EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/11/2010

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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


ARAB CHAMPIONS LEAGUES SECOND ROUND GROUPS AND SCHEDULE - by Maarouf Mawloud
Group 1 : Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) - Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) - Al Muharraq (Bahrain) - Al Kuwait SC (kuwait)
Group 2 : Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) - Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) - Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) - An Nahl Sharjah (UAE)

Second Round Schedule :

Tuesday 11/5/10:

Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) V/S Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) at 14:00
Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at 16:00
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) V/S Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) at 18:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Wednesday 12/5/10


Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 14:00
Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at16:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Thursday 13/5/10

Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Muharraq (Bahrain) at 14:00
Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 16:00
An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) at 20:00


Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. ES Sahel 3-0 
 2. IRT 2-1 
 3. Al Ansar 1-2 
 4. Al Ahli 0-3 
Group B
 1. Al Ittihad 3-0 
 2. Muharraq 2-1 
 3. Nasr 1-2 
 4. Al Tilal 0-3 
Group C
 1. Moutahed 2-0 
 2. Sharjah 1-1 
 3. ASU 0-1 
 4. Ibdaa D. 0-2 
Group D
 1. Al Riyadi 2-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 2-1 
 3. Al Gharrafah 2-1 
 4. Maktabah 0-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A finals recap - by Facundo Iatzky
Finally Atenas could win a very hard serie against Sionista and advanced to the finals. So the final serie will be the same than the last year: Atenas- Penarol. The difference is that this year, the clear favourite is Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez, the best player of the league, has much to do with that, because in the last league he was in atenas and now he is the key of penarol. Besides penarol has the coach of national team, Sergio Hernandez, and players very talented like Tato Rodriguez or Kyle Lamonte, and young players who play really well like Campazzo, Mata, Vega or Diez. On the other side, Atenas has some of the best players of the league too like Figueroa, Cantero, Lo Grippo and Locatelli, and a good coach like Oscar Sanchez. Finals start on Wednesday in Mar del plata.

Finals!!!!! - by Kyle LaMonte
Whats up Blog Follwers,sorry for the delay!!!
Well alot has changed since the last time I updated my blog! First in the quarter finals we took on a Tough Lanus team coming off of a great upset victory in the first round of the playoffs! We beat them 3-0 with 2 out of the 3 games being really close.They had great inside play from Terrel Taylor,who is a force down low!!
In the Semi Finals,we faced a tough,grind out,never go away,nothing pretty or fancy just play hard Boca Jrs team,We again won this series 3-0 and again 2 out of the 3 games were close and could have went either way.They got terrific guard play from Cedric Moodie,scoring 30 points in 2 out of the 3 games,he can shoot the three,attack the basket and make free throws,what a player!!!!
Now in the finals we face a tough Atenas team,that finished second in the league this season,that has historically won alot of titles in this league and has always had great players! Adding to the tention of the finals,as if there isnt already enough with it being the finals is that Penarol has been in the last three finals including this one and could not get over hump.Another factor is,now on our team we have Leo Gutteriez,who was a very big part of Atenas beating penarol in the finals a year ago.Its shaping up to be a very good best of seven series.I know that mean people feel we have an advantages because while we swept thru both the quarter and semi finals,Atenas went to game 5 in both of there series,10 games to 6,seems as if we have the upper hand but I do not all the way agree,They are still in game form while we have been what some call resting,I call picking up rust.It make take us a few minutes to get our seas legs back and in Playoff basketball,you dont have a minute to waste,all 40 minutes count,I am ready to get back on the court,and make a title run,Estoy listo,Vamo Penarol!!!!!!!!!

Lastly I would love to win this championship for my Family,the staff of Penarol,the city of Mar Del Plata and the Quad Cities!!!!! I am very prideful in where I come from Davenport,Iowa 563 (Quad Cities,a few hours west of Chicago for those who were wondering) not alot of people know where that is or anything about it so I try and represent everytime I step on the court,the love I get at home is crazy,I love yall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 8-0 
 2. Diamond V.E. 6-2 
 3. Waverley F. 5-2 
 4. Hume City 3-5 
 5. Melbourne 3-5 
 6. Bulleen B. 2-5 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 2-5 
 8. Eltham W. 1-6 
Central ABL
 1. Sturt S. 7-1 
 2. Forestville E. 6-2 
 3. Norwood F. 6-2 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 6-2 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 5-3 
 6. Eastern M. 3-5 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 2-6 
 8. South.Tigers 2-6 
 9. Woodville W. 2-6 
 10. C.District L. 1-7 
QBL
 1. Bundaberg B. 2-0 
 2. Northside W. 2-0 
 3. SW Metro P. 2-0 
 4. Townsville H. 2-0 
 5. Rockhampton 1-0 
 6. Brisbane C. 1-1 
 7. Cairns M. 1-1 
 8. Gold Coast G. 1-1 
 9. Ipswich F. 1-1 
 10. Mackay M. 1-1 
 11. Maroochydore 0-1 
 12. Gladstone P. 0-2 
 13. Caboolture S. 0-3 
 14. Toowoomba 0-3 
SEABL-East
 1. Kilsyth C. 7-2 
 2. Brisbane S. 5-3 
 3. Bendigo B. 4-3 
 4. Ballarat M. 4-5 
 5. Dandenong 4-7 
 6. Knox R. 3-3 
 7. Canberra G. 2-5 
 8. AIS 1-2 
SEABL-South
 1. Geelong S. 8-4 
 2. Hobart C. 7-4 
 3. NW Tasmania 6-5 
 4. Nunawading S. 6-6 
 5. Sandringham S. 5-3 
 6. Mt Gambier 4-7 
 7. Albury W.B. 3-7 
 8. Frankston B. 2-7 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 7-1 
 2. Newcastle H. 6-1 
 3. Manly Warr. 5-2 
 4. Parramatta W. 5-2 
 5. Norths Bears 4-3 
 6. Bankstown B. 4-5 
 7. Hornsby S. 3-5 
 8. Maitland M. 2-3 
 9. Hills H. 2-4 
 10. Sutherland S. 1-6 
 11. Canberra N. 0-6 


Sydney Comets suffer the first loss in Waratah ABL Men - by Eurobasket News
Bankstown Bruins win over Canberra Nationals 90:55 in the first game of the Round 11 in 2010 Waratah ABL Men. The hosts won the opening quarter 23-15 and then added 22-12 in the second period. Ben Urwin (188-G) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nemanja Kovacina netted 15. Petar Cvjeticanin (196-F/C) produced 12 and Jason Cadee delivered 11. Chris Weir responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Sydney Comets are on top with 7-1 record suffering their first loss on May 8th. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles upset the favorites 80:62 trailing 17-20 after the opening quarter. Luke Cooper (183-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) paced all the winners with 20 points and Benjamin Arkell followed him with 18. Duane Jordan (200-F/C, college: Seton Hall) collected 17 points, while Kevin White posted 11. Luke Overs (201-F, college: Georgia Coll.) responded with 17 points for the Comets.
Newcastle Hunters improved to 6-1 record after the in over Parramatta Wildcats 106:102. The Hunters opened the game with 27-23 and won the second period 28-27. Nicholas Freer exploded with 43 points for the winners, while Dean Janson netted 13. Adoc Makwai (173-G) produced 12 points and Cameron Springall (182-G) scored 11. Stefan Blaszcynski ended up with 35 points in the losing effort. Graeme Dann (204-G/F-83) netted 20 and Goran Veg followed them with 16.


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  AUSTRIA   


Movements in Wels - by Stefan Heinrich
The WBC Raiffeisen Wels just announced the new Head Coach in Gerald Wasshuber . Wasshuber signed a 2 year contract with the option for a 3rd season. In the past he worked 4 seasons in Germany as Assistant Coach for the Giessen 46ers. This signing means that Raoul Korner will leave Wels after 5 successful seasons. The management also announced the first movements in the roster.

Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77), Bruce Fields (197-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Gardner-Webb) and Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Temple) have contracts for the new season, Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) signed a new 3 year contract and Romed Vieider (196-F-91) will also stay for at least 2 more seasons. John Dieckelman will stay as the Assistant Coach for another season.

Andrew Strait (203-F/C-85), Matthew Nelson (206-F-85, college: E.Washington) and Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) didnt receive new offers and the management is in negotiation with Ricky Moore (189-G-76, college: Mesa St.), Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Thomas Csebits (192-G-89).


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  BELARUS   


Minsk dominate Game 2 as well - by Eurobasket News
The team from the capital won also the second game of the Finals beating Grodno-93 89:68. Minsk started with 24-17 in the opening quarter and lost however the second period 19-20. The second half was decisive in the game as Minsk won the third and the last periods. At first they produced 26-19 in the third stanza and then added 20-12 for the total success.
Game 3 is scheduled for May 14th.


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 34 best performance: Will Thomas - by Eurobasket News
American forward Will Thomas (201-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Belgacom Liege Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Leuven (#8, 9-21) 63-60. It allowed Liege to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Liege has a very solid 22-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Thomas' second year at Liege and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Will Thomas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.0spg and 60.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83) of Antwerp Giants. Hopkins had a very good evening with 28 points and 4 assists. Of course he lead Antwerp to another comfortable win 103-84 over slightly higher-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#5, 15-15) being unquestionably team leader. Antwerp's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-16 record. Hopkins is well-known at Antwerp and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina swingman Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) of Base Oostende (#3). Petrovic scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Oostende, leading his team to a 93-64 easy win against #2 ranked Charleroi in a game of the week. Oostende needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 12 lost games. Petrovic has a very solid season. In 31 games in Belgium he scored 8.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stanley Burrell (190-G-84) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) of Gent - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80) of Oostende - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Trent Strickland (196-G-84) of Antwerp - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76) of M.Hainaut - 9 points and 20 rebounds
10. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Leuven - 18 points and 14 rebounds


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  BOSNIA   


Referees Petar Obradovic, Drmic & Okuka help Igokea in the Semifinals - by Sead Buljina
Bosnian Play Off, Semifinals, Game 2: Igokea - Bosna 75:72. Instead of players, the story of the night were referees Petar Obradovic, Ante Drmic and Aco Okuka who did all they could do to help Igokea move to the finals. It`s unbelievable how aforementioned refeerees, with all country watching TV broadcast, shamelessly refereed the game Igokea - Bosna. Especially 4th quarter of the game was unpleasant to watch. Petar Obradovic, Ante Drmic and Aco Okuka tortured guests with whistling in Igokea favor. The three referees did all they could to make sure Igokea wins the game.
With correct referees guests would have won the game by a margin of victory of ten points. However, Obradovic, Drmic and Okuka simply would not allow home team loss. So far, there is no reaction from the Basketball Federation BiH nor FIBA regarding the referees in question, but there should be. The game of basketball does not need referees like the three who led Igokea to victory. It was really disguisting to watch the 4th quarter when Bosna took charge of the game and was on the way to win it. Petar Obradovic who is not a bad ref intentionally made terrible calls at Bosna`s expense. In spite of horrible refereeing Bosna players played well trying to keep their composure and dignity. Bosna fought home team and their referees at the same time. It`s almost certain that home team owner had paid refs good amount of money to make sure his team goes to the finals. RS
Prime Minister, Milorad Dodik and Igokea owner at the same time, stood at the sideline for the last 4 minutes ready to join celebration after the game. It was so obvious that he knew the winner although game was not decided until the last second. Of course, Obradovic, Okuka and Drmic failed to call two fouls in the last 8 seconds. Thus, finally making sure Igokea wins the game. Home team owner knew it and after the game stepped on the floor joining players` celebration. To make things worse for BiH basketball, Igokea coach, Drago Karalic made some hidious statements following the game ignoring the fact that his team won at home only after huge help from the referees. The only bright light from Igokea came from one of their key players Marko Derasimovic who had courage to say that 'it would be also deserved if guests had won the game'.
No matter what would happen in the third game, it remains a bitter taste for every basketball fan after watching what three corrupt referees can do to shatter a beauty of the game.

Although Igokea representatives think that they have qualified for the Adriatic league the next season, according to the rules and value system set forth by the BiH Basketball Federation Adriatic league participants next year shall be this season BiH champion and B.C. 'Bosna'. Namely, among other points rewarded, the BiH Cup winner receives 3 points, while play off finals loser receives only 2 points. Bosna had already won the BiH Cup and has an advantage over the finals loser. The other play off finalist Siroki is well aware of that fact. Their representatives have already stated that they must win the title if they want to play the Adriatic league.
Igokea, with all their money and help from referees Petar Obradovic, Ante Drmic and Aco Okuka doesn`t get the message, yet.


