriller as there were 4 ties and 18 lead changes during the game. This time Korikobrat didn't fall during the last 10 minutes as the American players were not in foul troubles. Rob Haynes (193-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Kyle Swanston (201-F, college: JMU) combined 52 points for Lapua. Boakai Lalugba (199-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) and Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) scored both 23 pts for the Vikings. Game # 3 coming Saturday at Salo. The winner will play in Top League 2010-11.
12.4. Vilpas - Lapua 77-65 (32-38) (Jahmar Thorpe 22/12, Roope Ahonen 17, Boakai Lalugba 15 - Rob Haynes 22, Kyle Swanston 21, Bryant Nash 12/11).
14.4. Lapua - Vilpas 80-76 (41-42) (Kyle Swanston 26, Rob Haynes 26, Bryant Nash 18/13 - Boakai Lalugba 23, Jahmar Thorpe 23, Lawrence Hamm 12).



KORISLIIGA: Jeremiah Wood likes Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F-C Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Karhu (Kauhajoki) have agreed and re-signed a 1-year-contract for coming 2010-11 season. Wood played this season 26 games on Kauhajoki roster and was the key player to save and keep Kauhajoki on top level. Wood averaged 19,81 ppg (5.), was the leading rebounder (14,0 rpg) in the league and also gave more assists (4,8 apg) than any other player. Wood was scoring 2-pointers with 60,9 % accuracy. Wood played in Finland also 2008-09, then on Kataja (Joensuu) roster.

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German Basketball Awards For Tibor Pleiss And Taylor Rochestie - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The first German Basketsball awards were announced today as Brose Baskets Bamberg center Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) walked away with rookie of the year honours and BG Goettingen guard Taylor Rochestie recieved best new comer of the year. Pleiss was voted from 18 BEKO BBL coaches and media representatives as rookie of the year. The ex Cologne center who got 77 votes was able to beat German National team teammates Robin Benzing (Ratiopharm Ulm 65 votes) and Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Tim Ohlbrecht who had 47 points. Pleiss is averaging 7,6ppg, 5,4rpg, 1,4bpg in 18,3 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg coach Chris Fleming is pleased for his player Pleiss getting this award. 'Rookie of the year is an award where I believe it has to do with a player who continues to improve during the season. Tibor deserved this award with his hard work. I was able to see improvement every week and that has to do with his attitude', stressed Chris Fleming

BG Goettingen guard Taylor Rochestie won best new comer of the year as he recieved 76 votes form the 18 BEKO BBL coaches and media representatives. The award remained in Goettingen as last year the best newcomer was current Ratiopharm Ulm American Rocky Trice. In second place came Robin Benzing with 40 votes and in third place landed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Bryce Taylor qith 22 votes. Rochestie is averaging 14,9ppg, 2,6rpg and 2,7apg. One of his big strengthes besides his magical ball handling is his three point shooting as he is averaging 42,5% from the parking lot. Rochestie won the three point shooting contest at the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar game in Bonn. 'Whenever a player recieves an award like this, it is because he is playing for a successful team. I am very thankful for my situation in Goettingen. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates as I would not have been able to win this award without them', stressed Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.)

Source: www.basketball-bundesliga.de





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Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League awards 2009-10 - by Richard
#s#
Milos Teodosic
Teodosic
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Josh Childress
Childress
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou
Kaimakoglou
Nikola Pekovic
Pekovic
#e#6

Player of the Year: Josh Childress (203-G/F-83) of Olympiakos
Guard of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos
Forward of the Year: Josh Childress of Olympiakos
Center of the Year: Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Panathinaikos
Newcomer of the Year: Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) of Kolossos Rodou
Most Improved Player of the Year: Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Marousi
Bosman Player of the Year: Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) of Trikalla 2000
Import Player of the Year: Josh Childress of Olympiakos
Domestic Player of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Defensive Player of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos
Coach of the Year: Giorgos Bartzokas of Maroussi

1st Team:
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Josh Childress (203-G/F-83) of Olympiakos
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Marousi
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Panathinaikos

2nd Team:
Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of Panellinios
Marios Batis (188-G-80) of Maroussi
Linas Kleiza (203-F-85) of Olympiakos
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos
Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Panionios

Honorable Mention:
William Keys (188-G-77) of Maroussi
Jared Homan (206-C-83) of Maroussi
Roderick Blakney (181-G-76) of Panellinios
Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83) of Aris Thessalonikis
Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) of Maroussi
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of Olympiakos
Nikos Pappas of Kolossos Rodou
Lans Harris (196-G-84) of Kolossos Rodou

All-Domestic Players Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos
Thodoros Papaloukas of Olympiakos
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou of Maroussi
Ioannis Bourousis of Olympiakos
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Olympiakos

All-Imports Team:
Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81) of Panathinaikos
Josh Childress of Olympiakos
Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78) of PAOK
Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) of Panellinios
Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos

All-Bosmans Team:
Roderick Blakney of Panellinios
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos
Linas Kleiza of Olympiakos
Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of PAOK
Miha Zupan of Trikalla 2000

All-Defensive Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou of Maroussi
Ioannis Bourousis of Olympiakos
Nikola Pekovic of Panathinaikos

All-Newcomers Team:
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiakos
Nikos Pappas of Kolossos Rodou
Sakis Karidas (182-G-81) of Ilysiakos
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Olympiakos
Giannis Tsairelis (206-F/C-88) of Trikalla 2000


Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Nikos Liakopoulos
Liakopoulos
Yannis Gagaloudis
Gagaloudis
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou
Petrovic-Stergiou
Terell Castle
Castle
Fragiskos Amato
Amato
#e#6

Player of the Year:
Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) of Ermis Peramatos
Guard of the Year: Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) of Olympiada Patras
Forward of the Year: Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) of Ermis Peramatos
Center of the Year: Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78) of Ermis Peramatos
Newcomer of the Year: Fotis Vassilopoulos (187-G-86) of Dafni
Most Improved Player of the Year: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) of Amyntas
Bosman Player of the Year: Terell Castle (182-G-72) of Iraklis
Domestic Player of the Year: Nikos Liakopoulos of Ermis Peramatos
Defensive Player of the Year: Yannis Gagaloudis of Olympiada Patras
Coach of the Year: Aris Likogiannis of Ikaros Esperos

1st Team
Terell Castle of Iraklis
Yannis Gagaloudis of Olympiada Patras
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou of Iraklis
Nikos Liakopoulos of Ermis Peramatos
Fragiskos Amato of Ermsi Peramatos

2nd Team
Fotis Vassilopoulos of Dafni
Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80) of Arkadikos
Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81) of Ikaros Esperos
Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80) of Ikaros Esperos
Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of Iraklis

Honorable Mention
Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Ikaros Esperos
Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of Arkadikos
Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Rethymno
Leonidas Zoupas of Amyntas
Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Pagrati
Tasos Harismidis (203-F-81) of Pagrati
Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) of Xanthi
Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron

All-Domestic Players Team
Yannis Gagaloudis of Olympiada Patras
Fotis Vassilopoulos of Dafni
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou of Iraklis
Nikos Liakopoulos of Perama
Dimitris Despos of Iraklis

All-Bosmans Team
Terell Castle of Iraklis
Slobodan Tosic of Arkadikos
Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Olympiada Patras
Ivan Cartelo (208-C-79) of KAOD
Damir Latovic of Rethymno

All-Defensive Team
Yannis Gagaloudis of Olympiada Patras
Fotis Vassilopoulos of Dafni
Nikos Liakopoulos of Ermis Peramatos
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou of Iraklis
Fragiskos Amato of Ermis Perama

All-Newcomers Team
Fotis Vassilopoulos of Dafni
Yannis Gagaloudis of Olympiada Patras
Andreas Sizopoulos of Arkadikos
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou of Iraklis
Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85) of Egaleo


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Thomas' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
25-year old guard Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Matrixx Magix Nijmegen and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 26 points and adding 10 rebounds, while his team beat Giants (#3, 23-12) 82-75. M.Magix maintains the 5th position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. M.Magix will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be M.Magix's top player in his first season with the team. College of Holy Cross graduate is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.2ppg), assists (1st best: 7.0apg) and steals (2.9spg). He averages also 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports) of league's second-best Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Eiff.Towers. In the last game Richardson recorded impressive 33 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Eiff.Towers cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Upstairs Weert (#8, 12-23). This victory allowed Eiff.Towers to move up to 2nd position in the standings. His team has 23-11 record is not bad at all. Richardson is well-known at Eiff.Towers and he already established his position as the team's leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side) of Upstairs Weert (#8). Palmer showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, fifteen rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Palmer's great performance Upstairs Weert lost 81-88 to the higher-ranked Eiff.Towers (#2, 23-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other temmates. The chances of Upstairs Weert ranking at the top of the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Palmer could bring Upstairs Weert's position much higher in the standings. He has a great season in Holland. After 35 games, Palmer made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. DarrylMonroe) (201-F-86 of DeFriesland - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. LarryGordon) (196-F-87 of Landstede - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 1 assist
6. TimBlue) (205-F-84 of GasTerra F. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. ElijahPalmer) (201-F-81 of Upstairs Weert - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. QarraanCalhoun) (203-F-86 of EclipseJet - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. PatrickHilliman) (206-F/C-82 of Rotterdam - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. RodEarls) (188-G-85 of Upstairs Weert - 25 points and 2 assists


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Falco
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Frazier, Falco23.8 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.4 
 3. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 4. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 5. Watson, ZTE K.19.0 
 6. Brooks, Soproni18.6 
 7. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 8. Lee, Albacomp18.3 
 9. Rice, Szolnok18.1 
 10. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.3 
 2. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 3. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 4. Scott, Kormend9.0 
 5. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 6. Wilson, ZTE K.7.5 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Debre.6.7 
 9. Clark, Atomeromu6.7 
 10. Lee, Albacomp6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Kalman, Falco8.4 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.0 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.6.0 
 5. Savic, Debreceni5.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 7. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 9. Thomas, Kormend4.6 
 10. Mayfield, Salgotar.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.7 
 2. Frazier, Falco3.4 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. Lee, Albacomp2.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.6 
 7. Clark, Atomeromu2.5 
 8. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar2.3 
 10. Cubela, Dombovar2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.3 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 6. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 7. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 8. Scott, Kormend1.1 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 10. Horvath, Falco1.0 


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  ICELAND   


KR fight back - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR who had lost twice at home to Snaefell had a good trip to the away game and won and tight the serie up 2-2
With a very good start KR led most of the first half.
Snaefell playing well in third quarter and did look like they would make it to the finals but KR fight hard back and came out with a 76-72 win
Morgan Lewis had very good game for the winner 31 pts & 10 rebs. Pavel Ermolinskij also with 16 pts & 10 rebs.
For Snaefell Hlynur Baeringsson 20. Martins Berkis 18. Sean Burton 15


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  IRELAND   


Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Jermaine Turner
Turner
Juwann James
James
Kevin Ratzsch
Ratzsch
Stuart Robbins
Robbins
Carlton Aaron
Aaron
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Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Dart Killester Dublin
Guard of the Year: Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) of Ulster Elks
Forward of the Year: Jermaine Turner of Dart Killester Dublin
Centre of the Year: Stuart Robbins (210-C-76) of UL Eagles
Bosman Player of the Year: Stuart Robbins of UL Eagles
Import Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner of Dart Killester Dublin
Domestic Player of the Year: Kevin Foley of Ulster Elks
Defensive Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner of Dart Killester Dublin
Coach of the Year: Mark Keenan of Dart Killester Dublin

1st Team
Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Dart Killester Dublin
Juwann James (198-F) of Neptune Cork
Kevin Ratzsch (201-F) of Belfast Star
Stuart Robbins (210-C-76) of UL Eagles
Carlton Aaron (206-C-79) of Shamrock Rovers Hoops

2nd Team
Kevin Foley of Ulster Elks
Ian McCormick (202-F/C) of Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin
Peder Madsen (186-G-78) of Dart Killester Dublin
Patrick Kelly (191-G-80) of Dart Killester Dublin
Luke McCrone (201-F-84) of Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin

Honorable Mention
Joshua Johnson (199-F-85) of Mardyke UCC Demons Cork
David Neal of Ulster Elks
Emmett Donnelly (186-G-78) of DCU St.Vincents Dublin
Micheal Trimmer (204-C-67) of DCU St.Vincents Dublin
Neil Campbell (193-G-83) of UL Eagles
Matthew Hall (186-G-75) of UL Eagles

All-Imports Team
Jermaine Turner of Dart Killester Dublin
Juwann James of Neptune Cork
Carlton Aaron of Shamrock Rovers Hoops
Joshua Johnson of Mardyke UCC Demons Cork
Kevin Ratzsch of Belfast Star
Scott Summersgill (173-G-71) of Belfast Star

All-Domestic Players Team
Patrick Kelly of Dart Killester Dublin
Peder Madsen of Dart Killester Dublin
Kevin Foley of Ulster Elks
David Neal of Ulster Elks
Emmett Donnelly of DCU St.Vincents Dublin

All-Bosmans Team
Michael Goj (198-G/F-82) of Dart Killester Dublin
Stuart Robbins of UL Eagles
Matthew Hall of UL Eagles
Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU St.Vincents Dublin
Scott Summersgill of Belfast Star

All-Defensive Team
Jermaine Turner of Dart Killester Dublin
Luke McCrone of Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin
Scott Kinevane (175-G-87)


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National League Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Beer Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 81-68
Maccabi Beer Yaakov improved to 10-16 record cruising past Elitzur Yavne 81:68. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) erupted with 34 points for the winners and Levi Lior produced 21.

Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla 86-79
Hod Hasharon overcame Elitzur Ramla 86:79 as Stanley Brandy (200-F-67, college: DePaul) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Simhon Amit netted 15 and Wolfer Ztafrir scored 12. Young Zetin responded with 20 points in defeat.

Hap.Tivon - Kohav Yair 104-93
Hapoel Tivon outscored Kohav Yair 104:93 at the Regular Season Round 26. Kobi Izik (204-F-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Asbury Brian paced all the winners with 25 points each and Arieli Tamir scored 18. Hicks Raymond delivered 22 points in defeat.

Kiryat Ata - Hap.Haifa 89-107
Kiryat Ata lost to Hapoel Haifa 89:107 as the latter got 24 points from Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) and Berkovich Ilan followed him with 20. Jackson Cedric ended up with 24 points in the losing case.

Macc.Habikaa - Macc.Ashdod 88-70
Maccabi Habikaa is on top with 19-7 record defeating Maccabi Ashdod 88:70. Eilon Zagury (201-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Gendel Gerry brought 16. Clemente Ramon shined with 28 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Natzrath Elite - Lev Hasharon 85-91
Hapoel Lev Hasharon took 11-15 record beating Natzrath Elite 91:85. Bayo Arigbon (196-F-86, agency: Hoopdreamz Basketball, college: San Diego Chr.) exploded with 33 points and 22 rebounds, while Golan Nir and Shiran Yotam added 22 each. Byerson Brad produced 28 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Megido/Yok. - Hapoel Beeri 92-90
Megido rolled over Hapoel Beeri 92:90 to take 17-9 record. Six players scored in double figures as Ilan Nanikashvili (187-G-79, agency: Ronsport) led all of them with 18 points. Rubinstein Lior responded with 20 points in the losing effort.



