EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/16/2007

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ABA

Millrats Sign "The Beast" -by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats have announced that they have signed guard Charles Easterling (6'2''-G/F-83) from Hartford, CT. Easterling was the top rated player in productivity, out of 500 players attending the USBA International Exposure Camp in Blue River, OR in August. He earned his nickname “The Beast” due to his strength and ability to finish over bigger players around the rim. Last spring, Easterling earned an All Star berth while playing for the Eugene Chargers of the IBL, where he averaged 19.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. His high games for the Chargers were 36 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.

His performances at the Hartford Pro-Am summer league are now the stuff of legend, where in one game he posted 59 points in three quarters against teams featuring NBA players. Easterling won the MVP of the Hartford league several times and this past summer lead his team to the championship of the highly competitive Greater Springfield, MA Pro-Am where he was also named MVP. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes said of Easterling “No player I have played against can cover Charles effectively one on one.” Former Eugene Charger teammate and University of Oregon star Andre Joseph said that he "has never seen a player shoot so many layups". That ability to get past any defender helped Easterling shoot 62.5% from the field in the IBL this past season.

In high school, he is the only player to ever lead two different Connecticut high schools to state championships (Bulkeley HS and Weaver HS). In 2002, Easterling earned First Team All New England, and First Team All Connecticut honors. He played one season at Kilgore Junior College in Texas where he averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.

“The Beast will make an immediate impact with the Millrats - fans will love his high energy and relentless style of play,” explained Millrats GM Ian McCarthy, “his hard work and effort make Charles the prototypical Millrat player”.

The Millrats are a new entry in the American Basketball Association (ABA), and will play their home games in the ‘Fieldhouse' on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. The season and home opener is set for Sunday November 11, 2007 at 4:35 p.m. versus the Boston Blizzard. Single game, season and half season ticket plans are on sale now on www.manchestermillrats.com or by calling 1-866-9-GET TIX (1-866-943-8849).


Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen added to their preseason roster Albert Weber (6'3''-G, college: Alabama), Dale Parsons (6'0''-G, college: Weber St.), and Australian Justin Eckhardt (6'3"-G). The Manchester Millrats announced that they have signed Charles Easterling (6'2''-G/F-83) from Hartford. The Houston Takers signed Marcus Session (6'6''-F-81, college: St.Mary's (TX)), Roy Smallwood (6'7''-F-81, college: UTEP), Keyshawn Reed (6'0''-G-84) and Larry Satchell (6'9''-F/C, college: Arkansas). The Corning Bulldogs signed Jaarone Greene (6'11''-F/C-84), a 275 lbs center who comes out from prep school national power house Mt. Zion Academy

Nate Brown Moves to France Pro-B Division -by Surujh Roopnarine
Nate Brown (6'0''-G-80, college: St.Peter's) has been signed by Aix-Maurienne in France's Pro-B division. Brown had been in training camp with the Strong Island Sound up until last week before signing.
In his first action of the season for Aix-Maurienne, Brown started at point guard and scored a team high 11 points in a 62-54 defeat at Chalon.
Brown appeared in the Sounds first two games of last season before heading to Iceland where he was named to the Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Defensive Team and finished second in the league in assists. Brown joins John "Mookie" Thomas 9Quimper) as former Sound point guards playing in France this season.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Vladislav Dragojlovic's revenge against Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
There are no undefeated teams after 4 rounds of Adriatic league. Buducnost Podgorica beat, until that moment undefeated, Crvena Zvezda 79:74. Teams went into the last quarter almost equalized but than hosts made run 21-10. Zvezda succeeded to came closer through Sljivancanin but Buducnost's players were concentrated from the FT line. Team from Podgorica dominated in the paint as they have 37 rebounds matched with only 23 rebs how much Crvena Zvezda made. Ex player of red and white team, Vladislav Dragojlovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket), led Buducnost collecting 15 points and 5 rebounds. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) scored 18 points including 6 rebounds for Zvezda.

After two huge defeats Zagreb made very important win against FMP at home 81-65. Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) netted 23 points for the winners while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) was the best in FMP nailing 24 points.

Union Olimpija celebrated over Hemofarm Stada 83-75 recording third win in Adriatic league. Olimpija got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) while Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) followed him with 15 points. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 21 points for Hemofarm Stada, who has one win and three defeats.

Partizan Igokea outplayed Geoplin Slovan on the road 81-61 letting hosts to score only 7 points in the second quarter. USA point guard Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) led Partizan adding 16 points while Marko Jovanovic (212-C-82, agency: Court Side) had 19 points and 6 boards for Slovan.

Cibona was better that Vojvodina Srbijagas in Novi Sad 68-74. Vojvodina was equal rival until the end but they couldn't stop ex player of Olympiakos, Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul), who scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) made double-double for Tulips (14 points and 11 rebounds).


Buducnost - Crvena Zvezda 79:74
(22:22,15:13,17:14,25:25)

Buducnost:
Otasevic 9 (4 as), Micov 8 (6 rebs, 4 as), Popovic 7, Gordic 8, Mijatovic 5, Rakocevic 11 (8 rebs), Bakic 11, Maras 3, Dragicevic 2, Dragojlovic 15 (5 rebs)
DNP: Sehovic, Dasic.
Crvena Zvezda: Markovic 3, Kikanovic 2, Cook 9 (4 rebs, 6 as, 4 st), Kovac 8, Misanovic 18 (6 rebs), Tica 3, Dragicevic 15, Rondovic 8, Cvetkovic, Bakic 8 (5 rebs, 3 as)
DNP: Gromyko.


Zagreb - FMP 81:65
(21:18,25:15,16:18,19:14)

Zagreb:
Tomic 15 (6 rebs), Vladovic 19 (5 as, 6 st), Babic, Simon 23 (5 st), Papac 6, Dundovic 10, Kovacevic 2, Garma, Basljan, Sesar 6
DNP: Vrsaljko, Novosel.
FMP: Jeremic, Stefanovic, Djerasimovic 4, Erceg 24, Labovic 3, Lazic, Krstovic 8 (5 as), Macvan 4, Protic 6, Samardzijski 12 (12 rebs), Raduljica, Covic 4.


Union Olimpija - Hemofarm STADA 83:75
(18:16,25:23,23:17,17:19)

Union Olimpija:
Doncic 9, Dragic 15, Mocnik, Booker 14 (5 rebs), Anderson, Hukic 17 (5 rebs), Bailey 11, Taylor 12
DNP: Milic.
Hemofarm STADA: Pavkovic 7 (4 as), Simonovic 7, Joksimovic 12, Markovic 9 (5 rebs), Savovic 3, Rakic, Jagodnik 7, Borisov 5, Marjanovic 4, Vukosavljevic 21
DNP: Trailovic, Mladenovic.


Geoplin Slovan - Partizan Igokea 61:81
(21:26,7:16,12:24,21:15)

Geoplin Slovan:
Clemons 6, Vesely, Mlakar 2, Klobucar, Dragic 2, Novak 14, Jovanovic 19 (6 rebs), Samadan 5, Nikolic, Radojevic 2, Modric 11 (4 rebs)
DNP: Bubnic.
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 16, Tepic 12 (4 as, 4 st), Riznic 2, Kecman 9 (5 rebs), Borovnjak 10, Tripkovic 4, Velickovic 4, Pekovic 13, Vitkovac 11, Djurkovic, Bozic, Vranes.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Cibona 68:74
(26:25,12:18,13:11,17:20)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 14, Duvnjak, Golubovic 14 (11 rebs), Pekovic 3, Lekic 12 (5 rebs), Paunic 3, Markovic, Nemeth 7, Djordjevic 6, Bojovic 9
DNP: Bajic, Pavkovic.
Cibona: Warren 12 (10 rebs), Vukusic 10 (6 rebs), Andric 12 (6 rebs, 3 as), Ayuso 12 (4 st), Hoskin 20 (9 rebs), Princ, Rozic 2, Mulaomerovic 6
DNP: Kastropil, Kelley, Krasic, Zoric.


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ALGERIA

Saad KAICHE officially in SPAIN -by Foued Benhenni
after many try outs,one of the biggest LEB SPAIN teams LECHE RIO BREOGAN LUGO has officially signed a few days ago one of the biggest Algerian prospect Sadd KAICHE,who playes last season with WA BOUFARIK in ALGERIAN top league,KAICHE will play first with LUGO' s reserve team in EBA division;RIO FRUTAS ESTUDIANTES LUGO (spannish third division)when he receive his French passport ,KAICHE began the basketball only two years ago,he met Dikembe MUTOMBO in 2005 Basketball Without Borders Africa camp,he was followed this year by Anicet LAVODRAMA (former REAL MADRID player now scout for LUGO)LUGO invited him to make a try out this summer ,for the story ,KAICHE came in SPAIN with only a hand bag with very few clothes,he didn t really think that he will convinc LUGO to sign him,so LUGO coach Paco GARCIA had to call one of his former player Roberto DUENAS (2,20m) to send some of his clothes to KAICHE,DUENAS sent him 20kilos of clothes ,the only problem was the shoes ,DUENAS makes 54 in shoes and KAICHE 59!

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ARGENTINA

Liga A 4th round highlights -by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) of peñarol 19 pts 5 reb 3 as 5/5 3p
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81) of central ent 29 pts 9 reb 1 st 8/10 ft
Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) of atenas 37 pts 8 reb 3 as 13/15 ft
William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) of quimsa 25 pts 12 reb 3 bl 9/16 fg
Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belmont Abbey) of independiente 28 pts 9 reb 3 bl 11/15 fg

Second team:
Gabriel Dominguez (184-G-82) of belgrano 12 pts 11 as 5 st
Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.) of belgrano 22 pts 4 as 3 st
Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) of central ent 20 pts 7 reb 2 bl
Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) of central ent 16 pts 8 reb 2 as
Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) of peñarol 20 pts 5 reb 1 bl

Third team:
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) of libertad 16 pts 6 reb
Josh Pittman (197-F-76, college: NC-Asheville) of libertad 22 pts 5 reb
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of boca 17 pts 6 reb
Antonio Reynolds (200-F-77, college: Rhode Island) of quilmes 18 pts 6 reb
Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) of el nacional 25 pts 6 reb


Changes in Liga A -by Facundo Iatzky

Ben Hur Rafaela released Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Wash.-St.Louis) and signed Khayri Battle (195-F/G-81, college: William Paterson). Chris just played four games without great stats.
Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia signed temporally David Oviedo (180-G-86) who will replace Diego Alba (186-G-81)(injured)

Belgrano San Nicolas released Walter Cordero (192-F-80) and signed Leandro Masieri (201-F-76)



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BALTIC LEAGUE

ASK Riga catches up Zalgiris and Rytas -by Eurobasket News

ASK Riga-Barons 77 : 62 ( 17-15, 24-17, 14-18, 22-12 )

ASK Riga improved to 3-0 in Baltic league after a win over barons 77:62. It was not a hard game, even though the winners got it mostly in the end. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led the winners with 22 points. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) produced 16, while Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) scored 14. Armands Skele (192-G-83) top-scored for barons with 11 points.

ASK went in front from the opening tip to take 17:9 lead. Barons did not give up at this point and till the end of the quarter got back in the game, 17:15 after first quarter. The hosts had a chance to increase their lead to 9 points at the half winning the second 24:17. Both teams went to the interim with 41:32 for ASK Riga.

Barons returned into the game in the third quarter. Armands Skele and Hlebowicky managed to keep the intrigue about the winner of this game till last quarter, 55:50 for ASK Riga. The latter however did not have any difficulties in the last quarter producing 22:12 in it. ASK Riga won the third game in a row and reached Zalgiris and Rytas in the standings.

The next game ASK Riga will play with Kalev on October 16th. Barons will face Lithuanian Neptunas on October 17th.

ASK Riga: Sandis Valters 22, Curtis Millage 16, Dwayne Broyles 14
Barons: Armands Skele 11, Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM) 10, Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) 10



Neptunas is still without wins in BBL -by Eurobasket News

Neptunas-Rock 61:82 (20:23, 17:25, 14:17, 10:17)

Neptunas remained without wins in the Baltic league after a home loss from Rock. Lithuanian team could not struggle on the same level and was defeated 61:82. Brian Cusworth (213-C, college: Harvard) brought the most troubles for Neptunas nailing 20 points. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) supported him with 15 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Giedrius Jankauskas (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.

The Estonians slammed the first victory home as they defeated the seaport town's team 82:61. The guests started it off better and after 5 minutes of action led 15:6. Neptunas came back into the game in the same quarter reducing it to 20:23 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second period Rock managed to gain a double-digit lead. Gert Kullamae increased the guests lead to 38:28.
George Tsintsadze nailed a jumper early in the final period to make it 73:52. Rock finished the match safely and snatched the first win. Neptunas will try to fight for the first victory against Barons on October 17th. Rock will meet ASK Riga on October 23rd.

All the other games will be resumed on Monday, October 16th.

Neptunas: Giedrius Jankauskas 19
Rock: Brian Cusworth 20 points, George Tsintsadze 15 +8 boards+5 assists



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BELGIUM

Recap Div 1 Rd 3 -by Peter Buyse


2 very close games this round in Charleroi and Aalst. Charleroi had to find to keep the win at home vs Leuven. Leuven fought hard but came up short in the final quarter which saw the home team
outscore them 17-11. Despite a 10-0 start of the game it was Leuven who had the lead for most of the game but is was Tremell Darden who ended up winning the game for Charleroi.

Another close gamei in Aalst where the Bree held on to a 1 pt win. Good start by Bree who took a 10 pt lead after the 1st quarter, quarter 2 saw Aalstar come to within3 pts at the half.
Quarters 3 and 4 were won by Bree and Aalstar respectively but in the end Aalstar with a 20-12 final quarter score came up short.

The game marked the return of Pablo Gonzales after a 3 week injury absence and ended up leading the game in scoring with 21 pts.


Mons-Hainaut went to Verviers-Pepinster but could not get away with a win, somewhat of a surprise since Mons who were projected as a sure in for the playoffs is now at 1-2. Besides the first quarter won by Mons it was all the home time for the rest of the game which ended with a well deserved 98-89 win.


Newcomer Optima Gent had a tough evening ahead with the visit of reigning champion Oostende. Oostende had a touch time in the first 10 minutes when they only managed to score 10 pts vs 15 for Gent. This seemed to wake up Oostende who outscored Gent 25-53 in quarter 2 and 3. Gent did not give up and thanks to among others 2 technical fouls on Oostende fought its way back to 63-72 but to late for the upset win.


Last game of the round and first game as head-coach for Sven van Camp but to no avail. Liege one of 3 undefeated teams proved to strong for the home side and came away with a 73-87 road win.


MVP of round 3 is Verviers-Pepinsters forward Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell) with 19 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists and 3 steals.



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BOSNIA

Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo sign Bryan Bailey -by Eurobasket
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell). Bailey played most recently at Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany), where he averaged in 38 games: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, and 1.3spg.

Siroki falls at 1-3 in the Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Siroki-Zadar 79:84 (16:20, 21:30, 23:12, 19:22)

The only representative in the Adriatic League this year, Siroki, lost the third game in the League. This time the team lost to Zadar 79:84. A 23:12 come-back was not enough to reach the opponents. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) led the winners with 19 points. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13 points, while Jure Lalic (212-C-86) posted 12. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) produced 20 points in the losinf effort.
In Round 4 of regional NLB league Siroki lost the third game to fall at 1-3. Three minutes into the match and Zadar had 7-18 lead built up on good defense. Towards the end of the opening quarter hosts consolidated to set the result to 16:20. Siroki got back to 29:35 but in the remaining minutes of the first half.