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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Harper, Levski22.6 
 2. Cole, Levski18.6 
 3. Durchev, Chernomo.18.4 
 4. Bozov, Balkan18.1 
 5. Gruev, Rilski Sport18.1 
 6. Antic, Lukoil A.17.4 
 7. Brown, Chernomo.16.6 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.16.2 
 9. Deane, Lukoil A.16.1 
 10. Webb, Cherno More15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pero ANTIC
  Lukoil A.
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Antic, Lukoil A.9.8 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.8.7 
 3. Peterson, Rilski S.8.1 
 4. Brown, Lukoil A.8.0 
 5. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.6 
 6. Radev, Balkan7.4 
 7. Kennerly, Spart.7.3 
 8. Ware, Cherno More6.9 
 9. Morton, Chernomo.6.7 
 10. Tmusic, Yambol6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Quebradillas
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Russell, Lukoil A.5.5 
 2. Gruev, Rilski Sport5.5 
 3. Aleksiev, Chernomo.4.8 
 4. Mirakovski, Cherno M.4.4 
 5. Webb, Cherno More4.1 
 6. Radionov, Yambol3.9 
 7. Deane, Lukoil A.3.5 
 8. Lilov, Balkan3.5 
 9. Frasor, Levski3.4 
 10. Dimitrov, Spart.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Radionov, Yambol2.5 
 2. Deane, Lukoil A.2.3 
 3. Russell, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Wells, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Lilov, Balkan2.1 
 6. Harper, Levski2.0 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.9 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.7 
 9. Dimitrov, Spart.1.7 
 10. Bozov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ernest BROWN
  Toros
  (213-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Brown, Lukoil A.1.5 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.1.4 
 3. Earl, Yambol0.9 
 4. Gocevski, Yambol0.9 
 5. Ware, Cherno More0.8 
 6. Peterson, Rilski S.0.8 
 7. Radev, Balkan0.7 
 8. Veselovs, Cherno M.0.7 
 9. Morton, Chernomo.0.7 
 10. Preston, Rilski Sport0.6 


Levski took a 1-0 lead in the semifinals - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski won the first semifinal game against Balkan and took the lead in the series. 'The Blues' won at home 89-76 after leading from start to finish. The second game of the series is on Wednesday.
Levski scored the first points of the game and never looked back. However Balkan was close and after the first quarter the score was 22-18. In the second the visitors cut the deficit to one but then the hosts took a 12-point lead. It was cut until the end of the half as the score was 39-33.
Balkan cut the deficit even more, to 41-39, but then Levski responded well and went up by 13 points but by the end of the third quarter Balkan was again back in the game, 61-53 after 30 minutes. The match was decided in the first minutes of the last quarter when Levski made a 14-0 run making it a 22 points game. In the last six and a half minutes Balkan managed to cut the deficit ot 13 but never really threathened the hosts.
Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was the top scorer for the winners with 25 points as Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) and Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) added 18 and 17 respectively.
For the visitors Georgi Davidov (204-C-76) had 18 points and 6 rebounds while Jordan Bozov (191-G-79, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points.



FULL STATS FROM LEVSKI - BALKAN GAME


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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 12 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Darda - Cibona 76-86
Cibona cruised past Darda on the road improving to 10-2 record. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) also had very important role adding 17 points, 6 boards and 7 assists. In the loosing squad (1-11), Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) shined with 20 points and 11 boards.

Cedevita - Trogir 97-70
9-3 for Cedevita and 1-11 for Trogir after this game. Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) shined for the hosts with 26 points (5 triples). Ricardo Marsh (201-F-81, college: ODU) helped with 19 points and 6 boards. On the other side, Luka Drezga (196-G-87) and Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) netted 18 pts each.

KK Zagreb CO - Zadar 101-75
KK Zadar lost its first game in domestic championship against KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. They didnt just lose, they were humiliated, losing with 26 points difference. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) scored 19 points for hosts. He was in a big form against his former team. KK Zadar players looked really tired and hosts were clicking on all cylinders. Next for KK Zadar is another big test when they face KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and its going to be very interesting to see which KK Zadar will show up for that game. *by Milord Nikolic

Svjetlost - Zabok 100-90
The box-score will be available soon. Both teams have 4-8 record.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona21.2 
 2. Gordon, Cibona21.2 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir21.1 
 4. Zoric, KK.20.8 
 5. Vragovic, Dubrava20.7 
 6. Spahija, Svjetlost17.7 
 7. Car, Zadar17.1 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar17.1 
 9. Peric, Zadar17.0 
 10. Filipovic, Sibenik16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Svjetlost
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.2 
 2. Ruzic, Zadar8.9 
 3. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 4. Sakic, Dubrava7.2 
 5. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 6. Macura, KK Split7.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda6.9 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.9 
 9. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marino BAZDARIC
  Cedevita
  (197-G/F-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.5 
 2. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 3. Gordon, Cibona3.8 
 4. Stipcevic, Zadar3.8 
 5. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 6. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 7. Blajic, Trogir3.6 
 8. Cosic, Svjetlost3.5 
 9. Sumic, KK Split3.4 
 10. Radic, Dubrovnik3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 3. Stipcevic, Zadar2.3 
 4. Sumic, KK Split2.0 
 5. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 6. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 7. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 8. Car, Zadar1.8 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.7 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Macura, KK Split1.6 
 2. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 3. Vladovic, Sibenik1.2 
 4. Gordon, Cibona1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Andric, Cibona0.9 
 7. Petrovic, Cedevita0.9 
 8. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 9. Peric, Zadar0.7 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 


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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, Svendborg22.9 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 4. Johnson, Bakken20.4 
 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: 9.7
 1. Christoffers., Bak.9.7 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj9.3 
 3. Willis, Randers9.3 
 4. Vance, Aalborg9.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.3 
 7. Johnson, Bakken8.2 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Kearse, SISU7.4 
 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. Christensen, Amager B.3.8 
 9. Dennis, Naestved3.7 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.8 
 2. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 3. Proctor, Bakken2.1 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Dennis, Naestved1.7 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg1.6 
 7. Houguet, Aalborg1.6 
 8. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
 9. Morris, Aabyhoj1.5 
 10. Smedley, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Christoffers., Bak.2.4 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.7 
 4. Willis, Randers1.6 
 5. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 6. Vance, Aalborg1.1 
 7. Seilund, Amager BK1.1 
 8. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.0 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.9 


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  EBA   


EBA Announces End-of-Year Honors and All-EBA Teams - by EBA Media
Monday, May 10, 2010 Harrisburg, PA

The EBA today simultaneously announced their End-of-Year Honors and All-EBA Teams.

Fahreed Cheatham, forward from the Delaware Destroyers was named the EBA MVP. Dallas Comegys, former DePaul University All-American, repeated as EBA Coach of the Year, guiding his Destroyers to their second straight league title. Nick Carter, of the New York Wizards, was named Rookie of the Year.

Fahreed Cheatham garnered the leagues top award with his all-around stellar play throughout the entire season. He led his team to a repeat league championship, averaging 22.0 ppg combined with 11.0 rebounds. When his team needed him most, he scored his season-high 45 points against Harrisburg in the Round of 8.

Dallas Comegys won Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year as he led Delaware to a repeat EBA Championship with a 14-1 record. Finishing second in the ballots for Coach of the Year was Greg Cerillo of the New York Wizards. Greg reaped support for taking his second-year team to the EBA Final Four.

Rookie of the Year was awarded to New York Wizards', Nick Carter. The 6' 1' guard from C.W. Post averaged 21.6 ppg with 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebo
unds.



1st Team - All EBA
Fahreed Cheatham Forward 6' 6 DE Destroyers
Earnie Graham Forward 6' 9 Washington Madness
Calvin Brown Center 6' 8 Metropolitan All-Stars
Angelo Hernandez Guard 6' 4 Nova Hawks
Nick Carter Guard 6' 1 New York Wizards
2nd Team - All EBA
Jason Clark Forward 6' 8 Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers
Ed Jones Forward 6' 7 Nova Hawks
Michah Davenport Center 6' 7 Harrisburg Horizon
Derrick Hankins Guard 6' 0 Salem Mustangs
Darian Lee Guard 6' 3 Washington Madness
Honorable Mention
Justin Carter Guard 6' 3 Garden State Rebels
Philip Frazier Guard 6' 0 Virginia Wolverines
Hugh Jones Guard 6' 3 Washington Madness
Kojak McCoy Guard 6' 4 DE Destroyers
Louis McCroskie Forward 6' 5 Hudson Valley Hype
Mike McDuffie Forward 6' 4 New York Wizards
Charles Parker Guard 6' 4 Harrisburg Horizon
Kirk Stewart Forward 6' 6 Elmira Bulldogs



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  EGYPT   


Arab champions :With almost no Arab players in the court - by Sherif Soliman
Since the Arab federation allowed 3 imports in each team, Arab players are sitting on the bench most of the games ,However,in the early 1990s only tow players were allowed to be added and one of them must be an Arab player,this helped local players to participate and gain experince but now you can count 3 up to4 arab players in the court while other players are from all around the world. Unfortunally ,alot of questions must be asked to the federation,Is the Arab champion helping Arab national teams?Is the goal just to win it? or we should look to the benifits for our local players ?.What really hearts me that i ve put my self in the Arab players place who shared thier team win the local leagues then instead of rewarding them they got punished by letting them sit on the bench.
Finally, we hope that the Arab Federation reconsider this unfair setuation and change the 3 import regulations.
Haytham Kamal (207-F-87)


ARAB CHAMPIONS LEAGUES SECOND ROUND GROUPS AND SCHEDULE - by Maarouf Mawloud
Group 1 : Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) - Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) - Al Muharraq (Bahrain) - Al Kuwait SC (kuwait)
Group 2 : Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) - Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) - Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) - An Nahl Sharjah (UAE)

Second Round Schedule :

Tuesday 11/5/10:

Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) V/S Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) at 14:00
Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at 16:00
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) V/S Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) at 18:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Wednesday 12/5/10

Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 14:00
Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at16:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Thursday 13/5/10

Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Muharraq (Bahrain) at 14:00
Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 16:00
An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) at 20:00


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Reims 24-11 
 2. Le Puy 22-13 
 3. Boulogne 21-14 
 4. Denain 21-14 
 5. Angers BC 49 21-14 
 6. Challans 21-14 
 7. Blois 20-15 
 8. Chalons 20-15 
 9. St Quentin 20-15 
 10. Denek 20-16 
 11. Get Vosges 18-17 
 12. St Etienne 17-18 
 13. Lievin 16-19 
 14. Angers EOSL 16-19 
 15. Cognac 16-19 
 16. St Chamond 16-19 
 17. Longwy 4-31 
 18. CFBB 3-33 


NM1: The newcomers are... - by Chris Spiesser
The results of the second round
Roche La Moliere 87-61 Vanves
La Rochelle 75-80 Sorgues
Calais 75-72 Orchies
Souffel 93-46 Garonne

The teams that dug a 10pts or more gap during the first round games managed to handle their advantageous situation and grab a NM1 spot. Vanves resisted 10 minutes before collapsing against Roche and a brilliant Franck Monpounga (27pts). La Rochelle had a chance to overcome Sorgues after the first QT (23-18) but the westreners couldn't repeat the effort over the next quarters. Coach Thielin recognized Sorgues' superiority on his team's website. After 2 QTs, Calais was on the good way by leading 39-33. But the locals' 3rd QT (15-24) anihilated this good job and despite Szymkowiak's 23pts, Orchies finally climbs the NM1 step. Those results with Souffel's KO win over Garonne (see below), reflect a serious domination by the teams from groups A (southeast) and D (Northeast) of NM2

Souffelweyrsheim, pure crazyness!
Saturday evening, supporting Souffel looked more like being at a concert than a basketball game. One hour before the jump bell, round one thousand people took place in the tiny arena. Standing on benches, tables, sitting at a few inches from the court, the red dressed supporters made the most possible noise to lift their players out of NM2, after three failures at that level of competition. The fifty yellow fellows from Garonne nicely tried to stand comparison but, on the court, there was none. After scoring the first basket by Laulan, Goronne got outscored 13-0. Souffel's high outside defensive pressure and inside traps cut Garonne's offensive abilities. The alsatians set another gap at the beggining of the second quarter (7-0), and their physical density allowed them to handle a serious margin over Lavis' troups while their offense started to cough. At half time, Garonne was trailing by 23pts (17 at the aggregate), and already got quite nervous. At the 2nd half whistle, for the third time of the evening, the visitors stumbled their quarter start. Romain Appel (17pts) iniciated a 11-2 that drove his team to the upper level while Garonne's players got really bitter and collected some unecessary technical fouls while realizing that their NM1 hopes had gone. The supporters could celebrate the accession with their favourite players who'll join the next stage with sharp intentions.
Scoreres
Souffel: Nkembe 8, Appel 17, Broliron 13, Alingue 9, Tschamber 20, Kancel 16, Traineau 8, Claudepierre 2
Garonne: Brantus 5, Boulefaa 5, Marboutin 4, Lhomond 2, Lavis 9, Menville 7, Laulan 11, Steiner 2, Claude 1

As a reminder: the results of the first round
Vanves 71-81 Roche La Moliere
Sorgues 83-69 La Rochelle
Orchies 89-76 Calais
Garonne 65-59 Souffel


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  GERMANY   


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Post Game Thoughts To 83-67 Loss To The EWE Baskets Oldenburg In Game One - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Kevin spoke to eurobasket after the 83-67 loss in game one against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

A tough 83-67 loss in Oldenburg. How was the playoff atmosphere in the Oldenburg arena?


It was pretty loud and the whole crowd wore yellow shirts, it was pretty cool.

Braunschweig had a strong first quarter leading 22-15. What was the team doing so well which led to the comfortable lead after 10 minutes?


We were hitting some shots and we played decent defense.

In the second quarter Oldenburg poured it on outscoring Braunschweig 24-13. What adjustments did they seem to make?


They were capitalizing on our turnovers and started getting momentum.

In the third quarter The EWE Baskets Oldenburg held the momentum and kept playing their strong game. Why wasnt Braunschweig able to cut down the deficit down more?


We didn't come out in the second half aggressive enough. They came out firing and we didn't match there intensity.

What is Braunschweig going to have to do better in game 2 at home to win?


We can not have as many turnovers as we did, and we just have to start knocking down some shots. I think everyhthing else will fall into place after that.

Braunschweig outrebounded Oldenburg, but shot only 36% from the field. I guess the tight Oldenburg defense was a reason for them winning because Braunschweig had way to many contested shots?



They played great defense but we just didn't have any continuity on offense. They stopped our initial options then we started to take tough shots.

Everybody always talks about Ricky Paulding, but how valuable was Josh Carter for Oldenburg? Why is it so hard to stop him?


He is a real good player. We are going to have to do a better job of containing him next game.

The Spurs are down 2-0 against the Suns. What do the Spurs have to do to get back into this series?


The Spurs are done!
Thanks Kev for the chat.



Jason Boone (BG Goettingen) Post Game Thoughts To 91-73 Win Against Bremerhaven In Game One - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. He took some time to talk to eurobasket after the 91-73 win against Bremerahven.

Congrats Jason on the 91-73 win in game one against Bremerhaven. How was it playing in a foreign arena in Kassel?



It's no secret that we play better at home than on the road but when our fans are in there and cheering the way that they do you can hardly tell that you aren't in the Lokhalle.

