EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/7/2007

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ABA

ABA Texas Tycoons 2007-8 Roster Released -by Jay

The Texas Tycoons released their active roster for the 2007-2008 season today
The Texas Tycoons are starting the new season with a new Head Coach Jean-Paul Afif who played last year for the same team and was their coach assistant.

Dameon Sansom (6'1''-G-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 185lbs
Brandon Lee (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) 180lbs
Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 190lbs
Jai Pradia (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.) 270lbs
Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul) 210lbs
*Aaron Bowser* (6'2''-G-84, college: Southwestern) 170lbs
Randall Williams (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.) 215lbs
Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) 210lbs
*Othello Alford* (5'11''-G-84, college: SW Oklahoma St.) 165lbs
Jonathan Young (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) 185lbs
Chris Johnson (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) 210lbs
*Michael Cooks* (6'2''-G-College: Southern University/ Shreveport) 175lbs
Melvin Mitchell (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) 200lbs
Andre Heard (6'3''-G-83, college: Binghamton)
Donald Gray (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands)


HEAD COACH: Jean-Paul Afif



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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 Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon)

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)


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ARGENTINA

a "Leon" for Estudiantes -by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes bahia blanca released Andrew Bryant (7.7 pts 2.3 rebs in 3 games) who was not what the coach expected. His replace is Leon Smith (209-F-80) a player drafted by San Antonio Spurs in the 1999. He played 44 games in the NBA among Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics. Recently Leon was playing in Ancud (Chile) with 24.5 pts and 20 rebs.

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BELIZE

E. P. Yorke High School One Win Away of the CSSSA Title!!! -by David Magana
Last night at the Belize Civic Center in two exciting games fans withnessed the finals in the female and males divisions of the CSSSA 2007 championship edition. In the female game, Gwen Lizarraga High school easily defeated Palotti High school by 12 points. In the male division things were really close as Edward P Yorke High School beat Wesley High School again by a close score of 58-55. Here are the stats:

Game 1 Thursday December 6, 2007

Females GLHS def. PHS 37 - 25

Top scorers GLHS - Tiffarah Swift - 22
PHS - Kara Kisling/Victoria Zelaya - 8


Males EPYHS vs. WES 58 - 55

Top scorers EPYHS - Winston Pratt - 25, Kadeem Tam - 10
WES - Leroy Louriano - 15, Gershom Rodriguez - 14


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BOSNIA

Kyle Hill is free-agent ! -by Nedzad Kladusak
There have been some rumours in Sarajevo claiming that at least one of the import players of KK Bosna will leave the team.
Today it turned out that Kyle Hill (188-G-79, college: E.Illinois) will leave KK Bosna due to "financial" reasons. He has been signed to be the top player of
KK Bosna but after the fourth defeat in ULEB cup Bosna decided to bring Jeremy Veal (191-G-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Arizona St.) and to split with Kyle Hill who has been certainly
one of the most expensive players that played in BIH so far.


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CAMBODIA

2007 Southeast Asian Games Official Roster -by Hector Santos
THAILAND

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SANTHIYAKUL Piya G 1.79/5'10"
5 JANTUMA Mana G 1.85/6'1"
6 PINITPATCHARALERT Sopon G 1.82/6'0"
7 RAI Dilip C 2.03/6'8"
8 VIVATTANAPONGPETCH Nontapob C 1.86/6'1"
9 SOONTREEYAPAS Chainarong F 1.81/5'11"
10 JANTHARANIYOM Pramoch F 1.92/6'4"
11 SAMOECHAI Kannat G 1.80/5'11"
12 KRUATIWA Ratdech F 1.90/6'3"
13 PIROON Piyapong F 1.89/6'2"
14 SILLAPAPIPAT Jakkrapan C 1.95/6'5"
15 KAEDUM Chaiwat C 1.95/6'5"

Team Average 1.88/6'2" 0.0

Coach MIN Zhxa Xuan

Assistant Coach MAWINTORN Suntarapong

Assistant Coach WONGMEPAN Chaiyanan

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: YELLOW/RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



PHILIPPINES

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 VERGARA Al G 1.73/5'8"
5 BAUTISTA Boyet G 1.73/5'8"
6 CHAN Jeffrei F 1.91/6'3"
7 BELGA Beau M. C 1.98/6'6"
8 RODRIGUEZ Frederick C 1.95/6'5"
9 TAN Eugene G 1.86/6'1"
10 ALONZO Richard F 1.91/6'3"
11 WILLIAM Jayson G 1.80/5'11"
12 FERNANDEZ Jonathan G 1.85/6'1"
13 NORWOOD Gabriel D. F 1.82/6'0"
14 CRUZ Jervy C 1.93/6'4"
15 SALANSANG Allan (C) F 1.96/6'5"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach BACULI JR Edmundo

Assistant Coach ALAS Francisco

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLUE

Legend:
(C) Captain C Centre F Forward G Guard
Pos Playing Position




CAMBODIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 UNG Samon G 1.70/5'7"
5 TAING Pengkuy G 1.73/5'8"
6 LIM Sokha F 1.78/5'10"
7 MONH Puthrothna G 1.80/5'11"
8 KIM Vengnguon C 1.80/5'11"
9 PHENG Darath F 1.79/5'10"
10 SOPEEN Toun F/G 1.80/5'11"
11 SENG Ratana F 1.80/5'11"
12 ENG Eavhai G 1.71/5'7"
13 SO Vanpanha G 1.77/5'10"
14 SOK Tour C 1.79/5'10"
15 KIM Ran C 1.80/5'11"

Team Average 1.77/5'10" 0.0

Coach ABYOMI Koledoye

Assistant Coach SYNGHARITH Lor

Team uniform colour:
Light: BLUE

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



INDONESIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 COKORDA Raka C 2.02/6'8"
5 POEDJAKESUMA Andi F 1.87/6'2"
6 JULIUS ACHMAD Faisal G 1.80/5'11"
7 PRIHANTONO Amin G 1.88/6'2"
8 EKAYANA Andrie G 1.81/5'11"
9 SONDAKH Youbel F 1.88/6'2"
10 WUYSANG Mario G 1.76/5'9"
11 TIARA Andre F 1.90/6'3"
12 ISMAN Thoyib C 2.03/6'8"
13 GUNAWAN Rony C 1.94/6'4"
14 SITUMORANG Welyanson F 1.88/6'2"
15 WIDAYAT JATI Wahyu F 1.89/6'2"

Team Average 1.89/6'2" 0.0

Coach GIDEON RORING Fictor

Assistant Coach HADINOTO Raoul Miguel
Assistant Coach WINAR Johannis

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



MALAYSIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SOO Eng Heng G 1.82/6'0"
5 LAU Bik Ing G 1.80/5'11"
6 CHEONG Yow Keen G 1.77/5'10"
7 MOHD YUSOFF Abdul Kader F 1.83/6'0"
8 TAN Kian Hoong G 1.89/6'2"
9 KUPPUSAMY Satyaseelan F 1.83/6'0"
10 ANG Tun Kaw C 1.93/6'4"
11 CHOW Kin Hoong F 1.89/6'2"
12 LOH Hoo Won C 1.92/6'4"
13 KOO Chen Jye F 1.88/6'2"
14 KOH Way Tek C 1.90/6'3"
15 CHEE Li Wei C 1.97/6'6"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach SIN HENG Sim

Assistant Coach CHOON YEAN Teh

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLACK

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position


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CANADA

Jamie Searle " Young Talent Coming From Lakehead " -by Fatih Akser

Fatih Akser: Give us some information about your background. (Where/when did you born, basketball background, why and how did you start playing?

Jamie Searle: I started playing basketball in grade 7 because I was really interested in the game. I could not skate so it was the only other sport i could really play in the winter time. I was taller then most kids in public school so the coach really wanted me to play. Then as high school came around a couple years later I was not so tall but i was fast and could dribble so thats how i became a guard. Once I began playing I never wanted to stop , I played in after dinner leagues tried out for rep and reginal teams and just eventually got a lot better then the kids my age.

Fatih Akser: Which program are you studying, what are your goals and expectations in the future?

Jamie Searle: I am studying Kinesiology with Con ed. So when I finish in 4 years I will have a Kin. degree and a teaching certifiCAte to go a long with it. I really want to teach high school gym and coach the women or mens basketball team. In the future I would really like to coach college or University basketball , since I have started playing basketball has been my life and every thing else has been secondary.

Fatih Akser: What are your hobbies, dreams and phobias?

Jamie Searle: My hobbies are sports. I have played all kinds of sports growing up and thats mostly what i do in my free time . My dream would be to play over-seas for a couple years just to prove to those people who said I would never make it because I was to small.

Fatih Akser: Which player in the CIS league do you like to watch ? Which player you want to play at the same team and dont want to play against?

Jamie Searle: I really enjoy watching Brade Rootes play beacuse he controls his team , and they know he is there leader and he will always go to battle for them. I want to play with Kiraan Posey who is on my team he just makes playing that much better and even though he is the best out there he always listen to someone when they have something to say to help him out or the team.

Fatih Akser: Name best 5 players regardless of their positions in the CIS league?

Jamie Searle:

Brad Rootes - Brock
Kiraan Posey - Lakehead
Ryan Bell - Carleton
Andrew Spragund - Saskatchewan
Aaron Dornekamp - Carleton

Fatih Akser: Which team do you think is going to win the CIS title this season and why? (You can also give multiple names)

Jamie Searle: Lakehead , we are a team and were not going to give up no matter what happens , we play as a team and we have all the tools to win a championship. Carleton, they have done it before and know how to do it again so dont count them out.

Fatih Akser: As a basketball player in Canada, what are the obstacles have you been facing and will you be facing in the future?

Jamie Searle: Money was always a big issue , I didnt think I could pay for school and play ball thats about it , i dont let obstacles get in my way of something iI want.

Fatih Akser: Thank you very much for sharing your time with us. I wish you and your team a good luck in the future.



Jamie Searle (-G)
Jamie Searle (-G)


Interview With Young Generation Coach Scott Morrison - Lakehead University Men's Basketball Head Coach -by Fatih Akser
Fatih Akser: Can you give us some information about yourself? (Where/when did you born, school you graduated, basketball background, why and how did you start coaching?

Scott Morrison: I was born in Morell, Prince Edward Island. I played basketball for the University of Prince Edward Island from 1995-2000, graduating with a degree in Economics. I then continued my education at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where I obtained a Masters in Business Admin in 2002. While at Dalhousie I started my coaching career as an assistant coach with the varsity women's team and was named the Interim head coach for the 2002-03 season.

I got into coaching due to my love for the game, and the example of my father, George, who was my head coach at UPEI. (Now coaches at Holland College in the CCAA)

Fatih Akser: Could you give us some information about your program's overall philosophy?

Scott Morrison: Lakehead has not been a traditional Canadian basketball power but has had some great players and teams over the years. We are working to build a situation where Lakehead is a force on the national scene year in and year out.

Fatih Akser: Who has been the biggest force in creating your coaching philosophy?

Scott Morrison: My father George was a CIS coach for 20 years and was the first coach to win a conference championship at UPEI. I have learned much from him. Since 2000 I have also followed many coaches and programs that have influenced the way I think including: Carolyn Savoy and John Campbell at Dalhousie and former Brandon Coach and CIS champion Jerry Hemmings in Canada. Jim Patsos (Loyola College NCAA) and Tom Moore (Quinnipiac Univ. NCAA) have also been young coaches who I have looked up to over the years.

Fatih Akser: Describe how you will fund raise to support to the university basketball program? How will you include parents, booster club, and students?

Scott Morrison: We have an active BackCourt Club where alumni, friends, supporters etc. can donate funds to help our cause. We also have an active community program offering various camps, leagues and clinics for young players in the Thunder Bay and surrounding communities.

Fatih Akser: Do you change your approach for road games?

Scott Morrison: On the road we try to keep a consistent schedule each day. The less surprises that come up the better for our focus for gametime. Sometimes playing on the road is easier when you consider the multitude of distractions at home for a university student. On the road we focus on who we are playing and how we best think we can beat them.

Fatih Akser: Could you break down basketball into three simple maxims?

Scott Morrison: I think basketball is such a great game because the breakdowns and ways of thinking are endless. As a player basketball is a great game because of the creativity one can bring to the court. If I had to break it down into 3 simplified maxims I would say:

1.Defensively look to take away your opponents top 2-3 strengths and force them to score in ways they are not acostomed or prefer.
2.Offensively keep things simple but teach players how to react and adjust to the defense. There is always something the defense has to give up if the offense is experienced and patient enough to recognize and exploit it.
3.Never underestimate the power of a team sticking to it's gameplan. Consistent teams win more often even though it is a ‘game of runs'

Fatih Akser: Give us some information about this season's expectations, plans and goals that you want to achieve ?

Scott Morrison: After a re-building campaign last season, we are looking to get the team back into the OUA play-offs and be at our best at that time. Once the ‘second season' begins, anything can happen. We want to play our way in and be ready when the time comes to make some noise.

Fatih Akser: Give us a brief information about your division, teams and players that you like to watch (opponent)?

Scott Morrison: Our division (OUA West) could be anyone's for the taking. I will enjoy watching how Windsor plays as they are the most talented team and best coached teams in the West. They have last season's championship under their belt and will be a hungry team to deal with in March.

Fatih Akser: What are the major problems, coaches and players usually face during on and off the season.

Scott Morrison: In Canada the fact we do not have full athletic scholarships forced players to work and earn tuition money during the summer. If these players had the financial stability to use their off-season strictly for development I think it would be better for our players.

As coaches in Canada we face the annual exodus of top HS players to the NCAA and Junior College ranks in the US. We need our high school and club coaches to start promoting the CIS as an equal alternative so we do not have Canadian born players throwing away a chance at a 4 year degree for the trappings of unknown junior colleges (2 year schools) in the US.

Fatih Akser: What do you think about the basketball development in Canada.

Scott Morrison: I think we are improving, but more investment could be made into CIS Basketball from sport governing bodies and the media in Canada. In order for young players to stay in Canada we must invest more money into our CIS infrastructure (scholarships, travel, support staff etc) and also must use our various media outlets to help build the popularity of the game from the grassroots level.

Fatih Akser: Thank you very much for the interview, and good luck for this season.


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CROATIA

Cibona gets hardly beaten in Vilnius -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona 93:59

Cibona would rather forget the 7th round of Euroleague and their visit to Lithuania. Cibona were unable to challenge Lietuvos Rytas and were hardly beaten for the 4th defeat in Euroleague season. Lietuvos Rytas dominated every facet of the encounter and actually had no problems cruising to their 5th win in the tournament. Five Lithuanian players scored in double figures to pace the hosts to a confident victory. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) finished with 17 points for the winners. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina), Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) scored 13 points each to provide scoring output for the Rytas. Moreover Lithuanian side had a double advantage over the visitors in rebounding and forced Cibona to 15 turnovers.
Cibona tried to reply for every strike from the hosts early in the game and enjoyed an 8:5 lead soon after tip off. But Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and Chuck Eidson put Lituvos Rytas in front 12:8 with consecutive baskets. Kenan Bajramovic made a layup and Chuck Eidson connected from afar as the hosts cleared off to 23:14 to the delight of a roaring crowd. Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) opened the second quarter with a long bomb, while Marijonas Pertavicius and Chuck Eidson hit jump shots and enlarged the gap to massive 20 points just 3 minutes into the second period. Cibona were taken aback and played some chaotic basketball at the moment. Lietuvos Rytas easily secured a 47:25 advantage at halftime. Hollis Price and Chuck Eidson continued to execute perfectly in the third stanza as the margin just kept on growing and reached a 70:42 mark heading into the fourth term. Cibona never found their way back into contest moreover they lost their scoring expert Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) because of an injury. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 21 points for Cibona. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) produced 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a losing clause. Cibona travels to Turkey to take on Efes Pilsen in the 8th round of Euroleague.

Lietuvos Rytas: Marijonas Petravicius 17, Chuck Eidson 13, Kenan Bajramovic 13, Hollis Price 13
Cibona: Sam Hoskin 21, Damir Mulaomerovic 16


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CZECH REP.

BC Kolin stronger under the basket -by Ondra Simecek
BC Kolin found a new player to help the team under the basket. Jason McCoy (206-F, agency: 7-Miracles Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who is coming to the Czech Republic from Turkish ITU Istanbul, is with the team from the middle of the week and will show himself for the first time in Kolin's jersey on Saturday game against BK Pardubice.

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D-LEAGUE

Arsenal Control Flash, Win 9-91 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Utah Flash (3-3) fell to the Anaheim Arsenal (2-5) 99-91 at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena last night. Led by Steven Smith's (6'8''-F-83, college: La Salle) game high 28 points, the Arsenal avenged a loss to the Flash on Monday night. D-League veteran center James Lang (6'10''-C-83) paced Utah with 23 points in 31 minutes.
FLASH: James Lang (23p+8rb+6to), Gabe Pruitt (21p), Brian Hamilton (11p), Brian Jackson (10p+7rb)
ARSENAL: Steven Smith (28p+7rb+7to), Kedrick Brown (20p), Marquis Webb (12p), Guillermo Diaz (11p+6rb)


Colorado 14ers Add Rookie and Veteran Depth -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Colorado 14ers, off to a 3-2 start have signed former Xavier standout Justin Cage (6'6''-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) and former Arkansas RimRocker Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Arkansas).
Justin Cage, spent the 2007-08 preseason in the Chicago Bulls' training camp before being waived just prior to the start of preseason games. A standout at Xavier, Cage averaged 10.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting .567 from the floor and .750 from the free throw line during the 2006-07 season.
This past season, Cage led the team to a 25-9 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Loss to Ohio State) and was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Defensive Team for the third consecutive year.
A former RimRocker, Brandon Dean spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons in Arkansas where he averaged 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.6 minutes over 65 games in two seasons. Dean was a member of the 2007-08 14ers training camp before suffering an injury.
To make room on their roster, the 14ers waived forward Terrance Crawford due to injury and forward Chuck Davis.


