EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/3/2007

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ABA

CBMS Sports & Entertainment to Hold ABA Youth Camps -by Joe Pietaro
Corporation in Agreement with League to Use Name in Various Programs Worldwide

Patchogue, NY- CBMS Sports and Entertainment, Inc. has announced an agreement with the American Basketball Association for the rights to use the ABA name and logo worldwide in conjunction with its youth camps and clinics.
“We are proud to have the ABA name to implement into our youth programs, which will include all our Youth Camps and Clinics,” said Michele Wuestman, President of CBMS Sports and Entertainment and co-owner of the Strong Island Sound of the ABA. “The great history associated with the American Basketball Association will continue into the next generation with CBMS Sports and Entertainment's agreement with the league,” continued Wuestman. “Having the opportunity to be connected with the ABA in these programs will benefit not only the Strong Island Sound, but the entire league and communities all over, as well.”
The ABA Youth Programs will be more than a basketball school. The youngsters attending will be learning life lessons in addition to dribbling and passing.
“They will be getting the message of life that will not only make them better athletes, but also learn better ethics and sportsmanship and how to be better people through sports,” said ABA CEO Joe Newman.

SUBSTANCE THROUGH SPORTS

The message from this program will be given by not only the professional athletes from the various ABA teams, but also the former NBA and WNBA players that are associated with the league, such as Dennis Scott (Atlanta Vision), Teresa Weatherspoon (Westchester Phantoms) and Orlando Woolridge (Houston Takers). In addition, the camps will also include local leaders, public figures and teachers who will be joining the staff to convey their positive message.
“There will be substance all built around sports,” Newman said, “and the camps will be affordable just as our games are.”
Newman further said that there will be a special ABA Youth Camp page added to the official league website, www.abalive.com.

SPONSORSHIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

The ABA Youth Camp program is currently looking for local businesses for sponsorship in this unique program, which will be offering scholarships for underprivileged youths that cannot afford the entry fee.
The businesses will have the opportunity to become associated with the ABA through the camps and clinics, as well as the individual teams that will be a part of the program.

AN EXTENSION OF OFFSEASON PROGRAMS

Throughout the offseason, the Sound held numerous youth camps and clinics that were extremely successful. With the league-wide association and ABA name attached to these programs and others being planned worldwide, Wuestman is excited about how far it can go.
“Our entire organization is looking forward to this opportunity and we anticipate a positive response from our existing fan base and clientele,” she said. “To now have the chance to do this in other communities will be special.”
Information will be available soon on www.abalive.com and www.strongislandsound.com.


Recent ABA Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Thursday, November 29th
Westchester Phantoms (93) at Vermont Frost Heaves (102)
PHANTOMS: Jomo Belfor (6'0''-G, college: JMU) (34p), J'Son Stamper (22p+8rb), Ricky Johns (15p+7rb), Cameron Benison (7p+5rb)
FROST HEAVES: Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point) (29p+15rb), Dokun Akingbade (15p+6rb), Dwayne Lee (13p+7as), Terrance Green (11p)

Friday, November 30th
Quebec Kebekwa (117)
at Beijing Aoshen Olympian (112)
KEBEKWA: Marques Lewis (6'8''-F-83, college: UAB) (26p), Tony Weeden (26p), Charles Fortier (23p+9rb)
Syracuse Raging Bullz (139) at First State Fusion (149)
San Francisco Rumble (115) at San Diego Wildcats (144)

Saturday, December 1st
Halifax Rainmen (105) at Manchester Millrats (112) - OT
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) (25p), Blandon Ferguson (23p), Brian Silverhorn (17p), Jermaine Anderson (14p)
MILLRATS: Robert Sanders (6'7''-F-83, college: Providence) (27p+12rb+7to), Ismael Caro (20p+11rb+5s+5to), Anthony Anderson (13p), P.J. Young (8p+8rb)
Houston Takers (124) at Texas Tycoons (119)
Quebec Kebekwa (75) at Beijing Aoshen Olympian (101)


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Recap of round 12, Partizan Igokea remains on top with score 11-1 -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea remains on top of Adriatic league after 12 rounds and win over Siroki Prima Pivo at home 81-71. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion didn't make any bigger advantage but after 9-8 on the start visitors never made a turn. Interesting is that black and white team scored first 3-pointer after almost 30 minutes. Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again led the winners collecting 20 points and 5 rebounds while Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him scoring 15 points. Siroki got 20 points from Victor Lever (189-G-68).

FMP suffered 8th consecutive defeat, this time in thriller against Buducnost 76-79. Panthers again didn't have luck as Bakic scored 3-pts shot at the buzzer from extremely difficult situation and brought sixth win to his team. Ivan Maras (206-C-86, agency: Octagon) scored 22 points including 4 rebounds for Buducnost while Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for FMP.

Vojvodina Srbijagas convincingly recorded sixth win beating Split CO in Novi Sad 75-65. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter when Tulips, through Ivanovic and Nemeth, made advantage which they successfully kept until the end. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds for the winners. Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) made double-double for Split, 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Helios Domzale made the biggest surprise of the round as they outplayed Crvena Zvezda 85-67. Only two players in Zvezda registered double digits while one of their most important players Omar Cook got foul trouble early. Anyway, Helios showed strong willingness to take this one and they succeeded. Robert Troha (194-G/F-77) scored 18 points while Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenian team. On the other side, like usually Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) was the best scorer with 16 points.

Zadar beat Hemofarm STADA 78-65. Hosts took control on Hemofarm in the second quarter making plus 13 and later they reached advantage of 19 points so it was obvious that orange team won't have any chance in this game. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) led Zadar with 21 points and 4 steals. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was totally the best in Hemofarm adding 27 points and 4 rebounds. Zadar, who is currently score 9-3, share third place with Crvena Zvezda while Hemofarm is on the fourth place with 7 wins and 5 defeats.


Partizan Igokea - Siroki Prima Pivo 81-71
(20-16,21-20,18-16,22-19)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 20 (5 rebs), Tripkovic 15 (4 rebs), Palacio 11
Siroki Prima Pivo: Lever 20, Fajardo 13 (9 rebs), Zupic 12


FMP - Buducnost 76-79
(15-18,17-16,21-19,23-26)

FMP:
Samardziski 14 (7 rebs, 5 st), Protic 13, Erceg 11
Buducnost: Maras 22 (4 rebs), Bakic 14, Micov 14 (4 st)


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Split CO 75-65
(16-15,25-16,16-13,18-21)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 23 (4 rebs), Nemeth 16, Pekovic 11
Split CO: Stipanovic 20 (17 rebs, 4 as), Garnett 16, Akins 14


Helios Domzale - Crvena Zvezda 85-67
(19-16,26-15,21-23,19-13)

Helios Domzale:
Troha 18 (7 as), Mocnik 16 (8 as), Krejic 13
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 16, Misanovic 12 (6 rebs)


Zadar - Hemofarm STADA 78-65
(23-20,23-15,20-19,12-11)

Zadar:
Stallworth 21 (4 st), Brewer 14 (4 as)
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 27 (4 rebs), Jagodnik 13 (4 st)


Round 12 lifts Partizan to 11-1 -by Eurobasket News
Partizan improved to 11-1 and remains on top of Adriatic League. In Round 12 the Serbian favorite overcame Siroki 81:71. Even though the score is not too much for the first team in the league and the last, Partizan won all the quarters anyway. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points. Palacio nailed 11 points, while Tepic scored 10. Victor Lever (189-G-68) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort as Bosnian team fell at 2-10.
Helios beat Zvezda 85:67 and did not allow them to follow the leader. Zadar improved to 9-3 as Zvezda after a home success over Hemofarm 78:65. Croatian team had 11 points at the first half and led the game to the end. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) paced all the winners with 21 points. Brewer netted 14 and Lalic and Gecevski had 12 each. Vukosavljevic struggled alone for Hemofarm producing 27 points.
Three other Croatian teams lost in the round. Slovan overcame Cibona 85:81 as De Marco Johnson nailed 21 points for the hosts. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) scored 17 points for Cibona and Warren added 13. Split lost to Vojvodina 65:75. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Stipanovic scored 20 for the visitors that fell at 5-7. Zagreb was upset at home from Olimpija 85:98 to fall at 3-9. Hukic ended up with 26 points for the winners. The same number of points saw the spectators from Vladovic. Buducnost had a road win over FMP to improve to 6-6. Ivan Maras (206-C-86, agency: Octagon) led the winners with 22 points.


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AUSTRIA

Oberwart and Gmunden move up the ladder -by Eurobasket News
Oberwart secured a stunning 102:78 win over St. Polten at home and improved to 9-3 record in the Bundesliga ladder. The Gunners were obviously stronger in this clash and never trailed en route to an impressive victory. Oberwart enjoyed a 48:37 lead at halftime and fulfilled the task after the break. They ruined their opponents with a 31:13 rally in the third stanza and never looked back thereafter. Hannes Artner (185-G-84) topscored for the Gunners with 21 points and 6 steals. Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) contributed 20 points in a winning effort for the hosts. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Interperformances) posted 21 points and 9 boards for St. Polten. Martin Speiser (200-F-83) delivered 19 points in the 7th defeat for the visitors at the tournament. The Gunners sank solid 57% from the field and forced their counterparts to 21 turnovers.
Meanwhile Gmunden had much more difficult encounter as they visited Arkadia. Gmunden trailed by 2 points at the interval but managed to recover late in the game. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was a usual topscorer for Gmunden as he dropped 22 points. Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) provided 14 points apiece for the winning side. Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) paced the hosts with game-high 23 points and 8 rebounds. Nemanja Bjelica, agency: Interperformances) and Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points apiece in defeat. Gmunden improved to 9-3 record in the ladder and share the 3rd spot with the Gunners. Arkadia fell to 5-7 record and would try to improve against Worthersee in the next round. Gmunden will visit Vienna in Round 13.


Market news -by Cueneyt Tuerk
The Furstenfeld Panthers announced that head coach Pit Stahl has been released by the team after their big lost against Kapfenberg Bulls. Team owner Harald Fischl named Assistant Coach Aaron Mitchell to the new head coach of the Panthers. Mitchell one of the greatest athletes ever in Austrian Basketball now a rising star in the coaching profession, came to Furstenfeld from the Mattersburg 49ers where he was a player coach the past two seasons. Mitchell comes from Louisiana-Lafayette College where he graduated in 1991 and started his career with the Portland Trail Blazers after played in top divisions of European basketball.

UBSC Graz released Player-coach Stacey Nolan and signed with Saulius Vadapalas for the Head coach position.

Basket Clubs added a new player to their program. Darnell Scott (198-F-76, college: Kutztown), a experience forward who spend the past weeks with Klosterneuburg. He was waived by the Dukes two weeks ago and promptly signed with Vienna side.

Former Basket Clubs of Vienna player Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: K-M Sports) signed with BC Lami-Ved Kormend for the remainder year.


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BALTIC LEAGUE

BBL Elite Division opens its December session -by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Ventspils 76:68
Ventspils were unable to snap Zalgiris winning streak as it now stands at 8 games. Kaunas powerhouse overcame Latvian team to hand those the 6th loss at the tournament. Zalgaris marked their ambitions early in the game as they opened it with an 8:0 rally. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) knocked down consecutive treys for the hosts midway through the frame to maintain the pressure and accumulated a 23:13 lead for Zalgiris. However Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) nailed a jumper and Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) crowned the first quarter with a massive dunk to cut the deficit to 7 points. Justin Love came up with a long three-pointer to tie the scoreline midway through the second term. Soon free throws from Veselovs and Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) put Ventspils up by 3 points but Zalgiris reacted immediately. Marko Popovic and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) chipped in straight triples to regain the advantage for the home side. Marko Popovic capped the first half with two free throws and Zalgiris went into the dressing room in front 43:38. Marko Popovic continued the spark for Zalgiris early in the third period as he connected once again from beyond the arc and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added another long bomb as Kaunas team eased ahead to a 51:38 lead. The held on to the advantage and headed into the final period with a 13-point cushion. Akin Akingbala scored a quick jumper at the start of the fourth term but Goran Jurak matched it with one more triple for the hosts and Zalgiris actually cleared off good.
Marko Popovic topscored with 22 points for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak contributed 12 points, while Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala delivered 10 points and 7 boards in a loss. Zalgiris outrebounded their opponents 39:34 and forced Latvian players to 15 turnovers. Zalgiris improved to 8-0 record and next take on Barons at home. Ventspils fell to 3-6 record in the BBL ladder and visit TU/Rock on December 14.

Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 22, Goran Jurak 12, Eurelijus Zukauskas 11
Ventspils: Jimmy Baxter 18, Akin Akingbala 10

TU/Rock - Lietuvos Rytas 74:77
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated the 8th victory in the BBL season as they beat TU/Rock at Tartu University Sports Hall. It became the 6th loss for TU/Rock but Tartu team displayed they can be a real threat in the league. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) started to pile up points right from the start in the game as he converted two free throws and then connected from behind the arc to set Lietuvos Rytas rolling 9:2. Petravicius added from the field and later nailed a pair of free throws to keep the visitors in front 20:11 with less than 2 minutes to play in the opening frame. Tartu responded with 4 straight points from Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and the hosts trailed by 5 points at the end of the quarter. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) opened the second term with a trey for Lietuvos Rytas but Tartu quickly replied with 7 points from George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) as he lifted Tartu in front 28:25. Tartu enjoyed the momentum and soon Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) hit a triple to make it 44:36 for the hosts. George Tsintsadze capped the first half with one more free throw and TU/Rock were up by 9 points at the interval.
Three-pointers from Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) brought Lietuvos Rytas back to life at the start of the third frame. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) then converted a pair of free throws and the visitors came as close as 2 points 53:55. Bajramovic and Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) came up with some bug shots late in the third period and Rytas regained the lead 61:60 heading into the final stanza. It was a triple-parade early in the fourth term as both teams exchanged a couple of long bombs. Chuck Eidson finally hit from a close range and gave Lietuvos Rytas a 75:70 advantage with just over a minute to go. Janar Talts (204-C-83) missed a trey and George Tsintsadze hit only one free throw to climb within 4 points with 13 seconds left. Bajramovic meanwhile dunked it home to seal the win for Lithuanian team. Kullamae's desperate three-pointer at the buzzer just cut the deficit but nothing more. Kenan Bajramovic led the action with 20 points. Marijonas Petravicius contributed 15 points and 6 boards for the winners. George Tsintsadze scored 19 points to pace TU/Rock. Tanel Tein added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in a losing effort.

TU/Rock: George Tsintsadze 19, Tanel Tein 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 20, Marijonas Petravicius 15, Chuck Eidson 10, Mindaugas Lukauskis 10

Siauliai - Neptunas 101:69
Siauliai remained in the BBL leading group as they swamped Neptunas at Siauliai Arena. The visitors jumped to a surprisingly aggressive start and outscored the hosts 23:16 in the opening frame. Alen Riccard drained 3 triples during the frame to pace Neptunas. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) and Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) combined three more points for Neptunas at the start of the second quarter to clear off to 26:16 distance. Finally Siauliai began to wake up and the shots started to drop for the home team. Consecutive three-pointers from Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) late in the first half allowed Siauliai draw the teams at 41. But free throws from Paulius Pociuipa (197-G-81) saw Neptunas enjoy a 44:41 advantage at halftime. Siauliai stunned their opponents in the third stanza as they opened it on a 17:3 run to claim a 58:47 lead. They later added another hurting 16:2 rally to pile up a comfortable 74:52 cushion. Neptunas never recovered and actually collapsed in the fourth frame. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) finished with 18 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points apiece for the winners. Riccard secured 16 points and 5 boards for Neptunas. Marius Kasiulevicius (198-F/G-82, college: Trinity Valley JC) had 13 points in the 8th defeat for Klaipeda side.

Siauliai: Marius Prekevicius 18, Donatas Zavackas 16, Antonio Grant 16
Neptunas: Alen Riccard 16, Marius Kasiulevicius 13



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BELGIUM

Liege Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


It did not take long for Liege to find a temporary replacement for the injured Bryan Hopkins.
The team just announced the arrival of Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, agency: Octagon, college: Texas Tech) on Monday.

Emmett who played 4 years at Texas Tech where he had an oustanding college career played the past season in Lithuania and the NBA's D-League.

At Texas Tech he averaged over 20ppg and 6.5 rpg his last 3 years.

Was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Is known as a scorer but not a shooter.

His college coach was the legendary Bobby Knight and he left Texas Tech as the all-time leading scorer.

Emmett is the only player in Big 12 history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team for three consecutive seasons and was was selected as a John R. Wooden All-America Award Winner. Voted 1st team All-American following his senior season in 2004.

Averaged 15.5ppg and 5.4rpd for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this past season.



Recap D1 Rd 11 -by Peter Buyse


The game with the most at stake this weekend was Gent vs Leuven with both teams sharing last place in the league.
Gent took the game to Leuven from the opening minutes and thanks to JJ Miller took an early 8-2 lead with 2.5 minutes played. Leuven slowly got back in the game helped by the scoring of Ron Lewis who brought them back to within one point at 13-12. Then it was time for Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) (191-G-83, college: UALR) to take over and thanks to his 9 consecutive points Gent took a 10 pt lead in the final quarter.
It was again Lewis who managed to score a 3pt shot at the end of Q1 to keep the visitors to within 7 pts after 10 minutes.
Leuven seemed to go for the win early in the second quarter when they outran and outplayed the home team to go ahead for the first time in the game at the 7.48 mark 26-27;
This turned out to be the last time Leuven was able to make an impact on the game. A quick 5 pts by Sam Rotsaert, scores by Freeman and a 3pointer made by Hans Van Langenhove gave Gent another 10 pt lead with 2.41 to play in Q2. To make things worse Van der Jonckheyd got called for a charge on a breakaway and subesquently coach Yacov heard the ref call a tecnincal foul on him.
All this stopped any run Leuven tried to make and the first half ended with a score of 47-37.

Gent kept the game under control in the 3rd quarter and the closest Leuven ever got was 8pts. A 3pt shot by Freeman gave Gent the biggest lead at 66-53 with 45 seconds to play.

Leuven made a short run at Gent in the beginning of Q4 but once again got no closer than 8 pts at the 8.22 mark, the difference was always between 8 and 10 pts till a 3pt shot by Rotsaert moved then back ahead by 11 pts with 4.45 to play. Gent extende their lead to 84-67 in the final minutes but started to play sloppy allowing Leuven to close the final gap to 84-73.

All in all a well deserved 2nd win of the season for Optima Gent who played with more intensity and enthusiasm than the visitors.

Leuven missed Chris Hunter and Gent had to do without Rados and Krikemans.

Next up for Gent is the home game vs the Antwerp Diamond Giants who surprised Oostende this weekend.


As mentioned above Antwerp upset Oostende 81-77.

All looked good for Oostende in the first quarter which they closed out on a 17-24 score. No problem neither in the second Q for the visitors who held on to a 5 pt lead at the half for a 43-48 halftime score.

Things went south in the 3rd Q where the home team outscored their opponents 20-12 to go ahead 63-60.

Antwerp kept its head together and held on for the hard fought home win.


Aalstar could not stop Liege from getting away with a road win. Okapi never recovered from a disastruous 1st quarter in which they were outscored 14-27.

The managed to get a little closer to Liege in quarters 2 and 3 but in the end if was Liege who held on for the 10 pts road win 69-79.

Liege played without Bryan Hopkins who according to the teams website could be out for 8 weeks.


In the game of former ex Bree players it was the Mons who got away with an impressive road win. Mons now coach by ex Bree coach Chris Finch and with former Bree players, Huggins, Ebong, and such decided the game in the first half with Mons taking what turned out to be an unsurmountable half time lead 23-38.

The second half was a formality and Mons got the 55-71 win which puts them in first place with Charleroi.

Mons played without George Evans and Jim Potter but moved Roger Huggins to the active roster. Huggins was signed recently for European cup play.


Charleroi was another team that got the road win this weekend with a 75-85 defeat of Verviers-Pepinster.


MVP of Round 11 was Optima Gent's Brandon Freeman who scored 27 pts, grabbed 3 rebs to go with 2 steals and 2 assists. He shot 10 for 16 from the field and was perfect from the line (5-5).



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BOSNIA

Week review for Bosnian teams -by Eurobasket News
Bosnian Siroki showed a very good game versus the leader of Adriatic League. In Round 12 the Serbian favorite Partizan overcame Siroki 81:71. Even though the score is not too much for the first team in the league and the last, Partizan won all the quarters anyway. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points. Palacio nailed 11 points, while Tepic scored 10. Victor Lever (189-G-68) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort as Bosnian team fell at 2-10.

In the middle of the week KK Igokea Partizan could not stay tough in Ukraine and lost to Khimik in EuroCup. After a confident win in Bosnia 102:80 Khimik claimed a 99:69 home victory. KK Igokea Partizan trailed 32:14 at the end of the opening quarter and the Ukraine outfit stretched the lead to 49:27 by half-time to leave the showdown level on aggregate. Ukrainian side won the third and the fourth quarters respectively and qualified to the next stage. Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 24 points. Kendrick Johnson (185-G-75, college: Point Loma) poured in 15 points for Bosnian team, while Cup added 14.

In the national league Bosna improved to 7-0 beating Capljina 63:93 on a road. Sloboda Dita is 7-1 after a win over Vogosca 112:80


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CBA

Yakama Sun Kings are yet to suffer defeat -by Eurobasket News
Yakama Sun Kings improved to 7-0 record in the CBA season. Recently Yakama posted a hard victory over Pittsburgh 118:114. Yakama capitalized on a terrific basketball in the opening frame. The Sun Kings notched as many as 40 points in the first quarter and managed to secure the gap throughout the rest of the game. Pittsburgh were able to come within 3 points heading into the fourth stanza but Yakama raised the tempo and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Jason Sasser (6'7''-F-74, college: Texas Tech) exploded with 25 points and 10 boards for the Sun Kings. Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82, college: Baylor) provided 23 points, 7 board and 5 assists in a winning effort. Antonio Graves (6'3''-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) shone for the Xplosion as he notched game-high 31 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. John DeGroat (6'6''-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) had 19 points and 11 boards as the Xplosion fell to 4-3 record in the season. Yakama dominated the game under the rims as they outrebounded their opponents 46:33. The Sun Kings converted 57% from the field, while limiting the Xplosion to 47%.
Minot meanwhile climbed on top of American conference as they edged winless Rio Grande Valley 111:100 at home. The Silverados led 46:45 at halftime but the Skyrockets gradually grabbed the initiative and spurred ahead. The hosts shot accurately from all the ranges and it helped them to pull away with a difficult victory. Six Minot players scored in double figures en route to the second success in the season. Ronnie Fields topscored with 24 points, 8 assists and 7 boards. John Strickland (6'8''-F/C-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific) contributed 20 points, while Kellen Miliner (6'4''-G-83, college: Creighton) and Kevin Rice (6'4''-G-75, college: Utah St.) came up with 16 points apiece for the winners. Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.) was unstoppable for the Silverados with game-high 38 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Demorris Smith (6'10''-F-81) added 22 points for Rio Grande Valley as they slipped to 0-6 record.


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CHINA

Xinjiang and Guangdong Continue as League Leaders -by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang and Guangdong continued to win and Bayi continued to lose as the CBA reached the midpoint of its regular season schedule.

Shanghai has abandoned its youth movement experiments but still lost to Dongguan 106-103. Dongguan has replaced one of its imports and the names have changed on two of its native reserves. #21, a 208 cm 115 kg forward class of 1987, could develop into a player of interest. I have no information on #23. New import Mike Harris led Dongguan with 23 points and Anthony Myles added 19. Zhang Kai had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Wang Yong and Liu Wei each played 48 minutes for Shanghai. Liu and Jerod Ward each scored 21 while new import Pig Miller added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Xinjiang maintained its share of the CBA lead with a 102-89 win over Shaanxi. Old import David Jackson led the way with 29 points while new import Aaron Mchee had 16 points and 7 rebounds. New import Hiram Fuller led Shaanxi with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Playing without Wang Zhizhi, Li Nan and Wang Lei Bayi continued its losing ways as it fell to the other league leader, Guangdong. Bayi was outrebounded 46-27. Ji Le led Guangdong with 26 points as deep Guangdong appears to find a new offensive leader each game. Jason Dixon added 20 points and new import Lamond Murray had 17. Chen Ke led Bayi with 17 points.

