EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/23/2007

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ABA

San Francisco unveils team roster -by Gianni Pascucci

The official website of the San Francisco Rumble ABA team published yesterday the team roster, that is as follows:
name pos yob hgt wgt school

Chris Adams C, 1983 6-10 230 San Francisco CC / Fresno State '05
Maurice "Mo" Brown G/F, 1977 6-2 210 San Francisco CC / Cal St-Bakersfield '00
Damon Edwards G, 1974 6-3 190 Sacramento State '97
Olalekan Esho G, 1979 6-3 200 Rust College '06
Eldridge Henderson G, 1984 6-2 190 Skyline JC / E.Utah JC '05
Devaughn Lamont F/C, 1983 6-9 235 Marin JC / Cal St-Monterrey Bay '06
Xavier McDowell G, 5-6 160 Skyline JC
Tyrone Purnell F/C, 1980 6-10 220 Brandon-CAN '05
David Pushia G, 1983 5-11 185 Siskiyous JC '04
Dante Sawyer F, 1983, 6-5 215 S.Idaho JC '04
Kenneth "Deuce" Smith G, 1983 6-3 190 Tyler JC / Eastern Washington '06
Michael Travis F/C, 1982 6-9 235 San Francisco CC / Jackson State '05



Roster changes in Montreal -by Gianni Pascucci
The Montreal Royal released Mohammed Camara (6'11''-C-83, agency: Promotex, college: San Diego St.), Steve Jerome (6'1''-G-84), Gavin Musgrave (6'3''-G-78, college: Concordia) and Claude Delmas (6'11''-G, college: N.Michigan) and signed Wayne Clark (6'4''-G-77, college: Georgia Perimeter), who had just left Quebec City Kwebekwa.

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BAHRAIN

BBA League Heats up! -by Walter Neto
Week 4 of the current Basketball League promises to be a very exciting one to all Bahraini fans and enthusiasts. Currently 6 teams are bravely fighting for a place among the top 4 teams in the country. Week 4 will kick off on Saturday with a duel between Ahli (3-0), the defending Champion, and Nuwaidrat(2-1), an emerging team looking to a spot in the final 4 for the first time in its history. On Sunday at 5:30PM, Bahrain has a good opportunity to upset Sitra (2-1) and move up on the standings. But the highlight game of the round will be without a doubt, the clash between Manama (3-0) and Muharraq (3-0). Both teams are playing well and the Um al Hassam Dome will prove to be too small for a game of this magnitude and appeal to the public.

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BELGIUM

Division II Results - Regular Season (Round 9) -by Bertrand Larsimont

CEP Fleurus vs. Power Liefmans Wevelgem 90-67
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 24-14, 46-35, 67-53 and 90-67.
Fleurus: Jadin 18; Tison 15; Van Esse 15; Moris 15; Buja 14; Rozewicz 5; Penninck 4; Semijejero 2; Bastianini 2.
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 6; Vandekeere 21; Stan Naudts 12; Robbe Naudts 2; Guillemyn 15; Tooms 8; Cocquyt 3.

BC Ninane vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 84-70
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 24-16, 46-32, 62-51 and 84-70.
Ninane: Lhote 18; A. Delhaes 2; Offermann 16; R. Delhaes 5; Vanbergen 2; Delsaute 20; Hawley 9; Brkic 4; Muric 8.
Sint-Truiden: J. Van Hoecke 6; Souveryns 20; Pipeleers 5; Willegems 9; Baert 4; P. Van Hoecke 11; Cuppens 15.

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BBC Boom 73-75
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 13-16, 31-42, 51-59 and 73-75.
Zwevezele: Tandt 11; Bourdeaux 19; Lombart 8; Desloovere 9; Bobb 22; Van Hulle 4.
Boom: Van Wert 2; Bayer 12; Lambreghts 21; Salden 19; Kitieu 15; Van den Eynde 6.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 73-74
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-15, 40-30, 54-51 and 73-74.
Kangoeroes: Roelandts 14; Leclercqs 17; Casteels 11; Lauwreys 1; D'Haens 13; De Wachter 17.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 12; T. Van De Vondel 20; Verrept 2; Ceyssens 4; Lemaire 7; Van Schil 14; Dekkers 5; Van Rillaer 10.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Falco Ghent 84-72
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 16-27, 43-32, 57-54 and 84-72.
Waregem: Van Vooren 16; Steinbach 6; Cleymans 9; Bwatu 15; Dewilde 9; Verdickt 11; Fiers 10; Vermeiren 8.
Falco: Dhondt 8; O. Foucart 23; De Schepper 21; Selhorst 6; Seghers 8; Brysse 8.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 84-76
Score at the half: 38-25.
Hasselt: Geysen 8; Hendrix 30; Van Poelgeest 6; Vanhove 20; Bijnens 4; Maes 2; Cox 14.
Nivelles: Kalonji 5; Karavokyros 12; Lait 18; Mugogwa 7; Colinet 19; O'Connor 15.


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CAMEROON

Cameroon Afrobasket star, Mbah a Moute nails winner for Bruins -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute came through just when UCLA needed him.

The Cameroonian forward hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 31 seconds left as top-ranked UCLA narrowly avoided a first loss of the campaign in Tuesday's 68-63 win over No. 11 Michigan State in the championship game of the CBE Classic.

The big shot by the junior forward helped the Bruins overcome a miserable early effort where they failed to score for the first five and a half minutes of the contest.

Mbah a Moute, who tied the score over a minute earlier when he dunked home a missed layup attempt by Alfred Aboya, finished with eight points.

Freshman sensation Kevin Love once again starred, collecting 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Shooting just 24.1% (seven 0f 29) in the first half, UCLA found themselves trailing, 36-25, at the half.

That deficit remained at double digits when Team USA man Drew Neitzel hit a layup to make it 40-30 in the open moments of the second half. However, the Bruins chipped away by turning up the pressure on the defensive end.

Had it not been for Mbah a Moute's late strike, the Bruins might be contempating a rare loss, and one which would have cost them the joint top-ranking they earned on Monday alongside North Carolina.

The Tar Heels certainly don't need to be worrying about relinquishing first place completely, especially after the way they beat South Carolina State on Tuesday.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points and Wayne Ellington added 19 as the Tar Heels won 110-64.

After trailing, 8-4, less than four minutes in, Ellington scored five straight points to key a 9-0 stretch to help the Tar Heels take their first lead of the game.

The teams traded scores over the next minute before North Carolina pulled away after the 14:00 mark of the first half.

Ellington and Hansbrough combined for 15 of the points during a 17-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to help the Tar Heels build a 61-34 halftime advantage.

FIBA
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88)


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CHILE

Williams sign with Osorno -by Daniel Valencia
Provincial Osorno signed the american forward/center Curtis Williams (205-F/C-77, college: Louisiana Tech) for the reamining of the season. Williams played in Chile last year for CD Puente Alto.

He is replacing the forward Larry Florence (198-G\F-75, college: Nebraska). Florence played 27 games, with averages of 18.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 33.4 minutes per game.


Dimayor: Round 18 results -by Daniel Valencia
Round 18

Liceo Mixto 92 - Boston College 87
Lic: Jamal Johnson 25 pts. / Bos: Tony Bishop 36 pts.

Universidad Catolica 100 - CD Puente Alto 83
Uc: Aaron Eneas 36 pts. / Pue: Francisco Avello 19 pts.

Deportivo Espanol 113 - Provincial Llanquihue 84
Esp: Marques Hayden 32 pts. / Llan: Brian Woodward 39 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 80 - Provincial Osorno 56
Ucon: Alain Laroche 22 pts. / Oso: Larry Florence 22 pts.

UDE Temuco 115 - Deportes Ancud 137
Ude: Joe Webb 54 pts. / Anc: Kevin Sowell 42 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 68 - Deportes Castro 62
Val: Brandon Mason 20 pts. / Cas: Clarence Matthews 17 pts.

Standings

1. Deportivo Valdivia 41.0
2. CD Universidad de Concepcion 39.5
3. Liceo Mixto 39.0
4. CD Puente Alto 36.0
5. Boston College 35.0
6. Deportes Castro 34.0
7. Deportes Ancud 33.5
8. Provincial Osorno 33.5
9. Universidad Catolica 33.0
10. Deportivo Espanol 32.5
11. Provincial Llanquihue 30.5
12. UDE Temuco 26.5


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CUBA

Today and on saturday last games TNA -by Alessandro Fontana
Today and On Saturday, there are the last games of TNA 2007. The best six teams (Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Capitalinos and Matanzas) will qualify for LSB 2007 (Liga Superior Baloncesto) to win the title. The big match is Capitalinos-Matanzas, Orestes Torres vs "MJ" Allens Jemmott.
The last games are:
Habana (6-16)-Pinar del Rio(7-14); Capitalinos (18-4)-Matanzas(12-9); Villa Clara (10-11)-Cienfuegos (2-20); Camaguey (17-5)-Ciego de Avila (21-1); Granma (2-17)-Las Tunas (9-11); Guantanamo (16-6)- santiago de Cuba (14-6).
A. Fontana


TNA Results, Ciego de Avila ok. -by Alessandro Fontana
Other TNA results, these are the results of the TNA "Central Group". In this group, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey are already qualified for LSB 2007. Ciego de Avila won two times against Cienfuegos. Ciego de Avila with Michael Guerra (188-G-79) and "El Gato" Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) is one of the strongest teams of this TNA.
The results:
Ciego de Avila- Cienfuegos= 109-75
Ciego de Avila- Cienfuegos= 97-56
Sancti Spiritus- Villa Clara= 69-87 (SS= Hernandez 21, Olano 15; VC= Boffill 24, cartas 16, Rodriguez 16)
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

EuroCup, Elimination Round 2: Great Victories for AEL and Apoel -by Chris Mammides
Cyprus Vs Ukraine 2-0!!
AEL and Apoel in contradiction with Keravnos, brought victories in their European debuts. AEL's victory is even more important as it was taken place in Ukraine. AEL beat Dprno 54-63 and actually “booked” a place in the next round. The quarters were: 12-18, 27-26, 42-45, 53-64. Top scorer and performer on behalf of AEL was for another game, Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) who scored 16 points followed by Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) who scored 15 points and Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) who scored 10 points while on behalf of the Ukrainian team, top scorer was Komijenko with 15 points.

Dentalcon Apoel beat Cherkasy quite easily with 90-74, a difference of 16 points which is giving to the Nicosia team a great advantage to qualify in the next round. The quarters were: 24-15 48-29, 73-50, 90-74. Top scorer for another game was the American Loren Stokes (190-G-83, college: Hofstra) who ended the game with 22 points followed by Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) who added 20 with 4 three pointers and the Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) who scored 14 points. On the other hand, the American center Eduarts was the top scorer with 15 points


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EGYPT

The gold for the red team -by Andrew Youssef
In the final of 11th ARAB games Egypt beat Jordan (76-73) in a fantastic and strange game.No one can believe that Egpyt beat Jordan in the last (0.28 seconds), Egypt play with red clothes and Jordan with white one.

First period:
Egypt begin the match man to man with Jordanian player but Jordon lead the game with 3-point and Ramy Guniedi reply by another 3-point to get equal and still in this matter as Jordan lead and Egypt get equal till Jordan began to increase the score and the result become (8-13).
Egyptian player make many faults as they afraid from Jordan player to waste of the chance to equal the result and the first period finished to Jordan (12-21)

Second period:
Tarek ElGahnnam and Ahmed Khaled play in the beginning of the second period and Jordan begin scoring as Rashim get 3-point shot in the beginning of the second period then dunk to increase the score for Jordan to 14 point and most of Jordan player depend on 3-point shot in this period and prevent Egyptian to get any basket for 6 minutes.
Jordan play man to man while Egypt depend on zone defense which give Jordanian player chance to get 3-point shot for everywhere in the hall.
Ibrahim ElGamal the only one in Egypt that penetrated Jordan defence and scored the most points to Egypt in this period.
Then Bridrage demanded time out for Egypt to fix the disadvantages of defense and attack then Moemen score 3-point shot and Mario (Jordan coach) demanded time out before 20 second of the end of the match and Jordan finished the second period (28-45) to get nearer of achieving gold medal.


