EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/9/2007

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ABA

Texas Tycoons defeat West Texas Whirlwinds on the road 139-78 -by Jean-Paul Afif
Midland, TX - The Texas Tycoons defeated the West Texas Whirlwinds last night on the road in Midland Texas by 61pts, and a final score of 139-78. Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) led all scorers with 34 points in 24 minutes, while the Tycoons played tough nose defense, and team ball on offense with 8 out of 10 Tycoon players putting up double digits on the road.

Texas Tycoons New Head Coach Jean-Paul Afif was quoted as saying "I am really proud of my guys, they played hard all game long regardless of the score. They were all on the same page together defensively, and played team ball on offense. They executed plays and calls on both sides of the floor, and didnt let the officials, the road trip, or anything else take their focus off the task at hand. We are really starting to come together as a team, and it is always good do get a convincing win on the road."

All 10 Tycoons contributed on a number of different levels whether, offensively, defensively, rebounding, getting loose balls, assists, or just being a leader and helping to run the team while on the floor. The Tycoons came out with a well balanced attack of 10 players who all averaged about 24 minutes each for the game, and had some impressive stats: Tyrone Rayson 34pts, Donald Gray (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands) 20pts, Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 19pts, Randall Williams (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.), Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul), and Jonathan Young (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) all contributed 13pts respectively. Newcomer Chris Johnson (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) pitched in 11pts, followed closely by fellow newcomer Andre Heard (6'3''-G-83, college: Binghamton) with 10pts. Point Guard Melvin Mitchell (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) really set the tone for the Tycoons with his fundamental on ball defense, and 14 assists on offense, really taking over the point guard role, and leading his team running the offenses and getting everyone involved. Othello Alford (5'11''-G-84, college: SW Oklahoma St.) pushed the tempo while in the game, and is possibly one of the most athletic guards for his size in the ABA.

The Tycoons were without starting forward Jai Pradia (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.) who is playing in the FIBA Americas "Americas League" being held in Puerto Rico. Starting guard Brandon Lee (6'2''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.) was also out during the game and helped with player substitutions, and rotations.

The Tycoons face the West Texas Whirlwinds again tonight, but this time at home, and are expecting the same outcome, if not better. Come join us tonight at home, saturday December 08, 2007 tip off is at 7:15pm DeSoto Town Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115 visit us at www.txtycoons.com for more information.


Raging Bulls move to Rochester -by Gianni Pascucci
The Syracuse Raging Bulls franchise has been granted permission by the American Basketball Association to relocate to Rochester, NY, next season. In the current 2007-08 campaign, however, the Syracuse team played only four ABA games, two at home and then announced they've suspended operations. No news tuill now about a their quick restart. The Raging Bullz team is owned by Rochester businessman Nicholas Fitts. The original Rochester ABA team were the Rochester RazorSharks, who spent the last two seasons in the league, winning championship in their first year before pulling out of the league during last years playoffs. This team is now a part of the Premier Basketball League and will begin play next month.

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ARGENTINA

Liga A: round 5 -by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Antwon Hall (193-G-74, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Life) of quilmes 24 pts 6 reb 3 bl
William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) of quimsa 28 pts 7 reb 2 bl
Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) of regatas 24 pts 4 reb 3 st
Cheikh Ya Ya Dia (203-F/C-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgetown) of belgrano 20 pts 12 reb 2 bl
Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) of atenas 13 pts 12 reb 3 bl

second team:
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82) of atenas
Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, college: Illinois) of quimsa
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern) of penarol
Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) of el nacional
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of sionista

Libertad remains in the top of the standings after the huge victory over boca juniors on the road. Quilmes won in overtime and stay second with Boca. El Nacional defated Regatas and kkeps as the surprise of the second stage. Central beat Penarol and Gimnasia finally won against Sionista.


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Rock finally beats Kalev -by Janar Filippov
TU Rock, having lost both of the two games against BC Kalev/Cramo this season, was finally able to secure a 70-67 win at home. Giorgi Tsintsadze made both freethrows with 15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, putting home team up by three. Kalevs Howard Frier had a chance to send the game to overtime, but fell short...

Both team started with a lot of energy. Travis Reed's five points gave an early lead to Kalev, but Marek Doronin's three-pointer tied the game quickly - 5:5. Still, Kalev was able to win the first quarter with a mere three points, after Mateo Kedzos three-pointer. The score - 18:21.


Point-by-point game continued the first five minutes of the second quarter. After Marlon Palmers lay-up, Rock was able to make a 12-to-nothing run, taking the lead - 34:25. Doronin had 7 of the 12 points. But, after Kristjan Kangur ended Tartus run with a three-pointer, Kalev regained it's offencive composure and teams went to half-time break with hometeams narrow lead - 36:34.


Third quarter started with a 12:2 run from Kalev's side and quickly, visitors were ahead by ten points - 36:46. Frier had five during that run - Kalev was on fire. But everythting changed after Kullamae checked into the game. He quickly made two straigth three-pointers and Rock was trailing by four. With three minutes to go in thrid quarter, the game was tied yet again - 50:50. Marlon Parmer's threepoint play gave Kalev a slight lead - teams headed to the final quarter with Rock trailing by two - 55:57.


During the fourth quarter, Giorgi Tsintsadze came alive. Having an off-night four days ago againts Barons Riga, missing all of his 9 shots, Giorgi had 8 points in the final frame and made both decisive free-throws with 15 seconds to go - putting Rock ahead and securing the win 70:67.


Gert Kullamae was the home-teams leading scorer tonight with 14 points. Doronin shared the honours with 14 aswell. Tsintsadze and Talts had both 10. Talts also had game-high 9 rebounds. Rock dominated the boards - 39:29. Both teams were over 50% from two-point range.


BBL leading scorer Travis Reed had 18 points, Kristjan Kangur supported with 13. Tanel Sokk, who kept Kalev close during the final minutes, had 11 points and five steals.


Rock gained the 7-th place in BBL Elite Division, pushing Kalev to 8-th place.


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BOSNIA

Zrinjski MC better in finishing -by Elvir Halilovic
Vogosca MIMS - Zrinjski Mik Company 84:90
(26:18, 19:23, 23:25, 16:24)
Vogosca, SD Amel Beckovic; Att.: 400; Ref.: Babic, Cazic, Ignjatovic
VOGOSCA MIMS: Osmic, Kahriman 4, Djurasovic 11, Prasovic 21, Kadic 11 (7 reb.), Zunic, Keser 12 (8 reb.), Saric 2, Alic, Valjevac 4 (2 bl.), Vucicevic 13, Peljto 6
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 8, Lekovic (5 as.), Sarenac 18, Norac 4, Petric D., Petric I. 13, Oroz, Bajramovic 5, Simovic 4, Brecic 20 (6 reb., 2 as.), Mrsic 10 (6 reb.), Buhac 8


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BULGARIA

Mission impossible for Dunav 2007 -by Valentin Anguelov

After the important game in Rouse one thing is clear - Rilski Sportist won't be asking anyone for a change in the format of our championship. The team from Samokov proved that revenge is sweet, after punishing Dunav 2007 with 88-83 away from home. Dunav 2007 have really tough games in the remaining 6 rounds, including games against Lukoil Academic, Levski and CSKA at home and versus Balkan, Spartak Pleven and Cherno more away from home.

Rilski Sportist's schedule is way too easy - they host Yambol, Balkan and Cherno More and visit Lukoil Academic, SLiven and CSKA. The game was controlled from the guests all the time, as at one point of the third quarter they led the score 68:44. The home side, supported by their fans tried everything so they could turn the game around, and they were really close to doing int. 30 seconds before the end, Rilski's lead was cut down to only 2 points. Saraliiski scored only 1 free-throw and Dunav 2007 had a chance to shoot for overtime, but they missed it and after two more free throws Petko Delev's side sealed their win

At the end Aleksandar Gruev was the best scorer for Rileco, as he stringed 16 points. The Serbian duo - Miko Golubovic and Branko Mirkovic had a total of 27 points - 14 for Mirkovic and 13 for Golubovic. Ilko Nanev added another 13. Asen Saraliiski and Martin Marinov both scored 12 points off the bench, as Marinov once again showed his great long range shooting - 4/5 from three-point territory. Rilski Sportist's ex-player - Ivan Nikolov scored the most for Dunav 2007 - 21 points. Pavel Noykov and Ivica Vukotic had 19 each.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME DUNAV 2007 - RILSKI SPORTIST

by Aleksandar Sotirov - BulgarianBasket.com



Levski is second after beating Spartak -by Valentin Anguelov

Levski is now staying still at the second place in the Men's A-1 ranking, after defeating Spartak Pleven 86:68 at home in Triaditsa Hall. The game wasn't easy for the Blues, but after a strong second half they took it with a big difference.

The guest team started the game stronger and after five minutes they were leading 6-15, as their captain Hrisimir Dimitrov had 10 points at that stage. Anyway Levski managed to fight back and they were trailing by only 2 after 10 minutes - 21-23. Spartak had a big disadvantage, as one of their key players - Ilia Stankov left the game injured after only 7 minutes of play. The second quarter was really tued, and at halftime Spartak Pleven had a 4-point lead - 38-42. At this time three of Darin Velikov's players scored almost all of the team's points - Hrisimir Dimitrov 13, Todor Todorov 12 and Sasha Topchov 11. For Levski only Vesko Veselinov had double digits - 11 points.

In the second half there was only one team on the floor - Levski. They took control of the game in the end of the third and they scored the last 5 points in it, as the score was 61-57. The good run continued in the fourth, and Levski lead it 71-57 with 6 minutes remaining on the clock. That was win number 9 for the blue team, and second against Spartak Pleven this season, as Pleven along with Cherno More and Balkan have 7 wins each.

Veselin Veselinov played his best game for Levski so far this season. The 200-cm tall forward finished with 20 points, 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Stanislav Slaveykov scored 14 points and had 5 rebounds. At the end of the game Lubomir Minchev gave chance to some of the young players on the team. For Spartak “the usual suspect” - Hrisimir Dimitrov had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. In the next round Spartak is hosting Dunav 2007, and Levski is again playing at home in Triaditsa against Lukoil Academic.

FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LEVSKI - SPARTAK PLEVEN

by Aleksandar Sotirov - BulgarianBasket.com



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CAMBODIA

Nine players score in double figures as Philippines dismantle Cambodia -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Cambodia 136:82

The 24th Sea Games basketball tournament got under way with the games in Men's section. Philippines cruised past Cambodia to gain the initial win at the competition. Philippines faced little problems en route to the first victory as they dominated every facet of the game and entertained the crowd at the Keelapirom Staduim. The first half of the encounter was a one-sided traffic as Philippines overwhelmed their opponents on every inch of the court. Leading by 17 points after the starting frame Philippines extended the margin to insurmountable 44 points at the interval. The outcome was pretty obvious and Philippines players slowed down allowing Cambodia to level the tempo and reply in the second half. Cambodia paced by Toun Sopeen managed to almost match their opponents scoring parade and capped the game with a couple of impressive offensive plays. Beau Belga (196-C) finished with 17 points and 7 boards to lead Philippines. Jonathan Fernandez (188-G) came up with 16 points, while Allan Salansang (196-F) and Boyet Bautista (173-G) added 15 points for the winners. Toun Sopeen was productive for Cambodia with game-high 32 points and 10 boards. Puthrothna Monh contributed 25 points in the first loss for Cambodia. Philippines outrebounded their opponents 36:20 and forced those to as many as 27 turnovers. They also sank 58% from the field, while Cambodia replied with 45% accuracy.
Philippines will next take on Indonesia tomorrow. Cambodia will try to improve against Malaysia on Monday.

Philippines: Beau Belga 17, Jonathan Fernandez 16, Allan Salansang 15, Boyet Bautista 15
Cambodia: Toun Sopeen 32+10 boards, Puthrothna Monh 25


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CANADA

Windsor University Men's Basketball Team Head Coach Chris Oliver " The Real Deal" -by Fatih Akser
Here is the interview with Windsor University Men's basketball team Head coach Chris Oliver. He is considered one of the best young coach in the country. We are going to get more information about him and his team in this interview. Enjoy it.

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, etc...)

Chris Oliver: I played up until HS. I went to try out at Mcmaster (the school i chose for academic reasons - took kinesiology there) and broke ankle at the end of the summer and basically said forget it. It wasn't good enough to play at McMaster anyways but would have enjoyed the process of giving it a shot - from there I grew my hair became a regular student. I avoided basketball completely (which had been my passsion 24-7 since grade 7. I played everyday in my driveway at the park with friends/by myself).

At the end of my 1st year at McMaster, I missed basketball and saw an advertisement to volunteer coach at a local YWCA in east Hamilton. I went and I coached a 6-7 year old co-ed team - funniest experience - always knew I would coach from the time I first played sport (originally hockey and soccer at 5 years old) - I was fascinated by sport and basketball in particular - also knew there were no limitations on my mind and work ethic so I could be successful unlike my basketball career which was limited by my athletic ability and talent.