Ding Jinhui (204-C-89) continues to show star power as he scored 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and led Zhejiang to a 115-93 thumping of Jilin. Sui Xiaolong, who once played on the Olympic Hope team alongside Chen Jianghua and Xie Libin, added 25 points. Lu Yan led Jilin with 23 points. Jilin has replaced two native reserves, as well as resigning import Babakar Camara. CBA teams are now frequently replacing players during the season, something which was rare in the past.

Guangsha defeated Liaoning as Yu Junkai and new import Rodney White each scored 26 points. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 23 points.

Playing without Tang Zhengdong, Jiangsu nevertheless defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 116-103. Yang Li had 27 points and import center Raheim Brown added 19. Ryan Forehane-Kelly had 24 points. Sun Chunlei, a 205 cm center class of 1985, scored 36 points. China is now producing a mass of players in the 205-210 height range, something which Chinese Basketball Theory predicted would happen. China used to either produce giants 210 cm and over or players 200 cm and shorter. I predicted the development of a substantial number of 6-9 and 6-10 big men as China started to play basketball the way the rest of the world plays basketball.

Beijing edged Shandong 106-104 in overtime as Zhang Yunsong scored 30 points and Olumide Oyedeji had 22 points and 25 rebounds. Herve Lamizana had 39 points for Shandong and Mack Tuck added 24.

Yunnan defeated Fujian 113-103 as Dontae Jones scored 41 points and Chen Zhaosheng added 31. Nigel Dixon had 18 points and 18 rebounds. Liu Yudong scored 27 points for Fujian. New import Jameel Watkins had 19 points and 21 rebounds as Chris Porter did not play.


Dongguan 103
Zhang Kai 12p+14r+2a+1s+1bl, Qiu Biao 17p+6r+1a+2s, Wang Jing 17p+4r+2a+1s, Anthony Myles 19p+7r+2a+1s+7to, Mike Harris 23p+8r+1a+1s, #21 5p+3r+1a+1bl, #23 5p+1r+2a
Shanghai 100
Wang Yong 14p+6r+2a+1s, Liu Wei 21p+6r+4a+2s+1to, Xu Yong 13p+7r+5a+2s+2bl, Jerod Ward 21p+3r+1a, Jia Xiaozhong 8p+6r+2a, Pig Miller 19p+10r+1a+2s

Xinjiang 102
Xu Guozhong 4p+4r, Xue Yuyang 14p+9r+1s+1bl, Mengke Bateer 14p+7r+3a, Song Cun 10p+1r+2a, Mulati Adilijiang 3p+5r+1a+6s, Aaron McGhee 16p+7r+3a, Jin Lipeng 12p+5r+3a, David Jackson 29p+2r+3a+1s
Shaanxi 89
Tian Yu 10p+4r+1a+1s, Liu Julong 15p+3r+2a, Zhang Wei 14p+6r+1a+2s+1bl, Hiram Fuller 24p+16r, Bai Fan 7p+3r+1a+1s, He Ben 3p+4r, Brandon Robinson 15p+8r+2a+3s


Guangdong 100
Zhu Fangyu 6p+5r+2a+1s, Wang Shipeng 3p+2r+2a+1s, Liu Xiaoyu 12p+5r+5a+1s+1to, Jason Dixon 20p+9r+2a, Ji Le 26p+8r+1a, Lamond Murray 17p+7r+3a+3s+1bl, Chen Dawei 8p+1r+1a, Zhang Zhe 3p+3r+2s, Su Wei 5p+5r
Bayi 81
Mo Ke 7p+6r+2a+1s, Chen Ke 17p+2r+2a, Li Ke 12p+4r+1a, Wang Zhongguang 12p+2r+3a+2s, Hu Ke 8p+5r+2bl, Li Ke2 11p+1r, Chen Chen 10p+1a


Zhejiang 115
Liu Weiwei 9p+1r+4a+3s+4to, Deng Li 9p+4r+1a+1bl, Soumaila Samake 12p+13r+1s+4bl, Ding Jinhui 29p+8r+1a+2s+1bl, Sui Xiaolong 25p+5r+3a+2s, God Shammgod 8p+6a+4s+4to, Ju Peng 5p+3r, #12 12p+1r+1a, Zhang Dayu 6p+1r
Jilin 93
Wang Bo 4p+4r+3a+4s, Cheng Zhiming 13p+4r+3a+1s, Lu Yan 23p+6r+1a+2s, Babacar Camara 11p+8r+2a+2s+1bl, Dejuan Tate 5p+3+1s, Zhao Anan 9p+2r, #13 11p+3r+2a, #9 7p+4r+2a


Guangsha 96
Garnett Thompson 12p+9r+2a, Yu Junkai 26p+2r+4a+1s, Li Meng 10p+5r+3a+3s, Zhang Nan 12p+8r+1a+2s, Jia Nan 10p+3r+1s, Rodney White 26p+6r+4a+3s+1bl
Liaoning 88
Liu Xiangtao 15p+5r+2a+2s, Li Xiaoxu 10p+7r+3s+1bl, Bian Qiang 15p+2r+4a+1s, Earnest Brown 18p+11r+3s+1bl+5to, Zhang Qingpeng 23p+7r+1a+1s, Patrick Simpson 4p+6r


Jiangsu 116
Hu Xuefeng 12p+5r+5a+1s+0to, Yi Li 18p+5r+1s+1bl, Fang Hui 5p+6r+1a+5s, Raheim Brown 19p+5r+1a+1s+2bl, Yang Li 27p+3r+1s, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 24p+3r+1a, Han Shuo 11p+3r+2a+4s+1to
Shanxi Zhongyu 103
Wang Sizhang 18p+4r+2a+1s+1bl, Shan Tao 6p+7r+2a, Sun Chunlei 36p+7r+3a, Pan Jiang 2p+4r+1a+1s, Damon King 18p+5r+2a, Yu Tao 6p+6r, Yu Xuelin 5p+1r+6a+1s, Major Wingate 12p+9r+3a+1s+1bl,

Beijing 106 OT
Jiao Jian 11p+3r+1a+1s, Zhang Yunsong 30p+4r+3a+5to, Chen Lei 18p+5r+1a, Xie Libin 17p+5r+6a+1s+0to, Olumide Oyedeji 22p+25r+2a+2s+1bl, Michael Fey 8p+4a+1s
Shandong 104
Wang Gang 4p+4r+3a+2s+1to, Sun Jie 15p+7r+1a, Guo Lei 8p+7r, Herve Lamizana 39p+7r+2a+4bl+6to, Mack Tuck 24p+7r+4a+2s+1bl, Cao Zhenhua 7p+3r+1s+1bl


SHANGDONG-104 BEIJING-106 -by Ogoh Odaudu
Beijing Ducks got a crucial away victory today against Shangdong in a thriller that went into overtime.Halftime scores were 40-38 in favour of the home side.Beijing went ahead to win the 3rd Quarter 30-21 and lost the 4th period 33-26 to bring fulltime scores to 94-94.Scores after the extra period were 104-106 in favour of Beijing.Lamizana Herve (210-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) led all scoring with 39pts and 12rebs.Tuck Mack (198-G/F-75, college: Cent.Oklahoma) added 21pts and 7rebs while native Sun Jie (191-G-86) had 15pts and 6rebs.For the visitors,point guard,Zheng Yunsong had a big game as he hit 30pts and also gathered 4rebs.Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) helped in his side`s victory with 22pts and 25rebs.Chen Lei (195-G/F-83) and Xie LiBin (190-G-88) scored 18 and 17pts respectively and they each had 5rebs.

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CROATIA

Only Zadar victorious in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
One win and three losses brought round 12 of Adriatic League for Croatian teams. Zadar improved to 9-3 as Zvezda after a home success over Hemofarm 78:65. Croatian team had 11 points at the first half and led the game to the end. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) paced all the winners with 21 points. Brewer netted 14 and Lalic and Gecevski had 12 each. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) struggled alone for Hemofarm producing 27 points.
Three other Croatian teams lost in the round. Slovan overcame Cibona 85:81 as De Marco Johnson nailed 21 points for the hosts. Marin Rozic scored 17 points for Cibona and Warren added 13. Split lost to Vojvodina 65:75. Ivan Ivanovic top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) scored 20 for the visitors that fell at 5-7. Zagreb was upset at home from Olimpija 85:98 to fall at 3-9. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 26 points for the winners. The same number of points saw the spectators from Vladovic. Buducnost had a road win over FMP to improve to 6-6. Ivan Maras led the winners with 22 points.


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EL SALVADOR

Denver wins Game 3 -by Jaime Arevalo
The "Pumas" of Denver prevailed over ExSal 84-74 in Game 3 of Clausura Finals, led by Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), who topped the scoring at 28, and Carlos Espinal (175-G-76). The bad accuracy in the outside shooting of the ExSal players (whose best performer was Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) at 19) was another factor in the Denver win. Game 4 willl be played tomorrow, Tuesday 4, at 7,00 PM.

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EURO CUP

Barons crawls into EuroCup Qualifying Round -by Gunars Gailitis
Iscar Nahariya - Barons 83:80 (13-28, 23-20, 22-23, 25-9)

Latvian Barons won the aggregate win over Iscar Nahariya 161:160. It happened after the team lost in Israel last night 80:83, however won the first leg 81:77. Just one points sent the Latvian squad to the Qualifying Stage. In Israel Armands Skele (192-G-83) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) top-scored with 17 points. Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) led the winners of the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Sasa Ocokoljic (184-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16, while Matan Naor (194-F-80) added 14.

Barons had 4 points advantage after the first game and increased to 19 points aggregate after a 13:28 in the opening quarter. Even though Israeli team reduced the gap, Latvian team was still in command at 48:36. Iscar Nahariya could not struggle against the visitors, however found a solution in the last quarter. Otis Hill's dunk capped a 7-0 run that closed the gap in the game to 71:67 with less than seven minutes remaining. Sasa Ocokoljic made it 83:80 in the last minute of the show. It was again him who launched a shot from behind the arc, but could not get it in. Latvian Barons won the aggregate win over Iscar Nahariya 161:160 and qualified to next round of EuroCup. The last game between BK Prostejov and Tartu Rock will be tonight.

Iscar Nahariya: Otis Hill 26+8 rebs, Sasa Ocokoljic 16, Matan Naor 14
Barons LMT: Armands Skele 17, Giedrius Gustas 17


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FRANCE

Pro B : 2 signings -by Aurelien Hipp
*St-Vallier just hired Malick Badiane, released by Dijon. The team is replacing Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Hofstra), who posted 5.2ppg 2.8rpg in 15 mins. Badiane played his first game with his new team yesterday and posted 3pts 5rebds 3 blocks in the overtime win over Reims.

*Besancon signs Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Holy Cross), to replace Prosper Karangwa (201-G/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Siena), who has just moved to Vichy. The young guy from Puerto-Rico posted 17.6ppg as a senior at Holy Cross and already has a european experience (13.0ppg 4.5rpg 3.8apg in Poland). He's there for a 3-week try-out.


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FYR MACEDONIA

Week review from abroad players -by Eurobasket News
Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) celebrated the 10th victory with Khimky in Russia. The latter edged Triumph at home court and remained on top of the standings. Triumph posted solid first and fourth frames but it was never enough to overcome inspired hosts. Khimky erased a 6-point first quarter deficit early in the second term and soon surged ahead. Their defense worked hard to see Triumph struggle to find easy baskets throughout the period and scored just 7 points. Khimky drove to a 43:29 advantage at halftime. Terrell Lyday and Ognejen Askrabic finally found the touch from the field and tried to maintain the tempo for the visitors. But Khimky were unstoppable as Vitali Fridzon kept on delivering for the home team. Nikita Morgunov came up with some important baskets as Khimky led by as many as 16 points heading into the fourth period. Triumph outscored their opponents in the final frame but it was not enough to claim victory. Vitali Fridzon scored 20 points to lead Khimky. Mike Wilkinson contributed 14 points and 7 boards for the winners. Terrell Lyday, Ognjen Askrabic and Sergei Toporov netted 15 points apiece for Triumph in defeat. Uros Slokar had 10 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Triumph outrebounded the home side 35:31 but were less accurate from the field.
Khimky will next host CSKA in one of the key matchups of the regular season. Triumph will next play in Saint Petersburg against local Spartak on December 22.

Öresundskraft Basket together with Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) beat Sodertalje Kings 90:82 and reached Sundsvall Dragons at 6-3. Jens Stalhandske paced all the winners with 29 points. Herman Favors scored 18, while Damon Jackson added 17. Johan Jeansson produced 16 points in the losing effort. Macedonian Kiril Pavlovski scored 6 points.

Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) became a real hero in Bulgaria. He was unstoppable with 33 points for Lukoil Academic in a 95:87 win over Ukrainian BC Kyiv in ULEB Cup. Winning by 74:75 in the end of the game Kyiv missed 3-12 run and lost the campaign. Both squads started with an offensive game nailing 63 points in the opening quarter. Lukoil was a bit luckier to take 32:31 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second period Lukoil Academic reached 43:35, but after that suddenly they couldn't score a single basket. Anyway Bulgarian squad enjoyed 45:44 margin at the half. In a tough third quarter Donta Smith made the play of the day, completing a huge slam dunk as his team took 67:66. Kyiv grabbed 74:75 lead in the end of the fourth, but could keep the score for good. Lukoil's lead grew up to 86:78 and the team finished the night with 95:87 victory. BC Kyiv is 3-1 in Group H now, while Lukoil tied at 2-2. The next games are planned for December 4-5.


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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 11 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Thomas Dreesen (201-F-88) - Herten: 43 pts, 13/19 FG, 12/17 3P, 5/5 FT, 10 rbs, 1 as

Points: Bryant McAllister (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Duquesne) - Muenchen: 45

Rebounds: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 16

Assists: Kasey Ulin (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Dickinson St.) - Herten: 12

Steals: Ashkan Tralau (186-F-80) - Ansbach: 6

Blocked shots: Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) - Herten: 3

For all scores and stats check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Bundesliga Game Day 11: Weekend Results December 1 and 2! -by Michael Taylor
Game Day 11 in the German Bundesliga featured traditional rivalries and several exciting matchups all over Germany.

Saturday December 1

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 80 Giessen 46ers 77
Derrick Allen topscored with 19pt and Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Ilian Evtimov added 17pt apiece as the Deutsche Bank Skyliners edged rival Giessen 46ers Saturday afternoon in Giessen. A 25-18 2Q helped visiting Skyliners and Head coach Murat Didin take a 42-38 lead into half which they extended to a 7pt advantage heading into the 4Q. Giessen rallied but came up short against their fierce rival. Bahiense de Mello hit 5 of 9 threes and dished out 6ast while Evtimov grabbed a team best 7 boards. Rouven Roussler led the 46ers with 24pt including 5 of 9 from three. Gerrit Terdenge added 13pt 5reb and Corey Rouse chipped in 11pt along with 11pt 7ast from Patrick Sparks. Both teams shot well as Giessen hit 52% from the floor and made 13 of 29 threes (44%) while Frankfurt sank 49% and drilled 12 of 26 from beyond the arc. Frankfurt upped their record to 6-4 while Giessen fell to 3-8.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 99 Walter Tigers Tubingen 75
Ronald Ross starred in the big rivaly game between EnBW Ludwigsburg and Walter Tigers Tubingen played at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Ross bolted to a game best 27pt 6ast effort on 11 of 19 floor shooting including 4 of 5 from three as Head Coach Silvano Poropat and his men topped Tubingen 99-75. Playing without star C Rasko Katic, Tubingen fell off pace in the 2Q when Ludwigsburg burst to a 23-11 frame and a 48-35 halftime lead. F Chad Prewitt hit 5 of 6 threes on his way to an excellent 17pt 8reb night and every Ludwigsburg player scored as the team shot 55% from the floor 73% from the foul line and made 14 of 26 threes (53%). Bingo Merriex was strong for Tubingen with 18pt 11reb while DeeAndre Hulett added 17pt and Terrence McGee 15pt The loss was the sixth straight for Tubingen. Ludwigsburg improved to 5-6 while Tubingen dropped to 4-7.

Koln 99ers 75 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 71
In a game of runs, Koln 99ers beat Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 75-71 Saturday evening at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. The hosts started strong with a 23-12 1Q eventually taking a 43-30 halftime lead. Oldenburg answered in the 3Q outscoring Koln 23-12 trimming the game to 55-53 heading into the 4Q. Immanuel McElroy led Koln with a solid 19pt 4reb 4ast game while Milko Bjelica added 14pt 4reb. The 99ers hit 52% from the floor, outrebounded Oldenburg 30-23 and dished out 20ast. Jasmin Pekovic had 17pt for Oldenburg and Mladin Perkovic added 16pt for the Thunderbirds who shot 46%. Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his team improved to 5-6 while Oldenburg slipped to 6-5.

ALBA Berlin 93 digibu Baskets Paderborn 91
Clutch free throws from Dijon Thompson and Sascha Rasic helped ALBA Berlin hold on for an exciting 93-91 home win over hardworking digibu baskets Paderborn Saturday night at MaxSchmellingArena in Berlin. Paderborn charged to a terrific 27-17 1Q giving head coach Doug Spradley and his team a strong start against ALBA. Berlin battled back and took a slim 41-40 halftime lead. The even action continued throughout the 3Q and ALBA held a 68-66 lead going into the 4th. ALBA Berlin shot 61% from the floor and made 10 of 20 threes. Julius Jenkins topscored with 24pt including 4 of 5 from three. Bobby Brown added 17pt and Goran Nikolic chipped in 15pt for Berlin. Tim Black was fantastic for Paderborn scoring 29pt 6reb 4ast and Steve Esterkamp (18pt), Nathan Peavy (17pt) were strong before fouling out. Paderborn shot 50% from the floor and made 12 of 24 threes in the game. Head coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA team improve to 9-2. Despite the tremendous effort, Paderbron drops to 3-7.

ratiopharm Ulm 94 Science City Jena 70
ratiopharm Ulm held a 41-38 halftime lead and exploded to a 28-12 3Q in beating Science City Jena 94-70 Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. PG Kyle Bailey paced the Ulm attack with a game best 19pt 5ast performance including 8 of 9 shooting. All Star power forward Jeff Gibbs added 18pt 9reb and sharpshooter EJ Gallup hit 5 of 9 threes for 17pt in the win. With 16ast to only 4 turnovers for the game, Ulm shot 49% from the floor and made 12 of 27 threes 44%. Brendan Plavich hit 6 threes on his way to 18pt and Ajmal Basit added 15pt. Ulm won their 3rd straight game improving to 6-4 while Jena fell to 1-10.

Bayer Leverkusen 75 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 70
Leverkusen used a decisive 3Q run to turn the game in their favor as Head Coach Achim Kuczmann and his men won a quality road game 75-70 over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig. A two point game at half, 40-38 for home Phantoms, Leverkusen outscored Braunschweig 17-10 in the 3Q. Tyron McCoy was in top form for Leverkusen with 19pt 5reb followed by 12pt apiece from Brant Bailey and Eric Taylor. Kyle Visser led Braunschweig with 22pt 10reb and John Allen added 14pt 10reb. The Phantoms shot 3 for 28 from 3pt range (10%). Leverkusen is 8-3 while Braunschweig falls to 7-4.

Artland Dragons 77 Telekom Baskets Bonn 73
A strong 4Q comeback helped the Artland Dragons fight off hard charging Telekom Baskets Bonn in Artlands 77-73 win Saturday night at Artland Arena. Leading 44-40 at half, Artland started the 3Q slow and Bonn surged to a 20-7 frame taking command in the game. Leading 60-51 heading into the 4Q, Bonn held the momentum but head coach Chris Fleming and his team rallied for an exciting comeback win outscoring Bonn 26-13 to seal the win. 5 Dragons reached double digits led by Adam Chubb 14pt, Lamont McIntosh 12pt, John Goldsberry 12pt 5ast, Rich Melzer 11pt and Terrence Thomas 10. Ronnie Burrell was best for Bonn with 18pt while John Bowler went for 15pt 9reb and JJ Strasser contributed 15pt. Artland ups their mark to 9-2 while Bonn falls to 6-5.

Sunday December 2

Eisbaren Bremerhaven @ TBB Trier

brose Baskets Bamberg @ BG74 Gottingen


BG Hagen: Jefferson signed - Milosevic left -by Moritz Korff
BG Hagen (Regionalliga West) has signed Isaac Jefferson (196-G/F-81, college: Hampton). The 26-year-old Wing will play in Europe for the first time in his career. He graduated from D1-school Hampton University in 2003 and suited up for teams of the ABA, CBA and IBL in the following years.
Meanwhile, Center-Giant Bozidar Milosevic (215-C-83, agency: Court Side) has returned home. The Serb had 13 appearances for BG this season and averaged 5.7 points per contest.


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 11 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern: 25 pts, 10/18 FG, 4/4 FT, 12 rbs, 4 bs, 3 st, 2 as

Points: Matt Witt (183-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) - Schalke: 30

Rebounds: Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) - Noerdlingen: 16

Assists: Clifford Crawford (192-G-81, college: N.Carolina St.) - Karlsruhe: 9

Steals: Michael Lake (182-G-73, college: Hillsdale) - Nuernberg: 7

Blocked shots: Chris Oliver - Kaiserslautern: 4

For all scores and stats check out the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


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GREECE

A1 - Match Day 7: Panathinaikos is the only unbeaten team! -by Chris Mammides

After 7 weeks only Panathinaikos remain unbeaten as Panellinios lost in Nea Smyrni by Panionios. The results were the following:

AEK - Rethymno 83-74
Coach Pedoulakis didn't make it for another week, AEK beat Rethymno in overtime game with 83-74, Pedoulakis has a record of 0-3 and Rethymno is already in a very difficult situation alter the new defeat. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) was the top performer and the player who “killed” the islanders dream for a road win in Athens. On the other hand the newcomer Freeman was not bad in his first appearance with Rethymno's jersey; he is expected to help the Crete team.
The quarters were: 25-19, 40-36, 54-47, and 69-69(RT), 83-74(OT). The scorers for the two teams were the following:
AÅÊ: Wesson 21 and 8 rebounds, Si 17 points and 12 rebounds, Christos Tapoutos 22 points and 7 rebounds, Kiritsis 7, Barlos 9, Avery 2, Vasilievic 3, Pavic 2
Rethymno: Nikolaidis 2, Topic 16 points and 10 rebounds, Freeman 10 points and 5 rebounds, Gagaloudis 19 points and 7 assists, Karapostolou 11, O'Bannon 10, Vougioukas 6 points and 6 rebounds

Panionios - Panellinios 78-60
The unbeaten team of Panellinios is no longer unbeaten as in Nea Smyrni realized its real forces. Brad Newlley was the top scorer and MVP while Grundy and Giorgallis disqualified from the referees when they start punching each other in the game
Quarters: 20-12, 43-24, 57-45, 78-60.
Panionios: Xanthopoulos 8 (2), Giankovits 2, Zoroski 12 (2), Georgallis 2, Sakota 12 (2), Kalabokis 12 (1), Brad Newley (199-G-85) 19 (3), Kendal 2, Gianoullis 9
Panellinios: Argyropoulos 5, Kalaitzidis 6, Karaboulas 5, Grandy 15, Apostolidis 3, Petroulas 2, Sklavos 10, N'tzai 9, Pappas 3 (1), Papaioakeim 2.

