EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/11/2007

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ABA

ABA Roster Moves -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Defending ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves signed Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G) out of DII Cal State-Bakersfield.
Rice was a 7th Round Selection of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League Draft this year.
Rice finished his career as a Roadrunner tied for fourth in assists with 342, and seventh in scoring with 1,056 points. He also ranked third in career steals.
The Maywood Buzz signed Kelion Fortune, a former standout at California powerhouse Dominguez High School.


Despite slow start, Macon-based Georgia Gwizzlies have sights on ABA finals -by Jay
The American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies coach still think it can bring the city of Macon,Georgia national sports acclaim with an ABA championship trophy."Since Coach Tucker was relieved of his duties at the D-League team and Atlanta Hawks Harold Ellis no longer coaches in the minors, I'm probaly the Dean of minor league coaches,going on my fourth straight year as Head Coach of the Gwizzlies" states Embry Malone. Malone who has won over 85 percent of the games he has coached for the Gwizzlies since 2004,and SEBL coach of the year 2005, believes his revamped squad will reach Quebec,Canada the site of the ABA finals.The Gwizzlies starting five will be 6"5 Chad Thomas (6'5''-G) PG,6"7 Brian Festog (6'7''-F-83, college: Wayland Baptist), Mike Davis (5'7''-G, college: Miss.Valley St.), AJ Stallworth (6'8''-C-79, college: Life) and Xavier Morton (6'9''-C-80, college: Clark Atlanta). Rounding out the team will be 6"1 Stuart Mitchell (6'1''-G), James Webb (6'7''-F), Ron Jackson (6'5''-F), Yanif Ducreay (6'9''-C-83, college: Montana St.-Northern) and Charlie Ludwig (7'0''-C-78, college: ORU) who will come off injured reserve in January.

ABA Weekend Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Friday, December 7th
Montreal Royal (117) at Halifax Rainmen (147)
ROYAL: Cordell Jeanty (31p), Bobby Miller (25p), Tommy Mitchell (23p)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (34p+19rb), Dennie Oliver (26p), Blandon Ferguson (25p), Jermaine Anderson (12p+13as)
Maywood Buzz (110) at Beijing Aoshen Olympian (124)
BUZZ: JR Reese (33p), Chioke Conners (25p+12rb), Darwin Carter (21p+6to), Mychal Hodgson (18p+6rb)

Saturday, December 8th
Quebec Kebekwa (94) @ Vermont Frost Heaves (118)
KEBEKWA: Samuel Audet-Sow (18p+8rb+5to), Tony Weeden (16p+5to), Marques Lewis (15p+10rb), Louis-Patrick Levros (13p+9rb+5as)
FROST HEAVES: Antonio Burks (27p+6rb), Issa Konare (16p+9rb), Brett Gavitt (15p+7as), Dwayne Lee (7p+5rb+10as)
West Texas Whirlwinds (82) @ Texas Tycoons (124)
Maywood Buzz (83) @ Beijing Aoshen Olympian (115)
BUZZ: Darwin Carter (16p), J.R. JR Reese (12p), Nick Sheppard (9p+15rb), Mo Harris (7p+11rb+5to)
Boston Blizzard (119) @ Manchester Millrats (135)
MILLRATS: Rob Sanders (30p+7rb+11as), Ismael Caro (22p+5rb+10as), Anthony Anderson (23p+10as), Souleymane Wane (14p+15rb+6as)
San Francisco Rumble (86) @ San Diego Wildcats (93)

Sunday, December 9th
Montreal Royal (106) @ Manchester Millrats (126)
ROYAL: Tommy Mitchell (33p)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (30p+6rb7as), John Huggins (23p+7as), Anthony Anderson (14p+7as), Charles Easterling (11p+6rb)
San Diego Wildcats (101) @ Long Beach Breakers (127)
WILDCATS: Prentice Harris (22p), Jerome Habel (18p), Malcolm Battles (15p)
BREAKERS: JuShay Rockett (21p+15rb), Kenny Wright (21p+6as), Lamar Harris (18p), Dion Cook (18p)


Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
The Maywood Buzz inked former Dominguez High School PG Kelion Fortune (5'11"-G-82). The Vermont Frost Heaves agreed to terms with Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G), last at Idaho Stampede, D-League. Bo Taylor (6'5''-F-84) joined the Delaware's First State Fusion. The new names in the Houston Takers roster are the ones of Sylvester Simple (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Wiley) and Edward Pollard (6'5''-G/F), out from Morehouse.

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Nikola Pekovic led Partizan Igokea to 12th win -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea remains on top alone with twelve wins and only one defeat. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion grabbed important road win in Split 84-69. Hosts started the game much better and thanks to Garnett, Akins and fantastic support from their fans finished the first quarter having advantage of 7 points. Partizan took the first lead at the last possession in the first half after Tepic's lay up at the buzzer. Pekovic of Partizan nailed 15 points during the second period. In the last quarter Partizan totally took control on Split finishing the game with plus 15. Currently the best European center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) dominated in the paint making double-double, 33 points and 11 rebounds He reached the biggest index value this season, 46! Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) followed him adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) collected 19 points and 5 rebounds for Split CO. Partizan's PG Milt Palacio sprained his ankle after one of the Split's players fell on him in a fast break.

In the next round Partizan will meet Vojvodina Srbijagas while Split will play against Zagreb.


Split CO - Partizan Igokea 69-84
(17-10,21-29,22-27,9-18)

Split CO:
Garnett 19 (5 rebs), Akins 12 (5 as), Stipanovic 9 (5 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 33 (11 rebs), Tepic 21 (7 rebs)


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ANGOLA

22nd Champions Cup for Men: Petro begin title defense against BC Onatra -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending Champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men Angola Petroleos Atletico basketball club of Luanda will open it title defense against Democratic Republic of Congo BC Onatra basketball club in Huambo on December 13 this year.

Petroleos who won the title in 2006 in Lagos after subduing arch rival Primero de Agosto in the grand finale is determined to retain the African title which has seen it beefed up it squad ahead the last competition in the calendar of the continental ruling body, FIBA Afrique.

The team coached by Angola national men team coach, Carvalho Alberto will parade some of the best players on the Africa continent, players who are well tested and have years of experience behind them while little is known about its first group-B opponent, Onatra who were also at last year finals.

Some of the players who will be on parade for the champion include Victor Muzadi (6'7”) who joined the team from Agosto, Crooks Shannon (6'2''), Morais Carlos 190 (6'3''), Mingas Eduardo (6'7''), Barros Milton 184 (6'1''), Costa Luis 193 (6'4''), and ageless Carvalho Victor 194 (6'5'') who is one the continent best three point shooter among other players.

Other matches billed for Day-1 of the final round, in group-A host, Interclube basketball club of Luanda will take on APR of Rwanda in Cabinda while ASB Kauka from Democratic Republic of Congo will take to the floor against 2006 runner-up Primero de Agosto and MBC of Guinea will do battle against ASPAC basketball club of Cotonuo, Republic of Benin. The two other group-B matches will see Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique trying Nigeria Niger Potters for size in the group opening match while Abidjan Basketball Club of Cote d'Ivoire will take on Stade Malien of Bamako.


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AUSTRALIA

Two more victories for the Kings -by Eurobasket News
Sydney Kings reign solely in the NBL kingdom. The regular season favorites gained two more wins lately and improved to 15-2 record in the ladder. Sydney opened the 12th week of action with an impressive 120:100 win over the NZ Breakers at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. The Kings got off to a 7:0 start of this one and demonstrated their status to everyone on and around the court. As the hosts experienced a usual first minutes fever Sydney led 28:17 after 12 minutes of game. The gap reached a 54:40 mark at halftime and grew to 20 points early in the third frame. The Breakers could not find the right answers as Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) missed triples and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) felt raw with his new teammates and struggled to impress. The Kings never looked back and eased to the victory at the end. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) delivered 28 points for the Kings. Dontaye Draper (180-G, college: Charleston) contributed 24 points in a winning clause. Kirk Penney finished with 29 points for the Breakers. Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 20 points in the 7th loss for the Breakers.
Sydney Kings continued their road tour in Adelaide. The 36ers got beaten 100:112 as the Kings extended their winning streak to 3 games. The visitors once again grabbed an early lead and were up by 6 points at the first intermission. The Kings fired 7 triples in the second quarter to stun the home team 32:14 and deepen the margin to 24 points at halftime. Adelaide however fought bravely in the second half and threatened the lead for a couple of times before falling short at the end. Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) paced the winners with 20 points and 11 boards. Dontaye Draper tallied 17 points and 5 assists for Sydney. Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) responded with 20 points for the 36ers. Brad Davidson (182-G-74) recorded 19 points and 6 assists as the hosts fell to 6-9 record.


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AUSTRIA

Kapfenberg maintains the top spot -by Eurobasket News
Kapfenberg remained atop of Austrian Bundesliga standings as they overcame St. Polten 73:65 in the 13th round of action. The Bulls built an 8-point cushion after the starting frame and cherished through the rest of the encounter. Mike Hall (191-G/F-82, college: BYU) topscored with 21 points for Kapfenberg. Branimir Josipovic (204-F-81, agency: Court Side) added 16 points for the Bulls as they improved to 11-2 record in the ladder. Martin Speiser (200-F-83) responded with 22 points and 10 boards for St. Polten.
Furstenfeld held on to the second spot as they drove to a difficult 90:87 victory over Klosterneuburg at home. The Dukes opened the game with a 21:12 rally to pile up a comfortable advantage. But the hosts recovered in the third stanza as accurate shooting and well-balanced offensive effort allowed Furstenfeld to surge ahead 60:59 after three quarters. The home team banked some important free throws in the dying seconds to celebrate their 10th win in the season. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) led the winners with 18 points. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) had 17 points, while Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.) produced 16 points and 9 assists for Furstenfeld. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) exploded with impressive game-high 40 points for the Dukes. Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) added 21 points for the visitors.
Gmunden also climbed to 10-3 record beating Vienna on the road. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was a usual contributor for the visitors as he knocked down 18 points. Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) provided 14 points and 14 boards in a win. Vienna answered with 16 points from Darnell Scott (195-F-76, college: Kutztown). Damir Rajkovic (201-F-77) delivered 15 points and 12 boards as Vienna suffered their 12th loss in the season.


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BAHRAIN

Al Ahli edge past Sitra -by Yousef Ahmed
DEFENDING champions Al Ahli registered a narrow 78-74 overtime victory against Sitra last night to maintain their perfect start in the Bahrain Basketball League, being played at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

Veteran power forward Ahmed Malallah made three free-throws in the final minute of the extra session to break a 74-all tie. And after Sitra import Jamal Coachman missed an off-balance three-pointer, Ahli court general Hussain Shaker iced the win on a split from the charity stripe with less than 10 seconds to play.

The victors needed to dig deep to clinch the win. They blew leads as high as 14 points in the second half, and needed to come back from a five-point deficit late in regulation to force extension.

"We let the game slip away since we weren't playing aggressive enough and we weren't getting any stops," Ahli head coach Fred Femi told the GDN. "I tried to make our guys realise that, and to also get them to protect the glass better since Sitra was getting a lot of second-chance rebounds.

"I think our players were able to adjust in the last few minutes of the game, and then also in overtime, and that helped us get the win."

Ahli faced an early 16-25 deficit after the first quarter, but took control of the game in the second led by the interior play of towering import Antoine Hyman. Hyman had 15 of his team-high 26 points in the period, as he led Ahli to a 45-36 lead at half-time.

Sitra regained the lead early in the fourth, 54-53, on a reverse lay-up from Coachman.

Coachman made two pressure-packed free-throws for a 65-all deadlock to force the extra session.

It was the sixth victory in as many games for Ahli, who are now tied with fellow-undefeated side Manama atop the league standings. Sitra dropped to 4-2.

Shaker finished with 20 points, while Mohammed Qurban had 14 for Ahli. Coachman scored a game-high 35 points and grabbed 29 rebounds.

In yesterday's other game, Al Ittihad edged past Al Hala 74-72 on a last-second shot.

(Gulf Daily News)


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BELARUS

Grodno-93 and Vitalyur exchanged the wins -by Eurobasket News
Round 7 saw the derby between Grodno-93 and Vitalyur in Belarus. In the first game Vitalyur had a road victory 53:70 and then Grodno-93 replied with 67:62. Vitalyur remains on top with 12-2 record, while Grodno-93 has 11-3. Another team with the same record OZAA won both games against BNTU. Minsk-2006 was stronger than Lokomotiv 86:75 and 115:66.



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BELGIUM

Round 12 ends up as four teams share the throne with 8-4 -by Eurobasket News
Round 12 brought another prove that there is no leader so far in the league. It would be however correct to say that the league has 4 leaders currently.
The defending champion Telindus Oostende downed Verviers-Pepinster 85:59. Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) led Oostende with 17 points. Sam Van Rossom added 15, while Ovcina netted 14. Earnest Shelton (191-G-82, college: Alabama) posted 15 in the losing effort.
Spirou Basket lost Aalstar 57:67 but remains with 8-4 as well. Charleroi scored just 9 points in the second period against Aalstar to fall behind 23:33 at halftime. Pablo Gonzales led Aalstar with 18 points and Damian Cantrell added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Liège Basket reached to the top due to the win over Dexia Mons 89:79.Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 22 and Scott Brakebill had 13 points and 12 boards for Liege.
In another games Antwerp Diamond Giants overcame Optima Gent 81:63.Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) paced the winners with 27 points.Kris Sergeant added 14 points, Yves Dupont had 12 and Thomas Lamont 10 for Antwerp. Spotter Leuven beat Basket Bree 73:70 as Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) scored 21 points.


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BELIZE

Wesley High School Comes From Behind to Take the CSSSA Title! -by David Magana
The CSSSA Championship has come to an end in a dramatic way in the male division as E. P. Yorke High School experience a major heart breaker loss in game three of the CSSSA finals.

Game 2 was played on Friday night and Wesley managed to draw the series 1-1. Then on Saturday night there was no tomorrow, the team to walk out with the title was going to do so without luck but instead like the big teams. Wesley High School proved to be the better team as they manage to steal away the title and crown themselves as back to back champs. Here are the stats:

Game 2 Friday December 7, 2007

Female GLHS def. PHS 45 - 25

Top scorers GLHS - Tiffarah Swift - 17
PHS - Kara Kisling/Victoria Zelaya/Gianne Cayetano - 6

Male WES def. def. EPYHS 59 - 48

Top scorers WES - Leroy Louriano - 24, Gershom Rodriguez - 12
EPYHS - Winston Pratt - 25, Andrew Estell - 8

Game 3 Saturday December 8, 2007

Male WES def. EPYHS 61 - 55

Top scorers WES - Gershom Rodriquez - 14, Shaquille Smith - 12
EPYHS - Winston Pratt - 28, Andrew Estell - 7

GLHS Female Central Division Champions

WES Male Central Division Champions

Congratulations to Wesley and Gwen Lizarraga High Schools for a job well done.


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BOSNIA

A1 division bos. and serb. part -by Emil Suceska

8.week serb. part

Bratunac MINS - Sutjeska 99:79
Glasinac - Radnik 84:81
Bijeljina Plus - Vrelo 98:85
Mladost76- Varda HE 67:63
Wolf Security - Mladost MG 85:94

Igokea Partizan 2 - Rudar (11.12)

5.week bos. part

Bosnjak - Brcko DC 84:125
Play Off - Lukavac 112: 87
Kakanj - Velpak 74:55
Cazin Limometal - Velez 90:80
Trica Unico Filter - Bihac 89:63
Student - Novi Grad Atal 58:65



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CAMBODIA

SEA Games: No surprises as Malaysia topples Cambodia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Cambodia 103:72

Malaysia gained the second win at the SEA Games basketball tournament edging Cambodia in style. It was a high-scoring affair with the outcome clear at halftime. Malaysian players entered the game firing from all cannons as eased to a 29:13 advantage after the opening frame. The scoring parade continued in the second stanza as Cambodia lacked solidity in defense. Malaysia shot 40 triples during the game converting 15 of them. Some were drained in the second period as Malaysia outscored their opponents 29:21 to secure a 58:34 cushion at halftime. Malaysian played furious basketball after the break as they added 28 points to their scoring baggage and cleared off to insurmountable 86:46 distance. Cambodia won the fourth frame to add some respectability to the scoreline at the end. Satyaseelan Kuppusamy scored 17 points for Malaysia. Abdul Kader Yusof (185-F-84) and Hoo Won Francis Loh (192-C-82) contributed 16 points apiece for the winning side. Puthrothna Monh (180-G-81) responded with 24 points for Cambodia. Toun Sopeen (180-F/G-85) delivered 23 points, 15 boards and 4 assists in the second straight defeat for Cambodian team. Cambodia outrebounded Malaysia 43:41 but suffered 31 turnovers. Malaysia sank 40% from the field, while Cambodia answered with 38% accuracy.
Malaysia will face Philippines in a key matchup on Wednesday. Cambodia will look for the initial victory against Thailand tomorrow.