Both teams played poorly in the first part of the third quarter. Siroki's players shifted into higher gear and produced a 23:12 in the quarter. That comeback was not enough to reach the opponents. Croatians made a 22:19 in the last quarter to win 84:79.
The next game Siroki will play on October 17th against Hemofarm.

Siroki: Sime Spralja 20, Zeljko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver) 16
Zadar:Juby Johnson 19, Todor Gecevski, 13, Lalic, Jure 12


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BULGARIA

Stavin Smith signed with Lukoil Academic -by Valentin Anguelov

The playmaker Stevin Smith (186-G-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) signed today a contract with Lukoil Academic. A try-out period is stated in the contract after which the management of the club will decide whether to keep the 35-year-old American until the end of the season or release him.

Stevin Smith has good experience and very precise shooting. During the last year he scored an average of 5,8 points, grabbed 2,7 rebounds and made 2,4 assists in 33 games for the Italian team Legea Skafatti. Before that the 186-setimetres-tall guard was wearing the jersey of Dynamo Moscow Region, the Israeli Ironi Naharya and the French ASVEL Villeurbanne, Nancy and Antibe.

Smith was born on January 23, 1972 in Dallas, Texas and is familiar with his nickname “headache”. In the far 1993 he was a part of the USA U20 Men's national team and represented his country on the World Championship the same year.
It is expected that Stevin Smith will arrive on Wednesday. He was chosen to replace Antonio Burks after it became clear that Burks has problems receiving a letter of clearance from his previous club Crvena Zvezda. However, the management of Lukoil Academic are still working over solving that problem and having Burks in their lines.



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CANADA

Guy Vetrie Tournament Is Set To Begin In Victoria -by Fatih Akser
University of Victoria's " Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament " is ready to roll on October 19-21. There are 4 CIS's powerhouse teams are going to participate that one of the most important pre- season tournament in Canada.

University of Vcitoria's McKinnon Gymnasium will host arguably the most talented set of teams this pre-season tournament. In addition to the eight-time CIS champion University of Victory Vikes, basketball fans will also see perennially strong Alberta Golden Bears, last season's CIS finalist Brandon Bobcats, and without a doubt Canada's one of the most powerful team five-time in a row defending CIS champion Carleton Ravens.

During this important pre- season tournament University of Victoria will also be hosting a coaching clinic, open to the public, on the Saturday at McKinnon Gym. Brandon's Mike Raimbault, Alberta's Don Horwood, Carleton's Dave Smart, and UVic's Craig Beaucamp will each lead instructional sessions.


Tournament schedule is as followed;

Friday, October 19:
Brandon vs. Carleton
Alberta vs. UVic

Saturday, October 20:
Carleton vs. Alberta
Brandon vs. UVic

Sunday, October 21:
Alberta vs. Brandon
Carleton vs. UVic




Carleton Ravens triumph at the House-Laughton Hoops Classic -by Eurobasket News
The Carleton Ravens won the 18t edition of the Annual House-Laughton Hoops Classic held in Ottawa. Carleton beat the Dalhousie Tigers and secured a perfect 3-0 record at the tournament. This became the 7th straight victory at the tournament for the Ravens.
Carleton was dominant throughout the competition and finished it in style edging Dalhousie 96:69. The Ravens led by 20 points at halftime and never looked back after the intermission. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) paced the Ravens with 25 points and 6 boards. He was later named the tournament's MVP for the second consecutive year. Stuart Turnbull (188-G) added 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. The Tigers answered with 17 points from Ryan deWinter (196-F-85).
In another fixture of the last day Guelph Gryphons posted their first victory in Ottawa as they outscored UQAM 75:70. UQAM enjoyed a 9-point advantage at halftime. However the Gryphons revived in the second half and won in a tight last minutes fight. Nick Pankerichan (191-G) topscored for the Gryphons with 17 points. Mario Joseph (193-G-82) had 15 points for UQAM.

Tournament MVP:
Aaron Doornekamp, Carleton University
Tournament All-Stars:
Stuart Turnbull, Carleton University
Simon Farine (191-G), Dalhousie University
Drew Stratton (200-F-85), Dalhousie University
Joseph Atangana (191-C), UQAM
Nick Pankerichan, University of Guelph.


University Of Toronto Won Naismith ClassicTournament -by Fatih Akser
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball team won the Naismith Classic with an exciting 96-92 overtime win over the Calgary Dinos at the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) at the University of Waterloo.

The Varsity Blues took the championship with a perfect 3-0 record during the two-day tournament. They beat McMaster Marauders, 80-57, on Friday night. Sergautis led the way with 19 points and DiGiorgio had a double-double, 10 points and 11 assists. On Saturday, the Blueswon against the host, Waterloo Warriors, 76-53. Paris was the team's high scorer with 16 points while Sergautis and Snow had 15 and 14 points respectively.

The Varsity Blues men's basketball team will go to the west coast as they continue to play their non-conference schedule. The Blues are going to play against Simon Fraser on Thursday, Oct. 18, UBC on Friday, and they play their last game against Fraser Valley on Saturday.

They return home to host a three-game exhibition series, October 26-28, against Atlantic University Sport (AUS) opponents Dalhousie, Memorial and St. Francis Xavier University. Their OUA regular season schedule begins at home on Friday, November 9th when the visiting Waterloo Warriors make their way to the Athletic Centre sports gym.


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CAPE VERDE

Pre-Olympic Tournament Format and date Set -by Pedro Gomes

The format for the pre-Olympic basketball tournament has been defined by the FIBA, which also confirmed the qualified nations for the competition, which includes Cape Verde National Team.

The three last spot for the Olympic Games of Pequim-2008 will be disputed between 12 Nations divided into four groups (A, B, C and D) with three teams each. The first and second place finishers of each group will go on to the quarterfinals in the following confrontations: A1 x B2, B1 x A2, C1 x D2 and D1 x D2. The two finalists of the tournament will qualify directly for the Olympic Games.

Cape Verde National Team and Cameroon (Africa); Porto Rico, Brazil e Canada (Americas); Lebanon e Korea (Asia); New Zealand (Oceanic); Germany, Croatia, Greece and Eslovaquia (Europe), are the National teams qualified for the pre-Olympic tournament, which will take place from the 9 to the 13 of July 2008. The place of the tournament will be determined after the FIBA Executive committee meeting schedule for the month of December, meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has manifested interest in hosting the event.



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COLOMBIA

Federation Cup 2007 - Semifinal Playoffs - October 14 results: -by Victor Garcia
Piratas 76 - Marvin Phillips 20 pts
Arrieros 73 - Nobery Aragon 21 pts

Piratas is still breathing after defeat Arrieros in a controversial game, Arrieros tied the game with 13 seconds remaining after a free throw made by Alvaro Contreras, in the next position the ball hit Dajuan Gouard´s leg and finished out of the sideline, but the officials give the ball back to Piratas, then Gouard was fouled to mad one of two free throws with 3 seconds remaining and grabbed the rebound of the second free throw to score a lay up.

Arrieros lead 3 -2


Federation Cup 2007 - Semifinal Playoffs - October 12 results: -by Victor Garcia
Piratas 93 - Dajuan Gouard 28 Pts
Arrieros 75 - Curtis Williams 30 Pts + 11 rebounds
Piratas won the third game of the series, Arrieros won the first three quarters, but Gouard carried Piratas on his shoulders in the last quarter to defeat Arrieros, in the first half Curtis Williams with 22 points (4 - 3pointers).
In the second half the history changed , and Piratas put more pressure on defense changing the history of the game.

Arrieros Leads 2-1

Soles 80
Bucaros 85
Soles miss a great opportunity to won the game, after trails Bucaros until the last quarter, but Hardy Asprilla and Edgar Moreno´s effort bring back Bucaros in the game.

Bucaros leads 3-0


Federation Cup 2007 - Semifinal Playoffs - October 13 results: -by Victor Garcia
Piratas 65 - Dajuan Gouard 25 pts
Arrieros 61 - Curtis Williams 25 pts
Arrieros with a big game again of Curtis Williams , Antown Hall (16 pts, 3 blks, 4 steals) and Norbey Aragon (13 pts), defeated Piratas.
Arrieros leaded for 20 pts in the middle of the third half, but again the offensive power of Gouard brings back the Piratas in the game, at the end of the game one basket and one great defensive play of Antwon Hall, give the victory to Arrieros

Arrieros leads 3-1

Soles 88
Bucaros 75
Rodolfo Fonseca changed its roster and give an opportunity to the young ones, and Michael Jackson leaded the Soles to a victory to survive against Bucaros.
Bucaros missed Asprilla for an injury and also missed help from Damond Cowins who is not filling team expectations

Bucaros leads 3-1


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COSTA RICA

Barva, Liceo, Limon, Santa Cecilia in Quarterfinals -by Max Blair
Banco Nacional - Banco Nacional-Liceo de Costa Rica de Costa Rica destroyed Deportivo Saprissa Basket's dreams of a Bi-Champion year by winning 100-62 in the third and final game of the series.

Because the BSN season is divided into two separate tournaments and Saprissa won the first tournament, called the Apertura, they will still get a chance to play in the Finals. Since the Apertura, Saprissa lost Costa Rican star Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) and gained ex-NBA star Khalid Reeves (190-G-72, college: Arizona); however, Reeves was sent to the injured list during the play-offs and has yet to return. Nevertheless, Saprissa had stars Ivan Jaen and Alejandro Grijalba, who simply could not hold off Banco Nacional-Liceo de Costa Rica's balanced attack, led by Amir Alvarado (198-G/F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) throughout the series.

As for the second tournament, called the Clausura, the quarter-finals are now set. Liceo will go on to play against last year's champion, Barva in the quarter-finals on October 15, 2007 at Liceo's home gym. The other bracket includes a match-up between Limon and Santa Cecilia, which starts on Tuesday, October 15th in Limon.


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CROATIA

Croatians are perfect in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Last weekend was great for all the Croatian teams as all of them celebrated the wins.

Split won over Helios 85:73. An offensive first quarter was stopped in the second as both teams dedicated too much time to the defense. As a result Split was satisfied with 9:8 in the second. Tony Akins (180-G-80, college: Georgia Tech), led the winners with 18 points. Peric, Hrvoje nailed 17, while Garnett, Marlon added 15.

Zagreb made very important win against FMP at home 81:65. Krunoslav Simon netted 23 points for the winners while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) was the best in FMP nailing 24 points.

Cibona was better that Vojvodina Srbijagas in Novi Sad 68:74. Vojvodina was equal rival until the end but they couldn't stop ex player of Olympiakos, Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) who scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) made double-double for Tulips with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Zadar had a road win over Siroki 79:84. A 22:19 in the last quarter brought the success for the Croatian team. Johnson, Juby top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), netted 13, while Lalic, Jure had 12.

Zagreb - FMP 81:65 (21:18,25:15,16:18,19:14)
Zagreb: Tomic 15 (6 rebs), Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) 19 (5 as, 6 st), Babic, Simon 23 (5 st), Papac 6, Dundovic 10, Kovacevic 2, Garma, Basljan, Sesar 6
FMP: Jeremic, Stefanovic, Djerasimovic 4, Zoran Erceg 24, Labovic 3, Lazic, Krstovic 8 (5 as), Macvan 4, Protic 6, Samardzijski 12 (12 rebs), Raduljica, Covic 4.

Vojvodina Srbijagas - Cibona 68:74 (26:25,12:18,13:11,17:20)
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 14, Duvnjak, Vladimir Golubovic 14 (11 rebs), Pekovic 3, Lekic 12 (5 rebs), Paunic 3, Markovic, Nemeth 7, Djordjevic 6, Bojovic 9
Cibona: Warren 12 (10 rebs), Vukusic 10 (6 rebs), Andric 12 (6 rebs, 3 as), Ayuso 12 (4 st), Sam Hoskin 20 (9 rebs), Princ, Rozic 2, Mulaomerovic 6

Split-Helios 85:73 (33:27, 9:8, 25:18, 18:20)
Split:Tony Akins, 18, Peric, Hrvoje 17, Garnett, Marlon 15
Helios:Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois), Jack Paul 12, Mihalic, Jernej 12

Siroki-Zadar 79:84 (16:20, 21:30, 23:12, 19:22)
Siroki: Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83), 20, Zupic, Zeljko 16
Zadar:Johnson, Juby 19, Todor Gecevski, 13, Lalic, Jure 12


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CZECH REP.

BK Opava and Basket Zapad rule in 1Liga -by Eurobasket News

Two teams remain unbeaten after the fifth games each. BK Opava and Basket Zapad rule in 1Liga, having 5-0 record each.
BK Opava played only in Round 5 and beat VSB Ostrava 86:67. A important and not difficult win allowed the team to reach the fifth win. Michal Hutnan (200-F-85) led the winners with 19 points. Petr Czudek (186-G-71) posted 12 points, while Michal Carnecky (184-G-85) and Dygrэn added 11 points each. Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) finished the game with 12 points in defeat.
Basket Zapad beat Slavoj Litomerice 74:70 in Round 5 due to the last quarter win. Trailing 3 points before the last quarter, the favorites could stay undefeated. In Round 6 Basket Zapad overcame BK Chomutov 85:58.
Sokol Vysehrad follow the leaders with 4-1 record. In Round 5 the team won over BK Chomutov 76:59 and then escaped over Slavoj Litomerice 77:74.

VSB Ostrava remains the only teams without wins. As it was mentioned above the team lost to Opava in Round 5 67:86.

Round 5
BK Opava - VSB Ostrava 86:67
BK Opava: Michal Hutnan 19, Petr Czudek 12, Michal Carnecky 11, Dygrэn 11, Kratochvнl 8, Kuffa 8, La Rosa 7, Binar 3, Strnisko 3, Remes 3, Suchбnek 1
VSB Ostrava: Lukas Palyza 12, Marek 10, Smazak 9, Madera 9, Pacut 8, Kresta 7, Lukenda 6, Pavlнk 4, Kudlacek 2
BBK IVes Brno - BC Benesov 67:72
JHComp J. Hradec - Sokol prazsky (70:91) (16:23 36:48 56:74)
UP Olomouc - KARA Trutnov 60:70
Proton Zlin - BK Pardubice B 99:79
Basket Zapad - Slavoj Litomerice (74:70) (20:18 41:26 52:55)
Sokol Vysehrad - BK Chomutov (76:59) (15:24 35:32 51:48)

Round 6
BBK IVes Brno - Sokol prazsky 56:91
JHComp J. Hradec - BC Benesov (90:82) (22:22 48:38 63:61)
UP Olomouc - BK Pardubice B 90:58
Proton Zlin - KARA Trutnov 89:78
Basket Zapad - BK Chomutov 85:58
Sokol Vysehrad - Slavoj Litomerice (77:74) (22:18 42:37 54:52)



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DENMARK

Aabyhoj and Team Fog Naestved scored 239 points in a sum -by Eurobasket News
Three more games were played in Danish Basketliga recently. Aabyhoj and Team Fog Naestved showed a very offensive game, that gave 239 points in a sum. Svendborg Rabbits celebrated the win at home, while Amager stole a victory from SISU.
Svendborg Rabbits overcame Randers 86:73. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Arlington) led the winners with 31 points. Ivan Hoger produced 24, while Brayden Billbe and Martin Mariegaard netted 10 points each. Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) had a great game for the visitors with 32 points.
Aabyhoj and Team Fog Naestved scored almost all the baskets in the game that they shot. The game brought much interest to the spectators, however did not satisfy them as the hosts lost 116:123. Thomas Soltau (210-C/F-82, college: Northwestern) poured in 27 points in a win. Thomas Brandon ended up with 24, while Micky Dennis scored 22. Peder Linnet (190-G/F-81) brought 31 points for the hosts.
SISU lost the home game to Amager 72:81. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80)'s 22 points were enough for the winners. David Harder (196-G/F-87) posted 17 points in the losing effort.

