EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/16/2010

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  ABA   


Other Tryout camps announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA East Kentucky Energy professional basketball team that begins play in December announced its first tryout camp for Saturday, May 22nd. 'There's no doubt that the Kentucky teams are tough,' stated Energy co-founder Tom Hamilton. 'Just look at the records of the Kentucky Bisons and the Bluegrass Stallions, and you know that some of the best players in the ABA are right here in Kentucky. We think that there are many more great players and hope to put together a very strong team.' The tryouts will be at 5pm on Saturday, May 22nd at Pikeville High School in Pikeville, Kentucky. For complete details and more information, email Tom Hamilton at jthamilton1@hotmail.com or call Jerry Boggs at 606 213 2452 or Tom Hamilton at 606 213 2461 or visit www.eastkyenergy.com
The North Texas Fresh of the ABA have announced they will be holding the first set of open tryouts for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Open to all players 18 years of age and older, the 2-day pro basketball tryout camp will take place Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th.
Players attending will be evaluated in a multitude of basketball skills including decision making, athletic conditioning and court leadership. The location of the tryouts will be announced online in coming days. Last years pro tryout camps for the inaugural season of the franchise produced numerous solid contributors, helping the Fresh to an 183 record and the first round of the playoffs.For more information on the North Texas Fresh 2-day basketball pro tryout camp, please contact the Fresh by email at northtexasfresh@yahoo.com
and/or register online at www.northtexasfresh.com



ABA INTRODUCES PLAYERS CLEARING HOUSE - by Bruno Baltazar
'There are thousands of great players worldwide, both college and professional, looking for that next gret opportunity to move up,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer. 'Everyday we receive calls from teams domestically and globally looking for players to fill slots on their rosters. They know that the ABA has many great players and that there are other quality players available. So, we decided to create a Players Clearing House, a one-stop place to find the best available basketball talent in the world featuring players from throughout the world.'

'Here's the way it works,' added Packer. 'A player simply registers all of his information on the ABA Players Clearing House site (www.abalive.com). This information would include name, height, weight, position, college, pro experience, stats, etc., everything the player would like coaches and scouts to know about him. He can also add video. The players will be listed by position. Coaches, owners and scouts interested in talking with the players contact the ABA and the player and interested team will be put together. For the first time, coaches and scouts will have a single place to find the players they seek. For the first time, players will get the national and international exposure they seek.'

'Since we announced ABA Global in December, hardly a day goes by that we do not hear from an international player looking for an opportunity to play in the US or in another country,' stated Paul Monocza,
CEO of ABA Global, the ABA international initiative. 'With the ABA Players Clearing House, players from across the world can register and get the exposure they want and need. It is a wonderful concept.'

For complete details, visit www.abalive.com or contact Dick Packer at 352 455 7657 or email dick.packer@gmail.com.



ABA ADDS SAVANNAH GA TO EXPANSION TEAMS - by Bruno Baltazar
The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added the SAVANNAH STORM to its growing group of expansion teams for next season. 'According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'The Southeast Division was a problem last season and we have worked very hard to develop a strong division. The addition of Coach Anthony Bryan and his SAVANNAH STORM should be very good. With at least four teams in Georgia plus another four in Florida plus the Bahamas - it will make for great competition and also very comfortable travel.'

The team will be owned by Coach Anthony Bryan, who began his sports career at the Robert W. Grove High School in Savannah where the school won its first city football championship in ten years. Bryan led the team in tackles, sacks and interceptions and broke the school's tackling record with 173, was named Defensive Player of the Year and made the All City team. He played college football at Ellsworth Jr. College in Iowa, and played in the 1990 RC Cola Bowl when the Panthers finished third in the nation. After his college career, he played semi-pro football for the Savannah Chiefs before moving on to become the owner and coach of the Seaport Sharks that posted a 49-3 record in the last four years and has won numerous awards for coaching.

'Basketball has also been one of my passions,' stated Bryan. 'It is something that I've thought about for a long time and believe that the ABA is the perfect fit for me. I understand what is required on the court and off the court, I understand the business of basketball - the need for community support, ticket sales, sponsorships and the other elements that go into developing a winning organization. And I'm going to help players move to the next level also - and will continue to work with my football team too - the Port City Sharks. We're very busy.' For more information, email coachdooley@hotmail.com, call 912 341 4127 or visit www.abalive.com . (The website, www.savstorm.com will be up shortly).


ABA EXPANDS TO WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA - by Bruno Baltazar
The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added a team to its new Mid-Atlantic Division to be located in Williamsburg, Virginia. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'This is truly a 'feel good' story. What a wonderful owner we have in Lawrence Taylor, a career US Army soldier. Born in Washington, DC, Lawrence stated playing basketball at the age of four for the local Allentown Boys & Girls Club and played through high school and college until he was injured.
He joined the army in 1994, tried out and made the All-Army team while in Korea. Since then, he has deployed to places like Korea, Guam, Italy, Spain and Egypt and continued to play basketball in all of these countries. His passion for basketball grew. While on active duty he tried out and played professionally until injured - and then, deployed several more times and was injured in Iraq while serving in the Army in 2006.'

'Owning a professional basketball team has always been something I've dreamed about,' stated Taylor. 'And I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ABA. I've played basketball worldwide and have played with several different cultures and several different styles of play. I believe I know what it will take to have a winning team in the ABA as well as a winning organization. My passion in life is the game of basketball.'

'I am also very pleased that Cherie L. Taylor is co-owner of the team and that Aaron Glenn has joined us as General Manager,' added Lawrence. 'They are doing some great things already and the ABA is providing us with a lot of guidance and leadership. This will be fun and we will be ready.'

The team's name will be announced shortly, the website is under construction. You can reach Lawrence at Lawrence.Taylor2@us.army.mil or reeyaku@cox.net or call 757 236 5218 or 757 369 8792 or visit www.abalive.com.


JERSEY EXPRESS ANNOUNCE UPCOMING TRYOUTS - by Bruno Baltazar
The ABA Jersey Express announced today the date and location of an upcoming open tryout session for its 2010-11 season. The tryouts will occur on Saturday, June 19th and they will be hosted at East Orange Campus High School, the official home of the Jersey Express.

'I'm looking forward to seeing new faces,' Express head coach Casaundra Smith stated. 'I hope the success we had last season and the stability of this organization inspires more guys to trust that this ABA team is the one for them. We are the Northeast Division Champions, and we'll build on our Final Eight appearance from last season. Here's an opportunity that our local players have been looking for.'

The cost of the tryouts will be $100 (money order only) if players register before Friday, June 18th. To send an advanced payment, mail your contact information and a money order payable to BNC Sports, LLC at P.O. Box 537, Rockaway, New Jersey 07866. On the day of the tryouts, the cost to participate will be $125, and cash will be the only accepted form of payment. Registration for tryouts will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. The address for the host site of East Orange High School is 344 Prospect Street in East Orange, New Jersey, and anyone interested in pre-registering online can do so at www.jerseyexpress.net.

The Jersey Express is one of the longest running teams in the ABA, with the team entering its sixth season of play during the upcoming 2010-11 season. The team has made the playoffs in each of its last three seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the ABA Elite Eight. The Express received a handful of season accolades this past year with guard Ahmad 'Beanie' Mosby being named the 2009-10 ABA Rookie of the Year, while forward Devin Davis received All-ABA Second Team honors with honorable mentions going to center Antoinne Morgano and Mosby.

For the latest news about the Jersey Express, visit www.jerseyexpress.net. Press releases for the Jersey Express are written by Resolution Sports, the official media partner for the team. Or visit www.abalive.com.


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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Al Riyadi and Moutahed are in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi and Moutahed are in the Final of the Arab Club Championship 2010. Al Riyadi rolled over Al Kuwait 100:97 to clinch the final spot at the Arab Club Championship. It was a real thriller with two great teams that both deserve the Final. The team from Lebanon won the opening quarter 31:25 and enjoyed even 10-point lead at the halftime. Kuwait responded with 27-18 in the third period and could reduce only to 100:97 at the end.
Moutahed edged Al Ittihad 86:83 in overtime in one of the best games of the Arab Club Championships. In the first quarter the team from Lebanon enjoyed 27-22 lead after the first quarter. The team from Egypt reduced to 1-point at the halftime as they produced 21-17 in the second frame. It seemed that the intrigue was over at the end of the third period as the guests had 8-point advantage after 17-10 in the third stanza. Al Ittihad tied it at 74:74 in the last minute of the game to send the teams to overtime. In the extra time Moutahed played better and won 86:83.
Tomorrow in the Final Al Riyadi will face another team from Lebanon Moutahed. In the game for the third place Al Ittihad will play against Al Kuwait. The first game will start at 16.00 and then the Final will be at 18.00 local time.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A finals update - by Facundo Iatzky
As it was expected, The final serie is very closer by now. Penarol took advantage of 2-0 thanks to a lot of reasons. Here is where great teams show the things that make them deserve to win the championship. In the game 1, after a closer first half, Penarol exploded in the second one with an outstanding game of 19 years old player Facundo Campazzo.
In the second game, atenas dominated the game but Marcos Mata was the key this time. Besides Kyle Lamonte is a foreigner who plays really well when the game is about to finish, and this is not easy to find. Leo Gutierrez has not played as usualy yet but he can appear in any moment. On the other hand Atenas is not dead yet. They have a great team and a coach that loves the game . They will have now a few days to try to fix some things in order to get two victories at home and then win the fifth in Mar dle Plata. Finals continue next tuesday.


LigaA Finals: Penarol jumps to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Atenas 64-60
Penarol managed to beat Atenas once again and to take 2-0 lead in the Playoff Finals. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Marcos Mata (202-F-86) had double-double of 14 points and 12 boards, while Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) added 13 points. In the loosing squad, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) collected 20 points and 7 rebounds.



TNA Finals: San Martin C forces decisive Game Five - by Eurobasket News
San Mart.C. - Argentino 79-73
The score in TNA Finals is tied to 2-2. San Martin C grabbed the second straight win against Argentino meaning that new TNA champion will be decided in Game Five (May 16th). Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) shined for the hosts with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) also had very important role as he added 14 points and 8 boards. In Argentino, who will be the host of the next decisive game, Mariano Garcia (202-F-86) collected 15 points and 5 rebs.



Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Jackson, La Union18.9 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol18.6 
 3. Lo Grippo, Atenas17.8 
 4. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.7 
 5. Funes, C.Entrer.16.7 
 6. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.4 
 7. Profit, Libertad S.16.4 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.2 
 9. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.0 
 10. Marshall, C.Entrer.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.8 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.8 
 4. Griffin, Estudiantes7.5 
 5. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 6. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.2 
 7. Leiva, Penarol7.1 
 8. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.1 
 9. McFarlan, Union S.6.9 
 10. Mikulas, Boca Jrs6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando TITARELLI
  Quilmes MP
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Titarelli, Quilm.6.3 
 2. Cequeira, Sionista4.3 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus4.1 
 4. Franco, Estudiantes4.1 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.8 
 6. Labaque, Obras3.6 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.4 
 8. Figueroa, Atenas3.1 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 10. Aguirre, Boca Jrs3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 4. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.6 
 5. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 6. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.6 
 7. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 8. Figueroa, Atenas1.5 
 9. Lamonte, Penarol1.4 
 10. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 2
 1. Alston, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Billings, Regatas C.1.6 
 3. White, Atenas1.4 
 4. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 5. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 6. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 8. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 9. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 10. Gomez, Quimsa0.8 


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.20.8 
 2. Miller, Bragado19.8 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF16.5 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.16.1 
 5. Huggins, Ciclista16.1 
 6. Nwankwo, El Nacional16.1 
 7. Barlasina, San M.15.4 
 8. Truscott, San M.15.3 
 9. Elsener, El Nacional15.2 
 10. Wilkerson, Ciclista15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Belgrano SN
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Truscott, San M.9.1 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.8.1 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF8.1 
 4. Williams, Club 97.9 
 5. Assie, San Mart.C.7.8 
 6. Espinoza, Argentino7.5 
 7. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
 8. Benjamin, San M.7.0 
 9. Miller, Bragado6.6 
 10. Kornegay, A.Ita.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.5 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.4 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.2.7 
 4. La Bella, Obera TC2.6 
 5. Forastieri, Club 92.6 
 6. Ceruti, San M.2.5 
 7. Ceci, Argentino2.4 
 8. Luchino, San M.2.3 
 9. Bernhardt, San M.2.3 
 10. Sartorelli, San M.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregorio ESEVERRI
  Belgrano SN
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.2.0 
 3. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.0 
 4. Elsener, El Nacional1.9 
 5. La Bella, Obera TC1.8 
 6. Castets, Obera TC1.8 
 7. Castelli, Independ.T.1.7 
 8. Fernandez, Alma J.1.6 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC1.5 
 10. Gerlero, Club 91.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.1.5 
 2. Espinoza, Argentino1.4 
 3. Williams, Club 91.2 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.1.1 
 5. Giorgi, Obera TC1.0 
 6. Kornegay, A.Ita.1.0 
 7. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.9 
 8. Francis, Argentino0.8 
 9. Martina, Club 90.8 
 10. Centeno, A.Italiana0.6 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Liege 23-9 
 2. Charleroi 21-11 
 3. Oostende 20-12 
 4. Aalstar 16-16 
 5. Antwerp 15-16 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 15-17 
 7. M.Hainaut 14-17 
 8. Gent 10-22 
 9. Leuven 9-23 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Timothy BLACK
  Antwerp
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Black, Antwerp16.7 
 2. Greene, Aalstar16.7 
 3. Melson, Gent16.0 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.6 
 5. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 6. Thomas, Liege14.9 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.5 
 8. Green, Liege14.3 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.14.0 
 10. Banks, Liege13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Thomas, Liege9.0 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.7 
 3. Randle, Gent8.3 
 4. Young, Leuven7.8 
 5. Merriex, Aalstar7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Pelle, Oostende6.5 
 8. Greene, Aalstar6.5 
 9. Hilliard, Verviers.6.4 
 10. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Verviers-Pep.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Burrell, Verviers.4.6 
 2. Gill, Oostende4.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.9 
 4. Johnson, Charleroi3.8 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.8 
 6. Green, Liege3.8 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi2.9 
 9. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Wilson, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Loren STOKES
  Aalstar
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Stokes, Aalstar2.4 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 3. Gill, Oostende2.3 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Thomas, Liege2.0 
 6. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 7. Greene, Aalstar1.9 
 8. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 9. Anderson, Leuven1.8 
 10. Pelle, Oostende1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.2 
 2. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.0 
 3. Pelle, Oostende0.9 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 5. Young, Leuven0.8 
 6. Randle, Gent0.7 
 7. Barber, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Downs, Leuven0.6 
 9. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.6 


Erez Bittman coach of Optima Gent - by Eurobasket News
Gent has signed its coach for next season in the Ethias League, Erez Bittman. The 42-year old Israeli coached several national youth teams. He was assistant coach on the staff of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem and he was head coach of SISU Kopenhagen and BG Karlsruhe. Tony van den Bosch will be general manager, Koen Eerdekens assistant manager and Carl Vertstraeten will become assistant coach.

Courtesy of www.basketleague.be


Gent - by Peter Buyse
Optima Gent recently announced their new head-coach for next season. Israeli Erez Bittman will start the 2010-2011 as the new coach of Gent.
Bittman has extensive experience in Israel as assistant-coach and head-coach. He served 3 years as assistant coach for Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv between 2000 and 2003. Besides Israel he also coached in Denmark (Copenhagen) and Germany (Karlsruhe). He was also assistant coach for various Israeli junior teams such as the U18, U20 and University NT. In 2006 he was the head-coach for the Israeli U18 team.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Ministry Continues to Partner With Local Sporting Organisations - by David Edole
The Ministry of Education and Culture, in collaboration with local sporting organisations, continues to give its support to the development of sports in the Territory.

The BVI Basketball Federation is one such organisation which has benefitted from the ministrys support and partnership. Recently, the ministry and the basketball federation hosted a three-day basketball camp for 30 youth.

Assistant Secretary Ms. Lorna Stevens, speaking on behalf of the ministry during a Government Information Service television interview, said the camp is one of the many ways the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Andrew Fahie and the ministry shows their support for the youth of the Territory. 'Through these partnerships we try to create positive avenues where the youth can showcase their discipline and talents, and create career paths in which they can grow and be positive role models in our Territory,' Ms. Stevens said.

During the interview, president of the basketball federation, Mr. Byron Hodge, said, 'We are just continuing what was started by the former presidents of the federation who have laid the footwork and we are just continuing the job of creating better opportunities for our kids.'

Mr. Hodge explained the link between education and basketball when he stated, 'Hopefully they will be able to find the guidance of putting their education first if they want to play ball,' he said.

The federations vice president Mr. Roy Garraway said the camp was very successful and the participants learnt that in order to play ball, they have to get in shape and be committed. Mr. Garraway also thanked Minister Fahie and added, 'The minister has helped us to put on various basketball clinics and camps. He has also assisted in getting some of our local young men overseas. Once the youth are involved, he participates and gives his support.'

Mr. Mike Nall, a basketball coach from Delaware in the United States, and coordinator of the programme, Team Take Over, served as facilitator at the camp. He said there is a lot of talent in the Virgin Islands and explained to the participants the difference between talent and skill. 'There is a lot of talent but it takes 10 to 12 years to actually develop skills,' Mr. Nall said, adding, 'I gave them some techniques that hopefully they will take with them and continue practising.'

He told the participants that all things are done through education. 'You cannot do anything without education so if you cannot handle the books, you cannot be on the floor playing the game.'

Mr. Nall announced that there are three local young men namely Norville Carey, Reavaun Garraway and Deon Edwin who are currently overseas doing very well both academically and in basketball. The young men are part of the Team Take Over Programme which develops students academically and teaches them to play the game. The basketball camp was hosted on Tortola from May 1 to 3.

The Ministry of Education and Cultures mission is to provide high quality education and rehabilitative services, as well as, to facilitate access to and participation in sports, recreation and culture, in order to enrich the lives of all residents of the Virgin Islands.



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  BULGARIA   


Levski is the first finalist - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski is the first finalist in NBL after defeating Balkan for third straight time in the semifinal playoffs. 'The Blues' won 78-68 away and now can start preparing for the finals.
Balkan had the lead from the start of the game until the start of the last quarter. At times the hosts were up by 7-9 points and once they had 11-point lead. Levski though came back in the game every time and took the lead early in the last quarter. Then both teams exchanged baskets but afterwards Balkan had nearly 8 minutes without scoring a single point. Thanks to this 'The Blues' took advantage and held on to the lead to take this win and the first trip to the Finals since year 2003.
Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) had another very strong game and finished with double double - 31 points and 11 rebounds, for the winners. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) and Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 12 apiece while Bobby Frasor added 10 points.
For the hosts Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) was the top scorer with 22 points but only 5 of them coming after the break. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79, agency: Interperformances) had 12 and Martin Marinov (191-G-85) added 8 points for 'The Greens'.



