EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/26/2007

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ABA

Florida Gator signs with Millrats -by Carl Berman
The Millrats are pleased to announce that they have signed 6'4 guard Rashid Al-Kaleem (6'4''-G, college: Florida) a former Florida Gator. Al-Kaleem played for Coach Billy Donovan at Florida in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. The Florida Gators won back to back NCAA Championships the last two seasons.

Combining unlimited shooting range with great athleticism, Al-Kaleem is an excellent guard who thrives in the open court. He was one of the top prep players from the state of Massachusetts before going to Florida. In high school in Boston, Al-Kaleem led Charlestown High to three straight State Championships and a four-year record of 90-6. He left high school as Charlestown's all time leading scorer (1,566 points) and all time leader in three point field goals made (360). As a member of the Cape Cod Frenzy last season, Al-Kaleem averaged 10.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game in the ABA.

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


Montreal Royal updatings -by Gianni Pascucci
The original ABA team from Canada, now named Montreal Royal, announced some days ago that well-know track and field athlete Bruny Surin joined owners Luc Filiatrault and Pascal Jobin as a minority shareholder of the team. Bruny Surin is a well known sports figure, but few people are aware that he got involved in basketball before becoming a world class sprinter. The Royal also announced the appointment of Dave King as head coach. Coach King, 43, is a well known figure in basketball in Quebec and in Canada. He was the developmental coach at the Centre de Performance et d'excellence du Quebec (CPEQ - Basketball Sport-Etudes) and his extensive experience comprises many different levels, both genders, and all ages. In addition, thus far the Montreal Royal has signed six players - Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC), Quilninious Randall (6'6''-F-78, college: Northeastern), Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire), Denburk Reid (5'7''-G-79), Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena) and Mohamed Camara (6'5''-F-83)

Millrats Add Ife Anosike -by Surujh Roopnarine
Te expansion Manchester Millrats continued to add to a formidable roster by signing ABA veteran center Ifesinachi Anosike (6'11''-C, college: Salem St.). Ifesinachi Anosike played the last two seasons in the ABA with the Boston Frenzy (05-06) and then last season with the Cape Cod Frenzy (06-07). Last year, he posted averages of 6.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 blocks per game.

2007 Strong Island Sound Training Camp Roster -by Surujh Roopnarine

2007 Strong Island Sound Training Camp Roster

Name Pos. Height Weight Hometown


Caheem Broadus G 6' 2" 195 lbs Brooklyn Delaware State '06
Malcolm Connor G/F 6' 6" 200 lbs Brooklyn Western New Mexico '03
Sean Dantzler G 6' 4" 205 lbs Bronx St. Francis College (NY) '06
Raphael Edwards F 6' 7" 230 lbs Brooklyn East Carolina University '98
Christopher Grant G 6' 5" 190 lbs Brooklyn Morgan State University '05
Lorenzo Hall G 6' 2" 195 lbs Brooklyn Sullivan CC '05
Donald Harrison F 6' 8" 210 lbs Queens Salem-Teikyo University '99
Jenar Harrison, F 6' 8" 220 lbs Queens American International College '07
Charles Jones G 6' 3" 195 lbs Brooklyn Long Island University '98
Shamel Jones F 6' 9" 220 lbs Brooklyn University of Memphis '01
Raheim Lowery PF/C 6' 8" 260 lbs Brooklyn Dowling College '06
Raphael Madera C 6' 10" 265 lbs Queens University of Delaware '07
Gordon Malone PF/C 6' 11" 215 lbs Brooklyn West Virginia University '97
Shawn Simpson PF/C 6' 8" 228 lbs Brooklyn University of New Mexico '97
Chris Wehye F 6' 7" 200 lbs Brooklyn Quinnipiac University '07
Wilson, Brandon G 6' 2" 195 lbs Long Island University of Maryland Eastern Shore '04



2007 Orange County Gladiators Training Camp Roster -by Surujh Roopnarine
OC Gladiators Training Camp Roster

Name Ht Wt Last Team or Univ. Pos. Age

Hondre Brewer 7-1 250 University of San Francisco C 27
Jeremy Vague 6-11 260 Utah State C/F 28
Tony Farmer 6-10 240 Nebraska F/C 37
Ryan Meilleur 6-8 250 Cal State Dominguez Hills C/F 23
Imani Mackie 6-8 230 Cal State Los Angeles F/C 23
Amani Daanish 6-7 220 Indiana State F 24
Kenny Barnes (6'7''-F-82) 6-7 215 University of San Francisco F 24
L.P. Levros 6-7 210 Quebec Cities - ABA F 24
Kevin Lewis 6-7 210 Wyoming F 23
Michael Tabb 6-7 200 ABA - Gallup, NM F 24
Keith Davis 6-6 210 Savannah College of A & D F 26
Evan Mack 6-6 210 Harrisburg CC F 23
Demario Butler 6-5 220 Azusa Pacific F 22
Saul Lankster III 6-5 205 Cal State Dominguez Hills G 23
Brett Melton 6-5 200 University of San Diego G 26
Will Funn 6-3 200 Portland State Pt. G 25
Ta-Rey Dillard 6-3 180 Arizona State G 24
Phil Givens 6-2 185 Cal State Dominguez Hills G 24
De Andre' Austin 6-2 190 Fresno State Pt. G 34
John Smith 6-2 185 UC Irvine Pt. G 31
Jonathan Smith 5-9 175 West Georgia Pt. G 22
Horace Wormely 5-7 165 Vanguard Pt. G 22


Recent ABA Signings -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Orlando Aces have added Richard Millsap (6'6''-G/F-80, college: Spring Hill) and Dennis " Spyder" Chism (5'11''-G-81, college: Andrew JC) to their 2007-08 roster. The Manchester Millrats signed former Cape Cod Frenzy gaurd Rashid Al-Kaleem (6'4''-G, college: Florida)

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ARGENTINA

League Update -by Leonardo Contieri
North Group
Atenas 71 - Libertad 81
Libertad Sunchales visited struggling Atenas to cause the winningest team in league history its sixth loss in seven games (worst start ever for Atenas). Josh Pittman led Libertad with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sebastian Ginobili added 14. Erron Maxey scored 27 for Atenas, Sebastian Acosta and Terrel Taylor scored 15 apiece. Atenas shot poorly from long range (6/25). Libertad has the north group best record (6-1).
Juventud Sionista 97 - Belgrano (SN) 70
Sionista did not much trouble playing at home against Belgrano as Todd Williams led them with 20 points, Juan Cantero added 12 and 9 assists, Michael Robinson 14 and Fernando Malara 13.Marcus Fleming put a magnific effort for Belgrano with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Tim Jones added 15 and Diego Ferrero 14.
Regatas Corrientes 79 - Central Entrerriano 56
Regatas also enjoyed a quiet home stay with five players scoring in double figures led by Clarence Robinson's 16, Diego Cavaco, Juan Manuel Rivero and Ramzee Stanton added 13 each. Fernando Martina led Central with 10 points. Sebastian Vega, one of argentina's top prospects played 27 minutes with 7 points and 6 rebounds.
Quimsa 100 - Ben Hur 82
Quimsa also had a blowout home victory over Ben Hur as Julio Mazzaro led them with 28 points on 9 for 15 shooting from the field (5/7 threes) and William McFarlan added 22. Durelle Brown led Ben Hur with 28 points.

South Group
Estudiantes 78 - Boca 73
Estudiantes victory signalled the falling of the last undefeated team of the season, Boca. Four players scored 13 or more points led by Pablo Gil's 18. Lawrence Wallace added 17 and Jose Muruaga and Juan Manuel Torres 13 each. Leonardo Gutierrez led Boca with 24 points and 9 rebounds, Gustavo Orona added 14.
Obras Sanitarias 71 - El Nacional 73
Obras enjoyed a 35-10 second quarter lead before they stopped playing, and El Nacional made one of the biggest comebacks in league history. Patricio Rodriguez scored a prayer as the clock ran out to give El Nacional its third victory as an away team on the season (3-0 record away from home). Cristian Amicucci led El Nacional with 14 points. Chris Jeffries led Obras with 27.
Independiente 73 - Quilmes 62
Byron Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Independiente got its second victory of the season. Claudio Chiappero help him with his own double double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nicolas Aguirre led Quilmes with 16 points.
Peñarol 84 - Gimnasia 62
Peñarol bounced from losing three of its last four games with an easy victory over last placed Gimnasia. Byron Wilson led the winning team with 24 points in 15 minutes coming off the bench, Roman Gonzalez and Eric Rodriguez added 11 each. Zachary Ingles led Gimnasia with 20 points, center Chris Jackson did not play and could be cut soon.


Carlos Bualo To Coach Atenas -by Leonardo Contieri
Atenas quickly decided on the hiring of Carlos Bualo. The new coach is well known around the league to have excellent performances taking struggling teams in the middle of the season, he is expected to make his debut tomorrow night, in a home game against Ben Hur. Meanwhile, Gimnasia Comodoro Rivadavia hired Ariel Eslava to temporarily replace injured Diego Brezzo, the team is also considering cutting center Chris Jackson.

Hall for Karcher -by Facundo Iatzky
Mark Karcher (196-F-78, agency: ANYPEX, college: Temple) left Quilmes Mar del plata. The player was not comfortable with the team and decided return to USA with his family. His replace will be Antwon Hall (193-G-74, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Life), who comes to Vigo, Spain.

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AUSTRIA

Furstenfeld beats Gmunden -by Bernd Maurer

34 Mayes-points weren´t enough! Champion Gmunden lost in the top game of the OEBL against Furstenfeld with 91:74 (34:40)! The Panthers started very good. After seven minutes the score was 17:8 for the challenger. Gmunden was able to reduce the behind (-5). To center line of the second quarter Furstenfeld enlarge the lead to +9, but then there were the Mayes-Minutes: The Swans-guard scored 11 points in a row and with a 15:0-run the swans took the lead with 27:33! Deteri Mayes scored 24 points till the halftime!

In the second half there was an offensive game. Both teams scored their open shots. Important player at this time was Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.) with eagle eyes for his team mates (12 assists)! With six free throws in a row the Panthers stretched their lead and could win the important game with 91:74!

Furstenfeld Panthers: Grum 23, Goljovic 21, Anthony Shavies 18, Fraser 14, Colwell 11, Mitchell 3, Brown 1

Gmunden Swans: Deteri Mayes 34, Hutter 12, Johnson 10, Boylan 8, Mayer 4, Lloyd 3, Schoninger 3

Next round:

Kosterneuburg Dukes : BasketClubs Vienna Fr, 17:00
Kapfenberg Bulls : WBC Wels Fr, 17:00
Gmunden Swans : Oberwart Gunners Fr, 17:00
Traiskirchen Lions : UBSC Graz Fr, 17:00
Worthersee Piraten : Gussing Knights Fr, 17:00
Furstenfeld Panthers : UBC St. Polten Fr, 19:00



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BAHRAIN

Donald Little signs for Manama! -by Ali Surgeon

Runner up in league and cup last season Manama club have signed Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) for the next season according to media report.

According to "Alwatan" local newspaper the player will receive a monthly salary of 8,000USD.

Outlook:
Very athletic, Little combines good height, excellent agility and the quickness to move up and down the court and be effective in attacking defense. His quickness and leaping ability gives him the potential to be devastating shot-blocker, while he will increase his rebounding effectiveness as he gains strength. His ability to pass and shoot the ball ideally suit him for the high post perimeter game.

Awards/Achievements:
Conf.USA Champion -00
NCAA Sweet 16 -01
Conf.USA Regular Season Champion -01
Conf.USA Tournament Finalist -01
Conf.USA Tournament Winner -02
FIBA Europe League Quarterfinals -04
Romanian Cup Semifinals -07


The signing came on the verge of the start of new season in which Manama is trying to return their glory days specially after appointing Ex-national team coach Salman Ramadan as the head technical manager.



Bahrain Leaque first week Schedule -by Yousef Ahmed
Schedule is out and teams are ready, best of luck to all

November 3rd

5:30pm Al Ahli vs Al Najma
7:30pm Issa Town vs Al Muharraq

November 4th

5:30pm Al Manama vs Bahrain Club
7:30pm Al Hala vs Nuwaidrat

November 5th

7:30pm Al Ittihad vs Sitra

All games will be played at the Bahrain Basketball Association (Um Al Hassam)


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BOSNIA

Zenica-Celik beats Leotar on the Road -by Sead Buljina
In the first game of the third round Bosnian Division1 league, Zenica-Celik made a small surprise by beating SL IAT Leotar, a team that`s reinforced big time for this season. Zenica-Celik led most of the time and at the end won by 4 points. The best player for guests was Armin Avdibegovic. The game was played tonight since Arena in Trebinje is not available on Saturday. After tonight`s game both teams have same record 1-2. A big win on the road for Zenica-Celik against favored hosts.

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CANADA

Montreal Royal updatings -by Gianni Pascucci
The original ABA team from Canada, now named Montreal Royal, announced some days ago that well-know track and field athlete Bruny Surin joined owners Luc Filiatrault and Pascal Jobin as a minority shareholder of the team. Bruny Surin is a well known sports figure, but few people are aware that he got involved in basketball before becoming a world class sprinter. The Royal also announced the appointment of Dave King as head coach. Coach King, 43, is a well known figure in basketball in Quebec and in Canada. He was the developmental coach at the Centre de Performance et d'excellence du Quebec (CPEQ - Basketball Sport-Etudes) and his extensive experience comprises many different levels, both genders, and all ages. In addition, thus far the Montreal Royal has signed six players - Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC), Quilninious Randall (6'6''-F-78, college: Northeastern), Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire), Denburk Reid (5'7''-G-79), Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena) and Mohamed Camara (6'5''-F-83)

Concordia snatches overtime victory away from Queens -by Eurobasket News
Queens Golden Gaels suffered a sour preseason loss to visiting Concordia Stingers 77:83. The hosts opened the game confidently enough and stayed in control 22:13 after 10 minutes of action. They were still in front as the second quarter went by 41:30. But the Stingers offense burts out with 41 points in the second part of the encounter while the hosts slowed down a bit which cost them a positive result at the end. Simon Mitchell netted a three-pointer with 48 seconds left in regulation to put the home team ahead 67:65 and later added a free throw to enlarge the lead. But Concordia set up a shot for Dwayne Buckley (191-G/F) and he chipped in a trey with 4 seconds remaining to force overtime. Concordia were cheered up by the success and continued to drop shots in extra time. The Golden Gaels on the other hand went cold from the field and could not recover losing the game.
Dwayne Buckley topscored for the Stingers with 22 points. Jamal Gallier (198-C) added 21 points for the winners. Jon Ogden responded with 17 points for the hosts. Baris Ondul (178-G-87) had 13 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Donnie Gibson (-G) nailed a three-pointer with less than a second on the clock to bring his Ottawa Gee-Gees to a 79:78 victory over Brock. This win meant Ottawa grabbed the 2007 Jack Donohue Memorial preseason tournament. Dax Dessurault led the Gee Gees with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (196-G-86) added 19 points for the winners. Mike Kemp (188-G) produced 24 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Queens - Concordia 77:83 (OT)
Queens: Jon Ogden 17, Baris Ondul 13
Concordia: Dwayne Buckley 22, Jamal Gallier 21

Brock - Ottawa 78:79
Brock: Mike Kemp 24
Ottawa: Dax Dessurault 19+8 boards, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 19


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CBA

Silverados ink 7-2 center -by Eurobasket News
Edinburg, TX - The RGV Silverados announced that they have come to contractual terms with Jeff Daisley (7'2''-C-83), a 7-2, 285 lb center to play for the first year franchise in the CBA this upcoming season.

