EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/23/2007

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ABA

Last Night's ABA Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Quebec Kebekwa (112) at Manchester Millrats (110)
KEBEKWA: Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80) (29p), Charles Fortier (27p), Louis-Patrick Levros (14p), Donald Jeffes (12p)
MILLRATS: Rashid Al-Kaleem (6'4''-G-83, college: Florida) (23p), Rob Sanders (21p+9rb+5as+5st), P.J. Young (18p+10rb), Anthony Anderson (12p+8as)

Boston Blizzard (104) at Halifax Rainmen (150)
BLIZZARD: Pat Quinn (6'0'', college: Franklin Pierce) (34p), Anis Taylor (21p), Damien Battles (17p), Charles Large (15p)
RAINMEN: Dennie Oliver (6'6''-F-77) (28p+6rb), Eric Crookshank (27p+13rb), Brian Silverhorn (21p+5rb), Devino Williams (18p)

Vermont Frost Heaves (90) at Montreal Royal (69)
FROST HEAVES: Dokun Akingbade (6'9''-F-84, college: George Washington) (18p), A, Issa Konare (10p) Burks (12p), Dwuan Rice (11p)
ROYAL: Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena) (24p)

San Diego Wildcats (138) at Maywood Buzz (111)


Blizzard blow by Manchester -by Carl Berman

Earlier this week, Charles Easterling (6'2''-G/F-83) thought that he would be wearing the colours of the Manchester Millrats when they battled the Boston Blizzard this Saturday night. However, Easterling increasingly felt that he was not being utilized correctly by the Millrats coaching staff. A strong 6-3, Easterling can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward and generally would play all those positions at some point during each game. That is how he was used this past season when he was named to the IBL All-Star team playing for the Eugene (OR) Chargers. With the Millrats he was generally just looked at as a 2 guard and Easterling and his advisors felt he was not getting the opportunities a player of his talent should have been getting. It was a diifficult decision for Easterling as he was treated very well by the Millrats management and he got along very well with his teammates. Millrats management was very cooperative in releasing him and Easterling's agent quickly had him in a Boston Blizzard uniform for the contest against Manchester.


No one gave the Blizzard much of a chance. Not after they just came off two lopsided losses to Halifax and had to make the 13 hour trip back to Manchester for the evening game. However with Easterling in the lineup for the first time it was a different story. Led by some hot shooting by Ja-maal Brooks and 11 first half points by Easterling, Manchester led by only 73-70 at halftime. The game was tied at 101 after three quarters. Boston pulled away during the last three minutes to secure the 130-127 upset. Ja-maal Brooks led the Blizzard with 34 points, Easterling scored 25 to go along with a team leading 9 rebounds and 4 assists and David Shaw was strong inside and scored 25. Rob Sanders led the Millrats with 26 points and 16 rebounds. The Blizzard move to 5-8 on the season while the Millrats drop to 12-4.


In addition to Easterling, Boston recently signed Marcus Wilson the #2 all-time leading scorer at Evansville. With their new lineup the Blizzard should be very competitive the rest of the ABA season.



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ANGOLA

Special 22nd Champions Cup for Men: Another plus for Zone-6 as Petro takes on Agosto in titanic battle -by Olusegun Ikuesan
In a repeat of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women grand finale where two FIBA Africa Zone-6 club sides, eventual winner, Desportivo basketball club of Mozambique engaged Angolan Primero de Agosto in the final last October, defending men champion, Petro Atletico and Primero de Agosto go for each other jugular in today's final.

This has once again justified the strong hold of the zone on major championship in Africa and why other zones must take a cue from the zone headed by former President of Mozambique Basketball Federation, Anibal Manave to develop the game in their respective zones.

Today's final is also a repeat of last year finals where Agosto of Angola and Ferroviario basketball club of Mozambique qualified for the cup finals for women in Libreville, Gabon and Petro and Agosto battling it out in Lagos with Petro being crowned champion.

Agosto who will be gunning for a third title having won the Champions Cup for Men in 2002 and 2004 will attempt to stop the back-back win being targeted by its arch rival, Petro who is aiming at a second title after beating Agosto in the 2006 final in Lagos by 76-71 points.

To reach today's final Agosto put paid to the title ambition of Abidjan Basketball Club by 68-63 points in the first semi-final played Friday at the Cidadela Pavilion by while Petro handed out a 59-43 point's defeat of host and fellow Angolan Interclube basketball club in the second semi-final to set up an all Zone-6 finals.
Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)


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ARGENTINA

Liga A round 8 -by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of regatas
Jose Muruaga (188-G-84) of estudiantes
Pablo Gil (188-G-78) of estudiantes
Marcos Mata (202-F-86) of penarol
Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) of libertad

points:
Jose Muruaga 32
Pablo Gil 28
Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois) 22
Javier Martinez 22
Terry Taylor (203-C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Virginia Tech) 22

rebounds:
Marcos Mata 14
Leon Smith (209-F-80) 14
William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) 12
Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group) 11
Robert Battle 9

assists:
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) 8
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, college: Wake Forest) 7
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) 6
Javier Martinez 6
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) 6


11 round - TNA - Argentina -by Bruno Fontana
SOUTH ZONE
Argentino - GELP 72-49 (Rufus John 18 - Villa Lisandro 16)
Regatas SN - Echague 90-96 (Sherell Ford 32 - Leo Ruiz M. 24)
More information of this game
Lanus - E.Saladillo 84-67 (Jamel Heywood 21 - F. Senitzky 22)
79 - San Martin MJ - Ciclista J. 79-77 (M. Aguilar 23 - Maxi Rios 27)

NORTH ZONE
San Martin C - Asoc. Italina 95-82 (Brice Assie 28 - Derrick Miller 30)
Asoc. Esp. - Ciclista O. 73-71 (M. Ghirardi 18 - Antony Glover 15)
Olimpia C - Alma Jrs. 72-92 (J. Gutierrez 20 - J. Ruiz 18)
La Union F - Union Sch. 80-70 (N. Green 20 - F. Giorgi 14)


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AUSTRIA

Round 15 -by Stefan Heinrich
In Round 15 of the season in the OBL, 5 teams celebrated road wins and only Furstenfeld was able to take advantage of the home court. This was the last round before Christmas, but the Bundesliga will cotinue right after Christmas on the December 26.

Gussing Knights - Klosterneurburg Dukes 66:84
After parting ways with PG Akbar Abdul-Ahad (183-G-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Idaho St.), the Gussing Knights currently test F Marqus Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa) (203-F-80, college: Tulsa). Klosteneurb supended Sam Spann (198-F-79, college: Fairfield) due to unprofessional behavoir during the Cup game on Wednesday. The Dukes dominated the game and especially Kevin Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) was unstopable under the basket.

Topscorer: Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 19, Ajay Calvin (196-F-85, college: Drake) 12 + 8 reb, Marqus Ledoux 11 ; Kevin Martin 28 + 12 reb, Ajay Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) 19 + 10 reb, Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) 16

WBC Wels - Gmuden Swans 83:89
Rashard Sullivan (203-F/C-84, college: S.Indiana) made his debut for the Swans after finishing his campaign in Uruguay. Wels had an oustanding first quarter, where it looked like they want to destroy the Swans but the champion was able to come back in the game and at the end of the it was one more time Deteri Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) who took the controll of the game and he scored 41 points with 15/20 Field Goals.

Topscorer: Kendrick Davis (193-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Texas) 27, Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) 18, Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wichita St.) 10 ; Deteri Mayes 41, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 11, Kevin Johnson 11

UBSC Graz - Kapfenberg Bulls 77:80
The current leader of the Austrian league had a very difficult game against the last placed team from Graz. After Kapfenberg played a good first quarter, the team from Graz won the following 3 quarters, but in the end they came 3 points short in this game.

Topscorer: Mike Dale (196-G-84, college: S.Illinois) 26, C.J. Pigford (201-F, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Elizabeth City) 18, Nicholas Rhodes (206-C-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Idaho St.) 12 + 15 reb ; Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 21, Shawn Ray (193-F-80, college: N.C.Central) 20, Branimir Josipovic (204-F-81, agency: Court Side) 13

UBC St. Polten - Traiskirchen Lions 80:103
Traiskirchen played a great first half, where they scored already 59 points which was the key to success in this game. St. Polten lost now the third game this season against the Lions (2 x in Championship and 1 x in the Cup).

Topscorer: Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Interperformances) 19, Martin Speiser (200-F-83) 18, Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) 13 + 10 ass ; Joey Vickery (180-G-67, college: Brandon) 19, Spencer Rhynes (196-G/F-74, college: Huston-Tillotson) 17, Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) 16

Furstenfeld Panthers - Worthersee Piraten 82:60
The Panthers had an easy game against the team from the Worthersee and both teams gave a lot of minutes to their bench players.

Topscorer: Dustin Brown (202-F-83, college: Loyola Marymount) 15, Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 15, Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) 13 + 10 reb ; Selmir Husanovic (200-F-78) 13, Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) 12, Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama) 9

BasketClubs Vienna - Oberwart Gunners 71:90
Oberwart had difficulties in the first half against the team from the capital, but due to a good third quarter they were able to take this win.

Topscorer: Damir Rajkovic (201-F-77) 24, Michael Stockhammer (193-F-80, college: Chico St.) 22, Matthias Dockner (204-F/C-84) 14 + 13 reb ; Jason Johnson 22, Hannes Artner (185-G-84) 19, Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) 13


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BAHRAIN

Ali best Bahraini player of the week -by Yousef Ahmed

NUWAIDRAT'S Hussain Ali was named the best Bahraini player of the eighth week of action in the Bahrain Basketball League, it was announced yesterday. Ali played a key role in his team's 93-68 rout over Isa Town on Monday night. He scored 20 points on eight-of-11 shooting from the field, including three three-pointers, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and recording one steal.