FULL STATS FROM BALKAN - LEVSKI GAME


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Harper, Levski23.0 
 2. Cole, Levski18.6 
 3. Durchev, Chernomo.18.4 
 4. Gruev, Rilski Sport18.1 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.8 
 6. Antic, Lukoil A.17.4 
 7. Brown, Chernomo.16.6 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.16.2 
 9. Webb, Cherno More15.6 
 10. Dimitrov, Cherno M.15.3 
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.8.0 
 4. Brown, Lukoil A.8.0 
 5. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.4 
 6. Radev, Balkan7.3 
 7. Kennerly, Spart.7.3 
 8. Ware, Cherno More6.9 
 9. Tmusic, Yambol6.7 
 10. Morton, Chernomo.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar GRUEV
  Rilski Sport
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Gruev, Rilski Sport5.5 
 2. Aleksiev, Chernomo.4.8 
 3. Mirakovski, Cherno M.4.4 
 4. Webb, Cherno More4.1 
 5. Radionov, Yambol3.9 
 6. Deane, Lukoil A.3.5 
 7. Lilov, Balkan3.4 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.3.3 
 9. Frasor, Levski3.3 
 10. Harper, Levski3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Radionov, Yambol2.5 
 2. Deane, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Lilov, Balkan2.2 
 4. Harper, Levski2.1 
 5. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.7 
 7. Dimitrov, Spart.1.7 
 8. Antic, Lukoil A.1.5 
 9. Bozov, Balkan1.5 
 10. Angelov, Yambol1.5 
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. Preston, Rilski Sport0.7 
 8. Cole, Levski0.7 
 9. Morton, Chernomo.0.7 
 10. Radev, Balkan0.6 


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 12-2 
 2. Cibona 11-2 
 3. Cedevita 11-3 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 9-4 
 5. Zabok 5-9 
 6. Svjetlost 4-10 
 7. Trogir 2-12 
 8. Darda 1-13 
Group B
 1. Borik 7-3 
 2. Dubrava 6-4 
 3. KK Split 6-4 
 4. Dubrovnik 5-5 
 5. Kastela 3-7 
 6. Sibenik 3-7 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Bizaca, Trogir21.0 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava20.7 
 3. Zoric, KK.20.6 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.3 
 5. Gordon, Cibona20.2 
 6. Peric, Zadar18.1 
 7. Spahija, Svjetlost17.7 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar17.2 
 9. Filipovic, Sibenik16.8 
 10. Drezga, Trogir16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Svjetlost
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.2 
 2. Zoric, KK.8.9 
 3. Ruzic, Zadar8.5 
 4. Sakic, Dubrava7.2 
 5. Macura, KK Split7.0 
 6. Krolo, Darda7.0 
 7. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 9. Peric, Zadar6.8 
 10. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamont GORDON
  Cibona
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gordon, Cibona4.2 
 2. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.2 
 3. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 4. Stipcevic, Zadar3.7 
 5. Blajic, Trogir3.7 
 6. Cosic, Svjetlost3.7 
 7. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 8. Anderson, Cedevita3.6 
 9. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 10. Sumic, KK Split3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Domagoj NORAC
  Svjetlost
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 2. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 3. Stipcevic, Zadar2.3 
 4. Sumic, KK Split2.0 
 5. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 6. Gordon, Cibona1.9 
 7. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 8. Cosic, Svjetlost1.6 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir1.6 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita1.6 
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. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 5. Gordon, Cibona1.0 
 6. Petrovic, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Andric, Cibona0.8 
 8. Bagaric, Cibona0.7 
 9. Bizaca, Trogir0.7 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona0.7 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov - Novy Jicin 65-59
Prostejov drew things level against Novy Jicin. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) knocked down 18 points to lead Prostejov at home court. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) and Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) notched 13 points apiece for Novy Jicin.

BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 75-82
Nymburk posted the second win over Pardubice. This time the reigning champions celebrated on the road. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) netted 15 points in the winning effort. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 18 points for Pardubice. Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) had 17 points in the loss.



Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. McKay, USK P.22.7 
 2. Thomas, Podebrady17.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin16.7 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin16.3 
 5. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.8 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.15.4 
 7. Castleberry, Podeb.15.1 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Stec, B&W Opava14.3 
 10. Mulligan, BK Decin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.0 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.4 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava8.1 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.6 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov7.4 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.5 
 9. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brad JONES
  BC Kolin
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jones, BC Kolin4.7 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.4.5 
 3. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.4 
 4. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.3 
 5. Carnecky, B&W O.4.3 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha4.3 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 8. McKay, USK P.3.8 
 9. Vrubl, Basketbo.3.7 
 10. Wright, BK Pardu.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.3 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.1 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 6. McKay, USK P.1.8 
 7. Mulligan, BK Decin1.8 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Lenzly, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Hanavan, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.6 
 2. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.4 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.3 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.1 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 9. Steffel, Novy Jicin0.9 
 10. Ricci, CEZ Nymburk0.9 


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  DENMARK   


Danish U16 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
David Knudsen
Knudsen
Rasmus Larsen
Larsen
David Knudsen
Knudsen
Marc Fabricius
Fabricius
Rasmus Larsen
Larsen
4 Anders Hansen 183-G-94 Glostrup Denmark
5 Jonas Cook 185-G-94 SINE Denmark
6 Peter Moller 186-G-94 Vaerlose Denmark
7 Khan Salman 186-G-94 Stevnsgade Denmark
8 David Knudsen 189-G-94 Vaerlose Denmark
9 Daniel Mortensen 194-F-94 Glostrup Denmark
10 Marc Fabricius 195-F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
11 Alexander Andersen 195-F-94 Falcon Denmark
12 Aleksander Dokkedal 196-F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
13 Emil Henningsen 197-F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
14 Jacob Jensen 210-C-94 SINE Denmark
15 Rasmus Larsen 211-C-94 Vaerlose Denmark

Guido Steen Head Coach Horsholm Denmark
Anders Sommer Assistant
Jonas Sorensen Assistant Vaerlose Denmark
Thomas Foldbjerg Assistant Naestved Denmark


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  EGYPT   


Moutahed edged Al Ittihad in overtime to advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed edged Al Ittihad 86:83 in overtime in one of the best games of the Arab Club Championships. In the first quarter the team from Lebanon enjoyed 27-22 lead after the first quarter. The team from Egypt reduced to 1-point at the halftime as they produced 21-17 in the second frame. It seemed that the intrigue was over at the end of the third period as the guests had 8-point advantage after 17-10 in the third stanza. Al Ittihad tied it at 74:74 in the last minute of the game to send the teams to overtime. In the extra time Moutahed played better and won 86:83.
Tomorrow in the Final Al Riyadi will face another team from Lebanon Moutahed. In the game for the third place Al Ittihad will play against Al Kuwait. The first game will start at 16.00 and then the Final will be at 18.00 local time.


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  FINLAND   


Finnish U16 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Joonas Lehtoranta
Lehtoranta
Joonas Lehtoranta
Lehtoranta
Iikka Maki
Maki
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4 Severi Liljeberg 174-G-94 Pyrinto Finland
5 Niko Mattila 182-G-94 Pyrinto Finland
6 Joonas Lehtoranta 185-G-94 KTP Finland
7 Timka Jaakkola 186-G-94 TuNMKY Finland
8 Shawn Hopkins F BC Nokia Finland
9 Ville Hanninen 192-G-95 TuNMKY Finland
10 Juuso Kauppinen 184-G-94 Helsinki Finland
11 Iikka Maki 191-F-94 Honka Finland
12 Oskar Michelsen 195-F-95 PuHu Finland
13 Joni Katajamaki 201-C/F-94 PuHu Finland
14 Valtter Kortelainen 193-F-95 Jarvenpaan Finland
15 Mika Nuolivirta 205-C-94

Jari Nykanen Head Coach


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.8 
 2. Roberson, Stras.18.5 
 3. Spencer, Le Mans18.4 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.7 
 5. Chatfield, Rouen17.0 
 6. Banks, Orleans16.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy15.9 
 8. Gray, Chalon15.8 
 9. Traore, AS.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon11.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy10.8 
 3. Milosevic, Dijon9.1 
 4. Nsonwu, Roanne8.6 
 5. Greer, Nancy8.6 
 6. Edwards, Grave.7.9 
 7. Falker, Cholet7.6 
 8. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 9. Gray, Chalon7.3 
 10. Slaughter, Nancy7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Reid, Vichy7.8 
 2. Rogers, Rouen6.8 
 3. Everett, Chalon6.4 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.0 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans5.2 
 7. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines4.9 
 9. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.8 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nancy4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.8 
 2. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 3. Everett, Chalon2.0 
 4. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 5. Greer, Nancy1.9 
 6. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 7. Wright, Le Mans1.8 
 8. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
 9. Melody, Vichy1.7 
 10. Dixon, AS.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.3 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.5 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Soliman, Rouen1.1 
 10. Darden, Strasbourg1.1 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Karadzovski, Torus20.4 
 2. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.9 
 3. Ristic, Ovce Pole18.7 
 4. Dimcevski, Vardar 18.7 
 5. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje18.0 
 6. Held, Ovce Pole17.3 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.17.2 
 8. Held, Pelister15.7 
 9. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 10. Life, Feni Indistrija14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgji CEKOVSKI
  Levski
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.1 
 3. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.6 
 4. Held, Pelister7.6 
 5. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Vardar 6.9 
 8. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
 10. Held, Ovce Pole6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Goran SAMARDZIEV
  Feni Indistrija
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.5.3 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus4.8 
 3. Kocov, Vardar 20004.7 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.7 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 7. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 8. Tasevski, Torus3.6 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki3.2 
 10. Grncarov, V.Osig.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ivica DIMCEVSKI
  Vardar 2000
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.7 
 2. Tasevski, Torus1.6 
 3. Bogojev, Feni I.1.6 
 4. Kocov, Vardar 20001.5 
 5. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.5 
 6. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.4 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.1.4 
 8. Held, Pelister1.4 
 9. Sokolov, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Kostovski, V.Osig.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.2 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.5 
 3. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 4. Kralevski, Plejme.1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 
 8. Ilic, Vardar 20000.5 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 
 10. Dokuzovski, Rabot.0.4 


Superleague Finals: Vardar Osiguruvanje ties the score to 3-3 - by Eurobasket News
V.Osiguruvanje - Feni Indistrija 60-53
Vardar Osiguruvanje outplayed Feni Industrija once again tying the score to 3-3 in the Playoff Finals. It means that the new FYROM champion will be decided in Game Six on Wednesday, when Feni will be the host. Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) stepped up for Vardar tonight with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Toni Simic (210-C-76) and Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-G-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) shined with 21 points and 13 boards.



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  GEORGIA   


TSU beat Energy in Rustavi! - by Akaki Bakradze
Energy vs. TSU 75:84

Although Panchulidze returned to TSU, he had not yet recovered from injury and played only 2 minutes. In the first game the main playmaker Gaprindashvili got an ankle injure, a few
people thought that after such a loss, students succeed, but the students played aggressively and thus stunned opponent. Five players from TSU scored more then 10 points.

For Energy:
Babiashvili 21 pts.
Tugushi 15 pts.
Tilford 11 pts.

For TSU:
Minashvili 16 pts.
Khetsuriani 15 pts. 6 ass.
Barbakadze D. 10 pts.
Keidia 14 pts.
Kuchava 15 pts.

Vakhtang Minashvili (202-C-79)


Energy beat TSU in the first final game - by Akaki Bakradze

Energy vs. TSU 80:69



Students meet the final series with a loss. Injured two players-Panchulidze (ankle injury) and Losaberidze (head injury).Game was interesting. Energy played at home and owned a


Zviad Babiashvili (199-F-78) small advantages. Should be noted Babiashvili, who made double-double.

For Energy:
Babiashvili 14 pts. 13 rbs.
Tugushi 16 pts. 5 ass.
Boisa 15 pts.
Tilford 11 pts.

For TSU:
Minashvili 18 pts.
Khetsuriani 15 pts.
Barbakadze D. 13 pts.


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  GERMANY   


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Market News - by Moritz Korff
The Giro Live Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced the signing of a second new player for the 2010-2011 season. The Ballers agreed to terms with Philipp Friedel (185-G-87), who is coming off a stellar campaign at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig. Friedel averaged 20.0 points and 4.8 assists through 28 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B during 2009-2010 and received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Most Improved Player of the Year honors just recently. Additionally he was named Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention and made the Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team.

In other news, 2009-2010 Pro A runner-up Cuxhaven BasCats handed a three year-contract extension to their head coach Vilmantas Matkevicius. Meanwhile, also Torsten Daume will stay at the helm of his club. The 39-year-old head coach reached an agreement with USC Heidelberg for the upcoming season.


Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Game 3 Against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


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

Congrats Brandon on the win in game two against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Was this the biggest win of the season?


Definitely, as is any win at this point in the season.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig had a scoring explosion in the second quarter out scoring Oldenburg 23-12. What did the braunschweig offense do differently form the first quarter?



We shared the ball and really attacked the basket.

The third quarter was low scoring for both teams. What were both teams doing differently on defense?




I dont think there was any different strategy just raised intensity.

In the fourth quarter, Oldenburg was never able to cut the Braunschweig lead to less than five points. What was the biggest strength on defense?


Our biggest strength was playing hard defense as a team. We all helped each other with drives, rotations, and screens.

What adjustments did Braunschweig make on defense which allowed key player Rickey Paulding to shoot 3/12?


We just tried to make it difficult for him to find his rhythm but he also missed shots that he normally makes.

What was the biggest Braunschweig strength on offense?



We had a balanced attack. When we share the ball we can be very tough.

The series is tied 1-1. Game three will be the game that could decide the series. What will Braunschweig want to do differently from game one which was lost in Oldenburg?


We have to play intense defense for the entire game and make smart decisions with the basketball

Marko Scekic was a beast. Why is he so hard to control?


He is very fundamentally sound and takes what the defense gives him

What will be key to winning game three?


Defense

Were you surprised by how quickly the NBA semi final playoffs series went with three sweeps?



Yes, but the conf. finals should be crazy.
Thanks Brandon for chat!



Bundesliga Playoff results Saturday May 15th: Gottingen takes 2-1 Series Lead over Bremerhaven with 83-78 win! - by Michael Taylor
2010 Beko Basketball Bundesliga Playoffs First Round

Saturday May 15th

BG Gottingen 83 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 78

Taylor Rochestie topscored with 19pt 6reb including 12 of 13 from the foul line while Dwayne Anderson added 13pt and Chris Oliver 12 in BG Gottingen's exciting 83-78 Game 3 home win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Saturday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Taking a 2-1 lead in their Beko Basketball Bundesliga First Round playoff series, BG Gottingen outscored Bremerhaven 24-14 in the 4Q to take the important win.

Tipping off their First Round series tied 1-1, Eisbaren Bremerhaven had dropped their last two road games in Gottingen decisively. But Jeff Gibbs slammed home the first points of the game establishing the Eisbaren on the first possession. Torrell Martin sank 2FT before John Little put Gottingen on the board early in the game. Moments later Dwayne Anderson drilled a 3 giving the Violets their first lead of the night 5-4. A Taylor Rochestie 3 followed and after several empty possessions, Bremerhaven's Lou Campbell buried a 3 bringing the game to 8-7 for the Violets. A Jeff Gibbs basket regained the lead for Bremerhaven 9-8 at the 6min mark of the 1Q. Lou Campbell and Philipp Schwethelm hit back to back 3's pushing the Bremerhaven lead to 15-8. Gottingen Head coach John Patrick took a timeout with 5:12 to go in Q1. After the timeout, Gottingen's Jason Boone dunked for 2 but Bremerhaven's Philipp Schwethelm added another 3 and basket giving the Eisbaren a 20-12 cushion. But John Little scored for the Violets and a 3 from Antoine Jordan brought Gottingen to 20-17 with 2:16 in the 1Q. Bryan Lucas sank 2FT for Bremerhaven before Jason Boone picked up another offensive rebound for a dunk making the game 22-19 and a Chris Oliver tip in cut Bremerhaven's lead to 22-21 with 55sec in Q1. A Lou Campbell bucket with 27sec in the Q gave the Eisbaren a 24-21 lead and when John Little's 3 was off, the 1Q ended with a 24-21 advantage for Bremerhaven. In the 1Q, Gottingen made 6 of 9 shots from the floor but Bremerhaven made 4 of 5 threes and 4 of 4 FT to build their 3pt lead.

As Q2 opened, Chris Oliver tied the game with a 3 for Gottingen but Andrew Drevo responded immediately with a 3 for Bremerhaven on the next possession. Drevo added 1FT giving Bremerhaven a 28-24 lead with 8:43 to go but Robert Kulawick fouled shooting a three sank 3FT cutting the gap to 28-27 30sec later. Moments later, at the 7min mark, Michael Meeks regained the lead for Gottingen 29-28. Andrew Drevo tied the game 29-29 making 1FT with 6:30 to play in the half. Philipp Schwethelm sank another 3 and added another FT for Bremerhaven giving the guests a 33-29 advantage but Dwayne Anderson countered for the hosts cutting the margin in half 33-31. Andrew Drevo drilled another 3 for the Eisbaren and Ben Jacobsen matched it for Gottingen setting the score at 36-34 Bremerhaven with 3:48 in Q2. Drevo made 2FT but Gottingen's hardwork on the offensive boards was rewarded with a Taylor Rochestie basket and Bremerhaven Head Coach Doug Spradley took a timeout at the 2:30 mark with the score 38-36 Eisbaren. Out of the timeout, Bremerhaven's Lou Campbell sank another 3 and added 2FT on the following possession increasing the lead to 43-36. But a Taylor Rochestie bucket and Chris Oliver dunk trimmed the gap to 43-40. Finally, just as he did opening the half scoring, Bremerhaven's Jeff Gibbs grabbed an offensive rebound and finished before the buzzer giving the Eisbaren a 45-40 lead going into the half. In the first twenty minutes, Bremerhaven's three point shooting 8 for 14 (57%) and advantage from the foul line (11 for 14 79% compared with Gottingen's 3 for 3) helped push them in front.