Olympiada Patras - PAOK 83-76
In the poor ‘s derby Olympiada Patras beat PAOK and coach Christopoulos with his second consecutive victory is now more confident that his team will “survive” the division. Olympiada PAtras was much better team in the court and the score was close simply because of the heroic presentation of Dimitris Verginis, the talented Greek is showing game by game that is a great player and has all the chances in the world to become great. He ended the game with 26 points and 3 assists with 10/10 from the charity line. The quarters were: 27-13, 41-35, 56-48 and 83-76
Olympiada: Abrams 9 (1), Pettas 17 (3), Jefferson 14 (2), Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) 17 (4), Soulis 7, Lappas 10 (2), Nagis 9.
PAOK: Gilespy 4, Verginis 26 (4), Diarra 6, Haritopoulos 5, Demertzis 1, Sfeikos 4, Humphrey 6 Tsiakos 11, Saunders 13 (2).

Aris - AEL 1964 70-72
In a derby took place in Alexandreion Melathron, Aris won the game at the end due to Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.)'s performance (by the way, the American will soon get his Skopje passport and will become bosman). Coach Pilafidis players believed in victory and they were very close to succeed but at the end due to Jeremiah Massey and lack of experience lost the game. The quarters were: 17-14, 32-26, 46-50, 72-70. The scorers for the two teams were:
Aris: Castle 6, Tsaldaris 2, Wright 17, Iliadis 9, Motola 3, Jeremiah Massey 30, Agadakos 4.
AEL 1964: Keys 17 (3), Papanikolopoulos 19 (4), Papachirstos 10, Teague 5, Kolokas 2, Klimavicius 6, Karavanas 6, Ceranic 5.

Kolossos Rodou - Panathinaikos 65-106
There are not many comments for this game, a continuous monologue for the visitors with Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80) scoring 16 points and Spanoulis having 11 assists! The quarters were: 16-31, 33-56, 54-81 and 65-106. The scores for the two teams were:
Kolossos: Steenson 13, Asimakopoulos 4, Peenock 8, Josipovic 11, Panagiotarakos 8, Diamantopoulos 7, Tziganovic 3, Skordalis 2, Todic 3, Tsamatos 6.
Panathinaikos: Alvertis 5, Perperoglou 12, Spanoulis 9, Becirovic 13, Batiste 11, Andrija Zizic 16, Hatzivretas 7, Dikoudis 8, Jasikevicius 11, Diamantidis 3, Winston 11 (1).

Egaleo - Olympiakos Piraeus 106-112
With Ibrahim Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) scoring 40 points and Arvydas Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) 33 points the 1500 fans saw an amazing game between two teams which gave everything in the offence and nothing in defense. Vassiliadis, Printezis and Bourousis scored 18 points each and helped the Lithuanian star to beat Skourthopoulos team. The quarters were: 27-24, 52-46, 71-77 and 106-112. The scorers were:
Egaleo: Nikolaidis 11, Hohler 3, Magounis 5, Ibrahim Jaaber 40, Bracey 14, Kallinikidis 13, Paterson 16, Marjanovic 4.
Olympiakos: Blakney 5, Papamakarios 5, Arvydas Macijauskas 33, Teodosic 5, Bourousis 19, Jackson 9, Vasiliadis 18(5), Printezis 18.



Market News -by Serafim Karaiskakis

Panionios agreed with Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) but they are concered about his injury. They will bring him to see if he fully recovered, if not Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) from MMT Estudiantes Madrid is the next big target.

AEK wants Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis), currently in Austin Toros (NBDL). The former player of Paok wants to stay in USA in order to play again for San Antonio Spurs(NBA). AEK recently eliminated from Fiba Europe Cup where William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke) had one more bad game.

Maroussi after the signing of Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) (198-G-82, college: UAB) wants a Bosman PG to complete the roster. The first target is Mithat Demirel (181-G-78). Other options are Vladimir Krstic (185-G-72, agency: Court Side) and Moustapha Sonko (192-G-72).

Rethimno after the arrival of the new coach changes the team. Larry O'Bannon (191-F-83, college: Louisville) (soon he will be released), Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse) gone. Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) signed and the young promising Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) is close to agree but he will not be the last one, Usa bigguy will be the next one. The team is thinking again Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia).

Paok continues with Coach Tab Baldwin but his job is not safe. The new management is concerned about the payments which are behind at this moment. The first players who are going to be released are Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Steven Hansell (192-G-75, agency: Court Side, college: Illinois St.). Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) remains due to the lack of money for many changes.

Olimpiada Patras tryes to fix the roster in order to avoid relagation. Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81) is close to subtitute Rod Brown (186-G-78, agency: TASM, college: W.Michigan).



A2: Match Day 10 - Two overtimes and the second victory for Apollon Patras -by Chris Mammides
MENT - Halkida 81-63
The home team was much stronger than Halkida which still looking for its identity without Vassilopoulos. The quarters were: 29-20, 45-35, 65-54 and 81-63. MVP and top scorer of the game was Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) who scored 25 points dashed down 7 rebounds and earn 13 fouls. The scorers of the game were:
ÌÅÍÔ: Karydas 13, Spanoulis 21 (4), Burcic 1, Benas 1, Mandic 14 (1), Makris 6, Despos 25.
Halkida: Kritikos 8 (2), Kantartzis 9 (1), Papantoniou 2, Tomaras 17 (3), Psathas 6, Djidzic 8 (1), Ibeza 6, Vucicevic 4.
P.Faliro - Panorama 78-74
After three consecutive negative results, P.Faliro came back to the successful route and made its record 4-6 at the same time Coach Tsolakis stopped Panorama's positive series. Even though they started the game quite nervously (they only scored 10 points in the first quarter), the Cypriot International Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) was in a great day, he scored 22 points with 5/6 three pointers, grabbed 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals while he won 7 fouls from his opponents. The quarters were: 10-25, 36-40, 52-60, and 78-74. The scorers were:
P. Faliro: Tsirigotakis 4, Mentzos 8, Zoukas 2, Aristides Koronides 22 (5), Efthimiou 8, Yannis Rodostoglou (191-G-83) 19 (1), Halkiadakis 2, Aposkitis 13 (1).
Panorama: Behlivanis 4, Panaras 7, Falekas 12, Panagiotopoulos 13, Nikos Orfanos (190-G-82) 15, Koubourovic 5 (1), Henjak 7.
Ilysiakos - Peristeri 75-82
Ilysiakos tried but never believed that actually could win the game over the all mighty player of Manouselis. The win for the visitors was quite easy even though at the end the deficit cut dangerously. The first half was a real derby but during the second Dimitris Kompodietas (196-G-85) was all alone and very tired so Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose (NY)) and Frangiskos Amato (205-F/C-78) helped their team to add another positive result in their series. The quarters were: 24-15, 35-40, 53-62 and 75-82.
Ilysiakos: Dimitris Kompodietas 17, Athanasopoulos 9, Athanasoulas 8, Athienou 10, Koutroulias 5, Tsarouhas 13, Bogris 10, Ioannou 3.
Peristeri: Moshovitis 11, Frangiskos Amato 17, Ant. Mantzaris 2, Kokkalis 2, Vardaris 7, Cuk 4, Margaritis 6, Deligiannis 6, Trybanski 3, Ralph Bucci 21, Kotinis 3 (1).
Xanthi - Pagrati 79-80 in OT (RT 65-65)
Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) was the fatal player for the home team even though he was the top scorer he lost the chance to become the hero of the game as he missed one out of two free throws 6 seconds before the end of the regular time and upon the score being 65-65. The game proceeded in the overtime where Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) and Voulgaris finished the game once and for all. Top scorer and MVP of the game was Nikos Liakopoulos from the visiting site, who scored 20 points.
Quarters: 17-16, 35-32, 52-52, 65-65, 79-80.
Xanthi: Vassilis Moulakis 20, Frousklias 3, Kefalas 11, Stefanidis 5, Nikoloudis 16, Koutsogiannis 4, Voiovantopoulos 5, Skara 6, Loupos 9.
Pagrati: Koukas 16, Nikos Liakopoulos 20, Tsolatos 2, Nikos Voulgaris 16, Klimis 3, Tzialas 11, Varypatis 11.
Apollon Patras - Sporting 94-87
Another overtime game resulted in the first victory for Coach Dimitris Papadopoulos. The Patras team beat their rivals (for relegation) team of Sporting and made a deep breath as they overcome their opponent in the board. The battle between the two top scorers of the game Kados and Fotiou ended with a slight win from the Greek but the Israeli laughed at the end as his team won the game. Both Fotiou and Kados were amazing, Fotiou scored 33 points while the Israeli Kados was astonishing, he scored 31 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists, Athanasiadis followed the Israeli from a closed distance as he scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. The quarters were: 16-21, 35-41, 56-60, 82-82 (RT) and 94-87 (OT).
Apollon: Kados 31 (2), Lianos 2, Manousos 15, Papadopoulos 4, Kapotas 5, Isaacson 2, Kaperonis 3, Georgitsis 13 (3), Athanasiadis 19 (4).
Sporting: Tsiotras 7, Fotiou 33 (5), Moutran 17, Perrakis 8, Morfis 22 (2).


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HOLLAND

MyGuide Amsterdam Win In Nijmegen -by Sanders Jackson

In the Horstacker on Saturday night, MyGuide Amsterdam were in a hole after the 1st quarter, but fought themselves out of the hole with three strong quarters afterwards, going on to win over Matrixx Magixx 80-75 to retain 1st place in the FEB standings. MyGuide were down 31-16 at the end of the 1st, but won every quarter afterwards.
Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) led MyGuide with 23 pts., with Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) adding 18 pts. Tyler Smith (203-F-80, college: Penn St.) led all scorers with 24 pts. MyGuide also forced 22 Matrixx turnovers. MyGuide moves to 12-2, while Matrixx falls to 10-4.


Upstairs Weert Gets Back On Track, Win Over Rotterdam Challengers -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night at home Upstairs Weert bounces back froma two-game skid to to win over Rotterdam Challengers 73-64. Upstairs, who previously were in 1st place in the FEB standings and suffered losses to Hanzevast Capitals and MyGuide Amsterdam, were led in scoring by
Latece Williams (203-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) with 19 pts., with Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scoring 17, and Ashley Champion (198-F-81, college: Chattanooga) adding 12 pts., 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) led the Rotterdammers with 16 pts. and 11 rebounds. Upstairs are now 10-4, while Rotterdam falls to 6-7.


West-Brabant Giants No Mercy On Aris Friesland, Win In Rout -by Sanders Jackson

In Leeuwarden on Saturday night, West-Brabant Giants took no prisoners vs. struggling Aris Friesland and their former coach Tony Vandenbosch, jumping out to a 32-13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, then 54-26 at halftime, going on to win a 106-68 blowout. Defense and protecting the basket were not on Aris' agenda, perhaps survival is, as West-Brabant swept through Aris' "defense" like a blizzard, shooting the ball with a sizzling 81.8% FG.
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led the Giants with 23 pts. and 6 assists, with Tim Blue (206-F-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Middle Tenn.St.) adding 17. Dillion Sneed (201-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) led Aris with 18 pts. West-Brabant are now 9-5, while Aris falls to last place with a 1-13 record.


ZZ Leiden Win Convincingly Over Hanzevast Capitals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, ZZ Leiden led from start to finish, winning over road-weary and shorthanded Hanzevast Capitals 94-82. ZZ were never behind n the game, and took advantage of Hanzevast's shorter rotation to the tune of 65.5% FG and lead at the half 37-24. Hanzevast, who were missing three players (Mason due to personal reasons, Khymer still without license and awaiting transferal of license, Morales injury) appear also to be worn down from their ULEB Cup responsibilities in combination with the FEB games.
David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led ZZ with 22 pts., and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) scored 21, Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) added 18 pts. and 14 rebounds, and J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) scored 17 pts. with 8 assists. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) led Donar with 18 pts. ZZ are now 6-9 and Donar falls to 7-6.


Omniworld Ends Losing Streak, Win Over Den Helder Seals; Swan Song For Omniworld? -by Sanders Jackson

In Almere on Saturday night, Omniworld Basketball, who are facing a financial crisis, put their focus on the court, winning over Den Helder Seals by the score of 86-71. Omniworld's season has been clouded by difficulties in obtaining extra funding from the local government and are awaiting word from the city council whether or not they will be aided by the local politicians with the proper funding to enable the club to continue their season. Their is speculation that the proposal will be in doubt, thus possibly the Den Helder Seals win may be their swan song. Nevertheless it this is the case, then Omniworld ended things on a positive note. Omniworld's
Reggie Golson (201-F-81, college: SE Missouri St.) scored a season-high 31 pts. to led all scorers, and Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, college: SE Missouri St.) added 11 pts. and 14 rebounds. Terry Sas (198-F-86, agency: Court Side) led the Seals with 20 pts. Omniworld forced 22 turnovers and had a 40-28 rebounding advantage. This week will be the verdict for Omniworld, with the club's fate resting on the decicion from the local politicians. Wait and see.


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 9 & 10: MSV 10-0 -by Terry Cooper
Weeks 9 and 10 in the Promotie was an establishing point for some teams as they put themselves as one of the elite teams in the league on their way to the Final Four! MSV, Cangeroes, and MyGuide2 won their games in both weeks while some split wins and others winless. MSV remains unbeaten and almost has the entire team back from injuries. The Cangeroes of Utrecht with head coach Peter Start are establishing themselves as a top contending club with team play and hard work. MyGuide2, Landstede2, and VBC Akrides completes the top five teams in the league. Stay tuned...

Week 9 Scores:

MyGuide2 - BV Rooi 72-67
EBBC 2 - Punch 87-64
Cangeroes - Leiden2 63-53
VBC Akrides - Initial High Five 109-60
MSV - Orca's 89-36
Landstede2 - Pigeons 94-92
De Groene Uilen - Emmen Eagles 125-65

Week 10 Scores:

Punch - Orca's 79-54
Emmen Eagles - EBBC2 73-108
Pigeons - Cangeroes 76-87
Initial High Five - MyGuide2 55-69
Landstede2 - MSV 73-82
BV Rooi - De Groene Uilen 83-76
Leiden2 - VBC Akrides 70-62


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HUNGARY

Albacomp released Christian Brown -by Tamas Deri
Albacomp and Christian Brown (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis,NY) agreed to break their contract, so american guard will leave the team. Rumors say, that he will not have a long trip as he found a new job in Austria.

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ICELAND

Weekend result. Iceland Express. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Skallagrimur 90. Njardvik 82. Milojica Zekovic 27. Allan Fall 23. Darrell Flake 20 + 17 rebs for Skallagrim. Brenton Birmingham 20 for Njardvik.

Grindavik 82. Snaefell 95. Thorleifur Olafsson 21. Jonathan Griffin 17 for Grindavik. Hlynur Baeringsson 27 + 13 rebs. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson & Justin Shouse 23 for Snaefell.

Stjarnan 82. IR 97. Good comeback for Nate Brown at IR. Dimitar Karadzovski 24. for Stjarnan. Hreggvidur Magnusson 31. Sveinbjorn Claessen 25. Nate Brown 20 for IR.

Hamar 90. KR 91Great first and last quarter almost gave Hamar their second win this season. Big game from Big George Byrd (203-C-75, college: Va Commonwealth) 38 pts & 17 rebs. Roni Leimu 16. For KR. Brynjar Bjornson & Avi Fogel 18. Joshua Helm 16. Jovan Zdravevski 14.


Div 1. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Breidablik beat Hottur today 98-83. Difficult weekend for Hottur. Play two of the top teams with less than 20 hours.
Leading scorers for Breidablik. Nemanja Sovic 29. Tony Cornett 15. For Hottur Everard Bartlett 25. Bjorgvin Karl Gunnarsson 24. Ben Hill 15


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INDIA

National Champs Services register second win -by Anil Kumar
National champions Services clinched their second win in as many ties
to enhance their hopes of a place in the men's final, in the 3rd All
India United Phosphorous Savio Cup Basketball Tournament, at Don Bosco
School, Matunga on Friday.

In a surprisingly one-sided Super League match, the formidable
Services sent Karnataka crashing to their second defeat and out of
contention following a convincing 101-67 win, after leading 53-38 at
half-time.

Playing their second tie in the four-team league, Karnataka who were
still recovering from their narrow 76-77 loss to ONGC in the opener on
Thursday, found the going tough against an aggressive Services who
initiated constant raids to stay ahead and in complete control.

Bipin (18), Jairaj (14), Settu (13) and Dalip Kumar (10) scored the
most for the winners, while Varun (18), Nixon (16) and Deiva Kumar
(12) contributed the most for Karnataka.

In another men's super league encounter late Thursday night, Services
overcame a strong challenge from Railways to coast to an 81-65 win.

Women's defending champion Southern Rly remained on course for their
third consecutive Savio Cup title when they beat Maharashtra 61-37 for
their second win in as many ties.

In another women's match, UPL-Rest of India registered their first win
in two outings when they beat Malaysia XI 85-65, even as the visitors
crashed to their second defeat in as many ties and are out of
contention.

UPL-Rest of India and Maharashtra, who have a win and a loss each,
will battle for the second spot as they face each other in the
concluding women's league tie. The top two will qualify for the final.

RESULTS: Men's Super League: Services 101 (Bipin 18, Jairaj 14, Settu
13, Dalip Kumar 10) bt Karnataka 67 (Varun 18, Nixon 16, Deiva Kumar
12). HT: 53-38.

Services 81 (Sweeto Francis 26, Shambhaji Kadam 23) bt Railways 63
(Yadwinder Singh 18, Jasjot Singh 15). HT: 35-24.

WOMEN: UPL-Rest of India 85 (Sophie Som 23, Seema Singh 15, Pushpa 13)
bt Malaysia XI 65 (Pang Hui Pin 23, Ang Siew Teng 20, Nur Izzati 10).
HT: 42-37. Southern Rly 61 (Geethu Anna Jose 23, M. Adhirai 12, P.
Anitha 10) bt Maharashtra 37 (Lincy Joseph 17). HT: 37-18.



ONGC pip Karnataka 77-76 in Savio Cup -by Anil Kumar
ONGC, Uttaranchal pipped a spirited Karnataka 77-76 in a pulsating
opening men's Super League tie, in the 3rd All India United
Phosphorous Savio Cup Basketball Tournament, at Don Bosco School,
Matunga on Thursday.

Karnataka came breathtakingly close to pulling off a sensational win
in the last seconds but they failed to convert a golden opportunity
that came their way.

ONGC, who trailed 31-32 at half-time, that reflected one of the
tightest contests in the competition, held on dearly to a 77-73 lead
in a dramatic last 43 seconds that were remaining.

Karnataka did not give up and pressed hard for a win and were rewarded
when Varun scored a brilliant three-pointer that helped them close in
at 76-77.

As the clocked ticked away, ONGC missed two free throws, while
Karnataka bungled a rally. With just four seconds remaining, ONGC,
playing under immense pressure, once again lost possession. But
Karnataka's hopes crashed as they failed to take advantage with that
last opportunity they received.

ONGC's Riyazuddin and Mohit Bhandari played stellar roles in their
team's win and were rewarded with 23 and 16 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra women shocked Malaysia XI 74-52. Playing their
first match, Maharashtra got off to a brilliant start while dominating
the opening two quarters in a fast-paced encounter.

Maharashtra, who led 39-27 at half-time, surprised Malaysia while
combining well and scoring at regular intervals. Malaysia recovered
with a brief challenge in the third quarter but the Maharashtra girls
had the match in complete control.

Jui John (18), Manisha Dangle (17) and Reshmi (15) scored the most for
Maharashtra, while Chew Lunn (12), Chen Jing (11) and Nur Izzati (8)
made significant contributions for the visitors.

In a thrilling men's preliminary match, ONGC (Uttaranchal) beat
Railways 85-78. ONGC, who led 37-36 at half-time, were powered by
Riyazuddin (16 points), Murli Krishna, Mohit Bhandari (15 each) and
Suresh Kumar (13). Jasjot Singh (18), Yadvinder Singh (17) and
Virender (16) scored the most for Railways.

RESULTS: Men's Super League: ONGC 77 (Riyazuddin 23, Mohit Bhandari
16, S. Sridhar 12, Sukesh Kumar 10) bt Karnataka 76 (Nixon 16, Gautham
14, Tinu Joseph 14, Deiva Kumar 11). HT: 31-32.

WOMEN: Maharashtra 74 (Jui John 18, Manisha Dangle 17, Reshmi 15) bt
Malaysia XI 52 (Chew Lunn 12, Chen Jing 11, Nur Izzati 8). HT: 39-27.



Its Services vs Maharashtra Mens final -by Anil Kumar
Maharashtra will take on Southern Railway, Chennai in the women's
final, while Services will face ONGC in the men's final, in the 3rd
All India United Phosphorous Savio Cup Basketball Tournament, at Don
Bosco School, Matunga.

In a surprisingly one-sided Super League match, National champions
Services sent Karnataka crashing to their second defeat and out of
contention following a convincing 101-67 win, after leading 53-38 at
half-time.

Playing their second tie in the four-team league, Karnataka who were
still recovering from their narrow 76-77 loss to ONGC in the opener on
Thursday, found the going tough against an aggressive Services who
initiated constant raids to stay ahead and in complete control.

Bipin (18), Jairaj (14), Settu (13) and Dalip Kumar (10) scored the
most for the winners, while Varun (18), Nixon (16) and Deiva Kumar
(12) contributed the most for Karnataka.

ONGC beat Railways 94-87 in another men's super league clash to
confirm their face-off against Services in the title round.

Women's defending champion Southern Railway remained on course for
their third consecutive Savio Cup title when they beat Malaysia XI
81-45 in their concluding league tie for their third consecutive win
in the four-team league.

Southern Railway will take on UPL-Rest of India in the women's
championship round following the latter's impressive 75-58 win over
Maharashtra in the concluding league match in the battle for the
second spot.

Maharashtra and UPL-Rest of India had a win and a loss each before
they went into their match. The top two in the league qualified for
the final.

RESULTS: Men's Super League: Services 101 (Bipin 18, Jairaj 14, Settu
13, Dalip Kumar 10) bt Karnataka 67 (Varun 18, Nixon 16, Deiva Kumar
12). HT: 53-38.

ONGC 94 (Riyazuddin 24, Mohit Bhandari 17, Murali Krishna 15, Trideep
Rai 14) bt Railways 87 (Snehpal Singh 25, Jasjot Singh 23, Yadwinder
Singh 10, Virender 10). HT: 52-31.

WOMEN: Southern Rly 81(Geethu Anna Jose 20, Rajini 12, P. Anitha 12)
bt Malaysia XI 45 (Nur Izzati 13, Choo Sook Ping 11). HT: 40-20.

UPL-Rest of India 75 (Anju Lakra 24, Seema Singh 10) bt Maharashtra 58
(Jiji John 14, G. Blessen 14) bt HT: 37-26.



Indian cagers need to be professional: Coach Bucan -by Anil Kumar


India's new basketball coach Aleksandar Bucan of Serbia believes the
talent in the country's trough is vast enough but the cagers need to
be part of a system that is totally professional.

"This is crucial if Indian basketball has to progress. You can't mix
tradition in the game and you need to cut out (all the nonsense). It
makes it difficult not only for the players, but for the coaches as
well," he says, before going on to explain.

"Look, if the players have to focus on their favourite sport, I'm
afraid, they will have to give up, for example, their Diwali and
Christmas celebrations, weddings in the family, etc. Your players take
breaks from camps on these occasions and by the time they return the
focus is gone," reveals Bucan, who is in Mumbai to conduct a clinic
for players during the 3rd All India United Phosphorous Limited Savio
Cup Basketball tournament at Don Bosco school, Matunga.

Bucan doesn't stop there, and adds: "If the President of Serbia
attends a match, he does not hog all the attention. Maybe he waves to
the crowd and acknowledges their cheers for three seconds. But he
quickly respects the players (who are into an important match) by
taking his seat without too much pampering."

