EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/28/2007

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ABA

Thanksgiving Weekend Results from the ABA -by Surujh Roopnarine

Thursday, November 22nd
Manchester Millrats (124)
@ Halifax Rainmen (106)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (26p+5rb+7as), John Huggins (19p), Rob Sanders (18p+9rb), Soulemane Wayne (9p+15rb)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (20p+13rb+5as), Jermaine Anderson (20p+10as), Dennie Oliver (19p+7rb),

Friday, November 23rd
Manchester Millrats (121) @ Halifax Rainmen (112)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (23p+6rb+8as+6st), RobSanders (17p+13rb), Stacey Margane (17p), Anthony Anderson (13p+8as)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (25), Brian Silverhorn (22p), Jermaine Anderson (21p+9rb+7as), Devino Williams (18p)
San Diego Wildcats (107) @ Maywood Buzz (92)
BUZZ: Jermaine Willform (32p+12rb), Marques Harris (11p), Marcell Jackson (10p+6as), Darwin Carter (10p)
Quebec Kebekwa (129) @ Montreal Royal (109)
KEBEKWA: Marques Lewis (33p), Tony Weeden (28p), Samuel Samuel Audet-Sow (18p)

Saturday, November 24th
First State Fusion (102) @ Jersey Express (109)
FUSION: Derick Payne (22p), C.J. Vick (10p+12rb)
EXPRESS: Justin Leith (20p+15rb), Nick Boyd (19p), Joey Britto (18p), Gabe Inglis (18p)
West Texas Whirlwinds (71) @ Texas Tycoons (126)
TYCOONS: Jai Pradia (20p+13rb+6bs), Tyrone Rayson (19p+15rb), Melvin Mitchell (21p)
Boston Blizzard (126) @ Quebec Kebekwa (129) - OT
KEBEKWA: Samuel Audet-Sow (30p), Charles Fortier (23p), Marques Lewis (22p)
Long Beach Breakers (122) @ Orange County Gladiators (113)
GLADIATORS: Phil Givins (27p), Tarron Williams (22), Tony Farmer (19p)
Orlando Aces (122) @ Georgia Gwizzlies (110)
ACES: Dennis Chism (22p), Richard Milsap (17p)
GWIZZLIES: Pat Patrick Binion (24p), Mike Davis (23p), Xavier Morton (22p), Michael Toth (13p)

Sunday, November 25th
San Diego Wildcats (98) @ Orange County Gladiators (95)
Vermont Frost Heaves (91) @ Corning Bulldogs (86)
FROST HEAVES: Dokun Akingbade (14p), Terrance Green (13p), Brett Gravitt (13p), Issa Konare (10p)
BULLDOGS: Al Stewart (22p+5as)
Montreal Royal (103) @ Manchester Millrats (106)
ROYAL: Cordell Jeanty (25p), Tommy Mitchell (25p),
MILLRATS: Rob Sanders (22p+8rb+7as), Anthony Anderson (20p+6rb), Stacey Morgane (16p+9rb), John Huggins (14p)
Long Beach Breakers (132) @ Maywood Buzz (121)

BREAKERS: Lemar Gayle (31p), Kenny Wright (19p+10as), Dion Cook (20p), Jaushay Rockett (18p+11rb)



Strong Island Has Another Player Head Overseas -by Surujh Roopnarine
Raheim Lowery (6'7''-C, college: Dowling) has signed with CD Povoa (POR-CNB1) in Portugal. Lowery, a product of Dowling College has been a mainstay of the Sound's frontcourt and a lynchpin of their interior toughness during last season and the first five games of the 07-08 campaign. Last season, the 6'8" Lowery averaged 3.5 points, and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 45-74 (60.8%) from the field. This season, Lowery had showed marked improvement tallying 4.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in only 10.4mpg.
During the 2005-06 season at Dowling, Raheim led the entire NCAA2 in rebounding, pulling down 12.7 per game.


Bad news: some teams are disapppearing. -by Gianni Pascucci
According to a source within the organization, the Minnesota Ripknees have folded. We did not found any confirmation till now, but it is probable that this move is resulting from the folding of the Rochester Fire franchise, that could have granted to the Ripkenes some interesting regional meetings. Another rumor tells that the operations of the Los Angeles Push were suspended on yesterday by the ABA. Despite a very good start on the court, it seems that the ownership and the management weren' t at the level required by the league. And this tells it all.... Last, some local sources are rumoring that the Detroit Panthers are on the way to suspend their participation to the ABA, and will annoounce soon a move to a different league PBL? IBL? Or will they decide to quit ? Let's see...

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AUSTRIA

Gmunden lost in Antwerpen -by Stefan Heinrich

Gmunden lost the second game in the ULEB cup on the road against the Antwerp Giants. The Austrian champion lost 74:68 and holds now a record of 2 wins and 2 losses, which brings them the thrid place in the group after 4 games. Today the Swans played a bad first quarter where they were already down by 10 points and in the rest of the game they were able to keep the game close, but they weren't able to take the lead in the game and so the home team from Belgium deserved the victory.


Gmunden: Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) 19, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 13, Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) 11, Schoninger 8, Johnson 8, Mayer 5, Flowers 4

Antwerp: Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) 12, Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) 11, Alexander Lichodzijewski (200-C-84) 10, Sergant 9, Dupont 7, Lamont 5, Gay 5, Sekularac 3, Wouters 3



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BELGIUM

Recap D1 Rd 10 -by Peter Buyse


Last year's losing finalist Bree finally got some payback with this win in Oostende.
Where Oostende won the first game of the season this time around it was Bree who got the road win.
Oostende closed out the first Q with a one point lead but Bree gradually moved ahead and kept extending the lead to 11 pts at the 30 minute mark.
Oostende was never able to close the gap and dropped the game 75-87.

Bad day for Liege also who lost at home to Verviers-Pepinster 52-62.
Very low scoring game which after an even 1st quarter saw Verviers run away from Liege with a 7-20 2nd Q score.
The home team never recovered from this blow. Thanks to its 3rd win in a row Verviers moved up to 4th place tied with Liege and Bree.

Excellent game by Stephane Pelle who scored 19 pts and grabbed 19 rebounds.


Antwerp was able to keep the points at home vs Leuven. Leuven held on as long as it could but in the end the Antwerp Diamond Giants proved to much and they slowly moved ahead with each quarter for the 85-66 win.


Charleroi took the game to gent from the opening quarter (22-14), Gent held on in the 2nd quarter but saw the home team slowly pull away and go for the 85-64 win.


Okapi Aalstar saw its 4 game win streak ended at Mons with a 82-69 loss.

Mons did get the win but lost George Evans to injury in the game. He could be out for about 2 weeks.


MVP of this round was Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) with 18 pts, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.




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BELIZE

CSSSA Basketball Competition!!! -by David Magana
The Belize City high school competition continues and here are last weeks result:

Wednesday November 21, 2007

Female SCA def. EPYHS 23 - 13

Top scorer SCA - Shanee Reid - 18
EPYHS - Ardeline Olivera - 4

Male EPYHS def. SJC 73 - 44

Top scorer EPYHS - Winston Pratt - 30, Andrew Estell - 11
SJC - Hughson Tillett - 11, Marshall Nunez - 10

Thursday November 22, 2007

Female GLHS def. SVTHS 39 - 19

Top scorers GLHS - Andrea Andrews / Tiffarah Swift - 10
SVTHS - Kenisha James/ Melonie Trapp - 5

Male GLHS def. SVTHS 69 - 67 (double overtime)
Regular time - 49 - 49
First overtime - 59 - 59

Top scorers GLHS - Hubert Baptist - 19
Sherwin Garcia - 16

SVTH - Kyle Domingo - 18
Tevin Abrahams - 13

Friday November 23, 2007

Female WES def. ACC 20 - 0 (forfeit)

Male WES def. ACC 68 - 46

Top scorers WES - Shaquille Smith - 19
Gershom Rodriguez - 12

ACC Glenford Chimilio - 24
Stafford Young - 17

Male SJC def. SMC 69 - 28

Top scorers SJC - Edgar August/Marshall Nunez - 15
Evan Brown - 14

SMC - Rafael O'Brien - 11, Raymond Allen - 6


University of Belize Does It Again! -by David Magana
This past weekend at the St Johns Gymnasium, the UB Jaguars won the titles for the Male and Female ATLIB Basketball Championship playing superior baskeball compared to the other teams but in the female division they encountered fierced resistance from St John's Junior College, winning by three points. The final standings are as follows:
Male:
1) UB
2) St John's Junior College
3) Wesley Junior College
4) Sacred Heart Junior College

Female:
1) Ub
2) St John's Junior College
3) Sacred Heart Junior College

Here are the official final results:
Female Game 1: SJCJC defeated SHJC 48-18

Top Scorers: SJCJC : Bianca McFadzean, 13
Kaya Cattouse, 13
Michelle Andrews, 8

SHJC : Zenda Avila, 6

Female Game 2: UB defeated SJCJC 38-35

Top Scorers: SJCJC : Bianca McFadzean, 19

UB : Rosebell Ogaldez, 14

Male Game 1: SJCJC defeated SHJC 53-52

Top Scorers: SJCJC : Ryan Bennett, 22
Michael Staine, 13
Phillip Haylock, 10

SHJC : Shannon Guzman, 21
Jimmy Rudon, 15
Mark O'Brien, 9

Male Game 2: UB defeated WJC 82-42

Top Scorers: UB : Benedict Terry, 12
Jorett Jones, 9
Wordsworth Lucas, 9
Lindbergh Graham, 8
Travis Lennan, 8
Farron Louriano, 8
Stephen Williams, 8

WJC : Milton Flores, 12
Wilfred Richards, 10

Male Game 3: WJC defeated SHJC 53-48

Top Scorers: WJC : Milton Flores, 30
Wilfred Richards, 12
Ekroy Yorke, 11

SHJC : Shannon Guzman, 12
Elton Moore, 8
Mark O'Brien, 8

Male Game 4: UB defeated SJCJC 59-36

Top Scorers: UB : Travis Lennan, 10
Jorett Jones, 8
Farron Louriano, 8
Stephen Williams, 8

SJCJC : Michael Staine, 11


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BOSNIA

A practice game for Joventut vs Bosna ASA BHT -by Sead Buljina

In the fourth round game of the group phase Joventut was better team and proved it by winning vs. Bosna by a margin of victory of 17 points (68:85). Bosna resisted well in the first half, but strugled big time to keep up with a much better opponent. At one point in the second half, Joventut led by as many as 35 points. It was obvious that hosts got outrebounded and outplayed. To simply put it, better team won. Bosna`s four Americans with exception of Lance Williams failed to prove their values and justify high salaries. Hopefully, they can bring Bosna at least a domestic title and National Cup. Otherwise, this season for Bosna would be a complete embarassment. Besides Lance Williams, Edin Bavcic had a decent game for the hosts, Dzenan Rahimic fought hard but his shots just were not falling tonight.

