EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/25/2007

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

New player for Split -by Dragan Jankovski
Split added the 21-year-old Marko Batina (197-G-86) to their roster. Batina started the season in Bosna, where he signed 3-year contract during the summer, but later got suspended. In the past Batina used to play for Croatian A2 team Hermes Analitica.

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BAHRAIN

Al Mutawa to play for Kuwait Club -by Yousef Ahmed
NATIONAL basketball star Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) has accepted a lucrative offer to play for Kuwait Club next season, he confirmed last night.

Mutawa was offered $8,000 (BD3,024) monthly salary plus benefits by the Kuwaiti outfit, giving him likely the richest contract for any Bahraini cager in history.

The 26-year-old, six-foot six-inch centre was contacted about the opportunity prior to the start of the on-going Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) season. He will therefore sit out this entire year to meet eligibility requirements to play in Kuwait.

"I'm really excited about this new step in my career," Mutawa told the GDN. "They approached me in a very professional manner, as they did not want to interfere with my commitments with Muharraq Club.

"But the club approved my move, and I am looking forward to the experience in Kuwait's league, which is quite different from our local one. There, they play games home and away throughout the season, while here we only have one or two venues. Clubs in Kuwait also have a bigger budget for their basketball teams."

Mutawa missed much of last season after suffering a left knee injury during the 18th Gulf Cup in the UAE, played in January earlier this year. He has since had anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament reconstruction, and is expected to make a full recovery. He should be fit in time for the tip-off of Kuwait's next local season.

"It will definitely be a challenge coming back from the injury, but I'm confident I can do it," Mutawa said. "Right now, my leg is 85 per cent back to full strength. I expect to be back on the court participating in full contact drills by February or March next year, which would give me enough time to begin practising with my team and getting to know the system before the start of the league."

Meanwhile, Mutawa stressed that despite his new status as an overseas player, he will always be available for national team duty. "It's an honour to represent my country, and I will make sure that I'll be here when needed," he said.

Mutawa is the first and only Bahraini ever to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of the United States. Being half-Colombian, he lived in the South American country until he completed high school.

He then went on to Broward Community College in Florida before moving to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, whom he played for in NCAA Division II basketball. Altogether, he played fours years of collegiate basketball in the US.

Mutawa later returned to Bahrain and joined Manama Club, where he thrived for three years as the team's sixth man, and with whom he won three straight league titles. He then signed with Muharraq in 2006 and suited up for the team until his injury.


By PATRICK SALOMON (gulf Daily News)


AL MUTAWA heads to Kuwait -by Yousef Ahmed

National Team star Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) is heading to Kuwait Club, the newspapers announced last week.

Al Mutawa received an offer of $8000 Dollars, making him the best-paid GCC player in the gulf.
Muharraq Club Manager said, “Even though the club is loosing a great player, they are very supportive with Al Mutawa Career and Success”.

Ahmed had Knee surgery last March and is now undergoing intensive Physiotherapy and is expected to make a full recovery. He will not play this season because of the “one year stop” rule to play in Kuwait.

Ahmed is the only Bahraini player to play in the NCAA, and He is one of Bahrain most Dominant players in the paint and helped Manama Club stay in the Top wining all local championships three years in a row before signing with Muharraq Club.
Ahmed Al Mutawa is one of our best players in Bahrain and we wish him the best of luck in Kuwait.



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BALTIC LEAGUE

ASK Riga beats Siauliai to surpass them in the BBL ladder -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Siauliai 76:72

BBL Elite Division enjoyed a single game on Friday as ASK Riga took on Siauliai at home. The hosts celebrated a narrow victory in the battle of the third and fourth teams recently and leapfrogged Lithuanian team in the standings. It a was a first class clash with neither side able to dominate but cheered up by 2500 fans ASK Riga looked just slightly better throughout the game and deservedly posted their 7th win in the BBL season. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) opened the game with 5 straight points for Siauliai to voice their ambitions. The hosts however soon gained the speed and tied the scoreline on Jahovics dunk with under 4 minutes remaining in the opening frame 13:13. Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77) later nailed a jumper to put the home team in front 15:13. A last-second three-pointer from Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) gave ASK Riga a 22:20 advantage after the opening stanza. Seven points from Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) early in the second quarter gave the home team a necessary boost as they cleared off to a 33:20 distance. ASK Riga maintained the dominance throughout the second period and finished it 42:31 ahead. However Siauliai were not about to give up. They opened the second half with a 13:0 rally to regain the lead 44:42. And just beautiful shooting spark from Sandis Buskevics as he nailed three consecutive shots for the hosts including two treys allowed ASK Riga to establish a 56:54 cushion heading into the fourth term. The encounter remained close throughout the final frame as the teams exchanged baskets. Siauliai came as close as 2 points on free throw shooting from Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84). Sandis Valters responded with two from the stripe to make it 74:70 with 8 seconds remaining. Donatas Zavackas used 6 seconds to drain a jump shot and Lithuanian team fouled on Sandis Valters. ASK Riga guard was perfect from free throw line and sealed the win for the hosts.
Sandis Valters finished with game-high 17 points for ASK Riga. Dwayne Broyles added 15 points and 12 boards, while Sandis Buskevics had 14 points for the winners. Jose Olivero (188-G-85, college: Lehigh) delivered 14 points in defeat. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) and Donatas Zavackas dropped 12 points apiece in the 3rd loss for Siauliai. Siauliai dominated the boards 45:39 but shot only 36% from the field, while ASK Riga converted 44% of field goals.

ASK Riga: Sandis Valters 17, Dwayne Broyles 15+12 boards, Sandis Buskevics 14
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 14, Saulius Kuzminskas 12, Donatas Zavackas 12


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BOSNIA

Vogosca better that Capljina - Bakovic best again -by Elvir Halilovic
Vogosca MIMS - Capljina Lasta 97:93
(19:20, 23:24, 25:22, 30:27)
Vogosca, SD Amel Beckovic; Att.: 600; Ref.: Adamovic, Babic, Petkovic
VOGOSCA MIMS: Sormaz 9, Kahriman 6 (4 ass.), Djurasovic 22 (9 reb., 4 ass.), Prasovic, Kadic 10, Cengic 11, Markovic, Saric 13, Alic, Valjevac 13 (9 reb.), Vucicevic 9, Peljto 4
CAPLJINA LASTA: Colic, Opancar 6, Menalo 19 (7 reb.), Savic, Ramic 5, Jerkic 6, Hoti, Jelcic 10 (7 reb.), Bakovic 36, Dragovic 2, Petani 9 (10 reb., 4 ass.)


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BULGARIA

Dunav left Sliven on the bottom in A-1 -by Valentin Anguelov

Dunav 2007 also took revenge from Sliven for their loss in the first round last month. Dunav 2007 was the only team Sliven defeated so far in Men First A-1 since the beginning of the season.

The visitors started the game very well and even had a lead in few moments of the first quarter. Despite the good play of Sliven Dunav 2007 got back and took control of the match. At the half time break they had 9 point lead (46-37).

In the third quarter Dunav 2007 broke the game open and run away from their opponents. Sliven were able to cut the lead at the end but that was enough just for final 6 points margin at the end - 80-74.

The best scorer for Dunav 2007 was Nikolai Gospodinov (201-F/C-76) with 17 points, Pavel Noykov added 16 and Ivica Vukotic 15 for the winners.

For Sliven Dimitar Georgiev was the best scorer on the floor with 27 points and his teammate Stoyan Petkov added 20 points.

Sliven is the last team on the table with very small chances to get among the best 8 teams for the next round of play.



Balkan tok revenge from Cherno more -by Valentin Anguelov

Cherno more lost another game at home as they felt to Balkan by 82-85. The players of coach Georgi Mladenov took a revenge for the loss a month and half ago in the first round of Men's First A-1. Back then “The sailors” won in Botevgrad but this time they couldn't do it at home in front of their own fans.

The game was even from the start until the very end and normally end as drama.

Cherno more was up by four points 80-76 with 2 minutes to go when the referees blew the whistle for unsportsmanlike foul and by hitting 4 free throws (2 by Nakov I 2 by Ivan Lilov) tied up the score at 80 apiece. Lithuanian Augustinas Vitas put his team ahead by 2 (82-80 but Boyko Milenkov hit 3-pointer from the corner to get Balkan 83-82 lead. The pressure of the host team was too big and they didn't manage to score until the end commiting two bad turnovers.

Great game by Dwayne Morton and Ivan Lilov as they ended by 24 points apiece. Morton added 11 rebounds for the winners. Balkan was without Pavle Boljkovac who didn't travel and sat at home sick.

Tsenov scord 22 points for Cherno more while Vitas ended with 18 points and 8 rebounds.


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CUBA

TNA- Results. Holguin ok, great games for Esteban Martinez -by Alessandro Fontana

TNA-Time, the results of last week in the TNA "East Group". Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba are already qualified for LSB 2007. Esteban Martinez (191-F-87) was the MVP of the games of Santiago de Cuba against Las Tunas.

The Results:
Las Tunas- Santiago de Cuba= 112-113 (LT= Garcia 21, Terrero 21; S= Martinez 38, Del Toro 18, Castellanos 14)
Las Tunas- Santiago de Cuba= 93-92 (LT= Garcia 27, Medina 16, Rodriguez 14; S= Martinez 35, Hechevarria 25)
Holguin-Granma= 80-67 (H= Caballero 24, Blanco 14, Simon 10; G= Mojena 17, Bazaga 16)
Holguin-Granma= 81-69 (H= Blanco 22, Caballero 17, Simon 17; G= Sanchez 22, Bazaga 20)
A. Fontana



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DENMARK

Ligaen latest results -by Eurobasket News

Two games were played recently in Ligaen of Danish basketball. Svendborg improved to 7-3, Team FOG Naestved is coming up.
Svendborg had a road win over Randers Cimbria 72:76. After the visitors win the first quarter 15:20, the hosts replied with 21:15 in the second. Due to the second half Svendborg remais on top. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Billbe scored 17 and Mariegaard and Claus Magaard netted 12 points apiece. Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.


Team FOG Naestved reached the third win in the League and had now 3-7 record. The team overcame Aabyhoj 93:87. A 22:10 in the third quarter was a result of the hosts' win. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Brandon Thomas added 23. Thomas Skotting (193-F-82) poured in 23 points in the losing clause.
The next games are planned for the rest of the week.


Randers Cimbria - Svendborg 72 - 76 (15-20, 21-15, 19-23, 17-18)
Randers Cimbria: Bonell Colas 17, Ranko Stevovic 16
Svendborg: Ivan Hoger 18+15 rebs, Billbe 17, Mariegaard 12, Claus Magaard 12

Team FOG Naestved - Aabyhoj 93 - 87 (23-21,22-25, 22-10, 26-31)
Team FOG Naestved: Mickey Dennis 26, Brandon Thomas 23
Aabyhoj: Thomas Skotting 23, Andreas Jшrgensen 18



David Andersen keeps CSKA on top -by Eurobasket News
David Andersen (212-C-80) and 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 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, Dainius Salenga and Marko Popovic all connected from afar to keep Zalgiris in contest 20:25. Ramunas Siskauskas 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 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 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 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 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. Danish player finished the night with 14 points.