Playing Ball in Israel - by Larry OBannon
What up what up!! Guess I will take a little time this morning to tell you about how life has been for me since coming to Israel and playing my professional basketball here. This is my second year in a row playing professional basketball here, which have been for the same team Maccabi Rison-LeZion. When I first got offered the job here, I wasn't sure that i wanted to come and live here for an extensive amount of time because I was nervous about the political issues going here and bombings. Last time I was in Israel was in 2005, I was playing with Crvena Zvezda in the ULEB Cup and we had to come here and play against Jerusalem. There was a bombing in the mall about 15 miles away from where we were and that was the impression that stuck in my mind when I thought about Israel. I would always wonder how the other Americans could stay here and play with all of these issues going on around them and not have fear. So when i got offered my job at Rishon, I knew a guy on the team named Rob Conley, who I played against in the Serbian league. I called him and he told me that everything is good and that its nothing like what i remembered or seen on TV. That is what convinced me to give it a shot and I am happy that I did because Israel is a lovely place and is nothing like the impressions you get from watching the news.

How would i describe the Israeli basketball league? I would describe it as a 'League for Guards' because most of the teams play uptempo and like to run and shoot. Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the dominant team of the league just for the simple fact that everyone of their players from one through twelve could start and play for any team in the league. Some teams are able to stay in the game for a short while but then depth on their team just starts to take its toll on you. Each team usually has between three to five American players on their team but there is a 'Russian Law' to where two Israeli players have to be on the court all the time. This prevents teams from just having five foreigners out there on the court together and playing majority of the time. Most of the teams only play one game a week so its not really strenuous on your body and on Friday you practice in the morning and don't practice again until Saturday night because of 'Shabot.' This is equivalent to The Sabbath for Christians and the Jewish Community doesn't believe in working during this time. That is basically like having another day off to refresh for the game on Sunday and then you are usually off on Monday's. So when you look at it, you really only practicing 4 days a week and its good because your body isn't getting torn down. Another good thing about this league this that all the teams are relatively close to each other and you can play a game and be back home the same day.

Off the court, Israel is one of, if not, the best place that I have been to as far it being similar to being home in the states. The weather is nice all year round and it is super hot in the summer. Its not too far from the Sahara Desert so you can only imagine what the heat is when it is the peak of summer. The food is great and you have a lot of American chains here as well such as KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Sbrarro, and a few other places. The social life away from the job is cool, you have nice clubs and bars you can attend and there are dozens and dozens of malls all around the Tel Aviv area. You can go on a trip and tour so many religious site from The Bible, or you can sit on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea. I knew a little bit about the Jewish community before playing here, but now that I have actually lived in the same country and experienced their living, I've learn so much more about them that I didn't know. To anyone that has never played here before, I would definitely recommend it if you had the opportunity.
Larry O.


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Habikaa 19-7 
 2. Hap.Tivon 17-9 
 3. Megido/Yok. 17-9 
 4. Macc.Ashdod 16-10 
 5. Hap.Haifa 16-10 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 13-13 
 7. Kohav Yair 13-13 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 12-14 
 9. Hapoel Beeri 11-15 
 10. Lev Hasharon 11-15 
 11. Hod Hasharon 11-15 
 12. Beer Yaakov 10-16 
 13. Kiryat Ata 8-18 
 14. Natzrath Elite 8-18 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa28.6 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.7 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .23.1 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.21.5 
 5. Drayton, Beer Y.21.4 
 6. Jackson, Kiryat Ata21.4 
 7. Clemente, Macc.Ash.20.9 
 8. Paris, Hapoel Beeri20.8 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.20.4 
 10. Simhon, Hod H.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.3 
 2. Paris, Hapoel Beeri12.2 
 3. Byerson, Natzrath.11.8 
 4. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.7 
 5. Peterson, Elitzur .11.2 
 6. Auter, Macc.Hab.9.6 
 7. Drayton, Beer Y.9.2 
 8. Lee, Kiryat Ata9.2 
 9. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.0 
 10. Jackson, Kiryat Ata8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Megido/Yok.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.9 
 2. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Huli, Lev Hasharon6.0 
 4. Arieli, Hap.Tivon5.5 
 5. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.4 
 6. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.2 
 7. OFIR FARHI Macc..5.2 
 8. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 9. Cohen, Natzrath.4.8 
 10. Pereg, Macc.Ashdod4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Macc.Ashdod
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. OFIR FARHI Macc..2.7 
 2. Markson, Elitzur .2.5 
 3. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.3 
 4. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.1 
 5. Harush, Kohav Yair2.0 
 6. Young, Elitzur Ramla2.0 
 7. Matalon, Megido/Y.1.9 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.1.8 
 9. Karpels, Elitzur .1.7 
 10. Bank, Elitzur Ramla1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian AUTER
  Macc.Habikaa
  (200-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.7 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.1.7 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 4. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.4 
 5. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.2 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .1.1 
 7. Markson, Elitzur .1.0 
 8. Carr, Megido/Yok.1.0 
 9. Martin, Elitzur Yavne0.9 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.0.9 


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Standings
D1 Stage Two Standings
1-4 Positions
 1. Al Qadsia 4-0 
 2. Al Jahraa 1-3 
 3. Kazma 1-3 
 4. Al Kuwait 1-3 
5-12 Positions
 1. Al Sahel 17-5 
 2. Al Arabi 12-10 
 3. An Nasr 9-13 
 4. Al Yarmook 7-15 
 5. Sulaibikhat 6-16 
 6. Al Tadhamon 5-17 
 7. Al Shabab 2-20 
 8. Al Salmiyah 1-21 
Regular Season Standings


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Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Aleh Kojenets
Kojenets
Ronalds Zakis
Zakis
Ivars Timermanis
Timermanis
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Efejuku
Alex Renfroe
Renfroe
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Player of the Year: Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) of BK Barons Riga
Guard of the Year: Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of VEF Riga
Forward of the Year: Ivars Timermanis of Barons
Center of the Year: Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) of Liepajas Lauvas
Newcomer of the Year: Martins Meiers (202-C-91) of Ventspils
Most Improved Player of the Year: Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) of Valmiera
Bosman Player of the Year: Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72) of Barons
Import Player of the Year: Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Valmiera
Domestic Player of the Year: Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) of Barons
Defensive Player of the Year: Rinalds Sirsnins (186-G-85) of Barons
Coach of the Year: Gatis Melderis of Valmiera

1st Team:
Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) of Liepajas Lauvas
Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) of BK Ventspils
Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) of BK Barons Riga
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of BK Barons Riga
Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of VEF Riga

2nd Team:
Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of Valmiera
Juris Andzejevskis (192-F-82) of Valmiera
Daviin Davis of Valmiera
Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) of Ventspils
Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) of Ventspils

Honorable Mention:
Janis Kaufmanis of Valmiera
Rinalds Sirsnins of Barons
Salvis Metra (194-G/F-84) of Zemgale
Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Zemgale
Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Ventspils Augstskola
Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) of Liepaja
Arturas Valeika (206-F-85) of Valmiera
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of Ventspils

All-Domestic Players Team:
Kaspars Cipruss of Valmiera
Ronalds Zakis of BK Ventspils
Ivars Timermanis of BK Barons Riga
Mareks Jurevicus of Ventspils
Janis Strelnieks of Ventspils

All-Imports Team:
Aleh Kojenets of Liepajas Lauvas
Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) of Ventspils
Daviin Davis of Valmiera
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku of Barons
Alex Renfroe of VEF Riga

All-Bosmans Team:
Uvis Helmanis of Barons
Sandis Amolins (190-G/F-81) of Valmiera
Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-F-77) of Liepajas Lauvas
Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Zemgale
Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of VEF Riga

All-Defensive Team:
Martins Skirmants (205-C-77) of Barons
Ronalds Zakis of Ventspils
Juris Andzejevskis of Valmiera
Dairis Bertans of Ventspils
Rinalds Sirsnins of Barons

All-Newcomers Team:
Martins Meiers of Ventspils
Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of Ventspils
Kristaps Kanbergs of Ventspils Augstskola
Arturs Bremers (187-G-92) of Barons/Ridzene
Arturs Duselis (198-F-89) of Barons/Ridzene


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Juventus wins in Klaipeda, advances to LKL semifinals - by Simas Baranauskas
Neptunas Klaipeda' season ended with a loss to Juventus-LKSK Utenos in the Lithuanian League (LKL) playoffs. The visiting side from Utena edged Neptunas Klaipeda 72:70 and advanced to the semifinals.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos won the best-of-three series 2-0 and will meet Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the next round of the playoffs.

The hosts were exceptional from downtown in the first half, hitting 8-of-13 from beyond the arch, but Juventus-LKSK Utenos had a clear advantage in two-point shot percentage as they missed only 2 shots from 18 from inside the three-point line in the first two periods.

Neptunas Klaipeda had a couple attempts to run away with the game, but as soon as their lead got near to double-digits Juventus-LKSK Utenos came back with authority and worked their way into the game.

With 15 seconds on the clock veteran forward Virginijus Praskevicius (206-C/F-74) missed two free-throws and didn't manage to increase the visitor lead. Even though Neptunas Klaipeda had chance to tie or win the game, Modestas Kumpys' (191-G-91), who had an 11 point game, drive towards the hoop resulted in a turnover.

'We started to prepare for the season with less than three weeks remaining until the first game. If someone would have said that we would end up fifth at the end of the season as the campaign started, it would have been really unbelievable. We always want to win at home, but looking back on where we finished and what teams we left behind us, I would rate this season 10 out of 10,' said Neptunas Klaipeda coach Paulius Juodis , who led the team to heights that nobody expected them to reach.

Julius Zurna (188-G-86) drained 15 points for the home team, Robertas Bitinas (182-G-84) added 11 while Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) and Tomas Vilkius (196-F-81) both netted 9 points.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos' Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) had a game-high 12 points, Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-F-85) scored 9 whilst Virginijus Praskevicius and Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82), who also had 6 assists, both shared 8 points each in the score-sheet.


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Siggiewi first team to reach men's final - by Eurobasket News
Athleta Compleet IS 65
Siggiewi Kent Boringer 74
(20-14, 13-14, 18-20, 14-26)

Siggiewi Kent Boringer are the first team to book a place in the final following their victory over Athleta Compleet IS on Sunday.

This was Athleta's second consecutive defeat in the space of three days following their upset to champions BUPA Luxol in their previous match.

Siggiewi opened a 10-3 lead early on but after a time-out Athleta hit a 17-2 break and retained control till half-time even though both sides left much to be desired in their shooting.

As the third quarter got underway, three Siggiewi three-pointers put Peter Farrugia's team in front but Athleta battled back to start the last ten minutes leading 51-48.

Athleta looked on their way to victory when they potted the first two baskets of the last session, 55-48.

But Siggiewi had other ideas and with Marco Matijevic and Peter Shoults raising standards, Athleta lost the momentum.

Siggiewi opened a ten-point lead, 69-59, before administering their advantage and fending off Athleta's feeble challenge in the last five minutes.

Athleta: M. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) 16, Doughty 13, E. Bezzina, M. Giusti, C. Galea, O. Said 9, C. Calleja, A. Bonnici 16, J. Zammit, S. Cassar 11.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 9, J.P. Antoncich, L. Camilleri 17, E. Xuereb, A. Tabone 6, K. Borg, A. Micallef 3, L. Ross 17, A. Costa, J. Jetsen 6, M. Matijevic 16.

Referees: B. Vassallo, G. Barbara, J.P. Sammut.

BUPA Luxol 77
Athleta Compleet IS 75
(24-10, 23-15, 11-17, 19-33)

Luxol had coach John Tabone and playmaker Alan Borg suspended for this match, played last Friday. However, the champions were still strong enough to surprise Athleta who never settled down and found it hard to free a player for an easy shot in attack.

Luxol dictated matters freely and comfortably led 47-25 at half-time. Athleta regrouped after the interval as Luxol suddenly lost composure. This helped Joe Galea's team to pull back to 63-59 midway through the third session.

But a time-out helped Luxol to regain confidence and they potted the next five points to set up a tense finale.

With only a few seconds to go and Luxol leading 76-75, Luxol forward Steve Schembri potted the first of two free-throws but missed the second.

The champions almost paid dearly for that miss as Michael Michael Naudi pounced on the loose ball and his attempt from the distance hit the ring and, fortunately for Luxol, fell away.

Luxol: M. Mercieca 4, R. Azzopardi 9, A. Portelli 2, N. Vasovic, T. Paris, D. Schembri 18, E. Caruana Montaldo, J.P. Bonnici 19, S. Schembri 25.

Athleta: MMichael Naudi 31,Doughty 2, E. Bezzina, M. Giusti, C. Galea, O. Said 17, C. Calleja 5, A. Bonnici 10, J. Zammit 2, S. Cassar 8.

Referees: G. Barbara, J.P. Sammut, A. Carbonaro.

Standings: Siggiewi 25, Athleta 23, Luxol 19.
Today: 19.45 Luxol vs Siggiewi.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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  MONTENEGRO   


Lovcen in Final of BIBL - by Dragan Scepanovic
Lovcen - Feni Indistrija 81-74
Lovcen managed to beat Feni Industrija and to book a spot for the Balkan League Finals. The Montenegrin outfit celebrated 81-74 victory mostly owing to Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87), who came up with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bojan Dubljevic also had very important role adding 18 points and 15 boards. Petar Stojanovic was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Lovcen - 14 pts. On the other side, Feni Industrija got 13 points from Darko Sokolov and 12 from Djems Lajf. Bojan Trajkovski followed them with 11 points and 7 boards. In the Big Final, Lovcen will meet Levski. The game will be played tomorrow.

*by Eurobasket news http://www.eurobasket.com/Balkan-League/basketball.asp


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  NBA   


Tuesday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Phoenix Suns 101-123
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 26 points and Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) had 18 points and 10 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter while the Phoenix reserves completed a 123-101 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night that gave the Suns homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Suns made 14 of 24 3-pointers, 11 of 17 in the first three quarters. Phoenix jumped to an 18-2 lead and the Nuggets never cut it to single digits after the first quarter. The Suns can finish no worse than No. 4 in the West and would be No. 3 if they win at Utah on Wednesday night. Denver, which finished its regular season, would get the No. 4 spot and a first-round homecourt edge if Phoenix beats the Jazz. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead the Nuggets *Courtesy of www.kktv.com

Boston C. - Chicago B. 93-101
On a night when the Bulls boosted their playoff hopes by beating the Boston Celtics 101-93 behind Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) 's career-high 39 points, the attention centered on a report that their top executive pushed their coach during a confrontation following a game last month. 'I'm not going to comment,' Del Negro said. 'I go about my job everyday no matter what happens. I'm a competitor. I've been involved in the game a long time. I love the challenge of it. All the other things that happen pretty much stay internally.' Yahoo! Sports, citing unidentified sources, reported Paxson shoved Del Negro twice in the chest and had to be restrained in a dispute after the March 30 home game against Phoenix over how much Joakim Noah played. Paxson did not return a call from The AP seeking comment. 'This is an organizational issue, which we will handle internally,' Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said. Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) scored 30 points last night. Paul Pierce had 28 in defeat. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Utah Jazz - Golde State W. 103-94
Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) had 23 points and seven rebounds, Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds and the Jazz swept the three-game season series against Golden State with a 103-94 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night despite losing leading scorer Carlos Boozer to an early injury. For the Warriors, Devean George collected 21 points and 5 rebounds.

Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 100-106
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 28 points and eight rebounds, Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 24 points and Kobe Bryant rested as the Lakers hung on for a 106-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Sasha Vujacic scored 13 points. On the other side, Beno Udrih collected 21 points and 11 assists.


76ers ready to fire coach Eddie Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Eddie Jordan coached his 41st and final home game as head coach of the 76ers on Monday.

The spirited 107-105 loss to the Heat meant the Sixers ended with their worst home record (12-29) since going 11-30 with Johnny Davis in 1996-97 and halted a streak of 11 straight winning seasons at the Wachovia Center, dating back to 1997-98 (19-22).

'We had a horrible home record,' said Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke).

An NBA source confirmed that Jordan will be fired after one season on the bench. The only question is how soon it'll happen following Wednesday's season finale in Orlando.

Season-ending meetings with the players are scheduled for Thursday.

'Disappointing,' said team president Ed Stefanski pregame. 'I think the big word is inconsistent throughout the season. Players are embarrassed. We have to rectify it. We will next year. We'll look at every option that's out there.

'We're going to evaluate everything top to bottom. We'll make changes that are necessary.'

As for keeping his position, Stefanski said he hasn't been given assurances that he'll return or not.

'I'm doing my job as I'm supposed to do,' Stefanski said.

Asked afterward if he's relieved that the regular season is nearly finished, Jordan said, 'I wouldn't say relief. It's not the end. We have one more game to play. I don't feel relief.'

Jason Kapono (24 points) and rookie Jodie Meeks (21) combined for 45 points to lead the Sixers in scoring. Kapono made his last nine shots and was 10-for-12 in the game, including 4-for-5 from 3-point land, to make him 9-for-12 in the last two after a 6-for-31 (19.4 percent) stretch beyond the arc in the previous six games. Meeks (5-for-9 on 3-pointers) is 11-for-20 from deep in the past three.

The 27-54 Sixers converted 12 of 25 3-pointers (48 percent) after hitting 14 in Saturday's road victory over the Grizzlies.

As Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson and his buddies rooted for the Heat from their courtside seats, Dwayne Wade (game-high 30 points) drove, was surrounded and found Udonis Haslem at his preferred spot - 15 feet out on the left winning - for the winning jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining.

'Having a superstar to close out a game is an asset,' said Kapono, a former teammate of Wade's. 'Haslem has made that shot for nine straight years at a great clip.'

Several Sixers claimed losing a game like this pretty well typified the type of season it's been.

'It kind of sums up this year,' said Elton Brand. 'We gave a lot of effort, but just couldn't finish.'

'We had the game in our hands and we let it slip away,' said Andre Iguodala.

Kapono, who rarely played from Jan. 1 until mid-March, said the Sixers seemed to be searching for an identity all season long.

'Camaraderie- and chemistry-wise, we just haven't found our flow, whether we're playing a big lineup or a small lineup,' Kapono said. 'We haven't really found a consistent style of play. We don't have anything to fall back on. Are we a scoring team or more of a half-court team? Are we a fast-breaking team or more of a trapping, attacking team?

'It's been a rough year, individually and as a unit.'


Courtesy of www.phillyburbs.com


Warriors' Don Nelson will return next season - by Eurobasket News
Don Nelson will be back on the Golden State Warriors bench next season.

Nelson reiterated before Tuesday night's final home game against the Jazz he would return next season to fulfill the final year of his contract for the Warriors, and general manager Larry Riley said that would be the case barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Last week in Minnesota, Nelson earned his 1,333rd victory to move him past Lenny Wilkens for the top spot on the NBA's wins list.

So, why come back at all for one more year? Nelson, who turns 70 on May 15, likes his young players and wants to keep helping them develop.

His first two summers back with the Warriors, Nelson returned to his offseason Hawaii home on Maui and pondered retirement before deciding to continue coaching.

'I really like the players in the other room. I think they play the game the right way,' Nelson said. 'There's a very strong bond in there, especially with our younger guys. ... There's a whole lot of positives going on in the other room. My motivation is to do a good job and develop the team and do what coaches do -- and I'm under contract to do that.'

It's been another drama-filled season for the Warriors, starting with former swingman Stephen Jackson's demand for a trade, which he eventually got in a swap with Charlotte in November. In addition, there have been so many injuries Nelson often had only eight available players -- and Golden State Warriors used only six in a remarkable win at Dallas on Nov. 24. The team regularly relied on D-League call-ups, too.

Nelson wasn't even there for that win, quarantined at home with a lengthy bout of pneumonia. Riley is convinced Nelson is perfectly healthy again and ready to tackle another rigorous year.

'It would take something that would be uncharacteristic or an oddity,' Riley said for Nelson not to return. 'He's done a really good job embracing this bunch, particularly down the stretch.'

The Warriors had won five of their past eight heading into Tuesday. They finish the season Wednesday night at Portland.

While owner Chris Cohan has formally put the franchise up for sale, Riley and Nelson are proceeding as if everything is the same for now as they prepare for the NBA draft and build next season's roster. Riley has already begun brainstorming some ideas of who might replace Nelson after next season.

Getting 7-foot center Andris Biedrins back healthy and with a more effective free throw technique will be a key step for this young team. The Warriors' run to the second round of the playoffs in 2007 is the organization's lone postseason trip since 1994 in Nelson's first stint as coach.

Neither Nelson nor Riley would rule out this team from making the playoffs next season, though they are realistic.

'We've got a lot to do before that,' Riley said.

Said Nelson: 'It's a tough mountain to climb. Is it possible? Yes. ... Certainly some of the incumbents are going to have to fail and fall for the young teams to get in.'
Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5083959)


Larry Brown may return to 76ers - by Eurobasket News
Former Sixers coach and current head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, Larry Brown, could be headed back to Philadelphia, according to a published report.

The New York Post's Peter Vecsey reported in a column posted to the paper's Web site Tuesday morning, 'I'm informed, (Larry Brown ) has received approval from Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to return home, home on the range -- Philadelphia -- where his wife, school-age children and the antelopes still play, to re-take control of the 76ers from top to bottom.'

Vecsey's column says Brown's likely to stay with the team to coach them through the end of the playoff run.

At 44-37, the Bobcats are in the postseason for the first time in franchise history. As the No. 7 Eastern Conference seed, they'll face the Orlando Magic in the first round.

Brown's run with the 76ers lasted from 1997 to 2004, and during the span the Sixers had a 255-205 record. He was NBA coach of the year in 2001 (when the Sixers went to the NBA Finals) after winning the award three times in the ABA, and he went on to win a championship in Detroit in 2004.

Brown holds the highest win percentage of the 12 men who have led the Sixers since Matt Goukas left in 1988.


Courtesy of www.myfoxphilly.com


Timberwolves sign Greg Stiemsma - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves today signed center Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, making him the record 39th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA Development League season. Stiemsma joins 84 current NBA players with NBA D-League experience.

Stiemsma appeared in 45 games, 44 starts, for Sioux Falls during the 2009-10 NBA D-League regular season, averaging 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in 28.0 minutes. He scored in double figures 24 times, recording 11 double-doubles and one triple-double, when he scored 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in a 107-105 victory over the Springfield Armor in Sioux Falls on Dec. 27, 2009.

In the 2010 NBA D-League postseason, Stiemsma played in all three of Sioux Falls games, averaging 15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 31.0 minutes before Sioux Falls was eliminated from playoff contention by the Tulsa 66ers on Saturday.

Stiemsma, 6-11, 260-pounds out of the University of Wisconsin, averaged 3.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks during 35 games in his final season with the Badgers in 2008. That year, the team was the Big 10 Regular Season Champions and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Stiemsma is expected to join the Timberwolves today and be available on Wednesday, April 14, when the team hosts the Detroit Pistons.
Courtesy of www.mlntherawfeed.com


David Andersen season ends slightly early - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets C David Andersen (7'0''-C-80) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season (which ends Wednesday night) for precautionary reasons relating to the sore lower back that has caused him to miss the past 11 games.
Andersen finishes his first NBA season with averages of 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing in 63 games. He is expected to make a full recovery and be available to commence his usual offseason training program with no limitations.

Meanwhile, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports:

The text message arrived on Phil Jacksons cellphone Sunday at 8 p.m., a few hours after the Lakers latest loss.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) wanted to sit out the last two regular-season games.

It was somewhat surprising, seeing how Bryant had just told reporters he wanted to continue playing because you cant rest too much you get rusty, but then came the text, eventually followed by the Lakers official announcement Monday afternoon that Bryant wont play another game until the playoff opener because of his broken right index finger.
Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Rockets assign Mike Harris to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Development League Western Conference Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that forward Mike Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) has been assigned by the Houston Rockets and will be in uniform for tonight's decisive Quarterfinals Game 3 against the Reno Bighorns at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena.

Rockets Hall of Fame Mascot Clutch the Bear will perform again and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Clutch Storybooks. Doors open at 6:30.

In 34 games (31 starts) for the Vipers during the regular season, Harris averaged a league-leading 27.1 points to go with 10.5 rebounds (third in the league) while shooting 58.2% from the field (fifth in the league). Harris was the first-Viper to ever play in the NBA Development League All-Star Game. He earned NBA Development League Player of the Month for January and Performer of the Week twice this season.

Since earning his third GATORADE Call-Up of the season and second to the Rockets on March 24, Harris is averaging 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in six games. Overall with the Rockets, Harris is averaging 3.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in eight games. Including Harris' GATORADE Call-Up to the Washington Wizards, when he signed a 10-day contract, Harris is averaging 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 7.4 minutes in 13 NBA games this season. Harris previously played for the Rockets during 17 regular season and three playoff games in 2008.


Courtesy of The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (taken from www.oursportscentral.com)


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Zeigler signs new contract with Central Michigan - by Eurobasket News
Ernie Zeigler, who coached Central Michigan to its first back-to-back Mid-American Conference West Division basketball championships this season, has agreed to a new 4-year contract with the university.

The agreement replaces the final year of Zeigler's current contract. It will keep him with the Chippewas through the 2013-14 season.

Tuesday's announcement comes the day before Zeigler's son, Trey, plans to disclose where he will attend college next season. The 6-foot-6 senior at Mount Pleasant High School was the runner-up for this year's Mr. Basketball award honoring Michigan's top high school player.

Ernie Zeigler has led Central Michigan to a 54-69 record over four seasons. The Chippewas have reached the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament each of those years.

Zeigler will earn a base salary of $175,446 per year.


Courtesy of www.fox28.com


Mississippi State gives Stansbury four-year extension - by Eurobasket News
Rick Stansbury says he interviewed at Clemson but will stay as basketball coach at Mississippi State.

In return, MSU has given Stansbury at four-year extension, the maximum allowed by law.

The 50-year-old Stansbury has been in Starkville 20 years, the first eight as an assistant to Richard Williams. The native of Louisville, Ky., has led MSU to nine 20-plus-win seasons and has made six NCAA tournament appearances.

Clemson first contacted MSU Athletics Director Greg Byrne on Thursday, and Stansbury interviewed with Clemson on Saturday.

Byrne said MSU wants to get Stansbury's contract back to the four-year maximum as allowed by state law, but he did not say a raise would be included.


Courtesy of http://m.si.com


Clemson hires Wright State's Brad Brownell as basketball coach to succeed Oliver Purnell - by Eurobasket News
Brad Brownell of Wright State was hired Tuesday as the basketball coach at Clemson, which is turning to another coach from a mid-major school in Ohio.

Brownell succeeds Oliver Purnell, who was hired in 2003 from Dayton and led Clemson to the past three NCAA tournaments. Purnell surprised Clemson last week when he left to coach DePaul.

Clemson said Brownell was to be introduced Tuesday at an afternoon news conference, where terms of the agreement were to be discussed.

'Brad Brownell is an unbelievable coach,' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. 'He has been a winner everywhere he has been. I am happy to see Brad go to a great school and a great program like Clemson.'

Brownell went 84-45 in four years at Wright State. He led the Raiders to a 20-12 record last year, including 12-6 in the Horizon League. Wright State lost to NCAA tournament runner-up Butler in the conference championship game.

Before arriving at Wright State, Brownell coached UNC-Wilmington and went 83-40 in four seasons.

At Clemson, Purnell was 138-88, including three straight first-round losses in the NCAA tournament. Purnell took a school that was near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference and built it into a contender, although his teams tended to fade down the stretch.

Clemson had only once before made the NCAA tournament in three straight seasons. The Tigers, however, lost each time as the higher-seeded team. Last month, they were beaten by Missouri.

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips learned of Purnell's departure last Tuesday. Phillips spent the week vetting candidates that included former Boston College coach Al Skinner, Wofford coach Mike Young and Tigers interim coach Ron Bradley.

The most serious appeared to be Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State. He said Monday he and his wife met with Phillips and considered jumping from the Southeastern Conference before deciding to remain with the Bulldogs. That left Phillips targeting Brownell, who has won 20 games in each of his past six seasons.

Brownell inherits an inexperienced corps of players, and some challenges. Devin Booker, the brother of star Trevor Booker, has talked about leaving. The family of Tiger signee Marcus Thornton had asked the school for a release from his letter of intent after Purnell's departure.


Courtesy of www.newser.com


Baylor junior forward Ekpe Udoh will enter NBA draft early - by Eurobasket News
Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) plans to bypass his senior season at Baylor and enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 power forward said he hasn't decided on an agent, but does plan to hire one and be available in the June draft. Early projections have Udoh being a possible a lottery pick.

After the Bears' season ended with a loss to eventual national champion Duke in the NCAA South Regional final, Udoh sat down with coach Scott Drew to discuss the future.

'We came to the conclusion that I put myself in the best position possible to reach my dreams,' Udoh said Tuesday. 'My time here was great. It was the best time of my life.'

'When you have a relationship with your head coach that's as strong as coach Drew and I, he was all in. When he was all in, I was ready to go,' Udoh said. 'I'm all in. I'm going to the NBA.'

Udoh averaged 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game this season, his first at Baylor. Udoh, whose self-proclaimed nickname is 'Nightmare,' set a Big 12 record with 133 blocked shots while helping the Bears reach an NCAA regional final.