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EGYPT

ZAMALEK are the champions of Damascus -by Sherif Soliman
ZAMALEK made a great won over Pardis(Iran) in the final game of Damascus tournament held last night by 5 points. The champions played a wonderful game yesterday showing a great performance. It was a revenge game as they played together in the opening game when the Iranian won. Zamalek players proved that they will defend strongly to win the Egyptian league back to back. Zamalek will play some friendly games in Syria before coming home.

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EL SALVADOR

LSB Individual Awards -by Jaime Arevalo
At the end of the LSB Clausura tournment, the players down were given the Individual Awards, and Panamanian import Alejandro Cajar was named the tournment MVP. The awards are listed here down:
Import MVP: Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78) (Denver)
Domestic MVP: Mario Flores (183-G-85) (ExSal)
Best Under 20 player: Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) (Denver)
Tournment Best Scorer: Carlos Alas (181-G-79) (Denver)


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EUROLEAGUE

Match Day 7: Panathinaikos beat Read Madrid 92-85 and reached its seventh victory in seven games! -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos beat Real Madrid 92-85 and remains unbeaten from the beginning of the season with the amazing 14-0 in both Greece and Europe. The game was a real derby between two equivalent teams. Real Madrid was amazing behind the arc while Panathinaikos was better in the paint. Bullock and Tunceri were very good in the offensive duties but not so good in their defensive, while the usually very good Diamantidis and Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) were not so good tonight, Diamantidis was really great in defense as always (especially the amazing block shot over Smith was the highlight of the game) but he missed many shots from the parameter, the same goes for Vasilis Spanoulis with the only difference that he scored the last and most crucial three pointer in the last 1.41' before the end making the score 88-81 and actually giving a deep breath to Panathinaikos who (up to that minute) was really very close and mostly following Real Madrid, the Turk guard Tunceri who scored 5 three pointers missed the most important 52 second before the end. That was the end for the Spaniards as the remaining seconds were not enough for Real with the Lithuanian super star Jasikevicius scoring all the points from the charity line reaching the 21 points (making a career's high wearing the Green jersey) following his team-mate Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) who was the top scorer and MVP of the game with 24 points. Great game from the captain of Panathinaikos, the veteran Frangiskos Alvertis, more mature than ever scored 9 points helping his team with the good defense and the unstoppable passion he has for the game. The quarters were: 26-20, 46-47, 65-68 and 92-85. Top player on behalf of Real was Bulock who was also fatal as he was the reason (mostly) of the loss of his team with his immature and catastrophic game for the Spaniards, 14 points were added by Tunceri while Pelekanos made a very good game scoring 12 points and dashing down 8 rebounds with great defense over his opponents.

On the contrary with the Green champions, Aris and Olympiakos lost their gaems in Israel and Italy respectively. Aris lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv simply due to the very bad first half (absence of Kalaitzis and bad performance from Terry) 85-70 with Massey scoring just 13 points and Wrigth 19 while Olympiakos lost the game against Sienna due to lack of defense 86-84 with Macijauskas not repeating his amazing games of the last three weeks remaining to 13 points and with Jackson and woods being the top scorers with 20 and 19 points respectively


Efes Pilsen cruise past Unicaja at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall -by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Unicaja 91:75

Efes Pilsen well-balanced offense denied any efforts from Unicaja as Turkish side celebrated their 4th win in the Euroleague season. Efes Pilsen improved to 4-3 record and revived their propects at the tournament. They are now one win away from the leaders in Group B. Unicaja mainly relied on Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, college: N.Mexico) as he reigned the paint in the starting frame and kept Unicaja going. But Efes Pilen found open spots around the basket with Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) delivering for the hosts to maintain the pressure. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) connected from afar and Drew Nicholas added 4 straight points for Efes Pilsen as they broke clear at the end of the first frame 28:21. Efes Pilsen sparked with a 14:0 rally midway through the second stanza and reached a 20-point advantage. Daniel Santiago burst out with 4 consecutive points late in the first half and Unicaja trailed by 15 points at halftime 36:51.
There was no stopping for fast breaks from the hosts at the start of the second half as the margin grew to 23 points. Unicaja finally managed to adjust its defense and cut the deficit to 16 points heading into the fourth period. Scoonie Penn drained a three-pointer and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) converted a layup to make it 83:58 for the home side in the fourth quarter. Unicaja were unable to stop inspired Efes Pilsen and suffered their second defeat in the season. Drew Nicholas topscored for the hosts with 16 points and 7 assists. Scoonie Penn delivered 15 points, while Ermal Kuqo had 13 points for the winners. Daniel Santiago replied with game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Unicaja. Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) scored 13 points for Spanish team as they fell to 5-2 record in the ladder. Efes Pilsen will play against Cibona at home in the next round.

Efes Pilsen: Drew Nicholas 16, Scoonie Penn 15, Ermal Kuqo 13
Unicaja: Daniel Santiago 25, Jiri Welsch 13


Partiza Igokea lost at home against Fenerbahce Ulker -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea suffered fourth defeat in Euroleague. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion lost at home against their direct rival in the battle for the TOP 16, Fenerbahce Ulker 72-76. Three minutes remaining in the game Turkish team reached plus 4, 66-62, but crucial moment happened 30 seconds later when Partizan's best player Pekovic fouled out after what black and white team didn't succeeded to defend Fenerbahce's big guy Savas, who was very concentrated from the FT line at the very end. PG Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) led the winners adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other side center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) again was the best in Partizan nailing 26 points including 6 rebounds.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic was obviously angry on the referees: "I want to congratulate Fenerbahce and my very good friend Tanjevic on this win. We showed our nerves too much because of the game high importance but I have to say that we are harshly done by the referees!"

Fenerbahce's head coach Bogdan Tanjevic after the game said: "Very tough game. We played good against Euroleague's best center Nikola Pekovic. We "sacrificed" three players because of him but and the end we done a good job. After this win we have a nice chance to reach TOP 16."


Partizan Igokea - Fenerbahce Ulker 72-76
(16-20,18-15,18-20,20-21)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 26 (6 rebs), Kecman 16
Fenerbahce Ulker: Solomon 21 (4 rebs, 5 as), Onan 15 (4 rebs), Savas 12, White 12


Cibona gets hardly beaten in Vilnius -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Cibona 93:59

Cibona would rather forget the 7th round of Euroleague and their visit to Lithuania. Cibona were unable to challenge Lietuvos Rytas and were hardly beaten for the 4th defeat in Euroleague season. Lietuvos Rytas dominated every facet of the encounter and actually had no problems cruising to their 5th win in the tournament. Five Lithuanian players scored in double figures to pace the hosts to a confident victory. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) finished with 17 points for the winners. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina), Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) scored 13 points each to provide scoring output for the Rytas. Moreover Lithuanian side had a double advantage over the visitors in rebounding and forced Cibona to 15 turnovers.
Cibona tried to reply for every strike from the hosts early in the game and enjoyed an 8:5 lead soon after tip off. But Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) and Chuck Eidson put Lituvos Rytas in front 12:8 with consecutive baskets. Kenan Bajramovic made a layup and Chuck Eidson connected from afar as the hosts cleared off to 23:14 to the delight of a roaring crowd. Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) opened the second quarter with a long bomb, while Marijonas Pertavicius and Chuck Eidson hit jump shots and enlarged the gap to massive 20 points just 3 minutes into the second period. Cibona were taken aback and played some chaotic basketball at the moment. Lietuvos Rytas easily secured a 47:25 advantage at halftime. Hollis Price and Chuck Eidson continued to execute perfectly in the third stanza as the margin just kept on growing and reached a 70:42 mark heading into the fourth term. Cibona never found their way back into contest moreover they lost their scoring expert Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) because of an injury. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 21 points for Cibona. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) produced 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a losing clause. Cibona travels to Turkey to take on Efes Pilsen in the 8th round of Euroleague.

Lietuvos Rytas: Marijonas Petravicius 17, Chuck Eidson 13, Kenan Bajramovic 13, Hollis Price 13
Cibona: Sam Hoskin 21, Damir Mulaomerovic 16


CSKA clear off in the fourth term to upset La Fortezza -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - La Fortezza 79:53

Russian favorites CSKA kept rolling confidently in the Euroleague season. Yesterday they bumped visiting La Fortezza and improved to 6-1 record on top of Group A. CSKA entered the game without three key players as Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) were sidelined with injuries. But it seemed to have little influence on the productivity of Russian machine. CSKA toyed with the visitors for three quarters and then easily spurred ahead claiming a comprehensive victory. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) led usually balanced CSKA offense with 16 points. David Andersen (212-C-80) was impressive as most of the offensive plays were built around him. He finished with 13 points, 8 boards and 2 assists for the winners. The defense worked hard as CSKA held La Fortezza leading scorer Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) to only 7 points.
Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) scored first two points in the game but CSKA replied with an 8:0 run to set the tone. CSKA maintained the lead and led by 8 points after the opening frame. Holland stepped up for Virtus in the second term as he kept the visitors within a visible distance from the hosts. He capped the first half with an unbelievable turnaround three-pointer to cut the deficit to 6 points. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) penetrated inside a paint and converted a tough layup to give La Fortezza necessary inspiration. David Andersen later was forced to sit down to bench as he received his third foul. But the momentum never changed in favor of Virtus. Ramunas Siskauskas ignited a 9:0 rally to put CKSA in front by double digits. The home team secured a 57:46 lead after three quarters of action. La Fortezza tightened the defense but CSKA still found the opportunities to deliver. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) hit a jumper and later added one more from beyond the arc to lift CSKA to a 62:46 distance. Moscow team kept LA Fortezza scoreless for a couple of minutes in the final term and Ettore Messina allowed the bench to log more minutes as the outcome became clear. Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) managed game-high 20 points to pace the visitors. CSKA outrebounded Italian team 36:26 and forced those to 16 turnovers. La Fortezza fell to 2-5 record in the ladder and would face Zalgiris in the next round. CKSA hosts Prokom on December 12.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 16, David Andersen 13, Trajan Langdon 12, Marcus Goree 12
La Fortezza: Delonte Holland 20, Dewarick Spencer 7, Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) 7


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FINLAND

BC Jyvaskyla-Korikobrat: 78-92 -by Jari Vikman

BC Jyvaskyla-Korikobrat: 78-92
William Rogers 28/6, Aljaz Urbanc 11/10 - Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.) 22/6/5stl, LaTrice Little 20/5, Baboucarr 15/9/6stl


Shot chart:




http://213.197.180.56/fba/index.php/ZnVzZWFjdGlvbj1nYW1lcy5tYWluJmdfaWQ9OTkyJmFkdj0z



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FRANCE

ProA : 2 signings for Pau and Chalon -by Aurelien Hipp
*Pau was looking for a back-up for Curtis Withers. The team has signed Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, college: Temple), coming from the D-league (6.4ppg 2.4rpg in 17 mins with Sioux-Falls). The player is qualified for Pau's next must-win game vs Chalon this week-end.

*Chalon has signed Terquin Mott (203-F-74, college: Coppin St.) for a try-out til the end of december. Mott started the season 06-07 in Cyprus but left the team in february. The year before, he was one of the best players in Venezuela where he posted 20.7ppg 7.1rpg.


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FYR MACEDONIA

Feni Industri wins in overtime -by Todor Chalovski
League leaders Feni Industri beat Macedonian champions Strumica 2005 in overtime 90:85 in the most interesting game from Round 15.
Home team led by as many as 10 points, but visitors came back, to steal the victory.

Fersped Rabotnicki handed Amak SP their first home defeat of the season.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Swisslion Pelister and Karpos Sokoli 2000.

STRUMICA 2005 - FENI INDUSTRI 85:90
Result by quarters: 20:19; 24:15; 15:19; 15:20; 11:16.

STRUMICA 2005: Bogoev 4, Cvetkov, D. Sokolov 10, Delic 2, Tasovski 27, Grncharov 7, Krstevski, Bosnjak 5, Pupovic 23, T. Sokolov, Latovic 7, Zaev.
Coach: Jovica Arsic.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov, Prekovic 12, Basnarkov, Dimitrovski, Cole 14, Radulovic, Popovic 20, Gocevski 9, Gjurov 8, Jovovic 10, Mihajloski 2, Samardziev 15.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic.

AMAK SP - FERSPED RABOTNICKI 64:70
Result by quarters: 18:17; 11:15; 14:17; 21:21.

AMAK SP: D. Stojanovski 7, Tasevski, Stojanov 2, Frey 15, Cvetnic 2, Vegov 2, Naumoski, Stefanovski, V. Stojanovski 18, Nedelkov 3, Gjorgoski, O'Neal 15.
Coach: Igor Gacov.

FERSPED RABOTNICKI: Stojanovski 8, Stojchevski, Veselinovski 5, Filipovic 13, Simic 12, Kochov, Mirakovski 19, Zivcevic 9, Trajkovski 4, Petrusev, Nakic, Markovski.
Coach: Marin Dokuzovski.

SWISSLION PELISTER MZT SKOPJE 105:97
Result by quarters: 28:14; 21:26; 30:22; 26:35.

SWISSLION PELISTER: Petkovski, Savovic, Popovic 28, Dujovic 13, Apcev, Nikolov, Pejanovic 12, Stankovic 7, Bendevski, Miljkovic 28, Talevski 14, Zaharievski 3.
Coach: Aleksandar Petrovic.

MZT SKOPJE: Milenkovic 15, B. Nikolovski 15, Petrovski 22, Liotikovski, Gjuroski 5, Atanasoski 2, Stojanovski, K. Nikolovski 4, Shteryov, Milanovski 3, Ball 18, Thaci 11.
Coach: Marjan Lazovski.

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000 - MAVROVO 81:77
Result by quarters: 18:13; 21:19; 17:19; 25:26.

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000: Marinkovski 3, Mitkov, Ramadan 6, Neshovski 25, Todorovski 13, Germanski 2, Kacarski, Popivoda 2, Zlatkovski 8, Gjoreski 12, Vasilev 10.
Coach: Mihajlo Naumovski.

MAVROVO: Iljazi 6, Angelov 3, Shareski, Iseski, Loch, Andrijeski 29, Janeski 21, Jusufi 18.


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GERMANY

Player movement in Duesseldorf -by Moritz Korff
The Duesseldorf Magics (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have signed two fresh players and waived two others. Gregory Burks (175-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Prairie View A&M) and Shawnson Johnson (206-F/C-80, college: N.Texas) have to leave after not living up to the expectations of the Magics-officials, while Michael Neal (190-G-84, college: Oklahoma) and David Berghoefer (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Carolina) are the names of the newcomers.
Neal, 23 years of age, graduated from The University of Oklahoma (NCAA1) earlier this year and joined Saint-Quentin of the French ProB-League in his first season as a pro. He averaged 8.8 points, 1.9 boards and 2.0 assists in nine appearances for Saint-Quentin this current season. Berghoefer, an US-American Post Player with a German family-name, spent his collegiate career at Western Carolina University (NCAA1). During the 2006-2007 campaign he suited up for Znicz Sokolow Jaroslaw in Poland and for Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Nicosia in Cyprus.


German Cup Result from Thursday December 6th! -by Michael Taylor
German Cup Result from Thursday December 6th!

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 81 MiddleDeutcher BC 78

Andrew Drevo buried a game-sealing three from the top of the key as the shot clock wound down with under 10 seconds to play in the 4Q helping NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig fight off an upsetminded MBC squad 81-78 Thursday night in German Cup action at Weissenfels Germany. The bullseye big man Drevo buried three of six threes and 7 of 11 shots on his way to a game best 21pt 9reb night for Braunschweig. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms also received strong games from Domonic Jones (14pt including 5 key points in a decisive early 4thQ push), Jonathan Levy (14pt) and Kyle Visser 13pt 7reb. The Phantoms made 19 of 28 FT (68%) and outrebonded MBC 30-27. Lance den Boer drilled 5 of 9 threes to topscore with 15pt for the Wolves followed by Sascha Leutloff with 14pt and Michael Buse with 13pt. The inspired MBC effort led to 49% floor shooting including 10 of 25 threes (40%). Braunschweig advances to the next round of the German Cup with the victory.


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GREECE

Market News -by Serafim Karaiskakis
Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) arrived in Greece for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens and he will have a medical test to check his condition.

AEK Athens will change Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM).

LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) had a serious injury and he will miss the rest of the season, Olimpia GE Larissa looks now for his subtitute.

Maroussi Athens wants Vladimir Krstic (185-G-72, agency: Court Side) after the deny of Mithat Demirel (181-G-78) ( probably heading in Germany ) but he is not free from BC Kyiv.

Ago Rethimno Almeco is testing the rookie Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F-84). The coach is not satisfied from him, his future in the team is not certain.Bosman guard and forward also needed.

PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki released Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Steven Hansell (192-G-75, agency: Court Side, college: Illinois St.) The economicals are poor, according to Tsiakos quote on TV the payments are over 2 months behind, the new management tries to find money to pay the salaries while looks in the market for players who can save the team from relagation in A2.


Week 7: The Green train is unstoppable. -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos beat Real Madrid 92-85 and remains unbeaten from the beginning of the season with the amazing 14-0 in both Greece and Europe. The game was a real derby between two equivalent teams. Real Madrid was amazing behind the arc while Panathinaikos was better in the paint. Bullock and Tunceri were very good in the offensive duties but not so good in their defensive, while the usually very good Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Spanoulis were not so good tonight, Dimitris Diamantidis was really great in defense as always (especially the amazing block shot over Smith was the highlight of the game) but he missed many shots from the parameter, the same goes for Spanoulis with the only difference that he scored the last and most crucial three pointer in the last 1.41' before the end making the score 88-81 and actually giving a deep breath to Panathinaikos who (up to that minute) was really very close and mostly following Real Madrid, the Turk guard Tunceri who scored 5 three pointers missed the most important 52 second before the end. That was the end for the Spaniards as the remaining seconds were not enough for Real with the Lithuanian super star Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) scoring all the points from the charity line reaching the 21 points (making a career's high wearing the Green jersey) following his team-mate Batiste who was the top scorer and MVP of the game with 24 points. Great game from the captain of Panathinaikos, the veteran Fragiskos Alvertis (206-F-74), more mature than ever scored 9 points helping his team with the good defense and the unstoppable passion he has for the game. The quarters were: 26-20, 46-47, 65-68 and 92-85. Top player on behalf of Real was Bulock who was also fatal as he was the reason (mostly) of the loss of his team with his immature and catastrophic game for the Spaniards, 14 points were added by Tunceri while Pelekanos made a very good game scoring 12 points and dashing down 8 rebounds with great defense over his opponents.

On the contrary with the Green champions, Aris and Olympiakos lost their gaems in Israel and Italy respectively. Aris lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv simply due to the very bad first half (absence of Kalaitzis and bad performance from Terry) 85-70 with Massey scoring just 13 points and Wrigth 19 while Olympiakos lost the game against Sienna due to lack of defense 86-84 with Macijauskas not repeating his amazing games of the last three weeks remaining to 13 points and with Jackson and woods being the top scorers with 20 and 19 points respectively


ULEB Cup: Panionios succeeded the road win which was looking for. -by Chris Mammides
The players of Nenad Markovic proved that when they play their favorite up tempo game they could beat any team. Panionios won by 77-85 and this was his second victory in Uleb Cup.
Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) (22), Newley (20), Dusan Sakota (209-F-86) (17) and Giannoullis (17) were the best players of Panionios who was unstoppable during the whole 40 minutes. From the German team of Ludwigsbourg, it was Brandon Woudstra (one of the eight Americans belonging to the German team!!) with 19 points followed by his country - mate Collins Coleman with 14 points and Ronald Ross with 9 points that tried the most, but at the end they couldn't do anything better against such an accurate team as Panionios last night. The “panthers” have two victories and three losses and they remain in the game of qualification after this road win. It is worth mentioning the amazing performance of the experienced Greek center, Giannoulis, his performance the last month is probably the best ever, even when he was in the pick of his career in PAOK and then in Panathinaikos, he is accurate, persistence and more mature than ever. The quarters of the game were: 15-19, 33-47, 47- 60, 77-85


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HOLLAND

ULEB Cup Action: Hanzevast Capitals Gets 1st Win; Eiffel Towers Taught A Lesson In Humility At Home -by Sanders Jackson


In ULEB Cup play on Tuesday night, it was a reversal of fortunes for the two Dutch representatives, with Hanzevast Capitals gaining its first ULEB win of the 2007-08 season, and Eiffel Towers not so lucky.

In the Martiniplaza on Tuesday night, an 11-0 run at the beginning of the 4th quarter broke open a tight game between Hanzevast Capitals and Belgian power Spirou Charleroi, with Hanzevast pulling out a 79-73 win. Charleroi would eventually come within two at 72-70, but Hanzevast would keep the visitors from coming any closer.
Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Donar with 16 pts., Dwayne Archbold added 15, and Kitwana Rhymer made his finally awaited debut in a Donar uniform, scoring 13 pts. with 7 rebounds. Hanzevast are now 1-4 in Group C.


In Group I it was a different story for defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers, who found themselves in a 30-11 hole at the end of the 1st quarter to Unics Kazan, and could not dig themselves out of it, eventually losing by the score of 108-79. Unics Kazan made themselves at home in the Maaspoort, shooting 68.1% FG and 11 for 23 from the three-point line. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel in scoring with 14 pts. each. Eiffel are now 2-3 in ULEB Cup play.



ULEB Cup Action: Hanzevast Capitals Get 1st Win; Eiffel Towers Get Clobbered -by Sanders Jackson


ULEB Cup Action: Hanzevast Capitals Get 1st Win; Eiffel Towers Get Clobbered -by Sanders Jackson


ULEB Cup Action: Hanzevast Capitals Get 1st Win; Eiffel Towers Get Clobbered -by Sanders Jackson


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HUNGARY

Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar sign Cory Bradford -by Eurobasket
Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports). Bradford played most recently at JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France).

CEBL: NYKK's first victory -by Tamas Deri
Marso-Vagep NYKK-A plus Brno (czech) 92-81
(18-20, 24-18, 24-20, 26-23)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 500, Referees: Valovics, Csősz, Kapitany.
NYKK: Savic 14, Laslo 9, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: Louisiana-Lafayette) 33/3, Sitku 17/3, Helbich 13, Trepak 6, Siska, Krasznai, Coach: Deri Csaba
Brno: Vrubl 11, Gajdosik 6, Machac 7, Norwa 19/9, Skala, Wiedner 9/9, Sismilich 4, Novotny 14, Prachar 6, Benda 3/3, Kysela


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INDONESIA

2007 Southeast Asian Games Official Roster -by Hector Santos
THAILAND

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SANTHIYAKUL Piya G 1.79/5'10"
5 JANTUMA Mana G 1.85/6'1"
6 PINITPATCHARALERT Sopon G 1.82/6'0"
7 RAI Dilip C 2.03/6'8"
8 VIVATTANAPONGPETCH Nontapob C 1.86/6'1"
9 SOONTREEYAPAS Chainarong F 1.81/5'11"
10 JANTHARANIYOM Pramoch F 1.92/6'4"
11 SAMOECHAI Kannat G 1.80/5'11"
12 KRUATIWA Ratdech F 1.90/6'3"
13 PIROON Piyapong F 1.89/6'2"
14 SILLAPAPIPAT Jakkrapan C 1.95/6'5"
15 KAEDUM Chaiwat C 1.95/6'5"

Team Average 1.88/6'2" 0.0

Coach MIN Zhxa Xuan

Assistant Coach MAWINTORN Suntarapong

Assistant Coach WONGMEPAN Chaiyanan

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: YELLOW/RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



PHILIPPINES

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 VERGARA Al G 1.73/5'8"
5 BAUTISTA Boyet G 1.73/5'8"
6 CHAN Jeffrei F 1.91/6'3"
7 BELGA Beau M. C 1.98/6'6"
8 RODRIGUEZ Frederick C 1.95/6'5"
9 TAN Eugene G 1.86/6'1"
10 ALONZO Richard F 1.91/6'3"
11 WILLIAM Jayson G 1.80/5'11"
12 FERNANDEZ Jonathan G 1.85/6'1"
13 NORWOOD Gabriel D. F 1.82/6'0"
14 CRUZ Jervy C 1.93/6'4"
15 SALANSANG Allan (C) F 1.96/6'5"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach BACULI JR Edmundo

Assistant Coach ALAS Francisco

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLUE

Legend:
(C) Captain C Centre F Forward G Guard
Pos Playing Position




CAMBODIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 UNG Samon G 1.70/5'7"
5 TAING Pengkuy G 1.73/5'8"
6 LIM Sokha F 1.78/5'10"
7 MONH Puthrothna G 1.80/5'11"
8 KIM Vengnguon C 1.80/5'11"
9 PHENG Darath F 1.79/5'10"
10 SOPEEN Toun F/G 1.80/5'11"
11 SENG Ratana F 1.80/5'11"
12 ENG Eavhai G 1.71/5'7"
13 SO Vanpanha G 1.77/5'10"
14 SOK Tour C 1.79/5'10"
15 KIM Ran C 1.80/5'11"

Team Average 1.77/5'10" 0.0

Coach ABYOMI Koledoye

Assistant Coach SYNGHARITH Lor

Team uniform colour:
Light: BLUE

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



INDONESIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 COKORDA Raka C 2.02/6'8"
5 POEDJAKESUMA Andi F 1.87/6'2"
6 JULIUS ACHMAD Faisal G 1.80/5'11"
7 PRIHANTONO Amin G 1.88/6'2"
8 EKAYANA Andrie G 1.81/5'11"
9 SONDAKH Youbel F 1.88/6'2"
10 WUYSANG Mario G 1.76/5'9"
11 TIARA Andre F 1.90/6'3"
12 ISMAN Thoyib C 2.03/6'8"
13 GUNAWAN Rony C 1.94/6'4"
14 SITUMORANG Welyanson F 1.88/6'2"
15 WIDAYAT JATI Wahyu F 1.89/6'2"

Team Average 1.89/6'2" 0.0

Coach GIDEON RORING Fictor

Assistant Coach HADINOTO Raoul Miguel
Assistant Coach WINAR Johannis

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



MALAYSIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SOO Eng Heng G 1.82/6'0"
5 LAU Bik Ing G 1.80/5'11"
6 CHEONG Yow Keen G 1.77/5'10"
7 MOHD YUSOFF Abdul Kader F 1.83/6'0"
8 TAN Kian Hoong G 1.89/6'2"
9 KUPPUSAMY Satyaseelan F 1.83/6'0"
10 ANG Tun Kaw C 1.93/6'4"
11 CHOW Kin Hoong F 1.89/6'2"
12 LOH Hoo Won C 1.92/6'4"
13 KOO Chen Jye F 1.88/6'2"
14 KOH Way Tek C 1.90/6'3"
15 CHEE Li Wei C 1.97/6'6"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach SIN HENG Sim

Assistant Coach CHOON YEAN Teh

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLACK

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position


Indonesia's National “SEAGAMES” Basketball Schedule: -by Jayjay Robles

Indonesia's National “SEAGAMES” Basketball Schedule:

Game1- December 7th 2007 17:00 versus Malaysia

Game2- December 9th 2007 15:00 versus Philippines

Game3- December 10th 2007 17:00 versus Thailand

Game4- December 12th 2007 15:00 versus Cambodia

The venue is at Keelapirom Stadium, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Province



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ISRAEL

Rob Brown is back in Israel -by Elad Zeevi
Erony Ramat-Gan is following the latest trend in the Israeli league: bringing back familiar faces. after Nahariya re-signed John Gilchrist and Rishon joined Brandon Kurtz, Ramat-Gan brought back Rob Brown (191-G-78), who played with the team last season. Brown, who will replace the injured Benet Davis, contributed 15 PPG and 4 RPG last season.

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ITALY

Last markert news -by Gianni Pascucci
Upim Fortitudo Bologna announced the agreement with Spanish Iker Iturbe (200-F/C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Clemson). The player will land in Bologna tomorrow, and should be available for coach Mazzon starting from the next week games. Eldo Napoli announced the signing of promising teenager Gaetano Spera, (205-C-93), from A.S. Marigliano Basket. Spera is a member of the Italian U15 National Team and will join the Eldo Napoli Junior team.

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KOREA

Samsung Tops LG START 3RD ROUND -by Rick Ross
In a game that started with a blow out Samsung had the Thunder
As the ran off 21 points in 7 minutes to lead by 17 as LG Sakers
Looked all but done in the 1st Quarter as the host of the Opening 3rd Round
Found itself dowm by 10 going into the 2nd Qrt,
By Half time LG Sakers found some rhythm and mustard up a come back as the score
At Half put Samsung 44-39, LG made a good run taking the lead in the final minutes of play
But it was Samsung Victorious at the Buzzer leading 83-79,
Terrance Leather lead the Thunders with 24 pts and 10 reb's and Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle) was as Good
netting 24 pts and 8 reb's.


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KOSOVO

Succseful Basketball Evening -by Edona Shabani
On Wednesday, December 6, 2007 organized by BC”Sigal Prishtina”, OSCE and Ministry of Justice in the Sports and Youth Hall In Prishtina took place a basketball game evening as part of the campaign “Invest in sport- prevent trafficking”

In the first match met the girls of BC” Sigal Prishtina” and “Toyota Women League” team. This match ended with the win of the “Toyota Women League” with the results 47:46.

The main event of the evening was the international match between BC” Vardar” from Skopje and BC” Sigal Prishtina”. Vardar won the match with the results 73:66.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LIGA AMERICAS

Cangrejeros rout the PBL All Star -by Gianni Pascucci
In Day 2 of "Liga de las Americas - Group A", Cangrejeros de Santurce kept themselves alive in the competition after destroying the Chicago-PBL All-Star 97-73, in a game in which they had back in roster Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan), who scored 5 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds. With 19 points, Alex Falcon (200-F-74, agency: Next Level) was the main scorer, Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) added 15 pts, and Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago (185-G-79, agency: Next Level, college: Missouri Southern) was very good in quarterbacking his team, ending the game with 9 pts, 5 assists and 8 steals. The main performer in PBL team was Edwin Tatum (193-G-81, college: Stephen F. Austin), who scored 17 pts, with 5/6 in 3 pointers.

Soles go on 2-0 -by Gianni Pascucci
Mexican powerhouse Soles de Mexicali took their second consecutive win in "Liga de las Americas - Group A", clearly defeating Metros de Santiago, 94-83, confirming to be the hottest team in the qualifying group. The team from Baja California had James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) as the main performer, with 25 points and 11/15 from the field. De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) added 20 points in the win and towering Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances) ended with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best at the Dominican side was Julio Solano (202-F/C-77), with 15 pts and 8 rebounds, but the second loss prevents this team advancing to the quartefinals of teh competition. Instead, Soles is at the top of the table and its race could be stopped only by a large loss from PBL All Star in Day 3, something not probable.

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MALAYSIA

2007 Southeast Asian Games Official Roster -by Hector Santos
THAILAND

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SANTHIYAKUL Piya G 1.79/5'10"
5 JANTUMA Mana G 1.85/6'1"
6 PINITPATCHARALERT Sopon G 1.82/6'0"
7 RAI Dilip C 2.03/6'8"
8 VIVATTANAPONGPETCH Nontapob C 1.86/6'1"
9 SOONTREEYAPAS Chainarong F 1.81/5'11"
10 JANTHARANIYOM Pramoch F 1.92/6'4"
11 SAMOECHAI Kannat G 1.80/5'11"
12 KRUATIWA Ratdech F 1.90/6'3"
13 PIROON Piyapong F 1.89/6'2"
14 SILLAPAPIPAT Jakkrapan C 1.95/6'5"
15 KAEDUM Chaiwat C 1.95/6'5"

Team Average 1.88/6'2" 0.0

Coach MIN Zhxa Xuan

Assistant Coach MAWINTORN Suntarapong

Assistant Coach WONGMEPAN Chaiyanan

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: YELLOW/RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



PHILIPPINES

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 VERGARA Al G 1.73/5'8"
5 BAUTISTA Boyet G 1.73/5'8"
6 CHAN Jeffrei F 1.91/6'3"
7 BELGA Beau M. C 1.98/6'6"
8 RODRIGUEZ Frederick C 1.95/6'5"
9 TAN Eugene G 1.86/6'1"
10 ALONZO Richard F 1.91/6'3"
11 WILLIAM Jayson G 1.80/5'11"
12 FERNANDEZ Jonathan G 1.85/6'1"
13 NORWOOD Gabriel D. F 1.82/6'0"
14 CRUZ Jervy C 1.93/6'4"
15 SALANSANG Allan (C) F 1.96/6'5"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach BACULI JR Edmundo

Assistant Coach ALAS Francisco

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLUE

Legend:
(C) Captain C Centre F Forward G Guard
Pos Playing Position




CAMBODIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 UNG Samon G 1.70/5'7"
5 TAING Pengkuy G 1.73/5'8"
6 LIM Sokha F 1.78/5'10"
7 MONH Puthrothna G 1.80/5'11"
8 KIM Vengnguon C 1.80/5'11"
9 PHENG Darath F 1.79/5'10"
10 SOPEEN Toun F/G 1.80/5'11"
11 SENG Ratana F 1.80/5'11"
12 ENG Eavhai G 1.71/5'7"
13 SO Vanpanha G 1.77/5'10"
14 SOK Tour C 1.79/5'10"
15 KIM Ran C 1.80/5'11"

Team Average 1.77/5'10" 0.0

Coach ABYOMI Koledoye

Assistant Coach SYNGHARITH Lor

Team uniform colour:
Light: BLUE

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



INDONESIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 COKORDA Raka C 2.02/6'8"
5 POEDJAKESUMA Andi F 1.87/6'2"
6 JULIUS ACHMAD Faisal G 1.80/5'11"
7 PRIHANTONO Amin G 1.88/6'2"
8 EKAYANA Andrie G 1.81/5'11"
9 SONDAKH Youbel F 1.88/6'2"
10 WUYSANG Mario G 1.76/5'9"
11 TIARA Andre F 1.90/6'3"
12 ISMAN Thoyib C 2.03/6'8"
13 GUNAWAN Rony C 1.94/6'4"
14 SITUMORANG Welyanson F 1.88/6'2"
15 WIDAYAT JATI Wahyu F 1.89/6'2"

Team Average 1.89/6'2" 0.0

Coach GIDEON RORING Fictor

Assistant Coach HADINOTO Raoul Miguel
Assistant Coach WINAR Johannis

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



MALAYSIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SOO Eng Heng G 1.82/6'0"
5 LAU Bik Ing G 1.80/5'11"
6 CHEONG Yow Keen G 1.77/5'10"
7 MOHD YUSOFF Abdul Kader F 1.83/6'0"
8 TAN Kian Hoong G 1.89/6'2"
9 KUPPUSAMY Satyaseelan F 1.83/6'0"
10 ANG Tun Kaw C 1.93/6'4"
11 CHOW Kin Hoong F 1.89/6'2"
12 LOH Hoo Won C 1.92/6'4"
13 KOO Chen Jye F 1.88/6'2"
14 KOH Way Tek C 1.90/6'3"
15 CHEE Li Wei C 1.97/6'6"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach SIN HENG Sim

Assistant Coach CHOON YEAN Teh

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLACK

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position


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MEXICO

Jornada 35 -by Charles Elwes

Tonight one of the most interesting games will be between Halcones Xalapa(27-7)
versus Dorados de Chihuahua(20-14) the game will be in Xalapa. Dorados wont have
there coach Tony Ruiz and "Pachi"Cruz that are in the Ligas de las Americas
with Cangrejeros de Santurce.Dorados will have instead of Cruz another import player
that has played several seasons in the LICOMUBA with Choriceros Camargo and he is

Mike Thompson (198-F-77, college: Salem Intern.).The game before these two was played

in Chihuahua capital in favor of Dorados by 3 points.