Ali was the frontrunner on the Team of the Week, which also included Manama pair Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hussain, Al Ahli veteran Ahmed Malallah and Muharraq standout Isa Ebrahim.

Ghuloom and Hussain were also crucial in their 72-64 win over Al Hala, also on Monday. Ghuloom, the national team's top offensive force, had 31 points with three triples and nine rebounds in the game, while Hussain contributed 21 points and three assists.

Malallah, meanwhile, finished with an all-around line of 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in Al Ahli's narrow 70-68 win over Muharraq, in the same game Ebrahim contributed eight points and 13 rebounds.

Also among the top performers of the week was Abdulaziz Abdulbaqi of Sitra, who was named the sixth man of the week in his team's 78-52 win over Al Najma.

Abdulbaqi had scored 26 points and took down nine rebounds in the game, as he shot over 50 per cent from the floor while connecting on four three-pointers.

Among the league's professional players, Al Ittihad's Jonathan Hopkins was the best performer, helping his team score an 86-66 rout of Bahrain Club.

He finished with 34 points, a league-high 33 rebounds, to go along with three blocked shots and two steals.

Nuwaidrat's Wayne Houston was the second-best import in finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and three steals in his team's win, while Sitra's Jamal Coachman third-best, coming away with 29 points, 12 rebounds and six rebounds in his game.

(Gulf Daily News)


ALMUTAWA joins Kuwait club -by Yousef Ahmed

Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) arrived in kuwait last night with his family, NATIONAL basketball star Ahmed Al Mutawa has officially joined Kuwait Club, officials at his former team Muharraq confirmed last night.

Mutawa left for Kuwait earlier this week, and will begin training with his new team some time within the next few months once he has made a full recovery from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) reconstruction. Mutawa is expected to be ready for the tip-off of Kuwait's new season in August next year.

As a professional at Kuwait Club, the 26-year-old six-foot Six-inch centre has the richest contract for any Bahraini cager in history.

Mutawa is the first and only Bahraini so far to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of the United States. Being half-Colombian, he lived in the South American country until he completed high school.

He then went on to Broward Community College in Florida before moving to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, whom he played for in NCAA Division II basketball.

Mutawa first made his name in Bahrain as the top reserve with Manama Club, wining 3 championships, and keeping manama in the top...before he moved on to Muharraq in 2006. He is one of the main players on Bahrain's men's national basketball team and the best inside plaeyer bahrain has to offer.



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BELGIUM

Last week's Division II Results - Regular Season (Round 13) -by Bertrand Larsimont


CEP Fleurus vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 81-74
Poor percentage from three-point range for the hosts in this game: 4/20. A better percentage from the free-throw line for the home players (9/15) and winning more rebounds than Nivelles (42-25) allowed CEP to win. WIth a record of 10 wins and 3 defeats, Fleurus is the "Autumn Leader" in Division II together with BS Waregem. Sint-Jan also shares the first place but has already played 14 games (10 wins, 4 losses).
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-17, 46-41, 62-54 and 81-74.
Fleurus: Bastianini 2; Vanesse 10; Tison 9; Penninck 6; Moris 15; Jadin 11; Rosewicz 4; Buja 10; Semijejero 9; Pourtoit 5.
Nivelles: Kalonji 13; Martin 9; Karavokyros 2; Lait 13; Mugogwa 13; Colinet 14; O'Connor 10.

BC Ninane vs. Falco Ghent 85-95 after OT.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 23-17, 44-44, 61-63, 74-74 and 85-95.
Ninane: Lhote 8; A. Delhaes 4; Offermann 8; R. Delhaes 8; Vanbergen 7; Delsaute 30; Muric 18; Habsch 2.
Falco: Dhondt 15; Vanderkimpen 7; O. Foucart 26; T. Foucart 7; De Schepper 17; J. Van de Vondel 3; Selhorst 10; Seghers 8; Brysse 2.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. BBC Boom 79-65

The Division II leaders (sharing first rank with CEP Fleurus) had an excellent second half and defeated the visitors thanks to great third and fourth quarters.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-21, 39-42, 61-51 and 79-65.
Waregem: Van Vooren 4; Steinbach 4; Bwatu 9; Verdickt 7; De Wilde 19; Cleymans 22; Vermeiren 2; Fiers 12.
Boom: Van Wert 2; Bayer 3; Lambreghts 15; Salden 11; Leten 2; Kitieu 7; Van den Brande 18; Van den Eynde 7.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 90-56
Score at the half: 47-21.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 6; Van Rillaer 7; Lemaire 8; Van Schil 8; T. Van de Vondel 37; Reichardt 5; Verrept 11; Ceyssens 6; Quireyns 2.
Sint-Truiden: J. Van Hoecke 4; P. Van Hoecke 4; Souvereyns 14; Baert 10; Cuppens 13; Willegems 11.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Power Liefmans Wevelgem 66-69
Nice win for the visitors thanks to their good second half in this rather defensive game.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 18-15, 37-29, 50-48 and 66-69.
Kangoeroes: Goormans 2; Roelandts 12; Leclercqs 15; Casteels 18; Lauwereys 6; D'Haens 7; De Wachter 6.
Wevelgem: Vandekeere 16; Robeyst 15; Lebon 7; Guillemyn 14; Tooms 4; Flanders 13.


West Hoek Zwevezele vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 80-74

Zwevezele: Bobb 16; Bourdeaux 16; Defraeye 10; Desloovere 10; Lombart 3; Tandt 20; Van Hulle 5.

Hasselt: Bijnens 4; Cox 8; Geysen 7; Hendrix 12; Sterk 14; Van Poelgeest 10; Vanhove 19.



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BOSNIA

Derby game of 11TH round for Bosna ASA -by Elvir Halilovic
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Igokea Partizan 106:75
(24:11, 24:31, 45:16, 13:17)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 800; Ref.: Okuka, Drmic, Nenadic
BOSNA ASA: Greer, Sehovic 2, Ikonic 23, Bavcic 18 (6 reb., 2 bl., 4 as.), Klinac, Bailey 6 (8 as.), Suljagic, Camdzic 3, Rahimic 12 (6 reb.), Pasalic 9, Veal 26, Williams 7
IGOKEA: Tosic, Adamovic 10 (5 as.), Johnson 3 (4 as.), Ford 16, Djurica 6, Vucurovic 6, Cup 1 (10 reb.), Wright 10 (6 reb.), Mirkovic, Djogo 13, Kovacevic 4, Andrews 6


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BRAZIL

Haarlem Basketball Week: Assis falls in the opener -by Gustavo Cardoso
Conti Assis could not compete with a American filled roster of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and lost by the score of 100 to 90 yesterday in Haarlem, during the traditional Basketball Week. The 10 point deficit was the result of a big effort by the Brazilians on the last quarter as Dutch squad had at one point a 30 point lead over the Brazilians (83-53).

1350 were on hand to watch the match in Haarlem. Nezinho, Di, Jorginho, Ricardo Probst and David started the game for the Brazilians. Di Galvao (190-G-80) was the top scorer with 27 points followed by Nezinho with 20. Hubner was the top rebounder with 11 boards.


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CAMEROON

The UCLA pair for victory... -by Yann Tientcheu

Dec. 18th: Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) helped UCLA overcome Western Illinois77-52
Aboya who shot 100% from the floor (4-4) had 8 pts while Mbah A Moute scored 10 pts and and grabbed 5 rbds.

Dec. 15th: Wil Fameni (201-F-84, college: VCU) of Douala Cameroon signed 7 pts and 8rbds in only 13 mns of playing time in a 78 -45 win

of his Virginia Commonwealth Rams against Longwood.



In the Pro World -by Yann Tientcheu
Swiss Pro. League:
Dec. 15th: National League A, Vevey Riviera Basket of Eric Edougue (196-F-79, college: Saginaw Valley) and Claude Atemengue (181-G-89) fell against BBC Monthey 63-79. Eric Edougue had 10 pts
5 rbds and 2 assists in 23 mns of .action. Edougue is currently averaging 7.3 pts and 7.2 rbds per game in 9 games played. Daniel Nyom (196-F-80, college: NW Nazarene) who averaged
13.5 pts (team 3rd) and 8.3 rbds (team 2nd) per meeting in 8 games played is still missing in action.
Dec. 16th: National League B, Chene BC of our countrymen Nielsen Flemming (186-G-78) lost to SAM Basket Masagno 60-76 in spite of Flemming regestering 22 pts, 3 rbds
and 2 assists.


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CHILE

Dimayor: Liceo and Valdivia take the lead -by Daniel Valencia

Liceo Mixto and Deportivo Valdivia take a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series. Liceo Mixto defeated Boston College 98-87, with Patricio Briones as their scoring leader with 28 points. In Valdivia, Deportivo Valdivia with an outstandings thir quarter (36-15) defeated CD Universidad de Concepcion 88-74. Brandon Mason was the offesnive leader with 28 points.

Game 1

Liceo Mixto 98 - Boston College 87
Lic: Patricio Briones 28 pts. Terrence Hill 17 pts. Rodrigo Espinoza 14 pts.
Bos: Tony Bishop 19 pts. Felipe Ziegele 19 pts. Francisco Zepeda 12 pts.

Liceo lead 1-0



Deportivo Valdivia 88 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 74
Val: Brandon Mason 18 pts. James Moore 20 pts. David Ergas 11 pts.
Ucon: Chris Sockwell 20 pts. Alain Laroche 19 pts. Evandro Arteaga 16 pts.


