EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/14/2008

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ABA

Comparing a good start and a disappointing going on -by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, in a very good article headed 'Frustration mounts in the ABA', the OurSportsCentral website made a brilliant resume of the situtation in the American Basketball Association, where 15 (!) teams have yet left the league, most of them due to financial reasons, and the remaining 20 are almost all passing bad moments, due to organizing problems and continous schedule changes, sometimes without any explanation. And when the games were played, the Officiating was so disappointing that some teams, like the Manchester Millrats, opted to develop some own referees to officiate their home games.. Also, we have yet published that some talks between the Canadian and the North Eastern teams could bring to a new division of the ABA, like it happens last season, when some of the best organized teams decided to join the PBL. The Premier Basketball League, instead, supplied what can only be called a very good start. This league has just played its second week, without cancelling any game, releasing news and stats in a good website, featuring all its teams logos and rosters, as it should be normal for a league called 'professional'. For sure, if this PBL will decide to play a full season in fall of 2008, we are sure that lots of the current ABA teams will be intersted in joining it. It seems that the time of the announcements like '30-teams expansion for nexy year' is definitely over, and is not a secret that most of the disappointed ABA teams are seriously considering a change of leadership in the league, as the last chance to save it... Hyronically, just while we were writing this lines, we see that Joe Newman has just announced another expansion (of the more than 20 yet schdeuled..:-)), this time of the Mexican franchise named 'Gomez Palacio Thundercats', based in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Sincerely, we wish all the best to the ABA and iits new owners, but are you sure guys that there will be an ABA season in 2008-09 ??

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Helios and Moro part ways -by Zeljko Zule
Helios parted ways with David Moro (199-G-86). He averaging 10minutes, 2,8 points (2P 4-9, 3P 1-4, FT 0-1), 1,0 rebounds, 0,5 assists and 0,5 turnovers in 4 games of NLB Adriatic League and 9:40 minutes, 3,2 points (2P 8-15, 3P 0-4), 1,2 rebounds, 0,4 assists, 0,4 steals and 1,0 turnovers in 5 games of A1 League UPC Telemach.

Vojvodina Srbijagas makes a surprise, FMP lost at home -by Dragan Jankovski

Vojvodina Srbijagas made the biggest surprise in round 17 by beating Cibona in Zagreb 78-68. Tulips played a fantastic second half, especially the last quarter when they finished 9-24. They improved their record to 8-9 while Cibona dropped to 9-8. Tandem Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 22 points, and center Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), who was MVP of the game with impressive stats 14 points, 18 rebounds and 5 steals were the best for the winners. On the other side Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) netted 16 points for Cibona.

Crvena Zvezda celebrated against Buducnost in 'Pionir' 115-114 after over time thanks to Mladjen Sljivancanin and Steven Markovic. The first shot brought overtime to the host with a successful 3-pointer at the buzzer while Markovic made a winning jump shot at the very end of the overtime for the win. Zvezda currently has a record of 11-6 while Buducnost dropped to 9-8. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) recorded double-double for Zvezda, contributing 22 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals while Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 24 points. Buducnost got 21 points from Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) and 20 points from Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket).

Hemofarm STADA grabbed their 11th win in Adriatic league. This time the orange team was better than Union Olimpija 94-89 mostly owing to Rawle Marshal's 28 points and 4 rebounds and Goran Jagodnik's 20 points. The visitors, with new head coach Aleksandar Dzikic on the bench, received 22 points from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and 17 points from Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket).

FMP disappointed their fans by losing against Zagreb CO 72-75 at home. FMP had a lead of 11 points at halftime but Zagreb succeeded to equalize in the third and to ensure the 5th win at the end of the last period. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) with 19 points was the top scorer for the winners while FMP, who now has 8 wins and 9 defeats, got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87).


Cibona - Vojvodina Srbijagas 68-78
(17-10,24-18,18-26,9-24)

Cibona:
Ayuso 16 (4 to), Warren 12 (4 rebs), Rozic 11
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 22, Golubovic 14 (18 rebs, 5 st), Nemeth 14, Djorjdevic 13 (6 rebs, 4 as)


Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 115-114
(22-29,26-24,23-17,29-30,15-14)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 24 (4 rebs, 3 as), Cook 22 (5 rebs, 10 as, 5 st, 4 to), Misanovic 18 (8 rebs)

Buducnost: Gordic 21, Bakic 20, Rakocevic 18 (5 rebs), Maras 18


Hemofarm STADA - Union Olimpija 94-89
(27-23,22-19,24-27,21-20)

Hemofarm STADA:
Marshall 28 (5 rebs, 4 to), Jagodnik 20, Pavkovic 15 (6 as)
Union Olimpija: Bailey 22 (4 to), Hukic 17 (4 rebs, 5 as), Booker 14 (9 rebs), Milic 14


FMP - Zagreb CO 72-75
(21-20,26-16,13-23,12-16)

FMP:
Labovic 14 (6 rebs, 4 st), Krstovic 14, Djerasimovic 12
Zagreb CO: Vladovic 19, Ruzic 13 (5 rebs), Dundovic 13, Simon 10 (4 as)



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AUSTRIA

Gmunden rout Gussing in Round 20 -by Eurobasket News
Gmunden - Gussing 88:54

Gmunden collected their 15th win in the season yesterday. They thumped visiting Gussing 88:54 in the opening game of Round 20. The game capped a difficult week for Gmunden as they highlighted it with a road encounter against Russian giants Triumph Lyubertsy. And though Gmunden lost ULEB Cup fixture they looked pretty contestant in Russia. Some weariness probably influenced Gmunden as they struggled to find the right rhythm early against Gussing. The visitors used a wide range of options in the first frame to keep close as they trailed by a single point 17:18 ten minutes into the game. But Gmunden did not wait for too long before taking over. They locked up the paint in the second quarter and Gussing converting just 27% from beyond the arc did not find the answer. The visitors were limited to only 8 points in the second quarter and the margin grew to 17 points at the interval. The onslaught continued after the break as the hosts dominated every facet of the game. Ian Boylan issued assists coming up with 11 on the night, while Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) and Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) were happy to deliver. Gmunden cruised past their opponents in the second part of the encounter and celebrated a comprehensive victory at the end. Matthias Mayer led the action with 18 points for the home team. Kevin Johnson had 15 points and 13 boards, while Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) provided 13 points for the winners. Ajay Calvin (196-F-85, college: Drake) answered with 16 points for Gussing. Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) dropped 10 points in a losing clause. Gmunden improved to 15-5 record and temporarily climbed to the 2nd spot in the ladder. Oberwart and Furstenfeld however can reach them as they play today. Gussing suffered their 13th loss in the season.

Gmunden: Matthias Mayer 18, Kevin Johnson 15+13 boards, Deteri Mayes 13
Gussing: Ajay Calvin 16, Dragan Miletic 10


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Barons stamps Riga clash with a winning seal -by Eurobasket News
Barons - ASK Riga 76:73

Barons used the absence of 5 players on ASK Riga squad to celebrate a tough 76:73 win in the BBL clash yesterday. It was a real treat for as many as 8500 spectators gathered in the Arena Riga. The teams brought up some first class basketball with the outcome unknown till the final seconds. Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) opened the scoring stats with a long jumper to put ASK Riga in front. But Barons quickly regained the initiative and surged ahead on Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama)'s trey 10:7. ASK Riga came up with a 13:2 run with A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77, college: Arizona) scoring 6 points in it and grabbed a 20:12 lead late in the opening frame. Armands Skele (192-G-83) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) connected from afar for the hosts as they cut the gap to just 4 points after 10 minutes. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) started the second stanza with yet another three-pointer to keep Barons rolling. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) however was pretty active for the visiting side and allowed ASK Riga to stay in front for some time in the second quarter. But just before Martins Kravcenko and Demetrius Alexander teamed up for back-to-back trebles and gave Barons a 34:32 advantage. The hosts maintained a narrow gap and were up 39:38 at halftime. The third frame brought relief for neither side. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) capped the term with a jumper just to see ASK Riga still trailing by a single point 54:55. The teams went on exchanging the baskets throughout the fourth period and it was once again Dwayne Broyles to cut it to 73:74 with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. Armands Skele answered with two free throws to enlarge the margin and actually sealed the winning outcome for the hosts.
Armands Skele finished with 20 points and 8 assists for Barons. Demetrius Alexander contributed 17 points, while Giedrius Gustas nailed 12 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles scored game-high 27 points for ASK Riga. Raitis Grafs posted 13 points and 12 boards in a losing case. Barons improved to 6-7 record in the ladder and would take on Siauliai away from home next. ASK Riga fell at 8-4 and plays against Lietuvos Rytas on January 19.

Barons: Armands Skele 20+8 assists, Demetrius Alexander 17, Giedrius Gustas 12
ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 27, Raitis Grafs 13+12 boards


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CANADA

Henry Bekkering goes massive in the Dinos' win -by Eurobasket News
The Calgary Dinos thrashed the Lethbridge Pronghorns 102:72 yesterday behind outstanding figures from senior Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, college: E.Washington). He tallied 39 points which appeared to be the best result since 1997 to lead the Dinos to the 11th win in the season. Bekkering went 10/11 from the field in the second half to complete 27 points. Calgary led by as many as 11 points in the interval before Henry Bekkering made his impact. He scored 8 straight points late in the third stanza to give the Dinos a 17-point advantage. The Pronghorns never recovered afterwards. The loss marked a miserable 0-13 record for Lethbridge. Ross Bekkering (201-F-85) delivered 12 points and 15 boards for the Dinos, while Jeff Price (186-G-86) finished with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Ryan Anderson (196-G/F-80) nailed 24 points for Lethbridge.
Meanwhile the Carleton Ravens remained perfect as they beat the Ryerson Rams 101:60. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) fired 19 points and collected 8 boards to lead flying Carleton to their 12th straight win. Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84) contributed 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Boris Bakovic (201-F-88) dropped 17 points for the Rams. Sanel Sehic (178-G) had 13 points as Ryerson fell to 4-8 record.
Cape Breton stayed at the top of the Atlantic Conference as they outscored St.Francis 75:66. The teams were tied at 31 at midway mark but Cape Breton proved the difference in the third quarter surging ahead and securing their 9th win in the season. Islam Luiz Toledo was impressive with 22 points and 12 boards for St. Francis but it never helped the X-Men. Paul Blake (196-G/F) scored 20 points, while Tremaine Fraser contributed 19 points to allow Cape Breton escape with a win. Tyler Richards (188-G-86) sank 19 points as the X-Men fell to 6-3 record.


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CHINA

CBA All star game -by Robert Wang
CBA all-star game finished tonight at 126:131 between red team and blue team. Blue team won.
Wang Zhi zhi got MVP. Han Shuo received skill competition number 1 and Luo Zhi led 3-points contest. Micheal Hiras win slam dunk contest.


Wang Zhizhi MVP as Blue Team Beats Red Team in CBA All-Star Game -by Arthur Volbert
The Blue Team defeated the Red Team 131-126 as Wang Zhizhi earned MVP. Wang scored 26 points and had 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

But Liu Wei had even better statistics for the Blue Team with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Note that Liu outrebounded Wang. While there is much you cannot tell from All-Star games, Wang's reluctance to pound inside is a reason for his limited effectiveness in real games against international competition. DaJuan Tate added 22 points and 5 rebounds for the Blue Team.

Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) of Liaoning, class of 1990, led the Red Team. He had 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 dunks. Li even hit 3 of 4 three-pointers. In league games he almost never takes three-point shots. If Li develops an outside shot, he becomes NBA material.

Mike Harris, winner of the slam-dunk contest, added 28 points for the Red Team. He hit 13 of 14 shots, including 12 dunks. Another thing Wang Zhizhi is loathe to do, despite being 7-1 and agile, is guard the basket. In an all-star game he can afford to ignore this chore completely and still win MVP.

Blue Team
Wang Shipeng 12p+2a+1bl, Liu Xiaoyu 4p+2a, Tang Zhengdong 10p+6a, Hu Xuefeng 6p+1a, Wang Zhizhi 26p+3r+3a+1s, Liu Wei 26p+7r+5a, Liu Xiangtao 3p+1a, Herve Lamizana 13p+4r+2a+1s+1bl, Du Feng 9p+1r+2a, DaJuan Tate 22p+5r+1a
Red Team
Zhu Fangyu 12p+7r, Yu Junkai 17p+1r, Ding Jinhui 13p+3r+2a, Lu Xiaoming 8p+11a, Li Xiaoxu 29p+9r+3a, Wang Bo 4p+1a, Mengke Bateer 10p+4r+3a, Yen Hsing-Su 5p+3a+1s, Michael Harris 28p+6r+2a+1s+2bl


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CZECH REP.

Akasvayu Girona sign Maurice Whitfield -by Ondra Simecek
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.

