EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/5/2007

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ABA

Rainmen Shake Up Struggling Roster -by Surujh Roopnarine
The expansion Halifax Rainmen, in the midst of a seven game losing streak have shaken up their backcourt with the addition of Lantrice Green (6'3''-G-83). Green, a teammate of current Rainmen Kadiri Richard at Virginia Union University.
The 6'0" guard out of Bishopville South Carolina has prior ABA experience with the Atlanta Vision, where he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds a game.
The Rainmen also announced that point guard Hardy Riley (5'7''-G) has been released


ABA Power Rankings Released -by Surujh Roopnarine

The American Basketball Association released its first ABA Power Rankings for the season and the Manchester Millrats have the honor of being the first weeks number one team.

According to Brad Hester, ABA VP of Team Operations, "We are using a formula that consists of won-lost records, difficulty of schedule and closeness of games and any of three teams could have headed the list this week, including Vermont and San Diego, which is undefeated. But, with Manchester's overtime victory over the undefeated defending champion Vermont Frost Heaves, we felt that Manchester was deserving of the top spot."

1. Manchester Millrats
2. Vermont Frost Heaves
3. San Diego Wildcats
4. Strong Island Sound
5. Texas Tycoons
6. Long Beach Breakers
7. Jersey Express
8. Westchester Phantoms
9. Boston Blizzard
10. Syracuse Raging Bullz
11. Quebec Kebekwa
12. Houston Takers
13. Montreal Royal
14. Halifax Rainmen
15. Georgia Gwizzlies



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AUSTRALIA

It's no forlorn hope for the Slingers -by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Brisbane Bullets 119:102

Singapore Slingers beat all possible forecasts and came up with arguably the most surprising result in the NBL season so far. The Slingers edged the reigning champs Brisbane Bullets at the Singapore Indoor Stadium snapping their 6-game losing skid. They also denied the 5ht straight victory for the Bullets. The Bullets never seemed to lose this one as they looked beaming with confidence at the start of the matchup. The visitors opened the game with 4 straight points but the Slingers received necessary positive emotions from Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) as the burst out with 11 first frame points to lead the hosts to a 34:21 advantage after the opening frame. The shots just kept on dropping for the Slingers as they extended the gap to 20 points. The Brisbane seemed to have been stunned by the aggressiveness from the home team. Finally Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) cooled the things off a bit and tried to orchestrate their teammates. The margin was cut to 10 points at halftime 48:58. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) nailed a trey and Dusty Rychart netted some jumpers from inside to bring the Bullets within 5 points. But the Slingers maintained the distance and headed into the fourth period up by 9 points. Brisbane cut the deficit to 4 points early in the final term but Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland) and Rod Grizzard were ready for the challenge as they replied with consecutive baskets to lift the Slingers back to a safe distance. Mike Helms finished with game-high 31 points for the hosts. Rod Grizzard notched 24 points and 11 boards, while Ben Knight (204-F-76) provided 21 points and 11 boards in the 3rd win for Singapore. Brisbane replied with 23 points from Brad Williamson (197-F/G-81). Dusty Rychart had 20 points in a losing effort. The home team outrebounded the Bullets 44:40 and sank 55% from the field. Brisbane posted 42% field goal accuracy.
Brisbane fell to 10-5 record and would next host Razorbacks on Friday. The Slingers are scheduled to take on the Townsville Crocs.

Singapore: Mike Helms 31, Rod Grizzard 24+11 boards, Ben Knight 21+11 boards
Brisbane: Brad Williamson 23, Dusty Rychart 20


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BOSNIA

A1 League: Velpak - Play Off 101-71 -by Sead Buljina

In the last game of the fourth round A1 league, Velpak blew out Play Off by 30 points. The final score was 101:71, although hosts led by as many as 40 points.

The game drew a crowd of 500 in Skenderija arena1 although Bosna played ULEB CUp at the same time. Velpak won, but this team has nothing to be proud of. Namely, core group is made of washed out players who can barely run. Let`s mention that Velpak brought back from retirement Adis Suljagic, Armin Isakovic, Refik Velic and couple of other players older than 35. They might win in the A1 league thanks to their experience, but even if they qualify for Division1 they would have to change their roster all over again since their current players have no chance to compete with much younger players in D1. On the other hand, Play Off has played extremely dissorganized game tonight and did not deserve nothing else but humiliating loss against their city rival.



Bosna lost the Battle of Berlin -by Nedzad Kladusak

Tonight basketball history has been written in Berlin with a bitter end for KK Bosna. After 5. OT in Berlin Bosna lost 127-141 to Alba and was the unlucky of two great teams. Julius Jenkins, Bobby Brown (42points), Patrick Femerling, Goran Nikolic.... defeated one of the greatest names in yugoslavian basketball.
In the rows of KK Bosna Lance Williams and Brian Bailey led the resistance and had their opponents several times on their knees.
Alba Berlin dominated the boards but Lance Williams was unstoppable (34points,9rebs,4blks,4ass) for the german big men while the lack of guards in the bosnian rows turned out to be decisive.
Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul)


Stats:http://www.ulebcup.com/ulebcup/competition/results/showgame?gamecode=110



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BULGARIA

Pini Gershon is the new coach of Bulgarian National team -by Valentin Anguelov

Pini Gershon is the new coach of Bulgarian Men National team. This coming Sunday, December 9th at 12.00 o'clock in hotel Metropolitan in Athens he will signed a contract with Bulgarian Basketball Federation. Because of his duties with Olympiacos in Euroleague and Greek championship the agreement between both sides will take place in Greece.

In the beginning of October the president of BFB Atanas Tonev and executive director Ivan Tsenov met with israeli coach in Athens. The desire of the management of Bulgarian federation was Gershon to take over the Men's National team. Now everything is all cleared, Gershon will coach Bulgaria.

Bulgarian National team will find out opponents for the qualifications for Eurobasket 2009 this coming February when is the draw in Venice, Italy. 17 teams will be divided in three groups by four teams and one group by five teams. The winners of each one of them plus the best three second placed teams will qualify for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland.

With acquisition of Pini Gershon the hopes for Bulgaria are that finally men's team will get among the best teams in Europe and play at Eurobasket.



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CHINA

Bayi Loses Another, Falling to Dongguan 113-97 -by Arthur Volbert
Despite 35 points from Wang Zhizhi, Bayi lost another game today bowing to Dongguan 113-97. Defending league champion Bayi's record dropped to 9-8 while Dongguan's improved to 11-6.

Anthony Myles scored 23 points and Mike Harris scored 22 for Dongguan. Each grabbed 10 rebounds while Zhang Kai (211-C-82), who is more and more looking like a candidate for the Olympic team, had 12 points and 11 rebounds. He had a better game than Mo Ke, who had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Chen Ke had 23 points for Bayi as only Wang, Chen and Mo scored in double figures. Qiu Biao had 18 points and Wang Jing had 14 for Dongguan, which had five players in double figures.

The absence of Wang Lei and Li Nan hurts Bayi, but they both essentially play the same position. Bayi supposedly has depth but Chen Chen had 2 points and 1 rebound in 30 minutes and no one seems to be able to pick up the scoring void left by the absence of Wang and Li.


Dongguan 113
#23 2p+3r+6a, Yu Ning 8p+1r+1s, Mike Harris 22p+10r+3bl, Anthony Myles 23p+10r+4a+1s+5to, Wang Jing 14p+2r+1a+3s, Wu Songwei 4p+3r+2a, Qiu Biao 18p+1r+4a, Zhang Kai 12p+11r+1a+1s+2bl, Meng Duo 4p+1bl
Bayi 97
Hu Ke 5p+3r+1a, Wang Zhizhi 35p+7r+2a, Wang Zhongguang 4p+2r+2a+2s, Li Ke 7p+6r+1s+1bl, Chen Ke 23p+3r+1s, Mo Ke 10p+8r+1a+1bl, Wu Qian 8p+1r+2a,


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CYPRUS

Transfer news -by Chris Mammides

Intercollege ETHA agreed terms with the Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (190-G-82) Dunovic allready played against Aspis Apoel last night and he nearly made the surprice for hsi team as in his very first game he was the top performer and top scorer for his team with 17 points.

Aspis Apoel agred terms with the Greek Serbian center Dusan Jelic (211-C-74). The 33 years old center will help the Nicosia team in the crucial games against Keravnos this week (twice for champion and cup)


Pizza Express Primetel Apollon agreed terms with Armend Kahrimanovic (198-F/G-80, college: Idaho) while Boyko Mladenov (212-C/F-81) and Milos Sakota (203-F-86) were dissmised



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D-LEAGUE

Flash Overcome Slow Start, Hold Off Arsenal 102-90 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The expansion Utah Flash travelled down to Anaheim to face the Arsenal last night and came away with a 102-90 victory.
After a slow start which saw them down at the end of one quarter, 22-16 the Flash (3-2) turned it around and survived a late charge by the Arsenal (1-5) to escape with the victory.
James Lang (6'10''-C-83), Kevin Kruger (6'2''-G-83, college: UNLV) and Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) paced the Flash with 17 points a piece while the electric Guillermo Diaz (6'2''-G-85, college: Miami, FL) scored a game high 19 in the losing effort for Anaheim.
FLASH: James Lang (17p+8rb), Kevin Kruger (17p+6as), Brian Hamilton (17p), Michael Cuffee (14p+5rb)
ARSENAL: Guillermo Diaz (19p+5rb), Davin White (16p+5to), Steven Smith (15p), Kedrick Brown (11p+8rb)


Veteran Alum Return to D-League -by Surujh Roopnarine
Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) and Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon) have returned to the D-League, joining Bakersfield and Idaho respectively.
Barrett, who has career D-League averages of 17.0 points and 6.6 assists compiled during the 2005-06 season with the Florida Flame, joins Scooter McFadgon, another prolific scorere in the Jam backcourt. Barrett has appeared in 63 NBA games with stops in Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, Toronto and Chicago since being signed by the Rockets as a free agent in 2004.
The Idaho Stampede have signed a familiar face in Luke Jackson, Jackson averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 23 games for the Stampede and earned two NBA Call-Ups (L.A. Clippers, Toronto Raptors) during the 2006-07 season. During a combined 13 games with the Clippers and Raptors, Jackson averaged 3.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 10.6 minutes per game.
Jackson was in training camp with Toronto this seasn before being released.


