EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/15/2007

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ABA

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) and Jonathan Young (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.) 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) 12pts, Chris Johnson (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.), and Tyrone Rayson (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) 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.), and starting guard Brandon Lee (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.



The Bulldogs will play in a new league. -by Gianni Pascucci

Local media says that the Corning Bulldogs, who ceased operations at the start of the month after playing just six games in the American Basketball Association, will return and play home games in Elmira with a new name (Elmira Bulldogs) and in a new league, the National Professional Basketball League. The announcement was made by James R. Schutz , the Bulldogs owner. The new league will start operations in early March and all teams are from the North-Eastern zone. Last spring they held a friendly matches schedule, in 2008 there should be the first true NPBL season. This new league has a working website yet, at http://www.npbl-ball.com/ All its teams are from the North-Eastern zone of the USA. They are located in Hudson Valley, Elmira, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Considering the first player rosters released, the level of competition seems very low, however....



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ANGOLA

Champions basketball clubs Africa -by Carlos Pereira
Results from day one:

Petro (Angola) x BC Onatra (RDC) 85-52
Box score
Petro de Luanda (85): Eduardo Mingas (9), Luis Costa (7), Carlos Morais (15), Fernando Albano (0), Leonel Paulo (11), Joaquim Chavier (0), Shannon Crooks (10), Victor Muzade (11), Francisco Horacio (17), Milton Bar­ros (2), Domingos Bonifacio (3) and Victor de Carvalho (0).Coach: Alberto de Carvalho
BC ONATRA da RDC (52): Mbanza Ngandu (7), Rossy Badio (0), Fabrice Dialunda (0), Tshiambanga Kabangu (3), Thiabula Kayinda (0), Presta Mlemba (21), Doct Mutombo (7), Saidi Amisi (0), Rodrigue Tomba (0), Samuna Mabilana (0), Ndelo Isasi (11) and Mulamba Mulamba (4).Coach: Mutune Mozingo

ABC (Ivory Coast) x Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique) 89-22
Box score:
ABC (89): Ninmol Nanbam(9), Gboto Celestin (7), August Kokoun (8), Marcel Bess (2) , Dennis Eb (16), icoro (11) , Anderson Affi (3), Herve Abbo (4), Alain Diamah (5), Tiene Ange (8), Balise ­Amalabia (9), Serges Toualy (7) and Stephane Konate .(16) Coach: Clement ­Djadji
FERROVIARIO DA BEIRA - (22) Armando Baptista (4), Benjamim Ma­nhanga (0), Andre Guilimusso (4), Nilton Manheira (0) , Celio Zucule (4), Pionesio Samuel (0), Sergio Chicava (2), Assume Tembo (2), Helder Cumbano (2), Margarido Manhanga (4), ­Eduardo Lon (0) and Jose Zungunza (0). Coach: Jose Delfino.

Inter (Angola) x APR (Rwanda) 77-53
Box score :
Interclube - Helder Domingos (3), Simao Santos (8), Simao Panzo (9), Euclides Camacho (16), Jose Santos (5), Michel Santos (2), Jorge Taty (7), Nivaldo Sumbo (2), Vicente Neto (11), Adilson Camara (00), Lifetu Selengue (6) e Fabrice Mokoteemapa (8). Coach: Manuel Sousa
APR (Rwanda) - Bazibanga Pierre (5), Ntwari Prince (8), Barame Aboubakar (00), Munyanga Edward (5), Kabangu Serge (7), Kabange Kami (2), Nikobaho Zeblais (4), Rukundo Albert (00), Okwirry Daniel (8), Mwambay Fuler (4), Gakali Amani (8), and Kimanuka Shalishali (2). Coach: Cliff Dwuor


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ARGENTINA

Super 8 - Day 2 -by Facundo Iatzky
In first term, Boca juniors overcame Obras sanitarias with a spectacular last quarter of Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78). In boca made his debut Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.)

Boca Juniors (88): Luis Cequeira 13, Fernando Funes 11, Gustavo Orona 12, Leonardo Gutierrez 25, Alejandro Alloatti 2 (starters), Jarrett Stephens 14, Juan Sartorelli 0, Federico Aguerre 0, Jamal Robinson 8, Carlos Schattmann 3, Julian Aprea 0. coach: Gabriel Piccato.

Obras Sanitarias (79): Fernando Titarelli 8, Daniel Chaher 10, Chris Jeffries 18, Lazaro Borrell 21, Tyler Field 13 (starters), Fernando Calvi 9, Cristian Cortes 0, Sergio Ravina 0, Emilio Olsson 0. coach: Bernardo Murphy.

24-18, 38-39 y 59-55.
Refereees: Alejandro Chiti, Alejandro Ramallo y Sergio Tarifeno.
Court: Polideportivo mar dle plata.

In the second game Regatas won in the last second with a fantastic layup of Javier Martinez (189-G-78). It was a good game and could be for anyone.

Penarol (72): Sebastian Rodriguez 23, Juan Manuel Locatelli 12 (X), Marcos Mata 8, Jason Osborne 5 Roman Gonzalez 13 (starters); Cedric Moodie 2, Jervaughn Scales 4, Alejandro Diez 2 Lucas Picarelli 3. coach: Sergio Hernandez.

Regatas (73): Javier Martinez 16, Diego Cavaco 7, Ramzee Stanton 15, Clarence Robinson 10 Damian Tintorelli 4 (starters); Agustin Carabajal 0, Roberto Lopez 14 (X) Juan Manuel Rivero 7. coach: Silvio Santander.

17 - 14 / 35 - 37 / 62 - 55.
Referess: Sampietro - Smith - Fernandez.
Court: Polideportivo Mar del plata.

Today, the semifinals: Libertad-Sionista and Boca- Regatas


Latest Transactions -by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A:
Estudiantes bahia blanca released Andrew Bryant (7.7 pts 2.3 rebs in 3 games) who was not what the coach expected. His replace is Leon Smith (209-F-80) a player drafted by San Antonio Spurs in the 1999. He played 44 games in the NBA among Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics. Recently Leon was playing in Ancud (Chile) with 24.5 pts and 20 rebs.

TNA:
Asociacion Italiana re-signed Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) who recovered of his injury and released Joe Kennerly
Pedro Echague signed Alejandro Camargo (199-F-80, agency: Players Group) and released Martin Aguirrezabala who had been signed temporally.
Argentino Junin signed Federico Marin (199-G/F-82) He will replace Emanuel Ochoa.
Ciclista juninene released Leandro Ferraro and signed Diego Belvedere (184-G-75)
Asociacion espanola released Gordon Klaiber and signed Quincy Alexander (202-F-73, college: Lamar)
Echague Parana released Emmanuel Clifton and signed Kenya Carruthers (201-F-79, college: Ks Wesleyan)


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BOSNIA

D1, 10th Round: Zrinjski - Bosna 85:96 (39:49) -by Sead Buljina
In the first game of the 10th round, Bosna ASA BH Telecom won in Mostar in front of 800 spectators. Guests established an early 10-point lead and held it for the most of the game. Zrinjski resisted well to favored Bosna, but could not manage a surprise. Edin Bavcic, Lance Williams and Jeremy Veal led Bosna to another win in National championship. Bosna and Zrinjski played tonight due to guests` obligations in ULEB Cup. Next game Bosna plays vs. Turk Telecom on Tuesday. Other D1 games are scheduled for tomorrow.

ULEB Cup: Lance Williams for a Win! -by Sead Buljina

After struggling for three quarters against underdog Guildford Heat on the road, Bosna ASA BHTelecom led by Lance Williams won 4th quarter 34:19 and defeated hosts 98:85 (40:46). Tonight`s game was a key one for Bosna and players played under a lot of pressure. However, Guildford players deserve all the credit for a good game that was decided in the last quarter. Lance Williams carried the load for Bosna with 28 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts (FGs 10/14, FTs 8/9). Brian Bailey (16 pts, 7 asts, 2 stls), Quemont Greer (18 pts, 6rbs, 2ast, 2 stls, 1 blk), Jeremy Veal (10 pts, 4 asts) and Goran Ikonic (13 pts, 2 rbs, 1ast, 2stls) joined Williams and won a key game for Bosna. Had Bosna lost tonight`s game all chances for the ULEB Cup next stage would have been lost.

Besides an important win on the road, Bosna fans must be encouraged by the fact that Quemont Greer finally woke up and played big for his team. He scored 18 points shooting a high percentage, rebounded well and helped Bosna big time. Jeremy Veal in his second game for Bosna also played solid. In 23 minutes of playing time Veal scored in double digits and dished out 4 assists contributing to his team`s win. Daniel Gilbert had an excellent game for the hosts scoring 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in 40 minutes of playing time. Dorsey also played well for the Guilford Heat scoring 24 points.

Neither coach can be satisfied with his team`s defense tonight. Both teams shot above 50%, with Bosna shooting 64 % from the field (10/18 3FG). Bosna surprisingly outrebounded Guildford Heat 26:25. In any case, a big win for Bosna ASA BH Telecom.



D1, Round 10: Schedule -by Sead Buljina

Tonight, 14.12.

Zrinjski - Bosna ASA BHT (18:00)


Saturday, 15. 12.

Slavija - SL IAT Leotar (18:00)
Grude - Hercegovac (18:00)

Sloboda Dita - Zenica Celik (19:00)
Igokea - Vogosca MIMS (19:00)

Borac Nektar - Posusje (20:00)

Capljina (Round Off)



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BULGARIA

Naydenov signed in Prostejov -by Vladi Lazarova

Simeon Naydenov (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) signed with second team in Czech Republic NBL Men's league - Prostejov. The contract of 201 cm Bulgarian forward is officially till the end of the season, but if the club and the player are satisfied, Naydenov will stay there for the next year too. 26-years old talent passed successfully medical tests in the middle of the week. He spent in Prostejov a week, but that was enough time for the head coach of the squad Miroslav Marko to like him and want him in the roster.
Tonight Prostejov will face Nymburk, which is at the top of the standings with 14 victories and only one loss. Prostejov is second with 13-2. Both teams played for the title last season in NBL and Nyburk won it with 3-0 in final playoffs.
Naydenov grown up in CSKA Sofia, but left for The States when he was 17-years old. He spent an year in Berkshire school in Maimi, after that three years was part of the strong team of Louisville in NCAA. There Simeon worked together with Rick Pittino.
Going back in Europe, Simo remain in French Bourg (2003-2004), before coming back in Bulgaria to sign with Lukoil Akademik (2004-2006). Last season he made it again abroad, this time in Swedish Solna Vikings.



Lukoil Academic survived after OT -by Valentin Anguelov
Levski missed the chance to win over the champions Lukoil Academic in first game from Round 13 in Men First A-1. The Students won after OT by the score 95-89.
In the first half we saw lot of mistakes and very uncharacteristic bad percentage from the 3-point line. Both teams combined for 2 of 26 shooting from long distance. After the first 20 minutes Lukoil Academic led by 3 (34-31).
They expected in the second half their opponent to give up like most of the teams did in the games against the champions this season. However Levski stayed in the game until the very end and played evenly with the big favorite.
2 minutes and 42 seconds to go after successful 3-point shot by Rob Preston Levski managed to get one point lead (70-69). Yulian Radionov missed absolutely alone from the corner and in the next possession Lukoil Academic reained the lead thanks to a fast break by Willie Dean. With 9 seconds to go Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored two free throws and Lukoil Academic was up by 3 points (77-74. After a timeout by Levski coach Lubomir Minchev was expected Zeljko Lukajic to give advice to make a foul and not give them opportunity to score and tie the score. Guess what - they let Zlatin Georgiev to make one dribble, and made a fade away three to push the game into overtime.
In the extra 5 minutes Lukoil Academic scored on two consecutive possessions behind the 3 -point line thanks to Willie Dean and Riste Stefanov but lately Radionov and Preston managed to even up the score again from the same distance. Thanks to a put back by Stanislav Slaveykov Levski was up 88-87 but that was everthing they did in this game.6 consecutive free throws by Todor Stoykov and Riste Stefanov plus a dunk in closing seconds by Pero Antic gave Lukoil Academic 13-th consecutive win in the local championship.
The players of Levski had a big chance to win this one but they couldn't believe in themselves and had 25 turnovers, too many in order to beat team such is Lukoil Academic.
Antic showed his excellent form as he scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete double double performance. Brazilian Murilo da Rosa added 18 points.
For Levski Slaveykov scored 21 while Stefan Georgiev added 14 points.


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CAPE VERDE

The road to Beijing for CV's men's basketball team goes through Greece. -by Pedro Gomes
The FIBA Central Board announced Monday that Athens, Greece will play host to the Olympic qualifying tournament July 14 - 20, 2008 at OAKA Sports Arena.

The Cape Verdeans are very excited about the opportunity to qualify for the 2008 Olympics,
This year's successful finish in the FIBA Africa tournament, was the first step in the
CV's Team journey to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since.

Cape Verde placed third at the African tournament and will join Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Slovenia at the qualifying event, with three Olympic berths on the line.

The opportunity to go to Athens to compete for an olympic birth, is a major step in the
development of the Cape Verde mens basketball team. The Cape Verdians currently have athletes competing in four different countries around the world, honing their skills internationally to come together next summer and fight for an Olympic berth."

The formal draw to determine the four groups for the tournament will take place on Jan. 31, 2008 in Athens, Greece.


Marques and Rodrigos Primeiro de Agosto ready to challenge for honors -by Pedro Gomes
LUANDA (FIBA Africa Champions Cup) - One team that sure won't be short on talent at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup is powerhouse Primeiro de Agosto.

The team has a glittering array of players from Angola and Cape Verde.

Angolan international Joaquim Gomes "Kikas” - the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Africa Championship - is the biggest name of the Primeiro bunch.

They also have Cape Verde internationals Marques Houtman and Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79), as well as Angolan national team star Olimpio Cipriano.

If Cameroon's Luc Mbah A Moute played with the team, in fact, Primeiro would have the five players voted to the all-tournament team at the FIBA Africa Championship.

Is this the best team in the African Continent?

Rodrigo Mascarenhas said to FIBA: "This team is very ambitious; we are still getting to know each other.

"It is a privilege playing with a team with so much quality, though.

"Winning all competitions that our team is involved in is our main goal. We have no other thought in our minds rather than to win the tournament.”

Last season Primeiro de Agosto saw Petro Atletico de Luanda beat them to glory.

In Lagos, Nigeria, Petro de Luanda and Angola national team ace Milton Barros netted a three-pointer with just 30 seconds from the end to seal a 76-71 victory over Primeiro de Agosto at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup.

Rodrigo, who is in his first season with Angolan giants Primeiro, played down what happened last season.

"In my point of view, we have better team than Petro de Luanda, but we just have to focus on ourselves.

"I know clearly the Angolan teams that will play at the tournament and both Ferroviario [Mozambique outfit] and ABC from Ivory Coast"

Just imagine if 19-year-old Mbah A Moute was with Primeiro instead of at UCLA.

Mascarenhas said: "He is a talented player that I think will have a great professional career. I predict him ending up with any NBA outfit."

The FIBA Africa Champions Cup tips off on Thursday.

Primeiro de Agosto will play in group A along Inter de Luanda (Angola), APR (Rwanda), BC Kauka (DR Congo), MBC (Guinea), and ASPAC (Benin), in Cabinda city.

Rwanda outfit APR landed in Luanda three days before the tournament.

In their team are well known players Aboubakar Barame and Bunene Valery Kajeguhakwa.

They played for Rwanda this summer in Angola.

Primeiro de Agosto will be tough to beat.

Coach Jaime Covilha will have Portugal international Francisco Jordao, Central African Republic's Fabrice Mokotemapa, Angolan veteran Miguel Lutonda, Abdel Bouckar, Armando Costa, Carlos Almeida, Yube Major, Mayzer Alexandre, Denilson Moreira, Leandro Conceicao Joaquim Gomes, Olimpio Cipriano, Marques Houtman and Rodrigo Mascarenhas.

www.fiba-afrique.org


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CHILE

Hill is back in Liceo to replace Johnson -by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto ended the contract with the american forward Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.) due to disciplinary issues. Johnson played 11 games with Liceo, averaging 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 assists in 26.5 minutes per game. To replace Johnson, Liceo re-signed the forward Terrence Hill (196-G-82, college: Kennesaw St.). He played the first part of the season with the team but leave due to family issues. He is now back and will be ready to play this weekend.

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CHINA

Xinjiang, Dongguan Still Share Lead -- 70's-Born Veterans Excel -by Arthur Volbert
Tang Zhengdong had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Raheim Brown had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Jiangsu defeated Shaanxi 129-121. Zhang Cheng added 21 points. Brandon Robinson led Shaanxi with 36 points and 13 rebounds while Tian Yu and Liu Jiulong each scored 24.

Bayi outscored Zhejiang 104-94 behind 26 points from Li Nan. Wang Zhongguang scored 20 points and Wang Zhizhi had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Soumaila Samake had 28 points and 20 rebounds for Zhejiang.

Mengke Bateer had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Xinjiang beat Shanghai 102-90 to maintain its share of the CBA lead. Liu Wei had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Shanghai.

This must be a day for remembering those born in the '70's. Liu Yudong (200-F-70) joined Wang Zhizhi, Li Nan and Mengke Bateer on the leaderboard as his 28 points and 6 rebounds led Fujian to a 96-84 triumph over Zhejiang Guangsha. Yang Chao contributed 20 points. Rodney White led Guangsha with 31 points and 8 rebounds.

