EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/13/2007

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ABA

Former Tycoon stars in D-League -by Chris Terrell

Bakersfield, CA - Former Texas Tycoon O'Neal Mims (6'10''-F-83, college: Angelo St.) is helping his new team, Bakersfield Jam, in the D-League this season. Mims who helped lead the Texas Tycoons to the ABA Final last season and 25 league victories came off the bench for the Jam and in just over 23 minutes was 3-4 from the field en route to a 7 point, 6 rebound, and 3 block performance in the Jam's 119-105 victory over the Anaheim Arsenal in D-League action Saturday Night. Some scouts draw a parallel in some aspects to Mims' game and that of former Jim Harrick Forward Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island). Harrick, now the head coach for Bakersfield, coached Odom at Rhode Island. Mims at 6'10 has guard skills and can put the ball on the floor and run the court and finish over bigs. Mims is hoping to take his game to the next level with the training he is receiving from his head coach. You can get more information on the Bakersfield Jam at www.nba.com/dleague/bakersfield





Texas Tycoons to play UBL Wranglers in first Cross League Play -by Jean-Paul Afif

Desoto TX - After another convincing win at home against the West Texas Whirlwinds this past saturday, the Texas Tycoons are now 6-1 and have their eyes set on a new yet familiar opponent for this upcoming Satuday's home game. The Texas Tycoons prepare themselves to meet the UBL Wranglers, in what will be the first ever cross league play between the ABA and the UBL. The UBL Wranglers are a known rival to the Texas Tycoons as they met a number of times in the southern division last season, when the now UBL Wranglers played in the ABA as the Waco Wranglers. Despite the change in leagues, their is no love lost between these two squads, as a battle for bragging rights and an old rivalry is on the line.

When asked about the game, Coach Ozzie Denson was quoted as saying "This is a good affiliation that we have between the two organizations, the Texas Tycoons and the UBL Wranglers that are both two highly competitive teams in two of the best minor leagues in the country, the ABA and the UBL. This is a great opportunity being the first game ever to take place between the two leagues (the ABA and the UBL) and we are proud to be representing our league. When it comes down to it this is about basketball, and the Tycoons and the UBL Wranglers are two organizations that are all about basketball. This is not only going to be the first game between the two leagues, but we are looking forward to many more, we want many more. This is a great rivalry, and it will continue as you see regardless, becuase it is all about basketball."

The UBL Wranglers bring a lot of talent to the table including guard Reggie Griffin (6'4''-G-75, college: Louisiana Monroe), who worked out with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and dropped 50pts on the Tycoons in one of last seasons many match ups. Guard Rob Giesey (5'10''-G-82) can also really stroke the ball from the 3pt arc, and the rest of the Wranglers backcourt really like to push the tempo, and play an up and down game.

The Tycoons come off their saturday victory at home vs West Texas with a 42 point victory and a final score of 124 to 82. Many new faces were seen on the court for the Tycoons, as they brought up players from their developmental and practice squads to play and suit up for the first time this season. With the Tycoons starters only playing about 12 minutes of the games, Head Coach Jean-Paul Afif was able to really involve his entire bench and get some of his younger players involved.

Developmental squad rookie Michael Cooks (6'2''-G) showed why he is affiliated with the Tycoons organization as he played hard tough nosed defense and Tycoons hustle basketball on both ends of the floor. Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul) (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul) and Jonathan Young (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) lead all scorers with 20pts a piece, followed closely by newcomer Steven Dunn who contributed to the team philosophy with 7 assists to go with his 16pts. Forward Randall Williams (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.) (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.) owned the glass pulling down 11 rebounds and chipping in 14 pts. Other notable Tycoons stats for the game Donald Gray (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands) (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands) 12pts, Chris Johnson (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) 10pts, Othello Alford (5'11''-G-84, college: SW Oklahoma St.) 8pts. Starters Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.), and Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) were happy to see the younger guys playing and competing both chipped in 6pts a peice in 8 minutes of play. Aaron Bowser (6'2''-G-84, college: Southwestern) dropped three 3pt baskets for 9pts, Michael Cooks 4pts, and starter Melvin Mitchell (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) led all players with 9 assists and a basket in 15 minutes of play.

Tycoons were withouth starting Forward Jai Pradia (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.) (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.) (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.), and starting guard Brandon Lee (6'2''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.) (6'2''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.).

Texas Tycoons next home game is this Saturday December 15, 2007 vs the UBL Wranglers, in the First Ever Cross League UBL-ABA play. Tip off is at 7:15pm DeSoto Town Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115 visit us at www.txtycoons.com for more information.



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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

All-Star 2007: Dusko Vujosevic on East, Aleksandar Petrovic on West -by Dragan Jankovski
It is already known who will lead East and West selections on Adriatic league All-Star Game 2007. Dusko Vujosevic of Partizan Igokea, who is currently on top of Adriatic league with score 12-1, will seat on the bench of East while Aleksandar Petrovic of Zadar, who is with score 10-3 the best ranked among the West teams, will lead that selection. Since November 26th fans got an opportunity to vote for the starting five of both selection - East and West. Group of journalists will vote which U21 player is the most promising and he'll get a chance to play in one of those two teams. All other places will be elected by the head coaches of 14 Adriatic league teams.

Spectacle will take a place on December 27th once again in Ljubljana's sports hall Tivoli.


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ANGOLA

22nd Champions Cup for Men: Respite for Potters, leave in batches -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria representative at the final round of the 22nd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Niger Potters basketball club may have find succour in South Africa Airways as the first batch of ten players' and two officials leave for Huambo enroute Luanda, Angola tonight.

The Minna North Central Nigeria-based team will now join eleven other teams from nine African countries for the continent biggest club championship which dunks-off Thursday in Huambo and Cabinda.

www.fiba-afrique.org reliably gathered that the team is paying more than double what they ought to pay for their flight ticket but are determined to make it to the finals having topped the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers held in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin last month.

The team has to split into two in order to make it to Angola in good time for the final round as they confront Ferroviario de Beira basketball club of Mozambique in group-B opening game few hours after their arrival Thursday in Huambo.

The ten players and two officials in the first party to Angola includes the head coach, Adamu Kuta and team Doctor, Mohammed Yahaya while the players in the advance team are Abubakar Usman, Abubakar Yusuf, Victor Okoro, Sati Paul, Faruk Oyalade, Chigozie Nwoye, Anthony Edache, Stanley Gumut, Emmanuel Dreams and Abdulazeez Yusuf.

Others left behind are expected to jet out Fridays aboard South Africa Airways to arrive Luanda, Angola by 12.15 hours.


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ARGENTINA

"Super 8" 2007 -by Facundo Iatzky
The Super 8 will start on Wednesday. This year, the winner of this fantastic tournament will win the right to play in Liga Sudamericana 2009. The tournament will be played in Polidepòrtivo Islas Malvinas of Mar del Plata city. 4 days with the best basketball of Argentina.

Fixture:
wednesday 12
Libertad sunchales- Central Enterrriano
Quilmes Mar del plata - Sionista Parana

Thursday 13:
Boca juniors - Obras sanitarias
Penarol mar del plata - Regatas corrientes

Friday 14:
semifinals

Saturday 15:
Final


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BAHRAIN

Qurban best player of the week -by Yousef Ahmed

AL AHLI power forward Mohammed Qurban was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of week six in the Bahrain Basketball League, the Bahrain Basketball Association announced yesterday.

Qurban played a crucial role in the defending champions' 78-74 overtime win over Sitra on Sunday. He scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes off the bench.

Qurban beat out two other players who were in contention for the week's top individual honour, namely small forward Mahmood Ghuloom of Manama and shooting guard Ebrahim Al Khabbaz of Al Ittihad.

Ghuloom had 23 points, five rebounds and four steals in his team's 56-52 victory over Isa Town, while Khabbaz came away with nine points, six rebounds and four assists in Ittihad's 74-72 upset win over Al Hala.

All three were also named to the Team of the Week, which also included Hala point guard Ahmed Ali Hussain and Isa Town shooting guard Ahmed Najaf. Hussain was also named the week's best sixth man.

Meanwhile, Sitra's towering Jamal Coachman was the week's top professional player. Coachman had 35 points and 29 rebounds in their loss to Ahli.

(Gulf Daily News)


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BOSNIA

Bosnian League 13 - canceled game from 7TH round -by Elvir Halilovic

In very dramatic game, Igokea Partizan was better than Leotar. Vujacic (Leotar) is first scorer of game with 22 point. Best in Igokea Partizan is Alton Ford with 15.
Canceled game from 7TH round:
SL IAT Leotar - Igokea Partizan 68:70
(14:18, 24:19, 11:17, 19:16)

Trebinje, SD "Bregovi", Att.: 1.500; Ref: Bijedic, Bilic, Drmic
LEOTAR: Trivunovic 14, Setencic, Aleksic, Vujacic 22, Radulovic, Gilic 11, Kovacevic 2, Radovanovic 9, Ninkovic, Skoko, Jevdjic 6, Ivanovic 4
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 7, Subara, Ford 15, Djurica, Vucurovic 12, Cup 12, Wright, Djogo 11, Kovacevic 11, Adamovic 2



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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

East Subdue St. Croix Hoyas, 88-74 -by David Edole
By Dean Greenaway

TORTOLA—Halstead Chiverton (-82) and tournament MVP Douran Phillips combined for 44 points, in leading the East to the Champion of Champions Basketball Tournament title at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town, with an 88-74, Sunday night victory over the St. Croix Hoyas.

Chiverton ignited his offense by turning a one point 17-16 first quarter lead, into a 43-26 half time advantage, after scoring 14 of his game high 29 points in the second quarter, when the visitors were outscored 26-10, during the break away run.

Chiverton also pulled 10 rebounds and dished out six assists. Phillips followed up with another 15 to the total. David “Bolo” Lettsome poured 13 points into the mix. Dwayne “Kobo” Penn settled for an 11 point 13 rebound double double, to go with four blocks.

Hoyas' Eddie Castillo had their top score with 24 points and six rebounds. Warren Christian and Karl John tossed in 15 and 14 points to the Hoyas' tally. Christian also settled for five rebounds and five blocks.

The Hoyas placed third in the tournament, after St. Thomas' Jam Squad rolled past Virgin Gorda's Summer Jam league champs Bigger Judgment, 83-75. Bigger Judgment outscored Jam Squad 54-42 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome their slow start that saw them trailing by 20 at the half, 41-21.

Steve Gardner and Robert Duck carried Jam Squad with 24 points respectively. Duck also snatched 11 boards for his double double. Akil Lewis and Mario Caines finished with 16 and 11 points each.

Elton Beazer had a game high 31 points for Bigger Judgment with Travis Fonseca adding another 11 to the tally.

“The tournament was a success,” declared Kennedy Bass one of the organizers. “We had an alright crowd, as there were many activities going on over the weekend. We organized this because we have to wait too long for a basketball tournament. We have to wait until Mother's Day every year to see some kind of basketball played in the country, so, I said if we could get some funds, we'll organize a Christmas tournament and we got it pulled off.”


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CAMEROON

The 2007 NCAA class... -by Yann Tientcheu
The Cameroonian freshman class for the current 2007-2008 campaign includes players who had an undeniable success in their respective
American High Schools ,and are making encouraging and notable contributions to their NCAA Div I teams.

New Hampshire University proudly relied on Rony Tchatchoua (198-F)'s (6-6, 215 Forward) heavy presence in the game on Dec. 10th. The
freshman originally from Cameroon had a stellar night with a career high 14 points, which he accompanied with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Tchatchoua has been averaging 17.4 mns of playing time in the past 9 games. He is currently worth 5.6pts and 4 rbds per game
for the New Hampshire University Wildcats. His season highs are 14 pts on Dec. 10th against Long Island, and 7 rbds on dec 6th and 10th against
Brown University and Long Island University.

The Texas Longhorns, ranked 4th nationally by the Associated Press (AP), found a precious addition to their basketball program in
Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C) (6-7, 241 Forward Center). Originally from Maroua, Alexis Wangmene is benefiting from the 6th best palying time of his team
with 14.3 mns of action per game for the past 9 games.Wangmene is gaining a tremendous amount of exposure with the Longhorns who are
currently 9 and 0, and can boast of mastering number 8th UCLA, 63-61, on Dec. 2nd. Wangmene's business card currently reads 4.3pts and
3.3 rbds per game. His season highs are 8 pts against UC Davis on Nov 16th, and 8 rbds against Arkansas-Monticello on Nov. 18th.

The University of North carolina at Charlotte counts in its lines the 6-8, 240 Forward, Gaby Ngoundjo (201-F-88), orginally from Douala. After averaging 14 pts
and 4 blocks per game as a senior at Little Rock Christian Academy in Arkansas (where he was Rony Tchatchoua's teammate for 2 years), the "long-armed"
forward is presently acquainting himself with the subtleties of College basketball in the US,and only saw an average of 5.7 mns per game in his past
meetings with the 49ers. However, Ngoundjo's willingness and determination to learn, and the potential threat he can be for any opponent on both
ends of the floor are undeniable indicators of the fierce predator which lies dormant in him. This being said, some prowess can already be noted on
the account of Ngoundjo for this year, and these particularly include shutting down Randal Parker, who is the first offensive option of Southern Illinois
University, on Dec. 8th.

Lot of credit can be given to our freshmen who are accomplishing the delicate and demanding task of playing at the highest level of College basketball
in the world, and actually having a laudable impact in the becoming of their respective teams.


In The Pro world... -by Yann Tientcheu
Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) has been elected by the French fans to participate in the upcoming French All Star Game scheduled on Dec 29th.
He won the People's Choice Foll (for the French Team) carried out on the website of renowned French Sports Magazine L'EQUIPE.
Good luck to our countryman!!!
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-G-77) of chalon-Saone is averaging 3 pts, 2rbds and 1 assist per meeting within a playing time of 14 mns/g.
He has been converting close to 40% of his 3pts field goals attempts.


