EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/11/2008

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ABA

Frost Heaves Handle Rainmen in Halifax -by Surujh Roopnarine
The defending ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves improved to 16-3 on the season as they defeated the host Halifax Rainmen 103-89 last night at the Metro Centre.
Utilizing a 25-7 run the start the second half, Vermont broke open the close contest and then held on for the victory. Halifax drops to 7-10 o the season, but will have a chance at redemption as they host Vermont again tonight in the back-to-back affair.
Dokun Akingbade (6'9''-F-84, college: George Washington) was the high man for Vermont with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Canadian National Team member Jermaine Anderson (6'2''-G-83, college: Fordham) tallied 24 points for the Rainmen.
FROST HEAVES: Dokun Akingbade (21p+13rb), Antonio Burks (13p), Erik Nelson (12p+7rb), B.J. Robertson (12p)
RAINMEN: Jermaine Anderson (24p), Lantrice Green (16p+5rb), Eric Crookshank (6p+14rb), Brian Silverhorn (10p)


Beijing Holds Undermanned Millrats at Bay -by Jay
January 8, 2007 Singapore: The Beijing Aoshen Olympians held the undermanned Manchester Millrats at Bay and won 109-99 at the Toa Payoh Sports Complex.

Travel woes out of LAX left the Millrats with only six players including one still nursing an ankle sprain (Souleymane Wane). Missing were ABA All Star Rob Sanders and fourth leading scorer John Huggins, not to mention Rashid Al-Kaleem, Chris Burns, and 6'11 Ife Anosike.

'Super-guards' Ismael Caro and Anthony Anderson as the Beijing Coach Paul Coughter called them following the match, scored two thirds of the Millrats points in both games on a variety of ways. By Tuesday's game the Singaporean crowd was cheering almost exclusively for the underdog Millrats, as Caro and Anderson provided amazing play after amazing play.

But down the stretch, the Olympians depth and rebounding proved too much, and they pulled away on back to back three pointers by Jamel Staten and LA Lakers draft pick Sun Yue (18 points).

'I couldnt be more proud of the team. Despite the nightmarish travel debacle, fatigue, and injury issues, they played their hearts out with passion and never complained,' stated Millrats Principal Owner Jason Briggs.

Caro and Anderson led Manchester with 30 and 26 respectively. PJ Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jamel Staten led Beijing with 37 points.

Manchester is currently on the way back to New Hampshire to regroup, and get ready to travel into hostile territory in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, and then Quebec on Sunday. They face the defending ABA Champs on Saturday January 12th at 4:05 pm, in Burlington

Then on Sunday the 13th, Manchester goes north again to play the Quebec Kebs, whom they have yet to defeat this season, for a 3:00 pm game.

Courtesy of manchestermillrats.com


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Market news -by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA parted ways with Trey Johnson (196-G, college: Jackson St.), who joined the team in November. USA guard expected to be a big reinforcement for Hemofarm but unfortunately management of the club was not satisfied with his performance.

Despite it was published that Taliek Brown (186-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: Connecticut) is the new player of Siroki Prima Pivo, he signed the contract with BC Feni Indurstija from FYROM and he will join his new team today.


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ARGENTINA

Penarol wins again -by Gianni Pascucci

Penarol Mar del Plata took advantage of playing on its home court to defeat Libertad Sunchales 69-64 in Day 2 of of Liga de las Americas 'Group D'. The win probably secured the classification to the second leg of the competition.

Led by Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency), Penarol started well, ending ahead the 1st Qtr ahead 21-18. They continuted on at this pace, leading the score at the halftime 39-28. Led by Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) and Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel), Libertad tried to come back during the 3rd quarter (52-43 for Penarol at the end), but it wasn' t enough, and the home team took the win. Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) topped all the scorers at 22 pts for Penarol, folowed by Roman Gonzalez with 18 and Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) with 12. Ginobili and Battle scored 16 points each for Libertad.



Penarol ends undefeated -by Gianni Pascucci
Penarol Mar del Plata ended undefeated the 'Group D' after the large win, 84-67 over Universo/BRB Brasilia in Day 3 of Liga de las Americas in Mar del Plata. With 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assit, Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) was the best performer of the game, and Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) added 22 pts and 5 rebs. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) led the Brazilian team with 22 points in losing effort. Thanks to this result, the two Argentinean teams, Penarol and Libertad, advance both to the quarterfinals, where they will meet Defensor Sporting (URU) and Minas Tenis (BRA), respectively.

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BELGIUM

Div 1 Recap Rd 15 -by Peter Buyse


Important road win for Oostende in Charleroi gives them sole possession of 1st place in the Ethias league.
Up until halftime things did not look good for Oostende who were trailing by 12 after 20 minutes.
Slowly but surely they got closer and closer to the home team and were only behind by 3 at the start of the 4th quarter.

Oostende got the better of Charleroi in the final quarter 19-25 to get away with an important road win over one of their main rivals.


The 2 last place teams Gent and Leuven were blown out by their opponents.

Gent had already lost the game in the first quarter when Mons took a 10-27 lead. Mons extended its lead in each quarter for the 61-92 win.


Leuven stayed even with Liege till half-time (38-39) but a disastrous 3rd quarter where Liege outscored the home team 10-21 was the end of the road for Leuven.


Close game in Antwerp where the visitors needed an overtime period to get the win. The scores in each of the 4 quarters was never more than a 2 pt difference leading to an overtime periond where Bree outscored the Antwerp Giants 3-7 to take the road win.


The Verviers vs Aalst game was close all along and not decided till the final quarter when the home team outscored Aalst 18-13 for the 88-82 win.


MVP of round 15 was Oostende's Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 21 pts, grabbed 6 rebs, handed out 5 assists and had 3 steals. He made 4 for 5 from the field and was perfect from the line with 12 out of 12 Ft's.



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BELIZE

U-26 program commencing next week! -by David Magana
The Belize Basketball Association has announced an Official Training Program commencing next weekend which will include 100 college eligible players from all over Belize including the UB & SJC Tertiary level teams. On the 25th January, the tournament will start featuring the best of the cream in basktball of the country of Belize. This tournament will be an U-21 and the program will be run by the Belize Basketball Association. So basketball fans will have a taste of good quality basktball at this level. Everyone is invited to come out for the inaguration at the Belize Civic Center in Belize City.

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BRAZIL

Universo eliminates Liceo Mixto -by Gianni Pascucci
Brazilian team Universo/BRB defeated Liceo Mixto 86-78 in the first game of the Day 2 of of Liga de las Americas 'Group D' competition, keeping alive the hopes to advance to quarterfinals. Arthur Belchior Silva (198-G-82) was the man of the game in Universo, scoring 30 points, Luis Fernando Souza added 17 points and Andre 'Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 16 at the winning side. Percy Werth (185-G-78) and Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) outstood at the Chilean side, scoring 14 points each. In tonight game vs. Penarol, Universo will point all its 'fiches' to reach the qualification. Instead, Liceo Mixto is yet out from the race.

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CAMEROON

NCAA News.. -by Yann Tientcheu
The past seven days have been marked by excitement and eye-gazing performances from some of our countrymen showcasing
their talents in the highest collegiate level of the basketball world.
Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) who is currently 14 and 2 with the Rhode Island University Rams ponctuated the Jan. 9th evening with his 15 pts, 5 Asts and 1blk in
a game lost by RIU to the University of Dayton carried by a well oiled machine of player such as Roberts Brian, Johnson Marcus and the sensational
freshman Chris Wright. The Cameroonian National Team point Guard is sending a strong and resounding message to the doubters, and is setting a solid
foundation for the upcoming International competition to be held in July under the auspices of the Pre-Olympic advancement Tournament.
Erick Nsangou (183-G-87) prowesses on Jan. 9th cannot be ignored and a failure to do so would be a total disrespect to the young Cameroonian Point Gurad
who helped his team, Florida International University, subdue Troy University by scoring 17 pts and grabbing 4 rbds off the bench. The Cameroonian point Guard
originally from Yaounde, finished the game with an outstanding 8 out of 9 from the floor leading FIU to a 74-49 win.
Akini Akini (6-10, 231 Forward) also lifted up the Cameroonian colors during the past 7days through his game high performance of 23 pts and 9 rbds to the benefit of Florida A&M opposed
to the Royals of Warner Southern University on Jan 5th. The Final score of the game was 75-62 FLorida A&M.
Two of our countrymen, Gaston Moliva (201-F-85) (University of Richmond) and Yves Mekongo Mballa (6-7, Firward), were confronted on Jan. 9th in an overtime conference game
finally acquired by Richmond University thnaks to a final fastbreak dunk of our own Gaston Moliva . The 6-8 forward of Richmond University finished the game 8pts,
5 rbds and 3 blks solidly opposing the 11pts 6rbds and 1 blk of his National comrade Yves mekongo Mballa. The Final score was 75-74 Richmond University in triple overtime.


Lazare Adingono at the helm of emerging force, Cameroon - PART I -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cameroon were one of the surprise packages at the FIBA Africa Championship last year, reaching the title game before falling to Angola.

They served notice that Africa has a powerhouse in the making, and Coach Lazare Adingono has been charged with the responsibility of making sure this national team reaches its full potential.

Adingono, who is an assistant coach at Canisius in Buffalo, New York, spoke to Julio Chitunda on behalf of FIBA.

Here is Part I of Chitunda's story on the emerging force in international basketball, Cameroon.

If confidence were something you could put your hands on, or see with your own eyes, then confidence would come in the shape of Cameroon head coach Lazare Adingono.

That's right.

Everything about Adingono exudes confidence after the stunning performance of his national team last year at the FIBA Africa Championship, where Cameroon announced their arrival on the world stage with a terrific run to the final.

They were ultimately beaten for the first time in the tournament by juggernauts Angola.

The performance was good enough to earn them a place in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, though, an event that will be staged in Athens in July.

The draw for that tournament comes at the end of January, and rest assured, no team will be taking Cameroon lightly if they come up against them.

'One thing for sure is that every time we take the floor we will compete, expecting to win,' Adingono said to FIBA.com.

Only three spots are up for grabs in the men's tournament at the Olympics and there are 12 teams vying for those places.

In addition to Cameroon, you will find Brazil, Cape Verde, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Slovenia all contesting for those places.

Cameroon's team is young and talented, and their players are currently in the United States playing college basketball or in Europe.

Most of the attention is on the young guns honing their skills in the US.

Youth, in fact, applies to all aspects of this national team.

Adingono is only 29-year-old, and he, too, is in America. He is assistant coach at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

'I honestly think our future performances at the next Pre-Olympic Games will greatly depend on how much and where we prepare for that special upcoming event,' Adingono said.

Could this really be the emerging force in African basketball? If you consider who is in this team, it's tempting to say yes.

There is talent in abundance, youth and now international experience.

Adingono said: 'I believe that, in addition to Angola, which has proven that they can compete with the very best in the world, the African continent is right at the forefront and will be ready to compete on a consistent basis worldwide,' he said.

And the preparation will be key.

'I am hopeful that we will have a (good) preparation leading to the next qualifying tournament,' he stressed again.

'We, as a nation, will welcome any sponsors that would like to endorse us for that particular event.

'Working in collaboration with the [Cameroon] Basketball Federation and Ministry of Sports, we are looking to put a plan in place.

'I am confident that all the people that support basketball in Cameroon and worldwide will help us every step of the way and provide the finances necessary to prepare and compete on an even playing field.'

Adingono is confident, yet he is also very humble.

His national team players, he believes, are getting first-class instruction in the game in America.

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the coaches that are doing everything possible to get these young men to be the best that they can be,' he said.

'I think the NCAA is the best thing that we have going in developing our young talent to give us a realistic chance to compete and expect to win in such grand stage.'

And who are some of these talented players?

The best known lives in Los Angeles, and plays at the same university - UCLA - that gave the basketball world Lew Alcindor, the man who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and shone for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Cameroon's star at UCLA is forward Mbah A Moute.

'Mbah A Moute is very talented young man and will play a huge role in leading a young group of people to many future competitions starting with the Pre-Olympics next summer in Greece,' Adingono said.

FIBA


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CHINA

Xinjiang Excluded, CBA Playoff Schedule Set -by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang has been excluded from the CBA playoffs because of its use of Song Cun, who was not eligible to be counted as a native player because he is not a Chinese citizen. He played 18 games for Xinjiang this season.

Song Cun, whose Chinese name is Guan Xiu Chiang, allegedly forged passports to play with Xinjiang this season and also with Yunnan in 2004. He has reportedly been banned from the CBA for life.

Xinjiang has been replaced by ninth-place Zhejiang Guangsha. The matchups are Guangdong-Zhejiang Guangsha and Dongguan-Shandong with the winners to meet in one semi-final. The other bracket is Bayi-Liaoning and Jiangsu-Fujian.

First Round Playoff Schedule

2008-01-16 19:30 Bayi at Liaoning
2008-01-16 19:30 Guangsha at Guangdong
2008-01-16 19:30 Dongguan at Shandong
2008-01-16 19:30 Fujian at Jiangsu

2008-01-18 19:30 Liaoning at Bayi
2008-01-18 19:30 Guangdong at Guangsha
2008-01-18 19:30 Shandong at Dongguan
2008-01-18 19:30 Jiangsu at Fujian

2008-01-20 19:30 Liaoning at Bayi
2008-01-20 19:30 Guangdong at Guangsha
2008-01-20 19:30 Shandong at Dongguan
2008-01-20 19:30 Jiangsu at Fujian

2008-01-22 19:30 Bayi at Liaoning
2008-01-22 19:30 Guangsha at Guangdong
2008-01-22 19:30 Dongguan at Shandong
2008-01-22 19:30 Fujian at Jiangsu

2008-01-23 19:30 Bayi at Liaoning
2008-01-23 19:30 Guangsha at Guangdong
2008-01-23 19:30 Dongguan at Shandong
2008-01-23 19:30 Fujian at Jiangsu


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CROATIA

Market news! -by Dani Erceg
Nikola Gaurina (198-G-83) left Dubrovnik and signed for Alkar Sinj.

Ivan Duvancic (188-G-83) left Osijek 2006 and signed for Crikvenica.

Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87), Ante Vranjes (204-F/C-75) and Pero Prce (204-F-83) signed for Dubrovnik.

Antonio Bilic (190-G-86) signed for Borik Puntamika.


Young players in Croatia. Part 2: Dubrava and Cedevita! -by Dani Erceg
-DUBRAVA

Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89)
Stats: 6.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg

Has solid physicall attributes and can play in high tempo all 40 minutes. Is good defender and solid outside shooter. He is not pure PG and his development should go in way that he becomes tough defender who will spend time on PG and SG positions.



Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88)
Stats: 7.1ppg, 4.8rpg

Solid inside played who plays with passion. Is a little undersized but likes tough basketball. Has solid strenght but not so quick and athletic.



