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Home - News archive March 2011

  News archive March 2011

March 31, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Montepaschi Siena - Olympiacos 88:76
Montepaschi Siena completed a historic series win over Olympiacos with an 88-76 victory at the Palaestra to win their Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-1 and clinch a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Siena, who last made the Final Four in 2008, will head to Barcelona after an impressive come-from-behind performance in the series, bouncing back from an embarrassing Game 1 loss in Piraeus to string three straight victories together en route to the Final Four.

March 31, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Power Electronics Valencia - Real Madrid 81:72
Power Electronics Valencia remained alive for its first-ever Euroleague Final Four by staving off elimination with an 81-72 victory at home over Real Madrid to force a decisive Game 5 in their Quarterfinal Playoffs. Omar Cook collected 16 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to help Valencia knot the series at 2-2, while Dusko Savanovic, Nando De Colo and Robertas Javtokas each scored 12 points and Rafa Martinez added 10.

March 31, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 99:77
Maccabi Electra stormed back to the Final Four for the first time since 2008 by pounding Caja Laboral 99-77 in front of a packed house at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi won the teams’ best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-1, despite losing Game 1.

March 31, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Panathinaikos - Regal Barcelona 78:67
Panathinaikos advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on Thursday and in the process dethroned Regal FC Barcelona with a 78-67 victory in Game 4 of their Quarterfinal Playoffs series in front of a sea of 19,000 green fans at OAKA in Athens, Greece. Panathinaikos won the best-of-five series 3-1 and reached the Final Four for the 10th time in club history.

March 31, 2011 - Final Four berths in play for Game 4 on Thursday!
The goal they all started the season with is within reach of four teams on Thursday as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs for the first time offers a full slate of Game 4s that could fill the 2011 Final Four in a matter of hours.

March 31, 2011 - Take the Euroleague with you!
Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans, now you can be updated on your favorite competition wherever you go with brand new smartphone apps for iPhone, Android and WP7 devices.

March 31, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals Game 2 MVP: Bracey Wright, Cedevita
Game 2 of the Eurocup Quarterfinals will go down as a game to remember for Cedevita Zagreb guard Bracey Wright. Not only did he lead his team to victory and a Eurocup Finals berth, but Wright recorded his best game of the season, his first double-double in European competition and earned Quarterfinals Game 2 MVP honors.

March 31, 2011 - Let the countdown to the Eurocup Finals begin!
The lineup for the Eurocup Finals is set! Benetton Bwin Treviso, Cajasol Sevilla, Cedevita Zagreb and Unics Kazan will compete for glory at the Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy, on April 16-17 after that foursome advanced from the Quarterfinals stage on Wednesday.

March 30, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Benetton Bwin - BG Goettingen 84:62
Benetton Bwin defeated BG Goettingen at the Palaverde 84-62 on Wednesday night to earn the right to play the Eurocup Finals in its home. Benetton will rematch Last 16 foe Cajasol in the semifinals on April 16 with an eye on the Eurocup prize.

March 30, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Asefa Estudiantes - Cedevita 72:81
Cedevita Zagreb reached the Eurocup Finals! Cedevita earnt the right to keep fighting for the Eurocup title by beating Asefa Estudiantes 72-81 in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday night. Cedevita swept the two way, total-point series and went all the way from the Qualifying Rounds to the Finals. Bracey Wright paced the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

March 30, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Unics Kazan - Pepsi Caserta 79:77
Unics Kazan edged Pepsi Caserta 79-77 Wednesday night at the Basket-Hall in Kazan, Russia, to seal their ticket to the Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy, next month. Kazan needed only to protect its 6-point advantage from Game 1 of their quarterfinals series and a 26-17 first quarter and 11-3 run in the second basically set up the win, as the hosts had just enough the rest of way.

March 30, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Budivelnik - Cajasol 80:77
Cajasol Sevilla made it to the Eurocup Finals! Cajasol sealed its ticket to Treviso, Italy and will keep fighting for Eurocup glory despite an 80-77 road loss against Budivelnik on Tuesday. Cajasol had registered a 67-49 win in Game 1 and won the two-way, total-point series by a long margin.

March 30, 2011 - Sportingbet Playoffs Game 3 co-MVPs: Marko Jaric, D'Or Fischer
The Sportingbet MVP honor for Game 3 of the Playoffs is shared by two players after Marko Jaric of Montepaschi Siena and D’or Fischer of Real Madrid both came off the bench to lead their respective teams to pivotal Playoffs victories. Jaric scored a season-high 24 points as Montepaschi downed Olympiacos 81-72. Fischer posted 19 points on perfect shooting as Madrid bested Power Electronics Valencia 66-75 on the road.