The season ended for Baylor (28-8) with a 78-71 loss to Duke. Udoh had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in that game.

With Udoh's departure, the Bears have three starters gone from the team that got within one victory of the Final Four. Point guard Tweety Carter (FSY) and 7-foot center Josh Lomers (FSY) were both seniors.

LaceDarius Dunn, who was Baylor's leading scorer as a junior this season, hasn't yet announced whether he will return for his senior season or go pro.

Udoh, who turns 23 next month, played two seasons at Michigan before transferring to Baylor.

In 67 games at Michigan, Udoh averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while scoring at least 10 points only nine times. He left a year after coach Tommy Amaker departed and then had to sit out the 2008-09 season, when the Wolverines made it to the NCAA tournament and Baylor advanced to the NIT final at Madison Square Garden.

Udoh, whose name is pronounced EHP'-ay YOO'-doh, had 16 double-doubles for Baylor. He scored in double figures 26 games.

His nickname came from a practice at Baylor while he was redshirting, when one of his teammates said something about his dominating presence and Udoh responded 'I'm a nightmare.' The nickname stuck.

Udoh, the son of Nigerian immigrants who grew up in Edmond, Okla., wore No. 13 for the Bears his middle name is Friday.

He quickly became a fan favorite at Baylor, where students started wearing horror film-inspired hockey masks during home games.


Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Wake Forest tabs Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik as new basketball coach - by Eurobasket News
Wake Forest has hired Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik as the Demon Deacons' new men's basketball coach.

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn told The Associated Press that Bzdelik confirmed Tuesday night he was taking the position.

The school has called a 10 a.m EDT news conference to introduce its new coach.

Bzdelik spent 2 seasons coaching the NBA's Denver Nuggets and most recently went 36-58 in three seasons at Colorado.

His hiring comes a week after Wake Forest fired Dino Gaudio because of what athletic director Ron Wellman described as a pattern of late-season fades.

Wake Forest focused its search on Bzdelik for most of the week that the job was open. Over the weekend, he emerged as the only publicly known candidate, and he issued a statement Sunday acknowledging that he would speak to school officials about the opening. Bohn said he has been monitoring the Demon Deacons' pursuit of his coach intently over the past few days.

'I'm pleased for Jeff. He was able to move the program forward,' Bohn said in a phone interview. 'He wanted to be in that part of the country.'

The 57-year-old Bzdelik is no stranger to either his new boss or his new employer his daughter is enrolled at Wake Forest. Bzdelik and Wellman have known each other for roughly three decades, since they were at Northwestern in the early 1980s Wellman as the baseball coach and Bzdelik as a men's basketball assistant.

Bzdelik started his coaching career in the late 1970s at Davidson, an hour's drive south of the Wake Forest campus.

Wake Forest will be paying a pair of men's basketball coaches this season. Gaudio was fired a week ago, six months after his contract was extended through 2013-14. In discussing the firing, Wellman said the buyout clause in the ex-coach's deal 'will be honored, most definitely.' Terms were not disclosed.

Gaudio had a three-year record of 61-31 but a combined mark of 1-5 in ACC and NCAA tournament games. His dismissal came 15 months after he guided the Demon Deacons to their second No. 1 national ranking in school history and 2 weeks after a 30-point loss to Kentucky in the second round of the East Regional. The Demon Deacons have won multiple NCAA tournament games only once since 1996.

Bzdelik signed a five-year deal at Colorado in 2007, and leaves less than a month after the school broke ground on a practice facility. He has a $500,000 buyout in his contract to coach the Buffaloes.

His 15-16 record this past season was an improvement. Colorado lost 22 games in 2008-09 and 20 the year before that.

Bohn said he plans to organize a search committee as soon as Wednesday.

'We've got great young men, a close-knit group who've dedicated themselves to Colorado,' Bohn said. 'We're going to work our tails off to get them a great coach.'

One of the names that may surface is Buffaloes associate head coach Steve McClain, who joined the staff in 2007 after serving as coach at Wyoming for nearly a decade.

'We have a lot of respect for Steve,' Bohn said. 'We anticipate him being in the mix.'

Bohn is no stranger to coaching searches these days. He brought in former Colorado player Linda Lappe on Monday to take over the women's basketball program.

'We've been preparing for this,' Bohn said.

Before taking over at Colorado, Bzdelik found plenty of success during a two-year stint at Air Force, where he was 50-16. He led the Falcons to the NCAA tournament in 2006 and to the Final Four of the NIT the following season.

He has not been to the postseason since the 2007 NIT. That season, those Falcons gave Wake Forest its most lopsided nonconference loss of the modern era when it routed Skip Prosser's Demon Deacons 94-58 in November 2006.

Bzdelik is 0-1 as a head coach in the NCAA tournament, with his Air Force team losing to Illinois in the first round in 2006. He was 50-16 in two seasons at the academy, and was 73-119 with the Nuggets from 2002-04.

Now he's expected to take over a program with a reputation for attracting NBA-caliber players. Guard Jeff Teague and forward James Johnson jumped to the pros last year after their sophomore seasons, and Al-Farouq Aminu announced plans to leave early two weeks ago.

Among the new coach's next challenges: Keeping an incoming five-man recruiting class considered one of the nation's best by the recruiting services, and getting to know the unsigned high school seniors-to-be who will make up the class of 2011.


Coutesy of www.latimes.com


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Burger King NZ Breakers confirm signing of Mika Vukona - by Eurobasket News
The Burger King NZ Breakers have further underlined their championship aspirations next NBL season with the signing of Tall Black and former Breaker Mika Vukona (197-F-82).

In a move that further moves the Breakers ahead of the game with regards finalising their roster for the new season, Vukona is the last of eight local players that will be signed, with just two import positions to be filled closer to the September start of the season.

Breakers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis is clearly delighted to have enticed Vukona to return to the club he last played for in 2007/08.

Im really pleased and excited that Mika has decided to be a Breaker again. He has taken his game to another level over the past two seasons and the thought of him wreaking havoc for us again puts a smile on my face. Mika is the perfect fit for the style of basketball we will play this upcoming season.

His ability to defend the length of the floor and multiple positions, his amazing ability to rebound the ball combined with his improved efficiency at the offensive end will be tremendous assets for the team. Im thrilled to have Mika back and I know he will again be a fan favourite how can you not love the way he plays?

Indeed aside from his obvious playing abilities, it is the popularity of the Fijian born forward that will further endear him and the club to local fans.

General Manager Richard Clarke says that is a bonus with the signing.

Mika is not only a great player and as Andrej has said a great fit for the roster but he is a great personality. He plays with incredible passion and brings his own flair to games, as was seen when he played superbly in a losing Gold Coast effort against us late last season.

The response we have had from sponsors and season ticket holders to this news has already been hugely supportive and we expect will help further promote game nights at the North Shore Events Centre.

Bottom line though is we are bringing a player back to the club who has a passion and desire for success. The fact he is a Kiwi is an added bonus and further strengthens the Kiwi aspect to the Breakers roster.

While away with the South Dragons and the Gold Coast Blaze Vukona has shown his value to any team, helping the Dragons to the NBL title in 2008/09 and the Blaze to the semi finals last season. He is currently playing for Nelson in the Bartercard National Basketball League.

Vukona is delighted to be coming home.

I really wanted to come home, for a number of reasons. I am looking forward to playing with the New Zealand boys, the likes of Tom, Kirk and Dillon. Ive had two great years with two good clubs and working with great coaches. I believe I am a better player now and can add something to this club.

I think I am a better player at the offensive end of the court, that is something I have been working on and defensively I am still learning and cant think of a better player to learn from than Dillon.

My goal though is to win a championship. Im sure any Kiwi player will tell you the same, I have that desire to win an Aussie championship for a Kiwi team - that is the goal.

The signing of Vukona effectively brings an end to the first stage of recruitment for the Breakers and with the season still some four months away, gives the club a head start on most other teams in the league.

All that remains is the addition of two imports to the roster and the confirmation of two development players, both of whom will be New Zealanders.

The Burger King Breakers can confirm the following players have been re-signed to the roster for the 2010-11 season:

CJ Bruton Guard
Paul Henare Guard
Kirk Penney Guard
Corey Webster Guard
Tom Abercrombie Forward
Dillon Boucher Forward
Mika Vukona Forward
Alex Pledger Centre


Courtesy of The Burger King NZ Breakers


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Nicaraguan National Team 2010 - by Kasia
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Troy Watson
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Alvin Camacho
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Servio Abea
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Vansdell Thomas 176-G-86 Tiburones Bancentro Nicaragua
Troy Watson 197-F/C-82 Tiburones Bancentro Nicaragua
Alvin Camacho 191-G/F-78 Tigres de la Universidad de Managua Nicaragua
Servio Abea 191-F-78 Tigres de la Universidad de Managua Nicaragua
Noel Makence 188-G-78 Tiburones Bancentro Nicaragua
Manuel Makence 192-F-83 Jaguares de la UAM Nicaragua
Carlos Gonzalez 177-G-80 Jaguares de la UAM Nicaragua
Walter Roberts 188-F-85 Jaguares de la UAM Nicaragua
Roger Munoz 208-C-84 Jaguares de la UAM Nicaragua
Maycal Abner 198-F-82 Tiburones Bancentro Nicaragua
Jasser Jimenez 180-G-83 Tiburones Bancentro Nicaragua


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Baylor junior forward Ekpe Udoh will enter NBA draft early - by Eurobasket News
Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) plans to bypass his senior season at Baylor and enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 power forward said he hasn't decided on an agent, but does plan to hire one and be available in the June draft. Early projections have Udoh being a possible a lottery pick.

After the Bears' season ended with a loss to eventual national champion Duke in the NCAA South Regional final, Udoh sat down with coach Scott Drew to discuss the future.

'We came to the conclusion that I put myself in the best position possible to reach my dreams,' Udoh said Tuesday. 'My time here was great. It was the best time of my life.'

'When you have a relationship with your head coach that's as strong as coach Drew and I, he was all in. When he was all in, I was ready to go,' Udoh said. 'I'm all in. I'm going to the NBA.'

Udoh averaged 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game this season, his first at Baylor. Udoh, whose self-proclaimed nickname is 'Nightmare,' set a Big 12 record with 133 blocked shots while helping the Bears reach an NCAA regional final.

The season ended for Baylor (28-8) with a 78-71 loss to Duke. Udoh had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in that game.

With Udoh's departure, the Bears have three starters gone from the team that got within one victory of the Final Four. Point guard Tweety Carter (FSY) and 7-foot center Josh Lomers (FSY) were both seniors.

LaceDarius Dunn, who was Baylor's leading scorer as a junior this season, hasn't yet announced whether he will return for his senior season or go pro.

Udoh, who turns 23 next month, played two seasons at Michigan before transferring to Baylor.

In 67 games at Michigan, Udoh averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while scoring at least 10 points only nine times. He left a year after coach Tommy Amaker departed and then had to sit out the 2008-09 season, when the Wolverines made it to the NCAA tournament and Baylor advanced to the NIT final at Madison Square Garden.

Udoh, whose name is pronounced EHP'-ay YOO'-doh, had 16 double-doubles for Baylor. He scored in double figures 26 games.

His nickname came from a practice at Baylor while he was redshirting, when one of his teammates said something about his dominating presence and Udoh responded 'I'm a nightmare.' The nickname stuck.

Udoh, the son of Nigerian immigrants who grew up in Edmond, Okla., wore No. 13 for the Bears his middle name is Friday.

He quickly became a fan favorite at Baylor, where students started wearing horror film-inspired hockey masks during home games.


Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Former Rainman Dandridge gets weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former Halifax Rainmen small forward Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth) has been named Premier Basketball League player of the week.

Dandridge, who now plays for the Rochester RazorSharks, piled up 43 points in a pair of victories last week, including 21 in the first half of Sundays big win over the Puerto Rico Capitanes that helped his club clinch second.

He finished fourth in RazorSharks scoring with 14.1 points per game, including a .433 percentage from three-point range.


Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Heaves bumped by Capitanes - by Eurobasket News
The Vermont Frost Heaves have been eliminated from the PBL playoffs.

After the PBL suddenly decided to readmit the Aerocibo Capitanes to the league, the Frost Heaves found themselves in 5th place in the standings. The top four teams in the league are admitted to the PBL playoffs.

The Frost Heaves finish the 2010 season 12-8 in Joe Salerno's inaugural season as head coach. The Frost Heaves were led in scoring by Marshall Brown who averaged 16.8 points per game, followed by Juwan Bailey at 13.9 points per game and Dwuan Rice at 12.5 points per game. Ross Demasi led the team in Rebounding at 9.2 boards per game.

Both Dwuan Rice and Ross Demasi will participate in the PBL All Star game in Halifax on May 2.

There will be a chance to say goodbye to the players this Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the Barre Aud. basement. Fans can get autographs, have a bite to eat and talk with the players and staff.

If you are a season ticket holder and just purchased playoff tickets, please call Michael Healey at 802-578-7056 and your money will be refunded immediately.

Courtesy of www.timesargus.com


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Al-Ittihad improved to 20-0 record - by Eurobasket News
In the latest round of the Saudi Basketball Premier League 2009/2010 Al-Ittihad improved to 20-0 record after the win over Al-Ansar 70:66 in the postponed game. Al-Hilal is second with 17-3 record beating Al-Massira 99:53.Al-Ansar rolled over Al-Ahli 70:58, while Al-Fath lost to Al-Jabil 83:88. Al-Nahdha overcame Al-Khaleej 78:73 and Al-Wehda grabbed a win over
Al-Nasr 87:82. The next round is scheduled for April 15th.


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ahli 20-0 
 2. Al Hilal 17-3 
 3. Al Naser 16-4 
 4. Ohod 14-6 
 5. Al Ittihad 14-6 
 6. Al Wahda 7-12 
 7. Al Khaleej 7-13 
 8. Al Ansar 7-13 
 9. Al Nahda 6-14 
 10. Al Fateh 6-14 
 11. Al Maseerah 4-16 
 12. Al Jabil 1-18 


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Archibald considering Maclean offer - by Glenn Johnson
Scottish center - Robert Archibald is considering playing for Scotland in their FIBA Division C games in July.
Scotland National coach Iain Maclean has spoked with the Unicaja Malaga Center and offered him the chance to join the Scottish National team trainings in June.
Scotland has been placed in group B of the Division C qualifing round alogside Denmark,Malta and San Marino and has a good chance of qualifing a Division and play in the European Championship Qualifying Round.
Archibald is enjoying a good season with Malaga avreging 7.7 PPG 4RPG in the ACB League and 9.1 PPG 4.3 RPG in the Euroleague.


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Warrior's Organization Prepares for 2010 China Basketball Tour - by Bobby Rouse

The Baseline/Cartersville Warriors organization are rapidly preparing for their Spring 2010 tour to China. This will mark the 4th tour around China for the organization. The team comprised of 10 athletes and staff will depart Atlanta, GA in Mid May and return in early June. Tour organizer and Warrior's General Manager Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) said, 'I'm very excited about another trip to China and to work with China Hoops; It's always an exciting trip both as an cultural and basketball experience'. Any questions concerning the tour, please contact Bobby Rouse at 678-522-1017 or at prohoopsatl@yahoo.com.


