EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/22/2007

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Summary of round six -by Dragan Jankovski
All Serbian teams celebrated in round 6 of Adriatic league. Partizan Igokea beat Zadar 81:71 despite visitors opened the game better. Partizan played very good second quarter finishing it with plus 13. The biggest advantage black and white team had in 37th minute, 76:61. Pair of guards Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), who added 16 points with 5 rebounds, and Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.), who scored 13 points including 8 assists, were the best for reining Serbian and Adriatic league champs.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Buducnost in Novi Sad 79:73 while Crvena Zvezda grabbed lucky win on the road against Siroki Prima Pivo 82:83. FMP easily beat Geoplin Slovan 97:75. Panthers dominated from the start making plus 25 until the half time. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) netted 19 points for FMP.

Hemofarm STADA recorded very important win in Croatia against Split 73:77 so now they have 3 wins and 3 defeats. Last quarter was crucial as Hemofarm finished it with 11:29. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable in the paint making double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Buducnost 79:73
(16:14,11:12,26:19,26:28)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) 18 + 4 rebs, Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) 14, Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) 12 + 4 st, Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) 13 + 9 rebs
Buducnost: Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) 15, Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) 15 + 7 rebs


Siroki Prima Pivo - Crvena Zvezda 82:83
(22:19,15:19,18:18,27:27)

Siroki Prima Pivo:
Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Court Side) 16 + 8 rebs, Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) 17, Ivan Tomas (192-G-81) 17 + 5 rebs + 10 as
Crvena Zvezda: Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) 14 + 9 as, Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) 11, Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) 11 + 4 rebs


Split CO - Hemofarm STADA 73:77
(20:13,26:18,16:17,11:29)

Split CO:
Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) 16, Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) 16 + 10 rebs, Tony Akins (180-G-80, college: Georgia Tech) 14 + 4 as, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) 13 + 6 rebs
Hemofarm STADA: Vladan Vukosavljevic 25 +11 rebs + 3 as, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 17, Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) 16 + 6 rebs


Partizan Igokea - Zadar 81:71
(20:25,21:8,20:20,20:18)

Partizan Igokea:
Milton Palacio 13 + 8 as, Milenko Tepic 16 + 5 rebs + 3 as + 3 st, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 12 + 4 rebs, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) (203-C-82) 12 (4 rebs)
Zadar: Sallworth 15, Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) 11 + 4 rebs, Jure Lalic (212-C-86) 19 + 6 rebs



FMP - Geoplin Slovan 97:75
(34:14,21:16,15:25,27:20)

FMP:
Zoran Erceg 19, Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) 14 + 4 st, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) 14 + 7 rebs
Geoplin Slovan: Ricky Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) 20 +4 st, Marko Jovanovic (212-C-82, agency: Court Side) 19 + 4 rebs, Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) 14 + 4 rebs


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AUSTRIA

Dornbirn Lions inks Georgoulis -by Cueneyt Tuerk
Dornbirn Lions has strenght its roster for the upcoming season with the signing of Steve Georgoulis (198-G/F-83, college: Emerson) to a one-year contract. Georgoulis played the past years for the Emerson College (NCAA3), averaging 21,2ppg and 11,2rpg in 23 games last season. The athletic small-forward is best known for his variety to score. He has a solid shot from the outside, can penetrate and has a good post game.

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BAHAMAS

Probesee Leo commits to Bucknell University -by Eurobasket News
Probesee Leo, the son of Antone and Marcell Leo, has committed to play college basketball at the prestigious Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, while Dwight Miller visited Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Leo, who has been playing basketball seriously for only one year, has a 3.9 grade point average while attending St. Pius X High School in Houston Texas. He is another product of the Frank Rutherford Foundation Elite Athlete Development (FREAD) Program that develops young Bahamian talent into NCAA Division One scholarship athletes. In one year, the "FREAD" Program has made Probese into one of the hottest recruited big men in the state of Texas.
Standing at 6-foot-9 inches, 220lbs in statue and with Rice University, Furman University, and San Diego State in tow, Probese chose Bucknell because it is a private school with a high academic standard and a great basketball program. Bucknell plays in the Patriot League with Holy Cross, Lafayette University, American University, Army, Colgate, Lehigh and Navy. Leo will sign a four year scholarship in which he will pursue a degree in Rocket Science. His dream was to get a NCAA Division I basketball scholarship so that he could get a college degree and thanks to Mr. Peter Andrews of Bahamas Waste Management and the Frank Rutherford Foundation his dream has come through. Small forward, Miller, takes his first visit to Rutgers University in New Jersey. Rutgers, for many years has been a basketball power in the Big East Conference, but, in recent years they have fallen off, where Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Syracuse, and St. Johns have dominated.
Miller, who is being heavily sought after, has more than 25 scholarship offers from Rutgers, Illinois, Arkansas, St. Johns, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, University of Nebraska, Bradley, Cincinnati, UCONN, Arizona State, Tulane, BYU, SMU, and University of Virginia, just to name a few. He is narrowing his top five schools, that will include Rutgers and Illinois. He visits Illinois the weekend after he returns from Rutgers. Miller, together with Leo, will lead the St. Pius X Panthers to their second run to a TAPPS State Championship this season. Both young men will sign NCAA Division I scholarships before the season is finished. This is the essence of what the Frank Rutherford Foundation is all about developing young Bahamian talent to enable them to get a free college education.
Courtesy of: www.thenassauguardian.com


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BAHRAIN

Manama Losses in Preseason Finals -by Yousef Ahmed
Defending Champions Al Ahli Club beat Manama 80-74 in a thrilling Final Last night at Um AL Hassan Dome.
The game was exciting with a sold out crowd. Both teams knew each other very well; it was a rematch for Manama having lost to Al Ahli club last season in the playoff finals.
During the whole match both teams played their game plan given by their coaches Salman Ramadan and Fredrick Oniga , and kept having runs with 7 lead changes during the game. However, when Manama thought they had the game sealed, with an impressive performance by Hani Alam (170-G-79) scoring 8 points in the last two minutes put Manama up by 3points with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter. but, Inexpirience by the manama youth players making critical turnovers in the end of the game lead to Hussein Shaker (174-G-86) to be the savior for Ahli Club scoring a deep three and beating the game buzzer for a tied game; and sending it to a nail biting overtime.
In Overtime Al Ahli club dominated Manama with a great show of teamwork, Manama had no answer for the defending Champions and Ahli won the game and crown themselves as Bahrain preseason Champions. Hussein Sharker was by no doubt the player of the game leading all scorers with 23 points. Now Al Ahli club has a confident start for the 07-08 season in November.


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

USA Today: McNeese State -by David Edole
GETTING INSIDE

Give coach Dave Simmons credit for taking over a tough situation and getting his team back on track and focused last season.

Simmons took over in August last season after the Cowboys and Tic Price parted ways. The league's coaches pegged the Cowboys for seventh overall and fourth in the East Division. Instead, McNeese finished second in the East and took fourth overall.

By comparison, this season should be easier on Simmons and the team. Ten players return and shooting guard Troy Aaron was the only starter lost. Powerful 6-foot-6 F Jarvis Bradley returns after winning second-team all-Southland honors, 5-foot-10 point guard John Ford is fearless in driving the lane and 6-foot-5 F John Pichon showed flashes of brilliance last season.

All McNeese could use now is an outside shooter. The Cowboys need someone who can bust teams from collapsing inside and cutting off Ford's avenue to the basket.

The team is relatively deep and experienced. If one player is found with a consistent outside touch, then McNeese could fare even better than last season. The tough situation this season could be fighting for a conference title.


NOTES, QUOTES

STRENGTHS: There is no shortage of players on the team who chime in with a big game, the foremost being Bradley and Ford. But John Pichon also has star quality as a tremendous leaper who fights inside for rebounds. If C Kleon Penn (211-C-86) can develop his game, the frontline could be one of the toughest in the Southland.

WEAKNESSES: Penn needs to develop. While he started much of last season, the inside presence of Quentin Gonzales, who came off the bench and took pressure off Bradley down low, will be missed. Aaron's departure opens a role for someone — a newcomer or perhaps 6-foot-6 Rorey Lawrence — who can nail the outside shot.

LAST YEAR: 15-17 overall, 9-7 Southland; lost in the conference semifinals.

HEAD COACH: Dave Simmons (career 42-46); second year at McNeese State (15-17).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Coming off last season, we felt we made strides in the right direction. We have some good kids coming back and some newcomers who are working hard. We finished second behind Northwestern State last season, and we're looking to continue moving in the right direction." — Dave Simmons on his team's outlook.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL


SCOUTING THE NEWCOMERS: An outside shooter is atop the list of needs, and Simmons has potential in sophomore G Diego Kapelan, who can nail the 3-pointer. Sophomore G Kevis Anderson, at 6-foot-1, could be an answer as well. Add in 6-foot-1 freshman G Stephan Martin, who should give Ford a few breathers as his understudy, and maintain the scoring punch at the point.

KEY EARLY-SEASON GAME: Nov. 29 at Lipscomb. The Cowboys have their share of big-name programs on tap in Texas A&M, LSU and Missouri, but there is nothing like facing a team on an even level to get a good feel. Lipscomb has developed into an annual Atlantic Sun title contender. This result will let McNeese know if it has any right to think about the postseason.

PROGRAM DIRECTION: Rising. Simmons did more than expected last season, and more than 43 of the team's 63 points a game returns. Many of the players are accomplished defenders as well. Penn swatted 48 shots and still is developing and learning the game. Bradley and Ford are a solid duo.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP: PG John Ford, SG Rorey Lawrence, SF John Pichon, PF Jarvis Bradley and C Kleon Penn.

ROSTER REPORT: Coming off a season in which only Bradley (15.1 ppg., 7.3 rpg.) earned league-wide recognition, expect Ford and Pichon to contend for similar honors. Bradley could easily be a first-team selection and Player of the Year candidate.

The Cowboys eagerly await the arrival of 6-8, 250-pound force Jamarcus Little, who signed with McNeese but had to take additional courses at McLennan Community College to conform to Louisiana state guidelines. Little has maintained his desire to attend McNeese. He should be there in the winter.

It took only one season for Simmons to become hall-of-fame material. Simmons was inducted as a player into the Louisiana Coaches Hall of Fame this offseason.

He has spent nearly 20 seasons as a coach.


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BULGARIA

First win for the Botevgrad squad -by Valentin Anguelov

The team of Balkan Botevgrad reached their first success of this year's edition of the national championship, beating Sliven this afternoon with 96-65.

The hosts dominated during the four quarters and not for a single minute let someone doubt in the final result. The difference was growing and growing and there was a moment it was 31 points in favour of Balkan, no matter they showed very bad per cent from the 3-pointer line (3/15). However, they were good under the basket, where the made 34 from their 49 attempts (69,4%).

At the half time the advantage of the hosts was 13 points, but in the beginning of the third period it fastly grew to 20. Sliven succeeded decreasing it to 12 points, but that was all they could do in the game. Until the end of the fight, nothing could stop Balkan.

The best on court was the forward of Balkan - Atanas Radev who finished with a double-double - 29 points and 12 rebounds. Ivan Lilov was the other to accompany him. The young talent of Bulgaria scored 23 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave 4 assists and made 4 steals. The American in the lines of Georgi Mladenov - Dwayne Morton is continuing with his good performance, finishing with 20 points.

For the team of Sliven only two players passed the two-digits border. Dimitar Georgiev scored 19 points and Nikolay Dinev added 18.

Balkan over jumped his opponent, grabbing 35 rebounds, while the guys of Sabin Marinov took only 22.
In the next round on Wednesday, Balkan visits Yambol and Sliven faces the champion Lukoil Academic in the “city of the blue stones”.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME BALKAN - SLIVEN



The “Policemen” defeated Slavia -by Valentin Anguelov

Bulgarian Second West A-2 was opened today with a game between the teams of Slavia and Spartak MVR. In “Triaditsa” Hall in Sofia, the hosts Slavia were defeated by the symbolic guests from Spartak MVR with 69-81.
The game started good for the players of Borislav Arsov and they took the leadershio from the same beginning. Thus until the end, they did not let their younger and less experienced opponents to tie the result. The only thing the “whites” managed to do was to decrease the advantage to 4 points, 4 minutes to go. From then on, nothing more serious happened.

For Slavia, under their abilities acted the guards Boyko Pangarov and Vasil Hristov. Even though, their teammate Yordan Yankov scored 21 points. Lyubomir Zhechev also performed excellent - 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dimitar Velev added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

For Spartak MVR, as usual Michail Kapitanov (172-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was more than brilliant. He finished with 29 points and 10 assists. Ivaylo Vasilev made 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Petyo Ivanov made also 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

After the game, the head coach of Slavia Daniel Dimitrov shared that his team has the opportunity to have a true practice with all the guys only once a week, because most of them are studying. This was his explanation for the dissatisfying performance at the same start of the championship. He added that he expect Toma Fikoff and Zhivko Stoyanov to join the team next week as it became clear they will play with a double license for CSKA Interlogic and Slavia.

Tomorrow at 17:00 is the second game from the western group. “Festivalna” Hall in Vidin will welcome the team of Sportist Svoge.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME SLAVIA - SPARTAK MVR



Yambol surprised CSKA Interlogic -by Valentin Anguelov
Yambol managed to surprise CSKA Interlogic in Sofia and recorded first win of the new championship. The visitors had the lead for whole time and deserved their 73-68 win.
The game started even and the first quarter was like this. At the end of it the guests managed to take a 23-21 advantage. In the second quarter they started to play much better and took a six point advantage. The hosts went back to 35-36 but after a good run Yambol went in to the break with 45-39 lead.
At the begining of the second half the visitors continued to lead but CSKA still remained very close. At the end of the third quarter they went very close to their opponents and ended this quarter losing by a single point. In the last quarter the visitors surprisingly continued with their very good play and managed to keep hold of their advantage until the end of the time.
Dimitar Anguelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) was the top scorer in the game against his former team with 20 points. Kirilo Skumatov ended up with 19 while Stanislav Govedarov added 15 and 14 rebounds. For the hosts Lavelle Payne finished with 18 points and 11 boards and Ludmil Hadjisotirov added 13 points.

FULL STATS FRM THE GAME CSKA INTERLOGIC-YAMBOL


Cherno More Eurohold with another win -by Valentin Anguelov

The team of Cherno More Eurohold recored fourth straight win in the championship defeating Rilski Sportist 86-84. This was third dramatic loss for the visitors so far in the campaign.
The game started with advantage for the hosts who had a 9-4 lead in the 5th minute. Soon guests were back at 14-16 but in the end of the quarter the host side took again nice advantage, 23-18 after ten minutes. In the second quarter Rilski Sportist did try to cut their deficit but hosts's better play didn't allow them to and so Cherno More Eurohold went in to the halftime break with 9 point advantage, 43-34.
In the third quarter the host side managed to take a double digit advantage. In the last minutes of it though the visitors started to play better and cut their deficit to 6 before the last 10 minutes. Until the middle of the last quarter the hosts led with more than 10 points. Then Rilski Sportist managed to steal some balls and were back at 83-85 with 3 seconds to go. Then Vladimir Marinov scored one free throw and with one second left Ilko Nanev did the same thing to make the final score 86-84.
Leven Belberov was the best scorer in this game with 22 points. Marinov also played very well and finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. For the visitors Ilko Nanev had very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds as Branko Mirkovic added 14.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME CHERNO MORE EUROHOLD-RILSKI SPORTIST



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CAMEROON

Some Cameroonians' performances abroad... -by Yann Tientcheu
French Pro League
ProA: Gameday 4
SAMNICK VICTOR (6-8, Forward) registers his second consecutive double-double of the season in Nancy's win over Strasbourg. He scored 13 points and had a game high 13 rebounds. Samnick has been in the starting lineup of Nancy since the beginning of the season. Nancy is still the leader of the French ProA League.
ProB:Gameday 6
VOUNANG BRICE (6-8, Forward) helps Rouen Basketball overlast Quimper Basketball club scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds, while his countrymen FREDERICK N'KEMBE (6-4, Guard) who plays for Quimper scored 16 pts and had 5 rebounds in account of the sixth game of the season. AKONO LOIC (5'11", guard) sores 2 points and dishes 3 assists in 18 mns of action in Brest's win over Limoges.JACQUES WAMPFLER (6-5, Forward) scores 3 points in 7 mns in Boulazac's win over Besancon.Brest and Rouen are currently co-leaders of the French ProB League
*Belgian Premier league: Gameday 5
PELLE STEPHANE (6-9, Forward/Center) signs a team high performance of 14 pts and 7 rebounds in Belgacom Liege Basketball's loss against spirou basketball Club. He is currently the best scorer of his team and the 4th best scroer of the Belgian Premier League. To the previous accomplishments can be added his average of 2.20 steals per game that lifts him to the 4th position in the ranking of steals in th Belgian Premier League. DJOUMBI HERVE scores 2pts seeing 6 mns of action in his team (Spotter Leuven) loss against Telindus Ostende.
*German League:Gameday 4
EKAMBI EYANGO (6-6, Forward) scores a season high 5 points (TV Langen) in his team's win over TV Lich.He saw a season high 16 mns during that game.


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CANADA

Carleton opens Guy Vitre Memorial with win -by Eurobasket News
Carleton Ravens were successful at the start of the Guy Vitre Memorial Basketball Tournament in Victoria. They tipped off the tournament with a dramatic 64:63 victory over Brandon Bobcats. It was the last year's CIS Final rematch and lived up to all the expectations. The fans watched a spectacular battle as Brandon tried to take a revenge for the last season's loss. But the Ravens once again emerged victorious. They led by 6 points with 23 seconds left in regulation but the Bobcats came back into this one. Yul Michel nailed a jumper and converted one free to cut the deficit to just 3 points. Later he netted another jump shot to put Brandon within a single point with 11 seconds on the clock. Ryan Bell missed both free throws for the Ravens, however Adam Hartman (196-F-86) could not deliver with 3 seconds remaining and sealed the win for Carleton.
Stuart Turnbull (188-G) paced the defending champs with 17 points and 8 boards. Manny Jean Marie and Aaron Doornekamp secured 9 points apiece for the winners. Yul Michel answered with 23 points and 2 steals for Brandon.
In another opening day fixture Victoria Vikes were beaten by Alberta Golden Bears 50:62. Alberta kept the Vikes scoreless for about 4 last minutes of the game and secured a positive result. Alex Steele (186-G-84) led the Golden Bears with 12 points. Harvey Badford delivered 11 points in a win. Tyler Hass (196-F-86) nailed game-high 16 points for the Vikes.
Carleton will next face Alberta, while Victoria takes on Brandon.

Carleton - Brandon 64:63
Carleton: Stuart Turnbull 17+8 boards, Manny Jean Marie 9, Aaron Doornekamp 9
Brandon: Yul Michel 23, Adam Hartman 18

Victoria - Alberta 50:62
Victoria: Tyler Hass 16
Alberta: Alex Steele 12, Harvey Badford 11


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CHILE

Dimayor: Round 8 results -by Daniel Valencia
Round 8

Liceo Mixto 120 - Union Deportiva Espanola 81
Lic: Patricio Briones 20 pts. / Ude: Joe Webb 38 pts.

Universidad Catolica 78 - Deportivo Valdivia 83
Uc: Maurice Spillers 27 pts. / Val: Francisco Bravo 21 pts.

Boston College 90 - Provincial Osorno 82
Bos: Tony Bishop 22 pts. / Oso: Marlon Martinez 34 pts.

