EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/10/2007

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ABA

Millrats melt Blizzard -by Carl Berman
Manchester, NH - December 8, 2007 - The #1 ranked team in the ABA, the Manchester Millrats rolled past the visiting Boston Blizzard 135-119 in Saturday night action. The Millrats were never challenged in the game and the lead swelled to as many as 30 points. The fans were treated to an array of slam dunks, alley oops, and basketball artisty.

2007 ABA All Star forward Robert Sanders (6'7''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) led a parade of four Millrats with over 20+ points. Sanders notched 30 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 blocks including a half dozen monster slams. Izzy Caro scored 22 points, handed out 10 assists and made 7 steals in the game. Anthony Anderson scored 23 points with 10 assists. And John Huggins scored 25 off the bench. 6'11 center Souleymane Wane added 14 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the effort. "This was a fun game for the fans almost like an all star game tempo," stated Millrats GM Ian McCarthy, "it was great to see Sanders and Caro bounce back from an off night in Vermont." Manchester, the #1 ranked team in the ABA, improves to 10-1 on the season, while Boston falls to 4-5.

The Manchester Millrats also host a game this Sunday at the Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), as the former SNHU star guard Bobby Miller and the Montreal Royal will make their second visit to Manchester at 4:35 pm. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.manchestermillrats.com, or by calling 866-9-GET TIX. Doors open one hour prior to tip time and all tickets are under $10.

All Manchester Millrats games are 'events'. Each game is headlined by a host of entertainment and family fun including exciting basketball, music, live singer(s), our mascot - Milly the Millrat, the Pink Sapphire Dancers, fun contests, a halftime show, and the Spindel Eye Associates $10,000 Hot Shot Challenge!

For more information, please contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.vermontfrostheaves.com or www.abalive.com.


Manchester wins 9th in a row -by Carl Berman
Manchester, NH - December 9, 2007 - The #1 ranked team in the ABA, the Manchester Millrats, reigned supreme over the visiting Montreal Royal 126-106. The Queen City's own pro basketball team won its 9th straight victory improving their record to 11-1.

The Millrats rebounded from a 7-0 Montreal start to race to a 60-45 halftime lead. The second half saw the Millrats maintain a significant double digit lead throughout. Point guard Ismael Caro (6'0''-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: New Haven) scored 30 points and dished 7 assists, John Huggins contributed 23 and Anthony Anderson added 15 points and 7 assists. Charles Easterling provided a spark off the bench with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Tommy Mitchell led Montreal with 33 points.

The Manchester Millrats hit the road this Friday to make their first visit to the Pierre Charboneau Centre in Montreal and take on the Royal. On Sunday they visit Burlington, VT to face the defending ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves for the third time this season.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Siroki Prima Pivo sacked head coach Bujan -by Dragan Jankovski
After Friday's defeat against Zagreb 74-85, management of Siroki Prima Pivo decided to waive the head coach Tihomir Bujan. Management of the team is very unsatisfied with only two wins in the 13 rounds of Adriatic league. It is still not known who will replace Bujan on the bench but one thing is sure, changes in the roster will happen very soon.

Round 13 results. Split-Partizan tonight -by Eurobasket News
Round 13 of Adriatic League saw a battle of the second and third teams of the League as Crvena hosted Zadar. The game between Split and Partizan is scheduled for tonight.
Zadar gets fire over the last games and proves it in every game. Croatian vice-champion had a road win over Crvena Zvezda 84:86 to take 10-3 record. Serbian team dominated in the first half and had even 40:25 lead in the end of it. Zadar started to reduce and Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) added two points of his own Zadar approached to 46:42. Brewer and again Shammell Stallworth created 8-0 run and set the result to 60:62. He converted both attempts from the penalty line to see the 10th win for his team in Adriatic League. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) led the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) posted 19, while Shammell Stallworth added 15. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) was the best for Serbians with 20 points.
Union Olimpija suffered another defeat, this time it was FMP which won 72:80. Cibona overcame Helios 82:77 as the team managed to find a way out of the hole in the final quarter. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) paced the winners with 28 points. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) netted 13, while Warren Christopher had 10. Troha Robert top-scored for Helios with 30 points. Buducnost beat Geoplin Slovan 79:64 and Hemofarm STADA won over Vojvodina Srbijagas 84:67.


Zadar made surprise in Belgrade, FMP ended black series in Ljubljana -by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda suffered the shocking defeat Vs Zadar at home 84-86. Croatian team succeeded to win in Belgrade's hall "Pionir" after 32 years. Red and white team opened the game very good making 40-25 in 15th minute but totally deferent picture was seen on the court in the second half which Zadar started with three consecutive 3-pointers. First advantage visitors made in 30th minute, 62-60. At the end Zvezda's player were not concentrated from the FT line missing couple of crucial attempts while Stallworth made 2 for Zadar at the very end. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) was the best in Zadar collecting 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) added 20 points and 4 rebounds for Zvezda.

After 9 consecutive defeats, both in Adriatic league and ULEB Cup, FMP outplayed Union Olimpija on the road 80-72. Panthers finished the first quarter with plus 16. In the third period hosts came a bit closer on 47-55 but Panthers answered making run 7-0 and decided the question about the winner. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led FMP recording double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds. Marko Milic (199-G-77) scored 16 points for Olimpija. Interesting is that both teams netted just four 3-pointers during the entire game. FMP made 2 of 16 while Olimpija had even worst percentage as they made only 2 of 23 attempts from behind the arc.

Hemofarm STADA celebrated over Vojvodina Srbijagas in Serbian derby 84-67. Battle between two teams from northern part of Serbia (Vojvodina) is decided in the middle of the third quarter when Hemofarm made advantage of 14 points (58-44) what was unreachable for the Tulips until the end. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable for Vojvodina's big guys. Member of Slovenian NT added 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. On the other side center Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) nailed 19 points. Hemofarm currently has score 8-5 while Vojvodina has 6-7.


Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 84-86
(24-13,17-18,22-31,21-24)

Crvena Zvezda:
Misanovic 20 (4 rebs), Kovac 17 (5 rebs, 5 st), Cook 14 (9 as)
Zadar: Brewer 27 (4 rebs, 4 as), Johnson 19 (7 rebs)


Union Olimpija - FMP 72-80
(8-24,23-13,18-26,23-17)

Union Olimpija:
Milic 16, Dragic 13, Taylor 11 (7 rebs)
FMP: Erceg 25 (11 rebs), Krstovic 15 (5 rebs, 5 as), Protic 13


Hemofarm STADA - Vojvodina Srbijagas 84-67
(22-18,19-19,22-12,21-18)

Hemofarm STADA:
Jagodnik 25 (7 rebs), Marshall 18
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Golubovic 19, Nemeth 11, Djorjdevic 10


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ARGENTINA

Changes in Boca -by Facundo Iatzky
The last champion, Boca Juniors decided changed their two foreigners due to injury. Quentin Smith will be replaced by Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) a player who many years playing in Europe. On the other hand Ryan Carroll (11.3 pts in 18 games) will be replaced by Jamal Robinson (196-F/G-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia) who had played in Boca the last season. Boca will have a hard week with the games of Liga A and Liga of Americas.

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CAMBODIA

Cambodian National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Samon Ung (170-G-85)
5 Pengkuy Taing (173-G-84)
6 Sokha Lim (178-F-83)
7 Puthrothna Monh (180-G-81)
8 Vengnguon Kim (180-C-83)
9 Darath Pheng (179-F-84)
10 Toun Sopeen (180-F/G-85)
11 Ratana Seng (180-F-85)
12 Eavhai Eng (171-G-80)
13 Vanpanha So (177-G-86)
14 Tour Sok (179-C-87)
15 Ran Kim (180-C-80)
Coach Koledoye Abyomi
Assistant Coach: Lor Syngharith


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CAMEROON

NCAA news... -by Yann Tientcheu
More impressive performances and numbers for the past 4 days in the NCAA for our countrymen who are showing notable growth in their games
at the highest collegiate level in the world.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) (6-8, 230 Forward) led the way on Dec. 8th, carrying the UCLA Bruins for a 75-63 win over Davidson, with 21 pts (team high), 8 rbds, 3 asts and 1 steal. The Bruins are 8 and 1.
Bitee Parfait (6-2, 190 Guard) and Joe Mbang (6-7, 235 Forward) were incontrovertible in Rhode Island University's win (91-89) over Syracuse University on Dec 8th. Bitee Parfait, decidedly impressive this season, had 18 pts
7 asts, 4 rbd and 1 steal. Joe Mbang added 12 pts, 6rbds and 1 steal.
Boris Siakam (6-7, 225 Forward), who is a key senior for the Western Kentucky Big Red this year, had 7pts and grabbed 3 rbds in 12 mns of playing time in a 77-60 win of Western kentucky University
over Eastern Kentucky University on Dec. 8th. Siakam shot 3 for 3 from the floor.
Erick Vianney (6-2, 205 Guard), originally from Yaounde, had 10 pts, 7 rbds, and 2 asts in a 84-79 win of Tulane university University over gardner Web on Dec. 8th. Erick Vianney has been averaging 20 mns per game with
Tulane University.
Yves Mekongo Mbala (6-7, 2-10 Forward) registered a double-double on Dec. 8th with 11 pts and 11 rbds. His laudable effort did not guarantee the win for Lasalle University. Morgan state overrun the Explorers 93-87.
Stephane Bakinde (6-8, 205 Forward) also signed a double-double on Dec. 8th with 10 pts and 10 rbds helping Newberry college outlast Lander.


NCAA news -by Yann Tientcheu


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CBA

Rio Grande Valley names Derrick Rowland new head coach -by Eurobasket News
The reeling Rio Grande Valley Silverados appointed Derrick Rowland as their new head coach. Rowland left his previous position of an assistant coach with the Oklahoma Cavalry to step up at the head of the Silverados. Rio Grande Valley also released Steve Tucker from head coach position. The Silverados got to a slow start of the CBA season. They lost 10 straight games and occupied the last spot in the National Conference.
Oklahoma Cavalry decided to sign forward Adam Spanich (6'7''-F/G-76, college: USC). Adam Spanich spent two months in 2007 in the NBDL with the Tulsa 66ers. The graduate from the University of Southern California Adam Spanich also played overseas for Lebanon Riyadi and Anibal in recent years.
Albany Patroons announced the singing of forward Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.). Wright played for Syracuse University and later was selected as #1 pick by the Minot Skyrockets in 2006. Later Dayshawn Wright appeared in the ABA with the Syracuse Bullies.
Rio Grande Valley also strengthened their squad with the addition of forward Rod Nealy (6'6''-F-80, college: Houston Baptist). He played for Houston Baptist University in his senior year averaging almost 29 points per game. Later he moved overseas and played in Germany, Israel, Spain and Mexico. He started current season with Russian Superleague side Surgut. There he scored 3.2 points and pulled down 1.8 boards in 5 games.


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CHINA

DAJUAN Who? -by Alex Yams


The Best Player you have never heard of………………………

In a world of high price and over hyped talent, there is a player who is both humble on and off the court, realizes that playing any professional sport for a living is a privilege rather then a right. We descend upon the east, the Far East, China to be exact in search of this elusive gem named Dajuan Tate. An unfamiliar name to most, but a star at virtually everywhere he has played including NAIA Mountain State and a host of teams in the minor leagues.

Tate plays for the Jilin NorthEastern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), and is one of the premier players in the entire country. Tate's long traveled road led him to the doorsteps of the most densely populated country, where basketball is rapidly becoming the most popular sport. Tate attended two summer camps, a qualifying camp in Oregon and then the annual CBA Draft camp, which was held in Hawaii this past August. He was the most athletic and exciting player at the camps, something the international scene thrives on and embraces.

Tate was then drafted by the Tigers in the 1st round, 6th pick overall, much to the dismay of the other teams, who were trying to take a player they thought could change the fortunes for their respective teams. Already having completed the first half of the season, Tate stands as one of the top players in the league, scoring nearly 30 pts per contest, but it is the intangibles, that make him a winner, the team play, his likeable demeanor and fun loving personality coupled with his incredible skill and understanding of a game that nearly forgot about him. Wearing the #21, Tate has systematically resurrected basketball in his adopted city of Changchun, China.

We fast forward to the 19th game of this CBA season, versus Yunnan. Dajuan pours in an incredible 68 pts in a jaw dropping performance, where he shot 28-34, all of them coming from the charity stripe or inside the arc, with over half of his teams pts (133), Tate carried his team, as he has all season long, en route to a victory over Yunnan, which boasts top overall pick Nigel Dixon, who had 46pts. The CBA league record is held by former GM Sun Jun, who incidentally recruited and drafted Tate back in August. The opportunity of shattering his former bosses point total may have crossed his mind, but out a deep respect for Jun and the city and country, Tate held back and praised the incredible performance of his former GM and the respect he has for him.

After this season of stellar play, Tate will soon be a household name in the basketball world, both in China and the world. These types of actions will make Dajuan Tate a national hero, someone who an entire country can embrace and admire for his performances on the court. Let's take time and thank him for the person he is off the court, because sometimes winning in life is more important then on the court. Boxscore below...


21 38:01 28-34 0-5 12-15 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 1/1 7 10 68pts


Dajuan Tate Scores 68 for Jilin -- Xinjiang and Guangdong Keep on Winning -by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang and Guangdong kept on winning and have both amassed 17-2 records to top the CBA.

Fujian destroyed Shanxi Zhongyu 110-88, clearing its bench as six players scored in double figures. Zhu Shilong led with 21 points and Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 21 rebounds. Zhai Jinshuai scored 22 for Zhongyu.

Relying on its veteran superstars, Wang Zhizhi and Li Nan, Bayi defeated Beijing 92-83. Wang had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Li had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Yao Kaifu shared point guard with Wang Zhongguang and had the better game. Chen Lei led Beijing with 21 points.

Wang Shipeng scored 25 points and Jason Dixon had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Guangdong defeated Dongguan 117-109. Qiu Biao scored 22, Anthony Myles had 21, Wang Jing had 20 and Mike Harris had 19 for Dongguan. Zhang Kai contibuted 13 rebounds.

Veterans Bian Qiang and Liu Xiangtao each scored 23 as Liaoning triumphed over Shaanxi 107-97. Zhang Qingpeng and Yang Ming shared time at point guard. Li Xiaoxu appears to have beaten out Gu Liye at power forward. Brandon Robinson led Shaanxi with 19 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Jiangsu defeated Zhejiang 98-87 as Yi Li had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 21 and Hu Xuefeng had 8 assists and 11 steals. Soumaila Samake played 48 minutes and had 25 points and 19 rebounds. Zhejiang is forced to use Samake the entire game it lacks an adequate backup center and the improved CBA guard play causes God Shammgod to no longer be a superstar.