In Pro B, France, Brice Vounang (203-F-82, college: San Diego)'s team, Rouen basketball Club is still filling the 1st spot in the league's ranking, and our
countrymen is averaging 10 pts, 5 rbds and 1 stealk per game.
Frederick N'Kembe's team is not doing as good as Vounang's, but the 6-4 guard is the 2nd best performer of Quimper Basketball club in
Points (12pts/g), Assists (2/g) and steals (2/g). He had a season high 25 pts against Evreux on Dec. 8th.
Loic Akono (180-G-87), of Brest basketball Club, is averaging 5 pts and 3 assists in 13 mns per game.
jacques Wampfler who is seeing 14mns of action per game employs them to produce 4 pts and 3 rbds per game.


Eyango Ekambi (197-F-82) must be the most improved cameroonian professional player of the moment. He scored an average of 16 pts
in his last 2 games, dropping 15 against BBC Bayreuth (Dec. 1st), and 17 lately (Dec. 9th) against Mittledeutscher BC.
His playing time has known an increase (13.5 mns/g currently), and he spent 28 mns on the floor in his latest game

In Belgium, Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) continues his dazzling ascension averaging 17.8 pts,8 rbds and 2 steals a game. He is presently ranked 5th in scoring,
4th in rebounds and 7th in steals in the Belgian Premier League. Stephane Pelle would be a tremendous addition to the National team roster
given his tangible impact in whole repertory of the game.


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CANADA

Interview with University of New Brunswick Head Coach Thom Gillespie -by Fatih Akser
Here is the interview with University of New Brunswick young and talented head coach Thom Gillespie. While you are reading this interview you are going to realize how genuine, smart and mature the head coach Gillespie is. I hope you will like this interview.

Fatih Akser: Can you give us some information about yourself? (Where/when did you born, school you graduated, basketball background, why and how did you start coaching?

Thom Gillespie: I was born in Perth-Andover, a small town in North-western New Brunswick which is very near the Maine border. I graduated from Fredericton High School in 1983 which is a basketball power house in Atlantic Canada and the University of New Brunswick in 1990 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then I attended the National Coaching Institute in Victoria BC and also enrolled in the Master of Coaching program at UVIC.

I began my coaching career during university due to an ACL knee injury sustained while playing for the Red Raiders in 1985-86. I started coaching with the FHS Varsity Girls and moved over to the JV Boys the following year.

Fatih Akser: Could you give us some information about your program's overall philosophy?

Thom Gillespie: The cornerstones of our program are hard work, fundamentals and team play. We strongly emphasize family, education and giving back to the community along with our on court goals.

Fatih Akser: Who has been the biggest force in creating your coaching philosophy?

Thom Gillespie: Rick Cotter was my high school coach and mentor. He still coaches today at FHS with their varsity girls program. He is one of the most successful coaches in Canada with numerous championships but more importantly he has coached hundreds of successful people.

Fatih Akser: Describe how you will fund raise to support to the university basketball program? How will you include parents, booster club, and students?

Thom Gillespie: We have a few fundraising activities we operate with RAlumni which is our booster group. Our golf tournaments have been very successful but we have also had raffles, elimination draws, breakfasts etc. Typically the student athletes are part of the event.

Fatih Akser: Which coach do you feel is the most original and daring X's and O's coach in the CIS? Do you have any specific memories of a crazy or wacky play that the opponent coach drew up? Can you describe any outrageous play or plays you've drawn up in the past? Was it successful?

Thom Gilliespie: There are a few coaches who will attempt anything to gain an advantage but Eddie Pomykala from Bishop's could be the most innovative. We have been fortunate enough to score baskets on a couple of occasions from our own end-line in under 2 seconds with quarterback to wide receiver style plays but with the change to FIBA rules for CIS basketball, we can move the ball to mid-court which will change how we can run a set play the final two minutes.

Fatih Akser: Do you change your approach for road games?

Thom Gillespie:We typically play our game. We allow practice to be more physical the week prior to a road game in anticipation of the officials ‘favouring' the home team. The only other change would be timeouts to stop opponent momentum which we may try to play through at home.

Fatih Akser: Could you break down basketball into three simple maxims?

Thom Gillespie: Work harder than your opponents on every possession, play smarter than your opponents and the result will take care of itself.

Fatih Akser: What's your most trusted and oft-used teaching drill and why?

Thom Gillespie: There are a number of drills we use regularly depending on our goal or objective. Variations of 4 on 4 full court shell drill would be the best drill to incorporate all aspects of basketball.

Fatih Akser: Give us some information about this season's expectations, plans and goals that you want to achieve ?

Thom Gillespie: This season is a re-building year for our program. We graduated four seniors who played significant minutes for us last year. We hope to improve each day and our initial long term goal is to get into our AUS conference play-offs. From there it is one game at a time to reach the CIS national championships.

Fatih Akser: Give us a brief information about your division, teams and players that you like to watch (opponent)?

Thom Gillespie: There are very talented teams in our AUS conference this year. Acadia Axmen are the defending champions who are currently ranked #2 in the CIS and the Saint Mary's Huskies are #6 in the CIS but our conference leader Cape Breton Capers are currently unranked. The players I enjoy watching most are Eric Breland from Cape Breton, Mark McLaughlin from SMU and Shawn Berry of Acadia.

Fatih Akser: What are the major problems, coaches and players usually face during on and off the season?

Thom Gillespie: The biggest challenge in Canada is finding competitive basketball on a regular basis for players who do not reside in a large community. Typically players return home to work and live with their parents to save money for the academic year. We try to find opportunities to keep the team together but it is not always possible with work study programs or the fact that players wish to be near their families for a few months.

Fatih Akser: What do you think about the basketball development in Canada.

Thom Gillespie: We have a long way to go to develop players and coaches in our country. Currently we rely too much on the school system for early development and for their facilities. The club system that is more prevalent in Ontario is slowly moving across the country as well as some professional opportunities but there is much more that needs to be done at both of those levels. The Steve Nash program for children should assist those coaching young children across Canada who do not have a high level of basketball or sport knowledge.
Our CIS basketball has shown signs of improvement relative to NCAA basketball but we need to market ourselves better to retain top Canadian talent for the CIS.

Fatih Akser: Thank you very much for the interview coach. I wish you and your team a successfull year.


FLIGHT NUMBER 23 - INTERVIEW WITH UNB PLAYER COLIN SWIFT -by Fatih Akser
Fatih Akser: Give us some information about your background. (Where/when did you born, basketball background, why and how did you start playing?

Colin Swift: I'm from a small town in New Brunswick, called Sussex. I was born there in 1985 and raised there. There is a great minor basketball program in Sussex and I have played though that system my whole life and fell in love with the game.

Fatih Akser: Which program are you studying, what are your goals and expectations in the future?

Colin Swift: I am in the Recreation and Sports Studies program at UNB, and I would like to follow that direction. I want to be involved in sports, especially basketball i.e. coaching, running camps, programs, anything to give back.

Fatih Akser: What are your hobbies, dreams and phobias?

ColinSwift: Listen to a lot of music, I record and produce some music at my home. I would love to continue my basketball career after university is over. Do not think I have any bad phobias.

Fatih Akser: Which player in the CIS league do you like to watch? Which player you want to play at the same team and don't want to play against?

Colin Swift: I like Eric Brelands game.

Fatih Akser: Name best 5 players regardless of their positions in the CIS league?

Colin Swift: Eric Breland, Leo Saintil, Mark Mclaughlin, Aaron Doornekamp, Jea Phillipe Morin

Fatih Akser: Which team do you think is going to win the CIS title this season and why?

Colin Swift: Carleton is always a threat to win it since they have been winning for so long. Acadia, Cape Breton and Saint Mary's are all tough coming out of the CIS this year

Fatih Akser: As a basketball player in Canada, what are the obstacles have you been facing and will you be facing in the future?

Colin Swift: I think CIS basketball should get more respect around the world, many CIS teams can play with and beat other NCAA Div 1 schools, and still there is not enough attention on the CIS. It's a great basketball league.

Fatih Akser: Thanks for the interview Colin. Happy holidays.
Colin Swift (188-G)


INTERVIEW WITH UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR'S BIG FORWARD PLAYER GREG SURMACZ -by Fatih Akser
Fatih Akser: Give us some information about your background. (Where/when did you born, basketball background, why and how did you start playing?)

Greg Surmacz: I was born in Wroclaw, Poland and moved to Canada when I was a year old. I mostly played soccer growing up but then I started playing basketball at about the age of 12. I was taller then most of the other kids my age so I took it up on my parents advice. My parents are both former athletes so it was important for them to introduce me to many different sports at an early age and to find one that fit.

Fatih Akser: Which program are you studying, what are your goals and expectations in the future?

Greg Surmacz: I am currently studying Human Kinetics, at the University of Windsor and plan to coach and possibly teach after my playing career is over. I would like to continue to play basketball overseas when my career in Canada is done.

Fatih Akser: What are your hobbies, dreams and phobias?

Greg Surmacz: My hobbies include playing sports video games with my team mates, traveling and listening to music. I would like to play basketball as far into the future as I can, and hopefully stay involved as a coach later on.

Fatih Akser: Which player in the CIS league do you like to watch ? Which player you want to play at the same team and dont want to play against?

Greg Surmacz: Players in the CIS that I like to watch are definitely my own teammates. Its guys you play with everyday at practice, but when you sit back and actually watch them play, you see how much they have improved. A player that I wish I could have played with on the same team would be Osvaldo Jeantry from Carleton. He was a great passer and knew the game extremely well, he would have been a great guy to play with.

Fatih Akser: Name best 5 players regardless of their positions in the CIS league?

Greg Surmacz: I'm not familiar with that many players outside of the OUA, but guys on that list would have to include Junior Nicholas (Bishops), Andrew Spagrud (Sasketchewan), Doornekamp from Carelton and Brad Rootes from Brock. The fifth would have to be myself, I think I can compete with anyone in the CIS.

Fatih Akser: Which team do you think is going to win the CIS title this season and why? (You can also give multiple names)

Greg Surmacz: I can't go against my own team the Lancers. We were ranked #2 in the pre-season ranked but dropped off considerably since. However, we still have the majority of the season left and we tend to peak around March, so I think were definitely the favorites in my mind to win it all. We have guys with some experience from last year, and a solid team defensively with scoring from the guard, wing and big man spots.
Fatih Akser: As a basketball player in Canada, what are the obstacles have you been facing and will you be facing in the future?

Greg Surmacz: The biggest issue Canadian basketball players face today is exposure, on the national and international stage. Steve Nash has helped that, and the efforts of Canada Basketball are also improving the situation, but we still can't keep all our top athletes from staying in Canada to play basketball.


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CHILE

Dimayor: U.Concepcion is up 2-0 -by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion take a 2-0 lead in their playoffs series against Universidad Catolica after a 99-55 victory in game 2. Chris Sockwell, Alain Laroche and Evandro Arteaga were the offensive leaders for Narvarte's team. Game 3 of the series will be played this saturday in Santiago.

Game 2

CD Universidad de Concepcion 95 - Universidad Catolica 55
Ucon: Chris Sockwell 27 pts. Alain Laroche 19 pts. Evandro Arteaga 15 pts.
Uc: Maurice Spillers 14 pts. Angelo Olivares 13 pts. Aaron Eneas 13 pts.


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CHINA

Xinjiang Defeats Starless Jiangsu to Maintain Share of CBA Lead -by Arthur Volbert
Jian Jiao (201-F-80) scored 27 points and Zhang Yunsong scored 26 as Beijing's veterans led it to a 91-69 destruction of Fujian. With Chris Porter gone because of injury, Jameel Watkins scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 48 minutes to lead Fujian.

Sun Jie scored 20 points and Mack Tuck scored 19 as Shandong defeated Shaanxi 101-92. Brandon Robinson scored 28 and Tian Yu scored 24 for Shaanxi.

Liaoning defeated Jilin 106-93. Young Li Xiaoxu led the scoring with 22 points and Lu Wei scored 20. Veteran Bian Qiang scored 21 and Zhang Qingpeng scored 17. Dajuan Tate led Jilin with 25 points.

Mike Harris scored 27 points and Anthony Myles scored 22 as Dongguan defeated Yunnan 124-105. With Dontae Jones having departed Nigel Dixon played 48 minutes, scoring 44 points and grabbing 25 rebounds to lead Yunnan.

Xinjiang maintained its share of the CBA lead as it defeated Jiangsu 108-90. Xue Yuyang had one of those great games he sometimes has as he scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. But Tang Zhengdong and Hu Xuefeng, Jiansu's two best players, were missing and Ryan Forehan-Kelly played only 13 minutes. Tang's backup, Raheim Brown, led Jiangsu with 38 points and 8 rebounds.

Ding Jinhui had 23 points and 8 rebounds as Zhejiang blasted Shanghai 104-87. Zhejiang has replaced God Shammgod with a new import. The CBA is replacing imports who do not perform up to expectations with other imports who did not attend their tryout camp. While this is contrary to what some agents appear to have been promised, it is in line with the practices of other leagues internationally.

Meng Lingyuan led Shanghai with 16 points in 17 minutes. Meng is a point guard from the class of 89 and a player of interest.

