EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/28/2007

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ABA

Rainmen Down Kebekwa116-108 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Halifax Rainmen extended their winning streak to four games as they traveled west to defeat the Quebec Kebekwa 116-108 last night.
The Rainmen's balanced attack was led by the tough-nosed Blandon Ferguson (6'4''-F/G-80, college: Illinois) who scored a team high 26 to go along with eight rebounds.
The dynamic duo of Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80) (31p) and Charles Fortier (6'4''-G-79)(30p) was not enough for Quebec.
RAINMEN: Blandon Ferguson (26p+8rb), Eric Crookshank (21p), Brian Silverhorn (17p), Lantrice Green (14p)
KEBEKWA: Samuel Audet-Sow (31p+11rb), Charles Fortier (30p+16rb)


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Vladimir Tica is free agent -by Dragan Jankovski
Contract between Crvena Zvezda and power forward Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: Beo Basket) expired and the player got status of free agent. Before Zvezda, Tica used to play for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, Dexia Mons Hainaut, Khimik Yuzny, Dynamo Moscow Region and Hemofarm Vrsac.

Uros Duvnjak moves from Vojvodina Srbijagas to FMP -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) agreed with management of Vojvodina Srbijagas to terminate the contract and he immediately signed two years deal with FMP Zeleznik. Duvnjak played 13 games for Vojvodina in Adriatic league this season averaging just 1.6 ppg and 1.2 apg.

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ARGENTINA

Last transactions -by Facundo Iatzky

Penarol Mar del plata signed Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, college: Temple) who will replace Cedric Moodie. Quincy had played two games in Argentina in Central Entrerriano (2004/2005)
Libertad Sunchales found a replacement for Josh Pittman. He is Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79, college: TCU) who played in Boca juniors this season with 11.3 pts and 3.7 rebs.
Central Entrerriano released Casey Cook (4,4 pts 2 reb in 7 games) and signed Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) who played the last world championship in Japan with the Venezuelan national team.
Boca Juniors released Jarret Stephens. He just played 5 games among Liga de las Americas and Super 8 but Boca need a taller player.

Sionista Parana released Todd Williams (9.2 pts 3.1 reb in 22 games) and inked shooter Maurice Riddick (188-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman). The same team also released Fernando Malara after Mariano Byro returned of his injury.



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BRAZIL

Brazilian National League -by Cristiano Grama
The Brazilian season will start at january 6 with 12 teams fighting for the championship. The top teams are Universo/Brasilia that won the championship last season, they lost some players for this year like the point guard Nezinho(signed with Conti/Assis ), the shooting guard Duda Machado(192-SG-82) and the center Alirio de Souza(208-C-77), both signed with Flamengo, the foward Alex Garcia(signed with Macabi Tel Aviv). To replace them, Universo brings Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances)(186-PG-76),starter of Brazilians national team), Estevam(211-C-78)that played for Unimed/Franca last season and Jeferson Sobral(202-SF-80). Flamengo is another team that brings some very good players, besides Duda Machado and Alirio de Souza, they pick Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances, starter of Brazilians national team and played laste season for Zalgiris(Lithuania), Fernando Mineiro (201-SF-80), Amiel Morejon (203-F-76), played last season for Saldanha da Gama, Wagner (204-PF) and Helio Lima (188-G-81). Other good team is Minas, with almost the same team, but they bring Jasper Johnson (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) from Penarol to replace the other american Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82, college: Lafayette), Soro Pinto (190-F-80), Luis Felipe ( 192-G-80). Another team that can fight for the championship is Uberlandia, they bring the experience of coach Carlos Romano that coaches Penarol-ARG last season, Leandro Salgueiro, played for Minas, a very good american Jaz Cowan(205-F-83), Alexandre Nascimento(205-F-83), he was in Zacatecas-Mexico.

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CBA

Yakama suffers the first defeat in the season -by Eurobasket News
The Yakama Sun Kings' perfect run in the CBA season was interrupted by the Minot Skyrockets before Christmas. Yakama came up with a generous gift to the Skyrockets suffering their initial loss. Yakama never looked like losing this one at the early stages. After a close first quarter the Sun Kings raised the tempo and quite easily found the way to clear off to an 11-point distance. However the Skyrockets challenge the opponents in the second half and managed to turn the game upside down. Kevin Rice (6'4''-G-75, college: Utah St.) led Minot as they cut the gap to 5 points heading into the fourth period. Yakama could not find open shots in the final term, while Rice and Sidney Homes were consistent for the visitors. The margin grew thin and later Minot claimed the lead for good. Kevin Rice topscored for the Skyrockets with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Sidney Homes contributed 21 points, while Marshall Phillips (6'5''-F-75, agency: Court Side, college: Appalachian St.) delivered 19 points in a winning effort. Moochie Norris (6'1''-G-73, college: W.Florida) and Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) answered with 17 points apiece for Yakama.
Meanwhile the Albany Patroons enjoyed pretty successful week. They posted two back-to-back victories against the Oklahoma Cavalry and improved to 9-4 record. Oklahoma slipped to 6-7 record. Albany met a fierce opposition in the first of two encounters. Oklahoma led by 5 points at halftime and did not slow down in the third stanza. The Cavalry built a comfortable 16-point cushion entering the final period but the Patroons refused to lie down. They adjusted their defense and limited the Cavalry to 15 points in the fourth term. It allowed the hosts to deny the deficit and celebrate a tough 104:99 victory at the end. Amal McCaskill (6'10''-F/C-73, college: Marquette) led the action with 33 points and 13 boards for Albany. Nat Burton (6'3''-G-77, college: Georgetown) delivered 24 points and 8 boards for the winners. Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 21 points in defeat. The next game was a different story with Albany dominating the scene. The Cavalry once again looked slightly better at the start grabbing a 27:26 advantage after the opening frame. But Albany reacted immediately as they speeded up and built a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma looked weary in the dying minutes and were unable to recover. Seven Albany players scored in double figures. Amal McCaskill once again led his team with 22 points and 13 boards. Nat Burton netted 20 points in a win. Greg Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) answered with 25 points for the Cavalry. Greg Plummer was signed by the Cavalry prior to this game. A 24-year-old guard started the season in Mexico playing for Halcones Xalapa. In 2007 he played for the Brooklyn Kings in the USBL averaging 11.8 points and 2.1 boards per game. He is an Eckerd graduate. Oklahoma also waived guard Lamar Castile (6'2''-G-82, college: Beaver County CC).
The Albany Patroons waived guard Dwayne Shackleford (5'10''-G-81, college: USC).


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D-LEAGUE

Spurs Sign Marcus Williams From D-League Affiliate Toros -by Surujh Roopnarine
The San Antonio Spurs have dipped into their own personal D-League talent pool, signing rookie guard Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) from the Austin Toros. The Toros, which are owned by the Spurs, serve as the teams personal farm team during the NBA season. Williams appeared in nine games with the Toros and averaged 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The former Arizona Wildcats was a second round selection of the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Draft but was released prior to the season.