"Here, in Inda, I notice, it's the other way around. The chief guest
is given too much importance. He is introduced to the (poor) players
(midway) who are in the midst of a crucial match! I can't believe
this. The players, who are eager to get into the action as quickly as
possible, are forced to focus on the guest when their mind should
rather be on the game. You know what I mean?," he explains.

In a bid to boost the profile of basketball in the country, the
Basketball Federation of India appointed Bucan as National coach,
initially on a six-month contract which ends in 10 days. During that
brief period, Bucan coached the Indian junior and senior teams while
on deputation from FIBA, basketball's international governing body.

Bucan, who coached the Indian boys' and girls' under-18 teams in
preparation for the junior Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC)
championships to be held next year, would like to renew his contract
for a 30-month period, as he explains it will give him time to achieve
significant results.

"We would like to have him not only for a short period but as a
permanent coach," revealed BFI associate secretary M. Venkatesh. "The
Government of India and the BFI are working towards renewing Bucan's
contract on a long-term basis. That will be known soon, while he is on
vacation after his six-month stint with the Indian teams."


"We need intelligent players and, let me emphasise, explosive power is
not mandatory. Height too is not important, except for certain key
positions. Players with average height too can excel, like Shambhaji
Kadam of Services," says Bucan.

Pointing out to the attitude of players Bucan cited another example.
"I was very surprised to see that the Karnataka players were not upset
when they lost 77-76 to ONGC in the Savio Cup on Thursday. It seems
they were not bothered. I didn't see any player getting angry."

"Basketball is the second most popular sport after football. So that
should be reason, and I have hope, for it to become popular in India,"
he says.


ABOUT THE COACH:

Bucan was the head coach of the Pioneer and Cadet national team of
Yugoslavia which won the gold medal at the European Cadet Championship
in 2001.

As a player, Bucan turned out for Partizan, Radivoj Korac and Zemun
basketball clubs in his native Belgrade.

For almost a decade, from 1993, he coached the Partizan squad as an
assistant. His wards won medals in all categories in various events in
Serbia and Montenegro and later made their way into national teams.

The club's senior squad made the final four Euro League in 1998 at
Barcelona, by then Bucan becoming the Assistant Head Coach. When he
was Assistant Coach of the Serbia and Montenegro senior side, the team
won the Serbian Cup in 2004.

Bucan also served in varied capacities with Napredak-Krusevac,
Swisslion Takovo-Vrsac, Radnieki Zastava-Kragujevac and Pancevo
basketball clubs.


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IRELAND

Superleague Round 8 results -by Eurobasket News

Shamrock Rovers drove to their 5th victory in the season as they defeated UCD Marian 84:76 away from home. The game was very close at the start as neither side was able to clear off substantially. Bryce May (201-F-82, college: Mc Neese St.) led Shamrock Rovers but his effort was well-matched by Beiline who nailed two triples to keep UCD Marian close. Darius Wojciechowski nailed 6 quick points for the visitors as Shamrock Rovers grabbed a 31:19 lead midway through the second frame. They maintained the margin and finished the first half up by 12 points 46:34. Beiline came up with another trey early in the third stanza to cut the gap to 5 points for UCD Marian but Shamrock Rovers responded with a three-pointer from Eamonn Brady (-81) and secured the distance at the late stages of the period. Beiline never kept silence as he burst out with yet another trey and then added a jumper to fuel UCD Marian back into contest. They closed the gap to 8 points but it never impacted Shamrock Rovers' attitude. They looked confident and answered with a big time plays from Brady and Jonathan Reed (183-G-79, college: Clayton St.) to secure the positive result at the end. Jonathan Reed led the visitors with 22 points. Eamonn Brady tallied 14 points for the winners. Beiline answered with game-high 23 points for UCD Marian. James Clement had 20 points as the hosts fell to 1-6 record in the ladder. Shamrock Rovers improved to 5-4 record in the standings and occupied the 5th spot. They will next take on University Ulster.

UCD Marian - Shamrock Rovers 76:84
UCD Marian: Beiline 23, James Clement 20
Shamrock Rovers: Jonathan Reed 22, . Eamonn Brady 14, Bryce May 12

MDS Star - St.Vincent 86:92
MDS Star: Robert Kelly (190-G-85, college: Northeastern) 25, Nick Michael 19
St. Vincent: Kenny Gamble 23, Keenan Browder (195-F-81, college: E.New Mexico) 22, Pete Madsen 16

Neptune - Tigers 86:89
Neptune: Matt Gorman 24, Pat Fitzpatrick 23
Tigers: Carl Hadley (193-F, college: Sam Houston St.) 35, Chris Jordan (193-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 21, Paris Katsimpas (183-G-84, college: Park) 17



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ITALY

Two wins on the road in Serie A -by Gianni Pascucci

Benetton Treviso and Air Avellino took two wins on the road in the anticipated games of the Serie A 12th Round, played yesterday night. Treviso prevailed over Eldo Napoli 69-64, led by Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier), who scored 17 pts and grabbed 6 rebs, but wasn' t so good in quarterbacking his team. Team captain Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) was the man of the game, scoring 10 points, most of them in the clutch moments. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) led Napoli in scorind with 17 in losing effort. In Scafati, the score was 63-53 for Legea at the end of 3rd quarter, but Air Avellino came from behind and won 89-86, led by a great Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77), who ended the game with 26 points, 6 rebs, 3 steals, 1 assist and is our saturday night MVP. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 23 points for the greens, while Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) and Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) have been the best in Legea, with 27 and 18 pts, respectively
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



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JAPAN

Toyama signs Cannon -by Mark Ofel
The Toyama Grouses are off to another dissapointing start at 0 - 9, and hope the signing of Gerald Cannon (205cm, 105kg), will bring some relief to an otherwise outsized team. Cannon should be able to fill a much needed void with rebounds and interior defense, one of the Grouses achilles heel all year. Cannon previously played in Norway and hails from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Toyama dropped their first of two to Takamatsu 84 - 71 in Cannon's debut on Saturday.

Cha-cha-cha-cha-changes -by Kenny
The JBL is using a song by the popular Japanese rock band B'z called "Action" as its theme song for the 2007-08 season. The David Bowie classic "Changes" might be more fitting. In a move that just about everybody in the JBL expected sooner rather than later, the Aisin Sea Horses have released F Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California). This move comes only 14 games into the season. Aisin has brought in swingman James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) to take his place. Maye is in Japan already and will be eligible to play from 12/8 when Aisin takes on OSG.

In another transaction, the last place Hitachi Sun Rockers have released injured C Jermaine Tate (206-C-76, agency: Duran International, college: Cincinnati) and signed C Peter Cornell (211-C-76, college: Loyola Marymount) to take his place. Tate played in the pre-season Challenge Cup tournament, but his broken foot put him out of commission and did not allow him to play in even one regular season game this season. The 3rd year veteran was a solid performer but his injury put Hitachi at a disadvantage and so they decided to let him go and go with the athletic Cornell instead.

Cornell played in the JBL in 2005-06 for the now-defunct Fukuoka Red Falcons and led the JBL in rebounds during the half-season the Red Falcons were in existence. The 6-11 Cornell runs the floor better than a lot of guards, so he will most likely fit in nicely with the Hitachi Sun Rockers who have the lighting-fast Kei Igarashi at point guard.

Results from Sunday's (12/2) games:

Aisin 81
Hitachi 67

Mitsubishi 71
Toshiba 70

Toyota 103
Hokkaido 87

OSG 94
Panasonic 92


Notes: With their 81-67 victory over Hitachi on Sunday, Aisin has now won 9 straight games. Mitsubishi defeated Toshiba 71-70 on a last-second 3-pointer by G Kotaro Fujimoto.


Standings (as of 12/2):
1. Aisin 13-3
2. Toyota 11-5
3. OSG 8-8
4. Mitsubishi 8-8
5. Toshiba 7-9
6. Panasonic 7-9
7, Hokkaido 6-10
8. Hitachi 4-12


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KOREA

Dongbu Promy Tops The League In The KBL -by Rick Ross
Coach Chun Chang Jin of the Dongbu Promy has once again maintained a steady secure of its top
Position as the League Leader Going Into the 3rd Round of the KBL.
With Only Four Games Remaining in the last of the second Round
Dongbu Promy has Managed to keeps its winning streak alive Losing Only to LG Sakers
In the 2nd Round by a last second shot taken by Ordartey Blankson.

Even a lost for Dongbu will still Hold its position as the League Leader with a
Record of 14-3,

4 Games on tap Include Dongbu-KCC-Samsung and Orions will Close out the
Last of the 2nd Rounds and Start up the beginning of the 3rd Round.
KT&G-KCC-SK-LG & Samsung Round out the Top 6 places In
The Standings Going into the 3rd Round,

KTF and ET Blackslamer are 500 with Identicle records of 9-9
Orions and Mobis Round out the top ten teams placing 9 and 10
Orions 3-14 Mobis 3-15.


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KUWAIT

Al Sahel defeats Kazma 81 - 72 to open season -by Sadik Abdullah
Kuwait season is officially open and Al Sahel did great vs. Kazma winning their opener 81 - 72 against Kazma.

Kenny Harris (206-F-81, college: Hofstra) was not in uniform, but Ricky Huckaby (188-G, college: Texas A&M - Kingsv.) did more than enough to get them the win. Huckaby finished with 26 points and 7 assists while Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut), the newly signed import for Kazma, finished with 24 points.

For information on Kuwait Basketball or any imports in Kuwait, you can email Sadiq at sadiq_abdullah@rogers.com


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LATVIA

Ventspils and ASK Riga successful at home -by Gunars Gailitis
Both Latvian representatives in ULEB Cup posted wins in the 4th round of the tournament. Ventspils overcame Elan Chalon in Group B. ASK Riga left no chance for Pau-Orthez in Group H action.
Ventspils outscored Elan Chalon 81:71 for the third victory at the tournament at the Ventspils Nafta Hall. It was a wisely crafted scenario from the home team. Ventspils played an aggressive basketball in the first half and building a comfortable advantage allowed themselves to slow down a bit and cruised to an overall victory in the second part of the encounter. A sharp-shooting in the opening quarter was a key to Ventspils success. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) nailed a couple of three-pointers, while Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) and Aigars Vitols (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) provided back-up with nearly perfect shooting from middle range to keep Ventspils going. Elan Chalon capped the first period with a 5:0 run but still trailed by 11 points after it. Jimmy Baxter ignited another rally from the hosts early in the second term as they cleared off to a 40:23 distance. The visitors never recovered till the main break and trailed by 17 points at the interval. Ventspils continued to mount pressure at the start of the third stanza and enlarged the cushion to 18 points. From now on the hosts wisely held on to the advantage and kept Elan Chalon at a safe distance. Aigars Vitols scored 17 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter fired 15 points as Ventspils improved to 3-1 record.
ASK Riga entered the 4th round with a 1-2 record in store and needed to win to stay alive in Group H action. And they did in style thumping Pau-Orthez 80:60 at Riga Arena. It was a well-balanced effort from the hosts that saw them dismantle French side. ASK Riga stunned the visitors early in the game as Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) scored 6 straight points and Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added a trey to make it a 9:0 lead for the home team. ASK Riga enlarged the margin to 22:5 late in the first quarter and just a three-pointer from Ferchaud allowed Pau-Orthez to trail by 14 points heading into the second period. Pau-Orthez however sparked with a 10:5 rally at the beginning of the second term and clipped Riga's lead to 9 points. But Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) and Bertrans baskets put the hosts in front 36:22 at halftime. ASK Riga looked very confident at the third stanza as they controlled the pace and rolled to a 54:39 advantage after three quarters. Pau-Orthez had little counterarguments in the final frame and lost their third game in the Cup. Five ASK Riga players scored in double figures. Raitis Grafs and Dwayne Broyles delivered 14 points apiece to lead the home team. Sandis Valters and Aaron Bramlett contributed 12 points each for ASK Riga as they climbed to 2-2 record. David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) responded with game-high 16 points for French team. Cedric Ferchaud (195-F-80) nailed 11 points in defeat.

Ventspils - Elan Chalon 81:71
Ventspils: Aigars Vitols 17, Jimmy Baxter 15, Akin Akingbala 13+10 boards
Elan Chalon: Bryan Brian Bracey (201-F-78, college: Oregon) 14, John Ford (207-C/F-78, college: Colorado St.) 13

ASK Riga - Pau-Orthez 80:60
ASK Riga: Raitis Grafs 14, Dwayne Broyles 14, Sandis Valters 12, Aaron Bramlett 12
Pau-Orthez: David Young 16, Cedric Ferchaud 11


Barons crawls into EuroCup Qualifying Round -by Gunars Gailitis
Iscar Nahariya - Barons 83:80 (13-28, 23-20, 22-23, 25-9)

Latvian Barons won the aggregate win over Iscar Nahariya 161:160. It happened after the team lost in Israel last night 80:83, however won the first leg 81:77. Just one points sent the Latvian squad to the Qualifying Stage. In Israel Armands Skele (192-G-83) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) top-scored with 17 points. Otis Hill (203-C-74, college: Syracuse) led the winners of the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Sasa Ocokoljic (184-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16, while Matan Naor (194-F-80) added 14.

Barons had 4 points advantage after the first game and increased to 19 points aggregate after a 13:28 in the opening quarter. Even though Israeli team reduced the gap, Latvian team was still in command at 48:36. Iscar Nahariya could not struggle against the visitors, however found a solution in the last quarter. Otis Hill's dunk capped a 7-0 run that closed the gap in the game to 71:67 with less than seven minutes remaining. Sasa Ocokoljic made it 83:80 in the last minute of the show. It was again him who launched a shot from behind the arc, but could not get it in. Latvian Barons won the aggregate win over Iscar Nahariya 161:160 and qualified to next round of EuroCup. The last game between BK Prostejov and Tartu Rock will be tonight.

Iscar Nahariya: Otis Hill 26+8 rebs, Sasa Ocokoljic 16, Matan Naor 14
Barons LMT: Armands Skele 17, Giedrius Gustas 17


Zalgiris still undefeated in BBL -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Ventspils 76:68

Ventspils were unable to snap Zalgiris winning streak as it now stands at 8 games. Kaunas powerhouse overcame Latvian team to hand those the 6th loss at the tournament. Zalgaris marked their ambitions early in the game as they opened it with an 8:0 rally. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) knocked down consecutive treys for the hosts midway through the frame to maintain the pressure and accumulated a 23:13 lead for Zalgiris. However Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) nailed a jumper and Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) crowned the first quarter with a massive dunk to cut the deficit to 7 points. Justin Love came up with a long three-pointer to tie the scoreline midway through the second term. Soon free throws from Veselovs and Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) put Ventspils up by 3 points but Zalgiris reacted immediately. Marko Popovic and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) chipped in straight triples to regain the advantage for the home side. Marko Popovic capped the first half with two free throws and Zalgiris went into the dressing room in front 43:38. Marko Popovic continued the spark for Zalgiris early in the third period as he connected once again from beyond the arc and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added another long bomb as Kaunas team eased ahead to a 51:38 lead. The held on to the advantage and headed into the final period with a 13-point cushion. Akin Akingbala scored a quick jumper at the start of the fourth term but Goran Jurak matched it with one more triple for the hosts and Zalgiris actually cleared off good.
Marko Popovic topscored with 22 points for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak contributed 12 points, while Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala delivered 10 points and 7 boards in a loss. Zalgiris outrebounded their opponents 39:34 and forced Latvian players to 15 turnovers. Zalgiris improved to 8-0 record and next take on Barons at home. Ventspils fell to 3-6 record in the BBL ladder and visit TU/Rock on December 14.

Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 22, Goran Jurak 12, Eurelijus Zukauskas 11
Ventspils: Jimmy Baxter 18, Akin Akingbala 10


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LIGA AMERICAS

New league - big expectations -by Eurobasket

There is a new initiative to start international club competition in both North and South Americas. FIBA America decided to organized 1st edition of Liga Americas (Liga das Americas), which will start on December 4th.
Due to distance problems, the clubs will be divided into 4 groups and each group will play a tournament in a different place.

The big favorites are clubs from Brazil and Argentina and Puerto Rico. Uruguay can make few surprises too. I would not rule out Mexican teams as well. At the other side it would be hard to count to favorites the clubs from Dominican Rep. or Chile. Bur the Liga Americas does not include too low-ranked clubs, like for example Liga Sudamericana does.
Worth to mention that U.S. pretty much ignored this tournament and will send semi-pro teams, which practically do not play in any league at all. So it will be kind of one-time assembly of various players, who could not make it to any reputable pro league.
But it seems it's very typical for U.S. basketball to ignore (or not being able) to send high-standard players to international competitions and in consequence also this time we can expect another blow to the reputation of American basketball.
PBL All Stars did not exist at all and we expect it would be just gathering of some players from semi-pro league PBL. The second U.S. team Miami Tropics used to play in USBL over 10 years ago and one season in ABA (called failure league or big "circus"). It's hard to predict which players these teams will be combined of. But no one knows for sure. It may happen than these semi-pro U.S. players would like to prove that they deserve being placed in pro leagues. So if some of them really impress, they could sign even contracts with some of pro teams from Latin America.
But we should be able to see the top club basketball from Latin America.

Groups and Schedule:

Group A
It will be played in Guaynabo (PUR) on Dec.4, 6, 7.
Teams:
PBL All Stars (USA)
Metros de Santiago (DOM)
Cangrejeros de Santurce (PUR)
Soles de Mexicali (MEX)


Group B
It will be played in Miami (USA) on Dec.11, 12, 13.
Teams:
Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR)
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (MEX)
Miami Tropics (USA)
Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX)


Group C
It will be played in Belo Horizonte (BRA) on Dec.18, 19, 20.
Teams:
Defensor Sporting Club (URU)
Boca Juniors Capital Feder (ARG)
Pitagoras/Minas (BRA)
Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro (BRA)


Group D

It will be played in Mar del Plata (ARG) on Jan.8, 9, 10.
Teams:
Libertad Sunchales (ARG)
Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA)
Penarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires (ARG)
Liceo Mixto Los Andes (CHI)



Capitanes ready for Americas League -by Gianni Pascucci
The players and the coaches of Capitanes de Arecibo were officially introduced to media at the Sprint Building of Plaza del Norte in Hatillo. The team Owner, Mr. Luis Monrouzeau, and the General Secretary of FIBA Americas, Mr. Alberto Garcia, introduced also the brand new "Liga de Las Americas-Americas League" that will start in Puerto Rico on next tuesday. The roster of Capitanes for the upcoming Liga de las Americas will made of Bobby Joe Hatton (187-G-76, college: Marist), Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz (187-G-79, agency: Next Level, college: Youngstown St.), Pedro Calderon (183-G-81, agency: Next Level), David Cortes, agency: Next Level), Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling), Carlos Payano (196-F/G-71, college: Dowling), Angel Rosa (206-F/C-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brescia (KY)), Osiris Ricardo (209-C-77, agency: Next Level, college: Missouri Southern), Raul Rivera (215-C-82, agency: Next Level), Tony Massenburg (206-F-67, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) and Rogers Washington (202-F-77, college: LSU). Rafael Cruz is currently playing in Mexican LNBP, but opbtained a special permission from his "Dorados" team to particpate to the competition. The team will be coached by David Rosario , his Asssitant will be Gustavo Canas. The Capitanes will play in the Group "B" from December 11 to 13 in Miami, Florida, and their opponents will be the Miami Tropics, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Halcones UV Xalapa.

The Tropics are running their camp -by Gianni Pascucci

The Miami Tropics opened their preseason camp last week at the Florida International University. The team is led by CEO Art Alvarez , General Manager Ed Auricchio and Coach Don Kelbick . The technical staff will evaluate a large group of players, some of them yet under contract with the Bahama All Pro ABA team, that will play too in MIami area. The Tropics will host the Group "B" of the "Liga de Las Americas" and will meet a team from Puerto Rico, Capitanes de Arecibo, and two from Mexico, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Halcones UV Xalapa. The players currently practicing at the Tropics camp are as follows:

name pos yob hgt wgt school
Stuart BALDONADO F 1985 6-7 220 Miami-Dade CC / Duquesne '07
Marcus BARNES G 1981 6-2 205 Northeastern '05
Felipe BARRIOS F 1984 6-4 Barry '07
Alvin CRUZ G 1982 6-1 185 Niagara '05
Jemel DAVILA G 1981 6-4 205 Palm Beach CC / Brevard CC / Maine-Machias '05
Marlon DUMONT F/C 1977 6-9 225 Seminole St JC / T C U '02
Carlos ESCALERA G 1979 6-3 205 Missouri Southern '01
Tony MITCHELL G 1983 5-11 175 Charleston '05
Jaja RICHARDS C 1974 6-11 235 Pensacola JC / Loyola (IL) '97
Sylbrin ROBINSON F 1980 6-8 210 Florida International / Odessa JC / Northeastern '03
Karel ROSARIO C 1977 6-9 235 Florida International '01
Terence SHELMAN F 1978 6-7 210 Miami Northwestern HS (FL) '96
Benitez "B.B." WALDON G/F 1980 6-6 210 South Florida '02
Steven WALTERS F 1981 6-8 205 Clark-Atlanta / Morehouse '05
Jermaine WATSON G 1983 6-3 205 Boston College '05



Liga de las Americas to start on tuesday 4 -by Gianni Pascucci
The town of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will host in its "Coliseo Quijote Morales" the Group "A" of the "Liga de Las Americas" in its inaugural edition for the 2007-08 season. The tournment will be telecasted live by FOX-Sports around all the Northern, Central and Southern America. The four teams that will start the competition are Los Metros de Santiago, from Republica Dominicana, PuertoRican team Cangrejeros de Santurce, Mexican LNBP team Soles de Mexicali and al All-Star Selection from the new American league named PBL.

Cangrejeros ready to start -by Eurobasket
The President of Cangrejeros de Santurce, Angelo Medina, annonced the agreement with Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan), who wil be the only import of the team for the upcoming Liga de Las Americas "Group A" that will start on tuesday evening in Guaynabo. The rest of the team roster will be very similar to the one of the last BSN, led by the brothers Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) and Raymond Dalmau (198-G-73, agency: Duran International, college: South Plains JC).

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LITHUANIA

Bajramovic carries Lietuvos Rytas past TU/Rock in BBL -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Lietuvos Rytas 74:77

Lietuvos Rytas celebrated the 8th victory in the BBL season as they beat TU/Rock at Tartu University Sports Hall. It became the 6th loss for TU/Rock but Tartu team displayed they can be a real threat in the league. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) started to pile up points right from the start in the game as he converted two free throws and then connected from behind the arc to set Lietuvos Rytas rolling 9:2. Petravicius added from the field and later nailed a pair of free throws to keep the visitors in front 20:11 with less than 2 minutes to play in the opening frame. Tartu responded with 4 straight points from Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and the hosts trailed by 5 points at the end of the quarter. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) opened the second term with a trey for Lietuvos Rytas but Tartu quickly replied with 7 points from George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) as he lifted Tartu in front 28:25. Tartu enjoyed the momentum and soon Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) hit a triple to make it 44:36 for the hosts. George Tsintsadze capped the first half with one more free throw and TU/Rock were up by 9 points at the interval.
Three-pointers from Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) brought Lietuvos Rytas back to life at the start of the third frame. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) then converted a pair of free throws and the visitors came as close as 2 points 53:55. Bajramovic and Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) came up with some bug shots late in the third period and Rytas regained the lead 61:60 heading into the final stanza. It was a triple-parade early in the fourth term as both teams exchanged a couple of long bombs. Chuck Eidson finally hit from a close range and gave Lietuvos Rytas a 75:70 advantage with just over a minute to go. Talts missed a trey and George Tsintsadze hit only one free throw to climb within 4 points with 13 seconds left. Bajramovic meanwhile dunked it home to seal the win for Lithuanian team. Kullamae's desperate three-pointer at the buzzer just cut the deficit but nothing more. Kenan Bajramovic led the action with 20 points. Marijonas Petravicius contributed 15 points and 6 boards for the winners. George Tsintsadze scored 19 points to pace TU/Rock. Tanel Tein added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in a losing effort.

