EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/21/2007

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ABA

The Maywood Buzz adds three to Roster -by Lee Burrel
The Maywood Buzz announced the additions of Marcell Jackson (6'10-260-C/F college: Long Beach State), Rashaan Smith (6'10-250-C/F college: Fresno State), and John Reynolds (6'10-250-F college: Princeton). The addition of these three with Nick Sheppard (6'10-270-C college: Pepperdine) should help the Buzz a favorite to win the West Division of the ABA.

Benitez inks deal with the Miami Tropics -by Chris Terrell
Miami, FL - Ricky Benitez , the former New Jersey Squires and Beijing Aoschen Olympian Head Coach of the ABA has signed an agreement to coach with the Miami Tropics in the FIBA Americas League. In addition to his exploits in the ABA, including a trip to the championship game with Squires in the 02/03 season, Benitez is the winningist coach in WBA history, amassing 55 league victories. The fiery coach is undefeated in International play including successful ventures in the professional leagues and International tournaments of Mexico, Venezuela, Hungary and Chile.

The FIBA Americas League, appropriately named, will be composed of professional teams throughout North, Central, and South America. Benitez, with his domestic and international success, will be a definate asset to the prospects of the Tropics playing in a talent laden International league with FIBA. Press contacts and other inquiries can be directed to Coach Benitez at rickyb1324@yahoo.com


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ARGENTINA

Liga A latest news -by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes Bahia blanca:
Kevin Freeman left the team. His replace is J.R. Wallace (183-G-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Cent.Michigan). Pablo moya was released due to injury.

Atenas Cordoba:
Miguel Gerlero was loaned to 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (liga B)

Obras sanitarias:
Gonzalo Traverso (196-G/F-88) loaned to Obera Tennis club (liga B)

Peñarol:
Signed Alejandro Konsztadt

Gimnasia comodoro:
released Marvin Rashad

Central Entrerriano:
Lucas Arn (194-G-89) loaned to Union y Fuerza Roque Saenz Peña (liga B)

El Nacional:
Alejandro Carmona left the team due to personal problems


League Round Five -by Leonardo Contieri
North
Libertad 74 - Atenas 59
Libertad remains atop of north group with a 5-1 after beating Atenas. Josh Pittman and Roberto Battle scored 17 apiece for Libertad while Battle added 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Andres Pelussi added 8 points and 9 boards. Terrell Taylor recorded a double-double for Atenas with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Erron Maxey added 12. Atenas dropped to 1-4, tied for last place.
Central Entrerriano 85 - Regatas Corrientes 81
Central won its fourth streak game to enjoy a good start in the season with five players scoring in double figures led by Juan Cangelosi's 23 and 8 rebounds. Kwan Johnson and Fernando Martina added 14 each, Robert Brown 13 and Gaston Torre 10. Javier Martinez led Regatas with 22 points and Clarence Robinson added 18. Damian Tintorelli scored a double-double for Regatas with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Ben Hur 78 - Quimsa 85
Quimsa outscored Ben Hur 25-13 in the final quarter to get the victory on a very disputed match. William McFarlan led Quimsa with 21 points and Julio Mazzaro added 20. Durelle Brown led Ben Hur with 18 points.
Belgrano 70 -Juventud Sionista 83

South
Boca 92 - Estudiantes 85
Boca remains as the only unbeaten team in the league, as Ryan Carroll erupted for 23 points shooting 8/10 from the field, Luis Cequeira added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Leonardo Gutierrez finished with 14. Jamaal Levy led Estudiantes with 17 points and 8 boards, Juan Manuel Torres added 13 and Jose Muruaga and Pablo Gil 12 each.
El Nacional 70 - Obras 79
Obras got its first victory away from home while El Nacional remains winless in his own stadium (0-3). Lazaro Borrell scored 23 points for Obras, Tyler Field recorded a double-double with his 12 points and 10 assists, Fernando Titarelli finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists and debutant Chris Jeffries scored 11 points, got 3 rebound and 3 steals on 22 minutes coming off the bench. Dijbril Kante led El Nacional with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Patrico Rodriguez and Pablo Barrios added 11 each.
Quilmes 83 - Independiente 79
On a very close game, Quilmes barely gotthe victory over Independiente, 83-79 at home as Hernando Salles scored 24 points, Eduardo Villares 19 and Antonio Reynolds Dean 17 and 11 boards, as usual, Byron Johnson led Independiente with 29 points but in the end he got little help from his teammates.
Gimnasia 90 - Peñarol 83
Gimnasia won its first game of the season with an outstanding performance from Diego Prego, who scored 33 points shooting 6/11 from behind the arc, Chris Jackson helped with 14 points and 12 boards. Jasper Johnson led Peñarol with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Pablo Rodriguez added 20.


South American Championship Chedule -by Leonardo Contieri
Finally, there will be only six teams playing in the South American Championship in Brasilia, Brazil.
The teams are: Universo BRB (Brazil), Macizos de Guayana (Ven), Peñarol (Argentina), Boca (Argentina), Deportivo San Jose (Par) and Club Amistad (Bol). Here's teh chedule, the tournament will be played in five days with only one group.
Day 1: October 31
Macizos de Guayana vs. Peñarol
Universo BRB vs. Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Boca Juniors
Day 2: November 1
Macizos de Guayana vs. Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Universo BRB
Boca Juniors vs. Peñarol
Day 3: November 2
Club Amistad vs. Boca Juniors
Macizos de Guayana vs. Universo BRB
Deportivo San Jose vs. Peñarol
Day 4: November 3
Club Amistad vs. Deportivo San Jose
Boca Juniors vs. Macizos de Guayana
Universo BRB vs. Peñarol
Day 5: November 4
Peñarol vs Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Macizos de Guayana
Universo BRB vs. Boca Juniors


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AUSTRALIA

Razorbacks stop Kings, Bullets secure last-second win -by Eurobasket News
West Sydney Razorbacks - Sydney Kings 103:96
Sydney Kings tale of straight wins was abrupted by the Razorbacks as they edge league leaders today. The Razorbacks performed an impressive comeback after trailing by 13 points in the second quarter and overcame their town rivals. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) led the hosts with 21 points and 9 assists. West Sydney started cutting the lead late in the first half and surged ahead soon after the break. The home team held on to the lead and entered the fourth quarter 78:74 in front.
Jason Smith (194-G-74) converted game-high 25 points and tried to revive their teammates late in the game. But the hosts were aggressive at both ends and maintained the dominance till the final buzzer. Rookie Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) added 20 points for the winners. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) posted 16 points in defeat.
The Razorbacks improved to 4-2 record in the ladder.

Melbourne South Dragons - Brisbane Bullets 109:110
Melbourne South Dragons continued their losing skid as they were narrowly beaten by the Bullets at home. The visitors stayed ahead at halftime 63:56. But winless South Dragons recovered after the intermission and started to craft their way back into contest. Cortez Groves (196-G/F-78, college: Kansas St.) was merely unstoppable as he drained 8 three pointers and led his teammates towards their first win in the season. But the experience of Sam Mackinnon (197-F/G-76) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) helped the Bullets secure a tough victory at the dying moments of the game. Sam Mackinnon led Brisbane with 24 points and 16 boards. CJ Bruton added 24 points in a win. Cortez Groves finished with game-high 44 points and 5 assists. Shane Heal (182-G-70) had 11 points in a losing clause. South Dragons remained winless at 0-6 record. Brisbane caught up with the Kings in the ladder as tehy improved to 6-1 record.

West Sydney Razorbacks - Sydney Kings 103:96
West Sydney: Darnell Hinson 21+9 assists, Julian Khazzouh 20
Sydney Kings: Jason Smith 25, Mark Worthington 16

Melbourne South Dragons - Brisbane Bullets 109:110
Melbourne: Cortez Groves 44, Shane Heal 11
Brisbane: Sam Mackinnon 24+16 boards, CJ Bruton 24


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BAHRAIN

Final of Preseason tournament -by Ali Surgeon
Al-Ahli and Manama will clash again tonight at 7pm in Umm Alhassam Gym to determine the champion of the preseason tournament.

This tournament which started 1 month back featured local players only and it was a good chance for all teams to setup the preseason without professional players.

Both teams reached the final after leading their groups in preliminary rounds.

Al-Ahli kept their coaching staff from last season with the head is the experienced nigerian coach Fredrick Oniga. Al-Ahli is determined to continue leading basketball in Bahrain by winning this championship depending on their experienced players: Ahmed Malallah, Abdulla alkhajah, Sadiq Mahdi and their younger generation players: Hussein Shaker and Mohd Qurban.

Manama welcomed back the Ex-national team coach Salman Ramadan who lead Manama for 9 glorious seasons in the past. Their roster still include the powerhouse captain Nooh Najaf, national team superstars Mahmmod Ghuloom and Mohd Najaf. They are also boostered by: Hani Alam, Yaqoob Yousif and Mohd Hussein.

It is expected that the game will be very tough and entertaining as it is a continuity of a longlife rivaly between both teams.


Muharraq is Ready -by Yousef Ahmed
Muharraq is ready to start there 07-08 season with their new coach John Wojtak .
Coach John was coaching Al Ahli club from Qatar for 4 years, he has a strong defensive philosophy and has already shown a different face for Muharraq Basketball. Muharraq Club is very happy with their coach and their players are ready to start their season. Even though they lost to Al Ahli club in the preseason championship, Muharraq has already shown their potential of a Championship team.

Muharraq Club has one of the most complete teams in Bahrain after signing their professional Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and National team captain Yaser Bu Nafoor (190-F-72); these two players will add great experience to Muharraq Team. And Ra-shun Roberts has already shown his stardom play two years previous as one of the highest scorers in Bahrain
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Last year Muharraq suffered a great loss after Ahmed Al Mutawa (198-F/C-81, college: Lincoln Memorial) dislocated his left knee in the GCC Championships in January playing for the National Team. AL Mutawa was having one of his best seasons in Bahrain; he was nominated MVP of the week almost every week until his devastating injury.
Ahmed Al Mutawa had a successful reconstructive surgery last March in Germany and he is already started practicing with his team. With Al Mutawa Healthy Muharraq will be the team to beat this season.


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Lietuvos Rytas increases to 6-0 in Elite Division -by Eurobasket News
Two games were played in Elite Division of BBL tonight. The battle of the two undefeated teams had a tough scenario in Riga. Siauliai beat Kalev/Cramo to reach ASK Riga in the standings.

The encounter between two teams with perfect records in this SEB BBL season was held in Riga. The hosts tried hard, however could not upset Lithuanian grand. Lietuvos Rytas increases to 6-0 in Elite Division after a 79:75 win. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) led the winners with 22 points. Bajramovic nailed 15, while Jomantas added 13. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) top-scored for Latvians with 21 points. The end of the first quarter 22:17 was more pleasant for ASK Riga. The team continued to play in a high tempo in the second quarter and had 35:29 after the second quarter. Trailing 31:45 Rytas came back to the game and won the third and the last quarters.
In another game Siauliai beat Kalev/Cramo 93:82. The win allowed the hosts to improve at 4-1 and to tie ASK Riga in the standings. Jose Olivero (188-G) and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 21 points each. Ruikis followed them with 12 points for the hosts. As usual Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) was on top for Estonian team with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

ASK Riga-Lietuvos Rytas 75 : 79 ( 22-17, 13-12, 20-28, 20-22 )
ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 21, Buskevics 18
Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 22, Bajramovic 15, Jomantas 13


Siauliai-Kalev/Cramo 93 : 82 ( 25-13, 16-25, 28-22, 24-22 )
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 21, Antonio Grant 21, Ruikis 12
Kalev/Cramo: Travis Reed 20+8 rebs, Parmer 17, Viiask 12


Challenge Cup: Full coverage of Friday and Saturday results -by Eurobasket News
Six games-this is a small record so far for the teams in the Challenge Cup over the last two days. Triobet/Dalkia debuted in the League as the teams played the first games. Unfortunately for the team both of them had negative result.

On Friday Suduva upset the debut of the Estonian Triobet/Dalkia in the League. Suduva smashed the opponents 100:53 as Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 21 points. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) top-scored for Triobet/Dalkia in the opener with 16 points.

Alytus beat Aisciai/Atletas 82:65. A small, but confident win in all the quarters brought the hosts a desirable victory. Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) and Janisius had a great game, combining 47 points. Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) scored 19 points and his team mate Dimsa had 14.