From there I opened as many doors as I could - volunteered at St Mary's CHS and coached junior girls then moved onto senior girls and coached a talented team to OFSAA gold.
I bugged coach Raso to let me help him and he let me be a sort of undergraduate assistant in my 4th year. I went part time so I could coach and devote time it and assisted at McMaster for 6 years with 1 year in the middle where I took off for Victoria University to assist with their men's team and do the National Coaching Institute - level 4 NCCP certification and my masters in education (3 degrees - Bkinesiology, Beducation (from brock) and MEd from Victoria) - coached about 4-5 teams a year through those years (HS, Club, provincial development and university)

My summer job in my second summer of university became basketball camps. I would travel around from camp to camp all summer for the next 5 summers . Michgan State, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Oregon state, Wyoming, Villanova etc and just try and pick every coaches brain. I met - was never afraid to ask questions and learning was my passion - read every coaching related book I could find, watched every game on TV, went to clinics, watched practices, coached as many teams as possible to apply all this wonderful knowledge I was getting
Why I love coaching, the interaction with people and in particular motivated young people, the technical-tactical challenge of putting my offense against your defense and my defense against your offense, the clarity of sport (the outcome is evident in the score so there is clarity for my competitive needs).

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

Chris Oliver: We ask our players to be committed to excellence in everything we do - academically, citizenship and basketball. Our goal is to win but within that goal we have a greater responsibility to our university, community and each individual player to ensure that we are improving their opportunities to be successful in their lives. As such we strongly emphasize within our philosophy the values of hard work, commitment, individual responsibility and accountability to the team and program.

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

Chris Oliver: So many I am not sure where to start - here are the two most important and my dad (who was a life mentor).

Joe Raso - taught me what a basketball program was all about - not just technical tactical - but the business side of it, the admin side, the professionalism of the job, the importance of community and recruiting - I pretty much wrote down everything I learned through my Mac years and I still refer to those notes often in my quest for answers

Dave Smart - set a standard of excellence that I still aspire to everyday, coached under him on a provincial team, but more so he became a great friend who has offered advice, encouragement and realism to me whenever I have needed it, basically from life to basketball related things Dave has been there for me in every way, also his technical-tactical genius is something I have studied and learned from throughout the years

Father - Jim Oliver - - taught me about life, supported everything i did without question - even this basketball coaching thing which to this day I believe he is still shocked has worked out the way it has - taught that life is about people, treating them with respect and approaching life from the perspective of servitude (doing things for people even though they might never pay you back so to speak), incredible long lasting life lessons that I still reflect on and realize it was him who taught me so much

Fatih Akser: Describe how you will fund raise to support to the university basketball program?

Chris Oliver: We are fortunate to have a solid alumni support system in place - through annual mailing and phone-a-thon we raise funds to supplement our operational budget. We also hold three events throughout the year including a Friends of Lancer's Men's basketball golf tournament, the Past, Present, Future Men's Basketball Gala dinner and the High School Tournament run by a high school committee that has been in place in some form or another for the past 51 years.

Fatih Akser: How will you include parents, booster club, and students?

Chris Oliver: We don't have a formal booster club per say but we do have an on-going Fundraising initiative called Full-Court Press for 2009 which was initiated by U of Windsor alum Richard Peddie (CEO of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment)

Last year a student cheering section called the Sarty Zone started and quickly helped us created the best crowd and cheering section in the country.

Fatih Akser: Which coach do you feel is the most original and daring X's and O's coach in the CIS?

Chris Oliver: Tough question to answer as there are a number of top notch coaches in the CIS but I'd probably suggest Dave Smart at Carleton is the coach who is raising the bar the highest in this country. His teams have consistently excelled despite getting everyone's best game because Dave has done a incredible job building his team's mental toughness to a level where Carleton never beats themselves.

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

Chris Oliver: The routine changes but not really the approach. We emphasize having to score inside more and get to the free throw line by attacking but otherwise basketball is basketball whether we are at home or on the road so we are going to play to our strengths and try and take away our opponents strengths.

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

Chris Oliver: Individual development, team selflessness and competitive toughness.

Fatih Akser: What's your most trusted and oft-used teaching drill and why?

Chris Oliver: 4 on 4 defensive shell drills - we set up the offense to run a certain sequence on offense (say up screen - downscreen) and the drill is live from the get go. Defensively we work on how we are going to defend certain sequences. As well offensively it gives us a chance to teach reads and decision making in a live drill. Also it is competitive. We play to score and have winners and losers so we can teach in an intense game simulated environment. We spend a lot of time in our practices playing 4 on 4 because it challenges the defense a little bit more to be fundamentally sound with one less defender but it is realistic enough to simulate competition.

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

Chris Oliver: Coming off last year in which we won the OUA West and the OUA championship and lost in the first round at nationals we obviously feel that a return trip to nationals and a potential national championship is the expectations. It will be a challenge as our league is very tough this year but with an experienced and talented team we hope we are up to the challenge.

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

Chris Oliver: We play in the OUA West conference comprised of 8 teams - McMaster, Laurier, Guelph, Lakehead, Waterloo, Brock, Western and us. From our team Kevin Kloostra, Ryan Steer and Greg Surmacz are probably are the best threesome in the league. Brad Rootes at Brock is the returning league player of the year but our league is deep in talent. Guelph features two excellent guards in Borko Popic and Nick Pankerichan and Western has a lot of quality posts including Brad Smith and Colin Laforme. Probably the top 4 teams in the league are us, Guelph, Brock and Western and it wouldn't be a surprise to see two of those teams at nationals this year.

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

Chris Oliver: CIS basketball is at a very high level in our country right now. Crowds, media coverage, talent and the quality of play have all improved greatly over the last few years. But the biggest issue facing a coach and player in this country is no question financial. While the increase and introduction of athletic scholarships has improved the quality of life of a student-athlete we still have a long way to go to reward our student-athletes for the commitment they show towards their sport and university. As for coach's there is no question we spend way too much time fundraising our budgets and scholarships rather than focusing on coaching, recruiting and administrating our programs. Our athletic departments are under-funded and often don't have enough personnel and resources to help take our sport to the next level. Considering all this though I believe so many coaches and administrators do a phenomenal job with their programs considering some of the limitations. There are a lot of very good coaches in our country at the CIS level.

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

Chris Oliver: It has improved greatly. The emphasis on high performance development has increased as has the amount of funding. We are still behind a lot of places in the world but as the pool of talent increases with more kids playing basketball so does our level of play get better and better. We definitely need an increase in coaching depth as I know there are many quality coaches in this country but the depth especially at the grassroots levels needs to increase in order to help the greater numbers of players who are playing develop more effectively and efficiently.

Fatih Akser: Thanks very much for spending your time with us. I wish you and your team a good luck for the rest of the season.


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CHILE

Dimayor: Playoffs first round Game 1 -by Daniel Valencia
Boston College gave the first surprise in the playoffs after defeating CD Puente Alto 86-82. Tony Bishop was the offensive leader with 24 points. Jefferson Agba, with 21 points was the leader for Puente Alto In Los Andes, Liceo Mixto had to fight until the last minutes to defeat Deportes Ancud 96-89. Rodrigo Espinoza was the scoring leader with 21 points, but Patrick Saez was the key player, with 9 points in the last three minutes. For Ancud, Kevin Sowell ended the night with 31 points. CD Universidad de Concepcion take the lead in the series against Universidad Catolica with a 76-68 victory. Alain Laroche netted 18 points for Concepcion while Angelo Olivares scored 16 points for the visitors. Deportivo Valdivia defeated Deportes Castro 85-71 in Game 1. The shooting guard Brandon Mason was the star of the night with 32 points. For the visitors, the foreing couple (John and Matthews) combined for 41 points. These are the complete results and main scorers.

Game 1

(1) Liceo Mixto 96 - (8) Deportes Ancud 89
Lic: Rodrigo Espinoza 21 pts. Jamal Johnson 20 pts. / Anc: Kevin Sowell 31 pts. Daryl Rufus 21 pts.

(2) Deportivo Valdivia 85 - (7) Deportes Castro 71
Val: Brandon Mason 32 pts. James Moore 16 pts. / Cas: Duane John 21 pts. Clarence Matthews 20 pts.

(3) CD Universidad de Concepcion 76 - (6) Universidad Catolica 68
Ucon: Alain Laroche 18 pts. Chris Sockwell 15 pts. / Uc: Angelo Olivares 16 pts. Aaron Eneas 16 pts.

(4) CD Puente Alto 82 - (5) Boston College 86
Pue: Jefferson Agba 21 pts. Ignacio Navarrete 18 pts. / Bos: Tony Bishop 24 pts. Francisco Zepeda 12 pts.


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CHINA

Veterans and Emerging Stars Appear Among Chinese Top Ten -by Arthur Volbert
To see how native Chinese players are doing, I've compiled the top 10 players in scoring, rebounding and assists.

The usual suspects still appear. Wang Zhizhi is the leading scorer and Wang Shipeng is second. Tang Zhengdong still dominates CBA competition in scoring and rebounding whatever his failures against international teams.

Gong Songlin, when healthy, is a star and Liu Wei contributes both points and assists. Mengke Bateer still excels at rebounding and passing.

Note that Zhang Kai is doing quite well in both scoring and rebounding and may earn himself a spot on the Olympic team. Zhang, Tang and Bateer look a lot better than Mo Ke and Zhang Songtao as candidates for the fourth and fifth big men on the Olympic team.

My guess is that Zhang Kai will be selected for his mobility which will let him play power forward, while Bateer and Tang will compete for the backup center slot.

Liu Jiulong of Shaanxi is the sixth best scorer. He is a late developer who came out of the university system. But the player to watch is Xu Yong of Shanghai, who may be the best player in the class of '89 and is a strong candidate to make the Olympic team. Ding Jinhui, class of '90, is also a strong candidate for the Olympic team and is currently fifth in rebounding.

Liu Xiaoyu, class of '89, is the best of the younger point guards and is likely to be the Olympic team backup to Liu Wei. Liu is a pass-first point guard, currently sixth in assists, and this is the type of point guard that China needs to feed its big men. Lu Xiaoming, at 174 cm, is too short for international competition as he could easily be posted up by the big European guards.

Chinese Scoring

1.Wang Zhizhi Bayi 26.5
2.Wang Shipeng Guangdong 22.9
3.Tang Zhengdong Jiangsu 21.2
4.Gong Songlin Fujian 19.4
5.Liu Wei Shanghai 19.4
6.Liu Jiulong Shaanxi 19.3
7.Zhu Fangyu Guangdong 18.1
8.Zhang Nan Guangsha 18.1
9.Yu Junkai Guangsha 18.0
10.Zhang Kai Dongguan 17.7

Chinese Rebounding

1.Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 15.9
2.Zhang Kai Dongguan 12.6
3.Tang Zhengdong Jiangsu 12.6
4.Wang Zhizhi Bayi 9.06
5.Ding Jinhui Zhejiang 8.0
6.Wang Bo Jilin 7.41
7.Mo Ke Bayi 7.25
8.Xu Yong Shanghai 6.11
9.Tian Yu Shaanxi 5.83
10.Zhang Nan Guangsha 5.72

Chinese Assists

1.Lu Xiaoming Fujian 7.5
2.Liu Wei Shanghai 6.66
3.Yen Hsing-Su Yunnan 6.0
4.Wang Bo Jilin 5.05
5.Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 4.5
6.Liu Xiaoyu Guangdong 4.23
7.Wang Zhongguang Bayi 3.94
8.Zhang Qingpeng Liaoning 3.76
9.Hu Xuefeng Jiangsu 3.70
10.Yang Ming Liaoning 3.27


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CROATIA

Slavosnki Brod will enter 2008 as A1 leaders -by Eurobasket News
Slavonski Brod - Dubrovnik 110:97

The 8th straight victory saw Slavonski Brod complete the first round of A1 Division action on top of the standings. Yesterday they outscored visiting Dubrovnik and improved to 8-1 record. Dubrovnik meanwhile continued its unimpressive skid as they lost the fourth consecutive encounter. Dubrovnik never looked adjusting as they grabbed the initiative early in the game. A high-scoring first quarter resulted in the hosts leading by just 2 points after it. The visitors rebonded in the second stanza as Mario Lucic (202-C-80) led them to a 52:49 halftime advantage. But the league leaders finally started to clear off after the break. Slavonski Brod gradually regained control and as they shot accurately from the field the momentum turned in favor of the hosts. Dubrovnik trailed by 7 points heading into the final term and never recovered at late stages. The home team rolled to an overall victory and proved they are in a terrific form at the moment. Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) topscored for the hosts with 30 points. Jurica Spahija (203-F/C-83) contributed 25 points and 7 boards for the winners. Mario Lucic answered with game-high 31 points for Dubrovnik. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) had 13 points in a losing effort. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 30:28 and forced those to 16 turnovers. The action will resume on January 12 when Slavonski Brod host Borik, while Dubrovnik plays against Kvarner NR away from home.