Third period:
Ashraf Rabe'a play with Egypt but no new Rashim from Jordan no one can stopped him and still score 2 and 3-point shot and get basket from everywhere and Egyptian player are frustration and hopeless then they done many faults as the difference in score are 17 point in the same time the crowd still encourage Egyptian player which make Bridrage (Egyptian coach )demand time out after the difference become 20 point,then Egyptian player reduce the difference to 12 point only at the end of the third period for Jordan (48-60)

Forth period and the miracle:
Egypt begin with scoring in the Jordanian basket but Joran repy qickly and the difference became 11 point after Moemen score 2-point and his 1 free shot then Wessam Fouad score 3-ponit in the Egyptian basket and Egypt reply quickly with 3-point shot by Tarek ElGahnnam then 2-point shot and the difference become 9 point only which make the crowd increase in encouraging the Egyptian player and press on Jordanian team but Rashim as his usual score 3-point to increase the difference again but Egyptian player feel that they are near to get gold medal and after 5 minute Mario demanded time out to stop the score of Egpyt.
After that Moemen score 3-point and get closer to equal the result, also Ibrahim ElGamal still score his 2-point by penetrating Jordanian defense.
In the last 3 minutes Egypt play man to man and stop Rashim of scoring and because of press Jordanan player make many faults and Ibrahim ElGamal and Wael Badr scored their 4 ponits of their free shots to increase the score to (70-73) for Jordan which make the Jordanain coach demanded another time out and after that Wael Badr score his another 2 free shots to be (73-72).
One minute and 17 second for the end of the match and Jordan lead the match with one point only and from Egyptian attack Tarek waste the chance for leading the match in the last seconds then Jordan attack but Moemen (santaclaus Egyptian basketball) stell the ball and score 2points to make the lead for Egypt (74-73) which make Joradanian coach demanded time out before 25 second ended,after that they lose the ball which make Joranian player make fault with Ibrahim ElGamal (man of the match ) and the Egyptian celebrate in the last seconds but Ibrahim score one free shot and lose the other and still (0.28 seconds) which make Jordan score any basket and won but Wael Badr stell it and Jordan player make fault with him to take 2 free shots, waste the first shot while scored the other to finish the match (76-73) in a strange and fantastic match.

Statistics:
Ibrahim ElGamal scored 16 point and Moemen scored 18 point from Egypt.
Rashim scored 26 point from Jordan.


IN ANOTHER MATCH QATAR WIN THE BRONZE AND THE THIRD POSITION IN THE 11TH ARAB GAMES AFTER BEATING IRAQ (91-70)


JORDAN vs EGYPT in a revenge final -by Sherif Soliman
At (7.00 pm Cairo) for the second time in two weeks JORDAN will meet EGYPT in the ARAB finals game .The Jordanians showed a great performance in the last game by wining 11 points they look today for a second win out of home. The Egyptians will not accept a second defeat,(We will do something today we are in a better shape and we know how to win this game) RAMY GENEDY said.PG of Egyptian team.

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EL SALVADOR

Roster changes in LSB -by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the start of the Liga Superior playoff, this down was the import players allignment: # 1 Denver confirmed Panamanians Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) and Daniel King (203-F-87) # 2 Cosmos confirmed CRC star player Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) and added to the roster Guatemalan Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) (204-F/C-74, college: Regis), who replaces Amir Masliyah (183-G). # 3 ExSal inked two new players from USA, Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) and Anthony Kerley, and released Panamanian Jorge Taton (200-F/C-81) and Ernesto Oglivie (-F-88) # 4 UTEC confirmed Nicaraguan imports Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) and Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78)
with the help of Jaime Arevalo


First semifinal results -by Jaime Arevalo
Game 1 of semifinals ended as expected: Denver and Cosmos are on 1-0. Denver destroyed Universidad Tecnologica 75-47, with Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) leading the way at 22 points. Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78) was the best in UTEC with 14. In the other game, Cosmos defeated ExSal 83-77, and the biggest attraction was the battle of the giants, between the Cosmos duo Gillespie-Mancia and the ExSal USA duo made of Kerley and Culver. But the two best scorers in Cosmos were perimetral players Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84)

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EUROLEAGUE

Prokom gets thrashed in Piraeus -by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Prokom 109:65

Prokom suffered their 4th loss in Eroleague season as they were painfully beaten in Piraeus by Olympiakos. The hosts' dominance was pretty evident from the start as they grabbed 7:1 lead early in the encounter. DaJuan Wagner (191-G-83, college: Memphis) hit from afar and then converted a layup for Prokom to stay close. But soon Arvydas Masijauskas began to pile up his scoring baggage with a triple, while Panagiotis Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) added 4 more points and Olympiakos regained a comfortable lead. The game was rather one-sided traffic as Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) connected from afar and then hit a pair of free throws to accumulate a 31:13 lead after the first frame. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) and Arvydas Macijauskas kept on delivering points at the start of the second stanza and the margin grew to 41:19. The home team easily secured a 52:30 lead at halftime. Qyntel Woods fueled the hosts with two more treys early in the third quarter and Olympiakos enjoyed a 63:35 cushion midway through the frame. Prokom struggled to provide any reasonable answer for a deadly Olympiakos offense and trailed by 42 points at the end of the third quarter. The outcome was sealed in the fourth period by Olympiakos bench as Pinhas Pini Gershon gave his starters well-deserved rest.
Arvydas Macijauskas poured in game-high 27 points. Qyntel Woods contributed 22 points for the winners. Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) notched 16 points and 4 boards for Prokom. DaJuan Wagner finished with 13 points as Prokom fell to 1-4 record at the bottom of Group A. They will next take on Montepaschi Siena at home on November 28.

Olympiakos: Arvydas Macijauskas 27, Qyntel Woods 22, Kostas Vasiliadis 14
Prokom: Mustafa Shakur 16, DaJuan Wagner 13


Bitter taste of loss -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Efes Pilsen 70:77

These things happen in basketball, you lose. The winning story of Lietuvos Rytas in ULEB Euroleague came to an end yesterday as they suffered their first defeat. Efes Pilsen withstood the support of more than 10000 Lietuvos Rytas fans and 25 points from Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) to come back home with a hard-fought victory away from Siemens Arena in Vilnius. Efes Pilsen drove to winning outcome in three out of four quarters and finally clinched their 3rd win in the tournament. The teams played it safe early in the game with neither side raising the tempo. The hosts held a 9:8 lead due to Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) efforts. But Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) capped the first frame with a three pointer to give the visitors a 13:10 lead. Loren Woods and Drew Nicholas scored consecutive baskets to start the second quarter and Efes Pilsen spurred ahead to a 17:10 distance. The gap kept on growing as Drew Nicholas soon enlarged the margin to 10 points 22:12. However Lietuvos Rytas did find the touch late in the quarter and Hollis Price combined efforts with Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) to close the gap to 4 points at halftime 29:33. The hosts opened the second half with 7 straight points and claimed a 36:33 lead. The game now became a fiercely close battle with the teams exchanging the blows. Scoonie Penn crowned the third term with his jumper and Efes Pilsen enjoyed a 49:47 advantage after three quarters of action. Efes Pilsen were still ahead 65:61 with under 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Drew Nicholas was accurate from charity stripe and soon Turkish team enlarged the cushion to 8 points 61:69. Hollis Price connected from afar to spark the hope for the home team but Efes Pilsen were too accurate from free throw line for Lietuvos Rytas to hope for a positive outcome in the dying seconds.
Drew Nicholas finished with 19 points to lead Efes Pilsen. Ermal Kuqo had 15 points as Turkish side improved to 3-2 record. Lietuvos Rytas answered with game-high 25 points from Hollis Price. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 13 boards as Lietuvos slipped to 4-1 record in Group B.
Lietuvos Rytas sank 37% from the field and 78% from charity stripe. Both teams committed 16 turnovers and were almost equally matched in rebounds 32:33.

Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 25, Marijonas Petravicius 12+13 boards, Matt Nielsen 12
Efes Pilsen: Drew Nicholas 19, Ermal Kuqo 15, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 12


Third win of Partizan Igokea -by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian champs, Partizan Igokea, grabbed the third win in Euroleague after five rounds. They were better than Lottomatica Roma in Belgrade 91-86. In the middle of the second quarter Partizan made advantage of 9 points but Lottomatica quickly responded with a run 19-9 and went on the half time having minus 3. Pekovic nailed 14 points for 12 minutes in the first half. In the next 20 minutes Partizan controlled rhythm of the game and had advantage of 6-8 points almost the entire time. Roma had a small chance as they succeeded to come closer on 84-81 in 37th minute but Fucka was not concentrated from the FT line. Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again was MVP of the game reaching index 30. He scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) also shined recording double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Roma got 17 points from Jon Stefansson (195-G-82).

Before the game director of the Italian team and Serbian basketball legend Dejan Bodiroga - "Bodi Bond" got huge ovation from Partizan's fans.


Partizan Igokea - Lottomatica Roma 91-86
(25-26,29-25,18-19,19-16)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 21 (8 rebs), Velickovic 16 (10 rebs), Palacio 15 (6 as), Kecman 14
Lottomatica Roma: Stefansson 17, Ukic 15, Ray 14, Lorbek 14 (5 rebs)


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FIBA EUROCUP

Barons satisfy with 4-point win in the first leg -by Eurobasket News

Latvian Barons satisfied with 81:77 victory in in the first leg of the second elimination round of EuroCup. A 30:19 in the second quarter was the fatal for the guests. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) led the winners with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Armands Skele (192-G-83) nailed 14, while Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) scored 10 points each. Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) shone for the Israeli team with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Barons grabbed the early lead at home 8:4, but then slowed down a bit.
Michal Hlebowicki and Adomaitis knocked down three-balls to finish at 20:16 after one period. Latvian team produced an excellent second quarter when they triumphed 30:19 advantage. Latvians went into the break ahead 46:39.
Nahariya started the second half better and could reduce the gap. Barak Peleg and Matan Naor both hit three-balls to cut the deficit to 66:61 going into the fourth. With 66:66, Barons created a 9-3 run to secure a home win. The second leg is planned on November 27th in Israel.

This game was the last of the first leg in EuroCup. The majority of the games was played on Tuesday as if next Tuesday will be the second leg of the tournament.

Barons-Nahariya 81:77 (16-20, 30-19, 20-22, 15-16)

Barons: Demetrius Alexander 18+15 rebs, Armands Skele 14, Giedrius Gustas 10, Michal Hlebowicki 10
Nahariya: Otis Hill 17+11 rebs, Adrian Pledger (190-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: W.Virginia) 16



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Honka - Korihait 88-83 -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 11: One game tonight, where Honka (Espoo) defeated Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 88-83 (50-44). Both teams had four
players in double figures. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) led Honka with 22 pts. Petteri Koponen added 18 pts (threes 4/7). Tim Kisner DNP. Jukka
Matinen DNP. Monte Cummings got injured (knee), when the last minute of the game just started. Jussi Kumpulainen (204-F-76) (Korihait) had game highs 25 pts and 14 rbs.


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FRANCE

Pro A : Lavell Blanchard at Clermont -by Aurelien Hipp
*Clermont has decided to waive Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Virginia Tech) and Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) from the roster, and will sign LaVell Blanchard (201-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan), seen in Villeurbanne last season.

Pro B ; Belton Rivers at Nanterre -by Aurelien Hipp
*Nanterre has released Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) (13.0ppg 4.9rpg in 9 games and signed Belton Rivers (193-G-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Tennessee Tech). The young guard, signed after 1 one-week try-out, will play his first game in France vs Bourg this week-end. Rivers has studied in East-Carolina and Tennessee Tech (17.8ppg 3.7rpg 2.5apg as a senior).

Pro B ; Evreux keeps Menama til June -by Aurelien Hipp
*Evreux has signed Bob Menama (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) til the end of the season, to replace Jean-Emmanuel LeBrun (195-F-74), injured in a car accident a couple of weeks ago. Lebrun won't come back this season.

ProA ; Olivier Cousin leaves Pau-Orthez -by Aurelien Hipp
*Sharing ProA last place with Dijon, Pau has taken a tough decision. After having cut Curtis Withers (203-F-84, college: Charlotte), the coach Olivier Cousin has been released. With a 1-7 record, Cousin will be replaced by his assistant, Laurent Mopsus.

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FYR MACEDONIA

Record breaking victory for Feni Industri -by Todor Chalovski
Leaders in the First Macedonian league, Feni Industri beat Mavrovo away grom home 117:54 to set up the most convincing victory at this level this season.

Karpos Sokoli 2000 could only match Vardar Osiguruvanje in the first half, after which their opponents raised their level, and won convincingly.

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000 - VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE 70:94
Result by quarters: 19:22; 21:20; 11:27; 19:25.

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000: Marinkovski 3, Mitkov, Ramadan, Neshovski 23, Todorovski 1, Germanski 2, Jovanchev 6, Popivoda, Zlatkovski 4, Gjoreski 15, Vasilev 16.
Coach: Mihajlo Naumovski.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE: Sazdov, Gjorgjievski 8, Despotovic 2, Mitic 26, Trifunovski, Ilic 15, Daskalovski 9, Bocevski, Maric 18, Nuri 4, Blazevski 10, Simonovski 2.
Coach: Tihomir Matevski.

MAVROVO - FENI INDUSTRI 54:117
Result by quarters: 9:35; 11:19; 15:27; 19:36.

MAVROVO: Iljazi 2, Angelov 3, Jankoski 2, Shareski, Andrijeski 16, Gegoski, Janeski 14, Loch, Veljanovski 2, Gjuroski, Lalic 1, Jusufi 14.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov, Prekovic 15, Manev, Krstev, Cole 4, Radulovic 201, Popovic 12, Gocevski, Gjurov 12, Jovovic 18, Mihajloski 20, Samardziev 16.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic.


