EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/2/2007

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ABA

Rochester Fire in serious jeopardy -by Gianni Pascucci
Local media says that the new ABA franchise named Rochester Fire could not start the season due to the usual (in the American Basketball Association) financial problems. It seems that the main team investor, Steve Rodriguez, has so far not payed the franchise's bills. The team was scheduled to open the season at Mayo Civic Center on Nov. 9 against the St. Louis Stunners, and to practice there for the first time Monday, Nov. 5. However, if the franchise hasn't shown the building's operators in the next few days that it has proper proof of insurance, there will be no Monday practice, and more than likely, no season.

Last ABA transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The Houston Takers announced that head coach Sam Smith has been released by the team. Team owner Larry Leonard II stated to media that "Unfortunately, it didn't work out the way we planned and we seemed to be going in two different directions". The new Takers' coach is former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, 48, announced yesterday. The Manchester Millrats released James Life (6'5''-G-83, agency: The Elite Group, college: Massachusetts).

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Fines for two referees -by Dragan Jankovski
Two referees of Adriatic league, Sasa Maricic and Milan Mazic, are suspended for the next two rounds because of unequal criteria during the game of round 7 between Zadar and Zagreb.

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BAHRAIN

Wayne Houston in Bahrain! -by Ali Surgeon

Nuwaidrat club brought american professional Wayne Houston (205-F-73, college: S.Indiana) for tryout yesterday.

Wayne have Great skills around the basket. He has a good shooting touch. He is very aggressive on the boards. Can be a great scorer.

In 2006-2007: Played for Al Hurriya (D1,1T): 31.8ppg, 13.4rpg, 5.3apg, 2.2spg, 2.0bpg, 3PT: 39.6%, in Mar.'07 moved to Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR-D1,1T): 17.8ppg, 11.3rpg, 3apg, 1.0bpg

Awards/Achievements:
HS McDonald's Capital Classic All-Star Game -92
AAU National Championships Winner -99-00
AAU National Championships Mvp -00
IBA Finalist -01
Syrian League Runner-Up -04

He arrived 4 days before the start of 2007-2008 season in which Nuwaidrat is trying to compete with the top 4 teams for a place in the golden square.

Nuwaidrat already acquired the services of Sitra's pointguard Hssein Taqi and Forward Murad Ebrahim.

Nuwaidrat first game will be with Hala who ended third last season and have very strong youth-based team coached by experience coach Ahmed Salman who is one of the top local coaches.

It is worth saying that Nuwaidrat is coached by Walter Parera who is the most experienced foreign coach in Bahrain and had long spell in Muharraq club and Sitra club in the past.



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BOSNIA

Igokea steps closer to EuroCup second stage -by Eurobasket News
Igokea - Bakken Bears 68:62
Bosnian Igokea used the support from 1500 spectators in Aleksandrovac to win the firts leg of the EuroCup elimination round against Bakken Bears. It was a well-matched battle in the opening frame as Danish team managed to secure a narrow 19:18 lead. The situation never changed and the temperature had risen on the court as both teams tried avoid mistakes. Bakken Bears maintained their 1-point lead and were in front 38:37 at halftime. Igokea finally spurred ahead after the break as the Bears missed some open shots while Aleksandar Subara (182-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Slobodan Tosic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) were accurate in their attempts. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80), Aleksandar Subara and Slobodan Tosic nailed three consecutive long jumpers early in the fourth frame to enlarge the hosts' lead to 11 points 63:52. The home team later enlarged the dominance to 13 points but Bakken closed the game with an 8:1 rally to lose by just 6 points and remain within a striking distance from Igokea before the second leg.
Aleksandar Subara led the home team with 16 points. Nikola Vucurovic added 15 points, while Djordje Djogo (206-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) answered with 17 points and 3 assists for Bakken. Soren Ege Hansen (204-C-79) had 16 points in a losing clause. Igokea shot 40% from the field and 68% from free throw line. The Bears replied with the same 40% of field goals but lacked accuracy from charity stripe hitting just 53%. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 32:31, while both teams committed 15 turnovers.
The second leg of this Elimination round clash is scheduled for November 6 in Denmark.

Igokea: Aleksandar Subara 16, Nikola Vucurovic 15, Djordje Djogo 10
Bakken Bears: Andreas Jakobsen 17, Soren Ege Hansen 16


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CHILE

Matthews sign with Deportes Castro -by Daniel Valencia
The american forward Clarence Matthews (200-F, college: Tennessee St.) is the new foreign player of Deportes Castro. Matthews has playing experience in the NCAA and a few games in Argentina in Liga Nacional and TNA. He will be ready to play this weekend against Boston College and CD Puente Alto. The second foreigner of "Los Leones" will be announced during the weekend.

Roster changes for Llanquihue and Castro -by Daniel Valencia
After weeks of bad results, the leaders of Provincial Llanquihue and Deportes Castro decided to change their import players.

The team from Puerto Varas ended the contract with Rashaad Powell (198-F-81, college: Idaho) and Melvin Roberts (201-C-78, college: Northwestern St.). Powell played 20 games in Chile, averaging 27.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals in 37.3 minutes per game. Roberts played 15 games with averages of 20.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 34.5 minutes per game. At the middle of the regular season, the two time champion is in the bottom of the standings.

Meanwhile in Castro, a few weeks of bad results was the reason for this call. Anthony Knox (206-F/C-80, college: Pikeville) played 20 games averaging 18.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. Bobby Madison (198-F-82, college: W.Michigan) played 17 games with Castro with averages of 22.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals in 38.8 minutes per game. After starting at the top the regular season, Castro is now out of the playoffs if the season ends today.

The new foreigners will be announced in the next days.


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CHINA

Explanation of Linked Box Scores at Top of Page -by Arthur Volbert
At the top of the page, we have provided links to the Chinese box scores if you click on the game scores. The columns of the box scores, in order, are Chinese name, number, minutes played, 2-point shots made/attempted, 3-point shots made/attempted, free throws made/attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, personal fouls, steals, turnovers, blocks, three unknown columns, and points scored.

You can check the player numbers against our database to get the English names of the players. You can check my story containing a translation of the box scores for any player who has a total of 8 points, rebounds and assists. I sometimes list a player who has less than an 8 total if that player is a star or a strong prospect.


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COLOMBIA

BUCAROS GETS THE SECOND STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP -by Victor Garcia

Bucaros 97 - Enielsen Guevara 26 pts
Arrieros 85- Curtis Williams 20 pts

Bucaros Freskaleche Delichicks from Bucaramanga defeated yesterday night Arrieros from Antioquia in the fourth game of the 2007 Saludcoop Federation Cup final playoff.

Bucaros played smart game, taking total control since the fourth quarter, Arrieros keep fighting until the end of the second quarter but in the third the team give up, and Bucaros began the celebration.

Edgar Moreno leaded the team all the Cup, but maybe was Hardy Asprilla the spark of the team, Asprilla arrive to his first Fed Cup in a great shape, and playing with his well known courage made the difference in many games.

Bucaros despite have many problems with its import players found in its Colombian roster the foundation of its performance, not just Moreno and Asprilla, but Enielsen Guevara arriving to the best shape of his young career, and the amazing athletic ability of Eleuterio Renteria made this team a hard one to beat, causing mistmatches in almost every position on the court.

Special recognition to the owner-manager and head coach Carlos Parra, his effort to put together that amount of talent, finished with this second straight tittle.

Arrieros had a great season, Curtis Williams was so far the best player of the Cup, Williams finished at the top of the scorers and rebounders, Norbey Aragon also proved his great level carrying over its shoulders the team in many games, Jorge Leon and Luis Julio played solid, Julio played specially well in the last two games of the finals.

A well deserved crown for Bucaros , specially after beat a hard one rival as Arrieros

BUCAROS WINS THE FINAL PLAYOFF 4 - 0



LATINBASKET.COM AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS -by Victor Garcia
LATINBASKET FINALS MVP:

Hardy Asprilla - Bucaros

LATINBASKET CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Curtis Williams - Arrieros
Edgar Moreno - Bucaros

LATINBASKET ALL FED CUP FIRST TEAM:

Edgar Moreno - Bucaros
Dajuan Gouard -Piratas
Norbey Aragon - Arrieros
Derrick Miller -Indervalle
Curtis Williams - Arrieros

LATINBASKET ALL FED CUP DOMESTIC TEAM

Edgar Moreno - Bucaros
Ricardo Sanz - Piratas
Norbey Aragon - Arrieros
Hardy Asprilla - Bucaros
Enielsen Guevara - Bucaros


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CYPRUS

Day 2: Great win for APOEL against Keravnos. Success for ENAD and Apollon -by Erodotos Miltiadous
The 2007-08 championship is turning out to be a very exciting season. After ASPIS APOEL's surprise win against AEL for day 1, the Nicosia yellows succeeded another unexpected victory, this time over Keravnos on Wednesday (31/10). APOEL beat the Strovolos team 76-64 in neutral Agios Dometios, since the Lefkotheo arena is punished.

APOEL was better through-out the game and earned a well deserved win. Yiangoullis' side had Loren Stokes in great mood. The American scored 33 points and gathered 5 rebounds, guiding his team to victory. The last time the visitors took the lead was half way through the first period (13-15). From that point on, APOEL took over and with the support of around 1000 fans, dominated against their high profile opponents.

Periods: 24-20, 43-33, 58-49, 76-64
ASPIS APOEL (Kyriakos Yiangoullis): Van Dorbe 6, Stokes 33 (6), Miceta 4, Ocokoljic 13 (2), Radunovic 2, Wheeler 9, Pantouris 2, Ivanovic 2, Garcia 5.
Keravnos (Vassilis Fragias): Giannas, Vidakovic 2, Vukadinov 7 (1), Anastasiadis 3, Henderson 9 (1), Hart 5 (1), Damjanovic 2, Trisokkas 16, Kosanovic 7 (1), Radojevic 13.

Apollon - AEK 83-60
The Limassol side took their second win of the season in an easy manner against BMC AEK Larnaca. The home team managed to earn a 32-12 lead by the end of the first period and make sure to keep the lead until the end. Ryan Diggs scored 21 points for the winners while for the visitors, Kandic managed to score 16 points.

Periods: 32-12, 50-27, 70-46, 83-60
Pizza Express PrimeTel Apollon (Stratos Koukoulekidis): Kostekoglou, Kazoulis, Markou, Myrick 15 (1), Sakota 8 (1), Diggs 21, Xenophontos, Ierodiakonou, Avramovski 11, Mladenov 10, Kitsoulis 6 (2), Ekine 12 (3).
BMC AEK (Michalis Michael): Fellas 5 (1), Fantousis , Lefkaritis 5, Kouzapas, Svetcovic 8, Kuprijianov, Knight, Novakovic 2, Kandic 16 (2), Panteli 9, Trepalovac 10, Broxy 5.

Achilleas - ENAD 56-71
On Tuesday (30/10), ENAD, with great performance in the second half and Andreas Pilavas doing anything he wanted on the court, took their first win of the season, against Achilleas in Pallouriotissa with 56-71.