Valdivia lead 1-0



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CYPRUS

Transfer news -by Chris Mammides
The Nigerian-Cypriot Power forward Dozie Mbonu (198-F-70, college: Lehigh) return to his ex team Achilleas Kaimakli and he was among the top players in the second victory of his new team over BMC AEK last night with 75-72, the veteran player played 22 minutes scored 8 points and dashed down 11 rebounds, stole the ball twice and block shot his opponents 2 times. The Kaimakli team made tremendous changes in the roster of the team, The Kaimakli management released the following players, Carlos Smith (183-G-84, college: S.Alabama), Zivko Misiraca (201-F-72), Ljubisa Vrcelj (211-C-84, college: Jacksonville) and Dejan Matic (188-G-83, college: Trinity Intern.) while agreed terms with Jason Carter-Wallace (206-C, college: USF), Chris Garner (178-G-75, college: Memphis), Andreas Dorzis (201-C-81) and Giorgos Georgiou (186-G-76)
BMC AEK Larnacas released the Americans Antoine Broxsie (208-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma St.), Haywood Batiste (186-G-83, college: S.Nazarene) and Predrag Novakovic (-F-83), Ruzica Simunovic (178-G-86), Vassilis Balanis (191-G-87) and Thanasis Varvatakos (189-G-85).
Pizza Express Prime Apollon released its head coach Stratos Koukoulekidis, the new head coach will be (for the time being) the ex assistant coach Ninos Eliadis.
Intercollege Etha Engomis released the following players: Gorjan Latific and Diyanova Lamparova.
Keravnos Strovolou released the following players: Ivan Vukadinov, Dusan Bosevski and Domakoj Vidakovic.
Aspis Apoel released the following players: JJ Sola, Loren Stokes Nikola Ivanovic, while their ex player Andreas Tsiatinis (199-G/F-85) came back from Philips College.
Ydra Asfalistiki Enad agreed terms with the Gergian guard/small forward Kahatarasvili while they released the American center Enright and the Bulgarian Vujcic


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D-LEAGUE

Last Night in the D-League: Almond Ties All-Time Scoring Mark -by Surujh Roopnarine

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (110) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (114)
VIPERS: Gabe Muoneke (6'7''-F-78, college: Texas) (30p+8rb), C. J. Watson (30p+7rb+6as), Jesse Smith (16p+15rb+6to), Kenny Taylor (16p+7as)
SKYFORCE: Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) (26p+5rb), Elton Nesbitt (26p), Damone Brown (15p+10rb+6as), David Bailey (11p+5rb+8as)

Tulsa 66ers (108) at Dakota Wizards (131)
66ERS: Maurice Ager (6'4''-G-84, college: Michigan St.) (21p), Ramon Sessions (18p+5rb+8as), Glen McGowan (16p+7rb), Mike Hall (12p+5rb)
WIZARDS: Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) (28p+8rb+5as), Rod Benson (20p+15rb), David Palmer (21p+8rb), Dontell Jefferson (18p+6rb+5as+5to)

Austin Toros (116) at Utah Flash (118) - 2OT
TOROS: Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-C/F-86) (32p+17rb+5st+5to), Cheyne Gadson (21p), Darius Washington (19p+6rb+6to), Kevin Pittsnoggle (18p+6rb)
FLASH: Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) (51p), Brian Hamilton (15p+12rb), Kevin Kruger (10p+15as), Brian Jackson (6p+9rb)

Idaho Stampede (102) at Bakersfield Jam (94)
STAMPEDE: Taurean Green (6'0''-G-85, college: Florida) (24p+7rb+13as+5st), Lance Allred (24p+9rb), Ricky Sanchez (19p+5rb), Roberto Bergersen (16p)
JAM: Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) (35p+13rb+tbs+5to), Scooter McFadgon (26p+13rb), James Peters (17p+9rb), Andre Barrett (6p+12as)

Colorado 14ers (130) at Anaheim Arsenal (133) - OT
14ERS: Elton Brown (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Virginia) (28p+13rb), Eddie Gill (27p+7rb+6as+7to), Mo Charlo (22p+9rb), Kaniel Dickens (22p)
ARSENAL: Steven Smith (6'8''-F-83, college: La Salle) (29p+5to), Kedrick Brown (25p+8rb+7as), Will Blalock (20p), Ivan Johnson (19p+5rb)


Recent Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Detroit Pistons have re-called rookie center Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-85) from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. Samb averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 assists and 4.0 blocks in 31.5 minutes for two games with the Mad Ants.
The defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs have re-assigned Darius Washington (6'2''-G-85, college: Memphis) to the Austin Toros. Washington has appeared in 18 games for San Antonio this season, averaging 2.9 points.

The struggling Bakersfield Jam (3-11) signed D-League veteran George Williams (6'8''-F-81, college: Houston) and waived O'Neal Mims (6'10''-F-83, college: Angelo St.) due to injury. Williams, who was in training camp with the Jam this season, has previously played for Roanoke (02-03) and Fayetteville (04-05) in the D-League. In his first two games with Bakersfield, the University of Houston product has totaled four points, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.


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DOMINICAN REP.

FLORES BACK TO ITALY! -by Ozell Wells
On Dec 20, Fabriano in Italy's Legadue has announced the signing of Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan). Over the past season, Luis has played already in Italy with Roseto and Reggio Emilia.
We at Latinbasket would like to take this opportunity to wish Luis buena suerte and a prospero 2008!


Al Horford Strong Performance -by Herubey Grassals

NBA rookie and Dominican Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) continues to show everybody that his skills and talent are a reality. Al helped the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Washington Wizards 97-92m contributing 13 points and 7 boards, while shooting 6-9 from the field in 31 minutes of action. The Hawks were led by Joe Johnson (203-F-81, college: Arkansas) with 32 points and the Washington Wizards were led by Antawn Jamison (204-F-76, college: N.Carolina) with 30 points.


Al Horford has a lot to celebrate as he was selected #1 rookie for the NBA in week seven, ahead of the experts favorite rookie Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas), CONGRATULATIONS AL!!!



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Only home victories -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 20: Four contests tonight and as many home victories. ToPo (Helsinki) is still rolling. Victory # 17 and 14 wins in a row now. This time ToPo
defeated KTP (Kotka) by winning the 4th quarter 23-13 and the game 96-87. American Guards Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.) (175-G-78) and Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led ToPo in pts. Tarmo (Porvoo) beat Kataja (Joensuu) by 20 pts 98-78. That was Tarmo's third win in a row and Team left for a short Christmas brake with happy faces. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, college: Pittsburgh) (Tarmo) was the game MVP: Season high 29 pts and 16 rbs. Team Componenta (Karkkila) won the first game under the new Coach Veiko Tanni and new American Player Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington). Korihait (Uusikaupunki) lost by 17 pts: 91-74. Pyrinto (Tampere) crushed Karhu (Kauhajoki) during the 4th quarter 30-17 and 106-88 alltogether. Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led Pyrinto again with 31 pts.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

ToPo - KTP 96-87 (51-56) (Tyson Patterson 22, Josh Gonner 20 - Manny Dies 19/16, Toni Ilmonen 15).

Tarmo - Kataja 98-78 (40-33) (Mark McCarroll 29/16, Martin Samarco 27 - Terry Black 24/11, Louis Hinnant 22).

Team Componenta - Korihait 91-74 (44-39) (Nick Wallery 24/16, Chris Hester 19 - Kyle Shiloh 26/13, Teemu Rintala 16).

Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 106-88 (56-48) (Damon Williams 31/12, Damion Dantzler 24/17 - Cedric McGowan 29, Mario Porter 25).



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GEORGIA

Markoishvili's effort -by Eurobasket News
Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) and BC Kiev made another confident step towards progressing from Group H of the ULEB Cup tournament. They bumped ASK Riga away from home in the final encounter of Round 7. Kiev side needed to come from behind in the second half to post a difficult victory and improve to 5-2 record in the ladder. They now share the top spot with Lukoil Academic. ASK Riga meanwhile fell to 2-5 record and had little chances of making it to the next round.
ASK Riga needed a victory in this one and worked hard for it early on. Dwayne Broyles scored 7 points in a 9:0 run that put ASK Riga in front 9:1 early in the first frame. Eugene Jeter was there to respond as he nailed 5 points and BC Kiev got back on track 8:12. ASK Riga however used late baskets from Raitis Grafs and Gatis Jahovics to hold on a 19:15 lead after the starting term. SK Riga extended the margin to 7 points at the beginning of the second stanza before Manuchar Markoishvili stepped up for Kiev side to tie the score at 31. Curtis Millage hit from downtown organizing a 7:0 run that saw the hosts gained a 38:31 lead at the interval. It never last long in the third frame though as Artur Drozdov and Manuchar Markoishvili ignited a 7:0 run for BC Kiev and the visitors soon found the way to surge in front 43:42. The teams exchanged baskets till the end of the third period before Sandis Buskevics finalized it with a three-pointer and put ASK Riga up by 2 points 53:51. Artur Drozdov emerged strong in the dying minutes as he converted 5 straight points for BC Kiev when it counted most giving his team a 4-point cushion with just 2 minutes left. Later Eugene Jeter nailed an important basket and was perfect from free throw line to ensure the winning outcome for BC Kiev. Marcus Faison led the winners with 21 points. Artur Drozdov and Eugene Jeter provided 20 points apiece for BC Kiev. Manuchar Markoishvili was not in the starting lineup, but still was able to collect 10 points, 5 boards, 2 blocked shots and a single dime. BC Kiev will play against Pau-Orthez in France on January 8.
Giorgi Tsintsadze had 12 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes at Baltic League against Ventspils, as his Rock won the battle of two teams 90:88.


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GERMANY

Byars leaves Koeln -by Moritz Korff
The time of Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt) on the roster of the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) has come to an end. The contract has been cancelled on Friday. After recovering from his foot-injury Byars never helped the 99ers in the way he should have, Koelns Director Stephan Baeck stated on the teams' web site. That's why both the club-officials and the player agreed on going seperate ways after only a couple of months.