In the 3Q, John Little opened scoring at the 8min mark bringing the Violets within 45-42. A Michael Meeks tip in pulled Gottingen to 45-44. Brandon Brooks put points on the board for Bremerhaven before Meeks scored again for Gottingen. Brooks converted 2FT and Bremerhaven held a 49-44 lead at the 6min mark. Seconds later, Ben Jacobsen hit a big 3 for the Violets. But Andrew Drevo hit another 3 for Bremerhaven lifting the Eisbaren to 52-47. Gottingen took a timeout with 4:28 in the 3Q. Out of the timeout, Brandon Brooks extended the Eisbaren advantage to 54-47 with 2FT. But Gottingen responded with 1FT from Ben Jacobsen and a tip in from Jason Boone cutting the deficit to 54-50. Antoine Jordan continued the comeback with a 3 pulling the Violets within one 54-53. The Gottingen run continued with Dwayne Anderson tying the game from the foul line and Christopher McNaughton giving the home team the lead 57-54 with a three point play at the 1:47 mark. Jeff Gibbs scored to stop the run and Lou Campbell took back the lead for Bremerhaven 58-57 making 2FT with 53sec in the 3rd. A Gottingen turnover led to 2 Brandon Brooks FT extending the Eisbaren advantage to 60-57 and Bryan Lucas hit 2 more FT pushing the lead to 62-57 with 23sec to go. Taylor Rochestie countered with 2FT for Gottingen cutting the margin to three 62-59 but a Torrell Martin basket gave Bremerhaven a 64-59 lead going into the 4Q.

Taylor Rochestie went right to work to open the 4Q sinking 2FT for the Violets. Action picked up before John Little and Brandon Brooks exchanged baskets at the 8min mark. An Unsportsmanlike foul called against Taylor Rochestie led to a Gottingen timeout and 2 Brandon Brooks FT giving Bremerhaven a 68-63 lead with 7:43 to play. Rochestie responded making 1 of 2FT and after being fouled shooting a three with 5:58 to play, Taylor sank three more FT pulling Gottingen within one 68-67. Moments later it was Rochestie again sinking 2FT, this time giving Gottingen a 69-68 lead with 5:30 to play. A Jeff Gibbs tip in regained a 70-69 Eisbaren advantage but Dwayne Anderson scored with 4:33 to play taking the lead back for Gottingen 71-70. Bremerhaven took a timeout. Andrew Drevo tied the game with 1FT before a Chris Oliver dunk gave Gottingen a 73-71 lead with 4:14 to go. Andrew Drevo and Dwayne Anderson exchanged 1ft each and Gottingen led 74-72 with 3:22 to play. Jeff Gibbs tied the score with 2 clutch FT evening the game at 74 at the 3min mark. Gibbs gave Bremerhaven a 76-74 lead with 2 more FT but Dwayne Anderson tied the score with a basket and Chris Oliver finished a 3pt play giving Gottingen a 79-76 lead with 1:29 remaining. Oliver then blocked a Bremerhaven shot with 1:14 to go but Bremerhaven regained possession with 51sec and used a timeout. Gibbs drew another foul and made 2FT with 37sec. Gottingen led 79-78. Dwayne Anderson scored a big basket for the Violets extending their advantage to three 81-78 with 15sec to play. On the next possession, Jeff Gibbs missed a tip in and moments later was called for an unsportsmanlike foul with 4sec in the game. Taylor Rochestie cooly stepped to the foul line and made both putting the finishing touches on Gottingen's 83-78 Game 3 home win.

In the win Gottingen shot 47% from the floor making 7 of 26 threes (26%) and 20 of 24 FT (83%) while Bremerhaven hit 37% from the floor and 37% from three (9-24) along with 31 of 36 FT (86%). The Violets outrebounded the Eisbaren 34-33. For Bremerhaven, Jeff Gibbs finished with 16pt 7reb, Andrew Drevo had 15pt 10reb, Lou Campbell 15pt 5reb while Brandon Brooks and Philipp Schwethelm added 12pt apiece in the loss.

Game Four in the series is set for Wednesday May 19th tipping off 7:30pm at Stadthalle Bremerhaven.



Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To Game 3 Against Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on a big 76-63 win in game two against Alba Berlin. How strong is the WE Believe in the team?

I think the results so far have spoken for how much we beleive in what we can do. We will continue to work at the same level.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the 35-31 lead at halftime. What were the positives of Frankfurt in the first half?

We carried the energy from the first game and showed the battle would continue.

The third quarter was tight, but Frankfurt led 58-53 after 30 minutes. What has been the secret to being able to mostly often have answers on offense when the opponent is keeping the pressure on staying in the game?

One thing our team has done well in this series is getting a high contribution from everyone down the roster. It seems like every time we need a bucket a different player is stepping up. This is hard to stop.

In the fourth quarter, Frankfurt started on a 16-2 run which decided the game. How was Frankfurt able to step it up another gear?

We just stuck to our defensive game plan and pulled in the rebounds. We chose the shots we were willing to give up and fortunately they weren t falling for them.

Has the series so far caused a lot of fatigue?

No more so than would be expecteed in any playoff series.

How have you witnessed the development of Dominik bahiense De Mello since the arrival of Gordie Herbert?

Dominique is playing with a lot of confidence right now.

Frankfurt has taken Alba Berlin apart leading 2-0. What will be important in game three?

Keeping our intensity and staying aggressive.

Were you surprised by how quickly the NBA semi final playoffs series went with three sweeps?

I m always surprised when I see a sweep, especially in a seven game series.
Thanks for the chat Seth.



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Copeland, TBB Trier16.8 
 3. Rochestie, Goett.15.1 
 4. Suput, Brose B.15.0 
 5. Allen, Dt.14.8 
 6. Jenkins, ALBA14.8 
 7. Burns, ratiopharm14.8 
 8. Oliver, Goettingen14.6 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.0 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.4 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.1 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.2 
 5. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.0 
 6. Turek, Phoenix .6.6 
 7. Travis, Walter Tigers6.5 
 8. Trice, ratiopharm6.3 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm6.3 
 10. Oliver, Goettingen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.5.8 
 2. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.7 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.4 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.3 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.5.3 
 6. Reese, Dt.4.5 
 7. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.8 
 8. Williams, LTi 46ers3.6 
 9. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.5 
 10. McElroy, AL.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 3. Jenkins, Walter T.1.9 
 4. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 5. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 6. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 7. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.3 
 8. Robertson, Dt.Ba.1.3 
 9. Foster, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Burns, ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John TUREK
  Phoenix Hagen
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 2. Boumtje, EWE B.1.3 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.1 
 5. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 6. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.0 
 8. Bryant, ratiopharm0.9 
 9. Majstorovic, EWE B.0.9 
 10. Barrett, Pad.Bask.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 David YOUNG
  Trikalla
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Young, Trikalla20.5 
 2. Childress, Olympiakos16.5 
 3. Green, AEK15.1 
 4. Arnold, Perister.14.7 
 5. Erceg, Panionios14.7 
 6. Massie, Olimpia L.14.4 
 7. Monroe, PAOK14.3 
 8. Harris, VAP K.14.2 
 9. Gregory, PAOK14.1 
 10. Kleiza, Olympiakos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Igokea
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.9 
 3. Walsh, Aris7.8 
 4. Francis, AEK7.6 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 6. Bryant, Panionios6.9 
 7. Dozier, VAP K.6.4 
 8. Homan, Marousi BC6.3 
 9. Arnold, Perister.6.2 
 10. Vougioukas, Panellin.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.4.9 
 2. Lukas, Marousi BC4.4 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 4. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 7. Hammonds, Perister.3.7 
 8. Green, AEK3.6 
 9. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.6 
 10. Spanoulis, Panath.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Ilysiakos
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos2.0 
 2. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 3. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 4. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 5. Nikolaidis, AEK1.5 
 6. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 7. Walsh, Aris1.5 
 8. Karidas, Ilysiakos1.5 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
 10. Dickel, Trikalla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian VOUGIOUKAS
  Panellinios
  (212-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.5 
 2. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 3. Mavroidis, Marou.1.0 
 4. Harissis, VAP K.1.0 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 6. Carter, Ilysiakos0.8 
 7. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.8 
 8. Homan, Marousi BC0.8 
 9. Childress, Olympiakos0.7 
 10. Monds, VAP K.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Peramatos
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.21.9 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.18.4 
 3. Michalos, Near E.17.8 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.7 
 5. Christou, Xanthi16.8 
 6. Anagnostopou., Xan.16.4 
 7. Tsoutsos, Dafni16.4 
 8. Mantic, Ermis L.16.0 
 9. Kaklamanos, Pagra.15.7 
 10. Latovic, AGOR15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir LATOVIC
  AGOR
  (204-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Latovic, AGOR11.6 
 2. Amato, Peramatos10.4 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati7.3 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.7.1 
 5. Cartelo, KAOD7.0 
 6. Harismidis, Pagrati6.8 
 7. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.6.7 
 8. Vagenas, OFI6.6 
 9. Zondervan, Egaleo6.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Peramatos
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.6.2 
 2. Vassilopoulo., Dafni5.2 
 3. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.5.2 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas5.2 
 5. Michalos, Near E.4.4 
 6. Moscovitis, Pagrati4.4 
 7. Kaklamanos, Pagra.3.8 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD3.6 
 9. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
 10. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.9 
 2. Castle, Iraklis1.5 
 3. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.5 
 4. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.4 
 5. Liakopoulos, Peram.1.4 
 6. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
 7. Pekovic, Dafni1.3 
 8. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.3 
 9. Lianos, Dafni1.2 
 10. Pettas, Olimpiada P.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, Arkadikos1.0 
 3. Koutroulias, Near E.1.0 
 4. Harismidis, Pagrati0.9 
 5. Psathas, AGOR0.8 
 6. Souflias, OFI0.7 
 7. Amato, Peramatos0.7 
 8. Anagnostopou., Xan.0.6 
 9. Vagenas, OFI0.6 
 10. Despos, Iraklis0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ikaros Esperos 23-5 
 2. Iraklis 21-6 
 3. Pagrati 18-9 
 4. Olimpiada P. 16-12 
 5. KAOD 15-12 
 6. Arkadikos 14-13 
 7. AGOR 13-14 
 8. Xanthi 13-14 
 9. Dafni 12-15 
 10. Near East 12-15 
 11. Peramatos 12-15 
 12. Amyntas 11-16 
 13. Ikaroi Serron 11-16 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 10-17 
 15. OFI 9-18 
 16. Egaleo 7-20 


Rafnsson Elected FIBA Europe President-UPDATE - by George Manousidis
Representatives of FIBA Europe's 51 member federations, attending the 2010 General Assembly in Munich on Saturday, elected Mr. Olafur Rafnsson of Iceland as their new President.

Rafnsson defeated Turgay Demirel of Turkey, the only other candidate, by garnering 32 of 51 votes.

'I am very moved by the support which was even more than I expected,' commented Rafnsson after his win.

'Being FIBA Europe President is a huge responsibility and the hard work starts now.

'The people you have here are magnificent. The passion and enthusiasm of the people working for our federations. If we don't exploit this then we are making a mistake.'

Rafnsson is a former player and coach who served as a member of the FIBA Europe Board for the term of 2006-2010 and is President of the National Olympic Committee of Iceland.

He will serve a four year term as FIBA Europe President running from 2010-2014.

Jan Berteling of the Netherlands was re-elected as FIBA Europe Treasurer.

The following individuals were elected to the board:

Mr. Tor Christian Bakken (NOR)
Mr. Mindaugas Balciunas (LTU)
Mr. Ivan Bodrogvary (HUN)
Mr. Cyriel Coomans (BEL)
Mr. Mirsad Donlagic (BIH)
Mr. Terry Donovan (ENG)
Mr. Manuel Fernandes (POR)
Mr. John Goncalves (GIB)
Mrs. Marion Grethen (LUX)
Mrs. Natasha Hrisenkova (SVK)
Mr. Walter Kaszelik (AUT)
Mr. Boris Lalic (CRO)
Mr. Roman Ludwiczuk (POL)
Mr. Dino Meneghin (ITA)
Mr. Antonio Mizzi (MLT)
Mr. Milos Prazak (CZE)
Mr. Iztok Rems (SLO)
Mr. Jose Luis Saez Regalado (ESP)
Mr. Jean-Pierre Siutat (FRA)
Mrs. Carmen Tocala (ROU)
Mrs. Lena Wallin-Katzy (SWE)
Mr. Ingo Weiss (GER)
Mr. Asterios Zois (GRE)


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Playoff Semifinals: Atomeromu survives (2-2), forces Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Kormend - Atomeromu 75-78
Atomeromu survived in this game tying the score to 2-2 in the Playoff Semis. It means that the teams will meet in crucial Game Five with Atomeromu having the home court advantage. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) stepped up for the winners last night with 21 points. Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) had 16 points and 5 boards, while Akos Kovacs (184-G-88) added 15 pts. On the other side, Kormend got 25 points from Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: High Post Agency).



A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Falco
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Frazier, Falco23.4 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.4 
 3. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 4. Watson, ZTE K.18.6 
 5. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 6. Brooks, Soproni18.2 
 7. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.9 
 8. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.17.8 
 9. Rice, Szolnok17.4 
 10. LaGrange, Dombovar17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zoltan HORVATH
  Falco
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 2. Barro, Szolnok10.1 
 3. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 4. Scott, Kormend8.9 
 5. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 6. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 7. Lee, Albacomp7.1 
 8. Wilson, ZTE K.6.8 
 9. Bader, Szolnok6.8 
 10. Nuhanovic, Debre.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kalman, Falco8.0 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.4 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.6.1 
 5. Fodor, Szolnok4.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 8. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 9. Thomas, Kormend4.4 
 10. Aleksic, Szolnok3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.7 
 2. Frazier, Falco3.6 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. Lee, Albacomp2.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.5 
 7. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Clark, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. Simon, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Watson, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.3 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.2 
 5. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 7. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 8. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 9. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 10. Scott, Kormend1.0 


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Icelandic U16 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Emil Einarsson
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4 Stefan Torfason 195-F Thor AK Iceland
5 Oddur Kristjansson 180-G-95 KR Iceland
6 Svavar Stefansson C-94 FSU Iceland
7 Emil Einarsson 197-F-94 Thor Thorl Iceland
8 Matthias Sigurdarson 183-G KR Iceland
9 Sigurdur Sturluson 184-G UMFN Iceland
10 Elvar Fridriksson 170-G-94 UMFN Iceland
11 Jens Oskarsson 198-F-94 Grindavik Iceland
12 Thorgrimur Emilsson 202-C IR Iceland
13 Maciej Baginski 190-G-95 UMFN Iceland
14 Martin Hermannsson 180-G-94 KR Iceland
15 Valur Valsson 182-G-94 UMFN Iceland

Einar Arni Johannsson Head Coach


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Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 K.C. RIVERS
  Benetton TV
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Rivers, A.B. Latina24.5 
 2. Whiting, Aget IM22.3 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV20.8 
 4. Kemp, Banco Sard.20.8 
 5. Goss, Scafati .20.7 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer19.4 
 7. Slay, Carmatic PT19.0 
 8. Crispin, Enel B.18.9 
 9. Adams, Fileni Jesi18.5 
 10. Hines, Prima Veroli18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Edilizia
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Ebi, Edilizia13.6 
 2. Boykin, Edimes PV10.2 
 3. Waleskowski, Fileni J.9.7 
 4. Smith, A.B. Latina9.0 
 5. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.4 
 6. Chiacig, Scafati .8.3 
 7. Hines, Prima Veroli8.1 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.7 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.8 
 2. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.5 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV4.2 
 4. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.2 
 5. Levin, Fastweb CM3.9 
 6. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 7. Brown, Snaidero UD3.3 
 8. Bertolazzi, Miro R.3.2 
 9. Whiting, Aget IM3.1 
 10. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.8 
 2. Hines, Prima Veroli3.5 
 3. Hatten, UCC C.3.5 
 4. Goss, Scafati .3.3 
 5. Ebi, Edilizia3.2 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer3.1 
 7. Young, Edimes PV2.9 
 8. Boyette, Miro R.2.7 
 9. Williams, Miro R.2.6 
 10. Whiting, Aget IM2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Troy OSTLER
  UCC Casalpus.
  (209-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ostler, UCC C.2.0 
 2. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.7 
 3. Ebi, Edilizia1.7 
 4. Hines, Prima Veroli1.4 
 5. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Valenti, UCC C.1.1 
 7. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 8. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 
 9. Hall, Fastweb CM0.9 
 10. Boykin, Edimes PV0.9 


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  IVORY COAST   


Coach Randoald Dessarzin named 35 players for the preparation - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Ivorian Basketball Federation (FIBB) has unveiled a list of 35 players for the preparation camp ahead the World Championship to be held from 23rd August to 12th September 2010 in Turkey.

The final list of 12 players will be published by the head coach of Ivorian male team, Randoald Dessarzin after trimming the 35 players.

The list is widely composed by abroad based players but two local players included Konat Stphane of ABC and Toualy Guy Serges from SOA are in the list.

The preparation Camp will start on 30th June 2010 in France. Then, the squad coach by Randoald Dessarzin will land respectively in Switzerland, Macedonia, Span and back to Franca before leaving for Turkey.

Cte dIvoire is drawn in Group C alongside China, Russia, Puerto Rico, Greece and the hosting country, Turkey in Ankara. Cte dIvoire will play Turkey for its first game on Saturday 28th August 2010 at 18h00 GMT.

FIBA Africa



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  JORDAN   


ASU snatches Big Olu - by Mohammed Malas
Jo-Basket.com, Amman - In the second deal in 8 days, ASU Spots Club have finally succeeded to grab a high level player to the roster of the 21st Asian Clubs Championship which will be held in Qatar from the 22nd till the 30th of May.

Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) was the best choice of the coaching staff of the Jordanian champions as the Nigirian center will arrive tomorrow to Amman to start trainings with his new teammates.

Oyedeji is very athletic. Can run, jump and get physical with the best. Has an NBA body. Has matured into a dominating force as shown in all competitions he played in. Was Considered a potential first round NBA draft choice. Has won every slam dunk contest he has entered. Speaks five different foreign languages, He played professional basketball in the NBA, Russia, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, Peurto Rico, South Korea and China for several years.

ASU was drawn in Group B of the big Asian event with Al Jalaa (Syria), An Nasr (UAE), Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and Al Riyadi (Lebanon).