Beijing 91
Olumide Oyedeji 12p+19r+2s, Jian Jiao 27p+7r+4a, Zhang Yunsong 26p+1r+2a+1s, Men Wei 10p+2r+1a+2s, Xie Libin 12p+4r+3s+6to
Fujian 69
Yang Chao 17p+6r+2s, Lu Xiaoming 2p+1r+4a+3s, Gong Songlin 5p+2r+2a+5to, Luo Yudong 10p+4r+1a+1s, Jameel Watkins 48min+20p+9r+1a+1s, Zhu Shilong 14p+5r+1a+1s+1bl


Shandong 101
Wang Gang 16p+1r+3a, Sun Jie 20p+8r+3a, Hou Bing 13p+2r+1s, Herve Lamizana 13p+2r+3a+2s+1bl+5to, Zhou Jilin 2p+5r+4a+2s, Guo Lei 10p+3r+1s, Mack Tuck 19p+2r+1a, Lou Yandong 12p+3r+3a+1s
Shaanxi 92
Tian Yu 24p+7r+1a+2s, Liu Jiulong 14p+1r+2a+1s, Zhang Wei 12p+5r+1a, Brandon Robinson 28p+12r+1a+4s+2bl, Bai Fan 6p+2r+1a+3s


Liaoning 106
Zhang Qingpeng 17p+4r+4a+3s+1to, Lu Wei 20p+4r+2a+1s, Li Xiaoxu 22p+11r+4a+2s+3bl, Earnest Brown 10p+11r+3a+2s+4bl, Bian Qiang 21p+6r+3a+2s, Patrick Simpson 6p+8r+3a+2bl, Yang Ming 7p+1r+3a+2s+1bl
Jilin 93
Wang Bo 5p+11r+5a+2s+2bl+7to, Du Jiang 15p+1r+1a, Babacar Camara 4p+11r+1a+2s+1bl, Cheng Zhiming 4p+3r+2a, Liu Wei2 10p+10r+2s, Dajuan Tate 25p+9r+3a+1s+1bl, Zhao Anan 12p+1a


Dongguan 124
Zhang Kai 16p+17r+2a+2s+3bl, Qiu Biao 17p+4r+2a, Wang Jing 8p+3a, Anthony Myles 22p+12r+3a, #10 8p+2r+4a+3s, Yu Ning 14p+3r, #21 8p+9r+1s, Mike Harris 27p+12r+1s+2bl
Yunnan 105
Liu Hao 17p+1r+1a+1s, Nigel Dixon 44p+25r+1bl, Yang Huai 5p+2r+2a, Yang Tao 6p+6r+1a+2s+1bl, Yen Hsing-Su 5p+2r+3a, Wang Hsin-Kai 7p+5r+1a, Wang Nan2 12p+2r, Chen Zhaosheng 9p+5r


Xinjiang 108
Mulati Adilijiang 8p+4r+2a+2s, David Jackson 19p+3r+3a+1s, Xue Yuyang 27p+13r+1a, Mengke Bateer 15p+16r+10a+1s+1bl, Song Cun 48min+9p+2r+3s, Xu Guozhong 17p+4r+1a, Aaron McGhee 13p+5r+2a
Jiangsu 90
Yi Li 13p+4r+2a+2bl, Han Shuo 4p+5r+4a+2s+3to, Fang Hui 12p+4r+1bl, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 13min+7p+1r+1a+2s, Raheim Brown 37min+38p+8r+1a+3s, Yang Li 10p+3r+1a+3s


Zhejiang 104
Liu Weiwei 14p+2r+8a+2s+5to, Wang Nan 2p+6r, Soumaila Samake 10p+3r+1a+1s+2bl, Ding Jinhui 23p+8r+2a+2s+1bl, Sui Xiaolong 12p+2r+1a+2s, Luo Zhi 13p+4r+1s, Deng Li 13p+4r+1a, #5 8p+2r+2a+1s+1bl
Shanghai 87
Liu Wei 14p+8r+7a+1s+5to, Wang Yong 7p+5r, Peng Fei 11p+4r+2a+2s, Xu Yong 7p+7r+5a+1s+2bl, Pig Miller 14p+8r, Jerod Ward 9p+3r+5to, Meng Lingyuan 7min+16p(6/6)+2r+1s


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CROATIA

Borik changed head coach! -by Dani Erceg
Borik parted ways with Ivan Mehes and named Tihomir Bujan as head coach. Bujan started this season on bench of Siroki Prima Pivo (BiH-D1) but was waived last week. He already worked as head coach of Borik last 2 seasons.

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CUBA

LSB-time, what happens Ciego de Avila? -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-time in Cuba. Ciego de Avila was defeated unexpectedly also by Matanzas 92-90. Matanzas played without Allens Jemmott, but They played a perfect game with the "surprise" Jose Rosell (178-G-66), the most expert player in Matanzas who played an incredible game. Capitalinos won against Metropolitanos, Orestes Torres was the MVP of the game, to mention also the game of Eliezer Lima with 12 pts and 10 rebs. Camaguey defeated Villa Clara but We have to mention the game of Andy Boffill (People there is a new star in Cuba!!!) with 28pts (with a 6/11 3pts shots) and 7 steals, what a player.
The Results:
Capitalinos-Metropolitanos= 76-66 (C= Torres 19, leguen 13, Lima 12; M= Borlot 19, Casanas 12)
Ciego de Avila-Matanzas= 90-92 ( C= Silvestre 25, Guerra 18; M= Rosell 28, Torriente 21, Norona20)
Camaguey- Villa Clara= 82-80 (C= Batista 24, Jaca 18, Polas 13; V= Boffill 28, Carta 14)
Santiago de Cuba- Guantanamo= 74-86 (S= Martinez 24, Echevarria 16; G= Simon 20, Elias 18, Pons 17)
A. Fontana


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D-LEAGUE

Dynamic Duo of Washington and Langford Down Vipers -by Surujh Roopnarine
In a showcase matchup of two of the D-League's top teams, the one loss Austin Toros took down the one loss Rio Grande Valley Vipers 119-113 in Hidalgo, TX last night. Darius Washington (6'2''-G-85, college: Memphis) and Keith Langford (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Kansas) combined for 55 points on 22-39 shooting to lead the Toros. Gabe Muoneke (6'7''-F-78, college: Texas) led the Vipers with team highs of 29 points and 9 rebounds. Austin improves to 5-1 on the season while RGV falls to 6-2 and second place behind Austin in the Southwest Division.
TOROS: Keith Langford (26p+7rb+12as), Darius Washington (29p+5rb+5to), DeMarr Johnson (22p), Cheyne Gadson (18p)
VIPERS: Gabe Muoneke (27p+9rb+5as), Aaron Brooks (22p+8rb+6as), CJ Watson (23p+5as+5to), Steve Novak (14p+8rb)


Luke Jackson Becomes Third NBA Call-up This Season from D-League -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Miami Heat have signed Idaho Stampede sharpshooter Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon). Jackson had only appeared in one game for the Stampede this season, but it was in impressive one. Jackson tallied 30 points, four rebounds and nine assists in 31 minutes of action. Last season, Jackson appeared in 23 games (16 starts) for the Stampede and averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.7 minutes while shooting 48% (121-of-252) from the field. The former Oregon Duck star was the 10th overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Jackson was called-up last season on two occasions, by the Los Angeles Clippers and then the Toronto Raptors, with which he finished the 2006-07 season.


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EGYPT

Ahly to the semi final of Hariri after a hard win over Mttahed (Leb) 80-77 -by Sherif Soliman
Ahly will face today 7pm. the Blue stars(Leb) in the semi final of Hariri. Ahly players went through the semi final after a hard win over muttahed (leb) by 3 points.In Last night game Ashraf Tawfeek successfully changed the defeat to a win in the last 3 min with great coaching and tough defence. Darren Kelly Mutahhed point guard scored 41 points while Tarek EL Gannam Ahlys Center scored 26 points ,14 rebounds,4 blocks. Also Islam Aly came from the bench scoring 18 points. The other semi final game will start tonight at 5 pm between AL riyadi(Leb) Vs Orthodoxy(Jor). Tarek El Ghanam (212-C-78)

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EURO CUP

Two victories and two upsets in EuroCup for Russian squads -by Eurobasket News
CSK-VVS Samara started their EuroCup Qualifying Round campaign with a 94:82 win over Lappeenranta.Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) led the way with 34 points, while Green supplied the support with 26. The game remained tough till the end of it, while Samara used a 10-0 run to build a good advantage.
Ural Great destroyed Ukrainian Cherkaski Mavpy 72:101 in Ukraine. By the end of the first quarter Russian squad led 24:11 and at half-time their advantage was 53:29. Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Wright nailed 16 points, while Wisniewski ended up with 15.

Croatian Zagreb upset Spartak St Petersburg 80:76 in Group C of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) led Croatians with 19 points and 7 assists. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) ended up with 22 points and Damir Markota collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. It was Smith who knocked down a 12-0 run for a 50:40 Spartak advantage. The second half however belonged to the visitors that grabbed the first win.

Barons overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 73:69 in Rostov that was probably a sensational result for Russian teams. Having been down 67:65 going into the final minute, Marcal Hlebowicki and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) gave Barons the advantage. The game however began tightly and only then Barons went on 24:14 lead. Lokomotiv woke up immediately and produced 24:11 in the second to take 38:35 at half-time. Two last quarters belonged to the Latvian team that enjoyed 17:23 in the third and 14:15 in the last. Skele's free throws in the end of the game brought the first win for Barons. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) top-scored for Lokomotiv with 19 points. Kommatos netted 15 and Goldwire scored 12. Demetrius Alexander led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Gustas followed him with 14 points and 5 assists.


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EUROLEAGUE

Smodis will undergo thumb surgery -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian NT member Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow will have surgery till end of the week in his injuried left thumb. He will be sidelined at least three months.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Martti Kuisma's come back -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 17: Three games tonight. KTP (Kotka) cannot win Kauhajoki (the newcomer) this season. Kauhajoki won the first game ever on Top League
in Kotka on Oct 26, when hosting KTP lost by 16 pts (77-93). Tonight KTP visited in Kauhajoki, where local Karhu was stronger again winning by 14 pts
104-90. Mario Porter (198-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) led Karhu with 25 pts. Kauhajoki won also the rbs 40-29. American G Jermaine Spivey (189-G-72, agency: Warren Sports, college: New Orleans) was KTP's leading scorer and rebounder (19/6)!

YMCA Lahti and Korihait from Uusikaupunki scored together only 120 points, when Lahti beat Korihait 64-56. Both teams had difficulties especially when shooting

behind the arc. YMCA Lahti made just one (1) 3-pointer out of 14 (7,1%) and Korihait one (1) 3-pointer out of 17 (5,9 %) shots! Team Componenta (Karkkila) scored only 70 pts when meeting Kataja from Joensuu. That was not enough, when visitor Kataja scored 80 pts. "Old fox" Martti Kuisma (208-C/F-70, college: Florida) made a come back to the Top level and scored at once in his first contest 13 pts in 19 minutes. Kataja really needed those pts.

Kauhajoki - KTP 104-90 (45-42) (Mario Porter 25, Darryl Hudson 22 - Jermaine Spivey 19, Pasi Heinonen 16).

YMCA Lahti - Korihait 64-56 (25-21) (Pierre Jallow 17/10, Ville Makalainen 17 - Glenn Stokes 18, Darius Glover 13).

Team Componenta - Kataja 70-80 (35-42) (Nick Wallery 21/13, Jarno Nissinen 17 - Louis Hinnant 24, Andre Foreman 15).



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FRANCE

NM1 Days 13+14: Charleville sticks back -by Chris Spiesser
Many important results over the last two NM1 days. At first in the upper part of the league, Antibes and Fos lost once as well as Blois. This means that Charleville made the best move with its double win. St-Chamond also had a brilliant doublepack over Antibes and @ Bordeaux. In the bottom, Feurs and Toulouges won their death-match against Andrezieux but remain still in huge trouble.

Charleville (2-0): With its double win, Charleville is only one victory behind the leaders. Moreover the triumph over Challans rejects the vendeans 3 wins behind. They are almost out of the ProB race. Fred Minet was precious over the last 2 Week-ends as he posted 17pts (12/19), 6.5rbs and 4ass per game.

Fos (1-1): If the loss at Lievin is a deception we must underline Toto and Wallace's DNPs. And that the nordists needed three overtimes to get rid of the provencals. One week before, Mulhouse had no hopes facing Cisse (23pts, 5ass) and Co.

Antibes (1-1): No luck for Day 13, the leader fell @ St-Chamond. But here also an overtime was necessary and winning in the Loire is never easy especially as St-Chamond did not lose since Day 9. Doreau was precious over those two weeks where he averaged 19.5ppg and 6.5rpg. To remain on top with Fos, the swingman and his partners corrected Feurs last Saturday.

Other Key facts:
Blois shot Boulogne out in the Pas-de-Calais but lost contact to Charleville with a crucial home disillusion against Challans.
The GET Vosges stays in embusch with 2 tremendous wins: +26 and +27!
Bordeux missed the opportunity to nestle at place 4. Curculosse shot the buzzer beater to down Longwy from 8 meters. But Wednesday the girondins lost their postponed game in Lievin followed by another defeat vs St-Chamond.
Maybe you have noticed that Lievin was quoted twice for two wins. On Day 13, they also won @ CFBB. And all together the nordists count 4 wins in a row and have now a positive balance (8-6).
Lille (1-1), Mulhouse (0-2), Angers (1-1) and Boulogne (1-1) have stronger roots in the middle of the standings than on the court.
The bottom of the standings is still swallowing gently Feurs, Toulouges, Longwy and Andrezieux. The two first teams grabbed some confidance, each defeating Andrezieux. This means that the liguerians are almost condemned with a 4 victories deficit over Boulogne. Longwy's good start is now a forgotten dream. The lorrains have only one finger left on their hands to count their
successive defeats.

Some nice figures:
The home loss vs Blois excited Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-F-79), he posted 52pts (19/28) to the CFBB!!!
43pts (5/5 3pts) by Nehemiah Brazil (Blois) @ Boulogne
23pts (8/8) for Fabrice Herard (GET) @ Lille
Lievin's surprizing win over Fos was orchestred by Eddy Morand: 36pts. Over the first 13 games, he totalized 69pts.
In Blois, Benjamin Boutry (Challans) compelled 35 ranking points (22pts 9/11, 11rbs)
Jean-Marc Kraidy and his new coach, Ludovic Monne, to clinched their third victory: 31pts, 11rbs and 7ass.


The results of Day 13:
FC Mulhouse - Fos Ouest Provence Basket : 56-69
Feurs EF - Andrezieux ALS Basket : 76-61
SOM Boulogne - ADA Blois Basket 41 : 72-106
USA Toulouges - Anjou BC Angers : 81-95
Vendee Challans Basket - Etoile de Charleville Mezières : 70-80
Centre Federal BB - USA Lievin BB : 55-77
Lille Metropole BC - GET Vosges : 62-88
BC Longwy Rehon - JSA Bordeaux Basket : 81-83
St Chamond Basket - Ol. Antibes Basket: 91-83 a.p.