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GREECE

Transfer News -by Chris Mammides
Marios Matalon (188-G-89) agreed terms with Kolosos Rodou, the talented international tried to play in the NCAA but he was not satisfied so he came back and joined the islandes, it is worth mentioned that the player belongs in Aris and he will be playing on a lending agreement to the islanders
Damir Rancic (194-G-83) is replasing Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) in Panellinios, after one year the Bosnian player is returning in Panellinios
The Latvian Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79) agreed terms with PAOK Thesalonikis
Olympiakos Pireaeus released the Greek International Sofocles Schortsianitis (206-C-85). Sofoklis is now a free agent.


Match Day 13: Results and Scorers of the A2 league. -by Chris Mammides

Ionikos Lamias - P.Faliro 64-49

Coach Prelevic's team finished the 2007 season with yet another victory as Ionikos Lamias easily beat the team of coach Tsolakis. P.Faliro fought hard for more than 27 minutes but ultimately couldn't follow the rhythm of the home team.

Quarters: 25-19, 37-33, 50-42, 64-49.
Ionikos Lamias: Koutsogiannis 3 (1), M. Sofogiannis 7, Spanos 14, Kekelis 11, Koutkias 6, Giannouzakos 2, Costas Pashalis (208-C-75) 12, Veskoukis 9.
P. Faliro: Tsirigotakis 11, Mentzos 2, Koronidis 5, Efthimiou 8, Rodostoglou 15, Aposkitis 8.

Halkida - Xanthi 93-81

Halkida took a deep breath after their closer than expected win over Xanthi. Caoch Liogas team was caught by surprise for the first 24 minutes but in the end took the initiative, supported by great games from Vucicevic and Anastasios Kantartzis (190-G-73).

Quarters: 16-25, 42-37, 68-65, 93-81.
Halkida: Kritikos 3, Anastasios Kantartzis 24 (6), Papantoniou 9, Melas 9, Tomaras 14, Psathas 1, Djidic 9, Xiarhos 4, Vucicevic 20.
Xanthi: Moulakis 21, Stefanidis 9, Nikoloudis 19, Seferidis 4, Voivatopoulos 2, Skara 7, Loupos 19.

Trikala - MENT 80-64

Trikala 2000 closed 2007 with another victory and it seems that it could be the one out of 2 teams to be promoted. Coach Tzimas's squad proved to be a very tough and solid team in these first 12 weeks and with 10 wins out of 13 games is the best team of the league. It is worth mentioning that Coach Mouratidis has been dismissed after this negative result for MENT. The new head coach will be announced within the next couple of days.

Quarters: 22-17, 43-28, 56-50, 80-64.
Trikala 2000: Lepeniotis 7, Katsares 10, Balafas 3, Bogdanos 17, Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) 24, Jeremic 1, Fountas 14, Harismidis 4.
MENT: Karydas 6, Kokolios 5 (1), Spanoulis 14, Giannidakis 6, Benas 4, Mandic 3, Makris 6, Despos 20.

Panorama - Peristeri 79-65

Another defeat for coach Manouselis who realized that his team is not so strong. Kouburovic was the top performer and the top scorer of the game with 20 points while Hrvoje Henjak (214-C-78) completely dominated the ex-NBA'er Trybanski.

Quiarters: 21-15, 35-30, 57-45 and 79-65.
Panorama: Behlivanis 4, Panaras 11, Falekas 5, Panagiotopoulos 11, Hatzipetrou 4, Kakaroudis 6, Ivan Kuburovic (201-G-81) 20 and Hrvoje Henjak 16.
Peristeri: Mantzanas 5, Moshovitis 13, Amato 16, Kokkalis 5, V. Mantzaris 4, Margaritis 11, Trybanski 4, Buci 5 and Kotinis 2.

Sporting - Panerythraikos 67-76

A very good derby took place in Sporting's home court. It was a close game for 34 minutes with Fotiou and Perrakis giving their best efforts, but in the end it was not enough to survive against Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75) and his teammates.

Quarters: 17-16, 31-28, 43-46, 67-76.
Sporting: Kakavas 15 (2), Tsiotras 8, Fotiou 21, Moutran 4, Perrakis 15, Morfis 4.
Panerythraikos: Kontoudis 4, Manoljovic 2, Georgaros 10, MCostas Maglos 16, Hoppson 2, Gribaviotis 13, Doumanis 15, Siristatidis 14 (3).

Pagrati - Iraklis 74-67

Iraklis couldn't manage to keep up the scoring and collapsed after the first 22 minutes against the offensive performance of Liakopoulos.

Quarters: 15-16, 30-34, 52-49, 74-67.
PAgrati: Koukas 3, Liakopoulos 27, Gotzogiannis 10, Tsolatos 12, Voulgaris 15, Tziallas 1, Maheras 4, Varypatis 2.
Iraklis: Siamandouras 2, Totsios 12, Micic 6, Apostolopoulos 6, Foutsitzis 8, Daniel 15, Symeonidis 18.

ICBS - Ilysiakos 86-82

Quarters: 23-18, 36-40, 58-60, 86-82.
ICBS: Kadic 13 (2), Bardas 18 (3), Maslarinos 10, Zaras 5, Jovanovic 11, Anagnostopoulos 9, Nisiotis 10, Tselios 2.
Ilysiakos: Kompodietas 19, Gajc 3, Papanikolaou 9, Athanasopoulos 15, Athanasoulas 5, Athiainou 17, Koutroulias 7, Bogris 6.

Apollon Patron - Dafni 74-79

Apollon Patras was supported by the best performance since the arrival of Greek-Australian guard P.J. Isaacson (197-G/F-84, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: S.Connecticut) but Kakiouzis was in even better form. The Greek forward outscored Isaacson by four points so did his team.

Quarters: 19-18, 42-43, 56-57, 74-79.
Apollonas: Kados 14, Athanasiadis 21 (3), Lianos 8 (1), Manousos 9, Papadopoulos 2, Kapotas 7, P.J. Isaacson 23, Georgitsis 10 (2).
Dafni: Nikitakis 12, Kakiouzis 27, Sourlis 15, Papadimitriou 8, Kerasovitis 3, Sioutis 3, Petrodimopoulos 11.



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HOLLAND

Den Helder Seals offers no contract for Bjorn Schoo -by Fred Roggen
In consultation with the technical staff, the governing board of Den Helder Seals has decided not to offer a contract to the German center Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Northern St.) till the end of the season.
The reason for that is that the center showed too little progress during his try-out period


MyGuide Amsterdam Blows Out Den Helder Seals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid, MyGuide Amsterdam's defense once again stood out in dominating fashion, putting the clamps on Den Helder Seals early and cruising to an easy 79-48 win. MyGuide held Den Helder to only 5 1st quarter pts., while forcing the opposition to shoot only 25% FG and 1-10 3FG in the 1st half. MyGuide themselves had 17 second chance points, as well as dominating the glass at a 53-30 difference.
Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led five MyGuide players in douvle figures with 17 pts., with Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) adding 13 pts. and 16 boards. Dane Bradshaw (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) led Den Helder with 17 pts. Due to the departure of Omniworld Almere from the FEB and the standings and record changes, nonetheless MyGuide moves a game ahead of Eiffel Towers for 1st place in the FEB standings.


MyGuide Amsterdam adds Mohammed Abukar -by Fred Roggen
After starting the season in Italy with Tissettante Cantu, where he played13 games, American forward Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) signed a contract with MyGuide Amsterdam. Abukar played last season for the University of San Diego.

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INDIA

Bucan hits the nail on the head -by Santhosh Kumar

Puducherry, Dec. 22: National basketball coach Aleksander Bucan is perplexed by India's inability to produce quality hoopsters. Bucan wonders when his war-ravaged native country, Serbia, can churn out players for the NBA regularly, why India are struggling despite having such a vast pool of resources including billion-strong population.

The Basketball Federation of India roped in the Serbian in May to take the game to the next level. Bucan's initial contract was only for six months. According to BFI sources, his contract will be extended to three more years as the federation has been impressed with his work.

The 34-year-old Bucan is here to watch the nationals. "I can't work wonders immediately. Touring many parts of the country, I have been sketching plans. India, no doubt, have the potential to move up at the international level, but players need proper guidance. I want to pick 20 players from the Puducherry event. Once I identify the best of the available talent, I will resume the next step of training them for foreign challenges," he said.

The national championship is the country's premier event. But Bucan is worried about the quality. "There is no point in conducting a tournament like this. I see some players remaining rooted to the backcourt. We need intelligent players with natural talent. I will mainly select a team of youngsters. It's a big worry that I don't find players here with the requisite height," he added.

He said a lack of professionalism and poor marketing have hamstrung the game in India. "With only eight million people, Serbia have supplied more than 30 players to the NBA so far. We are the current U-18 world champions. Apart from basketball, our tennis players (Novak Djokovic, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic) are making waves. Serbia's success in sports can be attributed to effective administration," he explained.

Infrastructure is another problem area for Bucan. He warned that the careers of Indian players would end prematurely if they continue to play on concrete surfaces. "It's strange to see a national championship being conducted on concrete courts. India will not move up the international ladder as long as they keep playing outdoors. Acclimatisation to a wooden court , and not playing well, will be the main concern for Indian players when they go for international tournaments," he added.

Bucan's job has been made tougher with a key player like S. Robinson being sidelined with a ban. "I was told about Robinson's calibre. I want to see him perform. I am also reading media reports about his ban. I hope he will be back on the court soon," he signed off.


Uttarakhand survive scare again -by Santhosh Kumar

Puducherry, Dec. 22: Railway women hammered Andhra Pradesh 83-19 in a Pool A match of the 58th senior national basketball championship at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.
Uttarakhand overcame some anxious moments to post a hard-fought 73-69 victory over Assam in the Pool A match. Trailing by 12 points at one stage, Uttarakhand made an amazing comeback in the final quarter, thanks to Riyazuddin Quereshi and Trideep Rai's spirited show. Trideep nailed in a crucial three-pointer when three minutes left for the final whistle and that saw the score being equalised at 63-63. With just 30 seconds to go, Riyazuddin came out with a stunning basket from outside the arc to seal match in favour Uttarakhand.