How much of a home game was this? Kassel is about 50 kilometers from Goettingen?


The acoustics in the gym weren't like they are in the Lokhalle but it was a good warm up for us. Like the players, fans also bring their A-game when the playoffs roll around. Our team was comfortable there from the beginning of the game.

BG Goettingen controlled the game for 40 minutes. How happy were you and coach John Patrick with getting the game plan done through four quarters?


Game plans aren't as important come playoffs. It's more about establishing a mindset to the other team and making adjustments. But we definitely executed the majority of what we wanted to do.

BG Goettingen had the 46-34 lead at halftime. What were the reason for the strong BG Goettingen play?



We really tried to use our depth early just throwing fresh bodies at them every two minutes and increasing the energy with every substitute.

It seemed like BG Goettingen was always a step quicker than Bremerhaven and just seemed more focused? Did you have this feeling also?




After you come off a big win it's easy to come out flat so ever since we've finished celebrating our EuroChallenge championship we've been focusing extra on not being complacent. I think we did a good job of staying hungry from start to finish.

How happy was coach John Patrick with how BG Goettingen was able to successfully perform the game plan?


Coaches are always going to be critical. At least the good ones will be. There are a few things we're going to have to do better if we want to continue to be successful but when you play with a 'win or go home' mindset, it's not hard to stay concentrated.

How would you rate the BG Goettinge defense on this day? What was its strongest attribute?




Our defense was decent. We didn't force as many turnovers as we'd like and our on-ball defense/defensive rebounding were not where they need to be. Sometimes it's hard to take criticism when you win but our coach does a great job of always challenging players to get better, as right now that's all we're trying to do.

Dwayne Anderson returned from his injury with 24 points. How badly was he missed the last months?



The thing about our team is that anyone can go off on any given night. He definitely makes everyone's job easier out there. Big guys get easier baskets, guards get help bringing the ball up. If you box out your man you can rest assured he'll go get the rebound. He's incredible and has been one of our most valuable players all season long. We told him we'd 'hold it down' until he was ready to come back 100% and as you can see, he's back.

What adjustments will BG Goettingen make for game 2?


We have to increase our pressure and rebound the basketball. If we do that better we are confident that the series end up the way we want it to.

The Spurs are down 2-0 against the Suns. What do the Spurs have to do get back into this series?


They have to pray to whoever they pray to. Phoenix looks really good right now. I wouldn't be surprised if they got the brooms out on them.
Thanks Jason for the chat!



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  GREECE   


Nikos Michalos claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Near East and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Near East his team's victory, helping them to beat Egaleo (#16, 7-20) 96-85. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Despite this victory Near East dropped to the 10th position in Greek A2. Near East is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-15 record. In the team's last game Michalos had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He has many years of experience at Near East, through which he has constantly improved. Michalos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.8ppg), assists (5th best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 61.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean. Latovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as AGOR lost that game 51-77 to the higher-ranked Ikaros Esperos (#1, 22-5). AGOR managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Latovic is a newcomer at AGOR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron (#13). Totsios scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Totsios' great performance Ikaroi Serron lost 51-61 to the higher-ranked KAOD (#5, 15-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ikaroi Serron ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Totsios could help Ikaroi Serron to bring them higher in the standings. Totsios has a great season in Greece. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Pagrati - 36 points
5. Char Samothrakis (189-G-83) of Amyntas - 27 points and 5 rebounds
6. Christo Karavolas (197-F-83) of Egaleo - 26 points and 8 rebounds
7. Stavros Danil (201-F-76) of OFI - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) of OFI - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Marko Pekovic (193-G-81) of Dafni - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Zeliko Zupic (205-F-81) of KAOD - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists


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  GUATEMALA   


Elite BC dominates Australian Milk - by Gianni Pascucci
After making a step ahead some nights ago, Australian Milk was pushed back by a determined Club Elite, that won their meeting 111-78 yesterday nigh in Guatemala City. Recently added Juan Jose Rosales (181-G-82) and point guard Pablo Cano (178-G-88) were pivotal in the win for Elite, scoring 25 and 27 points, respectively, and the other guard Alejandro Pastorio (183-G-77) added 24 points. It was a very good shooting night for Elite Sport, that ended with the 56% from the floor, with Cano ending his game at a very good 63% in FG, 5 on 8 o 3 pointers. The best in Australian Milk were Alejandro Carrillo (192-F-88) at 21 and Ryan Forbes (193-F/C-78) at 19

Standings
LPB Standings
1. USAC 8-0
2. LancoElite B.C. 7-2
3. D-Team 6-1
4. Compusys 5-5
5. Australian Milk 2-7
6. URL 2-7
7. Le Mans 1-8


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  ITALY   


Childress' 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
38-year old guard Randolph Childress (190-G-72) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cimberio Varese and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four assists for Cimberio VA his team's victory, helping them to crush Vanoli CR (#15, 9-18) with 20-point margin 98-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Cimberio VA maintains the 11th position in Italian league. Cimberio VA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-16 record. It's Childress' second year at Cimberio VA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wake Forest University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Childress is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Air Avellino. He is Polish center in his first season at Air AV. In the last game Szewczyk recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Air AV to edge the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#13, 9-18) by 3 points 77-74. Air AV's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Szewczyk is a newcomer at Air AV and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Timothy Bowers (188-G-82) of Pepsi JuveCaserta (#4). Bowers scored 20 points. He was a key player of Pepsi Caserta, leading his team to a 73-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Carife FE (#14, 9-18). Pepsi Caserta needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Bowers has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Brunner (201-F-83) of Sigma Coatings Montegranaro - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marko Milic (202-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dee Brown (185-G-84) of Air AV - 20 points and 3 assists
7. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banca Tercas - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79) of Pepsi Caserta - 14 points and 9 rebounds
9. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of NGC Cantu - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85) of NGC Cantu - 14 points and 8 rebounds


A Dilettanti Semifinals, game 1 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the first round of the semifinals there aren't surpise... Forli' exceeds Omegna and Bologna wins against Ozzano. Matteo Frassineti (195-G/F-87) leads the VemSistemi in the victory against the Paffoni (81-63 the final) with 24 points, 8/17 at shoot and 7 rebounds. 12 points for Federico Tassinari (194-G-77, agency: Players Group) that catches 9 rebounds, Andres Forray (188-G-86) scores 16 points and adds 5 assist, 9 points and 7 rebounds with 3 steals for Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances) and 9 points but 4 turnovers for Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) in 25 minutes. For the visitors great match of Innocenzo Ferraro (200-F/C-82) with 21 points, 7/11 at shoot, 11 rebounds (6 offensive) and 7 fouls suffered. 10 points with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks for Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82), 8 points and 3 assist of the ex Benetton Treviso Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances), 7 points of Marco Carra (185-G-80) and 9 for Martin Caruso (201-F-78, agency: Players Group). Bad match for Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) with only 3 points (1/7 at shoot) in 31 minutes!
In the other match of the day the Fortitudo destroys Ozzano for 95-72. Decisive the initial partial in the first quarter (33-12) that the PentaGruppo can't recover... great contribution by the bench for the winners: 14 points for Francesco Quaglia (207-F/C-88) with 9 rebounds and 18 of ranking in only 22 minutes and 17 points in 20 minutes of Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) with 6/14 at shoot. 9 points for Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) with 7 fouls suffered and 4 steals, 12 points of Davide Lamma (192-G-76, agency: Players Group) with 6 assist and 5 steals, 9 points of Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) with 3/5 by 3, 10 points of Marko Micevic (199-F-89) and 8 points + 8 rebounds for Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79). Only 7 points for Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) in 23 minutes. For Ozzano the top scorer is Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with 18 points, a good 8/13 at shoot and 4 assist. 12 points of Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) with 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assist, 7 points and 7 rebounds for Marco Diviach (200-F-88), 12 points and 5 steals of Alex Ranuzzi (195-F-86), 12 points for Andrea Casella (197-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and 9 points of Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90).

The results

VemSistemi Forli' - Paffoni Omegna 81-63 {1-0}
Amori Bologna - PentaGruppo Ozzano 95-72 {1-0}

Group B

In the 'game 1' San Severo exceeds Siena for 74-62 leading by Riccardo Marzoli (187-G-89) that scores 19 points with 6/9 at shoot, 4 steals and 25 of ranking. 10 points for Damiano Faggiano (193-G/F-75) with 4 rebounds, 10 points and 6 rebounds of Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) and 13 points of Simone Salamina (181-G-88) in 21 minutes starting by bench. Perfect second half for the Mazzeo that catch up the handicap with a partial of 40-22 in the final 20 minutes. For Siena excellent double-double for Gino Cuccarolo (219-C-87) with 20 points, 9/12 by 2 and 15 rebounds (7 offensive). Good performance for Marco Portannese (194-G/F-89, agency: Players Group) with 14 points and 6 rebounds (but 5 turnovers and 5/14 at shoot), 10 points of Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) and 9 points for Manuel Diomede (188-G-90).
Barcellona wins against Perugia (83-78) thanks at a perfect Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post) that closes with 28 points, 10/15 at shoot and 36 of ranking! Good job for Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) with 13 points, 12 points of Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) and 6 points with 3 steals and 3 assist for Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88). By the bench Manuele Mocavero (203-C-80) helped with 18 points with 100% at shoot (7/7) in 27 minutes. For the visitors 24 points of Davide Poltroneri (195-G/F-85) with 9/19 at shoot, 10 points of Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances), 8 points and 8 rebounds for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) and 16 points of Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82).

The results

Mazzeo San Severo - Consum.it Siena 74-62 {1-0}
Sigma Barcellona - Liomatic Perugia 83-78 {1-0}


Lega 2 Awards given - by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the start of the Playoffs, Lega 2 officials announced the three Season Awards for the MVP, the Best Domestic Player and the Coach of the Year. The Awards were the result of a ballot among the team officials plus the vote of all the basketball fans in the country.
Enel Brindisi import Omar Thomas (197-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) was the unanimous choice for the Most Valuable Player: he simply dominated every game at the both sides of the court, showing that he's now ready for top level. His runner-up was Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU), of Aget Imola, third placed in the ballot was Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) of Carmatic Pistoia.
David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) has been awarded as the Best Domestic Player of the year, after a head-to-head race with second placed Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81), pushed by lots of fans votes, and third placed Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group), who had been the preferred of the team officials.
Miro Radici Vigevano Head Coach Luigi Garelli (agency: Players Group ) was, instead, the unanimous choice for the Coach of the Year, and his runner-up was Giovanni Perdichizzi , the Lega 2 champion with Enel Brindisi


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 41-11 
 2. Sendai 89ers 35-17 
 3. Niigata Albirex 25-27 
 4. Tokyo Apache 22-30 
 5. Saitama Bron. 17-35 
 6. Toyama Grouses 17-35 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 34-18 
 2. Okinawa GK 33-19 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 30-22 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 29-23 
 5. Oita H.Devils 25-27 
 6. Kyoto Hannaryz 17-35 
 7. Takamatsu FA 13-39 


BJ League Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 79-81
Fukuoka Rizing lost to Osaka Evessa 79:81 as the latter got 34-18 record on top of the Western Conference. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) paced all the winners with 24 points and Palmer David scored 23. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with 32 points and 10 boards.

Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 67-99
Okinawa GK finished with 33-19 record as they rolled over Oita H.Devils 99:67. Six players scored in double digits as Masashi Obuchi (182-G-83) paced them all with 22 points. Bell Michael produced 19 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 79-100
Fukuoka Rizing cruised past Takamatsu FA 100:79 at the start of the Regular Season Round 32. Michael Parker and Bryant Marlyn paced all the winners with 24 points each. Okada Yu and Remington Chun (192-F/G-83, college: Notre Dame Namur) scored 19 points each in the losing case.

Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 93-103
Takamatsu FA was defeated by Fukuoka Rizing 93:103. Michael Parker exploded with 39 points and 10 rebounds, while Bryant Marlyn added 20. Okada Yu replied with 33 points in the losing effort.

Tokyo Apache - Toyama Grouses 84-81
Tokyo Apache rolled over Toyama Grouses 84:81 on May 6th. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Smith Jerrell and Aoki Cohey scored 9 each. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Paine) replied with 21 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Tokyo Apache - Toyama Grouses 72-73
Toyama Grouses beat Tokyo Apache 73:72 on May 7th. Brian Harper top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 boards, while Mito Takeshi added 17. Chappell Michael responded with 19 points in defeat.

Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 85-94
Saitama Broncos won over Niigata Albirex 94:85 to finish the season with 17-35 record. Mario Jointer (188-G-82, college: S.Alabama) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Lemons Kirby had 22 points and 17 boards. Antonio Burks (198-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) posted 20 in defeat, while Chitwood Calvin netted 19.

Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 92-70
Hamamatsu becanme the Winner of the Regular Season beating Sendai 89ers 92:70 and finishing with 41-11 record. Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) and Knight William paced all the winners with 23 points each, while Peppers Josh ended up with 27 points in defeat.

Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannaryz 75-89
Kyoto Hannaryz outscored Takamatsu FA 89:75 to finish with 17-35 record. Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Setoyama Kyosuke netted 16. Broxsie Antoine delivered 28 points for the Arrows.

Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannaryz 86-76
Okada Yu poured in 26 points and Takeda Satoshi scored 21 as Takamatsu FA beat Kyoto Hannaryz 86:76. Remington Chun had 19 points and 12 boards, while Broxsie Antoine collected 13 points and 20 rebounds. Murakami Tadashi produced 17 points in the losing effort.

Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 97-98
Fukuoka Rizing lost to Osaka Evessa 97:98 as the latter got 29 points and 11 rebounds from Lynn Washington. Palmer David nailed 19 and Blackwell Ryan scored 17. Michael Parker delivered 30 points for the Rizing.

Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 73-85
Oita H.Devils were beaten by Okinawa GK 73:85. Yosuke Sugawara (187-G-83) stepped up with 23 points and McHenry Anthony finished the night with 21. Woods Ricky produced 24 points in defeat, while Bell Michael added 20 points and 14 caroms.

Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 83-67
Niigata Albirex cruised past Saitama Broncos 83:67 on May 8th. Antonio Burks collected 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Butorac Paul added 17 points and 14 boards. Arai Yasuaki netted 12 points for Broncos.

Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 103-93
Hamamatsu cruised past Sendai 89ers 103:93 at the Regular Season Round 32. Wendell White poured in 30 points and Knight William followed him with 19. Peppers Josh answered with 25 points in defeat.



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Williams arrives for ASU - by Mohammed Malas
Jo-Basket.com, Amman - The American forward James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) arrived earlier today to Amman to join the trainings of ASU Sports Club who will participate in The 21st Asian Clubs Championship (May 22-30) in Qatar, The player signed for one month contract according to his agent.

Williams played professional basketball early in his career when he preffered to play overseas right after high school, His profile includes so many countries such as: Sweden, Israel, Kuwait and Argentinian LigaA in the last two seasons wearing the jerseys of Union de Sunchales, His stats this season were 14.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.1 blockshots, 1 assist and 1 steal in 49 games.

ASU's head coach Fredrick Oniga is looking to complete the imports list early to involve the players to the team's system as soon as possible to have the best image in the next Asian event.


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Evstigneev extended the contract with Barsy - by Eurobasket News
Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) extended the contract with Barsy and will play for the team for the next year. After the successful season the team management decided to keep the player from Kazakhstan. The latter participated in Asian Games in Doha in 2006, was a member of Kazakhstan National Team in 2006 and 2008 and participated in William Jones Cup Tournament since 2006. He was Kazakhstan League Finalist since 2006 and Kazakhstan League Regular Season Champion in 2008. This season he reached Kazakhstan League Semifinals, while last year became Kazakhstan Cup Winner.

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ARAB CHAMPIONS LEAGUES SECOND ROUND GROUPS AND SCHEDULE - by Maarouf Mawloud
Group 1 : Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) - Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) - Al Muharraq (Bahrain) - Al Kuwait SC (kuwait)
Group 2 : Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) - Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) - Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) - An Nahl Sharjah (UAE)

Second Round Schedule :

Tuesday 11/5/10:

Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) V/S Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) at 14:00
Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at 16:00
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) V/S Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) at 18:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Wednesday 12/5/10

Al Muharraq (Bahrain) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 14:00
Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) at16:00
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) at 20:00

Thursday 13/5/10

Etoile du Sahel (Tunis) V/S Al Muharraq (Bahrain) at 14:00
Al Moutahed Tripoli (Lebanon) V/S Al Kuwait SC (Al Kuwait SC) at 16:00
An Nahl Sharjah (UAE) V/S Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) at 18:00
Ittihad de Tanger (Morocco) V/S Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt) at 20:00


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A crisis is brewing in Zalgiris, Maskoliunas might leave - by Simas Baranauskas
This morning wasnt the greatest for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas. It is reported that the owner of the club Vladimir Romanov asked Darius Maskoliunas to resign from his position as the head coach of the club.

The coach neither confirmed, nor denied these talks.

According the BasketNews.lt, Maskoliunas should still coach in game three of Lithuanian League (LKL) finals today, but his future in B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas is very foggy.

Maskoliunas was with the team in morning practice, but the teams meeting lasted for over an hour after the shoot-around. The coach returned to the hotel together with the whole team.

Players didnt want to give any comments on the situation in the club and by doing so giving out that something bad was happening inside the team.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas General Director Paulius Motiejunas, who was still in Paris at the time of the call, wasnt very specific in saying that for now Maskoliunas is working with the team and there will be more to say when he returns to Lithuania this evening.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius will host B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in game three of the LKL finals. The series are tied at 1-1 at the moment with both teams stealing victories on the road.



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LKL Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 83-81
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) scored 28 points to lead Lietuvos Rytas to the second win in the Finals. Lietuvos Rytas claimed the win in front of a sellout crowd at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Zalgiris. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) finished wiht 21 points in defeat.



Chuck Eidson: I miss Lithuania - by Deivis Valiunas
How do you rate your games within Maccabi team? Do you consider yourself as useful player there?


Of course I do, I spend a lot of time on the floor so I know the coaches and the team have respect for what I can do. For me it was a year of up and downs but to say I am not
happy with my season would be a lie. In the situation I was in I believe I had a very useful season and am quite proud of what I did.

Wasnt it hard to get used to life style in Tel Aviv?

No, not at all. I think for the people in Lithuania that know me I am a private person so for me and my family the change was not hard...I am the same person anywhere I go, and
the people in the club have treated me great.

How do you think Maccabi is doing in this years Euroleague?

First this was the first year we all played together so there was a learning curve for all of us but for me I wanted to go to the final four so bad it hurt terribly when the season
ended in Belgrade. I know that in the end it was a good result but here in Maccabi and also Israel it was not quite good enough.

Do you have any regrets choosing Maccabi?

No not at all, this year has been amazing for me and my family and I am blessed to be here.

Which match, while playing within Maccabi team, was most memorable?

Of course the comeback against Madrid to win our group was unbelievably great. The atmosphere at the arena and our locker room afterward was amazing.

Do you think youll stay in Tel Aviv for the next season?

I have contract for next season so I think I will be back but you never know in this line of work, but i would love to be back.

Whats your opinion about coach Pini Gershon? Do you have a good relationship? Do you think he counts on you in the games?

He is a great coach and has a lot of experience so of course he is a good coach. My relationship with him is a normal working relationship, I come in do the work and he coach's
me.. To say I go over to his house on shabatt and we have dinner..no I don't think so but I am comfortable with him as my coach. I think with our team a lot of times there is no set
player who gets the ball during the game unless he is on a roll so if you are on a roll that's who gets it.

What are the differences between Lithuanian and Israel basketball? Do they have any specific features?

The main difference is there are a lot more Americans in the Israeli league so the games are different. What I mean is it is up and down basketball as opposed to clock
management and running when the opportunity is there. I like both leagues though they are both fun.

Maccabi fans are know to be really agresive, if not most agresive of all. Did you had any incidents with them? Or do you feel stronger support from them?

We have great fans of course there are always some incidents along the way but that is normal with a team but I have been blessed because in my career I have played for
teams who had great fan support.

Do you miss Lietuvos Rytas team?

I do miss the guys and the staff, I mean I spent two years with them and day in and day out so for me of course I miss them...labas rytas guys.

What memories remain about Lithuania? Is there anything that you really miss?

First I hate cold weather, but is funny, this year I found myself missing the snow it was pretty but also fun I think my kids would have enjoyed it. I truly do miss old town, I loved
living there and to me it is one the best places to visit but also to live.

If there would be a chance to come back to Lithuania, how would you feel about it?

I would love the chance to come back to Lithuania but right now I am in 'Maccabi' and really enjoying myself.

Do you still keep in touch with old team mates? Or, do you consider them as a kind of enemies now, once youve started playing for Maccabi?

I am not very good at that kind of stuff but my wife is so she keeps me in touch with Marijonas Petravicius, Milko Bjelica my roomate, Martynas Gecevicius -nice number this year,
and Arturas Jomantas. I do follow the team and wish them all luck in the finals, even Kenan Bajramovic.

Do you still remember 'Lietuvos Rytas' fans?

Of course there were a lot times last year when I would come home to my wife and say, ' I will never forget what they did' on that particular day. I loved the way they loved their
team and how they treated me.

How would you rate your time spent in 'Lietuvos Rytas' team, do you think it was valuable experience for you, as basketball player?

Yes, to be who you are you have to know where you have been. The two years I spent playing for 'Lietuvos Rytas' helped give me the ability to be me through the good and the

bad and that will never change.



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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.20.6 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.8 
 4. Dabkus, Rudupis18.7 
 5. Janavicius, Aisciai16.6 
 6. Kuzminskas, Siauliai16.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Nevez.16.0 
 9. Bajramovic, Lietuv.15.0 
 10. Gecevicius, Lietuv.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis9.7 
 2. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 4. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai7.3 
 6. Silinskis, Nevezis7.2 
 7. Vilkius, Neptunas7.2 
 8. Adomaitis, Alytus A.7.1 
 9. Cepukaitis, Aisciai7.1 
 10. Janisius, Suduva6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Perlas
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Viskontas, Perlas6.1 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.5.9 
 3. Broadus, Suduva5.3 
 4. Low, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Milosevic, Lietuv.4.7 
 6. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 7. Janavicius, Aisciai4.5 
 8. Ezerskis, Techasas4.5 
 9. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietuv.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.6 
 2. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 3. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 4. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
 5. Dabkus, Rudupis2.0 
 6. Vileita, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Ginevicius, Lietuv.1.9 
 8. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.1.8 
 10. Vilkius, Neptunas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.8 
 2. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 6. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Zyle, Aisciai1.1 
 9. Volkus, Techasas1.0 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakalai0.9 


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Resilient Siggiewi capture first title - by Eurobasket News
Athleta Compleet 57

Siggiewi 62

(12-12, 18-13, 15-8, 12-29)


Siggiewi Kent Boringer yesterday clinched their first league title after edging Athleta Compleet IS 62-57 in the third and decisive game of this season's play-off series.

Having bounced back from their first-game loss with a 56-51 victory in game two, Siggiewi yesterday produced another spirited comeback in the final quarter to see off the challenge of their faltering opponents and end their title drought.

Siggiewi's better start to the match gave them an early six-point lead but Athleta raised their game to go 10 points clear midway into the second quarter.

Peter Farrugia's men re-grouped to narrow the deficit to five points, 30-25, by half-time but their recovery was cut short by Athleta who regained the initiative to start the final session 45-33 ahead.

With their title chances fizzling out, Siggiewi gained a timely boost in the shape of two three-pointers by Karl Borg and Peter Shoults.

Siggiewi recaptured their best form at the right time as they moved to within a basket of Athleta, 49-47, by the fourth minute of the last quarter.

Another three-pointer by Borg put Siggiewi in the driving seat and with Athleta unable to summon the energy and resilience to battle back, the yellow-reds increased their lead to secure the title. Siggiewi succeed BUPA Luxol as national champions.

Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) and Marco Matjevic were Siggiewi's top scorers with 16 points. For Athleta, Omar Said (177-G-80) and Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) also chalked up 16 points.

After the match, Antonio Mizzi, the president of the Malta Basketball Association, presented the league trophy to John Doughty, the Siggiewi captain, amid the joyous celebrations of the winning team's players, officials and fans at the Ta' Qali pavilion.

Athleta: M. Naudi 15, J. Naudi, E. Bezzina 3, M. Giusti, C. Galea, Omar Said 16, C. Calleja, Addison Bonnici 16, J. Zammit, S. Cassar 7.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 10, J.P. Antoncich, L. Camilleri 6, J. Doughty, E. Xuereb, A. Tabone 3, K. Borg 11, A. Micallef 16, D. Ross, A. Costa, J. Jetsen, M. Matjevic 16.

Referees: B. Vassallo, G. Barbara, J.P. Sammut.
Courtesy of:http://www.timesofmalta.com


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MNT Play Off 2 Round : Buducnost in Final , Lovcen and Mornar play 3rd game - by Dragan Scepanovic
Ulcinj-Buducnost 59:65 (19:23, 11:13, 16:17, 13:12)
Ulcinj.Chool Center Marshal Tito. Spect : 1200. Reff: Sutulovic,Savovic (Podgorica).R.Vojinovic (Niksic)
ULCINj: Latkovic 2, Tomasevic, Tepavcevic 4, Z.Jovanovic 7, R.Ivanovic 5, Martinic 4, Djurkovic 11, Micetic, A.Ivanovic 9, S.Jovanovic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 17, Krstovic.
BUDUCNOST: Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) 14, Arnautovic 4, Popovic, Ljubicic 2, Filip Barovic (206-F-90), Otasevic 9, Dragicevic 12, Simonovic 5, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Savovic 3.

Mornar-Lovcen 82:80 (19:20, 19:22, 23:21, 21:17)


Bar/ SC Topolica.Spect: 500.Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Sundic, Koljensic (Podgorica)
Mornar: Dobrovic, Djurisic 12, Mihailovic 13, Djeljosevic, Radovic 17, Damjanovic 13, Ljuic 2, Sekulovic, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 10, Vujosevic 7, Samake 2, Gagic 6.
Lovcen: Stojanovic 1, Lalic 11, Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) 11, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 6, Ivanovic 2, Pelkic 13, Boricic 8, Kandic 9, Lopicic 6, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 6, Dubljevic 7, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87).



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The latest results of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
May 7th and 8th brought another three games of the Second Stage. On May 7th Sport Plazza Casa overcame Maghreb Fez 76:72 as both teams share 2-1 record on top.
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima rolled over FUS Rabat 80:77 to take 2-1 record also on top, while the latter dropped at 0-3. AS Sale improved to 2-1 record beating Amal Essaouira 67:53. The next games are scheduled for May 15th.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.8 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.8 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.4 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.22.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.0 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.2 
 3. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.5 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 8. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.10.8 
 10. Haywood, Washingt.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.8 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.7 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.10.0 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.4 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 9. Harris, New J.6.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 4. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 7. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 8. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 9. Perkins, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Andersen, Denver N.1.8 


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  NCAA2   


Isaac Joyner signs with Columbus State - by UBA media
The UBA is proud to announce that Isaac Joyner (6'3''-G/F-88) has committed to play for Columbus State. Joyner is the first member of the Jr. UBA Program founded to assist young men in developing concurrently as a basketball player and a student in the class room.

Isaac Joyner was a Sophomore at North Platte Community College. Joyner picked Columbus State University over Idaho State, Southeastern, Georgia Southwestern and West Texas A&M.

Columbus State landed one of its most under rated recruits of the new Coach Robert Moore era. Joyner was a late bloomer out of Morrow, GA. Although his talent is worthy of acknowledgment, his lack of academic achievement held him in place. Joyner had a 2.0 GPA coming out of high school and had to be overlooked by college recruiters. This was a struggle UBA star Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) knew all too well.