Malaysia: Kappusamy Satyaseelan (185-G/F-78) 17, Abdul Kader Yusof 16, Hoo Won Francis Loh 16
Cambodia: Puthrothna Monh 24, Toun Sopeen 23


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CHILE

Dimayor: playoffs first round Game 2 -by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto and Deportivo Valdivia are 2-0 in their playoffs series after sunday night victories against Ancud and Castro respectively. In Los Andes, Liceo confirmed the home court advantage with a 120-105 victory. The center Patricio Briones was the leading scorer for Liceo with 28 points. For the visitors shined once again Kevin Sowell, this time with 39 points. In Valdivia, led by the outstanding performance by Brandon Mason, Deportivo Valdivia defeated Castro 92-80. Mason ended the night with 37 points, supported by James Moore who scored 25 points. Duane John was the leader for Castro with 23 points. CD Puente Alto tied the series against Boston College with a 107-97 victory. Eric Williams was the star of the night for Carlos Iglesias's team with 34 points. In the visitors, Tony Bishop's (37 points) effort wasn't enough. These are the results and main scorers.

Game 2

(1) Liceo Mixto 120 - (8) Deportes Ancud 105
Lic: Patricio Briones 28 pts. Galo Lara 19 pts. / Anc: Kevin Sowell 39 pts. Daryl Rufus 33 pts.

Liceo Mixto lead 2-0

(2) Deportivo Valdivia 92 - (7) Deportes Castro 80
Val: Brandon Mason 37 pts. James Moore 25 pts. / Cas: Duane John 18 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 17 pts.

Valdivia lead 2-0

(4) CD Puente Alto 107 - (5) Boston College 97
Pue: Eric Williams 34 pts. Felipe Valenzuela 20 pts. / Bos: Tony Bishop 37 pts. Francisco Zepeda 11 pts.

Series tied 1-1

The game between (3) CD Universidad de Concepcion and (6) Universidad Catolica was suspended in the first quarter (18-19) due to a problem with the court. The game will be played on monday night.


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CHINA

CBA Imports -by Robert Wang
DONTAE JONES has been played in China in this new season and he led CBA score till now,but he had conflict with Shaan Xi team's fans on Dec. 5th night. The conflict caused game cese for 40 minutes. According CBA rules, Jones and his club was fined 10000 RMB each in chinese cash and Jones refused to pay this amount. Club has been trying to keep him to stay but Jones needs hope team to pay for himself. Club did not agreed on this and JOnes left China yesterday. Only 1 import left in Yun Nan now for the rest of season. Hope no more such issues happen in CBA this year!

Weekly MVP -by Robert Wang
Oyedeji Olumide was named weekly MVP last week. He has been helping Bei Jing team this season.
Last week, he received 63 points, 69 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, 3 block shots, free throw 21/27, FG 21/34, 2 turnovers.
His native person had got weekly MVP before him in the past weeks, Ernest Brown, Chris Porter,Thompson Garnett.


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CUBA

LSB, Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara and Guantanamo ok. -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-time in Cuba. Ciego de Avila, after the two defeats unexpectedly against Capitalinos, won two times against Metropolitanos with a great "El Gato" Geoffrey Silvestre, MVP of the games with 20 points in each game. Guantanamo defeated two times Camaguey, Henry Simon was the MVP of the first game with 25 pts. Villa Clara was the surprise of this week, They won two times in Santiago de Cuba. Andy Boffill was "the man", He is now one of the most strongest players in all Cuba. In the second game He played a "partidazo" with 27 points (7/10 2pts, 5/4 3pts, 1/3 FT) and 11 steals.
Capitalinos defeated only 1 time a Matanzas who played without Allens Jemmott but with a great Danys Torrientes (190-G-85) (28,0 pts in 2 games vs. Capitalinos).
Ciego de Avila- Metropolitanos= 85-73( C= Silvestre 20, Perez 12, Reyes 12; M= Borlot 27, Cairo 10)
Ciego de Avila- Metropolitanos= 88-78 (C= Guerra 20, Silvestre 20, Luis 11; M= Borlot 17, Zequeira 15)
Matanzas- Capitalinos= 79-87 (M= Torriente 24, Diaz 16; C= Lavastida 20, Lima 13, Leguen 13)
Matanzas- Capitalinos= 85-63 (M= Torriente 32, Albelo 17, Diaz 15; C= Leguen 17, Lima 11)
Guantanamo-Camaguey=70-62 (G= Simon 25, Elias 19, Masso 7; C= Polas 14, Batista 13)
Guantanamo- Camaguey= 70- 65 (G= Elias 20, Simon 14, Masso 14; C= Jaca 21, Polas 12)
Santiago de Cuba- Villa Clara= 70-76 (S= Martinez 22, Del Toro 18; V= Carta 22, Farres 15, Rodriguez 14)
Santiago de Cuba- Villa Clara= 85-95 (S= Del Toro 20, Martinez 19; V= Boffill 27, Carta 15, Arcia 14)
Next week:
Capitalinos-Metropolitanos; Ciego de Avila-Matanzas; Camaguey-Villa Clara; Santiago de Cuba-Guantanamo.
A. Fontana


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D-LEAGUE

D-League Weekend Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Friday, December 7th
Idaho Stampede (113) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (122)
STAMPEDE: Randy Livingston (37p+10as+7to), Lance Allred (28p+20rb+5to), Cory Violette (32p+6rb), Brent Pettway (6p+6rb)
SKYFORCE: Nik Caner-Medley (26p+14rb), David Bailey (21p+10as), Elton Nesbitt (24p+6rb), Damone Brown (22p+5rb)
Colorado 14ers (105) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (70)
14ERS: Julian Sensley (15p+13rb), Elton Brown (18p+5rb), Billy Thomas (13p), Kaniel Dickens (13p)
T-BIRDS: Josh Gross (17p+9rb+7to), Alando Tucker (17p), Abdul Mills (8p+5rb+7as), Darvin Ham (10p),

Saturday, December 8th
Anaheim Arsenal (105) at Bakersfield Jam (119)
ARSENAL: Kedrick Brown (23p), Jamal Thomas (20p+5rb), Davin White (17p), Steven Smith (14p+7rb)
JAM: Brandon Bowman (28p+11rb), Roderick Riley (19p+11rb), Andre Barrett (16p+11as), James Peters (17p+9rb)
Idaho Stampede (100) at Dakota Wizards (108)
STAMPEDE: Randy Livingston (28p+7rb), Lance Allred (10p+13rb), Ernest Scott (18p), Robert Bergersen (12p+6as)
WIZARDS: Carlos Powell (28p+6rb+8to), Rod Benson (25p+15rb), Maurice Baker (14p+13rb+7as), David Palmer (11p)
Tulsa 66ers (105) at Austin Toros (109)
66ERS: Ramon Sessions (25p+6as), Nick Fazekas (18p+12rb+7as), Mike Hall (13p+10rb+5as), Chris Ellis (14p+55rb)
TOROS: Darius Washington (26p+10rb+10as), Keith Langford (21p+5rb), Marcus Williams (17p), Ian Mahinmi (12p+6rb)
Colorado 14ers (102) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (85)
14ERS: Kaniel Dickens (28p), Elton Brown (14p+12rb), Julian Sensley (11p+7rb), Brandon Dean (11p)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (27p+6rb), Josh Gross (16p+5rb), Daniel Horton (14p), Ramon Dyer (7p+7rb)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (107) at Utah Flash (94)
D-FENDERS: Sean Banks (21p+6rb), Wendell White (15p+10rb), Robert Whaley (17p+7rb), Coby Karl (17p+5rb+6as)
FLASH: Kyrylo Fesenko (21p+7rb), Morris Almond (16p), Michael Cuffee (14p), John Millsap (12p+6rb)

Sunday, December 9th
Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (134) at Iowa Energy (109)
MAD ANTS: Jeremy Richardson (23p), Cory Minnifield (22p+10rb)
ENERGY: JamesOn Curry (22p)
Dakota Wizards (115) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (105)
WIZARDS: Rod Benson (28p+28rb+5to), Maurice Baker (22p+5as+5st), Carlos Powell (22p), Dontell Jefferson (20p+5rb)
SKYFORCE: Elton Nesbitt (23p), Kasib Powell (20p+12rb), Nik Caner-Medley (14p+7rb+5as), David Bailey (14p+6as)
Tulsa 66ers (91) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (106)
66ERS: Nick Fazekas (19p+8rb), Glen McGowan (18p), Mike Hall (12p+10rb), Ramon Sessions (15p+8rb)
VIPERS: Gabe Muoneke (30p), Aaron Brooks (24p), Steve Novak (20p+9rb), Kevin Bookout (6p+10rb)
Bakersfield Jam (109) at Anaheim Arsenal (119)
JAM: Brandon Bowman (28p+5rb), Andre Barrett (15p+6as), Kosta Perovic (14p+5rb+5to), James Peters (15p)
ARSENAL: Ivan Johnson (27p+5rb), Kedrick Brown (23p+6rb), Steven Smith (21p+7rb), Davin White (12p+7as)


Sioux Falls Signs Kasib Powell -by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran swingman Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) has signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Powell was a member of the 2007-08 Memphis Grizzlies training camp before being waived prior to the start of the season. Powell played in the 2007 Pepsi Pro Summer League with the Indiana Pacers where he averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in five games. Powell replaces Antywane Robinson, who left the team.
Kasib played last season with Spartak St.Petersburg in Russia where he averaged 9.33ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg in 15 contests.


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EGYPT

ZAMALEK are the champions of Damascus -by Sherif Soliman
ZAMALEK made a great won over Pardis(Iran) in the final game of Damascus tournament held last night by 5 points. The champions played a wonderful game yesterday showing a great performance. It was a revenge game as they played together in the opening game when the Iranian won. Zamalek players proved that they will defend strongly to win the Egyptian league back to back. Zamalek will play some friendly games in Syria before coming home.

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FINLAND

Akatemia signs Ije Nwankwo -by Jari Vikman
Still without a victory (0-13 record), Akatemia is trying to polish their shield and rise above few teams to renew their place in 1st division next year. Possible solution to problem took Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) form as the big inside player made his debut yesterday. Nwankwo was tested by Team Componenta earlier this fall but didn't get signed.

Akatemia close to victory. 1st division weekend wrapped up -by Jari Vikman

Saturday


Vilpas-RU/Topo: 73-70
Lauri Jarvinen 16/2, Michael Housman 14/15 - Vesa Linturi 22/5, Harri Hohteri 15/3

Sunday


Honka Akatemia-BC Nokia: 83-90
Ije Nwankwo 19/10, Sasu Salin 17/3, Skomantas Pocius 16/2 - Derrick Crayton 21/6, DeWayne Richardson 20/11

HNMKY-FoKoPo: 53-89
Clifton Jones 10/10, Teemu Siitonen 7/11 - Ronnie Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) 30/15, Chris Smith 22/9/4blk, Kert Keskula 17/4

Visa-Basket-BC Jyvaskyla: 75-123
Antti Raami 21/10/4as, Erik Payne 15/6 - Antti Kanervo 33/6/4as, William Rogers 26/8,

PuHu-Vilpas: 88-67
Akeem Scott 25/1/4stl, Phil Hickey 20/12, Kaido Saks 19/2 - Tyler McGinn 22/3, Tuomas Tenkanen 14/1

Korikobrat-Huima: 127-93
Baboucarr Bojang 30/12, Tyrwone Still 25/8, Ville Turja 15/1 - Parnell Smith 21/9/5stl, Kevin Langdon 20/7

RU/Topo-Ura Basket: 93-104
Harri Hohteri 24/8, Vesa Linturi 22/8/4as, Ilpo Pehkonen 17/5/8as - Anthony Bennett 38/10/4stl, Tomi Rokala 25/5, John Smith 19/12

TUNMKY-Pantterit: 89-76
Jonas Mattila 26/3, Mikko Jalonen 18/5 - Jordan Feramisco 20/6, Timo Hassinen 19/8, Charlie Frierson 17/11/4stl

Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Illinois St.)


KORISLIIGA: Eric Washington back in action -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 17: Pyrinto (Tampere) defeated tonight Tarmo (Porvoo) by two pts 83-81 (50-42) and can thank Team's all three American
players (Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama), Damion Dantzler (202-F-76, college: Louisville), Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo)) for the victory. This American trio combined 69 pts out of 83.

Pyrinto - Tarmo 83-81 (50-42) (Damon Williams 24, Damion Dantzler 23/18, Eric Washington 22/10 - Esa Maki-Tulokas 19, Martin Samarco 17, Travis Leech 11).



KORISLIIGA: Ivan Cubela back in Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Honka, Espoo has signed Croatian G-F Ivan Cubela (201-F-84) to replace American G Tim Kisner (188-G-78, college: Cent.Michigan) during the time Kisner is on injured (back) list. Cubela did play already on Top League in Finland with ToPo, Helsinki in seven contests. Cubela averaged 9,0 ppg, 2,1 rpg and 1,7 apg in those games, but ToPo didn't sign him. Cubela will join Honka roster on coming Saturday, when Honka has the next game vs Tarmo in Porvoo.

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FRANCE

All Star Game teams -by Maxime Weber

The LNB communicate the All Star selection for the 2007 All Star Game at Paris - Bercy.

This is the french selection:

Starter:
Marc-Antoine Pellin (170-G-87)
Nando De Colo (195-G-87)
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88)
Alain Koffi (205-C-83)
Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon)

Bench:

Dounia Issa (199-F-81, agency: ACMT)
Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) (named by the fans)
Yohann Sangare (193-G-83)
Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81)
Laurent Foirest (197-F-73)
Pape Badiane (208-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.)
Vincent Masingue (204-F/C-76)

Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) (named by the fans)

And the US selection:

Starter:
Sean Colson (182-G-75, college: Charlotte)
Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.)
Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh)
Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford)
Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC)

Bench:
Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron)
John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF)
Ben Dewar (196-G-81, college: L.Superior)
Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80, college: Troy)
Chevy Troutman (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh)
Uche Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming)
Tony Williams (202-F-78, college: Louisville) (named by the fans)


The 3pt shootout selection:
Cedric Ferchaud (195-F-80)
Hrvoje Perincic (196-G-78)
Marc Salyers
Yohann Sangare

The Point Guard tournament:
Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron) (2006 winner)
Sean Colson
Aymeric Jeanneau (185-G-78)
Marc-Antoine Pellin



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GABON

THE GABONESE FEDERATION OF BASKET - BALL CHANGE THE FORMULA OF THE FIRST MASCULINE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP. -by Tim Ndjiki
After a long period of rest the basket ball Gabonese takes with assemblies of clubs, leagues and the last in date are the assembly plain and extraordinary of the Basketball Federation Gabonese (FEGABAB), presided by Mrs. Sylvie KOTHA.
Of big innovation in our basket for this season 2007-2008: The creation of the elite national championship. Composed of 8 clubs, teams are going all to meet in chosen three sites: Libreville, Port-Gentil and Moanda. Teams are going to move all weekends according to a calendar of meetings, matches will be played to go return of it, the first of this championship will be declared champion of Gabon in 2008. The last two teams of the elite Championship will be retrogressed in their leagues. A phase to go up in elite championship will be played between the best teams of every league
Championships of leagues affiliated members are played simultaneously.
February 2, 2008, it is the date foreseen for the launching of the elite National Championship that will regroup 8 clubs:
League of the High Ogooue, 1 team (MANGA BASKET); League of the estuary 3 teams (SOMO B - TOUNGUI BB - AOBB); League of the Maritime Ogooue, 4 teams (STADE MANDJI - CAS 1987 - ASOM - ASCTG).
It is a project that has been approved by the majority the present delegates to the assembly of the 08 to December 09, 2007 to the seat of the FEGABAB. He has been necessary to nine hours of clock to arrive some there. Certain delegate one expressed their scepticism on the financial means, on the notebook of load, on the calendar of the competition, notably the president of the league of the estuary (Aime ENGONE), the representative of TOUNGUI BB (the colonel Flavien MOUSSAVOU) and the president of LAR (Eric MICKALA).
The ministerial Office of the Federation explained extensively favours them of this new formula on the organization of the first Division championship named " elite " National Championship; The chairwoman Sylvie KOTHA explained that this project answers to waiting of leaders of clubs and the ministry, it is a formula that increases the number of meetings, it is a manner to popularize the Gabonese basketball; it also permits to unload to leagues the organization of the first Division championship. She also reassured delegates of the adherence of the ministry of sport and the Olympic committee and sponsors, and the hold in charge of the aerial transport lasting all the championship…
The presence of the new president of the Olympic Committee (Leon FOLQUET), the president of Karate Do (Me Paterne DICKA), heightened this assembly plain of the FEGABAB.
We recall you that in the old formula, Leagues organized the first phase and the FEGABAB organized the second phase or final phase.
1st STADE MANDJI (Ogooue Maritime)
2nd MANGA BASKET (High Ogooue)
3rd AOBB (Estuary)
4th CAS 1987 (Ogooue Maritime)
5th BLACK STARS (Estuary)
6th LA REUSSITE (Estuary)
SOMO B and TOUNGUI BB retired of the competition
Ordering of the CUP Federal «DAVID NZOUBOU «Masculine of MOANDA
1st SOMO B (Estuary)
2nd STADE MANDJI (Ogooue Maritime)
3rd MANGA BASKET (High Ogooue) Forfeit at half final
4th TOUNGUI BB
5th CAS 1987 (Ogooue Maritime)
6th ASOM (Ogooue Maritime)
7th ENGONG (Woleu Ntem)
LIBAMA and USTM Forfeit (High Ogooue)


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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 12: Weekend Results December 8 and 9th! -by Michael Taylor
Game Day 12 in the Bundesliga provided big games and fantastic finishes in an action-packed weekend.