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National League - Tough baptism of fire for top-flight newcomers - by Carlos Pereira
MENS top-flight newcomers Razors and RA Herons suffered heavy losses against two former champions in their baptism of fire over the weekend at the Palais des Sports

Premium Cobras and Baya showed no mercy for inexperienced RA Herons and Razors who are now better-informed of the standard of play in the big league and know that life wont be easy for them this season.

Coach Grgoire Scholastiques RA Razors, who beat Beau Vallon Heat in last years play off to earn their place in the top-flight league, not only got beaten 109-30, but also lost Kurtis Marday who was disqualified after picking up two consecutive technical fouls from referee Valli Ismael. Himself a referee, Marday continued to make negative remarks each time referee Ismael called a decision and the same official hit him with another technical foul while on the substitutes bench and he had to go into the stands.
Before leaving, he returned his referees jersey saying he will no longer officiate in local matches. Marday faces a two-match ban for his action.
On the court, Bertrand Alphonse scored nine points to lead RA Herons, while Premium Cobras Nigerian playmaker Michael Ohiero top-scored with 38 points, including five 3-pointers.
Coming off the bench, Darren Lesperance buried six treys for 18 of his 25 points and power forward Dominic Pillay added 14 in Premium Cobras opening win.

Last years division two champions Razors outscored Baya 21-14 in the final quarter, but it was too little too late in a match Baya had already sewn up in the first three quarters.
The final score was 94-55 in favour of coach Michel Malbrooks team, whose centre Robert Lon got 16 consecutive points in the first 10-minute spell to finish with a game-high 27. Baya also got 21 from playmaker Giovanni Laval and 17 from Dave Roseline.
Alex Baron top-scored for coachless Razors with 16 points.
MBU Rockers had two players scoring in double digits skipper Nigel Sinon 16, including eight free throws and swingman Cyril Agrippine 12, including two treys in a 57-48 win over RC Dynamic who got 12 points from both captain Jean-Paul Desaubin and new recruit Karim Crsar.
Sandy Julienne came alive in the fourth quarter with two treys in a row for six of his 12 points as Cascade Bullets, coached by Tony Juliette, beat Mont Fleuri Dawgz 64-57.
Dan Cme had the hot hands for the Bullets with 15 points, including three treys, while captain Biko Biong and playmaker Christopher Camille made 10-point contributions to the win.
Skipper Reggie Ah-Kong netted 17 points for the Dawgz who also got 11 from Jim Cra and seven from former Premium Cobras playmaker Tony Siro Moustache.

Meanwhile, in a mens second division match, Beau Vallon Heat were paced by Rennick Charlette with 13 points in a 59-35 win over five-man army LMS Youth.
G. G. from the Nation


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Friends I've enjoyed throughout my basketball career - by TJ Bannister
Well our season is over and I must say that I really enjoyed my time over here. God put me around a group of people who have changed my life significantly. Sometimes life isn't always about the money, cars, and clothes but its about the simple things and the the important people you have in your life. This season was memorable because not only did I love every single one of my teammates, but the fans, people in the city, the coach, the owner and boss were terrific people. This really felt like a home away from home, we not only ate lunch and dinner together everyday but we just really mingled and shared things with one another about life and went on trips together. I love and thank God for this opportunity of playing here in Komarno and I wouldn't have changed this year for anything in the world. Real and authentic people are hard to come by now a days and I really feel as though I will maintain friendships with my teammates and the people here for the rest of my life. That's saying a lot because I know that people come and go in your life but there are just some people that you will never forget and the people here are like this. I have some friends like that who are actually playing ball overseas now in Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) Alex McClean, Marlon Smith (183-G-85, agency: EM-PA, college: Hunter), Sean Singletary (183-G-85, college: Virginia), Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia), Jamon Lucas Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Virginia Tech), Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia), Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.), Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence), Herman Favors (174-G-84, college: Georgia St.), Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Memphis), Igor Salamun (186-G-85), Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW), and David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois)...the list goes on but I just wanted to mention those people in my note because they're good friends of mine. Not to mention my entire team I'm on this season are great people, but I'm just so thankful and can't stop saying it enough. So the purpose of me writing this note is to tell you how much fun I've had playing overseas this season and how we should value friendships and relationships that we have with people. Never take a true friend for granted or an opportunity that you come across because a lot of people never get the chance to experience it. Also make sure you always give thanks to God, your parents, and the people who have helped you along the way because without them none of this would be possible, and even though some say they did it on there own. We all know the truth that this is definitely not the case and I'm a child of God and a very thankful one, so that's why I'm expressing myself like this. Have a great rest of the week and call someone you care about to let them know how much you love and care about them.

Extraliga Round: 5 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - B.Bystrica 75-54
Nitra held off Banska Bystrica behind 22 points from Clifford Crawford (194-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) provided 19 points as Nitra punched the semifinal ticket. Matas Niparavicius responded with 18 points and 6 caroms for Banska Bystrica in the loss.

Nova Ves - Prievidza 83-82
Nova Ves outscored Prievidza in overtime to advance to the semis. Michal Batka (204-C-87, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) scored 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) and David Demecko added 14 points each in the winning charge. Ali Thomas responded with 28 points, 12 boards and 5 assists to pace Prievidza. Jeremy Fears accounted for 21 points in the loss.



Interview with T.J. Bannister - by Tomas Kottra
First of all, I will begin with your personal success - the trophy of MVP for month of February. Congrats for it, you really deserved it for your phenomenal passes and scoring ability. But which part of your play do you like and appreciate the most?
Well first and foremost I'd like to thank God because he gave me the ability to play basketball and without Him I am nothing. And thank you but I also feel that I have to thank Christopher ( the owner), Hugo (the boss), Julian (assistant coach), and Coach Milan (the head coach) because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here and also without my teammates I wouldn't have been able to accomplish an award like this because they were on the receiving in on all of my passes. And as for the part of my game I like the most...I love to pass and keep my teammates happy and I'm a very unselfish player.
You started the season in Shalke 04 in German ProA. Where are the biggest differences between these two leagues?
I'd say the difference is that this league is a little stronger and the Big men can actually shoot 2 pointers which I've never seen before...and also the play is a little bit faster-
Now the Play-offs are at the door, we know the opponent, matches are scheduled, the only thing left are plans of our team. Is there any goal given by management, or every another success will mean surpass of the plans for the season?
No there aren't really any plans except to go out and give 110% and play as hard as possible so we can go far in the playoffs. Coach Milan and Julian have come up with a great game plan for our first opponent Handlova so I'm excited to play them and take care of business. As long as we stick to the game plan, we will come out victorious.
You have played enough games to have your own realistic vision, what this team can achieve this season, so in your opinion, where are the limits?
Like my mom and dad always told me, the Sky's is the Limit, we have a great coaching staff and I have great teammates and we all play hard so we can definitely go far. I really feel that we have one of the best teams in this league, and I'm not saying that just because I play for Komarno but I really believe that. Marcel is a great shooter, Richard is a great defender who can also shoot, Igor does all of the little things on the court to help the team win, Vlado is just a tough son of a gun, I've never played with someone who plays as hard as Vlado, Kino is a great rebounder, shot blocker, and scorer, Kubo is a great shooter, Jury is also a great defender, Maslow is a great younger player, Michael and Gabo both can shoot and play hard and they do whatever coach tells them to do, and then there's me, I do whatever it takes for the team to win. It's not about me but about the team.
Hows the atmosphere in team? We met a few times outside and you guys look like a good crew.
This is the closest I've ever been with any team I've ever player for besides the team I played for when I was younger with my dad. However, I love the guys on the team, there isn't one player on the team who I don't like and I thank God for putting me in a situation like this and around so many nice people-
This is my personal interest You got very good free throw numbers. Home fans are always quiet when player is taking them,. Is it not causing stronger psychological pressure for you?
Ha ha ha no not at all...I've always practiced on my game and I actually practice drills where I have to shoot freethrows when the game is on the line of I have to make a certain number. So it's just like practice you know, I block out everything and take my time-
And the last one Julin Betko and his role in the team. He is still signed as active player, but the biggest impact he had last months was as a coach assistant. Is there any possibility for him to play, or this position fits him better at the time?
Well Julian has been great for me, he and I are around the same age but he has a lot of knowledge about the game. Also there are some things that I don't notice when I'm on the court and he'll bring me aside and say TJ I think this might work if you try it, so he helps me out a lot and its a blessing to have him here. As for him playing again, I think its better for him to coach because he really has a passion to do it, and I feel like this may be what God wanted him to do all along-
Is there anything more, you want to tell?
Sure, God has been very good to me and I would trade being in Komarno for anything. I love the fans and the people here so much, it feels just like home. Some of my friends are playing in france, germany, etc and they tell me how much they hate it there, but I tell them how much I love it here. So thank you to God, Christopher, Hugo, Coach Milan, Julian, and my teammates esp Igor for being like family to me and Igor is my new adopted brother lol...

T.J. Bannister (180-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty)
source: LOOKmagazine
For Slovak version check: http://www.lookmag.sk/online/?cat=11


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Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Hyo-Bum Kim
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Dong-Wook Kim
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Bryant Dunston
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Seung-Kyun Choo
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Ivan Johnson
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Player of the Year: Dunston Bryant (201-F/C-86) of Mobis Phoebus
Guard of the Year: Kim Hyo-Bum (195-G-83) of Mobis Phoebus
Forward of the Year: Kim Dong-Wook (197-F-80) of Mobis
Center of the Year: Dunston Bryant of Mobis
Domestic Player of the Year: Kim Dong-Wook of Mobis Phoebus
Import Player of the Year: Dunston Bryant
Defensive Player of the Year: Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84) of Mobis Phoebus
Coach of the Year: Yoo Jae Hak of Mobis Phoebus

1st Team
Kim Hyo-Bum (195-G-83) of Mobis Phoebus
Kim Dong-Wook (197-F-80) of Mobis
Dunston Bryant (201-F/C-86) of Mobis Phoebus
Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) of KCC Egis
Johnson Ivan (203-C-84) of KCC Egis

2nd Team
Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) of KCC Egis
Leather Terrence (204-C-81) of KCC Egis
Johnson Jasper (201-C-83) of Sonic Boom KT
Woo Ji-Won (191-F-73) of Mobis Phoebus
Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) of Dongbu Promy
Greg Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG S

Honorable Mention
Pyo Myung-Il (182-G-75) of Dongbu Promy
Shin Ki-Sung (180-G-75) of Sonic Boom
Lee Kyu Sup (198-F-77) of Samsung
Song Young-Jin (198-C/F-78) of Sonic Boom
Greg Stevenson of LG Sakers
Akins Tony (180-G-80) of KCC Egis
Alexander Chris (216-C-80) of Changwon LG Sakers



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Akropol Basket wins Basketettan title - by Eurobasket News
Akropol Basket was better than Nassjo in the Big Final of Basketettan wining the title for season 2009/10. Akropol celebrated 82-78 OT win getting 23 points from Omar Keti. Inya Nkama (194-F-81) had 16 pts in this victory and Abram Viklund (196-F) added 14. In Nassjo, Ernest Turner (188-G-81, college: Maine) had 19 points.
In the battle for third place, Eagles outplayed Blackeberg 74-62.



Akropol Basket - Nassjo 82 - 78
(28 - 24, 10 - 23, 20 - 18, 16 - 9, 8 - 4)

Akropol: Omar Keti 23, Inya Nkama 16, Abram Viklund 14, Eyobel Teckle 11, Thanasis Kalpakas 10, Hernan Pastrana 6, Pietro Baioni 2
Nassjo: Ernest Turner 19, Srdjan Damjanovic 15, Gustaf Lindsten 11, Christoffer Andersson 10, Arian Nasser 8, Smeds Mika 4, Karl Nilsson 4, Fredrik Heikkanen 3, Filip Sjstrm 2, Tanju Yulman 2



Norrkoping Dolphins and Plannja Basket are 2-1 up in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins and Plannja Basket managed to take 2-1 lead against their rivals in the Playoff Semifinals.
Norrkoping Dolphins had no troubles to beat Solna Vikings 105-72 last night. The hosts dominated from the beginning and they won every single quarter of this game. Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the Dolphins with 25 points. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) followed him with 19 and Joakim Kjellbom added 12 pts. On the other side, Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) delivered 19 pts.
Plannja Basket was better that Uppsala 77-66 also last night. The hosts celebrated thanks to nice played second half. After 20 minutes of play it was Uppsala who held 37-38 lead, but the hosts replied in third period with 21-15. For rest of the way they made 19-13 for comfortable win at the end. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue) led Plannja with 20 points. Hakan Larsson (184-G-74) followed him with 3 points less. Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist) replied with 17 points in defeat.
Fourth games are scheduled for April 16.



Norrkoping Dolphins - Solna Vikings 105 - 72
Norrkoping:
Mikael Lindquist 25, George Gervin 19, Joakim Kjellbom 12, Kenneth Grant 9, Fred Drains 8, Anton Saks 7, Bojan Atanasoski 6, Joseph McNaull 6, Oladapo Ayuba 5, Pontus Krantz 3, Fredrik Rauge 3, Mikko Riipinen 2
Solna: Andrew Mitchell 19, Rudy Mbemba 11, Martin Pahlmblad 11, Lesli Myrthil 8, Idong Ibok 8, Helgi Magnusson 6, Alexander Lindqvist 4, Jonas Ghebremeskel 2, Sebastian Persson 2, Samuel Desport


Plannja Basket - Uppsala Basket 77 - 66
Plannja:
Brandon McKnight 20, Hakan Larsson 17, Johan Akesson 15, John Rosendahl 12, Jim Enbom 5, Christoffer Ryan 4, Vesa Makalainen 4
Uppsala: Gordon Watt 17, Andreas Person 16, Anton Gaddefors 11, Fredrik Jonzen 9, Viktor Gaddefors 7, Howard Frier 3, Marko Djuric 2, Mannos Nakos



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Quarter-Finals playoff - by Luca Maffioli
Saturday will start the LNA playoff. Lugano Tigers, 1st of LNA championship, versus Geneva Devils. Last chance for Geneva Devils because next season Devils and MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket will merge the teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic vs BBC Monthey and Starwings Basket Regio Basel, which won the Swiss Cup last sunday, will be face off against Sdent BBC Nyon. Last game of 1st round playoff will be the 'Canton Ticino's derby' SAV Vacallo Basket vs SAM Basket Massagno (without the american forward of SAM Basket Massagno Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) for cruciate ligament injury).