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EL SALVADOR

ExSal ties the semifinal -by Gianni Pascucci

Cosmos confirmed to be in a not so good moment and felt to ExSal 64-72 in Game 2 of LSB semifinals. Import Anton Kerley (6'9"-C-81) led ExSal with 22 points, Mario Flores (183-G-85), Yamil Bukele (195-F-78) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) performed well they too. Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) topped Cosmos with 16 pts. These two teams are now on 1-1 and need of another game to decided who will stay in the race. In the other series, Denver defeated UTEC 90-73 for the definitive 2-0 in the aggregate result, advancing to the Finals. Another time more, Panamanian Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) was the top scorer with 32 points.

with the help of Jaime Arevalo



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Finnish Honka defeated Kataja -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 12-13: Three games tonight and as many home court wins. Karhu (Kauhajoki) took third home court victory by winning over
YMCA Lahti, YMCA Lappeenranta crushed Korihait (Uusikaupunki) and totally Finnish Honka defeated with seven players (three of them only
16 yo) Kataja (Joensuu) by 16 pts 76-60! Kataja had the best roster on the court with three professional American players, but Honka however

didn't have anything to loose and Kimmo Muurinen, Petteri Koponen (193-G-88), Juho Nenonen, Anselmi Vanjoki + three school boys won already the first

quarter 23-9 and kept the lead untill the end! Petteri Koponen scored 27 pts and 16-year-old Sasu Salin (187-G-91) his personal new record 11 pts. Salin

played the whole game: 40 minutes! Honka's American players Monte Cummings (knee) and Tim Kisner (back) are on injured list as well as Jukka Matinen

(groin) and Petri Heinonen (back).

Honka - Kataja 76-60 (45-34) (Petteri Koponen 27/7a, Juho Nenonen 13 - Louis Hinnant 14, Anssi Kinnaslampi 12).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Korihait 98-74 (37-32) (Ivan Harris 27, Reinar Hallik 20 - Glenn Stokes 28, Kyle Shiloh 13).

Kauhajoki - YMCA Lahti 82-77 (40-40) (Cedric McGowan 26, Mario Porter 19 - Davont Jackson 22, Ilkka Vuori 16/9a).



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GERMANY

Fiorentino to Herten -by Daniel Poerschke
Dario Fiorentino (205-C/F-86) is now a member of the Hertener Lowen in the Pro B. Fiorention left Pro A club Rhondorf last week. In his first game for Herten tonight, Fiorentino scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

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HONDURAS

Wedborn at Incarnate Word -by Rolando Delabarrera
Christian Wedborn who played sparingly for Navarro College last year begins a new season at Incarnate Word University in Texas. The 6'7'' Honduran product has been stateside for 5 years, but has ye to have any significant breakthroughs. At present he is averaging 1.5 ppg in 2.5 minutes of play. Christian Weddborn (203-F, college: Liberty)

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HUNGARY

Round 8: Szolnok stopped Falco -by Tamas Deri
Szolnoki Olaj KK-Falco KC Szombathely 83:79
(33:19, 18:16, 12:18, 20:26).
Szolnok, Att.: 3.000, Referees: Hartyani, Cziffra, Bognar
Szolnok: Kelley 14/3, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 20/12, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 16/3, Jurkunas 5/3, Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77) 22/3, Molnar 6/6, Harazin, Coach: Por Peter.
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/12, Doyne 6, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 21/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 25/15, Aliakszejeu 8, Borszeki, Varadi, Feigl, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


Albacomp - Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend 90-84
(17-28, 28-13, 22-20, 23-23)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2.000, Referres: Vigh, Palla, Farkas
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 17/3, Brown 5, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 24/6, Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) 19, Bencze 10, Nuber, Hanga 4, David G. 8, Soos 3/3, Coach: Goran Miljkovic
Kormend: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 13/3, Trummer 10/6, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) 15/6, Vavra 12, Graczer 2, Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) 18/3, Ferencz, Toth G., Coach: Zsebe Ferenc.


Hungarian Cup, 1/8 Finals -by Tamas Deri

Game 2, Friday 23rd of November 2007

Soproni Sordogok-Zalakeramia-ZTE KK 92-65
(24-18, 17-24, 16-11, 35-12)
Sopron, Att.: 600
Sopron: Bradley (9/3), Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) (28/3), Lakatos (8), Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Illinois-Chicago) (20/6), Frana (8), Vesztergom (7), Kortelyesi (4), Peter T. (-), Pojbics (8/6), Coach: Meszlenyi Robert.
ZTE KK: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) (28/9), Walters (8), Kaman (7), Keresztes (4), Garma (4), Hoffmann (3/3), Simon L. (10/3), Baki (-), Kovats (1), Toth A. (-), Coach: Nikola Lazic

As ZTE KK won by 29 points in the first game on tuesday, there was only a 3-points gap for Sopron to come into to the best 8.




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ISRAEL

Gilchrist is back in Nahariya -by Yarone Arbel
Ironi Nahariya landed US guard John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) for the reminder of the season. Gilchrist, who started the season in Latvia, played for Nahariya last season, but was cut early after several weeks. Gilchrist spent a full season in Israel when he played for Rishon LeZion three seasons ago, and left a great impression. Nahariya will hopefully get to taste that impression for the rest of the season.

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ITALY

Last Serie A transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the Serie A Round 11th, Armani Jeans Milano signed Tony Giovacchini (188-G-79, college: Stanford) and Scavolini Pesaro signed USA-ITA Lucian Pesoli (201-F-84, college: Master's)

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LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourgish Cup: Eighthfinals -by Eurobasket News
Luxembourgish Cup enjoyed eighthfinals stage. There were not too many surprises at this stage as almost all favorites got through to the next round. However some interesting results took place. DBBL side Black Star was eliminated by Division 3 team Pall Arel Basket. Having massive 20-point advantage Pall Arel left no chance for Black Star winning the game 86:78. Other DBBL teams were more successful at the eighthfinal stage as they advanced to the next round pretty easily.
Eighthfinal enjoyed also a battle of two top Division teams as Musel Pikes took on Sparta. It was arguably the most exciting battle at this stage of the tournament as the teams performed some top class basketball. Musel Pikes celebrated a tough victory in this low-scoring contest as neither team was able to clear off throughout the encounter. Musel Pikes played at home and opened the game more aggressively. They held on to a 16:14 lead after the first quarter. But the reigning DBBL champs outscored the deficit in the second frame and led 28:23 at halftime. But a solid defensive performance from the hosts in the second half allowed them to turn things in favor of Musel Pikes. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) led the action with 24 points for the home team. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) collected 13 boards for Musel Pikes as they dominated under the rims 39:29. Sohrab Ziai (197-F-78) delivered 17 points for Sparta. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) nailed 14 points in a losing effort.


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MOROCCO

Day 5 Results -by Nour Amri
No surprise in Day 5 results. IRT faced some difficulties at home but coped with success. FUS played so far their best game of the season and showed some promise of better results to come.
Having been outplayed in the first quarter, WAC came more and more into the game. Younes Idrissi netting 20 points was in fire and helped his team to win a very difficult game.
RCA failed to shine but stayed unbeaten with a win 65-71 over ASS.
Day 5 results : WAC-MAS: 82-76 / IRT-FUS: 71-68 / CMC-TSC: 72-84/ ASS-RCA: 65-71 / KAC-MET: 63-59


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PORTUGAL

Sangalhos sign foreign player -by Luis Rocha
Sangalhos sign Derrick Breland (178-G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: Fordham), and fills the spot for the second foreign player. They decided on a guard with great references, let's wait and see to find if he can achieve the numbers Sangalhos needs, if he can surely every team will have to count on Sangalhos as a strong contenderto enter the playoffs.

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas in the States -by Alessandro Fontana
In NBA, Orlando Magic won against Charlotte 105-92. For Carlos Arroyo 17 minutes with 0 pts (0/1 2pts, 0/3 3pts) and 4 assts. Dallas was defeated by Indiana 111-107. Jose Juan Barea played 4 minutes with 4 pts (2/2 2pts, 0/1 3pts).
In D-League, Guillermo Diaz played a "partidazo", He scored 24 pts (3/7 2pts, 3/5 3pts, 9/9 FT) in 39 minutes but his team Arsenal Anhaeim was defeated by Colorado 14ers 120-113. Idaho Stampede was defeated by Albuquerque Thunderbirds 94-92. For Ricky Sanchez, who plays for Idaho, 8 points (2/6 2pts, 1/3 3pts, 1/2 FT) in 29 minutes. For Albuquerque, Miguel Ali Berdiel played 27 minutes and He scored 10 pts (1/2 2pts, 2/4 3pts, 3/6 FT).
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

Khimky cruises past Dynamo in Moscow -by Eurobasket News

Khimky ensured a comprehensive 74:55 win over Dynamo Moscow and remained on top of Russian Superleague ladder with a perfect record. Khimky were taken as possible underdogs in this clash as forward Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84) was added to an injury list with fracture in his rib. Having center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) out Khimky hoped for their young talent Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) to step up. And that what he did brilliantly as he limited Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) to just 4 points. Khimky's newcomer Pat Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) did not need to dress up as he just joined the team and watched Khimky dismantling their opponent from the bench. Moscow region team grabbed the initiative from the start and led by 4 points after the opening frame 22:18. Dynamo struggled offensively as they played too slowly to hope for a positive outcome. Khimky dominated every facet of the game and piled up a 15-point advantage entering the fourth quarter. Dynamo never recovered at the end and suffered their second loss at the tournament. Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) led all scorers with 16 points for Khimky. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) answered with 12 points for Dynamo. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) finished with 10 points in a losing effort. Khimky secured their top spot as they improved to 9-0 record for the season. They next take on Triumph in a highly-anticipated Moscow region clash.
Meanwhile Spartak Saint Petersburg ensured their 3rd win in the season as they edged Surgut 85:78 at home. The visitors enjoyed a tiny 20:19 lead after the opening stanza but gradually Spartak raised the tempo and surged ahead for good. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Alabama-Huntsville) led the hosts with 18 points. Rafael Paulo Araujo (210-C-80, college: BYU) delivered 14 points in a winning effort. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) responded with 20 points for Surgut. Jelani Gardner (198-G-75, college: Pepperdine) had 17 points as Surgut were dropped to 1-8 record.

Dynamo - Khimky 55:74
Dynamo: Travis Hansen 12, Robertas Javtokas 10
Khimky: Vitali Fridzon 16, Kelly McCarty 13

Spartak S-P - Surgut 85:78
Spartak S-P: Joe Smith 18, Rafael Paulo Araujo 14, Andrei Ivanov 11
Surgut: Kevin Fletcher 20, Jelani Gardner 17



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SEBL

Baseline blasts roster depleted Speedboys, announces roster for AMC Classic... -by David Archer
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LeMelle

BASELINE CRUISES 151-119 OVER ATLANTA SPEEDBOYS

Cartersville, GA (Nov. 18, 2007) - On Sunday, the Baseline Warriors caught the Atlanta Speedboys undermanned and took full advantage, as eight players rang up double-figures, en route to a 151-119 win.

Baseline built an 82-58 lead at the half, and never looked back as the Speedboys fought hard, but didn't have enough troops on this day to make a dent. The Speedboys had just come off an impressive 123-105 win over the Mac-Town Ballers in Macon (GA) on Saturday and were looking good heading into Sunday's match-up with Baseline.

Darren Harrington led all scorers with with 43 points, coming on an amazing 11 treys in the game. He was followed by DeCourney McGowan with 27, Billy Brewster with 26 and Dwayne Swayne with 17.

Newcomer Ronny LeMelle led Baseline with 30 points, as Rodney Kirtz (6'3''-G-79, college: Mercer) drilled 27, Darnell Miller (6'5''-G-82) of Etendard de Brest (FRA) 24, Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82, college: Reinhardt) 19 and Antonio Cook 15. Lamar Hudson and Mike Reynolds also hit 12 each, while Jonathan Small made his return to the Warriors with 11 points.