Svendborg Rabbits-Randers 86:73
Svendborg Rabbits: Jarrett Howell 31, Ivan Hoger 24, Brayden Billbe 10, Martin Mariegaard 10, Claus Magaard 5, Danilo Fatic 4, Soren Bækgaard 2
Randers: Bonell Colas 32, Ranko Stevovic (202-G-77) 24, Chris Nielsen 7, Petar Popovic 6, Nicky Nielsen 2, Anders Pedersen 2

Aabyhoj - Team Fog Naestved 116:123
AAIF: Peder Linnet 31, Henrik Sørensen 17, Jens Nissen 16
Team Fog Naestved: Thomas Soltau 27, Thomas Brandon 24, Micky Dennis 22

SISU-Amager 72:81
SISU: David Harder 17, Trent Wurtz 14, Bloch 13
Amager: Peter Johansen 22, Joe Smith 19, Kristian Buron (175-G-81) 16


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DOMINICAN REP.

Dominicans in Spain-LEB SILVER -by Ozell Wells
Dominicans in Spain LEB SILVER
In another torrid week of games, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) & Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) are still standing undefeated at 4-0 and Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) & Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) have dropped to 1-3 on the newly tipped season.
Kelvin Pena and his Caceres team defeated Santa Pola 71-78 as Pena pumped in 16 points & 7 rebounds.
Eulis Baez shot an amazing 86% from field goal and 76% from the free throw line on his way to 15 points, 8 rebounds & 3 blocked shots. He has been the cornerstone of the Vic team who defeated Illescas 80-65.
Sabadell & Manuel Guzman dropped another one as they fell to Plasencia Galco 79-60. Manny had a near double double with 8 pts and 7 rebs in the game.


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EL SALVADOR

Denver defeats Cosmos -by Gianni Pascucci

In the last round of Liga Superior, UTEC prevailed over APG 94-74 led by Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78), who scored 38 points, and Cosmos suffered the first win of the Clausura season, falling to Denver 102-94. Despite the 36 points scored by Oscar Rivera (186-G-80), Cosmos managed to win only the first quarter, and was unable to complete its comeback in the fourth one. Bob Hunter (193-F-76) was the best in Denver with 25 points. The standings are now 1. Cosmos 4-1, 2. Denver 3-2, 3. UTEC 3-2, 4. ExSal 2-2, 5. APG 0-5

with the help of Jaime Arevalo



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Kataja - Honka 76-108 in TV-game -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 3: Only one (TV-) game tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) lost third time in a row and Honka (Espoo) won third time in a row. Honka could have won
over 50 pts, but Team starters warmed the bench almost 20 minutes. The result 76-108 (32-54) speaks for itself. Quarters: 17-22, 15-31, 15-38, 29-17.
Honka had seven players in double figures and 11/12 players scored pts. Petteri Koponen got most playing time (26 min) and led Honka in pts (18). The other two NT players Jukka Matinen and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) combined 29 pts. Sami Lehtoranta tallied 18 pts for Kataja.

Kataja - Honka 76-108 (32-54) (Sami Lehtoranta 18, Cedric Jackson 13, Louis Hinnant 12 - Petteri Koponen 18, Jukka Matinen 16, Kimmo Muurinen 13).



KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki testing Cornelius "Tony" Mitchell -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) is testing Team's fourth American player. Cornelius "Tony" Mitchell has international experience earlier from Sweden, Poland and Ireland. Kauhajoki record is 0-2 after two rounds. By signing new American G Team gets more competition at practises and wants to change the playing style to be quicker in the future.

Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has signed American F Michael Oppland (204-F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Valparaiso) to replace James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) during the time Reaves will be on injured (hand operated) list. Reaves will be back in action in December.



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FRANCE

N1 : new american player in Charleville -by Aurelien Hipp
*Charleville has decided to release Rodney Epperson (203-F-82, college: Mountain St.) and signed Chris Davis (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas), who's been playing in Finland (Team Componenta) for last 2 seasons.

ProB : Brian Heinle confirmed at Bourg -by Aurelien Hipp
*After a positive try-out with Bourg, Brian Heinle (206-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) has been confirmed for the season by Bourg en Bresse. He will replace Courtney Bradley in the roster, waived a couple of weeks ago. Heinle played in Belgium last 5 years.

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FYR MACEDONIA

Fersped Rabotnicki convincing against city rivals -by Todor Chalovski

Fersped Rabotnicki beat city rivals MZT Skopje 103:76 in a match from day 1 of the First macedonian basketball league.

Vardar Osiguruvanje, champions Strumica 2005 and Feni Industri also have a winning start to the new season


STRUMICA 2005 - AMAK SP 77:72
Result by quarters: 25:20; 22:17; 11:16; 19:19.

STRUMICA 2005:Bogoev 5, Cvetkov, D. Sokolov 12, Delic 4, Tasovski 27, Grncharov, Krstevski 2, Angelakis, Hadzivasilev 7, T. Sokolov 3, Latovic 17, Zaev.
Coach: Jovica Arsic.

AMAK SP: D. Stojanovski 12, Tasevski, Stojanov, Frey 20, Cvetnic, Vegov 6, Naumoski, Velkovski, V. Stojanovski 18, Nedelkov 2, Nikolovski, Coddle.
Coach: Igor Gacov.


FENI INDUSTRI - MAVROVO 100:68
Result by quarters: 24:12; 22:16; 25:19; 29:21.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov 2, Prekovic 5, Basnarkov 3, Dimitrovski 6, Koll 15, Radulovic 7, Popovic 11, Gocevski 9, Gjurov 8, Jovovic 13, Mihajloski, Samardziev 21.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic.

MAVROVO: Iljazi 6, Angelov, Jankovski 11, Osman, Gegoski 12, Shareski, Andrijeski 10, Janeski 29.
Coach: Dejan Srzic.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE - KARPOS SOKOLI 2000 105:72
Result by quarters: 32:11; 27:21; 22:17; 26:23.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE: Sazdov 5, Gjorgjievski 12, Simonovski, Karamanolev 3, Kralevski 12, Mitic 12, Daskalovski 22, Despotovic, Trifunovski 1, Nuri 10, Blazevski 14, Dishliev 4.
Coach: Tihomir Matevski

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000: Golubovic, Ramadan 16, Neshovski 8, Mitkov 3, Kacarski 7, Popivoda, Zlatkovski 15, Grozdanovski, Germanski 3, Vasilev 20.
Coach: Mihajlo Naumovski.

MZT SKOPJE - FERSPED RABOTNICKI 76:103
Result by quarters: 17:17; 21:29; 21:25; 17:32.

MZT SKOPJE:Milenkovic 17, B. Nikolovski, Petrovski 15, Karakolev 4, Azemi 11, Atanasoski 8, Stojanovski, K. Nikolovski 9, Shteryov, Milanovski, Ball 10, Miftari 2.
Coach: Aleksandar Todorov.

FERSPED RABOTNICKI: Stojanovski 4, Stojchevski, Veselinovski 11, Filipovic 26, Simic 18, Kochov 3, Mirakovski 29, Zivcevic 8, Trajkovski 4, Mihajlovski, Nakic, Markovski.
Coach: Marin Dokuzovski



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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 4 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern Braves: 30 pts, 15/22 FG, 13 rbs, 1 bs, 1 st

Points: Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88) - Dimplex Falke Nuernberg: 32

Rebounds: Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) - VPV Giants Noerdlingen: 18

Assists: Per Guenther (184-G-88) - Phoenix Hagen: 6

Steals: Terryl Woolery (195-F-76, college: Cal Poly Pomona) - Bremen Roosters: 4

Blocked Shots: Rocky Trice (191-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) - Cuxhaven BasCats: 3

Check out all stats and scores on the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Bundesliga Game Day 3: Sunday October 14th Results! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 3 brought exciting basketball action all over the country including first wins for Trier, Bremerhaven and Giessen Sunday October 14th.

TBB TRIER 90 EnBW LUDWIGSBURG 75
Trier notched their first win of the season with an impressive 90-75 road victory over EnBW Ludwigsburg at Rundsporthalle Sunday evening. Head Coach Joe Whelton and his team jumped out to a 23-16 lead after 1Q and held a 45-39 lead at half. Ludwigsburg trimmed the game to 60-56 heading into the 4th. Down the stretch, Trier made several big shots and outscored the hosts 30-19 in the 4th to pull away with the 90-75 win. Trier shot 50% from the floor and made 10 of 23 threes (43%) while Ludwigsburg shot 40% from the floor and made only 4 of 20 (20%) from three in the game. Jerome Coleman sank 5 threes to topscore with 22pt 6reb for Trier while James Gillingham added 20pt, Caleb Green 15pt and Jonathan Moore 10. Jason Dourisseau led Ludwigsburg with 20pt 5reb, Brandon Woudstra added 14pt 6reb 4ast and Coleman Collins 12pt 5reb in the loss. Ludwigsburg did outrebound Trier but suffered 18turnovers. Both Trier and Ludwigsburg are now 1-2 on the early season.

GIESSEN 46ERS 78 KOLN 99ERS 68
Giessen 46ers celebrated their first victory of the year topping Koln 99ers 78-68 Sunday in Giessen. Rouven Roussler buried 5 of 7 threes to lead the 46ers with 22pt and Ed Nelson added 10pt 12reb in the win. Michael Umah continued his strong start to the season with a 14pt effort including 2 of 3 threes. Giessen shot 50% from the floor, buried 10 of 17 threes (58%) and outrebounded Koln 31-21 in the win. Immanuel McElroy led the 99ers with 18pt 8reb while Aleksandar Nadjfeji added 16pt, Marko Keselj 13pt and Milko Bjelica 11. Giessen enjoyed an advantage at the foul line making 14 of 16 free throws compared with Koln's 5 of 8. Jumping out to an early lead with a 24-12 1Q, the 46ers held a 40-31 halftime lead and held off a 99er comeback. Giessen improved to 1-2 on the young season.

EISBAREN BREMERHAVEN 91 NEWYORKERPHANTOMS BRAUNSCHWEIG 72
Eisbaren Bremerhaven earned their first victory of the 2007-2008 season with a strong road performance beating NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 91-71 Sunday at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. After a tight first half, Bremerhaven held a 44-40 advantage at the break before slowly pulling away. After 3Q the team from Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas led by 8 and then the Eisbaren outscored the Phantoms 27-16 in the 4Q. Bremerhaven shot 50% from the floor, 34% (8-23) from three and made 21 of 31 free throws. RT Guinn continued his strong start to the season with a 20pt 10reb double double while Tommy Adams added 19pt and Nate Doornekamp chipped in 12pt 7reb to help Bremerhaven in the win. 1-2 Bremerhaven outrebounded Braunschweig 34-33 and the Eisbaren dished out a terrific 19ast to 10turnovers as a team. For Braunschweig, who fell to 2-1, Andrew Drevo went for an 18pt 10reb double double while Jonathan Levy added 14pt and Steven Wright 13pt in the loss. The Phantoms shot 39% from the floor.

WALTER TIGERS TUBINGEN 76 SCIENCE CITY JENA 69
Walter Tigers Tubingen improved to a perfect 3-0 beating a shorthanded but hardworking Jena team 76-69 Sunday at Tubingen Arena. Tubingens 'Big 3' of AJ Moye (14pt 3reb), Rasko Katic (17pt 5reb) and Bingo Merriex (17pt 6reb 5-9 threes) were excellent in the win. Athletic wing Ray Nixon also was strong scoring 12pt 5reb with 4 of 9 threes. Tubingen sank 13 of 27 (48%) from beyond the arc, 43% from the floor and 17 of 27 (63%) from the foul line. Playing without Al Elliot and Adrian Moss who were suspended for conduct detrumental to the team, Jena put forth an inspired team effort led by Ali Seggelke (17pt 10reb), Blake Shelton (16pt 7ast 4-8threes), Gregor Linke (16pt 4reb 3-5threes) and Ajmal Basit (15pt 10reb). Jena shot 35% but outrebounded the Tigers 32-27. Starting fast, Jena opened with a 15-12 lead after 1Q but Tubingen responded with a 19-10 2Q for a 31-25 halftime lead. Tubingen built the advantage to 54-40 heading into the 4th and held on despite a Jena comeback attempt. Despite their terrific team effort, Aufsteiger Jena fell to 0-3.

EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 74 TELEKOM BONN 69
In a competitive game at Ewe Arena Sunday, Ewe Baskets Oldenburg fought back to earn a 74-69 home win over Telekom Bonn as both teams moved to 2-1 on the year. Bonn earned a 37-30 halftime lead on the road and positioned themselves for the win. But down the stretch, Oldenburg outscored their guests 23-12 in the 4Q to earn the hardfought win. Oldenburg hit 49% from the floor compared with Bonn's 41% but the most drastic difference in the game came behind the 3pt line where Oldenburg sank 11-26 (42%) while Bonn buried only 4 of 16 (25%). Post man Jasmin Perkovic topscored for Oldenburg with 23pt 6reb on 8-11 from the field including 2 of 3 from three. Oldenburg backcourt of Jason Gardner (13pt 4ast v former team) and Rickey Paulding (12pt) sparked the win. Winsome Frazier paced Bonn with 15pt while Ronnie Burrell also reached double figures with a 14pt 10reb double double. Bonn outrebounded Oldenburg 32-21.

ARTLAND DRAGONS 86 RATIOPHARM ULM 63
Powered by a physical defense and hot-shooting offense, Artland Dragons improved to 2-1 on the season with a convincing 86-63 home victory over ratiopharm Ulm Sunday at Artland Arena. After a tight first half which saw Artland hold a 41-35 lead at break, Artland opened a double digit lead in the third before breaking the game open with a three point shooting barrage in the fourth. For the game the Dragons nailed 14 of 26 (53%) threes and shot 51% from the floor. Lamont McIntosh topscored for Artland with 18pt 5reb while Terrance Thomas added 15pt (3-4threes), sharpshooting veteran Jan Rohdewald 11pt (3-4 threes) along with John Goldsberry (4ast) and Dirk Madrich contributing 10pt apiece. Bryan Lucas led 1-2 Ulm with 22pt 6reb as the only double figure scorer while Jeff Gibbs added 9pt 11reb in the loss. Artland outrebounded Ulm 31-27 and limited the guests to 41% from the floor. The biggest difference in the game came beyond the arc as Artland made 14 three pointers to Ulm's 7.

BROSE BASKETS BAMBERG 83 BAYER LEVERKUSEN 59
Brose Baskets Bamberg upped their record to a perfect 3-0 by beating Bayer Leverkusen 83-59 Sunday at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. In a well-balanced attack, all 5 starters reached double figures for Bamberg as Predrag Suput produced 13pt 12reb 5ast, Darren Fenn 11pt 8reb, Demond Greene 16pt 4-8threes, Steffen Hamann 13pt 5ast and Ademola Okulaja 11pt 9reb in the win. Bamberg outrebounded Leverkusen 46-34, shot 44% from the floor and distributed 20ast as a team. Out to a strong start Bamberg opened a 21-13 lead after 1 before building their 43-31 lead at half. Down the stretch, Bamberg pulled away outscoring Leverkusen 24-9 in the fourth. Eric Taylor led Leverkusen with 13pt 10reb and Nate Fox added 10pt 7reb. Against the tough Bamberg team defense, 1-2 Leverkusen shot 31% from the floor.

Completeing Game Day 3, Gottingen visits ALBA Berlin Tuesday October 16th and Deutsche Bank Skyliners entertain Paderborn January 18th.