Vinod Kumar's impressive 37 points went in vein.

Railways women, bidding for their 21st title, entered the court without their star player Geethu Anna Jose, who was away for her father's cremation. But the defending champions hardly felt Geethu's absence as they turned on the style. Manish Karprekar spearheaded the rout with 23 points and Bharathi Natam had 16.
Chennai girl P. Anitha set the tone for the match with a spectacular three-pointer and a cross-over lay-up. Railways built a massive lead, 28-4, at the end of the opening quarter. Karprekar was a bundle of energy. She found the target at will and her defensive work was equally immaculate. While Railways were on a scoring spree, AP women couldn't even the target even from simplest of chances. Nothing worked for AP against the might of the defending champs.

Tamil Nadu women suffered their second defeat on the trot in Pool B. Delhi thumped them 75-42. Internationals Divya Singh (20) and Sheeba Maggon (13) did the bulk of scoring for the winners. Though Delhi led 46-29 at half-time, Tamil Nadu managed to make a fight of it. However, as match wore on, TN women made a slew of fouls to render the match a no contest.

In another Pool B match, Maharashtra lost to Chhattisgarh 44-76. Aakansha excelled with 21 points for the winners.

Results: Women: Pool A: Indian Railways 83 (Manisha Karprekar 23, Bharathi Natam 16, Sophie Sam 15) bt Andhra Pradesh 19. HT: 50-17. Pool B: Chhattisgarh 76 (Aakansha 21, M. Pushpa 14, Saritha 13) bt Maharashtra 44 (Renjusha Mathew 27). HT: 47-09. Delhi 75 (Divya Singh 20, Sheeba Maggon 13, Prashanti Singh 11) bt Tamil Nadu 42 (S. Kokila 10). HT: 46-29.
Men: Results: Pool A: Uttarakhand 74 (Riyazuddin Quereshi 25, Trideep Rai 16, Murali Krishna 12) bt Assam 69 (Vinod Kumar 37). HT: 34-42.


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JORDAN

Zain ends syria's camp with a win -by Mohammed Malas
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) made 20 points to lead his team Zain to win over hosts Al Jalaa Aleppo in the 2nd game between the two parties in the jordanians camp in Aleppo, Syria which ended today.

Zaid Al Khas (18 points) also had a great game alongside with Sam Daghlas and Rasheim Wright (14 points for each), In the other hand, Michel Madaanli was as usual the best scorer in his team with 25 points, He did'nt find any serious help from his teammates except Marcelo Corea and Samaki Walker (14 points for each).

The team staff and players will be back today to amman to continue their games in Excellent LEague before participating in Dubai International Tournament next january.


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LEBANON

Moutahed signed Darren Kelly -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
During its big preparations for the new season Moutahed Club have signed Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) .
Kelly who played in Europe for many seasons especially in Italy , Greece will bring a big hopes to the target set by the Club's administration which is to play the Final Four this year and maybe the Final.
Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) showed a great level during the Hariri Tournament in which he averaged 40 points per game and led his team to play great basketball.


Champville inked Merrill -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Champville Club have inked Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, college: Oklahoma Christian) a Forward who played with Ahly club in the last edition of the Arab Championship which was held in Saudi Arabia and showed a good level and helped his team to reach the to Final. He's expected to have a good season in Lebanon.

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NCAA

Clemson soar with 10th straight win -by Eurobasket News
Clemson Tigers posted their 10th consecutive victory in the season. Yesterday they edged De Paul Blue Demons 90:74 behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Trevor Booker (6'7''-F/C-87). It was the 7th loss for the Blue Demons as they fell to 2-7 record for the season. Clemson who got used to playing athletic and aggressively defensive basketball in the season simply overpowered their opponents. The claimed a 32:27 advantage in rebounds and looked more convincing in the paint. Six players scored in double figures for the Tigers. De Paul enjoyed a narrow 41:40 lead at halftime but the Tigers got to a 19:4 start to the second part of the encounter and never looked back afterwards. Cliff Hammonds (6'3''-G-85) delivered 15 points, while Demontez Stitt (6'2''-G-89) had 14 points in a winning clause. Draelon Burns (6'4''-G) responded with 27 points for De Paul. Karron Clarke (6'6''-F) secured 14 points in defeat.
Pittsburgh secured their perfect run in an overtime thriller against Duke. Levance Fields (5'10''-G-87) hit a decisive triple off dribble with 4 seconds left in the overtime and Duke had no answers for that. Thus the Panthers grabbed their 11th straight win in the season, while Duke suffered the first defeat. Pittsburgh lost their starting forward Mike Cook (6'4''-G/F-84, college: E.Carolina) a minute into extra period with a possible bad knee injury. Sam Young and Levance Fields nailed 4 straight points for Pittsburgh to give them a 62:59 advantage with 3 minutes left in overtime. However DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85) stepped up with three-point play and Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87) added a free throw to regain the lead for Duke with under 2 minutes remaining. Levance Fields committed two turnovers for the Panthers, while Kyle Singer extended the gap to 2 points from charity stripe. But Fields managed to improve as he drained an impressive three-pointer to seal the victory for Pittsburgh. The Panthers' guard finished with game-high 21 points. Dejuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) contributed 15 points and 20 boards for the winners. Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) responded with 17 points apiece for the Blue Devils.


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NIGERIA

Special 22nd Champions Cup for Men: Another plus for Zone-6 as Petro takes on Agosto in titanic battle -by Olusegun Ikuesan
In a repeat of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women grand finale where two FIBA Africa Zone-6 club sides, eventual winner, Desportivo basketball club of Mozambique engaged Angolan Primero de Agosto in the final last October, defending men champion, Petro Atletico and Primero de Agosto go for each other jugular in today's final.

This has once again justified the strong hold of the zone on major championship in Africa and why other zones must take a cue from the zone headed by former President of Mozambique Basketball Federation, Anibal Manave to develop the game in their respective zones.

Today's final is also a repeat of last year finals where Agosto of Angola and Ferroviario basketball club of Mozambique qualified for the cup finals for women in Libreville, Gabon and Petro and Agosto battling it out in Lagos with Petro being crowned champion.

Agosto who will be gunning for a third title having won the Champions Cup for Men in 2002 and 2004 will attempt to stop the back-back win being targeted by its arch rival, Petro who is aiming at a second title after beating Agosto in the 2006 final in Lagos by 76-71 points.

To reach today's final Agosto put paid to the title ambition of Abidjan Basketball Club by 68-63 points in the first semi-final played Friday at the Cidadela Pavilion by while Petro handed out a 59-43 point's defeat of host and fellow Angolan Interclube basketball club in the second semi-final to set up an all Zone-6 finals.
Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)


Raptors battle M.D. Abubakar for Rookies' title -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The final of the 2007 annual Rookie Basketball Championship hold today (Saturday) at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with Raptors basketball club battling M.D. Abubakar Rookies for the U-18 boys title at 16.00 hours.

Both sides book a place in today's finals with victories over Jituboh Rookies and Flammers respectively in the semi-finals decided Friday evening.

M.D. Abubakar Rookies defeated Jituboh Rookies in the first semi-final by 49-43 points while Raptors subdued Flammers basketball club by 49-48 points in Over-Time after both had even scores at 39 points apiece at regulation time.

We are glad to be in the finals declared Raptors head coach, Charles Ibeziako and promised that his boys will not disappoint in the final.

The former Memphis basketball coach, thumb-up Mark Balogun, initiator of the annual championship and call for more support for the competition which he described as the only leeway for youngsters to show case their raw talents.

I.G. Queens and UNILAG girls will slug it out in the third leg of their Best-of-3 series as both sides are tied at 1-1 same with the U-12 boys with UNILAG taking on the Police College Rookies in the third-leg of the series, Jituboh Rookies and Flammers will fight for the U-18 boy's third and fourth placement.


Raptors battle M.D. Abubakar for Rookies' title -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The final of the 2007 annual Rookie Basketball Championship hold today (Saturday) at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with Raptors basketball club battling M.D. Abubakar Rookies for the U-18 boys title at 16.00 hours.

Both sides book a place in today's finals with victories over Jituboh Rookies and Flammers respectively in the semi-finals decided Friday evening.

M.D. Abubakar Rookies defeated Jituboh Rookies in the first semi-final by 49-43 points while Raptors subdued Flammers basketball club by 49-48 points in Over-Time after both had even scores at 39 points apiece at regulation time.

We are glad to be in the finals declared Raptors head coach, Charles Ibeziako and promised that his boys will not disappoint in the final.

The former Memphis basketball coach, thumb-up Mark Balogun, initiator of the annual championship and call for more support for the competition which he described as the only leeway for youngsters to show case their raw talents.

I.G. Queens and UNILAG girls will slug it out in the third leg of their Best-of-3 series as both sides are tied at 1-1 same with the U-12 boys with UNILAG taking on the Police College Rookies in the third-leg of the series, Jituboh Rookies and Flammers will fight for the U-18 boy's third and fourth placement.


Raptors battle M.D. Abubakar for Rookies' title -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The final of the 2007 annual Rookie Basketball Championship hold today (Saturday) at the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with Raptors basketball club battling M.D. Abubakar Rookies for the U-18 boys title at 16.00 hours.

Both sides book a place in today's finals with victories over Jituboh Rookies and Flammers respectively in the semi-finals decided Friday evening.

M.D. Abubakar Rookies defeated Jituboh Rookies in the first semi-final by 49-43 points while Raptors subdued Flammers basketball club by 49-48 points in Over-Time after both had even scores at 39 points apiece at regulation time.

We are glad to be in the finals declared Raptors head coach, Charles Ibeziako and promised that his boys will not disappoint in the final.