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DOMINICAN REP.

DOMINICANS IN SPAIN! Charles is Week 11 MVP... -by Ozell Wells

Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was the MVP this week in Adecco LEB-Silver with 33 of efficiency after a 30 pt and 8 reb performance against Caceres 2016 in which Sabadell emerged victorious 89-76.
Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in with 17 pts and 13 rebounds to help lift Sabadell out of their 4 game slump.
For Carceres Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had 11 pts 5 rebs
For Cornella, Alexis Montas (202-F/C-79) contributed 8 pts and 2 rebs as Cornella lost against Gijon 82-62
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) put up 12 pts 8 rebs and 1 blcoked shot but Vic dropped a tough one to Plasencia 84-67 to fall into 5th place after losing their 2nd game in a row.

Edward Santana (203-F-80) continued his stellar play with an 18 pt 11 reb 3 steal and 1 blocked shot game as Palencia defeated Santa Pola 88-83.



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EGYPT

ZAMALEK to the final of Damascus championship -by Kirolos Beshay
In the semifinal of Damascus championship, Zamalk wins over Pitest of Romania 84/69 to qualify to the final. Zamalek players showed a great performance aganist the first candidate to win the championship, Zamalek proved that they will be a strong competitor in the next season in order to keep their crown as the egyptian league champion.

ZAMLEK in the semifinal after beating the hosts 69-57 -by Sherif Soliman
Zamalek players faced the hosts EL WEHDA (Syria) last night in Damascus but successfully they reached the semifinal. Zamalek will play today against the Romanian team who came 1st in group (B) with a clean 3 winners. The game will not be easy for Zamalek players as the Romanian rested yesterday. Sherif Azmy EL GALAA (Syria) current coach said(ZAMALEK can win this game if they concentrate and play fast).The other semifinal game will be between Orthodox (JOR) and Paridas(IRAN) after Orthodox passed last night with a hard win over ITTHAD (Syria) 89-86.

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FRANCE

Pro B : David Schroeder tested by St-Vallier -by Aurelien Hipp
*To replace Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.), gone back to the US for medical reasons, St-Vallier has asked David Schroeder (188-G-83, agency: Court Side) for a try-out. Schroeder is a rookie combo-guard, graduated from Idaho State. Schroeder posted 16.8ppg 5.5rpg as a senior.

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GERMANY

de Vol to Schwelm -by Moritz Korff
Raphael de Vol (182-G-82) has joined Schwelmer Baskets. The top team of the Regionalliga West needed a backup for starting Point Guard Matthew Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron) and a fresh player, after both Sascha Bornschein (176-G-88) and Nils Neusel-Lange (193-F-86) moved to Barmer TV (Oberliga) recently. De Vol played for City Basket Recklinghausen and TV Werne earlier this season.

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GREECE

Division B': Match Day 9 - Great victory for Lavrio. -by Chris Mammides
As eurobasket stated last week, Olympiakos Volou is just a step before the total catastrophy, like Poseidon and Siatista last season, Olympiakos Volou which begun the season with great expectations, a Croat Technical Advisor and good management team, all of a sudden everything collapsed in no time!! Good players such us Nanis, Tsolis and many other already left the team and during the ninth round of the league, the presentation of the team against Alimos was basically with young players. The results and the scorers were the following:
Olympiakos Volou - Alimos 69-107
Quarters: 15-34, 36-68, 53-86, 69-107
Olympiakos Volou.: Brouziotis 6, Kryoneritis 8, Politis 38(4), Karathanos 17.
Alimos: Koutsoukos 6, Thomas 6, Anthis 7, St. Vrynas 23, Gratsos 15, E. Vrynas 15, Kallimanas 18, Tzougarakis 17 (1).

Goumenisa - Anegennisi / Floga 87-75
Quarters: 22-25, 34-42, 67-51, 87-75
Goumenisa: Baggi 29 (7), Imeridis 5 (1), Hatzinikolaou 13 (1), Marenidis 9, Klepkos 5, Andreadis 7, Antoniadis 12 (1), Gotsos 7.
Anagennisi / Floga: Rozolis 8, Galanidis 7, Touloumis 11 (2), Pittakas 10, Sidiropoulos 3 (1), Zarogiannis 9, Spyropoulos 14 (2), Pallis 11, Tsakaleris 2.

KAOD - Ermis Lagkada 81-61
Quarters: 14-11, 38-32, 53-48, 81-61.
KAOD: Bourdanos 4, Papadopoulos 1, Kiosses 6, Filiousis 5, Michaelidis 8, Maslarinos 10, Koukouravas 18, Daliaris 18.
Ermis: Troulialis 5 (1), Paritsis 2, Bellos 7, Papakonstantinou 16, Vourlitis 3, Siolios 4, Gamouras 7, Akepsimaidis 8, Dimitriadis 9.

Makedonikos - Amyntas 63-92
Quarters: 16-27, 31-51, 47-74, 63-92.
Makedonikos (New head Coach Leras): Dalpas 3, Tanakidis 20, Mitsakis 2, Logias 14, G. Karipidis 14, Samourelis 10 (1).
Amyntas: Zoupas 24, Barbas 10, Samothrakis 6, Boutros 9, Dorkofikis 15, Korizis 10, Vogiatzis 8, Moumouris 6, Vathrakokoilis 4.

Milonas - Near East 57-78
Quarters: 8-20, 24-39, 34-54, 57-78.
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 3, Ventouris 10, Karababas 4, Vlavianos 5, Kiritsis 8, Efstratiou 7, Ballas 14, Bikas 4, Bourazanis 2.
Near East: Nikou 4, Lykogiannis 4, Neofytou 10, Kouklakis 11, Papoulidis 10, Gavanopoulos 9, Papargiropoulos 13, Stamatis 6, Michalos 8, Karabas 3.

Ikaroi Serron - Lavrio 47-57
Quarters: 9-11, 22-28, 33-45, 47-57.
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 12, Sdrakas 15, Tsanakas 3, Asimakis 7, Topouzis 10.
Lavrio (Christos Serelis ): Trikaliotis 2, Rallis 7, Kousoulas 8, Bakas 7, Giannakopoulos 16, Agapitos 6, Psileas 11.

Ikaros Kallitheas - Komotini 86-83
Quarters: 18-17, 40-37, 63-63, 86-83
Ikaros: Tsopokis 4, Martzos 4, Georgiou 17, Emmanouilidis 15, Katranas 2, Delichristos 6, Karastamatis 6 (1), Katoufas 23, Koukouras 8 (2),
Komotini: Mouzakitis 4, Dinas 15 (3), Koutsovasilis 28 (8), Tsakonitis 6, Veli 11 (1), Souflias 11, Holevas 4, Lehoudis 2, Halil 2.

Top Scorers after 9 weeks
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 178 points
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 159 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 155 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 154 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 153points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 150 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 148 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 147 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 138 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 131 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 130 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 130 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 127 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 120 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 113


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HUNGARY

NYKK signed Gary Buchanan -by Tamas Deri
American guard, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) had a great NCAA-carreer on Villanova University. He has been also playing in Europe, spent already 2-2 years in Austria and the Netherlands alredy. Last season he played for Groeningen in Netherlands, where he averaged: 13.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 41.3%, FT: 86.0%, 3Pts: 41.5%.

Banks can not play for ASE -by Tamas Deri
George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) will not come to the team of ASE! American forward who left the team of Albacomp last January without any reason, can not be on the roster of ASE as the management of Albacomp is not ready to give out his letter of clearence.

2nd Extreme Basketball Show (Slam Dunk Show) by Face Team in Hungary -by Gabriel Zippenfenig

The second extreme basketball show will be held at the Arena of Albacomp Basketball Team on 29th December in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

Face Team has already performed at many basketball halftime on many big events such as NBA Europe Live Tour 2007, Supercup 2007 in Bamberg, Germany, in Euroleague at the O.A.K.A. Olympic Arena at Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv game's halftime, at the 2006-2007 Championship winner Montepaschi Siena in the playoff in the Italian Championship and money other basketball games and events around the World!

The Face Team Acrobatic Basketball Team includes slam dunkers, freestylers (ball handling, dribbling), and acrobatic dunkers who are the most spectacular part of the show. The team is getting famous all around the world with their Slam Dunk Show and has many fans from lots of countries. If you have a chance to come to see their show to Hungary, do not hesitate to check their website (www.faceteamshow.com) and get in touch with the team's secretary via e-mail for further information.