SG Sechtem 1971 sign Nathan Drury -by Eurobasket
SG Sechtem 1971 (2.Regionalliga) added to their roster 22-year old American guard Nathan Drury (188-G-85, college: Carroll, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment). Drury played most recently at Carroll College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

Dill posts double-double in debut for Nuernberg -by Moritz Korff
Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) made his debut for Dimplex Falke Nuernberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A) on Saturday, when the team of Coach Stephen Harlander defeated USC Heidelberg 96:89. Dill played a very solid first game, helping th Falcons to the first victory of this current campaign by scoring 17 points. The 25-year-old Power Forward also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Dill spent the first two years of his pro-career in Holland, suiting up for Rotterdam Basketball. In 2006 he made the Eurobasket.com Eredivisie All-Defensive Team.

Brandon Ward in Bramsche -by Moritz Korff
TuS Bramsche (2. Regionalliga) has added Brandon Ward (175-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida A&M) to the roster. The 26-year-old Playmaker replaces Matt Cenatus who is out with a broken foot, but will return to the Red Devils in January. Ward spent his collegiate career at Florida A&M University (NCAA1) and had a try-out in Jena last year. After leaving college he mostly played as a pro in the first Romanian division.

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 4 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: David Knowles (183-G-84, college: Pomona-Pitzer) - Wolfenbuettel Dukes: 26 pts, 10/16 FG, 4/4 FT, 6 as, 6 st, 4 rbs

Points: David Bunts (189-G-79, college: Pacific) - TSVE Bielefeld: 31

Rebounds: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim Knights: 16

Assists: Didier Njoya (185-G-75) - Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig: 9

Steals: Tim Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) - Kirchheim Knights: 6

Blocked Shots: Ethan Shaw (203-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) - ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen: 3

Check out all stats and scores on the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


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GREECE

A2 Day 3: Waoo what a league! -by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com stated two months ago that the A2 league for the season 2007-2008 will be the most competitive if not ever at least the last decade, after three weeks our site seems to be 100% as it is obvious that the particular competition is the BEST ever. There are amazing games, unbelievable surprises and really great players, players who could play in any other European league they wished!

Never the less, last night's results were once more exciting and in some cases with an astonishing end. Some of the teams performed a great second game but they blew it all up in the third. The steadiest team in the league (these three first weeks) is a team which considers to be an outsider, the newcomers of head coach Aris Lykogiannis, team of Pagrati seems to be a solid team and proves it with the current standings and their record 3/3, a low profile team with a low profile head coach and hard work in the court. It is very early for any predictions of course as the super powers of the league - Ionikos Lamias and Peristeri had a late start but upon their readiness………...
In regards to the third week's results, we had two road wins on behalf of Iraklis in Ilysiakos court with Kahrimanovic being the fatal player, (the ex Iraklis player lost two free throws from the charity line at the end),and on behalf of Trikala 2000 who beat Panorama which scored only 49 points!! scorers, eurobasket.com MVP was Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose (NY)) who scored 20 points in 21 minutes he dashed down 11 boards and had 3 steals!

Halkida - Ionikos Lamias 96-74
Quarters: 22-17, 49-36, 69-54, 96-74.
Halkida: Kritikos 6, Katnartzis 18, Papantoniou 3 (1), Vasilopoulos 5 (7assists), Melas 3, Ilias Tomaras (181-G-81) 20 Psathas 13, Djidic 12, Ibiza 2, Vukisevic 14.
Ionikos Lamias: Tzakopoulos 2, Kamperidis 19, Kekelis 13, Koutkias 1, Giannouzakos 8, Costas Pashalis (208-C-75) 25, Veskoukis 6.

Peristeri - Sporting 91-58
Quarters: 27-12, 52-31, 62-46, 91-58.
Peristeri: Mantzanas 9, Moshovitis 5, Amato 10, A. Mantzaris 9, Kokkalis 4, V. Mantzaris 5, Cuk 2, Margaritis 10, Sakelarakis 2, Tribanski 8, Bucci 20, Kotinis 7 (1).
Sporting: Kaimenakis 3, Kakkavas 2, Dolaptsis 4, Tsiotras 3, Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82) 16, Moutran 9, Perrakis 14, Morfis 7.

MENT - Panerythraikos 75-50
Quarters: 22-11, 41-27, 53-37, 75-50.
MENT: Bursic 2, Despos 15, Karidas 6, Kokolios 7, Mandic 8, Giannakidis 3, Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) 22, Makris 6.
Panaerythraikos: Kontoudis 4, Manojlovic 9, Georgaros 9, Yfantis 1, Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.) 10, Koutouzis 5, Hopson 7, Doumanis 2, Gribaviotis 2.

Pagrati - ICBS 77-61
Quarters: 24-13, 43-28, 64-42, 77-61.
Pagrati: Koukas 3, Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) 17, Gotzogiannis 8, Tsolatos 4, Voulgaris 6, Klimis 3, Kourtis 11, Tzialas 8, Mahairas 6, Varypatis 9 and Melniks 2
ICBS: Kandic 7, Bardas 4, Kounas 4, Giorgos Maslarinos (194-G-74) 12, Zaras 1, Jovanovic 6, Anagnostopoulos 3, Nisiotis 7, Tselios 8, Plioukas 2

Ilysiakos - Iraklis 78-79
Quarters: 12-27, 26-42, 52-60, 78-79.
Ilysiakos: Kompodietas 6, Gajic 12, Papanikolaou 15, Kahrimanovic 12, Athanasoulas 5, Bogris 1, Papadopoulos 4, Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) 23.
Iraklis: Siamandouras 7, Totsios 11, Misic 13, Apostolopoulos 3, Traiana 21, Philippos Simeonidis (204-F-80) 24.

P. Faliro - Dafni 63-60
Quarters: 12-16, 21-26, 49-43, 63-60.
P. Faliro: Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) 18(4), Efthimiou 16(2), Rodostoglou 16, Halkiadakis 4, Aposkitis 9.
Dafni: Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) 15, Tolias 1, Kakiouzis 10, Sourlis 5, Papadimitriou 5, Kerasovitis 3, Sioutis 10 and Petrodimopoulos 11.

Xanthi - Apollon Patras. 79-69
Quarters: 22-14, 40-28, 61-44, 79-69.
Xanthi: Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) 23, Stefanidis 3, Nikoloudis 16, Seferidis 11, Voivatopoulos 2, Skara 5, Loupos 19.
Apollon Patras: Ilan Kadosh (189-G-79, agency: Interperformances) 19, Athanasiadis 3, Lianos 2, Manousos 4, Papadopoulos 11, PJ Isaacson 7, Giannikopoulos 4, Georgitsis 9, Ides 6

Panorama - Trikala 2000 49-54
Quarters: 10-13, 29-23, 39-36, 49-54.
Panorama: Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76) 15, Falekas 7, Panagiotopoulos 4, Hatzipetrou 2, Kakaroudis 10, Giosmas 2, Henjak 9.
Trikala 2000: Lepeniotis 4, Katsares 5, Vardianos 10, Balafas 8, Bogdanos 1, Alex Kaklamanos (196-G, college: Georgia Southern) 11, Sagias 2, Harismidis 10, Fountas 3 (1) .



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HUNGARY

Round 2, part 2 -by Tamas Deri

BODROGI BAU VASARHELYI KOSARSULI - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 80-90
(18-25, 19-26, 25-24, 18-15)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 1.000, Referees: Vetek, Kiss L., Farkas T.
VASARHELY: Drahos 14/6, Brooks 4, Kovats 4, Freeman 21/3, Levente Gemes (207-C-73, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 32/3, Boszormenyi 3, Kukla 2, Utasi, Szogi, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
SZOLNOK: Kelley 15/3, Cziczas 13/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, college: Wright St.) 20/6, Andrius Jurkunas (205-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Clemson) 17/3, Lopatka 13, Molnar A. 6, Cseh 2, Harazin 4, Coach: Por Peter

There was a one-man show on both sides of the court. From the home team slovakian forward, Richard Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Illinois-Chicago) (204-F-81, college: Illinois-Chicago) showed, that he can be a big surprise in our league. He scored 38 points in 36 minutes (11/16 2pt's, 3/3 3pt's, 7/10 FT's), grabbed also 7 rebounds, had 8 fouls against and collected 47 IBM.

From the guests Jitim Jitim Young (188-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Northwestern) showed his excellent one-on-one skills, as no one could really stop him: 34 points (8/11 2pt's, 4/6 3pt's, 6/8 FT's), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 9 fouls against.


Soproni Sordogok - MAFC 108-88
(27-22, 28-21, 30-24, 23-21)
Sopron: Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 17/3, Lakatos 8, Richard Lesko 38/9, Pojbics 9/6, Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 24/12, Boldizsar 3, Frana 7, Veszergom 2, Kortelyesi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert

MAFC: Draughan 10/3, Jitim Young 34/ 12, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 15/9, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Wehner 2, Kecskes 4, Likar 5/3, Kolarics 1, Fulop 2, Coach: Dinnyes Attila



Univer KSE - PVSK-Expo Center Pecs 73-67
(19-21, 17-16, 24-15, 13-15)

Kecskemet, Att.: 1.300, Referees: Foldhazi, Cziffra, Gal

Univer-Kecskemet: Sigurdarsson 6/3, Horvath A. 2, Fiegi 12, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/6, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 16, Jefferson 12/6, Csorvasi 5, Toth P. 3, Vida, Halmai 5/3, Coach: Zsoldos Andras

PVSK-Expo Center Pecs: Wittmann 3/3, Hosszu 11/9, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 15/6, Toth N., Lapov 8, Kutasi, Grebenar 6, Czigler 1, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 23/15, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic



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IBL

Easterling of Chargers signs with ABA Team -by Carl Berman
Another player from the Eugene Chargers has signed to play professionally in another league. The Manchester Millrats announced that they have signed Charles Easterling (6'2''-G/F-83) from Hartford, CT. Easterling was the top rated player in productivity, out of 500 players attending the USBA International Exposure Camp in Blue River, OR in August. Easterling is the fourth Charger player to further his playing career.

He earned his nickname “The Beast” due to his strength and ability to finish over bigger players around the rim. Last spring, Easterling earned an All Star berth while playing for the Eugene Chargers of the IBL, where he averaged 19.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. His performances at the Hartford Pro-Am summer league are now the stuff of legend, where in one game he posted 59 points in three quarters against teams featuring NBA players. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes said of Easterling “No player I have played against can cover Charles effectively one on one.”

In high school, he is the only player to ever lead two different Connecticut high schools to state championships (Bulkeley HS and Weaver HS). In 2002, Easterling earned First Team All New England, and First Team All Connecticut honors. Played one season at Kilgore Junior College in Texas where he averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.

“The Beast will make an immediate impact with the Millrats - fans will love his high energy and relentless style of play,” explained Millrats GM Ian McCarthy, “his hard work and effort make Charles the prototypical Millrat player”.

The Millrats are a new entry in the American Basketball Association (ABA), and will play their home games in the ‘Fieldhouse' on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. The season and home opener is set for Sunday November 11, 2007 at 4:35 p.m. versus the Boston Blizzard. Single game, season and half season ticket plans are on sale now on www.manchestermillrats.com or by calling 1-866-9-GET TIX (1-866-943-8849).


KNIGHTS SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights offer more than just high quality basketball. The battle creek Knights are the best entertainment value in South West Michigan. Your company or family can be a part of the fun all season long with prices that fit any budget. Purchase the knights saver ticket voucher book for 100 dollars and you will save compared to purchasing tickets for home games.

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INDIA

Vijaya Bank survive scare -by Anil Kumar
24th United Phosphorous Ltd. All India
Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament

14th - 21st October, 2007


Vijaya Bank survive scare

Vijaya Bank, Bangalore endured a determined challenge
before overcoming a spirited South Central Railway
70-59 in an absorbing men's Group ‘A' encounter, in
the 24th United Phosphorous Ltd. All India Ramu
Memorial Basketball Tournament at the Indian Gymkhana,
King's Circle, Matunga on Monday.

Playing their opening match in the competition, Vijaya
Bank recovered from a slow start to lead 33-27 at
half-time. But South Central kept their hopes alive as
they trailed by just six point (43-49) at the end of
the third quarter in which the teams were tied at
16-all.

South Central refused to give up as they ran Vijaya
Bank close in the fourth and final quarter, before the
bankmen escaped to a narrow win, with top-scorer
Murali Mohan scoring 16 points including three
three-pointers.

In a Group ‘B' tie, Western Railway overcame Tamil
Nadu Basketball Association 92-78, after leading 43-32
at half-time.

In contrast, Central Railway fashioned a convincing
94-51 win over Kerala State Electricity Board in a
women's Group ‘A' match.

Central, who led 47-24 at half-time, were led by
Manisha D. who scored 28 points including two
three-pointers. S. Anjana scored 16 points and P.
Lejitha 15 to emerge as the top-scorers for KSEB.

Results: Men ‘A': Vijaya Bank, Banglore 70 (Murali
Mohan 16, Roshan T. 12, Sanjay Raj 12) bt South
Central Rly 59 (T.R.S. Rao 12, Liju Abraham 12, Hihal
Yadav 9). HT: 33-27.

Women ‘A': Central Rly 94 (Manisha D. 28, Anu K.S. 13)
bt KSEB 51 (S.S. Anjana 16, P. Lejitha 15). HT: 47-24.

TUESDAY: 5 p.m.: Western Rly vs S.C. Rly (Women ‘B');
6.30 p.m.: Vijaya Bank, Bangalore vs Maharashtra (Men
‘A'); 8 p.m.: Southern Rly vs KSEB (Women ‘A'). [All
India Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament, at the
Indian Gymkhana, King's Circle, Matunga]


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IRELAND

WEEK TWO SUPERLEAGUE SCORES -by Ozell Wells
NIVEA FOR MEN'S SUPERLEAGUE

Sunday 14/10/2007

UCC Demons 109 (48) (Levi Levine (198-F-82, college: Albany) 21, Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) 15, Terence Todd 15) Belfast Star 79 (43(Bobby Kelly (190-G-85) 29, Nick Michael 19)

Saturday 13/10/2007

University Ulster 91 (45) (Nieman 39, A Gross 25, C O'Dornan 10) v Merry Monk Ballina 106 (59) (P Strobl 26, L Summers 25, J Boston 22)

Limerick Lions 69 (38) ((J Turner 23, D Lenkiweicz 16) v DCU Saints 89 (44) (K Gamble 24, K Browder 18, J Donnelly 16)

UCD Marian 95 (49) (D Ryan 19, J Clement 19, K Foley 14) v Mustang St. Pauls (M Hillery 31, N Covington 31, J Mitchell 18)

Dart Killester 95 (52) (A Dahi 31, M Bonaparte 21, P Kelly 14, J Behan 14) v Neptune 81 (42) (M De Corso 19, M Gorman 18, P Fitzpatrick 15)

Abrakebabra Tigers 87 (46) ((C Jordan 25, P Katsimpas 21) Hoops 86 (37) (I Boyle 24, J Haastrup 19)

BASKETBALL IRELAND WOMEN'S SUPERLEAGUE

Sunday 14/10/2007

DCU Mercy 86 (33) (Mary Fox 23, A M Healy 12) Waterford Wildcats 75 (34) (K McNamara 26, M Aspell 24)

Saturday 13/10/2007

Tolka Rovers 50 (27) (J Mc Kiernan 20, K Wilkins 8, N Foley 6) DART Killester 55 (21) (C Malcolm 19, F Carrick 12, S O'Connor 11)

Team Montonette Hotel Cork 80 (36) (J Strong 30, M Fahey 18) UL Aughinish 70 (24) (C Jones 21, L Palmer 9)


KILLARNEY TAKE VICTORY FROM UCD MARIAN IN DUBLIN! -by Ozell Wells

Commentators rated UCD Marian a narrow favourite over the men from Killarney before the contest started.
1st Quarter
Killarney raced into an early lead of 7-2 thanks to Nicolas Covington and Matt Hilleary (202-C, college: Catholic) inside.Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) responded along with David Ryan (201-F-84, college: Siena) but Covington was on fire with 2 big threes to leave the score at 13-8 for Killarney with 6.41 left in the quarter.Hillery made a smart turnaround inside and Jim Clement (198-F-83, college: L.Superior) made a three point play with David Ryan inside contributing as Matt Hilleary dominated again inside to leave Killarney with control at 25-19.
2nd Quarter
Clement for Marian along with Kevin Foley made some big shots from deep as Neil Baynes came off the bench for Marian and scored a smart basket inside assisted by Gary Edge to see the score at 27-25 for Killarney.JP O'Callaghan hit a massive three for Killarney but Clement responded with a three of his own.Killarney again with Mitchell and Covington stretched the lead to (10) 41-31.However Clement and Beileine made two big threes to give the home side hope at 43-39 FOR KILARNEY. Clement again hit another 3 as the game was basket for basket. O'Brien for Killarney played brilliantly to give Killarney a 4 point lead at half time 53-49 for Killarney.
3rd Quarter
Killarney thanks to Hillery inside and JP O'Callaghan stretched the lead to 7.Gary Edge hit a big 3 pointer and Pat Beilein came alive with a 3 also. With 5.05 left Killarney led 65-63. Marian Briefly led 67-65 during the quarter but Mitchell, Cavington and O'Brien made the trap and full court press work nicely for Killarney as they stretched the lead to a massive 10 points.However Edge and very deep three pointer from David Ryan saw the contest nicely poised at 80-77 for KIlarney at the end of the third.
4th Quarter
Shane Horgan steadied the ship with two three pointers early on as Killarney closed out the contest little by little. With 5.30 left the home team trailed by 95-85. Hillery was consistent under the boards and work from Mitchell helped Killarney on their way. In the move of the night Nicolas Covington went through the UCD MARIAN defence with immense power to score under the basket with a turaround lay up.
FINAL SCORE MOUNT HERBERT HOTEL UCD MARIAN 95 - Mustang Sally's ST. PAULS KILLARNEY 109.