Today Suduva-Arvi defeated Techasas Panevezys at home 89:81. A 27:20 in the opening quarter allowed the hosts to control the game. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) led the winners with 20 points. Jasikevicius nailed 15, while Sirvydis ended up with 13 points. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) collected 19 points and made 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sakalai had a big win against Triobet/Dalkia at home 95:71 despite a spectacular performance by Gert Dorbek. The latter top-scored for his team with 32 points, being the top-scorer of the weekend so far as well. Sakalai was led by Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) who nailed 17 points.

Liepajas Lauvas did not have any difficulties over Fausto 96 : 60. A 27-14 in the third and 30:12 in the fourth made the score inappropriate for the guests. Klavs Ansons (202-F/C-83) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jurevicus posted 21, while Rich had 18. Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, college: Marshall) finished the night with 18 points in defeat.

Nevezis had a road win over Bumerangs/ASK 70:77. Even though the hosts started with 28:21, they were caught later in the game. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) brought the most troubles for the Latvians as he finished the game with 18 points. Leonavicius had 15 and Sakinis chipped in 14 points. Janis Poznaks (205-F/C-83) had a great game for the hosts nailing 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

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Suduva-Triobet/Dalkia 100 : 53 ( 23-20, 23-11, 31-18, 23-4 )

Suduva: Marius Valukonis 21, Gytis Sirutavicius 18, Sirvydis 11, Birgelis 11
Triobet/Dalkia:Gert Dorbek 16, Makke 11

Alytus-Aisciai/Atletas 82 : 65 ( 17-16, 21-13, 24-21, 20-15 )
Alytus: Nerijus Varnelis 27+17 rebs, Janisius 20
Aisciai/Atletas: Gediminas Navickas 19, Dimsa 14


20.10
Liepajas Lauvas -Fausto 96 : 60 ( 17-13, 22-21, 27-14, 30-12 )

Liepajas Lauvas: Klavs Ansons 24+10 rebs, Jurevicus 21, Rich 18
Fausto:Ardo Armpalu 18, Tagamets 14+10 rebs

Suduva-Panevezys 89 : 81 ( 27-20, 21-24, 18-12, 23-25 )
Suduva: Gytis Sirutavicius 20, Jasikevicius 15, Sirvydis 13
Panevezys: Zydrunas Urbonas 19+8 rebs, Hill 18

Bumerangs/ASK-Nevezis 70 : 77 ( 28-21, 16-13, 18-26, 8-17 )
Bumerangs/ASK: Janis Poznaks 26+11 rebs, Snikis 13
Nevezis: Aidas Viskontas 18, Leonavicius 15, Sakinis 14

Sakalai-Triobet/Dalkia 93 : 71 ( 27-15, 21-22, 23-22, 22-12 )
Sakalai: Justinas Sinica 17, Webb 16, Labuckas 14
Triobet/Dalkia: Gert Dorbek 32, Makke 10


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BELGIUM

Interview of Lions' Manager Jacques Ledure: enthusiasm, solidarity and pride after the Additional Qualifying Round -by Bertrand Larsimont

Find here an interview of Jacques Ledure, the Manager of the Belgian Lions (the Belgian national team). Belgium had an excellent Additional Qualifying Round but did not qualify for the European Championship in Spain which will be held in early September. With 5 wins and 1 loss, the Lions finsihed second in Group C, just behind Israel. The Israeli NT qualified for the Euro 2007 Additional Qualifying Tournament in Menorca thanks to a large 19-point victory over Belgium in Tel Aviv.

Here is what Jacques Ledure told Eurobasket after the nice campaign of the Belgian NT:

Eurobasket (EB): What would you answer to some observers who criticized your choice of going to Dallas, Texas for the preparation of the Lions (you had already gone with the national team in Orlando, Florida a few years ago)? What lesson can you draw from this experience and what would you change in future preparations?

Jacques Ledure (J.L.): Besides Eddy Casteels and Jacques Stas , I've probably been one of the few people to believe in the purpose of going to Dallas. The aim was to give a necessary kick to the group and therefore get away from the kind of moroseness which has prevailed around the national team for several years. This investment turned out to be fruitful thanks to the enthusiasm generated among the whole group (players and staff) as well as the very professional environment of the Mavs.
The experience taught us several things in many ways: gaining better knowledge of the men, continuously keeping up with the players during a rather long period, preparing in a more valuable and progressive way (nobody was injured during the whole campaign), creating a team spirit and being proud to be there.
I wouldn't change many things in the future even if it won't be possible to fly to Dallas each year. In any case, I'll find something similar (at least, if I'm asked to go on with national team's management, what I'd pursue with pleasure).

EB: Ralph Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St., Belgian passport) was announced in the group before the campaign. On one hand, Axel Hervelle was an example and a real leader for the group. On the other hand, Ralph Biggs never showed up. What happened and do you think that, with him and the presence of other players with international experience such as Tomas Van den Spiegel (214-C-78), Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) or Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79), the Lions could have avoided the 19-point defeat in Israel and gone further?

J.L.: Certainly! In fact, we've been missing two players: a strong center like Didier Mbenga and a shooter like Dimitri Lauwers, Ralph Biggs or Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena). I think that with these two players, showing the same spirit as the others, we would have had big chances to go to the Eurobasket 2007.
As far as Ralph Biggs is concerned, I suspect some regrettable influence from his manager when he had to decide on his participation.

EB: What will you particularly remember about this campaign? First, something positive? Then, a negative point (if there was any)?

J.L.: Something positive: the sporting success and the always growing interest from the attendance (respectively 2200, 3000 and 5000 cheering spectators for all three official home games). Something negative: too many good-level players still not motivated enough to play for the national team.

EB: What do you think about the situation of four Belgian Lions still looking for a job? This reflects the problem of our national competition where there is almost no more limit as far as allowed foreign players in Division I are concerned, not leaving any place for the best Belgian players.

J.L.: You're right! In the past, you were going to the national team because you belonged to the best players in clubs. Nowadays, some good-level players are coming for being in good conditions in order to find a club. It's just the other way round.
I've made the following proposition: I'd like to see a Division I club for which only Belgian players who have great potential would play. The club could possibly be strenghtened by no more than two young foreign players.

EB: How does the Belgian Lions' staff see the future of the group and what are the next objectives for the Lions?

J.L .: The staff sees the future by continuing in this year's direction and add some new young players having the same motivation to the group (we don't want to bow to the ground in front of recalcitrants anymore).
The objective is to approach or play for a qualifying spot to the Eurobaskt 2009 after having reinstated Didier Mbenga and Dimitri Lauwers. If this does not work out well in 2009, it has to be a success in 2011.

EB: Three words to summarize the last campaign?

J.L.: Enthusiasm, solidarity and pride.


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BELIZE

Provident Bank wins Sir Edney Cain basketball Tournament!!! -by David Magana
The Provident/Alliance Bank are the champions of the 1st Sir Edney Cain basketball tournament, winning Game 3 of the championship finals 62-57 against the First Caribbean Investment Bank ‘Diamonds' at Birds' Isle on Friday night.
The top scorers for Provident/Alliance Bank were Jerome ‘Penny' Ellis with 22 points and Devon Defour with 20 points. For the First Caribbean ‘Diamonds', the top scorers were Ryan Bennett with 24 points and Jacon Leslie with 11 points.


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BOSNIA

2 week bosnian league -by Emil Suceska
2 week

Bosna Asa Bh Telecom - Leotar 82:70
Zrinjski - Igokea Partizan 91:89
Vogosca MIMS - Posusje 76:72
Sloboda Dita - Grude 93:62
Capljina Lasta - Borac Nektar 69:71
Zenica Celik - Slavija 79:82
Hercegovac (free)

Table:

1.Sloboda Dita 2 2 0 +40 4
2.Bosna Asa Bh. 2 2 0 +23 4
3.Borac Nektar 2 2 0 +22 4
4.Leotar 2 1 1 +18 3
5.Posusje 2 1 1 +16 3
6.Slavija 2 1 1 -8 3
7.Grude 2 1 1 -19 3
8.Vogosca MIMS 2 1 1 -26 3
9.Zrinjski 1 1 0 +2 2
10.Igokea Part. 2 0 2 -11 2
11.Capljina Las. 2 0 2 -14 2
12.Zenica Celik 2 0 2 -23 2
13.Hercegovac 1 0 1 -20 1


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ESTONIA

Four pity losses in the BBL -by Eurobasket News
Four games and no wins-that was a result after the last two days of Baltic league. Kalev/Cramo lost in the Elite Division, while Triobet/Dalkia lost two in the Challenge Cup and Fausto lost one.

In Elite Division Kalev/Cramo lost to Siauliai 82:93. Jose Olivero (188-G) and Antonio Grant paced all the winners with 21 points each. Ruikis followed them with 12 points for the hosts. As usual Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) was on top for Estonian team with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Suduva upset the debut of the Estonian Triobet/Dalkia in the League. Suduva smashed the opponents 100:53 as Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 21 points. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) top-scored for Triobet/Dalkia in the opener with 16 points.

Sakalai then had a big win against Triobet/Dalkia at home 95:71 despite a spectacular performance by Gert Dorbek. The latter top-scored for his team with 32 points, being the top-scorer of the weekend so far as well. Sakalai was led by Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) who nailed 17 points.

Liepajas Lauvas did not have any difficulties over Fausto 96 : 60. A 27-14 in the third and 30:12 in the fourth made the score inappropriate for the guests. Klavs Ansons (202-F/C-83) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jurevicus posted 21, while Rich had 18. Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, college: Marshall) finished the night with 18 points in defeat.


Suduva-Triobet/Dalkia 100 : 53 ( 23-20, 23-11, 31-18, 23-4 )
Suduva: Marius Valukonis 21, Gytis Sirutavicius 18, Sirvydis 11, Birgelis 11
Triobet/Dalkia:Gert Dorbek 16, Makke 11

Liepajas Lauvas -Fausto 96 : 60 ( 17-13, 22-21, 27-14, 30-12 )
Liepajas Lauvas: Klavs Ansons 24+10 rebs, Jurevicus 21, Rich 18
Fausto:Ardo Armpalu 18, Tagamets 14+10 rebs

Sakalai-Triobet/Dalkia 93 : 71 ( 27-15, 21-22, 23-22, 22-12 )
Sakalai: Justinas Sinica 17, Webb 16, Labuckas 14
Triobet/Dalkia: Gert Dorbek 32, Makke 10

Siauliai-Kalev/Cramo 93 : 82 ( 25-13, 16-25, 28-22, 24-22 )
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 21, Antonio Grant 21, Ruikis 12
Kalev/Cramo: Travis Reed 20+8 rebs, Parmer 17, Viiask 12


Rock gets the first win, climbs up in KML ladder -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock performed a spectacular comeback attempt in the fifth round of the Estonian KML as they visited Valga Welg. Estonian representative in BBL traveled to VAlga Welg having no victories in the championship so far. And it never looked real after 10 minutes action as Rock trailed by 16 points 10:26. The hosts looked solid and extended the lead to as many as 19 points at halftime 48:29. The situation did not change radically in the third quarter as the home side hold on to the advantage and Rock managed to cut the deficit by only one point. But Brian Cusworth (213-C, college: Harvard) stepped up in the final term to ignite his teammates and sparked a tremendous 29:11 fourth frame to tie the game and ensure an extra time. An inspired Rock players drove to a win in the overtime and claimed the first success in KML.
Brian Cusworth led all scorers with 33 points and 8 boards. Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) added 22 points and 9 boards for the winners. Timo Oja (182-G-87) and Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) paced the hosts with 18 points apiece. Sharunas Skadas (206-C/F-81, college: Lewis) had 17 points in a losing clause. Rock dominated the game under the rims with 38 rebounds against 25 from Valva Welg.
Meanwhile Parnu caught up with Rakvere in the ladder edging them in the 5th round clash away from home. Rakvere were ahead 42:31 at halftime but slowed down after the break and Parnu used to outscore the hosts 36:12 in the third stanza. Rakvere could not recover from this blow in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Jesper Parve (197-F-80) shone for the visitors with 36 points and 8 boards. Mario Polusk (181-G-78) secured 15 points in a winning effort. James Allen (196-G-79, college: Montevallo) netted 22 points for Rakvere.