More games:

Galgos Tijuana at Lechugeros Leon ( that added Calvin Morris (203-F/C-74, college: Tennessee St.)

Bravos Piedras Negras at Tecos UAG

Venados Nuevo Laredo at Caballeros Culiacan

Santos Reales SLP at Mayas Yucatan

Correcaminos Victoria at Bucaneros Campeche

Union Zacatecas at Halcones Cordoba

Lobos Grises Durango at Angeles Puebla

Algodoneros Torreon at Halcones Rojos Veracruz



Mexican Nationals Find Success in NCAA Division I -by Justin Brink

WRITTEN BY: ALBERT ASKER

Three of the sons of Mexico, Oliver Caballero (206-C) of San Jose State University, Hector Hernandez (206-F-86) (206-F-86) of Fresno State University, and Lorenzo Mata (203-C-86) of UCLA, have found success playing basketball north of the border. Oliver Caballero of Caborca, Sonora, Mexico is a freshman this year for the San Jose Spartans of the Western Athletic Conference. The 6' 9” 255 pound center averaged 9.3 points per game for the Spartans as the team toured the United Kingdom this past summer. So far this season the redshirt freshman has started every game this season for San Jose State, averaging 5.5 points and 2 rebounds per game. Caballero and the Spartans are off to a good start this year as they are at the top of the WAC standings with a 3-1 record.

Hector Hernandez of Chihuahua, Mexico is a senior this year for the Fresno State University Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference. The 6' 9” 225 pound forward averaged 4.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Mexican National Team at the 2007 FIBA Americas Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas this summer. Hernandez was a starter last season for the Fresno State Bulldogs as a junior and is a starter again this season. This season the senior forward is averaging 10.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. Hernandez and the Bulldogs are also off to a good start this year with a 4-3 record in the WAC standings behind only San Jose State University (1st place) and Boise State University (2nd place).

Lorenzo Mata of UCLA, whose mother is from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and whose father is also from Mexico, is a senior center for the Bruins of the PAC-10 conference. The 6' 9” 240 pound center started in every game last year as he helped lead UCLA back to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. UCLA also made it to the 2006 NCAA Championship game in Mata-Real's sophomore season with the team falling to Florida 73-57. During Mata-Real's sophomore season the Bruins also won the 2006 PAC-10 regular season championship and the PAC-10 tournament championship. During Mata-Real's junior season UCLA won the 2007 PAC-10 regular season championship.

This season Lorenzo Mata is coming off of the bench for the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins but is still making his presence felt for this major colligate basketball power. So far this season, Mata-Real is averaging 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, including scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a win over Youngstown State earlier this season. Lorenzo Mata is also the top shot-blocker for UCLA leading the Bruins with a 1.5 blocks per game average. UCLA is currently the #1 ranked team in the nation and is at the top of the PAC-10 standings with a 7-0 record. These three young basketball players from Mexico are enjoying a lot of success so far this season and expect to have a lot more before the season is over.



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NBA

Anderson Varejao stays with the Cavs -by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers matched the Charlotte Bobcats offer sheet to Brazilian centre just one day ago after the Bobcats announced the proposal. The offer was worth $17 million but the Cavs did not wait for long to come up with their own one. Before training camp opened, Varejao turned down Cleveland's one-year, $1.2 million offer. If he had signed, the former second-round draft pick could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season. A big-time favorite with Cleveland fans Varejao is thought to join the squad next Tuesday against Indiana. The Cavs now waived Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to add Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) to the squad. The Cavs hope Brazilian international can add much needed intensity to Cleveland's defense and be the guy to inspire the teammates as emotions went bleak after the Cavaliers lost 3 games in a row without injured LeBron James (6'8''-F-84).

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PARAGUAY

Sol de America triumph in Game 1 -by Gianni Pascucci
Sol de America defeated Deportivo San Jose 82-77 in Game 1 of the "Super Cup" series, that decides who is the best Paraguayn team in 2007. Import Jamal Nichols (206-F, college: De Paul) was unstoppable, ending the game at 38 points, and Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) added 13 points and lots of rebounds. Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) and Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) scored 23 point each in San Josè, but it wasn' t enough. Game 2 of the Super Cup will be played on monday, December 10.

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PHILIPPINES

2007 Southeast Asian Games Official Roster -by Hector Santos
THAILAND

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SANTHIYAKUL Piya G 1.79/5'10"
5 JANTUMA Mana G 1.85/6'1"
6 PINITPATCHARALERT Sopon G 1.82/6'0"
7 RAI Dilip C 2.03/6'8"
8 VIVATTANAPONGPETCH Nontapob C 1.86/6'1"
9 SOONTREEYAPAS Chainarong F 1.81/5'11"
10 JANTHARANIYOM Pramoch F 1.92/6'4"
11 SAMOECHAI Kannat G 1.80/5'11"
12 KRUATIWA Ratdech F 1.90/6'3"
13 PIROON Piyapong F 1.89/6'2"
14 SILLAPAPIPAT Jakkrapan C 1.95/6'5"
15 KAEDUM Chaiwat C 1.95/6'5"

Team Average 1.88/6'2" 0.0

Coach MIN Zhxa Xuan

Assistant Coach MAWINTORN Suntarapong

Assistant Coach WONGMEPAN Chaiyanan

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: YELLOW/RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



PHILIPPINES

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 VERGARA Al G 1.73/5'8"
5 BAUTISTA Boyet G 1.73/5'8"
6 CHAN Jeffrei F 1.91/6'3"
7 BELGA Beau M. C 1.98/6'6"
8 RODRIGUEZ Frederick C 1.95/6'5"
9 TAN Eugene G 1.86/6'1"
10 ALONZO Richard F 1.91/6'3"
11 WILLIAM Jayson G 1.80/5'11"
12 FERNANDEZ Jonathan G 1.85/6'1"
13 NORWOOD Gabriel D. F 1.82/6'0"
14 CRUZ Jervy C 1.93/6'4"
15 SALANSANG Allan (C) F 1.96/6'5"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach BACULI JR Edmundo

Assistant Coach ALAS Francisco

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLUE

Legend:
(C) Captain C Centre F Forward G Guard
Pos Playing Position




CAMBODIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 UNG Samon G 1.70/5'7"
5 TAING Pengkuy G 1.73/5'8"
6 LIM Sokha F 1.78/5'10"
7 MONH Puthrothna G 1.80/5'11"
8 KIM Vengnguon C 1.80/5'11"
9 PHENG Darath F 1.79/5'10"
10 SOPEEN Toun F/G 1.80/5'11"
11 SENG Ratana F 1.80/5'11"
12 ENG Eavhai G 1.71/5'7"
13 SO Vanpanha G 1.77/5'10"
14 SOK Tour C 1.79/5'10"
15 KIM Ran C 1.80/5'11"

Team Average 1.77/5'10" 0.0

Coach ABYOMI Koledoye

Assistant Coach SYNGHARITH Lor

Team uniform colour:
Light: BLUE

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



INDONESIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 COKORDA Raka C 2.02/6'8"
5 POEDJAKESUMA Andi F 1.87/6'2"
6 JULIUS ACHMAD Faisal G 1.80/5'11"
7 PRIHANTONO Amin G 1.88/6'2"
8 EKAYANA Andrie G 1.81/5'11"
9 SONDAKH Youbel F 1.88/6'2"
10 WUYSANG Mario G 1.76/5'9"
11 TIARA Andre F 1.90/6'3"
12 ISMAN Thoyib C 2.03/6'8"
13 GUNAWAN Rony C 1.94/6'4"
14 SITUMORANG Welyanson F 1.88/6'2"
15 WIDAYAT JATI Wahyu F 1.89/6'2"

Team Average 1.89/6'2" 0.0

Coach GIDEON RORING Fictor

Assistant Coach HADINOTO Raoul Miguel
Assistant Coach WINAR Johannis

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



MALAYSIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SOO Eng Heng G 1.82/6'0"
5 LAU Bik Ing G 1.80/5'11"
6 CHEONG Yow Keen G 1.77/5'10"
7 MOHD YUSOFF Abdul Kader F 1.83/6'0"
8 TAN Kian Hoong G 1.89/6'2"
9 KUPPUSAMY Satyaseelan F 1.83/6'0"
10 ANG Tun Kaw C 1.93/6'4"
11 CHOW Kin Hoong F 1.89/6'2"
12 LOH Hoo Won C 1.92/6'4"
13 KOO Chen Jye F 1.88/6'2"
14 KOH Way Tek C 1.90/6'3"
15 CHEE Li Wei C 1.97/6'6"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach SIN HENG Sim

Assistant Coach CHOON YEAN Teh

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLACK

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position


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POLAND

SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg signs Erick Barkley -by Jay
SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Erick Barkley (186-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: St.John's). Barkley played most recently at Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (FYR-Macedonia).

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RUSSIA

CSKA clear off in the fourth term to upset La Fortezza -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - La Fortezza 79:53

Russian favorites CSKA kept rolling confidently in the Euroleague season. Yesterday they bumped visiting La Fortezza and improved to 6-1 record on top of Group A. CSKA entered the game without three key players as Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Alexei Savrasenko (215-C-79) and Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) were sidelined with injuries. But it seemed to have little influence on the productivity of Russian machine. CSKA toyed with the visitors for three quarters and then easily spurred ahead claiming a comprehensive victory. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) led usually balanced CSKA offense with 16 points. David Andersen (212-C-80) was impressive as most of the offensive plays were built around him. He finished with 13 points, 8 boards and 2 assists for the winners. The defense worked hard as CSKA held La Fortezza leading scorer Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) to only 7 points.
Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) scored first two points in the game but CSKA replied with an 8:0 run to set the tone. CSKA maintained the lead and led by 8 points after the opening frame. Holland stepped up for Virtus in the second term as he kept the visitors within a visible distance from the hosts. He capped the first half with an unbelievable turnaround three-pointer to cut the deficit to 6 points. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) penetrated inside a paint and converted a tough layup to give La Fortezza necessary inspiration. David Andersen later was forced to sit down to bench as he received his third foul. But the momentum never changed in favor of Virtus. Ramunas Siskauskas ignited a 9:0 rally to put CKSA in front by double digits. The home team secured a 57:46 lead after three quarters of action. La Fortezza tightened the defense but CSKA still found the opportunities to deliver. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) hit a jumper and later added one more from beyond the arc to lift CSKA to a 62:46 distance. Moscow team kept LA Fortezza scoreless for a couple of minutes in the final term and Ettore Messina allowed the bench to log more minutes as the outcome became clear. Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) managed game-high 20 points to pace the visitors. CSKA outrebounded Italian team 36:26 and forced those to 16 turnovers. La Fortezza fell to 2-5 record in the ladder and would face Zalgiris in the next round. CKSA hosts Prokom on December 12.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 16, David Andersen 13, Trajan Langdon 12, Marcus Goree 12
La Fortezza: Delonte Holland 20, Dewarick Spencer 7, Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) 7


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RWANDA

Government Rescues APR With Air Tickets -by Kristian Santiago
By Julius Mbaraga

Rwanda's representatives at this year's African Club Championship; APR basketball Club are in relaxed mood after landing financial support from the government.

APR's Kenyan coach Cliff Owuor disclosed to Times Sport that the government through the Sports Ministry has agreed in principle to foot the biggest part of the club's budget for the 10-day competition that unfolds on December 13 in Luanda, Angola.

According to Jean Pierre Karabaranga, the Secretary General in the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, it's the government's commitment to facilitate transport costs for any local team engaging international competition.

"The norm is that the ministry meets transport costs for any team or club representing the country in a continental event. In the football discipline, we have done it for APR, Atraco, Rayon Sports, in volleyball, we have done it UNR, KVC so there is no reason why we can't do it for the APR basketball club," Karabaranga said.

While Owuor said, "I have learnt that the Sports Ministry has agreed to foot the team's travel expenses and we can't be more grateful to the government for this intervention."

"The support is timely because it has come when the club needs it most. This is a very big competition and it is very ideal for the team to spend much of its time focusing on the competition rather than soliciting for funds," Owuor pointed out.

APR has been preparing for the championship since early November despite failing to qualify for this year's national league play-offs. It is the first time that the 2005 and 2006 National league champions had failed to qualify for the play-offs since the system was introduced to local basketball back three years ago.

With barely two weeks before the competition gets underway, the local giants have intensified their preparations. The team is now having two practise sessions at Amahoro Indoor stadium.

On a further brighter note, Owuor has been boasted by the return Aboubacar Barame, Mputu Badibanga and Jean de Dieu Umutoni 'Mutombo.

The trio has been out with injuries but they started light training on Tuesday according to their Kenyan trainer.


APR Fly Out On Monday -by Kristian Santiago
By Julius Mbaraga


APR Basketball Club famously referred to as the Indomitable lions have set December 10 as their departure date ahead of the 22nd edition of the FIBA Africa Club Championships that unfolds next Thursday in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

The local basketball giants who are having their practice sessions at Amahoro indoor courts will leave three days before the official start and APR's coach Cliff Owuor believes that this will give the players ample time to get acclimatized to the new environment.

"We intend to leave early because that will give us some time to get used to the strange environment.

We also need time to get used to the courts. We shall be playing on world class courts so we need time to get used to them," the Kenyan added.

APR made their way to FIBA-Africa's most coveted club competition after edging Kenya Commercial Bank in the finals of the 2007 Zone v club championship that was staged in Kigali, Rwanda.

Much as it will be APR's maiden appearance, Owuor points out that it will not be the case for some faces in the team.

"Of course some of my players like Aboubakar Barame (-84) and Bunene Valery Kajeguhakwa (-82) won't be new faces in Angola after featuring for the Rwandan side at the Afro-basket championships that was staged in Angola back in August," Owuor added.

Similar to past editions, the ten-day show piece will merge Africa's top basketball clubs.

Some clubs in this category include the championships' defending champions Petro Athletico (Angola) and Nigeria's Potters and Abidjan Basketball Clubs.


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SERBIA

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 Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon)

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)


Stats leaders of A league: Slavko Stefanovic is current MVP -by Dragan Jankovski
Below is the list with the stats leaders after 8 rounds of Serbian A league. PF Slavko Stefanovic of Mega Aqua Monta is current MVP of the league with index 174. Dragan Markovic of Napredak Rubin and Milos Markovic of Mega Aqua Monta follow him with index 168 each.