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GERMANY

Hanson to leave Goettingen -by Moritz Korff
BG 74 Goettingen (1. Bundesliga) has waived Kevin Hanson (210-C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Diego). The 27-year-old Center, a 2006-2007 Eurobasket.com All-2.Bundesliga South 2nd Team-Member, did not meet the claim of the Violets' officials. Hanson, who came from Noerdlingen during the summer, appeared in six Bundesliga-games for Goettingen, averaging 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest.

Austen Rowland signs with TBB Trier -by Thomas Wolfer
Austen Rowland (186-G-81, college: Lehigh) returns to the Bundesliga! The point guard - who played for ratiopharm Ulm during the 2006/2007 campaign - will strengthen the roster of TBB Trier. Rowland avergaged 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.0apg and 2.0spg last year and became Bundesliga's top passer. Before playing with Ulm the 26-year-old played for 2nd division teams in Kaiserslautern and Jena

A pair of new players for Ludwigsburg -by Moritz Korff
Lewis Monroe (196-G-81, college: Indiana) and Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) have joined EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga). Both players signed tryout-contracts for two and four weeks respectively.
Monroe spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Auburn (NCAA1), before transfering to Indiana. He averaged 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg (28 games) as a senior and graduated in 2006. In his first season as a pro Monroe played for Hamar/Selfoss (Island) shortly, but left after two games played and moved to the ABA, before finishing the season with Pittsburgh Xplosion, averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 boards and 5.0 assists in 25 games of the CBA. In 2007 Monroe had six appearances for Kansas Cagerz (USBL) and work-out with Italian Serie A-side Legea Scafati Basket prior to this current season.
Also Richardson, who played college-basketball at Florida State (NCAA1) until 2005, has hardly any experience in European pro-basketball, but made noise in some of the minor leagues in the USA. The 24-year-old Forward was named a CBA-All-Star earlier this year, while being with the Butte Daredevils (46 games: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg). He also earned Player of the Year-honors after claiming the USBL-Championship with Kansas Cagerz (28 games: 20.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, 1.3bpg) this year, and was close landing a spot on the roster of the New Orleans Hornets.


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HOLLAND

Participant field AHBW complete -by Fred Roggen
The participant field of the Basketballweek 2007, the first under the name AHBW, is completed. The two lasts teams who takes part will be the club champion of South-America, the Brazilian team of Minas Tenis and the American team of BCI Edge.
The other six participants are: Conti / A.M.E.A. / Assis (Bra), BK Astana Tigers (Kaz), Valga Welg/Kolmvedu (Est), the Israeli National Team and the Dutch teams of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and MyGuide Amsterdam Amsterdam.
The first AmsterdamHaarlemBasketballWeek, the continuation of the famous HBW, will start on 21 December and will ended on 30 December.


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ICELAND

Hottur - Thor. Div 1. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
After close first period 21-21 Thor took a big lead by winning next period 27-7. Good offense from and week defense from Hottur where the main different in the game. First loss at home for Hottur.
Final score Hottur 73. Thor 105. Leading scorers for Hottur. Ben Hill 19. Everard Bartlett 16
For Thor. Sveinbjorn Skulason 24. Isaac Westbrooks 17. Tom Port 17. Gretar Erlendsson 13


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JAMAICA

Grant scores career-high in home opener -by Leonard Whyte
Lakeland, FL (11-22-2007): Forward Andrei Grant produced a career-high 23 points to help Florida Southern College dismiss Puerto Rico-Bayamon 104-85 last night in the team's home opener. Three nights after suffering a devastating last second one point loss to #6 Augusta State on the road, the home team bounced back and delivered the goods infront of their home fans for their 22nd straight home-opening win. Florida Southern (2-1) shot 66 percent in the first half to take a 62-45 lead at halftime and was never seriously threatened after that. Grant's career night featured 11 first half points and 12 in the second half. He went 9-for-11 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds.

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JORDAN

Orthodox in 7th Damascus Invitational Tournament -by Mohammed Malas
Jordan's Excellent League's runner-ups Orthodox will be ready for participating in the 7th edition of Damascus Invitational Tournament (Damascus, Syria) which will begin in 29th of November and resumes until 6th of December.

- The teams which will play in 7th Damascus Invitational Tournament are:
Orthodox - Jordan
Al Zamalek - Egypt
Champville - Lebanon
Pardis - Iran
BC Arges Pitesti - Romania
Al Wehda Damascus - Syria (Hosts)
Army Club - Syria
Al Ittihad Aleppo - Syria

The draw of the tournamey which will separate the 8 teams into two groups will be made next monday under the witness of all the participating clubs representativs.

The reds completed their roster yesterday by signning with the american duo Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) and Zack Anderson (211-F/C-78, college: Hawaii-Pacific), Both will join the team next saturday, The team will play in Al Hariri Interntional tournament (Beirut, Lebanon 6-13th December) directly after the end of Damascus tournament.


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KOSOVO

Weekend schedule for 24/25 November '07 -by Edona Shabani
This is the schedule:

SUPER LEAGUE

Round -VI-

SIGAL PRISHTINA - KASTRIOTI ,Saturday at 13,00
Referees :Agim Halili,Hysen Hasani,Fisnik Ramadani
Monitors :Tajar Rifati

BAMBI - YLLI, Saturday at 18,00
Referees :Hajredin Zeka,Mehdi Gashi,Arben Elshani
Monitors: Nexhdet Hoxha

PEJA - RC COLA DRITA, Saturday at 18,00
Referees :Faton Kurshumliu,Alban Vula,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Naim Lepaja

AS PRISHTINA - TREPCA ,Monday at 12,00
Referees :Vllaznim Rraci,Arbnor Rifati,Zaim Zenuni
Monitors :Tafil Hoxha

TOYOTA WOMEN'S LEAGUE

-V-

Penza - Drita ,Sunday at 12,00
Referees :Labinot Belegu,Nol Spahija
Monitors: Jakup Kasapolli

Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi, Saturday at 11,00
Referees :Hajredin Zeka,Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Lulzim Maloku

Trepca - Prishtina Probasket Saturday at 13,00
Referees :Ilhan Xhaka,Albert Verbiqi
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

Vellaznimi - Kastrioti, Saturday at 14,00
Referees :Bujar Ramoja,Florentina Thaci
Monitors: Adem Rexha

FIRST LEAGUE

GROUP A

-IV-

LIPJANI - SHB"12",Saturday at 15,00
Referees :Isa Prebreza,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Arben Bahtiri

BASHKIMI - ISTOGU , Sunday at 13,00
Referees :Azem Hoxhaj,Urim Hasani
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

GROUP B

KOSOVARI - FUSHĖ KOSOVA, Sunday at 13,00
Referees :Daut Mehmeti,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors :Gezim Maloku

MALISHEVA - VERTIKALI, Saturday at 15,00
Referees :Azem Hoxhaj,Urim Hasasni
Monitors: Ruzhdi Kuqi

JUNIOR'S LEAGUE

GROUP A

-V-

PEJA - KASTRIOTI ,Saturday at 16,00
Referees :Dren Pudarolli,Egzon Gashi
Monitors: Gazmend Pupovci

EKI - BASHKIMI ,Saturday at 11.00
Referees :Besart Belegu,Denis Loxha
Monitors: Jakup Kasapolli

YLLI - ISTOGU Sunday at 11,00
Referees: Hazir Haxha,Fjolla Elshani
Monitors: Ruzhdi Kuqi

GROUP B

TREPCA - VERTIKALI, Saturday at 15,00
Referees :Xhavit Beqiri,Valon Duraku
Monitors: Mehmet Xhemajli

PRISHTINA PROBASKET - KOSOVA ,Sunday at 11,00
Referees :Burim Berisha,Fitim Gashi
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

SIGAL PRISHTINA - VUSHTRRIA BASKET Friday at 15,00
Referees :Bashkim Berbatovci,Flamur Ajeti
Monitors :Alban Lumi

RC COLA DRITA rests

CADTE'S LEAGUE

GROUP A

Round -V-

VĖLLAZNIMI KALAJA, Saturday at 11,30
Referees :Fadil Gjoshi,Amir Mamusha
Monitors :Faton Canhasi

KASTRIOTI - BASHKIMI ,Sunday 10,00
Referees :Burim Berisha,Flamur Ajeti
Monitors :Njazi Reqica

PEJA AG - TUSHI&GRUDA Saturday at 12,30
Referees: Agim Halili,Besart Belegu
Monitors: Mahir Spahija

YLLI - RC COLA DRITA Sunday at 12,30
Referees :Hazir Haxha, Abedin Berisha
Monitors: Ruzhdi Kuqi


GROUP B

LIPJANI - EUROBASKET, Saturday at 13,00
Referees :Isa Prebreza,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Arben Bahtiri

MITROVICA - PRISHTINA PROBASKET,Saturday at 11,00
Referees :Albert Verbiqi,Armend Sejdiu
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

BONUSI-TREPCA Monday at 13,30
Referees :Daut Mehmeti,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani

VERTIKALI - SIGAL PRISHTINA , Sunday at 14,30 "Dardani"
Referees :Fisnik Ramadani,Bashkim Berbatovci
Monitors: Sejdi Mehmeti

VUSHTRRIA BASKET - KOSOVA, Sunday at 9,00
Referees: Zaim Zenuni,Ardian Rrustemi
Monitors: Muhamed Munishi

PIONEER'S LEAGUE “STOBI FLIPS”

GROUP A

ABS VĖLLAZNIMI- YLLI, Saturday 10,00
Referees :Fadil Gjoshi, Amir Mamusha
Monitors :Burim Koshi

KALAJA - PEJA AG Sunday at 13,00
Referees :Fjolla Elshani, Egzon Thaci
Monitors: Tajar Rifati

RC COLA DRITA - NBA 23 Sunday at 12,00
Referees :Ergin Sherifi.Drin Veseli
Monitors: Nuri Selman

BASHKIMI - SHB "12" Saturday at 15,00
Referees :Glauk Qollaku,Kushtrim Cocaj
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

GROUP B

MEGABASKET - VUSHTRRIA BASKET Sunday at 9,30
Referees :Valon Duraku,Armend Sejdiu
Monitors: Mehmet Xhemajli

TREPCA - PRISHTINA PROBASKET Saturday at 9,30
Referees :Ilhan Xhaka,Burim Beqiri
Monitors: Mehmet Xhemajli

BONUS - EUROBASKET ,e premte at 13,30
Referees :Fitim Gashi,Kushtrim Gashi
Monitors: Remzi Ramadani

VERTIKAL rests

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LATVIA

Barons satisfy with 4-point win in the first leg -by Eurobasket News

Latvian Barons satisfied with 81:77 victory in in the first leg of the second elimination round of EuroCup. A 30:19 in the second quarter was the fatal for the guests. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) led the winners with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Armands Skele (192-G-83) nailed 14, while Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) scored 10 points each. Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) shone for the Israeli team with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Barons grabbed the early lead at home 8:4, but then slowed down a bit.
Michal Hlebowicki and Adomaitis knocked down three-balls to finish at 20:16 after one period. Latvian team produced an excellent second quarter when they triumphed 30:19 advantage. Latvians went into the break ahead 46:39.
Nahariya started the second half better and could reduce the gap. Barak Peleg and Matan Naor both hit three-balls to cut the deficit to 66:61 going into the fourth. With 66:66, Barons created a 9-3 run to secure a home win. The second leg is planned on November 27th in Israel.

This game was the last of the first leg in EuroCup. The majority of the games was played on Tuesday as if next Tuesday will be the second leg of the tournament.

Barons-Nahariya 81:77 (16-20, 30-19, 20-22, 15-16)

Barons: Demetrius Alexander 18+15 rebs, Armands Skele 14, Giedrius Gustas 10, Michal Hlebowicki 10
Nahariya: Otis Hill 17+11 rebs, Adrian Pledger (190-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: W.Virginia) 16



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LITHUANIA

Bitter taste of loss -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Efes Pilsen 70:77

These things happen in basketball, you lose. The winning story of Lietuvos Rytas in ULEB Euroleague came to an end yesterday as they suffered their first defeat. Efes Pilsen withstood the support of more than 10000 Lietuvos Rytas fans and 25 points from Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) to come back home with a hard-fought victory away from Siemens Arena in Vilnius. Efes Pilsen drove to winning outcome in three out of four quarters and finally clinched their 3rd win in the tournament. The teams played it safe early in the game with neither side raising the tempo. The hosts held a 9:8 lead due to Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) efforts. But Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) capped the first frame with a three pointer to give the visitors a 13:10 lead. Loren Woods and Drew Nicholas scored consecutive baskets to start the second quarter and Efes Pilsen spurred ahead to a 17:10 distance. The gap kept on growing as Drew Nicholas soon enlarged the margin to 10 points 22:12. However Lietuvos Rytas did find the touch late in the quarter and Hollis Price combined efforts with Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) to close the gap to 4 points at halftime 29:33. The hosts opened the second half with 7 straight points and claimed a 36:33 lead. The game now became a fiercely close battle with the teams exchanging the blows. Scoonie Penn crowned the third term with his jumper and Efes Pilsen enjoyed a 49:47 advantage after three quarters of action. Efes Pilsen were still ahead 65:61 with under 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Drew Nicholas was accurate from charity stripe and soon Turkish team enlarged the cushion to 8 points 61:69. Hollis Price connected from afar to spark the hope for the home team but Efes Pilsen were too accurate from free throw line for Lietuvos Rytas to hope for a positive outcome in the dying seconds.
Drew Nicholas finished with 19 points to lead Efes Pilsen. Ermal Kuqo had 15 points as Turkish side improved to 3-2 record. Lietuvos Rytas answered with game-high 25 points from Hollis Price. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 13 boards as Lietuvos slipped to 4-1 record in Group B.
Lietuvos Rytas sank 37% from the field and 78% from charity stripe. Both teams committed 16 turnovers and were almost equally matched in rebounds 32:33.

Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 25, Marijonas Petravicius 12+13 boards, Matt Nielsen 12
Efes Pilsen: Drew Nicholas 19, Ermal Kuqo 15, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 12


CSKA overpowers Zalgiris in Moscow -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Zalgiris 78:70

Russian favorite CSKA Moscow delivered their 4th win in the Euroleague and remained on top of Group A with a 4-1 record. They managed to outscore Zalgiris in what can be called a classic derby sending team from Kaunas to 2-3 record. CSKA opened the game in an aggressive manner and led by as many as 8 points early on 10:2. Later Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) nailed a jump shot to make it 14:4 for the hosts. However soon the shots started to drop for the visitors as Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77), Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) all connected from afar to keep Zalgiris in contest 20:25. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) was accurate from beyond the arc early in the second term and CSKA used the momentum to build a 12-point advantage. Former CSKA player Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) sparked with a trey from corner and Marko Popovic added a lay-up as Zalgiris cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 36:43.
CSKA maintained the lead after the break as David Andersen (212-C-80) and Marcus Goree reigned in the paint. The lead reached a 56:44 mark midway through the frame but once again Zalgiris returned to action with long jumpers from Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) and Marko Popovic. The hosts still held on to a 5 point lead after three quarters of action. But Marcus Brown hit another three-pointer 3 minutes into the final period and tied the scoreline at 64. Ramunas Siskauskas and David Andersen nailed jumpers to put CSKA in front 68:64, later David Andersen fired from long range and lifted CSKA to a 71:66 cushion. The teams exchanged baskets before Maciulis lost the ball and David Andersen converted from inside the paint to make it 76:70 with 18 seconds to go. Zalgiris were unable to com up with decisive shots and lost their 3rd game at the competition.
Ramunas Siskauskas nailed game-high 19 points for CSKA. Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Marko Popovic replied with 14 points for Zalgiris. Michael Bradley scored 13 points and pulled down 6 boards in a losing effort. Zalgiris outrebounded CSKA 30:23 but committed 19 turnovers during the game. CSKA also shot 5% from the field limiting the visitors to 45% accuracy.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 19, Alexei Savrasenko 15, David Andersen 14
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 14, Michael Bradley 13


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NIGERIA

Nigeria forward, Kuso stars for Gonzaga in NCAA -by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigerian Abdullahi Kuso had a big hand to play in guiding No. 14 Gonzaga to an 84-48 rout of UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Kuso, a 6ft 9icn forward from Kadua in Nigeria, scored 13 points while freshman Austin Daye led the way with 16. Jeremy Pargo also had 13 points.

This was a second straight game in which the Gonzaga defense had held a team to less than 50 points - Idaho managed only 43 on Tuesday.

Daye was the sparkplug, connecting on four of eight from the floor while hitting all seven of his free throws.

"You march Austin out in a game and if the lights are on, he is dialed in," coach Mark Few said.

Andre McGee looked ready to become a big-time contributor for sixth-ranked Louisville in his performance against Hartford.

McGree scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half and led a long-range barrage as the Cardinals coasted to a 104-69 rout of Hartford in their season opener.

A 5ft 10 guard who averaged just 2.6 points last season as a sophomore, McGee quickly showed he could be another threat for a team who return their top seven scorers from last season.

McGee made two of his five 3-pointers in the first half in a 23-7 surge that helped Louisville open a 36-17 bulge with under seven minutes remaining before the break. He was six of nine overall from three-point range.

Malik Hairston scored 24 points and Maarty Leunen added 17 as 13th-ranked Oregon survived a scare from rival Portland, 85-61.

Hairston, who scored a career-high 29 points in a win over Western Michigan on Monday, was eight of 13 from the floor and four of six from the arc.
Tajuan Porter added 15 points for Oregon, who now have a 4-0 record to start the season.

Bryan Davis scored a career-high 15 points off the bench Saturday as 15th-ranked Texas A&M coasted to an 85-59 rout of Division II Ouachita Baptist.


Josh Carter chipped in 12 points for Texas A&M, who had a 41-25 halftime lead and never looked back.


FIBA

Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC)


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PARAGUAY

San Josč dominates Game 2 -by Gianni Pascucci
Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) scored 26 pts and Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abilene Christian) added 20 and lots of rebounds in Deportivo San Jose clear win, 103-85 over Libertad in Game 2 of the Clausura Finals. The predominance showed "the Saints" in Game 2 makes to expect another win of San Josč on next monday night, thet could end the Finals with a 3-0 sweep.

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POLAND

Prokom gets thrashed in Piraeus -by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Prokom 109:65

Prokom suffered their 4th loss in Eroleague season as they were painfully beaten in Piraeus by Olympiakos. The hosts' dominance was pretty evident from the start as they grabbed 7:1 lead early in the encounter. DaJuan Wagner (191-G-83, college: Memphis) hit from afar and then converted a layup for Prokom to stay close. But soon Arvydas Masijauskas began to pile up his scoring baggage with a triple, while Panagiotis Panagotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) added 4 more points and Olympiakos regained a comfortable lead. The game was rather one-sided traffic as Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) connected from afar and then hit a pair of free throws to accumulate a 31:13 lead after the first frame. Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) and Arvydas Macijauskas kept on delivering points at the start of the second stanza and the margin grew to 41:19. The home team easily secured a 52:30 lead at halftime. Qyntel Woods fueled the hosts with two more treys early in the third quarter and Olympiakos enjoyed a 63:35 cushion midway through the frame. Prokom struggled to provide any reasonable answer for a deadly Olympiakos offense and trailed by 42 points at the end of the third quarter. The outcome was sealed in the fourth period by Olympiakos bench as Pinhas Pini Gershon gave his starters well-deserved rest.
Arvydas Macijauskas poured in game-high 27 points. Qyntel Woods contributed 22 points for the winners. Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) notched 16 points and 4 boards for Prokom. DaJuan Wagner finished with 13 points as Prokom fell to 1-4 record at the bottom of Group A. They will next take on Montepaschi Siena at home on November 28.

Olympiakos: Arvydas Macijauskas 27, Qyntel Woods 22, Kostas Vasiliadis 14
Prokom: Mustafa Shakur 16, DaJuan Wagner 13


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PUERTO RICO

Capitanes de Arecibo signs Roger Washington -by Alessandro Fontana
Capitanes de Arecibo signed Rogers Washington (202-F-77, college: LSU). Arecibo signed already two American players Washington and the NBA Tony Massenburg to play in the Liga de las Americas. Rogers Washington is a "journey-man", He has a lot of experiences, He played in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Iran and Lebanon. Last season He played in Venezuela with Guaiqueries de Margarita with 18,6 pts and 3,6 rebs.
Arecibo was very good in the "Trades", They signed Bobby Joe Hatton and now two important players as Tony Massenburg and Rogers Washington who is a great scorer and rebounder.

In NBA, Orlando was defeated by San Antonio 110-128. For Carlos Arroyo 7 points (3/6 2pts, 1/1 FT) and 2 assts in 17 minutes. Dallas defeated Houston 100-94 but Jose Juan Barea did not play.
A. Fontana


Boricuas Abroad and the "Arroyo 2008" -by Alessandro Fontana

In Uleb Cup, Turow won against Strasbourg 66-42. Andres Rodriguez played 35 minutes with 13 points (3/4 2pts, 2/6 3pts, 1/2 FT), 3 rebs and 4 assts. In the other game of the Uleb Cup, Besiktas won an exciting game against FMP Zeleznik 78-77. Christian Dalmau played 23 minutes with 6 points (2/4 2pts, 0/3 3pts, 2/2 FT), 3 rebs and 2 assts, for Rick Apodaca a great game, with 15 points (5/13 2pts, 1/3 3pts, 2/2 FT), 4 assts and 4 steals in 40 minutes.
In NBA, Dallas defeated Toronto 105-99. For Jose Juan Barea 4 minutes with 2 points (1/1 2pts, 0/1 3pts).

It is official, on 1st december 2007 Carlos Arroyo will have his official website: www.carlosarroyo.com. On his website It is also possible to order his "2008 Calendar". For the Arroyo's fans We advice to book it soon.

A. Fontana



Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Euroleague-time, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, college: N.Mexico) was the MVP of the game Unicaja Malaga-Le Mans. Malaga won against Le Mans 83-74. "El Senor de los Anillos" Daniel Santiago played 26 minutes with 14 points (7/10 2pts, 0/1 FT) and 7 rebs.
Cibona was defeated by Maccabi, Larry Ayuso scored 4 pts (0/4 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 1/2 FT) with 3 rebs, 1 steal but also 4 to in 20 minutes.
In Mexico, Los Dorados de Chihuahua played two games in these last days, they were defeated by Lechugueros de Leon 95-91. Keenan Jourdon scored 31pts+6rebs, for Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz 20pts+8rebs+8 assts. In the second game they were defeated by Panteras 94-92. Keenan Jourdon scored 29 pts, Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz 26 pts.
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

Dynamo Moscow sign Milos Vujanic -by Eurobasket
Dynamo Moscow signed 27-year old Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (190-G-80). Vujanic played most recently at Panathinaikos Athens (Greece). Despite Vujanic re-signed with Panathinaikos for another 2 years last summer, the club from Athens allowed him to leave and as soon as he received offer from Dynamo, he signed it.

CSKA overpowers Zalgiris in Moscow -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Zalgiris 78:70

Russian favorite CSKA Moscow delivered their 4th win in the Euroleague and remained on top of Group A with a 4-1 record. They managed to outscore Zalgiris in what can be called a classic derby sending team from Kaunas to 2-3 record. CSKA opened the game in an aggressive manner and led by as many as 8 points early on 10:2. Later Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) nailed a jump shot to make it 14:4 for the hosts. However soon the shots started to drop for the visitors as Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77), Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) all connected from afar to keep Zalgiris in contest 20:25. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) was accurate from beyond the arc early in the second term and CSKA used the momentum to build a 12-point advantage. Former CSKA player Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) sparked with a trey from corner and Marko Popovic added a lay-up as Zalgiris cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 36:43.
CSKA maintained the lead after the break as David Andersen (212-C-80) and Marcus Goree reigned in the paint. The lead reached a 56:44 mark midway through the frame but once again Zalgiris returned to action with long jumpers from Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) and Marko Popovic. The hosts still held on to a 5 point lead after three quarters of action. But Marcus Brown hit another three-pointer 3 minutes into the final period and tied the scoreline at 64. Ramunas Siskauskas and David Andersen nailed jumpers to put CSKA in front 68:64, later David Andersen fired from long range and lifted CSKA to a 71:66 cushion. The teams exchanged baskets before Maciulis lost the ball and David Andersen converted from inside the paint to make it 76:70 with 18 seconds to go. Zalgiris were unable to com up with decisive shots and lost their 3rd game at the competition.
Ramunas Siskauskas nailed game-high 19 points for CSKA. Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Marko Popovic replied with 14 points for Zalgiris. Michael Bradley scored 13 points and pulled down 6 boards in a losing effort. Zalgiris outrebounded CSKA 30:23 but committed 19 turnovers during the game. CSKA also shot 5% from the field limiting the visitors to 45% accuracy.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 19, Alexei Savrasenko 15, David Andersen 14
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 14, Michael Bradley 13


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SERBIA

Third win of Partizan Igokea in Euroleague -by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian champs, Partizan Igokea, grabbed the third win in Euroleague after five rounds. They were better than Lottomatica Roma in Belgrade 91-86. In the middle of the second quarter Partizan made advantage of 9 points but Lottomatica quickly responded with a run 19-9 and went on the half time having minus 3. Pekovic nailed 14 points for 12 minutes in the first half. In the next 20 minutes Partizan controlled rhythm of the game and had advantage of 6-8 points almost the entire time. Roma had a small chance as they succeeded to come closer on 84-81 in 37th minute but Fucka was not concentrated from the FT line. Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again was MVP of the game reaching index 30. He scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) also shined recording double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Roma got 17 points from Jon Stefansson (195-G-82).

Before the game director of the Italian team and Serbian basketball legend Dejan Bodiroga - "Bodi Bond" got huge ovation from Partizan's fans.


Partizan Igokea - Lottomatica Roma 91-86
(25-26,29-25,18-19,19-16)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 21 (8 rebs), Velickovic 16 (10 rebs), Palacio 15 (6 as), Kecman 14
Lottomatica Roma: Stefansson 17, Ukic 15, Ray 14, Lorbek 14 (5 rebs)


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SYRIA

Imports in Syria until now -by Mohammed Malas

Here is the list of imports who signed with syrian clubs until now.....