Saturday December 8th

ALBA BERLIN 80 brose Baskets Bamberg 60
ALBA Berlin used a balanced attack as Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his team beat brose Baskets Bamberg 80-60 in the Bundesliga's showcase game of the weekend Saturday afteroon at Nurnberg Arena. Berlin started strong with a 23-18 1Q leading to a 42-30 halftime advantage. After maintaining their lead, they extended the margin in the final quarter. Julius Jenkins and Patrick Femerling scored 15pt apiece while Bobby Brown added 14pt and Goran Nikolic 13pt in the win. Darren Fenn was the lone Bamberg player in double figures with 19pt. ALBA shot 53% from the floor while limiting Bamberg to 37% and outrebounded them 33-25. With the win and Artland loss in Tubingen, ALBA Berlin assumes the top spot in the Bundesliga standings with a 10-2 record. Bamberg drops to 9-3.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 76 Artland Dragons 67
C Rasko Katic scored 24pt with 12reb as Walter Tigers Tubingen topped Artland Dragons 76-67 Saturday night at Tubingen Arena. Head Coach Aaron McCarthy and his Tigers jumped to a 24-14 1Q lead before Artland fought back in the 2Q. A 21-17 3Q sent the game into the 4th 59-48. Terrance McGee added 18pt 5ast for Tubingen who got great bench production from F Ryan DeMichael (12pt) and G Igor Perovic (11pt). Playing withour Terrance Thomas or Rich Melzer, Artland received 19pt 7reb from Adam Chubb, 16pt from Matt Freije and 10pt 6reb from Lamont McIntosh. Tubingen shot 43% to Artland's 38% and outrebounded the Dragons 37-31. Tubingen enjoyed an advantage from the foul line making 20 of 30 (67%) to Artland's 10 of 13 (76%). Tubingen improved to 5-7 while Artland fell to 9-3 one game behind ALBA Berlin.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 86 EnBW Ludwigsburg 75
Jonathan Levy topscored with 20pt 3reb 4ast as NewYork Phantoms Braunschweig edged EnBW Ludwigsburg 86-75 Saturday night at Volkswagonhalle in Braunshcweig. The teams exchanged runs in the first half and were even at 37 in the halftime lockerrooms. But Braunschweigs 22-15 3Q gave them momentum as the Phantoms improved to 8-4. Along with Levy's production, Andrew Drevo added 19pt 8reb on 7 for 10 floor shooting while John Allen (16pt) and Domonic Jones (15pt) were also strong. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic's men shot 48% from the floor, made 8 of 16 threes and distributed 19 team assist to 9 turnovers. Coleman Collins led Ludwigsburg with 22pt 5reb and Brandon Woudstra chipped in 12pt 6reb. Ludwigsburg shot 46%, outrebounded Braunschweig 35-32 as they dropped to 5-7.

Telekom Bonn 91 Giessen 46ers 71
Ronnie Burrell made 10 of 11 shots on his way to a game best 22pt 8reb leading Telekom Baskets Bonn to a 91-71 home win over Giessen 46ers Saturday night at Hardtberghalle in Bonn. Along with Burrell, Artur Kolodziejski drilled 3 of 6 threes to add 17pt and John Bowler powered his way to 14pt 9reb in the win. Head Coach Michael Koch's team started with a 25-19 1Q before earning their 40-33 halftime lead. Bonn outscored Giessen in all four quarters. Playing without Rouven Roussler, Giessen was led by Ed Nelson's 11pt and Gerit Terdenge's 10pt. Positively, Obie Trotter returned to action for the 46ers after missing several months with a wrist injury. Both teams shot over 50% (Bonn 56% Giessen 52%) but Bonn enjoyed better production on the boards outrebounding Giessen 33-17 and from the foul line making 22 of 29 compared with 14 of 28 for the 46ers. Bonn improved to 7-5 while Giessen fell to 3-9.

TBB Trier 72 Science City Jena 62
As two top Bundesliga teams ALBA Berlin and brose Baskets Bamberg tangled Saturday afternoon in Nurnberg, another critical game tipped off Saturday night in Jena as Trier and Jena battled for a win. Caleb Green scored 24pt and James Gillingham added 10 as new coach Yves Defraigne and Trier emerged from eastern Germany with an important 72-62 win over Science City Jena. After a 17-12 1Q, the game turned toward Trier with their 16-9 2Q and 33-21 halftime lead. Jena fought back in the 3rd but fell short. Mark Davis and Ali Seggelke topscored for Jena with 14pt each. Earning their 3rd win, 3-9 Trier pulled even with three other teams at the three victory total. Jena fell to 1-11.

Sunday December 9th

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 84 Bayer Leverkusen 80
Bremerhaven put five players in double figures and staged an impressive comeback as they outscored host Bayer Leverkusen 28-12 in the 4Q earning an exciting 84-80 road win at historic Wilhelm Dopatka Halle Sunday in Leverkusen. The hosts held a 43-39 lead at half and extended their advantage to 68-58 after three setting the table for Bremerhavens strong comeback in the fourth. Matt Haryasz led Bremerhaven with 20pt 9reb followed by Zygimantas Jonusas 16pt (4 of 7 threes), 13pt 10reb from RT Guinn, 13pt 6ast from Brian Brown and 11pt from Jan Lipke. For Leverkusen, Nate Fox hit 4 of 5 threes to topscore with 19pt 5reb while Brendan Winters added 16pt and Eric Taylor 13. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team shot 48% to Leverkusen's 44% and outrebounded Leverkusen 39-30. Both teams shot well form beyond the arc Eisbaren sinking 12 of 26 threes and Leverkusen drilling 13 of 29. Bremerhaven upped their record to 6-5 while Leverkusen slipped to 8-4.

BG74 Gottingen 77 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 60
BG74 Gottingen outscored the Deutsche Bank Skyliners 21-12 in the 2Q and 20-10 in the third to take an impressive 77-60 road win at Ballsporthalle Sunday afternoon in Frankfurt. Darren Brooks and Selim Mulic (5 of 8 threes) topscored with 18pt apiece while newly added big man David Monds chipped in 15pt 6reb for Gottingen in the win. Derrick Allen scored 18pt 10reb and Ilian Evtimov added 15pt for Frankfurt. Seen live on BBL.TV, Gottingen shot 45% to Frankfurts 38% and made 10 of 26 threes (38%) to Frankfurts 4 of 22 (18%) from beyond the arc. Head Coach John Patrick and his team upped their record to 3-7 while Skyliners dipped to 6-5.

ratiopharm Ulm 73 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 72
Emeka Erege banked in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer giving ratiopharm Ulm an amazing 73-72 road win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Sunday at Ewe Arena. Trailing by as many as 16pt in the 3Q, Ulm battled back to within three at 72-69 in the closing seconds. After a defensive stop, Ulm held possession with 21sec to play. Advancing the ball, Jason Gardner intelligently fouled Ulm's Kyle Bailey sending him to the line for 2 shots with 7sec remaining. An Ulm timeout set strategy, with no team fouls and 7 seconds, no time remained for stop the clock fouls and the team planned to miss the second shot intentionally. After Bailey made his first, the intentional miss fell perfect to the hands of Konrad Wysocki, but officials ruled Wysocki in too early returning the ball to Oldenburg. After a Thunderbird timeout, Ulm pressured for steals forcing a second inbound play with 6 seconds. Hitting Jason Gardner in stride up the floor, the Oldenburg PG found a wide open Branimir Longin cutting to the basket with time running down. Longin went in for the game sealing layup --- but the layup didnt go in. Ulm's Jeff Gibbs grabbed the rebound and found the Ulm captain Erege at halfcourt. With one dribble, Erege heaved his halfcourt shot high through the air before it banked in sending the Ulm team into wild celebration and their 4th straight win. The amazing buzzer beater capped Ulm's 24-9 4Q comeback. Kyle Bailey led Ulm with 16pt, EJ Gallup added 14pt 6stls on 4 of 7 three point shooting, Bryan Lucas 12pt 5reb, Konrad Wysocki 10pt 10reb and Jeff Gibbs 9pt 15reb in the win. Rickey Paulding led Oldenburg with 18pt while Jason Gardner added a strong 17pt 5reb 5ast line. Ulm improved to 7-4 while Oldenburg slipped to 6-6.


Germans playing college-basketball in 2007-2008 -by Moritz Korff
With the season in college-basketball being under way since late November let's take a look at the stats of the Germans who are involved in the action.

Sergej Baskow (201-G/F-86) - Bemidji State (NCAA2): 9 games: 7.7ppg, 4.6rpg
Bjoern Bohley (206-F/C-84) - Savannah State (NCAA2): 11 games: 0.8ppg, 0.5rpg
Andy Buechert (206-C) - Winthrop (NCAA1): 7 games: 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg
Mike Dejworek (211-C-87) - Belmont (NCAA1): 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg
Martin Esters (196-F-88) - Ripon (NCAA3): 5 games: 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg
Vadim Fedotov (206-F/C-85) - Buffalo (NCAA1): 9 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg
Richard Froehlich (205-F-86) - Citrus College (JUCO): 12 games: 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg
Max Gotzler (201-F-84) - Boston University (NCAA1): 8 games: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg
Sebastian Greene (203-F) - Fordham (NCAA1): 9 games: 8.0ppg, 5.1rpg
Maximilian Groebe (193-F-88) - Massachusetts (NCAA1): 8 games: 2.1ppg, 0.8apg
Rouven Haenig (198-F) - Missouri Valley (NAIA2): 7 games: 7.9ppg, 4.7rpg
Kai Haenig (205-C) - Missouri Valley (NAIA2): 6 games: 2.2ppg, 0.3rpg
Tobias Jahn (206-F-86) - Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2): 4 games: 2.8ppg, 2.8rpg
Dorian McDaniel (198-F-87) - Prairie View A&M (NCAA1): 7 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg
Ante Samodol (200-F/C-86) - Williston State (JUCO): 10 games: 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg
Nick Schneiders (218-C) - USC Upstate (NCAA2): 8 games: 5.8ppg, 5.0rpg
Patrick Taubert (197-G/F-87) - Dawson CC (JUCO): 9 games: 10.4ppg, 4.0rpg
Ronny Weihmann (186-G) - Emmanuel College (NAIA1): 9 games: 6.9ppg, 2.6apg
Jannik Zimmer (192-G-86) - St. Edward's (NCAA2): 7 games: 7.1ppg, 1.9apg


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GREECE

Market News -by Serafim Karaiskakis
Haris Mujezinovic physical exams were not ok, he will stay for 10 more days and if then he is not ready they are going to cut him.

Aris is not satisfied with Reyshawn Terry, the coaching stuff examines the option to change him. Bosman PG and Usa PF/C are in the transfer plans.

AEK Athens will release Smiljan Pavic , they are thinking to bring Vitaly Potapenko to test him.

Mithat Demirel is close to agree with Maroussi, while waiting offer from Bamberg.

Rethimno continue to look for a second usa player, Newson and Martinez are not coming so the team is thinking Louis Flores. Flores signed this season in Olimpiada but left (according to press realease) because he did not like the city of Patras but rumors say that because he was not a team player and he did not care for playing defence. Lately he was close with Iscar Nahariya but they signed John Gilchrist. Kasib Powell played his first game (20p, 12 reb) in NBDL yesterday.

After 8 games in the league Paok is in the bottom and the only team with only 1 win. The management fired Coach Tab Baldwin and announced officially today Kostas Flevarakis as new Head Coach.


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HOLLAND

Brandon Griffin from Almere to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch -by Fred Roggen
Eiffel Towers has inked Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) as substitute for Brandon Kurz. Griffin played lately for Omniworld Almere. His debut for Eiffeltowers is scheduled for Tuesday, when Eiffel Towers played against Turow for the Uleb-Cup.

Matrixx Magixx Put The Clamps On Upstairs Weert -by Sanders Jackson

In the Horstacker on Saturday night, Matrixx Magixx defense made a huge difference, holding Upstairs to one of its worst shooting efforts of the season, en route to winning by the score of 72-58. Upstairs could not shoot the ball in the Atlantic Ocean, making only 33.3% FG, also with making only 5 for 23 from the three-point line and 13 for 23 from the charity stripe.
Antoine Jordan (195-G-83, college: Siena) led Matrixx with 18 pts., Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) added 17, and McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida) had a double-double with 10 pts. and 16 rebounds. Jermaine Green (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) led Upstairs with 13 pts. Matrixx snaps a two-game skid and improves to 11-5, moving a game ahead of Upstairs in the FEB standings, who drops its second straight.


Aris Friesland Wins Again Over Landstede -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in the ZBC-hal, Aris Friesland wins for the first time this season its second straight win, this time again at the expense of Landstede Basketball, winning a 65-64 nail biter. The game between the two teams were neck-to-neck from start to finish, with Zwolle native and ex-Landstede standout


Kimbrough Jumper In Last Seconds Sends Aris To Win In Zwolle -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in the ZBC-hal, Aris Friesland wins its second straight game (and also its second win over Landstede this season), thanks to a
Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) jumper in the last seconds, sending Aris to a 65-64 win. Aris were missing FEB leading scorer Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) for the second straight game, but received a shot in the arm in Zwolle native and ex-Landstede standout Sjoerd Langevoort (188-F-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy), who played the best game of his FEB eredivisie career in this matchup. Langevoort scored a career-high 12 pts. in 27 minutes for Aris, including 2 three-pointers. Ctirad Klimanek (196-F/G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Dillion Sneed (201-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) led Aris with 14 pts. each. Landstede, who had leading scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) missing in action (wrist injury), were led in scoring by Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) with 13 pts. Aris are now 3-13, while Landstede falls to 7-9 and second straight loss.


Eiffel Towers Crush Den Helder Seals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Maaspoort on Sunday afternoon, after a slow start the defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers got the engine revved up in the 2nd quarter, letting the young Den Helder Seals team know who the boss is, cruising to an 100-79 win. It was the fifth time this season that Eiffel hit the century mark in league play.
Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) led six Eiffel players in double figures with 24 pts. on 11-14 shooting. Eiffel shot 70.5% FG and had a 51-28 rebounding advantage. Eiffel have also announced the signing of Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.), who recently departed Omniworld due to the bankruptcy situation there. Griffin posted numbers of 18.1 ppg and 13.1 rpg. in an Omniworld uniform and should give the Eiffel frontline a tremendous boost. Eiffel are now 13-3 and tied points wise with MyGuide Amsterdam for 1st place in the FEB.


Hanzevast Capitals Make Short Work Of Omniworld Almere -by Sanders Jackson

Due to the financial crisis with Omniworld Almere, it was at first not sure if the Omniworld-Hanzevast Capitals matchup on Saturday night would occur. Omniworld decided to play the game, but without the Americans. When the match began, Omniworld put on a gallant effort, leading at the end of the 1st quarter 26-20, but Hanzevast Capitals gave Omniworld more than they could handle, cruising to a 93-72 win. Both teams did not value the ball (both 26 turnovers each), but Donar's size and a 49-24 rebounding advantage was the big difference.
Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) led all scorers with 26 pts. on 12-15 FG, and also snatched down 11 rebounds. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, agency: PPGroup) finally found his groove, scoring a season-high 16 pts. with two three-pointers and 4 steals. Tjoe de Paula (183-G-81, agency: Court Side) and Nenad Cvjetkovic (202-F-83, agency: Court Side) led Omniworld with 17 pts. each. Omniworld also had ex-Dutch international and "good old" Cees Van Rootselaar (186-G-66) back in an Omniworld uniform. The 41-year old van Rootselaar returns on the court for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The win improves Hanzevast's record to 9-6.


ZZ Leiden Win In Comeback Over Rotterdam Challengers -by Sanders Jackson

In a packed Vijfmeihal in Leiden on Saturday night, ZZ Leiden stunk up the joint through the first three quarters, but redeemed themselves in the final quarter, going on a 32-12 tear to seize the game away from Rotterdam Challengers to win 72-63. In the 1st quarter ZZ scored only 7 points, all of which came from the free throw line! Rotterdam led 35-23 at the half, and 51-40 at the end of the 3rd quarter before ZZ came out of hibernation.
Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) led ZZ with 20 pts., Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) added 18, and J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) scored 14. Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) and Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: W.Virginia) led the Rotterdammers with 15 pts. each. Rotterdam hurt themselves with foul trouble, poor free throw shooting (only 16 for 29) and three-point shooting (only 3 for 23), while ZZ got more frequent to the free throw line (making 29 of 43). ZZ are now 7-10 in FEB play, while Rotterdam falls to 7-8.