Tate DaJuan (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) scored 68 points, hitting 28 of 34 two-point shots, as Jilin defeated Yunnan 133-124. Nigel Dixon made this game a true battle of imports as he had 46 points on 17 of 21 shooting for Yunnan.

David Jackson scored 26 points and Song Cun, a 172 cm Chinese-American point guard scored 20, as Xinjing built up a 59-38 halftime lead en route to a 99-88 victory over Shandong. #7, a 192 cm shooting guard class of 1991, whose last name is Zhang, played 24 minutes for Xinjiang and has been seeing significant playing time recently. A player that young getting time on a contender for the league title is a player of interest. Sun Jie led Shandong with 21 points and Mack Tuck scored 20.

Rodney White scored 43 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Zhejiang Guangsha to a 122-107 victory over Shanghai. Yu Junkai scored 24 and Li Meng added 21. Pig Miller scored 18, Xu Yong and Luo Xudong 17, Liu Wei 16 and Jerod Ward 15 for Shanghai.


Fujian 110
Yang Chao 9p+1r+1a, Lu Xiaoming 10p+9r+7a+5s, Gong Songlin 6p+1r, Liu Yudong 14p+4r+1a+1s, Jameel Watkins 17p+21r+1a+1s+2bl, Lin Chenyao 10p+3r+2a, Zhu Shilong 21p+2a+2s, Yang Genglin 7p+3r, Sun Tiannong 12p+3r+2a
Shanxi Zhongyu 88
Yu Xuelin 18p+6r+3a, Damon King 11p+4r+1a+1s, Sun Chunlei 13p+3r, Zhai Jinshuai 22p+4r, Pan Jiang 10p+4r+1a, Major Wingate 10p+5r+3a+3bl


Bayi 92
Mo Ke 7p+5r+4a+3s+1bl, Chen Ke 10p+4r+2a+1s+1bl, Wang Zhizhi 30p+8r+1a+2s+3bl, Li Nan 25p+7r+2a+2bl, Li Ke 4p+4r, Yao Kaifu 11p+5r+2a+0to
Beijing 83
Jiao Jian 13p+4r+2a+1s, Zhang Yunsong 4p+2r+2a+3s, Chen Lei 21p+3r+1s, Zhao Yonggang 4p+2r+3a+1s, Olumide Oyedeji 16p+14r, Michael Fey 19p+8r+2a

Guangdong 117
Zhu Fangyu 18p+7r+1a+2s, Wang Shipeng 25p+3r+1s, Liu Xiaoyu 4p+5r+3a+2s+1to, Jason Dixon 22p+13r+1s+5to, Du Feng 17p+5r+2a+2s, Zhou Peng 8p+2r+1s+1bl, Lamond Murray 19p+8r+3a+1s+3bl
Dongguan 109
Zhang Kai 14p+13r+1a+1s+2bl, Wang Jing 20p+3r+5to, Anthony Myles 21p+6r+1a+2s+6to, #10 9p+7r+1s, Qiu Biao 22p+2r+1a+1s, Mike Harris 19p+6r


Liaoning 107
Bian Qiang 23p+5r+7a+4s, Liu Xiangtao 23p+6r+1a+1bl, Zhang Qingpeng 24min+10p+5r+3a+1s+1bl+1to, Li Xiaoxu 19p+9r+2a+1bl, Earnest Brown 12p+11r+1bl, Yang Ming 24min+6p+3r+7a+2s+2to, Patrick Simpson 11p+5r+2a
Shaanxi 97
Dai Yong 5p+4r+1a+1s, Zhang Wei 5p+2r+3a, Hiram Fuller 15p+9r, Brandon Robinson 19p+18r+10a, Bai Fan 5p+2r+3a, Liu Jiulong 17p+3r+2a+1bl, Jiang Nan 17p+1r+1s


Jiangsu 98
Zhang Cheng 7p+4r+3a+2s+1bl, Tang Zhengdong 15p+8r+2a, Hu Xuefeng 14p+4a+8a+11s+2to, Fang Hui 10p+2r, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 21p+7r+4a+3s+3bl, Yi Li 24p+10r+1a+4s+1bl
Zhejiang 87
Wang Nan 7p+1r+1a+1s, Liu Weiwei 9p+6r+7a+7to, Soumaila Samake 48min+25p++19r+1a+1bl+5to, Ding Jinhui 5p(1/6)+5r+1a+1s+1bl, Sui Xiaolong 19p+5r+5a+2s, Deng Li 5p+8r+2a+1s+3bl, God Shammgod 12min+11p(4/13)+3r+2a


Jilin 133
Tate DaJuan 38min+68p+4r+2a+1s+1bl+3to, Wang Bo 10p+11r+8a+3s, Du Jiang 16p+3r+2a, Nie Jinqiang 3p+4r+3a+0to, Lu Yan 8p+1r+1bl, Babacar Camara 16min+4p+5r+6fl, Cheng Zhiming 13p+4r+3a, Zhao Anan 11p+1r+1a
Yunnan 124
Nigel Dixon 46min+46p+16r+1s+6to, Chen Zhaosheng 15p+7r+8a, Liu Hao 23p+3r+1a+1s, Wang Nan2 15p+3r+1a+1s, Wang Hsin-Kai 17p+3a+1to


Xinjiang 99
Xue Yuyang 24min+7p+3r+1bl, Mengke Bateer 16p+19r+4a+3s, Song Cun 48min+20p+4r+3a+1bl+3to, David Jackson 26p+4a+3s, Mulati Adilijiang 8p+5r+3a+2s+1bl, #7 24min+2p+4r+1a, Aaron McGhee 17p+8r+1a
Shandong 88
Wang Gang 7p+1r+2a, Sun Jie 21p+4r+3a, Herve Lamizana 33min+13p+13r+1a+1s+1bl+6fl, Zhou Jilin 9p+1r+3a, Hou Bing 10p+4r+1a+1s, Mack Tuck 20p+6r+1a+3s+1bl


Guangsha 122
Yu Junkai 24p+1s, Li Meng 21p+14r+3s, Zhang Nan 16p+5r+3a+4s, Chou Subin 7p+2r, Chao Ma 6p+1r+1s, Rodney White 43p+12r+3a+1bl
Shanghai 107
Liu Wei 16p+4a+3s+1to, Wang Yong 3p+5r+2a, Xu Yong 17p+7r+1a, Wu Yang 5p+4r, Gu Aoke 11p+4r+4a+2to, Jerod Ward 15p+7r+2bl, Pig Miller 18p+7r+1bl, Luo Xudong 17p+3r+1s


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CROATIA

Three wins for now, Split can bring the 4th -by Eurobasket News
Round 13 of Adriatic League brought three wins for Croatian teams and can bring one more if Split beats the leader Partizan tonight.
The week started when KK Zagreb overcame HKK Siroki Prima Pivo 74:85 in Bosnia. Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) netted 19 points for Croatians and Vladovic added 16.
Zadar gets fire over the last games and proves it in every game. Croatian vice-champion had a road win over Crvena Zvezda 84:86 to take 10-3 record. Serbian team dominated in the first half and had even 40:25 lead in the end of it. Zadar started to reduce and Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) added two points of his own Zadar approached to 46:42. Brewer and again Shammell Stallworth created 8-0 run and set the result to 60:62. He converted both attempts from the penalty line to see the 10th win for his team in Adriatic League. Corey Brewer led the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) posted 19, while Shammell Stallworth added 15. Nenad Misanovic was the best for Serbians with 20 points.
Cibona overcame Helios 82:77 as the team managed to find a way out of the hole in the final quarter. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) paced the winners with 28 points. Damir Mulaomerovic netted 13, while Warren Christopher had 10. Troha Robert top-scored for Helios with 30 points.


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EGYPT

Gezira beats Alex Sporting C. 72-68 -by Sherif Soliman
The game was held last night in Cairo stadium. Gezira coach concentrated on Chris Garnett who played 25 min but committed 5 fouls leaving the game in the 4th quarter. Sporting coach Sabry Abd EL Naby showed that he has a good team and no one can beat A.C.C. this season easley. Sporting star Ahmed Monier didn't show up yesterday most probably because of injury.Chris Garnett (211-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Indiana SE)

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Thriller in Joensuu -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 16. One game tonight, which seemed to be a real thriller. Hosting Kataja (Joensuu) took a 15-point-lead (29-14) after the first quarter,
but visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) won the other three quarters and came back to the game. The very last minutes there were several lead changes, time outs,
but Korihait succeeded by Darius Glover (196-G/F) and Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) during the last 1:31 minutes, and Korihait won 79-84.

Kataja - Korihait 79-84 (43-34) (Louis Hinnant 28, Ville Vesala 17 - Kyle Shiloh 22, Darius Glover 21, Jussi Kumpulainen 21).



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GEORGIA

LASHA PARGHALAVA in University of South Florida (NCAA1) -by Levan Mikeladze
University of South Florida picked up its second win on Sunday and a day later landed its second recruit of the early signing period.

Pensacola Junior College sophomore Lasha Parghalava (190-G-87), a 6-foot-2 guard, signed with USF. Pensacola coach Paul Swanson said. A two-year starter, Lasha Parghalava is averaging 14 points and three assists this season after averaging 12 points last season.

“He's strong, about 6-2, 6-2 1/2, 175-180 pounds,” Swanson said. “He has a nice mid-range game and can take it to the rack. He can guard 94 feet and he's very strong, very aggressive.

“Sometimes he's over aggressive, but he's the kind of kid physically that can help be a part of what they're trying to do at South Florida.”

Lasha Parghalava played at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne and was born in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Swanson said Lasha Parghalava had “lots of interest from high majors and lots of mid-major Division I offers,” but USF was the first one of offer.

“He didn't want to sign with a lower level Division I school in the early period,” Swanson said. “The Big East is a great league and he likes their staff. He wanted to stay in the state of Florida, it's a new program, a new staff, a chance to be a part of something.”


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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 12 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Monta McGhee (202-F-79, college: Lewis) - Cuxhaven: 33 pts, 4/9 3P, 11/12 FT, 14 rbs, 1 as, 1 bs

Points: Monta McGhee - Cuxhaven: 33

Rebounds: Monta McGhee - Cuxhaven: 14

Assists: Lyryan Russell (183-G-79, college: USF) - Chemnitz: 10

Steals: Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) - Schalke: 8

Blocked Shots: Theodis Tarver (206-F/C-84, college: Georgia Tech) - Karlsruhe: 6

For all scores and stats please check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Bochum and Berger part ways -by Daniel Poerschke
BG Suedpark Bochum of the 1. Regionalliga West decided today to cancel the contract with their playmaker Maik Berger (175-G-84). Berger was involved in a situation with a referee after Bochum's 79:80 loss to TSV Bayer Leverkusen II on friday night.

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 12 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Terry Horton (191-F-81, college: Alabama A&M) - Iserlohn: 34 pts, 15/21 FG, 3/4 FT, 13 rbs, 1 bs, 1 st

Points: Terry Horton - Iserlohn: 34

Rebounds: Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) - Braunschweig: 15

Assists: Dennis Shirvan (185-G-83) - Iserlohn: 8

Steals: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) - Ansbach: 5

Blocked Shots: Phillip Freeman (211-C-79, college: Miles) - Iserlohn: 5

For all scores and stats please check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


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GREECE

Diamantidis named the European MVP -by Gianni Pascucci
Panathinaikos player Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) has been named ''Mister Europe 2007'' by Italian basketball magazine "Superbasket". Diamantidis triumphed thanks to Panathikos' win in Euroleague and an impressive collection of individual awards gained in 2007, like Euroleague Best Defender (for the third time in a row), Euroleague Final Four MVP, Greek League MVP and Greek Athlete of the Year. The second placed in the "Superbasket" 2007 ballot was French Tony Parker (183-G-80) (San Antonio Spurs), the third was Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) (Utah Jazz)

Week 8: AEL succeeded a road win over Panellinios and Kalafatakis dismissed -by Chris Mammides
Panellinios - AEL 1964 81 - 95
Panellinos lost in his home court and Coach Giorgos Kalafatakis who sent off the team Lewis Sims due to bad behavior, has allready dissmised together with his assistant coach Korfas. The Larissa players and especially Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) were amazing with control basket and simple tactics, AEL kept the initial difference in a fixed deficit and by playing mature basketball with very good statistics from the arc and in the paint, dominated 100% over Giorgos Kalafatakis 's team since Grundy was all alone in the offence (27 points) N'Diaye (12) and Dozet (10) tried their best but couldn't stop Billy Keys (30), Nikos Papanikolopoulos (193-G-79) (2) and Tegue (17)
Rethymno - Panionios 66 - 57
Pedoulakis succeeded his first victory over Panionios and took a deep breath. Karapostolou and Vougioukas were dominating in the court and together with Gagaloudis and Nikolaidis organizational skills were able to beat quite easy Markovic's team who had as top scorers Kalambokis and Newley with 14 and 13 points respectively. MVP of the game was Karapostolou with his 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while Ian Vougioukas scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 block shots
Marousi - Kolosos Rodou 84 - 76
Marousi changed character under the coaching of Soulis Markopoulos , the defense became stronger, the game more physical and the players do listen to their coach, with these simple steps taken, Marousi beat Kolosos Rodou and made at last a positive step. Top scorer was Travon Bryand with 21 points while Haralambidis and Kojadinovic were reborn and scored 18 and 15 points respectively. From the islanders, top scorer was Pinnock and Josipovic with 16 and 15 points respectively.
Panathinaikos - Egaleo 91 - 75
The Green train didn't stopped and succeeded its 15th consecutive victory (in 15 games) proving once more that this year could be a repeat of 2006-2007. Egaleo tried his beast but Kallinikidis and Jaaber were not enough for the offensive polyphony of coach Obradovic's team. Top scorer was Zizic with 15 points in 20 minutes while another five players (Jasikevicius, Hatzivretas, Dikoudis, Tsartsaris and Spanoulis) had double digits. From Egaleo Kallinikidis scored 17 while Jaaber scored 16.
Olympiakos - Olympiada Patras 100 - 58
Coach Gershons reds, triumph over Olympiada Patras with a victory of 42 points! Woods with 23 points in 24 minutes and Vasiliadis with 15 points were the top scorers while from Patras team only Pettas had double digits with 12 points.
Olympia Larissas - Aris 58 - 74
Aris return to the successful results by succeeding another road win in Larissa, The game was a continuous monologue for the yellows as Olympia couldn't follow them in the fourth and most crucial quarter. Top scorer was Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals followed by Tsaldaris who scored 22 points
PAOK - AEK 64-87
Last but not least, AEK beat away the team of PAOK in the supposed to be derby. Top scorer was Wesson with 22 points while another three players scored double digits (Sy, Kyritsis and Barlos) from the disappointing PAOK, top scorer were Diarra and Haritopoulos with 14 and 13 points


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ICELAND

Lysing Cup -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Tindastoll 94 Keflavik 105.Isak Einarson top scorer for Tindastoll 19 pts. Bobby Walker 28 for Keflavik.
Stjarnan 86 INjardvik 104. Dimitar Karadzovski 22 for Stjarnan. Damon Bailey 31 for Njardvik
Thor 106. Hottur 67. Tom Port 19 for Thor. Everard Bartlett 22 for Hottur.
Hamar 74. IR 81. George Byrd (203-C-75, college: Va Commonwealth) 23 + 21 rebs for Hamar. Sveinbjorn Claessen 22 for IR.
KR 104. Grindavik 103. Joshua Helm (198-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) 29 for KR. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) 29 for Grindavik.


