EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/18/2007

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ABA

ABA Weekend Results -by Surujh Roopnarine

Friday, December 14th
Atlanta Vision (102) @ Beijing Aoshen Olympian (117)
Manchester Millrats (106)
@ Montreal Royal (97)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (27p+9rb+8as), Anthony Anderson (23p+6as), Souleymane Wayne (14p+10rb), John Huggins (14p)
San Francisco Rumble (121) @ Maywood Buzz (122) - OT
BUZZ: Darwin Carter (28p+5rb+6as), Jermain Wilform (24p+12rb), Marcell Jackson (24p+10rb+5bs), J.R. Reese (16p+5rb+11as+7st)

Saturday, December 15th
Vermont Frost Heaves (107)
@ Boston Blizzard (74)
FROST HEAVES: Dokun Akingbade (25p), B.J. Robertson (15p), John Bryant (1op), Issa Konare (10p)
BLIZZARD: Ace Edhelbania (18p), David Shaw (15p)
Atlanta Vision (107) @ Beijing Aoshen Olympian (119)
Maywood Buzz (98) @ San Diego Wildcats (110)
Westchester Phantoms (130) @ Jersey Express (105)
EXPRESS: Nick Boyd (33p)
Halifax Rainmen (112) @ Quebec Kebekwa (103)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (23p+11rb+5as), Dennie Oliver (22p+8rb), Devino Williams (14p), Jermaine Anderson (11p+5rb+8as)
KEBEKWA: Charles Fortier (36p+21rb), Samuel Audet-Sow (25p)

Los Angeles Push (Douglass ) (123) @ Long Beach Breakers (155)

DOUGLASS: Tony Roberts (35p)

BREAKERS: Armand Ivory (25p), Jushay Rockett (23p), Robert Robinson (2op), Lamar Harris (19p)

Sunday, December 16th
Long Beach Breakers (108) at San Diego Wildcats (112)
First State Fusion (99) @ Jersey Express (117)
FUSION: Dante Formair (26p)
EXPRESS: Nick Boyd (49p+13rb), Mark Jarrell-Wright (16p), Robert Skipper (14p)
Maywood Buzz (115) @ Orange County Gladiators (122)
BUZZ: JR Reese (52p),
GLADIATORS: Lemar Gayle (31p+10rb), Larry Williams (29p)



The Wildcats Look To Rebound From First Loss Of The Season -by Jay

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Wildcats of the American Basketball Association (ABA) defeated the Maywood Buzz Saturday, December 15, 2007 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center. San Diego Wildcats who are (10-1) returned home for the first time after suffering their first loss of the season at the Long Beach Breakers 101 to127 on December 09,2007.The Wildcats looked to rebound from their crushing loss against the Breakers at home in front of their thunderous home crowd.

Cardell "Ballaholic" Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.) and teammate Jerome Habel (6'10''-F-85, college: San Diego St.) started scoring early for the Wildcats in the first quarter, and after an up tempo start they Wildcats struggled to score until a Leonard Mosley (6'5''-G-82, college: Oklahoma Baptist) jumper. With 6:59 to go in the first the Wildcats trailed the Maywood Buzz 12 - 19. Leonard Mosley brought the Wildcats with in four after a three pointer and forward, Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) followed with an 18 foot jumper from the wing to bring the Wildcats with in one 18-19 with 5:15 on the clock. Marc Carter tied the Wildcats with Buzz at 20 with just over three minutes to go in the first and Jerome Habel gave the Wildcats their first lead 22-20. At the end of one the Wildcats lead the Buzz 29-28.

Jerome Habel got the crowd on their feet to start the second quarter as delivered a extravagant slam dunk and on the defensive end Jamal Kendrick (6'8''-F-75, college: Baylor) swatted several Buzz shot attempts out of the cylinder. Despite Greg Clark's consistent scoring the Buzz continued to dominate the on the offensive end as they scored at will from the perimeter and inside the paint the Buzz never took the lead in the second, yet put steady pressure on the Wildcats. Prentice Harris (6'0''-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) increased the Wildcats lead to four with a three, and teammates Leonard Mosley and Greg Clark also scored for the Wildcats. With 4:23 to go in the first half the Wildcats lead 46-39. The Buzz came with in two of the Wildcats with 2 plus minutes to go in the half 44 -46 yet Cardell "Ballaholic" Butler long range jumper put a stop to the Buzz's mounting confidence late in the quarter as the Wildcats maintained the lead. 51- 47. At the end of the first half the Wildcats led the Buzz 52-50.

Jerome Habel began scoring for Wildcats early in the third quarter as he grabbed an offensive board and put it in the basket for two. The Maywood Buzz began the third quarter matching the Wildcats shot for shot as Wildcats Leonard Mosley and Greg Clark tried to create some distant between themselves and the Buzz. With 7:19 to go in the third the Wildcats led the Buzz 62-58. The Wildcats bench, which included guard, Prentice Harris, directed the Wildcats dance team and fans with the chant defense. Cardell "Ballaholic" Butler heard his teammates loud and clear as he laid a shot off the glass for two. Jamal Kendrick and Jerome Habel both got jump shots to fall and Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.) added a three pointer. Jerome Habel made his defender go left and then pivoted to the right to complete a jump shot. With 3:08 to go in the third the Wildcats continued to lead the Buzz 73-64. Cardell Butler was unfailing from beyond the arc in the third quarter for the Wildcats. At the end of three the score was the San Diego Wildcats 79 the Maywood Buzz 77.

The Wildcats and Buzz remained close to begin the fourth and final quarter of the game and the tension between the two teams could be felt throughout the Ray and Joan Kroc Center. Jerome Habel scored on two consecutive Wildcats drive and Greg Clark squared his shoulders and nailed a three. With 9:02 to go in the game the Wildcats began to pull away from the Buzz as they led by ten, 88 to 78. Late in the quarter William Funn assisted a Jerome Habel livid slam-dunk. The Wildcats continued to look down low for Jerome Habel, and Habel continued to deliver with lay-ups and fade away jumpers. With 2:35 left in the game the score was Wildcats 104, Buzz 95. At the sound of the buzzer the Wildcats were once again victorious, as they had defeated the Buzz 110 to 98.

Jerome Habel was the Wildcats player of the game. The Wildcats next home game is Sunday, December 16,2007 against the Sacramento Heathwave



Last market news and rumors -by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Robert Skipper (6'6''-F-75, college: Brooklyn) joined the Jersey Express, the same had made some weeks ago Tony Key (6'10''-C-82, college: Los Angeles CC), but it seems that he will move soon to Rochester, PBL league. Another player of the Express, Justin Leith (6'7''-F-81, college: Merrimack), let the team. He should accept an offer to play on a team in Argentina. Lorenzo Trudo (6'7''-F-80, college: Huron) joined the Chicago Throwbacks, while Kenny Pratt (6'5''-G/F-74, college: Iowa St.) and Kelvin Smallwood (6'6''-F-80, college: Chicago St.) aren' t anymore with the team.

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ANGOLA

22nd Champions Cup for men: ABC, Potters renew rivalry -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-B leader at the 22nd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Abidjan Basketball Club will today take on Nigeria Niger Potters basketball club in a renewed rivalry after the Nigerian subdue their Ivorian counterpart at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin last month.

Today's clash between the two West Africa neighbours is interesting as the Abidjan-based side have since that defeat fortified its team with two Nigerians, Dennis Ebikoro and Kevin Nimol Nambam who have given a good account of themselves in the final round of the Champions Cup in Huambo, Angola.

Both side had a good outing Sunday with ABC beating Stade Malian comprehensively with a 77-46 points win to keep a clean slate Potters on the other hand defeated Ferroviario de Beira basketball club of Mozambique by 89-64 points to occupy the third position in group-B.

In other pairing for today also in group-B bottom placed Stade Malian will be up in arm against fellow struggling Democratic Republic of Congo's BC Onatra while Ferroviario takes on defending champion, Petro Atletico of Angola.

In group-A, third place MBC basketball club of Conakry, Guinea will take to the court against second place and host, Interclube of Angola, group leader and 2006 runner-up Primero de Agosto of Angola will do battle against APR of Rwanda while ASPAC of Benin who is without a win so far will file out against ASB Kauka of Democratic Republic of Congo in Cabinda.

Group-A: Cabinda

15.00. Game n°19. MBC (GUI) VS INTERCLUBE (ANG)
17.00. Game n°21. Primero de Agosto (ANG) Vs APR (RWA)
19.00. Game n°23. ASPAC (BEN) VS ASB KAUKA (DRC)

Group-B: Huambo

15.00. GAME N°22. STADE MALIEN (MLI) VS BC ONATRA (DRC)
17.00. Game N°24. NIGER POTTERS (NGR) VS ABC (CIV)
19.00. Game N°26. FERROVIARO BEIRA (MOZ) VS PETRO ATLETICO (ANG


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ARGENTINA

Liga B rosters 2007/2008 -by Facundo Iatzky
group north-west
Anzorena Mendoza
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Ariel Bernabei (188-F-75), Pablo Osores (191-F-86), Matias Estalles, Javier Mendez (204-C-81), Lucas Misetich, Emiliano Maldonado (186-G-84), Antonio Vargas, Ariel Arriagada, Facundo Rubia, Lucas Rubia, Federico Aguilera, Jorge Flores
Banda Norte:
Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82), Javier Hugo Llanos, Luciano Poggi, Rabdel Hechavarria, Juan Pablo Miazzo, Santiago Arese, Lucas Barlasina (194-F-82), Nicolas Arese, Hernan Tetamantti (198-F-79), Luciano Barlasina, Gaston Campana (201-F/C-79), Mauro Meneguzzo
Barrio Parque:
Marcos Ferreira, German Colli (180-G-87), Carlos Flores (184-F-80), Juan Seia, German Garcia, Samuel Aladin, David Pineda, Carlos Laguzzi (198-F-81), Hector Martirena, Alfredo Ganami, Andres Mariani Nicolas Rossi (196-C-85)
Independiente Santiago del estero:
Franco Leguizamon, Sebastian Maccio, Andres Auadt, Daniel Nubie, Oscar Neme (190-F-71), Dario Montoli, Sergio De la Iglesia, Gerardo Filippi (200-F-83), Victor Sudol (201-F/C-83), Gabriel Forlin (198-F/C-69), Emmanuel Ingrata Mario Paredes
Alberdi Tucuman:
Luis Arganaraz, Lisandro Caniza, Luis Ahumada, Gustavo Ahumada (196-F-81), Pablo Osores, Alejandro Olivares, Matias Acuna, Javier Lopez (196-F-84) Juan Meza (198-F/C-85), Jose Perroni (185-G-87), Walter Molina, Marcos Vera
Juvenil Estudiantes:
Jorge Chahab (180-G-83), Emiliano Roh (176-G-81), Emiliano Carpinetti, Santiago Turri, Gustavo Ferrochio, Matias Della Mea, Gustavo Maranguello, Manuel Bustos, Pablo Marrero, Fabricio Bonini, Gonzalo Bagatoli (196-F-83) Jeremias Acosta (207-C-85)
9 de julio:
Adrian Forastieri, Juan Fernandez (195-G-90), Gustavo Ismael Fernandez (180-G-68), Alejandro Usandivaras, Leandro Giovanna, Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88), Victor Chana, Leonardo Diaz, Cristian Balcells, Leonardo Segura, Gustavo Acosta, Claudio Comba, Juan Gallo (195-G/F-87)


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AUSTRIA

5 easy victories in Round 14 -by Stefan Heinrich

In the 14th Round of the Austrian Bundesliga there were 5 easy victories and only Klosterneuburg had a difficult game against St. Polten, where the game went into overtime.

Oberwart Gunners - UBSC Graz 109:69
Graz was only able to stay one quarter in the game, after that the Gunners had an easy game and the coach was able to give playing time to all of his players.

Topscorer: Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) 30, Stegnjaic 22, Boone 16 ; Mike Dale (196-G-84, college: S.Illinois) 25, Pigford 16, Kanlic 13



WBC Wels - BasketClubs Vienna 106:66
The home team of Wels had a very difficult first half and Vienna was able to stay in the game for 20 minutes, but in the second half Wels outscored Vienna 51:28

Topscorer: Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) 31, Woschank 14, Davis 13 ; Matthias Dockner (204-F/C-84) 22, Rajkovic 16, Pinterits 12



Kapfenberg Bulls - Gussing Knights 85:64
Gussing dismissed PG Akbar Abdul-Ahad (183-G-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Idaho St.) before the game and Kapfenberg had the chance to give his young benchplayers very much minutes during this game.

Topscorer: Branimir Josipovic (204-F-81, agency: Court Side) 19, Zeleznik 17, Suljanovic 13 ; Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 17, Mullner 13, Calvin 10



Gmunden Swans - Worthersee Piraten 76:43
The champion played an oustanding defense and they allowed the hosts from the Worthersee only 43 points.

Topscorer: Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) 15, Boylan 14, Mayer 14 ; Melvin Creddle (186-G-82, college: Mount Olive) 11, Husanovic 8, Wright 7, Schaal 7



Klosterneuburg Dukes - UBC St. Polten 101:95 after Overtime
In the closest game of this round the Klosterneuburg Dukes won the Lower Austrian derby against St. Polten after overtime. St. Polten led by 8 points with 2 minutes left, but the Dukes made it to the Overtime where they won the game.

Topscorer: Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) 31, Diwald 26, Nagler 15 ; Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) 30, Speiser 20, Kohlmaier 18



Traiskirchen Lions - Furstenfeld Panthers 73:89
The Panthers dominated the paint in this game and they won on the road against the Lions.

Topscorer: Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) 21, Zekovic 15, Vickery 15 ; Mike Fraser (203-C, college: Oklahoma Baptist) 17, Colwell 15, Jandl 14, Goljovic 14



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BAHRAIN

Manama aim to continue winning run -by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA will be aiming to continue their winning streak in the Bahrain Basketball League when they clash with Al Hala in a crucial tie tonight at 7.30pm at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

Having won all their seven matches in this 12-team round robin championship, Manama are presently sharing the lead with the season's other unbeaten club Al Ahli with 14 points each.

Manama, who finished second last season after losing to Al Ahli in the best-of-three final, are coached by veteran Salman Ramadan who returned to the club after quitting as national coach of the Bahrain Basketball Association.

Al Hala, on the other hand, are witnessing their worst season in many years, having lost five of their last seven matches.

The team in orange jerseys are looking to make a strong comeback but another defeat will deal a severe blow to chances of finishing in the top four and reaching the Golden Square semi-finals.

In other matches scheduled for today, Nuwaidrat are favourites to clinch their fourth win of the season when they take on Isa Town while Al Ittihad and Bahrain Club will meet at the Manama Club Gym in a battle between the bottom two sides.

(Gulf Daily News)


Manama and Nuwaidrat Score Important Wins -by Walter Neto
Manama rally to beat Al Hala and Nuwaidrat routed Isa town.

MANAMA registered a come-from-behind 72-64 win over Al Hala last night in a Bahrain Basketball League game marred by angry fans throwing litre-and-a-half water bottles onto the court.
Manama came back from 14 points down in the second half to take a 63-62 lead on a pair of Mahmood Ghuloom free throws midway through the fourth. But after going ahead 68-64 on a Ghuloom triple with a minute-and-a-half remaining, their spirited rally was spoiled when players on both teams got physical in chasing a loose ball, leading to a near-melee and instigating the fan riots.

Plastic water bottles and other small objects were then being thrown from supporters of both sides, some directed at players and bench officials and others headed towards opposing fans.
As order was about to be restored, the Hala bench voiced their displeasure at the absence of a technical foul against Manama, as it was one of their fans who first threw an object onto the court, as per league rules. Their displeasure carried over to their followers, and objects continued to be hurled.
It took nearly a quarter-of-an-hour to resume play. Manama's Mohammed Hussain then widened their advantage on an acrobatic up-and-under lay-up, and ensuing free-throws from Mohammed Najaf and Ghuloom sealed the win for the former champions.

Tough "It was a really tough game and a crazy one with all that went on," Manama head coach Salman Ramadhan told the GDN. "Our guys didn't play defence the first two quarters, but we were able to adjust in the second half and forced them to take bad shots. "I think our players were taking things a little too easy at first. They only woke up when we went down by 14. But they did a great job to stay in the game, and they played smart in the end." Hala took control early and had a 40-32 lead at half-time. They then roared to a 56-42 advantage behind the post-play of American professional Billy Charles, who had his way in the third period against Manama's US import Donald Little.

But Little would have the last laugh as he, in turn, dominated the paint against Charles in the final frame and helped Manama outscore their counterparts 25-8 in the quarter to regain control of the game for the win. Ghuloom top-scored for Manama with 25 points, while Little had an unconventional triple-double with 22 points, 23 rebounds and 10 turnovers. Charles paced Hala with 22 points. It was the eighth win in as many games for Manama, as Hala dropped to a 2-6 record.