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INDIA

Robinson rules out return -by Yudhistir Krishna
Three years ago, he was the toast of the nation. A one-man scoring machine who helped India stun Asian giant South Korea in the FIBA Stankovic Cup basketball tournament in Taipei and during majors in the last few years, he carried the country's hopes on his strong shoulders.

Today, Sozhasingarayer Robinson (203-F/C-80), Indian basketball's biggest star, is a bitter man. The two-year ban imposed on him by the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association for missing the National championship's State camp last December, has changed him in a big way.

“I'm not going to play for Tamil Nadu anymore. And I've also put a full stop to my international career,” said the 27-year-old former Indian captain who helped Tamil Nadu to five senior National titles.

“I've gone through so much in a last one year. Everybody has a saturation point… I've crossed that. From now on, I'll just play for my club and institution,” he said.Robinson sunk in 36 points — almost half the team's total — in that Stankovic Cup stunner against South Korea, but he said, “basketball is not a one-man show. And time doesn't stop for anyone.

“We need to change… when every country is changing, bringing in pro leagues, making the sport glamorous, why not we? We still play on outdoor cement courts and we don't have a pro league though we've been talking about it for years. Ten years from now, I'm sure the situation will be the same. I've given up on Indian basketball,” Robinson said.


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ISRAEL

Israeli premier league - Week 6 -by Tamar Goldman
Bnei Hasharon 87 Maccabi Tel Aviv 68: After overcoming Jerusalem in the second round Bnei Hasharon defeated this week Maccabi Tel Aviv in Raanana. This is the first time the champion lost in the league this season. Meir Tapiro finished the game with 23. Bnei: Tapiro 23, BLecher 20 and Cisse 16. Maccabi: Halperin 15, Morris 12, Sharp 10.

H. Jerusalem 97 Ironi Nahariya 82: Before the important game against Zgorzelec in the Uleb Jerusalem had a very good 4th quarter against Nahariya, and again Dror Hagag le d the reds with 19 points (missing only one shot from the 3 pointer). Jerusalem: Hagag 19, Bowers 18 and Arnold 16. Nahariya: Pledger 22, Hill and Kozikaro 16 each.

Galil 107 Ramat Gan 102: After 4 consecutive lost Galil writes it's 2 win in a raw in the league, after overtime. Gili Mossinzon had another great week having an evaluation of 41, with 28 points and 17 rib. Galil: Mossinzon 28, Eitan 19, Campbell 18. Ramat Gan: Tolbert 27, Kuebler 24, Ichaki and Cohen 16 each.

Rishon 80 - Gilboa/Afula 68: After losing 3 games in its home court Rishon overcame Gilboa/Afula with a 13:0 run in the 4th quarter. Cedrik Banks had his first good game with the team, shooting 24 points. Rishon: Banks 24, Shaashua 13, Markson 11. Gilboa/Afula: Hall 16, Port 15, Ben David and Colman 12 each.

Ashkelon 78 Holon 98: In the closing game of the week Holon, with 2 consecutive lost, came to Ashkelon and bit the home team. Dixson and Tucker led the team with 18 points each, Roth added 15 and Campbell made 14. Ashkelon: Carr and Davidi 15 each, Iatzkan 14.


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ITALY

Massimo Bulleri to La Fortezza Bologna -by Stefano Pini
As we antipated yesterday, there are several teams on the market. The biggest news is that Vidivici Bologna announced the deal with Armani Jeans Milano for the loan of Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77). The italian superstar is injured and will come back to play in February.
Rumors: Upim Bologna has Ramel Curry (191-G-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: CSU Bakersfield) and Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) as target and will shop Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances).
Napoli will probabily release Jamel Thomas (198-F/G-76, college: Providence).
Varese is looking for a small forward (Michel Morandais (198-G/F-79, college: Colorado)?) and a pointguard, while Legea Scafati could add Gregor Hafnar (195-G-77, agency: VTBM/SRBM).
Solsonica Rieti is on the market too, looking for a pg/sg to substitute Russell Carter (193-G-85, college: Notre Dame).


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IVORY COAST

Africa Champions Cup: ABC, Potters renew rivalry in finals -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Two FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers Nigeria's Niger Potters basketball club and Abidjan Basketball Club (A.B.C) will once again renew their rivalry in Angolan province of Huambo in group-B.

The two sides are drawn in the same group with defending champion, Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola who is ranked topped in the group which also have Stade Malien of Bamako, BC Onatra of Democratic Republic of Congo and Ferroviario Da Beira of Mozambique.

Group-A comprises two Angolan side, host Interclube and 2006 runner-up Primero De Agosto, the group also have A.P.R of Rwanda, ASPAC of Republic of Benin, M.B.C of Guinea and ASB Kauka of Democratic Republic of Congo making up the sixth team of the group with Cabinda as venue.

In a release from the Communications department of FIBA Africa Secretariat immediately after the draw was held Monday at Novotel in Abidjan (Cote d'ivoire) attracted Ivorian Honourable Minister for Youth, Sports & Leisure, Dagobert Banzio alongside FIBA Africa President and Secretary General, Prof. Alain Ekra and Dr Alphonse Bile.

The technical meeting of the final round of the last championship on the calendar of the continental ruling body for 2007 will hold December 11 in Luanda, Angola while hostilities will begin on December 13 through 22 with Cabinda hosting the classification matches aside playing host to group-A games just as the magnificent Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda host matches from the quarter-finals through the finals.


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JAPAN

Estill of the Night -by Kenny
After 16 games of the 35-game season, one thing is clear: Marquis Estill is a monster. The 1st-year center out of Kentucky is hands down the top new import this season. F Jawad Williams of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido is also having a solid 1st year, leading the JBL in points with 27.1 pts per game, but he hasn't quite had the impact that Estill has had. "Quis" is 2nd in points with 26.7, 1st in rebounds with 15.0, and 1st in field-goal percentage with an astounding 70.7% FGP. He's also 1st in blocked shots with 1.7 blocks per game, and though dunks are a trivial category, he also leads the league with 3.0 dunks per game. That means that Estill is leading the league in 4 out of the 9 main statistical categories, and he's 2nd in another category (points).

With Estill leading the way, OSG has rebounded from an 0-2 start to even their record at 8-8. They are currently 3rd in the standings, meaning that if the season ended today, they would be in the playoffs since the top 4 teams make the playoffs. Since OSG will be moving to the bj-league from the 2008-09 season, they're in position to leave the JBL in a blaze of glory.

Here are the stats leaders in the JBL:

Points
1. Jawad Williams (Hokkaido) 27.1
2. Marquis Estill (OSG) 26.7
3. Charles O'Bannon (Toyota) 24.5
4. Randy Holcomb (Toshiba) 22.6
5. Cliff Hawkins (OSG) 21.1

Rebounds
1. Marquis Estill (OSG) 15.0
2. Ace Custis (Panasonic) 11.9
3. Joji Takeuchi (Hitachi) 10.5
4. Tyler Newton (Hokkaido) 10.2
5. Jamar Smith (Toshiba) 10.1

Assists
1. Cliff Hawkins (OSG) 7.4
2. Louis Campbell (Toyota) 7.2
3. Ryota Sakura (Hokkaido) 4.4
4. Ace Custis (Panasonic) 4.2
5. Jerald Honeycutt (Mitsubishi) 4.1




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JORDAN

Market News..... -by Mohammed Malas
- Arena Amman basketball team management has decided to stregthen their squad with two american imports who are Simeon Haley (213-C-75, college: Missouri) and Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.).

Haley who is a center was a part of Etoile du Sahel's success in winning the title of the Tunisian league last season, His career is full of experience in other countries he played in such as Mexico, China, Serbia and some US leagues, While Cooperwood was in top 5 with Antranik club in lebanese league's stats table in scoring and assists, The american guard played two seasons in Israel before two years ago and part of this season in Mexico.

- The american center Ronald Alexander (213-C) will join Jamal Ward (198-F-79, college: Chattanooga) in College Sports Club soon to prepare for the upcoming Excellent League season which will start on december 11th under the coaching of veteran Ibrahim Al Ja'fari who will be back to coaching after along time.

Alexander was graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in the american NCAA last year and is waiting for his 1st professional year.

# Jordanian teams imports until now....

- Zain:
Jonathan Jones - Center
Nate Johnson - Forward

- Orthodox:
Zack Anderson - Center
Chad Hendrick - Forward
Chris Campbell - Guard

- Arena Amman:
Simeon Haley - Center
Josh Cooperwood - Guard

- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman:
None till now

- Al Wihdat:
Anthony Steward - Forward
Johnny Phillips - Center

- Hussein Erbid:
Robbie Banks - Center
Glen Summerall - Guard

- College Sports Club:
Jamal Ward - Forward
Ronald Alexander - Center

- Al Awdah:
None till now


Pardis meets Orthodox in semis of Damasscus Invitational -by Mohammed Malas
Orthodox has succeeded to get through the semi-final of Damascus Invitational Tournament in Damascus, Syria after winning over Syrian team Al Ittihad Aleppo in overtime 89-86, The reds will meet Pardis from Iran in the semis.