# Al Wehda Damascus:
Louis Darby (196-G-84) - USA

# Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Damond Williams (197-F-80) - USA
Babacar Camara (211-C-81) - SEN

# Al Jalaa Aleppo:
Samaki Walker (206-C-76) - USA


# Al Karama:
Kris Gibbs-Smith (197-G/F-83) - USA



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TAIWAN

2007-08 UBA tips off Nov. 26 -by Chris Wang

Taipei Physical Education College (TPEC), the superpower in Taiwan college basketball, will seek to extend its 147-game winning streak and the 13th straight title in the upcoming 2007-08 UBA (University Basketball Association) season, which will tip off on Nov. 26.


The UBA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the first season it implements the so-called "25 years-old rule, " which means only players under 25 years-old are allowed to play in the league. Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF) said the rule is in line with the regulation of the World University Games.


Implementation of the rule is expected to have a huge impact on all the teams, especially the defending champion. As UBA didn't have an age limit prior to this season, teams were able to put almost all players they want on the court -- undergraduate, graduate and transfer students alike.


Which was why Chien Wei-chuan, the most celebrated women basketball player in Taiwan, was able to enjoy a 10-year UBA career. Ten years! For universities who wanted to keep their best players, all they had to do was getting them to the graduate schools. It's easy.


Not anymore. At least the UBA is doing something right because that was just ridiculous.



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TANZANIA

Archrivals Savio,JKT at war next week -by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani

Tanzania basketball giants,JKT and Savio are brandishing their weapons for a fierce encounter to be held early next week at the National Indoor Stadium,Dar es Salaam.
The team's play to vie for Charity Shield which takes place annually between the winners of the Kili RBA League and Kili Super Cup.
The two sides played in the similar event last year and JKT managed to floor their opponents.
Dar es Salaam regional basketball body Chairman,Simon Msofe said the match for the Charity Shield aims at marking the official opening of the regional premier basketball league which goes as Kili RBA League.
Main players in the teams' encounter will be George Tarimo,Jije Makani and Mohamed Yusuf. The players were instrumental in Savio's title regain campaign that saw them snatching two major titles from JKT in the last year season.
JKT,the team that lead in fighting spirit,will bank on their playmakers,Ashraf Haroun and Frank Kusiga to feed Charles,Makene,Frank Simkoko and Mkumbo Mgendi upfront.
Savio's veteran player,Michael Mwita said next week's encounter will be a start of this year's campaign to clinch five basketball titles in the 2007/2008 season.
"After the shield,there will be Super Cup,Kili RBA and National Basketball League and Union League. We have two titles and JKT hold the remaining," he said.
JKT's top marksman,Charles Makene told Sunday Citizen during his team's training session at Mgulani JKT that the plan to hold all four basketball titles are foolproof hence they are sure of an easy victory next week.
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/


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TPBL

LAKE JACKSON ANNOUNCES TEAM WEBSITE -by Chris Cardenas



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TPBL - 2008 CELEBRATING 8YRS OF PRO BASKETBALL IN TEXAS!!! DONT MISS IT!!!


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TURKEY

Efes triumphs, while Fenerbahce faces Brose Baskets tonight -by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen drove to winning outcome in three out of four quarters and finally clinched their 3rd win in the tournament. Turkish team overcame Lietuvos Rytas from Lithuania. The teams played it safe early in the game with neither side raising the tempo. The hosts held a 9:8 lead due to Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) efforts. But Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) capped the first frame with a three pointer to give the visitors a 13:10 lead. Loren Woods and Drew Nicholas scored consecutive baskets to start the second quarter and Efes Pilsen spurred ahead to a 17:10 distance. The gap kept on growing as Drew Nicholas soon enlarged the margin to 10 points 22:12. However Lietuvos Rytas did find the touch late in the quarter and Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) combined efforts with Martynas Gecevicius to close the gap to 4 points at halftime 29:33. The hosts opened the second half with 7 straight points and claimed a 36:33 lead. The game now became a fiercely close battle with the teams exchanging the blows. Scoonie Penn crowned the third term with his jumper and Efes Pilsen enjoyed a 49:47 advantage after three quarters of action. Efes Pilsen were still ahead 65:61 with under 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Drew Nicholas was accurate from charity stripe and soon Turkish team enlarged the cushion to 8 points 61:69. Hollis Price connected from afar to spark the hope for the home team but Efes Pilsen were too accurate from free throw line for Lietuvos Rytas to hope for a positive outcome in the dying seconds.
Drew Nicholas finished with 19 points to lead Efes Pilsen. Ermal Kuqo had 15 points as Turkish side improved to 3-2 record. Lietuvos Rytas answered with game-high 25 points from Hollis Price. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 13 boards as Lietuvos slipped to 4-1 record in Group B.
Fenerbahce is 2-2 in group C and will meet Brose Baskets that is winless in the tournament. In case of a win the Turkish side may think even for the third place in the group.

Lietuvos Rytas - Efes Pilsen 70:77
Lietuvos Rytas: Hollis Price 25, Marijonas Petravicius 12+13 boards, Matt Nielsen 12
Efes Pilsen: Drew Nicholas 19, Ermal Kuqo 15, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 12


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

San Antonio's Tim Duncan moved from center to forward on NBA All-Star ballot -by David Edole

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA shifted Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) from center to forward on its All-Star ballot on Wednesday, boosting the San Antonio player's chances of making his ninth consecutive start.

The seven-member media panel that selected the players for the original ballot had Duncan as a center, even though he has always been listed as a forward. He was voted to start for the Western Conference each of the last eight seasons, but that streak would have been in jeopardy if he was a center.

"It's great. I have an opportunity to make the team now,'' Duncan said after the Spurs 128-110 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. "To have an opportunity to be back on the ballot and to be at the forward, and to have a chance to start, it's an honor.''

Houston center Yao Ming gets overwhelming support from China and has been elected to start every year of his career. He received the highest vote total in history in 2005, and the fourth-highest ever last season.

"It's great that they did that. ... It makes total sense and we're thrilled that they made that change,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in San Antonio. "That's what he's been, he's been that way (a power forward) for 10 years. There's no reason to change it.''

Though the paper ballots can't be changed, Duncan will be moved to forward on the online ballot on www.nba.com. All votes he has received or receives in the future will be credited toward him at forward.

The All-Star game is Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

VOTE FOR TIM



UVI's Bucs Men's Basketball Squad Notches Preseason Wins in St. Maarten -by David Edole


University of the Virgin Islands' Buccaneers varsity men's basquetball squad won three preseason games on St. Maarten at the Nov. 14-17 "College Basketball Comes to St. Maarten" tournament. The Bucs defeated the University of St. Maarten, Cooper Union (NYC), and St. Maarten's American University of the Caribbean. While on St. Maarten, Bucs team members Oma Olivaccee, Robert Duck, Kori Vialet and Clint Williams visited the Orange School to run basketball drills with local children during physical education classes. Click here for a look at Orange School students with some of the UVI Buccaneers. Head Coach Sean Georges said team members are making an effort to participate in community engagement activities during their pre-season tournaments.

The Bucs' preseason record is three wins and two losses. The losses, by one point each, came during the "King of the Court" tournament held on St. Croix on Oct. 26 and 27. They lost to Tortola's East Rockers and St. Thomas's Jam Squad. Regular-season play for the Bucs in the LAI league starts Feb. 2, 2008, with a home game against the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Padres. The second of the Buccaneers' seven regular-season home games follows on Feb. 3 against UPR-Bayamon.


Pics of the Bucs



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UGANDA

Falcons humble warriors to set up a game five decider. -by Rogers Senkwale
Warriors faltered in their pursuit for league glory going down 61-75 to Mogas Falcons on wednsday night.Despite taking an early lead by the end of first quarter 20-14,they were unable to maitain their rythm going on to trail for the rest of the game.the closest they came to their opponents was when they rallied from 14 points down to narrow the margin to three points ( 60-63) early in the fourth quarter.Siblings Henry Malinga (193-F)( 23 pts) and Eric Malinga (186-G) (24 pts) were outstanding tormenting the warriors defence at the post, However the man of the match was Francis Tumusime (175-G)( 13 pts) who controlled Falcon's game and scored three consecutive three pointers,restricting starting point guards Charles Suubi (175-G) and Tony Oluka (178-G) to the bench most of the game. " Falcon's experince granted them the win", Kenyan coach Thomas Olumbo revealed to Eurobasket. but added that game 5 will be different because no team will want to lose.Warriors who failed to take advantage of their rivals's talisman, Henry Malinga's foul trouble after he accumulated 4 fouls with six minutes left,were led by Stephen Okias (193-C/F), Brian Gumisiriza (196-F) and Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) who scored 18;14 and 13 points respectively but could not salvage a win for the Kyambogo based team.The deciding game 5 is slated for Friday and will be a tension packed thriller with both teams coming out to prove a point and win the trophy.

Crane High win Division 2 Title -by Rogers Senkwale
Crane High School bid division two farewell in grand style defeating rivals KCC Lions 58-56 on Wednesday night to wrap up the series 3-1 and claim the division two title.It took overtime for the champions to seal victory after KCC, who were rather clumsy gave away a six point lead with few minutes left in the fourth quarter Which gave Crane high opportunity to come back in the game and force an over time.KCC have been the most clumsy team in the play-offs.They lost game three 61-60 in a similar manner after failing to convert 2 points with four seconds left deep in their opponents half with possesion in their hands.
However despite the loss, they join their conquerers in Division one next season courtesy of finnishing as runner up's.Justus Mugisha , coach of Crane high was over joyed with the victory and attributed it to determination,self belief and composre of his team and believes they will be able to stay in division one despite the history of div 2 teams failing to stand the competition in the upper division with exception of UCU Canons last year.He also revealed to Eurobasket that he will have new signings but declined to mention them.KCC on the other hand might have to do with another coach after the future of coach Mande Baker is in balance following the dismal performance of the team despite getting to the finals.


A1 Challenge edge KCC to bounce back -by Rogers Senkwale
A1 Captain and inspirational guard Ali Mavita (165-G)( 14 pts) led her team to a convincing 57-50 victory over bitter rivals KCC Leopards to set up a potentially tense game 5 decider on Friday.Determined to keep alive their hopes for a second league title after winning their first in 2005,A1 Challenge the dominant team currently after the decline of Record Lady champs Laady Bucks,managed tomestablish their command of the game outscoring their opponents 12-11 in the first quarter extending it to 28-21 with four minutes left in the second but succumbed to an offensive avalanche from hard fighting KCC,ending the half level at 30 a piece.
Man of The match,Namayega ( 10 pts), however poured in three consecutive three pointers to restore AI' s lead and they neverr looked back, outscoring their opponents in the third and fourth quarters 15-11 and 12-9 respectively.Elizabeth Kizza (180-F) returned to form contributing 13 points for her team.Mariam Hamala and Linda Tamale scored 16 and 12 points respectively for their team in a losing effort.Basketball fans can not wait for the epic battle for the trophy on Friday between the two lady giants who are the biggest rivals in the league


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UKRAINE

Melnychuk is recommended as NT's head coach -by Alexander Muzyka




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Women News

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CROATIA - Women

UMMC victorious against Sibenik to keep perfect record -by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Sibenik 78:63

Russian powerhouse UMMC cruised to their 3rd straight win in FIBA Euroleague Group B. This time Ekaterinburg team bumped Sibenik in front of 5000 spectators. Sibenik led early in the game after Tihana Juric (194-C-76) and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) scored quick baskets for the visitors. But soon Penny Taylor (185-F-81) nailed 4 straight points for the hosts to claim the lead for good. Natalia Vodopyanova (190-F-81) had 4 consecutive points for UMMC late in the starting frame to give them a 22:17 lead. Sibenik stayed close in the second quarter due to some accurate shooting from Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) and Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87). But Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 4 straight points and Harrower nailed a three-pointer for UMMC as they finished the first half up by 11 points 45:34. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) nailed two triples during the third stanza and to keep UMMC upbeat as they enlarged the gap to 14 points entering the fourth period 64:50. Sibenik struggled to cut the deficit in the fourth term and UMMC easily ensured the positive outcome at the end.
Asjha Jones led well-balanced UMMC offense with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Agnieszka Bibrzycka contributed 13 points, while Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Tihana Juric recorded game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds for Sibenik. Anda Jelavic provided 12 points and 6 assists as Croatian team fell to 1-2 record in Group B.
UMMC shot 41% from the field and 85% from free throw line. Sibenik responded with 40% field goal accuracy. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 40:32 and forced those to 17 turnovers.

UMMC: Asjha Jones 18, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 13, Deanna Nolan 12
Sibenik: Tihana Juric 22, Anda Jelavic 12


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CYPRUS - Women

An opening quarter is not enough for the win -by Eurobasket News
K.V. Imperial AEL - Elitzur Ramla 72:80 (21-9, 16-20, 13-27, 22-24)

K.V. Imperial AEL lost the second game in Eurocup in Round 3 last night. The team from Cyprus was defeated at home by Israeli Elitzur Ramla 72:80. A 21:9 in the opening quarter was not enough for the total victory. Natasha Andjelic (185-G-77) led the winners with 22 points. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) posted 21, while Smith added 14. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) collected 24 points and 7 rebounds in the losing clause.