Daisley has shown continued improvement since coming out of Mercyhurst College in 2006. He played last season for the Buffalo Silverbacks in the ABA and then this past Spring and Summer for the Mayas, Mexico team that participated in and won the WBA Championship. The Mayas played out of Dallas, TX in the WBA during the 2007 WBA Season.

Daisley averaged 10.6ppg and 8.2rpg for his college career at Mercyhurst. He came of the bench for the Mayas for the WBA Champion Mayas averaging 7.2ppg and 4.1rpg.

Silverados head coach Steve Tucker likes what he sees in Daisley! "Jeff is a big fella! I like the way he works and of course I like his size. He's a player that I'm really interested in seeing play in our upcoming Veterans Training Camp. I believe across the board you'll see bigger frontline players in the CBA this upcoming season. Daisley will fit right in with that being the case."

The Silverados will have 18 players reporting to the Valley next week to begin Training Camp. Rio Grande Valley will tip-off its inaugural season in the CBA at home against the Oklahoma Cavalry on Saturday night, November 17th at the new McAllen Convention Center.
Courtesy of: http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


Oklahoma Cavalry exhibition game scheduled for Nov 10 -by Eurobasket News
LAWTON, OKLA.— The Oklahoma Cavalry professional CBA basketball team will kick-off its pre-season with an exhibition game against the Ft. Sill Cannoneers Nov. 10 at Rinehart Gymnasium, 2730 Bragg Road, with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The game is open to the public and admission is free. This will be the first opportunity for the community to see the team in action before the regular season home-opener Nov. 20 at the Great Plains Coliseum.

Head Coach Michael Ray Richardson said he is looking forward to the game and seeing how his team gels after working through an extensive Veterans Camp that begins Nov. 2.

“Pre-season games are important, because we'll get to see where we are as a team after five days of two-a-days,” Coach Michael Ray Richardson said. “We encourage the fans to come out and catch the first glimpse of the great product we'll be putting on the floor this season.”

Concessions will be available as well as Cavs tickets and merchandise. Season tickets and the Five-Game Holiday Package are still available for the inaugural season and can be obtained by calling 580-353-CAVS (2287). Individual game tickets can also be purchased by calling Adventure Travel at 580-250-4000.
Courtesy of: http://www.cbahoopsonline.com


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COLOMBIA

Federation Cup Final Playoffs Game 1 -by Victor Garcia
FINAL PLAYOFF GAME 1

ARRIEROS 84 - Curtis Williams 30 Pts, Norbey Aragon 23 Pys
BUCAROS 94 - Hardy Asprilla 26 Pts + 11 rebounds, Edgar Moreno 16 Pts

Hardy Asprilla with 15 pts in the fourth quarter carried Bucaros to the first game in Medellin.
With a very good start Bucaros took an early 12 pts lead, and despite the defense effort of the Arrieros keep the advantage trough 3 quarters, in the last Arrieros played with heart and thanks to Williams and Aragon in the offense and Hall in defense cut the distance to 2 with 3 minutes remaining, but then Hall who took Asprilla in thelast quarter made his fifth personal foul.
Bucaros line up of Moreno, Renteria, Aragon, Terrel and Guevara produces many mistmacthes in the guards rotation, Arrieros always had a weak point while Bucaros have this three players in the court, at the end Asprilla with inspired stole a very important first game as visitor

BUCAROS LEADS 1 - 0
Hardy Asprilla (196-F/G-82, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)


Federation Cup Final Playoffs Game 2 -by Victor Garcia
FINAL PLAYOFF GAME 2

ARRIEROS 73 - Norbey Aragon 21 Pts, Curtis Williams 18 Pts
BUCAROS 74 - Eleuterio Renteria 20 Pts, Lorenzo Trudo 19 Pts

Bucaros is playing solid and also have the luck of the Champion or at least it looks as the last ball in nobody´s ground fall in Trudo´s hands with one second, enough time to take a heartbreaker shot that finish into the basket.
Arrieros coach Hernan Giraldo change the defense and send Hall over Asprilla and Hall limited Asprilla just to 8 points, Eleuterio Renteria took advantage in the corners and was also key in the rebounds to lead Bucaros in the victory.
Williams had two free throws with 7 seconds left in the last quarter and Arrieros in Advantage by two, but despite being shooting 80% from the line in the playoff miss this two, in the last posesion Aragon almost steal the ball to Asprilla but the ball hits Hardy´s leg and fall in Trudo´s hands to score and buzzer beater three pointer to get the victory.

BUCAROS LEAS 2 - 0


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COSTA RICA

Limon Draws First Blood, Barva Licks Wounds -by Max Blair
Banco de Costa Rica Limon defeated Ferreteria Brenes Barva in the first game of the Clausura Tournament finals. The well-balanced Caribbean team won 66-60. This was the first game of a three game series. If Limon wins again, they will face a depleted Saprissa Basket team for the season championship.

Marlon Samuels (188-F-73), Limon's 8-year veteran, spoke to reporters about the next game. "It's like in boxing, you've got to do a 1-2 to win," he said. "We won the first game, now we've got to win the second."

In their past 21 games, Barva has only lost to Limon. Twice.

"We achieved our objective, which was to win at home," said Limon's technically-orientated coach, Humberto Lynch . "It's the first step that this team has to take. We've got to think about what's next: an away game."

The second game will be played in the historic Central Valley city of Heredia, where Barva's supporters are sure to show up. If Barva wins tonight, the final game will also be disputed in Heredia.

Barva's coach, a dejected Luis Blanco , was disgusted with his team. "We need to change our attitude. There needs to be a huge change in our team if we want to go up against Saprissa in the finals."


Limon Takes First Blood -by Max Blair


Limon Takes First Blood -by Max Blair


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CZECH REP.

Pardubice suffers second straight home loss -by Eurobasket News
Pardubice losing skid continued yesterday as they hosted Geofin. The visitors came from behind in the second half of the game and posted their sixth win in the season. It allowed them to climb on top of the NBL ladder at 6-1 record. Pardubice fell to the fourth spot at 5-2 record.
The hosts controlled the game in the opening frame and led 24:21 at the first intermission. Jiri Jelinek (202-F-87, agency: PPGroup) nailed two three pointers midway through the second quarter to lift Pardubice to a 42:36 distance. But Reinberger sparked Geofin's 5:0 run late in the second stanza and the visitors enjoyed a 46:45 advantage at halftime.
The lead changed hands a couple of times through the third term but 4 straight points from Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) secured a 64:61 lead for Geofin at the start of the fourth quarter. Joe Chapman (193-G/F-84, college: Marquette) notched 5 points with less then 4 minutes remaining in regualtion and Geofin spurred in front 78:71. Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, college: Hampton) nailed 4 points and Sanders added another 2 to cut the deficit to only 3 points with 9 seconds left. Gavlak replied with one free throw for Geofin, while Novotny missed his long jumper and Geofin recorded a win.
Joe Chapman and Rostislav Pelikan led Geofin with 16 points apiece. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: Court Side) had 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Tarvis Williams chipped in 16 points for Pardubice. Jiri Jelinek contributed 14 points in defeat.
Prostejov gradually gains the speed as they thrashed Brno at home 97:75. Robert Tomaszek (205-F-81, college: Texas Tech) topscored for the last season finalists with 25 points. Stanislav Votroubek (214-C-81, agency: PPGroup) and Pavel Bosak (192-G-82) delivered 12 points apiece. Brno enjoyed 14 points and 7 boards from David Machac (204-F-80). Prostejov improved to 6-1 record in the ladder.

Pardubice - Geofin 80:84
Pardubice: Tarvis Williams 16, Jiri Jelinek 14
Geofin: Joe Chapman 16, Rostislav Pelikan 16, Robert Sarovic 14

Prostejov - Brno 97:75
Prostejov: Robert Tomaszek 25, Pavel Bosak 12, Stanislav Votroubek 12
Brno: David Machac 14, Jakub Skala (200-F-78, college: N.Mexico Highlands) 11

Kolin - Usti 74:67
Kolin: Jiri Sebek (200-F-76) 25+9 boards, J.R. Harrison (198-F-84, college: Rice) 13, Jakub Velensky (182-G-79) 10
Usti: Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) 18, Kevin Thomas (198-F/G-82, college: Georgia St.) 13

Ostrava - Praha 78:63
Ostrava: Jaroslav Prasil (200-F-80) 24, John Ofoegbu (206-C-82, college: Idaho St.) 21, Mitchel 11
Praha: Lucious Wagner (194-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) 17, Roderick Platt (205-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) 12

Decin - Sadska 98:83
Decin: Pavel Milos (200-F-79, agency: PPGroup) 25, Damien Argrett (203-F/C-82, college: Pfeiffer) 19+13 boards, Rico Grier (185-G-82, college: Pfeiffer) 15
Sadska: Michal Hubalek (193-G-87, agency: PPGroup) 17, Tim Lyle (202-F-79, college: JMU) 16


Market News -by Ondra Simecek
Nymburk sent Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma) (193-G, Goodwin Mngm) home only after 2 months of being with the team and signed Arthur Lee (185-G-77, college: Stanford) (185-G, AviZilberman). Lee is coming to Nymburk after his September try-out in AEK Athens.Decin lost their forward Pavel Prach due to his long term injury of ligamentsand signed a two week try-out with Philips Perre (198-F). Usti nad Labem, that still did not win anygame since the beginning of the season, added James Wade (180-G, WillCallBasketball) to their roster.

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D-LEAGUE

Pair of D-League All-Stars Power Bologna over Zalgiris in Euroleague Week 1 -by Surujh Roopnarine
Former D-League All-Stars and teammates Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington) and Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) came up huge as they helped lead VidiVici Virtus Bologna over Zalgiris Kaunas 81-75 in both teams Euroleague opener.
In the match up between Italian and Lithuanian powerhouses it was Anderson who led all scorers with a game high 28 on 9-15 shooting. Conroy, Anderson's teammate with the Tulsa 66ers and fellow D-League All-Star followed up with 11 points.
Anderson, a former Charlotte Bobcat, appeared in 26 games with Tulsa last season (his first D-League assignment) averaging 15.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg while shooting 54.5% from the field. Conroy, a veteran of two seasons with Tulsa, averaged 15.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 10.6apg on his way to All-D-League 2nd Team honors after being an Honorable Mention selection his rookie season.


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EL SALVADOR

Two important wins for UTEC and Denver -by Gianni Pascucci
The last round of the second phase of LSB saw two close games. In the first one, Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) and Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78) joined back UTEC and were the main factors in the win, 70-66 over ExSal, that grants to UTEC the third place. Camacho was rthe game top scorer with 20 points, while Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) scored 16 pts in ExSal. In the other game, Denver defeated 87-71 APG led by Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), who scored 19 points, and this win means for Denver the second place. Tiny PG Carlos Valle (169-G-79) was the top scorer for the Academia Pablo Gavidia with 18 pts.
with the help of Jaime Arevalo


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EUROLEAGUE

THE ALL-TIME COACH, REFEREE AND PLAYER NOMINEES -by Kostas Papadopoulos

THE ALL-TIME COACH, REFEREE AND PLAYER NOMINEES
Following 50 Years of Continental Club Competitions celebration, Euroleague finally revealed the list of coach, referee and player nominees. A total of 50 all-time greats chosen - 35 players, 10 coaches and 5 referees - will be honoured at season- ending ceremonies to coincide with the Final Four in Madrid, Spain from May 2 to 4. Fans will also take part in choosing the all-time great coaches and players of European club basketball. At a special survey page soon available on Euroleague.net, fans may vote as often as once daily for five players and one coach they consider to have been all-time greats. Voters will choose between 100 player candidates and 20 coaching candidates whose career capsules will be available to browse on Euroleague.net. Fans may also nominate by e-mail any extra candidates not on the voting form. Both the vote results and all legitimate write-in candidates will be presented to the panel for consideration before it decides on its own list of all-time greats.
The list of coach, referee and player nominees is as following:
ALL - TIME COACH NOMINEES
Valerio Bianchini