UCD MARIAN: David Ryan 19, Jim Clement 19, Kevin Foley 14

KILLARNEY: Matt Hilleary 33, Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) 31, James Mitchell 18

news courtesy of Thomas Tracey



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ITALY

Lega2-2nd Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
In the first tv-match, Pavia won at Jesi (David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) at 24, Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) at 21 and Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) at 20) with a great game by David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) (31 pts). At the overtime Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) (27+13) Philip Martin (202-F-80, college: Hawaii) (25 pts) and Mats Levin (188-G-77) (20 pts) led Novara to victory on Montecatini (Andrea Niccolai (196-G/F-68, agency: Interperformances) at 24 scored). Caserta (23 by Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78) and Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81, college: Missouri) at 22) won easily against Livorno (Mauricio Aguiar (196-F-83, agency: Players Group) at 20 scored). Donte Mathis (190-G-77, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) at the buzzer gives success to Casale (Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) 30 pts, Simone Pierich (198-F-81) 20 pts) on Fabriano (Mike Gansey (192-G-82, college: W.Virginia) at 20 scored). Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) and Omar Thomas (195-F-82, college: UTEP) both at 16 scored, weren't enough for Rimini that lost at Sassari (21 by Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) and 19 by Luigi Dordei (202-F-81)). Reggio Emilia won at Veroli (5 players in double figures) thanks to 29 by Paul Marigney (192-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) and 24 by Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara). 40 pts by Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) weren't enough for Imola and Soresina (Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) at 20 scored) won on the road. On sunday game TV-match, Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) (30 scored) led Ferrara to success at Pistoia (21 by Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and 19 by Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL)).
Fileni Jesi-Edimes PV 84-90
Ignis Novara-Agr.Glo.Mont. 99-97
Pepsi Caserta-TDShop.it LI 94-65
Fastweb Casale-Indesit Fab 78-77
BancoSardegna-Coopsette RN 85-76
Prima Veroli-Trenkwalder RE 69-84
Aget Imola-Vanoli Soresina 83-84
Carmatic PT-Carife FE 79-88
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JAPAN

JBL opens season with few surprises -by Kenny
The JBL opened the season this past weekend with results that look like results from 3 or 4 years ago with Toyota, Aisin, and Toshiba all getting out of the gates fast with 2 straight wins. 2-time defending JBL champs Toyota made it look easy in beating the newly named Panasonic Trians on Saturday and Sunday while Aisin had no problems dusting off HItachi off twice, although it's hard to blame Hitachi for losing those games since they are playing without their 3rd year import center Jermaine Tate (205-C-76, agency: Duran International, college: Cincinnati). Tate recently broke his foot and will reportedly be out for almost 2 months.

Toshiba, meanwhile, cruised to 2 straight wins over a lame-duck OSG team who looked more than ready to leave the JBL for the bj-league as they will next season. New import C Marquis Estill was the lone bright spot for OSG has he scored 32 points in each game and showed Dennis Rodman-esque tenacity on the boards by tipping rebounds to himself all day long in both games.

Meanwhile, the expansion Rera Kamuy Hokkaido won their first game ever on Sunday by defeating Mitsubishi 95-86 after losing their first game to Mitsubishi in a close game by the score of 81-70.

Here are the standings after 1 week of play:

1. Toyota 2-0
2. Aisin 2-0
3. Toshiba 2-0
4. Mitsubishi 1-1
5. Rera Kamuy 1-1
6. OSG 0-2
7. Hitachi 0-2
8. Panasonic 0-2

Notes: There are reports that F Ron Hale might be headed back to Mitsubishi after failing to land a contract in Europe. After reportedly negotiating with teams in Russia, Spain, and France and failing to come to terms with any of them, Hale is looking to return to Japan, or more specifically, Mitsubishi. His replacement on the Diamond Dolphins, F Johnny Taylor, is not backing down as he poured in 32 points on Saturday against Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. Meanwhile, Hitachi is reportedly not looking for a replacement for injured C Jermaine Tate since taking Tate off the active roster would disqualify him from returning to the roster this season. New Toshiba import C Jamar Smith hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds of Toshiba's 83-78 win over OSG on Sunday


Where are they now? Ex-Sea Horse Jason Capel -by Kenny
Former North Carolina Tar Heels forward Jason Capel (203-G/F-80, college: N.Carolina), who played in Japan for the Aisin Sea Horses in 2004-05 and led them to the JBL Finals in his only season in Japan, is retiring from basketball and going into the broadcasting booth. According to an article in The Charlotte Observer, Capel, whose father Jeff is an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats, will become a color analyst for the Bobcats on their radio broadcasts. He is scheduled to work about 30 games during the 2nd half of the season. Capel was the first former Tar Heel to play in Japan when he came to Japan in 2004. After losing to Toshiba in the 2005 JBL FInals, Aisin let Capel go and replaced him with Ashante Johnson. Capel then went to camp with the Bobcats in 2005 and took his game to Italy after being released by the Bobcats in the preseason.

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LITHUANIA

Neptunas is still without wins in BBL -by Eurobasket News

Neptunas-Rock 61:82 (20:23, 17:25, 14:17, 10:17)

Neptunas remained without wins in the Baltic league after a home loss from Rock. Lithuanian team could not struggle on the same level and was defeated 61:82. Brian Cusworth (213-C, college: Harvard) brought the most troubles for Neptunas nailing 20 points. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) supported him with 15 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Giedrius Jankauskas (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points.

The Estonians slammed the first victory home as they defeated the seaport town's team 82:61. The guests started it off better and after 5 minutes of action led 15:6. Neptunas came back into the game in the same quarter reducing it to 20:23 after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second period Rock managed to gain a double-digit lead. Gert Kullamae increased the guests lead to 38:28.
George Tsintsadze nailed a jumper early in the final period to make it 73:52. Rock finished the match safely and snatched the first win. Neptunas will try to fight for the first victory against Barons on October 17th. Rock will meet ASK Riga on October 23rd.

All the other games will be resumed on Monday, October 16th.

Neptunas: Giedrius Jankauskas 19
Rock: Brian Cusworth 20 points, George Tsintsadze 15 +8 boards+5 assists



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NCAA

Ron English named Director of the NCAA Dvision 1 -by Bruno Baltazar
Ron English, a 22-year veteran of athletics administration, has accepted the position as the Director of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. He will officially begin his duties on October 15.

English, who has served the Ohio Valley Conference for the past 15 years, most recently as Senior Associate Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, will direct game operations for all rounds of the championship and will serve as the primary liaison for tournament managers at each site.

A Detroit native, English was the tournament manager for first- and second-round games in Nashville in both 2000 and 2005. He also coordinated the OVC's men's and women's basketball and baseball championships, and was responsible for the league's football, basketball and baseball scheduling.

English is a graduate of Western Michigan University and began his athletics administration career in 1983 as Assistant Sports Information Director at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He moved on to the Missouri Valley Conference, where he served as Director of Communications and later as Assistant Commissioner, before joining the OVC staff. He has also served on the NCAA's Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.

“Having been at the OVC for 15 years, it is a bittersweet feeling to be leaving so many great friends and co-workers at the league office and at OVC institutions,” English said. “But I am honored to be joining the team at the national office that is responsible for staging one of the greatest events in all of sports. I can't wait to get started.”



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NCAA3

SG Sechtem 1971 sign Nathan Drury -by Eurobasket
SG Sechtem 1971 (2.Regionalliga) added to their roster 22-year old American guard Nathan Drury (188-G-85, college: Carroll, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment). Drury played most recently at Carroll College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

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NEW ZEALAND

Craig Bradshaw topscores for the Bullets -by Eurobasket News
Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) was again the main factor in the Brisbane Bullets win as they routed the Slingers at home. Kiwi forward scored 22 points (7/13 FG, 8/14 FT) in 20 minutes off the bench. He also added 6 boards, 1 assist and 1 steal for the winners. Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) spent 22 minutes on the court and managed 2 points (1/5 FG), 7 boards and 3 assists in the 5th straight win for the NBL defending champs.
Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International) and Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) contributed as the Gold Coast Blaze rolled to the second win in the season beating the Singapore Slingers. Tall Blacks captain delivered 12 points (5/8 FG, 1/3 3pt, 1/2 FT), 8 boards and 4 assists in 35 minutes as a starter. Casey Frank came off the bench and provided 4 points (1/2 FG, 2/2 FT), 3 boards and an assist before being fouled out.
Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) scored 10 points (3/5 FG, 4/8 FT) and dished out 8 assists as his Wollongong Hawks dismantled the West Sydney Razorbacks 132:109. Jeremy Kench (184-G-84) also contributed for the Hawks nailing 3 points (1/2 3pt) and making 5 assists in 12 minutes of action. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) meanwhile replied with 10 points (2/4 FG, 6/6 FT) and 3 boards for the Razorbacks.
Tall Blacks guard Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV) scored 3 points (1/4 FG, 1/3 3pt), made a rebound and 2 assists as his Bamberg secured a 83:60 road win over Paderborn in German Bundesliga.
Sean Marks (208-F-75, college: California) plays exhibition games with the Phoenix Suns. He recently posted two games for the Suns and was quite impressive in his stats. Phoenix drove to a 110:99 victory over Sacramento on October 11th. Sean Marks logged 21 minutes on the court and produced 13 points in a winning effort. He converted 4/7 FG, 1/1 3pt, 4/4 FT, collected 9 boards, made 2 steals and 2 blocks. Later in the week Phoenix lost to New Orleans Hornets 106:111. Sean Marks netted 14 points (6/11 FG, 2/2 FT), pulled down 7 boards and dished out 3 assists in a loss.


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PHILIPPINES

Philippines National Team 2007 -by Benny Lirio
#s#
#e#6


Caguioa


Alapag


Taulava


Williams


Raymundo
4 Mark Caguioa (188-G-79) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
5 James Yap (190-F/G-82) of Purefoods Chunkee Giants
6 Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77) of Talk N Text Phone Pals
7 Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) of San Miguel Beer
8 Paulasi Taulava (206-C-73) of Talk N Text Phone Pals
9
Kelly Williams (196-F-82) of Santa Lucia Realty
10 Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85) of George Mason University (USA)
11 Michael Pennisi (204-F-75) of Red Bull Barako
12 Kerby Raymundo (200-C-80) of Purefoods Chunkee Giants
13 Anthony Helterbrand (183-G-76) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
14 Florendo Ritualo (188-G) of Talk N Text Phone Pals
15 Eric Menk (199-F-74) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
Head coach: Vincent Reyes
Assistants: Salvador Castro , Raoul Racela


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PORTUGAL

PROLIGA first day results and comments -by Bruno Baltazar
Here´s the complete results of the 1st day of PROLIGA;
Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra - Cv. Alianca/Sangalhos - 80 / 73
Maia Basket - Atletico/Slimcei - 76 / 81
Angra/Susiarte/Samsung - Illiabum - 76 / 73 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2si2udpV3fw
Seixal FC /Slimcei - CTM Vila Pouca Aguiar - 81 / 50
Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Galitos FC - 86 / 79
Esgueira /Oli - VSC -M.Couto Alves - 67 / 79
Fisica T. Vedras - Queluz Sintra PMundial - 73 / 69

Sampaense the champion started the new season in a great way with a fantastic win.
In Sarafim Marques pavillion with a good crowd played against Sangalhos a good and healthy rivality between both teams,in a great game.
The game had a great start with a fast game and equilibrium,the new players showed a great game, the first half almost showed no defense but good ofensive moves,the first period ended with a 25-19 lead for Sampaense ,in the 2nd period Sangalhos showed more game with a good defense and their bench was good also ,leading at half 49-41.

Sampaense entered in the 3rd period with another atittude and Sangalhos as always wanted to shot from 3 ,not always with good results,,in the last quarter both teams got nervaus and did not showed good moments of basketball but high itensity with the final result of 80-73 for Sampaense in a bad show for the referees,the MVP of the game was Kevin Jolley with 24 pts and 14 rebounds,in Sampaense Kareem Collins with 24pts and Diogo Simoes with 15,justin Marshall and Andre Carvalho with 14.


Benfica 86 - Galitos 79

Benfica (86) - Antonio Tavares (23:58, 16 pontos, 0 ressaltos e 1 assistência), Edson Ferreira (17:09,2,0,2), Diogo Leiria (n.j.), Tiago Freixo (n.j.), Seco Camara (33:00,6,5,1), Diogo Goncalves (n.j.), Miguel Minhava (36:19,29,8,9), Ian Stanback (35:46,duplo-duplo,13,10,2), Tiago Pinheiro (2:34,0,1,0), Marco Goncalves (16:06,8,4,0), Leroy Watkins (28:08,duplo-duplo,12,10,2) e Arnette Hallman (7:00,0,1,1).

head coch- Henrique Vieira

Galitos (79) - Jose Lourenco (n.j), Jorge Ramos (19:25,7,1,1), Armenio Silva (5:16,0,0,1), Tiago Brito (15:34,3,3,1), Rui Quintino (32:23,5,11,3), Pedro Freire (n.j.), Allen Morill (40:00,28,9,2), George Baker (37:04,28,3,3), Rui Biscaia (7:21,0,0,0), Ângelo Brito (28:32,6,6,1), Sergio Veiguinha (6:02,2,1,0) e Goncalo Chucha (8:23,0,0,1).

head coach - Jose Calabote

10' 22-16, 20' 41-35, 30' 61-50, 40' 86-79

Angra made their revenge against Illiabum Wayne Nelson was really good,they got a fast lead(15-6) ,Illiambum responded well getting at just 23-21 ,later they did the turnaround in the game ,going to the lead,27-30,till the end the game was really close but in the last minute Pedro Lopes and Wayne Nelson in the free thrown line resolved the game.