Slavonski Brod: Kristijan Preglej 30, Jurica Spahija 25, Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84) 19
Dubrovnik: Mario Lucic 31, Jure Skific 13


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CYPRUS

Cyprus Cup: Keravnos beat APOEL and qualified -by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou beat Aspis Apoel 74-71 and qualified for the semi-finals. The game was a real derby and reminded us of the old times, when Keravnos and Apoel dominated in the basketball life of Cyprus. Of course, as always, and especially as in the 90's when the games between the two teams were the absolute derbies, APOEL fans (around 250 of them, without tickets as there was an agreement not to have Apoel fans in Strovolos court) entered the stadium by force, created problems with the court authorities, broke things, made a mess and of course, once more, the Cyprus Basketball Federation was absent 100%, the referees and all those who were responsible decided to simply allow to APOEL fans to stay in the court, despite the fact that they did not have tickets and although they knew that they were going to create problems, as everybody knows that Keravnos simply does not have more than 100 peaceful fans. It is worth mentioning the fact that the Police forces were not enough to block Apoel fans once more, the same phenomenon as the last (almost) 15 years. The game started 20 minutes later than the original time.

In regards to the game now, Keravnos with the Americans Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) and Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) dominated in the parameter and in the organization of the game while Smith and Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) dominated in the paint. Keravnos was leading the game from the very first beginning but as most of the times towards the end, Frangias players had their normal blackout in the games with Apoel, so 3.5' minutes before the end Loren Stokes (190-G-83, college: Hofstra) brought his team in a leading position with 68-69 before Aleksandar Radojevic with a goal foul and Jarrett Hart with his winning three pointer 9 seconds before the end, finished once and for all the yellow dreams for qualification in the semis. The quarters were: 25-15, 38-32, 55-48 and 74-71. Top scorer for the home team was (the always steady) Patrick Patrick Lee scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, 16 points were added by Aleksandar Radojevic, followed by Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) who added 14 points (in a low flight, though) but the MVP of the game was Jarrett Hart, not only with his 13 points but with the most crucial three pointer of the game. From Aspis Apoel, top scorer was once more wheeler with 19 followed by Stokes with 14 and the newcomer Jelic and Radunovic scored 10 each.



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EGYPT

Gezira vs Alex.Sporting club in a friendly game tonight in Cairo stadium -by Sherif Soliman
Gezira still preparing their team for the coming season playing friendly games after cancellation of Qatar camp.The game will be their 2nd game with Alexandrian teams after the big win over Somouha last Thursday by 79-58.Tonights game will be the first share for CHRISS GARNETT with Gezira, every one expects a lot from him tonight.Ramy Gunady (184-G-81)

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ESTONIA

Rock finally beats Kalev -by Janar Filippov
TU Rock, having lost both of the two games against BC Kalev/Cramo this season, was finally able to secure a 70-67 win at home. Giorgi Tsintsadze made both freethrows with 15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, putting home team up by three. Kalevs Howard Frier had a chance to send the game to overtime, but fell short...

Both team started with a lot of energy. Travis Reed's five points gave an early lead to Kalev, but Marek Doronin's three-pointer tied the game quickly - 5:5. Still, Kalev was able to win the first quarter with a mere three points, after Mateo Kedzos three-pointer. The score - 18:21.


Point-by-point game continued the first five minutes of the second quarter. After Marlon Palmers lay-up, Rock was able to make a 12-to-nothing run, taking the lead - 34:25. Doronin had 7 of the 12 points. But, after Kristjan Kangur ended Tartus run with a three-pointer, Kalev regained it's offencive composure and teams went to half-time break with hometeams narrow lead - 36:34.


Third quarter started with a 12:2 run from Kalev's side and quickly, visitors were ahead by ten points - 36:46. Frier had five during that run - Kalev was on fire. But everythting changed after Kullamae checked into the game. He quickly made two straigth three-pointers and Rock was trailing by four. With three minutes to go in thrid quarter, the game was tied yet again - 50:50. Marlon Parmer's threepoint play gave Kalev a slight lead - teams headed to the final quarter with Rock trailing by two - 55:57.


During the fourth quarter, Giorgi Tsintsadze came alive. Having an off-night four days ago againts Barons Riga, missing all of his 9 shots, Giorgi had 8 points in the final frame and made both decisive free-throws with 15 seconds to go - putting Rock ahead and securing the win 70:67.


Gert Kullamae was the home-teams leading scorer tonight with 14 points. Doronin shared the honours with 14 aswell. Tsintsadze and Talts had both 10. Talts also had game-high 9 rebounds. Rock dominated the boards - 39:29. Both teams were over 50% from two-point range.


BBL leading scorer Travis Reed had 18 points, Kristjan Kangur supported with 13. Tanel Sokk, who kept Kalev close during the final minutes, had 11 points and five steals.


Rock gained the 7-th place in BBL Elite Division, pushing Kalev to 8-th place.


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FINLAND

FINNISH CUP: YMCA LPR won third time in a row -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Cup Final, Vantaa, Energy Arena: YMCA Lappeenranta - Kouvot (Kouvola) 74-56 (38-33). Quarters: 19-16, 19-17, 19-11, 17-12. YMCA LPR won all four
quarters and the Finnish Cup third time in a row. The winners had four players in double figures: Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) 21, Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) 17/11, Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) 11 and Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) 10. Kouvot had only two players over 10 pts: Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) 19 and Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 18. Finnish sharpshooters missed their treys.


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GREECE

Market News and Rumors -by Serafim Karaiskakis

Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) is history from Panellinios, the management decided to release the player due to unprofessional behavior, "he was creating problems to his teammates" Coach Kalafatakis said.

Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) back in Greece ?

Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) vs Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.), battle for a Bulgarian passport.

Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F-84, college: UALR) failed in the try-out and left. Jared Newson (196-G/F-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) (candidate for Rethimno) who was recently cut from Polpak Swicie agreed to contunue his career in Australia.


Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) rejected offer from Greece. Big offer from China came.


Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) is in Thessalonika training with Aris.


The return of Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) ? (bosman now with Bulgarian passport)

Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) from Lithuania to Greece ?

Glenn Sekunda (203-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) against Djorde Komadinic (205-F-81, agency: Interperformances) next week in A2 ?




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HUNGARY

Round 9 -by Tamas Deri

PLANET LEASING-DOMBÓVAR KC - MAFC-ÚJBUDA 90-80
(24-16, 26-16, 26-32, 14-16)
Dombovar, Att.: 800, Referees: Forrai, Toth K., Marton L.
DKC: Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 19/9, Mike English (194-F-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 15, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 16/15, Sanders 15, Wiley 13/3, Bodi 9/3, Simon N., Vas P., Molnar M. 3/3. Vezetőedző: Dzunics Braniszlav
MAFC: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 18/12, YOUNG 27/12, Wehner 5/3, Fulop 6, Gobi 5, Kolarics 12/6, Kecskes 7, Vavra A., Takacs N. Vezetőedző: Dinnyes Attila


UNIVER-KECSKEMET - POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KÖRMEND 91-80
(20-19, 19-20, 16-19, 36-22)
Kecskemet, Att: 700, Referees: Foldhazi, Kiss L., Csősz
KECSKEMET: Sigurdarson 10/6, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 25/6, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) 14/3, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 27/3, Szabo Zs. 8, Csorvasi 3, Toth P. 1, Fiegi 3, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
KÖRMEND: Fodor M. 9/3, Ferencz 10/6, Trummer 9/9, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 10, Ocitti 6, Anthony Harris (188-G) 23/3, Maric 7, Graczer 6/6, Coach: Zsebe Ferenc


SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - ALBACOMP 83-70
(24-17, 22-19, 18-18, 19-16)
Szolnok, Att.: 3.000, Referees: Valovics, Kothay, Pozsonyi
SZOLNOK: Kelley 15/3, Cziczas 2, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 31/9, Jurkunas 7/6, Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77) 15/3, Molnar A. 5/3, Tamas Harazin (204-F-85) 8, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 19/9, Hanga 7, Radovic 15, McClendon 11, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 11, Soos 3/3, David, Henderson 4, Nuber, Coach: Goran Miljkovic


Kaposvari KK-PVSK-Expo Center Pecs 81-88
(17-24, 23-23, 22-22, 19-19)
Kaposvar, Att.: 800, Referees: Palla, Szilas, Gorka
Kaposvari KK: Csirke 14/3, Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 25, Szőke 2, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/3, Orosz 12, Vojvoda 3, Day 3/3, Tomosvary, Kiss K. 1, Coach: Horvath Imre
PVSK-Expo Center Pecs: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 15/9, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 18, Denes 3/3, Toth N. 7, Lapov 13/3, Grebenar 12, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 20/9, Czigler, Kutasi, Coach: Volgyi Peter


SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK - BODROGI BAU VASARHELYI KS 119-75

(26-21, 28-18, 34-12, 31-24)

Sopron, Att.: 400, Referees: Benczur, dr. Szakal, Torok

SOPRON: Bradley 19/3, Lakatos 11/3, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 25/6, Lesko 14/3, Pavel Frana (212-C-77) 14, Zsolt Vesztergom (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/6, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 12/12, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11

Coach: Meszlenyi Robert

VASARHELY: Drahos 10/6, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 17/9, Freeman 16, Robert Kovats (199-F-84) 13, Gemes 11, Boszormenyi 2, Kukla 6, Mate, Crangasu

Coach: Czuprak Laszlo

MARSO-VAGEP NKK - FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY 86-90

(17-23, 22-22, 24-20, 23-25)

Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1.000

Referees: Adam, Győrffy, Gal

MARSO:

Branko Savic (181-G-79) 22/6, Robert Laslo (194-G-84) 20, Mouton 8/3, Sitku 15/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 19/3, Siska, Trepak 2, Coach: Deri Csaba

FALCO:

Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/3, Doyne 14/3, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 25/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 27/18, Feigl, Csaba Borszeki (208-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 7/3, Varadi K. 3/3, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic

ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK - ATOMERŐMŰ SE 61-69

(17-15, 14-17, 15-21, 15-16)

Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 2.000, Referees: Hartyanyi, Hegedűs, Farkas

ZTE: Miskovic 16/3, Walters 8/3, Kaman 15/6, Garma 9, Keresztes, Toth A. 4, Gaspar 6/6, Hoffmann, Baki 3/3, Coach: Nikola Lazic

ATOMERŐMŰ: Meszaros 11/3, Murry 12/6, Kiss 2, Csaplar-Nagy E. 4, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 21, Horvath Z. 7, Gray 9/6, Panta 3/3, Coach: Sabali Balazs



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ICELAND

Lysing Cup -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Few games in Lysing Cup ( 16 teams left) Fjolnir 105. Throttur 36. No stats available,

Thor 74 Snaefell 106. After some bad games Snaefell had in november team is coming up strong now. Won last two away games against good teams like Grindavik and now Thor.
Top scorers for Thor. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) 19. Magnus Helgason 4. Luka Marolt 13.
For Snaefell who was shooting very well 57.1% from two & 72.2 % from threes. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 31. Slobodan Subasic 22. Justin Shouse 17 + 13 assist. Andres Katholm 13. Hlynur Baeringsson 13.

Skallagrimur 91. FSU 80. Darrell Flake 22 + 16 rebs. Hafthor Gunnarsson 20. Allan Fall 17.
For FSU. Arni Ragnarsson 23. Marr Hammer 23.


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INDONESIA

Indonesia comes from behind to edge Malaysia in opener -by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Malaysia 70:55

The opening day of action at the South Eastern Asian Games was completed with a battle of Indonesia and Malaysia. The game was hugely important for the prospects of both teams to advance to the next round of action. Malaysia led by sizzling performance from Koh Way Tek (194-F/C-83) got to a better start and surged ahead in the first quarter. The defense worked hard for Malaysian team as they limited their counterparts to 14 points and enjoyed a narrow 18:14 lead after the starting period. Malaysia continued to dominate this low-scoring affair after the initial intermission. Indonesia obviously struggled to find open shots and was not able to gain the right speed. Malaysia outmuscled their opponents under the rims and held them to just 11 points in the second stanza. The margin grew to 5 points at the interval 30:25. But Fictor Roring managed to recharge his team during the main break. Indonesia came up from the dressing room ready to fight. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) scored from beyond the arc and the team began finding the right shots from the field. The deficit quickly vanished and the teams entered the fourth period all square at 47. Indonesia finally tuned in and looked unstoppable in the final term. The shots were dropping for them, while Malaysia seemed to have been taken aback and lost the grip. They scored just 8 points in the fourth frame and never looked like winning at the dying minutes.
Amin Prihantono topscored with 14 points for Indonesia. Youbel Sondakh (188-F-84) contributed 13 points, while Andrie Ekayana (181-G-82) delivered 11 points for the winners. Koh Way Tek responded with game-high 29 points and 7 boards. Soo Eng Heng (182-G-84) tallied 8 points in a loss. Malaysia will next take on Thailand later tonight. Indonesia will challenge Philippines tomorrow.

Indonesia: Amin Prihantono 14, Youbel Sondakh 13, Andrie Ekayana 11
Malaysia: Koh Way Tek 29+7 boards, Soo Eng Heng 8


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ITALY

Varese inks Brown -by Gianni Pascucci
Pallacanestro Cimberio Varese announced yesterday the signing of import point guard Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: Mc Neese St.), who played last season in Eldo Napoli. The player should join the team next week.