Stampede Run over Jam 114-99 as Livingston Sets D-League Assist Mark -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Bakersfield Jam have been a welcome Christmas present for the Idaho Stampede as of late. Idaho extended its winning streak to three (all against Bakersfield) to go to 8-5 while the Jam fell to 2-14, and a “perfect” 0-11 on the road with a114-99 win in Boise last night. Reigning D-League MVP Randy Livingston (6'4''-G-75, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) led the way as he dished out a D-League single-game record 22 assists to go along with 15 points. Livingston had shared the previous record of 20 assists in a game with two other players. Fellow All-Star candidate Lance Allred (6'11''-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) led all scorers with a game high 24. Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) led Bakersfield with 20.
JAM: Andre Barrett (20p+8as), Jovan Harris (17p), Roderick Riley (7p+12rb), Scooter McFadgon (14p)
STAMPEDE: Randy Livingston (15p+22as+6to), Lance Allred (24p+14rb), Cory Violette (17p+7rb), Brent Petway (16p+5rb)


Home Teams Hold on as Toros and Energy Prevail -by Surujh Roopnarine
Tulsa 66ers (79) at Austin Toros (90)
The Austin Toros, led by a game high 24 points and 12 rebounds from Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-C/F-86) and an explosive fourth quarter, defeated the Tulsa 66ers 90-79. Down double-digits in the first half, the Toros came back to tie the game at 60 all in the third before turning up the defensive and offensive intensity in the final quarter on their way to the 11 point victory. Playing without third leading scorer Marcus Williams who was signed by the Spurs, Mahinmi received support from four other Toros who scored in double-figures. Tulsa was led by Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) who had 21 and 10 rebounds. Dallas Mavericks rookie Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, college: Nevada) followed with 20 points but was silent in the fourth.
66ERS: Ramon Sessions (21p+10rb+6as), Nick Fazekas (20p+8rb), Glen McGowan (10p+7rb), Adam Harrington (10p)
TOROS: Ian Mahinmi (24p+12rb), DeMarr Johnson (19p+7rb), Darius Washington (18p+8rb+5to), Justin Bowen (13p+7rb)

Sioux Falls Skyforce (85) at Iowa Energy (98)
The Skyforce could never get into gear against the Energy as they fell in Des Moines 85-98. Mike Efevberha (6'5''-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) led the Energy with a game high 22 points as they improved to 9-6. Sioux Falls, which were without Damone Brown (6'9''-F-79, college: Syracuse) and Nick Caner-Medley (both of whom have signed overseas contracts), were led by Michael Joiner (6'7''-F-81, college: Florida St.) who had 20 points as they fell to 4-8 on the season. Iowa's sticky hands were evident as they had 11 steals against the Skyforce and shot nearly 48% from the field while Sioux Falls only converted on 33-80 (41.3%) from the field.
SKYFORCE: Michael Joiner (20p+8rb), Kasib Powell (16p+5to), David Bailey (14p+5as), Jason Klotz (8p+9rb)
ENERGY: Mike Efevberha (22p+7rb), Doug Thomas (14p+12rb), Demetris Nichols (19p), Jackie Manuel (15p)


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EGYPT

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

Zamalek keeping their winning spirit beats Gezira 83-72 -by Sherif Soliman
Last night in Cairo Championship Zamalek kept their winning spirit and controlled the game to win easily over Gezira 83-72.Samir Gouda, Haisam El saied, El hoeseny Samir,played with a great confidence helping their team to win more than 10 points. Gezira players disappointed their fans showing a very bad start for the new season. No imported players participated in last night game as both coaches didn't made a decision in the players yet. games will be continued on the 24th after adha feast.Ahmed Khaled (192-F-84)

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EURO CUP

Eurobasket.com 2007 Awards !!! -by Eurobasket

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. The ranking was based on network of almost 300 Eurobasket journalists, who are experts in basketball coverage from their countries. We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans. All-Europe applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last and this season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe. All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). All-Europe awards were dominated by the top players from Euroleague and the Player of the Year Award went similarly like last year to Greek player. But this time it was Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE).
Last year Diamantidis was already voted to top 10 Europe players making 2nd team. But he had extremely successful last season when he won both Euroleague and Greek League championship and received multiple Eurobasket.com top awards like for example Player of the Year in Greece and Defensive Player of the Year in both Euroleague and Greek League.
All-Europeans awards were traditionally dominated by Europeans playing in the NBA, with just only Diamantidis making it to 1st team.
Here the top spot was again taken by German Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) from Dallas Mavericks, then French Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs, and Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz. Nowitzki is at the top of his career. He was the best scorer of last edition of European Championships and was also voted All-NBA MVP. Parker won almost everything in the NBA, when his team won Final Series where Parker was voted the MVP. Kirilenko had a very successful season in NBA leading his team to the play-offs. All 3 players were dominant players of European Championships in Spain and were voted to all-Eurobasket.com 1st Team for that event.
The Eurobasket.com All-European Coach of the Year Award for the first time is split between two coaches. Zeljko Obradovic and David Blatt . Obradovic lead Panathinaikos to Euroleague championship, while Blatt lead Russia to European Championships title. Obradovic will try to repeat that success with PAO and Blatt moved to coach this season Turkish Efes Pilsen.
Here are all Eurobasket.com awards for 2007:


All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2007 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 59 players, who received votes in this category

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team


Diamantidis


Papaloukas


Smodis


Siskauskas


Scola

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.coom All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year:
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:
Michael Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), USA

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year:
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Spanish-Argentinean

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (ISR), Croatian

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Greek
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Slovenian
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Lithuanian
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) / Houston Rockets (USA)


Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2007
Michael Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), USA
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (ISR), Croatian
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of F.C. Barcelona (ESP) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
J.R. Holden (185-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), USA-Russian
Trajan Langdon (192-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), USA

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE), Lithuanian
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) / Real Madrid (ESP), Greek
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP), USA-Puerto Rican
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Aris Thessaloniki (GRE), USA-Slovak
Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Croatian
Milan Gurovic (207-F-76) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd (SRB) / Prokom Trefl Sopot (POL), Serbian
Michael Wright (203-F-80) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (FRA) / Turk Telekom Ankara (TUR), USA
Lubos Barton (200-F/G-80) of DKV Joventut Badalona (ESP), Czech Rep.
Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP) / AXA F.C. Barcelona (ESP), Argentinian-Spanish



All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2007. There were in total 56 players, who received votes in this category

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Team 2007


Nowitzki


Parker


Kirilenko


Gasol


Diamantidis

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year:
Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year:
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German
Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2007
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Lithuanian
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75) of Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Lithuanian
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA), Spanish
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Argentinian-Italian
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FC Barcelona (ESP) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) , Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention 2007
Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76) of Golden State Warriors (NBA) / Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Lithuanian
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Slovenian
Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) of New Orleans Hornets (NBA), Serbian
Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Turkish
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) of Orlando Magic (NBA), Turkish
Alexander Vujacic (200-G-84) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Slovenian
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Serbian
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77) of Toronto Raptors (NBA), Spanish
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Spanish



Eurobasket.com European Co-Coach of the Year 2007:
David Blatt of Efes Pilsen Istanbul (TUR), USA-Israeli
Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Serbian



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EUROLEAGUE

Eurobasket.com 2007 Awards !!! -by Eurobasket

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year. The ranking was based on network of almost 300 Eurobasket journalists, who are experts in basketball coverage from their countries. We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans. All-Europe applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last and this season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe. All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). All-Europe awards were dominated by the top players from Euroleague and the Player of the Year Award went similarly like last year to Greek player. But this time it was Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE).
Last year Diamantidis was already voted to top 10 Europe players making 2nd team. But he had extremely successful last season when he won both Euroleague and Greek League championship and received multiple Eurobasket.com top awards like for example Player of the Year in Greece and Defensive Player of the Year in both Euroleague and Greek League.
All-Europeans awards were traditionally dominated by Europeans playing in the NBA, with just only Diamantidis making it to 1st team.
Here the top spot was again taken by German Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) from Dallas Mavericks, then French Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs, and Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz. Nowitzki is at the top of his career. He was the best scorer of last edition of European Championships and was also voted All-NBA MVP. Parker won almost everything in the NBA, when his team won Final Series where Parker was voted the MVP. Kirilenko had a very successful season in NBA leading his team to the play-offs. All 3 players were dominant players of European Championships in Spain and were voted to all-Eurobasket.com 1st Team for that event.
The Eurobasket.com All-European Coach of the Year Award for the first time is split between two coaches. Zeljko Obradovic and David Blatt . Obradovic lead Panathinaikos to Euroleague championship, while Blatt lead Russia to European Championships title. Obradovic will try to repeat that success with PAO and Blatt moved to coach this season Turkish Efes Pilsen.
Here are all Eurobasket.com awards for 2007:


All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2007 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 59 players, who received votes in this category

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team


Diamantidis


Papaloukas


Smodis


Siskauskas


Scola

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.coom All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year:
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:
Michael Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), USA

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year:
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Spanish-Argentinean

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (ISR), Croatian

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Greek
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Slovenian
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Lithuanian
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) / Houston Rockets (USA)


Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2007
Michael Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), USA
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (ISR), Croatian
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of F.C. Barcelona (ESP) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
J.R. Holden (185-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), USA-Russian
Trajan Langdon (192-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), USA

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE), Lithuanian
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) / Real Madrid (ESP), Greek
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP), USA-Puerto Rican
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Aris Thessaloniki (GRE), USA-Slovak
Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Croatian
Milan Gurovic (207-F-76) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd (SRB) / Prokom Trefl Sopot (POL), Serbian
Michael Wright (203-F-80) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (FRA) / Turk Telekom Ankara (TUR), USA
Lubos Barton (200-F/G-80) of DKV Joventut Badalona (ESP), Czech Rep.
Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP) / AXA F.C. Barcelona (ESP), Argentinian-Spanish



All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2007. There were in total 56 players, who received votes in this category

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Team 2007


Nowitzki


Parker


Kirilenko


Gasol


Diamantidis

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year:
Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year:
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German
Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Greek

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2007
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Lithuanian
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75) of Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Lithuanian
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA), Spanish
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Argentinian-Italian
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FC Barcelona (ESP) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) , Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention 2007
Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76) of Golden State Warriors (NBA) / Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Lithuanian
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Slovenian
Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) of New Orleans Hornets (NBA), Serbian
Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Turkish
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) of Orlando Magic (NBA), Turkish
Alexander Vujacic (200-G-84) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Slovenian
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP), Serbian
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77) of Toronto Raptors (NBA), Spanish
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA Moscow (RUS), Spanish



Eurobasket.com European Co-Coach of the Year 2007:
David Blatt of Efes Pilsen Istanbul (TUR), USA-Israeli
Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE), Serbian



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FRANCE

European Cups: The situation of the french teams at New Year -by Chris Spiesser
34%, that's the victory percentage of the french teams in the european cups. Not brilliant. Only 2 teams have a positive balance: ASVEL which is 5-2 in ULEB Cup and Cholet which started the Eurocup with 2 wins in 4 games. Here is little overview of the situation of the french teams:

Euroleague:
The balance drops to 17% in the main competition. Le mans didn't win a single game this fall but Roanne did better with a total outsider profil. The liguerians grabbed three wins, twice against Bamberg and one over Lottomatica Roma. They are still in a position to reach the Top 16 but the road is much more cloudy since their last defeat in the empty Pionir against Partizan. On the paper the best 6th spot is abordable but the team's calendar is awful with only two home games remaining against Barca and Real! For Le Mans, the situation is clear: if they end a second year in a row among the three worst Euroleague teams, their garanteed next season could vanish. They can regret their lack of cleverness in the last minutes. They lost three of their four first games by 3pts, a reverse situation and their hopes would be totally different.

The key points:
The biggest satisfaction is Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford), best Euroleague scorer (21.8ppg 57%) and second most efficient player behind Macijauskas. Roanne ranks as the third best team at 6.25m with an accurate Adam Hess: 19/35. Brion Rush nicely relayed Dewarick Spencer as Roanne's scorer with 18.4ppg (45%) Le mans scores only 72.2ppg which is only the 22nd offensive sheet and Roanne has the worst defense: 89.22papg. Sam Clancy is one of the most regular player: 14.6ppg (56%), 7.3rpg and never one game under 11pts

ULEB Cup:
If only the ASVEL has a positive balance, we can notice that on the other hand, only Pau is out of the race for the elimination rounds.

ASVEL (5-2) Group G
One home win against Panionios for the next day and the ASVEL's future will be secured. They suffered only one real bad result with a home loss against Kalev Tallin. That has been ment in Estonia (63-91). The rhodanians manage to show the same powerfull paint in Europe then in ProA. They grab 36.6rpg (3rd in ULEB) and shoot at 57% at 2pts. Their 8-men rotation is also a terrific asset but they should raise their 3pts accuracy (33.6%) and gain in defensive efficiency (79.86papg).

Chalon (3-4) Group B
Disappointing in ProA, coach Beugnot's team has not a brilliant situation in its group. The reds lost twice against Koln... so they almost have no joker left to overcome the germans. They will have to win their three last games with a hard visit to Besiktas. Moussa Badiane and John Ford do a great job in the paint but the team needs a heavy bigmen as team scores under 50% at 2pts. Shawnta Rogers (11.7pts, 3.3ass) will be replaced by Darrell Mitchell.

Nancy (3-4) Group D
The french leader is in trouble in Europe but their group is really tough. And they suffered real short losses. Their next game in Mariupol will define their future but even with a loss they could rank among the five best fourth which also advance to elimination rounds. They have an extensible bench with 9 players scoring at least 5ppg. The relation Ricardo Greer (15.6ppg, 5rpg, 3.9ass) - Cyril Julian (16.4ppg 60%, 4.6rpg in 25mns) leads the team. Coach Monschau can also give some precious minutes to his young center Zaki: 5.1ppg (74%) and 3.6rpg.

Strasbourg (3-4) Group I
Tha Alsatians had a complicated start in ProA as well as in Uleb Cup. Since a few weeks the team feels better despite playing with no US swingman. The calendar could bring the team to the next phase as the Rhenus is an undeafeated arena in ULEB Cup and Turow and Zadar are still expected. The weakness on the road (-22.75ppg in 4 games) should be erased with only one game to play in Den Bosch. The team is not very efficient (no player above 11rkg points and 51st offensive balance), but the collective has great sense of sacrifice like captain McCord (7.1ppg 55%, 5.1rpg). Pettway is finding his place in the paint with two double-doubles in the two last victories.

Pau-Orthez (1-6) Group H
The historic Euroleague team is going through a difficult period. In Europe, Pau only grabbed one win vs Benetton and has the 53rd offensive sheet with 67.42ppg. They have sad -113pts balance but the team has be redesigned for the next year. The new coach Laurent Mopsus will drive a all-new roster in 2008 with Antwayne Robison, Antonio Graves, Jeleel Akindele and Jeff Trepagnier. The last three ULEB Cup games will be used as lifts to set up the new collective and give some minutes to satisfying youngsters. It will be a ramp to the main target: save the ProA spot!

Eurocup:
Two french teams were on the starting line but one hasn't gone through the preliminary round. Gravelines litterally sunk against the KK Zagreb with 2 defeats and an 185-150 aggergate. Not brilliant as the two teams have quite the same difficulties in their local championships: Gravelines is 4-8 in ProA and the KK Zagreb is 4-11 in Adriatic League.

Cholet did much better as they eliminated the AEK Athens in the preliminary round (160-146agg). The quarter final qualification is totally opened in a group where coach Kunter boys lost in Yuzhny, won against Lokomotiv Rostov and still have to meet twice the Barons from Riga. The team is also behaving well in the french league and is led by an efficient french trident: Nando De Colo (17ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5ass), Claude Marquis (14.5ppg, 6.5rpg) and Steed Tchicamboud (13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0 apg).


Branko Milisavljevic is leaving Paris-Levallois -by Maxime Weber
Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) agreed to sign with Marroussi and to leave Paris-Levallois. After a great season with Nancy in 2006/2007, the Serbian point guard didn't lead the new team of Paris to its objective for the 2007/2008 season. He cumuled 11 ppg and 5 apg after 11 games and 25 minutes per game.
After Elias Zouros, Branko Milisavljevic is the second member of Paris-Levallois who leave the team during the Christmas holidays.