Puente Alto CD 102 - Provincial Llanquihue 84
Pue: Jefferson Agba 24 pts. / Llan: Ramiro Vera 26 pts.

Deportes Ancud 99 - Deportivo Espanol 63
Anc: Leon Smith 31 pts. / Esp: Francisco Veliz 13 pts.

Deportes Castro 81 - Universidad de Concepcion 78
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 29 pts. / Ucon: Chris Sockwell 24 pts.


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COLOMBIA

Arrieros and Bucaros , the final is ready to start -by Victor Garcia
Arrieros 96 - Antwon Hall 25 Pts, Norbey Aragon 17 Pts, Curtis Williams 16 Pts
Piratas 94
15 seconds before the the final Piratas was ahead one point and had the ball in his own side, the Dajuan Gouard the best player of Piratas and one of the best in the Cup made the biggest mistake of its career giving back the ball to Norbey Aragon just 20 feet far to Piratas Basket, Aragon scored the easy layup and sent Arrieros to the final.
Antwon Hall leaded Arrieros in scoring and defense finishing with 25 pts, 2 steals and 3 blocks, Norbey Aragon had a great second half with 17 pts, and Curtis Williams had another solid performance with 16.
Dajuan Gouard with 30 Pts leaded Piratas, but his effort was erased for the last mistake, Marvin Phillips helped with 17 points, and Alvaro Teheran had 15.
No doubt , Piratas and Arrieros was the two best teams in the playoffs, but just one survive, at the end Arrieros roster was stronger, with the addition of Luis Julio the team have extraordinary power in the boards, and Jorge Leon is one of the candidates to be sixth man of the year.
For Piratas was a good season, after a bad beginning the changes of the imports and the work of Guillermo Moreno give results.

Arrieros won the series 4-2

Bucaros 110 - Enielsen Guevara 29 pts, Hardy Asprilla 22 pts,
Soles 77
Bucaros blasted easily Soles at home, getting a very well deserved ticket to the finals, Enielsen Guevara ruled the paint as Soles did not had a true post up player, today the young team look very out of control, making many mistakes.
Hardy Asprilla proved he´s the spark of Bucaros, with him on the court the team is more intense and plays better in defense.
Soles season was a nice surprise, the effort of Yamil Bukele worths a place into the top four teams, the team really hurts the lost of Patrick Kulver, but now all is history and the next year will como quickly.

Bucaros won the series 4-2


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COSTA RICA

From Costa Rica to Mexico -by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Costa Rica NT member Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) joined last week the brand new Mexican team Venados de Nuevo Laredo. This team will compete in LNBP league and is the result of the re-location of the former Correcaminos Matamoros.

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CROATIA

This weekend Croatian teams were defeated in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Four Croatian teams were defeated this weekend in Adriatic League. Split CO had enormous lead, but lost to Hemofarm STADA, Cibona were upset in overtime.
Hemofarm STADA recorded very important win in Croatia against Split 73:77 so now they have 3 wins and 3 defeats. Last quarter was crucial as Hemofarm finished it with 11:29. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic was unstoppable in the paint making double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) and Andrija Stipanovic produced 16 points each for Croatians.

Zadar lost in Belgrade to Partizan. Home players created 11-2 run in the end to win 81:71. Jure Lalic finished the game with 19 points and six rebounds while Shamell Stallworth added 15 points. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) scored 11 points. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points for Partizan.

Cibona lost to Union Olimpia 80:84. A good comeback into the game in the last quarter with 20:14 could not help to win in overtime. Marko Milic (199-G-77) led Olimpia with 26 points, while Booker Cristopher scored 17. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) brought Cibona 22 points in the losing effort.

KK Zagreb Croatia was defeated at home by KK Helios Domzale 70:79. A 25:18 in the last quarter helped the hosts only to reduce the score. Ingram paced the winners with 16 points, while Lashkevich Aliaksei added 15. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) top-scored for Croatians with 21 points.

Split CO - Hemofarm STADA 73:77 (20:13,26:18,16:17,11:29)
Split CO: Marlon Garnett 16, Andrija Stipanovic 16 + 10 rebs, Tony Akins 14 + 4 as, Hrvoje Peric 13 + 6 rebs
Hemofarm STADA: Vladan Vukosavljevic 25 +11 rebs + 3 as, Nebojsa Joksimovic 17, Milivoje Bozovic 16 + 6 rebs

Partizan Igokea - Zadar 81:71 (20:25,21:8,20:20,20:18)
Partizan Igokea: Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) 13 + 8 as, Milenko Tepic 16 + 5 rebs + 3 as + 3 st, Novica Velickovic 12 + 4 rebs, Nikola Pekovic 12 (4 rebs)
Zadar: Sallworth 15, Rok Stipcevic 11 + 4 rebs, Jure Lalic 19 + 6 rebs

KK Union Olimpija - KK Cibona 84:80 (14:18, 24:20, 21:15, 14:20, 11:7)
KK Union Olimpija: Marko Milic 26, Booker Cristopher 17
KK Cibona: Larry Ayuso 22, Warren 17

KK Zagreb Croatia - KK Helios Domzale 70:79 (19:23, 15:17, 11:21, 25:18)
KK Zagreb Croatia: Jakov Vladovic 21, Sesar Josip 10, Tomic Ante 10, Basljan Filip 10
KK Helios Domzale: Ingram 16, Lashkevich Aliaksei 15


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CYPRUS

AEL Limassol won the Super Cup! -by Erodotos Miltiadous
Proteas EKA AEL beat Keravnos at the “Spyros Kyprianou” arena on Friday (19/10) evening to win the Cyprus Super Cup for a third year in a row. The game, which opened the 2007-08 season, featured AEL dominating from the beginning and taking a well deserved victory.

The Limassol team led at halftime 36-27, but Keravnos with Radojevic tried to react and managed to drop the margin to four points, 37-33 (21'51''). But AEL regained the top hand and shot the difference to 19 points (59-40) with less than a minute to the end of the third quarter.

The biggest lead for the reigning champions came in mid-fourth quarter when they recorded a 25 point lead, 70-45. The final score 76-58 means that AEL gets to keep the trophy for another year.

Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) was the MVP of the game. The Serbian captain of AEL scored 20 points and gathered 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. For Keravnos Radojevic was the top scorer with 12 points.

Quarters: 18-13, 36-27, 57-42, 76-58.
Proteas EKA AEL (Igors Miglinieks): Liatsos 5 (1), Cuic 17 (2), Souchu 5 (1), Aleksic 20 (3), Randle 11, Perentos 2, Palalas 5 (1), Dedushkin 5, Ilunga 2, Kozomara, Woodward 4.
Keravnos (Vassilis Fragias): Giannas 4, Vidakovic 6, Vukadinov 8 (1), Anastasiadis 8 (1), Henderson 10 (1), Damjanovic 5, Trisokkas 3 (1), Kosanovic 2, Radojevic 12
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CZECH REP.

Geofin climbs on top of NBL ladder -by Eurobasket News
Geofin secured their fifth victory at the NBL and occupied the top spot in the NBL standings. They successfully travelled to Liberec and strengthen their position. Liberec however were quite aggressive early in the game and got to a better start. They enjoyed a 8:1 lead early in the game. But Geofin capped the first quarter with a 19:9 rally and surged ahead 20:17. Stec nailed two consecutive three pointers midway through the second quarter to put Geofin in front 31:22. Later Joe Chapman (193-G/F-84, college: Marquette) sealed the first half with another long jumper and the visitors went into the dressing room leading 45:41. Blazek opened the second half with four straight points for Liberec and they tied the scoreline. The game remained close enough but Sarovic and Joe Chapman once again were accurate at the dying stage of the third stanza and cleared Geofin to a 56:52 distance. Joe Chapman netted 5 points and McMillian added another 2 as Geofin appeared leading by 9 points 2 minutes into the fourth frame 63:52. The distance reached a 13-point mark midway through the final quarter. Liberec obviously could not find the way to cut the deficit and Geofin used their class to ensure the winning outcome in the final minutes. Joe Chapman topscored for Geofin with 27 points. Stec added 13 points for the winners. Ladislav Toth (196-F-83) had 14 points and 8 assists for Liberec. Kraus and Blazek contributed 12 points in a loss.

Nymburk had a difficult trip to Brno but managed to win the game. Brno led 59:57 with 66 seconds left in the game. But first Benes tied the score from free throw line and then Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77) nailed a jumper to put Nymburk away with a win. Ladislav Sokolovsky finished with team-high 15 points for Nymburk. Schilb dropped 11 points for the winners. Stepan Vrubl (185-G-76) led Brno with 17 points and 8 assists. Gajdosik had 15 points in defeat.

Prostejov needed an overtime to edge Usti away from home. Usti entered the final frame leading by 2 points but Prostejov surged ahead and Ames free throw with 13 seconds left put the visitors in front 82:80. But Kevin Thomas (198-F/G-82, college: Georgia St.) got fouled and was perfect from the charity stripe to force overtime. However Ames and Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-81, college: Hawaii-Pacific) started extra time with 4 straight points to set the tone. Kevin Thomas later hit a three pointer to draw teams but Ames and Aleksandar Bojic were unstoppable at the end of extra time sealed the win for Prostejov. Aleksandar Bojic paced the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bosak scored 15 points for Prostejov. Kevin Thomas delivered game-high 28 points for the hosts. Hruby had 23 points in a losing case.

Usti - Prostejov 91:97 (OT)
Usti: Kevin Thomas 28, Hruby 23
Prostejov: Aleksandar Bojic 23+7 boards, Bosak 15

Liberec - Geofin 74:88
Liberec: Ladislav Toth 14+8 assists, Kraus 12, Blazek 12
Geofin: Joe Chapman 27, Stec 13

Brno - Nymburk 59:61
Brno: Stepan Vrubl 17+8 assists, Gajdosik 15
Nymburk: Ladislav Sokolovsky 15, Schilb 11

Sadska - Ostrava 73:84
Sadska: Tim Lyle (202-F-79, college: JMU) 26, Stria 17
Ostrava: Dyana Mitchel 23, Ofoegbu 15+10 boards


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D-LEAGUE

Tulsa names Swinson Assistant Coach -by Gianni Pascucci
Former NBA player and international basketball star Aaron Swinson (6'6''-F-71, college: Auburn) has been named the assistant coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. Swinson comes to the 66ers from Holland Hall Preparatory School where he was head coach of the girl's basketball team.

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EL SALVADOR

Third round results -by Jaime Arevalo
Led by Panamanian Mauro Oglive, who scored 29 points, ExSal raced past APG. The final score was 104-79. In another game, Cosmos defeated UTEC 77-67 confirming to be the best team of the Clausura. The main persormers were Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) with 14 and Carlos Martinez (190-F-79) with 19. Veteran Alex Funes (193-G/F-69, college: Briar Cliff) played his first game in Cosmos.

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FINLAND

1.DIVISION: Lapua gave a storm warning -by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 4-5: Seven games tonight, six home victories. The tightest contest was in Lapua, where local Korikobrat defeated PuHu (Vantaa) 85-81.
Kyle Carhart (191-G/F-83, college: Grand Valley St.) (17) and Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.) (16) led Lapua in pts, Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Illinois St.) grabbed 16 rbs. PuHu's Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) netted this time 25 and Phil Hickey (211-C-77, college: Notre Dame) added 18 pts. Newcomer Ura Basket won again and had a new face on the roster: Darius Glover (196-G/F) started with double-double figures 31/10.
Lapua and FoKoPo (Forssa) are still undefeated.

Lapua - PuHu 85-81 (47-46) (Kyle Carhart 17, Tyrwone Still 16, Baboucarr Bojang 14/16 - Akeem Scott 25, Phil Hickey 18, Eero Lehtinen 16).

FoKoPo - RU 98-64 (43-27) (Kert Keskula 20, Teemu Heiskanen 15, Ronnie Clark 13 - Ilpo Pehkonen 20, Jussi Airas 14).

Huima - YMCA Helsinki 90-74 (37-35) (Kenny Jones 24, Kevin Langdon 16/16, Heikki Laatikainen 14 - Eetu Nieminen 17/11, Anton Telih 15, Ilkka Ekstrom 13).

YMCA Turku - T.Honka 85-76 (37-33) (Mikko Jalonen 23, Charlie Frierson 18, Arto Talvitie 16/10 - Jere Paivinen 17, Anselmi Vanjoki 16, Sasu Salin 16).

Ura-Basket - Pantterit 106-87 (52-42) (Anthony Bennett 39, Darius Glover 31/10, Tomi Rokala 11 - Jordan Feramisco 23, Ville Liimo 21, Timo Hassinen 14).

Visa-Basket - BC Nokia 78-112 (43-56) (Antti Raami 23, Juuso Poyhonen 13, Toni Leikas 11 - Derrick Crayton 19, Tomi Kankaanpaa 19, Dewayne Richardson 15/12).

BC Jyvaskyla - Vilpas 99-84 (53-43) (Monty Rogers 24/15, Antti Kanervo 22, Aljaz Urbanc 20 - Michael Housman 22/17, Tyler McGinn 21, Philip Dejworek 18).




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FRANCE

ProA : Bernard King signs for Strasbourg -by Aurelien Hipp
*Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Bonaventure) is out til the end of december (Achille's heel) and will be replaced by Bernard King (196-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Texas A&M), seen in France in 2004-2005 (Villeurbanne). The son of the former NBA star will remind a lot of things to Strasbourg fan, since he is a left-hander and is able to bring a lot of creation in the game, like Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) used to do it with Strasbourg last year. King was playing in Cyprus last season.

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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 5: Sunday October 21 results! -by Michael Taylor
Sunday night in the German Bundesliga, Game Day 5 provided excitement and action all over the country. After 5 games, defending champion brose Baskets Bamberg sit alone at the top with a perfect record. ALBA Berlin, Walter Tigers Tubingen, NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Artland Dragons all continued their strong starts improving to 4-1.

ALBA Berlin 78 Koln 99ers 59
ALBA Berlin improved to 4-1 with a solid 78-59 victory over Koln 99ers Sunday afternoon in a game live on BBL.TV. A 13-0 ALBA run gave them command early at Max Schmelling halle in Berlin. As Head Coach Luka Pavicevic returned after serving his one game suspension, ALBA's unbelievable 83% fg% in the 1Q set the tone for the game. Following the 22-12 1Q, ALBA pushed their advantage 35-19 before earning a 43-27 lead at the half. The young 99ers started the second half strong with a 9-2 run but ALBA maintained a 57-41 lead after three and coasted to the 78-59 home win. Berlin shot a blistering 69% from the floor and sank 6 of 11 threes (54%) for the game. Julius Jenkins led Berlins balanced offensive attack with 14pt while Bobby Brown, Goran Nikolic and Dijon Thompson (perfect 6-6) scored 13pt apiece. Koln played without talented young post player Nedzad Sinanovic and managed just 40% from the floor. Aleksandar Nadjfeji topscored for Koln as the only player to reach double digits with 19pt 5reb. Berlin remains one game behind Bamberg in early season standings while Koln slipped to 1-4.

Bayer Leverkusen 91 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 73
Playing on the road in Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen put together an outstanding team effort in their 91-73 victory Sunday. Head Coach Achim Kuczmann and his Leverkusen team capped a fantastic weekend sweeping two games over ALBA Berlin and Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Trailing by 1pt at half 39-38, Leverkusen exploded for a 28-15 3Q taking control of the game. Leverkusen hit 54% from the floor and 52% from three in the win. Big man Nate Fox led the way for Leverkusen with 21pt 11reb, Eric Taylor added 16pt 7reb and Brendan Winters buried 4 of 6 threes on his way to 15pt in the excellent road win. Brant Bailey contributed 13pt 4reb on 5 of 6 from the floor from the bench. Big men Derrick Allen (22pt 8reb) and Ilian Evtimov (20pt 5reb 4ast) were strong for the Skyliners as was wing Koko Archibong who produced a 16pt 11reb double double. Leverkusen improved to 2-2 while Frankfurt fell to 1-3.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschwieg 78 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 76
In possibly the best game of the day, NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig edged Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 78-76 Sunday evening at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. The battle of 3-1 teams was close throughout and Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms used a balanced attack and strong defense to earn the hardfought win. John Allen topscored with 16pt, Domonic Jones added 14pt and Jonathan Levy contributed 12. As a team Braunschweig sank a fantastic 18 of 19 FT (94%) in the win. Oldenburgs Jason Gardner also enjoyed a strong night from the foul line converting 10 fo 11 on his way to an excellent 20pt 6ast evening. Branimir Longin scored 14pt and Miladin Pekovic 13 in the loss. Braunschweig outrebounded the Thunderbirds 32-25 but Oldenburg shot 48% from the floor making 12 of 26 threes (46%). Now 4-1 Braunschweig took two games this weekend winning in Jena Thursday before Sunday's home win over Oldenburg who falls to 3-2.