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  KUWAIT   


Al Riyadi rolled over Al Kuwait to clinch the Final spot - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi rolled over Al Kuwait 100:97 to clinch the final spot at the Arab Club Championship. It was a real thriller with two great teams that both deserve the Final. The team from Lebanon won the opening quarter 31:25 and enjoyed even 10-point lead at the halftime. Kuwait responded with 27-18 in the third period and could reduce only to 100:97 at the end. Tomorrow in the Final Al Riyadi will face another team from Lebanon Moutahed. In the game for the third place Al Ittihad will play against Al Kuwait. The first game will start at 16.00 and then the Final will be at 18.00 local time.

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  LATVIA   


LBL Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Barons - VEF Riga 82-75
Barons earned the second straight win in the LBL Finals. They held off VEF Riga to surge ahead in the series. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the home team. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 23 points for VEF Riga. Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop) finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Oritseweyinmi EFEJUKU
  Barons
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Efejuku, Barons18.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera17.8 
 3. Gulbis, Zemgale16.6 
 4. Timermanis, Barons16.5 
 5. Kojenets, Liepaja15.7 
 6. Valeika, Valmiera15.1 
 7. McCullough, VEF R.14.5 
 8. Zakis, Ventspils14.4 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga14.3 
 10. Kisielius, Liepaja14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Valeika, Valmiera10.5 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja7.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera6.7 
 4. Zorin, Barons6.1 
 5. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.8 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale5.6 
 7. McCullough, VEF R.5.5 
 8. Zakis, Ventspils5.2 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale5.2 
 10. Davis, Valmiera5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.0 
 2. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.3 
 3. Sirsnins, Barons4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.5 
 5. Vilums, Liepaja3.1 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.0 
 7. Efejuku, Barons2.9 
 8. Valters, VEF Riga2.6 
 9. Bertans, Ventspils2.5 
 10. Jurevicus, Ventspils2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sirsnins, Barons2.2 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
 3. Bertans, Ventspils1.6 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.5 
 5. Valters, VEF Riga1.5 
 6. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 7. Efejuku, Barons1.5 
 8. Vilums, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Kravalis, Keizarmezs1.3 
 10. Bergmanis, Zemgale1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.3 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.2 
 3. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.8 
 4. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 5. Cresnar, Valmiera0.8 
 6. Zorin, Barons0.7 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.7 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.5 
 9. Timermanis, Barons0.5 
 10. Bambis, Zemgale0.5 


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  LEBANON   


Al Riyadi rolled over Al Kuwait to clinch the Final spot - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi rolled over Al Kuwait 100:97 to clinch the final spot at the Arab Club Championship. It was a real thriller with two great teams that both deserve the Final. The team from Lebanon won the opening quarter 31:25 and enjoyed even 10-point lead at the halftime. Kuwait responded with 27-18 in the third period and could reduce only to 100:97 at the end. Tomorrow in the Final Al Riyadi will face another team from Lebanon Moutahed. In the game for the third place Al Ittihad will play against Al Kuwait. The first game will start at 16.00 and then the Final will be at 18.00 local time.

Moutahed edged Al Ittihad in overtime to advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed edged Al Ittihad 86:83 in overtime in one of the best games of the Arab Club Championships. In the first quarter the team from Lebanon enjoyed 27-22 lead after the first quarter. The team from Egypt reduced to 1-point at the halftime as they produced 21-17 in the second frame. It seemed that the intrigue was over at the end of the third period as the guests had 8-point advantage after 17-10 in the third stanza. Al Ittihad tied it at 74:74 in the last minute of the game to send the teams to overtime. In the extra time Moutahed played better and won 86:83.
Tomorrow in the Final Al Riyadi will face another team from Lebanon Moutahed. In the game for the third place Al Ittihad will play against Al Kuwait. The first game will start at 16.00 and then the Final will be at 18.00 local time.


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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Guasave
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26
 1. McCullough, Guasa.26.0 
 2. West, Los Mochis25.2 
 3. Bell, Obregon25.1 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.0 
 5. Fisher, Mexicali24.7 
 6. Cook, Cananea24.5 
 7. Cowan, Obregon24.5 
 8. Walker, Nogales24.1 
 9. Brown, Mazatlan24.0 
 10. Smith, Mazatlan23.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremis SMITH
  Mazatlan
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Smith, Mazatlan12.3 
 2. Angounou, Guasave11.9 
 3. Berhoefer, Hermosillo10.4 
 4. Eziukwu, Hermosillo10.3 
 5. Shipley, Mexicali9.7 
 6. Davis, Tijuana9.6 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales9.1 
 8. Habel, Guaymas8.5 
 9. Brown, Tepic8.2 
 10. Crouse, Nogales8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rommel MARENTES
  Guaymas
  (179-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Marentes, Guaymas6.1 
 2. Logan, Culiacan5.8 
 3. Johnson, Tijuana5.5 
 4. Lawrence, Los M.5.4 
 5. White, Cananea4.8 
 6. Brown, Mazatlan4.4 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo4.3 
 8. Lee, Guaymas4.2 
 9. Bell, Obregon4.1 
 10. Harris, Cananea4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kenneth LAWRENCE
  Los Mochis
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lawrence, Los M.2.3 
 2. Lee, Guaymas2.1 
 3. Bell, Obregon2.0 
 4. Moore, Culiacan2.0 
 5. West, Los Mochis1.9 
 6. White, Cananea1.8 
 7. Brown, Mazatlan1.8 
 8. Izaguirre, Guasave1.6 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 10. Harris, Cananea1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Tijuana
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Tijuana3.6 
 2. Gutierrez, Cananea2.1 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.9 
 4. Brown, Tepic1.4 
 5. Eziukwu, Hermosillo1.3 
 6. Crouse, Nogales1.2 
 7. Blair, Tijuana1.2 
 8. Mata, Culiacan1.1 
 9. Smith, Mazatlan1.1 
 10. Sullinger, Nogales1.0 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Culiacan 26-8 
 2. Hermosillo 25-9 
 3. Cananea 24-10 
 4. Mazatlan 20-14 
 5. Nogales 18-16 
 6. Guaymas 18-16 
 7. Guasave 18-16 
 8. Los Mochis 15-19 
 9. Obregon 13-21 
 10. Mexicali 13-21 
 11. Tepic 7-27 
 12. Tijuana 7-27 


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MNT 1A Play Off FINAL Game 1 : Buducnost against Lovcen leads 1-0 - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost - Lovcen 70:64 (23:16, 16:19, 21:13, 10:16)
Podgorica.SC Moraca.Spect 500.Reff: Sutulovic (Podgorica), Lepetic (Herceg Novi), R. Vojinovic (Niksic).
BUDUCNOST: Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) 5 (3-3), Arnautovic, Popovic 2, Ljubicic 2, Godric 13 (3-3), Filip Barovic (206-F-90), Otasevic, Dragicevic 12 (1-0), Simonovic 15 (4-2), Vitkovac 15 (8-6), Savovic 6 (2-1), Mugosa.
LOVCEN: Stojanovic 6 (2-1), Lalic 4, Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) 3, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 8, Ivanovic 3, Pelkic 11 (8-4), Boricic 2 (2-2), Kandic 3, Lopicic, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 1 (2-1), Dubljevic 16 (1-1), Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 7.


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  NBA   


Hawks part ways with Mike Woodson - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks made significant improvement under Mike Woodson. They just wondered how much farther he could take them.

Woodson was let go as coach of the Hawks on Friday, just four days after the team was swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic.

General manager Rick Sund, after consulting with the ownership group, decided not to offer Woodson a new contract. So ended a six-year coaching tenure in which the Hawks won just 13 games in his first season, then improved their record every year since -- including three straight playoff appearances.

Atlanta won 53 games this season, the most since 1996-97, and captured the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. But that wasn't enough to save Woodson's job, especially when the Hawks were routed by the Magic in the most lopsided four-game sweep in NBA history.

Sund held a morning meeting with Woodson to inform him of the decision.

'In this case, Woody has been here six years and had basically been the only voice that many of these players had heard,' the GM said. 'The shelf life for coaches and management in the NBA is short, particularly for coaches, maybe two or three years. In Woody's case, he has gone six. The compelling thought for me was maybe it's right for a change.'

Sund believes a new coach might be able to take the Hawks to even higher levels, even though he acknowledged it was a risk to dump a coach coming off a playoff appearance.

'Sometimes in professional sports, change is good -- not only for the individual, but for the organization,' he said. 'Hey, it was a tough decision any way you go. If it doesn't turn out, it's the wrong decision. If it turns out, maybe it was the right decision, I don't know.'

Woodson declined to comment on his ouster when reached by The Associated Press.

'I'm just going to take some time and go away and clear my head,' he said. 'I just want to get away.'

The firing of Woodson was the first move in a busy offseason for the Hawks. In addition to hiring a new coach, the team must deal with the possible loss of its best player, Joe Johnson, who will become a free agent this summer.

A four-time All-Star, Johnson didn't sound enthusiastic about returning to Atlanta after a dismal series against the Magic and a run-in with the fans over a 30-point home loss in Game 3.

If Johnson returns, the next coach of the Hawks will inherit plenty of talent. Two players (Johnson and Al Horford) were selected for the All-Star Game, Josh Smith is one of the league's best defensive players and Jamal Crawford won the NBA's Sixth Man Award.

Woodson felt he deserved a chance to return after the Hawks became just the seventh team in NBA history to win more games than the previous season for five straight years.

But it was clear that some players had tuned him out, especially in the playoffs. Atlanta struggled to beat a short-handed Milwaukee team in the opening round, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to win in seven games. Then came a total rout in the conference semifinals.

Orlando won the opening game by 43 points, then handed the Hawks the franchise's worst home playoff loss in Game 3, a 105-75 blowout. The Magic won the four games by a total of 101 points -- and average margin of 25.3.

Still, Woodson felt the team was making progress.

'I would love to stay here in Atlanta because you don't start something and go through hell for six years and not want to finish it,' he said Tuesday after meeting with his players for what turned out to be the last time. 'I'm very proud of what we've done here as a staff.'

If the Hawks seek an experienced coach, Avery Johnson and Byron Scott could be on their list of candidates. If they decide to go with an assistant, former Hawks player Tyrone Corbin might be considered; he works on the staff of highly respected Utah coach Jerry Sloan. Another possibility is TNT broadcaster and former coach Doug Collins.

Woodson has been mentioned as a potential candidate in Philadelphia should Larry Brown take control of the 76ers' front office. The 69-year-old Brown hasn't decided whether to return for a third season as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Woodson worked as an assistant for Brown in Detroit before landing his first head coaching job with the Hawks. He came to Atlanta preaching hard-nosed defense, but some complained that he lacked imagination on the offensive end, even as the team kept adding talented players and improving every season.

Smith, Horford and Marvin Williams were first-round picks. Johnson was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix. Crawford and Mike Bibby were picked up in trades that didn't cost much.

There's still room to grow under the next coach. The Hawks had the lowest payroll of any playoff team, and were the only squad that reached the final eight without paying the luxury tax.

'Our goal is to be an elite team,' co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. said. 'We've got a great nucleus right now. And we've got respect, which is key.'


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Cleveland Cavs owner: Coach Brown not fired - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers are keeping coach Michael Brown - for now.

Team owner Dan Gilbert refuted a report Friday that Brown had been fired.

'That's not true,' he said during a news conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the team's three-year-old, $25 million training facility. 'We are right now just going through the evaluation process.'

He said the team expects to have answers 'in the next week to 10 days,' Gilbert said. 'I don't think it's a secret coaching is one of the things we'll look at.'

Stung by the Cavs' stunning loss to Boston in the second round of the NBA playoffs, Gilbert said an organizational review will include general manager Danny Ferry, who failed in his attempt to put a championship team around two-time MVP LeBron James.

'Everybody will be evaluated,' said Gilbert, who earlier called it a 'very sad day in Cleveland.'

Brown was the league's coach of the year last season when the Cavs won 66 games. Cleveland lost to Orlando in the conference finals, however, and it was assumed Brown would have to get the team closer to a championship to keep his job.

Instead, the Cavs regressed in Brown's fifth season. They were badly outplayed by the Celtics, who won the last two games played in Cleveland by a combined 50 points. But Gilbert insisted the team didn't quit against Boston.

'It's one of those things that you can't believe it after it's happened,' Gilbert said. 'I feel bad for the fans more than anybody. It's a nightmare and we've got to get through it.'

The loss opened up the possibility of a major shakeup as James prepares for free agency.

The LeBron watch began at 10:53 p.m. Thursday, when Celtics guard Rajon Rondo dribbled out the last 14 seconds and Boston, which rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the series 4-2, began celebrating.

James can opt out of his contract by July 1, a move that would make him a free agent and set off a wild scramble for his services from New York to Miami to Los Angeles and, of course, back in Cleveland.

Gilbert believes the Cavs are still in the mix to keep James.

'Of course, we fully believe that, sweepstakes, in the running, whatever, I think this is the best franchise for him to play at,' Gilbert said.

Brown and James were not available for comment and there are no plans to have them meet with the media.


Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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  NCAA1   


Calipari says he will remain at Kentucky - by Eurobasket News
John Calipari is reassuring Kentucky basketball fans that he plans to coach the Wildcats next year, despite speculation he is being pursued by the NBA.

Calipari sent a message on Twitter on Friday that said: 'I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let's finish what we started!'

Calipari added that Kentucky is 'the best job in the country' but that he couldn't stop the speculation. He also said he was addressing the topic for the last time.

Several reports have linked Calipari to the vacant head coaching position with the NBA's Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the point guard he coached at Memphis.


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


NBL Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Southland S. - Waikato 72-97
Waikato cruised past Southland away from home. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) delivered 19 points and 8 caroms to lead the defending champions. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed 18 points and 12 boards in the winning effort. Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) responded with 22 points for the Sharks.

Cougars - Taranaki 75-72
The Cougars celebrated the sixth win in the season as they narrowly defeated visiting Taranaki. Tim Behrendorff (212-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb) came up with 20 points to lead the hosts. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) added 19 points for the Cougars. Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina) answered with 19 points for Taranaki.

Otago - Waikato 62-95
Waikato recorded the sixth straight win as they rallied past Otago on the road. Thomas Abercrombie knokced down 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 7 assists to lead the Pistons. Alex Pledger contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds for Waikato. Sam To'omata (187-G-85) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Nelson - Taranaki 81-61
Nelson held off Taranaki to improve at 9-3 record. Phill Jones (196-G-74) notched 19 points to lead the Giants. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Jack Leasure was the only Taranaki player to score in double figures. He nailed 18 points as the Mountain Airs slipped at 4-7 record.

Wellington - Bay Hawks 103-91
The Wellington Saints kept their home record spotless as they held off the Bay Hawks. Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse) came up with 36 points to lead the hosts. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) and Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) added 18 points each for the Saints. Josh Pace (198-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) responded with 30 points for the Bay Hawks.



Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 12-1 
 2. Nelson 9-3 
 3. Wellington 9-3 
 4. Harbour Heat 8-4 
 5. Bay Hawks 7-6 
 6. Cougars 6-9 
 7. Southland Sharks 5-7 
 8. Taranaki 4-7 
 9. Manawatu 0-9 
 10. Otago 0-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Wellington
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 2. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 3. Webster, Harbour .22.9 
 4. Rose, Southland S.22.6 
 5. Pace, Bay Hawks21.8 
 6. Amaya, Otago21.5 
 7. Jones, Nelson21.0 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki20.9 
 9. Abercrombie, Waika.20.8 
 10. Hudson, Wellington20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Pledger, Waikato12.7 
 2. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 3. Vukona, Nelson10.1 
 4. Boucher, Harbour .10.1 
 5. Terrell, Bay Hawks9.9 
 6. Rickert, Harbour .9.6 
 7. Abercrombie, Waika.8.7 
 8. Nowell, Taranaki8.0 
 9. Rougeau, Southlan.7.7 
 10. Frank, Wellington7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tait, Wellington6.0 
 2. Boucher, Harbour .5.5 
 3. Kench, Cougars4.3 
 4. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 5. Jones, Nelson3.7 
 6. Pace, Bay Hawks3.5 
 7. Amaya, Otago3.4 
 8. Daly, Cougars3.4 
 9. Krauser, Waikato3.2 
 10. Davey, Taranaki3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Southland S.
  (198-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rougeau, Southlan.3.5 
 2. Webster, Harbour .3.3 
 3. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 4. Te Huna, Manawatu2.6 
 5. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 6. Boucher, Harbour .2.3 
 7. Kench, Cougars2.3 
 8. Krauser, Waikato2.2 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki2.1 
 10. Jones, Nelson1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pledger, Waikato2.3 
 2. Abercrombie, Waika.2.0 
 3. Harrison, Nelson1.8 
 4. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 5. Rougeau, Southlan.1.3 
 6. Vukona, Nelson1.3 
 7. Behrendorff, Couga.1.2 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki1.2 
 9. Rickert, Harbour .1.1 
 10. Trueman, Taranaki1.0 


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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PBL   


PBL Announces Postseason Awards - by Carl Berman
After the completion of their third and most successful year to date, the Premier Basketball League is pleased to recognize those individuals who excelled during the 2009-10 season.

In his first year with the PBL, guard DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry was named the leagues Most Valuable Player. Bowden, a 61 guard from Creighton, was the Cavs leader both on and off the court. During the regular season, Bowden averaged 17.2 points per game, and led the balanced Cavalry in field goals completed (114), assists (112) and steals (45); he also scored 37 3-point baskets.

DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) has been with our franchise for many years, even before we joined the PBL, said Mike Brown, Managing Partner of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry. DeAnthony is one of those players that not only do his teammates enjoy playing alongside, hes also someone that our fans appreciate, especially his exciting style of play.

Bowden's head coach, Micheal Ray Richardson, has been named the 2010 PBL Coach of the Year. Richardson's Cavs compiled an 18-2 regular season record, and followed that up with a championship victory against the two-time PBL champion Rochester Razor Sharks. Richardson, a former NBA All-Star player, has now won three consecutive minor league basketball championships, including two with the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry when that team was in the Continental Basketball Association. In fact, Richardson is the first coach to win three consecutive minor league hoops titles since Bill Musselman won four consecutive CBA championships from 1984 to 1988 (coincidentally, Richardson also played on Musselman's 1988 CBA championship team).

The PBL recognizes Eric Crookshank of the Halifax Rainmen as the 2010 PBL Defensive Player of the Year. Crookshank, in his second year with the PBL, has improved his game tremendously. The 6'8 forward from Dominguez Hills CC averaged a double-double in the 2009-10 season, amassing 14.5 points per game while pulling down 13 rebounds per game. He also led the Rainmen in blocked shots (30) and in thunderous dunks.