Tartu/Rock is whisker away from group stage of Fiba EuroCup -by Ondra Simecek
Tartu/Rock - Prostejov 94:69

TU/Rock nipped Prostejov to strengthened their chances of making it to the next round of FIBA EuroCup. TU/Rock looked impressive in front of 2000 of their fans as they stunned their opponents midway through the encounter and emerged winning by 25 points at the end. The beginning of the game never looked like it would a one-way traffic game. Goran Savanovic (198-G-73) (198-G-73) nailed 5 straight points for Prostejov in the middle of the first frame to give Czech side a 15:12 lead. Later Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-81, college: Hawaii-Pacific) capped the frame with 4 consecutive points and Prostejov enjoyed a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) scored 6 points in a 14:0 rally for TU/Rock as they surged ahead 30:19 at the start of the second stanza. The hosts maintained the lead later in the period and drove to a 40:30 advantage at halftime. TU/Rock fired another 9:0 run to open the second half with and cleared off to a 49:30 distance. Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) crowned the third term with a jump shot and TU/Rock entered the final frame ahead by 27 points. Stanislav Votroubek (214-C-81, agency: PPGroup) and Jan Pavlik (186-G-78, agency: Court Side) nailed two three-pointers for the visitors as Prostejov managed to cut the deficit by two points at the final quarter. But the final margin allows TU/Rock be hopefull about the next round birth.
George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) topscored for Estonian team with 24 points. Vallo Allingu provided 15 points, while Brian Cusworth (213-C, college: Harvard) had 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Aleksandar Bojic ended up with 21 points for Prostejov. Goran Savanovic nailed 18 points in defeat. TU/Rock converted 53% from the field and outrebounded the visitors 40:33. They also forced Prostejov to 19 turnovers. The second leg game is scheduled for November 28 in Czech Republic.

TU/Rock: George Tsintsadze 24, Vallo Allingu 15, Brian Cusworth 11+9 boards
Prostejov: Aleksandar Bojic 21, Goran Savanovic 18


ULEB Cup game 1 Nymburk - Crvena Zvezda 87:94 -by Ondra Simecek
Nymburk lost in their first-in-history ULEB Cup game against Crvena Zvezda 87:94. The game was quite close for the whole period of 4 qurarters. Nymburk could have won while leading 79:77 5 seconds to the end when Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) did not score from 3 point line. Kikanovic on the other side scored 2 points and the game went to the overtime. Nymburk was krepiny their chances to the victory for first three minutes of the overtime, but Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) killed these chances by scoring two 3 pts shots to Nymburks basket. Great game was played by Nymburks Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) who scored 28 pts and rebounded 14 balls. Nymburk is playing next ULEB Cup game on the court of Bologna on Tuesday, the 13th of November.

Nymburk's second victory in ULEB Cup!!! -by Ondra Simecek
Czech champion CEZ Nymburk won its second straight game on Tuesday, topping Belgian champ Telindus Oostende 81-75 to improve to 2-2 in Group F of the ULEB Cup. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Nymburk hold off Oostende's final charges and remain in the hunt for a spot in the next stage. At 2-2, the hosts will be at least in a tie for third place when the group's games are over later Tuesday. Nymburk travels to co-group-leader Dynamo Moscow next week. Oostende dropped to 2-2 and will host Red Star next week. The game was close for most of the night, with the hosts mostly in control. After trailing 40-38 at halftime, Oostende started the third period strong and took the lead, but Monty Mack hit a pair of triples during an 11-0 run and Nymburk never trailed again. Oostende would get within 3 in the fourth quarter, but a technical foul on the Oostende bench and the hot hand of Sokolovsky secured the Nymburk win. Radoslav Rancik posted a double-double of 16 and 11 rebounds, Arthur Lee scored 13 and dished 8 assists and Mack added 11 points for the winners. Chuck Davis led Oostende with 14 points, Chris McCray and Jerry Green added 13, Elvir Ovcina 11 and Greg Brunner 10.

The hosts started in style with a Lee basket and a Sokolovsky three and soon led 10-4 after Petr Benda got involved. However Ovcina and Veselin Petrovic kept Oostende within striking distance until Lee capped the period with his third basket, good for a 25-20 advantage. Ales Chan put Nymburk up 7 early in the second period, but McCray's hustle helped Oostende tie the game at 32-32 and even the visitors even took a brief lead after a Davis free throw. Blake Schilb ensured Oostende a 40-38 halftime edge. Davis's triple sparked a 0-7 Oostende spurt to start the third period, but Mack drilled a pair of threes as Nymburk answered with 11 straight points to resume control. McCray still kept Oostende in the picture till free throws by Sokolovsky made it 59-54 heading into the fourth quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Rancik and Sokolovsky to start the last period gave Nymburk a 9-point lead. Brunner and 4 points from Ovcina cut the deficit to 63-60, however a technical foul on the Oostende bench completely changed the momentum. Sokolovsky made free throws and soon a triple to put the hosts up 10 and Oostende never fully recovered.

Points Nymburk: Sokolovsky 22, Rancik 16, Lee 13, Mack 11, Benda 8, Schilb 4, Slezak 3, Chan and Necas 2

Points Oostende: Davis 14, Green and McRay 13, Ovcina 11, Brunner 10, Petrovic 6, Ivory 5, Van Rossom 3

T W L SCO PTS
1. Dynamo Moskva 4 3 1 354:307 7
2. CZ Beograd 4 3 1 348:319 7
3. Telindus Oostende 4 2 2 330:324 6
4. CEZ Basketball Nymburk 4 2 2 314:316 6
5. Panellinios Athens 4 1 3 294:314 5
6. Fortitudo Bologna 4 1 3 290:350 5

source: ULEBcup.com


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EGYPT

fifth round result -by Andrew Youssef

Itthad and Sporting in a very strong game of this round in Alexandria finished for Itthad (75-71).


Zamalek vs Gazco, Zamalek beat Gazco (64-42) as Zamalek and Gazco be equal in the first period (14-14) then Zamalek player return to game and beat Gazco.


Gezira beat Damenhour (85-59) in an easy game for Gezira.


Shams beat Smouha also in a big game from both team (76-73).


the game between Alahly and Geish appointed after Ashraf Tawfick(Alahly coach) mother died.



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ESTONIA

TU/Rock wins the Big Match -by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock Tartu defeated BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 81:73 in Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, and stays in the competition for the first place of the regular season. This was the first loss of the home championships for BC Kalev/Cramo after 17 victories this season.
In European level, TU/Rock has been much more confident during last month - they are undefeated in FIBA EuroCup and have won 3 out of 4 last games in SEB Baltic League. Kalev/Cramo, on the other hand, has lost 4 games in a row in ULEB Cup. Considering that, the outcome of the Big Match was not suprising.
TU/Rock held the lead from the first until the last minute. They led 10:2, 15:8 and 23:13 in 1st but two three-pointers from Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) took Kalev back into the game. 1st quarter ended 25:19. In 2nd, Kalev/Cramo came within one point, 32:33, after another fast break. Rock didn't fall apart - they made 10-point run, mainly through fine combinations between Kullamae and Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard). Rock won the first half 47:37 behind 16 points from Cusworth.
In 3rd, Kalev made a big comeback. In the middle of the quarter the score was 54:54. Kalev again lost the upper hand - they kept missing free throws and Rock regained the confidence, leading after the 3rd - 64:59. In 4th the game became nervous - both missed shots and made turnovers until two three-pointers from Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) took Rock to a safe zone.
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 17, Cusworth 16 and Kullamae 14 for TU/Rock. Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) scored 17, Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) 16 and Valmo Kriisa 13 for Kalev/Cramo.


Tartu/Rock is whisker away from group stage of Fiba EuroCup -by Ondra Simecek
Tartu/Rock - Prostejov 94:69

TU/Rock nipped Prostejov to strengthened their chances of making it to the next round of FIBA EuroCup. TU/Rock looked impressive in front of 2000 of their fans as they stunned their opponents midway through the encounter and emerged winning by 25 points at the end. The beginning of the game never looked like it would a one-way traffic game. Goran Savanovic (198-G-73) (198-G-73) nailed 5 straight points for Prostejov in the middle of the first frame to give Czech side a 15:12 lead. Later Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-81, college: Hawaii-Pacific) capped the frame with 4 consecutive points and Prostejov enjoyed a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) scored 6 points in a 14:0 rally for TU/Rock as they surged ahead 30:19 at the start of the second stanza. The hosts maintained the lead later in the period and drove to a 40:30 advantage at halftime. TU/Rock fired another 9:0 run to open the second half with and cleared off to a 49:30 distance. Kestutis Sestokas (203-F-76) crowned the third term with a jump shot and TU/Rock entered the final frame ahead by 27 points. Stanislav Votroubek (214-C-81, agency: PPGroup) and Jan Pavlik (186-G-78, agency: Court Side) nailed two three-pointers for the visitors as Prostejov managed to cut the deficit by two points at the final quarter. But the final margin allows TU/Rock be hopefull about the next round birth.
George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) topscored for Estonian team with 24 points. Vallo Allingu provided 15 points, while Brian Cusworth (213-C, college: Harvard) had 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Aleksandar Bojic ended up with 21 points for Prostejov. Goran Savanovic nailed 18 points in defeat. TU/Rock converted 53% from the field and outrebounded the visitors 40:33. They also forced Prostejov to 19 turnovers. The second leg game is scheduled for November 28 in Czech Republic.

TU/Rock: George Tsintsadze 24, Vallo Allingu 15, Brian Cusworth 11+9 boards
Prostejov: Aleksandar Bojic 21, Goran Savanovic 18


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Torpan Pojat and Tomi Kaminen re-signed -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Basketball Club Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Team's Head Coach Tomi Kaminen , 37, have agreed and re-signed for four more years. That means, that
Kaminen will be Team's Head Coach untill summer 2012. Kaminen is coaching his seventh season on Top level in Finland right now. This season has been
very successful for Torpan Pojat and Kaminen. Team's record is now 23-1 and Team is # 1 in Finland. Kaminen has been successful also earlier as his
winning percentage is 63,2 % (223 regular season games and 141 wins).


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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 16 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) - Braunschweig: 42 pts, 14/27 FG, 6/17 3P, 8/8 FG, 7 rbs, 2 st, 1 as

Points: Nikita Khartchenkov - Braunschweig: 42

Rebounds: Henning Gutt (203-C-78) - Muenchen: 15

Assists: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) - Ansbach: 11

Steals: Ike Stafford (190-G-81, college: Albertson) - Breitenguessbach: 5

Blocked Shots: Sebastian Schroeter (207-C-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) - Essen: 5

For all stats and scores please visit the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 16 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Rocky Trice (191-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) - Cuxhaven: 24 pts, 8/10 FG, 8/9 FT, 13 rbs, 6 st, 4 as

Points: Brandon Chappell (183-G-83, college: Lamar) - Bayreuth: 27

Rebounds: Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) - Noerdlingen: 15

Assists: Matt Witt (183-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) - Schalke: 7

Steals: Rocky Trice - Cuxhaven: 6

Blocked Shots: Gary Hamilton - Lich, Terren Harbut - Rhoendorf, Ronald Thompson - MBC, Mani Mesy - Bayreuth, Omari Westley - Noerdlingen, Mark Kelley - Langen: 2 apiece

For all stats and scores please visit the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Melton replaces Atoyebi in Bramsche -by Moritz Korff
Dominick Melton (198-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside) made his debut for TuS Bramsche (2. Regionalliga) on Saturday and scored 16 points versus ASC Goettingen. The 25-year-old who has played for BC Mess (Luxembourg) earlier was hired to replace Jackson Atoyebi (198-F-83, college: Elon). The Red Devils have now three import players on their roster: Melton, Matt Cenatus (191-G-82, agency: AMI, college: Eckerd) and Shaun McKie (188-G, college: Salem Intern.).

New Coach in Tuebingen -by Moritz Korff
Tolga Oengoeren will take over as Headcoach of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga). The 44-year-old Turk has enjoyed a successful career as a player with Tofas Bursa until 1997. After some years as an Assistant of Tofas and Galatasary he took over Ulker Istanbul in 2002, followed by some months at the helm of Turk Telekom Ankara until he returned to Tofas in 2005 and led the team back to the first Turkish division. In 2001 and 2002 Oengoeren also served as a Coach Assistant of the Turkish Mens National Team. At the end of 2007 he was close to join French ProA-side Paris-Levallois. Oengoeren - a friend of Frankfurt coach Murat Didin - will arrive in Tuebingen on Tuesday.

Bundesliga Game Day 16: Weekend Results January 11th thru 13th! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 16 resulted in several impressive road performances from a variety of teams in the final action before the January 19th All Star day.

Friday January 11th

EnBW Ludwigsburg 88 Giessen 46ers 79
Head Coach Silvano Poropat and his Ludwigsburg team claimed their first road win of the season in an 88-79 victory over Giessen 46ers Friday night in a game live on BBL.TV. Ludwigsburg ran to a 46-38 halftime lead before Giessen responded to outscore their guests 30-17 in the 3Q to take a 68-63 lead into the 4th. But Ludwigsburg responded to finish strong with a 25-11 surge to earn the road win. Brandon Woudstra led 4 Ludwigsburg players in double figures with 20pt including a perfect 10-10 from the foul line while Ronald Ross added 17pt, Jason Dourisseau 16pt and Heiko Schaffartzik 11pt. All 5 starters reached double digits for the 46ers as Michael Umeh topscored with 19pt with help from Rouven Roussler 18pt, Corey Rouse 15pt 6reb, Obie Trotter 12pt and Gerrit Terdenge 10pt 9reb for Giessen. Ludwigsburg shot 52% to Giessen's 45% but the 46ers made 10 of 27 from three (37%). Ludwigsburg upped their record to 7-9 while Giessen fell to 4-12.