The american forward Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) was the key of the win in the last seconds with his concentrated shots from all distances adding to the big help from Abdalla Abu Koura and Chris Campbell while in the other hand, Damond Williams was trying to do his best to protect his team from loose despite their leading most of time until final seconds which slepped from their hands.

In the mean time, BCM Pitesti will play against the egyptions Al Zamalek in the other side of the semis-final of the tournament which ends tomorrow.


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KOSOVO

As Prishtina - Ylli, on Thursday 13:30 -by Edona Shabani
The match between As Prishtina and Ylli valid for the VIII week of Super League, with the agreement of both teams will be played on Thursday, December 6, 2007 on 13:30 in the Sports and Youth Hall in Prishtina.
To referee this match will be Hajredin Zeka, Arben Elshani and Daut Mehmeti, whereas to monitor it will be Naim Lepaja. The rest of the matches of the VIII week will take place on December 8 and 9, 2007.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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KUWAIT

Ekpenyong signs for Al Yarmook -by Ali Ahmed


Al Yarmook basketball team management agreed terms with the Nigerian forward Edem Ekpenyong to play for them this season.

Edem is a tenacious open court player, who runs very well and attacks the basket, finishing with dunks. Can hit a long distance shot, and earns a lot of free throws from contacts with defenders. His athleticism make him very effective at grabbing offensive rebounds.


Awards/Achievements:
-National under 18 camp MVP -96
-dunk champ in division II Men tournament
-Nuga gold in Nigeria university games in 2001
-Nigerian University National Team in Beijing, China (FISU 2001)
-Invited to the Senior National Team Camp for African qualifiers in Casablanca, Morocco where he played forward, but did not make the final team cut down in second round.
African Club Championships -05 (Semifinals)
Nigerian National Team 01-06-07
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne -06 (Semifinals)
All-Africa Games in Algeria -07


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LIGA AMERICAS

PBL releases the All-Star roster for Liga de Las Americas -by Gianni Pascucci

Thanks to the courtesy of miss Carrie Ann May, of the PBL Executive Office, Usbasket.com is able to post the definitive roster of the PBL All-Star team that opens tonight the Liga de Las Americas in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, meeting the Metros de Santiago. As Usbasket.com had anticipated some days ago, the team will be coached by well-known Ricky Benitez and will feature some players from the ABA league and some other with Latin American roots. The definitive roster is as follows:

player ------------ pos yob hgt wgt school
Albert BURDITT C, 1972 6-8 230 2-53 Texas '94

William E HOWARD F, 1984, 6-5 210 N.C.A&T '04
Johan PEREZ SIERRA F, 6-6
Rafael PEREZ G, 1982 6-1 190 Turabo (PUR) '06
Ronald J.R. PITTMAN F/C, 1983 6-7 230 Angelo State '06
Jai PRADIA G/F, 1979 6-6 225 Pittsburg St (KS) '02
Antonio RUSSELL G, 1984 6-0 Western Carolina '07
Jeremiah RUSSELL F, 6-6

Sherick SIMPSON F, 1974, 6-6 205 Ft.Hays State '97
Antwan "The Future" SUTTON G, 1982 6-0 155 Solano CC '03
Edwin TATUM G, 1981, 6-4 210 Stephen F.Austin '04
Joshua "Greg" TINCH F, 1982, 6-4 210 Louisville (football) '05
Kyle WILLIAMS F, 1981 6-6 215 Howard '03

HEAD COACH: Ricardo G. "Ricky" Benitez
COACH ASSISTANTS: M.A. Harris, Eduardo Benitez, Juan Nieves,


TV listings for Latin America -by Gianni Pascucci

Latinbasket.com has just received the TV listings for Latin America, and they are as follows:

(ALL GAMES TELECASTED BY "Fox Sports de las Americas" channel IN LOCAL MEXICAN TIMES)
Tuesday December 4, 2007.
Chicago PBL All-Stars- Club Paulino Benito 17:00
Cangrejeros de Santruce -Soles de Mexicali 19:00
Thursday December 6, 2007.
Club Paulino Benito -Soles de Mexicali 17:00
Chicago PBL All-Stars -Cangrejeros de Santruce 19:00
Friday December 7, 2007.
Soles de Mexicali-Chicago PBL All-Stars 17:00
Cangrejeros de Santruce- Club Paulino Benito 19:00



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LITHUANIA

Jordan to replace Mitchell in Vilnius -by Simas Baranauskas
The defending champions of BBL signed Jared Jordan (188-G-84, college: Marist), who will replace Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU). Darrell Mitchell had joined the team a couple of months ago to replace the injured Latvian PG Roberts Stelmahers (192-G-74). The former Latvian international is not yet fit and will be able to play only late December or even later.

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MEXICO

Mexicali in Liga de las Americas -by Charles Elwes

In a very dramatic game played tonigth in Guaynabon Puerto Rico Soles de Mexicali
played against Cangrejeros de Santurce in front of a Puerto Rican crowd cheering for
Cangrejeros , with a key shot in the final 2 seconds
Richard Lopez (192-G-78, college: Cal.Baptist)

gave a dramatic win for the Soles de Mexicali in there firts game in the tournament , all the game

was for the Mexican team and had a margin in the firts quaters up to 18 pts of diference against

Cangrejeros , it was in the second half led by Alex Falcon (200-F-74, agency: Next Level) and

Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) that close the margin in the final minutes of the game.But key players

for the Soles like Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances) gave the victory by one point

to the soles De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) was the top score for Mexicali.



Gallos de Cd.Juarez join the TPBL -by Charles Elwes

After some years of changing leagues CIMEBA,LNBP,LICOMUBA,ABA,LIMEBA and having in there

trophy room 2 LNBP Championships,1 LICOMUBA championship,2nd place in the CIMEBA,3rd place in the ABA.

and in every league have joined the playoffs.
one of the most important teams in Mexico , now has joined another American league this
2008 season they will play in the Texas Professional Basketball
League. 3 years ago they joined the ABA finshing third place that season
now the project its to promote local players of Cd. Juarez with the help of 3 import players.

The TPBL will start the season January 11.The head coach will

be the legendary Raul Palma.That has been in the organization of Gallos since 2000.

Gallos de Cd.Juarez are the only Mexican team rigth now ,to be playing in a American league

since Dragones Tijuana ,Veneno Monterrey are not playing this season in the ABA.




TV listings for Latin America -by Gianni Pascucci

Latinbasket.com has just received the TV listings for Latin America, and they are as follows:

(ALL GAMES TELECASTED BY "Fox Sports de las Americas" channel IN LOCAL MEXICAN TIMES)
Tuesday December 4, 2007.
Chicago PBL All-Stars- Club Paulino Benito 17:00
Cangrejeros de Santruce -Soles de Mexicali 19:00
Thursday December 6, 2007.
Club Paulino Benito -Soles de Mexicali 17:00
Chicago PBL All-Stars -Cangrejeros de Santruce 19:00
Friday December 7, 2007.
Soles de Mexicali-Chicago PBL All-Stars 17:00
Cangrejeros de Santruce- Club Paulino Benito 19:00



Lechugeros Leon -by Charles Elwes

Another bad news for the Lechugeros de Leon , today the
team inform that Maurice Riddick has left the team due to personal
issues in the United States . He was one of the idols for Leon fans
since Lechugeros join the LNBP.There are a couple of players doing try outs

to replace Maurice Riddick (188-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman).All watch by

head coach Javier Mendoza

Maurice Riddick (188-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman) season numbers were

32 games played, 21ppg,4rpg,2.6apg.



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NIGERIA

Africa Champions Cup: ABC, Potters renew rivalry in finals -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Two FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers Nigeria's Niger Potters basketball club and Abidjan Basketball Club (A.B.C) will once again renew their rivalry in Angolan province of Huambo in group-B.

The two sides are drawn in the same group with defending champion, Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola who is ranked topped in the group which also have Stade Malien of Bamako, BC Onatra of Democratic Republic of Congo and Ferroviario Da Beira of Mozambique.

Group-A comprises two Angolan side, host Interclube and 2006 runner-up Primero De Agosto, the group also have A.P.R of Rwanda, ASPAC of Republic of Benin, M.B.C of Guinea and ASB Kauka of Democratic Republic of Congo making up the sixth team of the group with Cabinda as venue.

In a release from the Communications department of FIBA Africa Secretariat immediately after the draw was held Monday at Novotel in Abidjan (Cote d'ivoire) attracted Ivorian Honourable Minister for Youth, Sports & Leisure, Dagobert Banzio alongside FIBA Africa President and Secretary General, Prof. Alain Ekra and Dr Alphonse Bile.

The technical meeting of the final round of the last championship on the calendar of the continental ruling body for 2007 will hold December 11 in Luanda, Angola while hostilities will begin on December 13 through 22 with Cabinda hosting the classification matches aside playing host to group-A games just as the magnificent Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda host matches from the quarter-finals through the finals.