Teams left in Final Eight of Lysing Cup. KR. Keflavik. Njardvik. Skallagrimur. Fjolnir. Snaefell. IR. Thor.


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INDONESIA

Philippines edge Indonesia for the second straight win -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Indonesia 75:49

Philippines National team extended their winning run at the 24th SEA Games in Thailand. After the initial win over Cambodia they outscored Indonesia today. And once again Philippines dominance was pretty obvious throughout the game as they led from tip off. Indonesia entered the game with a victory in store and hoped to challenge the tournament's favorites. But the hopes lived for just one frame. Indonesia kept it close in the opening stanza and trailed by 5 points after it. Philippines however raised the tempo and dismantle their opponents in the second quarter. A full dominance of Philippines team under the rims allowed them to mount the pressure on Indonesia and deliver too many second chance points. Philippines widened the margin to 22 points at halftime 46:24. Philippines never slowed down after the main break as they continued to keep it tight defensively and limited Indonesia to just 8 points in the third term. The gap grew to 31 points entering the fourth period and Philippines let their opponents gain the initiative as the outcome was pretty clear. Indonesia finally managed to outplay their counterparts and won the fourth term 17:12.
Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) led the action with 19 points and 8 boards for Philippines. Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) scored 11 points and pulled down 8 boards for the winners. Indonesia replied with 10 points from Ronny Gunawan (194-F/C-80). Faisal Achmad had 9 points in a losing effort. Philippines outrebounded their opponents 44:33 and forced those to 21 turnovers.
Philippines will next take on Malaysia on Wednesday. Indonesia faces Thailand tomorrow.

Philippines: Gabriel Norwood 19, Jervy Cruz 11+8 boards, Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) 9
Indonesia: Ronny Gunawan 10, Faisal Achmad 9


Indonesian National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Ahmad


Ekayana


Gunawan


Poedjakusuma


Wuysang
4 Cokorda Raka (202-C-77) of Panasia Garuda
5 Andhi Poedjakusuma (187-F-80) of ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta
6 Faisal Ahmad (180-G-81) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta
7 Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta
8 Andrie Ekayana (181-G-82) of ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta
9 Youbel Sondakh (188-F-84) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta

10 Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) of ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta
11 Andre Tiara (190-F-80) of Panasia Garuda
12 Isman Thoyib (203-C-84) of ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta
13 Ronny Gunawan (194-F/C-80) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta
14 Wellyanson Situmorang (188-F-82) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta
15 Wahyu Jati (189-F-77) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta
Head Coach: Fictor Roring
Assistant Coach: Raoul Miguel Hadinoto
Assistant Coach: Johannis Winar


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ISRAEL

Kurtz in Rishon, Burtt in Ashkelon -by Tamar Goldman
Two weeks before the arrival of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch to Israel for a game Vs. Hapoel Jerusalem in the Uleb cup the massive American center of the Dutch team, Brandon Kurtz, moved to Rishon Le Zion. Kurtz Arrived to Rishon in the middle of last season and now he's back again, after things didn't work put for him in Holland.

Irony Ashkelon also joined a new player, the guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona), that started the season in Italy (2nd Div.) and was released in November. The 23 years old player played for Iona (NCAA) between 2002-2006 and then gut drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL,2rd(16). Last season he played in Greece for Olimpiada Patron (GRE-A1),but was released in Mar.'07 and moved to Sport Lisboa Benfica (POR-UZO Liga,1T).


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ITALY

Diamantidis named the European MVP -by Gianni Pascucci
Panathinaikos player Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) has been named ''Mister Europe 2007'' by Italian basketball magazine "Superbasket". Diamantidis triumphed thanks to Panathikos' win in Euroleague and an impressive collection of individual awards gained in 2007, like Euroleague Best Defender (for the third time in a row), Euroleague Final Four MVP, Greek League MVP and Greek Athlete of the Year. The second placed in the "Superbasket" 2007 ballot was French Tony Parker (183-G-80) (San Antonio Spurs), the third was Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) (Utah Jazz)

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JORDAN

1st drop for Orthodox in Hariri tourmnament !! -by Mohammed Malas
Orthodox Club had suffered earlier today from their 1st drop against Al Ahli from Egypt 89-85 in their 2nd game in 17th Hariri International Tournament (Saida, Lebanon) despite their solid working from beginning till end.

Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) deserved to be the MVP of the game due to his brave performance in the game (26 pts, 15 reb) with big help from the american duo Kelly Wise and Chad Hendrick (Scored 40 points together), While Ibrahim El Gammal was the best from the egytion side with 17 points adding to Tarek El Ghannam who made 15 points in the last two quarters.

Orthodox now will wait for the result of the game between Mouttahed of Lebanon and Al Ahli to know the standings of the group esspecially that Al Fateh from Suadi Arabia and Morrocan team ASS Sale decided latley to withdraw from the tournament.


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LIGA AMERICAS

The Tropics are waming their engine -by Gianni Pascucci
The Miami Tropics are starting to round into shape as they prepare for the start of their "Group B" of the FIBA Liga De Las Americas on Tuesday night at FIU Arena. Some last time changes shaked up the team roster: Carlos Escalera (190-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri Southern), who was the Tropics' leading scorer in the ABA last season, was not allowed by FIBA to join the team because he is a native of Puerto Rico and has played in their pro league. Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) was also not allowed to compete, and Marcus Barnes (188-G-81, college: Northeastern) left the team. This is why the Tropics brought in Brian Williams (185-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama), an experienced point guard who has played in five foreign countries, and Tony Mitchell and Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) should be the starting guard duo. Instead, the team's frontcourt has been confirmed, and it will be made of Waldon B.B. (202-F-80, college: S.Florida) at the 3 position (with Stephen Walters (202-F-81, college: Morehouse) as his reserve), Terence Shellman (201-F-78) as the starting PF and Karel Rosario (206-C-77, college: Florida Intern.) in the middle, with Sylbrin Robinson (201-F-80, college: Northeastern) and experienced Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL) as their first replacements.

Fuerza Regia ready for Liga de las Americas -by Gianni Pascucci
Fuerza Regia Monterrey traveled to Miami, where will compete in "Group B" of Liga de Las Americas. The team from Northern Mexico is in good shape, with a current 23-13 record in LNBP league, fifth in the global ranking. The head coach is Puertorican Jose 'Pepo' Martinez , and the top players areTeam Mexico PG Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene), Gerald Williams (190-G-68, college: New Orleans) and Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.). Fuerza Regia will open the tournment meeting Capitanes de Arecibo from Puerto Rico tomorrow night at the Florida International University Arena. The other two teams of the Group are Halcones UV Xalapa and host team Miami Tropics

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LITHUANIA

Eurobasket catches up with Linas Kleiza -by Brian Bradford
Denver, Colorado, USA - In a game as ugly as the snowy winter weather that had descended on the city of Denver yesterday, the Denver Nuggets managed to eek out a 101-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Nuggets were paced by superstar guard Allen Iverson, who picked up a double-double with 23 points, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds. A couple of those assists were passes to Lithuanian shooting forward Linas Kleiza, who closed the night with 9 points (1-2 from 3 point range), 3 rebounds, and an assist.

Punctuating the European presence in the matchup was Slovenian point guard Beno Udrih, who scored 24 points (2-4 from 3 point range), 7 assists and 4 rebounds in a losing effort for the Kings.

After the game, Eurobasket.com (and a few other journalists) had a chance to catch up with the up-and-coming Lithuanian and ask Linas a few questions about his life in the NBA, his time at the University of Missouri, advice for young Lithuanians who dream of playing in the NBA, Zalgiris' recent road-trip to the United States, the Lithuanian National Team's loss to Russia, and his friendly rivalry with fellow international Eduardo Najera.

EUROBASKET: What has the NBA been like for you, it seems like you've kind of blossomed the last year or two?

LK: You know, it's early in the year but it's going good so far. I got a little hurt a couple of games back, but I'm playing now, [my ankle] is feeling good, and you know, it's just fun to be here, to contribute and to be on a winning team, and we're doing great so it's a lot of fun. It's way better than college basketball.

EUROBASKET: When you left the University of Missouri as a sophomore is this what you expected?

LK: When I came out as a sophomore I got drafted in the first round and definitely had high hopes for myself, but once you get [to the NBA] and you see all the guys it's kind of a reality check. Everybody is so good here, so it took me a good year of being in the gym early working hard, and I had a chance to play my rookie year, so it was definitely good, but I think the second half of my second year that's when I really picked up and started playing, and we had a lot of circumstances at the beginning of the year that kind of gave me an opportunity to play …

EUROBASKET: We know you can shoot. I guess defense, are you working on that?

LK: Definitely, that's a big key. I've improved my shot, I've got the NBA-range 3 now, so I'm been improving my defense trying to defend a lot of people. I'm playing the 2, 3, and 4 so you never know who you're going to have to defend, but the NBA's different, it's not college, you can't really shut somebody down one-on-one, you've got to have great team defense to do it, so I've definitely been working on that.

EUROBASKET: What's it like being on a team with A.I. and Carmelo Anthony and guys like that?

LK: It's definitely great. Every day going to practice, practicing and playing against them, they're so good, they're just so talented. There are not a lot of people like that, they can do everything, and it's just definitely great. They're great teammates, we get along good off the court, it's a fun team to be on and we've just got to put it together and get a lot of wins and make a run at the playoffs.

EUROBASKET: When (ex-University of Missouri basketball coach) Quin Snyder recruited you is this where you thought you would be?

LK: I never thought I would be here, but my goal was definitely NBA and making it into the league, so when he recruited me it was definitely my goal but we didn't really talk about it. We had a great team my freshman year, well, we had some injuries and circumstances that that year didn't go as well as we planned, but looking back on it it was definitely a great experience, he was a good coach, we had a lot of fun, we had good players, there were a lot of people in the stands at every game … but I look back on college and definitely have no regrets. It was an amazing experience, it got me better as a person, it kind of got me ready a little bit for NBA life.

EUROBASKET: Deividas Dulkys just signed to play basketball with Florida State University out of Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas. You also went to high school in the United States. For a young Lithuanian trying to make it to the NBA do you suggest going to high school in the United States or staying home to attend one of the Lithuanian basketball academies?

LK: I think it's a different case for everybody. Basketball got so good overseas, I mean, people going pro early, but I don't know … I have my family living here so that's why I went to high school and went to college here. So I definitely don't regret it, but I think it's a different case for a different player. Right now I don't know which way is easier to make it.

EUROBASKET: Zalgiris just traveled to the United States and went 0-3 in exhibition games against NBA teams, any thoughts on the team's performance?

LK: I see why the NBA is trying to do that, but it's really tough … they flew, they played next game and it was a good performance, but I don't think any teams took it that seriously … it was [Zalgiris'] pre-season too, and the NBA teams' pre-season, so the NBA teams didn't play their best players, but [Zalgiris] definitely did a good job representing themselves and our country, but it's not easy to come in and play 3 games, fly all across the country, definitely not in a private plane, and win games. But they did the best they could, and I think they gave a run to a couple of teams so that was good.

EUROBASKET: How hard was the Eurobasket loss against Russia for you?

LK: It was definitely hard. We came in as favorites and we definitely expected to win that game, and they played great, [but] we felt tired, we felt fatigued a little bit, and that was the game right there, but you know they definitely proved they were worth it to beat us and go on and beat Spain, so now we did what we wanted to do, we made it to the Olympics, and now we just gotta get ready and try to win it down there.

EUROBASKET: The University of Missouri against the University of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Title Game. You went to Missouri and Eddie Najera went to Oklahoma. Were there any good stories in terms of the rivalry?

LK: Not really, I mean we went to our schools but we played basketball there. We definitely cheer for football, and we had a little trash-talking but that was about it. Me and Eddie get along great so it wasn't too much.


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LUXEMBOURG

Musel Pikes climbs up the ladder -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes improved to 7-4 record and climbed one win away from the second spot in the ladder. In the last round they took on Black Star away from home and celebrated a 72:61 victory. The visitors built a safe 15-point advantage at the interval. Though Black Star stepped up aggressively in the second half and gradually cut the gap. But Musel Pikes maintained a minimum lead throughout the final period and scored some important baskets at the late stage to clear off for good. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) led the visitors with 22 points. Samy Picard (195-F-88) contributed 18 points and Christopher Braier had 10 points and 9 boards in a winning clause. Scott Hazelton (203-F-81, college: Rhode Island) scored 25 points for Black Star. Patrick Arbaut (185-G-87) delivered 12 points in the 7th defeat for the home team.
Soleuvre rolled to an impressive hard-fought win over Contern away from home. Contern led by 4 points after the opening frame but Soleuvre led by sizzling performance from Sean Hampton (195-F-75, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Alderson-Broaddus) recovered midway through the encounter. The visitors built a 7-point advantage heading into the fourth period but Yves Braun (194-F-76) sparked with an important three-pointers late in the regulation to force overtime. But Sean Hampton lifted Soleuvre to an overall victory at the end of extra time. He finished with game-high 43 points and 9 boards. Luc Loesch (197-F-75) tallied 11 points for the winners. Marwan Gaines (196-F-82, college: Findlay (OH)) answered with 26 points and 16 boards for Contern. Yves Braun and Eric Jeitz (190-G-86) produced 19 points apiece in a loss. It was the fourth success for Soleuvre in the season and they climbed to 4-8 record.