Vitoria dominated the intire game in a fair win,John Winchester and Tommie Eddie showed good basket and Pedro Silva was a leader with 18 rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds,Esgueira didnt defended,no fights in the glass and their americans played bad.
Esgueira 67 - Samuel Loio (3pts), Ben Frederick (19pts , 4 ressaltos, 3 assistênicas), Claudio Sardo (2pts), Joao Rui (8pts), Rodney Gatson (18pts, 6 ressaltos);[/b] Fernando Martins (6pts), Bruno Santos, Cesar Rodrigues(4pts) treinador: Pedro Costa

[b]Vit Guimaraes 79 - John Winchester (17 pts, 6 ressaltos), Pedro Silva (9 pts 18 ressaltos), Tommie Eddie (16pts, 6 ressaltos), Pedro Azevedo (14pts), Carlos Fechas (9pts); [/b]Pedro Tavares (1pt), Ricardo Pinto (7pts), Nuno Pedroso (6pts), Ricardo Correia treinador: Fernando Sa

1P 14-26; 2P 40-44; 3P 52-59; 4P 67-79



Lusitania signs Steve Allen -by Bruno Baltazar
Steve Allen (208-C, college: Clemson) is the newest roster in Lusitania for the upcoming season .
His a center with 2.08m,104kg and Big strong post player. Nice low post moves. Good hook shot. Nice face up baby jumper. Good rebounder and timing on shot-blocking. Great attitude.
2003-2004: Clemson (NCAA): 17 games: 14pts, 16reb, 0ast
2004-2005: Clemson (NCAA): 21 games: 1.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 2ast
2005: July: Nationen Cup in Muenster, Germany (US Team)
2005-2006: Clemson (NCAA): 32 games: 3.1ppg, 2.9rpg
2006: And1 Summer League in Jesolo (Venice) (ITA)
2007: In February signed at Pioneros Los Mochis (MEX-CIBACOPA): 14.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4bpg, 1.5spg


He played in same college of Jamar MCKNIGHT that allready his in Lusitania but they played in different years.


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SERBIA

Serbian A league: Summary of the first round -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian A league started. Visitors had a good week-end as they won 3 of 6 games.

Mega Aqua Monta beat Ergonom at home in hall "Sumice" 84-79. Ergonom opened the game much better but in the third quarter, currently the biggest star in Serbian A league, Jovo Stanojevic came on the scene and brought advantage to Mega. Ergonom had a last chance on 78:73 but they didn't succeed to score in the next offense. Ex player of ALBA Berlin, Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) led his team dominating in the paint. He recorded double-double, 23 points and 16 rebounds. Ergonom got 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steal from Vladimir Radmanovac (190-G-82).

Very interesting game was played between two local rivals where Borac was better than Masinac 85:84. In the last Borac's offense Masinac wanted to make foul but Prolovic succeeded to penetrate and dish out nice assists to Radetic who made a dunk while Dimitrijevic made a turnover in the last Masinac's offense. Predrag Markovic (198-G/F-80) netted 35 points with 4 assists for Borac. Darko Habus (186-G-82) had 20 points and 5 assists for Masinac.

Swisslions Takovo outplayed newcomer to A league, Vizura from Belgrade, 78-69 while Napredak Rubin take care that visitors record three wins in the first round as they beat Sloga on the road 88-90.

Novi Sad won in Leskovac against Zdravlje 81-66 thanks to well played last quarter (16-27). Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) led the winners scoring 33 points while Zdravlje Actavis got 20 points and 4 assists from Branko Jereminov (187-G-87).

Radnicki 034 Group beat Radnicki Invest Inzenjering in Novi Sad 90-88. Hosts had 76-72 in 37th minute but after that moment visitors intensified defense finishing game with run 18-10. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points for visitors. Sava Rajkovic (201-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) netted 27 points for Radnicki Invest Inzenjering.


Mega Aqua Monta - Ergonom 84:79
(17:23,16:17,30:20,21:29)

Mega Aqua Monta:
Stefanovic 13 (4 rebs), Stanojevic 23 (16 rebs), Stojacic 12 (6 rebs), Markovic 12 (4 rebs), Tomovic 1, Dragcevic 9 (5 rebs), Cvetkovic, Katnic 6, Mitrovic 8
DNP: Maravic, Vreca, Djordjevic.
Ergonom: Radmanovac 23 (6 rebs, 6 st), Majstorovic 16, Dzambic 8, Avalic 11, Ratkovic 4, Petrov 5, Ciric, Stanisavljevic 3, Pavlovic, Virijevic 7, Sjekloca
DNP: Radovic.


Borac - Masinac 85:84
(25:18,24:19,16:26,20:21)

Borac:
Prolovic 4, Stamenkovic 2, Dramicanin 12 (6 rebs), Radetic 4 (5 rebs), Markovic 35 (4 as), Tubaj, Radisavljevic 15, Micovic 13
DNP: Belic, Radovic, Vukicevic, Kesic.
Masinac: Tutus 4, Habus 20 (5 as), Radulovic 7, Dimitrijevic 2, Milasinovic 17, Becin 11, Mirkovic 11 (9 rebs), Cupkovic, Sinadinovic, Bozovic 12
DNP: Sestovic, Arsic.


Radnicki Invest Inzenjering - Radnicki 034 Group 88:90
(24:28,11:17,34:15,19:30)

Radnicki Invest Inzenjering:
Kuzeta 2, Vulin 3, Zarkovic 13 (4 as), Simic 2, Rajkovic 27 (5 rebs), Bolic 11, Popovic 12 (6 rebs), Bjelica 5, Roncevic 6, Lackovic 4
DNP: Buha.
Radnicki 034 Group: Pesic 13 (6 as, 6 st), Veljovic 7, Beader 5, Milosevic 3, Draskovic 7, Janjusevic 16 (6 rebs, 6 as), Glisovic 8, Tanasijevic, Mitic 6, Kljajevic 23, Djokic 2
DNP: Pavlovic.


Zdravlje Actavis - Novi Sad Panonska Banka 66:81
(20:17,16:21,14:16,16:27)

Zdravlje Actavis:
Jereminov 20 (4 as), Ilic 2, Lucic 9 (7 rebs), Trajkovic 5, Velickovic, Vucenov, Bogavac 14, Mukanovic, Marojevic 11, Miljkovic 5 (6 rebs)
DNP: Stankovic, Radivojevic.
Novi Sad Panonska Banka: Kovacevic, Martinic 7, Lagrange 7 (6 rebs, 5 as), Jagodic 8, Sutalo 33 (4 as), Charles 2, Pobric 4, Radenkovic 9 (6 rebs), Subotic, Tomasevic, Zolotic 11 (8 rebs)
DNP: Pap.


Sloga - Napredak Rubin 88:90
(22:19,20:17,28:23,18:31)

Sloga:
Popovic 18 (4 as), Trtic 8, Mijovic 20 (7 rebs), Stojakovic 4, Petrovic, Grubisic 7 (6 rebs), Dasic Jugoslav 18 (8 rebs, 6 as), Ignjatovic 9, Pejovic 4
DNP: Matovic, Radomirovic, Dasic Vladimir.
Napredak Rubin: Tomasevic 11 (7 as), Miletic 17, Marjanovic 12, Gajic 2, Milicevic 14 (5 rebs), Kocergin, Markovic 24, Gojnic 10, Crnobrnja
DNP: Milosavljevic, Gavrilovic, Zivkovic.


Swisslions Takovo - Vizura 78:69
(27:22,16:9,13:14,22:24)

Swisslions Takovo:
Vlaskovic 12, Bojinovic, Jovanovic 5, Zujovic 7, Mijatovic 5, Djapa 12 (7 rebs), Marjanovic 6, Anastasov 13, Aleksic 18
DNP: Manojlovic, Markovic.
Vizura: Buric Nenad, Sinovec 4, Nadjfeji 9 (4 rebs), Karic 10, Buric Dejan 12, Vukovic 10, Balzamovic, Glintic 7, Lekic, Mandic 10 (4 rebs), Lesic 7
DNP: Avlijas.


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SINGAPORE

Brisbane Bullets thrash Slingers -by Eurobasket News
Brisbane Bullets - Singapore Slingers 127:106
Singapore Slingers visited the NBL defending champions Brisbane yesterday and suffered the 5th loss at the season. Brisbane look too strong at the start of the championship and many predict they will are the main favorites for the trophy. The Slingers had a chance to challenge it as they travelled to the Brisbane Convention Centre yesterday. Singapore's last game curse moved to Brisbane together with them as the Slingers kept on producing too many turnovers. The Bullets used it and took an early control over the game clearing off to a 35:23 distance after the first frame. Brad Williamson (197-F/G-81) connected twice from beyond the arc late in the second quarter and allowed the hosts to enjoy a 68:53 lead at halftime.
Ben Knight (204-F-76) managed to revive the intrigue in the third stanza as he cooled off a bit chaotic Slingers offense and set it up for impressive plays. The Brisbane's lead was cut to just 10 points in the third term but the Bullets reaction came immediately as they spurred the tempo and put Slingers' defense into dead end. The home side extended the advantage to as many as 22 points entering the fourth quarter. Singapore tried to stay alive as they ignited a 6:0 rally early in the final period but it was not enough to succeed and Brisbane easily ensured the winning outcome by the end of the game.
Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) led the hosts with 22 points off the bench. Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) secured 21 points, 10 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Chris Cameron (193-G-75, college: Tulane) replied with 24 points for Singapore. Ben Knight delivered 18 points and 11 boards in a losing clause.
The Slingers shot 48% from the field and 69% from free throw line. They outrebounded the home side 49:48 but committed 25 turnovers comparing to 8 from Brisbane players.

Brisbane: Craig Bradshaw 22, Sam Mackinnon 21+10 boards
Singapore: Chris Cameron 24, Ben Knight 18+11 boards


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SLOVENIA

Pavic and Rizvic are Free Agents again -by Matej Bergant
Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) decided to leave Turkish team Banvitspor due the bad financial situation in the team. He signed with Turkish side in the start of the summer transfer period. Smiljan Pavic is currently considering offers from Slovenian sides such as Union Olimpija, Geoplin Slovan and Helios Domzale. Smiljan Pavic played for Helios Domzale in the past season and averaged 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3spg in 22 games of Adriatic League and 14.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2spg in 39 Slovenian League games.

Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) left ASCO Slask Wroclaw because he wasn't satisfied with his role in the team. He joined Slask Wroclaw in the summer after leaving Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo at the end of the 2006/2007 season.


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SPAIN

Round 4: Edward Santana MVP LEB-Silver and Javier Alarcon MVP LEB-Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

In this Round 4 Edward Santana (203-F-80) (203-F-80) (Alimentos de Palencia) made a perfect game with 53 of efficiency. He scores 29 points and grabs 13 rebounds and was the MVP in LEB-Silver.
Javier Javier Alarcon (-73) (Ciudad Torrealta Molina) scores 35 points and was the MVP in LEB-Bronze with 49 of efficiency.


TOP Efficiency LEB-Silver Round 4:

Edward Santana: 53 (29pt + 13rb + 5bk)

Stevei Johnson: 36 (28pt + 8rb)

Paulo Prestes: 26 (23pt + 10rb)

Adrian Tigert: 25 (22pt)

Michel Diouf: 25 (20pt + 10rb)


TOP Efficiency LEB-Bronze Round 4:

Javier Alarcon: 49 (35pt)

Jesus Angel Dominguez: 38 (28pt + 9 rb)

Brett Beeson: 36 (19pt + 11rb + 10as)

Ontario Lett: 33 (21pt + 14rb)

Bruno H. Gelsi: 31 (26pt)




Stanko Barac loaned to Pamesa -by Francisco Martinez
TAU Baskonia and Pamesa Valencia have reached an agreement for the loanship of Stanko Barac (217-C-86) till the end of the current season. The Croatian center was about to be loaned to Union Olimpija or Virtus Roma in the weeks before, but the affaire William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) and the injury of James Singleton (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) stopped the movements. In the end, and with the ACB league in the prelude of the third week, barac will take advantage of the injuries of Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) and Zeljko Rebraca (212-C-72) and he will try to do his best in Valencia.

ACB Round 2 - Sunday Round-Up -by Paul Nilsen
The big clash of Round 2 saw Tau Ceramica host Real Madrid and they showed the men from the capital that they will be every bit as strong as last season after blowing away Real by a stunning 93-70. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) was dominant throughout the game with the Brazilian big man claiming 24 points and two blocks while Pablo Prigioni pulled the strings with 8 assists as the hosts took the game to Madrid both inside and out.

Joan Plaza will be galled at how easily his misfiring team were outplayed so badly and with several biog names failing to show up, it was left to Louis Bullock to limit the damage with 24 points. Both teams and favourites for titles now have one win each after two games.

There is just no stopping a rampant DKV Joventut who are certainly making a statement to the test of the league with some free-flowing basketball so far. While they might have had two relatively easy games to start, they have certainly made the most of this to fine tune their offence. In their first home game in Badalona, they destroyed Valladolid 109-76 to leave Javier Imbroda's team still searching for a first win after a difficult start to the new campaign.

Joventut coach Reneses will be thrilled with the real team effort by his players with five players reaching double-figures and Jan Jagla picking up a double-double with a creditable 13 rebounds to go with his 12 points. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) continues to be a real power and showed he can dish it up as well as score having added 6 assists to his 17 points and with top scorer Demond Mallet shooting his way to 20 points, things are looking good for the Catalans.

Another team looking good are CB Granada. With some people tipping the side for a season of struggle after losing their talisman Curtis Borchardt, they have defied such predictions and followed up last week's road win with an 82-77 overtime win in the Andalucian derby against Polaris World Murcia. A crowd of 6672 were treated to a real exciting contest thanks to a sensational second half fight back by the home team. They overturned a double figure deficit in the final period to force overtime and then continued their good work by holding Murcia to just 4 points in the extra period.

Juan Pedro Gutierrez was the star for the home team with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds although you have to feel sorry for Murcia pair Jimmie Hunter and Juan Triguero. The former had 27 points while the latter picked up a double-double of his own with 14 points and 13 boards. Certainly Murcia will be thankful that they managed to squeeze out that close win last week against Bilbao so they at least have one close win to their name after losing this heartbreaker.

The same can't be said for Cajasol Seville who hosted Fuenlabrada with both sides looking for a win after opening round defeats. However things have fallen flat for Seville and they went down 81-91 in front of just 3600 fans to put early pressure on Coach Magnano. A dreadful start to each half gave Seville two mountains to climb and while 28 point Texan Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) tried his best, he couldn't prevent Fuenlabrada from taking advantage. The Madrid club bounced back from their opening round trouncing at home to Joventut with a solid performance led by shooters Radivojevic and Tomas who combined for 42 points.

Finally in Valencia, the home team got off the mark against Ricoh Manresa but it took a second half turnaround to complete the win after the visitors shocked the home team with a 7 point lead at the break. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) was a real thorn in the side of Valencia scoring 23 points but he received little support and the depth of Valencia proved the difference in the last two quarters. Four players scored 15 points or more for the home team with Alberto Miralles completing a double-double with 11 rebounds.


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TBL

Texas Basketball League Schedules Upcoming Basketball Tryouts this weekend!! -by Benjamin Brinkley
15-October-07
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League, the official semi-professional basketball league of the state of Texas will be holding its league-wide basketball tryouts on October 20th and 21st at the Metro Academy in Arlington, Texas. Registration time will be 8 am - 9 am on both days with tryout sessions held from 2pm - 6pm.

Coaches Eligin Pringle, Omar Nash, Julie Collie, Patrick Scott, Rey Caban and James P. McClory will conduct the camp. After lengthy contract negotiations, Former Utah Jazz and Seattle Supersonics basketball player Chris King will be making his appearance as the new commissioner of the Texas Basketball League. Mr. King will also be coaching in the Texas Basketball League. Financial details were not disclosed.