Liaoning defeated Yunnan 125-104 as Liu Xiangtao scored 20 points, Yang Ming scored 19 and Earnest Brown scored 18. Han Dejun, who is 215 cm and 145 kg had 12 rebounds in 16 minutes. Han is listed as born in 1989 but was born in 1987 when he attended the USBA camp in Oregon last year. He was also born in 1987 when I first heard of him two years ago and he was only 208 cm.

You can't teach the kind of size Han has so we should keep an eye on him. Big kids often develop late. He beat out 218 cm Zhang Jiadi for backup center on Liaoning. So Han could have a bright future.

Nigel Dixon led Yunnan with 34 points and 18 rebounds and Chen Zhaosheng added 23 points.

Anthony Myles scored 25 points and Zhang Kai scored 20 as Dongguan defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 126-104. Damon King scored 27 for Zhongyu.

Guangdong kept its share of the CBA lead by outscoring Beijing 104-89. Zhu Fangyu had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Liu Xiaoyu added 19 points. Zhao Yonggang had 24 points for Beijing.

Herve Lamizana scored 31 points and Mack Tuck scored 29 as Shandong crushed Jilin 119-99. Dajuan Tate had 34 points and 8 rebounds for Jilin.

Jiangsu 129
Tang Zhengdong 28p+12r+4a+1bl+5to, Han Shuo 3p+1r+4a+2s+2bl+1to, Meng Da 16p+2r+6a+1s, Fang Hui 4p+4r+2a+1bl, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 8p+4r+2a+3s, Zhang Cheng 21p+2r+3a+5to, Raheim Brown 27p+13r+1a+2s, Yang Li 18p+3r+4a+2s
Shaanxi 121
Tian Yu 24p+3r+4a+2s, Liu Jiulong 24p+6r+4a+1s, Dai Yong 18p+3r+3a, Zhang Wei 15p+7r+1a+4s, Brandon Robinson 36p+13r+3a+3s+4bl


Bayi 104
Chen Ke 5p+2r+1a+1s, Li Ke 15p+8r+1a+1s, Yao Kaifu 4p+4r+1a+1s, Wang Zhizhi 18p+15r+6a+2s+1bl, Wang Lei 4p+3r+1a+1s, Li Nan 26p+5r+3a+2s, Wang Zhongguang 20p+1r+5a+1s+2bl+1to
Zhejiang 94
Luo Zhi 10p+1r+1a, Liu Weiwei 4p+3r+1a+1to, Deng Li 11p+8r+1s, Soumaila Samake 28p+20r+5bl, Ding Jinhui 12p+4r+1a+2s+1bl, Wang Nan 15p+6r+3a+3s+5to, #5 12p+1a


Xinjiang 102
Mulati Adilijiang 16p+4r+1a, Xue Yuyang 11p+1s, Mengke Bateer 22p+16r+2a+2s, Xu Guozhong 16p+7r+1a, Jin Lipeng 12p+1r+2a+2s, Aaron McGhee 18p+5r+4a+1s+6to
Shanghai 90
Liu Wei 20p+5r+6a+3s+3to, Wang Yong 2p+1r+3a+2s, Peng Fei 18p+4r+1a+1s, Jia Xiaozhong 9p+1r, Jerod Ward 15p+9r+1a+2s, Pig Miller 6p+5r

Fujian 96
Gong Songlin 17p+6r+2a+3s, Lu Xiaoming 18p+4r+6a+7s+2to, Liu Yudong 28p+6r+1a+3s, Jameel Watkins 13p+14r+2a+1s+3bl, Yang Chao 20p+2r+1a+1s
Guangsha 84
Garnett Thompson 17p+11r+2a+1s+1bl, Li Meng 16p+12r+1a, Zhang Nan 15p+5r+1a+2s+6to, Jia Nan 3p+4r+3a+1s, Rodney White 31p+8r+3a+4bl+5to

Liaoning 125
Bian Qiang 12p+1r+3a+1s, Liu Xiangtao 20p+3r+3a+1s, Li Xiaoxu 14p+8r+5a+2s, Earnest Brown 18p+8r+2a+3s, Lu Wei 8p+1r+4a+1s, Yang Ming 19p+1r+3a, Han Dejun 3p+12r+1a, Patrick Simpson 11p+6r+4a+1s
Yunnan 104
Yang Tao 2p+4r+1a+1bl, Yen Hsing-Su 6p+5r+4a+1s, Nigel Dixon 34p+18r+2a+8to, Liu Xiqui 7p+2r+2a+1s, Jiang Ming 11p+1r, Chen Zhaosheng 23p+6r+3a+2s, Wang Nan2 12p+2r


Dongguan 126
Zhang Kai 31min+20p+4r+3a+2bl+6fl, Qiu Biao 9p+2r+1a+1s+1bl, Yu Ning 14p, Wang Jing 17p+3r+2a+1s, Anthony Myles 25p+8r+2a+4s, Mike Harris 18p+12r+1a+1s, Chen Kai 4p+7r+1a, Meng Duo 8p+2a+1s+1bl, #5 7p+1s
Shanxi Zhongyu 104
Wang Sizhang 12p+2r+2a+2s, Yu Tao 11p+3r+1bl, Damon King 27p+8r+3a+1s+1bl, Sun Chunlei 14p+3r, Yu Xuelin 17p+3r+4a+3s, Major Wingate 13p+4r+1a, Zhang Xuewen 14p+8r+2a+4s+1bl


Guangdong 104
Zhu Fangyu 30p+10r+2a+2s, Wang Shipeng 11p+2r+4a+2s, Liu Xiaoyu 19p+1r+3a+3s+2to, Jason Dixon 13p+7r+1a+1bl, Lamond Murray 13p+7r+1s
Beijing 89
Zhang Yunsong 17p+2r+1a+2s, Xie Libin 10p+5r+4a, Olumide Oyedeji 16p+18r+3a+2s, Zhao Yonggang 24p+4r+2a+1s, Ji Zhe 11p+3r+1a+2s, Michael Fey 11p+6r+2a+1bl


Shandong 119
Lou Yandong 14p+1r+2a+1s, Wang Gang 7p+1r+4a+2s, Sun Jie 22p+4r+1a+4s, Hou Bing 8p+3r+2a+2s, Herve Lamizana 31p+9r+2a+2s+4bl, Guo Lei 8p+7r+1a, Mack Tuck 29p+5r+3a+1s
Jilin 99
Liu Wei2 12p+8r, Wang Bo 11p+6r+5a+2s, Lu Yan 15p+1a, Dajuan Tate 34p+8r, Cheng Zhiming 3p+2r+3a+1s, Babacar Camara 8p+12r+1s, Ma Yansong 10p+1r+1s


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CUBA

LSB Statistics after 5 games -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB Statistics after 5 games. We have to remember that Alexei Mestre played the TNA with Sancti Spiritus but Sancti Spiritus could not qualify for LSB, so He will play for Camaguey this LSB, Henry Simon from Holguin will play the LSB 2007 with Guantanamo and Ruslan Diaz from Pinar del Rio to Matanzas.
POINTS
Allens Jemmott (Matanzas) 34,5 (in only 2 games)
Geoffrey Silvestre (Ciego de Avila) 20,5
Dannys Torriente (Matanzas) 20,2
Segimel Borlot (Metropolitanos) 20,2
Esteban martinez (Santiago de Cuba) 20,0
REBOUNDS
Geoffrey Silvestre (Ciego de Avila) 9,0
Yoan Luis (Ciego de Avila) 8,6
Leonel Batista (Camaguey) 7,6
Esteban Martinez (Santiago de Cuba) 7,2
Eliezer Lima (Capitalinos) 6,2
ASSISTS
Manuel Area (Santiago de Cuba) 5,4
Alexei Mestre (Camaguey) 3,4
Michael Guerra (Ciego de Avila) 2,7
Yorman Polas (Camaguey) 2,4
Alejandro Arcia (Villa Clara) 2,4
STEALS
Yorman Polas (Camaguey) 5,2
Andy Boffill (Villa Clara) 5,0
Leonel Batista (Camaguey) 4,6
damian Del Toro (Santiago) 4,6
BLOCKS
Ray Luis Vera (Ciego de Avila) 2,5
Eliezer Lima (Capitalinos) 1,5
A. Fontana


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D-LEAGUE

Last Night's Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Bakersfield Jam (105) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (115)
Double-Doubles from Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall), Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) and Roderick Riley (6'11''-C-81, college: Prairie View A&M) were not enough for the visiting Jam (2-8), as Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) (26p) and Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) (21p) led the D-Fenders (5-3) to a 115-105 victory last night in Los Angeles. The D-Fenders shot 48.5% from the field and took control of the game in the second quarter. Former UMass Minuteman Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) provided a nice defensive presence in the post with a game high six blocks for Los Angeles.
JAM: Brandon Bowman (28p+13rb), Andre Barrett (16p+5rb+15as), Roderick Riley (14p+10rb), James Peters (18p+9rb)
D-FENDERS: Coby Karl (26p+8rb+7as), Brian Chase (21p+5rb), Devin Green (12p+7rb+6as), Abdoulaye N'Diaye (13p+9rb)

Dakota Wizards (122) at Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (114)
Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) paced a potent Wizards (4-3) attack with 37 points on 14-24 shooting as Dakota invaded Ft. Wayne and came way with a 122-114 victory over the Mad Ants (3-4). Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) also scored a tidy 21 points in only 24 minutes of play for Dakota, while Jeremy Richardson (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) continued his stellar play for Ft. Wayne in the loss. Richardson scored 31 points to go along with 12 rebounds, his third 30+ point performance in four games this month and fourth in five games. Detroit Pistons assignee Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-85) had an impressive D-League performance, scoring 12 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and collecting six blocks in 40 minutes.
WIZARDS: Carlos Powell (37p+6rb), Dontell Jefferson (23p+7rb), Blake Ahearn (21p), Rod Benson (14p+13rb)
MAD ANTS: Jeremy Richardson (31p+12rb), Roderick Wilmont (23p+5rb), Earl Calloway (18p+8as), Cheikh Samb (12p+11rb+6bs)


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EGYPT

Ahly face to face with Riyadi tonight in Hariri Final -by Sherif Soliman
Ahly went to the final game easily after a big win over Blue stars(leb) last night 92-63.Last night game was a one side match Blue stars showed no resistance while Ahly players scored from every place in the court, Islam Ahly scored 19 points,Most of Ahly stars have a good rest last night as the small players did the job for them, Tonight final is not an easy one Ahly will face Riyadi( Leb) who won this tournament 8 times. The game will start at 5 pm.Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76)Sherif Aly (186-G-72)

Riyadi Champions of Hariri after a hard win over Ahly 85-80 -by Sherif Soliman
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (with a back to back )win the Title of Hariri Tournament after beating Al Ahly for the third consecutive year in the final. score was 85-80 . The game was full of intensity , the first half was a close and Riyadi couldn't build a comfortable lead due to the fighting spirit of the Egyptians .The first Half finished on the score of 48-39.El riyady played with three professionals while Ahly didn't have any.No Egyptian team beated riyadi for the last three years.Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.)

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EUROLEAGUE

Week 8 MVP: Marc Salyers of Chorale Roanne -by Eurobasket
A first-time Euroleague player who is currently the top scorer of the competition also became its Week 8 MVP. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) of Chorale Roanne recorded the best individual performance of the week with a 34 index rating in his team's come-from-behind 84-81 home win over Brose Baskets Bamberg. Salyers had 28 points on 6-for-7 three-pointers and 6-for-8 free throws. He added 7 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 9 fouls drawn. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket had a perfect shooting night despite his team's home loss to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. Batum scored 24 points on 7-for-7 two-pointers, 3-for-3 triples and 1-for-1 free throws. He added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 4 fouls drawn for a 33 index. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) of Montepaschi Siena, Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) of Efes Pilsen and Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) of Union Olimpija, each with a 29 index, completed the top individual performances this week.
Individual highs: Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.), Efes Pilsen, 9 assists
Marcus Brown of Zalgiris was the top scorer for the second consecutive week. Brown, who is also the Euroleague's all-time top scorer with 2,150 points, had 31 in his team's home win against Virtus Vidivici Bologna. Salyers remains the regular season's overall scoring leader, averaging 22.8 points after eight weeks. Jeremiah Massey of Aris TT Bank led all rebounders this week by pulling down 14 in his team's road loss against Unicaja. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) keeps leading the regular season standings (10 rpg.) and needs just 12 rebounds to become the first player to pull down 1,000 in his Euroleague career. Scoonie Penn dished 9 assists, more than anyone this week, to help Efes Pilsen down Cibona at home. Marc-Antoine Pellin (170-G-87) of Chorale Roanne stays atop the assists board at 5.6 per game. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) of Olympiacos collected 6 steals this week. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and his Montepaschi teammate Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) lead the league in steals, each with a 2.38 average. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) of Virtus and Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) of Unicaja had 4 blocks apiece this week. Crosariol now leads the overall standings at 1.68 blocks per game. Only Massey - 10 points, 14 rebounds - and David Andersen (212-C-80) of CSKA Moscow - 17 points and 11 rebounds - registered double-doubles this week.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net


AXA Barcelona beat Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" -by Dragan Jankovski
AXA Barcelona outplayed Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" 95-69 and improved score in Eurloeague to 6-2 while Serbian champ dropped to 3-5 and currently share 5th position with Chorale Roanne, their next rival in Belgrade. Barcelona succeeded to stop Partizan's best player Nikola Pekovic, who got 3 PFs early, and made advantage of 14 points already in the first quarter. They played with routine rest of the game and finished it with plus 26 at the end. Partizan had extremely bad night as they committed 21 turnovers. Roger Grimau (196-G-79) led the winners scoring 19 points while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) netted 14 point each. Partizan got 16 points from Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86).

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: "Our lost in Barclona is not a surprise but I expected that we will show much better performance!"

After Roma's victory against PAO situation for Partizan is a bit complicated as they have only one win more than Lottomatica. Red and white team will meet Roanne in the next round but there won't be any fans in Pionir bacause of FIBA's fine.


AXA Barcelona - Partizan Igokea 95-69
(28-14,19-22,18-15,30-18)

AXA Barcelona:
Grimau 19, Basile 15, Vasquez 15, Lakovic 14 (4 as)
Partizan Igokea: Tripkovic 16, Velickovic 13 (5 rebs)


Zalgiris look convincing as they clip La Fortezza in Kaunas -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - La Fortezza 102:82

Lithuanian powerhouse got it going in the 8th round of Euroleague as they secured a comfortable win over La Fortezza. In front of 5000 fans Zalgiris played impressive basketball and deservedly grabbed their 4th win in the season. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) turned up the hosts for the second straight encounter as he stepped up with game-high 31 points. La Fortezza suffered their 6th defeat and are bound at the bottom of Group A. The teams exchanged baskets early in the encounter before Collins, Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) and Marcus Brown scored consecutive baskets to open double-digit lead for the hosts. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) scored a tremendous buzzer-beater from far beyond the arc to make it 30:17 advantage for the home team at the first intermission. Zalgiris dominance was pretty obvious at the start of the second stanza as Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) ignited a 9:1 rally to give the home side a 39:18 lead. La Fortezza never found the remedy and trailed by 19 points at halftime 32:51. Marcus Brown hit a pair of hard three-pointers early in the third frame to keep it burning for Zalgiris. The gap grew to 26 points but it never iced the hosts as Marcus Brown fired yet another triple to seal the scoreline at 83:50 entering the fourth period. Marcus Brown heated up for the storming crowd with two long bombs early in the fourth stanza to bury any possible hopes for Italian team. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) masterminded an 10:0 rally for the visitors but it could hardly influence the flow of this one as Zalgiris eased to an overall victory at the end.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points for Zalgiris. Michael Bradley had 12 points and 6 boards, while Collins added 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Dewarick Spencer nailed 22 points for La Fortezza. Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) and Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) delivered 15 points apiece in a losing clause. Zalgiris will next travel to Poland to take on reeling Prokom. La Fortezza host Tau for a chance to improve in the ladder.

Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 31, Jonas Maciulis 13, Michael Bradley 12
La Fortezza: Dewarick Spencer 22, Delonte Holland 15, Andrea Crosariol 15


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: ToPo is rolling (15-1) -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 18: ToPo (Helsinki) was down by eight pts during the half time vs YMCA Lahti, but ToPo's Head Coach Tomi Kaminen , who recently
returned back home from scouting American College Basketball, made the Team wake up for third and fourth quarter and that helped. ToPo won the second
half 51-30 and the contest 86-73. ToPo lost the rbs 28-37, but visitor YMCA Lahti had 24 TOs. ToPo shot treys then 52,4% (11/21) and when Lahti's two leading
scorers (Davont Jackson (199-F/G-78, college: Barber Scotia) and Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86)) fouled out in 25 and 26 minutes, ToPo took the victory # 15 this season.
In Uusikaupunki local Korihait won all four quarters vs Kataja (Joensuu), when home Team's three American players Darius Glover (196-G/F) - Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) - Kyle Shiloh (190-G-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Nevada) combined 69 pts. Kataja's American players had just 45 pts all together and Korihait won by 23 pts 95-72. Korihait had 47 rbs and Kataja only 30.