Giessen 46ers 107 TBB Trier 98 (OT)
Two days after finishing on the other end of a shootout, the Giessen 46ers topped TBB Trier 107-98 in a fantastic overtime home win filled with exciting offense and end to end action. The 46ers stormed to a 53-40 lead at half and held their lead at 69-59 heading into the 4th. But Trier fired back outscoring the 46ers 33-23 in an exciting 4Q. In the extra session, the home court helped the 46ers outproduce their guests 15-6 in earning the 107-98 win. Giessen's sizzling hot offensive weekend continued with 50% three point shooting (10-20) and 54% floor shooting Sunday evening. Guard Michael Umah got loose for 30pt on 10-16 from the floor and Rouven Roussler added 20pt 6reb 4stl. PG Patrick Sparks contributed 14pt 12ast and Corey Rouse gave Giessen 17pt 8reb off the bench. Caleb Green was excellent for Trier topscoring with 29pt 12reb on 10 for 12 from the floor. Captain James Gillingham added 26pt 5ast and Jonathan Moore and Jerome Coleman scored 16pt apiece. Trier also shot well hitting 50% from the field and 40% (11-27) from three. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his 46ers participated in two exciting games this weekend and improved to 2-3 with the win. Trier slipped to 1-4

Artland Dragons 77 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 64
Artland Dragons took their second home win of the weekend with a tough 77-64 victory over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Sunday evening at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Three pointers from EJ Rowland and John Goldsberry sparked a Dragon run to start the 2Q. A 21-13 2Q gave Artland control of the action and sent the teams into the lockerroom with a 48-38 Dragon lead. After a strong Bremerhaven 3Q, the Eisbaren cut the deficit to 67-62 before Artland outscored their guests down the stretch to earn the win. 5 Dragons reached double figures led by Matt Freije's 15pt 5reb, Lamont McIntosh 12pt, Terrance Thomas 11pt 9reb and 10pt apiece from Adam Chubb and Darius Hall. Jan Lipke paced the Eisbaren scorers with 17pt while Ivars Timermanis added 11pt 9reb and Brian Brown 10. The Dragons shot 44% compared to Bremerhaven's 41% and outrebounded the Eisbaren 32-29. As ususal, Artland was hot behind the 3pt line sinking 12 of 28 threes (42%) compared to 6 of 20 (30%) for Bremerhaven. Head Coach Chris Fleming and his Dragons improve to 4-1 while Bremerhaven split their 2 weekend games and check in at 2-3.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 81 Paderborn Baskets 63
AJ Moye scored 21pt 8reb and Rasko Katic added 20pt 9reb in Walter Tigers Tubingen 81-63 home win over shorthanded Paderborn Sunday evening at Tubingen arena. Playing without shooter Steve Esterkamp, Head Coach Doug Spradley and his team also lost key guard Malik Moore early in the 2Q. Moore left the game and did not return after a midcourt collision and an apparent leg injury. Tubingen built a 20pt lead before settling at 37-18 at half. The hardfighting Paderborn team used a courageous effort from PG Tim Black and a 2-3 zone defense to pull back into the game in the 3Q. With just over 3min remaining in the 4th, Paderborn had cut the lead to ten 71-61 but a Ray Nixon corner 3 turned into a 4pt play foiling the guests comeback. Waitari Marsh scored 14pt with 4ast for Tubingen who shot 50% from the floor and outrebounded Paderborn 41-21. Head Coach Aaron McCarthy and his Tigers improve to 4-1 while injury riddled Paderborn slips to 0-4.

brose Baskets Bamberg 70 Telekom Bonn 55
Behind strong team defense, brose Baskets Bamberg defeated Telekom Bonn 70-55 Sunday evening in Bonn. After two outstanding playoff series between the two teams over the last two post seasons, Sundays game provided much interest for Bundesliga basketball fans. After a 16-13 1Q for Bamberg, Head Coach Dirk Bauermann and his team built their lead to 29-21 at the half. The physical low scoring defensive oriented tempo made offense tough to find. Bamberg pushed their lead to 49-36 after 3 before earning the tough 70-55 road win. A key stat from the action was Bonn's 1 for 23 three point shooting night which was part of their 30% from the floor --- a clear result of Bamberg's tough team defense. Ademola Okulaja led Bamberg with 17pt 5reb and Darren Fenn added 12pt on a perfect 4-4 from the floor. Ronnie Burrell led Bonn with 15pt, Jason Conley scored 11pt and John Bowler 10. The defending champs shot 58% from the floor and outrebounded Bonn 28-23. Bamberg did suffer 22 turnovers in the game. Now 5-0, Bamberg sits atop the early season Bundesliga standings. Bonn slipped to 3-2.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 80 Science City Jena 73
EnBW Ludwigsburg captured their second win of the season with a hardearned home win over Science City Jena. Opening up strong, visiting Jena emerged from the 1Q with an impressive 24-17 lead at Rundesporthalle. After an inadvertant foot-entanglement with an official, Jena big man Ajmal Basit was kicked out of the game for apparant misconduct. Capitalizing on the situation, Ludwigsburg ran to a 30-18 2Q to take a 47-42 lead at half. Jena fought back to outscore the hosts 20-13 in the 3Q and went into the 4Q leading 62-60. Ludwigsburg controlled the 4Q on their way to the 80-73 home win. Wing Frank Young led Ludwigsburg with 18pt 4reb on 3 of 6 three point shooting while Chad Prewitt added 14pt and Coleman Collins 12 in the win. Brandon Woudstra chipped in 10pt 9reb for Ludwigsburg who shot 44% from the floor and 81% from the foul line. Recently signed G Brendan Plavich hit 5 threes to topscore for Jena with 22pt while Sean McCaw worked for a 10pt 10reb double double. Ali Seggelke scored 15pt and Blake Shelton 13pt for Jena. Ludwigsburg improved to 2-3 on the early season and despite another strong effort, Jena slipped to 0-5.

To complete Game Day 5, ratiopharm Ulm will visit BG 74 Gottingen in Kyle Bailey's homecoming game Wednesday December 12th in a 7:30pm tip.


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 5 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern Braves: 29 pts, 13/17 FG, 3/3 FT, 6 rbs, 2 as, 2 bs, 2 st

Points: Chris Oliver: 29

Rebounds: Thomas Fairley (206-F/C-82, college: Lamar) - BV Chemnitz 99: 16

Assists: Lyryan Russell (183-G-79, college: USF) - BV Chemnitz 99: 13

Steals: Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) - BBC Bayreuth: 5

Blocked Shots: Mark Kelley (204-F/C-84, college: Cal-Irvine) - TV Langen: 4

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


2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 5 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) - Hertener Loewen: 28 pts, 11/15 FG, 13 rbs, 4 as, 3 bs, 3 st

Points: Julian Krieger (188-G-83) - BIS Baskets Speyer & Torvoris Baker: 28 apiece

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

Assists: Steven Pratta (183-G-77, college: Stony Brook) - Proveo Merlins Crailsheim: 7

Steals: Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) - Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule: 6

Blocked Shots: Andreas Hornig: 8

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


Regionalliga News -by Daniel Poerschke
FMC Capone Dusseldorf of the 1. Regionalliga West added Kemmy Burgess (186-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Alaska-Anchorage) to their roster. The quick american guard scored 37 points and had 7 threes including the game winning buzzer-beater in his first game for Capone against Wulfen.
In the 2.Regionalliga West TV Werne lost veteran Ivan Rosic (188-G-72) with a torn ACL for the rest of the season. They got Vladimir Krivokapic (190-G-84), their top-scorer from last year, back as his replacement.
TS Goeppingen of the 1. Regionalliga won their second game of the season yesterday. Top-Scorer was new addition Jeremy Benjamin (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Bridgeport), who had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his debut.


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GREECE

A1: Premiere Day - All the favourites won -by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos beat Rethymno 90-81 with Jasikevicius and Diamantidis being an amazing duet proving from the very first day that they will be Obradovic's biggest weapons this season. The two guards together with Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) helped their team to beat Stergios Koufos's heroic team and begin the Greek “basketball marathon” with a positive result. From Panatinaikos, top scorer was the ex red player Andrija Zizic scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes followed by Costas Tsartsaris with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. Jasikevicius debut in the Grek league was not bad at all, the Lithuanian super star scored 9 points and shared 4 assists in les than 20 minutes while Dimitris Diamantidis scored 11 points dashed down 6 rebounds and gave 2 assists in 25 minutes. From the islanders, the veteran Topic was the top performer and top scorer the 38 years old Serbian player scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes followed by the usual suspect, Giannis Gagaloudis who scored 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. The quarters were: 18-19, 41-41, 62-58 and the final 90-81.

Aris made the road win which was looking for in Patras, Gordon Herbert's team beat Olimpiada Patras 67-85 having in a great day (in his debut in the Greek league) the American Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes being the MVP of the game. From the visitors, very good performance from Agadakos who scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes while Jeremiah Massey scored 15 points and dashed down 15 rebounds in less than 24 minutes! From coach Christopoulos's team, the Lithuanain Tomas Naggys scored 19 points but he was all alone as the second in points was Nikos Pettas with 9!
In Larissa's derby, AEL 1964 beat Olimpia Larissas at the end with 73-75 and took the important road win. Top performer and scorer from the visiting team was Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) (in his debut in the Greek league) with 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in less than 30 minutes followed by Papanikolopoulos who scored 20 points, from the home team an amazing game took place from the ex Apollon Patras guard, Giannis Koubouras (career's high in A1) scoring 26 points and 3 assists in less than 33 minutes followed by Ken Lacey who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes, receiving 1.180 in the Tendex!!
Panionios was another team succeeding the road win. The victim was Kolossos Rodou, Coach Alexandris team fight the game against a better opponent until the very last second but defeated in the details. Coach Gekos team was much better in the court and took the victory mainly due to Giannis Kalambokis's 22 points and Ivan Zoroski's 13. The home team of Rodos had as top scorer the ex player of Apollon Patras Ivo Josipovic with 21 points and 8 rebounds followed by Giorgos Diamantopoulos with 18 points. The final score was 73-78 with quarters being, 11-18, 38-31, 52-53 and the final 73-78.
Panellinos and Coach Kalafatakis beat Marousi and Coach Ruso performing the fourth road wins, of the Premier in the Greek league. Panellinios with Mamadu Ndiaye in a great day (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block shot) and with the American Antony Grundy scoring 17 points and organising the game nearly perfect (with Argiropoulos changing roles and scoring - 14 points) beat Ruso's team who had Haralambidis all alone trying to do the best thing for is team, the experience guard scored 20 points while nobody else from the team succeeded double digits, the final score was 65-75 with Darko Ruso being the top favourite coach to live the A1!!!
Egaleo succeeded the win of the day as they beat the “full of hopes” team of Koronios and Drosos, giving them the sour taste of reality. The final score as 78-65 Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) and the ex AEK's player (they still owe him money!!) Prodromos Nikolaidis scoring 25 and 23 points respectively, finishing all the hopes that William Avery and Alexis Kyritsis tried to give to Koronios's team. AEK Athens was not really in the court as the opponents were much better in all the aspects. The quarters were 29-20, 44-42, 62-54 and the final 78-65

Olympiakos beat PAOK (HT 39-26) - more details for the game which just finished in a while….



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HOLLAND

Undefeated Eiffel Towers Cruise To Win In Den Helder -by Sanders Jackson


It was another day at the office for defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers, jumping out to a strong 1st quarter start and never letting up, winning on the road over Den Helder Seals by the score of 83-65. Eiffel was able to share the minutes at abundance and were never seriously threatened in the game. The team of Randy Wiel were led in scoring by center
Brandon Kurtz (208-C-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Tulsa) with 13 pts.. Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) led all scorers with 24 pts. Eiffel overtakes 1st place in the FEB with a 5-0 record.



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 spotted Omniworld to a 14-0 start, the score being 26-10 at the end of the 1st, and a 47-29 halftime lead making things academic from there on. Omniworld gave themselves no chance to win, being forced into 36 turnovers and 34.3% FG shooting, while Donar shot 62% from the field, made 35 steals and a 57-17 bench scoring advantage. Not to mention scoring 36 pts. off Omniworld 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.
Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) scored all 10 of his points off dunks. Omniworld were hampered with the absence of leading scorer Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, college: SE Missouri St.). Hanzevast improves to 2-3 and will face off vs. Den Helder Seals in the Martiniplaza on Tuesday night.


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 5: 3 games this weekend -by Terry Cooper
Week 5 consisted of only 3 games which all road teams won in tough venues. VBC Akrides won a tough played game against Punch 63-48 in the fourth quarter due to clutch scoring and defensive play of playmaker Paul Wessels (182-G). Punch has several opportunities in the last minutes to make a comeback but costly turnovers caused their fate. In Den Bosch, MSV played with half of their roster out with injuries to win over EBBC2 72-64 with Peter Vader (205-C-80) posting a double-double with 10pts and 13rebs. Finally, the Pigeons got back into swing by cruising to a 91-70 victory over Initial High Five that has feel into a slump due to mulitple injuries. Full playing schedule will resume next weekend.

Week 5 Scores:

MSV- EBBC2 72-64
VBC Akrides - Punch 63-48
Pigeons - Intl High Five 91-70


Q & A with Randy Wiel -by Sanders Jackson

Q & A With Randy Wiel
Eiffel Towers head coach and University of North Carolina alumnus Randy Wiel has in his three seasons in the Netherlands led Eiffel Towers to two consecutive Dutch FEB titles and in the ULEB Cup. Wiel has defending Dutch FEB champions Eiffel Towers once again on track for a successful run in the Dutch competition, as well more confident heading into ULEB Cup play next month. Wiel recently this past week conducted some coaching clinics with former NBA great Swen Nater. I had the opportunity to interview Wiel on his basketball ideology, influences, and learned lessons from legendary and Hall of Fame head coach Dean Smith:

Q: Coach Wiel, looking back at last season, with all the success you and the Eiffel Towers encountered, winning the Dutch championship for the second consecutive year, including winning over Real Madrid in ULEB Cup play. What do you feel is needed to make the further step?

A: The last 2 years Eiffel has had some success in the Dutch completion winning back to back championships. We have enjoyed some success in the ULEB Cup and also won the Haarlem Basketball Week international tournament. By playing in the ULEB Cup I got a good look at some of the stronger teams in Europe and what do we need to do to close the gap and enjoyed some more success. Last year we were kind of the new kids on the block and I want to use the experience we had to build on. Budget wise we cannot compete with some of the top European countries, but we can still field a very good team. We need size, and unfortunately we have not been able to bring last year's team back. We lost 6 players from last year's team, which is not Ideal, but we know what it takes now and we are definitely going to give it our best shot to go further this season.

Q: During the 2006-07 FEB regular season, your team hardly lost, in fact going on two long winning streaks of nineteen and fourteen consecutive wins, including an unblemished home record. How difficult it was to keep the team focused on not playing down to the level of the Dutch competition?

A: It was not as hard to keep the team focused last year,. Of course when we were playing the lower teams, I tried to have some tough practices to keep the team focused on the work at hand. I thought it also helped us when we lost our first game to a team that was in the bottom half, because it proved that on any night we could be beaten. I called mostly on their professionalism and for the most part it worked. Last year's team really wanted to do something special, and they also got along fine on and off the court.

Q: The 2007-08 version of the Eiffel Towers basketball team seems to be more focused on the defensive end than ever before and more so than in the past, when a lot of attention the past few seasons was placed on the presence of a Leon Rodgers or a Gert Kullamae. It must be an unfair assumption to you that your teams are often overlooked as a strong defensive unit. Has this solely to do with Eiffel Towers having such potent offensive weapons?

A: Like every successful team we spent a lot of time in practice on our defense. I played for and coached with Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, and pressure defense all I knew and was taught to coach. As a head coach myself in college and now with Eiffel Towers that it what we try to do. Of course sometimes you have players that are not defensive minded like you mentioned, but collectively as a team they can play some though defense. We have had some high scoring teams here with Eiffel Towers, and sometimes people would like to associate it with a lack of defense. I would attribute it more to our up-tempo style of game and pressure defense with which we try to speed up tempo. I would like to have games with about 90 or more possessions, rather than a game in the 50 or 60 possessions where you walk up the ball and play your turn , my turn basketball and it becomes a grind it out type game with scores like 56-50 scores in the sixties. In a high possession game just like we have more chances to score so does the other team. No matter how well we play defense, in an up-tempo game the other team will also have more chances to attack. So one cannot expect one team to score ninety points and the opponent 45 or fifty points. Especially if both teams are each other's equal.

Q: Given the status of the recent rule changes concerning foreign players in the Dutch competition, which in respect limits opportunities for Dutch players to gain an otherwise spot on the Dutch eredivisie level. What are your thoughts and opinions on how to stimulate the overall basketball grassroots program in the Netherlands, as well as steps needed to help the current young Dutch players not losing faith, hopes and dreams in, for example, wearing an Eiffel Towers uniform in the future?

A: I think there are a lot of youth teams and junior teams that play basketball in Holland. One problem though is that summer ball is almost nonexistent and there are not enough camps for players in the summers. Also I feel there need to be more skill development on the lower levels. There are just not enough very skilled basketball players. There are not enough quality Dutch point guards. Or good one on one forwards, etc. And those skills need to be thought at a young age, but the players have to want to work at it and develop. Lack of accessibility to gyms are also a problem in Holland. Of course I would like to see more Dutch players in the top division, and that's what they are pushing for. We have now a mandatory 4 Dutch player rule per roster, (next year it will be 5) But there is simply not enough quality Dutch talent yet to provide a 12 team league with native players. Like the leagues in Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Belgrade France etc. I Also believe that we need to develop players in the lower divisions. e.g. Juniors. F1 second and third class. Once a player is good enough to reach the top level he has to be ready to play at the highest level. In soccer the top level teams like Chelsea , Manchester United, Barcelona etc., do not get players like Drogba, Rooney, Messi and Ronaldihno to develop them at a young age, they have to perform.!!!!!

Q: You are a sort Renaissance man, having competed in the 1968 Olympics In Mexico City, competing in swimming and track and field, experience in the law enforcement field, owner of many horses, ability to play the guitar, piano and trumpet, as well as fluency to speak six languages. Where did this influence come from?

A: I was born in Curacao in the Caribbean and a member of the Netherlands Antilles. Although in the Caribbean our culture and education especially followed the same rules as in Holland. So growing up Basketball was not a big sport although I was pretty decent at it. I grew up playing soccer, baseball, and a lot of swimming teams, and especially track, which were the sports that were emphasized in Holland. Also horseback riding especially dressage and classical riding was a big passion growing up. We had no and still don't have any professional sports or collegiate sports on the island, so amateur athletics was all we did growing up and playing basketball, swimming and running track in the neighborhood clubs. I thought it was great experience participating in individual sports, as it really helps your competitiveness in team sports. Excelling in swimming track and later in basketball gave me the opportunity later to receive a scholarship to the University of North Carolina after a 6 year stint as a police/detective in the early seventies. As I mentioned before growing up with a European culture and Dutch being our official language, we got exposed to a lot of music, especially classical music , as in those days it was mandatory in all school systems from the 4th grade on. Myself and my older brother took classical guitar lessons and I received a music diploma., But at the time I was only interested in playing in a neighborhood band named "The Honeybees" playing the Beatles songs and all kinds of Motown stuff. It was not until I enrolled at the University of North Carolina that I got exposed to jazz and I was hooked. As elective courses I took all jazz music courses mostly guitar. When I was playing basketball professionally in Holland in the early eighties, I played in small clubs in Amsterdam, and played with a trumpet player by the name of Chet Baker, and I fell in love with the trumpet. And took lots of jazz trumpet lessons. Although my main instrument is the guitar, I mostly play the piano and the trumpet at home, and play the guitar when I play in music groups.

About the horses I've always have horses, since the sixties growing up in the Caribbean. In the U.S I was a member of the Piedmont Rodeo organization throughout College rodeoing in the South. Dressage was always my main interest as I got too big and tall to keep show jumping. Until I came to Holland I've always competed with my horses in the U.S. The horses that I own are a South American breed named the "Paso Fino'. I think if I did not coach basketball, I would be a horse trainer, as I love horses with a passion.

Q: You have spent time working in the NBA as a scout for the Lakers. How was that experience for you?

A: After I was a head coach at Middle Tennessee State university I had a brief stint as a scout for the L.A Lakers, mostly scouting collegiate talent in the Southern college conferences, the ACC, SEC, Big South, Sun Belt etc. It was a very good experience, and if the Eiffel Towers opportunity did not come up at the time I would probably be involved with the Laker organization in some capacity.

Q: During your collegiate playing and coaching career under legendary UNC head coach Dean Smith, what was the most important lesson you learned from him?

A: I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play for and coach under Dean Smith, considered to many as one of the best collegiate coaches and one of the winningest in history. There are so many valuable lessons I've learned from just being around Coach Smith, But some of the most important things I've learned basketball wise are:

1)To always be organized and try to always be positive. Always self evaluate..(He was also very big on writing everything down no matter what it is so you don't forget.
2) Always be well prepared and have your teams well prepared. (Don't leave nothing to chance.)
3) Have a work ethic that is second to nobody. (Good is not good when better is expected.).

He taught me to do the work in practice. Do all your yelling, demanding and pushing the players asking them to give their best in practice. During the game you "Coach". Always control your emotions on the sideline otherwise the plane (team) will be on auto pilot with nobody at the controls. Always treat people the way you would like to be treated . Coach Smith always stressed about playing basketball "the right way" playing sound defense, playing unselfish basketball, where everybody is sharing the basketball and where nobody is bigger than the game itself. There are also the lessons of life that you would remember . He would always remind you to be happy you have a job and to try to make the best out of every situation because he would say "If you can't find happiness along the way, you won't find it at the end of the road."