Bahrain Basketball Association general secretary Salman Hubail later confirmed that penalties will be warranted to both clubs for the actions of their fans. In other games, Nuwaidrat routed Isa Town 93-68 and Al Ittihad trounced Bahrain Club 86-66. Today, Al Najma play Sitra at 5.30pm followed by Muharraq facing defending champions Al Ahli at 7.30pm at the same venue.

Source: GDN Patrick Salomon


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BELGIUM

Ethias League News -by Peter Buyse


Spotter Leuven has announced the signing of Belgian guard Lionell Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) for the rest of the season.
Bosco played for French ProB team Bourg-en-Bresse till recently.

Last season he was the 3rd leading assist man in the Belgian league.


Optima Gent has lost forward Michael Krikemans for the season.

The team hopes to recover Brandon Freeman who missed this weekend's game due to injury for the home game vs Verviers-Pepinster.



Recap D1 Rd 13 -by Peter Buyse


It has been a while since we had a round in D1 without upsets and this past weekend that was the case.

Mons-Hainaut easily beat Verviers-Pepinster 109-80. Mons took the game to Veviers in the first half which already saw the home team take a 23 pt lead.

Close game in Liege where the home team had a tough time in the first half to take a lead vs Antwerp, going into the half at 44 all.
Liege then blew the game open in the 3rd Q with a 21-11 run which gave them the 83-74 win.


Optima Gent had to play without the league's leading scorer Brandon Freeman. To make things worse they were outscored 32-15 in the first 10 minutes of the game. The visitors never recovered and suffered a tough 83-53 loss.


Charleroi was not about to be the 3rd team to lose to Leuven and blew the game open with a strong 1st half giving them a 26-52 lead after 20 minutes.

Leuven never got back into the game and lost at home 68-83.


Bree outscored Aalstar in the first quarter 21-11, which pretty much turned out to be the game winner since the final score had them winning by 11, 77-66.


MVP of round 13 was Charleroi's Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) who scored 22pts on 9 for 11 shooting. He also grabbed 3 rebs and had 2 assists.








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BOSNIA

BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac sign Zach Andrews -by Eurobasket
BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac agreed terms with 22-year old American forward Zach Andrews (203-F-85, college: Bradley). Andrews played most recently at Costa Urbana Playas de Santa Pola in Spanish 3rd division (LEB Silver). But he got injured in October and was released. It will be his first professional year after he graduated Bradley University last season. He tried-out for Sacramento Kings this summer, but was not accepted. However he should be a very solid player for European level.

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BRAZIL

Minas and Assis to play in The Netherlands -by Gustavo Cardoso
Minas Tênis and Conti Assis have been invited to participate in the traditional Amsterdam Haarlem Basketball Week that starts this coming Friday, in Holland's capital. The squad from Minas was invited at the last minute after negotiations with Uruguayan Defensor Sporting didn't fall through.

The tournament will have 8 teams divided into two groups. Assis is in Group A alongside Astana Tigers (Kazakhstan), BCI Edge (USA), and last year's champion Eiffel Towers Den Bosch from Holland. Minas is in Group B with Valga Welg (Estonia), the Israeli National Team, and local club My Guide Amsterdam.

Two Brazilian squads have won the Haarlem Basketball Week tournament, which has been held in the last week of the year since 1984. Sao Paulo was the champion back in 1994 winning the final game against Den Braven (HOL) in a tight match (71-69) with 25 points by Charles Byrd.

Four years later the Brazilian National Team was the winner after a victory over the All Blacks of New Zealand. Rogerio Klafke was the man of the game with 17 points in a 19 point victory by the Canarinhos.

Other Brazilian teams that competed in Haarlem in the past were Bauru, Fluminense, Franca, and Valtra.

The tournament is known for its tradition and teams such as CSKA Moscow, Zalgiris de Kaunas, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and Cibona Zagreb have been part of it in past editions. This year's main squad should be Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, which is currently competing in the ULEB Cup.

Den Bosch has 7 American players on its roster and is led by Darrell Tucker, a 27 year old 2m06 forward that averages over 14 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the ULEB Cup.

Minas' players, who recently played for Fluminense FC during the Carioca League, are led by Argentine point guard Facundo Sucatzky. At Assis the backcourt is also the main strength with Nezinho (Brazilian NT) and Adriano "Di" Galvao (190-G-80) being the top scorers of the team in the Paulista League.

Although short in time, this competition will give each team a chance to play against squads from different international basketball systems, something that always enhances the players and the coaching staff's experience.

Assis has its first game this Friday against Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. Minas is scheduled to play on Sunday against Estonia's Valga Velg.

Check this link for images on last year's tourney.


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CAMEROON

NCAA news... -by Yann Tientcheu
On Dec. 15th, Rony Tchatchoua (198-F) (6-6, 215 Forward) est offensive performance of his New Hampshire University Wildcats
with 11 pts, adding 2 rbds and 2 steals in a 87-81 loss against Iona.

Tchekane Bofia Philippe (6-6, 230 Forward) scored 12 pts and had 6 rbds, 1block and 1 steal in a 56-66 loss of Maine University against Mount St Mary's on Dec 15th.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) signed 8 pts, 4rbds, 2 blocks and 1 steal in a 89-49 walk of UCLA on Idaho State (Dec 15th).

Florida A& M of Akini Akini (6-10, 231 Forward) won their latest home game agaiinst North Florida on a final score of 61-57. Akini had 8 pts and 6 rbds (Dec. 15th)


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CHINA

YI SCORES CAREER HIGH AS BUCKS BEAT TIMBERWOLVES! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Rookie Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) scored a career-high 22pts as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in Milwaukee on Saturday.Final scores were 95-92.This happened after he committed 6 turnovers the night before in a tough game for him against red hot Boston Celtics which ended 104-82 in favour of the Celtics.Yi bounced back hitting a couple of shots and free throws in the final minutes to improve the Bucks home records to 8-2.Yi was 9-of-14 from the floor and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line.He also grabbed 8 boards.
His previous best performance was against fellow Chinese Ming Yao (226-C-80) and the Houston Rockets on November 9th when he scored 19pts.


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D-LEAGUE

D-League Weekend Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Friday, December 14th
Dakota Wizards (119) at Ft. Wayne Mad Ants (111)
WIZARDS: Rod Benson (23p+12rb+5to), Maurice Baker (21p+7rb+8to), Carlos Powell (20p+9rb+5as+7to), Dontell Jefferson (18p+9rb)
MAD ANTS: Jeremy Richardson (32p+5st), Walker Russell (22p), Cheikh Samb (15p+8rb), Earl Calloway (15p+6st)

Idaho Stampede (125) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (132)
STAMPEDE: Lance Allred (32p+8rb), Cory Violette (25p+6to), Taurean Green (18p+5rb+10as), Randy Livingston (11p+7as)
VIPERS: C.J. Watson (34p+6rb+10as), Steve Novak (32p+7rb), Gabe Muoneke (22p), Kenny Taylor (20p+6as)

Colorado 14ers (100) at Austin Toros (109)
14ERS: Elton Brown (24p+14rb+5to), Billy Thomas (21p+9rb), Eric Osmundson (16p), Kaniel Dickens (12p)
TOROS: Ian Mahinmi (30p+10rb), DeMarr Johnson (21p+13rb), Keith Langford (20p+8rb), Cheyne Gadson (13p+8rb+7as)

Sioux Falls Skyforce (104) at Iowa Energy (111) - OT
SKYFORCE: Kasib Powell (22p+8rb), Damone Brown (18p+9rb), Elton Nesbitt (18p+5rb), David Bailey (18p+5rb+5as)
ENERGY: Dwayne Mitchell (23p+12rb+5bs), JamesOn Curry (21p+6to), Mike Efevberha (16p), Deji Akindele (12p+9rb)

Anaheim Arsenal (84) at Utah Flash (111)
ARSENAL: Steven Smith (17p+5rb), Davin White (17p), Jamaal Thomas (11p), Ivan Johnson (6p+7rb)
FLASH: Morris Almond (23p), James Lang (20p+7rb), John Milsap (15p), Lamar Rice (13p+8rb)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds (109) at Bakersfield Jam (102)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (40p+8rb), Ramon Dyer (20p+10rb), Ali Berdiel (0p+5rb+14as), Josh Gross (14p)
JAM: Brandon Bowman (18p+7rb), Andre Barrett (10p+11as), James Peters (17p), Scooter McFadgon (15p+6rb)

Saturday, December 15th
Iowa Energy (81) at Tulsa 66ers (113)
ENERGY: Dwayne Mitchell (25p+7to), Deji Akindele (13p+10rb), Doug Thomas (8p), Jackie Manuel (8p)
66ERS: Ramon Sessions (20p+7rb+7as), Adam Harrington (16p+8as), Glen McGowan (16p), Scott Merritt (10p+7rb)

Colorado 14ers (126) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (112)
14ERS: Kaniel Dickens (33p), Elton Brown (15p+11rb), Billy Thomas (23p+5rb+6as), Brandon Dean (15p)
VIPERS: Gabe Muoneke (32p+5as), C.J. Watson (16p+6to), Steve Novak (13p+10rb), Jarred Merrill (14p)

Idaho Stampede (117) at Austin Toros (127)
STAMPEDE: Roberto Bergersen (31p+5as), Lance Allred (18p+11rb), Randy Livingston (17p+5rb+12as), Taurean Green (12p+5as)
TOROS: Keith Langford (29p+5rb+5as), Marcus Williams (29p+6rb), DeMarr Johnson (23p+9rb), Kevin Pittsnoggle (17p)

Anaheim Arsenal (97) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (100)
ARSENAL: Steven Smith (25p), Ivan Johnson (19p+15rb), Davin White (21p), Guillermo Diaz (17p)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (32p+5rb), Daniel Horton (32p+6rb+6as), Darvin Ham (8p+11rb), Ramon Dyer (5p+10rb)

Los Angeles D-Fenders (130) at Utah Flash (126) - 2OT
D-FENDERS: Brian Chase (26p+8rb+5as), Sean Banks (25p+6rb+6as+7to), Coby Karl (17p+6rb+7as), Stephane Lasme (12p+10rb+8bs)
FLASH: Morris Almond (38p+6rb), James Lang (21p+7rb), Brian Hamilton (20p+13rb+7as+5st), Brian Jackson (15p+13rb)

Sunday, December 16th
Bakersfield Jam (101) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (117)
JAM: Andre Barrett (27p+5rb+8as), Scooter McFadgon (17p), James Peters (12p+9rb), Brandon Bowman (11p+9rb+5as)
D-FENDERS: Coby Karl (21p+8rb+5as), Devin Green (20p), Stephane Lasme (16p+15rb+5bs), Brian Chase (17p+6as)

Sioux Falls Skyforce (96) at Dakota Wizards (90)
SKYFORCE: Kasib Powell (29p+11rb), Damone Brown (28p+8rb+6as), David Bailey (15p+6as), Michael Joiner (12p+6rb)
WIZARDS: Blake Ahearn (24p), Rod Benson (13p+17rb+6as), Dontell Jefferson (22p)< Maurice Baker (11p+9rb)


Recent Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine

NBA Player Re-Calls
The Houston Rockets have re-called rookie guard Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) and second year forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, college: Marquette). They will provide backup help with the recent injuries to Rafer Alston and Shane Battier.
The Chicago Bulls re-called rookie guard JamesOn Curry (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) from the Iowa Energy.

Player Movement
The Colorado 14ers have re-acquired veteran guard Eddie Gill (6'0''-G-78, college: Weber St.) after his 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets expired. To make room on the roster, the 14ers waived former University of Hawaii and German National Team member Julian Sensley (6'9''-F-82, college: Hawaii) (injury). Gill averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 assists in 11.5 minutes per game (13 games) with New Jersey.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have signed former Sacramento King big man Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C, college: Syracuse). Watkins, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Syracuse appeared in 9 games for Sacramento this season, averaging 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 7.9 minutes. Brian Morrison (6'2''-G-82, college: UCLA) was waived to make room.



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EGYPT

Itthad VS Sporting in friendly game -by Andrew Youssef

Before the beginning of the league in the end of December Itthad will play a friendly game with Sporting as both from Alexandria, which is the last friendly game to know the level of every player.
In another way Amir Elfnan still absence from the training of the Itthad team and till now we don't know the reason "itthad.com reported"


Today American player Dirick Franklen (26) will come to Cairo and another player from Emirates to choose one of them to Itthad club to play with them in this season after Egyptian federation allow foreign player to return play in the Egyptian league this season.



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

ZAMALEK facing GEZIRA in Cairo tonight 5.30 pm -by Sherif Soliman
First Big teams face to face this season will start tonight in Cairo Finals . ZAMALEK after a big win in Damascus got the winning spirit while Gezira needing this win to prove that they are not the same team who lost every thing last season. Tonight's game will be a good chance for both coaches to watch their players and prepare for the regular season of 2008-2009 which will start in the 1st of Jan.2008.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Matt Williams back to Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) has decided to return back to Finland. Honka (Espoo) with three starters on injured list, has called to Switzerland, where Williams has been playing on BBC Monthey roster, and Williams will return to Honka roster on Dec 27. Williams will play his first game in Finland on Dec 28 vs Pyrinto (Tampere). Matt Williams has played seven games in Switzerland averaging 10,0 ppg - 4,3 rpg in 29,0 mpg. Last season, when Williams was helping Honka to Finnish Championship, he averaged 18,6 ppg and 6,9 rpg.

EUROCUP: Sharpshooters Virtanen and Hallik -by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroCup, Qualifying Round, Group A: Lappeenranta (Finland) - PAOK BC Thessaloniki (Greece) 83-74 (52-31). Quarters: 25-24, 27-7, 15-25, 16-18.
NT Guard Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored all his 20 pts during the first half, American Center Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) made 17 out of his 18 pts during the two first quarters and those two players made # 14 Team on the Top League in Greece seem so weak, that it's hard to believe PAOK BC will win any games in Group A. Lappeenranta had a 21-point-lead during the half time. But there was another PAOK BC on the court during the third quarter. Visitor's defence

was much better and by the same the offence became stronger. PAOK BC came back to the game, but Estonian Forward Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) saved now the home

Team by hitting four times in a row behind the arc. Team Lappeenranta won by nine 83-74 and home Team's record was changed into 1-1. PAOK BC

record is 0-2.

Lappeenranta - PAOK BC 83-74 (52-31) (Petri Virtanen 20, Adrian Henning 18/8, Ivan Harris 12, Reinar Hallik 12. 1 - 60,0% (12/20), 2 - 41,9% (13/31), 3 - 46,9% (15/32). R: 24+7=31. TO: 7). - Edmund Saunders 14/17, Lee Humphrey 14, Mamoutou Diarra 13. 1 - 60,0% (9/15), 2 - 44,2% (19/43), 3 - 45,0% (9/20). R: 31+13=44. TO: 14).



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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 13: Weekend Results December 15th and 16th! -by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Game Day 13 tipped off with fantastic finishes all over Germany including a terrific overtime game at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln where the 99ers edged brose Baskets Bamberg in a terrific game. With the Bamberg loss, ALBA Berlin now sits alone atop the Bundelsiga standings. The results from Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th.

Saturday December 15th

ALBA Berlin 74 Duetsche Bank Skyliners 64
ALBA Berlin used a 24-9 2Q to build a 42-30 halftime lead as they cruised to a 74-64 home win Saturday at Max-Schmelling-halle in Berlin. Bobby Brown led ALBA with 14pt and Goran Nikolic chipped in 11 in the Berlin win. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 21pt 10reb while Koko Archibong totalted 14pt 4reb and Ilian Evtimov 12pt in the loss. Skyliners welcomed shooting guard Jimmy McKinney back to action after missing the first part of the season with a chest muscle injury. McKinney scored 7pt in his return. ALBA Berlin shot 51% from the floor, 70% from the foul line and outrebounded Frankfurt 34-21. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA team upped their record to 11-2 and sit alone atop the Bundesliga standings. Frankfurt fell to an even 6-6.