ToPo - YMCA Lahti 86-73 (35-43) (Josh Gonner 19, Jerald Fields 18, Tyson Patterson 15 - Davont Jackson 18. Vesa Makalainen 17, Ville Makalainen 13).

Korihait - Kataja 95-72 (45-37) (Darius Glover 28/13, Glenn Stokes 24, Kyle Shiloh 17 - Louis Hinnant 22, Andre Foreman 12, Terry Black 11).



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GERMANY

Bremen: Johnson to Konstanz - also Ba leaves the team -by Moritz Korff
Larry Johnson (191-G-79, college: Niagara) who had 10 appearances for the Bremen Roosters (2. Bundesliga Pro A) this season has finally left the team from the North and joined TV Konstanz (Regionalliga South-West) instead. Konstanz needed a replacement for topscorer Brian Lang (191-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC), who had to undergo knee-surgery this week and who will be out until next year. Also, Omar Ba (195-G/F-72) has now cancelled his contract with the Roosters. Meanwhile, Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) worked out with the team at the beginning of this current week, as Bremen is still looking for at least one new Wing, who is able to play both inside and outside.

Ulm and Artland claim weekday wins in Bundesliga! -by Michael Taylor
Thursday December 13th

ratiopharm Ulm 91 BG74 Gottingen 82

Jeff Gibbs powered his way to 21pt 17reb and Konrad Wysocki added 13pt 10reb as ratiopharm Ulm topped BG74 Gottingen 91-82 Thursday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Even 46-46 at half, Ulm outscored the Violets 25-18 in the 3Q building a 15pt lead 67-52 with 13min to play. Shown live on BBL.TV, Ulm held off the Gottingen comeback with big baskets and good free throw shooting (24 for 30 80% for the game). EJ Gallup added 17pt, Bryan Lucas scored 15pt and Dru Joyce played a strong game with 10pt on a perfect 6 for 6 from the foul line. Darren Brooks bested the Violets scoring with 20pt 6reb and Willie Jenkins chipped in 18pt 5reb. Ulm shot 51% from the floor and outrebounded Gottingen 49-31 but suffered 24 turnovers against the pressure D. Ulm won their 5th straight game to improve to 8-4 while Gottingen slipped to 3-8.

Friday December 14th

Artland Dragons 88 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 66

Artland Dragons tipped off Bundesliga Game Day 13 with a convincing 88-66 home win over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Friday night at Artland Arena in Quackenbruck. Head Coach Chris Fleming and his men started strong with an 18-12 1Q before building a 43-25 halftime lead. Cruising to the win in the second half, Artland improved to 10-3 while Braunschweig fell to 8-5. Artland had 19 team assists and shot 56% from the floor to the Phantoms 47% and made 7 of 19 (36%) threes to Braunschweig's 4 of 16 (25%). Artland also sank 17 of 24 FT (70%) while Braunschweig made 10 in half the attempts (83%). C Adam Chubb topscored for Artland with 23pt on 8 of 11 shooting and 7 for 11 from the foul line. EJ Rowland added 14pt on 7 for 8 from the floor. Lamont McIntosh and Darius Hall contributed 10pt apiece. Andrew Drevo paced the Phantoms with 15pt while Domonic Jones added 13pt and Jonathan Levy 10.


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GREECE

Match Day 10 - Second Division: Near East is leading the league -by Chris Mammides
Results and scorers of the 10th week of the second division:
KAOD - Doukas 69-73
Quarters: 13-17, 21-37, 45-61 and 69-73
KAOD: Bourdanos 3, Papadopoulos 10, Filiousis 6, Michaelides 4, Maslarinos 23, Koukouravas 16, Daliaris 7.
Doukas (Nicos Linoxilakis ): Tsohlas 4, Matzioris 12, Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) 20, Arsenis 4, Karatzios 9, Kouvaris 9, Kritsalos 15.

Komotini - Aigio 75-69
Quarters: 23-15, 43-28, 55-53, 75-69
Komotini: Mouzakitis 6, Holevas 7, Lehoudis 4, Dinas 14, Koutsovasilis 6, Tsakonitis 19, Deli 3, Athanasios Souflias (209-C-80, college: S.New Hampshire) 16.
AIGIO: Prokos 28, Tyrlas 12, Manolas 6, Stamopoulos 12, Stavroulakis 4, Gioupis 7.

Alimos - Milonas 84-78
Quarters: 30-16, 51-41, 66-56, 84-78.
Alimos: Moutoupas 9, Thomas 1, Anthis 15, Kalatzis 5, Tsolakis 20, Elias Vrinas 8 (2), St. Vrynas 1, Yfantis 11, Kallimanas 3, Tsougarakis 11.
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 23, Ventouris 14, Vlavianos 6, Kiritsis 16, Bikas 2, Efstratiou 3, Baras 4.

Near East - Makedonikos 77-61
Quarters: 24-13, 46-25, 62-40, 77-61
Near East (Tolis Karnesis ): Nikou 5, Mihalos 9, Karabas 3, Lykogiannis 6, Kouklakis 6, Neofytou 4, Papoulidis 11, Gavanopoulos 15, Stamatis 6, Papargiropoulos 6.
Makedonikos (Paschalis Leras ): Kalathopoulos 12 (2), Karipidis 6, Dalpas 14, Boindas 3, Tanakidis 2, Mitsakis 5, Kogias 7, Pappoulidis 4, Samourelis 7.

Ermis Lagkada - Goumenissa 70-65
Quarters: 19-12, 38-30, 54-41, 70-65
Ermis (Giannis Karadimos ): Moshopoulos 5, Troulialis 9, Kloutzos 7, Bellos 9, Papakonstantinou 2, Siolios 10, Gamouras 6, Paritsis 2, Akepsimaidis 2, Dimitriadis 18(2).
Goumenissa (Vangelis Nitsis ): Bagi 20, Matenidis 8, Klepkos 13, Andreadis 9, Antoniadis 9, Gotsos 6

Amyntas - Ikaros Kallitheas 73-72
Quarters: 19-24, 40-41, 58-60, 73-72
Amyntas: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) 14, Christos Barbas (187-G-82) 18, Samothrakis 10, Grammatikos 5, Dorkofikis 8, Vogiatzis 10, Moumouris 8.
Ikaros: Tsopokis 2, Martzos 5, Georgiou 5, Delichristos 8, Emmanouilidis 22, Papadakis 2, Karastamatis 5, Evangleitsis 16, Katoufas 7.

Lavrio - Olympiakos Volou 108-73
Quarters: 26-13, 58-35, 80-53, 108-73.
Lavrio: Trikaliotis 4, Aviziotis 2, Rallis 11, Tsiros 4, Kassanos 4, N. Kousoulas 26, Drakakis 16, Bakas 20, Notis 2, Psileas 19 (3).
Olympiakos Volou (Zafiriou): Tsourelis 13, Fountas 7, Nanis 28, Politis 4, Tsolis 14, Mihos 7.

Anagenisi Floga - Ikaros Serron 79-63
Quarters: 18-16, 38-32, 57-49, 79-63
Aangennisis Floga: Rozolis 3, Moisiadis 5, Galanidis 15, Touloumis 6, Pittakas 10, Zarogiannis 20, Spiropoulos 17 (4), Tsakaleris 3.
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 9, Sdrakas 10, Iosifidis 3, Asimakis 16, Tsanakas 4, Giavropoulos 2, Topouzis 19.

Top Scorers after 10 weeks
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 218 points
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 186 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 182 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 172 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 158 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 157 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 157 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 156 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 150 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 145 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 145 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 144 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 139 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 136 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 124 points


AXA Barcelona beat Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" -by Kostas Papadopoulos
AXA Barcelona outplayed Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" 95-69 and improved its record in Eurloeague to 6-2 while the Serbian champ dropped to 3-5 and currently shares 5th position with Chorale Roanne, their next rival in Belgrade. Barcelona succeeded to stop Partizan's best player Nikola Pekovic, who got 3 PFs early, and had an advantage of 14 points already in the first quarter. They played with routine rest of the game and finished with a 26 point victory at the end. Partizan had an extremely bad night as they committed 21 turnovers. Roger Grimau (196-G-79) led the winners scoring 19 points while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) netted 14 point each. Partizan got 16 points from Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86).

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: "Our loss in Barcelona is not a surprise but I expected that we will show much better performance!"

After Roma's victory against PAO situation for Partizan is a bit complicated as they have only one win more than Lottomatica. The red and white team will meet Roanne in the next round but there won't be any fans in Pionir bacause of FIBA's fine.


AXA Barcelona - Partizan Igokea 95-69
(28-14,19-22,18-15,30-18)

AXA Barcelona:
Grimau 19, Basile 15, Vasquez 15, Lakovic 14 (4 as)
Partizan Igokea: Tripkovic 16, Velickovic 13 (5 rebs)


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HOLLAND

Eiffel Towers Fend Off Matrixx Magixx In Close Battle -by Sanders Jackson

In the Maaspoort on Thursday night, the defending champion Eiffel Towers had their work cut out for them vs. Matrixx Magixx, but in the end got it right in the 4th quarter, winning by the score of 88-84. Eiffel had to overcame good outside shooting by Matrixx and were down heading into the final quarter, but turnovers and not having lead guard
Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) did not help Matrixx. Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel and all scorers with 23 pts., including 3 three-pointers, with Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) adding 17 (also 3 three-pointers). Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) led Matrixx with 18 pts. Eiffel are back in familiar ground, a half-game ahead of MyGuide for 1st place in the FEB standings.


Big 3rd Quarter Helps Hanzevast Capitals In Win Over Landstede Basketball -by Sanders Jackson


The team of Pep Claros are slowly making their move upwards in the FEB competition.

Things appear to be on the up and up for Hanzevast Capitals in the FEB competition, with Hanzevast winning its third straight last night in the Martiniplaza, avenging an earlier loss to Landstede and winning 111-94. When the two teams met last time on October 25th, Landstede won on a last-second three-pointer buzzer beater by
Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman).


In this matchup, after a tight 1st half (52-51 for Donar), Hanzevast went on a 36-22 3rd quarter tear (19-9 early run) that was the difference maker throughout the rest of the game, which Landstede could not overcome, winning 111-94. Donar's bench outscored Landstede's by a whopping 66-36 advantage, plus continuing on their improvement on the free throw line, making 35 of 40 attempts. Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) got back on track in a big way, scoring every time he shot the ball (8-8 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT), with a season-high 23 pts. to lead six Donar players in double figures. Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) led all scorers with 24 pts. Donar are now 10-6 and take over 4th place in the FEB standings, while Landstede suffered its 3rd straight loss.



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HUNGARY

ZTE KK: new big man on the roster -by Tamas Deri
Reggie Basette, the american center is arriving today to Hungary and will be on a tryout in Zalaegerszeg. The very experienced big man started this season in Lebanon, but decided to leave the country. The management of ZTE scouted him already during the summer but could not sign a deal with him for financial reasons.

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ICELAND

Iceland Express league results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Keflavik still unbeaten, won first 10 games of the season. Keflavik 92. Skallagrimur 80. Bobby Walker 22. Tommy Johnson 19. Magnus Gunnarsson 19 for Keflavik.
Milojica Zekovic 22 + 13 rebs. Darrell Flake 18 + 13 rebs.for Skallagrim.

Njardvik 87 Fjolnir 75. Johann Olafsson 21. Damon Bailey 18 + 13 rebs. Brenton Birmingfham 18 for Njardvik.
Karlton Mims 29. Niels Dungal 12. Terrance Herbert 10 + 15 rebs. for Fjolnir.

Stjarnan 83. Hamar 63. Dimitar Karadzovski 24. Calvin Roland 18 + 14 rebs. Fannar Helgason 15 for Stjarnan.
George Byrd 16. Roni Leimu 16 for Hamar.


Thor vs Grindavik cancle because of bad weather.


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JAMAICA

St. Benedict's too much for No. 1 Oak Hill -by Leonard Whyte
Draffenville, KY (12-14-2007) - In front of a national television audience on ESPN, Samardo Samuels and No. 9-ranked St. Benedict's Prep (4-0) beat the nation's top-ranked high school - Oak Hill Academy - 68-62 last night in Kentucky. Samuels, a University of Louisville signee, was playing his first official game in the Bluegrass State and did so before a near-capacity crowd. The 6' 9” power forward, formerly of Muschett High School in Jamaica, finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds after opening the game with a thunderous dunk that brought the fans to their feet. St. Benedict's return to the court on Sunday afternoon to play Bloomfield High in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic at Seton Hall University.

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JORDAN

Zain to camp in Syria -by Mohammed Malas
According to Al Jalaa Aleppo of Syria club member Jack Bachayani, Zain basketball team will visit Aleppo city in Syria to play 2 friendly games against their team in 21st and 22nd of December in the club's court.

The team's star Sam Daghlas (197-G-79) will join the team in the coming few days after the delay due to some personal reasons, Head coach Maz Trakh will find in the camp the needed overview in the team's abilities esspecially that Zain will be part of Dubai International Tournament (Dubai, UAE) next january.

In another issue, The 2nd round of Excellent league begins today with 2 games, Zain will play against College Sports Club who will appear for the 1st time, While Al Awdah will play face to face with Hussein Erbid, Both teams will try to be back on track following their losts in the first round.

Orthodox will start their playing in the league after their arrival from Lebanon where they were playing in Harriri Tournament which ended yesterday.


2nd round of Excellent League... -by Mohammed Malas
Two games were played yesterday in the 2nd round of Excellent League, Arena and Al Wihdat will meet tomorrow while Orthodox will host Al Wihdat on 18th of December.

The highest score for one player yesterday was registered to Hussein Erbid's Glen Summerall (193-G-80, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) after making 36 points which gave a big help for his team to win against Al Awdah , While Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) starred in Zain esspecially in assists (18!!!!) in the game against College Sports club, SC's import Jamal Ward (198-F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Chattanooga) tried his best to make the gap less than what was ended in.

Hussein Erbid 81 - Al Awdah 62 (Q's: 19-11, 40-25, 59-43 & 81-62)

Zain 110 - College SC 53 (Q's: 28-15, 52-31, 58-30 & 110-53)

Arena Amman - Al Riyadi (Game on Sunday 16th of December)

Al Wihdat - Orthodox (Game on Tuesday 18th of December)


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LEBANON

Champville sign Kevin Jolley -by Eurobasket
Champville signed 25-year old American forward Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac) 2 days ago. Jolley played most recently at Cv.Alianca Sangalhos (Portugal). His last stats in Portugal were 22.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2.8spg in 9 games

Riyadi Champion of Hariri Men's Tournament -by Hassan Thini

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut retained its Title in the Hariri Tournament after beating Al Ahly from Egypt for the third consecutive year in the final on the score of 85-80 .

The game was full of intensity , the first half was a close one and Riyadi couldn't build a comfortable lead due to the fighting spirit of the Egyptians .The first Half finished on the score of 48-39.

In the second half the same tempo continued but with a bigger dominance for Riyadi who managed the have a lead of 16 points during the third quarter , but in the Fourth Quarter the Egyptian Players started a big comeback which made the score to be reduced and to finish in the end at the score of 85-80.

Best Scorers :

Riyadi : Kenneth Satterfield (26pts )

Ahly: Mohamd Jarhi (15pts)




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LIBERIA

Liberia league kicks off -by Numennie Williams
The 2007-08 national league of the Liberia Basketball Federation kicked off last Tuesday December 11, 2007 in the capital Monrovia. In the opening match, SOS Trotters fell to Island Calves 35-55 points. on December 12, Habel Pointers pinned Barnesville Celtic 70-69 points in a highly compelitive match in the second division. In the female division, former champions Phoenix dragged Survivors 63-38 points. On December 13, Cestor Mogars managed a54-52 points win over Flip Stars and in a female chase, Rockers Angels Shooters buried Supreme sisters 63-37 points. The league will continue over the week end

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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris look convincing as they clip La Fortezza in Kaunas -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - La Fortezza 102:82

Lithuanian powerhouse got it going in the 8th round of Euroleague as they secured a comfortable win over La Fortezza. In front of 5000 fans Zalgiris played impressive basketball and deservedly grabbed their 4th win in the season. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) turned up the hosts for the second straight encounter as he stepped up with game-high 31 points. La Fortezza suffered their 6th defeat and are bound at the bottom of Group A. The teams exchanged baskets early in the encounter before Collins, Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) and Marcus Brown scored consecutive baskets to open double-digit lead for the hosts. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) scored a tremendous buzzer-beater from far beyond the arc to make it 30:17 advantage for the home team at the first intermission. Zalgiris dominance was pretty obvious at the start of the second stanza as Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) ignited a 9:1 rally to give the home side a 39:18 lead. La Fortezza never found the remedy and trailed by 19 points at halftime 32:51. Marcus Brown hit a pair of hard three-pointers early in the third frame to keep it burning for Zalgiris. The gap grew to 26 points but it never iced the hosts as Marcus Brown fired yet another triple to seal the scoreline at 83:50 entering the fourth period. Marcus Brown heated up for the storming crowd with two long bombs early in the fourth stanza to bury any possible hopes for Italian team. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) masterminded an 10:0 rally for the visitors but it could hardly influence the flow of this one as Zalgiris eased to an overall victory at the end.
Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points for Zalgiris. Michael Bradley had 12 points and 6 boards, while Collins added 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Dewarick Spencer nailed 22 points for La Fortezza. Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) and Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) delivered 15 points apiece in a losing clause. Zalgiris will next travel to Poland to take on reeling Prokom. La Fortezza host Tau for a chance to improve in the ladder.

Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 31, Jonas Maciulis 13, Michael Bradley 12
La Fortezza: Dewarick Spencer 22, Delonte Holland 15, Andrea Crosariol 15


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NBA

San Antonio struggles without leaders -by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs missed both leaders as they travelled to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers yesterday. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) started for the short-handed Spurs as they kept it close throughout three quarters before dropping behind in the final stanza. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) was sidelined with a sprained left ankle, while Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) missed his first game in the season because of a sprained right ankle. The visitors fought brave throughout the game as they were tied with the home team early in the fourth term. But Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) ignited a crucial run for the hosts as they claimed the lead for good. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) led the action with 30 points. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) provided 15 points as the Lakers improved to 13-8 record. Bruce Bowen (6'7''-F-71, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) led the visitors with 22 points. Emanuel Ginobili was limited to only 14 points and committed 7 turnovers as the Spurs fell to 17-5 record.
Meanwhile the Los Angeles Clippers decided to waive Ruben Patterson (6'7''-F-75, college: Cincinnati). A 32-year-old forward was signed by the Clippers in August and played 20 games for them in the current season. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.
It's been announced that Miami Heat waived veteran guard Anfernee Hardaway (6'7''-G/F-71, college: Memphis). The move is aimed on opening roster spot for guard Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon). Anfernee Hardaway signed with the Heat before the start of the season after he recovered from a bunch of injuries that kept him out of basketball for several years. A 36-year-old guard played in 16 games in the season and averaged 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Luke Jackson was drafted under #10 by the Cleveland in 2004. He managed to post only 10 games for the Cavaliers in his first season. Later he played for the LA Clippers and the Raptors. He was signed by the Idaho Stampede last week and logged just a single game for them.


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PARAGUAY

Pilar League anticipations -by Gianni Pascucci
The best Regional League in Paraguay is the so-named Campeonato Regional de Pilar. The 2008 edition will start on tuesday, December 18, and will have seven teams at senior level, 1 de Mayo , General Diaz , Capitan Bado , Club Social y Deportivo Obrero , America de Pilar, Asociacion de Fomento Sport Crucecita and 1º de Marzo. Traditional powerhouse America will compete with a very young team, coached by Marcos Ortiz and led on the court by Sergio Lopez (175-G-90), without any winning chance, given that the main score for the current season is to rebuild the roster, developing the skills of the local youngsters.

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PORTUGAL

Last minute change in Belenenses -by Luis Rocha
Although has been released that Cortney Scott it will be the player to enter the roster to replace the injured Ike Nwankwo, Belenenses decided on Spencer Foster, a forward with 1,99 who played in Biola University for 5 years. In his best season there (2005-06), Foster was nominated to the team of the year of the Golden State Athletic Conference with Lance Soderberg, now he's actual teammate.

Vagos hosts Ovarense -by Portugal Eurobasket
The 8th day of UZO League will be played on Saturday with rookie team Vagos hosting Ovarense. The team of Costa Dias can debut Francisco Rodrigues however Ovarense lost 3 games in a row (two in ULEB Cup against Koln 99ers and FMP) and for the first team in the League against Lusitânia. Cordell Henry and Greg Stempin are getting better and it's for sure the champions will try to get into the wins fastly as they can.
Meanwhile in Azores Lusitânia plays FC Porto having two wins in a row. As for Porto, the trip to Azores could maintain them as co-leaders with Ovarense. In the other two games, Barreirense hosts CAB Madeira while Ginasio struggle against Belenenses which can debut Cortney Scott (196-F-82, college: Oakland). Here's the complete schedule with local times:

SATURDAY

16h00 Ginasio-Belenenses
18h00 Barreirense-CAB Madeira
18h30 Lusitânia-FC Porto
21h00 Vagos-Ovarense


Champville sign Kevin Jolley -by Eurobasket
Champville signed 25-year old American forward Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quinnipiac) 2 days ago. Jolley played most recently at Cv.Alianca Sangalhos (Portugal). His last stats in Portugal were 22.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2.8spg in 9 games

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SERBIA

AXA Barcelona beat Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" -by Dragan Jankovski
AXA Barcelona outplayed Partizan Igokea at "Palau Blaugrana" 95-69 and improved score in Eurloeague to 6-2 while Serbian champ dropped to 3-5 and currently share 5th position with Chorale Roanne, their next rival in Belgrade. Barcelona succeeded to stop Partizan's best player Nikola Pekovic, who got 3 PFs early, and made advantage of 14 points already in the first quarter. They played with routine rest of the game and finished it with plus 26 at the end. Partizan had extremely bad night as they committed 21 turnovers. Roger Grimau (196-G-79) led the winners scoring 19 points while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) netted 14 point each. Partizan got 16 points from Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86).

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic said: "Our lost in Barclona is not a surprise but I expected that we will show much better performance!"

After Roma's victory against PAO situation for Partizan is a bit complicated as they have only one win more than Lottomatica. Red and white team will meet Roanne in the next round but there won't be any fans in Pionir bacause of FIBA's fine.


AXA Barcelona - Partizan Igokea 95-69
(28-14,19-22,18-15,30-18)

AXA Barcelona:
Grimau 19, Basile 15, Vasquez 15, Lakovic 14 (4 as)
Partizan Igokea: Tripkovic 16, Velickovic 13 (5 rebs)


Masinac without head coach, new player for Ergonom -by Dragan Jankovski
After defeat against Zdravlje Actavis at home 71-85 head coach of Masinac, Radenko Varagic, stepped down on his own request. It is not known yet who will replace him on the bench of the younger team from Kraljevo, who currently has a record of 3-6 in Serbian A league.

Ergonom from Nis signed an open contract with Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances), ex player of CSKA Sofia, Slavonski Brod, Siroki, Brest.


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ST.KITTS

St.PaulsTopples Hitters to Win SKABA Title: Nash declared finals MVP -by Jay

In what can easily be described as the most exciting game in SKABA since the Fig Tree Dirt Revellers and the McKnight Trotters fought tooth and nail in the 2005 finals the Caribbean Insurance St.Pauls Tuff Knots and the Rams Hitters gave the packed house at basketball city all their money's worth and more on Wednesday evening in the deciding game of the 3 game finals series of the 2007 SKABA Digicel/National Bank/KFC National Basketball league.

The St.Pauls Tuff Knots got out the gates early, excited and enthusiastic as they totally dominated the first half of the game. They grabbed every loose ball and converted almost at will. The Hitters seemingly had no answer for the younger and, some may say, more talented St.Pauls team. Exciting guard Clayton “Claybo” Powell ran circles around Hitters guard and defensive specialist Marlon “Jah Love” Powell .Powell also seemed too much for the aged legs of veteran Trevor “Marty” Huggins . Nasharn and Brother Noren Maynard were simply monstrous on the boards as they out-hustled and out rebounded Hitters forwards Shawn “Shabba” Forbes and David “Longman Dowell. The first half ended with St.Pauls enjoying a very comfortable and dominating 14 point lead, 50-36.

However the 2nd half began with a much more energized and focused Hitters team. Like a surgeon with a precision knife, the 17 time champions methodically cut back into the huge lead and with 8:57 secs to go in the 4th quarter the Hitters tied the game 60-60 with a spectacular 3 point shot by SKABA legend Marty Huggins. Marty showed exactly why he is considered by most the best player ever in SKABA as the young legs of Clayton Powell (180-G) and Karis Douglas became weary and thus were unable to stop the 25 year veteran from throwing up and converting an amazing 3- three point shots in less than 2 minutes.

By the middle of the 4th quarter the Hitters had full control of the game and the momentum had totally shifted in their favor. At this time the score was 74-71. St.Pauls however showed great determination as they valiantly fought back on the strength of the broad shoulders of Nasharn Maynard who along with brother Noren and guard Clayton Powell dug deep and rode the overwhelming support of the St.Pauls fans who came out in their numbers, the St.Pauls Tuff Knots scored the final 7 points unanswered . The Hitters simply had little or nothing left after coming back from 20 points down to tie the game. Even the importation of overseas based player Kevin Davis, did not help the Hitters to deny St.Pauls their first title. At the final whistle hundreds of St.Pauls Tuff Knots fans swarmed the court to celebrate their team's 81-77 victory over the dynasty known as Hitters.

Much credit for the St.Pauls victory must be given to Coach St.Clair “Heads” Buchanan who did a splendid job in keeping his team calm and focused even when the Hitters took the lead early in the 4th quarter.Nasharn Maynard was declared the Finals and Playoff MVP as he was the main catalyst throughout the entire playoff for the St.Pauls Tuff Knots' first national title. He led all scorers with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Noren Maynard supported well with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Clayton Powell had yet another solid game with 16 points and 7 assists. Trevor Marty Huggins led the Hitters with 19 points which included 3-three pointers. The Hitters young and exciting guards Marlon “Jah Love” Powell and Ansell “Bonze” Revan played credibly but way below the standard that was expected of them given the magnitude of the game. Ansell and Marlon combined for 28 points and just 4 assists, 3 below the assist total of St.Pauls Tuff Knots guard Clayton Powell. Other good performances came from Javid Williams of St.Pauls Tuff Knots with 8 points and 8 rebounds and Hiters' Shawn “Shabba” Forbes with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
The TUFF Knots were promoted to the Premier division just two seasons ago after an undefeated championship run in the SKABA “A” division. They reached the quarterfinals last season and then stamped their mark on this season as they were the only team to beat the Hitters twice on the season.



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SYRIA

Market News -by Mohammed Malas

- Al Ittihad Aleppo Club is waiting for the arrival of their new imports Ndongo N'Diaye (214-C-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Delaware) and Tony Weeden (188-G-82) following the release of Damond Williams who left to the club's rivals Army Club and Gentry Lewis.

Ndongo is so familiar in the area as he was in lebanon for more than 3 years playing with top clubs there adding to his full experience in playing in USA, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan, Angola and Tunisia, While Weeden is a combo guard who played only in the USA after his graduation from Chicago State University in NCAA in 2005.

- The american point guard Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) will be the 2nd import of Al Karama Club due to the latest agreement between the two parties, The player arrived to syria last week and started trainings.

Former Iowa university alumni was in Hungary last season and was chosen there as guard, He also played in Germany, France, Austria and couple of teams in his home country.

- The head coach of Al Jalaa Aleppo is currently trying a third import for the men team, The player is Kevin Johnson (202-F-79) who is in syria from around 2 weeks, The 3 imports who are currently training with the team are Samaki Walker, Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80) and Kevin Johnson (202-F-79).

Johnson gained some good experience by having chance in playing in Turkey, France and Germany.

The team's syrian origin players Eduardo Caviglia (196-G/F-80), 'Dede' Barbosa (200-G-77) will arrive to aleppo soon while and Marcelo Corea (208-C-77) is already there
to begin the real preperations for the season esspecially for Dubai International Tournament which begins next january.

# Imports in Syria until now....

- Al Wehda Damascus:
Louis Darby (196-G-84) - USA

- Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Ndongo N'Diaye (214-C-77) - Senegal
Tony Weeden (188-G-82) - USA


- Al Jalaa Aleppo:
Samaki Walker (206-C-76) - USA
Kevin Johnson (202-F-79) - USA
Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80) - USA

- Al Karama:
Kris Gibbs-Smith (197-G/F-83) - USA
Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81) - USA

- Army Club:
Damond Williams (197-F-80) - USA



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UKRAINE

BC Odessa 99 vs. Dnipro 90 (2OT) -by Alexei Naumov
BC Odessa survived a double OT thriller against Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk to steal a 99:90 win in the opening game of the 11th match-day in the Ukrainian Superleague.

Visiting Dnipro had a better start to the game, obtaining a 19:13 advantage midway through the first quarter. Odessa's new signing Alexei Yekimov entered the contest at this moment to score 6 points, which sparked Odessa's 8:2 run, allowing the home side to win the time frame by 1.

The game was evenly matched thereafter and went into overtime as the 4th quarter expired.

Odessa had a 78:71 lead in the first overtime, but failed to hold on to it as the second extra session was forced. The home side ensured the win this time, scoring 20 points sealing the deal.

Odessa's Denys Yakovlev had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Oleksandr Rybalko added 18.

Two Dnipro's players had a double-double: Viktor Kobzistiy with 24 points and 11 boards, Grigoriy Khizhniak with 18 and 12.

The rest of the games will take place on Saturday. Live game logs, stats and recaps will be available on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.


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VENEZUELA

Edgar Lugo made 6 shots from the 3 point line -by Wolfgang Lucena
Edgar Lugo made 6 shots from the 3 point line in the 14th La Vega's Superior Basketball Tournament Championship series.

Venezuela's shooting guard Edgar Lugo wearing Parque Hostos uniform, is present in the 14th La Vega Championship series in The Dominican Republic.
“The sniper”, Lugo, led all the players with 26 points in the score board and 18 points from the three point line, to help Parque Hostos defeat La Matica 100 - 71 in the first game of this Championship series.
Lugo, whom belongs to Guaiqueries in the Venezuela Professional Basketball league, is expecting a fly back to Venezuela at soon as he finishes, over Dominican Republic.

It is good to say that Edgar Lugo was helping in the rescued of the victims in the big storm that made the river flood, over La Vega.





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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Christchurch bumps Perth at home -by Eurobasket News

Christchurch Sirens - Perth Lynx 66:61

It was another impressive performance from the Sirens as they nipped the Lynx at home today. Or it should be called a usual one with the Sirens by now? The WNBL newcomers obviously got used to the league's environment and started to produce some notable results. It became the 6th win for the Sirens in the season and the second straight in the last weeks. Perth got to a flying start as Carli Boyanich and Melissa Marsh (175-G-85) scored 4 quick points for the Lynx to give them a lead. But soon Donna Wilkins nailed a three-pointer to get the hosts rolling. Suzannah Bates (175-G-87) nailed some important baskets in the first frame to ensure a 21:14 lead for the home team. The Sirens maintained the lead early in the second stanza but Jamie-Lee Samuels (185-F-86) and Tanya Kelly allowed the Lynx to trail by just a single point at halftime 31:32. The game remained extra close throughout the third period as neither side was able to gain some visible advantage. The hosts held on to a minimum lead 50:48 heading into the fourth term. Finally Ashley Awkward (168-G-85, college: Mississippi) and Suzannah Bates gave Christchurch a 60:53 lead midway through the final frame. Later Antonia Edmondson (180-F-87) extended the gap to 62:53 with less than 5 minutes remaining. But the Lynx scored 6 consecutive points and cut the gap to 4 points 59:63 with under 2 minutes to go. Suzannah Bates hit a free throw but Samantha Richards (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) answered with two from the stripe to narrow the margin to 3 points with 71 second left. However the home team tightened up their defense and never allowed the visitors to produce a single basket till the final buzzer, while Antonia Edmondson sealed the win with two more free throws in the dying seconds.
Antonia Edmondson topscored with 14 points for well-balanced Christchurch. Ashley Awkward scored 9 points, while Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) had 7 points for the winners. Melissa Marsh responded with 14 points for the Lynx. Samantha Richards delivered 12 points in a losing effort for struggling Perth. The Lynx fell to 3-10 record at the bottom of the ladder.
The Sirens will next take on Adelaide at home court. Perth will visit Adelaide the day after tomorrow.

Christchurch: Antonia Edmondson 14, Ashley Awkward 9, Aneka Kerr 7
Perth: Melissa Marsh 14, Samantha Richards 12



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BELGIUM - Women

Dexia Namur sees off the 5th loss in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
USVO - Dexia Namur 79:55 (24-9, 19-14, 18-21, 18-11)

Dexia Namur saw the fifth loss in Euroleague this season. In the game over French USVO Belgian team lost 55:79 fallind down at 1-5 in Group C. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Zara posted 16 and Laurie Koehn (174-G-82, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 12. Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) collected 23 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. USVO dominated from start to finish to progress to a 3-3 record.

The game has started with 7 consecutive points from French squad. The hosts felt very comfortable at home and finished the opening quarter at 24:9. Aubert's free throw with no time left in the quarter was the last in it. Zara made 33:23 in the middle of the second quarter and then the hosts created a 10-0 run. Nicole Ohlde was the last to score in the half as USVO enjoyed 43:23 advantage.
In the second half the margin remained on the level of 20 as the hosts ended up the third quarter with 18:21. Carpreaux made a lay-up and reduced the gap to 61:44. With a little hope for the last quarter Dexia fell apart later in the game. At first Dexia Namur cut to 61:48 as Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 4 points in a row. Another 10-0 run by the hosts were fatal for Belgian team. Nicole Ohlde buried a free throw to see 79:55 win for the French squad.

USVO: Nicole Ohlde 20+11 rebs, Zara 16, Laurie Koehn 12
Dexia Namur: Cathrine Kraayeveld 23+8 rebs, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) 12


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BOSNIA - Women

FIBA EuroCup: Zeljeznicar in 1/16 finals -by Sead Buljina

By winning last night in Novi Sad against Vojvodina (66:57) Zeljeznicar from Sarajevo has qualified for the FIBA EuroCup 1/16 finals. In a deciding game Zeljeznicar players proved that they are a better team then their hosts winning on the road. Milena Vukicevic recorded a double-double (24 pts, 12 rebs) and led all scorers in her first game for Zeljeznicar.