The results of Day 14:
JSA Bordeaux Basket 73 - 78 St Chamond Basket
Andrezieux ALS Basket 89 - 97 USA Toulouges
Anjou BC Angers 85 - 93 Lille Metropole BC
GET Vosges 80 - 53 FC Mulhouse
Centre Federal BB 57 - 102 SOM Boulogne
ADA Blois Basket 41 88 - 96 Vendee Challans Basket
OL. Antibes Basket 72 - 54 Feurs EF
Etoile de Charleville Mezières 81 - 69 BC Longwy Rehon
USA Lievin BB 104 - 102 a.p. Fos Ouest Provence Basket


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GERMANY

Ali Thomas in Landsberg -by Moritz Korff
According to reports on cllick.de Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg (Regionalliga South-East) has added Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF) to the roster to replace Josko Srzic (191-G-83) who wants to leave the team. Thomas played for the Bergheim Bandits in the West-division of the Regionalliga so far this season and averaged 25.3 points per contest (9 games). If everything works out as planned Thomas will make his debut for HSB on Saturday.

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HOLLAND

ZZ Leiden Keeps Upstairs Weert On Downward Spiral, Win In Rout -by Sanders Jackson

In Weert on Tuesday night, surging ZZ Leiden wins its second straight and five of last six, while sending Upstairs Weert to its third loss in a row, with their good start giving them the momentum and motivation needed, winning in a 94-75 rout. ZZ raced out to a 24-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back, while also shooting 65.9% from the field and 10 of 22 from the three-point line.
Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) and J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) scored 20 pts. each to lead ZZ, with Nash shooting 8 of 9 total (4 of 5 from the three-point line). David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) added 18 pts. and was a Windex man on the glass, snatching down 15 rebounds. Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) chipped in with 14 pts. Ashley Champion (198-F-81, college: Chattanooga) led the Limburgers with 19 pts. and 12 rebounds. ZZ are now 8-10 and Upstairs fall to 10-7.


Aris Friesland Wins Third In Row -by Sanders Jackson

In Leeuwarden on Tuesday night, Aris Friesland had no letdowns after the road win in Zwolle last Saturday vs. Den Helder Seals, winning its third straight by the score of 76-71.
Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) led Aris with 22 pts., Dillion Sneed (201-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 21 and Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) scored 15. Den Helder Seals forward Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) led all scorers with 26 pts. and 10 rebounds. Aris are now 4-13.


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HUNGARY

CEBL: NYKK won, great debut for Buchanan -by Tamas Deri
Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg-Marso-Vagep NYKK 79-83
(26-20, 8-26, 21-27, 24-10)
Klosterneuburg, Att.: 150, Referees: Seitlinger, Zoser, Makovski
Klosterneuburg: Hetzmannseder 4, Nagler 18/9, Watson 19/3, Hamidovic 15/9, Martin 15, Spann 6, L. Sallomon 2, Gartner, Coach: Wherner Sallomon
NYKK: Savic 6, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) 28/18, Mouton 17/6, Sitku 8, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 17/3, Siska, Trepak 4, Krasznai, Farkas A., Nagy K. 3/3, Coach: Deri Csaba


Round 10 -by Tamas Deri

Falco KC-Szombathely - Albacomp 90-78 (18-16, 26-19, 24-12, 22-31)

ATOMERŐMŰ SE - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 89-54
(29-12, 20-14, 27-18, 13-10)
Paks, Att.: 1.000, Referees: Foldhazi, Kapitany, Marton L.
ATOMERŐMŰ: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 6/3, Murry 7/3, Kiss Zs. 11/3, Istvan Panta (203-C/F-78) 17/3, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 24, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/3, Gray 3, Medve, Csaplar-Nagy E., Morgen 3/3, Horanyi, Coach: Sabali Balazs
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 18/9, Cziczas 3/3, Hollins 8/3, Harazin 3, Lopatka 3, Molnar A. 8/3, Cseh 7/3, Toth V. 2, Kovacs D., Gal, Szabo P. 2, Coach: Por Peter


PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK 73-72
(18-20, 16-19, 10-20, 29-13)
Pecs, Att.: 2.000, Referees: Adam, Kothay, Franyo
PVSK: Wittmann 10, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 22/15, Denes 5/3, Grebenar 12, Czigler 2, Lapov 10/3, Aleksic 6, Kutasi 2, Toth N. 4, Hosszu, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
ZTE: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 21/12, Mark Walters (188-G-82, agency: Warren Sports, college: N.Mexico) 17/6, Kaman 7/3, Garma 6, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 8, Gaspar, Toth A. 4, Simon L. 9/3, Baki, Coach: Nikola Lazic


BODROGI BAU-VASARHELYI KOSARSULI - UNIVER KSE 73-81

(15-18, 20-22, 19-19, 19-22)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 400, Referees: Valovits, Gal J., Balogh L.
VASARHELY: Drahos 16/9, Brooks 20/12, Robert Kovats (199-F-84) 10/3, Freeman 14/6, Gemes 12/3, Boszormenyi 1, Mate, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
KECSKEMET: Sigurdarson 5, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) 14/9, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 24, Jefferson 17, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/12, Vida, Csorvasi 3, Toth P., Halmai, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


MAFC - KAPOSVARI KK 90-85
(25-20, 21-22, 22-25, 22-18)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 350, Referees: Forrai, Kiraly, dr. Szakall
MAFC: Young 7, Jermaine Thomas 19/3, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 13/3, Fulop 6, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 26/3, Vavra A. 8/3, Wehner 9/6, Kecskes, Kolarics 2, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
KAPOSVAR: Quinton Day (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 21/6, Szőke 8, Edwards, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22/9, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17, Csirke 9, Vojvoda 8, Tomosvary, Kiss K, Coach: Horvath Imre



Falco KC: new center on the roster -by Tamas Deri
The management of FALCO KC just agreeded with experienced center, Trevor Harvey (211-C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) from Bahamas. Harvey is a very experienced big man, who played this season for Solna Vikings in Sweden. The 211 cm tall center played nine games this season and he averaged 9.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in 23.9 minutes on the court.

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IRELAND

Mustang Coach Departs -by Pete Strobl
Mustang Sallys St. Pauls St Pauls have announced that coach Cormac O'Donoghue has stepped down from his position due to personal reasons.
The former Irish international has been in charge for over two seasons but will be replaced by Shane Horgan in the hot-seat.
Horgan has played this season but will concentrate on coaching duties for the rest of the campaign. The new assistant coach is Brian Clarke, another player with vast superleague experience having enjoyed a succesful national league playing career from 1993 to 2007.
Killarney's superleague basketball Director of Operations Niall O'Callaghan praised O'Donoghue's huge contribution to the club over the past number of years and wished him well for the future. Assistant Coach Caoimhin O'Donoghue, brother of Cormac, has also stepped aside from duties
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie


Jermaine Turner to Tijola -by Jay
Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) has decided to leave Team Merry Monk Ballina (SuperLeague South) after the weekend's Cup action. He has already signed a contract in Spain with C.B. Grupo Promobys Tijola (LEB-Bronze)

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ITALY

Filiberto Rivera towards Aek Athens -by Stefano Pini
Two contract resolutions in Serie A today. Air Avellino separated by Simon Petrov (191-G-76) that in this season played just in the first 3 games. Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) came out from Eldo Napoli's contract. For him is ready Aek Athens' jersey

Lega2 - Last market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
Ferrara announced to have inked Alessandro Romboli (187-G-75). The italian point guard begun the 2006/07 season with Jesi and joined Castelfiorentino (B2) after the release in February 06. The player war currently playing in C2 at San Marino.

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KOREA

LG Sakers KT&G Win Going Into 3RD Round Of Play -by Rick Ross

Coach Yoo Do Hoon KT&G has done a remarkable Job in his first
Season taking over the head coaching Job late last year and making good
On his draft picks Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) and

Cummings T.J. (204-F-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UCLA).

In a battle for 2nd place with identicle records KT&G topped KCC
78-70 as KCC hosted KT&G from Anyoung. KT&G record stands at 14-7
While KCC moves into 3rd place with a record of 13-8.
LG Sakers moved back up a few places with a win over Dague Orions 78-64
SK Knights and Samsung Thunders Round out the 5th and 6th places as KTF & ET
BlackSlamer tie for 7th place noted at 10 wins and 11 losses both.
Orions and Mobis Round out the Scale of the Ten Teams at 9 and tenth Place
Both having previous wins going in the 3rd Round of play.



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KOSOVO

XI week schdule of Super League -by Edona Shabani
This is the schedule for IX week:

12/13.12.2007

DRITA - SIGAL PRISHTINA, Wednesday 8:00 pm
Referees: Arben Elshani,Alban Vula,Xhelal Mumini
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

YLLI - TREPCA, Thursday 7:00 pm
Referees: Azem Hoxhaj,Arbnor Rifati,Hysen Hasani
Monitors: Nexhdet Hoxha

KOSOVA - AS PRISHTINA, Wednesday 7:00 pm
Referees: Hajredin Zeka,Hektor Grezda,Agim Halili
Monitors: Muhamed Ahma

KASTRIOTI - PEJA,Thursday 8:00 pm
Referees: Mehdi Gashi,Daut Mehmeti,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Agim Visoka

Souce: www.basketbolli.com


Ylli made three signing requests -by Edona Shabani
BC” Ylli” made three signing request for these players Blerim Kadrija (BC” Vellaznimi”), Besfort Thaqi( free player) and Pal Sylaj ( BC”Drita”)

This players have the right to play in the match of the IX week of Super Legue between Ylli and Trepca, which will take place on December 13, 2007 on 7:00 pm

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Muhamed Thaci signs for Kastrioti -by Edona Shabani
BC” Kastrioti” made a request to sign the player Muhamed Thaci.

Muhamed Thaci will have the right to play in match of the IX week of Super League between Kastrioti and Peja if all the conditions according the Regulation for transition and registering of players. This match will take place on December 13, 2007 on 8:00 pm.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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KUWAIT

Easy win for Al Kuwait -by Ali Ahmed

Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) scored 27points leading Al Kuwait to Al Arabi 96-66 for the 3rd round of Kuwait league. Al Kuwait didnt find any difficulties to guarantee their 3rd win in this season. Andre Pitts was the man of the game who scored 27pts ( 21points from the 3pts)!!


first quarter:
Kuwait 18 - Arabi 13

second quarter:
kuwait 47 - Arabi 27

third quarter:
Kuwait 71- Arabi 40

fourth quarter:
Kuwait 96- Arabi 66


Al Kuwait: Andre Pitts 27points, Ira Clark 17points, Ahmed Al Mutairi 13points.
Al Arabi: Fahed Al Rabah15points,
Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) 6 points, Jeryl Sasser 3 points.


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LATVIA

No rejoicing as both Latvian teams fall short in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
It was not a lucky day for Latvian basketball in ULEB Cup as both Ventspils and ASK Riga were defeated in the 6th round of action. Ventspils faced a tough challenge as they travelled to Turkey to take on Group B leaders Besiktas. The game proved to be a real thriller with both sides fighting desperately for a positive result. But Besiktas used the help of the home crowd to surge ahead and secure a 84:77 victory in extra period.
Besiktas led comfortably 41:29 at halftime but Ventspils performed some heroics to revive in the second half. Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) converted a three-point play with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to put Ventspils up by 2 points 65:63. But Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) sank a jumper to force overtime. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down some important baskets in overtime and Besiktas finally reached their 6th straight success at the tournament. Ventspils fell to 4-2 record in the second spot in Group B. Kaya Peker topscored for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Shumpert added 23 points for the winning side. Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for Ventspils. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) scored 18 points to pace Latvian team.
Meanwhile ASK Riga lowered worsened their chances of making it to the next round as they were unable to beat Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria 77:93. The loss saw ASK Riga slipped to 2-4 record at the 5th spot in Group H ladder. Lukoil dominated for the major part of the game as they built a 50:39 advantage at halftime. They got off to a 21:6 run late in the third stanza and never looked back afterwards celebrating their 4th victory at the competition. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) led the home side with 22 points, 14 boards and 9 assists. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) contributed 21 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Aerick Sanders (202-F-82, college: San Diego St.) responded with 22 points for ASK Riga. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) notched 14 points and dished out 7 assists in a loss.


Barons overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 73:69 in EuroCup Qualifying round -by Eurobasket News
Barons overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 73:69 in EuroCup Qualifying round Group D campaign. Having been down 67:65 going into the final minute, Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) gave Barons the necessary advantage. The game however began tightly and only then Barons went on 24:14 lead. Lokomotiv woke up immediately and produced 24:11 in the second to take 38:35 at half-time. Two last quarters belonged to the Latvian team that enjoyed 17:23 in the third and 14:15 in the last. With 63:60 the game got the most interesting part in it. Demetrius Alexander nailed a three to toe the game with a bit more than 3 minutes. It was him again who scored a jump shot to give his team 63:65. Michal Hlebowicki's three showed 67:68 on the board with a minute remaining. And finally Armands Skele (192-G-83)'s free throws in the end of the game brought the first win for Barons. Loncar top-scored for Lokomotiv with 19 points. Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) netted 15 and Anthony Goldwire (186-G-71, college: Houston) scored 12. Demetrius Alexander led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) followed him with 14 points and 5 assists.

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LIGA AMERICAS

Halcones defeat Capitanes -by Gianni Pascucci
Halcone UV Xalapa took an immediate revenge in Day 2 of Liga de la Americas Group B, largely defeating Capitanes de Arecibo 116-86, but Capitanes played conditioned by the absence of Bobby Joe Hatton. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) was the best player on the court with 25 points and 5 rebounds, Kevin Bradley (183-G-78, college: Utah) added 18 pts and Jesus Ramses Benitez (209-C-79) 17 pts and 2 rebs. Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) led Capitanes with 21 pts and veteran Tony Massenburg (206-F-67, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) ended with 12 pts and 10 rebs, but it wasn' t enough.

Tropics rout Fuerza Regia -by Gianni Pascucci
The Miami Tropics made another step toward the qualification to the Liga de las Americas quarterfinals, defeating Fuerza Regia Monterrey 103-88. The Tropics stayed ahead iall the game long, Monterrey managed to come back a little only during the 2nd quarter, when the two teams went to the locker room the score was Miami 44 - Monterrey 42. Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) led the Tropics with 25 points, Terence Shellman (201-F-78) added 18 and Sylbrin Robinson (201-F-80, college: Northeastern) 14. Gerald Williams (190-G-68, college: New Orleans) led all the scorers with 28 pts in losing effort and Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) scored 20 points.