Valva Welg - Rock 87:93 (OT)
Valva Welg: Timo Oja 18, Heiko Rannula 18, Sharunas Skadas 17
Rock: Brian Cusworth 33, Kestutis Sestokas 22+9 boards

Rakvere - Parnu 76:87
Rakvere: Jesper Parve 36+8 boards, Mario Polusk 15
Parnu: James Allen 22, Titi Spasojevic (202-F/C-80) 21+10 boards


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Ije Nwankwo in Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Team Componenta (Karkkila) has decided not to sign with American F-G Richard Jeter (198-G/F-80, agency: Spectrum Sports, college: Atlanta Metro JC). Jeter will be replaced by Nigerian F Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.). Nwankwo has played earlier in Portugal in Europe.

KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto - ToPo 93-95 after OT -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 5: Five games tonight. The closest one was at Tampere, where OT was needed before the winner was clear. ToPo (Helsinki) won finally by two 93-95. Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.) made the winning basket. Then there were four clear/easy winners/wins: YMCA Lappeenranta defeated Kauhajoki on the road, YMCA Lahti did the same in Karkkila, KTP (Kotka) beat Kataja (Joensuu) in Kotka and Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed Tarmo (Porvoo).

Pyrinto - ToPo OT 93-95 (82) (40-43) (Damon Williams 30/15, Damion Dantzler 25 - Tyson Patterson 26, Iiro Tenngren 23).

Kauhajoki - YMCA LPR 80-101 (39-49) (Darryl Hudson 24, Mario Porter 12 - Petri Virtanen 31, Adrian Henning 21).

Team Componenta - YMCA Lahti 78-96 (48-41) (Jussi Eskola 25, Nick Wallery 16/15 - Ed Williams 18, Ilkka Vuori 18).

KTP - Kataja 105 - 85 (43-38) (Steve Smith 21, Jermaine Spivey 21 - Sami Lehtoranta 23, Louis Hinnant 21).

Kouvot - Tarmo 102-64 (54-32) (Corey Smith 22, Roope Suonio 15 - Travis Leech 16, Mark McCarroll 15).



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GERMANY

Schiele joins GV Waltrop -by Moritz Korff
GV Waltrop (Regionalliga West) added Patrick Schiele (192-F-82) to the roster. The Forward played for TS Herzogenaurach in the 2. Regionalliga during this past season.

Lambeth to leave Itzehoe -by Moritz Korff
Derek Lambeth (197-F-81, college: Sacramento St.) will leave the Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga North) and is going to return to the USA in the next week. Lambeth played three games for the Eagles in the RLN and averaged 7.3 ppg. Itzehoe is now looking for a replacement.

Bundesliga Game Day 4: Results Friday October 19, 2007 -by Michael Taylor

Game Day 4 in the Bundesliga brought several surprising results as the competitive balance of the league continued to show.

brose Baskets Bamberg 88 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 51
Defending Bundesliga champ Bamberg used a 16-0 2Q run to break open the game in their 88-51 victory over visiting Deutsche Bank Skyliners Friday night at JAKO Arena. Along with the 29-10 2Q, Bamberg outscored the Skyliners 22-9 in the third as they coasted to their 4th win. In a game which saw every Bamberg player dressed score, Head Coach Dirk Bauermann's men shot a hot 62% from the floor and drilled 11 of 19 threes for 57% while totaling a terrific 21 team assists. Demond Greene topscored for Bamberg with 14pt on 4 of 5 three point shooting while Steffen Hamann added 13pt and young Sajmen Hauer chipped in 11. For Frankfurt, Derrick Allen was the only double figure scorer with 14pt but the Skyliners managed only 28% from the floor. Bamberg remains unbeaten at 4-0 while Skyliners fell to 1-2.


Bayer Leverkusen 83 ALBA Berlin 67
Playing without suspended Head Coach Luka Pavicevic, ALBA Berlin was outscored 27-11 in the 2Q Friday night in Leverkusen as the Giants earned an exciting 83-67 win. Leverkusen hit 48% from the floor and buried 10 of 29 threes (34%) compared with ALBA who managed only 44% from the floor and 6 of 23 from three (26%). Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's men also helped themselves by outrebounding ALBA 34-29, sinking 13 of 14 free throws and dishing out 15ast. In the excellent team effort, 6 of the 9 active Leverkusen players reached double figures led by Eric Taylor with 17pt 7reb. Nate Fox and Zack Whiting added 14pt 5reb apiece, Beckham Wyrick chipped in 13pt, Tyron McCoy 11 on 3 of 6 three point shooting and Brant Bailey totaled 10. Julius Jenkins led ALBA with 21pt while Patrick Femerling added 15pt 12reb. Leverkusen pulled even at 2-2 while ALBA falls to 3-1.

Koln 99ers 91 BG 74 Gottingen 81
Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his team earned their first win of the Bundesliga season with a solid 91-81 home performance against Gottingen Friday night in Koln. The 99ers edged ahead in the 2Q building a 45-36 lead at half. Gottingen fought back in the third before Koln earned the win. The strong team effort led to 6 99ers in double digits as Aleksandar Nadjeji topscored for Koln with 21pt 8reb and Marko Keselji added 15pt 5 boards. Misan Nikagbatse contributed 13pt and Derek Raivio 11pt. Big man Milko Bjelica added 10pt as did Immanuel McElroy who also collected an impressive 9ast and 8reb for the winners. Jahmar Thorpe led Gottingen wit 13pt 7reb while Jeb Ivey, Selim Mulic and Willie Jenkins all finished with 12. Koln outrebounded Gottingen 38-32 and enjoyed an advantage at the foul line making 34 of 43 (79%) compared with 13 of 26 (50%) from Gottingen. Koln improved to 1-3 on the young year while Gottingen can continue to take pride in their strong start as an "Aufsteiger" at 2-2.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 81 Walter Tigers Tubingen 63
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg continued their excellent start to the season under new head coach Predrag Krunic with a strong 81-63 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Friday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Rickey Paulding led the Thunderbirds with 23pt and Jason Gardner added 16pt 7ast in the win. Branimir Longin contributed 13pt. C Rasko Katic topscored for the Tigers with 22pt and several excellent defensive plays. Waitari Marsh added 12pt and Ryan DeMichael 11 for the Tigers. Bingo Merriex was limited to 6pt but grabbed 11reb. Tubingen outrebounded Oldenburg 34-22 but hit only 2 of 15 threes (13%) as a team. Oldenburg made 50% of their shots and 33% from beyond the arc (7-21). Both teams are now 3-1 with quality starts on the new season.


Artland Dragons 97 TBB Trier 69
Head Coach Chris Fleming and his men won their 3rd consecutive game with a powerful 97-69 home win over Trier at Artland Arena Friday night. Adam Chubb scored 21pt on 7 for 8 floor shooting and Lamont McIntosh continued his excellent year with 15pt as EJ Rowland chipped in 13pt and Terrance Thomas totaled 11. Artland continued their hot shooting burying 65% from the floor and 42% from behind the arc. Caleb Green was productive for Trier amassing 28pt 7reb while Kyle Wilson sank 3 of 4 threes for 11pt. The Dragons enjoyed a big advantage from the foul line hitting 25 of 32 (78%) compared with Triers's 9 for 15 (60%). Artland improved to 3-1 while Trier slipped to 1-3.


ratiopharm Ulm 104 Giessen 46ers 82
ratiopharm Ulm outscored visiting Giessen 46-27 in the second half to earn a 104-82 win in Friday nights shootout at Sportszentrum Kuhberg. In an exciting first half, the 46ers shot 81% from the floor, buried 7 of 7 threes and scored 34pt against Ulm in Q1. Ulm turned the tables in Q2 outscoring the guests from Giessen 33-21 to take a 58-55 halftime lead. Ulm tightened up their defense in the second half and received strong contributions from the bench to earn the win. EJ Gallup buried 6 threes on his way to a team high 22pt while Konrad Wysocki worked for a strong 20pt 8reb against his hometown team. Kyle Bailey contributed 15pt 6ast and Jeff Gibbs scored 11 with 12reb in the win. On a night every Ulmer scored, young talent Sebastian Betz drilled 3 of 5 threes and C Sean Finn added 9pt 3reb 2blks on 4 of 5 shooting to the Ulm attack. Giessen was led by Ed Nelson with 18pt, Rouven Roussler with 15pt, Michael Umah 14, Gerrit Terdenge 12 and Patrick Sparks 10. Ulm outrebounded Giessen 40-22, dished out an excellent 23 team ast and sank 50% of their shots from the floor including 14 of 32 threes (43%). Ulm evened their record at 2-2 while the 46ers fell to 1-3.


Telekom Bonn 77 Paderborn Baskets 72
Telekom Bonn jumped out to an early 21-11 lead and held off a furious Paderborn comeback to earn a 77-72 road win Friday night in Paderborn. Wing Jason Conley paced Michael Koch's men with 21pt 8reb on 4 of 8 three point shooting. Ronald Burrell added 16pt and Miah Davis 13. Tim Black (19pt 5ast) and Greg Jenkins (19pt 11reb) were in fine form for Paderborn. Statistics were nearly identical in the game as both teams totaled 33rebounds, both squads converted 18 of 22 FT (81%) but Paderborn suffered 19 turnovers to Bonn's 11 and the hosts could manage only 2 of 10 from three while Bonn buried 7 of 20 (35%). Telekom Bonn improved to 3-1 while Paderborn remained in search of their first win at 0-3.


From Thursday October 18th

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 91 EnBW Ludwigsburg 86 (OT)
In an exciting overtime game between two playoff teams from last season, Eisbaren Bremerhaven edged EnBW Ludwigsburg 91-86 Thursday night in a Bremerhaven. Seen live on BBL.TV, the game was tight throughout and saw the lead change hands countless times. The difference between the two teams was never more than 4 points. In OT, clutch shooting from Ivars Timermanis and Nate Funk sealed the home win for Dr Sarunas Sakaluskas and his team. Brian Brown was exceptional totaling 20pt 10ast and 7reb in the win while Nate Funk led Bremerhaven with 21pt with a perfect 4 of 4 beyond that 3pt line. Timermanis also scored 20pt with 4-7 three point shooting. As a team Eisbaren sank 12 of 22 threes (54%), 50% from the floor and 29 of 35 from the foul line (82%). Ronald Ross topscored for EnBW Ludwigsburg with 18pt while Brandon Woudstra added 15pt and Chad Prewitt 14pt in the strong road effort. Ludwigsburg attempted 85 shots compared with Bremerhaven's 50. Eisbaren improved to 2-2 while Ludwigsburg slipped to 1-3 in their 2nd OT loss on the young season.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 62 Science City Jena 56
Amid player changes, Science City Jena rallied and gave a terrific effort, only to come up short in a 62-56 home defeat to NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Thursday night in Jena Germany. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and Braunschweig opened a 17-10 lead after 1Q which they maintained to 34-30 at half. The physical, defensive game resulted in Braunschweig outrebounding Jena 44-34 and both teams shooting in the mid30% (Jena 37% to Braunschweig 35%). Jena's 7 for 15 (46%) from the foul line stymied their effort. Andrew Drevo led the Phantoms with 17pt 9reb, John Allen added 11pt 7boards and Domonic Jones chipped in 10pt 4reb and 2 for 2 from three. Gregor Linke totaled 13pt on 3 of 4 three point shooting and Sean McCaw scored 11pt for Jena. Jena remains in search of their first win while Braunschweig improved to 3-1.


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HOLLAND

Hanzevast Capitals Win In Rout, Keeping Omniworld Winless -by Sanders Jackson

In the Martiniplaza on Saturday night, Hanzevast Capitals wins its second straight in making short work of winless Omniworld from the start, winning in a 103-62 rout. Donar jumped out to a 26-10 1st quarter lead, and a 47-29 halftime lead making things academic. The guests were forced into 36 turnovers and 34.3% FG shooting, while Donar shot 62% from the field, while making 35 steals and a 57-17 bench scoring advantage, not to mention 36 pts. off turnovers.
Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) was the man for Donar, scoring 20 pts. on 5-6 three-point shooting, with Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) with 16 pts. and Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) playing a solid game with 14 pts. and 3 steals. Omniworld were without leading scorer and rebounder
Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, college: SE Missouri St.). Hanzevast improves to 2-3.