Eric Gilchrese joined the Rainmen in mid-season, after spending the first half of the 2009-10 season with the Manchester Millrats. For his efforts this season, Gilchrese has been named the 2010 PBL Rookie of the Year. The 60 guard from New Hampshire University was a first-round draft pick of the Manchester Millrats in the 2010 PBL Entry Draft (8th pick overall), and from the first game on, Gilchrese has paid dividends. He averaged 18.2 points per game for the Millrats, and achieved a strong 83% free throw accuracy. He was later traded to the Halifax Rainmen, where he continued as a role player and dependable bench spark plug.

The Newcomer Award is presented to a player who is in the PBL for the first time, but has amassed prior professional experience. The 2010 Newcomer of the Year award is given to the Maryland GreenHawks Scooter Sherrill. Sherrill, a 63 shooting guard from North Carolina State, put together a strong season with 21.0 points per game; he also had 34 3-pointers and 75 assists.

The Sixth Man of the Year award is given to the best PBL bench player. This year, the PBL honors the Rochester Razor Sharks Melvin Council as the 2010 Sixth Man of the Year. Council, a 63 point guard from Robert Morris (IL), earned his stripes every night during the season. He averaged 10.7 points per game, and also handed out 54 assists and amassed 30 steals.

Melvin Council started out as a practice player for us last season, said Rod Baker, Rochester RazorSharks head coach.\\This has been a two-year process for Melvin, and through his hard work and diligence, he worked his way to the point where he was an important part of our success this season.'

The Premier Basketball League congratulates these men on their awards. The League will issue the rosters for its All-League teams, as well as its All-Rookie, All-Defensive and All-Playoff teams, very soon.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be found on their website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Johnson, Santa L.30.6 
 2. Larry, Air2129.3 
 3. Simpson, Alaska28.4 
 4. Monroe, Barako28.3 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 6. Wade, Derby Ace L.25.2 
 7. Storey, Ginebra24.0 
 8. Ambres, Ginebra23.3 
 9. de Ocampo, Talk N.20.3 
 10. David, Coca-Cola20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mildon AMBRES
  Ginebra
  (198-F/G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Ambres, Ginebra18.3 
 2. Storey, Ginebra17.6 
 3. Freeman, San M.16.9 
 4. Simpson, Alaska16.9 
 5. Brown, Derby A.15.0 
 6. Johnson, Santa L.14.3 
 7. Lewis, Rain or Shine14.3 
 8. Young, Air2114.3 
 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.5.7 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.5 
 6. Miller, Alaska4.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.4.4 
 8. Monroe, Barako4.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 10. Castro, Talk N Text3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cyrus BAGUIO
  Alaska
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Baguio, Alaska2.3 
 2. Larry, Air212.3 
 3. Daniels, Talk N.2.0 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.9 
 5. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.8 
 6. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 7. Cortez, Air211.6 
 8. Monroe, Barako1.6 
 9. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.6 
 10. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
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. Monroe, Barako1.9 
 4. Johnson, Santa L.1.7 
 5. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.6 
 6. Simpson, Alaska1.3 
 7. Reyes, Barako1.3 
 8. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 9. Freeman, San M.1.0 
 10. Hrabak, Rain o.1.0 


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


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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. Mays, Znicz19.3 
 3. Day, ISS Sportino19.2 
 4. Chappell, Znicz18.3 
 5. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 6. Miller, Polonia Azbud17.6 
 7. Okafor, Polpharma17.6 
 8. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.3 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.17.1 
 10. Berisha, Polonia 201116.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Chappell, Znicz8.2 
 3. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.2 
 4. Daniels, Energa C.8.1 
 5. Kesicki, ISS S.7.8 
 6. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.6 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.7.5 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Wallace, PGE Turow7.2 
 10. Bigus, Polonia 20117.1 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.6 
 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.4.1 
 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.2.2 
 4. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 5. Majewski, Polph.2.0 
 6. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 7. Swanson, AZS K.1.9 
 8. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 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. Booker, Energa C.1.1 
 6. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.1 
 7. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 8. Wyka, Znicz1.0 
 9. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 10. Johnson, PGE Turow0.8 


PLK Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma - Anwil 76-80
Anwil will play in the PLK Final. They overcame Polpharma in the fourth game of the semifinal series and booked the ticket into the title series. Nikola Jovanovic (204-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 16 points to lead Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84, agency: AB Agency) added 14 points in the winning effort. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Polpharma. Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  Ginasio
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Dagans, Ginasio22.2 
 2. Crutchfield, Sampa.21.8 
 3. Madison, Sampaense20.5 
 4. Nealy, VSC Guimar.18.7 
 5. Powers, Fisica18.4 
 6. Waller, Ovarense18.3 
 7. Ramos, Benfica18.3 
 8. Smith, AD Vagos17.9 
 9. Clark, Barreirense17.6 
 10. Webster, CAB17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roderick NEALY
  VSC Guimar.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Nealy, VSC Guimar.10.6 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.7 
 3. Smith, AD Vagos9.6 
 4. Johnson, Fisica9.5 
 5. Johnson, Academica9.3 
 6. Wilson, Sampaense9.2 
 7. St.Robert, Illiabum9.0 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.5 
 9. Shaw, Illiabum8.1 
 10. Evans, Benfica7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.2 
 2. Felix, Illiabum6.0 
 3. Reveles, AD Vagos5.1 
 4. Perdigao, AD Vagos4.6 
 5. Fernandes, CAB4.4 
 6. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
 7. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.3 
 8. Simoes, Academica4.2 
 9. Nealy, VSC Guimar.3.6 
 10. Figueiredo, Porto F.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jose COSTA
  Ginasio
  (187-G-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Costa, Ginasio6.4 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.0 
 3. Pinto, Barreirense3.9 
 4. Crutchfield, Sampa.3.3 
 5. Madison, Sampaense3.2 
 6. Salvador, Fisica3.0 
 7. Dagans, Ginasio2.8 
 8. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.7 
 9. Felix, Illiabum2.6 
 10. Pedroso, CAB2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John SMITH
  AD Vagos
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Smith, AD Vagos1.8 
 2. Lee, Ovarense1.3 
 3. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 4. Wilson, Sampaense1.2 
 5. Soderberg, CAB1.2 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.1.2 
 7. Grimes, Academica1.1 
 8. Stempin, Porto F.1.0 
 9. Austin, Ginasio1.0 
 10. Voorhees, AD Vagos1.0 


LPB Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - VSC Guimar. 102-78
Benfica left no chance for visiting Guimaraes in the opener. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the defending champions to a comfortable win. Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) added 20 points and 8 assists for the home side. Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Houston Baptist) responded with 19 points for Guimaraes. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) had 18 points in the loss.

Ovarense - Porto Ferpinta 66-69
Porto surprised Ovarense on the road to take the lead in the series. Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Memphis) knocked down 26 points, made 6 steals and 5 rebounds to lead the Dragons. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens (NC)) delivered 10 points for Porto. Nuno Manarte (184-G-75) responded with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Ovarense.



Proliga Round: 3 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Barcelos - Lusitania 74-72
Barcelos narrowly escaped elimination as they eked out the home win over Lusitania. John Winchester (193-G/F-83, college: Robert Morris) knocked down 26 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, made 5 steals and 3 assists to lead the charge. Oladoyin Akinyanju (201-F-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Quinnipiac) added 18 points and 21 rebounds for the home side. Carl Lee (198-F-82, college: Utah Valley St.) answered with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Lusitania. Augusto Sobrinho (188-G-85) had 21 points in the losing effort.

Electrico FC - Penafiel 65-61
Electrico stepped closer to the Proliga Final after they earned the second win in the series. Jorge Afonso (192-G/F-79) scored 21 points to lead Electrico to the home victory. Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) contributed 20 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Sidney Holmes (200-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Lewis) responded with 27 points and 15 rebounds for Penafiel. James Grabowski (201-F-86, college: SW Baptist) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.



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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 20-5 
 2. Capitanes 19-6 
 3. Santurce 14-10 
 4. Quebradillas 14-11 
 5. Ponce 12-12 
 6. San German 12-13 
 7. Guaynabo 10-15 
 8. Humacao 9-15 
 9. Isabela 9-17 
 10. Mayaguez 5-20 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Alex GALINDO
  Mayaguez
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Galindo, Mayaguez22.1 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon21.5 
 3. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Hickerson, San G.20.7 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez20.3 
 6. Maye, Mayaguez19.9 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas19.8 
 8. Priutt, Isabela19.1 
 9. Mays, Humacao18.0 
 10. Ayuso, Capitanes17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.5 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce11.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas11.4 
 4. Narvaez, Ponce10.2 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon9.6 
 6. Austin, San German9.2 
 7. Dyer, San German9.1 
 8. Mays, Humacao9.0 
 9. Aubry, Capitanes8.8 
 10. Reyes, Capitanes8.8 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas8.0 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Capit.5.0 
 4. Hatton, Ponce4.9 
 5. Rivera, Isabela4.9 
 6. Cruz, Ponce4.7 
 7. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo4.6 
 9. Redhage, Quebradillas4.5 
 10. Graham, Mayaguez4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.2 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Mays, Humacao1.5 
 6. Austin, San German1.5 
 7. Galindo, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 9. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Santurce
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sweetney, Santurce1.4 
 2. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 3. Priutt, Isabela1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.1 
 5. Nieves, Santurce1.1 
 6. Reyes, Capitanes1.1 
 7. Traylor, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao1.0 
 10. Nailon, Ponce1.0 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Bassett, Craiova20.7 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.6 
 3. Pesic, Timisoara19.1 
 4. Peciukas, Mures18.7 
 5. Mandic, Oradea18.4 
 6. Bubanja, Brasov17.8 
 7. Mack, Steaua T.17.6 
 8. Hargrove, Ploiesti17.6 
 9. Santana, Municipal B.17.4 
 10. Smith, CSU Sibiu17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor HARVEY
  Craiova
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 2. Herndon, CSU Sibiu9.2 
 3. Masiulis, Mures8.9 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.7 
 5. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.6 
 6. Carutasu, Ploiesti8.5 
 7. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.1 
 8. Roschnafsky, Gladia.7.9 
 9. Miskovic, CSU S.7.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.9 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.6 
 3. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.5 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara5.0 
 5. Dawson, Gladiato.4.6 
 6. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.4 
 7. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 8. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 9. Mitchell, Oradea4.2 
 10. Helcioiu, Municipa.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 6. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.0 
 7. Mandache, Otopeni1.9 
 8. Seals, Otopeni1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Oradea1.9 
 10. Dawson, Gladiato.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Lazar, Oradea1.8 
 3. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 4. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 5. Harvey, Craiova1.5 
 6. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 7. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.3 
 8. Wiggins, Steaua T.1.1 
 9. Bubanja, Brasov1.0 
 10. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 


Div.A Round: 2 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
U.Mobitel.CN - Ploiesti 111-113
Ploiesti earned the second straight win in the Final. They needed two overtimes to tame UMobitelco in Cluj Napoca tonight. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) decided on the winner in the heart-stopping thriller as he knocked down two free throws late in the second extra period. Darius Hargrove finished with 48 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Ploiesti. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) notched 19 points in the winning case. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) delivered 35 points and 11 rebounds for UMobitelco. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) had 22 points in the loss.



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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Metalac
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Panic, Metalac18.5 
 2. Beader, KG 0618.3 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Mihajlovic, Ergonom17.5 
 5. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 6. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Markovic, Tamis16.4 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 9. Jorovic, Borac15.6 
 10. Martinic, Vojvodina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Ergonom
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 2. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 3. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 4. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 5. Buric, Tamis6.1 
 6. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.0 
 8. Lukovic, Radnic.5.8 
 9. Pobric, Novi Sad5.8 
 10. Jovanovic, Ergonom5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Kocergin, Masinac4.9 
 3. Teodosic, Metalac4.4 
 4. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 5. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 6. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 7. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 8. Martinic, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 10. Dimitrijevic, Sloga3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 4. Jereminov, Tamis1.8 
 5. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 6. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 8. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.6 
 10. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Ergonom
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 2. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 3. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 4. Buric, Tamis1.0 
 5. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 7. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 8. Bircevic, Metalac0.8 
 9. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.6 
 10. Bjegovic, Masinac0.6 


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.8 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova20.5 
 3. Burrows, Komarno17.9 
 4. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 5. Polakovic, Svit17.2 
 6. Nicholson, Pezinok16.6 
 7. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 8. Crawford, Nitra15.9 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves15.7 
 10. Laco, Svit15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.5 
 2. Burrows, Komarno8.1 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok7.7 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza7.6 
 5. Skara, B.Bystrica7.2 
 6. Tomek, Nitra7.2 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok6.7 
 8. Laco, Svit6.4 
 9. Cvitanovic, Svit6.4 
 10. Madaj, Komarno6.2 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Komarno
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Bannister, Komarno8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova6.8 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 4. Fears, Prievidza4.9 
 5. Scott, Nitra4.6 
 6. Crawford, Nitra4.0 
 7. Immink, B.Bystrica3.7 
 8. Grznar, Levice3.5 
 9. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 10. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jan ZAVODNY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zavodny, Vahost.2.7 
 2. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 3. Scott, Nitra2.1 
 4. Crawford, Nitra2.0 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.0 
 6. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 7. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.9 
 8. Glavinic, Handlova1.8 
 9. Nuber, Handlova1.8 
 10. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivica BLAGOJEVIC
  Levice
  (206-C-74)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Blagojevic, Komar.0.7 
 2. Burrows, Komarno0.7 
 3. Polakovic, Svit0.7 
 4. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 5. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 6. Klar, Levice0.6 
 7. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 8. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 9. Fears, Prievidza0.6 
 10. Glavinic, Handlova0.5 


Extraliga Round: 4 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - Pezinok 75-65
Nitra drew things level in the championship series. They will now try to repeat the last season's scenario when Nitra stole the title in the decisive fifth game of the series. Edward Scott (186-G-81, college: Clemson) scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the hosts. Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) contributed 14 points for Nitra. Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Pezinok.



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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Places 1-8
 1. U.Olimpija 12-2 
 2. Helios 11-3 
 3. Krka 11-3 
 4. Sentjur 7-7 
 5. Parklji 5-9 
 6. Rudar 4-10 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 3-11 
 8. Zlatorog 3-12 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 20-11 
 2. Elektra Esotech 15-15 
 3. TCG Mercator 12-19 
 4. Luka Koper 9-22 
 5. Sencur CP 0-31 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Cebular, Sentjur20.9 
 2. King, Polzela20.6 
 3. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.8 
 4. Cup, Elektra .16.2 
 5. Mucic, Rudar16.1 
 6. Dragic, Geoplin .15.8 
 7. Drzic, Luka Koper15.6 
 8. Ilievski, U.Olimpija15.6 
 9. Snow, Helios15.5 
 10. Djapa, Parklji15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. King, Polzela11.3 
 2. Thondique, Polzela8.1 
 3. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.9 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.7 
 5. Djapa, Parklji6.5 
 6. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
 7. Cup, Elektra .6.2 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur6.0 
 10. Muric, Parklji6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.4 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.2 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.1 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija3.8 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.8 
 6. Cmer, Zlatorog3.6 
 7. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 8. Venta, Polzela3.3 
 9. Jersin, Parklji3.2 
 10. Cebular, Sentjur3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jaka KLOBUCAR
  U.Olimpija
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Klobucar, U.Olimpija2.0 
 2. Snow, Helios1.8 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .1.8 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Ristic, Sencur CP1.7 
 6. Mocnik, Helios1.6 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 8. Cebular, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Lapornik, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Petrovic, Helios1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Polzela2.4 
 2. Nikolic, Krka1.2 
 3. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 4. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 
 5. Djapa, Parklji0.7 
 6. Mucic, Rudar0.7 
 7. Sebic, Polzela0.7 
 8. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 9. Cigoja, Geoplin .0.7 
 10. Lucic, Krka0.7 


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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.2 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada17.9 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.4 
 4. Splitter, Caja L.16.2 
 5. Tucker, DKV J.16.2 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.8 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.3 
 9. Savanovic, Cajasol14.2 
 10. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Kirksay, Cajasol7.2 
 4. Augustine, Gran C.7.1 
 5. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 6. Hendrix, Granada6.9 
 7. Moss, CB Murcia6.8 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.8 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
 10. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cook, Unicaja6.0 
 2. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 5. Valters, DKV J.4.3 
 6. Dumas, Valladolid4.1 
 7. Norris, Gran C.4.0 
 8. Oliver, Estudiantes3.9 
 9. Calloway, Cajasol3.9 
 10. Prigioni, MMC R.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 2. Prigioni, MMC R.2.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca2.0 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 7. Triguero, Cajasol1.5 
 8. Fisher, Gran C.1.4 
 9. Lewis, Manresa1.4 
 10. Tucker, DKV J.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 3. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 4. Hendrix, Granada1.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 7. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.0 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.0 
 9. Triguero, Cajasol1.0 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Stevie JOHNSON
  Huesca
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 17
 1. Johnson, Huesca17.0 
 2. Pigram, Andorra16.3 
 3. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.9 
 4. Vereen, Rosalia15.8 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi15.5 
 6. Thompson, ADT T.15.4 
 7. Barcelo, Plasencia15.3 
 8. Zengotitaben., Hue.15.2 
 9. Miller, Coruna14.8 
 10. Higgs, L''Hospitalet14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Thompson, ADT T.8.8 
 2. Miller, Huelva8.7 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.3 
 4. Johnson, Huesca8.0 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja7.9 
 6. Williams, Matchmind7.8 
 7. Ausina, Matchmind7.7 
 8. Andrews, Huesca7.5 
 9. Matali, Andorra7.3 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcazar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico CASTELLO
  ADT Tarragona
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Castello, ADT T.4.8 
 2. Busciglio, Caja Rioja4.6 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.5 
 4. Gonzalez, Navarra3.9 
 5. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.8 
 6. Canals, Alaior3.8 
 7. Santamaria, ADT T.3.7 
 8. Rodriguez, Rosalia3.7 
 9. Comas, Prat J.3.6 
 10. Alonso, Matchmind3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan MILLER
  Coruna
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Miller, Coruna2.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 3. Gomez, Huelva2.2 
 4. Johnson, Huesca2.1 
 5. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.0 
 6. Ott, Caja Rioja1.9 
 7. Martinez, Huelva1.8 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys1.7 
 9. Alonso, Matchmind1.7 
 10. Sastre Morro, Qalat C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Byombo, Illescas1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.3 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 4. Andrews, Huesca1.1 
 5. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 6. Matali, Andorra0.9 
 7. Sekulic, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Howard, Huelva0.9 
 9. Joseph, Rosalia0.9 
 10. Williams, Matchmind0.8 


LEB Silver Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Huesca - Caja Rioja 72-70
Huesca celebrated in thriller against Caja Rioja taking 2-0 lead in the series. Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) was a key player for the hosts as he collected 23 points ad 8 rebounds. Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85, college: Bradley) secured a nice help adding 13 points and 9 boards. In Caja Rioja, Edward Santana (203-F-80) delivered 17 pts.