Aris Friesland Gets 1st Win Of Season -by Sanders Jackson

In Leeuwarden on Saturday night, hard work and a 12-0 run in the last quarter made the difference for Aris Friesland, helping them gain their 1st win of the season, over Landstede Basketball by the score of 82-73.
Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) had a big night for Aris, scoring 27 pts. (including 6 three-pointers) to lead all scorers. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.) was a good inside-outside threat, adding 25 pts. with als 3 three-pointers. Aris also did a good job containing Landstede's top scorer Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) holding him to 4 of 12 shooting and 13 pts., as well as holding a 48-37 rebounding advantage. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) led Landstede with 18 pts. and Alexander Sa (184-G-83) scored 16. Aris are now 1-3, while Landstede falls to 2-3.


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INDIA

Indian Youth team to take part in Penang Invitation tourney -by Anil Kumar

Thanks to the efforts of the Basketball Federation of India to continue providng international exposure for Indian hoopsters, the BFI took the right decision in sending the Indian Youth team to the Penang tourney starting from 20-27, Oct 2007. It is definite to be a big boost to the upcoming players who hold the key to the future for Indian Basketball.
The Iran national youth team are rated as the dark horses in the inaugural Penang Chief Minister Cup Asian Men's Basketball Invitation tournament that begins at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium in Penang today.
None of the other seven teams in the fray have faced the Middle East outfit. But the Iranian Under-18 side are being accorded due respect, especially after being crowned champions in the West Asian Youth Championship in Teheran two months ago.
The Iran youth squad, who are making their debut in this part of the world, are equally clueless about the strength of their opponents in the tournament that will run until Oct 27.
The Middle East outfit are drawn in Group B together with the Thailand national side and club outfits Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil and Satria Muda of Indonesia.
The Korat SEA Games-bound Malaysian and Singaporean national teams, India and Chinese club side Tianjin complete the roster in Group A.
“We have no knowledge about our opponents as we have not played any East Asian sides for quite some time. I feel that we would be in a better position to rate our chances and our opponents' abilities after the first two days of competition,” said Iran team manager Hamid Geramian yesterday.
“Following our victorious campaign against the other Middle East countries' youth sides two months ago, this tournament will allow the players to keep their competitive edge.
“We are just a youth squad, and it would be interesting to see how my players fare against the top senior national and club teams in the region.”
Iran have brought the winning squad from the West Asian Youth Championships, and have beefed up the squad with two overaged players - Mohammad Reza Ebrahiminia and Ali Baheran.
Geramian named Emad Salmani, Arsalan Kazemi and Farbod Farman as the key players in the side. All three were named in the Asian All-Star youth team by the Asian Basketball Confederation.
Despite spending close to 24 hours in making their way to Penang from Teheran on Thursday, the Iranians did not show any signs of jet lag during their training session at the tournament venue yesterday.
Tournament favourites China Tianjin take on the Singapore in the tournament's opening game tonight.
The Malaysians, playing under the Penang Malaysia banner, open their campaign against India in the second Group A game.
Schedule for Day 1
China Tianjin vs Singapore (7pm)
Penang Malaysia vs India (9pm)



Indian Youths lose opener -by Anil Kumar

PENANG:
Date: October 20 - 27, 2007
Venue: Stadium Han Jiang, Penang

Group A: TianJin(China), Indian Youth, Singapore & Penang(Malaysia)
Group B: Spring Cooking Oil(Philippines), Iran, Satria Muda(Indonesia) & Thailand

The host team , the national men's basketball team got off to a victorious start in the Penang Chief Minister Cup Asian Basketball Invitation Championship when they beat India 108-65 at the Han Chiang Indoor Arena here last night.
The Malaysians, who are using the eight-team tournament as a warm-up for the Korat SEA Games in December, were always in the driving seat against the youthful Indian squad.
With K. Satyaseelan and Koh Way Tek leading by example, the national side, playing under the Penang Malaysia banner, opened up a 48-29 lead by half-time.
“It was an easy win, but we need to take into account that India sent a youthful side to the tournament and they were very jittery,” said national head coach Sim Sin Heng.
“I expect our matches against Singapore and Tianjin China to be physical encounters. The players need to keep their emotions in check against these sides if we are to qualify for the semi-finals as one of the top two teams in the group.”
The only blemish in Malaysia's victory yesterday was a knee injury to Chow Kin Hoong that forced the player to limp off midway through the second quarter.
In the other Group A match, favourites China Tianjin survived a scare before overpowering the Singapore national team 62-51.
The four teams in Group B - Thailand, Iran, Philippines Spring Cooking Oil and Indonesia Satria Muda - will be in action today.
Results
Group A: China Tianjin bt Singapore 62-51; Penang Malaysia bt India 108-65.

Today's matches
Group A: India vs China Tianjin (4pm); Penang Malaysia vs Singapore (9pm).
Group B: Iran vs Indonesia Satria Muda (2pm); Philippines Spring Cooking Oil vs Thailand (7pm).



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INDONESIA

IBL's Satria Muda lost to Iranian national youth team -by Hector Santos
Indonesia Basketball League powerhouse team Satria Muda was no match against the Iranian national youth team, 88-54, in the Penang Basketball Association's Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament in Malaysia.

Satria Muda will next Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil.


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ITALY

Serie A and Lega 2 anticipated games results -by Gianni Pascucci
On friday night, newcomer Lega 2 team Prima Veroli took the first win in a professional division, defeating higher ranked Fastweb Casale 82-77 despite a huge performing from Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville), who scored 36 points and dished 5 assist in losing effort. Veroli was led by Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi), who scored 24 pts, and Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79), who added 20 pts and 4 rebs. Yesterday night, Benetton felt again in Treviso, this time 78-79 to Tisettanta Cantù, one of the teams in better shape in Serie A, and this loss could mean some changes in the team roster. The game was very balanced till the end, and Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 26 pts and grabbed 15 rebs trying to lead the Greens, helped by Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) who added 15 pts and 10 rebs. But DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.) was unstoppable till the end, when he scored the winning-game basket for Cantù, and is our MVP of the night. Wood ended the game with 26 points, 5 assists, 6 steals, 2 rebounds, confirming to be one of the better surprises of this season. Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, college: Connecticut) were the other players of Tisettanta in double digits, with 17 and 14 pts, respectively.

Imola finds a new import -by Gianni Pascucci
Aget Imola announced the signing of Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut), who should land to Imola the next week. Freeman is the third import player announced by Imola, but neither Tang Hamilton, nor Nate Johnson were able to join the team, due to various reasons. The management and the fans hope that this will be the right time that the roster will be completed.

Serie A Week 6: Siena more and more impressive -by Luca Bianchin
What you can say about this Montepaschi Siena? Pianigiani's team routed Armani Jeans Milano 95-59 in Sunday anticipated game and left Zare Markovski with 2 points. Mens Sana now seems unbeatable and has in Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) a wonderful backcourt: everything seem ready for the back-to-back. With six wins in six games, Siena already has a 4 points advantage and can easily prepare next week game in Scafati. More problems for La Fortezza Bologna, beaten at home by Napoli, convincing after a terrible month: Eldo obtained the first win of the season thanks to the usual hero. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) in fact played with stamina, collecting 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 8 fouls received. In a week with 5 wins on the road, Air Avellino lost against Angelico Biella despite 34 points by Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia). Emotions in Cimberio Varese-Upim Bologna, a classic to close the week: 24 points by Giacomo Galanda and a final play by Marco Passera and Romel Beck gave Varese the second win of the season.

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KOREA

Lg Sakers Meet Daegu Orions Both Undeafeated In The KBL -by Rick Ross

Lg Sakers win at Home against KTF 63-58 in a game that was sea-saw
Up and down, in the last possesion of the game with only 25 seconds
Cho Sang-Hyun (190-G/F-76) can a 3 pointer his only basket of the day to seal the win.
Odartey Blankson led all scores with 17 pts & 9 reb, Calvin Warner closed out the
Scoring with 15 points & 9 rebs. KTF Leading scorer was Sedric Webber netting
15 pts 9 rebs.

In other news ET Blackslamer downed Samsung 92-87
SK Knights defeated Dongbu Promy 83-74
And KCC Topped KT&G 92-79

KCC EGIS has retained the services of Calvin Oldham who spent many seasons In Europe & abroad.

- Associate Head Coach ALBA Berlin (BBL - Deutschland - seit 2005)
- Associate Head Coach University of Maine (America East Conf., D1 - 2004/05)
- Assistant Coach University of Maine (America East Conf., D1 - 2003/04)
- Scout Toronto Raptors
- Head Coach Bayer Giants Leverkusen (BBL - Deutschland - 1998-2002)


KT&G along with Samsung has yet to capture its 1st win in the season.

No scores posted at this time, click here for more details
http://www.kbl.or.kr/



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MALAYSIA

Malaysia NT routs India national youth team -by Hector Santos
THE Penang-Malaysia National Team side outclassed the Indian national youth team 108-65 in the Penang Chief Minister Cup Asian Basketball Invitation last night at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium.

Penang-Malaysia, represented by national players preparing for the Thailand Sea Games, stamped their control on the match in the second quarter.

The hosts led narrowly 22-19 in the first quarter but powered ahead 48-29 in the second quarter. India staged a fight-back in the closing stages of the match but the Malaysians were just too superior.

China's Tianjin, on the other game, defeated Singapore National Team, 62 -51.


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MEXICO

CIMEBA updating: only four teams staying in the race -by Gianni Pascucci
The "occult" CIMEBA league should have changed its format in consequence of the loss of four of its original eight teams. In a piece of Morelos local media, latinbasket.com found that only four teams are now playing in the league, Caudillos de Morelos, Guerreros de Morelos-Chilpancingo, Chamanes de Estado de Mexico-Tultitlan de Estado de Mexico and Titanes de Queretaro. The four "survivors" willl compete in a round robin tournment that will assign the positions from 1 to 4 for the playoffs, scheduled from mid-november to December.

From Costa Rica to Mexico -by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Costa Rica NT member Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) joined last week the brand new Mexican team Venados de Nuevo Laredo. This team will compete in LNBP league and is the result of the re-location of the former Correcaminos Matamoros.

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MONTENEGRO

BC Mogren win in 1 Round MNT1A vs BC Ulcinj 99-69 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club MOGREN Budva win in 1 round MNT1B Division in Budva against BC Ulcinj 99-69 (32-14,23-15,21-22,23-18).Best in BC Mogren Budva was Boris Lalovic with 18 points and Aleksandar Raickovic with 16 points and 7 rebounds. In BC Ulcinj good game play Marko Sekulic 19 points and 8 rebounds.
BC Mogren Budva : Gazivoda 3,Skulic 8,Tepavcevic 9,Gordic 7,Mitrovic 14,Vujicic 2,Dragicevic 4,Boskovic 8,Subotic 7,Calic 8,Lalovic 14.Raickovic 15
BC Ulcinj : Latkovic,Cuk,Kalezic 2,Djuric 12,Dabanovic,Cetkovic,Kasimi 17,Popovic,Osmajic 4,Ivanovic 8,Sekulic 19,Pejovic 7


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NBA

The Western War: Central Division -by Michael Moten

The western conference central division will once again be the most competitive in the NBA this 2008 season.

San Antonio Spurs - For the NBA champs the resigning of durable, all-defensive first team steady Bruce Bowen (6'7''-F-71, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) was the largest move this off-season. Point guard play is the key; Can Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) duplicate an incredible season? Will Vaughn, Udrih and Barry remain reliable backups? Spurs remain best and model franchise of the league.

Houston Rockets - The pick of many to challenge for championship this season. Incredible depth and new look up-tempo offense under head coach Rick Adelman that will benefit Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) and Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) tremendously. Will additions of Michael James (6'1''-G-75, college: Duquesne) and Steve Francis (6'3''-G-77, college: Maryland) help or hinder? Can they count on Bonzi Wells (6'5''-F-76, college: Ball St.) this season?


Dallas Mavericks - Avery Johnson's Mavs have gotten tougher on the wing. The signings of Trenton Hassell (6'5''-G/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Austin Peay St.) and Eddie Jones (6'6''-G-71, college: Temple) brings them two experienced defenders with size, an area that haunted them last season against Golden State in the playoffs. Everything on the offensive end will still run through Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and they will get up a lot of points in transition. Will rookie Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, college: Nevada-Reno) develop into a low-post scoring option in which they are in dire need of?

New Orleans - Could easily be a playoff team this season. With Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest), Jannero Pargo (6'2''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) and Bobby Jackson (6'1''-G-73, college: Minnesota) running the show and Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) protecting the middle the Hornets look solid. Another solid season from David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) could make them a surprise in the West. Will they get a significant contribution from rookie Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87)? Will they have consistent bench play?

Memphis Grizzlies - New head coach Marc Iavaroni has talent to work with; the question is does this talent work together. Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) showed great talent with team USA throughout the summer and if Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) remains healthy should make a good tandem. Much is riding on a physically weak front line, Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85), Stromile Swift (6'9''-F-79, college: LSU) and Hakim Warrik will have to bang with the leagues biggest. Will Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) have a big year with energy and scoring?



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NEW ZEALAND

The Breakers post third win in a row -by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - NZ Breakers 99:116
NZ Breakers once again proved their are in a splendid form at the moment as they grabbed their third straight win at the NBL championship. They visited Singapore and returned from there with victory for the first time in their recent history. It was all again about Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) explosive duet that fueled the Breakers.
The Slingers desperately needed a win to improve their recent stats and looked aggressive at the start of the game. Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) burst out with 13 first quarter points and allowed the hosts to lead 28:20 at the end of the opening frame. However the Breakers listen carefully to their coach and came out firing in the second stanza. They rallied to a 8:0 run and drew the game early in the second term. Later the Breakers capped the first half with a 10:2 rally and enjoyed a 58:49 advantage at halftime. New Zealand side looked confident from now on and extended their lead to as many as 22 points in the fourth period.
Kirk Penney delivered all-around performance as he finished with 24 points, 5 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rick Rickert added 23 points, while Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rod Grizzard secured 25 points for the Slingers. Chris Cameron (193-G-75, college: Tulane) poured in 16 points in defeat.
The Breakers sank 57% from the field and managed to outrebound the hosts 43:41.
Singapore Slingers fell to 1-7 record and will next play against Sydney Kings at home. The Breakers will take on winless Tigers on October 27th.

Slingers: Rod Grizzard 25, Chris Cameron 16
Breakers: Kirk Penney 24, Rick Rickert 23


Henare Aussie-Bound -by Eurobasket News
Injured Harvey Norman NZ Breakers injured point guard Paul Henare (183-G-79) has put himself in the frame for an earlier than expected comeback to the Hummer Championship NBL.
Henare has not traveled with the team for their first away match of the season against the Slingers in Singapore tomorrow night, but he will join them in Melbourne on Tuesday to prepare for a double-header next weekend against the city's two teams, the Tigers and the Dragons.
Breakers general manager Richard Clarke said it is still touch and go as to whether Henare will play, but he is surprising the club's medical team with the speed of his recovery from surgery a month ago to clean up cartilage in both knees.
“Obviously the coaching staff and players are keen to see him back on court because he's a tough, experienced campaigner,” Clarke said. “But his presence in Melbourne will be beneficial regardless of whether he plays. We want to give him every opportunity to train with the team and continue his important role as part of the leadership group.”
Henare's experience takes on greater significance because of the absence of Paora Winitana. Because his religious beliefs prevent him playing on Sundays, making him unavailable for two of the three away games, Winitana has remained in Auckland.
The traveling party is: Wayne Turner, Ryan Kersten (188-G-86, college: N.Mexico), Brent Charleton, Phill Jones (196-G-74), Kirk Penney, Oscar Forman (205-G-82), Mika Vukona, Tony Ronaldson, Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) and Tim Behrendorff. Paul Henare will join the team after the Singapore section of their 3-game, 11-day trip.
Courtesy of: www.basketball.org.nz


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NORWAY

The curse has been broken -by Kaare Vangen

The longest losing streak in BLNO is over! Kristiansand Pirates finally got a victory when Ammerud visited them Sunday afternoon. After 979 days and 46 matches without a win, Pirates could finally celebrate.

The match got a dramatic start. Willie Dunn (198-F-83, college: Georgia Southern) from Pirates dunked and broke the rim in the first minute of the second period. A new rim came up after a long delay. Ammerud kept the command but in the start of the fourth period Pirates got contact and after a few minutes built a 10 point lead. Ammerud came back and a Pirates team in foul trouble just had to let Ammerud get some baskets. Pirates got fouled and converted many of the free throws. They also got the ball in two critical situations the last minute and when Zane Gilliard (190-G-82, college: Mountain St.) took the rebound with six seconds to go he just dribbled the ball away from the basket. The Pirates players got standing ovation from the fans and tons of weight got lifted from the players shoulders. At least it must have felt like that.


Pirates was led by the trio of an injured Zane Gilliard, Willie Dunn and Toni Tomic (195-F-82, college: Kaskaskia JC). Tomic was very important when the match got tight and Pirates took the final lead. Thomas Ble (186-G-89, college: Njard IL) and Rodney Hawthorne (195-F-75, college: Mo.-Kansas City) were the best Ammerud players. Michael Nevjen was a lot better for Ammerud than he was last season when he was a Pirate.


Kristiansand Pirates - Ammerud 94 - 90 ( 19 -25 24 -24 15 -18 36 -23 )

Kristiansand: Willie Dunn 29, Toni Tomic 22, Zane Gilliard 21, Ifiok Adahada 11

Ammerud: Thomas Ble 31, Rodney Hawthorne 22, Michael Nevjen 12, Jonas Anseth 12



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PARAGUAY

Quadrangolar has started -by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo San Jose and Libertad triumphed in the first round of the Quadrangolar tournment of Metropolitan League-Clausura, started on the past thursday. Led by Victor Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82), who scored 18 pts, and Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.), who added 17 pts, Deportivo San Josè defeated Felix Perez Cardozo 79-68, keeping the head of the table, while Libertad prevailed over Sol de America 70-68, despite the 30 points scored by Jamal Nichols (206-F, college: De Paul) in losing effort. The best in Libertad was Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84), with 20 points. The Round 2 of the Quadrangolar will be platyed tomorrow night, the standings are now: San Jose 3 pt, Libertad 2, Felix Perez 1,50, Sol de America 1.

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PHILIPPINES

Thailand national team upsets Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil -by Hector Santos
National Basketball Conference's (NBC) Spring Cooking Oil suffered anew a disappointing loss against a Southeast Asian national team.

Southeast Asia Games-bound Thailand national team routs the Philippine squad via 82-73 score in the Penang Basketball Association's Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament in Malaysia.

Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil, which was also beaten by the Malaysian national team in a Taiwan tournament will next face Indonesia Basketball League's Satria Muda.


Team Pilipinas to regroup by the end of 2008 for FIBA-Asia 2009 -by Hector Santos
Philippine national team head coach Chot Reyes said that Team Pilipinas should regroup by the end of 2008 for the FIBA-Asia tournament, 2009 qualifiers for the 2010 World Championships.

"We remain committed to our national program but we're in a standstill at the moment," he said. "I think an indication of the commitment is the adoption of several FIBA rules in the PBA this season. The next FIBA-Asia tournament is the 2009 qualifiers for the 2010 World Championships. So by the end of next year, we should be regrouping our pool. Then there will be the 2011 qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics. We're on the right track as far as our national program is concerned."


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PORTUGAL

Liga UZO first round -by Bruno Baltazar
The portuguese championship just started ,many poeple speaked if thisshould be a professional competition or not ,but after many speculation LIGA UZO is here.