March 30, 2011 - Decision night in the Eurocup!
It is decision night in the Eurocup, as the Quarterfinals come to an end on Wednesday with four critical showdowns all over the continent. Game 1 saw two convincing home triumphs, a narrow road win and a tie, so anything can happen and only one thing is certain - we will know which four teams make it to the Eurocup Finals in Treviso by the end of the night.

March 30, 2011 - Maccabi guard Perkins out for season with knee injury
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv guard Doron Perkins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in his team’s Quarterfinal Playoffs Game 3 victory over Caja Laboral on Tuesday. Perkins suffered the injury at the start of the second quarter when he knee seemed to buckle as he drove to the basket.

March 29, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 81:60
Maccabi Electra took control of its Quarterfinal Playoffs series with an 81-60 over Caja Laboral in front of a packed house at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Despite the victory that brings Maccabi within a victory of a return to the Euroleague Final Four, it was a bittersweet night for the yellow-and-blue crew after star guard Doron Perkins suffered a knee injury in the second quarter, was helped off the court and taken to a Tel Aviv hospital for treatment.

March 29, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Panathinaikos - Regal Barcelona 76:74
Panathinaikos got within one win to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four by downing defending champion Regal FC Barcelona 76-74 in Game 3 of their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series in front of a sellout crowd of 19,000 at OAKA in Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

March 29, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Montepaschi Siena - Olympiacos 81:72
Montepaschi Siena defeated Olympiacos 81-72 on Tuesday night at the Palaestra to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five Playoff series. Montepaschi is now one win away from making it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. The Italian champs’ second win in a row came courtesy of a 24-point performance by Marko Jaric, who did not miss any of his 8 two-point field goals.

March 29, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Power Electronic Valencia - Real Madrid 66:75
Despite having been trailing for most of the game, Real Madrid managed to pull a valuable road win at Power Electronics Valencia by 66-75 to make it 2-1 in its favor in the all-Spanish Playoff series. A 0-11 run bridging the third and fourth quarters started by Felipe Reyes and then culminated by D'or Fischer, who scored 13 points in the last period for the winners, proved to be decisive as Valencia's offense was completely shut down in the last minutes and the guests cruised to the win.

March 29, 2011 - Stages change: Back for more with Game 3!
With all four Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs best-of-five series tied at 1-1, we face a pivotal night on Tuesday, when Game 3 will get several teams just a step away from making to the 2011 Final Four.

March 29, 2011 - Turkish Airlines sponsors Final Four concert for Education in Africa
Going global takes on special meaning at the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2011 Barcelona with the announcement of a new, star-studded charity concert to benefit UNICEF's educational efforts in Africa! Euroleague Basketball, Turkish Airlines and Los 40 Principales radio are joining forces to put great music to work for a worthy cause, the students across Africa whom UNICEF is lifting up every day with broad-based educational assistance.

March 28, 2011 - Ramla Puts Women’s Game On The Map In Israel
Nothing beats the high of winning a title. That was the feeling of Elitzur Ramla coach Adan Inbar and his players after the club's 61-53 triumph at Arras on Thursday night, a result that allowed the Israeli outfit to lift the EuroCup Women.

March 28, 2011 - Spanish League, Regular Season, Game 27: March 26-27, 2011
Regal FC Barcelona leads the Spanish League standings with a 23-4 record. Real Madrid is second at 21-6 and Power Electronics Valencia third at 18-9. Regal FC Barcelona survived a tough test by beating Assignia Manresa 64-72 on the road on Sunday.

March 28, 2011 - Serbian League, second phase, Game 2: March 26-27, 2011
Partitzan mt:s, Hemofarm Stada and Radnicki all started the second phase of the Serbian League season with two wins in as many games. Partizan downed FMP 67-76 in a rematch of this season’s Serbia Cup final, which Partizan also won.

March 27, 2011 - Victory in Zeleznik
Second round in Superleague took Partozan mt:s in Zeleznik. Black and whites played good again and won against FMP with score 67:76 (20:20, 8:17, 22:19, 17:20).

March 27, 2011 - Cibona split with Anzulovic
Even the arrival of coach Drazen Anzulovic didn't help Cibona to better results, few months after his arrival the club published the official news that both parties split on Saturday.

March 27, 2011 - Griffin leads Clippers over Raptors 94-90
Blake Griffin had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Kaman added 17 points and 12 boards, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Toronto 94-90 on Saturday night to hand the Raptors their fourth straight loss.