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LITHUANIA

Siauliai challenges Turk Telekom but finally loses in overtime -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Siauliai 102:99 (OT)

Lithuanian Siauliai came up with arguable their best performance in the ULEB Cup edition but still lost their thrilling battle against Turk Telekom at Ataturk Spor Salonu. The defeat means Siauliai are now at 2-4 record and occupy the fourth spot in the ladder. Turkish team improved to 5-1 record and remained just one win behind Joventut in Group A. The visitors got to a better start as Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and Jose Olivero (188-G-85, college: Lehigh) poured in points regularly throughout the first frame. Siauliai led by 6 points after the opening stanza 27:21 and extended the gap early in the second period. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) connected from beyond the arc to make it 30:22 for the visitors. But Turk Telekom reacted with a couple of baskets from Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) as he put the hosts in front 35:32. Baris Ozcan (192-G-80) and Erwin Dudley nailed three-pointers late in the first half and Turk Telekom went into the dressing room up by 4 points 49:45. Jose Olivero refused to step aside as he fired a triple, while Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) added a jumper to keep Siauliai close in the third quarter. The home team led by 6 points heading into the fourth period. But the visitors remained at a striking distance and stepped up late in regulation. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and another trey from Jose Olivero sent game into overtime. There Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) put on a leading role as he drained a three-pointer to give Turk Telekom a 99:96 cushion. Later Khalid El-Amin sank two free throws following a turnover from Antonio Grant and thus shaped up the positive result for the home side.
Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) topscored for Turk Telekom with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Erwin Dudley provided 22 points, while Khalid El-Amin scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Jose Olivero responded with 23 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas had 19 points in defeat. Siauliai will now take on Alba Berlin next week. Turk Telekom will face Bosna away from home.

Turk Telekom: Michael Wright 30+8 boards, Erwin Dudley 22, Khalid El-Amin 15
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 23, Donatas Zavackas 19


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MEXICO

Xalapa, Fuerza Come Up Short in LOA -by Justin Brink
Playing in Miami last night in Group B action of the League of the Americas, the Halcones of Xalapa and Fuerza Regia got tripped up in their opening round matches. In a wild first game, the Halcones tied the Miami Tropics at 91 with less than a second to play in the game as Greg Plummer (193-G-83, college: Eckerd) came out of nowhere for a put back that gave Xalapa another shot at victory in overtime. Click here for more on the LNBP and the LOA.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A : Seferovic to strong for BC Rudar -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club DANILOVGRAD win in game of 8 Round of MNT1A Opportuniuty division agains BC Rudar Pljevlja 87-71.Once again best player of the game was Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) ho score 24 points.Seferovic was in seson 2006/2007 one of best defender of MNT1A league.With this win BC Danilovgrad are new leader in MNT1A Opportunity Division with score 7-1.

MNT1B : BC BUDVA win in Tivat in new derby -by Dragan Scepanovic
Baksetball club Budva win in city of Tivat against BC teodo in the derby game of 8 Round of MNT1B Division 80-69.Once again best player of the game was Filip Goranovic (208-F/C-85) with 21 points and 13 rebounds.Good game play for BC Budva ceneter Susic with 17 points and Kunjic Igor with 12 points, and in team of BC Teodo Vujacic score 21 points and Radonjic 13 points

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NCAA2

Early NCAA D2 Player of the Year Candidates: South Carolina Aiken's Chris Commons! -by Lucius Jones
Coach Nathan Davis of S.Carol.-Aiken brought Chris Common, college: Findlay (OH)) to Head Coach Vince Alexander via Hidden Gems College Recruiting Service last year that was considered a "chance" for an NCAA D2 institution. After being dismissed from #16 Nationally Findlay (OH) due to a minor team rule infraction and having averaged a strong 16ppg 4rpg 1apg 2spg 1bpg 59%FG 40% 3pt during his soph campaign, Chris Common was in search of a new beginning. Well it turns out the only "chance(s)" Head Coach Vince Alexander is taking are the school's first ever National Ranking of #20 last week, an increase in that to #15 currently for the rising program, and a possible NCAA D2 Player of the Year in Chris Common. As his team sits undefeated,Chris Common has amassed an impressive individual statline to say the least. Commons is averaging 27.6ppg 9.4rpg 58%FG 45% 3pt% 1apg 2spg 1bpg currently for S.Carol.-Aiken and looks poised to continue his junior season in similar fashion.

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NCAA3

Arseneault set NCAA record with 34 assists in one single game -by Moritz Korff
A week ago, David Arseneault broke the Grinnell College men's basketball career assists record.

Now he's etched his name in the NCAA record books.

Arseneault shattered the NCAA record for single-game assists regardless of division Saturday afternoon in Grinnell's 151-112 win over North Central University of Minnesota at Darby Gymnasium (see related story on game).

Arseneault dished out 34 assists, breaking the previous mark of 26 established in 1989 by Robert James of NCAA Division III Kean on March 11, 1989. The record in Division II is 25 and the mark in Division I is 22.

Arseneault tied the record with 8:34 to go in the game when he assisted a layup by Keith Chamberlain '08 and broke it at the 7:33 mark on a layup by Kale Knisley '11. In the process, Arseneault also shattered his school assists record of 17 that he shared with Jeff Boyle, as well as the Midwest Conference all-time mark.

"Coming into the game we had a game plan looking to get John Grotberg '09 a lot of points, and maybe me getting the assists record in the process while also getting Keith Chamberlain '08 some points," Arseneault explained. "Everything went well. At halftime we looked at the situation and said we'll give it a further shot, and everything turned out."

Grotberg finished with 49 points with the help of 14 3-pointers, while Chamberlain turned in a strong double-double with 39 points and 14 rebounds. Arseneault himself had 22 points.

Despite knowing he was in range of the record, nerves never played a part for Arseneault. "I really had nothing to be nervous about, because I didn't have to make any shots," Arseneault laughed. "The pressure was on the other guys shooting the ball. They did a great job, not only shooting but getting me the ball so I could hit the open man."

Arseneault knew as the game progressed he was getting close to the record. "They were keeping track on the bench," he said. "Sometimes when a group came on the court they'd tell me how close I was."

Arseneault admits the milestone has not hit him yet. "It hasn't really sunk in," he said. "It's something I'll probably think a lot more about down the road."

Courtesy of http://www.grinnell.edu/athletics/mbasketball/


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NIGERIA

22nd Champions Cup for Men: Respite for Potters, leave in batches -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria representative at the final round of the 22nd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Niger Potters basketball club may have find succour in South Africa Airways as the first batch of ten players' and two officials leave for Huambo enroute Luanda, Angola tonight.

The Minna North Central Nigeria-based team will now join eleven other teams from nine African countries for the continent biggest club championship which dunks-off Thursday in Huambo and Cabinda.

www.fiba-afrique.org reliably gathered that the team is paying more than double what they ought to pay for their flight ticket but are determined to make it to the finals having topped the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers held in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin last month.

The team has to split into two in order to make it to Angola in good time for the final round as they confront Ferroviario de Beira basketball club of Mozambique in group-B opening game few hours after their arrival Thursday in Huambo.

The ten players and two officials in the first party to Angola includes the head coach, Adamu Kuta and team Doctor, Mohammed Yahaya while the players in the advance team are Abubakar Usman, Abubakar Yusuf, Victor Okoro, Sati Paul, Faruk Oyalade, Chigozie Nwoye, Anthony Edache, Stanley Gumut, Emmanuel Dreams and Abdulazeez Yusuf.

Others left behind are expected to jet out Fridays aboard South Africa Airways to arrive Luanda, Angola by 12.15 hours.


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PARAGUAY

Pilar wants to prepare a strong team -by Gianni Pascucci
Local sources told to Latinbasket that the Pilar Basketball Association is working to build a strong team to represent the town in the upcoming Paraguayan National League. Despite having only a young team to compete in the Pilar Regional League 2008, the officials of America de Pilar should complete a deal with a good sponsorization that will allow America to form a team with the best players from Southern Paraguay. The talks are on with Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82), Gustavo Torres (175-G-80), Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74), Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85), Federico Mellone (190-G/F-85), Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76), Victor Villalba (187-G), Romeo Rios (192-F-80) and others. The second option for America is a merge (only for National League) with traditional rivals of 1 de Mayo, to come back successfully in a tournment as the reigning champion (America won the last edition of National League in 2003).

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad and Filiberto in Greece? -by Alessandro Fontana

In Uleb Cup, Besiktas won against Ventspils 84-77. Christian Dalmau played 36 minutes and He scored 9 points (1/8 2pts 1/4 3pts, 4/4 FT) with 3 rebs and 6 assts. Rick Apodaca played 32 minutes with 5 points (1/5 2pts, 1/4 3pts) and 4 rebs. Besiktas is the best team of the Group B with a 6-0 standings.

Turow is also the best team of his group with a 5-1 standings. Turow won in Holland against Eiffeltower Den Bosch 77-70. For Andres Rodriguez 30 minutes with 5pts(1/2 2pts, 0/4 3pts, 3/3 FT) 2 rebs and 3 assts.

RUMORS:

It is more than a rumor, AEK Athens is interested in Filiberto Rivera, "our Boricua" in Naples. It is possible that the playmaker will leave Naples and He will sign in Greece with AEK Athens, one of the most ambitious teams in Greece. In Italy, Filiberto Rivera played 13 games with 10,1 pts per game (48% 2pts, 29% 3pts, 78% FT) 2,3 rebs per game and 3,3 assists per game.

A. Fontana




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ROMANIA

CSU Ploiesti spears up Hanzevast on the road -by Eurobasket News
Hanzevast Capitals - CSU Ploiesti 81:95

Romanian champions CSU Ploiesti claimed the second win in ULEB Cup and breathed new life into their hopes for making it to the next round. The road victory saw CSU Ploiesti improve to 2-4 record but they are two wins away from Hemofarm and Galatasaray that share the second spot. The Capitals meanwhile fell to 1-5 record at the bottom of the standings.
Dutch team was the first to take initiative as Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) was consistent in the opening frame. He finished the first term with 13 points to keep the hosts in front 19:17. The situation remained close in the second stanza as Guido Gruenheid continued to pace the home side but his effort was well-matched by Romanian players. CSU Ploiesti managed to surge ahead and enjoyed a 40:38 advantage at halftime. The gap did not grow substantially for the visitors in the third quarter but still they were able to enlarge the cushion to 6 points 63:57 heading into the fourth period. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) opened the final stanza with 4 consecutive points for CSU Ploiesti to lift them to a 10-point lead. The Capitals struggled to cut the margin and Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) sealed the victory with his 4-point play with under a minute to go in the game.
Arvydas Cepulis provided 21 points and 8 rebounds in a winning effort. Alexander DeAngelo had 14 points and 7 rebounds for CSU Ploiesti. Guido Gruenheid scored game-high 22 points for the home team. Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, college: Siena) delivered 16 points in the 5th loss for the Capitals. CSU Ploiesti shot 57% from the field, while limiting the hosts to 35% accuracy. They also outrebounded Hanzevast 39:31 en route to the victory.
CSU Ploiesti will next host Charleroi on December 18. Hanzevast will travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray.

Hanzevast: Guido Gruenheid 22, Dwayne Archbold 16
CSU Ploiesti: Arvydas Cepulis 21, Alexander DeAngelo 14, Reggie Elliott 13


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RUSSIA

Two victories and two upsets in EuroCup for Russian squads -by Eurobasket News
CSK-VVS Samara started their EuroCup Qualifying Round campaign with a 94:82 win over Lappeenranta.Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) led the way with 34 points, while Green supplied the support with 26. The game remained tough till the end of it, while Samara used a 10-0 run to build a good advantage.
Ural Great destroyed Ukrainian Cherkaski Mavpy 72:101 in Ukraine. By the end of the first quarter Russian squad led 24:11 and at half-time their advantage was 53:29. Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Wright nailed 16 points, while Wisniewski ended up with 15.

Croatian Zagreb upset Spartak St Petersburg 80:76 in Group C of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) led Croatians with 19 points and 7 assists. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) ended up with 22 points and Damir Markota collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. It was Smith who knocked down a 12-0 run for a 50:40 Spartak advantage. The second half however belonged to the visitors that grabbed the first win.

Barons overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 73:69 in Rostov that was probably a sensational result for Russian teams. Having been down 67:65 going into the final minute, Marcal Hlebowicki and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) gave Barons the advantage. The game however began tightly and only then Barons went on 24:14 lead. Lokomotiv woke up immediately and produced 24:11 in the second to take 38:35 at half-time. Two last quarters belonged to the Latvian team that enjoyed 17:23 in the third and 14:15 in the last. Skele's free throws in the end of the game brought the first win for Barons. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) top-scored for Lokomotiv with 19 points. Kommatos netted 15 and Goldwire scored 12. Demetrius Alexander led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Gustas followed him with 14 points and 5 assists.


Khimky can not stop winning -by Eurobasket News
Khimky clinched their 6th straight victory at the ULEB Cup extending their spectacular winning run at the tournament. This time Khimky had to withstand desperate comeback efforts from French Nancy to secure an 80:77 road win yesterday. Nancy led by a single point after the first quarter 24:23 but Khimky crowned the first half with a 7:0 run and grabbed a 47:38 lead at halftime. The visitors led throughout the whole second half despite impressive efforts from Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown). He scored 7 consecutive points for Nancy to pull them within one point 77:78 with just over a minute remaining. Veremeenko was perfect from free throw line to extend the margin to three points. Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) and Mike Bauer (203-F-81, college: Minnesota) attempted to force overtime but their long jumpers went off mark. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) led the winners with 18 points. Veremeenko had 11 points, while Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) and Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) scored 9 points each for Russian team. Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) netted 20 points and pulled down 9 boards for Nancy. Victor Samnick ensured 13 points and 8 rebounds as Nancy fell to 3-3 record.
Dynamo Moscow suffered a stunning defeat in Italy as Upim upset them 81:62. Upim exchanged the blows with the visitors early in the game but soon took over control and looked pretty confident en route to the 3rd win in the Cup. Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson) contributed 27 points for Italian side. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) and Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) nailed 12 points apiece for Bologna. Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) answered with 13 points for Dynamo, while Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) managed 11 points in the second loss for Moscow team.
Unics Kazan continued to struggle at the competition as they recorded the 4th loss falling short to Zadar in Croatia. It was close battle but the hosts got to an 8:0 start of the third frame that allowed them to claim a 10-point advantage that they never gave away. The victory lifted Zadar to 3-3 record and the second spot in Group I standings. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) and Jure Lalic (212-C-86) paced the home team with 13 points apiece. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) had 13 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) produced 10 points and 13 boards in a losing clause.
Triumph improved to 5-1 record in Group E as they nipped Buducnost 75:65 at home court. Buducnost played a solid piece of ball game as they were up by 1 point after three quarters of action. But Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) and later Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) lifted the home side to a 10-point advantage and they maintained at the dying stages of the encounter. Ognjen Askrabic was the topscorer for Triumph with 15 points. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) tallied 14 points in a win. Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) sank 16 points for Buducnost.