Koln 99ers 94 brose Baskets Bamberg 92 (OT)
Rheinenergie Dome featured the weekends best action as the Koln 99ers edged brose Baskets Bamberg 94-92 in a fantastic overtime game. Bambergs Ademola Okulaja scored to give the guests a 66-62 lead with 5min in the 4Q. Koln's Misan Nikagbatse answered with a three pulling to 66-65. Predrag Suput countered with a three 69-65 for Bamberg. Toby Bailey bombed in another three pulling Koln back within 1 at 69-68. Aleksandar Nadjfeji came up with a steal that led to another Nikagbatse basket as Koln retook the lead 70-69. Later, with just over 1min remaining and the game tied at 72, Demond Greene buried a big shot for Bamberg 75-72. Koln countered 75-74. In the next moments, Predrag Suput answered with an offensive rebound leading to a 78-74 lead with 36sec. Both teams played the 'fouling game' and in total 14 FT attempts took place. With 12sec Greene buried 2 clutch FT and Bamberg held an 83-80 lead. After being fouled, Nikagbatse sank the first but missed the second. Saving the day, rookie forward Yassin Idbihi grabbed the offensive rebound and tied the game at 83 forcing OT. The fantastic overtime session saw two teams battling for every basket. After two McElroy FT and a Suput basket, the game was even at 92 with 34sec. After exciting moments, a Nikagbatse miss was rebounded by Toby Bailey and put back for the 94-92 lead. Bamberg's Suput's miss was collected by Idbihi and Koln won their 4th staight Bundesliga game. Five 99ers reached double digits led by Aleksandar Nadjfeji's 24pt 7reb 4ast in the win. Immanuel McElroy added 19t, Milko Bjelica 16pt, Misan Nikagbatse 14pt and Toby Bailey 10pt 8reb. Predrag Suput sank 10 of 12 shots from the floor including from three a perfect 4 for 4 on his way to an impressive 31pt performance. Demond Greene and Steffan Hamann added 14pt apiece and Robert Garrett buried 3 of 4 threes on his way to 11pt for Bamberg who shot 56% from the floor and 54% (12 of 22) from three. Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his team enjoyed an advantage on the foul line making 26 of 37 (70%) compared to 18-22 for Bamberg. Koln won their second consecutive OT game and improved to 7-6 while Bamberg fell for the second consecutive Bundesliga game (and 4th straight overall) moving to 9-4.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 74 TBB Trier 67
Oldenburg snapped their 4 game losing streak with a hardfought 74-67 road win over Trier Saturday night at Trier Arena. Oldenburg ran to a 46-35 halftime lead on the strength of their 27-18 2Q. Trier responded with a strong 19-7 3Q to take a 54-53 lead heading into the fourth. But Oldenburg's 21-13 4Q sealed their victory. Jasmin Perkovic produced a 19pt 13reb double double, Mladin Pekovic drilled 5 of 8 threes for 15pt and Jason Gardner chipped in 14pt 4ast 5stl to the win. For Trier, Josh Almanson scored 16pt, Caleb Green 13pt and James Gillingham 12. A key in the game was free throw shooting where Oldenburg made 21 of 24 (88%) to Trier's 12 of 21 (57%). Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team improved to 7-6 while Trier slipped to 3-10.

Giessen 46ers 90 Walter Tigers Tubingen 50
Giessen shot 51% from the floor as they hammered visiting Walter Tigers Tubingen 90-50 Saturday night in Giessen. The 46ers exploded to a 22-13 1Q and piled on in a 21-5 2Q as Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his men blew out their guests. After a 24-11 3Q, Giessen held a 67-29 lead. Corey Rouse produced a 22pt 12reb double double while Patrick Sparks and Michael Umeh added 11pt apiece. C Rasko Katic was the lone Tiger in double digits with 14pt 12reb. Tubingen shot 39% from the floor, was outrebounded 31-29 and committed 18 turnovers in the game. Giessen made 10 of 25 (40%) threes compared to Tubingen's 4 of 16 (25%) and the 46ers sank 14 of 22 FT (63%) while Tigers made only 6 of 12 FT. Giessen upped their record to 4-9 while Tubingen fell to 5-8.

Bayer Leverkusen 93 EnBW Ludwigsburg 87
Brendan Winters sank 5 of 7 threes and a perfect 10 for 10 from the foul line on his way to a game best 27pt 9reb 3ast performance in leading Bayer Leverkusen to an exciting 93-87 road win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Rundsporthalle in Ludwigsburg. Nate Fox added 19pt 6reb for Leverkusen in the win. Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's team edged ahead 42-39 at half, maintained a 67-63 lead after three and held off a late Ludwigsburg run for the hard earned win. Brandon Woudstra and Michel Nascimento shared topscoring honors for Ludwigsburg with 22pt apiece and Ronald Ross added 14pt. Leverkusen shot 49% from the floor while Ludwigsburg hit 47% and Leverkusen outrebounded the hosts 37-26. Leverkusen made several big shots and drilled 13 of 23 (56%) from three in the game while Ludwigsburg made 7 of 22 (31%) from three. Leverkusen improved to 9-4 while Ludwigsburg slipped to 5-8.

Sunday December 16th


digibu Baskets Paderborn 106 ratiopharm Ulm 81

Nathan Peavy scored 25pt and Tim Black added 23 as digibu Baskets Paderborn ran past ratiopharm Ulm 106-81 Sunday evening at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm ending Ulm's five game win streak. Ulm's first home loss of the season, Head Coach Doug Spradley's Paderborn squad shot 64% from the floor for the game and outscored Ulm every quarter. Paderborn opened an early lead and ran to a 59-45 halftime advantage. Steve Esterkamp and Greg Jenkins added 15pt apiece for the winners. Bryan Lucas topscored for Ulm with 19pt, Konrad Wysocki added 17pt 9reb, EJ Gallup 16pt and Jeff Gibbs a 10pt 10reb double double. With the win, Paderborn improves to 4-8 while ratiopharm Ulm slips to 8-5.


Eisbaren Bremerhaven 73 Science City Jena 72

Visiting Jena started strong with a 27-18 1Q but Bremerhaven bounced back with a 16-7 2Q to even things at 34 at the half. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team jumped ahead to lead 56-47 after three. But Jena fought back and fell just short. In fact, the final scene of the game saw Jena's Mark Davis make 2 of 3 FT with the chance to tie the score. 7-5 Bremerhaven escaped with the victory and Jena fell to 1-12. Zygimantas Jonusas made 5 of 9 threes to topscore with 23pt while Ivars Timermanis added 17pt and Brian Brown produced 17pt 5reb 8ast. For Jena, Mark Davis scored 29pt followed by Brendan Plavich with 15pt and Blake Shelton with 11. Both teams made 9 threes and shot 41% from the floor in the game. Both Bremerhaven and Jena shot well from the foul line as the Eisbaren sank 20 of 24 (83%) and Jena 17 of 19 (89%).


Telekom Baskets Bonn 79 Telekom Baskets Bonn 75

Ronnie Burrell scored 19pt 6reb and Jason Conley added 18pt 9reb as Telekom Bonn topped BG74 Gottingen 79-75 Sunday afternoon at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Miah Davis chipped in 13pt and Artur Kolodziejski 10pt. Head Coach Michael Koch saw his team shoot 56% and make 10 of 18 threes. Selim Mulic led Gottingen with 22pt and Michael Schroder added a 12pt 10reb double double. Gottingen shot 44% from the floor but 13 of 22 (59%) from the foul line. Bonn upped their record to 8-5 while Gottingen fell to 3-9.



Slaninka leaves Wedel - Two players return -by Moritz Korff
Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) and Holger Jacobsen (203-C-80) return to SC Rist Wedel (Regionalliga North) for the second half of this current season and will join the team after the Christmas Break in January. Meanwhile, Center-Giant Matt Slaninka (223-C-81, agency: Megasport, college: Shepherd) moves back to the USA after playing some outstanding games for the Risters since October, proving to be a fundamentally sound Big Man with good post moves and a nice shot from the middle distance. Slaninka posted a couple of double-doubles for Wedel and had a 14 points/8 rebounds-performance against the Bremen Roosters in the German Cup.
Both Pearson-Taylor and Jacobsen played for SC Rist already in 2006-2007. The versatile Wing from Miami, Florida averaged 21 points in ten games last season, while Jacobsen, who stayed in Australia during the past months, had 11.7 ppg in 19 games of the 2006-2007 campaign.


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GREECE

A2: Match day 12- results and scorers -by Chris Mammides
Xanthi - Panorama 76-71
Quarters: 13-16, 34-41, 52-58, 76-71.
A derby took place in Xanthi, with the visitors losing a big chance to get the road win as Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) at the end proved to be the ace in Zafiroudis sleeve and with his performance the home team took the victory in the fourth quarter.
Xanthi: Vassilis Moulakis 25 (5), Kefals 4, Stefanidis 3, Nikoloudis 17, Seferidis 4, Koutsogiannis 7, Loupos 16.
Panorama: Behlivanis 7, Panaras 10, Falekas 4, Hatzipetrou 2, Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) 19, Kuburovic 16, Henjak 13.

Peristeri - Pagrati 69-64
Quarters: 18-20, 37-29, 51-45 and 69-64
Another derby took place as the 1,000 fans remembered the good old A1 derbies between the two Athenian teams. Coach Manouselis team was better on the court and even though their top scorer Bucci didn't have a very productive day, the ex NBAer Trybanski together with Filippos Moscovitis (190-G-78) took over and finished the game in favor of their team.
Perister: Mantzanas 5, Filippos Moscovitis 16, Amato 2, Kokkalis 4, E. Mantzaris 6, Cuk 4, Margaritis 8, Deligianni 4, Trybanski 12, Bucci 8
Pagrati: Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) 19, Gotzogiannis 11, Tsolatos 10, Voulgaris 10, Klimis 4, Tziallas 2, Maheras 8.

Ilysiakos - Halkida 81-73
Quarters: 19-22, 46-32, 65-57 and 81-73.
The home team with Tsarouhas and Stelios Ioannou (200-F-87) having a great day and Athanasopoulos and Papanikolaou following didn't have any problems against Coach Liogas's team.
Ilysiakos: Kompodietas 4, Papanikolaou 15, Athanasopoulos 14, Athanasoulias 3, Koutroulias 6, Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-G-86) 19, Bogris 2, Stelios Ioannou 18 (2).
Halkida: Kritikos , Kantartzis 14, Papantoniou 9, Tomaras 8, Psathas 11, Dzidjic 18, Vucicevic 8.

P.Faliro - ICBS 66-65
Quarters: 13-14, 27-30, 48-45 and 66-65.
With the Cypriot International Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) enjoying a great day, the home team beat ICBS. The game was a derby and the visitors could have won the game if it wasn't for Aristides Koronides and Rodostoglou great performances.
P. Faliro: Pagonis 6, Aristides Koronides 20 (5), Efthimiou 8, Rodostoglou 21 (1), Halkiadakis 3, Aposkitis 8 (2).
ICBS: Kantic 2, Bardas 14 (2), Vidalis 2, Maslarinos 16, Zaras 6, Jovanovic 8, Anagnostopoulos 9, Nisiotis 4, Evangelinos 4.

Panerythraikos - Trikala 49-78
Quarters: 10-12, 27-30, 41-45, 49-78.
A dead ending for the home team (scored only 8 points in the 4th quarter) was the result of the thrash as the visitors outscored Hohoulis team by 33-8 in the last period.
Panerythraikos: Kontoudis 5, Georgaros 8, Yfantis 1, Skouzis 4, Maglos 11, Hoppson 10, Tsotsos 2, Doumanis 6.
Trikala: Lepeniotis 6, Vardianos 3, Balafas 3, Bogdanos 13, Alex Kaklamanos (196-G, college: Georgia Southern) 24, Papakostas 2, Fountas 12, Harismidis 10, Tsiakas 5.

Dafni - Sporting 88-67
Quarters: 27-15, 55-35, 69-46, 88-67.
There was not any real competition as the home team took an advantage of 12 points from the first quarter and the difference went up to 30 points at one point.
Dafni: Nikitakis 1, Pappas 4, Tolais 8, Kakiouzis 14, Sourlis 13, Papadimitriou 9, Sioutis 13, Vlahopoulos 5, Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80) 19, Xiouras 2.
Sporting: Kakavas 14, Tsiotras 5, Fotiou 9, Moutran 10, Perrakis 22 (3), Morfis 7 (1).

Iraklis - Apollon Patras 80-63
Quarters: 16-19, 29-28, 53-43, 80-63.
Coach Dimitris Papadopoulos team was not able to follow the up-tempo style of the home team for the overall game so after the first 25 minutes simply crashed
Iraklis: Siamandouras 6, Lymperis 2, Costas Totsios (191-G-78) 19, Misic 13, Apostolopoulos 12, Daniel 10, Symeonidis 18.
Apollon Patras: Kados 5, Athanasiadis 14, Lianos 2, Manousos 11, Papadopoulos10, Isaacson 6, Theodoros Georgitsis (205-C/F-83) 15 (3).

MENT - Ionikos Lamias 60-64
Quarters: 18-14, 35-34, 46-49, 60-64.
The home team without their top scorer Spanoulis who will be released due to behavior reasons and preoblems between head coach Mouratidis and himself, lost another home game to Ionikos Lamias and is now off its targets. Now it is three games behind its rivals and things are looking quite difficult.
MENT: Karydas 7, Giannidakis 13, Mandic 17, Makris 7, Despos 16 (1).
Ionikos Lamias: Koutsogiannis 4, Nikos Spanos (193-G-78, college: Berry) 23, Christou 7, Kekelis 12, Koutkias 2, Giannouzakos 3, Pashalis 11, Veskoukis 2.


Zouros is the new head coach of Panellinios -by Chris Mammides
Elias Zouros is finally the new head coach of Panellinios. The Greek head coach agreed with the French team Levalois Paris who was succesfully coaching the last one and a half seazons to terminate their contract as he wanted to comeback in the Greek league. His assistant coaches will be Ilias Katzouris (who was his assistant coach in Aris and Near East) and Giorgos Ketselidis who was in his team while being in Olympiakos Pireaus. In regards to the new players there is rumor that Damir Mulaomerovic will be the first one to be transfered.

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HOLLAND

Several teams interested in players of Omniworld Almere -by Fred Roggen
Nenad Cvjetkovic (202-F-83, agency: Court Side) can possible to West Brabant Giants or ZZ Leiden, there are also several teams who are interested in Jeromy Ormskerk (190-G-84). Den Helder Seals show to be interested in their old-player Tjoe de Paula (183-G-81, agency: Court Side) and there is some interest from Eiffel Towers Den Bosch for Mike Nahar (211-C-71, agency: Court Side, college: Wright St.).

Eiffel Towers Crush Aris Friesland -by Sanders Jackson

On Sunday in the Maaspoort heading into the Eiffel Towers-Aris Friesland matchup, it was not the question of whether the defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers could win, but how much they would win by. After the ending of the first quarter that was a moot point, as Eiffel were never seriously threatened, winning in an 111-62 blowout and sixth straight win. Eiffel jumped out to a 29-13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and their lead snowballed from there, including a 38-point scoring outburst in the 3rd quarter! Eiffel were led in scoring by the Dutch duo of
Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) (21 pts., 5 three-pointers) and Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) (17 pts., 10 rebounds, 2 blocks), and had six players total in double figure scoring. Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) and Dillion Sneed (201-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 20 pts. each to lead Aris, with Sneed snatching down 16 rebounds. Eiffel made 13 of 23 from the three-point line, dished out 25 team assists and had a 46-34 rebounding advantage. The win improves Eiffel's record to 15-3 and a half-game lead in 1st place in the FEB, while Aris falls to 4-14 and their three-game winning streak is stopped.


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HUNGARY

Sunday's games -by Tamas Deri
FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY - UNIVER KSE 100-81
(22-15, 31-24, 24-20, 23-22)
Szombathely, Att.: 3.200, Referees: Papp, Benczur, Kothay
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22/3, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 22/3, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 30/12, Kazlauskas 8/3, Feigl 6, Trevor Harvey (211-C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) 10, Borszeki, Varadi K., Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
UNIVER: Sigurdarson 9/3, Blair 16, Horvath A. 2, Szabo Zs. 2, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 22/6, Vida 1, Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88, agency: FCM) 12, Toth P. 5/3, Csabay 3, Halmai 9/3, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


BODROGI BAU VASARHELYI KOSARSULI - ALBACOMP 88-102
(25-28, 21-20, 18-29, 24-25)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 300, Referees: Vigh, Kiraly, Csősz
VASARHELY: Gabor Drahos (186-G-79) 25/15, Brooks 12, Kovats 8, Eric Freeman (206-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 27/3, Gemes 12, Kukla 2, Boszormenyi 2, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 17/3, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 25/15, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 21/6, McClendon 12, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 23, David G. 4, Hanga, Coach: Goran Miljkovic


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IRELAND

University of Ulster finally wins in Ireland -by Eurobasket News
It was a successful weekend for University of Ulster team as they grabbed their initial victory in the Irish Superleague at last. UU overcame Shamrock Rovers 105:91 to improve to 1-8 record. UU looked convincingly good and set a major pace to stun their opponents. Shamrock Rovers were coming off a difficult Cup win over UCC Demons and seemed a bit weary as they played a catch-up game from the start. The hosts accumulated a 49:34 lead at halftime and continued to dominate after the break. Bryan Nieman (198-G/F, college: N.Carolina St.) scored game-high 34 points to pace University Ulster. Gareth Maguire (187-G/F-70) contributed 18 points for the winners. Danny Oboyle (188-G) delivered 27 points for Shamrock Rovers as they fell to 5-5 record in the ladder.
Other underdogs of the current season UCD/Marian posted one more narrow victory as they edged St. Vincent 101:99 at the DCU Sports Complex. The game was extra close as the teams entered the fourth period all square at 80. The action remained tight and unpredictable till the dying seconds. But finally it was Peter Finn (188-G-88) who finalized the victory for the home team with his basket. David Ryan (201-F-84, college: Siena) topscored for the UCD/Marian with 32 points. Kevin Meany (178-G-81) added 16 points for the winning side. Keenan Browder (195-F-81, agency: IceBasket, college: E.New Mexico) answered with 27 points for St. Vincent.
Tigers strengthened their leading position beating UCD/Marian 111:91 at the UCD Sports Complex. The visitors led by just a single point at the interval 53:52 but a strong performance from Carl Hadley (193-F, college: Sam Houston St.) and Chris Jordan (193-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) allowed them to enjoy a 84:72 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Jim Clement (198-F-83, college: L.Superior) provided some strong plays early in the final quarter to revive hope for UCD/Marian but Carl Hadley and Quirke ensured the winning outcome for the Tigers. Carl Hadley came up with 31 points for the Tigers. Chris Jordan added 29 points in a winning case. Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) responded with 23 points, while Jim Clement had 22 points in the 7th loss for UCD/Marian.