Saturday January 12th

Telekom Bonn 77 Koln 99ers 60
In a heated derby atmosphere at Rheinenergie Dome, Telekom Bonn used a strong team performance to overcome host Koln 99ers 77-60 in a game live on BBL.TV Saturday. John Bowler topscored with 20pt 7reb and showed off his three point touch by sinking a perfect 3 for 3 from distance. Bonn edged ahead with a 20-15 2Q to take a 38-30 halftime lead. Head coach Michael Koch and his men broke the game open with a 22-11 3Q. Bonn shot 50% from the floor while limiting the 99ers to 30% accuracy. Bonn also sank 7 of 18 from three for 38% compared to Koln's 4 of 22 for 18% from beyond the arc. JJ Strasser added 13pt 3reb 4ast for Bonn. On the other bench, Aleksandar Nadjfeji led Koln with 11pt 7reb 5ast with help from 10pt 8reb from Toby Bailey and 10pt 4reb from Immanuel McELroy. The win makes 5 straight for Bonn while snapping Koln's recent 6 game win streak. Bonn improved to 11-5 while Koln drops to 9-7.

Artland Dragons 86 Bayer Leverkusen 67
Artland Dragons broke open a tight game with a terrific finish in beating Bayer Leverkusen 86-67 Saturday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. In the weekends most anticipated matchup, both teams brought 11-4 records to Artland and aimed to maintain their pace one game off league leading ALBA Berlin. A close game through the first half, Head coach Chris Fleming and his Artland team held a 38-35 halftime lead. Leverkusen pulled within a basket at 58-56 after three. But in the 4Q, the powerful Dragon team broke the game open with a 28-11 run to earn the win. 5 Dragons reached double figures led by big man Adam Chubb who scored 17pt 11reb with help from Chad Prewitt (14pt 11reb), Lamont McIntosh (10pt 4reb), John Goldsberry (10pt 5ast) and newly signed Leon Rodgers (10pt 2 for 2 threes). Statistically, Atland outshot Leverkusen 43% to 36% and outrebounded their guests 45-33. The difference in the game came beyond the arc as Artland made 8 of 21 threes (38%) compared to Leverkusens 3 of 29 (10%), an abnormal shooting night for Leverkusen. Eric Taylor led Leverkusen with 19pt while Brendan Winters added 14pt 11reb in the loss. Artland is now 12-4 while Leverkusen slides to 11-5.

ALBA Berlin 91 Walter Tigers Tubingen 86
ALBA Berlin remained atop the Bundesliga standings holding off an upset minded Walter Tigers Tubingen team 91-86 Saturday night at MaxSchmellinghalle in Bundesliga Game Day 16. Julius Jenkins caught fire to total 29pt on 11 of 13 shooting and 3 of 4 from three. Dijon Thompson added 16pt 9reb, Patrick Femerling 14pt 5reb and Goran Nikolic 11pt. Tubingen held a 40-36 halftime lead and the game was even at 51 going into the 4Q. Head coach Luka Pavicevic and his team Berlin team outscored Tubingen 30-25 down the stretch in an exciting finish. Both teams shot well with Berlin sinking 55% from the floor to Tubingen's 51%. The Tigers drilled 10 of 21 threes (47%) to ALBA's 9 of 23 (39%). Recently signed Patrick Sparks led Tubingen with 25pt while Rasko Katic added 19pt, Ryan DeMichael 16pt 6reb and AJ Moye 10. League leading ALBA improved to 13-3 while Tubingen lost their 4th straight and slipped to 5-11.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 87 ratiopharm Ulm 83
Deutsche Bank Skyliners put 6 players in double figures and limited ratiopharm Ulm to 39% shooting with outstanding team defense in their tight 87-83 hardfought road victory at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm Saturday night. Ulm started strong charging to a 23-17 lead after 1Q and 42-39 halftime lead. Frankfurt trimmed the margin to 65-64 after 3Q and their depth and experience made a difference in a terrific 4Q run. Pascal Roller was outstanding as a Frankfurt floor general in his 18pt 4reb 5ast night where he sank 7 for 10 from the floor and set the table for his Skyliners. Jimmy McKinney drilled 5 of 8 shots including 3 of 6 from three to add 16pt and Derrick Allen totaled 15pt in the win. Koko Archibong chipped in 11pt 4reb with recently added Ken Johnson scoring 11pt 5reb. Several clutch shots from Roller and McKinney stretched the Skyliner lead to 7 with 3min to play before Ulm rallied. Trailing by three with 16seconds, Ulm's Bryan Lucas was fouled attempting a 3pt. Missing the first and making the second, Lucas intentionally missed his third but grabbed his own rebound. His attmept to tie the game was hard off the rim and rebounded by Frankfurt. Excellent FT shooting from PG Ayinde Ukaba helped the Skyliners seal the win. Dru Joyce led Ulm's attack with 20pt 6reb 7ast followed by EJ Gallup 16pt 4 threes, Konrad Wysocki 13pt 6reb and 11pt 7reb from Bryan Lucas, 10pt 7reb from Jeff Gibbs. Frankfurt shot 51% from the floor and buried 7 of 17 threes (41%) while holding Ulm to 39% from the floor. Skyliners were also accurate from the foul line sinking 24 of 27 (88%) while Ulm converted 18 of 21 (85%). Ulm made 11 of 30 3pt attempts 36% and outrebounded Frankfurt 37-25. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Frankfurt team won their second straight Bundesliga game and upped their record to 8-7 while Ulm dropped to 9-6.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 68 Science City Jena 52
Winning their 4th straight game, Ewe Baskets Oldenburg earned a 68-52 road victory over Science City Jena Saturday night in Jena. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his men outscored the hosts 17-8 in the 2Q to hold a 33-24 halftime lead. Out of the lockerroom, the Thunderbirds marched to a 25-11 3Q to take a 58-35 lead going into the 4th. Oldenburg enjoyed advantages from beyond the arc (12 for 27 44% to Jena's 7 for 23 30%) and from the foul line (14 for 22 63% to Jena's 7 for 13 58%). Branimir Longin buried 4 of 8 threes to topscore with 16pt while Rickey Paulding added 10pt 6ast in the win. Newly signed players Jason Miller (12pt 11reb) and Lavelle Felton (10pt) reached double figures in the loss. Oldenburg jumped to 10-6 while Jena fell to 2-14.

Sunday January 13th

brose Baskets Bamberg @ TBB Trier 3pm BBL.TV

digibu Baskets Paderborn @ Eisbaren Bremerhaven 4pm

BG74 Gottingen @ NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 8pm


Bundesliga Game Day 16: Weekend Results January 13th! -by Michael Taylor

Sunday January 13th results from Game Day 16 in the German Bundesliga!

brose Baskets Bamberg 73 TBB Trier 71
Steffen Hamann scored 20pt while Robert Garrett drilled 3 of 4 threes to add 17pt as brose Baskets Bamberg held off a 4Q rally to beat TBB Trier 73-71 Sunday at Trier Arena live on BBL.TV. Bamberg shot 52% from the floor 81% from the foul line and sank 8 of 17 threes for 47%. Trier held an early lead 18-15 after 1Q but a strong 21-14 Bamberg 2Q gave them the lead at half 36-32. In the 3Q the guests stretched their lead to as many as 12 before Trier began their march back. Trier outscored Bamberg 22-12 in the 4Q. Rookie PG Christian Hoffmann played a key role in the run and sank two clutch FT to even the game at 71 with seconds remaining. At the other end, it was recently signed German International guard Mithat Demirel who drew a foul on a drive with 3 seconds to play. Demirel drilled both foul shots to give Bamberg a 73-71 lead. Out of their final Timeout, Trier advanced the ball to halfcourt where Captain James Gillingham took the inbound pass and drove hard into the frontcourt. His contested three fell short and the buzzer sounded on the game. Gillingham led Trier with 18pt on 7 of 10 floor shooting and 2 of 4 threes. Caleb Green added 17pt 5reb and Mike Benton added 13pt 8reb while Christian Hoffmann chipped in 11pt. Head Coach Dirk Bauermann and his squad improved to 10-5 while Trier fell to 3-13.

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 83 digibu Baskets Paderborn 82
Nate Funk buried the game winner as Eisbaren Bremerhaven edged digibu baskets Paderborn 83-82 in a thrilling Bundesliga Game Day 16 matchup in Bremerhaven. Head Coach Sarunas Sakalauskas and his Eisbaren charged out to an 18-13 lead after 1Q. Paderborn responded with a 26-19 2Q to take a 39-37 halftime lead. Paderborn showed determination working 18min before taking their first lead on a Tim Black basket. The exciting game tightened in the 3Q. Paderborn jumped out 45-38 but Bremerhaven finished the Q strong with a 7-0 run. After 3, Bremerhaven pulled to within 1 at 57-56 to the guests. Paderborn moved up to 69-62 before Zygimantas Jonusas trimmed the deficit to 74-73. The fantastic finish set up with Tim Black cooly sinking two FT to give Paderborn an 82-80 lead with 8 seconds to play. But it was Nate Funk's clutch three that sealed the win for Bremerhaven. Nate Funk and Zygimantas Jonusas shared topscoring honors with 15pt for Eisbaren while Matt Haryasz and Chris Young added 13pt apeice. 5 Paderborn players reached double digits led by Tim Black's 27pt with help from Steve Esterkamp's 17pt, 11pt apiece from Malik Moore and Billy Ray McDaniel with 10pt from Nathan Peavy. Bremerhaven outrebounded Paderborn 39-31 and shot 55% from the floor compared to the guests 37%. Paderborn was better from the foul line making an impressive 92% (25 for 27) to Bremerhaven's 14 for 22 (63%) and the visitors were better from beyond the arc nailing 9 for 19 to Eisbaren's 5 for 13. Bremerhaven upped their record to 8-7 while Paderborn fell to 5-10.


BG74 Gottingen @ NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 8pm

JANUARY 16th



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GREECE

2 new players in Rethimno -by Serafim Karaiskakis
David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) and Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona) are the new USA players of Rethimno. Young comes from France and Pau-Ortez where he had 12ppg and 3.7rpg in 12 games and he will substitute in the team Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) who played only 6 games in Greece (8.7ppg,2.7rpg) but he was in bad shape and the coach decided to replace him.The other transfer Davison, played last year for VidiVici Bologna(18 games: 6.3ppg, 4.5rpg) and for Armani Jeans Milano(11 games: 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg).

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HUNGARY

DKC: victory against Falco even -by Tamas Deri

Planet-Leasing Dombovar KC - Falco KC 91:85

(25-28, 15-22, 30-15, 21-20)
Dombovar, Att.: 1.600, Referees: Papp, Cziffra, Szilas

DOMBÓVAR: MILLS 32/9, ENGLISH 25, Deak 3/3, Bodi 6/3, SANDERS 12, Simon N. 2, KINSELLA 8/3, Molnar M. 3/3, Coach: Branislav Dzunic

SZOMBATHELY: KALMAN 25/6, DOYNE 25/6, Csirics 5/3, KAZLAUSKAS 12/3, Harvey 6, Varadi, Feigl 4, Borszeki 8/6, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic



Falco started better the game, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) made the first layup only after 4 seconds. The american guard scored 17 points in the first half. Dombovar missed 10 of 19 free throws in 20 minutes. On the other side Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) tried to get his team closer but after two quarters they were back by ten points.

Something happened in the half time as one other Dombovar came on the court for the second half. Julien Mills and Mike English (194-F-82, agency: Basketball Beyond Borders, college: Mo.-Kansas City) - the guards scored 57 points together - were unstoppable again, and with a crazy 30-6 run in the 3rd quarter, they were up by 14 points after 28 games. In the last two minutes Falco scored 9 points, Borszeki made two of two 3's in 45 seconds, and there were only five points difference. Even Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) started to score, but however, it could be kept in the last 10 minutes, so the home team beat top favourite Falco KC Szombathely, which lost only its second game in this season.

Player of the game was Mike English, who had a tripple-double again with 25 points, 11 assists, 10 fouls against and also 9 rebounds, all together 48 VAL.



Saturday's games -by Tamas Deri

MARSO-VAGEP NYKK - ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK 87-80
(21-13, 22-21, 27-24, 17-22)

Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1200, Referees: Vigh, Pozsonyi, Gal

NYÍREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 21/3, Janos Siska (185-G-76) 10/6, Buchanan 11/9, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 26, Krasznai, Trepak 2, Mouton, Coach: Deri Csaba

ZALAEGERSZEG: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 28/3, Gaspar 8/6, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/9, Gay 13, Bassette 4, Hoffmann, Simon L. 3/3, Keresztes 2, Gergely Baki (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 5/3, Toth A. 4, Coach: Nikola Lazic



SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK-PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS 91-80

(22-19, 24-28, 19-19, 26-14)

Sopron, Att.: 1000, Referees: Foldhazi, Benczur, Torok

SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.)17/3, Lakatos 6, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 22/12, Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) 21/6, Pavel Frana (212-C-77)12, Vesztergom, Boldizsar 5/3, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 8/3, Kortelyesi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert

PECS: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 12/3, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 19, Denes 3, Toth N. 5, Czigler 2, Aleksic 11/6, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 13/3, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) 15, Kutasi,, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


KAPOSVARI KK-ALBACOMP 73-87

(26-24, 6-20, 18-24, 23-19)

Kaposvar, Att.: 800, Referees: Bodnar, Kiss L., Marton L.