Index value:
1. Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Aqua Monta 174
2. Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) of Napredak Rubin 168
3. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Aqua Monta 168
4. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Sloga 161
5. Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of Borac 158


Points per game:
1. Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) of Napredak Rubin 23.9
2. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) of Novi Sad Panonska Banka 22.6
3. Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of Zdravlje Actavis 20.1
4. Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Aqua Monta 19.8
5. Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of Borac 18.4


Offensive rebounds per game:
1. Chris Charles (213-F/C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) of Novi Sad Panonska Banka 2.8
2. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) of Radnicki 034 Group 2.6
3. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Ergonom 2.3
4. Predrag Miletic (193-G-84) of Napredak Rubin 2.3
5. Vojislav Gojnic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) of Napredak Rubin 2.2


Defensive rebounds per game:
1. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82) of Masinac 7.3
2. Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Aqua Monta 5.3
3. Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Aqua Monta 4.5
4. Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) of Borac 4.4
5. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Borac 4.4


Assists per game:
1. Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of Zdravlje Actavis 5.0
2. Nenad Pistoljevic (196-G-80) of Vizura 5.0
3. Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Swissliona Takovo 4.8
4. Marko Popovic (193-G-84) of Sloga 4.4
5. Radovan Pesic (185-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) of Radnicki 034 Group 4.3


Steals per game:
1. Milijan Bocka (187-G-82) of Zdravlje Actavis 3.1
2. Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT) of Ergonom 2.6
3. Radovan Pesic (185-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) of Radnicki 034 Group 2.5
4. Vladimir Radmanovac (190-G-82) of Ergonom 2.1
5. Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) of Novi Sad Panonska Banka 2.3


Partiza Igokea lost at home against Fenerbahce Ulker -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea suffered fourth defeat in Euroleague. Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion lost at home against their direct rival in the battle for the TOP 16, Fenerbahce Ulker 72-76. Three minutes remaining in the game Turkish team reached plus 4, 66-62, but crucial moment happened 30 seconds later when Partizan's best player Pekovic fouled out after what black and white team didn't succeeded to defend Fenerbahce's big guy Savas, who was very concentrated from the FT line at the very end. PG Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) led the winners adding 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other side center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) again was the best in Partizan nailing 26 points including 6 rebounds.

After the game Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic was obviously angry on the referees: "I want to congratulate Fenerbahce and my very good friend Tanjevic on this win. We showed our nerves too much because of the game high importance but I have to say that we are harshly done by the referees!"

Fenerbahce's head coach Bogdan Tanjevic after the game said: "Very tough game. We played good against Euroleague's best center Nikola Pekovic. We "sacrificed" three players because of him but and the end we done a good job. After this win we have a nice chance to reach TOP 16."


Partizan Igokea - Fenerbahce Ulker 72-76
(16-20,18-15,18-20,20-21)

Partizan Igokea:
Pekovic 26 (6 rebs), Kecman 16
Fenerbahce Ulker: Solomon 21 (4 rebs, 5 as), Onan 15 (4 rebs), Savas 12, White 12


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SLOVENIA

Helios beats Zlatorog in double-overtime -by Zeljko Zule
Robert Troha scored 20 points, Jure Mocnik had 18 points and 10 assists and Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) collected 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead Helios to a 93-91 double-overtime home victory over the league-leading Zlatorog. Helios opened the game with 16 consecutive points as they pulled ahead 24-8 but the guests responded with a zone defense and had their largest lead at 61-52 early in last quarter. Lance Harris posted 20 points but he missed both free throws at 70-68 with just 12 second remaining. Grega Mali collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, Nejc Strnad added 16 points but he missed potential lay-ups at the end of the regular period and first overtime and Nemanja Jelesijevic finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Euroleague: Union Olimpija defeats Prokom 68:49 -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija defeated Polish champion Prokom Trefl Sopot 68:49 in home arena Tivoli. Olimpija played good defense for all 40 minutes of the game and shut down scorers like Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) who didn't score a point. Union Olimpija was led by Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Marko Milic (199-G-77) and Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) both added 16 points. Prokom's top player was Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams played on quite low level of basketball, for instence Prokom had 19 turnovers and was 34% from the field. Olimpija was better with 12 turnovers and 62.5% from the field.

Union Olimpija : Prokom 68:49 (49:41, 35:26, 13:15)
Union Olimpija: Doncic 5, Booker 5, Dragic 15, Rizvic 2, Milic 16, Hukic 16, Bailey 6, Zupan 3
Prokom Trefl Sopot: Roszyk 3, Dylewicz 9, Wagner 5, Harissis 10, Shakur 2, Stanojevic 13, Slanina 7


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TAIWAN

07-08 SBL Preview: Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards -by Chris Wang
-- Last season: 21-9, 2nd in regular season; lost to Taiwan Beer 3-1 in the first round, beat Yulon 3-1 in the 3rd-place series.

-- Key additions: Hsu Wei-shen (Yulon), Liu Shen-yao (Yulon), Hsu Tse-shin (dmedia), Wu Min-hsien (rookie), Wei Wei (rookie)

-- Key subtractions: Lee Chi-yi (Yulon), Yang Che-yi (Yulon), Hu Yu-wei (BOT), Jonathan Sanders (dmedia), Lin Tsun-ching (BOT), Chen Li-wei, Lai Kuei-lin

-- Key changes: Videoland sold the team to Taiwan Mobile, one of Taiwan's largest mobile phone service providers. Former Taiwan NT star forward Cheng Chih-lung (192-F-69) was named the new head coach of the team.

-- Analysis:

From personnel to ownership changes, Taiwan Mobile can almost be seen as a brand new team. In fact, the ownership change did not go without controversy, because the parent company of Taiwan Mobile -- Fubon Financial Holdings co. -- will be in charge of the first ever sports lottery in Taiwan, which will be in operation in 2008.

The departure of Lee Chi-yi and Yang Che-yi (both signed with Yulon) was the biggest news of this past summer and hurt the Leopards a lot. Gone were 30 points and 15 boards from these two NT members, the main offensive options for the team in the past years.

Chen Huei, Lai Kuo-hong and Lin Shin-hwa were the main leftovers from the Videoland era and the veterans on the team. At 33 years-old, Lai is still capable of dominating the paint with his outstanding footworks against young and unexperienced opponents. Chen Huei has been a reliable floor general although his speed has been always in question. The trio is still expected to be the backbone of this young team because of their experience.

Steady improvement of the newcomers Liu Shen-yao and Hsu Wei-shen will ease some of the growing pains. Hsu can be an active rebounder and inside force and Liu is capable of picking up the scoring slack from the wing.

Wu Yong-jen can also start at point guard as his perimeter shooting will be a plus to fight for the starting position. Hsu Tse-shin will be the backup PG while versatile and hard-working sixth man Lee Wei-min switches between both wing positions.

Hong Chi-chao, a combo gaurd who experienced a horrible season last year under Videoland head coach Liu Chi-wei, should be able to have a fresh start with Cheng at the helm. The results remain to be seen though.

The development of rookies Yen Cheng-hong, Wei Wei and Wu Min-hsien, one of the top scorers in the high school league last year, will be interesting to watch.

It will take some time for Cheng Chih-lung, a top small forward in his playing days, to get to know his players more and develop his system, which was why Cheng did not set any goal before the season. As the regular season moves along, Cheng should be able to find a right mix.

-- Roster:
7 Chen Yao-ting F 1988.6.28 195
10 Deng An-cheng G 1985.11.06 185
19 Liu Shen-yao G/F 1983.11.24 190
25 Hsu Wei-shen F/C 1985.3.23 198
41 Hong Chi-chao G 1982.2.13 187
66 Lee Wei-min G 1981.4.29 185
11 Lai Kuo-hong C/F 1974.12.8 197
14 Hsu Kai-chieh C 1985.5.10 198
23 Yen Cheng-hong C 1986.2.5 196
33 Lin Shin-hwa C 1975.9.20 198
1 Wu Cheng-yu G 1983.11.28 186
3 Wei Wei G 1987.12.9 185
4 Wu Yong-jen G 1982.9.22 177
6 Wu Min-hsien G 1988.12.19 183
9 Hsu Tse-shin G 1982.6.4 177
17 Chen Huei G 1978.4.17 185


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TBL

COME WITNESS THE TAKEOVER -by Benjamin Brinkley
06-December-2007
Arlington, TX -- The Texas Basketball League invite you to "Come Witness the Takeover" as they start their pre-season exhibition on Saturday, January 3rd at 7 pm at Metro Academy of Math and Science in Arlington, Texas. "We are excited about this upcoming season and the state of Texas is behind us," stated Benjamin Brinkley. "So many things are going on now in Texas. The buzz is finally getting out there that the Texas Basketball League, the official semi-pro basketball league of Texas, is ready to play - and the games are more affordable than the Texas Pro Basketball League."

The Texas Basketball League will start with the TBL Showcase, which is a pre-season basketball tourney showcasing the TBL teams, players, and coaches. The players and coaches will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans of all ages.

The Texas Basketball League are also looking for volunteers to assist them in upcoming basketball tournament series, the 2008 Last Man Standing Basketball Tournament. "This is an event that the Texas Basketball League will participate during the upcoming 2008 season," added league owner Benjamin Brinkley. "This year we are going to sign up at least 100 basketball players each week during the Last Man Standing Basketball tournament and bring a different element to semi-pro basketball in the state of Texas."

For more information call (817) 803-3588 to sign up as a volunteer or as a participant towards the Last Man Standing Basketball Tournament, or email lastmanstanding_tbl@yahoo.com, or email the owner: benjaminbrinkley_tbl@yahoo.com


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THAILAND

2007 Southeast Asian Games Official Roster -by Hector Santos
THAILAND

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SANTHIYAKUL Piya G 1.79/5'10"
5 JANTUMA Mana G 1.85/6'1"
6 PINITPATCHARALERT Sopon G 1.82/6'0"
7 RAI Dilip C 2.03/6'8"
8 VIVATTANAPONGPETCH Nontapob C 1.86/6'1"
9 SOONTREEYAPAS Chainarong F 1.81/5'11"
10 JANTHARANIYOM Pramoch F 1.92/6'4"
11 SAMOECHAI Kannat G 1.80/5'11"
12 KRUATIWA Ratdech F 1.90/6'3"
13 PIROON Piyapong F 1.89/6'2"
14 SILLAPAPIPAT Jakkrapan C 1.95/6'5"
15 KAEDUM Chaiwat C 1.95/6'5"

Team Average 1.88/6'2" 0.0

Coach MIN Zhxa Xuan

Assistant Coach MAWINTORN Suntarapong

Assistant Coach WONGMEPAN Chaiyanan

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: YELLOW/RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



PHILIPPINES

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 VERGARA Al G 1.73/5'8"
5 BAUTISTA Boyet G 1.73/5'8"
6 CHAN Jeffrei F 1.91/6'3"
7 BELGA Beau M. C 1.98/6'6"
8 RODRIGUEZ Frederick C 1.95/6'5"
9 TAN Eugene G 1.86/6'1"
10 ALONZO Richard F 1.91/6'3"
11 WILLIAM Jayson G 1.80/5'11"
12 FERNANDEZ Jonathan G 1.85/6'1"
13 NORWOOD Gabriel D. F 1.82/6'0"
14 CRUZ Jervy C 1.93/6'4"
15 SALANSANG Allan (C) F 1.96/6'5"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach BACULI JR Edmundo

Assistant Coach ALAS Francisco

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLUE

Legend:
(C) Captain C Centre F Forward G Guard
Pos Playing Position




CAMBODIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 UNG Samon G 1.70/5'7"
5 TAING Pengkuy G 1.73/5'8"
6 LIM Sokha F 1.78/5'10"
7 MONH Puthrothna G 1.80/5'11"
8 KIM Vengnguon C 1.80/5'11"
9 PHENG Darath F 1.79/5'10"
10 SOPEEN Toun F/G 1.80/5'11"
11 SENG Ratana F 1.80/5'11"
12 ENG Eavhai G 1.71/5'7"
13 SO Vanpanha G 1.77/5'10"
14 SOK Tour C 1.79/5'10"
15 KIM Ran C 1.80/5'11"

Team Average 1.77/5'10" 0.0

Coach ABYOMI Koledoye

Assistant Coach SYNGHARITH Lor

Team uniform colour:
Light: BLUE

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



INDONESIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 COKORDA Raka C 2.02/6'8"
5 POEDJAKESUMA Andi F 1.87/6'2"
6 JULIUS ACHMAD Faisal G 1.80/5'11"
7 PRIHANTONO Amin G 1.88/6'2"
8 EKAYANA Andrie G 1.81/5'11"
9 SONDAKH Youbel F 1.88/6'2"
10 WUYSANG Mario G 1.76/5'9"
11 TIARA Andre F 1.90/6'3"
12 ISMAN Thoyib C 2.03/6'8"
13 GUNAWAN Rony C 1.94/6'4"
14 SITUMORANG Welyanson F 1.88/6'2"
15 WIDAYAT JATI Wahyu F 1.89/6'2"

Team Average 1.89/6'2" 0.0

Coach GIDEON RORING Fictor

Assistant Coach HADINOTO Raoul Miguel
Assistant Coach WINAR Johannis

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: RED

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position



MALAYSIA

No./Name/Pos/Height-m/ft in
4 SOO Eng Heng G 1.82/6'0"
5 LAU Bik Ing G 1.80/5'11"
6 CHEONG Yow Keen G 1.77/5'10"
7 MOHD YUSOFF Abdul Kader F 1.83/6'0"
8 TAN Kian Hoong G 1.89/6'2"
9 KUPPUSAMY Satyaseelan F 1.83/6'0"
10 ANG Tun Kaw C 1.93/6'4"
11 CHOW Kin Hoong F 1.89/6'2"
12 LOH Hoo Won C 1.92/6'4"
13 KOO Chen Jye F 1.88/6'2"
14 KOH Way Tek C 1.90/6'3"
15 CHEE Li Wei C 1.97/6'6"

Team Average 1.87/6'2" 0.0

Coach SIN HENG Sim

Assistant Coach CHOON YEAN Teh

Team uniform colour:
Light: WHITE
Dark: BLACK

Legend:
C Centre F Forward G Guard Pos Playing Position


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TRINIDAD

Shak Attack fails to qualify for Big-Four finals -by Don Farrell
For the second year running Detour Shak Attack, the reigning national champions, failed to qualify for the Big-Four finals of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League.

Shak Attack needing nothing less than Sportworld Straker Nets 86-84 at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex beat victory on Wednesday night.

Smarting from their 94-90 loss to Diego Martin All Stars on Monday night, Shak Attack took the game to Straker Nets, the same team they defeated three times during the 2007 North Zone League and finals.

However, the match ended somewhat controversial when with eight seconds on the clock Shak Attack was attempting to inbound the ball at half-court via forward Kenyatta Alfred.

His intended pass was stolen by veteran point-guard Derrick 'Cornbread' James and all Shak Attack players stood in shock and Straker Nets fans stormed the court to celebrate victory with the scoreboard flashing 85-84.

However, the match officials deemed the action by Straker Nets premature and re-started the match with three-seconds to play. Straker Nets keep possession of the ball and James was fouled. He went to the free-throw line and scored one of his two attempts and Shak Attack had one second to execute a three-point play for victory, but it did not happened.

The result gave Sports & Games Caledonia Clippers the fourth and final spot in the Big Four semi-finals because they defeated Petrotrin San Fernando Jazz, K Brands Marabella Raptors and Shak Attack in the league competition and despite all three teams have the same record and points.

The Big-Four semifinals starts on Friday night at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex with Straker Nets hosting Clippers at 8.30 pm.



WEDNESDAY'S SBL RESULTS:


SPORTWORLD STRAKER NETS 86 (Jason Delise 21 pts, 10 rebs; Jamile King 19 pts, 3 rebs; Gamal Patrick 14 pts, 3 rebs) v Detour Shak Attack 84 (Andrew Ifill 31 pts, 14 rebs; Kurt Christian 15 pts, 11 rebs, 3 assts, 5 stls, 1 blk; Kenyatta Alfred 12 pts, 8 rebs)



LATEST STANDINGS: Last up dated 06/12/07


MEN¹S DIVISION

TEAMS PLAYED WIN LOST POINTS

Sportsworld Straker Nets 10 9 1 19
Valencia Heat 10 7 3 17
Diego Martin All Stars 10 7 3 17
Petro San F¹do Jazz 10 6 4 16
S&GCaledonia Clippers 10 6 4 16
K ­ Brands Marabella Raptors 10 6 4 16
Detour Shak Attack 10 6 4 16
Sangre Grande All Stars 10 3 7 13
Unit Trust Maloney Pacers 10 2 8 12
Point Fortin All Stars 10 1 9 11
Tobago All Stars 10 2 8 12

… The top four (4) teams qualified for the Big-Four finals.


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TURKEY

Efes Pilsen cruise past Unicaja at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall -by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Unicaja 91:75

Efes Pilsen well-balanced offense denied any efforts from Unicaja as Turkish side celebrated their 4th win in the Euroleague season. Efes Pilsen improved to 4-3 record and revived their propects at the tournament. They are now one win away from the leaders in Group B. Unicaja mainly relied on Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, college: N.Mexico) as he reigned the paint in the starting frame and kept Unicaja going. But Efes Pilen found open spots around the basket with Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) delivering for the hosts to maintain the pressure. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) connected from afar and Drew Nicholas added 4 straight points for Efes Pilsen as they broke clear at the end of the first frame 28:21. Efes Pilsen sparked with a 14:0 rally midway through the second stanza and reached a 20-point advantage. Daniel Santiago burst out with 4 consecutive points late in the first half and Unicaja trailed by 15 points at halftime 36:51.
There was no stopping for fast breaks from the hosts at the start of the second half as the margin grew to 23 points. Unicaja finally managed to adjust its defense and cut the deficit to 16 points heading into the fourth period. Scoonie Penn drained a three-pointer and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) converted a layup to make it 83:58 for the home side in the fourth quarter. Unicaja were unable to stop inspired Efes Pilsen and suffered their second defeat in the season. Drew Nicholas topscored for the hosts with 16 points and 7 assists. Scoonie Penn delivered 15 points, while Ermal Kuqo had 13 points for the winners. Daniel Santiago replied with game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Unicaja. Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) scored 13 points for Spanish team as they fell to 5-2 record in the ladder. Efes Pilsen will play against Cibona at home in the next round.