The 3-1 Warriors will now compete in the Atlanta Metro College Thanksgiving Classic this weekend, where they will battle Atlanta Metro at 7:30pm on Friday and Albany Tech at 6:00pm on Saturday. The following roster has been announced for the event...

BASELINE WARRIORS ROSTER:
Ronnie LeMelle (6'5''-G-81, college: Auburn) of CB Ourense (ESP)
Darnell Miller, 6'5" PG West Georgia/George Washington
Chris McFarland (6'6''-F-82) of Sampaense / Tecoimbra (POR), Appalachian State
Adrian Jones (6'6''-F/G, college: Georgia)
B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83), Clayton State
Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83), Wofford College
Rodney Kirtz, 6'3" SG, Mercer University
Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC)
Chris Jones, 6'5" F, Reinhardt College
Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80, college: Tennessee St.)

Casey Moore (6'5''-G/F, college: Barton (NC))

Chris Morgan (6'0''-G-84, college: Wallace St. CC)

DeJuan Clark (6'2''-G, college: Tougaloo)

Cody Garner (6'9"-C, college: Ollivet)
Scott Windom (6'6''-F), Summer Hill Post Grad



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SLOVENIA

Petrov to Maroussi Athens? -by Matej Bergant
According to Greek sources Slovenian Simon Petrov (191-G-76) was offered to Maroussi Athens. Simon Petrov is still contracted to Air Avellino (Italy) but team management already told him that he isn't in their plans for this season anymore. Petrov already played in Greece during 2006/2007 season when he was part of AEP Olimpiada Patron where he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg in 10 Greek League games and 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg in 4 EuroCup Challenge games. In January '07 he moved to Italy and signed with Air Avellino where he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.7apg in 16 games of Italian League.

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TBL

TBL announces 2007 Rookie Transition Program -by Benjamin Brinkley

05-November-2007

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

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

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

Professional and Life Skills
Computer Training
Education
Finance

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

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

Community Relations
Media Training
TBL Communications
TBL Entertainment

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


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


For more information, please call 817-803-3358 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com




Texas Basketball League Countdown to Tip-Off 2008 Season -by Benjamin Brinkley
03-October-2007
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Basketball League today officially kicked off their countdown to tip off with the announcement of the league's first regular season games (Cavaliers versus Spurs and Lakers versus Celtics) , set to take place on Thursday, January 3rd at the Metro Academy in Arlington, Texas. Both games will be played at the Metro and the Cavaliers Game will begin the 7 p.m. (CST). Celtics Game with tip-off at 9 p.m. (CST). 3Ball Video Productions will broadcast the Cavaliers Game live starting at 7 p.m. on January 3rd (CST) and Courtside Entertainment will air the Cavaliers Game on Thursday, January 10th at 5 p.m. (CST).

Leading the Cavaliers squad will be Benjamin Brinkley, veteran basketball coach from the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs and the Texas Rim Rockers of the USBL. while Rey Caban, head basketball coach from Puerto Rico., will lead the Spurs squad. The head coaches for the Celtics Game are Julie Collie, a former basketball player from Vanderbilt and SMU and Jim McCleary, a vetern basketball coach from Pennsylvania, will coach of the Lakers.

"I've had a lot of all star and international experience dealing with other semi-pro basketball leagues and the Texas Basketball League is something that I really wanted to be involved with because it's the top basketball league in the state of Texas," said Rey Caban. "It's a great chance to meet and teach the best basketball prospects in the country and share their passion for basketball," added Caban.

Although the Texas Basketball League is often referred to as the "official semi-professional basketball league in the state of Texas," the real purpose of the league is to developing semi-professional basketball players for other semi-pro basketball league across the country and overseas.

Finally, The Texas Basketball League will be holding its league-wide basketball tryouts on October 20th and 21st at the Metro Academy in Arlington, Texas. Registration time will be 8 am - 9 am on both days with tryout sessions held from 2pm - 6pm. The camp site will be the Metro Charter Academy down the street from the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium; the address is 1111 Gibbons Street in Arlington, Texas 76011. Make all Money Orders or Cashier's Checks payable to the Texas Basketball League. Mail with registration form to: Texas Basketball League, P.O. Box 537, Arlington, Texas 76004.

For more information or registration towards the upcoming tryout, please call 817-803-3358 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League Showcase Schedule Set For January 3-5, 2008 -by Benjamin Brinkley
21-November-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The schedule for the first annual Texas Basketball League (TBL) Showcase features 6 games between January 3rd thru 5th, 2008. Action tips off on Thursday, Jan. 3rd, when the Cavaliers takes on the Lakers at 6:45pm (CST), and will continue with two more contests during the evening. The schedules for Thursday, Friday and Saturday each include two games, beginning at 6:45 (CST), while the Showcase comes to an end on Saturday with the final two games, also starting at 9:00 pm (CST).

“Being able to host the Texas Basketball League Showcase during our Inaugural Season in North Texas is a special honor,” said League Owner Benjamin Brinkley. “Not only are we excited to bring a premiere TBL experience to sports fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, but we are extremely proud to be able to host an event that will have such a positive impact on the state of Texas.”

Entering its inaugural season, the Texas Basketball League, the official semi-pro basketball league of Texas has established itself as a league that develop talent for other semi-pro league across the country and overseas, has relocated its headquarters from Houston to Dallas, Texas to help foster the Texas Basketball League's continued growth. Additionally, every referee hired by the TBL since 2007 has worked in the TASO, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives have been hired from the top basketball franchises and programs in the country.

Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the Texas Basketball League offers TBL-quality basketball and fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the Texas Basketball League, please call league office call 817-803-3358 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League Launches Sports Entertainment Division -by Benjamin Brinkley
21-Nov-2007
Frisco, TX -- With the recent launching of the TBL Sports Entertainment Division, we will use this space on the usbasket.com Web page to keep you up-to-date with all of the exciting plans including the Texas 2k8 Classic Basketball Tournament Series , TBL Live, a reality television show, an up-and-coming model talent search, and other events being planned.

According to Benjamin Brinkley, TBL League President, "We have a tremendous program planned and are very excited about the potential of this venture. We are now in negotiations with several big name artists in all music genres, sold old, some legendary and some of the current world renowned artists. We know that the program will be a smash hit with all TBL fans. Our goal has always been to bring exciting and affordable entertainment - both basketball and other events - to our fans. Keep your eyes as we get ready to the semi-pro basketball to other level."

For more information, please call 817-803-3358 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League Announces 2007 Training Camp Update -by Benjamin Brinkley
21-November-2007
Frisco, TX -- The Texas Basketball League, the official semi-pro basketball league of Texas, announced that training camp has been rescheduled to December 1st and the names of players will be invited to the TBL's first training camp will be released on November 26th, 2007.

"80 players will be chosen during the course of the training camp to fill out the roster of the TBL's upcoming inaugural season," said Benjamin Brinkley, League Owner “This is a very important time in the Texas Basketball League and the state of Texas. This has been under development for 4 years and thru countless trials and errors, the league is ready to go. “

The Texas Basketball League are gearing up for their first inaugural season; the selection of players for the upcoming 2008 season is one of the last steps in forming the a new semi-pro basketball which has 8 teams playing in two divisions. "Both individual and season tickets will be available on December 5th" said Benjamin Brinkley, new appointed League Commissioner.

Players that were drafted from August, September, and October 2007 tryout camp will be in attendance along with the newly signed players from North Carolina and other parts of the country. Training camp will begin from December 1st thru 31st and the final players tryouts for the upcoming 2008 season will be held on December15th and 16th in Arlington, Teaxs. Pre-registration will begin on November 26th. Cost: $100

Texas Basketball League tickets are now available. For more information visit call 817-803-3358 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League Annouces Final Basketball Tryouts For the Upcoming 2008 Season -by Benjamin Brinkley
21-November-2007
Arlington, TX -- The Texas Basketball League will be holding it's final player tryout camp on Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th from 2-6pm in Dallas, Texas.
League President Benjamin Brinkley, Head Coaches, and League Scouts will be conducting the camp looking for players to complete team rosters with the single goal of bringing an TBL championship to their perspective team.

"The Texas Basketball League are determined on bringing the best available talent to the county," stated Benjamin Brinkley. "Additionally, our league is committed to providing our players the greatest opportunity for a championship as well as an avenue to advance their careers."

The early fee of $100 (if received by Dec 10th) or $150 (cash only) at the day of the tryout along with a completed application and release form will be required prior to participation in the tryout. Money orders and cash accepted. No personal checks!! All completed forms and pre-registration payments should be mailed to:

Texas Basketball League
P.O. Box 537
Arlington, Texas 76014

Texas Basketball League tickets are now available. For more information visit call 817-803-3358 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League is accepting market reservations for the 2009 season -by Benjamin Brinkley
09-October-2007
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Basketball League is now accepting market reservations for 2009. According to Benjamin Brinkley, TBL President, "Once again, this upcoming season will see huge growth in the league with many new players in the Texas and across the country. And we are now making plans for next season. Already, we have several new ownership groups set to play in 2009, but there are many great cities that are ready for TBL expansion, and we are eager to talk to new ownership groups."

Among the key targeted cities are Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Duncanville, Denton, Frisco, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Brownsville, Tyler, Corsicana, Galveston, El Paso and Rio Grande. And there are many cities in state of Texas that have expressed interest towards us The reason for the rapid TBL expansion is because we believe we have the best semi-professional sports package on the market. It is easier to own and operate an TBL team than any other. Minimum investment, minimum risk, and a high potential for excellent profits.

"Plus, it is great fun," added Brinkley. "We have an extraordinary business model and marketing plan for teams. There are so many great benefits to ownership of an TBL team. Now is the time to reserve a market so that you will have plenty of time to maximize the potential."

For more information about how to Reserve a Market, email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com, or call 817-803-3358


Suns Notch First Selection in 2007 Texas Basketball League Draft -by Benjamin Brinkley
Frisco, TX -- The Suns won the 2007 Texas Basketball League's draft lottery and will have the first overall selection in the upcoming draft.
The lottery took place in Arlington, TX at the Coaches Conference.

"This is awfully exciting for the Texas Basketball League," said owner Benjamin Brinkley. "During the off-season drafts, we were able to grab Equale "Q" Lacey, Maurice Smith, Victor James, Errol Brown and Denelle Hale with our latest drafts. So it's great to have the new draft class for October join these outstanding players."

The Cavaliers own the second selection followed by the Lakers, Knicks, Celtics and Sonics.

The draft which will be conducted via conference call and will be broadcasted on usbasket.com on October 26th, 2007 from 7pm until 9pm CST. After the draft, players will attend training camp with their teams, which typically begin in the second week of November. The ten drafted players will join returning players, signed players from the Expansion Draft, and possibly one player who is invited to camp from Open Tryouts in a bid to make the opening night roster.

Unlike the Texas Pro Basketball League and other professional sports drafts, the Texas Basketball League Draft follows a serpentine format. That is, the order of selection will be reversed in each round. For example, with the Suns selecting first in the First Round, then will make the last selection in the second round. The draft is three rounds long, so a total of 36 players will be selected. "It's the best way to evenly distribute the talent in the draft," said Brandon Conley, the Texas Basketball League's Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel.