March 25, 2011 - Playoffs Game 2 MVP: Malik Hairston, Montepaschi Siena
Malik Hairston’s best Euroleague game yet lifted Montepaschi Siena to a resounding 65-82 road win at Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday night. His 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench – both season highs – also earned Hairston a well-deserved Sportingbet MVP award for Game 2 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs.

March 24, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Regal Barcelona - Panathinaikos 71:75
Panathinaikos rounded a perfect night for road teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs by rallying from a 16-point deficit to edge defending champion Regal FC Barcelona 71-75 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana in Game 2 of their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series on Thursday.

March 24, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Olympiacos - Montepaschi Siena 65:82
Montepaschi Siena stunned Olympiacos 65-82 on Thursday night at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, to tie their best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series at 1-1. After the Reds thoroughly dominated Game 1 in a record-setting performance, Montepaschi bounced back in Game 2 with a spirited effort.

March 24, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Caja Laboral - Maccabi Electra 81:83
Jeremy Pargo sank a game-winning jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to an 81-83 road win over Caja Laboral Thursday at Fernando Buesa Arena and to even their best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs series at 1-1.

March 24, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Real Madrid - Power E. Valencia 75:79
If the balance of Game 1 was not enough, Game 2 proved to be even more exciting in the Playoff all-Spanish series between Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia. When the dust settled. the guests had pulled a valuable road win by 75-81 to tie the bet-of-five series at 1-1. Now, the series moves to Valencia for the next two games next week.

March 24, 2011 - Scariolo Thinks About Potential Newcomers
Spain national team coach Sergio Scariolo is keeping a close watch on a group of newcomers that have a chance of making this summer's EuroBasket squad. Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka, who was born in Zaire 21 years ago but learned his basketball in Spain and played at Manresa, is among those Scariolo is monitoring.

March 24, 2011 - Euroleague Playoffs, Visitors seek to turn around series!
With barely 48 hours having passed since their series openers, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs return in full force on Thursday as eight would-be Final Four teams adjust their strategies on the fly. All four winning home teams from Game 1 will get the chance on Thursday, on their own floors once again, to put themselves within a single victory of reaching the Final Four.

March 24, 2011 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Game 1 MVP: Vladimir Veremeenko, Unics
After dominating inside on Wednesday to help his team edge closer to the Eurocup Finals, Unics Kazan big man Vladimir Veremeenko is the Quarterfinals Game 1 MVP. Veremeenko had by far the best performance of his 53-game Eurocup career and one of the best in the competition all season as Unics beat Pepsi Caserta 84-90 on the road in Game 1 of their two-game total-points series for a spot in the Eurocup Finals.

March 23, 2011 - Eurocup quarterfinals, Pepsi Caserta - Unics Kazan 84:90
Unics Kazan topped Pepsi Caserta Wednesday night at the Palamaggio Arena 84-90 in the first leg of their two-game total-points Eurocup Quarterfinals series. The 6-point win for the visitors now forces Caserta to make up the deficit next Wednesday in Russia to make it to next month’s Eurocup Finals in Treviso.

March 23, 2011 - Eurocup quarterfinals, Cajasol Sevilla - Budivelnik 67:49
Cajasol took a very important first step to reach the Eurocup Finals by downing Budivelnik 67-49 in Game 1 of the two-game, total-point Quarterfinals in front of a sellout crowd at San Pablo Arena in Seville, Spain on Tuesday night. Cajasol, pushed by an incredible crowd, took n 18-point lead in the series, that now travel to Dnipropetrovsk for Game 2 next Wednesday.

March 23, 2011 - Eurocup quarterfinals, BG Goettingen - Benetton Bwin 66:66
BG Goettingen and Benetton Bwin played to a 40-minute draw, 66-66, in an exciting clash on Wednesday in the opening game of their two-game total-points Quarterfinals. The result sets up a winner-takes all second game in Treviso next week, meaning the two teams will play a do-or-die game on the floor that will host the Eurocup Finals for a ticket to the big show.

March 23, 2011 - Eurocup quarterfinals, Cedevita - Asefa Estudiantes 90:81
Cedevita Zagreb defeated Asefa Estudiantes 90-81 Wednesday night at the Drazen Petrovic Basketball Center in the Croatian capital to get within one step of the Eurocup Finals in Treviso.

March 23, 2011 - Caja Laboral forward Bjelica out with broken hand
Caja Laboral forward Nemanja Bjelica has a broken bone in his left hand and will be sidelined indefinitely. Bjelica, 22, did not play in Game 1 of the Quarterfinal Playoffs and will miss Game 2. The team’s medical staff will perform further tests Thursday to determine whether he needs surgery and to set a timetable for recovery.