KAPOSVAR: Day 20/15, Edwards 13/3, Szőke, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22/6, Orosz 10, Csirke 8/6, Tomosvari, Vojvoda, Kiss K., Coach: Horvath Imre

ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 20/6, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 18/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 21/6, McClendon 5, Bencze 15, David 4, Boozer 4, Soos, Coach: Goran Miljkovic



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IRELAND

St. Vincent and UCD Marion victorious in National Cup semifinals -by Eurobasket News
National Cup semifinals got under way at the DCU Sports Complex yesterday. The opening two games were played with two Superleague representatives gaining respective wins. UCD Marian overcame Waterford 63:53 in the first clash. Waterford never looked like underdogs early on as an impressive shooting allowed them to maintain a double-digit lead in the first frame. UCD Marian struggled to adjust their defense and Kieran Nyhan (193-F-84) 's trey marked a 39:22 advantage for Waterford. But UCD Marian finally shook it up and a massive rally saw them surge ahead. The teams traded baskets for some time in the fourth period before UCD Marian authorized victory with some accurate free throw shooting at crunch time. Teilo Kishidon scored 17 points to lead UCD Marian. Greg Foley (193-F) produced 12 points in a winning effort. Stephen Begadon (186-G-86) answered with 16 points for Waterford.
Meanwhile St Vincent edged Tolka Rovers 79:75 to advance to the Finals. Thanks to an inspirational game from Vlad Ignatavius (191-G) Tolka looked better in the first half. They led by as many as 6 points after 10 minutes and managed to maintain the gap in the second stanza. Vlad Ignatavius connected from afar to close the first half at 35:30 for Tolka. However Alan Kennedy (178-G) and Shay Calaghan steamed it for St. Vincent early in the third leaving Tolka behind. The Rovers remained contestant late in the regulation as Roma Dolgother (193-F) cut the deficit to just 3 points with just 10 seconds remaining. But Karl Donnelly (193-G-72) was perfect from free throw line to ensure the winning outcome for St. Vincent. Shane Callghan paced the winners with 15 points. Vlad Ignatavius delivered game-high 21 points for Tolka.

UCD Marian - Waterford 63:53
St. Vincent - Tolka Rovers 79:75


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ITALY

Serie A Week 19: Avellino won against Siena -by Stefano Pini
We have a news. Air Avellino gained a great victory against Montepaschi Siena, playing his great basketball adding some more defense. Intriguing duel between the two tiny poinguards: Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) had 17 points and 8 assists. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) 21p., 3as but 2/9 by 3p. First game for Keith McLeod (188-G-79, college: Bowling Green): 0p. in 12'. Alone, in the second place there is Lottomatica Roma, at the third victory in a row (euroleague included). Against Teramo 22-13 in the first quarter and then Repesa could control the game, giving some minutes to Christian Drejer (206-F/G-82, college: Florida) came back after an injury. 9p. in 23' for Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington). Angelico Biella overcame La Fortezza Bologna at home. The game was quite balanced for 25', then Biella found good solutions close to the rim. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio) had 16+10, Spinelli 5as. For Bologna 15p. for Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances). Napoli played a great game at Capo D'Orlando. But Pierrel fought for 45' and won this game. Look at the stats: Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) 32p. and 8 as. Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina) 22+12 (10/10 4 dunks), Judson Wallace (204-F/C-82, college: Princeton) 26+13. For Napoli 33+12 by Jamel Thomas (198-F/G-76, college: Providence). It was pratically an All Star Game... Armani Jeans overcame Solsonica Rieti at home. Attilio Caja has given an identity to his team, not so deep at the moment, but they know what to do on the court. Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) had 20p and 7r. Will Conroy (187-G-82, college: Washington) came back after the injury playing 8', givin 3as. Cantu, with 6 players in double-digit, obtained the W at Scafati. Is the 3rd victory in a row for Tisettanta. 19p. in 25' for Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, college: Kentucky). In the last game of the week, Snaidero Udine won against Varese after an OT. Good news for Udine: they are far from the relegation zone. Varese probabily will change something in the roster again this week. Is the third game that Cimberio lose after an OT.

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JORDAN

Zain in the "Group of Death" in Dubai -by Mohammed Malas
Zain basketball team was drawn earlier today in Group B of 19th Dubai International Tournament which begins next friday, The group will be called 'The Group of Death' due to big names in it but the advantage will be better in quarter finals.

- Group A:
UAE National Team (Al Boom Holding)
Mahram (Sama Al Imarat real estate) - Iran (Titleholders)
Al Gezira (Aramisc) - Egypt
Al Ittihad Aleppo (Continental real estate) - Syria
Sagesse Beirut (Plus real estate) - Lebanon

- Group B:
Al Ahli Dubai - Hosts
Zain 'ex-Fastlink' (Dubai Duty Free) - Jordan
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Steelfab)- Lebanon
Saba Battery (Fly Emirates) - Iran
Al Jalaa Aleppo (Dubai Land) - Syria (Runner-ups)

- The tournament's system will be as follows:
1- First round: Teams play against each other
2- Quarter Finals: 5th team will be excluded from each group...Rest teams will play crosses (1st-4th, 2nd-3rd)
3- Semi-Finals4- Final


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LATVIA

Barons stamps Riga clash with a winning seal -by Eurobasket News
Barons - ASK Riga 76:73

Barons used the absence of 5 players on ASK Riga squad to celebrate a tough 76:73 win in the BBL clash yesterday. It was a real treat for as many as 8500 spectators gathered in the Arena Riga. The teams brought up some first class basketball with the outcome unknown till the final seconds. Raitis Grafs (210-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) opened the scoring stats with a long jumper to put ASK Riga in front. But Barons quickly regained the initiative and surged ahead on Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama)'s trey 10:7. ASK Riga came up with a 13:2 run with A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77, college: Arizona) scoring 6 points in it and grabbed a 20:12 lead late in the opening frame. Armands Skele (192-G-83) and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) connected from afar for the hosts as they cut the gap to just 4 points after 10 minutes. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) started the second stanza with yet another three-pointer to keep Barons rolling. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) however was pretty active for the visiting side and allowed ASK Riga to stay in front for some time in the second quarter. But just before Martins Kravcenko and Demetrius Alexander teamed up for back-to-back trebles and gave Barons a 34:32 advantage. The hosts maintained a narrow gap and were up 39:38 at halftime. The third frame brought relief for neither side. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) capped the term with a jumper just to see ASK Riga still trailing by a single point 54:55. The teams went on exchanging the baskets throughout the fourth period and it was once again Dwayne Broyles to cut it to 73:74 with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. Armands Skele answered with two free throws to enlarge the margin and actually sealed the winning outcome for the hosts.
Armands Skele finished with 20 points and 8 assists for Barons. Demetrius Alexander contributed 17 points, while Giedrius Gustas nailed 12 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles scored game-high 27 points for ASK Riga. Raitis Grafs posted 13 points and 12 boards in a losing case. Barons improved to 6-7 record in the ladder and would take on Siauliai away from home next. ASK Riga fell at 8-4 and plays against Lietuvos Rytas on January 19.

Barons: Armands Skele 20+8 assists, Demetrius Alexander 17, Giedrius Gustas 12
ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 27, Raitis Grafs 13+12 boards


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MEXICO

Lobos Get Tripped Up-LNBP Playoffs Near -by Justin Brink
The second place Lobos Grises stumbled last night against the Correcaminos of Victoria eventually falling 93-85. Robert Horsnby was the high man with 37 for the Correcaminos. Larry Taylor put up 27 in the loss for the Lobos Grises. Click here for more of yesterday's LNBP results.

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NCAA

Kentucky damps Vanderbilt's winning streak -by Eurobasket News
Vanderbilt had all the chances to win their 17th straight game in the season. It all went in their hands in the second half against Kentucky but the Commodores could not capitalize. The Wildcats looked dominant in the first half of the game as they accumulated a 32:22 lead at halftime. The margin reached 16 points early in the second half but Kentucky blew it all. Andrew Ogilvy (6'10''-C-88) and Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) teamed up for the Commodores to erase the deficit. Foster nailed a three-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation to sent game into overtime. Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89) later put the Wildcats up by 3 points with just over a minute to go in the extra period but Vanderbilt once again denied the gap. Alex Gordon (6'0''-G-85) converted a free throw and Andrew Ogilvy nailed a layup with 2 seconds on the clock to force the second extra period. This time Patrick Patterson, Ramel Bradley (6'2''-G-85) and Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86) scored 6 straight points to finalize the winning outcome for the Wildcats. It was their first win over a ranked opponent in the season and they now climbed to 7-7 record. Patrick Patterson led the Wildcats with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Ramel Bradley delivered 20 points, while Joe Crawford added 17 points in a winning case. Shan Foster responded with 20 points for Vanderbilt. Andrew Ogilvy had 16 points in a loss.
Ranked #1 North Carolina meanwhile did not slow down as they bruised North Carolina State 93:62. The Tar Heels stepped on the gas midway through the first half igniting a 25:0 run to drop any questions about the outcome. They piled up an unassailable 41:13 lead late in the half and never looked back afterwards. Deon Thompson (6'8''-F-88) and Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) led the Tar Heels with 16 points apiece. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) added 13 points and 13 boards in a win. The Wolfpack responded with Courtney Fells (6'5''-G-86) netting 16 points. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C) knocked down 14 points as North Carolina State fell to 11-4 record.


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NCAA2

GNAC Scores From January 12th -by Sanjey Noriega
Alaska-Anchorage 77, Alaska-Fairbanks 57
Anchorage, Alaska

UAA
McCade Olsen (6'8''-F-84)-26pts and 10 rebs
Chris Bryant (6'4''-G-85, college: Drake)-16pts
Luke Cooper (6'0''-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.)-16assists

UAF
Collin Matteson-19pts
Mike Titus (6'2''-G)-14pts


Western Washington 84, Western Oregon 80
Bellingham, Washington


WWU
Ira Graham- 33pts
Calin Schel-18pts and 9 rebs

WOU
Travis Kuhns (6'8''-F)-32pts
Adonal Arrington-13pts and 8 rebs


Seattle Pacific 62, Montana State-Billings 56
Billings, Montana

SPU
Rob Diederichs (6'8''-F)-17pts
Rob Will-17pts

MSUB
Troy Ruff-15pts
Cameron Khoury-12pts and 7 rebs


Seattle University 76, Northwest Nazarene 58
Seattle, Washington

SU
Michael Wright-15pts and 8 rebs
Michael Knight-14pts

NNU
Joel Ryman-15pts
Justin Parnell-15pts


Central Washington 84, Saint Martin's 71
Ellensburg, Washington

CWU
Jake Beitinger- 19pts and 17 rebs
Matt Penoncello-16pts and 7 rebs
Nate Jackson-16pts

SMC
Jake Linton (5'10'')-24pts
Tyler Nixon-11pts and 12 rebs


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NIGERIA

Nigeria - CNBL league resume after break -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The second phase of the Champions Nest National Basketball League will resume this weekend across the Lagos metropolis.

The league which is targeted at players who are twenty years and below went on break last December so as to allow the players celebrate the yuletide season with their lover ones will be rounded off in April www.fiba-africa.org was reliably informed.

'The league which started last year October is to run for 6 months ending in April. The Vision of the league is to positively influence the lives of the teeming youths and to empower them to become better person, informed the league Coordinator, Godwin Unegbe.

The former Nigeria International forward stated that the mission behind the league is to raise world class athletes, which are hinged on three core objectives that will help the organizers achieve its goal.

The one-time Lagos Islanders and Ebun Comets basketball clubs power-forward says the aim and objective of the league includes, creating a platform for reaching out to the youths and creating opportunities for them to make use of their talents. These opportunities can be scholarships, professional sports, etc.

Secondly, to promote the importance of education through basketball and emphasize important topics such as career development and counseling, leadership training, etc.

And lastly, is to encourage grassroots basketball development, youth empowerment and development and the ability to create employment for referees and coaches and all those who are associated with basketball in the country at large and Lagos State in particular.

Currently, six venues are being used for the league they include Police College, Ikeja, National Stadium, Surulere, Navy Barracks, Ajegunle, United Christian Secondary School, Apapa, Warriors Academy Ground, Ilupeju and the University of Lagos Basketball Court, Akoka.

Female teams taking part in the league are; Baby Seals, Unilag, Rookies, Raptors Angel, Blazing Queens, CBC Jewels and United Christian, while the male teams includes; Police Rookies, Unilag, Police Bombers, CBC, Dodan Warriors, Golden State, Nigerian Navy, Flames, Rockets and Raptors.

Alongside the league, a seminar is expected to take place. Topics of the seminar would include; The Importance of Education and the Female Athlete.


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NORWAY

Comeback for Calix -by Kaare Vangen
Ulriken Eagles have got back one of the important parts of last year's success. Calix N'Diaye (192-G-81, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Barry) played against Fjellhamar Stallions and had 7 points in the victory at home court in Bergen. With point guard Audun Eskeland out Calix can add experience to the backcourt of Eagles. Stallions had the intiative in parts of the first period but Eagles put on some extra effort in the last minute and took the lead for good. The match was closed when Eagles had an 8-0 run at the start of the third period.