Serie A saturday night results -by Gianni Pascucci

Three games of the 13th round were played yesterday night, and in the first of them Benetton Treviso defeated Legea Scafati 74-64, pointing on the good offensive of Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville), who scored 23 points and dished 4 assits. Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 17 pts and 12 boards in the win, while Frank Williams (191-G-80, college: Illinois) was the best scorer in at the losing side with 16 pts and Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82, college: Indiana) the main performer with 14 pts and 7 rebs. Air Avellino took the win over Eldo Napoli 89-77 in an very emotional regional deby, after that the score had been balanced for more that 25 minutes. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) led the Greens with 22 pts, 9 rebs and 2 assists, Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) added 20 pts and 2 rebs, while Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) led Napoli scoring 23 in losing effort. In the last meeting of the night, Tisettanta Cantu upset Upim Bologna 77-69 on the road, taking advantage from the bad night of Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Paterson). Scoring 15 pts and grabbing 6 rebs, Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) was the last to surrender in Bologna, while Canadian Denham Brown (198-F-83, college: Connecticut) led all the scorers with 20 pts for Cantu, DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.) showed another time more to be in a great season with 17 pts, 6 rebs (!) and 6 steals and Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80) was the main rebounder with 9 carooms, adding also 11 points, 2 steals, 1 assist.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



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JORDAN

Market News...... -by Mohammed Malas
- Zack Anderson (211-F/C-78, college: Hawaii-Pacific) joined the trainings of Al Wihdat club yesterday after finishing his participation with Orthodox club in Damascus Cup whch ended last week.

Zack is a center and will be prepared for his 1st international experience outside the US, He was graduated Hawaii Pacific University (NCAA-DII) and continued masters program there before playing with several teams in the US.

The team will also try to have another import to play with Anderson and most probably will be a point guard.

- Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman club decided yesterday to depend on local players in the 1st round of the 2007/2008 this season and will decide after that if its worth to bring imports or not.

Many good players are now in the team such as veteran Hussam Lutfi adding to NT players Wesam Sous, Issa Kamel and Omar Olivier Bilbessi who finished his studies in France.

- Amgad Al Tanbour will be the head coach of Al Awdah in the new season, Al Tanbour has a good experience in coaching in jordan as he worked with Jazira Amman and Abu Nseir before.

The team has signed with some good players on loan such as Nasser Alawneh, Ahmad Momani, Hussam Al Turk and Robi Abu-Leil.


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JUCO

Chipola College keeps winning pace -by Eurobasket News
Chipola College that led preseason ranks remained in highlight spot three weeks into the season. They are maintaining their perfect record at the start of the season and still top the JUCO ranking list. The Indians extended their winning streak on Thursday as they handed a 103:50 loss to Mendenhall Eagles. The Eagles stayed in contest in the opening minutes as Chipola led 21:17 midway through the first half. But then the Indians burst out with a massive 32:1 run to clear off for good. Building a 50:18 advantage at halftime Chipola cruised after the break. The victory saw them improve to 13-0 record in the ladder. Casey Mitchell stepped up with 12 points in the second half to pump it up for the Indians. Gary Flowers finished with 19 points and 8 boards to pace Chipola. Mario Little contributed 16 points, while Casey Mitchell had 12 points for the winners. Chipola now takes a break in their home action as they next host Okaloosa-Walton on January 12. The Indians now move to Florida to take on Saint Petersburg on Saturday. This is going to be their second matchup in the season. In the first one Chipola emerged victorious 99:47.
Southern Idaho College are currently ranked second in the NJCAA polls. They won their first 10 encounters of the season and march confidently along the tournament. Sheridan College became their last victim as Southern Idaho dismantled them 122:93. Seven players scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles en route to another comfortable victory. Nick Hansen (6'5''-G) topscored for the hosts with 19 points. Joey Shaw (6'6''-G) added 18 points, while Kevin Galloway (6'7''-G-88) poured in 16 points in a winning effort. Antoine Watson answered with game-high 26 points for Sheridan College. The Golden Eagles will resume the action against Treasure Valley next week.


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LITHUANIA

Suduva gains the first win in LKL -by Eurobasket News
Suduva - Atletas 84:69

Suduva finally delivered the positive result in LKL season after they pounded Atletas 84:69 at home yesterday. The victory saw Suduva improve to 1-7 record in the ladder, while Atletas fell to 2-6 record. Suduva marked their ambitions early in the encounter as they opened it with 7 unanswered points. Ernestas Ezerskis (195-G-87) claimed the first points for Atletas before Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84, college: Motlow St. CC) and Vytautas Tatarunas (200-F-82, college: Tulane) extended the gap to 11:2. The hosts maintained the lead and headed into the second period up by 8 points 23:15. A couple of solid plays from Gediminas Navickas (180-G-84) allowed Atletas to cut the gap to 4 points midway through the second quarter but triples from Dunderski and Ridas Globys (187-G-81, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) lifted the home side to a 43:33 advantage at halftime. Atletas rushed ahead midway through the third stanza as Vilius Sumskis (212-C-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 4 points to ignite a 9:0 run for the visitors. They tied the scoreline but Suduva found the way to answer as Audrius Maneikis capped the frame with a jumper and secured a narrow lead for the hosts entering the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged the strikes early in the frame but Suduva turned the momentum in their favor as they posted a 9:0 rally and cleared off to an 11-point distance with just under 6 minutes to play. Gintautas Vileita (192-G-75, college: Monmouth) and Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) scored 5 points for the visiting side to revive the hope but straight triples from Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) and Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) denied it late in the game. Virginijus Sirvydis and Vytautas Tatarunas provided 15 points apiece for Suduva. Gytis Sirutavicius contributed 12 points, 5 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84) responded with 17 points and 11 boards for Atletas. Vilius Sumskis produced 16 points in the 6th loss for the visitors. Suduva dominated the boards 41:34 and forced their opponents to 22 turnovers. Suduva will try to extend a winning momentum when they take on Panevezys in the next round.

Suduva: Virginijus Sirvydis 15, Vytautas Tatarunas 15, Gytis Sirutavicius 12
Atletas: Valdas Dabkus 17+11 boards, Vilius Sumskis 16


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MALAYSIA

Indonesia comes from behind to edge Malaysia in opener -by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Malaysia 70:55

The opening day of action at the South Eastern Asian Games was completed with a battle of Indonesia and Malaysia. The game was hugely important for the prospects of both teams to advance to the next round of action. Malaysia led by sizzling performance from Koh Way Tek (194-F/C-83) got to a better start and surged ahead in the first quarter. The defense worked hard for Malaysian team as they limited their counterparts to 14 points and enjoyed a narrow 18:14 lead after the starting period. Malaysia continued to dominate this low-scoring affair after the initial intermission. Indonesia obviously struggled to find open shots and was not able to gain the right speed. Malaysia outmuscled their opponents under the rims and held them to just 11 points in the second stanza. The margin grew to 5 points at the interval 30:25. But Fictor Roring managed to recharge his team during the main break. Indonesia came up from the dressing room ready to fight. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) scored from beyond the arc and the team began finding the right shots from the field. The deficit quickly vanished and the teams entered the fourth period all square at 47. Indonesia finally tuned in and looked unstoppable in the final term. The shots were dropping for them, while Malaysia seemed to have been taken aback and lost the grip. They scored just 8 points in the fourth frame and never looked like winning at the dying minutes.
Amin Prihantono topscored with 14 points for Indonesia. Youbel Sondakh (188-F-84) contributed 13 points, while Andrie Ekayana (181-G-82) delivered 11 points for the winners. Koh Way Tek responded with game-high 29 points and 7 boards. Soo Eng Heng (182-G-84) tallied 8 points in a loss. Malaysia will next take on Thailand later tonight. Indonesia will challenge Philippines tomorrow.

Indonesia: Amin Prihantono 14, Youbel Sondakh 13, Andrie Ekayana 11
Malaysia: Koh Way Tek 29+7 boards, Soo Eng Heng 8


Malaysia claims the first win upsetting Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Thailand 70:65

Malaysian National team bounced back after the loss to Indonesia in the SEA Games opener. Today they edged hosting Thailand and improved to 1-1 record in the ladder. The hosts kept it close in the starting frame as they trailed by just a single point 21:22. Malaysia however gradually gained speed and looked more confident with every passing minute. The things deemed for Thai team in the second term as well-balanced Malaysia offense capped the first half with some impressive plays and clinched a 45:38 advantage at halftime. The complexion of the game did not change after the intermission as Malaysia kept their opponents at a safe distance. The shots just would not drop for Thailand and moreover they were losing the battle under the rims to deny themselves a chance to get to a striking distance. The hosts scored only 9 points in the third stanza and were behind by 10 points heading into the final period. Finally Piyapong Piroon and Pramoch Jantharaniyom got the home side rolling with a couple of successful plays. Thailand cut the gap but Malaysia came up cool at the dying stages and draining important free throws ensured the winning outcome.
Koh Way Tek (194-F/C-83) led the winners with 19 points and 8 boards. Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) and Kappusamy Satyaseelan scored 11 points apiece for Malaysia. Piyapong Piroon answered with game-high 22 points and 7 boards for Thailand. Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) contributed 12 points and 8 boards in a losing clause. Malaysia outmuscled their opponents under the rims pulling down 35 boards.
Malaysia will now play against Cambodia on Monday. Thailand will seek for the first victory against Indonesia the same day.

Malaysia: Koh Way Tek 19+8 boards, Tan Kian Hoong 11, Kappusamy Satyaseelan 11
Thailand: Piyapong Piroon 22, Chaiwat Kaedum 12


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NCAA2

GNAC Schools Non Conference Games -by Sanjey Noriega
From gnacsports.com

Seattle University and Northwest Northwest Nazarene improved to 5-0 with home wins over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams Saturday.

The Redhawks outscored Western State, Colo., 60-39 and Northwest Nazarene beat Colorado School of Mines 77-71.

Western Oregon, Saint Martin's and Western Washington also earned victories Saturday. The Wolves beat Ohio Valley 87-67, while the Saints outscored Regis 71-67 in tournaments at Ellensburg and Pueblo, Colo., respectively.

Western Washington improved to 5-1 with a home win over Walla Walla 99-54.

Central Washington sustained its second overtime loss of the season losing to nationally 20th ranked Brigham Young Hawaii 102-101. Meanwhile, Montana State Billings remained winless losing at Nampa to Colorado Christian 103-69.

Seattle 60, Western State 39

Seattle made just two of 18 three-point shots, but still had a relatively easy team against Western State as Leigh Swanson scored 15 points and had seven rebounds and Ryan Coldren netted 11 points and eight rebounds.

Swanson was six of eight from the floor to bring the Redhawks' team shooting percentage up to 37 percent. The rest of the team made only 14 of 46 (30.4 percent). Western State was just 13 of 49.

The Rocky Mountain squad, which was led by Steven Hudson with 10 points, made only six of 24 in the opening half as Seattle U. opened up a seven-point lead at the break.

SU led just 37-32 nine and a half minutes into the second half before holding Western State scoreless for almost seven full minutes. Shaun Burl led the Redhawk defense that forced 21 turnovers with five steals.

Northwest Nazarene 77, Colorado Mines 71

Kendall Gielow scored 19 points and Tyler Roberts had 15 points and six assists to lead Northwest Nazarene to a six-point win over Colorado School of Mines.

The Crusaders, who finished the NNU Shilo Inn Classic as the only unbeaten team, were also led by Scott Helpenstell with 14 points and six rebounds.

“We beat a really good basketball team tonight,” NNU coach Tim Hills. “They are well coached and run their stuff…We had to play great to beat them.

"Gielow and Roberts made great decisions all night and I thought (Justin) Parnell did a tremendous job on (Kyle) Pape, making it hard for him to shake loose from behind the three-point line.”

Pape still finished the game as the leading scorer for the Orediggers (4-2) with 21 points, but was just one of six from beyond the arc. CSM also got 17 points from Ben Mohr and 13 from Cameron Mitchell.

Both teams shot for high percentage; NNU made 27 of 51 (52.9), while the Mines made 28 of 51 (54.9). The Crusaders, however, took advantage of a 19-11 takeaway advantage and outscored the visitors 19-10 from the foul line to stay unbeaten.

Western Oregon 87, Ohio Valley 67

The Wolves bounced back from a 30-point loss to BYU-Hawaii Friday to beat Ohio Valley as Brad Krichevsky and Sam Kelly combined for 40 points, seven assists and seven steals.

Krichevsky led Western Oregon (3-2) with 23 points, making five of 10 three-pointers. He also had five assists and six steals. Kelly added 17 points, two assists and one steal.

Chris Leborious led Ohio Valley with 17 points, while Harris Danesi added 16 and Stephen Camberis scored 15.

Western Oregon trailed 13-12 in the first five minutes of the game, but the Wolves then went on a 18-2 run to take command.

WOU led 43-31 at halftime, then pushed their lead to 19 points early in the second half and OVU never got closer than 13 points after the rest of the way.

Western Oregon had a 34-24 rebounding edge as Mike McLaughlin had eight and hit nine of 21 three pointers.

The Wolves also shot 58.2 percent from the floor, missing just 23 shots (32-55), including only 11 of 35 inside the three-point line.

Saint Martin's 71, Regis 67

Blake Poole's layup with 1:48 left snapped a 65-65 tie and Jake Linton protected the lead with three free throws in the final 1:01 as Saint Martin's edged Regis.

