EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/7/2010 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


An interesting test match for the Surf - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA The San Diego Surf agreed to schedule a friendly match vs. Philippines Senior National Team. The game will be played on Sunday, April 25th at 7:30 PM in San Diego, California. Just before this game, at 5:15 is scheduled the tipoff of another test match, between the Philippines National Junior Team and the San Diego AAU Boys Under 17 team. For more infoprmatiopns and tickets, check teh official SD Surf website at www.sdsurfhoops.com


RimRockers join ABA and annunce tryouts - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Texas RimRockers have been added to the league and will begin play in December in Denton, Texas. 'We are very pleased to add another excellent organization and team to the powerful Southwest Division,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Jonathan Bentley recently made the announcement at the Denton's Convention and Visitors Bureau office and was very well received. He is a very organized young man and has starting things very quickly. We have no doubt that this will be one of the best organizations in the ABA. We're very excited about this team, one of several new teams we have in the division.' 'We're thrilled to be bringing an ABA team to Denton, one of the truly remarkable cities in Texas,' said Bentley. 'With the increase in population and the diversification of the economy, we believe the market is primed to support high-quality family entertainment at affordable prices. There's no doubt the league is thriving. League attendance is up over 20%, our team sponsorship numbers and team season ticket sales numbers are flourishing, and the ABA continues to provide high-quality players an opportunity to advance their basketball careers.'
GM/Coach Jonathan Bentley has been operating an organization called New Mexico RimRockers Play2Win, an exhibition semi-pro basketball team that gives local players an opportunity to develop their skills so that they can move onto professional status. He prides himself on building a competitive and respectable basketball program with a philosophy of discipline, hard work, and team unity and his teams have had a great winning percentage. Bentley, a native of Philadelphia, serves as CEO of Baseline Sports, LLC, a Los Angeles, CA company that owns the Texas RimRockers.
Only few days after the official announcement above, the RimRockers scheduled two tryout camps in April as they put together their expansion team.The troyut places and dates are:
Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area: Saturday, April 10th, Kidd Recreation Center, 711 W. Canty Street Dallas, from 12-4pm.

Houston/Beaumont Area: Saturday, April 24th, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8825 Kempwood Drive, Houston from 9-2pm.

For more information, call 915 538 8930 or email gorimrockers@live.com
or visit www.gorimrockers.com


Chicago Steam to host visiting team from London, England - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Chicago Steam yesterday announced that its men's and women's team will host 'Team Link' of London, England on Sunday, April 11th at South Surburan College in South Holland, Illinois. 'The ABA is definitely going international,' stated team owner/Head Coach Ron Hicks . 'And we are very excited to be a part of it. Basketball is growing worldwide and it is a very exciting thing for our teams to be able to play teams from other countries as part of the ABA Global initiative.'
The Lady Steam will play at 2pm with Adult tickets priced at $8, kids 12 and up $4 and under 12 free.
The Chicago Steam ABA teqam will play at 5pm, adults $10, kids 12 and up $5 and kids under 12 free.
Get into both games for $15 for adults, $7 for kids. It will be an exciting afternoon of international exhibition basketball. For more information, visit www.chicagosteambasketball.com



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  ARGENTINA   


USA prevail against Argentina - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Argentina U18 61:53
The United State U18 team posted the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They shot down Argentina to climb at 2-1 record. The Latin American team in the meantime dropped their third straight game. Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92) produced 21 points to lead the winners.
The USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They outgunned Argentina 14:11 in the opening frame. But the Latin American side struck right back drawing things level at 25 after twenty minutes. However the third quarter proved the difference. The USA pulled ahead as they scored 23 points in the period and entered the fourth one up by 7. Argentina were able to come up with only 12 points in the final stanza allowing the USA to seal the victory.
Kevin Ware (6'4''-G-93) notched 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Damian Leonard (6'4''-G/F-92) and Royce Woolridge (6'3''-G-92) had 6 points each for the United States. Fernando Podesta (6'9''-C-92) nailed 19 points to pace Argentina. German Ressia (5'11''-G-92) finished with 12 points in the losing effort.

USA: Ryan Boatright 21, Kevin Ware 14, Damian Leonard 6, Royce Woolridge 6
Argentina: Fernando Podesta 19, German Ressia 12



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  AUSTRALIA   


Spain better Australia in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Australia U18 66:61
Spanish team outscored Australia in the third round of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The victory saw Spain improve at 3-0 record, while the Emus slipped at 2-1. Spain will face the USA, while Australia will play against Croatia tomorrow.
The first quarter was an evenly matched contest. The scoreboard read 14:14 ten minutes into the game. The Emus stepped on the gas in the second period. They exploded with 23 points to take a 37:24 lead into the second half. But Spain seemed ready for the challenge. A nearly perfect defensive effort helped the Spaniards turned things around in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. Spain continued to dominate in the fourth quarter and finally tamed the Emus for the third win in a row. Pierre Oriola (206-F-92) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Spain. Albert Ventura (196-F-92) produced 17 points in the winning effort. Jackson Aldridge (185-G-92) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Australia. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) delivered 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Spain: Pierre Oriola 19, Albert Ventura 17, Alex Barrea 8
Australia: Jackson Aldridge 18, Mitchell Creek 15



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  AUSTRIA   


Oberwart Gunners get Charles Gosa in stead of Milan Stegnajic - by Stefan Prager
The Oberwart Gunners got a new player in Forward Charles Gosa (202-F-77, college: N.Mexico St.). Due to Austrian Key Player Rule they had to change him for one of their seven key players. In this case it hit Croatian forward Milan Stegnjaic (205-F/C-82). Gosa played in Hungray last year as well as for a short stint in the 09/10 campaign. Gosa won the Hungarian League Championship with Atomeromu SE Paks in 08/09 and was named Finals MVP. He resigned with Paks in March but couldn't manage to stay there. Gosa knew the Gunners head coach Neno Asceric from playing for Saint Quentin Basketball in the French ProB. The 33 year old Gosa had 10 points and 8 rebounds in his debut for the Gunners when they faced the BasketClubs Vienna. Oberwart has reached the eight and final playoff spot and will face first place Furstenfeld Panthers in the quarterfinals.

A Bundesliga Round: 9 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Arkadia - Kapfenberg 92-90
Arkadia grabbed thriller win against the Bulls mostly owing to Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure), who scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Terrence Roderick (198-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) and Vilmantas Dilys secured a nice help adding 19 and 18 points respectively. On the other side, Kevin Nelson collected 30 points and 5 boards. Arkadia 17-14, Kepfenberg 15-16.

Wels - Klosterneub. 85-89
Valuable win for Klosterneuburg as both teams had 21-9 before this meeting. Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) shined for the guests with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Davor Lamesic netted 23 points each for Wels.

Furstenfeld - Gmunden 82-69
27th win for the Panthers, who got 19 points from Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.). Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) and Shawn Rey followed him with 14 points each. In the loosing squad (23-8), Deteri Mayes netted 18 points and they remain on the second place.

Group B
UBSC Graz - Worthersee 86-81
UBSC Graz joined Worthersee now with 4-27 record. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) was a key player in this victory with 25 points. Alexander Lanegger (192-G-86) added 17 points and 8 assists. For the guests, Philip McCandies collected 22 points and 10 boards.

St.Polten - Vienna 88-74
St Polten secured first place in Group B as they jumped to 18-13 score. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) led the hosts in this game with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth) collected 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat, and his Vienna dropped to 7-24.

Oberwart - Gussing 92-96
12-19 for Gussing and 16-15 for Oberwart after this game. Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) was on fire in victory with 24 points and Jean Francois (197-F-80, college: Georgia Southern) also was great adding one point less. Marcus Heard followed them with 20 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Kelvin Parker exploded with 36 points and 6 boards.



Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Furstenfeld 27-4 
 2. Gmunden 23-8 
 3. Klosterneub. 22-9 
 4. Wels 21-10 
 5. Arkadia 17-14 
 6. Kapfenberg 15-16 
Group B
 1. St.Polten 18-13 
 2. Oberwart 16-15 
 3. Gussing 12-19 
 4. Vienna 7-24 
 5. UBSC Graz 4-27 
 6. Worthersee 4-27 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 17-7 
 2. Charleroi 15-9 
 3. Verviers-Pep. 14-10 
 4. Oostende 13-11 
 5. Aalstar 12-12 
 6. Antwerp 12-12 
 7. M.Hainaut 11-13 
 8. Leuven 8-16 
 9. Gent 6-18 


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  BOSNIA   


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


M.V.P = MOST VALUABLE PERSON - by Chester Mason

Whats up world? i am on my second blog and i named it M.V.P for most valuable person. OK most of Europe already know that i was the M.V.P of the Adriatic league 2009-2010 which is considered one of the 3 best leagues in Europe. And it was a great honor for me to receive this award in a league with so many not good but great players that play in the league. But my most happiest time over here in Europe came a week after receiving the award. I got an invite to go to visited a home for disabled children in physical and mental development in Siroki Brijeg. Going to see those kids was truly beautiful. The looks on there faces when i walked in was amazing. They were so happy to see me that they forgot about everything else. And this made me the most happiest person in the world at that time. Just to put a smile on theses children faces was the best award that i could win this season. Children are treasures to me something special. I am a person who often want to help people who needs help and i do this through my foundation that i have back in America. My life is not just about basketball, God has blessed me with the talent to be a good player and has blessed me even more to be a great person. I find just as much joy in being a helping hand to some one that needs it then to hit a game winning shot. (real talk) I was born and raised in the inner city of Cleveland Ohio which is an very tough environment. and i always give some of the credit of me being a good basketball player and most of all a great person to my city and my environment. I followed and lived by the G-Code my entire life that's why i am the man that i am today.
ok let talk basketball. we are in the second stage of the Bosnia Herzegovina mens national league. this league consist of the top 6 teams in the country. each team play each other twice. and the top four teams go to the playoffs. we are off to an 4-0 start. playing very well as a team. or team defense has been very impressive. so have our team offense. with 6 mores regular season games left we are the clear cut favorite to will the title again this year. my teammates know that we have to stay focus and take each game one at a time to be successful. because in this league surprises and upsets do happen. In the 4 games i am averaging 15points 10rebounds 5assist. playing at the same level in which i was playing in the Adriatic league. I over heard the rumors before the start of this Bosnia league that just because i had a great season in the Adriatic league and that i had teams from all over Europe calling for me for next season that i was going to relax and take it easy in this league. HAHA that was funny... I want to win the championship more then ever this season then i wanted to win it last season. a player legacy here i Europe is not based on his individual statics. Its based on how many championships you won in your career and your winning percentage. HERE IN EUROPE ITS ALL ABOUT WINNING.


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  BRAZIL   


April Showers cancel Intra League game Flamengo/Universo game in Brasilia - by Mel Devonne
Tues April 6 , 2010.
With most of Brasil suffering from heavy rain and flooding over the last few days,
the Inter League games between Flamengo, Uriverso/Brasilia and Argentinas Libertad in Brasilia got hit
by a leaky roof which delayed and finally cancelled the game between Flamengo and Universo which
Flamengo led in the 3rd quarter 63-62.
The second game was also cancelled as the Argentina team Libertad complained of the leaky roof.
Urinverso and Libertad will play Wed at 7pm Brasil time. Games can be seen at www.esportestv.net.
Rio de Janiero has been hit with major flooding and some land slides in some of the Flavelas, which are
found on the side of mountains in the area.
NBB playoffs begin this weekend.


XV DE PIRACICABA Basketball Teamnew roster - by Paulo Freire
The XV DE PIRACICABA Basketball Team has under the coach position Lauriberto Brocco, the Brocaand trainer Leonardo Camargo, as president and manager Roberto Filetti.
The team play their home games at Municipal Waldemar Blatkauskas Gymnasium in Piracicaba and Fans who attend the games must bring an 1 kg of non-perishable food, which will be donated to the Food Bank of the City of Piracicaba.
The Basketball team of XV / Cosan / Bom Peixe / Unimed / Selam also has the support of other companies that are fundamental to the success and continuity of activities from Piracicaba basketball, among them; Emprio do Vov, Nutriplus, Unimep, Aquaplus e Grupo Bom Jesus.


Their 2010 roster is:

Fao Giovannoni (202-F/C-78, college: Mount Olive)

Rodrigo Martins (190-F-81)

Diogo Augusto (183-G-82)

Will Evangelista (G-84)

Leo Messias (90)

Maurilio Neto (C-85)

Diego Mina (89)

Luciano Machado (198-F-85)

Telmo Oliveira (200-C-71)

Fransergio Marques (190-F-81)

Gustavo Ferreira (201-F-82)

RAFAEL MILHOSSI DA SILVA


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  BULGARIA   


Easy win for Lukoil Academic in Samokov - by Valentin Anguelov
Lukoil Academic won its 8th straight win in the championship and confirmed the first place. The champions had no problems defeating Rilski Sportist 96-71 away. By this win they took revenge for the loss in Yambol during the Cup Finals a month ago, and for the one in Samokov earlier in the season.
Lukoil Academic took a big lead in the first half and held on to it. With strong play in defense the champions took a 15-23 lead after the first quarter and then in the second increased it further and were up 31-56 at the break.
So with the winner already decided in the first half, in the second both teams really had to only wait for the buzzer to sound. After the next 20 minutes the difference remained the same and Lukoil took this win at home.
Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) had very strong performance for the winners and finished with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) added 24 and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had double double - 14 points and 12 rebounds.
For the hosts the captain Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) was once again the top performer with 24 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) added 19 points and Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 11.



FULL STATS FROM RILSKI SPORTIST - LUKOIL ACADEMIC GAME



Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 20-3 
 2. Levski 18-5 
 3. Yambol 11-12 
 4. Balkan 11-12 
 5. Cherno More 10-13 
 6. Rila Sport 10-13 
 7. Spartak P. 7-16 
 8. Chernomorets 5-18 


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  CHINA   


China Plays in Consolation Round of Schweitzer Tourney With Chance to Redeem Itself - by Arthur Volbert
China is in Group H of the consolation round of the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim Germany along with New Zealand, Brazil and Japan. The other consolation round, Group H, contains all the strong consolation teams -- France, Greece, Israel and Argentina.

Brazil has lost to Turkey by 15 and Germany U-18 by 13. It defeated Japan by 6. Japan lost to Germany U-18 by 51 and to Turkey by 37. So if China's team has jelled, and its two losses were due to not playing together as a team for long enough, it has an excellent chance to win its group. Then China can prove its true worth by defeating the champion of the other group.

France, for example, defeated USA 67-66, but finished third in its group at 2-1 because of tie breakers.

This summer China will be sending its true Under-17 team to the world championship and its true under-18 team to the Asian championship. We will see then whether the players missing from this team will return.

One possibility is that China has finally confronted its problem with ages and that players like Li Muhao, Sui Ran, and Guo Ailun are actually over age. I'm virtually certain that Zheng Zhun is over age. So China may have done the right thing and eliminated these players from this team because they do not qualify. Then again, I've thought this several times before only to be disappointed. We will know for sure this summer when we see who is on the teams that play in the FIBA championships, the games that really count for China.

Standings Group A

# Team -------G W L Pts
1 Germany U17 3 3 0 6

2 Italy------ 3 2 1 5

3 China------ 3 1 2 4

4 New Zealand 3 0 3 3

Standings - Group B
# Team -------G W L Pts
1 Germany U18 3 3 0 6

2 Turkey----- 3 2 1 5

3 Brasil----- 3 1 2 4

4 Japan------ 3 0 3 3

Standings - Group C
# Team ------G W L Pts
1 Croatia--- 3 2 1 5

2 USA------- 3 2 1 5

3 France---- 3 2 1 5

4 Argentina- 3 0 3 3

Standings - Group D
# Team----- G W L Pts
1 Spain---- 3 3 0 6

2 Australia 3 2 1 5

3 Greece--- 3 1 2 4

4 Israel--- 3 0 3 3

Qualification Round
Standings - Group E
# Team -------G W L Pts
1 Germany U18 1 1 0 2

2 Germany U17 1 1 0 2

3 Italy------ 1 0 1 1

4 Turkey----- 1 0 1 1

Standings - Group F
# Team----- G W L Pts
1 Spain---- 1 1 0 2

2 USA------ 1 1 0 2

3 Croatia-- 1 0 1 1

4 Australia 1 0 1 1

Consolation Round
Standings - Group G
# Team -------G W L Pts
1 China------ 1 1 0 2

2 Brasil----- 1 1 0 2

3 Japan------ 1 0 1 1

4 New Zealand 1 0 1 1

Standings - Group H
# Team----- G W L Pts
1 France--- 1 1 0 2
2 Greece--- 1 1 0 2
3 Israel--- 1 0 1 1
4 Argentina 1 0 1 1



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  CROATIA   


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 4-0 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 3-0 
 3. Cibona 3-1 
 4. Cedevita 3-1 
 5. Zabok 2-3 
 6. Trogir 1-4 
 7. Svjetlost 1-4 
 8. Darda 0-4 
Group B
 1. KK Split 5-1 
 2. Borik 5-2 
 3. Dubrava 3-3 
 4. Dubrovnik 3-3 
 5. Sibenik 2-5 
 6. Kastela 1-5 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 24
 1. Bizaca, Trogir24.0 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava19.5 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost18.4 
 4. Filipovic, Sibenik16.1 
 5. Bilan, Sibenik16.0 
 6. Mrva, Borik15.3 
 7. Krolo, Darda15.0 
 8. Sakic, Dubrava14.9 
 9. Ivanov, Borik14.5 
 10. Kruslin, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Sibenik
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Bilan, Sibenik10.4 
 2. Spahija, Svjetlost10.2 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir7.3 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Sakic, Dubrava6.9 
 6. Macura, KK Split6.8 
 7. Krapic, Zabok6.8 
 8. Krolo, Darda6.7 
 9. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Siroki Eronet
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.1 
 2. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 3. Sumic, KK Split3.9 
 4. Cosic, Svjetlost3.8 
 5. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 6. Blajic, Trogir3.6 
 7. Bubalo, Sibenik3.5 
 8. Camagajevac, Darda3.5 
 9. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.1 
 10. Radic, Dubrovnik3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 3. Petkovic, Sibenik2.3 
 4. Sumic, KK Split2.1 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.9 
 6. Cosic, Svjetlost1.9 
 7. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir1.8 
 9. Tomeljak, Zabok1.7 
 10. Katic, KK Split1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Macura, KK Split1.7 
 2. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 3. Bilan, Sibenik1.1 
 4. Vladovic, Sibenik1.1 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir0.8 
 6. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.6 
 8. Culjak, Dubrava0.6 
 9. Spahija, Svjetlost0.6 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda0.6 


Croatia snap France winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - France U18 70:62

Croatia recorded the second win at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. Yesterday they shot down France to hand the first loss to the Les Bleus. Boris Barac (203-F-92) scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the Croats.
France looked slightly better in the starting frame. They accounted for an 18:16 lead at the first intermission. Croatia drew things level in the second frame as the teams traded baskets. France secured a narrow 35:34 advantage at the interval. But the third frame turned to a breakthrough for Croatia. Ante Nazor team went on a massive 27:7 run to leave their opponents behind. France seemed to recover from the shock in the fourth stanza but it was too late. Croatia hung on to win the battle. Dario Saric (203-F/C-93) finished with 16 points for Croatia. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) added 15 points in the victory. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) knocked down 14 points to lead France. Thomas Ceci (194-G-92) and Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) delivered 12 points apiece in defeat.