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ISRAEL

Israeli Premier League - Week 8 -by Elad Zeevi
Ashkelon 82 - M. Tel-Aviv 102
Maccabi really needed a W against a local opponent after two straight losses, and they got their wish. Askelon was still in the picture during the third quarter, but Derick Sharp was on fire from beyond the arc (6-6), and helped Maccabi's run for the win.
M. Tel-Aviv: Sharp 18, Fizer 18, Bluethental 13
Askelon: Bart Jr. 21, Wallace 16, Coleman 15

Ramat-Gan 96 - Jerusalem 90
Hapoel Jerusalem are still looking for their first road win this season. The guests struggled with a short rotation after they released Marcus Slaughter during the weekend. Ori Itzhaki and Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) were the go-to-guys in Ramat-Gan, as Tolbert scored 14 of his 19 during the 4th quarter.
Ramat-Gan: Itzhaki 24, Tolbert 19, Brown 12
Jerusalem: Hagag 22, Pnini 15, Shason 13

Galil 74 - Afula/Gilboa 87
After a close first half, the guests opened an 8 point lead during the third quarter and never looked back afterwards.
Gilboa/Afula: Hull 20, Porat 18
Galil: Brown 15, Ohayon & Eitan 11 each

Rishon 67 - Holon 56
A poor offensive display from both teams in the first half ended with a real treat for the fans: 26-20 for the hosts after 20 minutes. The play in the second half improved, and Rishon was the one to come out with the win.
Rishon: Banks 14, Mendez 13, Markson 12
Holon: Simmons 14, Dixon 12, Tucker 7


Hapoel cut Slaughter -by Yarone Arbel
Hapoel Jerusalem decided to cut Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.), and will look for a new big man. Hapoel wasn't very happy with Slaughter's performance on court despite he averaged 8 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1 bpg in 17 mpg Israeli league games, while in five ULEB Cup games he reached 5.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg including the winning point in an 84-83 key win over Zadar. After an off court incident the club decided to release the player only six weeks after he landed.

Ironi Nahariya added Gidon Rietti (202-F-83, college: St.Petersburg JC) for the reminder of the season. Rietti played college hoops and spent the last season in Germany, before coming back to the Israeli league.


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ITALY

Lega2-12th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
29 pts by Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) led Imola (Nkechi Ezugwu (203-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Michigan) 12+18) on defeating Novara (Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) 9 pts and 9 rebs). Rimini (Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) at 24 scored) won on Ferrara (5 players in double figure). 23 scored both by Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi) and Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's) weren't enough to avoid loss at Caserta (Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB) scored 23 pts). 4 players in double figures weren't enough for Jesi and Soresina won the game (J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia) 19 pts). Otis George (205-C-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) had 16+18 and Casale won against Reggio Emilia (Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) 17 pts). BJ McKie (188-G-77, college: S.Carolina) scored 25 pts and Pavia won at Fabriano (5 players in double figure). Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) and his 24 pts led Sassari to success on Livorno (Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) 28 pts). 32 pts by Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and he was the hero of the traditional derby between Pistoia and Montecatini (5 payers in double figures).
Aget Imola-Ignis Novara 79-74
Coopsette RN-Carife FE 83-76
Pepsi Caserta-Prima Veroli 91-63
Vanoli Soresina-Fileni Jesi 70-69
Fastweb Casale-Trenkwalder RE 79-65
Indesit Fab-Edimes PV 72-79
BancoSardegna-TDShop.it LI 83-75
Carmatic PT-Agr.Glo.Mont. 82-70
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


Siena stays perfect, Biella shines at the second place -by Gianni Pascucci

Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) hit a three pointer with few seconds to go to serve as the cherry on the cake in his great game, 22 pts on the road to lead Milano to the win, 79-70 over Tisettanta Cantu. Montepaschi Siena had no mercy of Siviglia Wear Teramo, defeating that team too, 100-91 on the road, to extend its winning streak at 14. There is yet anyone doubting about who will be the Italian Champion 2008 ? Led by Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova), who scored 15 points, Lottomatica Roma take care of a poor version of Snaidero Udine, 93-64. Legea Scafati defeated Eldo Napoli 94-84 in avery tensed regional derby, and this loss could cause major changes in the Napoli roster. Virtus La Fortezza Bologna confirmed to be in a bad moment falling 70-74 to the worse team in the league, Cimberio Varese, led by Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82), who scored 25 points. Scavolini Pesaro won an important game on the road, 85-83 over Pierrel Capo d'Orlando, with Carlton Myers (192-G-71, agency: World Sport Agency) and Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) scoring 19 points each and Italian veteran Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) answering with 22 pts in losing effort. Angelico Biella confirmed its second place on the table prevailing 84-73 over Premiata Montegranaro, at the end of a very battled game, in which Barry Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) with 24 pts and Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) with 21 were the main performers.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



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JAPAN

Phoenix Shade Sun Rockers and Look to Catch Toyota -by J.D. Greene
BJ-League bound OSG Phoenix gained another win on Sunday (12/16) as they sailed past Hitachi, beating them easily 89-74. Although the current last-place Sun Rockers were able to grab a victory on Saturday (12/15) against Rera Kamury with Peter Cornell's (211-C-76, college: Loyola Marymount) Hitachi debut, they did not have enough to stop momentous OSG with their two import players once again producing impressive numbers (Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, college: Kentucky): 29 points, 10 assists; Marquis Estill (206-F-81, college: Kentucky): 19 points, 17 rebounds).

This Phoenix victory has come at an advantageous time as current 2nd place team (and 2-time reigning JBL champion) Toyota lost against 1st place Aisin in a disappointing 85-59 defeat. The difference appeared to be in rebounds as the Seahorses were able to grab 20 more off the glass than the Alvark, in large part to recently-naturalized JBL standout JR Sakuragi who picked up 19 rebounds for Aisin.

Since OSG was able to capture 2 victories last weekend (also beating Toshiba on 12/15), they are now just one game shy of tying for second place with Toyota. The Phoenix have an opportunity next week to tie or pass Toyota in the standings before the All-Japan break.

Will Toyota be able to uphold their second-place standing before the break begins? Or will OSG continue to climb their way up and knock the Alvark back? It looks as though OSG has all the momentum right now, but let's see if they can continue their run...


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JORDAN

Ward to write his name from gold in the area..... -by Mohammed Malas
Asia-Basket Jordan is happy to host College SC's star Jamal Ward (198-F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Chattanooga) in this short interview.........

1- Tell us more about yourself
1st off my name is Jamal Ward, 28 years old .I am from Flint Michigan a blue collar town where we eat sleep and breathe the game of basketball.Thats all most of us have to look forward to growing up in Flint, so we work hard to get what we want because no one gives us anything.I have a beautiful daughter named Zaniyah, whom is the center of my life, and i want to thank the woman that brought her into this world because they both gave me a better perspective on my life, and my purpose for being here.I started my proffesional career in the ABA, then moved to South America.I had my first European experience in Ireland then moved to Canada, Germany, Luxembourg then had my first expirience in Asia in the UAE, now im here in Jordan.

2- How did you see Jordan?
Jordan is a very nice place, ive gotten to see several things here.The landscaping is very nice, and the people here are genuinely nice people.They are very helpful and friendly towards helping you, and thats good especially when you are a foreigner.They also speak very good english here also this is very very helpful cause a language barrier gets really frustrating sometimes.Overall i would rank Jordan as one of the nicest places that i have been.

3- Whats your initial opionion about Jordan Excellent League?
My initial opinion of the Jordan Excellent League is that its very tough.I was very surprised with the level of the Jordanian players, they're very good, and a lot bigger also. This league is a very physical league also, but the level is extremely high.

4- To which level you think that College SC will reach this year especially that the team is newly promoted?
I think we defenitly have a chance to finish in the top six, were new to the Jordan Excellent League so us remaining here is the first step and anything that comes after that is great.We have set some goals and we are striving to reach them.

5- Who do you think will gain the title of this year?
Wow honestly i dont know who will win the title.We were fortunate enough to play our first two games against the two best teams Zain (formerly fastlink) and Orthodox. Both teams have great players and the best Jordanian players so it will be interesting to see how that turns out.

6- Did you start making some relationships between the other imports in the league? Do you know any of them before?
Actually no i didnt know any of the imports before arriving here, and i have started to make a relationship with a couple of the guys.Its good to get with each other and talk about things that we have seen and share some of our experiences about the game of basketball, and just traveling abroad in general.

7- This is the 2nd time Jordnaian Basketball Federation (JBF) applied 2 imports together in the court? Is it useful for some teams in your opinion?
I think this was a great idea because you have another player out there with you that can take the pressure off of you and you guys can help eachother.

8- What is the difference between basketball here and other countries you played in?
I think the difference is the size and the physical play of the Jordanian players, these guys are really big guys that are very aggressive and athletic.

9- How did you see your coach Ibrahim Al Ja'fari and team mates?
My teamates are cool , theyre very helpful towards me and we are developing a good relationship within eachother.If i need anything i can call them.Coach is really cool hes a teacher coach so sometimes he gets too caught up in teaching, but hes very straightforward and hard working guy. Hes a coach thats open for ideas and not the type of coach that thinks he knows everything. He also taught me my first arabic word "Shabab" hahahaha..Overall i think our coach is a great guy and hes doing a excellent job because were progressing.

10- Last word to basketball fans?
Last word to basketball fans is i thank everyone whom has supported me throughout my career, especially my family.I wouldnt be here without them.I also want to give a special thanks to my sisters my mom and my dad. Thanks


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KOSOVO

First League schedule(Play-off matches) -by Edona Shabani
The schedule of the second play -off matches :

SHB "12" - MALISHEVA ,Tuesday18.12.2007,at 14,00
Referees: Agim Halili,Labinot Belegu
Monitors: Mahir Spahija

VERTIKALI - BASHKIMI, Wdnesday19.12.2007,at 12,00
Referees :Isa Prebreza,Ilhan Xhaka
Monitors :Sejdi Mehmeti


SOURCE: www.basketbolli.com


XI week schdule of Super League -by Edona Shabani
This is the schedule of matches which will take place on Wednesday December 19, 2007.

YLLI - SIGAL PRISHTINA ,on 16,30
Referees: Hajredin Zeka,Arben Elshani,Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Muhamed Ahma

RC COLA DRITA - KOSOVA, on 18,00
Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Hektor Grezda, Vllaznim Rraci
Monitors: Agim Visoka

TREPCA- KASTRIOTI, on 18,00
Referees: Alban Vula, Zaim Zenuni, Urim Hasani
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha

PEJA - BAMBI ,on 19,00
Referees: Arbnor Rifati,Daut Mehmeti,Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LIGA AMERICAS

Defensor Sporting named its roster -by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting, the current leader of the Uruguayan League , will be travellling today (Dec. 17) to play Group C of the League of the Americas, in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), from tomorrow. Also in the group will be Boca Junrios Argentina), Pitagoras (Brazil) and Flamengo (Brazil). The roster is the following:
Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee),
David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.)
Diego Gonzalez (175-G-84)
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75)
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
Juan Carlos Zaballa (181-G-77)
Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74)
Andres San Miguel (198-F/C-82)
Camilo Antunez (187-G-85)
Nicolas Delgado (198-F/C-87)
Gonzalo Rama (188-G-86)
Federico Alvarez (194-F-88)
HC: Gerardo Jauri


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LUXEMBOURG

No losses for Etzella so far -by Eurobasket News
Etzella posted two straight victories recently and climbed to 14-0 record in the DBBL ladder. Etzella could hardly be equally matched at the moment as they play some dazzling basketball in the season. Etzella started the week with a difficult road victory over Musel Pikes. The visitors opened the game aggressively and led 30:14 after the starting frame. But Musel Pikes enjoyed some sparks of confident game as they cut the gap by 12 points by the third stanza. Etzella though maintained the advantage and ensured a tough win at the end. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) provided 27 points and 15 boards for the winning side. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) contributed 24 points and 10 boards for Etzella. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) answered with 27 points for Musel Pikes.
Later in the week Etzella took on Contern at home and rolled to a comfortable 95:69 victory. Contern stayed close throughout the opening term and trailed by 2 points 25:27. However the league leaders raised the tempo after the intermission and cleared off for good. Nelson Delgado had 27 points for the home team. Marcus Kennedy produced 26 points and 12 rebounds in the 14th win for Etzella. Eric Jeitz (190-G-86) scored 22 points as Contern fell to 5-8 record in the standings.
The reigning champs Sparta continue to chase Etzella as they overcame Nitia 89:53 away from home. Sparta suggested a well-balanced offense to overwhelm Nitia. The home side stayed close in the first half and was down by 6 points at halftime. But the visitors proved the difference in the second half as they outmuscled their opponents and celebrated the 9th win in the season. Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) posted 18 points and 21 boards for Sparta. Christian Wulff (181-G-75) nailed 16 points in a win. Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, college: Iona) knocked down game-high 24 points for Nitia as they fell to 2-11 record.


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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A : Niksic win against Danilovgrad 70-64 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club NIKSIC win in game 9 Round of MNT1A Opportunity League against BC Danilovgrad 70-64 in verry important game for club for 5th place.Once again best in team of Niksic was Radoje Djurkovic (202-F/C-87) with 16 points and 6 rebounds.Good game in BC Niksic play Goran Gajovic ho score 13 points and 7 rebounds and capiten Miljan Vukotic 9 points and 11 rebounds.In BC danilovgrad good game play Vasilije Seferovic 13 points.

MNT1B : BC BUDVA in 1st place at mid- season 2007-08 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Budva is the champion of the first part of season in MNT1B division after their win in a game of the 9th Round against BC Ljubovic 73-69. For BC Budva a good game was played by Filip Goranovic (208-F/C-85), contributing 10 points and 6 rebounds over 7 minutes. For BC Ljubovic Rajko Tapuskovic scored 16 points and Ilija Popovic 14 pionts. For BC Budva in the year 2007, the second part of 2006/07 and in first part of season 2007/08 they have a record of 18-0.Head coach of BC Budva Veselin Krivokapic has compiled the best record in the history of BC Budva.

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NCAA2

Northwest Nazarene Starts Season With 8 Straight Wins -by Sanjey Noriega
From gnacsports.com

Kendall Gielow scored 23 points and Joel Ryman and Tyler Roberts combined for 34 points as Northwest Nazarene remained unbeaten in eight games defeating Eastern Oregon 85-78 Saturday at Nampa.

The Crusaders' 8-0 start is their best in school history. The previous best was 6-0 during the 2003-04 season.
Gielow was three of six on three-pointers and made all six of his free throws. He also had four rebounds, two steals and a block.

Ryman came off the bench to score 18, connecting on five of six three-pointers. Roberts had 16 points and also figured in at least another 16 points earning eight assists.

Scott Helpenstell was also in double figures with 13 points and led the Crusaders with six rebounds. He also had one of NNU's two blocks.

NNU was outrebounded 32-28 and outshot (54.4 to 50.9), but the Crusaders made 10 of 23 treys and had just 13 turnovers.

“When we take care of the basketball, we can be pretty good,” NNU head coach Tim Hills said. “One of the fun things about these guys is that they like each other and they like to share.

"They enjoy making the extra pass and really like setting each other up to score. When a team will play like that, it's hard to stop.”

The Mountaineers, who fell for just the second time this season though officially it was an exhibition for the NAIA school, were led by Dan Blanchard who scored a game-high 27 points, 22 in the second half.

Jeremy Templeton added 21 and Mark Carollo led all players on the glass with 10 rebounds. The Mountaineers, however, shot just 60 percent (9-15) from the free throw line and were only seven of 19 from the three-point arc.


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NIGERIA

22nd Champions Cup for men: ABC, Potters renew rivalry -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Group-B leader at the 22nd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Abidjan Basketball Club will today take on Nigeria Niger Potters basketball club in a renewed rivalry after the Nigerian subdue their Ivorian counterpart at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin last month.

Today's clash between the two West Africa neighbours is interesting as the Abidjan-based side have since that defeat fortified its team with two Nigerians, Dennis Ebikoro and Kevin Nimol Nambam who have given a good account of themselves in the final round of the Champions Cup in Huambo, Angola.

Both side had a good outing Sunday with ABC beating Stade Malian comprehensively with a 77-46 points win to keep a clean slate Potters on the other hand defeated Ferroviario de Beira basketball club of Mozambique by 89-64 points to occupy the third position in group-B.