-CEDEVITA

Franko Filipovic (206-F-87)
Stats: 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg

He is strong, mobile and has no fear. Has good potential to develop in very powerful PF. Runs the floor well and is athletic with good lateral speed and good rebounder. Also has solid outside shot.


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CYPRUS

Raca in Olympiada Patron -by Chris Mammides
After Iraklis, The Serbian Cypriot Head Coach will have his second taste of the Greek A1 as he was assigned another difficult mission, AEP Olimpias Patron (probably the weakest team in the A1) will be his next destination. The experience coach wants to delete his bad experience in Thesaloniki, with Iraklis. Dragan Raca 's new assistant coach in the PAtras team will be the ex head Coach of Paghiakos (Women's league, A1) Marios Despotakis, In the mean time there are some major problems with the American guard Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.), the Ameircan player seems to agree terms with the Turkish Durusafaka without even fulfilling his contract with the Patras team.

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CZECH REP.

Akasvayu Girona sign Maurice Whitfield -by Eurobasket
Akasvayu Girona added to their roster 35-year old American guard Maurice Whitfield (186-G-73, college: Norfolk St., agency: Edge Sports). Whitfield played most recently at AEP Olimpias Patron (Greece). Whitfield has also Czech Rep. nationality and played for their national team for last three years. He also played pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Bolivia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Rep. and in the States.

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D-LEAGUE

Last Night in the D-League -by Surujh Roopnarine
Sioux Falls Skyforce (88) at Dakota Wizards (99)
SKYFORCE: Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81, college: Texas Tech) (20p+7rb), Elton Nesbitt (17p), Jason Klotz (13p+7rb), Jahsha Bluntt (11p)
WIZARDS: Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, college: Oklahoma St.) (27p+11rb+7as), Dontell Jefferson (18p+11rb+7as), Carlos Powell (17p), Kevin Lyde (10p+17rb)

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (86) at Utah Flash (102)
VIPERS: Trent Strickland (6'5''-G-84, college: Wake Forest) (21p+8rb), Craig Winder (20p), Quin Humphrey (15p+8rb), Quannas White (7p+7rb+5as)
FLASH: Brian Jackson (6'9''-F-80, college: Oregon St.) (19p+7rb), Michael Cuffee (16p), Kevin Kruger (11p+8as), Kyrylo Fesenko (6p+11rb)

Tulsa 66ers (125) at Bakersfield Jam (115)
66ERS: Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, college: George Washington) (30p+8rb), Nick Fazekas (25p+5rb), Adam Harrington (15p), Ramon Sessions (14p+6rb+9as+6to)
JAM: Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) (31p+14as), Scooter McFadgon (24p), James Peters (22p+5rb), Anthony Wilkins (16p)


Josh McRoberts Assigned to Idaho Stampede -by Surujh Roopnarine
Rookie forward Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) has been assigned by the Portland Trail Blazers to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.
McRoberts, a two year standout at Duke University, was a second round selection (#37) by Portland in the 2007 NBA Draft. McRoberts has appeared in three games for Portland this season averaging 1.3 points in 2.3 minutes. At Duke, McRoberts was a reluctant star, often times deferring to teammates when he should have been the one carrying the load, but still was very impressive with his guard-like skill set. Josh posted career averages of 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 69 games (63 as a starter) for the Blue Devils.

Veteran players return to D-League teams after NBA stints
Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas) has been re-acquired by the Colorado 14ers. Thomas is coming off of a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets.
The Austin Toros have reacquired DeMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and Keith Langford (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Kansas) from the San Antonio Spurs. They waived Kevin Pittsnoggle and Kenton Paulino due to injury.


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EURO CUP

Qualifying Round. Third games for all the teams -by Eurobasket News

The Qualifying Round of EuroCup tournament welcomed all the teams in Europe who are still participating in it. It was opened by the win of Estonian Tartu Rock 102:94 at Lappeenranta in Finland. In another game of Group A CSK-VVS Samara improved to 2-1 in after an overtime thriller against PAOK in Greece and won 65:73. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led the winners with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Alex Scales supported him with 24 points to be the second top-scorer for the guests.

Group B saw Banvit extended their desperate start of the qualifying round of FIBA EuroCup in Group B. After two opening losses Banvit needed to shake things up and an opportune moment appeared in the third round as they faced winless Cherkassy in Balikesir. But the curtain finally dropped for the Turkish team as they suffered their third straight defeat in the tournament and remained at the bottom of the ladder.

Banvit got to a slightly better start to the game and were up by 2 points ten minutes into the game 26:24. But Cherkassy bounced back in the second stanza as Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81) and Andrei Lebedev (189-G-79) adjusted shooting to fuel a fierce comeback effort for the visitors. Banvit struggled to maintain their opponents defensively and the margin grew to 11 points after three quarters of action. However Nigerian centre Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) was virtually unstoppable for Banvit and carried Banvit to a miraculous recovery in the fourth term. But it still was not enough for an overall win. Cherkassy withstood the challenge and sealed the positive outcome at the end.

Andrei Lebedev led Cherkassy with 24 points. Martynas Andriukaitis tallied 23 points and 12 boards, while Edwards provided 15 points for the winners. Kenny Adeleke led all scorers with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Inanc Koc had 14 points for Banvit as they fell to 0-3 record. Cherkassy shot an outstanding 56% from beyond the arc and outrebounded the hosts 32:30.

Banvit will next face Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium. Cherkassy will play against Ural Great away from home on January 15.

Ural Great narrowly defeated Belgian Mons Hainaut to foster their perfect record in Group B of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked to extend their streaks. Ural Great used home court advantage and the support of 4500 spectators to claim a hard victory at crunch time and improved to 3-0 record.

Ben Ebong got things going in this one for Mons Hainaut. Mike Lenzly sank a three-pointer shortly after as the visitors acquired a 7:2 lead just over a minute into the game. The Belgian team led throughout the rest of the first quarter and finished it with a 19:16 advantage. Consecutive baskets from Travis Conlan, Sullivan and Roger Huggins allowed Mons Hainaut to enjoy a 25:19 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. But Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Koljevic drained 5 consecutive points for Ural Great to cut it to 26:27 midway through the frame. Nate Reinking banked 4 points for the visitors, while Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83) capped the half with a long jumper to sent teams into the dressing room at 29:31 for Mons Hainaut.


The second half started with a bunch of free throws from both teams before Vanja Plisnic nailed a trey to lift the hosts in front 37:36. Aleksei Zozulin later added another triple to extend the margin to 42:38 late in the third stanza but Jim Potter immediately answered with big three-pointer to narrow the gap. Nate Reinking and Jim Potter began the final term with back-to-back three pointers to regain the lead for Mons Hainaut. Their effort was well-matched by two long bombs from Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic. Surovtsev deepened the cushion to 6 points with another trey but Mike Lenzly and Jim Cantamessa kept the visitors close. Ben Ebong soon nailed two free throws to secure a 56:55 lead for Mons Hainaut with 4 minutes left in regulation. Nate Reinking dropped a jumper, while Vanja Plisnic knocked down a shot from beyond the arc as the teams were all square at 58 with just over a minute left. Ralph Biggs got fouled and sank both free throws to give Ural Great a 60:58 advantage late in the game. Mons Hainaut had 46 seconds to save the game but Nate Reinking first committed a turnover and later Mike Lenzly missed a potential winner with 3 seconds on the clock to seal the positive outcome for Ural Great.

Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic provided 13 points a piece to lead Ural Great. Andrew Wisniewski contributed 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Nate Reinking and Roger Huggins had 11 points apiece in a losing effort. Ural Great will next host Cherkassy, while Mons Hainaut will take on Banvit at home.

Spartak St Petersburg had a road win over Olympia 58:63 in Greece. Rafael Araujo top-scored with 18 points to lead the Russian squad. The man of the game made some consecutive jump shots and Milovan Rakovic added a jumper to cap the 8-0 run and put the Russian team in front at 53:52 in the fourth quarter. That was a result of the first win in Group C for Spartak that is 1-2 now. Olympia are still in good shape with two wins and now one defeat.

KK Zagreb won over Proteas EKA AEL 82:77. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Zagreb, while Milutin Aleksic had 10 assists to go with his 12 points and five boards for Proteas.

In Group D Lokomotiv Rostov reached the first victory as well beating Ukrainian Khimik. Russian team upset Knimik for the first time in the Group having 76:65 victory. Khimik still top the group at 2-1 though. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) paced the winners with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Kresimir Loncar followed him with 13 points to Lokomotiv's victory. Three players scored 14 points in the Ukrainian resistance.

Barons overcame Cholet Basket at home to occupy the top spot in Group D of EuroCup Qualifying round. Barons now share the top spot with Ukrainian side Khimik at a 2-1 record. In a close start to the game Barons used accurate jumpers from Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Dainius Adomaitis to take a 16:7 lead late in the first frame. Nando De Colo answered with a triple for French team and Claude Marquis completed a three-point play to trail by a single point 15:16.

Nando De Colo and Claude Marquis continued to pile up points for Cholet in the second quarter as they kept it close early on. However Demetrius Alexander and Giedrius Gustas hit from downtown to ignite an 8:2 run for the hosts as they cleared off to a 7-point distance. Tony Dobbins and Steed Tchicamboud nailed a bunch of free throws to cap the second term trailing by 4. The teams exchanged the blows in the third frame but Barons had the last word as Dainius Adomaitis and Armands Skele made it 50:41 heading into the final period. Giedrius Gustas connected from afar, while Demetrius Alexander contributed a jump shot to maintain the distance at the start of the final stanza. Barons widened the margin midway through the frame as Demetrius Alexander nailed 4 straight points for a 64:50 advantage. Cholet never recovered at the late stages and suffered the second defeat in the tournament.

Giedrius Gustas topscored with 21 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 20 points, while Armands Skele posted 15 points in a winning effort. Nando De Colo tallied 21 points for the visitors. Claude Marquis secured 17 points and 12 boards in a loss. Cholet dominated the paint outrebounding the hosts 37:26. Barons at the same time sank solid 50% from the field and 86% from free throw line. The home team also forced Cholet to 20 turnovers.



Barons climb on top in Group D of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Barons - Cholet Basket 76:66

Barons overcame Cholet Basket at home to occupy the top spot in Group D of EuroCup Qualifying round. Barons now share the top spot with Ukrainian side Khimik at 2-1 record. In a close start to the game Barons used accurate jumpers from Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) to take a 16:7 lead late in the first frame. Nando De Colo (195-G-87) answered with a triple for French team and Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) completed a three-point play to trail by a single point 15:16. Nando De Colo and Claude Marquis continued to pile up points for Cholet in the second quarter as they kept it close early on. However Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) and Giedrius Gustas hit from downtown to ignite an 8:2 run for the hosts as they cleared off to a 7-point distance. Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) nailed a bunch of free throws to cap the second term trailing by 4. The teams exchanged the blows in the third frame but Barons had the last word as Dainius Adomaitis and Armands Skele (192-G-83) made it 50:41 heading into the final period. Giedrius Gustas connected from afar, while Demetrius Alexander contributed a jump shot to maintain the distance at the start of the final stanza. Barons widened the margin midway through the frame as Demetrius Alexander nailed 4 straight points for a 64:50 advantage. Cholet never recovered at the late stages and suffered the second defeat in the tournament.
Giedrius Gustas topscored with 21 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 20 points, while Armands Skele posted 15 points in a winning effort. Nando De Colo tallied 21 points for the visitors. Claude Marquis secured 17 points and 12 boards in a loss. Cholet dominated the paint outrebounding the hosts 37:26. Barons at the same time sank solid 50% from the field and 86% from free throw line. The home team also forced Cholet to 20 turnovers.
Barons will next host Lokomotiv Rostov on January 15.

Barons: Giedrius Gustas 21, Demetrius Alexander 20, Armands Skele 15
Cholet: Nando De Colo 21, Claude Marquis 17+12 boards


Ural Great completes Russian winning blast in Europe -by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - Mons Hainaut 60:58

Russian teams were unstoppable during the midweek in Europe with Ural Great completing the picture. Perm team narrowly defeated Belgian Mons Hainaut to foster their perfect record in Group B of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked forward to extend the streak. Ural Great used home court advantage and support of 4500 spectators to claim a hard victory at crunch time and improved to 3-0 record. Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) get thins going in this one for Mons Hainaut. Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) sank a three-pointer shortly after as the visitors acquired a 7:2 lead with just over a minute into the game. Belgian team led throughout the rest of the first quarter and finished it with a 19:16 advantage. Straight baskets from Travis Conlan (194-G-75, college: Michigan), Sullivan and Roger Huggins (200-F-67, college: Hawaii-Pacific) allowed Mons Hainaut to enjoy a 25:19 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. But Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84) drained 5 consecutive points for Ural Great to cut it to 26:27 midway through the frame. Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) banked 4 points for the visitors, while Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83) capped the half with a long jumper to sent teams into the dressing room at 29:31 for Mons Hainaut.
The second half started with a bunch of free throws from both teams before Vanja Plisnic nailed a trey to lift the hosts in front 37:36. Aleksei Zozulin later added another triple to extend the margin to 42:38 late in the third stanza but Jim Potter (203-F-73, college: Idaho St.) immediately answered with big three-pointer to narrow the gap. Nate Reinking and Jim Potter began the final term with back-to-back trebles to regain the lead for Mons Hainaut. Their effort was well-matched by two long bombs from Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic. Surovtsev deepened the cushion to 6 points with another trey but Mike Lenzly and Jim Cantamessa (202-F-78, college: Siena) kept the visitors close. Ben Ebong soon nailed two free throws to secure a 56:55 lead for Mons Hainaut with 4 minutes left in regulation. Nate Reinking dropped a jumper, while Vanja Plisnic knocked down a shot from beyond the arc as the teams were all square at 58 with just over a minute left. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) got fouled and sank both free throws to give Ural Great a 60:58 advantage late in the game. Mons Hainaut had 46 seconds to save the game but Nate Reinking first committed a turnover and later Mike Lenzly missed a potential winner with 3 seconds on the clock to seal the positive outcome for Ural Great.
Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic provided 13 points apiece to lead Ural Great. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) contributed 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Nate Reinking and Roger Huggins had 11 points apiece in a losing effort. Ural Great will next host Cherkassy, while Mons Hainaut will take on Banvit at home.