Upstairs Weert Get Back On Track, Win Over Matrixx Magixx -by Sanders Jackson


In Weert on Saturday night, in an offensive display for both teams, Upstairs Weert get back on track after two consecutive blowout losses, to win 90-86 over Matrixx Magixx. The Limburgers shot an impressive 14 for 26 from the three-point line, with 26 assists and only 8 turnovers. Upstairs got good balanced scoring with four players in double figures, led by both
Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) and Jermaine Green (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) with 20 pts. Matrixx also shot the ball well, making over 50% from both the field and three-point line, and were led in scoring by Antoine Jordan (195-G-83, college: Siena) with 22 pts., followed by Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) and Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) with 21 pts. each. Both Upstairs and Matrixx are now 2-2.



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INDIA

Indian Navy oust Central Excise -by Anil Kumar
Indian Navy shunted out a gallant Central Excise &
Customs, Kochi following a pulsating 77-70 win in the
concluding men's Group ‘B' tie, in the 24th United
Phosphorous Ltd. All India Ramu Memorial Basketball
Tournament at the Indian Gymkhana, King's Circle,
Matunga on Friday.

Navy, who topped the group with all three wins, did
Western Railway a good turn as the latter qualified
for the semi-finals as the second team from the group.

Central Excise, who crashed to their second defeat,
came breathtakingly close to pulling off an upset but
they lost their way in the last half minute when Navy
capitalised on two fouls.

In a late Thursday night match, Navy pipped Western
Railway 98-83 in another thrilling encounter that
threw Group ‘B' wide open with both teams aggregating
two wins each. The third team in the fray, Central
Excise & Customs had a win and a loss to their credit
before Navy settled the issue today.

Indian Army fashioned their second win to qualify for
the semi-final in Group ‘A' after an emphatic 80-43
win over South Central Railway who crashed to their
second defeat and are out of contention. Vijaya Bank,
Bangalore is the other team from the group to make it
to the last four.

Defending women's champions Southern Railway, Chennai
trounced Central Railway 82-56 to top Group ‘A' and
advance to the semi-finals.
Led by India star Geethu Anna Jose, Southern Railway
surged to a comfortable 40-23 lead at half-time,
before enduring a surprise challenge from Central in
the third quarter. But Southern came back strongly in
the fourth to seal a comfortable win.

The loss pushed Central Railway to the second
semi-final spot in the group, with an earlier win over
Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) who lost both
their ties and crashed out of the competition.

Results: Men: Group ‘A': Indian Army 80 (Dalip Kumar
22, Kapil Poonia 10, Navneet Singh 10, Sweeto Francis
8) bt South Central Rly 43 (Liju Abraham 13, Laxman
8). HT: 48-17. Group ‘B': Indian Navy 77 (K. Vipin 29,
A.A. Mashi 17, S. Cherian 13) bt Central Excise &
Customs, Kochi 70 (Subhash Shenoy 25, Sunny Thomas 19,
S. Deepan 11). HT: 42-30.

Group ‘B': Indian Navy 98 (K. Vipin 28, S.M. Settu 23,
A.A. Mashi 19) bt Western Rly 83 (Jasjot Singh 24,
Prakash Mishra 12, Yadwinder Singh 10). HT: 51-39.

Women: Group ‘B': Southern Rly 82 (Geethu Anna Jose
18, P. Anitha 16, Shyamala 15) bt Central Rly 56 (Indu
17, Beena 12). HT: 40-23.


SATURDAY: 4.30 p.m.: Southern Rly, Chennai vs South
Central Rly, Secunderabad; 6 p.m.: South East Central
Rly, Bilaspur vs Central Rly (Women's Semi-finals);
7.30 & 9 p.m.: Men's Semi-finals - [All India Ramu
Memorial Basketball Tournament, at the Indian
Gymkhana, King's Circle, Matunga]


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ISRAEL

Johnson sings with Galil Elion -by Tamar Goldman
Due to Aaron Nixon (188-G-83, college: Long Beach St.) broken leg (that would prevent him from playing for some time now) Galil Elion signed Nixon's collage team mate, Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85). Johnson is a 22 year old guard that played for the last couple of years at Long Beach State University. Last year he averaged 15.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg

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LATVIA

LBL latest results -by Eurobasket News
LBL hosted Division 1 and 2 games on Friday and Saturday.
Only one game out of five belonged to Division 1. Ventspils had a tough win over VEF Riga 75:70. For the latter it was the first loss after two victories. Uvis Helmanis (203-F-72, agency: Stanley International) led the winners with 14 points, while Akselis Vairogs nailed 13. Maais Gulbis produced 20 points in the losing effort and Maxim Sheleketo, Edgars Jeromanovs added 13 points each.
In Division 2 LU/Barons/R played 2 games over the last two days. Yesterday the team had a road win over Cesis/Remarks 64:80. Raimonds Elbakjans (187-G-86, agency: Court Side) paced the winners with 19 points. Edgars Eglitis collected 18 points and 15 rebounds and Einars Tukiss had 18. Edijs Eglitis (185-G-84) led Cesis with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
In the second game LU/Barons overcame Saldus 108:101. Six players reached the double digits for the winners as Einars Tukiss top-scored with 26 points. Janis Licitis (200-C-84) posted 24 points for Saldus, while Artis Stankevics and Davis Paberzs shared 16.
RNS-D/Livani beat Zemgale 87:79 with 24 points from Gatis Gargazins (195-G-86). ASK/Juniors outscored Jurmala only by one point, 82:81. Rolands Freimanis (206-F-88) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points. Atis Ozols (198-F-81) poured 30 points in the losing effort.

19.10
Cesis/Remarks - LU/Barons 64-80

Cesis/Remarks: Edijs Eglitis 18+12 rebs, Davis Rozitis 12
LU/Barons: Raimonds Elbakjans 19, Edgars Eglitis 18+15 rebs, Einars Tukiss 18

RNS-D/Livani - Zemgale 87-79
RNS-D/Livani:Gatis Gargazins 24, Edijs Slesers 15, Oskars Kalnins 14+12 rebs,
Zemgale: Kaspars Raiskums (202-F-84) 24+10 rebs+7 ast, Ainis Lagzdins 17

20.10
ASK/Juniors - Jurmala 82-81

ASK/Juniors:Rolands Freimanis 19, Arturs Senhofs 15, Martins Neimanis 13
Jurmala:Atis Ozols 30, Armands Ratnieks 16

BK Ventsp. - VEF Riga 75-70
BK Ventsp:Uvis Helmanis 14, Akselis Vairogs 13
VEF Riga: Maais Gulbis 20, Maxim Sheleketo 13, Edgars Jeromanovs 13

Saldus - LU/Barons/R 101-108
Saldus:Janis Licitis 24, Artis Stankevics 16, Davis Paberzs 16
LU/Barons/R:, Rudolfs Rozitis (187-G-88) 23, Edgars Eglitis 19+11 rebs


ASK Riga loses the battle for the throne, Liepajas Lauvas remains undefeated -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga lost the first game in Baltic League to Rytas. The encounter between two teams with perfect records in this SEB BBL season was held in Riga. The hosts tried hard, however could not upset Lithuanian grand. Lietuvos Rytas increases to 6-0 in Elite Division after a 79:75 win, while Riga is 4-1. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) led the winners with 22 points. Bajramovic nailed 15, while Jomantas added 13. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) top-scored for Latvians with 21 points. The end of the first quarter 22:17 was more pleasant for ASK Riga. The team continued to play in a high tempo in the second quarter and had 35:29 after the second quarter. Trailing 31:45 Rytas came back to the game and won the third and the last quarters.

In Challenge Cup Liepajas Lauvas did not have any difficulties over Fausto 96 : 60. A 27-14 in the third and 30:12 in the fourth made the score inappropriate for the guests. Klavs Ansons (202-F/C-83) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jurevicus posted 21, while Rich had 18. Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, college: Marshall) finished the night with 18 points in defeat.

Nevezis had a road win over Bumerangs/ASK 70:77. Even though the hosts started with 28:21, they were caught later in the game. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) brought the most troubles for the Latvians as he finished the game with 18 points. Leonavicius had 15 and Sakinis chipped in 14 points. Janis Poznaks (205-F/C-83) had a great game for the hosts nailing 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

ASK Riga-Lietuvos Rytas 75 : 79 ( 22-17, 13-12, 20-28, 20-22 )
ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 21, Buskevics 18
Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 22, Bajramovic 15, Jomantas 13

Liepajas Lauvas -Fausto 96 : 60 ( 17-13, 22-21, 27-14, 30-12 )
Liepajas Lauvas: Klavs Ansons 24+10 rebs, Jurevicus 21, Rich 18
Fausto:Ardo Armpalu 18, Tagamets 14+10 rebs

Bumerangs/ASK-Nevezis 70 : 77 ( 28-21, 16-13, 18-26, 8-17 )
Bumerangs/ASK: Janis Poznaks 26+11 rebs, Snikis 13
Nevezis: Aidas Viskontas 18, Leonavicius 15, Sakinis 14


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LIGA SUDAMERIC.

South American Championship Chedule -by Leonardo Contieri
Finally, there will be only six teams playing in the South American Championship in Brasilia, Brazil.
The teams are: Universo BRB (Brazil), Macizos de Guayana (Ven), Peñarol (Argentina), Boca (Argentina), Deportivo San Jose (Par) and Club Amistad (Bol). Here's teh chedule, the tournament will be played in five days with only one group.
Day 1: October 31
Macizos de Guayana vs. Peñarol
Universo BRB vs. Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Boca Juniors
Day 2: November 1
Macizos de Guayana vs. Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Universo BRB
Boca Juniors vs. Peñarol
Day 3: November 2
Club Amistad vs. Boca Juniors
Macizos de Guayana vs. Universo BRB
Deportivo San Jose vs. Peñarol
Day 4: November 3
Club Amistad vs. Deportivo San Jose
Boca Juniors vs. Macizos de Guayana
Universo BRB vs. Peñarol
Day 5: November 4
Peñarol vs Club Amistad
Deportivo San Jose vs. Macizos de Guayana
Universo BRB vs. Boca Juniors


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LITHUANIA

Lithuanian teams are perfect in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Friday and Saturday brought eight games and Lithuanian teams played in seven of them. Moreover in all the games they played, they became the winners!

Lietuvos Rytas increases to 6-0 in Elite Division after a 79:75 win over ASK Riga. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) led the winners with 22 points. Bajramovic nailed 15, while Jomantas added 13. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) top-scored for Latvians with 21 points. The end of the first quarter 22:17 was more pleasant for ASK Riga. The team continued to play in a high tempo in the second quarter and had 35:29 after the second quarter. Trailing 31:45 Rytas came back to the game and won the third and the last quarters.

In another game Siauliai beat Kalev/Cramo 93:82. The win allowed the hosts to improve at 4-1 and to tie ASK Riga in the standings. Jose Olivero and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 21 points each. Ruikis followed them with 12 points for the hosts. As usual Travis Reed was on top for Estonian team with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

On Friday Suduva upset the debut of the Estonian Triobet/Dalkia in the League. Suduva smashed the opponents 100:53 as Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 21 points. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) top-scored for Triobet/Dalkia in the opener with 16 points.

Alytus beat Aisciai/Atletas 82:65. A small, but confident win in all the quarters brought the hosts a desirable victory. Nerijus Varnelis and Janisius had a great game, combining 47 points. Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) scored 19 points and his team mate Dimsa had 14.

Today Suduva-Arvi defeated Techasas Panevezys at home 89:81. A 27:20 in the opening quarter allowed the hosts to control the game. Gytis Sirutavicius led the winners with 20 points. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) nailed 15, while Sirvydis ended up with 13 points. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) collected 19 points and made 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sakalai had a big win against Triobet/Dalkia at home 95:71 despite a spectacular performance by Gert Dorbek. The latter top-scored for his team with 32 points, being the top-scorer of the weekend so far as well. Sakalai was led by Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) (203-F-85) who nailed 17 points.