Croatia: Boris Barac 18, Dario Saric 16, Roko Rogic 15
France: Mathis Keita 14, Thomas Ceci 12, Evan Fournier 12



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  CYPRUS   


Intercollege Etha give Madisons APOEL a hit back! - by Michael Aristidou
In an extremely interesting game InterCollege Etha Engomis won Madisons Apoel Nicosia 87-86 and now the semi final row is to 2-1 for Madisons Apoel Nicosia. This year semi finals are very exciting in Cyprus league. Madisons Apoel Nicosia are heading 2-1 InterCollege Etha Engomis while Proteas EKA AEL is in front 2-1 over Keravnos. The two teams are playing tomorrow in the fourth game of the row.
In tonights game now InterCollege Etha Engomis gave everything for the win and took a great victory in Madisons Apoel Nicosia arena. The game was closed and last minutes were exciting. Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's) score a 2-point basket making the score 86-85 but Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) hit back making the score 86-87 4 seconds before time. Rashid Atkins missed and the game ended.
Quarters 26-25,42-46,65-68,86-87

Madisons Apoel Nicosia: Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) 29 (3), Rashid Atkins 13 (1), Van Dorpe Gerben 4, Heath Brandon 18 (2), Dozet Milan 9 (1), Mokongo Mickael, Anastasiadis Giorgos 2, Phillips Sullivan 9 (1), Radojevic Aleksandar 2

InterCollege Etha Engomis:Ken Tutt 23 (3), Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) 21 (1), Livadiotis C., Dundovic Mario 15 (4), McCollum Ronnie 6 (2), Osmokrovic Zoran 6 (1), Grgurevic Ante 5 (1), Kaskiris Chris 2, Papadopoulos Nikos 9 (1)



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Plzen 20-6 
 2. J.Hradec 18-8 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 18-8 
 4. Sparta Praha 18-8 
 5. Opava B 17-9 
 6. Chomutov 17-9 
 7. Usti n/Labem 14-12 
 8. Liberec 14-12 
 9. Proton Zlin 13-13 
 10. Sokol H.Kralove 10-16 
 11. Benesov 8-18 
 12. VSB Ostrava 7-19 
 13. Trutnov 6-20 
 14. Litomerice 2-24 


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  Kahraba
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Kearse, SISU23.4 
 2. Smith, Svendborg22.6 
 3. Johnson, Bakken22.0 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.4 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Dennis, Naestved19.0 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.7 
 9. Vance, Aalborg18.6 
 10. Seilund, Amager BK18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Christoffers., Bak.10.1 
 2. Willis, Randers9.3 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.3 
 4. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 5. Vance, Aalborg9.0 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.5 
 10. Johnson, Horsens IC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Randers6.5 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.3 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU5.1 
 4. Claitt, Horsens IC4.5 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.5 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.3 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken4.2 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg3.9 
 9. Christensen, Amager B.3.8 
 10. Thuesen, Bakken3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.7 
 2. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 3. Proctor, Bakken2.0 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Dennis, Naestved1.7 
 6. Houguet, Aalborg1.6 
 7. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
 8. Morris, Aabyhoj1.5 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.5 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Christoffers., Bak.2.3 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.8 
 4. Willis, Randers1.6 
 5. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 6. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 7. Vance, Aalborg1.1 
 8. Seilund, Amager BK1.1 
 9. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.0 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.9 


Bakken Bears and Svendborg Rabbits to meet in Basketligaen Finals - by Eurobasket News
Bakken - Aabyhoj 108-77
Bakken Bears drained 108 points last night, what was way more than enough for comfortable victory. With this one, the Bears eliminated Aabyhoj (3-0) and advanced to Playoff Finals, where they will take on Svendborg Rabbits. Mads Frandsen (202-F/C-90) led Bakken Bears in scoring last night with 23 points and he pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Darryl Proctor (193-F-86, college: UMBC) and Andreas Jogensen added 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Bobby Guyton (198-F-84, college: Carson-Newman) collected 22 points and 6 boards. First game of the Final series is scheduled for April 15. As a reminder, Svendborg was the regular season champion so they will have home court advantage in this best-of-seven series.

Svendborg - Horsholm 68-54
The regular season champion celebrated third straight win against Horsholm. Last night's victory was expected after Rabbits outplayed Horsholm on the road in Game 2. Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans) was a key player for the hosts with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) secured a nice help adding 12 points and 13 rebs. On the other side, visitors had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Adama Darboe (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) with 13 pts. Christian Nielsen (201-F-86, college: Wagner) had 9 points and 8 rebs. The Rabbits will have home court advance in the Final series against Bakken Bears. The new Danish champion will be a team who reaches four wins (best-of-seven).



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Miami Heat Sign Kenny Hasbrouck for Remainder of the Season - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86, college: Siena) has been signed by the Miami HEAT for the remainder of the NBA season. Hasbrouck, a 63, 195-pound guard, was previously signed by the HEAT to a 10-day contract on March 16 and then was signed to a second 10-day contract on March 26. He has not appeared in a game for the team this season. Before signing with Miami, he appeared in 10 games (nine starts) with Rio Grande Valley of the NBA Development League averaging 16.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.60 steals in 32.3 minutes of action, leading the team to a 7-3 record, while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three-point range and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The former Siena Saints guard is in his first professional season after being named the MAAC Player of the Year and an AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection during the 2008-09 season in which he averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals while helping lead Siena to the NCAA Tournament. Undrafted out of college, Hasbrouck was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League entry in Las Vegas.

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Standings - District National
SRT Stage Two Standings
 1. CPN 1-0 
 2. CDP 1-0 
 3. Sameji 0-1 
 4. Fernando 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Cupes
 2. GUG
Stage One Standings


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  EUROCUP   


Bjelica is staying at Red Star, for now, Neal returns to Spain - by Philip Mulryne
The young star of Red Star, Nemanja Bjelica 've denied the interest of Benetton according to Sportske.net and Sportando.net. He accepts the infamous financial crises at Mali Kalemeydan which caused Tadija Dragicevic to leave. The players of Trifunovic were no longer able to stand at the Red Star were eliminated from the Eurocup, despite some nice basketball and results.
Meanwhile Benetton Treviso 've released Gary Neal and ex-Karşıyaka and Barcelona player returned to Spain, to play for Unicaja Malaga. Aito Garcia led team will try to use him until the end of the season.


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Croatia snap France winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18 - France U18 70:62

Croatia recorded the second win at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. Yesterday they shot down France to hand the first loss to the Les Bleus. Boris Barac (203-F-92) scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the Croats.
France looked slightly better in the starting frame. They accounted for an 18:16 lead at the first intermission. Croatia drew things level in the second frame as the teams traded baskets. France secured a narrow 35:34 advantage at the interval. But the third frame turned to a breakthrough for Croatia. Ante Nazor team went on a massive 27:7 run to leave their opponents behind. France seemed to recover from the shock in the fourth stanza but it was too late. Croatia hung on to win the battle. Dario Saric (203-F/C-93) finished with 16 points for Croatia. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) added 15 points in the victory. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) knocked down 14 points to lead France. Thomas Ceci (194-G-92) and Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) delivered 12 points apiece in defeat.

Croatia: Boris Barac 18, Dario Saric 16, Roko Rogic 15
France: Mathis Keita 14, Thomas Ceci 12, Evan Fournier 12



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  GERMANY   


Deandre Haynes (Paderborn Baskets) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game April 7th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) is a 25 year old 187 cm guard from Detroit Michigan that is playing his first season in the BEKO BBL with The Paderborn Baskets. He played at Kent from 2002-2005 and at Kent state from 2005-2006. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 78.6%. He won the MAC Tournament in 2006 and was player of the year in the MAC conference in 2006. He came to Europe as a rookie and played in Belgium for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels playing 23 games and averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. The next season, he stayed in Belgium and played for Okapi Aalstar playing 35 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.0%. Last season, he played in Hungary for Kecskemeti Univer KSE playing 26 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn April 7th.

You have almost completed your first professional season in Germany and have seen a bit of the country. Recently you visited Berlin. How did you like the city?


Berlin is a great city with lots of culture which I really enjoyed seeing. There was so much to see and enjoy with so little time. I plan on going back sometime soon if possible.

How did you like celebrating Easter in Germany?


Well Paderborn had a Marathon in the city and the team had to help out with some events that was being held, so I spent the day with fans, and supporting the Marathon runners.

How important was the time off to recharge the batteries for the last games?



The time off was ok, but I'm ready to play another game.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What are your memories of the 92-59 loss in Bonn?


Well Bonn is a great team with a roster full of guys that can really play the game, so the memory of us playing them is really bad. They played a really tough game against us, and hopefully we can change that around next game.

Bonn shot 62% in this game and outrebounded Paderborn 40-22. I guess those are two stats that Paderborn will have to control better?


Well they have a big experienced front court that hit the glass really hard, so we gone have to prevent them from dominating us again. Our defense for this game has to be more aggressive if we stand a chancing on winning.

What else will be key in winning?



The Key to winning this game is to play tough defensive, and keep them off the boards.

Who will win the 2010 NCAA final Duke or Butler?



Duke.

How do you see the BEKO BBL cup matchups Frankfurt-Bremerhaven and Bamberg-BG Goettingen. Who will reach final and win it?


I don't know, but I'm sure they both are going to be some exciting games to watch.

Thanks Dre for the chat!



German U17 team records third straight win in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17 - Italy U18 70:67
German U17 team posted the third straight win at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. They outscored Italy to stay undefeated. Jakob Krumbeck (188-G-93) delivered 24 points to lead the hosts. Italy lost their first game and slipped at 2-1 record.
The Azzurri looked better in the first half. They eked out a 16:15 lead at the first break. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza and arrived at halftime up by as many as 9 points 38:29. But the picture changed drastically after the main break. German players straightened up their defense and limited Italy to 13 points in the third quarter. The home team managed to cut the distance to 4 points heading into the final frame. Germany fired 23 points in the final period and stole a tough victory at the end.
Julius Wolf (201-F-93) netted 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) provided 14 points and 7 boards for German U17 team. Andrea Traini (178-G-92) responded with 20 points for Italy. Nunzio Sabbatino (189-G-92) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Germany: Jakob Krumbeck 24, Julius Wolf 15, Besnik Bekteshi 14
Italy: Andrea Traini 20, Nunzio Sabbatino 14



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 74-66 Win Against MBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookies eason 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Kevin took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 74-66 win against MBC.

Congrats on the 74-66 win at home against playoff rival MBC. Was this possibly the biggest win of the season considering the playoff ramafications of both teams?


It probably was our biggest win to date. We have some very important games coming up as well.

How strange was it playing on Easter Monday on a National holiday? Did it feel like a Monday?



It was a little weird playing on a Monday but it didn't really feel like a holiday. We don't celebrate Easter on Monday in the states so the only difference for me was that all the stores were closed and our practice schedule was a little different.

The game seemd tight in the first half as Braunschweig led 35-30. How did the team come to terms with the MBC playing style in the first 20 minutes. What was the most difficult thing trying to tame the MBC wolves?


They came out into the game with tremendous pressure. We had a little trouble getting organized for our sets but once we got settled a little we were okay.

In the third quarter, Braunschweig scored 23 points. What was the biggest strength on offense?


I think we were adjusted to there playing style a little better and we were able to use their aggresiveness against them. They still made it very hard for us though.

In the fourth quarter, MBC came back to 63-61 with 4,40 to play. Last week, you said how important Heiko Schaffartzik can be even when he is not scoring. Braunschweig finished the game with a 10-3 run kept their composure and Heiko Schaffartzik scored 8 of the 10 points. Have you ever seen him as more dominant then in the last minutes of this game this season?


Heiko does that sort of stuff all the time. He had a great game against them the last time we played them so I knew he would do something special on Monday. He is definately playing like the leader we need him to be right now.

What was key in this win. Braunschweig shot over 50% from the field, but MBC shot only 36% from the field. MBC won the rebound fight 30-28 and both teams had 17 turnovers.



I think our defense was the reason we were able to win. We didn't play great offensively and we missed a bunch of freethrows but we played good consistent defense all game and when you do that you will always put yourself in a position to win.


How was it playing against Serb Radenko Pilcevic? He seems to have improved a lot this season. What is his biggest strength?



He is talented but he is also a very hard worker , which makes him real tough to guard for 40 minutes.

You had 8 assists. Are there some days where it is more fun to create then other days? You seemed to have fun in this game?


I always have fun when we win !

Who will win the 2010 NCAA Final? Duke or Butler? (If you answer this after game just describe why that team won and if you were surprised?


Butler is a very good team and can not be underestimated but I think Duke will win in a close game.

How was Easter in Germany?


Easter was good, I basically just layed around with my family after practice.
Thanks Kev for the chat.



Mithat Demirel Appointed New Team Manager For Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the 2009-2010 season entering the stretch run, 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin is already looking carefully ahead to next season as they announced that 100 time German National player Mithat Demirel (181-G-78, agency: EM-PA) will take over as team manager taking the spot of Henning Harnisch who will move to vice president in charge of the youth program in 2010-2011. The 31 year old 181cm guard last played in Turkey for Erdemir and recently retired from basketball on account of a long winding eye injury. 'I am really looking forward to my new challenge with Alba Berlin. It is a big honour to work for this club that has had a special place in my heart since I was a kid', stressed Mithat Demirel (181-G-78, agency: EM-PA). Harnisch is also looking forward to his new duty as team vice president. 'Our youth program has grown very much in the last years. The development of the youth program needs my full attention and is not something that I can just do on the side. I am very happy that I can put all my strength in this new challenge', stated Henning Harnsich.

Demirel started his basketball career for
TuS Neukoelln and in the 1996-1997 season moved to Lichterfelde. He then enjoyed a very fruitful career with Alba Berlin in which he won 5 German BBL titles as well as 3 German cup championships in 6 seasons. He also had a short stay with MBC in the 2000-2001 season. In the last years, he moved from club to club including teams like Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul, Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul, The Brose Baskets Bamberg and Erdemirspor Belediyesi. He also had a long and successful career with The German National team from 1999-2008. His biggest success with the German team was a bronze at the World Championships in 2002 in Indianapolis and a silver at the European Championships in 2005 in Belgrade.
Source: www.albaberlin.de


Germany U18 pile up victories - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Turkey U18 69:62
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead German U18 team past the Turkish counterparts. The victory marked a 3-0 record for the German team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Turkey on the other hand fell at 2-1 record.
It was a close battle from start to finish. The hosts built a narrow 13:12 lead at the first intermission. Germany continued to stay in charge in the second period as they boosted the gap at 35:32 twenty minutes into the game. Turkey could not get closer in the third frame as they trailed by as many as 8 points entering the fourth term. Can Korkmaz (185-G-92) led the Turkish team as they won the final period but it still did not prevent Germany from stealing the victory. Bill Borekambi (199-F-92) and Lars Wendt (190-G-92) knocked down 13 points apiece for the home side. Mathis Monninghoff added 10 points in the winning effort. Can Korkmaz dropped 17 points for Turkey. Safak Edge (185-G-92) chipped in 16 points in the loss. The teams will have one day of rest before starting the second stage of the competition. Germany U18 will face Italy, while Turkey will oppose German U17 team tomorrow.

Germany: Philipp Neumann 14+10 boards, Bill Borekambi 13, Lars Wendt 13
Turkey: Can Korkmaz 17, Safak Edge 16



Michael Jenkins (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Post Game Thoughts To 70-68 Loss To The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) is a 22 year old 192 cm guard from Kinston, North Carolina. He played at Winthrop (NCAA) from 2004-2008. He didnt play as much his first two seasons, but got increased playing time in his junior and senior years. As a junior, he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PTConf-1 (41.5%), FT: 70.2% in 34 games. In his senior year, he played 34 games and averaged 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PTConf-6 (36.8%), FT: 71.3%: and finished his career as the 10th leading scorer in Winthrop history with 1,253 points. With Winthrop, he was the Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and won the Big South Conf Tournament from 2005-2008. He was named to the Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008. In his first professional season 2008-2009, he was drafted by the Albany Patrons of the CBA and in November 2008 signed with the Albany Patroons playing 3 games and averaging 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 47.4%, but left during the season and moved to BC Buducnost Podgorica (Bosnia-1A) in Feb 2009. He had a chat with Eurobasket following the 70-68 loss against The Giessen 46ers.

A heart breaking 70-68 loss in Giessen. How did you like their packed little gym? How would you compare that gym to other small ones in the BEKO BBL like in Ulm?



Their gym was alright. Some of the teams in my conference from college had small gyms so it wasn't anything different for me.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the comfortable 46-35 lead at halftime. Everything seemed to be working for the team: What was key in the first half?


We were knocking down shots and forcing Giessen in to a lot of turnovers.

In the second quarter Tuebingen scored only 22 points. What were the reasons for the collapse?


Our shots stopped falling and Giessen picked up the defensive pressure forcing us to do something we shouldn't have.

Did the Giessen 46ers step up the defense in the second half?


Well they stepped up their defense once they got going offensively. Offense will automatically pick up a team's defensive pressure in basketball more times than not.

You had five steals. Did you have to cover Maurice Jeffers. How tough is it defending him?


I guarded him a few possessions not a lot though. He is a former NBA Draft pick so the talent is obviously there. He is going to be hard to guard of course, but especially if he finds an offensive rhythm during the game.

The team has no games next weekend. Will you be at the Top 4 tournament?



I might go check out the Top 4 if we have those days off because my friend and college teammate Torrell Martin will be playing in it.
Thanks Michael for the chat.



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Eredivisie Round: 31 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
EclipseJet - GasTerra F. 79-85
GasTerra Flames grabbed 30th victory of the season continuing their domination in Eredivisie. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) shined for the winners with double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Qarran Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) replied with 23 points in defeat and his Amsterdam dropped to 14-20.

Landstede - Upstairs Weert 82-93
Upstairs Weert grabbed 82-93 road win against Landstede getting 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists from Mark Porter (183-G-86, college: Wagner). Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) followed him with 24 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Larry Cunningham delivered 24 pts. Weert 11-22, Landstede 5-29.

Giants - DeFriesland 101-80
Giants remain alone on the second place, after Eiffel Towers failed at home against Matrixx Magix. Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) led the Giants with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Jayme Miller (205-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) top-scored in loss with 23 points. Giants 23-10, DeFriesland 17-17.

Eiff.Towers - M.Magix 84-100
Matrixx Magix surprised Eiffel Towers in Den Bosch handing them 11th loss of the season. Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) was unstoppable last night with 27 points and 10 assists. Bobby Davis (198-F-87, agency: 540 Sports, college: USC Upstate) added 21 points and 9 boards. In Eiffel, Anthony Richardson replied with 20 points and 10 rebs.