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MALAYSIA

Malaysian National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Eng Heng


Kian Hoong


Satyaseelan


Way Tek


Bik Ing
4 Soo Eng Heng (182-G-84) of Segamat Rimba Timor
5 Lau Bik Ing (180-G-78) of Bintulu Rainbow
6 Cheong Yow Keen (178-G-84) of Klang WCT Land
7 Abdul Kader Yusof (185-F-84) of Klang WCT Land
8 Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) of Segamat Rimba Timor
9 Kappusamy Satyaseelan (185-G/F-78) of Segamat Rimba Timor
10 Ang Tun Kaw (193-F/C-84) of Segamat Rimba Timor
11 Chow Kim Hoong (189-F-82) of Segamat Rimba Timor
12 Hoo Won Francis Loh (192-C-82) of Melaka Chinwoo
13 Koo Chen Jye (188-G/F-84) of Melaka Chinwoo
14 Koh Way Tek (194-F/C-83) of Segamat Rimba Timor
15 Chee Li Wei (198-F/C-83) of Melaka Chinwoo
Head Coach: Sim Sin Heng
Assistant Coach: Teh Choon Yean


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MEXICO

Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Panteras de Aguascalientes inked Mario Bennett (207-F-73, college: Arizona St.), who made an imporessive debut vs. Tijuana Galgos, with 22 pts, 11 rbs, 3blocked shots and 3 assits. Larry Satchell (206-F/C-80, college: Arkansas) moved from ABA Houston Takers to Lobos UAC Saltillo

Fuerza Regia ready for Liga de las Americas -by Gianni Pascucci
Fuerza Regia Monterrey traveled to Miami, where will compete in "Group B" of Liga de Las Americas. The team from Northern Mexico is in good shape, with a current 23-13 record in LNBP league, fifth in the global ranking. The head coach is Puertorican Jose 'Pepo' Martinez , and the top players areTeam Mexico PG Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene), Gerald Williams (190-G-68, college: New Orleans) and Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.). Fuerza Regia will open the tournment meeting Capitanes de Arecibo from Puerto Rico tomorrow night at the Florida International University Arena. The other two teams of the Group are Halcones UV Xalapa and host team Miami Tropics

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NBA

Eurobasket catches up with Linas Kleiza -by Brian Bradford
Denver, Colorado, USA - In a game as ugly as the snowy winter weather that had descended on the city of Denver yesterday, the Denver Nuggets managed to eek out a 101-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Nuggets were paced by superstar guard Allen Iverson, who picked up a double-double with 23 points, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds. A couple of those assists were passes to Lithuanian shooting forward Linas Kleiza, who closed the night with 9 points (1-2 from 3 point range), 3 rebounds, and an assist.

Punctuating the European presence in the matchup was Slovenian point guard Beno Udrih, who scored 24 points (2-4 from 3 point range), 7 assists and 4 rebounds in a losing effort for the Kings.

After the game, Eurobasket.com (and a few other journalists) had a chance to catch up with the up-and-coming Lithuanian and ask Linas a few questions about his life in the NBA, his time at the University of Missouri, advice for young Lithuanians who dream of playing in the NBA, Zalgiris' recent road-trip to the United States, the Lithuanian National Team's loss to Russia, and his friendly rivalry with fellow international Eduardo Najera.

EUROBASKET: What has the NBA been like for you, it seems like you've kind of blossomed the last year or two?

LK: You know, it's early in the year but it's going good so far. I got a little hurt a couple of games back, but I'm playing now, [my ankle] is feeling good, and you know, it's just fun to be here, to contribute and to be on a winning team, and we're doing great so it's a lot of fun. It's way better than college basketball.

EUROBASKET: When you left the University of Missouri as a sophomore is this what you expected?

LK: When I came out as a sophomore I got drafted in the first round and definitely had high hopes for myself, but once you get [to the NBA] and you see all the guys it's kind of a reality check. Everybody is so good here, so it took me a good year of being in the gym early working hard, and I had a chance to play my rookie year, so it was definitely good, but I think the second half of my second year that's when I really picked up and started playing, and we had a lot of circumstances at the beginning of the year that kind of gave me an opportunity to play …

EUROBASKET: We know you can shoot. I guess defense, are you working on that?

LK: Definitely, that's a big key. I've improved my shot, I've got the NBA-range 3 now, so I'm been improving my defense trying to defend a lot of people. I'm playing the 2, 3, and 4 so you never know who you're going to have to defend, but the NBA's different, it's not college, you can't really shut somebody down one-on-one, you've got to have great team defense to do it, so I've definitely been working on that.

EUROBASKET: What's it like being on a team with A.I. and Carmelo Anthony and guys like that?

LK: It's definitely great. Every day going to practice, practicing and playing against them, they're so good, they're just so talented. There are not a lot of people like that, they can do everything, and it's just definitely great. They're great teammates, we get along good off the court, it's a fun team to be on and we've just got to put it together and get a lot of wins and make a run at the playoffs.

EUROBASKET: When (ex-University of Missouri basketball coach) Quin Snyder recruited you is this where you thought you would be?

LK: I never thought I would be here, but my goal was definitely NBA and making it into the league, so when he recruited me it was definitely my goal but we didn't really talk about it. We had a great team my freshman year, well, we had some injuries and circumstances that that year didn't go as well as we planned, but looking back on it it was definitely a great experience, he was a good coach, we had a lot of fun, we had good players, there were a lot of people in the stands at every game … but I look back on college and definitely have no regrets. It was an amazing experience, it got me better as a person, it kind of got me ready a little bit for NBA life.

EUROBASKET: Deividas Dulkys just signed to play basketball with Florida State University out of Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas. You also went to high school in the United States. For a young Lithuanian trying to make it to the NBA do you suggest going to high school in the United States or staying home to attend one of the Lithuanian basketball academies?

LK: I think it's a different case for everybody. Basketball got so good overseas, I mean, people going pro early, but I don't know … I have my family living here so that's why I went to high school and went to college here. So I definitely don't regret it, but I think it's a different case for a different player. Right now I don't know which way is easier to make it.

EUROBASKET: Zalgiris just traveled to the United States and went 0-3 in exhibition games against NBA teams, any thoughts on the team's performance?

LK: I see why the NBA is trying to do that, but it's really tough … they flew, they played next game and it was a good performance, but I don't think any teams took it that seriously … it was [Zalgiris'] pre-season too, and the NBA teams' pre-season, so the NBA teams didn't play their best players, but [Zalgiris] definitely did a good job representing themselves and our country, but it's not easy to come in and play 3 games, fly all across the country, definitely not in a private plane, and win games. But they did the best they could, and I think they gave a run to a couple of teams so that was good.

EUROBASKET: How hard was the Eurobasket loss against Russia for you?

LK: It was definitely hard. We came in as favorites and we definitely expected to win that game, and they played great, [but] we felt tired, we felt fatigued a little bit, and that was the game right there, but you know they definitely proved they were worth it to beat us and go on and beat Spain, so now we did what we wanted to do, we made it to the Olympics, and now we just gotta get ready and try to win it down there.

EUROBASKET: The University of Missouri against the University of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Title Game. You went to Missouri and Eddie Najera went to Oklahoma. Were there any good stories in terms of the rivalry?

LK: Not really, I mean we went to our schools but we played basketball there. We definitely cheer for football, and we had a little trash-talking but that was about it. Me and Eddie get along great so it wasn't too much.


DAJUAN Who? -by Alex Yams


The Best Player you have never heard of………………………

In a world of high price and over hyped talent, there is a player who is both humble on and off the court, realizes that playing any professional sport for a living is a privilege rather then a right. We descend upon the east, the Far East, China to be exact in search of this elusive gem named Dajuan Tate. An unfamiliar name to most, but a star at virtually everywhere he has played including NAIA Mountain State and a host of teams in the minor leagues.

Tate plays for the Jilin NorthEastern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), and is one of the premier players in the entire country. Tate's long traveled road led him to the doorsteps of the most densely populated country, where basketball is rapidly becoming the most popular sport. Tate attended two summer camps, a qualifying camp in Oregon and then the annual CBA Draft camp, which was held in Hawaii this past August. He was the most athletic and exciting player at the camps, something the international scene thrives on and embraces.

Tate was then drafted by the Tigers in the 1st round, 6th pick overall, much to the dismay of the other teams, who were trying to take a player they thought could change the fortunes for their respective teams. Already having completed the first half of the season, Tate stands as one of the top players in the league, scoring nearly 30 pts per contest, but it is the intangibles, that make him a winner, the team play, his likeable demeanor and fun loving personality coupled with his incredible skill and understanding of a game that nearly forgot about him. Wearing the #21, Tate has systematically resurrected basketball in his adopted city of Changchun, China.

We fast forward to the 19th game of this CBA season, versus Yunnan. Dajuan pours in an incredible 68 pts in a jaw dropping performance, where he shot 28-34, all of them coming from the charity stripe or inside the arc, with over half of his teams pts (133), Tate carried his team, as he has all season long, en route to a victory over Yunnan, which boasts top overall pick Nigel Dixon, who had 46pts. The CBA league record is held by former GM Sun Jun, who incidentally recruited and drafted Tate back in August. The opportunity of shattering his former bosses point total may have crossed his mind, but out a deep respect for Jun and the city and country, Tate held back and praised the incredible performance of his former GM and the respect he has for him.

After this season of stellar play, Tate will soon be a household name in the basketball world, both in China and the world. These types of actions will make Dajuan Tate a national hero, someone who an entire country can embrace and admire for his performances on the court. Let's take time and thank him for the person he is off the court, because sometimes winning in life is more important then on the court. Boxscore below...


21 38:01 28-34 0-5 12-15 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 1/1 7 10 68pts


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NCAA2

Ashland beats #4 in the Nation Findlay 84-81 to open GLIAC play!!! -by Lucius Jones
Ashland defeated the #4 team in the nation at home in Findlay (OH) 84-81 in a high quality performance.Head Coach Roger Lyons , Coach Fralic and staff had a great gameplan of attacking the Oilers inside early and it worked out amazingly for them. Redshirt Freshman Kale Richardson (6'7''-C) formerly of Bloom Carroll had a huge 24pts in the opening frame as they led 40-39 at the half. In an exciting nip and tick contest that came down to the wire,Ashland was able to generate quality perimeter performances by several players. Bret Wackerly (5'10''-G-86) spread the defense to the tune of 18pts and 4-8 3pt shooting. Brett Bartlett (6'0''-G) added 14pts and Tyler Rosenberger (6'5''-G/F) ended with a tally of 16pts. Findlay (OH) was led by standout Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87) and his 16pt outing.

Tusculum defeats D1 Elon 74-60 in a huge win!!! -by Lucius Jones
Leading from start to finish over D1 Elon, Tusculum was able to pull off a dynamic win 74-60. At the half alone,Tusculum was up 17points and seemingly never looked back as they shot the 3ball to the tune of 61.9% as a team. Kyle Moore (6'3''-G) led the way with 23points overall and 5-8 3pt shooting. Jordan Lear added 3-6 3pt shooting and a solid 18pt,9reb performance as well. Jimmy Boone had an impressive 3-4 4pt day and a 13point contribution as Darren Hobbs ended with 6pts 5rebs 2asts in 21mins of play.

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PHILIPPINES

Philippines National Team (Harbour Centre Philippine Team) for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Al Vergara (173-G-79) of Harbour Centre Batang Pier
5 Boyet Bautista (173-G-83) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
6 Jeffri Chan (191-F-83) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
7 Beau Belga (198-C-86) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
8 Frederick Rodriguez (195-C-81)
9 Eugene Tan (184-G-77) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
10 Richard Alonzo (192-F-80) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
11 Jayson William (180-G-86)
12 Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team
13 Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Hapee Toothpaste
14 Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) of Harbour Centre Philippine Team

15 Allan Salansang (196-F-76) of Talk N Text Phone Pals
Head Coach: Edmundo Baculi
Assistant Coach: Francisco Luis Alas


Philippines edge Indonesia for the second straight win -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Indonesia 75:49

Philippines National team extended their winning run at the 24th SEA Games in Thailand. After the initial win over Cambodia they outscored Indonesia today. And once again Philippines dominance was pretty obvious throughout the game as they led from tip off. Indonesia entered the game with a victory in store and hoped to challenge the tournament's favorites. But the hopes lived for just one frame. Indonesia kept it close in the opening stanza and trailed by 5 points after it. Philippines however raised the tempo and dismantle their opponents in the second quarter. A full dominance of Philippines team under the rims allowed them to mount the pressure on Indonesia and deliver too many second chance points. Philippines widened the margin to 22 points at halftime 46:24. Philippines never slowed down after the main break as they continued to keep it tight defensively and limited Indonesia to just 8 points in the third term. The gap grew to 31 points entering the fourth period and Philippines let their opponents gain the initiative as the outcome was pretty clear. Indonesia finally managed to outplay their counterparts and won the fourth term 17:12.
Gabriel Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) led the action with 19 points and 8 boards for Philippines. Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) scored 11 points and pulled down 8 boards for the winners. Indonesia replied with 10 points from Ronny Gunawan (194-F/C-80). Faisal Achmad had 9 points in a losing effort. Philippines outrebounded their opponents 44:33 and forced those to 21 turnovers.
Philippines will next take on Malaysia on Wednesday. Indonesia faces Thailand tomorrow.

Philippines: Gabriel Norwood 19, Jervy Cruz 11+8 boards, Jonathan Fernandez (187-G-84) 9
Indonesia: Ronny Gunawan 10, Faisal Achmad 9


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POLAND

Bozeman in Slupsk, Sampson next? -by Michal Falkowski
Little revolution in Energa Czarni Slupsk? The club opened this season winnig over AZS but later they got eight defeats in a row. In this situation the board of the club made a decision about strenghtenings. The player who has already signatured a deal until the end of this season is Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA). An American is typical point guard but thanks to his height he is able to play as
shooting guard as well. Bozeman is a graduate from UCLA and finished the university with averages: 7.6 ppg., 5.5 apg. and 3.8 rpg. In October of 2006 he joined Atlanta Hawks but after 23 games (1.1 ppg.) he left the team and moved to Albuquerque Thunderbirds in NBDL. Very good performances (15.3 ppg. , 10.1 apg. and 6.8 rpg!) caused he moved to Telindus Oostende in Belgium where he
achieved golden medal. When it comes to other prospective transfer, the club is very close to sign a deal with next ex-NBA name - Jamal Sampson. An American can play both sides: center and power forward. Despite he is only 24-year-old player he has just spent 5 season in NBA playing alternately in Milwaukee Bucks (5 games), Los Angeles Lakers (10), Charlotte Bobcats (23), Sacramento Kings (12) and Denver Nuggets (23). In his best period of time he averaged 3.4 ppg. and 5.3 rpg. He bagan this season in Dallas Mavericks but he had to leave the team in October due to there were no place for him. He got an offer from Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt but rejected it because he didn't want to take part in try-out.
Moreover the positions of Ed Scott and James Hughes are endangered. It is quite possible they may be released by the club. But at the moment - there has been no decision yet.