The Cypriot guard scored 23 points and practically carried his team on his shoulders when the home side was leading through-out the first half. In the second part of the game, ENAD had a storming start and took a big lead which they kept until the end.

Periods: 18-16, 32-34, 42-50, 56-71
Frederick Achilleas (Takis Mirallais): Zotovic 8 (1), Panteli, Georgiou 8 (1), Stylianou A. 2, Stylianou S. 8 (2), Misiraca 7 (1), Vrcelj 7, Smith 14 (2), Theocharidis 2.
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD (Christos Stylianidis): Achilleos, Franklin 6, Pilavas 23 (2), Matic 1, Hadi 1, Argyrou 5 (1), Konstantinou, Zoric 15, Vujicic 3, Tadic 4, Enright 13 (1)
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CZECH REP.

Phillip Parun is the first Czech FIBA agent -by Petr Kapitulcin
We are pleased to announce that on October 24, 2007, Mr. Phillip Parun successfully passed the FIBA Agent examination in Geneve, Switzerland and is now a certified FIBA Agent.

Kelvin Esemomoh will not be wearing Kolin's jersey -by Ondra Simecek
BC Kolin finnished the try-out with Kelvin Esemomoh (214-C, college: Cent.Florida CC) and sent him back home to USA. The reason for Esemomoh not being succesfull in the try-out was his health problem.

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DENMARK

Igokea steps closer to EuroCup second stage -by Eurobasket News
Igokea - Bakken Bears 68:62
Bosnian Igokea used the support from 1500 spectators in Aleksandrovac to win the firts leg of the EuroCup elimination round against Bakken Bears. It was a well-matched battle in the opening frame as Danish team managed to secure a narrow 19:18 lead. The situation never changed and the temperature had risen on the court as both teams tried avoid mistakes. Bakken Bears maintained their 1-point lead and were in front 38:37 at halftime. Igokea finally spurred ahead after the break as the Bears missed some open shots while Aleksandar Subara (182-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Slobodan Tosic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) were accurate in their attempts. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80), Aleksandar Subara and Slobodan Tosic nailed three consecutive long jumpers early in the fourth frame to enlarge the hosts' lead to 11 points 63:52. The home team later enlarged the dominance to 13 points but Bakken closed the game with an 8:1 rally to lose by just 6 points and remain within a striking distance from Igokea before the second leg.
Aleksandar Subara led the home team with 16 points. Nikola Vucurovic added 15 points, while Djordje Djogo (206-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) answered with 17 points and 3 assists for Bakken. Soren Ege Hansen (204-C-79) had 16 points in a losing clause. Igokea shot 40% from the field and 68% from free throw line. The Bears replied with the same 40% of field goals but lacked accuracy from charity stripe hitting just 53%. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 32:31, while both teams committed 15 turnovers.
The second leg of this Elimination round clash is scheduled for November 6 in Denmark.

Igokea: Aleksandar Subara 16, Nikola Vucurovic 15, Djordje Djogo 10
Bakken Bears: Andreas Jakobsen 17, Soren Ege Hansen 16


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EGYPT

TWO EASY WINS FOR EGYPT ON KUWAIT AND PALESTINE IN THE ARABIC CHAMPIONSHIP -by Kirolos Beshay

In the Arabic championship held on Alexandria basketball court, the Egyptian national team had tow big wins over Kuwait 93/51 and over Palestine 108/52. Most of the players were good in both games and they did what the coach says. By these scores Egypt qualified to the next round. Egypt has a match today against Saudi Arabia which doesn't have any effect on the qualification of the Egyptian national team.
Results from The Arabic championship:
Group A

Jordan 104/72 Iraq
Libya 62/83 Tunisia
Jordan 86/63 Qatar
Iraq 80/67 Sudan
Qatar 78/90 Tunisia
Iraq 77/89 Libya
Sudan 65/84 Qatar
Tunisia 70/82 Jordan
Sudan 51/77 Libya
Group B
Saudi Arabia 76/52 Palestine

Kuwait 103/70 Palestine

Palestine 83/72 Yemen

Kuwait 76/65 Yemen

Saudi Arabia 63/50 Yemen



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EUROLEAGUE

Zalgiris shakes off a slow start to upset Prokom -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Prokom 82:72

Zalgiris overcame somewhat a disastrous start of the home game against Polish Prokom to post their first win in Euroleague this season. Prokom silenced a 5000 crowd in Kaunas Sports Center after they recorded a 31:13 rally to opened the game with. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) netted a three pointer to cap the first stanza and Zalgiris trailed 16:31 at the first intermission. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) kept Prokom ahead in the second quarter but due to a couple of long jumpers from Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) Zalgiris cut the deficit to 11 points. The hosts did not slow down and finalized the first half with another impressive 11:0 run to come within 7 points at halftime 35:42. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) dragged Zalgiris early in the third stanza before De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) finally did not make it a 1-point deficit 43:44. Paulius Jankunas hit another trey and lifted Zalgiris in front 46:44. The hosts were now hard to stop as extended their lead to 6 points entering the fourth stanza 56:50. Christos Harissis and Travis Best combined 5 points early in the final term to show they were still in contest. Prokom later tied the scoreline at 67 but Jonas Maciulis nailed a three pointer and De Juan Collins added one more jump shot to carry Zalgiris ahead 72:67. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82) exchanged the shots in the dying seconds but it never helped Prokom to draw teams and they lost their second straight encounter in Group A.
Jonas Maciulis led Zalgiris with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Morko Marko Popovic nailed 15 points for the winners. Travis Best and Milan Gurovic were the top scorers for Prokom with 20 points apiece. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) netted 14 points in a losing effort.
Zalgiris dominated the game under the boards as they outrebounded Prokom 39:28. They also shot 40% of field goals and 70% of free throws.
Zalgiris will next play against Montepschi Siena away from home.

Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 17, Marko Popovic 15, De Juan Collins 13
Prokom: Travis Best 20, Milan Gurovic 20, Donatas Slanina 14


CSKA posts first home win in Euroleague season -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Montepaschi 74:70

CSKA Moscow continued their winning start of the new Euroleague season as they beat Montepaschi Siena at home. This was not an easy journey for Moscow side as they had to come back from behind in the final frame to celebrate the second victory in the season.
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) was a hero of the first frame as he nailed 3 treys and piled up 12 points for Siena but Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) answered with a trey of his own late in the first quarter and CSKA headed into the first intermission leading 20:18. The hosts defense started to work simalteniously and limited Montepaschi early in the second quarter. CSKA used it to extend the lead to 7 points and later Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) sparked a 9:0 run and the home team cleared off to a 36:25 distance. But Montepaschi revived before halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) hit from afar and Ksystof Lavrinovic converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to just 3 points 33:36 with teams heading into the dressing rooms. Soon after the break CSKA ran away to a 10-point distance due to some impresive inside the paint plays from David Andersen (212-C-80) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79). Moscow team held on to the lead and entered the fourth period in front 60:52. Matjaz Smodis then sank another trey to give CSKA a 63:52 advantage early in the final term. However Siena replied with an 11:2 rally that saw CSKA lead vanish. Rimantas Kaukenas drained another three-pointer and Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) converted a spectacular hook to lift the visitors ahead 68:67 with under 3 minutes remaining. Rimantas Kaukenas gave Montepaschi another spark as he added two more points to make it 70:67. Matjaz Smodis though retained the lead as he dropped 4 straight points. He later added another free throw to make it 72:70 for the hosts with 9 seconds left. The ball was handed to Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) who committed a turnover and Trajan Langdon sealed the win for CSKA from charity stripe.
Matjaz Smodis topscored for CSKA with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 12 points for the winners. Rimantas Kaukenas posted game-high 19 points and 6 assists for Siena. Ksystof Lavrinovic had 16 points in defeat.
CSKA improved to 2-0 record and plays against Olimpija on the road in Round 3. Montepaschi fell to 1-1 record and next face Zalgiris at home.

CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 16, Theodoros Papaloukas 12, Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) 11, Ramunas Siskauskas 11
Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 19, Ksystof Lavrinovic 16


Nikola Pekovic brought second win to Partizan Igokea -by Dragan Jankovski
After nice victory over AXA Barcelona at home in the opening round of Euroleague, Partizan Igokea made extremely important win in thriller against French champion Chorale Roanne in France 88:87. 24 seconds before the end Rush drained long 3-pointer for 87:85 for the hosts. Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic called time out and decided to post up center Pekovic who succeeded to score under the basket with a foul after what he made crucial free throw. Last possession for Roanne, almost 8 seconds remaining, was unsuccessful as they missed from behind the arc.
MVP of the first round of Euroleague, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), once again was hero of the game continuing where he stopped against AXA Barcelona. He nailed 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points while Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) had 13 points and 6 assists. On the other side Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) netted 29 points.

Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion is currently on the top of group C together with Panathinaikos while Real Madrid, who has a chance to reach the same score, is waiting for Roma tomorrow.


Partizan Igokea - Chorale Roanne 87:88
(23:23,12:21,28:26,24:18)

Chorale Roanne:
Poupet 5, Soliman, Badiane 3, Salyers 20 (9 rebs), Cazalon 6, Hess 11, Pallin 4 (5 as), Rush 29 (4 rebounds)
DNP: Wilson.
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 13 (6 as), Tepic 14, Kecman 12, Tripkovic 11, Borovnjak 2 (5 rebs), Velickovic 2 (5 rebs), Pekovic 23 (7 rebs, 3 as), Vitkovac 11, Bozic, Milosevic, Vranes
DNP: Djurkovic.


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FINLAND

Vilpas fell short against FoKoPo -by Jari Vikman
Salon Vilpas couldn´t cut FoKoPo´s winning streak and lost 107-71. Ronnie Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) was man of the match with 37/7, Chris Smith (201-F/C-82, college: St.Edward's) supported well with 23/13. Vilpas high point man was Michael Housman with 17/8.

KORISLIIGA: Jukka Matinen The Player of October -by Rauno Hurmalainen
NT F Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) (Honka, Espoo) has been named The Player of October. Matinen is the leading scorer in Finland right now (23,3 ppg) and Honka, which
Team was 4-2 in October, was 4-0 with Jukka Matinen. Matinen has missed two games because of sprained ankle and Honka has been in trouble without him.


KORISLIIGA: Toni Ilmonen over 5000 pts -by Rauno Hurmalainen
SG Toni Ilmonen (187-G-77) (KTP, Kotka) scored on Wednesday at Karkkila 16 pts and has now scored during 12 seasons on top level over 5000 pts. The numbers are exactly 5007 pts in 379 games which is 13,2 ppg. Ilmonen, who has been 16 times on NT roster, is one of the best FT shooters in Finland. During the career he is averaging 86,6% (916/1058) from the FT line.

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FYR MACEDONIA

Swisslion Pelister win in overtime -by Todor Chalovski
Swisslion Pelister got a 95:91 win over Fersped Rabotnicki in the most interesting game from Day 6 of the First Macedonian league.

Feni Industri and amak SP proove their status as favorites, as they get wins as well.

SWISSLION PELISTER - FERSPED RABOTNICKI 95:91
Result by quarters: 19:29; 24:11; 18:20; 19:21; 15:11.