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PBL

Comparing a good start and a disappointing going on -by Gianni Pascucci
Last week, in a very good article headed 'Frustration mounts in the ABA', the OurSportsCentral website made a brilliant resume of the situtation in the American Basketball Association, where 15 (!) teams have yet left the league, most of them due to financial reasons, and the remaining 20 are almost all passing bad moments, due to organizing problems and continous schedule changes, sometimes without any explanation. And when the games were played, the Officiating was so disappointing that some teams, like the Manchester Millrats, opted to develop some own referees to officiate their home games.. Also, we have yet published that some talks between the Canadian and the North Eastern teams could bring to a new division of the ABA, like it happens last season, when some of the best organized teams decided to join the PBL. The Premier Basketball League, instead, supplied what can only be called a very good start. This league has just played its second week, without cancelling any game, releasing news and stats in a good website, featuring all its teams logos and rosters, as it should be normal for a league called 'professional'. For sure, if this PBL will decide to play a full season in fall of 2008, we are sure that lots of the current ABA teams will be intersted in joining it. It seems that the time of the announcements like '30-teams expansion for nexy year' is definitely over, and is not a secret that most of the disappointed ABA teams are seriously considering a change of leadership in the league, as the last chance to save it... Hyronically, just while we were writing this lines, we see that Joe Newman has just announced another expansion (of the more than 20 yet schdeuled..:-)), this time of the Mexican franchise named 'Gomez Palacio Thundercats', based in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Sincerely, we wish all the best to the ABA and iits new owners, but are you sure guys that there will be an ABA season in 2008-09 ??

Weekend games results -by Gianni Pascucci
The Wilmington Sea Dawgs won their third game in a row by defeating the Arkansas Impact 94-87. Arkansas held the lead for most of the game, but a run by the Sea Dawgs in the fourth quarter put them ahead when it counted. The Rochester RazorSharks defeated 115-108 the Reading Railers in the RazorSharks 2008 Home Opener. This was the RazorSharks first home game, playing in front of 3,081 fans, since pulling out of the ABA playoffs last year. Vidal Massiah (6'6''-G/F-79, college: St.Bonaventure) led the way with 28 points, 12 of those coming in the 4th quarter, Tayron Thomas (6'3''-G, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) was very impressive in the loss, leading the Railers with 28 points and 6 assists. The Quad City RiverHawks took a 133-105 over the Rockford Fury before about 300 fans in Rockford College's Seaver Gymnasium. Bobby Anderson (6'6''-G-79, college: Independence CC) had 25 points in the win to lead the Hawks, while the Fury were led by newly signed John Jackson (6'7''-F-74, college: Mississippi), with 19 points and Kyle Myrick (6'0''-G, college: Lincoln (PA)), with 16. In the first of yesterday night games, the Rochester RazorSharks played in front of only 400 fans, but won the same, 104-89 over the Jacksonville Jam at the Blue Cross Arena. This time the best was Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry), who had 20 points, followed by Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) at 17 pts and by James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara) with 17 pts and 11 rebounds. In the other games of the Sunday, Reading defeated Maryland 98-94, Rockford needed of an overtime to defeat Dallas 109-108 and Quad Cities preevailed over the Chicago Throwbacks 128-120, led by Ty Johnson (5'11''-G) with 30 points, while Chicaco was led by Stanley Thomas (6'5''-F-80) with 37

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RUSSIA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk won the first game in Superleague -by Eurobasket News
The Saturday in Russia was busy with the three games including one that had an overtime. Enisey and Ural-Great won at home, while Khimky grabbed a road win.
Zendon Hamilton (209-C-75, college: St.John's) showed an excellent game collecting 19 points and 18 rebounds for Enisey. It was more than enough for his team to celebrate the first win. Enisey overcame Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv 85:77 with 22;7 in the third quarter. Aleksandr Anisimov (185-G-86) produced 15 points, while Worrick added 12. Lonnie Cooper (193-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 16 points in the losing effort.
Ural-Great and Dynamo (Moscow) solved their game only in overtime when the hosts advantaged with 17:13 win. As a total it gave them 83:79 and 6-7 record. Visnievski paced all the winners with 20 points. Aleksander Bashminov (213-C-78) poured in 13 and Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11.Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) finished the game with 24 points in the losing effort.
Khimky was the only team to win away from home. With 13;36 in the third quarter the game was done for good. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) led the winners with 18 points. Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) posted 17 and Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) chipped in 13.
The game between Lokomotiv-Rostov and CSKA will be played tonight.


Enisey - Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv 85:77 (16:20, 25:26, 22:7, 22:24)
Enisey: Zendon Hamilton 19 +18 rebs, Aleksandr Anisimov 15, Worrick 12
Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv: Lonnie Cooper 16

Spartak (St.Petersburg) - Khimky (Moscow region) 65 : 97 (18:19, 15:19, 13:36, 19:23)
Spartak:Milovan Rakovic (207-C-85) 14, Smith 14
Khimky:Maciej Lampe Machey 18, Vitali Fridzon 17, Daniel Ewing 13

Ural-Great (Perm) - Dynamo (Moscow) 83 : 79 OT (15:29, 25:13, 18:13, 8:11, 17:13)
Ural-Great (Perm):Visnievski 20, Aleksander Bashminov 13,Vanja Plisnic 11
Dynamo (Moscow): Henry Domercant 24, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 15


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SCOTLAND

Scottish Rocks are too good for the Riders -by Eurobasket News
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks had a comfortable 67:101 road win over Leicester Riders. Both teams tied the opening quarter at 16 points and only then Rocks exploded into life with an 11-0 burst during the final 60 seconds to lead 16:27. An 8-0 start to the third further emphasized the Rocks superiority as they went 35:61 in front. There were no chances the hosts could catch up as the Rocks celebrated 67:101 win. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) paced the winners with 26 points. Joseph and Yanders followed him with 18 points each. Joel Burns (189-G-75, college: W.Michigan) top-scored for the hosts with 15 points.

John Tehan (185-G-71) together with Irish Tigers wrapped up their Irish Superleague action in 2007 with a scrappy win against UCC Demons 96:93. The victory saw them improve to 9-1 record on top of the standings. UCC Demons cut the deficit to tie the score early in the fourth period. But the Tigers proved cool in the final minutes and withstood all the comeback efforts from the Dublin team late in the game. In the first game of this year John Tehan netted 16 points as Tigers overcame Mustang St. Pauls 87:72. To his points John Tehan added 6 rebounds and 2 assists. He showed 44.44% from the field goal, including 66.67% from the three-pointer line and 100$ from the free throw line.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks 67:101
Riders: Joel Burns 15, Terrence Woodyard (206-F/G, college: W.Carolina) 12, Janiska 11
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 26, Joseph 19, Yanders 18


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SERBIA

Vojvodina Srbijagas makes a surprise, FMP lost at home -by Dragan Jankovski

Vojvodina Srbijagas made the biggest surprise in round 17 by beating Cibona in Zagreb 78-68. Tulips played a fantastic second half, especially the last quarter when they finished 9-24. They improved their record to 8-9 while Cibona dropped to 9-8. Tandem Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 22 points, and center Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), who was MVP of the game with impressive stats 14 points, 18 rebounds and 5 steals were the best for the winners. On the other side Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) netted 16 points for Cibona.

Crvena Zvezda celebrated against Buducnost in 'Pionir' 115-114 after over time thanks to Mladjen Sljivancanin and Steven Markovic. The first shot brought overtime to the host with a successful 3-pointer at the buzzer while Markovic made a winning jump shot at the very end of the overtime for the win. Zvezda currently has a record of 11-6 while Buducnost dropped to 9-8. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) recorded double-double for Zvezda, contributing 22 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals while Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 24 points. Buducnost got 21 points from Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) and 20 points from Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket).

Hemofarm STADA grabbed their 11th win in Adriatic league. This time the orange team was better than Union Olimpija 94-89 mostly owing to Rawle Marshal's 28 points and 4 rebounds and Goran Jagodnik's 20 points. The visitors, with new head coach Aleksandar Dzikic on the bench, received 22 points from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and 17 points from Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket).

FMP disappointed their fans by losing against Zagreb CO 72-75 at home. FMP had a lead of 11 points at halftime but Zagreb succeeded to equalize in the third and to ensure the 5th win at the end of the last period. Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) with 19 points was the top scorer for the winners while FMP, who now has 8 wins and 9 defeats, got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87).


Cibona - Vojvodina Srbijagas 68-78
(17-10,24-18,18-26,9-24)

Cibona:
Ayuso 16 (4 to), Warren 12 (4 rebs), Rozic 11
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Ivanovic 22, Golubovic 14 (18 rebs, 5 st), Nemeth 14, Djorjdevic 13 (6 rebs, 4 as)


Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 115-114
(22-29,26-24,23-17,29-30,15-14)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 24 (4 rebs, 3 as), Cook 22 (5 rebs, 10 as, 5 st, 4 to), Misanovic 18 (8 rebs)

Buducnost: Gordic 21, Bakic 20, Rakocevic 18 (5 rebs), Maras 18


Hemofarm STADA - Union Olimpija 94-89
(27-23,22-19,24-27,21-20)

Hemofarm STADA:
Marshall 28 (5 rebs, 4 to), Jagodnik 20, Pavkovic 15 (6 as)
Union Olimpija: Bailey 22 (4 to), Hukic 17 (4 rebs, 5 as), Booker 14 (9 rebs), Milic 14


FMP - Zagreb CO 72-75
(21-20,26-16,13-23,12-16)

FMP:
Labovic 14 (6 rebs, 4 st), Krstovic 14, Djerasimovic 12
Zagreb CO: Vladovic 19, Ruzic 13 (5 rebs), Dundovic 13, Simon 10 (4 as)



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SLOVENIA

Helios and Moro part ways, Kraski inks Pavloski, Dimec to Hrastnik -by Zeljko Zule
Helios parted ways with David Moro (199-G-86). He averaging 10minutes, 2,8 points (2P 4-9, 3P 1-4, FT 0-1), 1,0 rebounds, 0,5 assists and 0,5 turnovers in 4 games of NLB Adriatic League and 9:40 minutes, 3,2 points (2P 8-15, 3P 0-4), 1,2 rebounds, 0,4 assists, 0,4 steals and 1,0 turnovers in 5 games of A1 League UPC Telemach.
Kraski zidar Jadran inked Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ex Oresundskraft Basket.
U-18 NT member Luka Dimec (204-F/C-90) has left Zlatorog tojoin Hrastnik (B-1). He averaging 4,0 minutes, 1,4 points (2P 5-10, 3P 0-2), 1,0 rebounds, 0,1 steals, 0,3 blocks and 0,4 turnovers in 7 games of A1 League UPC Telemach.


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SPAIN

Akasvayu Girona sign Maurice Whitfield -by Ondra Simecek
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.

LEB Gold, 16th round: Alicante, CAI and Bruesa in the Cup -by Francisco Martinez
Results (stats)
LECHE RIO BREOGAN - BEIRASAR ROSALIA 78-83
CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS - ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA 82-95
CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS - ALERTA CANTABRIA 80-69
MELILLA BALONCESTO - AGUAS DE VALENCIA 83-91
FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM - FORD BURGOS 83-69
PALMA AQUA MAGICA - C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA 72-70
C.B. L'HOSPITALET - BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA 85-79
PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA - BRUESA GBC 73-82
UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA - TENERIFE RURAL 80-99

Recap
Alicante got its passport to Prince's Cup after defeating La Laguna on the road. Alain Digbeu, Henk Norel and Stephane Dumas were the best players of the winning team, while Donaldson's performance was not enough for the Islanders to keep up.

Bruesa had problems to defeat Plus Pujol. Hopkins had the opportunities for the Basque team and in the final minutes Portugese forward Andrade appeared to break the game open.

CAI is still the leader but they lost against CB L'Hospitalet, ending a superb 11 game winning streak. Tarick Johnson from the outside and Serge Ibaja in the paint destroyed the Reds. llorca decided the game by stealing the ball on the last possession.

Breogan saw how its neighbour Rosalia had problems to reach the Cup. Oleson and former Breo player Dedas were too much for Leche Rio, so they will play for the Cup in the next game against Tenerife.

After a difficult past weekend Barbour did what he knows how to do best and scored 37 points against La Palma to win the Canarian derby.

Aguas de Valencia has experimented and found great improvement in the last few weeks. They defeated Melilla Baloncesto thanks to Vallmajo, Luengo and Shay Miller.

Alerta Cantabria could not continue its climb in the standings and CB Los Barrios defeated them with Moss and Rivero leading the Andalusian squad.

CB Alcudia lost against Ciudad de Huelva inspite of the 20 boards cleared by Junyent. Roe was the best of the game (22+8).

Marc Blanch played his best game of the season and Basquetinca.com defeated Ford Burgos. The guard scored 30 points.

Best Five
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) 37
Lou Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) 36
Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) 36
Marc Blanch (195-F-82) 32
Leonardo Mainoldi (205-C-85) 31

MVP: Barbour


ACB Round 17 -by Paul Nilsen


PAUL NILSEN WRITES Real Madrid remain out in front at the top of the classifications after being pushed for three quarters of the game by Gran Canaria. The Whites were stung after Granca came out with all guns blazing to race into an unexpected 25-14 first quarter lead and although the home team fought back, the visitors still led by 4 at the half. However after an unhappy Joan Plaza had given his thoughts that break, Real came alive in the second half to blow Gran Canaria away in the third quarter and secure an 89-77 victory. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) the pick of the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Barcelona crashed to an unexpected 92-85 loss at Polaris World Murcia who held Barca to just 12 third quarter points and then racked up 32 points in a blistering final quarter to seal the win. Jimmie Hunter top scored for Murcia with 23 points while Jaka Lakovic continued to be the main man for Dusko Ivanovic and his team with 22 points.