Promobys - Navarra 69-62
As Huesca, Promobys also jumped to 2-0 in LEB Silver Semifinals. Robert Johnson (203-F-81, college: Oregon) top-scored in this victory with 16 points. Victor Perez (193-G/F-82) and Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) followed with 12 and 11 points respectively. Inaki Sanz (190-G-84) replied with 16 points in defeat.



LEB Gold Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Melilla - Burgos 64-58
Melilla outplayed Burgos for 1-0 lead in LEB Gold Semifinals. Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville) was the leading player in victory and the only one with double-digits in scoring - 17 points. Visitors got 20 points and 8 boards from Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Michigan St.).

Vive Menorca - La Laguna 70-58
1-0 for Vive Menorca, whose best player was Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) helped with 11 points and three players followed him with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro) collected 15 points and 7 boards.


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 31-3 
 2. Caja Laboral 27-6 
 3. MMC Real M. 27-7 
 4. Valencia BC 23-11 
 5. Unicaja 18-15 
 6. Cajasol 18-15 
 7. Estudiantes 18-15 
 8. Gran Canaria 17-16 
 9. Bizkaia Bilbao 15-18 
 10. DKV Joventut 15-19 
 11. Granada 14-19 
 12. Manresa 14-20 
 13. Valladolid 13-20 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 13-21 
 15. Meridiano A. 13-21 
 16. Fuenlabrada 12-22 
 17. Xacobeo BS 8-25 
 18. CB Murcia 5-28 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.1 
 2. Donaldson, La La.17.6 
 3. Riera, Mallorca17.3 
 4. Guillen, La Laguna16.3 
 5. Morley, Burgos16.1 
 6. Roe, Tenerife15.5 
 7. Humphrey, Leon15.5 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.14.8 
 9. Hess, CB Tarragona14.8 
 10. Rabaseda, Cornella14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.8 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.1 
 3. Starosta, Melilla8.7 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.3 
 5. Arteaga, Palencia8.2 
 6. Adrien, Breogan7.7 
 7. Coleman, Breogan7.7 
 8. Phillip, CAI Z.7.5 
 9. Padgett, La Palma7.4 
 10. Humphrey, Leon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.7 
 2. Cherry, Caceres4.4 
 3. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.4 
 4. Mena, La Palma4.1 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 6. Perez, Cornella3.4 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 8. Hernandez, Burgos3.3 
 9. Sabat, Girona3.3 
 10. Urtasun, Leon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  Regal Barca
  (199-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rabaseda, Cornella2.4 
 2. Lescano, CAI Z.2.3 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.2 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.9 
 7. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Howell, Ourense1.8 
 9. Perez, Cornella1.7 
 10. Xavier, Breogan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.6 
 3. Donaldson, La La.1.6 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.4 
 7. Samb, Cornella1.2 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Northen, Mallorca0.9 


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Jalaa grabs thriller win in Game 1 of the Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa had to work very hard in order to beat Jeish in the first game of the Playoff Finals. The hosts celebrated 104-96 win after overtime (87-87 in regular time). Game Two is scheduled for May 18 and Jeish will be the host.
Jalaa is still undefeated this season. They finished first stage with perfect 22-0 and after that eliminated Kasyoun in the QFinals 2-0. In the Semis, Jalaa blasted Ittihad also with 2-0 in the series. It remains to be seen will Jalaa manage to end this season with perfect record or maybe Jeish will be able to crush them for the first time. They almost did it last night.


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SBL Finals: Dacin escapes elimination, now trailing 3-2 - by Chris Wang
Tien Lei (203-F-83) had 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Dacin received huge support from its backcourt as the Tigers won Game 5 89-76 Saturday in the 2010 SBL Finals and kept their title hopes alive, now trailing Yulon 3-2.

With its back against the wall, Dacin opened the game 11-3 and never looked back, leading 38-32 at the half. Byron Allen had to spend the entire third quarter on the bench due to foul troubles but that was not a problem for Dacin.

Tien had two three-pointers in the decisive third period as Dacin led by as many as 14. Yulon's comeback bid was put off by Huang Bao-tse's three and Allen's three-point play in the final quarter. he Luxgen was never able to pull within seven points.

Game 6 will be played Sunday night at Hsinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County.

Game 5: Dacin 89-76 Yulon

Dacin: Tien Lei 20p+10rb, Byron Allen 13p, Su Hsiang-yi 13p, Huang Bao-tse 13p, Lo Yu-chun 13p
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 21p+9rb+4a, Lu Cheng-ju 15p, Lee Hsueh-lin 12, Yang Che-yi 10p, Chen Chih-chung 10p

Game 4: Yulon 87-81 Dacin

Chen Chih-chung scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half and led Yulon Luxgen to a commanding 3-1 series lead after a 87-81 win over the defending champ Dacin Tigers. Dacin had a 12-4 spurt to close the gap to 79-76 but was unable to make the final push.

Dacin was obviously hurt by the demise of Chang Chih-feng, who won the SBL MVPs in the regular season and in the Finals last year. Chang averaged only 7.3 points peer game in the first four games of the Finals, almost 50% off from his regular season average of 15.2 points. He averaged for 15.9 points per game in the 2009 SBL Finals.

Yulon: Chen Chih-chung 27p+8rb+5a, Lee Hsueh-lin 17p+4a, Wu Feng-cheng 16p, Tseng Wen-ting 16p+10rb
Dacin: B. Allen 20p+6rb, Tien Lei 18p, Su Yi-chieh 14p+5rb+4a, Chang Chih-feng 10p



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  TPBL   


TPBL TEAMS TRYOUTS - HOUSTON , DALLAS - by Chris Cardenas

TPBL summer tryouts are set - HOUSTON ,TX JULY 24 and DALLAS ,TX JULY 31. The TPBL tryout fees are $75 early registration and $100 late/walk up registration. Texas Professional Basketball League will be holding its summer tryouts for all players wanting to join a team for the 2011 season, and for all teams in the TPBL wanting to make some changes or additions to their rosters. TPBL teams reps will be at the combine looking to critique players. All players looking to tryout can contact league owner Chris Cardenas for a TPBL TRYOUTS ENTRY FORM at 325-763-6630 or you can email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com for an entry form.


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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce Ulker eliminates Banvit, joins Efes Pilsen in TBL Finals - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Fener.Ulker 65-70
Fenerbahce Ulker outplayed Banvit on the road 65-70 wining the series with perfect 3-0. It means that Fener will meet Efes Pilsen in the battle for TBL title. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) scored 13 points each for the guests. Savas pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) helped with 12 points and 5 boards. In Banvit, Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: DePaul) collected 22 points and 5 rebs.


Giricek The End - by Sinan Can
EVERYTHING had started just like a fairy tale for Fenerbahce Ulker fans as one of te most important players ever raised from Europe came back from NBA fsor themselves when Gordon Giricek (197-G-77) signed two years deal wit Istanbul giants previous season. However, the injuries hit the Croatian superstar at his first season, so the excitment delayed to this year. But this time, the things wen all different. Giricek who came to Fenerbahce Ulker with great expectations and a 2,5 million USD per year deal could not show off his magic. Croat star averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds in Euroleague where he was expected to carry the team as he had 7.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in Beko Basketball League which is way below the average. Due to some national papers, Fenerbahce Ulker's powerful president Aziz Yildirim blamed Giricek terribly because of his poor performance. Anyway, the fairy tale ended very sad as Fenerbahce Ulker management officially announced the termination of contract of experienced player before the Play-Off semi final series are over. There had been somu rumours that Fenerbahce Ulker managament did not let Giricek to attend team practises in last couple of weeks as Croat player came with a noter to authenticate his legal situation.

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. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga18.1 
 6. Newley, Besiktas17.6 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.3 
 9. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 10. Rancik, Galatasaray16.9 
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. Smith, Karsiyaka6.8 
 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, Banvit4.7 
 5. Atsur, Besiktas4.4 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 7. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.2 
 8. James, Mersin4.2 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.1 
 10. Smith, Bornova4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.6 
 2. Davis, T.Telekom2.4 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.4 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 5. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Shipp, Bornova1.9 
 8. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 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. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 
 10. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 


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Aaron Brown finds a hoops home at Temple - by David Edole
Aaron Brown (193-G-92) had quite the variety of choices when it came to picking a college to play basketball. But the Hackensack resident and standout at St. Benedict's Prep of Newark knew early on that Temple's storied program was the place for him.

'It was stressful at times, with coaches calling you,' Brown said of the choice. 'But I just felt at home with my decision. I know I made the right decision, and I'm happy.'

Brown picked Temple last fall, and finalized the process earlier this month. He chose the Philadelphia school over Harvard, Miami, Pennsylvania, Boston University and Florida State.

Brown chose Temple in part because he was impressed by coach Fran Dunphy and his style of coaching.

'When I went on my visit I felt at home,' Brown said. 'I liked [Coach Dunphy] a lot. And I felt like I could do some good things there. I liked the guard system, how the guards play, plus they have a winning tradition.'

Brown will head to Philadelphia in July to begin classes he's considering a double major in business and communications. But he'll get plenty of time on the basketball court before then.

Brown's grandmother is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, allowing Brown to represent the islands in international play.

Starting in early June, Brown will play for the Virgin Islands team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. In addition to his work on the U-18 team, Brown is also a member of the Virgin Islands' men's national team.

He's seen time in international competition against NBA players including Brazil's Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Argentina's Luis Scola (Houston Rockets) and Puerto Rico's Carlos Arroyo (Miami Heat).

'It means a whole lot,' Brown said of representing the Virgin Islands and playing against elite competition. 'It tells me if I can work on my game, where I can get to. I want to be the best I can be and try to make it to the pros one day.'
By Andy Vasquez


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  UKRAINE   


SuperLeaguee regular season summaries and nominees - by Platon Khegai
The Association of Basketball Clubs of Ukraine SuperLeague has resumed the results of the regular season 2009/10:

Top-5 newcomers squad:
Guards:
Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81, agency: Buck Andre, college: UNLV) (BC Odesa): 23 games, 14.7 ppg, 6.7 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 spg, 15.2 rkg.
Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) (Azovmash): 15 games, 18.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg, 20.4 rkg.
Forwards:
Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) (Ferro): 26 games, 16.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 spg, 17 rkg.
Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Arkansas) (Ferro): 25 games, 20.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 23.8 rkg.
Center:
Daniel McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona) (Mykolaiv): 25 games, 18.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 1.1 apg, 21.9 rkg.

Top-5 Ukrainians squad:
Guards:
Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) (Kyiv): 12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5 apg, 1.4 spg, 16.6 rkg.
Alexander Rybalko (190-G-79) (Ferro): 7.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 11.5 rkg.
Forwards:
Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) (Kyiv): 14.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 13.3 rkg.
Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) (Khimik): 11.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 bpg, 16.7 rkg.
Center:
Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (Kyiv): 14.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 1.1 apg, 18.2 rkg.

Top-5 imports squad:
Guards:
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) (Budivelnyk): 21.7 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 spg, 22.4 rkg.
Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) (Dnipro): 16.7 ppg, 7.6 apg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 spg, 19.2 rkg.
Forwards:
John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) (Odesa): 16.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1 spg, 16.4 rkg.
Charles Thomas (Ferro): 20.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 23.8 rkg.
Center:
Daniel McClintock (Mykolaiv): 18.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 1.1 apg, 21.9 rkg.

Top scorers:
1. Khalid El-Amin (Budivelnyk) 21.67 ppg / 24 games.
2. Charles Thomas (Ferro) 20.76 ppg / 25 games.
3. Lamar Karim (178-G-83, agency: ACMT, college: So.Poly State) (Dnipro-Azot) 20.3 ppg / 23 games.
Record: Khalid El-Amin 39 points.

Top rebounders:
1. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) (Hoverla) 11.62 rpg / 26 games.
2. Charles Thomas (Ferro) 10.36 rpg / 25 games.
3. Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) (Dnipro) 8.08 rpg / 13 games.
Record: Michael Fraser 20 rebounds.

Top blockers:
1. Viacheslav Kravtsov (Kyiv) 2.88 bpg / 25 games.
2. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) (Azovmash) 1.96 bpg / 26 games.
3. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79) (Odesa) 1.92 bpg / 26 games,
Daniel McClintock (Mykolaiv) 1.92 bpg / 25 games.
Record: Daniel McClintock 7 blocks.

Top assistants:
1. Jason Crowe (Dnipro) 7.62 apg / 26 games.
2. Jerel Blassingame (Odesa) 6.7 apg / 23 games.
3. Patrick Sparks (184-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Kentucky) (Hoverla) 6.04 apg / 26 games.
Record: Jerel Blassingame 17 assists.

Most effective players:
1. Charles Thomas (Ferro) 23.84 rkg / 25 games.
2. Khalid El-Amin (Budivelnyk) 22.38 rkg / 24 games.
3. Daniel McClintock (Mykolaiv) 21.88 rkg / 25 games.
Record: Khalid El-Amin 49 rkg.


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Rafnsson Elected FIBA Europe President-UPDATE - by George Manousidis
Representatives of FIBA Europe's 51 member federations, attending the 2010 General Assembly in Munich on Saturday, elected Mr. Olafur Rafnsson of Iceland as their new President.

Rafnsson defeated Turgay Demirel of Turkey, the only other candidate, by garnering 32 of 51 votes.

'I am very moved by the support which was even more than I expected,' commented Rafnsson after his win.

'Being FIBA Europe President is a huge responsibility and the hard work starts now.

'The people you have here are magnificent. The passion and enthusiasm of the people working for our federations. If we don't exploit this then we are making a mistake.'

Rafnsson is a former player and coach who served as a member of the FIBA Europe Board for the term of 2006-2010 and is President of the National Olympic Committee of Iceland.

He will serve a four year term as FIBA Europe President running from 2010-2014.

Jan Berteling of the Netherlands was re-elected as FIBA Europe Treasurer.

The following individuals were elected to the board:

Mr. Tor Christian Bakken (NOR)
Mr. Mindaugas Balciunas (LTU)
Mr. Ivan Bodrogvary (HUN)
Mr. Cyriel Coomans (BEL)
Mr. Mirsad Donlagic (BIH)
Mr. Terry Donovan (ENG)
Mr. Manuel Fernandes (POR)
Mr. John Goncalves (GIB)
Mrs. Marion Grethen (LUX)
Mrs. Natasha Hrisenkova (SVK)
Mr. Walter Kaszelik (AUT)
Mr. Boris Lalic (CRO)
Mr. Roman Ludwiczuk (POL)
Mr. Dino Meneghin (ITA)
Mr. Antonio Mizzi (MLT)
Mr. Milos Prazak (CZE)
Mr. Iztok Rems (SLO)
Mr. Jose Luis Saez Regalado (ESP)
Mr. Jean-Pierre Siutat (FRA)
Mrs. Carmen Tocala (ROU)
Mrs. Lena Wallin-Katzy (SWE)
Mr. Ingo Weiss (GER)
Mr. Asterios Zois (GRE)


London may stage NBA regular season game next season - by Eurobasket News
The NBA is actively considering staging a regular-season game in London next season, Commissioner David Stern said.

Stern, speaking to reporters before Monday's playoff game in Salt Lake City between the Jazz and the visiting Lakers, reaffirmed a previous commitment to bring the NBA to London before the city hosts the 2012 Olympics.

'We're looking,' Stern said. 'We have nothing hot, but it's a subject under active consideration.'

Stern also said the long-anticipated sale of the Nets to Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov was expected to be completed before next Tuesday's draft lottery in New Jersey and could possibly be finalized by the end of this week.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2010 - Thirds of Finals (May 12th): Cocodrilos extended their lead, 2-0 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas got their second straight victory against Trotamundos de Carabobo to extend their lead to 2-0 in series A of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's Thirds of Finals round. It was the only scheduled match this evening.

SERIES A (Cocodrilos lead 2-0)
Cocodrilos de Caracas 89 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 85
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 21-17-20-31= 89
TRO: 21-24-19-21= 85

Scorers
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 19 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 17 points and 8 rebounds, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 16 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 13 points, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 13 points and 4 steals, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 11 points and 5 assists, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 0 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 0 points
TRO: Danny Brown (193-G-84) 24 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks, Gordon James (198-F-79) 12 points, Julius Hodge (201-G-83) 11 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 8 points and 7 rebounds, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 6 points and 4 steals, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 2 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) 0 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points


LPB 2010 - Thirds of Finals (May 13th): Marinos one step shy, Gaiteros claimed 2-1 advantage - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui got one game shy of making it to the LPB 2010 Semifinals, by defeating Guaros de Lara at their own court, Domo Bolivariano, 97-91, while Gaiteros del Zulia claimed a 2-1 lead in Series C as the fixture moved to Maracaibo.

SERIES B (Marinos lead 3-0)
Marinos de Anzoategui 97 - Guaros de Lara 91
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 13-31-17-30= 91
MAR: 13-32-21-31= 97

Scorers


GUA: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 23 points, Torey Thomas 19 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 9 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 9 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 8 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 7 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 4 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 0 points and 5 assists, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 0 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 0 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points
MAR: Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 22 points, Donta Smith (201-G-83) 19 points, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 16 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 13 points and 7 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 7 points and 6 rebounds, Orien Greene (193-G-82) 7 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 5 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 5 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 3 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points, Juan Fontena (196-F-87) 0 points


SERIES C (Gaiteros lead 2-1)
Gaiteros del Zulia 93 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 76
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 18-21-23-31= 93
GUAI: 11-18-15-32= 76

Scorers

GAI: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 22 points and 4 steals, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 14 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 11 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 4 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 4 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points and 13 rebounds, Gilberto Padilla 0 points
GUAI: Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 20 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 11 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 11 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 10 points, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) 9 points and 8 rebounds, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 7 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 5 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 3 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 0 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points


LPB 2010 - Thirds of Finals (May 11th): Marinos increased lead, Guaiqueries got even, Cocodrilos started up - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui had explosive offense to overcome Guaros de Lara in Game 2 and get a big lead, 2-0, prior to a trip to Barquisimeto in series B, while Guaiqueries de Margarita saved a home split against Gaiteros del Zulia in series C and Cocodrilos de Caracas started off well in series A with a home win over Trotamundos de Carabobo.