Lusitania 70 - Barreirense 83

A week ago there was some doubts if Lusitania would compete at a goodlevel after finantial problems.With just 8 players for this game,Smith A.and Camby Brito couldnt playdue to late registration in liga UZO also few practises for Lusitaniawas no oponent for the young team of Barreirense .Barreirense with great exibition of their 3 new americans ( DeForrestRiley-Smith (26 pt, 8 rt), Shawn Hopes (20 pt, 8 rt) and E.J. Drayton(15 pt, 9 rt)and they was fabolous in grabbing rebounds aswell .In Lusitania to register Antonio Pires (2 pt, 3 as)that played againsthis former team that watched him growing up in the basketball game.

Belenenses 88 - CAB Madeira 91

The first surprise of the season,CAB with just 2 practises against Belenenses that has been competing for over a month now,the game wasvery equilibrated.The portuguese players of CAB- Jose Costa (17 pt, 8 as, 4 rt) and Joao Manuel (19 pt, 4 rt) and the american Monty Scott (21 pt, 5 rt) were toostrongers against a spetacular 1 man show of Jamie Kendrick (203-F/C-78, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Baylor) (30 pt, 11rt, 4 as) and Diogo Carreira (20 pt, 5 as).Even more is this surprising because Nick Neumman didnt played for CAB,and his a very important piece in their game.

Belenenses ( 88 ) - Daniel Monteiro (27:51,14 pts,3 rebounds,3 assists),Diogo Carreira (35:52,20,3,5),Artur Cruz (24:44,4,5,2), Ike Nwankwo(15:16,1,4,0), Anderson Ferreira (38:30,11,3,1), Paulo Simao(16:16,6,0,3), Aylton Medeiros (3:31,2,1,0), and Jamie Kendrick(37:59,30,11,4). Head coach - Ivan Kostourkov

CAB Madeira (91) - Jose Costa (28:59,17,4,8), Pedro Freitas (11:01,2,1,3),Douglas Scott (22:01,21,5,1), Rafael Annunciato (14:02,11,2,3), FranciscoFernandes (11:12,0,1,1), Rome Sanders (32:19,9,7,0), Mario Jorge(18:16,9,4,0), Joao Manuel (28:54,19,4,3), Pedro Pinho (33:16,3,4,3)Head coach - Joao Freitas 5' 6-11, 10' 17-14, 15' 19-30, 20' 32-43, 25' 43-50, 30' 58-60, 35' 73-73,40' 88-91

Porto - Vagos 68-61

Another equilibrated game decided in the last quarter for Porto experince.In the first game o Vagos i the portuguese top division ,they showedeveryone they here to compete and win games against everyone.In Porto their americans showed almost nothing-Toree Morris in 23 minutsscored 5pts and 7 rebounds,Julian Terrell 5 pts and 6 rebounds butFrederick Gentry with 12 pts and 9 rebounds and Paulo Cunha 16pts,7rebounds did his job,in Vagos Carlos White with 26pts,7 rebounds was atthe higher level but wasnt enaught for Porto,but if Porto wants to winthe champion needs to do something quick because what they showed is notfor a team with better goals.. Ovarense 90 - Ginasio 62A equilibrated first quarter(18-15 for ovarense) and the rest of the gamewas Ovarense show for everyoen who saw the game,3 alley hoops from Cordell Henry to Greg Stempin showed they here to smack everyone who plays againstthem .Greg Stempin with 28pts was the MVP of the game.Ben Reed wont play the next 2 weeks due to a injury in his sholder .


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ROMANIA

CSU Ploiesti remains unbeaten -by Eurobasket News
CSU Ploiesti secured their perfect record as they defeated Ramnicu Valcea 82:56 away from home in the 4th round of action. CSU Ploiesti improved to 4-0 record on top of the Division A standings.
Dinamo Bucuresti continued to chase the leaders as they posted their third win at the tournament edging CSU Sibiu 80:74 at home. Dinamo trailed by 4 points at the start of the final quarter but played some spectacular defense in the final minutes holding their opponents to just 7 points in the fourth frame. It helped the home side celebrate a tough victory. Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Carlos Morban produced 19 points apiece to lead Dinamo. Demetrius Williams added 15 points and 16 boards for the winners. Menelik Barbary (208-C-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: San Jose St.) and Keith Triplett answered with 18 points for the visitors.

Rapid Bucuresti also recorded their third victory as they outscored Otopeni 92:86 at home court. Rapid looked pretty confident early in the game and led by 11 points at halftime 46:35. But Otopeni cut the deficit by 5 points in the third stanza and stayed at a striking distance throughout the final term. Rapid though was not about to let the visitors grab a win and drove to an overall win. Zoran Milovic chipped in 27 points to lead Rapid. Ivan Stefanovic and Adrian Voinescu contributed 22 points apiece in a win. Andrei Capusan (201-F-83, college: Lafayette) responded with 20 points for Otopeni.

Pitesti gained their second win in the season as they routed U Mobitelco in overtime 102:96. Pitesti came from behind in the fourth quarter and forced overtime. There Paul Helcioiu and Bogdan Popescu combined efforts to ensure the winning outcome for the home team. Paul Helcioiu poured in 28 points and pulled down 7 boards for Arges Pitesti. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) provided 28 points and 8 boards in a loss.


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RUSSIA

Khimky wins the battle of the rivals -by Eurobasket News
UNICS (Kazan) - Khimky (Moscow region) 75:78 (19:17, 10:20, 14:21, 32:20)

Khimky got a road win over UNICS in Kazan. That was probably the best game so far in the championship as both teams deserved the win and the place closer to the sun. Khimky reached 4-0 now taking 78:75 win.
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) scored 15, while Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) netted 10. Kirksay Tariq chipped in 15 points in the losing effort.

Kazan expected not only the game, but a show from both teams. Their Unics opened the game with a two and then led the opening quarter to 19:17.
Savanovic Dusko with a three was the last to score in the first quarter.
Khimky took a control of the game in the second quarter as the team benefited with 20:10 in it. It gave the visitors 37:29 at the half.
Another 21:14 for Khimky and the game was almost done. Almost! Trailing 15 points after 30 minutes of the game Unics made a huge comeback.
McCullough Jerry first reduced to 56:66 only after three minutes played in the last. Kirksay Tariq cut the deficit to 70:72, but then Kelly McCarty's free throw brought the 4th win for Khimky.

UNICS:
Kirksay Tariq 15, Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) 14, Savanovic Dusko 11
Khimky:
Maciej Lampe 17+10 rebs, Daniel Ewing 15, Kelly McCarty 10


Saturday results and stats -by Eurobasket News

Russian Superleague was rich for four games last night. About Unics-Khimky you can read in the previous article, however for other results and stats have a look below.
CSK VVS-Samara beat Spartak VGUES 76:72. The teams showed an even game and only in the end the hosts took an advantage of it. A 22:16 in the last quarter brought Samara the firth win ion the Superleague.
Perry Marque led the winners with 23 points, while Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 20. Stanislav Makshantsev (205-F-78, college: Furman) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.


Ural-Great was stronger in the second half against Spartak (St.Petersburg). A 17:7 in the third and 19:15 in the last improved Perm at 2-2 in the standings.
Wright Brent top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Wisniewski Andrew and Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83) posted 13 points each. Araujo Rafael Paulo was the only player for the visitors to reach the double digits. He ended up with 16 points as his team fell at 1-3.
In another game Lokomotiv-Rostov overcame Enisey (Krasnoyarsk)106:89.

CSK VVS-Samara (Samara) - Spartak VGUES (Primorie) 76:72 (20:20, 20:19, 14:17, 22:16)
CSK VVS-Samara:
Perry Marque 23, Yaniv Green 20
Spartak VGUES:
Stanislav Makshantsev 19+13 rebs, J.R. Bremer (191-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) J R 17

Ural-Great (Perm) - Spartak (St.Petersburg) 78:61 (21:16, 21:23, 17:7, 19:15)
Ural-Great:
Wright Brent16, Wisniewski Andrew 13, Aleksei Zozulin 13
Spartak:
Araujo Rafael Paulo16

Lokomotiv-Rostov (Rostov-na-Donu) - Enisey (Krasnoyarsk) 106:89 (28:32, 20:17, 25:18, 33:22)



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SCOTLAND

SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks 80-74 Everton Tigers -by Eurobasket News
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks moved into joint seventh place with the Marshall MK Lions after an 80-74 overtiime victory over the Everton Tigers at the Braehead Arena on Sunday evening.

The lead changed hands five times in the final quarter, and Sterling Davis put the Rocks 70-68 in front with 34 seconds remaining, but it was Tony Robertson (190-G-80, college: Connecticut) who levelled the game for Everton with 12 seconds remaining, and send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, the Rocks' Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) took control netting six points in a 9-2 run to give the Rocks the victory.

Earlier on, the Rocks had stormed out to a 39-23 lead in the second quarter off the back of an 11-1 tear.

The second half saw the visitors come back into the game, and tied it up at 53-53 off the back of a 17-4 burst towards the end of the third period before all the fireworks happened in the closing stages of the final stanza.

Maurice Hampton led the Rocks' scoring with 22 points, while Tony Robertson led all scorers with 24 points for the Tigers.

Top Scorers:
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 22, Davis 19, Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) 14
Tigers: Tony Robertson 24, Haslam 21, Delme Herriman (199-F-73, agency: Court Side, college: Wright St.) 12
Courtesy of: http://www.bbl.org.uk/


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SEBL

Baseline Warriors name roster for Oxford College game... -by David Archer
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Cartersville, GA - The Baseline Warriors will split its roster this weekend, with one group travelling to play Oxford College (GA). The other squad will head up to Barnwell (SC) to play in the 1st Annual CSRA Basketball Tournament "The Battle of Summer's Kings."

The roster for the Baseline @ Oxford Game will be as follows...

Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Atlantic)

Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83) of Gwinnett Ravia-Rebels, college: Wofford)
Steve Burroughs (5'9" PG, college: Barton College)

Terrell Slater (6'0" G, college: Columbus State)

Rodney Kirtz (6'3''-G-79, college: Mercer)
Mike Buglione (6'3" SG, college: Francis Marion)

Chris Jackson (6'4''-G-82) of Gwinnett Ravia-Rebels, college: So.Polytechnic St.)
Casey Moore (6'5" G/F, college: Barton College)
Rod Ashmore (6'5''-F/G-79, college: Kennesaw St.)
Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82) of BC Skyline (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt)
Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80, college: Tennessee St.)
Marcus Henderson (6'8''-F-79) of Cartersville Baseline, college: Athens St.)

B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83) of Georgia Gwizzlies, college: Clayton St.)

Tipoff is set for 7:00pm on the campus of Oxford College of Emory in Conyers, Georgia.



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SERBIA

Five wins for Serbian teams in Adriatic league -by Dragan Jankovski
All Serbian teams celebrated in round 6 of Adriatic league. Partizan Igokea beat Zadar 81:71 despite visitors opened the game better. Partizan played very good second quarter finishing it with plus 13. The biggest advantage black and white team had in 37th minute, 76:61. Pair of guards Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), who added 16 points with 5 rebounds, and Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.), who scored 13 points including 8 assists, were the best for reining Serbian and Adriatic league champs.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Buducnost in Novi Sad 79:73 while Crvena Zvezda grabbed lucky win on the road against Siroki Prima Pivo 82:83. FMP easily beat Geoplin Slovan 97:75. Panthers dominated from the start making plus 25 until the half time. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) netted 19 points for FMP.

Hemofarm STADA recorded very important win in Croatia against Split 73:77 so now they have 3 wins and 3 defeats. Last quarter was crucial as Hemofarm finished it with 11:29. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable in the paint making double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds.


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Buducnost 79:73
(16:14,11:12,26:19,26:28)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) 18 + 4 rebs, Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) 14, Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) 12 + 4 st, Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) 13 + 9 rebs
Buducnost: Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) 15, Vladislav Dragoljovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) 15 + 7 rebs


Siroki Prima Pivo - Crvena Zvezda 82:83
(22:19,15:19,18:18,27:27)

Siroki Prima Pivo:
Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Court Side) 16 + 8 rebs, Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) 17, Ivan Tomas (192-G-81) 17 + 5 rebs + 10 as
Crvena Zvezda: Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) 14 + 9 as, Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) 11, Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) 11 + 4 rebs


Split CO - Hemofarm STADA 73:77
(20:13,26:18,16:17,11:29)

Split CO:
Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) 16, Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) 16 + 10 rebs, Tony Akins (180-G-80, college: Georgia Tech) 14 + 4 as, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) 13 + 6 rebs
Hemofarm STADA: Vladan Vukosavljevic 25 +11 rebs + 3 as, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 17, Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) 16 + 6 rebs


Partizan Igokea - Zadar 81:71
(20:25,21:8,20:20,20:18)

Partizan Igokea:
Milton Palacio 13 + 8 as, Milenko Tepic 16 + 5 rebs + 3 as + 3 st, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 12 + 4 rebs, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) (203-C-82) 12 (4 rebs)
Zadar: Sallworth 15, Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) 11 + 4 rebs, Jure Lalic (212-C-86) 19 + 6 rebs



FMP - Geoplin Slovan 97:75
(34:14,21:16,15:25,27:20)

FMP:
Zoran Erceg 19, Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) 14 + 4 st, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) 14 + 7 rebs
Geoplin Slovan: Ricky Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) 20 +4 st, Marko Jovanovic (212-C-82, agency: Court Side) 19 + 4 rebs, Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) 14 + 4 rebs


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SINGAPORE

The Breakers post third win in a row -by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - NZ Breakers 99:116
NZ Breakers once again proved their are in a splendid form at the moment as they grabbed their third straight win at the NBL championship. They visited Singapore and returned from there with victory for the first time in their recent history. It was all again about Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Rick Rickert (210-F-83, college: Minnesota) explosive duet that fueled the Breakers.
The Slingers desperately needed a win to improve their recent stats and looked aggressive at the start of the game. Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) burst out with 13 first quarter points and allowed the hosts to lead 28:20 at the end of the opening frame. However the Breakers listen carefully to their coach and came out firing in the second stanza. They rallied to a 8:0 run and drew the game early in the second term. Later the Breakers capped the first half with a 10:2 rally and enjoyed a 58:49 advantage at halftime. New Zealand side looked confident from now on and extended their lead to as many as 22 points in the fourth period.
Kirk Penney delivered all-around performance as he finished with 24 points, 5 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rick Rickert added 23 points, while Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rod Grizzard secured 25 points for the Slingers. Chris Cameron (193-G-75, college: Tulane) poured in 16 points in defeat.
The Breakers sank 57% from the field and managed to outrebound the hosts 43:41.
Singapore Slingers fell to 1-7 record and will next play against Sydney Kings at home. The Breakers will take on winless Tigers on October 27th.

Slingers: Rod Grizzard 25, Chris Cameron 16
Breakers: Kirk Penney 24, Rick Rickert 23


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SLOVAK REP.

Inter and Pezinok share the throne -by Eurobasket News

Inter and Pezinok becomes the two leaders of Slovak Republica. In the 6th Round both squads got the wins.
Inter Bratislava had a very tough game over ESO CLUB Lucenec. Thanks to the home support the hosts spurted with 22:16 in the last quarter to win 78:76. Novak led the winners with 23 points. Roman Ivan (199-F-77) scored 17, while Pandula ended up with 16 points. Lucenec was led by Peter Praznovsky (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Tarleton St.) with 16 points.

MBK Pezinok had the same battle but with BK Dolny Kubin. Having a game away the favorute overcame 70:71. Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Kozlik posted 15 and Brlit had 11. Bosko Skara (202-C-81) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.

Komarno smashed Svit that led the league two rounds before. A 27:10 in the second shocked the visitors that could not come back into the game. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) nailed 28 points in a winning effort. Pivac produced 27, while Roman Ivanovic netted 21. Martin Bilik (194-F-87) ended up with 20 points as Svit lost the second in a row.

HBK Prievidza - Slavia TU Kosice 82:78 (22:26, 16:19, 19:25, 25:8)
HBK Prievidza: Nikola Bilos (203-C-85, agency: Interperformances) 27, Pulkjo 20, Vucic 13
Slavia TU Kosice: Stojanovic 28, Misinsky 23, Krasznai 9

Slovintegra Levice - BK CASTA SPU Nitra 85:77 (20:18, 19:24, 24:17, 22:18)
Slovintegra Levice: Dragan Ristanovic (191-G-66) 23, Gambiroza 17, Lutovsky 16
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Andrej Cervenka (198-G/F-84) 21, Gasparac 17, Vojtek 9

Inter Bratislava - ESO CLUB Lucenec 78:76 (21:21, 14:26, 21:13, 22:16)
Inter Bratislava: Novak 23, Roman Ivan 17, Pandula 16
ESO CLUB Lucenec: Peter Praznovsky 16, Sykora 15

MBK Rieker Komarno - Chemosvit Svit 86:65 (22:20, 27:10, 18:18, 19:17)
MBK Rieker Komarno: Igor Majoros 28, Pivac 27, Roman Ivanovic 21
Chemosvit Svit: Martin Bilik 20, Laco 13, Klaric 8

MBK Handlova - Nova Ves 86:80 (29:24, 13:18, 21:18, 23:20)
MBK Handlova: Milan Golian (207-C-74) 22, Stefanik 22, Smacko 14
Nova Ves: Mason 25, Madaj 21, Hovanak 19


BK Dolny Kubin - MBK Pezinok 70:71 (18:16, 22:22, 13:17, 17:16)
BK Dolny Kubin: Bosko Skara 15, Sljuka 14, Bacic 12
MBK Pezinok: Dusan Snopko 25, Kozlik 15, Brliť 11



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SPAIN

ACB Round-Up Round 4 -by Paul Nilsen
Round 4 of ACB was as spectacular as ever and particularly in Vitoria where Ricoh Manresa pulled off a sensational one point win over the mighty Tau Ceramica. Their shock 83-82 success was mainly due to guard Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) who led the visitors with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Manresa led after the first quarter and while it looked like Tau would come back in the second half with the scores tied at the break, Manresa had a spectacular third quarter outscoring their illustrious opponents 24-15 before holding on for a memorable win. Tau meanwhile were left shocked ands the defeat was not good preparation for the Euroleague campaign. Igor Rakocevic top scored for Vitoria with 23 points.

The other promoted team from LEB also collected an important win - their first of the season. They had to work hard and needed overtime against Bilbao to pull off a thrilling 77-76 victory. It had looked like it would be Bilbao that would be taking the points in this game for long periods in the second half after Leon had control in the first period. A noisy home crowd thought their team had blown their chance when Bilbao blew them away 25-11 in the third but they launched a brave final quarter fight back. Leon kept driving to the basket to get foul shots and gradually clawed their way back into the game and took the lead in the final minute. However two free-throws from Javi Salgado forced overtime for Bilbao. Just when it looked as if Leon had blown their chance the extra period was every bit as exciting as the fourth quarter and they won the game from the line to spark scenes of jubilation

Another nail biting game was in Seville where it was heartbreak for the home team. They had looked for most of the game that they would also pick up their first win of the season and end Girona's unbeaten start to the campaign in the process but it wasn't to be and they agonisingly lost out 79-80. Girona produced a remarkable long range shooting performance to keep themselves in the game and nudge themselves ahead when it mattered in the final quarter after they had been trailing by four points. The loss was tough on Seville pair Aaron Miles and Michalis Kakiouzis who both scored 17 points each. Girona were lead by veteran Ariel McDonald.