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Oilers bounce back to sink Warriors - by Carlos Pereira
Lusajo Samuel scored 29 points to spark Oilers past Morogoros Young Warriors 87-47 in a National Basketball League game played at the National Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Oilers, who were smarting from a slim 70-65 defeat to Savio, dominated the proceedings from the start.
Their determination and discipline helped them lead 19-12 until the end of the first quarter.
Young Warriors went to the court with a sense of confidence following their victory over Spurs in the opening tie, but failed to guard marauding Oilers playmakers who stretched the lead to 45-26 until the interval.
After the recess, the Dar es Salaam giants continued to trouble the Morogoro team and managed to add 16 points as opposed to 11 of the Warriors.
Young Warriors run out of steam in the final quarter after conceding 26 more points that sealed the Oilers deserved win.
Oilers gutsy playmaker Dominic Zachariah was outstanding in grabbing, assisting and scoring. He bagged 18 points for his side.
The Morogoro boys played well, but they paid the price for lacking sharpness in front of the basket.
Their points were scored by Deo Kipiki who chalked 13 while his teammate Abraham Ngatingwa fired eight points only.


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Krauser sign with New Zealand team - by David Edole
Basketball champions Waikato Pistons have wasted no time in replacing import Eric Devendorf who went from sinner to Saint.

While Devendorf was picked up by the Wellington Saints yesterday following his release by the Pistons, the two-time defending champions have already replaced him with another American, one more suited to their style.

Twenty-eight-year-old point guard Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) was yesterday announced as Devendorf's replacement and should be with the side for their next game, a top-of-the-table clash with the Harbour Heat at Hamilton Boys' High School next Thursday.

It is understood Krauser's involvement in that game is subject to paperwork being completed by his last professional club in Venezuela.

The Pistons claim Devendorf was released because his style of play did not suit coach Dean Vickerman's game plan.

They told the Waikato Times Devendorf's questioning by police following a late-night incident in a Napier bar last week was not the reason.

They said the 22-year-old, who scored 49 points on his Pistons debut, had been released and he was already on the way out before the Hawke's Bay incident.

Krauser is a 1.90m, 91kg point guard with a commitment to hard work, according to his profile sent to the Pistons.

He went to the University of Pittsburgh where he played 93 games and scored 12 points a game and dished out five assists a game.

He then went on to play for the Pittsburgh Xplosion in the Continental Basketball Association.

Krauser is from the The Bronx and as a youngster was known for practising 1000 jump shots every night.

He was also a 2-0 amateur boxer before giving it up to focus on basketball.

He's a historian of the game and can perform a variety of ball handling tricks.



Salim Ross named player of the year - by David Edole
ST. CROIX --Why is it so hard to guard a left handed basketball player? Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks is a beast and Manu Ginobili is totally unpredictable. St. Croix Educational Complex has a player that is a little bit of both and he was named Virgin Islands High School player of the year. Salim Ross (92) has quietly put together a season that he would not forget in a long time. Ross was named MVP of the Martin Luther Basketball Tournament and with him at the helm the Barracudas only lost three games all season. Ross had 18 points to lead Complex past Central in the finals of the MLK.
Rosss value goes beyond scoring; he is a great defensive player. He probably led the league in steal with about five per game. He rebounds well for a guard and hits three point shots in a high percentage.
This is the second time in my brief history of putting this team together that Ross was a unanimous selection as player of the year.
Joining Ross on the first team was teammate Terrell Christian. Ross is the Lightning and Christian is the Thunder. Christian does the dirty work, he rebounds, blocked shots and likes to dunk on people. I have never seen someone go for a dunk as much as this guy. He loves it when his teammate throws the lob. Christian recently ventured to Denver, Colorado to play AAU ball at the Chauncey Billups classic and he put on a show. Christian was the talk and he probably averaged a double-double in the Virgin Islands play. Speaking of double-double, the king Javier Martinez (93) is the first freshman on the boys side to be named to the first team. Martinez is dangerous on the block; he has jump hooks and also has a dangerous mid range jump shot.
How did Martinez get to be so dominant so fast, give credit to point guard Kadeem Jones (94). I have one word to describe Jones, TOUGH. When he is out on a basketball court it is like a conductor conducting an orchestra. Jones basketball IQ probably comes from his father Paul Ice Jones. Ice was a big time baller in the territory. Jones really showed his offensive game in AIbonito Tournament (Puerto RIco) when Central edged Educational Complex, 36-34, in the championship game. Jones was named MVP.
Rounding out the first five is Charlotte Amalies beast Charles Pemberton (92). Pemberton is the best big man in the territory. The 6-foot-5 forward is big (230 pounds) and strong. He was Charlotte Amalies best scoring option and averaged 17 points per game and 14 boards. Pembertons weapon of choice is his left hand; he loves to use it and is dangerous with it.
Pembertons side kick Merwin Potter (93), who was named MVP last season has dropped back to second team. Potter had a good season, he finished second on the Hawks in scoring with 15 points per outing but had to use a big second half of the season. Potter is virtually unstoppable getting to the basket and helped bring CAHS back from the brink to a respectable season.
Sophomore Xavier Richards and Senior center Aubrey Dawson are Eudora Keans contribution to the second team. X-man is tough, hard nose player. He had 24 points in a loss to Charlotte Amalie in the deciding game for the St. Thomas-St. John district. Dawson had 8 points of 11 in the fourth quarter in Kean only win over Charlotte Amalie.
Sharp shooters Taaron Jones (G-91) and Stephen Oreilly complete the second squad. Jones finished the season second on Central in scoring (16ppg). Jones was Centrals back-up point guard and the territorys most dangerous shooter. Talk about shooting, Brandon Oreilly tried to pull a Stephen Oreilly. The senior guard did not score 76 points in a game but rained 11 three pointers on seventh day Adventist School. Oreilly came out of nowhere to lead Country Day in scoring (21 ppg).
The guy with the world of talent Amadius Der-weer leads the third team. Der-weer really began to put things together in the last quarter of the season. He had 19 points to lead Central to the district win. Educational Complexs Timoi Francis was named to the third team. Francis is more of a scoring point and had 19 points in a win over Eudora Kean. Shaquille Bruno is Eudora Keans glue guy. St. Thomas best point guard Arsenio Watlington, of Ss. Peter and Paul, and All Saints post Jelani Foy rounds out the unit. Both players will attend Daytona Community College on a baseball scholarship.

ALL V.I. FIRST TEAM
F 6-4, Sr., Terrell Christian, Educational Complex
F 6-5, Sr., Charles Pemberton, Charlotte Amalie
F 6-4, Fr., Javier Martinez, Central High
G 6-0, Sr., Salim Ross, Educational Complex
G 5-6, Jr., Kadeem Jones, Central High

ALL V.I. SECOND TEAM
F 6-2 Jr., Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
F 6-0, Soph., Xavier Richards, Eudora Kean
G 6-0, Sr., Taaron Jones, Central High
G 5-10, Sr., Brandon Oreilly, Country Day
C, 6-9, Sr., Aubrey Dawson, Eudora Kean

ALL V.I. THIRD TEAM
F 6-5, Soph., Amadius Der-Weer, Central High
G 6-0, Sr., Shaquille Bruno, Eudora Kean
F 6-3, Sr., Jelani Foy, All Saints
G 6-0, Sr., Timoi Francis, Educational Complex
G 5-6, Sr., Arsenio Watlington, Ss. Peter and Paul

Honorable Mention: Bryan Brady (All Saints), Michael Venzen (Sts. Peter and Paul), Tyler Gray (Sts. Peter and Paul), Charles Sealy (Country Day), Michael McDonald (Country Day), Rasheed Swanston (Central High), Chris Sealy (Educational Complex), Warren Brooks (Educational Complex), Shakeem Freeman (Eudora Kean), Glenn Blyden (Eudora Kean), Dornell Weaver (Antilles), Andrew Cassaza (Antilles), Kisho Gumbs, Charlotte Amalie, Elvis Richardson Jr. (Charlotte Amalie),

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
The Individual Awards was voted by five people who are some of the biggest basketball fans in the territory. Two are from St. Croix and St. Thomas and the other is a transplant from the United States. The player with the most votes receives the award.

Tim Duncan Player of the Year Award: Salim Ross, Educational Complex
Comment: All five voters voted unanimously for Salim Ross. This is the second time this has happened. Ross was named Martin Luther King Tournament most valuable player and Educational Complex had only three losses on the season.

Raja Bell Defensive Player of the Year Award: Aubrey Dawson, Kean
Comment: Blocks anything that comes his way.

Holman Harley Lead Guard Award: Kadeem Jones, Central
Comment: A coach on the floor. Clearly the best point guard in the territory.

Fitzroy Brow Shot Blocking Award: Aubrey Dawson, Eudora Kean
Comment: Single handily changed Eudora Keans season.

Ronald Charles Rebounding Award: Charles Pemberton, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: The best glass cleaner in the territory. Windex should have his likeness on its products.

Will 'Pewee' Petersen Shooting Award: Taaron Jones, Central High
Comment: The only player that other teams are scared off when he pulls up.

Glen 'Kimble' Williams Scoring Award: Salim Ross, Educational Complex
Comment: Scores in a variety of ways, put backs, jump shots, occasional three, free throws.

Cuthbert Victor Most Versatile Player Award: Salim Ross, Educational Complex
Comment: Does everything for Complex, plays points, two guard and some three.

Leon Trimmingham Sixth Man Award: Emani Chinouyazue, Central
Comment: No one comes off the bench and has more of an impact.

Danny Cornelius Coach of the Year Award: Pedrito Estril, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Almost lost it there for a bit then righted Charlotte Amalie. Besides Pemby and Potter who are college bound?

Milton M. Newton Territory Champs: Central High School.
Comment: With no Territorial Championship, I once again become the judge, jury and executioner. Central won St. Croix, Charlotte Amalie won St. Thomas. Both teams split their only two meetings on the season. But Central destroyed Charlotte Amalie in the Hawks Nest. It was a trashing. I got to go with Central.



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Burtt's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84, agency: Intercontinental Sports Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye and it's enough to give him a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 39 points adding five rebounds and six assists for his team's victory, helping them to beat Dnipro (#7, 14-12) 100-87. Despite this victory Ferro-ZNTU is on the 2nd position in Ukrainian league. Ferro-ZNTU would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-5 record. In the team's last game Burtt had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Ferro-ZNTU, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.0ppg), assists (4th best: 5.5apg), 59.6% FGP and 42.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). He is American forward in his first season at Ferro-ZNTU. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive 28 points and 8 rebounds. Of course together with Burtt he helped Ferro-ZNTU with another comfortable win 100-87 over the lower-ranked Dnipro (#7, 14-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Ferro-ZNTU to move up to 2nd position in the standings. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 21 matches. Thomas is a newcomer at Ferro-ZNTU and quickly became the teams's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#3). He also registered 10.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Love (188-G-78, agency: Pensack Sports) of MBC Mykolaiv (#8). Love scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Mykolaiv, leading his team to a 89-86 win against the higher-ranked BC Kyiv (#4, 17-9). Mykolaiv needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. He has a great season in Ukraine. After 15 games, Love made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. SeanFinn) (212-C-82 of Halychyna - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist
5. IvanShkurupiy) (200-F-82 of Gryfony - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. JasonCrowe) (193-G-76 of Dnipro - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
7. HasanRizvic) (212-C-84 of Azovmash - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. YuriyLokhmanchuk) (197-G/F-87 of DniproAzot - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. DanielMcClintock) (212-C-77 of Mykolaiv - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. TravisGarrison) (203-F-84 of Khimik - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL - The Magazine - by Andy Webb
The British Basketball League has today (Wednesday April 14) launched a new digital magazine and to celebrate they are giving subscribers the chance to win 5 pairs of BBL Playoff Final tickets!

BBL The Magazine is a free monthly title that is accessed via the leagues official website www.bbl.org.uk and will bring the very best interviews, features, comment and offers to basketball fans across the country.

Making use of magazine page-turning software, BBL The Magazine will enable readers to view photo features in a brand new way, compare player interviews and shortly watch video clips of BBL action.

The first issue has interviews with Newcastle Eagles star Joe Chapman, Sheffield Sharks legend Todd Cauthorn and Essex Pirates head coach Tim Lewis as well as comment from several leading basketball writers.

Andy Webb, Chief Operating Officer of the BBL, said: Were very excited about the launch of BBL The Magazine. It will complement the way we communicate with fans of basketball.

It has been a very strong season for the league with a tight battle at the top of the table and close races for many of the play-off positions. The Magazine is a great way of sharing the excitement and passion that the sport brings to families around Great Britain.

BBL The Magazine editor Richard Fidler said: There has been a lot of hard work from many people for the first issue to go live. Designer Simon Hoult has done a terrific job and were pleased with the way it looks and reads. It gives us a great platform for adding new features during forthcoming issues.

To be in with your chance of winning a pair of tickets to the BBL Playoff Final simply subscribe to the magazine via www.bbl.org.uk. Subscribers to the magazine will receive immediate access to future issues direct from their Inbox.



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  WBA   


Marietta Storm Release Information on Upcoming Tryout Camp - by Joe Myers
The Marietta (Ga.) Storm, one of four new franchises in the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) this season, has set the time and place for its upcoming tryout camp.

The Storm will hold its tryout camp April 24 at the West Cobb YMCA in Acowrth, Ga. from 6-10 p.m. The West Cobb YMCA is located at 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane and along with tryouts for the Storm's roster, there will be tryouts held for the Storm's dance team as well. For more information on the tryouts, contact Lionel Garrett at 404-472-4410.


The Storm are one of four WBA teams that will be holding tryouts in the next two weeks. Along with Marietta, the Franklin (Tenn.) Knights, Florida Flight, and Tupelo (Miss.) Rock & Rollers all have free agent camps scheduled ahead of the WBA's season openers May 14.


The Franklin Knights will be holding a camp Wednesday at the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. The camp runs from 8-10 p.m. The Florida Flight, another new team, and the Tupelo Rock & Rollers - who lost in the WBA championship game in 2009 - will both be holding camps April 17. The Flight's tryout will be at the Kissimmee Civic Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., while Tupelo's camp will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Marietta Storm, one of three franchises in the metro Atlanta area, has scheduled a tryout camp for April 24 as well. For more information about a specific team's tryout camp, go to www.wbaball.net and click on the team that interests you.


Each team's tryout camp isn't the only chance the coaches and management have had to look at prospective players.


The WBA's seven teams attended the league's tryout camp that was held last month in the Atlanta area and each franchise selected two players in a draft held after the tryout camp. All draftees were contacted by their respective teams and invited to pre-season camp to earn an active roster spot.


The WBA starts its seventh season with a full slate of three games May 14 and 15 and concludes its opening weekend with a single game May 16. The Gwinnett (Ga.) Majic open defense of their WBA title May 14 with a home game against the Franklin Knights. In the other two games opening night, Tupelo travels to Marietta to take on the Storm and the Decatur (Ga.) Court Kings playing host to the expansion Jacksonville (Fla.) BlueWaves. All three games are scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. There are three more games scheduled for May 15, as Decatur heads to Gwinnett, Jacksonville goes to Marietta and the Florida Flight opens its season on the road at Tupelo. The Decatur-Gwinnett game tips off at 6 p.m., with the other two contests set to start at 7. The league's opening weekend closes out with a single 7 p.m. game pitting Florida against the Franklin Knights in Franklin.