There was high drama on Saturday night in Valencia where Tau Ceramica sneaked a thrilling 76-74 victory over Pamesa thanks to two free-throws by 24 point MVP Igor Rakocevic. There was very little to choose between the teams in terms of league positioning and that was borne out during the game with Rakocevic the difference between the sides. Stanko Barac just missed out on a double-double for the home team with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

DKV Joventut got back to winning ways in Granada with a terrific 31-15 final quarter paving the way for their 85-76 success. Their win came despite a stealler performance by Curtis Borchardt of Granada who scored 11 points but pulled down a staggering 19 rebounds before fouling out. Despite his great display, he was not the standout player in the game with Rudy Fernandez showing why NBA eyes are have been on him. The Badalona star picked up a massive line of 34 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals to help seal the win and break Granada hearts by ending their slip chance of Cope Del Rey qualification.

Bilbao remain in second place after securing a hard fought 75-68 home win against Fuenlabrada who led by three points going into the final period but then dried up as Bilbao put the defensive squeeze on them to take the win. While the 5,000 home fans knew it wasn't the best performance from their team, it was another win in what is turning out to be an incredible season for the Basque club who are of course safely through to the Copa Del Rey at near neighbours Vitoria next month.

There were plenty grabs for the Copa Del Rey in a tough fight for the last spots in the final qualification round and Unicaja booked their place after surviving a late scare against Andalucian neighbours Cajasol. The game looked to have been comfortably won by the Malaga club but a late rally by Seville narrowed the gap to 82-77 by the final buzzer. 22 points from Marcus Haislip kept Malaga on top while Michal Ignerski collected 20 points for the visitors who slipped to second from bottom of the classifications.

At the bottom of the standings their was one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of the ACB when Estudiantes overcome a 27 point deficit in the final 11 minutes at ViveMenorca to record an improbable 73-77 success. The 32-8 final quarter was astonishing and the win moves Estu out of the bottom two relegation places and just one victory behind Menorca.

Leon remain rooted to the bottom after a crushing home loss to Ricoh Manresa. The 81-78 defeat means Leon still have just three wins to their name all season. 23 points from Josh Asselin were pivotal for Manresa who move on to seven wins and into the relative safety of mid-table.

In Sunday evening's game the scenario was perfect with a place in the Copa Del Rey up for grabs between Akasvayu Girona and Valladolid. It was the home team that prevailed 84-74. Girona won the first three quarters and were dominant before Valladolid staged a late comeback but it never looked like it would be enough. Typically Marc Gasol led his side to the win with 23 points and 7 rebounds as he continues with another highly impressive season.


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U.KINGDOM

BBL Cup Final is tonight! -by Eurobasket News
BBL Cup Final is scheduled for tonight, 4 p.m. Marshall MK Lions will face Newcastle Eagles in National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. So far the report about two games that were played last night.
Poujoulat Heat Guildford overcame Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 89:72. The hosts went on an early lead and grabbed 22:6. James Jones helped them to reach 50:28 at the half time. Raiders played much better in the second half and made the score more respectable. Daniel Gilbert (197-G-83, college: Buffalo) led the winners with 17 points. Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama), Jones and Harrison nailed 15 points each. DeAntoine Beasley (198-G/F-79, college: Tennessee Tech) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks had a comfortable 67:101 road win over Leicester Riders. Both teams tied the opening quarter at 16 points and only then Rocks exploded into life with an 11-0 burst during the final 60 seconds to lead 16:27. An 8-0 start to the third further emphasized the Rocks superiority as they went 35:61 in front. There were no chances the hosts could catch up as the Rocks celebrated 67:101 win. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) paced the winners with 26 points. Joseph and Yanders followed him with 18 points each. Joel Burns (189-G-75, college: W.Michigan) top-scored for the hosts with 15 points.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks 67:101
Riders: Joel Burns 15, Woodyard 12, Janiska 11
Rocks: Maurice Hampton 26, Joseph 19, Yanders 18

Poujoulat Heat Guildford -Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 89:72
Heat: Daniel Gilbert 17, Tony Dorsey 15, Jones 15, Harrison 15
Raiders: DeAntoine Beasley 20, Knowle 19, Martin 10


Lions triumph in the BBL Cup Final -by Eurobasket News
Marshall Lions - Newcastle Eagles 69:66 ( 9-13, 13-28, 57-45)

Marshall Lions triumphed in BBL Cup Final in a fantastic win over Newcastle Eagles 69:66. Kevin Griffin (195-F-75, college: Lynn) was named MVP of the game as his 24 points were on top of the scoring list for the winners. Tony Windless (196-F-70, agency: TASM, college: Sam Houston St.) followed him with 22 points, while Yorick Williams (192-G-75) netted 9. Charles Smith (198-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Rider) top-scored for the Eagles with 21 points. Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) nailed 18, while Lynard Stewart (202-F-74, college: Temple) added 12.
Newcastle took advantage to start with 11-0 run. The team looked more offensive and finished the first quarter at 13:9. With the start of the second Eagles improved to 20:12 and only after that Lions hit six three pointers in the second quarter alone as they led 33:28 at the interval.
Marshall Lions came back from the lockers fresher and took 16 points advantage in the third quarter. When the end of the game approached Andrew Bridge netted a long range shot to reduce to 60:57 to the Lions. Andrew Bridge got the Eagles to within one point at 67:66. All the spectators even thought of overtime game but then Michael New made it 69:66. The Eagles tried to score three but the could not get the ball into the basket. Marshall Lions triumphed and got the the first piece of silverware this season.

Lions: Kevin Griffin 24, Tony Windless 22, Yorick Williams 9
Eagles: Charles Smith 21, Andrew Bridge 18, Lynard Stewart 12


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Elegar's 29 Points Not Enough as Towson Defeats Drexel, 86-77/ Peltier -by David Edole
Frank Elegar (206-C-86) scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but Towson made 10 three-pointers and defeated the Dragons, 86-77. Drexel (8-9, 1-4 CAA) trailed by just two points at the half, but Towson (6-9, 2-3 CAA) opened the second half with a 9-2 run and held off a late Dragons' rally to earn the victory.

Towson led by 16 points with just 2:16 to play in the game before the Dragons made one final push to get back in it. Drexel scored 14 of the next 16 points and after Gerald Colds made a three-pointer, Drexel was down just 75-71 with 30 seconds left. Towson quelled the rally by making six of its final seven attempts from the free-throw line. The Tigers shot 50 percent in the game, including 53 percent in the final 20 minutes when they were 5-for-8 from behind the arc.

The Tigers seemed to be in control of the game early and had a 14-point lead at one point in the first half. However, Elegar picked up a steal and went the length of the court for a dunk. He was fouled and it was ruled intentional. The senior knocked down both free throws and then on the next possession just three second later, slammed another dunk home to cut the lead to 33-28.

Elegar scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half and finished 9-for-15 from the field. and 11 of-15 at the free throw line. He also had two blocks, two steals and two assists without committing a turnover in 38 minutes. Elegar now has three double-doubles in his last four games and six this season.


Peltier and MSU saw 14 game win streak snapped!
MSU- West Plains (18-2) entered the contest ranked 10th in the nation and saw their impressive, 14-game win streak snapped by Mineral Area College, 79-76. Mineral Area delivered a brilliant shooting performance during an inspired second half on Saturday night.
The Cardinals (13-6) shot a remarkable 15-for-18 from the field and 16-for-20 at the line. West Plains countered by finishing 68 percent from the floor in the stanza.
A three from Devon Peltier (178-G) gave West Plains a 48-44 lead, but MAC responded with a game deciding 19-5 scoring run. Peltier finished with 13 points.
The Cardinals stumbled at the outset with seven straight misses after Marcus Scott opened the action with a three-pointer, but surged to a 30-26 halftime lead after Barry Wellington knocked down a transition triple.


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UAE

19th Dubai Int'l Tournament Draw -by Mohammed Malas
The 19th edition of Dubai International tournament was made today, Two groups were drawn and they contain:

- Group A:
UAE National Team (Al Boom Holding)
Mahram (Sama Al Imarat real estate) - Iran (Titleholders)
Al Gezira (Aramisc) - Egypt
Al Ittihad Aleppo (Continental real estate) - Syria
Sagesse Beirut (Plus real estate) - Lebanon

- Group B:
Al Ahli Dubai - Hosts
Zain 'ex-Fastlink' (Dubai Duty Free) - Jordan
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Steelfab)- Lebanon
Saba Battery (Fly Emirates) - Iran
Al Jalaa Aleppo (Dubai Land) - Syria (Runner-ups)

- The tournament's system will be as follows:
1- First round: Teams play against each other
2- Quarter Finals: 5th team will be excluded from each group...Rest teams will play crosses (1st-4th, 2nd-3rd)
3- Semi-Finals4- Final




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Vojvodina snag first win in overtime -by Zeljko Zule
After starting the season with a 0-9 record, Vojvodina were able to claim their first win of the season with an overtime win over Medvescak 86-77. Iva Musulin (170-G-84) finished with 31 points including five 3-pointers and Sara Krnjic posted 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Mirna Mazic had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Dea Klein-Sumanovac collected 22 points and 6 rebounds and Silva Seda handed 8 assists for the Croatian team. Sibenik in first period posted 24 consecutive points as crushed Mladi Krajisnik 87-51. Luca Ivankovic posted 15 points, Anda Jelavic and Jessica Dickson added 13 apiece while Milena Radjenovic led the guests with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Gospic went on a 22-3 run late in the second half to notch 73-52 road victory over Merkur. Mirjana Tabak led five scorers in double fugures with 13 points, Oroslya Englert added 12 and Coru Enghusen had 10 points and 10 rebounds in her debut. Monique Blake netted 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Miljana Evtoukhovitch collected 13 points and 13 rebounds for Merkur.

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


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ARMENIA - Women

Aleksan had the best game in Slovakia -by Eurobasket News
Zaruhi Aleksan (194-82) scored 12 points for Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica last night in Slovak League. She made 3/4 field goals and was perfect from free throw line, 2/2. That was the best game for Armenian player abroad this season. Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica overcame Slovan Bratislava 67:59 to stay at 8-5 record which is the third result in Slovakia.
In the previous round UMB Banska Bystrica overwhelmed Myjava 101:48. Andrea Oravcova was satisfied with 21 points in a win. Lalovicova posted 18 and Babarikova added 15. Armenian Zaruhi Aleksan scored 4 points for 23 minutes in the game.
In Round 11 Armenian player scored 6 points as Nitra upset UMB Banska Bystrica 71:66.


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BARBADOS - Women

Husbands, Wilson lead Garrison past QC -by Justin Marville


Husbands, Wilson lead Garrison past QC -by Justin Marville
Behind a combined 45 point performance from the starting backcourt of Chantal Husbands and Cherise Wilson, the Garrison Secondary overcame the absence of two-time Most Valuable Player Tiffany Husbands by routing Queen's College 61-43 in their regular season finale of the WIBISCO Shirley School Girls basketball competition on Friday.

In what was a dress rehearsal for this Friday's semi-final showdown between the two schools, the reigning two-time defending double crowned champs Garrison did not give a good account of themselves in the opening period at the Husbands institution, failing to clear the defensive glass early in the contest while struggling to contain the explosive Richelle Farley.

The athletic Combined Schools guard/forward attacked the rack aggressively on her way to seven first quarter points, leading the hosts to an unlikely 11-9 advantage at the end of the period as Husbands and Wilson failed to find any help on the offensive end of the floor.

However, a subsequent switch from a zone defence to full court man-to-man resulted in the visitors opening the ensuing quarter by scoring nine unanswered points as the home team committed several turnovers which led to uncontested lay-ups in the open court for the diminutive Wilson.

But fellow Combined Schools' guard Alyssa Mason would pair with Farley to spark Queen's College on a run of their own, reducing the deficit to 19-20 within minutes of the half-time break by combining to score eight quick points.

It wouldn't be enough though as Wilson continued her second quarter rampage, closing the half by scoring six unanswered points, tallying 11 for the period in total, to push Garrison's advantage back up to seven points, 26-19.

Then Husbands took over.

With QC struggling to come to terms with the visitors' full court pressure and constantly throwing away the ball, the crafty Garrison guard took advantage at the other end of the floor; continuously finding her way to the front of the ring for numerous lay-ups and floaters on the way to a huge third quarter performance.

The skilful St. John's Sonics point guard erupted for 13 points in the period to lead the defending champs' charge as Garrison outscored their hosts 23-7 in the third quarter, with Farley and Mason combining to score all but two of side's points in the period.

Trailing 49-26 to start the fourth, Farley attacked the Garrison defence in transition early in the quarter, using her superior speed to beat the opposing guards in the open court for countless lay-ups but her efforts would be in vein as Husbands and Wilson continued to score at will at the other end despite their colossal fourth quarter advantage.

The Garrison backcourt duo added a further 10 points between them in the fourth before the visitors cleared their bench midway through the period with the game well in hand.