Taking into account the way game was developing, Bosna can be satisfied with the final score. Two minutes prior to the end it seemed that hosts would not reach 60 points for the final score. Fortunatelly, they did.

Joventut deserved a win, no doubt about it. On the other hand, Bosna has never missed so many layups in one game. Guests have made most shots in the paint and shot a high percentage from the perimeter. So, if there is anything good and gives hope to hosts for the remainder of the competition it`s the fact that they cannot play much worse than tonight. They can play much better and that gives some hope that this team maybe can surprise ALBA or Turk Telecom at home court.



ULEB Cup: Bosna - Joventut tonight in Sarajevo! -by Sead Buljina

Bosna ASA BH Telecom and one of the strongest European teams, Spanish DKV Joventut play tonight a fourth round game of the ULEB Cup in Sarajevo. It`s probably a game of the year for the hosts, Bosna ASA BHTelecom. Although guests are absolute favorites, Bosna ASA BHT coach Jure Zdovc hopes for a good game and possible surprise. Zdovc stated:" I want our players to play with no fear. We can`t lose as much as we can gain. I expect our players to enjoy playing against such a strong team." Names such as Rudy Fernandez, Jerome Moiso (frmr NBA), Lonny Baxter, (NBA), Jan Hendrick Jagla and a 17-year old Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio (191-G-90), among others, guarantee a great game tonight..

Tonight`s opponents are the only former Euroleague winners in this year`s ULEB Cup competition. Bosna won European title in 1979, Joventut in 1994.

Prior to the game, hosts will release new team`s jerseys for public sale. Price is 50 KM (25 euros) per jersey. Game is scheduled for 20:15 in arena "Mirza Delibasic", Sarajevo.



Popov replaces Rodic as new Leotar coach -by Sead Buljina

Head coach, Petar Rodic has been released by SL IAT Leotar. Club from Trebinje brought Miroslav Popov as Rodic`s replacement. Leotar has started poorly the new season although the club brought several expensive players prior to the start of the season. However, Leotar has a terrible record of 1-5 after six rounds. New head coach, Popov, has worked as a coach at Hemofarm, Swissline from Vrsac and Serbia/Montenegro National team.

Leotar also named a new sports director, Srecko Ducic.



Robert Rotbart in Borac? -by Sead Buljina
There is a strong posibility that Maccabi Tel-Aviv might loan Robert Rotbart (formerly known as Goran Kajmakovic) to Borac Nektar. Rotbart (216cm) was born in Sarajevo, started his career in Bosna, moved on to the USA, continued in Racing (FRA-D1), Hapoel Galil prior to going to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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CAMEROON

Stephane Bakinde, a great addition to the Newberry Indians... -by Yann Tientcheu


Stephane Bakinde, excellent addition to the Newberry Indians... -by Yann Tientcheu
Stephane Bakinde (6-8, 205 Forward) is fully puting his abilities into use as a member of the NCAA Div II men's baketball
program of Newberry College, in South Carolina. Currently averaging 12,8 pts, 5.8 rbds,3 stls and 2 blocks per game, Bakinde
originally from Yaounde is displaying the best numbers of his collegiate career. The junior who spent two years at Stony brooks
University (NCAA Div I) is the second best scorer and the third best rebounder of the Newberry Indians men's basketball program.
Additionally, he is evidently trusted by his coach since he has been spending the most time on the court with an average of 34.2 mns
per game over the first 4 games of the 2007/2008 season.


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CHILE

Dimayor: Round 19 & 20 results -by Daniel Valencia

The fight for the last spots for the playoffs will be wild in the last two rounds of Dimayor 07/08. Osorno, Espanol, Catolica, Castro and Ancud will try to secure their spot in the most important stage of the season. Deportivo Valdivia continues as the exclusive leader of the league, with Liceo and Concepcion with the chance to steal this position from Mario Spada's team. These are the complete results of round 19 and 20.

Round 19

Deportivo Espanol 88 - Deportes Ancud 82
Esp: Marques Hayden 23 pts. / Anc: Kevin Sowell 30 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 102 - Deportes Castro 66
Ucon: Alain Laroche 21 pts. / Cas: Clarence Matthews 16 pts.

UDE Temuco 98 - Liceo Mixto 101
Ude: Joe Webb 38 pts. / Lic: Kei Madison 38 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 93 - Universidad Catolica 83
Val: Brandon Mason 32 pts. / Uc: Aaron Eneas 34 pts.

Provincial Osorno 87 - Boston College 75
Oso: Curtis Williams 23 pts. / Bos: Ronald Cruces 17 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 71 - CD Puente Alto 72
Llan: Brian Woodward 29 pts. / Pue: Jefferson Agba 33 pts.

Round 20

Deportivo Espanol 84 - Deportes Castro 70
Esp: Marques Hayden 32 pts. / Cas: Clarence Matthews 28 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 99 - Deportes Ancud 96
Ucon: Alain Laroche 25 pts. / Anc: Rodrigo Zuniga 31 pts.

UDE Temuco 84 - Universidad Catolica 92
Ude: Joe Webb 34 pts. / Uc: Maurice Spillers 29 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 100 - Liceo Mixto 103
Val: James Moore 33 pts. / Lic: Rodrigo Espinoza 26 pts.

Provincial Osorno 77 - CD Puente Alto 79
Oso: Cristian Perez 19 pts. / Pue: Eric Williams 21 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 79 - Boston College 74
Llan: Brian Woodward 25 pts. / Bos: Adriano Machado 31 pts.


Standings


1. Deportivo Valdivia 44.0

2. CD Universidad de Concepcion 43.5

3. Liceo Mixto 43.0

4. CD Puente Alto 40.0

5. Boston College 37.0

6. Provincial Osorno 36.5

7. Deportivo Espanol 36.5

8. Universidad Catolica 36.0

9. Deportes Castro 36.0

10. Deportes Ancud 35.5

11. Provincial Llanquihue 33.5

12. UDE Temuco 28.5



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CHINA

Guangsha Defeats Shaanxi as New Import Rodney White Stars -- Dongguan Stops Shandong -by Arthur Volbert

Guangsha defeated Shaanxi 111-103 today behind 30 points from new import Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte), one of the very talented imports recently added to CBA teams. Yu Junkai scored 27 points for Guangsha. Brandon Robinson had 26 points for Shaanxi while Liu Jiulong added 25. Dongguan defeated Shandong 132-124 as new import Mike Harris and Chinese star Zhang Kai each scored 28 points. Zhang added 20 rebounds. Herve Lamizana scored 26 points, Mack Tuck scored 23, and Guo Lei scored 20 for Shandong.

CBA teams have recently added five to seven new imports to shore up their teams. With the play of native Chinese improving, the native stars of their teams are often equal to the imports and the lesser native players are not totally outclassed.

So teams are now using two imports for the full 60 minutes allowed. Both Guangsha and Shaanxi used their imports for the full 60 minutes allowed. Guangsha has White and Garnett Thompson while Shaanxi has Robinson and Brandon Crump. Shandong used its two imports for the full 60 minutes. Dongguan used its imports for only 59 minutes, likely because Anthony Myles fouled out.


The imports are clearly superior to secondary Chinese players at present. So the teams benefit from using the imports to their fullest extent yet they no longer completely overwhelm the Chinese players.

My prediction is that when the class of '89 reaches true maturity in about ten years, and succeeding classes prove even stronger, it will be difficult to find imports good enough to play in the CBA.

But right now imports perform a very valuable function. For while they displace lesser Chinese players, they provide competition that helps improve the Chinese stars.

Jilin has signed Babacar Camara, a 211 cm 120 kg center born 1981. He replaces Steve Castleberry. Camara played for Jilin last year and was one of the better imports in the league.

Xinjiang has signed Aaron McGhee a 202 cm forward born 1979. He replaces Brandon Cole. McGhee starred at the University of Oklahoma and has played in Europe and Korea.

Guangsha's Rodney White a 206 cm forward born 1980. White was the ninth pick of the 2001 NBA draft. He played for the Detroit Pistons in 2001-2 and for the Denver Nuggets from 2002-2005. He replaces the departed David Lucas.

Dongguan has signed Mike Harris. The CBA lists him as a 198 cm forward born in 1983. We do not have a matching record for this player but hope to soon find out his identity. CBA height and birth figures are sometimes in error and we need to be certain of which Mike Harris he is. Harris replaces Franz Steyn.

Guangdong has signed Lamond Murray a 201 cm forward born in 1973. Murray starred at the University of California and was the seventh pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1994-1999, with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999-2002, and with the Toronto Raptors from 2003-2006. He replaces Cassiano Matheus.

Shanghai has reportedly signed a new import and Jiangsu is considering signing one of two new imports. But because of previous situations with CBA imports I do not count signings as being official until the names appear in the box scores.

Guangsha 111
#8 3p+4r+2a+2s+2bl, Yu Junkai 27p+2r+1a, Garnett Thompson 12p+6r+1a, Zhang Nan 18p+3r+1a+3s, Jia Nan 12p+4r+4a+2s, Rodney White 30p+10r+5a+3s+5to
Shaanxi 103
Tian Yu 12p+7r+1a+2s, Dai Yong 10p+6r+5a+1s+5to, Zhang Wei 12p+4r+2a+2s, Liu Jiulong 25p+7r+5a+3s+1bl+5to, Brandon Robinson 26p+8r+2a+2s+1bl+5to, Brandon Crump 13p+4r+1a, He Ben 5p+1r+1s


Dongguan 132
Zhang Kai 28p+20r+2a+1s+3bl, Qiu Biao 19p+2r+3a, Wang Jing 16p+2r+2s+1bl, Anthony Myles 28min+16p+3r+1a+6fl, #23 12p+1r+1a, Mike Harris 28p+10r+2a+1bl+5to, Yu Ning 9p+2r+1s
Shandong 124
Wang Gang 13p+4r+5a, Sun Jie 11p+2r+2a+1s, Li Lin 4p+1r+2a+1s, Guo Lei 20p+7r+2a, Herve Lamizana 26p+6r+2a+3s, Mack Tuck 23p+6r+2s+5to, Lou Yandong 20p+3r+1a+2s




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COSTA RICA

Coach Fonseca Returns to Costa Rica, Will Coach Liceo -by Max Blair
Rodolfo Fonseca told "La Nacion" that he will be Liceo de Costa Rica's new coach.