TU/Rock: George Tsintsadze 19, Tanel Tein 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 20, Marijonas Petravicius 15, Chuck Eidson 10, Mindaugas Lukauskis 10


Zalgiris still undefeated in BBL -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Ventspils 76:68

Ventspils were unable to snap Zalgiris winning streak as it now stands at 8 games. Kaunas powerhouse overcame Latvian team to hand those the 6th loss at the tournament. Zalgaris marked their ambitions early in the game as they opened it with an 8:0 rally. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) knocked down consecutive treys for the hosts midway through the frame to maintain the pressure and accumulated a 23:13 lead for Zalgiris. However Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) nailed a jumper and Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) crowned the first quarter with a massive dunk to cut the deficit to 7 points. Justin Love came up with a long three-pointer to tie the scoreline midway through the second term. Soon free throws from Veselovs and Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) put Ventspils up by 3 points but Zalgiris reacted immediately. Marko Popovic and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) chipped in straight triples to regain the advantage for the home side. Marko Popovic capped the first half with two free throws and Zalgiris went into the dressing room in front 43:38. Marko Popovic continued the spark for Zalgiris early in the third period as he connected once again from beyond the arc and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added another long bomb as Kaunas team eased ahead to a 51:38 lead. The held on to the advantage and headed into the final period with a 13-point cushion. Akin Akingbala scored a quick jumper at the start of the fourth term but Goran Jurak matched it with one more triple for the hosts and Zalgiris actually cleared off good.
Marko Popovic topscored with 22 points for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak contributed 12 points, while Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala delivered 10 points and 7 boards in a loss. Zalgiris outrebounded their opponents 39:34 and forced Latvian players to 15 turnovers. Zalgiris improved to 8-0 record and next take on Barons at home. Ventspils fell to 3-6 record in the BBL ladder and visit TU/Rock on December 14.

Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 22, Goran Jurak 12, Eurelijus Zukauskas 11
Ventspils: Jimmy Baxter 18, Akin Akingbala 10


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LUXEMBOURG

Jerome Gumbs puts on leading role in Dudelange -by Eurobasket News
A newly arrived T71 Dudelange forward Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) seemed to adapt quickly to the team and Luxembourgish league. He led T71 to a confident 92:58 road victory over Black Star yesterday. Jerome Gumbs delivered 28 points, 11 boards, 4 steals and 2 assists in 33 minutes on the court. T71 never trailed as they piled up a 23:17 lead after the first frame and continued the onslaught in the second. The visitors outscored the home team 20:9 and enjoyed a 43:26 advantage at halftime. The things did not look better for the hosts after the break as they struggled to hit open baskets and maintain T71 leaders defensively. Frank Muller (195-F) and Jerome Gumbs crafted the outcome in the final frame as T71 edged Black Star 28:13 and ensured their 4th win in the season. Frank Muller scored 22 points, while Bob Kieffer (195-G/F-86) netted 17 points in a winning effort. Patrick Arbaut (185-G-87) responded with 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Black Star. Yannick Arbaut (188-F-83) and Julien Hublart added 11 points apiece in the 7th loss for Black Star in the championship. T71 outrebounded the home side 34:27 and forced those to 18 turnovers. The visitors knocked down 44% from the field, while Black Star managed just 31% accuracy.
Meanwhile Sparta came closer to leading Etzella as they routed Soleuvre 84:76 at home. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) was the topscorer for Sparta with 32 points. Eric Evans (178-G-87) chipped in 14 points as Sparta climbed to 7-4 record in the ladder. Sean Hampton (195-F-75, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Alderson-Broaddus) responded with 28 points for Soleuvre.


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NBA

Caron Butler fires 29 points as Wizards upset Raptors -by Eurobasket News
Washington are proving that they can be a dangerous opponents as they improved to 8-9 record beating Toronto 101:97 yesterday. It was another big night for Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) as he nailed game-high 29 points and dished out 7 assists to pace the Wizards at the Verizon Center. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) was there to help with 28 points and 14 boards in a winning effort. The win marked a 5-4 record for the Wizards without Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) who is sidelined with a knee injury. Toronto also missed their key contributor as Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had a strained right groin to cure. Washington surged ahead in the second term and later maintained the lead shooting 56% from the field. Roger Mason came off the bench to deliver 15 points for the winners. Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) was the topscorer for the Raptors with 23 points off the bench. Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) added 18 points in the 8th loss for the Raptors.
New Orleans needed an overtime to edge Dallas and snap their 21-game losing skid against the Mavericks. The Hornets led by 5 points at the interval but Jerry Stackhouse (6'6''-G-74, college: N.Carolina) put Dallas up by one at the end of the third frame. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored two free throws with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to give Dallas a 102:99 lead. But Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) denied it with his spectacular three-pointer 3 seconds later. The Hornets stepped up defensively in overtime and secured their 12th win in the season. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) tallied 33 points, 12 assists and 9 boards for the Hornets. Predrag Stojakovic finished with 22 points for the winners. Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored 19 points each as Dallas suffered their 6th loss at the regular season.
Meanwhile there was some news coming from LA City. Phil Jackson and the Lakers agreed to contract extension. Phil Jackson will be at the head of the franchise through the 2009-2010 season. The extension will cost approximately 24 million dollars to the team.


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NCAA3

Brandeis rallies for 63-59 win at Framingham State -by Moritz Korff
Brandeis University sophomore Terrell Hollins (Springfield, Mass.) had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass, as the Judges rallied from a second-half deficit for the fourth time this season to defeat the Framingham State College Rams, 63-59, on the road today.

The Judges, ranked No. 7 in the nation, improved to 6-0 for the second year in a row, as four players scored in double figures in addition to Hollins. Junior Kevin Olson (Rockport, Mass.) came off the bench to tie for team-high honors with 12 points, while senior guard Florian Rexhepi (Skopje, Macedonia) and sophomore guard Andre Roberson (Springfield, Mass.) had 10 each. Rexhepi's 3-pointer with 6:23 left in regulation turned a one-point deficit into a two-point lead that the Judges wouldn't relinquish.

Framingham State (3-4) fell despite three different players scoring 13 points. Josue Almodovar also had a double-double with 13 points and a team-high 11 boards, while Bill Carey and Michael Hines also scored a baker's dozen. Michael Costa led all players with seven assists for the Rams.

Courtesy of www.brandeis.edu


Top-Ranked Amherst Lord Jeffs Escape Upset Against WNEC -by Moritz Korff
The top-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team wrapped up its 2007 Pioneer Valley Classic slate this afternoon with a 63-51 win over Western New England College on the campus of host Springfield College. The Lord Jeffs extend their unbeaten streak to five games to start the season.

Senior captain Andrew Olson (5'10''-G) (San Diego, CA) gave Amherst a 3-0 lead with the opening basket of the game, but from that point on in the first half the Lord Jeffs had their hands full with the Golden Bears.

For a fifteen minute stretch beginning at the 17:53 mark of the opening half, Amherst trailed all but a few moments of tied basketball. All season long the Lord Jeffs had played their entire roster, going up to 16 players deep at times. Head coach David Hixon '75 played just eight players in the close game this afternoon though.

Amherst leading scorer Brandon Jones (Hopatcong, NJ) gave the Lord Jeffs a two point lead with 1:41 remaining until halftime on a lay-up off a feed from senior Kevin Hopkins (Greenfield Center, NY). The two centers combined to play 52 minutes, sometimes side-by-side, to try and overpower the undersized WNEC squad.

At the half, Amherst held just a 31-29 lead, the smallest intermission margin for the Lord Jeffs this year. The Lord Jeffs rededicated themselves at the half, and came out of the locker room as a different team.

Amherst rolled off a 15-0 run over the first 6:06 of the second half, led by Olson once again. The senior dished out three assists and buried a three pointer during the run. The spark left Amherst with a game-high 20-point advantage at the 11:59 mark of the second stanza.

WNEC made some small runs in the second half to try and get back into the game, but never closed the gap to single digits. The Jeffs closed out the close game with a 63-51 win, with Olson leading the way offensively playing all 40 minutes.

The senior point guard had 16 points and seven assists on 6-of-7 shooting, including a 4-for-4 day from three-point land. Hopkins was impressive once again with 15 points, five rebounds, and a pair of blocks. Jones chipped in with 10 points and eight boards, while Ryan Hernandez led the Golden Bears with 14 points.

Amherst's Hopkins and Jones were both named to the All-Tournament Team alongside Olson, who was tabbed as the MVP.

The Lord Jeffs improve to 5-0, while WNEC falls to 3-3 on the season. Amherst returns to action on Thursday when they host MIT at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.amherst.edu


8-0 Run the Difference in Cedarville's Narrow Win Over Wooster -by Moritz Korff
Cedarville University, rated No. 4 in NAIA Div. II, scored eight unanswered points during a 3:05 stretch of the second half to build a double-digit lead (57-47) for the first and only time of Saturday night's game and then held off a furious rally by The College of Wooster, which is ranked No. 14 in NCAA Div. III, for a 65-61 triumph in Cedarville, Ohio.

The two teams played an even first half, as they were knotted 35-35 at the break. Early in the second, Wooster (2-2) held a 42-39 lead, but then Cedarville (5-2) steadily took control. First, the Yellow Jackets tied it at 42 and then Chris Beals made a four-point play, hitting a 3-pointer plus a foul shot. Kaleb Reed (Burbank, Ohio / Northwestern) answered with a 3-point shot of his own to bring Wooster back within one only to see the hosts bury another 3-ball on the ensuing possession to make it a two-possession margin (49-45).

The Scots would briefly pull back within two on a pair of Brandon Johnson (Columbus, Ohio / Groveport Madison) free throws before the Yellow Jackets went on the aforementioned 8-0 run, with five of those points courtesy of NAIA All-American Ryan Short.

Trailing by 10 with a little more than five minutes to go, Wooster crept back into the game. The Scots put together six-straight points at one point, four free throws by James Cooper (Springfield, Ohio / Springfield South) and a lay-up by Bryan Wickliffe (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep), the latter making it a 59-57 margin at the 1:27 mark.

On the ensuing possession, Cedarville's Ricardo Alliman worked his way to the charity stripe, where he made 1-of-2, and next, Devin Fulk (Newark, Ohio / Licking Valley) found an opening for a lay-up to pull Wooster within one at 60-59 with :50 to play.

The back-breaker for the Scots was on the following possession, as after working the shot clock down, a Yellow Jacket 3-pointer was off the mark, however, Daniel Rose collected the offensive rebound, put it back in, and was fouled. He finished the three-point play for a 63-59 cushion and just :25 remaining.

Saturday's game was in complete contrast of last year's match-up, when Wooster won a 104-95 shootout. Both defenses took center stage this time, with the Scots shooting just 33.3 percent from the field (22-of-66) and Cedarville not much better at 37.1 percent (23-of-62).

Individually, Wooster didn't have anybody reach double figures in scoring, as Cooper, Johnson, Wickliffe, and Evan Will (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman) shared team honors with nine points apiece. Marty Bidwell (Middletown, Ohio / Bishop Fenwick) did record double-digits, grabbing 11 rebounds to help the Scots to a 49-45 advantage in that category.

For the Yellow Jackets, Short tossed in a game-high 14 points and Christopher Walker posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards, in addition to three blocked shots.

Courtesy of http://athletics.wooster.edu


UW-Stevens Point Defeated by No. 20 Whitewater -by Moritz Korff
The second-ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team fell today to 20th-ranked UW-Whitewater by a score of 83-77 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) opener at Kachel Gym.

The loss drops the Pointers record to 3-1 overall, while the Warhawks stay perfect this season with a record of 4-0. The loss snaps a nine-game win streak for the Pointers against WIAC opponents.

The first eight minutes of the contest was close as neither team had a lead of more than three points. With the score tied 17-17, the Warhawks went on a 7-0 run to take a 24-17 advantage with 9:17 left in the first half. Whitewater built its lead to seven with 5:29 left, but the Pointers then outscored the Warhawks 13-3 over the next four minutes to take a 34-31 lead. However, the Warhawks scored the last four points of the half to take a 35-34 halftime lead.

Stevens Point shot 42 % in the first half and was 3-of-10 on three-point attempts. The Warhawks shot 57 % in the half and were 8-for-10 from the free throw line.

The Pointers started the second half fast making their first four field goals, including a three-pointer by Pete Rortvedt (6'5''-F-85) (Jr.-Minocqua/Lakeland) that gave Stevens Point 43-37 lead. With the score 48-42 Pointers with over 16 minutes left, Whitewater would go on a 10-0 run to take a 52-48 lead with 14:03 left. The Warhawks did not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.

The Warhawks extended their lead to nine with 7:27 on the clock, but the Pointers fought back. Stevens Point cut the lead to 75-74 after a Jerome Wotachek (Jr.-Mishicot) put back with 1:09 remaining. Unfortunately, that's as close they would get as the Warhawks were 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the final minute to knock off the second-ranked Pointers 83-77.

Stevens Point uncharacteristically struggled from the free throw line in the second half going 4-for-9 with all five of the misses coming in the final four minutes. The Pointers shot 48 % for the game and were 8-for-21 from beyond the three-point line. The Warhawks shot 62 % from the field, including 68 % in the second half. Whitewater was 18-for-22 from the free throw line in the second half.

Steve Hicklin (6'4''-G-84, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) (Sr.-Sussex/Hamilton) led the Pointers with 18 points. Pete Rortvedt chipped in 14 points and Jerome Wotachek added 10 points. Bryan Beamish (Jr.-Wisconsin Rapids/Lincoln) had six rebounds and six assists to lead Stevens Point. Rob Perry had a game-high 23 points for Whitewater.

Courtesy of http://athletics.uwsp.edu


Roanoke holds on for upset of No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan Marlins -by Moritz Korff
Roanoke College's 68-67 victory Saturday over the No. 5-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College men's basketball Marlins might not come as that big of a shock to some basketball aficionados.

Afterall, the Maroons do return all five starters from a team that played in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship game last February, they were playing on the home court, where they are now 4-0, and they were facing a Virginia Wesleyan team that is no stranger to early-season losses.

Despite the fact the Marlins have posted the best two seasons in VWC history in the past two years, those seasons have started with a few bumps early. Saturday's conference loss to the Maroons is the first bump in four outings for the 2007-08 squad.

Realistically, it could have been a major bump as the Marlins (3-1, 0-1) found themselves trailing by 19 points in the first. It was a cold start that turned into a torrid finish for the Fish however, as Virginia Wesleyan dominated the second half with defense and consistent offense to wipe out the deficit and take a late lead on the Maroons (4-0, 1-0).

But, Zach Milton came up with a rebound under the Roanoke basket in the waning seconds and shoveled up a put-back attempt through the bodies battling for the ball to send the ball through the hoop to give the Maroons a 68-67 led with one second on the clock. VWC called for a timeout to set up a final play, but a halfcourt shot missed the mark, preserving the win for the host team, which snapped a six-game losing streak in the basketball series between the schools.

"We came out flat and did not play with any intensity at all," said VWC head coach Dave Macedo. "In the second half we came strong, particularly in the last 10 minutes, and made it a different game. Overall, I was proud of our finish, but we're still inconsistent right now. We need to get better production from different people."

The Marlins did get double-figure scoring from senior Tyler Fantin (6'5''-F) (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam), junior Norman Hassell (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam), and sophomore Stephen Fields (Hampton, Va./Hampton) by the end of the game, but with most it coming in the second half. Fantin tallied a game-high 22 points, followed by Hassell with 17 and Fields with 12.

Hassell gave Virginia Wesleyan a 3-0 lead to start the game on a triple off an assist from junior Terrell Dixon (5'10''-G) (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem), but it was erased quickly as Roanoke ignited a 16-2 run led by AJ Dowell and Josh LaPorte. Shots were there for the Marlins, but nothing would drop, while Roanoke continued to pull away, hitting a 19-point advantage after a pair of free throws from Keith Carter with 5:04 remaining in the first half.

That spread dipped to 34-19 by halftime and extended out to a 17-point bulge on a Ben Shrader triple with 12:20 on the clock in the second half. That's when everything began to change.

Hassell hit a pair of free throws, followed it with a triple, and moved inside for a tip-in, all in a space of two minutes, to cut a 49-32 deficit to 49-39 with 10:45 remaining to be played. It was the spark Virginia Wesleyan waited for the entire game and carried the Marlins on a 19-4 scoring surge that made it a 53-51 game following a triple by senior Tonton Balenga (Newport News, Va./Warwick) with 7:50 showing.

It was anybody's ball game from that point on, but the Maroons were able to stay a step ahead with timely scoring from Curtis Peery, who hit for five key points that kept Roanoke in front at 61-57. But, Virginia Wesleyan reduced the spread to one with a triple from Hassell and took the lead with 2:42 to play when Fantin tipped the ball in off a rebound.

A three-pointer from Fields gave the Marlins a 65-62 lead with 1:38 remaining to be played and VWC stayed in front to the final 12 seconds when Fields nailed a jumper to give his team a 67-66 lead. That set up a frantic finish that saw Roanoke prevail, despite missing two free throw attempts and three shots at the basket before Milton got the ball to drop with one second showing.

Milton finished with six points for the Maroons, who put five players in double-figure scoring, led by Peery with 18 points. Dowell, Carter, LaPorte and Shrader all tallied 10 points each. The Maroons helped themselves with a 40-30 advantage on the backboards, led by LaPorte with 12 rebounds and Peery with 11. Fields led VWC with eight. The Marlins knocked down six triples, including three from Hassell, while Roanoke had three, two from Shrader.

Courtesy of www.vwc.edu


Guilford Opens ODAC Play With 101-55 Win at Lynchburg -by Moritz Korff
Senior center Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86) and sophomore guard Clay Henson scored 22 points apiece in visiting Guilford College's 101-55 basketball victory over Lynchburg College in both teams' Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener Saturday afternoon. The Quakers (2-1, 1-0 ODAC) are ranked third in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.

The Quakers raced to a 15-3 lead and made 20-of-31 (64.5%) first-half field goals to take a 51-29 halftime edge. Henson knocked down four of his career-high six three-pointers in the first half and had 14 points at the break. Strong made six-of-seven field goals for 12 points and had all five of his assists in the opening frame. Sophomore center Mason Wooldridge scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for Lynchburg.

Hornets' sophomore guard K.C. Mendez netted the second half's first basket, but Lynchburg (0-4, 0-1 ODAC) never drew closer than 18 points. Guilford made 53.3 percent of its second-half shots and limited Lynchburg to 26.7 percent field-goal shooting.

Henson (pictured) was one of four Guilford students to set career scoring highs Saturday. He made eight-of-14 shots from the floor, including six-of-10 from three-point land. The Quakers converted 10-of-18 (55.6%) three-pointers after making seven-of-28 long-distance shots in their first two games. Junior forward George Neville scored 12 points off the bench, thanks in part to his five offensive rebounds. Sophomore center Tyler Sanborn added six points, a game-high 10 boards and two blocks. Senior point guard Caleb Kimbrough dished out a game- and career-best eight assists.

Courtesy of www.guilford.edu


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PBL

Goodman will play in the PBL -by Gianni Pascucci
Local media dicloses that Tamir Goodman (6'3''-G-82, college: Towson) is coming home. He will join the Maryland Nighthawks of the Premier Basketball League after playing professionally in Israel. the playerv should be introduced to the media Wednesday by Nighthawks co-owner Tom Doyle at a news conference at Georgetown Prep

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PHILIPPINES

PBL/ RP Team sched for the SEA Games -by May Arevalo

PBL/RP Team South East Asian Games 2007 (Thailand) Schedule:

Dec.7, 2007
15:00-17:00
CAM - PHI

Dec.9, 2007
15:00-17:00
INA - PHI

Dec.12, 2007
17:00-19:00
PHI - MAS

Dec.13, 2007
15:00-17:00
THA - PHI

Venue:
Keelapirom Stadium, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Source:
http://www.seagames2007.th/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=57

PBL/RP Team lineup:


Player
Height
Position
BELGA, Beau
6'6"
C
ALONZO, Chad
6'3"
PF
DELA CUESTA, Erick
6'1"
SF
CASTRO, Jason
5'11"
SG
BAUTISTA, Boyet
5'8"
PG
CRISANO, Alex
6'6"
C
CRUZ, Jervy
6'4"
C
FERNANDEZ, Jonathan
6'2"
SG
CABAHUG, Patrick
6'1"
SG
CHAN, Jeff
6'3"
SF
TAN, Eugene
5'11"
PG
SALANSANG, Allan
6'5"
PF
Team Manager: Mr. Erick Arejola
Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Mr. Junel Baculi
Asst. Coaches: Mr. Louie Alas
Mr. Ryan Dy
Mr. Ato Morano
Team Physician: Dr. Ireneo Bautista

Source:http://mypbl.com/rp.htm

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In the PBA, Asi Taulava was monstrous in Lucena City, as the Coca Cola Tigers finally snapped out of their losing streak, beating the Santa Lucia Realtors (94-79) and also avenging their 40-point loss to the same team.

Taulava was out to prove something as he finished the game with 26 points, 24 rebounds, and 5 assists. Former Talk N' Text Pal Mark Telan chipped in with 25.

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The Coca Cola Tigers remind me so much of the UP Fighting Maroons--with their seemingly all guard line up---maybe UP should start looking for an Asi Taulava too.



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PUERTO RICO

Liga de las Americas to start on tuesday 4 -by Gianni Pascucci
The town of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will host in its "Coliseo Quijote Morales" the Group "A" of the "Liga de Las Americas" in its inaugural edition for the 2007-08 season. The tournment will be telecasted live by FOX-Sports around all the Northern, Central and Southern America. The four teams that will start the competition are Los Metros de Santiago, from Republica Dominicana, PuertoRican team Cangrejeros de Santurce, Mexican LNBP team Soles de Mexicali and al All-Star Selection from the new American league named PBL.

Capitanes ready for Americas League -by Gianni Pascucci
The players and the coaches of Capitanes de Arecibo were officially introduced to media at the Sprint Building of Plaza del Norte in Hatillo. The team Owner, Mr. Luis Monrouzeau, and the General Secretary of FIBA Americas, Mr. Alberto Garcia, introduced also the brand new "Liga de Las Americas-Americas League" that will start in Puerto Rico on next tuesday. The roster of Capitanes for the upcoming Liga de las Americas will made of Bobby Joe Hatton (187-G-76, college: Marist), Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz (187-G-79, agency: Next Level, college: Youngstown St.), Pedro Calderon (183-G-81, agency: Next Level), David Cortes, agency: Next Level), Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling), Carlos Payano (196-F/G-71, college: Dowling), Angel Rosa (206-F/C-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brescia (KY)), Osiris Ricardo (209-C-77, agency: Next Level, college: Missouri Southern), Raul Rivera (215-C-82, agency: Next Level), Tony Massenburg (206-F-67, agency: Octagon, college: Maryland) and Rogers Washington (202-F-77, college: LSU). Rafael Cruz is currently playing in Mexican LNBP, but opbtained a special permission from his "Dorados" team to particpate to the competition. The team will be coached by David Rosario , his Asssitant will be Gustavo Canas. The Capitanes will play in the Group "B" from December 11 to 13 in Miami, Florida, and their opponents will be the Miami Tropics, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Halcones UV Xalapa.

Cangrejeros ready to start -by Gianni Pascucci
The President of Cangrejeros de Santurce, Angelo Medina, annonced the agreement with Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan), who wil be the only import of the team for the upcoming Liga de Las Americas "Group A" that will start on tuesday evening in Guaynabo. The rest of the team roster will be very similar to the one of the last BSN, led by the brothers Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) and Raymond Dalmau (198-G-73, agency: Duran International, college: South Plains JC).