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PBL

PBL releases the All-Star roster for Liga de Las Americas -by Gianni Pascucci

Thanks to the courtesy of miss Carrie Ann May, of the PBL Executive Office, Usbasket.com is able to post the definitive roster of the PBL All-Star team that opens tonight the Liga de Las Americas in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, meeting the Metros de Santiago. As Usbasket.com had anticipated some days ago, the team will be coached by well-known Ricky Benitez and will feature some players from the ABA league and some other with Latin American roots. The definitive roster is as follows:

player ------------ pos yob hgt wgt school
Albert BURDITT C, 1972 6-8 230 2-53 Texas '94

William E HOWARD F, 1984, 6-5 210 N.C.A&T '04
Johan PEREZ SIERRA F, 6-6
Rafael PEREZ G, 1982 6-1 190 Turabo (PUR) '06
Ronald J.R. PITTMAN F/C, 1983 6-7 230 Angelo State '06
Jai PRADIA G/F, 1979 6-6 225 Pittsburg St (KS) '02
Antonio RUSSELL G, 1984 6-0 Western Carolina '07
Jeremiah RUSSELL F, 6-6

Sherick SIMPSON F, 1974, 6-6 205 Ft.Hays State '97
Antwan "The Future" SUTTON G, 1982 6-0 155 Solano CC '03
Edwin TATUM G, 1981, 6-4 210 Stephen F.Austin '04
Joshua "Greg" TINCH F, 1982, 6-4 210 Louisville (football) '05
Kyle WILLIAMS F, 1981 6-6 215 Howard '03

HEAD COACH: Ricardo G. "Ricky" Benitez
COACH ASSISTANTS: M.A. Harris, Eduardo Benitez, Juan Nieves,


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PERU

Regatas 2007 Champion -by Andres Seminario


Regatas Lima defeated 70-62 Real Club, last Friday, to become the 2007 Peruvian Champion.
With this result Regatas won the series 2-0, having finished the year with a 30-2 record, (90%).
Real used their changing defense, trying to slow down Regatas by making a pressing all court zone, and changing to individual defense from time to time.
Regatas Lima roaster includes, Juan Carlos and Julio Monges, Mohamadua Diop, Robert Bridge, Alejo Martinez, Daniel del Carpio, Javi Budge, Hugo Rangel, Chiqui Masias, Martin la Rosa and Ignacio Vidalon, under the coaching staff of Carlos Zanelatto, Julio Rejas and Enrique Hurtado.
With this result Regatas will face a Bolivian team, the winner will classificate to the Liga Sudamericana.
In women's basketball also Regatas beat Naval 2-0, recapturing the title they lost last year to Alas Peruanas that finished third.
Also in Second Division Basket Regatas B defeated Naval 2-0, showing that the level in Peruvian Basket is very low.
With this years ending, all we can see, is that Basket in Peru is at it lowest history point, having only to competitive teams in men's ( Regatas and Real), three competitive teams in women Regatas, Naval and Alas Peruanas ( Real the 4th team in the league, didn't win a match all year long (0-21)), with this kind of system, were the head of the federation, and the superior league, are the some group year after year, that see basket in a amateur way, not making any change at all, doesn't giving others the opportunity or the support to change the hole system that doesn't work, Peruvian basket will continue to be one of the worst in Latin-American.



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PUERTO RICO

Tonight Liga de Las Americas and Lazor in San German -by Alessandro Fontana
Tonight It will start the Liga de las Americas, Cangrejeros de Santurce will play against Soles, a Mexican Team. Cangrejeros is interested in Sharone Wright (211-C-73, college: Clemson). Wright is an expert player with NBA (Phila and Toronto) and European experiences (Spain, Poland and England).

Atletico San German signed Bobby Lazor, a fighter who last BSN played with Leones de Ponce with 16,2 pts (53% 2pts, 33% 3pts, 71% FT) and 8,4 rebs in 29 games. Lazor is an expert of BSN (He played in Arecibo, Guayama, isabela, Mayaguez, Ponce). He had already played a season in San German, his first season in Puerto Rico, with 18,1 pts per game. He is not only a good scorer but also a great defender and rebounder. Atletico San German signed also Guillermo Andino (186-G-88).
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

Gaz Metan is not quite a match for CSU Ploiesti -by Eurobasket News
CSU Ploiesti extended their winning rally to 10 games. In Round 10 of Romanian Division A CSU Ploiesti took on one of their key opponents in the season Gaz Metan Medias. But Gaz Metan were unable to seriously challenge recent leaders. The game was pretty close in the starting frame as the visitors managed to held CSU Ploiesti under control and trailed by just one point 23:24. But the hosts soon found the right rhythm and the momentum turned their way. CSU Ploiesti drove to a 51:39 lead at halftime and looked confident at the moment. Gaz Metan however tried to reignite the intrigue as they outscored their counterparts 24:20 for a trace of hope in the third stanza. But the spark went dry in the final period as CSU Ploiesti regained the initiative and easily secured the winning outcome at the end 97:83. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) and Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) tallied 22 points apiece to lead CSU Ploiesti. Alexander DeAngelo contributed 20 points, while Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83) added 12 points for the winners. Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Gaz Metan. Edgars Cunda (196-G-84) delivered 17 points in a losing clause. Gaz Metan had a solid dominance under the rims 45:29 but could not overcome 61% field goal accuracy from the home side.
CSU Ploiesti improved to 10-0 record and would take on Targoviste in the next round. Gaz Metan meanwhile fell to 7-3 record and occupied the third spot. They are scheduled to play against BCM Pitesti on December 8.


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SERBIA

Aco Petrovic is the new head coach of UNICS Kazan -by Dragan Jankovski
Former head coach of FMP Zeleznik, Hemofarm Vrsac and Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Aco Petrovic, replaced well respected Lithuanian coach Antanas Sireika on the bench of Russian team UNICS Kazan. The team currently has score 5-5 in Russian Superleague and 1-4 in group I of ULEB Cup. Petrovic is the second Serb in UNICS as Dusko Savanovic joined the team at the beginning of the last season.

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SINGAPORE

It's no forlorn hope for the Slingers -by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Brisbane Bullets 119:102

Singapore Slingers beat all possible forecasts and came up with arguably the most surprising result in the NBL season so far. The Slingers edged the reigning champs Brisbane Bullets at the Singapore Indoor Stadium snapping their 6-game losing skid. They also denied the 5ht straight victory for the Bullets. The Bullets never seemed to lose this one as they looked beaming with confidence at the start of the matchup. The visitors opened the game with 4 straight points but the Slingers received necessary positive emotions from Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) as the burst out with 11 first frame points to lead the hosts to a 34:21 advantage after the opening frame. The shots just kept on dropping for the Slingers as they extended the gap to 20 points. The Brisbane seemed to have been stunned by the aggressiveness from the home team. Finally Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) cooled the things off a bit and tried to orchestrate their teammates. The margin was cut to 10 points at halftime 48:58. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) nailed a trey and Dusty Rychart netted some jumpers from inside to bring the Bullets within 5 points. But the Slingers maintained the distance and headed into the fourth period up by 9 points. Brisbane cut the deficit to 4 points early in the final term but Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland) and Rod Grizzard were ready for the challenge as they replied with consecutive baskets to lift the Slingers back to a safe distance. Mike Helms finished with game-high 31 points for the hosts. Rod Grizzard notched 24 points and 11 boards, while Ben Knight (204-F-76) provided 21 points and 11 boards in the 3rd win for Singapore. Brisbane replied with 23 points from Brad Williamson (197-F/G-81). Dusty Rychart had 20 points in a losing effort. The home team outrebounded the Bullets 44:40 and sank 55% from the field. Brisbane posted 42% field goal accuracy.
Brisbane fell to 10-5 record and would next host Razorbacks on Friday. The Slingers are scheduled to take on the Townsville Crocs.

Singapore: Mike Helms 31, Rod Grizzard 24+11 boards, Ben Knight 21+11 boards
Brisbane: Brad Williamson 23, Dusty Rychart 20


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SLOVENIA

Market News and Injury Report -by Zeljko Zule
Stipe Modric (207-F-79) of Geoplin Slovan has cracked bone in his wrist and will be sidelined at least one month.
Rogla parted ways with Kabine Sissoko (209-C-86, agency: Interperformances) and is negotiating with Igor Jokic (204-F-80) ex APOEL.
Dejan Dunovic (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances) has left Kormed to join Intercollege ETHA. He averaging 7,8 points, 3,3 assists and 1,7 rebounds in 6 games of Hungarian UNIQA League.


Alpos snap six-game losing streak -by Zeljko Zule
Former NT member Ervin Dragsic (183-G-74) scored 20 points and handed out 6 assists off the bench and Alpos Sentjur snapped their six-game losing streak with an surprising 83-80 victory over Geoplin Slovan in the opening game of Round 9. Alpos in third quarter scored 12 consecutive points and in last period made a 15-6 run as they pulled ahead 82-75. Srboljub Nedeljkovic collected 13 points and 7 rebounds and Urban Palcnik added 12 points while Eric Clemons led the guests with 18 points.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

High School preview -by David Edole

The Virgin Islands boys' basketball is in transition. For the past three years three players have dominated the headlines. Craig Williams (203-F-90) (Temple), Khalid Gerard (TCI) and Stephen O'reilly< (South Kent) have left their mark on Virgin Islands basketball. All have participated at one point on the international stage while leading their high schools to the number one ranking.
It will be tough to top that trio but this season will introduce people to new stars. Preseason Number 1 ranked team Educational Complex may have probably the best player ever in their program when Zomari Swanston suits up this season. If he gets over the academic bug, he will easily be the player of the year. But he is not the only rooster in the hen house. Joining Swanston are athletic studs James Sneed (-G-92) and Devonte Xavier. This team is filled with DI talent and will be a tough to beat.
This season fans will also be introduced to O'lani Vanterpool (-G-90)< and Lamar Bough (-G-91) of Central, Curtio Fredricks (-G-91) of Charlotte Amalie, Michael David of Eudora Kean and the most athletic player in the territory Charles Morehead of St. Josephs. When Morehead is in flight look out!