Fonseca is coming off a third place season in the Columbian League, where he coached the commercial island team San Andres well enough to earn the league's "Coach of the Year" honors.

"I'll say this," Fonseca told La Nacion. "I'm with Liceo and the idea is to stay the whole year...I've been away for two years and I want to be with my family and family is more important than money."

"I'd like for the Express [Liceo's nickname] to be modern, with plenty of movement, fast breaks and lots of defense. That's my working philosophy."

Last season, Alejandro Fernandez , Warren Espinoza , and Jorge Arias (190-F/G-66) all coached the team. Fernandez quit, while Espinoza took a scholarship to study at a Spanish sporting academy. Tuk coached on a temporary basis as a player-coach.


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CYPRUS

EuroCup: Elimination Round - 2nd Game: Keravnos Strovolou and Apoel disqualified while AEL qualified. -by Chris Mammides

Keravnos was disqualified by the unknown Finnish team Lappeenranta
The Cyprus basketball went back at least a decade! The Strovolos team is not going to continue its European games this season, the team that played in the European finals last year will stay at home for the rest of the season (and it is only November). This is the worst scenario in the last 15 years for Keravnos. Keravnos beat Lappeenranta 95-86 but this was not enough for the Cypriots to qualify for the next round as the difference from the first game was 16 points, they had lost 87-71.
Coach Frangias's high-priced team will no longer continue to make the Cyprus Basketball fans proud (at least for this season). It is unfair for the president of the team Mr. Paris Papaellinas, who gave everything to the team (the biggest budget ever), to stay out of the European courts. It is really a shame! Players such us Lee, Radojevic, Trisokkas and Anastasiadis not being able to beat and qualify players such us Adrian Henning who played in the Norwegian league!
The changes that have been demanded by a number of fans of the Strovolos team for quite some time will probably take place in the Strovolos team, as this game has changed the philosophy of this season's strategic plans entirely. The NBAer Cendric Henderson was dismissed as if he were to blame for everything, still the negative results are continuing. Keravnos (currently second behind the unbeaten APOEL) will probably pay all its attention to the Cyprus league and will try to “steal” the championship from the permanent champion AEL Limassol. The short term future will show what the future predicts in Strovolos.

In the other game with Cypriot teams, Dentalcon Apoel lodt and disqualified in the overtime. The final score was 104-83 as the score by the end of the regular time was 88-72. The quarters were: 31-19, 56-35, 73-51 and 88-72 while in the extra five minutes the Ukrainians overscored the Cyprus team by 16-11 and qualified in the next round.

Proteas EKA AEL will be the only Cypriot team to proceed in the European courts, the Limasol team thrashed the Ukrainian team of Dnipro 104-69 with Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.) doing his best game since he joined the yellows (for a second time), he scored 17 points while Aleksic scored 19. The quarters were: 19 - 16, 45 - 33, 73 - 45 and the final 104 - 69



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D-LEAGUE

Energy Top Thunderbirds in Front of Record Crowd -by Surujh Roopnarine
In front of a D-League record paid attendance of 8,842, the Iowa Energy squeaked by the visiting Albuquerque Thunderbirds 101-98 last night in Des Moines, IA.
D-League newcomer Dwayne Mitchell (6'5''-G-82, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) continued his stellar play for Iowa, leading them with 27 points and a game high 14 rebounds. The high flyer out of Louisiana-Lafayette is averaging 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists through the Energy's first three contests (3-0). Chicago Bulls assignee JamesOn Curry (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) followed Mitchell with 21 points on 7-18 shooting. Albuquerque was led by Josh Gross (6'6''-F-83, college: NC-Greensboro) who had team highs of 27 points and 7 rebounds.
T-BIRDS: Josh Gross (27p+7rb), Ramon Dyer (12p), Ali Berdiel (11p+6as), Darvin Ham (9p+6rb)
ENERGY: Dwayne Mitchell (27p+14rb), JamesOn Curry (21p), Luke Whitehead (12p+8rb), Doug Thomas (14p)


Familiar Faces Return to D-League -by Surujh Roopnarine
D-League veterans Damone Brown (6'9''-F-79, college: Syracuse) and Scooter McFadgon (6'5''-G-82, college: Tennessee) have returned to the D-League, being signed by Sioux Falls and Bakersfield respectively.
Brown rejoins the Skyforce after having been a member of the team during the 2006-07 season when he played 25 games and averaged 15.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 33.2 minutes. A D-League veteran, Brown has played parts of five seasons with North Charleston and Huntsville, and maintains a career average of 14.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 30.2 minutes. The team released Evan Burns to make room on the roster.
McFadgon averaged 18.6 points while shooting 47% from the field and 89.9% from the free-throw line for the Jam during the 2006-07 season. He scored more than 40 points three times, including 48 against the Colorado 14ers, in March 2006, the second highest total in the league last season. Additionally, McFadgon shot 22-of-23 from the free throw line against the 14ers on March 21, 2006 which was a D-League best for both free throws made and attempted during the 2006-07 season. Brian Wethers was released to make room on the roster.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Dominicans in Spain-LEB & EBA -by Ozell Wells
LEB PLATA
QALAT CAJASOL - IMAJE SABADELL GAPSA 90-80
Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) in 22 mins had 2pts & 6 rebs fellow countryman Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 5 pts 1 reb in 19 mins of play.
Sabadell fall into last place once again with this defeat.
WTC CORNELLA - CACERES 2016 82-78
In a tough contest, two of our beloved countrymen met to decide who would sit comfortably in the LEB standings. Alexis Montas (202-F/C-79) (202-F/C-79) and Cornella emerged victorious over Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) and Caceres.
Alexis Montas in 36 mins pumped in 14 pts, 3 rebs& 5 blocks. With the win, Cornella moves up to 13th place in the standing.
Kelvin Pena in 25 mins had 15 pts, 1 reb & 3 asst falls to 10th in the table.
AKASVAYU C.B. VIC - CLÍNICAS RINCÓN AXARQUIA 67-76
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) in 30 mins had 15 pts 5 rebs and 3 blocks
Vic falls into second place after this upset defeat at the hands of Rincon.
EBA
C.B. VALLS FELIX HOTEL - COSEHISA MONZON 68-76
Jose Apolinario (-88) in 10 mins contributed 4 pts & 2 rebs. Monzon improve to 6-4 and sit in 8th place in the table of the EBA-C


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EGYPT

EGYPTIAN federation opens importing basketball players -by Sherif Soliman
The Egyptian federation opened importing players for the first time since long time. The clubs compete to win good deals. SOMOUHA S.C. of Alexandria won DAYMOND FORNEY coming from AL JALAA (SYR.TI).Also GHRIS GARNETT the 211(611") centre coming from GARY STEELHEADS will be in Cairo this week to join GEZIRA S.C.Daymond Forney (205-F/C-76, college: Fresno St.)

JORDAN vs EGYPT in a revenge final -by Sherif Soliman
At (7.00 pm Cairo) for the second time in two weeks JORDAN will meet EGYPT in the ARAB finals game .The Jordanians showed a great performance in the last game by wining 11 points they look today for a second win out of home. The Egyptians will not accept a second defeat,(We will do something today we are in a better shape and we know how to win this game) RAMY GENEDY said.PG of Egyptian team.Tarek El Ghanam (212-C-78)

Egyptian National Team for African Championships 2007 -by Sherif Soliman
The Egyptian federation opened importing players for the first time since long time. The clubs compete to win good deals. SOMOUHA S.C. of Alexandria won DAYMOND FORNEY coming from AL JALAA (SYR.TI).Also GHRIS GARNETT the 211(611") centre coming from GARY STEELHEADS will be in Cairo this week to join GEZIRA S.C.Daymond Forney (205-F/C-76, college: Fresno St.)

Gezira beats Zamalek 74-67 in a friendly game -by Sherif Soliman
At 8 pm last night Gezira won by 7 points when they played with Zamalek in a friendly game. WAEL BADR,KHALD EL SAIED Zamalek national team players didn't play as they are having a rest after they finish Arab champion last week. SAMEER GHOUDA the big center didn't play last night because he is suffering from some muscle pain. RAMY GENEDY gezira point guard preferred to rest ,CHRSS GANETT also didn't play yesterday. Both coaches gave junior players a chance to get some time in the game.Wael Badr (193-G-78)

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ESTONIA

ULEB CUP: BC Kalev/Cramo beats Ludwigsburg -by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn won German side Ludwigsburg 92:88 to stay atop of the Group G. Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) made his first 12 shots and finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Kalev made 65% of two-point shots as Reed was 13/16, Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) 8/10 and Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) 4/5. Kriisa added 3 three-pointers including the game-winner from 8 meters with 36 seconds to go. The guests had just made 7 points in a row and come out from minus-nine and Kalev led only 85:83 until Kriisa's crazy shot on 24th second of attack. Ludwigsburg came close again but Mateo Kedzo made both FT with 3 seconds to go and clinched the victory.
Kalev fell behind 2:7 and 8:16 but managed to win the 1st quarter 22:21. In 2nd, Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) took guests ahead 24:29 but Reed made 6 shots in a row to take the first half 45:41.
In 3rd, Kriisa and Reed made it 50:41 but Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) took guests close again - 57:53. Keerles and Arbet scored from a long range and kalev led 74:62 to start the 4th. The hosts lost confidence for a while in 4th and guests were back in the game - 75:70 with 6 minutes to go. Kalev went up again 85:76 as Kangur had two off.rebounds in short time. Guests answered with a 7:0 run and if it wasn't Kriisa, the game could have gone the wrong way for the 3000 home fans.


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FINLAND

EUROCUP: Petri Virtanen and Ivan Harris saved Team LPR -by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroCup, Elimination Round 2. Game II: Keravnos, Nicosia (Cyprus) - Team Lappeenranta (Finland) 95-86 (42-44). Game I: 71-87. Team Lappeenranta
winning by seven pts 166-173. Team LPR made it among the sweet 16.
Tonight hosting Keravnos had a hard job to reach Team Lappeenranta's 16 pts advantage. Home court advantage might be 10-15 pts, but if you miss
15 out of 16 treys, there is not much hope. Especially, when visitor Team LPR was shooting and making treys 45,1% (14/31). Petri Virtanen (183-G-80), who led
LPR with 25 pts, made 6/13 treys. Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) added 18 pts and made his treys (4/6). Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) led Keravnos with 26 pts and newcomer
Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) added 22 pts.

