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LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 31-13 
 2. Guaros 31-13 
 3. Marinos 29-15 
 4. Guaiqueries 28-16 
 5. Trotamundos 26-18 
 6. Gaiteros 16-28 
 7. Toros 16-28 
 8. La Guaira BBC 16-28 
 9. Panteras 14-30 
 10. Gigantes 13-31
Venezuelan men teams in Latin cups 2008-2009
 Liga Sudamericana:

Marinos Venezuelan National Champion 2009

LPB All-Star Game 2009
Season 2009
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Venezuelans Abroad
Points Per Game
 J. Vargas, Tro19.2 
 R. Nembhard, Gai19.0 
 C. Matthews, Gig18.6 
 M. Campbell, LG18.3 
 K. Pena, Guai17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 H. Passos, Mar8.2 
 C. Matthews, Gig7.6 
 T. Braggs, Gua7.5 
 L. Bethelmy, Coc7.2 
 A. Sucre, Mar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 G. Barrera, Tro5.7 
 B. Latham, Pan5.6 
 R. Nembhard, Gai4.7 
 H. Guillent, Gua4.1 
 D. Guevara, Mar4.0 
Steals Per Game
 H. Guillent, Gua3.7 
 B. Latham, Pan3.7 
 K. Pena, Guai3.4 
 M. Gale, Mar3.1 
 G. Barrera, Tro3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 C. Matthews, Gig1.3 
 E. Elisma, Coc1.2 
 A. Barrios, Gai1.1 
 M. Marriaga, Tro0.8 
 A. Flores, Tor0.7 All-Venezuelan LPB 2009 Awards - Jul 31, 2009

All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team 2009

Player of the Year: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) of Guaros de Lara
Guard of the Year: Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Forward of the Year: Torraye Braggs of Guaros de Lara
Center of the Year: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) of Gigantes de Guayana of Gigantes de Guayana
Newcomer of the Year: Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) of Toros de Aragua
Most Improved Player of the Year: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Import Player of the Year: Torraye Braggs of Guaros de Lara
Domestic Player of the Year: Jose Vargas of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Latham (184-G-83) of Panteras de Miranda
Coach of the Year: Tony Ruiz of Guaros de Lara

1st Team
Carl Elliott of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Jose Vargas of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Rogers Washington (198-F-77) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Torraye Braggs of Guaros de Lara
Clarence Matthews of Gigantes de Guayana

2nd Team
Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) of Gaiteros del Zulia
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) of Toros de Aragua
Chris Jackson (208-C-81) of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Domestic Players Team
Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) of Guaros de Lara
Jose Vargas of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) of Gaiteros del Zulia
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Pablo Machado (207-C-77) of Guaros de Lara

All-Imports Team
Carl Elliott of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Kelvin Pena of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Rogers Washington of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Torraye Braggs of Guaros de Lara
Clarence Matthews of Gigantes de Guayana

All-Defensive Team
Brian Latham of Panteras de Miranda
Kelvin Pena of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Michael Gale of Marinos de Anzoategui
Torraye Braggs of Guaros de Lara
Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Trotamundos de Carabobo

All-Newcomers Team
Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) of Gigantes de Guayana
Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Pedro Montano (201-F-84) of Gigantes de Guayana
Jesus Urbina of Toros de Aragua

Marinos grab the title in thriller - Jul 15, 2009
Cocodrilos - Marinos 96:98 (OT)
Marinos are crowned the new LPB champions! They defeated Cocodrilos in the nail-biting seventh game of the Final series. Cocodrilos denied a two-game deficit in the series and had all the chances to succeed hosting the decider. But Marinos showed character and eked out a dramatic victory to clinch the seventh LPB title in the history.
Marinos got to a strong start as they built a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) helped the visitors to maintain the lead throughout the second term. They secured a 45:38 advantage at the interval. Marinos stretched the gap to 18 points in the third quarter before Cocodrilos picked up the slack to strike back. They cut the margin to 12 points at the final intermission. Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) fired 12 points in the fourth period to trigger a comeback effort from Cocodrilos. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) dropped a three-pointer late in regulation drawing things level at 83 and forcing overtime. But Marinos proved the strength at the end. Hector Romero and Gregory Vargas accounted for a bunch of freebies late in the game to seal the winning outcome for the visiting team.
Hector Romero finished with 29 points and 10 boards to pace Marinos. He was trumped the MVP of the Final series. Luis Bethelmy and Jack Michael Martinez responded with 23 points each for Cocodrilos

Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game 2009
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Carl Elliott (193-G-83) scored nine of his 23 points in a key third quarter en route to becoming Most Valuable Player of the game, while Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) added nine of his 17 points in those 10 minutes, as the Imported Players defeated the National Players, 114-110, in the 32nd edition of Venezuela's LPB All-Star Game, played at El Limon Colisseum of Maracay, Aragua, the home of Toros de Aragua, and played in honor of the first Venezuelan NBA player, Carl Herrera (206-C-66).
The Criollos started with Diego Guevara (184-G-77), Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Eduardo Torres (195-F-81), Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) and Pablo Machado (207-C-77), while the Foreigns did so with Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72), Carl Elliott, Rogers Washington (198-F-77), Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) and Mark Bortz. The first quarter was won by Criollos, 31-28, thanks to 8 points of Amber Marin (208-C-81) and 7 of Torres.
Then, in the second quarter, a 15-minute delay was caused to problems with electricity, since the whole country was undergoing intensive rains for several hours in a very cloudy Sunday afternoon and night. When the game restarted, Imported players had the scoreboard in favor, 55-54, and they increased the lead to 63-56 at halftime, thanks to consecutive baskets of Michael Gale (193-G-82) and Kenya Capers (194-F-73).
In the third, the lead was extended to 18 points (77-59) till head coach Nestor Salazar asked for a timeout. Elliott and Bortz were unstoppable at the moment but Venezuelans Marin, Torres and Vargas answered back and the quarter ended with a closer 98-87.
Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) scored 10 of his 18 points in the last 10 minutes and helped the Nationals get back in the game towards the last 30 seconds of play (114-110), but missed a key three-point shot at the end. He had also provided several assists for dunks of Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and Marin.

-Heissler Guillent defeated Carl Elliott in the Special Skills contest, 5-3
-Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) defeated Michael Gale in the Three-Point Shots Challenge, 9-5.
-Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85), special guest for the Dunks Contest, defeated former champion Luis Bethelmy by jumping over a motorcycle.
-Carl Herrera, first NBA player of Venezuela, got a shirt with number 11 on it from former teammate at Venezuela's Senior NT, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68).

The quote
'I thought this day would never come. I thank God for my career and I thank all the fans and appreciate the support I got from them. We'll continue working in basketball, but now as an assistant coach'
Carl Herrera

Imported Players 114 - National Players 110
El Limon Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
IMP: 28-35-36-16= 114
NAT: 31-25-31-23= 110

IMP: Carl Elliott 23 points, 8 assists and 9 steals, Kenya Capers 18 points, Mark Bortz 17 points and 8 rebounds, Michael Gale 17 points, Hatila Passos (212-C-86) 11 points and 11 rebounds, Alejandro Flores 10 points and 7 rebounds, Ruben Nembhard 8 points, Rogers Washington 6 points, Brian Latham (184-G-83) 4 points, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 0 points, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 0 points, Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) 0 points. Head coach: Guillermo Narvarte . Assistant coach: Manolo Cintron
NAT: Heissler Guillent 18 points and 9 assists, Amber Marin 18 points and 6 rebounds, Richard Lugo 17 points and 4 blocks, Jose Vargas 16 points, Eduardo Torres 16 points, Luis Bethelmy 12 points, Victor David Diaz 6 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-75) 3 points, Pablo Machado 2 points, Jesus Centeno 2 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 0 points, Diego Guevara 0 points. Head coach: Nestor Salazar. Assistant coach: Carl Herrera

Venezuelan Team:
Diego Guevara (184-G-77) (Marinos)
Jhon Romero (199-F-85) (Marinos)
Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) (Guaros)
Pablo Machado (207-C-77) (Guaros)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) (Cocodrilos)
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) (Cocodrilos)
Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) (Trotamundos)
Richard Lugo (209-C-73) (Trotamundos)
Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) (Gaiteros)
Carlos Morris (194-G-75) (La Guaira)
Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) (Toros)
Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) (Panteras)
Head Coach: Nestor Salazar

Imports Team:
Michael Gale (193-G-82) (Marinos)
Hatila Passos (212-C-86) (Marinos)
Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) (Guaros)
Carl Elliott (193-G-83) (Cocodrilos)
Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) (Trotamundos)
Rogers Washington (198-F-77) (Guaiqueries)
Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) (Gaiteros)
Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75) (La Guaira)
Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) (Toros)
Omar Quintero (183-G-81) (Gigantes)
Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) (Gigantes)
Brian Latham (184-G-83) (Panteras)
Head Coach: Guillermo Navarte

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