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SEA GAMES

Indonesia eases past Cambodia -by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Cambodia 98:57

Indonesian National team overcame Cambodia in their last encounter at SEA Games in Thailand and completed the campaign with 3-1 record. Cambodia also wrapped up their competition run suffering the 4th straight victory and occupying the last spot in the ladder. Indonesia secured the second spot in the standings losing the only matchup to the best team at the tournament - Philippines.
Indonesia dominated the game leading from the start. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) paced the team as he was consistent throughout the first half and Indonesia easily cleared off to a comfortable distance. They piled up a 14-point advantage after 10 minutes of action and later extended the gap to as many as 35 points at halftime. The third term did not bring much relief for Cambodia as they struggled offensively and Indonesia capitalized accumulating massive 44-point cushion. Finally the shots started to drop for Cambodia as their opponents loosened up their defensive barricades in the fourth period. Cambodia outscored Indonesia 24:20 in the final quarter but it had little impact of the final scoreline.
Amin Prihantono poured in 22 points for Indonesia. Faisal Ahmad (180-G-81) scored 15 points, while Mario Wuysang (177-G-79, college: Z*Ft.Wayne F.) had 13 points for the winners. Toun Sopeen (180-F/G-85) once again proved his excellent form with massive 39 points, 16 boards and 6 steals for Cambodia. Puthrothna Monh (180-G-81) added 12 points in the 4th straight defeat for Cambodia. Indonesia dominated virtually every aspect of ball game. They outrebounded their counterparts 45:36 and forced those 32 turnovers. Cambodia sank just 26% from the field and 68% from free throw line.

Indonesia: Amin Prihantono 22, Faisal Ahmad 15, Mario Wuysang 13
Cambodia: Toun Sopeen 39+16 boards, Puthrothna Monh 12


Philippines clinch the SEA Games title -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Malaysia 108:60

Philippines claimed the 24th SEA Games title today as they beat Malaysia for the third straight victory. Philippines on their 3rd consecutive game at the tournament and became unattainable for any other squad in the ladder. They looked undoubtedly the best team during the Games and deservedly picked the trophy. This game turned out to be another spectacular display of Filipino team well-balanced game. All 12 players on the roster appeared on the court and posted points in an overwhelming victory. Seven players scored in double figures to lead Philippines. Filipino players build an insurmountable 23-point advantage at halftime. They extended the gap to huge 43 points heading into the fourth period and sealed the win in the dying stages. Al Vergara (173-G-79) topscored for the winners with 14 points. Jeffri Chan (191-F-83) and Allan Salansang (196-F-76) contributed 12 points apiece for Philippines. Chee Li Wei (198-F/C-83) answered with 12 points for Malaysia. Cheong Yow Keen (178-G-84) had 10 points as Malaysia fell to 2-2 record in the ladder. Filipino players outrebounded their opponents 43:26 and forced those to 19 turnovers. They shot 51% of field goals, while Malaysia were limited to 39% accuracy. Philippines are scheduled to complete their campaign tomorrow against hosting Thailand. The game will be played at the Keelapirom Stadium and will wrap up the men's competition.

Philippines: Al Vergara 14, Jeffri Chan 12, Allan Salansang 12
Malaysia: Chee Li Wei 12, Cheong Yow Keen 10


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SERBIA

Hemofarm STADA and FMP won, shocking defeat for Crvena Zvezda in ULEB Cup -by Dragan Jankovski
After win against Olimpija Ljubljana and ending of black series of nine consecutive defeats, FMP celebrated once again this time against Ovarense Aerosoles on the road 80-70 so Panthers currently has score 2-4 while Ovarense is winless yet. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) and Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners scoring 18 points each while Labovic had 12 more rebounds. Ovarense got 14 points and 6 assists from Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan).

Hemofarm STADA grabbed the very important road win over their direct rival in the battle for the next stage Spirou Charleroi 78-64. Team from Vrsac played wonderful first quarter and went on the half time having advantage of 16 points what was unreachable for Charleroi until the end. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the best for the winners adding 22 points and 6 rebounds while on the other side Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for Charleroi. Hemofarm currently has 4 wins and 2 defeats while the team from Belgium has 2-4.

Crvena Zvezda suffered 22-points shocking defeat at home against CEZ Nymburk 74-96 and dropped to 4-2 score. Hosts had a chance twice when they came closer, first time on 31-32 and later on 52-56, but they hadn't enough power last night to make a turn. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed 23 points for Nymburk. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) posted 15 points for Zvezda. Czech team has score 3-3 after six rounds. After the game Zvezda's head coach Stevan Karadzic was very disappointed because his players were too inactive and didn't show 50% percent of their capabilities during the entire game.


Ovarense Aerosoles - FMP 70-80
(17-17,13-20,17-20,23-23)

Ovarense Aerosoles:
Reed 14 (6 as), Henry 14, Stempin 10 (6 rebs, 4 st)
FMP: Labovic 18 (12 rebs), Erceg 18 (5 rebs), Micic 13


Spirou Charleroi - Hemofarm STADA 64-78
(11-21,18-24,15-18,20-15)

Spirou Charleroi:
Darden 13 (5 rebs), Matela 12 (7 rebs), Riddick 10 (8 rebs)
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 22 (6 rebs), Jagodnik 13 (6 rebs), Pavkovic 10


Crvena Zvezda - CEZ Nymburk 74-96
(19-26,19-22,23-23,13-25)

CEZ Nymburk:
Rancik 23, Lee 18, Mack 16 (8 assists)
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 15, Cook 12 (6 assists), Kovac 12


Lower leagues - round 10 -by Nenad Ilijev

First B League
Round 10


Vujic Metalac - Vrbas 88-79 (Marojevic 19 - Gagovic 22)
Proleter Naftagas - Crnokosa 88-83 (Dzeverdanovic 21 - Micevic 18)
FMP 2 - Zeleznicar 101-75 (Dimic 17, Subotic 16 - Cupkovic 25)
Sloboda - Vojvodina Zlatiborac 94-104 OT (Ljubojevic 37 - Hajdukovic 17)
Tamis Petrohemija - Beovuk 72 86-64 (Mihajlovic 26 - Bulatovic 15)
Beograd - Kotez Bambi 93-78 (Bojovic 18, Mitrovic 18 - Djordjevic 22)
Kikinda - Prva Petoletka 90-63 (Cubrilo 26 - Milosevic 20)


First Serbian League - North
Round 10

Topola - Sport Key 65-88 (Grabovickic 16 - Savic 37, Ivosev 17)
Grocka - Partizan 2 60-81 (Maksimovic 13 - Riznic 20, Vlahovic 18)
Radnicki (Bg) - Superfund BP 87-90 (Bjelica D. 29 - Djuric 28)
Zemun Lasta - FKL Temerin 90-78 (Petric 16 - Samojlovic 14, Grahovac 14)
Polet Keramika - Radnicki (Ob) 73-80
Viva Basket - Spartak 78-60
Srem - Mladost (Ze) 87-105 (Popadic 19 - Jankovic 27, Krusevac 20)


First Serbian League - South
Round 10

Novi Pazar - Goc 101-59 (Latifovic 29, Hadzeric 19 - Barlov 16)
Jablanica - Nis 87-78 (Bubalo 24, Denic 19 - Stojev 15)
Bor RTB - Pirot 94-73 (Rasic 22 - Todorovic 14)
Maraton Atlantik - Mladost (Za) 90-67 (Pavlovic 24 - Veljkovic 27)
Krusevac - Svilajnac Kompo 89-82 (Misic 27 - Mandic 34, Lalovic 27)
Mladost (Ca) - Zlatibor 90-76 (Dukanac 25 - Bogojevic 16, Pantovic 16)
Napredak Maksi-Ko - Prokuplje 79-74 (Petrovic 18 - Krsmanovic 30)



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SLOVENIA

Smodis will undergo thumb surgery -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian NT member Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow will have surgery till end of the week in his injuried left thumb. He will be sidelined at least three months.

Kraski zidar replaces coach -by Zeljko Zule

Tomo Krasevec stepped down as coach of Kraski zidar Jadran due a bad results (2-7) to be replaced by Croatian Drazen Brajkovic . .



Cebular moves to Spain, Antonijevic joins Azovmash, Petrov is a free agent -by Zeljko Zule
Spanish team Beirasar Rosalia (Adecco LEB Oro League) inked NT member Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) for 15 days with and option to extend the agreement till end of the season.
Marko Antonijevic (190-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) has left ASK Riga to join Azovmash.
Former NT member Simon Petrov (191-G-76) and Italian team Air Avellino parted ways.


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SPAIN

Jermaine Turner to Tijola -by Jay
Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) has decided to leave Team Merry Monk Ballina (SuperLeague South) after the weekend's Cup action. He has already signed a contract in Spain with C.B. Grupo Promobys Tijola (LEB-Bronze)

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SWITZERLAND

Fribourg unable to close on leaders -by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Fribourg 58:50

Swiss Benetton Fribourg lost their ULEB Cup 6th round encounter against Antwerp Giants. The loss saw Benetton drop to 3-3 record in Group E. The Giants meanwhile improved to 2-4 record in the ladder. Swiss team got to a better start and led at halftime. But hosts desperate for a victory played some first class basketball after the main break and celebrated an important win at the end. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the starting quarter with the scoreline tied at 14 after 10 minutes of action. But Pascal Perrier-David (184-G-75) nailed straight triples to surge Fribourg ahead early in the second term. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) added another one as Benetton maintained the lead and found themselves up by 9 points at halftime 33:24. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) hit one more three-pointer early in the third period as Fribourg cleared off to a 12-point distance. However the scoring rally dried up for Swiss side and Antwerp capitalized firing an 11:1 run. The Giants regained the lead and entered the fourth period leading by a single point. The outcome seemed to be decided in the dying seconds as teams kept it close but the hosts had different opinion. Thomas Lamont scored 5 quick points as Antwerp ran away with 9 consecutive points and ensured the winning result at the end.
Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) scored 15 points for Antwerp. Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) netted 9 points and grabbed 7 boards for the winners. Pascal Perrier-David responded with 11 points for Fribourg. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum) had 10 points in the third loss for Benetton.
Fribourg will next take on Gmunden in a key matchup in Switzerland. Antwerp will play against Buducnost away from home.

Antwerp: Brandon Gay 15, Ian Hanavan 9, Kris Sergeant (193-G/F-78) 8
Fribourg: Pascal Perrier-David 11, Douglas Tshomba 10


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TBL

Texas Basketball League Schedules A Major Press Conference -by Benjamin Brinkley
12-December-2007
Arlington, TX -- The Texas Basketball League announced today that there will be a press conference to introduce the league's owner, Benjamin Brinkley. The Philadelphia native will be answering media questions regarding the upcoming 2008 season.

"The Texas Basketball League is the official semi-pro basketball league of Texas," says Brinkley. "The league is designed to present an opportunity for young men, ages 18 through 25, to play semi-pro basketball in the state of Texas."

The Texas Basketball League is in its forth year and scheduled to begin play in Jnauary 2008 in local cities. The league has 8 teams and some of the top basketball talent across the state and in the country. The couching staff is made of the top high school and collegiate coaches in the state of Texas and across the country.

The press conference will be held Saturday, December 28th at 1pm in Frisco, Texas in league home office. Media press kits and league schedules information will be available at the tryouts.

For more information email the owner: benjaminbrinkley_tbl@yahoo.com call the league office at (817) 803-3588, or visit http://www.usbasket.com/tbl/tbl.asp.


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U.KINGDOM

Guildford Heat loses 6th straight in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Guildford Heat - KK Bosna 85:98

Guildford Heat was not able to post the initial victory at the ULEB Cup tournament as they fell short to Bosna at home. It was the 6th consecutive loss for English team at the tournament and they remained at the bottom of the ladder in Group A. Bosna meanwhile climbed to 2-4 record and stayed at the 4th spot. The visitors kept their hopes to qualify into the next round glowing as they drove to a difficult road win at the Guilford Spectrum. Quemont Greer (201-F/G-81, college: De Paul) scored quick five points for Bosna to keep them ahead early in the game. But Michael Martin (200-F-74) connected from afar and Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) added a jumper as the hosts would not drop behind. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) drained a three-pointer to cap the first quarter as the Heat trailed by one point 23:24. Guildford surged ahead early in the second stanza as Daniel Gilbert provided 4 points. Michael Martin came up with 8 points and the home side rushed in front 44:33. Bosna cut the margin to 6 points at halftime 40:46. But Tony Dorsey knocked down 4 points and to open a 12-point lead for Guildford at the start of the third quarter. Bosna would never surrender as Jeremy Veal (191-G-76, college: Arizona St.) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) netted straight treys to close the gap. Bosna were behind by just 2 points 64:66 after three quarters of action. However Bosna emerged aggressive in the fourth period as they posted a 14:2 rally to clear off to a 85:72 distance. Daniel Gilbert chipped in two consecutive triples to make it 85:78. But the visitors got a tight grip on the advantage and celebrated their second win at the competition.
Lance Williams led the visitors with 28 points and 6 boards. Quemont Greer contributed 18 points and 6 boards, while Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) scored 16 points for the winners. Daniel Gilbert poured in 28 points for Guilford. Tony Dorsey delivered 24 points in defeat. The Heat converted solid 50% from the field, but Bosna shot even better knocking down 61% of field goals.
Guilford Heat will next take on Joventut in Spain. Bosna will clash with Turk Telekom in a must-win home matchup.