Locked at the bottom of the table without a win with Seville are ViveMenorca and Coach Ricard Casas must have been cursing his look when after three defeats the calendar threw up a home game with DKV Joventut. The Badalona club are flying and like Girona remain unbeaten after they crushed Menorca 68-93. It was the same old story for the hosts with too much on the shoulders of Chris Moss while the visitors had contribution from all over the floor. Young star Ricky Rubio with his best game of the season so far leading the way with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Barcelona had an awful start to their home clash with Gran Canaria and found themselves trailing by double figures after the opening ten minutes but then stepped up defensively to hold Granca to a paltry 10 point per quarter in the middle part of the game outscoring the visitors 48-20.. This allowed Barca to take control by the end of the third although to their credit, Granca stormed back and showed heart to narrow to within 5 points at the final buzzer going down 69-65. Jaka Lakovic scored 230 points and claimed 6 assists for Barca while his fellow guard Pepe Sanchez claimed a rare double double of points and rebounds rather than assists with 12 and 10. The best double-double performance of the game went to Granca's Kornel David who had claimed 20 points and 10 rebounds.

In the Madrid derby, Fuenlabrada made Real fight all the way to the end to secure a 74-69 win. Indeed the away team held a slender one point advantage at the break but the Whites came back strongly in the second half in what was a defensive game. With only two Fuenlabrada players getting into double figures including Marko Tomas at his former club, Real took advantage and Luis Bullock was, for the second successive game the match winner for Real with 21 points.

CB Granada are still going strong and have a 3-1 record after their second home win of the season coming by way of a 74-68 success over Valladolid. A large home crowd of 6,500 came out to support their team and they won't worry that it was a mediocre game of basketball and that the visitors dominated on the boards because their team came out as winners. They had to contend with Bud Eley who had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Valladolid but crucially they kept in-form Gomis and Evtimov quiet to secure the victory. Seville born Carlos Cherry top scored for Granada.

Polaris World Murcia put a little pressure on Coach De Pablos at Estudiantes after inflicting a third loss of the season on the Madrid club. Murcia produced a strong performance after a below par first quarter and blew away Estu. Murcia were in control in more ways than one as they looked after the ball whereas DePablos will be giving his team a verbal rocket for their 19 turnovers. Diego Fajardo with 16 points and 12 boards for the home team.

Meanwhile in Saturday's only game, Valencia picked up a crucial 75-65 win over Unicaja with Shammond Williams and Ruben Douglas the tormentors of the Malaga club, combining for 23 points each. Unicaja Coach Sergio Scariolo watched his team make a strong start with Davor Kus impressive but were then offensively poor in the second quarter scoring just 8 points to hand the initiative back to Valencia. While the game hung in the balance until the final couple of minutes, Douglas and Williams got Valencia over the line.


LEB Round 5: Jason Blair MVP LEB Silver and Douglas Nunes MVP LEB Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Jason Blair (201-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego) (201-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego) (C.B. Plasencia Galco) was one more time the MVP in the LEB-Silver. The young brazilian player Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) (AB Merida) was the MVP in the LEB-Bronze.


Round 5: Top Efficiency LEB Silver

Jason Blair (Plasencia Galco) 39 (21pt + 14rb) MVP

Eulis Baez (Akasvayu Vic) 38 (26pt + 10rb)

Albano Martinez (Caja Rioja) 35 (32 pt) (Top scorer Round 5)

Duane Atiba Virgil (CB Illescas) 31 (18pt + 12rb)

Javier Salson (CB Ourense) 31 (25pt + 5rb)


Round 5: Top Efficiency LEB Bronze

Douglas Nunes (AB Merida) 42 (28pt + 14rb) MVP

Adrian Nuñez (ADT Tarragona) 36 (28pt + 6rb + 8as)

Robert Joseph (Basquet Coruna) 29 (9pt + 14rb + 5bk)

Nathan Lee Higgs (Opel Alaior Jovent) 29 (12pt + 12rb)

Joseba Andoni Aramburu (HNV-Navarra) 27 (22pt + 10rb)



LEB Gold, 5th round: Panko again! Rosalia lonely leader -by Francisco Martinez

Results (stats)
LECHE RIO BREOGAN - MELILLA BALONCESTO 81-63
FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM - CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS 80-81
PALMA AQUA MAGICA - CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS 99-77
C.B. L´HOSPITALET - BEIRASAR ROSALIA 80-81
PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA - ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA 78-76
UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA - ALERTA CANTABRIA 81-88
TENERIFE RURAL - AGUAS DE VALENCIA 86-83
BRUESA GBC - FORD BURGOS 82-68
BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA - C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA 91-79


Recap
Leche Rio Breogan defeated Melilla Baloncesto thanks to the adding of its point guard, Ordin, and the inspiration from beyond the arc. They got a nice lead in the first half and then the only aim was keeping it, an easy goal when you rules in the paint grabbing the boards.

Villa de Los Barrios got the first victory of the season against Basquetinca.com. The team of Rivero counted on the extra-adding of Adrian Moss, the newcomer, who got 15+9 and helped the stars: Rivero and Howard. Enough to avoind Inca's comeback

UB La Palma keeps on the bad dynamics and they lose again, at this time at home against Alert aCnatabria. The team of Mateo Rubio was led by the playmakers Larragan and Camps and got the victory altough Arrocha and Moore combined for 44 points.

Tenerife had a hard day against Aguas de Valencia. The team of Isma Canto did a good performance in the first hald, led by the super-point-guard Jorge Jimenez, but Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) went into the game in the second half to give an small lead to Tenerife. Then Guaita socred a three poniter getting the foul and the rest is history.

Panko, Panko, Panko!! Andy Panko III got 24 points and 13 boards being the leader in efficiency. He and his mate Hopkins were enough to defeat Autocid Ford Burgos, which is passing through bad times.

CIA Zaragoza recovered the best Lescano and showed the offensive potential of Darren Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) to defeat Ciudad de Huelva. The Andalusian team had a last opportunity to win the game, but the boss of the team, Quinteros, was there to save CAI with two ultimate triples.

Alicante lost against Plus Pujol in Lleda and they have lost the leadership. The game qas equalized and Alicante had the last ball to win, but the ball did not go into the hole and Rosalia has slammed them from the top of the standings table.

Beirastat Rosalia got a superb victory against the former leader, L'Hospitalet. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairbanks) led the team with 19 points, while the mighty defense of the Galician team did the rest. COrbacho passed the pressure in the last seconds with a three pointer but Rosailia did not got nervous and was able to score to win the game.

Palma Aqua Magica defeated Ciudad de La Laguna in Palma de Mallorca. The local team was lead by the playmaker Xavi Puyada (180-G-81) (22 points, 7 assists) and they only had problems in the second quarter, when the adding od Detrick made La Laguna get near in the scoreboard. Great debut for Balmon.


Best five (by efficience)
Andy Panko 41

Xavi Puyada 27
Antwain Barbour 28
Brad Oleson 25
Darren Phillip 24

MVP: Andy Panko



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SWEDEN

Maciej Lampe top-scores again -by Eurobasket News
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) top-scores again top-scored again in Russia. His Khimky got a road win over UNICS in Kazan. That was probably the best game so far in the championship as both teams deserved the win and the place closer to the sun. made 10 rebounds. Khimky took a control of the game in the second quarter as the team benefited with 20:10 in it. It gave the visitors 37:29 at the half. Another 21:14 for Khimky and the game was almost done. Almost! Trailing 15 points after 30 minutes of the game Unics made a huge comeback. McCullough Jerry first reduced to 56:66 only after three minutes played in the last. Kirksay Tariq cut the deficit to 70:72, but then Kelly McCarty's free throw brought the 4th win for Khimky.

Henrik Schou (200-F-84)'s SISU climbed to the second spot in the ladder after they handled Svendborg 58:55 at home. SISU were in front by 10 points at halftime 33:23 but Svendborg matched the tempo in the second half and were on the way to the win. But SISU secured the victory in a nervous dying stage and improved to 2-1 record. Julian McFarlane produced 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Trenton Wurz had 12 points and 12 boards, while Swedish Henrik Schou scored 11.

Russia
UNICS (Kazan) - Khimky (Moscow region) 75:78 (19:17, 10:20, 14:21, 32:20)

UNICS: Kirksay Tariq 15, Sergei Chikalkin Sergey 14, Savanovic Dusko 11
Khimky: Maciej Lampe 17+10 rebs, Daniel Ewing 15, Kelly McCarty 10

Denmark
SISU - Svendborg 58:55

SISU: Julian McFarlane 14+10 boards, Trenton Wurz 12+12 boards, Henrik Schou 11
Svendborg: Jarrett Howell 14, Ivan Hoger 12


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SYRIA

Exclusive Interview with Ittihad's coach Petracci -by Mohammed Malas
Ittihad Aleppo's new head coach Facundo Petracci from Argentina had opened his heart to Asia-Basket wiht this exclusive interview, Coach Facundo spoke about his point of view about his new experience in Middle East adding to other good informations.

1- First of all tell us some about yourself and how you entered the basketball world?

My name is Facundo Petracci , I was born May 14th, 1972 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
I started playing basketball at the age of 5 in Club Estudiantes, one of the most important teams in Argentina. My city is known as basketball capital in my country, because this sport is very big there. I played until 18 when I injured my knee and started coaching at 16. I coached all levels in my country and have coaching experience overseas as well in USA and Chile where a was the youngest coach ever to coach division 1 pro league at age of 24.

2- How do you see your 1st experience in middle east and esspecially in Syria?

I am taking this experience as a life experience not only basketball, this coaching opportunity just open a door to a new culture and I am trying to get used to.
I found Syria to be a peaceful place to live. People in my country was telling me I was crazy for coming to middle east, because of war near here, but I know now this a great place with great people like any place in the world.

3- What's your opinion about Ittihad Aleppo team so far?

I think we have a long way to go, we have to work hard and the team have to get used to my system, but I have a great group of players and our goal is become a great team so far

4- Whats your prediction for your season inside and abroad?

I am practicing every day to be the best, I guess it s gonna take some time until I get to know the competition, the opposite teams, but inshalla we'll be very good. I want my team from the very beginning to give 110 percent inside and outside the court and I believe we have potential to get the championship.

5- Tell us your ideas about the local players in the team adding to the youth base in the club.

Young players just finish their competitions, I they started to practice with the first team this week. I go to junior practices to see them, and hope I can help in any way to develop them.

6- Did you choose the two positions for the imports? Is there any names in your mind? Did you agree with a one?

Yes. One of them is going to be inside player and the other one an all around player. I have some names of course but rather keep them for me until we sign them.

7- You have Dubai Tournament (Dubai, UAE) in december as the 1st international tournament for Itthad this season, What do you look to have in it?

As any international tournament is very good experience to play against the best teams in the area. It is a big responsibility for me and the players to do our best in order to put Ittihad in the higher position in any competition we'll compete. So we ll go there go give our best.
For me It will be great to see other players and teams from different countries.

8- Al Jalaa Aleppo team is considered as your fierce rivals in Syria, What's your 1st opinion on them and how you will prepare for them?

I only talk about my team, I consider myself first a gentleman and then a basketball coach, It would be a lack of respect if I give my opinion without having played any games yet. They are the former champion and I guess that deserves respect.
Yesterday I read and interview in local newspaper where their coach said they will take championship again, I put that paper in my locker room's wall so my players can read it every day and find inspiration.
Money can get the best players even tournaments but cannot buy pride, and I have lots of that in my team.

9- Are you looking to add some players from outside from syrian roots? Did you try to make a search on them?
We have search in Argentina and there is one playing division 1, I hope we can bring him.

10- How did you see Syria as a country in general? What are the most things you liked here?

Syria is an amazing country, right now I am trying to learn some Arabic in order to communicate better with people. I liked people, culture, old buildings and history.

11- Whats your favurate team in NBA?

Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs

12- Who's your leader in basketball?

There s a lot of people that inspired me everyday in basketball and in the streets, as coach I liked very much Ruben Magnano former coach of Argentina national team, but there are many from where I leaned a lot. The good and the bad. In this job you never know everything, you become a coach everyday.

13- Last word to fans?

See you in court, we need you there to back up!!! Hope Ittihad can give people a lot of satisfaction and they can feel proud about us.


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THAILAND

Thailand national team upsets Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil -by Hector Santos
National Basketball Conference's (NBC) Spring Cooking Oil suffered anew a disappointing loss against a Southeast Asian national team.

Southeast Asia Games-bound Thailand national team routs the Philippine squad via 82-73 score in the Penang Basketball Association's Penang Chief Minister Cup-Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament in Malaysia.

Philippines' Spring Cooking Oil, which also beaten by the Malaysian national team in a Taiwan tournament will next face Indonesia Basketball League's Satria Muda.

Thailand national team, on the other hand, will next test the power of the Iranian squad.


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TPBL

TWO NEW TEAMS FOR THE '08 SEASON / 1 FOR '09 -by Chris Cardenas


SAN ANGELO, TX - THE TEXAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE HAS TWO NEW TEAMS FOR THE 2008 TPBL SEASON. THE DALLAS/FT.WORTH METROPLEX REGION WILL HAVE A NEW ENTRY ALTHOUGH A TEAM NAME IS STILL IN ITS BRAINSTORMING STAGES. THEY WILL JOIN ARLINGTON, TX AND DALLAS, TX OUT OF EAST TEXAS REGION. THE TPBL IS ALSO WELCOMING LAKE JACKSON , TEXAS INTO THE LEAGUE THIS YEAR. ALSO, HOUSTON,TX HAS HAD A TEAM ENTRY FOR YEARS NOW BUT WILL HAVE NEW OWNERSHIP AND A NEW TEAM NAME FOR '08 (TO BE ANNOUNCED).

MIDLAND, TX - 2007 DEFENDING TPBL CHAMPIONS MIDLAND HEAT HAVE A NEW CHIEF. RODNEY PHELPS IS TAKING OVER AS HEAD COACH FOR THE CHAMPS AND DOESNT PLAN ON SLOWING DOWN THIS SEASON. THE MIDLAND HEAT PLAN ON BEING THE 1ST BACK TO BACK CHAMPS SINCE THE SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS DID IT IN 2003 & 2004. TO CONTACT MIDLAND HEAT BASKETBALL CALL : 432-967-5347

2009 TPBL NEW ENTRY - IN 2009 THE TPBL WILL WELCOME CROCKET,TX INTO THE ALREADY LOADED WITH TALENT TEXAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE. WELCOME GUYS!!


TO ENTER INTO THE 2008 TPBL SEASON CONTACT LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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U.KINGDOM

BBL Friday and Saturday Round Up -by Paul Nilsen
The Everton Tigers scored their first ever BBL win by taking the huge scalp of the reigning BBL Champions, the Poujoulat Heat Guildford, with a 91-80 victory at the Greenbank Academy.

The Tigers won the game behind 25 points from GB international centre Chris Haslam and led for much of the first half. They were 23-17 up at the end of the first ten minutes and maintained that at 45-38 by the half.

The Heat struck back in the third stanza with important scores from Mike Martin, who picked up a knock in the quarter, and edged in front as James Jones hit a triple that put them up 64-65 at the end of the third stanza.

With 3:00 to go in the game the Tigers had snatched back the lead after a John Simpson steal and lay-up that capped an 8-0 burst for a 75-68 lead. Everton iced the game with a further 11-4 burst to close the game, including 4 points from Tony Robertson, as that first win lifted them from the bottom of the table.

Robertson added 20 points on the night, with former All-Star Calvin Davis making 17. Danny Gilbert (17) and Tony Dorsey (16) led the visitors.


The BiG Storage Cheshire Jets made it three wins in four games as they won on the road at the Marshall MK Lions by 82-85.

Veteran forward James Hamilton notched 22 points on the night, backed up by 19 points from Jayson Obazuaye. Mike New led the home side with 20 points.

The Lions took an early advantage as two triples from Kevin Griffin saw the score at 14-9 five minutes in. However, Myers and Obazuaye sparked a 9-0 response for the Jets as the Lions relied on Shawn Jamison to keep them close with two late scores as the first quarter ended 18-22.

Yorick Williams came out with all guns blazing in the second and made four three-pointers in the first four minutes to give the Lions a 39-33 lead. It didn't last long as Hamilton and TJ Walker made 4 points each in a 12-7 close to the half that saw the Jets sneak a 46-47 lead.

The Jets edged further ahead in the third stanza and led by 58-66 on a Hamilton three-pointer. The Lions again looked to Jamison to keep them in the game as he had 4 further points and they were just 64-68 down going into the fourth.

The game remained on a knife-edge with lead changes in the opening five minutes before a Shawn Myers triple gave the Jets the lead for good at 72-74. They pulled away to 79-85 before the hosts made one last stand. Griffin hit a three and with 3 seconds left Terrell Brown had a chance to tie the game, only for his effort to come back off the rim.

The Newcastle Eagles took sole possession of top spot in the BBL Championship table as they won their sixth consecutive game in beating the Sheffield Sharks, early pace-setters in the league, by 61-72 at the English Institute of Sport.

Richard Midgley was influential once more with 25 points, including some decisive scores. Player/coach Fab Flournoy had 15 points for the Eagles, whilst former Shark Lynard Stewart added 10. Raymond McKeithan led Sheffield with 18.

A flurry of three-pointers opened the game as the Eagles led 6-3 on Charles Smith and Flournoy scores. Soon afterwards, a trio of free-throws from Justice Graham capped a 10-4 burst for the Sharks as they led 17-12, only for Midgley to hit all 6 points in a 6-2 finish to the first that brought the Eagles back to within one.

Stewart matched that as they came out from the break with 6 points of his own and a 21-24 lead that the Eagles wouldn't relinquish. Jeremy Hyatt added 7 points before the half was out to give the visitors a 32-39 advantage.

The Sharks came out strongly in the third stanza and immediately closed the gap to 38-39 on an Anthony Virgil basket, but would only score 2 points in the remainder of the quarter as the Eagles closed it out with a decisive 12-2 surge, including 4 further points from Midgley.

The hosts worked to get back into the game in the fourth and a Shelby Chaney put-back concluded a run of 6 straight points that made it 54-59. However, Midgley was there again and his three-pointer with 3.12 left made the score 54-62 and the Sharks could get no closer.


Kularoos Plymouth Raiders moved into a tie for third place after a hard-working victory at PAWS London Capital.

The Raiders eventually came through 62-79 but trailed at half time and needed a 16-2 run during the third quarter to break open the match in their favour.

Plymouth began the match with a 16-4 burst but the hosts gradually chipped away at their lead to trail 16-22 at the end of the first quarter. London dominated the second period and a 9-5 run helped them claim the half time lead at 40-38.

Again the Raiders came out of the locker room the stronger. This time it was that 16-2 tear which took the score to 42-54 and an eventual 49-57 end of quarter score.

Further runs of 11-3 and 8-3 by Plymouth during the final stanza sealed the match. Andrew Lasker scored a game-high 27 for the Raiders.


Worcester Wolves are off the mark for the season after a 92-85 home win against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

Anthony Paez was the star of the show for Worcester sinking a game high 36-points to lead his team off the bottom of the BBL table.

Paez was hot from the start as he hit a three-point shot to open the scoring. Leads of 12-7 and 22-15 were consolidated to 32-24 by the end of the first quarter.

After a steady second period where the teams sparred for position it was Paez who was the standout player scoring 23-points in the half as Worcester went in at the interval 50-43 in front.