March 23, 2011 - Eurocup, Quarterfinals Game 1, Game Center
Eurocup fans, the next decisive phase of the 2010-11 season arrives with the start of the Quarterfinals tonight! Eight teams will begin their two-game battles on Wednesday for four berths in the Eurocup Finals.

March 23, 2011 - Euroleague, Playoffs Game 1 MVP: Richard Hendrix, Maccabi Electra
It took a record-setting double-double on opening night for Richard Hendrix of Maccabi Electra to earn the Sportingbet MVP honor for Game 1 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs. Despite his team's road loss against Caja Laboral, Hendrix led Maccabi with 16 points on 8-of-13 two-pointers and 16 rebounds.

March 23, 2011 - Reds erupt for records in Playoffs win
The Game 1 Quarterfinal Playoffs matchup between Olympiacos and Montepaschi Siena ended in an impressive 89-41 blowout win for the Reds and left quite a few records shattered along the way. The hosts started the game with 19 unanswered points and set records for fewest point allowed in a half (9) and fewest through three quarters (22).

March 22, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Regal Barcelona - Panathinaikos 83:82
Regal FC Barcelona held on for a thrilling 83-82 victory over Panathinaikos in the opener of a Quarterfinal Playoffs series between the last two Euroleague champs. The game went down to the final shot, but Panathinaikos star Dimitris Diamantidis came up short on a night when he went for a career-high 26 points.

March 22, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Real Madrid - Power E. Valencia 71:65
Sparks flew at the Caja Magic in Madrid in the Game of the Week, but when the dust settled, Real Madrid had racked a 71-65 win over Power Electronics Valencia for a 1-0 in their best-of-five Playoff series, good for a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

March 22, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Caja Laboral - Maccabi Electra 76:70
Caja Laboral led almost the entire game en route to an impressive 76-70 victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv Tuesday at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoris, Spain, to take a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs.

March 22, 2011 - EL Playoffs, Olympiacos - Montepaschi Siena 89:41
Olympiacos routed Montepaschi Siena, 89-41 on Tuesday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus for a record-setting victory in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs opener.

March 22, 2011 - The final march towards Barcelona begins!
The resume of the eight Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs teams combines to show five former Euroleague champs, three reigning national champions and a pair of reigning continental champs, all with eyes on the prize of a ticket to the 2011 Final Four in Barcelona.

March 22, 2011 - Vote for the All-Euroleague team!
Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans, it's time for you to help choose the 2010-11 All-Euroleague team!Take this chance to take part in the election of the All-Euroleague Team that will be awarded during the Final Four in Barcelona! Send us your vote now!
March 20, 2011 - Euroleague Playoffs injury report: Madrid loses Rodriguez
With the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs just two days away, the eight surviving teams who would be champions of the competition saw their rosters in distinctly different levels of health after their last domestic games.

March 20, 2011 - Adriatic league schedule
Exactly a month before the start of the 10th NLB League Final Four Tournament the exact schedule for the big event in Sport's Hall Stožice Ljubljana was confirmed. The semi-finals will be played on Tuesday, April 19th when Partizan meets Budućnost at 18.15 while the game between Union Olimpija and Krka will be at 20.45. The final is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at 20.45.

March 19, 2011 - Gasol fuels Lakers to win over struggling Wolves
Pau Gasol scored a team-high 25 points and Andrew Bynum added 14 rebounds before being ejected to help the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-98 Friday. Minnesota led 51-49 at halftime and then 94-93 with 3:52 left on the clock but Spanish forward Gasol knocked in a two-point jump shot to spark an unbroken eight-point run by the Lakers as they regained control in a physical encounter.

March 18, 2011 - CSKA get Becirovic
Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (29 years, 195 cm) signed the contract with CSKA until the end of the season with club’s option for one more year. The agreement became official after medical exams today. Becirovic will start practicing with the team tonight.

March 18, 2011 - Eurocup, Quarterfinals Series breakdown: Asefa Estudiantes vs. Cedevita Zagreb
All signs point to a high-scoring thriller when Asefa Estudiantes and Cedevita Zagreb clash in the Eurocup Quarterfinals. Cedevita (85.5 ppg.) and Estu (81.5 ppg.) are ranked first and third, respectively, in team scoring in the Eurocup this season, though with different styles.

March 18, 2011 - Euroleague, Playoff analysis: Regal FC Barcelona vs. Panathinaikos
The last two Euroleague champions will clash head to head in the Quarterfinal Playoffs for one ticket to the 2011 Euroleague Basketball Final Four. Defending champ Regal FC Barcelona marches into the playoffs as the only team to go undefeated in the Top 16.