Rotterdam - ZZ Leiden 68-74
ZZ Leiden had Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) with 17 points, Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) with 16 and Seamus Boxley with 15 points last night. The hosts got 13 points from Sjors Besseling. ZZ Leiden 21-13, Rotterdam 4-30.


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Danny GIBSON
  ZZ Leiden
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, ZZ Leiden18.9 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.18.1 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden17.4 
 4. Thomas, M.Magix16.9 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.3 
 7. Hendley, Landstede15.8 
 8. Calhoun, EclipseJet15.5 
 9. Sanders, EclipseJet15.1 
 10. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.9.1 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 4. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.6 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra F.8.2 
 6. Monroe, DeFriesl.7.9 
 7. Gordon, Landstede7.9 
 8. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.7.7 
 9. Griffin, Giants7.6 
 10. de Randamie, Eclip.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.0 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.4 
 3. Porter, Upstairs.4.9 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra.4.4 
 5. Defares, Giants4.3 
 6. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.3 
 7. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.3 
 8. Moore, DeFriesland4.1 
 9. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.0 
 10. Slagter, Giants3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Thomas, M.Magix2.9 
 2. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.6 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.5 
 5. de Randamie, Eclip.2.4 
 6. Flowers, M.Magix2.3 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra.2.3 
 8. Mason, EclipseJet2.3 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra F.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hughes, M.Magix1.8 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.6 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.4 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.3 
 5. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.1 
 6. Sanders, EclipseJet1.0 
 7. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.9 
 8. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Williams, Landstede0.7 


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  IBL   


2010 IBL season preview - by Eurobasket
Year number six of the International Basketball League is upon us.
The league has upgraded the venues, talent and owners so look for a very exciting season. The standings will look a little different this season as the IBL goes back to the two division format instead of the four divisions it used for the past few seasons. The two divisions are called the International and Continental. The IBL welcomes Yamhill and Olympia as full time members. Last year both teams played branding schedules.
The 2009 championship series between the Los Angeles Lightning and the Oregon Waves was a classic. Can LA repeat this season? Can Edmonton, who had the best record in the regular season last year, make a deeper run in the playoffs? Can Bellingham, who won the title two seasons ago, regain the top spot? What about the Oregon Waves, can they bounce back with all their Pac-10 caliber talent? Albany joins the IBL this season. Who can forget all the history of basketball in Albany? All of these questions will be answered soon as the IBL gets ready to tip off season
number six.

The defending champs Los Angeles Lightning have a wonderful owner in Mark Harwell but it takes more than a great owner to win a title.
The bottom line is LA has lots of talent. The roster of the Lightning is loaded with former NBA players who don't just show up and play rat ball, these guys take the game of basketball seriously, and it shows. Lamond Murray, Toby Bailey, Fred Vinson, Darrick Martin, Billy Knight and Bryon Russell lead the way for LA. Murray averaged 24 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Lightning last season. Bailey, Vinson, Martin all averaged over
16 points a game. Knight chipped in with 14 points a game.
Keep your eye on the big seven foot center, Adam Parada, who averaged 17 points and 12 boards a game last season. The Lightning will tip off their season on the road May 7th at the University of Alberta as they take on the always tough Edmonton Energy. LA will play a three game series in Canada to begin their season and then return home to Cal Lutheran May 15th for a title game rematch against the Oregon Waves. Sunday May 16th will be a real treat for Lightning fans as KKFX/Fox 11 will televise the game between the Oregon Waves and the defending IBL champions Los Angeles Lightning. The contest will be held at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of Santa Barbara City College.
Tip off is 3PM.

The Oregon Waves came within one game of winning their first IBL title last season. They lost game three of the best two out of three as LA prevailed over Oregon. It was a great match up of former NBA and division one players. The Waves look to gain a little revenge this season as their roster, once again, is dotted with former Pac-10 and division one caliber talent. People around the country will be familiar with many names on the Waves roster from 2009 including David Lucas (6'8''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon St.), JS Nash and Lamar Hurd (6'4''-G-83, college: Oregon St.) as they were all star players in the Pac 10 with Oregon State.
2009 Waves point guard Jeremiah Dominguez led his Portland State Vikings to back to back NCAA appearances; all Jeremiah did last season for the Waves is average 21 points and 8 assists per game.
IBL vet Robert Day can light it up on any given night. Don't forget about former Oregon Duck, David Jackson who averaged 18 points and 5 assists last season. The roster is deep and talented so look for Oregon to make another run at the IBL title.
The Waves tip off their season May 15th at Cal Lutheran against
the defending champs Los Angeles Lightning.

The Bellingham Slam's roster can rival anyone's and along with great ownership and coaching they are a threat to win the IBL title every year. The Slam won the 2008 IBL championship defeating the Elkhart Express. Last year they were not able to defend their title as they lost to LA in the semi finals. Rob Ridnour returns as coach of the Slam and has plenty of talent to work with. Ryan Diggs (6'2''-G-83, college: W.Washington) and his 24 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds a game returns to Bellingham as do much of the core that popped the champagne in 2008. Sharp shooter Paul Hafford and IBL stars Jacob Stevenson and Brandon Hartley have signed on with the Slam again. A big off-season signing for the Bellingham is former Georgia Tech standout Ra'Sean Dickey. Slam General Manger, Robert Hoffstetter says, 'He could be the best back to the basket scorer we have ever had.' Bellingham begins their 2010 season April 9th with a home game at Whatcom Pavilion
against the dangerous Tacoma Tide.

Who had the best regular season record last year? If you said the Edmonton Energy you would be correct! Many of the core players are back for the 2010 season to make another run at the IBL title. Scoring machine JR Patrick, lights out jump shooter Stephen Sir, team leader and point guard William Funn (6'2''-G-82, college: Portland St.) and bruiser Lee Scruggs are all back to make the Energy a legit threat to raise the trophy in 2010. If you try to shut down Patrick and his 19 points a game and Sir with his 22 a game average, the Energy will beat you inside with Scruggs who scored at an 18 point a game clip last year. Point guard William Funn always finds the open scorer as he averaged 12 assists a game in 2009. Did I mention Skouson Harker and his 18 points and 8 boards a game also returns? Don't be shocked if Edmonton has the best record in the IBL again and makes a run at the 2010 IBL title. The Energy tip off their season at home May 7th against the defending champs Los Angeles Lightning.

There are many excellent owners and ownership groups in the IBL but the Tacoma Tide may have one of the best. Pat Garlock and Mike Jennings took the controls last season and have built a very solid organization. The Tide were a surprising 14-8 last season. One of those wins was a victory over Bellingham in an OT thriller. The Tide is led by three solid and talented IBL veterans. Dontay Harris, who now holds the IBL all time scoring record is back along with Washington State product, Justin Murray and former Gonzaga player, Lorenzo Rollins (6'6''-F-74, college: Gonzaga). Murray led the Tide in scoring last year with 23 points a game; he also grabbed
9 boards a game. Harris and Ike Ohanson each average 18 points a game and 11 rebounds. Add Lorenzo Rollins and his 16 points and 5 rebounds and the Tide is a very talented ball club. A surprise last year was Antwan Williams out of University of Puget Sound. He average 13 points and 6 assists. Look for the Tide to have another double digit win season and challenge for a playoff spot. The Tide tip off their season on the road April 9th at Whatcom Pavilion taking on the Bellingham Slam.

The Vancouver Volcanoes are one of the original IBL teams and the past two seasons have been one of the leagues best. The Volcanoes have gone 33-14 the past two years and the 2010 outlook looks very bright. Head coach Bryan Hunter has put together an outstanding roster of talent. Returning this season are IBL veterans Cliff White, Alex Hartman, Gary Muzzy (6'5''-G/F-80, college: Portland CC), Kevin 'Pip' Bloodsaw and Brad Lechtenberg making the Volcanoes a very deep and talented team. Bryson McKenzie has committed to play for the Volcanoes but over seas commitments may force him to miss the IBL season (he averaged a double-double last season with
18 points and 14 rebounds a game). Vancouver was upended by the Oregon Waves in the first round of the playoffs last season and it did not leave a good taste in anyone's mouth. Look for Vancouver to make a deep run in the IBL playoffs this season.
They tip off the 2010 campaign April 23rd at Whatcom Pavilion taking on the Bellingham Slam.

Professional basketball returns to Albany as the Albany Legends will be calling the historic Washington Avenue Armory home.
The names of coaches and players who have stepped foot in the Armory is incredible. NBA coaches Phil Jackson , George Karl and the late Bill Musselman all prowled the sidelines in the Washington Armory. Mario Elie, Vincent Askew, Scottie Brooks, Sidney Lowe and Michael Ray Richardson showcased their talents in the Armory on their way to the NBA. Steve Miller, owner of the Legends and his partners, Bob Hord and Derrick Rowland, look to bring pro basketball back to life in Albany. Kenny Satterfield (6'2''-G-81, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Cincinnati), former standout at University of Cincinnati, is one of the early players signed by Albany. With almost the entire east coast to pick from look for many more big time signings by the Legends. I would not be surprised if the ghosts in the Washington Armory lift the Legends and help them make a push to double digit wins and a chance at a title. The Albany Legends tip off their new era April 9th at home in the Armory against the Battle Creek Knights.

The Battle Creek Knights return to the IBL after a year in a different league. BC will once again play in Kellogg Arena one of the better venues for minor league basketball. Terrance Dickens , who led the Oregon Waves to the IBL title game last season, and the Portland Chinooks to the title game in 2007, will be at the helm of the Knights this season. This makes Battle Creek a threat for the title right away. Dickens knows how to coach and put a team together. The Knights have already signed some big time talent in 6'11' center Brandon Hassell who played his college ball at Penn State, 6'6 forward Everett Spencer from Wright State, and 6'9'power forward Jeff Willis with overseas experience and has had workouts with the LA Lakers and Miami Heat. The most recent signings are Gerald Carter a 6'4' combo guard who is currently playing in the EBA averaging
24 points a game, Brian Kortovich a 6'2' scoring machine who has many years of overseas experience. His Rucker Park nickname is 'Smoking Aces.' Those kinds of names are not given out lightly at Rucker. Another player recently inked is Charles Ward a 6'7'
small forward/shooting guard who starred at Saint Augustine's averaging almost 20 points and 10 boards a game. He has had stints in the NBA with the Jazz rookie camp and Wizards summer camp. Head coach/GM Terrance Dickens says, 'I am very excited with the type of talent we have coming in for our 2010 season.'
The Battle Creek Knights won the first IBL title in 2005 and look to hoist the hardware again in 2010. Game one for Battle Creek is April 3rd against the USA ALL-Stars at the Hidden Cove Sports Complex in Bourbonnias, Illinois.

The Vancouver BC Titans enter year number two in the IBL after a successful inaugural 2009. Lead by owner Jonathan Mara, the Titans have made excellent progress from year one to year two and the roster shows this. For a team to be successful it needs a great point guard and BC has just that in Kyle Keyes. He averaged 21 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds per game last season. Casey Archibald (6'5''-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Jessan Gray return to BC after averaging over 16 points a game in 2009. Add Josh Washington, James Washington and Emmanuel Unaegbu, who all averaged in double figures last year, and big man Scott Morrison who scored 20 points in the one game he played for BC last season, and V ancouver is a very tough team to guard. The Titans are capable of beating anyone- anytime. They start their 2010 season at home in the Langley Events Centre April 24th against the very
dangerous Vancouver Volcanoes.

The Central Oregon Hotshots Hotshots are one of the leagues original teams and are looking to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since their inaugural season in 2005. A new coach and new set of players look to turn things around for the men from beautiful Central Oregon Hotshots. The Hotshots also have upgraded their venue and will play in the very nice Redmond Events Center. New head man Osa Esene is an experienced basketball man who played his college ball at University of Hawaii-Hilo. He was the conference player of the year in 2005-can anyone say player coach? (He won't be a player coach but was an excellent college basketball player) The roster has one returning player for last year in 2009 IBL All-Star Travis Noble. He average 18 points and almost 5 dimes in 2009. The new talent includes guards Desi Crisp, Hassan Stewart and Justin Lockhart. Chris Sessions, former college standout at Utah State, and Tony Akpan lead the way on the front line. Central Oregon Hotshots will be adding more players to the roster after two tryouts in Florida. Central Oregon Hotshots tips off their 2010 campaign May 1st in Portland Oregon at Warner Pacific College against the USA All-Stars.

The Olympia Reign will play its first 25-game season in the International Basketball League. After playing a branding schedule (partial schedule) the past two years, the Reign will begin its three-month season April 16 at home against the Tacoma Tide.Steve Smothers, a former Saint Martin's University player, will coach the team. The roster for Olympia will be made up of standout players from near by Saint Martin's college and Evergreen State College. Several players are back from the
2009 season including Nicholas Moore and Mike ward who both averaged over 18 points a game last year for Olympia. Moore also grabbed 10 boards a game. Bill Richardson and Marcus Wright who averaged double digits last season are back as well.
The Reign fans will be treated to home games versus the Los Angeles Lightning and China Shanxi Zhongyu in June. Owner Mark Felton says, 'This is something I've wanted to do. Some players asked me to do this a couple of years ago. I'm just trying to give them an opportunity.' (From the Olympian.com-Gail Wood)

Kankakee returns for their fourth season (first two as the Windy City Soldiers.) in the International Basketball League. Their roster will feature the same stars as last season.
The Soldiers finished 12-8 last season. Kankakee will play their home games at the Hidden Cove Sports Complex. They tip off their quest to win the IBL title March 26th on the road at the Holland Civic Center against the always dangerous Holland Blast.

The Yamhill Highflyers will be participating in their first full IBL season after a nine game branding schedule in 2009.
General Manager Eric Bailey has put together a very impressive roster of division one caliber talent. Returning from 2009 are prolific scorers Jason Hartford and Chris Hunt. Both averaged over 20 points per game last year for Yamhill. They will be joined by newcomer Nate Bowie who was a star last year for the BC Titans and is coming off a successful season in Spain.
Veterans Tae Jackson and Damian Browne will be players to watch this season for the HighFlyers. Browne, a beast inside, averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds last year in the IBL.
Bailey is very happy with his roster, saying, 'We are very pleased with the roster we have put together and expect to compete right from the start. This is a solid pro-level team, with Division 1 level talent from top to bottom. This season should be very exciting for our fans.' The HighFlyers will play home games at McMinnville High School. They begin their season May 1st at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon against the USA All-Stars with their home debut coming on Monday May 10th against the Central Oregon Hotshots Hotshots.

The Holland Blast, long time IBL team, return in 2010 looking to improve on their impressive 15-4 record of last season. The Blast has been one of the more consistent teams over the years reaching double digits in wins the past four years in the IBL.
Returning to the Blast this year is leading scorer Eddie Spencer.
Spencer was very impressive scoring 18 points and pulling down
8 boards a game. Julius Vines and DeAngelo Johnson, who each poured in over 15 points a game in 2009, return for the Blast.
Larry Logan (6'6''-F-85, college: Centenary), Kevin Ludwig (6'2''-G, college: Spring Arbor) and Jeremy File also return. They all averaged over 13 points a game in 2009. Blast owner Tyler Whitcomb says he has assembled some of his best talent yet.
The Blast calls the Holland Civic Center home once again and begins their 2010 season at home March 26th against east coast rival Kankakee.

The IBL welcomes back China Shanxi, a team that competed in the IBL in 2008. Shanxi, a professional basketball team from China that plays in the Chinese Basketball Association is slated to play a 20-game season in the 2010 IBL season. Shanxi will play their first game in Oregon on Friday May 1st at Warner Pacific College in Portland Oregon against the USA All-Stars. China will play their home games at the US Basketball Academy near Eugene, Oregon.

The USA All-Stars, in their second season as an IBL club, are essentially a traveling try-out team that the league uses to showcase talent that the teams might have missed, and it's a plan that seems to be working as 14 players signed with IBL clubs in 2008, and 17 more players making IBL teams during the 2009 season. The USA All Stars team showed that there are still good players to be had as they increased their wins from one to four securing victories against veteran clubs like the Kankakee County Soldiers and the Snohomish County Explosion.
Both of the club's All-Star nominees have moved on to other IBL clubs but did play seven games for the All Stars and these two players' overall accomplishments (total number of games, total
statistics) are indeed worthy of recognition. Terrence Hundley (15G, 29.4pts, 4rbd, 6.1ast), who played 6 games for the USA All Stars, 3 games for the Grand Rapids Flight and 6 games for the Central Oregon Hotshots Hotshots was 2nd in the league in scoring and 9th in the IBL in assists per game. The USA All-Stars also brought the league one of the fastest guards in AmericaTerry Jeffries (22G, 18.3pts, 4.8rbd, 5.2ast)another electric guard whose year was so good that he was eventually signed by the Central Oregon Hotshots Hotshots. The USA All Stars program/team will play in 2010 and beyond as the program/team has been deemed a success as most every game is a competitive game and 31 players have made it onto an IBL team roster. USA All-Stars tip off their 2010 season April 3rd against the Holland Blast at the Hidden Cove Sports Complex.

Courtesy of:
Jeff Duncan


Globetrotter Elzie Bibbs moves North for the Titans - by Richard
Elzie Bibbs (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Ferris St.) toured with the Globetrotter Military Tour and is now trotting up to BC to become a Vancouver BC Titans.
The 66 Shooting Guard/Small Forward has experience in the IBL, Bahamas, Croatia and most recently the ABA as a part of the Sacramento Heatwave where he has been known to put up over 50 points in one game!
Bibbs also enjoys giving back to the communities he is in and worked with the Sacramento Boys & Girls Club weekly reading books, helping with homework and holding basketball camps throughout the season.

source: Elzie Bibbs


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  INDIA   


JdBASKETBALL and George Mason U. Return to India to with Raise Cultural Awareness through Basketball - by Anil Kumar

MUMBAI, India, April 5, 2010Three American coaches, including two George Mason University faculty members are returning to India as part of a U.S. Department of State Sports Initiative grant and cultural exchange program. Aimed at developing awareness of basketball in the country, JD Walsh, founder, jdBASKETBALL, Robert Baker, associate professor of sport management, and Craig Esherick, assistant professor of sport management, will hold combined coaching clinics and youth basketball camps throughout India. The trip is funded by an International Sports Initiative grant.

The grant, awarded through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will fund a multi-part plan meant to provide a formative experience in the lives of participating Indian boys and girls. During this trip clinics and camps will be held in Chennai (April 7-10) with Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and Bangalore (April 11-14) with Basketball Federation of India Mens Senior National Team. Walsh, Baker and Esherick will provide direct instruction, cross-cultural exchanges and hands-on experiences for players, coaches and league administrators that will not only enhance skill development, but also broaden participants understanding of diverse cultures.

The fact that the State Department has a program for grants to use sport on an international cultural exchange and development basis is recognition of sport as a cultural connection, says Baker, who is also the director of Masons Center for Sport Management. Our intent is to take the best practices of basketball leadership in the U.S. to India.