Riders rallied during the third quarter. A 12-0 burst saw them take the lead at 54-59 before Wolves hit back with a 9-0 tear of the own to finish the stanza 67-63 up.

In a tense final quarter both sides lost key players due to foul trouble and Leicester closed an 85-76 lead to 86-81 leaving the result in doubt. However, Chuck Evans kept his nerve from the charity stripe to nail six free throws to take the Wolves to victory.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

USA Today: Temple -by David Edole
GETTING INSIDE

Fran Dunphy's first year at Temple had its share of potholes. The Owls finished 12-18 overall and 6-10 in A-10 play to finish without a postseason berth for the first time since 1983.


More stunning than Temple finishing six games under .500 was how bare Dunphy's predecessor, Hall of Famer John Chaney, had left the cupboard.


Dionte Christmas, who was one of the most improved players in the country under Dunphy, and Mark Tyndale are as good as any wing combo. The problem, though, was that Temple didn't have an A-10 caliber starting point guard or an A-10 caliber big man last season.


Not having a strong lead guard — this was a calling card of Chaney teams, with the likes of Nate Blackwell, Howard Evans, Pepe Sanchez, Lynn Greer and Mardy Collins playing that role in recent seasons — was uncharacteristic, both for Temple and Dunphy.


It didn't take long for Dunphy to identify his weaknesses. His freshmen class includes a point guard, 6-foot-3 Martavis Kee, a 6-4 all-city shooting guard from Philly in Ramone Moore and three big men — 6-9 Lavoy Allen (who should be one of the A-10's top newcomers), 6-9 Craig Williams (201-F/C-90) and 6-9 Micheal Eric, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, who played his high school ball at Church Farm (Pa.) School. Eric didn't make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and will sit out this season.


Kee will start at the point and Allen likely will have a prominent role in the pivot. There will be growing pains, but at least the Owls enter the season with A-10 caliber talent at all five spots — including two legit stars in Christmas and Tyndale, the A-10's two top scorers a year ago. How the young pups — Kee and Allen — adjust to the college game will determine how well the Owls recover from last year's poor season.


NOTES, QUOTES

STRENGTHS: Temple is home to the Atlantic 10's top two scorers from last season in guard Dionte Christmas (20 points per game last season) and junior swingman Mark Tyndale (19.4 ppg). Christmas was voted the A-10's Most Improved Player in 2006-07, after he'd averaged just 3.5 ppg as a freshman in 2005-06, then led all conference scorers. Tyndale missed the first semester due to academics, but played like a man possessed once he became eligible.


WEAKNESSES: Point guard and the pivot. Freshman point man Martavis Kee will likely be handed the keys to the offense, because Semaj Inge's jumper was MIA last year and Chris Clark plays with high energy but has the size of a high school freshman at 5-8, 165. The "five" spot will likely be filled by 6-9 freshman Lavoy Allen from Pennsbury (Pa.) High. The growing pains — especially early and from those two positions — are expected from youngsters getting acclimated to the college game.


LAST YEAR: 12-18 overall, 6-10 Atlantic 10, tied for 10th place in the Atlantic 10; lost to Saint Joseph's, 66-62 in the first round of the A-10 Tournament.


HEAD COACH: Fran Dunphy, 322-181 in his 18-year career, 12-18 in one season at Temple.


QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would rather bring him along a little more slowly, but it's not going to happen." — Temple's head coach Fran Dunphy said of 6-foot-9 freshman center Lavoy Allen, who will be asked to start this season.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

SCOUTING THE NEWCOMERS: Two of Fran Dunphy's five freshmen, 6-foot-9 Lavoy Allen from Pennsbury (a Philly suburb) and 6-2 Martavis Kee from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will both be starters. Allen is an old-fashioned low-post player who was a catch for Temple. Kee is a combo guard who will play the point for the Owls. Head coach Fran Dunphy used two additional scholarships on big men in 6-9 Micheal Eric and 6-9 Craig Williams. However, Eric has been declared ineligible for the season under NCAA initial eligibility rules. The Owls' final signee was 6-5 Ramone Moore from the Philadelphia Public League's Southern High. Moore, who chose Temple over Nebraska and others, will serve as an understudy to senior Mark Tyndale this season and then will likely take over his starting spot the following year.


KEY EARLY-SEASON GAMES: Dunphy will tell anyone who will listen that his Owls have overscheduled, especially given their youth upfront. He's probably right. The Owls open at preseason top-10 Tennessee on Nov. 9, play Providence in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 18. In addition, Temple plays Villanova (Dec. 9), defending national champ Florida (Dec. 29) and then hosts Duke (Jan. 9) at the Wachovia Center.


PROGRAM DIRECTION: Stuck in neutral. Talented newcomers make the Owls better equipped to compete in the A-10. The problem is that both Kee and Allen are teenagers and the elite programs in the league have more experience at those keys spots.


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP: PG Martavis Kee, SG Dionte Christmas, SF Mark Tyndale, PF Craig Williams, C Lavoy Allen


ROSTER REPORT:


—Temple freshman forward Michael Eric was declared ineligible for the season under NCAA initial eligibility rules. The 6-foot-9 Eric is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, but moved to New Castle, Del., two summers ago and attended the Church Farm School in Exton. He averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots last season.


—Temple received a bit of good news when 6-5 Ramone Moore of Philadelphia Public League's Southern High got the necessary standardized test score to be eligible as a freshman. He'll see time right away for the wing-oriented, up-tempo Owls.


—Temple returns the two leading scorers in the A-10 last season in guards Dionte Christmas (20 ppg) and Mark Tyndale (19.4 ppg).


Basketball In Paradise -by David Edole
This fall a number of men and women's college basketball teams will play early-season competition at the 8th annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, and NCAA Division I fans can cheer on their teams - and work on their tans - with Bolongo Bay Beach Resort's "Paradise Jam" package, covering five nights' lodging and tournament passes to either the men or women's competition on St. Thomas. Among the eight teams playing in the Nov. 16-19 men's competition are Illinois-Chicago, Notre Dame and Wichita State, while the Nov. 22-25 women's Paradise Jam features the University of Connecticut, Purdue, Indiana and Wichita State, among others.

Cost is $1,361-$1,533 for two, depending on the room selected. Hotel taxes and fees are included. The package is valid Nov. 15 through 26. Meals and transportation between home and St. Thomas are additional. (800-524-4746;

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air all three of UConn's games at the Paradise Jam Tournament.



USA Today : Drexel -by David Edole
GETTING INSIDE

Snubbed by the NCAA last season after winning 23 games and proving themselves as "road warriors" with victories at nationally-ranked Syracuse, Villanova and at Creighton, veteran coach James "Bruiser" Flint has something in that snub with which he can get the attention of his team right from the start.


Thirteen road victories tied for the most by a Division I team.


Much will be asked of senior Frank Elegar (206-C-86), a 6-9 forward who established himself last year by averaging 15.8 points a game. He is going to step up even higher as replacing three lost starters will be no easy chore.


However, guard Tramayne Hawthorne may hold the key to the Dragons. He was the sixth man last year but now moves into the starting lineup, where he will be asked to contribute strongly right from the start.


The defense, which was so strong last year, also has to be patched inside and forward Chaz Crawford is gone and had taken with him his 318 blocked shots, which was second in Colonial history to only former Navy and NBA star David Robinson. Crawford was last year's Defensive Player of the Year in the conference.


Drexel certainly is one of the conference favorites and knows that it must do even more than last year if it wants to play in the NCAA Tournament.


NOTES, QUOTES

STRENGTHS: Frank Elegar gives Drexel a star player who can take a game over in clutch situations.


WEAKNESSES: Without shot blocker Chaz Crawford, Flint will need the rest of his team to play tougher on the perimeter to keep offenses from getting inside.


LAST YEAR: 23-9 overall, 13-5 (4th in Colonial), first round NIT


HEAD COACH: James "Bruiser" Flint (career 192-146); seventh year at Drexel (106-74)


QUOTE TO NOTE: "Ultimately, being part of March Madness or just being plain mad comes down to a handful of possessions." — Coach Bruiser Flint, from his website, on how small the margin between success and failure is.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

SCOUTING THE NEWCOMERS: Adrian Hynes-Guery is a 6-4 freshman guard out of Montreal, Canada, where he was first-team all-league while averaging 19.4 points and 4.1 assists per game.


Jamie Harris is a 5-10 freshman guard out of Wings Academy, New York, who was an all-New York City selection.


Gerald Colds is a 5-11 freshman guard out of St. Raymond's, Bronx, N.Y., where he was an all-New York City selection.


Evan Neisler is a 6-8 sophomore forward transfer from Boston College where he appeared in eight games. Neisler's brother, Ross, played at Drexel from 1995 to 1999.


Yannick Formbor is a 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from St. Patrick's High in Elizabeth, N.J. He averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds a game and was a team that won two state titles in three years.


KEY EARLY-SEASON GAMES: Drexel will get a good read right out of the gate as it opens its season on Nov. 9 against Penn at the Palestra, the first of three games against Philadelphia's Big Five. Drexel also plays against Temple on Dec. 15 and St. Joseph's on Dec. 31, both at the Palestra. It also plays in the inaugural Philly Classic, opening that tournament at Virginia.


PROGRAM DIRECTION: With Elegar still on hand, Drexel should be formidable this season. Flint normally does a solid job of restocking, so he should also be ready to remain at or near the top of Colonial for a long time.


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP: PG Tramayne Hawthorne, SG Scott Rodgers, PF Kenny Tribbett, SF Randy Oveneke, C Frank Elegar


ROSTER REPORT: Senior Frank Elegar not only was an all-conference second team selection but was named to the All-Tournament team.


Tramayne Hawthorne teamed with Tristan Crawford at Steelton-Highspire High in Pennsylvania to become the first high school teammates to score 2,000 points each in their careers.


Scott Rodgers led Central High in Philadelphia to its first Public League title since 1932.


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URUGUAY

Flavin established a record on rebounds -by Hector Lopez
Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) scored 26 points and grabbed 26 rebounds, a record for the Uruguayan League season, when his team beat Olimpia 80-63 for the 12th round. Also for Union Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 18. For Olimpia Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) netted 11 and Reyjavick De Gracia (203-F/C-81, college: John Brown) 2.
Other results and main socrers (import players if different)
Trouville 84 - Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) 19, Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) 15 and 14 rebounds, Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: Singer Sports, college: S.Carolina St.) 14
Welcome 72 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 24 Brandon Voorhees (201-G/F, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 14
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Atenas 97 - Morris Hall (185-G-82, college: Wayne St., MI) 24 Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) 15
Paysandu 54 - Marco Carvalho (204-C-79, agency: Players Group) 20, Louis Truscott (198-F-78, college: Houston) 8 Cory Largent (201-F-80, college: W.Carolina) 3
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Malvin 74 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 26, Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) 12, Rashard Sullivan (203-F/C-84, college: S.Indiana) 2
Sayago 60 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 18
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Hebarica 91 - Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 17 Jeff Aubry (205-C-76, agency: Next Level, college: Cornell) 17 and 11 rebounds
Aguada 69 - Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) 21 and 10 rebounds Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) 18
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Bigua 93 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 34 Kevin Young (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri) 18 and 17 rebounds Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 22 and 9 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 81 - David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) 18 Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 6


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VENEZUELA

LNB 2007 - Week 9: Pescadores defeats Macizos, Duros also get close to first -by Francisco Vega

Pescadores de Sucre got an over time victory over Macizos de Guayana to tie them at first place of the LNB 2007 standings, a result that was also good for Duros de Lara, since they defeated Estudiantes de Guarico at home and got one game shy of the top. Delfines de Miranda also had to play extra time to defeat Lideres de Yaracuy as visitors and Warao de Tucupita got back into the winning path with a triumph over Graneros de Portuguesa at home.


Pescadores de Sucre 106 - Macizos de Guayana 100 (ET)

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - Cumana, Sucre

Quarter by quarter
PES: 20+18+26+28+14= 106
MAC: 25+21+16+30+8= 100

Scorers
PES: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 30 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 20 points, Roberto Basanta (193-F) 15 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 14 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 11 points

MAC: Axier Sucre (198-F-78) 20 points, Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 16 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 14 points, Darwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 12 points


Duros de Lara 88 - Estudiantes de Guarico 70

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 27+21+29+11= 88
EST: 18+22+14+16= 70

Scorers
DUR: Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 14 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 11 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 11 points

EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 13 points, Daniel Dominguez (-71) 11 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 11 points, Edgar Lugo (175-G-82) 11 points


Delfines de Miranda 105 - Lideres de Yaracuy 101

Nicolas Ojeda Parra Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy


Quarter by quarter
LID: 27+18+23+15+18= 101
DEL: 29+12+20+22+22= 105

Scorers
DEL: Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) 32 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 19 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 18 points

LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 27 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 24 points, Leonardo Berroteran (191-F/G-81) 21 points


Warao de Tucupita 89 - Graneros de Portuguesa 83

Municipal Gymnasium - Tucupita, Delta Amacuro


Quarter by quarter
WAR: 23+24+21+21= 89
GRA: 23+16+10+34= 83

Scorers
WAR: Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 16 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 16 points, Marlon Patino (205-F-80) 16 points, Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 16 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 23 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 16 points, John Jackson (201-F-74) 16 points



LNB 2007 - Week 9: Pescadores sweep and claim first place, the others split -by Francisco Vega

Pescadores de Sucre completed a vital sweep at home against Macizos de Guayana and became the holders of first place by sending their victims to second. Duros de Lara remained at third despites loosing an incredible match at home against Estudiantes de Guarico, Lideres de Yaracuy still've got the fourth ticket to the playoffs by rescuing their home series against Delfines de Miranda and Graneros de Portuguesa took a huge revenge against their host, Warao de Tucupita.


Pescadores de Sucre 94 - Macizos de Guayana 82

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - Cumana, Sucre

Quarter by quarter
PES: 19+27+18+30= 94
MAC: 20+18+25+19= 82

Scorers
PES: Henry Caten (201-F-80) 24 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 22 points

MAC: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 16 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 14 points


Estudiantes de Guarico 86 - Duros de Lara 79

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 12+16+17+34= 79
EST: 22+21+22+21= 86

Scorers
DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 21 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 19 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 19 points

EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 29 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 16 points


Lideres de Yaracuy 105 -Delfines de Miranda 100

Nicolas Ojeda Parra Gymnasium - San Felipe, Yaracuy


Quarter by quarter
LID: 29+14+28+34= 105
DEL: 18+25+30+27= 100

Scorers
DEL: Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) 31 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 22 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 21 points

LID: Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 29 points, Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 19 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 19 points, Sonny Reyes (180-G-86) 13 points


Graneros de Portuguesa 106 - Warao de Tucupita 85

Municipal Gymnasium - Tucupita, Delta Amacuro


Quarter by quarter
WAR: 23+23+25+14= 85
GRA: 32+23+32+19= 106

Scorers
WAR: Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 17 points, Derale Wilson (197-F-77) 14 points

GRA: Amber Marin (208-C-81) 22 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 18 points





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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Dexia Namur reaches the first easy win in the opener -by Eurobasket News
Last night was the opening of the new 2007/08 season ion Belgium. Three games brought the wins for the hosts and two others will be played tonight. The defending champion Dexia Namur reaches the first easy win in the opener.

Dexia Namur smashed DBC Houthalen 106:46 in the first game of the new season. An easy first win was achieved due to victory in all the quarters. Elzbieta Miedzik (180-F-83) led the winners with 23 points. Pitorkiewicz nailed 16 in the opener, Carpreaux had 11 while Fleischer, Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) and Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) ended up with 9 points each. Piccard produced a good game for the visitors with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

The game between IMC Waregem - Novia Munalux Namur was probably the key game of the first round. The hosts trailed by 6 points before the last quarter, but then produced 30:13 in it. IMC Waregem outscored Novia Munalux Namur 60:49 and achieved the first win in the league. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Op de Beeck nailed 12, while Irina Medvedeva (190-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Boom BBC overcame Runkster BBD 76:57. A 21:22 in the opening quarter was transformed into 24:11 for the hosts in the second. Blommaers paced all the winners with 24 points. Christiana Lackner (185-F-85) scored 23 and Van Driel ended up with 10 points. Bas top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

Dexia Namur - DBC Houthalen 106-46 (22-12/16-10/39-11/29-13)
Dexia Namur: Carpreaux 11 (1x3), Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 9 (1x3), Smith 12, Olesya Malashenko 9, Pitorkiewicz 16, Ciappina 9, Elzbieta Miedzik 23 (6x3), Fleischer 9 (12 rbds), Agabalova 8 (2x3), Derenne, Vermijlen
Houthalen : Bartholomeus 6 (2x3), Vos 4, Celus 7, Leblicq 6 (2x3), Myers, Mertens 2, Zivkovic 6, Piccard 15 (9 rbds)

IMC Waregem - Novia Munalux Namur 60-49 (13-8/9-12/8-16/30-13)
Waregem : Irina Medvedeva 11 (1x3, 10 rbds), E. Billet, Op de Beeck 12 (2x3), J. Billet, Boucquey, Van Respaille 6, Cornelis, Dietel, Oplustilova 8, Nele Deyaert 23 (1x3, 13 rbds)
Novia Munalux: Deneil 3 (1x3), Dubuc 4, Remy 2, Decors 15, Ippersiel, Caers 14 (1x3), Dochez 4, Werpin 2, Nicolae 5 (1x3, 8 rbds), Fiasse

Boom BBC - Runkster BBD 76-57 (21-22/24-11/16-14/15-10)
Boom : Callebaut, Snorbusch 2, Van den Vonder 9 (1x3), Blommaers 24 (3x3), Van Driel 10, Arts 6 (8rbds), Demeyer, Van Grinsven, Christiana Lackner 23 (1x3, 6 rbds)
Runkster: Van Proeyen, Huysmans, Vanbilsen 2, Geraedts 2, Wouters, Op de Beeck 6, Leemans 15 (1x3, 6 rbds), Kreemers 10, Bas 16, Menten 6


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CAMEROON - Women

MBIANDJA AT ODESSA COLLEGE -by Gilles Bouwe
MBIANDJA Priscilla one of our best player during the last African Cup of Nations is going to play this season with ODESSA COLLEGE. ODESSA COLLEGE play in NJCAA DIV I

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CANADA - Women

Loeb Glebe tournament results -by Eurobasket News
The 2nd Annual Loeb Glebe Women's Basketball Tournament got under way at Carleton University's Ravens' Nest. The hosts opened the home competition with a 63:53 victory over the University of Quebec at Montreal Citadins. Carleton were impressive throughout the game as they never trailed and drove to a confident win. It was the first game for the Ravens under the guidance of their new head coach Taffe Charles and they did all they could to make it a successful one. Kelly Lyons (183-F, college: Oakland) nailed 19 points and collected 5 boards for the Ravens. Tanya Perry added 14 points, 8 assists and 6 boards. Marjolaine Gauthier-Theoret responded with 14 points for the Citadins.

The second game of the tournament was much more heated battle as Ottawa Gee Gees ensured a last-second win against he Laval University Rouge et Or 64:63. Laval were in front by 4 points at the dying stages and seemed to be on the way to the win. But the Gee Gees scored final four points in the game including two free throws after the last seconds interception to put away this one. Moriah Trowell topscored for the winners with 27 points. Karine Bibeau (180-F-83) netted 22 points for the Rouge et Or. Marie Genios added 15 points in defeat.
UQAM will next play against Laval. Carleton and Ottawa are scheduled to clash later the same day.