Husbands and Wilson ended with 23 and 22 points respectively while Farley also finished the game with a top score of 23.


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BELGIUM - Women

Round 14 results -by Eurobasket News
Round 14 last night brought another wins for IMC Dames Waregem and Dexia. IMC Dames Waregem smashed Runkster BBD 87:38 while Dexia Namur had tougher game against BBC Boom in a 89:77 victory. Houthalen beat Kortrijk Sport 77:69 and Katelijne Waver won over Point Ch. Sprimont 95:73.
On Wednesday Spartak Moscow Region proved the ambition for another European success and the defence of their Euroleague title. The defending champions smashed Belgian Dexia Namur 102:62 tonight in the game that started earlier than all others. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was unstoppable with 34 points and 6 rebounds. Irina Osipova netted 15, while Diana Taurasi scored 14. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) collected 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Spartak Moscow Region is the first team to win in Round 8 of Euroleague. The game in Vidnoe started earlier and due to this Spartak ensured the first place in Group C taking 7-1 record. There were no time when the spectator could think of another result of their team.
Spartak had already opened up a 28-6 lead at that point.By half-time, Spartak were still in complete command with a 48:24 advantage.
In the end of the game the tasks differed for both teams. Russian squad desired to score 100 and managed to do it. Dexia Namur tried to recover or at least top reduce but did not satisfy with the final score. Russian team made 13 of 22 of their shots from three-point range, while inside the arc Hejkova's team was 26 of 51 and at the line they converted 11 of 13.


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CROATIA - Women

Gospic and Sibenik bring another wins from Adriatic -by Eurobasket News
Gospic overcame Merkur 52:73 on a road to take a 8-2 record. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) led the winners with 13 points and 3 assists. Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) added 12, while Marina Mazic (190-C-80) scored 11. Sibenik smashed Mladi 87:51 as Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) produced 15 points. Jessica Dickson (180-F-84, college: S.Florida) ended up with 13 and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) scored the same number of points. Medvescak lost to Vojvodina 77:86.
Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) collected 15 points and 9 rebounds for CCC Polkowice in Poland.Gorzow fought off a spirited CCC Polkowice side to maintain their unbeaten start in 2008 with 71:64 victory. In the game between two Polish giants the guests made the chances for them better.
Seven points from the guests without an answer in the opening tip of the first quarter were fatal for the hosts. Christelle N'Garsanet was one of the players to ruin the hosts' defense from the three-point line. Gorzow enjoyed 16:21 after 10 minutes in the game. The second quarter brought a tough resistance and saw 32:40 for Gorzow.
CCC Polkowice fought hard in the third quarter as they combined stern defence with some quality shooting. Heading into the final stanza the sides were at 47:57. Gorzow continued to dominate edged early in the fourth quarter and were handed a gift stealing the victory away from home. Jennifer Lacy's three pointer in the game made the final score, 64:71. The second leg will be played again in Poland on January 17. It will be a time for Gorzow to prove the home hostility.
Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (187-F-75) posted 4 points and made 3 rebounds for Spartak Moscow Region that proves the ambition for another European success and the defence of their Euroleague title. The defending champions smashed Belgian Dexia Namur 102:62 tonight in the game that started earlier than all others.
Spartak Moscow Region is the first team to win in Round 8 of Euroleague. The game in Vidnoe started earlier and due to this Spartak ensured the first place in Group C taking 7-1 record. There were no time when the spectator could think of another result of their team.
Spartak had already opened up a 28-6 lead at that point.By half-time, Spartak were still in complete command with a 48:24 advantage.
In the end of the game the tasks differed for both teams. Russian squad desired to score 100 and managed to do it. Dexia Namur tried to recover or at least top reduce but did not satisfy with the final score. Gambrinus can tie Spartak on top of the group if the the team wins the thriller over Kosit. Russian team made 13 of 22 of their shots from three-point range, while inside the arc Hejkova's team was 26 of 51 and at the line they converted 11 of 13.


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CZECH REP. - Women

Czech leaders smash the opponents in Round 11 -by Eurobasket News
Two titans from Czech republic reached their next easy wins against the opponents in Round 11. Gambrinus SikaBrno smashed Slovanka Tabor 102:44 winning all the quarters. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) and Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) scored 13 points each as 7 players reached the 0 points and more. Kolarova posted 14 points in the losing effort. ZVVZ USK Praha overwhelmed Loko K. Vary 106:45 as Le Drean shone with 21 points. Marketa Mokrosova (178-F-81) produced 16 and Godin netted 15 in a win. Wallace was the only one to reach double digits scoring 12 points for the guests.
Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) scored 2 points and made 5 assists for CCC Polkowice that lost to Gorzow in EuroCup 64:71. Seven points from the guests without an answer in the opening tip of the first quarter were fatal for the hosts. Christelle N'Garsanet was one of the players to ruin the hosts' defense from the three-point line. Gorzow enjoyed 16:21 after 10 minutes in the game. The second quarter brought a tough resistance and saw 32:40 for Gorzow. CCC Polkowice fought hard in the third quarter as they combined stern defence with some quality shooting. Heading into the final stanza the sides were at 47:57. Gorzow continued to dominate edged early in the fourth quarter and were handed a gift stealing the victory away from home. Jennifer Lacy's three pointer in the game made the final score, 64:71. The second leg will be played again in Poland on January 17. It will be a time for Gorzow to prove the home hostility.
Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) shoed a great game for MBK Ruzomberok collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 65:76 road win over Szeviep.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Espoo Team's upset was so close -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 20: PeKa (Kotka) and Huima (Aanekoski) crushing their opponents today, YMCA Helsinki defeated BC Nokia by five pts and a real
upset was so close in Espoo. Espoo Team and Catz (Lappeenranta) almost needed an OT, but Head Coach Tommi Koskinen (Catz) called a Time Out
with 11 seconds to go and that helped. Team's PG Kirbria Lewis (168-G-84, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) made a lay up with three seconds to go and Catz won by two pts 68-70.

Espoo Team - Catz 68-70 (33-35) (Stephanie Higgs 19, Pauliina Oksanen 14 - Yelena Solovyeva 26, Kirbria Lewis 19).

HoNsU - PeKa 67-94 (30-40) (Lizanne Murphy 19, Breanne Watson 14/11 - Ashley Haynes 26/16, Susanna Rinta 25).

YMCA Helsinki - BC Nokia 75-70 (39-36) (Niina Laaksonen 30/15, Mari Puustinen 14 - Sherry McCracklin 19/16, Sheree Thompson 17).

Huima - PuHu 100-76 (52-43) (Kenya Robinson 32/13, Shakeena Wicker 23 - Heidi Lonnberg 13, Aneta Kausaite 12).




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GREECE - Women

Three teams lead with 10-3 record -by Eurobasket News
Panionios, Esperides and Aris top the standings with 10-3 record. Aris grabbed a road win over Iraklis 50:68 as KEHAGIA Zoi and MEDIOLA Guliana top-scored with 15 points. Olympia Scott (188-C/F-74, college: Stanford) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Panionios survived against Panathinaikos 64:66 also on a road. SAMAROUKOVA Maria paced the winners with 18 points. VASSILIOU Eleni netted 15 and Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) produced 14. Esperides overcame Evosmou 69:61 taking 14 points from DAVIS Erika. Christina Quaye (185-F-85, college: Marquette) finished the game with 29 points for Evosmou.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) enjoys the time with Spanish Ros Casares. In the last game of Euroleague Dynamo Moscow had a good game over the favorite of the Group D of EuroLeague, Spanish Ros Casares, but had to admit the 4th loss in the tournament. The latter improved to 8-0 in Group D of the EuroLeague, with UMMC Ekaterinburg and CSKA Moscow the only other teams with perfect records in the competition. Delisha Milton-Jones and Katie Douglas each scored 15 points for the winners in a 55:53 home win. Simona Augustus ended up with 22 points for Dynamo Moscow and Jekabsone-Zogota as well as Smith finished with 10 points each. Evanthia Maltsi collected 6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) netted 2 points, made 2 rebounds and 2 assists for AEL in EuroCup 1/16 finals over Venezia. Her team however lost in the first leg, 70:74.


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HUNGARY - Women

Saturday's results -by Csilla Kantor
Five games have finished today in the Uniqa league. One thing is common: in each game the team at home succeeded to win.
Mizo Pecs 2010 defeated Savaria 117-30.
Mizo-Pecs: Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) 21, Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) 18, Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 18, Krivacevic 16, Meszaros 12, Coelho de Jesus 10, Vajda 6, Kopacsi 5, Podrug 4, Raksanyi 3, Ivanyi 2, Kovats 2
Savaria: Jonee 7, Takacs 7, Anyos (178-F-79) 4, Sandor 4, Szabadfi 2, Toth 2, Szabo 2, Gadnai 1, Hollosi 1

Szeged won against BEAC 81-49. Best scorers: Petra Russai (188-C-76) 22, Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) 16, Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) 12 BEAC: Sule 16, Bagi 14

BSE-Kanizsa 83-55
Zuleira Aties (190-F-80) 19, Vida 12, Iglesias Castillo 11 Kanizsa: Varga 17, Robinson 14

ZTE won 75-59 against Vasas-Csata
Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80) 21, Milkova 17 Vasas: Zsofia Koncz (184-F-85) 24, Fejes 14

Szolnok-Cegled 85-65
Angela Delmis (176-G-75) 25, Kozdron 15, Hegedus 15 Cegled: Williams 21, Suero 20


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IRELAND - Women

National Cup Semifinals -by Eurobasket News

Yesterday the National Cup Semifinals got under way with games being held at the Oblate Hall Inchicore. In senior women section two games were played. First Singleton Supervalu Donoughmore took on Oblate Dynamo's. The hosts looked aggressive early in the game as they nailed three triples to go in front 11:5. Lynn McLoughlin was productive in the opening frame as she netted 8 points to secure Dynamo's lead. Oblate deepened the gap after the intermission with a 5:0 run as they controlled the tempo. However Fiona Lynch knocked down some important baskets for Donoughmore to keep them contestant at 26:29 at the interval. The third period turned into a one-man show as Rachael Vanderwal (176-G-83) shone dazzlingly for the visitors. She poured in 17 points to turn the game upside down and lifted Donoughmore to a 54:45 lead heading into the fourth term. Dynamos would not surrender though as Lynn McLoughlin worked hard to drag her team back into this one. Tamy McKenna (165-F) hit a free throw to pull Oblate within a single point from the visiting side. But Fiona Lynch drilled a game-saving triple and brought Donoughmore into the final. Rachael Vanderwal topscored with 30 points for Donoughmore. Fiona Lynch added 16 points for the winners. Michelle Hynes led Dynamos with 15 points. Tamy McKenna delivered 13 points in a losing clause.
St. Paul's booked the place in the final as they overcame Meteors in the second semifinal clash. They held a 19:17 lead after a see-saw first frame. The complexion of the game never changed in the second quarter as numerous mistakes and misses left imprint on the game. Lynn Jones (168-G) stepped up for the St. Paul's after the main break as her back-to-back three-pointers allowed them to take over. The Mustangs were up by 8 points after 30 minutes and extended the margin up to 13 points in the fourth. The Meteors still fought back and two straight triples helped them regain confidence. But the Mustangs were nearly perfect from the free throw line and sealed the victory in the dying seconds.
The action continues today at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.


Oblate Dynamo's - Donoughmore 62:63

Meteors - St. Paul's 68:73



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LITHUANIA - Women

LMKL latest results and stats -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius improved to 15-1 after two wins in two days. On Friday spectators expected a battle between TEO and Arvi as the latter stay third in the standings. The leader did not allow Arvi to struggle too much and won 65:49. The hosts managed to win in all the quarter to take such a wonderful victory. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) top-scored with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Streimikytė added 13, while Leuchenka produced 9. Sauliute shone for the visitors with 22 points.
Last night the favorite of the league overcame Lemminkainen 79:68. The game remained interesting until the last quarter when the hosts managed to spurt with 22:13. Gintare Petronyte led the winners with 25 points. Leuchenka collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Valuzytė scored 14. Usaite ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
In the game between two teams from the opposite part of the standings Siauliai overcame Panevezys 91:61. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Svaryte chipped in 15 and Tamutyte netted 14. Aleksaite finished the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.


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NCAA - Women

Andrea Riley scores 45 for Oklahoma State to go 14-1 -by Eurobasket News
Andrea Riley (5'5''-G-88) came up with the strongest performance in her playing career nailing 45 points for ranked #24 Oklahoma State to help the Cowgirls upset #6 Oklahoma. She was in control from the beginning and dropped 14 points in a 14:0 run from the Cowgirls that saw them stretch the lead to 57:38 late in the first half. The Sooners simply could not guard fast point guard as Andrea Riley was everywhere around the court. Both Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G) and Jenna Plumley (5'4''-G), who tried to guard Riley had to step down early in the second half with 4 fouls apiece. This win snapped a 17-game Oklahoma's winning streak against Oklahoma State. Danielle Green (5'8''-G-86) contributed 17 points and 12 boards for the winners. Amanda Thompson (6'0''-F-87) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the Sooners. Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87) produced 15 points and 19 rebounds in a losing case. Oklahoma fell to 10-3, while Oklahoma State improved to 14-1 record for the season.
Wyoming also clinched 14-1 record as they edged TCU 62:45. The Cowgirls enjoyed a 23:18 lead at halftime but a late 19:8 surge from the hosts allowed them to secure their 14th win in the season. Justyna Podziemska (6'2''-F-85) nailed 19 points to lead the Cowgirls. Elisabeth Dissen (6'1''-C) netted 10 points in a winning case. Adrianne Ross (5'8''-G-84) and Lori Butler-Rayford had 9 points apiece for the Lady Frogs as they slipped to 8-8 record. Wyoming will next take on Air Force on the road. Texas Christian will be opposed by New Mexico on January 15.