Bill Richardson scored 21 points and eight rebounds and Brendan Campbell had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Saints improved to 2-4.

Gabriel Green led Regis (3-2) with 19 points and Aaron Sutton had 17 points for the Rangers.

Regis outscored Saint Martin's by 19 points from the field, but SMU converted on 34 of 46 free throws, including seven of seven by Richardson and six of seven by Linton, who was held to eight points.

Meanwhile, Regis made only 13 of 33 from the free throw line.

Western Washington 99, Walla Walla 54

Guard Ira Graham scored a game-high 17 points on eight of 12 field goal shooting as the Vikings ran their win streak to five.

Western Washington also got 14 points from Andrew Reider, 13 from Derrick Webb, 12 from Calin Schell and 11 from Steve Alford. Ryan Wilson led Walla Walla with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Western took control quickly, scoring the first eight points and jumping to an 18-6 lead just over eight minutes into the game. The Vikings held a 40-24 lead at halftime and extended the margin throughout the second half, at one point holding Walla Walla scoreless for five minutes.

The Vikings shot a season-high 63.6 percent (42-66) from the field, and held Walla Walla to 31.3 percent shooting (20-65). WWU had just seven turnovers, while forcing the Wolves into 25. Ready had six of the Viking' 17 steals.

Brigham Young-Hawaii 102, Central Washington 101

Jake Beitinger drained a three-point shot with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime but the Wildcats surrendered a Brigham Young-Hawaii rebound basket with three seconds left in overtime.

Beitinger netted 30 points and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. His dunk with 22 seconds left in overtime briefly gave CWU a 101-100 lead.

But, BYU-Hawaii's Trenson Akana (5'10''-G) grabbed an offensive rebound in the paint and put up a shot from four feet out with three seconds to play to give the Seasiders the win.

Matt Penoncello scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tyler Monk and Nate Jackson added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Wildcats.

Akana led BYU-Hawaii with 28 points, connecting on eight of 12 shots, including five of five three-pointers. The Seasiders also got 22 points from Lucas Alves (6'9''-F/C-86). Four other players - Jermaine Odjegba (6'7''-F, college: BYU) (12), Corey Nielson (6'4''-G) (11), Paul Peterson (5'9''-G) (11) and Jeremy Brown (6'2''-G) (10) - were also in double figures.

Central lost despite shooting 50 percent from the floor (36-72), 43.5 from the three-point line (10-23) and outrebounding the visitors 40-31.

Colorado Christian 103, Montana State Billings 69

Brendan Puckett scored 17 points and four other players - Jordan Long, Rory Morgan, Brian Stamer and Peter Bailey - scored 14 as Colorado Christian handed Montana State Billings' its seventh straight loss.

The Yellowjackets were led by John Brooks with 18 points and Brett Taylor with 16. Kirk Blaine had 12 points and Cameron Khoury finished with 11.

Colorado Christian shot 57.6 percent from the floor, making 38 of 66 including 18 of 40 three-pointers, while holding MSUB to 10 three-pointers in 34 attempts.


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PARAGUAY

Coach Zanelatto wins Peruvian legaue -by Gianni Pascucci
Paraguayan coach Carlos Zanelatto ended a very succesful season in Peru, where he coached Regatas Lima, winning both the Apertura and Clausura tournments, gaining the rights to participate to the 2008 edition of South American League.

Ex Alumnos San Josè advance to First Division -by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating 62-55 in final game Cerro Porteno, the team named Ex Alumnos Colegio San Jose Asuncion won the "Campeonato de Basquetbol de Ascenso" and will play in Metropolitan League in 2008. Guard Victor Ljubetic (177-G-82) and front court player Ricardo Zacur were the main performers in the team, coached by Santiago Ochipinti .

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PBL

Kenny Smith named PBL Commissioner -by Gianni Pascucci
NBA legend and TNT basketball analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith has joined the Premier Basketball League as its commissioner, bringing a wealth of basketball and multi-media experience to the cutting-edge new league. Under Smith's direction, the PBL will incorporate the "Fans Come First" mission by having all players available at the end of each game for meet-and-greets to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. Additionally, with many key PBL initiatives, Smith will oversee the launch of the PBL Internet TV channel, which will allow fans to watch their favorite team from various views within the venue, as well as a multi-player virtual video game. The Premier Basketball League inaugual season begins on Jan. 4, 2008, and it seems that the league will really have ten tams on the starting grid.

First signings for the Riverhawks -by Gianni Pascucci
After two weeks of training camp, the Quad City Riverhawks will go on the court tomorrow night for an exhibition game against the And-1 All-Stars at Wharton Field House. The first player names for the Riverhawks preseason roster released by the technical staff are the ones of Lonnie Randolph (6'1''-G-83, college: Drake) and Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist), the only two players back from the last season ABA team that reached quarterfinals, veteran forward Willie Mitchell (6'8''-F/C-75, college: UAB) and Isaiah Johnson (-G), the Riverhawks' second-round pick in the PBL draft, a Rock Falls, Ill., native, who was an all-American Midwest Conference pick at Missouri Baptist last season.

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PHILIPPINES

Nine players score in double figures as Philippines dismantle Cambodia -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Cambodia 136:82

The 24th Sea Games basketball tournament got under way with the games in Men's section. Philippines cruised past Cambodia to gain the initial win at the competition. Philippines faced little problems en route to the first victory as they dominated every facet of the game and entertained the crowd at the Keelapirom Staduim. The first half of the encounter was a one-sided traffic as Philippines overwhelmed their opponents on every inch of the court. Leading by 17 points after the starting frame Philippines extended the margin to insurmountable 44 points at the interval. The outcome was pretty obvious and Philippines players slowed down allowing Cambodia to level the tempo and reply in the second half. Cambodia paced by Toun Sopeen managed to almost match their opponents scoring parade and capped the game with a couple of impressive offensive plays. Beau Belga (196-C) finished with 17 points and 7 boards to lead Philippines. Jonathan Fernandez (188-G) came up with 16 points, while Allan Salansang (196-F) and Boyet Bautista (173-G) added 15 points for the winners. Toun Sopeen was productive for Cambodia with game-high 32 points and 10 boards. Puthrothna Monh contributed 25 points in the first loss for Cambodia. Philippines outrebounded their opponents 36:20 and forced those to as many as 27 turnovers. They also sank 58% from the field, while Cambodia replied with 45% accuracy.
Philippines will next take on Indonesia tomorrow. Cambodia will try to improve against Malaysia on Monday.

Philippines: Beau Belga 17, Jonathan Fernandez 16, Allan Salansang 15, Boyet Bautista 15
Cambodia: Toun Sopeen 32+10 boards, Puthrothna Monh 25


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PUERTO RICO

Cangrejeros de Santurce defeats Metros 91-62 -by Alessandro Fontana
Cangrejeros de Santurce won easily against Metro de Santiago, the dominican team of the Group A. This victory is so important for Santurce, because They could qualify for the second round of the Liga de las Americas with the Mexican team, Soles de Mexicali (3-0 standings).
The game was always strictly in the hands of Santurce (the first break was 7-0). The MVP of the game was Ricardo Dalmau with 22 points (4/8 2pts, 4/7 3pts, 2/2 FT) 3 rebs and 5 assts. To mention also the game of Michael Watson who scored 22pts (with a 4/4 2pts, 100%) and Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago with 7 spectacular assists. Cangrejeros is really another team when there is the Big Man" Robert Traylor, "the boss of the Area". Traylor played only 20 minutes with an incredible intensity in defense, He scored 15 pts (7/12 2pts, 1/2 FT) + 10 rebs and 2 blocks.
Cangrejeros showed in these first three games all his power, They can really win the Liga de Las Americas and for the next BSN, They are always "the team" to defeat.
CANGREJEROS-METROS= 91-62
C= Ricardo Dalmau 22, Watson Jr. 22, Traylor 15, Falcon 11, Raymond dalmau 7, Melendez 7 (9 rebs), E. Santiago 5, Rivera 2, Narvaez ne, Wright ne, O. Santiago ne, Rivas ne
M= Solano 17, Diaz 11
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

Yaroslav Korolev signs with Dynamo Moscow -by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow announced the signing of Yaroslav Korolev (206-G/F-87). A 20-year-old forward decided to continue his career in the Moscow franchise after spending two years with the LA Clippers in NBA. Korolev was chosen by the Clippers as 12th overall pick in 2005. He played 34 games in the Clippers jersey averaging 1.1 points and 0.5 rebounds per game. Yaroslav Korolev was the highest Russian draft pick in NBA history. He played in preseason with the Clippers producing 4.0 points and 2.3 boards. The Clippers then decided to wave Russian forward at the end of October.

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SEBL

Summer Hill mauls Mercer JV Bears, 94-67... -by David Archer
Windom and Henderson combine for 30 in win over Mercer JV...

Cartersville, GA (Dec. 7, 2007) - The Summer Hill Blue Devils got back on the winning track with a solid 94-67 win over Mercer Unversity's JV Bears on Friday night at JH Morgan Gym. It was a much needed win for the Devils, who after a long lay-off, were very sluggish last weekend in the loss at Truett-McConnell.

Mercer canned a three-pointer to open the game on top, but the Devils' Terry Albert countered quickly with a three. It would mark the only time in the game Summer Hill would trail, as Darrell Jones hit a baseline floater on the next possession. Ahead 9-6 at the 14:52 mark, the Devils' full court pressure would cause the Bears to cough up the ball and help generate a big 15-3 run, to go up 25-9 with 9:43 left in the half. Scott Windom scored 10 in the explosion and came up with three steals. Dee Henderson would come in and bury two treys and score eight points to help Summer Hill build a 49-26 lead by the half.

In the second half, the Devils would continue to share the ball well and play staunch defense, eventually building its largest lead at 81-44. Marcus Henderson and Jay Nelos did the Devils' damage, combining for 18 seconf half points, while Tad Wilkey also nailed a couple of threes. Mercer would make a run of sorts in the latter minutes, cutting the score down to 86-67 with under two minutes remaining. But, the Devil reserves were able to re-stabilize and score the final eight points of the contest.

Shakur led Mercer with 24 points, while Reavis hit 14 and Tigner 11.

For Summer Hill, now 3-4 on the year, Windom had 17 points, six rebounds and five steals, Henderson followed with 13 points and 11 boards. Nelson had 12, Wilkey finished with 11, while Albert and Henderson both got eight. Mike Reynolds, Brandon Harris and Jones all had five, as Marlow Simmons, Chris Brown and Blake Hill each contributed three.

The Blue Devils will try to even their season record on Sunday when they host the newly formed Cedartown Post Grad squad at 4:30pm at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville. Other games on tap will have the Summer Hill Lady Devils tipping off against the New Horizon Lady Jaguars at 3:00pm, and the Baseline Warriors battling the Macon Grizzlies at 6:00pm. General Admission is $3.00.

For more information, please visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/summerhill or http://www.usbasket.com/gba/gba.asp


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SERBIA

Radnicki 034 Group splits with Dejan Djokic -by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A league Radnicki 034 Group from Kargujevac parted ways with Dejan Djokic (198-F-80), who moved to Radnicki from Masinac during the summer. Both sides were unhappy since beginning of the season so management of Radnicki and the player agreed to terminate the contract.

Coach Dusan Ivkovic "Duda" did not sign the contract with AEK Athens -by Dragan Jankovski
According to words of Miodrag Raznatovic, agent of highly respected Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic "Duda", which were published in Serbian media Ivkovic did not sign the contract with Greek team AEK Athens. Namely, Ivkovic spent last week with his family in his "second house" Athens and he watched the Euroleague derby between PAO and Real Madrid but information that he agreed terms with AEK is totally incorrect. Ivkovic arrived to Belgrade yesterday around 5 p.m.

New signings -by Dragan Jankovski

Zdravlje Actavis signed contract with 20-year old point guard Ivan Jovanovic, who started the season in B league team Sloboda Uzice.

Young guard Ognjen Samardzija (-86), who grew up with BC Beovuk 72, joined currently the leading team of B league, Tamis Petrohemija from Pancevo.


Power forward Vladimir Vuksanovic (205-F-78, agency: Interperformances) agreed terms with participant of Serbian A Vizura from Belgrade. Ex player of FMP, Atlas, Mornar Bar, Himki, PAOK moved from Kalev Tallin to newcomer in Serbian best division due to private reasons.



FMP returns Djordje Micic to the roster -by Dragan Jankovski
After releasing of Nenad Stefanovic, Ivan Zigeranovic and Djordje Micic (196-G-83) couple of days ago management of FMP decided to return Micic in the roster and he is already with his teammates in Ljubljana where FMP will play against Union Olimpija. Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85) found the new club. He joined Polish team Polpak Swecie while Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84) is on the transfer list yet despite Radnicki 034 Group showed big interest for his srevice.