In other pairing for today also in group-B bottom placed Stade Malian will be up in arm against fellow struggling Democratic Republic of Congo's BC Onatra while Ferroviario takes on defending champion, Petro Atletico of Angola.

In group-A, third place MBC basketball club of Conakry, Guinea will take to the court against second place and host, Interclube of Angola, group leader and 2006 runner-up Primero de Agosto of Angola will do battle against APR of Rwanda while ASPAC of Benin who is without a win so far will file out against ASB Kauka of Democratic Republic of Congo in Cabinda.

Group-A: Cabinda

15.00. Game n°19. MBC (GUI) VS INTERCLUBE (ANG)
17.00. Game n°21. Primero de Agosto (ANG) Vs APR (RWA)
19.00. Game n°23. ASPAC (BEN) VS ASB KAUKA (DRC)

Group-B: Huambo

15.00. GAME N°22. STADE MALIEN (MLI) VS BC ONATRA (DRC)
17.00. Game N°24. NIGER POTTERS (NGR) VS ABC (CIV)
19.00. Game N°26. FERROVIARO BEIRA (MOZ) VS PETRO ATLETICO (ANG


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NPBL

Elmira Bulldogs Takes A Bite Into The NPBL -by Eurobasket
The National Professional Basketball League is pleased to announce the Elmira Bulldogs as a new member. The Bulldogs are no stranger to professional basketball and they have built a solid fan base and have the full support of the community.
James R. Schutz, co-owner and Head Coach looks forward to being a top contender and a solid franchise for many years to come. A press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday December 19th, 2007 at the Chemung County YMCA (The former Elmira South Side High School) at 12:00pm.
All spectators are welcome to attend as the Elmira Bulldogs will have a couple of players in attendence. "We're excited to be part of the NPBL and look forward to competing and bringing a Championship to Elmira in 2008," says Schutz.

Courtesy of NPBL


NPBL at his second season -by Gianni Pascucci
The National Professional Basketball League should comeback in spring of 2008, for his second season, after a start-up edition held in February and March, 2007, with few teams and a very poor media coverage. Just for the history, we make you know that the 2007 champion team were the Hudson Valley Hawks, winners over the Connecticut Thunderboltz 145-134 in the NPBL Campionship Game, held at SUNY New Paltz College, also the home court of the Hawks. The main performers of that game were Amseshem Henderson (6'6"-F-84) who led the Hawks, scoring 43 points, while Willie Coleman (6'0"-G-72) added 35 pts and Tydrayll Coleman (6'7"-F-80) added 27 points.

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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Boricuas Abroad in Europa and in the States.
"El Jefe" Larry Ayuso played another great game in the Adriatic League but his team Cibona Zagreb was defeated by Zardar Zara 82-77. For "Our Boricua" 20 points (3/6 2pts, 4/6 3pts, 2/2 FT) + 3rebs + 4ass in 39 minutes. Siroki, in the Adriatic League, was defeated by FMP Zeleznik 73-70. Sharif Fajardo scored 16 pts (2/10 2pts, 3/4 3pts, 3/4 FT) with 2 rebs and 2 steals in 30 minutes.
In Poland, there was the match Copeland vs Rodriguez, Copeland played as always another "partidazo" but Andres Rodriguez was the winner of the match. Turow defeated Polpharma 93-67- For Andres Rodriguez 7 pts (2/2 2pts, 1/1 3pts) and 9 assts in 19 minutes. Donald Copeland played 39 minutes with 25 pts (6/14 2pts, 3/6 3pts, 4/5 FT), 6 rebs, 4 assts and 4 steals.
In Turkey, Besiktas won against Antalya 99-92, Christian Dalmau scored 15 pts and Rick Apodaca 7 pts.
In Spain, Fuenlabrada was defeated by Vive Menorca 57-53, It was a hard game, Peter John Ramos played a good game with 8 pts (3/4 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 2/4 FT) and 5 rebs in 20 minutes. Unicaja Malaga defeated Girona 83-73 but "El Senor de los Anillos" Daniel Santiago could not play.
AEK Athens, the new team of Filiberto Rivera, was defeated by Olimpiacos 85-77. Rivera did not play yet.
In D-League, Albuquerque defeated Arsenal Anaheim 100-97. For Miguel Ali Berdiel in 16 minutes only 2 rebs and 4 assts, Guillermo Diaz, for Anaheim, scored 17 pts (3/3 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 8/8 FT) and 4 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Idaho was defeated by Austin 127-117, "El nino maravilloso" Ricky Sanchez played 18 minutes with 11 pts (1/3 2pts, 3/7 3pts).
In ABA, Ismael Caro scored 27 pts +7 rebs + 8 assts in the victory of his team Manchester against Montreal 106-97.
A. Fontana


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QATAR

Mustafa signs for Al Wakrah -by Ali Ahmed

Al Wakrah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center MUSTAFA AL-SAYYAD to play for them this season.


Mustafa has great defensive instincts, can become a great shot blocker, has great range and athletic ability but needs to refine his offensive skills. He came to the United States after being noticed during the World Championships for Junior Men in Portugal in 1998..

Awards/Achievements:
Qatar U18 National Team -99
World Championships U18 -99
WAC Regular Season Winner -01
WAC All-Defensive Team -04, 05
WAC Tournament Semifinals -05
All-WAC 2nd Team -05
Africabasket.com All-African 1st Team -05


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SCOTLAND

Newcastle Eagles steal the Final from Rocks -by Eurobasket News
Newcastle Eagles did not allow the team from Scotland qualified to the Cup Final taking their spot. The team from England secured their 75:69 victory over the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks. The Eagles created 19-4 run across the first-quarter break took the score out to 33:21. Julius Joseph bought the Rocks back to within two points at 65:67 but Newcastle Eagles won the latter period of game. Charles Smith (198-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Rider) (198-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Rider) paced the winners with 20 points. Bridge and Stewart followed him with 16 points apiece. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) ended up with 16 points for the Scottish team.

SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks - Newcastle Eagles 69:75
Rocks: Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) 16, Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) 15, Yanders 14
Eagles: Charles Smith 20, Bridge 16, Stewart 16


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SEBL

Georgia Shootout-Blue Devil Invitational Results & All Tourney Selections... -by David Archer
2007 Georgia Shootout-Blue Devil Invitational
December 29th-30th - Cartersville, Ga.

Tourney Results:
1st Place - Summer Hill Blue Devils (2-0)
2nd Place - Fort McPherson (1-1)
3rd Place - AWU Fire (1-1)
4th Place - Cedartown Bulldogs PG (0-2)

Game Scores:
Round 1:
Summer Hill 103 AWU 91
Round 1: Fort McPherson 91 Cedartown 90
Consolation: AWU 110 Cedartown 91
Championship: Summer Hill 83 Fort McPherson 73

Tournament MVP: Brandon Harris, Summer Hill Blue Devils

First Team:
P. James, G, Fort McPherson, 18ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 3 spg
Mike Reynolds, SG, Summer Hill Blue Devils, 22.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4 spg, 7-9 FT
Mike Howren, SG, AWU Fire, 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Brandon Harris, F, Summer Hill Blue Devils, 21.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.5 spg, 5-6 FT
Najee Smith, F, Cedartown Bulldogs PG, 26.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Second Team:
Chris Careathers, G, Cedartown Bulldogs PG, 18.5 ppg
Darrell Wilkins, SG, AWU Fire... 23.5 ppg, 4 rpg
J. Johnson, F, Fort McPherson... 16.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Calvin Artis, PG, Fort McPherson, 14ppg, 5.5 apg
Marcus Henderson, C, Summer Hill Blue Devils, 14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg

Honorable Mention:
Antonio Cook, SF, AWU Fire, 27 pt. performance in consolation game.
Ivy Boozer, SF, Cedartown, 16 pt. performance in consolation game.
J. Astin, PF, Fort McPherson, 12.5 ppg 7.5 rpg
Antone Anderson, PF, AWU, 12 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2 bpg, 5-5 FT
Chris Morgan, G, Summer Hill/AWU, 12 ppg, 3.5 spg


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SERBIA

B league: Results of round 11 -by Dragan Jankovski
Results of round 11:

Prva Petoletka - Vujic Metalac 82:85
(18:19, 15:22, 20:22, 29:22)

Kotez Bambi - Kikinda 78:69
(21:17, 18:15, 15:21, 24:16)

Beovuk 72 - Beograd 73:81
(27:27, 15:18, 13:12, 18:24)

Vojvodina Zlatiborac - Tamis Petrohemija 72:90
(14:29, 19:19, 26:24, 13:18)

Zeleznicar - Sloboda 65:77
(15:17, 13:16, 17:21, 20:23)

Vrbas - Proleter Naftagas 86:99
(21:28, 23:21, 16:38, 26:15)

Crnokosa - FMP 2 (today)


A league: Victories of Mega Aqua Monta and Swisslions Takovo -by Dragan Jankovski
After 10 rounds of Serbian A league, Mega Aqua Monta and Swisslions Takovo remains on top, each with a record of 8-2. Mega AM outplayed Radnicki Invest Inzenjering at home 79-66 thanks to very well played first half (45-30) and 17 points from Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) over 15 minutes in that period of the game. At the beginning of the third quarter Mega extended lead to 20 but after Petrovic fouled out the visitors made a 21-4 run which brought the score to 62-59. After a time out, the hosts netted a couple of 3-pointers, through Stefanovic and Tomovic, and decided who would be the winner. Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners registering a double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side Sava Rajkovic (201-G/F-73, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Novak Popovic (207-C-81) scored 14 points.

Swisslions Takovo was better than Masinac 76-62. The first quarter was crucial as the hosts smashed Masinac 28-10 and later succeeded to keep an advantage until the very end. PG Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points for Swisslions while Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) followed him adding 14 points. Marko Dimitrijevic (190-G-78) collected 16 points and 4 rebounds for Masinac.

Borac totally destroyed Radnicki 034 Group at home 90-66 grabbing their 7th win in A league. The fact that Borac had an advantage of 43 points after the third quarter speaks for itself. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) almost made a double-double for the hosts, tallying 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Newcomer in Serbian A league Vizura surprised and beat Novi Sad Panonska Banka on the road 86-76. They currently share 4th position with Radnicki 034. PG Nenad Pistoljevic (196-G-80) was the best in Vizura adding 19 points and 4 assists while on the other side Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) netted 25 points but shot 0 of 7 from behind the arc.

Sloga beat Ergonom at home 85-69 thanks to Marko Popovic (193-G-84) and Goran Ignjatovic (204-F/C-83) who scored 15 points each. Zdravlje Actavis was better than Napredak Rubin 101-95. Uros Lucic (207-C-83) posted 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Zdravlje.


Mega Aqua Monta - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 79-66
(22-16,23-14,15-15,19-21)

Mega Aqua Monta:
Stefanovic 21 (10 rebs), Petrovic 17, Markovic 13 (6 rebs, 3 as)
Radnicki Invest Inzenjering: Rajkovic 17 (6 rebs, 3 as), Popovic 14 (4 rebs), Zarkovic 13


Swisslions Takovo - Masinac 76-62
(28-10,16-17,18-16,14-19)

Swisslions Takovo:
Aleksic 16, Jelenic 14, Jovanovic 13 (6 rebs), Markovic 12
Masinac: Dimitrijevic 16 (4 rebs), Becin 12 (6 rebs), Milasinovic 10


Borac - Radnicki 034 Group 90-66
(28-9,24-12,24-12,14-33)

Borac:
Dramicanin 24 (9 rebs, 3 as), Radisavljevic 14 (4 as), Maric 12 (5 rebs)
Radnicki 034 Group: Draskovic 13 (5 rebs), Janjusevic 12, Milosevic 12


Sloga - Ergonom 85-69
(20-16,23-15,19-16,23-22)

Sloga:
Popovic 15 (7 as), Ignjatovic 15 (4 rebs), Grubisic 13 (7 rebs)
Ergonom: Koprivica 20 (4 rebs, 4 as), Djulovic 17 (4 rebs)


Zdravlje - Napredak Rubin 101-95
(26-25,26-23,23-23,26-24)

Zdravlje:
Lucic 19 (7 rebs), Bocka 17 (6 as), Bogavac 16 (4 rebs)
Napredak Rubin: Markovic 29 (6 rebs, 5 as), Gojnic 22 (4 as), Milicevic 18 (7 rebs)


Novi Sad Panonska Banka - Vizura 76-86
(18-27,18-19,28-21,12-19)

Novi Sad PB:
Sutalo 25, Bjegovic 14
Vizura: Pistoljevic 19 (4 as), Glintic 18, Nadjfeji 13 (5 rebs), Mandic 13 (4 rebs)


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SLOVAK REP.

The favorites get the wins over the weeknend -by Eurobasket News

Lucenec increased to 12-3 record after an offensive win over Levice 97:91. The hosts started with 31:21 in the opening quarter that gave them a possibility to control the rest of it. Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81, agency: Heinrich Sports) led the winners with 21 points. Kovacevic posted 18, while Tarabus scored 17. Mladen Gambiroza (206-C-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Pohanka ended up with 16 points in defeat.

Chemosvit Svit beat Nitra 88:78 to take 11-4 record. Trailing 4 points at the half the hosts managed to produce 25:13 in the third quarter to reach a positive result. Martin Bilik (194-F-87) led the winners with 17 points. Laco nailed 14, while Znanec and Pezer had 13 each. Hrvoje Gasparac (189-G-84, college: S.Nevada CC) finished the game with 15 points for the visitors.

Pezinok won over HBK Prievidza 71:59 to take also 11-4 record. The game looked like more defensive especially in the third quarter when the hosts got 13:8. Andrej Lukjanec (202-F/C-69) paced the winners with 16 points. Micuda netted 15, while Kozlik scored 13. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) produced 19 points in the losing effort.
The next round is scheduled on December 29th.


Chemosvit Svit - Nitra 88:78 (21:23, 18:20, 25:13, 24:22)
Chemosvit Svit: Martin Bilik 17, Laco 14, Znanec 13, Pezer 13
Nitra: Hrvoje Gasparac 15, Hill 14, Seman 12

Lucenec - Levice 97:91 (31:21, 26:24, 17:18, 23:28)
Lucenec: Martin Sykora 21, Kovacevic 18, Tarabus 17
Levice: Mladen Gambiroza 16, Pohanka 16, Ristanovic 13

Pezinok - HBK Prievidza 71:59 (20:16, 19:21, 13:8, 19:14)
Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec 16, Micuda 15, Kozlik 13
HBK Prievidza: Hrvoje Puljko 19, Storcel 13, Immink 9

Dolny Kubin - MBK Handlova 70:92 (25:24, 12:23, 14:16, 19:29)
Dolny Kubin: Nikita Sljuka (187-G-87) 16, Findura 15, Cvitanovic 12
MBK Handlova: Ludovit Smacko (195-G/F-73) 25, Milosevic 21, Bratic 14



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SLOVENIA

Mijanovic named head coach of the U-18 NT -by Zeljko Zule

Rade Mijanovic has been named the new head coach of the Slovenian U-18 National Team, it was announced today. .

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Market News and Injury Report -by Zeljko Zule
Kraski zidar Jadran replaced assistant coach Sergej Mocnik with Bojan Jovic.
Nova Gorica (B1) inked Habib Ademi (204-F/C-70, college: S.Indiana) ex Sigal Prishtine.
Uros Globovnik of Hrastnik (B1) underwent left ankle surgery and will miss rest of the season.


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SPAIN

Morandais signs with Estudiantes -by Robert Mayor
Michel Morandais (198-G/F-79, college: Colorado) has agreed terms with MMT Estudiantes and will play for capital team for the remaining of the season. French guard comes from AXA F.C. Barcelona where has played ten ACB games and six from Euroleague. Morandais signed a three months-deal with 'blaugrana' squad in order to sustitute Alex Alecker. Now arrives to the last ACB clasified team.

ACB Round Up - Round 12 -by Paul Nilsen
The big two Barcelona and Real Madrid pulled level with DKV Joventut over the weekend after Real won in Badalona to inflict a second league loss on the home team. Over 12500 fans were treated to an exciting game with Badalona losing their slender half-time advantage in the second half as Real nudged themselves in front and hung on for an impressive 71-65 victory. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) ansd Belgian Axel Hervelle were the stars for the whites. Bullock scored a game high 19 points and Real snuffed out the numerous threats of Joventut for whom nobody played well.

Barcelona needed overtime to shake off Tau Ceramica who will be kicking themselves that they did not finish the job in regulation time after leading in the closing minutes./ Once Barcelona pulled level at 71-71, they then shut out Tau for the first three minutes of overtime to take the initiative and enable them to finally pick up the 89-85 win. While Jaka Lakovic had an awful shooting night, his seven assists helped Barca as did 14 points and 8 rebounds from Italian veteran Denis Marconato. Pete Mickeal and Tiago Splitter stood out for Tau who had led by as many as 6 points in the final quarter. Tau now have five losses to their name and slipped down the classifications.