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PORTUGAL

Liga UZO round 7 -by Luis Rocha
Lusitanis did the unthinkable, they went to Ovar and won over Ovarense. The final result was 67-71, and Lusitanis took good profit of the absence of Stempin and Henry, nevertheless a poor game from Ovarense that made is opponent come out happy and probably stronger to the next games. Porto needed an overtime to win against Barreirense at home, they won 98-96, but the game was tight untill the very end, and Barreirense could have also be a deserved winner. Belenenses couldn't take the win at home against Vagod, once again this team come to Lisbon and leave with a nice win, this time they won 94-92 and gave another step ahead in their afirmation of value in this season. Finally Ginasio went to Madeira and come back with a smile in their faces because they won over CAB 81-74. Brandon Vorhees made a tremendous game and brooke all the hopes of winning by CAB. The MVP of the round was Lance Soderberg (206-F/C-82, college: Azusa Pacific), he scored 28 points, get 13 boards and 3 steals, this guy is making a enormous impact in LIga UZO, with some very good performances, this time he was unable to guide Belenenses to the victory, but the team knows very well that he is taking them to the next level.

Proliga round 10 -by Luis Rocha
This weekend two rounds were played, since the 9th as still one match to be played I wuill talk only about the 10th. A big surprise happened in Queluz, the home team tired by the game played the day before, face a fresh Angra who was able to force things to be decided in the end, and when it comes there, know how to finish it off, final result 70-73. Benfica just smashed aan aphatic Esgueira 92-56, appaling... Sangalhos hosted CTM and once again this team couldn't win, Sangalhos took profit to rest a bit from the game of saturday, but won easily (77-70) on his own pace. Fisica went to Seixal and had no problems to win a game that before it was played could seem dificult, at the end things were not as though, Fisica won 80-68. Illiabum hosted Atletico and although using all it's players, could find an easy win over one tired opponent, final result 96-70. Sampaense had a though (very though ) job in beating Maia. It was not expected such a good game from Maia, but they find a nice way to control the game and getting they're work done, at the end the individualities of Sampaense made worth their honours and the win stood at home 88-86. Finally Academica played at home against Vitoria ( a rested Vitoria...) and saw how the game flew little by little from his hands, Vitoria is a more experienced team and with a game not played the day before shows itself before the home team with a bigger margin of freshness who gives an important advantage, final result 60-68. The MVP of the round was Sangalho's Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac), he scored 26 points get 13 boards and gave 2 assists, nice numbers to a player that is becoming very important in Sangalhos.

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PUERTO RICO

Greece outbids Puerto Rico for Pre-Olympic Tournament -by Luis Ramirez
With both Puerto Rico and Greece vying for the nomination to be the host for the games which will determine which last three teams go to the Olympic games in China in 2008, it was Greece who got the nod. Puerto Rico had known that it's bid was somewhat of a long shot as Greece bid was really greater than that offered by Puerto Rico, nonetheless, Puerto Rico's past Fiba Official, Jenaro Tuto Marchand made a final attempt to gain the support, but fell short. The tournament will be played from July 14 thru July 20 of next year.

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ROMANIA

Stanescu Virgil shines for Unics -by Eurobasket News
Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) has a great season in Russia for Unics. In Uleb Cup Unics Kazan rebounded after a number of unsuccessful outings in both Russian Superleague and ULEB Cup to thump Eiffel Towers 108:79 in Netherlands. The outcome was mainly built in the opening frame as the visitors left no chance for Eiffel Towers outscoring them 30:11 and sending a strong message to the crowd at the Maasport Sports&Events Centre. Eiffel Towers had momentum in the second quarter as they managed to outplay 7 points and trailed by 12 points at halftime. But Unics reestablished the distance early in the third stanza. Virgil Stanescu nailed 19 points and made 5 rebounds.
Last night Virgil Stanescu scored 8 points as Unics overcame Sibirtelekom 96:69.
In Round 11 of Romanian league CSU Ploiesti improved to 11-0. The team had a tough road victory over BC Targoviste 81:97. BC Targu Mures beat BC Râmnicu Vâlcea 97:84 as Bryan McCullough (198-G/F-83, college: NC-Asheville) paced the winners with 38 points. Clark Jon netted 16, while Cooley JuJuan Laray and Vlad Pora (193-G-84) scored 12 points apiece. Ilic Voislav top-scored for the guests with 21 points.


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RUSSIA

CSKA edges Khimky in a key game of the season -by Eurobasket News
The game between Khimky and CSKA brought huge interest even before the game and probably in the last period of time, when both teams top the Super League. Khimky were without losses, while CSKA followed them with 1 loss and a good start in Euroleague.
CSKA spurted with 15:23 but it seemed that the hosts would catch up immediately. Another opinion had Moscow team when they produced 11:31 in the second quarter to shock Khimky. CSKA had 28 points deficit and downed the hosts in the first half. The game continued in the same stream, but the spectators realized that Khimky would never stay closer. CSKA won 61:87 and improved to 11-1. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell), Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and David Andersen (212-C-80) top-scored with 14 points each. BURKE Patrick nailed 12 for Khimky that is 10-1 in the standings. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) and MAССARTY Kelly ended up with 10 points each.
Last night UNICS beat Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv 96:69 as SАVАNOVIC Dusko and Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) produced 18 points each. Dynamo (Moscow) won over Ural-Great (Perm) 93:82 to take 10-2 record. Lokomotiv-Rostov could benefit from Spartak VGUES in overtime 94:91. CSK VVS-Samara edged Enisey 98:69 as Green nailed 19 points for the winners.


Khimky (Moscow region) - CSKA (Moscow) 61 : 87 (15-23, 11-31, 23-16, 12-17)
Khimky:BURKE Patrick 12, Anton Ponkrashov 10, MAС СARTY Kelly 10
CSKA: J.R. Holden 14, Trajan Langdon 14, David Andersen 14


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SERBIA

Zadar made surprise in Belgrade, FMP ended black series in Ljubljana -by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda suffered the shocking defeat Vs Zadar at home 84-86. Croatian team succeeded to win in Belgrade's hall "Pionir" after 32 years. Red and white team opened the game very good making 40-25 in 15th minute but totally deferent picture was seen on the court in the second half which Zadar started with three consecutive 3-pointers. First advantage visitors made in 30th minute, 62-60. At the end Zvezda's player were not concentrated from the FT line missing couple of crucial attempts while Stallworth made 2 for Zadar at the very end. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) was the best in Zadar collecting 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) added 20 points and 4 rebounds for Zvezda.

After 9 consecutive defeats, both in Adriatic league and ULEB Cup, FMP outplayed Union Olimpija on the road 80-72. Panthers finished the first quarter with plus 16. In the third period hosts came a bit closer on 47-55 but Panthers answered making run 7-0 and decided the question about the winner. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led FMP recording double-double, 25 points and 11 rebounds. Marko Milic (199-G-77) scored 16 points for Olimpija. Interesting is that both teams netted just four 3-pointers during the entire game. FMP made 2 of 16 while Olimpija had even worst percentage as they made only 2 of 23 attempts from behind the arc.

Hemofarm STADA celebrated over Vojvodina Srbijagas in Serbian derby 84-67. Battle between two teams from northern part of Serbia (Vojvodina) is decided in the middle of the third quarter when Hemofarm made advantage of 14 points (58-44) what was unreachable for the Tulips until the end. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable for Vojvodina's big guys. Member of Slovenian NT added 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. On the other side center Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) nailed 19 points. Hemofarm currently has score 8-5 while Vojvodina has 6-7.


Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 84-86
(24-13,17-18,22-31,21-24)

Crvena Zvezda:
Misanovic 20 (4 rebs), Kovac 17 (5 rebs, 5 st), Cook 14 (9 as)
Zadar: Brewer 27 (4 rebs, 4 as), Johnson 19 (7 rebs)


Union Olimpija - FMP 72-80
(8-24,23-13,18-26,23-17)

Union Olimpija:
Milic 16, Dragic 13, Taylor 11 (7 rebs)
FMP: Erceg 25 (11 rebs), Krstovic 15 (5 rebs, 5 as), Protic 13


Hemofarm STADA - Vojvodina Srbijagas 84-67
(22-18,19-19,22-12,21-18)

Hemofarm STADA:
Jagodnik 25 (7 rebs), Marshall 18
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Golubovic 19, Nemeth 11, Djorjdevic 10


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SLOVAK REP.

Lucenec gets rid of the opponent -by Eurobasket News
The game between Lucenec and Chemosvit Svit was the key game of Round 14. It was however not the most interesting as Lucenec smashed the opponent to stay on top alone.
With 16:6 it was a bit unclear that the visitors were on the top as well. They recovered later in the first half and won the second quarter 17:19. The fourth quarter proved that Lucenec is in a better shape now. With 20:8, the hosts celebrated 70:48 victory. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) paced the winners with 26 points. Igor Kovacevic (189-G-72, agency: Heinrich Sports) nailed 16, while Praznovsky scored 13. Hunter brought the guests 16 points.

Pezinok reached Svit at 10-4 after a road victory over Komarno 64:76. An 11:23 was fatal for the hosts in the third quarter. Andrej Lukjanec (202-F/C-69) produced 26 points for the winners. Micuda posted 23 and Brlic chipped in 11. Stipe Pivac (204-F/C-78, agency: Heinrich Sports) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points.

Slovintegra Levice - MBK Handlova 81:78 (20:21, 16:18, 19:26, 26:13)
Slovintegra Levice: Vladimir Klar (-86) 20, Lutovsky 19, Gambiroza 18
MBK Handlova: Milosevic 30, Bratic 17, Vlaic 15

HBK Prievidza - BK Dolny Kubin 96:60 (20:25, 28:7, 22:17, 26:11)
HBK Prievidza: Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) 27, Vucic 26, Immink 19
BK Dolny Kubin: Bacic 11, Sljuka 11, Findura 11

Komarno - SKANSKA Pezinok 64:76 (16:20, 20:15, 11:23, 17:18)
Komarno: Stipe Pivac 20, Suja 13, Ivanovic 7
SKANSKA Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec 26, Micuda 23, Brlic 11

Lucenec - Chemosvit Svit 70:48 (16:6, 17:19, 17:15, 20:8)
Lucenec: Antonio Bicvic 26, Igor Kovacevic 16, Praznovsky 13
Chemosvit Svit: Hunter 16, Laco 11, Klaric 8, Jankovic 8


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SLOVENIA

Zagorje gain first win -by Zeljko Zule
Zagorje recorded their first win of the season by beating Elektra 72-64 in Round 9. Elektra led early in the third quarter before the home team pulled ahead 57-47 with an 12-2 run. Slobodan Bjelica (198-G-79) scored 24 points, Milos Savkovic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Nejc Glavas had 14 points and 8 assists while experienced Ales Kunc led the guests with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rogla snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 90-67 road win over Kraski zidar. Newcommer Igor Jokic posted 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Pavel Djurkovic and Marko Mugosa scored 14 points apiece for the home team. Krka in last quarter made a 18-5 run for their sixth straight win, 102-86 over TCG Mercator. Marko Rakocevic came off the bench to netted 22 points on shooting 8-of-10, Jure Balazic added 17 points, TJ Sorrentine collected 14 points and 7 assists and Milan Sebic had 9 points and 10 rebounds. For the guests, Primoz Skok and Dino Muric posted 21 points apiece, Jure Erzen 20 and Simon Finzgar 18. Newcommer in A-1 league Hopsi extended their losing streak to four games with a 73-86 loss at home to Luka Koper. Jasmin Catovic 21 of his 29 points scored in first half and received a little help. The only other teammate to reach double figures was Andrej Podvrsnik with 10 points. Vlado Pasalic had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Koper and former Hopsi's guard Miha Cmer finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

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SPAIN

LEB Gold: CAI stays on top -by Francisco Martinez
Results (stats)
ALERTA CANTABRIA - LECHE RIO BREOGAN 79-99
ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA - AGUAS DE VALENCIA 90-77
BEIRASAR ROSALIA - FORD BURGOS 54-84
CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS - C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA 86-83
CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS - BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA 79-92
MELILLA BALONCESTO - BRUESA GBC 80-84
FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM - TENERIFE RURAL 75-69
PALMA AQUA MAGICA - UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA 83-72
C.B. L'HOSPITALET - PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA 64-72

Recap
CAI Zaragoza stays in the leadership after defeating Los Barrios. The challenge of ruling point guards between Victoriano and Rivero was the key because the Argentinean guard was better than Rivero.

Bruesa had a hard day at Melilla, but they got to win the game in spite of the bad adding of its inside play, who was not very well. Southall, the best for Melilla, missed key free throws in the end of the game.

Alicante got its home power again and they trashed Aguas de VAlencia. The local team was led by Fisher and Digbeu, while Grunfeld did his debut witg GAndia scoring 19.

Autocid Ford Burgos got an awesome victory over Rosalia, which is suffering with Oleson sidelined. The most outstanding performance was done by Mena, author of 14 points in the second quarter.

La Laguna defeated a powerful team as Ciudad de Huelva. Donaldson and Detrick led the team in an equalized game solved in the free throws of the end.

Alerta Cantabria stays in his downhill times and they lost the seventh game in a row. The killer was Breogan, led by Hector Hector Garcia (194-F-78, agency: Interperformances), author of 25.

Thomas Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) and his great game were the main reason for the defeat of tenerife Rural in Inca.

Palma Aqua Magica enjuyed the best Lou Lou Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) to defeat La Palma. Puyada and Rejon shone too.

Ibaka deactivated the best player of Lleida, but Brian Jones and Hettsheimeier combined to win the game.