West-Brabant Giants Win Barnburner Over MyGuide Amsterdam -by Sanders Jackson

Sunday afternoon in a marquee matchup between West-Brabant Giants and 1st place MyGuide Amsterdam in Bergen-Op-Zoom, the home team did not let an early 10-point MyGuide lead faze them, eventually making a comeback and holding on in the end for a 73-69 win. When MyGuide led 39-29, things would start to unravel for them, and West-Brabant seized control of the game tempo. There were 13 lead changes in the game with 8 ties, but West-Brabant had more scoring punch from the bench, with a 26-9 difference, plus 17 second chance points. In a tight game, those intangibles are vital. The foul difference also played into the Giants' advantage, with most of MyGuide's core players in foul trouble (Roberts, Wessels, van Paassen, Wyatt, Trent). However, the Giants could not pull farther way from MyGuide due to poor free throw shooting (just 7 of 17 the 2nd half, 19 of 32 total). Nonetheless the Giants put the clamps on MyGuide leading scorer
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) holding him to only 4 pts. in 36 minutes playing time. Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led the Giants in scoring with 14 pts., with Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) adding 13. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led all scorers with 17 pts. with 10 rebounds. West-Brabant Giants are now 10-6 and MyGuide falls to 13-3.


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HUNGARY

NYKK: Gary Buchanan arrived -by Tamas Deri
American guard, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) just arrived yesterday to Hungary. The former star of top college Villanova will be on a week-tryout with the team and should play on wednesday in the next CEBL game of NYKK. Buchanan has already 4 years pro-experience, as he played two-two seasons in the Netherlands and Austria.

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INDONESIA

SEA Games: Indonesia narrowly defeats Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Indonesia 65:67

The hosts of the 24th SEA Games Thailand suffered their second loss in a row as they fell just short against Indonesia today. Indonesia climbed to 2-1 record and still ponders over their title prospects. It never looked like losing affair for Thailand at the start though. The hosts who were coming out of a sour start to their campaign rushed ahead early in the game. Thailand played aggressive basketball and rolled to a 26:20 lead after 10 minutes of action. Indonesia tightened up defense in the second stanza and the hosts' scoring flow went dry. Thai players scored just 8 points in the second quarter but they still enjoyed a 34:32 advantage at halftime. Indonesia fought desperately for every inch of the initiative in the third period. Thailand withstood comeback efforts from Indonesia but the teams headed into the final term all square at 49. The teams exchanged the blows in the final quarter with tension mounting in the air. But Youbel Sondakh (188-F-84) stepped with important free throws late in the game to steal the win for Indonesia. He finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace Indonesia. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) and Ronny Gunawan (194-F/C-80) posted 9 points for the winners. Pramoch Jantharaniom (192-G/F-75) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Thailand. Piyapong Piroon (189-F-81) scored 15 points as Thailand slipped to 0-2 record at the tournament.
Indonesia will next face Cambodia on Wednesday. Thailand plays against Cambodia tomorrow.

Thailand: Pramoch Jantharaniom 21, Piyapong Piroon 15
Indonesia: Youbel Sondakh 16, Amin Prihantono 9, Ronny Gunawan 9


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IRELAND

Tigers, UCD/Marian, Killester and Shamrock Rovers advance to the Cup semis -by Eurobasket News
Superleague Cup just completed its quarterfinal stage. Some gripping games took place and the fans received some first class basketball. UCD/Marian rewrote history as they made it to the Cup semifinal for the first time in last 20 years. They needed to overcome Limerick Lions to advance to the semifinal stage. And they fulfilled the task securing a tense narrow 86:83 victory. Pat Beiline and Jim Clement (198-F-83, college: L.Superior) stepped with important triples late in the game to seal the winning outcome for UCD/Marian.
The defending champs Tigers reached the semis by beating Ballina 94:80. Tigers led by as many as 13 points early in the second stanza but Ballina recovered and stroke back late in the frame. They cut the deficit to just one point and mount the pressure on the Tigers. However the Tigers stood up to the challenge and remained ahead at the interval. Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara) and Ronan McGarrity (193-F-81) never stopped in the third stanza as they soon lifted Ballina up by 4 points. But the Tigers proved their status with a stunning final frame and stormed past their opponents. Carl Hadley (193-F, college: Sam Houston St.) finished with game-high 35 points. Chris Jordan (193-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) added 27 points for the winners. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) responded with 27 points for Ballina.
Killester was impressive as they thumped Neptune 120:77 at this stage of competition. The teams looked pretty in contest during the first half as Neptune were behind by 11 points at halftime. But the hosts pumped it up in the second part of the encounter and left Neptune far behind. John Behan (193-G-85) topscored for the winning side with 24 points. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) secured 22 points for Killester. Mathew Gorman (206-C-84, college: Syracuse) answered with 22 points for Neptune.
Shamrock Rovers erased a 14-point halftime deficit to post a spectacular 107:101 win over UCC Demons. Jonathan Reed (183-G-79, college: Clayton St.) netted 23 points for the Rovers. The Rovers will now take on Killester in the semifinal. The Tigers will be opposed by UCD/Marian in January for a chance to play in the Cup Final.

UCC Demons - Shamrock Rovers 101:107
Killester - Neptune 120:77
Tigers - Ballina 94:80
UCD/Marian - Limerick Lions 86:83


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ITALY

Lega2-11th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
Lots of suriprise in the 11th day of the League. On friday tv-match, Reggio Emilia (Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara) at 25 scored) defeated Fabriano (17 by Fabio Ruini (186-G-80)). Five players in double figures weren't enough for Pavia that lost at home against Veroli (Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi) at 21 and Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79) at 20). Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) (23 pts) led Jesi to victory on Rimini (Omar Thomas (195-F-82, college: UTEP) 19 pts). Caserta (five players in double figures) came back to success against Pistoia (Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International) at 21 scored). 32 scored by Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) and great defense led Ferrara won on Imola (13 scored by Roberto Rullo (192-G-90)). Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) scored 19 and Sassari won on the road at Montecatini (Andrea Niccolai (196-G/F-68, agency: Interperformances) and Darryl Wilson (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) both at 18). The new guard Hassan Adams (193-G-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Arizona) scored 27 and Novara broke its 7-games losing streak against Casale (Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) 19 pts). 27 by Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) and 22 by Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) and Livorno defeated the first ranked team Soresina (16 by Flavio Portaluppi (190-G-71) and J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia)).
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it
Trenkwalder RE-Indesit Fab 99-70
Edimes PV-Prima Veroli 88-91
Fileni Jesi-Coopsette RN 95-87
Pepsi Caserta-Carmatic PT 80-69
Carife FE-Aget Imola 66-56
Agr.Glo.Mont.-BancoSardegna 75-78
Ignis Novara-Fastweb Casale 78-70
TDShop.it LI-Vanoli Soresina 86-77


Serie A Week 13: Winning streak record for Siena -by Stefano Pini
Beating Lottomatica Roma, Montepaschi Siena tied Kinder Bologna (1997/98) for the best winning streak to start the season. 13 victories in a row for Siena that at home controlled Roma since the beginning (21-13 first quarter). 25 points with 11 fouls (17/20 ft) won for Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall), 21 with 7 steals for Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier). Roma had the best thing by Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova): 18p., 5r but 6t. In this way Angelico could reach Lottomatica at second place. Snaidero was easily ahead in the first half (44-29) but Angelico completed the rally in the last 10' with a 3p. shot by a concrete Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79). Double-double for Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada): 19+10. Scavolini Pesaro overcame Siviglia Teramo. Carlton Myers (192-G-71, agency: World Sport Agency) came back after the injury bringing his experience: 11p. in 23', Teramo had 24 by Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). Wonderful game between Rieti and Capo D'Orlando: was necessary an overtime to assign the victory to Pierrel. Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) had another great game pushing his team in the first half: 27p. 6as. Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure), without Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB), is taking more responsabilities, with good reasons: 21 points with 1.03 of OER for him. At 8 games won, in full final8 zone there is also Premiata Montegranaro that faced Cimberio Varese. Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) and Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) combined for 34 points for Premiata's victory. Cimberio, had a good offensive performance by Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) that in the last 4 games scored 15-17-23-16 points. Armani Jeans Milano is finding his identity. Against LaFortezza Bologna Milano had 5 players in double digit (with 15 assists), finding good shots in the paint in the first half and let Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) express his talent in the 4th quarter. For Danilo: 22p., 7r. 3as in 38'.

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JAMAICA

Knights sweep Panthers to capture NBL title -by Leonard Whyte

Urban Knights played like an elite team all season and it was only fitting that they were crowned the 2007 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) champions last night at the National Stadium courts. After dismissing defending champions St. George's Slayers in the semi-finals, Knights squared off with surprising finalists Blazing Panthers in their best-of-three series. The series ended in two games as Knights, behind a game-high 24 points from captain Linton Murray and 13 points and 14 rebounds from Andrew Whilby, dominated Game 1 for a decisive 81-67 victory.

Sweep!
Last night's victory was even more impressive as Whilby's 22 points and Murray's 19 points helped Knights complete the sweep 94-77. Panthers suprising ouster of Tivoli All Stars in their semi-final clash gave fans reason a reason to believe, but once the game tipped off it was clear they were overmatched. Kirk Ferguson finished with a game-high 24 points and Desmond Harriott added 16 points.

Third place playoff
Tivoli won the playoff for third and fourth place in grand style, defeating Slayers 84-71. Leading scorers were Damion Young with 21 points, Jermaine Peart with 19 points, and Paul Oliphant with 17 points. Lance Grandison scored 19 points to lead Slayers.



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JAPAN

Aisin takes one on the chin -by Kenny
Aisin had their 9-game winning streak snapped on Saturday (12/8) when they lost to OSG 86-83 in F James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro)'s debut in Japan. Maye played well, scoring 6 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for Aisin in the surprising loss. Aisin bounced back, however, the next day when they toppled Hokkaido 100-89. James Maye played a huge role in the victory, scoring 21 points in only 24 minutes of action. With the win, that means Aisin has now won 10 out of their last 11 games to move to 14-4.

Toyota is still in 2nd place at 12-6 after losing a close game to Toshiba 80-79 on Sunday. Toshiba broke their 4-game losing streak with the victory over Toyota and now sits in 6th place with an 8-10 record.

Mark Twain once wrote, "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." F Johnny Taylor (206-F-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Chattanooga) of Mitsubishi could very well say the same thing. The rumor mill had been busy regarding JT's status since the start of the season, but Taylor is now in a comfortable groove and is playing very well for the Diamond Dolphins. Taylor scored 27 points on Sunday in Mitsubishi's 87-84 loss to OSG. That came one day after he scored 22 points to contribute to Mitsubishi's 86-77 win on Saturday over Hokkaido. JT has quieted his critics and has made everyone forget about his predecessor, Ron Hale. Mitsubishi hasn't missed a beat since Hale's departure thanks to the steady play of Johnny B. Very Goode.

Notes: New Hitachi C Peter Cornell has been activated by the team and will be eligible to make his HItachi debut on Saturday (12/15) when they take on Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. You can also catch Cornell in theaters in February when he stars alongside funnyman Will Ferrell in Ferrell's new comedy, "Semi-Pro." Cornell will play the part of Lithuanian big man "Vakidis" in the basketball comedy. Cornell is not the only import in the JBL to appear in a Hollywood movie. Longtime Toyota F Charles O'Bannon played "Reggie" in the Omar Epps movie, "Love and Basketball


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JORDAN

Wright to play with Arena!! -by Mohammed Malas
Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) agreed terms with Arena Amman club to be the team's 3rd import until 28th of january according to club's secreatary general Dr. Zuhair Abbasi.

The american forward is in jordan from around two months and worked out with Orthodox and Al Wihdat for short time before deciding to be part of Arena's setup temporarily until the arrival of the american center Simeon Haley who may arrive today, The american forward graduated from Kansas State University in NCAA last season and still waiting to have his 1st experience throught the door of jordan.

The player will play his 1st game tomorrow with the team against Hussein Erbid in the opener of 2007/2008's Excellent League.

# Imports of the 2007/2008 Excellent League:

- Zain:
Jonathan Jones - Center
Nate Johnson - Forward

- Orthodox:
Chad Hendrick - Forward
Chris Campbell - Guard
Kelly Wise - Center

- Arena Amman:
Simeon Haley - Center
Josh Cooperwood - Guard
Akeem Wright - Forward

- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
None till now

- Al Wihdat:
Anthony Steward - Forward
Zack Anderson - Center

- Hussein Erbid:
Robbie Banks - Center
Glen Summerall - Guard

- College Sports Club:
Jamal Ward - Forward
Ty Brunson - Center

- Al Awdah:
None till now


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LEBANON

Riyadi kicks off the season with a first win in Housameddine Hariri -by Hassan Thini
In its first appearance in the 2007 - 2008 season through the opening of Housameddine Hariri tournament the 17th. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut was as strong as ever despite the absence of the team playmaker Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) due to an injury, the cold weather, and the late team training startup. Riyadi kicked off this season very strong, just like the last four seasons, by beating Al Muharik from Bahrain by 39 pts (109-70). The four quarters of the game ended as follows: (26-19), (29-10), (28-20), and (26-21). The game also introduced for the first time, Sagesse's ex-star, Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati), as Riyadi's second foreigner for the season.

Coach Fouad Abou Chakra relied on Omar Turk, Mazen Mneimneh, Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.), Kenny Satterfield and Ismail Ahmad to start the first quarter in which the yellow players quickly took the lead to 7 points (26-19) with the TANK as the star of the first 10 minutes with 9 pts (3 out of 4 successful shots from behind the arc).

The Bahraini players were no match to the yellow who quickly increased the difference from 7 points to 26 points by the end of the second quarter (55-29), with an impressive performance from Mazen Mneimneh, who ended the game as the best scorer with 18 pts. In the third quarter AL-Muharak tried to take advantage of the benching the yellow starters but wasn't able to bring the difference down as Riyadi's youth players actually increased the difference from 26 to 34 points, when bulldozer Hussein Tawbeh who grabbed 9 rebounds and scored 8 points in less than six minutes, shined and help ending this quarter for his team (83-49).

The fourth quarter was no different from the third, as Riyadi's youth players kept controlling the game with a shining performance from the youngest player in the Lebanese champion's squad, Ahmad Ibrahim (Born in 1993 and first cousin to Mohamad Ibrahim) who grabbed 6 rebounds and scored 6 pts, along with his mate, Mohamad Akkad who scored 8 points in two minutes. With a basket here and a basket there in the last three minutes, the 4th quarter and the game ended with 39 points difference (109-70).

Best Scorer of the game was the Mazen Mneimneh with 18 points while the best scorers from Al-Muharik were Issa Ibrahim with 14 points. It is also worth highlighting Hussein Tawbeh's performance with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 block shots in less than of 16 minutes.


Riyadi overcomes Blue Stars 81-72 in a tough matchup -by Hassan Thini
Blue Stars set the tone for the upcoming Lebanese basketball championship by keeping up against Riyadi in both teams' second appearance in Housameddine Hariri tournament. With the presence of Vogel, Ahmad, and Satterfield, the Lebanese champions struggled against a spirited one foreigner short Blue Stars roster, failing to create the break until the last few minutes and banking a 9-point-win with an unconvincing performance.

Riyadi coach Fouad Abou Chakra started the game with Mazen Mneimne, Ismail Ahmad, Kenny Satterfield, Omar Turk and Hussein Tawbe, with a slight injury keeping Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) away from the starting line-up. Both teams were evenly matched in the first quarter with Riyadi players relying more on individual efforts rather than teamwork, as individual plays and bad shot selection from the yellow side allowed Blue Stars' motivated Lebanese players and an impressive John Bell to take advantage of Riyadi's loose defense to end the first quarter 19-19. Vogel and Ali Mahmoud entered the game in the second quarter in an attempt by Abou Chakra to reorganize Riyadi's defense and managed to create a 5 points cushion by halftime (42-37), thanks mainly to a low shooting percentage from Blue Stars. The second half started off with more of the same, and Blue Stars fast transition defense hampered the yellows fast-paced game play, causing them to commit several turnovers and missing easy fast breaks. Bell and Abdel Nour kept the score within range as the third quarter ended 61-55. Riyadi came back more focused however into the last quarter, with a much more spirited defense on the rebound by Vogel and Tawbe, and better shot selection from Omar Turk and Ali Mahmoud. Blue Stars attempted a final run in the last minutes but Dell's low free throw average and the lack of an outside game allowed Riyadi to win it 81-72.

Best scorers of the game were John Bell with 26 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Jean Abdel Nour with 22 points. From Riyadi, Ali Mahmoud had 17 points, followed by Ismail Ahmad (16 points and 13 rebounds) and Omar Turk (16 points) while Tawbe had an excellent defensive game with 17 rebounds. With this win, Riyadi qualified to the next round and next game will be against Sala from Morocco on Monday.


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LIBERIA

Pythons wins Broadway trophy -by Numennie Williams
National league champions NPA Pythons on Saturday December 8, 2007 won the Broadway Consolidated basketball tournament. Pythons outclass rival LPRC Oilers 72-56 points in the grand final of the competition. Earlier that day, Dream Team fell to Uhuru Kings 63-64 points for the third place position. Pythons received US$ 2,500.00 while second place Oilers received US$ 1,500 and Kings walked away with US$ 1.000 for the third place

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LIGA AMERICAS

From Xalapa to win -by Gianni Pascucci
Halcones UV Xalapa will meet tonight Miami Tropics in what could be a pivotal game for all the "Group B" of Liga De Las Americas. The Tropics, in fact, are filled of talent, and seem very interested in advancing to the next leg of the tournment, while Halcones are at present the top ranked team in Mexican LNBP (their record is the best at 29-7) and feature very good domestic players like Victor Mariscal (198-F-72), Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) and Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) plus talented imports like Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) and Greg Plummer (193-G-83, college: Eckerd). Last week, the Halcones have been officially introduced to the State of Veracruz Governor, Mr. Fidel Herrera Beltran, and this will increase the motivation of all the "Falcons" to make as best as possible in this brand new competition.