March 17, 2011 - Babkina Optimistic For EuroBasket Women
Latvian playmaker Elina Babkina can't believe her luck ahead of EuroBasket Women 2011 after reaping the rewards of working with head coach George Dikeoulakos at club level. Babkina is currently enjoying the best season of her career at Lotos Gdynia under the watchful eye of Dikeoulakos and having never stepped out at a EuroBasket Women Final Round despite having played at the Olympics, she is expected to make her long overdue tournament debut in the summer.

March 17, 2011 - Euroleague, Playoff Series breakdown: Caja Laboral vs. Maccabi Electra
The two highest-scoring Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams this season, Caja Laboral of Spain and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv of Israel, promise a lot more than points when their Quarterfinal Playoffs series begins Tuesday. These teams know each other well, and not just because they split regular season victories earlier this season.

March 17, 2011 - Eurocup, Quarterfinals Series breakdown: Unics Kazan vs. Pepsi Caserta
Two teams that started the season in the Qualifying Rounds of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague now meet with a ticket to the Eurocup Finals at stake. Unics Kazan has been one of the dominant forces in the Eurocup in recent seasons.

March 16, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 26: March 15-16, 2011
Buducnost reached the Adriatic League Final Four for the first time on Tuesday with a 102-92 victory over CEZ Nymburk. The win put the Montenegrin champs in fourth place with a 15-11 record.

March 16, 2011 - Jaka in Olimpija, Djekic i Mitrovic in Mega Vizura
Jaka Klobucar and basketball club Partizan m:ts terminated the contract on mutual agreement. Slovenian international will resume his career in Olimpija Ljubljana. It is well known that teams are allowed to register no more than four foreign players in Superliga, and black and whites had five foreign players during the season in NLB league and Euroleague.

March 16, 2011 - Steamroller coming in first
Partizan m:ts crowned the first position in Adriatic league with a win in Pionir. Cibona went down in the final round of NLB league with a score 89:74 (22:19, 22:17, 20:21, 25:17). Black and whites will play Buducnost who held position four in the semifinal on the final four in Ljubljana from 19-21 April.

March 16, 2011 - Rimas Kurtinaitis is a new BC Khimki head coach
BC Khimki and a well-known Lithuanian specialist Rimas Kurtinaitis signed an agreement to the end of the 2010/11 season, with a possible prolongation for another year. The new coach will join the team in Tallinn, where the yellow-blue will go on Tuesday. The interim head coach Oleg Meleschenko has left the club.

March 16, 2011 - Euroleague, Playoff analysis: Olympiacos vs. Montepaschi Siena
Two of the Euroleague’s strongest teams over the past decade will lock horns for a single Final Four spot when Greek powerhouse Olympiacos goes against perennial Italian League champion Montepaschi Siena in their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series.

March 16, 2011 - Buducnost qualified for the F4
Budućnost became the fourth club, which qualified for the Final Four Tournament . The Montenegrian club confirmed the promotion with the Tuesday's victory against Nymburk and will play at the final event in the NLB League for the first time since participating in the league.

March 15, 2011 - Euroleague, Playoff Series breakdown: Real Madrid vs. Power Electronics Valencia
A Quarterfinal Playoffs test between two teams that know each other well promises to produce great basketball and excitement as Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia duel for a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in nearby Barcelona.

March 15, 2011 - Eurocup, Quarterfinals Series breakdown: Budivelnik vs. Cajasol
There will be a clash of styles when Budivelnik meets Cajasol Sevilla in the Eurocup Quarterfinals. Budivelnik is the lowest-scoring team with a winning record in the Eurocup this season. The Ukrainian club tallied 8 victories and went 3-0 in games decided by less than 5 points.

March 15, 2011 - Lukoil Academic won the Cup of Bulgaria
Lukoil Academic won the Cup of Bulgaria, after defeating the 2010 champion Levski 81:80 in an interesting and dramatic game in Universiada Hall in Sofia. The Students won the Cup for the last time in 2008. In 2009 they lost the final to Levski, while last year they were eliminated in the semifinals against Rilski Sportist.

March 14, 2011 - Eurocup, Quarterfinal Series breakdown: Benetton Bwin vs. BG Goettingen
The competition's winningest team this season, Benetton Bwin of Italy, tries to reach the 2011 Eurocup Finals on its home court by facing down an upstart challenger, BG Goettingen of Germany, in a two-game total-points quarterfinal series starting Wednesday, March 23.

March 14, 2011 - Injury Brings End To Petrov’s Season
KRKA Novo Mesto have lost veteran Simon Petrov for the remainder of the season to injury. The 35-year-old guard fractured his right ankle in his team's 72-62 home defeat to Partizan Belgrade in the Adriatic League on Saturday night.