Ural Great: Aleksei Zozulin 13, Vanja Plisnic 13, Andrew Wisniewski 11
Mons Hainaut: Nate Reinking 11, Roger Huggins 11


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EUROLEAGUE

Fenerbahce pounds Roanne at home -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Roanne 81:68

Turkish Fenerbahce made another confident step towards the next round of the Euroleague competition as they overcame struggling Roanne at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall. They now improved to 6-5 record and hold a tight grip of the 4th spot in Group C. Chorale Roanne suffered their 8th defeat in the season but still foster a chance to make it through. The hosts did not wait for too long before bringing down their offensive avalanche on the visitors. Fenerbahce quickly built a 14:2 lead to set the tone. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) connected from afar and Vidmar came up with another jumper to extend the margin to 24:8. Roanne finally recovered their breath and started to look for some answers. French team ignited a 5:0 rally to cut the gap but Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) quickly reacted with an impressive dunk to make it 28:13 after 10 minutes. Roanne had a momentum early in the second stanza as Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) drained a three-pointer and Ron Hale (203-F-77, college: Florida St.) converted a layup. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) and Brion Rush were accurate from the field as the visitors saw the gap narrowed to just 8 points. However Fenerbahce addressed the ball to Damir Kaan as he knocked down back-to-back trebles to restore a safe distance. Marc Salyers completed his 18-point performance for the first half with two more points to finalize a 36:44 distance at halftime.
Laurent Cazalon (195-G-79) hit a jump shot early in the third frame to give the visitors hope. However the home team quickly denied with 5 unanswered points to keep it cool. Barak later nailed consecutive three-pointers to ice the French players and Fenerbahce entered the fourth period with an 11-point cushion. The game was not over yet as Roanne revived in the fourth term. Ron Hale and Brion Rush were once again big at the start of the final quarter and the gap was cut to just two points midway through it. But Will Solomon responded with 7 straight points for the hosts as they ran away for good.
Will Solomon finished with 19 points to lead the action for Fenerbahce. James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) contributed 12 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points for the winners. Marc Salyers delivered game-high 20 points for Roanne. Brion Rush added 12 points in a losing effort. Roanne will next travel to Greece to take on Panathinaikos. Fenerbahce will play against Bamberg in Germany in Round 12.

Fenerbahce: Will Solomon 19, James White 12, Omer Onan 11
Roanne: Marc Salyers 20, Brion Rush 12


Correction: Pekovic is not close to Panathianikos -by Chris Mammides
A major correction to put things in order. The Serbian super center, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) is not very close to the Eurochampions as was posted in an earlier story. The talented Serb, will be drafted in the USA, as the majority of scouts are stating that he has a position among the top five in the NBA draft of 2008. The player is claiming that he does prefer to continue his career in Europe, but.... a place in the top 5 of the World's best league??? Who could be negative to such an offer?? Pekovic's agent only had a coffee with Obradovic at the end of 2007 and all the media immediately thought that Pekovic was moving close to Panathinaikos due to the very good relations that Panathinaikos has with the agency (Spanoulis is one of the players that the Serb agent has under a contract). Never the less, we still have a whole season and there are many remaining chapters in the basketball series called Nikola Pekovic!!

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GERMANY

Q&A with Jordan Foebel -by Moritz Korff
All in all six Canadians are playing for teams of the 2. Bundesliga at the moment. However, only one of them represents the Maple Leaf in the Pro B. 24-year-old Jordan Foebel (208-C-83, college: York University) from Ancaster, Ontario made the Starting Five in all but one game for USC Freiburg in this current season. Pulling down 7.7 boards per contest Foebel is 12th in Rebounds per game in the entire league, one of the best shot blockers of the Pro B (1.7bpg) and even second best in Field Goal Percentage (70.5%). Plus, the Canadian Postman, who also holds a British passport which makes him a Bosman-player, has produced four Double-Doubles so far in 2007-2008 and is on top of the USC Freiburg Efficiency Rating. Please read what he has to say about his first year in Germany and life in sunny Freiburg.

Do you think USC Freiburg has the chance to finish this season first or second in the league to move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro A? And which are the other teams to watch?

I think we have a very good shot at finishing in the top two spots in our league. We are currently tied for second in the league so if we keep playing at the level we were at before the Christmas break then I think we will be alright. It is a very tough league, we are currently in a three way tie with Essen and Crailsheim with Kirchheim in first and Munchen in third so there are four teams right there that should be fighting until the end. However there are also a lot of teams only two or three games behind so it will be hard to say who to keep an eye on because any team could get hot and make a push

Now that the first half of this season is over: How do you feel about your and your teams' performances so far?

After half a season of play I feel that our team is playing well but still improving. I think we are a very talented and deep team which has already helped us and probably will continue to. At the beginning of the season our goal was to finish first or second so right now we are still on track to achieve that so I think we are playing well. We are also still trying to get used to playing with eachother, there are a lot of new players on the team and as a result we have to build a chemestry which we have done well up until this point and as that chemistry continues to grow I believe we will be more successful. Personally, I feel I have improved over the season as well. I started off very slowly but as I became acustomed to the type of game and adjusted myself to it I became more comfortable which allowed me to play better. However, there are still parts of my game that need work so there is still room to grow.

Which parts of the game need to be improved during the second half?

For the second half of the season we could probably work to improve our defense. We have gotten a lot better over the course of the season but we still periods where we breakdown or forget the game plan. If we could fix that aspect we would in good shape. Also, we need to work to start games stronger. It sometimes takes us a few minutes to get going and if we started the game strong I think we would benefit from it.

Please name three aspects why you are enjoying to be a member of the USC Freiburg organization.

1) Great teammates - All the guys on the team get along and that has made the transition much easier. Everyone looks out for eachother and helps eachother out when they need it so they make it a good atmosphere to be in.
2)The city itself has also made the time here enjoyable. It is a very old city with lots of history so there is lots here to experience. It is also a university city which means there are a lot of students around my age so it is young and exciting at the same time.
3)The opportunity USC Freiburg has given me has also made this experience worth it. They brought me here to play basketball, which is great, but as a result I have gotten to see parts of the world I may not have otherwise seen and experience things I could not back in Canada.

Many basketball-fans in Germany are following the action in the NCAA, but hardly anybody takes notice of Canadian college-basketball. How good are the teams of the CIS compared to the college-divisions in the USA?

I think people would be surprised by the quality of basketball played at the university level in Canada. It not on the same level as the NCAA simply because there are not the same resources available to draw big time players. However, that said, Canadian schools are still very competitive. In recent years there have been growing numbers of preseason games between NCAA teams and Canadian teams, and if you look at the outcomes, the Canadian schools are winning a fair number of those games. Earlier this year my old school, York University, beat Morehead State so we are not that far behind. Overall I would say that good Canadian teams would be able to hold their own in the NCAA, maybe not against teams like North Carolina or Duke, but we could hold our own, I'm sure of that.

Coming out of high school, did you also receive offers from colleges in the USA? And if yes, why did you choose to stay in Canada?

Coming out of high school there was some interest from colleges in the USA, but never anything huge so I felt it would be better for me to stay in Canada. I have heard stories of Canadians going to schools in the USA and sitting on the bench for most of their time there, or finally coming back to Canada, and I didn't want that, I wanted to play and felt that was more likely in Canada. Also education was important, and in Canada there is more emphasis on school then sports so that was another advantage to staying in Canada. I also like being close to home so my family can come watch when they want, and that was only possible in Canada, so I decided to stay. I still ended up playing professional basketball, which was always a dream, so it looks like I made the right decision for me.


Wolfenbuettel signed DeMario Grier -by Moritz Korff
As the agency Scorers 1st Sportmanagement announced today DeMario Grier (183-G, college: Pfeiffer) has inked a contract for the remainder of the season with the Wolfenbuettel Dukes (2. Bundesliga Pro B). He is the brother of Rico Grier (185-G-82, college: Pfeiffer), who suited up for Grevenbroich and Duesseldorf in the past.
The new Duke attended NCAA2-school Pfeiffer University. During the 2006-2007 campaign, his senior season, Grier played 28 games for the Falcons and averaged 24.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.8 steals per contest. The addition of Grier could mean hard times (or the exit) for one of their current import players - probably Playmaker David Knowles (183-G-84, college: Pomona-Pitzer). However, there has not been given any official statement by the Dukes-officials yet.


Masnic no longer Headcoach in Bielefeld -by Moritz Korff
TSVE Bielefeld parted with Headcoach Ilias Masnic. The Dolphins are currently 12th in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B and won only four out of 15 games this season. A successor for the Bosnian has already been found. Chris Huelsewede will stand at the helm from January 23 on. In the next two games Matthias Schoepfer, Coach of Bielefeld's Women-Team, will get this job done, because Huelsewede is not available yet. 42-year-old Huelsewede coached the team already from 1995 to 1999 and during the 2002-2003 campaign.

Grevenbroich added Chris Wooldridge -by Moritz Korff
Chris Wooldridge (198-F, college: Catawba) has joined the Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga West) and will stay for four weeks for the time being. The 23-year-old Forward is a college-mate of Elephants' Guard Brian Graves (188-G, college: Catawba) and also graduated from Catawba College (NCAA2) in 2007. Wooldridge had 31 appearances for the Indians in 2006-2007, averaging 15.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per contest.

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GREECE

Raca in Olympiada Patron -by Chris Mammides
After Iraklis, The Serbian Cypriot Head Coach will have his second taste of the Greek A1 as he was assigned another difficult mission, AEP Olimpias Patron (probably the weakest team in the A1) will be his next destination. The experience coach wants to delete his bad experience in Thesaloniki, with Iraklis. Dragan Raca 's new assistant coach in the PAtras team will be the ex head Coach of Paghiakos (Women's league, A1) Marios Despotakis, In the mean time there are some major problems with the American guard Dewayne Jefferson (191-G-79, college: Miss.Valley St.), the Ameircan player seems to agree terms with the Turkish Durusafaka without even fulfilling his contract with the Patras team.

Correction: Pekovic is not close to Panathianikos -by Chris Mammides
A major correction to put things in order. The Serbian super center, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) is not very close to the Eurochampions as was posted in an earlier story. The talented Serb, will be drafted in the USA, as the majority of scouts are stating that he has a position among the top five in the NBA draft of 2008. The player is claiming that he does prefer to continue his career in Europe, but.... a place in the top 5 of the World's best league??? Who could be negative to such an offer?? Pekovic's agent only had a coffee with Obradovic at the end of 2007 and all the media immediately thought that Pekovic was moving close to Panathinaikos due to the very good relations that Panathinaikos has with the agency (Spanoulis is one of the players that the Serb agent has under a contract). Never the less, we still have a whole season and there are many remaining chapters in the basketball series called Nikola Pekovic!!

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HOLLAND

Magixx 's Dirk Schouten stops with basketball -by Fred Roggen
Acording to the online basketballmagazine 'Powerforward.nl' has Matrixx Magixx pointguard Dirk Schouten (183-G-89), one of Holland most talented youth players, decided to stop with basketball by direct and has chosen for his study.

Magixx-coach Michael Schuurs has not been enthusiastically concerning the decision of Dirk Schouten. I think, if you are 18-years young , you can very well combine topbasketball and study.


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HUNGARY

American player in the 2nd league -by Tamas Deri
Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma) just arrived in Hungary and signed a contract with one month tryout with the team of DEKE from Debrecen. American power forward played after his college carreer already in Lebanon, Portugal, Jordan and this season in Argentina. If his letter of clearence will arrive, Kennerly will play his first game with his new team this saturday.

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ICELAND

KR lost at home -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR lost to Grindavik at home 76-87. KR did not have a good game tonight. Not rebounding well, not shooting well. Grindavik with better shooting % in all areas. Grindavik playing better defense over all. KR 3-2 zone late in the game did not work. J J Sola played for KR again. Not in his best form yet. Good win for Grindavik.
Top scorers. Avi Fogel 20. Joshua Helm 19 J J Sola 12 for KR. Jonathan Griffin (191-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mo.-St.Louis) 27. Adame Darboe 22. Pall Axel Vilbergsson 19. Igor Beljanski 12 for Grindavik.


Stjarnan vs. Fjolnir -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Stjarnan finally won game again when they beat Fjolnir tonight 95-79. Fjolnir have not won a game for long time now.Jovan Zradvevski played his first game after he moved from KR to Stjarnan.
Leading scorers for Stjarnan. Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84) 29 + 10 rebs + 10 assist. Triple double from the Macedonian. Calvin Roland 19 + 14 rebs. Kjartan Kjartansson 13. For Fjolnir. Karlton Mims 24 Kristinn Jonasson 21. Anthony Drejaj 16


Hamar vs Skallagrimur. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Skallagrimur still wins even they have to play without two of their starters Axel Karason & Milojica Zekovic.Both with broken bones in their foot. Tonight they beat Hamara away 80-84.
Leading scorers for Hamar. Nicholas King (201-F/G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Augustine) 24. Roni Leimu 17. For Skallagrim. Petur Sigurdson 24. Darrell Flake 22 + 15 rebs. Hafthor Gunnarsson 14


Njardvik scores 139 points. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Njardvik beat Thor 1390. Looks like there was not any defense played. Njardvik started strong 24-4 in beginning and scored 41 points in first Q. Brenton Birmingham (195-G-73, college: Manhattan) had 21 in first Q. 75-42 at halftime.
Leading scorers for Njardvik. Brenton Birmingham 33. Damon Bailey 29. Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson 26. 7/10 in three pts. Johann Olafsson 14.
For Thor Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) 33. Odinn Asgeirsson 13. Luka Marolt & Jon Kristjansson 12 each.


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IRAN

Bidding process for the 2014 FIBA World Championship opened -by Mahin Gorgy

from fiba official web site:
GENEVA (2014 FIBA World Championship) - Following the decision taken by its last Central Board meeting, held on 8th and 9th December 2007 in Chicago (USA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is happy to announce that the bidding process for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Men has started today, 10th January 2008.

A considerable number of affiliated National Federations from all five Zones have already expressed their initial interest in bidding for the organization of FIBA's premier championship in 2014.

All National Federations interested in hosting the FIBA 2014 World Championship are required to comply with the following schedule:


Letters of Interest must reach FIBA by 30th April 2008.

All National Federations having correctly submitted their Letter of Interest will be invited to participate in a two-day Workshop, to be held on 26th and 27th June 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. At the Workshop, the National Federations will be guided through all the steps of the bidding process and through all details necessary to guarantee a successful organization of the FIBA 2014 World Championship.

After having carefully studied the 'FIBA World Championship for Men 2014 Bid and Event Manual' and after having participated in the Workshop, those National Federations having decided to continue with their respective bidding processes will be invited to hand over their candidature files in person, in Geneva, on 5th December 2008 (date to be confirmed), during an official presentation ceremony in presence of the FIBA Central Board.

Between December 2008 and March 2009 the FIBA Evaluation Commission shall examine all presented and duly confirmed bids and shall present a complete report, after conducting visits to all bidding National Federations, to the FIBA Central Board.

The complete bidding process will end in April 2009, when the FIBA Central Board decides the host of the 2014 World Championship for Men.