“This is a big move for the Texas Basketball League and for semi-pro basketball altogether. This proves that the Texas Basketball League is the only semi-pro basketball league in state of Texas that has former NBA experience and leadership at the helm.” Benjamin Brinkley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Basketball League, “We have been waiting for several years to bring the state of Texas a real quality semi-pro basketball league like the Southwest Basketball League before us. With Chris King in the fold, we are going to take it up another notch with our coaches and our players to deliver the best semi-pro basketball league in the state of Texas and across the country.”

The camp site will be the Metro Charter Academy down the street from the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium; the address is 1111 Gibbons Street in Arlington, Texas 76011. Make all Money Orders or Cashier's Checks payable to the Texas Basketball League. Mail with registration form to: Texas Basketball League, P.O. Box 537, Arlington, Texas 76004.

Cost of the camp is $100 before October 15th and same day registration will be $150. Please email for the Waiver and Presentation Form and mail the forms along the registration fees by overnight express mail. Tryouts will start promptly at 2pm.

For more information, please call the Texas Basketball League Office at (817) 803-6186. The league office is open from 10am to 6pm Monday thru Friday C.S.T. Please leave a name, phone number, and an email and we will contact you at our earliest convenience.

Founded and organized by Charles Johnson of the Southwest Basketball League, the Texas Basketball League is scheduled to begin play this fall 2007. The Texas Basketball League is one of the only semi-pro basketball leagues in the country with a league salary cap and a league dispersal draft after every tryout therefore nobody is cut from a tryout unlike other semi-pro basketball leagues. The Texas Basketball League values players making sacrifices to continue there dreams of playing semi-pro basketball with hopes of making it to the NBA. Our views and our approach are different from other semi-pro organizations and we look to set the new trends in semi-pro basketball for the future. Thus, no player attending a basketball tryout will be cut from a tryout but will receive an opportunity to attend the league dispersal draft after each and every tryout. This increases the value of your registration fee and increase your opportunity to make the Texas Basketball League Rosters.

Come experience the future of semi-pro basketball, Come experience the Texas Basketball League


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TURKEY

BEKO TBL Week 1 -by Serdar Ortakuyu
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Acik


Nicholas


Marshall


Wright


Besok
A brand new TBL season got started with no surprises at all. Favorites such as Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed victories on BEKO TBL Week 1 as expected while the league opener between Turk Telekom and Besiktas Cola Turka was nothing but a real drama. The visitors dominated the first three quarters thanks to Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) and Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket)'s balanced inside-outside game but Tutku Acik rallied the troops toward the final minutes and Besiktas Cola Turka had no solution to slow down Michael Wright&Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) duo in the paint who totally nailed 50 points to lead Telekom to a 93-86 win. Newcomers Antalya BSB managed to snap up a win on the road against Darussafaka while Pinar Karsiyaka dominated Casa TED in Izmir thanks to all around forward Sean Marshall. On Sunday Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy)'s game winning shot led TTNET Beykoz over Mutlu Aku Selcuk Uni as Mersin survived against a tough Alpella after a 16-0 serie in the decisive minutes to make their fans happy in the opener. Galatasaray Cafe Crown hosted Banvit in Istanbul and despite a 20-2 run in the beginning Kenny Adeleke's effort equalized the score but Huseyin Besok's double double sealed the deal for the hosts.

Best Five:
Tutku Acik (193-G-80) of Turk Telekom
Drew Nicholas (191-G-81) of Efes Pilsen
Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Pinar Karsiyaka
Michael Wright (203-F-80) of Turk Telekom
Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) of Galatasaray Cafecrown


Transaction News -by Serdar Ortakuyu
TBL newcomers Antalya BSB agreed terms to part ways with import center Aaron Pettway (211-F/C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) who failed to meet the expectations at the southern club. Orhun Ene's team found an immediate replacement and landed former Province center Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence), a second round pick of the 2004 NBA draft who averaged 16.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg and 1.6bpg to lead Albuquerque Thunderbirds to NBDL championship last year.
Aliaga Belediyesi of TB2L decided to send Quin Humphrey (193-G-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Youngstown St.) home after trying him out just like Pinar Karsiyaka did last month and decided to sign former Boston College sensation Ryan Sidney (188-G-82, college: Boston Coll.) who helped Mersin to win 2004-2005 TBL championship before playing for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in Israel for 2 seasons.


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U.KINGDOM

BBL Results Round Up -by Paul Nilsen
The Newcastle Eagles capped off a perfect three victories from three games on the road over the past week in the BBL Championship with a 76-69 victory over the Kularoos Plymouth Raiders at the Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday evening. That victory coupled with a 117-110 double-overtime victory over the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks on Wednesday evening, and a 99-80 defeat of the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at the John Sanford Leisure Centre on Saturday evening moves the Eagles to within two points of the early pacesetters Sheffield Sharks.

The Sharks themselves picked up a hard-fought 87- 83 victory over the Marshall MK Lions at the EIS, Sheffield on Friday evening to maintain their slender advantage at the summit of the BBL Championship table.

Poujoulat Heat Guildford kept up the pressure on the Sharks thanks to a hard-fought 98-89 victory over the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena on Sunday evening.

The Lions bounced back from that defeat with a 97-94 victory over the Scottish Rocks at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on Sunday evening.

It was a disappointing weekend for the three teams at the foot of the table as none of the teams could pick up their first victories of the season. The Everton Tigers went down 69-58 at home to the PAWS London Capital on Friday evening, while Worcester Wolves went down to the Rocks 112-71 at Worcester University, and Team Birmingham Panthers lost out to the Cheshire Jets by a score of 89-76 at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus both on Saturday night.




BBL Championship
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 00 (25,54,65) (Myers 25, Obazuaye 22, Pratt 15)
Poujoulat Heat Guildford 00 (14,44,74) (Gilbert 26, Aaron 20, Jones 12)

Poujoulat Heat Guildford maintained the pressure on early pacesetters Sheffield Sharks thanks to a hard-fought 98-89 victory over the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena on Sunday evening.

The Jets started the stronger, and Shawn Myers led the way with seven points in the opening minutes to help the home side to a 25-14 lead after the opening quarter. The second quarter saw the Heat begin to close the gap thanks to the outside shooting from James Jones in particular as the visitors closed the gap to ten points at 54-44 at the half.

In the second half, it was the Heat who exploded out of the blocks, and a 14-5 start to the third period closed the deficit to a single point at 59-58. The Heat continued their domination of the period, restricting the Jets to eleven points total, and bagging another sixteen points of their own in the quarter to lead 74-65 going into the final stanza.

The final quarter saw the Jets valiantly attempt to reduce the deficit, and got to within eight points at 91-83 off the back of a 12-3 run with four minutes remaining.

The Heat maintained their advantage in the last two minutes, and were able to secure the all-important victory.

Danny Gilbert led all scorers in the game with 26 points for the Heat, including 16 points in the final quarter alone, while Myers led the Jets scoring with 25 points personal.


BBL Championship
Marshall MK Lions 97 (26,46,71) (New/Williams 18, Griffin 15)
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks 94 (26,46,75) (Yanders 30, Wohlers 19, Hampton 18)


Marshall MK Lions leapfrogged over the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders into fifth place in the table after a thrilling 97-94 victory over the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on Sunday evening.

A tight first half saw both sides trading baskets throughout, with the teams tied at 46-46 going into the locker rooms at half-time.

The second half saw the Rocks start the faster, especially Moritz Wohlers netting five points in an 11-5 start to the quarter giving the Rocks a 51-57 lead. The Lions got themselves back into the game with some accurate outside shooting from Yorrick Williams to close the deficit to four points at 71-75 going into the final stanza.

In the final quarter, Rob Yanders got the Rocks off and running with the first five points to take the score out to 73-80. It was the Lions who broke the game open following that with a 17-4 burst, including six points from Michael New, to take the score out 90-84.

The Rocks valiantly attempted to come back into the game, but it was Dru Spinks who secured the victory for the Lions from the foul-line.

New led the Lions scoring with 18 points personal, but it was Yanders who led all scorers with 30 points for the Rocks.


BBL Championship
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 69 (18,27,49) (Gall 21, Lasker 18, Beasley 11)
Newcastle Eagles 76 (18,38,54) (Midgley 22, Smith 18, Flournoy/Hyatt 11)
he Newcastle Eagles capped off the perfect week with a 76-69 victory over the Kularoos Plymouth Raiders at the Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday afternoon.

After a tight opening first quarter where the scores were tied at 18-18, it was the Eagles who took the advantage in the second quarter with a 13-2 tear to open the period and take the score out to 31-20. The Eagles defence also stepped up in this quarter, restricting the Raiders to just nine points, and take a 38-27 lead into the locker rooms at the half.

The second half saw the Raiders trim the deficit to eight points at 40-48 off the back of a 12-2 burst towards the end of the third period, but back-to-back three-pointers from Eagles' Richard Midgley saw the visitors go into the final stanza 54-49 ahead.

In the fourth quarter, the Raiders continued to close the deficit, but could not get close enough to overturn their opponents as the Eagles held on for the all important victory.

Midgley led all scorers in the game with 22 points for Newcastle, while Alistar Gall led the Raiders scoring with 21.


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UKRAINE

Superleague: Round 3 some results -by Alexander Muzyka

Oct. 13


Azovmash - Politekhnika-Halychyna 77:73 (20:31, 23:14, 19:14, 15:14)
A
: Edney 17 + 7 rbs + 5 ast, Liadelis 16, Archibald 12 + 6 rbs, Mescahrnakauu 12 + 6 rbs...
PL: Golubev 20, Zubrytskyi 14, Gurtovoi 14 + 8 rbs, Ulyanko 12...

Budivelnik - BC-93 Pulsar 80:62 (25:18, 20:18, 20:10, 15:16)
B
: M.Balashov 15, Kovalenko 10 + 5 rbs, Horbenko 9, Orlenko 9 + 8 rbs...
P: Dubniuk 15, Fraseniuk 15 + 9 rbs, Miakinin 8, Shemosiuk 8 + 5 rbs...

Sumykhimprom - Dnipro 77:79 (25:18, 14:19, 17:16, 21:26)
S
: Kojenets 19 + 7 rbs, I.Kyivych 16 + 12 rbs, Tomic 16 + 5 rbs, R.Kryvych 13 + 5 rbs...
D: Kobzystyi 25 + 6 rbs + 8 ast, Kornienko 15 + 6 rbs, Matiukevych 11 + 7 rbs...



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URUGUAY

Leandro Garcia scored 43 for Bigua -by Hector Lopez
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 43 points when Bigua defeated Soriano 114-95 to maintain the leadership of the Uruguayan League after 10 rounds.
Results and main scorers (incluiding import players)
Bigua 114 - Garcia Morales 43, Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 16, Kevin Young (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri) 18
Soriano 95 Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) 31 Daryl Rufus (207-C-82, college: Fayetteville St.) 21
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Trouville 79 - Ignacio Borges (181-G-76) 24, Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: Singer Sports, college: S.Carolina St.) 18, Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) 7
Atenas 75 - Richard Matienzo (202-F/C-69, college: Miami Dade CC) 16, Robert Taylor (182-G, college: Rider) 10, Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) 21
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Defensor Sporting 75 - David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) 21, Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 19
Hebraica Macabi 70 - Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 14, Jeff Aubry (205-C-76, agency: Next Level, college: Cornell) 9
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Sayago 92 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 23, Jonny Gomes 9
Aguada 85 - Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) 13 Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) 10


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VENEZUELA

LNB 2007 - Week 8: Lideres bounce back to win, Pescadores and Macizos triumph -by Francisco Vega

A 38-point display by LNB's top scorer, Demetric Shaw (191-G-78), guided Lideres de Yaracuy to a comfortable triumph against Estudiantes de Guarico. Macizos de Guayana got tough against Warao de Tucupita and Pescadores de Sucre had no mercy against Graneros de Portuguesa. The series between Delfines de Miranda and Duros de Lara will be played on Monday and Tuesday.


Lideres de Yaracuy 100 - Estudiantes de Guarico 79

Nicolas Ojeda Parra Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy

Quarter by quarter
LID: 28+30+20+22= 100
EST: 20+13+27+19= 79

Scorers
LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 38 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 14 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-83) 12 points

EST: Cesar Olivo (186-G-83) 14 points, Jose Angel Hernandez (206-C-76) 11 points, Daniel Dominguez (-71) 10 points


Pescadores de Sucre 84 - Graneros de Portuguesa 76

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy

Quarter by quarter
PES: 23+22+19+20= 84
GRA: 26+12+15+23= 76

Scorers
PES: Arnaldo Amundaray (201-F-77) 20 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80, college: St.Mary's (TX)) 11 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 24 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 12 points



Macizos de Guayana 106 - Warao de Tucupita 104

Boris Planchart Gymnasium - Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar


Quarter by quarter
WAR: 21+14+22+19= 106
PES: 24+18+21+28= 104

Scorers
MAC: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 25 points, Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 24 points, Axier Sucre (198-F-78) 18 points

PES: Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 22 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 17 points, Michael Flores 17 points



LNB 2007 - Week 8: Lideres finally get a sweep, Macizos and Pescadores continue relentless -by Francisco Vega

Lideres de Yaracuy were finally able to leave the series splits behind them and completed a home sweep against Estudiantes de Guarico that puts them back in the fight for a playoff spot. Meanwhile, both Macizos de Guayana and Pescadores de Sucre continued their domination of the LNB's standings with sweeps as hosts against Warao de Tucupita and Graneros de Portuguesa, respectively. Delfines de Miranda and Duros de Lara will play on Monday and Tuesday in Caracas.


Lideres de Yaracuy 94 - Estudiantes de Guarico 87 (ET)

Nicolas Ojeda Parra Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy

Quarter by quarter
LID: 17+11+19+32+15= 94
EST: 18+18+18+25+8= 87

Scorers
LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 24 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 24 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-83) 12 points

EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 23 points, Daniel Dominguez (-71) 14 points


Pescadores de Sucre 94 - Graneros de Portuguesa 92

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy

Quarter by quarter
PES: 21+17+31+25= 94
GRA: 23+25+19+25= 92

Scorers
PES: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 23 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 18 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 25 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 18 points



Macizos de Guayana 102 - Warao de Tucupita 101

Boris Planchart Gymnasium - Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar


Quarter by quarter
MAC: 27+22+35+18= 102
WAR: 16+38+23+24= 101

Scorers
MAC: Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 19 points, Axier Sucre (198-F-78) 14 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 14 points

PES: Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 29 points, Michael Flores 17 points, David Rojas (178-G-78) 15 points



LNB 2007 - Week 8: Duros get closer to Macizos, Delfines continues to loose, Warao surprises Pescadores -by Francisco Vega

Duros de Lara got a vital victory over Lideres de Yaracuy at home and took advantage of Macizos de Guayana's defeat against Estudiantes de Guarico to get closer to them in the LNB's fight for first place. Meanwhile, Pescadores de Sucre were surprised away by Warao de Tucupita and Delfines de Miranda continues unable to win, since they were defeated in the first of two matches by Graneros de Portuguesa.