Efes Pilsen: Drew Nicholas 16, Scoonie Penn 15, Ermal Kuqo 13
Unicaja: Daniel Santiago 25, Jiri Welsch 13


Akyol At Galatasaray Cafe Crown -by Sinan Kocak
Efes Pilsen sent Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) to Galatasaray Cafe Crown on loan. Having difficulties to get sufficient playing time in the last two seasons, he averaged 3 points and 2.2 rebounds under 12 minutes in TBL.

FB Ulker Topped Partizan On The Road -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Fenerbahce Ulker faced Partizan Igokea on the road in a cruical Euroleague match up in a packed arena and yellow canaries emerged as victors in a thrilling battle in Belgrad. Despite Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76)'s absence the visitors fought well under the boards but failed to contain Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) who dominated the paint till being fouled out. It was an even game as the difference has never hit the double digits but Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances)'s extra ordinary effort and Oguz Savas (208-C-87) who stepped in when Semih Erden (211-C-87) left the for the bench due to ankle ijnury, hit very cruical 12 off the bench points to seal the deal for Fenerbahce Ulker. Nikola Pekovic nailed a game high 26 points untill being fouled out in the last quarter and Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) finished the game with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 boards despite his tigh injury. FB Ulker improved its record to 4-3 by winning 4 of the last 5 games and will face Real Madrid on the road next week.

Partizan Igokea(72): Milt Palacio 9, Milenko Tepic 3, Dusan Kecman 16, Dejan Borovnjak 0, Uros Tripkovic 9, N.Velickovic 2, Nikola Pekovic 26 (6 ribaund), Cedomir Vitkovac 5, Petar Bozic 2, S. Milosevic 0, Slavko Vranes 0
Fenerbahce Ulker(76): James White 12, Will Solomon 21, Omer Onan 15, Rasim Basak 3, Semih Erden 2, Ibrahim Kutluay 3, Demir Kaan 3, Gasper Vidmar 2, Oguz Savas 12, Emir Preldzic 3

(16-20, 34-35, 52-55, 72-76)


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UGANDA

Incredible Falcons win sixth Title -by Rogers Senkwale
Mogas Falcons demonstrated strong determination and vast experience to claim their sixth title in ten years, coming from two games down in a best of five final series to down Kyambogo Based side, Warriors 75-68 in the final game of the series. The victory asserted their superiority in the MTN Fuba basketball league and re-wrote their own history as the most decorated club in the league. Brothers and former Warrior Players, Eric Malinga (186-G) (22 pts) and Henry Malinga (193-F) (18 pts) played pivot roles in the win, tormenting their opponents at the post to establish a comfortable lead by the half time whistle 42-30. Warriors woke up in the third and fourth quarter narrowing the margin posting an impressive 26-18 score in the fourth as they rallied from behind in an attempt to win their maiden title but it was a little too late. Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) and Stephen Okias (193-C/F) scored 17 pts a piece but it wasn't enough to salvage victory for the kyambogo team that failed to contain the rampant Falcons.” We worked hard for the title and the team was committed however they (warriors) were a good team,” Mr.Simbwa John, manager of Falcons revealed to Euro basket. Two Time MVP and team captain Henry Malinga was the most elated player after coming back from an injury that saw him out of action most of the league and disclosed to euro basket that they (falcons) will come back stronger next season to defend their title and believed that the biggest error Warriors made was lose game three and that was the beginning of their downfall.
Previous Winners:
1998 Falcons
1999 Falcons
2000 Power
2001 Sky Jammers
2002 Falcons
2003 Falcons
2004 Falcons
2005 Nkumba Marines
2006 Nkumba Marines
2007 Falcons




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Dexia Namur gets trounced by Gambrinus -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - Dexia Namur 93:66

Belgian powerhouse Dexia were unable to challenge Gambrinus as they travelled to Czech Republic in the 5th round of FIBA Euroleague. Gambrinus were coming out of a stunning loss to Spartak Moscow Region but it never affected their attitude as they got back on track pretty easily and trashed Dexia in Brno. It became the 4th loss for Belgian franchise and slipped to 1-4 record at the bottom of Group C ladder. Gambrinus remained on top with 4-1 record. Gambrinus entered the game aggressively and claimed an 8:0 lead 2 minutes into it. Finally Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) nailed the initial basket for the visitors but they trailed by as many as 8 points at the end of the first quarter 11:19. The margin grew unmistakably for the hosts in the second period and reached a 21-point mark after consecutive triples from Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) late in the first half. Dexia were pretty consistent offensively but their defense needed much to be improved. Gambrinus had little problems penetrating and breaking the defensive walls of Belgian team as they piled up a 68:44 cushion after three quarters of action. The offensive show continued in the final term as the visitors' defense collapsed and Gambrinus drove to an overall victory. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) and Eva Viteckova produced 19 points apiece for Brno. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) nailed 15 points and grabbed 5 boards for the winners. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) netted 13 points for Dexia. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 12 points, while Kim Smith (186-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 11 points in a loss.
Dexia will seek for the second win at the tournament as they take on USVO Valenciennes in France next round. Gambrinus plays against Lotos in Gdynia.

Gambrinus: Hana Machova 19, Eva Viteckova 19, Zuzana Zirkova 15
Dexia: Jennifer Fleischer 13, Cathrine Kraayeveld 12, Kim Smith 11


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BOSNIA - Women

5. week in FIBA CUP: Besiktas - Zeljeznicar -by Emil Suceska
BESIKTAS COLA TURKA - ZELJEZNICAR 94:59
Arena Istanbul. Attendance: 150. Referees: Vladimir Dadugin (Russia) and Gili Cohen (Israel). Results: BESIKTAS - ZELJEZNICAR 94:59 (19:20; 23:16; 24:12; 18:11)
BESIKTAS: Spiric 7, Erdogan 7, Erden 3, Yigit 12, Kanli 2, Unuvar 2, Guler 13, Lovelace-Tolber 32, Hayden-Johnson 13, Gonen, Eldas 3.
ZELJEZNICAR: Dzankovic 2, Mikic 10, Gambiraza 5, Music 9, Rus 6, Sofovic, Davis 21, Hamsic 6, Cadjo, Mujovic.

Lovelace-Tolber is woman of the game with 32 pts., 14 reb. and 2 ass.


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Standings
EuroCup Standings
Group A
1. Panionios 4-1
2. Besiktas 3-1
3. Zeljeznicar 2-2
4. Vojvodina 0-5
Group B
1. Hemofarm 4-1
2. TED Kayseri 2-2
3. Arad 2-2
4. Apollon 1-4
Group C
1. Elektra 4-0
2. Vologda 2-2
3. Botas 2-3
4. Buducnost 1-4
Group D
1. Galatasaray 4-1
2. Elizur Ram. 3-1
3. AEL 2-3
4. Dnipro 0-4
Group E
1. MBK Ruz. 4-0
2. Kozachka 2-2
3. ZTE 1-3
4. U.Neuch. 1-3
Group F
1. AZS Gorzow 4-1
2. Gospic 3-2
3. Szeged 2-2
4. Wasserburg 0-4
Group G
1. Dynamo K. 4-0
2. CCC 3-1
3. Trutnov 1-3
4. Foton 0-4
Group H
1. Cajacanar. 4-0
2. Pays d Aix 3-1
3. 08 1-3
4. Parma 0-4
Group I
1. Schio 4-1
2. BC Moscow 4-1
3. Extrugasa 2-3
4. Sierre 0-5
Group J
1. Taranto 3-1
2. Challes 3-1
3. Hondar.-Irun 3-2
4. Rh.Rebels 0-5
Group K
1. Nadezhda 4-1
2. Tarbes 4-1
3. N.Namur 1-3
4. CAB Mad. 0-4
Group L
1. Venezia 5-0
2. Montpellier 3-2
3. San Jose 2-3
4. Lexembourg 0-5


Buducnost falls short in Turkey -by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Buducnost 87:70

Buducnost fell to 1-4 record in Group C of EuroCup as they were unable to edge Botas Spor away from home. The hosts meanwhile improved to 2-3 record and climbed to the second spot in the ladder. Botas Spor entered the game confidently enough and nailed 6 straight points to grab a 6:0 lead 2 minutes into action. Later Perovic scored first two points for the visitors, while Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) soon netted consecutive baskets for Buducnost and they close the gap to just a single point 11:12. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) converted a free throw to tie the scoreline but Botas Spor reacted with an 8:0 run to restore a safe distance. The home team turned the momentum in the second stanza as Kristen Newlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) and Durdane Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) found the touch from the field for Botas Spor and extended the margin to 49:30 at halftime. Ayse Ivegin (172-G-87), Durdane Gulsah Gumusay and Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) all connected from afar to keep Botas Spor rolling and Buducnost found themselves trailing by 23 points heading into the fourth term 49:72. Aleksis and Iva Perovanovic scored quick 6 points for the visiting side to begin the final period with but the spark was soon matched by Botas Spor as Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Durdane Gulsah Gumusay reestablished the gap. Buducnost had little chances to change things in the dying minutes and suffered their 4th loss at the tournament.
Kristen Newlin led the action with 20 points and 15 boards for Botas Spor. Durdane Gulsah Gumusay contributed 20 points for the hosts. Iva Perovanovic answered with game-high 26 points and 13 boards. Aleksis and Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) secured 13 points apiece in defeat. Buducnost will next play against Group leaders Electra away from home. Botas Spor goes to Vologda to clash with local Chevakata.

Botas Spor: Kristen Newlin 20+15 boards, Durdane Gulsah Gumusay 20, Chrissy Givens 15
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 26+13 boards, Aleksis 13, Ana Baletic 13


Sdent Sierre unable to upset Extrugasa at home -by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre - Extrugasa 57:66

Swiss Sdent Sierre suffered their 5th straight defeat in EuroCup and they continued to remain at the bottom of Group I ladder. This time Sdent Sierre fell victims of Spanish Extrugasa at home. Extrugasa improved to 2-3 record in the ladder. The visitors looked adjusting for a minute after tip off as Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) hit quick 4 points to put Sdent Sierre ahead. But gradually the shots began dropping for Extrugasa and a triple from Leslie Ardon (181-F-79) made it 16:10 for the visiting side. Miriam Herrera (186-F-83) and Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, college: Georgia) capped the first frame with 4 straight points and Extrugasa enjoyed a 20:14 lead heading into the second stanza. Extrugasa opened the second frame with a 10:0 rally to build comfortable 30:14 lead. The hosts struggled to find open shots throughout the term and trailed by as many as 14 points at halftime 22:36. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) and Maria Villarroel gave some boost for the home team midway through the third quarter and Sdent Sierre cut the deficit to 8 points 36:44. But free throws from Kiesha Brown and Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) saw Extrugasa maintain a 12-point advantage at the end of the third period. Kiesha Brown nailed 8 points in the fourth term and never allowed Sdent Sierre to have a glimpse of hope. She topscored for Extrugasa with 18 points and 7 boards. Marina Kress tallied 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Rhona McKenzie answered with 20 points and 15 boards for Swiss team. Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management) and Maria Villarroel provided 12 points each in defeat. The hosts committed 19 turnovers and shot just 1/10 from beyond the arc. They will next face Schio at home. Extrugasa will host BC Moscow.

Sdent Sierre: Rhona McKenzie 20+15 boards, Katrien Vercauteren 12, Maria Villarroel 12
Extrugasa: Kiesha Brown 18, Marina Kress 11, Sara Gomez (168-G-86) 9


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Euroleague: Fenerbahce succeeded the road win wich one looking for -by Iva Ivanova

The players of Cappie Pondexter and Tammy Sutton-Brown and domestic Begum Dalgalar proved that when they play their favorite up tempo game they could beat any team. Fenerbahce won by 75-61 and this was third victory in Qualifying round. Capie Pondexter (16), Tammy Sutton-Brown (16) and Dalgalar (12) were the best players of Fenerbahce who was unstoppable during the whole 40 minutes. From the French team of Villneuve it was small forward Geraldine Yema Robert with 12 points. The quarters of the game were: 18-15 21-20 23-14 13-12.
Fenerbahce is third at current range with 8 points (3/2). Next round they will faced MKB Euroleasing.


Janel McCarville shines as Kosit 2013 rolls -by Eurobasket News
Kosit 2013 - Lotos 79:77

Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) were about to miss the game because of the injury but Kosit 2013 doctors made their best to put her to action yesterday and it paid off. Janel McCarville stepped up with huge performance of 28 points, 13 boards and 7 steals to lead the hosts to their second victory in the Euroleague season. But what most importantly Janel MacCarville was the main hero of the dying minutes on the court. Kosit 2013 trailed by 4 points with 2 minutes remaining on Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama)'s layup. But Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) cut the gap as she drained a layup and then Janel McCarville hit a pair of free throws to tie the scoreline at 77. Dominique Canty missed her attempt and Janel McCarville responded with an accurate inside the paint shot with 4 second left in regulation. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) tried to save the day for the visitors but her last second shot went off mark.
Kosit 2013 trailed throughout the major part of the game as they were behind by 3 points at halftime 41:44. Lotos strengthened their lead as they cherished a 6-point margin heading into the final period. But Janel McCarville nailed 8 points including a decisive layup in the fourth term and brought the second win for Slovakian team in the tournament. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) secured 16 points and 8 boards for Kosit 2013. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) had 14 points for the winners. Dominique Canty notched 19 points for Lotos. Anne Breitreiner and Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) had 18 points in defeat. Kosit 2013 will hosts Spartak Moscow Region in their next encounter. Lotos will take on Gambrinus Brno in the 6th round.

Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 28+13 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 16, Ivana Jalcova 14
Lotos: Dominique Canty 19, Anne Breitreiner 18, Chamique Holdsclaw 18


Napoli lost in Latvia, Faenza won against USO -by Carlo Grilli
Germano Zama Faenza - USO Mondeville 77-70
(22-19 , 37-33 , 54-52)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Marija Eric (164-G-83) 17, Franchini 2, Ramon, David 4, Ballardini 13, Casadio, Jokic 12, Bandini dnp, Knezevic 2, Nieuwveen 13, Cintia 14. Coach Rossi USO MONDEVILLE: Paoline Salagnac (173-G-84) 15, Aubert 15, Corre dnp, Tanqueray, Dufour dnp, Digbeu 12, Williams 21, Micaletto dnp, El Gargati 2, Jannault 5. Coach Hirsch

Faenza won a big game against USO. Both teams traded leads all night long; USO went ahead 63-66 with 4 minutes to go, but Faenza recovered for good, placing a 14-4 break to close the game. Williams top scored the French outfit, while guard Eric and solid centers Nieuwveen and Cintia were the top performers for the Italian squad.

TTT Riga - Phard Napoli 63-55
(14-13, 33-25, 50-34)
TTT RIGA: Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) 19, Dreimane 2, Martins Jacintho 15, Babkina, Eglite 3, Tare 6, Anderson dnp, Zherzherunova 10, Krumina dnp, Kityzina 8, Domaratska dnp, Brumermane. Coach Cukste.
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna, Cirone 2, Mauriello 3, Giauro 5, Barnes 3, Gentile, Jekabsone 2, Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) 15, Horasan 2, Ndiaye 20, Richter 3. Coach Molino.

Napoli couldn't place the upset in Latvia. The Italian team get closed in the first half, but at the beginning of the second, Riga placed a 11-0 spurt to lead 44-25; Napoli tried to recover, cutting the Latvian edge to 56-50 with 4 minutes to play, but Riga solidly played and from the free throw line sealed the victory.


CSKA reigns the Euroleague scene -by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - CSKA 75:80

CSKA grabbed their 5th straight victory in Group A of Euroleague as they upset MKB Euroleasing in Hungary. It was never an easy encounter for CSKA as MKB Euroleasing tried hard for the win and fell just short at the end. The hosts led throughout the first half and gave some food for thought for Gundars Vetra . Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) scored 5 straight points for the hosts to give MKB a 12:6 lead in the opening frame. But CSKA responded with a 9:2 run to surge ahead 15:14. But two free throws from Edit Ratkaine (180-G/F-75) allowed the home side to enjoy a 20:17 lead heading into the second stanza. MKB Euroleasing maintained the margin throughout the second frame and drove to a 39:35 advantage at the interval. Albena Branzova nailed a three-pointer to open the second half but Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) answered with two straight long jumpers and cut the gap to just a single point for CSKA. Later Korstine nailed 6 consecutive points for the visitors and CSKA regained the lead 47:44. Hammon and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) supported the scoring momentum for Russian team as CSKA enlarged the cushion to 66:59 at the end of the third term. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) scored first 9 points for CSKA in the final quarter and lifted them to a 75:65 distance. But Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Albena Branzova combined 8 points for MKB Euroleasing and spark the hope for the hosts 73:75 with just over 2 minutes remaining. Ann Wauters and Olga Arteshina reacted with 3 consecutive points for the visitors to restore a 5-point margin with 13 seconds left. Jelena Milovanovic hit a jumper to make it 75:78 but Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) was perfect from free throw line to seal the victory for CSKA.
Ann Wauters topscored with 21 points and 12 boards for CSKA. Olga Arteshina delivered 13 points, while Ilona Korstine and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Olexandra Gorbunova drained 20 points and grabbed 13 boards for the hosts. Albena Branzova had 17 points as MKB Euroleasing fell to 2-3 record in the ladder.