Baker and Esherick have partnered with J.D. Walsh, a former college basketball player and coach who is also the founder of jdBASKETBALL. Having worked extensively in China and India, Walsh has traveled throughout India in the last three years teaching basketball, operating clinics and developing the sport. Basketball has a unique way of connecting people together. I feel the game resonates with everyday beat of India and dance. Learning about the Indian people and exposure into the Indian heart has become my lifes work, and I am happy to be part of this program to expose more to this program.

During the clinics, the trio will teach fundamental basketball skills to Indian youth while simultaneously exposing them to American culture through the basketball experience. Coaches and administrators will learn how to run and market successful basketball leagues and clinics in India while coaches are also taught various instruction methods. The exciting tour will hilite the trio working with ndias Mens Senior National Team in Bangalore and Head Coach Alexander Bucan.

Basketball has become wildly popular all over the globe, says Esherick, who was an assistant coach and scout for the 1988 U.S. Olympic basketball team. We have a chance to help popularize basketball in a country that has not yet wrapped its arms around this sport. Our trip is also a great opportunity to exchange ideas about coaching all sports as well as to discuss best practices in sport management.

Baker, Esherick and Walsh visited India in Nov. 2009, as the first part of the International Sports Initiative grant, holding clinics and camps in New Delhi and Kolkata. In New Delhi they were hosted by the New Delhi YMCA while in Kolkata the West Bengal Basketball Association hosted the trio. This time the group will be working with the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu while in Chennai. In Bangalore, they will work with the Basketball Federation of India, the National Team of India, the National Basketball Coach of India and various local schools and clubs.

While in New Delhi previously, the group was pleased to receive a visit from U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer. Ambassador Roemer, whose children had participated in a clinic run by Walsh, played basketball with clinic participants and spoke to coaches and youth attending the clinic.

Baker, Esherick and Walsh have also identified 10 sports leaders to travel to the United States in summer 2010 to attend a Coaching Academy at Mason. During their time in Virginia, Indian coaches and administrators will receive instruction in sport management, participate in extensive interactive exchange with American sport officials and undertake an opportunity for coaching certification. They will stay in campus dormitories, learn from Mason faculty and take trips to various sporting facilities in the area.



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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa28.8 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.8 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .23.1 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.21.8 
 5. Paris, Hapoel Beeri21.4 
 6. Drayton, Beer Y.21.3 
 7. Jackson, Kiryat Ata21.2 
 8. Clemente, Macc.Ash.20.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.20.3 
 10. Simhon, Hod H.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 David PARIS
  Hapoel Beeri
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Paris, Hapoel Beeri12.3 
 2. Brandy, Hod H.12.3 
 3. Byerson, Natzrath.12.0 
 4. Peterson, Elitzur .11.3 
 5. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.0 
 6. Auter, Macc.Hab.9.7 
 7. Drayton, Beer Y.9.4 
 8. Lee, Kiryat Ata9.2 
 9. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.1 
 10. Jackson, Kiryat Ata8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 7
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.7.0 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.7.0 
 3. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.9 
 4. Arieli, Hap.Tivon5.6 
 5. OFIR FARHI Macc..5.5 
 6. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 7. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 8. Cohen, Natzrath.5.0 
 9. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.0 
 10. Pereg, Macc.Ashdod4.6 
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.2.2 
 5. Young, Elitzur Ramla2.1 
 6. Harush, Kohav Yair2.0 
 7. Matalon, Megido/Y.1.9 
 8. Karpels, Elitzur .1.8 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.7 
 10. Clemente, Macc.Ash.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brad BYERSON
  Natzrath Elite
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Byerson, Natzrath.1.8 
 2. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.7 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.5 
 4. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.4 
 5. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.2 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .1.0 
 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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German U17 team records third straight win in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17 - Italy U18 70:67
German U17 team posted the third straight win at the Albert Schweitzer tournament. They outscored Italy to stay undefeated. Jakob Krumbeck (188-G-93) delivered 24 points to lead the hosts. Italy lost their first game and slipped at 2-1 record.
The Azzurri looked better in the first half. They eked out a 16:15 lead at the first break. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza and arrived at halftime up by as many as 9 points 38:29. But the picture changed drastically after the main break. German players straightened up their defense and limited Italy to 13 points in the third quarter. The home team managed to cut the distance to 4 points heading into the final frame. Germany fired 23 points in the final period and stole a tough victory at the end.
Julius Wolf (201-F-93) netted 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) provided 14 points and 7 boards for German U17 team. Andrea Traini (178-G-92) responded with 20 points for Italy. Nunzio Sabbatino (189-G-92) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Germany: Jakob Krumbeck 24, Julius Wolf 15, Besnik Bekteshi 14
Italy: Andrea Traini 20, Nunzio Sabbatino 14



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Zain's withdrawal...Reasons and facts - by Mohammed Malas
I'm still waiting an answer for the following question...I need all readers to get involed to answer it....

Why did Zain stopped their basketball activities esspecially when we put in mind that the club management denied the financial reasons???????....

Basketball in our country are getting effected big time from all the latest updates during the last 8 months, Hiding behind other exuces is a big disaster which may help in increasing these big problems esspecially when players, coaches and even fans are lost in all the latest rumours.

Till now I didnt find any convincing reason for the question above...Any help????...



Are the excuses they gave are convincing you?


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Astana Tigers and Tobol open the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Astana Tigers and Tobol open the Finals in the country. Both teams swept the Semifinal series over the opponents.
Astana Tigers won over Kapiy 78:63 in the first Semifinal game and beat them in the second 95:56. Tobol outscored Barsy 73:64 in the opener and beat them 91:90 in the thriller.
The first Final game between Astana Tigers and Tobol brought 77:69 for the Tigers. The latter enjoyed the great game from the American Scottie Wilson (198-F-83, college: Wright St.). He joined the team right before the Semifinals due to some injuries in the roster. He started his career in 2005-2006 for Wright St. (NCAA) and in 24 games averaged 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, FG: 39.1%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 69.2%. Later in 2006-2007 for Wright St. (NCAA) Scottie Wilson appeard in 29 games showing 5.2ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3Pts: 40.6%, FT: 59.5%. In 2007-2008 for Wright St. (NCAA) played 30 games and improved to 9.8ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 53.2%, 3Pts: 47.3%, FT: 64.6%
. In November 2008 signed at Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-UBL, starting five) and in Ukrainian League played 4 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg. In 2009 signed at Albany Patroons (CBA) and in 8 games showed 4.3ppg, 3.0rpg.
Scottie Wilson netted 11 points in the Final opener, while Vsevolod Fadeykin (205-C-85) top-scored with 15 points. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) nailed 13 and Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) brought 12. Miheev responded with 18 points in defeat.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Valmiera
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Davis, Valmiera17.7 
 2. Timermanis, Barons17.3 
 3. Efejuku, Barons16.7 
 4. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs16.3 
 6. Kojenets, Liepaja15.7 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF Riga14.5 
 9. Kisielius, Liepaja14.1 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.3 
 3. Zorin, Barons6.7 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.0 
 5. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.9 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera5.8 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 8. Zakis, Ventspils5.3 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
 10. Davis, Valmiera4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
 2. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.6 
 3. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.3 
 4. Sirsnins, Barons4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.4 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.1 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja3.1 
 8. Efejuku, Barons2.6 
 9. Bertans, Ventspils2.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.2 
 3. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.2 
 4. Bertans, Ventspils2.1 
 5. Osins, Keizarmezs2.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 8. Vilums, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Kravalis, Keizarmezs1.3 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.9 
 4. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 5. Zorin, Barons0.8 
 6. Cresnar, Valmiera0.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.7 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.5 
 9. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 10. Valeika, Valmiera0.5 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 17-2 
 2. Champville 15-4 
 3. Moutahed 13-6 
 4. Hoops 11-8 
 5. Sagesse 7-12 
 6. Anibal 3-11 
 7. Kahraba 3-16 
 8. Antranik 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (197-F-79)
  Avg: 31.3
 1. El Khatib, Champville31.3 
 2. Colson, Antranik25.8 
 3. Johnson, Al Riyadi25.3 
 4. Battles, Kahraba23.9 
 5. Ford, Moutahed21.4 
 6. Byrd, Hoops21.3 
 7. Clemons, Hoops21.3 
 8. Kearse, Kahraba21.0 
 9. Luca, Anibal20.7 
 10. Phillips, Sagesse19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm BATTLES
  Kahraba
  (205-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Battles, Kahraba14.3 
 2. Luca, Anibal11.9 
 3. Giles, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Darnell, Champville11.4 
 5. Charles, Champville10.7 
 6. Danielson, Champville9.0 
 7. El Khatib, Champville8.6 
 8. Samaha, Sagesse8.5 
 9. Kearse, Kahraba7.8 
 10. Christensen, Mouta.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sean COLSON
  Toros
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 9
 1. Colson, Antranik9.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi8.1 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.9 
 4. Slaughter, Anibal5.6 
 5. Johnson, Al Riyadi5.3 
 6. Madison, Champville4.8 
 7. El Khatib, Champville4.6 
 8. Akl, Al Riyadi4.5 
 9. Ghattas, Sagesse4.4 
 10. Ibrahim, Moutahed3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Hoops
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Clemons, Hoops4.6 
 2. Byrd, Hoops3.3 
 3. Kearse, Kahraba3.0 
 4. Slaughter, Anibal2.4 
 5. Yammine, Hoops2.3 
 6. Hakim, Kahraba2.3 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 8. Phillips, Sagesse2.2 
 9. Christensen, Mouta.2.2 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christien CHARLES
  Champville
  (213-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Charles, Champville3.2 
 2. Giles, Al Riyadi2.8 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.7 
 4. Darnell, Champville2.2 
 5. Battles, Kahraba1.9 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.3 
 8. Daoud, Anibal1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Anibal1.1 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi1.0 


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - by Enique Clemons
Mission Accomplished tonite...The last team that i really wanted the win personally bcuz they were the only team out of all the teams in our league we didnt beat... Tonite we beat Al Moutahed Tripoli an it was so sweet to deliever a victory too my troops! We knew in order to win this game I personally had to b better than there defense bcuz in this league all around there the most complete team defensively! There tough bcuz they help an recover better than anyone an there coach Toni Vujanic to me is the best money can buy here in the Middle East....It waz definetly a tough win bt in this business anything possible...Congrats again to all the motivators an haterz who wouldntan didnt give us a chance.... FINAL 4 here we come!

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Darnell Stephens All-Star Game MVP & Dunk Contest Winner in Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke
Denell Stephens (192-G-86, college: Slippery Rock) was named MVP of the DBBL All-Star Game. Around 1300 basketball fans saw the different parts of the Allstar Day in the Gym in Dudelange, with the special highlight, the Slamdunk Contest.
In front of his home crowd Stephens was irresistable. He was unstoppable in the Game and had many dunks. He finished the game with 21 points and was selected from the press as the MVP of the game.
In the halftime break of the game, Stephens showed his unbelievable athletic abilities and he won the dunking contest after having three amazing dunks. He showed the crowd, that he is by far the most spectacular player in the league.

The rosters:
North: Jairo Delgado, Nelson Delgado (both Etzella), Ken Diederich, Brandon Gary, Eric Jeitz (all Contern), Christopher Jones (Amicale), Pitt Koster (Rsidence), Cory Largent (Racing), Guy Schmit, Laurent Schwartz (both Musel Pikes), Dustin Scott (Etzella)
Coach: Frank Baum (Musel Pikes)
South: Patrick Arbaut (Sparta), Domonique Crawford (Zolwer), Dean Gindt (Racing), Phil Grant, Julien Hublart (both Sparta), Luc Loesch (Zolwer), Martin Rajniak, Gilles Ruffato, Tom Schumacher (all T71), Larrie Smith (Sparta), Denell Stephens (T71)
Coach: Jan Enjebo (T71)



Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Basket Esch 18-1 
 2. Heffingen 11-8 
 3. Black Star 11-8 
 4. Mondorf 10-9 
 5. BC Mess 9-10 
 6. Pall Aren 8-11 
 7. Grengewald 6-13 
 8. Telstar Hesperange 3-16 
 9. Black Frogs 0-0 


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Bojan Bakic signs with Metalac - by Eurobasket News
Serbian outfit Metalac Valjevo has announced signing of Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket). Experienced Montenegrin International is coming to the team from Valjevo as big reinforcement as they hope that he will be able to lead them to fourth place in Serban Superleague, which guarantees place for Adriatic League next season. Bakic has recently been playing for Greek outfit Trikala for which he has signed at the beginning of this year. He is the third signing of ambitious Metalac who has already inked the likes of Mile Ilic and Jovan Teodosic, while there are some unofficial information floating around that they are also looking to bring one more player.
Bojan Bakic is a product of BC Buducnost Podgrocia junior team. He made his debut during 2000-2001 season, when he appeared in 13 games and has posted 7.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. In his debut season he has won both the National title and Cup with Buducnost. He continued to improve his game, and has become one of the important role players. In 2003, Bakic moved to Hemofarm, where in his first season he played in 36 league games and has averaged 9.6 points. Following season, he helped Hemofarm win the Adriatic League, after averaging 8.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 32 games. After two more seasons with Hemofarm, Bakic returned to Buducnost in 2007. He averaged 101 points and 2.1 rebounds in 29 Adriatic league games. He finished the season as a member of Greek outfit Costa Cafe Marousi. Last season, Bakic move to Poland where he signed for Energa Czarni Slupsk. In 5 EuroChallenge Bakic averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, while in Polish League he averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 29 games. Bakic is a member of Montenegrin National Team, and was an integral part of the squad which finished in 1st place during qualifications for Division A.


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. MAS 16-2 
 2. ASS 14-4 
 3. IRT 14-4 
 4. FUS 10-8 
 5. PCS 10-8 
 6. ASE 9-9 
 7. RCA 6-12 
 8. Chabab Rif 6-12 
 9. TSC 3-15 
 10. IRAN 2-16 


First stage is over - by Eurobasket News
MAS finished first stage of Moroccan top division as No.1 with 16 wins and just 2 defeats. ASS is the second ranked team with 14-4, and IRT is No.3 with the same record. Eight best teams from the first stage will advance to the next one.
Stage Two starts on April 17 and teams will be divided in two groups. Participants of Group A will be FUS Maghreb, RCA and CRA. In Group B are placed ASS, ASE, IRT and CPS.



Stage One standings

1. MAS 16-2
2. ASS 14-4
3. IRT 14-4
4. FUS 10-8
5. PCS 10-8
6. ASE 9-9
7. RCA 6-12
8. Chabab Rif 6-12
9. TSC 3-15
10. IRAN 2-16



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Harvey shoots his way to All-Louisiana third team - by Eurobasket
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Xavier University of Louisiana's Michael Harvey (6'3''-G) was a third-team selection on the All-Louisiana men's basketball team announced late Saturday.
Harvey, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Amite, La., and a graduate of Amite High School, averaged 13.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 29 games this season. He led the Gold Rush in scoring and 3-point shooting and ranked among the top 50 in NAIA Division I in 3-point field-goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game and 3-pointers made.
Harvey made 42.7 percent of his 3-pointers (64-of-150), shot 50 percent from the floor (141-of-282) and was Xavier's lone All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection. Only two Xavier players have made more 3-pointers in a season. Harvey is the first Xavier player since 2003-04 to reach double figures in blocked shots (12) and 3-pointers made in the same season.
Xavier was 18-13 this season and finished sixth in the GCAC. The Gold Rush recorded three victories against ranked opponents.
Harvey is the third player in Dannton Jackson's seven seasons as Xavier head coach to make the All-Louisiana team or receive honorable mention. Mark Stewart was on the third team in 2006-07, and Shaun Dumas received honorable mention a year ago.
A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel selected the All-Louisiana team. All players from four-year universities in the state are eligible.

2009-10 LSWA All-Louisiana Men's Basketball Team

Player of the Year: Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88) of University Louisiana at Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year: Will Pratt (6'5''-F), Northwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Daman Starring (6'4''-G-88), Centenary
Coach of the Year: Kerry Rupp , Louisiana Tech

First Team
Anatoly Bose (6'6''-G/F-88) of Nicholls State University
Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87) of Louisiana Tech University
Tyren Johnson of University Louisiana at Lafayette
Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86) of Louisiana State University
Derrick Parker of Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Second Team
Ryan Brock (6'3''-G), Loyola
Will Pratt, Northwestern State
Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86), Louisiana Tech
Bo Spencer (6'2''-G-89), LSU
Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88), Southastern Louisiana

Third Team
Chris Gradnigo (6'7''-G-89), Louisiana-Lafayette
Michael Harvey, Xavier
Fred Hunter (6'5''-G-89), Nicholls State
David Perez (6'3''-G-89), Centenary
Storm Warren (6'7''-F-88), LSU

Honorable Mention:
Olu Ashaolu (6'7''-G-88), Louisiana Tech
Charles Carmouche (6'2''-G-90), New Orleans
Dynile Forbes (6'2''-G-86), Louisiana-Monroe
Jamel Guyton (6'3''-G-88), Louisiana Tech
Tony Hooper (5'11''-G-87), Louisiana-Monroe
Patrick Richard (6'4''-F), McNeese State
Tommie Sykes (6'4''-F-88), Louisiana-Monroe.

Xavier's All-Louisiana Men's Basketball Players
1972-73: Bruce Seals (first team)
1977-78: Evan Robinson (third team)
1981-82: Alvin 'Bo' Dukes (third team)
1982-83: Eugene Johnson (third team)
1983-84: Rodolfo Gill (third team)
1984-85: Rodolfo Gill (third team)
1986-87: Juan Mercier (third team)
1987-88: Juan Mercier (second team)
1990-91: Merlin Peters (third team)
2006-07: Mark Stewart (third team)
2008-09: Shaun Dumas (honorable mention)
2009-10: Michael Harvey (third team)



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  NBA   


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 48-29 
 2. Toronto R. 38-39 
 3. New York K. 28-49 
 4. Philadelph.76 26-51 
 5. New Jersey N. 11-66 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 61-17 
 2. Milwaukee B. 43-34 
 3. Chicago B. 37-40 
 4. Indiana P. 29-48 
 5. Detroit P. 24-53 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 54-23 
 2. Atlanta H. 49-28 
 3. Miami Heat 43-34 
 4. Charlotte B. 41-36 
 5. Washington W. 24-53 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 51-27 
 2. Denver N. 50-27 
 3. Oklah.City T. 48-29 
 4. Portland TB 47-30 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-62 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-22 
 2. Phoenix Suns 50-27 
 3. LA Clippers 27-50 
 4. Sacramento K. 24-54 
 5. Golde State W. 23-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 50-27 
 2. San Antonio S. 48-29 
 3. Memphis G. 39-38 
 4. Houston R. 39-38 
 5. N.Orleans H. 35-43 


Phoenix Suns sign Dwayne Jones, who led NBA Developmental League in rebounding - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's), a forward-center who led the NBA's Developmental League in rebounding with the Austin Toros this season, signed a contract with the Suns Monday.

And the club signed what it hopes is a 6-foot-11 insurance policy.