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MALAYSIA

SEA Games: No surprises as Malaysia topples Cambodia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Cambodia 103:72

Malaysia gained the second win at the SEA Games basketball tournament edging Cambodia in style. It was a high-scoring affair with the outcome clear at halftime. Malaysian players entered the game firing from all cannons as eased to a 29:13 advantage after the opening frame. The scoring parade continued in the second stanza as Cambodia lacked solidity in defense. Malaysia shot 40 triples during the game converting 15 of them. Some were drained in the second period as Malaysia outscored their opponents 29:21 to secure a 58:34 cushion at halftime. Malaysian played furious basketball after the break as they added 28 points to their scoring baggage and cleared off to insurmountable 86:46 distance. Cambodia won the fourth frame to add some respectability to the scoreline at the end. Satyaseelan Kuppusamy scored 17 points for Malaysia. Abdul Kader Yusof (185-F-84) and Hoo Won Francis Loh (192-C-82) contributed 16 points apiece for the winning side. Puthrothna Monh (180-G-81) responded with 24 points for Cambodia. Toun Sopeen (180-F/G-85) delivered 23 points, 15 boards and 4 assists in the second straight defeat for Cambodian team. Cambodia outrebounded Malaysia 43:41 but suffered 31 turnovers. Malaysia sank 40% from the field, while Cambodia answered with 38% accuracy.
Malaysia will face Philippines in a key matchup on Wednesday. Cambodia will look for the initial victory against Thailand tomorrow.

Malaysia: Kappusamy Satyaseelan (185-G/F-78) 17, Abdul Kader Yusof 16, Hoo Won Francis Loh 16
Cambodia: Puthrothna Monh 24, Toun Sopeen 23


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MEXICO

From Xalapa to win -by Gianni Pascucci
Halcones UV Xalapa will meet tonight Miami Tropics in what could be a pivotal game for all the "Group B" of Liga De Las Americas. The Tropics, in fact, are filled of talent, and seem very interested in advancing to the next leg of the tournment, while Halcones are at present the top ranked team in Mexican LNBP (their record is the best at 29-7) and feature very good domestic players like Victor Mariscal (198-F-72), Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) and Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) plus talented imports like Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) and Greg Plummer (193-G-83, college: Eckerd). Last week, the Halcones have been officially introduced to the State of Veracruz Governor, Mr. Fidel Herrera Beltran, and this will increase the motivation of all the "Falcons" to make as best as possible in this brand new competition.

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NCAA

Lute Olson takes leave of absence -by Eurobasket News
University of Arizona head coach Lute Olson decided to extend the leave of absence till the end of the season. He took it on November 4 and recently decided to go on with it. The reason for that decision came up as “deeply personal”. Assistant coach Kevin O'Neill will step up to substitute Olson. Meanwhile Arizona Wildcats proved they can win even without Lute Olson guiding them. They defeated Illinois 78:72 to improve to 6-2 record in the season. The Wildcats found themselves trailing by 7 points at halftime. They stepped up on accelerator in the second half and Jordan Hill (6'9''-F) jumper with 7 seconds remaining forced overtime. Arizona spurred ahead in the overtime and led by 6 points 71:65 4 minutes into it. Shaun Pruitt (6'10''-C-85) and Trent Meacham (6'2''-G-85, college: Dayton) narrowed the gap to 2 points with 30 seconds remaining. But Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G) scored 4 consecutive free throws and ensured the winning result for the Wildcats. Jordan Hill produced 23 points and 13 boards for Arizona. Jerryd Bayless added 20 points for the winners. Shaun Pruitt answered with 24 points and 9 boards for the Fighting Illini. Trent Meacham had 16 points as Illinois fell to 5-3 record.
Washington State Cougars posted the 9th straight victory beating Portland State 72:60. The Cougars led by 7 points at the interval but were not able to clear off substantially as the Vikings kept it at a striking distance throughout the whole second half. However Washington State proved stronger in the dying minutes and came away with victory. Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86) tallied 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars. Robbie Cowgill (6'10''-F-86) contributed 15 points in a winning effort. Deonte Huff (6'4''-G-86) had 18 points for the Vikings as they slipped to 6-4 record.


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NCAA3

Top-Ranked Amherst Upset By #3 Brandeis 72-62 -by Moritz Korff
The top-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team traveled east to face third-ranked Brandeis University this evening in the best regular season match-up in recent history. Amherst suffered its first loss of the season in the match-up of national powers, falling to the Judges on the road 72-62.

With the Judges missing star post player Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F), Amherst looked to its tall front line to carry the team early. The Jeffs had a pair of scores from each Adolphe Coulibaly (6'5''-G-83, college: Brown) (Abidjian, Ivory Coast), Kevin Hopkins (6'10''-C) (Greenfield Center, NY) and Fletcher Walters (6'7''-F) (Ann Arbor, MI) early on to trail 16-13 at the 12:43 mark.

The Lord Jeffs tied the game at 16-16 on a three pointer from sophomore forward Steven Wheeler (Bloomington, MN), only to have Brandeis answer with a bucket from Joe Coppens from three-point range to take the lead right back.

Amherst senior Matt Goldsmith (Morristown, NJ) provided a spark off the bench for the Jeffs in the first half, keeping a possession alive on the offensive glass and then burying a three to knot the game at 19-19 with 8:11 showing in the frame.

The Judges kept Amherst off-balance early on with a stifling full-court press in an attempt to tire senior captain Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) before being able to set up the offense.

With five and a half minutes remaining, Wheeler hit a pair of free throws to pace the Jeffs with seven points and tie the game once again at 23-23. Hopkins dropped in a lay-up in traffic to give Amherst its first lead in over a dozen minutes at 25-23, before grabbing a number of rebounds.

Despite being outsized all over the court, the Judges held a 14-12 advantage on the glass with two minutes remaining in the half. Brandeis' Kwame Graves-Fulgham hit a tough reverse lay-up and got fouled in the act with eight seconds remaining. The senior guard made the free throw to give the Judges a 31-29 lead heading to the locker room.

At the half, Amherst's Walters and Brandeis' Kevin Olson each had eight points, while the two teams were nearly identical statistically. Each team had seven turnovers, and while Amherst held an 8-7 edge in assists, the Judges led the game by a pair.

One of the trademarks of the undefeated Lord Jeffs has been early second half scoring streaks, and for Amherst to be able to breathe easily, it would need just that.

With 18:52 left in the second half, Andrew Olson scored his first points of the night on a tough jumper on the left wing. Walters went coast-to-coast on the following Amherst possession to tie the game at 33-33.

After a 4-0 run from the Judges, Walters looked to repeat on his full court run, but was whistled for an offensive foul as he took to the air in the lane. After an 0-for-4 first half, Olson nailed a long two for his second consecutive bucket of the night, closing the deficit to 39-37.

Joe Coppens scored six consecutive points for Brandeis to give the Judges a 47-37 lead, before Hopkins responded for Amherst with another lay-up.

With 10:55 remaining in regulation, Amherst trailed 50-41, and would need a scoring run to get back into the game. Olson looked to power Amherst back into the game, and made his third consecutive shot to start the second half.

Amherst head coach David Hixon '75 was forced to call a timeout after Coppens nailed a three from the corner to push the Brandeis lead to 56-43 with just 8:17 to go.

Brandeis continued to pound the glass, and after the team's 10th offensive rebound, Terrell Hollins converted on a three-point play the hard way to stretch the lead to 16 points. Amherst responded with quick scores from Brian Baskauskas (Palo Alto, CA), Wheeler and Olson to close to within 10 points with just 5:42 remaining. Goldsmith nailed a pair from the charity stripe to cut the lead in half to eight points.

With 4:20 remaining, Walters was fouled while shooting a three pointer, and knocked down all three free throws to cut the gap to 59-54. Christian Yemga ended the 11-0 Amherst run with a banked triple from the top of the key as the shot clock expired.

Over the next two minutes, Brandeis went on a 5-1 run to stretch back out to a 65-55 lead with just 1:44 to play.

Brandeis weathered an Amherst full-court press in the final two minutes and made free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

The Judges closed out the win 72-62 to hand Amherst its first loss of the season. Brandeis improves to 8-1, while Amherst falls to 6-1 on the year, snapping an 11-game win streak.

Courtesy of www.amherst.edu


#4 UW-Stevens Point Hand Lawrence its First Loss -by Moritz Korff
The fourth-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team used a 21-2 run early to pull away from Lawrence University and hand the Vikings their first loss with a 75-56 victory tonight at Quandt Fieldhouse.

The Pointers improve to a record of 5-1 overall, while the Vikings drop to an overall record of 4-1. The Pointers have won 34 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents in the regular season. They have also won 25 straight against teams from the Midwest Conference.

Lawrence had an early 6-2 lead with 17:58 left in the first half, but the Pointers then went on a 21-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 23-8 lead with over 11 minutes left in the half. Stevens Point then had its biggest lead of the half with 4:13 on the clock after a Bryan Beamish (Jr.-Wisconsin Rapids/Lincoln) three pointer.

The Vikings however finished the half strong outscoring the Pointers 12-2 in the final four minutes. Lawrence ended the half in dramatic fashion when John Dekker grabbed the rebound off a Pointer miss and heaved the ball 93 feet into the bottom of the net as time expired. The score at the half was 38-26 in favor of the Pointers.

Stevens Point shot 62 % in the first half and 3-for-7 from behind the three-point line. The Vikings shot 37 % for the half. The Pointer bench outscored the Lawrence bench 13-5, including nine points from Louis Hurd (Fr.-Portage).

The Pointers put away any hope the Vikings had of a comeback early in the second half when they outscored Lawrence 11-3 in the first four minutes. Lawrence went on a 9-0 run midway through the second half to cut the lead back to 12, but that's as close as they would get as the Pointers extended the lead back to 21 with two minutes left in the game. Stevens Point ended up winning by a final score of 75-56.

The Pointers shot 56 % from the field in the game and were 6-for-20 on three-point attempts. It is the second straight game the Pointers were held below seven three-point field goals. Prior to the last two games, Stevens Point had made at least seven three-pointers in 31 consecutive games. Lawrence finished at 37 % for the game and was just 1-for-15 on three-point attempts.

Steve Hicklin (Sr.-Sussex/Hamilton) tied for game-high with 16 points. Louis Hurd added 14 points off the bench, Bryan Beamish chipped in with 13 points, while Jerome Wotachek (Jr.-Mishicot) had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Khalifa El-Amin (Jr.-Milwaukee/Rufus King) had a season-high six assists to lead the Pointers. Andy Hurley had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings.

Courtesy of http://athletics.uwsp.edu/


UW-Whitewater Take Sting Out of Yellowjackets -by Moritz Korff
UW-Whitewater, ranked sixth in the D3hoops.com national poll, improves its mark on the season with a win over UW-Superior 92-85 Saturday night at Kachel Gym in Whitewater.

The Warhawks led at half with a slim three point lead of 46-43. In the second half Superior started with a 8-2 run to take the lead 51-48 with 17:10 left in the game on a jumper by freshman Dan Culy. Whitewater battled back and forth with Superior, but with 11 minutes left in the game the Warhawks went on a 20-10 run to improve the score to 85-71 with 2:48 left in the game. Superior came back with a run of their own scoring 12 points to Whitewater's seven, but it was not enough to keep the Warhawks down making the final score 92-85.

Junior forward Rob Perry (Milwaukee/Dominican) led the way for the Warhawks with a double-double night on 24 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Matt Goodwin (Milwaukee/Rufus King) contributed 21 points as did junior Myles McKay (Milwaukee/Menomonee Falls) with 16 points. For the Yellowjackets, Culy led his team with 25 points hitting 5 shots from beyond the arc. Yellowjackets freshman Jake Smith contributed 21 points.

The Warhawks improve their overall record to 5-1 and are now 2-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. UW-Superior falls to an overall record of 1-5 and 0-2 in the WIAC.

Courtesy of http://www.uwwsports.com


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NEW ZEALAND

NZ Breakers unable to stop the Kings -by Eurobasket News
NZ Breakers - Sydney Kings 100:120

NZ Breakers suffered their 7th loss in the NBL season as they were outscored by the league leading Sydney Kings. Sydney travelled across Tasman to start their 12th round campaign with an impressive 120:100 win over the NZ Breakers at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. The Kings got off to a 7:0 start of this one and demonstrated their status to everyone on and around the court. As the hosts experienced a usual first minutes fever Sydney led 28:17 after 12 minutes of game. The gap reached a 54:40 mark at halftime and grew to 20 points early in the third frame. The Breakers could not find the right answers as Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) missed triples and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) felt raw with his new teammates and struggled to impress. The Kings never looked back and eased to the victory at the end. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) delivered 28 points for the Kings. Dontaye Draper (180-G, college: Charleston) contributed 24 points in a winning clause. Kirk Penney finished with 29 points for the Breakers. Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 20 points in the 7th loss for the Breakers. Sydney Kings dominated the boards 46:40 and shot solid 58.9% from the field. The hosts posted 43% field goals accuracy, including just 28% from beyond the arc. Sydney's bench outscored their counterparts 44:33.
NZ Breakers next visit Brisbane to take on the Bullets on December 16. The Kings will play against the Wollongong Hawks the same day.

NZ Breakers: Kirk Penney 29, Phill Jones 20, Oscar Forman (205-G-82) 18
Sydney: Mark Worthington 28, Dontaye Draper 24, Jason Smith (194-G-74) 21


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NIGERIA

22nd Champions Cup for Men: Petro begin title defense against BC Onatra -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending Champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men Angola Petroleos Atletico basketball club of Luanda will open it title defense against Democratic Republic of Congo BC Onatra basketball club in Huambo on December 13 this year.

Petroleos who won the title in 2006 in Lagos after subduing arch rival Primero de Agosto in the grand finale is determined to retain the African title which has seen it beefed up it squad ahead the last competition in the calendar of the continental ruling body, FIBA Afrique.

The team coached by Angola national men team coach, Carvalho Alberto will parade some of the best players on the Africa continent, players who are well tested and have years of experience behind them while little is known about its first group-B opponent, Onatra who were also at last year finals.

Some of the players who will be on parade for the champion include Victor Muzadi (6'7”) who joined the team from Agosto, Crooks Shannon (6'2''), Morais Carlos 190 (6'3''), Mingas Eduardo (6'7''), Barros Milton 184 (6'1''), Costa Luis 193 (6'4''), and ageless Carvalho Victor 194 (6'5'') who is one the continent best three point shooter among other players.

Other matches billed for Day-1 of the final round, in group-A host, Interclube basketball club of Luanda will take on APR of Rwanda in Cabinda while ASB Kauka from Democratic Republic of Congo will take to the floor against 2006 runner-up Primero de Agosto and MBC of Guinea will do battle against ASPAC basketball club of Cotonuo, Republic of Benin. The two other group-B matches will see Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique trying Nigeria Niger Potters for size in the group opening match while Abidjan Basketball Club of Cote d'Ivoire will take on Stade Malien of Bamako.


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PORTUGAL

Ovarense will homage Valentim Melnychik -by Bruno Baltazar
Ovarense at the half of the game of ULEB CUP against FMP from Serbia, tomorrow, at 21h00, will give a small homage to Valentim Melnychuk,a public demonstrating of apreciaction for the work he did in Portugal ,
Valentim the portuguese national coach will now coach Ukrain national team.