The order of the first round will be:

1) Suns
2) Cavaliers
3) Lakers
4) Knicks
5) Celtics
6) Sonics
7) Kings
8) Mavericks
9) Bulls
10) Spurs
11) Pistons
12) Heat

For more information towards the league draft, call 817-803-3358 or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


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TURKEY

Transactions -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Antalya Bsb announced Virginia Tech sensation Jamon Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) as their fourth import signing. Gordon is a who can do it all type combo guard that averaged 11.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.8spg in his senior year. Gordon received All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors last year and found himself in Washington attending Wizards' pre-season games after the Vegas Summer League.
Darrusafaka and head coach Atilla Cakmak decided to part ways after a dissapointing start to 07-08 TBL season due to limited conditions of the Greens. The club has announced that assistant coach Yalcin Kucukozkan will take over for a while.
Mutlu Selcuk University released Michael Hicks (193-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Cent.Missouri St.) and added veteran shooting guard Willie Farley (195-G/F-75, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Fresno St.) who averaged double figures in scoring both in Italy and Australia last year. Former Fresno State wing player is known as a smart player with athletic skills.
Pinar Karsiyaka made a statement concerning their gifted forward Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) who's been rumored with more than a few teams. Izmir club's management stated they haven't received any offers for Hosley officialy except TAU Ceramica and he will not be on sale unless the offer is too lucrative.
ITU of TB2L started making major changes just in 5 weeks. Head coach Faruk Kulenovic has been moved down to ITU youth program as a coordinator as the Istanbul club released Jason McCoy (206-F, agency: 7-Miracles Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) although he averaged 16.4ppg and 7.8rpg. Kulenovic's seat will be taken by Recep Sen leaving his manager position at Galatasaray Cafe Crown. On the other hand Harun Erdenay (190-G-68) will be back to courts once again but this time as a player-manager for ITU side next week.


Fenerbahce Cruise Past Bamberg -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Despite making a bad start to 07-08 Euroleague season Fenerbahce Ulker finally got on track and registered the third straight win as they beated Brose Baskets Bamberg at Abdi Ipekci Arena in a game they did not look good at all. Unexpectedly Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) started the game on the bench while Rasim Basak (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) found himself on the line up. On the other hand German international Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina) and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, college: Canisius) were there to make trouble for the hosts with their outside jumpers. Fenerbahce Ulker struggled more and more untill Demir Kaan (188-G-70) stepped in to bury 4 triples in the last quarter for Fenerbahce Ulker while Bamberg wasted the last chance with Darren Fenn at the buzzer. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) once again led his team with 21 points, 8 assists and 5 boards as veteran star Demir Kaan saved the day for the hosts. Ademola Okulaja, Darren Fenn and Predrag Suput trio combined 50 points for the German side that failed to register their first win again. On Thursday Fenerbahce Ulker will host the defending champions Panathinaikos who are the only undefeated team in Euroleague this year.

Fenerbahce Ulker(79): Will Solomon 21, Omer Onan 9, James White 7, Rasim Basak 5, Semih Erden 5, Ibrahim Kutluay 3, Demir Kaan 12, Gasper Vidmar 4, Oguz Savas 0, Emir Preldzic 4
Brose Baskets Bamberg(77): Steffen Hamann 9, Chris Ensminger 11, Predrag Suput 12, Ademola Okulaja 20, Darren Fenn 18, Demond Greene 5, Ivan Pavic 0, Robert Garret 2

(23-20, 32-36, 50-54, 79-77)


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U.KINGDOM

Newcastle holds on to the lead -by Eurobasket News
Newcastle Eagles remained on top of BBL standings as they beat Worcester Wolves to improve to 9-1 record in the ladder. It was their 9th straight win at the tournament and looked dominant at the BBL stage at the moment. The Eagles opened the game aggressively and little after the start of the game they enjoyed a double-digit lead. The hosts were firing from all guns in the first quarter and outscored their opponents 30:14. The Wolves had a momentum in the second quarter as they managed to outmuscle the home team under the rims and post some important shots from inside. The visitors cut the deficit to just 11 points at halftime. But the Eagles quickly regained control after the main break and bumped the Wolves 25:14 in the third quarter to ensure the positive result at the end. Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) led the winners with 18 points. Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) contributed 16 points and 12 boards for Newcastle. Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Montana St. - Billin) nailed 19 points for Worcester as they slipped to 2-9 record.
Everton Tigers drove to a hard-fought home win over Milton Keynes Lions 67:64. The Tigers led all the way through the encounter but Milton Keynes came up with two big treys at the dying stages to grab a 64:63 lead. However Tony Miller (183-G-73, agency: Court Side, college: Marquette) sparked with two consecutive jumpers for the hosts and retained the advantage Everton 67:64. Peter Heizer (193-G-77, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pacific) tried to save the day for the Lions but his three-pointer went wide off the mark. Tony Robertson (190-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points for the Tigers as they improved to 4-6 record in the ladder. Michael New (206-F/C-68, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 13 points in the 5th loss for the Lions.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Elegar Named MVP as Dragons Defeat Loyola to Win the Philly Hoop Group Classic Liberty Bracket -by David Edole
Frank Elegar (206-C-86) scored 21 points and Evan Neisler had two key plays in the final minutes as Drexel (5-1) defeated Loyola (Md.), 54-52, in the championship game of the Liberty Bracket in the Philly Hoop Group Classic. The Dragons went on an 18-0 run early in the second half to take control of the game and held off a late Loyola run to edge the Greyhounds.

Loyola trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but began chipping away at the lead down the stretch. When Gerald Brown sank a long three-pointer with the shot clock expiring, the Greyhounds (4-3) trailed by just three with 2:36 remaining. Drexel turned the ball over on the next possession and Brown had a lay-up swatted away by Neisler at the 1:34 mark. Neisler also grabbed the defensive board. Drexel freshman Jamie Harris had a short jumper bounce off the rim on the next offensive possession, and again Neisler came up big. He grabbed the offensive board and jammed it home on a put back with less than a minute to play to make it a five-point lead.

The Greyhounds cut it to two with 28 seconds left when Brett Harvey converted all three free throws after an ill-advised foul by Harris on a long-range attempt. With the Greyhounds pressing, Neisler fed Elegar for a breakaway dunk to make it a 51-47 game. Brown drained another three pointer with 16 seconds left, but Elegar hit a pair of freebies and Scott Rodgers (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) made one of two free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the victory.

Loyola scored on it first possession of the second half to take a seven-point lead, but the Dragons countered with an 18-0 run as they held the Greyhounds (4-3) without a point for a span of 7:28 and took a 38-27 lead. Elegar had nine of his 21 points and Gerald Colds knocked down a pair of three pointers during the run.

The Drexel defense continued its stellar play as it held Loyola to just 30 percent shooting from the floor. The Dragons have not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 40 percent this season and it was the fourth game the Dragons allowed less than 60 points.

Elegar finished the game 8-for-14 from the floor and was the Most Valuable Player, despite playing just 21 minutes due to foul trouble. He was also 5-for-6 from the line. Colds added nine points, all coming via the three-point shot. Brown led the Greyhounds with 16 points. Michael Tuck had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.


Bell returns to lineup/ Duncan scores 28 -by David Edole
A spectator during most of Phoenix's eight-game winning streak, Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) finally got a chance to contribute Friday - with mixed results.
After missing five of the past six games with ankle and back problems, Bell was able to log 34 minutes in Friday's 113-94 win over the Clippers. And there is plenty of rust removal ahead - Bell missed eight of 12 shots, committed five fouls and looked frustrated with himself at times - but the Suns are more than willing to wait for the kinks to be worked out.

Bell looked better in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points including five in the final 2:14 when the Suns closed the game with an 11-0 run to finish off the win.

“It was good to get Raja back in there,” Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. “He's a little rusty and it will take him a couple of games, just like it will take us a couple of games to get used to him.”

There seemed to be a domino effect. Back on the bench for the first time in awhile, Leandro Barbosa also slumped (2-for-10) and scored a season-low six points - sitting out the final 8:33 of the game.

“I'm sure L.B. had a little bit of a letdown (not starting) and that's normal,” D'Antoni said. “But it's about time he missed some shots, he hasn't missed any in three weeks.”


Duncan has 28 points in Spurs' 101-88 win over Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies went with a small lineup. Bad idea.
The San Antonio Spurs countered with Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest).
Duncan led the Spurs with 28 points in their 101-88 win that was never in doubt after the first quarter. Duncan scored 14 points in the opening period and was key to the Spurs' 64-38 advantage in the paint.
"I got my opportunities tonight," Duncan said. "They started out small and my teammates kind of start looking for me down there. We got some good steals and some easy stuff around the basket. So when they do stuff like that we've got to take advantage of it."
Tony Parker helped out in the paint too, scoring 21 points and adding eight assists for San Antonio. Duncan also had nine of the Spurs' 48 rebounds against the Grizzlies, who have lost two in a row.
"He was great early on," said guard Brent Barry, who had 14 points for San Antonio in their fourth straight victory. "We wanted to just exploit a little bit offensively Tim being in the block."


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UKRAINE

Saturday's Superleague and Farm League Round Up -by Alexei Naumov
http://www.ukrbasket.net/fbu/en/news/178.html

Ukrainian Superleague Game Day 8 is wrapping up with just one match (Budivelnik vs. Politechnika Lviv) left for Sunday.

While Kyiv kept the perfect 8-0 record after defeating Mykolaiv last night, Mariupol remained undefeated after beating Sumykhimprom 94:74.

Ukraine National Yevgeniy Podorvaniy demonstrated red-hot 3-point shooting, draining 9 of his 11 attempts from beyond the ark, scoring 27 points in the game, while Sumy's Vilius Gabshis had a team-high 16 points.

Dnipro was defeated by Cherkassy Monkeys 60:78. The home side stayed in the game up to the start of the 4th quarter mainly due to Volodymyr Koval, who had scored 23 points during the 1st 30 minutes. Koval, however, failed to make a shot in the 4th quarter, as well as all but one of his teammates. Maksim Kornienko scored Dnipro's 5 points in the interval, while Cherkassy had 22.

Khimik Yuzhniy greeted their old friend Zvezdan Mitrovic, who took over head coaching duties in Krivy Rih, after the team's 7th Superleague loss, with yet another (8th) 72:66 setback.

Sasa Bratic had 15 points for Khimik while Dmytro Korablyov scored 21 for Kryvbassbasket.

Odessa, meanwhile, had no problems taking care of visiting Pulsar Rivne, defeating them 101:72. The home-side's Oleksiy Golyakov had 21 points and 11 assists; Pulsar's Oleksiy Riabinin top scored for his team with 18 points.

The results of the farm league's teams were as follows:

Azovmash 111 vs. Sumykhimprom 62
Dnipro 82 vs. Cherkassy Monkeys 68
Khimik 110 vs. Kryvbassbasket 36
Odessa 64 vs. Pulsar 76


UBF Presidium Appoints New NT Head Coach, Makes Decision of Cup Final 4 and All Star Game -by Alexei Naumov

http://www.ukrbasket.net/fbu/en/news/175.html

Ukrainian Basketball Federation Presidium held a meeting last week, during which the following specialists were appointed to coach the national teams:

Iryna Nahorna - U20 Women
Yevgeniya Kochergina - U18 Women
Olena Fedchenko - U16 Women

Valentyn Melnichuk - Men's National Team
Denys Zhuravliov - U20 Men
Oleh Ruban - U18 Men
Vitaliy Cherniy - U16 Men

The committee was not able to choose between the two candidates (Maryna Tkachenko and Kyryl Bolshakov) for the Women's National Team, creating a work group that is to suggest an alternative candidate.