Ettore Messina
Pedro Ferrandiz

Aleksandar Nikolic
Sandro Gamba

Mirko Novosel
Aito Garcia Reneses

Zeljko Obradovic
Pini Gershon

Zeljko Pavlicevic
Aleksandar Gomelsky

Svetislav Pesic
Ioannis Ioannidis

Dan Peterson
Dusan Ivkovic

Cesare Rubini
Ralph Klein

Lolo Sainz
Bozidar Maljkovic

Ranko Zeravica

ALL - TIME REFEREE NOMINEE
Artenik Aradabjian

Ervin Kassai
Obrad Belosevic

Lubomir Kotleba
Ramunas Bradauskas

Ivan Mainini
Eduardo Hernandez-Cabrera

Costas Rigas
Mikhail Davidov

David Turner
Carl Jungebrand

Wieslaw Zych

ALL - TIME PLAYER NOMINEES
Miles Aiken

Valdis Muiznieks
Armenak Alachachjan

Anatoliy Myshkin
Fragiskos Alvertis

Mihovil Nakic
Vladimir Andreev

Petar Naumoski
Joe Arlauckas

Juan Carlos Navarro
Motti Aroesti

Audie Norris
Sergei Belov

Stephane Ostrowski
Miki Berkowitz

Theo Papaloukas
Dejan Bodiroga

Anthony Parker
Wayne Brabender

Zarko Paspalj
Bill Bradley

Velimir Perasovic
Tal Brody

Aulcie Perry
Roberto Brunamonti

Drazen Petrovic
Juan Antonio Corbalán

Aleksandar Petrovic
Kresimir Cosic

Riccardo Pittis
Richard Dacoury

Dino Radja
Drazen Dalipagic

Manuel Raga
Ivo Daneu

Zeljko Rebraca
Sasha Danilovic

Carlo Recalcati
Mike D'Antoni

Antoine Rigaudeau
Mirza Delibasic

Antonello Riva
Dimitris Diamantidis

David Rivers
Vlade Divac

Emiliano Rodriguez
Sasha Djordjevic

Johnny Rogers
Tyus Edney

Arvydas Sabonis
Panagiotis Fassoulas

Juan Antonio San Epifanio
Bruce Flowers

Zoran Savic
Nikos Galis

Luis Scola
Manu Ginobili

Derrick Sharp
Valdemaras Homicius

Moka Slavnic
Dusko Ivanovic

Matjaz Smodis
Dorom Jamchi

Nacho Solozábal
Sarunas Jasikevicius

Saulius Stombergas
Arturas Karnisovas

Walter Szczerbiak
Clarence Kea

Corny Thompson
Dragan Kicanovic

Vladimir Tkachenko
Radivoj Korac

Maigonis Valdmanis
Yuri Korneev

Zarko Varajic
Janis Krumins

Jordi Villacampa
Toni Kukoc

Alexander Volkov
Rimas Kurtinaitis

Gennady Volnov
Ibrahim Kutluay

Stojan Vrankovic
Clifford Luyk

Nikola Vujcic
Kevin Magee

Dominique Wilkins
Walter Magnifico

Larry Wright
Fernando Martin

Panagiotis Yannakis
Pierluigi Marzorati

Charlie Yelverton
Bob McAdoo

Michael Young
Dino Meneghin

Jure Zdovc
Bob Morse

Jiri Zidek



Virtus Bologna uses a 24:14 run to upset Zalgiris in the opener -by Eurobasket News

Virtus Bologna-Zalgiris 81:75 (19-21, 18-18, 20-22, 24-14)

Zalgiris could not start a new season of Euroleague with a victory, even though the team controlled the most of the game. Virtus Bologna spurted a 24:14 in the last quarter to benefit 81:75. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 28 points. Will Conroy (187-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington) nailed 11, while Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 9. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Lithuania team with 15 points.

Giovannoni opened scoring for Virtus, but Jankunas had an easy layup to put Zalgiris up 2:5. The visitors advantaged to 19:21 after 10 minutes. The second quarter belonged to Lithuanian express as they made 28:35 in the middle of it. Guilherme Giovannoni hit a buzzer-beating triple to pull the hosts within 37:39 at halftime.
Zalgiris was inspired then to keep the rally going, using defense to take steals and rattle off back-to-back fastbreaks. The team stayed in fron before the last quarter with 4 points deficit.
With 69:69 Crosariol, Spencer and Anderson scored 6 unanswered points to fix a 75:69. Zalgiris could not find the answer for the hosts and lost the opener.

The rest of the games of Round 1 to be played tonight.

Virtus Bologna: Alan Anderson 28, Will Conroy 11, Guilherme Giovannoni 9
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 15, Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 12



Harissis: It was a difficult beginning against a great team (CSKA) -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Harissis, the new point-guard of Prokom Trefl, gave a very interesting interview at Superbasket.gr after the first game of this season's Euroleague, where CSKA won Prokom at Sopot. Harissis spoke about his new environment in Poland as well as the Russian team and Panathinaikos, the two teams that are the big favorites, according to him, to “go all the way” in the competition.
“CSKA is a great team. Unbelievable roster and excellent coach. I already knew how important Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) is for the club, but it was a surprise for me that Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) has such a great and fast impact on the team. I think that Panathinaikos and CSKA are the best teams in Europe right now and they have the appropriate roster and the quality to gain the cup at the Final 4 in Madrid. As for Prokom, I should say that we are a brand new team and we have to try hard to adjust and have chemistry all together. It was a very difficult first game against CSKA, but I am sure that we will soon play much better basketball and we well gain a place at Top 16 after the first round”
Regarding the life in Poland, the ex-player of Olympiakos mentioned that “the life in Poland, as you can imagine, is much different than the life in Greece. After nine o'clock at night everything is closed, so for me it is just practice, home, internet, practice, home, internet…. However, it is very good for me that we also have Milan Gurovic in the team, who also speaks Greek fluently, so I have a nice company!”.


Olympiakos beat TAU 95-90!! -by Chris Mammides

Gershon's reds beat the Spaniards of TAU with 95-90 and the three Greek teams begun their Eurolegue premiere days with positive results. 100% Success for the Greek Basketball!! Top performer for Olympiakos was the Lithuanian Star Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) who scored 20 points with 1/1 two's and 3/4 free throws at the last 35 seconds. From the home team, very good game from the Americans Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple), Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC)

The court was really packed with more than 10,000 red fans cheering and shouting for their team. The Spaniards of TAU had as top performers Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85) and Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) who scored 23 and 18 points respectively which were not enough for their team to succeed a road win in this premier day of the Eurolegue!

The game was a real derby with many ups and downs, Olympiakos took the lead from the beggining and closed the first quarter with 6 points difference (26-20) the second quarter was an 100% monologue on behalf of the home team, Gershons's team dominated in the four corners of the court and with the prementioned players scoring from allover and with very good defence from Giorgos Printezis (205-F-85) and Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83), (the Greek international center was also scoring quite often) took a lead up to 21 points, 58-37 with a three pointer from Marc Jackson, at that particular minute the reds simply stopped playing defence, the third quarter was a nightmare for the Greek team and the best for TAU, Planinic and Teletovic took the things in their hands and with 25 unanswered points made the score 65-65!! regained the lead and made the game a reall derby. In the fourth quarter though, the talent of the Lithuanian star, Arvydas Macijauskas shined and with 10 points and 4 steals (in the 4th quarter) helped his team to beat the Spaniards.



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FINLAND

PuHu signs Marouf -by Jari Vikman
Sami Marouf (187-G-88) who started the season representing Tapiolan Honka transfers to Vantaan Pussihukat according to Vantaan Pussihukat website. Marouf have averaged 5.7 points per game this far.

American players on fire, FoKoPo remains unbeatable -by Jari Vikman
FoKoPo left no room for speculation by winning Ura Basket, final score 102-82. After a tight first quarter FokoPo´s shots started to find their way through the net while Ura struggled to keep up with them. Aubrian Conerly 28/6/4stl, Ronnie Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) 25/12 and Chris Smith (201-F/C-82, college: St.Edward's) 25/15 were key players for FoKoPo. Ura´s go-to guy was Tony Bennett (185-G-84, college: Bradley) with 38/5.

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FYR MACEDONIA

Swisslion Pelister steals the win -by Todor Chalovski
Swisslion Pelister beat Feni Industri 78:75 in the last game from Day 4 of the Fisrt Macedonian league. They turn things around in the last five minutes of the game, to gain a narrow victory, their second of the season.

SWISSLION PELISTER - FENI INDUSTRI 78:75
Result by quarters: 21:19; 19:18; 17:25; 21:13.

SWISSLION PELISTER: Petkovski 3, Savovic, Popovic 19, Dujovic 14, Apcev, Nikolov, Pejanovic 17, Stankovic 8, Srbinovski, Miljkovic 12, Talevski 3, Zaharievski 2.
Coach: Aleksandar Petrovic.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov, Prekovic 2, Basnarkov, Dimitrovski, Koll 12, Radulovic 5, Manev, Gocevski 17, Gjurov 1, Jovovic 14, Mihajloski, Samardziev 18.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic


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GERMANY

Ndi to Stahnsdorf -by Moritz Korff
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) strengthend its roster by adding Jacob Ndi (185-G-82, agency: 7-Miracles Management). The experienced Point Guard played for Tuebingen, Bernau and most recently Central Hoops Berlin, but was out of action with a torn ACL for a long time. Ndi receives a try-out-contract and will make his debut against Freiburg on Saturday.

Alhaji Mohammed in Paderborn -by Moritz Korff
Mohammed Alhaji (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) has joined the Paderborn Baskets (1. Bundesliga). By bringing the brother of NBA-player Nazr Mohammed (208-C-77, college: Kentucky) the Paderborn-officials reacted on the injuries of Steve Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio) and Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: CAA Sports, college: American Intern.). Mohammed was named the Eurobasket.com All-Eredivisie Guard of the Year and made the Eredivisie-First Team after the 2006-2007 season in Holland and led Matrixx Magix Nijmegen to the League-Finals and to the National Cup-Title. He averaged 23.2 points, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.7 spg in 34 games through this past campaign.

Jena add veteran Mark Davis -by Moritz Korff
Davis Mark (200-G/F-73, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Texas Tech) has agreed terms with Science City Jena (1. Bundesliga) and will arrive in Germany on Friday. If the 34-year-old veteran passes the try-out he will sign a contract for the remainder of the season. In 1995 Davis was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA-Draft and also suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors during his career. In 2000 he took his game to Europe for the first time and joined Reggio Calabria from the Italian Serie A. He then competed in the CBA, in Israel, the Philippines and Korea. During the 2005-2006 campaign Davis averaged 12.7 points, 7.2 boards and 4.7 assists in 35 contests for Dongbu Promy in the Korean Basketball League.

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GREECE

THE ALL-TIME COACH, REFEREE AND PLAYER NOMINEES -by Kostas Papadopoulos
THE ALL-TIME COACH, REFEREE AND PLAYER NOMINEES
Following 50 Years of Continental Club Competitions celebration, Euroleague finally revealed the list of coach, referee and player nominees. A total of 50 all-time greats chosen - 35 players, 10 coaches and 5 referees - will be honoured at season- ending ceremonies to coincide with the Final Four in Madrid, Spain from May 2 to 4. Fans will also take part in choosing the all-time great coaches and players of European club basketball. At a special survey page soon available on Euroleague.net, fans may vote as often as once daily for five players and one coach they consider to have been all-time greats. Voters will choose between 100 player candidates and 20 coaching candidates whose career capsules will be available to browse on Euroleague.net. Fans may also nominate by e-mail any extra candidates not on the voting form. Both the vote results and all legitimate write-in candidates will be presented to the panel for consideration before it decides on its own list of all-time greats.
The list of coach, referee and player nominees, in which many Greeks take part, is as following:
ALL - TIME COACH NOMINEES
Valerio Bianchini
Ettore Messina
Pedro Ferrandiz
Aleksandar Nikolic
Sandro Gamba
Mirko Novosel
Aito Garcia Reneses
Zeljko Obradovic
Pini Gershon
Zeljko Pavlicevic
Aleksandar Gomelsky
Svetislav Pesic
Giannis Ioannidis
Dan Peterson
Dusan Ivkovic
Cesare Rubini
Ralph Klein
Lolo Sainz
Bozidar Maljkovic
Ranko Zeravica

ALL - TIME REFEREE NOMINEE
Artenik Aradabjian
Ervin Kassai
Obrad Belosevic
Lubomir Kotleba
Ramunas Bradauskas
Ivan Mainini
Eduardo Hernandez-Cabrera
Costas Rigas
Mikhail Davidov
David Turner
Carl Jungebrand
Wieslaw Zych

ALL - TIME PLAYER NOMINEES
Miles Aiken
Valdis Muiznieks
Armenak Alachachjan
Anatoliy Myshkin
Fragiskos Alvertis (206-F-74, agency: FCM)
Mihovil Nakic
Vladimir Andreev
Petar Naumoski
Joe Arlauckas
Juan Carlos Navarro
Motti Aroesti
Audie Norris
Sergei Belov
Stephane Ostrowski
Miki Berkowitz
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances)
Dejan Bodiroga
Anthony Parker
Wayne Brabender
Zarko Paspalj
Bill Bradley
Velimir Perasovic
Tal Brody
Aulcie Perry
Roberto Brunamonti
Drazen Petrovic
Juan Antonio Corbalán
Aleksandar Petrovic
Kresimir Cosic
Riccardo Pittis
Richard Dacoury
Dino Radja
Drazen Dalipagic
Manuel Raga
Ivo Daneu
Zeljko Rebraca
Sasha Danilovic
Carlo Recalcati
Mike D'Antoni
Antoine Rigaudeau
Mirza Delibasic
Antonello Riva
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80)
David Rivers
Vlade Divac
Emiliano Rodriguez
Sasha Djordjevic
Johnny Rogers
Tyus Edney
Arvydas Sabonis
Panagiotis Fasoulas (214-C-63)
Juan Antonio San Epifanio
Bruce Flowers
Zoran Savic
Nikos Galis
Luis Scola
Manu Ginobili
Derrick Sharp
Valdemaras Homicius
Moka Slavnic
Dusko Ivanovic
Matjaz Smodis
Dorom Jamchi
Nacho Solozábal
Sarunas Jasikevicius
Saulius Stombergas
Arturas Karnisovas
Walter Szczerbiak
Clarence Kea
Corny Thompson
Dragan Kicanovic
Vladimir Tkachenko
Radivoj Korac
Maigonis Valdmanis
Yuri Korneev
Zarko Varajic
Janis Krumins
Jordi Villacampa
Toni Kukoc
Alexander Volkov
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Gennady Volnov
Ibrahim Kutluay
Stojan Vrankovic
Clifford Luyk
Nikola Vujcic
Kevin Magee
Dominique Wilkins
Walter Magnifico
Larry Wright
Fernando Martin
Panagiotis Giannakis
Pierluigi Marzorati
Charlie Yelverton
Bob McAdoo
Michael Young
Dino Meneghin
Jure Zdovc
Bob Morse
Jiri Zidek


Harissis: It was a difficult beginning against a great team (CSKA) -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Harissis, the new point-guard of Prokom Trefl, gave a very interesting interview at Superbasket.gr after the first game of this season's Euroleague, where CSKA won Prokom at Sopot. Harissis spoke about his new environment in Poland as well as the Russian team and Panathinaikos, the two teams that are the big favorites, according to him, to “go all the way” in the competition.
“CSKA is a great team. Unbelievable roster and excellent coach. I already knew how important Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) is for the club, but it was a surprise for me that Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) has such a great and fast impact on the team. I think that Panathinaikos and CSKA are the best teams in Europe right now and they have the appropriate roster and the quality to gain the cup at the Final 4 in Madrid. As for Prokom, I should say that we are a brand new team and we have to try hard to adjust and have chemistry all together. It was a very difficult first game against CSKA, but I am sure that we will soon play much better basketball and we well gain a place at Top 16 after the first round”
Regarding the life in Poland, the ex-player of Olympiakos mentioned that “the life in Poland, as you can imagine, is much different than the life in Greece. After nine o'clock at night everything is closed, so for me it is just practice, home, internet, practice, home, internet…. However, it is very good for me that we also have Milan Gurovic in the team, who also speaks Greek fluently, so I have a nice company!”.