Team By Team Capsule

1. Educational Complex: Zomari Swanston (193-G/F) (6-4, G/F, Soph.), Jamari Applewaite (G, 5-8, Sr.), James Sneed II (G, 5-9, Soph.), Timothy Sneed (G, 5-10, Jr.), Kyle Sylvester (-F-90) (F, 6-2, Jr.), Earvin Bonit (-G-91) (G, 5-7, Sr.), Devonte Xavier (G/F, 6-3, Fr.), Edwin Ventura (F/C, 6-5, Fr.), Tarik McMillan (G, 6-0, Soph.)
Comment:
What more can be said about Swanston, he is a devastating shooter, leaper but will he play? With or Without Swanston there this team is loaded. Starting with VI junior national team guard James “NeNE” Sneed II. Sneed had a summer that he would like to forget when the V.I. junior only won one game at CentroBasket 2007 edition. NeNe, the youngest member of the team, took most of the heat for the teams' performance. Look for him to take his frustrations out on the other teams.
The third stud on the team Devonte Xavier is a big physical guard. Although he is young he has the look of a major player.
Applewaite, the only returning starter, will bring his Leandro Barbosa style to the team. He scored over 30 points a couple times last season. Other junior national team members on the team are Kyle Sylvester, who had 17 points and 11 boards against Mexico and reserve Ervin Bonit. Up front, Sylvester and Ventura will be active. Ventura is a big with promise.
Did I forget to mention, Dean Heywood was the coach of the year last season. Complex is the team to beat.

2. Charlotte Amalie: Curtio Fredricks (G, 6-0, Soph.), Ryan Mills (G, 6-0, Soph.), Dequan Byron (G/F, 6-0, Jr.), Devon Lake (-F-91) (F, 6-2, Jr.), Merwin Potter (G, 5-10, Soph.)
Comment:
Khalid Gerard has been CAHS everything for the past three seasons. He is gone so what does Pedrito Estril do. He brings in another stud in Curtio Fredericks. Fredricks showed his mettle when he led the V.I. junior team to their only win with 27 points against Trinidad and Tobago. Frederiks is more of a slasher as compared to Gerard's consistent outside shot. But Fredricks is good enough to lead the team back to territorial title game.
Fellow junior team member Devon Lake's main job is to rebound and blocked shots.
Football player Ryan Mills will be asked to lead the team from the point position. He is a quarterback and recently led his team to the V.I. title with a trashing of Central High School. Dequan Byron is a defender and will be asked to defend the other teams best player and Potter may be the final piece to the puzzle. If he plays well, CAHS could beat anyone.

3. Central High: Irayn Williams (-G-91) (6-2, Jr., G/F), Rashawn "Rooster" Williams (G, 5-7, Sr.), O'lani Vanterpool (5-10, Sr., G), Kheri Rhymer (6-3, Sr., F), Lamar Bough (G, 6-0, Jr.), Taaron Jones (-G-91) (G, 5-9, Jr.), Jonathan Fontanelle (5-7, Fr., G)
Comment:
From Big Man Craig Williams to the home of guards. Central is filled with nothing but guards. Most of the guards have international experience as several played in Centro Basket 2007. O'lani Vanterpool was the main scorer on the team with a 14.4 clip and shot threes well (39%). Look for Vanterpool to contend for player of the year honors.
Also on Centrals roster is Lamar Bough. Bough has transferred from New Rochelle NY to give the Caribs an outstanding backcourt. Bough also played on the junior team and averaged team high 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals. Bough is lightning quick but his quickness sometime get him in trouble as he turned the ball over 3.6 times. Also at guard, Central has Rashawn Williams better known as Rooster. Rooster had an interesting summer when he ventured to Brazil to take part in the basketball without borders program. This season we will find out if he learned anything at the camp.
Irayn Williams (a point guard) and Taaron Jones (a shooter) show the depth at the guard position at Central. Coach Alvarn Jarvis will press all day and night with this guard depth.

4. Eudora Kean: Kyan Roberts (G/F, 6-1, Sr.), Jefferson Faustin (G, 5-10, Sr.), Aubrey Daniel (-G-91) (G, 5-10, Fr.), Michael David III (G, 6-3, Jr.)
Ivanna Eudora Kean has the most experience of any team returning. Both Kyan Roberts and Jefferson Faustin were all stars last season. Roberts is a slasher and Faustin is a shooter. Both struggled mightily at the SunStroke Classic but Coach Joel Fleming likes what he has returning. Two newcomers that will have immediate impact are Michael David and Aubrey Daniel. Daniel is interesting; he is a shooter but has problems in the half court set. Some nights he can go off for 20 points but on other nights he is somewhere else. Kean's experience may squeeze at least one victory against Charlotte Amalie.

5. Country Day: Mike Komlanc (C, 6-6, Sr.), Zach Prudoff (G, 6-2, Sr.), Kyle Davis (Sr., 6-0, G), Joseph Arthur (C, 6-3, Sr.), Dodson James (G, 5-10, Jr.), Semaj Hodge (G, 5-11, Jr.)

For the past three seasons, Stephen O'reilly (South Kent) and Ryan Nelthropp (Rider) have been the heart and soul of Country Day Tigers. Both are gone and coach Lenny Redwine is left to pick up the bits and pieces. Knowing Redwine he will find a way to put a quality team on the court. Starting with Big Man Mike Komlanc. Komlanc play went the other way last year. In other for CDS to compete Komlanc has to be the most dominant force in the territory. He has to produce the same way he does on the Volleyball court. He has to rebound and block shots the way Nelthropp did while providing offense. Kyle Davis had several good games but was it because of O'reilly's presence? O'reilly was the main focus by every teams defense. Can Davis adjust? Redwine will be depending on a host of junior varsity players in Dodson James and Semaj Hodge. Hodge comes from a talented family. He may be Redwine's best offensive option. CDS will be one year away from seriously competing for the territorial title. Expect 10th graders Brandon O'reilly, Stephen's younger brother, and Michael McDonald (6-4, G/F) to join the team during tournaments.

6. Antilles: Gerard Wiley (F/G, 6-3), David LaRochelle (G/F, Sr.), McKenzie Shaw (G), Zach Nelthropp (G, 5-9)
Coach Lauriel “JoJo” Gumbs is optimistic of his team chances of competing. He lost “Mr. Do Everything” Jerrick Amaro and must depend on his understudy Gerard Wiley. Wiley is a big, strong player but is he a lead guy? David LaRochelle is a good complementary player and Mckenzie Shaw and Zach Nelthropp will give it a try. Antilles is not as strong as the top five but has enough for the sixth spot in this preseason poll.

The BEST OF THE REST
St. Joseph's-Good Hope: Charles Morehead (G, 6-2, Jr.) is the most athletic player in the territory. He can dominate both sides of the court but he has no help. He has to do everything by himself.

All Saints: Coach Francisco Jarvis will bring his football mentality to the basketball court. He has to good starting points in Jelani Foy (6-4, F) and, Anwar Gregory (G, 5-10, Sr.).

Sts. Peter and Paul: The most interesting team about this team may be its coach in former Senatote Stephen “Smokey” Frett. The Jaguard do have big defensive lineman Michael Venzen (6-4, Soph., F/C) on the team.

Central B: Feeder team to Central A team. The team is good enough to pick up wins against the lower tier teams.

Complex B: Feeder team to Complex A team.

Seventh Day Adventist (STX): Just happy to participate in the IAA. Alumni Mikel Morgan is in his second season at Andrews University.

Seventh Day Adventist (STT): Just Happy to participate in IAA.

Preseason player of the year: Zomari Swanston, Complex
First Team
Zomari Swanston, Educational Complex
James Sneed II, Educational Complex
O'lani Vanterpool, Central
Rashawn Williams, Central
Curtio Frederiks, Charlotte Amalie

Second Team
Jefferson Faustin, Eudora Kean
Charles Morehead, St. Joseph
Mike Komlanc, Country Day
Lamar Bough, Central
Devon Lake, Charlotte Amalie

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
STT-STJ IAA
1. CAHS
2. Eudora Kean
3. Antilles
4. All Saint
5. St. Peter & Paul
6. Seventh Day Adventist

STX IAA
1. Central A
2. Complex B
3. Country Day
4. St. Joseph- Good Hope
5. Central B
6. Complex B
7. Seventh Day Adventist

STT-STJ IAA Schedule

G SPP @ IEKHS vs Wed. 12-06-07 5:00

B SPP @ IEKHS vs Wed. 12-06-07

G IEKHS @ CAHS Sat. 12-08-07

B ALS @ CAHS Sat. 12-08-07

B IEKHS @ ANT Mon. 12-10-07 MMC

Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational Roster and entrance fee are due by Dec. 20, 2007.