'I had the same trouble coming out of Morrow High School, we all had the talent but we never listened to coach when he told us about academics', said Barnes. Barnes is the most know figure in Morrow basketball being named All-State in 2001. Barness jersey was retired in 2001 but his failure to qualify for the NCAA was a large set back in his career.

'I took Isaac in because he was a very humble kid that wanted to get better. We sent him to Community College to focus more on his academics so he could now qualify to attend the University of his choice. We dont just want to show him how to play better; we want him to receive a college education. This is the primary aim of the Jr. UBA, said Barnes.

Joyners academic performance is now also worthy of acknowledgment. The Jr. UBAs focus on academics has set Joyner on the path to achieve on the court and in the classroom. Joyner currently hold a 3.0 GPA and can attend any NCAA University of his choice.

The commitment to Columbus State was a return home in a sense. Not only will he stay in his home town, but he also will be signing with the coach that is know for bring the best out of players. The 6-foot-3 guard, picked Columbus State over Division 1, and power house NAIA schools.

This is a very exciting time for Joyner being signed by CSU and being selected by the UBA to participate in the UBA Playoff Classic. Joyner will not receive any type of compensation for his involvement of participation in the league or events to remain eligible for NCAA participation.

League officials say Joyner is being groomed to be a pro. 'He will be playing against high level players. Guys like Mychal Kearse (Denmark), Longar Longar (D-League) and some of the top players in Japan. There's no doubt about it, he's not ready for this level, but he will be in 2 years', said Barnes.

The Cougars is also in contact with North Dakota's Aaron Morris, the most valuable player at Madison Central (Kentucky) and the all-time leading scorer.

I talked with Aaron yesterday, Joyner said. If we get him I think we can win the Peach Belt.
Joyner was big apart of the North Platte CC Region IX Championship and National Tournament run this year.



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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 8-1 
 2. Talk N Text 6-2 
 3. Derby Ace L. 5-3 
 4. Alaska 4-3 
 5. Ginebra 4-4 
 6. Rain or Shine 4-4 
 7. Coca-Cola 4-5 
 8. Santa Lucia 3-5 
 9. Barako 2-6 
 10. Air21 1-8 
 11. Smart Gilas 0-0 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Johnson, Santa L.29.9 
 2. Larry, Air2129.3 
 3. Monroe, Barako28.4 
 4. Simpson, Alaska28.0 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 6. Wade, Derby Ace L.25.2 
 7. Storey, Ginebra24.0 
 8. Ambres, Ginebra22.0 
 9. David, Coca-Cola20.3 
 10. de Ocampo, Talk N.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mildon AMBRES
  Ginebra
  (198-F/G-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Ambres, Ginebra17.7 
 2. Storey, Ginebra17.6 
 3. Freeman, San M.16.9 
 4. Simpson, Alaska16.6 
 5. Brown, Derby A.15.0 
 6. Johnson, Santa L.14.6 
 7. Young, Air2114.3 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine14.3 
 9. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 10. Larry, Air2113.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.4 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.0 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.6.0 
 4. Mercado, Rain o.4.5 
 5. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.5 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.4.4 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 8. Cardona, Talk N.3.9 
 9. Yap, Derby Ace L.3.9 
 10. Monroe, Barako3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Reggie LARRY
  Air21
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Larry, Air212.3 
 2. Simpson, Alaska2.0 
 3. Daniels, Talk N.2.0 
 4. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air211.6 
 6. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.6 
 7. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.6 
 8. Williams, Santa Lucia1.4 
 9. Hatfield, Ginebra1.4 
 10. Cardona, Talk N.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Daniels, Talk N.3.1 
 2. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 3. Johnson, Santa L.1.8 
 4. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.6 
 5. Devance, Alaska1.3 
 6. Simpson, Alaska1.3 
 7. Monroe, Barako1.3 
 8. Reyes, Barako1.2 
 9. Hrabak, Rain o.1.0 
 10. Freeman, San M.1.0 


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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Wright, PGE Turow21.0 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Mays, Znicz19.3 
 4. Day, ISS Sportino19.2 
 5. Chappell, Znicz18.3 
 6. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 7. Miller, Polonia Azbud17.6 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma17.3 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.17.1 
 10. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.2 
 3. Chappell, Znicz8.2 
 4. Daniels, Energa C.8.1 
 5. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 6. Kesicki, ISS S.7.8 
 7. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.6 
 8. Kinnard, Trefl S.7.3 
 9. Wallace, PGE Turow7.2 
 10. Okafor, Polpharma7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.7 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Swanson, AZS K.5.1 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.1 
 5. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20114.4 
 8. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.3 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.4.1 
 10. Hughes, Polonia .4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Znicz
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Chappell, Znicz2.9 
 2. Day, ISS Sportino2.4 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.1 
 4. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 5. Majewski, Polph.2.0 
 6. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 7. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 8. Swanson, AZS K.1.9 
 9. Hawkins, Trefl S.1.8 
 10. Smith, SKK Kotwica1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .1.6 
 2. Wallace, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.4 
 4. Kesicki, ISS S.1.3 
 5. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 6. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.1 
 7. Booker, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 9. Wyka, Znicz1.0 
 10. Johnson, PGE Turow0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Proliga Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Penafiel - Electrico FC 75-58
Penafiel shook off the sloppiness and thrashed Electrico in the second game of the semifinal series. James Grabowski (201-F-86, college: SW Baptist) scored 22 points to lead the regular season champions. Mario Goncalves (208-F/C-80) added 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Anastacio Sami (207-C-76) accounted for 15 points for Electrico.

Lusitania - Barcelos 91-77
Lusitania earned the second straight win over Barcelos in the semifinal series. Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) delivered 22 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Daniel Monteiro (182-G-82) and Marcel Momplasir (205-C-81, college: Rhode Island) added 17 points each for Lusitania. Carlos Fechas (180-G-81) responded with 30 points for Barcelos.



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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN: Latest games with stats (May 2 - May 8) - by Eurobasket News
Santurce - Bayamon 76-81
Bayamon cruised past Santruce remaining on top of BSN standings with 18-5 record. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) led the winners in scoring with 18 points. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: N.E.T., college: Elgin CC) was MVP of this game as he collected 16 points and 17 rebounds (valuation 30). In Santruce (12-10), Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) collected 20 points and 14 boards.

Bayamon - Ponce 79-71
Christian Dalmau and Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up for Bayamon with 20 points each. Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) followed them with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Manuel Narvaez collected 14 points and 10 boards.

Isabela - Capitanes 76-86
Nice win for the Arecibo Capitanes, who got 28 points from David Cortes. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) this time was the second scorer of his team with 12 pts. On the other side, Isabela had Filiberto Rivera with 20 points.

San German - Mayaguez 97-101
Mayaguez was better than San German getting 26 points and 16 rebounds from Alex Galindo. Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Florida Atlantic) had 19 and Kennell Sanchez added 12 pts in this victory. For the home side, LeRoy Hickerson collected 26 pts and 6 rebs.

Humacao - Santurce 82-87
Santruce grabbed this one mostly owing to Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago and Michael Sweetney, who scored 19 and 18 points respectively. Santiago had 6 assists, while Sweetney pulled down 10 rebounds in this game. In defeat, James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) collected 22 points and 11 boards.

San German - Isabela 89-83
San German Athletics defeated the Isabela Gallitos 89-83. The Athletics had big 1st quarter as they scored 25 points to just 12 points by the Gallitos to take a 13 point lead in the opening quarter. At the half the Athletics had built a 28 point lead and it seemed that the Gallitos would be embarrassed in their home court by the Athletics, as the half ended 57-28. In the 2nd half it was a different story as the Gallitos scored 25 points in the 3rd quarter while the Athletics could not buy a basket, they went on to score only 10 points in the quarter, thus cutting my half the Athletics lead 67-53. In the 4th quarter the Gallitos just ran out of time as they would not be able to catch the Athletics and thus suffer the home court loss. For San German, Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) scored 26 points with 13 rebounds, while LeRoy Hickerson scored 20 points and 10 rebounds. For Isabela, Darnell Hinson scored 32 points followed by Shawn Priutt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez
Guaynabo - Humacao 76-85
Humacao Caciques defeated the Guaynabo Mets 85-76. Guaynabo took the 1st quarter 16-15 but the Caciques managed to take the 1st half 35-33. In the 3rd quarter, Humacao continued to extend their lead and as the quarter came to an end were up by 6 points, 62-56. Although the Mets tried to keep pace with the Caciques, they were never able to make up the difference in the 4th quarter. For Humacao, Antonio Anderson (198-G-85, college: Memphis) scored 24 points followed by James Mays with 21 points and 13 rebounds. For Guaynabo, Matt Freije scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 19 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Mayaguez - Quebradillas 88-114
The Quebradillas Pirates beat the Mayaguez Indians and it wasnt pretty, the final score was 114-88. The Pirates took command of the game in the very 1st quarter, 37-20 and by the half the Pirates were comfortably in command 58-40. Things didnt get any better for the Indians in the 2nd half as the Pirates continued to score at will and at the end of the 3rd quarter the Pirates were up by 23 points, 87-64. The Indians never threaten the Pirates the rest of the way. It was an unusual beating for the Indians who have the worst record in the BSN but had up to this point given their adversaries a tough challenge to obtain their victories. For Quebradillas, Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) scored 24 points while David Huertas followed up with 20 points. For Mayaguez, James Maye scored 17 points followed by Alex Galindo and Steven Ramirez both scoring 14 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Mayaguez - Capitanes 78-85
In a game that was much closer than the Captains would have liked, Larry Ayuso scored 13 points in the last 3 minutes of the game to give the Captains a hard fought win over the Mayaguez Indians 85-78. In the 1st quarter the Captains took a 2 point lead 22-20 and at half time the Captains were leading by 5 points, 43-38. In the 2nd half, the Indians kept pace with the Captains, at the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 64-58. The Indians cut the lead to just 3 points71-68 in the 4th quarter with 3:05 left in the game and then it was Larry Ayuso who was brought in to squelch all hopes for the Indians. For Arecibo, Larry Ayuso scored 24 points followed by Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Mayaguez, Alex Galindo scored 23 points with 8 rebounds while James Maye scored 21 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Santurce - Ponce 97-91
The Santurce Crabbers came from behind to beat the Ponce Lions 97-91. The game was basically decided in the last 2 minutes of play. It was Eddin Santiago with a 3 pointer that put the Crabbers ahead for good with 1:19 to go in the game. Up to this point the game had gone mostly the Lions way but head coach Rolando Hourruitinier of the Crabbers sent in 4 guards and the Lions fell asleep to see a 10 point lead disappear before their eyes. The Lions took a 6 point lead in the 1st quarter as the quarter ended 24-18. In the 2nd quarter the Lions still managed to end up with a 1 point lead 40-39 as the Crabbers would have an offensive run to catch the Lions and close the lead to just the minimum. In the 3rd quarter the Lions still prevailed as the quarter ended 67-64. Then came the 4th quarter where it seemed that the Lions would get the home court win. Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84) had given the Lions a 8 point lead with 6:45 left in the game and for some unexplained reason the Lions coach sent Colon to the bench and it seemed that the Lions offense went with him. The Crabbers pounded the Lions with 3 pointers and it came down to the final 2 minutes of the game. For Santurce, Michael Sweetney scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) scored 18 points. For Ponce, Lee Nailon scored 22 points followed by Gabriel Colon with 16 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Mayaguez - Isabela 127-121
Mayaguez celebrated in high-scoring game against Isabela getting 33 points and 7 rebounds from Alex Galindo (198-F-85, college: Florida Intern.). James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) followed him with 3 points less. On the other side, Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) shined with 35 points.

Quebradillas - San German 88-67
Quebradillas outplayed San German with ease 88-67. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 14 rebounds. David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) added 19 pts. In the loosing squad, LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) collected 17 points and 7 boards.

Capitanes - Quebradillas 86-87
Quebradillas Pirates were saved by a tip in by Greg Stevenson, gave the Pirates the win over the Arecibo Captains, 87-86. The Pirates took the 1st quarter 23-20, but in the 2nd quarter the Pirates were held to just 14 points while the Captains went on the offense and scored 31 points in the quarter to take the 1st half 51-37. In the 3rd quarter it was the Pirates turn to score at will as they close the gap to just 4 points, 70-66. It came down to the final seconds with the heroics of Stevenson to tap in the winning basket. For Quebradillas, Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) scored 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Peter John Ramos had 18 points and 15 rebounds. For Arecibo, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 23 points followed by David Cortes (190-G/F-81) with 19 points. *by Luis Ramirez
Ponce - Guaynabo 91-97
The Guaynabo Mets survived a late surge by the Lions to take the game into overtime, once in the extra period Angel Figueroa gave the Mets the lead for good with a field goal and 2 free throws to give the Mets the win, 97-91. The Mets took command of the game in the 1st quarter as they lead by 6 points, 32-26. They kept the Lions in check as the 2nd quarter ended with the Mets with a comfortable lead 52-39. In the 2nd half the Lions made an extra effort in defense, they kept the Mets to just 16 points in the 3rd quarter and did the same thing in the 4thquarter to tie the game at 84 points and send the game into overtime. The Lions almost had the victory in their hands as Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) attempted a field goal and the ball played with the rim and kicked out with 8 seconds to go in the game. For Guaynabo, Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 23 points while Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo) scored 19 points. For Ponce, Manuel Narvaez (211-C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) once again had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Leon Rodgers (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) with 17 points. *by Luis Ramirez


James Mays gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News
American James Mays (206-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last week for Caciques de Humacao and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 10.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Guaynabo (#7, 10-12) 85-76. Humacao maintains the 8th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Humacao is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. Mays just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Clemson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mays is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 25-year old forward Alex Galindo (198-F-85) of Indios de Mayaguez. Galindo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Mayaguez to edge the higher-ranked San German (#5, 11-12) by 4 points 101-97. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 18 lost games is too many comparing to just five victories Mayaguez managed to get this year. Galindo is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last week was American Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) of Gallitos de Isabela (#9). Hinson got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last week. He went also for six assists. Despite Hinson's great performance Isabela lost 83-89 to the higher-ranked San German (#5, 11-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Isabela not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hinson could try to bring Isabela's a little bit higher in the standings. Hinson has a very solid season. In 23 games in Puerto Rico he scored 11.5ppg. He also has FGP: 51.6% and 3PT: 41.0%. Darnell Hinson has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Freije (206-F-81) of Guaynabo - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alex Galindo (198-F-85) of Mayaguez - 33 points and 7 rebounds
6. Mario Austin (206-F/C-82) of San German - 26 points and 13 rebounds
7. Antonio Anderson (198-G-85) of Humacao - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce - 20 points and 14 rebounds
9. James Mays (206-F-86) of Humacao - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists


Lions win at Home for a change - by Luis Ramirez
The Ponce Lions got a win at home Sunday night as they beat the Humacao Caciques 73-68. The Lions had lost their last 4 games at home gave their fans a much needed win. The victory came but not before the Lions had to quell a late surge by the Caciques who had been trailing big at the end of the 1st half, 41-26.