March 14, 2011 - FIBA grant Great Britain spot at Olympics
It's official. Great Britain have been awarded a spot at next year's Olympic Games in London, and it ends years of speculation and doubt as British basketball fans will remember Sunday March 13th 2011 as the day that basketball in Britain changed, for the better.

March 13, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 25: March 11-13, 2011
Partizan shot up to first place in the Adriatic League standings by overtaking previous leader Krka with a road win. Both teams now have 17-8 records, but the defending champs are in first place due to a tiebreaker.

March 13, 2011 - First place after beating Krka
In a very important duel for the leading position in NLB league, players of Partizan m:ts overcame Krka with the score 62:72 (16:26, 17:12, 14:17, 15:17). With this win in Novo Mesto black and whites regained the first place on the Adriatic league table.

March 11, 2011 - Gallinari Boost For Italy
Europe will finally see the full might of Italy this summer when the Azzurri play at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Italy coach Simone Pianigiani, without reservation, has said Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets will be in the line-up when his team takes on Israel, France, Latvia, Germany and Serbia in Group B, arguably the toughest of the pools in the First Round.

March 11, 2011 - Caja Laboral center Sow hospitalized
Another team headed to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs could be without a backup big man after Caja Laboral announced Friday that center Pape Sow has been hospitalized with a type of pulmonary embolism. The club did not say how long Sow would be sidelined, but a similar condition ended the season of Regal FC Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal when it was discovered in January.

March 11, 2011 - Bosh fires Heat to victory over Lakers
Chris Bosh stepped up to help the star-studded Miami Heat snap a five-game losing streak with a 94-88 win over the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

March 11, 2011 - Krka, Union Olimpija and Partizan qualified for the F4
First it was Krka, Union Olimpija followed it on Tuesday and a day later the third club was known Partizan m:ts. The three clubs mentioned already guaranteed a spot at the 10th NLB League Final Four Tournament, which will be held in Ljubljana between April 19th and 21st, while the fourth member will be either Zagreb Co or Budućnost, depends how both of them will play in the last two rounds of the regular season.

March 10, 2011 - Partizan mt:s convincing against Zadar
Black and whites hosted Zadar in the 24th round of Adriatic league. Partizan m:ts players held the rhythm of the game in their hands during the whole course of the game, so another win in Pionir hall came with a score 85:50 (14:13, 29:12, 23:11, 19:14).

March 10, 2011 - Maccabi president Mizrahi awarded Israel Prize
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv president Shimon Mizrahi was named among the 2011 recipients of the Israel Prize, the country’s most prestigious award given annually on Israel’s Independence Day. Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar announced Mizrahi as one of this year’s winners on Wednesday.

March 10, 2011 - Barcelona 1969: The longest final
Many European basketball fans recall that Barcelona hosted the 1998 and 2003 Final Fours, but few know that one of the best games ever witnessed in Europe was the 1969 European Cup final in the same city.

March 10, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 24: March 8-9, 2011
Three spots in the Adriatic League semifinals were clinched by the end of Wednesday's games as the combination of victories for league-leading Krka and second-placed Partizan Belgrade and Union Olimpija and a loss for Buducnost put the first three into the next stage.

March 9, 2011 - Cedevita extends Dontaye Draper
One of the best players in this Eurocup season is set to keep playing for his current team for two more years, as Cedevita reached a new agreement with playmaker Dontaye Draper to extend his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season.

March 9, 2011 - Rest Of The World Romp To All Star Win
The Rest of the World blew out Team Europe in the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game in Gdynia, Poland, on Tuesday night. Sylvia Fowles had 16 points, two of them coming on a fastbreak dunk late in the fourth quarter, in the 116-88 victory.

March 8, 2011 - Power Electronics loses Augustine for a month
Power Electronics Valencia is facing injury problems before its best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series against Real Madrid, as big man James Augustine will be sidelined for at least 4 weeks due to a foot injury.

March 7, 2011 - The Date Of The Eurobasket 2011 Tickets Sales Postponed
Tickets in Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania, for technical reasons, will start later than planned. It was released before the Eurobasket 2011 tickets go on sale March 1, but later it was announced that tickets go on sale March 17 at 10:00 local time Lithuanian.

March 7, 2011 - Close finish went to Igokea
Black and whites met Igokea in the 23rd round of NLB league. In a fantastic atmosphere in hall in Laktasi Vlade Jovanovic’s team couldn’t outplay team from Aleksandrovac. In a close and eventful finish of the game Slobodan Klipa’s players won with a score 88:86 (18:18, 25:19, 23:16, 22:33).