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GERMANY

Janzen leaves P4Two Osnabruck -by Daniel Poerschke
German-Canadian sharpshooter Steve Janzen (191-G-82) will not come back to 1. Regionalliga North club P4two Ballers Osnabrueck after the Christmas break. Janzen was averaging 17.0ppg and hit 17 threepointers in 8 games so far. " I have decided for the remainder of the year that I will be a high school physical education and social studies teacher in Canada and am looking to coach basketball at the university and high school levels", explains Janzen the reason why he left Osnabruck.

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INDIA

Finally, BFI ready to launch pro-league -by Santhosh Kumar
Puducherry, Dec. 27: Basketball in India is set for a major boost with the proposed launch of a professional league in October next year. Basketball Federation of India secretary Harish Sharma said the pro league would be conducted over a period of 30 days in three venues. Top six teams from the Puducherry nationals would be in the fray, he added.
"We will make sure that the domestic calendar is free during October and all the matches will be conducted on indoor wooden courts. We have also set up a special team to organise the league. We are in talks with a number of sponsors including ESPN. Even if we fail to rope in sponsors, the league will start on time," Sharma said.
"Indian players will get lucrative contracts. Each team can recruit two foreign players. From 2009 onwards, the teams will be run by franchises. To add glamour and attract more spectators to the court, we are planning to bring in Bollywood stars as brand ambassadors. An aggressive campaign will be conducted across the country to make the event a big success," he said.
Sharma added that India might host the FIBA Commonwealth basketball championship in 2010. "We have already submitted our bid. I hope we will succeed in bringing the event to India. We are zeroing in on the venue," he said.
Salient points of the pro league

* Top six state teams from the ongoing nationals will play the month-long league

* Punjab is likely to host the inaugural edition

* ESPN and Doordharsan will telecast the matches

* Each team can hire two foreign players

* For the first time in Indian basketball, cheerleaders will add spice to the proceedings

* Bollywood actors will be roped in as brand ambassadors

* Federation of International Basketball Associations will provide the logistics.

* Each team will have their own sponsors

* Teams will be run by franchises from 2009


Young Punjab to meet Services in final -by Santhosh Kumar
Puducherry, Dec. 27: Dalip Kumar of Services is on a roll. He put in a superb show as his team downed Railways 91-82 in the semi-final of the 58th senior national basketball championship at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Thursday. Services will meet Punjab, who crushed Uttarakhand 85-65, in the final on Friday evening.
Leading from start to finish, defending champions Services had little trouble in ensuring their presence in the final. Services will be gunning for their 28th national title against a youthful Punjab. The last time the two teams met in the final was at the 1983 nationals in Calicut with Services coming up trumps.
Despite having some big names, Uttarakhand came a cropper against the spirited Punjab team. Uttarakhand badly missed the services of Riyazuddin Quereshi who was sidelined with a shoulder injury. The young guns of Punjab dominated from the word go to hand the favourites a humiliating defeat. Dilawar Singh and Jagdeep Singh scored 20 points each for the winners.
The Services-Railways semi was evenly contested in the opening quarter. Services held a slight edge (47-39) at halftime, thanks to Jairam Jat's accurate three-point shooting. Though Services' star ball-handler Sambhaji was on the bench, Dalip shouldered the responsibility of controlling play with aplomb. He hoodwinked the hapless Railways defence on many occasions to score easy lay-ups and his jump shots near the free throw line were spot on. Dalip had 29 points; Jairam and Sweeto Francis contributed 18 and 14 respectively.
Much was expected from Railways' Birender Singh, who tore Tamil Nadu into pieces in the quarterfinal. But he couldn't do much in the face of tight defending by Services.
The women's final will be contested by familiar foes — Delhi and Railways. The two will be meeting at the summit for the seventh time in nine years. The semifinal between Railways and Chhattisgarh turned out to be a no contest. Railways, on course for their 21st crown, coasted to a 91-56 win. Geethu Anna Jose and Seema Singh netted 20 and 15 points respectively for the defending champions.
Delhi too earned a comfortable 85-60 win over Tamil Nadu in the other semi-final. Sisters Divya Singh and Prashanti Singh made the job simple for the capital side, scoring 23 points apiece. Sunitha Suren waged a lone battle for TN with 16 points.
Results (SF): Men: Services 91 (Dalip Kumar 29, Jairam Jat 18, Sweeto Francis 14) bt Indian Railways 82 (Birender Singh 20, Yadwinder Singh 20). HT: 47-39. Punjab 85 (Mod Singh 18, Dilawar Singh 20, Jagdeep Singh 20) bt Uttarakhand 65 (Trideep Rai 23, Sridhar 15, Muralikrishna 10). HT: 35-25.
Women: Indian Railways 95 (Geethu Anna Jose 20, Seema Singh 15, Bharti Netam 13) bt Chhattisgarh 51 (Aakansha Singh 23, M. Pushpa 10). HT: 45-22. Delhi 85 (Divya Singh 23, Prashanti Singh 23) bt Tamil Nadu (Sunitha Suren 16, Neena 11). HT: 40-22.
Final (from 3 pm): Women: Indian Railways vs Delhi. Men: Services vs Punjab.


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JORDAN

Round four of Excellent League -by Mohammed Malas
In round four of the Excellent League, Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85)'s 1st participation with Al Wihdat gave his team the hard win over College Sport Club 74-72 after scoring 20 points, The player went back to his old team on loan from Zain until the end of the season, Muath Salameh was on time in that game thanks to his 19 points he put yesterday, While Jamal Ward (24 points) and Ty Brunson (17 points) were the best from Collge SC esspecially in the last quarter.

Meanwhile, Al Riyadi/Aramex succeeded to defeat Hussein Erbid 88-70 in a close game of both team in the beginning thanks to Wesam Sous (19 points), Hussam Lutfi (19 points) and Omar Olivier Bilbesi (16 points).

Al Wihdat 74 - College SC 72 (Qs: 20-11, 41-29, 63-46 & 74-72)
Al Riyadi/Aramex 88 - Hussein Erbid 70 (Qs: 19-11, 36-27, 67-49 & 88-70)


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KOREA

Breaking news. Discrimination in KBL -by Sean Choi
The Eurobasket had an interview with Leon Trimmingham who played for Daegu Orions Basketball club.
Here is the message from Leon Trimmingham.
Hello. This is Leon Trimmingham, I don't know if you understand what I'm writing or if you'll even write it but I want you to know the truth from me and not from the team. I've also contacted a few other media outlets in the world just in case. I've been told that I'm release from the team today on the 25th of DEcember due to the fact that I have a groin pull and can't play at the moment. If anyone saw the games against Dongbu (12-18-07) and Mobis (12-21-07), you can clearly see I'm playing in pain and not the regular way I'm used to playing. The team wanted me to play the weekend on Thursday (12-27-07) and on Saturday (12-29-07). When I told them it was impossible to play, they in turn told me that if I don't play, they will release me. I told them they have to do what they have to do. They never took me to see the KBL doctor and the diagnosis was made by the general manager since obviously, he's a doctor now.
They will give you another story that it isn't the injury, but I was having a great season and it will be idiotic of them to release their best player unless it was an injury. I never gave them any problems, I don't drink, smoke or party. So whatever reason they give, I'm also very interested to hear what it is.
I want to get into great details about what really goes on behind close doors with the Daegu Orions. I've been with them for 3 months, but in those three months, I've seen more unprofessionalism than my 13 yrs of professional basketball combine. Openly not honoring the KBL contracts, having players sign two contracts, keeping the americans at the apartment when they are on the road with no food and no transportation to get food. I have never caused one problems with this team since I got here, but before I landed in Seoul, I was told that the translator is racists and openly hates black people. Every single black american that played this year can back up my story and we also have other proof of this.
I would love to get into major details and along with my agent and lawyer, we are going to the KBL office and exposing the contract that they made me sign, and if nothing is done there, I will take it to Eurobasket and beyond. The KBL is a great league and fabulous showcase for the korean people. I love the teammates I had and the fans. I hate to see something like this take away from the love of the game but after playing for 13yrs at every level in the world, it sickens me to see this type of stuff going on in such a great league. This is just a taste to show that I'm serious about this and since the general manger doesn't want to speak to me and the translator doesn't like black people, I have no choice but to go to the media since the KBL wasn't much help in the beginning.