While the top three teams all only have two losses, at the bottom Estudiantes finally picked up only their second win of the campaign. After disappointment last week at home to Valladolid, Estu showed some courage to win a tight game against Gran Canaria in the capital. They may be struggling but almost 10,000 fans were ecstatic with their 68-65 victory which leaves them just one win from the teams above them. A strong second quarter provided the platform for the win as did a phenomenal performance from Carlos Suarez who top scored with 26 points and converted four three-pointers. Carl English continued his good form for Granca with 19 points of his own to go with 7 rebounds.

Bilbao's incredible season continued after a thrilling 75-74 win at Valladolid and they still have only three losses to their name so far. The home team will be disappointed with the loss and wil regret allowing the visitors to control the boards. Frederic Weis pulled down 12 rebounds for Bilbao who produced a great fight back in the second half after trailing at half-time.

Pamesa Valencia continue looking like a team with one eye on a trophy this year. After several seasons of under achievement they are really clicking into gear and this was bad news for Grupo Begar Leon. The home team crushed the visitors 96-74 mainly because Leon competed in every period but fell apart before the half-time break in a terrible spell when Shammond Williams and Co took full advantage. The former NBA player scored 20 points while Albert Oliver dished up an impressive 8 assists.

Cajasol picked up a comfortable 78-65 win against Polaris World Murcia after dominating the first half. The home team opened up with a 22-10 first quarter and then Increased their advantage to 22 points by half time. While Murcia fought back in the third period with Jose Triguero leading the way for the visitors, Seville cantered to victory after a more respectable fourth quarter. English centre Andy Betts claimed 13 rebounds for Cajasol while Andres Miso scored 20 points.

In Sunday night's games, Unicaja's rise to prominence continued as Akasvayu Girona's slump continued. Malaga travelled to the Catalan club and picked up an impressive 83-73 win to climb above the hosts in the classifications. Jiri Wlesh was on form for the visitors with 19 points and the ex NBA player was well supported by Gabriel German and Boniface N'Dong. Unicaja sealed the game with an impressive final quarter when they outscored Girona 30-19. The defeat was tough on the game's MVP who Branko Cvetkocic with the Serbian scoring 27 points.

Finally after a number of narrow losses this season, CB Granada came out on top in a tight affair at Ricoh Manresa. They chalked up an Impressive 76-74 win even though their star Curtis Borchardt was held to a paltry five points. It was a good team performance by the visitors who climbed into eighth position with this victory.


Week 13: Edward Santana and Jonathan Barcelo MVP LEB-Silver and Basilio Franco MVP in LEB-Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Edward Santana (203-F-80) (Alimentos Palencia) and Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) (CB Tarragona) were the MVP in the 13rd round in the Adecco LEB-Silver with 30 of Efficiency. In the Adecco LEB-Bronze Alex Franco (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Tennessee Tech) (Rayet Guadalajara) was the MVP with 42 of efficiency.


Week 13 TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Silver:

Edward Santana (Palencia): 30 (19pt + 14rb)

Jonathan Barcelo (CB Tarragona): 30 (21pt + 4rb)

Christian Williams (Almeria): 26 (14pt + 11rb)

Stevei Johnson (Caja Rioja): 26 (22pt + 9rb)

David Mesa (Almeria): 25 (15pt + 15rb)


Week 13 TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Bronze:

Alex Franco (Rayet Guadalajara): 42 (22pt + 16rb)

Reginald Griffin (Salsas Musa): 32 (26pt + 6rb)

Ivan Matamalas (Alaior Opel Jovent): 30 (26pt + 3rb)

Lino Lopez (189-G-76) (Basquet Coruna): 26 (14pt + 4rb + 8as)

Brett Beeson (Balneario Archena): 24 (25pt + 7rb)



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TBL

The 2007 TBL December Draft…..Explained -by Benjamin Brinkley
The 2007 Texas Basketball League Draft will be held on Monday, November 17 through a conference call between all eight teams. Live coverage of the draft will begin on Tuesday, December 17th 10 a.m.(CST) on usbasket.com. Here is all of the information that you need to know about the draft format and how it works.

2007 December Draft Order
Unlike the TPBL and other semi-professional basketball leagues, the Texas Basketball League Draft follows a serpentine format. That is, the order of selection will be reversed in each round. For example, with the selecting Celtics first in the First Round, then will make the last selection in the second round. The draft is ten rounds long, so a total of 140 players will be selected, which due to expansion will make this the largest draft in the league's history.

Listed below is the complete draft order of the first round.
1) Celtics
2) Suns
3) Knicks
4) Mavericks
5) Bulls
6) Spurs
7) Pistons
8) Lakers

Draft Eligibility and The Texas Basketball League Player Contract
The rules of eligibility for the Texas Basketball League Draft are very simple. Players must sign a standard player uniform contract with the Texas Basketball League to be placed in Texas Basketball League's player pool and be eligible for the draft. The standard contract is one season in duration, but players are relieved of their contract obligations if they happen to sign a contract with another semi-pro team at any point during the season. Under the contract players can receive bonuses if their team makes the playoffs or if they earn individual accolades such as Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and First-Team All League. Even if a player is not drafted, they will remain in the player pool and can be acquired later in the season by a team if needed due to another player's departure.

Locating Players
The Texas Basketball League's Basketball Operations staff is always hard at work looking for players to sign. They scout local colleges and various leagues as well as international leagues for players, and also sign a large number of players who are cut from other semi-pro training camps in October and November.

What's Next?
After the draft, players will attend training camp with their teams, which typically begin in the first week of January . The drafted players will join signed players from free-agent draft class, and possibly one player who is invited to camp from Open Tryouts in a bid to make the opening night roster.


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U.KINGDOM

BBL Cup Semi-Finals -by Eurobasket News
As it became clear Marshall MK Lions will meet the Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Cup Final. The game will be played on January 13th in Birmingham, England. It is the sixth year in a row that the game has been played at the NIA.
Marshall MK Lions overcame Poujoulat Heat Guildford 91:80. Marshall MK Lions started with 25:22 in the opening quarter and added 19-4 tear to take the score out to 57:42. A 7-1 finish to the third period for the Heat at 73:64 and then the team held the score for good. Yorick Williams (192-G-75) led the winners with 26 points. Michael New posted 21, while Windless added 13. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
Newcastle Eagles did not allow the team from Scotland qualified to the Final taking their spot. The team from England secured their 75:69 victory over the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks. The Eagles created 19-4 run across the first-quarter break took the score out to 33:21. Julius Joseph bought the Rocks back to within two points at 65:67 but Newcastle Eagles won the latter period of game. Charles Smith (198-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Rider) paced the winners with 20 points. Bridge and Stewart followed him with 16 points apiece. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) ended up with 16 points for the Scottish team.

SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks - Newcastle Eagles 69:75
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 16, Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) 15, Yanders 14
Eagles: Charles Smith 20, Bridge 16, Stewart 16

Marshall MK Lions - Poujoulat Heat Guildford 91:80
Lions: Yorick Williams 26, Michael New 21, Windless 13
Heat: Tony Dorsey 20, Harrison 19, Martin 11


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Grizzlies Enter Holiday Break With 15-1 Record -by David Edole
The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team couldn't have asked for a better end to the first half of the 2007-08 season.
The Grizzlies will go into the holiday break with a 15-1 record after sweeping the competition at the Southern Missouri Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic/Dr. Rick and Melanie Walker Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-15, at the West Plains Civic Center arena.
They defeated the Shorter College Bulldogs of North Little Rock, Ark., 118-76 Thursday night, then trounced Neosho County Community College of Chanute, Kan., 94-50 Friday evening and slipped past Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College 78-70 Saturday night.
“We feel good about going into the break with a 15-1 record, but we are not satisfied,” Grizzly Head Coach Brian Ostermann said. “Our guys know we must improve!”
By all indications, they seem to be heading in that direction. After two strong wins over Shorter and Neosho County, the Grizzlies found themselves in a battle against Fort Scott, but they responded to the challenge well.
“We needed a closer game, and our guys did what we needed down the stretch to get the win,” Ostermann said. “We stepped up and made our free throws and made some key plays.”
After jumping out to a 13-4 lead against Fort Scott, the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 35-29 point advantage. Fort Scott cut that lead to two early in the second half, but the Grizzlies fought back to build up the lead once again, going up by as much as 19 points before finishing the contest with the final 8-point advantage.
“After a great start, I thought we let up a little bit,” Ostermann said. “Combine that with Fort Scott's outstanding play, and we were in a very tough game. Fort Scott did a great job keeping the game close. They are well coached and played with discipline.”
Tournament MVP honors went to Grizzly sophomore wing Danny Sanders, who scored a team leading 17 points against Fort Scott and 11 points against Neosho County.
All-tournament team honors went to Grizzlies Morris Smith, Devon Peltier (178-G) and Duro Bjegovic, as well as Shorter's Marquese Glasper and Neosho County's Damayrius Adside. “Mo (Smith), VI (Peltier and Ro (Bjegovic) also had nice weekends and were deserving of making the all-tournament team.”
Peltier scored 12 points against Fort Smith,13 points against Neosho County and 21 against Shorter College. He was a scintillating 7-of-10 from beyond the arc in the Shorter game.


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UGANDA

Knight Riders Lift Abe Lincoln Trophy. -by Rogers Senkwale
Competing as underdogs, Entebbe based Knight Riders who were relegated back to division 2 in the league despite a petition against Champions Falcons for fielding Louis Habineza, which would have seen them remain in top flight, beat the odds in a series of upsets to win the men's trophy in the 15th Abe Lincoln title. They came from behind to narrowly edge Miracle 54-50 in a closely contested game last Friday at YMCA grounds. Miracle led by Komaketch Ben (14 pts) dominated the 1st quarter and built a 10 point lead but were unable to maintain it in the second with the deadly trio of Ivan Enabu (182-G) (12 pts), Mark Enabu (191-G) (11 pts) and Captain Collin Mukiza (13 pts) putting up a splendid performance to even the score by half time. Leads were exchanged in the third quarter and fourth quarter and with 5 minutes left on the clock Riders who were trailing by six points utilized turn-over by Miracle to gain a four point lead and never turned back. Chris kyebambe (9 pts) was brought on by Miracle in the dying minutes but his efforts were not enough to claw back. Knight Riders had earlier on humiliated League Champions 42-24 in the semis while Miracle edged Is division new comers Crane High 52-33.Top contenders Warriors were no show and failed to make it past preliminaries, losing to Riders as well.' this has been a good close to the year for us and winning this tournament ahead of teams like Falcons, Warriors and Miracle is not only an achievement but under lines the strength of our team which was unlucky to be relegated. We will bounce back to top flight and not look back.” Collin Mukiza told Eurobasket.
In the junior category, Livingstone outclassed R.M.C to lift the junior's title 53-49 in a tense final that could have gone to any team. This was the second year in a row for Ugandan teams to win the title though this year round; there were no foreign teams.


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URUGUAY

Defensor Sporting named its roster -by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting, the current leader of the Uruguayan League , will be travellling today (Dec. 17) to play Group C of the League of the Americas, in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), from tomorrow. Also in the group will be Boca Junrios Argentina), Pitagoras (Brazil) and Flamengo (Brazil). The roster is the following:
Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee),
David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.)
Diego Gonzalez (175-G-84)
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75)
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
Juan Carlos Zaballa (181-G-77)
Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74)
Andres San Miguel (198-F/C-82)
Camilo Antunez (187-G-85)
Nicolas Delgado (198-F/C-87)
Gonzalo Rama (188-G-86)
Federico Alvarez (194-F-88)
HC: Gerardo Jauri




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Ciglar named new coach of Slovenian NT -by Zeljko Zule
Zeljko Ciglar has been named the new head coach of the Slovenian National Team and Damir Grgic as the new coach of U-18 National Team. Ciglar in the current coach of Merkur Celje while Crgic is his assistant.

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BELARUS - Women

BC Minsk-2006 and Berezina are victorious -by Eurobasket News
Belarus teams were happy to steal two victories from Estonian squads. Berezina marched to 8-2 record defeating TLU/VOLTA 76:77. Having 14 points advantage after the first half, the team from Belarus could hardly finish the game with a win. A 27:16 in the last quarter closed TLU/VOLTA to them but could not tie the score. Patsiukh paced the winners with 24 points. Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) netter 16, while Dauharukava had 15. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) top-scored for the Estonian team with 25 points.
BC Minsk-2006 survived in Estonia beating Tallinna Living 73:77. A 21:29 in the final quarter brought the 6t win for Minsk. Hana Zubrytskaya (182-F-85) led the winners with 18 points. Ramanava scored 16 and Scharbakova produced 14. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
Tratsiak-Terglav Natalia nailed 7 points with 3/3 field goals for Croatian Sibenik that however lost a key home matchup against Bourges Basket in the Euroleague. They now fell to 2-4 record and are now among four teams tied at 2-4 record. Sibenik struggled in accuracy converting only 31% of field goals. Bourges Baskets sank 53% of their attempts. French team also outrebounded the hosts 30:27 but suffered 25 turnovers. Sibenik will play against Halcon Avenida in Salamanca on December 19.

Tallinna Living - BC Minsk-2006 73 : 77 ( 21 : 15, 16 : 9, 15 : 24, 21 : 29 )
Tallinna Living: Kerttu Jallai 20, Puu 16, Raussberg 15
BC Minsk-2006: Hana Zubrytskaya 18, Ramanava 16, Scharbakova 14

TLU/VOLTA - Berezina 76 : 77 ( 14 : 22, 18 : 23, 17 : 16, 27 : 16 )
TLU/VOLTA:Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Wallace 16, Skorohhodova 7
Berezina: Patsiukh 24, Volha Vashkevich 16, Dauharukava 15


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BRAZIL - Women

CNBF season got under way -by Eurobasket News
Brazilian women's basketball championship got under way in late November and already gained the full speed. With nine teams participating in the current edition the action became more intense and unpredictable. However the last season's favorites seem to start from where they left previous year. The reigning champs Ourihnos enjoyed a flying start to their campaign as they won 7 out of 8 first matchups. The last season's runner-up Catanduva proved they are about to revenge for some unfulfilled tasks in the previous edition of the tournament and ready to seriously challenge Ourihnos this time. Catanduva opened the season with 9 victories and just one loss and look solid at the start. The only loss came just 3 days ago as Catanduva were sourly beaten by the newcomers Sao Bernardo 59:81 away from home. Sandra Rosa notched game-high 25 points to upset the league leaders. Sao Bernardo meanwhile seats comfortably at the third spot and can be among contenders for the title. Catanduva quickly rebounded after the defeat as they thrashed Florianapolis 84:66 yesterday. Ariadna tallied 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Fluminense never lived to the brightest expectations as they continue to reel in this season. They lost 9 games early in the competition and remain at the very bottom of the ladder at 1-9 record.
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) leads the league in scoring as she averages 25.3 points per game for Ourihnos. Clarissa dos Santos (182-C-88) from Fluminense delivers 22.5 points per game. Clarissa dos Santos also is the best rebounder with 17.1 boards per encounter. Natalia Burian (162-G-84) from Catanduva is the best passer so far as she distributes 7.1 assists per appearance.
The teams are scheduled to play four more encounters this year and will resume the action on January 4.


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav Econt remains undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt increased to 8-0 record in Bulgarian League. The team however had a tough game against Beroe 2007. After three productive quarters the hosts stopped and let the opponents to reduce the gap. Finally they deserved a 82:73 advantage as Svetla Asenova and Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) led the winners with 23 points each. Petya Djambazka followed them with 11 points and was satisfied with her result. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) top-scored for the visitors with 20 points.

Lukoil Neftochimic did not leave any chances for Rilski Sportist beating them on a road 58:88. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) paced the winners with 24 points to 8-1 record. Natalia Topalova netted 20 and Radostina Slavova scored 17. Galina Stancheva (170-G-85) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
Montana 2003 won over NSA Delta 94:83. The latter fell at 0-9 and remains the only team without wins. Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F-82) and Nadezhda Simeonova top-scored with 23 points each. Mihaela Dilova finished the game with 14 points in defeat.