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SPAIN

LEB Gold Market news -by Francisco Martinez
Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron) has signed with Cuiudad de Huelva after being released by Alerta Cantabria Lobos. He has walked the opposite path to Damon Johnson (196-F-74, college: Tennessee), who two eewks ago left Huelva to join Cantabria Lobos.
Adrian Boccia (196-G/F-82) was waived by Cantabria too, now he plays the point for Autocid Burgos, instead the shooting guard he played in Cantabria.
Another movements are the waivement of Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: W.Kentucky) in Aguas de Valencia, replaced by Dan Grunfeld (198-G/F-84, college: Stanford).


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TANZANIA

Kili RBA resumes today -by Carlos Pereira
THE KILI RBA Basketball league continues at the Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam today with four matches on the menu.
Tanzania Prisons would take on PT Stars in the morning, while defending champions JKT will have a date with Chui at the same venue later on.
The matches would resume after lunch time, with Savio entertaining UDSM Outsiders where as Oliers would confront ABC.
The league would continue on Sunday at the same venue, with only one match that would pit Don Bosco and Vijana ‘City Bulls'.
Organised by the Dar es Salaam Basketball (BD), it has been divided into three groups - The Eastern Conference has Savio, PT Stars, Jogoo, Tanzania Prisons and UDSM Outsiders. Teams in the Central Conference include JKT, Chui, Vijana, Don Bosco and Srelio.
Those in the Eastern Conference include Oliers, Chang'ombe Boys, Mgulani JKT and ABC. The league started last weekend and is sponsored by Kilimanjaro - a Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) beer brand.


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TBL

Texas Basketball League Final Basketball Tryout Camp - December 15th - 16th, 2007 -by Benjamin Brinkley
Texas Basketball League Final Basketball Tryout Camp - December 15th - 16th, 2007

The Texas Basketball League will be holding its Final Basketball Tryouts towards the upcoming 2008 season on December 15th & 16th, 2007 at University of Texas in Arlington, Texas. This camp will be conducted in order to give basketball players an opportunity to be exposed to all teams in the Texas Basketball League. There will be a Free Agent Selection Draft held one week after the camp.

At last month's Free Agent Camp, 40 players from the camp were drafted by teams in the league. Drafted free agents and rookies will report to team training camps directly after the Free Agent camp, joining vets and protected players for preparation for opening night on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 at 7pm.

Make your dream a reality with the TBL League Tryouts!

WHEN: December 15th - 16th
WHERE: LA Fitness, 141 W ROAD TO SIX FLAGS (130 & COLLINS), Arlington, TX
SCHEDULE: Saturday 2:00 am - 6:00 pm
SCHEDULE: Saturday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2:00 pm - Registration
3:00 pm - Teams assigned
4:00 pm - Drills
5:00 pm - Games
6:00 pm - Final

SCHEDULE: Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2:00 pm - Practice / Drills
4:00 pm - Games
6:00 pm - Final

Fees:
Includes airport transportation on Saturday / Sunday and transportation to/from host hotels and gym

Registration Fee
$50 - Received before December 3rd, 2007, After Dec 3rd , Cost: $75
$100 - On December 15 - 16th, Late Fee / Walk-up

Fee must accompany registration form

Host Hotels:
To be Announced

For more information towards registration, please call 817-803-3588 or email the owner: benjaminbrinkley_tbl@yahoo.com
or log to: www.usbasket.com/tbl/tbl.asp


Come And Witness The Takeover of the State of Texas -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


2008 Texas Basketball League Regular Season Fact Sheet -by Benjamin Brinkley

2008 TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON FACT SHEET

DEVELOPING TALENT
The Texas Basketball League is developing talent from across all the state of Texas and the rest of the country. In 2008, Texas Basketball League drafted
97 players from across the country to Texas Basketball League team affiliates:

Player TBL Team / Draft Status
Desi Crisp* Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
EJ Johnson Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Steven Bennett Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Jamaal Burney Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Gregory Ward Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Rashad McGee Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
David Johnson Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Willie Barnes Team Lakers / Carolina Draft
Micheal Thomas Team Lakers / Carolina Draft

Herman Moore* Team Suns / October Draft
Bryan Mars Team Suns / October Draft
Tristian Gower Team Suns / October Draft
Jabari Britt Team Suns / October Draft
Joshua Daniels Team Suns / August Draft
Robert Delane Jr. Team Suns / September Draft
Detroit Pendergraf Team Suns / June Draft
Jamar Finnie Team Suns / September Draft

Maurice Smith* Team Celtics/ August Draft
Lamar Powell Jr. Team Celtics/ October Draft
Victor James Team Celtics/ August Draft
Equale “Q” Lacey Team Celtics/ August Draft
Kenneth Sherman Team Celtics/ August Draft
Stanley Reyes Team Celtics/ June Draft
DeNelle Hale Team Celtics/ August Draft
Tony Hola Team Celtics/ August Draft

Derrick Washington Team Bulls / August Draft
Errol “Chase” Brown Team Bulls / August Draft
Jamal Brown Team Bulls / August Draft
Curtis Williams Team Bulls / December Draft
Jarryd Knight Team Bulls / April Draft
Corey Banks Team Bulls / April Draft
Cody T Swanson Team Bulls / September Draft

Dale “DJ” Perkins Team Mavericks / October Draft
Christopher Sessions Team Mavericks / October Draft
Jermaine Wilson Team Mavericks / August Draft
Bruntavius “BJ” Willimas Team Mavericks / October Draft
Lamarcus Epps Team Mavericks / September Draft
Willie Nunley Team Mavericks / October Draft
Joseph Meyers Team Mavericks / SeptemberDraft

Wendell Lamonte' Balous* Team Spurs / December Draft
Keith Howell Team Spurs / December Draft
John Davis Team Spurs / October Draft
Randell Williams Team Spurs / September Draft
Kyile Byrd Team Spurs / April Draft
Steve Guerra Team Spurs / October Draft
Joe Martinez Team Spurs / October Draft

Brandon Payton* Team Knicks / December Draft
Johnney Mason Jr. Team Knicks / September Draft
Dovonan Nelson Team Knicks / September Draft
Kelvin Williams Team Knicks / October Draft
Leonard Frank Team Knicks / September Draft
Udeze Akuchie Team Knicks / October Draft

Charles Jefferson* Team Pistons / December Draft
Johnny Cox Team Pistons / April Draft
Robert Durham Team Pistons / October Draft
Joe Swain Team Pistons / August Draft
Coy Bell Team Pistons / August Draft
Edrick Williams Team Knicks / October Draft
Jonathan Patton Team Knicks / septemberDraft


There were 24 former WBA, ABA, and IBL players currently on 2008 Texas Basketball League teams. In addition, 17 former WBA basketball players have started
at least one game during the 2006-07 WBA season.

Every referee hired by the Texas Basketball League since 2007 is affiliated with the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) .

All Texas Basketball League's coaches have won basketball championships from other basketball organizations such as (ex. FIBA and Division II basketball)
in the past 5 years as mandated by the league front office.

THE GAME
Listed are the Texas Basketball League teams that played will play in the 2008 season and the head coaches
who can serve as assets for marketing and publicity efforts:
o Team Spurs (Southwest Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Mavericks (Southwest Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Lakers (Southwest Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Suns (Southwest Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Bulls (West Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Knicks (West Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Celtics (West Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach
o Team Pistons (West Division) - TBA - head coach, TBA - assistant coach

Rosters are composed of 10 players. Rosters can expand to 12 if the Texas Basketball League players are on assignment.

Teams play a 24-game regular season schedule beginning in early February and ending mid May.

The Texas Basketball League conducts a league-wide Draft every month during the off-season. To be eligible for the draft,
a player must have attended a Texas Basketball League Tryout.

Each team holds a training camp during the month of December. In order to participate in team training camp, a player must have been a member
of the team during the previous season, been drafted by the team during the Texas Basketball League Draft, been allocated to the team
by the league or been selected to attend camp from a local team tryout.

PLAYERS
Players sign a contract with the league and not with teams. The Standard Player Uniform Contract obligates players for one season.

Teams are required to have at least three first-year professionals on the roster at all times.

Teams do not have injured reserve lists.

THE COMMUNITY
The Texas Basketball League and its teams participate in Boys and Girls Club “Sports Buddies” program, and will executing almost
50 reading-related programs and activities during this season, including Welcome Back to School

The Texas Basketball League High School Sportsmanship Program honors a high school basketball team as sportsmanship winners on or
around March 5, which is National Sportsmanship Day.

The Student Achiever program runs throughout the school year and rewards students for various achievements such as perfect attendance, straight A's or improving in academic areas and is highlighted at games.


TBL TV
Approximately 24 games aired on TBL TV in 2008.
TBL TV also airs a bi-weekly highlight and features show throughout the season.
Three half-hour segments on Time Warner Public Access Channel 2 that will aired beginning in mid-February,
giving viewers an all-access look at life inside of the Texas Basketball League, the official semi-pro basketball of Texas.



TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Player Development Orientation
Introduces players to topics that will assist them in their transition into the Texas Basketball League. Special emphasis is placed on topics such as the Business of Basketball, Player Development programs, basketball operations, public relations, media training, marketing partners, community relations and cultural adjustment issues.

Players Awareness Meetings
Players Awareness Meetings (TAM) promote the development of personal and professional skills deemed necessary for basketball and life success on topics such as:
Nutrition, Money Management, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Sexual Health/Sexual Harassment Career Planning, High Risk Situations, Scout Feedback Panel and Motivation.

Continuing Education and Life Skills Programs
Assist players in completing their college degrees and assist them in returning to school, including offering online business communication and life skills certificate learning programs from University of Texas at Arlington.

For the 2008 season, over 25 % of Texas Basketball League players were involved in continuing education program initiatives.

Job Placement Program
Provide career counseling resources and skills development opportunities in areas such as career coaching sessions, career assessments, resume writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies.

Mentoring Program
The mentor program matches a high potential player with a retired NBA player or a successful local business man who have successfully accomplished
what this player is seeking to achieve in sport or life.

The mentor assists the player mentee in acquiring valuable basketball and career related information in an effort to prepare the mentee for the challenges
of the semi-pro basketball or the business world.

Texas Basketball League's coaches also served as mentors for the 2008 season are Benjamin Brinkley and Jim McClory to name a few.

TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE ALL-STAR 2008 IN DALLAS, TEXAS

Southwest Division and West Division Leading Coaches will served as head coaches for the Addias Texas Basketball League All-Star Game in association with LA Fitness, which was held at TBL All-Star Jam Session at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas on April 1st.


2008 TEXAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

2008 SPORTS IMAGE INC. ALL-TBL BASKETBALL LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
Listings: Position Player Team

2008 TEXAS SPORTSINGS GOODS ALL-TBL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
Listings: Position Player Team

2008 ALL-TBL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE HONORABLE MENTION
Listings: Position Player Team

Texas Basketball League Sportsmanship Award: This award will be name after the first recipient of this award

Texas Basketball League Defensive Player of the Year Award: This award will be name after the first recipient of this award

Texas Basketball League Rookie of the Year Award: This award will be name after the first recipient of this award

Texas Basketball League Coach of the Year Award: This award will be name after the first recipient of this award

Texas Basketball League Most Valuable Player Award: This award will be name after the first recipient of this award



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THAILAND

Malaysia claims the first win upsetting Thailand -by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Thailand 70:65

Malaysian National team bounced back after the loss to Indonesia in the SEA Games opener. Today they edged hosting Thailand and improved to 1-1 record in the ladder. The hosts kept it close in the starting frame as they trailed by just a single point 21:22. Malaysia however gradually gained speed and looked more confident with every passing minute. The things deemed for Thai team in the second term as well-balanced Malaysia offense capped the first half with some impressive plays and clinched a 45:38 advantage at halftime. The complexion of the game did not change after the intermission as Malaysia kept their opponents at a safe distance. The shots just would not drop for Thailand and moreover they were losing the battle under the rims to deny themselves a chance to get to a striking distance. The hosts scored only 9 points in the third stanza and were behind by 10 points heading into the final period. Finally Piyapong Piroon and Pramoch Jantharaniyom got the home side rolling with a couple of successful plays. Thailand cut the gap but Malaysia came up cool at the dying stages and draining important free throws ensured the winning outcome.
Koh Way Tek (194-F/C-83) led the winners with 19 points and 8 boards. Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) and Kappusamy Satyaseelan scored 11 points apiece for Malaysia. Piyapong Piroon answered with game-high 22 points and 7 boards for Thailand. Chaiwat Kaedum (-C-85) contributed 12 points and 8 boards in a losing clause. Malaysia outmuscled their opponents under the rims pulling down 35 boards.
Malaysia will now play against Cambodia on Monday. Thailand will seek for the first victory against Indonesia the same day.

Malaysia: Koh Way Tek 19+8 boards, Tan Kian Hoong 11, Kappusamy Satyaseelan 11
Thailand: Piyapong Piroon 22, Chaiwat Kaedum 12


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UKRAINE

Both Kyiv teams are victorious in Cherkassy. -by Alexei Naumov
BC Kyiv managed to extend their Superleague winning streak to 10 games, having defeated Cherkassky Mavpy 83:95.

Cherkassy played ran the floor well during the first quarter and visiting Kyiv had difficulty slowing the home side down. As a result - 31:25 1st quarter lead for the Monkeys. Both teams significantly slowed down in the 2nd, tying it at 13 points, and heading into the intermission with a 6-point Cherkassy cushion.