Vojvodina - Zeljeznicar 57:66 (31:40)

Spectators: 500

Zeljeznicar: Dzankovic, Mikic 9, Gambiroza 10, Music 7, Rus 4, Sofovic, Davis 12, Hamsic, Vukicevic 24, Cadjo, Mujovic. Coach: Elmedin Omanic.



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CROATIA - Women

Gospic overcame Hungarian Szeviep -by Eurobasket News
Gospic -Szeviep 73:65 (21-21, 15-11, 17-15, 20-18)

Gospic won the last game of EuroCup Preliminary Round defeating Szeviep 73:65. A 4-2 record sends them to 1/16 of the tournament where they will face Hondarribia-Irun from Spain. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) paced the winners with 27 points. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) nailed 14, while Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 13. Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

Gospic outlasted the opponent to secure a second place in the group. Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) got Szeviep started with a pair of two pointers. Gospic came out firing and back-to-back baskets. With a tough opening quarter both teams proceeded to the second with a tie score, 21:21. Mirjana Tabak with a three pointer gave the hosts plus five, but then Russai tied the game at 30:30. Orsolya Englert's lay-up lifted Croatians in front after the first, 36:32.
With 17:15 in the third quarter Gospic reached 53:47 after 30 minutes of the game. Later the hosts never looked behind and tried to increase the lead. Mirjana Tabak with a jump-shot made the score 68:58 with 2.30 to play. Torok from the arc, set up the final score, 73:65.

Gospic: Mirjana Tabak 27, Marina Mazic 14, Orsolya Englert 13
Szeviep: Judit Kajdacsi 14, Milena Tomova 12


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CYPRUS - Women

Even with 2-4 record Cyprus will see Imperial AEL in the next round -by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla -Imperial AEL 85:76 (19-15, 22-20, 18-14, 26-27)

Imperial AEL even with a loss in the last round advanced to another round. A 76:85 did not upset the team from Cuprus as they already think of their another opponent. Elitzur Ramla finished the group with 4-2 record beating Imperial AEL 85:76. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the winners with 24 points. Chasity Melvin (191-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 22 and Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 12. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) was the best for the visitors scoring 26 points.

Elitzur Ramla pulled into 4-2 for the second place in Group D. Israeli team used a the victories in the first three quarters to improve to that record.
Grabias opened the scoring for the visitors. Grabias struck and the Imperial AEL lead was 14:15 in the first. Elitzur Ramla however scored the last 4 points in the period to take 19:15 advantage. In a tough second quarter Israeli team maneged to grab 41:35 after the first half.
Shay Doron brought 10-points deficit for the hosts at 47:37. The hosts still had the same margin after three quarters. With 74:60 in the last quarter it seemed that the game was over, but not for AEK. A 2-11 comeback brought 76:71 with 2 minutes in the game. Shay Doron being the leader in the game scored some important points to give her team the 85:76 win.
In 1/16 of EuroCup K.V.Imperial AEL meets Umana Reyer Venezia. Elitzur Ramla will face Turkish Besiktas Cola Turka.

Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 24, Chasity Melvin 22, Laine Selwyn 12
Imperial AEL: Betty Lennox 26, Andrea Gardner-Combs (192-C-79, college: Howard) 14


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CZECH REP. - Women

1st women league in half-time -by Petr Kapitulcin

ZVVZ USK Praha Juniors and another Prague team Sokol Nusle leads 1st women league, second highest competition Czech Republic. Winner of this competition promoted to Trocal ZBL 2008/09. This league is too equalised, all teams had some players with experience with Trocal ZBL. Four reserves played in this competiton - Gambrinus Brno, USK Praha, KARA Trutnov and Slovanka Tabor, so in stats are sometimes players from highest division. And another teams have some players on loan, for example in Sokol Nusle played Aneta Obrusnikova from Sparta.




1.

ZVVZ USK Praha Juniorky

11

8

3

865:668

19

2.

Sokol Nusle

11

8

3

698:655

19

3.

BK Pliska Studanka Pardubice

11

7

4

801:748

18

4.

BK Tabor

11

6

5

783:772

17

5.

Sokol Nova Paka

11

5

6

717:742

16

6.

BK Kralupy - Junior

10

5

5

797:699

15

7.

SK UP Olomouc

11

4

7

659:696

15

8.

Gambrinus Sika Brno B

11

4

7

713:799

15

9.

KARA Trutnov B

11

4

7

663:842

15

10.

Aritma Praha

10

3

7

644:719

13



Points per game

1.

Obrusnikova Aneta

Sokol Nusle

19,29

2.

Novakova Jana

BK Kralupy - Junior

18,30

3.

Peckova Tereza

USK Praha B

17,00

4.

Ernatova Gabriela

BK Kralupy - Junior

16,10

5.

Skutilova Eva

KARA Trutnov B

15,82



Free throws percentage

1.

Ernatova Gabriela

BK Kralupy - Junior

92,68 %

2.

Novakova Jana

BK Kralupy - Junior

89,80 %

3.

Peckova Tereza

USK Praha B

88,89 %

4.

Melicharova Zuzana

BK Kralupy - Junior

87,50 %

5.

Krasova Pavla

BK Kralupy - Junior

85,71 %


3 points per game

1.

Obrusnikova Aneta

Sokol Nusle

2,57

2.

Kalendova Petra

Sokol Nova Paka

2,13

3.

Kalendova Pavla

Sokol Nova Paka

2,09

4.

Skutilova Eva

KARA Trutnov B

2,00

5.

Husnikova Michaela

Aritma Praha

1,67


1st round

1. Aritma Praha - Junior Kralupy 81:66 (22:15 39:32 63:47)
2. Sokol Nova Paka - SK UP Olomouc 58:40 (22:6 34:18 48:32)
3. KARA Trutnov B - Gambrinus Brno B 66:64 (17:11 25:24 39:41)
4. Sokol Nusle - ZVVZ USK Juniorky 62:61 (12:18 27:33 42:51)
5. Pliska Pardubice - BK Tabor 67:42 (21:11 36:23 50:34)

2nd round

6. Sokol Nova Paka - Gambrinus Brno B 77:60 (11:18 38:33 63:49)
7. KARA Trutnov B - SK UP Olomouc 63:55 (13:9 29:32 42:47)
8. Sokol Nusle - BK Tabor 71:54 (17:14 35:36 52:44)
9. Pliska Pardubice - ZVVZ USK Juniorky 75:92 (19:29 38:51 59:76)

3rd round

10. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - BK Tabor 88:56 (22:12 45:27 66:41)
11. SK UP Olomouc - Sokol Nusle 58:68 (14:22 27:44 43:59)
12. Gambrinus Brno B - Pliska Pardubice 62:75 (11:23 25:35 45:54)
13. Aritma Praha - Sokol Nova Paka 59:58 (15:12 33:21 49:45)
14. Junior Kralupy - KARA Trutnov B 99:53 (25:16 47:32 75:44)

4th round

15. SK UP Olomouc - Pliska Pardubice 71:77 (20:20 36:41 56:66)
16. Gambrinus Brno B - Sokol Nusle 55:73 (17:17 26:26 36:45)
17. Aritma Praha - KARA Trutnov B 65:66 (18:10 25:21 42:41 60:60)
18. Junior Kralupy - Sokol Nova Paka 92:95 (21:27 39:55 61:75 89:89)

5th round

19. Sokol Nova Paka - KARA Trutnov B 80:52 (21:14 35:30 60:44)
20. Sokol Nusle - Aritma Praha 66:63 (19:16 34:32 46:43)
21. Pliska Pardubice - Junior Kralupy 75:67 (19:15 35:29 60:52)
22. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - SK UP Olomouc 81:45 (20:9 40:21 60:31)
23. BK Tabor - Gambrinus Brno B 83:57 (14:21 41:32 71:42)

6th round

24. Sokol Nusle - Junior Kralupy 70:72 (19:12 33:37 52:49)
25. Pliska Pardubice - Aritma Praha 80:58 (22:15 41:33 57:44)
26. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - Gambrinus Brno B 92:37 (28:9 53:16 76:28)
27. BK Tabor - SK UP Olomouc 83:52 (29:11 46:31 64:43)

7th round

28. SK UP Olomouc - Gambrinus Brno B 76:49 (15:15 27:19 52:37)
29. Aritma Praha - ZVVZ USK Juniorky 70:69 (26:14 46:34 56:57)
30. Junior Kralupy - BK Tabor 105:64 (27:14 49:29 69:49)
31. Sokol Nova Paka - Sokol Nusle 43:58 (11:14 22:32 39:45)
32. KARA Trutnov B - Pliska Pardubice 73:70 (10:19 28:38 53:56)

8th round

33. Aritma Praha - BK Tabor 81:87 (21:33 40:47 55:69)
34. Junior Kralupy - ZVVZ USK Juniorky 91:63 (29:17 48:33 70:44)
35. Sokol Nova Paka - Pliska Pardubice 75:81 (27:23 46:42 58:57)
36. KARA Trutnov B - Sokol Nusle 43:59 (14:21 19:34 32:47)

9th round

37. Sokol Nusle - Pliska Pardubice 70:62 (17:10 34:31 53:48)
38. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - Sokol Nova Paka 79:52 (16:12 45:21 58:33)
39. BK Tabor - KARA Trutnov B 90:73 (23:18 42:34 63:51)
40. SK UP Olomouc - Aritma Praha 61:45 (20:16 31:35 42:44)
41. Gambrinus Brno B - Junior Kralupy 79:69 (26:13 48:33 65:58)

10th round

42. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - KARA Trutnov B 94:66 (26:9 56:31 73:52)
43. BK Tabor - Sokol Nova Paka 88:52 (30:13 52:28 68:40)
44. SK UP Olomouc - Junior Kralupy 67:55 (24:13 38:21 49:31)
45. Gambrinus Brno B - Aritma Praha 85:70 (24:20 41:31 56:50)

11th round

46. Junior Kralupy - Aritma Praha 81:52 (16:8 36:30 54:44)
47. Gambrinus Brno B - Sokol Nova Paka 71:63 (23:23 49:44 61:52)
48. SK UP Olomouc - KARA Trutnov B 72:53 (22:10 43:23 56:35)
49. BK Tabor - Sokol Nusle 74:53 (17:10 40:20 54:38)
50. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - Pliska Pardubice 76:66 (19:21 40:32 53:41)

12th round

51. SK UP Olomouc - Sokol Nova Paka 62:64 (15:13 29:24 39:39 49:49 56:56)
52. Gambrinus Brno B - KARA Trutnov B 94:55 (29:9 47:13 74:30)
53. ZVVZ USK Juniorky - Sokol Nusle 70:48 (14:16 35:30 54:35)
54. BK Tabor - Pliska Pardubice 62:73 (20:28 35:40 48:54)



U17 extraleague in half-time -by Petr Kapitulcin

U17 extraleague is in the half-time. After 12 round is on the first place BCM Sokolov with two big talents, Alena Hanusova and Lenka Bartakova. Sokolov is most pleasant surprise in common with KARA Trutnov - expectant big outsider has 5 win. On the other side is Sokol Hradec Kralove and BK CCA Strakonice, two teams which were in final 4 last year.


The best scorer is Michaela Pavlasova, the captain of Czech cadettes team 2007.


All stars: Bartakova(Sokolov), Pavlasova(Gambrinus), Elhotova(Slovanka), Cepelkova(Olomouc), Hanusova(Sokolov)

2nd team: Zaplatova(Trutnov), Muchova(Sparta), Dybalova(Ostrava), Medunova(Slovanka), Petrzelova(Sparta)

1.

BCM Sokolov

12

11

1

879:694

23

2.

Basket Slovanka

12

9

3

1016:759

21

3.

WBA Sparta

12

9

3

797:686

21

4.

SBS Ostrava

12

8

4

886:731

20

5.

Gambrinus Sika Brno

12

7

5

783:708

19

6.

OSK Olomouc

12

7

5

773:826

19

7.

Sokol Nusle

12

6

6

787:728

18

8.

Valosun Brno

12

5

7

721:757

17

9.

KARA Trutnov

12

5

7

740:816

17

10.

BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice

12

2

10

610:762

14

11.

TJ Lokomotiva Liberec I.

12

2

10

705:953

14

12.

Sokol Hradec Kralove

12

1

11

711:988

13


Stats leaders:

Points per game:

1.

Michaela Pavlasova (175-G-91)

Gambrinus Sika Brno

20,09

2.

Cepelkova Martina

OSK Olomouc

19,58

3.

Medunova Gabriela

Basket Slovanka

17,83

4.

Hanusova Alena

BCM Sokolov

17,40

5.

Elhotova Karolina

Basket Slovanka

16,50

Free throws percentage

1.

Muchova Michaela

WBA Sparta

86,21 %

2.

Elhotova Karolina

Basket Slovanka

83,33 %

3.

Verlikova Monika

SBS Ostrava

82,61 %

4.

Hausknechtova Jana

OSK Olomouc

80,00 %

5.

Knoflickova Martina

Valosun Brno

76,00 %


Free throws - shooted

1.

Prchalova Zuzana

TJ Lokomotiva Liberec I.

104

2.

Zaplatova Petra

KARA Trutnov

83

3.

Ambrozova Viktorie

Valosun Brno

73

4.

Dybalova Veronika

SBS Ostrava

64

5.

Holubova Martina

SBS Ostrava

63


3 points per game

1.

Petrzelova Veronika

WBA Sparta

2,70

2.

Friedelova Anna

Sokol Hradec Kralove

2,67

3.

Muchova Michaela

WBA Sparta

2,40

4.

Kuliskova Lucie

Sokol Nusle

1,83

5.

Kůsova Monika

BK CCA Strakonice

1,75

1st round
1. BCM Sokolov - Sokol Nusle 60:49 (19:15 32:26 48:33)
2. SBS Ostrava - OSK Olomouc 74:55 (18:9 34:18 46:42)
3. Basket Slovanka - Lokomotiva Liberec (108:62)
4. Valosun Brno - Gambrinus Brno 65:58 (22:22 40:39 53:49)
5. WBA Sparta - BK Strakonice 51:40 (19:11 23:24 37:30)
6. KARA Trutnov - Sokol H. Kralove 80:45 (20:7 40:13 60:29)
2nd round
7. BCM Sokolov - KARA Trutnov 88:52 (13:19 42:28 73:42)
8. Sokol Nusle - Sokol H. Kralove 77:46 (20:8 38:14 55:38)
9. SBS Ostrava - WBA Sparta 68:51 (23:13 44:26 53:41)
10. OSK Olomouc - BK Strakonice 51:48 (20:11 31:27 44:34)
11. Basket Slovanka - Valosun Brno 79:44 (17:7 40:23 59:32)
12. Lokomotiva Liberec - Gambrinus Brno 63:84 (12:26 32:45 52:62)
3rd round
13. BCM Sokolov - Sokol H. Kralove 83:62 (22:14 48:28 64:43)
14. Sokol Nusle - KARA Trutnov 90:56 (18:9 42:22 65:38)
15. SBS Ostrava - BK Strakonice 76:62 (25:14 46:29 62:43)
16. OSK Olomouc - WBA Sparta 54:67 (16:22 27:38 45:53)
17. Basket Slovanka - Gambrinus Brno 72:65 (18:11 40:29 54:42)
18. Lokomotiva Liberec - Valosun Brno 48:65 (14:23 30:31 37:52)
4th round
19. KARA Trutnov - Valosun Brno 56:55 (12:18 29:28 45:42)
20. Sokol H. Kralove - Gambrinus Brno 69:93 (14:19 30:49 56:70)
21. WBA Sparta - Basket Slovanka 73:70 (20:23 40:43 55:62)
*22. BK Strakonice - Lokomotiva Liberec 0:20
23. BCM Sokolov - SBS Ostrava 77:67 (17:13 41:33 61:46)
24. Sokol Nusle - OSK Olomouc 68:53 (18:19 34:30 53:36)
5th round
25. KARA Trutnov - Gambrinus Brno 45:53 (7:8 13:26 29:46)
26. Sokol H. Kralove - Valosun Brno 69:63 (19:9 33:25 55:48)
27. WBA Sparta - Lokomotiva Liberec 92:44 (25:6 48:20 76:35)
*28. BK Strakonice - Basket Slovanka 39:84 (8:25 20:46 27:70)
29. BCM Sokolov - OSK Olomouc 94:58 (32:14 47:29 77:43)
30. Sokol Nusle - SBS Ostrava 61:72 (21:19 28:33 48:54)
6th round
31. SBS Ostrava - KARA Trutnov 85:48 (19:17 43:30 65:39)
32. OSK Olomouc - Sokol H. Kralove 76:58 (27:12 55:21 63:39)
33. Basket Slovanka - BCM Sokolov 84:58 (15:15 47:30 62:49)
34. Lokomotiva Liberec - Sokol Nusle 42:77 (16:19 27:37 38:60)
35. Valosun Brno - WBA Sparta 65:66 (19:18 39:42 57:52)
36. Gambrinus Brno - BK Strakonice 62:45 (14:10 33:18 49:31)
7th round
37. SBS Ostrava - Sokol H. Kralove 95:34 (29:9 47:15 61:22)
38. OSK Olomouc - KARA Trutnov 72:71 (24:17 37:32 47:47)
39. Basket Slovanka - Sokol Nusle 79:64 (23:20 40:35 51:47)
40. Lokomotiva Liberec - BCM Sokolov 64:77 (13:16 28:38 50:53)
41. Valosun Brno - BK Strakonice 64:57 (15:17 32:30 45:51)
42. Gambrinus Brno - WBA Sparta 52:48 (10:13 19:24 28:35)
8th round
43. KARA Trutnov - WBA Sparta 57:68 (16:15 22:38 40:57)
44. Sokol H. Kralove - BK Strakonice 56:58 (10:15 19:26 37:37)
45. BCM Sokolov - Valosun Brno 80:56 (16:17 35:34 56:49)
46. Sokol Nusle - Gambrinus Brno 69:63 (20:16 36:31 51:55)
47. SBS Ostrava - Basket Slovanka 74:70 (26:19 41:35 59:59)
48. OSK Olomouc - Lokomotiva Liberec 81:62 (20:14 43:33 62:49)
9th round
49. KARA Trutnov - BK Strakonice 79:60 (24:9 42:29 67:50)
50. Sokol H. Kralove - WBA Sparta 56:98 (13:27 24:47 37:75)
51. BCM Sokolov - Gambrinus Brno 56:49 (20:6 32:21 48:34)
52. Sokol Nusle - Valosun Brno 58:45 (16:7 29:12 42:22)
53. SBS Ostrava - Lokomotiva Liberec 94:69 (28:21 50:38 69:51)
54. OSK Olomouc - Basket Slovanka 80:73 (21:23 42:38 65:56)
10th round
55. Basket Slovanka - KARA Trutnov 73:66 (18:14 46:36 60:53)
56. Lokomotiva Liberec - Sokol H. Kralove 96:90 (19:31 46:49 76:64)
57. Valosun Brno - SBS Ostrava 66:55 (16:16 29:34 54:45)
58. Gambrinus Brno - OSK Olomouc 77:51 (20:18 35:33 58:43)
59. WBA Sparta - BCM Sokolov 49:62 (13:16 29:32 40:47)
60. BK Strakonice - Sokol Nusle 79:74 (17:19 36:45 59:61)
11th round
61. Basket Slovanka - Sokol H. Kralove 106:64 (22:15 55:41 78:48)
62. Lokomotiva Liberec - KARA Trutnov 65:67 (17:17 33:33 49:52)
63. Valosun Brno - OSK Olomouc 72:77 (24:14 41:33 55:56 66:66)
64. Gambrinus Brno - SBS Ostrava 73:64 (13:24 36:42 57:56)
65. WBA Sparta - Sokol Nusle 69:61 (13:7 28:19 50:33)
66. BK Strakonice - BCM Sokolov 65:80 (12:21 34:46 48:61)
12th round
67. Sokol Nusle - BCM Sokolov 39:64 (12:15 19:36 26:51)
68. OSK Olomouc - SBS Ostrava 65:62 (11:16 30:25 48:42)
69. Lokomotiva Liberec - Basket Slovanka 70:118 (17:22 29:50 50:88)
70. Gambrinus Brno - Valosun Brno 54:61 (14:18 33:32 44:46)
71. BK Strakonice - WBA Sparta 57:65 (11:22 25:39 40:55)
72. Sokol H. Kralove - KARA Trutnov 62:63 (17:25 35:43 48:50)