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JORDAN

New Dates for Arab Club Championships -by Fadi Sabbah
Jordan Basketball federation hosted officials from the Arab Basketball Federation and decided on new dates for the Men and Women Championships. The Arab Federation delegation insisted on separating the two tournaments. The Arab club Championship for Men will take place in Amman from 23 April - 5 May 2008, while the Arab Club Championship for Women will be held in Amman from 7 - 18 June. Zain and Orthodox Clubs will represent Jordan in the Men's Championship, while Orthodox and Riyadi Clubs will play in the Women Championship.


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KOREA

KT&G WIN OVER LG SAKERS AT HOME -by Rick Ross
It was the student Coach Yoo Do Hoon leading his team KT&G to victory against his former teacher and head Coach Shin Sun Woo of LG Sakers Club by a score of
94-84. KT&G is the 2nd ranked team in the KBL with a record of 21-11 as they continue to stay on the Charts in Contention for the 2008 KBL Crown. Both imports for KT&G, T.J Cummings & Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.), played well (check here as their scores and stats become available http://www.kbl.or.kr/).
LG Sakers Blankson Odartey (201-F/G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: UNLV) was the high scorer in defeat with 28 pts 12 rebs.The LG Sakers landed in 5th position going into the 4th Rounds as Dongbu Promy lead the way.

원주동부 24 8

안양KT&G 21 11

전주KCC 19 12

서울삼성 18 13

창원LG 18 14

서울SK 16 15

인천전자랜드 15 16

부산KTF 13 18

울산모비스 9 23

대구오리온스 4 27


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KOSOVO

Referee's and Monitor's Clinic -by Edona Shabani
Referee's Commission of BFK will organize a clinic for monitors and referees on January 12, 2008. This clinic will take place on Physical Culture Faculty in Prishtina on 10:00.

To discourse in this clinic will be the international referees from Bosnia and Herzegovina Ademir Zvrapovic (Fiba Referee)

CLINIC'S AGENDA

Schedule - Morning
10:00 - 11:00. Contact situations during the game
11:00 - 12:00 Analyzing arbitration situations in the last European Championship in Spain - with DVD
12:00 - 13:00 Brake

Afternoon
13:00 - 14:00 Techniques and Mechanics of 3 referees
14:00 - 15:00 Techniques and Mechanics of 3 referees - DVD

Coaches Commission prefers to all of coaches to participate in this clinic, because it is of a great importance for coach- referee cooperation.

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Pioneer's Festival on Sunday -by Edona Shabani
Pioneers Festival, in which will participate 3 participants of each Basketball Club or Basketball School who compete in Pioneer's League 'Stobi Fips' will take place on January 13, 2008 in Vushtrri.

Gathering of all candidates propose by their coaches will be at the Center for Public Safety, Education and Development( ex- KPA School) in Vushtrri on 9:30.

FESTIVALS AGENDA
9,30 -Gathering of participants in CPSED
10,00- Exercise

Groups I and II in the physical culture hall in CPSED

Groups III and IV in Sports Hall in Vushtrri
12,00 -13,00 Lunch
13,00-17,00 Four matches in Sports Hall In Vushtrri
17:00

All pioneer's must bring with all the necessary fitment( kit, shorts and sports shoes

source: www.basketbolli.com


To the members of the Professional Council -by Edona Shabani
Invitation to participate In the meeting of Professional Council of Basketball Federation Of Kosova, which will take place on Monday, January 14, 2008 starting on 13:00 in BFK office.

For this meeting is proposed this:

A G E N D A

1Ideas for the working plan on 2008.
2.Preparing for the meeting' strategic development of basketball 2008-2012'
3 Discussion on Regulation on National Team of Kosova.
4. Information on Pioneer's Festival
5.Different topics

Your Presence obligatory

President of Professional Council of BFK
Jeton Nixha

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LATVIA

Barons climb on top in Group D of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Barons - Cholet Basket 76:66

Barons overcame Cholet Basket at home to occupy the top spot in Group D of EuroCup Qualifying round. Barons now share the top spot with Ukrainian side Khimik at 2-1 record. In a close start to the game Barons used accurate jumpers from Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) to take a 16:7 lead late in the first frame. Nando De Colo (195-G-87) answered with a triple for French team and Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) completed a three-point play to trail by a single point 15:16. Nando De Colo and Claude Marquis continued to pile up points for Cholet in the second quarter as they kept it close early on. However Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) and Giedrius Gustas hit from downtown to ignite an 8:2 run for the hosts as they cleared off to a 7-point distance. Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) nailed a bunch of free throws to cap the second term trailing by 4. The teams exchanged the blows in the third frame but Barons had the last word as Dainius Adomaitis and Armands Skele (192-G-83) made it 50:41 heading into the final period. Giedrius Gustas connected from afar, while Demetrius Alexander contributed a jump shot to maintain the distance at the start of the final stanza. Barons widened the margin midway through the frame as Demetrius Alexander nailed 4 straight points for a 64:50 advantage. Cholet never recovered at the late stages and suffered the second defeat in the tournament.
Giedrius Gustas topscored with 21 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 20 points, while Armands Skele posted 15 points in a winning effort. Nando De Colo tallied 21 points for the visitors. Claude Marquis secured 17 points and 12 boards in a loss. Cholet dominated the paint outrebounding the hosts 37:26. Barons at the same time sank solid 50% from the field and 86% from free throw line. The home team also forced Cholet to 20 turnovers.
Barons will next host Lokomotiv Rostov on January 15.

Barons: Giedrius Gustas 21, Demetrius Alexander 20, Armands Skele 15
Cholet: Nando De Colo 21, Claude Marquis 17+12 boards


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LIGA AMERICAS

Penarol wins again -by Gianni Pascucci

Penarol Mar del Plata took advantage of playing on its home court to defeat Libertad Sunchales 69-64 in Day 2 of of Liga de las Americas 'Group D'. The win probably secured the classification to the second leg of the competition.

Led by Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency), Penarol started well, ending ahead the 1st Qtr ahead 21-18. They continuted on at this pace, leading the score at the halftime 39-28. Led by Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) and Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel), Libertad tried to come back during the 3rd quarter (52-43 for Penarol at the end), but it wasn' t enough, and the home team took the win. Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) topped all the scorers at 22 pts for Penarol, folowed by Roman Gonzalez with 18 and Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) with 12. Ginobili and Battle scored 16 points each for Libertad.



Universo eliminates Liceo Mixto -by Gianni Pascucci
Brazilian team Universo/BRB defeated Liceo Mixto 86-78 in the first game of the Day 2 of of Liga de las Americas 'Group D' competition, keeping alive the hopes to advance to quarterfinals. Arthur Belchior Silva (198-G-82) was the man of the game in Universo, scoring 30 points, Luis Fernando Souza added 17 points and Andre 'Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 16 at the winning side. Percy Werth (185-G-78) and Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) outstood at the Chilean side, scoring 14 points each. In tonight game vs. Penarol, Universo will point all its 'fiches' to reach the qualification. Instead, Liceo Mixto is yet out from the race.

Penarol ends undefeated -by Gianni Pascucci
Penarol Mar del Plata ended undefeated the 'Group D' after the large win, 84-67 over Universo/BRB Brasilia in Day 3 of Liga de las Americas in Mar del Plata. With 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assit, Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) was the best performer of the game, and Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) added 22 pts and 5 rebs. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) led the Brazilian team with 22 points in losing effort. Thanks to this result, the two Argentinean teams, Penarol and Libertad, advance both to the quarterfinals, where they will meet Defensor Sporting (URU) and Minas Tenis (BRA), respectively.

Libertad advances to quarterfinals -by Gianni Pascucci
Libertad Sunchales defeated 88-70 Liceo Mixto in Day 3 of Liga de las Americas 'Group D', securing the classification to the second leg of the competition. Another time more, Robert Battle (200-C-81, college: Drexel) outstood on the court, scoring 22 pts and grabbing 5 rebs. Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) added 15 pts and Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) 12, while Kei Madison (206-F/G-79, agency: Duran International, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) with 17 pts was the best at the Chilean side

Quarterfinals schedule released -by Gianni Pascucci
Just after the end of the 'Group D', the 'FIBA Americas' released the official schedule of the Liga de las Americas quarterfinals. The first series will start on Monday, January 14, when the two Mexican teams will meet in Xalapa. All the other series will play the ir first game in the next week. All the series are best of three games, and game 2 and 3 will be played in the home court of the best ranked team, all the games will be telecasted in Spanish by 'FOX Sports' channel, the full schedule is as follows:
1st QUARTERFINAL
Jaunay, 14 : Halcones Xalapa vs. Soles Mexicali 19.00 hora local (23.00 Buenos Aires)
January 21 : Soles Mexicali vs. Halcones Xalapa 20.00 hora local (02.00 Buenos Aires)
if necessary *January 22 : Soles Mexicali vs. Halcones Xalapa 19.00 hora local (01.00 Buenos Aires)
2nd QUARTERFINAL:
January 15 : Libertad vs. Minas Tenis Clube 19.00 local (19.00 Buenos Aires)
January 25 : Minas Tenis Clube vs. Libertad 19.00 hora local (19.00 Buenos Aires)
if necessary *January 26 : Minas Tenis Clube vs. Libertad 18.00 hora local (18.00 Buenos Aires)
3rd QUARTERFINAL:
January 16 : Cangrejeros vs. Miami Tropics 19.00 hora local (21.00 Buenos Aires)
January 24 : Miami Tropics vs. Cangrejeros 18.00 hora local (21.00 Buenos Aires)
if necessary *January 25 : Miami Tropics vs. Cangrejeros 18.15 hora local (21.15 Buenos Aires)
4th QUARTERFINAL
January 17 : Defensor Sporting vs. Penarol 21.00 local (21.00 Buenos Aires)
January 22 : Penarol vs. Defensor Sporting 19.00 hora local (19.00 Buenos Aires)
if necessary *January 23 : Penarol vs. Defensor Sporting 19.00 hora local (19.00 Buenos Aires)
The four teams winners will advance to the Liga de las Americas Final Four, scheduled for February 8 and 9, 2008.


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LITHUANIA

Trailing 10 points, Rytas survived in Greece -by Eurobasket News
Aris TT Bank-Lietuvos Rytas 69:72 (15-12, 21-20, 15-17, 18-23)

Lietuvos Rytas improved to 9-2 in Group B and became the first team to reach such a record in the group. A 7-point advantage in the second half lifted Lithuanian titan on top. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) netted 14, while Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) scored 10. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) ended up with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aris dropped to 6-5, but keeps all its chances to advance to the Top 16.

Aris TT Bank and Lietuvos Rytas started the game looking quite nervous. Terry triple put the home team ahead at the end of the quarter at 15:12. Aris fixed the final outcome of the time at 36:32.
In the beginning of the third quarter the hosts opened an 8-point run capped by Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) and Dimitris Tsaldaris. Aris managed to push for the first time to the double digits with 64:54 but then it was Lithuanian time. Kenan Bajramovic drilled triple in transition to balance the score at 69:68. Chuck Eidson sent the live ball away from the basket in the last second as Rytas celebrated the 9th victory. Unicaja might tie Lietuvos if they win the thriller in Israel tonight.

Aris TT Bank: Jeremiah Massey 19+7 rebs, Bracey Wright 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 18+8 rebs, Hollis Price 14, Chuck Eidson 10


Siauliai stumbles against KK Bosna -by Eurobasket News

KK Bosna - Siauliai 88:77

Siauliai lost a key matchup against Bosna on the road, which can prove costly for Lithuanian team as they strive for the ULEB Cup elimination round berth. Both teams are now knotted at 3-5 record in the 4th spot in Group A. Their chances of making it to the next round now depend on a possible best-fourth record.

KK Bosna opened this must-win encounter better as they scored the first 5 points of the game. Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74) and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) connected from beyond the arc to enlarge the gap to 13:5. However Siauliai reacted with a 9:0 rally to make it all square at 19 after 10 minutes of action.

Bosna engineered a 10:0 run midway through the second quarter to grab a lead but Siauliai stayed in the contest. Jose Olivero (188-G-85, college: Lehigh) and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) stepped on the gas for Lithuanian team as they cut the gap to 2 points at halftime 38:40. Edin Bavcic continued to pour in from downtown and soon the hosts acquired a 58:47 advantage. Siauliai trailed by 6 points heading into the fourth stanza.

Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) and Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) drained triples to pump it up for the home team early in the final period. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) and Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) nailed a couple of jumpers to regain a glimmer of hope. But Edin Bavcic nailed a triple late in regulation to seal the win for KK Bosna as they cherish hopeful views on the next round.

Dzenan Rahimic led KK Bosna with 16 points and 5 boards. Edin Bavcic scored 14 points, while Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) provided 13 points a piece for the winners. Antonio Grant answered with 20 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas produced 19 points and had 12 boards in the loss. Siauliai committed 18 turnovers and sank just 58% from free throw line. Siauliai will visit England to take on the Guildford Heat next week. KK Bosna will be tested by Joventut in Spain.

KK Bosna: Dzenan Rahimic 16, Edin Bavcic 14, Bryan Bailey 13, Lance Williams 13
Siauliai: Antonio Grant 20, Donatas Zavackas 19+12 boards



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MEXICO

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo sign Tiras Wade -by Eurobasket
Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Louisiana-Lafayette). Wade played most recently at Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico).

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NAIA

New Rankings Released by the NAIA -by Brandon Woudstra
With a perfect 14-0 record, Mountain St. University (W.V.) remains No. 1 in the third regular season National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Basketball Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced today (Jan. 9). The Cougars have been No. 1 in three of the four polls this season. MSU leads the country in scoring offense averaging over 105 points per contest - the Cougars have hit the 100-point mark in nine of their first 14 games.

Georgetown (Ky.) and Concordia (Calif.) stay at No. 2 and 3, respectively. LSU-Shreveport notched two of the first-place votes as the Pilots hold a perfect 13-0 record. The Pilots have already earned two victories over NCAA Division I opponents, in addition to a Division I exhibition win. Most recently, the Pilots took down Northwestern State (La.) back on Dec. 8.

Lee (Tenn.) moved up to No. 5 thanks in large part to a 77-75 win over NCAA Division I member East Carolina back on Dec. 29.

Southern Nazarene (Okla.) made perhaps the biggest leap all the way up to No. 13. Last Saturday, SNU picked up a 74-69 road win at then-No. 13 Oklahoma City. Two teams, No. 24 Montana State-Northern and No. 25 Jarvis Christian (Texas) both are in the poll for first time in 2007-08.

www.naia.org

For the fourth time in as many polls this season, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) sits on top of the third regular-season National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Basketball Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced today (Jan. 9). Just one of two teams to hold an undefeated record, the Pioneers earned 15 of the 17 first-place votes and a total of 448 points. Close behind is No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) with a 16-0 record and two of the first-place votes.

No. 3 Eastern Oregon popped up three spots as the Mountaineer's own a seven-game winning streak. No. 4 Walsh (Ohio) and No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) each slipped down one spot from the last poll.