Country Day Preseason Tournament December 20-23rd, 2007 @ Country Day



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UGANDA

Abe Lincoln tournament set to begin -by Rogers Senkwale
With the league concluded, basketball fans are now looking forward to the annual Abe Lincoln tournament hosted by Charging Rhinos due to begin on Thursday night. One of the first local tournaments,this shall be it's 15th edition and as expected promises to be an exciting as well as competitive event despite the absence of key foriegn clubs from countries like Congo and Zambia.However Sprite Stormers and Baptist fromKenya have confirmed Participation.Stormers have won it each time they have participated but will now have to contend with much improved Ugandan teams in the ladies category.Makerere Sparks,Ugandan league champions in 2003 have stepped up preparations for the tourney which they intend to use to avenge their poor performance in the league finnishing sixth for the second succesive year.The tornament will begin with the junior competitions with the senior games beginning on Friday Night.



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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Olimpia extends its winning streak -by Eurobasket News
Olimpia celebrated two back-to-back victories over BrGU at the weekend and improved to 8-0 record on top of the ladder. BrGU managed to provide some strong opposition for the league leaders in the first encounter. Trailing by 17 points at halftime BrGU surprised the hosts with a 33:21 third frame and entered the fourth quarter with a 5-point deficit. But Olimpia got some serious shaking up from their coach during the last intermission and drove to a 102:91 win at the end. Tatiana Lihtarovich (176-G-88) drained 28 points to pace the home team. Natalia Anufrienko (174-G-85) secured 27 points for the winners. Natalia Rusak (180-84) answered with 26 points for BrGU. Aleksandra Tarasova (168-88) had 23 points as BrGU fell to 2-6 record in the ladder.
Berezina stayed close to Olimpia in the ladder as they thwacked Mogilevchaka in both games at the weekend. Viktoriya Pantsiukh (184-F-87) topscored in both succeeful outings for Berezina. First Berezina forward led the visitors to a 90:39 victory with 22 points. Later she tallied 17 points and allowed Berezina to record a 80:39 win that lifted them to 7-1 record. Ksenia Novikova (185-F-92) was the topscorer for Mogilevchanka in both encounters. She first netted 11 points to oppose Berezina with. And later Mogilevchanka 15-year-old forward came up with 9 points to pace her teammates. Berezina will next take on Vitebsk, while Olimpia will tray to secure their perfect record against Victoria-UOR away from home.


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav crashes reeling NSA -by Eurobasket News
Dunav gained their 7th straight victory in the A1 Division and strengthened leading position. NSA Delta became their latest victim as Dunav rolled to a comprehensive 117:53 win. The advantage was clearly seen from tip off as Dunav marked a 32:13 dominance after the opening frame. The situation never changed after the first intermission as the hosts limited NSA to only 6 points and extended the margin to insurmountable 51:19 level. The task was completed in the second half as the hosts entertained the crowd and overcame a 100-pont mark. Aleksandra Kancheva (184-F-90) topscored with 22 points for Dunav coming off the bench. Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84) delivered 17 points and 4 rebounds for the winners. Simona Nikolova (183-C-90) responded with 13 points and 5 boards for NSA. Ana Stoykova (-89) had 11 points in 9 minutes for the visitors. NSA fell to 0-7 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Lukoil continued to chase Dunav in the standings as they drove to a confident 111:70 road win over Slavia. And this game proved a full dominance of one side over another. Lukoil entered the game quite aggressively and netted 31 points in the starting frame to claim a 31:18 advantage. The visitors kept on mounting the pressure and ensured a 65:33 lead at halftime. Slavia never recovered in the second half and had to surrender for the 5th time in the season. Seven Lukoil players scored in double digits. Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81, agency: LBM Management) led the visiting side with 21 points. Natalia Topalova added 20 points in the 6th win for Lukoil. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) drained 22 points and grabbed 6 boards in a loss.


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DENMARK - Women

SISU and Horsholm gain simultaneous victories -by Eurobasket News
Dameligaen leaders SISU and Horsholm had equally successful outings in Round 10 of action. Horsholm emerged victorious from the clash against Virum. Horsholm won first three quarters to build a safe lead and held on to it in the final term to celebrate their 8th win in the season. Horsholm 79ers had a slight advantage in the opening frame and posted a 23:18 lead. The gap grew deeper in the second stanza as the 79ers continued to prove their status and rolled to a 40:31 cushion at the interval. Virum managed to even the tempo in the third frame but they were unable to change the complexion of the encounter and Horsholm were still a bit better maintaining the lead. Heading into the fourth quarter with an 11-point margin and though the hosts tried hard to denied it the 79ers withstood all their efforts and sealed victory at the end. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) scored 23 points for the 79ers. Kristine Jensen provided 21 points and 7 boards for the winners. Sarah Mahan was impressive with game-high 30 points and 6 boards for Virum. Ivana Kostic delivered 12 points in a loss.
SISU did not lag behind as they recorded a 76:62 victory over Vitus. The Pirates looked pretty solid in the first half. They trailed by 2 points after the opening frame but recovered after the intermission. Margaret OHara led the hosts to a 21:17 win in the second period and Vitus enjoyed a 38:36 advantage at halftime. But the Pirates ran out of steam after the main break as SISU gradually took over the initiative. They tightened up their defense and using a pressure limited the hosts to numerous mistakes. The momentum turned in favor of the visitors and they capitalized regaining the lead after three quarters of action. Vitus looked weary at the final stanza and allowed SISU to spur ahead to an important victory. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) and Louise Gronemann (184-F-84, college: Denver) produced 27 points apiece for SISU. Tea Jorgensen (177-G-87) and Ida Rosendal (180-G/F-87) contributed 8 points each in a win. Maike Mocikat (159-G-85) posted 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the hosts.
Amager are yet to play their Round 10 encounter against Vaerlose.


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HUNGARY - Women

2nd Extreme Basketball Show (Slam Dunk Show) by Face Team in Hungary -by Gabriel Zippenfenig

The second extreme basketball show will be held at the Arena of Albacomp Basketball Team on 29th December in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

Face Team has already performed at many basketball halftime on many big events such as NBA Europe Live Tour 2007, Supercup 2007 in Bamberg, Germany, in Euroleague at the O.A.K.A. Olympic Arena at Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv game's halftime, at the 2006-2007 Championship winner Montepaschi Siena in the playoff in the Italian Championship and money other basketball games and events around the World!

The Face Team Acrobatic Basketball Team includes slam dunkers, freestylers (ball handling, dribbling), and acrobatic dunkers who are the most spectacular part of the show. The team is getting famous all around the world with their Slam Dunk Show and has many fans from lots of countries. If you have any chance to come to see their show to Hungary, do not hesitate to check their website (www.faceteamshow.com) and get in touch with the team's secretary via e-mail for further information.


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ISRAEL - Women

round 10th results -by Gil Goshen


: Elitzur Holon - M.Ashdod 61-80
: Hap.T-A - M.Tel Kabir 74-67
: Bnot Hash. - M.Ramat Hen 83-67
: B.Yehuda - Elizur Ram. 77-93



For Hapoel Tel Aviv
Edniesha Curry 24 pts, 5 ast, 6 rebs
Bozna Erceg 18 pts, 10 rebs
Tamara Bowie 16 pts, 12 rebs
Lena Fedulova & Shira Haelyon 6 pts each

For Tel Kabir:
Michelle Woods 22 pts, 23 rebs
Shaun Gortman 13 pts, 16 rebs
Renee Taylor 12 pts
Anat Goldberg 9 pts, 7 rebs
Shiri Portat 8 pts

Bnei Yehuda 77 - Ramla 93

For Ramla:
Tangela Smith 27 pts, 11 rebs
Shay Doron 23 pts, 6 ast
Chasity Melvin 15 pts, 10 rebs
Jackie Johnson 11 pts
Laine Selwyn 8 pts
Brasheeda Elohim 5 pts

For Bnei Yehuda:
Rivi Grinbyom 20 pts
Ayelet Cohen 16 pts
Kamesha Hairston & LaToya Bond 12 pts each
La'Tangela Atkinson 9 pts

Bnot Hsharon 83 - Ramat Hen 67

For Bnot Hsharon
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Tanisha Wright 23 pts, 8 ast, 7 rebs, 7 stl
Ornit Shwartz 14 pts
Abiola Wabara 12 pts
Katia Levitzky 8 pts
Mistie Williams 7 pts, 7 rebs
Noa Ganor & Chen Nusel 6 pts each

For Ramat Hen:
Edwina Brown 23 pts, 8 rebs
Shiri Sharon 13 pts
Tatyana Troina 10 pts
Kasha Terry 8 pts , 5 rebs

Holon 61 - Ashdod 80

Without Ivory Latta & DeTrina White who sat out the 2nd half with sprained ankles it was very easy for Ashdod to win very imoprtant game

For Ashdod:
Ayana Walker 22 pts, 12 rebs
Dionnah Jackson 17 pts, 12 rebs
Michal Epstein 15 pts
Brandi McCain 13 pts
Bat El Lazmi 7 pts
Karin Agassi 4 pts
Ortal Oren 2 pts

For Holon:
Vicki Hall 19 pts
Hana Haleli 17 pts
Inbal Mizrachi 8 pts
Ivory Latta 6 pts


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

High School Preview -by David Edole
Women basketball is definitely on the upswing in the territory. Both IAA Divisions have quality teams with the St. Croix division being murderers row. Each team in the St. Croix Division can stake a claim to the top spot. They are no easy wins in this division. Central High is led by preseason Player of the Year in Sherice Joseph. Joseph showed her ability at the Sun Stoke Classic when she erupted for 16 of her 22 poins in the second half. Central is the favorite to win the territorial championship because of Joseph and friends.
Staying on St. Croix, a new dangerous team joins the ranks in Private School Pirates. The Pirates has two great additions in sisters Cheynae and Sidney Rogers. Cheynae is the best power forward in the territory and Sidney is an athletic wing. Country Day will be in the thick of things despite losing the Rogers sisters and Complex got a surprise in Veronique Llanos.
The St. Thomas-St. John Division has two real good teams and the other two, not so much. Charlotte Amalie and Antilles will battle for the title while Eudora Kean and Sts. Peter and Paul are just happy to be here.
Charlotte Amalie makes their return after a two-year absence and return with their former coach. Antilles has do everything swing Victoria Hamilton and her coach Derrick Heyliger will be there for the entire season. LaShanda Creque bolts from Ivanna Eudora Kean, leaving them empty and Sts. Peter and Paul will rely on Erika Donastorg.