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EUROCUP (W) - Women

The last results of the Preliminary Round -by Eurobasket News

Universite BC Neuchatel -Zala Volan ZTE 80:82 2OT (15-16, 11-19, 20-13, 18-16, 7-7, 9-11)

Universite BC Neuchâtel lost the thriller at home to Zala Volan ZTE from Hungary. In the last game of EuroCup, Group E, the Swiss team was defeated 80:82 in the second overtime. Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) shone with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80) collected 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) added 13. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) top-scored in the game with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.

It was the game for the second win in Group E and the most interesting game in it. A bit less than a thousand spectators saw one of the best and longest games this season. The only minus for them was that their team lost the thriller. A 15:16 in the opening quarter saw the visitors in front. Another 11:19 and Zala Volan ZTE had 9 points advantage at the first half.
A great comeback from the hosts was greatly applaud by the fans. A 20:13 in the third quarter left only 2 points for the visitors that lost even them in the end of the fourth quarter. Universite BC Neuchâtel sparkled with 18:16 to tie the game after 4 quarters.
In the first overtime as it became clear not the last the team finished at 7:7, while In the second Zala Volan ZTE grabbed 9:11.

Universite BC Neuchatel: Cameo Hicks 32+6 rebs, Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) 13
Zala Volan ZTE: Lidiya Milkova 28+15 rebs, Nikolett Turoczi 26+10 rebs, Judit Szelesy 13



Panionios - Besiktas Cola Turka 83:72 (20-29, 24-9, 21-16, 18-18)

Not only Panionis and Besiktas Cola Turka struggled for the win, but the spectators could enjoy the battle between Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) and Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) as both players ended up with 38 points! Erin Thorn's Panionis overcame Stacey Lynn Lovelace's Besiktas Cola Turka 83:72 in the last game of Group A. Erin Thorn was unstoppable with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) followed her with 17, while Samoroukova had 11. Stacey Lynn Lovelace added 9 rebounds to her 38 points. Panionios won Group A with 5-1 record as both teams advanced to the next round.
Besiktas Cola Turka did not feel shame for hospitality to take 0-8 run from the start. The visitors however caught up quickly and Erin Thorn's three closed to 9-10. Turkish team dominated in the end to grab 20:29 advantage. Trailing 20:31 Panionios tied at 33:33 in the middle of the second. Erin Thorn's another three made the score 44:38 at the half time. Greek side enjoyed 10 points lead throughout the third quarter and finished it with 65:54. Brooke Queenan's free throw was the last in the game as the hosts celebrated 83:72 victory.

The teams will continue the participation on December 10th. In the Sixteenth-Finals Panionis will face Lattes, while Besiktas Cola Turka will play against Ramla.

Panionios: Erin Thorn 38 points+9 rebs+7 ast, Brooke Queenan 17, Samoroukova 11
Besiktas Cola Turka: Stacey Lynn Lovelace 38+9 rebs, Jelena Spiric (183-F-83, college: Nebraska) 13





Apollon - Pankup TED Koleji 84:85 (22-16, 21-26, 23-12, 18-31)

Greek Apollon finished Group A of EuroCup with 1-5 record. In the last battle the team lost to Pankup TED Koleji 84:85. A 18:31 in the last quarter was fatal for the hosts that lost only 1 point. Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) paced the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Moore netted 17, while Betul Sunter (173-G/F-77) and Metin ended up with 11 points each. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) shone for the hosts with 30 points that were not enough for the second win.

Greek side scored first 4 points in the game that made the hosts angry. Apollon answered with some good points to finish the first quarter at 22:16. Kyrkopoulou's jump-shot brought a small advantage for the Greek team. Davis made even 34:27 but then the visitors replied with their weapon. Monique Coker tied the game at 41:41 in the end of the second quarter.
Tsakmaki opened the scoring list for the hosts in the third quarter that looked outstandings in the first minutes of it. Eshaya Murphy closed the period at 66:54 and it seemed that the win was so close. She made another lay-up to take 73:63 with her team with less than 5 minutes in the game. A 3-12 in the last minutes of it however ruined the plans for the victory. Betul Sunter's three pointer with a buzzer will see the visitors in the next stage of EuroCup.

Apollon: Eshaya Murphy 30, Eleni Papadimitriou (178-G-80) 11
Pankup TED Koleji: Monique Coker 24+10 rebs, Moore 17, Betul Sunter 11, Metin 11

Arad - KK Hemofarm Vrsac 73:58 (27-16, 14-16, 21-15, 11-11)
Arad enjoys the great time not only in the national league where it stay undefeated. The Romanian favorite advanced to the next round of EuroCup after a home win over KK Hemofarm Vrsac 73:58. The victory tied the record for the team that finished Group B with 3-3 record. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) paced the winners with 25 points. Moore posted 15, while Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) and Marija Kovacic (197-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 14 each. Marina Jankovic (181-G-83) brought 15 points for the Serbs.

Four consecutive points in the beginning of the game including the lay-up by Alicia Gladden fired the game. Arad looked much better than the opponent and ended up with 27:16 after the first ten minutes of the game. The majority of the second quarter showed ten points advantage for the hosts that finished the half at 41:32.
Alicia Gladden made +18 in the middle of the third that answered all the questions about the winner. Moore kept the score for good 62:47 after the third quarter. Elisabeth Pavel's jump-shot brought the biggest lead to the Romanian team and then Marina Jankovic could reduce to 73:58 in the end of the game.
In the 1/16 Arad will face a tough BC Moscow, while Hemofarm Vrsac will play with another Russian team Chevakata. hemofarm finished the group at 4-2 but does not feel as a favorite of the game as well.

Arad: Alicia Gladden 25, Moore 15, Elisabeth Pavel 14+11 rebs, Marija Kovacic 14+10 rebs
Hemofarm Vrsac: Marina Jankovic 15, Stankovic 12

Electra Ramat-Hasharon - ZKK Buducnost 92:72 (21-15, 26-16, 29-19, 16-22)
Buducnost finished the European tournament with 1-5 record. In the last game of EuroCup the team from Montenegro lost to Israeli Electra Ramat-Hasharon 92:72. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83)'s effort was not enough to end up on a happy note as she nailed 31 points and made 13 rebounds. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) led the winners with 23 points and 15 boards. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB) netted 19 while Perkins chipped in 15. Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.

First five points in the game belonged to the hosts that have huge ambitions for this season in the tournament. Daliborka Vilipic made the lay-up in the end of the first quarter to have 21:15 with her team. In order not to stop the hosts pushed the tempo in the next quarter to finish it at 26:16. It gave them 16 points advantage after the first half.
A 29:19 was the last punch for the team from Montenegro. there was nothing they could do in the third quarter failing at 29:19. Ana Baletic sent the teams to the last quarter with 76:50 for the hosts. Buducnost had nothing to lose in the last quarter and replied with 16:22 in it. Again Ana Baletic in the end of the quarter made a free throw to set up the final score, 92:72.

Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Daliborka Vilipic 23+15 rebs, Deanna Jackson 19, Perkins 15
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 31+13 rebs, Ana Baletic 10, Snezana Aleksic 10

Elitzur Ramla -Imperial AEL 85:76 (19-15, 22-20, 18-14, 26-27)
Imperial AEL even with a loss in the last round advanced to another round. A 76:85 did not upset the team from Cuprus as they already think of their another opponent. Elitzur Ramla finished the group with 4-2 record beating Imperial AEL 85:76. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the winners with 24 points. Chasity Melvin (191-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 22 and Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 12. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) was the best for the visitors scoring 26 points.

Elitzur Ramla pulled into 4-2 for the second place in Group D. Israeli team used a the victories in the first three quarters to improve to that record.
Grabias opened the scoring for the visitors. Grabias struck and the Imperial AEL lead was 14:15 in the first. Elitzur Ramla however scored the last 4 points in the period to take 19:15 advantage. In a tough second quarter Israeli team maneged to grab 41:35 after the first half.
Shay Doron brought 10-points deficit for the hosts at 47:37. The hosts still had the same margin after three quarters. With 74:60 in the last quarter it seemed that the game was over, but not for AEK. A 2-11 comeback brought 76:71 with 2 minutes in the game. Shay Doron being the leader in the game scored some important points to give her team the 85:76 win.
In 1/16 of EuroCup K.V.Imperial AEL meets Umana Reyer Venezia. Elitzur Ramla will face Turkish Besiktas Cola Turka.

Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 24, Chasity Melvin 22, Laine Selwyn 12
Imperial AEL: Betty Lennox 26, Andrea Gardner-Combs (192-C-79, college: Howard) 14


Lavezzini Basket -O8 Stockholm HR 72:48 (19-16, 16-10, 19-11, 18-11)
In the game for the third place in Group H Lavezzini Basket crushed O8 Stockholm HR 72:48 Parma. Lavezzini Basket and O8 Stockholm HR are both 1-5 and finished EuroCup season. Laurence Van Malderen led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) netted 11, while Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) and Zanon posted 8 points each. Jennie Thingwall (183-F-85) top-scored for the Swedish squad with 11 points.

The visitors started the game determined to dictate the rhythm behind 9:11 in the opening tip. Lavezzini Basket trim it to 19:16 thanks to Laurence Van Malderen. Turnovers by the guests allowed the hosts to increase the margin to 35:26 halfway through the second period. Setting up its offense and poor defense were the big problems for the Swedish team during that time.
In the last two quarters O8 Stockholm HR scored 11 points in each of two. Lavezzini Basket enjoyed 19 and 18 points respectively to finish the game at 72:48. O8 Stockholm HR suffered from 25 turnovers, but that was 12 more than the winners.

In another game of the group Gran Canaria beat Pays Aix Basket 83:61 to finish the group undefeated. Both favorites advanced from the group to 1/16 finals, while Parma and Stockholm finished the tournament.

Lavezzini Basket: Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) 21+8 rebs, Susanna Stabile 11, Ilaria Zanoni 8, Zanon 8
O8 Stockholm HR: Jennie Thingwall 11, Jocelyn Penn (186-F-79, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) 10



Gospic -Szeviep 73:65 (21-21, 15-11, 17-15, 20-18)

Gospic won the last game of EuroCup Preliminary Round defeating Szeviep 73:65. A 4-2 record sends them to 1/16 of the tournament where they will face Hondarribia-Irun from Spain. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) paced the winners with 27 points. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) nailed 14, while Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 13. Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

Gospic outlasted the opponent to secure a second place in the group. Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) got Szeviep started with a pair of two pointers. Gospic came out firing and back-to-back baskets. With a tough opening quarter both teams proceeded to the second with a tie score, 21:21. Mirjana Tabak with a three pointer gave the hosts plus five, but then Russai tied the game at 30:30. Orsolya Englert's lay-up lifted Croatians in front after the first, 36:32.
With 17:15 in the third quarter Gospic reached 53:47 after 30 minutes of the game. Later the hosts never looked behind and tried to increase the lead. Mirjana Tabak with a jump-shot made the score 68:58 with 2.30 to play. Torok from the arc, set up the final score, 73:65.

Gospic: Mirjana Tabak 27, Marina Mazic 14, Orsolya Englert 13
Szeviep: Judit Kajdacsi 14, Milena Tomova 12

Sdent Sierre Basket - Beretta-Famila 56:84 (18-22, 17-17, 9-21, 12-24)

Sdent Sierre Basket finished the euroCup campaign without wins. In some of the game the team however showed a great effort and could grab the positive result. In the last game of the tournament Swiss team lost at home to Beretta-Famila 56:84. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) led the visitors with 16 points. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 14, while Jenna Rubino (183-G-85, college: De Paul) netted 11. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) top-scored again with 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Beretta-Famila rode hot shooting from long range to take an important win that lifted them to the top spot. The victory left Sdent Sierre Basket with 0-6 record out of the Cup.
The home team started well, but it wasn't long before Beretta-Famila dictated the pace and took an 11:17 lead to force a hosts' timeout. Consolini was the last in the quarter to score for 18:22. Favre tied the game at 24:24 and then Rhona McKenzie gave even the lead for Sdent Sierre Basket. Italian team waited for a while and scored some points to finish the half at 35:39.
in the second half Beretta-Famila was unstoppable and dominated in the court. The team, won in every aspect in the half and led the game to 5-1 record.


Sdent Sierre Basket:Rhona McKenzie 21+15 rebs,Andreea Nemes (185-F-88) 8
Beretta-Famila: Bernadette Ngoyisa 16, Laura Macchi 14, Jenna Rubino 11


EXMA - Venezia 63:80 (12-14, 16-23, 17-26, 18-17)

EXMA could not win any games in EuroCup and finished the season with 0-6 record. Probably nobody expected a victory from the team in the game against leader and a favorite of Group L, Venezia. The latter celebrated the 6th consecutive win in the tournament, 63:80. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) paced the winners with 17 points. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80) ended up with 16, while Nadalin scored 9. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) chipped in with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.

Catherine Scanlon and Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71) made the spectators jolly after 7-1 in the opening tip of the game. It looked a bit strange but then Venezia replied with 11-0 run as both teams finished the period at 12:14.

Venezia established its inside game in the second period as they extended the lead to 26:35. Zampieri closed the half for 28:37 visitors' advantage. There was nothing the team from Luxembourg could do in the third quarter as they fell at 17:26. Catherine Scanlon helped to stay with 45:63 after thirty minutes of the game. Catherine Scanlon and Wojdowski were able to make the result a little more comfortable for the hosts, but the game was never again in doubt. Italian team will face AEK from Cyprus in 1/16 round.

EXMA: Catherine Scanlon 23+9 rebs, Ranela Skegro 16
Venezia: Nakia Sanford 17, Aleksandra Vujovic 16, Nadalin 9


Rhondda Rebels -Cras Basket Taranto 52:99 (17-23, 6-26, 12-22, 17-28)
Cras Basket Taranto recorded a big road win by downing Rhondda Rebels 52:99 in Tylorstown. Italian team improved to 5-1 and finished the Preliminary round on top. Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) paced the winners with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had another crazy night with 20 points and 24 rebounds, while Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) netted 15. Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the Rebels with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rhondda Rebels finished the EuroCup season without victories.