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RUSSIA

Khimky rout Triumph at home -by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Triumph 79:69

Khimky celebrated their 10th win in the Russian Superleague and remained the only undefeated team in the ladder. They edged Triumph at home court and remained on top of the standings. Triumph meanwhile fell to 8-3 record. Triumph posted solid first and fourth frames but it was never enough to overcome inspired hosts. Khimky erased a 6-point first quarter deficit early in the second term and soon surged ahead. Their defense worked hard to see Triumph struggle to find easy baskets throughout the period and scored just 7 points. Khimky drove to a 43:29 advantage at halftime. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Ognejen Askrabic finally found the touch from the field and tried to maintain the tempo for the visitors. But Khimky were unstoppable as Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) kept on delivering for the home team. Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) came up with some important baskets as Khimky led by as many as 16 points heading into the fourth period. Triumph outscored their opponents in the final frame but it was not enough to claim victory. Vitali Fridzon scored 20 points to lead Khimky. Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) contributed 14 points and 7 boards for the winners. Terrell Lyday, Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) and Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) netted 15 points apiece for Triumph in defeat. Uros Slokar had 10 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Triumph outrebounded the home side 35:31 but were less accurate from the field.
Khimky will next host CSKA in one of the key matchups of the regular season. Triumph will next play in Saint Petersburg against local Spartak on December 22.

Khimky: Vitali Fridzon 20, Mike Wilkinson 14, Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) 13
Triumph: Terrell Lyday 15, Ognjen Askrabic 15, Sergei Toporov 15


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SEBL

Summer Hill men take step back in 92-70 defeat at Truett-McConnell... -by David Archer
BLUE DEVILS' STRONG START FIZZLES FAST AT TRUETT-McCONNELL...

Cleveland, GA (Dec. 1, 2007) - Mikaiel Carter downed 21 points and shot his Truett-McConnell teammates out of a slow start, kick-starting a 92-70 blow out of the Summer Hill Blue Devils on Saturday night. Scott Windom poured in 24 points for Summer Hill, but was the lone consistent presence on offense, as the Blue Devils' quick start quickly fizzled into a lack-luster performance.

The Blue Devils came out very strong, working out to a 12-2 lead. Defensively, the Devils were forcing Truett into tough shots, then capitalizing on the other end. Marcus Henderson and DeMarlow Simmons both drilled treys to help Summer Hill. Still down, 22-15, Truett began settle and getting shots to drop. Mikaiel Carter nailed a trey, then later got fouled shooting a three pointer. He subsequently sank all three freethrows, starting a 10-0 run that saw the Devils begin to fall apart. Scott Windom drained a three to bring the Devils to within one at 26-25. But, Truett would force the Devils into a series of turnovers, reeling off 17 unanswered points. When the dust settled Summer Hill was down 43-25. Jay Nelson finally got Summer Hill back on the board with three consecutive baskets. Though, Summer Hill stabilized and stopped the bleeding, the damage was done, as they went into the break down 53-37. Carter buried 16 first half points for Truett, while Nelson had 13 and Windom 12 for the Devils.

The Devils appeared to make an effort to start the second half, as Windom dropped two driving buckets in the lane, followed by a Simmons mid-range jumper. After a Truett score, Henderson got two freethrows and Terry Albert got free for a bucket, to cut the Truett lead to 55-47. But, that was as close as the Devils would get. Truett again went on another huge 15-2 stretch, to break Summer Hill's back. The Bear's defense repeatedly forced the Devils into rushed shots and bad decisions in the open court. The Bears would badger the Devils into 16 second half turnovers. The Bears aggressiveness created a lot of fouls, but the Devils could not take advantage, shooting a dismal 19-32. In the latter stages of the game, Chris Brown, Albert, Windom and Brandon Harris put forth a respectable effort despite the Devils being down big.

Carter, the former Cass and Summer Hill standout, paced Truett with 21 points, four assists and two steals, while going four-of-six from beyond the arc. Robert Murry chalked up 16 points and six steals for the now 9-2 Bears.

For Summer Hill, who fell to 2-4, Windom took game-high honors with 24 points, to go along with 10 rebounds. Jay Nelson finished with 13, all in the first half, while Simmons got 10 and Albert eight. Marcus Henderson was held to seven points, while Blake Hill, who had 21 in the first meeting against Truett, two weeks ago, was held scoreless, with no shot attempts, for the first time this season. Chris Brown tallied three points, four assists and two steals.

The Blue Devils back on the court Friday night when the Mercer University Bears JV team will travel to Cartersville for an 8pm tipoff.


Baseline Warriors hold off Macon Ballers, 89-86... -by David Archer
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Ronny LeMelle


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Baseline survives wild comeback attempt by Macon Ballers, hang on for 89-86 win...

Cartersville, GA (Dec. 2, 2007) - Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82) and Ronny Ronny Ronny LeMelle (6'5''-G-81) combined for 46 points, as Baseline fought off a Macon Ballers rally in the final minutes, to hang for an 89-86 win on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.


Baseline and the Macon Ballers traded baskets for the first six minutes. Baseline, despite starting slow from the perimeter, worked out to a slim spread at 19-17. Then the flood gates opened when the Warriors' defense caused the Ballers to cough up the ball. The Warriors would break free behind transition buckets by Jones, LeMelle and Mike Reynolds. Jones and LeMelle would also combine for five treys in the run. With 3:10 left in the opening half, Baseline had built a 45-19 lead. Macon managed to trim Baseline's lead to 54-33 going into the intermission.

Baseline pushed its lead back out to 25 at the beginning of the half and seemed to be in control. But, Macon began a steady climb back into the game, as the Warriors well went dry. The Ballers defense stiffened and Baseline couldn't get clean looks at the basket. The momentum turned in the more active Ballers' favor and they raced back behind the penetration buckets of Quintin Matthews and outside shooting of Steve Grayer (6'8''-F-65). Jones would keep Baseline ahead with two threes down the stretch, but Macon still raced back to get with in 87-86 on a Shon English bucket with 11 seconds remaining. Baseline turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds. Macon took the ball out with nine ticks left and Matthews was called for travelling as he drove the left side of the lane, squandering to retake the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the game and giving the ball back to the Warriors. This time, LeMelle secured the inbounds pass and raced to avoid the foul. Macon fouled with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. LeMelle sank both shots to put Baseline up by three. After a Baseline timeout, to set up a defensive strategy against a game-tying shot. Macon threw the ball in and Matthews 48-foot desparation attempt was wide right, allowing Baseline to escape with the win.

Grayer led a very cagy, veteran Macon squad with 33 points, including five three pointers and 10-13 from the charity stripe. Matthews followed with 22 and English had 15.

For Baseline, who moved to 6-1 on the season, Jones finished with 24, while LeMelle downed 22 and Reynolds 13.

The Lady Devils are scheduled to get back to action on next Sunday against the Orangeburg Krazy Kats at 3:00pm, while Baseline will battle the Atlanta Speedboys at 6pm at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville.



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SERBIA

Recap of round 12, Partizan Igokea remains on top of Adriatic league -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea remains on top of Adriatic league after 12 rounds and win over Siroki Prima Pivo at home 81-71. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion didn't make any bigger advantage but after 9-8 on the start visitors never made a turn. Interesting is that black and white team scored first 3-pointer after almost 30 minutes. Center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) once again led the winners collecting 20 points and 5 rebounds while Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him scoring 15 points. Siroki got 20 points from Victor Lever (189-G-68).

FMP suffered 8th consecutive defeat, this time in thriller against Buducnost 76-79. Panthers again didn't have luck as Bakic scored 3-pts shot at the buzzer from extremely difficult situation and brought sixth win to his team. Ivan Maras (206-C-86, agency: Octagon) scored 22 points including 4 rebounds for Buducnost while Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for FMP.

Vojvodina Srbijagas convincingly recorded sixth win beating Split CO in Novi Sad 75-65. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter when Tulips, through Ivanovic and Nemeth, made advantage which they successfully kept until the end. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds for the winners. Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) made double-double for Split, 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Helios Domzale made the biggest surprise of the round as they outplayed Crvena Zvezda 85-67. Only two players in Zvezda registered double digits while one of their most important players Omar Cook got foul trouble early. Anyway, Helios showed strong willingness to take this one and they succeeded. Robert Troha (194-G/F-77) scored 18 points while Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenian team. On the other side, like usually Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) was the best scorer with 16 points.

Zadar beat Hemofarm STADA 78-65. Hosts took control on Hemofarm in the second quarter making plus 13 and later they reached advantage of 19 points so it was obvious that orange team won't have any chance in this game. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) led Zadar with 21 points and 4 steals. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was totally the best in Hemofarm adding 27 points and 4 rebounds. Zadar, who is currently score 9-3, share third place with Crvena Zvezda while Hemofarm is on the fourth place with 7 wins and 5 defeats.


Partizan Igokea - Siroki Prima Pivo 81-71
(20-16,21-20,18-16,22-19)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 20 (5 rebs), Tripkovic 15 (4 rebs), Palacio 11
Siroki Prima Pivo: Lever 20, Fajardo 13 (9 rebs), Zupic 12


FMP - Buducnost 76-79
(15-18,17-16,21-19,23-26)

FMP:
Samardziski 14 (7 rebs, 5 st), Protic 13, Erceg 11
Buducnost: Maras 22 (4 rebs), Bakic 14, Micov 14 (4 st)


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Split CO 75-65
(16-15,25-16,16-13,18-21)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 23 (4 rebs), Nemeth 16, Pekovic 11
Split CO: Stipanovic 20 (17 rebs, 4 as), Garnett 16, Akins 14


Helios Domzale - Crvena Zvezda 85-67
(19-16,26-15,21-23,19-13)

Helios Domzale:
Troha 18 (7 as), Mocnik 16 (8 as), Krejic 13
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 16, Misanovic 12 (6 rebs)


Zadar - Hemofarm STADA 78-65
(23-20,23-15,20-19,12-11)

Zadar:
Stallworth 21 (4 st), Brewer 14 (4 as)
Hemofarm STADA: Vukosavljevic 27 (4 rebs), Jagodnik 13 (4 st)


Marko Jaric got injured -by Dragan Jankovski
Point guard Marko Jaric (198-G-78) injured his foot during the game of his Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. It is still not known how long he will be sidelined but at the first point it seems that injury is serious. Spurs outplayed Timberwolves 106-91.

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SEYCHELLES

SBF Cup final - Late tip-off for today's decisive game three -by Carlos Pereira
ORIGINALLY scheduled for Tuesday November 27, then moved to Sunday December 2, game three of the Men's Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup final will be played under the lights at the Palais des Sports tonight.
Premium Cobras' Pillay needs help in the paint against PLS Hawks' big menSlated for a 6 p.m. tip-off, the decisive game three is crucial for both Premium Cobras and PLS Hawks. The latter will be looking to emulate and succeed the former as League and Cup champions. As for the former, they want to win the SBF Cup so as to capture one of the two main trophies in the game here.
Going into today's game, the series is tied at 1-1 after Premium Cobras won game one 72-68 last Saturday and were then pounded 64-102 in game two the next day.
Both teams were without key players in game two and those same big men will sit out today's game three.
If the Hawks are without Seychelles centre Rodney Loze and coach Tony Juliette, they have a strong bench and players with character to compete for the title, compared to the Cobras who lack depth, especially in defence and in rebounding with Nigerian Reuben Kolawole out after picking a two-match suspension.
Defensively, the Cobras, who relied on Dominic Pillay to battle with PLS Hawks' big men in the paint, got scorched by PLS Hawks in game two and veteran Seychelles centre Lenny ‘Bad' Aglae, who has not worn a Premium Cobras uniform since playing for Seychelles at the Seventh Indian Ocean Islands Games in Madagascar in August, has the potential to heal part of that wound.
Sports Nation has learned that ‘Bad' could be the Cobras' sixth man today and it remains to be seen if his experience could match the athleticism and energy of PLS Hawks' big men.
While Ugandan all-rounder Stephen Omony has been PLS Hawks' inside-outside scoring threat, Tanzanian Abdallah ‘Dulla' Ramadhan hasn't had the kind of game local basketball fans know he can deliver. This is probably because Premium Cobras' coach Guy Hall chooses to play him as a point guard for too long rather than his favoured shooting guard role.
All the actors who will be on the court know that they should play unselfish basketball, keep their lips sealed and fill up the stat sheets to keep the spectators on the edge of their seats.
It is also hoped that both sets of supporters keep their calm and show respect for one another to avoid any kind of disturbance.
May the best team win!G. G.


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SLOVAK REP.

Lukjanec Andrej nails 37 for Pezinok in Round 13 -by Eurobasket News
Round 13 left two teams on the top of Slovak Republic. Svit and Lucenec reached the 10th victories and improved to 10-3.
Svit overcame Levice 98:85 as the hosts improved to 10-3. Svit dominated in the court and controlled the majority of it. Sedmak Peter led the winners with 28 points. Darko Pezer (197-G/F-82, agency: Heinrich Sports) nailed 24, while Haggai Hundert (190-G, college: Oklahoma City) and Laco Branislav scored 12 points each. Mladen Gambiroza (206-C-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) finished the night with 21 points in defeat.
Lucenec had a road win over Kosice 54:70 to take the same record. Bicvic Antonio paced all the winners with 29 points. Praznovsky Peter and Sykora Martin ended up with 10 points apiece.
The game between Pezinok and Inter was the key one in the round. The hosts beat Inter 89 : 78 and tied them at 9-4. Andrej Lukjanec (202-F/C-69) was unstoppable producing 37 points for Pezinok. Holesovsky Tomas and Micuda Peter each had 14.
The next round is scheduled for the next Saturday, December 8th.


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SWEDEN

Plannja Basket grabs the victory over Sundsvall Dragons to stay first -by Eurobasket News
Round 9 of Swedish league brought the key game of the first part of the championship as the teams from the top saw each other. Plannja Basket grabbed a 96:98 road win over Sundsvall Dragons to improve to 8-2. A 22:30 in the opening quarter gave some advantage for the visitors, but then they could hardly keep the score. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) led the winners with 28 points. Terry Williams posted 23, while Oladapo Ayuba added 12. Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) top-scored for the hosts with 22 points.
Öresundskraft Basket beat Sodertalje Kings 90:82 and reached Sundsvall Dragons at 6-3. Jens Stalhandske (190-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services) paced all the winners with 29 points. Herman Favors scored 18, while Damon Jackson added 17. Johan Jeansson produced 16 points in the losing effort.
08 Stockholm took 6-3 as well beating Gothia Basket 91:70. An offensive 32:29 in the last quarter was the result of the 6th win for the hosts. Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 22 points. Jim Nystrom scored 18 and Johan Westerlund posted 13. Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) chipped in 18 points in the losing effort.

Öresundskraft Basket - Sodertalje Kings 90 - 82 (18 - 22, 21 - 18, 16 - 13, 35 - 29)
Öresundskraft: Jens Stalhandske 29, Herman Favors 18, Damon Jackson 17, Anders Ronndahl 7, Kiril Pavlovski 6, Johan Åkesson 5, Richard Flink 4, Serabilo Boucario 3, Jonas Christensen.
Sodertalje: Johan Jeansson 16, Tom Liden 14, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 11, Brandon Crone 10, Thomas Massamba 9, Vedran Bosnic 8, Ludwig Degernas 7, Rickard Eriksson 5, Alexander Wikner-Nordberg 2.

08 Stockholm - Gothia Basket 91 - 70 (21 - 18, 25 - 11, 13 - 12, 32 - 29)
08 Stockholm: Joakim Blom 22, Jim Nystrom 18, Johan Westerlund 13, Tomas Öberg 9, Darly Massamba 9, Jeremiah Johnson 8, Nashid Beard 8, Andreas Karlsson 2, Petter Wenehult 2.
Gothia: Darnell Lazare 18, Lorenzo Miles 14, Emil Salon 13, Chris Sanders 9, Daniel Dajic 5, Srdjan Damjanovic 4, Kim Palmqvist 4, Erik Vestin 2, Yannick Trott.

Akropol Basket - Jamtland 85 - 107 (28 - 22, 25 - 20, 17 - 33, 15 - 32)
Akropol: Gerald Riley (198-F-81, college: Georgetown) 32, Samuel Desport 12, Blerim Mazreku 12, Marcus Lindberg 9, Athanasios Kalpakas 8, Diamantis Koukouvinos 7, Michell Rocque 3, Vladimir Krupnikovic 2.
Jamtland: Andrew Mitchell 35, Tim Whitworth 24, Doremus Bennerman 19, Adnan Chuk 15, Marko Djuric 11, Stefan Hellgren 3.

Sundsvall Dragons - Plannja Basket 96 - 98 (22 - 30, 21 - 18, 28 - 24, 25 - 26)
Sundsvall: Alex Wesby 22, Joakim Kjellbom 21, Pero Vasiljevic 16, Adam Alexander 16, Srdan Subotic 14, Per Hultman-Boye 5, Calle Arnold 2.
Plannja: John Rosendahl 28, Terry Williams 23, Oladapo Ayuba 12, Fred Drains 11, Håkan Larsson 11, Jim Enbom 7, Daniel Oppland 6.

Uppsala Basket - Norrkoping Dolphins 108 - 100 (24 - 32, 23 - 20, 28 - 23, 33 - 25)
Uppsala: Danny Gathings (193-F-80, college: High Point) 34, Fredrik Rosen 19, Fredrik Jonzen 16, Thomas Jackson 15, Justinas Pavlavicius 11, Yasin Merzoug 9, Urban Soderman 2, Mikael Åhrberg 2.
Norrkoping: Ian Johnson (206-F-84, college: Davidson) 36, George Gervin 30, Andrew Pleick 11, Pawel Mroz 9, Stefan Grundberg 9, David Bergstrom 5.


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TAIWAN

07-08 SBL Preview: Yulon Dinos -by Chris Wang
-- Last season: 22-8, lost to Dacin 3-2 in the first round.

-- Key additions: Lee Chi-yi (TM), Yang Che-yi (TM), Lin Hwan-chao (Azio)

-- Key subtractions: Hsu Wei-shen (TM), Liu Shen-yao (TM)

-- Key changes: Chang Hsueh-lei, former China NT star forward who joined Taiwan's pro league CBA and has been living in Taiwan ever since, took over the head coaching duty following Chien Yi-fei's death. However, Lee Yun-kwang will still be the man who's in charge of all the on-court coaching and substitutions as an "executive head coach."

-- Analysis:

Yulon's quest to be the king of the hill again will be the main storyline of the season all year, as it was shocked by Dacin in the first round playoffs last year and failed to make the Finals.

Although Yulon still finished last season with the best record in the regular season, observers and fans could all sense that it was not the same team that was always hungry and hard-working. Well, winning three straight titles could do that to you. And even Lee Yun-kwang didn't deny that.

The sudden death of long-time head coach Chien Yi-fei, who had guided Yulon for almost 20 years, was another shock and at the same time a wake-up call.

Chen Hsin An (196-G/F-80) may have lost his explosiveness due to his recurring knee injury, but he is still capable of dominating the game. The problem is probably his mentality. He had a hard time working with teammates as a unit all season and was described as a loner on the court.

That hurt Yulon's competitiveness as a whole. Transforming Chen's mentality will be the top priority which Yulon needs to work on this year. And I believe Chen has heard enough criticism and realized that he could not do it alone.

Above anything else, the addition of Yang Che-yi and Lee Chi-yi strengthen Yulon's competitiveness. The arrival of Lee Chi-yi should be able to ease the burden of Tsun Wen-din, who had to handle the inside alone before. Lee brings the so-called "second height", his experience, top-notch defense and high post game to the Dinos.

Yang makes Yulon's perimeter shooting a more potent weapon but at the same time creates a long-jam at the wing position, where Chou Shih-yuan, Lu Cheng-ju and even Chen Hsin An will be in the mix. However, as long as the coaching staff can distribute playing time and the players accept it, I don't see problem with it.

Lee Hsueh-lin and Chen Chih-chung are expected to handle the point guard position and both have been reliable. Lee Hsueh-lin should improve his on-ball defense though.

Yulon will be able to feature a big lineup and a small one. It can put Chen Hsin An, Lee Chi-yi at forward, Tsun in the middle, and Lu Cheng-ju and Chen Chih-chung in the backcourt with four players above 6-5. It can also put Chen Hsin An and Chou Shih-yuan at forward, Lee Chi-yi at center, and Chen Chih-chung and Lee Hsueh-lin at guards for a small lineup.

Aside from overloaded Taiwan Beer, this is not something the other teams can do.

The bench players are also reliable and competitive, featuring former NT players Wu Chih-wei, Chiu Chi-yi, Chou Hong-yu, all of whom can do damage in limited time because of their skills and experience.

Rest assured the three-time SBL champion will not lack of motivation this season. Last year's early exit was an embarrassment and Chien's death was heartbreaking. Yulon still features the strongest lineup and is the best organization in the league. They only have to put their minds into it every game.

-- Roster:
(#, Name, Po., DOB, Ht.)
3 Chen Hsin An F 1980.7.1 196
8 Chou Hong-yu F 1976.6.15
9 Chang Yi-ming G 1984.4.13 187
10 Fan Yong-hsi F 1979.3.28 190
12 Chiu Chi-yi G 1975.10.6 182
13 Wei Yong-tai F 1978.10.23 193
15 Chou Shih-yuan F/G 1983.11.16 190
21 Yang Che-yi F/G 1978.10.20 193
22 Lu Cheng-ju F 1986.8.23 194
71 Lee Chi-yi F 1978.10.27 197
4 Tsun Wen-din C 1984.7.6 204
16 Lin Hwan-chao C 1985.4.18 202
32 Wu Chih-wei C 1976.7.31 202
5 Chen Chih-chung G 1977.3.2 180
6 Lee Hsueh-lin G 1984.1.31 175
7 Liu Jui-shen G 1983.7.29 170


Yulon pounded TB in last exhibition game -by Chris Wang
Yulon showed its best form in an 86-67 win over defending champion Taiwan Beer in the last exhibition game of the 07-08 SBL season in Jhubei, Hsichu Sunday.

Yulon, who was shocked by Dacin in last year's first round playoffs, was 14-for-32 from the threes and had 19 steals in the game, leading by as many as 28 points. Chou Shih-yuan had 13 points. Wei Yong-tai ahad 12 and Chen Chih-chung had 11.

TB was led by Lin Chi-jay's 14 points.

DMedia beat Taiwan Mobile 74-71 in the other game.

The regular season will tip off on Dec. 7.


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TPBL

2008 TPBL SEASON SCHEDULE COMES OUT DEC. 5TH -by Chris Cardenas


THE SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND TEAMS , FANS, AND CITIES ARE READY TO SEE SOME ACTION. THE 2008 TPBL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WILL BE READY AND POSTED ON DECEMBER 5TH AND WITH THE TEAMS PRACTICING AS HARD AS THEY ARE , IT PROMISES TO BE A GOOD SEASON.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TPBL AND POSSIBLE ENTRY FOR THE 2009 SEASON CALL 325-763-6630 OR EMAIL LEAGUE OWNER CHRIS CARDENAS AT : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM


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TRINIDAD

Heat beats Tobago to qualify for Big-Four finals -by Don Farrell

VALENCIA Heat makes a significant improvement and impact as they moved from not winning a single match in last yea¹s competition to qualifying for the Big-Four finals of the 2007 Stag Super 10 Basketball League.

The young team achieve the feat when the defeated a depleted Tobago All Stars team 97-66 in the featured match of a triple-header at the Maloney Sports Complex on Saturday night.

Heat¹s joins Sportworld Straker Nets as the other team so far to have qualified for the play-off section of the League.

Five other teams are in the running for the two finals spots ­ Sports & Games Caledonia Clippers, Petrotrin San Fernando Jazz, K-Brands Marabella Raptors, Diego Martin All Stars and Detour Shak Attack.

However, Clippers, Jazz and Raptors have completed their 16 points from their ten-match campaign with a record of six wins and four losses each, while Shak Attack and Diego All Stars who will clash in a major contest tonight (Monday) have 14 and 15 points respectively.