Montana 2003 - NSA Delta 94:83
Montana 2003: Tsvetomila Petrova 23, Nadezhda Simeonova 23, Zheni Dimitrova 18
NSA Delta: Mihaela Dilova 14,Gergana Koleva (170-G-82) 13, Galina Stoyanova 12

Rilski Sportist - Lukoil Neftochimic 58:88
Rilski Sportist: Galina Stancheva 13, Agnesa Doychinova 11, Hristina Ivanova 10
Lukoil Neftochimic: Katya Kordova 24, Natalia Topalova 20, Radostina Slavova 17

Dunav Econt - Beroe 2007 82:73
Dunav Econt: Svetla Asenova 23, Anna Rimpova 23, Petya Djambazka 11
Beroe 2007: Zhaneta Zhelyova 20, Elena Petrova 15, Ralitsa Naneva 14


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BWBL - Women

Sunday hot results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Sunday waived to another round in Baltic League for women. Marijampolė, Tallinn and Cesis enjoyed the last games of their and not only teams.
The key game was the one in Cesis where the hosts faced the favorite TIM-SCUF. The latter stayed tough and did not allow the hosts to be upset for the first time. Ukrainian side won 65:75 and increased to 10-0 record. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) led the winners with 22 points. Faskhuldinova produced 21, while Yegorova netted 16. Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) top-scored for Latvians with 20 points.
Another Ukrainian team also brought the victory from Latvia. Olimp-NAEK recovered from the loss in the opening quarter to overcome Avantis/Turiba 60:76. It was the second straight win for Olimp-NAEK that improved to 4-6. Malynovska paced the winners with 25 points. Mykhailenko scored 16 and Fedotova chipped in 11. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) brought 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that is now 2-7.
Arvi increased to 8-0 and follows Tim-Skuf on a proper way. Arvi overcame another Lithuanian representative Laisvė 79 : 59. A 18:8 in the second quarter was the result of the 8th win. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) paced the winners with 17 points. Bills nailed 16, while Moore ended up with 13 points. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) chipped in 20 points for Laisvė that fell at 5-2.
Belarus teams were happy to steal two victories from Estonian squads. Berezina marched to 8-2 record defeating TLU/VOLTA 76:77. Having 14 points advantage after the first half, the team from Belarus could hardly finish the game with a win. A 27:16 in the last quarter closed TLU/VOLTA to them but could not tie the score. Patsiukh paced the winners with 24 points. Vashkevich netter 16, while Dauharukava had 15. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) top-scored for the Estonian team with 25 points.
BC Minsk-2006 survived in Estonia beating Tallinna Living 73:77. A 21;29 in the final quarter brought the 6t win for Minsk. Hana Zubrytskaya (182-F-85) led the winners with 18 points. Ramanava scored 16 and Scharbakova produced 14. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Tallinna Living - BC Minsk-2006 73 : 77 ( 21 : 15, 16 : 9, 15 : 24, 21 : 29 )
Tallinna Living: Kerttu Jallai 20, Puu 16, Raussberg 15
BC Minsk-2006: Hana Zubrytskaya 18, Ramanava 16, Scharbakova 14

TLU/VOLTA - Berezina 76 : 77 ( 14 : 22, 18 : 23, 17 : 16, 27 : 16 )
TLU/VOLTA:Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Wallace 16, Skorohhodova 7
Berezina: Patsiukh 24, Vashkevich 16, Dauharukava 15

Avantis/Turiba - Olimp-NAEK 60 : 76 ( 17 : 16, 11 : 17, 14 : 22, 18 : 21 )
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Zarina 12, Horelika 10
Olimp-NAEK: Malynovska 25, Mykhailenko 16, Fedotova 11

Arvi - Laisvė 79 : 59 ( 14 : 12, 18 : 8, 21 : 18, 26 : 21 )
Arvi: Ela Briedyte 17, Bills 16, Moore 13
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 20, Nikonovaitė 11, Daujotienė 10

Cesis - TIM-SCUF 65 : 75 ( 18 : 23, 17 : 24, 16 : 16, 14 : 12 )
Cesis: Ifeoma Okonkwo 20, Derevdzanik 17, Crockett 17
TIM-SCUF:Yelena Savina 22, Faskhuldinova 21, Yegorova 16


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


Stats Leaders
BWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Yegorova TIM 223
2. Faskhuldinova 213
3. Vashkevich Ber 186
4. Savina TIM 184
5. Samburska Oli 183
Rebounds Per Game
1. Savina TIM 92
2 Crockett Cesis 78
3. Okonkwo Cesis 77
4. Ramanava Minsk 74
5 Ieva Kulite Rapa 50
Assists Per Game
1. Padabed Bere 7.6
2. Zubrytskaya Min 5.2
3. Eibele Avantis 4.5
4. LihtarovichOlimpia3.4
5. Anufrienko 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Zubrytskaya Min 6.7
2 Padabed Berezin 6.4
3 Racinaja Rapa 5.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Paugaitė Arvi 2.5
2. Alminaitė LTU 1.9
3. Savina TIM 1.3
2FGP
1 Samburska Olimp 73.7
2 Crockett Cesis 70.9
3 Zarina Avantis 70.9
3FGP
1 Strikasa Rapa 82.6
2 Marmienė Laisvė 81.4
3 Autukaitė LTU 78.2
Free Throws
1 Wallace TLU 61
2 Moore Arvi 60.9
3 Duboiskaya Ber 60.8


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CAMEROON - Women

Double-double and team high numbers for NJonkou... -by Yann Tientcheu
The University Of Arizona overcame New Mexico on Dec. 15. led by Amina Njonkou (185-F-88), who signed a double-double performance of
14 pts and 12 rbds. Both numbers were Game high numbers for Njonkou who added 3 steals. She is currently averaging 10.6 pts and
5.8 rbds per game.
Beatrice Bofia (201-C-84) had 6 pts and 7 rbds in 13 mns of playing time in the same game.
Good Job Lions!!!


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CROATIA - Women

Studenac wins top game of the week -by Zeljko Zule
Studenac Omis crushed Matas Novi Zagreb in the top game of the Round 7. Antonela Anic scored 30 points and Eda Prpic lead the guests with 13 piints.
Round 7: Studenac Omis-Matas Novi Zagreb 86-50 (Na.Sustic 2, Kalajzic 4, Grabovac 2, Tokic 4, Javorcic 11, Anic 30, Bozikov 13, Baturina 2, Alatovic 6, Dilber 2, Sesnic 10 - Bacic 5, Fustin 5, Prpic 13, Komazec 8, Juric 6, Cizmar 7, Vrinjanin 6) ,
Mursa-Pozega 55-71 (Pavkov 2, Zulj 8, Vekic 7, Nadoveza 27, Stilin 11 - Lovric 14, Rajic 20, Soldo 9, Fernicevic 14, Dukic 2, Ercegovic 2, Horvat 10), Agram-Montmontaza 83-64 (Garic 3, Dikic 6, Vukadin 2, N.Lijanic 11, Radakovic 17, Valentic 16, Lijovic 14, Vidakovic 3, Grubisic 2, Mrkovic 9 - Sravanja 8, S.Plavljanin 13, Tosic 14, Badrov 2, Plazanic 18, Bosnjak 3, Cilic 6), Zadar-Croatia 2006 20/12.


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DENMARK - Women

Amager edges SISU to match them in Dameligaen -by Eurobasket News
Amager drove to an important victory yesterday as they nipped SISU away from home. The victory allowed Amager to tie their opponents in the ladder as both teams are now at 9-3 record sharing the second spot. The game was never an easy jog for the visitors as SISU started pretty strongly. The hosts looked aggressive offensively early in the encounter and claimed a 26:16 lead 10 minutes into the game. Amager struggled to maintain Louise Gronemann (184-F-84, college: Denver) and trailed by as many as 14 points at halftime 28:42. However Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) ignited a comeback effort from Amager in the second half. The visitors adjusted their accuracy and gradually took over the initiative. As the shots started to drop for Amager they were able to cut the deficit to 8 points heading into the fourth period. SISU simply stopped in the final stage as they managed only 8 points and got outscored 8:28 by Amager. The visiting side celebrated a hugely important success and climbed up to the second spot in the standings. Emilie Ramberg led all scorers with 28 points for Amager. Tine Freil (180-G-70, college: Pacific) delivered 13 points for the winners. Louise Gronemann had 20 points and 9 boards for SISU. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) recorded 14 points and 6 boards in defeat. SISI outrebounded Amager 23:18 but suffered twice as many turnovers as their opponents (16).
Meanwhile Virum clinched the 5th win in the season as they bumped Aabyhoj 68:63. Virum built a comfortable advantage in the first frame 24:17. The hosts maintained the cushion further on and finalized in the fourth period. Josefine Sorensen (173-G/F-87) knocked down 22 points for Virum. Nicole Dypolt netted 32 points for Aabyhoj. The action in Danish Dameligaen takes a pause till mid-January.


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ESTONIA - Women

Meistriliiga and Baltic League results -by Eurobasket News
Estonian teams lost two games in Baltic League last night to representatives from Belarus. Berezina marched to 8-2 record defeating TLU/VOLTA 76:77. Having 14 points advantage after the first half, the team from Belarus could hardly finish the game with a win. A 27:16 in the last quarter closed TLU/VOLTA to them but could not tie the score. Patsiukh paced the winners with 24 points. Vashkevich netter 16, while Dauharukava had 15. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) top-scored for the Estonian team with 25 points.
BC Minsk-2006 survived in Estonia beating Tallinna Living 73:77. A 21:29 in the final quarter brought the 6t win for Minsk. Hana Zubrytskaya (182-F-85) led the winners with 18 points. Ramanava scored 16 and Scharbakova produced 14. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

In the last games of Meistriliiga Kalev/Profimaa beat Tallinna Living 62:58. Jennifer Lingor (178-G/F, college: Centenary) led the winners with 15 points, while Anzela Okuneva added 12. Viive-Kai Rebane produced 17 points for the visitors. BC Star overcame Audentes 59:56 with 31 points and 11 rebounds from Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle). Ingrid Joe (172-G-89) nailed 19 points in the losing effort.


Tallinna Living - BC Minsk-2006 73 : 77 ( 21 : 15, 16 : 9, 15 : 24, 21 : 29 )
Tallinna Living: Kerttu Jallai 20, Puu 16, Raussberg 15
BC Minsk-2006: Hana Zubrytskaya 18, Ramanava 16, Scharbakova 14

TLU/VOLTA - Berezina 76 : 77 ( 14 : 22, 18 : 23, 17 : 16, 27 : 16 )
TLU/VOLTA:Heila Rosenfeldt 25, Wallace 16, Skorohhodova 7
Berezina: Patsiukh 24, Vashkevich 16, Dauharukava 15


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: The autumn is in the package -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 16: Four games today without major upsets. PeKa (Kotka) had tiny difficulties at Nokia, but won after all by four vs BC Nokia. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) led PeKa with 23 pts. PuHu (Vantaa) had a "safe" lead after three quarters against HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) (51-39), but HoNsU won the 4th quarter 15-31 and the game 66-70! Salla Viitanen (168-G-87) led HoNsU with 22 pts. The autumn is now in the package. Next Round (#17) will be first on Jan 5, 2008, so it's time for Christmas brake. Players in Catz (Lappeenranta) and PeKa (Kotka) will get the most and biggest Xmas presents, as those two Teams are on the top with record 15-1. Maybe also Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans), whose stats make her the leading scorer in the league, # 4 in rebounds and # 5 with assists. Merry Christmas!

BC Nokia - PeKa 78-82 (37-30) (Sherry McCracklin 19, Taru Asp 17 - Shanika Freeman 23, Susanna Rinta 18).

PuHu - HoNsU 66-70 (33-20) (Aneta Kausaite 20, Heli Roukanoja 16 - Salla Viitanen 22, Charlee Underwood 18).

YMCA Helsinki - Espoo Team 66-54 (33-27) (Laura Toivonen 18, Niina Laaksonen 17/16 - Mirka Jarchovska 15, Pauliina Oksanen 15).

Huima - FoA 88-70 (49-37) (Kenya Robinson 24/17, Chrystal Erwin 24 - Caitlin Chiaramonte 15/12, Megan Griffith 15).



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HUNGARY - Women

Last game in 2007 -by Gabriel Zippenfenig
Today at 18:00 Szeviep Szeged is going to play its last game of 2007 against ZTE-Zala Volan in the Uniqa NB I A Championship. Szeviep is the first team who plays its last game in 2007 and they are looking forward to it. Peter Fodor would like to say goodbye from 2007 with a winning and he think they have a chance for it.

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IRELAND - Women

Hotel Cork breaks away from UL Aughinish -by Eurobasket News
Irish Supreleague leaders Hotel Cork extended their perfect record as they overcame their main rivals UL Aighinish in one of the key matchups of the season. Hotel Cork visited the UL Arena and the hosts hoped to close the gap on still undefeated opponents. The game lived up to the expectations as it was a real clash of two powerhouses in the Irish basketball. Hotel Cork grabbed a narrow 35:30 lead at halftime and maintained throughout the second half. The hosts fought bravely to cut the deficit but Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) played a spectacular game and allowed the visitors to secure a cushion. Hotel Cork celebrated their 11th win in the season and cleared off to a 2-victories distance from UL Aughinish in the ladder. Jennifer Strong stepped up with game-high 26 points to lead Hotel Cork. Elaine O'Dwyer (-87) netted 13 points, while Marie Breen (-G) contributed 12 points for the winners. Marie Guiney (176-G/F-83) answered with 17 points for UL Aughinish.
Meanwhile Mercy came close to UL Aughinish as they posted their 8th win in the season. They held Meteors to 34 points and enjoyed a comprehensive 71:34 victory. Mary Fox (180-G-83) knocked down 14 points to pace the hosts. Lindsay Peat (170-G-80) added 13 points for the winning side. Leah Truncale (180-G-80, college: Binghamton) managed to drop 12 points for Meteors as they fell to 2-8 record for the season.
Tolka Rovers gained their first win in the season beating Killester 72:61. Building an unassailable 38:22 advantage at the interval Tolka withstood all comeback efforts from their counterparts and celebrated a long-awaited success. Jolie McKiernan (188-C) topscored with 24 points for Tolka. Malcolm replied with game-high 26 points for Killester as they slipped to 3-8 record in the standings.


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-10: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Umana Venezia - Lavezzini Parma 75 - 71
(11-20, 35-37, 50-52)
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 7 (1/3, 1/1), Modica F. 11 (1/5, 2/5), Johnson S. 15 (3/5, 1/4), Sanford N. 2 (1/4), Andrade M. 8 (2/4, 0/2), Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) 21 (8/11), Giauro E. 3 (1/1), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 8 (0/1, 2/6), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Riga Massimo
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. 3 (0/2, 1/2), Stabile S. 12 (0/2, 4/7), Paparazzo E. (0/1), Zanoni I. 1 (0/1), Rejchova M. 8 (3/5), Van Malderen L. 7 (3/6, 0/2), Mahoney M. 22 (8/13, 0/2), Zanon M. 6 (1/8), Screen J. 12 (2/7, 1/2), Fall S. dnp. Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Pool Comense - Phard Napoli 64 - 73
(19-28, 36-40, 56-54)
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 10 (3/3, 1/4), Fassina M. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Bestagno E. dnp, Fabbri V. dnp, Slavcheva G. 21 (2/5, 4/7), Turner L. 16 (8/14), Invernizzi M. dnp, Zampella A. 10 (0/2, 2/8), Aziz L. 4 (2/3), Sarni S. (0/5, 0/2). Coach Ricchini Roberto
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S. dnp, Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) 12 (3/3, 2/4), Mauriello P. (0/1), Giauro S. 4 (1/3), Barnes A. 14 (3/7, 1/2), Gentile I. 8 (1/2, 2/3), Jekabsone L. dnp, Horasan Y. 2 (1/5), Ndiaye A. 17 (8/13), Holland-Corn K. 16 (6/11, 1/4). Coach Molino Nino

Italmoka Pozzuoli - Cras Basket Taranto 59 - 72
(10-22, 26-37, 43-46)
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 4 (2/4), Cirov T. 6 (2/5, 0/2), Ferazzoli I. dnp, Prassa S. 15 (2/4, 2/6), Franchetti M. 6 (0/1, 2/5), Chesta A. 11 (2/4, 1/5), Minervino M. (0/1), Grima H. 10 (3/9, 1/4), Zanardi M. 5 (1/1, 0/1), Grasso A. 2 (1/3). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Marianna Balleggi (188-F-74) 16 (7/13, 0/1), Corbani C. (0/2), Greco M. 2 (1/7), Bello M. 3 (0/1), Zimerle A. 2 (0/3, 0/2), Sauret Gillespie A. 13 (6/9, 0/1), Summerton L. 17 (7/8, 0/1), Prado F. dnp, Brunson R. 19 (8/20), Di Monte M. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo

Germano Zama Faenza - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 74 - 65
(20-17, 41-27, 55-42)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Marija Eric (164-G-83) 19 (2/5, 4/5), Franchini M. 12 (3/5, 2/3), Ramon E. 6 (3/7, 0/4), David I. 5 (2/7), Casadio G. (0/1), Bandini E. dnp, Knezevic A. 4 (2/3), Nieuwveen M. 18 (3/5, 1/1), Dos Santos C. 10 (4/9, 0/1), Chiarini A. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. dnp, Duffy M. 9 (3/5, 1/2), Favento S. 9 (3/5, 0/2), Bona G. dnp, Riccardi E. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Montagnino J. 9 (1/3, 1/3), Perfetti C. 4 (1/4, 0/1), Pys'Mennik O. 15 (3/8, 2/2), Razmaite D. 15 (7/13, 0/1), Morrison Jara Z. 2 (1/2). Coach Tripodi Giovanni