The game opened fast and both teams produced an offensive style in the opening quarter. Rhondda Rebels played well but had to admit 17:23 after 10 minutes. The visitors started the second quarter outstanding and created 6:26 in it. It was clear at that time that there were no chances for the better result. For sure Italian team was considered to be the favorite even before the game and it is a pleasure that Rhondda Rebels showed some good combinations in the game.

Cras Basket Taranto outrebounded the hosts 66 t0 19. Looking at the stats of the game it is a must to mention that 2 top players from the visitors outrebounded th whole team of hosts. In the next round italian team will meet Ukrainian Kozachka Zalk. Rhondda Rebels will concentrate on the National league.

Rhondda Rebels: Kirby Copeland 21+5 rebs, Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) 11
Cras Basket Taranto: Laura Summerton 26+16 rebs, Rebekkah Brunson 20+24 rebs, Anna Zimerle 15



Eurocup brackets -by Carlo Grilli
After group-round end, the Eurocup brackets are:

Botas Spor - Dynamo Kursk
Gospic - Hondarribia-Irun
Challes-les-Eaux - Nadezhda
Baloncesto San Josè - Beretta Famila Schio
Pankup TED Koleji - Ramat Hasharon
Extrugasa - Gran Canaria
Pays Aix Basket - Galatasaray
BC Zeljeznicar - Tarbes GB
KK Hemofarm Vrsac - Chevakata
KV Imperial AEL - Umana Reyer Venezia
Lattes Montpellier - Panonios BC
Baschet ICIM Arad - BC Moscow
Elitzur Ramla - Besiktas Cola Turka
Szeviep - MBK Ruzomberok
CCC Polkowice - KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow
Kozachka-Zalk - Cras Taranto


Standings
EuroCup Standings
Group A
1. Panionios 5-1
2. Besiktas 4-2
3. Zeljeznicar 3-3
4. Vojvodina 0-6
Group B
1. Hemofarm 4-2
2. TED Kayseri 4-2
3. Arad 3-3
4. Apollon 1-5
Group C
1. Elektra 5-1
2. Vologda 4-2
3. Botas 2-4
4. Buducnost 1-5
Group D
1. Galatasaray 5-1
2. Elizur Ram. 4-2
3. AEL 2-4
4. Dnipro 1-5
Group E
1. MBK Ruz. 6-0
2. Kozachka 3-3
3. ZTE 2-4
4. U.Neuch. 1-5
Group F
1. AZS Gorzow 5-1
2. Gospic 4-2
3. Szeged 2-4
4. Wasserburg 1-5
Group G
1. Dynamo K. 6-0
2. CCC 4-2
3. Trutnov 1-5
4. Foton 0-6
Group H
1. Cajacanar. 6-0
2. Pays d Aix 4-2
3. Parma 1-5
4. 08 1-5
Group I
1. Schio 5-1
2. BC Moscow 5-1
3. Extrugasa 2-4
4. Sierre 0-6
Group J
1. Taranto 5-1
2. Hondar.-Irun 4-2
3. Challes 3-3
4. Rh.Rebels 0-5
Group K
1. Tarbes 5-1
2. Nadezhda 5-1
3. CAB Mad. 1-5
4. N.Namur 1-5
Group L
1. Venezia 6-0
2. San Jose 3-3
3. Montpellier 3-3
4. Lexembourg 0-6


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. CSKA 6-0
2. Fenerbahce 4-2
3. TTT Riga 3-3
4. MKB Eur. 3-3
5. Napoli 1-5
6. Villeneuve 1-5
Group B
1. UMMC 6-0
2. Wisla 4-2
3. Bourges 2-4
4. Halcon 2-4
5. USK Praha 2-4
6. Sibenik 2-4
Group C
1. Spartak MR 5-1
2. Gambrinus 5-1
3. USVO 3-3
4. Lotos 2-4
5. Kosit 2013 2-4
6. Dexia 1-5
Group D
1. Ros Casares 6-0
2. Pecsi 3-3
3. Dynamo M. 3-3
4. Faenza 2-4
5. Mondeville 2-4
6. TEO Vilnius 2-4


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game

1Taurasi, SpartakMR 23.3
2 Pondexter, Fen. 22.6

3 Zogota, Dynamo 21.0

4 Wauters, CSKA 20.4
5 Juric,Sibenik, 19.8

Rebounds Per Game
1 Ohlde, USVO 11.0
2 Fleischer, Dexia 10.6
3 Leuchanka TEO V.10.3
4 Kireta,Burges 10.2
5 Tillis,TTTRiga 9.0
Assists Per Game

1 Skerovic, Wisla 6.2
2 Vardarli,Fenerbahce 6.0

3Ivanyi MKB Eurol. 5.6

4 Aubert,USOBasket 5.4

5 Bird,SpartakMR 5.3

Steals Per Game

1McCarville,Kosit, 3.8
2 DeForge,Wisla 3.2

3Skerovic,Wisla, 3.2

Blocks Per Game

1 Palka, Wisla, 2.3

2 Ivankovic,Sibenik,1.8

3 Kireta, Burges, 1.8

Field Goal Percentage

1 Wauters, CSKA 77.8

2 Ndiaye,Napoli, 77.5

3 Stepanova,CSKA 71.7

3-point %

1Vitechkova,Gambr. 68.2
2Taurasi,SpartakMR,60.0 3Maltsi,Ros Casares, 56.3

FreeThrows

1 McCarville,Kosit, 5.6

2Juric,Sibenik, 5.3

3Sutton-Brown,Fen. 5.0



Kosice registered a record crowd -by Eurobasket News

Kosit 2013-Spartak Moscow Region 62:84 (16-18, 15-24, 11-25, 20-17)

Kosice registered a record crowd as more than 7000 people came to support Kosit 2013. In the game 6 of Euroleague campaign the team however lost to the defending champions in Group C. Spartak Moscow Region went 5-1 after 84:62 over Kosit 2013. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) led the winners with 19 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) netted 16, while Taurasi posted 15. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points that are now 2-4.
Luisa Michulkova opened the game for Slovakian team but Spartak Moscow Region dominated in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed 16:18 advantage after Taurasi made a free throw. Sue Bird hit a couple of shots from behind the arc early in the second as Spartak raced into a 32:18 lead. Kosit managed to reduce the gap to 42:31 before half-time.
In the third quarter Spartak Moscow Region proved that the team has the same goals for this season and won the quarter 11:25. the defending champions looked very good and could relax in the final quarter. Kosit 2013 won the last 20:17 and reduced to 62:84 for the final score. Gearlds's three was the last the spectators saw in the game.

The next game Kosit will play against Dexia from Belgium on December 20th. The defending champions will host Lotos on the same day.

Kosit 2013: Luisa Michulkova 16, Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) 10, Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) 10+11 rebs
Spartak Moscow Region: Tatiana Shchegoleva 19, Lauren Jackson 16, Taurasi 15



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GREECE - Women

Sunter fires a three with a buzzer -by Eurobasket News
Apollon - Pankup TED Koleji 84:85 (22-16, 21-26, 23-12, 18-31)

Greek Apollon finished Group A of EuroCup with 1-5 record. In the last battle the team lost to Pankup TED Koleji 84:85. A 18:31 in the last quarter was fatal for the hosts that lost only 1 point. Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) paced the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Moore netted 17, while Betul Sunter (173-G/F-77) and Metin ended up with 11 points each. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) shone for the hosts with 30 points that were not enough for the second win.

Greek side scored first 4 points in the game that made the hosts angry. Apollon answered with some good points to finish the first quarter at 22:16. Kyrkopoulou's jump-shot brought a small advantage for the Greek team. Davis made even 34:27 but then the visitors replied with their weapon. Monique Coker tied the game at 41:41 in the end of the second quarter.
Tsakmaki opened the scoring list for the hosts in the third quarter that looked outstandings in the first minutes of it. Eshaya Murphy closed the period at 66:54 and it seemed that the win was so close. She made another lay-up to take 73:63 with her team with less than 5 minutes in the game. A 3-12 in the last minutes of it however ruined the plans for the victory. Betul Sunter's three pointer with a buzzer will see the visitors in the next stage of EuroCup.

Apollon: Eshaya Murphy 30, Eleni Papadimitriou (178-G-80) 11
Pankup TED Koleji: Monique Coker 24+10 rebs, Moore 17, Betul Sunter 11, Metin 11


Thorn wins the battle over Lovelace -by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Besiktas Cola Turka 83:72 (20-29, 24-9, 21-16, 18-18)

Not only Panionis and Besiktas Cola Turka struggled for the win, but the spectators could enjoy the battle between Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) and Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) as both players ended up with 38 points! Erin Thorn's Panionis overcame Stacey Lynn Lovelace's Besiktas Cola Turka 83:72 in the last game of Group A. Erin Thorn was unstoppable with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) followed her with 17, while Samoroukova had 11. Stacey Lynn Lovelace added 9 rebounds to her 38 points. Panionios won Group A with 5-1 record as both teams advanced to the next round.
Besiktas Cola Turka did not feel shame for hospitality to take 0-8 run from the start. The visitors however caught up quickly and Erin Thorn's three closed to 9-10. Turkish team dominated in the end to grab 20:29 advantage. Trailing 20:31 Panionios tied at 33:33 in the middle of the second. Erin Thorn's another three made the score 44:38 at the half time. Greek side enjoyed 10 points lead throughout the third quarter and finished it with 65:54. Brooke Queenan's free throw was the last in the game as the hosts celebrated 83:72 victory.

The teams will continue the participation on December 10th. In the Sixteenth-Finals Panionis will face Lattes, while Besiktas Cola Turka will play against Ramla.

Panionios: Erin Thorn 38 points+9 rebs+7 ast, Brooke Queenan 17, Samoroukova 11
Besiktas Cola Turka: Stacey Lynn Lovelace 38+9 rebs, Jelena Spiric (183-F-83, college: Nebraska) 13



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ITALY - Women

A perfect result in EuroCup -by Eurobasket News

Four Italian teams celebrated the wins in the last day of EuroCup, Preliminary Round.
In the game for the third place in Group H Lavezzini Basket crushed O8 Stockholm HR 72:48 Parma. Lavezzini Basket and O8 Stockholm HR are both 1-5 and finished EuroCup season. Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) netted 11, while Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) and Zanon posted 8 points each. Jennie Thingwall (183-F-85) top-scored for the Swedish squad with 11 points.
The visitors started the game determined to dictate the rhythm behind 9:11 in the opening tip. Lavezzini Basket trim it to 19:16 thanks to Laurence Van Malderen. Turnovers by the guests allowed the hosts to increase the margin to 35:26 halfway through the second period. Setting up its offense and poor defense were the big problems for the Swedish team during that time.
In the last two quarters O8 Stockholm HR scored 11 points in each of two. Lavezzini Basket enjoyed 19 and 18 points respectively to finish the game at 72:48. O8 Stockholm HR suffered from 25 turnovers, but that was 12 more than the winners.

In another game of the group Gran Canaria beat Pays Aix Basket 83:61 to finish the group undefeated. Both favorites advanced from the group to 1/16 finals, while Parma and Stockholm finished the tournament.

Sdent Sierre Basket finished the EuroCup campaign without wins. In some of the game the team however showed a great effort and could grab the positive result. In the last game of the tournament Swiss team lost at home to Beretta-Famila 56:84. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) led the visitors with 16 points. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 14, while Jenna Rubino (183-G-85, college: De Paul) netted 11. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) top-scored again with 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.
Beretta-Famila rode hot shooting from long range to take an important win that lifted them to the top spot. The victory left Sdent Sierre Basket with 0-6 record out of the Cup.
The home team started well, but it wasn't long before Beretta-Famila dictated the pace and took an 11:17 lead to force a hosts' timeout. Consolini was the last in the quarter to score for 18:22. Favre tied the game at 24:24 and then Rhona McKenzie gave even the lead for Sdent Sierre Basket. Italian team waited for a while and scored some points to finish the half at 35:39.
in the second half Beretta-Famila was unstoppable and dominated in the court. The team, won in every aspect in the half and led the game to 5-1 record.

EXMA could not win any games in EuroCup and finished the season with 0-6 record. Probably nobody expected a victory from the team in the game against leader and a favorite of Group L, Venezia. The latter celebrated the 6th consecutive win in the tournament, 63:80. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) paced the winners with 17 points. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80) ended up with 16, while Nadalin scored 9. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) chipped in with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.
Catherine Scanlon and Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71) made the spectators jolly after 7-1 in the opening tip of the game. It looked a bit strange but then Venezia replied with 11-0 run as both teams finished the period at 12:14.
Venezia established its inside game in the second period as they extended the lead to 26:35. Zampieri closed the half for 28:37 visitors' advantage. There was nothing the team from Luxembourg could do in the third quarter as they fell at 17:26. Catherine Scanlon helped to stay with 45:63 after thirty minutes of the game. Catherine Scanlon and Wojdowski were able to make the result a little more comfortable for the hosts, but the game was never again in doubt. Italian team will face AEK from Cyprus in 1/16 round.

Cras Basket Taranto recorded a big road win by downing Rhondda Rebels 52:99 in Tylorstown. Italian team improved to 5-1 and finished the Preliminary round on top. Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) paced the winners with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had another crazy night with 20 points and 24 rebounds, while Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) netted 15. Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the Rebels with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rhondda Rebels finished the EuroCup season without victories.
The game opened fast and both teams produced an offensive style in the opening quarter. Rhondda Rebels played well but had to admit 17:23 after 10 minutes. The visitors started the second quarter outstanding and created 6:26 in it. It was clear at that time that there were no chances for the better result. For sure Italian team was considered to be the favorite even before the game and it is a pleasure that Rhondda Rebels showed some good combinations in the game.

Cras Basket Taranto outrebounded the hosts 66 t0 19. Looking at the stats of the game it is a must to mention that 2 top players from the visitors outrebounded th whole team of hosts. In the next round italian team will meet Ukrainian Kozachka Zalk. Rhondda Rebels will concentrate on the National league.




Two home upsets in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News

Two Italian teams were upset in the last games of Euroleague.

Germano Zama Faenza had a horrible night over Ros Casares 54:94. Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the winners with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Milton netted 16, while Evanthia Maltsi scored 14. Cintia Dos Santos (195-C-75) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. As Palau scored first two points of the game it did not predict the same end as the Italians dtruggled hard. Ros Casares was lucky to get 14:18 in the opening quarter as both teams could not score for the last two minutes. In the second quarter the visitors were in front and finished the half with 29:33. It was Katie Douglas who kept the Spanish with a lay up.
Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) scored a three pointer to close at 32:33 and then the Italians failed in the game. Ros Casares spurted an 11:25 in the third to take 18-points lead before the last quarter. Evanthia Maltsi's jump-shot brought her team 40:58 after 30 minutes. A 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth quarter ruined the hosts at all. Ros Casares made almost all the baskets they shot in the quarter. A fascinating 14:36 made the score in the end inappropriate as the Italians lost 54:94. A lay-up from Aguilar finished the nightmare for Germano Zama Faenza.

Phard Napoli lost to Fenerbahce that held off a late fightback to claim a narrow 77:73 victory in Group A.Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) led the visitors with 29 points while Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) added 16 and 6 rebounds.Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) top-scored for the hosts with 24 points. Even though Fenerbahce dominated in the game, Phard Napoli reduced the gap in the end of it. Barnes made the score 70:73 with less than a minute to play. Pondexter 's 4 free throw in the end of it however sent the Turkish team home being the winners.



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LEBANON - Women

Antranik Champion of Hariri Women's Tournament -by Hassan Thini
Antranik Beirut is the champion of the Hariri Women's Tournament after beating in the Final Homentmen Antelias on the score 91-64.

The game saw the big dominance of the Arab Champion and they imposed their rhythm from the first minutes of the game and they cruised to an easy win .

In the first half Antranik imposed its game and minute after minute the dominance made the difference increase to finish at the half on the score of 48-31.

In the second half the game was iced by a big run by the Arab Champions to finish the 3rd quarter on the score of 72-42 . Coach Rizkallah Zaloum gave all its player the chance to participate in the Final of the Tournament in the fourth quarter .

The game finished on the score of 91-64.



Q1: 27-13 Q2: 48-31 Q3: 72-42 Q4:91-64


Antranik Beirut crowned champion of Housameddin Hariri Tournament 2007 -by Raffi Kassabian
Antranik Beirut (Lebanon) won the Houssamedin Hariri international basketball tournament 2007, after winning the final game 91-64 against Homenetmen Antelias. The Lebanese Champions didn't find so much difficulty in winning the game after a good start that gave them comfortable lead in the first quarter by 14 points difference (27-13) and kept the dominance till the game ended with the final result 91-64. Here to note that Homenetmen Antelias reached the final after beating champion of Egypt Al Ahly 70-57 in the semi final, and Antranik Beirut reached the final after beating Riyadi Beirut with a record 54 points difference 94-40 that was the biggest result of the whole tournament in terms of points difference. After the game Homenetmen Antelias captain Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) received the second place cup and Antranik Beirut captain Shada Nasr (173-G-83) received the tournament cup. MVP of the tournament was named Sandra Najem (165-G-88) of Homenetmen Antelias who received a special cup for this reason.