SERIES A (Cocodrilos lead 1-0)
Cocodrilos de Caracas 80 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 72
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 18-18-22-22= 80
TRO: 19-12-20-21= 72

Scorers
COC: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 21 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 20 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 15 points and 6 assists, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 14 points and 8 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 6 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 6 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 0 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 0 points
TRO: Julius Hodge (201-G-83) 21 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 19 points and 14 rebounds, Gordon James (198-F-79) 13 points and 10 rebounds, Danny Brown (193-G-84) 7 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 5 points and 5 steals, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 4 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 3 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 0 points, Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) 0 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points


SERIES B (Marinos lead 2-0)
Marinos de Anzoategui 94 - Guaros de Lara 74
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 30-25-29-10= 94
GUA: 19-16-26-13= 74

Scorers
MAR: Orien Greene (193-G-82) 16 points, 4 steals and 2 blocks, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 16 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 15 points, Donta Smith (201-G-83) 15 points and 2 blocks, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 14 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 7 points, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 7 points and 6 rebounds, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 2 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 1 point, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 1 point, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points, Juan Fontena (196-F-87) 0 points
GUA: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 19 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 14 points and 6 assists, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 10 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 6 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 6 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 5 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 4 points and 11 rebounds, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 4 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 3 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 3 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points


SERIES C (Series tied 1-1)
Guaiqueries de Margarita 86 -Gaiteros del Zulia 81
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 24-14-23-24= 86
GAI: 18-13-23-27= 81

Scorers
GUAI: Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 16 points and 10 rebounds, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 15 points, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) 10 points and 12 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 10 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 9 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 6 points and 7 rebounds, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 2 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 0 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points
GAI: Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 19 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 17 points and 6 rebounds, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 14 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 12 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 8 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 5 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 2 points, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 2 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points


LPB 2010 - Thirds of Finals (May 10th): Marinos and Gaiteros win in Game 1 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui and Gaiteros del Zulia were the winners in Game 1 of series B and C of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's Thirds of Finals round. Marinos did it as hosts of Guaros de Lara and Gaiteros as visitors against Guaiqueries de Margarita. Series A between Cocodrilos de Caracas and Trotamundos de Carabobo will begin tomorrow. .

SERIES B (Marinos lead 1-0)
Marinos de Anzoategui 83 - Guaros de Lara 71
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 20-21-21-21= 83
GUA: 14-19-13-25= 71

Scorers
MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 20 points and 8 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 15 points and 6 rebounds, Ron Howard (196-G/F-82) 12 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 12 points, Donta Smith (201-G-83) 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 6 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 4 points, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 3 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 0 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 0 points, Juan Fontena (196-F-87) 0 points
GUA: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 18 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80) 12 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 8 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 6 points and 6 assists, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 6 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 4 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 3 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 0 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 0 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 0 points


SERIES C (Gaiteros lead 1-0)
Gaiteros del Zulia 94 - Guaiqueries de Margarita 87
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 21-24-17-25= 87
GAI: 26-18-17-33= 94

Scorers
GUAI: Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 21 points and 7 assists, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 19 points and 6 rebounds, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 10 points, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) 9 points and 15 rebounds, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 6 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 6 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 5 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 5 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 3 points and 7 assists, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 2 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 1 point, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points
GAI: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 29 points and 5 steals, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 15 points, 5 assists and 6 steals, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 10 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 9 points, Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) 7 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 7 points and 6 rebounds, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 6 points and 9 rebounds, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 6 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 5 points


LPB 2010 - Thirds of Finals (May 14th): Guaros still alive, Cocodrilos goes 3-0, Series C tied 2-2 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara maintained themselves in the run for a spot in the LPB 2010 Semifinals by reacting to three previous defeats with an astonishing home win over Marinos de Anzoategui in series B, while Cocodrilos de Caracas went 3-0 over Trotamundos de Carabobo in series A as visitors with a game-winning shot at the buzzard and Guaiqueries de Margarita got back against Gaiteros del Zulia and evened series C, 2-2..

SERIES A (Cocodrilos lead 3-0)
Cocodrilos de Caracas 86 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 85
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 14-19-29-23= 85
COC: 18-15-24-29= 86

Scorers

TRO: Julius Hodge (201-G-83) 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Danny Brown (193-G-84) 22 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 12 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 12 points and 9 rebounds, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 11 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists, Gordon James (198-F-79) 4 points, Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) 2 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
COC: Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 22 points and 5 assists, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 14 points and 7 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 12 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 10 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 8 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 0 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 0 points


SERIES B (Marinos lead 3-1)
Guaros de Lara 99 - Marinos de Anzoategui 74
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 29-30-21-19= 99
MAR: 17-17-20-20= 74

Scorers

GUA: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 26 points and 5 assists, Torey Thomas (180-G-85) 15 points and 5 assists, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 14 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 12 points and 8 rebounds, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 12 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 2 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 2 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 2 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 0 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 0 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 0 points
MAR: Donta Smith (201-G-83) 15 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 10 points and 4 steals, Hector Romero (202-F-80) 9 points and 7 rebounds, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 8 points and 6 rebounds, Orien Greene (193-G-82) 7 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 7 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 6 points, Hatila Passos (211-C-86) 4 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 3 points, Adan Reyes (183-G-83) 2 points and 4 steals, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 2 points, Juan Fontena (196-F-87) 1 point

SERIES C (Series tied 2-2)
Guaiqueries de Margarita 123 -Gaiteros del Zulia 116
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 24-21-24-47= 116
GUAI: 30-25-32-36= 123

Scorers

GAI: Manny Quezada (188-G-85) 24 points, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) 22 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 15 points and 11 assists, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 10 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 10 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 9 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 6 points and 8 rebounds, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 6 points, Gilberto Padilla 0 points, TomJim Colina (186-G-77) 0 points
GUAI: Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 32 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 17 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 17 points, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) 16 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 16 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 10 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 10 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 3 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 2 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 0 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 0 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 0 points


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  WBA   


Florida Flight debuts in WBA at Civic Center - by Joe Myers
By Ken Jackson
Osceola News-Gazette

The Florida Flight has left the gate on time and is en route to its connection, which it hopes ends at the World Basketball Association finals.

After the Flights 116-112 loss to the Jacksonville Bluewaves in the Flights WBA Exposure League premiere at the Kissimmee Civic Center Tuesday, the Flight is on the radar.

Willie Irick led the Flight with 27 points, and guards Dwayne Foreman and Travis Aikens added 23 and 20.

It was the first of a 16-game schedule. Tickets are $10 each per game, or $50 for a season ticket that is available at the box office.

The Flights next home game is May 20 against the defending WBA champion Gwinnett (Ga.) Majic.

Most games are on the weekends, allowing the players to work their day jobs, then follow their dreams of playing professional basketball, much like Flight Owner Mark King (5'11''-G-76, college: Pikeville) did in his short career playing in the Continental Basketball Association following a small-college career.

We want to play high-quality basketball, but finding local talent is important, he said. If a person has a passion for basketball, Id tell them they need to exercise that.

The team was welcomed to town Friday when community leaders gathered at the Civic Center for the teams introduction.

This team is vital to our new economic development program, Kissimmee City Commissioner Carlos Irizarry said. Were looking forward to forming a partnership with the team and the community.

King, who Friday issued Irizarry season ticket No. 1, said the city has been supportive in every tenuous step of the way in getting a minor-league sports franchise off the ground.

One of my mantras is that, You have to create your own shot, he said. The hard work? Thats the easy part. Finding the opportunity is always the toughest.

King said he hopes to launch a junior basketball league to enforce local ties.

Putting on camps and clinics are steps we want to take. This is prime area for us to be, he said.

Longtime NBA player Greg Kite, who won two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and played for the Orlando Magic, is the Flights general manager. Hes worked to bring in talent, using local connections he built as an assistant at Seminole Community College.

This will be an exciting challenge for me, he said. This gives me the chance to stay involved with the game I love. I look forward to helping our players continue their careers, and Ill do everything in my power to bring a championship to Central Florida.

The head coach is Levi Cobb, who played at the University of Illinois (1977-80) and played professionally in Greece and Australia.

He coached professionally in Australia and at Seminole C.C. He coached several local high schools, most recently at Montverde Academy.

My job is to showcase these guys talents, and were going to have some good talent, its just a matter of it coming together to win, he said. But this is an exposure league, and if any guy gets an opportunity elsewhere, Ill be the first one to kick him out the door.

A few players who came to April tryout camps still had college eligibility remaining, like Kissimmees J.D. Bracy, who starred at Osceola High before graduating in 2000 and signing with Florida State. He never academically qualified to play there, instead ending up at Seminole. With two years of eligibility remaining, hell work in the Flights front office while he plays for Warner University.

The Flight roster includes a handful of high school coaches, including Matt Turner (5'10''-G-79, college: Boston U.) (Edgewater) and Sharrod Williams (Windermere Prep).



Marietta Storm Announce Roster for Season Opener - by Joe Myers
The Marietta Storm have announced the roster for their season opener today against the Jacksonville BlueWaves at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville.

The roster includes several overseas veterans, such as Lance Perique (6'7''-F-83, college: Georgia St.), Alex Owumi (6'5''-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) and Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican (NY)), along with college players Leonard Mendez (6'5''-G-87, college: Georgia St.), DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85), Paul Harper (6'7''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) and Isaac Jones (6'8''-C).

Following today's game, the Storm will host the Franklin (Tenn.) Knights May 21 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Decatur to face the Court Kings in a 7 p.m. game the next night.

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.

The Next Best Thing To The NBA!

Lance Perique 6'8' Fachun (LEB)
Alex Owumi 6'4' Quimper (FRA)
Jonathan Jackson 6'8' L.A. Push
John A. Thomas (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) 6'6' Assis Basket (BRA)
Daryl Ruffus 6'8 Bucaneroes (MEX)
Anthony Pettaway (6'8''-C-87, college: Defiance) 6'8' Dachau Spurs (GER)
Leonard Mendez 6'5' Georgia State University
DeAndre Bray 5'5' Jacksonville State University
Chucky Frierson 6'6' Bareum (NOR)
Roddrick Smith (6'4''-G-81, college: Houston Baptist)
Paul Harper 6'7' West Georgia College
Isaac Jones 6'8' Southern Polytechincal University



Majic to kick off WBA season tonight - by Joe Myers
By Clark Williams
Gwinnett Daily Post

Ever heard of the Gwinnett Majic? Outside of the coaches and players friends and family, theres a good chance that the answer is no.

Its not like the team suffers from a talent deficiency after winning the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) championship last season. It also isnt because the players arent well known with a roster that includes former Berkmar standouts Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83, college: Wofford) and Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, agency: ACMT, college: Tennessee St.), as well as Dacula product Benjamin Puckett (6'9''-F-83, agency: NM Services, college: Clayton St.).

The teams anonymity is connected to the problems many semi-professional sports teams face, that there seems to be an overall lack of fan interest. And with a lack of interest comes a lack of attendees.

Last season, it was hardly uncommon for the Majic whose opener is tonight at Berkmar to play games in front of crowds that seldom exceeded a hundred or so spectators.

While likely a sobering experience for the spotlight-seeking athlete, the players on this team didnt let vacant stands affect their play as they supported each other, winning the WBA championship via a thrilling buzzer-beating jump shot along the way.

Head coach David Akin's team somewhat like a summer league, in that the Majic are a sort of segue for players seeking to extend their careers beyond high school and college and aspire to playing basketball overseas.

A cohesive and talented bunch, this team unfortunately hasnt received the recognition befitting of their achievements.

But now with most of their key players from last seasons championship squad back, the Majic hope to add another element to this seasons agenda more fan support.

We are going to take the show on the road this season, said Akin, a 1998 Berkmar grad. Most of our games last year were played at Bogan Park.

The on the road plan refers to the teams branching out and playing more games at several of the area high schools, including Meadowcreek, Duluth, Parkview, South Gwinnett and Berkmar.

In addition to playing more games in the heart of the county, the Majics plans feature several marketing strategies that they hope will garner more enthusiasm.

On most nights, Gwinnett County teachers, both public and private, firefighters, police officers and even children from the boys and girls clubs will be admitted into games free of charge.

Those marketing strategies dont guarantee an inevitable influx of fans to games. With most things, gaining attention and exposure often takes time. Just ask Borders.

A point guard who averaged 12 points per game last season, Borders has been working hard on his game to get the exposure he feels he deserves.

Now in his third season with the Majic, the high-flying guard has had brief stints in the ABA and CBA before finding a home with his newest team.

And even though he appreciates the camaraderie he has with his teammates and the management, Borders aspires to someday play professionally overseas.

Im very fortunate to be playing on a team right here in Gwinnett, Borders said. But I am still kind of using this as a tunnel to get overseas.

In doing so, Borders said that he is getting interest from several teams across the waters, but in the meantime he attests that he will continue to give his all to the team that has given him a chance.

Like Borders, Puckett has a similar interest. Last seasons most valuable player, he hopes to use his experience with the Majic as a tool to market himself as well as to keep in shape for when a team overseas comes calling. He averaged 20 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds a game last season.

Puckett, who recently re-signed with the team, has already suited up for several clubs in both Argentina and Mexico. But he enjoys playing for his hometown team, adding that the only missing component to the success has been fan support. He feels strongly that will not be the case this season.

Last season was better than the previous season, he said. This year Im excited to see what happens.



Jacksonville BlueWaves first home game today - by Joe Myers
After earning a 116-112 win in its first game in franchise history in an away game against the Florida Flight, the Jacksonville Bluewaves are preparing for their first home game today against the Marietta Storm.

Tip off for the game against the Storm is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Edward Waters College gymnasium, located at 1859 Kings Road in Jacksonville. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold on game day at $3 for children ages 5-12, $5 for military and students and $8 for adults.

'This is the real deal. We are ready to show our hometown what we can do,' said general manager and coach of the Jacksonville Bluewaves, Kevin Waters. 'We have a great group of guys and our fans can count on us to put on a great show.'

Pre-game festivities begin at 1:45 p.m. with the singing of the national anthem by local R&B artist Akia Uwanda and player introductions. During halftime, fans will be treated to a performance by the Systematic Dance Crew, winners of the Best Hip Hop Dance Crew on BET's106 & Park, and the music of DJ Skillz. Throughout the game, fans will also have the chance to be selected from the audience to compete in on-court games for prizes and giveaways.

'If you are looking for something fun to do with your family, friends and/or organization, this is it. We want everyone in attendance to enjoy the game, have a good time and, more importantly, come back to Catch The Wave! next time,' says Waters.

The next home game for the Jacksonville Bluewaves is scheduled for May 21 against the Florida Flight. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Jacksonville Bluewaves, tickets, players and more, visit www.jacksonvillebluewaves.com.





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Women News

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  DENMARK - Women  


Denmark U18 enjoy first three wins - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18 enjoy first three wins at the start of the Nordic Cup in Solna. On May 13th Denmark U18 overcame Finland U18 69:50. The winners took 20-10 in the opening quarter and added 24-11 in the second stanza. Late in the game they controlled the lead however allowed the opponents to reduce the gap a bit. Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) followed her with 13. Annika Holopainen finished the night with 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
In Day 2 Denmark U18 outscored Norway U18 64:51 in the latest game of the second day. Trailing 6 points at the halftime Denmark won the third and the last period to celebrate the victory. Anne Pedersen top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gritt Ryder followed her with 14. Mathilde Fogelstrom (184-F-93) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Marie Blyme (173-F-93) posted 6. Ingrid Adele Selvik replied with 16 points and Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) notched 12.
Denmark U18 cruised past Iceland U18 79:56 in the last game of Day 3. Denmark started with 21-11 in the first period and added 16-13 in the second frame. They also won the third and the last quarters. Anne Pedersen top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Nikoline Ostergaard brought 17 and Julie Ravn posted 8. Julie Ravn stepped up with 11 points in the losing effort.



Denmark U16 hopes for the top place - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 hopes for the top place at Nordic Cup as they are now with 3-0 record. Denmark U16 rolled over Finland U16 60:57 in their opener at Nordic Cup. Trailing 24-25 after the opening quarter the winners took the lead later in the half and managed to keep the win. Maria Jespersen (179-F/G-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Laura Jensen netted 10. Julie Hoier (185-F-95) and Tanja Laursen followed them with 8 points apiece. Anni Jamsa responded with 14 points in the losing effort, while Emmi Leino and Noora Jarvikangas added 8 apiece.
Denmark U16 beat Iceland U16 74:54 on the last game of May 13th. The latter produced 20-17 in the first two periods, however lost the second half. At first Denmark won the third frame 20-9 and then added 20-5 in the last stanza. Maria Jespersen stepped up with 14 points and 8 caroms for the winners and Laura Jensen as Tanja Laursen netted 13 apiece. Margret Rosa Halfdanardottir answered with 15 points in the losing case.
Denmark U16 opened Day 3 with the win over Norway U16 61:58. In a defensive start Denmark took 11-6 after the opening quarter and later managed to win the total game. Maria Jespersen stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Sofie Tryggedsson Preetzmann scored 10. Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) had a great game in defeat as she poured in 26 points for


Danish U16 National Team -10 - by Eurobasket
Tine Randrup-Thomsen
Randrup-Thomsen
Natascha Hartvich
Hartvich
Marian Sheikh
Sheikh
Maria Jespersen
Jespersen
Laura Jensen
Jensen
4 Tine Randrup-Thomsen 177-G-94 Aabyhoj Denmark
5 Sofie Tryggedsson 180-G-95 Aabyhoj Denmark
6 Natascha Hartvich 174-G-94 Horsholm Denmark
7 Marie Gadeberg 176-F-94 Falcon Denmark
8 Sophie Krognos 177-G-94 Aabyhoj Denmark
9 Marian Sheikh 178-F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
10 Maria Jespersen 179-F/G-94 Aabyhoj Denmark
11 Lyhne Laerke 174-G-94 Aabyhoj Denmark
12 Laura Jensen 183-F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
13 Safia Sheikh 177-G/F-94 Vaerlose Denmark
14 Julie Hoier 185-F-95 Aabyhoj Denmark
15 Tanja Laursen 179-F-94 Aabyhoj Denmark

Anja Andersen Head Coach
Rasmus Munck Assistant
Morten Nielsen Assistant


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland U16 losses first two - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 losses first two at Nordic Cup. Denmark U16 rolled over Finland U16 60:57 in their opener of the tornament. Trailing 24-25 after the opening quarter the winners took the lead later in the half and managed to keep the win. Maria Jespersen (179-F/G-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Laura Jensen netted 10. Julie Hoier and Tanja Laursen followed them with 8 points apiece. Anni Jamsa (160-G-95) responded with 14 points in the losing effort, while Emmi Leino and Noora Jarvikangas (181-F-94) added 8 apiece.
Sweden U16 reached the second win in the tournament beating Finland 56:45. Both teams started well and scored 31 points in the opening quarter as Sweden had 18-13 after the first period. Finland won the second and the third frames, however could not win the game. Sweden needed 18-7 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Paulina Hersler top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Gabriella Frykbo netted 10. Sandra Hansson added 9 points and 8 rebounds and Agnes Mellstrom notched 7. Noora Jarvikangas produced 10 points in the losing case.
Today Finland U16 wll play two games to finish the tournament.