Keravnos - Team Lappeenranta 95-86 (42-44) (Aleksandar Radojevic 26/9, Bryant Smith 22/9, Jarrett Hart 16/1, Panagiotis Trisokkas 15/11, Patrick

Lee 8/6/9a. 1 - 68,7% (22/32), 2 - 61,4% (35/57), 3 - 6,2% (1/16). R: 22+19=41. TO: 6 - Petri Virtanen 25/2, Ivan Harris 18/3, Adrian Henning 12/7, Reinar

Hallik 12/7, Pasi Riihela 8/4, Juha Sten 7/6/6a, Aki Ulander 4/5. 1 - 64,0% (16/25), 2 - 53,8% (14/26), 3 - 45,1% (14/31). R: 25+10=35. TO: 14).



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FRANCE

ProA : Prosper Karangwa from Besancon to Vichy -by Aurelien Hipp
*Vichy just hired back Prosper Karangwa (201-G/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Siena), coming from Besancon where he started the season. Karangwa is back with the team he helpd moving up to ProA. Karangwa posted 10.1ppg 2.0rpg 1.9apg with Besancon.

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GERMANY

Noerdlingen signs Jamar Howard -by Moritz Korff
The VPV Giants Noerdlingen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) signed Jamar Howard (196-F-83, college: Wichita St.). The 24-year-old Wing closes the gap after the exit of Jasper Knoch (193-F-86). Howard played college-basketball at Wichita State (NCAA1) until 2005. In 2006-2007 he made the All-CBA 2nd Team while shooting hoops for the Great Falls Explorers (48 games: 13.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg). Later this year he suited up for Dodge City Legend and was named to the USBL All-Defensive Team. In his debut for Noerdlingen on Saturday (a 92:69-win over league-leader MBC) he scored four points, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals in 13:20 minutes on the hardwood.

Byars makes debut for Koeln -by Moritz Korff
Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt) played his first game for the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) on Saturday. He helped the 99ers to a 78:67-away win versus Jena and scored four points in 15:48 minutes. Byars graduated from Vanderbilt University (NCAA1) earlier this year and was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA-Draft (2nd round, 42th). After being traded the 23-year-old Guard/Forward was cut from the roster of the Philadelphia 76ers in October.

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GREECE

EuroCup: PAOK and Olympia Larissas qualified with second victory while Marousi and Olympiada Patras disqualified -by Chris Mammides

PAOK beat the Romanian Umobitelco Cluj Napoca for a second consecutive game as they succeded a road win in Romania with 65-71 and together witht he result of the first game, 79-74 win for the Greeks, qualified to the next round. The quarters were: 21-15, 39-37, 52-54 and 65-71. Top scorer was Dimitris Verginis (179-G-87) who scored 19 points followed by Humphrey in his best game with PAOK's jersey who scored 13 points with 3 three pointers.

On the contrary Marousi couldn't safeguard the + 3 points (65-62) of the first game in Russia and they loose in Aghios Thomas against the Russian team of Spartak St.Petersburg 84-75 saying goodbye to the European games. The two Americans Parker and Bryand were the top scorers with 15 and 13 respectively but their points weren't enough to stop Rakovic's 31 and Markota's 20 in their road win and qualification in the next round.


The second game for Olympiada Patras against the very strong team of Ural Great Perm was simply to gain some experiences as the young players of Coach Christopoulos's team loose the second consecutive game with 17 points difference 77-60 and with the first loss in Patras 66-80 said also goodbye to the European games. Top scorer for the Hellenic team was Lappas with 15 points while Brown added14.


Last but not least, the second Greek team which will represent the Hellenic basketball through the EuroCup will be Olympia Larissas, Coach Bartzokas team beat the Slovenian Zlatorog Lasko 83-82 and passed by the second round with two victories, top perforemers were LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) and Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) scoring 19 points each while Fanis Koubouras scored 14.



B' Division - Match Day 8: Results and scorers -by Chris Mammides
Near East - Olympiakos Volou 88-72
In the last game of Vlioras as a head coach of Olympiakos, Volos team lost the game against Near East quite easily, it is worth mentioned that this will be probably the last game for many players as they are unpaid from the beginning of the season and most of them already looking to go to other leagues, rumors are taking Tsolis and Nanis to another country (Cyprus)
Quarters: 21-17, 44-40, 65-55, 88-72.
Near East: Nikou 9, Lykogiannis 9, Neofytou 9, Papoulidis 14, Gavanopoulos 4, Papargiropoulos 8, Stamatis 9, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 25
Olympiakos Volou (Vlioras): Vogiatzis 6, Politis 5, Nanis 19, Arnaoutakis 8, Tsourelis 8, Fountas 10, Karathanos 8 (2).

Lavrio - Goumenisa 89-66
Quarters: 21-22, 43-39, 68-55, 89-66.
Lavrio: Trikaliotis 10, Tsiros 4, Kassanos 12, Kousoulas 8, Notis 6, Giannakopoulos 17, Agapitos 10, Drakakis 2, Psileas 20 (1).
Goumenisa (Nitsis): Imeridis 6, Matenidis 9, Klepkos 19, Andreadis 18, Antoniadis 14.

Anagennisi Floga - KAOD 70-63 OT (56-56)
Quarters: 17-19, 28-34, 46-42, 56-56, 70-63.
Anagennisi Floga: Moisiadis 16 (1), Touloumis 3, Pittakas 12, Sidiropoulos 4, Zarogiannis 11, Thymnios 10, Spiropoulos 7, Pallis 2, Tsakaleris 5.
KAOD: Bourdanos 9, Papadopoulos 11, Filiousis 8, Michalidis 7, Maslarinos 5, Koukouravas 11, Daliaris 12.

Komotini - Makedonikos 81-73
Quarters: 18-19, 39-38, 58-59, 81-73.
Komotini: Mouzakitis 7, Nikakis 1, Dinas 15, Koutsovasilis 16 (4), Tsakonitis 10, Deli 6, Souflias 13, Holevas 5, Halil 8.
Makedonikos (Leras): Kathopoulis 3, Dalpas 13, Tanakidis 20, Mitsakis 15, Goulas 3, Karipidis 4, Samourelis 14.

Drop Ermis - Doukas 61 -56
Quarters: 21-16, 37-29, 47-43, 61-56.
Drop Ermis: Troulialis 9, Bellos 8, Papakonstantinoy 27, Siolios 4, Gamouras 2, Akepsimaidis 6, Dimitriadis 5.
Doukas (Linoxilakis): Petrakis 15, Arsenis 10, Karatzios 10, Kritsalos 21 (3).

Amyntas - Milonas 84-71
Quarters: 23-13, 41-35, 65-53, 84-71.
Amyntas: Zoupas 15, Barbas 12, Samothrakis 14, Boutros 8, Korizis 7, Vogiatzis 12, Moumouris 16.
Milonas (Paralikas): Kalaitzakis 10, Mumbarak 4, Karababas 10, Vlavianos 16, Kiritsis 8, Efstratiou 13, Ballas 5, Bikas 5

Aigio - Ikaros Kallitheas 83-77
Quarters: 21-12, 37-31, 56-54, 83-77
Aigio: Deraos 6 (2), Prokos 15, Gioupis 14, Tyrlas 29, Manolas 6, Stavroulakis 7, Stamopoulos 5, Mandalakis 1.
Ikaros: Tsopokis 3, Martzos 12, Georgiou 22, Emmanouilidis 9, Katranas 3, Evangelitsis 12, Katoufas 11, Koukouras 5 (1).

Alimos - Ikaroi Serron 75-70
Quarters: 15-15, 36-27, 47-44, 65-65, 75-70.
Alimos: Moutoupas 10, Koutsoukos 10, Anthis 12, Tsolakis 15, Galiotos 7, Yfantis 13, Tsougarakis 1
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 11, Sdrakas 16, Iosifidis 6, Soutzopoulos 6, Paralikakis 4, Papoudas 3, Tsanakas 2, Giavropoulos 3, Teventzidis 2, Topouzis 17.

Top Scorers after 8 weeks
1. Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 178 points
2. Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 159 points
3. Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 154 points
4. Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 142 points
5. Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 139 points
6. Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 135 points
7. Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 131 points
8. Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 128 points
9. Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 127 points
10. Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 125 points
11. Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 120 points
12. Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 118 points
13. Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 113
14. Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 115 points
15. Tassos Bagi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 109 points


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IBL

Elgin Racers alums advancing careers during off-season -by Trask Frost
Several members of the 2007 Elgin Racers have signed on to play with professional teams both domestically and abroad during the IBL off-season. The players and their teams are listed below:

Keith Gayden (6'8''-F-83, college: Duquesne) Iowa Energy (NBDL)
DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) Great Falls Explorers (CBA), Iowa Energy (NBDL)
Nickolas Michael (6'10''-C-85, college: Elmhurst) Sea of Belfast (Ireland Superleague)
Sherick Simpson (6'6''-G/F-75, college: Ft.Hays State) Cicero Cometas (ABA)
Derrick Hollyfield Quad City Riverhawks (PBL)
Brandon Watkins Greece

Gayden joins three other players from 2007 IBL teams to earn spots on NBDL rosters this season. Abdoulaye N'Diaye (Vancouver Volcanoes), Mike Efevberha (Santa Barbara Breakers), and Jovan Harris (Tri Valley Titans) were also on NBDL rosters at the time of this writing.

More than 100 players from 2007 IBL rosters moved on to contracts with professional teams during this IBL off-season.


Battle Creek Knights host free agent camp--Dec. 1st & 2nd -by Trask Frost
The Battle Creek Knights of the International basketball league will be hosting a free agent camp Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd. The Knights will be evaluating talent for their upcoming 2008 season starting in March. There will be player agents, scouts, and IBL team personnel in attendance during the camp.


Camp Schedule and Address

Saturday, December 1st
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Morning Session: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Break: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 2nd
Morning Session: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Location of tryout: Triple Threat Sports 399 North 20th Street Battle Creek, Michigan

Cost - Early registration price is $75.00 cash. After November 30th the price is $100.00

For more information on this event please contact: Logan Vander Velden (ph): 260-705-3594 and/or contact Terry Sare (ph) 616-889-1693. Any additional questions please email info@bcknights.com.