March 7, 2011 - Sportingbet MVP for February: Rasho Nesterovic, Olympiacos Pireaus
Maximum effect in a minimum amount of time is the definition of efficiency on the basketball court. Add to that great timing in crucial games and it could also define the difference that center Rasho Nesterovic of Olympiacos Pireaus, Euroleague Basketball's choice as the Sportingbet MVP for February, made for his team over the second half of the Top 16.

March 7, 2011 - WNBA Champion donates jersey for a good cause
The 1999 WNBA Champion and one of the best women basketball players Bulgaria has ever known - Polina Tzekova, is donating a jersey from her championship season for a good cause.

March 7, 2011 - Basketball News from  Jordan – Focus on Fundamentals! by Joao Da Costa
Coach Gheith Najjar is a well known and respected coach in Jordan  He coached many years in Division 1 in the Jordanian Basketball league.  He is now the Secretary General of the Jordan Basketball Federation.  Coach Najjar is concerned with developing youth players and growing a good basketball league in Jordan.

March 6, 2011 - Adriatic League, Regular Season, Game 23: March 4-6, 2011
Krka sits alone atop the Adriatic League standings after a win over Buducnost coupled with Partizan mt:s’s loss at Igokea. Goran Ikonic scored 27 points as Krka topped Buducnost 80-73 to lift its record to 16-7. Igokea upset Partizan 88-86 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates.

March 5, 2011 - Nets beat Raptors 116-103 in Europe's 1st NBA game
The New Jersey Nets are still far away from their Russian owner's goal of making the team a global brand and NBA champion. But for now, at least, they're the league's most successful team in games played in Europe.

March 4, 2011 - Zadar with a new coach: Pino Grdovic
In an attempt to avoid the last position in the 2010/11 NLB League, which automatically leads to a one-year absence from the competition, Zadar made another change at the coaching position on Thursday.

March 4, 2011 - In shocker, Messina steps down at Madrid
The shock heard 'round the Euroleague early on Friday has proven to be true this afternoon: Ettore Messina, one of the head coaching giants in the sport, has resigned from the Real Madrid bench. His decision came swiftly on Friday, the morning after what had been an unbeaten Top 16 until then ended Thursday night with a 77-95 home loss to Montepaschi Siena.

March 4, 2011 - Black and whites won in Istanbul
Partizan m:ts beat Efes Pilsen in the last round of Top 16 phase in Euroleague. Black and whites had the lead throughout the game, but the game was still close in its finish.

March 4, 2011 - Zouros in charge of Greece NT
Zalgiris'  coach Elias Zouros has been officially named as new Greece National Team coach. Taking advantage of the fact that Zouros was in Athens for the past couple of days with Zalgiris (they were playing against Olympiacos in Euroleague Top16 phase) the coach and the Greek Basketball Federation sat down to discuss the final details of their contract before Zouros could put his signature on the deal.

March 4, 2011 - Sportingbet Top 16 Week 6 MVP: Fernando San Emeterio, Caja Laboral
Budding superstar Fernando San Emeterio of Caja Laboral capped a fantastic Top 16 by marching his team into the playoffs on Thursday as the first-place team in Group E. With a career-best performance at the perfect moment, San Emeterio also earned himself the Sportingbet Top 16 Week 6 MVP honor.

March 3, 2011 - Panathinaikos managed to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs
Panathinaikos managed to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs thanks to a 61-77 road win at Unicaja in the last week of the Top 16. Since Caja Laboral also won in Vilnius to finish as group champ, Panathinaikos will now square off with defending champ Regal FC Barcelona in the Playoffs.

March 3, 2011 - Power Electronics Valencia made it to the Quarterfinal Playoffs!
Valencia finished second in Top 16 Group H and earned the right to keep fighting for Turkish Airlines Euroleague glory by knocking off Fenerbahce Ulker 82-68 in front of a sea of orange fans at Fuente de San Luis on Thursday. Valencia needed a three-point win to advance due to its 75-73 road loss against Fener earlier in this group.

March 3, 2011 - Partizan edged Efes Pilsen 65-67
Partizan edged Efes Pilsen Thursday night in Istanbul 65-67 in a tight game that finished both teams’ Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaigns. Vladimir Lucic scored a spectacular game-winner in the closing seconds to give Partizan fans some renewed hope for the future despite crashing out of the Top 16 with a 1-5 record.

March 3, 2011 - Olympiacos pulled away late to down Zalgiris 78-64
Olympiacos pulled away late to down Zalgiris 78-64 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday for the Reds’ fifth straight Turkish Airlines Euroleague win. Although the fate of both teams was sealed last week, they both played hard and the game had plenty of tension until a 10-0 fourth quarter run secured the hosts’ victory.