(1)Central: Shawna Moving (5-3, Sr., G), Sherice Joseph (5-9, Sr., F/G), Shakasia Whenner (5-4, Sr., G), Shamyra Vanterpool (5-7, Soph., G/F), Rasheema Burke (5-5, Soph., G), Lanese Bough (5-7, Fr., G), Denequa Phillips (5-5, Fr., G), Najie Hendrickson (5-3, G, Fr.), Marlina Tonge (5-0, G, Fr.), Yvette Brooks (5-4, G, Soph.)
Comment: Coach Donald Bough loves this team. This team is built to apply man-to-man pressure that result into opportunities on the offensive end. The team loves to pick up full court with foul trouble not affecting their play. Phenom Sherice Joseph and a host of guards lead the Lady Caribs. Shawna Moving is a strong defensive guard and was named 2006-07 player of the year. At the other guard spot Shakasia Whenner is a Steve nash type passer. She has great vision. In the frontcourt, the new Shamyra Vanterpool and Rasheema Burke are the bookends. Vanterpool has bulked up in the offseason and should start to make her claim as the best player on St. Croix in 2008-09. Burke is the defensive player of the year. She held Victoria Hamilton and Cheynae Rogers to single digits twice a piece. Off the bench, the rich get richer. The coach's daughter Lanese Bough led her middle school to the territory title. Denequa Phillips is a quick lefty and also a ball hawk. Marlina Tonge is probably the fastest player with the ball in her hands.
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(2) Charlotte Amalie: LaShonda Creque (5-5, Jr., G), Anisha Peters (6-2, Soph., C), Teandra Richardson (5-9, Fr., F), Shayla Kelly (5-7, Soph., G/F), Makeva Aska (5-7, F, Fr.), Nicky Peterson( 5-2, Soph., G)
Comment: After a three year Odyssey to coach at the University of the Virgin Islands, Myron Corbett returns to place where he won 10 STT IAA championships. Corbett coached these same young ladies at Addelita Cancryn, where they were the most doniminant middle school team and now he has a chance to show it at the varsity level. CAHS got great news over the summer when Ivanna Eudora Kean's best play LaShonda Creque transferred. Creque will fill the star position on the team. She can shoot the basketball and is a great penetrator. CAHS is loaded. Joining Creque on the wing is Shayla Kelly. Kelly is a good ball handler and like Creque is a combo guard. New import Nicky Peterson join the fray. Word out of St. Thomas she may be the best lead guard on Rock City. Up Front, the school known for producing bigs has a couple in Anisha Peters and TeAndra Richardson. Peters is big and strong while Richardson will rebound and score with the left hand.

(3)Antilles: Victoria Hamilton (5-10, Jr., G/F), Julia Casazza (5-6, Jr., G), Shari Jarvis (5-9, Sr., C), Penelope Carpenter (5-8, Sr., G), La Asia Campbell (Jr., F), Kelly Webster (Sr., G/F, 5-5), Taylor Davis (Soph), Renee DeJongh (5-10, F), Danielle Selkridge (6-3, C, Sr.)
Comment: Victoria Hamilton has led Antilles to the territorial championship round year after year and has come up empty. With Charlotte Amalie back in town and the lost of Chantal Cooper, Antilles is in a bit of a daze. Coach Derrick Heyliger expects major contributions from veterans Julia Casazza and Shari Jarvis. One of the two has to become a second option the way Chanty was. Hamilton can't do all the heavy lifting. JV player Taylor Davis may be the key. She knows how it is to carry a team and now she must contribute. Tortolan Danielle Selkridge will be looked to play big in the middle.

(4) Country Day: Rebecca Siefer (5-5, Sr., Guard), Hanifah Hendricks (6-2, Soph., C), Miyoko Benta (5-8, Jr., F/G), J'neeka Claxton (5-4, Sr., G), Kimerlee Richardson (5-3, Sr., G), Kylie Vander Dizon (G/F, Soph.), Rhea Scotland (5-8, F, Sr.)
Comment: If this team had all of its players including the Rogers sisters. This team would have been special. Without the sisters the team is still good but several players have to grow up fast. Starting in the middle, Hanifah Hendricks has to show improvement on the offensive end. She is already a good rebounder and shot blocker but to become a complete player she must score.
Offensively, Country Day expects Rebecca Seifer to continue her strong play and a return of a healthy Miyoko Benta. Benta missed most of last season with a knee injury. If she can't go, that will be even more pressure on Hendricks. J'neeka Claxton provides defense but will she shoot it? Kimmerle Richardson is one of the better point guards out there. Newcomer Kyle Vander Dizon may be the answer on the offensive end.

Educational Complex: Nyanda Sam (5-5, Soph., G), Kemisha Harris (5-10, Sr., C), Veronique Llanos (5-7, Fr., F)
Comment: The much-maligned Educational Complex is on their way back. This may be the best team coach Derrick Miller has since his first two seasons. Only one problem, he may have chosen the wrong season to have a good team. Every team is as strong or stronger on St. Croix. The Lady Cudas has the best ball handler in Nyanda Sam. She scored 30 points several times last season. This season she has help in Nique Llanos. Despite Llanos small stature she is a monster in the paint. She has a back to the basket game, which was on display over thanksgiving.

Combined Private Schools Pirates: Cheynae Rogers (5-10, Sr., F), Sidney Rogers (5-8, Soph., F/G)
Comment: The new team to league but a dangerous team. The team will be made up of four schools: St. Josephs, Manor, Good Hope and Seventh Day Adventist. The Legendary Stephanie “Peidi” Williams will coach the team. She has two great building blocks to build around in Cheynae and Sidney Rogers. Cheynae is the best power player in the territory and proved it when she walked away with MVP honors at the 2007 Sunststroke Classic. She uses her size and skill to her advantage. Her little sister is also a player player. Sidney has good vision and is an excellent ball handler. If Coach Williams could find complimentary players to put around the Rogers sisters this team could win it all.

Eudora Kean: Alaina Williams, Janell John
With Lashonda Creque and Jerry Ann Thomas (College) no longer apart of the Ivanna Eudora Kean roster, look for the Lady Rays to struggle. Coach James Ludvig Sr. has yet another rebuilding job.

Sts. Peter and Paul: Erika Donastorg is the only all-star on the roster. Where is St. John school when you need them.

Preseason player of the year: Sherice Joseph

Preseason first team
Sherice Joseph, Central
Shawna Moving, Central
LaShonda Creque, Charlotte Amalie
Victoria Hamilton, Antilles
Cheynae Rodgers, CPS Pirates

Second Team
Shayla Kelly, Charlotte Amalie
Nicky Petersen, Charlotte Amalie
Miyoko Benta, Country Day
Hanifer Hendricks, Country Day
Nyanda Sam, Complex

STT- STJ IAA
1. CAHS
2. Antilles
3. Eudora Kean
4. Sts. Peter and Paul

STX IAA
1. Central
2. Country Day
3. Educational Complex
4. Private Schools Pirates


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UKRAINE - Women

Dnipro is too good for TIM-SCUF -by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Tim-Scuf 77:63

Dnipro overcame Tim-Scuf to remain unbeaten after 4 rounds of action in Higher League. Both teams were coming off heated European battles. Dnipro are yet to win a game in FIBA Eurocup, while Tim-Scuf plays pretty confidently in this season's compilation of BWBL. But Dnipro proved they are to be considered a big time threat at the local scene. They played at home court and dominated every facet of the game. Tim-Scuf tried to stay close in the opening frame and trailed by just 3 points after it. But the shots started dropping for the home side in the second stanza as Tim-Scuf defense looked quite shapeless. Dnipro rolled to a 43:34 lead at the interval. Marina Tkachenko however managed to pump up the visitors during the main break as Kiev players worked hard at both ends and soon cut the gap by 4 points. It never influenced the outcome though. Dnipro reacted in the final stanza limiting Tim-Scuf to 13 points and ensured their 4th consecutive victory at the end. Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) masterminded Dnirpo success with 22 points, 11 boards and 6 steals. Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Tulsa) provided 17 points and 9 boards for the winners. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) responded with 18 points for Tim-Scuf. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) had 15 points and 8 boards as the visitors fell to 3-1 record in the ladder.
Dnipro will next travel to Zaporozhye to face Kozachka in one of the key matchups of the tournament.

Dnipro: Olga Dubrovina 22+11 boards, Jillian Robbins 17, Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87) 14
Tim-Scuf: Yelena Savina 18, Inna Yegorova 15