The former Memphis basketball coach, thumb-up Mark Balogun, initiator of the annual championship and call for more support for the competition which he described as the only leeway for youngsters to show case their raw talents.

I.G. Queens and UNILAG girls will slug it out in the third leg of their Best-of-3 series as both sides are tied at 1-1 same with the U-12 boys with UNILAG taking on the Police College Rookies in the third-leg of the series, Jituboh Rookies and Flammers will fight for the U-18 boy's third and fourth placement.


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PORTUGAL

All-Star game-South won in 2 overtimes -by Bruno Baltazar
In the portuguese city of Macao happened the All-Star game.
South team defeated the North team (117-112) in 2 overtimes.
A extraordinary day of basketball,the south team won the game due to the extraordinary MVP- Darrell Harris (208-C-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Rhode Island) of Barreirense(24pts and 22 rebounds).
The south team won due the power in the boards and the incapacity of north shoting 3pt shots.

Scorers:
North (112): Elvis Evora, Nate Daniels (14), Ricardo Hill (10), Frederic Gentry (30), Raheem Moss (18), Joao Reveles (6), Fernando Neves, Brandon Vorhees, Joao Figueiredo (13), Tyrone Levett (11), Augusto Sobrinho (10) and Nuno Cortez.
Coach: From Ovarense(Luis Magalhaes) and Vagos (Costa Dias).

South (117): Darrel Harris (24), Jose Costa (4), Diogo Carreira (21), Lance Soderberg (23), Deforrest Smith (8), Douglas Scott (6), Anderson Ferreira (13), Joao Manuel (6), Paulo Simao (9) and Joao Santos (3).
Coach-From CAB Madeira team Joao Freitas and Joao Vieira.

Referes-Carlos Santos, Pedro Coelho and Pedro Rola.

Raheem Moss from Ginasio defeated in the 3pt shot contest Nate Daniels from Ginasio.

In the dunk competition the portuguese point guard player of Porto- Augusto Sobrinho won due some fantastics jumps.


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RUSSIA

Triumph signs Kristaps Valters -by Eurobasket News
Triumph announced the signing of Latvian point guard Kristaps Valters (188-G-81). A 26-year-old guard was a free agent after he left Legea 9 month ago due to an injury. Kristaps Valters is the son of a well-known USSR basketball player - Valdis Valters . He started hi career in Broceni in Latvia. Later he made appearances in Skonto, Panionis and Oldenburg. Valters spent 2006-2007 season in Italy playing for Udine. He averaged 8.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 boards in Italian Liga A. Valters also produced 12.6 points and 5.0 assists in ULEB Cup that season. The Latvian talent also played for Latvian U18 and U19 National teams. He was the part of the Latvian National team squad during 2001, 2003 and 2005 European championships. His stats in Belgrade Eurobasket 05' came up to 11 points, 2.7 boards and 2.7 assists in 3 games. Kristaps Valters is expected to appear in Triumph jersey in Russian Cup clash against CSKA on December 29.
Meanwhile it became known that Russia was proposed to hold the Men's World Championship by FIBA organization. FIBA is considering Moscow to be one of the most preferable candidates for organizing the World forum in either 2014 or 2018. If the decision is positive, it will be the first FIBA Men's World Championship conducted in Russia.


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SAUDI ARABIA

Jerron signs for Al Ahli -by Ali Ahmed
Al Ahli basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Jerron McCiskill (203-G/F-83, college: Cheyney) to play for them this season.


Jerron McCiskill (203-G/F-83, college: Cheyney) is a quick leaper and this allows him to dunk in missed shots before his opponents leave the ground. McCiskill is also very effective on defense. He can block shots and controll the offensive and defensive boards.

He is very bouncy. He is quick off the floor offensively and defensively. He keeps a lot of rebounds alive because his arms are so long and he can reach over people without fouling.

He can draw in the crowd with his skill and personality.


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SERBIA

A league: Sloga beat Masinac in local derby -by Dragan Jankovski
In the local derby between two teams from Kraljevo, Sloga succeeded to beat Masinac 78-64 improving to score 5-6 in A league while Masinac dropped to 3-8. Masinac had lead of 4 points after the first quarter but later Sloga made run 7-0 letting Masinac to score only 5 points in the second quarter, except 3-pointer by Habus at the buzzer. In 27th minute Sloga extended lead to 19 what was unreachable for the Students until the end. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) led Sloga adding 19 points and 4 rebounds while Slobodan Pejovic (194-G-86) had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82) was totally the best in Masinac making double-double, 33 points and 12 rebounds.


Masinac - Sloga 64-78
(19-15,8-19,15-26,22-18)

Masinac:
Mirkovic 33 (12 rebs, 5 as), Bozovic 13 (4 rebs)
Sloga: Mijovic 19 (4 rebs), Pejovic 17 (8 rebs), Ignjatovic 15, Popovic 15


Aleksandar Subara parted ways with Igokea Partizan -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Aleksandar Subara (182-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) terminated the contract with Bosnian top team Igokea Partizan from Aleksandrovac. Subara averaged 12.5 ppg and 3.3 apg in FIBA EuroCup this season while last year he was the top scorer of Bosnian Superleague averaging 18.4 ppg.

In the past Subara won the World Championship in Street-ball 3 on 3. Before Igokea Pertizan he used to play for Panionios Athens, Khimik Yuzny, Atlas, Charleroi (champion of Belgium 02/03), Spartak, Beograd, Radnicki and Beobanka.


Nenad Pistoljevic joins Rethimno -by Dragan Jankovski
After signing of Stevan Nadjfeji, Greek A1 team Rethimno from Crete agreed terms with point guard Nenad Pistoljevic (196-G-80). Interesting is that both players started the season in Serbian A league newcomer BC Vizura from Belgrade. For 7 games in A league Pistoljevic averaged 13.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.1 apg.

Pistoljevic will play for Vizura today against Zdravlje Actavis in Belgrade after what he we will go on Crete.


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TBL

Texas Basketball League Announces 2007 December Draft Results -by Benjamin Brinkley
Frisco, Texas -- With the first pick in the 2007 Texas Basketball League December Draft, The Celtics selected Peter Conway, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound shooting guard from Arizona, with the number one overall selection in the 2007 TBL December Draft.

The remaining first round selections also included PF Bruntavius Williams (Suns), SF/PF Abdullah Elsayad (Celtics), SG/SF Brandon Wesley (Knicks).

Following are the results of the Texas Basketball League 2007 December Draft:

2007 TBL Draft, ROUND 1

PICK TEAM SELECTION
1) Celtics Pete Conway (traded to the Suns for future considerations)
2) Suns Bruntavius Williams
3) Knicks Brandon Wesley (traded to the Celtics for future considerations)
4) Mavericks forfeit draft selection
5) Bulls forfeit draft selection
6) Spurs forfeit draft selection
7) Pistons Abdullah Elsayad (traded to the Celtics for future considerations)
8) Lakers forfeit draft selection

2007 TBL Draft, ROUND 2

PICK TEAM SELECTION
1) Lakers Jonathan Harris
2) Pistons Jonah Broussard (traded to the Bulls for Derrick Washington)
3) Spurs Tysell Boseman
4) Bulls Kevin Daniels (traded to the Pistons for Derrick Washington)
5) Mavericks LaRon Young
6) Knicks Richard Scott
5) Suns Kreston Martin
6) Celtics Alex Kennedy (traded to the Suns for future considerations)

2007 TBL Draft, ROUND 3

PICK TEAM SELECTION
1) Celtics Shaz Cooper (traded to the Celtics for future considerations)
2) Suns forfeit draft selection
3) Knicks forfeit draft selection
4) Mavericks forfeit draft selection
5) Bulls forfeit draft selection
6) Spurs forfeit draft selection
7) Pistons forfeit draft selection
8) Lakers forfeit draft selection

For more information towards the league draft, please call league office at 817.803.3358 or email the owner: benjaminbrinkley_tbl@yahoo.com


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TURKEY

Hosley Decides to Stay -by Sinan Can

Despite an offical statement from Pinar Karsiyaka club, Quinton Hosley's transaction to Galatasaray Cafe Crown has not yet been completed. Due to these rumours, Galatasaray has given up on their bid pending a report from Coach Murat zyer.

Another source said that Hosley asked for a total of 1 million dollars for a two and a half year contract from the Istanbul side and that this was the key block which made Galatasaray take a step back. Already, Hosley has returned from his country where he was on leave due to his grandfather's funeral. He has said that he wants to stay at Pinar Karsiyaka until the season ends as he's very happy with his club and teammates.



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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Aska leads Cobras to Rock Classic Title -by David Edole
Boyd Anderson had a three game sweep of the Rock Holiday Classic that was held in Las Vegas. Behind Ivan Aska's double-double, Anderson dominated the second half to win the classic over Lake Mead, 68-55, at Henderson International. The Murray State recruit finished with 18 points and 13 boards in the deciding game and was named MVP.
On Wednesday, Bryan Bynes threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk with 14 seconds left to lead Boyd Anderson against Kentucky Lexington Catholic on 66-64 in the second round.
The Cobras, ranked No. 2 in The Miami Herald's South Florida poll, trailed 64-63 with 20 seconds left when Tyrone Davis stole the ball and fed Bynes for the game-winning dunk.
Bynes' dunk was the highlight of a season-high 18 points against the 2002 Kentucky Class 3A state champion. Aska, a senior 6-7 forward, added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Cobras (10-1), who have won six in a row since a 67-61 road loss to Dillard.
In the opening round game, Aska erupted for a game-high 20 points as Boyd Anderson walloped Virgin Valley (Nev.) 92-27, Tuesday night.


Elegar Nets 1,000th Point in Dragons' 65-53 Victory Over Bucknell -by David Edole
Frank Elegar (206-C-86) had 16 points in the second half, including the 1,000th of his career as Drexel defeated Bucknell, 65-53.