The visitors managed to even the game up in the 3rd quarter, giving the hosts the first heavy blow with a 7:0 run at the end of the timeframe. Using the momentum, Kyiv went on to win the final stretch 28:20, remaining (after Mariupol's home loss to Khimik) the only undefeated Superleague team.

Cherkassy's leader Fadi El Khatib had a game-high 24 points, adding 5 rebounds and 8 turnovers. Andriy Lebedev scored 5 treys and a couple of free-throws to total 17 for the game.

Kyiv's captain Artur Drozdov paced his team with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Pooh Jeter added 17 points and 6 assists.

Meanwhile, Kyiv's Juniors also defeated Cherkassy's counterparts 65:76.

The first two quarters were even and Kyiv gained a 12-point edge only due to a strong 3rd quarter, holding on to the lead in the 4th.

Artem Shvets, who rejoined his club after spending the first 9 Superleague contests in Lviv, had 25 points and 8 rebounds. Cherkassy's Yuriy Lohmanchuk had a team-high 17, while Oleg Shevchenko and Dmytro Podolyanko each contributed with 16.

You may view the rest of the game-day's scores on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.


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URUGUAY

Defesor won the first stage -by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting beat Union Atletica 88-71 to win the first stage of the Uruguayan League and both teams, with six others, Bigua, Malvin, Trouville, Hebraica, Atenas and Welcome will play the second one. The teams, with half of the points already earned, will play twice against each other and then the first four will play play off. Aguada and Soriano were relegated to second division.
Result for last night games (Main scorers and foreign players)
Olimpia 85 - Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) 26 points., Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10 poins and 11 rebounds
Atenas 77 - Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) 21 points and 10 rebounds
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Defensor Sporting - David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) 25 points, Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) 25 points and Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 8 points and 7 rebounds
Union Atletica- No statistucs available
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Welcome 96 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F/C-83) 29 points, Jamaal Wise (196-F-83, college: Rhode Island) 24 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 21 points
Aguada 86 - Kenya Carruthers (201-F-79, college: Ks Wesleyan) 27 points and 12 rebounds, Josh Murray (201-F-79, college: IUPU-Indianapolis) 18 points and 14 rebounds:
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Malvin 94 - Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) 12 points and 11 rebounds. Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 12 points
Soriano 69 - Nicolas Barrera (200-F-77) 19
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Trouville 88 - Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) 35 points, Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) 23 points and 18 rebounds, Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, college: S.Carolina St.) 4 points and 11 rebounds
Hebraica 71 - Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 29 points and 12 rebounds, Carlos Wheeler (203-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville) 7 points and 10 rebounds
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Sayago 81 -
Paysandu 79 -




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Women News

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ARGENTINA - Women

Gisella Vega loses the first with Tarbes -by Eurobasket News
In the game for the first place in Group K Nadezhda overcame Tarbes 68:57. That was the 4th victory for the Russian team and the first loss for the French in the tournament. Olga Ovcharenko nailed 14 points for the winners. Elen Shakirova netted 13, while Anastasiya Verameyenka and Victoria Shagan scored 11 points each. Kristen Mann produced 19 points in defeat, while Argentinian Gisella Vega (188-C-82) scored 12 points and made 9 rebounds.

Savasta opened the game for the visitors with a three pointer. Russian team replied with 5-0 run and then managed to take 18:16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Kristen Mann scored the last five points for her team to reduce to 2 points. In the second quarter Gisella Vega gave the guests 26:27 lead. Due to 11-2 Nadezhda went to the lockers with 37:29.

A 23:15 in the third quarter was a great opportunity not to worry in the last quarter. Olga Ovcharenko's jump-shot made the score 60:44 after 30 minutes. First seven points in the fourth quarter belonged however to the French side, but then Nadezhda spurted with some important baskets. Olga Ovcharenko's last two free throws brought a 68:57 victory for the hosts that improved to 4-1.
Laura Nicolini (175-G-75) scored 5 points and made 6 rebounds for Celta Vigo in Spain over Hondarribia Irun. The latter seemed finding its way after winning in FIBA Eurocup last wednesday.But its bad moment in league continued and lost in Vigo.Razza Mujanovic and Maja Erkic were decisive for new triumph.


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Hibbert, Hill and Jackson -by Eurobasket News
Joanne Hill (182-F/G-73) scored 8 points for Spanish Extrugasa that improved to 2-3 record in the EuroCup. Swiss Sdent Sierre suffered their 5th straight defeat in EuroCup and they continued to remain at the bottom of Group I ladder. Miriam Herrera and Kiesha Brown 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 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 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 and Maria Villarroel provided 12 points each in defeat. The hosts committed 19 turnovers and shot just 1/10 from beyond the arc.

Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) and her Wasserburg celebrated the first win in EuroCup this season. In a home thriller against Szeviep the German powerhouse won 83:82. As a result 27:15 was almost enough after the opening quarter. Amanda Lassiter paced the winners with 24 points. Katrina Hibbert netted 14, while Diana Adela Pop collected 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Milena Tomova chipped in 32 points in the losing effort. TSV Wasserburg improved to 1-4, while Szeviep is 2-3.
The hosts opened the game with 7-0 run and it was noticeable how hard the team can do in order to win for the first time. Wasserburg led to 27:15 after the first 10 minutes in a great beginning of it. The second quarter had another scenario and Ivelina Vrantcheva reduced to 34;32 in the end of it. The teams however went to the lockers with 46:39 at the half time.
Amanda Lassiter made plus 14 in the third quarter in a 20:19 victory. It did not seem that the visitors would be able to catch up as TSV Wasserburg still had 10 points with 5 minutes remaining. A 7-0 run by the Hungarian team however brought an intrigue in the final seconds. Ivelina Vrantcheva tied the score at 82:82 when German team was frustrated. Luckily for the hosts Diana Adela Pop's free throw was enough to taste the Victory of EuroCup.

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 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.


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BELARUS - Women

Anastasiya Verameyenka bolis over -by Eurobasket News
In Round 4 and 5 of EuroCup Belorusian Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) was unstoppbale and showed outstanding games for Nadezhda from Russia.
Novia Munalux Namur was upset by Nadezhda in Group K of EuroCup, Rund 4. The latter showed it is one of the top candidates to win group, however is still with 3-1 record. Meanwhile, Novia Munalux Namur dropped to 1-3 and registered its first home loss. Elen Shakirova led the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds. She was well followed by Belarus Anastasiya Verameyenka who collected 20 points and 15 boards. Stephanie Dubuc top-scored for the Belgian team with 24 points. Anastasiya Verameyenka opened fire in the game to score in a cold start of the game. Novia Munalux Namur managed to lock the defensive board in the opening minutes but lacked concentration in offense. Nadezhda used it as a chance and started with 18:28 after the first ten minutes of the game. Anastasiya Verameyenka kept the same number of deficit sending the teams to the lockers.
In the third quarter it became clear that Novia Munalux Namur would not catch up. Nadezhda used 13:19 in the period and took 46:62 after 30 minutes of the game. Elen Shakirova set up the final score, 59:77. In another game of the group Tarbes beat Madeira.


In the game for the first place in Group K Nadezhda overcame Tarbes 68:57. That was the 4th victory for the Russian team and the first loss for the French in the tournament. Olga Ovcharenko nailed 14 points for the winners. Elen Shakirova netted 13, while Anastasiya Verameyenka and Victoria Shagan scored 11 points each. Kristen Mann produced 19 points in defeat.
Savasta opened the game for the visitors with a three pointer. Russian team replied with 5-0 run and then managed to take 18:16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Kristen Mann scored the last five points for her team to reduce to 2 points. In the second quarter Gisella Vega gave the guests 26:27 lead. Due to 11-2 Nadezhda went to the lockers with 37:29.

A 23:15 in the third quarter was a great opportunity not to worry in the last quarter. Olga Ovcharenko's jump-shot made the score 60:44 after 30 minutes. First seven points in the fourth quarter belonged however to the French side, but then Nadezhda spurted with some important baskets. Olga Ovcharenko's last two free throws brought a 68:57 victory for the hosts that improved to 4-1.


TEO Vilnius grabbed the second win in Euroleague campaign beating Dynamo 78:72 last night. Lithuanian team caught them up in Group D ladder as both squads have 2-3 record. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) led the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jurgita Streimikyte posted 17, while Nykesha Sales added 14. Simona Augustus top-scored for the Russian team with 23 points.
Dynamo had the better of the first period securing a 20:13 advantage. TEO replied with 24:14 in the second to take 37:34 lead at the half. It was Yelena Leuchanka who first gave an advatage to the hosts as she made a jump-shot at 35:34.
Sulciute in the third gave TEO 55:46 and then Jurgita Streimikyte increased the lead to plus 11. Lithuanian squad held ten points in the last quarter, however let the guests to reduce to 4 at some time of it. Firsova's three brought an intrigue at 74:70, but Yelena Leuchanka's free throws in the end lifted TEO on top. Both teams stay in the middle of the group having 2-3 record.


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BRAZIL - Women

Alessandra Santos is the best for Halcon -by Eurobasket News
Halcon Avenida lost to Russian UMMC 90:64 in game 5 of Euroleague. A fascinating second half was fatal for the guests that fell at 2-3. Agnieszka Bibrzycka led the winners with 17 points. Sandrine Gruda netted 16, while Deanna Nolan added 10. Brazilian 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 wins 90:64 and look forward to finish the group with zero.

Cintia Dos Santos - Silva (195-C-75) Cintia together with 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 paced the winners with 17 points. Cintia Dos Santos - Silva Cintia netted 14, while Simona Ballardin and Nieuwveen had 13 apiece. Lenae Williams 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 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.

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 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 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 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.


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CANADA - Women

Enormous double-double is not enough for McKenzie -by Eurobasket News
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 hit quick 4 points to put Sdent Sierre ahead. But gradually the shots began dropping for Extrugasa and a triple from Leslie Ardon made it 16:10 for the visiting side. Miriam Herrera and Kiesha Brown 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 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 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.
Fenerbahce claimed a comfortable 75:61 triumph in Istanbul over ESB Lille Metropole in EuroLeague. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Cappie Pondexter each had 16 points to pace Fenerbahce.


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FINLAND - Women

FINNISH CUP: Catz wins first time ever -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish Cup Final, Vantaa, Energy Arena: Catz (Lappeenranta) - Espoo Team 69-57 (38-28). Quarters: 23-14, 15-14, 12-13, 19-16. Catz winning first time ever Finnish Cup. Team's lead was nine pts already after the first quarter. Espoo Team came close (57-51) during the 4th quarter, but Catz won even that quarter by three and the contest by 12 pts. Elena Reshetko (185-C-86) led Catz with 21 pts. Canadian Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) added 16 pts and American Kirbria Lewis (168-G-84, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) 11 pts. Yelena Solovyeva (189-C-75) re-signed with Catz before the game the contract for seasons 2008-2010 and was once again key player for Catz: 12 pts and 13 rbs. Espoo Team had two players in double figures: Mirka Jarchovska (173-F-72) 20 and Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) 11 pts.



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GERMANY - Women

Anne Breitreiner tried to save the day for Lotos but her last second shot went off mark -by Eurobasket News
German players follow Wassrbur's first team and participate as well in EuroCup tournaments. Janel McCarville 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 '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.
Martina Weber (196-F-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Iona) nailed 5 points and made 6 boards for the Russian BC Moscow. Her team however lost in Italy to Famila 58:69.


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IVORY COAST - Women

N'Garsanet produces the best game so far in Poland -by Eurobasket News
Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 18 points, made 6 rebounds and 4 assists in Poland. Her Gorzow and Croatian Gospic struggled in Group F of EuroCup for the first position. Polish team having around 1000 spectators had a great support by them winning 92:66. Justyna Zurowska paced all the winners with 19 points. Six consecutive points saw Gorzow Wielkopolski in the opening tip of the game. Their team played much better and deserved 9 points lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Moore with a lay-up made it 23:16 for the hosts. Gospic played better in the second quarter but could not tie the score. Mazic cut the deficit to 3 points but then Agnieszka Szott sent the teams to the lockers with 43:38.
A 8-0 run in the middle of the third gave the Polish squad control for the whole game. Ristic's lay up gave her team 71:51 after 3rd. Another 9-0 run in the last quarter ruined the Croatian team. KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow nailed 92 points in the game and easily overcame the opponent. Christelle N'Garsanet showed a great percentage nailing 8 out of 10 field goals.