After doing nothing but rest since a bulging disk was discovered in his back, center Robin Lopez was on the floor during a light workout Monday and was to do his first rehabilitation work afterward.

'Today was the first day. It was good,' Lopez said, but he was non-committal on whether he'll be back by the playoffs.

'I don't know. We'll see,' he said. 'I can't really say anything about my timetable. It differs from person to person.'

Coach Alvin Gentry and club President Steve Kerr said Lopez would be reassessed in a week.

Meanwhile, Jones gives the club another big body should present starter Jarron Collins suffer an injury or for those occasions when the team's big men get into foul trouble.

'They were honest with me,' said Jones, who has played in 80 NBA games with Boston, Cleveland and Charlotte and averaged 16 rebounds a game in Austin this season. 'There's a chance I could play some, and there's a chance I could not play at all.

'I'm just here trying to help out to prepare the team for the playoffs, help anyway I can and be ready for my opportunity if I get it.'

Coincidentally, Austin is affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs, who visit US Airways Center on Wednesday. The Toros run San Antonio's system and Jones also was in training camp with the Spurs.

'So maybe I can help out a little bit for Wednesday,' he said, smiling. 'I've got a little insight.'

Of course, like most insurance policies, this one can't cover the entire loss.

The Suns were playing their best basketball of the season with Lopez in the starting lineup, rebounding, defending low-post players without double-team help, blocking shots and generally eating up space.

'It's tough out there. He's such a big force,' Amar'e Stoudemire said of Lopez. 'He's a big guy and helps me out on the boards. But we've been playing well and we've got to keep it going.'

Gentry agreed.

'I told someone, it's not like (Lopez) is a guy averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds for us. But it feels like that guy,' Gentry said. 'He does a good job for us just having a presence inside. We've had him guard his brother (New Jersey's Brook Lopez) without double-teaming, Tim Duncan without double-teaming, Zach Randolph, Al Jefferson. That presence is kind of missing right now.

'There are a lot of things he brings to the table that on the stat sheet you can't really see. There are intangible things he brings - just the sheer size of him being in there we miss'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Miami Heat re-signs forward Shavlik Randolph - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat re-signed forward Shavlik Randolph (6'10''-F-83, college: Duke) for the balance of the season Tuesday.

Randolph was added as insurance because of the recent knee injury that has sidelined center Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal said Tuesday he expects to return for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Randolph, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Duke, appeared in two games, with two points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot in 23 minutes for the Heat earlier this season. He also played sparingly for the Portland Trail Blazers this season.

In order to open a roster spot for Randolph, the Heat released forward Alade Aminu.
Randolph will wear number 42.


Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Knicks waive Cuttino Mobley - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has granted the New York Knicks' request for luxury-tax relief on the contract of retired guard Cuttino Mobley (6'5''-G-74, college: Rhode Island), according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks were notified last week that their request for Mobley's $9.5 million salary to be erased from their 2009-10 tax bill has been approved.

The Knicks then waived Mobley on Monday, according to a league memorandum obtained by ESPN.com.

Once Mobley clears waivers later this week, New York will see its luxury-tax bill for July drop from nearly $15 million to $5.1 million. That will also reduce the rebate that teams get for staying underneath the league's $69.9 million luxury-tax threshhold from just over $4 million to $3.7 million.

Mobley retired last season because of a heart condition that has worsened, but New York was waiting for the league's ruling on the matter before waiving Mobley, which opens up a roster spot in case the Knicks want to sign anyone for the final week-plus of the season.

The Knicks had to convince the league office -- which undertakes a length evaluation in all career-ending injury cases -- that they did not know Mobley would have to retire when they acquired him early in the 2008-09 season from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Knicks management has maintained from the start that it was not aware that the 11-year veteran -- who was still playing regularly for the Clippers at the time of the trade -- would have to stop playing until a post-trade examination by a heart specialist.

Mobley said when he retired shortly after the trade that doctors told him he faced significant risks if he kept playing. By walking away now, Mobley said, he was assured that he could live a long life.

'The specialists I've seen made it clear that my heart condition has gotten worse and I couldn't continue to play professional basketball without putting my health and life in serious danger,' Mobley said at the time. 'As much as I want to keep playing in the NBA, I have no choice but to follow the advice of my doctors and step away from the league.'

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under 30 years old and was linked to the deaths of Boston Celtics forward Reggie Lewis and former Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers.

An EKG during his post-trade physical with the Knicks showed an irregularity with Mobley's heart, which he already knew existed. The Knicks decided to perform an MRI exam, which revealed the more serious condition that previously had gone undetected. After additional tests with four specialists, Mobley halted his career at 33.

The left-hander averaged 16.0 points in 11 seasons with Houston, Orlando, Sacramento and the Clippers. The Knicks originally targeted Mobley and Tim Thomas in the trade for Zach Randolph because Mobley's contract, which expires after this season, would create salary-cap space to help with New York's expected pursuit of LeBron James and other marquee free agents this summer, but Mobley was expected to start at shooting guard for the Knicks when they got him.


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5058182)


Coach K not interested in Nets job - by Eurobasket News
Mike Krzyzewski isn't interested in leaving Duke for the New Jersey Nets.

Krzyzewski says through a spokesman that he hasn't been contacted by the Nets and wouldn't have any interest in the job.

The Bergen Record, citing anonymous sources, reported that incoming Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would offer Krzyzewski $12-million to $15-million per season.

Krzyzewski says in a statement Monday that you would be flattered if someone would offer you a job, but I would not be interested.

Krzyzewski, who is coaching Duke in the national championship game Monday night, has refuted rumors about the Nets before. Speaking after a victory against Maryland on Feb. 13, Krzyzewski joked that no one's contacted me, and if they do, I think nyet' would be easy for me to say.


Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


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  NCAA1   


Coach K not interested in Nets job - by Eurobasket News
Mike Krzyzewski isn't interested in leaving Duke for the New Jersey Nets.

Krzyzewski says through a spokesman that he hasn't been contacted by the Nets and wouldn't have any interest in the job.

The Bergen Record, citing anonymous sources, reported that incoming Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would offer Krzyzewski $12-million to $15-million per season.

Krzyzewski says in a statement Monday that you would be flattered if someone would offer you a job, but I would not be interested.

Krzyzewski, who is coaching Duke in the national championship game Monday night, has refuted rumors about the Nets before. Speaking after a victory against Maryland on Feb. 13, Krzyzewski joked that no one's contacted me, and if they do, I think nyet' would be easy for me to say.


Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


USA prevail against Argentina - by Eurobasket News
USA U18 - Argentina U18 61:53
The United State U18 team posted the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They shot down Argentina to climb at 2-1 record. The Latin American team in the meantime dropped their third straight game. Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92) produced 21 points to lead the winners.
The USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They outgunned Argentina 14:11 in the opening frame. But the Latin American side struck right back drawing things level at 25 after twenty minutes. However the third quarter proved the difference. The USA pulled ahead as they scored 23 points in the period and entered the fourth one up by 7. Argentina were able to come up with only 12 points in the final stanza allowing the USA to seal the victory.
Kevin Ware (6'4''-G-93) notched 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Damian Leonard (6'4''-G/F-92) and Royce Woolridge (6'3''-G-92) had 6 points each for the United States. Fernando Podesta (6'9''-C-92) nailed 19 points to pace Argentina. German Ressia (5'11''-G-92) finished with 12 points in the losing effort.

USA: Ryan Boatright 21, Kevin Ware 14, Damian Leonard 6, Royce Woolridge 6
Argentina: Fernando Podesta 19, German Ressia 12



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  NCAA2   


Darnell Stephens All-Star Game MVP & Dunk Contest Winner in Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke
Denell Stephens (192-G-86, college: Slippery Rock) was named MVP of the DBBL All-Star Game. Around 1300 basketball fans saw the different parts of the Allstar Day in the Gym in Dudelange, with the special highlight, the Slamdunk Contest.
In front of his home crowd Stephens was irresistable. He was unstoppable in the Game and had many dunks. He finished the game with 21 points and was selected from the press as the MVP of the game.
In the halftime break of the game, Stephens showed his unbelievable athletic abilities and he won the dunking contest after having three amazing dunks. He showed the crowd, that he is by far the most spectacular player in the league.

The rosters:
North: Jairo Delgado, Nelson Delgado (both Etzella), Ken Diederich, Brandon Gary, Eric Jeitz (all Contern), Christopher Jones (Amicale), Pitt Koster (Rsidence), Cory Largent (Racing), Guy Schmit, Laurent Schwartz (both Musel Pikes), Dustin Scott (Etzella)
Coach: Frank Baum (Musel Pikes)
South: Patrick Arbaut (Sparta), Domonique Crawford (Zolwer), Dean Gindt (Racing), Phil Grant, Julien Hublart (both Sparta), Luc Loesch (Zolwer), Martin Rajniak, Gilles Ruffato, Tom Schumacher (all T71), Larrie Smith (Sparta), Denell Stephens (T71)
Coach: Jan Enjebo (T71)



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  PBL   


Rice named PBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Vermont veteran guard Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) sparked his team to two big wins last week, and the Cal-Bakersfield product was named the Premier Basketball League's Player of the Week for his efforts.

Rice's honor marks the third time a Vermont Frost Heaves player has won the award in the 2009-10 season along with Troy Jackson and Marshall Brown. Rice scored a team-high 20 points in Friday's win over Halifax, helping guide Vermont from a 14-point deficit with less than four minutes in the game.

Vermont also announced on Monday the process for purchasing playoff tickets.

The Frost Heaves will host their first-round playoff game in Barre next Thursday. Their opponent will either be the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry or the Rochester Razorsharks, depending on how the final games play out. Ticket prices for the playoffs will be the same as during the regular season: Chairbacks $15, Roadside Reserved $15, General Admission $12 and Children 14 and under $7.

Season-ticket holders will be given first chance to purchase tickets to the game. Tickets will be available at the Barre Auditorium from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. this Wednesday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. The only form of payment accepted will be cash or checks. Season-ticket holders will also be able to purchase up to four more additional tickets at the time of purchase for the game next Thursday, depending upon availability.


Courtesy of www.timesargus.com


Thomas released by Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
The Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) experiment might not be over, but the big centre wont be suiting up for the Halifax Rainmen again this season.

The Rainmen have released the six-foot-eight, 320-pound Chicago native so he can play for the International Basketball Leagues Albany (N.Y.) Legends, whose season starts on Friday.

Thomas, a 23-year-old rookie pro, played less than 10 total minutes in his most recent six games and did not accompany the team on last weekends road trip after falling behind three other centres on Halifaxs depth chart.

He wasnt going to play the rest of the year he wasnt gonna play over Larry Turner, he wasnt gonna play over Marc Mazur, and he wasnt gonna play over John Strickland, owner Andre Levingston said. We just said, Lets just let him go. He can go (to Albany) and play. He needs to get on the floor.

Thomas averaged just 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10 games, but the Rainmen still consider him a high-upside project if he can continue to improve his conditioning.

Described as a young John Strickland by Levingston, the thinking is he could develop into an impact big man because of his deceivingly quick feet and vision.

Levingston said Thomas could be a starter with the Legends, who play a 20-game schedule that wraps up at the end of June.

We definitely want him back next year, Levingston said. I just thought it was really important for him to get some minutes. He could be really good.

The Rainmen have 11 players on their roster and cannot sign anybody else because the Premier Basketball Leagues transaction deadline has passed.

The Rainmen, 12-7, wrap up the regular season tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Metro Centre against the Quebec Kebs. They need a win to improve their chances of finishing third ahead of the Vermont Frost Heaves, 11-7.

The Kebs are 4-14 but beat the Rainmen the last time they met on March 5.


Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes22.3 
 2. Sherrill, Maryland.20.9 
 3. Bennett, Halifax R.19.9 
 4. Anderson, Manchest.19.8 
 5. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
 6. Audet-Sow, Quebec K.18.8 
 7. Wise, Quebec K.18.7 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.18.4 
 9. Jackson, Vermo.18.3 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Crookshank, Halif.13.9 
 2. Reyes, Capitanes13.8 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.10.2 
 5. Demasi, Vermont FH9.6 
 6. Wise, Quebec K.9.4 
 7. Ocitti, Manchest.8.6 
 8. Ross, Buffalo S.8.4 
 9. Bronson, Manchest.8.3 
 10. Johnson, Rocheste.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Manchester M.
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Anderson, Manchest.6.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.6 
 3. Ervin, Halifax R.6.1 
 4. Rice, Vermont FH6.0 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.5.7 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.5.3 
 7. Flegler, Maryland.5.2 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 9. Sherrill, Maryland.4.6 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marlin JOHNSON
  Rochester R.
  (193-F-75)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.7 
 2. Bowden, Lawton F.2.4 
 3. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 4. Fortier, Quebec K.2.1 
 5. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 6. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 7. Thomas, Maryland.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 9. Council, Rocheste.1.7 
 10. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael ANDERSON
  Maryland GH
  (213-C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.2 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 4. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.7 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 7. McKeon, Maryland.1.4 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 9. Turner, Halifax R.1.3 
 10. Marshall, Lawton F.1.1 


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  POLAND   


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Astoria 25-2 
 2. Norgips 23-6 
 3. SKK Siedlce 22-6 
 4. Tur B.Podl. 19-8 
 5. Zuraw Gn. 19-10 
 6. Nowy Dwor Gd. 18-10 
 7. MMKS SIDEn 18-11 
 8. Harmattan 16-11 
 9. Basket Kw. 15-13 
 10. Assec.Prokom 3 12-16 
 11. Korsarz 9-19 
 12. Zyrardowianka 9-19 
 13. Unibet Legia 8-18 
 14. AZS Olsztyn 8-20 
 15. OSSM W-wa 2-28 
 16. OSSM Sopot 1-27 
Group B
 1. AZS Szczecin 22-2 
 2. AZS PP Poznan 20-4 
 3. Open Basket 20-4 
 4. Ksiezak 15-9 
 5. AZS Kutno 15-9 
 6. Nysa Klodzko 13-11 
 7. Pogon Prudnik 13-13 
 8. Stal Ostrow 12-12 
 9. MKS Skiern. 12-12 
 10. AZS PO Opole 10-14 
 11. Obiekty Wrocl. 8-16 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 7-17 
 13. OSSM Wroclaw 2-22 
 14. KKS Siechnice 0-24 
Group C
 1. Rosasport 25-1 
 2. Unia Tarnow 22-4 
 3. UMKS Kielce 18-7 
 4. AZS PR Radom 18-9 
 5. MCKiS Jaw. 15-10 
 6. Cracovia 15-11 
 7. Pogon Ruda Sl. 14-10 
 8. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 14-12 
 9. Alba 11-14 
 10. Komtek 11-14 
 11. MKS Limanowa 10-15 
 12. Mickiewicz 7-19 
 13. Wisla Krakow 6-20 
 14. Staco Niepol. 6-20 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 1-26 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
North
 1. Stary Sobol 23-5 
 2. Tobolsk 19-9 
 3. Zaretchny 18-10 
 4. Tolyatti 15-13 
 5. Omsk 14-14 
 6. Ukhta 10-18 
 7. Kamit-Univ. 9-19 
 8. Izhevsk 4-24 
 9. Kostroma 0-0 
South
 1. Voronezh 35-5 
 2. Volzhan.-GES 30-10 
 3. Dinamo May. 24-16 
 4. Dizelist 23-14 
 5. Stavropol 18-19 
 6. Cherkessk 18-20 
 7. Avtodor 15-23 
 8. Kursk 15-25 
 9. Lipetsk 15-25 
 10. Orel 12-28 
 11. Bryansk 10-30 
 12. Tula 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Sinelnikov, Magni 18.2
2 Kurinnoi, Magnit 17.1
3 Aleksandrov, Naltc 16.9
4 Zakamov Irkut 16.1
5 Stepanenkov, Rya 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Cheremnyh, Chel 8.3
1 Ekimov Temp 8.3
3 Stepanenkov, Rya 7.4
4 Kurinnoi, Magnit 7.4
5 Tvetkov TGU 7.2
Assists Per Game
1 Voskresenskiy,Ural 5.7
2 Savelev, Novosyb 5.4
3 Zelenskiy, Rjaz 5.0
4 Golyahov Rjaz 4.4
5 Uskov, Revda 4.3
Steals Per Game
1 Zelenskiy, Rjaz 2.8
2 Zakamov, Irkutsk 2.8
3 Gladyshev, Naltchik 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Cvetkov, Tambov 2.5
2 Goritskov, Saransk 0.9
3 Cheremnyh, Chel 0.9


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  SAINT KITTS   


Top Caribbean Club Teams To Participate In St.kitts Basketball Season Opening - by Richard
Basketball City will once come alive on Sunday April 11th when the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA) hosts the Champion Basketball teams from neighbouring Antigua & Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands. The two teams are expected to be on island by Saturday April 10th and will engage local club teams in matches on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The visiting basketball teams are the Defense Force Warriors the 2010 Antiguan Super 8 champions and Talk Dat the BVI Basketball Federation 2009 Champions. Featured host teams are 2009 defending SKABA Champions Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots and former Champions Rams Hitters
The Defense Force Warriors features some of Antigua s top national players including Marlon 'Buju' Charles, Mario 'Little' Davis, Shawn 'Gizmo' Williams ,Raviel Burton, Walton Bundie Christian. The BVI Champs are centered around Guard Ronnie Gola Simmonds and Nathaniel Nat Malone
On Saturday The Warriors will engage the Champion team from the Challengers Community League in Challengers. The team will then play former SKABA national champions the Rams Hitters on Sunday in Game 1 of the highly anticipated official opening of the 2010 SKABA League. The BVI Champions Talk Dat will play the Defending SKABA Champions the Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots in Game 2 on the opening night of the LIME sponsored league.
According to officials of the Antigua team the players are keenly anxious to play Hitters once again here on St.Kitts. According to coach Bradbury Browne the Warriors are looking forward to matching their skills against the St.Kitts Champions Hitters. Browne indicated that he was keen on viewing how well his team will match up against one of the top clubs in St.Kitts once again. The Warriors defeated Hitters on the opening night last season and the Hitters will be certain to try and exact some revenge after being defeated on their home turf in front of thousands of their hometown fans.
I expect another exciting and keenly contested match-up and bearing in mind that we suffered a tough loss to the warriors last year we are definitely excited and anxious to face them once again to redeem ourselves after the tough lost last year, said Hitters Coach James Barman Hanley. We have been in training for some time now in preparation for the start of the league and the Antiguan Super 8 Champions will be the perfect team to guage our readiness for the 2010 season, Hanley continued.
Hitters this year will feature the basically the same team that suffered a clean sweep loss in the 2009 finals against the Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots. 30 year veteran and regional Basketball Legend Trevor Marty Huggins will once again for part of the core of the Hitters team along with Shawn Shabba Forbes and Marlon Jah Love Powell.
Defending Champions Horsfords Ghetto Roots are making moves to further strengthen their 2009 championship squad. Sources close to the team are suggesting that former National Junior Players Halstead Hally Isles and Ruel Criagy Nero are expected to return to the team after extended layoffs due to injury. Also expected to return to the Horsfords Ghetto Roots is former National Players Kiethley Hicks and Lyle Dixie Duggins both of whom are expected to transfer from the St.Pauls Tuff Knots and Fig Tree Dirt Revellers respectively. Hicks last played with Horsfords Ghetto Roots in 2007 while Duggins played with the team during their tour of Antigua in 2009. The Horsfords Ghetto Roots is expected once again to be led by SKABA 2009 MVP Rymal Bally Browne along with national guard Levi By-By Fyfeild in addition to Carlos Spanish Monzac and Troy Jasbo Wattley .
2009 was certainly a good year for our club. We not only won the National title convinvingly with a clean sweep victory over Hitters but the Club featured more teams in one season than any other club in SKABA history with a Premier,A,Junior and Female teams, said Horsfords Ghetto Roots Club General Manager Wallis Wilkin .
We are in the process of strenghtning the structure of the organisation and the teams and as a result we have brought on board Dwayne Sturge who will fortify the clubs coaching and Management staff .In addition we have welcomed back a few players who were members of the team in the past but were absent over the last few years for various reasons. These additions will certainly strengthen the team and Organisation. Coach Garfeild Alexander did an excellent Job in 2009 and I am confident that he will once again lead us to the National Championship once again , the Horsfords Ghetto Roots Manager continued.
When asked about which teams was expected to provide the most formidable challenge to Horsfords Ghetto Roots repeat championship hopes GM Wilkin said I am not at all concerned,worried or phased by any team. I concern myself with the performance and attitudes of my players. Once that is honed,monitored and developed there is no team in the OECS much less St.Kitts that can beat Horsfords Ghetto Roots in a 3 or 5 game championship finals,.
Another finals berth is a foregone conclusion for the defending Champions as the team is packed with some of the most talented players in the league.
The 2010 season tips off at 5pm on Sunday April 11th with the traditional march past and 2 match-ups including 2009 finalist Rams Hitters vs Antigua Super 8 Champions Defense Force Warriors in game 1 and the BVIBF Champions Talk Dat vs SKABA Champions Horsfords Horsfords Ghetto Roots.
courtesy of ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


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  SERBIA   


Metalac inks Ivan Maras - by Zoran Popovic
Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-C-86) is new player of Metalac Valjevo. Maras sings contract with Serbian team till the end of season. This season Maras played for Buducnost Podgorica and on 11 games in EuroChellenge Cup average scored 6.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.9 steals and in Adriatic league on 17 games average scored 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.8 steals per game. Maras started professional career in Buducnost Podgorica and last two years is member of Montenegrin National team.