An 11-0 RUN was a fantastic beginning for K.V. Imperial AEL. The team managed to score almost all the shots they've made and looked very ambitious. Gardner scored for 21:9 as it was result of the first quarter. Betty Lennox kept the advantage of +10 in the end of the second as she made two free throws in it.
Elitzur Ramla woke up in the third quarter and scored almost the same number of points as the team had in the first two quarters. Ramla smashed the hosts 13:27 in the third to take 50:56 lead. K.V. Imperial AEL could not tie the game later in the fourth. After 65:67 Israeli team led to 72:80 in the third game of EuroCup.

K.V. Imperial AEL: Betty Lennox 24+7 rebs, Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) 17+8 rebs, Papadopoulou 12,
Elitzur Ramla: Natasha Andjelic 22, Shay Doron 21, Smith 14


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Wednesday results -by Eurobasket News

ZKK Buducnost - Electra Ramat-Hasharon 62:63 (13-14, 15-22, 27-10, 7-17)

ZKK Buducnost lost the second game of EuroCup out of three. In Round 3 the team from Montenegro lost the game to Electra Ramat-Hasharon, the one that the team had to win. Electra Ramat-Hasharon enjoyed 7:17 in the fourth and the game itself 62:63. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB) paced the winners with 14 points. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) produced 13 points as Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) scored 10. Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) and Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) were on top for the hosts nailing 12 points each.

ZKK Buducnost missed two shots in the start of the game but then was glad to lead 4-0. Electra Ramat-Hasharon rearranged and won the first 13:14 as the teams finished the first 10 minutes. It was noticeable that Israeli team would not stop and they proved with 15:22 in the second. Both squads left the court with 28:36 for the visitors.
Perovic tied the score in the beginning of the third and it was only start of Buducnost's spurt. A 27:10 in the quarter gave 55:46 for the hosts after 30 minutes of the game. Victory? No, With 59:50 Electra Ramat-Hasharon made 7-0 run and then 6-0 again to reach 62:63 win. It was Deanna Jackson who made a jump-shot with 17 seconds remaining to bring her team a second victory.

ZKK Buducnost: Snezana Aleksic 12, Nikolina Popovic 12
Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Deanna Jackson 14, Mirav Dori 13, Rada Vidovic 10


Besiktas Cola Turka-Panionios B.C. 66:71 (12-14, 17-19, 21-21, 16-17)

Only 100 spectators came to support Turkish Besiktas Cola Turka in the game against Panionios B.C. The latter used it as a chance to grab 66:71 victory in Group A of Eurocup. Maria Samorukova (191-C-71) led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Thorn and Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75) followed her with 12 points each. Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

In order to equalize the chances in the group Greek team had to win the game in Turkey. The visitors took a control in the opening quarter and had 12:14 after it. Giannakopoulou in the second led her team to 17:24 with 7 minutes remaining at the first half. Samorukova brought her team the biggest lead, 19:30, but Stacey Lynn Lovelace was the last to reduce to 29:33.

Again Panionios increased the margin in the third quarter and again the hosts were managed to cut. Erden with a three kept her team within 4 points after 30 minutes. Vasileiou nailed a three to bring back 10 points deficit. With 66:69 Thorn scored two free throws to improve at 2-1 with Panionios. In another game of the group BC Zeljeznicar beat ZKK Vojvodina 76:70 as three teams top with 2-1 record.

Besiktas Cola Turka: Stacey Lynn Lovelace 21+10 rebs, Nazli Guler (182-F-82) 18
Panionios B.C.: Maria Samorukova 16+7 rebs, Thorn 12, Aikaterina Deli 12



K.V. Imperial AEL - Elitzur Ramla 72:80 (21-9, 16-20, 13-27, 22-24)

K.V. Imperial AEL lost the second game in Eurocup in Round 3 last night. The team from Cyprus was defeated at home by Israeli Elitzur Ramla 72:80. A 21:9 in the opening quarter was not enough for the total victory. Natasha Andjelic (185-G-77) led the winners with 22 points. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) posted 21, while Smith added 14. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) collected 24 points and 7 rebounds in the losing clause.

An 11-0 RUN was a fantastic beginning for K.V. Imperial AEL. The team managed to score almost all the shots they've made and looked very ambitious. Gardner scored for 21:9 as it was result of the first quarter. Betty Lennox kept the advantage of +10 in the end of the second as she made two free throws in it.
Elitzur Ramla woke up in the third quarter and scored almost the same number of points as the team had in the first two quarters. Ramla smashed the hosts 13:27 in the third to take 50:56 lead. K.V. Imperial AEL could not tie the game later in the fourth. After 65:67 Israeli team led to 72:80 in the third game of EuroCup.

K.V. Imperial AEL: Betty Lennox 24+7 rebs, Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) 17+8 rebs, Papadopoulou 12,
Elitzur Ramla: Natasha Andjelic 22, Shay Doron 21, Smith 14



Galatasaray - Dnipro 65:53 (19-13, 18-14, 15-10, 13-16)

Ukrainian Dnipro that showed 2 outstanding games in the first two rounds of EuroCup had no answer for Turkish Galatasaray. The hosts overcame the underdog 65:53 to move to 3-0 record. Ukrainian side won the last quarter 13:16 but fell at 0-3 in Group D.
Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 18 points. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu (182-F-83, college: Stanford) scored 12.

Turkish team showed at once who was the host and the favorite of the game.
Sophia Young made her team to feel more comfortable with 15:5 lead in the first. Even though Dnipro reduced a bit Sencebe gave Galatasaray 19:13 after the first 10 minutes. Galatasaray controlled the second quarter and won it 18:14 as Johnson set up 37:27 after the first half.

Dnipro did not come back, however stayed tough in the second half.
Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa) looked fresher and more experienced than any other players in the team. She was the one to struggle till the end and scopred the last 5 points of Dnipro. Galatasaray won the game 65:53 and beat all the teams in Group D first round. Dnipro is 0-3 and two other teams are 2-1 and 1-2.

Galatasaray:
Petra Ujhelyi 18, Sophia Young 16+13 rebs, Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu 12
Dnipro:
Jillian Robbins 24+8 rebs, Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) 13



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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

TEO Vilnius unable to edge Faenza at home -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius - Faenza 80:86

Despite a better start to the game TEO Vilnius suffered a loss in the Euroleague clash against Faenza. The loss saw TEO slip to 1-2 record, while Faenza celebrated their first victory at the tournament and improved to 1-2 record in Group D ladder. TEO Vilnius looked confident at the start of the game as Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) hit 4 points to help TEO to 8:2 lead. But Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had 4 points and Marija Eric (164-G-83) drained a triple to pull Faenza back within 3 points from the hosts. TEO Vilnius replied with back-to-back treys from Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) and Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) to crown the frame and lead 24:13. Marija Eric and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) combined efforts to drag Faenza back into the contest early in the second stanza. They knocked down 11 points during the opening 5 minutes of the second frame and Faenza surged ahead 29:26. Sandra Valuzyte however responded with a long jumper of her own to tie the score. The teams exchanged baskets till halftime and went into the dressing rooms all square at 43.
Marija Eric scored 8 points for the visitors, while Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) added 5 more as Faenza finally cleared off to a 69:62 distance at the end of the third quarter. Nykesha Sales nailed a jumper 5 minutes into the fourth quarter to bring the hosts within two points from Faenza 73:75. Later Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was perfect from free throw line to regain the lead for TEO Vilnius 80:78 with under 3 minutes remaining. But Simona Ballardini connected from afar and Daliborka Jokic hit a jump shot to lift Faenza back in front 83:80. Sulciute missed a three-pointer, while Marija Eric answered with one more two-point play to seal the win fo Italian team. Marija Eric led the winners with 22 points on a 5/9 three-point shooting. Daliborka Jokic provided 16 points and 9 rebounds for Faenza. Sandra Valuzyte had 21 points for TEO Vilnius. Yelena Leuchanka and Nykesha Sales contributed 17 points in a losing case. TEO Vilnius will play against Ros Casares away from home in the fourth round.

TEO Vilnius: Sandra Valuzyte 21, Yelena Leuchanka 17+12 boards, Nykesha Sales 17
Faenza: Marija Eric 22, Daliborka Jokic 16+9 boards


Wisla chases UMMC in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Wisla - ZVVZ Prague 74:71

Wisla remained positive about their Euroleague tournament prospects as they drove to a hard-fought home victory over Prague in the third round of the competition. The hosts rolled to a 1-point lead after the first quarter of action as Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) crowned the frame with a long jumper. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Hartigova sealed a 36:34 advantage for Prague at halftime. Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) nailed 5 straight points for the visitors as they accumulated a 43:36 lead two and a half minutes into the second stanza. However Agnieszka Palka (195-C-82) came up big with 5 points and a block for the hosts to give them a 49:48 lead midway through the frame. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) later hit 5 consecutive points for Wisla and they entered the final period ahead by 5 points 57:52. The home side cherished the cushion for 5 minutes into the final quarter but Jannell Burse's free throw tied the teams with 4 minutes left in regulation. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) added a jumper to put Prague up. Soon Anna Wielebnowska connected one more time from beyond the arc to regain the lead for Wisla. Jannell Burse responded with just one accurate free throw, while Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) hit them both to seal the victory for Wisla.
Anna Wielebnowska finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jelena Skerovic had 16 points for Wisla as they improved to 2-1 record in the ladder. Jannell Burse knocked down 17 points and collected 11 boards for Prague. Katerina Elhotova delivered 14 points in the second loss for Czech team.
Prague will take on Perfumerias Avenida at home in the fourth round. Wisla will travel to Croatia to face Sibenik.

Wisla: Anna Wielebnowska 22, Jelena Skerovic 16, Agnieszka Palka 9
Prague: Jannell Burse 17+11 boards, Katerina Elhotova 14


Kosit 2013 loses to Gambrinus -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus Brno - Kosit 2013 85:68

Kosit 2013 were unable to snap Gambrinus winning streak as they lost away in Brno. The game was a close battle in the first three quarters but Gambrinus emerged aggressive in the final period to stun their counterparts and run away with a victory. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 20 points to lead Brno, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for the winners. The teams headed into the fourth period with a 3-point lead for the hosts. But Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) scored a jumper early in the final term to close the gap to just a single point. Gambrinus reacted immediately jumping to an 8:0 run and clearing off to a 73:64 distance. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 3 straight points for the visitors however Brno crowned the regulation with another stunning 12:1 rally to seal the win. Janel McCarville finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Kosit 2013. Katie Gearlds scored 18 points in Slovakian team.
Brno dominated the boards 49:25, while both teams committed 12 turnovers. Brno converted 47% of field goals, while Kosit answered with 41% accuracy from the field. Brno's bench outscored their counterparts 19:6. Gambrinus improved to 3-0 record in the ladder and next faces Spartak Moscow Region away from home. Kosit slipped to 1-2 and would try to improve against Valenciennes at home in the next round.

Brno: Eva Viteckova 20, Petra Kulichova 15+16 boards
Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 20, Katie Gearlds 18


Victory slips away from TTT Riga -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - TTT Riga 71:69

It was not lucky day for TTT Riga in Euroleague as they lost a thrilling road encounter against Fenerbahce. TTT Riga produced a gripping fourth term as they outplayed a 14-point deficit after three quarters of action but came up just short in the dying seconds. The loss saw TTT Riga fall to 1-2 record in Group A standings. TTT Riga entered the final period trailing by 14 points but the things started to look brighter for the visitors in the final term. TTT Riga opened the fourth stanza with a 10:1 rally to cut the margin to 5 points with less than 5 minutes remaining. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) nailed a jumper for Fenerbahce but Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) and Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) answered with 4 straight points for TTT Riga to make it 63:66. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Iciss Tillis exchanged baskets before Iciss Tillis connected from afar following turnover from Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers). The game became all square at 68 but Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) hit a pair of free throws to put the hosts in front 70:68. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) had a chance to draw teams but converted just one of two from the stripe with 17 seconds left. Cappie Pondexter responded with one more free throw for Fenerbahce and then stole the ball from Micaela Jacintho to seal the second win for Fenerbahce.
Cappie Pondexter topscored for the hosts with 27 points. Nevriye Yilmaz added 16 points and 8 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 15 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) provided 13 points as TTT Riga stayed at the 4th spot in Group A. They will next play against MKB Euroleasing at home.