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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 15 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
INEA AZS Poznań - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 71:72 (11:30, 21:14, 23:15, 16:13)
INEA AZS: Weronika Idczak 16, Monika Sibora 12, Joanna Jarkowska 12, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 10, Paulina Dąbkowska 8, Reda Aleliunaite-Jankowska 7, Monika Ciecierska 6.
PKM Duda: Edyta Krysiewicz 24, Daria Mieloszyńska 22, Olga Żytomirska 7, Agnieszka Makowska 6, Agnieszka Budnik 4, Martyna Koc 4, Constance Jinks 3, Anna Talarczyk 2.

Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 42:91 (6:31, 14:25, 12:19, 10:16)
Arcus SMS PZKosz Łomianki: Olivia Tomiałowicz 9, Małgorzata Misiuk 9, Katarzyna Bednarczyk 6, Kamila Kowalewska 6, Anna Soszyńska 5, Magda Kaczmarska 3, Aneta Kotnis 2, Katarzyna Cwiklińska 2, Katarzyna Arak 0, Agnieszka Śnieżek 0, Claudia Sosnowska 0, Agata Bogusz 0.
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia: Ganna Zarytska 21, Patrycja Gulak 14, Marta Jujka 12, Magda Bibrzycka 11, Jekaterina Snicyna 10, Magdalena Leciejewska 7, Natalia Waligorska 6, Slobodanka Maksimovic 4, Karolina Ambrosiewicz 4, Dominique Canty 2.

ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź - Utex ROW Rybnik 59:72 (17:25, 10:17, 16:15, 16:15)
ŁKS: Dorota Sobczyk 17, Renata Oliveira 13, Katarzyna Kenig 9, Edyta Koryzna 7, Jennifer Humphrey 6, Sylwia Wlaźlak 4, Joice Cristina Rodrigues 3.
Utex: Hollie Merideth 24, Marquetta Dickens 16, Nikita Bell 9, Agnieszka Jaroszewicz 8, Magdalena Skorek 5, Minja Siljegovic 5, Olena Proszczenko 3, Barbara Głocka 2, Małgorzata Chomicka 0, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 0, Edyta Błaszczak 0.

Cukierki Odra Brzeg - KK AZS Jelenia Gora 71:58 (29:18, 13:19, 20:11, 9:10)
Cukierki: Daria Cybulak 20, Joei Clyburn 18, Justyna Daniel 15, Khaili Sanders 9, Mirela Pułtorak 4, Małgorzata Kudłak 3, Magdalena Rzeźnik 2, Ludmiła Lyubarska 0.
KK AZS: Natalia Małaszewska 17, Dorota Wojcik 13, Dorota Arodź 12, Agnieszka Kret 11, Iwona Kaszuwara 5, Agnieszka Balsam 0, Żaneta Sojka 0.

CCC Polkowice - MUKS Poznań 76:60 (21:26, 15:14, 20:10, 20:10)

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - Wisła Can-Pack Krakow 67:88 (15:26, 16:11, 18:22, 18:29)


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RUSSIA - Women

Surprisingly easy win for CSKA -by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Spartak MR 79:65

It could have been the biggest treat for basketball fans across Europe. However it turned out to be a dull regular season game with little intrigue down the stretch. CSKA hosted Spartak Moscow Region in a widely announced key matchup of the Russian Superleague season. Both squads are packed with All-Star caliber players and could be easily addressed to as World All-Star teams. But for all that the game itself never lived up to high credits. CSKA cruised throughout the game to a comfortable victory at the end and secured their perfect record in the ladder. Spartak meanwhile suffered their initial defeat in the season showing little character in this particular one. The hosts took over right from the start and gradually piling up the lead. It stood at 21:16 after 10 minutes but shifted to bigger digits soon after the first intermission. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) was perfect from the field in the first half finishing with 14 points, while Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) usually dominated the paint to allow CSKA reach a 46:28 advantage at halftime. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) nailed a pair of impressive long bombs to spark hope for Spartak. She combined efforts with Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) to mount the pressure on the hosts and the visitors finally gave some sort of result outscoring the home team 23:16 in the third stanza. It was enough though as Ann Wauters continued to deliver points and Ilona Korstine added some important ones to keep the distance safe. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was held scoreless in the game and it probably became the biggest disappointment for Natalia Hejkova in the game.
Ann Wauters ended with game-high 20 points to lead CSKA. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) contributed 15 points, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Diana Taurasi nailed 17 points for Spartak. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) had 14 points in a losing clause. CSKA will next take on Spartak Saint Petersburg, while Spartak MR travels to Orenburg to face Nadezhda.

CSKA: Ann Wauters 20, Becky Hammon 15, Ilona Korstine 12
Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 17, Ivana Matovic 14


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SERBIA - Women

Vojvodina wins in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Vojvodina won the first game in Adriatic league beating Croatian Medvescak 86:77. The team reached 1-10 record but hopes for the better games.
Four games have finished in Serbian league yesterday and two of them are on the way to ply in the nearest time. From what we have Kraljevo overcame Radnicki NB 74:61 and Kovin won at home over Loznica 75:71. Partizan had a road win over Usce 66:79 while Proleter grabbed a win from Stara Pazova 58:91.

Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) nailed 16 points and made 4 rebounds for Wisla that enjoyed a 85:90 road win over Prague. Struggling hard in the first hard the home team missed 17:24 in the third to leave the court upset. Marta Fernandez led the winners with 24 points. Candice Dupree netted 20, while Jelena Skerovic was third in the scoring list. Lindsay Whalen top-scored for the hosts with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen brought the first two points for the Czechs in the opening tip of the game. Wisla Can-Pack got the lead back immediately and had 16:22 with less then two minutes in the quarter. Mokrosova's two three-pointers lifted the hosts back on top, 24:22. Wisla scored the last five points of the second period to leave the game at 44:44 at half-time.In the third quarter the visitors were ahead at 56:47.Prague tried hard and a Jannell Burse lay-up cut the deficit to 58:55. The intrigue remained until 75:79 when Lindsay Whalen nailed a three. After that Polish team dominated in the court Jelena Skerovic's 4 free throw in the end made the final, 85:90 score. Wisla Can-Pack improved to 5-3 record and follow undefeated UMMC that is 8-0.


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SLOVENIA - Women

Triglav claim first home win of season -by Zeljko Zule
Triglav rallied from 13 down early in the second half tp stun Konjice 78-73 in Round 11 for thier first hom win of season. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) had 18 points, 20 rebounds and 3 blocks and Teja Kropivsek added 18 points while Iva Klancnik led the guests with 16 points and Anja Prsa collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.Odeja easily defetaed Neso lhke 75-45. Nina Griland scored 25 points but she commited 10 turnovers. Joanetta Brown had 18 points for Neso lhke and Staci Humphrey added 14 and had 10 turnovers. Tina Trebec collected 24 points and 10 rebounds and Sasa Panic scored 22 points as Jezica get road win, 81-71 over City center. Iva Serdar had 20 points and 15 rebounds before she fouled out and Mateja Baloh posted 22 points. Maribor crushed winless Crnomelj 100-61. Alma Pehadzic finished with 35 points on shooting 15of-29 and Andreja Tisler posted 28 points. Katarina Smolic posted 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.for Crnomelj. Merkur easily defeated Domzale 81-51. Monique Blake scored 21 points and Miljana Evtoukhovitch netted 15 points while Martina Osterman had 16 for the guests.

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SWITZERLAND - Women

Sdent Sierre Basket signs Denisa HAZUCHOVA -by Dimitri Toumayeff
Sdent Sierre Basket decided to sign Denisa HAZUCHOVA (1-2-3, 1976, 178) for 2 Cup games, due to the day-to-day status of starting point-guard Katrien VERCAUTEREN (back problems). HAZUCHOVA isn't unknown in Switzerland, since she played for Athleticum BBC Troistorrents last season (17.6pts, 4.6reb, 2.3ass).

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TURKEY - Women

TBBL All Star game opens the doors -by Eurobasket News
Tonight is TBBL All Star game that brought a lot of interest yet. Turkish stars will face the players who participate in Turkish teams this season.
Over the week 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 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 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 nailed a three-pointer to finalize their 31:23 lead at halftime. Nevriye 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 nailed a jump shot. Fenerbahce trailed 41:42 heading into the fourth period. Zane Eglite'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'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 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.
TED Kayseri overcame Elektra 78:68 int he first game of EuroCup 1.16 finals. Botas was stronger than Dynamo Kursk 76:62 and only Besiktas lost to Elizur 82:69 in Israel.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Richards MVP despite loss in finals -by David Edole
By Katherine Dunn | Sun reporter
One thing set Catonsville apart from Western yesterday - defense.
The unranked Comets relied on it. The No. 3 Doves didn't play much of it.
Catonsville's sticky man-to-man stifled the Doves and sparked a 15-point first-quarter lead that fueled a 61-51 victory - and the biggest upset of the girls basketball season - at the 12th annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State's Hill Field House.
The Comets drew plenty of motivation from Friday's 61-51 loss to No. 7 City, said Catonsville's Shamika Williams, who had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists yesterday.
'We were ready,' she said. 'The whole team wanted this game more than anything. We hustled and played defense. This was the biggest win.'
The Comets hit their first four shots and zipped out to a 10-2 lead, running the floor and getting open shots inside.
Catonsville (9-2) showed a versatile offense, running a patient set attack but also getting out for quick outlet passes. They took 21 fewer shots than the Doves but hit 49 percent from the field. They also out-rebounded Western, 41-35.
'I thought our defense was good,' Comets coach Mike Mohler said. 'We made them shooters more than drivers. We wanted to play a lot better position defense and rebound the ball. We didn't rebound the ball well at all against City.'
The Doves (9-3), who shot 36 percent from the field, chipped a little off the 15-point lead, but the Comets wouldn't let Western back in it. They extended their lead to 19 points when Shelby Polk scored off a steal to make it 45-26 three minutes into the second half.
Western made its strongest move in the final four minutes, forcing six Comets turnovers to spark a 10-point spurt. Akeema Richards' layup with 1:56 left cut the Comets' lead to 58-49, but the run came too late.
'I don't think we played defense for a consistent four minutes out of 32 minutes of basketball,' Western coach Tiffany Silver said. 'And they have not bought into the system yet. They think they can just play basketball and not think basketball and that's the kind of outcome you get when you're outthought.'
The Comets got a terrific game from freshman guard Zoey Whittington, who was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Whittington had 19 points and eight rebounds. Jessica Noon scored 16.
For the Doves, Richards was named MVP for scoring 20.


collegiate round up -by David Edole
Missouri Western fought hard but fell to the Truman State Bulldogs 84-80 in Kirksville, Mo. Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) led the Griffons with 21 points, snared 7 rebounds and dished out four assists. Tierra Ford scored 16 points in the second half on her way to a career high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Georgia Mueller led the way for the Bulldogs as she had 27 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. The Griffons fall to 6-6 overall and 1-3 in the MIAA, while the Bulldogs improve to 11-2 and 3-1 in the conference.

Troy wins!
Zena Lawrence (178-F-86) came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds to lead Troy Trojans to a 74-59 victory over Florida Atlantic University in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday afternoon.
The second half was much the same story as the first half for the Trojans. After Florida Atlantic trimmed the 11-point halftime lead down to 10 points in the opening moments of the half, the Trojans outscored them 9-2 over the next three minutes to take an insurmountable 47-30 lead.

The 17-point advantage grew to as many as 21 points midway through the second half, and stayed that way until the waning moments of the game.

The Trojans scorched the nets Saturday afternoon, shooting 52 (26-of-50) percent from the floor and an astounding 66.7 (8-of-12) percent from behind the arc. They also connected outrebounded Florida Atlantic 44-42 in the contest. Meanwhile, Florida Atlantic was held to just 26.1 (18-of-69) percent from the floor and 13.3 (2-of-15) percent from behind the arc.

Edwards scores career high!
LaShawnna Edwards scored a career-high 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 6-of-6 free throw shooting as the Nova Southeastern Sharks (9-5, 2-1 SSC) defeated the Eckerd Tritons (9-5, 0-4) by a score of 86-74 on Saturday evening at the University Center Arena.
In the second half, Eckerd cut the Sharks lead to 57-54 following a pair of free throws by Olivia Nagle with 10:34 remaining in the half but the Sharks would follow with a 21-9 run, started by an Edwards layup to make it 80-65 with 2:51 remaining.
For the game, NSU shot 57.7 percent from the field on 30-of-52 attempts while Eckerd shot 43.8 percent. The most decisive statistic was NSU's sharp free throw shooting, going 21-of-22 at the charity stripe while the Tritons went 10-for-16. Eckerd outrebounded the Sharks 33-31 and outscored NSU 40-34 in the paint.