The Caciques managed to cut the Lions lead to just 3 points, 69-66 with 39 seconds to go in the game. Leon Rodgers made a field goal to stop the Caciques in their tracks and thus preserve the win for the Lions.

For Ponce, Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Bobby Joe Hatton scored 27 points.

For Humacao, Miguel Berdiel was the only player to score in double digits, 12 points for the Caciques.
This was the only game in the BSN last night.



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 18-5 
 2. Capitanes 17-5 
 3. Santurce 12-10 
 4. Quebradillas 12-11 
 5. Ponce 11-11 
 6. San German 11-12 
 7. Guaynabo 10-12 
 8. Humacao 9-14 
 9. Isabela 8-15 
 10. Mayaguez 5-18 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.6 
 2. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 3. Carmona, Mayaguez20.8 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas20.3 
 5. Emmett, Guaynabo20.1 
 6. Maye, Mayaguez19.9 
 7. Hickerson, San G.19.7 
 8. Priutt, Isabela19.1 
 9. Mays, Humacao18.0 
 10. Ayuso, Capitanes18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.5 
 2. Benson, Isabela13.4 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce12.3 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas12.0 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce10.3 
 6. Dyer, San German9.5 
 7. Traylor, Bayamon9.4 
 8. Reyes, Capitanes9.3 
 9. Aubry, Capitanes9.1 
 10. Mays, Humacao9.0 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas8.4 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.9 
 3. Russell, Quebradillas5.4 
 4. Hatton, Ponce4.8 
 5. Cruz, Ponce4.7 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Rodriguez, Capit.4.5 
 8. Rivera, Isabela4.5 
 9. Guzman, Guaynabo4.5 
 10. Redhage, Quebradillas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.2 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Emmett, Guaynabo1.6 
 5. Austin, San German1.5 
 6. Mays, Humacao1.5 
 7. Rivera, Isabela1.5 
 8. Perez, Isabela1.5 
 9. Pickett, Capitanes1.5 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqis GAINOUS
  Santurce
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce1.3 
 4. Reyes, Capitanes1.2 
 5. Priutt, Isabela1.2 
 6. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 7. Nailon, Ponce1.1 
 8. Emmett, Guaynabo1.1 
 9. Perez, Isabela1.1 
 10. Traylor, Bayamon1.0 


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  SAINT LUCIA   


Teams battle it out in Basketball Premiere League - by Eurobasket News
While the NBA playoffs are in full swing, here at home there is also playoff action taking place in the second round of the Basketball Premiere League at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

On Monday evening It was close, but the boys from Sulphur City defeated Dynasty 53-50. Linzel Alcee was the main man for Sulphur Stars with a game high 20 points along with 12 rebounds and six steals.

For Dynasty, Sherwin Seargen scored 15 points and snapped up five rebounds. Teammate Owen Cazabon chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.

In the second game of the doubleheader, VBCC Warlords overwhelmed Gardens AFC 55-40. Anwyn Martial led the way for the winning side with 14 points and seven rebounds.

For Gardens AFC, Elijah Williams was the top point getter with eight to go along with seven rebounds.

In other games played this week, on Monday Courts Jets flew past Soufriere Sulphur Stars 60-52. Ron Dumerville powered the Jets to victory with 18 points, while Glen Antoine contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.

Linzel Alcee was the top shooter for Sulphur Stars with 14 points. He also had nine rebounds and five steals. Dabreo Henry had 12 points and six steals.

While under heavy pressure a player with VBCC Warlords out jumps this Northern United defender for the ball.
On Saturday, VBCC Warlords thumped Northern United 81-41. It was a massacre from start to finish, with three Warlords players scoring in double figures. Simeon Medard and Shadrach Theodore both scored 16 points and Chancy Raggie added 11 in a well balanced attack.

Tristan Andrew was the lone bright spot for Northern United with 15 points.

Play continued on Friday in the Basketball Premiere League and on Saturday the action continued in the Division One Basketball Championship Semi-finals.
Written By: David pascal on Apr 26th, 2010
Courtesy of: http://stluciastar.com


Courts Jets cruise to victory - by Eurobasket News
Morne Fortune Gladiators (white top) and Soufriere Sulphur Stars crash the boards for a rebound during Sundays game at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
Gardens AFC won without breaking a sweat and Courts Jets cruised to victory as play continued Wednesday at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in the second round of the Basketball Premiere League.

For Gardens AFC their victory over Northern United (Gros Islet) came by default.

In the second game that evening, Courts Jets defeated Dynasty 56-38. Jets displayed a well balanced scoring attack with three players scoring in double figures. Nigel Francis had 14 points, Ron Du Merville 11 and Leslie Collymore 11 to go along with three steals.

For Dynasty, a superb effort by Kennedy Cadette went down the drain. He scored a game high 17 points and added four rebounds and three steals.

A player with Morne Fortune Gladiators glides past a Soufriere Sulphur Stars defender during a Basketball Premiere League game.

In other games played this week, Soufriere Sulphur Stars defeated Morne Fortune Gladiators 52-42 and VBCC Warlords got past Dennery Dolphins 68-62.

The tournament continues on Monday with Dynasty vs Morne Fortune Gladiators at 6pm, followed by Dennery Dolphins vs Gardens AFC at 8pm.

Meanwhile, the Division One Championship game between Maze Sniperz and Canaries Moon River Champs, takes place this evening (Friday) at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Game time is 7 pm.
Courtesy of: http://stluciastar.com


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  SPAIN   


Jasen's 24 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old guard Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for MMT Estudiantes Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds for Estudiantes his team's victory, helping them to beat Meridiano A. (#13, 13-20) 83-77. Estudiantes maintains the 7th position in Spanish league. Estudiantes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 18-15 record. In the team's last game Jasen had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Estudiantes, through which he has constantly improved. Pancho Jasen averages this season 13.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Milos Vujanic (192-G-80) of C.B. Murcia. He is Serbian guard in his first season at CB Murcia. In the last game Vujanic recorded impressive 27 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as CB Murcia was edged by the higher-ranked Valladolid (#14, 13-20) 83-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. CB Murcia keeps 18th position. 28 lost games is too many comparing to just five victories CB Murcia managed to get this year. Vujanic is a newcomer at CB Murcia and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#3).

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pape Sow (208-F-81) of Meridiano Alicante (#13). Sow scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Sow's great performance Meridiano Alicante lost 77-83 to the higher-ranked Estudiantes (#7, 18-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Meridiano Alicante not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sow could try to bring Meridiano Alicante's a little bit higher in the standings. Sow has a very solid season. In 15 games in Spain he scored 8.3ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) of Cajasol - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77) of Granada - 22 points and 2 assists
6. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Caja Laboral - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) of MMC Real M. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andy Panko (204-F-77) of Lagun Aro GBC - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Estudiantes - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tal Burstein (198-G-80) of Fuenlabrada - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists


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  SWITZERLAND   


This was all so minds blowing to me - by Michael Efevberha
Boy, who would have thought my childhood dream of becoming a professional basketball player would actually come true someday, . Its been a long journey but I have finally arrived. I remember when my professional career started, back in the summer of 2006. I was just a cocky 6 foot 5 junior guard that could score like crazy, , who was declaring for the NBA Draft from the small mid-major Cal State Northridge. I played in the NBA D-League for part of the 2006-2007 seasons, as well as a full season in 2007-2008. The summer of 2008 I participated in the NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz, and that was truly an amazing experience. I will be back one day NBA . After summer league I went into my 3rd season with the NBA D-league but left after a couple of months. That is when my professional career moved across the world, literally. The first stop of my overseas professional basketball career landed me in Wellington, New Zealand. I LOVED IT! It had to be one of the most beautiful places on this earth. I arrived right towards the end of the summer, so it was beautiful. The people were great, as well as the whole basketball organization in Wellington. I had a great season in New Zealand. I received the Guard of the Year award, and was also nominated to the All-Star 5 team. Our team lost by 1 point in the semi finals on a buzzer beater. That loss still leaves an ugly taste in my mouth. Other than that though, I honestly had a great time in New Zealand. After my short 4 month stint in Wellington I headed back home for a couple of weeks, before I headed to Houston, TX for the Nigerian National Team tryouts that were being held for the African Cup Games in the summer of 2009. I was invited to the tryouts while playing in New Zealand. I decided to attend the tryouts because I knew playing in the African Cup Games would be a great way to showcase my talent on a higher international level. The tryout went very well; I amazed everyone on the staff. They decided to keep me and take me along for the trip to Nigeria and Libya. This was all so minds blowing to me, and was moving so fast. Just a couple weeks earlier I was at home relaxing with family and friends, happy to be back from my 4 month stint in New Zealand. Now I was on my way to AFRICA! CRAZY.....So on this trip to Nigeria I was able to meet my fathers side of the family for the very first time. It was truly a blessing from God. To think, that this little ball was taking me all over the world AMAZING.....After staying about a week in Abuja, Nigeria we headed to Benghazi, Libya for the start of the African Cup Tournament. I could go on and on about the things I experienced on this trip to Africa, but we will save that for another blog entry. Well our team placed 5th in the African Cup Games, so we did not qualify for the World Games which are being held this summer in Turkey, because only the top 3 teams from the tournament qualified for the World Games. I had a very good outing though in the tournament, so I was beginning to open a few eyes around Europe. After the tournament I headed back home to Cali, and relaxed for a couple of weeks. All of a sudden I got a phone call saying that a team in France from the Pro A division was showing some interest and were probably going to make me an offer soon. A couple days later I was on a plane leaving once again for Cholet Basket, France. I stayed with the team in Cholet Basket for a couple of weeks before I decided that I wanted to play elsewhere. While in France I received an offer from the team I am currently with, the Lugano Tigers of Switzerland courtesy of my current Agent and new found friend SEVAG KEUCHEYAN (Thanks buddy ). I decided to take the offer and within a few days I was on a flight from Cholet Basket, France to Lugano, Switzerland. So far everything is going very well out here. Our team finished in 1st at the end of the regular season, and we are currently leading 2-0 in the semi-finals of the LNA Playoffs. We have a great group of guys who all want to win, which makes it even easier to play with each other. I really think we have a good chance of winning it all this season. I finished the season very strong, and have been blessed to have the opportunity to resign with Lugano for another season, possibly even two. Lugano is such a beautiful city as well. It actually reminds me a bit of Wellington, New Zealand. Everyone in this part of Switzerland speaks Italian since we are so close to Italy. Milan, Italy is about 45 minutes away by car. I am picking up the language slowly. It has some similarities to Spanish, so that makes it a bit easier for me since I can understand Spanish pretty well. As for the food, I tend to eat a lot of pasta since everything is Italian, but I do cook for myself as well. Well I think Ive ran my mouth enough, . Until next time people, this is ya bio FEEBS! PEACE....................
Blog is maintained by Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge)


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  TAIWAN   


SBL Finals: Yulon takes 2-1 lead after three games - by Chris Wang
Some observation:

-- Yulon, the only team that does not hire an import player and the team that said is to 'make the playoffs' at the start of the season, is now looking at its 4th SBL titles in team history.

-- These teams had played 8 games in 10 days. What kind of stupid postseason schedule was that? You can only find this in Taiwan.

-- It appeared that very few people are paying attention to the SBL Finals, which is supposed to be the best basketball competition in Taiwan, with less than 1,000 fans at each game.

-- It appeared that the players and the management thought that the only thing they should do is playing ball when only one of four head coaches attended the pre-postseason press conference two weeks ago. They didn't even bother to talk to the media.

Game 3: Yulon 72-71 Dacin

Tien Lei missed one of two free-throws with 2.8 seconds left as Dacin missed an opportunity to tie the game and lost to Yulon 72-71 in Game 3 of the 2010 SBL Finals.

Lu Cheng-ju's left-handed layup with 14.9 seconds to go helped Yulon to take a two-point lead, 72-70. He had 17 points and 7 rebounds in the game.

Chen Chih-chung had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Yulon while Yang Che-yi had 11.

Dacin was led by Byron Allen's 19 and 9. Tien Lei had 16 points and 8 boards while Lin Yi-hui added 11.

Game 2: Dacin 79-65 Yulon

Tien Lei exploded for 31 points and 9 rebounds and Byron Allen added 19 points and 11 boards as Dacin tied the 2010 SBL Finals at 1-1 after a 79-65 victory over Yulon.

Dacin point guard Su Yi-chieh also chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.

Lu Cheng-ju led Yulon with 12 points and center Tseng Wen-ting had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Chou Shih-yuan and Wu Feng-cheng scored 10 each.



SBL April MVP: Alexus Foyle - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Mobile forward Foyle Alexus (198-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii) was named SBL MVP for the month of April despite he has finished his contract with the team, which did not make the playoffs.

Foyle averaged 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in April. He led the team to a 15-15 record in the regular season.