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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Play-off first round, matchday three - by Tomas Kottra
After two matches, two of teams have their chance to send the series into to history in home conditions.
Basketbal Pezinok (1) - BK Inter Bratislava (8)
With best record was Basketbal Pezinok real favorite in these series, what they proved to be real thing in first two matches. The second won in Slovak capital city was surprisingly evened and away both players and supporters had to remain in emergency until the end itself. Even with 45 seconds left on clock, the margin was only 4 points thick. Bratislava fought well, trying to avoid the biggest Basketbal Pezinoks advantage from the first match underbasket player Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver). Finally he managed to score 19 points, Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) scored 15. Best home player was guard Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Third match looks to be decisive here.
BK SPU Nitra (2) SKP Banska Bystrica (7)
Heading to city of BK SPU Nitra with score 1:1. Bystrica topped their opponent with better perimeter defense and rebound dominance. But the victory between home walls was not an easy thing! 79 seconds before the end of fourth quarter, still BK SPU Nitra was at the top, but then Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) converted both free throws and Gregory Immink (178-G-83, college: Hope (MI)) scored very important 6 points 4 from the free throw line showing no mercy or pressure. Nervous finish was better for home players. Their ambition come back home with leading 1:2 is striking. Sure they know how to claim victory now, but it will take a lot of efforts!
MBK Handlova (3) MBK Rieker Komarno (6)
Extremely unpleasant situation for ambitious MBK Rieker Komarno. Their last match watched overpacked stands, but home supporters were speechless after the match. With only 28 points after first half they could not await a good result without totally different second. But change did not come. Away team played what they needed to, strict defense, powerful offense with lots of open three-point shots and dominant play under the baskets. For MBK Rieker Komarno it looks like the end of the season, but the role of underestimated fits them, so we hope, they will fight even until bitter end.
BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (4) - BC Prievidza (5)
First overtime match in this years play-off resulted in slight home win 85:80. After high lose the MVP of March, Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) scored 32 points and was the most important factor on the field. But the match could end different ways. Jozef Gonda, coach of BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves said that they were hoping in a bit of luck in the end, but it did not come, so they had to fight in overtime and lost. BC Prievidza will surely not travel for this away match to lose.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Tying Up Ham Is Key to Egis Win - by Rick Ross
Game 4 of the Korean Basketball League (KBL) best-of-seven
championship series will play out on Wednesday in Jeonju.
The new matchup of Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) Seung-gyun of the KCC Egis against
Ham Hi-hoon of the Ulsan Mobis will see each player look to
propel his team to the title.

In the last three matches the Mobis' primary goal has been tying up the
Egis point guard Jun Tae-poong while the Egis' first consideration has
been defending the regular season's Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ham.

The key to the third ranked Egis' victory Sunday to trail the
Mobis 2-1 in the final series was keeping Ham quiet.

Ham averaged 25.5 points as the top-seeded Mobis grabbed wins in
Game 1 and 2. But in Game 3 veteran Choo Seung-Kyun only allowed Ham 10 points as the Egis won 89-78.

Restricting Ham is most important for us to win,
Egis head coach Hur Jae said. Though Choo Seung-Kyun find it hard to
defend Ham physically there is no other option, added Hur.

In Game 1 and 2 sixth-man Kang Eun-sik often defended the
Mobis center. But as Kang didn't cope well, the Egis boss changed the matchup in Game 3.

If the Mobis notch a third win on Wednesday,
the Egis will find it hard defend their title.

Game 4, the last championship game to be held in Jeonju,
is expected to be another tight encounter before the teams
head to Seoul where the last three fixtures are scheduled.
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.1 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada18.7 
 3. Tucker, DKV J.16.9 
 4. Vujanic, CB Murcia16.8 
 5. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.15.8 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.2 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.4 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS14.3 
 10. Hendrix, Granada14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.8 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Kirksay, Cajasol7.2 
 4. Hendrix, Granada7.2 
 5. Moss, CB Murcia7.2 
 6. Panko, Lagun A.6.8 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.7 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.7 
 9. Augustine, Gran C.6.6 
 10. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Cook, Unicaja6.2 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 3. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 4. Dumas, Valladolid4.6 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 6. Valters, DKV J.4.4 
 7. Norris, Gran C.4.1 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol4.0 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.7 
 10. Tucker, DKV J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Regal Barca
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rubio, Regal Barca2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 3. Prigioni, MMC R.1.9 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Triguero, Cajasol1.6 
 6. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 7. Lewis, Manresa1.6 
 8. Hendrix, Granada1.5 
 9. Fisher, Gran C.1.5 
 10. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Hendrix, Granada1.4 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 6. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 7. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.1 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.0 
 10. Barnes, Valladolid1.0 


Spain better Australia in Mannheim - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Australia U18 66:61
Spanish team outscored Australia in the third round of the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The victory saw Spain improve at 3-0 record, while the Emus slipped at 2-1. Spain will face the USA, while Australia will play against Croatia tomorrow.
The first quarter was an evenly matched contest. The scoreboard read 14:14 ten minutes into the game. The Emus stepped on the gas in the second period. They exploded with 23 points to take a 37:24 lead into the second half. But Spain seemed ready for the challenge. A nearly perfect defensive effort helped the Spaniards turned things around in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. Spain continued to dominate in the fourth quarter and finally tamed the Emus for the third win in a row. Pierre Oriola (206-F-92) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Spain. Albert Ventura (196-F-92) produced 17 points in the winning effort. Jackson Aldridge (185-G-92) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Australia. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92) delivered 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Spain: Pierre Oriola 19, Albert Ventura 17, Alex Barrea 8
Australia: Jackson Aldridge 18, Mitchell Creek 15



ACB Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao - Xacobeo BS 98-58
Bizkaia Bilbao destroyed Xacobeo BS in the last game of Round 28 improving its score to 13-15. Janis Blums (190-G-82) was on fire in this victory with 20 points for 20 minutes on the floor. He made 6 of 9 attempts from behind the arc. In Xacobeo BS (8-20), Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) netted 12 points.

CB Murcia - Valencia BC 92-96
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) was a key player in victory with 27 points for 26 minutes on the floor. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) also had very important role with 18 and Victor Claver followed with 4 points less. In the loosing squad, Shammond Williams collected 22 points and 9 assists. Valencia 19-9, Murcia 5-23.

Fuenlabrada - Valladolid 78-70
Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead his Fuenla to 12th victory of the season. Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) and Tal Burstein secured a nice help with 16 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Valladolid (11-17) got 12 points and 6 boards from Isaac Lopez.

Caja Laboral - Granada 70-69
Caja Laboral escaped with tiny home win against Granada remaining No.3 with 22-6 score. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) led the hosts with 17 points, Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 12 boards, while Mirza Teletovic added 12 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Pablo Aguilar answrred with 16 points and 8 rebs.

Unicaja - Gran Canaria 86-66
14-14 for Unicaja and 13-15 for Granca after this meeting. Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) shined for the host with 21 pints, while Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) nailed 15. Visitors got 20 points from currently the leading scorer of ACB - Jaycee Carroll.

Lagun Aro GBC - DKV Joventut 78-70
Lagun Aro GBC handed 78-70 loss to DKV Joventut getting 18 points and 9 assists from Ricardo Uriz (189-G-80). Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) scored 13 and Jason Detrick helped with 10 points in this game. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Lagun Aro GBC 10-18, DKV Joventut 13-15.

MMC Real M. - Estudiantes 101-77
Real Madid blasted Estudiantes for 23rd victory of the season. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) and Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) shined for the Whites with 16 points each. Marko Jaric added two less. In Estu (14-14), Christopher Lofton netted 19 points.

Manresa - Regal Barca 82-87
Regal Barca had Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) on fire with 25 and 23 points respectively. Mickeal grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. The hosts got 19 points from Roman Montanez. Regal Barca 26-2, Manresa 11-17.

Meridiano A. - Cajasol 62-63
Alicante failed in another thriller and now they have 10-18 score. On the other side, Cajasol jumped to 16-12 mostly owing to Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket), who delivered 17 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) posted 18 points for Alicante.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Eurobasket is like the Bible for overseas basketball! - by Marcus Sloan
Houston, we have a problem!! Earlier this week my internet in my apartment went out!! And anyone who knows me, knows how that 'wifi' is a four letter word that I don't mind saying! Who am I you ask? Well, let's see, my name is Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU), I'm from Houston, TX, and play for the Birstal Starwings in Switzerland. This is my 4th season as a professional basketball player. I played my 1st season in Germany, and spent the last three here in Switzerland, the prior two seasons with Benetton Fribourg Olympic. I've done the blogging thing on a couple of different sites before, but no site as large as Eurobasket.com. Eurobasket is like the Bible for overseas basketball! You wanna know who signed where, go to Eurobasket, you wanna know what coach got fired, go to Eurobasket, even if you wanna see a hot cheerleader doing the splits at a basketball game... say it along with me, 'GO TO EUROBASKET!' Anyway, my internet wasn't working, and there's nothing worse in the life of an overseas basketball player than not having the internet. Well... I take that back, late payments, a lack of payment, or non payment, is worse, hell, anything that involves a player not getting paid is always worse, but not having the internet isn't too far behind. Thank God we have an IT guy on the staff of my team who fixed my net, otherwise it would have been another night of watching Wolf Blitzer on CNN, one of my FOUR English channels!
With most seasons ending in May or early June, April is always the time of the year where guys overseas start the 'COUNTDOWN'! The countdown is the number of days left in the season, and if you ask any player right now, they'll be able give you the exact time, all the way down to the exact second! For me, it's not so bad, my team is playing in the Swiss Cup final this weekend, and the weekend after the playoffs start, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's also a great week because my parents are coming to see me play in Europe for the 1st time! My parents have always supported me throughout my basketball career, and never missed a game in high school! Even when I was in college they would drive 4 hours to see me play, and then turn around and drive right back for work the next day. So needles to say I'm really excited and hope I don't pick up 3 fouls in the 1st quarter do to my excitement.
Well this this the 1st entry of many from me, I'll be blogging at least once a week to keep you guys informed on the progress of my team, and the latest happenings in my life. I have a few big things planned for the summer, so be on the look out! Also when you get a chance check out my non profit organization, and the awesome camp we're having for kids in Houston June 8-11. Log on here http://www.shoot2scorehoops.com ! And also don't forget to follow me on TWITTER, @bigsloan32 is the name, I promise I won't get you lost!


The blog is maintained by Marcus Sloan of Starwings Basket Regio Basel


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Srzic, Zurich K 28.5
2 Toure, Bernex 25.5
3 Dosic, KOR Z 22.3
4 Martins, Martigny 18.4
5 Alexander, Chene 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 14.9
2 Dosic, KOR Z 9.7
3 Polite, Zurich W 9.5
4 Johnson, Villars 9.4
5 Martins, Martigny 9.4
Assists Per Game
1 Johnson, Villars 6.9
2 Jaunin, Bernex 6.3
3 Marchand, Union 6.0
4 Lomholt, Chene 5.5
5 Lazarevic, Bernex 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Jaunin, Bernex 4.3
2 Tindom, Martigny 3.2
3 Savoy, Ac.Frib 3.2
4 Lombardini, DDV 3.2
5 Ibrahimovic, KOR Z 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 2.7
2 Feijoo, Pully 1.9
3 Nzege, Vernier 1.7
4 Martins, Martigny 1.6
5 Atcho, Ac. Frib 1.6
5
2FGP
1 Williams, Bernex 67.1
2 Toure, Bernex 67.0
3 Murati, DDV 65.1
4 Beetschen, Villars 62.0
5 Blachut, Chene 61.4
3FGP
1 Pluess, Swiss C 55.0
2 Martins, Martigny 53.7
3 Schiesser, Pully 47.2
4 Janjic, Swiss C 47.1
5 Gligovic, Korac Z 46.2
Free Throws
1 Steinmann, Bernex 84.7
2 Mayor, Vernier 81.1
3 Michellod, Martigny 80.8
4 Alexander, Chene 80
5 Bugnion, Pully 80
Ranking
1. Toure, Bernex 36.5
2. Martins, Martigny 23.3
3. Dosic, KOR Z 23.2
4. Johnson, Villars 21.1
5. Polite, Zurich W 20.9


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E.S. Sahel joins Stade Nabeulien in the Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
E.S. Sahel managed to beat J.S.Kairaoun 84-57 in third decisive game of the Playoff Semifinals. It means that E.S. Sahel joined Stade Nabeulien in the Finals and they will fight for the title in Tunisian top division. It will be best-of-three series with the first game scheduled for April 17. Teams will meet in Game 2 a week later and if necessary third game will be played on May 1. E.S. Sahel is the regular season champion and will have the home court advantage in this series.

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TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Albert FISHER
  Akcakoca P.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Fisher, Akcakoca P.26.0 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal22.0 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Genc B.21.2 
 5. Garrison, Pamuk.21.1 
 6. Abi, ITU20.1 
 7. Mutaf, FMV I.19.7 
 8. Curtis, Beykoz18.7 
 9. Eiukwu, Usak18.5 
 10. Hairston, Duzce G.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal13.0 
 2. Brown, Yesilyurt11.8 
 3. Egemonye, Optimum .11.1 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.8 
 5. Eiukwu, Usak10.8 
 6. Curtis, Beykoz10.7 
 7. Ibekwe, Genc B.10.6 
 8. Gray, Gelisim10.4 
 9. Garrison, Pamuk.10.2 
 10. Gokay, Akcakoca P.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Yesilyurt
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kan, Yesilyurt5.7 
 2. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.6 
 3. Gacemer, Gelisim5.3 
 4. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.2 
 5. Sancar, ITU5.2 
 6. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.7 
 7. Akyol, Olin Genclik4.4 
 8. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.3 
 9. Edge, Genc Banvit4.1 
 10. Tunceri, Hacettep.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal2.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.6 
 3. Yavuklu, Orman G.2.3 
 4. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.2 
 5. Mutaf, FMV I.2.1 
 6. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.1 
 7. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 8. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 9. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 10. Ozseven, TED I.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EIUKWU
  Usak
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.0 
 2. Garrison, Pamuk.2.4 
 3. Ibekwe, Genc B.2.1 
 4. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 7. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 8. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 9. Mims, Istanbul.1.5 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 


Germany U18 pile up victories - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Turkey U18 69:62
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead German U18 team past the Turkish counterparts. The victory marked a 3-0 record for the German team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Turkey on the other hand fell at 2-1 record.
It was a close battle from start to finish. The hosts built a narrow 13:12 lead at the first intermission. Germany continued to stay in charge in the second period as they boosted the gap at 35:32 twenty minutes into the game. Turkey could not get closer in the third frame as they trailed by as many as 8 points entering the fourth term. Can Korkmaz (185-G-92) led the Turkish team as they won the final period but it still did not prevent Germany from stealing the victory. Bill Borekambi (199-F-92) and Lars Wendt (190-G-92) knocked down 13 points apiece for the home side. Mathis Monninghoff added 10 points in the winning effort. Can Korkmaz dropped 17 points for Turkey. Safak Edge (185-G-92) chipped in 16 points in the loss. The teams will have one day of rest before starting the second stage of the competition. Germany U18 will face Italy, while Turkey will oppose German U17 team tomorrow.

Germany: Philipp Neumann 14+10 boards, Bill Borekambi 13, Lars Wendt 13
Turkey: Can Korkmaz 17, Safak Edge 16



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12TH ANNUAL SUN STROKE ALL VI HOOP CLASSIC ROSTERS - by David Edole

The Annual All V.I. Hoop Classic is two weeks away and the masses can't wait. Sun Stroke Promotions is proud to announce the 40 players that will be representing their respective school districts in the much anticipated event. The St. Thomas- St. John team features two players that represent the territory in international competition. The dynamic duo of Charles 'Pemby' Pemberton and Merwin Potter will bring experience as well as heady play. Pemberton is coming off a great senior year and a summer to remember. Pemberton led the Centro Basket Juniors in rebounding with 15 per contest. Potter brings his exceptional skills as well as his devastating right hand dribble. Both guys will be leaned upon to carry STT-STJ hopes. Two more Charlotte Amalie Chicken Hawks made the team, Elvis 'Showtime' Richardson and Kishu Gumbs. Three Ivanna Eudora Kean's Rays made the team, Shaquille Bruno, Xavier Richards and Glenn Blyden. Michael Venzen and Arsenio 'Turo' Watlington came over from Ss. Peter and Paul and Dornell Weaver from Antilles rounds out the roster.