No. 11 Bethel (Ind.) made perhaps one of the biggest jumps. The Pilots, who rank third in the NAIA in field goal percentage (52.5%), recently defeated then-No. 12 Huntington (Ind.) 74-67. BC is nearing 1,000 wins in program history with a 993-571 mark (as of Jan. 7).

Three teams visit the Top 25 since being held out last time: No. 19 Grace (Ind.), No. 22 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 24 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). This is the second time for Grace (No. 13 - preseason) and Dakota Wesleyan (No. 23 - Dec. 5) in the polls this season. Taylor is in its inaugural 2007-08 poll.

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NIGERIA

I've Trained Over 200 Kids - Mark Balogun, Rookies' Coach -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Coach of Rookies Basketball Academy, Mark Balogun, may not be a name that rings a bell to followers of the slam and dunk game in Nigeria, but among some of the country's top players based in the country and abroad, he is a household name. Some of the players are Churchill Odia, Akin Akintunde, Malik Tella, Daniel Daudu, Segun Daudu, Mike ‘Ori' Ohiero, Nkoyo George and Juliet Obi.

Before he became a basketball player he was a teacher at some point in his life leading up to his bagging a Physical and Health Education (PHE) degree, as well as a coaching certificate from the National Institute for Sports (NIS).

He told GEORGE AKPAYEN his reasons behind his basketball programme at the basketball court of the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos. Excerpts:

A few people know that you have been one of those at the forefront of hunting and grooming talents in the game of basketball. For how long have you been doing this and why?
I have been organizing and sponsoring this programme since 1992 because of the conviction that I have that I can contribute positively to humanity in order to help youths grow in the game and as responsible people in the society. I thank God that up till this moment the programme is ongoing. I am happy that my programme has been able to get some of our youths off the streets and crime.
I believe that this programme will empower our youths.

Before you became a coach, at what level did you play basketball?
I started playing basketball from the Under-12 level under one American coach, Don Burrell. I also played in the Secondary School category for Fatima College, Ikire in the first edition of the National Schools Sports Meet that was held in Lagos in 1977. After that I also played in the junior national team alongside the likes of Gboyega ‘Tilo' Vidal and Deji Jaiyeola among others. But then my priority was to go to school while some of my friends then decided to go ahead and play basketball. At the school level, I played in the NICEGA Games for College of Education, Ilesa, and we won the competition in Ijanikin (Lagos), and I was the captain of the team and I got a sports award. Later, I went to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and I represented UNIBEN at the Nigeria University Games Association, NUGA Games and we won the basketball event in Calabar. After that I represented Nigeria at the World University Games and I came back to play in several matches in the Division-1 league then for Golden Stars of Oyo State and when I joined the Police Force I started playing for the Police Basketball Team, which was later changed to Police Bombers basketball Club. We changed it to Police Bombers and since then the Police Bombers have been in the Premier League up till 2003 when the general elections held leading to the withdrawal of all policemen. Since then we have ceased playing in the Premier League.

You have been running this programme for more than one decade. How have you been generating funds to finance the Under-18 and Under-16 boys and girl's competition?
I must give God the glory because it is not easy. A lot of people think I am a mad man when they see me in the sun coaching young players, but I have a vision and I know where I am going to. Obviously, God has been in support and at a time, friends who are basketball players started supporting, and I really appreciate their support. People like the Dolphins Basketball Club chairman, Wale Aboderin, Dr. Phil Osagie and even Babs Ogunade, the chairman of Lagos State Basketball Association, who supported us two years ago and a lot of other friends as well. I have been struggling to get sponsorship from corporate bodies, but it has not been fruitful and I hope this year will be different. Two years ago, Indomie supported us with their products and they did the same last year though it was on a smaller scale compared to two years ago. Also, a new body that just sprang up - Friends of Basketball Africa Foundation - has been very supportive.

You handle mostly teenagers, how do you ensure that they combine the game with their education?
I am a father and husband, and I know the importance of education in the life of anybody. I have three children and I am proud of them because my first and second child are passionate about basketball than I am so happy about this development. So, I always encourage them and at the same time I make sure that they do not lose focus in their academic pursuit. My philosophy as a coach is that my players combine basketball and education together. I always ensure that my players are always in school because at the end of the day, not all of them would end up playing basketball. Many of my players who have left this court (Police College, Lagos) are professionals in different fields. We have those who have gone on to become doctors and engineers who are in the United States. I think the most important thing is to develop that talent because basketball can take you anywhere in the world.
Since I started this programme, I have trained more than 200 kids and more than 50 of them are doing well. So, a lot of clubs have come here (Police College basketball court) to pick players.

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PANAMA

Panamanian JUCO update -by Rolando Delabarrera
The only Panamanian of any significance in the JUCO ranks is Abdul Herrera. The Hutch CC center is averaging 5.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg on a 12-4 squad. Originally, it was assumed that Herrera would be reunited with K-STATE coach Frank Martin but with his present lack of production and reserve role on the Hutch CC team , it looks as if he will end up in another program. Height will always be at a premium in the late signing period and someone is sure to take a chance on this third year player.Abdul Herrera (211-C-85, college: Cincinnati)

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PORTUGAL

Ginasio-Ovarense in Montemor-o-Velho -by Portugal Eurobasket
Casino Figueira Ginasio will host leaders Ovarense Aerosoles in Montemor-o-Velho, after agreeing a deal with local town. This agreement also includes a play-off game in that town. Ginasio has already played in Montemor-o-Velho some times in the past seasons

Ovarense lost for 8th time in a row -by Portugal Eurobasket
Ovarense Aerosoles lost again in ULEB Cup this time in Chalon, 88-68. Despite managing a good first half (38-35) with superb contributions of Cordell Henry (25 points) and Ben Reed (22 points). However, once again the frontcourt wasn't able to provide more help and in second half Elan Chalon managed a 10-point lead, till the 27th minute when Ovarense got into de game with a basket from Henry to make it 53-50. But, a 7-0 mark to the French side made all the difference in the game, and despite Ben Reed got the score at 62-56 in the end of 3rd quarter, a 11-2 run in the starting of next 10 minutes ended the game, with Rowan Barrett hitting a couple of 3-Pts after superb play of Darrel Mitchell in the second half (for further details, check boxscore on the link under).

ELAN CHALON 88-68 OVARENSE


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PUERTO RICO

Ayuso, "El Jefe" rules...and BSN News -by Alessandro Fontana

AYUSO
Yesterday night Cibona Zagreb won an important game of Euroleague against Armani Jeans Milan. Cibona won 72-63 in Italy and with this victory the croatian team is still in the race to qualify for the second round of the tournament, the 'Top 16'.

Larry Ayuso played a good game with 16 points (4/11 2pts, 2/7 3pts, 2/2 FT) in 33 minutes with 3 rebounds, 3 assists (one incredible no-look for a Chris Warren's 3pts shot) and 4 steals. He showed his great handballing skills and He was the leader of the team for the whole match. He was the best player of Cibona with Chris Warren who scored 27 points.
After the game We spoke with Larry who affirmed to be very happy for the result 'I am very happy for the result, because We can still qualify for Top 16, I played good but I can give more, tonight my shotpercentage was not so good, but the team won a difficult game and this is more important'. Larry is already ready for the Pre-Olympic in Greece ' It will be a very difficult tough tournament, there are a lot of strong teams, but We are Puerto Rico, you know, and We are not scared. I hope Danny (Santiago-ndr) will play with us, We need his experience and talent. i can not wait to play this pre-olympics and It would be nice for our fans, our boricuas qualify for the Olympic Games'.
About this season in Zagreb I told us ' We did not start good in the Adriatic League, but We have a strong team and if We play as a team I think We can really win the Croatian League and be competitive in the Adriatic League and in the Euroleague.' 'About me - Larry continued- I showed that I can play in Euroleague, I am a player who can compete, who is ready for this high level'.
'El Jefe' is always 'El Jefe'.
BSN NEWS
Jack Michael Martinez will play next BSN season for Humacao, the dominican player will be one of the new stars of the BSN 2008. This will be his second experience in Puerto Rico. In the last season He played in Italy for Scafati (13,8 pts and 9.5 rebs) and Teramo (9 pts and 9,1 rebs) and He finished the season in his land in Dominican Republic with Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris.
NBA NEWS
In NBA, Guillermo Diaz obtained a '10 days' contract with Los Angeles Clippers. His new team was defeated by Orlando Magic 113-106. Diaz did not play, Carlos Arroyo, for Magic, played only 7 minutes with 4 pts (2/3 2pts, 0/1 3pts) with 4 pts and 3 assts.
A. Fontana



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RUSSIA

Ural Great completes Russian winning blast in Europe -by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - Mons Hainaut 60:58

Russian teams were unstoppable during the midweek in Europe with Ural Great completing the picture. Perm team narrowly defeated Belgian Mons Hainaut to foster their perfect record in Group B of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked forward to extend the streak. Ural Great used home court advantage and support of 4500 spectators to claim a hard victory at crunch time and improved to 3-0 record. Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) get thins going in this one for Mons Hainaut. Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) sank a three-pointer shortly after as the visitors acquired a 7:2 lead with just over a minute into the game. Belgian team led throughout the rest of the first quarter and finished it with a 19:16 advantage. Straight baskets from Travis Conlan (194-G-75, college: Michigan), Sullivan and Roger Huggins (200-F-67, college: Hawaii-Pacific) allowed Mons Hainaut to enjoy a 25:19 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. But Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84) drained 5 consecutive points for Ural Great to cut it to 26:27 midway through the frame. Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) banked 4 points for the visitors, while Aleksei Zozulin (199-G/F-83) capped the half with a long jumper to sent teams into the dressing room at 29:31 for Mons Hainaut.
The second half started with a bunch of free throws from both teams before Vanja Plisnic nailed a trey to lift the hosts in front 37:36. Aleksei Zozulin later added another triple to extend the margin to 42:38 late in the third stanza but Jim Potter (203-F-73, college: Idaho St.) immediately answered with big three-pointer to narrow the gap. Nate Reinking and Jim Potter began the final term with back-to-back trebles to regain the lead for Mons Hainaut. Their effort was well-matched by two long bombs from Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic. Surovtsev deepened the cushion to 6 points with another trey but Mike Lenzly and Jim Cantamessa (202-F-78, college: Siena) kept the visitors close. Ben Ebong soon nailed two free throws to secure a 56:55 lead for Mons Hainaut with 4 minutes left in regulation. Nate Reinking dropped a jumper, while Vanja Plisnic knocked down a shot from beyond the arc as the teams were all square at 58 with just over a minute left. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) got fouled and sank both free throws to give Ural Great a 60:58 advantage late in the game. Mons Hainaut had 46 seconds to save the game but Nate Reinking first committed a turnover and later Mike Lenzly missed a potential winner with 3 seconds on the clock to seal the positive outcome for Ural Great.
Aleksei Zozulin and Vanja Plisnic provided 13 points apiece to lead Ural Great. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) contributed 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Nate Reinking and Roger Huggins had 11 points apiece in a losing effort. Ural Great will next host Cherkassy, while Mons Hainaut will take on Banvit at home.

Ural Great: Aleksei Zozulin 13, Vanja Plisnic 13, Andrew Wisniewski 11
Mons Hainaut: Nate Reinking 11, Roger Huggins 11


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SERBIA

Sloga signed two players, news from Ergonom -by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A league Sloga from Kraljevo got two reinforcements for the second half of the season. The team agreed terms with their ex players: guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) and power forward Aleksandar Jevdic (203-F/C-82). Both players spent first half of the season in Bosnian team Leotar from Trebinje.

Ergonom signed Senegalese power forward Bbouba Ba Pape (-84) while Vladimir Radmanovac (190-G-82) and Igor Ratkovic (205-F/C-80) left the team.


National Team: Ivkovic's official promotion on Thursday ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian Basketball Federation and highly respected coach Dusan Ivkovic 'Duda' finally agreed all necessary terms about his return to Serbian NT. Ivkovic will be officially promoted like a new head coach of Serbian senior National Team on Thursday at 12h in Belgrade's hotel 'Continental'. Ivkovic and SBB will sign 4-years contract (until Olympic Games in London 2012).

Hemofarm STADA splits with Trey Johnson -by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA parted ways with Trey Johnson (196-G, college: Jackson St.), who joined the team in November. USA guard expected to be a big reinforcement for Hemofarm but unfortunately management of the club was not satisfied with his performance.

Dusan Ivkovic will lead Serbian National Team until Olympic Games 2012 ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Today at 12h in Belgrade's hotel 'Continental' Dusan Ivkovic 'Duda' officially became the new head coach of Serbian National Team and he will lead it during the next four years. Ivkovic will also coordinate the work of the NT's younger selections.

He didn't name any coach who will assist him in NT but he announced that all Serbian top coaches will be invited to help. Ivkovic is a live legend and one of the best coaches in Serbian and Yugoslavian history. He won one World and three European Championships as well as the silver medal on Olympic Games.

Serbian basketball got amazing reinforcement for the future as Ivkovic, with his knowledge and authority, will prove for sure and it seems that we will be the witnesses of senior NT come back on the place where it was and deserve to be!


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SLOVENIA

Euroleague: Dzikic's Olimpija lost on his debut -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija lost to Zalgiris Kaunas 74:83. All time Euroleague scorer Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) decided the game with 22 points in last 11 minutes of the game. Olimpija fell to 3-8 in Euroleage and doesn't have almost any chances for the TOP16. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) followed Brown with 14 points, Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) 13 and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) 12 for the winners. Union Olimpija played terrible basketball and didn't lead more than once during whole game. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) had 15 points for Olimpija, Marko Milic (199-G-77) and Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) 13 each, while Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 10.

Union Olimpija : Zalgiris Kaunas 74:83 (9:18, 30:34, 42:49)
Union Olimpija: Dragic 6 (0:2), Gorenc 9 (3:3), Milic 13 (3:4), Hukic 10, Bailey 15 (4:4), Zupan 8 (2:2), Taylor 13 (2:2).
Zalgiris Kaunas: Jurak 13 (1:2), Brown 22 (5:7), Maciulis 14 (1:4), Zukauskas 8 (2:7), Jankunas 6 (2:2), Popovic 12 (5:6), Collins 8 (4:6).


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SPAIN

Akasvayu Girona sign Maurice Whitfield -by Eurobasket
Akasvayu Girona added to their roster 35-year old American guard Maurice Whitfield (186-G-73, college: Norfolk St., agency: Edge Sports). Whitfield played most recently at AEP Olimpias Patron (Greece). Whitfield has also Czech Rep. nationality and played for their national team for last three years. He also played pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Bolivia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Rep. and in the States.

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo sign Tiras Wade -by Eurobasket
Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Louisiana-Lafayette). Wade played most recently at Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico).