Foyle said that he would seek opportunities to play in the U.S. minor leagues but does not rule out the possibility of returning to Taiwan and play for Taiwan Mobile again next year.

2010 SBL Monthly MVP:
April: Foyle Alexus, TM
Feb/March: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
January: Shawn Hawkins, KKL


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova18.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga18.1 
 5. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 6. Newley, Besiktas17.6 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.3 
 9. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 10. Famutimi, Oyak R.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.10.0 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.2 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.9 
 6. Bowman, Tofas7.3 
 7. Wesson, Karsiyaka7.3 
 8. Greene, Antalya6.9 
 9. Wilkinson, Galatasa.6.8 
 10. Elegar, Bornova6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.7 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.4 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 7. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.2 
 8. James, Mersin4.2 
 9. Atsur, Besiktas4.2 
 10. Smith, Bornova4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.6 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.4 
 4. Davis, T.Telekom2.4 
 5. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 8. Shipp, Bornova1.9 
 9. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.4 
 2. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.2 
 4. Solak, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Elegar, Bornova1.2 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.0 
 9. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Albert FISHER
  Akcakoca P.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Fisher, Akcakoca P.26.0 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal21.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.5 
 4. Garrison, Pamuk.21.1 
 5. Abi, ITU20.1 
 6. Mutaf, FMV I.18.8 
 7. Curtis, Beykoz18.7 
 8. Eiukwu, Usak18.5 
 9. Hairston, Duzce G.18.1 
 10. Horton, TED I.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (201-C/F-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal12.8 
 2. Brown, Yesilyurt11.8 
 3. Egemonye, Optimum .11.1 
 4. Eiukwu, Usak10.8 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.8 
 6. Gray, Gelisim10.7 
 7. Curtis, Beykoz10.7 
 8. Garrison, Pamuk.10.2 
 9. Gokay, Akcakoca P.9.5 
 10. Meeking, Selcuk Univ.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Yesilyurt
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kan, Yesilyurt5.7 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.6 
 3. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.6 
 4. Sancar, ITU5.2 
 5. Gacemer, Gelisim5.0 
 6. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.4 
 7. Hot, Akcakoca P.4.3 
 8. Edge, Genc Banvit4.1 
 9. Senol, Final Genclik4.0 
 10. Tutuncu, Beykoz3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (201-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal2.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.6 
 3. Yavuklu, Orman G.2.3 
 4. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.1 
 5. Fisher, Akcakoca P.2.0 
 6. Mutaf, FMV I.2.0 
 7. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.0 
 8. Celebioglu, Genc B.2.0 
 9. Kan, Yesilyurt1.9 
 10. Ozseven, TED I.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  Hermosillo
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.0 
 2. Garrison, Pamuk.2.4 
 3. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.1 
 4. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 5. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 6. Egemonye, Optimum .1.8 
 7. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 
 8. Gokay, Akcakoca P.1.3 
 9. Mumcuogullar., Vestel1.2 
 10. Balto, Genc T.1.1 


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  UBA   


Isaac Joyner signs with Columbus State - by Griselle Martis

The UBA is proud to announce that Isaac Joyner (6'3''-G/F-88) has committed to play for Columbus State. Joyner is the first member of the Jr. UBA Program founded to assist young men in developing concurrently as a basketball player and a student in the class room.

Isaac Joyner was a Sophomore at North Platte Community College. Joyner picked Columbus State University over Idaho State, Southeastern, Georgia Southwestern and West Texas A&M.

Columbus State landed one of its most under rated recruits of the new Coach Robert Moore era. Joyner was a late bloomer out of Morrow, GA. Although his talent is worthy of acknowledgment, his lack of academic achievement held him in place. Joyner had a 2.0 GPA coming out of high school and had to be overlooked by college recruiters. This was a struggle UBA star Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) knew all too well.

'I had the same trouble coming out of Morrow High School, we all had the talent but we never listened to coach when he told us about academics', said Barnes. Barnes is the most know figure in Morrow basketball being named All-State in 2001. Barness jersey was retired in 2001 but his failure to qualify for the NCAA was a large set back in his career.

'I took Isaac in because he was a very humble kid that wanted to get better. We sent him to Community College to focus more on his academics so he could now qualify to attend the University of his choice. We dont just want to show him how to play better; we want him to receive a college education. This is the primary aim of the Jr. UBA, said Barnes.

Joyners academic performance is now also worthy of acknowledgment. The Jr. UBAs focus on academics has set Joyner on the path to achieve on the court and in the classroom. Joyner currently hold a 3.0 GPA and can attend any NCAA University of his choice.

The commitment to Columbus State was a return home in a sense. Not only will he stay in his home town, but he also will be signing with the coach that is know for bring the best out of players. The 6-foot-3 guard, picked Columbus State over Division 1, and power house NAIA schools.

This is a very exciting time for Joyner being signed by CSU and being selected by the UBA to participate in the UBA Playoff Classic. Joyner will not receive any type of compensation for his involvement of participation in the league or events to remain eligible for NCAA participation.

League officials say Joyner is being groomed to be a pro. 'He will be playing against high level players. Guys like Mychal Kearse (Denmark), Longar Longar (D-League) and some of the top players in Japan. There's no doubt about it, he's not ready for this level, but he will be in 2 years', said Barnes.

The Cougars is also in contact with North Dakota's Aaron Morris, the most valuable player at Madison Central (Kentucky) and the all-time leading scorer.

I talked with Aaron yesterday, Joyner said. If we get him I think we can win the Peach Belt.
Joyner was big apart of the North Platte CC Region IX Championship and National Tournament run this year.


Isaac Joyner


UBA Spokeman Reec appears on NBA on TNT - by UBA media

Official spokesman and community figure for the UBA, Reec, was featured
on Inside the NBA during halftime for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
game 1 of the eastern conference semi-finals.

During the halftime segment of Inside the NBA on TNT, Legendary sports
announcer Ernie Johnson introduced Reec to the world by mentioning
Reec's community work with Positive American Youth.

Following the introduction Reec was spotlighted on the Ask Charles
segment of the halftime show. Reec addressed NBA all-star Charles
Barkley about his take on the importance of childhood education.

The UBA is a proud sponsor of Positive American Youth and their
educational and fitness based programs.

For more information on Reec and Positive American Youth:

email: positiveyouth1@gmail.com
website: http://payusa.samsbiz.com/
UBA news: http://www.ubabasket.com/news.htm



UBA Player Turns Down Overseas Contract (Dominican Republic) - by UBA media

Universal Basketball Association standout, Will De La Cruz, passed on a professional contract with the Dominican Republic to continue to pursue his hands-on position with the Southern Generals.

The Dominican Republic professional basketball League offered UBA player Cruz a contract to play in 2010 but was declined. Cruz was one the top players in the UBA. He was named USBasket.com All-URBL 2nd Team and selected to the URBL All-Star Team. Cruz finished the 2009 season in the URBL on the Irving Assault team. He finished the season with an average of 19.5 ppg, having shot .519 from the field, .870 from the free-throw line and .421 from three-point range. In addition, De La Cruz added 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 10.1 assist per game.

When asked why he would pass up a chance to play on a higher level Will replied, I do everything with a purpose. I would love to go play professional basketball overseas but I have too many young men depending on me here, said Cruz.

In December 2009, Cruz purchased franchising rights in the UBA to form the Southern Generals. 'I was raised in the Dominican Republic and it's an excellent league. I think it's one of the best, but I just have to do God's will', said Cruz.

'I just wanted to bring professional Basketball to Newnan, GA. When I arrived from the Dominican Republic this city embraced me like one of their own. I felt the best way for me to give back was to form a professional team to help bring the community back together,' said Cruz.

Will De La Cruz attended Atlanta Christian College where he started for each of his 4 years. In 2006, Cruz was named NCAA3 HM All-American and NCCAA 1st Team All-American averaging an amazing 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.3apg. After a great college career Cruz was invited to a NBA workout with the Houston Rockets (NBA).

'Being able to attend the Rockets training camp was the highlight of my basketball career. Charlie Ward was very helpful in my growth as a player and I thank God for him', said Cruz.

For more information on the Southern Generals Basketball please contact: www.generals@ubabasket.com.


Will De La Cruz



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  WBA   


It's Time! WBA Starts Seventh Season Tuesday - by Joe Myers
The seven teams of the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) have gone through training camp and signed all of their players and they're now ready to tip off the league's seventh season Tuesday night in Kissimmee, Fla.

The 2010 season gets under way when the Florida Flight, based out of Kissimmee, host the Jacksonville (Fla.) BlueWaves in a battle of newcomers to the league. Tipoff for the game at the Kissimmee Civic Center is set for 7:30 p.m.

The WBA's seventh season will feature seven teams in four different states. Along with the Flight and Jacksonville, the Franklin (Tenn.) Knights and the Marietta (Ga.) Storm all are in their first season in the WBA. The holdovers from 2009 are the defending WBA champion Gwinnett (Ga.) Majic, Decatur (Ga.) Court Kings and the Tupelo (Miss.) Rock & Rollers.

After an off day, Marietta opens its season May 13 at home against Tupelo in another 7 p.m. game. The other three teams in the WBA get their season started May 14, with Gwinnett hosting Franklin at Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Ga., and Decatur hosting Jacksonville. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

There are three more games scheduled for May 15, as Marietta goes to Jacksonville for a 2 p.m. matinee, Decatur heads to Gwinnett to face the Majic at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross at 6, and Florida is on the road at Tupelo in a 7 p.m. matchup. The league's opening weekend closes out May 16 with a single 5 p.m. game pitting Florida against the Franklin Knights in Franklin.

Each team will play 16 regular-season games before the playoffs, which are scheduled to start in mid-July. For more information about the WBA Exposure League and the complete 2010 schedule, go to the league's Web site at www.wbaball.net. The schedule is located on the site's main page under the 'Schedule' header.

The WBA Exposure League serves as a training ground to develop players on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on exposure, development, community involvement, and most importantly providing an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. Hundreds of former WBA Players have gone on to play professional basketball all over the world including the D-League and NBA.
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Tupelo Operations Suspended, WBA Adds Birmingham Steel To Fold - by Joe Myers
Late Sunday night, the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) suspended operations of the Tupelo (Miss.) Rock & Rollers franchise and accepted the application of the Birmingham (Ala.) Steel - formerly a franchise in the Continental Basketball League - to join the WBA for the upcoming 2010 season.

More information will be made available in a press release later Monday afternoon or Monday evening. The WBA's seventh season is scheduled to tip off Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla., where the Florida Flight host the Jacksonville BlueWaves in a 7:30 p.m. game.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Injury forces Bogut out of Boomers - by Omar Shafaamri
The Boomers Australian men's basketball team will be without NBA superstar Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey after the centre was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.

Bogut sustained serious finger, elbow and arm injuries in a heavy fall whilst playing for his Milwaukee Bucks NBA team against Phoenix last month.

The Australian was forced to miss the Bucks' NBA playoff appearance but had hoped to be fit in time for the Boomers' world title tilt in August. After further consultation with his medical staff however Bogut, whose arm is still in a cast, has been forced to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the Boomers' squad.

Despite the disappointment of his injury making him unavailable for Turkey, Bogut said he will still be supporting the Boomers in any way he can during their world title preparations.

'This has been a tough decision, but given the nature of the injury I sustained a few weeks back I knew at that point that playing at the World Championships in 2010 would be doubtful,' Bogut said. 'I am certainly keen to contribute in any way possible to the team's preparations and look forward to working with Brett and the team as we prepare for 2012 London Olympics.'

Boomers head coach Brett Brown said whilst the team would love to have Bogut in Turkey, his long-term physical welfare was more important than any single event.

'Andrew's injury is obviously a significant blow to the Boomers' World Championship preparation,' said Brown. 'Prior to his injury he was playing as well as any centre in the NBA, as confirmed by his recent Third Team All-NBA selection. I am personally disappointed to not be able to work with him over the upcoming months.

'Having said this, Australia is fortunate to have a core group of internationally experienced interior players like Matt Nielsen, David Andersen and Aleks Maric who will be complimented by some talented young players. Together we will find a way to maximise our team's strengths and go into our preparation with high expectations. I am excited to get started once the Spurs season is finished.'

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock said whilst the centre's presence would undoubtedly be missed by the Boomers in Turkey, Bogut had the best interests of the team at heart by announcing his withdrawal as soon as it became inevitable.

'Andrew sustained very serious injuries in his fall but he still tried his utmost to be fit in time for the world championships,' said Sengstock. 'That says a lot about his love of wearing the green and gold. Once it became clear however that the rehab he needed to undergo was simply too lengthy to fit in with the Boomers' program in 2010, he wanted to end speculation about his possible involvement so the team could move forward and prepare accordingly. That attitude is to be commended.'

Bogut's agent, Bruce Kaider of One Management Group, said Bogut's decision was based on the best possible medical advice.

'While we deliberated about this decision, sound medical advice from both here in Australia and in the US determined that the timeframes involved to recover and rehabilitate this injury were not achievable to have him back and ready to compete at the World Championships,' said Kaider. 'While it is a disappointing result, Andrew is focused and committed to getting back in readiness for the 2012 London Olympics.'

Australia have been drawn in Group A for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and will open their quest for gold with a clash against Jordan on 28 August.

They then face Argentina (29 August), Germany (30 August), Serbia (1 September) and Angola (September 2). All of the Boomers' five preliminary round games will be held in the Turkish city of Kayseri.