For more information about the WBA Exposure League, go to the league's Web site at www.wbaball.net.


The WBA Exposure League serves as a training ground to develop players on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on exposure, development, community involvement, and most importantly providing an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. Over 400 WBA Players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the D-League and the NBA.


Decatur Court Kings Set to Hold Free Agent Camp - by Joe Myers
The Decatur Court Kings wants you to come out and compete for the opportunity to join our 2010 roster and join us as we compete for our second World Basketball Association title.
Tryouts will be held at Clark Atlanta University April 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Early registration will be $75 and Registration at the door will be $85. Players attending the tryout should wear basketball attire and basketball shoes. Lunch will not be provided. Please note: Announcements of any signing will not be made on site and only serious inquiries are encouraged to attend.
Come Hard or Stay Home.



Storm in the Forecast for Marietta - by Joe Myers
ATLANTA, April 13, 2010 The World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) announces its newest team, the MARIETTA STORM!
On May 14th, the WBAs exciting addition will play its first game against 2009 WBA Championship finalists; the Tupelo, Miss. Rock N Rollers in Marietta. An official Marietta Storm Tryout Camp for men 18 and over will be held at the Northwest Cobb YMCA at 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane in Kennesaw, Ga. April 24 from 6-10 p.m. There will also be tryouts for the Marietta Storms dance team. On-site registration is $50 for basketball and $25 for dancers. Interested parties can email lionel@wbaball.net for more information.
Former Harlem Globetrotter, NBA and international player Lionel Garrett and owner Melvin Breeden promise an action packed season of family friendly entertainment featuring some of the countrys top rising hoop stars, performances by local recording artists, fan interaction, a live DJ, dance team exhibitions and many other special fan surprises!
The NEW Marietta Storm team will provide a fresh form of exciting family fun entertainment for the Marietta community and Cobb County as a whole, said Breeden.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, children 6 and under get in free and any student wearing ANY Marietta team jersey gets in free for the season opener and for $3 for subsequent home games. The Storm offers a VIP ticket for $10, a Family Pack of four tickets at $16 per game, season tickets for $45 and special group rates are available by contacting the Marietta Storm offices at (404) 840-4391. Marietta Storm sponsors include area businesses such as Baileys Pub and Grill, Big Cat Records, Ocular Sports Crossover Mentoring and Trea Day Management & Publicity. Additional partnership opportunities are available.
The mission of the WBA Exposure League is to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, CBA, and international scouts while providing each community with an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. The WBA serves as a training ground to develop players and coaches on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, community involvement and most importantly exposure for the players. Over 400 WBA players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the CBA, D-League, and the NBA.
WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. WBA exposure teams have produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators owner Theo Ratliff, the Rome Gladiators' successful coach Harold Ellis, who in 2009 joined the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff and standout players who made it to the next level, including Jamario Moon and Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs former Magic City Court Kings and now plays with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL. Other star athletes include Josh Powell, who signed with the L.A. Clippers, former Atlanta Hawk Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets.
To support and/or inquire about the thunderous Marietta Storm, visit the official website at www.mariettastorm.com or contact team headquarters at (404) 840-4391. Learn more about the WBA at www.wbaball.net or call the WBA Office directly at 770.904.5081. For media Inquiries contact Trea Davenport, Marietta Storm Director of Media Relations at 678.523.3088 or treadaypr@gmail.com.



WBA Exposure League Teams Hosting Tryout Camps This Week - by Joe Myers
As the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) approaches the start of its seventh season May 14, the seven teams in the league are hard at work filling their roster for the upcoming year.

Four of the seven teams - the Franklin (Tenn.) Knights, Florida Flight, Tupelo (Miss.) Rock & Rollers and the Marietta (Ga.) Storm - have tryouts set for the next two weeks and the other three franchises have held tryout camps and been scouting for talent.


The Franklin Knights, one of four newcomers to the WBA this season, will be holding a pair of tryout camps this week at the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. The camps are set for Monday and Wednesday, running from 8-10 p.m. each night. The Florida Flight, another new team, and the Tupelo Rock & Rollers - who lost in the WBA championship game in 2009 - will both be holding camps April 17. The Flight's tryout will be at the Kissimmee Civic Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., while Tupelo's camp will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Marietta Storm, one of three franchises in the metro Atlanta area, has scheduled a tryout camp for April 24 as well. For more information about a specific team's tryout camp, go to www.wbaball.net and click on the team that interests you.

Each team's tryout camp isn't the only chance the coaches and management have had to look at prospective players. The WBA's seven teams attended the league's tryout camp that was held last month in the Atlanta area and each franchise selected two players in a draft held after the tryout camp. All draftees were contacted by their respective teams and invited to pre-season camp to earn an active roster spot.

The WBA starts its seventh season with a full slate of three games May 14 and 15 and concludes its opening weekend with a single game May 16.

The Gwinnett (Ga.) Majic open defense of their WBA title May 14 with a home game against the Franklin Knights. In the other two games opening night, Tupelo travels to Marietta to take on the Storm and the Decatur (Ga.) Court Kings playing host to the expansion Jacksonville (Fla.) BlueWaves. All three games are scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. There are three more games scheduled for May 15, as Decatur heads to Gwinnett, Jacksonville goes to Marietta and the Florida Flight opens its season on the road at Tupelo. The Decatur-Gwinnett game tips off at 6 p.m., with the other two contests set to start at 7. The league's opening weekend closes out with a single 7 p.m. game pitting Florida against the Franklin Knights in Franklin.

For more information about the WBA Exposure League, go to the league's Web site at www.wbaball.net.

The WBA Exposure League serves as a training ground to develop players on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on exposure, development, community involvement, and most importantly providing an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. Hundreds of former WBA Players have gone on to play professional basketball all over the world including the D-League and NBA.


Flight Add Three Players, Announce 2010 Open Tryout Camp - by Joe Myers
Orlando, FL, April 12, 2010: The Florida Flight staff left the 2010 World Basketball Association Exposure League open tryout with three players: Jacob Carver, Ryen Phipps, and Tyler Simms.
The Flight selected Carver and Phipps in the first and second round respectively. Simms, selected by the Marietta Storm in the second round, was acquired via a trade.

Carver, a 5'11' guard who last played at University Christian School in Jacksonville, Florida, sat out the first day of the camp with an injured ankle, but impressed on day two.

'Jacob was drawing charges, passing the ball well, and taking smart shots,' said Mark King, Co-founder and President of the Flight. 'A lot of players were going through the motions. Jacob had an extra bounce in his step.'

Simms, a 6'3' guard and close friend of Carver, showed off his consistent shooting range and basketball IQ.

Phipps, a guard local to the Orlando area, traveled all the way to Lawrenceville, Georgia hoping to impress the Flight staff enough to play in his home town.

'Ryen has been e-mailing me for about a month now,' said King. 'He reminded me of myself. He's undersized, passionate about basketball, and says he's willing to do what it takes to improve. Somebody gave me a shot, and I wanted to extend the same gratitude to Ryen. What he does with it is up to him.'

Carver, Phipps and Simms will take part in the upcoming Florida Flight Open Tryout on April 17, 2010 at the Kissimmee Civic Center, where they will compete against other hopefuls also vying for an active roster spot with the 2010 expansion Flight.

Spaces are still available for the tryout camp. Interested players should visit www.flighthoops.com and download the application. The cost of the camp is $50.00. Applications will be considered the day of the tryout. Space is subject to availability. The cost the day of the tryout will be $100.00 (cash or money orders only).

Those with questions are encouraged to email camps@flighthoops.com.For more information about the Florida Flight, please visit: www.flighthoops.com.


Warrior's Organization Prepares for 2010 China Basketball Tour - by Bobby Rouse

The Baseline/Cartersville Warriors organization are rapidly preparing for their Spring 2010 tour to China. This will mark the 4th tour around China for the organization. The team comprised of 10 athletes and staff will depart Atlanta, GA in Mid May and return in early June. Tour organizer and Warrior's General Manager Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) said, 'I'm very excited about another trip to China and to work with China Hoops; It's always an exciting trip both as an cultural and basketball experience'. Any questions concerning the tour, please contact Bobby Rouse at 678-522-1017 or at prohoopsatl@yahoo.com.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Coach Harrower signs two-year deal with the Spirit - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Bank Spirit has appointed inaugural coach Bernie Harrower to lead the team for another two seasons.

Under Harrowers guidance, the Spirit has made the play-offs for the past two years, having only just missed out in the team s first season.

Bernie has done a great job building a playing group from scratch and developing a style of play that has seen the team be immediately competitive and playing in finals, Spirit chairman Margot Spalding said.

For a new franchise with limited resources to have made the playoffs twice in its first three seasons is a fantastic result.

We believe Bernie is the right person to continue building on whats been a successful introduction to the WNBL.

Harrower said it had been a tough few years establishing a team in such a strong league.

A lot of hard work has gone into getting the Spirit this far and building a team that is able to hold its own on the court, he said.

Weve had some excellent wins and weve been to the playoffs twice, but were all hungry to improve our results enough to host a home final and see if we can get into the second round of the post season.

Were well advanced in retaining the core of last years playing group and our recruitment focus is on getting a bit more size.

If we can be a little bit bigger and work on our consistency then were every chance of playing finals for the third season in a row.

For us to be able to invest strongly our playing group we need the continued support of our corporate and community partners and together well be able to make the next step forward in the finals.

Bendigo is a community that strongly supports its sporting teams and were working to attract new partners to jump on board for the 2010/11 season.


Courtesy of www.bendigoweekly.com


Capitals retain Tolo - by Eurobasket News
Canberra TransACT Capitals Coach Carrie Graf announced the re-signing of Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) for the 2010 /11 WNBL season on Tuesday.

Coach Graf said, 'This will be Marianna's third season as a Canberra TransACT Capital and will see her add to her previous two seasons as one of the Capitals best performed players and her 2009/2010 MVP award with the Capitals. '

This year has already seen Tolo win her second WNBL Championship with the Canberra TransACT Capitals, win the WNBL award as the seasons best shot blocker and retain her position in the Australian Opals Squad for the 2010 World Championships.

Tolo was also named the Capitals Most Valuable Player for the 2009/10 season.


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


Flames star switches to Capitals - by Eurobasket News
Canberra Capitals recruit Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) knew leaving the Sydney Uni Flames to join their arch rivals was a risky move.

But the powerful centre insists leaving the harbour city to join the WNBL champions was the right move for her basketball career.

Canberra coach Carrie Graf will today unveil Batkovic-Brown as her team's marquee signing for the 2010-11 season.

And in a double boost for the Capitals' dream of a hat-trick of titles, rising star Marianna Tolo yesterday agreed to another season with the seven-time champions.

But while Tolo was always likely to re-sign with the club, Batkovic-Brown's decision to move to the capital was a surprise.

She led the Flames to the finals last season, but was forced to watch from the sideline with a knee injury as the Capitals beat Bulleen in the grand final.

''I think it's a nice change, I've got family here and Canberra put a good offer towards getting me here,'' Batkovic-Brown told The Canberra Times yesterday.

''It was hard to leave [Sydney], it's my home.

''But I'm used to being away [from home] nine months of the year ... it's hard, but at the end of the day you've got to do what's best for you.''

Batkovic-Brown's signature was one of the most sought after on the league's free-agent list which was released last month.

And with Lauren Jackson returning to Europe, Abby Bishop joining the Dandenong Rangers and Tracey Beatty's future still unclear, the two-time Olympian is one of the biggest pieces in Graf's 2010-11 championship puzzle.

The 29-year-old has been a crucial member of the Australian Opals for almost a decade and will be in the team's starting five for the world championships later this year.


Courtesy of www.canberratimes.com.au


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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 book a place in the Semifinas and a mathcup with Lukoil. They went to Slavija and did have no troubles defeating them by 38 point margin. Game was practically over by halftime, when the scored stood at 27-55. Visitors did not ease up until the end of the game, rolling over Slavija players 59-97. Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) led Montana with 17 points on the night. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) added 16 points and 16 rebounds while Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F/C-82) also came off the bench to score 16 points for winners. Slavija got 17 points from both Albena Bachkova and Ivana Shikileva but unfortunately no other player reached double digits for them.
Minor managed to force decisive Game 3 as they hosted Beroe 07 and managed to win the match 80-72. It was a closely contested first half in which teams exchanged baskets for most of the first period. Not much changed in the second quarter, but at the halftime it was Minor who was holding onto the slim 40-38 lead. Third quarter proved to be decisive in this match as Minor players went on a string of runs which enabled them to build 67-50 lead with 10 minutes of play. In the final period, hosts managed to hang onto their lead and have routinely closed the game out for the 8 point margin win. Kamelia Mihalkova (182-F-80) poured in 23 points for Minor, while Radmila Nesheva (172-G-81) followed closely with 21 points of the own. On the other side, Beore 07 got 21 point effort from Petja Dzhambazka (178-F-77) as well as 18 from Latasha Bayers. Game 3 is scheduled for April 17.


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ZBL Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - USK Praha 80-77
Frisco Sika erased a 7-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game to tame visiting USK Praha in the CBF Finals opener. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) was intrumental in the decisive run. She finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead Frisco Sika. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Charde Houston responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds for USK Praha. Lindsay Whalen accounted for 20 points in the loss.



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The Finals are set - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm and Aabyhoj will face each other in the Finals of the league. Both teams beat their opponents recently in the Semifinals.
Aabyhoj beat SISU 2-1 in the best-of-three series. In the first game SISU celebrated 77:72 win, while Aabyhoj won the second game 79:53. Aabyhoj needed 53:44 in Game 3 to advance to the Final. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners 15 points, while Muller posted 14. Hesseldal nailed 10, while Deleuran Kristensen followed them with 8 points. Larsen responded with 18 points in the losing effort.
Horsholm also needed three games to beat Amager. Horsholm won the opener 62:53, but lost the second game 62:66. In the decisive game on April 11th Horsholm celebrated 73:62 victory. Trailing 17-19 the hosts managed to win the rest of the game and advanced to the Finals. Kristine Dalgaard (188-F/C-79) erupted with 22 points for the winners and Stec posted 16. Friis nailed 8 points, while Tvermoes Lindholm and Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) posted 7 each. Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) ended up with 20 points in the losing case.
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Eclex Tallinn wins the second game - by Eurobasket News
Eclex Tallinn wins the second game of the Finals over TLU. Last night the winner of the Regular Season produced 86:73 to take 2-0.
Eclex Tallinn opened the game with 24-20 after the opening quarter, but could take only 2-point lead at the halftime. TLU responded with 20-18 in the second period to reduce the gap. Eclex Tallinn pushed the tempo again in the third frame and grabbed 24-20 in the quarter that gave them 6-point advantage entering the last period. With 20-13 they finished the fourth period and won the game.
Eclex Tallinn showed 54% from the field, while the hosts had 39.6%. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) exploded with 30 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Kaia Kosk (178-G-89, college: E.Kentucky) posted 15 and Solveig Keskula netted 11. Anastassia Ptitsona (170-G-91) notched 10, while three other teammates brought 5 each. Annika Kooster answered with 16 points and 11 caroms in the losing effort. Rosemary Rits (180-F-92) produced 15 points in defeat, whilst three other players scored 10 apiece.
Game 3 is set for April 21st.