SWISSLION PELISTER: Petkovski 4, Savovic, Popovic 7, Dujovic 3, Apcev, Nikolov, Pejanovic 23, Stankovic 26, Petrovski, Miljkovic 7, Talevski 22, Zaharievski 2.
Coach: Aleksandar Petrovic.

FERSPED RABOTNICKI: Stojanovski 6, Stojchevski, Brchkov, Filipovic 8, Simic 15, Kochov, Mirakovski 39, Zivcevic 11, Trajkovski 4, Mihajlovski, Nakic, Markovski 8.
Coach: Marin Dokuzovski.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE - FENI INDUSTRI 59:83
Result by quarters: 15:24; 23:9; 10:32; 11:18.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE: Sazdov 2, Gjorgjievski 2, Despotovic, SimonovskI, Kralevski 8, Mitic 23, Daskalovski 14, Bocevski, Trifunovski, Nuri, Blazevski 10, Dishliev.
Coach: Tihomir Matevski.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov, Prekovic 22, Basnarkov, Krstev, Koll 2, Radulovic 6, Manev, Gocevski 28, Gjurov 2, Jovovic 13, Mihajloski 2, Samardziev 8.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic.

AMAK SP - MAVROVO 91:60
Result by quarters: 25:8; 17:12; 23:22; 26:18.

AMAK SP: D. Stojanovski 16, Tasevski 8, Gjorgoski 3, Frey 5, Cvetnic 6, Jakimovski, Naumoski 8, Stefanovski 10, V. Stojanovski 10, Nedelkov 4, Nikolovski 8, O'Neal 13.
Coach: Igor Gacov.

MAVROVO: Iljazi 6, Shareski, Jankoski, Veljanovski 3, Angelov 3, Gjuroski, Andrijeski 5, Momiroski 4, Janeski 22, Jusufi 17.
Coach: Dejan Srzic.


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GERMANY

Kulawick on trial in Holland -by Moritz Korff
Robert Kulawick (191-G-86) is currently joining the Den Helder Seals (Holland, First Division) for a try-out. The former German Junior-International started this current season with SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) and averaged 16.2 points in 5 games.

Bradley leaves Berlin -by Moritz Korff
ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) were without Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova), when defeating TBB Trier (92:81) yesterday. The reason is: The club from the German capital and the 28-year-old Post Player agreed on bringing their cooperation to an end. Bradley appeared in 2 Bundesliga-games this season and averaged 1.5 points plus 1 rebound per contest.

Meckenheim adds Joe Travis -by Daniel Poerschke
TuS Meckenheim of the 1. Regionalliga West added US Forward/Center Joe Travis (201-F/C, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Hawaii-Hilo) to their roster. Travis played college ball for the University of Hawaii-Hilo (NCAA II) and spend last year in Germany already. In his debut for Meckenheim against BG Bergheim today, Travis scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

Regionalliga North: Top Ten Scorers -by Moritz Korff
After the first six rounds of the Regionalliga North let's take a look at the topscorers of the league:

1. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) - Berlin: 28.6
2. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) - Osnabrueck: 25.6
3. Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) - Hannover: 25.0
4. Sam Tamargo (186-G-80, college: J.and Wales (RI)) - Wolfenbuettel: 23.2
5. Sebastian Trzcionka (197-F-79) - Bernau: 22.6
5. Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) - MBC II: 22.6
7. Peter Van Rij (206-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) - Magdeburg: 19.8
8. Omarr Russell Smith (180-G-79, college: Bowie St.) - MBC II: 19.3
9. Sven Hellmann (183-G-83) - Rostock: 18.4
10. Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87) - MBC II: 17.2

Courtesy of www.basketball-bund.net


Coach Kortmann replaced in Luxembourg -by Moritz Korff
According to basketnews.lu the German Peter Kortmann is no longer the Head Coach of AS Zolwer in the first division in Luxembourg. Zolwer won only one of its first six games in the league. Kortmann is replaced by American Terence Stansbury. Kortmann previously coached Salzkotten, Bergheim, Dortmund, Werne and other teams in Germany and moved to Luxembourg in January.

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HUNGARY

Market news -by Tamas Deri
Ex-NBA player Randell Jackson (211-F/C-76, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Florida St.) will not play for Albacomp this season, as the management decided not to keep 31-years old american forward after the tryout. Jackson spent two weeks with the team, played one game, but did not play as well.

The management of Hodmezovasarhely invited Kenny Izzo (206-F, college: Georgetown) on a try-out last week, but american forward left our country because of personal reasons.

Torey Thomas (180-G-85, college: Holy Cross) left Hungary last week after two days without telling any reason to his first european club POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND and rumors say that he took the first flight, where he should be playing for the newcomer of the first division, Kepez.
The management invited Jason Smith (183-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Alabama-Huntsville) on a tryout. American guard was All-American two years in a row in NCAA II, where he averaged 20.4 points and 5.14 assists per game. He played for the team Macabbi Tel-Aviv in June on ULEB Summer League in Jesolo, Italy where he was one of the best scorers with 14 points per game. He just signed his first contract in the first division of Ukraine with Budivenik Kyiv, but player decdidd to get out of his contract and try to get a job somewhere else.


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ICELAND

Five games in Iceland Express league -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Stjarnan 85. Thor 78. Top scorers Steven Thomas 23 + 11. Cedric Isom 30
Skallagrimur 88 Fjolnir 65. Top scorers. Darrell Flake 23 + 14 rebs. Petur Sigurdson 22.Drago Pavlovic 24.
Tindastoll 78 Grindavik 90. Marcin Konarzewski 25 + 15 rebs. Adam Darboe 22
Keflavik 110 IR 79. Tommy Johnson 24. Hreggvidur Magnusson 29.
KR 82. Njardvik 81. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) made three pointer on the buzzer to win the game for KR. Joshua Helm with very good game 30 points & 12 rebs. Charleston Long leading scorer for Njardvik with 18 pts.


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INDIA

23rd Federation Cup National Basketball Championship -by Kislay Mishra

23rd Federation Cup National Basketball Championship is being held at Raourkela Orissa from 31st October to 4th November, 2007. Results of the matches on 31.10.2007

BSF (73) beat BSNL (68)

BSF:
Ravinder Singh (16 )
Mohit V. (10)
Roop Singh (18)


BSNL:

Amaresh Patra (13)
Shashikanta (15)
Gangadhar Jena (19)
Ashok Kumar Nayak (18)

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SCR (80) beat VIJAYA BANK, BANGALORE (75)

SCR:
TIRUPATHI (23)
CH. VARMA (15)
ISHLAUDDIN (13)


VIJAYA BANK

MURLI MOHAN (22)
SRINIVEJE G (15)
S. NAYAK (14)

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IOB (60) beat PSEB (33)

IOB:
J PLANTO (18)
CHARDRSELH (15)

PSEB:
DEEPAK (17)
A. SINGH (10)
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ONGC(76) beat INDIAN ARMY(69)

ONGC:
MOHIT BHANDARI (20)
RIYAZ (16)
NISHANT KUMAR (16)
SURESH RANOT (11)

INDIAN ARMY:
SWEETO FRANESS (24)
AROKIA BABU (14)
NAVNEET SINGH (12)
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JAPAN

Evessa stunt Rizing -by Mark Ofel
The 2-time defending BJ champion Osaka Evessa showed why they have worn the crown for the last two seasons with 2 decisive victories over the expansion Fukuoka Rizing. The Rizing opened at home to an excited crowd, but were soon overcome by the determined Evessa. If the first two games are signs of things to come, newcomer Mikey Marshall of Osaka may prove to be perhaps the biggest pickup of the year with 13 pts, 16 rebs. in game 1 and 23 pts, 8 reb and 8 assists in the second game. The Evessa's teamwork and experience showed in both games. In game 1, the Rizing stayed close on the scoring of Josh Peppers (26 pts) and only trailed by 1 at halftime, but the Evessa broke out in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Rizing by 21 points in the second half. Lynn Washington paced Osaka with 28 points and 8 boards, with Lottich (14pts, 7assists) and Newton (11pts, 13rebs) also chipping in.

Game 2 saw the Rizing jump to an early lead, but once again get outpaced by a big 2nd and 3rd quarter from Osaka which outscored Fukuoka 56 -27 during those periods. Washington led Osaka with 27pts, 13rebs and Lottich also recorded 19pts and 6assists. The Rizing were led by Micheal Gardener and Jeffrey Price (15pts each), while Jun Nakanishi added 12.


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KOSOVO

Resuluts in SUPERLEAGUE -by Alban Salihu
Results of first round in Superleague in Kosovo 31.10.07
Bambi : Sigal Prishtina 82 : 79

As Prishtina : Kastrioti 70 : 73

source:fbk-ks.com


First League of Kosova, schedule of Group A and B -by Edona Shabani

This is the matches schedule:

GR .A


- I -


3, 4.11.2007


BASHKIMI - LIPJANI
SHB ”12” - ISTOGU

-II-


10, 11.11.2007


LIPJANI - ISTOGU
BASHKIMI - SHB”12”

-III-


17, 18.11.2007


SHB”12” - LIPJANI
ISTOGU - BASHKIMI

-IV-


24, 25.11.2007


LIPJANI - SHB”12”
BASHKIMI - ISTOGU


-V-


1, 2.12.2007


LIPJANI - BASHKIMI
ISTOGU - SHB”12”


-VI-


8, 9.12.2007


ISTOGU - LIPJANI
SHB”12” - BASHKIMI

Play-off: 15, 16.12.2007 19, 20.12.2007 22, 23.12.2007


GR .B


- I -


3,4.11.2007


MALISHEVA - KOSOVARI
FUSHË KOSOVA - VERTIKALI


-II-

10, 11.11.2007

KOSOVARI - VERTIKALI
MALISHEVA - FUSHË KOSOVA


-III-

17, 18.11.2007


FUSHË KOSOVA - KOSOVARI
VERTIKALI - MALISHEVA


-IV-


24, 25.11.2007


KOSOVARI - FUSHË KOSOVA
MALISHEVA - VERTIKALI


-V-


1, 2.12.2007


KOSOVARI - MALISHEVA
VERTIKALI - FUSHË KOSOVA


-VI-


8, 9.12.2007


VERTIKALI - KOSOVARI
FUSHË KOSOVA - MALISHEVA


Play-off: 15, 16.12.2007 19, 20.12.2007 22, 23.12.2007


Source: www.fbk-ks.com



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KUWAIT

«Blue basketball» win against Yemen -by Saber Abdulbaset
Overcoming the blue basket followed by the third Arab Cup competitors, which are currently in the city of Alexandria after they defeated his Yemeni outcome 76 / 65 in the second round of the group, the Blue able to settle the outcome of all games for him (19 / 17, 40 / 35, 61 / 50).
Bringing its score 4 points from two wins and a loss.