Nevezis had a road win over Bumerangs/ASK 70:77. Even though the hosts started with 28:21, they were caught later in the game. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) brought the most troubles for the Latvians as he finished the game with 18 points. Leonavicius had 15 and Sakinis chipped in 14 points. Janis Poznaks (205-F/C-83) (205-F/C-83) had a great game for the hosts nailing 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Elite Division
ASK Riga-Lietuvos Rytas 75 : 79 ( 22-17, 13-12, 20-28, 20-22 )

ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 21, Buskevics 18
Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 22, Bajramovic 15, Jomantas 13

Siauliai-Kalev/Cramo 93 : 82 ( 25-13, 16-25, 28-22, 24-22 )
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 21, Antonio Grant 21, Ruikis 12
Kalev/Cramo: Travis Reed 20+8 rebs, Parmer 17, Viiask 12


Challenge Cup
Suduva-Triobet/Dalkia 100 : 53 ( 23-20, 23-11, 31-18, 23-4 )

Suduva: Marius Valukonis 21, Gytis Sirutavicius 18, Sirvydis 11, Birgelis 11
Triobet/Dalkia:Gert Dorbek 16, Makke 11

Alytus-Aisciai/Atletas 82 : 65 ( 17-16, 21-13, 24-21, 20-15 )
Alytus: Nerijus Varnelis 27+17 rebs, Janisius 20
Aisciai/Atletas: Gediminas Navickas 19, Dimsa 14

Suduva-Panevezys 89 : 81 ( 27-20, 21-24, 18-12, 23-25 )
Suduva: Gytis Sirutavicius 20, Vytenis Jasikevicius 15, Sirvydis 13
Panevezys: Zydrunas Urbonas 19+8 rebs, Hill 18

Bumerangs/ASK-Nevezis 70 : 77 ( 28-21, 16-13, 18-26, 8-17 )
Bumerangs/ASK: Janis Poznaks 26+11 rebs, Snikis 13
Nevezis: Aidas Viskontas 18, Leonavicius 15, Sakinis 14

Sakalai-Triobet/Dalkia 93 : 71 ( 27-15, 21-22, 23-22, 22-12 )
Sakalai: Justinas Sinica 17, Webb 16, Labuckas 14
Triobet/Dalkia: Gert Dorbek 32, Makke 10


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NCAA2

NSIC Releases Preseason Coaches Poll -by Josh Van Klompenburg
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) released its 2007-2008 preseason coaches poll on Thursday. The unanimous selection for the top spot in the poll was Winona St. University, the team that has represented the conference and region in the national championship game the past two seasons. The Warriors are led by senior center John Smith (6'8''-F), who was also named preseason player of the year for the second consecutive season. Winona also returns Jonte Flowers (6'4''-G), the NSIC's three year reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

2007-08 NSIC MBB Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Winona St. (9) 90
2. Northern St. (1) 81
3. SW Minnesota St. 69
4. Moorhead St., MN 66
5. Wayne St., NB 57
6. Concordia-St.Paul 51
7. University of Mary (N.D.) 42
8. Bemidji St. 32
9. Upper Iowa 30
10. Minn.-Crookston 22
( ) First Place Votes


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PERU

Real defeated Fap (47-42) -by Andres Seminario


In a very defensive and low scoring game Real Club defeated Escuela Fap (47-42), this could be a first round playoff match.
Two teams that are characterize by playing a lot of defense, trying to maintain the opponent below their usual scoring average.
In other results Regatas defeated San Marcos (60-48), in also a very low scoring game, thanks to the defense that San Marcos played, and the own mistakes that Regatas did offensively and defensively.
With these results Regatas (9-0) and Real (8-1) are commanding the Superior Tournament, only remaining to know the next two teams that will advance to the playoffs.

In women basketball, Alas Peruanas have won their last three games, looking to repeat the title. This year they will face a very hard opponent in Regatas that are playing very good basket and Naval that always is in the fight. Next week the playoffs to decide the 2007 champion will begin in Dibos Coliseum.


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PORTUGAL

Proliga round 2 -by Luis Rocha
A round with no surprises, everything run as expected. Queluz with a new foreign player (Bryan Foss 1,99 forward) win big against Esgueira 69-47, good job from the newcomer who helped a lot on a team who was really needing an extra help. Angrabasket loose at home 56-61, against a stronger Sampaense who kept their winning streak. Benfica stroll around in Sangalhos taking an easy win by 89-72. Galitos hosted Seixal and won. Very close match, at the end Galitos took it 69-64. Academica although playing at home saw a smashing Illiabum do their jobas they should and take the win 79-55. Illiabum seemed to have taken profit on the strange defeat of last round in Angra, and today they simply made what they should, and the final score shows it.Vitoria play at home against Maia, and solved the game quicly taking a rest afterwards, final result 103-82. Finally CTM hosted Fisica but fail to win, the team of Torres Vedras was better and won 81-65. Tommie Eddie (201-F-82, college: Mississippi) of Vitoria was the round MVP, he scored 29 points, get 13 rebounds and gave 3 assists, a nice job of a good player who can think in get to higher stages.

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PUERTO RICO

Capitanes de Arecibo sign Bobby Joe Hatton -by Eurobasket
Capitanes de Arecibo added to their roster 31-year old domestic guard Bobby Joe Hatton (187-G-76, college: Marist). Hatton played most recently at Leones de Ponce (BSN).

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QATAR

Interview With Qatari National Team Coach Eric Darrel -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Eurobasket had the pleasure to sit down with Eric Darrel , the new coach of the Qatari Men's basketball team. Coach E, as everyone calls him, played his college basketball in the USA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has been coaching for the last 14 years. He has coached at the high school and college ranks. He also coached AAU basketball. Earlier this year he led Al-Rayyan-Qatar to first place at the Arab Club Championships and to a third place finish at the Asian Club Championships. He also served as an assistant to Coach Ed Andrist , then Qatari National team coach, at FIBA Asia in late July.

Eurobasket - Hey Coach E, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule, as I know that you are currently preparing for the Arab Cup in Egypt.

Coach E - It is my pleasure.

Eurobasket - Coach, you are no stranger to basketball in the Gulf or Qatar as you coached Al-Rayyan. You also served as an assistant under Coach Andrist at the Jones Cup and FIBA Asia, amongst others; but how does this assignment differ from your previous experiences as you are now the man for the Qatari NT?

Coach E - More responsibility. I have been a fan of Qatar basketball since 2002. Ever since then, my wife and I have always wanted to come back here and I am honored to be in this position.

Eurobasket - How or where do you see the NT going under your tutelage and do you feel any added pressure to get results because Qatar has been one of the basketball powers in Asia in recent years? And do you think that you can emulate past results with this team?

Coach E - Qatar has built a good basketball program in Asia. Every team brings out their A game against Qatar. Everyone wants to beat Qatar, and that is quite a compliment to a team. It means that you are successful. However, the problem is development. Qatar is a small country, so it is hard to recruit from the lower ranks here, so the program is thin. Let's take Iran for example; they could easily make up two or three teams, as they did for many of the pre FIBA Asia tournaments, which resulted in a fresh team which consequently resulted in the FIBA Asia title. They have such great numbers in terms of population to develop talent from.

Eurobasket - Are you disappointed with the results of the FIBA Asia Tournament? And what are you doing differently in order to avoid future disappointments?

Coach E - We are all disappointed with the outcome; which was a result of fatigue and the big coaching adjustment. We played way too many preparation games and had no rest to recuperate. We just played too much.

Eurobasket - What do you think your team, including yourself as a coach, picked up from finishing so low in Asia? Is there anything you would like to draw from that experience?

Coach E - The biggest thing is to think about the future of basketball in Qatar and not to miss out on the great opportunities here.

Eurobasket - There has been a recent shakeup of the NT after the team's return from FIBA Asia, with the departure of a few key players (Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80), Saeed Kosar (193-F-80, college: Algonquin), and Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87)) What insight could you give me on the reason/s of those departures? And how much do you think it will affect your team, both on the court and during your preparations for the upcoming Arab Cup? Finally, do you expect to struggle without them?

Coach E - First of all, they have not been dismissed. They have been given a well deserved break. They have been playing too long without a real break; a vacation from the game. Expectations are that we will be well prepared, will go out and have our best possible showing, and have our best defensive teams. We also expect some of our bench players to really step up.

Eurobasket - Do you see any of your current players stepping up and taking a real leadership role in the absence of your ‘Big 3'?

Coach E - It is really open, but if I had to guess then I would say Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83), Daoud Musa (193-G-82) and Ali Turki (200-F-82). In saying that though, I expect them to all improve.

Eurobasket - How are you preparing your team for the upcoming tournament in Egypt, and how do you honestly think you will fare there? Do you think any team/s will pose you a bigger problem than others?

Coach E - I am not sure who is there (in our group). The drawing will take place at the King Abdullah Cup, but before then we have some exhibition games in Turkey (actually ongoing). We are trying to prepare a foundation for 2010 (the World Championships). No one is expecting us to win without our ‘Big 3', but because we are Qatar, everyone will be coming ready to play against us. Overall our goal is to play and improve.

Eurobasket - How would you rate the team's chemistry? And how would you grade your team right now?

Coach E - Team chemistry is good. We have been practicing hard, but we have yet to play any games, so time will tell. They have had some tough strength and conditioning sessions. Our Strength and Conditioning coach, Will Burgess, has put his heart in this project to help us create a new toughness on this team; building a mental toughness. I can't say enough about Coach Will.

Eurobasket - How is the point guard position shaking out; do you feel that that will be your weakness for your upcoming matches? How about your depth in general?

Coach E - It concerns me a bit, but I am happy and working with it. As far as experience goes, we are not very deep. If Osama, Saleem Abdullah Saleem Abdullah Malek (195-F-85) (195-F-85) and/or Mansour Al-Hadari (180-G-90) step up, then we will be fine. However, during the upcoming games and tournaments we will be using a multiple attack with different players bringing it up.

Eurobasket - What has been/is the biggest coaching challenge for you with the team? For example, I overheard you emphasizing to the players the importance of being to practice on time?

Coach E - I don't know if any one challenge is bigger than the next. Good teams are disciplined. Doing all the little things, the intangibles, that will make us a better team; getting to the weight room and everyone doing their job. Discipline!!

Eurobasket - Is it surprising to you that you actually have to tell your players to work and do their job? i.e. come to practice on time.

Coach E - I think that if, for example, I played behind MJ, I would feel that I have no importance. They need to realize that each individual player has a role, an important role, on a team. Once you instill that in them they have to commit, and it is my job to tell them to take it seriously. It's all about communication and teaching them. That's my job.

Eurobasket - I guess you have an interesting balance between motivating players, teaching them fundamentals vs. the normal standard x's and o's.

Coach E - Teaching the game goes along with the x's and o's. You have to continue to teach and learn at every practice. That is the goal to being successful on and off the court.

Eurobasket - What traits do you look for in a player?

Coach E - One of my favorites is a hard working player. I would rather coach a team of hard working players over a team of talents any day.

Eurobasket - After being at FIBA Asia, how would you compare the level of basketball in Asia vs. the rest of the world?

Coach E - Just as good as anywhere else in the world, but people just don't know it. Now they are (teams and players) starting to get noticed, starting to get exposure.

Eurobasket - Other than China, is there any team in Asia that you pay more attention to than others?

Coach E - Iran, people better start paying attention to Iran.

Eurobasket - What has to happen for your team to take the next step of being a constant basketball power in Asia and on the world scene?

Coach E - To make the World Championships, which is our main objective, we need to develop players and be more defensive. Through that we will be able to compete with a lot of teams.

Eurobasket - Well coach, thanks again for taking the time out of your schedule to speak with me, and I hope you great success here in Qatar, for the upcoming tournaments and for the future.

Coach E - My pleasure.



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RUSSIA

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok sign Joseph Blair -by Eurobasket
Spartak Primorie Vladivostok agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Joseph Blair (208-C/F-74, college: Arizona). Blair was tested at the beginning of this month by Chicago Bulls (NBA) but did not make it to the final roster. He played last 3 seasons in Italy for Armani Jeans Milano, where last year he averaged 11.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.8spg, where his team ended as runner-up during regular season and made it to Lega A Semifinals.

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SERBIA

Miodrag Kadija and Igokea Partizan parted ways -by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach Miodrag Kadija and Bosnian top team Igokea Partizan from Aleksandrovac parted ways yesterday. Igokea lost in the first game of Bosnian league at home against Sloboda Dita. Management of the cub still didn't announce the name of the new head coach but it is expected to happen very soon.