The Dragons raced out to an big early lead and led 34-15 at the half. The Dragons' defense allowed just six field goals in the first half and the Bison (4-6) shot just 21 percent from the floor. Drexel (6-5) knocked down five three-pointers in the half, including three by Scott Rodgers, who had 13 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes.

Elegar, who also had his 500th career rebound in the game, was held without a shot in the first half and was saddled with two early fouls. He bounced back in the second half by making all four of his shots from the field and going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.


Gettin to know Phil Jones -by David Edole
Phil Jones (208-C-85)
UNC Charlotte Men's Basketball
6-10; 270; C
Sophomore

Nickname: Big Phil
Favorite TV Show: SportsCenter
My ultimate SportsCenter highlilght would be: Me dunking on Shaq
Who is the best player you ever played against? Greg Oden
Favorite Musician/group: Jay-Z
Favorite Food: Fried chicken
Pre-game rituals: I have to listen to 5-10 Jay-Z songs
Favorite hobby: Reading
If you had to give up all your possessions but one, what would you keep: My Sidekick 3
If I could switch places with one person for a day, who would it be: Bill Gates
If you could bring one thing from your hometown to Charlotte, what would it be: Junior's Cheesecake, a Brooklyn restaurant
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up: Baseball player
Favorite player: Ken Griffey, Jr.
What do you do in your free time: Listen to music
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Take responsibility for things I do wrong
What advice do you have for kids: Stay in school and say no to drugs


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UKRAINE

Ivshyn's back instead of Lang / Yekimov to Odesa / Dnipro makes changes -by Alexander Muzyka

- Azovmash has returned its player on loan Maksym Ivshyn (207-C-86) to Mariupol. This return was a result o Azovmash's problems with power forwards. Serhi Lischuk is injured until January, Robert Jr. Archibald will be back only in February, Kris Lang's contract ended and won't be extended, and as for Remon van de Hare - his future in Mariupol seems doubtful.

Ivshyn's appearance before the transfer window is open will not let him to play for Azovmash in Superleague until February, but he may help the team in ULEB Cup and farm league.

- Dnipro makes changes.

Dmytro Markov (204-F/C-76) has ended his playing career and will be working as Kyrylo Bolshakov's assistant. Pavlo Ahapov (198-G-79) will leave the team. Volodymyr Koval (194-G-79)'s injury won't let him play until the end of the season which may make for the end his career.

- Alexei Ekimov (211-F-81) is a new signing for BC Odesa. He has played two games for BC Odesa already and shown very good stats.



Jet-fueled Kyiv Cruise Past Politekhnika Lviv -by Alexei Naumov
BC Kyiv managed to extend their winning streak to 12 games, remaining the only undefeated club in the Superleague.

This time the Ukrainian vice-champions defeated visiting Politekhnika Lviv 90:78, putting an end to their 8 straight wins.

Both teams were chasing one another throughout the entire game. The first quarter ended 23:23, the home side had a 6 points cushion at halftime, but the visitors came back to tie things up at 63 at the end of 3rd.

Kyiv got hot during the final 10 minutes, outscoring their opponents 32:20. Eugene Jeter (179-G-83, college: Portland) was unstoppable, draining 19 out of his game-high 23 points in the quarter.

The home side got balanced production from Jeter's teammates: 3 of them (Markoishvili, Faison and Davis) scored 12 apiece, Jacks added 11 and Drozdov contributed with 10.

Lviv's Pavel Uljanko had team-high 18 points.

Information about the remaining Saturday's games is available on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.


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URUGUAY

Union beat the leader Bigua -by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the leader of the Uruguayan Leage was beaten 84-77 by Union Atletica but they are still in the first position. Pablo Rak (188-G-82) scored 21 points for Union while Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) netted 15 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Axier Sucre (198-F-78) 3 points, and Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) 10 poins and 10 rebounds. For Bigua Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) scored 26 points, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 18 ponts and 19 rebounds and Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 7 points 4 rebounds. Anthony Dill played his first game for Atenas leading the team to win 89-76 over Hebraica. Dill netted 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, college: Washington) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. For Hebraica Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 34 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Wheeler (203-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville) 10 points 2 rebounds. The game Defensor Sporting - Malvin was postponed.



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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Australians abroad -by Eurobasket News
Another comfortable victory carried Spartak Moscow Region to 6-1 record in Group C of Euroleague. Spartak easily dispatched visiting Lotos sending Polish team to 2-5 record. A dynamic duo of Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Diana Taurasi combined 51 points for Spartak leading them to yet another confident win at the tournament. Lotos looked convincing early in the game as they tried to match any efforts from the hosts. Spartak led by just a single point with 3 minutes left in the opening frame before Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi had taken over. They drained three consecutive triples to finalize the term and put the home team ahead 22:12. Lotos refused to lie down that early as Maksimovic and Anne Breitreiner ignited a 10:0 run for Polish team midway through the second term cutting the deficit to 4 points 26:30. Later Dominique Canty and Magdalena Leciejewska set Lotos in front 34:32. But Lauren Jackson scored 4 points and allowed Spartak to remain winning 36:34 at halftime. Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi once again connected from afar early in the third period and gave Spartak some breathing space 44:38. Later Tatiana Shchegoleva fueled another hosts' run as Spartak cleared off to a 59:42 distance. Moscow team were up by 20 points on one more jumper from Tatiana Shchegoleva but Katsiaryna Snytsina knocked down a trey to make it 53:70 game heading into the fourth term. Spartak had no problems completing the victory in the fourth stanza. Lauren Jackson recorded 26 points and 5 boards, while Diana Taurasi added 25 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Tatiana Shchegoleva contributed 14 points for the winning side. Katsiaryna Snytsina responded with 14 points for Lotos. Anne Breitreiner secured 13 points for Gdynia team. Spartak converted impressive 52% from the field, while liming their opponents to 29% accuracy. Spartak also had advantage under the rims 44:36.
UMMC maintained their spotless record in the Euroleague by heavily beating Wisla in Round 7. UMMC thus remained on top of Group B and cleared off even further from Wisla that occupy the second place at 4-3. UMMC started the game confidently enough and gradually accumulated a safe lead. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) crafted 8 points, 2 blocks and a steal in the starting frame for the hosts to ensure a 23:13 lead. Wisla adjusted their defense in the second quarter and managed to stay within striking distance throughout the quarter. Agnieszka Palka capped the first half with a triple to make it 26:35 deficit at the interval. Deanna Nolan and Agnieszka Bibrzycka combined quick 5 points to enlarge the margin to 14 points early in the third frame. Later UMMC sparked with a 16:2 rally to spur ahead beyond reach and headed into the fourth term leading by 21 points. Oxana Rakhmatulina, Penny Taylor (185-F-81) and Sandrine Gruda drained 7 straight points for UMMC at the start of the fourth period and extended the gap to 28 points. Anna DeForge and Candice Dupree cut the deficit back to 20 points but it brought little relief for Polish side as they suffered a massive loss at the end. Sandrine Gruda topscored with 18 points for UMMC. Suzy Batkovic finished with 15 points and 11 boards, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka delivered 13 points in a win. Jelena Skerovic and Agnieszka Palka nailed 11 points apiece for Wisla. UMMC dominated the boards 47:35 and committed only 8 turnovers. Wisla converted just 29% from the field and lost the ball 12 times.


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BELARUS - Women

Katsiaryna Snytsina top-scored for Lotos -by Eurobasket News
Lotos looked convincing early in the game together with Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-F-85) against Spartak in Euroleague as they tried to match any efforts from the hosts. Spartak led by just a single point with 3 minutes left in the opening frame before Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi had taken over. They drained three consecutive triples to finalize the term and put the home team ahead 22:12. Lotos refused to lie down that early as Maksimovic and Anne Breitreiner ignited a 10:0 run for Polish team midway through the second term cutting the deficit to 4 points 26:30. Later Dominique Canty and Magdalena Leciejewska set Lotos in front 34:32. But Lauren Jackson scored 4 points and allowed Spartak to remain winning 36:34 at halftime. Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi once again connected from afar early in the third period and gave Spartak some breathing space 44:38. Later Tatiana Shchegoleva fueled another hosts' run as Spartak cleared off to a 59:42 distance. Moscow team were up by 20 points on one more jumper from Tatiana Shchegoleva but knocked down a trey to make it 53:70 game heading into the fourth term. Spartak had no problems completing the victory in the fourth stanza. Lauren Jackson recorded 26 points and 5 boards, while Diana Taurasi added 25 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Tatiana Shchegoleva contributed 14 points for the winning side. Katsiaryna Snytsina responded with 14 points for Lotos. Anne Breitreiner secured 13 points for Gdynia team. Spartak converted impressive 52% from the field, while liming their opponents to 29% accuracy. Lotos goes to France to take on USVO.
MiZo Pecs added optimism to their hopes of making it to the next round of Euroleague by edging TEO Vilnius away from home yesterday. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 14 points to ensure the win for Hungarian team as they improved to 4-3 record now. TEO Vilnius and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) on the other suffered a major blow as they slipped to 2-5 record and are tied with USVO and Faenza at the bottom of Group D. Yelena Leuchanka opened the scoring stats for the encounter with a jumper and TEO led for some time early in the game. But back-to-back long efforts from Zsofia Fegyverneky put Pecs up by 6 points 14:8 with just under 3 minutes remaining in the first frame. Jurgita Streimikyte hit 4 points for the hosts to restore their lead 16:14. Zsofia Fegyverneky knocked down one more three-pointer and Anna Vajda added a layup for a 19:18 Pecs lead at the first intermission. The teams exchanged the baskets early in the second period before Dalma Ivanyi and Andrea Somogyi drained straight triples for a 31:27 MiZo Pecs advantage. Emilja Podrug later scored 5 consecutive points and Andrea Somogyi fired from beyond the arc to accumulate a 40:27 lead. MiZo Pecs then kept TEO Vilnius at a distance in the third quarter and Krivacevic nailed a jump shot to cap three frames at 60:44. Anna Vajda began the fourth frame with another long bomb for the visitors, but Kristin Haynie responded with a trey for TEO Vilnius. Anna Vajda added 5 more points as MiZo Pecs stepped up to grab a 73:49 lead with just over 6 minutes remaining. TEO Vilnius actually never recovered at late stages and suffered their 5th defeat.
Emilja Podrug finished with 13 points and 8 boards for MiZo Pecs, while Dalma Ivanyi had 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Jurgita Streimikyte delivered 23 points and 7 rebounds for TEO. Sandra Valuzyte tallied 12 points and 6 boards in defeat, while Yelena Leuchanka nailed 10 TEO will travel to Italy to take on Faenza.