Sad news from KBL -by Sean Choi

The Eurobasket had an interview from Coach Rich Ross Assistant Coach with Changwon LG Sakers.
He announced a message for his fans today. He is hospitalized Korea at Changwon Jungang Hospital Since Dec 22,now going on 4 days due to illness and High Fever.
He also announced that his condition is improving and his recovery is great.
We hope he will better soon. May GOD bless him all into the New Year.


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NBA

2008 NBA All-Star balloting presented by T-Mobile second returns announced -by Eurobasket

-- Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) Leads all Players, Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76) Moves into Starting Five in West --
Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) of the Cleveland Cavaliers remain the leaders in the Eastern Conference, while Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) of the Los Angeles Lakers and Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) of the Houston Rockets lead Western Conference players after the second returns of 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile. Yao moves ahead of Denver's Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84), who ranks first among Western Conference forwards, to claim the second-most votes in the West.
The 57th NBA All-Star Game will be played in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 17. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Garnett leads all players with 1,186,690 votes with Cleveland's James ' the 2007 top vote recipient ' following Garnett at the forward spot in the East with 1,005,733 votes, the second-highest overall tally. The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) leads Eastern Conference centers (970,778), with the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82) (777,764) and the New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73) (559,333) pacing the conference's guards.
Bryant leads all Western Conference players with 941,716 votes, with the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) following him at guard (663,141). Denver's Anthony (767,722) is followed at forward by the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (722,059), who moves into the starting lineup. Houston's Yao leads Western Conference centers (813,305).
The 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which also includes partners 2K Sports and GameStop, allows fans worldwide to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the All-Star Game in a variety of ways, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; at more than 1,500 T-Mobile-owned retail locations with custom T-Mobile All-Star ballots and ballot boxes; and through mobile phones at t-zones on T-Mobile phones or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. For the first time, an All-Star Balloting widget is available on NBA.com. Fans can 'grab' the widget and place it on their blogs, social network pages, or personal Web sites allowing others to vote directly from the widget. Select NBA arenas are also carrying a Spanish-language version of the ballot. Voting will continue through Jan. 13, for paper balloting and Jan. 20, for NBA.com balloting.
NBA All-Star 2008 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world's greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community-enhancing activities including the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service and fan festivals such as NBA All-Star Jam Session.
One hundred twenty players ' 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences ' are listed on the NBA All-Star ballot. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media experts who regularly cover the NBA. This year's panel included Ric Bucher (ESPN the Magazine), Rick Bonnell (Charlotte Observer), David DuPree (USA Today), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Jack McCallum (Sports Illustrated), Mike Monroe (San Antonio Express-News) and Sam Smith (Chicago Tribune).
Updated results for the Eastern and Western Conferences will be issued regularly leading up to the announcement of the All-Star starters on Thursday Jan. 24, prior to a TNT doubleheader. Following the completion of fan voting and the starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday, Jan. 31 prior to a TNT doubleheader.
As the presenting partner of the 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting program, and in support of the NBA's season-long effort to help the on-going rebuilding of New Orleans, T-Mobile will donate $1 for every ballot cast in T-Mobile-owned retail locations or on t-zones to the New Orleans Recovery School District. The week leading up to the 57th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals, such as NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 14.
In conjunction with All-Star Balloting, 2K Sports will give fans the chance to experience New Orleans and the best of basketball by entering the Official Balloting NBA 2K8 All-Star Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2008 and to have their likeness as a digitized player incorporated in next year's game, NBA 2K9. As part of the grand prize, GameStop, the video game retailer, will offer a shopping spree. GameStop will also promote balloting throughout its 4,800 locations by utilizing in-store point-of-purchase materials.
The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the second returns of the 2008 NBA All-Star voting program are attached:

2008 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING EASTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards: Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,186,690; LeBron James (Clev) 1,005,733; Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84) (Tor) 313,983; Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77) (Bos) 268,926; Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) (Mil) 192,828; Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80) (Was) 150,042; Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) (Orl) 121,991; Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80) (Det) 120,783; Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) (Orl) 116,168; Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76) (Was) 106,370.
Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 777,764; Jason Kidd (NJ) 559,333; Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77) (NJ) 468,051; Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75) (Bos) 464,810; Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82) (Was) 422,463; Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76) (Det) 238,125; Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79) (Mil) 183,309; Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78) (Det) 121,663; Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81) (Atl) 109,443; Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84) (Phi) 109,345.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 970,778; Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72) (Mia) 466,292; Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75) (Det) 124,348; Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74) (Chi) 114,245; Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84) (Mil) 100,622; Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F-78) (Ind) 89,900; Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75) (Clev) 55,217; Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82) (Cha) 51,490; Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) (Atl) 43,036; Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82) (NY) 37,252.

2008 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING WESTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 767,722; Tim Duncan (SA) 722,059; Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) (Dal) 686,853; Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80) (Utah) 281,299; Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80) (Dal) 251,756; Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78,) (Pho) 240,752; Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78) (Hou) 227,112; Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) (Hou) 222,896; Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88) (Sea) 191,542; Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72) (Pho) 152,898.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 941,716; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 663,141; Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74) (Pho) 526,493; Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75) (Den) 514,291; Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77) (SA) 220,620; Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77) (Dal) 200,693; Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79) (GS) 194,048; Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85) (NO) 189,646; Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) (SA) 183,173; Jerry Stackhouse (6'6''-G-74) (Dal) 178,152.
Centers: Ming Yao (Hou) 813,305; Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) (Pho) 463,916; Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74) (Dal) 171,386; Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74) (Den) 161,807; Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) (Mem) 118,759; Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) (Utah) 85,715; LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85) (Por) 69,691; Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) (NO) 69,083; Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) (GS) 67,862; Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82) (LAC) 66,315


Courtesy of NBA.com



The Heat went cold in Philadelphia -by Eurobasket News
Miami could hardly think of holidays at the moment. Their aggravating form continues from game to game and Pat Riley seems to have no cure against it. The Heat visited Philadelphia yesterday and had no answer for the inspirational duo of Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) and Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona). Philadelphia's point guard nearly missed a triple-double producing 12 points, 12 assists and 8 boards in a 96:85 win over Miami. Andre Iguodala topscored with season-high 28 points for the 76ers. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) managed 27 points, while Ricky Davis (6'7''-G-79, college: Iowa) delivered 21 points in the 14th road loss for the Heat. They slipped to an overall 8-21 record at the bottom of the Southeast Division. Miami battled hard and were able to trim a 19-point deficit to just 4 points with 5 minutes remaining. But Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) and Andre Iguodala poured in 6 unanswered points for the hosts and ran away with victory.
Chicago did not look the new team as they entered the game against the San Antonio Spurs without Scott Skiles on the bench. The reeling form was a key again as the Spurs drove to a comprehensive 94:79 win. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) led all scorers with 28 points, while Michael Finley (6'7''-G-73, college: Wisconsin) added 15 points in the 20th victory for the reigning champs. The Bulls were guided by interim coach Pete Myers . He was not happy with the Bulls bench effort after the game. The Spurs reserves outscored their counterparts 27:19. Joe Smith paced the Bulls with 19 points and 11 boards. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) knocked down 18 points as Chicago fell to 9-17 record.
Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) posted a triple-double and the Nuggets' defense held Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) to 9 points in an overwhelming 125:105 win. The Nuggets' center stepped up with 10 points, 11 boards, 10 blocks, 5 assists and 2 steal to seal the positive outcome for Denver. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) were helpful with 29 and 24 points respectively. Denver improved to 17-11 record, while Milwaukee were dropped to 11-16 despite 28 points from Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, college: Alabama).