Finland U18 improved to 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 won over Iceland U18 in the start of the Nordic Cup in Solna. The Finnish side celebrated 73:66 victory winning the first three quarters of the game. In the last one Icelnad won 19-16 but could only reduce the gap. Annika Holopainen (185-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) nailed 14. Gusbjorg Sverrisdottir and Sara Mjoll Magnusdottir responded with 15 points each in the losing effort. Rannveig Olafsdottir followed them with 10 points.On May 13th Denmark U18 overcame Finland U18 69:50. The winners took 20-10 in the opening quarter and added 24-11 in the second stanza. Late in the game they controlled the lead however allowed the opponents to reduce the gap a bit. Anne Hee Pedersen stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Nikoline Ostergaard followed her with 13. Annika Holopainen finished the night with 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
Finland U18 surprised Sweden U18 59:43 on May 14th as both teams took 2-1 records. Sweden grabbed 20-13 after the opening quarter, but could not keep the lead for good. Finland managed to win three other quarters and won the game. Meral Bedretdin (174-G-93) led the ay with 20 points and Laura Juhola (165-G-92) notched 13. Sandra Ngoie Hasahya responded with 10 points for the Swedish side and Linnea Brandholm posted 9.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis defend their DBBL title - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis - Wasserburg 74:68 (OT)

Saarlouis claimed the 2009/10 DBBL title. They overcame Wasserburg in the dramatic fifth game of the championship series to clinch the second straight title. Stina Barnert (176-G-89) scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Saarlouis to the victory. It was the third consecutive year that Saarlouis and Wasserburg played in the title series. Wasserburg looked better at the start of the clash winning two opening games however the Royals bounced back and stole the title after posting three victories in a row.
The Royals got to the confident start to the game. The hosts built a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Saarlouis maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They ensured a 7-point cushion at the interval 41:34. But things changed drastically in the third period. Wasserburg performed some first class defense in the third term limiting the Royals to only 9 points. It allowed the visitors to surge ahead as they were up by 2 points. But Saarlouis denied the deficit forcing overtime. The Royals did not give a chance for the visitors in the extra period rallying to the historic win at the end.
Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) and Janina Wellers (180-F-88) delivered 10 points apiece for the winners. Jana Furkova (185-C/F-84) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Wasserburg. Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts) had 11 points in the loss.

Saarlouis: Stina Barnert 24, Petra Manakova 10, Janina Wellers 10
Wasserburg: Jana Furkova 18, Tamara Tatham 11



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Alissa PIERCE
  Rhein MB
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Pierce, Rhein MB19.5 
 2. Guzman, Halle17.8 
 3. Bender, Halle17.0 
 4. Paunovic, Freiburg17.0 
 5. Terzic, Herner16.2 
 6. Hayes, Wasserburg16.1 
 7. Danckert, Donau.15.7 
 8. Greunke, Rhein MB15.2 
 9. Sanders, Leipzig14.6 
 10. Austmann, Oberh.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sabrina SCOTT
  Wolfenbuettel
  (190-C-81)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Scott, Wolfenbu.12.2 
 2. Mircheva, Donau.10.5 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg9.6 
 4. Triggs, Marburg8.9 
 5. Almind, Oberhausen8.5 
 6. Greunke, Rhein MB8.1 
 7. Sanders, Leipzig7.9 
 8. Thompson, Rhein MB7.8 
 9. Danckert, Donau.7.7 
 10. Wilson, Donau-Ries7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Saarlouis
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bar, Saarlouis3.6 
 2. Guzman, Halle3.0 
 3. Pop, Wasserburg2.8 
 4. Mersch, Oberhausen2.8 
 5. Davidson, Marburg2.7 
 6. O''Rourke, Herner2.7 
 7. Hightower, Herner2.6 
 8. Greunke, Rhein MB2.6 
 9. Sanders, Leipzig2.5 
 10. Flasarova, Leipzig2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Amy SANDERS
  Leipzig
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sanders, Leipzig3.5 
 2. Bar, Saarlouis3.0 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg2.9 
 4. Austmann, Oberh.2.4 
 5. Richter, Wasse.2.4 
 6. Hayes, Freiburg2.3 
 7. Guzman, Halle2.3 
 8. O''Rourke, Herner2.2 
 9. Tatham, Wasserburg2.0 
 10. Hightower, Herner2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Saarlouis
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Bar, Saarlouis1.4 
 2. Danckert, Donau.1.2 
 3. Bingham, Saarlouis1.1 
 4. Tracey, Freiburg1.0 
 5. Triggs, Marburg1.0 
 6. Diaz, Leipzig0.9 
 7. Smith, Saarlouis0.9 
 8. Damm, Halle0.9 
 9. Thompson, Rhein MB0.8 
 10. Almind, Oberhausen0.8 


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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland U18 comes back from the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U18 comes back from the International Tournament . Although the team lost 4 games it was a good experience at Nordic Cup with 4 other teams.
Finland U18 won over Iceland U18 in the start of the Nordic Cup in Solna. The Finnish side celebrated 73:66 victory winning the first three quarters of the game. In the last one Iceland won 19-16 but could only reduce the gap. Annika Holopainen (185-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Laura Saarinen nailed 14. Gusbjorg Sverrisdottir and Sara Mjoll Magnusdottir responded with 15 points each in the losing effort. Rannveig Olafsdottir followed them with 10 points.
In Day 2 Sweden U18 rolled over Iceland U18 79:44. The Swedish side won all the quarters and enjoyed 26-5 in the last stanza. Linnea Brndholm top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Allis Nystrom (183-F-93) collected 15 points and 9 boards. Nathalie Fontaine produced 9, while Ulrica Holmqvist delivered 8. Gusbjorg Sverrisdottir notched 20 points in the losing case and Heisrun Kristmundsdottir added 7.
Norway U18 opened Day 3 with an 83:52 win over Iceland U18. The winners looked better in the whole game and won the first three periods. They had 34-point lead once on the game that was the biggest in the court. Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) led the winners with 19 points, while Julie Renee Mc Carthy posted 14. Ingrid Adele Selvik delivered 12 and Siv Pettersen brought 8.
Denmark U18 cruised past Iceland U18 79:56 in the last game of Day 3. Denmark started with 21-11 in the first period and added 16-13 in the second frame. They also won the third and the last quarters. Anne Hee Pedersen top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) brought 17 and Julie Ravn (174-F-93) posted 8. Julie Ravn stepped up with 11 points in the losing effort.



Iceland U16 plays in Nordic Cup - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U16 plays in Nordic Cup and enjoys the tournament with 5 teams. Norway U16 outscored Iceland U16 67:59 in the first game of Day 2. The winners won the first quarter 21-16 and added 22-15 in the second quarter as they never looked behind after. Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristine Skorpen netted 17. Margret Rosa Halfdanardottir responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Eva Ros Gusmundsdottir collected 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Eyrun Lif Sigurdardottir notched 7.
Denmark U16 beat Iceland U16 74:54 on the last game of May 13th. The latter produced 20-17 in the first two periods, however lost the second half. At first Denmark won the third frame 20-9 and then added 20-5 in the last stanza. Maria Jespersen (179-F/G-94) stepped up with 14 points and 8 caroms for the winners and Laura Jensen as Tanja Laursen (179-F-94) netted 13 apiece. Margret Rosa Halfdanardottir answered with 15 points in the losing case.
Sweden U16 beat Iceland U16 73:54 at the Solnahallen 1 Arena. The games exchanged the lead several times and stayed close to each other until the last period. In the final stanza Sweden exploded with 24-3 to win the game. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Gabriella Frykbo scored 13. Eva Ros Gusmundsdottir replied with 20 points in the losing case and Anita Eva Visarsdottir netted 15.



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Mrs. Salamatou Maiga - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mrs. Salamatou Maiga is FIBA Africas Central Board members and also Secretary General of Malian Basketball Federation. She is talking about the XVth FIBA Africas Congress to be held in July in Bamako, Mali.

As the secretary general of Mali basketball federation and member of FIBA Africa central board, what do you think about the organization of FIBA Africa congress at Bamako?

The hosting of FIBA Africa congress at Bamako is an honour and a challenge to me. We hosted FIBA Africa Champions Cup for women and Afrobasket U16 for women with success. We cant fail because Mali is a land of welcome La djiguiya. We keep a date at Bamako from the 14TH to the 20TH of july 2010.

Under which auspices do you place that congress?

I place this congress under the sign of no stress. We are going to check the statute and as any change is difficult we have to stay put, we have to do what is good for the game of basketball WE ARE BASKETBALL I know that everything is fine and our basketball is growing up and we are too

Can you take a look back your running since 2006?

From 2006 to nowadays I can tell you that FIBA Africa is grown now without any doubt. Our competitions are taking place without any forfeit. Africa is getting a lot of respect now and I have had a chance to be a member of FIBA world since 1998 and were getting a lot of consideration now because of the great work done by the secretary general. Our financial situation is better than before and the management of the funds is transparent.

Can you tell us about women basketball?

Women basketball is doing well it has acceptable level. Problems that were having are not just African, its the same worldwide. We are thinking how to make that basketball more attractive for the sponsors just like mens. Were still working on it with President Conde, we did a good job in Abidjan, we have to put in concrete forms the acts and the different resolutions.

What are the dispositions taken to insure the good hosting of the congress?

We have set up a committee to take care of all that. We are talking with Hotels about rooms prices for everyone. Visas are free. I dont want to tell you everything if you miss that congress, youll regret.

How are you getting ready for the organization of Afrobasket Women 2011?

Ah! Afrobasket women 2011, everything is ok, at the next visits you will be pleasantly surprise

FIBA Africa



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Stine Austgulen shines for Norway U16 - by Eurobasket News
Stine Hoff Austgulen (177-G-94) shines for Norway U16 at Nordic Cup. Sweden U16 won over Norway U16 66:53 at the start of Nordic Cup. The Swedish side won the first three quarters and kept the lead until the end. Paulina Hersler top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Gabriella Frykbo netted 10. Stine Hoff Austgulen responded with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Norway U16 outscored Iceland U16 67:59 in the first game of Day 2. The winners won the first quarter 21-16 and added 22-15 in the second quarter as they never looked behind after. Stine Hoff Austgulen paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristine Skorpen netted 17. Margret Rosa Halfdanardottir responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Eva Ros Gusmundsdottir collected 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Eyrun Lif Sigurdardottir notched 7.
Denmark U16 opened Day 3 with the win over Norway U16 61:58. In a defensive start Denmark took 11-6 after the opening quarter and later managed to win the total game. Maria Jespersen (179-F/G-94) stepped up with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Sofie Tryggedsson Preetzmann scored 10. Stine Hoff Austgulen had a great game in defeat as she poured in 26 points for Norway. Siri Granheim followed her with 12 points and 8 rebounds.



Norway U18 managed to win once so far - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18 managed to win once so far at the International Tournament of Nordic Cup.
Sweden U18 opened Nordic Cup with the win over Norway U18 53:37. It was an easy start with 21-10 lead, while in the second period Sweden scored only 3 points. The second half was more productive for all the teams as they managed to finish rightfully the game. Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Sofie Persson netted 8. Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
On May 13th Denmark U18 outscored Norway U18 64:51 in the latest game of the second day. Trailing 6 points at the halftime Denmark won the third and the last period to celebrate the victory. Anne Hee Pedersen top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gritt Ryder followed her with 14. Mathilde Fogelstrom collected 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Marie Blyme posted 6. Ingrid Adele Selvik replied with 16 points and Emilie Gronas notched 12.
Norway U18 opened Day 3 with an 83:52 win over Iceland U18. The winners looked better in the whole game and won the first three periods. They had 34-point lead once on the game that was the biggest in the court. Emilie Gronas led the winners with 19 points, while Julie Renee Mc Carthy posted 14. Ingrid Adele Selvik delivered 12 and Siv Pettersen brought 8.



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Olivais - AD Vagos 61-53
Olivais narrowed the deficit in the title series. They held off AD Vagos at home court to post the initial win. Jhasmin Player (178-G-87, college: Baylor) scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Olivais. Maria Joao Andrade (186-F/C-92) and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) finished with 13 points apiece in the victory. Clarissa Santos (182-C-88) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for AD Vagos.



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Sweden U16 remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 remain undefeated at Nordic Cup withfive teams participating. Sweden U16 won over Norway U18 66:53 at the start of Nordic Cup. The Swedish side won the first three quarters and kept the lead until the end. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Gabriella Frykbo netted 10. Stine Austgulen responded with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Sweden U16 reached the second win in the tournament beating Finland 56:45. Both teams started well and scored 31 points in the opening quarter as Sweden had 18-13 after the first period. Finland won the second and the third frames, however could not win the game. Sweden needed 18-7 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Paulina Hersler top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Gabriella Frykbo netted 10. Sandra Hansson added 9 points and 8 rebounds and Agnes Mellstrom notched 7. Noora Jarvikangas produced 10 points in the losing case.
Sweden U16 beat Iceland U16 73:54 at the Solnahallen 1 Arena. The games exchanged the lead several times and stayed close to each other until the last period. In the final stanza Sweden exploded with 24-3 to win the game. Paulina Hersler poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Gabriella Frykbo scored 13. Eva Ros Gusmundsdottir replied with 20 points in the losing case and Anita Eva Visarsdottir netted 15.



Sweden U18 holds Nordic Cup - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 opened Nordic Cup with the win over Norway 53:37. It was an easy start with 21-10 lead, while in the second period Sweden scored only 3 points. The second half was more productive for all the teams as they managed to finish rightfully the game. Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Sofie Persson netted 8. Emilie Gronas ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Sweden U18 rolled over Iceland U18 79:44. The Swedish side won all the quarters and enjoyed 26-5 in the last stanza. Linnea Brndholm top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Allis Nystrom (183-F-93) collected 15 points and 9 boards. Nathalie Fontaine (183-F-93) produced 9, while Ulrica Holmqvist delivered 8. Gusbjorg Sverrisdottir notched 20 points in the losing case and Heisrun Kristmundsdottir added 7.
Finland U18 surprised Sweden U18 59:43 on May 14th as both teams took 2-1 records. Sweden grabbed 20-13 after the opening quarter, but could not keep the lead for good. Finland managed to win three other quarters and won the game. Meral Bedretdin (174-G-93) led the way with 20 points and Laura Juhola notched 13. Sandra Ngoie Hasahya responded with 10 points for the Swedish side and Linnea Brandholm posted 9.



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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiyuan wins first title in 12 years - by Chris Wang
Liu Chun-Yi (180-F-81) had 24 oints and 9 rebounds and Tsai Pei-chen added 19 and 8 as Taiyuan Textile beat Chunghwa Telecom 66-59 in Game 3 of the 2010 WSBL (Women's Super Basketball League) Finals to win the series 2-1 and its first title in 12 years.

With Taiyuan winning and Yulon Luxgen leading Dacin 3-2 in the SBL Finals, Yulon Group could become the first company in history to win the men's and women's title in the same year.

Chunghwa telecom was led by Chiang Feng-chun's 20 points and 7 rebounds and Wen Chi's 14 points.

Taipower and Fo Guang finished third and fourth respectively in the four-team league.

Cathay Life, the 4-time WSBL champions from 2006-2009, withdrew from the season to protest Chunghwa Telecom's recruit of its former player Chiang Feng-chun.

Chiang, one of the best players in Taiwan and widely seen as one of the best forwards in Asia, came out of retirement and joined Chunghwa Telecom. Her former employ Cathay Life, which has won 17 straight women's titles, announced Feb. 9 that it will pull out of the 2010 season over Chiang's controversy.


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago S. 0-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 0-0 
 4. Indiana F. 0-0 
 5. New York L. 0-0 
 6. Washington M. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-0 
 4. S.Antonio SS 0-0 
 5. Seattle S. 0-0 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-0 


Exclusive league preview by me - by Bruno Baltazar
And here we go for all the fans of the WNBA ,its season again!
New season and many news ,trades,new team name,lost team,new players,old players, whats really the WNBA and the future of it? Bright like the sun or a dark night?

ESPN will air today at 2pm the first regular season game out of 18 games in ESPN2,the first match up will be LA Sparks with a new powerfull team ready to get their hands in the trophy again against the Phoenix Mercury the last season champs with one of the best players in the league Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut),for some the female LeBron James.

This season the we will see Marion Jones (5'10''-G-75, college: N.Carolina) a former olimpic athlet going to Tulsa and seems the fans like that,sold out game for their first home season game!
Last season the Sacramento Monarchs had a end of their great and young history that had a championship in their story,why? Because the weakest link named Sacramento Kings needs money in time of recession even for millionaires and whos fault is that?A team that won a championship and had a good team rather then a team in the NBA that their future is not as bright or cheap as their female version is or should i say was?

The WNBA needs to suced not for the womans,not the males but for the good of sports! New team came to the picture in Tulsa but hey after all its not a new team ,its a old one just changed name ,what a Shock!
From Detroit to Tulsa, now i ask something ,alot of sports not just the WNBA like to place teams in places that the market is already full of events,now i would ask places where im writing from ( South Carolina) doesnt have anything ,specially in major cities where im sure people due to new events would enjoy ,the town would promote it and people would bring their family to a family event during the weekend or middle of the week but SC is just a few of the places that i could name!

Now the future will tell what will happen in the league of 12 teams but i sure hope it will be bright for the best of everybody and everybody togheter should help this league,that is a fantastic league ,regarding the players you can watch it today on ESPN2 and help support it by viewing and going to a arena close to you!
Bruno Baltazar