Duros de Lara 77 - Lideres de Yaracuy 68

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 15+24+17+21= 77
LID: 10+18+19+21= 68

Scorers
LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 25 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 13 points, Carlos Morris (194-F-75) 11 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 9 points

DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 20 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 16 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 15 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 9 points


Estudiantes de Guarico 107 - Macizos de Guayana 100

Roger Ramos Gymnasium - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 26+24+23+34= 107
MAC: 22+26+20+32= 100

Scorers

EST: Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 22 points, Alejandro Flores (201-F) 17 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 17 points

MAC: Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 21 points, Axier Sucre (198-F-78) 19 points



Graneros de Portuguesa 89 - Delfines de Miranda 82

Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 15+29+20+25= 89
DEL: 20+14+26+22= 82

Scorers
DEL: Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 23 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 22 points

GRA: Jose Mora (188-G-73) 17 points, John Jackson (201-F-74) 15 points



Warao de Tucupita 107 - Pescadores de Sucre 84

Municipal Gymnasium - Tucupita, Delta Amacuro


Quarter by quarter (Not provided)
WAR: X+X+X+X= 107
PES: X+X+X+X= 84

Scorers
PES: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 19 points, John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82) 15 points

WAR: Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 20 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 16 points, Marlon Patino (205-F-80) 16 points



LNB 2007 - Week 8: Estudiantes-Macizos suspended due to violence, Duros swept Lideres -by Francisco Vega

The game between Estudiantes de Guarico and Macizos de Guayana at "Roger Ramos" Gymnasium of San Juan de Los Morros had to be stopped during the second quarter due to a violent fight between dominican Alejandro Flores (201-F), of Estudiantes, and Jose Martinez (196-F-82), of Macizos, which unchained a series of violent episodes that involved the fans attending the game and even the police, which had to escort Macizos back to their hotel and out of the city. Meanwhile, Duros de Lara got a home sweep over Lideres de Yaracuy and the series Graneros-Delfines and Warao-Pescadores finished with splits.


Duros de Lara 83 - Lideres de Yaracuy 74

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 21+18+22+22= 83
LID: 14+18+19+23= 74

Scorers
LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 19 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 19 points, Sonny Reyes (180-G-86) 13 points

DUR: Damion Staple (201-F/C-80) 20 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 13 points


Estudiantes de Guarico - Macizos de Guayana (suspended)

Roger Ramos Gymnasium - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

The technical comission of LNB will determine the fate of this game in its weekly reunion in Caracas after the games of the week are completed



Delfines de Miranda 100 - Graneros de Portuguesa 93

Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 21+20+25+27= 93
DEL: 27+22+16+35= 100

Scorers
DEL: Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) 28 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 21 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 21 points, Pedro Cubillan (182-G-81) 18 points



Pescadores de Sucre 91 - Warao de Tucupita 76

Municipal Gymnasium - Tucupita, Delta Amacuro


Quarter by quarter
WAR: 21+14+22+19= 76
PES: 24+18+21+28= 91

Scorers
PES: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 25 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 16 points

WAR: Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 22 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 15 points





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Women News

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CAPE VERDE - Women

Crispina Headed to Angola -by Pedro Gomes
Cape Verdean National Team player Crispina Correia (193-F/C-75, college: Auburn) “Tininha” will be heading to Luanda, Angola, to represent the colors of Primeiro de Agosto, in the Angolan Women's basketball Championships.
The interest for power forward/center appeared during the 2007 African Championship for women held in Senegal, in which the player was named as the tournament top 5 players, and best scorer.
Tininha guarantees that she will go and giver her best in the Angolan basketball league, to try to gain a better degree of competitiveness, in the sense to be more prepared for the next commitments of the national team. The player also guarantees that in contract terms “everything has been agreed with Primeiro de Agosto”.
Tininha was honored this past Saturday by her club, Predio, where she began her basketball career. Her achievement was well recognize in the country.


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DENMARK - Women

Lini led SISU with 25 points over Falcon -by Eurobasket News
Danish Dameliga added 3 more games to the archive as the spectators enjoyed them. Virum was the only team to win at home, while Horsholm and SISU grabbed the road wins.

Horsholm had a road win over Amager 71:45. The guests lost the opening quarter but quickly returned into the game. It was not a big deal to win with the deficit of more than 25 points. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) paced the winners with 24 points, while Mie Burlin added 17. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) nailed 13 points in the losing effort.

Virum celebrated the victory at home over Vaerlose 52:42. A great game by the trio led the game to the happy end. Miljana Peric (185-F-73) top-scored with 15 points. Duelund collected 13 points and 18 rebounds, while Josefine Sorensen added 13. Tenna Aastrup chipped in 16 points and made10 rebounds in defeat.

SISU overwhelmed Falcon 73:47. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) again top-scored for the winners, this time with 25 points. Anette Johansen (178-F-82, college: New York Tech) poured in 14, while Matilde Bram Nielsen brought 13 points. Loyd ended up with 17 points for the hosts.

Amager-Horsholm 45:71
Amager: Sussie Kruuse 13, Emilie 10
Horsholm 79ers: Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) 24, Mie Burlin 17

Virum-Vaerlose 52:42
Virum:Trine Miljana Peric 15, Duelund 13 points+ 18 rebounds, Josefine Sorensen 13
Vaerlose: Tenna Aastrup 16 points+10 rebounds, Tine Duelund 10

Falcon-SISU 47:73
Falcon: Loyd 17, Cecilie Tang Homann 11
SISU: Sarah Lini 25, Anette Johansen 14, Matilde Bram Nielsen 13


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ESTONIA - Women

Meistriliiga welcomes 6 teams this year -by Eurobasket News
Estonian Championship has just started and it is a great event that this year the spectators will enjoy 6 teams in it. Moreover they will have a chance to see their teams in the Baltic league as well.

First two games of a new season had a tough scenario and brought 2 and 3 points advantage respectively. Audentes and Tallinna Living survived at home in the first games.

Tallinna Living beat TLU/Volta 72:69 on October 13th. If you see at each quarter result you understand that the teams struggle in the court. Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) led the winners with 26 points. Viive-Kai Rebane and Sandra Andresson (175-G-89) supported her with 16 points. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) nailed 26 points in defeat in the opener.

Audentes overcame Kalev/Profimaa 62:60. Trailing 12 points after the first half the hosts came back to the game. They produced 23:10 in the third and won the fourth 21:20. Kaia Kosk (174-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Solveig Keskula nailed 16. Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds for Kalev/Profimaa.
The next games are scheduled for October 15 and 16.

Tallinna Living - TLU/Volta 72:69 (21-20, 15-13, 22-23, 14-13)
Tallinna Living: Kati Rausberg 26, Viive-Kai Rebane 16, Sandra Andresson 16
TLU/Volta: Heila Rosenfeldt 26, Ashley Wallace 16+10 rebs

Audentes - Kalev/Profimaa 62:60 (11-15, 7-15, 23-10, 21-20)
Audentes:Kaia Kosk 20, Solveig Keskula 16
Kalev/Profimaa:Anzela Okuneva 18+13 rebs, Oksana Aleksandrova (172-G-86) 14, Kerdu Arbet 10


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FRANCE - Women

LFB information , Market News and Injury updates -by Leslie Anderson

With the injury sustained at EuroBasket 2007 by Gunta Basko and with Gaelle Skrela out until the end of the year Montpellier have signed Adriana Pinto (Adrianinha) as cover until the end of December.


Tarbes have lost the service of Isabelle Yacoubou a couple of months and have signed up Iciss Tillis . Tarbes are allowed to add her to the roster at already contains two Americans because she is coming in as medical cover for an Injured International player. Tillis has already played in France before with USVO for 9 games during the 2004 - 2005 season.


Dana Boonen (who was in action for Belgium during Eurobasket has signed for Rennes in NF1. She comes in to replace Liz Wolfe who left the club at the beginning of the season to return to Canada.


Geraldine Robert will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery on right knee last week and is not expected back for at least 4 weeks.



During the weekend

Bourges won the Open Basse-Normandie (Mondeville)

Bourges 67-50 Clermont-Ferrand (Final)

Mondeville 66 - 68 USVO (3rd Place)

Semi-final

Mondeville 80 -85 Clermont-Ferrand

USVO 53 - 81 Bourges


Villeneuve d'Ascq won the traditional north tournament organised by Cob Calais. The four teams played each other in a round robin competition over 3 days

Arras 80 - 81 St Amand

Calais 70 - 79 Villeneuve

Arras 73- 79 Villeneuve

Calais 45 - 54 St Amand

St Amand 55 - 60 Villeneuve

Calais 57 - 67 Arras


Montpellier won their « Jacky Chazalon » tournament

Montpellier 75 - 56 Pays d'Aix

Pays d'Aix 72 - 56 Mourenx

Montpellier 79 - 66 Mourenx


In other friendly matches played over the weekend

Challes-les-Eaux beat Reims twice (71-67) and (75-61) and Tarbes lost to Irun (Spain) (67-74).









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IRELAND - Women

SUPERLEAGUE WEEK TWO SCORES -by Ozell Wells
BASKETBALL IRELAND WOMEN'S SUPERLEAGUE

Sunday 14/10/2007

DCU Mercy 86 (33) (Mary Fox 23, A M Healy 12) Waterford Wildcats 75 (34) (K McNamara 26, M Aspell 24)

Saturday 13/10/2007

Tolka Rovers 50 (27) (J Mc Kiernan 20, K Wilkins 8, N Foley 6) DART Killester 55 (21) (C Malcolm 19, F Carrick 12, S O'Connor 11)

Team Montonette Hotel Cork 80 (36) (J Strong 30, M Fahey 18) UL Aughinish 70 (24) (C Jones 21, L Palmer 9)


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JAMAICA - Women

Rhona McKenzie shines in the first round of Swiss League -by Eurobasket News
Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76) led her Sierre to a stunning victory in the opening round of Swiss LNB. Sierre dismantled BBC Cossonay 106:33 on the road and Rhona McKenzie was the key offensive force for the visitors. She netted game-high 26 points and helped her Sierre to 1-0 record early in the tournament. Sierre will next face Pully away from home.
Another Jamaican import in Europe Cattie Hamilton (179-F-88) contributed as her 08 Stockholm secured a 76:63 victory over Norkkoping. She netted 8 points (3/7 FG, 2/4 FT) and grabbed 9 boards in 17 minutes on the court. 08 Stockholm celebrated their first win as they improved to 1-0 record in the ladder.


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KOSOVO - Women

KATARINA DOMITROVIC SIGNS FOR SIGAL PRISHTINA -by Alban Salihu
Registering Commission of BFK got the first signing request for the regular transitory term. This request is made by women's team BC” Sigal Prishtina”, to sign Croatian player Katarina Domitrovic born in 1968.

Transitory term for women and youngsters categories lasts till Wednesday October 17, 2007 on 4:00 pm, whereas for seniors till October 28, 2007 as well on 4:00 pm.


source:fbk-ks.com


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Sluggish fourth frame costs too much for the Sirens -by Eurobasket News
Canberra Capitals - Christchurch Sirens 76:63
The defending WNBL champions Canberra Capitals came from behind to edge the Christchurch Sirens and post their second win at the season. It was all about a strong final stanza for the hosts as they revived late in the game and celebrated a tough-fought victory. Christchurch were once again impressive from the start and piled up a 17:11 lead midway through the first frame. The home team closed the gap a bit but still trailed 19:22 by the end of the quarter. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) was key force for the Sirens in the second frame as Kiwi team extended the lead to 14 points. But Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) and Bishop nailed a couple of important jumpers late in the first half and the Capitals were behind by 4 points at halftime 38:42.
A fast Canberra's offense was the main weapon for Australian team as they penetrated through a well-built defense. Christchurch managed to maintain the lead in the third stanza and entered the fourth quarter ahead by 3 points. But Natalie Hurst nailed a three pointer less than two minutes into the fourth term and lifted the Capitals in front. The Sirens started to run out of steam and could not match the Capitals' tempo. They shot just 10% from the field in the last quarter and could hardly stop the hosts defensively. Canberra poured in 25 points and drove to a confident win.
Natalie Hurst led the home side with 22 points, 3 boards and 2 assists. Tracey Beatty (202-C-79) added 16 points and 9 boards for the winners. Donna Wilkins had 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Sirens. Ashley Awkward (168-G-85) delivered 12 points in a losing effort.
Christchurch sank 37% of field goals and 69% of free throws. They outrebounded the hosts 33:31 but committed 20 turnovers.

Canberra: Natalie Hurst 22, Tracey Beatty 16+9 boards
Christchurch: Donna Wilkins 17, Ashley Awkward 12


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POLAND - Women

SuperCup for Lotos PKO BP! -by Pawel Szatkowski

Lotos PKO BP Gdynia won SuperCup in a game against Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) with her 19 points in this competition was picked as MVP of the SuperCup game.


Wisła Can-Pack- Lotos PKO BP 54:67 (17:24, 14:7, 12:17, 11:19)


Wisła: Skerovic 17, Dupree 12, Trafimava 6, Krawiec 5, Kobryn 4, Gburczyk 4, Fernandez 4, Wielebnowska 2, Gajda 0, Pałka 0, Radwan 0, Fikiel 0.


Lotos: Leciejewska 19, Breitreiner 12, Pawlak 12, Snytsina 12, Maksimovic 5, Jujka 5, Zarytska 2, Waligorska 0.



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PORTUGAL - Women

Vagos with two new foreign players -by Luis Rocha
Vagos in the edge of the beginning of Liga Feminina, has signed Millene Machado (183-F/C-79) and Irina Apolyonova to add power to the outside game of the team. Millene is a good player, who can be very efficient playing face and back to the board, and Irina who plays in Portugal for some time can rebound strongly in both ends of the court.

Results and coments about Vitor Hugo Cup -by Bruno Baltazar
The first competition of the season Vitor Hugo a person who did many good things in the portuguese womans competition,got decided the teams who will compete in the final four in the next 20 and 21st of October in Vagos with the presence of ESSA,BOA VIAGEM , CAB MADEIRA and Vagos,they was the winners of the their groups in the pre tournament played this weekend and ESSA was the second best placed ,Uniao left out this competition before their start for serious finantial problems.

Next Saturday we have the final 4 with BOA VIAGEM-CAB at 4pm and ESSA-VAGOS at 6.15pm ,portuguese hour.
The final is in Sunday with the winners at 4pm.

Complete list of results;

GROUP A

October the 12-Disputed in Ovar

C.D.Povoa 53-Ovarense 50
Boa Viagem 76-CP Natacao 54

October the 13

CD POVOA 50 - NATACAO 77
BOA VIAGEM 82-37 OVARENSE

OCTOBER THE 14TH
OVARENSE 40 - NATACAO 67
POVOA 48-BOA VIAGEM 68

GROUP B
In Esgueira
ESGUEIRA 59 - OLIVAIS 64

ESgueira48 - Vagos 68

Ana Marques, Daniela Ramos (2), Katie Sandefur (19), Filipa Tavares (8) e Joana Pinho (7) - Ana Regala (12), Diana Marcelino, Juliana Ferreira.
head coach: Joao Janeiro

Ana Nunes (5), Paula Seabra (12), Milene Machado (21), Tatiana Iourtaeva (11) e Raquel Soares (12) - Iryna Apalyonova , Cristina Araujo (3), Ana LOpes e Zenilda Carvalho (4).
head coach:: Nuno Ferreira

1º 10-22; 2º 15-18; 3º 12-14; 4º 11-14.

VAGOS 68-ESGUEIRA 48

OLIVAIS 55-59 VAGOS

GROUP C
IN SANTAREM

SANTAREM 39- ESSA 100
CAB 64-53ALGES

ESSA 63-46ALGES
CAB 108-36

SANTAREM 50-80 ALGES
ESSA 49-CAB 55

In this group Santarem showed a very young team with juniors players,and with Natasha has very limitations.
Alges seems with less solutions then the previous season but with the great Joana Fogaca,CAB showed a good team and ESSA showed a great talent,with 18years old Sara Djassi.



Vagos with two new foreign players -by Luis Rocha
Vagos in the edge of the beginning of Liga Feminina, has signed Millene Machado (183-F/C-79) and Irina Apalyonova (-81) to add power on the boards and support their good perimeter game. Millene is a good player, who can be very efficient playing face and back to the board, and Irina who plays in Portugal for some time, canrebound strongly in both ends of the court.