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PHILIPPINES

FAN'S CORNER -by Benny Lirio

A foreign coach is key to continued Phillipines basketball success.Making the Beijing Olympics is the big target for the South East Asia champions.

But there have to be changes if the team are move up to a new level.


The Philippines confirmed themselves as the dominant force at the conclusion of the South East Asian basketball games in Ratchasima, Thailand.
They beat Indonesia 75 - 49, Cambodia 136-82, Thailand 94-53 and Malaysia 108-60.

Although the numbers speak volumes, the actual games reflect how wide the disparity is among its member countries.
It's pretty much the same in football, where the Philippines don't have much to beat, and basketball ranks alongside football in popularity.

Basically, the Philippines don't have much opposition when it comes to popular sports and consequently their own goals in basketball are somewhat limited.

The only thing we could do to eliminate this vague belief is to have a coach who has the nerve to choose or to cut players for the national team for future

tournament. And the best way to do this, and go forward, is to appoint a foreign coach, preferably a european coach, who would be prepared to select tall, young and hardworking players and not be sympathetic to any team to which he might belong. The players need not necessarily be pure Filipinos.

Basically, we need a fresh start, better training and exposure. If we had a coach with commitment and players of the same quality the fans would definitely enjoy watching, not the coach but the players.

Side-court buffoonery does not always work. Remember the last FIBA Qualifying tournament? We lost against Iran because of one mad moment when a

technical foul on the national team's coach changed the outcome of the game. Iran eventually won the tournament and qualified for the Beijing Olympics next year.

The fans didn't show it, but they were bitterly disappointed. We should win or lose in a proper manner, on or off the court. It is not fair to leave the ordinary fans to play a 'blame game' and it would be good to hear someone say: "Blame me, not the players." The big hope is that the Philippines can still make the Beijing Olympics.

SPORTINGO/Blirio



RP cagers off to China hoop -by Hector Santos
THE PHILIPPINES seeks an unprecedented third straight title as it begins its campaign in the sixth Zheng Cheng Gong Cup international basketball tournament for men scheduled today at the Nanan City, Fujian, China.

To be represented by MBL champion Polymaster Kings/5th Avenue and handled by former national team player Junnel Mendiola, the Filipinos will be seeking to retain the title for the third straight time in this quadrennial tournament being held in honor of the well-known Chinese general and hero.

The Philippines will be pitted against select commercial teams from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and the Fujian All Stars of host China.

The Filipinos have won back-to-back titles in the tournament in 1999 and 2003 through PBA team FedEx/Air21 Express under RP youth coach and Air 21 assistant coach Johny Tam.

This will also mark the first time that the BAP is sending a team to an international tournament since former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay was elected as president of the basketball association early this month.

"It will be a good opportunity for us to show our wares in the sport, as well as renew our ties with our Asian neighbors," Pichay said, who is putting up an ambitious, year-long program to promote the sport not only in the country but in the whole Asian region.

Pichay thanked officials of the All-China Overseas Sports Council and the Nanan City Sports Council for inviting the Philippines to participate anew.

Pichay also expressed his gratitude to Millennium Basketball League (MBL) chairman Alex Wang, National Basketball League (NBL) president Christian Tan and Polymaster owner James Cafe for supporting the country's campaign in the week-long competition.

Pichay tapped BAP board member Prof. Robert Milton Calo to represent him during the tournament and the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) meeting to be held during the competition.

Calo will also formally make the country's bid to host the sixth AUBF.

AUBF president and Korean basketball legend Shin Ding Pa, who will preside the meeting, is expected to support the BAP's bid to host the tournament.

Former FIBA president Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching will be the guest speaker during the opening ceremony of both the Zheng Cheng Gong Cup and the AUBF meeting. Also gracing the event are officials of the China Basketball Association (CBA) and the China University Basketball Federation (CUBF).

Head of delegation is Tai Lian, while Tai Xin Min is the assistant head of delegation. Cafe will act as team leader.

Playing for the team are former PBA player Braulio Lim, Luis Palaganas, Ronnie Zagala, Richard Litonjua, Michael Alexander Dizon, Romel David, Rey Mendoza Jr. and Fil-Am Michael Andre Burtscher.


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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas in the States -by Alessandro Fontana
In NBA, Orlando Magic defeated New York Knicks 110-96. For Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) 14 minutes with 6 pts (2/3 2pts, 2/2 FT)+4 rebs+ 4assts.
In D-League Idaho Stampede won against Bakersfield Jam 114-99, for Ricky Sanchez (212-C-87) 14 pts (1/1 2pts, 4/4 3pts) + 4 rebs in 21 minutes. Albuquerque was defeated by Colorado 109-94. Miguel Ali Berdiel scored 13 points (4/7 2pts, 0/3 3pts, 5/5 FT), 6 rebs and 9 assts.
A. Fontana


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SEBL

SEBL Winter Cup field is set... -by David Archer
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Borders


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Cox

Cartersville, GA - The field for the SEBL Winter Holiday Cup is set for this weekend, and it looks to be a very challenging one.



Baseline will feature Adrien Borders (6'0''-G-83), Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82), Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80) and the returning Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79, college: Virginia Tech). The Atlanta Speedboys will go into battle with DeCourney McGowan (6'7''-F, college: Albany St.), who has become an important cog in their franchise, along with Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) and newly added Shawn Cox (5'7''-G-82). Marietta will have veterans Derrick Owens, Gene Moss and Tim Moss.



The schedule is below...

Saturday Dec. 29th:
4:00pm -- Lady Jaguars vs. Lady Blue Devils
5:00pm -- Team Macon vs. Baseline Warriors
6:00pm -- Marietta Outlaw vs. Atlanta Speedboys
7:00pm -- Team Macon vs. Atlanta Speedboys
8:00pm -- Marietta Outlaw vs. Baseline Warriors

Sunday Dec. 30th:
4:00pm -- Baseline Warriors vs. Atlanta Speedboys
5:00pm -- Marietta Outlaw vs. Team Macon
6:30pm -- Championship (Teams with two best records)

The event will be held at JH Morgan Gym at 129 Aubrey Street in Cartersville, Georgia. For more information, please contact David Archer, Jr. at 770-606-3764 or darcherjr@yahoo.com.



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SERBIA

Uros Duvnjak moves from Vojvodina Srbijagas to FMP -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) agreed with management of Vojvodina Srbijagas to terminate the contract and he immediately signed two years deal with FMP Zeleznik. Duvnjak played 13 games for Vojvodina in Adriatic league this season averaging just 1.6 ppg and 1.2 apg.

Vladimir Tica is free agent -by Dragan Jankovski
Contract between Crvena Zvezda and power forward Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: Beo Basket) expired and the player got status of free agent. Before Zvezda, Tica used to play for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, Dexia Mons Hainaut, Khimik Yuzny, Dynamo Moscow Region and Hemofarm Vrsac.

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SLOVENIA

Pipan to remain coach of National Team -by Zeljko Zule
Basketball Federation of Slovenia have announced that Ales Pipan, who led Natioanl Team since 2003, signed an agreement to remain head coach of NT till August 2008 and he will led Slovenia in Olympic Qualyfing Tournament. Terms of contract were not disclosed.