Two more important Presidium decisions were as follows:

Sumy was selected as the host city for the 2008 Cup of Ukraine Final 4. Both men and women will play the decisive games on February 8 - 10. The consolation matches were cancelled.

The first All Star Games will be organized upon completion of the 2007\2008 Superleague regular season. The format of the Farm League's All Star Game will be North vs. South, while the Superleague's event will feature Ukrainians against Imports.

UBF Presidium Appoints New NT Head Coach, Makes Decision of Cup Final 4 and All Star Game



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URUGUAY

Hebraica and Bigua won for the LUB -by Hector Lopez
Carlos Wheeler (203-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville) scored 24 points and Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) added 15 and 9 rebounds when Hebraica beat 106-102 Atenas after an overtime (90-90) for the 22th round of the LUB. The best scorer for Atenas was Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) with 32 points and 14 rebounds. The other import player for Atenas, Morris Hall (185-G-82, college: Wayne St., MI) netted 13. Bigua was defeating Trouville 96-87 with 1.30 minutes to play, when fans for both teams stormed the court and the game was suspended. One referee denounced he had received a blow during the incidents. For Bigua Kevin Young scored 25 points (16 rebounds) and Mark Bortz netted 7. For Trouville Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) scored 17 (12 rebounds) and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, college: S.Carolina St.) 9

New import players for Hebraica, Sayago and Soriano -by Hector Lopez
Three new import players joined the Uruguayan League when Carlos Wheeler (203-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville) signed with Hebraica, Allen Llovet with Soriano and Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) with Sayago. The teams were not allowed to sign new import players up to the end of the first stage of the LUB (mid december)



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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Snell, Jackson, Thoresen and Hibbert -by Eurobasket News
Eurobasket continues to inform about Australian players abroad. This is a new piece of news about them.
TSV Wasserburg desired to have the first win in EuroCup group F, however was stopped by KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow 77:91. A 15:27 in the last quarter secured a second victory for the Polish squad. Australian Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) ended up with 25 points for the German team. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) opened the game for the hosts and it looked that TSV Wasserburg would achieve the first positive result. Corry Berger made sure her team stay in front after 10 minutes, 26:23. A hard quarter for both teams still kept TSV Wasserburg in the game, 44:42 at the half.
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow played better in the second half and prepared for the last quarter spurt in the third one. The visitors won the third period 18:22 to take 62:64 lead. A 27:15 in the last quarter left no chances for TSV Wasserburg in the game. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow produced 15-0 in it to satisfy their hopes for the second win in the group. Muller with a lay-up was the last to score for the German team to set up a final, 77:91 score.

Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for French Bourges against Halcon Avenida. Halcon Avenida edged a tight EuroLeague Women encounter with Bourges Basket in Group B. Belinda Snell had 19 for Bourges in the loss.

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) satisfied with 14 points as Spartak Moscow Region is back on track after the loss in Poland and had a road win in Belgium. The defending Champions of Euroleague overcame Dexia Namur 75:81 to improve to 2-1. The biggest lead the home side achieved with 54:45 in the third. After that it was hard for Dexia to stay in the game. Diana Taurasi was the one to push her team to 18:10 spurt. Spartak grabbed 55:58 after 30 minutes of the game and looked forward for the last period.


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BELARUS - Women

Berezina and Olimpia win, BC Minsk hope for tonight -by Eurobasket News
Three Belarus teams resumed Baltic league this weekend. Berezina and Olimpia won the games, while, BC Minsk lost to Cesis.
Berezina-RCOR easily smashed RS TTT Rapa 80:44. A 24:8 from the start gave more confidence for the Belarus team. Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73), Yakoviz and Dauharukava decided to share the throne of scoring list and scored 14 points each. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) top-scored for Latvian team with 15 points.

Cesis revenged for Rapa beating BC Minsk-2006 57:77 in Minsk. Three last quarters brought the 4th win for Latvian team in BWBL. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Derevdzanik and Okonkvo followed her with 17 points each. Romanova nailed 22 points for Belarus squad.

Olimpia won over Avantis/Turiba 91:82 as the latter reduced the gap in the end. Olimpia won the first 30 minutes and then relaxed in the game. It was enough to keep the score for good and for the second victory in the league. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) produced 16 points being the top-scorer in the team. Anufrienko netted 13 and Sharmei scored 12. Dace Zarina (190-F/C-85) chipped in 22 points for the team that fell at 2-3.


BC Minsk-2006 - Cesis 57 : 77 ( 25 : 21, 13 : 15, 8 : 23, 11 : 18 )
BC Minsk-2006: Anastasiya Romanova (187-C-85) 22, Hana Zubrytskaya 9, Tiamezhnikava 8
Cesis: Willnett Crockett 18, Derevdzanik 17, Okonkvo 17

Berezina-RCOR - RS TTT Rapa 80 : 44 (24 : 8, 18 : 11, 20 : 8, 18 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Anzhela Duboiskaya 14, Yakoviz 14, Dauharukava 14
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 15, Surkusa 14, Vente 6

Olimpia - Avantis/Turiba 91 : 82 (22 : 21, 26 : 20, 27 : 21, 16 : 20 )
Olimpia: Natalya Kozun 16, Anufrienko 13, Sharmei 12
Avantis/Turiba: Dace Zarina 22, Eibele 18, Horelika 17


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BELGIUM - Women

Waregem occupies the top spot -by Eurobasket News
Waregem overcame BBC Boom in the 7th round of Belgium Division 1. Waregem dominated the game in the first half and posted a 36:21 lead at the interval. BBC Boom strengthened their defensive effort in the third stanza and limited the hosts to 11 points but it was not enough to close the gap. Waregem withstood the threat and emerged deadly in the final part of the game. BBC Boom did not provide any counterarguments and had to lose the encounter. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) led the action with 21 points for the hosts. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Van Driel and Renee Hendrickx (172-F-88) answered with 10 points apiece for BBC Boom.
Sint Kateline rolled to their 5th victory in the season as they nipped Kortrijk 83:54 at home. The game was pretty even from the start as Kortrijk tried to respond for each basket from the home team. However Ellen Lauwers (182-F-87) nailed a couple of baskets late in the first frame to give Sint Kateline a 19:13 advantage. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter as Sint Kateline raised the tempo and easily ran away to an 18-point halftime lead. Kortrijk never recovered after the break and suffered the 6th loss at the tournament. Sint Kateline was led by 18 points from Ellen Lauwers. Breedam scored 15 points, while Anne Winkelmans (183-C-83) netted 12 points for the winning side. Tine Putman (170-G-82) notched 11 points for Kortrijk.
Waregem climbed on top of the ladder, while Dexia are yet to play their 7th round game. Sint Kateline are scheduled to face Waregem in an intriguing headliner of the 8th round.


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazilians abroad -by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs 2010 reached the second win in Group D of EuroLeague Women. Hungarian squad overcame USO Basket 68:60 and improved to 2-1 record. Emilja Podrug paced the winners with 23 points. Andrea Somogyi nailed 14, while Brazilian Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) collected 8 points and 9 rebounds. USO Basket did not feel any pressure in the start and led 16:19 at the end of the first quarter. MiZo dabbed on the accelerator in the second and produced 21:12 in that period. It gave Hungarian team 37:31 deficit at the half time.In order not to stop MiZo Pecs 2010 reached 51:39 in the third quarter to enter the last one with 10-points deficit. Digbeu reduced to 8 points making two free throws when the teams started the fourth quarter. It was her again that gave a chance to the visitors nailing a three pointer for 60:54. The hosts did not panic and the leader of the game Emilja Podrug made the score 66:56. Vajda was the last in the game to set up a final, 68:60 score. USO basket fell at 0-3 record and hopes for the next games to improve.
It was not lucky day for TTT Riga in Euroleague and for Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) 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 nailed a jumper for Fenerbahce but Santa Dreimane and Iciss Tillis answered with 4 straight points for TTT Riga to make it 63:66. Nevriye Yilmaz and Iciss Tillis exchanged baskets before Iciss Tillis connected from afar following turnover from Tammy Sutton-Brown. The game became all square at 68 but Birsel Vardarli hit a pair of free throws to put the hosts in front 70:68. Micaela Jacintho 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.
Dos Santos - Silva Cintia netted 10 points and made 6 rebounds for Faenza that celebrated their first victory at the tournament and improved to 1-2 record in Group D ladder of EuroLeague. TEO Vilnius looked confident at the start of the game as Nykesha Sales hit 4 points to help TEO to 8:2 lead. But Daliborka Jokic had 4 points and Marija Eric drained a triple to pull Faenza back within 3 points from the hosts. TEO Vilnius replied with back-to-back treys from Rima Valentiene and Sandra Valuzyte to crown the frame and lead 24:13. Marija Eric and Simona Ballardini 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.


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BULGARIA - Women

Tomova benefits from Yolovska 's team -by Eurobasket News
Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) scored 12 points, made 3 rebounds and 3 assists to be one of the Gopsic's leaders against Szeviep in EuroCup.
The latter won the game over Croatian team in a match of four different quarters. Due to the first and the last quarters the host team was lucky to upset the visitors for the first time in EuroCup. Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Judit Kajdacsi had 9 points and 12 rebounds. Bulgarian Ivelina Vrantcheva (175-G-82) nailed 7 points for the winners.
Hungarian squad opened the game with 23:14. Szlimak made 10 points deficit when the teams started the second period. Strange things happened later for the hosts as they could not sore for more than 8 minutes. Sandra Popovic-Mandir pulled her team to 29:26 at the half.
The score was tied three times in the third quarter, but in the end of it Gospic was luckier to take 46:52 advantage. Petra Russai in the fourth brought Szeviep 61:59 after the shot from the arc. With 7-2 run in the end of the game the hosts benefit from 72:67 victory. Elena Yolovska made 3/5 field goals including 1/3 three-pointer.

Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) also finished the game with 12 points for Hungarian MKB Euroleasing. Her team 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 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 and Jelena Milovanovic ensured a 40:38 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Napoli however remained close throughout the third period and later Sara Giauro nailed a jumper to give the visitors a 56:53 lead. Paola Mauriello capped the frame with three-pointer and Napoli entered the fourth stanza ahead 59:57. Andrea Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic nailed two treys midway through the fourth term to put the hosts up by 7 points 70:63. Olexandra Gorbunova'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 added 16 points and 8 boards in the third straight loss for Italian side.