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ITALY

Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Legea Scafati Basket announced yesterday the agreement with ARG-POL center Ruben Wolkowyski. In Lega 2, Ignis Draghi Novara decided to release Steve Burtt (185-G-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona)

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JAMAICA

Jordan helps Tulsa to back-to-back- victories -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (11-27-2007) - Fresh off a career-high 14 points - seven rebounds - four blocked shots - performance against Arkansas State University last week, sophomore forward Jerome Jordan returned and delivered 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots to help University of Tulsa put away Northwestern Oklahoma State University 67-58 over the weekend. It took a 12-0 run late in the game for Tulsa to secure the win and push their record to 2-1.

Andrews now a member of the Bakersfield Jam in NBDL -by Leonard Whyte
Richard 'Zico" Andrews, formerly of Tivoli All Stars and presently a member of the Jamaican national team, is now a member of the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League. The 6' 3”/200-pound guard has already played two games, averaging four points per game. Andrews completed a successful college career at Southeastern Illinois College and Cal State - Bakersfield and majored in physical education and kinesiology. The Jam is affiliated to the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

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JORDAN

Ward arrives for College -by Mohammed Malas
The american forward Jamal Ward (198-F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Chattanooga) arrived today to Amman to join the trainings for newly promoted team College Sports Club, A possible agreement will be made between both sides.

Ward will have his 2nd experience in the middle east as he was part of Al Shabab of UAE earlier this season, He also had the chance to play before in Mexico, Canada, Luxembourg, Ireland, Finland and Germany.

College has added recently some local players such as Al Ahli's former captain Samer Qardan, Adding to Munir Al Salous from Al Riyadi/Aramex, Samer Nino from Abu Nseir and some other ones.


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KUWAIT

Rickey Huckaby Arrives in Kuwait -by Sadik Abdullah
Ricky Huckaby (188-G, college: Texas A&M - Commerce) has arrived in Kuwait to play for Al Sahel for this upcoming season. Sahel had Chaz Franklin trying out, but did not sign and instead brought in Ricky who will utilize his quickness, speed and athletic ability to get Al Sahel battling for the Kuwait Championship.

Ricky played last with Texas A&M - Kingsv, where he put up numbers of : 12.8ppg 2.5rpg 2.8apg 1.3spg 44.5%fg 31.1%3p 71.0%ft

Ricky has been in Kuwait for about a week now.


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NBA

Stephen Jackson fires 32 points as the Warriors snap Phoenix winning streak -by Eurobasket News
Golden State looked as if they had had no tiresome trip to East Coast as they simply overran the Suns at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler County CC) and Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, agency: Life Sports, college: UCLA) usually combined efforts to pace the Warriors but it was Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) who became the hero of the night for the hosts. Golden State guard sparked with 15 straight points in the final term to ensure the 6th win for the home teams and snapped the Suns 8-game winning streak. Golden State led all the way through the encounter as they enjoyed a 72:63 cushion at the interval. Monta Ellis' show started midway through the fourth period and never allowed the visitors to threaten the lead. Monta Ellis finished with 31 points, while Baron Davis produced 28 points and 10 assists for the winners. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) responded with 23 points and 13 assists for the Suns.
One more winning streak went draught in Sacramento where San Antonio Spurs were unable to extend their 5-game winning run. Former San Antonio guard Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) upset the Spurs with a career-high 27 points and gave them some food for thought. San Antonio traded Slovenian guard in the preseason to Minnesota. The Timberwolves waved him and he was signed by the Kings the same day. Sacramento looked better yesterday as they dominated the game and led by 13 points heading into the fourth stanza. Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) provided 20 points and Brad Miller (6'11''-C-76, college: Purdue) secured 17 points and 10 boards in the 5th win for the Kings. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the third loss for the Spurs.
Minnesota Timberwolves came up with their second win in the season as they edged New Orleans Hornets away from home. Serbian point guard Marko Jaric (6'6''-G-78) fired 21 points to lead the Timberwolves to a rare victory. Sebastian Telfair (6'0''-G-85) delivered 20 points off the bench to back up offensive momentum for his team. Minnesota managed to withstand 31 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and limited their opponents to 41% from the field.


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NCAA

Duke remains winning -by Eurobasket News
Duke were coming out of the Maui Invitational Tournament where they clinched the trophy but it never influenced them as they grabbed their sixth straight victory. The Blue Devils edged Eastern Kentucky 78:43 handing the Colonels the 3rd loss in the season. Duke freshman Taylor King (6'6''-F) reigned the court with career-high 27 points on 6/11 three-point shooting. Duke held their counterparts to only 12 points in the first half and led by 22 points at halftime. The Colonels continued to struggle offensively in the second half and had little chances for any positive outcome. DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85) dropped 12 points, while Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87) had 10 points for the Blue Devils. Adam Leonard (6'0''-G) replied with 12 points for Eastern Kentucky. Mike Rose (6'3''-G) tallied 11 points as the Colonels slipped to 2-3 record. Kyle Singer who was named the Maui Invitational MVP logged just 20 minutes and scored 7 points for Duke.
Wake Forest also extended their perfect run to 4 games. They outscored Iowa 56:47 behind career-high 15 points from Chas McFarland (7'0''-C). The Demon Deacons led by 16 points at halftime and capitalized on some poor shooting from the Hawkeyes to celebrate the fourth consecutive victory at the end. Jamie Skeen (6'8''-F) recorded 11 points for Wake Forest. Jarryd Cole (6'7''-F) answered with 14 points for Iowa. Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86) delivered 8 points for the Hawkeyes as they were dropped to 4-3 record. Iowa committed 23 turnovers and sank just 38% from the field.


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PARAGUAY

Libertad extends the Final -by Gianni Pascucci
Libertad defeated Deèortivo San Jose 92-80 in Game 3 of the Clausura Finals “Copa ABC Color”, extending the series to at least another game. The key moment of the game was the 3rd quarter, when the "Saints" scored only 8 points, while Libertad scored 33, led by Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80), who ended the game with 27 and 24 ots, respectively. Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) was very effective he too, scoring 25 points, while the best in San Josè was Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85), who topped his team at 22. Game 4 will be played on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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PHILIPPINES

ASI & ALI TRADE PLACES -by Benny Lirio

Coca-Cola finally gets big man it desperately needs
With their teams experiencing rough sailing midway through the elimination round of the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup, The Talk N Text Phone Pals and the Coca-Cola Tigers agreed to a blockbuster trade involving two of the league's most dominating big men.
Asi Taulava and Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA) are trading places - a deal which the two ballclubs hope will drastically turn their fortunes for the better in the second half of the eliminations.

Interestingly, the trade was sealed in the aftermath of TNT's back-to-back defeats during the weekend that left the Phone Pals out of the Top Four with a 5-5 record.

Five years ago, giving up Taulava, who spent all his eight seasons in the PBA with TNT, was completely unimaginable as the 6-foot-9 behemoth was the cornerstone of the TNT franchise.

But the arrival of Harvey Carey, Jay Washington, Yancy de Ocampo and Don Allado - all hardworking biggies with good perimeter shooting - who improved with each passing season obviously made Taulava, a Fil-Tongan, expendable.

"It was a tough decision. Our franchise fought side by side with Asi during the most difficult time. But we have to do it for a bigger purpose," said Ricky Vargas, Talk N Text's representative to the Board of Governors.

"I will personally miss Asi. He will always be a friend," added the former PBA chairman.

Although he is five inches shorter than Taulava, the 6-4 Peek is a certified monster off the boards and an excellent defender with a soft shooting touch - exactly the kind of middleman TNT needs badly.

Now 32 and in his ninth season, Peek will be playing for his fourth team in the league. He started his career with Pop Cola in 1998 before being traded to Alaska and later to Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis said he is excited to have Taulava on his team, adding that Taulava's ceiling should compensate for their manpower shortage.

Can the presence of Taulava boost the spirits of the Tigers, who are reeling from seven consecutive losses. At present, the Tigers bring up the rear of the 10-team field with a 1-7 mark.

"We really haven't played with a complete lineup yet," offered Favis, whose injured players include John Arigo (arm), rookie Ronjay Buenafe (bruised foot bone) and Cesar Catli (strained calf).

"But as long as we have five guys, and as long as our remaining guys play with big hearts, good things will happen." (DBC)

SOURCE: PBA.PH



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PORTUGAL

Ovarense in Turkey -by Portugal Eurobasket
Ovarense Aerosoles will face a tough match tonight in Istanbul as they face group leaders Besiktas. Luis Magalhaes won't be able to play with Ben Reed, still injured, but he's still confident in getting the first win ever for the club in ULEB Cup. The game begins at 19h30 (CET). Ovarense will have the following players available: Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Graham Brown, Cordell Henry, Nuno Manarte, Andre Pinto, Rui Mota, Fernando Neves, Joao Soares, Nuno Cortez, Miguel Miranda, Greg Stempin and Joao Abreu.

Oliveira do Bairro hosts Day 6 -by Portugal Eurobasket
The city of Oliveira do Barreiro, in the district of Aveiro, will host the 6th day of UZO Liga de Basquetebol during the next weekend. That way, on saturday Ginasio plays FC Porto which will play with its newest addiction, Brandon Payton and CAB Madeira struggles with LCB leaders Ovarense. On Sunday, Vagos plays Lusitânia and Barreirense faces Belenenses. Here's the complete schedule:

SATURDAY
14h45 Casino Figueira Ginasio-FC Porto Ferpinta
17h00 CAB Madeira-Ovarense Aerosoles

SUNDAY
14h45 Vagos LusaVouga DeWalt-Lusitânia Angra PM
17h00 Barreirense-Belenenses Hyundai Lusifor


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PUERTO RICO

Guaynabo signs Melvin Simon and Boricuas in the States. -by Alessandro Fontana

Conquistadores de Guaynabo signed for two seasons Melvin Simon. Last year Melvin Simon played the BSN with Indios de Mayaguez where He scored 3,8 pts (49% 2pts, 53% 3pts, 71% FT) and 3,4 rebs in 28 games. Simon had already played for Guaynabo in 2006, a good season for him, where He scored 11 pts per game.
Alvin Cruz will play the Liga de Las Americas with Miami Tropics. Miami Tropics is in the group B with Capitanes de Arecibo.
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA, Orlando Magic defeated Portland 85-74. Carlos Arroyo played 19 minutes with 4pts (2/3 2pts, 0/2 3pts) and 5 assts. Dallas was defeated by Washington 110-98. Jose Juan Barea played less than 12 minutes and He scored 15 pts (5/5 2pts, 1/3 3pts, 2/2 FT).