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris shakes off a slow start to upset Prokom -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Prokom 82:72

Zalgiris overcame somewhat a disastrous start of the home game against Polish Prokom to post their first win in Euroleague this season. Prokom silenced a 5000 crowd in Kaunas Sports Center after they recorded a 31:13 rally to opened the game with. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) netted a three pointer to cap the first stanza and Zalgiris trailed 16:31 at the first intermission. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) kept Prokom ahead in the second quarter but due to a couple of long jumpers from Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) Zalgiris cut the deficit to 11 points. The hosts did not slow down and finalized the first half with another impressive 11:0 run to come within 7 points at halftime 35:42. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) dragged Zalgiris early in the third stanza before De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) finally did not make it a 1-point deficit 43:44. Paulius Jankunas hit another trey and lifted Zalgiris in front 46:44. The hosts were now hard to stop as extended their lead to 6 points entering the fourth stanza 56:50. Christos Harissis and Travis Best combined 5 points early in the final term to show they were still in contest. Prokom later tied the scoreline at 67 but Jonas Maciulis nailed a three pointer and De Juan Collins added one more jump shot to carry Zalgiris ahead 72:67. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82) exchanged the shots in the dying seconds but it never helped Prokom to draw teams and they lost their second straight encounter in Group A.
Jonas Maciulis led Zalgiris with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Morko Marko Popovic nailed 15 points for the winners. Travis Best and Milan Gurovic were the top scorers for Prokom with 20 points apiece. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) netted 14 points in a losing effort.
Zalgiris dominated the game under the boards as they outrebounded Prokom 39:28. They also shot 40% of field goals and 70% of free throws.
Zalgiris will next play against Montepschi Siena away from home.

Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 17, Marko Popovic 15, De Juan Collins 13
Prokom: Travis Best 20, Milan Gurovic 20, Donatas Slanina 14


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MALDIVES

3rd National League 2007 -by Mohamed Rishan
The Champions of the 3rd National league would be declared after the match Victory Sc against Hurricane BC on the 2nd of OCTOBER as the two teams have their final confrontation for the league Champions. the match is scheduled to be shown live on the national TV 20:00pm Maldives local time

3rd NATIONAL LEAGUE 2007 -by Mohamed Rishan
Hurricane BC won with a big margin against K.H.United on the 31st October with 85points to 46points. Ahmed Nazeef was the best Player of the match.
SRC wins 77points to 75points to RLC with a very small 3point margin. RLC played their toughest and yet their best performed match of the league yet.


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NAIA

Preseason Polls Released in NAIA -by Brandon Woudstra
NAIA I

Defending national champion Oklahoma City is listed as the preseason No. 1 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Basketball Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced today (Oct. 31). The Stars, who received 327 total points and nine of the 11 first-place votes, out-lasted Concordia (Calif.) in last year's national championship. The Stars return NAIA Tournament MVP Kameron Gray and senior Willie Irick, who paced OCU with a 15.9 scoring average and made NAIA Honorable-Mention All-America status last year.

Concordia begins 2007-08 at No. 2 after CU went 31-7 a year ago. No. 3 Crichton (Tenn.), No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 5 Mountain State (W. V.) round out the Top 5. Crichton and Faulkner advanced to the national quarterfinal round last year while Mountain State went 27-6 overall.

The other Final Four participant, Robert Morris starts at No. 7 in the poll.

The first regular season Top 25 poll is scheduled to be released Dec. 5.

NAIA II

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) finished last year as the No. 1 team and begins 2007-08 with the same status as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Basketball Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll was announced today (Oct. 31). MidAmerica earned 14 first-place votes and 506 total points. MNU defeated Mayville State (N.D.) 78-60 in last year's National Championship.

MNU will be led by NAIA First Team All-American and Heart of America Conference Player of the Year, Adam Hepker.

A semifinal participant, Northwestern (Iowa), is picked at No. 2 after a 26-9 record. Northwestern received the other three first-place votes. No. 3 Warner Pacific (Ore.), Nov. 4 Cedarville (Ohio) and No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan follow Northwestern.

www.naia.org


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NBA

Pistons' final cut is Sammy Mejia. -by Jaime Gomez
Rookie Sammy Mejia (6'6''-G-83, college: De Paul) was the last player to leave the Detroit Pistons' practice court Monday.

A few hours later, he was the team's final cut from the roster.

The Pistons waived Mejia to get down to the league-maximum of 15 players heading into the regular season. He was in a battle for the final roster spot with forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), who spent most of last season on the Pistons' inactive list.

Mejia, drafted out of DePaul in the second round of June's NBA draft, played well in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, leading the Pistons to sign him to a partially guaranteed contract. But he injured an ankle at the beginning of training camp, hampering his progress.

"Sammy was slowed a lot by his ankles, so it was really tough to judge him all through camp," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said last week. "He's a pretty smart player, and he shoots the ball pretty well. Those are his main strengths."

Mejia averaged 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in six exhibition games.

Had Mejia made the roster, he would have spent most of the season with the Pistons' NBA Development League affiliate in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

"It's always tough cutting players, especially guys who have gone through a whole camp and have given a lot," Saunders said. "I guess the positive thing is all of our guys have money. It's not like they're going to go anywhere looking for a job."

With his partially guaranteed contract, Mejia walks away with about $427,000. It's uncertain what role Dupree, who will earn $825,000, will have this season.


The Young Sonics -by Michael Moten
With rookie Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) going 7 of 22 from the field for 18 points, the young Seattle Supersonics began the season with a 120 to 103 loss to the well-stocked Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. What is evident early with Seattle is that new coach P.J. Carlesimo has work to do in instilling the tough physical defensive principles he gathered as assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

On offense with assistant coach Paul Westheads' up-tempo style for which he is known, the Sonics looked solid. The team is well equipped for this style, although a lot is riding on the perimeter jump shot and transition baskets. The better defensive teams in the league close out on jump shooters well and stress transition defense. Exactly what the Nuggets did after halftime forcing the Sonics into 19 turnovers and scoring easily out of nearly every offensive set they ran. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) led Denver with 32 points while Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) was excellent, with 25 points, 14 assists and 7 steals.


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NCAA

Toros Select Stukes as their Fourth Pick in 2007 NBA DL Draft -by Alain Reid
Levi Stukes, a rookie guard from the University of Georgia, has been selected as the fourth overall pick of the Austin Toros in the 2007 NBA DL Draft, which was conducted live last night from New York City. Stukes, who was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, averaged in double figures each of his four years at UGA.

“It's an exciting period in my life and career,” said Stukes, the versatile 6'2” native of Baltimore, MD. “It's been an active summer, and I am now looking forward to launching my career in Austin this season, bringing the Toros franchise a winning attitude and a positive attitude for their loyal fanbase."

Stukes' summer featured training camp stops with the Miami Heat and contract offers from a number of high-level European teams before being drafted by the Toros, who are affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs. He was reportedly approached with six-figure contract offers from teams in the Bundesliga I (Germany), Lega A (Italy) and LEB (Spain). But Stukes had received such positive scouting reports from NBA general managers and scouting directors that him and his management team decided to debut him in the NBA Development League.

"At the end of the day, we felt that the NBA DL would put Levi in the best position to stay front and center on NBA teams' radar, while still not compromising his marketability overseas," said Matthew Rizzetta, president of MCR Sports Marketing, Inc., and agent for Stukes. "The international offers we recevied for Levi, while tempting, were not worth the risk of jeopardizing his prospects of playing in the NBA this year."

A contributing factor in Rizzetta's decision might be, in fact, the fact that 44 NBA DL alumni are on opening day NBA rosters this season; in total that comprises 12 percent of the entire NBA. The risk also might be a bit more calculated than most are giving credit for, as Stukes' team has reportedly received commitments from some high-level European teams to buy him out of his NBA DL contract if he doesn't get an NBA call-up by mid-season. Neither Stukes nor Rizzetta would comment on this or go into specifics on the teams that made formal offers to the player for the 2007-2008 season.

Stuke's resume also includes honors as an All-SEC Conference Freshman, and honorable mention All-SEC. Most recently, Stukes averaged 12.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.0 apg in the 2006-2007 season. He also shot 43% from 3-point range, and over 83% from the free throw line. He will be forever remember in University of Georgia history as the kid who sunk the buzzer-beating three-point shot in a thrilling overtime victory against archrival LSU last season.

In addition to Stukes, the Toros also drafted notable former NBA and international players such as Kevin Pittsnogle (West Virginia '06) and Ashanti Cook (Georgetown '06). The Stukes-led Toros will make their NBA DL debut at Rio Valley on November 23, before returning to Austin for their home opener on November 24 against Bakersfield.


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NCAA2

Meckenheim adds Joe Travis -by Daniel Poerschke
TuS Meckenheim of the 1. Regionalliga West added US Forward/Center Joe Travis (201-F/C, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Hawaii-Hilo) to their roster. Travis played college ball for the University of Hawaii-Hilo (NCAA II) and spend last year in Germany already. In his debut for Meckenheim against BG Bergheim today, Travis scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

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RUSSIA

CSKA posts first home win in Euroleague season -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Montepaschi 74:70

CSKA Moscow continued their winning start of the new Euroleague season as they beat Montepaschi Siena at home. This was not an easy journey for Moscow side as they had to come back from behind in the final frame to celebrate the second victory in the season.
Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) was a hero of the first frame as he nailed 3 treys and piled up 12 points for Siena but Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) answered with a trey of his own late in the first quarter and CSKA headed into the first intermission leading 20:18. The hosts defense started to work simalteniously and limited Montepaschi early in the second quarter. CSKA used it to extend the lead to 7 points and later Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) sparked a 9:0 run and the home team cleared off to a 36:25 distance. But Montepaschi revived before halftime. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) hit from afar and Ksystof Lavrinovic converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to just 3 points 33:36 with teams heading into the dressing rooms. Soon after the break CSKA ran away to a 10-point distance due to some impresive inside the paint plays from David Andersen (212-C-80) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79). Moscow team held on to the lead and entered the fourth period in front 60:52. Matjaz Smodis then sank another trey to give CSKA a 63:52 advantage early in the final term. However Siena replied with an 11:2 rally that saw CSKA lead vanish. Rimantas Kaukenas drained another three-pointer and Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) converted a spectacular hook to lift the visitors ahead 68:67 with under 3 minutes remaining. Rimantas Kaukenas gave Montepaschi another spark as he added two more points to make it 70:67. Matjaz Smodis though retained the lead as he dropped 4 straight points. He later added another free throw to make it 72:70 for the hosts with 9 seconds left. The ball was handed to Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) who committed a turnover and Trajan Langdon sealed the win for CSKA from charity stripe.
Matjaz Smodis topscored for CSKA with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 12 points for the winners. Rimantas Kaukenas posted game-high 19 points and 6 assists for Siena. Ksystof Lavrinovic had 16 points in defeat.
CSKA improved to 2-0 record and plays against Olimpija on the road in Round 3. Montepaschi fell to 1-1 record and next face Zalgiris at home.

CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 16, Theodoros Papaloukas 12, Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) 11, Ramunas Siskauskas 11
Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 19, Ksystof Lavrinovic 16


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S.AMER.CLUB CH.