Best five (by efficience)
Andy Panko (203-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) 37
Lou Roe 31
Thomas Terrell 27
Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, college: Detroit Mercy) 26
Hector Garcia 23

MVP: Andy Panko


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SWEDEN

Four quarters game are not enough for Norrkoping Dolphins and Sundsvall Dragons -by Eurobasket News
The leader of the Swedish league Plannja Basket overcame Öresundskraft Basket 107:93. The first half was the decisive in the game for the 9th win for the favorite. Oladapo Ayuba was unstoppable with 28 points. Terry Williams netted 23 and Fred Drains scored 18. Herman Favors (173-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Georgia St.) produced 23 points in the losing effort.
08 Stockholm Human Rights had a tough and very important win over Solna Vikings 95:97 away from home. 08 Stockholm Human Rights improved to 7-3 and stays alone on the second spot. Jeremiah Johnson (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) led the winners with 24 points. Joakim Blom had 18, while Johan Westerlund and Nashid Beard scored 16 points each. Brandon McKnight had a good night for the guests nailing 32 points.
Sundsvall Dragons lost the second position after an overtime thriller against Norrkoping Dolphins. The latter enjoyed 112;107 home victory and improved to 4-6. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) poured in 27 points to lead all the winners. Adam Alexander netted 24, while Pero Vasiljevic scored 21. Ian Johnson (206-F-84, college: Davidson) finished the night with 39 points in defeat.

Jamtland - Borås Basket 89 - 82 (20 - 23, 20 - 14, 19 - 20, 30 - 25)
Jamtland: Doremus Bennerman 26, Andrew Mitchell 23, Adnan Chuk 19, Tim Whitworth 10, Anton Sawstrom 7, Joakim Eriksson 4.
Borås: Michael Kingma 22, Dennis Springs 21, Christopher Anrin 17, Ryan McDade 9, Simon Andreasen 6, Jonas Larsson 6, Andreas Carlsson.

Norrkoping Dolphins - Sundsvall Dragons 112 - 107 OT (26 - 30, 17 - 18, 27 - 20, 22 - 24, 20 - 15)
Norrkoping: Ian Johnson 39, George Gervin 23, Andrew Pleick 20, Pawel Mroz 16, Stefan Grundberg 10, Jesper Andersson 2, Joakim Åstrom 2.
Sundsvall: Joakim Kjellbom 27, Adam Alexander 24, Pero Vasiljevic 21, Alex Wesby 17, Srdan Subotic 14, Martin Engstrom 2, Calle Arnold 2.

Solna Vikings - 08 Stockholm Human Rights 95 - 97 (26 - 31, 19 - 23, 24 - 18, 26 - 25)
Solna: Brandon McKnight 32, Rudy Mbema 24, Lesli Myrthil 18, Martin Palmblad 17, Mohamed Neffati 4.
08 Stockholm: Jeremiah Johnson 24, Joakim Blom 18, Johan Westerlund 16, Nashid Beard 16, Jim Nystrom 12, Andreas Karlsson 8, Tomas Öberg 3.

Sodertalje Kings - Akropol Basket 104 - 92 (27 - 21, 26 - 27, 24 - 25, 27 - 19)
Sodertalje: Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 24, Rickard Eriksson 19, Johan Jeansson 16, Brandon Crone 15, Tom Liden 14, Thomas Massamba 12, Vladimir Rasic 2, Vedran Bosnic 2.
Akropol: Gerald Riley 31, Blerim Mazreku 29, Marcus Lindberg 10, Diamantis Koukouvinos 7, Athanasios Kalpakas 6, Samuel Desport 5, David Randa 4.

Gothia Basket - Uppsala Basket 76 - 96 (10 - 25, 19 - 20, 21 - 26, 26 - 25)
Gothia: Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) 23, Emil Salon 14, Lorenzo Miles 9, Srdjan Damjanovic 8, Daniel Dajic 6, Erik Vestin 4, Brandon Barton 3, Mario Drazic 3, Kim Palmqvist 2, Yannick Trott 2, Chris Sanders 2.
Uppsala: Fredrik Jonzen 22, Yasin Merzoug 18, Thomas Jackson 14, Danny Gathings 12, Fredrik Rosen 10, Mikael Åhrberg 6, Elias Westerlund 6, Anton Gaddefors 4, Justinas Pavlavicius 4.

Plannja Basket - Öresundskraft Basket 107 - 93 (24 - 16, 24 - 22, 28 - 32, 31 - 23)
Plannja: Oladapo Ayuba 28, Terry Williams 23, Fred Drains 18, Håkan Larsson 11, John P Rosendahl 11, Jim Enbom 10, Daniel Oppland 6.
Öresundskraft: Herman Favors 23, Jens Stålhandske 21, Johan Åkesson 15, Damon Jackson 11, Anders Ronndahl 9, Jonas Christensen 7, Serabilo Boucario 3, Richard Flink 2, Kiril Pavlovski 2.


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TAIWAN

Yulon, Dacin both at 2-0 -by Chris Wang
Dec. 9

Yulon 83-69 dmedia
Yulon fought off dmedia with a 12-0 closing run.
Yulon: Chen Hsin An (196-G/F-80) 21p+12rb, Tsun Wen-din 15p, Chen Chih-chung 15p, Lee Hsueh-lin 13p
Dmedia: Ouyang Jin-hen 18p, Jon Sanders 14p+17rb

Taiwan Mobile 56-47 Pure Youth
Cold-shooting Pure Youth (29% for the game) set SBL's lowest single-game scoring record, breaking the previous record of 50 points shared by three teams, in a lowest scoring game in SBL history.
TM: Hsu Wei-shen 13p, Liu Shen-yao 12p
PY: James Mao 11p

Dec. 8

Yulon 76-61 TM
Yulon: Chen Hsin An 22p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 11p
TM: Hong Chi-chao 13p, Chen Huei 12p

Dmedia 105-102 (2OT) Pure Youth
Making only 29 of 45 free-throws in the game, dmedia sank 7 of 8 free-throws in the second overtime and Lin Kwan-lun blocked Zuo Tsun-kai's potential game-tying three as time expired for the win.
Dmedia: Jon Sanders 34p+21rb, Lin Kwan-lun 14p, Huang Bao-tse 11p
PY: Chien Jia-hong 29p+13rb+6a, James Mao 23p, Doug Creighton 20p

Dacin 90-85 (OT) BOT
Chen Tse-wei scored 7 points in the extra period and Yue Ying-li made both free-throws with 3.4 seconds left to secure the victory. Dacin rallied from 23 points down early in the third period and won by five, a marvelous 29 points turnaround.
Dacin: Wang Chih-chun 21p, Tien Lei 18p
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 25p+15rb, Chang Jun-hsuan 19p


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THAILAND

Thailand National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Piya Santhiyakul (179-G-75)
5 Mana Jantuma (185-G-80)
6 Sopon Pinitpatcharalert (182-G-80)
7 Dilip Rai (203-C-75)
8 Nontapob Vivattanapongpetch (186-C-81)
9 Chainarong Soontreeyapas (181-G/F-74)
10 Pramoch Jantharaniom (192-G/F-75)
11 Kannat Samoechai (180-G-88)
12 Ratdech Kruatiwa (190-F-85)
13 Piyapong Piroon (189-F-81)
14 Jakkrapan Silapapipat (197-C-84)
15 Chaiwat Kaedum (195-C-83)
Head Coach: Zhao Xuanmin
Assistant Coach: Suntarapong Mawintorn
Assistant Coach: Chaiyanan Wongmepan


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TPBL

2008 TPBL TEAM ENTRIES / CITIES -by Chris Cardenas


THE 2008 TPBL SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND WE WANTED TO SHARE THE CIITES ENTERED IN THIS YEARS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE! WE HOPE YOU COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR TEAM AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR GREAT STATES ONLY PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE.....THE T.P.B.L. ....TEXAS BASED, TEXAS OWNED, A NEW TEXAS TRADITION!

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2. CHAPARRALS (SAN ANGELO,TX)
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3. DIESEL (DALLAS,TX)
4. REBELS (HOUSTON,TX)
5. SYNERGY (HOUSTON,TX)
6. LAKERS (LAKE JACKSON,TX)
7. GALLOS (JUAREZ/ EL PASO,TX)
8. STORM (BIG SPRING,TX)
9. FLIGHT (AUSTIN, TX)
10. BARNONE (KILLEEN,TX)

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TPBL LEAGUE PHONE : 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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U.KINGDOM

Weekend results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Six games were played over the last weekend in BBL. On Saturday Sheffield Sharks, Newcastle Eagles and Poujoulat Heat Guildford grabbed road wins. Sheffield Sharks overcame Team Birmingham Panthers 66:98 as Raymond McKeithan (200-F, college: Glenville St.) nailed 31 points. Graham posted 19, while Virgil scored 16. Newcastle Eagles were stronger than PAWS London Capital 84:77 as Richard Midgley (189-G-83, college: California) netted 25 for the winners. Smith finished the night with 17 and Bridge had 11. Bradley top-scored for capitals with 26 points. Poujoulat Heat Guildford had a road win over Worcester Wolves 89:108. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) poured in 27 points and Martin netted 25. James Life (194-G-83, college: Massachusetts) resisted for the hosts with 18 points.
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders was the only team to win at home as they beat Everton Tigers 84:70. Roderick Wellington (193-F-78) produced 18 points for the winners. Woodyard nailed 14, while Janiska ended up with 13.

On Sunday Kularoos Plymouth Raiders beat PAWS London Capital 83:60. Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) was on top with 20 points for the winners. Beasley and Moore followed him with 14 points each. Worcester Wolves revenged for the loss on saturday and won over BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 84:115 tonight. James Life was unstoppable with 47 points for the winners.

08.12
Team Birmingham Panthers -Sheffield Sharks 66:98

Panthers: A. Williams 16, Sandell 14, Popoola 13
Sharks: Raymond McKeithan 31, Graham 19, Virgil 16

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - Everton Tigers 84:70
Riders: Roderick Wellington 18, Woodyard 14, Janiska 13
Tigers: Chris Haslam (208-C-74, agency: Stanley International, college: Wyoming) 17, Aliu/Davis 16

PAWS London Capital- Newcastle Eagles 77:84
Capital: Bradley 26, Ogedengbe 10, Van Stein 9
Eagles: Richard Midgley 25, Smith 17, Bridge 11

Worcester Wolves - Poujoulat Heat Guildford 89:108
Wolves: James Life 18, Durrant 17, Evans/Harker 16
Heat: Tony Dorsey 27, Martin 25, Gilbert 20


09.12
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets - Worcester Wolves 84:115

Jets: Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) 30, Myers 21, Otten 14
Wolves: James Life 47, Paez 21, Harker 17


Kularoos Plymouth Raiders - PAWS London Capital 83:60
Raiders: Andrew Lasker 20, Beasley 14, Moore 14
Capital: Bradley 16, Miller 15, Ataha 9


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UKRAINE

Budivelnik Kyiv Defeats Kryvbass in OT -by Alexei Naumov
BC Budivelnik Kyiv won a 71:69 overtime thriller against Kryvbassbasket Lux to wrap up this weekend's Superleague action.

Kryvbass started the game with an 11:2 run, but Budivelnik quickly responded with a 12:0 punch, to take a 14:11 lead with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter.

The game was even during the second and the visitors headed into the halftime break up by 3 after shot from beyond the ark by Dmirti Glebov and a couple of free throws from Milos Pavlovic.

Kryvbass made 5 three pointers after intermission to take a 9-point lead heading into the 4th quarter, however, Budivelnik won the low-scoring stretch 13:4 and forced an overtime, finishing their opponents off thanks to smooth free-throw shooting during the final seconds.

Budivelnik's veteran Leonid Iailo had a game-high 19 points and 5 rebounds. Krivy Rih's Dmitro Glebov scored 16 in the losing effort.

The Superleague standings are available here


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URUGUAY

New players for 8 teams -by Hector Lopez
The eigth teams to play the second stage of the Uruguayan League named two new players each one during the Lug 2007 Draft. Not import players are authorized during the draft. The players were selected from those teams already eliminated from the tournament or others not playing the LUB.
Atenas - Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) Javier Alvarez (193-G-83)
Bigua -Omar Galeano (197-F/C-81) Martin Montes (195-F-82)
Defensor Sporting - Juan Carlos Zaballa (181-G-77), Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74)
Hebraica - Nicolas Barrera (200-F-77), Sebastian Munoz (185-G-80)
Malvin - Adrian Laborda (202-C-72) Leandro Taboada (180-G-86)
Trouville - Francisco Cabrera (180-G-80) Adrian Raymundez
Union Atletica - Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) Pablo Rak (188-G-82)
Welcome - Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) Diego Olivera (197-G-84)


Elimination round starts on friday -by Walter Sobrero
The second step towards playoffs will start on friday, playing the first 8 teams all against each other home and away in order to know the 4 who will play playoffs.
The 8 teams arrive to this stage with half the points they made in the regular season. 14 games will play each team in order to qualify to palyoffs. They start with this points:
Defensor Sporting Club 21.5
Atletico Bigua 21
Malvin 20
Club Trouville 20
Hebraica Macabi 19.5
Union Atletica 19
Atletico Atenas 18.5
Atletico Welcome 17
Also, the window for hiring foreign players will be open again on the 14th. before this stage starts.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

First results of Round 7 -by Eurobasket News
Two games were played in Adriatic League last night. Buducnost and Ragusa enjoyed the wins, while Gospic and Sibenik will try to do it tonight.
Buducnost overcame Merkur on a road 56:64. A 11:21 in the second quarter was the fatal for the hosts in the game. Merkur tried to recover in the third with 16:12, but failed again in the last quarter. Ana Perovic (195-C-77) led the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds, while Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) netted 9. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) top-scored for the Slovenian team with 13 points. Buducnost is on top with 6-1 record, while Merkur fell at 1-6.
Croatian Ragusa beat Vojvodina 79:52 at home to jump to 5-2 record. An easy start with 26:11 gave the control for the whole game. Vojvodina played the second half better than the first but could not catch up the opponent. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) paced the winners with 19 points. Matea Vrdoljak (-85) chipped in 14 as Josipa Bura (185-C-85) added 11. Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Merkur - Buducnost 56:64 (15-15, 11-21, 16-12, 14-16)
Merkur: Lucie Conkova 13, Nika Baric (168-G-92) 11
Buducnost: Ana Perovic 23+7 rebs, Iva Perovanovic 9+11 rebs, Ana Baletic 9

Ragusa - Vojvodina 79:52 (26-11, 20-17, 15-10, 16-14)
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 19, Matea Vrdoljak 14, Josipa Bura 11
Vojvodina: Sara Krnjic 13+12 rebs, Jelena Mitic (190-C-89) 11


Merkur is still home winless (Round 7) -by Zeljko Zule
Gospic remain the only unbeaten team after Round 7 in the NLB WABA League, following their 78-69 romp at lowly Mladi krajisnik. Marina Mazic scored 22 points and Orsolye Engler had 17 points and 6 assists while Aida Pilav ted the Bosnian team with 20 points. Ragusa outrebounded winless Vojvodina 51-36 and won 79-52. Marta Cakic posted 19 points and Sara Krnjic collected 13 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Merkur is still without a home win following their defeat by Buducnost 56-64. Lucie Conkova posted 13 points and Nika Baric 11 while Ana Perovic (195-C-77) was the only scorer in double-digits for the Montenegrin champion with 23. Sibenik defeated Jedinstvo 77-63. Jessica Dickson finshed with game-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Anda Jelavic had 14 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. Bojana Vucinic lead the guests with 12 points.
Round 7: Merkur-Buducnost 56-64, Ragusa-Vojvodina 79-52, Mladi krajisnik-Gospic 69-78, Cvena zvezda-Medvescak, Sibenik Jolly JBS-Jedinstvo 77-63.