MKB Euroleasing: Olexandra Gorbunova 20+13 boards, Albena Branzova 17
CSKA: Ann Wauters 21+12 boards, Olga Arteshina 13, Ilona Korstine 12, Nicole Powell 12


Spartak Moscow Region looks unstoppable -by Eurobasket News
USVO - Spartak MR 70:91

Spartak Moscow Region looks as the main contender for the Euroleague trophy in this season. Their squad packed with All-Star caliber players proved once again they can be hardly threatened at the moment as they thumped USVO Valenciennes in France. It was an energy-saving style of play from Spartak as they built an unassailable 22-point lead after three quarters and switched over to a lower gear in the final period. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) combined for 19 points in the first quarter and lifted the visitors to a 30:20 lead. Lauren Jackson nailed 6 straight points midway through the second term and Spartak enjoyed a 48:25 advantage. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) connected twice from beyond the arc and USVO cut the gap to 14 points at halftime 40:54. However Lauren Jackson and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) opened the second half with 4 straight points to ice USVO comeback effort. Later Diana Taurasi and Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) nailed consecutive three-pointers for Spartak and they actually denied any intrigue in this one. Diana Taurasi nailed game-high 22 points, grabbed 9 boards and dished out 6 assists for Spartak. Lauren Jackson had 20 points, while Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) drained 17 points for the winners. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Valenciennes. Sabrina Reghaissia contributed 12 points in the third loss for USVO in Euroleague. Spartak outrebounded the home side 39:23 and converted 58% from the field. USVO replied with 39% field goal accuracy, while they committed 17 turnovers.
USVO will next take on Dexia Namur at home. Spartak travels to Slovakia to clash with Kosit 2013.

USVO: Nicole Ohlde 15+8 boards, Sabrina Reghaissia 12
Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 22, Lauren Jackson 20, Ivana Matovic 17


Dexia Namur gets trounced by Gambrinus -by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - Dexia Namur 93:66

Belgian powerhouse Dexia were unable to challenge Gambrinus as they travelled to Czech Republic in the 5th round of FIBA Euroleague. Gambrinus were coming out of a stunning loss to Spartak Moscow Region but it never affected their attitude as they got back on track pretty easily and trashed Dexia in Brno. It became the 4th loss for Belgian franchise and slipped to 1-4 record at the bottom of Group C ladder. Gambrinus remained on top with 4-1 record. Gambrinus entered the game aggressively and claimed an 8:0 lead 2 minutes into it. Finally Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) nailed the initial basket for the visitors but they trailed by as many as 8 points at the end of the first quarter 11:19. The margin grew unmistakably for the hosts in the second period and reached a 21-point mark after consecutive triples from Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) late in the first half. Dexia were pretty consistent offensively but their defense needed much to be improved. Gambrinus had little problems penetrating and breaking the defensive walls of Belgian team as they piled up a 68:44 cushion after three quarters of action. The offensive show continued in the final term as the visitors' defense collapsed and Gambrinus drove to an overall victory. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) and Eva Viteckova produced 19 points apiece for Brno. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) nailed 15 points and grabbed 5 boards for the winners. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) netted 13 points for Dexia. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 12 points, while Kim Smith (186-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 11 points in a loss.
Dexia will seek for the second win at the tournament as they take on USVO Valenciennes in France next round. Gambrinus plays against Lotos in Gdynia.

Gambrinus: Hana Machova 19, Eva Viteckova 19, Zuzana Zirkova 15
Dexia: Jennifer Fleischer 13, Cathrine Kraayeveld 12, Kim Smith 11


USO Basket gets beaten in Italy -by Eurobasket News
Germano Zama Faenza -USO Basket 77:70 (22-19, 15-14, 17-19, 23-18)

Germano Zama Faenza won the game "for the second win in Group D" of EuroLeague Women. Italian team overcame French USO Mondeville 77:70. Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced the winners with 17 points. Silva Dos Santos netted 14, while Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) and Nieuwveen had 13 apiece. Lenae Williams (184-F-79, college: De Paul) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
French team was in front almost for the majority of the first quarter. With 17:19 the team however stooped and lost the opening quarter 22:19. A 15:14 in the second quarter brought Italian side 37:33 at the half.
Marija Eric opened the second half with a three to give the hosts 40:33 advantage. Paoline Salagnac (173-G-84) with 2 free thrwos kept French side in the game at 54:52 after 30 minutes. Daliborka Jokic made a jump shot and was fouled on the play, she converted the free throw for a three-point play. Simona Ballardini improved her team's deficit to 72:66 with less than two minutes to play. Marija Eric's last point in the game showed 77:70 for Germano Zama Faenza. USO Basket fell at 1-4 in the group.

Germano Zama Faenza: Marija Eric 17, Silva Dos Santos 14, Simona Ballardini 13, Nieuwveen 13
USO Basket: Lenae Williams 21+9 rebs, Paoline Salagnac 15, Aubert 15


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. CSKA 5-0
2. Fenerbahce 3-2
3. TTT Riga 3-2
4. MKB Eur. 2-3
5. Villeneuve 1-4
6. Napoli 1-4
Group B
1. UMMC 5-0
2. Wisla 3-2
3. USK Praha 2-3
4. Halcon 2-3
5. Sibenik 2-3
6. Bourges 1-4
Group C
1. Spartak MR 4-1
2. Gambrinus 4-1
3. Lotos 2-3
4. USVO 2-3
5. Kosit 2013 2-3
6. Dexia 1-4
Group D
1. Ros Casares 5-0
2. Pecsi 3-2
3. TEO Vilnius 2-3
4. Dynamo M. 2-3
5. Faenza 2-3
6. Mondeville 1-4


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game

1Taurasi, SpartakMR 23.3
2 Pondexter, Fen. 22.6

3 Zogota, Dynamo 21.0

4 Wauters, CSKA 20.4
5 Juric,Sibenik, 19.8

Rebounds Per Game
1 Ohlde, USVO 11.0
2 Fleischer, Dexia 10.6
3 Leuchanka TEO V.10.3
4 Kireta,Burges 10.2
5 Tillis,TTTRiga 9.0
Assists Per Game

1 Skerovic, Wisla 6.2
2 Vardarli,Fenerbahce 6.0

3Ivanyi MKB Eurol. 5.6

4 Aubert,USOBasket 5.4

5 Bird,SpartakMR 5.3

Steals Per Game

1McCarville,Kosit, 3.8
2 DeForge,Wisla 3.2

3Skerovic,Wisla, 3.2

Blocks Per Game

1 Palka, Wisla, 2.3

2 Ivankovic,Sibenik,1.8

3 Kireta, Burges, 1.8

Field Goal Percentage

1 Wauters, CSKA 77.8

2 Ndiaye,Napoli, 77.5

3 Stepanova,CSKA 71.7

3-point %

1Vitechkova,Gambr. 68.2
2Taurasi,SpartakMR,60.0 3Maltsi,Ros Casares, 56.3

FreeThrows

1 Taurasi,SpartakMR,100

2Nieuwveen,Faenza93.8

3Tornikidou,R.Casares93.8



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FRANCE - Women

The fall of French squads in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Four French teams lost their games in Euroleague campaign, Round 5. About USO basket you can read in the previous article, while in this one find out more about USVO Valenciennes, Bourges Basket and ESB Lille Metropole.

Bourges Basket lost to Polish Wisla that improved to 3-2 and moved to the second place in group B of Euroleague after a home win over Bourges Basket 66:61. Bourges falls to 1-4 despite 15 points and 12 rebounds by Sonja Kireta (198-C-76). Ndongue converted a three-point play to start the second half, and Celine Dumerc three-pointer brought Bourges to within 39:31 as the visitors won the third 11:22. Anna DeForge (178-G-76, college: Nebraska) led the winners with 24 points. Jelena Skerovic netted 14, while Fernandez scored 13.

Spartak Moscow Region thumped USVO Valenciennes in France. It was an energy-saving style of play from Spartak as they built an unassailable 22-point lead after three quarters and switched over to a lower gear in the final period. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Diana Taurasi combined for 19 points in the first quarter and lifted the visitors to a 30:20 lead. Lauren Jackson nailed 6 straight points midway through the second term and Spartak enjoyed a 48:25 advantage. Sabrina Reghaissia connected twice from beyond the arc and USVO cut the gap to 14 points at halftime 40:54. However Lauren Jackson and Marina Karpunina opened the second half with 4 straight points to ice USVO comeback effort. Later Diana Taurasi and Tina Thompson nailed consecutive three-pointers for Spartak and they actually denied any intrigue in this one. Diana Taurasi nailed game-high 22 points, grabbed 9 boards and dished out 6 assists for Spartak. Lauren Jackson had 20 points, while Ivana Matovic drained 17 points for the winners. Nicole Ohlde answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Valenciennes. Sabrina Reghaissia contributed 12 points in the third loss for USVO in Euroleague. Spartak outrebounded the home side 39:23 and converted 58% from the field. USVO replied with 39% field goal accuracy, while they committed 17 turnovers. USVO will next take on Dexia Namur at home. Spartak travels to Slovakia to clash with Kosit 2013.

ESB Lille Metropole was beaten by Fenerbahce 75:61 in Istanbul. Leading for virtually the entire game, Zafer Kalaycioglu's team stretched a 39:35 lead at half-time to 53:44 midway through the third quarter and then turned on the style.Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Cappie Pondexter each had 16 points to pace Fenerbahce. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) led the way for the visitors with 12 points.


USO Basket gets beaten in Italy -by Eurobasket News
Germano Zama Faenza -USO Basket 77:70 (22-19, 15-14, 17-19, 23-18)

Germano Zama Faenza won the game "for the second win in Group D" of EuroLeague Women. Italian team overcame French USO Mondeville 77:70. Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced the winners with 17 points. Silva Dos Santos netted 14, while Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) and Nieuwveen had 13 apiece. Lenae Williams (184-F-79, college: De Paul) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
French team was in front almost for the majority of the first quarter. With 17:19 the team however stooped and lost the opening quarter 22:19. A 15:14 in the second quarter brought Italian side 37:33 at the half.
Marija Eric opened the second half with a three to give the hosts 40:33 advantage. Paoline Salagnac (173-G-84) with 2 free thrwos kept French side in the game at 54:52 after 30 minutes. Daliborka Jokic made a jump shot and was fouled on the play, she converted the free throw for a three-point play. Simona Ballardini improved her team's deficit to 72:66 with less than two minutes to play. Marija Eric's last point in the game showed 77:70 for Germano Zama Faenza. USO Basket fell at 1-4 in the group.

Germano Zama Faenza: Marija Eric 17, Silva Dos Santos 14, Simona Ballardini 13, Nieuwveen 13
USO Basket: Lenae Williams 21+9 rebs, Paoline Salagnac 15, Aubert 15


7 defeats in Europe for French Clubs - who would have believed it -by Leslie Anderson

Eurobasket now has a correspondent who writes and deals with all the match reports for EuroLeague Women and also for EuroCup women and has already published match reports for the French section. So they is no need for a repeat summary of any of the match details.


If this weekend was the last round of games and not the mid-way stage then all the French clubs would be out of the EuroLeague competition.

Last season Cercle Jean Mace Bourges has the meanest defence in the competition and were very difficult to manoeuvre at home, so what has happened this season. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges are winning games domestically but have struggled to get things going; an introduction to one of the their problems in EuroLeague can be found here. The other problems for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and French clubs will be published this weekend.


Valenciennes USVO problems are completely different to Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and despite putting some good results together have not looked convincing all season., USO Mondeville are on a very tight budget and the loss of any first team member is felt immediately. Due to their excellent youth programme they have been able to get by in the league but the EuroLeague is not so easy. Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole are in this competition for the first time and have a squad of players that have very little experience at this level, so they were expected to find the going tough. Valenciennes USVO with two wins are the best placed French team which basically means that the French teams now have to start winning matches . They have only managed 5 wins out of a possible 20.


The EuroCup has not been that smooth either but all French clubs should qualify for the knock-out competition. Ironically Tarbes Gespe Bigorre that have had a torrid time in the domestic league with only one win so far this season, qualified last week for the knock-out round with what was a perfect record. That record has now gone as they lost on Wednesday evening. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket also lost on Wednesday, they have struggled to find their form so far this season and it now appears that it was the right decision by the club to decline their invitation for the EuroLeague. You will be able to find a reason for their recent defeat in EuroCup here.


Challes-les-Eaux Basket are good at home and poor away and that has not changed. The also lost tonight tonight in Italy.

The only winner this week in Europe for Frencg Clubs was Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence , they have had a difficult start to the season and have had to work hard to win their games but it appears that things are getting better. Ines Kresovic is once again reunited with Sherill Baker who signed for Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence last week. .





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HUNGARY - Women

Sopron had got the chance against CSKA -by Adam Patonay
The hungarian team played really good against one of the best team in Europe, but they lost the 3rd quarter by 11 points. MKB Euroleasong fought until the last minute and Olexandra Gorbunova made double-double(20points, 13 rebounds), but Ann Wauters(21 point, 12 rebounds) and the threes from Powell and Artshina was too much for the young home team. Amaya Valdemoro didn't play and Maria Stepanova had foul trouble on the game.

MKB Euroleasing Sopron: Nemeth B. 2, Honti K. 7/3, GORBUNOVA O. 20, Karolyi A 6, BRANZOVA A. 17/6. Sub.: Semsei B. 4, Eordogh E. 4, Horvath Zs., Milovanovic J. 6, HORTI D. 9

CSKA Moscow: Lawson-Wade E., Korstin I. 12, ARTESHINA O. 13/6, WAUTERS A. 21, Stepanova M. 11, Sub.: HAMMON R. 11/3, POWELL N. 12/9, Nikitina M.


PVSK got tired against Valencia -by Adam Patonay
The other hungarian team on the Euroleague played against also one of the best team in Europe. Mizo Pecs 2010 could win against Ros Casares Valencia, but the spanish team "had the longer bench". Jelena Ivezic, Anita Heller are injured, but Kornelia Meszaros played tonight only two weeks after her surgery. The two team played a really good game with 4000 attendance and awesome tone in Pecs. The home team led almost during the whole game, but Valencia had more experienced player. Andrea Somogyi, Tijana Krivacevic and Nikolett Sarok played bravely but the key players of Pecs got tired on the 4th quarter. After some annoying turnovers from Pecs, Aguilar made a 3 point shoot 29 seconds before the end of the game and won it for her team.

Mizo Pecs 2010: IVANYI D. 15/9 (8 assists), FEGYVERNEKY ZS. 13/3, VAJDA A. 12 (12 rebounds), Podrug E. 14, Coelho G. 6. Sub.: SAROK N. 5, KRIVACEVIC 7, Somogyi A. 3/3, Meszaros K., Kopacsi B.

Ros Casares Valencia: AGUILAR E. 13/3, Palau L. 4, Maltsi E. 10/6, Baranova E. 4, Tornikidou E. 8 (9 rebounds), MILTON D. 16/3 (12 rebounds) Sub.: DOUGLAS K. 21/12, Bjelica M. 2, Ferragut M. 2


Brno won, Bourges lost -by Adam Patonay
Bourges Basket with Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) lost in Poland against Wisla Can-Pack by 66:61. "Nori" Played 13 minutes and scored 2 points.
Gambrius Brno beat Dexia W Namur by 27 points (93:66) on home court. Timea Beres (192-C-76) was on the court 19 minutes and made 4 points and 4 rebounds.


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LATVIA - Women

Iciss Tillis carries TTT Riga over Phard Napoli -by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Phard Napoli 63:55

Latvian TTT Riga ensured their 3rd victory at the FIBA Euroleague tournament as they beat Phard Napoli yesterday. TTT Riga delivered an impressive win in front of roaring 2300 spectators and stayed at the second spot in Group A. Astou Ndiaye opened the scoring stats for Phard Napoli and later added a jumper to keep the visitors up early in the game. But soon Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) nailed 5 straight points for TTT Riga to set them in front 9:7. The teams remained close throughout the first quarter but Micaela Jacintho nailed a free throw to cap the first quarter and gave the hosts a 14:13 lead. Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) came up with 9 points in the second quarter and allowed TTT Riga to enjoy a 33:25 lead at halftime. The defense was a priority for TTT Riga in this game and it paid off early in the third frame as they kept Napoli scoreless for more than 4 minutes. TTT Riga used the momentum to enlarge the gap to 19 points. Napoli managed to crown the third term with a 5:0 run and cut the gap to 16 points. The hosts obviously slowed down in the fourth period and Napoli received a chance to pull within 10 point distance from the home side. Kedra Holland-Corn (173-G-74) nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 6 points midway through the frame. But TTT Riga coach immediately called for timeout and the hosts regained control for good in this one.
Iciss Tillis delivered 19 points and 9 boards to lead TTT Riga. Micaela Jacintho scored 15 points, while Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) had 10 points in a winning case. Astou Ndiaye answered with 20 points for Napoli. Kedra Holland-Corn provided 15 points in the 4th defeat for Napoli. TTT Riga will next take on CSKA in a highly-anticipated 6th round encounter. Phard Napoli will host Fenerbahce next.

TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 19+9 boards, Micaela Jacintho 15, Olena Zherzherunova 10
Napoli: Astou Ndiaye 20, Kedra Holland-Corn 15


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Buducnost falls short in Turkey -by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Buducnost 87:70

Buducnost fell to 1-4 record in Group C of EuroCup as they were unable to edge Botas Spor away from home. The hosts meanwhile improved to 2-3 record and climbed to the second spot in the ladder. Botas Spor entered the game confidently enough and nailed 6 straight points to grab a 6:0 lead 2 minutes into action. Later Perovic scored first two points for the visitors, while Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) soon netted consecutive baskets for Buducnost and they close the gap to just a single point 11:12. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) converted a free throw to tie the scoreline but Botas Spor reacted with an 8:0 run to restore a safe distance. The home team turned the momentum in the second stanza as Kristen Newlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) and Durdane Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) found the touch from the field for Botas Spor and extended the margin to 49:30 at halftime. Ayse Ivegin (172-G-87), Durdane Gulsah Gumusay and Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) all connected from afar to keep Botas Spor rolling and Buducnost found themselves trailing by 23 points heading into the fourth term 49:72. Aleksis and Iva Perovanovic scored quick 6 points for the visiting side to begin the final period with but the spark was soon matched by Botas Spor as Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Durdane Gulsah Gumusay reestablished the gap. Buducnost had little chances to change things in the dying minutes and suffered their 4th loss at the tournament.
Kristen Newlin led the action with 20 points and 15 boards for Botas Spor. Durdane Gulsah Gumusay contributed 20 points for the hosts. Iva Perovanovic answered with game-high 26 points and 13 boards. Aleksis and Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) secured 13 points apiece in defeat. Buducnost will next play against Group leaders Electra away from home. Botas Spor goes to Vologda to clash with local Chevakata.

Botas Spor: Kristen Newlin 20+15 boards, Durdane Gulsah Gumusay 20, Chrissy Givens 15
Buducnost: Iva Perovanovic 26+13 boards, Aleksis 13, Ana Baletic 13


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POLAND - Women

One win and one loss in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Polish Wisla improved to 3-2 and moved to the second place in group B of Euroleague after a home win over Bourges Basket 66:61. Bourges falls to 1-4 despite 15 points and 12 rebounds by Sonja Kireta (198-C-76). Ndongue converted a three-point play to start the second half, and Celine Dumerc three-pointer brought Bourges to within 39:31 as the visitors won the third 11:22. Anna DeForge (178-G-76, college: Nebraska) (178-G-76, college: Nebraska) led the winners with 24 points. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) netted 14, while Fernandez scored 13.

Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) were about to miss the game because of the injury but Kosit 2013 doctors made their best to put her to action yesterday and it paid off. Janel McCarville stepped up with huge performance of 28 points, 13 boards and 7 steals to lead the hosts to their second victory in the Euroleague season. But what most importantly Janel MacCarville was the main hero of the dying minutes on the court. Kosit 2013 trailed by 4 points with 2 minutes remaining on Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) 's layup. But Luisa Michulkova cut the gap as she drained a layup and then Janel McCarville hit a pair of free throws to tie the scoreline at 77. Dominique Canty missed her attempt and Janel McCarville responded with an accurate inside the paint shot with 4 second left in regulation. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) tried to save the day for the visitors but her last second shot went off mark.
Kosit 2013 trailed throughout the major part of the game as they were behind by 3 points at halftime 41:44. Lotos strengthened their lead as they cherished a 6-point margin heading into the final period. But Janel McCarville nailed 8 points including a decisive layup in the fourth term and brought the second win for Slovakian team in the tournament. Anna Jurcenkova secured 16 points and 8 boards for Kosit 2013. Ivana Jalcova had 14 points for the winners. Dominique Canty notched 19 points for Lotos. Anne Breitreiner and Chamique Holdsclaw had 18 points in defeat. Kosit 2013 will hosts Spartak Moscow Region in their next encounter. Lotos will take on Gambrinus Brno in the 6th round.

Kosit 2013 - Lotos 79:77
Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 28+13 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 16, Ivana Jalcova 14
Lotos: Dominique Canty 19, Anne Breitreiner 18, Chamique Holdsclaw 18

Wisla - Bourges Basket 66:61
Wisla: Anna DeForge 24, Jelena Skerovic 14, Fernandez 13
Bourges Basket: Sonja Kireta 15+12 rebs, Miyem 11


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RUSSIA - Women

Spartak Moscow Region looks unstoppable -by Eurobasket News
USVO - Spartak MR 70:91

Spartak Moscow Region looks as the main contender for the Euroleague trophy in this season. Their squad packed with All-Star caliber players proved once again they can be hardly threatened at the moment as they thumped USVO Valenciennes in France. It was an energy-saving style of play from Spartak as they built an unassailable 22-point lead after three quarters and switched over to a lower gear in the final period. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) combined for 19 points in the first quarter and lifted the visitors to a 30:20 lead. Lauren Jackson nailed 6 straight points midway through the second term and Spartak enjoyed a 48:25 advantage. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) connected twice from beyond the arc and USVO cut the gap to 14 points at halftime 40:54. However Lauren Jackson and Marina Karpunina (180-F-84) opened the second half with 4 straight points to ice USVO comeback effort. Later Diana Taurasi and Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) nailed consecutive three-pointers for Spartak and they actually denied any intrigue in this one. Diana Taurasi nailed game-high 22 points, grabbed 9 boards and dished out 6 assists for Spartak. Lauren Jackson had 20 points, while Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) drained 17 points for the winners. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Valenciennes. Sabrina Reghaissia contributed 12 points in the third loss for USVO in Euroleague. Spartak outrebounded the home side 39:23 and converted 58% from the field. USVO replied with 39% field goal accuracy, while they committed 17 turnovers.
USVO will next take on Dexia Namur at home. Spartak travels to Slovakia to clash with Kosit 2013.

USVO: Nicole Ohlde 15+8 boards, Sabrina Reghaissia 12
Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 22, Lauren Jackson 20, Ivana Matovic 17


CSKA reigns the Euroleague scene -by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - CSKA 75:80

CSKA grabbed their 5th straight victory in Group A of Euroleague as they upset MKB Euroleasing in Hungary. It was never an easy encounter for CSKA as MKB Euroleasing tried hard for the win and fell just short at the end. The hosts led throughout the first half and gave some food for thought for Gundars Vetra . Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) scored 5 straight points for the hosts to give MKB a 12:6 lead in the opening frame. But CSKA responded with a 9:2 run to surge ahead 15:14. But two free throws from Edit Ratkaine (180-G/F-75) allowed the home side to enjoy a 20:17 lead heading into the second stanza. MKB Euroleasing maintained the margin throughout the second frame and drove to a 39:35 advantage at the interval. Albena Branzova nailed a three-pointer to open the second half but Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) answered with two straight long jumpers and cut the gap to just a single point for CSKA. Later Korstine nailed 6 consecutive points for the visitors and CSKA regained the lead 47:44. Hammon and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) supported the scoring momentum for Russian team as CSKA enlarged the cushion to 66:59 at the end of the third term. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) scored first 9 points for CSKA in the final quarter and lifted them to a 75:65 distance. But Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Albena Branzova combined 8 points for MKB Euroleasing and spark the hope for the hosts 73:75 with just over 2 minutes remaining. Ann Wauters and Olga Arteshina reacted with 3 consecutive points for the visitors to restore a 5-point margin with 13 seconds left. Jelena Milovanovic hit a jumper to make it 75:78 but Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) was perfect from free throw line to seal the victory for CSKA.
Ann Wauters topscored with 21 points and 12 boards for CSKA. Olga Arteshina delivered 13 points, while Ilona Korstine and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Olexandra Gorbunova drained 20 points and grabbed 13 boards for the hosts. Albena Branzova had 17 points as MKB Euroleasing fell to 2-3 record in the ladder.

MKB Euroleasing: Olexandra Gorbunova 20+13 boards, Albena Branzova 17
CSKA: Ann Wauters 21+12 boards, Olga Arteshina 13, Ilona Korstine 12, Nicole Powell 12


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SERBIA - Women

Crvena Zvezda signed two players -by Dragana Vukovic
The management of Crvena Zvezda Beograd anounced that they signed two players,Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) and Iva Roglic (189-F-88).Hadzovic cameback from Spain,where she played for Set 96 C.B. Olesa,averaging 5.56 min,0.6pts,0.3as and 0.3reb.Roglic wanted to go in USA,but she changed her mind and signed with Crvena Zvezda Beograd.

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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Janel McCarville shines as Kosit 2013 rolls -by Eurobasket News
Kosit 2013 - Lotos 79:77

Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) were about to miss the game because of the injury but Kosit 2013 doctors made their best to put her to action yesterday and it paid off. Janel McCarville stepped up with huge performance of 28 points, 13 boards and 7 steals to lead the hosts to their second victory in the Euroleague season. But what most importantly Janel MacCarville was the main hero of the dying minutes on the court. Kosit 2013 trailed by 4 points with 2 minutes remaining on Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama)'s layup. But Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) cut the gap as she drained a layup and then Janel McCarville hit a pair of free throws to tie the scoreline at 77. Dominique Canty missed her attempt and Janel McCarville responded with an accurate inside the paint shot with 4 second left in regulation. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) tried to save the day for the visitors but her last second shot went off mark.
Kosit 2013 trailed throughout the major part of the game as they were behind by 3 points at halftime 41:44. Lotos strengthened their lead as they cherished a 6-point margin heading into the final period. But Janel McCarville nailed 8 points including a decisive layup in the fourth term and brought the second win for Slovakian team in the tournament. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) secured 16 points and 8 boards for Kosit 2013. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) had 14 points for the winners. Dominique Canty notched 19 points for Lotos. Anne Breitreiner and Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) had 18 points in defeat. Kosit 2013 will hosts Spartak Moscow Region in their next encounter. Lotos will take on Gambrinus Brno in the 6th round.

Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 28+13 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 16, Ivana Jalcova 14
Lotos: Dominique Canty 19, Anne Breitreiner 18, Chamique Holdsclaw 18


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SPAIN - Women

Ros Casares remains Perfect -by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares Valencia extended their unbeaten record to 5-0 in Group D. In a tough road game the team beat MiZo Pecs 75:80. Ros Casares led 47:45 in the third quarter, but Pecs then made 13-0 run to move ahead 58:47. A 13:23 in the last quarter left Spanish team undefeated. Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) paced the winners with 21 points. Milton collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Aguilar added 13. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) top-scored for the hosts with 15 points.

UMMC Yekaterinburg has also 5-0 record in EuroLeague Women but the team upset another Spanish team Halcon Avenida 90:64 to reach such a record. A fascinating second half was fatal for the guests that fell at 2-3. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 17 points. Sandrine Gruda netted 16, while Deanna Nolan added 10. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) top-scored for the visitors with 16 points.
Russian UMMC proves the ambitions for this season in Euroleague. Vodopyanova with a jump-shot opened the game for the favorites and Jones made 23:18 in the end of the first. De Mondt tied the score for the visitors at 23:23, but Agnieszka Bibrzycka's three brought back plus five for UMMC. Harrower with a jump-shot kept the advantage at the half, 42:37.
And things quickly took a decisive turn in the third quarter as Yekaterinburg went on a 16-3 run. The hosts were managed to dominate in the court and played their own game. Deanna Nolan closed the quarter with 69:49. It was not a big deal to keep the score for good in the final quarter. Jones opened it with a jump-shot and then Kuzina scored 90th point for her team as a total.

UMMC Yekaterinburg - Halcon Avenida 90:64 (23-18, 19-19, 27-12, 21-15)
UMMC Yekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 17, Sandrine Gruda 16, Deanna Nolan 10
Halcon Avenida: Alessandra Santos 16, Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) 15+9 rebs

MiZo Pecs- Ros Casares 75:80 (23-20, 22-25, 17-12, 13-23)
MiZo Pecs: Dalma Ivanyi 15, Fegyverneky 13, Vajda 12+12 rebs
Ros Casares: Katie Douglas 21, Milton 16+12 rebs, Aguilar 13


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SWITZERLAND - Women

Sdent Sierre unable to upset Extrugasa at home -by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre - Extrugasa 57:66

Swiss Sdent Sierre suffered their 5th straight defeat in EuroCup and they continued to remain at the bottom of Group I ladder. This time Sdent Sierre fell victims of Spanish Extrugasa at home. Extrugasa improved to 2-3 record in the ladder. The visitors looked adjusting for a minute after tip off as Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma) hit quick 4 points to put Sdent Sierre ahead. But gradually the shots began dropping for Extrugasa and a triple from Leslie Ardon (181-F-79) made it 16:10 for the visiting side. Miriam Herrera (186-F-83) and Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, college: Georgia) capped the first frame with 4 straight points and Extrugasa enjoyed a 20:14 lead heading into the second stanza. Extrugasa opened the second frame with a 10:0 rally to build comfortable 30:14 lead. The hosts struggled to find open shots throughout the term and trailed by as many as 14 points at halftime 22:36. Rhona McKenzie (183-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management) and Maria Villarroel gave some boost for the home team midway through the third quarter and Sdent Sierre cut the deficit to 8 points 36:44. But free throws from Kiesha Brown and Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) saw Extrugasa maintain a 12-point advantage at the end of the third period. Kiesha Brown nailed 8 points in the fourth term and never allowed Sdent Sierre to have a glimpse of hope. She topscored for Extrugasa with 18 points and 7 boards. Marina Kress tallied 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Rhona McKenzie answered with 20 points and 15 boards for Swiss team. Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management) and Maria Villarroel provided 12 points each in defeat. The hosts committed 19 turnovers and shot just 1/10 from beyond the arc. They will next face Schio at home. Extrugasa will host BC Moscow.

Sdent Sierre: Rhona McKenzie 20+15 boards, Katrien Vercauteren 12, Maria Villarroel 12
Extrugasa: Kiesha Brown 18, Marina Kress 11, Sara Gomez (168-G-86) 9


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TUNISIA - Women

The ES Cap Bon, always at the top -by Carlos Pereira
After the 6th round of Tunisia National Championship, ES Cap Bon is at the top.
The surperise of the round was the lode of CSS away at ZS.
RESULTS
ST- ASFJ 70-46
ZS-CSS 70-67
AH-CSFB 80-79
GST-ESCB 55-85

STANDING
1. ESCB 12 6 6 0
2. CSS 10 6 4 2
—. ST 10 6 4 2
4. ASFJ 9 6 3 3
—. ZS 9 6 3 3
6. GST 8 6 2 4
—. AH 8 6 2 4
8. CSFB 6 6 0 6


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TURKEY - Women

Euroleague: Fenerbahce succeeded the road win wich one looking for -by Iva Ivanova

The players of Cappie Pondexter and Tammy Sutton-Brown and domestic Begum Dalgalar proved that when they play their favorite up tempo game they could beat any team. Fenerbahce won by 75-61 and this was third victory in Qualifying round. Capie Pondexter (16), Tammy Sutton-Brown (16) and Dalgalar (12) were the best players of Fenerbahce who was unstoppable during the whole 40 minutes. From the French team of Villneuve it was small forward Geraldine Yema Robert with 12 points. The quarters of the game were: 18-15 21-20 23-14 13-12.
Fenerbahce is third at current range with 8 points (3/2). Next round they will faced MKB Euroleasing.


FIBA Cup: Turkish teams - week 5th -by Iva Ivanova

All of the Turkish representators in FIBA Cup tournament wining in 5 round. after 5 games, Besiktas ColaTurkaand Galatasaray are

leaders in their groups with 4th wins and 1 lost game. Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) is leader with 32 points at last game and 24.2 avg/game. There are scores as bellow:

Group A
Besiktas Cola Turka - Zeljeznicar 94-59 (29-20, 23-16, 24-12, 18-11)

Group B
Pankup TED Koleji - Baschet ICIm 76-67 (24-15, 17-23, 15-17, 20-12)

Group C
Botas Spor - Buducnost 87-70 (22-15, 27-15, 23-19, 15-21)

Group D
Galatasaray - Imperial AEL 74-64



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UGANDA - Women

kcc Leopards win Maiden Title -by Rogers Senkwale
In Just their third appearance in the basketball league, KCC Leopards, a team commonly referred to as “the mayor's girls” came up against odds to claim league glory with their maiden title after out competing their fierce rivals A1 Challenge who were the top contenders in closely contested game that ended 55-52 in favor of the new champions. The two teams known for being the biggest rivalry in the local basket league played an exciting game though tension packed which explains the low scores as both teams were cautious in their approach resulting into many turn overs. Nakiwu Annet was undoubtly the man of the match shooting perfectly to score 14 points and lead her team to glory. Team Captain, Hamala Mariam (11 pts) attributed their performance to consistence and hard work warned other teams that it is just the beginning of their reign as they intend to defend their tittle. Coach Mande Juruni, a very jovial man after the match told euro basket that he expected it after the tremendous improvement shown by the team in the build up to the final and was optimistic they will retain. KCC were fourth in their league debut in 2005,runners up in 2006 and now champions which is a notable success story for a club that recruited heavily from the netball discipline.” W had our selves to blame for the loss because we were definitely the better team but poor shooting let us down,” remarked Mavita Ali who had a bad day scoring a paltry 5 points and was constantly in foul trouble. Betty Namukasa and Kizza Elizabeth scored 15 and 14 pts respectively in a losing effort.

Previous winners:
1999 Lady Bucks
2000 Lady Bucks
2001 Lady Bucks
2002 Lady Bucks
2003 Makerere sparks
2004 Lady Bucks
2005 A1 Challenge
2006 Lady Bucks
KCC Leopards.