Olympiakos beat TAU 95-90!! -by Chris Mammides

Gershon's reds beat the Spaniards of TAU with 95-90 and the three Greek teams begun their Eurolegue premiere days with positive results. 100% Success for the Greek Basketball!! Top performer for Olympiakos was the Lithuanian Star Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) who scored 20 points with 1/1 two's and 3/4 free throws at the last 35 seconds. From the home team, very good game from the Americans Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple), Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC)

The court was really packed with more than 10,000 red fans cheering and shouting for their team. The Spaniards of TAU had as top performers Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85) and Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) who scored 23 and 18 points respectively which were not enough for their team to succeed a road win in this premier day of the Eurolegue!

The game was a real derby with many ups and downs, Olympiakos took the lead from the beggining and closed the first quarter with 6 points difference (26-20) the second quarter was an 100% monologue on behalf of the home team, Gershons's team dominated in the four corners of the court and with the prementioned players scoring from allover and with very good defence from Giorgos Printezis (205-F-85) and Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83), (the Greek international center was also scoring quite often) took a lead up to 21 points, 58-37 with a three pointer from Marc Jackson, at that particular minute the reds simply stopped playing defence, the third quarter was a nightmare for the Greek team and the best for TAU, Planinic and Teletovic took the things in their hands and with 25 unanswered points made the score 65-65!! regained the lead and made the game a reall derby. In the fourth quarter though, the talent of the Lithuanian star, Arvydas Macijauskas shined and with 10 points and 4 steals (in the 4th quarter) helped his team to beat the Spaniards.



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HOLLAND

West-Brabant Giants Win In Last Seconds Thriller, Remain Perfect -by Sanders Jackson

In Bergen-op-Zoom Thursday night, West-Brabant Giants had their work cut out for them vs. a pesky Rotterdam Challengers team, leading only once in the game-in fact taking the lead for the first time in the last eight seconds of the game. The Giants burst loose in the 4th quarter offensively, with two go-ahead free throws by
Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) in the last seconds the difference maker, helping West-Brabant Giants remain the only remaining undefeated team in the FEB, winning by the score of 69-67. Giles led he way for the Giants with 17 pts. with Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) adding 13. West-Brabant are now 5-0 and sitting alone at the top of the FEB standings at 5-0.


Den Helder Seals Win In Shootout Over Aris Friesland -by Sanders Jackson

In Den Helder, the Den Helder Seals get its second win of the season in a high scorin affair, over Aris Friesland by the score of 105-102. Den Helder Seals PG
Dane Bradshaw (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) had a season-high 30 pts. to lead all scorers. J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) added 25, with Terry Sas (198-F-86, agency: Court Side) scoring 15. FEB leading scorer Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 28 for Aris Friesland, Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) added 23 pts. and Dennard Abraham (206-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson St.) scored 19. Den Helder Seals are now 2-5.


Landstede Basketball Wins Home Thriller With Last-Second (Punch) -by Sanders Jackson


In the ZBC-hal Thursday night, it was a game that will be remembered for a long time in the annals of Zwolle basketball. The young team of Herman van den Belt showed what perserverance, resiliance, mutual trust, belief in team, system and in each other is all about, winning in the last seconds thanks to a
Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman) buzzer-beating three-point dagger, snatching victory away from Hanzevast Capitals in a 74-73 thriller. Landstede appeared left for dead when key players Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman), Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86) and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) fouled out within two minutes of regulation. Coach van den Belt was forced to go with Dutch youngsters Florian de Vries (194-G/F-86), Joost Jonk (206-C-87) and Tom Schonewille (189-G-88) in crunch time, but the trio did not bat an eye at the Hanzevast team, coming up with some key plays in the end and with the eagerness to make plays vs. the more experienced Hanzevast team. In fact, Landstede had only one American on the floor in the last minutes, while Donar had three, plus two European players and two Dutch internationals.


With Hanzevast leading 70-67 within the last minute and the chance to seal the deal, Hanzevast made a crucial error by huddling too long, with the official placing the ball on the free throw line, resulting in Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Siena) taking too much time and making a violation at the 1st free throw attempt. Hanzevast also missed three free throws within the last half minute of regulation. With 4.6 seconds left and Hanzevast leading 73-70, Hanzevast forward Emiliano Morales (204-F/C-76, college: Evansville) made a foul on de Vries before a three-point attempt to prevent a game-tying three-pointer. Then de Vries made the first and intentionally missed the second, resulting in a dead ball offensive rebound for Landstede. With 1.6 seconds left, Punch would make "the shot heard around Zwolle", breaking Hanzevast's hearts. It was a game in which the smaller and lesser individually talented Landstede team outworked and outplayed the bigger and higher budgeted Hanzevast team. Landstede crushed Hazevast on the backboards with a 42-25 advantage, including 20 on the offensive glass. Landstede shot only 35.3% FG, but made the most of their three-point attempts, making 9 of 19. There were many calls whistled (32-32 each), but some Hanzevast players were sometimes too busy dealing with the officials, with an ill-timed technical foul by Archbold not helping matters. Hanzevast appeared at times not in sync with each other, whereas the Landstede team remained from the start to finish as a unit. The efforts by Morales, who was instrumental in Hanzevast's 2nd half comeback and 3rd quarter run and established a good post presence and good smarts in crunch time, was wasted. Hanzevast only had three assists to their name, and went 3 for 12 from the three-point line. Bostain and Wilson led Landstede with 13 pts. each. Landstede a now 3-3, and Hanzevast fall to 3-4.



MyGuide Amsterdam Keeps Omniworld Winless -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid Thursday night, MyGuide Amsterdam took control of the game in the 1st quarter vs. winless Omniworld, with leads of 22-8 at the end of the 1st, at one point in the 3rd quarter leading 59-36, cruising to a 73-62 win. MyGuid ehead coach Arik Shivek was able to utilize his entire roster, sharing the minutes with nine players playing 14 to 24 minutes.
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led MyGuide with 15 pts. and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) added 14. Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, college: SE Missouri St.) led all scorers with 22 pts. with 10 rebounds. MyGuide are now 4-1.


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ICELAND

Iceland Express league results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Stjarnan 86 Grindavik 92. (47-48) Leading scorers for Stjarnan. Dimitar Karadzovski 24. For Grindavik. Jonathan Griffin 24. Pall Axel Vilbergsson 23.
KR 85. Snaefell 73. Great second quarter from KR was the key for the win. In this game there were 3 american players from same College playing. Avi Fogel (-G, agency: Strategic Sports, college: San Diego) and Joshua Helm for KR and Justin Shouse for Snaefell. They all played College ball at Mercyhurst College.
Leading scorers for KR. Avi Fogel 23. Helgi Magnusson 15. Josh Helm 11. For Snaefell. Sigurdur Thoirvaldsson 18. Hlynur Baeringsson 16. Slobodan Subasic 14.
Keflavik 99. Thor 85. Leading scorers for Keflavik Gunnar Einarsson 21. Bobby Walker 17. For Thor Luka Moralt 32. Cedric Isom 28.
Hamar. 73. Fjolnir 62. Only player alive on Fjolnir team was Drago Pavlovic with 32 points. For Hamar Raed Mostafa 19 George Byrd 16 + 20 rebs.


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INDONESIA

SM Britama bows to Thailand national team -by Hector Santos

Thailand national team, which is currently preparing for the coming Southeast Asian Games basketball competition, beats the current Indonesian Basketball League champion team of Satria Muda Britama 81-78 in the Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament at Penang's Han Chiang Indoor Stadium last night.

The win enables the Thai five to advance to the next round by finishing the preliminaries with two wins against one loss.

The other win of the Thai national team came from the expense of the Philippine's Spring Cooking Oil. On the other hand, the loss came from the hand of the powerhouse team of Iran national youth squad.

Meanwhile, the said loss by Satria Muda Britama was their third consecutive loss in as many games they played put them out of contention for the semi-finals.




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ITALY

Last market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Legea Scafati Basket announced the hiring of Michele Martinelli as the new General Manager. He replaces Luigi Guastaferro, who resigned some days ago. Eldo Basket Napoli announced yesterday the ond-year deal with Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia), last with the New Jersey Nets

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KUWAIT

Al Sahel Signs Chaz Franklin -by Sadik Abdullah
Al Sahel club has recently signed with Roberts Wesleyan stand out, Chaz Franklin (180-G-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan). Chaz recently played in Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN-LPB,1T), where he left in March 2007. He played in 8 games and averaged 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.4apg, 2.1spg, 3PT: 33.4%. Chaz is a lightning quick PG, who is able to finish around the basket due to his great leaping ability.

To prove how good his leaping ability is, he is a 5'11 PG and he was the Edinboro Univ./AFRICA Post Season Tip- Off Slam-Dunk Competition Champion in 2004.

For information on Kuwait Basketball or any imports in Kuwait, you can email Sadiq at sadiq_abdullah@rogers.com


Rob Shapiro Looking To Lead Al Jahraa To The Top -by Sadik Abdullah
Rob Shapiro, a texan great, is now the coach of Al Jahraa and is looking to lead them to the top of Kuwait basketball. With the recent addition of imports in Kuwait, that will not be an easy task, but with Robs history and accomplishments, do not put it past him to do just that. The team currently has Cedric Taylor (202-F/C-79, college: Pikeville) as their only import player and Jahraa management would have to rely heavily on both Cedric and Rob if they want to win anything in this league. Here is a list of accomplishments Rob has gathered over the course of his career:

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Saint Mary's Hall
• Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year, 2007
• San Antonio Sports Coach of the Year, 2006
• SPC State Championship
• All time winningest Coach (106 wins in 4 years)
• Highest winning percentage in school history
• Fourteen school records;
• Two South Zone Titles (First #1 seed in school history)
• Four players named All State;
• Two players named Academic All State;
• Two players named Express News Private School Most Valuable Player
• Five players named All City
• Four players named Player of the Week
• Led state three consecutive years in free throw percentage
• Let state in three point field goal percentage

Alamo Heights High School
• Two time Regional Semi-finalist
• Four years - playoffs
• Coached two All-State players and eleven All-District Athletes

St. Mary's University - Recruited University's first All-Conference basketball player since joining the NCAA.
Recruited seven All-Americans

For information on Kuwait Basketball or any imports in Kuwait, you can email Sadiq at sadiq_abdullah@rogers.com


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LATVIA

Liepajas climbs up the ladder in LBL -by Eurobasket News
Liepajas - Bumerangs 90:70

Liepajas Lauvas improved in the LBL Division 1 standings as they overcame winless Bumerangs at home. Both teams played a high-scoring basketball in the opening frame and were tied at 25. Later the hosts started to clear off as they ouscored the opponents 24:13 in the second stanza. Gundars Rauza (192-F-79) fueled Bumerangs as they stay in the contest throughout the third period. The teams were equally matched under the rims but the home team shot accurately from all the ranges and it allowed them to maintain the lead. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) completed his outstanding scoring night as he drained 6/8 three pointers and led Liepajas to an overall victory. He ended with game-high 34 points and 9 reboounds. Salvis Metra (194-G-84) contributed 8 points in a winning effort. Gundars Rauza delivered 21 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Janis Poznaks (205-F/C-83) and Toms Celmins (195-F-88) had 14 points apiece in defeat. Liepajas sank solid 49% from the field, including 40% from beyond the arc. Bumerangs managed only 35% of field goals and suffered 14 turnovers. Both teams pulled down 35 rebounds.
Liepajas are now at 2-1 record at the second spot in the LBL ladder. They will next face Kiezarmezs at home tomorrow. Bumerangs remained winless at the bottom of the table and will look for their first win against VEF on the road.

Liepajas: Mareks Jurevicus 34+9 boards, Salvis Metra 8
Bumerangs: Gundars Rauza 21+9 boards, Janis Poznaks 14, Toms Celmins 14


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LITHUANIA

Virtus Bologna uses a 24:14 run to upset Zalgiris in the opener -by Eurobasket News

Virtus Bologna-Zalgiris 81:75 (19-21, 18-18, 20-22, 24-14)

Zalgiris could not start a new season of Euroleague with a victory, even though the team controlled the most of the game. Virtus Bologna spurted a 24:14 in the last quarter to benefit 81:75. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 28 points. Will Conroy (187-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington) nailed 11, while Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 9. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for Lithuania team with 15 points.

Giovannoni opened scoring for Virtus, but Jankunas had an easy layup to put Zalgiris up 2:5. The visitors advantaged to 19:21 after 10 minutes. The second quarter belonged to Lithuanian express as they made 28:35 in the middle of it. Guilherme Giovannoni hit a buzzer-beating triple to pull the hosts within 37:39 at halftime.
Zalgiris was inspired then to keep the rally going, using defense to take steals and rattle off back-to-back fastbreaks. The team stayed in fron before the last quarter with 4 points deficit.
With 69:69 Crosariol, Spencer and Anderson scored 6 unanswered points to fix a 75:69. Zalgiris could not find the answer for the hosts and lost the opener.

The rest of the games of Round 1 to be played tonight.

Virtus Bologna: Alan Anderson 28, Will Conroy 11, Guilherme Giovannoni 9
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 15, Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 12



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MALAWI

Pistons Beats Mzuni pointers -by Blena Chisenga
Once again the two rival teams met again in the second round to battle out
in a struggle for the Sprite national finals.The Pistons once again won against
the Mzuni Pointers during the last 3 minutes of the game which took place at Katoto
basketball court.The game was so tight that nobody could predict
who would win.

Both teams displayed spectecular moves that made the game to be the best game
of the season.In an interview with Young Jere,an official for NOZOBAL he said "this is
the best game I have ever officiated this season.The teams could press each other on
half line defence for some time before one team could struggle to make a basket, yes this
was the best game of the season."

This means that the Pistons and the mzuni Pointers have tied a knot again on position two,
nobody Knows who will go for the finals on 03/11/07 but for sure all the two teams know
that they will compete using baskets,the one with more baskets the whole season will go
for the finals.