Fenerbahce: Cappie Pondexter 27, Nevriye Yilmaz 16, Tammy Sutton-Brown 10
TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 15, Olena Zherzherunova 13


Euroleague, day-3: wednesday results -by Carlo Grilli

MKB Euroleasing Sorpon - Napoli 82-69

(Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89), Balas-Pirine Karolyi 19; Horasan, Ndiaye 16)


Gambrinus - Kosit 2013 85-68

(Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) 20; McCarville 20)

TEO Vilnius - Faenza 80-86

(Valuzyte 21; Marija Eric (164-G-83) 22)

Dynamo M. - Ros Casares 71-82

(Jekabsone-Zogota 28; Milton 19)

Wisla - USK Praha 74-71

(Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) 22; Burse 17)

UMMC - Sibenik 78-63

(Jones 18; Juric 22)

Fenerbahce - TTT Riga 71-69

(Pondexter 27; Tillis 15)

Villeneuve - CSKA 48-99

(Ilic 10; Stepanova, Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) 16)

Perfumerias - Bourges 69-65

(Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) 16; Snell 19)



CSKA coast past Lille on the road -by Eurobasket News
Lille Metropole - CSKA 48:99

CSKA easily ensured their 3rd straight victory in Group A of FIBA Euroleague as they cruised past Lille in Villeneuve. CSKA crushed the hosts 24:5 in the starting frame and set the tone for the rest of the encounter. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the second frame to lift CSKA to 31:7 dominance. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) and Shala Crawford (193-C-79, college: Life) cut the gap slightly in the middle of the period but Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Becky Hammon once again burst out with consecutive triples to make it a 45:17 play at the interval. The third quarter was much of the same story as CSKA reigned the court hitting every kind of shots. Valdemoro nailed another three-pointer and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) produced a three-point play at the start of the fourth term to give CSKA a massive 81:33 advantage. Finally the visitors slowed down and allowed Lille to put the scoreline to more or less respectable frames.
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) finished with 16 points each to pace CSKA. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) provided 12 points in a winning effort for Moscow team. Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) was the only Lille player to score in double figures as she netted 10 points. Fatimatou Sacko (185-F-85) had 9 points and 7 boards in the second defeat for Lille. CSKA outrebounded the home team 40:34 and forced those to as many as 20 turnovers. CSKA sank 60% from the field, while Lille managed just 28% of field goals. CSKA remained atop Group A and next face Fenerbahce at home court. Lille slipped to 1-2 record and takes on Napoli on the road in the 4th round.

Lille: Jasmina Ilic 10, Fatimatou Sacko 9+7 boards
CSKA: Maria Stepanova 16, Amaya Valdemoro 16, Ilona Korstine 12


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. CSKA 3-0
2. MKB Eur. 2-1
3. Fenerbahce 2-1
4. TTT Riga 1-2
5. Villeneuve 1-2
6. Napoli 0-3
Group B
1. UMMC 3-0
2. Wisla 2-1
3. Bourges 1-2
4. USK Praha 1-2
5. Halcon 1-2
6. Sibenik 1-2
Group C
1. Gambrinus 3-0
2. Spartak MR 2-1
3. Lotos 1-2
4. USVO 1-2
5. Kosit 2013 1-2
6. Dexia 1-2
Group D
1. Ros Casares 3-0
2. Pecsi 2-1
3. Dynamo M. 2-1
4. Faenza 1-2
5. TEO Vilnius 1-2
6. Mondeville 0-3


MKB Euroleasing overcomes slow start to beat Napoli -by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Napoli 82:69

Hungarian MKB Euroleasing secured their second win in FIBA Euroleague as they edged Phard Napoli 82:69 in Sopron. Ndiaye scored quick 4 straight points early in the game as Napoli led 10:3. Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) finished the opening frame with 14 points for Napoli and they were ahead 24:19. But the hosts opened the second stanza with a 6:0 run and claimed the first lead of the game 25:24. The teams then exchanged the strikes before Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) ensured a 40:38 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Napoli however remained close throughout the third period and later Sara Giauro (190-C-79) nailed a jumper to give the visitors a 56:53 lead. Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) capped the frame with three-pointer and Napoli entered the fourth stanza ahead 59:57. Andrea Karolyi (183-F/G-75) and Jelena Milovanovic nailed two treys midway through the fourth term to put the hosts up by 7 points 70:63. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86)'s jumper then capped a 17:2 run from MKB Euroleasing and marked a 77:63 dominance of the home team. Napoli had no time for the answer and Hungarian team celebrated their 2nd win at the tournament. Andrea Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic scored 19 points apiece for MKB Euroleasing. Olexandra Gorbunova contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Ndiaye had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Napoli. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) added 16 points and 8 boards in the third straight loss for Italian side.
The home team dominated the boards 38:34 and was more accurate from the field. They sank 48% from the field, while Napoli converted just 40% including 1/13 treys. MKB Euroleasing will now face TTT Riga away from home.

MKB Euroleasing: Andrea Karolyi 19, Jelena Milovanovic 19, Olexandra Gorbunova 11+11 boards
Napoli: Astou Ndiaye 16+13 boards, Yasemin Horasan 16


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FRANCE - Women

French News: Tarbes release coach - Changes at Aix - EuroLeague Misery continues -by Leslie Anderson

Pascal Pisan was released from his job as head coach of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre at the beginning of the week and has been already replaced by Patrick Maucouvert who was the assistant coach at Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne last season.


Kelly Santos has left Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence and Nathalie Lesdema has extended her contract for another month. You will be able to find more details of what is happening in this club here.


If anybody said that French clubs sides would lose between them six consecutive EuroLeague games so early in the competition, nobody would have taken them seriously.


Cercle Jean Mace Bourges lost away while Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole received a thrashing at home.

The saving grace for French club in Europe game with home victories for Challes-les-Eaux Basket and Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket against Spanish opposition.



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GREECE - Women

Panionios beat Besiktas and equalize the records in Group A -by Eurobasket News

Only 100 spectators came to support Turkish Besiktas Cola Turka in the game against Panionios B.C. The latter used it as a chance to grab 66:71 victory in Group A of Eurocup. Maria Samorukova (191-C-71) led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Thorn and Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75) followed her with 12 points each. Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

In order to equalize the chances in the group Greek team had to win the game in Turkey. The visitors took a control in the opening quarter and had 12:14 after it. Giannakopoulou in the second led her team to 17:24 with 7 minutes remaining at the first half. Samorukova brought her team the biggest lead, 19:30, but Stacey Lynn Lovelace was the last to reduce to 29:33.

Again Panionios increased the margin in the third quarter and again the hosts were managed to cut. Erden with a three kept her team within 4 points after 30 minutes. Vasileiou nailed a three to bring back 10 points deficit. With 66:69 Thorn scored two free throws to improve at 2-1 with Panionios. In another game of the group BC Zeljeznicar beat ZKK Vojvodina 76:70 as three teams top with 2-1 record.

Besiktas Cola Turka-Panionios B.C. 66:71 (12-14, 17-19, 21-21, 16-17)

Besiktas Cola Turka: Stacey Lynn Lovelace 21+10 rebs, Nazli Guler (182-F-82) 18
Panionios B.C.: Maria Samorukova 16+7 rebs, Thorn 12, Aikaterina Deli 12



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HUNGARY - Women

MKB Euroleasing overcomes slow start to beat Napoli -by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Napoli 82:69

Hungarian MKB Euroleasing secured their second win in FIBA Euroleague as they edged Phard Napoli 82:69 in Sopron. Ndiaye scored quick 4 straight points early in the game as Napoli led 10:3. Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) finished the opening frame with 14 points for Napoli and they were ahead 24:19. But the hosts opened the second stanza with a 6:0 run and claimed the first lead of the game 25:24. The teams then exchanged the strikes before Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) ensured a 40:38 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Napoli however remained close throughout the third period and later Sara Giauro (190-C-79) nailed a jumper to give the visitors a 56:53 lead. Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) capped the frame with three-pointer and Napoli entered the fourth stanza ahead 59:57. Andrea Karolyi (183-F/G-75) and Jelena Milovanovic nailed two treys midway through the fourth term to put the hosts up by 7 points 70:63. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86)'s jumper then capped a 17:2 run from MKB Euroleasing and marked a 77:63 dominance of the home team. Napoli had no time for the answer and Hungarian team celebrated their 2nd win at the tournament. Andrea Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic scored 19 points apiece for MKB Euroleasing. Olexandra Gorbunova contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Ndiaye had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Napoli. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) added 16 points and 8 boards in the third straight loss for Italian side.
The home team dominated the boards 38:34 and was more accurate from the field. They sank 48% from the field, while Napoli converted just 40% including 1/13 treys. MKB Euroleasing will now face TTT Riga away from home.

MKB Euroleasing: Andrea Karolyi 19, Jelena Milovanovic 19, Olexandra Gorbunova 11+11 boards
Napoli: Astou Ndiaye 16+13 boards, Yasemin Horasan 16


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ICELAND - Women

Womens league -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik 71. Valur 66. First game for Molly Petterman for Valur Scored 25 pts. Best scorer for Keflavik. Ingibjorg Elva Vilbergsdottir 19 + 10 rebs. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 18. Margret Kara Sturludottir 10 + 14 rebs.

Grindavik 84. Fjolnir 75. Top scorers. Joanna Skiba 22. Tiffany Roberson 19 + 20 rebs. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir 13. Slavica Dimovska 33.

Haukar 77. Hamar 66. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir & Kiera Hardy 18 pts for Haukar. La Kiste Barkus (175-G, college: Louisiana Tech) 28. Fanney Gudmundsdottir 18 for Hamar.


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ISRAEL - Women

Hapoel Tel Aviv - clearance sale ? -by Gil Goshen

After they have decided to relaese Mirjana Velisavljevic last week they have released V. Hall to Elitzur Hulon.
As We wrote last week: " Who is going to be next "?
We continue to ask Is this the beginning of the end of the former Israeli champion ( 2004/5 ???????

V. Hall is going to replace Alvine Mendeng ( 16.8 points and 11.8 rb ) - gg basketabll agency - who had to leave Hulon due personal reasons


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LATVIA - Women

Victory slips away from TTT Riga -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - TTT Riga 71:69

It was not lucky day for TTT Riga in Euroleague as they lost a thrilling road encounter against Fenerbahce. TTT Riga produced a gripping fourth term as they outplayed a 14-point deficit after three quarters of action but came up just short in the dying seconds. The loss saw TTT Riga fall to 1-2 record in Group A standings. TTT Riga entered the final period trailing by 14 points but the things started to look brighter for the visitors in the final term. TTT Riga opened the fourth stanza with a 10:1 rally to cut the margin to 5 points with less than 5 minutes remaining. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) nailed a jumper for Fenerbahce but Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) and Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) answered with 4 straight points for TTT Riga to make it 63:66. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Iciss Tillis exchanged baskets before Iciss Tillis connected from afar following turnover from Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers). The game became all square at 68 but Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) hit a pair of free throws to put the hosts in front 70:68. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) had a chance to draw teams but converted just one of two from the stripe with 17 seconds left. Cappie Pondexter responded with one more free throw for Fenerbahce and then stole the ball from Micaela Jacintho to seal the second win for Fenerbahce.
Cappie Pondexter topscored for the hosts with 27 points. Nevriye Yilmaz added 16 points and 8 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 15 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) provided 13 points as TTT Riga stayed at the 4th spot in Group A. They will next play against MKB Euroleasing at home.

Fenerbahce: Cappie Pondexter 27, Nevriye Yilmaz 16, Tammy Sutton-Brown 10
TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 15, Olena Zherzherunova 13


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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO Vilnius unable to edge Faenza at home -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius - Faenza 80:86

Despite a better start to the game TEO Vilnius suffered a loss in the Euroleague clash against Faenza. The loss saw TEO slip to 1-2 record, while Faenza celebrated their first victory at the tournament and improved to 1-2 record in Group D ladder. TEO Vilnius looked confident at the start of the game as Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) hit 4 points to help TEO to 8:2 lead. But Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had 4 points and Marija Eric (164-G-83) drained a triple to pull Faenza back within 3 points from the hosts. TEO Vilnius replied with back-to-back treys from Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) and Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) to crown the frame and lead 24:13. Marija Eric and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) combined efforts to drag Faenza back into the contest early in the second stanza. They knocked down 11 points during the opening 5 minutes of the second frame and Faenza surged ahead 29:26. Sandra Valuzyte however responded with a long jumper of her own to tie the score. The teams exchanged baskets till halftime and went into the dressing rooms all square at 43.
Marija Eric scored 8 points for the visitors, while Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) added 5 more as Faenza finally cleared off to a 69:62 distance at the end of the third quarter. Nykesha Sales nailed a jumper 5 minutes into the fourth quarter to bring the hosts within two points from Faenza 73:75. Later Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was perfect from free throw line to regain the lead for TEO Vilnius 80:78 with under 3 minutes remaining. But Simona Ballardini connected from afar and Daliborka Jokic hit a jump shot to lift Faenza back in front 83:80. Sulciute missed a three-pointer, while Marija Eric answered with one more two-point play to seal the win fo Italian team. Marija Eric led the winners with 22 points on a 5/9 three-point shooting. Daliborka Jokic provided 16 points and 9 rebounds for Faenza. Sandra Valuzyte had 21 points for TEO Vilnius. Yelena Leuchanka and Nykesha Sales contributed 17 points in a losing case. TEO Vilnius will play against Ros Casares away from home in the fourth round.