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PUERTO RICO

Liga de Las Americas, Capitanes Arecibo- Monterrey -by Alessandro Fontana
Today Liga de las Americas in Miami. The Group B will begin with two games, Capitanes de Arecibo against Fuerza Regia Monterrey, a strong mexican team and Miami Tropics against Halcones Xalapa.
Capitanes de Arecibo are a good team with players as Angel Figueroa and Bobby Joe Hatton who can improve the team and win the games. Arecibo has the possibility and also the potentialities to qualify for the Second Round. It would be a great success for Puerto Rico if Arecibo as Santurce could qualify, it would be a victory for the all "Boricuas Basketball Movement".
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA, Orlando Magic was unexpectedly defeated by Atlanta Hawks 98-87. Carlos Arroyo played 14 minutes with 5 pts (1/1 2pts, 1/2 3pts), 2 rebs and 4 assts. Dallas defeated New York 99-89, Jose Juan Barea did not play.
A. Fontana


Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Boricuas Abroad in Europe, Australia and USA.
In the Adriatic League, Sharif Fajardo played a great game with 20 pts (4/10 2pts, 2/3 3pts, 6/8 FT) and 7 rebs in 32 minutes but his team Siroki was defeated by Zagreb 85-74. Cibona won against Helios Domzale 82-77, for "El Jefe" Larry Ayuso 9 pts.
In Turkey, Besiktas won easily against Kepez 97-89. Christian Dalmau scored 16 pts, "The Wizard" Rick Apodaca did not play, He was in the States. Besiktas has now a 7-3 standings.
In Poland, Turow won an important game against Kotwica 80-60, Andres Rodriguez played very good with 11 pts (3/5 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 5/5 FT), 1 reb and 7 assists. Polonia Warszawa was defeated by AZS Koszalin 103-84, Carlos Rivera scored 10 points ( 1/3 2pts, 2/6 3pts, 2/2 FT) +1 assist and 5 rebs. Donald Copeland played another "partidazo", He scored 26 pts (6/13 2pts, 2/4 3pts, 8/10 FT) + 3ass+4rebs+6steals but his team Polpharma was defeated by Slask 88-67.
In Spain, Unicaja Malaga won the "big match" against Real Madrid 91-69. Daniel Santiago played 17 minutes with 9 points (2/4 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 5/6 FT) and 7 rebs. Fuenlabrada was defeated by Leon 65-64, for "Snoop Dogg" Peter John Ramos 13 minutes with 6 pts (3/3 2pts) and 4 rebs.
In Italy, Napoli was defeated by Avellino 89-77, Filiberto Rivera played a good game with 10 pts (2/2 2pts, 2/5 3pts), 2 rebs, 3 steals and 1 assist.
In Australia, Wollongong defeated Singapore 93-72, Angelo Reyes was "the man", with 15 pts (5/12 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 2/3 FT) and 8 rebs in 24 minutes.
In D-League, Arsenal Anaheim won against Bakersfield Jam 119-109, Guillermo Diaz played 23 minutes with 11 pts (2/3 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 4/4 FT), 3 rebs and 1 assist. Albuquerque was defeated by Colorado 102-85, Miguel Ali Berdiel played 20 minutes with 6 pts (3/5 2pts, 0/3 3pts), 4 assists and 3 rebs. Idaho Stampede was defeated by Dakota Wizard 108-100. Ricky Sanchez played 25 minutes with 11 pts (1/3 2pts, 3/5 3pts, 0/2 FT), 3 rebs and 3 assists.
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SERBIA

Nikola Pekovic led Partizan Igokea to 12th win -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea remains on top alone with twelve wins and only one defeat. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion grabbed important road win in Split 84-69. Hosts started the game much better and thanks to Garnett, Akins and fantastic support from their fans finished the first quarter having advantage of 7 points. Partizan took the first lead at the last possession in the first half after Tepic's lay up at the buzzer. Pekovic of Partizan nailed 15 points during the second period. In the last quarter Partizan totally took control on Split finishing the game with plus 15. Currently the best European center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) dominated in the paint making double-double, 33 points and 11 rebounds He reached the biggest index value this season, 46! Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) followed him adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) collected 19 points and 5 rebounds for Split CO. Partizan's PG Milt Palacio sprained his ankle after one of the Split's players fell on him in a fast break.

In the next round Partizan will meet Vojvodina Srbijagas while Split will play against Zagreb.


Split CO - Partizan Igokea 69-84
(17-10,21-29,22-27,9-18)

Split CO:
Garnett 19 (5 rebs), Akins 12 (5 as), Stipanovic 9 (5 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 33 (11 rebs), Tepic 21 (7 rebs)


A league: Vladimir Petrovic keeps Mega AM on top with double-double -by Dragan Jankovski

After nine rounds of Serbian A league situation on the top is the same like it was 7 days before, Swisslions Takovo and Mega Aqua Monta share top position yet with 7 wins and 2 defeats. Swisslions made a road win over Ergonom 81-76, who has only one victory so far. Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) scored 16 points for visitors while Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81) followed him adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Ergonom got 20 points from Stefan Majstorovic (199-F-85).

Mega Aqua Monta celebrated in derby Vs Novi Sad in Belgrade's hall “Sumice” 82-71 thanks to well played first quarter which they finished having advantage of 9 points. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) had very good night as he collected 23 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. The biggest star of Mega AM and Serbian A league Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket), who joined the team three weeks ago, also demonstrated great performance recording double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) added 16 points and 4 steals for Novi Sad PB, who currently has score 5-4.

After dramatic lost in the last round Radnicki 034 Group succeeded to win in very tough game against Sloga at home 82-80. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the team from Kragujevac to sixth win with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Radnicki Invest Inzenjering suffered inconvenient defeat at home Vs Borac 63-74 while same thing happed to Masinac, who lost against Zdravlje Actavis 71-85. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) nailed 28 points including 9 rebounds for Zdravlje.

Newcomer in A league Vizura from Belgrade surprised Napredak Rubin on the road winning after two over times 97-95. Stevan Nadfeji (202-F-79) was the best for the winners pouring in 20 points while Napredak got the most from Predrag Miletic (193-G-84), 26 points. Hosts played this game without their best payer Dragan Markovic.


Ergonom - Swisslions Takovo 76-81
(19-14,20-22,23-26,14-19)

Ergonom:
Majstorovic 20 (7 rebs), Dzambic 17 (7 as)
Swisslions Takovo: Jelenic 16, Jovanovic 14 (5 rebs), Aleksic 14 (4 as)



Mega Aqua Monta - Novi Sad Panonska Banka 82-71
(24-15,19-19,21-21,18-16)

Mega Aqua Monta:
Markovic 23 (4 as, 6 st), Stefanovic 22, Petrovic 16 (10 rebs)
Novi Sad PB: Martinic 16 (4 st), Radenkovic 12 (7 rebs), Sutalo 12 (4 as)



Radnicki 034 Group - Sloga 82-80
(18-22,20-23,24-15,20-20)

Radnicki 034 Group:
Kljajevic 21 (10 rebs), Pesic 17 (5 as), Glisovic 12
Sloga: Mijovic 17 (5 rebs), Pejovic 14 (4 rebs), Grubisic 12


Radnicki Invest Inzenjering - Borac 63-74
(14-22,25-8,15-26,9-18)

Radnicki Invest Inzenjering:
Bolic 12 (6 rebs), Roncevic 12 (6 rebs), Zarkovic 11
Borac: Ilic 21 (9 rebs), Dramicanin 13 (9 rebs)


Masinac - Zdravlje Actavis 71-85
(19-23,16-19,23-27,13-16)

Masinac:
Dimitrijevic 18 (8 as), Milasinovic 15 (5 rebs), Becin 12
Zdravlje Actavis: Marojevic 28 (9 rebs), Lucic 23 (6 rebs), Jereminov 15 (6 rebs)


Napredak Rubin - Vizura 95-97
(14-16,12-20,24-22,24-16,11:11,10:12)

Napredak Rubin:
Miletic 28 (4 rebs), Gojnic 11 (7 rebs)
Vizura: Nadjfeji 20 (4 rebs), Pistoljevic 16 (7 rebs), Mandic 15 (5 rebs)



B league: Results of round 10 -by Dragan Jankovski
Results of round 10:

Vujic Metalac - Vrbas 88:79
(23:17, 20:28, 31:10, 14:24)

Proleter Naftagas - Crnokosa 88:83
(20:17, 18:17, 25:24, 25:25)

FMP 2 - Zeleznicar 101:75
(31:14, 22:26, 20:21, 28:14)

Sloboda - Vojvodina Zlatiborac 94:104
(23:28, 19:12, 23:23, 20:22,09:19)

Tamis Petrohemija - Beovuk 72 86:64
(30:11, 23:15, 14:29, 19:09)

Beograd - Kotez Bambi 93:78
(26:20, 16:12, 24:26, 27:20)

Kikinda - Prva Petoletka 90:63
(26:12, 15:16, 28:17, 21:18)


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SPAIN

Week 12: Stevei Johnson MVP LEB-Silver and Brett Beeson MVP LEB-Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Stevie Johnson (198-F-78, college: Iowa St.) (Caja Rioja) was the MVP in the 12th round of the Adecco LEB-Silver with 41 of Efficiency. In the Adecco LEB-Bronze Brett Beeson (193-G-72, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) (Balneario Archena) was the MVP with 51 of Efficiency.

CB Illescas are leading the LEB-Silver (11-1).

Rayet Guadalajara lost against Gestiberica Vigo and now Rayet Guadalajara, Balneario Archena and AB Merida are leading the LEB-Bronze with 9-3.


Week 12: TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Silver

Stevie Johnson (Caja Rioja): 41 (32pt + 11rb)

Duane Virgil (CB Illescas): 39 (28pt + 16rb)

Pablo Movilla (Axarquia): 29 (24pt + 4rb)

Edward Cage (Basquet Muro): 28 (21pt + 9rb)

Jesus Castro (CB Almeria): 27 (30pt + 3rb)


Week 12: TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Bronze

Brett Beeson (Balneario Archena): 51 (30pt + 11rb + 6as)

Jaime Silva (Gestiberica Vigo): 38 (34pt + 5rb)

Chinma Valentine Igwe (Alaior): 34 (27pt + 13rb)

Jose Luis Llorente (Baln. Archena): 33 (24pt + 4rb + 9as)

Robert Joseph (Basquet Coruna): 31 (21pt + 12rb)




ACB Round 11 -by Paul Nilsen
DKV Joventut remain top of the classifications after Round 11 having picked up a hard fought victory 85-89 in Seville against Cajasol. Rudy Fernandez the match winner for Badalona with 19 points while Madrid born Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca weighed in with 17 points and missed just one shot in the entire game in an impressive shooting performance. Michalis Kakiouzis impressed for the home team with an outstanding display but Cajasol remain one of four teams all with a 3-8 record and tied for that dreaded second LEB relegation spot.

Talking of relegation, at the other end of the spectrum, Valladolid travelled to the capital and delivered a devastating blow to the survival hopes of Estudiantes. The visitors took advantage of the home teams nerves in the final quarter to romp to am 87-75 win in front of over 8,000 distraught fans who have still only seen their team pick up one victory in the first eleven games. Many had predicted that Estu would pick up a second win after slight improvements in recent weeks and they looked well set after the first three periods but then folded spectacularly. They lost the final quarter 25-12 and slumped to defeat despite Larry Lewis' 18 points and six rebounds. Valladolid had their big man Vasco Evtimov to thank with a great show from the Bulgarian who claimed a double-double.

Real Madrid slipped into second place and lost ground on Joventut after a mighty fall in Malaga. Unicaja have had an indifferent start to the season but Sergio Scariolo's side are now beginning to find some form and will be hoping that continues so they can sneak hold on to a Copa Del Rey place. They crushed the Whites 91-69 doing most of the damage either side of the break. Carlos Cabezas was in irresistible form with 16 points, 6 rebounds and an impressive 6 assists. In stark contrast it was a miserable performance by Joan Plaza's team with little to cheer all round.

Barcelona had to fight hard in their derby game with Ricoh Manresa but eventually came out on top 77-64. While they controlled the first half to lead by 9 at then break, they could never quite shake off the spirited home team and had to battle right to the end to secure an important win. Pepe Sanchez laid the foundations for this success with seven assists while big men Trias and Marconato combined for 25 points. Only Guillem Rubio and Rafa Martinez played to their full potential for Manresa who afteer a bright start to the season are beginning to fade into mid-table.

The real surprise team of the season must be Bilbao who have made great strides from last year and they showed that they could be dark horses for some silverware this season after claiming fourth position with a dominant 78-62 demolition of Akasvayu Girona. Marcelo Huertas is now showing what he can do after being frustrated in Badalona and he came up with 21 points and 5 assists for the Basque club. Girona were poor and relied on Marc Gasol who received no support. He was the only player in his team to reach double figures and they slipped to seventh in the classifications as a result.

Pamesa Valencia and Tau Ceramica are now tied on 7-4 records after contrasting fortunes over the weekend. The former cruised to a comfortable 85-69 victory over ViveMenorca while Tau surprisingly slumped 88-82 at Polaris World Murcia. Shammond Williams and Ruben Douglas were Menorca's tormentors with 38 points between them and after a a poor start, Menorca did haul themselves back into the game. However Pamesa produced a strong finish to end the visitors hopes with Menorca struggling in third from bottom.

Tau meanwhile looked to be heading for a win in Murcia but imploded in the final ten minutes. It was a great performance by Murcia who outscored Vitoria by 31-22 with a trio of hot performances getting the home team to the buzzer for the victory. Jimmie Hunter top scored with 25 points but it was an incredible 9 assists from Chris Thomas (186-G-82, college: Notre Dame) to go with his 15 points that proved vital. With Jose Triguero also coming up with 14 points and 9 rebounds, Coach Hussein will be delighted with an impressive display and win.

The closest game of the Round came in Leon whee the home team edged out Fuenlabrada by 65-64 with Italian Javier Bufoni producing a stellar 27 point performance for the home team for whom it was only their third win of the season. A poor third quarter cost Fuenlabrada dear and they are now stranded with those other teams such as Leon with a 3-8 record.

Another team pulling level with their rivals were Granada who are now 5 and 6 with Gran Canaria and locked In mid-table after an 85-79 win. A magnificent double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds by Curtis Borchardt the highlight although Carl English did rack up 26 points for Granca.


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SWEDEN

Top crushes bottom 119-61 -by Frankie Afzelius
After a short rest league leaders Plannja hosts winless Akropol. This is a make up game for round 12 but was played on the Sunday afternoon. Last years champion had no trouble beating Akropol that has yet managed to win a game in this years league. It did not help the visitors that their leading scorer Gerald Riley (198-F-81, college: Georgetown) limped off after 3 min and didnt return. Status on his injury is not reported as of yet. Plannja let their stars rest after a the first quarter and their young and talented bench keept the game uneven. Markus Haggblad (189-G-85) , Robin Ryan (193-G-87) and Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Valparaiso) lead the way. Dan Oppland 26 points 15 reb in 27 min. Markus Haggblad (189-G-85) contributed with 17 pts and so did Jim Enbom (195-F-76). Best for the visitors was Blerim Marzeku with 14 pts and 7 reb. This game was never close and the home team won by 119-61.

Plannja Basket: Dan Oppland 26/15, Jim Enbom 17, Marcus Haggblad 17, Rosendahl 13, Ryan 11, Ayuba 8, Williams Jr 7, Larsson 6, Claesson 5, Olsson 5, Drains 4

Akropol Basket: Marzeku 14/7, Koukouvinos 10, Randa 9, Koutras 9, Kalpakas 8, Hoffner 6, Desport 3, Lindberg 2


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SWITZERLAND

Benetton Fribourg improved to 9-1 -by Eurobasket News
Benetton Fribourg improved to 9-1 in Swiss league after a road win over Vevey 81:90. Birstal follows the favorite step by step overcoming Geneva Devils 84:82. The victory however was very tough for the hosts but they are lucky to take 8-2 record. Lugano Tigers are 3rd with 7-3 after an away win over Lausanne 81:92. BBC Monthey had a road win over Meyrin 62:76, while SAV Vacallo beat BBC Nyon 77:65.

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THAILAND

SEA Games: Indonesia narrowly defeats Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Indonesia 65:67

The hosts of the 24th SEA Games Thailand suffered their second loss in a row as they fell just short against Indonesia today. Indonesia climbed to 2-1 record and still ponders over their title prospects. It never looked like losing affair for Thailand at the start though. The hosts who were coming out of a sour start to their campaign rushed ahead early in the game. Thailand played aggressive basketball and rolled to a 26:20 lead after 10 minutes of action. Indonesia tightened up defense in the second stanza and the hosts' scoring flow went dry. Thai players scored just 8 points in the second quarter but they still enjoyed a 34:32 advantage at halftime. Indonesia fought desperately for every inch of the initiative in the third period. Thailand withstood comeback efforts from Indonesia but the teams headed into the final term all square at 49. The teams exchanged the blows in the final quarter with tension mounting in the air. But Youbel Sondakh (188-F-84) stepped with important free throws late in the game to steal the win for Indonesia. He finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace Indonesia. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) and Ronny Gunawan (194-F/C-80) posted 9 points for the winners. Pramoch Jantharaniom (192-G/F-75) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Thailand. Piyapong Piroon (189-F-81) scored 15 points as Thailand slipped to 0-2 record at the tournament.
Indonesia will next face Cambodia on Wednesday. Thailand plays against Cambodia tomorrow.

Thailand: Pramoch Jantharaniom 21, Piyapong Piroon 15
Indonesia: Youbel Sondakh 16, Amin Prihantono 9, Ronny Gunawan 9


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TPBL

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

PRO REPORT -by David Edole

Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) led Azad University (4-3) to an unexpected win over the number 3 ranked team Petroshemi, 85-80 of the Iranian Premier League. Sheppard finished with 30 points earning his third player of the week honors. The Virgin Islands national team captain has been featured in newspapers and the Iranian equivalent of Sports Illustrated.
“We (Azad) are 4 and 3 since I got here,” said Sheppard. “We lost two games that we should had a great opportunity of winning. We lost both of those games by a combined five points, one in overtime by three and the one bye two points on a last second shot. Azad could have easily been 6 and 2.”

AMERICAS
Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL) is not headed to Switzerland as previously reported. The 6-foo-10, 250-pounder center is competing for the starting job at center with the ABA's Miami Tropics.
The Miami Tropics are set to play in the FIBA Americas League (Dec. 11-13) at Miami's Florida International University.
The Tropics' singular goal is to win the four-team Miami regional that also includes Puerto Rico's Arecibo Capitanes and two clubs from Mexico - Fuerza Regia and Halcones de Xalapa. In order to advance to the next round, the Tropics will have to finish in the top two.
Puerto Rico's Santurce Crabbers and Mexico's Soles de Mexicali have advanced to the second round of the 16-team league.