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BWBL - Women

Standings
BWBL Standings
1. Tim-Scuf 7-0
2. Berezina 5-1
3. Laisve 4-1
4. Cesis 4-1
5. Arvi 3-0
6. RGUOR 3-3
7. Audentes 2-1
8. Avantis T. 2-3
9. Olimpia 2-4
10. Ol.-NAEK 2-5
11. TLU/AJ 1-2
12. TTT/Rapa 1-4
13. Lemmink. 1-4
14. Lintel 118 0-3
15. Barsy Atyr. 0-5


Klaipeda and Minsk opened the doors after a long break -by Eurobasket News
After a long period BWBL continues the struggle for the victories. This weekend seem to be very busy and promise to have 17 games for three days.
Ukrainian TIM-SCUF burst out the sixth win in the tournament beating Lemminkainen in Klaipeda. The hosts were in front after the opening quarter, but then failed in the second. TIM-SCUF was satisfied with 82:85 road win to increase the record. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) paced the winners with 27 points. Faskhuldinova posted 26, while Savina scored 21. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) finished the game with 24 points in the losing effort.
Another Ukrainian team Olimp-NAEK lost to Laisve 75:70 in Lithuania. A tough and even beginning of the game crawled to the hosts' advantage in the second. With 25:18 laisve managed to dominate in the court. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) led the winners with 15 points. Daujotiene poured in 12, while Jovita Jutelyte had 10. Olena Samburska (172-G-89) ended up with 17 points for Ukrainian side.
Berezina-RCOR easily smashed RS TTT Rapa 80:44. A 24:8 from the start gave more confidence for the Belarus team. Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73), Yakoviz and Dauharukava decided to share the throne of scoring list and scored 14 points each. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) top-scored for Latvian team with 15 points.
Cesis revenged for Rapa beating BC Minsk-2006 57:77 in Minsk. Three last quarters brought the 4th win for Latvian team in BWBL. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Derevdzanik and Okonkvo followed her with 17 points each. Ramanava nailed 22 points for Belarus squad.
Olimpia won over Avantis/Turiba 91:82 as the latter reduced the gap in the end. Olimpia won the first 30 minutes and then relaxed in the game. It was enough to keep the score for good and for the second victory in the league. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) produced 16 points being the top-scorer in the team. Anufrienko netted 13 and Sharmei scored 12. Dace Zarina (190-F/C-85) chipped in 22 points for the team that fell at 2-3.

Lemminkainen - TIM-SCUF 82 : 85 ( 32 : 27, 13 : 25, 18 : 14, 19 : 19 )
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 24, Naideniene 18, Zygelyte 11
TIM-SCUF: Inna Yegorova 27, Faskhuldinova 26, Savina 21

BC Minsk-2006 - Cesis 57 : 77 ( 25 : 21, 13 : 15, 8 : 23, 11 : 18 )
BC Minsk-2006: Anastasiya Romanova (187-C-85) 22, Hana Zubrytskaya (182-F-85) 9, Tiamezhnikava 8
Cesis: Willnett Crockett 18, Derevdzanik 17, Okonkvo 17

Berezina-RCOR - RS TTT Rapa 80 : 44 (24 : 8, 18 : 11, 20 : 8, 18 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Anzhela Duboiskaya 14, Yakoviz 14, Dauharukava 14
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 15, Surkusa 14, Vente 6

Olimpia - Avantis/Turiba 91 : 82 (22 : 21, 26 : 20, 27 : 21, 16 : 20 )
Olimpia: Natalya Kozun 16, Anufrienko 13, Sharmei 12
Avantis/Turiba: Dace Zarina 22, Eibele 18, Horelika 17

Laisve - Olimp-NAEK 75 : 70 ( 14 : 14, 25 : 18, 22 : 17, 14 : 21 )
Laisve: Jovita Jutelyte 15, Daujotiene 12, Jovita Jutelyte 10
Olimp-NAEK: Olena Samburska 17, Buryak 16, Kryshtal 14


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CANADA - Women

Katie Donovan poured in 27 points and made 14 rebounds -by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange outscored Residence at home and reached Musel Pikes on top of DBBL ladder as Katie Donovan (183-F-82) shone again. Residence got to a slightly better start of the game as they clinched a 15:13 lead after the opening quarter. But a spectacular hosts' effort in the second frame changed the complexion of the encounter. Katie Donovan paced the home team as they built a 7-point advantage at halftime. The margin grew to 9 points in the third period but Residence challenged the gap in the final term. They sparked with a fierce comeback effort and cut the gap substantially. Sally Debra dropped some important shots at the end of regulation to draw teams and force overtime. However the visitors ran out of steam in the extra time as Dudelange stun their opponents 15:5 in overtime and posted the victory. Katie Donovan led all scorers with 27 points and 14 boards. Sara Olivieri netted 17 points for the winners. Sally Debra drained 17 points for Residence.
Canadian Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) chipped in 10 points in game 3 of Euroleague. Her Fenerbahce beat TTT Riga 71:69. 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 nailed a jumper for Fenerbahce but Santa Dreimane and Iciss Tillis answered with 4 straight points for TTT Riga to make it 63:66. Nevriye Yilmaz and Iciss Tillis exchanged baskets before Iciss Tillis connected from afar following turnover from Tammy Sutton-Brown . The game became all square at 68 but Birsel Vardarli hit a pair of free throws to put the hosts in front 70:68. Micaela Jacintho 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.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Catz dominated in Espoo -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 11: The Finnish Cup finalists Espoo Team and Catz (Lappeenranta) met each other today in Espoo. The first half was tight and close,
but Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) and Yelena Solovyeva (189-C-75) led Catz to 65-76 victory. These two Teams will meet again on December 8, in the Finnish Cup Final Game at Vantaa Energy Arena.

Espoo Team - Catz 65-76 (42-43) (Yolanda Jones 16, Siiri Nuutinen 12 - Tamara Tatham 24, Yelena Solovyeva 13/15).

PeKa - HoNsU 84-72 (40-31) (Shanika Freeman 28/11, Ashley Haynes 23/14 - Charlee Underwood 24, Juuli Piiroinen 16).

BC Nokia - YMCA Helsinki 53-69 (32-30) (Sherry McCracklin 14, Sheree Thompson 11/14 - Niina Laaksonen 18/10, Mari Puustinen 17).

Huima - PuHu 75-66 (49-34) (Kenya Robinson 23/11, Chrystal Erwin 16/16 - Heli Roukanoja 20/10, Aneta Kausaite 17/10).



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GERMANY - Women

Germans abroad -by Eurobasket News
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) poured in 5 points including a three -pointer and two free throws for Polish Lotos that lost the Game 3 of EuroLeague Women Group C campaign. After a triumph over the defending champions the team could not concentrate on USVO as they lost 73:79. The third quarter was fatal for the hosts who fell at 1-2. USVO was not afraid of a bit more than 1000 Polish fans in the game. The visitors went on a 8-0 run in the opening tip and increased to 15-3 in the end of it. Lotos replied an 11-2 run to close to 24:20 by the end of the first quarter. Polish squad produced a better second quarter and domintaed in it. A 24:15 in the period led the hosts to 44:39 up. The third quarter however was a fall of the hosts as they trailed 8:17. USVO took a 56:52 lead into the final 10 minutes.
In the end of the game Dominique Canty reduced the gap to 73:76, but then Emilie Gomis and Francesca Zara finished the night from the free throw line. USVO won the first game in Euroleague this season and improved to 1-2 in the group.

Martina Weber (196-F-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Iona) nailed 4 points and made 7 rebounds for BC Moscow in EuroCup game 3. Milica Dabovic led BC Moscow to 3-0 record in Group I. The latter beat Extrugasa 67:62 and sent them to 1-2 record. Plenette Pierson collected 15 points and 8 rebounds as Zakalyuzhnaya scored 11. Gomez ended up with 13 points for the Spanish team. Martina Weber was unstoppable in Game 1 when she collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Russian squad.

Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) posted 6 points and made 5 rebounds for Italian Cras Basket Taranto that did not allow Rhondda Rebels to grab the first win in EuroCup this season. Taranto won the game 86:61 mostly due to the outstanding performance by Rebekkah Brunson. Rebekkah Brunson started to ruin the British defense from the first minutes of the game. Due to her effort the hosts got 4:0 and then 12:5 lead. LaNedra Brown reduced the gap for 19:13 at the end of the first quarter. Rhondda Rebels could stay in the game and resisted with 41:30 at the half. Andrea Congreaves 's three was the last before the teams disappeared in the lockers. Anna Zimerle helped her team to create 50:32 advantage in the beginning of the second half. It was her again with a three to finish the third quarter at 60:44. After Rebekkah Brunson scored some baskets again in the last quarter, it was clear for the winner. Her last shot reached the basket with 80:55 and then Laura Summerton made 86:61 as a final.


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HUNGARY - Women

Petra Ujhelyi top-scores in Turkey -by Eurobasket News
When Hungarian Szeviep won the game over Croatian Gospic Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) abroad shone for Croatians with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Due to the first and the last quarters the host team was lucky to upset the visitors for the first time in EuroCup. Szilvia Torok led the winners with 18 points. Milena Tomova collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Judit Kajdacsi had 9 points and 12 rebounds. Sandra Popovic-Mandir finished the night with 16 points in defeat.

Turkish Galatasaray together with Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) overcame Dnipro 65:53 to move to 3-0 record. Ukrainian side won the last quarter 13:16 but fell at 0-3 in Group D. Hungarian Petra Ujhelyi paced all the winners with 18 points. Sophia Young collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu 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.

Reka Cserny (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Harvard) nailed 11 points for USVO as the latter grabbed the victory in Poland over Lotos 73:79. The third quarter was fatal for the hosts who fell at 1-2. USVO was not afraid of a bit more than 1000 Polish fans in the game. The visitors went on a 8-0 run in the opening tip and increased to 15-3 in the end of it. Lotos replied an 11-2 run to close to 24:20 by the end of the first quarter.
Polish squad produced a better second quarter and dominated in it. A 24:15 in the period led the hosts to 44:39 up. The third quarter however was a fall of the hosts as they trailed 8:17. USVO took a 56:52 lead into the final 10 minutes.


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IVORY COAST - Women

Christelle averages 6.7 points after 3 games -by Eurobasket News
Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) celebrated another win with KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow in EuroCup. This time her team had a road win over German Wasserburg 77:91. A 15:27 in the last quarter secured a second victory for the Polish squad. Christelle N'Garsanet scored 7 points, made 5 rebounds and 2 assist.

Thoresen opened the game for the hosts and it looked that TSV Wasserburg would achieve the first positive result. Corry Berger made sure her team stay in front after 10 minutes, 26:23. A hard quarter for both teams still kept TSV Wasserburg in the game, 44:42 at the half.
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow played better in the second half and prepared for the last quarter spurt in the third one. The visitors won the third period 18:22 to take 62:64 lead. A 27:15 in the last quarter left no chances for TSV Wasserburg in the game. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow produced 15-0 in it to satisfy their hopes for the second win in the group. Muller with a lay-up was the last to score for the German team to set up a final, 77:91 score.Three teams including Gorzow tie in Group F of EuroCup with 2-1 record. German Wasserburg remains without victories.
Christelle N'Garsanet averages 6.7 points per game after 3 games played. She makes also 1.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals.


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LATVIA - Women

Cesis leads Latvian teams -by Eurobasket News
Three latvian teams went on a BWBL journey to Minsk where they will play three games each with Belarus representatives. After the first day, the latter has 2 wins and 1 loss. Latvia is thankful only to Cesis that beat BC Minsk-2006.

TTT Rapa was destroyed by Berezina 44:80. A 24:8 from the start gave more confidence for the Belarus team. Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73), Yakoviz and Dauharukava decided to share the throne of scoring list and scored 14 points each. Anna Gailite (196-C-90) top-scored for Latvian team with 15 points.
Cesis revenged for Rapa beating BC Minsk-2006 57:77 in Minsk. Three last quarters brought the 4th win for Latvian team in BWBL. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Derevdzanik and Okonkvo followed her with 17 points each. Ramanava nailed 22 points for Belarus squad.
Olimpia won over Avantis/Turiba 91:82 as the latter reduced the gap in the end. Olimpia won the first 30 minutes and then relaxed in the game. It was enough to keep the score for good and for the second victory in the league. Natalya Kozun (186-F-88) produced 16 points being the top-scorer in the team. Anufrienko netted 13 and Sharmei scored 12. Dace Zarina (190-F/C-85) chipped in 22 points for the team that fell at 2-3.