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazilian legion in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Three Brazilian players nailed 38 points in the last round of Euroleague for their teams.Faenza lost to Dynamo as Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) and Marija Eric kept the visitors in front early in the encounter as Faenza enjoyed a 16:9 lead 7 minutes into this one. Sviatlana Volnaya however closed the gap to 3 points after 10 minutes. She added two free throws at the start of the second term to pull Dynamo within 1 but Niewveen immediately matched from beyond the arc to ice Dynamo for some time. Not for long though. Tatiana Popova and Dubravka Dacic combined straight points to lift the hosts in front 20:19 midway through the second period. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota soon added a long jumper to keep Dynamo rolling. Ilisaine David sealed the first half action with two free throws as Faenza trailed 25:27 at halftime. The teams went off dressing-rooms ready to fight and exchanged quick baskets early in the third term. Dynamo however maintained the lead Tatiana Popova's jumper late in the quarter marked a 42:36 advantage for Moscow side. Faenza were still in a striking range almost 6 minutes into the fourth quarter as Niewveen made it 44:48. But Tatiana Popova, Dubravka Dacic and Martinez claimed a decisive lead for Russian team. Dubravka Dacic had 10 points for Dynamo. Tatiana Popova came up with 9 points and 5 boards in a winning clause. Cintia Dos Santos (195-C-75) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Faenza. Ilisaine David sank 10 points in the 5th loss for Italian side. Faenza will host TEO Vilnius on January 9.
Latvian TTT Riga got a wake up call in France as they were heavily beaten by Lille in the 7th round of Euroleague. TTT Riga travelled to France with a 3-3 record in store and hoped to get closer to Fenerbahce in Group A rally. However Lille revived their tournament prospects with a confident win over the visiting side. French team now improved to 2-5 record one victory away from TTT Riga. The teams exchanged the baskets in the starting minutes before Lille went on a 12:2 run and claimed an 18:6 lead. Kathy Wambe would close the first frame with a basket and make it a 20:9 cushion for the hosts after 10 minutes of action. Fatimatou Sacko scored 4 points early in the second term and the lead grew to 26:11. TTT Riga would not give up that early as Iciss Tillis sank a bunch of free throws and dragged her team back within 9 points 21:30. Lille though responded with a trey from Ilic and a jump shot from Geraldine Robert to enlarge the gap to 16 points at halftime. TTT Riga tried to keep the home team visible throughout the third stanza and Olena Zherzherunova crowned the third quarter with 5 consecutive points to pull Riga within 8 points 40:48. Iciss Tillis nailed a jumper to get even closer 42:48 at the start of the fourth period but it was as close as TTT Riga would make. Ljubica Drljaca connected from afar and then added two more free throws to restore a 13-point lead for Lille. The hosts never gave that up extending the margin to 20 points late in the final frame. Geraldine Robert finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Lille. Ljubica Drljaca provided 13 points, while Fatimatou Sacko had 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis topscored with 19 points and 8 boards for TTT Riga. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) posted 11 points in defeat. Lille had an obvious advantage under the rims 43:28, while both teams suffered 24 turnovers. TTT Riga sank only 1/10 triples. TTT Riga will next take on Fenerbahce at home.


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CAMEROON - Women

NCAA News... -by Yann Tientcheu
Dec. 21st: The Junior Forward, Alex Tchangoue (180-G/F-85) led the Wake Forest Deacons to a 84-40 win over Winston-Salem State.
Tchangoue had 11 pts, 6 rbds and 3 steals.
Dec. 20th: The Arizona Wildcats of Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) and Beatrice Bofia (201-C-84) could not successfully oppose Green Bay's assault (59-81) despite double-double performances
of our national team players. Bofia Beatrice finished the game with 10 pts and 11rbds, and Djonkou iced the cake with team high 18 pts and added 10 rebounds.


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FRANCE - Women

LFB: Round 10 Part 1 -by Leslie Anderson


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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 13: MVP Lindsay Taylor (eval: 33) -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
MUKS Poznań - Energa Toruń 78:66 (21:9, 20:23, 17:6, 20:28)
MUKS: Żaneta Durak 15, Agnieszka Skobel 13, Okeisha Howard 12, Ilona Mądra 12, Katarzyna Rezler 10, Paulina Antczak 8, Justyna Nieznalska 8.
Energa: Lindsay Taylor 29, Emilia Tłumak 15, Alicja Perlińska 11, Patrycja Bajerska 6, Beata Predehl 3, Anna Marczewska 2, Katarzyna Januszek 0, Justyna Grabowska 0, Lada Kowalenko 0, Joanna Chełczyńska 0.

Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki - CCC Polkowice 56:75 (13:26, 17:25, 11:14, 15:10)
SMS:
Olivia Tomiałowicz 15, Magda Kaczmarska 12, Katarzyna Bednarczyk 10, Kamila Kowalewska 7, Aneta Kotnis 6, Katarzyna Arak 3, Anna Soszyńska 2, Claudia Sosnowska 1, Monika Jasnowska 0, Agata Bogusz 0, Agata Szczepanik 0.
CCC: Jennifer Lacy 17, Justyna Jeziorna 10, Frances Carvajal 10, Anna Szycko 9, Ilona Jasnowska 7, Petra Stampalija 7, Veronika Bortelova 7, Marta Gajewska 6, Magdalena Pietrzak 2.

Utex ROW Rybnik - KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 68:63 (11:18, 15:15, 18:12, 24:18)
ROW: Nikita Bell 20, Agnieszka Jaroszewicz 12, Hollie Merideth 12, Olena Proszczenko 8, Minja Siljegovic 8, Marquetta Dickens 8, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 0, Magdalena Skorek 0, Edyta Błaszczak 0.
AZS: Katarzyna Ristic 11, Carrie Moore 11, Małgorzata Babicka 9, Agnieszka Szott 9, Denaimou N'Garsanet 8, Joanna Czarnecka 7, Justyna Żurowska 5, Aleksandra Chomac 3, Katarzyna Czubak 0.

KK AZS Jelenia Gora - ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź 55:70 (18:21, 14:16, 7:15, 16:18)
AZS: Natalia Małaszewska 24, Agnieszka Kret 12, Iwona Kaszuwara 7, Dorota Wojcik 6, Żaneta Sojka 3, Joanna Dłutowska 3, Dorota Arodź 0, Agnieszka Balsam 0.
ŁKS: Renata Oliveira 17, Katarzyna Kenig 17, Jennifer Humphrey 15, Edyta Koryzna 10, Joice Cristina Rodrigues 6, Sylwia Wlaźlak 3, Dorota Sobczyk 2, Milena Owczarek 0, Agnieszka Wilk 0, Julia Saszko 0, Birute Dominauskaite 0.

Wisła Can- Pack Krakow - INEA AZS Poznań 83:69 (20:17, 19:21, 22:17, 22:14)
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow:
Jelena Skerovic 16, Anna DeForge 13, Marta Fernandez 12, Candice Dupree 11, Ewelina Kobryn 10, Agnieszka Pałka 10, Anna Wielebnowska 6, Monika Krawiec 3, Natalia Trafimawa 2, Agata Gajda 0, Dorota Gburczyk 0, Magdalena Radwan 0.
INEA AZS Poznań: Joanna Jarkowska 26, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 11, Monika Sibora 9, Marlena Wdowczyk 6, Weronika Idczak 5, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 4, Anna Pamuła 3, Paulina Dąbkowska 3, Monika Ciecierska 2, Małgorzata Mycka 0.

Cukierki Odra Brzeg - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 48:78 (14:13, 9:23, 12:31, 13:11)
Odra:
K.Sanders 15, J.Daniel 9, D.Cybulak 7, M.Kudłak 6, J.Clyburn 5, L.Lyubarska 4, A.Bachryj 1, A.Yurlagina 1, M.Rzeźnik 0, M.Pułtorak 0.
Lotos: E.Snytsina 12, D.Zakula 11, M.Bibrzycka 9, M.Jujka 9, G.Zarytska 8, N.Waligorska 6, M.Leciejewska 5, D.Canty 5, A.Breitreiner 5, P.Gulak 4, S.Maksimovic 4, K.Ambrosiewicz 0.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Carla Freitas and Joana Lopes leave Spain -by Bruno Baltazar

Carla Freitas and Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) are out of the spanish team of C.B. ARXIL COMERVIA .
Joana Lopes allready signed with the portuguese team of Boa Viagem returning to Portugal.

Joana that played in CAB helping them ,now will try to do the same for Boa Viagem that is trying to build a sucefully team for this season.



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SPAIN - Women

Katie Douglas,extended until end of season by Ros Casares and Erika de Souza until 2010 -by Ivan Villar
The forward Katie Douglas had been resigned by recent champion of league Ros Casares.Manolo del Real is very glad with performance of Douglas until moment.So Carme Lluveras announced that team shall extend her contract until end of season.She has excellent numbers of 15,9 points per game in Euroleague.Also,team said to have extended Erika De Souza (197-C-82) contract until 2010.So brazilian center received total truth from club in spite of her injure in ankle from September.