Famila Wuber Schio - Carispe La Spezia 75 - 71
(29-27, 43-40, 59-54)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Consolini C. 2 , Moro E. 16 (1/5, 3/4), Donaphin B. 12 (4/8), Tassara S. 6 (1/1, 1/1), Masciadri R. 6 (0/3, 2/6), Rubino J. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Ngoyisa B. 14 (5/8), Ress K. 4 (2/6), Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) 3 (1/3), Macchi L. 10 (1/4, 0/4). Coach Orlando Sandro
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. dnp, Corradini L. 2 (1/6), Pastore C. 6 (3/4, 0/4), Callens E. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 17 (3/6, 2/3), Bagnara B. 8 (0/1, 2/6), Vukovic V. 4 (2/2), Sarti R. 7 (2/5, 1/2), Willis C. 22 (7/12, 1/1). Coach Papini Giovanni

Acer Priolo - New Wash Montigarda 54 - 60
(11-16, 23-27, 36-43)
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 5 (2/4, 0/1), Cutugno V. dnp, Palie S. 4 (2/7, 0/4), Milazzo O. dnp, Fabbri E. (0/1), Cesnaviciute K. dnp, Seino T. 13 (5/12, 0/3), Sciacca B. 2 (1/2, 0/3), Pascalau F. 29 (9/15), Meneghel R. 1 (0/4). Coach Coppa Santino
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. (0/1), Colico R. 12 (3/4, 2/5), Zanotti E. dnp, Melissa Fazio (182-F-79, college: St.Bonaventure) 11 (4/8, 1/3), Rossi C. (0/1), Smith D. 14 (1/3, 2/3), Albertazzi S. 2 (0/3), Ruzickova M. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Lawless E. 17 (8/14, 0/5), Sozzi P. dnp. Coach Serventi Lorenzo

Fiera di Roma Pomezia - Gescom Viterbo 62 - 52

(23-6, 38-26, 52-36)

FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 16 (2/3,4/9), Hodges D. 16 (3/8,3/6), Cinili S. 2 (1/3), Mancini G. dnp, Mendes T. (-, 0/1), Carrol L. (0/1,0/1), Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) 15 (6/7), Lichnerova J. 3 (1/2,0/2), Scimitani S. 2 (1/4), Gattini C. 7 (2/5,1/1). Coach Incecchi Sandro

GESCOM VITERBO: Kouznetsova S. (-, 0/1), Santucci L. 3 (1/4), Bonafede M. 1 (-, 0/1), Smith S. 21 (9/18), Puskar M. 9 (3/4), Maslowski M. 3 (1/2), Limoura L. 15 (6/12, 1/2), Siccardi V. (0/3), Gorla dnp, Crepaldi dnp. Coach Xaxa Federico



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LATVIA - Women

Cesis loses the key game to Tim-Skuf -by Eurobasket News
The key game was the one in Cesis where the hosts faced the favorite TIM-SCUF. The latter stayed tough and did not allow the hosts to be upset for the first time. Ukrainian side won 65:75 and increased to 10-0 record. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) led the winners with 22 points. Faskhuldinova produced 21, while Yegorova netted 16. Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) top-scored for Latvians with 20 points.
Another Ukrainian team also brought the victory from Latvia. Olimp-NAEK recovered from the loss in the opening quarter to overcome Avantis/Turiba 60:76. It was the second straight win for Olimp-NAEK that improved to 4-6. Malynovska paced the winners with 25 points. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) scored 16 and Fedotova chipped in 11. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) brought 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that is now 2-7.
Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) stay perfect with MBK Ruzomberok in EuroCup. Her team beat Kozachka-Zalk 85:64 in the last game of Preliminary Round. The team from Slovakia remain undefeated, while Ukrainian side finished with 3-3 record. Dita Krumberga scored 3 points and made 4 rebounds in the last game.

Avantis/Turiba - Olimp-NAEK 60 : 76 ( 17 : 16, 11 : 17, 14 : 22, 18 : 21 )
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Zarina 12, Horelika 10
Olimp-NAEK: Malynovska 25, Maria Mykhailenko 16, Fedotova 11

Cesis - TIM-SCUF 65 : 75 ( 18 : 23, 17 : 24, 16 : 16, 14 : 12 )
Cesis: Ifeoma Okonkwo 20, Derevdzanik 17, Crockett 17
TIM-SCUF:Yelena Savina 22, Faskhuldinova 21, Yegorova 16


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LITHUANIA - Women

Arvi increased to 8-0 in BWBL -by Eurobasket News
Arvi increased to 8-0 and follows Tim-Skuf on a proper way in Baltic league. Arvi overcame another Lithuanian representative Laisvė 79 : 59. A 18:8 in the second quarter was the result of the 8th win. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) (176-G-79) paced the winners with 17 points. Bills nailed 16, while Moore ended up with 13 points. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) chipped in 20 points for Laisvė that fell at 5-2. The next games for the Lithuanian teams will be on 24th of january. On that day laisve will face Cesis in Kaunas at 16.00.

Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for Ribera in Italian Serie A last night. She led her team with 15 points over Germano Zama Faenza. The latter however won 74:65. Diana Razmaite made 7 out 13 field goals which was a good result for the lithuanian player.

Aneta Kausaite (179-G-70) 's PuHu lost to HoNsU 66:70 in Finland. PuHu had a "safe" lead after three quarters against HoNsU 51-39, but HoNsU won the 4th quarter 15-31 and the game. Salla Viitanen led HoNsU with 22 points.

Arvi - Laisvė 79 : 59 ( 14 : 12, 18 : 8, 21 : 18, 26 : 21 )
Arvi: Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) 17, Bills 16, Moore 13
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 20, Nikonovaitė 11, Daujotienė 10


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Rachel Wojdowski carries Musel Pikes to the 7th win -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes handled Etzella to remain on top of Luxembourgish DBBL. The league leaders trailed after the first frame 19:20 but found the way back into contest and celebrated an important 84:70 victory. Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) masterminded the success notching 30 points, 7 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals for Musel Pikes. The win was mainly built in the second term as the hosts stunned Etzella 33:10 to break away with the advantage. Sandra Bertrand (185-F/C-85) delivered 16 points for the winners. Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71) provided 25 points and 8 rebounds for Etzella. Joelle Agnes (182-F/C-88) had 23 points in a loss.
T71 Dudelange were unable to maintain the pace as they suffered a 56:79 road loss to Contern. The home team looked overwhelmed with confidence in the first half and deservedly accumulated a 43:27 advantage at halftime. T71 tried to even things after the break but the efforts from Katie Donovan (183-F-82) were not equally backed up by her teammates and T71 had to surrender at the end. Alison Mann led the home side with 16 points and 10 boards. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) produced 15 points in a winning case. Katie Donovan was the only Dudelange player to score in double figures as she tallied a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds. T71 fell to 6-3 record and occupied the second spot in the ladder.
Basket Esch tied Dudelange in the ladder as they celebrated a 91:76 victory over Amicale. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) came up with usual big numbers for the winners. She finished with game-high 29 points and 8 boards to pace Basket Esch. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) and Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) contributed 18 points apiece in the 6th win for Basket Esch. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) poured in 19 points for Amicale as they slipped to 3-7 record.


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Round 11 results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Round 11 brought another wins for KOSIT 2013 and MBK Ruzomberok. The latter however remembered the loss in the previous round from Nitra and desired to revenge.

KOSIT 2013 easily increased to 11-0 record smashing Myjava 56:123 away from home. A 13:40 was fatal for the hosts that looked miserable in the second quarter. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) led the winners with 32 points. McCarvillova and Carnoka followed her with 19 points each. Michaela Malinkova (170-F-85) could score 14 points to the defending champions basket.

MBK Ruzomberok beat Slovan Bratislava 97:56, however desired to score at least 100. The hosts had 50 points after the first half and scored 47 in the second. Klaudia Lukacovicova (192-C-90) paced the winners with 29 points. Palusna scored 18, while Krumbergova added 13. Renata Kozmonova (190-C-81) chipped in 21 points in the losing effort.
In another games Viktoria overcame Poprad 78:45 with 21 points from Perostijska. Nitra triumphed over UMB Banska Bystrica 71:66 as Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) scored 24 points.

MBK Ruzomberok - Slovan Bratislava 97:56 (33:17, 17:15, 23:16, 24:8)
MBK Ruzomberok: Klaudia Lukacovicova 29, Palusna 18, Krumbergova 13
Slovan Bratislava: Renata Kozmonova 21, Horonyova 9, Capova 8

Viktoria - Poprad 78:45 (25:8, 13:16, 19:12, 21:9)
Viktoria: Perostijska 21, Kovaľova 13, Kandracova 11
Poprad: Zuzana Brezaniova (167-G-87) 16, Sangareova 15, Bakerova 6

Myjava - KOSIT 2013 56:123 (16:22, 13:40, 15:37, 12:24)
Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 14, Zakova 12, Edwardsova 11
KOSIT 2013: Anna Jurcenkova 32, McCarvillova 19, Carnoka 19

Nitra - UMB Banska Bystrica 71:66 (17:15, 18:23, 19:18, 17:10)
Nitra: Edita Sujanova 24, Chlebovcova 15, Mracnova 9
UMB Banska Bystrica: Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) 23, Lalovicova 16, Babarikova 11


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SLOVENIA - Women

Zeljko Ciglar named head coach of National Team -by Zeljko Zule
Basketball Federation of Slovenia today announced its coaching staff for the 2008 Women's National Teams. Croatian Zeljko Ciglar has been named the new head coach, the U-18 National team will be coaching by Damir Grgic and Bostjan Kocar has been named as the new coach of the U-16 National Team.

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U.KINGDOM - Women

Sheffield and Rhondda Rebels finish year 2007 without losses -by Eurobasket News
Two teams remain undefeated in Britain. Sheffield improved to 6-0, while Rhondda Rebels has 5-0 record.
Rhondda Rebels stole the victory from Manchester Mystics 62:86. It was not a big deal to take the 5th win in the league. With no wins in Eurocup the only representative from UK remains without losses. Kelson led the winners with 29 points. Brown nailed 27, while Gandzalova scored 16. Cahill produced 27 points in the losing effort.

City Of Sheffield Hatters beat Nottingham Wildcats 89:36 to reach 6-0. In another games Solent Suns grabbed the win from Sevenoaks Suns 61:90 on a road. Lori Drake (178-G-83, college: NC-Wilmington) top-scored with 26 points, while Turner netted 22. UWIC Archers overcame London Heathrow Acers 67:60 to take a 3-2 record. Collins netted 16 points for the winners and Ilze Zekite (189-F-83) added 14. Flo Piano (168) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
Team Northumbria edged London Towers 85:61 to go on 5-3 record. Hall top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Colbert had 21. Kellie Runciman finished the game with 21 points for the Towers.
The next round is scheduled for January 5, 2008.

Sevenoaks Suns-Solent Suns 61:90
Sevenoaks Suns:C Turner 20 A Deng 17 N Avery 12
Solent Suns: Lori Drake 26 C Turner 22 K Wohlberg 9

Manchester Mystics -Rhondda Rebels 62:86
Manchester Mystics:R Cahill 27 G Jones 16 J Claydon 10
Rhondda Rebels: K Kelson 29 L Brown 27 Gandzalova 16

City Of Sheffield Hatters -Nottingham Wildcats 89:36

UWIC Archers - London Heathrow Acers 67:60

UWIC Archers:S Collins 16 Ilze Zekite 14 R Murphy 11
London Heathrow Acers: Flo Piano 19 C Leonard 8 P Da Silva 8

Team Northumbria -London Towers 85:61
Team Northumbria: N Hall 25 J Colbert 21 L Calder 19
London Towers: Kellie Runciman 21 H O'Milligan 18 M Durojaye 8


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Park finishes the year on a high -by David Edole
Katrena Richard clenched a 69-68 victory for the Park University women's basketball team against Columbia College after she swished a three-pointer with three seconds left in the game. The Pirates were down by four with under one minute remaining after a Tammy Thomas lay-up put the Cougar's up 68-64. Jenicia Stephens put Park within two after a made jumper with 12 seconds on the clock.

A Columbia College ball on the baseline and then a Park foul sent Megan Archuleta to the line with nine seconds left in the game. That seemed to be the end of the line for the Pirates, when Archuleta missed and Meghan Cummings rebounded the ball. Cummings passed off the ball to Richard who took matters into her own hands and swished the three from the top of the key giving Park the win.

The 69-68 victory over Columbia College breaks a two-game losing streak that the Pirates were on and puts them at 6-9 on the season. The win for Park avenged an opening season 71-65 loss in Columbia, Mo. and knocks Columbia College to 4-8 on the year.

Jackie Greer led the Pirates with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Stephens finished with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.


WESTERN WOMEN TAKE OUT SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 63-54 -by David Edole
On a day where unfamiliar territory was the name of the game, Missouri Western defeated the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas 63-54 in their first game of the Henderson State Classic in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Western had never faced SAU and the game was played without media timeouts so the Griffons had every reason to blame the unfamiliar. MWSU would forget about those issues and jump out to a 9-2 lead in just under two minutes of play behind their defensive rebounding and transition game. Southern Arkansas would start to find their shooting touch and get back into the game. SAU would get nine points from point guard Goldie White in the first half, who leads the team averaging 17 points per contest. Western could not figure out the half court pressure defense that the Muleriders were applying. That defensive pressure forced turnover after turnover and the Griffs had ten unforced turnovers in the first half.

Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) continued her torrid shooting as she had 16 points in the first half on 7-of-12 from the field. Jill Johnson finished her opportunities in the paint and from the free throw line and had 12 points and six rebounds in the first half. Missouri Western finished the first half shooting 50% from the field (14-of-28), but could only muster a six-point lead at the half, 34-28.

In the second half, Western would continue to struggle with the half court pressure defense. Both teams would continue to play a six to seven point game with the Griffons leading the entire way. MWSU would finally stretch their lead to double digits for good with 7:40 to play in the game behind freshman forward Rachel Luteyn. Luteyn would score back-to-back buckets and push the lead out to 53-41 with 7:40 to play in the game.
Luteyn would finish with a career high 12 points and five blocks in 23 minutes of play. Javois would cool off in the second half, but still finish with 22 points on 9-of-17 from the field, which included four three pointers. Johnson would record her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 boards.

Western finished at 49% (25-of-51) from the field, 22% (4-of-18) from downtown, and 69% (9-of-13) from the charity stripe. Southern Arkansas was led by White who finished with 19 points. As a team they shot 32% (19-of-60) from the field, 26% (5-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 65% (11-of-17) from the free throw line.


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UGANDA - Women

Makerere Sparks Retain Abe Lincoln Title -by Rogers Senkwale
Defending Champions Makerere Sparks survived an aggressive recovery assault by A1 tots, junior team to Losing Finalist's A1 Challenge, to win the closely contested ladies final in the Abe Lincoln Lady's final 33-28.Francis Nabulobi (12 pts) and Vicky Nassolo (9 pts) displayed good post moves and were accurate in their finishing to deny the determined and hard fighting A1 tots victory. Coached by Mavita Ali, A1 tots were walked over in the first 2 quarters and trailed by margin of 19-4 at one point but gained rhythm in the last quarters to narrow the margin and could have won the game if it wasn't for their poor shooting at the free throw line in the first quarters.” They were strong opponents and it is a good sign that the game is developing when younger teams can contest strongly with senior teams. Winning the title wasn't easy but we achieved it and are now looking forward to defending another title, the national inter university games basketball title which will be more difficult with improved opposition fro KIU and UCU ladies but we are working hard and shall retain it as well,” Olivia Mulwana, captain of Sparks told Eurobasket.In the semis Sparks beat Biston Planets while A1 edged Amazon Rhinos 28-22.

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UKRAINE - Women

Two imprortant victories in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian teams finished the BWBL round with two important wins. The key game was the one in Cesis where the hosts faced the favorite TIM-SCUF. The latter stayed tough and did not allow the hosts to be upset for the first time. Ukrainian side won 65:75 and increased to 10-0 record. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) led the winners with 22 points. Faskhuldinova produced 21, while Yegorova netted 16. Ifeoma Okonkwo (183-F-84, college: Northwestern) top-scored for Latvians with 20 points.
Another Ukrainian team also brought the victory from Latvia. Olimp-NAEK recovered from the loss in the opening quarter to overcome Avantis/Turiba 60:76. It was the second straight win for Olimp-NAEK that improved to 4-6. Malynovska paced the winners with 25 points. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) scored 16 and Fedotova chipped in 11. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) brought 15 points for Avantis/Turiba that is now 2-7.

Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) scored 14 points and buried a couple of key jump shots late to lead MKB Euroleasing to a 65:61 home win over ESB Lille Metropole in EuroLeague Women Group A. Olexandra Gorbunova also had 11 rebounds as the Hungarian team clinched its third win in six games.


Avantis/Turiba - Olimp-NAEK 60 : 76 ( 17 : 16, 11 : 17, 14 : 22, 18 : 21 )
Avantis/Turiba: Anda Eibele 15, Zarina 12, Horelika 10
Olimp-NAEK: Malynovska 25, Maria Mykhailenko 16, Fedotova 11

Cesis - TIM-SCUF 65 : 75 ( 18 : 23, 17 : 24, 16 : 16, 14 : 12 )
Cesis: Ifeoma Okonkwo 20, Derevdzanik 17, Crockett 17
TIM-SCUF:Yelena Savina 22, Faskhuldinova 21, Yegorova 16