In D-League, Albuquerque Thunderbirds were defeated by Iowa 101-98. Miguel Ali Berdiel played 38 minutes with 11pts (3/10 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 5/6 FT) 4 rebs and 6 assts.
A. Fontana



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SERBIA

Miroslav Nikolic denied rumors about Milan Macvan -by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Hemofarm Vrsac, Miroslav Nikolic, denied rumors regarding hot prospect Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) and his joining to Hemofarm. Namely, last week a lot of media in Serbia and also in Europe published news that Macvan is very close to sign the contract with Hemofarm Vrsac. Some of Nikolic's words about this situation were: “At this moment I can only say that Macvan's movement to Hemofarm is definitely the misinformation. We will wait for our biggest prospect, center Boban Marjanovic, who is currently injured, and suppose to be fully recovered after the New Year”.

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SEYCHELLES

SBF Cup - PLS x Cobras 1-1 -by Carlos Pereira
Meanwhile, the men's SBF Cup title decider will be played on Sunday December 2 after Men's division 1A champs PLS Hawks reached the century mark and tied the best-of-three series at 1-1 by pounding Premium Cobras 102-64 on Sunday.
After losing game one 68-72, PLS Hawks, whose coach Tony Juliette and centre Rodney Loze were hit with two-match bans three hours before the start of Sunday's match for fighting, got a game-high 36 points from Ugandan Stephen Omony in their big win.
Neddy ‘Oye' Fanchette added 22 points, while Barry Baron made a 12-point contribution.
Premium Cobras were without Nigerian power forward Reuben Kolawole, who is serving a two-match suspension after receiving a technical foul for indecent gesture in the game-one win.
On Sunday, the Cobras also lost Tanzanian Abdallah ‘Dulla' Ramadhan who was hit with two unsportsmanlike fouls while Francis ‘Toy' Herminie and Biko Biong fouled out.


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SLOVENIA

Union Olimpija parts ways with Anderson -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija decided to part ways with Luke Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). The player didn't convince coach Memi Becirovic and already left Ljubljana (Slovenia). Anderson played 8 games for Union Olimpija in Adriatic League and averaged 4.0ppg in 10mpg. He also played few minutes in two Euroleague games but didn't score a point.

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SPAIN

10th Round: Josep Marcos MVP LEB-Silver and Nathan Lee Higgs MVP LEB-Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

In the 10th week Josep Chema Marcos (187-G-78) (WTC Cornella) was the MVP in the Adecco LEB-Silver. He made 40 of efficiency, and scores 30 points, grabs 7 rebounds and made 7 assists.
Nate Higgs (200-F-70, college: Elizabeth City) (Alaior Opel Jovent) scores 30 points and grabs 7 rebounds and he was the MVP in Adecco LEB-Bronze with 37 of efficiency.


TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Silver 10th Round:

Josep M. Marcos (WTC Cornella): 40 (30pt + 7rb + 7as)

Brandon Wolfram (Farho Gijon): 36 (26pt + 5rb)

Stevei Johnson (Caja Rioja): 27 (20pt + 7rb)

Adrian Tigert (CB Almeria): 26 (18pt + 7rb)

Pau Del Tio (Imatge Sabadell): 25 (18pt + 7as)


TOP 5 Effiency LEB-Bronze 10th Round:

Nate Higgs (Alaior Jovent): 37 (30pt + 7rb)

Brett Beeson (Balneario Archena) 34 (20pt + 9rb + 7as + 7st)

Douglas Nunes (AB Merida): 31 (23pt + 6rb)

Pablo Machado (Torrevieja): 29 (18pt + 14rb)

Javier Mugica (Carrefour El Bulevar): 28 (19pt + 15rb)




Perasovic joins Estudiantes -by Francisco Martinez
Velimir Perasovic , former player of several ACB teams like TAU, Lugo, Fuenlabrada or Alicante and former Head Coach of TAU and Caja San Fernando, has agreed terms to sign for MMT Estudiantes for the remainder of the season.

He will replace Mariano De Pablos , the former Head Coach, who resigned last week after a bad beginning of the season that has placed Estu in the last spot of standings table.


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TANZANIA

JKT defeat Vijana in Kili RBA opener -by Carlos Pereira
By Faustine Feliciane

JKT hit Vijana 59-34 in a Kili RBA opening match played at Chang`ombe`s TCC Club in Dar es Salaam last Sunday.
The winners led 30-20 until the breather with Ashraf Harun scoring 20 points, Juma Kisocky (10 points) and Charles Makene eight points.
Top scorers for Vijana were Charles Dismas (9), Jacob Erick (7) and Mohamed Ally `Dibo` (6).
Savio defeated TP Stars 64-34 in another game played over the weekend.
The highest scorers for the winners were George Tarimo (13), Ally Mnyamani (12) and Yusuph Abdul (10).
Chui crashed Don Bosco 74-32 in another match played at the same ground.
The league will continue next weekend at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club when Dar es Salaam Outsiders will take on Tanzania Prisons, JKT Mgulani vs ABC and Savio vs Jogoo.


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TURKEY

Market news -by Sinan Can
PINAR Karsiyaka is about to sign with young center Emre Bayav (212-C-87). Izmir side had been in touch with 20 years old player from the beginning of the season as everything is set for them after player took his buy-out from Eefes Pilsen and became eligible to sign. Bayav is a 2.12, skinny center who has played for Crvena Cvezda before Efes Pilsen. Gelisim Koleji, currently struggling at Division 2, decided to part ways qith US big man David Monds. Monds averaged 16.6 points and 10.0 rebounds as hed had an impressive double-double performance at first 6 games of the season, had been critisized by the teams coach and decided to leave. Izmir club will be in search for a new center.

Besiktas Cola Turka Spotless in ULEB Cup -by Serdar Ortakuyu

Despite registiring the third loss in TBL on Saturday against Galatasaray Cafe Crown at home, Besiktas Cola Turka continues its winning streak in ULEB Cup as they dominate Ovarense in Istanbul. The hosts rallied by Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) duo early in the first quarter and opened the game with a 17-0 serie. Rest of the game was no different for Besiktas Cola Turka while coach Ergin Ataman used his bench players and enjoyed an easy win. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) had a career game with 24 points on 9/13 shooting, 14 assists and 3 steals to register a 37 points index rating. Besiktas Cola Turka is at the top of Group B with a 4-0 record and will face Elan Chalon on the road next week.


Besiktas Cola Turka(100): Erkan Veyseloglu 5, Preston Shumpert 19, Cevher Ozer 5, Christian Dalmau 24, Sandro Nicevic 10, Onur Aydin 2, Eren Beyaz 2, Kaya Peker 13, Rick Apadoca 4, Sinan Guler 12, Mehmet Yagmur 4
Ovarense(74): Elvis Evora 10, Graham Brown 26, Cordell Henry 2, Nuno Menarte 2, Andre Pinto 5, Rui Da Mota, Fernonda Neves 6, Miguel Miranda 8, Gregory Stempin 15


(31-10, 51-34, 79-52, 100-74)



Banvit Through FIBA EuroCup -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Banvit grabbed another easy win over KR Basket of Iceland who they defeated 79-96 on the road last week and advanced to FIBA EuroCup group stage. The hosts were on the floor with the advantage of first game they won by 17 and did not struggle at all although they dramatically lost to Efes Pilsen on Sunday. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) rallied the troops over KR Basket in a game that all the bench players received an extra playing time and Banvit posted a 95-83 victory as the audience didn't take a breath away unlike the Sunday's game. Adeleke registered a monster double double with his 21 points and 21 boards as Joshua Helm (198-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) poured in a game high 22 points in addition to his 10 rebounds for KR Basket.

Banvit(95): Mike Mokongo 12, Derya Yannier 8, Ufuk Gurgen 12, Inanc Koc 5, Caner Topaloglu 8, Erdal Albayrak 1, Yigitcan Turna 2, Umit Sonkol 7, Mutlu Demir 5, Donnell Harvey 0, Andrew Adeleke 21, Yunus Cankaya 14
KR Basket(83): Brynjar Bjornsson 0, Eldur Olafsson 10, Skarphedinn Ingason 5, Palmi Sigurgeirsson 10, Jovan Zdravevski 13, Helgi Magnusson 2, Andrew Fogel 16, Joshua Helm 22, Darri Hilmarsson 5

(23-10, 47-34, 74-57, 95-83)


Turk Telekom Top Alba Berlin For Third Win -by Serdar Ortakuyu
After suffering a heavy loss in Spain against DKV Joventud last week in Spain, Turk Telekom conquered Alba Berlin by 11 at home in a tough game. Turk Telekom got off to a good start and led the first half by 10 thanks to Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona)&Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) duo. In the third quarter Alba Berlin resisted anytime Turk Telekom tried to break off and Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington)'s effort cut the lead to one but Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) stole the show in the last quarter and Turk Telekom improved its record to 3-1. Khalid El-Amin scored very cruical 23 points and dished out 6 assists for Turk Telekom while former Efes Pilsen forward Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a team high 13 points for Alba Berlin. Turk Telekom is now at the second place behind Joventud in Group B and will play Guildford Heat next week.

Turk Telekom(82): Mutlu Akpinar 4, Micheal Wright 24, Tutku Acik 0, Baris Ozcan 0, Haluk Yildirim 3, Erwin Dudley 17, Khalid El-Amin 23, Chris Williams 11
Alba Berlin(71): Bobby Brown 12, Phillip Zwiener, Vujadin Subotic 8, Aleksandar Rasic 2, Julius Jenkins 10, Goran Nikolic 13, Patrick Femerling 12, Dijon Thompson 11, Mladen Pantic 3

(24-18, 46-36, 61-60, 82-71)


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Paradise Jam Tournament Digest -by David Edole

By JIM UTTER of the Charlotte Observer
Nice job by tournament organizers to get the communities of the U.S. Virgin Islands involved in this four-day event. Students at different schools attended games, schools took turns in shooting contests to win money for their schools and several local bands and dancing troupes performed at halftime and during timeouts.
• There has been plenty of downtime built into the tournament for the eight teams visiting St. Thomas. On Charlotte's off day Sunday, the 49ers took a snorkeling trip to some reefs a few miles offshore. Before today's late afternoon flight back to Charlotte, the team will make a shopping trip in downtown Charlotte Amalie.