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JUCO - Women

Lady Commodores are perfect at the start -by Eurobasket News
Gulf Coast CC is being ranked as the top team after three weeks of action in the NJCAA season. The Lady Commodores won 10 straight games and roll confidently at the moment. In their last game they overcame Monroe CC 92:65. The Lasy Commodores got to a slow start but still led by 10 points at halftime 39:29. The things changed completely in the second half as Gulf Coast CC sparked a numerous impressive offensive plays to easily clear off and celebrated their 10th consecutive victory in the season. Chimere Jordan led the action with 27 points. She nailed 7 triples to pace the Lady Commodores. Janae Stokes contributed 17 points for the winners. Monroe responded with game-high 30 points from Brittany Hilliard in defeat. Gulf Coast will play against Saint Petersburg next weekend.
Meanwhile ranked #3 Barton County CC extended their winning streak to 11 games as they pounded Allen County 77:45 at the Jayhawk Shoot Out in Coffeyville. The Cougars opened the game with a 13:4 rally and then enlarged the margin to 15 points on a 10:2 run. Barton led safely 33:20 at the interval and then scored quick 7 points to widen the gap to 20 points 40:20 early in the second half. The Cougars never allowed their opponents to come any closer thereafter and celebrated their 11th win in the season. Ipek Turkyilmaz led the action with 14 points for Barton County. Kristine Silaraja (5'9''-G-87) and Inga Muciniece (6'4''-C-86) provided 12 points apiece in a winning effort. Allen County were led by 11 points from Brittany Johnson. Lanicka Smith had 10 points and 15 boards as the Red Devils fell to 6-3 record for the season.


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MALI - Women

Sangare chipped in 13 points over the defending champions in Slovakia -by Eurobasket News
Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) netted 13 points for Poprad in Slovak Republic, Round 9. The defending champion of Slovak Republic KOSIT had a road win over Whirpool Poprad 63:82 due to 23:9 in the second quarter. Anna Jurcenkova led the winners with 22 points. Jalcova posted 13, while Gearlds added 12. Eva Kmetova ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 3 points, made 1 rebounds and 1 steal for Gambrinus. 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 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 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 and Eva Viteckova produced 19 points apiece for Brno. Zuzana Zirkova nailed 15 points and grabbed 5 boards for the winners. Jennifer Fleischer netted 13 points for Dexia. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 12 points, while Kim Smith 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.


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NAIA - Women

Union Lady Bulldogs top the first season poll -by Eurobasket News
Union Lady Bulldogs occupied the top spot in the first poll of the season. They posted 11 straight victories in NAIA Division I action and remained on top of the poll. Freed-Hardeman made an obvious step up as they improved to the third spot s they were voted the 8th place in the preseason poll. Fred-Hardeman University are 8-1 for the season so far. Oklahoma Baptist University climbed 14 steps up as they received the 6th spot in the poll after their 9-0 start to the season.
Union University recently visited Westminster College in Utah and grabbed their 9th straight victory 93:79. The Lady Bulldogs held on to a 43:34 advantage at halftime. Westminster College came up strong in the second half and mounted the pressure. But a strong performance from Kaitlin Dudley allowed the Lady Bulldogs celebrate victory at the end. She provided game-high 26 points and 9 boards for Union. Latoya Bellamy and Josephine Owino (6'1''-C-83) scored 16 points apiece for the winners. Shannon Evans responded with 23 points for Westminster as they fell to 8-2 record in the season. Union will take on Temple Baptist College next Friday.
Meanwhile Vanguard University stayed at the second spot in the poll with a 6-1 start of the season. The Lions were victorious in the last game against Fresno Pacific 95:30. Jessica Richter (5'10''-G) came up with 29 points to ensure the winning outcome for the Lions. Sarah Boyd and Melissa Cook (6'0''-G/F) scored 12 points apiece in a winning case. Kari Cox netted 8 points for Fresno Pacific as they fell to 5-6 record.


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PHILIPPINES - Women

Philippines edge Singapore in the SEA Games opener -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Singapore 67:55

The 24th edition of SEA Games got rolling in Women's basketball section as Philippines took on Singapore hours ago. Four teams participate at the tournament. Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will decide on the title in round-robin encounters. The action started today with Philippines against Singapore clash at the Keelapirom Staduim. Philippines got to a better start to this one as they claimed a 24:13 lead one quarter into the game. But Singapore shaped things up and went off firing in the second stanza. They played much more attentively in defense and limited their opponents to 12 points in the second quarter. The momentum turned Singapore way but Philippines managed to stay in front and secured a 36:29 advantage at halftime. Matthew Gaston obviously had a serious talk with his team during halftime break as Philippines got back to court in a different mood. The defense improved drastically and Singapore struggled to find offensive opportunities. Philippines forced their counterparts to numerous mistakes and the gap started to grow. It reached 15-point mark at the end of the third stanza and Philippines played confident basketball at the moment. Singapore worked hard to cut the deficit in the fourth period but they never succeeded as Philippines celebrated their first win at the tournament. Melissa Jacob (176-G) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Philippines. Joan Grajales provided 11 points, while Victoria Brick had 9 points for the winners. Zhou Lei (187-C-87) responded with 19 points and 10 boards for Singapore. Shuwen Poon delivered 12 points and 6 boards in a losing effort. Philippines will next take on Thailand, while Singapore faces Malaysia on Monday.

Philippines: Melissa Jacob 19, Joan Grajales 11, Victoria Brick 9
Singapore: Zhou Lei 19+10 boards, Shuwen Poon 12


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SENEGAL - Women

Astou N'Diaye top-scores for Napoli -by Eurobasket News
Astou N'Diaye (190-C-73, college: Abil.Christian) opened the scoring stats for Phard Napoli and later added a jumper to keep Napoli up early in the game against TTT Riga. But soon Micaela Jacintho 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 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 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 had 10 points in a winning case. Astou N'Diaye 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.

Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 11 points for USVO Valenciennes in a loss from Spartak 70:91. 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 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.


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SERBIA - Women

Jovana Milovanovic in Kovin -by Dragana Vukovic
Jovana Milovanovic (171-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) broke her contract with KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje and signed with ZKK Kovin till the and of season.She will help the team to stay in the 1st division.

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SINGAPORE - Women

Philippines edge Singapore in the SEA Games opener -by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Singapore 67:55

The 24th edition of SEA Games got rolling in Women's basketball section as Philippines took on Singapore hours ago. Four teams participate at the tournament. Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will decide on the title in round-robin encounters. The action started today with Philippines against Singapore clash at the Keelapirom Staduim. Philippines got to a better start to this one as they claimed a 24:13 lead one quarter into the game. But Singapore shaped things up and went off firing in the second stanza. They played much more attentively in defense and limited their opponents to 12 points in the second quarter. The momentum turned Singapore way but Philippines managed to stay in front and secured a 36:29 advantage at halftime. Matthew Gaston obviously had a serious talk with his team during halftime break as Philippines got back to court in a different mood. The defense improved drastically and Singapore struggled to find offensive opportunities. Philippines forced their counterparts to numerous mistakes and the gap started to grow. It reached 15-point mark at the end of the third stanza and Philippines played confident basketball at the moment. Singapore worked hard to cut the deficit in the fourth period but they never succeeded as Philippines celebrated their first win at the tournament. Melissa Jacob (176-G) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Philippines. Joan Grajales provided 11 points, while Victoria Brick had 9 points for the winners. Zhou Lei (187-C-87) responded with 19 points and 10 boards for Singapore. Shuwen Poon delivered 12 points and 6 boards in a losing effort. Philippines will next take on Thailand, while Singapore faces Malaysia on Monday.

Philippines: Melissa Jacob 19, Joan Grajales 11, Victoria Brick 9
Singapore: Zhou Lei 19+10 boards, Shuwen Poon 12


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ST.VINCENT - Women

Young poured in season high 32 points -by Eurobasket News
AEL lost the third game in EuroCup campaign last night. In the game versus Turkish Galatasaray the team had nothing to do but to accept the loss as Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) shined for the hosts. She nailed 32 points to lead the winners to 4-1. Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu posted 19, while Petra Ujhelyi collected 8 points and 13 rebounds. Betty Lennox top-scored for the team from Cyprus with 22 points.

An amazing personal streak by Sophia Young lifted Turkish team on top of the group. Despite a fast start by AEL, Galatasaray looked better in the entire game and was the favorite even before it. Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu started contributing for the hosts from the very beginning.

Even though the teams showed an appropriate percentage from the field, their three-pointers could be much better. AEK made 4 out 18 far shots, while Galatasaray was even worse, 2 out of 15. It was Stoenescu for AEK who made 10 attempts and made 2 of them. The next game AEK will play on December 13th against Elizur from Israel. In another game of the group Dnipro sensationally overcame Elizur and improved to 1-4. Two players led Dnipro nailing 42 points together.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

WESTERN HOLDS ON FOR VICTORY AGAINST VIKINGS -by David Edole
Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis)' 25 points and Jill Johnson's 22 points were enough to hold off the Augustana Vikings 79-75 Saturday night at the MWSU Fieldhouse in front of 1,185 fans.
Missouri Western would open up the game with three turnovers in their first seven possessions and trail 10-4 in the first three plus minutes. The Griffons would go on an 11-3 run over the next 3:08 with three consecutive three pointers by Jill Johnson, Yanique Javois, and Lauren Nolke and lead 15-13. The teams would trade baskets for the next few minutes and Western would take the lead back 22-21 on a steal and fast break lay-up by Chemia Woods with 10:35 remaining in the half. MWSU would finish off the half on a 10-3 run over the final 2:41 with three point baskets by Nolke and Johnson.
The Griffons would hit seven three pointers in the first half (7-of-11, 64%) while shooting 56% (18-of-32) from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Western was led by Javois' 18 points on 8-of-9 from the field. Johnson also chipped in with 12 points and led the Griffs with 6 boards.
The Augustana Vikings also hit seven three point buckets in the first half shooting 46% (12-of-26) from the field, 50% (7-of-14) from downtown, and 57% (8-of-14) from the charity stripe. The Vikings were led in the first half by freshman guard Molly Hayes with 14 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, including three three point baskets.
Missouri Western would come out and continue to control the game for the first ten minutes of the second half. Woods' lay-up with 17:53 remaining would give the Griffons their largest lead of the game at 55-41. The Vikings would go on a quick 9-1 run to cut the lead to six behind two three pointers from Amy Puthoff. Western would respond and get the lead back to 12 with a Johnson lay-up with 10:11 to go in the game.
Over the next seven plus minutes the Vikings would drop back into a 2-3 zone which Western struggled to solve. Using the zone defense and better shot selection, the Vikings would outscore MWSU 17-8 in those seven plus minutes trimming the lead to one, 73-72 with 3:15 remaining. Javois would come up huge and knock down a three pointer with 2:05 to go. After a Ford free throw, freshman guard Kayla Henke would hit a three pointer for the Vikings and make it 77-75 with 1:22 to go. Johnson would miss a jumper on the next possession only to see Amanda Thomas come up with a steal on the defensive end. Johnson would be fouled and knock down both free throws to finish off the game.
Javois led the Griffons with 25 points on 11-of-15 from the field. Johnson would add her 22 points and six rebounds. Nolke would hit three three pointers in route to her 11 points for the game and freshman forward Rachel Luteyn would grab a career high seven rebounds. As a team Western shot 47% (30-of-64) from the field, 47% (9-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 77% (10-of-13) from the line.
Augustana had four players in double figures, led by Hayes who had 17 points. Other players in double figures were Ashley Holiday (15 points, 11 rebounds), Amy Puthoff (11 points), and Whitney Hofer (10 points).
The Griffons will be off until they travel to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to participate in the Henderson State Classic on December 17 & 18. Missouri Western will take on Southern Arkansas on Monday the 17th at 2:00pm and host Henderson State on Tuesday the 18th at 6:00pm.


Javois player of the week -by David Edole
Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis), a 5-foot-9, senior forward from St. Croix, was named the MIAA Player of the Week for her performance last week against Park (Mo.). Javois scored 12 of the Griffons' first 24 points during a career-best 33-point performance in a 97-71 home win over Park (Mo.) last Tuesday (Nov. 27).

She came out on fire in the first 7:40 of the game, as she was perfect on five shots from the field, including a pair of three point shots. Western opened the game 10-of-13 from the field and held a 23-17 lead at that point.

Javois finished the half with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor, 3-of-3 from the arc, as the Griffons held a 50-41 halftime lead.

In 33 minutes of action, she was 15-of-19 from the field, and 3-of-5 from long range. As a team, MWSU made 57.8 percent (37of-64) of its tries from the field. They also extended their home non-conference winning streak to 18.

Javois is a graduate of Lafayette High School, and transferred to Western from Saint Louis (Mo.) University following her sophomore season.

Missouri Western State University (located in St. Joseph, Mo.) is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


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UKRAINE - Women

Ukrainians in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing lost to the favorite of Euroleague, CSKA in Hungary, but Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) top-scored for the hosts. 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 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 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 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 supported the scoring momentum for Russian team as CSKA enlarged the cushion to 66:59 at the end of the third term. Maria Stepanova scored first 9 points for CSKA in the final quarter and lifted them to a 75:65 distance. But Olexandra Gorbunova 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 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 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.

Oksana Agabalova (186-F-73) scored 4 points and made 1 board against Czech powerhouse Gambrinus. Her Dexia were unable to challenge Gambrinus as they traveled 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 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 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 and Eva Viteckova produced 19 points apiece for Brno. Zuzana Zirkova nailed 15 points and grabbed 5 boards for the winners. Jennifer Fleischer netted 13 points for Dexia. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 12 points, while Kim Smith added 11 points in a loss.

Latvian TTT Riga ensured their 3rd victory at the FIBA Euroleague tournament as they beat Phard Napoli yesterday as Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) helped a lot for the hosts. 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 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 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 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 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.