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D1 Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Catz - PeKa 76-71
Catz earned the second straight win in the Finals. They prevailed against PeKa at home court. Elisa Bue (180-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the hosts. Elena Reshetko (184-C-86) added 18 points and 11 caroms for the winning side. Lisa Lee responded with 29 points, 17 rebounds and 6 steals for PeKa. Taru Tuukkanen accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.



Catz took the leed - by Esko Saarinen
Catz (Lappeenranta) won the second time in womens championships final and has a chance to win the tittle on Friday in the next match. Today in Lappeenranta Catz won 76-71 (42-29) and was better in the whole match. PeKa played well in third quarter, but that was not enough. The star in the match was nervous and both teams missed lot of shootings. Catz were better with 50 % in 2-points shoots (PeKa 23,3) and in the half time Catz led with 13 points. After that PeKa started high show and after 4.30 played the atch was 45-45. That was only Lisa Lee and Taru Tuukkanen, who scored in that quarter. Both girls were little tired when tha match started to be in the end. So Catz used that with running and played wisely. It was Elena Resetko who scored the important points in the start of fourth quarter. Catz coach Miikka Sopanen said after the match that his team had stronger playing than in the ather matches and Elena and Lisa Bue (USA) were masters of this way. PeKa's (Kotka) coach Seppo Kurki wonderd why the team could not play the whole 40 minutes well, now first 20's were awful. Catz had Bue (19/13), Resetko (18/11), Juta Jahilo (13/4) and Yelena Solovyena (RUS) (10/13) were best players in the team. PeKa's side there were Lisa Lee (29/17) and Taru Tuukkanen (23/6) high above the others.

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MiZo joins MBK Euroleasing in the Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs - Szeged 73-65
MiZo Pecs managed to beat Szeged in decisive Game 3 and to book a spot for the Playoff Finals. Szeged made a surprise in Game 2 and they came to Pecs yesterday to create another one, but that didn't happen. The hosts demonstrated pretty good performance celebrating 8-point win and they will meet MKB Euroleasing in the Finals. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) stepped up for the hosts last night with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) also had very important role as she scored 13 points in just 14 minutes on the court. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) this time helped with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) shined with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Olena Zherzherunova and Emoke Furesz had 12 and 11 points respectively. Visitors had slightly better first quarter (17-19), but the hosts woke up immediately after that. MiZo players intensified defense limiting Szeged to just 11 second quarter points. On the other side they drained 20 for 37-30 HT lead. Third period was the crucial one last night, as MiZo finished it with 17-10. It means that Dalma Ivanyi and her teammates held comfortable 14-point lead before the last ten minutes. Final quarter belonged to Szeged 19-25, but that was not enough for them.



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  IRELAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Niamh Dwyer
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Rachel Vanderwal
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Lindsay Peat
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Marie Breen
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Player of the Year: Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Guard of the Year: Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Forward of the Year: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of University of Limerick Aughinish
Centre of the Year: Jolie Niland (F-80) of Tolka Rovers
Domestic Player of the Year: Niamh Dwyer of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Defensive Player of the Year: Lindsay Peat (175-G-80) of DCU Mercy
Coach of the Year: Mark Scannell of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork

1st Team
Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of University of Limerick Aughinish
Jolie Niland (F-80) of Tolka Rovers
Lindsay Peat (175-G-80) of DCU Mercy
Marie Breen (185-G/F-85) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork

2nd Team
Shauna O'Connor (182-G-88) of DCU Mercy
Lorraine O'Brien (G-78) of Peugeot Meteors
Claire Rockall (178-G-90) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Sarah Woods (174-G-88) of DCU Mercy
Emma Dyer (190-F-89) of Tolka Rovers

Honorable Mention
Valerie O'Driscoll (175-F-90) of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork
Ann-Marie Healy (191-C-83) of DCU Mercy
Fiona Carrick (178-F-88) of Dart Killester
Alexandra Troy (172-F-90) of Dart Killester
Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) of Bausch and Lomb Wildcats
Eoin McDermott (194-C-87) of Dart Killester Dublin


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  ITALY - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Awards 2009-10 - by Richard
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Adriana Pinto
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Megan Mahoney
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Laura Macchi
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Geraldine Robert
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Brooke Smith
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Player of The Year: Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Club Atletico Faenza
Guard of The Year: Megan Mahoney (183-F-83) of Cras Taranto
Forward of The Year: Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Club Atletico Faenza
Center of The Year: Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Pool Comense
Newcomer of The Year: Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) of Liomatic Umbertide
Most Improved Player of The Year: Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85) of Club Atletico Faenza
Bosman Player of The Year: Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Club Atletico Faenza
Import Player of The Year: Megan Mahoney (183-F-83) of Cras Taranto
Domestic Player of The Year: Laura Macchi (187-F-79) of Famila Wuber Schio
Defensive Player of The Year: Tania Seino (186-F-73) of Acer ERG Priolo
Coach of The Year: Paolo Rossi of Club Atletico Faenza

1st Team
Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) of Club Atletico Faenza
Megan Mahoney (183-F-83) of Cras Taranto
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) of Famila Wuber Schio
Geraldine Robert of Club Atletico Faenza
Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Pool Comense

2nd Team
Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75) of G.M.A. Napoli
Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) of Acer ERG Priolo
Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) of Vomero Basket Napoli
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of Cras Taranto
Marcedes Walker (191-C-86) of G.M.A. Napoli

Honorable Mention Team:
Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) of Famila Wuber Schio
Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73) of Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni
Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) of Umana Reyer Venezia
Marija Eric (164-G-83) of Vomero Basket Napoli
Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) of Umana Reyer Venezia
Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) of Acer ERG Priolo
Nuria Martinez Prat (176-G-84) of Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni
Iciss Tillis (194-F-81) of Famila Wuber Schio

All-Domestic Players Team:
Michelle Greco (176-G-80) of Cras Taranto
Francesca Modica (177-G-81) of Club Atletico Faenza
Simona Ballardini of Umana Reyer Venezia
Laura Macchi of Famila Wuber Schio
Marte Alexander (194-C-76) of Club Atletico Faenza

All-Imports Team:
Adriana Pinto of Club Atletico Faenza
Geraldine Robert of Club Atletico Faenza
Rebekkah Brunson of Cras Taranto
Brooke Smith of Pool Comense
Marcedes Walker of G.M.A. Napoli

All-Bosmans Team:
Nuria Martinez Prat of Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni
Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) of Cras Taranto
Geraldine Robert of Club Atletico Faenza
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto
Florina Pascalau of Acer ERG Priolo

All-Defensive Team:
Beatrice Sciacca (175-G-83) of Club Atletico Faenza
Gunta Basko (181-F-80) of Umana Reyer Venezia
Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) of Umana Reyer Venezia
Tania Seino of Acer ERG Priolo
Bernadette Ngoyisa of Famila Wuber Schio

All-Newcomers Team:
Gaia Gorini (175-G-92)
Chiara Consolini of Liomatic Umbertide
Silvia Favento (185-F-85) of Acer ERG Priolo
Nnena Wabara (183-F-81) of Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni
Francesca Mariani (188-F-85) of ACP Livorno


Taranto and Faenza advance to Playoff Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Umbertide - Taranto 61-81
Taranto advanced to Playoff Semifinals after they beat Umbertide two consecutive times (2-0). In the second meeting the defending champion celebrated 61-81 road win mostly owing to Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown), who scored 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) replied with 18 points for the hosts.

Bracco Geas - Faenza 61-63
Faenza had to work very hard last night in order to beat Bracco Geas and to book a spot for the Playoff Semifinals (0-2). Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) was a key player for Faenza with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) followed her with 12 pts and 6 boards. In Bracco Geas, Clarisse Machanguana delivered 19 pts (6 rebs).

Comense - Familia Schio 63-57
Comense tied the score to 1-1 and teams will meet in decisive Game 3. Angela Zampella (170-G-78, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points, while Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) added 13 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Iciss Tillis collected 15 points and the same number of boards.

Priolo - Umana Reyer 69-61
The score in this series is 1-1 and Umana Reyer will be the host in decisive Game 3. Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) shined for Priolo last night with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) helped with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The team from Venice got 23 points and 6 rebs from Gunta Basko.

Play-out
Vomero NA - Basket Parma 60-58
The last ranked team of the regular season (Vomero) managed to tie the score in this series and Basket Parma will be the host in decisive Game 3. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) was the leading player in victory with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Marija Eric (164-G-83) was the top scorer with 12 pts. Laura Summerton replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds in loss.

Livorno - GMA Napoli 65-67
GMA Napoli is the winner of this series (2-0) mostly owing to Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas), who had 23 points and 7 rebounds last night. Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) helped with double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. For the hosts, Courtney Willis shined with 21 pts and 11 boards.



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  MALTA - Women  


All teams still in the hunt in women's league - by Eurobasket News
All three teams in the Championship Pool are still in with a chance to gain a place in the final after the first match of the second phase of the competition on Sunday saw Hibs Medsea beat Luxol to make up for the upset to Depiro McDonalds two days earlier.

On Friday, Depiro obtained the victory they needed to keep their hopes alive and reach the final.

Hibs could have made sure by beating Depiro but they sorely felt the absence of Doreen Micallef, the injured veteran forward.

Hibs led Depiro 13-11 in the opening quarter but Adrian Mifsud's girls were strong in their reaction and changed ends 38-25 in front as Kaila Agius (183-C-84) led her team's charge with a series of points.

Hibs tried to get back midway through the third session and they succeeded in narrowing the gap to six points 47-41. However, it was all over for them when they lost pivot Maria Desira to injury as Depiro took advantage to run out 67-58 winners.

Against Luxol, Hibs again failed to field their full squad but after a shaky start they upped their game by several notches to forge ahead 27-24 at half-time.

Luxol regained the lead (29-28) at the start of the third quarter.

But, Hibs surpassed that difficult moment to open a 39-32 lead before the last ten minutes got underway.

Luxol were unable to keep the pace and Hibs held on for a crucial 52-48 victory.

Standings: Hibs 25, Luxol 24, Depiro 23.
Today: 18.15 Depiro vs Luxol.
Courtsey of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Colorado hires former All-Big 12 player Lappe - by Eurobasket News
Linda Lappe, a former player and team captain for Colorado, returned to the school Monday as the new coach of the Buffaloes' women's basketball team.

Introduced at a news conference outside the Coors Events Center, Lappe was signed to a five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released. She replaces Kathy McConnell-Miller, who was let go last month after going 65-88 in five seasons.

Lappe played at Colorado from 1998-2003. She was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection and helped Colorado to three straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a spot in the round of eight in 2002.

Lappe spent the last three seasons as head coach at Metropolitan State College in Denver, where she went 50-36. The Roadrunners finished with winning records in each of her three seasons.


Courtesy of ESPN (www.sports.espn.go.com)


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Championship Round
 1. Hit Kran.Gora 26-2 
 2. Merkur Celje 26-2 
 3. AJM Maribor 20-8 
 4. Triglav 13-15 
 5. Ilrija 12-16 
 6. Konjice 8-20 
Classification Round
 1. Jezica 12-12 
 2. Odeja KED 11-13 
 3. Kozmetika Afr. 2-22 
 4. Domzale 2-22 


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  TANZANIA - Women  


Jeshi Stars - 63 Red Lioness - 52 - by Carlos Pereira
In womens category, Jeshi Stars extended their unbeaten run after sinking Red Lioness 63-52 in a nail biting game.
The Lioness started the game to a flier, leading 21-11 in the first quarter, but Jeshi Stars fought back to reduce the lead to 33- 28 until halftime break.
Jeshi Stars continued to regain their composure and eventually tied at 43-43 in the third quarter.
The Lioness will rue missed chances and shaky defending in the final quarter as to allow Jeshi Stars add 20 points that were enough to seal the win.
Faraja Malaki scored 17 points for her side followed by Lucy Augustino with 12 while Red Lioness got their points through Jasmine Bablia (21) and Amina Ahmed (17).
Jeshi Stars also recorded a resounding 98-32 win over hapless Police Dar es Salaam on Monday.


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  WNBA - Women  


Silver Stars ink three players to training camp contracts - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Silver Stars today announced the signing of guards Charel Allen (5'11''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame) and Dee Davis and forward Krystal Vaughn (6'1''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Va Commonwealth) to training camp contracts.
'We are pleased to have such a competitive camp shaping up,' said General Manager Dan Hughes. 'We have admired Krystal, Charel and Dee as we have competed against them in the past and we look forward to getting to know them as part of the Silver Stars in 2010.'

Allen originally was selected in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs and played in six games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. She tallied several season-highs at San Antonio on Sept. 13, including six points, one rebound and one steal; in two games in the 2008 WNBA Playoffs, Allen appeared in three minutes.

Collegiately, Allen finished her career at Notre Dame as the first women's basketball player in school history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 200 steals. Additionally her 1,566 career points ranked her eighth in program history. Allen earned a slew of accolades throughout her career, including Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and first team All-BIG EAST as a senior; WCBA All-America Honorable Mention, first team All-BIG EAST and twice earned BIG EAST Player of the Week recognition as a junior; and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team in addition to one conference Freshman of the Week honor.

Davis, a second round (14th overall) pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, averaged 2.0 points in three games played for the Houston Comets in 2007. The Vanderbilt alumna's best game came against the Indiana Fever on June 6, as she tallied six points on 2-of-2 made three-point field goal attempts in 14 minutes played. Collegiately, Davis was named All-SEC First Team her senior and junior seasons, Associated Press All-SEC Second Team her junior and sophomore seasons and Coaches All-SEC Second Team her sophomore season.

Vaughn, a third round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, played in 15 games for the Washington Mystics and recorded 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 78 minutes played. An alumna of Virginia Commonwealth, Vaughn was the first from her school to be selected in the WNBA Draft. She finished her collegiate career with 1,298 points, a tally that ranked her sixth all-time, in addition to becoming the 16th player in VCU history to score 1,000 career points. Additionally, her 532 points as a senior was the fourth-best single-season tally in program history. For her efforts, she was named first team All-CAA and first team All-Virginia by the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

The Silver Stars open the 2010 regular season on May 15 with a 7 p.m. tip-off against the visiting Atlanta Dream. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $10. Full and partial season ticket plans are also available. Visit www.sasilverstars.com or call (210) 444-5090 for more information.


Courtesy of The San Antonio Silver Stars