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ST.KITTS

SKABA Payoff MVP Gains Full Scholarship -by Jay
Basseterre, St. Kitts (January 10, 2008): SKABA 2007 playoff finals MVP and National power forward Nashorn 'Big Nash' Maynard (198-F-86) (198-F-86) is about to fullfil a liflelong dream for the new year .
The 6-foot-6 basketball forward, celebrated the local SKABA National championship title with his St.Pauls Tuff Knots teammates on the weekend, and is now preparing to take the long journey to Alaska , U.S.A. on a full basketball scholarship.
The opportunity to attend the University of Alaska , Fairbanks (UAF) is as a result of the Reach One, Teach One basketball camp which was initially organized by the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association in colloboration with the Department of Sports. Maynard said that Coach Daniel Prince of the University of California , Irvine , who was a facilitator at the ten day camp, recommended him to colleagues in Alaska .
Maynard said that he had ambitions to attend college and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend college free of cost. He encouraged other young persons to seize opportunities that may arise, just as he did, describing it as rare and life altering.
The 21-year-old athlete started playing the game at age ten and branched out into competitive basketball five years ago. Since then he has earned a number of individual awards including the local association's Most Valuable Player title in the ‘A' Division in 2005 and again in the Premier Division playoffs in 2007.
It is this talent and natural leadership ability which made him an important recruit for UAF's Interim Head Coach Clemon (Clem) Johnson.
'Nash is a disciplined, focused, talented and intelligient player and it is certainly a pleasure to see that his hard work as a player with the Tuff Knots and the National Junior and Senior teams is paying off with this full scholarship,' said former SKABA Vice President Wallis 'Wally' Wilkin.
Nash is the 7th SKABA player in the past 3 years to earn themselves basketball scholarships to US schools. He joins other SKABA scholarship players Hamil Bassue, Ohtneil Hyliger, Geniece Bassue, Marvin Davis, Kemo Duncan, Dane Rawlins and Arcilla Jeffers who are all in various US colleges and Universities on basketball scholarships.

While at University, Nashorn Maynard will pursue a Degree in Computer Science. He will spend his four years on the court playing for the Alaska Nanooks Men's basketball team which competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com


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TURKEY

Fenerbahce pounds Roanne at home -by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Roanne 81:68

Turkish Fenerbahce made another confident step towards the next round of the Euroleague competition as they overcame struggling Roanne at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall. They now improved to 6-5 record and hold a tight grip of the 4th spot in Group C. Chorale Roanne suffered their 8th defeat in the season but still foster a chance to make it through. The hosts did not wait for too long before bringing down their offensive avalanche on the visitors. Fenerbahce quickly built a 14:2 lead to set the tone. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) connected from afar and Vidmar came up with another jumper to extend the margin to 24:8. Roanne finally recovered their breath and started to look for some answers. French team ignited a 5:0 rally to cut the gap but Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) quickly reacted with an impressive dunk to make it 28:13 after 10 minutes. Roanne had a momentum early in the second stanza as Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St.) drained a three-pointer and Ron Hale (203-F-77, college: Florida St.) converted a layup. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) and Brion Rush were accurate from the field as the visitors saw the gap narrowed to just 8 points. However Fenerbahce addressed the ball to Damir Kaan as he knocked down back-to-back trebles to restore a safe distance. Marc Salyers completed his 18-point performance for the first half with two more points to finalize a 36:44 distance at halftime.
Laurent Cazalon (195-G-79) hit a jump shot early in the third frame to give the visitors hope. However the home team quickly denied with 5 unanswered points to keep it cool. Barak later nailed consecutive three-pointers to ice the French players and Fenerbahce entered the fourth period with an 11-point cushion. The game was not over yet as Roanne revived in the fourth term. Ron Hale and Brion Rush were once again big at the start of the final quarter and the gap was cut to just two points midway through it. But Will Solomon responded with 7 straight points for the hosts as they ran away for good.
Will Solomon finished with 19 points to lead the action for Fenerbahce. James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) contributed 12 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points for the winners. Marc Salyers delivered game-high 20 points for Roanne. Brion Rush added 12 points in a losing effort. Roanne will next travel to Greece to take on Panathinaikos. Fenerbahce will play against Bamberg in Germany in Round 12.

Fenerbahce: Will Solomon 19, James White 12, Omer Onan 11
Roanne: Marc Salyers 20, Brion Rush 12


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

MLK tourney 8 days away! -by David Edole
The best boys and girls teams in the territory will meet in the first major tournament of the calendar year, the Martin Luther King Basketball tourney January 18-21st in a double elimination event. This MLK edition will be as competitive as the rest but lacks the star power of a Khalid Gerard, Craig Williams or Stephen O'reilly. All of those guys are off to a higher level of play.
The 2008 teams are out to make new stars and legends of their respective high schools.
Scheduled to participate in the tourney on the boy's side are: Eudora Kean, Central High, Educational Complex, Antilles, All Saints, Country Day, St, Joseph's, British Virgin Islands High of Tortola and host team Charlotte Amalie.

Michael David (6-3, jr., G) and Kyan Roberts (6-1, Sr., F) leads the undefeated Eudora Kean Devil Rays. Kean is 2-0 on the season with wins over Sts. Peters and Paul, 72-20 and Antilles, 60-56. Aubrey Daniel is a streak shooter.

Central High School won the preseason Country Day Invitational behind strong play from Lamar Bough (6-0, Jr., G) and Rashawn 'Rooster' Williams (5-8, Sr. G). Central played without their best player O'lani Vanterpool (5-10, Sr., G) who sat out nursing an injury. If Vanterpool plays Central should be the favorite.

Educational Complex learned that star player Zomari Swanston is ineligible to play but still managed to make it to the championship game of the CDS invitational. The Cupboard is not completely bare; the ‘cudas still have a formidable five in James 'Ne Ne' Sneed II, Jamari Applewaite, Devonte Xavier, Kyle Sylvester and Edwin Ventura.

Antilles have a formidable team which was evident in their close loss to Eudora Kean. The Hurricanes were the only team from St. Thomas to play in the CDS invitational and did not perform as well as expected. But they still have Gerard Wiley on the roster.

All Saints will need a Herculean effort from Anwar Gregory and Jelani Foy to win a game.

Country Day: The verdict is out. To the onlookers at the CDS invitational was disappointed with the strength of Country Day team. CDS finished in second place in the MLK last season. If they reach that high it will be a miracle. I can't wait too see CDS vs. BVI high School. Two of the better big men in the greater Virgin Islands go at it, Mike Komlanc and Leslee Smith.

St. Josephs is a one man show; Charles Morehead. Morehead does everything for the saints including holding a car wash and a raffle. Where is the help coach Applewaite?

BVI HS won the MLK tourney two years ago then failed to return to defend their crown. But the school has just retooled. BVI has junior 6-foot-6, 245 pound man child Leslee Smith in the middle. He will get great help from senior guard Dayton DeFreitas (6-foot).


The host team and defending MLK winner Charlotte Amalie got an easy win over Sts. Peters and Paul, 94-19, in early season play. Football quarterback Ryan Mills (6-0, Soph., G) and defensive stopper Dequan Byron (6-0, Jr., G) lead a balanced team. CAHS received great news when athletic forward Devon Lake (6-2, F, Jr.) gained eligibility. Merwin Potter (5-10, Soph. G) is also another dangerous player.

Girls: Defending MLK winners Central High, upstart Charlotte Amalie, Victoria Hamilton led Antilles along with Country Day, Educational Complex, Eudora Kean, and BVI High School from Tortola makes this the strongest girls' field ever.
The games will be at CAHS gym beginning on Friday afternoon on St. Thomas.


Upcoming St. Thomas-St. John IAA Schedule
1/9/2008 Seventh Day Adventist @ Kean
1/11 Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS
1/12 All Saints @ Antilles
1/14 All Saints vs. Seventh Day Adventist @ BCB

MLK TOURNEY

1/23 Sts. Peter and Paul @ Antilles
1/25 All Saints vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ Kean
1/26 CAHS @ Antilles
1/28 Sts. Peter and Paul vs. Seventh Day Adventist; Kean vs. All Saints @ CAHS
1/30 Seventh Day Adventist @ Antilles
2/1 Antilles vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ BCB
2/2 CAHS @ Eudora Kean

Round 2
2/4 Wakefield High School from Virginia vs. Antilles @ Antilles
2/5 Wakefield High School from Virginia vs. TBA

2/6 Sts. Peter and Paul @ Eudora Kean
2/8 Antilles @ Eudora Kean
2/9 All Saints @ CAHS
2/11 Adventist @ Antilles
2/12 Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS

Central High School Invitational Tourney

2/20 St Peter and Paul vs. Adventist; All Saints @ Antilles
2/21 Kean vs. Adventist; Sts. Peter and Paul @ Antilles
2/23 Kean @ CAHS

2/25 All Saints vs Seventh Day Adventist; Kean vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ BCB
2/27 All Saints @ Kean
2/29 Antilles vs. CAHS @ BCB
3/3 Kean vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS
3/4 Adventist @ CAHS


Raja Bell Voted Athlete of the Year in Second Annual peta2 Libby Awards -by David Edole
Vegetarian Guard a Sure Shot for Doing Himself and Animals a Big Favor

He might have ended the 2006-2007 season in a dead heat with the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas for the most three-point shots, but Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) is in a league of his own when it comes to his healthy and humane vegetarian diet. That's why Bell has been presented with the Libby Award for Vegetarian Athlete of the Year by peta2, the world's largest youth animal rights organization. Bell was voted winner by visitors to peta2's Web site as part of the second annual Libby Awards ('Libby' is short for 'liberation'), which honor animal-friendly people and products.

Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bell is a longtime vegetarian--a smart move for an athlete or anyone else. On average, vegetarians are fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters, which helps athletes stretch a few extra years out of their careers.

Bell beat out other top-performing vegetarian athletes, including pro skateboarder Rick McCrank, pro snowboarder Tara Dakides, and Ultimate Fighter welterweight champ Mac Danzig.

'When it comes to lifestyle changes that help stop animal suffering, peta2 is firmly in Raja Bell's court,' says peta2 Assistant Director Dan Shannon. 'Raja is a role model--he's setting a great example for young people by stressing the importance of good health, and he's also showing them that compassion is for winners.'

Other categories included Best Animal-Friendly Band, Best New Fur Foe, Best Animal-Friendly Movie, Best Animal-Friendly Clothing Company, Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Company, and Best MySpace Activist. Winners will receive plaques and will be featured on peta2.com.

For more information and to view all the nominees and winners, please visit peta2.com.


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UKRAINE

Arsic and Umbrasko are cleared by Federation -by Alexei Naumov
While the Cherkasski Mavpy are still negotiating the contract terms with a Serbian specialist Jovica Arsic and the team's official website reports that the agreement might be signed on Friday, the Ukrainian Basketball Federation already issued a coaching license to Jovica.

Another Superleague newcomer Juris Umbrasko also received a license, joining Politekhnika-Galychina Lviv.


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ULEB CUP

Siauliai stumbles against KK Bosna -by Eurobasket News

KK Bosna - Siauliai 88:77

Siauliai lost a key matchup against Bosna on the road, which can prove costly for Lithuanian team as they strive for the ULEB Cup elimination round berth. Both teams are now knotted at 3-5 record in the 4th spot in Group A. Their chances of making it to the next round now depend on a possible best-fourth record.

KK Bosna opened this must-win encounter better as they scored the first 5 points of the game. Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74) and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) connected from beyond the arc to enlarge the gap to 13:5. However Siauliai reacted with a 9:0 rally to make it all square at 19 after 10 minutes of action.

Bosna engineered a 10:0 run midway through the second quarter to grab a lead but Siauliai stayed in the contest. Jose Olivero (188-G-85, college: Lehigh) and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) stepped on the gas for Lithuanian team as they cut the gap to 2 points at halftime 38:40. Edin Bavcic continued to pour in from downtown and soon the hosts acquired a 58:47 advantage. Siauliai trailed by 6 points heading into the fourth stanza.

Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) and Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) drained triples to pump it up for the home team early in the final period. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) and Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) nailed a couple of jumpers to regain a glimmer of hope. But Edin Bavcic nailed a triple late in regulation to seal the win for KK Bosna as they cherish hopeful views on the next round.

Dzenan Rahimic led KK Bosna with 16 points and 5 boards. Edin Bavcic scored 14 points, while Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) provided 13 points a piece for the winners. Antonio Grant answered with 20 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas produced 19 points and had 12 boards in the loss. Siauliai committed 18 turnovers and sank just 58% from free throw line. Siauliai will visit England to take on the Guildford Heat next week. KK Bosna will be tested by Joventut in Spain.

KK Bosna: Dzenan Rahimic 16, Edin Bavcic 14, Bryan Bailey 13, Lance Williams 13
Siauliai: Antonio Grant 20, Donatas Zavackas 19+12 boards



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URUGUAY

Malvin beat Defensor -by Hector Lopez
Malvin beat Defensor Sporting 92-89, with 30 points by Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) and is now in the second place of the LUB. For Malvin Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) added 12 and Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth)l netted 10. The best scorer for Defensor was David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) with 26 points, incluiding 5/1 for three-point shots. Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 8 and grabbed 8 rebounds. The leader is Bigua, Defensor is third. The game had been posponed previously due to Defensor playing the League of the Americas.



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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Gospic inks Enghusen, Merkur part ways with Bajic -by Zeljko Zule

Gospic inked Cori Enghusen (200-C-80, college: Stanford) ex Moscow till end of the season.

Merkur Celje parted with with Tamara Bajic (172-G-87). She averaging 20,5 minutes, 5,2 points (2P 12-24, 3P 5-21, FT 3-4), 2,0 rebounds, 1,8 assists, 0,9 steals and 1,6 turnoveras in 9 games of Adriatic WABA League and 17,5 minutes, 8,3 points (2P 21-28, 6-18, 15-18), 2,2 rebounds, 2,2 assists, 2,4 steals and 1,2 turnovers in 9 games of Slovenian League.

Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) of Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje will be sidelined at least six weeks due to a neck injury.



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CROATIA - Women

Sibenik unable to match UMMC at home -by Eurobasket News
Jolly Sibenik - UMMC 66:86

Croatian champion Jolly Sibenik suffered a painful blow in the Euroleague campaign yesterday. They were thumped by visiting UMMC to slip to 2-6 record in Group B. Sibenik were unable to become the first team to upset UMMC at this edition of Euroleague and Russian force extended their perfect run. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) got things working Russian way early on as they nailed 5 unanswered points. But Tihana Juric (194-C-76) soon found the touch from the field and equaled things on the court. Asjha Jones continued to find open shots and led the visitors to a 16:9 lead late in the frame. Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda capped the quarter with a 5:2 run for UMMC to make it 23:14. Neda Lokas (182-F-85) and Ivana Puzar (175-G-81) connected from afar for the hosts early in the second stanza as Sibenik stayed at a striking distance. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) however exploded with 5 points for UMMC to build a 37:28 margin. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) and Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) cut the deficit but Penny Taylor (185-F-81) uttered the last word in the first half drilling a three-pointer and sending teams into the dressing room with at 40:31 for the visitors. Asjha Jones and Agnieszka Bibrzycka enlarged the lead to double figures midway through the third period. UMMC ignited an 11:2 run to mark a 61:40 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the term. Sibenik lost the grip and UMMC cruised to an overall victory in the fourth frame. Sandrine Gruda topscored with 22 points for UMMC. Agnieszka Bibrzycka nailed 17 points, while Penny Taylor tallied 11 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Jessica Dickson led Croatian team with 14 points and 8 boards. Tihana Juric contributed 13 points in a loss. UMMC outrebounded the hosts 37:30 and shot solid 52% from the field. Sibenik will now try to improve against Wisla in Krakow next week. UMMC heads back home to face Bourges Basket in the next round.