March 3, 2011 - Single seats sold out for 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Barcelona!
Two months before it starts and with the participating teams still not known, Euroleague Basketball has announced that all tickets have been sold out for the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Barcelona, which is to be held May 6 to 8 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

March 3, 2011 - Hoskin From Israel To China But Now To Iran
Samuel Hoskin, multi-talented 6'9" power forward, who earlier opted out of his contract with 3rd place Israeli team Bnei Hasharon left on a contract to China just days ago with the Jiangsu Dragons but when he arrived he learned of clearance problems within the Chinese Basketball Association and now Hoskin has signed with the Club Gorgan in Iran.

March 3, 2011 - Euroleague Women, Final Four Hosts Decision Coming Up
FIBA Europe will announce a decision on the hosts of the EuroLeague Women 2011 Final Four tournament as early as next week, during the EuroLeague Women 2011 All Star Game which will be played in Gdynia, Poland, on Tuesday 8 March.

March 3, 2011 - Last Quarterfinals berths to be decided tonight!
All eyes will be on three clashes in two countries on Thursday that will decide the fate of five teams battling for the last three tickets remaining to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs.

March 2, 2011 - Montepaschi guard Kaukenas to undergo knee surgery
Turkish Airlines Euroleague quarterfinalist Montepaschi Siena has suffered another blow to its backcourt with the news that guard Rimantas Kaukenas will undergo surgery on Thursday for a meniscus injury.

March 2, 2011 - Last 16 Week 6 MVP: Benjamin Dewar, Le Mans
Le Mans played its last Eurocup game this season and one of its players earned Last 16 Week 6 MVP honors with a near-perfect shooting performance. Benjamin Dewar led Le Mans to a prestigious 73-78 road win against Aris BSA 2003 with 25 points on 6-of-7 two-pointers, 2-of-2 three-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws.

March 1, 2011 - Budivelnik bested BG Goettingen 61-63
In an outstanding showdown that went down to the wire, Budivelnik became the Last 16 Group J champion by edging BG Goettingen 61-63 in Germany on Tuesday. Both teams tied for first place in Group J but Budivelnik finished first due to its 2-0 record against Goettingen.

March 1, 2011 - Panellinios BC finished its 2010-11 Eurocup season in style
Panellinios BC finished its 2010-11 Eurocup season in style by downing Alba Berlin 86-73 in Lamia, Greece in Last 16 Group L on Tuesday. Both teams had ran out of chances to reach the Quarterfinals and tied for third place in Group L each with a 1-5 record, but Panellinios ranked third due to its tie-break advantage against Alba, that registered a three-point win in its home game.

March 1, 2011 - Hemofarm Stada defeated Gran Canaria 2014 75-74
Hemofarm Stada defeated Gran Canaria 2014 75-74 on Tuesday in the last game for both teams in the Eurocup this season. Hemofarm came back from a 14-26 deficit in the first half to win a game that could have gone Gran Canaria’s way if Taurean Green had hit his last-second three-point attempt.

March 1, 2011 - Ljubljana will host the 2011 Final Four
On Tuesday the NLB League Board confirmed that the 2011 Final Four Tournament will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenija, between April 19th and 21st. It is for the fourth time in ten years that the Slovenian capital will host the most prestigious event in regional league.

March 1, 2011 - Eurocup Finals tickets on sale Monday!
Tickets for the Eurocup Finals will go on sale starting on Monday, March 7 at noon. This year's edition of the Eurocup Finals will be played in Treviso, Italy from April 16 to 17 at the magnificent Palaverde, which is the home court of Benetton Basket Bwin and Sisley Volley and has a capacity of 5.144 seat spectators.

March 1, 2011 - Greek Cup Final postponed
Greek Cup Final between arch-rivals Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens was postponed today. The games was scheduled to be played next Sunday, March 6th in Hellenicon arena, as usual. But this year the Greek Sports Secretary decided that the game will be played in front of a crowd of 3000 elementary school children, to avoid possible trouble between the fans of the two teams, after everything that occurred during the football game between the two clubs recently.

March 1, 2011 - Eurocup Game Center: Last 16, Week 6
It's now or never for a handful of teams this week in the Eurocup with the last of the eight Quarterfinals berths to be decided as well as first place in each of the four Last 16 groups. By the end of Tuesday's eight contest, the four Quarterfinals pairings will be finalized, leaving eight teams to clash on March 23 and 30 in two-game total-points series for a spot in April's Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy.

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