SACHAM 2007 - Matchday 1: Minas surprises Boca, Universo and Penarol win -by Francisco Vega
The 44th edition of the South American Clubs Championship started in Brasilia, Brazil, and the current champions, Boca Juniors of Argentina, were defeated in the tournament opener against Pitagoras Minas. Later, Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina) won a close one over Duros de Lara (Venezuela) and Universo BRB did not have any problems to overcome Deportivo San Jose (Paraguay).

Pitagoras Minas (BRA) 100 - Boca Juniors (ARG) 72

Quarter by quarter
PIT: 24+29+23+24= 100
BOC: 22+29+11+10= 72

Scorers
Pitagoras (BRA): Soro 28 points, Wanderson Trigueiro (203-F/C-81) 17 points, Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) 13 points, Maozao 13 points, Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82) 11 points, Andre 8 points, Luiz Felipe 6 points, Marcio 4 points, Guilherme 0 points, Romario Souza (204-C-88) 0 points. DT Flavio Davis
Boca (ARG): Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) 18 points, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 14 points, Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 11 points, Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79) 8 points, Quentin Smith (205-C-77) 8 points, Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 6 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 4 points, Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) 2 points, Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) 1 point, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 0 points, Julian Aprea (208-C-87) 0 points. DT Gabriel Picatto

Penarol de Mar del Plata (ARG) 79 - Duros de Lara (VEN) 75

Quarter by quarter
PEN: 20+17+22+20= 79
DUR: 18+15+23+19= 75

Scorers
Penarol (ARG): Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) 19 points, Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) 18 points, Jasper Johnson (201-C-83) 13 points, Byron Wilson (192-F/G-71) 9 points, Lucas Picarelli (185-G-81) 6 points, Marcos Mata (202-F-86) 6 points, Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71) 3 points, Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) 3 points, Alejandro Diez (201-C-87) 2 points, Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) 0 points, Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) 0 points. DT Sergio Hernandez
Duros (VEN): Alejandro Flores (201-F) 15 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 10 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 9 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 6 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 6 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 6 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 6 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 4 points, Guillermo Adrian (190-G-85) 0 points. DT Nestor Salazar

Universo BRB (BRA) 79 - Deportivo San Jose (PAR) 61

Quarter by quarter
UNI: 23+19+16+21= 79
DSA: 13+18+14+16= 61

Scorers
Universo (BRA): Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 18 points, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) 17 points, Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) 11 points, Paulao Rossi 10 points, Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) 9 points, Rafael Formolo (180-G-88) 7 points, Luis Fernando (210-C-78) 5 points, Jefferson 2 points, Brasilia Clemente 0 points, Eneias 0 points, Tony 0 points. DT Jose Carlos Vidal
San Jose (PAR): Carlus Groves (201-F-71) 16 points, Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) 14 points, Victor Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 8 points, Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76) 6 points, Luis Paredes (177-G-88) 5 points, Federico Mellone (190-G/F-85) 4 points, Bruno Martinessi (202-F-81) 4 points, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 2 points, Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65) 2 points, Giulio Laratro (203-C-72) 0 points, Peter Kiganya (197-F-72) 0 points, Orlando Storer (205-C-86) 0 points. DT Horacio Segui


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SERBIA

Nikola Pekovic brought second win to Partizan Igokea -by Dragan Jankovski
After nice victory over AXA Barcelona at home in the opening round of Euroleague, Partizan Igokea made extremely important win in thriller against French champion Chorale Roanne in France 88:87. 24 seconds before the end Rush drained long 3-pointer for 87:85 for the hosts. Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic called time out and decided to post up center Pekovic who succeeded to score under the basket with a foul after what he made crucial free throw. Last possession for Roanne, almost 8 seconds remaining, was unsuccessful as they missed from behind the arc.
MVP of the first round of Euroleague, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), once again was hero of the game continuing where he stopped against AXA Barcelona. He nailed 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points while Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) had 13 points and 6 assists. On the other side Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) netted 29 points.

Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion is currently on the top of group C together with Panathinaikos while Real Madrid, who has a chance to reach the same score, is waiting for Roma tomorrow.


Partizan Igokea - Chorale Roanne 87:88
(23:23,12:21,28:26,24:18)

Chorale Roanne:
Poupet 5, Soliman, Badiane 3, Salyers 20 (9 rebs), Cazalon 6, Hess 11, Pallin 4 (5 as), Rush 29 (4 rebounds)
DNP: Wilson.
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 13 (6 as), Tepic 14, Kecman 12, Tripkovic 11, Borovnjak 2 (5 rebs), Velickovic 2 (5 rebs), Pekovic 23 (7 rebs, 3 as), Vitkovac 11, Bozic, Milosevic, Vranes
DNP: Djurkovic.


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SLOVENIA

Kings inks Udrih -by Zeljko Zule
The Sacramento Kongs today signed free agent guard Beno Udrih (194-G-82) to a one year contract. “We're excited about adding Beno to our roster,” explained King's President od Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “He's a talented player we've had an interest in for some time, a true point guard who brings experience to our team going forward.” Udrih was selected by the Spurs in the first round (28th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft. The Slovenian guard played three seasons with San Antonio before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a 2008 second-round draft pick (10/29/07). Minnesota then requested waivers on Udrih before his signing with Sacramento as a free agent.

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SWEDEN

Size arrives for Akropol -by Frankie Afzelius
Akropol has started the season struggling. The main reason has been that they have been undersized, having only small forwards trying to play against people who are a head taller. To fix this, Akropol has signed to big men, Calvin Brown (206-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) and Blerim Mazreku (206-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances). Calvin Brown, 24 year old center who played his college basketball at Norfolk State University where he avg 13 pts and 8reb. The second big man Blerim Mazreku (206-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances) is from Kosovo and plays both power forward and center. He comes from AS Pristina in hte Kosovo Superliga. They will arrive together with Gerald Riley (198-F-81, college: Georgetown) and be ready to play on the 9th of Nov against Norrkoping.

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TBL

TBL announces remaining 2007 Regional Basketball Tryout Camp Schedule -by Benjamin Brinkley
01-November-2007
Arlington, TX -- The Texas Basketball League announces the remaining 2007 regional basketball tryout camp schedule from November 5th
until December 31st at the following locations and dates:

Saturday and Sunday, November 17th & 18th at: Levo Community Center
700 NW Argosy Parkway
Riverside, MO 64150

Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd & 23rd at:
Verde Community Center
916 E Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Saturday and Sunday, December 1st & 2nd at:
Denver Harbor Community Center
6402 Market St
Houston, TX 77020

Saturday and Sunday, December 8th & 9th at:
Jacksonville Indoor Sports
3605 Philips Highway
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

Saturday and Sunday, December 15th & 16th at:
Basketball City Gymnasium
63 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

League Owner and Director of Basketball Operations Benjamin Brinkley and the League Head Coaches, and the Front Office will be conducting
Regional Basketball Tryout Camp looking for the best players to complete the league roster with the single goal of bringing the top basketball talent
in the country to the Texas Basketball League.

"The Texas Basketball League is determined on bringing the best available talent to the state of Texas," stated league owner Benjamin Brinkley.
"Additionally, our league is committed to providing our players the greatest opportunity for advance their basketball careers towards other superior
basketball leagues like the USBL, CBA, and overseas basketball leagues.”

The pre-registration fee of $50 (if received by three days prior to each tryout) or $100 (money order or cash only) at the day of the tryout along
with a completed application and release form will be required prior to participation in the tryout. Entry fees and completed forms should be mailed to:

Texas Basketball League
P.O. Box 537
Arlington, Texas 76004

For more information towards pre-registration, please call league office 817.803.6186 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com.


TBL prepares for Training Camp 2007 "Only The Strong Survives" -by Benjamin Brinkley
05-November-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League are preparing for next Wednesday's opening day Training Camp in Arlington, Texas.
One hundred and sixty-eight players will participate in the seven weeks camp which runs from November 7th until December 26th.

One hundred and sixty-eight players were chosen from the TBL's open tryout camp from the past several months and fifty-seven others accepted invitations to participate. Brandon Payton from California, Denalle Hale from Baltimore, Maurice Smith from Illinois, David Johnson from North Carolina, Herman Banks, Equale "Q" Lacey and Chase Daniels are the local Texas players who made the first cut.

Also participating in the camp is 6' 9" William Barnes aka "Human Highlight Reel" who earned his fame in North Carolina with his raising dunks and 6' 11” EJ Johnson aka "K.G.", an original members of the Greensboro Giants. Taihei Fujioka , a 5' 8" point guard from Japan played last season for the Texas Redhawks as a teammate of prominent players, Chauncey Jones and Steve Jones.

"We think the talent in the group is very strong and we feel extremely fortunate to have this level of talent looking to play for the team,"
stated Texas Basketball League principal owner Benjamin Brinkley.

The Texas Basketball League are the official semi-pro basketball league in the state of Texas and will play their home games on the campus of Metro Academy in Arlington, Texas during the upcoming 2008 season. The season and home opener is set for Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm, Cavaliers vs the Spurs. Single game, season and half season ticket plans are on sale right now. For more information, please call league office (817) 803-6186.

For more information, please contact Texas Basketball League Office Manager, Bliss Scott at texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


TBL announces 2007 Rookie Transition Program -by Benjamin Brinkley

05-November-2007

Arlington, TX -- The Texas Basketball League has develop a series of programs to provide its players with the skills and information necessary for a successful transition to the TBL. The commitment to player development starts at the very beginning of a player's career through the TBL Rookie Transition Program. Created for this upcoming season, the Rookie Transition Program is the most extensive support system in semi-professional sports and features a comprehensive assortment of educational and developmental programs.

Each week, every Rookie takes part in this mandatory player's meetings that provides first-hand knowledge of what to expect as a player in the TBL and how to balance these pressures and demands. Meetings generally run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and are conducted by league and player personnel, current and former players and experts in each of the fields covered.

The meetings is designed to teach players techniques to cope with unique stresses inherent in their lives and how to utilize the various resources available to them throughout their careers. Leading professionals facilitate the program using presentations, role-playing, skits and interactive workshops, as well as group breakout sessions. At the end of each day, players participate in an interactive activity designed to highlight the day's lessons. The diverse offering of sessions include:

Professional and Life Skills
Computer Training
Education
Finance

Professionalism/Networking
Player Development
Coach's Huddle
Player to Player Panel with current NBA players
Players meeting
Rules of the Game
Special Sessions with Adam Harris

Personal Development and Education
Character, Image and Ethics Panel
Driving Safety
Drugs and Alcohol
Nutrition
Sexual Health
Stress and Anger Management
Media and Community Relations

Community Relations
Media Training
TBL Communications
TBL Entertainment

Legal Education
Felony Situations
Gambling
Gender Violence
Security
Sexual Harassment
Special Sessions
Focus on the unique challenges facing:
- International players (i.e. Cultural Adaptation; Overcoming the Language Barrier; Acclimating to the TBL-style of play)
- Players "25 and under" (i.e. Being on your own for the first time; Interacting with other players; How to deal with Peer Pressure situations)


The TBL Rookie Transition Program is administered by the Player Development Departments from the Texas Basketball League. Comprised of former players, social workers, educators and other experts, these professionals meet regularly with all TBL teams and collectively serve as a 24-hour support system for players. This full-time group of professionals is dedicated to helping TBL players manage a variety of life issues and proactively address their needs.