Sibenik: Jessica Dickson 14, Tihana Juric 13
UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 22, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 17, Penny Taylor 11+12 boards


Good chances to advance for Gospic -by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Hondarribia-Irun 90:71 (28-8, 17-16, 22-15, 23-32)

Gospic won the opening leg of the first encounter in the sixteenth-finals in EuroCup Women. Croatian team make the chances better against Hondarribia-Irun in a 90:71 win. The Croatian team got an outstanding contribution from Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77), who scored 19 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) posted 18, while Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) added 14. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Gospic started with 5-0 run as Elena Yolovska and Mirjana Tabak opened the game. Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) was the first to score for the visitors but then her teams saw another 17 points as the hosts created 17-0 run in the opening tip. Maloca made the score inappropriate in the end of the first, 28:8. The second quarter brought 17:16 in the game that gave the hosts 45:24 at the half.
Englert netted 5 in a row as Gospic grabbed 60:34 advantage. The hosts looked much better and dominated in the game.
Hondarribia-Irun could reply with 10-0 run in the last quarter as Zane Tamane started the run. The Spanish squad won the last quarter 23:32 but lost the opener. The second game will be played on January 16th in Spain.

Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 19+8 ast+6 rebs, Mirjana Tabak 18, Elena Yolovska 14
Hondarribia-Irun: Zane Tamane 21+10 rebs,Shameka Christon 11, Garcia 11


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CZECH REP. - Women

Warm welcome for Gambrinus in Slovakia -by Eurobasket News
Kosit 2013 - Gambrinus 60:78

Gambrunis pounded Kosit 2013 on the road to stay in race with Spartak Moscow Region for the top spot in Group C. Gambrinus improved to 7-1 record and share the pike in the group with Spartak. Kosit 2013 meanwhile suffered their 5th loss in the tournament at the third spot. The teams kept it close in the opening minutes before Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) broke it loose with a three-pointer to give Gambrinus a 12:7 lead. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) however matched the effort with 4 straight points to regain the lead for the hosts 13:12. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) scored 4 points late in the frame and Gambrinus ended the term up by a single point. The lead changed hands for 6 times throughout the second period before Kulichkova ignited a 7:2 rally to put the visitors in front 37:29 at halftime. Kosit entered the second half aggressively and posted an 11:2 run to restore a 40:39 advantage 5 minutes into the frame. But Gambrinus found the way to bounce back. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) nailed 7 points in a 13:3 frame that allowed Gambrinus to enjoy a 52:43 cushion after 30 minutes. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) netted 4 points and Ivana Vecerova dropped another 2 to make it 58:43 for Gambrinus at the start of the fourth period. Kosit 2013 did not find an appropriate answer in the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Hana Machova led Gambrinus with 16 points and 5 boards. Tamika Whitmore scored 15 points, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) added 10 points for the winners. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Slovakian team. Ivana Jalcova produced 16 points in defeat. Gambrinus dominated the boards 44:30, while both teams committed 17 turnovers.
The next round will bring a real treat for the fans as Gambrinus hosts Spartak Moscow Region at home. Kosit 2013 travels to France to play against Valenciennes.

Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 23, Ivana Jalcova 16
Gambrinus: Hana Machova 16, Tamika Whitmore 15, Zuzana Zirkova 10


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Good chances to advance for Gospic -by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Hondarribia-Irun 90:71 (28-8, 17-16, 22-15, 23-32)

Gospic won the opening leg of the first encounter in the sixteenth-finals in EuroCup Women. Croatian team make the chances better against Hondarribia-Irun in a 90:71 win. The Croatian team got an outstanding contribution from Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77), who scored 19 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) posted 18, while Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) added 14. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) collected 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Gospic started with 5-0 run as Elena Yolovska and Mirjana Tabak opened the game. Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) was the first to score for the visitors but then her teams saw another 17 points as the hosts created 17-0 run in the opening tip. Maloca made the score inappropriate in the end of the first, 28:8. The second quarter brought 17:16 in the game that gave the hosts 45:24 at the half.
Englert netted 5 in a row as Gospic grabbed 60:34 advantage. The hosts looked much better and dominated in the game.
Hondarribia-Irun could reply with 10-0 run in the last quarter as Zane Tamane started the run. The Spanish squad won the last quarter 23:32 but lost the opener. The second game will be played on January 16th in Spain.

Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 19+8 ast+6 rebs, Mirjana Tabak 18, Elena Yolovska 14
Hondarribia-Irun: Zane Tamane 21+10 rebs,Shameka Christon 11, Garcia 11


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. CSKA 8-0
2. Fenerbahce 6-2
3. MKB Eur. 3-4
4. TTT Riga 3-5
5. Villeneuve 2-6
6. Napoli 1-6
Group B
1. UMMC 8-0
2. Wisla 4-3
3. Bourges 4-4
4. Halcon 3-5
5. USK Praha 2-5
6. Sibenik 2-6
Group C
1. Spartak MR 7-1
2. Gambrinus 7-1
3. USVO 3-4
4. Kosit 2013 3-5
5. Lotos 2-5
6. Dexia 1-7
Group D
1. Ros Casares 8-0
2. Pecsi 5-3
3. Dynamo M. 4-4
4. TEO Vilnius 3-5
5. Faenza 2-6
6. Mondeville 2-6


Warm welcome for Gambrinus in Slovakia -by Eurobasket News
Kosit 2013 - Gambrinus 60:78

Gambrunis pounded Kosit 2013 on the road to stay in race with Spartak Moscow Region for the top spot in Group C. Gambrinus improved to 7-1 record and share the pike in the group with Spartak. Kosit 2013 meanwhile suffered their 5th loss in the tournament at the third spot. The teams kept it close in the opening minutes before Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) broke it loose with a three-pointer to give Gambrinus a 12:7 lead. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) however matched the effort with 4 straight points to regain the lead for the hosts 13:12. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) scored 4 points late in the frame and Gambrinus ended the term up by a single point. The lead changed hands for 6 times throughout the second period before Kulichkova ignited a 7:2 rally to put the visitors in front 37:29 at halftime. Kosit entered the second half aggressively and posted an 11:2 run to restore a 40:39 advantage 5 minutes into the frame. But Gambrinus found the way to bounce back. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) nailed 7 points in a 13:3 frame that allowed Gambrinus to enjoy a 52:43 cushion after 30 minutes. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) netted 4 points and Ivana Vecerova dropped another 2 to make it 58:43 for Gambrinus at the start of the fourth period. Kosit 2013 did not find an appropriate answer in the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Hana Machova led Gambrinus with 16 points and 5 boards. Tamika Whitmore scored 15 points, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) added 10 points for the winners. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Slovakian team. Ivana Jalcova produced 16 points in defeat. Gambrinus dominated the boards 44:30, while both teams committed 17 turnovers.
The next round will bring a real treat for the fans as Gambrinus hosts Spartak Moscow Region at home. Kosit 2013 travels to France to play against Valenciennes.

Kosit 2013: Janel McCarville 23, Ivana Jalcova 16
Gambrinus: Hana Machova 16, Tamika Whitmore 15, Zuzana Zirkova 10


Sibenik unable to match UMMC at home -by Eurobasket News
Jolly Sibenik - UMMC 66:86

Croatian champion Jolly Sibenik suffered a painful blow in the Euroleague campaign yesterday. They were thumped by visiting UMMC to slip to 2-6 record in Group B. Sibenik were unable to become the first team to upset UMMC at this edition of Euroleague and Russian force extended their perfect run. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) got things working Russian way early on as they nailed 5 unanswered points. But Tihana Juric (194-C-76) soon found the touch from the field and equaled things on the court. Asjha Jones continued to find open shots and led the visitors to a 16:9 lead late in the frame. Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda capped the quarter with a 5:2 run for UMMC to make it 23:14. Neda Lokas (182-F-85) and Ivana Puzar (175-G-81) connected from afar for the hosts early in the second stanza as Sibenik stayed at a striking distance. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) however exploded with 5 points for UMMC to build a 37:28 margin. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) and Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) cut the deficit but Penny Taylor (185-F-81) uttered the last word in the first half drilling a three-pointer and sending teams into the dressing room with at 40:31 for the visitors. Asjha Jones and Agnieszka Bibrzycka enlarged the lead to double figures midway through the third period. UMMC ignited an 11:2 run to mark a 61:40 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the term. Sibenik lost the grip and UMMC cruised to an overall victory in the fourth frame. Sandrine Gruda topscored with 22 points for UMMC. Agnieszka Bibrzycka nailed 17 points, while Penny Taylor tallied 11 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Jessica Dickson led Croatian team with 14 points and 8 boards. Tihana Juric contributed 13 points in a loss. UMMC outrebounded the hosts 37:30 and shot solid 52% from the field. Sibenik will now try to improve against Wisla in Krakow next week. UMMC heads back home to face Bourges Basket in the next round.

Sibenik: Jessica Dickson 14, Tihana Juric 13
UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 22, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 17, Penny Taylor 11+12 boards


TTT Riga wastes lead to fall short to Fenerbahce -by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Fenerbahce 55:59

Fenerbahce continued to chase CSKA in Group A ladder of Euroleague qualifying round. They overcame TTT Riga away from home to claim the 6th win at the tournament sending the hosts to 3-5 record. Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) scored first 4 points for the home team to set them ahead. Defense worked hard for both teams but it was TTT Riga to limit their opponents to only 8 points in the first quarter. The hosts were up by 4 points but Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) started the second frame by 4 unanswered points to tie the scoreline. Iciss Tillis exploded with 5 straight points for Riga team to restore the lead. The hosts maintained it throughout the second term and Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) nailed a three-pointer to finalize their 31:23 lead at halftime. Yilmaz and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) cut the gap to 4 points as TTT Riga were unable to score for almost 4 minutes early in the third stanza. The margin was soon narrowed to just a single point as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) nailed a jump shot. Fenerbahce trailed 41:42 heading into the fourth period. Zane Eglite (170-G-84)'s trey capped a 9:0 rally from the hosts to open the final term and TTT Riga took a 51:41 advantage with 6 minutes remaining. Fenerbahce refused to surrender though. Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) and Cappie Pondexter combined 9 points for the visitors to make it a 51:53 game. Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU)'s jumper enlarged the cushion to 4 points with under 2 minutes remaining. Cappie Pondexter nailed a triple to keep Fenerbahce in it. She added another jumper in Fenerbahce's next possession to lift the visitors up by one 56:55. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) committed a turnover and Cappie Pondexter punished the home side with two more free throws to put Fenerbahce up by 3 points with 15 seconds left. Micaela Jacintho had a chance to force overtime but her desperate trey went off mark, while Sviatlana Volnaya sealed the victory from the line. Cappie Pondexter knocked down 23 points to lead the visiting side. Nevriye Yilmaz provided 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 13 points and 12 boards in a loss.
TTT Riga will now face MKB Euroleasing in Hungary next week.

TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 13+12 boards, Elizaveta Kityzina (194-C-80) 13
Fenerbahce: Cappie Pondexter 23, Nevriye Yilmaz 11+9 boards


Maria Stepanova carries CSKA past Villeneuve -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Villeneuve 101-61

CSKA kept their Eurolegue record spotless as they cruised past Villeneuve in Moscow yesterday. It was the 8t straight victory for former FIBA Euroleague champions. Villeneuve meanwhile fell to 2-6 record in Group A. CSKA opened the game aggressively and soon accumulated a 9:2 lead. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) scored 4 straight points for French outfit to cut the gap but not for long. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) netted 8 consecutive points for the hosts to enlarge the margin to 9 points. Ilona Korstine then added 5 points and Stepanova knocked down another 2 to make it 24:10 at the end of the starting frame. Shala Crawford (193-C-79, college: Life) and Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) scored a couple of jump shots to get Villeneuve going in the second quarter. Benedicte Fombonne (182-F-75) nailed a three-pointer and the deficit was erased to 5 points. Shala Crawford and Jucimara Dantas continue to pour in points for the visitors and Villeneuve climbed as close as 3 points late in the frame. However another burst from Maria Stepanova allowed CSKA to restore an 8-point cushion. Stepanova capped the first half with 4 points to give the home team a 44:34 advantage at the interval.
CSKA quickly organized an 11:2 run to open the second half and never looked back again. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) scored 8 points in the third quarter and CSKA led by 31 points at the end of it. CSKA completed a 100-point game in the fourth period and celebrated yet another victory in Euroleague. Maria Stepanova was productive with 33 points, 12 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals to pace CSKA. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) contributed 17 points, while Korstine had 16 points for the winners. Villeneuve answered with 19 points from Shala Crawford. Geraldine Robert delivered 14 points and 12 boards in a losing clause.
CSKA will play against Fenerbahce in Istanbul next week. Villeneuve will take on Napoli at home.

CSKA: Maria Stepanova 33+12 boards, Becky Hammon 17, Ilona Korstine 16
Villeneuve: Shala Crawford 19, Geraldine Robert 14+12 boards


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FRANCE - Women

Euroleague Women: Bourges qualify for the next stage in another bad round for French clubs -by Leslie Anderson

Cercle Jean Mace Bourges have secured qualification for the next phase after their victory on Wednesday evening against Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. After a tight first half Bourges went to work in the second period of the match and won by a comfortable margin (79-59). Belinda Snell and Endene Miyem scored 39 points between them.


Not so easy for the other French clubs as they all came away with nothing from this round


Valenciennes USVO fell at home last night to Lotos PKO BP Gdynia after an amazing display by Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee), she scored 10 consecutive points for her team during the last period to set up victory (71-66).



Despite the defeat Valenciennes USVO have the aggregate victory over their opponents and just need to win one of their remaining games to progress into the next round. USO Mondeville and Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole both fell on Wednesday night and now require victories in their last two games matches. USO Mondeville travel to Dynamo Moscow next week in a match they must win.