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SWEDEN

Round 4 first three games -by Eurobasket News
Round 4 started with 3 games on Friday and will be finished by Tuesday, October 23. As Sundsvall will play later, Sodertalje Kings used the chance to stay closer to the leader reaching also the third win. The visitors stole all the wins from the hosts.

Sodertalje Kings had a road win Norrkoping Dolphins 76:86. A confindent game in all the quarters brough the winners the third win in the League. Johan Jeansson led the winners with 26 points. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) nailed 18, while Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) added 15. Ian Johnson (206-F-84, college: Davidson) posted 25 points in the losing effort.

Solna Vikings enjoyed the road win over Plannja Basket 83:95.
A 36:19 was the result of the last quarter when the visitors established the victory. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Lesli Myrthil and Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) followed him with 20 points. Jim Enbom (195-F-76) ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Jamtland Basket overcame Gothia Basket 92:76. Three first quarters were enough to prepare for the next game. A 22:17 win in the last quarter did not satisfy the hosts. Doremus Bennerman (180-G-72, college: Siena) poured in 26 points in a win. Andrew Mitchell produced 21, while Anton Sewstrom and Adnan Chuk added 14. Lorenzo Miles (183-G-85, college: Niagara) finished the night with 23 points for the hosts.



Gothia Basket - Jamtland Basket 76-92 (25-31 13-20 16-24 22-17)
Gothia Basket: Lorenzo Miles 23, Darnell Lazare 12, Brandon Barton 9, Erik Vestin 8, Yannick Trott 8, Emil Salon 7, Chris Sanders 4, Daniel Dajic 3, Kim Palmqvist 2, Patrik Dreikant 0
Jamtland Basket: Doremus Bennerman 26, Andrew Mitchell 21, Anton Sewstrom 14, Adnan Chuk 14, Joakim Eriksson 6, Erik Westin 5, Bjцrn Larsson-Hillgren 4, Stefan Hellgren 2, Fredrik Engvall 0, Matti Koronen 0


Norrkoping Dolphins - Sodertalje Kings 76-86 (19-23 22-27 11-13 24-23)
Norrkoping Dolphins: Ian Johnson 25, Andrew Pleick 13, Stefan Grundberg 13, Jesper Andersson 8, Anton Saks 7, Seidou NґJoya 6, Kristian Jцnsson 4
Sodertalje Kings: Johan Jeansson 26, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 18, Thomas Massamba 15, Rickard Eriksson 14, Vladimir Rasic 6, Tom Lidйn 5, Alexander Wikner-Nordberg 4, Vedran Bosnic 3, Dino Pita 1


Plannja Basket - Solna Vikings 83-95 (23-24 26-14 15-21 19-36)
Plannja Basket: Jim Enbom 19, Marcus Jackson 18, Terry Williams 14, John P.Rosendahl 13, Hеkan Larsson 11, Fred Drains 10, Oladapo Ayuba 4, Mats Olsson 0, Robin Ryan 0
Solna Vikings: Brandon McKnight 28, Lesli Myrthil 20, Rudy Mbemba 20, Mikael Hermansson 7, Martin Pahlmblad 7, Peter Bogner 6, Nils Hedstrцm 4, Trevor Harvey 2, Mohamed Neffati 1, Willy Beck 0


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TRINIDAD

Moreno Wins It For Clippers -by Don Farrell
FORWARD Simon ‘Syo' Moreno came on as a substitute with less than two minutes to play and scored five of his seven points that helped Sports & Games Caledonia Clippers snatched a come from behind 87-85 victory from K-Brands Marabella Raptors in the featured match of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League.



The action pack contest took place at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex on Friday night with additional entertainment from soca stars Michelle Sylvester and Miss Alisha both of whom are supporters of the League.



Desperate to register their first win of the League after losing their opening match to an unfancied Valencia Heat team a week ago today, Raptors jumped out to a 22-16 first quarter lead.



The Southerns maintained their control on the match and when the first half ended they were 41-39 ahead behind a fast pace brand of basketball.



However, Clippers were not prepared for a repeat of last season's disappointment against the same opposition at the same venue when needing a win to advance to the Big-Four play-off they lost to Raptors who qualified for the final-four instead.



Clippers took over the game with a 60-56 lead but with four 4:23 left to play in the final quarter forward Ako Pascal scored seven answered points and Raptors were looking winners, but coach Colin Alleyne played his trump card and called on Moreno to finish the game for his team and that he did in style and usual on-court antics.



However, the real star for Clippers was centre Miguel Williams, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds, together with four steals, six blocks and two three-point baskets.



For Raptors who will host Diego Martin All Stars on Sunday in their first home game, Ako Pascal scored 20 points and centre Damian Caton added 18 and eight rebounds as their record reads 0-2.


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TURKEY

BEKO TBL Week 3 -by Serdar Ortakuyu
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Erdogan


Erol


Hosley


Gaines


Sonkol

TBL action goes on as all teams had to play three games in a week due to a busy schedule. Round 3 has been a very interesting one considering an undefeated Fenerbahce Ulker's 17 point home loss against Banvit and a winless Besiktas Cola Turka's spotless 107-55 victory on the road over Mutlu Aku Selcuk University. The defending champs Fenerbahce Ulker faced a much tougher Banvit side than they expected on Saturday. Despite missing Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) and Ibrahim Kutluay (198-F/G-74) due to injury reasons Bogdan Tanjevic's team seemed like the heavy favorites against a brand new and much younger Banvit side. The visitors managed to stay in the game at the first half thanks to Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford)&Umit Sonkol duo who dominated the paint and a brilliant 29-49 Banvit run the in the second half, rallied by Mickael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT), shocked Fenerbahce Ulker fans who could not stop thinking of their former coach Aydin Ors . Umit Sonkol was the man for the visitors who added 24 points, 9 boards and 5 assists as Kenny Adeleke chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds taking full advantage of Mirsad Turkcan's absence. In another spectacular win a struggling Besiktas Cola Turka broke the chains against Mutlu Aku Selcuk University on the road and registered a result to remember. The black eagles started the game on fire and controlled the game to dominate the hosts. 12 of Besiktas Cola Turka players contributed to scoring as 6 of them scored in double digits. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) had his best game with the black eagles so far and added 15 points plus 9 rebounds. Efes Pilsen had no problem to overcome TTNET Beykoz on the road and posted the second win while Galatasaray Cafe Crown beated Alpella to have a perfect 3-0 record. Pinar Karsiyaka keept being the underdog this season and the Izmir side conquered Mersin on the road even without the starting center Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) in a tough game determined after a dramatic final. Karsiyaka received another maximum contribution from the imports as the trio totally registered 56 points and 24 rebounds. On the other hand Turk Telekom grabbed the third win of season over Oyak Renault by 7 in a game they led from the beginning to the end. On the other hand Darussafaka registered the first win over last year's sensation CASA TED while Ersin Gorkem (198-F-77)'s game winning lay up gave the victory to Antalya BSB over city rivals Kepez in the clash of two newly promoted teams.

Best Five:
Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) of Efes Pilsen
Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84) of Pinar Karsiyaka

Hakan Erol (200-F/G-83) of Darussafaka

Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Galatasaray Cafe Crown
Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) of Banvit



Penn At Efes Pilsen -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Efes Pilsen decided to make another major signing due to Rashad Wright (189-G-82, college: Georgia)'s injury status that will keep him away for almost three weeks and announced the experienced point guard Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) as their new playmaker. Former Ohio State sensation has been playing in various European teams since he graduted from college. Penn who made a lot of trouble for Efes Pilsen in 2005-2006 Euroleague season (when he was wearing the Cibona Zagreb jerysey), was a second round pick in 2000 NBA draft and spent the last season at Olympiacos averaging 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in Euroleague.

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UKRAINE

Superleague Round 3 results -by Alexander Muzyka

Oct. 20

Azovmash - Budivelnyk 88:79 (21:17,19:17, 20:24, 28:21)
A
: Delininkaitis 19, Harper 15, Meshcharnakou 13 + 7 rbs, Lischuk 11 + 5 rbs, Edney 9 + 6 ast, Archibald 9, Liadelis 9, Reese 3, Podorvannyi 0
B: Ivshyn 17, Stefanishyn 12 + 4 ast, M.Balashov 12, Zabirchenko 10 + 5 ast, Orlenko 10, Briantsev 7, Kovalenko 6, Horbenko 5, Yevstratenko 0

MBC Mykolaiv - BC-93 Pulsar 77:70
M
: Hilevych 15, Raievskyi 14 + 5 rbs, Chausov 12, Onufriev 10 + 8 rbs, Shepil 8, Tkach 6, Gladyr 5, Beskov 5, Krivtsov 2, Vynohradov 0
P: Miakinin 16, Fraseniuk 15 + 9 rbs, Dubniuk 11, Sokur 10 + 5 rbs, Shemosiuk 7, Artymovych 6, Riabinin 3, Skidanov 2, Zakhozhyi 0, Diatlovskyi 0, Shelukha 0

Dnipro - Khimik 77:74 (21:18; 19:26; 18:15; 19:15)

D: Kobzystyi 14 + 12 rbs, Panchenko 14 + 6 ast + 5 rbs, Vilkhovetskyi 14, Kornienko 11 + 5 rbs, Khyzhniak 10, Markov 5, Mariukevych 4, Ahapov 3, Shevchenko 2, Kozlov 0

Kh: Cakic 19 + 8 rbs + 4 ast, Djuric 17, Kelly 17, Bratic 10, Agafonov 6, Korochkin 4, Kolchenko 1, Lepojevic 0, Sabutskyi 0

Politekhnika-Halychyna - BC Odesa 74:83

Cherkasy Monkeys - Sumykhimprom 79:83 (23:29, 21:16, 28:17, 7:21)

ChM: Andriukaitis 18 + 12 rbs, Rodgers 16 + 6 rbs, Cekovski 11 + 9 rbs, el Khatib 9, Jarutis 9, Lebedev 8, Straight 4 + 6 ast, Tamir 4

S: Tomic 19 + 7 rbs, Kojenets 15 + 9 rbs, R.Kryvych 14, I.Kryvych 12 + 5 rbs, Butskyi 9, Malesevic 6, Shkurupi 5, Malysh 3, Zozulia 0

BC Kyiv - Kryvbasbasket-Lux 104:74



Famutimi to Khimik? -by Alexander Muzyka
Khimik has invited Olu Famutimi (197-G-84) for try-outs. Dmytro Bazelevskyi said Canadian will probably play as small forward. Headquarters are satisfied of Famutimi and are ready to ink him.

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URUGUAY

Two new import players for Soriano -by Walter Sobrero
Eric Martin and Raymond Hugley (208-C-75, college: Cent.Missouri St.) will join Soriano BBC, the HC of the team, Federico Camina, announced to Latinbasket. They will replace Jamal Johnson and Daryll Rufus. Johnson played 11 games with Soriano and was the second best scoerer of the tournament with 22.7 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Rufus with 11 games had 18.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

Bigua defeated Defensor and won the torneo Clasificatorio -by Walter Sobrero

Bigua defeated Defensor Sporting and finished in the first position in the Clasificatorio Tournament. With 34 points of Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and 18 from Kevin Young (206-C-84, agency: Kingstone-ibbc, college: Missouri), they defeated the 2nd. position Defensor Sporting 93 -81.
BIgua: M. Osimani 16, L. Garcia Morales 34, M. Bortz 9, R. Carvidon 7, K. Young 18, J. Cambon 3, G. Meira 6, J. Gomez 0, J. Osimani 0.
Coach: Marcelo Signorelli
Defensor Sporting: D. Gonzalez 10, D. Jackson 18, D. Castrillon 16, N. Mielke 6, G. Paez 8, F. Alvarez 19, G. Rama 4, N. Delgado 0, M. Ibarra 0
Coach: Gerardo Jauri

In the other game played last night, Hebraica sweepd Aguada 91-69, which positions Aguada in a very difficult situation, with rumours of changes in the team.
Hebraica: G. Barrera 8, A. Bertolini 18, A. Perez 12, G. Reynolds 16, J. Aubry 18, P. Morales 5, F. Haller 9, D. Alvarez 3, E. Elhordoy 2
Coach: Miguel Volcan
Aguada: D. Pereyra 11, D. Rivero 7, K. Grant 18, A. Francia 3, K. Johnson 22, A. Tavokjian 0, A. Ferres 2, L. Banquerque 0, F. Larre Borges 6
Coach: Cesar Somma

The Clasificatorio is the first part of a season that will continue until mid febraury, but it's important because qualifies 4 teams to fight for a place in the South American Cup, one of the most important championships in the continent. Bigua helds number 1 to that qualifier.