While it will be All Stars last league match they must win to advance, while Shak Attack¹s final match is against Straker Nets on Wednesday.

Heat was led to victory by forwards Wayne Richards and Knrick Bernard both of who scored 17 and 16 points respectively.

They led 22-10, 49-35 and 67-48 after three sessions of play.



SATURDAY¹S SBL RESULTS:

VALENCIA HEAT 97 (Wayne Richards 17 pts, Kenrick Bernard 16 pts, Marlon Young 12 pts, Fabrice Fisher 12 pts, Stefan Davis 10 pts) v TOBAGO ALL STARS 66 (Lenwyane Wallace 27 pts, Richard Alleyne 16 pts13 rebs; Junior Roberts 12 pts, 17 rebs)

K BRANDS MARABELLA RATORS 61 (Steve Neils 14 pts, 7 rebs; Damian Caton 12 pts, 8 rebs; Ako Pascal 10 pts, 6 rebs) v SANGRE GRANDE ALL STARS 54 (KEVON NOREIGA 16 pts, 8 rebs; Andy James 14 pts 4 rebs).


'Spongy' Benjamin Buzzer Beater Does It For Marist -by Don Farrell
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior center Spongy Benjamin (St. Francis Village Erin, Trinidad) collected an offensive rebound and hit a putback with 7.2 seconds to go, giving the Marist men's basketball team a 61-60 victory at Colgate on Wednesday at Cotterell Court. With the victory, the Red Foxes improved to 2-3 on the season.

Red-shirt senior forward Ryan Stilphen (Bay Village, Ohio) led Marist in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Stilphen's double-double was the second by a Red Fox this season, and both his scoring and rebounding totals were season highs.

The game was tied at 31 apiece at halftime, but the Red Foxes scored the first nine points of the second half. Red-shirt sophomore point guard David Devezin (Houston, Texas) opened the scoring with a three-pointer nine seconds in, and then had a steal that led to a lay-up on the ensuing possession.

Marist led by as much as 11 in the second half, and the Red Foxes were up 58-48 after a basket by senior forward Shae McNamara (Milwaukee, Wis.) with 7:45 to play. However, Colgate went on a 12-0 run, as the Red Foxes went scoreless over the next 6:54. With the Raiders leading 60-58 with 51 seconds to play, Stilphen split a pair of free throws to cut Colgate's lead to one. After Marist got a stop on Colgate's next possession, the Red Foxes got the ball back with 18 seconds to play. Devezin missed a lay-up, but Benjamin's basket put Marist up one. Colgate's Daniel Waddy missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, enabling the Red Foxes to earn the victory.

Devezin finished with 12 points and a team-high five assists, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and hitting a pair of three-pointers. As a team, Marist shot .489 (22-for-45) from the field and .636 (7-for-11) from three-point range, as six different Red Foxes connected from deep.





Kyle Roemer led Colgate with 15 points, four rebounds and four steals. Roemer entered the game averaging 20.5 points per contest, but was held to 4-for-13 shooting. Marist held Colgate to 9-for-26 shooting (.346) in the second half.

The game featured 10 lead changes and 11 ties.


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U.KINGDOM

Saturday results -by Eurobasket News
Three games were played in BBL Championship last night and two are ion the way to finish tonight.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders beat Sheffield Sharks 71:57 and improved to 9-4. A 14-4 burst to open the second half for the Raiders took the score out to 48:26. Terrence Durham (203-C-77, college: St.Bonaventure) led the winners with 17 points. Martin posted 15, while Gall and Moore added 13 each. Graham top-scored for the visitors with 18 points.
Worcester Wolves won at home against Team Birmingham Panthers 95:72. The second half saw Worcester open with a 5-0 tear to lead 61:41. The Wolves closed out the third period with a 9-0 burst to lead 74:55 going into the final stanza. Michael Gayle (175-G-84) paced all the winners with 21 points. Paez netted 18 and Harker had 16. Lekan Popoola (183-G-81) and Williams produced 17 points apiece for the guests.
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets was the only team to win away beating Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 80:93. The visitors made the stronger start, and bursted 26:15 lead towards the end of the quarter, and held that lead at 28:20 at the end of the period. Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia) nailed 25 points being the top-scorer for the winners. Obazuaye scored 21, while Murphy posted 11. Mindaugas Janiska (186-G-82, college: Huston-Tillotson) ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 80:93
Riders: Mindaugas Janiska 19, Wellington 12, Lamble 12, Burns 12
Jets: Shawn Myers 25, Obazuaye 21, Murphy 11

Kularoos Plymouth Raiders - Sheffield Sharks 71:57
Raiders: Terrence Durham 17, Martin 15, Gall 13, Moore 13
Sharks: Graham 18, Shelby Chaney (206-C, college: Mercyhurst) 10, George7, Virgil 7

Worcester Wolves -Team Birmingham Panthers 95:72
Wolves: Michael Gayle 21, Paez 18, Harker 16
Panthers: Lekan Popoola 17, Williams 17, Sandell 16


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Dillard outlast Aska and Boyd Anderson -by David Edole
BY FABIAN LYON
Bo Reliford might be new to the storied Dillard-Boyd Anderson boys' basketball rivalry but he wasted no time making his presence felt Saturday night.

Reliford's high energy play off the bench, which included nine points and a game-changing dunk, sparked the Panthers to a 67-61 come-from-behind victory against visiting Boyd Anderson.

With the game tied 44-44 with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter Reliford's bank shot put the Panthers (4-0) up for good.

Reliford's next big play came after Boyd Anderson junior guard Martavious Irving, who finished with nine points, drained two free throws to pull the Cobras to within 51-48.

After Dillard guard Javier Frazier missed a free throw, Reliford grabbed the loose ball and threw down a two-handed dunk to put the Panthers up 53-48.

''We got a wake-up call that we had to come out and play harder and that is what we did,'' said Reliford, who transferred to Dillard this season. ``We had the advantage on the offensive side because we were bigger and stronger. We wanted it more.''

Reliford's heroics was needed on a night when Dillard's two biggest players, 6-8 Kore White and 6-10 Nigel Spikes fouled out.

White, who finished with 15 points and two blocks, was called for a loose ball foul- his fifth, with 3:19 left and Dillard clinging to a 55-52 lead.

Irving brought the Cobras to within a point with a pair of free throws.

But Robert Burger, who finished with 13 points, hit a turn-around 3-pointer from the right corner to boost the lead to 58-54 with 2:30 left.

Early on it was Boyd Anderson (4-1) who had things clicking.

Behind eight first-half points by senior 6-7 forward Ivan Aska the Cobras took a 35-31 halftime lead.

Aska keyed a Cobras 7-0 run to close the second quarter, with a pull-up from 22 feet for the Cobras' last points of the quarter and then blocked Frazier's baseline shot with three seconds left to preserve the first half lead.

''We knew we had to come in here and rebound, execute and run the court,'' said Aska, who finished with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds. ``We did some things good, but we waited too long to get the ball in the post. They waited to the third quarter and fourth quarter, and I got frustrated and fouled out.''

Frank Gaines had 12 points and Tyrone Davis added seven points for the Cobras.

The Panthers got 11 points from Frazier and eight from Alen Hardy.

BA (4-1): B. Bynes 5, Davis 7, Irving 9, Gaines 12, Flood 8, Aska 18, C. Bynes 2. Dil (4-0): Frazier 11, Burrows 1, Gammage 3, Hardy 8, Burger 13, Reliford 9, Spikes 6, White 15, Landers 1. Half: BA 35-31. Three-pointers: Burger 3, Frazier 2, B. Bynes 1, Davis 1, Gaines 2. Rebounds: Aska 15. Assists: Davis 5, Irving 5. Steals: Davis 4.


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UKRAINE

Azovmash Remain Perfect, Budivelnik End Losing Streak -by Alexei Naumov
Official Web Site of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation

One of the most interesting contests of Superleague's game-day 9 featured the defending champions Azovmash test young and ambitious Cherkaski Mavpy in Cherkassy.

Both teams matched each other evenly during the first quarter, but several Monkey's turnovers resulted in Mariupol's run and a 23:32 lead.

The home side evened the flow of the game in the second quarter, but failed to get any closer to the opponents. Robert Archibald and Rodney Bufford dominated for Azovmash, scoring 15 points apiece during the first half.

Rolandas Yarutis's buzzer beating three at the end of the 3rd quarter cut Mariupol's lead to 4 and, using the momentum, the hosts tied the game at 78 midway through the 4th.

Cherkassy missed some clutch buckets and turned the ball over at the end of the period while Azovmash took advantage and stole the win, extending their streak to 9 games.

Cherkassy's Yarutis finished the game with 21points. John Edwards added an impressive double-double -19 points and 17 boards.

Mariupol's Robert Archibald had 20 points, Rodney Bufford contributed with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Monkeys are now 5-4.


Meanwhile, BC Odessa suffered an unexpected home loss to MBC Budivelnik in game-day 9 of the Ukrainian Superleague.

The visitors started the game with a 12:5 run, during which Budivelnik's forward Leonid Stephanishin scored 8 points.

Things evened up in the 2nd quarter, but at the start of the 3rd Budivelnik once again made a run, extending the lead to 11 pints.

Odessa's Oleksiy Golyakhov and Eddy Barlow scored back to back threes and cut the lead to 2. The visitors, however, quickly recovered and held on to the win.

Oleksiy Poltoratskiy had a team-high 12 points for the home side. Budivelnik's forward Stephanishin had 24.

Both teams now have 3 wins and 6 losses.

You may view the rest of the scores, standings and game photos here


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ULEB CUP

Ventspils and ASK Riga successful at home -by Gunars Gailitis
Both Latvian representatives in ULEB Cup posted wins in the 4th round of the tournament. Ventspils overcame Elan Chalon in Group B. ASK Riga left no chance for Pau-Orthez in Group H action.
Ventspils outscored Elan Chalon 81:71 for the third victory at the tournament at the Ventspils Nafta Hall. It was a wisely crafted scenario from the home team. Ventspils played an aggressive basketball in the first half and building a comfortable advantage allowed themselves to slow down a bit and cruised to an overall victory in the second part of the encounter. A sharp-shooting in the opening quarter was a key to Ventspils success. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) nailed a couple of three-pointers, while Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) and Aigars Vitols (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) provided back-up with nearly perfect shooting from middle range to keep Ventspils going. Elan Chalon capped the first period with a 5:0 run but still trailed by 11 points after it. Jimmy Baxter ignited another rally from the hosts early in the second term as they cleared off to a 40:23 distance. The visitors never recovered till the main break and trailed by 17 points at the interval. Ventspils continued to mount pressure at the start of the third stanza and enlarged the cushion to 18 points. From now on the hosts wisely held on to the advantage and kept Elan Chalon at a safe distance. Aigars Vitols scored 17 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter fired 15 points as Ventspils improved to 3-1 record.
ASK Riga entered the 4th round with a 1-2 record in store and needed to win to stay alive in Group H action. And they did in style thumping Pau-Orthez 80:60 at Riga Arena. It was a well-balanced effort from the hosts that saw them dismantle French side. ASK Riga stunned the visitors early in the game as Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) scored 6 straight points and Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added a trey to make it a 9:0 lead for the home team. ASK Riga enlarged the margin to 22:5 late in the first quarter and just a three-pointer from Ferchaud allowed Pau-Orthez to trail by 14 points heading into the second period. Pau-Orthez however sparked with a 10:5 rally at the beginning of the second term and clipped Riga's lead to 9 points. But Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) and Bertrans baskets put the hosts in front 36:22 at halftime. ASK Riga looked very confident at the third stanza as they controlled the pace and rolled to a 54:39 advantage after three quarters. Pau-Orthez had little counterarguments in the final frame and lost their third game in the Cup. Five ASK Riga players scored in double figures. Raitis Grafs and Dwayne Broyles delivered 14 points apiece to lead the home team. Sandis Valters and Aaron Bramlett contributed 12 points each for ASK Riga as they climbed to 2-2 record. David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) responded with game-high 16 points for French team. Cedric Ferchaud (195-F-80) nailed 11 points in defeat.

Ventspils - Elan Chalon 81:71
Ventspils: Aigars Vitols 17, Jimmy Baxter 15, Akin Akingbala 13+10 boards
Elan Chalon: Bryan Brian Bracey (201-F-78, college: Oregon) 14, John Ford (207-C/F-78, college: Colorado St.) 13

ASK Riga - Pau-Orthez 80:60
ASK Riga: Raitis Grafs 14, Dwayne Broyles 14, Sandis Valters 12, Aaron Bramlett 12
Pau-Orthez: David Young 16, Cedric Ferchaud 11




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Gospic 6-0
2. Buducnost 5-1
3. Sibenik 5-1
4. Ragusa 4-2
5. Medvescak 3-3
6. Jedinstvo 2-4
7. Crvena Zv. 2-4
8. Celje 2-4
9. M.Kraj. BL 1-5
10. Vojvodina 0-6


Round 6 results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Round 6 of Adriatic league brought the next wins for the leaders and the favorites of the tournament.
Gospic improved to 6-0 in the game against another Croatian team. The leader of the League overcame Ragusa 74:54. The hosts increased the lead from time to time that gave them twenty points advantage in the end. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Katarina Maloca (190-F/C-75) and MAZIC Marina netted 10 points each. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led Ragusa with 12 points.
Another Croatian derby saw Sibenik Jolly and Medvescak. The latter playing at home looked good in the first half, but then missed 7:29 in the third. Jolly proved the class with 13;20 in the fourth as well and improved to 5-1 record. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) led the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. OKAS Neda posted and Guneva Evelina together with DICKSON Jessica scored 11 points apiece. SEDA Silva chipped in 11 points for the hosts.
Buducnost overcame Crvena 88:81 and has also 5-1 record. After the victory over Jolly the team could not but win in the home game. A 28:18 gave them a good beginning of it, but then Serbian team struggled great in the game. Anyway Buducnost celebrated the victory, while Crvena fell at 2-4. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) paced all the winners with 26 points. PEROVIC Ana nailed 20, while Aleksic Snezana had 14. Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) finished the night with 22 points in the losing clause.
Merkur grabbed the victory from Vojvodina in the last quarter of the game. Vojvodina controlled the first half and had 7 points advantage before the last quarter, but could not stay for good. A 14:32 in the fourth quarter led Merkur to 65:76 win. Milijana Evtoukhovitch (190-C-81) finished the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. CONKOVA Lucie scored 23 and BLAKE Monique posted 8. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) and GRUBOR Ivana ended up with 16 points each.

Gospic - Ragusa 74:54 (26-19, 10-10, 20-11, 18-14)
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 20, Katarina Maloca 10+9 rebs, MAZIC Marina 10
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 12, Perisa Tina 11

Buducnost - Crvena 88:81 (28-18, 18-21, 24-20, 18-22)
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 26, PEROVIC Ana 20, Aleksic Snezana 14
Crvena: Biljana Pesovic 22, VELINOVIC Jelena 15

Medvescak - Jolly 58:92 (15-22, 23-21, 7-29, 13-20)
Medvescak: SEDA Silva 11, Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) 10, MAZIC Mirna 10
Jolly: Luca Ivankovic 21+9 rebs, LOKAS Neda 12, GUNEVA Evelina 11, DICKSON Jessica 11

Vojvodina - Merkur 65:76 (19-13, 17-17, 15-14, 14-32)
Vojvodina: Iva Musulin 16, GRUBOR Ivana 16
Merkur: Milijana Evtoukhovitch 25+11 rebs, CONKOVA Lucie 23, BLAKE Monique 8


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CROATIA - Women

Croatian derbies in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Four Croatian teams made up 2 games last night in Adriatic League. The favorites felt more comfortable reaching another wins.
Gospic improved to 6-0 in the game against another Croatian team. The leader of the League overcame Ragusa 74:54. The hosts increased the lead from time to time that gave them twenty points advantage in the end. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Katarina Maloca (190-F/C-75) and MAZIC Marina netted 10 points each. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led Ragusa with 12 points.

Another Croatian derby saw Sibenik Jolly and Medvescak. The latter playing at home looked good in the first half, but then missed 7:29 in the third. Jolly proved the class with 13;20 in the fourth as well and improved to 5-1 record. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) led the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. OKAS Neda posted and Guneva Evelina together with DICKSON Jessica scored 11 points apiece. SEDA Silva chipped in 11 points for the hosts.

Gospic - Ragusa 74:54 (26-19, 10-10, 20-11, 18-14)
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 20, Katarina Maloca 10+9 rebs, MAZIC Marina 10
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 12, Perisa Tina 11

Medvescak - Jolly 58:92 (15-22, 23-21, 7-29, 13-20)
Medvescak: SEDA Silva 11, Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) 10, MAZIC Mirna 10
Jolly: Luca Ivankovic 21+9 rebs, LOKAS Neda 12, GUNEVA Evelina 11, DICKSON Jessica 11


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CZECH REP. - Women

Trocal ZBL - th round -by Petr Kapitulcin

Valosun Brno - BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 85:72 (28:15, 46:30, 59:46);


Valosun: Svobodova Miloslava 20, Hejdova Romana 19, Vlkova Veronika 18, Belanska Andrea 14, Whitley Wynter C 13, Giacintova Gabriela 1, Mrhalkova Eva 0, Danihlikova Barbora 0 -
K.Vary: Wallace Tera 23, Gerstnerova Petra 12, Kucerova Sarka 10, Sedlackova Blanka 9, Magerciakova Michaela 8, Vodrazkova Mirka 6, Timkova Katarina 4, Dlouha Adela 0, Zmekova Adela 0;
3FG: 10/1:20/5; 2FG: 53/28:60/24; FT: 34/26:10/9; rebs: 39:39; fouls: 14:26; MVP: Hejdova Romana


Sparta Praha - Slovanka Tabor 66:60 (21:21, 34:30, 53:41);


Sparta: Louden Nicol Zoe 24, Hrabakova Katarina 16, Pechova Martina 9, Vachova Kateřina 8, Běhalova Dominika 4, Morka Malgorzata 4, Kohoutova Zuzana 1, Obrusnikova Aneta 0, Chudarkova Pavlina 0, Novotna Kateřina 0, Novakova Veronika 0 -
Slovanka: Pospisilova Petra 15, Vorlova Tereza 12, Kuthanova Tereza 9, Ondřejova Zuzana 9, Kolařova Katka 7, Kubařova Sarka 4, Dřevova Marketa 2, Nizňanska Radka 2, Křizova Jana 0;
3FG: 8/1:17/4; 2FG: 47/26:41/19; FT: 15/11:15/10; rebs: 33:26; fouls: 16:17; MVP: Hrabakova Katarina

Kara Trutnov - Sokol Hradec Kralove delayed


BK Skřivanek Ústi nad Labem - Gambrinus Sika Brno 44:111 (11:22, 21:58, 32:90);


Usti: Obstova Alena 12, Peksova Lenka 11, Kallmunzerova Jana 7, Vopalenska Lucie 5, Novackova Hana 5, Stranska Kateřina 2, Aubrechtova Eva 2, Polickova Pavlina 0, Seborova Tereza 0 -
Gambrinus: Maiga-Ba Hamchetou 21, Viteckova Eva 15, Whitmore Tamika 14, Veceřova Ivana 13, Ivkovicne Beres Timea 13, Zirkova Zuzana 10, Kulichova Petra 9, Vesela Jana 7, Stehlikova Romana 5, Machova Hana 2, Hummlova Tereza 2;
3FG: 24/4:7/2; 2FG: 35/13:67/45; FT: 11/6:20/15; rebs: 21:41; fouls: 24:16; MVP: Ivkovicne Beres Timea


BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice - ZVVZ USK Praha 39:96 (4:28, 12:54, 34:76);


Strakonice: Stejskalova Jana 10, Urbanova Iveta 8, Cherniy Elena 8, Konvickova Kateřina 4, King-Bishof Ashley 4, Puncochařova Sarka 3, Balakova Lucie 2, Lukesova Petra 0, Bernasova Jaroslava 0, Tomanova Kristyna 0 -
USK: Mokrosova Marketa 21, Hartigova Michala 11, Peckova Tereza 11, Whalen Lindsay 11, Elhotova Kateřina 9, Stěpanova Kamila 8, Agalareva Marinela 8, Ferancikova Michaela 6, Godin Elodie 6, Kotlanova Eva 3, Burse Janell 2;
3FG: 15/4:20/8; 2FG: 37/13:51/30; FT: 2/1:19/12; rebs: 23:30; fouls: 15:9; MVP: Mokrosova Marketa



All stars 6th round: Mokrosova(USK), Hrabakova(Sparta), Hejdova(Valosun), Beres(Gambrinus), Svobodova(Valosun)



Round 6 of ZBL starts as leaders claim wins -by Eurobasket News
There were no surprises in Round 6 of ZBL so far. Gambrinus and USK Praha rolled to their expected victories and remained tied at 6-0 record in the ladder. There were easy wins for both Gambrinus and USK Praha in this round. Gambrinus thumped Usti 111:44 away from home. Alena Obstova (167-G-84) opened the scoring stats for the hosts but it was the last time Usti enjoyed the lead in this one. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) scored 8 points in the first frame to put Gambrinus in front 22:11. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) combined 23 points in the second frame to lift visitors up by 37 points at halftime. Building an insurmountable lead Gambrinus cruised to an overall victory at the end with the bench players logging some more minutes on the court. Six Gambrinus players scored in double figures. Hamchetou Maiga finished with 21 points. Eva Viteckova had 15 points, while Tamika Whitmore added 14 points and 4 boards for the winners. Alena Obstova replied with 12 points for Usti.
USK Praha also played on the road and experienced little difficulties en route to the 6th win. They held Strakonice to 39 points and overcame them 96:39 for the victory. The obvious dominance of the visitors resulted in a stunning 17:0 start to the game. The onslaught continued as USK Praha ended the first frame with a massive 28:4 lead. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) and Marinela Agalareva (178-F/G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) opened the second period with two more three pointers and USK Praha enjoyed a 30-point lead just 12 minutes into the game. The further performance was rather one-sided traffic as USK Praha headed into the final frame with a 42-point advantage. Marketa Mokrosova topscored for USK Praha with 21 points. Tereza Peckova (191-F-87), Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) and Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) delivered 11 points each in a win. Jana Stejskalova (178-F-75) responded with 10 points for Strakonice. The hosts suffered 25 turnovers in the 5th defeat in the season.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Shanika Freeman tonight 30/18 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 14: Catz (Lappeenranta) and PeKa (Kotka) continue winning - even on the road. Catz visited in Aanekoski and won over local Huima
by 19 pts 65-84. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) and Elena Reshetko (185-C-86) scored both 21 pts for Catz. PeKa visited in Airport City Vantaa and defeated PuHu by 15 pts 80-95. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) (PeKa) was once again the game MVP: 30pts/18 rbs. Espoo Team beat HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) by 23 pts 79-56. HoNsU had 35 turnovers and with that many TOs it's hard to win.

PuHu - PeKa 80-95 (31-47) (Heidi Lonnberg 27, Heli Roukanoja 14/15 - Shanika Freeman 30/18, Ashley Haynes 17/12).

Huima - Catz 65-84 (39-41) (Kenya Robinson 22/12, Chrystal Erwin 14 - Tamara Tatham 21, Elena Reshetko 21/10).

Espoo Team - HoNsU 79-56 (43-28) (Yolanda Jones 28, Kaisa Hook 14 - Charlee Underwood 17, Lizanne Murphy 16).



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FRANCE - Women

LFB Round 7: USVO taken to the wire, Arras down Mourenx in a weekend of action -by Leslie Anderson

Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne almost pulled of the coup of the weekend as they took Valenciennes USVO all the way in the match of the day. Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole did enough to down to Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut in the derby match. Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence made hard work of beating Cote d'Opale Basket Calais but in the end Nathalie Lesdema rolled back the years as she guided her side to victory against Cote d'Opale Basket Calais.