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UGANDA

Malinga Scoops Third MVP Award -by Rogers Senkwale
Mogas Falcon's team Captain,Henry Malinga (193-F) beat his brother and team-mate Eric Malinga (186-G) and Warrior's Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) to the coveted MVP award Last Weekend at the official prize giving ceremony and close of the 2006/2007 league.Malinga who has been a dominant player in the league for the last six years becomes the first player to win three MVP awards .He played a major role in Falcon's league triumph,coming from a career threatening injury to spur his team on to remarkable victory from two down in the play off finals to win it 3-2 against an on form warriors. He averaged 20 pts in the play offs and was simply unstoppable at the post ahich underlined his status as the best post player in the league.Phillip Wakimwero (186-F) was voted MVP in the second division which he duly deserved afterimpresive displays in the finals on top of topping the scorer's chart in the division.Stephen Okias (193-C/F) was another player decorated in the glamorous evening hosted by MTN, the league's officila sponsors.He set his own record by claiming the top scorer award for the third time in a row.A.Mugisha of Berkley was MVP for the third division while Rhino Which narrowly survived Relegation,Najja High School and St.Micheal were rewarded for being the best disciplined teams in the 1st,2nd and 3rd divisions respectively.UCU Canons,Gulu Hawks and Najja were voted the best defensive players in their respective divisions.Action now shifts to the preparations for the zone five under twenty which is being hosted by Uganda in January.

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USBL

The United States Basketball League (USBL) has announced the suspension of its 2008 season -by Eurobasket
Management has made a decision to increase the number of franchises before it schedules the next season. In addition, the company has retained Colebrooke Capital, a New York investment company, to explore ways to improve the structure of the Company, its sales, growth and shareholder value.
Management will establish goals with Colebrooke and discuss strategies which will enable the Company to improve its capital strategies; identify merger candidates and new acquisition targets; and continue to focus on expansion with the new franchise groups who have expressed interest over the past few months.
“This process should reward shareholders and strengthen the USBL financially,” stated USBL Commissioner Daniel T. Meisenheimer, III.




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Women News

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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Eurobasket.com 2007 Awards -by Eurobasket

Similarly like last year, here we announce the final results of All-Europe Year End Awards for Women.
The votes were based on the group of Eurobasket correspondents, who provide women basketball coverage. There were 20 basketball experts, who sent their votes. The awards were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans. All-Europe applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last and this season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe. All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who did not play in Europe, only overseas (mostly in WNBA).
The best player in Europe was American Diana Taurasi (182-G-82), who lead Spartak Moscow Region to their best season in the history: double championship in Russian Superleague and Euroleague.
She was followed by her teammate Tina Thompson (188-F-75), who was best scorer in both Euroleague and Russian League.
The third spot went to Belgian Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (194-C-80). Wouters was the best scorer of European Championships in Italy as well as best scorer of one of top Women Euroleague teams - CSKA Samara.
Ann Wouters was also voted best European player. The second-best European was another player from CSKA Samara - Spanish Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (184-F-76). The third spor went to 2006 superstar (won both categories) Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS).
Only her teammate Spanish Amaya Valdemoro came close. 1st teams were dominated by CSKA Samara team players. Despite Gambrinus Brno won Euroleague and Czech NT won gold at European Championships, only Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE) made it to the 1st team (All-Europeans) and her coach Jan Bobrovsky was voted All-Europe Coach of the Year.
Here are all Eurobasket.com Women awards for 2007:


All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2007 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 56 players, who received votes in this category


Eurobasket.com All-Europe Team 2007


Taurasi


Thompson


Wauters


Valdemoro


Milton-Jones


Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team 2007
Diana Taurasi 182-G-82) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)
Tina Thompson (188-F-75) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2007
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83) of Fenerbahce Istanbul (TUR)
Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Yolanda Griffith (193-C/F-70) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of TEO Vilnius (LTU)
Kiesha Brown (179-G-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia (ESP)
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (POL)
Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)


All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2007. There were in total 53 players, who received votes in this category


Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Team 2007


Wauters


Valdemoro


Stepanova


Jekabsone-Zogota


Jekabsone-Zogota


Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team 2007
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2007
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (POL)
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention 2007
Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Ana Montanana (186-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)
Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81) of Hondarribia-Irun (ESP)
Hana Machova
Natalia Martchenko (168-G-79) of Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (RUS)
Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) of Connecticut Sun (USA)
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com European Co-Coach of the Year 2007
Natalia Hejkova



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ISRAEL - Women

A hot period for signing players -by Eurobasket News
Over the last few days teams in Israel are getting rich with the new players they sign with. Loud and famous names are on the way to join the Israeli league after the break.

Maccabi Ramat Hen signed Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's), one of the WNBA's most experienced players. Taj has a lot of experience at the top levels of international basketball. She is a true center and one of the most dominant players in the WNBA. Tay McWilliams is physical and uses her strength in the paint. She has a variety of different moves and ways of scoring. Due to this Ramat Hen decided to release Ekterina Dimitrova and Tatyana Troina.

Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, college: Vanderbilt) will join Ashdod. Sheri is tall forward who is extremely versatile. She can play anywhere and she can see the court extremely well and also force mismatches against smaller opponents. Sheri Lynette Sam was ranked 14th on the WNBA's all time scorers list and has recorded over 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 700 assists in her career.

Renee Taylor (157-G, college: Miami, FL) signed with Bnei Yehuda for the rest of the season. Tel Kabir signed Victoria Crawford (170-G, college: Memphis) in place of Renee Taylor. Crawford played in Iceland last season and led the league in scoring with 36.5 points per game and added 11.3 rebounds per game.


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PUERTO RICO - Women

Puerto Rico, Juncos and C. Valentin -by Alessandro Fontana
This year was a great year for Las Valencianas de Juncos who won the BSF 2007 against Morovis 4-1. One of the best players was Yoliana Cabrera who scored 33 points in the last game. Juncos was a great team, with two "ustoppable stars", the "Cabrera-Power", Yoliana and Yahimilly played a great season. To mention also the USA-Center Pietra Gay, a great player for intensity and defense. Morovis classified second in the League, the best player for Montaneras was Amy Denson (186-F, college: Arizona St.) (33pts +20 rebs in the 5th game of the Finals). Juncos won this BSF 2007 deservedly.

Cynthia Valentin is playing the 2007-2008 season in Spain, in the second division with Tenerife Aguere. Tenerife played untill now 10 games with a 2-8 standings (1-7 with Valentin). Cynthia Valentin is having a good season, She is one of the best scores of the Spanish League. She is scoring 19,5 points per game with 3,7 rebs and 1,6 assts in more than 32 minutes per game. Her best game was Tenerife-Biurrarena 73-86, where "La Diosa" Cynthia Valentin played a "partidazo" with 36 pts and 6 rebs.
A. Fontana


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SPAIN - Women

Erika de Souza comes back to courts next sunday -by Ivan Villar
Brazilian center,Erika De Souza (197-C-82),was recovering of her ankle.She must to operate and next sunday she'll begin to practice.Her team,Ros Casares,will be stronger in spite of they are unbeaten this season in Euroleague and spanish league.Team of Manolo de Real won last round to Perfumerias Avenida,other big favourite to win tittle.Also the victory was easy and valencian fans finished a great year 2007 with all tittles except Euroleague.This tournament is the great goal for manager of club,Carmen Lluveras.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Sunsational Basketball Tourney -by David Edole

St. Thomas has hosted several collegiate women's basketball tournaments. The University of the Virgin Islands has hosted the world famous Paradise Jam for NCAA Division I schools. The Island has also seen NCAA Division II and NAIA schools in the recently played Island Time St. Thomas Shootout out. Now, the island will host NCAA Division III schools in the US Virgin Islands SunSational Basketball Tournament.
The schools that are scheduled to participate are the No. 12th ranked team in the nation Kean University (NJ), St. Mary's College of Maryland, Cabrini College (PA), and Alvernia College (PA) are the four teams in the field.
The SunSational tourney has been played at the University of the Virgin Islands since 2001, but now has a new home. All games of this years tourney will be played at Charlotte Amalie High School on December 29-30. Cabrini College will face off against St. Mary's College of Maryland in the first contest at 6:00 p.m. followed by Kean University and Alvernia College at 8:00 pm Saturday night. On Sunday, the losers of each game will play in the consolation game at 6:00 pm followed by the championship game.
Admission the event will cost two (2) dollars for students/children and four (4) dollars for adults.