The Crucians Confusion is prepared to defend their territory. The best player on the island is none other than Salim Ross. Ross set the table when he was named MVP of the Martin Luther King tournament and helped Educational Complex to Central High Tournament win. Ross was one of five Complex players to make the team. The other were Tamoi Francis, Warren Brooks, Chris Sealey and athletic high flyer Terrell Christian. A trio of Central High Caribs will entertain the home crowd. Sharp shooter Taaron Jones, the best point guard in the territory Kadeem Jones and the best big man in the district Javier 'Bebo'Martinez will be familiar with the court. Country Day's Brandon O'reilly and Charles Sealey rounds out the ten man roster.

The Event is scheduled for the April 16-17, 2010 and will be held at Ronald Charles Gymnasium. On Friday night, there will be a celebrity game, three-point-shootout and a slam dunk competition. On Saturday night is when the ballers take the court. The girl's game starts at 7 pm and the boy's game at 9 pm. Be there!





STT Boys All Star Roster
Head Coach Pedrito Estrill (CAHS)
1. Merwin Potter (93) (CAHS), 6-2, Junior, Forward -- BIG BALLER
2. Charles Pemberton (92) (CAHS), 6-5, Senior, Forward
3. Shaquille Bruno (IEKHS), 6-0, Senior, Guard
4. Dornell Weaver (ANT), 6-3, Sophomore, Forward
5. Xavier Richards (IEKHS), 6-0, Sophomore, Guard
6. Arturo Watlington (SPP) , 5-8, Senior, Guard
7. Michael Venzen (SPP), 6-4, Senior, Center
8. Kisho Gumbs (CAHS),5-11, Senior, Guard
9. Glen Blyden (IEKHS), 5-8, Guard
10. Elvis Richardson (CAHS), 5-10, Senior, Guard

STX Boys All Star Roster
Head Coach Dean Heywood (ECHS)
1. Salim Ross (92) (ECHS), 6-0, Senior, Guard -- BIG BALLER
2. Taaron Jones (G-91) (CHS), 6-0, Senior, Guard
3. Brandon OReilly (CDS), 5-10, Senior, Guard
4. Tamoi Francis (ECHS), 6-0, Senior, Guard
5. Terrrel Christian (ECHS), 6-4, Senior, Forward
6. Warren Brooks (ECHS), 5-11, Senior, Guard
7. Kadeem Jones (94) (CHS), 5-6, Junior, Guard
8. Javier Martinez (93) (CHS), 6-4, Freshman, Forward
9. Charles Sealey (CDS), 6-2, Sophomore, Forward
10. Chris Sealey (ECHS), 6-3, Senior, Guard


The game will be played on April 16-17 on the island of St. Croix. Tip off time is scheduled for 7pm for the girls game and 9 pm for the boys game. Be There!!!!



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Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
Group A
 1. Cherkasy 24-0 
 2. KTU Kriv.R. 16-8 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 15-9 
 4. Dynamo Dnepr. 8-14 
 5. Sevastopol 7-17 
 6. Koksokh-St. 6-18 
Group B
 1. Kremen-Pol. 24-4 
 2. Vinnitsky Zu. 16-9 
 3. Volin Basket 16-12 
 4. Sportlitsey 13-12 
 5. Skorpioni 13-15 
 6. Khimik-2 6-22 
 7. Ternopil 1-25 


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BBL Team of the Week #27 - by Andy Webb
The BBL Team of the Week this week is made up of Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Liman Sports, college: Toledo) and Colin O'Reilly, of Cheshire Jets, Rod Middleton (Worcester Wolves), Yorick Williams (Marshall MK Lions) and Matt Gorman, of Sheffield Sharks.

Young earned his place in the league's top line up for week number twenty seven, with a 24 point haul in the Jets' 91-92 overtime victory over Marshall MK Lions. The American shot 10/13 from the field, 4/6 from the free throw line, and also added 18 rebounds to his impressive personal statistics. Add 5 steals to his tally, and it was more than a productive night for the late-season signing.

His team mate O'Reilly did most of the damage for Cheshire in their crucial 91-82 win over Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, their second win in two weeks over the East Midlands outfit, and one that could be critical in deciding the Play-off placings. The Irishman went 12/16 from the field on his way to 28 points personal, as well as grabbing 8 defensive rebounds, 2 steals and handing out 5 assists.

Rod Middleton continued to have a successful first season in the UK, as the American scored 25 points, including 4 three pointers and 6/8 shooting from the floor, in the Wolves victory over PAWS London Capital. He was also inches away from a double-double, as he grabbed 8 rebounds, and also dished out 5 assists to keep his team mates involved. His defensive efforts should also not go unnoticed, as the point guard made an incredible 9 steals.

British veteran, Yorick Williams, takes the other guard spot this week, as he spearheaded Marshall MK Lions 86-77 defeat of Guildford Heat, with a personal display of 30 points, including 4 three pointers. He shot an efficient 6/7 from open play, the same from the charity stripe, and also handed out 4 assists.

Finally, this week's Centre position belongs to Sheffield Sharks' Matt Gorman, who continues to make a successful return from a tough injury. The American scored 15 points, on 5/6 free throw shooting, as well as pulling down a staggering 14 rebounds and making 4 assists in his 32:10 on court in the Sharks' 67-88 defeat of PAWS London Capital.


Sharks Edge Top Spot - by Andy Webb
Thanks to three victories last week, Sheffield Sharks edged forward in the race for the league title, regaining the top spot from Newcastle Eagles and edging it by just two points. Their first victory of came in the form of a 67-88 defeat of PAWS London Capital. Led by Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh)'s 26 point haul and Matt Gorman's Team of the Week-worthy performance of 15 points and 14 rebounds, the win was crucial for Atiba Lyons' side, as it was the game in-hand they had over the Eagles. They then followed this up with a 101-95 win over Everton Tigers, with Cook again being the main threat, with 29 points personal.

Bank Holiday Monday then saw the BBL Cup winners defeat the twelfth placed Essex Pirates at the EIS Sheffield, and fans who had the day off work were also able to enjoy the repeat match up of the BBL Trophy Semi Finals between Everton Tigers and Newcastle Eagles, as the Eagles came out 77-91 on top, and Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, who are now out of the Play off battle thanks to their 104-101 loss against Worthing Thunder on Saturday evening, beat Marshall MK Lions 107-111. For Vince Macaulay's side, it was the second defeat in three games; despite beating Guildford Heat 86-77 last Tuesday, they lost out to Cheshire Jets after overtime the previous night, 91-92.

Jets Head Coach Paul Smith was pleased with that result, and will also be encouraged by his side's 91-82 victory over fourth-spot rivals, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, on Saturday. The win put the Jets in serious contention for a third or fourth place finish, as they now have the head-to-head over the Riders, but it was the East Midlands outfit who started the stronger, as they took the first quarter 17-25. Quarters two and three however, totally belonged to the home side, and the leaders of the Cheshire attack were sharpshooter Paul Peterson (14 points), Steven Gayle (19 points) and Colin O'Reilly, who earned his place in the BBL Team of the Week with a 28 point performance.

Other interesting turns in the Play-off race include wins for Worcester Wolves over basement sides, PAWS London Capital and Essex Pirates, as the fight for eighth spot intensifies, whilst Glasgow Rocks rubbed salt in the wounds of Guildford Heat, as they beat them 74-98 on Sunday. For London, the defeat to Worcester was the third in three consecutive games, as they lost out to the Rocks 81-106 on Saturday evening.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Sheffield S. 28-5 
 2. Newcastle E. 27-5 
 3. Scottish R. 22-11 
 4. Leicester R. 20-13 
 5. Cheshire J. 19-12 
 6. Everton T. 17-15 
 7. MK Lions 16-16 
 8. Worthing T. 15-18 
 9. Worcester W. 14-18 
 10. Guildford H. 11-22 
 11. Plymouth R. 10-21 
 12. Essex Pirates 7-26 
 13. London C. 3-27 


Johnson and Flournoy Make the Grade - by Andy Webb
The Molten BBL Player and Coach of the Month Awards go to Jason Johnson (201-F/C, agency: BrezoPro, college: S.Carolina St.) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) and Fabulous Flournoy (Newcastle Eagles) respectively. Johnson, who signed for the Riders in his first season as a professional, has averaged 21.5 points per game and ranks top of the performance ratings across the league in the six games the Riders played in March, of which they won five, and Johnson played an average of 30.4 minutes.

Riders boss, Rob Paternostro, said the following on the former South Carolina State star: 'Jason has been fantastic this month. He has rebounded very well on both ends of the floor, and what sets him apart from the rest is his efficiency on the offensive end.' He added: 'He is a very efficient scorer and has played a big part in us having a very successful month. I think he has a lot of potential, and it has been great to watch his game progress as season goes on. I expect him to continue to get better in the future.'

New York-born Flournoy, takes the award for the second consecutive month, having led the Eagles to six straight wins in the month of March, and an incredible seventeen consecutive victories, stretching back to Friday 22nd January. Flournoy said: ' This award is primarily dedicated to the players and coaching staff that I have on board, and in the last couple of weeks, they have been working extremely hard, concentrating on final run of the season and gearing up to preparing for the Play-offs.'

He added: 'We are in a vice grip in the sense that we are playing all the top teams in the league apart from Sheffield in closing the season out. This is a big motivator for us in making sure we do the job in the league, not just the Play-offs The team is extremely focussed on maintaining the league as well as trying to win the post season, and we have had some unbelievable performances from a number of players. I am just hoping that that can continue this and reap the rewards!'


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 16-5
2. Marinos 16-6
3. Gaiteros 14-7
4. Guaros 11-10
5. Trotamundos 11-11
6. Panteras 11-12
7. Guaiqueries 11-12
8. Gigantes 7-13
9. Bucaneros 6-14
10. Toros 4-17


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Warumwa Warumwa: Easter Tourney. - by Roderick Takawira
Cavaliers asserted their dominance over bitter rivals Cameo-Sigauke in the final of the Easter Tournament dubbed 'Warumwa Warumwa' winning 59-58 in a nail biting finish that went to the wire. Trailing 58-57 with 11 seconds to go and Cameo-Sigauke inbounding the ball, it all looked over for Cavaliers as Came0-Sigauke needed to keep possession. Cameo-Sigauke's Agrippa Masvisvi went to inbound the ball and after some tenacious denial defence from Cavaliers, Masvisvi threw the ball to a seemingly open Taurayi Chitsinde but Cavaliers' Tafirenyika 'The Magician' Soko had anticipated the inbounds and came from nowhere to steal the ball midair, passed it to tournament MVP Cavaliers Lance Manomano who penetrated to the elbow and hit a short jumper with time expiring whilst the ball was in flight. After that it was time for the celebrations as the cry of 'Cavs! Cavs! Cavs!' rang at the University of Zimbabwe.

In a game that started at a blistering pace Cavaliers made known their intent hitting 6 3-pointers in the 1st quarter to finish 26-15 up. Last weekend in a league game Cavaliers had done exactly the same thing to Cameo-Sigauke where they led 38-11 at halftime and finished Cameo-Sigauke off 57-34. The 2nd quarter was a completely different story as Cameo-Sigauke came back with a tenacity Cavaliers could not handle winning that quarter 18-5 and going into halftime leading 33-31 over Cavaliers.3rd quarter was evens-stevens as Cavaliers took that one 15-13 to tie the score at 46-46. Then came the pivotal quarter where the defences played like men possessed till the crucial steal by Soko.

Cavaliers came into the tourney outright favourites and skipped through the opposition as expected beating Chitungwiza Lions 126-43 and Drifters 82-52. In the semi-final Cavaliers beat UZ Starz 72-41 to earn a championship berth. In the other group Cameo-Sigauke were just as rampant overcoming Sharks 115-21 and UZ Starz 40-28 in a bad tempered game characterised by poor officiating.

In the women's section Cameo-Siwela were not challenged as they beat a plucky Lakers team (53-32) but the darling of the tournament had to be Lakers pint-sized Pauline Amon who stands not more than 3 feet tall but whose dribbling skills were a joy to watch all weekend. Her combination with Edith Munodaani was lethal as they ran the much bigger teams ragged. The Lakers run to the finals was a Cinderella story that had a poor ending as Lakers beat highly fancied UZ Starz women 43-38 after having lost to Cameo-Siwela 31-45 and then beating Hellas 63-22 to finish 2nd in the section and earn a berth in the finals. Lakers coach Owen Kasengezi had a big smile on his face on qualifying for the final and predicted they would be many more finals appearances.

Cameo-Siwela were too strong beating everyone in the group stage Lakers (45-31), Hellas (60-43) but had to hang on (48-47) against a UZ Starz team that needed to win that game to qualify for the finals. With Finals MVP Jackie Mutuvha combining with Anesu Kanonhuwa, Patience 'Jamfimfi' Pasipanodya and Tino Mushapaidze the Cameo-Siwela team was too big and too good for the opposition. Ex-UZ Starz point guard now turning out for Cameo-Siwela Tererai Chikukwa ran rings of the opposition and was the x-factor in the game against UZ Starz.

The tournament was played over 3 days starting on Friday at the University of Zimbabwe then on Saturday moved to Hellenics in Eastlea before moving back to the University for the semi-finals and finals on Sunday April 4, 2010.


BBA to honour Dinx - by Thomas Fink
Sports Reporter

THE Bulawayo Basketball Association will honour the late Dingilizwe 'Dinx' Mabhena by staging an annual Under-16 tournament. Mabhena becomes the second person to be honoured by the province after Bradley de Jong who passed away in 1988. However, the development comes after a meeting held on Monday. Speaking at his burial service at the city centre branch of the Brethren-in-Christ Church on Thursday, the provincial chairman Daniel Mombeshora said Mabhena was very instrumental in the development of basketball in Bulawayo.
He said staging a tournament in Mabhena's honour was an appropriate recognition of the man's tireless efforts in the sport. Dinx contributed immensely in the development of basketball during and after his reign as the association's chairman and the least that we could do was to honour him with a tournament. Dinx's point of interest was the grassroots development thus we thought of making an Under-16 event, which will start at a provincial level then with proper support we intend to go national. However, following this decision by the executive, Dinx becomes the second person to be honoured after Bradley de Jong who was honoured in 1988 with an Under-14 tournament, said Mombeshora. Mombeshora however, appealed to the Bulawayo community to come together and help in the sponsoring of the Dinx Mabhena Under-16 basketball Tournament. Dinx contributed to the Bulawayo community, whether in sport or social he availed himself. So I am asking the Bulawayo community to also come forward and assist in the funding of the Dinx Under-16 Basketball Tournament, said Mombeshora. Mombeshora said Mabhena had left a big challenge for him and his executive. The former administrator last won the inter-provincial title in 2007 an accolade that had not been won since 1995. Dinx in 2007 broke the 12-year jinx that saw Bulawayo fail to collect gold in tournaments but his senior men's team defy odds to make the province happy.

Source: Chronicle
Published here: 9 January 2010




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
BWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Hasper, Berezina 19.2
2. Shkarpeta, TIM-Scuf 14.7
3. Faskhudinova, TIM-Scuf 14.4
4. Ignatovich, Minsk 14.4
5. Gavryliuk, TIM-Scuf 14.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Hasper, Berezina 10.3
2. Filonchyk, Viktoria 9.8
3. Ignatovich, Minsk 7.6
4. Murauskaja, Berezina 7.0
5. Shkarpeta, TIM-Scuf 6.4
Assists Per Game
1. Padabed, Minsk 7.7
2. Murauskaja, Berezina 5.3
3. Valko, Viktoria 4.2
4. Yakovits, Berezina 4.1
5. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 3.6
Steals Per Game
1. Rannaveski, TLU 3.5
2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 2.9
3. Padabed, Minsk 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Jallai, Eclex 2.0
2. Pikciute, Lemmin 1.5
3. Kalt, TLU 1.3


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 (second stage): Round 8 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Spirou Monceau Charleroi managed to record comfortable 87-65 home victory over visiting Jeugd Gentson. Borna Soltisova led the winning side in this match with 19 points. She got help from Keisha Moore (189-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) who added 15 points, as well as Sarah Signore who chipped in 14 points. For visiting team, Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Julie Vermeire were the only two players in double digits as they scored 17 and 15 points respectively.
Waregem hosted Namur and also managed to record win at home, as they won the game 68-54. Hosts were led by Angele Boucquey (175-F-81) who had 18 points. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) was also good with 14 points while Jana Raman finished the game with 13. For Namur, Emilie Vermylen had 12, while Charlotte Ippersiel chipped in 11 points.

Group B
St. Kateljne had no troubles beating visiting Point Chaud 86-67 at home. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was unstoppable on the night as she poured in 31 points for the winning side. Melissa Dennett was also great with 22 points and Meite Celus added 12 points. For Point Chaud, Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) and Nina Clerot both scored 18 points on the night.
Finally, Dexia hosted DBC Houthalen and also managed to record home victory. They took control of the game from the very start and strolled with ease to 85-64 win.



Standings

Group A
1. Waregem 6-0
2. Ieper 4-2
3. R.Spirou M. 4-3
4. Jeugd Gentson 2-4
5. N.Namur 0-7

Group B
1. Sint Kateline 6-1
2. Dexia 4-2
3. BBC Boom 4-2
4. Point Chaud 2-4
5. Houthalen 1-6



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Andrea Oravcova signs with Jedinstvo - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla has announced the signing of Slovakian International Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87). Reportedly the club has decided to bring in Oravova as a replacement for Maja Scekic (170-G-87). Scekic reportedly failed to show up at practice and she was waived by the club. PG Oravcova is expected to bring stability in the organization the plays along with Croatian International Tina Perisa. By signing Oravcova Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla has shown ambition in the Bosnian league that they will be gunning for honors. Prior to singing with Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla, Oravcova was playing in great form. She has helped Nitra reach Slovakian Extraliga semifinals.
Andrea Oravcova started her senior career as member of Ruzembrok during season 2004-2005. In her debut season, she played in 7 EuroCup games and has posted averages of 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Following year she continued to improve, as she played on 23 league matches during which she has averaged 6.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. In 2006, her final season with the club, Oravcova averaged 10.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 36 league games. In 2007, she has moved to Banska Bystrica where she spent one season before signing with Nitra following year. At Nitra, she played in 25 games in which she posted averages of 11.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Oravcova also represented Slovakia at each level. She was a member of U18, U20 as well as the Senior National career.


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  GERMANY - Women  


DBBL Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Oberhausen - Freiburg 45-64
Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) knocked down 19 points, grabbed 8 boards and made 4 steals as Freiburg swept the quarterfinal series against Overhausen. Sarah Hayes accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for the visiting team. Desire Almind tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds for Oberhausen.

Wolfenbuettel - Saarlouis 64-79
Saarlouis punched the semifinal ticket as they edged Wolfenbuettel in the second game of the series. Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) was responsible for 16 points in the Royals' win. Romy Bar contributed 15 points and 9 caroms for Saarlouis. Alexandra Muller replied with 17 points for the Wildcats.

Halle - Marburg 67-76
Marburg advanced into the DBBL semis after a road win over Halle. Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Sherida Triggs added 15 points and 12 boards in the victory. Carmen Guzman accounted for 22 points and 9 caroms for the Lions.