Guildford: Daniel Gilbert 28, Tony Dorsey 24
Bosna: Lance Williams 28, Quemont Greer 18, Bryan Bailey 16


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

A trio to be listed as "common" -by David Edole

Virgin Islands National team member: Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL), Jameel Heywood (198-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Oklahoma) and Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) were included today in drawings of "common players" in the Superior Basketball League (BSN).

All three have played in past tournaments on the island as an import or as replacement players.

Richards debuted in 1999 with los Gallitos de Isabela and again in 2005 and was one of the better rebounders and shot blockers in the league. Presently Richards is playing with the Miami Tropics of the Americas League. Brasil, Venezuela, Turkey and Ukraine have been stops in Richard's career.

Sheppard appeared in the BSN in 2004 with Isabela, Guaynabo (2006) and Coamo (2007). Sheppard also has a wealth of international experience with stints in Israel, Argentina and Venezuela.

Finally, Heywood, a graduate of Oklahoma, made his debut in 2001 with los Leones de Ponce. Heywood also suited up with Arecibo, Carolina and Isabela. Heywood also has a wealth of international experience stemming from play in Chile, Uruguay, Poland, Argentina and Venezuela.

The drafting of “Common players” will be carried out January 19 and each team has the right to choose an athlete.

This will be the first time that this type of player imported, to which the BSN calls "Common", will participate in the Puerto Rican tournament.



HIGH SCHOOL ABROAD

Boyd Anderson 76, Coconut Creek 33: Senior 6-7 forward Ivan Aska had a game-high 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Cobras cruised.

CCreek: Frye 8, Fleurima 6, Desamour 2, Covin 4, Fortune 2, Berry 2, D. Williams 9. BA (7-1): B. Bynes 10, Davis 2, Irving 11, Gaines 14, Mills 8, Smith 8, Davin 2, Elliott 3, Aska 18. Halftime: BA 37-18. Three-pointers: B. Bynes 1, Williams 1. Rebounds: Aska 17. Assists: Davis 5. Steals: Flood 5.



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ULEB CUP

Fribourg unable to close on leaders -by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Fribourg 58:50

Swiss Benetton Fribourg lost their ULEB Cup 6th round encounter against Antwerp Giants. The loss saw Benetton drop to 3-3 record in Group E. The Giants meanwhile improved to 2-4 record in the ladder. Swiss team got to a better start and led at halftime. But hosts desperate for a victory played some first class basketball after the main break and celebrated an important win at the end. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the starting quarter with the scoreline tied at 14 after 10 minutes of action. But Pascal Perrier-David (184-G-75) nailed straight triples to surge Fribourg ahead early in the second term. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) added another one as Benetton maintained the lead and found themselves up by 9 points at halftime 33:24. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) hit one more three-pointer early in the third period as Fribourg cleared off to a 12-point distance. However the scoring rally dried up for Swiss side and Antwerp capitalized firing an 11:1 run. The Giants regained the lead and entered the fourth period leading by a single point. The outcome seemed to be decided in the dying seconds as teams kept it close but the hosts had different opinion. Thomas Lamont scored 5 quick points as Antwerp ran away with 9 consecutive points and ensured the winning result at the end.
Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) scored 15 points for Antwerp. Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) netted 9 points and grabbed 7 boards for the winners. Pascal Perrier-David responded with 11 points for Fribourg. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum) had 10 points in the third loss for Benetton.
Fribourg will next take on Gmunden in a key matchup in Switzerland. Antwerp will play against Buducnost away from home.

Antwerp: Brandon Gay 15, Ian Hanavan 9, Kris Sergeant (193-G/F-78) 8
Fribourg: Pascal Perrier-David 11, Douglas Tshomba 10


Guildford Heat loses 6th straight in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Guildford Heat - KK Bosna 85:98

Guildford Heat was not able to post the initial victory at the ULEB Cup tournament as they fell short to Bosna at home. It was the 6th consecutive loss for English team at the tournament and they remained at the bottom of the ladder in Group A. Bosna meanwhile climbed to 2-4 record and stayed at the 4th spot. The visitors kept their hopes to qualify into the next round glowing as they drove to a difficult road win at the Guilford Spectrum. Quemont Greer (201-F/G-81, college: De Paul) scored quick five points for Bosna to keep them ahead early in the game. But Michael Martin (200-F-74) connected from afar and Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) added a jumper as the hosts would not drop behind. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) drained a three-pointer to cap the first quarter as the Heat trailed by one point 23:24. Guildford surged ahead early in the second stanza as Daniel Gilbert provided 4 points. Michael Martin came up with 8 points and the home side rushed in front 44:33. Bosna cut the margin to 6 points at halftime 40:46. But Tony Dorsey knocked down 4 points and to open a 12-point lead for Guildford at the start of the third quarter. Bosna would never surrender as Jeremy Veal (191-G-76, college: Arizona St.) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) netted straight treys to close the gap. Bosna were behind by just 2 points 64:66 after three quarters of action. However Bosna emerged aggressive in the fourth period as they posted a 14:2 rally to clear off to a 85:72 distance. Daniel Gilbert chipped in two consecutive triples to make it 85:78. But the visitors got a tight grip on the advantage and celebrated their second win at the competition.
Lance Williams led the visitors with 28 points and 6 boards. Quemont Greer contributed 18 points and 6 boards, while Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) scored 16 points for the winners. Daniel Gilbert poured in 28 points for Guilford. Tony Dorsey delivered 24 points in defeat. The Heat converted solid 50% from the field, but Bosna shot even better knocking down 61% of field goals.
Guilford Heat will next take on Joventut in Spain. Bosna will clash with Turk Telekom in a must-win home matchup.

Guildford: Daniel Gilbert 28, Tony Dorsey 24
Bosna: Lance Williams 28, Quemont Greer 18, Bryan Bailey 16


Siauliai challenges Turk Telekom but finally loses in overtime -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Siauliai 102:99 (OT)

Lithuanian Siauliai came up with arguable their best performance in the ULEB Cup edition but still lost their thrilling battle against Turk Telekom at Ataturk Spor Salonu. The defeat means Siauliai are now at 2-4 record and occupy the fourth spot in the ladder. Turkish team improved to 5-1 record and remained just one win behind Joventut in Group A. The visitors got to a better start as Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and Jose Olivero (188-G-85, college: Lehigh) poured in points regularly throughout the first frame. Siauliai led by 6 points after the opening stanza 27:21 and extended the gap early in the second period. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) connected from beyond the arc to make it 30:22 for the visitors. But Turk Telekom reacted with a couple of baskets from Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) as he put the hosts in front 35:32. Baris Ozcan (192-G-80) and Erwin Dudley nailed three-pointers late in the first half and Turk Telekom went into the dressing room up by 4 points 49:45. Jose Olivero refused to step aside as he fired a triple, while Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) added a jumper to keep Siauliai close in the third quarter. The home team led by 6 points heading into the fourth period. But the visitors remained at a striking distance and stepped up late in regulation. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and another trey from Jose Olivero sent game into overtime. There Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) put on a leading role as he drained a three-pointer to give Turk Telekom a 99:96 cushion. Later Khalid El-Amin sank two free throws following a turnover from Antonio Grant and thus shaped up the positive result for the home side.
Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) topscored for Turk Telekom with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Erwin Dudley provided 22 points, while Khalid El-Amin scored 15 points and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Jose Olivero responded with 23 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas had 19 points in defeat. Siauliai will now take on Alba Berlin next week. Turk Telekom will face Bosna away from home.

Turk Telekom: Michael Wright 30+8 boards, Erwin Dudley 22, Khalid El-Amin 15
Siauliai: Jose Olivero 23, Donatas Zavackas 19


Khimky can not stop winning -by Eurobasket News
Khimky clinched their 6th straight victory at the ULEB Cup extending their spectacular winning run at the tournament. This time Khimky had to withstand desperate comeback efforts from French Nancy to secure an 80:77 road win yesterday. Nancy led by a single point after the first quarter 24:23 but Khimky crowned the first half with a 7:0 run and grabbed a 47:38 lead at halftime. The visitors led throughout the whole second half despite impressive efforts from Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown). He scored 7 consecutive points for Nancy to pull them within one point 77:78 with just over a minute remaining. Veremeenko was perfect from free throw line to extend the margin to three points. Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) and Mike Bauer (203-F-81, college: Minnesota) attempted to force overtime but their long jumpers went off mark. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) led the winners with 18 points. Veremeenko had 11 points, while Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) and Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) scored 9 points each for Russian team. Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) netted 20 points and pulled down 9 boards for Nancy. Victor Samnick ensured 13 points and 8 rebounds as Nancy fell to 3-3 record.
Dynamo Moscow suffered a stunning defeat in Italy as Upim upset them 81:62. Upim exchanged the blows with the visitors early in the game but soon took over control and looked pretty confident en route to the 3rd win in the Cup. Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson) contributed 27 points for Italian side. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) and Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) nailed 12 points apiece for Bologna. Milos Vujanic (190-G-80) answered with 13 points for Dynamo, while Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) managed 11 points in the second loss for Moscow team.
Unics Kazan continued to struggle at the competition as they recorded the 4th loss falling short to Zadar in Croatia. It was close battle but the hosts got to an 8:0 start of the third frame that allowed them to claim a 10-point advantage that they never gave away. The victory lifted Zadar to 3-3 record and the second spot in Group I standings. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) and Jure Lalic (212-C-86) paced the home team with 13 points apiece. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) had 13 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) produced 10 points and 13 boards in a losing clause.
Triumph improved to 5-1 record in Group E as they nipped Buducnost 75:65 at home court. Buducnost played a solid piece of ball game as they were up by 1 point after three quarters of action. But Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) and later Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) lifted the home side to a 10-point advantage and they maintained at the dying stages of the encounter. Ognjen Askrabic was the topscorer for Triumph with 15 points. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) tallied 14 points in a win. Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) sank 16 points for Buducnost.


CSU Ploiesti spears up Hanzevast on the road -by Eurobasket News
Hanzevast Capitals - CSU Ploiesti 81:95

Romanian champions CSU Ploiesti claimed the second win in ULEB Cup and breathed new life into their hopes for making it to the next round. The road victory saw CSU Ploiesti improve to 2-4 record but they are two wins away from Hemofarm and Galatasaray that share the second spot. The Capitals meanwhile fell to 1-5 record at the bottom of the standings.
Dutch team was the first to take initiative as Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) was consistent in the opening frame. He finished the first term with 13 points to keep the hosts in front 19:17. The situation remained close in the second stanza as Guido Gruenheid continued to pace the home side but his effort was well-matched by Romanian players. CSU Ploiesti managed to surge ahead and enjoyed a 40:38 advantage at halftime. The gap did not grow substantially for the visitors in the third quarter but still they were able to enlarge the cushion to 6 points 63:57 heading into the fourth period. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) opened the final stanza with 4 consecutive points for CSU Ploiesti to lift them to a 10-point lead. The Capitals struggled to cut the margin and Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) sealed the victory with his 4-point play with under a minute to go in the game.
Arvydas Cepulis provided 21 points and 8 rebounds in a winning effort. Alexander DeAngelo had 14 points and 7 rebounds for CSU Ploiesti. Guido Gruenheid scored game-high 22 points for the home team. Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, college: Siena) delivered 16 points in the 5th loss for the Capitals. CSU Ploiesti shot 57% from the field, while limiting the hosts to 35% accuracy. They also outrebounded Hanzevast 39:31 en route to the victory.
CSU Ploiesti will next host Charleroi on December 18. Hanzevast will travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray.

Hanzevast: Guido Gruenheid 22, Dwayne Archbold 16
CSU Ploiesti: Arvydas Cepulis 21, Alexander DeAngelo 14, Reggie Elliott 13


Hemofarm STADA and FMP won, shocking defeat for Crvena Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
After win against Olimpija Ljubljana and ending of black series of nine consecutive defeats, FMP celebrated once again this time against Ovarense Aerosoles on the road 80-70 so Panthers currently has score 2-4 while Ovarense is winless yet. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) and Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners scoring 18 points each while Labovic had 12 more rebounds. Ovarense got 14 points and 6 assists from Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan).

Hemofarm STADA grabbed the very important road win over their direct rival in the battle for the next stage Spirou Charleroi 78-64. Team from Vrsac played wonderful first quarter and went on the half time having advantage of 16 points what was unreachable for Charleroi until the end. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the best for the winners adding 22 points and 6 rebounds while on the other side Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for Charleroi. Hemofarm currently has 4 wins and 2 defeats while the team from Belgium has 2-4.

Crvena Zvezda suffered 22-points shocking defeat at home against CEZ Nymburk 74-96 and dropped to 4-2 score. Hosts had a chance twice when they came closer, first time on 31-32 and later on 52-56, but they hadn't enough power last night to make a turn. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed 23 points for Nymburk. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) posted 15 points for Zvezda. Czech team has score 3-3 after six rounds. After the game Zvezda's head coach Stevan Karadzic was very disappointed because his players were too inactive and didn't show 50% percent of their capabilities during the entire game.


Ovarense Aerosoles - FMP 70-80
(17-17,13-20,17-20,23-23)

Ovarense Aerosoles:
Reed 14 (6 as), Henry 14, Stempin 10 (6 rebs, 4 st)
FMP: Labovic 18 (12 rebs), Erceg 18 (5 rebs), Micic 13


Spirou Charleroi - Hemofarm STADA 64-78
(11-21,18-24,15-18,20-15)

Spirou Charleroi:
Darden 13 (5 rebs), Matela 12 (7 rebs), Riddick 10 (8 rebs)
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 22 (6 rebs), Jagodnik 13 (6 rebs), Pavkovic 10


Crvena Zvezda - CEZ Nymburk 74-96
(19-26,19-22,23-23,13-25)

CEZ Nymburk:
Rancik 23, Lee 18, Mack 16 (8 assists)
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 15, Cook 12 (6 assists), Kovac 12


No rejoicing as both Latvian teams fall short in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
It was not a lucky day for Latvian basketball in ULEB Cup as both Ventspils and ASK Riga were defeated in the 6th round of action. Ventspils faced a tough challenge as they travelled to Turkey to take on Group B leaders Besiktas. The game proved to be a real thriller with both sides fighting desperately for a positive result. But Besiktas used the help of the home crowd to surge ahead and secure a 84:77 victory in extra period.
Besiktas led comfortably 41:29 at halftime but Ventspils performed some heroics to revive in the second half. Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) converted a three-point play with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to put Ventspils up by 2 points 65:63. But Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) sank a jumper to force overtime. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down some important baskets in overtime and Besiktas finally reached their 6th straight success at the tournament. Ventspils fell to 4-2 record in the second spot in Group B. Kaya Peker topscored for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Shumpert added 23 points for the winning side. Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for Ventspils. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) scored 18 points to pace Latvian team.
Meanwhile ASK Riga lowered worsened their chances of making it to the next round as they were unable to beat Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria 77:93. The loss saw ASK Riga slipped to 2-4 record at the 5th spot in Group H ladder. Lukoil dominated for the major part of the game as they built a 50:39 advantage at halftime. They got off to a 21:6 run late in the third stanza and never looked back afterwards celebrating their 4th victory at the competition. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) led the home side with 22 points, 14 boards and 9 assists. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) contributed 21 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Aerick Sanders (202-F-82, college: San Diego St.) responded with 22 points for ASK Riga. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) notched 14 points and dished out 7 assists in a loss.