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VENEZUELA

Demetric Shaw would like to play LPB ball -by Francisco Vega
Guard Demetric Shaw (191-G-78), the current top scorer of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto, has caused sensation during his time as an imported player of Lideres de Yaracuy, and his actions might take him into seeing LPB action next season with the older brothers of Lideres, team Guaros de Lara, also owned by the Total Sport organization.

The 29 year-old, 1.91m tall shooter, has increased his production in the past couple of weeks while helping Lideres stay in the upper side of the standings. Physically similar to former player of Guaros de Lara and Duros de Lara, Antwon Hall (193-G-74), he's called the attention of the crowd with his particular and fearless way to play the game and the fact the he actually communicates on court by speaking the spanish he's learned from his years of experience in countries like Chile or Argentina.

"I've won championships in Chile and Argentina and I hope I can do the same here in Venezuela. If I don't make in LNB, I'd very much like to do so in LPB, hopefully for Guaros de Lara or any other team if they need me", said Shaw in a postgame interview after his team lost to Duros de Lara at Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium of Barquisimeto.

"I've been told a lot of things and I've seen videos of how exciting it is to play in the LPB. Everyone that plays basketball in Latin America has heard of it and talks good things about it because there are so much good players here and so many good players have been here before", added Shaw.

"I've talked to the general management of the team about it and the people that works in the Federation and also some fans have told me I have the style and I'm the kind of players that would be good for that league. I hope I get the chance to play", he remarked with a smile and moving his shoulders up.

A few days before, Guaros's president, Carlos Garcia , announced that he had arranged the come back of MVP Tang Hamilton (201-F-78), that Carl Herrera (206-C-66) would no longer play in the team and that he was looking for a replacement in the head coach position since Nestor Garcia will not be part of the team. Meanwhile, he also confirmed what player Luis Julio (199-F-80) had announced from Colombia. Julio will now play for Guaros in exchange for center Pablo Machado (207-C-77), in a one-year mutual loan.

Shaw, a spiritual and hard working player, says that, though he's happy to be the top scorer, he wishes to win the championship even more than just that. "The fact that I'm the leader is because of my teammates and their effort to give me the ball. That excites me, but not as much as the fact that we could win a couple of matches in a row, something that's become very difficult for us this season".

"We need to get back our concentration in this latter part of the season. Sometimes we let ourselves go with the emotions and things don't go the way they're supposed to despites all the talent that we've got in the team, but I'm confident of my teammates, my coach and the staff that we'll make it to the playoffs", he declared.

"I came here for only one reason and that is to win a championship in Venezuela. This is a very tough league and the people is very passionate about basketball, baseball and even soccer. They yell at you to support you with all their hearts and they also yell at you with everything they've got when they're against you and I like that a lot. The best thing is to get a standing ovation after you scored a shot, because it means that you're doing a good job and the people recognizes that", he concluded.


Duros de Lara will replace Macizos in South American Clubs Championship of Brazil -by Francisco Vega
Duros de Lara will be the team that represents Venezuela in the upcoming South American Clubs Championship of Brazilia, Brazil, which will be played from October 31st till November 4th and in which they'll face Boca Juniors (Argentina), Penarol (Argentina), Universo BRB (Brazil), Club Amistad (Bolivia) and Deportivo San Jose (Paraguay).

Both Delfines de Miranda and Macizos de Guayana, teams that had the rights to participate as champion and finalist of the LNB 2006 season, declined to play due to finantial reasons. Duros has played this tournament before. They did so in 2003 when it was held in the Venezuelan cities of Maracaibo and Maracay. They reached the semifinals and were eliminated by the champions, Delfines.

The team also announced the signing of Cedric McGinnis (206-C-77) as new imported player. As soon as he arrives to Venezuela, he'll replace jamaican Damion Staple (201-F/C-80) in the active roster. The general management has also negotiated a loan that will bring Alejandro Flores (201-F), dominican player of Estudiantes de Guarico, only as a reinforcement player for the games in Brazil.


LNB 2007 - Week 8: Delfines sweep their way back into the fight -by Francisco Vega

Delfines de Miranda got a home sweep over Duros de Lara and got back into the fight for a spot in the playoffs and a chance to defend their LNB chrown.


Delfines de Miranda 84 - Duros de Lara 70

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 19+22+16+27= 84
DUR: 15+13+19+23= 70

Scorers
DEL: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 22 points, Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) 15 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 12 points

DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 18 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 17 points


Delfines de Miranda 92 - Duros de Lara 88

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 19+19+20+34= 92
DUR: 23+20+21+24= 88

Scorers
DEL: Richard Lugo 23 points, Rafael Guevara 17 points, Angel Figueroa 16 points, Diego Guevara (184-G-77) 13 points

DUR: Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 23 points, Carlos Cedeno 19 points, Pedro Brito 13 points





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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

WABA Cup - Day 1 -by Zeljko Zule

Group A: Medvescak-Merkur 81-63 (Maric 2, Jeric 5, Cuncic 10, Mazic 29, Badanjak 5, Seda 8, Klein 22 - Conkova 6, Jereb 6, Bajic 6, Baric 15, Kerin 6, Zdolsek 4, Komplet 11, Tavic 9), Merkur-Ragusa 72-88 (Conkova 14, Jereb 5, Baric 15, Kerin 5, Zdolsek 4, Komplet 14, Tavic 15 - Vrdoljak 12, Perisa 7, Tesic 12, Popovic 10, Roje 5, Bura 9, Demirovic 11, Cakic 18, A.Matic 4)
Group B: Gospic-Crvena zvezda 103-78 (Mandir-Popovic 23, Englert 9, Doutchak 6, Maloca 12, Yolovska 9, Tabak 8, Luketic 7, Mazic 23, Salopek 6 - Vukoje 6, Zupancic 17, Bogicevic 14, Stanic 2, Prcic 5, Todorovic 23, Vukovic 11), Crvena zvezda-Jedinstvo 66-81 (Popovic 6, Vukoje 12, Zupancic 10, Bogicevic 9, Musovic 7, Todorovic 16, Vukovic 6 - Knezevic 16, Bigovic 7, Pupovic 16, Jeknic 12, Jankovic 12, Semeredi 18),
Group C: Mladi krajisnik-Vojvodina 77-76 (Deura 7, Vrancic 3, Radzenovic 14, Kovacevic 2, Zakula 17, Pilav 17, O.Stupar 11, B.Stupar 6 - Musulin 9, Grubor 22, Dusanic 2, Krnjic 14, Stupar 9, Stanic 11, Pantelic 9), Vojvodina-Buducnost 59-84 (Pantelic 4, Krnjic 2, Musulin, Domazet 14, Mitic 2, Grubor 13, Stanic 10, Dusanic 10, Bajic 2, Stupar 2 - Russell 6, Milutinovic 13, Culafic 5, Baletic 20, Djurovic 2, Aleksic 4, Mihailovic 2, Popovic 6, Perovanovic 6, Draganic 6, Jovanovic 6, Perovic 8).

The defending champion Sibenik Jolly JBS qualified directly for the semi-finals.



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AUSTRALIA - Women

The Sirens still look for victories -by Eurobasket News
Christchurch Sirens were unable to succeed in the third round of action in WNBL. They lost two consecutive road games and fell to 0-5 record in the standings. First Christchurch travelled to Dandenong Rangers and had little chances during the encounter. The Sirens started the game bravely enough and grabbed a 21:19 lead after the first frame. But the Rangers quickly responded outscoring their opponents 24:8 in the second frame and securing a 43:29 advantage at halftime. The Sirens looked inconsistent through the second half and Dandenong just piled up the lead cruising to an easy victory at the end. Michelle Brogan paced the Rangers with 16 points. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) topscored for the visitors with 18 points. Donna Wilkins netted 13 points and pulled down 7 boards in defeat.
Next day the Sirens took on the league leading Sydney Uni Flames and expectadly fell short 66:89. The Flames got to a flying start and stunned the Kiwi team 34:11 in the opening frame. The Sirens looked pretty aggressive during the rest of the game and managed to maintain the hosts under 10 points in the third stanza. But the deficit was way too big for the Sirens to hope for a positive outcome. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) continued with her high-scoring attitude as she dropped 26 points for the Flames. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe once again led Christchurch with 13 points. Donna Wilkins produced 12 points and 10 boards, while Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) added 12 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in a losing case.
The Sirens sank just 36% from the field and were outrebounded 34:46.

Dandenong - Christchurch 85:61
Dandenong: Michelle Brogan 16+10 boards, Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) 13
Christchurch: Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 18, Donna Wilkins 13

Sydney Uni - Christchurch 89:66
Sydney: Natalie Porter 26, Alicia Poto (166-G-78) 20+11 boards
Christchurch: Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 13, Donna Wilkins 12+10 boards, Lamisha Augustine 12


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AUSTRIA - Women

Flying Foxes victorious in the opening round of AWBL -by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes celebrated an easy road win over Jocher's Duchess 92:45 in the first round of the new AWBL season. Flying Foxes grabbed control over the game early on and rolled to a 24:15 lead after the first frame. They held the hosts to just 4 points in the second quarter and enjoyed a 48:19 advantage at halftime. The Duchess could hardly match the tempo and were not able to perform any comeback. The visitors ensured the winning outcome and topped the AWBL ladder. Esmary Vargas (191-C-81, agency: Next Level, college: Emporia St.) led the Flying Foxes with 15 points. Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79) added 13 points in a win. The Duchess replied with 11 points from Lucia Plank (-84).
UAB Wien also were successful at the start of the championship. They faced Wels at home and sealed a confident 108:63 victory. Ruzic scored game-high 32 points for the visitors but it was not enough for Wels to emerge as winners. A well-balanced Wien offense dictated the pace throughout the game and cruised to an overall win. Teuerova secured 15 points for the winners.
Vienna 87 overcame Graz 81:55 at home. The home team led all the way though the encounter and clinched their first victory in the season. Nina Suritsch (190-F-84) provided 23 points for Vienna 87. Agnes Meisinger (178-F-80) contributed 20 points for the hosts. Elisabeth Lutter (173-F-86) responded with 16 points in a loss.
Finally UBBC APOsport was merciless as they dismantled Lady Jacks Baden 109:50 at home. The home side opened the game with a 29:8 rally and never looked back afterwards.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: FoA defeated HoNsU 83-78 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 4-5: Three games today. Alku (Forssa) took the opening win of the season by defeating HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) 83-78. Megan Griffith (168-G-85, college: Columbia) and Jamie Hawkins (185-F) were the key players for Alku. Alku had five players in double figures. PeKa (Kotka) won over Espoo Team by four pts 67-63. And Catz (Lappeenranta) beat YMCA Helsijnki 61-45. Visitor HNMKY had only Niina Laaksonen (24/12) in double figures.

FoA - HoNsU 83-78 (46-45) (Megan Griffith 20, Jamie Hawkins 19 - Lizanne Murphy 23/14, Charlee Underwood 21).

PeKa - Espoo Team 67-63 (35-35) (Ashley Haynes 1514, Susanna Rinta 14 - Yolanda Jones 17/15, Pauliina Oksanen 11).