Carleton - UQAM 63:53
Carleton: Kelly Lyons 19, Tanya Perry 14
UQAM: Marjolaine Gauthier-Theoret 14

Ottawa - Laval 64:63
Ottawa: Moriah Trowell 27
Laval: Karine Bibeau 22, Marie Genios 15


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GREECE - Women

Three teams stay on top after 2 rounds -by Eurobasket News

Panionis, Siemens and Aris top the standings in Greece after the second round. Three of them won the first two games.
Panionis first beat Aias Evosmou 81:54 and then overcame Paghiakos 71:56.
Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) led the winners with 23 points. Eleni Vassiliou (188-F-74) ended up with 15, while Samorukova Maria nailed 9.


Siemens defeated Panathinaikos in the opener 80:65. Today the team beat Aias 73:66 on a road.
Erika Quigley (188-C-84, college: St.Cloud St.) and ANDERSON Ambrosia both top-scored with 20 points for the winners. They collected 17 rebounds together as well. Stephanie Higgs (175-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) was the best for the hosts nailing 23 points.

Aris H. overcame Kastoria 78:62 in the first game at home. Today the team advantaged over Panathinaikos 60:58.
Chloe Kerr (191-C-85, college: USC) Cloe paced the winners with 14 points. MEDIOLA Guliana netted 13, while Aristea Maglara ended up with 11 points. Casey Nash (185-G, college: Oregon St.) and PAPAELIA Anthi scored 12 points each for the hosts.



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GUYANA - Women

INTER-GUIANAS FEMALE BASKETBALL -by Joe Chapman
SURINAME BLOW AWAY GUYANA BY 53 POINTS.
... take Inter-Guiana Games female basketball title
By Faizool Deo
SURINAME out-hustled, out-rebounded and out-ran Guyana's female Under-19 basketball team to thrash them by 53 points yesterday, the second day of the second leg of the Inter-Guiana Games, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
With the victory and another against French Guiana (36-34) on Friday, Suriname have retained the female basketball title.
Playing on Guyana's home-court, they failed to deter the Dutch team from their ultra-aggressive approach. The visiting girls schooled the locals from the tip-off to finish the game 71-18.
They enforced full court traps which restricted the Guyanese from taking shots; these traps forced the turnover or created the steal. So poor was Guyana's scoring that in three quarters they had only seven points - a bucket scored each period. Suriname, on the other hand, had a game plan and with good rotation by coach Ray Karsodileromo they continued to excel.
Only Kean Andrews with 10 points showed any resistance to the visitors. Eight of those points were scored in the last four minutes of the game, at a time when Suriname had already established their mammoth lead.
For the Dutch team which led 32-5 at the half, four players reached double figures: Zephanya Zeefuik scored 14 points, Whitney Rijp scored 12, while Susan Lou made 11 and Tricia Abby Galer Striuken added 10.
GUYANA'S DILEMMA
The Guyanese girls, though outplayed in all aspects, were victims of bad organising. According to coach Abdulla Hamid he had 12 days of practice with the girls, a miniscule comparison to the Suriname and French Guiana teams who dedicate months to practice.
The team also had no strict criteria for selection, seeing that no competition was held to evaluate who were the best female players to represent Guyana at the games.
Hamid thinks that the players have a good future since some of them have up to five playing years remaining in the annual competition. He feels that practice should start at the end of the games today to get a jump-start on the 2008 competition. “The girls want to play.”
In theory this is the right advice, but the reality of the matter is that Guyana failed to field a team at last year's competition and the appropriate authorities knew that they had to put measures in place for this year, but nothing happened.


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HOLLAND - Women

Season 2007/2008 has started with win for the champions -by Mannus Etten
So the dutch competition for the ladies has started. In the ICL Arena at Landsmeer there was the season opening. Four games for the league and one practice match between Celeritudo Groningen against the second team of ProBuild Lions.

In the afternoon the Grasshoppers played against Renes Binnenland and won easily with 86-67. Philoppo scored 28 points for the Grasshoppers and Angie Ned 23 for Binnenland.

The second match in the afternoon was between BV Lely and AutoCad Amazone. AutoCad Amazone was complete, even their coach who became severe ill some weeks ago. With Ray Laatst on the bench the team which finished third last season with easily over BV Lely with 51-70. Judy Wright with 20 for AutoCad Amazone and Naomi Halman with 12 for Lely are the most productive players for their teams.

The third match was also won by one team. Yellow Bike won with 16 points difference of DAS from Delft. Although the difference it is big, the teams are very equal and have much quality. Good players and both teams have good coaches. Woonbron DAS - Yellow Bike 70-86, topscorers are Theresa LeCuyer with 29 for DAS and Marloes Roetgerink with 23 for Yellow Bike.

Final match is between the current champion Probuild Lions and Perik Jumpers. It is the only close game which won by the champions with 73-81. The match Is close till some minutes before the end. At 73-74 the resistance of Perik Jumpers is over and with some points from behind the perimeter ProBuilds decides the match. Cherea Lea is the big scorer for the winners with 26 points and Katie Schrader counts 17 for Perik Jumpers.


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HUNGARY - Women

Hungarians abroad -by Eurobasket News
Kinga Hadarics (175-G-80) and Krisztina Radnoty (186-F/C-72) both started for Flying Foxes in Austria. 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. Kinga Hadarics produced 10 points, while Krisztina Radnoty ended up with 7 points for the winners.

In Elimination Round of Eurocup Kinga Hadarics scored 10 points against Universite BC Neuchatel The Swiss won the last quarter 13:24 and the game 67:72. The second leg is in a week's time at Switzerland, and the team that advances will qualify for the group stage of the competition.A 5-0 in the beginning of the game predicted a good game for the Austrians. Universite BC Neuchatel tried hard and Cameo Hicks could only reduce to 21:13 after the first. Flying Foxes still led in the game at the half as Hadarics made 37:32. The third quarter also belonged to the hosts. Bucekova kept Flying Foxes in front after the 30 minutes with 54:48. In the last quarter however the guests went on a spurt. Stephanie Slaviero gave the team the first lead at 56:57 and then her team increased to 5 points in the end.

In Slovak Republic Andrea Csavas (185-C-66) top-scored for AT Gemtex MBK Roznava with 25 points. Her team overcame Cassovia Kosice 62:60.


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ICELAND - Women

Iceland Express League -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
First time in top league Fjolnir played their second game in the league and lost to Grindavik 62-76 Bad second quarter when team only scored 6 point against 22 was too much for this young team.
Fjolnir needs an inside player to be able to compeat in the league. Slavica Dimovska (-85) the Macedonian point guard had a very good game for the team. For Grindavik Joanna Skiba Polish/American point guard had a good game as well did Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga).

Top scorers for Fjolnir Slavica Dimovska 28. Greta M. Gretarsdottir 16 + 12 rebs. For Grindavik Joanna Skiba 22 + 7 assist. Tiffany Roberson 17 + 16 rebs.


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ITALY - Women

Welcome to Serie A season 2007/08 -by Eurobasket News

Serie A first games were player on Saturday and Sunday. They brought the following results.


Phard Napoli that will represent Italy in Euroleague lost the opener to Carispe La Spezia 76:78. The latter made a huge comeback as they trailed 46:62 after 30 minutes of the game. Chelsea Newton (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Rutgers) top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) nailed 19, while Licia Corradini (173-G-85) and Willis added 10. Holland-Corn ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

Germano Zama Faenza started the campaign with the win over Acer Priolo. In a road game the visitors achieved 55:62 victory. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Ramon scored 9, while Eric and Nieuwveen added 8 points each.

Famila Wuber Schio, Umana Reyer Venezia and Pool Comense celebrated the wins at home. Lavezzini Parma and Cras Taranto enjoyed the victories on a road.

The next round is scheduled for October 28th.


Carispe La Spezia-Phard Napoli 78-76 (12-34; 33-42; 46-62)
Carispe La Spezia: Licia Corradini 10, Pastore 3, Callens 4, Chelsea Newton 27, Benedetta Bagnara 19, Sarti 5, Willis 10.
Phard Napoli: Paterna, Cirone 2, Mauriello 2, Giauro 4, Barnes 8, Gentile 8, Jekabsone 2, Horasan 10, Ndiaye 16, Holland-Corn 19

Acer Priolo-Germano Zama Faenza 55-62 (5-14, 24-30, 38-47)
Acer: Gianolla 2, Palie 2, Milazzo 2, Fabbri 8, Seino 2, Sciacca 10, Pascalau 19, Meneghel 10,
Germano Zama: Eric 8, Franchini 3, Ramon 9, David 6, Casadio 5, Daliborka Jokic 19, Knezevic 4, Nieuwveen 8,

Umana Reyer Venezia-Gescom Viterbo 92-73 (15-22; 43-36; 69-56)
Umana Venezia: Sottana 13, Modica 4, Johnson 27, Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas) 14, Andrade 6, Nadalin 14, Giauro 3, Romagnoli, Vujovic 11,
Gescom Viterbo: Koutznetsova, Bonafede 3, Brunelli, Smith 24, Puskar, Maslowki 21, Limoura 14, Siccardi 9, Gorla 2,

Pallacanestro Pozzuoli-Lavezzini Parma 62-72 (19-20, 35-39, 48-57)
Pozzuoli: Paparo 6, Franchetti ne, Chesta 8, Minervino, Grima 8, Linguaglossa, Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) 13, Zanardi 4, Grasso 12, Dixon 11.
Lavezzini: Maiorano 3, Stabile 10, Paparazzo, Zanoni, Rejchova 6, Van Malderen 6, Mahoney 25, Zanon 5, Screen 17.

New Wash Montigarda-Cras Taranto 56-67 (11-18; 25-34; 42-50)
New Wash: Gatti 4, Colico 2, Fazio 8, Rossi 1, Smith 1, Albertazzi 6, Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) 13, Lawless 13, Karsli 8.
Cras Taranto: Balleggi 2, Corbani 6, Greco 4, Bello 2, Zimerle 2, Sauret-Gillespie 10, Summerton 19, Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) 22,

Pool Comense-Fiera di Roma Pomezia 74-62 (13-24; 34-35; 52-48)
Pool Comense: Bouderra 3, Bestagno, Fabbri, Slavcheva 4, Turner 21, Invernizzi, Zampella 11, Leigh Aziz (186-F/C-79, college: Syracuse) 25, Sarni 6.
Fiera di Roma Pomezia: Di Battista 8, Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) 20, Cinili 2, Thais 4, Scimitani 2, Machanguana 22, Lichnerova 6,

Famila Wuber Schio -Banco di Sicilia Ribera 87:52



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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Angela Marino helps Adelaide to stay ahead -by Eurobasket News
Angela Marino (166-G-86) faced her teammate and compatriot Lisa Pardon (173-G-82, college: Oregon St.) as her Adelaide Lightning took on Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL action. Lisa Pardon managed to outscore Angela Marino but it was not enough to lift Bendigo past Adelaide. The Lightning won the game 96:83 and remained at the second spot in the ladder. Angela Marino provided 10 points (3/7 FG, 2/4 3pt, 2/2 FT), 5 boards and 3 assists in 24 minutes for the winners. Lisa Pardon replied with 15 points (6/10 FG, 2/4 3pt, 1/2 FT), 1 boards and 1 steal in 21 minutes for Bendigo.
Later in the week the Lightning drove to their third win in the championship. They overcame Bulleen Boomers 94:87 and improved to 3-0 record in the ladder. Angela Marino scored 9 points (2/7 FG, 1/3 3pt, 4/6 FT), dished out 3 assists, made a rebound and a steal in 22 minutes on the court.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Semi finals results and comments of Vitor Hugo Cup -by Bruno Baltazar
In the first semi final of the day - CAB Madeira - Boa Viagem (68-59) was very balenced for both teams but not always well disputed with 38 turnovers,the first quarter that ended with a tie of 12 points showed the offensive moves wasn´t there.
Second quarter was more of the same with a result of 27-26 for CAB but the 3rd quarter decided the game,CAB did less mistakes and got a lead of 10points,the 4th quarter they got the biggest lead of 14pts,that they only need to control the game till the final second.

In the second game of the day ,we assisted a more balenced game,Vagos had a better start with a partial opening the game of 7-0 and the quarter ended with the same 7 pts of lead for Vagos against ESSA.
ESSA recovered in the 2nd quarter and got in the half losing just by 1 point(27-28),3rd quarter was very equilibrated with some basket changes,the final quarter was the decisive quarter ,ESSA with more experience closed the game with a win,Vagos started the last period with 5 minuts of great show and got a 8pt lead,but ESSA crushed the last 5 minuts ,final result ESSA 61 - 56 VAGOS.

Today at 4pm ,portuguese time ,will have place the final between ESSA and VAGOS,in a repeat of the last week game that closed with a CAB win,lets see what today is waiting for this teams.


IRINA APALYONOVA conflits between FPB -by Bruno Baltazar
Vagos player Irina Apalyonova (-81) that represented Ukraine but right noe shes portuguese was about and ready to play this week,when portuguese federation sent a letter to the team requesting for her dont play ,this is very controversial and really serious,last season she played as portuguese in the same team and this year the federation is considering her as Ukraine citizenship,again her ID is portuguese and with that said the portuguese federation regulament is more important then portuguese laws?

In this case players like Rodrigo Mascarenhas last season couldnt play in Porto on the mens side.
Silvia Rocha is player from the national team of BRAZIL but got the portuguese citizenship because she married with a portuguese and now she played in Spain as comunitary and she will be a considered a foreign player aswell .
The question is after a season as portuguese ,now she not portuguese anymore?


CAB Maderia wins first edition of Vitor Hugo Cup -by Bruno Baltazar
At the half of the final ,the son of Vitor Hugo recieved a picture with the name of his trophy,in a homenagy for a men of the feminin basketball in Portugal,he was reporter,coach,player and dirigent.

ESSA and CAB disputed the final and CAB won 66-44 but the final result didn´t exactly showed what happened in the game.
Very equilibrium in the first half ,the first period registered a tie at 17 and at the half CAB was only infront for 6 pts (34-28).
The 3rd quarter was balanced arriving at just 7 pts difference before the final quarter were CAB with a stronger defense just let ESSA score 3 pts in 10minuts,letting CAB win the 1st official trophy of the season.
The MVP is Danielle Hutcheson with 23 points and 14 rebounds.


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RUSSIA - Women

Vologda improves to 2-0 to share the first place with Kursk -by Eurobasket News
Vologda-Сhevakata (Vologda) - Spartak (St.Petersburg) 105 : 73 (24:15, 19:16, 33:22, 29:20)

Vologda improves to 2-0 in the standings after a win over Spartak (St.Petersburg) 105 : 73. A 2-0 record in the standings is currently the first place in the League. Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) led the winners with 23 points. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Elena Volkova (175-G-83) added 15 points. Natalia Alekseeva (190-C-72) produced 18 points in the losing effort.

In an only game for the Rusian Women team over the weekend Vologda used a chance to top the standings. Now the team shares the first position with Dynamo from Kursk.
Vologda-Сhevakata opened the game with 24:15 in the opening quarter. The hosts increased to 12 points at the half having 43:31. In the second half Spartak tried hard, but could not upset the evening in Vologda. The hosts grabbed the second win, while Spartak started the campaign with a loss.
The next games are scheduled for October 23rd. On that day Dynamo Moscow will play th first game in the league against the leader, Dynamo Kursk. In anoter game BC Moscow will face Spartak SP.

Vologda-Сhevakata: Liudmila Sapova 23, Tatiana Bokareva 15+10 rebs, Elena Volkova 15
Spartak: Natalia Alekseeva 18, Olga Speranskaya (178-G-78) 16


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SEYCHELLES - Women

Mont Fleuri and RA Sisters register victories -by Carlos Pereira
MONT FLEURI and RA Sisters collected victories this week, thus strengthening their positions on the Women's league table. In the Men's division 1A, PLS hawks shoot to the top of the standings with a win over Angels.

On Monday, RA Sisters collected two more points following their 65-49 victory over Bel Air. After winning the first quarter 15-7, RA Sisters let down their guards thus allowing Bel Air to fight back in the second quarter to conclude the first half on a 26-17 score. In the third and fourth quarters, RA Sisters maintained their lead to win the match 65-49.

Wearing the number 11 jerseys, Joanna Moustache had the hot hands for RA Sisters with 20 points while her counterpart Georgia Desir scored 21 points to top score for Bel Air.

In the other Women's league match played during the week, Mont Fleuri totally dominated Juniors to register a comfortable 87-33 victory. Mont Fleuri took the first two quarters 17-8 and 20-7 to conclude the first half on a 37-15 score.

In the second half, Mont Fleuri scored 50 more points compared to only 18 for Juniors to guarantee themselves victory.

Lindy Aglae scored 29 points to finish as Mont Fleuri's top scorer, while with nine points, Kathleena Pouponeau led the scoring for Juniors.


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Round 2 of Extraliga -by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok and KOSIT 2013 Kosice reached the second victories in Extraliga. Victoria follows them with the same 2-0 record.

MBK Ruzomberok had a road win over Slovan Bratislava 63:99. The second quarter was the most troublesome for the hosts as they failed at 14:30. Lindsey Wilson (176-81) led the winners with 21 points. Palusna produced 20, while Lukacovic added 16. Slovan Bratislava was led by Michaela Parizkova (175-G-86)' 19 points.

KOSIT 2013 Kosice smashed Cityfarma Spartak Myjava 118:50. For now it is the biggest difference in the League after two rounds. Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) paced all the winners with 27 points. Michulkova netted 21, while Butlerova nailed 17. Edwards and Katarina Zakova (190-C-86) top-scored for the visitors with 10 points each.

Victoria improved to 2-0 after a road win over ZBK Poprad 73:80. A 28:16 in the second quarter allowed the guests to take a win in a road. Nikola Kovalova (168-G-89) led the winners with 23 points. Perostijska added 21, while Slimakova scored 18. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) finished the night with 17 points for the hosts.

Slovan Bratislava - MBK Ruzomberok 63:99 (19:24, 14:30, 15:22, 15:23)
Slovan Bratislava: Michaela Parizkova 19, Smutekova 13, Kozmonova 10
MBK Ruzomberok: Lindsey Wilson 21, Palusna 20, Lukacovic 16

UMB Banska Bystrica - INPEK UKF Nitra 68:63 (13:22, 21:9, 24:18, 10:14)
UMB Banska Bystrica: Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) 18, Makkova 14, Lalovicova 12
INPEK UKF Nitra: Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-G-84) 21, Sujanova 10, Valachova 10

AT Gemtex MBK Roznava - Cassovia Kosice 62:60 (23:18, 16:16, 15:14, 8:12)
AT Gemtex MBK Roznava: Csavasova 25, Barenyiova 14, Antalecova 12
Cassovia Kosice: Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) 14, Benuskova 14, Vackova 10

KOSIT 2013 Kosice - Cityfarma Spartak Myjava 118:50 (29:10, 29:9, 27:16, 33:15)
KOSIT 2013 Kosice: Alena Kovacova 27, Michulkova 21, Butlerova 17
Cityfarma Spartak Myjava: Edwards 10 Katarina Zakova 10

ZBK Poprad - Viktoria 73:80 (22:18, 16:28, 22:17, 13:17)
ZBK Poprad: Katarina Tetemondova 17, Sangareova 13, Serbakova 11
Viktoria: Nikola Kovalova 23, Perostijska 21, Slimakova 18