For more information, please call 817.803.6186 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com




Marcus Epps chosen as Texas Basketball League's new commissioner -by Benjamin Brinkley
01-November-2007
Arlington, TX-- The transition was swift and smooth -- and unanimous.

Marcus Epps was chosen by the Texas Basketball League Wednesday in a vote that took only two hours to complete.

Rumored for months to win the job, Epps was the unanimous choice on the investors' first ballot, and said he expects to begin serving a one-year contract
before the regular season starts.

The 24-year-old Epps succeeds the man who groomed him for the job, Benjamin Brinkley.

"We are the only official semi-pro basketball league in the state of Texas and I'm fortunate to work for the Texas Basketball League," Epps said.
"I look forward to the challenge and thank them again for their confidence."

Mr.Epps worked his way from a public relations official to the role of league commissioner, most recently serving as Brinkley's top assistant, particularly on league expansion and ticket sales program.
"Finding a full-time commissioner was not easy, and I think we've done a great job in selecting Marcus," said league owner Benjamin Brinkley.
"The semi-pro basketball is a complex business. Finding the right person to keep the league on course was critical, and we did it."

Mr.Epps beat two other finalists: Eli Whitfield and Tony Martin.

"I believe in continuity," said Office Manager Bliss Scott. "It's a lot like with head coaches, and that's what Marcus brings us."

Mr.Brinkley simply introduced Mr.Epps as the new commissioner Wednesday night, then stepped aside as his new league commissioner took the floor at the player's meeting.
Mr.Brinkley soon will be headed to High Point, NC for the regional basketball tryout this weekend, and Mr.Epps will be running the Texas Basketball League's day-to-day operations.

For more information, please call 817.803.6186 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Coaching workshop in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands -by David Edole
The Basketball Academy of the Americas, in a joint effort with the National Federations members of the CBC, which are presided by Mr. Usie Richards, will be holding a Level 1 Coaching Workshop in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from November 15 to 17, 2007. Those coaches interested should get in contact with Mr. Richards, in order to coordinate their participation.

The workshop will be conducted by Prof. Edwin Peña and a vast array of themes will be discussed ranging from Sports Psychology, Teaching Method, to the new changes made to the FIBA Rules. The participating coaches will be awarded with a level certification, which will allow them to coach in their respective National Federations.


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URUGUAY

Defensor reach the leadership -by Hector Lopez
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) scored 31 points, with 6/9 for three-point shots, and Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) grabbed 11 rebounds, when Defensor Sporting beat 85-74 Olimpia and now is sharing with Bigua the leadership of he Uruguayan League. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) scored 18 points for Defensor. Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) netted 25 playing for the first time for Olimpia and Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) aded 17 and 9 rebounds.

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VENEZUELA

LNB 2007 - Week 10: Duros advance to semifinals, Delfines still alive -by Francisco Vega

Duros de Lara advanced to the LNB 2007 playoffs with a home triumph over the eliminated Warao de Tucupita, Delfines de Miranda maintained mathematical chances of qualyfing with a victory against Macizos de Guayana and Pescadores de Sucre forced Lideres de Yaracuy to search for a win in the last day of the regular season if they want to stay alive.


Duros de Lara 111 - Warao de Tucupita 96

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 27+21+25+38= 111
WAR: 23+19+26+28= 96

Scorers
DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 25 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 24 points

WAR: Marlon Patino (205-F-80) 29 points, Michael Flores 22 points


Delfines de Miranda 102 - Macizos de Guayana 84

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 28+24+27+23= 102
MAC: 21+18+22+23= 84

Scorers
DEL: Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 20 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 15 points

MAC: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 16 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 13 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 13 points


Pescadores de Sucre 79 - Lideres de Yaracuy 73

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - Cumana, Sucre


Quarter by quarter
PES: 20+26+13+20= 79
LID: 14+23+19+17= 73

Scorers
PES: Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 21 points, Carl Mitchell (206-F-79) 20 points

LID: Leonardo Berroteran (191-F/G-81) 17 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) 16 points



LNB 2007 - Week 10: Lideres in, current champions Delfines eliminated. Semifinals set -by Francisco Vega

Duros de Lara advanced to the LNB 2007 playoffs with a home triumph over the eliminated Warao de Tucupita, Delfines de Miranda maintained mathematical chances of qualyfing with a victory against Macizos de Guayana and Pescadores de Sucre forced Lideres de Yaracuy to search for a win in the last day of the regular season if they want to stay alive.


Duros de Lara 94 - Warao de Tucupita 63

Napoleon Rodriguez Gymnasium - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 27+27+17+23= 94
WAR: 22+16+13+12= 63

Scorers
DUR: Francisco Centeno (201-G/F) 16 points, Damion Staple (201-F/C-80) 15 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 12 points

WAR: David Rojas (178-G-78) 23 points


Macizos de Guayana 94 - Delfines de Miranda 87

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Gymnasium - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
DEL: 23+19+20+25= 87
MAC: 26+17+28+23= 94

Scorers
DEL: Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81) 27 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 13 points

MAC: Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 29 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 15 points


Lideres de Yaracuy 77 - Pescadores de Sucre 75

Morochito Rodriguez Gymnasium - Cumana, Sucre


Quarter by quarter
PES: 13+16+17+29= 75
LID: 23+20+15+19= 77

Scorers
PES: Carl Mitchell (206-F-79) 21 points

LID: Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) 26 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 10 points

Estudiantes de Guarico 97 - Graneros de Portuguesa 91

Roger Ramos Gymnasium - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico


Quarter by quarter
EST: 26+28+14+29= 97
GRA: 18+26+22+25= 91

Scorers
EST: Alejandro Flores (201-F) 32 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 18 points

GRA: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 20 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 13 points





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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Dexia climbs on top -by Eurobasket News
Dexia overacame Namur 80:49 in the third round of action in Belgium D1 and climbed on top of the ladder. This became the third straight success for Dexia as they improved to 3-0 record in the ladder. Namur meanwhile fell to 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings. The game was a close battle in the starting frame as the hosts tried to stay in contest and achive their first win in the season. But they struggled from the field in the second term which resulted in a 20:7 rally from the visitors and Dexia set up a 42:28 advantage at halftime. Novia Namur managed to limit Dexia's scoring attitude but still lacked aggressivness in their offense and lost the third quarter 10:15. Dexia were consistent in their approach and secured a confident victory at the end. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) had 24 points for Dexia. Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, college: Oregon) had 17 points for the winners. Simona Nicolae (188-C-74) responded with 14 points for the home team. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) had 11 points for Namur in a loss.
Meanwhile Sint Kateline used a stunning first frame to steal a 71:55 win away from Houthalen. Visiting Sint Kateline opened the game with a perfect 21:8 run and wisely held on to it throughout the rest of the game. The win saw them improve to 2-1 record and they occupied the second spot in the ladder for now. Van Dessel notched 21 points to lead the visitors. Virginie Michiels (180-F-87) added 14 points in a winning clause. Marina Piccard (187-C-66) nailed 12 points for the hosts as they fell to 0-3 record.

Novia Namur - Dexia 49:80
Novia Namur: Simona Nicolae 14, Stephanie Dubuc 11
Dexia: Jennifer Fleischer 24, Cathrine Kraayeveld 17

Houthalen - Sint Kateline 55:71
Houthalen: Marina Piccard 12, Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) 9
Sint Kateline: Van Dessel 21, Virginie Michiels 14, Van Heyst 9


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CZECH REP. - Women

Czech republic - 1st league(2nd highest competition) standings and stats -by Petr Kapitulcin

Second highest competition in Czech republic is called First league. In 2007/08 plays this competition 10 teams, first team promoted to Trocal ZBL in 2008/09, the last team relegated to 2nd league(3rd highest competition).

Standings:


1. BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice 5-1
2. Sokol Nusle 5-1
3. ZVVZ USK Praha Juniorky 4-1
4. Sokol Nova Paka 4-1
5. KARA Trutnov B 2-3
7. Aritma Praha 2-3
8. BK Tabor 2-3
9. SK UP Olomouc 0-6
10. Gambrinus Sika Brno B 0-6


Top scorers:


Obrusnikova Aneta (Nusle) 19,40 ppg

Jana Novakova (Kralupy) 19,00 ppg

Peckova Tereza (USK B) 18,60 ppg

Skutilova Eva (Trutnov B) 17,60 ppg

Reznickova Kristina (Aritma) 16,00 ppg






Trocal ZBL - 1st round -by Petr Kapitulcin

The season got under way with 5 games of the opening round. All favorites proved their status as they grabbed victories.

Coach Petrovicky's team, KARA Trutnov, beat the Valosun Brno with the new coach Marian Svoboda. The quarters of the game were: 20:15, 44:31, 62:44. Katerina Zohnova scored 20 points while Darina Misurova added 17 and Nalini Miller scored 10 points. On the other hand from the Valosun Miloslava Svobodova was the top scorer and top performer with 16 points.

Sparta confirmed the role of a favorite and smashed Usti nad Labem 105:40. Newcomer to the NBL scored only 13points in the first half. Nicole Louden scored 23 points, Katerina Vachova added 15 and Zuzana Kohoutova 13 points. On the other side was top scorer sixteen years old Gabriela Medunova with 13 points.

Gambrinus Brno rolled over Hradec Kralove without any problems and won 112: 54. Zuzana Zirkova scored 29 points for the winners. Katerina Krizova responded with 12 points in a loss.

Slovanka Tabor was an suprsingly an equal partner for USK Praha for the first half, but finally lost with a high difference 85:34. Marketa Mokrosova scored 14 points for the winners, Tereza Kuthanova responded with 12 points in a loss.


Game full of offense was showed by Strakonice and Karlovy Vary while Karlovy Vary won 83:90. The quarters of the game were: 25:26, 42:49, 61:70. Michaela Magerciakova and Miroslava Vodrazkova led the winner with 17 points, Tera Wallace nailed 15 and Adela Dlouha added 13. Iveta Urbanova followed them with 23 points for visitors.