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Women News

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  HOLLAND - Women  


ProBuild Lions advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions advanced to the Finals of the League as they swept the Semifinal series over AutoCAD Amazone. In the last game of the series the favorites won 79:62 to win the series 3-0. AutoCAD Amazone started with 18:17 lead after the opening quarter, while the hosts reached them at 31:28. The Lions pushed the tempo later in the half and had 47:36 advantage. The teams led the court after 30 minutes of the game as the Lions enjoyed 52:44 lead and they also added three more in the start of the last stanza. ProBuild Lions never looked behind and reached the important victory. Kati Harty (168-G-87, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) paced ProBuild with 26 points, including 14 points out-of-14 attempts from the free throw line. Marie Hoogstraten (179-F-88) hit four 3-pointers and had 19 points. Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Heather Zurich (185-F-87, college: Rutgers) responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Maaike van de Bovenkamp nailed 15, while Marloes Renskers had 12 and Whitney Jones collected 9 points and 13 rebounds.
HLB Accountants took 2-1 lead over Eurosped after 85:56 in Game 3. The hosts started with 22-16 and had 41:27 advantage at the halftime. HLB Accountants easily led the game to the win and will try to advance to the Finals in the next game. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maaike added 15 Marloes Roetgerink (187-C-77) scored 10, while Marianne delivered 9.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Ratgeber signs for Fener - by Balazs Radics
Laszlo Ratgeber has signed a 1 year contract with turkish club Fenerbahce. The former National Team, PVSK, and Spartak Moscow head coach will lead the ambitious club in the next season, aiming the Euroleague final four! Fenerbahce will have significant additions into their roster - already signed Diana Taurasi -, also a new stadium and hosting the final four are among the plans. Eurobasket Hungary wishes Ratgeber all the best!

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  MALTA - Women  


Hibs Medsea make it five in a row - by Eurobasket News
Women's final
Luxol 40

Hibs Medsea 54

(13-10, 12-20, 6-3, 9-21)

Hibs Medsea maintained their grip on the women's league trophy after winning their fifth consecutive title thanks to a 54-40 victory over Luxol in game three of the final yesterday.

The lead changed hands several times in the first 15 minutes of yesterday's game but Hibs hit a fine patch towards the end of the second session to take a 30-25 half-time lead.

A low-scoring, error-strewn third session went Luxol's way, 6-3, but Hibs regained their composure in the final 10 minutes to pull eight points clear of their opponents, 43-35.

As Luxol failed to make a reaction, Hibs easily administered their advantage to claim the league title for the 14th time in their history.

Hibs' captain Lucienne Bezzina (174-F-79) topped the scoring with 14 points.

Luxol: E. Moore 10, M. Sciortino 8, L. Serge, B. Naudi, S. DeMartino 8, P. Ellul, D. Muscat 4, L. Chetcuti, T. DeMartino, B. Zammit 10.

Hibs: E. Micallef, D. Cassar, E. Cassar, Lucienne Bezzina 14, F. Tabone, D. Micallef 6, A. Darmanin 8, N. Arrigo 4, K. Micallef 12, J. Cardona 10, N. Xuereb.

Referees: E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro.
Courtesy of:http://www.timesofmalta.com



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  NORWAY - Women  


Spasowska with a trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News
Mia Spasowska (186-C, college: Humboldt St.) and her UWIC Archers in the United Kingdom-EBL recently lifted their first piece of top flight silverware as they staged a fourth period comeback to win by four in the Women's Division 1 playoff final. Hatters won the tip, but it took until the two minute mark for Rose Mason to open the scoring for Sheffield.
Mason opened the second half scoring, but Mia Spasowska replied at the other end for Archers to keep the margin at three. Naylor drained a trey to double that lead, and Jennings called another timeout with 5:51 on the clock and his team trailing 33-25. Crowley continued to torment the Welsh side as she hit another trey, but Stefanie Collins responded with a mid-range jumper to make it 48-44 at the midway stage of the quarter. A spin move from Mia Spasowska levelled the score with 3:15 on the clock but a Hutchinson floater restored Hatters' lead. Sarah Taylor failed to get the steal and although Megan Hoffman missed both foul shots after getting fouled, it was too late to prevent Archers lifting the title.
Before that UWIC Archers ensured a repeat of last season's championship final as they comfortably defeated Team Northumbria on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh side were led by Kate Buters' 17 points, with Mia Spasowska and Leah Dehaan each adding 11 points, also pulling down eight and seven rebounds respectively.

Although UWIC finished the Regular Season on the second place with 17-3 record they managed to win the trophy. Itwas a great season for the team andfor Norwegian player abroad.


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  USBA - Women  


SIU's Christine Presswood signed to play for the Jacksonville Surf - by USBA Media

Christine Presswoods basketball career is not over yet.
The recently graduated Southern Illinois University guard is heading to Florida to play for the Jacksonville Surf in the brand-new Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA).
The formation of the league was announced in early April. The summer league has 12 teams in eight southeastern states. The season is scheduled to begin June 5 with the championship game slated for September 5. (The WUSBA) contacted my agent, Jeanne McNulty-King, Presswood said. 'She sent me an e-mail asking me if I wanted to play in the league.' 'She gave me a choice of Charleston, S.C., or Jacksonville, and Florida was just too tempting to pass up.'


Each team will play a 28 game schedule and the WUSBA which is based in Atlanta, Ga. is already marketing itself as a blend of the WNBA, NCAA and Europe leagues.
Its kinda like the NBAs D (developmental) League, Presswood said. 'The WNBA doesn't have one and from my understanding that is how this league is. It gives elite athletes a chance to come together, stay in shape and get more attention.'


The teams are split into two divisions Atlantic and Appalachian. The Surf will compete in the Atlantic with the Charleston Cadets, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, the Richmond Blaze and the Savannah Seahawks. In the Appalachian Division are the Augusta Raging River, the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Starz, the Louisville Storm, the West Virginia Capitals and the Chattanooga Royal.

According to a league press release, the players will receive a compensation package that includes $300 per week, a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet, the leagues official sponsor, housing and commissions on sponsorship sales.

Head coaches receive $700 per week, while assistants receive $500 and coaches get compensation for sponsor speaking engagements.

'We have a five-point plan,' said Duane Allen Jenkins, president and CEO of the WUSBA. 'All the players we employ will at least get a look to be elevated to the WNBA if the WNBA calls.
We are positioning ourselves to be the official minor league of the WNBA, but they have not said that to us, yet.' The 5-foot-7 Presswood was named to the Missouri Valley Conferences honorable mention team after finishing second in league scoring at 15.9 points-per-game and scoring 20 points or more 13 times. Her 74 3-pointers rank second all-time in a single season at SIU and her 3-point percentage is top-30 in the nation. She was tabbed as a WNBA prospect prior to the leagues draft on April 8, but wasn't selected. 'She's just a hard worker and isnt ready for it to be over,' said SIU coach Missy Tiber, who recently wrapped up her first year coaching the Salukis. 'Fortunately for her, she has the skills and abilities to go a step forward and continue her career.' Jenkins said that each team reserves three spots for former WNBA players that were released from their teams due to budget constraints. He said that 520 jobs league-wide will be created, everything from security and game-day staff to the players and executives. 'We try to provide as many opportunities as we can, Jenkins said. It may not be a full-time job, or a high-paying job, but it may be an opportunity for someone to help feed his or her family.'


Presswood will play under 54-year-old coach Wayne Tree Rollins at Jacksonville. Rollins played 18 seasons in the NBA for Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston and Orlando and helped turn around a WNBA Washington Mystics team from a 0-8 start in 2008. During his playing career, the 7-foot-1 Rollins was given the nickname The Intimidator.
'Tree is probably one of the best defensive centers I've ever seen,' Jenkins said.


Practice begins May 20 for a regular season that will end August 28. The Surf will visit the Platinum for an exhibition game June 2 at Norcross High School in Atlanta at 7:35 p.m.
'I want to be the best there is in that league and I dont expect anything else from myself, Presswood said. I've been trying to stay in shape since the (NCAA) season ended and I think I'm shooting pretty darn well right now.'


By Pete Spitler- The Southern

pete.spitler@thesouthern.com / 618-351-5073


WUSBA announce team home arena location for upcoming 2010 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (April 17, 2010) --- 'We are extremely pumped about this upcoming basketball season,' said WUSBA president, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Our first season is set to go and our future in the world of basketball looks very bright'. The Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today made public the final roster of teams, along with the teams home arena and gymnasiums. This new minor division basketball league is scheduled to begin play on June 5, 2010. The league will field twelve teams in two divisions. League sources states 'Timing is everything, particularly in business, the time is right to begin our inaugural basketball campaign'. The WUSBA originated in January 2010. The league was born out of an effort to expand womens professional basketball in the United States.

The WUSBA was activated when the leagues brother company, the United States basketball Association (USBA) placed its inaugural season on hold. The USBA originally planned to place basketball teams in the Southeast United States. Jenkins made the decision to place efforts behind the activation of the WUSBA. 'The decision to postpone again the opening of the USBA was not an easy one to make, there are critics who will blast me for this decision, however after every forest fire, new life assuredly flourishes', said Jenkins. The 'WUSBA was always in our plans. In the United States and in Europe women play ball on the highest level and we are pleased with our decision to place our emphasis on their success'.

The league will begin with twelve teams in two divisions; the teams are spread out over nine southern states. Each team will play a 28 game regular season followed by the leagues championship tournament. The league states, 'Any basketball player, who wishes to be considered, must contact the league office.' The season will open with pre-season games on Wednesday June 2, 2010. 'I'm real comfortable in the leagues success', said Jenkins. 'I feel we can make a real impact on the game of basketball and the local charitable organizations in each of our teams cities'. The league has ties with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club of America and local churchs. During the past Holiday season the USBA enlisted the help of the Feeding America and the U.S.M.C. to conduct a series of basketball games to collect toys, clothing and food for the needy. According to reports filed, seven cities held games gave away prizes to fans that contributed toys, clothing and food. 'The WUSBA will make the same commitment to the communities and give them aid via the programs we created', said Jenkins.

WOMENS UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1201 Peachtree Street 400 Colony Square Atlanta, Georgia 30361 Office: (678) 966-9993
email: usba@usbaball.com email: team@usbaball.com website: www.usbaball.com

LEAGUE PERSONNEL
Executive Department:
Commissioner - Rhonda Bell
President / C.E.O. - Duane Allen Jenkins
Executive Vice President / Basketball Operations - Kenneth Green
Vice President of Operations - Harold Katz
Vice President of Administration - (TBA)
Vice President of Marketing - Duane Allen Jenkins
Vice President of Human Resources - Clare Irving
Vice President of Communications - (TBA)
Supervisor of Officials - Simmie Lavender
Chief of Security - David Bell
Director of Community Affairs - (TBA)

Womens United States Basketball Association 2010 Team Directory

APPALACHIAN DIVISION

Atlanta Platinum
Norcross High School
NHS Gymnasium (2000)
5300 Spalding Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Head Coach:
Julius Smith
(770) 298-3900
juliussmith@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Freddie Williams
(770) 448-3674

Event Manger:
(TBA)

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Birmingham Starz
A.H. Parker High School
AHP Gymnasium (2000)
900 4th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35204

Head Coach
Connie Morris
(205) 901-9188

cmaka14@yahoo.com

Venue Contact:
George Moore
(205) 231-2559

Event Manager:
Danielle Lyis
(205) 787- 3782

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Augusta Raging River
Augusta State University
Christenberry Field House (3500)
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Jason Gribek
(706) 667-4950

Event Manager:
Jason Gribek
(706) 667-4950

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Chattanooga Royal
Tennessee Temple University
McGillivray Gymnasium (2500)
1815 Union Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404

Head Coach:
Geoffrey Mallory
geoffreymallory@usbaball.com
(865) 318-7476

Venue Contact:
Randy Lee
(423) 838-4287

Event Manager:
Randy Lee
(423) 838-4287

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Louisville Storm
Hoops, Inc.
Hoops Basketball Academy (3000)
12101 Sycamore Station Place
Louisville, Kentucky 40299

Head Coach:
Terry Howard
terryhoward@usbaball.com
(502) 608-3472

Venue Contact:
Terry Howard
(502) 608-3472

Event Manager:
(TBA)

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West Virginia Capitals
Capital High School
CHS Gymnasium (2500)
1500 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25311

Head Coach:
Thomas Jones
(304) 807-0759
thomasjones@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Clinton Giles
(304) 348-6514

Event Manager:
Clinton Giles
(304) 348-6514

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Savannah Seahawks
Sol Johnson High School
Johnson Gymnasium (1700)
3012 Sun Set Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31214

Head Coach:
Lee Pearson
(912) 441-1899
leepearson@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Michael Moore
(912) 663-7657

Event Manager:
Peggy Johnson
(912) 395-1001
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Richmond Blaze
Manchester High School
(MHS Gymnasium (2200)
12601 Bailey Bridge Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Head Coach:
Corey Braxton
(804) 439-7389
coreybraxton@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:

Roger Cassem
(804) 739-6283

Event Manger:
(TBA)

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Columbia Breeze
Benedict College
HRC Arena (2300)
1600 Hardin Street
Columbia, South Carolina 28204

Head Coach:
Willie Washington
williewashington@usbaball.com
(803) 269-1636

Venue Contact:
Vera Mills
(803) 705-4444

Event Manager:
Vera Mills
(803) 705-4444

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Jacksonville Surf
Edward Waters College
Adams-Jenkins Sports Center (2000)
1658 Kings Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Johnny Rembert
(904) 470-8277

Event Manager:
Henry Smith
(904) 222-1075

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Charlotte Blue Wave
Lifepointe Christian Church
Bobcat Practice Facility (3300)
13209 Carowinds Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

Head Coach:
(TBA)

Venue Contact:
Rev. Matt McGue
(502) 608-3472

Event Manager:
(TBA)

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Charleston Cadets
College of Charleston
Carolina 1st Arena (3500)
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424

Head Coach:
Terry Truax
(828) 292-4463
terrytruax@usbaball.com

Venue Contact:
Joe Hull
(843) 953-5546

Event Manager:
(TBA)

(This is a list of all WUSBA tentative and confirmed home team gymnasiums. Players and agents can contact the Head Coach directly with inquires. All locations have given their permission to secure the gymnasium. Agreements of Usage are in place. Final contracts are pending and have preliminary approval from each location. Each Client Arena has a confidentially agreement and is not at liberty to disclose certain contents of any agreements made with the Womens United States Basketball Association without written permission of the WUSBA and the Client Arena).