ARGENTINA

Jameel Heywood had a season high 32 points to lead Lanus over San Martin (MJ), 90-75, Saturday night in TNA action. Heywood was 11-of-16 from the field including making his only three point field goal. He was also 7-of-9 from the freethrow line. Heywood also cleaned the glass and finished with ten boards.

ABA
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. St. Thomas native David Cooper (201-F-83, college: JMU) who is part owner/player had seven points and seven boards in the game.
Manchester, the #1 ranked team in the ABA, improves 10-1 on the season, while Boston falls to 4-5

Europa
PORTUGAL
Omari Peterkin (203-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) nailed the go ahead free throw as Lusitânia upset the previously unbeaten Ovarense, 71-67, Sunday night in the Portuguese Basketball League (UZO).
The game was tied at 67 apiece, when Peterkin was fouled and nailed two free throws. Lusitania defense pitched a shut out in the final two minutes and 30 seconds. Ovarense missed all seven shot attempts including five three-point field goals.
Petekin had 10 points and eight boards in the game.

NETHERLANDS
Rhymer led Hanzevanst Capitols to an undefeated week.
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Massachusetts) received good news on Monday when Al Ahli of Bahrain finally released his basketball license, which allowed him to play with Hanzevanst Capitols (9-6). Rhymer was so relieved that his two-week odyssey came to an end.
"I am excited that I can play now and I want to do my very best to help the team", said Rhymer.
The 6-foot-10 post did do his best when he led Hanzevanst to their first win in ULEB trophy action. Rhymer had 13 points and seven rebounds as Hanzevanst outlasted Belgiums' Spirou Basket Charleroi, 79-73. For his efforts he was named Man of the Match.
Rhymer followed his fantastic debut with a 14-point and four rebounds in the Capitols easy win over West Brabant Giants, 92-75 in Dutch Eredivise.
On Saturday, the Capitols blasted OmniWorld Almere, 93-72 in the Dutch Eredivisie. Rhymer had 8 points and 10 rebounds in limited action.

BELGIUM
Josiah James (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Birmingham Souther) and VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-6) were outplayed by defending champion Telindus Oostende, 85-59, Sunday night in Ethias League.
Pepinster built a double-digit lead in the first period at Oostende, but the hosts finished the first half on a 9-1 run that gave Oostende a 42-38 halftime advantage. Oostende put the game away on a 10-2 run in third period. James had 10 points and 4 boards.

SPAIN
CAI Zaragoza stays n top of the leader board after whipping CB Villa De Los Barrios, 92-79, Friday night in Spanish Basketball League (LEB) Gold play. Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) had 14 points, four boards and two assists for CAI (9-2).

LUXEMBOURG
Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) and T71Dudelange (4-8) lost to Sparta, 101-82, Sunday night in the Luxembourgish Basketball League (DBBL). Gumbs was held to 12 points but still averages 27.5 points per game. Dudelange's coach Carsten Steiner wanted to stop the game several times because he felt disadvantaged by the referees.



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UKRAINE

Higherl League results -by Alexander Muzyka
BC Ternopil and Orlan continue their way to the First League - no win in 16 games!

Group A
Fero-ZNTU - KDPU 64:77 65:88
KTU - BC Donetsk 74:94 60:74
Kharkiv-Politekhnik - DUEP 80:84 97:76
Orlan - Koksokhim-Stal 69:95 50:97

Group B
Kremin-Politekhnik - Domograd 74:80 107:99
BC Ternopil-TSTU - SC Adzhalyk 73:92 70:97
BC Sarny - Hoverla 80:88 70:56
Gryfony - MSDUShOR 62:71 73:57


Bolshakov instead of Stupenchuk / Antonijevic to Azovmash? -by Alexander Muzyka
Dnipro headquarters decided to change all of the coaching stuff. Georgi Stupenchuk and his assistants work didn't satisfied Dnipro's president Valeri Kondratiev after the team has stopped its way in Ukrainian Cup and FIBA Cup. Kyrylo Bolshakov from women's Dnipro will rule the team until the new head coach will be found, basket.com.ua informs.

Latvian ASK Riga official site has set the info about Marko Antonijevic (190-G-81) is leaving LBL champion for try-outs in Azovmash.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

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. Crvena zvezda crushed injuried-riddle Medvescak by 84-56.
Round 7: Merkur-Buducnost 56-64, Ragusa-Vojvodina 79-52, Mladi krajisnik-Gospic 69-78, Cvena zvezda-Medvescak 84-56, 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 3-4
6. Crvena Zv. 3-4
7. Jedinstvo 2-5
8. Celje 2-5
9. M.Kraj. BL 1-6
10. Vojvodina 0-7


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BELARUS - Women

Weekend results -by Eurobasket News
Olimpia increased to 10-0 after two road wins over Victoria. In the first game the favorite overcame 74:82 and then even smashed the opponent 58:116. Berezina moved to the second spot after two wins over Vitebsk 100:24 and 79:41. Gomel celebrated the first win in the league beating Mogilevchanka 73:66. In the second game the latter revenged with 53:85.Minsk-2006 won both games over BrGU.


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BELGIUM - Women

Round 10 keeps Dexia on top -by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur improved to 8-1 in the Belgian League. The defending champions had a road win over Sint Kateline 63:100. The guests were stronger in every aspect of the game and reached an easy win. The only task they set up in the end of the game was to score 100 points, which they luckily solved. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) led the winners with 17 points. Catherine Kraayeveld netted 15, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) had 13. Anne Winkelmans scored 14 points in the losing effort.
Waregem follows the leader with 8-2 record. In the last game the team won over Point Chaud 102:62. Tamara Van respaille recorded with 24 points. Kamila Oplustilova brought for her team 15, while Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) and Inge Op de beeck scored 14 points each. Brittany Smart (175-G, college: Cedarville) top-scored for the visitors with 18 points.
In another games Novia Namur won a thriller versus Runkster 66:65 to take 6-3 record. Monceau celebrated the victory at home over Kortrijk 69:63 and only BBC Boom enjoyed the road win over Houthalen 77:95.


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BOSNIA - Women

Week review for Bosnian teams and players -by Eurobasket News
In Round 7 of Adriatic league Gospic beat Mladi krajisnik 69:78 on a road. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) scored 22 points and Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) had 17 points and 6 assists. Aida Pilav (187-C-87) led the Bosnian team with 20 points. Gospic grabbed the lead from the early beginning and won the opening quarter 17:20. Croatian team increased to 6 points at the half after 18:21 in the second. After 16:24 in the third it was clear that Bosnian team would not recover.

In the national league Zeljeznicar smashed Jablanica 126:23 to take 6-0 record. Banovici overcame Sloboda 76:73 and Spars beat Jedinstvo 69:63.
Brotnjo Citluk won over Zrinjski 77:62 and only Brotnjo Citluk had a road win over Mladost BL 54:65.

Pankup TED Koleji overcame Arad with Bosnian Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) 76:67 in the game for the second place in Group B of EuroCup. A confident start and the end of the game brought such an expected result for the hosts. Monique Coker led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jacqueline Moore collected 16 points and made 10 boards, while Stanoeva added 13. Sheena Moore top-scored for the Romanian team with 20 points. Ozkan was very active in the first minutes of the game to score five points in a 7-2 run. Metin's three closed the opening quarter at 24:15. In the second quarter Sunter brought her team 10 points deficit after a lay-up made. Dragana Zoric led her team back on track as the visitors reduced to 34:33. Pankup TED Koleji kept the score for good at the half time, 41:38.
In the beginning of the third quarter the hosts increased to 10 points again, but then Arad closed the gap and felt the taste of the lead. Pavel made the score 53:55 with a minute to play in the third. Daricioglu's three brought back the Turkish side in front. The hosts made a 6-0 run in the fourth and led the game to 76:67 victory.



Adriatic league
Mladi - Gospic 69:78 (17-20, 18-21, 16-24, 18-13)

Mladi: Aida Pilav 20, Milica Deura (178-G-90) 12
Gospic: Marina Mazic 22, Orsolya Englert 17, Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) 15


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BULGARIA - Women

Lukoil Neftochimic improves to 7-1 -by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Neftochimic had a great opportunity to catch up Dunav that did not play over the weekend. In a home game the favorite overcame Montana 2003 112:58. In an easy game Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Zornitsa Kostova posted 21, while Natalia Topalova netted 21. Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F-82) top-scored for the visitors with 15 points.

Beroe 2007 improved to 4-3 after defeating Rilski Sportist 70:58. Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) paced the winners with 23 points. Neli Pasheva scored 13 and Elena Petrova added 10. Agnesa Doychinova had a good game for the guests having 27 points.
Slavia was the only team to win away from home. In Round 9 the team had a road victory over NSA Delta 60:77. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) poured in 21 points for the winners. Lilyana Ilieva posted 14 and Hristina Deyanova netted 12. Gergana Koleva (170-G-82) was the best for the hosts with 19 points.


Lukoil Neftochimic - Montana 2003 112:58
Lukoil Neftochimic: Barbora Fabianova 22+10 rebs, Zornitsa Kostova 21, Natalia Topalova 21
Montana 2003: Tsvetomila Petrova 15, Nadezhda Simeonova 13, Zheni Dimitrova 11

Beroe 2007 - Rilski Sportist 70:58
Beroe 2007: Hristina Minkova 23, Neli Pasheva 13, Elena Petrova 10
Rilski Sportist: Agnesa Doychinova 27, Galina Stancheva (170-G-85) 10, Delyana Koeva 6

NSA Delta - Slavia 60:77
NSA Delta: Gergana Koleva 19, Kristina Nikolova 14, Anita Dimitrova 9
Slavia: Tonka Tencheva 21, Lilyana Ilieva 14, Hristina Deyanova 12


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CROATIA - Women

Gospic will face Sibenik in ABA next week -by Eurobasket News
Two Croatian titans Jolly and Gospic improved their positions in Adriatic League. Both teams had victories in Round 7. The game between them is scheduled for the next weekend and brings a lot of interest even before the game.

In Round 7 Gospic beat Mladi krajisnik 69:78 on a road. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) scored 22 points and Orsolya Englert had 17 points and 6 assists. Aida Pilav led the Bosnian team with 20 points. Gospic grabbed the lead from the early beginning and won the opening quarter 17:20. Croatian team increased to 6 points at the half after 18:21 in the second. After 16:24 in the third it was clear that Bosnian team would not recover.

Sibenik defeated Jedinstvo 77:63 at home. After 15:15 in the opening quarter the hosts spurted with 25:11 in the second to take a control in the game. Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) finshed with game-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) had 14 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. Bojana Vucinic lead the guests with 12 points.

Mladi - Gospic 69:78 (17-20, 18-21, 16-24, 18-13)
Mladi: Aida Pilav (187-C-87) 20, Milica Deura (178-G-90) 12
Gospic: Marina Mazic (190-C-80) 22, Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) 17, Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) 15

Jolly - Jedinstvo 77:63 (15-15, 25-11, 23-22, 14-15)
Jolly: Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) 15, Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) 14, Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) 10
Jedinstvo: Bojana Vucinic (180-G-82) 12, Kristina Semeredi (185-G-77) 11


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FRANCE - Women

LFB Round 8: Everything is set for Bourges - USVO showdown next weekend -by Leslie Anderson

Cercle Jean Mace Bourges make lightwork of ASPTT Arras (105-70) wit Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) on fire, 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals as her side got back to business after the EuroLeague disappointment.


Valenciennes USVO victory (73-67) against Challes-les-Eaux Basket was not as convincing but all is now set for the showdown between the two leaders.


Defeats for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole now gives the two leaders a three match advance on the chasing pack. Follow the link for the details and after match coments for the match between Saint Jacques Sport Reims and Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole.


Mourenx Basket Club remain bottom of the league after losing to Cote d'Opale Basket Calais, while Tarbes Gespe Bigorre win at last in a crucial match against Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence.


Just follow the link for match round 8 match statistics.



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GABON - Women

National championship annulled not of feminine teams -by Tim Ndjiki
Ordering of the CUP Federal «Albertine OWONE «Feminine of MOANDA
1st SOMO B (Estuary)
2nd NEW G (Estuary)
3rd ASOM (Ogooue Maritime)
4th MANGA BASKET (High Ogooue)

National championship annulled not of feminine teams


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IRELAND - Women

Superleague Cup quarterfinal stage is on -by Eurobasket News
The Irish Superleague Cup enjoys quarterfinal stage at the moment. It brought some interesting results as teams clashed for the semifinal spots. Waterford Wildcats faced Meteors and needed overtime to squeeze to the semifinals. The game was a heated battle with neither side eager to give away an inch. The teams exchanged the blows throughout regulation time but it never cleared out the winner. Cathy Kavanagh and Jenny Kelly scored a bunch of important free throws in extra period to ensure the win for the Wildcats 79:75. Katie McNamara paced the Wildcats with 24 points. Michelle Aspell (168-G) provided 21 points for the winners. Leah Truncale (180-G-80, college: Binghamton) responded with game-high 27 points for Meteors.
Aughinish managed to take advantage over Killester 75:62. Superleague favorites piled up a 7-point lead at halftime and maintained the margin throughout the second half. Courtney McDaniel (186-F/C-82, college: Tennessee) and Dearbhla Breen (173-G-83) topscored for UL Aughinish. Shauna O'Connor (183-F-88) had 16 points for Killester.
DCU Mercy had little obstacles en route to a comprehensive 93:40 victory over Tolka Rovers. Mary Fox (180-G-83) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.

DCU Mercy - Tolka Rovers 93:40
UL Aughinish - Killester 75:62
Wildcats - Meteors 79:75 (OT)


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-9: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Phard Napoli - Germano Zama Faenza 68 - 61
(16-20, 36-27, 50-41)
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. dnp, Cirone M. 2 (0/1), Mauriello P. 4 (2/2, 0/1), Giauro S. 6 (3/6), Adia Barnes (180-F-77, college: Arizona) 11 (3/4, 1/1), Gentile I. 2 (1/1, 0/3), Jekabsone L. dnp, Horasan Y. 15 (6/7, 1/1), Ndiaye A. 11 (5/12), Holland-Corn K. 17 (6/12, 0/1). Coach Molino Nino
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 17 (3/9, 3/7), Franchini M. 8 (4/6, 0/2), Ramon E. 1 (0/1), David I. (0/2), Ballardini S. (0/2, 0/3), Casadio G. dnp, Jokic D. 17 (6/12, 1/1), Knezevic A. (0/1), Dos Santos C. 18 (9/14), Morsiani D. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo

New Wash Montigarda - Fiera di Roma Pomezia 65 - 60
(20-13, 32-28, 45-45)
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Colico R. 10 (2/4, 1/5), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 14 (4/8, 1/6), Rossi C. dnp, Smith D. 9 (2/3, 1/1), Albertazzi S. 5 (1/1, 1/2), Ruzickova M. 9 (3/6, 1/3), Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) 15 (6/9, 0/1). Coach Serventi Lorenzo
FIERA DI ROMA POMEZIA: Di Battista F. 5 (1/3, 1/2), Hodges D. 16 (5/9, 1/4), Cinili S. 9 (3/4, 1/1), Mancini V. dnp, Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Carrol L. (0/1, 0/2), Scimitani S. 4 (2/5), Machanguana C. 22 (10/13), Lichnerova J. 4 (2/2, 0/1), Gattini C. (0/6, 0/2). Coach Incecchi Sandro

Italmoka Pozzuoli - Umana Venezia 59 - 89
(11-18, 29-38, 43-64)
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 3 (1/4), Prassa S. 6 (3/3, 0/3), Franchetti M. (0/1), Chesta A. 14 (2/2, 3/7), Minervino M. dnp, Grima H. 25 (9/11, 1/5), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Cirov T. 4 (1/2, 0/2), Zanardi M. 2 (1/2), Grasso A. 5 (1/7). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 8 (4/6, 0/1), Modica F. 11 (3/5, 0/3), Johnson S. 14 (4/9, 1/1), Sanford N. 9 (4/6), Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) 9 (4/5, 0/2), Nadalin J. 10 (4/6), Giauro E. 4 (2/3), Romagnoli A. 2 , Vujovic A. 20 (3/5, 4/6), Zampieri A. 2 (1/2). Coach Riga Massimo

Gescom Viterbo - Famila Wuber Schio 59 - 80
(11-22, 28-33, 53-55)
GESCOM VITERBO: Kouznetsova S. 6 (1/2, 1/2), Santucci L. 5 (2/4, 0/2), Bonafede M. 2 (0/2, 0/1), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 13 (6/10), Puskar M. 4 (2/4), Maslowski M. 22 (9/20, 0/2), Limoura L. 4 (2/8, 0/3), Gorla L. (0/1), Crepaldi C. 3 (1/2). Coach Xaxa Federico
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Consolini C. dnp, Moro E. 6 (1/4, 1/2), Donaphin B. 5 (1/2), Simona Tassara (174-G-72) (0/1, 0/1), Masciadri R. 22 (5/7, 4/5), Rubino J. dnp, Ngoyisa B. 15 (6/10), Ress K. 8 (4/8), Ciampoli F. (0/1), Macchi L. 24 (10/12, 0/2). Coach Orlando Sandro