Kara Trutnov - Valosun Brno 84:63 (20:15, 44:31, 62:44)

Trutnov: Zohnova Kateřina 20, Darina Misurova (163-G-81) 17, Miller Nalini 10, Petrovicka Blanka 9, Karavaeva Yulia 9, Ivanova Michaela 8, Snajdrova Hana 7, Spirkova Irena 4, Hindrakova Kateřina 0, Vackova Andrea 0

Valosun: Svobodova Miloslava 16, Hejdova Romana 15, Vlkova Veronika 13, Kysilkova Lucie 5, Benesova Petra 5, Danihlikova Barbora 4, Ciulisova Alexandra 3, Giacintova Gabriela 2, Mrhalkova Eva 0;

3FG: 20/6:12/2; 2FG: 57/27:47/18; FT: 17/12:29/21; rebs: 39:37; fouls: 24:20: MVP: Darina Misurova


BK Skřivanek Ústi nad Labem - Sparta Praha 40:105 (6:29, 13:50, 24:74)

Ústi: Medunova Gabriela 13, Zikanova Tereza 9, Novackova Hana 6, Stranska Kateřina 5, Kallmunzerova Jana 3, Vopalenska Lucie 2, Aubrechtova Eva 2, Kozakova Lenka 0, Polickova Pavlina 0, Bruzlova Petra 0

Sparta: Louden Nicol Zoe 23, Vachova Kateřina 15, Kohoutova Zuzana 13, Sykorova Anna 11, Novotna Kateřina 10, Obrusnikova Aneta 9, Morka Malgorzata 8, Novakova Veronika 7, Pechova Martina 6, Běhalova Dominika 3, Chudarkova Pavlina 0;

3FG: 17/2:21/8; 2FG: 37/12:50/29; FT: 14/10:27/23; rebs 23:40; fouls: 18:15; fouled out: 35. Medunova Gabriela; MVP: Louden Nicol Zoe

Gambrinus Sika Brno - Sokol Hradec Kralove 112:54 (33:17, 68:28, 88:38)

Gambrinus: Zirkova Zuzana 29, Kulichova Petra 17, Ivkovicne Beres Timea 14, Stehlikova Romana 13, Machova Hana 11, Viteckova Eva 8, Vesela Jana 7, Whitmore Tamika 7, Hummlova Tereza 4, Veceřova Ivana 2

Hradec: Křizova Kateřina 12, Steffanova Milena 9, Věchtova Adela 7, Novakova Kateřina 6, Bartoňova Kateřina 6, Komzikova Iva 5, Růzickova Lucie 4, Ovsikova Andrea 4, Houdkova Jana 1, Mlejnkova Petra 0, Kulhankova Petra 0;

3FG: 21/8:21/4; 2FG: 59/36:44/14; FT: 23/16:18/14; rebs: 52:25; fouls: 16:22; MVP: Zirkova Zuzana


ZVVZ USK Praha - Slovanka Tabor 85:34 (25:10, 39:22, 62:26)

USK: Mokrosova Marketa 14, Elhotova Kateřina 12, Burse Janell 11, Sandra Le Drean (187-F-77) 10, Peckova Tereza 10, Goden Elodie 10, Hartigova Michala 8, Stěpanova Kamila 6, Kotlanova Eva 4, Agalareva Marinela 0 -

Slovanka: Kuthanova Tereza 12, Kubařova Sarka 8, Vorlova Tereza 4, Pospisilova Petra 4, Dřevova Marketa 2, Kolařova Katka 2, Křizova Jana 2, Koubova Petra 0, Nizňanska Radka 0, Ondřejova Zuzana 0;

3FG: 9/2:7/0; 2FG: 67/33:45/11; FT: 22/13:14/12; rebs: 50:25; fouls: 18:21; fouled out: 24. Burse Janell - 34. Nizňanska Radka; MVP: Sandra Le Drean

BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice - BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 83:90 (25:26, 42:49, 61:70)

Strakonice: Urbanova Iveta 23, Cherniy Elena 16, Drachovska Michaela 14, Stejskalova Jana 12, Tomanova Kristyna 7, Balakova Lucie 4, Lukesova Petra 4, King-Bishof Ashley 3 -

Karlovy Vary: Vodrazkova Mirka 17, Magerciakova Michaela 17, Wallace Tera 16, Dlouha Adela 13, Kucerova Sarka 11, Timkova Katarina 6, Sedlackova Blanka 5, Zmekova Adela 5, Bartova Sandra 0;

3FG: 21/4:10/3; 2FG: 53/24:64/31; FT: 32/23:26/19; rebs: 29:41; fouls: 24:26; fouled out: 34. Timkova Katarina, MVP: Urbanova Iveta

All stars 1st round: Louden(Sparta), Zirkova(Gambrinus), Urbanova(Strakonice), Vodrazkova(Karlovy Vary), Godin(USK)




Trocal ZBL teams 2007/08 - BK Skrivanek Usti nad Labem -by Petr Kapitulcin

4 Vopalenska Lucie (178-C-87)
5 Stranska Kateřina (172-G-88)
6 Aubrechtova Eva (182-C-89)

7 Medunova Gabriela (186-F-91)
8 Seborova Tereza (176-F-88)
9 Kozakova Lenka (179-C-90)
10 Masinova Anna (167-G-91)

11 Medunova Gabriela (186-F-91)
12 Kallmunzerova Jana (164-G-87)

13 Polickova Pavlina (180-F-90)
14 Peksova Lenka (184-C-84)
16 Novackova Hana (172-G-83)
17 Bruzlova Petra (180-F-85)
18 Zikanova Tereza (166-G-88)

Kalkusova Lucie (167-G-87) (from Slovanka Tabor)

Obstova Alena (167-G-84)


Coach: Drahomira Vondrickova


2006/07: 2nd league

2005/06: 2nd league

2004/05: 10th place (coaches Kapitulcin, Stavel)



Extraleague cadettes - U 17 -by Petr Kapitulcin

Extraliga is highest junior competition in Czech republic. In 2007/08 plays junior extraleague 12 teams. After regular season eight teams will be qualified to play-off, and best four teams plays Final 4. Last two teams played qualify for extraleague 2008/09 with four best teams from leagues(2nd highest competition). In 2007/08 is junior extraleague for girls under 17 - for girls born in 1991 and younger.


Standings:

1. SBS Ostrava 5-1
2. Basket Slovanka 5-1
3. BCM Sokolov 5-1
4. Gambrinus Sika Brno 5-1
5. Sokol Nusle 4-2
6. WBA Sparta 4-2
7. OSK Olomouc 3-3
8. Valosun Brno 2-4
9. KARA Trutnov 1-5
10. TJ Lokomotiva Liberec I. 1-5
11. Sokol Hradec Kralove 1-5
12. BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice 0-6


Top scorers:


Michaela Pavlasova (175-G-91) (Gambrinus) 24,67 ppg

Cepelkova Martina (Olomouc) 18,83 ppg


Petrzelova Veronika (Sparta) 17,75 ppg


Hanusova Alena (Sokolov) 17,25 ppg

Ovsikova Klara (Strakonice) 17,25 ppg


Klucakova Klaudie (Gambrinus) 17,25 ppg




Extraleague juniors - U19 -by Petr Kapitulcin
Extraleague is highest junior competition in Czech republic In 2007/08 plays junior extraleague 12 teams. After regular season eight teams will be qualified to play-off, and best four teams plays Final 4. Last two teams played qualify for extraleague 2008/09 with four best teams from leagues(2nd highest competition). In 2007/08 is junior extraleague for girls under 19 - for girls born in 1989 and younger.


Standings:

1. Sokol Hradec Kralove 3-1
2. WBA Sparta 3-1
3. BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice 3-1
4. KARA Trutnov 3-1
5. Sokol Nusle 3-1
6. Basket Slovanka 2-2
7. BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 2-2
8. Gambrinus Sika Brno 2-2
9. BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice 1-3
10. USK Praha 1-3
11. Valosun Brno 1-3
12. BK Skřivanek Ústi nad Labem 0-4



Top scorers:



Medunova Gabriela (Usti) 21,50 ppg

Adela Zmekova (179-F-89) (Karlovy Vary) 20,25 ppg

Skutilova Eva (Trutnov) 18,50 ppg

Filarova Adela (Slovanka) 17,50 ppg

Stara Michaela (Strakonice) 17,25 ppg


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Niina Laaksonen The Player of October -by Rauno Hurmalainen
NT F Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) (YMCA Helsinki) has been named The Player of October. YMCA Helsinki has played seven contests (record 4-3) and Niina Laaksonen is her Team's leading scorer (22,0 ppg) and rebounder (15,7 rpg).

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ICELAND - Women

Kiera Hardy scores 50 points -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
American player Kiera Hardy (168-G-85, college: Nebraska) scored 50 points for Haukar in a win against Valur Hardy made 11 three pointers out of 16 shots. New record in the league. Older record was 49 points from Penni Peppas since 1995.

Fjolnir vs. KR -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR beat Fjolnir in the game between the rookie teams in top league. Big game from Monique Martin (180-G, college: Middle Tenn.St.) KR 41 points and 17 rebs. Hildur Sigurdardottir 11. Thorbjorg Fridriksdottir 18 for KR. Slavica Dimovska 36 for Fjolnir Greta M. Gretarsdottir 13.

Takesha Watson set new record with 51 point. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Just a day after Kiera Hardy scored 50 points TaKesha Watson (170-G-82, college: Oklahoma City) scored 51 points for Keflavik in their win against Grindavik. Bryndis Gudmundsdottir 19 points. For Grindavik Tiffany Roberson 22 + 16 rebs.Joanna Skiba 16

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INDIA - Women

23rd Federation Cup National Basketball Championship -by Kislay Mishra
23rd Federation Cup National Basketball Championship is being held at Raourkela Orissa from 31st October to 4th November, 2007. Results of the matches on 31.10.2007

DELHI (71) beat MAHARASHTRA (14)

DELHI:
SHEBA (18)
PRATIMA (10)

MAHARASHTRA:

PANSSAR (6)
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SOUTHERN RAILWAY(62) beat ORISSA (47)

SOUTHERN RAILWAY:
GEETHU ANNA (31)

ORISSA:
BERNIKA BARIA (29)
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KOSOVO - Women

IN WOMEN'S LEAGUE 10 TEAMS -by Edona Shabani
This year Women's League will have 10 teams competing, the two new teams that will participate are Basketball School" Probasket Prishtina" and Basketball School" Vertikali"

In the edition 2006/07 in "Toyota Women's League" participated these teams: Bashkimi, Sigal Prishtina, Penza, Trepca, Vëllaznimi, Drita, Shqiponja and Kastrioti.
These teams confirmed their participation this edition as well 2007/08 which will start on October 13, 2007 whereas the drawing will be on October 5th

Source: www.fbk-ks.com


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MALDIVES - Women

27th NATIONAL TOURNAMENT 2007 -by Mohamed Rishan

WOMENS DIVISION

The Womens division of the 27th National tournament started on the 28th of October in Maldives with 3 teams VYANSA, BG Sports and Red Line Club (RLC)
28th October - BG Sports won over VYANSA 40 points to 27 points best player of the match Zahudha Mohamed of BG Sports
30th October- RLC won over VYANSA 39 points to 32 points best player of the match Aishath Umeyra of RLC

1st November - BG Sports won over RLC 45 points to 37 points best player of the match Zahudha Mohamed of BG Sports

the second round of the womens division starts on the 3rd of November VYANSA v/s RLC.



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POLAND - Women

FGE MVP - Gameday 5: Agnieszka Skobel - eval: 45 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) is another player who record MVP title of gamedays in PLKK. In Gameday 5 played great against AZS Jelenia Gora and made a record eval since league start. MUKS Poznan forward played 35 minutes and recorded 30 points (5/10 2fg, 5/6 3pt, 5/5 ft), grabed 13 rebounds and dished 7 assists, and stole 2 balls. Her total evaluation result was 45 raiting points!