The organizers of the SunSational tournament will also hold a basketball clinic at Charlotte Amalie HS for high school and junior high school girls at 10 am-12 pm on Saturday December 29th. Don't miss a great opportunity to improve your skills courtesy of SunSational.


Teams Overview
The 2007-08 marks the beginning of a new chapter for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball program as Barb Bausch takes over the reigns of the Seahawks. Bausch came to St. Mary's after serving as the head coach for one season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where she mentored one All-Liberty League player.
The Seahawks are off to an 6-2 start. Leading the way is junior forward Allie Scott, 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. Senior guard Megan Uglik and post Tiara Hurt are both having wonderful seasons. Uglik is posting norms of 12.5 points, 4.8 boards and 3.9 assists while Hurt, a freshman, averages 11.5 points and 9.8 boards.
The Seahawks have been rolling over opponents by dropping a whopping 75.5 points while allowing 59.1.

Cabrini Cavaliers finished as the 12th most improved basketball team in Division III last year. Finishing second in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, the Cavaliers advanced to the finals of the PAC Championships before earning the program's first-ever bid to the ECAC Championships. But this season the team arrives on island with four wins in seven contests.
Junior Kate Ryan, a PAC All-Conference performer, is one of five starters who returned to the team. The 5-9 senior guard has not lived up to her billing but leads a well-balanced Cabrini team.
Deana DiAmico, a sophomore guard, is pacing the team with 10.1 points. Juniors Kayleen Smith and Kate Walck both average 8.3 points. Junior post Brittany McLeod is averaging 7.7 points and a team high 8.0 rebounds.
The Cavaliers are known for their stingy defense, is allowing opponents just 57.7 points per game.


The no. 12 ranked Kean University women's basketball team comes to St. Thomas with a 7-1 record. The Cougars is building on last season success when the team was one possession away from advancing the NCAA DIII final four. Kean finished the year 27-4 overall and captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship.
The Cougars is led by junior standout Melissa Beyruti and senior center Chari Cooper.
Beyruti has been on a shooting binge her entire career. The 5-foot-8 guard is averaging a team high 16.9 points and is the most prolific three-point shooter (173) in program history. She has 25 on the season.
Cooper had a season high 27 rebounds in a win over University of Scranton and is averaging a double double on the season, 11.5 points and 15.8 boards. She outrebounded the entire Scranton team by herself, 27-26.
Eboni Jackson and Cardiss Jackman both contribute double digit averages this season, 11.4 and 10.9 respectively.

The good news; Now entering his 17th season as Head Coach at Alvernia College, Coach Kevin Calabria's overall record is 311-132, a .702 winning percentage. 11of his 16 teams have won 19 games or more, including three straight 22-6 seasons from 1996-98.
The bad news; Alvernia opens the tourney versus the number 12 ranked team in the nation. But if anyone is up for a challenge it will be the Crusaders.
The Crusaders have been off since December 3rd when they walloped Immaculate University, 66-43, for their third win of the season. Alvernia (3-3) has only two players in double digit scoring; freshman forward Tracee Harrison (10.8) and senior guard Jill Rosolie (10.0).
Rebounding is a major problem for Crusaders who've had been outrebounded this season, 277-220. Playing a good rebounding team in Kean is not what the doctor recommended.

Schedule
12/29 Cabrini College vs. St. Mary's College of Maryland 6:00 p.m.
Kean University vs. Alvernia College 8:00 pm
12/30 Consolation Game 6:00 pm
Championship Game 8:00 pm



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UGANDA - Women

Tamale Linda new MVP -by Rogers Senkwale
KCC's Linda Tamale (165-F) was voted new Ladies MVP friday evening at Hotel Equatorial at the season ending prize award ceremony.Linda' who has won three league trophies,two with Lady Bucks and one with KCC, has been one of Uganda's best forwards over the years in a career that begun in her school days while Playing for record High school Champions Nabisunsa were she won many accolades.She beat her team mate Mariam Hamala (178-F) and A1 Challenge's Ali Mavita (165-G) Ali.She had a brilliant season averaging 15 pts per game.Former team mate Frances Nabulobi of Lady Bucks was voted for top scorer.Francis scored 242 points for the entire season and despite her team not making it to the play-offs.A1 Challenge were voted for the best defensive team, an award they deserved after the impressive defensive displays they put up marshalled by Elizabeth Kizza (180-F) and Betty Namukasa (180-F) who were undoubtly the best defenders in the league. new comers Victoria Lakers had smething to smile about despite finnishing last in the league when they won the most disciplined team award.Makerere Sparks Were recognized for being the best performers in tournaments after winning the Falcon Invitational and Abe Lincoln Tournaments.

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WNBA - Women

Eurobasket.com 2007 Awards -by Eurobasket

Similarly like last year, here we announce the final results of All-Europe Year End Awards for Women.
The votes were based on the group of Eurobasket correspondents, who provide women basketball coverage. There were 20 basketball experts, who sent their votes. The awards were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans. All-Europe applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last and this season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe. All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who did not play in Europe, only overseas (mostly in WNBA).
The best player in Europe was American Diana Taurasi (182-G-82), who lead Spartak Moscow Region to their best season in the history: double championship in Russian Superleague and Euroleague.
She was followed by her teammate Tina Thompson (188-F-75), who was best scorer in both Euroleague and Russian League.
The third spot went to Belgian Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (194-C-80). Wouters was the best scorer of European Championships in Italy as well as best scorer of one of top Women Euroleague teams - CSKA Samara.
Ann Wouters was also voted best European player. The second-best European was another player from CSKA Samara - Spanish Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (184-F-76). The third spor went to 2006 superstar (won both categories) Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS) (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS).
Only her teammate Spanish Amaya Valdemoro came close. 1st teams were dominated by CSKA Samara team players. Despite Gambrinus Brno won Euroleague and Czech NT won gold at European Championships, only Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE) made it to the 1st team (All-Europeans) and her coach Jan Bobrovsky was voted All-Europe Coach of the Year.
Here are all Eurobasket.com Women awards for 2007:


All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2007 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 56 players, who received votes in this category


Eurobasket.com All-Europe Team 2007


Taurasi


Thompson


Wauters


Valdemoro


Milton-Jones


Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team 2007
Diana Taurasi 182-G-82) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)
Tina Thompson (188-F-75) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team 2007
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83) of Fenerbahce Istanbul (TUR)
Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) of Spartak Moscow Region (RUS)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention 2007
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS) (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Yolanda Griffith (193-C/F-70) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of TEO Vilnius (LTU)
Kiesha Brown (179-G-79) of Extrugasa Vilagarcia (ESP)
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (POL)
Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)


All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2007. There were in total 53 players, who received votes in this category


Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Team 2007


Wauters


Valdemoro


Stepanova


Jekabsone-Zogota


Jekabsone-Zogota


Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team 2007
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) of Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team 2007
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Sacramento Monarchs (USA)
Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (POL)
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention 2007
Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Ana Montanana (186-F-80) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)
Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81) of Hondarribia-Irun (ESP)
Hana Machova
Natalia Martchenko (168-G-79) of Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (RUS)
Malgorzata Dydek (213-C-74) of Connecticut Sun (USA)
Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) of Ros Casares Valencia (ESP)

Eurobasket.com European Co-Coach of the Year 2007
Natalia Hejkova