TEO Vilnius: Sandra Valuzyte 21, Yelena Leuchanka 17+12 boards, Nykesha Sales 17
Faenza: Marija Eric 22, Daliborka Jokic 16+9 boards


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Montenegrin squad falls to 1-2 -by Eurobasket News
ZKK Buducnost - Electra Ramat-Hasharon 62:63 (13-14, 15-22, 27-10, 7-17)

ZKK Buducnost lost the second game of EuroCup out of three. In Round 3 the team from Montenegro lost the game to Electra Ramat-Hasharon, the one that the team had to win. Electra Ramat-Hasharon enjoyed 7:17 in the fourth and the game itself 62:63. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB) paced the winners with 14 points. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) produced 13 points as Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) scored 10. Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) and Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) were on top for the hosts nailing 12 points each.

ZKK Buducnost missed two shots in the start of the game but then was glad to lead 4-0. Electra Ramat-Hasharon rearranged and won the first 13:14 as the teams finished the first 10 minutes. It was noticeable that Israeli team would not stop and they proved with 15:22 in the second. Both squads left the court with 28:36 for the visitors.
Perovic tied the score in the beginning of the third and it was only start of Buducnost's spurt. A 27:10 in the quarter gave 55:46 for the hosts after 30 minutes of the game. Victory? No, With 59:50 Electra Ramat-Hasharon made 7-0 run and then 6-0 again to reach 62:63 win. It was Deanna Jackson who made a jump-shot with 17 seconds remaining to bring her team a second victory.

ZKK Buducnost: Snezana Aleksic 12, Nikolina Popovic 12
Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Deanna Jackson 14, Mirav Dori 13, Rada Vidovic 10


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POLAND - Women

Wisla chases UMMC in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Wisla - ZVVZ Prague 74:71

Wisla remained positive about their Euroleague tournament prospects as they drove to a hard-fought home victory over Prague in the third round of the competition. The hosts rolled to a 1-point lead after the first quarter of action as Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) crowned the frame with a long jumper. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Hartigova sealed a 36:34 advantage for Prague at halftime. Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) nailed 5 straight points for the visitors as they accumulated a 43:36 lead two and a half minutes into the second stanza. However Agnieszka Palka (195-C-82) came up big with 5 points and a block for the hosts to give them a 49:48 lead midway through the frame. Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) later hit 5 consecutive points for Wisla and they entered the final period ahead by 5 points 57:52. The home side cherished the cushion for 5 minutes into the final quarter but Jannell Burse's free throw tied the teams with 4 minutes left in regulation. Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) added a jumper to put Prague up. Soon Anna Wielebnowska connected one more time from beyond the arc to regain the lead for Wisla. Jannell Burse responded with just one accurate free throw, while Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) hit them both to seal the victory for Wisla.
Anna Wielebnowska finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jelena Skerovic had 16 points for Wisla as they improved to 2-1 record in the ladder. Jannell Burse knocked down 17 points and collected 11 boards for Prague. Katerina Elhotova delivered 14 points in the second loss for Czech team.
Prague will take on Perfumerias Avenida at home in the fourth round. Wisla will travel to Croatia to face Sibenik.

Wisla: Anna Wielebnowska 22, Jelena Skerovic 16, Agnieszka Palka 9
Prague: Jannell Burse 17+11 boards, Katerina Elhotova 14


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RUSSIA - Women

UMMC victorious against Sibenik to keep perfect record -by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Sibenik 78:63

Russian powerhouse UMMC cruised to their 3rd straight win in FIBA Euroleague Group B. This time Ekaterinburg team bumped Sibenik in front of 5000 spectators. Sibenik led early in the game after Tihana Juric (194-C-76) and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) scored quick baskets for the visitors. But soon Penny Taylor (185-F-81) nailed 4 straight points for the hosts to claim the lead for good. Natalia Vodopyanova (190-F-81) had 4 consecutive points for UMMC late in the starting frame to give them a 22:17 lead. Sibenik stayed close in the second quarter due to some accurate shooting from Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) and Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87). But Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 4 straight points and Harrower nailed a three-pointer for UMMC as they finished the first half up by 11 points 45:34. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) nailed two triples during the third stanza and to keep UMMC upbeat as they enlarged the gap to 14 points entering the fourth period 64:50. Sibenik struggled to cut the deficit in the fourth term and UMMC easily ensured the positive outcome at the end.
Asjha Jones led well-balanced UMMC offense with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Agnieszka Bibrzycka contributed 13 points, while Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Tihana Juric recorded game-high 22 points and 7 rebounds for Sibenik. Anda Jelavic provided 12 points and 6 assists as Croatian team fell to 1-2 record in Group B.
UMMC shot 41% from the field and 85% from free throw line. Sibenik responded with 40% field goal accuracy. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 40:32 and forced those to 17 turnovers.

UMMC: Asjha Jones 18, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 13, Deanna Nolan 12
Sibenik: Tihana Juric 22, Anda Jelavic 12


CSKA coast past Lille on the road -by Eurobasket News
Lille Metropole - CSKA 48:99

CSKA easily ensured their 3rd straight victory in Group A of FIBA Euroleague as they cruised past Lille in Villeneuve. CSKA crushed the hosts 24:5 in the starting frame and set the tone for the rest of the encounter. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the second frame to lift CSKA to 31:7 dominance. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) and Shala Crawford (193-C-79, college: Life) cut the gap slightly in the middle of the period but Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) and Becky Hammon once again burst out with consecutive triples to make it a 45:17 play at the interval. The third quarter was much of the same story as CSKA reigned the court hitting every kind of shots. Valdemoro nailed another three-pointer and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) produced a three-point play at the start of the fourth term to give CSKA a massive 81:33 advantage. Finally the visitors slowed down and allowed Lille to put the scoreline to more or less respectable frames.
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) finished with 16 points each to pace CSKA. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) provided 12 points in a winning effort for Moscow team. Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) was the only Lille player to score in double figures as she netted 10 points. Fatimatou Sacko (185-F-85) had 9 points and 7 boards in the second defeat for Lille. CSKA outrebounded the home team 40:34 and forced those to as many as 20 turnovers. CSKA sank 60% from the field, while Lille managed just 28% of field goals. CSKA remained atop Group A and next face Fenerbahce at home court. Lille slipped to 1-2 record and takes on Napoli on the road in the 4th round.

Lille: Jasmina Ilic 10, Fatimatou Sacko 9+7 boards
CSKA: Maria Stepanova 16, Amaya Valdemoro 16, Ilona Korstine 12


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Kosit 2013 loses to Gambrinus -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus Brno - Kosit 2013 85:68

Kosit 2013 were unable to snap Gambrinus winning streak as they lost away in Brno. The game was a close battle in the first three quarters but Gambrinus emerged aggressive in the final period to stun their counterparts and run away with a victory. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 20 points to lead Brno, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for the winners. The teams headed into the fourth period with a 3-point lead for the hosts. But Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) scored a jumper early in the final term to close the gap to just a single point. Gambrinus reacted immediately jumping to an 8:0 run and clearing off to a 73:64 distance. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 3 straight points for the visitors however Brno crowned the regulation with another stunning 12:1 rally to seal the win. Janel McCarville finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Kosit 2013. Katie Gearlds scored 18 points in Slovakian team.
Brno dominated the boards 49:25, while both teams committed 12 turnovers. Brno converted 47% of field goals, while Kosit answered with 41% accuracy from the field. Brno's bench outscored their counterparts 19:6. Gambrinus improved to 3-0 record in the ladder and next faces Spartak Moscow Region away from home. Kosit slipped to 1-2 and would try to improve against Valenciennes at home in the next round.

Brno: Eva Viteckova 20, Petra Kulichova 15+16 boards
Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 20, Katie Gearlds 18


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TAIWAN - Women

Cathay Life clinches WSBL regular season title -by Chris Wang
Not a surprise. Cathay Life clinched the 2007 WSBL regular season title after an 88-68 victory over Taiyuan Textile Thursday with a 8-1 record.

With the regular season still a round robin to go, Cathay Life has also clinched a seed in the best-of-three WSBL Finals which will begin Nov. 30. Cathay Life will be awaiting for its opponent -- either Taiyuan or Chunghwa Telecom -- in the Finals.

Only four teams participated the season which adopts a four round-robins format. That means each team plays a 12-game schedule in the regular season.

Standing as of Nov. 23:
1. Cathay Life 8-1
2. Taiyuan Textile 4-5
3. Chunghwa Telecom 4-5
4. Taipower 2-7


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Paradise Jam Day 1 Reults -by David Edole
Thursday, November 22

GAME #1 WAKE FOREST 55 / INDIANA 53 Boxscore
Wake Forest's Corrine Groves' two made free throws with 17 seconds left on the clock proved to be the game winners to go along with her game high 22 pts. Groves collected a double/double by also bringing down 12 rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons to a 55-53 win over Indiana. The Hoosiers were led by Jamie Braun's 17 pts. who also hit six 3-pointers in the contest.

GAME #2 WICHITA ST. 36 / TEXAS A&M 70 Boxscore
Texas A&M (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) brought their top 25 ranking to St. Thomas and had little trouble defeating Wichita St. in their first game of the tournament. The Aggies scored 37 pts. off turnovers and had three players in double digits. The Shockers were led by Daria Frazier and Marcy Sudbeck who each had 8 pts.

GAME #3 PURDUE 41 / DUKE 53 Boxscore
Although it took both teams awhile to heat up, two more top 25 teams took the floor for the first of the evening's games. Duke (No. 9 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) at one point went on an 18-1 run that Purdue (No. 22 AP, No. 20 ESPN/USA Today) could not overcome in the end. Duke was led by the 15 pts. of Jasmine Thomas and got a double/double (10 pts., 11 rebs.) from Chante Black. Purdue's leading scorer was Danielle Campbell with 13 pts.

GAME #4 STANFORD 54 / CONNECTICUT 66 Boxscore
The much anticipated early season match up between two top five teams was an athletic, fast paced game in which UCONN controlled from start to finish. The No. 2 ranked Huskies jumped out to a quick 9 pt. lead over No. 4 ranked Stanford to start the first half and never relinquished throughout. The Cardinal made a few runs to cut the lead to single digits, but UCONN was able to answer each surge. UCONN was led by freshman Maya Moore's 19 pts. and Stanford All-American Candice Wiggins led the Cardinal with 15 pts.

Friday's Schedule
St. John Division Games
Game 3:
Indiana vs. Wichita State (2:00pm AST/1:00pm EST)
Game 4:
Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest (4:30pm AST/3:30pm EST)

St. Thomas Division Games
Game 3 - "Reef" Division:
Duke vs. Temple (7:00pm AST/6:00pm EST)

Game 3 - "Island" Division:
Connecticut vs. Old Dominion (9:30pm AST/8:30pm EST)


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UGANDA - Women

A1 Challenge edge KCC to bounce back -by Rogers Senkwale
A1 Captain and inspirational guard Mavita Ali( 14 pts) led her team to a convincing 57-50 victory over bitter rivals KCC Leopards to set up a potentially tense game 5 decider on Friday.Determined to keep alive their hopes for a second league title after winning their first in 2005,A1 Challenge the dominant team currently after the decline of Record Lady champs Laady Bucks,managed tomestablish their command of the game outscoring their opponents 12-11 in the first quarter extending it to 28-21 with four minutes left in the second but succumbed to an offensive avalanche from hard fighting KCC,ending the half level at 30 a piece.
Man of The match,Namayega( 10 pts), however poured in three consecutive three pointers to restore AI' s lead and they neverr looked back, outscoring their opponents in the third and fourth quarters 15-11 and 12-9 respectively.Elizabeth Kizza returned to form contributing 13 points for her team.Mariam Hamala and Linda Tamale scored 16 and 12 points respectively for their team in a losing effort.Basketball fans can not wait for the epic battle for the trophy on Friday between the two lady giants who are the biggest rivals in the league


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UKRAINE - Women

Dnipro did not find an answer to Galatasaray -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Dnipro 65:53 (19-13, 18-14, 15-10, 13-16)

Ukrainian Dnipro that showed 2 outstanding games in the first two rounds of EuroCup had no answer for Turkish Galatasaray. The hosts overcame the underdog 65:53 to move to 3-0 record. Ukrainian side won the last quarter 13:16 but fell at 0-3 in Group D. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 18 points. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu (182-F-83, college: Stanford) scored 12.

Turkish team showed at once who was the host and the favorite of the game. Sophia Young made her team to feel more comfortable with 15:5 lead in the first. Even though Dnipro reduced a bit Sencebe gave Galatasaray 19:13 after the first 10 minutes. Galatasaray controlled the second quarter and won it 18:14 as Johnson set up 37:27 after the first half.

Dnipro did not come back, however stayed tough in the second half. Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa) looked fresher and more experienced than any other players in the team. She was the one to struggle till the end and scopred the last 5 points of Dnipro. Galatasaray won the game 65:53 and beat all the teams in Group D first round. Dnipro is 0-3 and two other teams are 2-1 and 1-2.

Galatasaray: Petra Ujhelyi 18, Sophia Young 16+13 rebs, Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu 12
Dnipro: Jillian Robbins 24+8 rebs, Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) 13