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PARAGUAY

San Josè alone at the top -by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating Libertad in the last round of Metropolitan League Quadrangolar, Deportivo San Jose came back alone at top of the table. The game ended 74-73 and was very close till the end. Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) combined for 40 points to lead Libertad, but Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) answered scoring 23 points and Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.) and Bruno Martinessi (202-F-81, college: Union (TN)) added 12 and 11 poits, respectively. In the other game of the night, Sol de America defeated 88-79 Felix Perez Cardozo led by Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) and Juan Daniel Ocampo (187-G-79) who scored 21 pts each. The table is now as follows:
San Jose 6, Libertad 5, Sol de America 5, Felix Perez 3,50.


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PHILIPPINES

FANS CORNER -by Benny Lirio
PINOYS LOVE BASKETBALL

Basketball - the beginning:
The Americans introduced basketball in the late 20th century and conspicuously, we have started to play the game through a coco-nut.
We in the Philippines called the game that they played in Tagalog word “larong buko” (laro for play or playing, and buko for coconut).

The overwhelming availability of this coconut could be the main reason why this sport gives attraction and pleasure to the Filipinos.
They may even have played the game even before James Naismith invented it.

White men can't jump:
This figure of speech reflects the superior ability of black athletes in the discipline which is close to a Filipinos heart.
Incidentally, the Filipinos are neither black nor white and supposedly can't jump and can't make threes. Given the same sentiments
of that figure of speech, basketball does not belong to Filipinos, not to mention the size of an ordinary citizen of this country.


For the record:
The Philippine team is the only Asian team to plays in major competition semi-finals, winning a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World
Championship for men and a fifth-place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics, the two best finishes of any Asian team in the history of
the top two international basketball tournaments.

The great Caloy Loyzaga was, at 6ft 2ins big enough to play at center, together with Larry Mumar and Ed Ocampo.

It could be the start of basketball awareness in the country, and is probably the only sport we have been recognized internationally.
Boxing is just starting to give us some recognition through Francisco Guilledo, also known as Pancho Villa.
But boxing is not all that popular even though Emmanuel “ Pacman” Pacquaio is recognised at present as the best pound for pound fighter behind
Floyd Mayweather.

Olympic Qualfying Round:
In the last Asia Cup qualifying round.in Japan, we were placed ninth. Beating the Chinese twice just gave us a little to savor and a little
something to fight for. We were beaten in the elimination round by Iran in just the final minutes of the game when a technical foul on
Coach Sot changed the outcome of the game. Iran eventually won the tournament.

The reality:
Today, we still believe that we can go as far as the Olympics and play against the best in this discipline.
Although we have missed out on Beijing 2008, we feel we should be there. The fire inside has never been diminished. But London 2012 and the
World Championship is the ultimate goal.

Philippine Basketball Association, a professional baketball league, is still the number one on Sports TV rating.
Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James wannabes are still playing on the streets. Kids out here are playing like their idols and act like idols.
The jerseys they use is the best evidence of that.

SPORTINGO



FANS CORNER -by Benny Lirio
PINOYS LOVE BASKETBALL

Basketball - the beginning:
The Americans introduced basketball in the late 20th century and conspicuously, we have started to play the game through a coco-nut.
We in the Philippines called the game that they played in Tagalog word “larong buko” (laro for play or playing, and buko for coconut).

The overwhelming availability of this coconut could be the main reason why this sport gives attraction and pleasure to the Filipinos.
They may even have played the game even before James Naismith invented it.

White men can't jump:
This figure of speech reflects the superior ability of black athletes in the discipline which is close to a Filipinos heart.
Incidentally, the Filipinos are neither black nor white and supposedly can't jump and can't make threes. Given the same sentiments
of that figure of speech, basketball does not belong to Filipinos, not to mention the size of an ordinary citizen of this country.


For the record:
The Philippine team is the only Asian team to plays in major competition semi-finals, winning a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World
Championship for men and a fifth-place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics, the two best finishes of any Asian team in the history of
the top two international basketball tournaments.

The great Caloy Loyzaga was, at 6ft 2ins big enough to play at center, together with Larry Mumar and Ed Ocampo.

It could be the start of basketball awareness in the country, and is probably the only sport we have been recognized internationally.
Boxing is just starting to give us some recognition through Francisco Guilledo, also known as Pancho Villa.
But boxing is not all that popular even though Emmanuel “ Pacman” Pacquaio is recognised at present as the best pound for pound fighter behind
Floyd Mayweather.

Olympic Qualfying Round:
In the last Asia Cup qualifying round.in Japan, we were placed ninth. Beating the Chinese twice just gave us a little to savor and a little
something to fight for. We were beaten in the elimination round by Iran in just the final minutes of the game when a technical foul on
Coach Sot changed the outcome of the game. Iran eventually won the tournament.

The reality:
Today, we still believe that we can go as far as the Olympics and play against the best in this discipline.
Although we have missed out on Beijing 2008, we feel we should be there. The fire inside has never been diminished. But London 2012 and the
World Championship is the ultimate goal.

Philippine Basketball Association, a professional baketball league, is still the number one on Sports TV rating.
Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James wannabes are still playing on the streets. Kids out here are playing like their idols and act like idols.
The jerseys they use is the best evidence of that.



Iran youth national team trashed Philippine's Spring Cooking Oil -by Hector Santos

Iran national youth squad recorded their third straight victory by roasting Spring Cooking Oil of the Philippines 100-86 in the Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament at Penang's Han Chiang Indoor Stadium last night.

The Iranian national youth side, who advanced to tomorrow's semifinals, became the only team in the tournament that has won all their matches.

The Iranians, who are now the favourites to lift the Penang Chief Minister Cup, started aggressively and jumped into an 11-point lead against the Filipinos in the first quarter.

But Spring Cooking Oil, consists of Philippines National Basketball Conference's All-Star squad, stormed back in the second quarter with some bruising play, collecting 27 points against Iran's 18, to narrow the gap to two points.

Play was halted for more than 15 minutes in the second quarter due to a name mix-up in the Filipinos' team list, and this upset the fast moving Iranians.

But in the third quarter, the Iranians seized control of the game, leaving their opponents gasping for breath as they surged to a 73-60 lead.

Marquez topscored with 26 points built on three-for-six shooting from beyond the arc while Villamin had 21 spiked by three triples.

Arsalan Naeni and Mohamad Amjad each scored 20 points for the West Asian Youth Champions, who were beefed up by senior Iranians like Mohammad Ebrahiminia (197-F-88) and Ali Baheran (184-G-86).

Marquez, meanwhile, ruled the three-point competition in the tournament as he sank 12 of his 15 attempts besting eight other contestants in one of the side events.


"Despite the loss, I'm proud of the team for standing their ground. The Iranians are much cohesive, taller and faster than us. We lost to a better team," NBC President Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla said.


In other games result, Thailand national team beats Indonesian Basketball League's champion team Satria Muda Britama, 81-78.


The Scores:

Iran 100 - Naeni 20, Amjad 20, Ebrahiminia 14, Salmani 13, Baheran 11, Shirjang 6, Kazemi 6, Farman 6, Zadeh 4.

NBC-Spring Cooking Oil 84 - Marquez 26, Villamin 21, Capobres 15, Feihl 6, Epondulan 6, Reyes 4, Kalaw 4, De Castro 2, Austria 2.

Quarters: 25-14, 43-41, 70-67, 100-88.



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PUERTO RICO

Reyes in Australia, "El Jefe" Ayuso rules in Euroleague. -by Alessandro Fontana
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) goes to Australia. Wollongong Haws signed him for one season. The Australian team has a 1-5 standing in the League. Angelo Reyes played last year for Carolina with 19,9 pts (53% 2pts, 28% 3pts, 76% FT) and 11,9 rebs in 30 games. He will debut with his new team on 28th October against West Sydney Razorbacks. This summer Reyes was invited to the Milwaukee Bucks camp but "Our Boricua" was not signed.
The Australian League will finish on 16th February, next BSN will start on 28th February where Reyes will play with Los Gigantes de Carolina.

BORICUAS ABROAD:
Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) began very good the Euroleague 2007-2008, "El Jefe" scored 17 points (3/6 2pts, 3/6 3pts, 2/2 FT), 4 rebounds, 3assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. His team Cibona won against Efes Pilsen Istanbul 93-85.
"El Señor de los Anillos" Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and his team Unicaja Malaga were defeated by Aris 87-83. Santiago scored 7 points (3/6 2pts, 1/2 FT) + 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Next game will be Unicaja against Cibona, Santiago vs Ayuso.
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

Triumph still on a run -by Eurobasket News
Triumph extended their winning streak in the Russian Superleague. They travelled to Krasnoyarsk to take on the winless Enisey and easily secured their 6th victory at the tournament. Triumph wasted little time en route to the win and led by 7 points after the first frame. The gap was widened to 13 points at halftime and Stanislav Eremin was able to give more minutes to reserves. They looked contestant and outscored the hosts 33:9 in the third term to ensure the winning outcome for the visitors.
Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 17 points and made 4 steals to pace Triumph. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) ahd 13 points for the winners. Zendon Hamilton (209-C-75, college: St.John's) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Krasnoyarsk. Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Coppin St.) and Dmitri Ivanov (192-G-81) had 7 points apiece in defeat.
Uniks made a successful voyage to Perm as they edged local Ural Great. It allowed Unics to improve to 3-2 record and leave Ural Great behins at 2-3. Unics smashed their opponents in the opening quarter 24:8 and simply hed on to the lead through the rest of the game. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) bombarded Ural Great's basket from beyond the range and kept a safe distance. Finally Dusko Savanovic poured in 23 points and Sergei Chikalkin added 21 to lead Unics. Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 20 points for Ural Great.
Two more games are scheduled for today. CSKA VVS-Samara will host Dynamo Moscow, while Spartak Saint Petersburg will take on Lokomotiv Rostov.

Krasnoyarsk - Triumph 56:97
Krasnoyarsk: Zendon Hamilton 17, Fred Warrick 7, Dmitri Ivanov 7
Triumph: Terrell Lyday 17, Mire Chatman 13

Ural Great - Unics 69:90
Ural Great: Vanja Plisnic 20, Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84) 19
Unics: Dusko Savanovic 23, Sergei Chikalkin 21, Jerry McCullough 12+9 boards


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SLOVENIA

Euroleague: Montepaschi Siena - Union Olimpija 80:52 -by Matej Bergant

Montepaschi Siena trashed Union Olimpija Ljubljana yesterday in the first Euroleague game 80:52. Union Olimpija stayed in the game only in the first quarter. Top scorers for Olimpija were Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals and Marko Milic (199-G-77) with 16 points and also 6 rebounds. Montepaschi was led by Lithuanian duo Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) which scored 22 points and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) with 21 points. Union Olimpija will face Olympiakos in Tivoli Arena in the next round.


Montepaschi Siena : Union Olimpija 80:52 (59:41, 50:26, 20:18)
Montepaschi Siena: Mcintyre 12 (1:2), Ilievski 4 (2:4), Eze 6, Carraretto 2, Sato 2, Thornton 8, Ksystof Lavrinovic 21 (3:3), Kaukenas 22 (3:4), Stonerook 3.
Union Olimpija: Booker 5 (1:2), Dragic 6, Milic 16 (4:4), Hukic 14 (2:3), Bailey 1 (1:2), Zupan 5, Taylor 5 (2:2).


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THAILAND

Thai national team rips current Indonesian Basketball League champ -by Hector Santos
Thailand national team, which is currently preparing for the coming Southeast Asian Games basketball competition, beats the current Indonesian Basketball League champion team of Satria Muda Britama 81-78 in the Asian Basketball Invitation Tournament at Penang's Han Chiang Indoor Stadium last night.

The win enables the Thai five to advance to the next round by finishing the preliminaries with two wins against one loss.

The other win of the Thai national team came from the expense of the Philippine's Spring Cooking Oil. On the other hand, the loss came from the hand of the powerhouse team of Iran national youth squad.

Meanwhile, the said loss by Satria Muda Britama was their third consecutive loss in as many games they played which put them out of contention for the semi-finals.


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TRINIDAD

Pacers stuns Shak Attack -by Don Farrell
Unit Trust Maloney Pacers recorded its first victory in this year¹s Stag Super 10 Basketball League when they defeated Detour Dan Kelly Shak Attack 66-65 when competition continued last night (Wed) at Maloney Sports Complex.

With the game tied at 65-all and 1.7 seconds on the clock, forward Strakey Abraham scored the second of two free-throws to secured Pacers first victory in four matches.

The win was significant for Pacers whose coach Christopher Jackson Charles was watching the game from the stands as he was serving his second of a two-game suspension for violating the League Bylaws during his team¹s match against Sportworld Straker Nets on October 17.

Pacers who lost last year¹s Super 10 finals to Defence Force 3-0, were beaten by Sports & Games Caledonia Clippers, Sportworld Straker Nets and Sangre Grande All Stars on its Maloney practice courts preceding last night¹s contest.

Shak Attack jumped out to a 19-11 first quarter lead and when the half ended the visitors held a 36-31 lead.

However, Pacers looked rejuvenated at the start of the second half when they scored then first two baskets to reduce their deficit by a point and when when they took the lead at 41-39 they never looked back as they closed the third session 51-48 in charge.

The fourth quarter was exciting as the game was played at top pace at both ends while the teams traded baskets.

The defeat was Shak Attack¹s first in three matches.


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U.KINGDOM

Leopards cash in on Warriors' woe -by Dave Ryan
There have been contrasting fortunes for the two EL Division One sides to the north of London in the last week.
After a meteoric rise through the EBL to Division One, West Herts Warriors shocked English basketball by spectacularly folding their senior team on Friday lunchtime last week. Neville Austin's side were due to travel to Coventry Crusaders for a Trophy group stage game on Saturday before hosting Mansfield Giants in the National Cup the following day.
The seeds for Warriors' sudden collapse had been sewn in the proceeding fortnight when they announced that their major (but unnamed) sponsor had pulled out and would be able to honour its commitment to providing them with the £10,000 they had promised. The crisis seemed to have been averted by the English players agreeing to play without their expenses, and American Cedric Brown being told to stay in Tennessee. That should have comfortably saved the £10k, but the club pulled out of Division One last week, and no further word has been heard from them.
The club's rise through the national league had been almost as quick as their demise. Having already run a successful development programme, with teams in the RAF National Leagues, West Herts entered senior competition, in EBL Division Three, in 2003. A successful first season secured fourth place in the southern section of the Division, and promotion to EBL Division Two. The second season was even more successful, as they secured third place in the higher division, and reached the Championship final. The Warriors declined the invitation to take a place in EBL1, preferring to remain in EBL2 to continue to establish the club. That led to a League title success in 2005-6, and a second consecutive (losing) visit to the Championship Final, which was followed by promotion to EBL1, and the establishment of a second team, in EBL4. Their first season in the top flight was moderately successful, finishing sixth in the table, and surprising Manchester Magic on their court in the National Trophy. The club's second team won promotion to Division Three South, and will continue, as will the ladies and the junior section.
Warriors demise has proved beneficial for the area's other Division One side, the Leopards who have swooped to sign three of their players. The most familiar face will be captain Matt Eames who returns to the Big Cats after a year with Warriors.
Eames lifted the National Cup for the Leopards when they beat Reading Rockets at the Birmingham NIA in December 2005, but left at the beginning of last season due to limited court time.
Another face that the Leopards fans will recognise is centre Lee McCarthy (204-F/C-78). The 6' 8” Englishman has BBL experience with Milton Keynes Lions and top scored for the Big Cats in their pre-season game against San Jose University before opting to remain with the Warriors.
Perhaps the most exciting signing for the Leopards, however, is 6' 5” American shooting guard Antonio Bright. The former Kentucky Wesleyan University player joined Solent Stars midway through last season, and helped transform their campaign as they moved away from the foot of the table to reach the play-offs.
Having left the Stars, who subsequently pulled out of the league, Bright - nicknamed “Stix” - linked up with Warriors and following their demise, Leopards pounced to sign him.
“It was clear that we had to made some additions to our squad” said general manager Dave Ryan. “We always intended a mix of six senior and six junior players, but we were really struggling to get some bigger senior players. Lee and Matt will help us in the centre and forward spots, and will bring some much needed experience. We had looked for an American based in England, and Stix is a player who fits that bill. He's proved he can play in this league, and financially it's feasible because he is already in the country.”
The signing of Bright will also enable Leopards to resume coaching at Chauncey School in Ware, with the club looking to increase the coaching in the area.


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UKRAINE

Markets: Jaacks, Famutimi and Karvanen in, Kuznetsov and Tamir out -by Alexander Muzyka
- Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84) has made a debute for Khimik - he was performed in a Cup game vs Sumykhimprom (6 min: 0 points + 1 rebound + 2 fouls).

- BC Odesa made an exchange: Aleksei Karvanen (200-F-74) is playing for 'sharks' instead of Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) who has left the team by family problems.

- Amit Tamir (208-C-79) turned back from Cherkasy Monkeys to Israeli's Hapoel Holon. Andri Podkovyrov said Tamir played bad but rumours said Israeli couldn't accept to Ukrainian championship (Total for Superleague and Cup: 4 games, 12,5 mpg, 3,0 ppg, 2,6 rbg)

- BC Kyiv has inked Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77) for 2 months as a garantee to have a good powerforward before Joshua Davis (203-C/F-80) returns. But if Jaacks' performance will be good he will be inked till the end of the season.

- Budivelnyk invited John Sharper (186-G-84) for try-outs.


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URUGUAY

Robert Sanders inked with Hebraica -by Hector Lopez
Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) arrived to Montevideo to join Hebraica Macabi to play the Uruguayan League. He will replace Jeff Aubry. Hebraica has a 6 won 6 lost record and recently has changed his HC when Miguel Volcan replaced Edgardo Kogan.

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VENEZUELA

LNB 2007 - Week 10: Warao closer to elimination, things get tight in playoff race -by Francisco Vega

Warao de Tucupita got one step closer to elimination after being defeated by Estudiantes de Guarico, while Delfines de Miranda, Graneros de Portuguesa and Macizos de Guayana all got important victories that gave them a breath of fresh air in the fight for the playoffs against direct rivals for the spots in Pescadores de Sucre, Duros de Lara and Lideres de Yaracuy, respectively.


Estudiantes de Guarico 108 - Warao de Tucupita 93

Roger Ramos Gymnasium - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 20+31+25+32= 108
WAR: 22+25+29+17= 93

Scorers
EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 35 points, Edgar Lugo (175-G-82) 20 points

WAR: Marlon Patino (205-F-80) 25 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 18 points


Delfines de Miranda 118 - Pescadores de Sucre 110 (ET)

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 20+22+26+23+27= 118
PES: 26+16+24+25+19= 110

Scorers
DEL: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 24 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 20 points

PES: Henry Caten (201-F-80) 23 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 22 points


Macizos de Guayana 100 - Lideres de Yaracuy 87

Boris Planchart Gymnasium - Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar


Quarter by quarter
MAC: 24+16+27+33= 100
LID: 15+32+23+17= 87

Scorers
MAC: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 20 points, Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 14 points

LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 22 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 12 points


Graneros de Portuguesa 73 - Duros de Lara 71

Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium - Guanare, Portuguesa


Quarter by quarter
GRA: 16+18+18+21= 73
DUR: 16+15+17+23= 71

Scorers
DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 18 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 16 points

GRA: Amber Marin (208-C-81) 20 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 19 points



LNB 2007 - Week 10: Pescadores and Macizos in, Warao out, five fight for two spots -by Francisco Vega

Pescadores de Sucre and Macizos de Guayana became the first two teams to confirm their presence in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2007's playoffs, though Pescadores did it with a triumph over Delfines de Miranda, while Macizos, even after loosing their match against Lideres de Yaracuy, got benefit from a combination of results to pass. Duros de Lara defeated Graneros de Portuguesa and got a lot closer to the next round and Estudiantes de Guarico swept Warao de Tucupita to stay alive and tied at the fifth place.


Estudiantes de Guarico 86 - Warao de Tucupita 80

Roger Ramos Gymnasium - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 7+26+26+27= 86
WAR: 12+19+28+21= 80

Scorers
EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 24 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 12 points

WAR: Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 16 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 15 points


Pescadores de Sucre 92 - Delfines de Miranda 90 (ET)

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 15+25+23+17+10= 90
PES: 21+17+14+18+12= 92

Scorers
DEL: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 22 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 21 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 14 points

PES: Carl Mitchell (206-F-79) 23 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 23 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 16 points


Lideres de Yaracuy 109 - Macizos de Guayana 102

Boris Planchart Gymnasium - Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar


Quarter by quarter
MAC: 24+22+26+30= 102
LID: 28+31+21+29= 109

Scorers
MAC: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 19 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 17 points

LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 25 points, Carlos Morris (194-F-75) 19 points


Duros de Lara 95 - Graneros de Portuguesa 91

Ciudad de Guanare Gymnasium - Guanare, Portuguesa


Quarter by quarter
GRA: 23+19+23+26= 91
DUR: 28+31+14+22= 95

Scorers
DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 19 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 19 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 17 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 23 points, John Jackson (201-F-74) 19 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 16 points



Duros de Lara acquires four loaned players for South American Clubs Championship -by Francisco Vega
The general management of Duros de Lara and the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) announced that four players have been temporarily loaned by their respective Liga Nacional de Baloncesto teams to be used as reinforcement players for the upcoming South American Clubs Championship in Brasilia, Brazil, where Duros will represent Venezuela from October 31st till November 4th against Boca Juniors (Argentina), Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina), Universo (Brazil), Deportivo San Jose (Paraguay) and Club Amistad (Bolivia).

The first one confirmed was dominican Alejandro Flores (201-F), of Estudiantes de Guarico and later on, forward Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86), a member of Venezuela's National Team and currently playing for Pescadores de Sucre, also agreed to terms with Duros. The general management of the Lara based team then took advantage of a trip to Guanare, where they had to play a couple of games against Graneros de Portuguesa, to talk to their managers and convince shooting guard Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), another NT member and center Amber Marin (208-C-81) to play in Brazil as well, with successful results.

The team is still trying to get Cedric McGinnis (206-C-77) to Venezuela or Brazil as soon as possible, but flight plans have been impossible to arrange so far for him to come quickly, so he could miss the tournament and come later for the LNB playoffs, if Duros confirms their qualyfication this next weekend. McGinnis will replace jamaican Damion Staple (201-F/C-80) in the roster. Efforts to hire Johnell Smith (186-G-80), of Macizos de Guayana, and Carl Mitchell (206-F-79), of Pescadores de Sucre, were lost.




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Women News

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CYPRUS - Women

Great victory for K.V. Imperial AEL -by Erodotos Miltiadous
K.V. Imperial AEL managed to beat Dunav in Bulgaria 70-62 on Thursday (25/10) evening to record one of Cyprus' top basketball moments, and undoubtedly the most important win in Cyprus women basketball.

The Limassol team won the first leg in Cyprus a week ago by a mere one point (63-62) and traveled to the Balkan country to defend the small lead. Marios Thrasivoulidis' girls not only managed to make the basketball community proud, but also recorded a clean, eight point victory.

The Cypriot champions advanced to the group stage of the FIBA EuroCup women were they will face the Turkish side Galatasaray, Elitzur Ramla of Israel and Dnipro of Ukraine with the goal to advance to the next round. The Limassol team has spent a lot of money during the summer period, with the acquisition of American stars Betty Lennox and Andrea Gardner, and wants to succeed in this season's European campaign.

Periods: 24-22, 31-36, 50-54, 62-70
Dunav: Gorianova 10 (2), Peteva 6, Ribova, Gordanova 16 (1), Georgieva 9 (1), Miteva, Asenova 9, Ivovic 1, Mirceva 11.
K.V. Imperial AEL: Phedonos 2, Stoenescu 11 (3), Papadopoulou 2, Pavicevic 8, Lennox 24 (1), Pinter, Gardner 23
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CZECH REP. - Women

Trocal ZBL teams 2007/08 - Gambrinus Brno -by Petr Kapitulcin

4 Jana Vesela (194-F-83)
5 Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79)
7 Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) (from KARA Trutnov)
9 Hana Machova (182-F/G-79)
10 Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) (from Spartak Moscow)
12 Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80)
13 Petra Kulichova (198-C-84)
14 Timea Beres (192-C-76) (from MiZo Pecs)
15 Eva Viteckova (190-F-82)
Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) (from Mondeville, Houston)


coach: Bobrovsky Jan


2006/07: 1st place (coach Bobrovsky)

2005/06: 1st place (coach Bobrovsky)

2004/05: 1st place (coach Bobrovsky)



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ESTONIA - Women

Kalev drives to the first win in Meistriliiga -by Eurobasket News
Tartu - Kalev 64:71

Kalev Talinn secured their first victory in the Estonian Meitriliiga. They beat Tartu 71:64 away from home and improved to 1-2 record in the ladder. Tartu dominated the start of the game and cleared off to a 23:14 advantage after the first quarter. But later on Kalev grabbed the initiative and controlled the pace. They closed the gap to only 4 points at halftime 31:35. The deficit was cut to a single point throughout the third stanza and Kalev entered the fourh period bursting out with aggressive offense. Tartu finally lost the grip allowing the visitors surged ahead and succeed at the end. Jekaterina Tamkorv (179-F-85) paced the winners with 23 points and 11 boards. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Kalev. Laina Mesila (182-G-87) answered with 18 points and 11 boards for Tartu. Helen Austa (172-F-80) and Liisa Juul (174-G-87) posted 12 points apiece in a loss.
Kalev outrebounded the home team 46:38 and sank 43.6% from the field. Tartu responded with 33% of field goals and 63% of free throws. Tartu suffered their first defeat in the season and slid to 2-1 record. They will next face Volta on the road. Kalev will host winless BC Star in two days.

Tartu: Laina Mesila 18+11 boards, Helen Austa 12, Liisa Juul 12
Kalev: Jekaterina Tamkorv 23+11 boards, Kedru Arbet 17+11 boards


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Great victory for K.V. Imperial AEL -by Erodotos Miltiadous
K.V. Imperial AEL managed to beat Dunav in Bulgaria 70-62 on Thursday (25/10) evening to record one of Cyprus' top basketball moments, and undoubtedly the most important win in Cyprus women basketball.

The Limassol team won the first leg in Cyprus a week ago by a mere one point (63-62) and traveled to the Balkan country to defend the small lead. Marios Thrasivoulidis' girls not only managed to make the basketball community proud, but also recorded a clean, eight point victory.

The Cypriot champions advanced to the group stage of the FIBA EuroCup women were they will face the Turkish side Galatasaray, Elitzur Ramla of Israel and Dnipro of Ukraine with the goal to advance to the next round. The Limassol team has spent a lot of money during the summer period, with the acquisition of American stars Betty Lennox and Andrea Gardner, and wants to succeed in this season's European campaign.

Periods: 24-22, 31-36, 50-54, 62-70
Dunav: Gorianova 10 (2), Peteva 6, Ribova, Gordanova 16 (1), Georgieva 9 (1), Miteva, Asenova 9, Ivovic 1, Mirceva 11.
K.V. Imperial AEL: Phedonos 2, Stoenescu 11 (3), Papadopoulou 2, Pavicevic 8, Lennox 24 (1), Pinter, Gardner 23
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Rhondda Rebels beat Boaviagem and advances to Eurocup -by Eurobasket News

Rhondda Rebels -Boaviagem Angra Acores 69:57 (21-12, 13-14, 20-12, 15-19)

British representative Rhondda Rebels beat Boaviagem and advances to Eurocup tournament. A 69:57 win at home proved the superiority of the Rebels as they win 147:122 after two games. In England Andrea Congreaves (193-C-70) and Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) led the winners with 18 points each. Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) followed then with 16 points for the hosts. Kristin Wiener (191-C-85, college: N.Illinois) ended up with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Portuguese team had nothing to lose and started the game offensively. It was a chance for the hosts to see some drawbacks in defense and to win the first 21:12.

In the second quarter the game changed a bit as Boaviagem Angra Acores had more possession of the ball. They won the second quarter 13:14, but still trailed in the game.
A 20:12 in the third quarter sent the Brits to Eurocup immediately as they remembered 65:78 in a road game. Even though Boaviagem won the last quarter it did not upset the Rebels. The British team will represent the country in Eurocup this year.


The Elimination Round will be also played on October 25 and 26. The rest 4 teams-winners will join Rhondda Rebels and the rest of the teams.

Rhondda Rebels: Andrea Congreaves 18+12 rebs, Kirby Copeland 18, Martina Gandzalova 16
Boaviagem Angra Acores: Kristin Wiener 21+12 rebs, Joi Scott (183-F-84, college: Murray St.) 19



McKenzie sent Sdent Sierre Basket to Eurocup -by Eurobasket News

Sdent Sierre Basket-Uniao da Madeira 96:51 (19-21, 22-4, 26-10, 29-16)

Sdent Sierre Basket advanced to Eurocup destroying Uniao da Madeira 96:51. After a brilliant second quarter the team was ready to pack their bags. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76) was unstoppable scoring 29 points and making 15 rebounds. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) nailed 25, while Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 22. Tiffany Sardin (183-F-83, college: Virginia) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing clause.