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URUGUAY

The Venezuelan Sucre will play the LUB -by Hector Lopez
The Venezuelan Axier Sucre (198-F-78) will join Union Atletica to play the second stage of the LUB, the team announced. Sucre will replace Dainmon Gonner and will be arriving in the next hours. The scond stage will begin next Friday with the eight best teams after a clasification round.

Andrew Bryant inked with Atenas -by Hector Lopez
Andrew Bryant (201-F-82, college: St.Ambrose) was signed for a trial period with Atenas, the team announced today. Atenas is one of the eight teams to play the second stage of the LUB. Briant , who will arrive today to play on Friday against Welcome, is replacin Morris Hall.



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Women News

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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Wednesday results after 6 round in qualify round -by Iva Ivanova
Group A
MKB Euroleasing - ESB Lille Metropole 65-61 (21-20, 17-15, 12-17, 15-9) Tonight MKB Euroleasing had a chance
to win against tought opponent. Key-player Olexandra Gorbunova scored 14 points and wins 11 rebounds to lead MKB Euroleasing to a 65-61 home win over ESB Lille Metropole in EuroLeague. Karolyi added 12, Semsei 11 points. For the opponents serbian forward Ljubica Drljaca scored 17 points. Double-double made Roberts - 13 points and 10 rebounds. MKB Euroleasing showed better percentage in all the categories including field goals (50.0% vs 48.8%), three-pointers (22.2% vs 17.6%) and free throws (78.9% vs 66.7%). The next game Hungarian team will play on December 19th against Turkish Fenerbahce.

In other game in Group A, TTT Riga lost home game from CSKA Moskow 56-87 (14-20, 12-22, 15-22, 15-23).
This is 6th victory for the Russian team. Center Iciss Tillis had 17 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, while guard Elina Babkina scored 11 points and Santa Dreimane added 10 for the Latvians. For Russian team Rebecca Lynn Hammon scored 20 poinst, Ann Wauters added 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Maria Stepanva has 14 points and 15 rebounds. CSKA have better percentage in most of the categories including field goals (50.9% vs 33.3%), three-pointers (45.0% vs 38.9%). Latvians have free throws 75.0% vs 54.5%. The next game Latvians will play on December 19th against ESB Lille Metropole.

In group B today was 3 hard battles. Wisla Can-Pack beat Halcon Avenida in Krakow 80-72 (21-24, 24-12, 16-14, 19-22)
and once again remain their team power. Absolut leader was Marta Fernandes with 30 points, Jelena Scerovic added 16. For their opponents Anna Montanana added 19, while Alessanra Santos added 15. Wisla Can-Pack showed better percentage in all the categories including field goals (51.2% vs 46.9%), three-pointers (41.2% vs 33.3%) and free throws
(78.9% vs 52.4%). The next game Polish team will face on December 20th against UMMC Ekaterinburg.

USK Praha losing home game to UMMC Ekaterinburg 72-81(21-17, 21-24, 15-24, 15-16). The Russians remain well with sandrine Gruda, pouring in 19 points and grabbing six rebounds for the Russians. She had hard support from Penny Taylor, who added 17 points and 6 rebounds, while their teammate Deanna Nolan (16) and Asjha Jones (10) also hit double figures. For Check team Lindsay Whalen finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. USK Praha - UMMC Ekaterinburg field goals (33.3% vs 46.6%), three-pointers (36.4% vs 38.0%) and free throws
(56.0% vs 83.3%). The next game Check team will face on December 19th against Burges Basket. Bourges Basket resurrected their hopes with a 74-64 win over Jolly JBS Sibenik tonight. Both teams are now 2-4 in Group B and will need a strong finish to progress to the last 16.

Sonja Kireta scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to give the visitors from a much-needed win. Endene Miyem added 16 for winners. Jessika Dickson scored 17 for Sibenik. Next game for Croatian team in qualifiyng round will be on on December 19th against Halcon Avenida.


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HUNGARY - Women

Round 10 - Uniqa NB1/A -by Adam Patonay

Savaria BC Szombathely - BSE 47:103
(8:20; 15:31; 8:34; 16:18)
Savaria: Billy Jonee 13 (9 rebounds), Viktoria Szabo 14/6
BSE: Castillo Iglesias 18/6 (7 steals, 5 assists), Zuleira Aties 18 (10 rebounds), Orsolya Zsovar 10/6 (6 assists), Gabriella Kiss 13/3 (3 steals, 2 assists), Diana Furesz 17/9 (5 rebounds, 4 steals)

Kanizsai Vadmacskak - Szolnoki NKK 35:71
(18:19; 9:16; 2:24; 6:13)
Kanizsa: Zsofia Varga 16/3, Ana Puric 10 (6 rebounds, 4 assists)
Szolnok: Angela Djelmis 12/6, Rita Hegedus 10, Magdalena Kozdron 19/15

Cegledi EKK - Atomeromu Szekszard 64:74
(13:19; 13:22; 21:21; 17:12)

Mizo Pecs 2010 - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 81:61
(27:17; 13:17; 27:16; 14:11)
Pecs: Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) 16/15 (8 assists), Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 10 (8 rebounds), Emilija Podrug 10 (9 rebounds, 5 assists), Graziane Coelho 18/3, Anna Vajda 13/3
Sopron: Dora Horti (195-C-87) 11, Barbara Semsei 10/6

Zala Volan ZTE - BEAC Ujbuda 82:50
(20:15; 23:18; 17:6; 22:11)
Zala Volan: Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80) 29 (16 rebounds), Lidiya Milkova 14 (7 rebounds)
BEAC: Melinda Bagi 16, Krisztina Sule 12

Seat Foton Gyor - Vasas Csata 82:63
(23:13; 29:21; 14:10; 16:19)
Gyor: Zsuzsanna Horvath 12/3 (12 rebounds), Ildiko Szakacs 12, Rita Varga 16/3, Ilena Borecka 12/9

Vasas: Zsofia Koncz (184-F-85) 18/9 (6 rebounds), Judit Fritz 15/3

Team of the round
Dalma Ivanyi - Zsofia Fegyverneky - Zsofia Koncz - Nikolett Turoczi - Dora Horti



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ICELAND - Women

Monique Martin score 65 points. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
What a performance from one player. Monique Martin (180-G, college: Brewton Parker) scored 65 points. 11 rebounds. 3 steals. 2 blocks. Shooting 16/27 from two ponits. 7/10 on threes. 12/13 from freethrow line and all this in 37 minutes. And the game was against Keflavik, top team in the league. KR won the game 90-81 and are now in the top place with Keflavik.
Top scorers for Keflavik. TaKesha Watson 27. Ingibjorg Elva Vilbergsdottir 17.


Haukar vs Grindavik -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Haukar 80 Grindavik 99. Last years winner of everything are struggling this season. Grindavik team coming up strong lately.
Top scorers for Haukar. Kiera Hardy 37. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 23. For Grindavik. Tiffany Roberson 32. Jovanna Stefansdottir 23. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir 16. Joanna Skiba 11


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LEBANON - Women

Homenetmen Antelias vs Antranik Beirut in the final of Housameddin Hariri Tournament -by Raffi Kassabian
Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) will meet Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) in the final of Housameddin Hariri basketball international tournament 2007 after winning their semi final games against Al Ahly (Egypt) and Riyadi Beiriut (Lebanon) consecutively. The final of the third edition of the women's tournament of Housameddin Hariri will be a review of the final of the first edition that was held back in 2005 when Homenetmen Antelias had the final victory.
In the first game of the night, Antranik Beirut didn't have any difficulty to win the game against Riyadi Beirut and had a very big victory with the final result 94-40. In the second semi final game, Homenetmen Antelias played very good to beat Al Ahly (champion of Egypt) with the final score 70-57. Here to note that in the first minutes of the game Al Ahly began scoring early with 7-0 score but Homenetmen Antelias answered quickly with a 13-0 run and then after took the lead almost till the end.

Results:

Semi Final Round

Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) vs Riyadi Beirut 94-40
Homenetmen Antelias (Lebanon) vs Al Ahly (Egypt) 70-57
Homenetmen Antelias: Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 24, Sandra Najem (165-G-88) 23, Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) 16, Leila Fares 2, Caroline Moufarej 2, Sanan Markarian 2, Tsoline Kazandjian 1.
Al Ahly: Alia Mahmoud 20, Omnia Mouhammad 9, Rania Adel 7, Hajir Majdi 6, Soha Hekri 5, Sara Ahmad 4, Sara Salah 3, Nourhan Ali 3.

Final Round
Thursday 13/12/2007 15:00
Hariri School - Saida

Homenetmen Antelias vs Antranik Beirut


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MALAYSIA - Women

Malaysia beats Philippines to fight for title tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Philippines 74:56

Malaysian National team gained their second straight victory at the SEA Games in Thailand. They are now tied with the hosts at 2-0 record and will clash in the trophy decider tomorrow. Filipino team meanwhile suffered their second loss and finished the competition with 1-2 record. Malaysia got to a flying start as they played tight defense and forced their opponents to numerous turnovers. Philippines scored only 10 points in the starting frame and Malaysia grabbed a 19:10 lead. The gap grew deeper in the second stanza as Suik May Kew (172-F-82) and Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) paced Malaysia shooting accurately from the field. Malaysia built a comfortable 38:23 buffer at the interval. But Filipino refused to surrender that early as they tried to match the tempo in the third quarter and succeeded outscoring their counterparts 16:14. But Malaysia quickly regained control in the final period and straight baskets from Siao Foong Chow (171-F/C-76) iced Filipino comeback effort. She finished with game-high 16 points. Beng Fong Goh had 14 points, while Suik May Kew provided 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Joan Grajales (162-G-79) led Philippines with 13 points and 6 boards. Vicki Brick (168-G-81, college: Maryland) added 10 points in a losing effort. Filipino players outmuscled their opponents under the rims 34:32 but committed massive 31 turnovers. They also shot miserable 26% from the field, while Malaysia answered with 45% accuracy.

Malaysia: Siao Foong Chow 16, Beng Fong Goh 14, Suik May Kew 13
Philippines: Joan Grajales 13, Vicki Brick 10


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SEA GAMES - Women

Malaysia beats Philippines to fight for title tomorrow -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Philippines 74:56

Malaysian National team gained their second straight victory at the SEA Games in Thailand. They are now tied with the hosts at 2-0 record and will clash in the trophy decider tomorrow. Filipino team meanwhile suffered their second loss and finished the competition with 1-2 record. Malaysia got to a flying start as they played tight defense and forced their opponents to numerous turnovers. Philippines scored only 10 points in the starting frame and Malaysia grabbed a 19:10 lead. The gap grew deeper in the second stanza as Suik May Kew (172-F-82) and Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) paced Malaysia shooting accurately from the field. Malaysia built a comfortable 38:23 buffer at the interval. But Filipino refused to surrender that early as they tried to match the tempo in the third quarter and succeeded outscoring their counterparts 16:14. But Malaysia quickly regained control in the final period and straight baskets from Siao Foong Chow (171-F/C-76) iced Filipino comeback effort. She finished with game-high 16 points. Beng Fong Goh had 14 points, while Suik May Kew provided 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Joan Grajales (162-G-79) led Philippines with 13 points and 6 boards. Vicki Brick (168-G-81, college: Maryland) added 10 points in a losing effort. Filipino players outmuscled their opponents under the rims 34:32 but committed massive 31 turnovers. They also shot miserable 26% from the field, while Malaysia answered with 45% accuracy.

Malaysia: Siao Foong Chow 16, Beng Fong Goh 14, Suik May Kew 13
Philippines: Joan Grajales 13, Vicki Brick 10


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SERBIA - Women

After losing 22 points Loznica made brave comeback -by Alex Vojin
10.12.2007/ KK KK Loznica - ZKK ZKK Kraljevo 87:76 (17:28, 22:24, 18:7, 30:17). ZKK Kraljevo by surprise lost game they expect to dominate and made 2 losses in a row. KK Loznica celebrated a win by 11 points margin after losing 22 points in second quarter. First quarter ZKK Kraljevo won 17-28 and and it seems it will be another easy win for visitors. After half time KK Loznica played much aggressive defense and looked more efficient. By the end of 3rd quarter ZKK Kraljevo scored only 7 points. Last ten minutes was in truly KK Loznica moment and it looked like ZKK Kraljevo had no answer for KK Loznica dynamic duo - Mirjana Markovic (-84) 30 points and Jovanovic 20 points

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TURKEY - Women

Turkish teams in EuroCup after Wednesday games -by Iva Ivanova

Panionios - Besiktas Cola Turka 83-72 (20-29, 24-9,
22-16, 21-26, 21-16, 18-18)
Panionios: Erin Thorn 38 pts, Brooke 17, Samoroukova 11
Besiktas Cola Turka: Lovelace38, Spiric 13

Apollon - Pankup TED Kayseri 84-85 (22-16, 21-26, 23-12, 18-31)
Apollon: Murphy 30, Papadimitriou 11
Pankup TED Kaysseri: Coker 24, Moore 17

BSC Dnipro - Galatasaray 85-96 (20-31, 25-16, 20-25, 20-24)
BSC Dnipro: Lyashkova 22, Dubrovina 20
Galatasaray: Johnson 22, Kimyacioglu 20, Young 17, Alben 15


-by Iva Ivanova