Herner - Wasserburg 62-65
Wasserburg snatched a road win over Herner to claim the semifinal spot. Ashley Hayes (178-G/F-87, college: Murray St.) tossed in 19 points to pace Wasserburg. Rebecca Thoresen added 14 points for the winning side. Minja Terzic responded with 19 points and 8 caroms for Herner in defeat.



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Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
EliteA
 1. HLB Account. 20-3 
 2. Wereldtickets.nl 13-11 
 3. Binnenland 10-13 
 4. Woonbron/DAS 10-14 
 5. Celeritas-D. 9-16 
EliteB
 1. ProBuild Lions 22-2 
 2. Eurosped Tw. 15-9 
 3. Amazone Leidsche 14-10 
 4. Grasshoppers 4-20 
 5. BV Lely 3-22 


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Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Taranto 21-1 
 2. Faenza 17-5 
 3. Familia Schio 16-6 
 4. Umana Reyer 14-8 
 5. Priolo 13-9 
 6. Comense 10-12 
 7. Bracco Geas 10-12 
 8. Umbertide 8-14 
 9. Basket Parma 7-15 
 10. GMA Napoli 6-16 
 11. Livorno 6-16 
 12. Vomero NA 4-18 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brooke SMITH
  Comense
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, Comense17.3 
 2. Robert, Faenza17.1 
 3. Macchi, Familia Schio16.8 
 4. Dixon, GMA Napoli16.4 
 5. Bjelica, Vomero NA15.9 
 6. Walker, GMA Napoli15.7 
 7. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.1 
 8. Brunson, Taranto14.9 
 9. Cirov, Priolo14.8 
 10. Pinto, Faenza13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milka BJELICA
  Vomero NA
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bjelica, Vomero NA10.3 
 2. Walker, GMA Napoli10.2 
 3. Robert, Faenza9.0 
 4. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 5. Brunson, Taranto7.6 
 6. Willis, Livorno7.5 
 7. Smith, Comense7.4 
 8. Penicheiro, Umbertide7.0 
 9. Machanguana, Bracco G.6.9 
 10. Screen, Basket P.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pinto, Faenza3.1 
 2. Macchi, Familia Schio2.6 
 3. Eric, Vomero NA2.5 
 4. Ballardini, Umana R.2.4 
 5. Penicheiro, Umbertide2.4 
 6. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.3 
 7. Goryanova, GMA N.2.0 
 8. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 9. Moro, Familia Schio2.0 
 10. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Angela ZAMPELLA
  Comense
  (170-G-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Zampella, Comense5.7 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli4.6 
 4. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.4 
 5. Pinto, Faenza4.3 
 6. Macchi, Familia Schio4.0 
 7. Eric, Vomero NA3.9 
 8. Zara, Basket Parma3.8 
 9. Fazio, Comense3.8 
 10. Ristic, Livorno3.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura HARPER
  Umana Reyer
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 2. Alexander, Faenza0.9 
 3. Smith, Comense0.9 
 4. Prystupa, Faenza0.9 
 5. Godin, Taranto0.7 
 6. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.7 
 7. Ngoyisa, Familia .0.6 
 8. Wabara, Bracco G.0.6 
 9. Brunson, Taranto0.6 
 10. Cinili, Umbertide0.5 


A1, Round 22 review: Taranto is the regular season champion - by Eurobasket News
Faenza - Familia Schio 63-59
Faenza finished regular season as No.2 with 17-5 record and will meet Bracco Geas in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Familia Schio is third ranked team with 16-6 score and they will play against Comense. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) stepped up for the hosts last night with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) replied with 21 points in loss.

Bracco Geas - Livorno 80-61
Bracco Geas had Nuria Martinez Prat (176-G-84) in a game mood with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) scored 18 and Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added 15 pts in this victory. Courtney Willis shined in defeat with 16 points and 10 boards. Bracco Geas 10-12 (7th place), Livorno 6-16 (11th place).

Basket Parma - Priolo 55-41
7-15 for Basket Parma and 13-9 for Priolo at the end of the regular season. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) was a key player in this victory with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Visitors did not have any player with double-digits in scoring as Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) led the way with just 8 pts.

Comense - Vomero NA 63-71
Despite this victory Vomero finished regular season dead last with poor 4-18 score, while on the other side Comense advanced to Quarterfinals as No.6 (10-12). Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) top-scored for the guests with 14 points, Kristina Vangryte had 12 and Masha Maiorano added 10 points. In defeat, Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) collected 18 points and 6 rebs.

GMA Napoli - Umbertide 74-73
Thriller win for GMA Napoli, who avoided 11th place in regular season. Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) helped with 19 points and 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Evelien Callens collected 18 points and 8 rebs. GMA Naploli 6-16, Umbertide 8-17 (goes to QFInals as No.8).

Umana Reyer - Taranto 52-59
Taranto is the regular season champion with almost perfect 21-1 score. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was a key player for Taranto last night with 14 points and 7 rebounds. The hosts got 15 pts and 7 boards from Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena). Taranto will meet Umbertide in the Quarterfinals, while Umana Reyer (14-8, 4th place) will meet Priolo.


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Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Mann Cesis 18.8
2. Aglinskaite Lai 17.3
3. Okockyte LKKA 16.4
4. Tare Cesis 16.0
5. Valentiene Ces 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Balciunaite LKKA 9.7
2. Kaminskyte Ruta 8.0
3. Aleksaite MRU 7.9
4. Paugaite TEO 7.4
5. Hollingsworth TEO 7.4
Assists Per Game
1. Tare Cesis 3.7
2. Valentiene Cesis 3.7
3. Rinkeviciute TEO 3.6
4. Mann Cesis 3.5
5. Kaminskyte Ruta 3.3
Steals Per Game
1. Balciunaite 4.0
2. Valentiene Cesis 3.2
3. Sauliute TEO 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Alminaite TEO 2.6
2. Paugaite TEO 1.6
3. Svaryte Ruta 1.3
2FGP
1. Rinkeviciute 63.5
2. Hollingsworth 61.1
3. Tare Cesis 60.5
3FGP
1 Valentiene Cesis 48.7
2 Eglite Cesis 46.6
3 Tare Cesis 42.1
Free Throws
1. Rinkeviciute TEO 92.1
2. Tare Cesis 89.7
3. Vitola Cesis 89.0


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Stats Leaders - Women
Luxembourg Women Basketball Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jones, Racing 35.7
2 Davis, Esch 28.5
3 Jill, Grengewald 27.0
4 Stowe, Contern 25.3
5 Donovan, Etzella 25.1
6 Guffey, Residence 24.8
7 Fisher, Musel 24.5
8 Watson, Esch 22.5
9 Hightower, Esch 22.0
10 Barber, Black Star 21.9


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Buchan Earns Accolade In CAAC 2010 Honours - by Sandy Sutherland
Mairi Buchan (6'2''-C-90) was one of several of her ODU teammates to be recognised in the Colonial Athletic Conference Honours at the post season honours announcement of the CAA Conference Championships.
Buchan was named in the CAA First Team All- Academic five for the first time in maintaining a perfect Grade Point Average on her Pre-Med Biology course this year. She was joined in the All-Academic team by none other than Elena Delle Donne, the Delaware Freshman who was one of the nations top scorers and the CAA Player of the Year. Delle Donne, the 65 guard, originally signed with UConn but transferred to Delaware and has made the CAA one of the most competitive leagues in the nation.
On court, Buchan has been averaging 4.5 points per game and finished the season strong as the Lady Monarchs won the CAA regular season title and advanced to the post season WNIT before falling to Providence in the second round.
A full breakdown of the ODU honours and season stats can be found at www.odusports.com



Stanford-Connecticut preview - by Eurobasket News
The Stanford Cardinal have wanted another shot at Connecticut ever since a 12-point loss in late December.

They'll get their chance Tuesday night with the national championship and UConn's place as one of the most dominant teams ever at stake.

The two teams have developed a cross-country rivalry over the past three seasons after Stanford beat UConn in the 2008 national semifinals. The Huskies haven't lost since, beating the Cardinal twice during their NCAA-record winning streak -- including in last season's Final Four.

'We've kept them in the back of our minds,' Stanford center Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) said. 'They know what we're going to do, we know what they're going to do.'

Sure, UConn is on the greatest run in women's college basketball history, and, yes, they've torn through this NCAA tournament. But Stanford coach Tara Tara VanDerveer and her players believe they have a shot at spoiling the coronation party in the national title game.

With a few tweaks here and there from their December loss to the Huskies, the Cardinal feel they can pull off the monumental upset, ending UConn's 77-game winning streak and preventing its seventh national championship and second straight unbeaten season.

'We'll do some things different, but a lot of the things that we need to do are easy to fix,' Stanford forward Kayla Pedersen said.

For 22 minutes the Cardinal hung right with UConn in December. Stanford shot 57 percent in the first half and held a 40-38 advantage at the break -- the only time this season the Huskies trailed at halftime.

'I've watched the game several times and I know that we're capable of beating them in 20 minutes,' Tara VanDerveer said. 'At the same time the second half of the game got away from us. We've probably focused more on how it got away from us.'

No team has been able to put together a 40-minute effort against UConn during its streak -- each of the Huskies' victories has been by double digits.

In the Stanford game, UConn jumped out to a 19-10 lead before star Maya Moore got in foul trouble. The Cardinal made their run with the three-time All-American on the bench.

Getting off to a good start will be critical for Stanford.

'That's really the key for us,' Tara VanDerveer said. 'Against this team we got to stay in contact with them. We're not a super athletic, pressing, trapping team that can come back from being down 15.'

Tuesday's championship will mark the sixth time the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final Top 25 poll will meet for the title. The last came in 2002 when UConn beat Oklahoma in San Antonio.

'This is what we've worked for and what we dreamed of since preseason,' Moore said. 'We have a really good Stanford team in our way and it doesn't take a whole lot to motivate us right now. There is so much on the line right now with our individual and team goals.'

Despite having to get through Oklahoma first, the Cardinal were already getting ready to play UConn. Appel said that she and a few other players packed UConn scouting reports in 'the bottom of our suitcase.'

'We did a lot of things wrong, according to our scouting report. We weren't very smart,' Appel said. 'We watched this morning and we were like, 'Gosh, that was so stupid,' in the way that we played. It was like we didn't even read the scouting report.'

Unfortunately, the scouting report doesn't show exactly how well the Huskies have been playing lately. UConn's turned up its stellar defense in the NCAAs, holding opponents to just 42 points a game. The Huskies are on pace to shatter tournament records for defensive efficiency.

Also, UConn has made a habit of dismantling teams in rematches. Last year, the Huskies met Louisville in the championship game for the third time that season and turned it into a rout within the first few minutes.

'There are some advantages and disadvantages for playing somebody twice on both sides,' coach Geno Auriemma said. 'They're playing us, and they know they lost and it got away from them badly in the second half. We know we played great in the second half. Hopefully, we can do that again.'

Moore has stepped up her game, averaging 24.2 points and shooting 60 percent from the field. When the rest of the team struggled against Baylor in the national semifinals, she and Associated Press player of the year Tina Charles took over. The pair formed a potent inside-outside combination and combined for 55 of the team's 70 points.

'They had to do it all by themselves, pretty much,' Auriemma said.

Connecticut has entered the NCAAs unbeaten four times before, winning national titles in 1995, 2002 and last season, and losing to Tennessee in the regional final in '97.


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=ncw&id=5059660)


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Standings - B Superleague - by Eurobasket News
B Superleague Standings
 1. Spartak N. 24-4 
 2. Gloria M. 22-5 
 3. Energy Iv. 21-5 
 4. Neftyanik 20-10 
 5. Mytischi-MGUL 15-15 
 6. Spartak P. 14-14 
 7. Krasnoyan. 14-16 
 8. Syktyvkar 5-26 
 9. Tver 2-24 
 10. Spartak M. 0-0 


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Extraliga: Dobri Anjeli advance to Playoff Finals, Presov ties the score against MBK Ruzomberok (2-2) - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli managed to prevent another upset in their series against Poparad and they booked a spot for the Playoff Finals. They went to Poprad and this time had no troubles on their way to 66-81 road win. Visiting team took control of the game from the start, and by halftime they have managed to build 30-46 lead. For the rest of the match they continued to maintain their lead never allowing hosts to treat. In the final 10 minutes, Dobri Anjeli played with just enough energy to routinely close the game out for the 15 point margin win. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) led the way for winning side with 17 points. She was followed by Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), who added 13 and 12 points respectively. For hosts, Natasha Brackett (175-G-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Auburn) also had 17 points, while Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) chipped in 16 points.
In the other Semifinals series, Presov has managed to force decisive Game 5 in their matchup against MBK Ruzomberok. They managed to use the home court advantage in Game 4 and secure 72-67 win to send the series back to Ruzomberok. Hosts, started creating the lead from the very start of the match. After three quarters of play, they held a fairly comfortable 53-43. Than in the final 10 minutes, Ruzomberok players tried to make one last run to turn the game to their favor, but the hosts were able to fend off any such attempt. Wirth led Presov with 14 points on the night. Vackova and Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) were also good as they scored 13 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) and Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) stood out for visitors, as they finished the night with 17 and 16 points each. Game 5 is scheduled for April 8.


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Stats Leaders - Women
SKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Kure AJM 22.00
2. Gortnar Triglav 15.33
3 Komplet HIT 14.86
4. Baloh Kozme 14.54
5. Skof Panter 14.21
Rebounds Per Game
1. Gabrovsek Od 12.39
2. Tratsiak HIT 11.71
3. Furman AJM 9.05
4. Skof Panter 8.54
5. Gortnar Triglav 7.95
Assists Per Game
1. Baric Merkur 4.96
2. Panic HIT 4.41
3. Fink Domzale 2.91
4. Oblak HIT 2.83
5. Komplet HIT 2.71
Steals Per Game
1. Kure AJM 2.94
2. Oblak Odeja 2.65
3. Panic HIT 2.64
Blocks Per Game
1. Tratsiak HIT 1.50
2. Gabrovsek Ode 1.24
3. Hughes Merkur 1.11
2FGP
1. Oblak HIT 62.14
2. Baric Merkur 61.16
3. Skerget AJM 60.87
3FGP
1. Hanzic AJM 45.45
2. Ljubenovic Trigl 43.75
3. Kerin Merkur 41.41
Free Throws
1. Tavic Merkur 87.18
2. Dover AJM 83.13
3. Pantsiukh HIT 82.14


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Championship Round
 1. Merkur Celje 25-1 
 2. Hit Kran.Gora 23-2 
 3. AJM Maribor 18-7 
 4. Triglav 12-14 
 5. Ilrija 12-14 
 6. Konjice 8-18 
Classification Round
 1. Jezica 12-12 
 2. Odeja KED 11-13 
 3. Domzale 2-22 
 4. Kozmetika Afr. 2-22 


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S-Birds win the Title! - by Eurobasket News
S-Birds became the winner of the Play-offs beating Bichumi in Game 4. The winner of the Regular Season needed 78:72 win to win the Final series 3-1. Bichumi grabbed 23-21 after the opening quarter, while S-Birds enjoyed 1-point lead at the halftime. They also added 17-15 in the third stanza and finished the game with 19-16 in the last. Ha Eun-Joo (200-C-83) exploded with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Choi Youn-Ah (170-G-85) nailed 18 and Kim DanBi (180-F-90) scored 11.


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. Burgos 22-3 
 2. Extrugasa 21-4 
 3. Ensino 19-6 
 4. Cajacanarias 19-7 
 5. Cajarural 17-8 
 6. Pio XII 16-9 
 7. Bembibre 16-9 
 8. Ferrol 14-12 
 9. Ourense P. 9-16 
 10. Adba 7-18 
 11. Aros 7-18 
 12. Extremadura 5-20 
 13. Pontevedra 0-0 
 14. Caceres 0-0 
 15. Ourense C.C. 0-0 
Group B
 1. Navarra 23-2 
 2. Alcobendas 17-8 
 3. CREF Hola 15-10 
 4. Sant Adria 14-11 
 5. Casablanca 14-11 
 6. Pais Vasco 13-12 
 7. Eivissa 13-12 
 8. Irlandesas 13-13 
 9. C.B Conquero 12-13 
 10. Chajeba 04 10-14 
 11. Ibaizabal 10-16 
 12. Segle XXI 9-16 
 13. Alvargomez 9-16 
 14. Aguere 9-16 
 15. Mataro 7-18 


Mann Filter Zaragoza takes last ticket to playoffs - by Ivan Villar
Zaragoza will be fighting for title again.Last round was decisive after they defeated Cadi La Seu d'Urgell and Celta Vigo lost against Olesa in Barcelona.Galician team was placed most part of league in 4th position but Mann Filter took it in the last moment.Now Ros Casares wait for Aragon team in semifinals.In the other hand,there will be an amazing duel between Rivas Futura and Perfumerias Avenida.Salamanca team is the favourite but Rivas knows how to win them as they made it in regular season already.Also Rivas has Elena Tornikidou (185-F-65) as new reference.

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Damligan Semifinals: Vikings and Telge take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings used the home court advantage to open their Semifinals matchup with 78-68 win over Sundsvall. Hosts took control of the game from the very start and have managed to build 45-36 lead by halftime. In the third and fourth period it was a closely contested game in which team exchanged baskets, and Solna players managed to come up with 10-point win. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) and Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) led the winning side with 21 points on the night. Josefin Olheim and Emma Halldin-Wedin were also good, as they added 13 and 11 points respectively. For visitors, Anna Hoglund led the way with 18 points and Silvia Luz and Anna Barthold had 16 and 14 points to their name.
After managing to qualify for the Semis, Telge continued with a good run as they have beaten 08 Stockholm 73-71. This gives Telge 1-0 lead in the series and can be labeled somewhat of surprise. Hosts came out strong of the gate, and after playing great defense in the first period they have managed to build 21-6. They continued in the same rhythm until the halftime and managed to keep comfortable lead. In the second half of the match, Stockholm players started to cut the deficit and have forced a thrilling end to this match. Still, Telge players had little more sports luck and have managed to prevail and record 2 point victory. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) led the winning side with 21 and 16 points respectively. On the other hand, 08 Stockholm got 26 points from Martina Stalvandt as well as 18 from Farhiya Abdi.
Second games are scheduled for April 7.



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  TURKEY - Women  


TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News
TBB2L Standings
 1. Gure Belediye 9-1 
 2. Antalya Koleji 7-3 
 3. TED Ankara 4-6 
 4. Alanya BLD 4-6 
 5. Izmir BSB 3-7 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 3-7 


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Ann Wauters won't play season - by Eurobasket News
Silver Stars center Ann Wauters (6'5''-C-80) will not play in the WNBA this season, the team announced.

The 6-foot-5 Wauters has opted to spend time with her family in Belgium.

Believe me when I say that this was not an easy decision, Wauters said in a press release. I have been playing professional basketball for 12 years now, and I feel like I havent taken the time to enjoy life with my family.

Wauters decision comes a year after she missed half the 2009 season, also to rest after playing year-round.

She averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, starting 16 of 17 games, after joining the Silver Stars.


Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com