Housameddin Hariri Tournament winners:
2005-Homenetmen Antelias
2006-Lebanese National Team
2007-Antranik Beirut

Final Game
Antranik Beirut - Homenetmen Antelias 91-64
Antranik Beirut: Shada Nasr 23, Tamara Khalil (185-F-86) 19, Nisrine Dandan (172-G-77) 18, Nayla Alameddine (175-F-82) 12, Chirine El Charif (185-F-84) 9, Christelle Chalouhi (168-G-86) 8, Natalie Mamo (172-G-86) 2.
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem 14, Leila Fares 13, Alek Tabakian 12, Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 10, Tsoline Kazandjian 6, Caroline Moufarej 4, Eliana Abou Jawdeh 3, Sanan Markarian 2.


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Venezia leaves EXMA winless -by Eurobasket News
EXMA - Venezia 63:80 (12-14, 16-23, 17-26, 18-17)

EXMA could not win any games in EuroCup and finished the season with 0-6 record. Probably nobody expected a victory from the team in the game against leader and a favorite of Group L, Venezia. The latter celebrated the 6th consecutive win in the tournament, 63:80. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) paced the winners with 17 points. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80) ended up with 16, while Nadalin scored 9. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) chipped in with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.

Catherine Scanlon and Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71) made the spectators jolly after 7-1 in the opening tip of the game. It looked a bit strange but then Venezia replied with 11-0 run as both teams finished the period at 12:14.

Venezia established its inside game in the second period as they extended the lead to 26:35. Zampieri closed the half for 28:37 visitors' advantage. There was nothing the team from Luxembourg could do in the third quarter as they fell at 17:26. Catherine Scanlon helped to stay with 45:63 after thirty minutes of the game. Catherine Scanlon and Wojdowski were able to make the result a little more comfortable for the hosts, but the game was never again in doubt. Italian team will face AEK from Cyprus in 1/16 round.

EXMA: Catherine Scanlon 23+9 rebs, Ranela Skegro 16
Venezia: Nakia Sanford 17, Aleksandra Vujovic 16, Nadalin 9


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Buducnost finishes EuroCup campaign -by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat-Hasharon - ZKK Buducnost 92:72 (21-15, 26-16, 29-19, 16-22)

Buducnost finished the European tournament with 1-5 record. In the last game of EuroCup the team from Montenegro lost to Israeli Electra Ramat-Hasharon 92:72. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83)'s effort was not enough to end up on a happy note as she nailed 31 points and made 13 rebounds. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) led the winners with 23 points and 15 boards. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB) netted 19 while Perkins chipped in 15. Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.

First five points in the game belonged to the hosts that have huge ambitions for this season in the tournament. Daliborka Vilipic made the lay-up in the end of the first quarter to have 21:15 with her team. In order not to stop the hosts pushed the tempo in the next quarter to finish it at 26:16. It gave them 16 points advantage after the first half.
A 29:19 was the last punch for the team from Montenegro. there was nothing they could do in the third quarter failing at 29:19. Ana Baletic sent the teams to the last quarter with 76:50 for the hosts. Buducnost had nothing to lose in the last quarter and replied with 16:22 in it. Again Ana Baletic in the end of the quarter made a free throw to set up the final score, 92:72.

Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Daliborka Vilipic 23+15 rebs, Deanna Jackson 19, Perkins 15
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 31+13 rebs, Ana Baletic 10, Snezana Aleksic 10


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Christchurch bumps Perth at home -by Eurobasket News

Christchurch Sirens - Perth Lynx 66:61

It was another impressive performance from the Sirens as they nipped the Lynx at home today. Or it should be called a usual one with the Sirens by now? The WNBL newcomers obviously got used to the league's environment and started to produce some notable results. It became the 6th win for the Sirens in the season and the second straight in the last weeks. Perth got to a flying start as Carli Boyanich and Melissa Marsh (175-G-85) scored 4 quick points for the Lynx to give them a lead. But soon Donna Wilkins nailed a three-pointer to get the hosts rolling. Suzannah Bates (175-G-87) nailed some important baskets in the first frame to ensure a 21:14 lead for the home team. The Sirens maintained the lead early in the second stanza but Jamie-Lee Samuels (185-F-86) and Tanya Kelly allowed the Lynx to trail by just a single point at halftime 31:32. The game remained extra close throughout the third period as neither side was able to gain some visible advantage. The hosts held on to a minimum lead 50:48 heading into the fourth term. Finally Ashley Awkward (168-G-85, college: Mississippi) and Suzannah Bates gave Christchurch a 60:53 lead midway through the final frame. Later Antonia Edmondson (180-F-87) extended the gap to 62:53 with less than 5 minutes remaining. But the Lynx scored 6 consecutive points and cut the gap to 4 points 59:63 with under 2 minutes to go. Suzannah Bates hit a free throw but Samantha Richards (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) answered with two from the stripe to narrow the margin to 3 points with 71 second left. However the home team tightened up their defense and never allowed the visitors to produce a single basket till the final buzzer, while Antonia Edmondson sealed the win with two more free throws in the dying seconds.
Antonia Edmondson topscored with 14 points for well-balanced Christchurch. Ashley Awkward scored 9 points, while Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) had 7 points for the winners. Melissa Marsh responded with 14 points for the Lynx. Samantha Richards delivered 12 points in a losing effort for struggling Perth. The Lynx fell to 3-10 record at the bottom of the ladder.
The Sirens will next take on Adelaide at home court. Perth will visit Adelaide the day after tomorrow.

Christchurch: Antonia Edmondson 14, Ashley Awkward 9, Aneka Kerr 7
Perth: Melissa Marsh 14, Samantha Richards 12



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ROMANIA - Women

Romanian team will be represented in 1/16 of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Arad - KK Hemofarm Vrsac 73:58 (27-16, 14-16, 21-15, 11-11)

Arad enjoys the great time not only in the national league where it stay undefeated. The Romanian favorite advanced to the next round of EuroCup after a home win over KK Hemofarm Vrsac 73:58. The victory tied the record for the team that finished Group B with 3-3 record. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, college: Florida St.) paced the winners with 25 points. Moore posted 15, while Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) and Marija Kovacic (197-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 14 each. Marina Jankovic (181-G-83) brought 15 points for the Serbs.

Four consecutive points in the beginning of the game including the lay-up by Alicia Gladden fired the game. Arad looked much better than the opponent and ended up with 27:16 after the first ten minutes of the game. The majority of the second quarter showed ten points advantage for the hosts that finished the half at 41:32.
Alicia Gladden made +18 in the middle of the third that answered all the questions about the winner. Moore kept the score for good 62:47 after the third quarter. Elisabeth Pavel's jump-shot brought the biggest lead to the Romanian team and then Marina Jankovic could reduce to 73:58 in the end of the game.
In the 1/16 Arad will face a tough BC Moscow, while Hemofarm Vrsac will play with another Russian team Chevakata. hemofarm finished the group at 4-2 but does not feel as a favorite of the game as well.

Arad: Alicia Gladden 25, Moore 15, Elisabeth Pavel 14+11 rebs, Marija Kovacic 14+10 rebs
Hemofarm Vrsac: Marina Jankovic 15, Stankovic 12


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RUSSIA - Women

All the wins in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
As it was mentioned in the previous article CSKA beat TTT Riga in Latvia 56:87. Three other Russian teams followed the team from Moscow and won their games in groups.

UMMC Ekaterinburg had a road win over USK Prague 72:81. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87), poured in 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Russians. She had hard support from Penny Taylor, who added 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) scored 16.

Dynamo Moskow hada hard time in Hungary but finished the game with 86:92 victory. Latvian forward Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) and American power forward Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) were in top-form, scored 28 and 26 points respectively. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) scored 25 points for her team Mizo Pecs.

Kosice registered a record crowd as more than 7000 people came to support Kosit 2013. In the game 6 of Euroleague campaign the team however lost to the defending champions in Group C. Spartak Moscow Region went 5-1 after 84:62 over Kosit 2013. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) led the winners with 19 points. Lauren Jackson netted 16, while Taurasi posted 15. Luisa Michulkova top-scored for the hosts with 16 points that are now 2-4.
Luisa Michulkova opened the game for Slovakian team but Spartak Moscow Region dominated in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed 16:18 advantage after Taurasi made a free throw. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) hit a couple of shots from behind the arc early in the second as Spartak raced into a 32:18 lead. Kosit managed to reduce the gap to 42:31 before half-time.
In the third quarter Spartak Moscow Region proved that the team has the same goals for this season and won the quarter 11:25. the defending champions looked very good and could relax in the final quarter. Kosit 2013 won the last 20:17 and reduced to 62:84 for the final score. Gearlds's three was the last the spectators saw in the game.The next game Kosit will play against Dexia from Belgium on December 20th. The defending champions will host Lotos on the same day.


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SERBIA - Women

Dragana Vukovic signed for Kovin -by Dragana Vukovic
Dragana Vukovic (190-C-78) broke contract with Crvena Zvezda and signed with Kovin till the end of season.Kovin continue to bild stronger team to stay in league.The management of the team anounced that they will singned two more players during the next period.

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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Kosice registered a record crowd -by Eurobasket News

Kosit 2013-Spartak Moscow Region 62:84 (16-18, 15-24, 11-25, 20-17)

Kosice registered a record crowd as more than 7000 people came to support Kosit 2013. In the game 6 of Euroleague campaign the team however lost to the defending champions in Group C. Spartak Moscow Region went 5-1 after 84:62 over Kosit 2013. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) led the winners with 19 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) netted 16, while Taurasi posted 15. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points that are now 2-4.
Luisa Michulkova opened the game for Slovakian team but Spartak Moscow Region dominated in the opening quarter. The visitors grabbed 16:18 advantage after Taurasi made a free throw. Sue Bird hit a couple of shots from behind the arc early in the second as Spartak raced into a 32:18 lead. Kosit managed to reduce the gap to 42:31 before half-time.
In the third quarter Spartak Moscow Region proved that the team has the same goals for this season and won the quarter 11:25. the defending champions looked very good and could relax in the final quarter. Kosit 2013 won the last 20:17 and reduced to 62:84 for the final score. Gearlds's three was the last the spectators saw in the game.

The next game Kosit will play against Dexia from Belgium on December 20th. The defending champions will host Lotos on the same day.

Kosit 2013: Luisa Michulkova 16, Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) 10, Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) 10+11 rebs
Spartak Moscow Region: Tatiana Shchegoleva 19, Lauren Jackson 16, Taurasi 15



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SPAIN - Women

Ros Casares ruins another victim -by Eurobasket News
Germano Zama Faenza -Ros Casares 54:94 (14-18, 15-15, 11-25, 14-36)

A 14:36 in the last quarter registered the 6th win for the Spanish Ros Casares in Euroleague. The favorite of the group and probably not only of it had a road win over Germano Zama Faenza 54:94. Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the winners with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Milton netted 16, while Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 14. Cintia Dos Santos (195-C-75) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.
As Palau scored first two points of the game it did not predict the same end as the Italians dtruggled hard. Ros Casares was lucky to get 14:18 in the opening quarter as both teams could not score for the last two minutes. In the second quarter the visitors were in front and finished the half with 29:33. It was Katie Douglas who kept the Spanish with a lay up.
Ballardini scored a three pointer to close at 32:33 and then the Italians failed in the game. Ros Casares spurted an 11:25 in the third to take 18-points lead before the last quarter. Evanthia Maltsi's jump-shot brought her team 40:58 after 30 minutes. A 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth quarter ruined the hosts at all. Ros Casares made almost all the baskets they shot in the quarter. A fascinating 14:36 made the score in the end inappropriate as the Italians lost 54:94. A lay-up from Aguilar finished the nightmare for Germano Zama Faenza.

Germano Zama Faenza: Cintia Dos Santos 15, Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) 10
Ros Casares: Katie Douglas 28+7 rebs, Milton 16, Evanthia Maltsi 14


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SWEDEN - Women

O8 Stockholm HR ended up EuroCup on the bottom -by Eurobasket News

Lavezzini Basket -O8 Stockholm HR 72:48 (19-16, 16-10, 19-11, 18-11)

In the game for the third place in Group H Lavezzini Basket crushed O8 Stockholm HR 72:48 Parma. Lavezzini Basket and O8 Stockholm HR are both 1-5 and finished EuroCup season. Laurence Van Malderen led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) netted 11, while Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) and Zanon posted 8 points each. Jennie Thingwall (183-F-85) top-scored for the Swedish squad with 11 points.

The visitors started the game determined to dictate the rhythm behind 9:11 in the opening tip. Lavezzini Basket trim it to 19:16 thanks to Laurence Van Malderen. Turnovers by the guests allowed the hosts to increase the margin to 35:26 halfway through the second period. Setting up its offense and poor defense were the big problems for the Swedish team during that time.
In the last two quarters O8 Stockholm HR scored 11 points in each of two. Lavezzini Basket enjoyed 19 and 18 points respectively to finish the game at 72:48. O8 Stockholm HR suffered from 25 turnovers, but that was 12 more than the winners.

In another game of the group Gran Canaria beat Pays Aix Basket 83:61 to finish the group undefeated. Both favorites advanced from the group to 1/16 finals, while Parma and Stockholm finished the tournament.

Lavezzini Basket: Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) 21+8 rebs, Susanna Stabile 11, Ilaria Zanoni 8, Zanon 8
O8 Stockholm HR: Jennie Thingwall 11, Jocelyn Penn (186-F-79, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) 10



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SWITZERLAND - Women

A double-overtime thriller in Neuchatel -by Eurobasket News
Universite BC Neuchâtel -Zala Volan ZTE 80:82 2OT (15-16, 11-19, 20-13, 18-16, 7-7, 9-11)

Universite BC Neuchâtel lost the thriller at home to Zala Volan ZTE from Hungary. In the last game of EuroCup, Group E, the Swiss team was defeated 80:82 in the second overtime. Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) shone with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80) collected 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) added 13. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) top-scored in the game with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.

It was the game for the second win in Group E and the most interesting game in it. A bit less than a thousand spectators saw one of the best and longest games this season. The only minus for them was that their team lost the thriller. A 15:16 in the opening quarter saw the visitors in front. Another 11:19 and Zala Volan ZTE had 9 points advantage at the first half.
A great comeback from the hosts was greatly applaud by the fans. A 20;13 in the third quarter left only 2 points for the visitors that lost even them in the end of the fourth quarter. Universite BC Neuchâtel sparkled with 18:16 to tie the game after 4 quarters.
In the first overtime as it became clear not the last the team finished at 7:7. In the second Zala Volan ZTE grabbed 9:11.

Universite BC Neuchâtel: Cameo Hicks 32+6 rebs, Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) 13
Zala Volan ZTE: Lidiya Milkova 28+15 rebs, Nikolett Turoczi 26+10 rebs, Judit Szelesy 13


Sdent Sierre Basket-without wins in EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre Basket - Beretta-Famila 56:84 (18-22, 17-17, 9-21, 12-24)

Sdent Sierre Basket finished the euroCup campaign without wins. In some of the game the team however showed a great effort and could grab the positive result. In the last game of the tournament Swiss team lost at home to Beretta-Famila 56:84. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) led the visitors with 16 points. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 14, while Jenna Rubino (183-G-85, college: De Paul) netted 11. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) top-scored again with 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Beretta-Famila rode hot shooting from long range to take an important win that lifted them to the top spot. The victory left Sdent Sierre Basket with 0-6 record out of the Cup.
The home team started well, but it wasn't long before Beretta-Famila dictated the pace and took an 11:17 lead to force a hosts' timeout. Consolini was the last in the quarter to score for 18:22. Favre tied the game at 24:24 and then Rhona McKenzie gave even the lead for Sdent Sierre Basket. Italian team waited for a while and scored some points to finish the half at 35:39.
in the second half Beretta-Famila was unstoppable and dominated in the court. The team, won in every aspect in the half and led the game to 5-1 record.


Sdent Sierre Basket:Rhona McKenzie 21+15 rebs,Andreea Nemes (185-F-88) 8
Beretta-Famila: Bernadette Ngoyisa 16, Laura Macchi 14, Jenna Rubino 11


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Tylorstown saw the last loss of EuroCup, group stage -by Eurobasket News

Rhondda Rebels -Cras Basket Taranto 52:99 (17-23, 6-26, 12-22, 17-28)

Cras Basket Taranto recorded a big road win by downing Rhondda Rebels 52:99 in Tylorstown. Italian team improved to 5-1 and finished the Preliminary round on top. Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) paced the winners with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had another crazy night with 20 points and 24 rebounds, while Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) netted 15. Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) top-scored for the Rebels with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rhondda Rebels finished the EuroCup season without victories.

The game opened fast and both teams produced an offensive style in the opening quarter. Rhondda Rebels played well but had to admit 17:23 after 10 minutes. The visitors started the second quarter outstanding and created 6:26 in it. It was clear at that time that there were no chances for the better result. For sure Italian team was considered to be the favorite even before the game and it is a pleasure that Rhondda Rebels showed some good combinations in the game.

Cras Basket Taranto outrebounded the hosts 66 t0 19. Looking at the stats of the game it is a must to mention that 2 top players from the visitors outrebounded th whole team of hosts. In the next round italian team will meet Ukrainian Kozachka Zalk. Rhondda Rebels will concentrate on the National league.

Rhondda Rebels: Kirby Copeland 21+5 rebs, Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) 11
Cras Basket Taranto: Laura Summerton 26+16 rebs, Rebekkah Brunson 20+24 rebs, Anna Zimerle 15