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Gospic 7-0
2. Buducnost 6-1
3. Sibenik 6-1
4. Ragusa 5-2
5. Medvescak 3-3
6. Crvena Zv. 2-4
7. Jedinstvo 2-5
8. Celje 2-5
9. M.Kraj. BL 1-6
10. Vojvodina 0-7


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CAMEROON - Women

NCAA news -by Yann Tientcheu
Alex Tchangoue (5-11, Guard/Forward) continues to demonstrate growth. She led the Wake Forest Deacons to a 55-52 win over Western Carolina
on Dec. 8th; displaying double-double numbers, 13 pts and 11 rbds.
Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) (6-1, Forward) signed a double-double on Dec. 9th helping the Arizona Wildcats overcome Laong Beach (66-53). Njonkou had 12 pts and 10 rbds.


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CROATIA - Women

Ragusa improves to 5-2 in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News

Croatian Ragusa beat Vojvodina 79:52 at home to jump to 5-2 record. An easy start with 26:11 gave the control for the whole game. Vojvodina played the second half better than the first but could not catch up the opponent. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) paced the winners with 19 points. Matea Vrdoljak (-85) chipped in 14 as Josipa Bura added 11. Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Gospic and Sibenik will play their games in Adriatic league tomorrow. The next weekend Croatia will be able to see the derby between two teams in the key game of WABA.

Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) top-scored for French Bourges Basket in a 61:66 loss to Polish Wisla that improved to 3-2 and moved to the second place in group B of Euroleague. Bourges falls to 1-4 despite 15 points and 12 rebounds by Sonja Kireta. Ndongue converted a three-point play to start the second half, and Celine Dumerc three-pointer brought Bourges to within 39:31 as the visitors won the third 11:22. Anna DeForge led the winners with 24 points. Jelena Skerovic netted 14, while Fernandez scored 13.

Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) scored 5 points for Zeljeznicar in a 56:94 loss to besiktas in Group A of EuroCup.



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CZECH REP. - Women

Another display of skills from leaders -by Eurobasket News
The regular season in Czech ZBL enjoyed the 7th round of action. And once again the leaders gained simultaneous victories and improved to 7-0 records. USK Praha had little problems en route to a 87:52 over Valosun Brno. The teams exchanged baskets early in the first frame and Valosun trailed by 2 points 4 minutes into encounter. But the hosts burst out with a 12:0 rally to set the tone late in the quarter. Valosun managed to cut the gap back to 9 points early in the second stanza but 5 straight points from Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) allowed USK Praha held on to a comfortable distance. They led 47:34 at halftime and later extended the gap to 27 points as Valosun struggled to find a basket in the third quarter. Heading into the final term with a 28-point buffer and eased to victory at the end. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) scored 19 points to lead USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova contributed 15 points for the winners. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) responded with 12 points for Valosun. Miloslava Svobodova (188-C-84) and Wynter Whitley (187-F/C-82, college: Duke) had 10 points in the second defeat for the visitors.
Gambrinus meanwhile dispatched Strakonice 118:40 at home court. The hosts held their opponents to 4 points in the second stanza and accumulated a comfortable 59:22 lead at halftime. Gambrinus later entertained the crowd with impressive offensive plays and eased to the victory in the second half. Seven players scored in double figures for the home team. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) provided 16 points apiece for the hosts. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) and Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) knocked down 15 points each for the winners. Cherniy topscored for Strakonice with 13 points.
The 8th round of ZBL championship will bring the real treat for all basketball fans as Gambrinus and USK Praha will clash in Prague.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Fourth quarter too much for FoA -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 14: YMCA Helsinki was down by five (38-43) vs Alku (Forssa) during the half time and after three quarters the contest was still
close (69-64), but visitor FoA got tired during the 4th quarter (31-13) and YMCA Helsinki won finally 100-77. This game was the only one tonight.
Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) was the game MVP. Laaksonen was shooting 30 pts (1 - 6/7, 2 - 12/15) and grabbed 12 rbs. FoA was shooting much better
this time, but lost the rbs 39-28. Megan Griffith (168-G-85, college: Columbia) led FoA with 21 pts. Jamie Hawkins (185-F-84, college: Oregon) added 20 pts.

YMCA Helsinki - FoA 100-77 (38-43) (Niina Laaksonen 30/12, Mari Puustinen 16 - Megan Griffith 21, Jamie Hawkins 20).



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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Recap of Game Day 9 -by Moritz Korff
TSV Wasserburg celebrated another easy home-win and keeps dominating the league. Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) led her side with 30 points in a 106:72 over Herner TC. Five other Wasserburg-players scored in double-figures, including Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) with 16 and Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) with 14 points. Herne had no chance though Mandy Haenel (170-G-86) showed a great individual performance and shot 5 out of 7 from three point-territory to finish with 25 points.

Also second ranked evo New Basket Oberhausen kept the pace, overcoming BG 74 Goettingen for a 100:76-victory at home. The 450 fans saw Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine) chipping in 19 points and Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) adding 16 to the scoreboard for the home-side. Meanwhile, 28 points of Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) were not enough to lead the Violets to success this time.

The Saarlouis Royals secured another victory on their road trip to Halle, where they managed to defeat the Lions 82:67. Romy Baer (187-F-87) topscored for Saarlouis with 18 points followed by Desire Almind (180-F-82, college: Bucknell) with 15, while both Nadine Grieb (183-C-87) and Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) had 13 and 11 points respectively plus 10 boards each. Brittney Whiteside (175-G-85, college: Wright St.) contributed 19 points for Halle.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg ran over the BBV Leipzig Eagles (87:59) and never had any trouble to keep down the struggling opponent that remains the bottom-team of the DBBL. Hicran Ozen (169-G-81) scored 19 points for the Blue Dolphins, while Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis (IN)) combined for 14 points and 8 assists. Shantee Releford (183-F-84, college: Weber St.) had 12 points for Leipzig. Meanwhile, the Eagles-officials announced last week to strengthen the squad with a couple of fresh players during the Christmas Break.

After having been behind at halftime Eisvoegel USC Freiburg turned things around in the third and fourth quarter against Muenchen Basket to be the winner of a close encounter (63:57). Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Freiburg. Also Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76), who had 14 points, and Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) with 12 finished the game in double digits. Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) added 17 points for the Muenchen team while Anja Sredl (184-F-76) had 14.


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HUNGARY - Women

Pecs VS. Sopron 81:61 -by Adam Patonay
Both team played a really hard game on the Euroleague this week, but they couldn't rest because they had to play against each other on the hungarian league. Pecs started with 7:0 run and led during the game and didn't give any chance to Sopron. The home team could stop Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and made an excellent 3PT shoot percentage (8/19-42%). Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) made five threes and organized the play of her team. The Ivanyi-Fegyverneky-Coelho-Podrug quartet played well and when they rested Vajda and Somogyi could substitue them and Coach Ratgeber could send his talented juniors to the court. MKB Euroleasing played with ten player rotation, but they couldn't find their best five. Mizo Pecs 2010 won by 20 points and have got very good chance for win the regular season.

Somogyi-Honti-Horti-Semsei-Krivacevic-Sarok
Last summer the hungarian U20 national team won the silver medal at the European Championship. Today four players were on the court from this team. Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) scored 9 points without missed shoot, Katalin Honti (178-G-87) played 29 minutes and scored 5 points, Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) and Dora Horti (195-C-87) were the best scorers of their team. Besides, two more young players, Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) and Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) played and showed their talent.

Mizo Pecs 2010 - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 81:61

Pecs: IVANYI D. 16/15 (8 assists, 5 rebounds), FEGYVERNEKY ZS. 10 (8 rebounds), Meszaros K., PODRUG E. 10 (9 rebounds), COELHO G. 18/3. Sub.: SOMOGYI A. 9/3, VAJDA A. 13/3 (6 rebounds), Sarok N. 2, Krivacevic T. 3

Sopron: Nemeth B. 8, Honti K. 5, Gorbunova O. 9/3, Karolyi A. 5/3, Branzova A. 2. Sub.: SEMSEI B. 10/6, Horvath Zs. 2, Eordogh E. 4, HORTI D. 11, Milovanovic J. 5


Dalma Ivanyi is the MVP -by Gabriel Zippenfenig

Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) is the MVP of the 2007 Hungarian Championship.

I am very proud to be the MVP again - said the player of Mizo Pecs. It is a very good feeling to be the best. The decision is interesting because Mizo Pecs was the second in the 2007 Championship and they did not choose the MVP from the winner team.


Born: 18. March 1976.

Teams: Mezobereny, Kecskemet, PVSK, Florida International University, Utah Starzz, Phoenix Mercury, San Antonio Silver Stars, MiZo-PVSK

National Team player: 137 times

Hungarian Championship Winner: 9 times

WNBA games: 75 (avg. 15,6 minutes)



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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE - PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA 56 -90

On the 8th round CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE was defeated at her home court by PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA 56-90.
It was very bad night for CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE : 30% from the field, 67% from the free line, 16 bl.
The team is 6-2 and ranked on 3th place after C. ROS CASARES VALENCIA ( 8-0 ) and PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA ( 7-1 ).

Liron played 24:16 minutes had 12 points 2/6 33% for two 2/4 50% for three 2/2 100% frrom the free line , 4 rb. 3 ast.


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LEBANON - Women

HOMENETMEN ANTELIAS - RIYADI BEIRUT 68-64 -by Raffi Kassabian
Houssamedin Hariri international tournament continued on Saturday with two games on the schedule. In the first game, Al Ahly (Egypt) didn't have any difficulty in beating Blue Stars (Lebanon) with the final score 69-52. Blue Stars are out of the tournament getting the second loss, while the winner of Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) game will top group A. In the second game of the day, Homenetmen Antelias had the final word against a Riyadi Beirut side reinforced with two on loan players Rima Naja from Antranik Beirut and Fay Marie Prince from Champville and won the game 68-64. The standings of group B will be decided after Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) vs Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) game.

Results

Saturday 8/12/2007

Group A
Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Blue Stars (Lebanon) 69-52

Group B
Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) vs Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) 64-68
Riyadi Beirut: Emma Eskidjian (-C-71) 20, Rima Naja 12, Maya El Achkar (179-F-81) 10, Wadad Mougharbel 10, Fay Marie Prince 7, Sabine Fakhoury 3, Mayssa Fneish 2.
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem (165-G-88) 27, Leila Fares 10, Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) 9, Caroline Moufarej 8, Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 6, Sanan Markarian 4, Christine Moufarej (186-F-80) 4.


Standings

Group A
1-Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) 1-0
2-Al Ahly (Egypt) 1-0
3-Blue Stars (Lebanon) 0-2

Group B
1-Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) 1-1
2-Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) 1-0
3-Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) 0-1


HOMENETMEN ANTELIAS - ORTHODOXY CLUB 68-65 -by Raffi Kassabian
Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) went top of group B in Housameddin Hariri international tournament after winning the game against Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) with the final score 68-65. Orthodoxy Club dominated the first quarter and ended in 12 points difference 21-9. In the second quarter Homenetmen Antelias reduced the difference to 6 points 30-36, and ended the third quarter with 3 points in lead 50-47. In the fourth quarter each team scored 18 points and Homenetmen Antelias ended the game with 3 points difference 68-65. With this result Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) went to top of group B while, Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) went out of the tournament.

Result
Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) - Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) 68-65
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem (165-G-88) 24, Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 14, Leila Fares 11, Tsoline Kazandjian 9, Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) 5, Sanan Markarian 3, Caroline Moufarej 2.
Orthodoxy Club: Robe Habach 26, Hala Khalaf 15, Dina Nasr 11, Lobna Naser 6, Dana Hoda 3, Zeina Amari 2, Racha Abde 2.

Standings

Group A
1-Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) 1-0
2-Al Ahly (Egypt) 1-0
3-Blue Stars (Lebanon) 0-2

Group B
1-Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) 2-0
2-Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) 1-1
3-Orthodoxy Club (Jordan) 0-2


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Leah Metcalf ensures the win for Basket Esch -by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch grabbed their 5th win in the DBBL season as they beat Contern 84:60. Basket Esch proposed an upbeat tempo right from the start and Contern never matched it. The hosts piled up a 19:13 advantage and never surrendered it throughout the encounter. Basket Esch led by as many as 8 points at halftime but Contern were not able to come any closer after the break. The home team easily spurred ahead and enlarged the margin to 16 points heading into the fourth period. The things got even worse for the visitors as they looked weary in the dying stages and Basket Esch drove to a confident victory at the end. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) was unstoppable with 38 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the hosts. Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) secured 22 points and 9 boards for the winners. Ali Mann (186-F-85, college: Bowling Green) had 18 points and 11 boards for Contern. Charlotte Ransquin (179-F-88) added 15 points as Contern fell to 2-6 record.
Meanwhile Musel Pikes climbed back on top of the ladder as they overcame T71 Dudelange 80:74 at home. The visitors got to a better start of the game as they led 23:20 after the opening frame. Musel Pikes tied the scoreline at halftime and began crafting the positive result in the second half. The home side managed to pull the victory away in a very close dying minutes and improved to 6-2 record on top of the ladder. Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management) came up with 27 points and 18 boards to pace the hosts. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) contributed 18 points for the winners. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) scored 17 points for T71.