For more details of the matches on Saturday and on Sheana Mosch's performance then follow this link.


USVO and Bourges continue to lead then LFB standings and Tarbes and Mourenx rest fixed at the botom.






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HUNGARY - Women

Aim of Gyor -by Gabriel Zippenfenig
However they defeat with 30 points against MKB Euroleasing Sopron, Laszlo Galos was not disappointed because MKB Sopron shots more than 80 points in Euroleague and they kept them under 80 points. Gyor will try to get better than before and will do their best to win the upcoming games in the Hungarian devision and in Euroleague as well.

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ICELAND - Women

Weekend results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Haukar 73 Valur 72. Another loss for Valur with little different. Kiera Hardy (168-G-85, college: Nebraska) 35. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 18 for Haukar. Molly Peterman 24. Tinna Sigmundsdottir 16. Signy Hermannsdottir 15 + 17 rebs.

KR 80 Fjolnir 70.Monique Martin 24. Hildur Sigurdardottir 14. Sigrun Amundadottir 11 for KR. Slavica Dimovska 31 for Fjolnir.

Grindavik 92. Keflavik 90 ( OT) Keflavik lost their first game of the season. Joanna Skiba made a big three late in the game and Helga Hallgrimsdottir made the winning basket 2 second before the end.
Top scorers for Grindaviik. Tiffany Roberson 30 + 20 rebs. Joanna Skiba 29. For Keflavik. TaKesha Watson (170-G-82, college: Oklahoma City) 30. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 18.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Cohen in Spain -by Gil Goshen

CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE continue to win and this time over GRAN CANARIA LA CAJA DE CANARIAS
( away game ) 67:57. San Jose is still ranked at the 2nd place. ( 6-1 ). Next week they are hosting PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA
Liron GG basketball agency - had 13 points ( 3/8 for two and 2/4 for three points ), 6rb, 3 ast.
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Residence wastes the chance to go top -by Eurobasket News
Residence were close to making it to the top of the DBBL ladder yesterday. But they disposed of the opportunity losing to Amicale away from home. The hosts were inspired by a sizzling performance from Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.). A 23-year-old American forward stepped up with game-high 32 points, 15 boards and 4 steals to pace the hosts. Amicale also worked hard defensively as they started the encounter with a solid defensive effort limiting the visitors to only 9 points in the first quarter. Residence however were not ready to give it up that early. They answered with a 23:11 second quarter and surged ahead to a 32:26 distance at halftime. But it turned out to be just an outburst of aggressiveness from Residence. Amicale quickly regained the initiative in the second half and stared to carve their way back into this one. They drew the scoreline and the teams headed into the fourth period all square at 47. Lisa Lee kept on scoring and Jill Bausch (168-F-87) found the touch from beyond the arc to help Amicale celebrate a tough 74:70 win at the end. Jill Bausch provided 19 points for the winners. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) had 29 points and 10 boards for Residence. Sally Debra (176-G-80) contributed 14 points and 6 boards in the third loss for Residence in the season. Amicale outrebounded their opponents 39:24 but committed as many as 20 turnovers. The hosts converted 50% from beyond the arc 40% from close range. The win saw Amicale improve to 3-5 record in DBBL. Residence fell to 5-3 record and would face Musel Pikes in the next round for a chance to retain the second spot in the ladder.

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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 10: MVP Christelle N'Garsanet -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - Utex ROW Rybnik 84:51 (20:14, 17:17, 19:18, 28:2)
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow: Candice Dupree 14, Anna DeForge 13, Ewelina Kobryn 13, Monika Krawiec 12, Jelena Skerovic 11, Agnieszka Pałka 8, Natalia Trafimawa 7, Agata Gajda 2, Dorota Gburczyk 2, Marta Fernandez 2, Anna Wielebnowska 0, Magdalena Radwan 0.
Utex ROW Rybnik: Marquetta Dickens 13, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 12, Nikita Bell 12, Hollie Merideth 10, Edyta Błaszczak 2, Magdalena Skorek 2, Małgorzata Chomicka 0, Barbara Głocka 0, Olena Proszczenko 0, Joanna Czajkowska 0, Karolina Stanek 0.

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki 101:58 (24:15, 20:18, 28:14, 29:11)
KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.:
Christelle N'Garsanet 22, Carrie Moore 14, Barbara Kaszewska 13, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 13, Katarzyna Ristic 11, Aleksandra Chomac 10, Agata Chaliburda 6, Małgorzata Babicka 5, Joanna Czarnecka 2, Justyna Maruszczak 2, Aleksandra Pietraszek 2, Katarzyna Strzelecka 1.
Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki: Monika Jasnowska 14, Katarzyna Bednarczyk 13, Olivia Tomiałowicz 10, Agnieszka Modelska 8, Aneta Kotnis 4, Agnieszka Śnieżek 3, Claudia Sosnowska 2, Katarzyna Cwiklińska 2, Kamila Kowalewska 2, Anna Soszyńska 0.

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - KK AZS Jelenia Gora 66:40 (14:10, 18:6, 22:11, 12:13)
PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno: Agnieszka Budnik 19, Martyna Koc 18, Edyta Krysiewicz 11, Anna Krzywicka 5, Olga Żytomirska 5, Anna Talarczyk 4, Monika Siwczak 4, Agnieszka Makowska 0, Agnieszka Krol 0, Constance Jinks 0, Monika Soroczyńska 0.
KK AZS Jelenia Gora: Natalia Małaszewska 19, Dorota Arodź 12, Dorota Wojcik 4, Joanna Dłutowska 3, Agnieszka Balsam 2, Beata Andrzejczak 0, Żaneta Sojka 0.

INEA AZS Poznań - MUKS Poznań 78:48 (16:16, 21:17, 18:9, 23:6)
INEA AZS Poznań: Joanna Jarkowska 27, Monika Ciecierska 16, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 15, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 7, Weronika Idczak 6, Monika Sibora 4, Małgorzata Mycka 2, Agata Rafałowicz 1, Paulina Dąbkowska 0.
MUKS Poznań: Okeisha Howard 11, Żaneta Durak 11, Agnieszka Skobel 7, Justyna Nieznalska 7, Ilona Mądra 6, Katarzyna Rezler 3, Paulina Antczak 2, Barbara Skowronek 1, Adrianna Najtkowska 0, Lindsay Hugstad-Vaa 0.

ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź - CCC Polkowice 68:65 (18:16, 21:23, 21:15, 8:11)
ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź:
Jennifer Humphrey 17, Renata Oliveira 14, Katarzyna Kenig 11, Sylwia Wlaźlak 11, Edyta Koryzna 7, Dorota Sobczyk 4, Joice Cristina Rodrigues 4, Julia Saszko 0.
CCC Polkowice: Petra Stampalija 19, Anna Szycko 14, Frances Carvajal 12, Justyna Jeziorna 8, Veronika Bortelova 6, Ilona Jasnowska 4, Marta Gajewska 2, Aya Traore 0.

Energa Toruń - Cukierki Odra Brzeg 78:63 (17:16, 19:18, 17:15, 25:14)
Energa Toruń: Lindsay Taylor 28, Emilia Tłumak 15, Beata Predehl 14, Anna Marczewska 8, Joanna Chełczyńska 5, Justyna Grabowska 4, Lada Kowalenko 3, Alicja Perlińska 1, Patrycja Bajerska 0, Justyna Zielińska 0.
Cukierki Odra Brzeg: Daria Cybulak 12, Joei Clyburn 12, Khaili Sanders 12, Ludmiła Lyubarska 9, Ałła Jurlagina 7, Justyna Daniel 7, Mirela Pułtorak 2, Małgorzata Kudłak 2, Magdalena Rzeźnik 0.


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RUSSIA - Women

Spartak Moscow Region hands the first loss to BC Moscow -by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - BC Moscow 74:65

Spartak Moscow Region remained undefeated as they outscored BC Moscow in the battle of Russian Supreleague favorites. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 18 points and dished out 4 assists to carry Spartak to their 6th straight win in the season. BC Moscow got to a slightly better start to the game and enjoyed a tiny 19:18 lead after the opening frame. But Spartak stars started to work hard and the gap soon vanished as the hosts spurred ahead. Sue Bird orchestrated the home side in her unsurpassed manner and Spartak accumulated a 46:40 lead at halftime. But BC Moscow were not about to give this one up. They tightened the defense after the break and limited the hosts to 10 points. It resulted in BC Moscow cutting the margin to only 2 points heading into the fourth period. But Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) hit some difficult jumpers while Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) was perfect from charity stripe to bring victory for Spartak. Tina Thompson finished with 12 points for Spartak. Diana Taurasi added 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) answered with 23 points for BC Moscow. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) contributed 14 points and 8 boards in a losing effort. BC Moscow fell to 6-1 record and face UMMC at home in another heated up battle of Round 7. Spartak Moscow Region will host Nadezhda in the next encounter on December 9.

Spartak MR: Sue Bird 18, Tina Thompson 12, Diana Taurasi 11
BC Moscow: Monique Currie 23, Plenette Pierson 14+8 boards


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SERBIA - Women

Two Serbian teams gets upset in WABA -by Eurobasket News
Last night in Adriatic League brought two losses for Serbian teams. Both of them tried hard and could win the battles.
Buducnost overcame Crvena 88:81 and has also 5-1 record. After the victory over Jolly the team could not but win in the home game. A 28:18 gave them a good beginning of it, but then Serbian team struggled great in the game. Anyway Buducnost celebrated the victory, while Crvena fell at 2-4. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) paced all the winners with 26 points. Ana Perovic (195-C-77) nailed 20, while Aleksic Snezana had 14. Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) finished the night with 22 points in the losing clause.
Merkur grabbed the victory from Vojvodina in the last quarter of the game. Vojvodina controlled the first half and had 7 points advantage before the last quarter, but could not stay for good. A 14:32 in the fourth quarter led Merkur to 65:76 win. Milijana Evtoukhovitch (190-C-81) finished the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) scored 23 and BLAKE Monique posted 8. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) and Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) ended up with 16 points each.

Buducnost - Crvena 88:81 (28-18, 18-21, 24-20, 18-22)
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 26, Ana Perovic 20, Aleksic Snezana 14
Crvena: Biljana Pesovic 22, VELINOVIC Jelena 15

Vojvodina - Merkur 65:76 (19-13, 17-17, 15-14, 14-32)
Vojvodina: Iva Musulin 16, Ivana Grubor 16
Merkur: Milijana Evtoukhovitch 25+11 rebs, Lucie Conkova 23, BLAKE Monique 8


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SEYCHELLES - Women

Stars still shining -by Carlos Pereira
ANSE ETOILE STARS had already claimed their third consecutive Women's League championship title some three weeks ago, but found themselves having to replay their match against RA Sisters.
This is because RA Sisters made an official appeal against the decision of referees Curtis Marday and Gerard Chiffone who forfeited their Women's League match against Anse Etoile Stars.
This happened after RA Sisters decided not to continue playing at the start of the third quarter apparently because the Victoria Gymnasium court had become slippery because of rain. The officials awarded victory to defending champions Anse Etoile Stars who were leading 50-31.
RA Sisters won their appeal and the match was replayed on Thursday at Victoria Gymnasium.
Swept by HotShots in last weekend's best-of-three Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) Cup final series, the Stars put the Cup disappointment behind them to make sure of overcoming RA Sisters.
In the event of Anse Etoile Stars losing Thursday's match, it would have been their second loss and HotShots would have been declared the champions, thus completing a League and Cup double.
Getting a game-high 17 points from long-time Seychelles pivot Simone Malbrook, the Stars dominated RA Sisters 60-35.
Lucia Souffe made a 12-point contribution while captain-of-the-day and Seychelles playmaker Lindy Mathiot added 11 points to land the Stars their 15th championship title in 17 years.
Coach Michel Malbrook's Stars dominated their first three quarters 12-9, 27-3 and 15-7 before losing the fourth and final 10-minute spell 6-16.
Skipper Joanna Moustache was RA Sisters' top scorer with eight points.
Both Anse Etoile Stars and HotShots finished the championship with the same number of points - 23 - but the champions were decided on the head-to-head rule. The Stars finished first and HotShots second.
It is to note that the Stars lost the first-round match-up 43-45 and they needed to win the second-round encounter by a three-point margin to have the edge over HotShots on the head-to-head rule. The Stars came back in style to do even better - getting a six-point win (53-47). The win also put an end to HotShots' seven-game unbeaten run.

By http://www.nation.sc/


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

KOSIT 2013 reaches the ninth victory -by Eurobasket News
The defending champion of Slovak Republic improved to 9-0 in the league. The team had a road win over Whirpool Poprad 63:82 due to 23:9 in the second quarter. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) led the winners with 22 points. Jalcova posted 13, while Gearlds added 12. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Viktoria moved to 7-2 after an away victory from Slovan Bratislava 65;79. The visitors won all the quarter to reach such a result. Perostijska paced all the winners with 21 points. Skvarekova scored 14 and N. Kovaľova had 13. Michaela Parizkova (175-G-86) finished the night with 16 points in the losing clause.
NPEK UKF Nitra beat Cassovia 92:71 to produce 32:16 in the second quarter. Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-G-84)'s 20 were on the top of the scoring list for the hosts. Rozňava overcame Cityfarma Spartak Myjava 72:69 as the hosts had 10 points at the half. Eva Antalecova (180-F-66) produced 20 points for the winners.
The result and stats of the game between MBK Ruzomberok and UMB will be posted later.

Whirpool Poprad - KOSIT 2013 63:82 (20:26, 9:23, 20:16, 14:17)
Whirpool Poprad: Eva Kmetova 14, Szijjartova 13, Brezaniova 13, Sangareova 13
KOSIT: Anna Jurcenkova 22, Jalcova 13, Gearlds 12

NPEK UKF Nitra - Cassovia 92:71 (23:23, 32:16, 16:15, 21:17)
NPEK UKF Nitra: Dagmar Chlebovcova 20, Mracnova a Kalafutova po 18
Cassovia: Wilson 13, Gresnerova 13

Rozňava - Cityfarma Spartak Myjava 72:69 (18:14, 27:21, 16:22, 11:12)
Rozňava: Eva Antalecova 20, V. Kovacikova 16, Csavasova 15
Cityfarma Spartak Myjava: P. Petra Prochazkova (172-G-73) 23, Malinkova 15, Edwardsova 14

Slovan Bratislava - Viktoria 65:79 (15:18, 25:29, 12:16, 13:16)
Slovan Bratislava: Michaela Parizkova 16, Kozmonova 12, Capova 8
Viktoria: Perostijska 21, Skvarekova 14, N. Kovaľova 13


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SLOVENIA - Women

HIT Kranjska Gora improves to 6-0 -by Eurobasket News
Round 6 waived to all the teams in Bosnian League and left two undefeated teams. HIT Kranjska Gora improved to 6-0 after a home win over Odeja 65:55. Becanovic and Erzen paced the winners with 17 points each. Grilanc finished the game with 15 points for the visitors.
Celje smashed Triglav 123:31 to take 5-0 record. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) nailed 34 points to lead all the scorers in her team. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) netted 19, while Komplet and Tavic scored 12 points each. Gortnar produced 8 points in the losing effort.
Merkur grabbed the victory from Vojvodina in the last quarter of the Adriatic league game. Vojvodina controlled the first half and had 7 points advantage before the last quarter, but could not stay for good. A 14:32 in the fourth quarter led Merkur to 65:76 win. Milijana Evtoukhovitch (190-C-81) finished the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) scored 23 and BLAKE Monique posted 8. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) and GRUBOR Ivana ended up with 16 points each.

Adriatic League
Vojvodina - Merkur 65:76 (19-13, 17-17, 15-14, 14-32)

Vojvodina: Iva Musulin 16, GRUBOR Ivana 16
Merkur: Milijana Evtoukhovitch 25+11 rebs, Lucie Conkova 23, BLAKE Monique 8

Round 6
Celje - Triglav 123-31
Jezica - Crnomelj
Hit Kr.Gora - Odeja 65-55
Domzale - City Center 63-61
AJM Maribor - Neso Ihke 85-79


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SPAIN - Women

Round 7:Hondarribia falls down in table after loosing in Vigo -by Ivan Villar
Hondarribia Irun seemed finding its way after winning in FIBA Eurocup last wednesday.But its bad moment in league continued and lost in Vigo.Players of Miguel Mendez senteced in last quarter (14-5) with resurrection of Alba Torrens (15 p- 8 reb) who wasn't shining last rounds.Razza Mujanovic (12p-12 reb) and Maja Erkic (15 p-16 ef) were decisive for new triumph.Olesa got an important victory at home against Rivas Futura.Lecoe Willingham (12 p-17 reb) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) (21 p-18 ef) were best players of team which won its second game in a row.Rankica Sarenac (17 p-8 reb) and Arancha Novo (6 p-14 ef) were best references of team coached by Alberto Ortego.Ros Casares keeps on top with grey game in Badajoz.Team of Manolo Real didn't shine like other times but continues as last unbeaten team of competition.Katryn Douglas was best scorer of game with 15 points.Strange game in Vilagarcia,where home team was leading by 22 points at half.But Filter Mann Zaragoza is better team than clasification shows and tied game in last quarter thanks specially to Mar Rovira (19 p-17 ef).Extrugasa worked hard to assure new victory with Agne Ciuderiane (24 p)confirming that she's new player this season.Game of round played itself in Canarias between Gran Canaria and San Jose Leon.It wasn't pretty game but San Jose missed less than island's team.Players of Gran Canaria hasn't good day of shooting (5/36 in 3 points throws) and specially Taru Tuukkanen (4/19 in throws) and Roneeka Hodges (1/12 in 3 points throws) who usually are best offense reference.Allison Feaster was best player of team coached by Miguel Angel Estrada with 16 points and 14 efficience.Perfumerias Avenida destroyed Cadi La Seu at home by 29 points.Catalan team only scored 47 points and was trashed by home team leaded by Blanca Marcos (18 p) and Ana Montanana (15 p).Arranz Burgos lost a game which had begun winning by 20 points.Clifteana Miller played her best game after she arrived Spain (18 p-12 reb).But triangle formed by Kristen Rasmussen (19 p-9 reb),Silvia Morales (17 p) and Sancho Lyttle (14 p-11 reb) let Jordi Fernandez's team take a decisive triumph to Ibiza.Probably this week,coach of Burgos will be replaced,as first messure of critical moment of team.

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SWEDEN - Women

Who will stop Solna Vikings? -by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings improved to 9-0 in the standings of Swedish League. Telge and Stockholm follow it with 7-1 and 6-1 respectively.
Solna Vikings overwhelmed Brahe Basket 99:27 in Round 8. An easy win in all the quarters made Solna Vikings the favorite number one. Emma Linden (173-G-84) led the winners with 17 points. Christy Bacon nailed 14, while Jurgita Kausaite added 11. Tatsiana Lavets (172-G-82) and Hanna Johansson posted 6 points each in defeat.

Telge went to 7-1 after a road win over Norrkoping Dolphins 68:85. The visitors grabbed the 7th victory due to the second half that they won with 13 points deficit. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) had a great game scoring 30 points. Josefin Olheim (176-G/F-86) posted 19, while Elin Eldebrink netted 13. Melissa Traversi ended up with 24 points in the losing clause.

08 Stockholm beat Visby Ladies 65:58 due to 17:7 in the first. The hosts had 15 points advantage at the half and kept the score for good. Jennie Thingwall (183-F-85) led the winners with 19 points. Malin Gernandt and Nina Barlin scored 7 points apiece. Katherine Flecky finished the game with 20 points in defeat.

Solna Vikings - Brahe Basket 99 - 27 (26 - 5, 28 - 8, 21 - 10, 24 - 4)
Solna: Emma Linden 17, Christy Bacon 14, Jurgita Kausaite 11, Maria Nasstrom 10, Elisabet Egnell 10, Katarina Andersson 8, Helena Rutberg 8, Michaela Livijn 7, Anna Hoglund 6, Helena Klackenberg 5, Karolina Mindell-Kidanu 3.
Brahe: Tatsiana Lavets 6, Hanna Johansson 6, Jenny Rylander 5, Ana-Laura Rivero 4, Carina Larsson 3, Ida Ericsson 3.

Luleå Basket - Eskilstuna Basket 62 - 53 (12 - 13, 23 - 12, 13 - 16, 14 - 12)
Luleå: Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma) 15, Eszter Csontos 15, Frida Aili 15, Anna Brannvall 5, Frida Grahn 4, Elin Soderstrom 3, Annica Grafstrom 3, Anna-Lisa Vestin 2.
Eskilstuna: Kelsey Blair 19, Mirenda Wilson 15, Jenny Andersson 11, Madelene Feldt 4, Emma Gunnarsson 2, Kimona Boussard-Larson 2.

Umeå Comets - Marbo Borås 59 - 90 (18 - 29, 10 - 21, 13 - 23, 18 - 17)
Umeå Comets: Amy Mohr 22, Sanna Malm 12, Ida Sodersten 11, Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen 6, Caroline Sigefelt 4, Jennie Brandt 2, Frida Jonsson 2.
Marbo Borås: Ashley Key (180-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) 20, Lindsey Hicks 19, Emma Nilsson 17, Caroline Danielsson 9, Johanna Ericsson 8, Karin Inger 6, Johanna Kallman 5, Maria Gustavsson 3, Therese Andersson Broman 3.

08 Stockholm Human Rights - Visby Ladies 65 - 58 (23 - 18, 17 - 7, 14 - 19, 11 - 14)
08 Stockholm: Jennie Thingwall 19, Malin Gernandt 7, Nina Barlin 7, Jocelyn Penn 6, Amber Petillon 5, Martina Stålvant 5, Danielle Hamilton-Carter 5, Anette Johansen 5, Jasmina Pecariz 4, Eliza Golumbiewska 2.
Visby: Katherine Flecky 20, Alyssa Wahl 12, Marie Soderberg 10, Agnes Nordstrom 9, Olga Kjelsson 3, Hanna Gottberg 2, Sofia Uddin 2.

Norrkoping Dolphins - Telge 68 - 85 (18 - 21, 12 - 13, 17 - 24, 21 - 27)
Norrkoping: Melissa Traversi 24, Malin Belfrage 15, Ife Nnamaka 12, Sara Saks 8, Petra Jacob 3, Clara Hedenqvist 2, Hayet Neffati 2, Helen Thorold 2.
Telge: Louice Halvarsson 30, Josefin Olheim 19, Elin Eldebrink 13, Cleopatra Forsman 12, Erica Blomgren 4, Linda Ståhlberg 3, Camilla Östh 2, Frida Fogdemark 2.


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Neuchatel completes successful road trip -by Eurobasket News
Universite Neuchatel celebrated two straight road victories and improved to 8-1 record on top of LNA standings. First Neuchatel visited Martigny and pulled away with a 82:66 win. Martigny looked pretty confident in the opening half and dictated the pace. The hosts led throughout the major part of the first stanza but Neuchatel sparked late in the frame and surged ahead 18:15. However a solid performance from Melanie Cleusix (165-G-78) allowed the hosts to regain the advantage and they rolled to a 42:36 halftime lead. Neuchatel turned the momentum in their favor in the third term. A tight defense and pressure limited the hosts to only 8 points in the third frame. Neuchatel capitalized and accumulated a 9-point cushion heading into the fourth period. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) and Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) maintained the lead for the visitors and never allowed Martigny to come close enough for a final strike. Cameo Hicks ended up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Neuchatel. Sophie Charlier contributed 16 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for the winners. The home team answered with 25 points and 9 boards from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87). Melanie Cleusix came up with 15 points in defeat.
Neuchatel winning streak was extended against Brunnen Basket yesterday. Neuchatel led by just two points at the interval 46:44 but emerged strong in the final stages of the game. They finalized a comprehensive 89:65 victory and occupied the top spot in the ladder.