Cras Basket Taranto - Acer Priolo 66 - 51
(19-11, 25-23, 44-35)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Balleggi M. 17 (7/9), Corbani C. , Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 12 (6/12, 0/2), Bello M. 3 (1/1, 0/1), Zimerle A. 9 (0/5, 3/5), Sauret Gillespie A. 6 (3/5, 0/1), Summerton L. 8 (3/7), Prado F. , Brunson R. 11 (3/15), Mandrillo F. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 3 (1/3), Cutugno V. dnp, Palie S. 20 (6/10, 2/3), Milazzo O. dnp, Fabbri E. , Cesnaviciute K. dnp, Seino T. 6 (3/3), Sciacca B. 3 (1/3, 0/2), Pascalau F. 16 (7/17), Meneghel R. 3 (1/4, 0/3). Coach Coppa Santino

Carispe La Spezia - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 55 - 63
(16-14, 34-31, 45-53)
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. dnp, Corradini L. 8 (3/6, 0/1), Pastore C. 1 (0/1, 0/1), Callens E. 6 (0/3, 1/3), Templari E. 4 (2/3), Newton C. 10 (5/11, 0/2), Bagnara B. 11 (4/7, 1/5), Vukovic V. 3 (1/2), Sarti R. 4 (0/2, 1/1), Willis C. 8 (3/12). Coach Papini Giovanni
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 2 (1/3), Duffy M. 6 (2/5, 0/2), Favento S. 11 (1/3, 3/5), Bona G. dnp, Riccardi E. 5 (1/1, 1/1), Montagnino J. 8 (4/9, 0/1), Perfetti C. 2 (1/1), Pys'Mennik O. 8 (2/4, 1/1), Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) 21 (9/16, 1/1), Morrison Jara Z. dnp. Coach Tripodi Giovanni

Lavezzini Parma - Pool Comense 59-61

(19-15, 29-33, 40-46)

LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. (0/1, 0/2), Stabile S. 2 (0/1, 0/2), Paparazzo E. 5 (1/7, 0/1), Zanoni I. 1 (0/2), Battisodo V. (0/3), Rejchova M. 3 (0/1), Van Malderen L. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Mahoney M. 23 (5/10, 4/7), Zanon M. 8 (2/6, 0/1), Screen J. 15 (3/7, 2/4). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
POOL COMENSE: Faeza Bouderra (165-G-82, college: Florida Intern.) 13 (6/9, 0/3), Fabbri V. dnp, Slavcheva G. 7 (0/4, 1/4), Turner L. 14 (3/10), Invernizzi M. 6 (-, 2/4), Zampella A. 12 (1/2, 2/8), Aziz L. 4 (2/3), Bestagno E. dnp, Sarni S. 5 (1/1, 1/2). Coach Ricchini Roberto



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LEBANON - Women

Hariri Tournament Semi Final Games -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The semi final stages in the Hariri Women's tournament will join Antranik - Beirut the Arab Champion for the past 2 years to Riyadi - Beirut last year finalist of the Women's league in the first game , as for the second game it will join Homentmen - Antelias to Ahly team from Egypt.

Antranik - Beirut reached the semi final stage after finishing first in Group A with 2 wins followed by Ahly with 1 win and 1 loss, as for the Group B it was toped by Homentmen - Antelias with 2 wins followed by Riyadi - Beirut with 1 win and 1 loss .

Results of the first round :
Group A:
Antranik vs Beirut - Blue Stars : 83-52
Blue Stars vs Ahly : 52-69
Ahly vs Antranik - Beirut : 60-79 (Nisrine Dandan 24pts, Cherine Cherif 13pts, Chada Nasr 13pts, Nayla Alam El Dine 10pts, Nathalie Mamo 8pts)

Group B:
Riyadi - Beirut vs Orthdoxy : 80-67
Orthdoxy vs Homentmen - Antelias : 68-65
Homentmen - Antelias vs Riyadi - Beirut :68-64


Semi Final games :
Game 1: Antranik - Beirut vs Riyadi - Beirut
Game 2: Homentmen - Antelias vs Ahly


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MALAYSIA - Women

Winning start for Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Singapore 60:43

Malaysian National team got to a perfect start of their SEA Games campaign. Earlier today they cruised past Singapore at the Keelapirom Stadium for the first win in Thailand. Singapore meanwhile suffered their second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder. A strong defensive effort was a key to success for Malaysia. They played evenly throughout the game and kept their opponents under the pressure. Nine Malaysian players recorded their names in the scoring list and ensured a winning outcome for their team. Singapore shot miserable 25% from the field and committed 27 turnovers.
Malaysia clinched a 5-point lead after the opening frame but raised the tempo in the second and cleared off for good. They outscored their opponents 25:11 in the second period and enjoyed a 19-point cushion at the interval. Singapore used somewhat sloppy attitude from Malaysia after the main break to limit them to 8 points in the third stanza but it never influenced the flow of the encounter. Malaysia looked confident and wisely maintained the lead to celebrate the first victory at the tournament. Shook Ying Hee (-85) and Woon Yuen Teo (163-G-85) scored 10 points apiece to lead Malaysia. Yann Yann Pee (174-F-85), Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) and Suik May Kew (171-F-82) added 9 points each for the winners. Duo Lin answered with game-high 13 points for Singapore. Zhou Lei (187-C-87) provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. Singapore will play against Thailand tomorrow. Malaysia takes on Philippines on Wednesday.

Malaysia: Shook Ying Hee 10, Woon Yuen Teo 10, Yann Yann Pee 9, Siao Foong Chow 9, Suik May Kew 9
Singapore: Duo Lin 13, Zhou Lei 10+10 boards


Malaysian National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82)
5 Woon Yuen Teo (163-G-85)
6 Ying Chee Chan (170-F-85)
7 Bee Chuan Low (169-G/F-77)
8 Chai Ling Thoh (174-C/F-82)
9 Yann Yann Pee (174-F-85)

10 Siao Foong Chow (171-F/C-76)
11 Suik May Kew (172-F-82)
12 Siew Lian Beh (177-C-82)
13 Shin Min Yong (174-F-87)
14 Shook Ying Hee (180-C-85)
15 Siew Fun Lee (186-C-87)
Coach: See Wan Tan
Assistant Coach: Yoong Sze Yuin


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Buducnost reaches 6-1 in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News

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 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.

Sibenik defeated Jedinstvo 77:63 at home. After 15:15 in the opening quarter the hosts spurted with 25:11 in the second to take a control in the game. Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) finshed with game-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) had 14 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. Bojana Vucinic (180-G-82) lead the guests with 12 points.

Montenegrin Popovic Natasa scored 7 points and made 8 rebounds for Ragusa also in Adriatic league. 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.

Jolly - Jedinstvo 77:63 (15-15, 25-11, 23-22, 14-15)
Jolly: Jessica Dickson 15, Anda Jelavic 14, Evelina Guneva 10
Jedinstvo: Bojana Vucinic 12, Kristina Semeredi 11

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



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PHILIPPINES - Women

Philippines National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Melissa Jacob (175-G-84) of University of California-Irvine (USA)
5 Joan Grajales (162-G-79) of DEMIKK

6 Emelia Vega (165-G-72) of Adamson University
7 Aurora Adriano (173-F-85) of Far Eastern University
8 Amira Issa (190-C-84) of Levski Spartak Sofia (BUL)
9 Dixie Valencia (167-F-79) of Lyceum of the Philippines
10 Diana Jose (173-F-85) of DEMIKK
11 Minerva Narciza (170-F-81) of Ateneo de Manila University
12 Vicki Brick (168-G-81)
13 Cassandra Tioseco (180-C-87) of Ateneo de Manila University

14 Fatima Tolentino (175-F-87)
15 Machiko Matsuno (177-C-87) of Lyceum of the Philippines
Coach: Matthew Gaston
Assistant Coach: Haydee Ong
Assistant Coach: Raymond Celis


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RUSSIA - Women

Sunday was rich for the derbies -by Eurobasket News
Four games brought us last Sunday in Russian Superleague and all the games we can consider to be derbies.
The game between Dynamo and CSKA had a special scenario. CSKA started with 23:10 in the opening quarter but Dynamo replied with 23:16 in the second. The latter does not show the basketball the spectators want to see and as a result CSKA enjoyed the second half with 20 points deficit. The visitors celebrated 61:87 road win as Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) led the winners with 17 points and 15 assists. STEPANOVA Maria collected 13 points and 12 rebounds, while ARTESHINA Olga netted 12. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) brought 19 points for the hosts.
BC Moscow - UMMC was another battle of the day. An offensive first quarter brought 26:27 for the team from Ekaterinburg. Another two wins in the next quarters gave them 7-0 record after a 76:97 victory. BIBRZHISHKA Agneshka led the winners with 23 points. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) scored 15 and TAYLOR Penny added 13. Curry had a great game for the hosts nailing 30 points.
In another games Spartak beat Nadezhda 86 : 50 as Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) produced 18 points. Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk) had a road win over Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk) 54:66 with 15 points from Natalja Melenteva (185-C-78).

Spartak (Moscow region) - Nadezhda (Orenburg) 86 : 50 (27:16, 21:7, 22:16, 16:11)
Spartak (Moscow region: Diana Taurasi 18, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) 15, Matovic 10
Nadezhda (Orenburg): Zhanna Gorodetskaya (178-G-79) 11, verameyenka 7+10 rebs

Dynamo (Moscow) - CSKA (Moscow) 61 : 87 (10:23, 23:16, 9:21, 19:27)
Dynamo (Moscow): Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 19, Shumaher 11
CSKA (Moscow): Edwige Lawson 17+15 ast, STEPANOVA Maria 13+12 rebs, ARTESHINA Olga 12

BC Moscow (Moscow) - UMMC (Ekaterinburg, Russia) 76 : 97(26:27, 13:29, 19:23, 18:18)
BC Moscow (Moscow: Curry 30, Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) 13
UMMC (Ekaterinburg, Russia): BIBRZHISHKA Agneshka 23, Deanna Nolan 15, TAYLOR Penny 13

Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk) - Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk) 54 : 66(21:15, 8:15, 9:20, 16:16)
Shelen-ETK (Krasnoyarsk):Kseniia Kolosovskaia (179-G-82) 17+10 rebs, GRITSAEVA Olga 10
Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk): Natalja Melenteva 15, Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management) 14+11 rebs, SMITH Tereza 12


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SINGAPORE - Women

Winning start for Malaysia -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Singapore 60:43

Malaysian National team got to a perfect start of their SEA Games campaign. Earlier today they cruised past Singapore at the Keelapirom Stadium for the first win in Thailand. Singapore meanwhile suffered their second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder. A strong defensive effort was a key to success for Malaysia. They played evenly throughout the game and kept their opponents under the pressure. Nine Malaysian players recorded their names in the scoring list and ensured a winning outcome for their team. Singapore shot miserable 25% from the field and committed 27 turnovers.
Malaysia clinched a 5-point lead after the opening frame but raised the tempo in the second and cleared off for good. They outscored their opponents 25:11 in the second period and enjoyed a 19-point cushion at the interval. Singapore used somewhat sloppy attitude from Malaysia after the main break to limit them to 8 points in the third stanza but it never influenced the flow of the encounter. Malaysia looked confident and wisely maintained the lead to celebrate the first victory at the tournament. Shook Ying Hee (-85) and Woon Yuen Teo (163-G-85) scored 10 points apiece to lead Malaysia. Yann Yann Pee (174-F-85), Siao Foong Chow (171-F-76) and Suik May Kew (171-F-82) added 9 points each for the winners. Duo Lin answered with game-high 13 points for Singapore. Zhou Lei (187-C-87) provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. Singapore will play against Thailand tomorrow. Malaysia takes on Philippines on Wednesday.

Malaysia: Shook Ying Hee 10, Woon Yuen Teo 10, Yann Yann Pee 9, Siao Foong Chow 9, Suik May Kew 9
Singapore: Duo Lin 13, Zhou Lei 10+10 boards


Singapore National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Poon Shuwen Cheryl (162-F-87)
5 Neo Hui Lin Luisa (165-G-88)
6 Ng Cheryl (174-F-85)
7 Ho Pei San (166-F-79)
8 Lin Duo (177-G-88)
9 Zhou Lei (188-C-87)

10 Lee Serene (163-F-88)
11 Koh Wei Bin (165-F-86)
12 Ang Jasmine (175-C-85)
13 Ang Wei Theng (168-F-87)
14 Toh Sin (175-C-81)
15 Tan Angela (171-C-85)

Head Coach: Chiew Poh Leng
Assistant Coach: Hong Ng San


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SPAIN - Women

FIBA fixed Spain as venue of Preolimpic Games next June -by Ivan Villar
FIBA Central Board was gathered in special session at Chicago to choose city for Preolimpic Games.Finally,Madrid is venue of tournament where 12 national teams will play to get one of five tickets to China's Olimpic Games.Date shall be on June 9-15th next year.The great new gym,Telefonica Arena,shall be the court which will show best teams of world.Men tournament was for Greece.

Ros Casares grabs 8th straight win -by Eurobasket News

The favorite of the Spanish League Ros Casares reached the 8th win in LFB. The team won over Extrugasa 78:73. It was however a tough win for the hosts as the latter settled down also on top. Moreover Extrugasa won the opening quarter 19:21 and trailed only two points after 30 mintes of the game, 58:56. Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the winners with 17 points. Milton added 14, while BJELICA had 12 and 9 rebounds. CIUDARIENE top-scored for the guests with 22 points.


The game between CB SAN JOSE and PERFUMERмAS AVENIDA probably was the key game of the round as both squads entered the round with 6-1 record. PERFUMERмAS AVENIDA however proved that the team is now in a better shape winning 56:90. A 5:23 was fatal for the hosts in the opening quarter. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) paced the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Sanchez added 15, while Santos scored 11 points. Maria Revuelto (178-G-82) and Feaster scored 13 points each for the hosts.
Check all the other results and stats on top of the Eurobasket Spanish Section. The next round will be played on December 15th as it will be Gran Canaria's time to host the leader.



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SWITZERLAND - Women

Universite BC Neuchatel stays alone on top -by Eurobasket News
The game between Universite BC Neuchatel and Riva Basket was the key game of Round 10. Universite BC Neuchatel playing at home smashed the opponent and improved to 9-1 record. BBC moved to the second place after a road win over Pully 55:65. The winner has now 8-2 record and stays alone on second place. Brunnen and Meyrin had road wins against Martigny and Fribourg respectively.

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THAILAND - Women

Thailand National Team for SEA Games in Thailand 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Wipaporn Saechua (171-G-87)
5 Nantana Charoenrat (175-G-77)
6 Supane Ludrodkig (172-G-79)
7 Juthamas Jantakarn (174-G-85)
8 Charothai Suksomwong (169-F-84)
9 Nomjit Tunsaw (163-G-78)
10 Juthathip Mathuros (178-F/C-85)
11 Chonticha Chirdpetcharat (174-F-81)
12 Chonlada Eiamsum-Ang (171-G-80)
13 Penphan Yothanan (169-C-83)
14 Roong-Aroon Pungkoksoong (183-C-73)
15 Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87)
Coach: Vicharn Charoentham
Assistant Coach: Siang Prigkittanon


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Javois Player of the Week, Again! -by David Edole
Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis), a 5-foot-9, senior forward from St. Joseph, Mo., was named the MIAA Player of the Week for her performance last week against 14th ranked Augustana College. This is the second consecutive week the Javois has won the award.

Javois scored 18 of her 25 points in the first half to help the Griffons knock off No. 14-ranked Augustana (S.D.) Saturday night (Dec. 8), 79-75.


She made 8-of-9 from the field in the first half, as Missouri Western claimed a 10-point halftime lead on the Vikings. She was 2-for-2 from long range in 17 first-half minutes - the first cut Augustana's lead to one, 13-12, at 13:47, with the other coming 90 seconds later to put the Griffons on top, 18-16.


Javois finished 11-of-15 from the floor - including 3-of-5 from the three-point line. She also grabbed five rebounds, had four steals and three assists. It is the third time this season she has scored at least 25 points in a game.


Javois is a graduate of Lafayette High School, and transferred to Western from Saint Louis (Mo.) University following her sophomore season.


Missouri Western State University (located in St. Joseph, Mo.) is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


Previous Winners: 11/19 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; 11/26 - Michelle Stueve, F, ESU; 12/3 - Yanique Javois, F, MWSU.


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UKRAINE - Women

Tim-Scuf reaches 4-1 record -by Eurobasket News

Tim-Scuf won the fourth game in Ukrainian league and reached 4-1 record. Over the weekend the team overcame Dynamo-NPU 81:102 on a road. It was a chance to catch up Dnipro that will play tonight against Kozachka in a key game of the round. In another game Olimp-Naek overcame Chaika 69:59 to take 2-3 record. The next round of the league will be played on December 22 as before this two Ukrainian teams will play the weekend games in Baltic league.

Ukrainian young but experienced Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) is on top with her team in Belgium. Dexia Namur improved to 8-1 in the Belgian League. The defending champions had a road win over Sint Kateline 63:100. The guests were stronger in every aspect of the game and reached an easy win. The only task they set up in the end of the game was to score 100 points, which they luckily solved. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara led the winners with 17 points. Catherine Kraayeveld netted 15, while Olesya Malashenko had 13. Anne Winkelmans scored 14 points in the losing effort.

Pysmennyk Oxana scored 8 points in italy for Ribera that had a road victory over Carispe La Spezia 55:63. Her team is now 2-7 in the league.