Catz - YMCA Helsinki 61-45 (38-25) (Yelena Solovyeva 18/11, Elena Reshetko 13/13 - Niina Laaksonen 24/12)



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HUNGARY - Women

Szolnoki edges Cegledi to tip off Hungarian championship -by Eurobasket News
Cegledi - Szolnoki 63:71

Szolnoki opened up the Hungarian Division A season with a confident road victory over Cegledi. The visitors started the game with two consecutive three pointers from Angela Djelmis (173-G-75) and Magdalena Kozdrov. Later Szolnoki extended their dominance to 12:0 before Tiffany Williams (168-G) finally scored first point for the hosts. But Szolnoki continued to control the tempo and cleared off to a safe 27:8 distance after the first frame. The hosts tried to change the complexion of the game as they posted a 9:0 rally midway through the second stanza and cut the deficit to 12 points 18:30. But Szolnoki capped the first frame with a 4:0 run and enjoyed a 46:28 advantage at halftime.
The teams exchanged the spikes in the third quarter but Cegledi stayed at away at a comfortable distance. The home side entered the fourth frame trailing by 6 points 56:62. Marija Boskovics connected from beyond the arc to put Cegledi within 3 points from Szolnoki 61:64 with 5 minutes remaining. However Szolnoki immediately reacted with 5:0 run to maintain the advantage. Takacs Dia nailed a jumper for the hosts but it was as close as Szolnoki could get.
Angela Djelmis topscored for Szolnoki with 23 points. Keller and Magdalena Kozdrov netted 13 points apiece for the winners. Marija Boskovics replied with 17 points for the home team. Tiffany Williams added 14 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Szolnoki reigned under the rims with 29 boards and shot solid 47% from the field.

Cegledi: Marija Boskovics 17, Tiffany Williams 14+9 boards
Szolnoki: Angela Djelmis 23, Keller 13, Magdalena Kozdrov 13


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LATVIA - Women

LSBL starts tonight -by Eurobasket News
A 2007/08 season of Latvian League starts tonight with 3 games. Tomorrow there will be one more and then we will have the first coverage and the new stats. LU/US will meet TTT/Rapa as the latter has already started the season in Baltic League. Liepajas will host Kadetes , while Avantis to play against Cesis.

Meanwhile TTT Riga started the campaign in LMKL, Lithuania. In the opener of the season the spectators could enjoy the battle between two favorites, TEO and TTT Riga. The latter being the home team could not start the campaign in the Lithuanian League with a win. TEO was a bit stronger taking 52:68 victory. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Belarussian Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Sandra Valuzytė added 14. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) poured in 16 points in TTT opener.

Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) was best scorer for Hondarribia in the Spanish tournament. She nailed with 15 points over Tarbes. Her Hondarribia Irun lost against french team of Tarbes in Memorial Tate Saenz by 63:84.Tarbes presented itself with Iciss Tillis and Gisela Vega. Tarbes showed a better shape than Hondarribia.

TTT Riga - TEO 52:68 (12:16; 7:20; 16:15; 17:17)
TTT Riga: Micaela Jacintho 16, Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) 10
TEO: Nykesha Sales 20, Yelena Leuchanka 16+16 rebs, Sandra Valuzytė 14


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LITHUANIA - Women

LMKL starts with 4 games -by Eurobasket News
LMKL has just started in Lithuania. This year the season will be more challenging and more interesting. The reason for it that 8 teams are to participate in it, including Latvian TTT Riga.
In the opener of the season the spectators could enjoy the battle between two favorites, TEO and TTT Riga. The latter being the home team could not start the campaign in the Lithuanian League with a win. TEO was a bit stronger taking 52:68 victory. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Belarussian Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Sandra Valuzytė added 14. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) poured in 16 points in TTT opener.
Arvi smashed Egle 125:46 to prove that the team will always give the intrigue to the leader. Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-F-76) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Aurimė Rinkeviciutė nailed 23 points, while Sandra Valukonytė and Ela Briedytė added 16 points each. Raimonda Klikūnaitė chipped in 16 points out of 46 of the team.
Laisve got a road win over Ruta 43:72 with 15 points from Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71). Lemminkainen overcame Atletas 85:52 as Daina Staugaitienė had 18 points in a winning effort.

TTT Riga - TEO 52:68 (12:16; 7:20; 16:15; 17:17)
TTT Riga: Micaela Jacintho 16, Santa Dreimane 10
TEO: Nykesha Sales 20, Yelena Leuchanka 16+16 rebs, Sandra Valuzytė 14

Ruta - Laisvė 43:72(12:20; 11:14; 5:22; 15:16)
Ruta: Lina Aglinskait 12, Ugnė Motuzaitė 10
Laisvė: Jovita Jutelyte 15+7 rebs, Birutė Brovkienė 11, Ilona Nikonovaitė 11

Lemminkainen - Atletas 85:52(25:12; 22:18; 21:9; 17:13)
Lemminkainen:Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) 18, Eglė Zygelytė 15, Lina Pikciūtė 12
Atletas: Irma Raugaitė 19+9 rebs, Indrė Kalnutytė 16

Arvi - Eglė 125:46 (33:7; 31:26; 28:4; 33:9)
Arvi: Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-F-76) 24+8 rebs, Aurimė Rinkeviciūtė 23+7 rebs, Sandra Valukonytė 16, Ela Briedytė 16
Eglė: Raimonda Klikūnaitė 16, Milda Dulksnytė 13


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

DBBL started in Luxembourg -by Eurobasket News
DBBL opened another season in Luxembourg. Two games out of three that were planned brought the wins for the hosts. Three players nailed more than 30 points in the opener to lead the stats of the season.

T71 Dudelange beat Musel-Pikes 73:70. An excellent first quarter gave the hosts 25:8 lead. Notheing serious happened in the second quarter as the guests stayed even and won only by one. In the last quarter Musel-Pikes did everything they could in order to tie the game, however 18:8 was not enough. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) led the winners with 27 points. Michele Zeyen (173-F/C-81) produced 23, while KUGENER Alexandra added 9. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) nailed 34 points for the visitors and Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82) collected 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Residence overcame Amicale 79 : 58. The hosts played more interesting game and deserved the win more. The opening quarter was the most productive for them as they finished it with 25:13. To tell the truth that was also the game between Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) and Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) . The first one top-scored for the winners with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Lisa Lee Visa chipped in 32 points and made 14 rebounds in defeat.

T71 Dudelange-Musel-Pikes 73 : 70 (25 : 8 / 25 : 26 / 15 : 18 / 8 : 18)
T71 Dudelange:Katie Donovan 27, Michele Zeyen 23, KUGENER Alexandra 9
Musel-Pikes:Irina Mazjoukhina 34, Rachel Wojdowski 22+12 rebs

Residence- Amicale 79 : 58 (25 : 13 / 13 : 14 / 18 : 15 / 23 : 16)
Residence: Catherine Scanlon 34+11 rebs, CLAES Kaatje 15, DEBRA Sally 10
Amicale: Lisa Lee 32+14 rebs


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

The Sirens still look for victories -by Eurobasket News
Christchurch Sirens were unable to succeed in the third round of action in WNBL. They lost two consecutive road games and fell to 0-5 record in the standings. First Christchurch travelled to Dandenong Rangers and had little chances during the encounter. The Sirens started the game bravely enough and grabbed a 21:19 lead after the first frame. But the Rangers quickly responded outscoring their opponents 24:8 in the second frame and securing a 43:29 advantage at halftime. The Sirens looked inconsistent through the second half and Dandenong just piled up the lead cruising to an easy victory at the end. Michelle Brogan paced the Rangers with 16 points. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) topscored for the visitors with 18 points. Donna Wilkins netted 13 points and pulled down 7 boards in defeat.
Next day the Sirens took on the league leading Sydney Uni Flames and expectadly fell short 66:89. The Flames got to a flying start and stunned the Kiwi team 34:11 in the opening frame. The Sirens looked pretty aggressive during the rest of the game and managed to maintain the hosts under 10 points in the third stanza. But the deficit was way too big for the Sirens to hope for a positive outcome. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) continued with her high-scoring attitude as she dropped 26 points for the Flames. Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe once again led Christchurch with 13 points. Donna Wilkins produced 12 points and 10 boards, while Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) added 12 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in a losing case.
The Sirens sank just 36% from the field and were outrebounded 34:46.

Dandenong - Christchurch 85:61
Dandenong: Michelle Brogan 16+10 boards, Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) 13
Christchurch: Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 18, Donna Wilkins 13

Sydney Uni - Christchurch 89:66
Sydney: Natalie Porter 26, Alicia Poto (166-G-78) 20+11 boards
Christchurch: Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 13, Donna Wilkins 12+10 boards, Lamisha Augustine 12


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PHILIPPINES - Women

SEABA Competition Schedule -by Lorenzo Gahol
SEABA Competition Schedule
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14 Oct 2007 Sunday
2:30pm- Indonesia vs Malaysia
4:45pm- Opening Ceremony
6:00pm- Thailand vs Singapore

15 Oct 2007 Monday
4:00pm- Singapore vs Indonesia
6:00pm- Philippines vs Thailand

16 Oct 2007 Tuesday
4:00pm- Indonesia vs Philippines
6:00pm- Malaysia vs Singapore

17 Oct 2007 Wednesday
4:00pm- Singapore vs Philippines
6:00pm- Thailand vs Malaysia

18 Oct 2007 Thursday
4:00pm- Philippines vs Malaysia
6:00pm- Indonesia vs Thailand

19 Oct 2007 Friday
2:00pm- 1st Placing vs 4th Placing
4:00pm- 2nd Placing vs 3rd Placing

20 Oct 2007 Saturday
2:00pm- Loser #11 vs Loser#12
4:00pm- Winner#11 vs Winner#12
6:00pm- Closing Ceremony & Prize Presentation


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SPAIN - Women

Supercup stays in Valencia again,Ros Casares-68 Perfumerias Avenida-61 -by Ivan Villar
The Ros Casares has won the Supercup for the second consecutive time. The Valencian ones suffered enough to achieve the victory.The team from Salamanca did not wrinkle and fought from the beginning.First quarter was a great show with high scores (21-21) and Tracy Reid as offense reference of Perfumerias.Second quarter turned off the show and both teams scored only 2 points (Tornikidou) in 5 minutes.But Ros Casares trod on the accelerator and took an advantage of 13 points in the half-time (40-27).Last quarters were equalized,with Perfumerias tried to reduce the differences in the scoreboard and managed it.60-59 on last minute,but appeared Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Laia Palau assuring the Supercup other year again in Valencia.

Anna Montañana (19 p-8 reb) was the best player of Jose Ignacio Hernandez's team and Elisa Aguilar (20 p-18 val) and Elena Tornikidou (12 p-20 val) for champions.

Before the beggining of game,Delisha Milton and Evaristo Perez were awarded as Best Forward and Best Coach respectly of last season by spanish federation.


Ashley Battle,finally is the chosen by San Jose Leon -by Ivan Villar
San Jose Leon had decided to choose Ashley Battle (185-C/F-82, college: Connecticut) to replace Ann Strother.In spite of she isn't a superstar like Strother,she had showed that will be soon.After she arrived to Ferrol to play in LF1,she had grown more and more.Last season played in Gran Canaria where she was the key of team.Also Gran Canaria made a good season fighting for playoffs until last round.

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TRINIDAD - Women

Champs Horizon beaten, first season win for Straker Nets -by Don Farrell
NATIONAL centre Fanta Patterson scored a league best 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Sportworld Straker Nets defeated reigning national women champion Team Courts Horizon 60-51 in the women's Division of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League.



It was the opening match of the League for both teams and Straker Nets first taste of victory for the 2007 season.



Meanwhile, it was Horizon first lost in 13 matches dating back to November last year. The four-time in-a-row North Zone champions were without several key players due to injury and other commitments.



Nevertheless, captain Marcellin ‘Firery' Noel-Roberts recorded a season best 24 points, and centre Rachael Thompson-King sank 16 and pulled down 15 rebounds to keep their team in the contest.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen: TANECKA CAREY -by David Edole
TANECKA CAREY

Murrah/Junior/Guard/5-9


Why she's Dandy Dozen: Considered top guard in junior class, smooth Carey has knack for delivering the big shot in the clutch. Excellent ball-handler and shooter was first-team All-Metro pick as a sophomore after helping Murrah win 5A crown.


In other words: "Tanecka can take just about anyone one-on-one and she can pull up for the outside shot and knock it down during crucial times," says Murrah coach Anna Jackson.


Interested parties: Carey lists LSU and Louisiana Tech as her choices.


Nickname: T


He got game: Carmelo Anthony


She got game: Lisa Leslie


Favorite team: Miami Heat


My 2nd best sport: volleyball


Best player I've faced:Valencia McFarland (Raymond)


Player I'd like to have as a teammate: Kiana James (Callaway)


Game I'm anticipating the most: Forest Hill


If Tanecka Carey doesn't win Miss Basketball, who will?: LaSondra Barrett (Murrah)

'06-07 STATS

PPG 15.1

APG 5.0

RPG 4.2SPG 2.7