2008 Paradise Jam Preview: Uconn, Miami, LaSalle and Wisconsin have all committed to the Jam.



PRO REPORT -by David Edole
LUXEMBORG
Gumbs on Fire!
T 71 Dudelange of the Luxembourg Basketball League (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition Virgin Islands sharp shooter Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF). Gumbs then proceeded to lead Dudelange to their third victory of the season when he scored 37 points in his debut. Dudelang (4-6) defeated Conten, 94-67, and tied the clubs total win season of last year. Gumbs played most recently at Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (Argentina).
http://www.t71.lu/indexhtml.html

PORTUGAL
Gumbs was not the only Virgin Islander with a strong debut; Omari Peterkin (203-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) had a double- double as Lusitania (1-4) lost to CAB, 76-70, in the Portuguese Basketball League (UZO). Peterkin finished the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in a game that could have gone either way. Peterkin played so well in his debut that he was placed on the all-star ballot. The All Star game will be played on December 23rd. The fans can cast their vote for the big man at this link: http://www.lcb.pt/ligauzo/allstar.php

SPAIN
Victor, Zaragoza in first place.
Behind strong play from Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.), CAI Zaragoza demolished Beirasar Rosalia, 88-63; Friday night in Spanish Basketball League Gold Division After two sub par games, Victor erupted for 21 points and seven boards. Victor scored nine consecutive points in a 16-0 decisive run that gave Zaragoza an, 65-46, lead. Zaragoa (8-2) is in a first place tie with Bruesa GBC for the top spot in the standings.

GERMANY
Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) sank all three free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to help digibu Baskets Paderborn to a thrilling 97-96 comeback win over BG74 Gottingen Saturday night in German Bond League. Edwin's heroics were set up with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback where Paderborn (3-6) outscored Gottingen 35-29.
Paderborn's Tim Black buried a three cutting the deficit to 95-90. An Edwin bucket trimmed the deficit to 95-92. Gottingen converted one of two free throws to extend their lead, 96-92. Black then added two free throws to pull Paderborn with in two, 96-94.
As Gottingen attempted to inbound the ball, a violation for stepping on the sideline was whistled giving the ball back to the hosts. In the dramatic finish, Edwin found the ball and was fouled shooting a three sending him to the line where he cooly clinched the win. Paderbron trailed 46-39 at half and 67-62 after third frame. Edwin finished with 24 points on 9 of 10 from the floor and a perfect 3 of 3 from three.

BELGIUM
Josiah James (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Birmingham Souther) and VOO Verviers- Pepinster recorded a, 62-52, road win at Belgacom Liege. Pepinster record improves to 6-4 and is one game out of first place in the league. Voo Verviers-Pepinster jumped out to an 11-0 lead only to see Liege cut the lead to two, 19-17 at the end of the first. Pepins defense came to play an allowed only seven second points while scoring fifteen themselves to take a 39-24 halftime lead.
The third quarter was little more prolific offensive with Liege cutting Pepins lead to 11, 47-36. Pepins then coasted the rest of the way to a ten-point win. James tallied eight points and 11 rebounds in the game.

NETHERLANDS
Hanzevast Capitals of the Dutch Eredivise is in the process of acquiring Virgin Islands big man. Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Massachusetts) is in Groningen; and will be employed by the team when his licensed is received from Al Ahli Manama of Bahrain.
Rhymer played the past month with the Bahrain Club before getting a better offer from the Capitals.
Rhymer fills a void that was vacated by Ian Hanavan. He was brought in to shore up the rebounding and shot blocking of the team.

FAR EAST
IRAN
Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville)
is becoming an Iranian star. He was featured in their Sports Illustrated and was voted the best imports point guard in the league. To read more about Sheppard check out this link: http://www.iranbasketball.org/

SOUTH KOREA
Trimmingham Leon (200-F-71, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Briar Cliff)
is still putting up offensive numbers, he scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists as Daegu Orions lost to ET BlackSlam, 92-79 Saturday night in Korean Basketball League. Orions (3-11) are in 9th place of the ten-team league. Weapon is averaging 20.6 points, and 8.4 boards.

JAPAN
Carl Thomas (200-F-76, college: Charleston) and the Hitachi SunRockers are in last place in the Japanese Basketball Leauge (JBL). Thomas had 11 points and six boards as Hitachi Sun Rockers (4-10) lost a nail bitter to Mitsubishi 74-70

In the Americas
CBA
23-8 second quarter run fueled the Pittsburgh Xplosion over the Rio Grande Valley Silverados, 124-96, tonight at the Petersen Events Center. The run began with Shaun Fountain joining Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) in the backcourt with 9:45 to play in the first half, and the Xplosion up, 35-31. The pair played together for the remainder of the half, leading the Xplosion to a 65-48 halftime lead.
"Those two guys were the catalysts for what happened tonight with our whole team," Xplosion head coach Carlos Knox said. "We're blessed to be able to play with two point guards because they are so talented.
Outstanding perimeter defense by Pittsburgh forced the Silverados into many late possessions resulting in forced shots and 27 Rio Grande Valley turnovers.
The Pittsburgh offense did not disappoint, either. The Xplosion (4-2) notched their highest point total of the season with 124. Six players reached double figures, and every Xplosion player scored at least four points.
Krauser finished with 17 points and seven assists.

ABA
The Manchester Millrats (5-1) held off a pesky Montreal Royal team for a 106-103 win. The Millrats extended to a 69-49 lead in the third quarter behind the play of guard Anthony Anderson (20 points) and All Star forward Rob Sanders (22 points). Sanders acrobatic attacks on the rim combined with Anderson's efficient play helped Manchester gain the advantage.
Montreal rallied late in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to seven with just 2:42 remaining in the game. Then the Royal hit a three pointer. On the ensuing play Millrats guard John Huggins turned the ball over and Bobby Miller nailed a three point plus one for the 3D, to tie the score at 98-98. But David Cooper (201-F-83, college: JMU) tipped in an errant miss for the go ahead basket, and Manchester made enough free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.
Copper, who is part owner of the Millrats, finished with ten points and five boards.

ARGENTINA
Argentine of Junin-Atletico Lanus game was suspended at the 2:41 mark in the fourth period with Lanus leading 69-56. There was a fight between player Martin Pasquinelli and the supporters of his own team. Jameel Heywood (198-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Oklahoma) led Lanus (5-2) with 19 points.


JUCO REPORT -by David Edole

Virgin Island junior /senior national team members are faring well in junior college division.
Add two more marks to the win column for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team after it successfully completed its first road trip of the season this past holiday weekend
The Grizzlies raised their record to 9-1 after trouncing Minnesota West Community & Technical College 117-72 Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Worthington and slipping past Minneapolis Community & Technical College 56-52 Saturday, Nov. 24, in Minneapolis.
You are always a bit leery of being on the road; however a lot of team building also happens on the road,” Grizzly Head Coach Brian Ostermann said.
That was evident Wednesday when the Grizzlies took the early lead over the Minnesota West Bluejays and never looked back. By halftime, the Grizzlies held a 59-29 point advantage over their hosts, and they continued to build on that lead in the second half.
“Our kids looked very good out there. They shared the ball and did some good things,” Ostermann said of his team's performance against the Bluejays. “I thought (Danny) Sanders stepped up and played well. Devon Peltier (178-G) did his customary five three-pointers, and (Paul) Carter played well, also. The backbone of this team is defense, and our defense keeps getting better.”
Peltier recorded 16 in the contest.
Peltier was held to four points in the tough win over Minneapolis Community Tech.

TCI drops 2 in Florida

Khalid Gerard had a two game tally of 43 points but Technical Career Institute (7-6) dropped both games at Gulf Coast CC Thanksgiving Classic. Gerard had 24 in an 117-87 lost to Walter State Senators Friday night. Gerard was 7-20 form the floor with five treys.

TCI also lost to the host team Gulf Coast's 94-82 on Saturday at the Billy Harrison Field House. Gerard had 19 points and dropped in four more three pointers.
After taking a 39-36 halftime lead, Gulf Coast exploded for 55 second-half points. The two teams combined for 101 points in the second half.





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Women News

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BWBL - Women

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


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FRANCE - Women

LFB: Round 6: Bourges and USVO move away from the pack -by Leslie Anderson

Carla Thomas is the the player of the round as Arras overcome Aix (94-88). She finishd with a double-double 24 pts, 12 boards. She also dishout 3 assists and drew 7 fouls . Ines Kresovic and K.B sharp of Aix were both on form but a bad first half performance left them trailing (57-32). They closed the gap in the second half of the match but just ran out of time.


A superb second half performance by Cercle Jean Mace Bourges was them overcome a spirited Saint Jacques Sport Reims team. A full match report for this match can be found here. No mistakes by USVO this year at St Amand. With Challes falling at Calais, Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and USVO are now two game clear of chasing pack of Challes, Villeneuve and Clermont-Ferrand. Tarbes and Mourenx lose for the fifth consecutive game to sat with Aix at the bottom of the table. A summary of some of the games played over the weekend can be found here.



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LITHUANIA - Women

Key match-up goes in favor of TTT Riga -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius - TTT Riga 71:74 (OT)

TEO Vilnius suffered their first defeat in the LMKL season. They were rallied over by their main rivals TTT Riga in overtime. The game lived up to the highest expectation and became the battle of nerves and tactics. Both teams looked pretty cautiously and did not raise the tempo. The game was quite close and TTT Riga had a tiny 17:15 advantage at the end of the first frame. TEO however quickly outplayed the deficit and tied the scoreline midway through the second stanza. The hosts capped the first half with several aggressive offensive plays and enjoyed a 40:39 advantage at halftime. TTT Riga went out of the dressing room ready for real fight. They tightened up defense and limited the home team to just 9 points in the third quarter. Riga team meanwhile netted 18 and surged ahead 57:49. It never scared off TEO as they revived in the final minutes answering with a 16:8 fourth period and forcing overtime. But the good fortune smiled to TTT Riga this day as they cleared off to a 72:68 distance in the extra time. And though TEO cut the margin back to 1 point they could not beat Riga. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) and Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) led the visitors to an overall victory and the top spot in the LMKL ladder. Iciss Tillis finished with 19 points and 9 boards for the winners. Olena Zherzherunova added 17 points in a winning case. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) scored game-high 21 points and grabbed 11 boards for TEO Vilnius. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) came up with 18 points for the hosts as they slipped to 7-1 record. TTT Riga outrebounded the home team 41:32 and sank 39% from the field.