Uniao da Madeira hoped for the total success as the team won the first game in Portugal 59:57. Moreover the guests opened the game with 2-7 run to stay in front. Uniao da Madeira led the game to the second quarter winning 19:21.
Portuguese team was held to four points for the rest of the half and went to half-time trailing 43:25. That was a brilliant moment for Sdent Sierre Basket that produced 22:4 in the second.
The hosts were on fire and did not stop in the second half. Maria Villarroel Caraballo gave her team plus 30 in the end of the third quarter. Ines Aragao (187-C-85) scored the last points in it making the score 67:35 after three quarters.
A crucial 29:16 in the last sent the hosts to Eurocup tournament as they qualified from the Elimination Round with 153:110 aggregate win.

Sdent Sierre Basket: Rhona McKenzie 29+15 rebs, Maria Villarroel 25, Katrien Vercauteren 22
Uniao da Madeira: Tiffany Sardin 14+10 rebs, Ines Aragao 11



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ICELAND - Women

Iceland Express games. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
3 games last night and all won at home.
Haukar 76 Fjolnir 61 Bad third quarter from Fjolnir cost them the game. Leading scorers for Haukar. Kiera Hardy 23. Unnur Tara Jonsdottir 21. For Fjolnir Birna Eiriksdottir 15. Slavica Domovska 12
Grindavik 88 Valur 47. Blow out game in first quarter. 29-8 for Grindavik. Leading scorers for Grindavik. Tiffany Robertson 22 + 19 rebs. Joanna Skiba 18 + 10 assist. For Valur Hafdis Helgadottir 16.
KR 84. Hamar 60. First win for KR. Leading scorers for KR Monica 37 * 18 rebs. Sigrun Amundadottir 11.For Hamar La Kiste Barkus 22 + 11 rebs


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ISRAEL - Women

Curry In, Jones Out for Hapoel -by Eurobasket News
One game was enough for Hapoel Tel Aviv to decide to make a roster change. The team released Chandi Jones (181-G/F-82, college: Houston) and signed point guard Edniesha Curry (168-G-79, college: Oregon), who played in Israel four years ago.

Hapoel Tel Aviv decided to release Chandi Jones after one game, a loss at Tel Kabir in which she scored 12 ponits. The team decided to bring in a player more suited to play the point guard position, and signed Edniesha Curry (5'6, 28).

Curry played in Israel during the 03/04 season, for Maccabi Raanana. She averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game. In 2006 she played in Budapest, Hungary.

Curry was on the L.A Sparks' training camp roster this summer but didn't make the final cut. She played 13 games with the Sparks in 2005. She was the 41st pick in the 2002 WNBA draft out of Oregon.
Courtesy of: http://www.safsal.co.il


Atkinson To Bnei Yehuda -by Eurobasket News
Due to Crystal Johnson (183-F-81, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) 's pregnancy, Bnei Yehuda had to replace her and signed La'Tangela Atkinson (188-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina),, who played for Tal Natan in Raanana Hertzeliya last season.

Bnei Yehuda will definitely miss Crystal Johnson, but they know there's no time for that and they must move on. On short notice they were able to sign La'Tangela Atkinson .

Atkinson played in 11 games last season for Raanana Hertzeliya before a hamstring injury sidelined her for the rest of the season. She was the league's best rebounder at the time with 12.5 rebounds per game, to go with 17.4 points per game on 56.7% from inside the arc.

Following her rookie season in the WNBA with Indiana, Atkinson was traded to Sacramento this summer and played in 28 games. She averaged 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.
Atkinson in a UNC graduate who played three seasons with Holon's Ivory Latta. She became the 1st player in ACC history to record over 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 assists in her career, and was named to the 2006 ACC All-Defensive team. She was the 9th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Indiana.
Courtesy of: http://www.safsal.co.il


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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 3 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Energa Torun - TS Wisła Can-Pack Krakow 75:94 (14:26, 21:17, 23:26, 17:25)
Energa Torun: Lindsay Taylor 21, Alicja Perlinska 18, Anna Marczewska 15, Beata Predehl 9, Emilia Tlumak 6, Navonda Moore 3, Justyna Grabowska 1, Lada Kovalenko 1, Joanna Chelczynska 1.
TS Wisła Can-Pack Krakow: Anna DeForge 21, Candice Dupree 20, Marta Fernandez 17, Jelena Skerovic 14, Ewelina Kobryn 10, Natalia Trafimava 5, Agata Gajda 3, Anna Wielebnowska 2, Monika Krawiec 2.

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 56:69 (11:15, 15:17, 17:16, 13:21)
Duda PWSZ: Agnieszka Makowska 14, Constance Jinks 14, Monika Siwczak 10, Olga Zytomirska 6, Martyna Koc 6, Edyta Krysiewicz 4, Agnieszka Budnik 2, Anna Talarczyk 0, Daria Mieloszynska 0.
Lotos: Chamique Holdsclaw 14, Jekaterina Snytsina 13, Slobodanka Maksimovic 12, Magdalena Leciejewska 12, Anna Breitreiner 10, Paulina Pawlak 6, Natalia Waligorska 1, Patrycja Gulak 1, Magda Bibrzycka 0, Marta Jujka 0.

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - INEA AZS Poznan 65:55 (21:14, 16:13, 19:17, 9:11)
AZS PWSZ: Agnieszka Szott 14, Justyna Zurowska 12, Carrie Moore 12, Małgorzata Babicka 7, Katarzyna Ristic 6, Aleksandra Chomac 5, Katarzyna Czubak 4, Denaimou N'Garsanet 3, Joanna Czarnecka 2, Aleksandra Karpinska 0.
INEA AZS: Joanna Jarkowska 12, Monika Sibora 10, Weronika Idczak 10, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 9, Agata Rafałowicz 6, Paulina Dąbkowska 5, Joanna Lorek 3, Olga Pacynska 0, Anna Pamula 0, Małgorzata Mycka 0, Marlena Wdowczyk 0.

Cukierki Odra Brzeg - MUKS Poznan 61:75 (15:19, 13:16, 15:18, 18:22)
Cukierki: Joei Clyburn 19, Khaili Sanders 12, Mirela Pultorak 10, Alla Jurlagina 8, Jekaterina Dworska 5, Justyna Daniel 4, Daria Cybulak 3, Magdalena Rzeznik 0, Malgorzata Kudłak 0.
MUKS: Okeisha Howadt 18, Ilona Mądra 12, Paulina Antczak 12, Sultra Harding 10, Agnieszka Skobel 9, Zaneta Durak 6, Justyna Nieznalska 5, Katarzyna Rezler 3, Martyna Mickow 0.

CCC Polkowice - Utex Row Rybnik 74:66 (16:17, 20:20, 24:12, 14:17)
CCC Polkowice: Petra Stampalija 18, Jennifer Lacy 16, Anna Szycko 13, Justyna Jeziorna 7, Ilona Jasnowska 6, Veronika Bortelova 5, Frances Carvajal 5, Aya Traore 4.
Utex Row Rybnik: Nikita Bell 15, Olena Proshchenko 13, Agnieszka Jaroszewicz 11, Magdalena Skorek 10, Hollie Merideth 8, Jaynetta Saunders 5, Joanna Gorzynska-Szymczak 4, Edyta Blaszczak 0.


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RUSSIA - Women

BC Moscow start Russian Superleague campaign confidently -by Eurobasket News
BC Moscow team entered the Russian Superleague with a comprehensive victory over Spartak Saint Petersburg 100:56. Six Moscow players scored in double figures to lead well-balanced hosts offense to a winning outcome. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) secured 21 points and 7 rebounds for BC Moscow. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) added 15 points for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter and BC Moscow links needed some time to glue well. They started to operate late in the second quarter as the home team spurred ahead and ensured a 41:31 lead at halftime. The things got really bad for the visitors after the break as BC Moscow played some flying basketball and scored massive 34 points in the third stanza. Spartak could not recover at the end of the game and lost their second straight encounter.
Tatiana Ershova (186-F-79) nailed 11 points for Spartak.
Dynamo Kursk posted their third consecutive win and remained atop of the standings. They narrowly beat Dynamo Moscow at home 60:57. Moscow side got to a better start of the game and accumulated a 16:9 lead after the first frame. Dynamo Kursk though recovered pretty quickly and retained the lead before halftime. Later the game was a fierce battle with neither side taking a decisive lead. But the home crowd helped Dynamo Kursk held on to a tiny advantage and celebrate a tough victory at the end.
Natalja Gvozdeva (189-C-77) had 20 points for Dynamo Kursk. Natalja Vedlya (193-C-80) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) netted 22 points for Dynamo Moscow. Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) scored 11 points in a losing clause.

BC Moscow - Spartak SP 100:56
BC Moscow: Plenette Pierson 21+7 boards, Elena Danilochkina 15, Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) 12
Spartak: Tatiana Ershova 11, Nadeya Drozd (172-G-83, agency: LBM Management) 10

Dynamo Kursk - Dynamo Moscow 60:57
Kursk: Natalja Gvozdeva 20, Natalja Vedlya 16+9 boards, Anastasia Fomina (175-G-83) 7
Moscow: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 22, Sviatlana Volnaya 11


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SPAIN - Women

Perfumerias Avenida replaces Tiffani Johnson by Alessandra Santos -by Ivan Villar
The team coached by Jose Ignacio Hernandez had decided to cut their import player,Tiffani Johnson.The club was interested always in Alessandra Santos (200-C-73),and she was signed finally by Perfumerias Avenida.The brazilian player comes from russian league but she knows quite well spanish league because she played for in Ros Casares a few years ago.

Official rosters of league for season 2007/08 -by Ivan Villar


Official rosters of league for season 2007/08 -by Ivan Villar
These are the official rosters of teams.Next saturday will begin new season with these games:

Round 1 : 27/10/2007

C.B. OLESA - ESPANYOL - CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE 27/10/200720:00
MANN FILTER ZARAGOZA - CADI LA SEU 27/10/200720:00
C. ROS CASARES VALENCIA - HONDARRIBIA - IRÚN 27/10/200718:30
RIVAS FUTURA - EBE PROMOCIONES SANTA EULALIAI 27/10/200719:30
EXTREMADURA DATO - ARRANZ-JOPISA BURGOS 27/10/200718:30
EXTRUGASA - REAL CLUB CELTA VIGOURBAN 27/10/200719:30
GRAN CANARIA LA CAJA DE CANARI - PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA 27/10/200719:00

Rosters:

Ros Casares
Elena Baranova, Evanthia Maltsi, Laia Palau, Delisha Milton-Jones, Noemi Jornada, Elisa Aguilar, Elena Tornikidou, Milka Bjelica, Marina Ferragut, erika de Souza y Katie Douglas. Entrenador: Manolo Real

Perfumerias Avenida
Anke de Mondt, Barbara Garcia, Silvia Dominguez, Anna Montañana, Isa Sanchez, Clara Bermejo, Ivanka Matic, Blanca Marcos, Tracy Reid, Sheila Alaña, Gemma Perez, Alessandra Santos y Nieves Merchant. Entrenador: Jose Ignacio Hernandez.

Hondarribia Irun
Tania Quintero, Bego Garcia, Monika Veselovski, Ana Suarez, Maite Checa, Liene Jansone, Shameka Christon, Zane Tamane, Itziar "Mallabi”, Veselka Todorova, Cristina Gonzalez, IzaroAlza, Ashey Robinson y Amaia Echebarria. Entrenador:Jon Txakartegi.

Baloncesto San Jose
Alba Garcia, Isa Franco, Liron Cohen, Luci Pascua, Maria Revuelto, Cindy Lima, Anna Gomez, Ashey Battle, Allison Feaster, Muriel Page y Nadja Peruch. Entrenador: Miguel Angel Estrada.

Arranz Jopisa Burgos
Vanda Baranovic, Cristina Ciocan, Anna Carbo, Patricia Valiente, Noelia Oliva, Marta Zurro, Kristen O´Neill, Ivona Bogoje, Anna Cruz y Krsty Lavin. Entrenador: Cesar Huarte.

Gran Canaria
Reetta Piipari, Taru Tuukkanen, Eva Montesdeoca, Yaiza Garcia, Elena Alamo, Adara Vega, Leonor Rodriguez, Heta Korpivaara, Saray Betancort, Roneeka Kodges, Patricia Cabrera, Brooke Wyckoff, Lucia Sanchez y Cristina Ibañez. Entrenador: Maikel Lopez.

Extremadura DATO
Amra Dapo, Cristina Morcillo, Lorena Infantes, Susana Milovanovic, Ascension Rivero, Valentina Aragonese, Victoria Sanchez, Mandisa Stevenson, Silvia Romero, Lourdes Pelaez, Antoniette Wells y Korie Hlede. Entrenador: Fernando Mendez.

Cadi La Seu
Sandra Pirsic, Helen Luz, Celias Macia, Cristina Souza, Elsa Donaire, Montse Gilabert, Jenny Benningfield, Sarah Mckay, Laura Jornet, Ester Farre y Silvia Luz. Entrenador: Victor Lapeña.

Mann Filter Zaragoza
Ega Soeli, Mar Rovira, Cristina Ouviña, Silvia Hernandez, Alejandra de la Fuente, Jaeil Freixanet, Estela Royo, Paula Palomares, Isa Perez, Paola Mercadal, Naiara Diez y Katia Dos Santos. Entrenador: Joan Albert Cuadrat.

CB Olesa Español
Aina Denti, Anabel Jimenez, Palmira Marcal, Tina Lelas, Sandra Gallego, Miljana Musovic, Helena Boada, Le´Coe Willingham, Paula Tarrason, Africa Ortega, Brankica Hadzovic y Maria Eulalia Vila. Entrenador: Lucas Mondelo.

EBE Promociones PDV
Irene Herradas, Laura Navarro, Silvia Morales, Kristien Rasmussen, Linea Liljestrand, Alicia Lopez, Shona Thorburn, Mireia Navarrete, Ingrid Pons y Sancho Little. Entrenador: Jordi Fernandez.

Celta Vigourban
Laura Nicholls, Gema Garcia, Maja Milkovic, Alba Torrens, Monica Jorge, Adriane Davie, Maja Erkic, Razza Mujanovic, Choche Alonso, Dragana Svitlica y Pilar Valero (173-F-70). Entrenador: Miguel Mendez.

Extrugasa
Kiesha Brown, Marina Kress, Sara Gomez, Andra Lopez, Helena Mariño, Miriam Herrera, Maria Asurmendi, Leslie Ardon, Jo Hill, Katia da Silva y Agne Ciudariene. Entrenador: Isaac Fernandez.