BC Minsk-2006 - Cesis 57 : 77 ( 25 : 21, 13 : 15, 8 : 23, 11 : 18 )
BC Minsk-2006: Anastasiya Romanova (187-C-85) 22, Hana Zubrytskaya 9, Tiamezhnikava 8
Cesis: Willnett Crockett 18, Derevdzanik 17, Okonkvo 17

Berezina-RCOR - RS TTT Rapa 80 : 44 (24 : 8, 18 : 11, 20 : 8, 18 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Anzhela Duboiskaya 14, Yakoviz 14, Dauharukava 14
RS TTT Rapa: Anna Gailite 15, Surkusa 14, Vente 6

Olimpia - Avantis/Turiba 91 : 82 (22 : 21, 26 : 20, 27 : 21, 16 : 20 )
Olimpia: Natalya Kozun 16, Anufrienko 13, Sharmei 12
Avantis/Turiba: Dace Zarina 22, Eibele 18, Horelika 17


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LITHUANIA - Women

Lemminkainen gives a real battle to the favorite of Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian teams are back on track for Baltic Women Basketball League. While Arvi and LTU did not play last night Lemminkainen and Laisve met Ukrainian teams in Klaipeda.

Lemminkainen that had no victories before faced TIM-SCUF with no losses. The game however became very interesting as Lithuanian team gave a real battle to the favorite. The hosts were in front after the opening quarter, but then failed in the second. TIM-SCUF was satisfied with 82:85 road win to increase the record. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) paced the winners with 27 points. Faskhuldinova posted 26, while Savina scored 21. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) finished the game with 24 points in the losing effort.
Laisve won their game beating Olimp-NAEK 75:70 in Lithuania. A tough and even beginning of the game crawled to the hosts' advantage in the second. With 25:18 Laisve managed to dominate in the court. Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) led the winners with 15 points. Daujotiene poured in 12, while Jovita Jutelyte had 10. Olena Samburska (172-G-89) ended up with 17 points for Ukrainian side.

Lemminkainen - TIM-SCUF 82 : 85 ( 32 : 27, 13 : 25, 18 : 14, 19 : 19 )
Lemminkainen: Daina Staugaitiene 24, Naideniene 18, Zygelyte 11
TIM-SCUF: Inna Yegorova 27, Faskhuldinova 26, Savina 21

Laisve - Olimp-NAEK 75 : 70 ( 14 : 14, 25 : 18, 22 : 17, 14 : 21 )
Laisve: Jovita Jutelyte 15, Daujotiene 12, Jovita Jutelyte 10
Olimp-NAEK: Olena Samburska 17, Buryak 16, Kryshtal 14


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Krisztina Bernath leads Basket Esch -by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch were fueled by an impressive performance from Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) as they edged Etzella 82:64 on the road. Hungarian centre came up with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks as Basket Esch overcame the first term deficit to post their third victory in the championship. Etzella grabbed a 17:15 lead after the opening quarter but Esch looked solid in the paint and started to pile up points from there. They netted 26 points in the second quarter and surged ahead to a 41:32 advantage at the interval. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) and Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) provided needed offensive presence for the visitors and Basket Esch rolled to a 14-point cushion after three period of action. Etzella never recovered in the dying stages and lost their 5th game in the season. Leah Metcalf produced 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Gaelle Pousseur added 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Chris Haentges (182-C-90) scored 17 points and pulled down 8 boards for the home team. Sherrie Tucker (178-F-84, college: Coppin St.) had 14 points in a losing clause. Basket Esch outrebounded the home side 42:31 and sank 55% from close range. They also forced the hosts to 18 turnovers.
Meanwhile T71 Dudelange outscored Residence at home and reached Musel Pikes on top of DBBL ladder. Residence got to a slightly better start of the game as they clinched a 15:13 lead after the opening quarter. But a spectacular hosts' effort in the second frame changed the complexion of the encounter. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) paced the home team as they built a 7-point advantage at halftime. The margin grew to 9 points in the third period but Residence challenged the gap in the final term. They sparked with a fierce comeback effort and cut the gap substantially. Sally Debra (176-G-80) dropped some important shots at the end of regulation to draw teams and force overtime. However the visitors ran out of steam in the extra time as Dudelange stun their opponents 15:5 in overtime and posted the victory. Katie Donovan led all scorers with 27 points and 14 boards. Sara Olivieri (168-G/F-86) netted 17 points for the winners. Sally Debra drained 17 points for Residence.


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MALI - Women

Nare Diawara began to score again -by Eurobasket News
Nare Diawara (198-C-83, college: Virginia Tech) came back to the roster for USO Basket and nailed 4 points for her team. USO Basket however lost to Hungarian MiZo 68:60. USO Basket did not feel any pressure in the start and led 16:19 at the end of the first quarter. MiZo dabbed on the accelerator in the second and produced 21:12 in that period. It gave Hungarian team 37:31 deficit at the half time. In order not to stop MiZo Pecs 2010 reached 51:39 in the third quarter to enter the last one with 10-points deficit. Digbeu reduced to 8 points making two free throws when the teams started the fourth quarter. It was her again that gave a chance to the visitors nailing a three pointer for 60:54. The hosts did not panic and the leader of the game Emilja Podrug made the score 66:56. Vajda was the last in the game to set up a final, 68:60 score. USO basket fell at 0-3 record and hopes for the next games to improve.
Gambrinus beat KOSIT 85:68 to increase their winning streak as Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) score 6 points and made 2 rebounds. 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 scored 20 points to lead Brno, while Petra Kulichova 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 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 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. Hamchetou Maiga's Gambrinus improved to 3-0 record in the ladder and next faces Spartak Moscow Region away from home.


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POLAND - Women

Agnieszka Bibrzycka shines in Russia -by Eurobasket News
Russian powerhouse UMMC together with Polish Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) 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 and Anda Jelavic scored quick baskets for the visitors. But soon Penny Taylor nailed 4 straight points for the hosts to claim the lead for good. Natalia Vodopyanova 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. But Asjha Jones 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 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. 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.
Anna Grabias (183-G-82, college: Richmond) scored 10 points for AEL from Cyprus in EuroCup. K.V. Imperial AEL lost the second game in Round 3. 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. 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.

Elzbieta Miedzik (180-F-83) posted 10 points for Belgian Dexia versus Spartak Moscow Region. The defending Champions of Euroleague overcame Dexia Namur 75:81 to improve to 2-1. Namur saw a good start of their team as Dexia opened the game with 10:2. Spartak woke up later in the period and tied the score at 21:21. In the second quarter, the home side began to take control and moved 35:32 ahead after a lay-up shot from Elzbieta Miedzik. Dexia kept 45:40 as two teams left the court for the break.The biggest lead the home side achieved with 54:45 in the third. After that it was hard for Dexia to stay in the game. Diana Taurasi was the one to push her team to 18:10 spurt. Spartak grabbed 55:58 after 30 minutes of the game and looked forward for the last period. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara was unstoppable in the last quarter as she gave her team a lead twice with three pointers. Spartak played a team game and 73:72 made a 7-0 run to win the second game in Group C.


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ROMANIA - Women

Romania followed players abroad -by Eurobasket News
While the game between Arad and Hemofarm was postponed for December 12, Romania followed their players abroad in EuroCup.
Simona Nicolae (188-C-74) nailed 6 points and made 2 assists for Novia Munalux Namur lost the second game in Group K of EuroCup. The team was smashed in the opening quarter by French Tarbes GB 2:24 and in the whole game 39:76. The latter top the group with 3-0, while Novia Munalux Namur is 1-2. Novia Munalux Namur missed two huge runs in the first 10 minutes of the game. A 0-10 in the first 3 minutes was somehow closed by two free throws from Nicolae, however another 0-12 showed 2:24 after the first quarter. In a better second quarter Novia Munalux Namur could follow the leader. Werpin with a jump-shot sent the teams to interim at 40:17. In the third quarter Kristen Mann made +31 with lay-up for the hosts. Nevzorova closed the third for 62:28. Liz Moeggenberg made +44 in the fourth as the teams had 72:28. Luckily the Belgian team could finish the horrible night at 76:39.

Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) netted 12 points for TSV Wasserburg that desired to have the first win in EuroCup group F, however was stopped by KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow 77:91. A 15:27 in the last quarter secured a second victory for the Polish squad. Thoresen opened the game for the hosts and it looked that TSV Wasserburg would achieve the first positive result. Corry Berger made sure her team stay in front after 10 minutes, 26:23. A hard quarter for both teams still kept TSV Wasserburg in the game, 44:42 at the half.
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow played better in the second half and prepared for the last quarter spurt in the third one. The visitors won the third period 18:22 to take 62:64 lead. A 27:15 in the last quarter left no chances for TSV Wasserburg in the game. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow produced 15-0 in it to satisfy their hopes for the second win in the group. Muller with a lay-up was the last to score for the German team to set up a final, 77:91 score.

Ioana Felicia Grila (160-G-82) scored 5 points for Swiss Sierre. The latter lost to Italian Beretta Famila 58:92.


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SENEGAL - Women

Emilie Gomis and Astou N'Diaye top-score again -by Eurobasket News
Lotos lost the Game 3 of EuroLeague Women Group C campaign. After a triumph over the defending champions the team could not concentrate on USVO as they lost 73:79. The third quarter was fatal for the hosts who fell at 1-2. Senegalese Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) led the winners with 17 points. Francesca Zara posted 15, while Nicole Ohlde collected 14 points and 18 rebounds. Dominique Canty top-scored for the Polish squad with 20 points. USVO was not afraid of a bit more than 1000 Polish fans in the game. The visitors went on a 8-0 run in the opening tip and increased to 15-3 in the end of it. Lotos replied an 11-2 run to close to 24:20 by the end of the first quarter.
Polish squad produced a better second quarter and dominated in it. A 24:15 in the period led the hosts to 44:39 up. The third quarter however was a fall of the hosts as they trailed 8:17. USVO took a 56:52 lead into the final 10 minutes.
In the end of the game Dominique Canty reduced the gap to 73:76, but then Emilie Gomis and Francesca Zara finished the night from the free throw line. USVO won the first game in Euroleague this season and improved to 1-2 in the group.

MKB Euroleasing together with Astou N'Diaye (190-C-73, college: Abilene Christian) secured their second win in FIBA Euroleague as they edged Phard Napoli 82:69 in Sopron. Astou N'Diaye scored quick 4 straight points early in the game as Napoli led 10:3. Kedra Holland-Corn 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 and Jelena Milovanovic ensured a 40:38 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Napoli however remained close throughout the third period and later Sara Giauro nailed a jumper to give the visitors a 56:53 lead. Paola Mauriello capped the frame with three-pointer and Napoli entered the fourth stanza ahead 59:57. Andrea Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic nailed two treys midway through the fourth term to put the hosts up by 7 points 70:63. Olexandra Gorbunova'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. Astou N'Diaye had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Napoli. Yasemin Horasan added 16 points and 8 boards in the third straight loss for Italian side.


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

News from outside of the country -by Eurobasket News
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) posted 14 points, made 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Gambrinus that beat KOSIT 85:68 to increase their winning streak in EuroLeague. 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 scored 20 points to lead Brno, while Petra Kulichova 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 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 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.

Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) collected 3 points and 4 rebounds for British Rhondda Rebels EuroCup. Taranto was stronger 86:61 mostly due to the outstanding performance by Rebekkah Brunson. Rebekkah Brunson started to ruin the British defense from the first minutes of the game. Due to her effort the hosts got 4:0 and then 12:5 lead. LaNedra Brown reduced the gap for 19:13 at the end of the first quarter. Rhondda Rebels could stay in the game and resisted with 41:30 at the half. Andrea Congreaves's three was the last before the teams disappeared in the lockers. Anna Zimerle helped her team to create 50:32 advantage in the beginning of the second half. It was her again with a three to finish the third quarter at 60:44. After Rebekkah Brunson scored some baskets again in the last quarter, it was clear for the winner. Her last shot reached the basket with 80:55 and then Laura Summerton made 86:61 as a final.

TSV Wasserburg desired to have the first win in EuroCup group F, however was stopped by KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow 77:91. A 15:27 in the last quarter secured a second victory for the Polish squad. Slovakian Jana Furkova (184-C/F-84) made 6 points and 6 rebounds for the German squad.KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow played better in the second half and prepared for the last quarter spurt in the third one. The visitors won the third period 18:22 to take 62:64 lead. A 27:15 in the last quarter left no chances for TSV Wasserburg in the game. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow produced 15-0 in it to satisfy their hopes for the second win in the group. Muller with a lay-up was the last to score for the German team to set up a final, 77:91 score.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Jokic picks up with Faenza the first victory -by Eurobasket News
Faenza finally picked up their first victory in the EuroLeague Women, winning on the road 86:80 at TEO Vilnius in Group D action.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 hit 4 points to help TEO to 8:2 lead. But Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had 4 points and Marija Eric drained a triple to pull Faenza back within 3 points from the hosts. TEO Vilnius replied with back-to-back treys from Rima Valentiene and Sandra Valuzyte to crown the frame and lead 24:13. Marija Eric and Simona Ballardini 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 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 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 for 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.

Katarina Ristic (173-G-84) was one of the leaders for Polish KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow in game 3 of EuroCup. Her team celebrated 91:77 victory over TSV Wasserburg as Katarina Ristic scored 14 points, made 4 rebounds and 2 assists. A 15:27 in the last quarter secured a second victory for the Polish squad. Thoresen opened the game for the hosts and it looked that TSV Wasserburg would achieve the first positive result. Corry Berger made sure her team stay in front after 10 minutes, 26:23. A hard quarter for both teams still kept TSV Wasserburg in the game, 44:42 at the half.
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow played better in the second half and prepared for the last quarter spurt in the third one. The visitors won the third period 18:22 to take 62:64 lead. A 27:15 in the last quarter left no chances for TSV Wasserburg in the game. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow produced 15-0 in it to satisfy their hopes for the second win in the group. Muller with a lay-up was the last to score for the German team to set up a final, 77:91 score.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Paradise Jam Day 3 Results: Wake Forest wins STJ Div. -by David Edole

Saturday, November 24
*2007 St. John Division Champion - Wake Forest Demon Deacons

GAME 1: (0-3) WICHITA ST. 47 / (3-0) WAKE FOREST 54 Boxscore
Wake Forest claimed the St. John Division championship over Wichita St. in a closely played game to go undefeated for the tournament. The two teams went into the half knotted at 26 although the Shockers were able to hold a lead for most of the first half. Wake Forest was able to take the lead early in the second half and maintained a narrow margin to pull out the win. The Demon Deacon's Camille Collier went 3 for 4 from behind the arc to score a game high 17 pts. The Shockers were led by Kyrie Kinder's 12 pts.

GAME 2: (1-2) INDIANA 48 / (2-1) TEXAS A&M 60 Boxscore
The Aggies had a tough time putting away the Hoosiers yesterday, but finally stretched their lead to double digits midway through the second half to claim the 2nd spot in the overall standing for the St. John's Division. Texas A&M scored 27 pts. off turnovers and got a game high 17 pts. from Takia Starks. Indiana's leading scorer was Jamie Braun with 14 pts.

St. John Division Final Standings
Wake Forest (3-0)
Texas A&M (2-1)
Indiana (1-2)
Wichita St. (0-3)


St. John Division All-Tournament Team

Jamie Braun, Indiana
Corinne Groves Wake Forest
Danielle Gant, Texas A&M
Takia, Starks, Texas A&M
Kiki Stephens, Wichita St.

MVP: Alex Tchangoue, Wake Forest

St. Thomas Division
GAME 3: TEMPLE 61 / PURDUE 47 Boxscore
The Temple Owls outran the Boilermakers last night to bring their record even (1-1) for the tournament and will play in the 3rd/4th place game in the St. Thomas Division. The Owls scored first and never looked back maintaining the lead from start to finish starting with an impressive 20-8 run. The Owls were led by Ashley Morris' 19 pts. and Purdue was led by the 15 pts. of Danielle Campbell.

GAME 4: (0-2) OLD DOMINION 61 / (1-1) STANFORD 69 Boxscore
With Candice Wiggins spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble, the Cardinal got some big numbers from Kayla Pedersen (21 pts., 11 rebs.) and Jillian Harmon (16 pts.) to put away the pesky Monarchs. ODU used swarming defense and great outside shooting from Jen Nuzzo (3-4 from behind the arc, 14 pts.) that included a buzzer beater from nearly half court to end the game.


Championship Round:
Sunday, November 25, 2007
(0-2) Purdue vs. #3 (0-2) Old Dominion (4:30pm AST/3:30pm EST)
(1-1) Temple vs. (1-1) Stanford (7:00pm AST/6:00pm EST)
(2-0) Duke vs. (2-0) Connecticut (9:30pm AST/8:30pm EST) Live on Fox College Sports Channel



Paradise Jam, Day 2 Results -by David Edole
Friday, November 23

GAME #1 (1-1) INDIANA 64 / (0-2) WICHITA ST. 54 Boxscore
Indiana was able to overcome a 10 pt. deficit in the in the second quarter to get even on the tournament (1-1), Wichita St. drops to 0-2. The two teams went into the half tied at 29 and the Hoosiers were able to get double digit scoring from Whitney Thomas (10 pts.), Nikki Smith (16 pts.) and Jamie Braun (19 pts.). The Shockers were led by Kiki Stephens' 14 pts.

GAME #2 (1-1) TEXAS A&M 46 / (2-0) WAKE FOREST 53 Boxscore

Wake Forest pulled off an upset over Texas A&M (No. 11 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today) last night with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. The Demon Deacons took the lead for good on a free throw from Alex Tchangoue at the 5:17 mark. Wake Forest then turned up the defense and held on for the win behind four more free throws from Tchangoue who had a game high 16 pts. Texas A&M was led by Takia Starks' 15 pts.

GAME #3 DUKE 64 / TEMPLE 53 Boxscore

Duke (No. 9 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today moved to 2-0 in the tournament with a tightly played contest against Temple. Temple held the lead for a short time in the first half, but Duke was able to use a balanced scoring attack, led by the 13 pts. of both Chante Black and Carrem Gay, to secure the win. Gay also tallied 12 rebs. Temple was led by Lady Comfort's game high 15 pts. and 10 rebs.

GAME #4 (2-0) CONNECTICUT 86 / (0-1) OLD DOMINION 43 Boxscore
No. 2 Connecticut had no trouble dispensing of the ODU Monarchs last night to bring their tournament record to 2-0 and secure a place in the championship game for the St. Thomas division to face Duke. The Huskies' ability to attack inside and outside showed as four players scored in double digits - Tina Charles (15 pts.), Renee Montgomery (12 pts.), Kalana Greene and Maya Moore (10 pts.). The Monarchs were led by T.J. Jordan with 13 pts.





Third Round Games:
Saturday, November 24, 2007

St. John Division Games
Game 5:
Wichita State vs. Wake Forest
(2:00pm AST/1:00pm EST)

Game 6:
Indiana vs. Texas A&M (4:30pm AST/3:30pm EST)

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

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


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UKRAINE - Women

TIM-SCUF and Olimp-NAEK resume BWBL -by Eurobasket News
Baltic Women Basketball League resumed after a long break for Ukrainian teams. While Dnipro and Kozachka play in EuroCup, TIM-SCUF and Olimp-NAEK struggle in BWBL.
Ukrainian TIM-SCUF burst out the sixth win in the tournament beating Lemminkainen in Klaipeda. The hosts were in front after the opening quarter, but then failed in the second. TIM-SCUF was satisfied with 82:85 road win to increase the record.
Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) paced the winners with 27 points. Faskhuldinova posted 26, while Savina scored 21. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) finished the game with 24 points in the losing effort.
Another Ukrainian team Olimp-NAEK lost to Laisve 75:70 in Latvia. A tough and even beginning of the game crawled to the hosts' advantage in the second. With 25:18 Laisve managed to dominate in the court.
Jovita Jutelyte (187-F-71) led the winners with 15 points. Daujotiene poured in 12, while Jovita Jutelyte had 10. Olena Samburska (172-G-89) ended up with 17 points for Ukrainian side.
The next games are planned for today.

Lemminkainen - TIM-SCUF 82 : 85 ( 32 : 27, 13 : 25, 18 : 14, 19 : 19 )
Lemminkainen:
Daina Staugaitiene 24, Naideniene 18, Zygelyte 11
TIM-SCUF:
Inna Yegorova 27, Faskhuldinova 26, Savina 21

Laisve - Olimp-NAEK 75 : 70 ( 14 : 14, 25 : 18, 22 : 17, 14 : 21 )
Laisve:
Jovita Jutelyte 15, Daujotiene 12, Jovita Jutelyte 10
Olimp-NAEK:
Olena Samburska 17, Buryak 16, Kryshtal 14


Ukrainians in EuroLeague -by Eurobasket News
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds for Hungarian MKB Euroleasing that 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 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 and Jelena Milovanovic ensured a 40:38 advantage for MKB Euroleasing at halftime. Napoli however remained close throughout the third period and later Sara Giauro nailed a jumper to give the visitors a 56:53 lead. Paola Mauriello capped the frame with three-pointer and Napoli entered the fourth stanza ahead 59:57. Andrea Karolyi and Jelena Milovanovic nailed two treys midway through the fourth term to put the hosts up by 7 points 70:63. Olexandra Gorbunova '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.
Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) provided 13 points as TTT Riga stayed at the 4th spot in Group A 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. 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 nailed a jumper for Fenerbahce but Santa Dreimane and Iciss Tillis answered with 4 straight points for TTT Riga to make it 63:66. Nevriye Yilmaz and Iciss Tillis exchanged baskets before Iciss Tillis connected from afar following turnover from Tammy Sutton-Brown. The game became all square at 68 but Birsel Vardarli hit a pair of free throws to put the hosts in front 70:68. Micaela Jacintho 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.
Anna Domaratska (172-G-86), Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) and Oksana Agabalova (186-F-73) were in the rosters of their teams but did not participate in the games.


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WBCBL - Women

Mobile, Alabama Joins in for 2008 Season, Tryouts set for Dec. 15th & 16th -by Willie McCray
The Gulf Coast Tropics' Women Basketball Club will have tryouts for their inaugural season on December 15th and 16th. Tryouts will be held in Mobile, Alabama at Vigor High School on Wilson Ave.

Tryout Location:
CF Vigor High School
913 N. Wilson Ave
Prichard, AL 36610


Tryout Dates & Times
Saturday, December 15th 10am - 1pm
Sunday, December 16th 3pm - 5pm

Registration Fee: $20 (Non-Refundable, Cash or Money Order only)

All participants are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to register.

Mailing address:
Tropics Basketball
P.O. Box 7872
Mobile, AL 36607


Email: tropicsbasketball@yahoo.com