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PHILIPPINES - Women

Thailand beats Philippines for the first win -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Philippines 70:54

The hosting Thailand got to a winning start of the SEA Games basketball tournament as they overcame Philippines today. Philippines team entered the game after yesterday's victory over Singapore and looked forward to enlarging the run but the hosts got a spark in the third stanza to post the initial win to the delight of the crowd gathered at the Keelapirom Stadium. Philippines gained a narrow lead after the starting stanza as Vicki Brick (166-G-81, college: Maryland) scored some impressive baskets to set the tone for the visitors. The teams kept it close but Philippines were still ahead after two quarters of action 32:29. But everything went down to the third frame as Thailand burst out with some nearly perfect basketball in it and cleared off for good. The home team limited their opponents to miserable 4 points in the third quarter while netting 21 and piled up a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth period. Philippines were simply stunned and never recovered at the dying stages. Thailand thus improved to 1-0 record and would play against Singapore on Tuesday. Philippines fell to 1-1 record and continue the action Wednesday when they clash with Malaysia.
Penphan Yothanan produced 18 points and 9 boards to lead Thailand. Nomjit Tunsaw (163-G-78) scored 13 points, while Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Victoria Vicki Brick answered with 18 points and 7 boards for Philippines. Joan Grajales added 11 points in a losing effort. Thailand dominated the boards 43:35 and limited their opponents to 29% from the field. The home side sank 38% of field goals and 57% of free throws.

Thailand: Penphan Yothanan 18+9 boards, Nomjit Tunsaw 13, Naruemol Banmoo 12+9 boards
Philippines: Vicki Brick 18, Joan Grajales 11


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PORTUGAL - Women

Alges signed a second foreign player -by Luis Rocha
Alges signed Lakethia Hampton to enforce is battle to achieve the playoffs. She cames with good references, and if she gets to be well adapted can certainly be a good add to the team specially in the painted area.

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ROMANIA - Women

Arad leads the league with 9-0 record -by Eurobasket News
Arad increased their record to 9-0 after a victory over Rapid 38:74 on a road. Sf.Gheorghe and Alexandria follow it with 7-2 as the latter lost the game to Oradea 74:66. Sf.Gheorghe easily overcame Dej 29:66 to reach such a record.
Wasserburg celebrated the first win in EuroCup this season. In a home thriller against Szeviep the German powerhouse won 83:82. As a result 27:15 was almost enough after the opening quarter. Amanda Lassiter paced the winners with 24 points. Katrina Hibbert netted 14, while Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) collected 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. TSV Wasserburg improved to 1-4, while Szeviep is 2-3.
Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) scored 10 points for AEL that lost the third game in EuroCup campaign. In the game versus Turkish Galatasaray the team had nothing to do but to accept the loss as Sophia Young shined for the hosts. She nailed 32 points to lead the winners to 4-1.

Simona Nicolae (188-C-74) could not score for the twenty minutes she spent against CAB Madeira for Novia Munalux Namur. Portuguese team overcame Novia Munalux Namur 67:43 to tie them at 1-4. Simona Nicolae collected 6 rebounds and 1 steal.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Historical win for Konjice -by Zeljko Zule
Konjice in first half made a 37-13 run as first time in history defeated Maribor - 60:56. Anja Prsa grabbed 19 rebounds, Nina Srot (180-F/C-88) scored 15 points and Spela Javornik added 14 while Katarina Ilijev led the guests with 18 points. Neso lhke early in third period made a 13-2 run as they pulled ahead 53-39 and defeated Jezica 83-70. Stacey Humphrey finished with 30 points and Joneatta Brown collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ursa Cuk had 15 points for Jezica and Vesna Lesnjak grabbed 11 reboudns. Domzale made a 10-2 run in last four minutes as defeated Triglav 55-47. Simon Kuzma scored 16 points and Tjasa Gortnar led the home team with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Hit Kranjska Gora commited just 5 turnovers and crushed Crnomelj 79-39. Lidija Becanovic netted 15 points while Marina Ascic had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Crnomelj. Merkur in first half outscored Odeja by 52-13 and won 87-40. Lucie Conkova and Eva Komplet posted 18 points apiece to lead five scorers in double figures. Natasa Vene had 12 points for Odeja.

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SWEDEN - Women

Round 9 results and stats -by Eurobasket News

Telge cut the deficit to Solna as the latter will play Round 9 game on December 12th. The hot round results brought 3 wins for the hosts and 2 for the visitors.
Telge improved to 8-1 and follows Solna step by step. Last night the team overcame Marbo Basket 95:63. A 21:3 in the third quarter was the result of the 8th success for the hosts. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) led the winners with 25 points, while Frida Eldebrink netted 18. Johanna Ericsson (182-F/C-77) was the best for the guests nailing 21 points.
Norrkopings Dolphins won at home over Eskilstuna Basket 82:64 as Ifeanyichukwa Nnamaka (180-F/C-83) produced 22 points. Malin Belfrage posted 20 and Helen Thorold had 14. Mirenda Wilson top-scored for the guests with 20 points.
Jamtland Basket was the third team to win at home as they beat Brahe Basket 80:76. Cisti Greenwalt poured in 27 points for the winners. Camilla Fagerberg netted 19, while Stina Nilsson scored 14. Hanna Johansson (183-F-89) replied with 29 points in the losing effort.
08 Stockholm HR and Luleå Basket grabbed the wins on a road. 08 Stockholm HR overcame Umeå Comets 63:73 and Luleå Basket stole the win from Visby Ladies 69:75.


Norrkopings Dolphins - Eskilstuna Basket 82-64
Norrkцpings Dolphins:Ifeanyichukwa Nnamaka 22, Malin Belfrage 20, Helen Thorold 14, Petra Jacob 9, Melissa Traversi 6, Sara Saks 6, Hayet Neffati 5, Tanya Massamba 0
Eskilstuna Basket:Mirenda Wilson 20, Kelsey Blair 19, Emma Gunnarsson 9, Kimona Boussard Larson 8, Jenny Andersson 6, Madelene Feldt 2, Linda Jonsson 0, Marie Еstrцm 0

Jamtland Basket - Brahe Basket 80-76

Jдmtland Basket:Cisti Greenwalt 27, Camilla Fagerberg 19, Stina Nilsson 14, Malin Aasa 10, Sarah Costello 9, Angelina Aliri 1, Emma Skarle 0, Sofie Andersson 0
Brahe Basket:Hanna Johansson 29, Tatsiana Lavets 18, Anna-Laura Rivero 14, Jenny Rylander 6, Malin Kдllman 5, Teresia Troberg 2, Hanna Sandberg 2, Therese Landberg 0, Carina Larsson 0

Umeå Comets - 08 Stockholm HR 63-73
Umeе Comets:Amy Mohr (186-C, college: Fort Lewis) 22, Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen 20, Sanna Malm 9, Ida Sцdersten 6, Frida Jonsson 4, Jennie Brandt 2, Anna Wiren 0, Julia Hamre 0, Caroline Sigefelt 0
08 Stockholm HR:Amber Petillon (193-C-82, college: Richmond) 13, Jocelyn Penn 12, Eliza Golumbiewska 10, Jennie Thingwall 10, Anette Johansen 9, Malin Edlund 7, Martina Stеlvant 4, Danielle Hamilton Carter 4, Sofia Forsйn 4

Telge - Marbo Basket 95-63
Telge:Louice Halvarsson 25, Frida Eldebrink 18, Camilla Цsth 11, Cleopatra Forsman 9, Erica Blomgren 9, Josefin Olheim 8, Frida Fogdemark 6, Elin Eldebrink 6, Linda Stеhlberg 3, Sofia Еstrцm 0
Marbo Basket:Johanna Ericsson 21, Emma Nilsson 13, Lindsey Hicks 12, Ashley Key 4, Johanna Kдllman 4, Therese Andersson Broman 2, Kajsa Andersson 2, Caroline Danielsson 2, Karin Inger 2, Maria Gustavsson 1

Visby Ladies - Luleå Basket 69-85
Visby Ladies:Alyssa Wahl (188-F/C-84, college: N.Arizona) 18, Agnes Nordstrцm 14, Olga Kjelsson 10, Joanna Ausmann 10, Marie Sцderberg 8, Katherine Flecky 7, Erika Persson 2, Josefine Loob 0, Sofia Uddin 0, Erika Johansson 0
Luleе Basket:Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma) 26, Eszter Csontos 14, Frida Johanna Aili 12, Elin Sцderstrцm 11, Anna-Lisa Vestin 7, Anna Brдnnvall 6, Annica Grafstrцm 4, Eva Hдgg-Myntti 3, Frida Grahn 2, Therese Hellerstedt 0



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THAILAND - Women

Thailand beats Philippines for the first win -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Philippines 70:54

The hosting Thailand got to a winning start of the SEA Games basketball tournament as they overcame Philippines today. Philippines team entered the game after yesterday's victory over Singapore and looked forward to enlarging the run but the hosts got a spark in the third stanza to post the initial win to the delight of the crowd gathered at the Keelapirom Stadium. Philippines gained a narrow lead after the starting stanza as Vicki Brick (166-G-81, college: Maryland) scored some impressive baskets to set the tone for the visitors. The teams kept it close but Philippines were still ahead after two quarters of action 32:29. But everything went down to the third frame as Thailand burst out with some nearly perfect basketball in it and cleared off for good. The home team limited their opponents to miserable 4 points in the third quarter while netting 21 and piled up a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth period. Philippines were simply stunned and never recovered at the dying stages. Thailand thus improved to 1-0 record and would play against Singapore on Tuesday. Philippines fell to 1-1 record and continue the action Wednesday when they clash with Malaysia.
Penphan Yothanan produced 18 points and 9 boards to lead Thailand. Nomjit Tunsaw (163-G-78) scored 13 points, while Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Victoria Vicki Brick answered with 18 points and 7 boards for Philippines. Joan Grajales added 11 points in a losing effort. Thailand dominated the boards 43:35 and limited their opponents to 29% from the field. The home side sank 38% of field goals and 57% of free throws.

Thailand: Penphan Yothanan 18+9 boards, Nomjit Tunsaw 13, Naruemol Banmoo 12+9 boards
Philippines: Vicki Brick 18, Joan Grajales 11


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TRINIDAD - Women

Suelin Get's Scholarship -by Don Farrell

When Suelin Tang boasted that she is the best at sport in the family, her father Ian Tang quipped that "some people never get enough of themselves". That's because she has a lot of competition.

Suelin is younger sister to Trinidad and Tobago national badminton player Melissa Tang, her brother Keegan Tang was a Fatima College chess player, taught by the senior Tang, who also plays chess and once practised taekwondo.

Suelin leaves Trinidad on New Year's Day, looking towards a new chapter in her life and possibly a bright future as well-on and off the court.

She will take up a four-year basketball scholarship at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in Goodwell, Oklahoma. It is a challenge she faces bravely.

"I'm looking forward to it," she said. "It's a new experience and I'm going to take it day by day. The sky is the limit. I will take everything step by step ... obtain my degree first, and see how far I can reach in basketball."

Holder of seven O-Level passes from her days at Diego Martin Government Secondary, she will pursue a degree in business administration, but would have preferred sports management had her new school offered that degree programme.

A five-foot eight-inch point guard, Suelin hails from Diego Martin and is the shortest player recruited from Maloney-based Millennium Basketball Academy (MBA) to pursue a basketball scholarship in the United States.

Many feel she has big talent, though, as she has already made her mark at the junior level at both basketball and netball for Trinidad and Tobago.

"First, I started off playing netball from the age of eight, and branched off into basketball. From 13, I started to play for the national under-16 netball team and, at 16, I was captain of the netball team. When I was 15, I was on the national under-20 basketball team. I also played for Diego Martin Government Secondary ... I was the captain of that team.

"Then, this year, I played for St Augustine Senior Comprehensive. I started off playing basketball seriously in 2004 with Millennium. Then, I went on to National Flour Mills (NFM), then Trailblazers and now Straker Nets (where she is captain)."

Tang was discovered through her involvement with the Millennium Basketball Academy. Founded by Albert Lee Young and outstanding ex-national player and coach, Lenny Guy, the MBA has an annual Easter tour to the USA. It was during one of those that Suelin was spotted.

"She played point guard for us (MBA) for three years when we toured the United States-in 2004 (North Carolina), 2005 (Chicago), and 2006 (Texas)-and was one of our main players, along with Chrisan (Petrovanie)," said coach Lee Young.

"Her scholarship came about due to the tour we made in 2004, when we toured North Carolina. She was spotted on tour by a former national basketball player who played college basketball in the States. She saw her and recommended her to the coach at Panhandle University, which is in the NCAA Division II programme.

"She has gotten a full athletic scholarship and will be staying on campus. She is the shortest person to leave these shores on scholarship," he stated.

Before leaving on her new adventure, Suelin felt it imperative to convey thanks to many of the people responsible for helping her develop her talent and also getting her a scholarship.

Among those singled out for special mention were coaches Jamaal Duke and Barry Stewart.

"I really want to thank coach Albert (Lee Young) and coach Lenny (Guy). "Fruits" (NFM coach Learie Sandy) and ... Daddy, for always being there," she concluded.


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U.KINGDOM - Women

City Of Sheffield Hatters rules the league with 5-0 record -by Eurobasket News
Four games were played over the weekend in the Women league. City Of Sheffield Hatters increased the lead to 5-o record after a road win over Solent Suns 62:95. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) had a great game for the visitors with 36 points. Turner and Lori Drake (178-G-83, college: NC-Wilmington) posted 15 points each for the hosts.

Manchester Mystics and London Heathrow Acers also enjoyed the wins away. Manchester Mystics were stronger than London Towers 43:74. Kalil top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Claydon nailed 13, while Osmer and Maestre scored 8 points each. London Heathrow Acers beat Sevenoaks Suns 58:86 as Flo Piano (168) netted 24 points for the winners. Arek Deng (191-C-83, college: Delaware) produced 15, and Turner scored 12 for the hosts.

Nottingham Wildcats was the only team to celebrate the victory at home. The team overcame Team Northumbria 95:81 as Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) poured in 32 points. Glessner chipped in 25 and Wood brought 14 points. Hall finished the night with 28 points in the losing effort.

Solent Suns-City Of Sheffield Hatters 62:95
Solent Suns: Turner 15, Lori Drake 15, Wohlberg 14
City Of Sheffield Hatters: Stephanie Gandy 36, S Naylor 20, H Naylor 13

Nottingham Wildcats-Team Northumbria 95:81
Nottingham Wildcats: Laura K. Butters 32, Glessner 25, Wood 14
Team Northumbria: Hall 28, Calder 19, Colbert 17

London Towers- Manchester Mystics 43:74
London Towers:Frankie Morton (178) 15, Cripps 7, Durojaye 7
Manchester Mystics: Kalil 22, Claydon 13, Osmer 8, Maestre 8

Sevenoaks Suns-London Heathrow Acers 58:86
Sevenoaks Suns: Arek Deng 15, C Turner 12
London Heathrow Acers: Flo Piano 24 L Da Silva 14 P Da Silva 13