Rivas Futura
Laura Camps, Laura Antoja, Franciele Aparecida, Maria Pina, Arantxa Gomez Novo, Cathy Joens, Jelena Dubjlevic, Rankica Sarenac, Patricia Arguello, Paola Ferrari, Sena Pavetic y Nicole Antibe. Entrenador: Alberto Ortego.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

McKenzie sent Sdent Sierre Basket to Eurocup -by Eurobasket News

Sdent Sierre Basket-Uniao da Madeira 96:51 (19-21, 22-4, 26-10, 29-16)

Sdent Sierre Basket advanced to Eurocup destroying Uniao da Madeira 96:51. After a brilliant second quarter the team was ready to pack their bags. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76) was unstoppable scoring 29 points and making 15 rebounds. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) nailed 25, while Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management) netted 22. Tiffany Sardin (183-F-83, college: Virginia) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing clause.


Uniao da Madeira hoped for the total success as the team won the first game in Portugal 59:57. Moreover the guests opened the game with 2-7 run to stay in front. Uniao da Madeira led the game to the second quarter winning 19:21.
Portuguese team was held to four points for the rest of the half and went to half-time trailing 43:25. That was a brilliant moment for Sdent Sierre Basket that produced 22:4 in the second.
The hosts were on fire and did not stop in the second half. Maria Villarroel Caraballo gave her team plus 30 in the end of the third quarter. Ines Aragao (187-C-85) scored the last points in it making the score 67:35 after three quarters.
A crucial 29:16 in the last sent the hosts to Eurocup tournament as they qualified from the Elimination Round with 153:110 aggregate win.

Sdent Sierre Basket: Rhona McKenzie 29+15 rebs, Maria Villarroel 25, Katrien Vercauteren 22
Uniao da Madeira: Tiffany Sardin 14+10 rebs, Ines Aragao 11



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TRINIDAD - Women

Courts Horizon held-off Police -by Don Farrell
In the first match, Courts Horizon smarting from their 60-51 opening League lost to Sportworld Straker Nets last Friday defeated Police 50-39.

For Courts Horizon, centre Rachael Thompson-King registered her second double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Leslie Ann Homer top-scored for the winless Police team after two matches with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Horizon, the reigning national and three-times North Zone champion team was made to play from behind after the first quarter ended in Police favour 10-9. Horizon bounced back to enjoy a 22-19 second half lead.

After leading 33-29 at the end of the third quarter Horizon outscored Police 17-10 to return to winners row.

Wednesday¹s SBL Results:

UNIT TRUST MALONEY PACERS 66 (Brendon Dennis 15 pts, 5 rebs; Randy Greenidge 14 pts; Shawn Lawrence 12 pts, 8 rebs) v DETOUR DAN KELLY SHAK ATTACK 65 (Kenyata Alfred 12 pts, 4 rebs; Kurt Christian 10 pts, 8 rebs, 8 stls)

COURTS HORIZON 50 (Rachael Thompson-King 18 pts, 17 rebs, 4 stls; Marcellin Noel- Robets 10 pts, 4 rebs, 4 stls) v POLICE SPORTS CLUB 39 (Leslie Ann Homer 14 pts, 8 rebs)


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Top flight sides progress -by Dave Ryan
All four Division One sides progressed into the second round of the Women's National following Saturday's ties.
Twenty eight points from Colbert helped Team Northumbria make short work of their home tie against Leeds Carnegie, running out 108-47. The home side, who had Zoe Vickers add 18 points, were 25-12 up at the first break and effectively had the game sewn up at half-time with a 57-23 lead. A 33-8 third period ended any thoughts of a comeback. Zoe Frome was the only Leeds player in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
Top division newcomers UWIC Archers had probably the toughest test of the teams forced to start at the opening stage, travelling to Black Country Bears. Led by Great Britain international Steph Collins who finished with 18 points, Archers were 15-12 up at the first break, but they blew the Bears away in the second period to go into the locker room 43-23 ahead. UWIC won the third period 18-9 to wrap things up, with Hopgood adding 13 for the Welsh side and Hall leading the Bears with 12 points.
Nineteen points from Christal Turner helped the other newly promoted side, Sevenoaks Suns, comfortably progress with a 65-39 against Brixton Topcats. The Kent side took a one point lead into the second period but outscored the visitors 25-14 in the second period to go into the locker room 40-28 ahead, and a 14-2 third quarter wrapped things up. Nicky Avery (13) and Ana Timola (10) also got in double figures for Suns, while J Akila led Briton with 12.
London Towers had the biggest scare of the Division One sides, narrowly beating Enfield Phoenix 60-59. The home side led 13-5 at the first break, but were outscored 16-8 in the second period to lead 25-21 at the half. Phoenix shaved another two points off that lead in the third period, and cut the deficit by a further point in the fourth, but could not gain the shock win. F Morton (15) and Kellie Runciman (13) led the Towers scoring.
The other London derby proved less close as Holbrook Tigers outscored London Westside in each of the first three periods to run out 58-43 home winners, while Bury Blue Devils built on a strong first period to progress with a 53-49 win against Stockport Lapwings.
Southend Swifts bounced back after last week's poor league performances to defeat West Herts Warriors Swifts made a good start, taking a 9-4 lead off the back of five points from Emma Hart. A Rachel Armstrong three-pointer helped the margin extend to 14-7 but Warriors fought back scoring the next five points. The home side made the next three but West Herts made their intentions clear by scoring the final six points to take the lead at 18-17 after the opening 10 minutes; Duff already with seven points.
A three-pointer from Francesca Whitby triggered an 11-3 run as Southend rapidly turned defensive intensity into fast break scores. Four points from Katie Doubleday took the lead into double figures at 36-25 and a further Whitby three-pointer helped the margin out to 42-28. The team continued to press forward and an outrageous three-point shot from Hannah Culwick on the half time buzzer helped Southend to a 47-30 half time advantage, with 30 points scored in the second period. Often the third quarter has been Swifts undoing but there would be no capitulation this time. With Rebecca Brough's usual defensive intensity causing turnovers, 14 year old Christina Gaskin simply took over the game for the hosts. The 6' 1” youngster scored 10 points in the quarter, as well as taking numerous rebounds, as her team extended the lead to 66-43 going into the final period.
Whitby and Brough combined for eight of the first 10 points and a huge three-point shot from Jennie Rodgers took Swifts on 15-2 stretch that took the match beyond doubt and the Essex side closed out proceedings with a surprisingly comfortable 85-54 victory. Gaskin 24, Whitby 19 and Hart 12 leading the scorers in a very good team effort. Duff led the visitors with 15 points, while Swann added 10.
Hannah Watkins let the way with 22 points as Taunton Tigers defeated West Country rivals Plymouth Racers 64-49, leaving coach Steve Green a delighted man: “This was a great win for the girls and another excellent team effort. With so many injury concerns it was expected that we would have a really close game today - all the girls made the most of the opportunities presented to them and really stepped up their game, particularly Emily Farthing who was voted MVP for her excellent rebounding and all-round contribution. We will look forward to Rhondda in the next round and enjoy the experience”
Once again Tigers got off to a quick start, moving the ball well and filling the lanes to split the Raiders depleted defence in a regular fashion, but despite six points from Farthing they only led 16-14 at the first break. Coach Green rotated his bench throughout the second quarter and got all the girls into the game by the half-time break. Although Plymouth reorganised in the second quarter, cutting down Tigers offensive options, their limited team rotation was beginning to hurt as first Ella Hewton and then Watkins and Petra Kostrejova made the most of their scoring opportunities to take Tigers into the break comfortably leading 36-29.
The third quarter was largely a repeat of the previous quarter with Watkins now beginning to really dominate under the hoop and enabling guards Abby Pow, Frankie Fair, Nicky Hartston and Hannah Maddocks to all pick up valuable points and spread the shooting threats against a weary and increasingly dis-organised Plymouth's defence as Tigers closed out the quarter leading 53-39 to wrap up the win. Farthing finished with 12 points, while Duthie and De-Cavnel led Plymouth with 16 apiece.
Sunday's only game saw Leicester Beachamp Cannons outscore Sefton Starlights in all four periods to stroll to a 67-41 victory - Smith leading their scoring with 13, while Dyer's 16 points for the visitors proving fruitless.


Division One opens on Saturday -by Dave Ryan
City of Sheffield Hatters open their defence of the EBL Women's Division One title with a home game against newly promoted Sevenoaks Suns, on Saturday. Hatters ended a three year drought of league success by snatching the title from old rivals Rhondda Rebels on the final day of the season, and having already won the National Cup they went on to complete a clean sweep with a Championship final victory against the Welsh side.
With Great Britain's international games forcing a late start to the season, Coach Betty Cadona cannot wait for the action to start: “We're looking forward to it, it's always a new challenge and it will certainly be interesting”
Hatters have made two additions to their squad for the forthcoming campaign. With Leandra Little opting to play football rather than basketball, and Millie Watkins struggling to find time with a new job, Sheffield went back on their original decision to stick with one import with the addition of Erica McCoy (183-F-84). The 23-year-old forward joins from South Charleston University where she averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her senior season. The 6' 0” players was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and won her team's most valuable player award in the 2005/6 season.
Coach Cadona has also added former Brixton Topcats forward Olufunke Ademiji, who has recently played in Australia. “Funky” is expected to start the season in Hatters' second division team.
Last season's league MVP Stephanie Gandy returns for a second season with the Hatters, and with the Naylor sisters and Great Britain international Katie Crowley also returning, Cadona is hopeful that her side can repeat last season's success: “We'll always go for it” she said. “There's no guarantees, but we'll give it everything we've got.”
Crowley is expected to be missing due to injury when the action starts at All Saints School on Saturday.
Last season's runners-up Rhondda Rebels will look to build on their success in Europe last week when they travel to Fusion Leisure Centre to face London Towers. It will be a new-look Rebels team with Americans LaNedra Brown and Kirby Copeland being joined by Scottish guard Alex Nelson and Slovakian guard/forward Martina Gandzalova. Also linking up with Rebels player-coach Andrea Congreaves is 18-year-old guard Harriett Year who is a product of the Barking Abbey academy in East London and won the under-18 women's player-of-the-year award with Sevenoaks Suns last season.
Towers were the other Division One side involved in the National Cup last weekend, and they narrowly avoided an upset as they won 60-59 at home against cross-town rivals Enfield Phoenix. Rhondda comfortably won both meetings last season, hammering Towers 112-39 at home in October before winning 105-43 at Crystal Palace in March.
Two sides who will be looking for top four finishes meet at Hamble Sports Centre where Solent Suns host Manchester Mystics. It will be a new-look Suns side, as the bedrock of local British talent including last season's leading scorer Caroline Turner, has been added to with four new signings. Ashley Brown, a dynamic point guard from Seattle University, and Lori Drake, a free scoring forward from North Carolina made their debut this weekend in a series of friendly games last weekend and they are joined by from German duo centre Katarina Wohlberg and guard Annika Lohneiss.
Head coach Michael Ball is looking forward to the new campaign: “There is a great deal of excitement around the club. The new players have settled in well and our young players who competed within junior England teams over the summer months have come back raring to make an impact.”
Both sides won their home game against each other last season, Suns recording a 66-59 November win and Mystics gaining revenge with a 66-51 success in February.
Having had a relatively successful first season in the top section, Team Northumbria have added two import players to their roster, as they start their season with a home double header against newly promoted sides UWIC Archers and Sevenoaks Suns.
Jaye Colbert and Loui Hall were introduced at the Newcastle Eagles opening game of the season. The team has had some pre-season friendlies before opening the season in the National Cup against Leeds Carnegie last Saturday. Head coach Deirdre Hayes was unable to use both players as cup rules only allow one foreign player to be used against teams from the league below. Hayes used point guard Colbert who responded in style with six three pointers and led the team with 38 points as Northumbria entered the second round of the cup with an empathetic 108-47 victory. Hayes will also be looking to blood England under-18 centre Dominique Allen and guard Ruth Davison over the 2007-8 campaign after both played in the European Championships during the summer.
Northumbria open their campaign on Saturday against UWIC before facing Sevenoaks the following day. Steelers won the Division Two South title last season and defeated Sheffield Hatters II in a tense play-off final to complete the double , and have added Great Britain international Steph Collins to their squad from Welsh rivals Rhondda. They made a successful start to their season on Saturday, defeating last season's Division Two North runners-up Black Country Bears 69-40, with Collins top scoring on 18 points.
Suns are the visitors on Sunday, and the Kent side will want to build on last season's runners-up spot in Division Two South. Nineteen points from Cristal Turner helped them start the campaign successfully with a 65-39 win against Brixton Topcats in the cup.
The two sides who provided the biggest challenge to the Sheffield/Rhondda domination of the division, Nottingham Wildcats and London Heathrow Acers meet at Wildcats Arena on Saturday. Acers piped Wildcats to third spot last season, and the two teams proved to be evenly matched as they each won their away league game. Wildcats returned from Spelthorne with a 66-54 win in February, but the Acers gained revenge in the return five weeks later with a 75-70 victory.


Rhondda Rebels beat Boaviagem and advances to Eurocup -by Eurobasket News

Rhondda Rebels -Boaviagem Angra Acores 69:57 (21-12, 13-14, 20-12, 15-19)

British representative Rhondda Rebels beat Boaviagem and advances to Eurocup tournament. A 69:57 win at home proved the superiority of the Rebels as they win 147:122 after two games. In England Andrea Congreaves (193-C-70) and Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) led the winners with 18 points each. Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) followed then with 16 points for the hosts. Kristin Wiener (191-C-85, college: N.Illinois) ended up with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Portuguese team had nothing to lose and started the game offensively. It was a chance for the hosts to see some drawbacks in defense and to win the first 21:12.

In the second quarter the game changed a bit as Boaviagem Angra Acores had more possession of the ball. They won the second quarter 13:14, but still trailed in the game.
A 20:12 in the third quarter sent the Brits to Eurocup immediately as they remembered 65:78 in a road game. Even though Boaviagem won the last quarter it did not upset the Rebels. The British team will represent the country in Eurocup this year.


The Elimination Round will be also played on October 25 and 26. The rest 4 teams-winners will join Rhondda Rebels and the rest of the teams.

Rhondda Rebels: Andrea Congreaves 18+12 rebs, Kirby Copeland 18, Martina Gandzalova 16
Boaviagem Angra Acores: Kristin Wiener 21+12 rebs, Joi Scott (183-F-84, college: Murray St.) 19