You will find boxscores and details on all Wednesday's and Thursday's action by Eurobasket's EuroLeague correspondent here:

http://www.eurobasket.com/events/elw/elw08.asp?women=1




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HUNGARY - Women

Victory of Pecs over Mondeville -by Csilla Kantor

With a thoughtful game Pecs was able to receive its 5th Euroleague victory by defeating Mondeville 77-72. Although 3 players, Ivezic, Heller and Sarok couldn't take part in 09.01's game, with the leadership of Vajda, Fegyverneky, Ivanyi and Podgrug they succeeded to win. During the 40 minutes the Hungarians were at better condition, Mondeville could take the leading position only in the 3rd quarter for a couple of minutes (45-40). After a time-out and Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.)'s two 3-pointers and Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) (191-F/C-84)'s shot, the 4th quarter started with 51-55. In the final period, with the help of tactical elements and good rebounds Pecs won by 77-72. With this victory they ensured their 2nd place in group D of the Euroleague.

USO Mondeville:

Williams 17, Aubert 16, Jannault 14, Salagnac 9, Digbeu 8, El Gargati 6, Alexis 2

Mizo Pecs 2010:

Anna Vajda 19/6, Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 19/6, Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) 17, Ivanyi 10/6( assists: 11!), Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) 5, Kornelia Meszaros (186-F-74) 5, Coelho 2

In the next round Mizo Pecs is playing against Faenza on home court.



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ICELAND - Women

Iceland Express league results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Hamar 69 Haukar 73. Hamar started well in first quarter and leading 16-8 after first Q. Second & third quarter was not well played by Hamar.
Leading scorers for Hamar. LaKiste Barkus 31. Johanna Sveinsdottir 14. Hafrun Halfdanardottir 10. For Haukar. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 21. Kiera Hardy 18.

Fjolnir 68 Grindavik 79. Easy win for Grindavik. Top scorers for Fjolnir. Slavica Dimovska 26 + 11 rebs. Greta Gretarsdottir 19. Eva Emilsdottir 10. For Grindavik. Tiffany Roberson 23. Joanna Skiba 17. Petrunella Skuladottir 12. Jovanna Stefansdottir 10.


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JORDAN - Women

New dates for the Arab Club Championship -by Fadi Sabbah
Jordan Basketball federation hosted officials from the Arab Basketball Federation and decided on new dates for the Men and Women Championships.
The Arab Federation delegation insisted on separating the two tournaments. The Arab club Championship for Men will take place in Amman from 23 April - 5 May 2008, while the Arab Club Championship for Women will be held in Amman from 7 - 18 June. Orthodox Club - Jordan title holders and their rivals Al Riyadi Club will represent the country in this event, Both teams are considering adding import players to their rosters.


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LATVIA - Women

TTT Riga wastes lead to fall short to Fenerbahce -by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Fenerbahce 55:59

Fenerbahce continued to chase CSKA in Group A ladder of Euroleague qualifying round. They overcame TTT Riga away from home to claim the 6th win at the tournament sending the hosts to 3-5 record. Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) scored first 4 points for the home team to set them ahead. Defense worked hard for both teams but it was TTT Riga to limit their opponents to only 8 points in the first quarter. The hosts were up by 4 points but Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) started the second frame by 4 unanswered points to tie the scoreline. Iciss Tillis exploded with 5 straight points for Riga team to restore the lead. The hosts maintained it throughout the second term and Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) nailed a three-pointer to finalize their 31:23 lead at halftime. Yilmaz and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) cut the gap to 4 points as TTT Riga were unable to score for almost 4 minutes early in the third stanza. The margin was soon narrowed to just a single point as Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) nailed a jump shot. Fenerbahce trailed 41:42 heading into the fourth period. Zane Eglite (170-G-84)'s trey capped a 9:0 rally from the hosts to open the final term and TTT Riga took a 51:41 advantage with 6 minutes remaining. Fenerbahce refused to surrender though. Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79, college: Virginia) and Cappie Pondexter combined 9 points for the visitors to make it a 51:53 game. Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU)'s jumper enlarged the cushion to 4 points with under 2 minutes remaining. Cappie Pondexter nailed a triple to keep Fenerbahce in it. She added another jumper in Fenerbahce's next possession to lift the visitors up by one 56:55. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) committed a turnover and Cappie Pondexter punished the home side with two more free throws to put Fenerbahce up by 3 points with 15 seconds left. Micaela Jacintho had a chance to force overtime but her desperate trey went off mark, while Sviatlana Volnaya sealed the victory from the line. Cappie Pondexter knocked down 23 points to lead the visiting side. Nevriye Yilmaz provided 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 13 points and 12 boards in a loss.
TTT Riga will now face MKB Euroleasing in Hungary next week.

TTT Riga: Iciss Tillis 13+12 boards, Elizaveta Kityzina (194-C-80) 13
Fenerbahce: Cappie Pondexter 23, Nevriye Yilmaz 11+9 boards


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RUSSIA - Women

Maria Stepanova carries CSKA past Villeneuve -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Villeneuve 101-61

CSKA kept their Eurolegue record spotless as they cruised past Villeneuve in Moscow yesterday. It was the 8t straight victory for former FIBA Euroleague champions. Villeneuve meanwhile fell to 2-6 record in Group A. CSKA opened the game aggressively and soon accumulated a 9:2 lead. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) scored 4 straight points for French outfit to cut the gap but not for long. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) netted 8 consecutive points for the hosts to enlarge the margin to 9 points. Ilona Korstine then added 5 points and Stepanova knocked down another 2 to make it 24:10 at the end of the starting frame. Shala Crawford (193-C-79, college: Life) and Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) scored a couple of jump shots to get Villeneuve going in the second quarter. Benedicte Fombonne (182-F-75) nailed a three-pointer and the deficit was erased to 5 points. Shala Crawford and Jucimara Dantas continue to pour in points for the visitors and Villeneuve climbed as close as 3 points late in the frame. However another burst from Maria Stepanova allowed CSKA to restore an 8-point cushion. Stepanova capped the first half with 4 points to give the home team a 44:34 advantage at the interval.
CSKA quickly organized an 11:2 run to open the second half and never looked back again. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) scored 8 points in the third quarter and CSKA led by 31 points at the end of it. CSKA completed a 100-point game in the fourth period and celebrated yet another victory in Euroleague. Maria Stepanova was productive with 33 points, 12 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals to pace CSKA. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) contributed 17 points, while Korstine had 16 points for the winners. Villeneuve answered with 19 points from Shala Crawford. Geraldine Robert delivered 14 points and 12 boards in a losing clause.
CSKA will play against Fenerbahce in Istanbul next week. Villeneuve will take on Napoli at home.

CSKA: Maria Stepanova 33+12 boards, Becky Hammon 17, Ilona Korstine 16
Villeneuve: Shala Crawford 19, Geraldine Robert 14+12 boards


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SPAIN - Women

Euroleague:Ros Casares sweated to win Dynamo Moscow (55-53) -by Ivan Villar
This week was strange for unbeaten team of Valencia.After troubles of Carme Lluveras with reporters and players,she announced that there wasn't any problem with press and players of team.Captain Elisa Aguilar and coach Manolo Real assured to be agree with her general manager.Rumours said that 3 players wouldn't resign if Lluveras continued in team.After this storm (unbelieavable for excellent results of team) Ros Casares defeated russian team of Nuria Martinez (injured again sadly) by 55-53.Katie Douglas and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) Jones were again best references of orange team with 15 points each one.

Perfumerias Avenida was trashed in France by Bourges with final score of 79-59.After halftime players of Jose Ignacio Hernadez couldn't avoid htw french twister.Tracy Reid was best scorer of spanish team with 12 points.Perfumerias must win next 2 games at home to pass next round.

In FIBA Eurocup,Hondarribia came back to bad results.This time lost in Croatia against Gospic by 90-71.Vasc team hasn't option from beggining because they receive a partial of 22-3 in 6 first minutes.Difference was too many wide for a team which needs to recover its good shape as soon as possible.Begona Garcia and Shameka Christon were best players with 11 points each one.


Celia Macia leaves Cadi La Seu d'Urgell -by Ivan Villar
Shooting guard of 32 years,Celia Macia (-75),decided don't belong to roster of Cadi la Seu.Player wasn't playing too many minutes with Victor Lapena.Club said to be grateful to player from Tarrega on last 3 years and half.She was captain of team and lived best sport moments of club like promotions to Liga Femenina twice.Also she was champion of Catalan' Cup with Cadi la Seu.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

MLK Tourney 8 days away -by David Edole

This edition of the MLK girls division may be the strongest field ever. The field contains the defending MLK winners Central High, upstart Charlotte Amalie, Victoria Hamilton led Antilles along with Country Day, Educational Complex, Eudora Kean, and BVI High School from Tortola.

Central comes to the tourney going undefeated in the Country Day Holiday tournament. They defeated the bigger Charlotte Amalie Chicken Hawks twice on their way to the title. Central is led by athletic forward Sherice Joseph who was named MVP of the event. Central won the tournament despite not playing with starting back court Shawna Moving and Shakasia Whenner. Moving is expected to play in the MLK but Whenner will be out. Freshman Lanese Bough showed her mettle in the final moments of the championship game when she drilled eight straight free throws to hold of CAHS. Risheema Burke and Shamyra Vanterpool are more than capable of helping Joseph.

The Chicken hawks return by pounding rival Eudora Kean, 70-20, in early season play. The finished in second place in the Country Day's tourney after demolishing the host team. Chicken Hawks are an extremely young team led by LaShonda Creque (jr. 5-8). Creque is an outstanding shooter and can play some point. She has help in Shayla Kelly and Nicky Petersen. The bigs up from will be a force in the future. Freshmen Makeva Aska (5-8, F), Teandra Richardson (5-9, F) and sophomore Aesha Peters (6-3, Center) are a year away from dominating.
Thomas.

Victoria Hamilton and Antilles Hurricanes finished in 6th place in the Fort Lauderdale Holiday Classic. Hamilton, a junior guard, averaged 15 points as the lady canes concluded the tourney 1-2. Hamilton, as always, is the key to Antilles success. However, Hamilton did receive some help from Julia Cassazza (5-6, jr., G/F) and senior Shari Jarvis (C, 5-9). Cassazza did score 11 points in one of the games and Jarvis was a steady force.

Country Day Tigers finished in third place in their own tourney. CDS is still waiting on the rapid development of Hanifer Hendricks. If Hendricks scores, Country Day will be a tough out. If she sits back and watch, Country Day will be in for a long season. Senior Rebecca Seifer and junior Miyoko Benta will provide some offense.

Educational Complex is a mess. They did not participate in the CDS tourney and no one knows anything about the team. Nique Llanos is said to be a major addition.

Eudora Kean is just happy to be here. Wish they could play St. John school ten times.

BVI High could be the wild card. We will learn about the team when they show up. They did play in MLK tourney last season and left after one game. They lost to Eudora Kean.

The MLK games will be at CAHS gym beginning on Friday afternoon on St. Thomas.


St. Thomas-St. John IAA schedule
1/11 Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS
1/12 Kean @ Antilles

18- 21 MLK TOURNEY

1/23 Sts. Peter and Paul @ Antilles
1/25 Sts Peter and Paul @ Kean
1/26 CAHS @ Antilles
1/30 CAHS vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ Antilles
2/1 Sts. Peter and Paul vs. Antilles @ BCB
2/2 CAHS @ Kean

Round 2
2/6 Sts. Peter Paul @ Eudora Kean
2/8 Antilles @ Eudora Kean
2/9 Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS
2/11 Kean vs. CAHS @ Antilles
2/12 Sts. Peter and Paul vs. Antilles @ CAHS

ST. CROIX CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL

2/23 Antilles @ CAHS
2/27 Antilles @ Eudora Kean
2/29 CAHS vs. Antilles @ BCB
3/3 Eudora Kean vs. Sts. Peter and Paul @ CAHS



Javois, Edwards -by David Edole
Missouri Western got 23 points from their senior guard Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) but it wasn't enough as Northwest Missouri pulled out a 78-74 victory in the MWSU Fieldhouse in front of a season high 2,701 fans.

The atmosphere was one of a rivalry game and neither team disappointed from the start. Each team took their leads as the teams traded baskets and went back and forth early on. A lay-up from freshman guard Tierra Ford on a feed from Johnson would give Missouri Western a 10-9 advantage and Jill Johnson would assist on each of the first six buckets by the Griffons. The Bearcats would explode out to a 14-4 run capped off by a Kelli Nelson three pointer to give them their largest lead, 25-14, with 9:30 remaining in the half. Western would respond with a 9-2 run only to see Northwest go on a 6-0 run and push the lead back to 10 behind a Mandi Schumacher basket. The Griffons would then make their final push of the first half. Javois would hit a jumper to close the gap to eight and on the ensuing possession freshman guard Lauren Nolke would hit a three point bucket to get within five points at 33-28 with 2:46 to play in the half. Nolke would close the gap to two on a feed from Johnson, which would be her ninth assist of the first half. NWMSU would get their only bucket during Western's 12-2 run from guard Amber Vandevender to, but the Griffons would close the half on back to back baskets from Javois to tie the score at 35 going into the half.

The Bearcats opened the second half with Meghan Brue hitting a three pointer and it would be a lead that Northwest would not relinquish the entire second half. At the first media timeout the Griffons would trail by five, 46-41, after a Rachel Luteyn jumper. The five point margin would be the largest lead as both teams would trade baskets for the next four plus minutes. Western freshman Colleen Schneider would hit two free throws to make the score 52-49 in favor of the Bearcats. NWMSU would follow that with a 12-4 run fueled by three three-point buckets. Northwest Missouri would push the lead out to their largest margin only two minutes later on another three pointer from Brue to put the Griffons down by 12, 71-59 with 6:57 to play. MWSU would make their last final push and get within two, 74-72, on a Javois lay-up. Her lay-up capped a 15-5 run, but an Andrea Dill jumper would prove to be enough and finish off the Griffons.

Missouri Western were led by Javois' 23 points. Johnson finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Nolke finished with 13 points hitting three three-point shots. As a team the Griffons finished the game hitting 49% (32-of-66) from the field, but only hitting 22% (6-of-27) of their three point attempts. Northwest Missouri had five players in double figures led by Schumacher and Nelson who each finished with 15 points. As a team they would finish 30-of-67 (45%) from the field, but only could convert 6-of-17 (35%) from the charity stripe.


Nova wins!
Nova Southeastern had five players score in double figures and outscored its opponent 51-17 in the second half en route to an 81-41 victory over Flagler College (3-12) on Wednesday evening at NSU's University Center Arena.
'Tonight was a total team effort,' NSU head coach Marilyn Rule said. 'It's the type of win you're looking for as we go into the rest of our conference schedule. I think we found out identity tonight.'
Led by LaShawnna Edwards' 10 points, NSU's bench outscored Flagler's 28-18. Edwards also picked up six boards.
'Our bench was solid tonight, which was huge. Unlike games in the past, they did not have a let down near the end of the game,' Rule added.