TEO: Yelena Leuchanka 21+11 boards, Nykesha Sales 18
TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 19+9 boards, Olena Zherzherunova 17


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MOZAMBIQUE - Women

National Women Championship at Nampula -by Carlos Pereira
IT PULLED OUT in the night of the last Saturday, in the city of Nampula, more concretely in the sports pavillion of the Ferroviario Club, the national championship women basketball, with the participation of five teams, Ferroviario's Beira, Maputo and Nampula, as well as of the ISPU and of the Maxaquene, last these of the capital of the country. Meantime, the great disappointment of the nampulenses is the absence of the formation of the Desportivo of Maputo, African champion in title.
RESULTS
Ferroviario Maputo x Ferroviario Nampula 101-20
ISPU x Maxaquene 62-29
ISPU x Ferroviario Nampula 74-28


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NCAA - Women

Top-ranked Tennessee claim their fifth in a row -by Eurobasket News
Tennessee posted the 5th straight win since the start of the season as they beat Louisiana Tech 81:60. It was a nightmarish start for the Lady Techsters as Tennessee bombarded their basket from beyond the arc. The Lady Vols shot 59% from long range in the first half and accumulated a massive 29-point lead at halftime. Louisiana Tech never recovered as the Lady Vols once again proved they are #1 so far at the tournament. Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86), Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86) and Shannon Bobbitt (5'2''-G-85) all delivered 13 points for the Lady Vols. Vicki Baugh (6'4''-F/C-89) added 6 points and 16 boards off the bench for the winners. Jo Sneed (6'2''-F-86) came up with huge 15 points and 18 boards for Louisiana Tech. Whitney Jones (5'7''-G-87, college: Baylor) had 16 points in the 2nd defeat for the Lady Techsters.
Meanwhile there were mixed emotions for Stanford yesterday. They edged Temple for the 5th victory in the season but lost forward Michelle Harrison (6'3''-F) for the rest of the season. Harrison hurt her left knee in a 100:44 win over Yale and needs a surgery. Guard Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87) stepped up for the Cardinals against Temple as she nailed 22 points. Temple led 39:22 at halftime but the Cardinals opened the second half with a 17:0 rally to surge ahead midway through the second half. Stanford never looked back thereafter and drove to an overall 63:54 victory at the end. Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) contributed 16 points for the Cardinals. Ashley Morris (5'5''-G) answered with 19 points for Temple as they fell to 2-4 record.


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NCAA2 - Women

Chico State wins McKinley Bank North Star Invitational tournament title -by Eurobasket News
Chico State withstood some fierce comeback efforts from Alaska-Fairbanks to claim the McKinley Bank North Star Invitational tournament title. The Nanooks trailed by 16 points at halftime but cut the gap and surged ahead with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. But Christine Vest nailed a three-pointer to ignite a 14:4 run from the Wildcats as they rolled to a win at the end. Audriana Spencer knocked down 18 points for the Wildcats. She was also named the tournament's MVP. Renee Goldoff and Jessica von Tillow (5'10''-G) contributed 10 points apiece for the winners. Kari Reabold had 19 points and 6 boards for the Nanooks. Sheena Brown produced 15 points, while Cristina Bruketta added 13 points in a losing effort for the hosts. The All-Tournament team comprised Kari Reabold and Sheena Brown of Alaska-Fairbanks, Renee Goldoff of Chico State, Fort Valley State's Takesha Riggs and Amanda Shannon from Merrimack.
Florida Tech went for 4-0 in the season after they edged Florida Memorial 65:53. Florida Memorial Lions stayed close throughout the game and trailed by just 2 points with less than 7 minutes to go. But Kristin Heminger (6'0''-G/F) nailed consecutive treys for the Panthers as they cleared off to a 53:45 distance. Kiesha Alexander answered with a three-pointer of her own to cut the gap but Lynisha Nelson later hit one more long jumper to seal the victory for Florida Tech. Sabrina Jones had 20 points for the Panthers. Kristin Heminger nailed 18 points for the winners.


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RUSSIA - Women

UMMC beats Dynamo in Moscow -by Eurobasket News
UMMC continued to win as they victimized Dynamo in Moscow. Ekaterinburg side dominated throughout the first three quarters and piling up an unassailable 66:29 lead slowed down allowing the hosts to cut the deficit to respectable mark. UMMC were led by Penny Taylor (185-F-81) with 16 points. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) scored 13 points, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abilene Christian) added 11 points for the winners. Yulia Koroleva (190-F-83) was the only Dynamo player to score in double figures as she nailed 10 points in a loss. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 4 points and 10 boards for Moscow side. UMMC improved to 5-0 record just one win behind BC Moscow.
BC Moscow meanwhile did not slow down as they overcame Dynamo-Energia 80:59 at home. The first quarter brought some extra close basketball as Dynamo-Energia returned every punch from the hosts. BC Moscow led by just a single point at the start of the second stanza but soon the things started to shape up in a more usual way. The home team spurred ahead and enlarged the margin to 8 points at halftime 38:30. The outcome began to clear up right after the break as BC Moscow used a couple of breakaway rallied to accumulate a 19-point cushion entering the fourth period. Dynamo-Energia never recovered in the dying stages and lost their 4th game in the season. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) and Melika Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) led the winners with 13 points apiece. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) contributed 11 points in the 6th straight win for BC Moscow. Marina Hazova (186-F-81, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points for Dynamo-Energia. BC Moscow will visit Spartak MR in the next round.


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SEYCHELLES - Women

SBF Cup - HotShots sweep series to retain title -by Carlos Pereira

THEY did not bring the brooms with them to the Palais des Sports on Sunday but they swept Anse Etoile Stars to retain the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup. HotShots not only kept the trophy they won for the first time last year, but they did so in style.

HOTSHOTS … second SBF Cup title in two years

Coach Philip Arissol's team did what probably no other local or foreign team have done before against the Stars, keeping them at bay for one whole quarter and forcing them to fire blanks when scoring 23 points of their own. This happened in the second quarter of Sunday's game two which they won 71-44 after having edged the Stars 51-49 in game one played last Saturday.
Asked how it was possible to blank the experienced Stars and then score 23 points against them, coach Arissol replied:
“What, we scored 23 points? I knew they did not score but I did not take statistics of the number of points we scored in the second quarter. After not playing quite well in the game-one win, I asked my players to step up our defence and not to give Anse Etoile Stars' good ball handlers time to dwell on the ball. The tactic worked. They turned the ball over and we scored.”
After being outscored 8-15 in the first quarter, HotShots took the shine off the Stars in the second 10-minute spell, scoring 23 points while coach Michel Malbrook's team failed to score a single point.
Many expected the Stars to storm back like they've done before even when undermanned, but this time wasn't to be the case. Probably it wasn't their day! Coach Malbrook also conceded defeat with almost three minutes left on the clock as he just watched his players play.
With former Seychelles point guard Jenita Toussaint showing that she can still shoot from long range, scoring six treys for a game-high 26 points, Anse Boileau-based HotShots won the third and fourth quarters 13-17 and 16-23 for a series-clinching 71-44 win.
Centre and Seychelles international volleyballer Tina Agathine added 23 points, while Samia Asba was HotShots' third player scoring in double figures with 12 points.
Veteran Simone Malbrook led the Stars in scoring with 13 points.
“Retaining the SBF Cup is a big achievement. We've been training hard and played consistent basketball over the past two years and we even challenged Anse Etoile Stars for the league crown. I thank all my players for their commitment to the game,” said coach Arissol to Sports Nation.

It is to note that Hot Shots are to leave the country on Saturday December 1 for Mauritius where they will play three friendly matches.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Championship Day Results -by David Edole

Sunday, November 25

2007 ST. THOMAS DIVISION CHAMPION - CONNECTICUT

GAME 1: (0-3) PURDUE 53 / (1-2) OLD DOMINION 66 Boxscore
ODU played arguably the toughest schedule in the St. Thomas Division playing three ranked teams in three days (No. 2 Connecticut, No. 4 Stanford and No. 20 AP/No. 22 ESPN/USA Today Purdue) and this time toppled the Boilermakers to claim 5th place. The Monarchs got double figures from T.J. Jordan (17 pts.), Tiffany Green (11 pts.) and Jen Nuzzo (10 pts.). Purdue was led by Danielle Campbell's game high 19 pts. and Lakisha Freeman's 18 pts.Saturday, November 24

GAME 2: (1-2) TEMPLE 54 / (2-1) STANFORD 63 Boxscore
The Temple Owls held a convincing lead over No. 4 Stanford in the first half - stretching to 19 pts. and taking a 17 pt. lead into halftime. The Cardinal, however, wasted little time erasing the margin and had the game tied within 8 minutes behind the 22 pts. of Candice Wiggins and Jillian Harmon's double/double (13 pts., 10 rebs.). The Cardinal took home some 3rd place hardware and finished 2-1 on the tournament. Temple was led by the 19 pts. of Ashley Morris and finished 1-2.

GAME 3: DUKE 48 / CONNECTICUT 74 Boxscore
Connecticut made quick work of the Blue Devils last night to win the 2007 St. Thomas Division championship. Maya Moore turned in another stellar performance and was selected as tournament MVP. The Huskies had three players in double digits (Tina Charles, 13 pts., Maya Moore, 12 pts. and Kalana Greene 10 pts.) and lit up the gym with their up tempo offense and stifling defense. Duke was lead by All-Tournament team selection Chante Black's 16 pts.

St. Thomas Division Final Standings

Connecticut 3-0

Duke 2-1

Stanford 2-1

Temple 1-2

Old Dominion 1-2

Purdue 0-3


2008 Paradise Jam field: Craig Jonas of Basketball Travelers announced the name of four schools that will be participaing in next season's jam. They were: Texas Tech, Baylor, Calfornia and Villanova.



Javois scores carer high! -by David Edole
Senior guard Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) scored a career high 33 points on 15-of-19 (her 15 field goals also a career high) from the field as Missouri Western ran away from the Park Pioneers 97-71 Tuesday night at the MWSU Fieldhouse in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Javois scored ten points in the first 7:20 of the game as the Griffons jumped out to a 23-17 advantage. Park University would stay close throughout the first half behind Brianne Edwards' effort as she had 11 points in the first half. MWSU would continue its hot shooting for the first half as they would hit 59% (19-of-32) from the field. Javois and senior forward Jill Johnson would finish the first half with 19 and 10 points respectively.
The Pioneers would only close the gap to single digits one time as they trailed 61-52 with 15:11 remaining in the contest. Javois would continue to get uncontested lay-ups and would extend the lead to 81-59 on a feed from freshman guard Tierra Ford. Nine of the ten Griffon players would score and their biggest lead would be found at 91-63 with 4:05 remaining on a three pointer by freshman guard Lauren Nolke.
St.Thomas native Jenicia Stephens, a senior guard, had four points and four rebounds for Park University (3-7).