According to www.PLKK.pl


FGE Gameday 5: Hard game for Wisla in Polkowice -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
In hit game of another gameday of FGE CCC was very close to beat champion Wisla Krakow. V-ce champions from Gdynia just by few points won with AZS KSSSE Gorzow. MUKS have another winning game and Energa Torun still without! AZS Jelenia Gora back to play but lost again.

INEA AZS Poznań - ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź 61:56 (17:14, 20:14, 14:16, 10:12)
INEA AZS Poznań: Monika Sibora 18, Joanna Jarkowska 11, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 9, Joanna Lorek 7, Weronika Idczak 6, Anna Pamuła 5, Agata Rafałowicz 3, Paulina Dąbkowska 2, Monika Ciecierska 0, Małgorzata Mycka 0, Marlena Wdowczyk 0.
ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź: Jennifer Humphrey 14, Edyta Koryzna 13, Renata Oliveira 11, Sylwia Wlaźlak 11, Katarzyna Kenig 5, Dorota Sobczyk 2, Agnieszka Wilk 0, Julia Saszko 0, Birute Dominauskaite 0.

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 46:61 (13:27, 13:11, 10:13, 10:10)
KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.: Justyna Żurowska 10, Katarzyna Ristic 10, Agnieszka Szott 8, Denaimou N'Garsanet 8, Aleksandra Chomac 5, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 2, Carrie Moore 2, Katarzyna Czubak 1, Joanna Czarnecka 0, Aleksandra Karpińska 0, Małgorzata Babicka 0, Barbara Kaszewska 0.
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia: Chamique Holdsclaw 17, Jekaterina Snytsina 11, Magdalena Leciejewska 10, Dominique Canty 9, Anna Breitreiner 5, Slobodanka Maksimovic 4, Ganna Zarytska 2, Marta Jujka 2, Patrycja Gulak 1, Paulina Pawlak 0.

Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki - Utex ROW Rybnik 68:77 (20:24, 11:25, 14:18, 23:10)
Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki: Małgorzata Misiuk 16, Olivia Tomiałowicz 13, Agnieszka Modelska 12, Katarzyna Bednarczyk 11, Claudia Sosnowska 7, Aneta Kotnis 6, Monika Jasnowska 2, Kamila Kowalewska 1, Katarzyna Cwiklińska 0, Agata Bogusz 0.
Utex ROW Rybnik: Edyta Błaszczak 20, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 12, Barbara Głocka 10, Hollie Merideth 10, Nikita Bell 7, Jaynetta Saunders 6, Magdalena Skorek 5, Joanna Czajkowska 4, Olena Proszczenko 3, Małgorzata Chomicka 0, Karolina Stanek 0, Natalia Przekop 0.

CCC Polkowice - TS Wisła Can-Pack Krakow 65:69 (21:30, 22:7, 7:16, 15:16)
CCC Polkowice:
Jennifer Lacy 15, Frances Carvajal 13, Veronika Bortelova 12, Petra Stampalija 10, Ilona Jasnowska 6, Anna Szycko 6, Justyna Jeziorna 3, Aya Traore 0, Paulina Rozwadowska 0, Elżbieta Paździerska 0, Marta Gajewska 0, Anna Pietrzak 0.
TS Wisła Can-Pack Krakow: Anna DeForge 18, Candice Dupree 15, Jelena Skerovic 13, Marta Fernandez 12, Ewelina Kobryn 5, Natalia Trafimawa 4, Anna Wielebnowska 2, Agata Gajda 0, Monika Krawiec 0, Magdalena Radwan 0, Dorota Gburczyk 0, Agnieszka Fikiel 0.

Energa Toruń - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 54:67 (14:10, 11:26, 18:15, 11:16)
Energa Toruń: Lindsay Taylor 12, Beata Predehl 10, Navonda Moore 8, Meredith Alexis 8, Alicja Perlińska 6, Emilia Tłumak 3, Joanna Chełczyńska 3, Justyna Grabowska 2, Anna Marczewska 2, Lada Kowalenko 0.
PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno: Constance Jinks 27, Daria Mieloszyńska 14, Olga Żytomirska 8, Martyna Koc 7, Agnieszka Makowska 5, Agnieszka Budnik 5, Anna Talarczyk 1, Edyta Krysiewicz 0, Monika Siwczak 0.

KK AZS Jelenia Gora - MUKS Poznań 69:75 (19:19, 13:24, 27:17, 10:15)
KK AZS Jelenia Gora:
Natalia Małaszewska 21, Dorota Arodź 17, Agnieszka Kret 11, Joanna Dłutowska 11, Agnieszka Balsam 5, Dorota Wojcik 4, Joanna Pawlukiewicz 0, Żaneta Sojka 0.
MUKS Poznań: Agnieszka Skobel 30, Ilona Mądra 14, Paulina Antczak 12, Justyna Nieznalska 7, Żaneta Durak 5, Okeisha Howadt 4, Katarzyna Rezler 3, Adrianna Najtkowska 0, Barbara Skowronek 0.

According to www.PLKK.pl


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SPAIN - Women

Jo Hill,MVP of second round -by Ivan Villar
The australian forward of Extrugasa Vilagarcia Joanne Hill (182-F/G-73) showed her many skills in Burgos.She scored 15 points,4 rebounds,4 steals and 8 received faults,making 26 val.

Best team:

Guard: Liron Cohen (CB San Jose): 24 p., 3 asist. Val: 24

Shooting.guard:Laia Palau (Ros Casares): 11 p, 7 steals. Val: 23

Forward: Joanne Hill (Extrugasa): 15 p, 4 steals. Val: 26

Power forward: Shameka Christon (Hondarribia): 25 p, 7 reb. Val: 24

Center: Marta Zurro (Arranz Jopisa): 21 p, 11 reb. Val: 31

Coach: Isaac Fernandez (Extrugasa)


Round 2: San Jose Leon keeps on first place -by Ivan Villar
San Jose Leon appears as leader of league after second round.Liron Cohen and Anna Gomez drove the victory of their team with 20 and 17 points respectly.Douglas and Delisha Milton made the same for Ros Casares.Valencian team won easily in La Seu d'Urgell by 57-84.Anna Montañana actually is a superstar of league,confirmed with 17 points,7 rebounds and 5 steals.Her team Perfumerias won to Olesa with quite problems 77-66.Celta Vigo shone in his court on last quarter for winning to Gran Canaria.Laura Nicholls become a great player with this numbers,13 points and 8 rebounds.Hondarribia Irun and Rivas played the best game of round won by vasc team at last moment.Shameka Christon scored 25 points to their old teammates.As Christon,Maria Asurmendi (-86) made a great game against her last team.She scored 17 points and gives to Extrugasa the first victory of season by 64-79.Marta Zurro shone again with 22 points but her team seems to be in trouble after loose against teams of its "league" as Extrugasa and Extremadura.EBE-Promociones was unstoppable and trashed Extremadura Dato by 72-52.Liljestrand with 4/4 in 3 points shoots and Lyttle with 16 rebounds were the principal reasons to get their first victory of season.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Paradise Jam Schedule -by David Edole
Paradise Jam women's tournament is usually better than the men's. And this year the same holds true. Four of the six teams in the St. Thomas division are ranked in the top 25. No. 2 Connecticut leads the field and will be joined by No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Duke, and No. 20 Purdue. Temple and Old Dominion are on the cusp of the top 25 and will use the tourney as a gage to see where they fit in the field of 64.
2007 Paradise Jam Tournament - Hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands, Nov. 22-25.

Schedule Below and times
Reef Division
November 22nd Purdue vs. Duke@ 7:00 pm
November 23rd Duke vs. Temple @ 7:00 pm
November 24th Temple vs. Purdue @ 7:00 pm

Island Division
November 22nd Stanford vs. Connecticut @ 9:30 pm
November 23rd Connecticut vs. Old Dominion @ 9:30 pm
November 24th Old Dominion vs. Stanford @ 9:30 pm

Championship Round
November 25 @ 4:30 pm #3 Reef vs. #3 Island
November 25 @ 7:00 pm #2 Reef vs. #2 Island
November 25@ 9:00 pm #1 Reef vs. #1 Island

St. John Division features four teams: Indiana, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Wichita State. This tournament is a round robin format.

November 22 Wake Forest vs. Indiana @ 2:00 pm
Wichita State vs. Texas A&M @ 4:30 pm

November 23 Indiana vs. Wichita State @ 2:00 pm
Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest @ 4:30 pm

November 24 Wichita State vs. Wake Forest @ 2:00 pm
Indiana vs. Texas A&M @ 4:30 pm


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WNBA - Women

2007 USA team wins against Maryland college -by Bruno Baltazar
Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) (Sacramento Monarchs) scored 17 points and dished out a game-high eight assists as the 2007-08 USA Basketball National Team (1-0) surged past No. 4 University of Maryland in the second half to take a 90-73 victory on Wednesday night at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. In the first game of the USA's eight-game coast-to-coast 2007 College Tour, the USA also received 16 points from Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) tossed in 15 points, while Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks), playing in her first game in over a year, grabbed a game-best 10 boards and contributed eight points.

"We are really excited to get this college tour off to a good start," said USA and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan. "We felt like we had a really good second half. Every day we're going to get better, we have three new players, one of which is Lisa, that joined us after Russia. We're still trying to get chemistry and flow with our team and I really thought you could see that towards the end of the game. We played with good effort and, obviously, Maryland is a very talented team, they did a great job even with Crystal Langhorne not out there. They did a super job."

Maryland held its own through the first half, behind 14 points from 2007 USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team gold medalist Laura Harper, as the U.S. owned a 40-38 edge. Featuring four lead changes and a pair of tied scores, the red, white and blue went up for good on a Lawson three (35-33) and never again trailed.

Holding a three-point, 42-39, lead early in the second half, the United States got into its groove. Scoring nine straight points to kick-off a 22-6 run, with 11 minutes remaining in the contest the U.S. was out in front 64-45 and never looked back.

"They're excited, they're pumped up," said Lawson, who hit the game winner as a freshman at the University of Tennessee during the 1999-2000 USA Basketball Women's National Team's college tour. "They're excited to measure themselves up against us, so they come out and play out of their minds. They play as hard as they can and it's fun. It's fun as a competitor. Having played against the USA team when I was in college, I remember just being really geared up for the game, almost like it was a Final Four game because we were so excited about the opportunity to play against the stars."

Harper finished the game with 20 points and eight boards, while Kristi Toliver scored 18 points and 2007 USA Pan American Games gold medalist Marissa Coleman notched nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots for the Terps.
The USA, which was outrebounded 40-34, committed just seven turnovers while forcing Maryland into 20.

The USA continues its 2007 College Tour with a homecoming for Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) and Taurasi against the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Heading south, the USA takes on defending NCAA champion University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Nov. 4 at 3:00 p.m., then battles Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on No. 6 at 7:00 p.m. On Nov. 8 the USA will meet Arizona State University in Tempe at 6:30 p.m., then returns to the Lone Star State for a Nov. 11 match-up against Texas A&M University in College Station at 6:00 p.m. Moving west to California for its final two games, Nov. 13 will see the USA pitted against the University of Southern California in Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m., and the USA concludes its tour on Nov. 15 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., at 7:00 p.m.

Donovan is being assisted by Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault.