EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/15/2008

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ABA

Last roster changes -by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen waived Devino Williams (6'3''-G-87, college: Palm Beach CC) and will welcome back forward James Booyer (6'8''-F, college: IUPU-Indianapolis), who is now fully recovered from his injuries. In the aftermath of incidents that took place during Saturday's game in Burlington between the Vermont Frost Heaves and the Manchester Millrats, the American Basketball Association has suspended the Millrats' Ifesinachi Anosike (6'11''-C, college: Salem St.) for 10 games and Ismael Caro (6'0''-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: New Haven) for three games, and ordered the Frost Heaves' Dwayne Lee (6'0''-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Joseph's) to sit out one game. In consequence of this, the Manchester Millrats organization have suspended Ifesinachi Anosike indefinitely, and released Ismael Caro.

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

FMP parted ways with head coach Vukoicic and promotes Klipa ! -by Dragan Jankovski

After defeat against Zagreb at home in the previous round of Adriatic league, FMP decided to part ways with head coach Vlada Vukoicic. During the last two and a half years Vukoicic had fantastic results as the team once again became the champion of Adriatic league 05/06 and won National Cup Radivoj Korac 07. Last summer Vukoicic won the gold medal on U20 European Championship in Nova Gorica. Ha got prestigious award 'Adriatic league coach of the year 2006' by Eurobasket.com.

Panthers immediately promoted Slobodan Klipa as a new head coach. Until today Klipa used to work in FMP II.



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ARGENTINA

TNA - ZONE NORTH AND SOUTH -by Bruno Fontana
ZONE SOUTH
Regatas SN 85 - GELP 80 ( S. Ford 21 - N. Ojeda 28)

Lanus 72 - Argentino J. 71 (J. Heywood 20 - F. Marin 17)

San Martin MJ 96 - Echague 86 (Joe Williams 25 - K. Carruthers 24) more information www.soydelnegro.com.ar

Ciclista Juninense 84 - Echague Saladillo 69 (D. Belvedere 18 - P. Thorton 14)


ZONE NORTH
Olimpia Catamarca 79 - San Martin C 90

La Union F. 75 - Ciclista Olimpico 69 (N. Green 17 - G. Boero 18)

Union S. 88 - Alma Jrs. 75 ( F. Giorgis 17- E. Price 18)

14/01 - Asoc. Espanonal vs. Asoc. Italiana (TyC Max TV


Liga A round 12 -by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) of penarol
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79) of quimsa
Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) of libertad
Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) of obras
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) of obras

second team:
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82) of obras
Cristian Romero (198-F-82) of atenas
William McFarlan (201-F-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) of quimsa
Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) of regatas
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of sionista

points:
Julio Mazzaro 31
Cristian Romero 30
Alejandro Zilli 23
Terry Taylor (203-C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Virginia Tech) 20
Pablo Gil (188-G-78) 19

rebounds:
Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) 14
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, college: Wake Forest) 12
William McFarlan 11
Eduardo Calvelli (195-G-82) 9
Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85) 9

assists:
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 12
Sebastian Acosta (188-G-82) 8
Javier Martinez (189-G-78) 6
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) 4
Pedro Franco (187-G-81) 4


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AUSTRIA

Storming fourth quarter lifts Klosterneuburg past Kapfenberg -by Eurobasket News
Klosterneuburg registered a massive 34:8 rally in the fourth frame of their matchup against Kapfenberg to pull away an 86:64 victory. The Bulls were slightly better throughout three quarters and entered the final period with a 4-point lead. But the hosts simply blew off their opponents in the fourth term. A well-balanced Klosterneuburg's offense dominated every facet of the game and stunned the visitors. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) paced the hosts with 16 points and 6 boards. Marquis Wright (203-F/C-80, college: Alabama) had 15 points, while Christoph Nagler (193-G-84) and Melvin Creddle (186-G-82, college: Mount Olive) provided 13 points apiece in a winning effort. Shawn Ray answered with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 15 points and 8 boards in a losing clause. Klosterneuburg improved to 13-7 record and would face Gmunden in the next round.
Meanwhile Furstenfeld retained the second spot in the ladder after they overcame Vienna 105:57 at home. It was a one-way traffic from the start as Furstenfeld took over and just piled up the lead. They were up by 20 points at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Michael Frazer was solid with 24 points and 17 boards for the home side. Cedrick Hensley (196-F/G-83, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) produced 21 points, while Milan Goljovic (203-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) delivered 19 points in a win. Philipp Seel (193-G/F-85) dropped 20 points for the visiting side. Furstenfeld climbed to 15-5 record and takes on Wels on the road in Round 21. Vienna struggles at 2-18 record at the bottom of the table.


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BELGIUM

Uleb Game to be replayed -by Peter Buyse

The Uleb has decided that the game Oostende - Bologna needs to be replayed. According to some video footage the winning shot by Bologna was within the official time.
Oostende however claims to have other footage proving they are right and that the shot took 0.79 seconds instead of the 0.6 which was still on the clock.
According to an official statement from the Oostende management they have asked Uleb in agreement with Bologna to schedule the re-match for this saturday at 20.30.
Still according to the management they want to make their case on the court, but retains the right to an appeal.

If the game goes through Oostende's home game vs the league's nr 2 Liege will be postponed.



Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Adam Hall (196-F/G-80, college: Virginia) was released by Charleroi today.

Hall was the league's second leading scorer the past season for Aalstar but his stats and playing time dropped drastically this year at Charleroi.

Antwerp Diamond Giants have signed Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) to a contract for the next 2 months.
He played till recent for German Bundesliga team Frankfurt.
Argentinian forward Gabriel Mikulas is out for about 8 weeks with a neck injury.


Leuven's new forward J.J. Sullinger (196-G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) only played 1.20 minutes in his debut when he injured his foot.


Liege Basket has released Neil MacDonald (208-C-84, agency: ACMT).



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BELIZE

The University of Belize Shines In Guatemala!!! -by David Magana
This past weekend the University of Belize and La Plebe team from Benque Viejo del Carmen participated in a basketball tournament in Peten, Flores along with the Seleccion Juvenil and Team Peten from Flores. Saturday night the matches began with La Plebe going against seleccion Juvenil. The Belizean team had a hard time beating the Peten team but in the end they were able to come out victorious by 3 points. The game ended 93-90.
In game two, the University of Belize played against Peten and from the beginning the UB squad was much more technically and physically superior to the point of completely shutting Peten in the fourth quarter. Eventhough the home team was completely wiped out, fans were delighted with the quality and display of basketball the young UB team showed. The screen plays, the impressive dunks and the discipline of the team made the home crowd like the Belizeans. The game ended by a score of 105 to 54 in favor of UB. For the Belizeans, Stephen Williams (188-G-83) and Farron Lauriano ended up with 19 points while Jorett Jones with 12.
Last Sunday night, the final match watch was played between the two Belizean teams and things were really heated up in the first half. In the opening of the game the UB team seemed to be lacking concentration as they started missing shots while La Plebe were capitalizing. Early in the first quarter the UB was down by eight but by the end of the first half, UB cut it short and were trailing by 3. La Plebe could not keep up in the third quarter and saw the UB team make a 10 point run to take a lead of nine. Lester Cadle (188-G-80) and Francis Castellanos got into foul trouble and were fouled out in the last minutes of the third quarter. With these two big losses, La Plebe just crumbled down. In the end UB took the Big W as the game ended 57-41. For UB Farron Lauriano ended with 19 points and in a losing effort, Horace Patten (188-F) had 13 points and Lester Cadle 11 points.


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BRAZIL

Brazilians National league -by Cristiano Grama
Five games had been played this Sunday for the fourth round of Brazilians National League. In a battle between two undefeated teams, Flamengo won against Saldanha at home by 15 points(94x79). The top scorer and MVP of the round was Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) with 26 points adding 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Helio Lima (188-G-81) with 18 points and 5 assists and Fernando Coloneze (208-C-78) with a double double made 11 points and 14 rebounds were the top players for Flamengo. For Saldanha, Leandro (-F/C) with 20 and Lucas Costa (205-C/F-80) with 21were the leaders in scoring. Minas won again at home against Lajeado, 102 x 92 with another show of Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72, agency: Interperformances) he finishs the game with 18 points and 13 assists followed by Soro Pinto (190-F-80) with 24 and Jasper Johnson (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) with 21 points. For Lajeado, the top scorer was Audrei Parisotto (194-F-84) again with 23. Uberlandia loses his first at home, 73 x 65 for Joinville, with a inspired Espiga Soares (187-G-72), who maded seven 3 point shots, finished the game with 23. For Uberlandia, Jaz Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) made 14 points and lead his team. Iguacu loses again at home, 94 x 59 for Cetaf. Joao Gabriel was the top scorer with 30 points for Cetaf. Finishing the round, FTC EAD loses at home in his debut, 62 x 60 for Londrina. The best player for Londrina was Ricardo de Azevedo (200-F-83) with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Universo/ Brasilia will start their season at home this tuesday against Londrina, the former head coach of Brazilians National Team Aluisio Xavier Ferreira who replaces Jose Carlos Vidal will try the second straight championship.

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CAMEROON

In the Pro world... -by Yann Tientcheu
Our Professional countrymen continue to show growth in their games all over the world as the 2007-2008 campaign is almost entering
its second and final phase.
FRENCH LEAGUE
In Pro A Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Nancy BC) and his club, Nancy Basketball Club, railed in gameday 14 with an ear-piercing 88-68 win over Cholet. Samnick finished
the game with 15pts, 3rbds and 1 stl as Nancy remaned 2nd to Lyon-Villeurbanne with equal amount of points, 25.
In Pro B, Jacques Wampfler (195-F-83, agency: ANYPEX) and N'kembe Frederick (1m93-G-75) were opposed as their respective teams, Boulazac and Quimper fought a close battle ending
79-76 Boulazac. Wampfler had 8pts and an impressive 10rbds in the game, while N'kembe who has proved himself a consistent scorer displayed
17pts and 3rbds.
Daniel Oyono (196-F-83), a newcomer in the Pro B League, is having encouraging beginnings with Limoges. After scoring 4 pts in his Jan. 5th meeting opposing Limoges to Quimper,
Oyono signed 8pts in 20 mns of action in his 2nd game that opposed him to Brice Vounang (203-F-82, college: San Diego) of Rouen. Vounang reciprocated with 8pts in 18mns of playing time, but
Oyono was the winner of the battle with Limoges by a close 69-68.
Loic Akono (180-G-87) had 7pts in 9mns of action in a close win of Brest (79-76) over Saint-Quentin.

BELGIUM LEAGUE
Stephane Pelle (204-C/F-80, college: Colorado) who remains a major actor of the Belgium league (2nd in player rating) led Belgacom Liege Basketball Club to a 80-73 win over Spirou Basketball Club. Pelle had
13pts, 6rbds and 1stl in the game. He is currently the 6th best scorer (16.43/g), 3rd best rebounder (8.37 rbds/g) and 1st in rebounds record in a game with 19 realizations.

SWISS LEAGUE
In the National League A, Daniel Nyom (196-F-80, college: NW Nazarene) is still the 2nd best scorer (13.7pts/g) and the 2nd best rebounder (8.3rbds/g) of Vevey Riviera basketball club. He had 15pts and 9rbds
in the Jan. 5th meeting opposing Vevey to Birstal Starwing. Nyom's teammate and countryman, Eric Edougue (196-F-79, college: Saginaw Valley) registered a double-double during that same game: 19pts and 10rbds.
Edougue is currently averaging 8.5pts and 7.5rbds/g. Vevey's roster counts a third Camerounian player named Claude Atemengue (181-G-89).
In the National; League B Nielsen Flemming is averaging 14.2pts (2nd best scorer) and 4.7rbds per game for Chene BC ranked 2nd in the overall standings.

GERMAN LEAGUE
Eyango Ekambi (197-F-82) had 7pts and 5rbds in a 82-58 loss of his TV Langen to Cuxhaven Bascats.


NCAA News...Tchekane Bofia carries Maine University... -by Yann Tientcheu

Philippe Tchekane Bofia (6-6, 230 Guard) showed the way to victory on Jan. 12th, scoring 21 pts for Maine Uniuversity. The cameroonian player who acknowledges Yaounde as his hometown
also added 3 rebds and 3 asts to go with his game high offensive performance in the 77-74 win of Maine University over the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.
Akini Akini (6-10, 231 Forward) proved his outmost importance for Florida A&M's men's basketball program on Jan. as they faced a tough opposition from the Howard University Bisons. Akini
who spent most of the first half on the bench due to early foul troubles within the first 3 mns of the meeting (2 fouls), came back in the 2nd half determined to carry the FAMU Rattkers
to victory in spite of a deficit of 10 pts at the end of the first period. He sure did so by scoring 12 pts and adding 2 rbds and 1 stl. The senior was 4 for 5 from the floor and 4 for 6
from the free-throw line. Florida won the game by the final score of 57 to 52.
Erick Nsangou (183-G-87), Esdsola Ericlk (6-8, 210 Forward)
(for Florida International) and Boris Siakam (201-F) (for Western kentucky) were opposed on Jan. 12th as the Flotida University Golden panthers paid a visit
to the Western kentucky University Hilltoppers. Boris Siakam came out victorious of this Cameroonian confrontation with the Hilltoppers, scroing 7 pts and grabbing 6 rbds in 12 mns
of playing time to contribute to a final 76-60 scoreboard result. Nsangou, finished the game with 6 pts, 2 rbds and 2 asts in 14mns of action.



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CROATIA

Young players in Croatia. Part 3: Kvarner Rijeka -by Dani Erceg
-KVARNER RIJEKA

Fran Pilepic (192-G-89)
Stats: 13.9ppg, 1.7rpg

Very talented SG. Already plays like experienced player. Has very good outside shot, solid physical abilities and reads the game well. Had much playing time in A2 League last season and that helped him a lot. He is already very important player in Kvarner.


Slavonski Brod is caught up by Sibenka -by Eurobasket News
Croatian A league sees now two teams on top with 8-2 record. Slavonski Brod was caught up by Sibenka after a loss to Borik 66:77. Sibenik showed no mercy last night against Alkar and took 113:75 voctory. Luka Drezga (194-G-87) drained almost anything he attempted. He finished the game with 38 points and three steals. Zoran Vrkic followed him with 28 points.

In Adriatic league Vojvodina 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.
Zagreb CO had a road win over FMP 72:75. 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 with 19 points was the top scorer for the winners.
Zadar registered its 11th consecutive win by downing Siroki 76:62 at home behind 27 points from Shammel Stallworth. Split CO edged Helios Domzale 85:91 behind as Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) nailed 34 points.


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CZECH REP.

Nymburk increased to 20-1 record -by Eurobasket News
Nymburk looks very tough this season and reached already 20-1 record. Its last victim was USK Praha that was thrashed 98:63. Blake Schlib led the winners with 25 points. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) netted 18, while Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) scored 17. There was no time the spectator could think of another result but for win. The hosts controlled the first half finishing it with 53:36 margin. Another 30:10 allowed Nymburk to seal the outcome. Roderick Platt (205-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) top-scored for Praha with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Two teams that follow the favorite won their games as well. Novy Jicin overcame Kolin 94:77 as Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: Court Side) top-scored with 18 points. Prostejov defeated Sadska 87:64 behind 15 points from Aleksandar Bojic. Both winners improved to 17-4 record.
Kondori Liberec thrashed Usti nad Labem 120:64 making them look miserable with 3-18 record. Synthesia Pardubice defeated Brno 68:56 to take 12-9 record. NH Ostrava had a road win over BK Decin 81:85 to improve at 11-10.
The next games will be played on January 19th. CEZ Nymburk will go to BC Kolin that is 5-16 in the league.


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EGYPT

GEZIRA participates in the 19th edition of Dubai International tournament -by Sherif Soliman
The 19th edition of Dubai International tournament was made last night, Gezira will be in group(A ) which seems much easier than group(B).Gezira will leave to Dubai on Thursday with a great chance to reach the semifinal. Kaled el kady will not leave with the team for exams while Ahmed zien is still in rehabilitation. JASON Keep the big centre 208 will play with Gezira in the tournament.

- 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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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Kouvot 600 games on Top level -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 24-25: So many injuries this season on Top level in Finland. Almost every Team has suffered and players have been or are
on inured list for several reasons. Right now Kataja (Joensuu) is having three starters on injured list. That hurts for sure and visitor YMCA Lahti
won tonight in Joensuu by 22 pts (73-95). Kouvot was playing without American PG Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson), but beat anyway Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 83-67. The game was # 600 for Kouvot on Top level. Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) led Kouvot with 23 pts and 14 rbs. Roope Suonio (176-G-82) added 17 pts. Pyrinto (Tampere) defeated Team Componenta (Karkkila) 90-78. Kauhajoki had a 16-point-lead over Tarmo (Porvoo), but visitor Tarmo won the fourth quarter 14-33 and the game 81-91. James Wright (187-G-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Colorado) scored game high 25 pts. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) had again a double-double 21/13. Honka (Espoo) is almost healthy now. Finally. Even Tim Kisner (188-G-78, college: Cent.Michigan) played tonight after
two month's break as Honka won over KTP (Kotka) 94-87.

Kataja - YMCA Lahti 73-95 (43-54) (Louis Hinnant 21, Andre Foreman 18 - Ed Williams 20, Pierre Jallow 20).

Kauhajoki - Tarmo 81-91 (44-33) (Darryl Hudson 22, Mario Porter 21 - James Wright 25, Mark McCarroll 21/13).

Honka - KTP 94-87 (36-37) (Jukka Matinen 22, Petteri Koponen 21 - Toni Ilmonen 25, Jermaine Spivey 16).

Pyrinto - Team Componenta 90-78 (48-39) (Damon Williams 23, Damion Dantzler 18/11 - Chris Hester 25, Nick Wallery 19/11).

Kouvot - Korihait 83-67 (45-37) (Corey Smith 23/14, Roope Suonio 17 - Kyle Shiloh 19/11, Darius Glover 12).




KORISLIIGA: Three thrillers tonight! -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 24-26: Four games tonight and three thrillers out of them, one OT game and one double OT game! Kataja (Joensuu) caused Kauhajoki
the seventh loss in a row by winning 92-75. Honka (Espoo) has it always difficult at Karkkila. Also tonight. It was a one-point-game (58-59) and 1:13
minutes to go. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) scored two pts (58-61), when 0:48 minutes left and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) finally saved Honka by making a trey 12 seconds before the buzzer. Jukka Matinen DNP (fever). 75-year-old ToPo (Helsinki) needed an OT to win over Kouvot (Kouvola) first time this season in Helsinki.
Kouvot had a seven-point-lead (57-64), when there was five minutes time left. ToPo outscored Kouvot 7-0 during those minutes and OT was needed. Josh Gonner's (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) lay-up (14 seconds to go) were the last pts during the regular 40 minutes. OT was exciting as well. The winning basket was made by Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.). ToPo has now won 20 games in a row. The new record is only two games short. Basketball is sometimes strange. Honka won by scoring 65 pts and ToPo by scoring 70 pts after OT. But you may not be a winner even you or your Team is scoring 120 pts. KTP (Kotka) made 120 pts, but lost vs YMCA Lahti at home after two OTs 120-122! That game must have been exciting! The lead was changing 10 times during the OTs and six times the Teams were tied! The winning basket was made by Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) only four seconds before the buzzer. YMCA Lahti had seven players in double figures. Team made 15 treys in the game (15/31 = 48,4%). The victory # 500 for YMCA Lahti on Top level!

KTP - YMCA Lahti 2OT 120-122 (108)(94)(48-51) (Steve Smith 26, Manny Dies 20/13 - Davont Jackson 27, Pierre Jallow 17/15).

ToPo - Kouvot OT 70-69 (64)(35-32) (Josh Gonner 19, Timo Heinonen 16 - Corey Smith 26/16, Tuomas Iisalo 18).

Team Componenta - Honka 58-65 (33-32) (Nick Wallery 15/13, Chris Hester 14/11 - Kimmo Muurinen 18, Monte Cummings 17).

Kataja - Kauhajoki 92-75 (42-38) (Andre Foreman 26, Anssi Kinnaslampi 17 - Mario Porter 25, Darryl Hudson 18).



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto winning on the road -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Only one (TV-)game tonight. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) winning five home games in a row had to admit, that Pyrinto (Tampere) was bigger, better and smarter.
Pyrinto won by 17 pts 71-88, which was Team's victory # 3 this season on the road. There was a huge difference between Teams' foreigner (American)
players. Korihait three American players Kyle Shiloh (190-G-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Nevada) - Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) - Darius Glover (196-G/F) combined 28 pts and 15 rbs in 87 minutes. Pyrinto had Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) alone, who had bigger figures than that: 29 pts and 16 rbs in 40 minutes. Damion Dantzler (202-F-76, college: Louisville) and M.C. Mazique (206-F/C-75, college: Alabama) combined still 40 pts and 17 rbs. Pyrinto's three American players played 107 minutes. Oh, yes...ex-NBA-player Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) DNP. He is still on injured list (ankle).

Korihait - Pyrinto 71-88 (40-40) (Jussi Kumpulainen 20/12, Kyle Shiloh 13/7 - Damon Williams 29/16, Damion Dantzler 25/8, M.C.Mazique 15/9).



Lapua beat TUNMKY after OT & Other results -by Jari Vikman
Lapuan Korikobrat took their second back to back win by outscoring TUNMKY 90-98. Lapua was clearly ahead three quarters but TUNMKY's 20-0 run in fourth quarter made the game even. Sakari Salminen (200-F-87) obviously had a green light and why shouldn't: 29/11 with great percentages promises good for rest of the season. 'His Clutchness' Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Illinois St.) showed some rebounding skills when game was in OT by taking critical rebounds and scoring important points. He was 25/17 against TUNMKY defense. Also young Kyle Carhart 23/10 and Tyrwone Still 21/9 satisfied the EB authors.

Rivalry between ─anekosken Huima and BC Jyvaskyla was tight although Huima got two points, result 99-85. It seemed like Huima coach Markku Ranta have succeeded to bring some sense and imagination in offense after few poor games. Several Huima players did well, Parnell Smith 24/10 and Kenny Jones 19/7 to mention few. Former Huima player Antti Kanervo (191-G/F-89) collected 29 points (21 behind the arc) and grabbed a rebound.

Strengthened Honka Akatemia crushed HNMKY 55-104. Akatemia used their whole arsenal and every player scored. It's needless to pick up single player's performance, this one was team victory. HNMKY struggled in everything, only Eetu Nieminen put scored over ten points (12/3). With recent signings Ije Nwankwo and Larry Hall (188-G, college: W.Oregon) from Nokia, Akatemia will rise like rocket from last place.

Other results:

Visa Basket - FoKoPo 57-110
Antti Raami (197-F-81) 34/10, Juuso Lehtimaki 10/11 - Chris Smith (201-F/C-82, college: St.Edward's) 27/12/5blk, Aubrey Conerly 24/2/5as


RU/Topo - Pantterit: 95-72
Antti Niskanen 16/6 - Charlie Frierson 19/8


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FRANCE

Pro A Day 14: It was hot for ASVEL ! -by Maxime Lory

Versus the bottom of the class, Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne, Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne won in overtime 87-85. Le Mans Sarthe Basket which was beat by Paris-Levallois last week, defeated JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket 78-49. In the other games, Sluc Nancy Basket Pro won vs Cholet Basket and Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez lost vs Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket.

It wasn't an easy game for the green team Saturday at ' Maison Des Sports '. After the first quarter, the locals lead the game by 13 (19-6) behind the big Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.). In the last minute Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne forced the overtime and finally won 87 to 85.

Without their playmaker, Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron), the men of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket couldn't do anything against a team of Le Mans Sarthe Basket which wanted to win after 6 straight defeats. From the start of the game, the Euroleague's team took the lead and easily won versus a poor team of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket where only two men scored 10pts.

One week after the defeat versus Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, Sluc Nancy Basket Pro won at home in Jean Weille 88-68 behind 20 pts of Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers). Strasbourg which is in a good period after a difficult start of the championship, defeated STB Le Havre. In spite of that, they stayed in the race for the ' Semaine des AS '.

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone which is in a difficult period, won 85 to 69 versus another team in 'panic', BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral. In this game, John Ford (207-C/F-78, college: Colorado St.) scored 21pts, grabbed 14rbs and blocked 2 shoots.

Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez is still at the bottom of the standings after a fresh defeat versus the surprising team of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. Sean Colson (182-G-75, college: Charlotte) scored 23pts and dished out 5asts. The champion, Chorale de Roanne Basket won at the Center of Paris Bercy ( 15,000 seats ) versus the Paris-Levallois of Ron Stewart .

At last, Entente Orleans 45 beat JDA Dijon Bourgogne 88 to 83.

Top Scorer : Sean Colson : 23pts
Top Rebounder: Demba M'Bengue (203-F-75):: & John Ford : 14rbs
Top Assits : Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida): 10asts



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GEORGIA

BU's Team defeated Kalev -by Levan Mikeladze

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.

Georgian Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 17 while 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.



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GERMANY

Griffin in Hagen for tryout -by Moritz Korff
Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) beginns a ten-day tryout with Phoenix Hagen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) today. The 24-year-old from Sammamish, Washington spent his entire collegiate career at Pepperdine University (NCAA1). As a senior (2006-2007) he led the Waves in points per game (15.7) and also averaged 4.4 rpg, 2 apg and 1.7 spg.

Ubaka leaves the Skyliners -by Moritz Korff
Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) is no longer a member of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (1. Bundesliga). In November the 22-year-old Guard had signed a contract until the end of January, which the Skyliners officials decided not to extend after the recovery of team captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). According to reports on the Skyliners' web site Ubaka will probably move to Belgium and join the Antwerp Diamond Giants.

Jermaine Robinson to Bernau -by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) has added Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) to the roster for the remainder of this current season. The 26-year-old Combo-Guard is a product of Cleveland State University (NCAA1) and averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.5 spg in 2003-2004, his senior-season. Since leaving college Robinson - a native of Philadelphia, Pa. - suited up for teams in Norway, Israel and Germany. After joining SV Hagen-Haspe in February 07 he played 5 games in the Regionalliga West and scored 17.2 points per contest.

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HOLLAND

Rotterdam Challengers Win Overtime Thriller In Groningen -by Sanders Jackson


Sunday night in the Martiniplaza, the fiesty Rotterdam Challengers team stood up to the challenge vs. Hanzevast Capitals, overcoming a 50-38 halftime deficit to dominate the 2nd half, forcing overtime and a big steal and game winning layup by surging
Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) and a last second block by Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) to give Rotterdam a 94-92 upset win. Syes led all scorers with 24 pts. with also 7 steals, with Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) continuing his strong recent play with 21 pts. Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Siena) led Hanzevast with 22 pts. Both teams did not take care of the ball (both 29 turnovers each), but Rotterdam outscored Hanzevast by a big margin from the field (28-18 difference), scored 41 total points off Donar's turnovers, plus had a 20-10 bench difference. Hanzevast had three key players that were missing in overtime (five fouls by Grunheid and Englicky, a flagrant foul and ejection by Jansen), which did not help their cause.


With the win, Rotterdam are now 10-8, while Hanzevast falls to 11-8 and second straight loss.



Landstede Basketball Pull Out Again Close Win In Leiden -by Sanders Jackson


Heading into the Landstede-ZZ Leiden matchup, the Landstede team were mired in a seven-game losing streak, hungry and thirsty for a win, and was no better place to do that at than in Leiden, where they this season on November 11th won in a close matchup by the score of 70-68. On Saturday night, Landstede would quench their hunger and thirst, snapping their losing streak with an 84-79 win over ZZ. The scrappy and smaller Landstede team outworked the taller ZZ team on the boards, winning the battle at a 50-36 clip, holding ZZ to only 6 offensive boards. Lsndstede leading scorer
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) had a double-double with 23 pts. and 11 rebounds to lead Landstede. J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) led ZZ with 22 pts. Landstede moves to 6-14 and ZZ falls to 8-12 with their 2nd loss in a row.


Den Helder Seals Win 3OT Thriller Over Matrixx Magixx -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in Den Helder, the young Den Helder Seals team fought tooth and nail vs. a formidable Matrixx Magixx team for three overtimes, with scores of 92-92 at the end of regulation, 99-99, and 112-112, before Den Helder had the last word, winning in the third overtime by the score of 125-124.
J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) led Den Helder with 31 pts.(6 three-pointers), Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) added 27 pts. (11-15 FG) and pulled down 14 boards. PG Dane Bradshaw (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) had a double-double with 22 pts. and 10 assists, and Robert Kulawick (191-G-86) added 21 pts. (4 three-pointers). Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) led Matrixx with 26 pts. and 19 rebounds to lead seven Matrixx players in double figures. Den Helder made 19 three-pointers and shot 58.7% FG. The Den Helder Seals are now 3-16 and snapped a six-game losing streak.


Aris Friesland Surprises Upstairs Weert -by Sanders Jackson

In Leeuwarden on Saturday night, the team of Tony Vandenbosch took care of business vs. recently inconsistent Upstairs Weert, taking control of the game tempo from the 2nd quarter on, winning convincingly by the score of 91-74. Aris outscored Upstairs by a +20 difference in the last three quarters, with veteran and recent new addition
Mike Nahar (211-C-71, agency: Court Side, college: Wright St.) being the difference maker for Aris. Nahar had a perfect shooting night for Aris, making all eight of his shot attempts and both free throws for 20 total points. FEB top scorer Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) scored a game-high 30 pts., with five Aris players in double figures, not having much resistance to the basket, with total shooting numbers of 64.1% FG and 9 of 19 from the three-point line. Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led Upstairs with 23 pts. Aris snapped afour-game losing streak and are now 4-16.


MyGuide Amsterdam Manhandle Eiffel Towers -by Sanders Jackson

Heading into the Sunday evening marquee matchup between defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers and current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam, the defending Dutch champions are in an adjustment period after the recent dismissals of Jayson Wells and Greg Stevenson, trying to find themselves. MyGuide forced them to look a little further, taking control of the game in the last minutes, winning on Eiffel's floor in a 97-95 thriller and their second win this season over Eiffel. There were 12 lead changes and 9 ties throughout the game, but a difference maker was the ability of MyGuide in getting to the free throw line with abundance (30 of 38 FT's, including 20 of 24 FT's the 2nd half), as well as their ability to hold on to the lead despite shooting only 33.3% FG the 2nd half.
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) and Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) led MyGuide with 18 pts. each., Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) added 17 pts. and 5 assists, and Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 16, including 3 three-pointers.Eiffel forward Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) continues on his recent tear, scoring a game and season-high 32 pts., with Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) adding 21. With the win, MyGuide wins its fifth straight and 10 of last 11 to improve to 17-3, while Eiffel suffers its third striaght loss and are 3 1/2 games behind MyGuide in the FEB standings.


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HUNGARY

ASE: Gray cut, Johnson on tryout -by Tamas Deri
The management of ASE decided to break the contract with american guard Johnny Gray (186-G-83, college: Pacific) and invited 33-years old guard, Kendrick Johnson (185-G-75, college: Point Loma) on a tryout for a week. Johnson is a very experienced player who played already in Turkey, Greece, Germany, Belgium, and this season in Bosnia.

Round 14: two more games -by Tamas Deri

BODROGI BAU-VASARHELYI KOSARSULI - POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KÍRMEND 92-82
(23-20, 17-17, 22-14, 30-31)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 600, Referees: Hartyani, Gorka, Csősz
VASARHELY: Drahos 6, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 36/6, Kovats 8, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 21/3, Levente Gemes (208-C-73, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/3,: Kukla 2, Boszormenyi 3, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
KÍRMEND: Fodor M. 15/6, Ferencz 7/3, Trummer 12/6, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 12, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: Coates Sports Management, college: Binghamton) 19/3, Thomas 6, Fodor G. 4, Kocsis 2, Graczer 2, Toth 3/3, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub


MAFC - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 67-69

(16-10, 14-14, 21-23, 16-22)
Budapest, Att.: 1000, Referees: Forrai, Adam, Gyorffy
MAFC: Young 4, Wehner 8/6, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 32/6, Vavra 7/6, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 12/3, Fulop 2, Kolarics 2, Takacs, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
OLAJ: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 20/3, Molnar 6, Hollins 9/3, Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) 11/9, Gobi 8, Harazin 5, Cziczas 10/3, Coach: Por Peter



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IBL

Explosion expect continued success in 2008 -by Trask Frost
Monroe, WAŚThe Snohomish County Explosion have a new name and a new home for their second season in the International Basketball League, but many things will be the same when the Explosion take the floor in 2008. Returning to the lineup is the high-scoring trio of Rashaad Powell (6'6''-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Idaho), Jamaal Miller (6'1''-G-82, agency: Court Side) and Justin Murray (6'6''-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.).

Powell, the 2006 IBL All-Star Game MVP, led the Explosion and finished sixth in the IBL in scoring in 2007 with an average of 28.5 points per game. A dynamic presence in every facet of the game, Powell also finished second on the team in rebounds (7.5 per game) and assists (4.0 per game).

Miller (19.6 points per game) is a versatile scorerŚequally adept as a spot up shooter or getting to the rim off the dribble. At 6'1', Miller is a solid rebounder (4.0 rebounds per game) for his size.

The 6'6' Murray also plays bigger than his size. The former Washington State Cougar led the Explosion in rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game) while scoring 14.8 points per contest. Murray was the leading scorer in the 2007 IBL All-Star Game with a 41 point outburst.

Also returning to the Explosion in 2008 is head coach Randy Redwine. Redwine guided the IBL's West Division champs to a 17-5 record a season ago, and expects to build on that success this coming season. 'It's great to have key guys like Rashaad, Justin and Jamaal back,' said Redwine. 'The fact that they are familiar with our system, and have already had a season to play together is a boost for us.'

The Explosion frontline will be bolstered by the return of big men Mike Jones (6'10') and David White (6'11'). Jones was a steady contributor for the Explosion last season (2.9 points per game) while White saw limited action.

The Explosion kick off their 2008 season at the Monroe Sports Arena on March 8 against the Bellingham Slam. For more information, visit www.explosionbasketball.net or visit www.iblhoopsonline.com.


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IRAN

Underachieving Petrochimi sack coach Hatami -by Houman Bagheri

Petrochimi, the runner-up of last season's Iranian Super League fired coach Mehran Hatami, after achieving poor results since the beginning of the season.

The crisis-hit Petrochimi were initially considered among the teams likely to contend for the championship this season but got off to a miserable start and struggled to a 12-10 record, putting them 7th in the rankings, in a week before the play-offs.

The latest loss came last week, a crushing 95-84 defeat by Gol-Gohar, the 10th ranked team on the table.

Petrochimi has named their technical manager, Mohammad Kasaeipour to replace Hatami. However, Kasaeipour said today he would be the coach temporarily until a new coach is named by the club shortly. In the first game with their new coach, Petrochimi achieved a stunning result on Monday after they defeated the Asian Champions, Saba Battery 77-76.

Play-off games are scheduled to start on January 24th, 2008.



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IRELAND

National Cup Semifinals -by Eurobasket News
The Tigers and Killester made it through to the National Cup Finals. They secured their respective victories in the National Basketball Arena yesterday to claim the Final spots. The Tigers overcame UCD Marian, while Dart Killester bumped Shamrock Rovers to advance. UCD/Marian are rare guests to this stage of the competition as they made it to the semis for the first time in over 20 years. The Tigers meanwhile defend their last season's National Cup title. The first quarter proved to be a close battle with UCD Marian finally claiming a 16:15 lead after 10 minutes. Carl Hadley (193-F, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 9 points for the Tigers early in the second quarter and the defending Cup holders gained the speed. But UCD/Marian were ready to stand up for the challenge. Heath Sitton (186-G-85, agency: IceBasket) capped the first half with a three-pointer to give UCD/Marian a 40:32 advantage. Michael Quirke (198-C-80) and Carl Hadley opened the third frame firing from all guns as their trebles dragged the Tigers back into contest. Carl Hadley later knocked down two more treys to give the Tigers a 54:47 lead. Soon Michael Quirke stepped up for the Tigers as he dominated under the rims and ensured a 71:60 lead for them late in regulation. Carl Hadley was benched because of an injury at the crunch time but it never affected the final outcome as veteran John Teehan sealed the win for the Tigers. Carl Hadley drained 30 points to lead the winners. Chris Jordan (193-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) added 18 points, while Michael Quirke had 13 points for the Tigers. David Ryan (201-F-84, college: Siena) dropped 25 points for UCD/Marian.
Meanwhile Killester outplayed Shamrock Rovers in another semifinal clash. The Rovers opened the game on an 11:4 run but Killester recovered and grabbed a 21:18 advantage after 10 minutes. Paddy Kelly and John Behan (193-G-85) bombarded from downtown in the second quarter and allowed Killester to extend the gap to 15 points at halftime. Killester did not slow down after the intermission as John Behan and Michael Goj (198-G/F-81) deepened the gap to 24 points to bury any hopes for Shamrock Rovers. Arnaud Dahi (202-F-83, agency: IceBasket, college: ODU) scored 27 points to pace Killester. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) poured in 24 points for the winners. Jonathan Reed (183-G-81, college: Clayton St.) answered with 27 points for Shamrock Rovers.


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ITALY

Lega2-15th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
19 scored by Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) for Montecatini, but 21 scored by Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) gave success to Imola at Montecatini. 5 players in double figure led Reggio Emilia to success against Livorno (Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) at 18 pts). 31 pts by David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Jesi got the ticket for the Final Four defeating Caserta (Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB) 24 pts and Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81, college: Missouri) at 22 pts). Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) and Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) tied at 28 scored but Ferrara won at home against Casale. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) scored 26 and Fabriano won on the road at Novara (Adams at 23). Surprising success by Pistoia at Sassari (Brent Darby (185-G-81, college: Ohio St.) 28 pts) thanks to 21 by Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73, college: Montana St.) scored 20 and led back to the top of the standings Soresina defeating Veroli (Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's) at 18). Ariel Filloy (190-G-87, agency: Interperformances) missed the last shot and Pavia (BJ McKie (188-G-77, college: S.Carolina) 22 scored) won on Rimini (Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 24). So Soresina-Jesi and Ferrara-Sassari will be the two semifinals for the Final Four that will be played March 1st.
Agr.Glo.Mont.-Aget Imola 71-73
Trenkwalder RE-TDShop.it LI 86-64
Fileni Jesi-Pepsi Caserta 98-77
Carife FE-Fastweb Casale 85-82
Ignis Novara-Indesit Fab 87-92
BancoSardegna-Carmatic PT 79-80
Prima Veroli-Vanoli Soresina 72-77
Edimes PV-Coopsette RN 78-76
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JAMAICA

Grant and FSC trounces Barry -by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (1-14-2008) - Andrei Grant and his Florida Southern College teammates came to Miami Shores on Saturday afternoon and whipped Barry University 79-49 in a Sunshine State Conference encounter despite a 19-point performance by guard Karega Tucker who is also of Jamaican decent. FSC buried a school record 16 three-pointers and held Barry to just 14 second half points. The victory gave FSC a 3-1 conference record and 12-4 overall.

Samuels sizzles in St. Benedict's victory -by Leonard Whyte
New York, NY (1-14-2008) - Samardo Samuels sat out the entire first quarter then entered the game with 7:43 left in the second quarter and delivered 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead St. Benedict's Prep to a 55-52 triumph over a tough Rice High School team in the NIKE Super Six Invitational tournament at Madison Square Gardens last night. Tied 49-49, Samuels hit a basket with 29.4 seconds left and was fouled. He converted the free throw to give St. Benedict's, USA Today's top-ranked high school basketball team, a 52-49 lead that they would not relinquish. Samuels was rewarded with the most valuable player (MVP) award and as a gesture of good sportsmanship, shared the award with teammate Tamir Jackson. The victory enabled St. Benedict's to bounce back from their shock defeat to unranked Academy of New Church last week and improved their record to 14-1. New Jersey teams won the rivalry over New York, taking the two of the three marquee games.

Tulsa falls in triple overtime -by Leonard Whyte
Orlando, FL (1-14-2008) - Center Jerome Jordan scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds but his efforts went for naught as Tulsa fell 97-91 to the University of Central Florida in the team's first triple OT game in school history on Saturday night. Tulsa fells to 8-5 on the season and is 0-1 in Conference USA play.

Notre Dame victorious in AMC opener -by Leonard Whyte
Notre Dame, OH (1-14-2008) - Karim McFarlane joined four players in double figures as Notre Dame College won their American Mideast Conference (AMC) North Division opener on Saturday night with a 82-74 victory over Point Park College on the road.

SIC earns big win over Kaskaskia -by Leonard Whyte
Harrisburg, IL (1-14-2008) - Sophomore Andree Wilson led Southeastern Illinois College with 16 points as they scored a 77-72 victory over previously unbeaten Kaskaskia College at home Saturday night. SIC improved to 15-2 and 3-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC).

Cedarville bounces back with win over ODU -by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (1-14-2008) - NAIA Division II No. 16 Cedarville University overcame an early deficit to defeat Ohio Dominican University 82-70 in an American Mideast Conference (AMC) South Division contest last night. Ricardo Alliman was the best of the Jamaican trio, finishing with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Cedarville is now 1-1 in conference play after losing their opener 83-54 to No. 7 Mount Vernon Nazarene last week.

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JORDAN

A win for Zain in Cyprus -by Mohammed Malas
The 2nd game for Zain in the cyprot camp ended with a deserved win 85-76 over AEK Larancas today.

Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) starred in smart assists, Nate Johnson in scoring and Moussa Basheer in good performance under the baskets while the american import of AEK Isaac Burton did well and made some good plays.

The jordanian team will play their last game tomorrow against Apollon before going back to Amman to leave to Dubai on Thursday for Dubai International Tournament (18-26 Jan).


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KOSOVO

Cadet's League Spring Season schedule - Group A -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VIII- 01/02.03.2008.

'KALAJA' - 'TUSHI&GRUDA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'YLLI'

Rests: 'PEJA AG'

WEEK IX 08/09.03.2008.

'PEJA AG' - 'KALAJA'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'TUSHI&GRUDA'

Rests: 'YLLI'

WEEK X 15/16.03.2008.

'KALAJA' - 'BASHKIMI'

'TUSHI&GRUDA' - 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

'YLLI' - 'PEJA AG'

Rests: 'RC COLA DRITA'

WEEK XI 22/23.03.2008.

'YLLI' - 'KALAJA'

'PEJA AG' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'BASHKIMI'

Rests: 'TUSHI&GRUDA'

WEEK XII 29/30.03.2008.

'KALAJA' - 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

'TUSHI&DRUDA' - 'PEJA AG'

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'YLLI'

Rests: 'BASHKIMI'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008.

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'KALAJA'

'YLLI' - 'TUSHI&GRUDA'

'PEJA AG' - 'BASHKIMI'

Rests: 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

WEEK XIV- 12/13.04.2008.

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'PEJA AG'

'BASHKIMI' - 'YLLI'

'TUSHI&GRUDA' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

Rests: 'KALAJA'

PLEY OFF:

Quarterfinals: 19/20.04

Semifinals: 23/24,26/27 and April 30/ May 1st 2008

Finales: 3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008)

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Junior's League Spring Season Schedule - Group A -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VI 15/16.03.2008.

'BASHKIMI' -'YLLI'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'ISTOGU'

'E K I' - 'PEJA'

WEEK VII 22/23.03.2008.

'E K I' - 'KASTRIOTI'

'PEJA - 'YLLI'

'BASHKIMI' - 'ISTOGU'

WEEK VIII 29/30.03.2008.

'ISTOGU' - 'PEJA'

'YLLI' - 'E K I'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'BASHKIMI'

WEEK IX 5/6.04.2008

'E K I' - 'ISTOGU'

'PEJA' - 'BASHKIMI'

'YLLI' - 'KASTRIOTI'

WEEK X 12/13.04.2008

'KASTRIOTI' - 'PEJA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'E K I'

'ISTOGU' - 'YLLI'

PLAY OFF:

Quarterfinals: 19/20.04.2008

Semifinals: 23/24,26/27 and April 30 /May 1st 2008

Finalet:3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008).


Source: www.basketbolli.com


Pioneer's League "Stobi Flips" spring season schedule - Group B -by Edona Shabani
PIONEER'S LEAGUE 'STOBI FLIPS' SPRING SEASON SCHEDULE - GROUP B

WEEK VIII 01/02.03.2008.

'VERTIKALI' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'EUROBASKET' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

'TREPCA' - 'MEGABASKET'

Rests: 'BONUSI'

WEEK IX- 08/09.03.2008.

'TREPCA' - 'VERTIKALI'

'MEGABASKET' - 'BONUSI'

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

Rests: 'EUROBASKET'

WEEK X 15/16.03.2008.

'VERTIKALI' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

'EUROBASKET' - 'MEGABASKET'

'BONUSI' - 'TREPCA'

Rests: 'PRISHTOMA PROBASKET'

WEEK XI 22/23.03.2008.

'BONUSI' - 'VERTIKALI'

'TREPCA' - 'EUROBASKET'

'MEGABASKET' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

Rests: 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

WEEK XII 29/30.03.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'MEGABASKET'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'TREPCA'

'EUROBASKET' - 'BONUSI'

Rests: 'VERTIKALI'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008.

'EUROBASKET' - 'VERTIKALI'

'BONUSI' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'TREPCA' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

Rests: 'MEGABASKET'

WEEK XIV 12/13.04.2008.

'VERTIKALI' - 'MEGABASKET'

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'BONUSI'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'EUROBASKET'

Rests: 'TREPCA'

PLEY OFF:

Quarterfinals : 19/20.04.2008

Semifinals: 23/24,26/27 and 30 April/1 May 2008

Finals: 3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008).


Source: www.basketbolli.com


Pioneer's League "Stobi Flips" spring season schedule - Group A -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VIII 01/02.03.2008.

'NBA 23' - 'YLLI'

'BASHKIMI' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'KALAJA

'PEJA AG' - 'SHB 12'

WEEK IX- 08/09.03.2008.

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'NBA 23'

'YLLI' - 'PEJA AG'

'KALAJA' - 'SHB 12'

WEEK X 15/16. 03.2008.

'PEJA AG' - 'BASHKIMI'

'NBA 23' - 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'KALAJA'

'SHB 12' - 'YLLI'

WEEK XI 22/23.03. 2008.

'KALAJA' - 'NBA 23'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'PEJA AG'

'BASHKIMI' - 'YLLI'

'SHB 12' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

WEEK XII 29/30.03.2008.

'YLLI' - 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

'PEJA AG' - 'KALAJA'

'NBA 23' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'SHB 12' - 'BASHKIMI'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008.

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'PEJA AG'

'KALAJA' - 'YLLI'

'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'BASHKIMI'

'NBA 23' - 'SHB 12'

WEEK XIV 12/13.04.2008.

'BASHKIMI' - 'KALAJA

'YLLI' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'PEJA AG' - 'NBA 23'

'SHB 12' - 'ABS V╦LLAZNIMI'

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Cadet's League Spring Season schedule - Group B -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VIII 01/02.03.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'MITROVICA'

'EUROBASKET' - 'BONUSI'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'VERTIKALI'

'TREPCA' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

WEEK IX- 08/09.03. 2008.

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'VUSTRIA BASKET'

'VERTIKALI' - 'TREPCA'

'BONUSI' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'MITROVICA' - 'EUROBASKET'

WEEK X 15/16.03.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'VERTIKALI'

'BONUSI' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'MITROVICA' - 'TREPCA'

'EUROBASKET' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

WEEK XI 22/23.03.2008.

'PRISHTINA PROPBASKET' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

'TREPCA' - 'EUROBASKET'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'MITROVICA'

'VERTIKALI' - 'BONUSI'

WEEK XII 29/30.03. 2008.

'BONUSI' - 'VUSTRIA BASKET'

'MITROVICA' - 'VERTIKALI'

'EUROBASKET' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'TREPCA'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'EUROBASKET'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'MITROVICA'

'TREPCA' - 'BONUSI2

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'VERTIKALI'

WEEK XIV 12/13.04.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'TREPCA'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'VERTIKALI' - 'EUROBASKET'

'BONUSI' - 'MITROVICA'

PLAY OFF:

Quarterfinals 19/20.04

Semifinals: 23/24,26/27 and April 30 /May 1st 2008

Finals :3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008)

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Young Categories Play - off -by Edona Shabani
QUARTERFINALS 19/20 ARIL 2008

A 1 - B 4 = C 1

A 2 - B 3 = C 2

B 1 - A 4 = D 1

B 2 - A 3 = D 2

SEMIFINALS 23/24,26/27 and 30 April/1 May 2008

C 1 - D 2 = Winner 1

D 1 - C 2 = Winner II

In quarterfinals will be played only one game and that will be in the home court of the best team ranked in the Groups.

In Semifinals will be played until two winning games. The first match will be played in the home court of the best team ranked in the groups.

FINALS

3 /4, 7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008)

The Final match will be played until two wining games. The first match will be played in the home court of the best ranked team. If both finalists have same ranking in the groups there will be only one final match in a neutral court.

Competition Commissary
Mithat Belegu

Source: www.basketbolli.com


Junior's League Spring Season Schedule - Group B -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VIII- 01/02.03.2008.

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'VERTIKALI'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'TREPCA'

Rests: 'KOSOVA'

WEEK IX 08/09.03.2008.

'TREPCA' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

'VERTIKALI' - 'KOSOVA'

Rests: 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

WEEK X 15/16. MARS 2008.

'KOSOVA' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'TREPCA'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

Rests. 'VERTIKALI'

WEEK XI 22/23.03.2008.

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

'TREPCA' - 'KOSOVA'

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'VERTIKALI'

Rests: 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

WEEK XII 29/30.03.2008.

'VERTIKALI' - 'TREPCA'

'KOSOVA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'VUSHTRIA BASKET' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

Rests: 'RC COLA DRITA'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008.

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'KOSOVA'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'VERTIKALI'

'TREPCA' - 'RC COLA DRITA'

Rests: 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

WEEK XIV 12/13.04.2008.

'RC COLA DRITA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'VERTIKALI' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'KOSOVA' - 'VUSHTRIA BASKET'

Rests: 'TREPCA'

PLAY OFF:

Quarterfinals: 19/20.04

Semifinals: 23/24,26/27 and April 30 /May 1st 2008

Finalet:3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May (if only one final match will be played on 7/8 May 2008)

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LEBANON

Results of Day 2 in the Lebanese League -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the first game Antranik had to face Anibal in the freezing cold in Zahle , Antranik continued its good start by wining its first win on the score of 87-74.
In the second game Riyadi didn't face any problem passing through Feytourn on the score of 111-66.
In the Third game , in Tripoli Moutahed managed to record its first win after beating Blue Stars last year's runner up after a big game on the score of
In the last game of the Round Champville hosted Sagesse , the game was a full of intensity and excitement till the end , the game went to overtime after a three point shot made by Sabah Khouri on the buzzer , in the over time Sagesse continued its good rhythm to secure the win.

Anibal - Antranik : 74-87
Best Scorers:

Anibal: Kevin Sowell (29pts)
Antranik: Marcus Brown (26pts)

Q1:18-18 Q2:22-30 Q3:14-21 Q4:20-18


Riyadi - Feytroun : 111-66
Best Scorers:

Riyadi: Mazen Mneimneh(25pts)
Feytroun: Anthony Wilson (25pts)

Q1:32-7 Q2:33-12 Q3:23-23 Q4:23-24

Moutahed - Blue Stars : 86-70
Best Scorers:
Moutahed:
Darren Kelly(29pts)
Blue Stars: Jihad Murr , Jean Abed El Nour (16pts)

Q1:22-14 Q2:22-19 Q3:13-23 Q4:29-14


Champville - Sagesse : 73-78 OT
Best Scorers:

Champville:Ghaleb Rida(21pts)
Sagesse: Sabah Khouri (22pts)

Q1:14-14 Q2:18-15 Q3:24-20 Q4: 10-17 OT :7-12


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris Kaunas gets upset in LKL -by Eurobasket News

A real sensation brought last weekend in LKL. One of the favorite Zalgiris Kaunas lost to Siauliai 70:76 on a road. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) shone with 26 points and 11 rebounds to help Siauliai jump to 6-4 record. Zalgiris did control some parts of the game and had 4 points advantage at the half. Siauliai replied with 27-18 run and never looked behind after. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) scored 12, while Antonio Grant had 11. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 18 points for Zalgiris.

Lietuvos Rytas overcame Panevezys 79:94 away from home. Matt Nielsen top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Kenan Bajramovic and Arturas Jomantas added 13 each. Lietuvos Rytas remains on top with 10-0 record. Neptunas Klaipeda won at home over Suduva 94:89 as Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) netted 23 points. Atletas Kaunas grabbed a road victory from Sakalai 83:88 as Gintautas Vileta posted 21 points. Alytus also celebrated the win on a road beating Nevezis 90:93. Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) was unstoppable with 35 points for the winners.

The next games are scheduled on January 25th. Siauliai will have a chance to upset another titan Rytas on January 26th.



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LUXEMBOURG

Etzella loses two in a row -by Eurobasket News
Previously undefeated Etzella stalled in the new year. They opened the calendar year with a 79:81 loss to Sparta in a key matchup of the regular season. Sparta dominated for the major part of the game and entered the fourth period with a 14-point cushion. Etzella performed a desperate surge for success late in the game and were close of turning the game upside down but Sparta survived in crunch time and handed the first defeat to Etzella. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) provided 27 points and 11 boards in a losing case for Etzella. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) shone for Sparta with 35 points and 12 boards. The losing skid continued for Etzella last week as they were held off by Residence 72:73 away from home. Marcus Kennedy produced 20 points for Etzella but it did not prevent them from losing the second game in the championship. Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) paced the hosts with 28 points and 9 rebounds.
Meanwhile Sparta used some shaky Etzella's form to cut the distance between the teams. The defending DBBL champs celebrated a 91:74 victory over Contern to improve to 12-4 record just two wins shy of Etzella. Larrie Smith came up with another sizzling performance for Sparta. He notched 31 points and collected 12 boards to fuel Sparta. Eric Jeitz (190-G-86) drilled 28 points for Contern as they fell to 7-9 record.
Musel Pikes retained the third spot with an 82:45 blow out of Amicale. This win lifted them to 10-6 record. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) tallied 30 points, while Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) knocked down 20 points for Musel Pikes. Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) managed 14 points and 12 boards in a loss. Amicale were woeful from the field shooting just 2/23 from downtown and 14/39 from close range. They alsio committed 30 turnovers.


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MEXICO

Soles Shoot for 8th Straight in LOA -by Justin Brink
The LNBP will be front and center this evening in Latin America and beyond as the Soles de Mexicali of Mexicali and the Halcones UV Xalapa of Xalapa meet in the FIBA League of the Americas which is pitting the best teams in Latin America against each one another to see which team and essentially which league in the Americas reigns supreme. Click here for more LOA coverage.

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NBA

Andrew Bynum injured -by Paolo Comitti
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) left the game between Lakers and Memphis with 8:52 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Lakers were leading, 66-55, and Bynum was one rebound short of his 19th double-double this season.

Bynum had sprained his left knee, a team spokesman said later. Although X-rays were negative, Bynum will undergo an MRI exam today and won't accompany the Lakers to their game at Seattle.

Bynum had 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game until last game.


Noah benched by his teammates -by Paolo Comitti
Chicago Bulls rookie Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) was benched against the Atlanta Hawks -- by his teammates.

They delivered a unanimous vote after the rookie from Florida was involved in a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in practice before Friday's game at Philadelphia.

Noah was inactive for the Philadelphia game for internal disciplinary reasons, but the players told interim coach Jim Boylan one game was not enough.

'We have a chance to salvage this season and we just need everybody on the page,' said Bulls veteran guard Adrian Griffin. 'It's one of those things that I believe is going to bring us closer.

'Everyone on this team knows what Joakim can do and we just look forward to getting him back on the court.'

A subdued Noah, who is averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.3 minutes, sat at his locker before Sunday's game.

'They just told me what I did was unacceptable and I'm just going to move on from here,' Noah said. 'I've just got to accept it. What do you want me to say? I've just got to move on. There's nothing I can do about it.'

When asked if he believes the two-game suspension is too severe, Noah said 'Ask the players who made the decision. I don't know. ... Do I agree with it? It doesn't make a difference. I respect my teammates.'

Boylan, promoted to head coach on Dec. 27 after Scott Skiles was fired, said the suspension resulted from more than one incident.

Boylan called Noah 'a great kid,' but noted he's been involved in 'a couple of situations where he's been late or not doing what the Chicago Bulls do. So the cumulative aspect of this is definitely part of the reasoning for the players doing what they did.'

'This isn't college anymore,' Boylan said. 'It's the NBA. This is professional sports.'

He said the team felt Noah needed to sit another game.

'They felt it deserved more,' Boylan said. 'It was the entire team that felt that way, so I back my team and the decision that they made, and appreciate the leadership that they've shown.'

Atlanta rookie Al Horford, who played with Noah at Florida, called the ninth pick in the draft 'very emotional' and 'very competitive.'

'I just feel it's a learning experience for everyone in general,' Horford said. 'If you cross a line in something like that, there's consequences to it. ... He wants to win really bad. I think people will figure him out as time goes on.' - Yahoo Sports


Toronto wins in double-overtime marathon -by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors endured 58 minutes of action against the Portland Trail Blazers to record their third straight win. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) delivered 38 points and 14 rebounds in a thrilling 116:109 success which brought Toronto to 20-17 record. It was also just the second loss for the Blazers in 19 games. The Raptors held a 93:89 lead with 23 seconds to go in the fourth frame but Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) hit a massive three-pointer and was fouled on the shot to complete a 4-point play and tied the scoreline at 93. Chris Bosh missed his attempt and sent teams into overtime. The Raptors once again grabbed a lead late in the first overtime after a trey from Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-G-81). But sizzling Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) was there to answer. He pulled down an offensive rebound and drilled a saving three-pointer. But it definitely the Raptors day as Chris Bosh netted consecutive jumpers, while Jose Manuel Calderon and Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) sealed the win from free throw line. Anthony Parker secured 25 points, while Jose Manuel Calderon had 22 points and 10 assists for the winners. Brandon Roy responded with career-high 33 points and 10 assists for the Blazers. Travis Outlaw had 18 points in a losing case. The Detroit Pistons were handed their worst defeat in the season as they travelled to the Madison Square Garden. New York stopped just a step away from limiting Detroit to their worst offensive performance ever as they routed the Pistons 89:65. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) led the action for the Knicks with 25 points and 8 boards. Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) was probably the only bright spot on the Pistons' squad as he finished with 15 points and 13 boards. Richard Hamilton was 1/7 from the field, while Tayshaun Prince missed all his 10 field goal attempts. The Knicks played without Stephon Marbury who was sidelined with a sore left ankle. It was also just the second win for the Knicks in eleven last games.
LA Lakers lost starting centre Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) after he sprained his left knee early in the third quarter of yestrday's game against the Grizzlies. The seriousness of the injury will be determined after an MRI. Bynum's injury did not prevent the Lakers from winning as they secured a close 100:99 victory over Memphis. Kobe Bryant nailed 37 points to lead the action for the Lakers as Los Angeles extended their winning streak to 6 games.


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PORTUGAL

LIga UZO round 11 -by Luis Rocha

Barreirense took advantage on their home factor and finally was able to get another win, as they prevailed 74-70 over Lusitania. Their player E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) was the MVP of the week with a great performance, including 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals.

Porto was too strong to Vagos and quickly overran them, final result 48-76.

Ginasio finally lost after a series of wins. The opposition (Ovarense) was stronger and even the home factor couldn't help Ginasio at the end the scoreboard indicates 65-81 for the away team.

Finally CAB at home demolished Belenenses. For several weeks I kept on saying that the changes made on Belenenses were dramatic to the team and since then, things are getting worse. This weekend CAB took profit on that winning easily 98-76. It's time to look closely into the future in Belenenses.



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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Spain Unicaja Malaga won against Caja Sol Sevilla 82-77, Daniel Santiago played 9 minutes with 5 pts (0/3 2pts, 5/10 FT) with 1 rebs, 1 steal and 1 block. Fuenlabrada was defeated by Bilbao 75-68, but Peter John Ramos did not play. In Germany Paderborn was defeated by Bremerhaven 83-82, Nathan Peavy scored 10 pts (2/4 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 3/3 FT) with 6 rebs in 17 minutes. In Turkey, Besiktas was defeated by Turk Telekom 65-86. Christian Dalmau scored only 2pts and Rick Apodaca 8 pts.
In the Adriatic League, Cibona was defeated by Vojvodina 78-68, Larry Ayuso was one of the best players of the team, He played 31 minutes with 16 pts (2/7 2pts, 4/12 3pts), 2 rebs and 2 steals. Siroki was also defeated by Zadar 76-62. Sharif Fajardo played 26 minutes with 7 pts (0/2 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 4/6 FT) and 3 rebs. In Greece Aek Athens was defeated by Olimpia Larissa 71-67, for Filiberto Rivera 9 pts+1 assts.
A. Fontana


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SEBL

Jonesboro gets out to big lead, holds on over Speedboys... -by David Archer
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Kelley


Cox


Johnson
SPEEDBOYS FALL TO JONESBORO SOUTH, 61-55ů

College Park, GA (Wed Jan. 9, 2007) - The Atlanta Speedboys fell behind 21-0 to Jonesboro at the start of the game, but fought back, before falling in the end 61-55.

Atlanta couldn't find the basket early, but managed to get to within 34-18 by half-time. The offensive out-put was the Speedboys' lowest first half total in the team's five year history.

The Speedboys came out on a mission to start the second half, as guards Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) of Atlanta Speedboys and Shawn Cox (5'7''-G-82) of Atlanta Vision stepped up the defensive pressure, forcing Jonesboro to go cold. Sharpshooter Fred Odoms got going and drained four treys and the newly acquired, Jamal Johnson (6'7''-C-81) of Liceo Particular Mixto de los Andes (CHI), scored poured in 16 points after the half.

One of Odoms' triples finally pulled Atlanta within striking distance at 53-49 with two minutes remaining. On the ensuing possession, Cox forced a Jonesboro turnover and flipped the ball to the hot Odoms who could not knock the long-range shot down. Atlanta was forced to foul the rest of the way and the sure shooting South squad went seven-of-eight at the line to solidify the win.

Johnson paced the Speedboys with 20 pts, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Odoms finished with 12. Kelley and Cox combine for six steals.

The Speedboys slipped to 3-4 in league play and 8-6 overall, while Jonesboro improved to 3-4 (7-4 overall).


Baseline comeback nips Mac-town, Summer Hill blows past Ga. Elite Christianů -by David Archer
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Henderson


Grayer


Cook


Jones

SEBL Independent Action:

Cartersville, GA (Jan 6, 2007) - The Baseline Warriors and the Summer Hill squads were all victorious on Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym. Baseline had to execute a stirring rally to get by the Mac-town Ballers, 92-79, the Summer Hill Blue Devils post grad team ran over GA Elite Christian, 132-82; the Blue Devils B-team defeated Cedartown B-team 81-74; and the Lady Devils garnered their first win of the season with a 53-52 nail-biter over the Lady Pride.

Baseline Warriors 92 Mac-town Ballers 89...
After starting strong, then going cold, Baseline let a 12-point first half cushion fade away. The Ballers took advantage of Warrior squad, who was without a true PG for this game, and worked their way back into the game by the half, only down 47-46. Michael Reynolds, who was playing up from the Summer Hill post grad squad, was forced to play the point the majority of the game and an adjustment period was in order. Steve Grayer (6'8''-F-65) of Macons Finest had the hot had for Macon, scoring 19 first half points, helping his team get back in it. Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79) had put in 15 for Baseline by the half.


Mac-town upped the tempo after intermission, with Laron Jackson's defensive quickness, and Baseline could not keep up, turning the ball over repeatedly. Andrew Brown got a wide open lay-up and hit a 15-foot jumper on the left side for the Ballers. Tim Green and Jarel Brown also nailed threes for Mac-town The Warriors continued to struggle offensively. With 5:50 remaining, the Ballers had built a comfortable 83-67 lead.

Mac-town went to a spread offense to utilize time. Baseline inserted reserves, Marcus Henderson (6'8''-F-79), Brandon Harris and Scott Windom, who immediately brought new energy. Harris badgered the Ballers into two straight turnovers, both resulting in Baseline scores by Reynolds and Chris Jones - cutting the score to 83-71. Then, after a Mac-town miss, Henderson hit a short shot off the glass. After a Baller miss, Windom dropped a shot in the paint and was fouled. He hit the freethrow and suddenly the score was 83-76, with 4:10 left. Mac-town, in the spread offense, denied Grayer the ball in the middle and forced the ball to the outside. They either wound up coughing up the ball or taking a tough shot. Henderson hit a three, as did Hamilton to bring Baseline to within one. Brown drove the right side of the lane for a bucket, finally breaking Mac-town's drought and putting them back up by three at 85-82 with 2:38 showing. Then, Harris drew a foul and hit both at the line.


With Mac-town still using time, Baseline fouled, sending Quintin Matthews to the line. He missed the front end of the bonus. Baseline capitalized with an alley dunk by Hamilton, to finally reclaim the lead at 86-85. Mathews got fouled again, but this time hit one of the two freethrows to knot the score up with 1:45 left. After a Baseline miss, Grayer was fouled and put the Ballers back up two, 88-86, with 1:14 seconds on the clock. On the other end, Chris Jones got free underneath for a reverse lay-in and re-tied the score with :51 seconds. Mac-town miscued. Harris rebounded was fouled racing up the sideline. He nailed the freethrows and Baseline lead 90-88. :38 second left. Mathews then drew another foul. He sank the first shot but missed on the second making it 90-89.


Baseline went into its own version of the spread and ran the clock down to :16 ticks, before Reynolds was fouled. He calmly sank both. The Ballers called timeout, to devise a play. They had to drive the length of the floor before setting up something to try and tie the game. The play got boggled and Baseline knocked the ball out with 2 second showing. Mac-town inbounded and the desperation shot was errant at the buzzer.


Grayer paced Mac-town with 23 points, while Matthews got 17, Green had 16, the Browns each had 11. Laron Jackson and Kedrionne Harris had six and four, respectively. For Baseline, who moved to 11-1 on the year, Hamilton finished with 25, Henderson 15, Jones 14, Reynolds 12, Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80) and Windom nine each, Bobby Rouse five and Harris four.


Summer Hill Blue Devils post grad 132 GA Elite Christian 82...
In the Summer Hill post grad game against GA Elite Christian, the Blue Devils opened up a close game mid-way through the first half, with Mike Reynolds and Scott Windom leading the charge. The duo combined for 25 first half point, as the the Devils took a 54-31 lead into the break. GA Elite's reliance on the long ball, created a plethora of fast break opportunities for the Devils in the second half, as everyone got in on the fast-paced action.

Vincent Rogers paced GA Elite with 33 points on the game, while Carl Burks had 13, Devin Brown 11 and Jamar Hughes eight.
All eight dressed players for Summer Hill reached double figures, with Reynolds downing 31, Windom 21, Marlowe Simmons and Brandon Harris 16 each, Dee Henderson 15, Terry Albert 13 and Chris Brown and Marcus Henderson 10 apiece. Henderson also snatched 16 boards. The Devils, now 8-4, shot a cool 58 of 78 (74.3) from the field in the game and will now move on to face Fort McPherson on next Sunday afternoon.

Summer Hill Lady Blue Devils 53 Lady Pride 52...
In the women's contest, the Lady Devils got their first win of the season with a hard-fought 53-52 clipping of the Atlanta Lady Pride. Melissa Bunce led the way with 17 points, while Leah Kessenich had 14, Brandi Smith 10, Shagera Irwin six, Tiesha Jackson four and Bray Johnson and Tamara Watkins had one each. The Lady Devils improved to 1-8 on the season.

Summer Hill B-squad 81 Cedartown B-squad 64...
The Summer Hill Blue Devils B-team squad built a big lead in the first half, then held on to beat Cedartown B-team 81-64. Scott Windom led the way with 23 points 14 rebounds, while Chris Brown had 16, Terry Albert 12, Chris Nichols seven, Brandon Davis seven, Kyle Ready six, Dee Henderson six and Dusten Glenn and Justen Beavers two each. For Cedartown, Albert Ware downed 28, while Adrian Diamond got 12, Demtris Washington 10, Ayron Adams eight, Justin Gibson four and Marcus Hall two. The Summer Hill B-team moved to 3-0 on the season, while Cedartown slipped to 0-3.



Cedartown Post Grad get good win over Sound Doctrine, 106-93... -by David Archer
Cedartown Post Grad Bulldogs whip Sound Doctrine, 106-93 in home openerů

By David Archer Jr, Baseline News

Cedartown, GA (Tues. Jan 8, 2007) - The Cedartown Post Grad Bulldogs out-ran Sound Doctrine Christian Academy, grabbing an impressive 106-93 win in SEBL Independent League action Tuesday evening at the Cedartown Boys & Girls Club.

Sound Doctrine controlled the game early, behind the one-two punch of Leverette and Poole. Leverette got several buckets in the paint, while Poole nailed four treys. Sound Doctrine moved out to a 33-25 lead with 8:30 left in the opening half. Cedartown coach Mike Atwater pulled his troops out of the zone which paid immediate dividends. The man pressure triggered a 11-2 run, allowing the Bulldogs to take its first lead, at 36-35, on a Najee Smith lay-in with 4:19 to go in the first half. Smith would then fly high for an alley, slamming it home to give his team a three point cushion. SDCA would bounce back and the lead would change hands several times going into the break. SDCA led 51-50 at the break.

Cedartown came out strong to start the second half, going on 8-0 run. On several Nick Diamond baskets in the middle, the Bulldogs opened up a six point lead. Again SDCA bounced back with baskets from Leverette and Mathiece. Chris Careathers would take advantage of a spread offensive scheme, with consecutive penetration baskets and the Bulldogs would later establish control with their defensive quickness, which forced SDCA into turnovers. As the half proceeded, Cedartown eventually built an 86-76 spread.

SDCA would manage to trim Cedartown's lead to four late in the game, but Smith and Travis Pace came up with key buckets to put the game away.

'We had a comfortable lead, but almost led them back in it by being too aggressive,' said Coach Atwater. 'We need to be more conservative with a late lead, but we are happy with the win,' Atwater added.

Leverett led Sound Doctrine, out of Lagrange (GA), with 33, while Poole downed 30. Matheiu also had 16 and Knight chipped in eight.

For Cedartown, Smith and Careathers paced the offense with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Nick Diamond and Ivy Boozer both had 14, Dennis Glover and Jay Nelson seven each, Travis Pace six, Marcus Pace five, Albert Ware three and Kendrick Sewell two.

Cedartown moved to 2-3 on the season, and will be in action again on January 18 when they host Southern Weslyan JV.


Summer Hill Blue Devils blast Fort Mac 116-69... -by David Archer
Blue Devils blast Fort McPherson 116-69...

Cartersville, GA (Sun. Jan. 13, 2007) - Michael Reynolds downed 30 and Brandon Harris battled his way to 23, as the Summer Hill Blue Devils jumped all over the Fort McPherson Knights Army squad, 116-69.

The teams traded baskets early in the contest, before the Blue Devils' defense kicked in, creating a series of turnovers. Mike Reynolds finshed off several transition buckets, while Scott Windom stole consecutive passes at half court, driving the length for big slams on both. DeMarlow Simmons nailed three treys, as Summer Hill stretched out their lead to 62-34 by the half.

The Devils picked right up in the second, scoring seven unanswered points. Reynolds continued his scoring binged, while Marcus Henderson hit a three and also knocked down two shot shots in the lane. Fort Mac actually shot the ball well in the second half when the weren't turning the ball over. When the got it in the paint, scoring was not an issue, as L. Williams and J. Astin combined for 24 Knight points in the second half.

The Devils cruised the rest of the way, even building a 54-point cushion at one stage.

Williams finished with 21 for Fort Mac, while Astin had 12, Artis 11 and Johnson six.

For Summer Hill Post Grad, who moved to 9-4 on the season, Simmons supported Reynolds and Harris' effort with 18 points, Henderson had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Scott Windom had 10 points, four steals, Dee Henderson eight, Darrell Jones seven points, Chris Brown seven and Terry Albert three.

In other action Sunday, Cedartown-B team whipped Georgia Elite Christian 108-68. The Bulldogs opened a close game in the closing minutes of the opening half, to take a 53-34 advantage into the locker room. GA Elite could not muster a comeback in the second, as Cedartown increased its lead. For GA Elite, Carl Burks had 24, Devin Brown 12, Allan Jarmon nine and Drew Davis six. For Cedartown, who moved to 1-3 on the season, Albert Ware pounded in 37, whole LaCurtis Diamond and Marcus Hall each had 17, Ayron Albert 16 and Justin Gibson 15.

Also, the Summer Hill Blue Devils B-team, after a 3-0 start to their inaugural season, fizzled and fell 79-69, to a more mature, seasoned AWU-Howren squad. After trading baskets and leads for most of the first half, AWU opened up a 39-32 lead, as they ended the half on a 7-0 run.

The young Devils came out on the wrong foot to start the 2nd half and AWU took advantage, as Carter Deems got free for a lay-in, followed by consecutive treys by Darrell Wilkins. The Devils got down 47-32 just 90 seconds into the half and never recovered. The Devils managed to climb back to with in seven on several occasions, but lack of maturity reared its ugly head. AWU had no answer for Mike Howren or Deems, who provided a great 1-2 punch down the stretch. When Howren wasn't draining tri-fectas, Deems was positioning himself for offensive put-backs and drop passes from Tony Cook and Antone Anderson, to get easy buckets underneath.

Windom lead the Devils, now 3-1, with 23 points, while Dee Henderson collected 13. Kyle Ready, Justen Beavers, Chris Brown and Terry Albert each had six in the loss.

For AWU, Howren finished with 23, Deems 21, Wilkins 16, Anderson eight and Cook seven.


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SERBIA

A league, round 12: Mega Aqua Monta alone on top -by Dragan Jankovski
After 12 rounds of Serbian A league Mega Aqua Monta from Belgrade is alone on top with 9 wins and 3 defeats. Swisslions Takovo, Borac, Vizura and Radnicki 034 Group follow Mega AM with score 8-4.

In this round Mega AM was better than Ergonom on the road 75-63 thanks to wonderful performance by young Uros Nikolic (207-F-87), who led the winners collecting 26 points and 8 rebounds.

Masinac beat Borac 85-75 in local derby. Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79), who is MVP of the 12th round, added 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Miljan Radisavljevic (185-G-88) had 31 points and 4 assists for Borac.

Newcomer in Serbian A league Vizura from Belgrade made surprise at home beating Swisslions Takovo 83-76, despite their two best players moved to Greece at the end of December. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) nailed 18 points for Vizura while on the other side Swisslions got 21 points from power forward Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81).

Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), with 30 points and 7 rebounds, brought home win to Napredak Rubin against Sloga 95-89 so the team from Krusevac currently has 6 wins and 6 defeats.

Radnicki 034 Group outplayed Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 91-83 while Novi Sad beat Zdravlje Actavis 90-85 on Friday. Goran Martinic (187-G-87) had 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for Novi Sad.


Ergonom - Mega Aqua Monta 63-75
(17-22,19-13,18-24,9-16)

Ergonom:
Dzambic 11 (4 st), Koprivica 10 (6 rebs), Avalic 10
Mega Aqua Monta: Nikolic 26 (8 rebs), Stojacic 16, Dragicevic 13 (11 rebs)


Masinac - Borac 85-75
(28-24,24-23,15-13,18-15)

Masinac:
Bozovic 33 (5 rebs, 5 as, 5 st), Milasinovic 11
Borac: Radisavljevic 31 (4 as), Ilic 17 (8 rebs)


Napredak Rubin - Sloga 95-89
(29-29,21-17,21-23,24-20)

Napredak Rubin:
Markovic 30 (7 rebs), Miletic 22 (5 rebs), Milicevic 13 (4 rebs)
Sloga: Popovic 24 (7 as), Mijovic 21 (11 rebs), Pejovic 18


Vizura - Swisslions Takovo 83-76
(27-13,19-13,15-22,22-28)

Vizura:
Sinovec 18, Karic 17 (4 rebs, 4 as), Vuksanovic 16
Swisslions Takovo: Jovanovic 21, Jelenic 15, Aleksic 15


Radnicki 034 Group - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 91-83
(29-27,26-17,17-19,19-20)

Radnicki 034 Group:
Kljajevic 21 (5 rebs), Milosevic 12 (5 rebs), Janjusevic 12
Radnicki Invest Inzenjering: Roncevic 21 (9 rebs, 4 as), Rajkovic 18 (8 rebs)


Novi Sad - Zdravlje Actavis 90-85
(13-20,30-22,31-22,16-21)

Novi Sad:
Martinic 21 (8 as, 4 st), Radenkovic 17 (7 rebs), Bjegovic 17 (5 rebs), Sutalo 15
Zdravlje Actavis: Jereminov 29, Miljkovic 22 (5 rebs)


FMP parted ways with head coach Vukoicic and promotes Klipa ! -by Dragan Jankovski

After defeat against Zagreb at home in the previous round of Adriatic league, FMP decided to part ways with head coach Vlada Vukoicic. During the last two and a half years Vukoicic had fantastic results as the team once again became the champion of Adriatic league 05/06 and won National Cup Radivoj Korac 07. Last summer Vukoicic won the gold medal on U20 European Championship in Nova Gorica. Ha got prestigious award 'Adriatic league coach of the year 2006' by Eurobasket.com.

Panthers immediately promoted Slobodan Klipa as a new head coach. Until today Klipa used to work in FMP II.



Aleksej Nesovic and Branko Jorovic in Greece -by Dragan Jankovski
Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85), who played first half of the season for Spanish Fuenlabrada, agreed terms with Greek A1 team Olympiada from Patras. Before Fuenlabrada, Nesovic used to play for Hemofarm, Zagreb, Crvena Zvezda and Ergonom.

Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) also signed the contract until the end of the season with Olympiada Patras so these two players joined Zoran Osmokrovic and a head coach Dragan Raca. Jorovic parted ways with Crvena Zvezda couple of days ago and was really close to join Hemofarm STADA but they didn't agree terms at the end.


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SINGAPORE

Slingers outlast Hawks -by Anthony Lim
Singapore Slingers v Wollongong Hawks - 13 Jan 2008

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the Slingers were playing for a play-off place. This year, the team is in last place. With only three home games after today, the Slingers have only pride and contracts to play for. Boosted by their best crowd of the season(aided in part by a corporate family night), the 40% capacity crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium saw the Slingers take to the floor playing up tempo Lakerball, quickly jumping out to a 12-4 lead with 7:39 still to play in the first quarter. The Hawks quickly caught up, though, cutting the lead to 12-9 with 5:54 and then leveling at 12 on a second successive three pointer. There was also a sub plot to the first quarter with Larry Davidson (Hawks) and Chris Cameron (Slingers) getting into each other with elbows and shirt tugging. The Hawks took their first lead, 17-19 with 1:30 left in the quarter despite dominating the Slingers in field goals, 9/22 (40,9%) to 5/17 (29,4%). Problems persisted with the Hawks in the second quarter - poor ball handling and rushed shot selection led to broken plays and missed shots. The Slingers, led by Mike Helms, tried to pull away with but poor passing let them down. Game was still tied at 35-35 with 3:49 left in the second quarter mainly because the Hawks had a 8-3 advantage over second chance points. The Slingers allowed too many second and third looks for the Hawks, the Hawks dominating both offensive (33,3% vs 21,7%) and defensive rebounds (78,3% vs 66,7%). Superior 3 point shooting by the Slingers (4/10,40% ( Hawks-4/16,25%)) with consecutive scores by Rod Grizzard and Helms gave the home side a 44-38 advantage with 1:40 left to play and ended the first half leading 47-43.
Just like their season, the crowd had another version of the Slingers at the start of the third quarter. Using their far better three point shooting, the Slingers raced out to a 61-53 lead with 7:12 still to play. The Hawks were stuck in neutral, could not get to the hoop and were not able to penetrate the blanket defense organized by Ben Knight and Shane MacDonald. The Slingers got to 68-53 with 5:30 on the clock and closed out the third quarter 80-68. The Slingers outshot the Hawks 60% to 0% beyond the arc and led in field goals (13/20, 65% vs 10/21, 47.6%) with three starters in double figures (Grizzard (18 pts), Helms (23) and Knight (13)). Sensing that the game was starting to get away from them, the Hawks started to chase the game narrowing the deficit 88-79 with 7:29 to play. Their scoring was negated by their poor defense, letting the Slingers reply whenever they scored. The lead widened to 96-83 at 4:30 and then 100-86 a minute later. The visitors could not make the plays when it mattered and the Slingers took advantage of a 9/19 (47.4%) 3 point shooting (Hawks were 8/31, 25.8%) to increase the lead to 103-94 with 1:46 left in the game. Thereafter, the Slingers just padded the score with free throws to win it 113-102.


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SLOVENIA

Market News from B1 League -by Zeljko Zule
Triglav (B1) inked Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88) ex Union Olimpija and Luka Hren (193-G-90) ex Geoplin Slovan junior team. Mulalic averaging 5,3 minutes, 3,0 points (3P 3-5) and 0,3 rebounds in 3 games of NLB Adriatic League.
Jance (B1) added Nebojsa Cukovic (197-F-86) ex TCG Mercator.


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SPAIN

LEB Silver Market -by Daniel Fernandez
Juan Carlos Linan (193-F-73) has signed a contract with C.B. Blanes Almeria (LEB Silver). He is a player with great experience in Spanish Basketball, and he has played seven season in CB Granada.

CB Illescas Urban CLM (LEB Silver) has accorded a contract with Gorka Jorge Gonzalez (-78). He played last six seasons for Real Canoe in EBA League.


Week 16: Jose M. Alonso and Tyray Pearson MVP in LEB Silver and Robert Joseph MVP in LEB Bronze -by Daniel Fernandez

Jose M. Alonso (191-G-71) (CB Illescas Urban CLM) and Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) (C.B. Blanes Almeria) were the Most Valuable Players in the 16th round of Adecco LEB Silver with a 36 efficiency. Robert Joseph (204-C-78, college: Union (TN)) (204-C-78, college: Union (TN)) (Basquet Coruna-Atlantico) was the MVP in the Adecco LEB Bronze, also with 36 efficiency, and nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks.


Week 16: LEB Silver TOP 5 Efficiency:

Jose M. Alonso (191-G-71) (CB Illescas): 36 (26pt + 5as)

Tyray Pearson (CB Almeria): 36 (27pt + 11rb)

Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) (Caja Rioja): 33 (27pt + 10rb)

Harper Williams (200-F-71) (CB Caceres): 31 (21pt + 11rb)

Matt Kiefer (208-F-83) (Farho Gijon): 31 (21pt + 13rb)


Week 16: LEB Bronze TOP 5 Efficiency:

Robert Joseph (Basquet Coruna): 36 (16pt + 13rb + 8bk)

David Suka-Umu (195-F-77) (Salsas Musa): 32 (21pt + 8rb)

Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82) (Gestiberica Vigo): 28 (11pt + 21rb)

Anthony Brown (201-F-84) (Badajoz): 28 (22pt + 11rb)

Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) (Real Madrid B): 27 (25pt + 3rb)



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SWITZERLAND

Round 13: Another win for Fribourg -by Eurobasket News
The LNA leaders Fribourg were once again impressive with a 73:54 road victory over Nyon. The visitors built a 43:34 lead at halftime and sealed the winning outcome after the break. Fribourg limited the hosts to just 6 third quarter points and eased to an overall victory in the final frame. Tresor Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 20 points for Fribourg. Harold Mrazek (191-G-73) and Damon Thornton (202-F-77, college: N.Carolina St.) provided 11 points apiece in a winning clause. Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with 14 points and 12 boards for Nyon. Fribourg improved to 12-1 record and face Geneve away from home in Round 14.
The Starwings were roughly interrupted in their winning run as the Lugano Tigers stole a 101:88 win away from Birsfelden. The loss dropped the Starwings to 10-3 record, while Lugano tied them in the standings. The hosts led 49:46 at the interval but the Tigers recovered after the break and proved the difference late in the game.


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SYRIA

Jalaa and Ittihad's imports in Dubai Int'l Tournament -by Mohammed Malas

Here are the names of the imports who will play for Al Jalaa Aleppo and Al ITtihad Aleppo in 19th Dubai International Tournament (16-28 Jan) in Dubai, UAE:

- Al Jalaa Aleppo:
Samaki Walker (206-C-76) - USA
Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80) - USA

- Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Jay Joseph (193-G-82) - USA
Ian McVey (206-C-82) - USA
Ben Davis (205-F-72, college: Arizona) - USA


Good Luck for the both teams in this tourney.



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TAIWAN

Mao leads Pure Youth to third win -by Chris Wang
Led by James Mao's career-high 27 points, Pure Youth beat Dacin 90-75 Sunday for its thrid win of the season. Dacin lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

Dmedia beat BOT 76-67 but the game was marred by another on-court confrontation. Dmedia forward Cheng Jen-wei threw a punch at BOT center Cheng En-jay with 8:12 to go and was ejected. Dmedia forward Hsiao Yuan-chan and BOT's Liin Chun-feng and Lin Tsun-ching were all ejected for leaving the bench.

Cheng was hit with a 4-game suspension and a NT$50,000 fine. The other three were suspended for one game and had to pay a NT$10,000 fine.

Dmedia 76-67 BOT
dmedia: J. Sanders 10p+22rb
BOT: Chuang Hsiao-wen 26p

Pure Youth 90-75 Dacin
PY: James Mao 27p+7r+4a, Chien Jia-hong 17p+10rb, Chen Shi-jay 12p, Doug Creighton 10p, Wu Jian-long 10p+9rb
Dacin: Lee Fong-yong 22p, Chen Tse-wei 15p, Chang Chi-feng 13p

Taiwan Beer 76-62 Taiwan Mobile
TB: Lin Chih-jay 27p+11rb, Ho SHo-jen 18p
TM: Hsu Tse-shin 14p, Hsu Wei-sheng 11p


Disordered dmedia hit by cases on, off court -by Chris Wang
Dmedia's spokesperson has been the busiest man on the team in the past three days, during which the team was hit by a pair of cases on and off the court.

On Sunday, dmedia forward Cheng Jen-wei was ejected after throwing a punch at Bank of Taiwan center Cheng En-jay and started a near-brawl from both teams. Cheng was later handed a 4-game suspension and a NT$50,000 fine.

True, it's not fair that Cheng En-jay, who had hit Cheng Jen-wei in the throat with his elbow, was only whistled for an offensive foul. But Cheng Jen-wei did the wrong thing by throwing a punch. No doubt about it.

Early Sunday, dmedia players Wang Chuan-jian, Chou Tse-hua and Wu Jun-hsiung were accused of solicitation to commit a murder outside of a Taipei nightclub.

Here's a report from local English newspaper Taipei Times:

Police to question Numen players over bar incident
By Rich Chang
STAFF REPORTER
Monday, Jan 14, 2008, Page 19
Two SBL players from the dmedia Numen were accused of aiding and abetting in a knifing incident early yesterday morning outside a Taipei bar, police said.

Police said they would be summoning players Wang Chuan-chien and Chou Tzu-hua for questioning about the incident.

DRINKING

A man surnamed Chang said that Wang and Chou were drinking at the Juliana Junior bar in the early morning yesterday. Chang told police the two players were chatting with him, his girlfriend and eight other friends who were sitting next to the players' table.

DISPUTE

He said the apparently drunk Wang suddenly forcibly grabbed his girlfriend and that he and his friends had to hold Wang back. Chang told police there had been a dispute over the incident, but that things had seemed to have settled down by the time they left the bar.

He said as they were leaving the pub to catch taxis at around 4am, several men carrying knives pulled them out of the taxis and started slashing them.

Chang said three of his friends were injured in the incident.

Chang said he suspected the two players had abetted the men to commit the crime.

BLOOD STAINS

Police said they had interviewed the three victims who alleged they were attacked outside the bar, and confirmed that they had found blood stains outside the bar. Police said they did not know whether the two players had been involved in the attack.

Wang and Chou did not show up with their team for a game yesterday.

DISCIPLINE

A spokesman for the dmedia Numen, Kuo Teh-chih, told reporters the team was surprised and that it would discipline the two if the allegations were found to be true.

Chou was banned from the High School Basketball League in 2004 for throwing a ball at a judge during a game.


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TUNISIA

They are known the 6 teams for the play off. -by Carlos Pereira

After the 19th round they are known the teams for the playoffs.
There are no surprise, the best teams are there. SN,ESS,CA,EZZ,USM and JSK are at the play offs.

RESULTS from 19th round :


SN-USM 77-62
EZS-JSK 89-76
ESS-CAB 79-58
DSG-ESR 67-63
CA-CSC 79-77
ASH-ASM 92-89



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TURKEY

Thanks to Turk Telekom, Galatasaray stays on top alone -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray survived against Banvit in a 77:80 road win to stay on top of Turkish League alone. Turk Telekom overcame Besiktas Cola Turka 86:65 to tie them at 12-4.
Galatasaray trailed 13 points but could win the encounter. The favorite took an early 12:4 lead, but Banvit won the first quarter with 20:16. The hosts ended the first half ahead 41:34.

In the end of the game the the score was tied at 71 for both teams. Owens and Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) baskets allowed Galatasaray to reach 13-3 record. Charles Gaines led the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dee Brown recorded 16 points and 8 assists, while Cuneyt Erden (185-G-77) added 14 points. Sonkol top-scored with 15 points in defeat.

The key game of the Round was however between Turk Telekom and Besiktas Cola Turka. The latter stayed on top with Galatasaray, but after a 65:86 loss was caught up by the winner. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) led Telekom with 23 points and 7 rebounds. El Amin had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Nicevic was the best for Besiktas providing 18 points.
In another games Oyak Renault grabbed a win from Fenerbahce Ulker 68:67. Andre Woolridge (183-G-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) led the home team with 18 points, while Ozgur Biyik (208-C-83) scored 16.Efes Pilsen beat Kepez Belediyesi 75:69 as Kuqo finished the night with 23 points. Antalya won over Darussafaka 96:77, and three teams won on the roads: Mersin beat Alpella 78:81, TTNetBeykoz was stronger than Mutlu 81:86 and Pinar overcame CASA TED 81:87.


Dream Team invited Turkey -by Sinan Can
TURKISH Basketball Federation announced that, USA Basketball invited Turkish NT to a tournament in China which will be held between July 31-August 2. It's been quoted that 'Dream Team' will play friendly games against Turkey and Lithuania before 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Turkish National Team's schedule has not been built up yet as 12 Giant Men will be preparing for European Championships at that period as that tournament might be considered in the programme. Turkish Basketball Federatison already declared that, it'a big honour to be invited by USA Basketball to play against Dream Team.

Ongoren To Coach In Germany -by Sinan Kocak
Tolga Ongoren is the new Head Coach of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen in the German League 1.Division. Ongoren had a successful career as a player with Tofas until 1997. After some years as an Assistant Coach of Tofas and Galatasary, he took over the head coaching position of Ulker in 2002, followed by some months at the helm of Turk Telekom until he returned to Tofas in 2005 and led the team back to the Turkish League 1.Division. In 2001 and 2002, Ongoren also served the Turkish Mens National Team as an Assistant Coach.

James Hughes At Alpella -by Sinan Kocak
Alpella signed James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Illinois) to replace Omer Asik who had left for Fenerbahce Ulker. Hughes averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks for Northern Illinois University in 2006-2007. He started this season with Energa Czarni Slupsk in the Polish League First Division.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Boyd Anderson rallies to top A. Heritage -by David Edole
Sparked by a 20-2 run to start the third quarter, the Boyd Anderson boys basketball team turned a close game into a romp and beat American Heritage 81-63 at the Nike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic late Saturday night at Miramar High School.

The highly anticipated matchup between the Cobras, ranked No. 2 in 6A and No. 2 in the Miami Herald South Florida poll, and the Patriots, No. 2 in 3A and No. 3 in the Miami Herald poll, came down to a tale of two halves.

Patriots point guard Ray Taylor, who finished with a game-high 27 points, swished a three-pointer as the second quarter buzzer sounded to give American Heritage (15-4) a 36-33 lead going into halftime.

After that, it was all Boyd Anderson.

During the game-changing spurt, junior guard Martavious Irving, who led the Cobras with 23 points, hit a layup in traffic to put Boyd Anderson up 53-43. Then, 6-7 forward Ivan Aska, who finished with 15 points, banked in a shot from 15 feet to push the lead to 57-43 with 3:07 left in the period.

Patriots star guard Kenny Boynton Jr. finished with 15 points while 6-10 center Eloy Vargas added 14 points. The Cobras (17-1) got 17 points each from Bryan Bynes and Frank Gaines. Tyrone Davis had six points.

Irving attributed the victory to a second-half adjustment by Cobras coach Eugene Richardson.

'We went man-to-man in the first half and they hit a lot of three-pointers so we switched to a 3-2 zone in the third quarter to slow down their shooters,' said Irving.

'Coach told us to come out aggressive and stop their big three players, Kenny, Vargas and Taylor because they were shooting the bulk of the shots.'

Boynton came in averaging a Florida-best 35 points a game but finished with a season-low 15 points. While Boynton got his share of good looks at the basket, the Cobras never allowed the Rivals.com No. 7-ranked junior to get started on one of his patented scoring sprees.

'We wanted to make it as difficult as we could on Kenny,' said Irving. 'Because he is a great offensive player, one of the best in the country. We really didn't stop him. But we wanted to slow him down.'

AH (15-4): Vargas 14, Taylor 27, Boynton 15, Chin 3, Wheeler 4.

BA (17-1): Aska 15, Irving 23, Bynes 17, Gaines 17, Davis 6, Flood 3.

Half: AH 36-33. Three-pointers: Taylor 5, Irving 1, Gaines 2, Vargas 1, Bynes 3.


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UKRAINE

Both Kyiv Teams are Victorious in Krivy Rih -by Alexei Naumov
BC Kyiv continued their Superleague winning tradition, having defeated Kryvbassbasket Lux 75:56 on the road.

Kryvbassbasket took advantage of a bit of Kyiv's mistakes at the start of the contest, making Tomo Mahoric call time, which sorted things out and allowed his team to take a 18:21 lead at the end of quarter 1.

Kyiv continued to grow their lead in the second quarter, but were puzzled by Kryvbassbasket's zone and failed to score for two and a half minutes. Another time out by Mahoric fixed the offense and Kyiv entered the intermission with an 11-point cushion.

The visitors had little difficulty holding on to the lead thereafter, claiming 14th straight Superleague victory.

Artur Drozdov scored team-high 22 points for Kyiv. Manuchar Markoishvili added 20.

Meanwhile, Kyiv's Farm team blew their opponents out with a 102:44 win.

All other scores and all game stats (Superleague games are now available in English) may be viewed on the Official Website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.


Delinikaitis is injured / Colman instead of Sharper? / Sumy's first farm win -by Alexander Muzyka
- Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82 from Azovmash has broke his leg in a game vs Budivelnyk and will be out for 1,5 months minimum.

- Budivelnik parted ways with John Sharper (186-G-84) and invited Jerome Coleman (185-G-81) from TBB Trier for try-outs.

- Sumykhimprom's youth has reached the first (!) win in 14 games in a Farm-league mostly due to Igor Pelipeiko's (200-F-85) 36 points. Here are the results and standings of Ukrainian Farm-League Round 14:

Khimik - Dnipro 88:65
Kryvbasbasket-Lux - BC Kyiv 44:102
Sumykhimprom - Cherkasy Monkeys 83:77
BC Odesa - Politekhnika-Halychyna 75:79
BC-93 Pulsar - MBC Mykolaiv 80:103
Budivelnyk - Azovmash 80:85

Team / G / W / L / P
1 BC Kyiv / 14 / 12 / 2 / 26
2 Dnipro / 14 / 12 / 2 / 26
3 MBC Mykolaiv / 14 / 11 / 3 / 25
4 Politekhnika-Halychyna / 14 / 11 / 3 / 25
5 Khimik / 14 / 10 / 4 / 24
6 Azovmash / 14 / 9 / 5 / 23
7 Cherkasy Monkeys / 14 / 4 / 10 / 18
8 Budivelnyk / 14 / 4 / 10 / 18
9 BC-93 Pulsar / 14 / 4 / 10 / 18
10 BC Odesa / 14 / 3 / 11 / 17
11 Kryvbasbasket-Lux / 14 / 3 / 11 / 17
12 Sumykhimprom / 14 / 1 / 13 / 15


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ZIMBABWE

BUZ to Host Three Regional Tournaments -by Carlos Pereira
by Paul Munyuki
Harare

The Basketball Union of Zimbabwe is lining-up three major regional tournaments in the first half of this year. The games will take place between April 5 and June 14 but the venue of the tournaments is yet to be decided.
This tournament will be the biggest basketball event since Zimbabwe hosted the All-Africa Games in 1995. Zimbabwe will host the Zone VI Fiba Under-18 Championships from April 5-12 before they host the women's Club Championships scheduled for May 3-10. A month latter Zimbabwe will also play host to the men's Club Championships from June 9 to 14.
And BUZ are also expected to bid to host the Under-16 championships that are expected to take place in July or August this year. But BUZ administrator Simon Lawson said their main efforts at the moment lie with the Under-18 sides that will begin preparations next Friday.
The preparations will begin with the trials selection in all the provinces with the trials expected to run for at most two days. 'Our number one objective at the moment is for the Under-18 to qualify for the Africa Championships where one country per zone will qualify before the addition of the hosts, status call and runners up to bring it to 12.
'At the moment our main efforts are on the Under-18 tournament as we are also beginning preparations as it is also the closest event on our calendar. 'Depending with the number of players or teams that would have turned up for the provincial trials, the selection process can go for two days with the boys on one day and the girls the other. 'We are looking at hosting the inter-country Under-18 tournament, the men's and women's club championships but we are hoping that we will again win the bid to host the Under-16 championships. 'The Under-18 tournament is set for early April before we go on to play hosts to the women's club championships and the men's tournament in June.
'In the recent past years the hosting of the club championships has largely been inter-changed between South Africa and Mozambique. 'But it is very fortunate that we managed to win the bid to host these games and we are not ending there as we would also like to host the Under-16 championships as well.
'But the date for the junior tournaments are yet to be decided as the games are likely to take place between July and August,' said Lawson.




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Women News

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ANGOLA - Women

Angola will play in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Angola will play in Group B of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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ARGENTINA - Women

Argentina represents Latin America in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Argentina will play in Group B of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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AUSTRIA - Women

Flying Foxes knock down Graz -by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes enjoy the top spot in the AWBL standings with another impressive win. They dismantled visiting Graz 110-41 yesterday. Building a 55:27 lead at halftime Flying Foxes eased to an overall victory in the second half. Yaneth Arias (188-F-82) scored 23 points to lead the hosts. Esmary Vargas (191-C-81, agency: Next Level, college: Emporia St.) contributed 20 points in a win. Elisabeth Lutter (173-F-86) answered with 16 points for Graz as they fell to 3-10 record. Flying Foxes will visit winless Baden next week. Graz will try to enlarge the margin to Wien as the teams are to clash in Graz.
Herzogenburg kept up the pace as they upset Klosterneuburg 70:63 at home. The league favorites were confident at the start and grabbed a 17:11 lead after 10 minutes. But a strong performance from the visitors in the second quarter turned things upside down. They took a 35:28 halftime lead and looked pretty impressive at the moment. But the momentum did not last for long. The hosts took over after the break and proved the difference. DiAndrea Humphries ignited a comeback effort that resulted in a 27:13 third frame rally and Herzogenburg regained the lead for good. DiAndrea Humphries topscored with 28 points for Herzogenburg. Gabriella Szoke (186-C-68) nailed 14 points for the winners. Sophia Plank (179-G/F-83) answered with 17 points, while Sarah Schicher (185-C-90) dropped 14 points for Klosterneuburg in a loss.


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BELARUS - Women

Belarus will struggle in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Belarus will struggle in FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Group B. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil settled down in Group C of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament -by Eurobasket News
Brazil settled down in Group C of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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BULGARIA - Women

Round 12 results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt increased to 10-0 record and stay on top with 1 win advantage over Lukoil. The latter did not play in the round as two other games brought the victories for the hosts.
Dunav Econt easily went to the 10th victory defeating Slavia 51:98 away from home. The visitors grabbed the control from the first minutes and dominated in the court. Petya Djambazka led the winners with 27 points. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) and Viktoria Mircheva followed her with 18 points each. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) was the only one to score double digits, nailing 19.
Rilski Sportist smashed NSA Delta 105:56 to take 5-6 record. They sent the latter to 0-11 remaining them winless. Ralitsa Vasileva paced the winners with 26 points. Agnesa Doychinova collected 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Hristina Ivanova added 21. Kristina Nikolova (174-F-86) and Galina Stoyanova scored 9 points apiece.
Montana 2003 defeated Beroe 2007 77:69 as Marieta Karchovska (171-G-86) nailed 19 points. Rumyana Nikolovska and Zheni Dimitrova supported her with 15 points each. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) resisted with 18 points in the losing effort.

Rilski Sportist - NSA Delta 105:56
Rilski Sportist:Ralitsa Vasileva 26, Agnesa Doychinova 22+12 rebs, Hristina Ivanova 21
NSA Delta: Kristina Nikolova 9, Galina Stoyanova 9, Anita Dimitrova 7

Montana 2003 - Beroe 2007 77:69
Montana 2003:Marieta Karchovska 19, Rumyana Nikolovska 15, Zheni Dimitrova 15
Beroe 2007: Zhaneta Zhelyova 18, Elena Petrova 17, Albena Bachkova 12

Slavia - Dunav Econt 51:98
Slavia:Tonka Tencheva 19, Hristina Deyanova 8, Lilyana Ilieva 6
Dunav Econt: Petya Djambazka 27, Anna Rimpova 18, Viktoria Mircheva 18


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CAMEROON - Women

Njonkou rising... -by Yann Tientcheu
Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) is establishing herself as a uncontrovertible peace of the Arizona Wildcats Women's basketball program.
Her 25pts, 5rbds and 2 Asts on Jan. 12th against the rival,Arizona State University, advocates in her favor as of her importance
for the Women's Wildcats basketball program. Her prints on the offensive and defensive areas of the Wildcats game are indelible.
Offensively, she is second in scoring with 13.2pts/g so far into the season.
The spreading of her tentacles of influence also reaches the defensive aspect of the game if her
23 steals (3rd in the team) over the past 16 games are taken into account. She is presently the best rebounder of the team with 7.2rbds/g
with a total of 115 that can be partitionned as 45 being offensive and 70 defensive.
The Indomitable Lion is roaring and the world can hear her coming!!!


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CHINA - Women

Chinese Taipei settled down in Group C -by Eurobasket News
Chinese Taipei settled down in Group C with Belarus, Cuba of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The event determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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CUBA - Women

Cuba will start FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament against Chinese Taipei -by Eurobasket News
Cuba will play in Group D of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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CZECH REP. - Women

Czech Republic represents Europe in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic will open Olympic Qualifying tournament against Argentina. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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ESTONIA - Women

Katrin Olmari leads TLU/Volta in Meistriliiga -by Eurobasket News
TLU/Volta posted two straight victories last week to go up at 10-2 record in the ladder. TLU/Volta opened the week's action against BC Star and celebrated an easy 86:58 home win. The hosts dominated from tip off and accumulated a 45:19 lead at halftime. TLU/Volta then just sealed the winning outcome after the break limiting BC Star leader Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) to 6/19 field goal shooting. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) finished with 22 points and 11 boards for TLU/Volta. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) drained 19 points, while Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds in a win. Davineia Payne still managed to register 20 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.
TLU/Volta extended their winning streak yesterday as they stunned Tallinna Kalev 85:52 away from home. A tight defense was a key to TLU/Volta success. They held the home team to only 34 points throughout the first three quarters piling up a 25-lead heading into the fourth stanza. Katrin Olmari tallied 26 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) added 18 points and 8 boards in 10th win for TLU/Volta. Jennifer Lingor (178-G/F, college: Centenary) notched 18 points and 8 boards for Talinna Kalev.
Meanwhile the league leading Tallinna Living overcame Audentes for their 10th success in the season. Tallinna Living outscored their opponents 25:7 in the first quarter and never looked back afterwards. Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) came off the bench for 20 points and 11 boards to pace Tallinna Living. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) contributed 18 points in a winning case. Kerli Haas (179-F-90), Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) and Kaia Kosk (174-G-89) dropped 10 points apiece in a loss.


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FIJI - Women

Fiji will gain some invaluable experience against Spain and Brazil -by Eurobasket News
Fiji will play in Group C of FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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GERMANY - Women

German-Cup Final Four is set -by Moritz Korff
The DBBL-action took a break this past weekend, but nevertheless seven teams of the first division and a single side from the second lined up on Saturday and Sunday in the Quarterfinals of the German Cup-competition. These are the results:

Berlin Baskets - SV Halle Lions 60:82 (31:48)
The underdog from the German capital was without Franziska Klatt (178-F-80) and Jenny Heyne (183-F-82), when Halle started the game with a 22:11-run. However, the second division-team reduced the margin to 21:26 in the following minutes. In the second quarter the Lions hit a couple of shots from the perimeter and kept dominating the boards to increase their lead to 17. Starting off the final ten minutes with a 11:2-spurt the home team tried desperately to close the gap, actually managed to win the last quarter (21:8), but suffered defeat at last to drop out of the tournament. Celina Thar (167-G-79) led the Berlin Baskets with 14 points, while Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82) added 22 for Halle.

Saarlouis Royals - Muenchen Basket 86:55 (48:33)
For the fifth time the Saarlouis Royals have advanced to the semifinal of the German Cup. Though the hosts secured a big win, Coach Rene Spandauw didn't show any signs of happiness regarding the performance of his team. However, the Royals already had a comfortable lead at halftime (48:33) and never ran the risk of losing. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) chipped in 26 points for the host, while her teammate Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) stayed perfect from the field, hitting 7/7 and finishing the game with 15 points.

Eisvoegel USC Freiburg - evo New Basket Oberhausen 77:66 (28:25)
Just like Saarlouis also the city of Freiburg is thinking about hosting this years' Cup-Final Four, after USC Eisvoegel secured its spot in the semis once again. 400 fans saw a close game in the first half. Freiburg won the opening quarter (16:11), but the visitors were able to strike back. After halftime Oberhausen seemed to have the momentum, when Freiburgs Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) came up with a great performance to carry the host through the rest of the game. She led all scores with 29 points, while Lea Mersch (168-G-87) added 17 for Oberhausen.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg - BBV Leipzig Eagles 108:60 (52:32)
Achieving an easy win against the Leipzig Eagles TSV Wasserburg has reached the Final Four in the fifth straight year. Though Coach Hans Brei had to replace Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) with a knee-injury, the visiting Eagles never saw any chance to win the game. Wasserburg was impressive in the paint and grabbed 62 rebounds, while Leipzig had only 37. Already at halftime the host was ahead 52:32. Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) scored 26 points for Wasserburg, Jana Furkova (184-C/F-84) had 20 points and 14 boards. The Eagles' attack was led by Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management), who added 18 points in the loss. As well as Freiburg and Saarlouis also Wasserburg will apply to host the Final Four.


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HUNGARY - Women

Round 13 - Uniqa NB1/A -by Adam Patonay
MKB Euroleasing Sopron - Zala Volan ZTE 83:59
(26:11; 16:20; 22:13; 19:15)
Sopron: Edit Eordogh 14/3, Andrea Karolyi 13/3, Albena Branzova 17, Kata Honti 11
Zala Volan: Judit Szelesy 10/6, Lydia Milkova 18 (9 rebounds)

Atomeromu Szekszard - Mizo Pecs 2010 53:85
(18:20; 12:18; 13:24; 10:23)
Szekszard: Rita Tamas 10, Monika Bukovszki 16/12, Daniela Varda 12/6
Pecs: Zsofi Fegyverneky 14, Andrea Somogyi 13/6, Emilija Podrug 12, Jesus Coelho 18, Anna Vajda 10/3

Vasas Csata DSE - Savaria BC Szombathely 77:35
(16:3; 21:9; 15:8; 25:15)
Csata: Reka Fejes 15, Rita Rasheed 12/3
Savaria: -

Kanizsai Vadmacskak - BEAC Ujbuda 88:96
(19:18; 25:21; 17:26; 20:16; 7:15)
Kanizsa: Zsofia Varga 21/6, Rachill Robinson 26 (12 rebounds), Ana Puric 10/3, Csilla Fekete 19/15
BEAC: Kriszta Sule 30/15, Emese Szasz 23/6, Sara Pusztai 12

Szolnoki NKK - BSE 66:63
(15:11 ; 11:21; 18:14; 22:17)
Szolnok: Angela Djelmis (173-G-75) 20/9, Annamaria Keller 13 (11 rebounds), Rita Hegedus 13/3
BSE: Iglesias Castillo 19/9, Anna Vida 17/9 (8 rebounds), Dagmar Imbergerova 12/6


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IRELAND - Women

Hotel Cork and Wildcats will play in the National Cup Final -by Eurobasket News
Hotel Cork and Wildcats booked their National Cup Final tickets with the victories in the semifinals yesterday. Waterford Wildcats secured a narrow 62:60 win over DCU Mercy. Kathryn McNamara (186-C-83, college: Vermont) scored a jumper with under a minute left in regulation to seal a winning outcome for the Wildcats in a dramatic battle. Waterford were up by 7 points at the interval but DCU Mercy fought their way back as Ann-Marie Healy (191-C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) and Peat knocked down some important shots late in the game. But Michelle Aspell (168-G) and finally Kathryn McNamara made impact ensuring an important victory over their archrivals. Michelle Aspell scored 22 points to lead the action. Kathryn McNamara contributed 18 points for the winners. Ann-Marie Healy replied with 18 points for DCU Mercy.
Hotel Cork needed some heroics from their leading trio of Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton), Michelle Fahy (-82) and Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) to come from behind and edge UL Aughinish in another semifinal encounter. Aughinish got to a better start as they led 13:0 early in the game. Fiona Scally and Miriam Liston highlighted the second quarter with a couple of long attempts to keep Aughinish rolling as they held on to a 37:26 lead at halftime. Aughinish seemed to be unstoppable as 5 unanswered points from Courtney McDaniel (186-F/C-82, college: Tennessee) allowed them to enjoy a 44:30 lead. But Jennifer Strong and Niamh Dwyer ignited a 19:6 run to pull within just a single point from Aughinish. DCU Mercy would not let it go from now on as Jennifer Strong and Michelle Fahy finalized a positive result for DCU Mercy in the fourth period 77:65. Jennifer Strong provided 21 points for the winners. Michelle Fahy had 19 points, while Niamh Dwyer added 17 points for DCU Mercy. UL Aughinish answered with game-high 28 points from Courtney McDaniel.


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-14: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli

Phard Napoli-Carispe La Spezia 78-69
(24-25, 43-42, 59-56)
Napoli: Paterna S. , Cirone M. 10, Mauriello P. , Giauro S. 8, Adia Barnes (180-F-77, college: Arizona) 16, Gentile I. 1, Jekabsone L. 7, Ndiaye A. 13, Richter D. 2, Holland-Corn K. 21. Coach Molino Nino
Spezia: Bestagno E. dnp, Pastore C. 6, Callens E. 2, Pellegrino T. dnp, Templari E. , Newton C. 19, Bagnara B. 12, Vukovic V. 10, Sarti R. 2, Willis C. 18. Coach Papini Giovanni

New Wash Montigarda - Cras Basket Taranto 61 - 79
(7-21, 29-36, 51-54)
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. 7 (3/6), Colico R. 3 (0/2, 1/7), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 16 (7/13, 0/1), Smith D. 12 (2/3, 1/2), Dimitrova E. 6 (2/6), Albertazzi S. dnp, Ruzickova M. 11 (5/14, 0/1), Lawless E. 6 (3/8), Chiazzese A. dnp. Coach Fossati Fabio
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Balleggi M. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Corbani C. (0/2), Greco M. 6 (3/6), Bello M. (0/2), Zimerle A. 2 (1/1, 0/3), Sauret Gillespie A. 21 (10/12), Summerton L. 13 (6/12, 0/1), Prado F. dnp, Frohlich L. (0/1), Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) 35 (13/25). Coach Corno Aldo

Gescom Viterbo - Umana Venezia 69 - 59
(14-10, 36-22, 49-43)
GESCOM VITERBO: Kouznetsova S. 7 (1/2), Santucci L. dnp, Bonafede M. 4 (1/4, 0/1), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 20 (8/15), Puskar M. 4 (1/2), Maslowski M. 19 (8/16, 0/1), Lolita Limoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) 10 (3/10, 1/2), Siccardi V. 5 (2/3), Gorla L. (0/2, 0/1). Coach Agresti Claudio
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 10 (1/7, 2/3), Modica F. 4 (0/3, 1/6), Johnson S. 10 (4/7, 0/6), Sanford N. 8 (2/5), Andrade M. 1 (0/2, 0/1), Nadalin J. 4 (1/4), Giauro E. 4 (1/2), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 18 (2/6, 4/9), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Rga Massimo

Fiera di Roma - Pool Comense 72 - 78
(19-21, 30-36, 50-54)
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 7 (2/5, 1/4), Hodges D. 22 (6/9, 2/7), Cinili S. 6 (1/1, 1/1), Mancini V. dnp, Mendes da Silva T. (0/2), Carrol L. 3 (1/1), Machanguana C. 21 (6/11), Lichnerova J. 3 (1/4), Scimitani S. (0/2), Gattini C. 10 (3/4, 0/2). Coach Incecchi Sandro
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 9 (4/6), Fassina M. , Bestagno E. (0/1), Fabbri V. , Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) 14 (4/6, 1/1), Turner L. 15 (7/10), Invernizzi M. 3 (1/2), Zampella A. 14 (1/2, 3/4), Hall V. 16 (5/7, 1/3), Sarni S. 7 (2/2, 1/4). Coach Ricchini Roberto

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Famila Wuber Schio 76 - 98
(19-24, 40-54, 54-77)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. , Duffy M. 22 (1/1, 4/5), Favento S. 13 (3/5, 2/5), Bona G. dnp, Riccardi E. , Montagnino J. 11 (0/1, 3/4), Perfetti C. 3 (0/3, 1/3), Pys'Mennik O. 8 (4/9, 0/2), Razmaite D. 16 (8/10), Morrison Jara Z. 3 (1/2). Coach Tripodi Giovanni
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) 7 (1/2, 1/2), Moro E. 3 (1/2), Butler D. 12 (3/6, 2/3), Donaphin B. 11 (3/7), Tassara S. 12 (4/4), Masciadri R. 13 (4/5, 1/3), Ngoyisa B. 6 (1/1), Ress K. 8 (2/3), Ciampoli F. 8 (3/6, 0/1), Macchi L. 18 (6/6, 2/3). Coach Orlando Sandro

Acer Priolo - Germano Zama Faenza 60 - 55
(23-14, 36-24, 48-40)
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 12 (2/4, 1/2), Cutugno V. dnp, Palie S. 16 (7/14), Milazzo O. dnp, Seino T. 11 (3/5, 1/1), Sciacca B. 2 (0/2, 0/2), Pascalau F. 5 (1/7, 0/1), Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) 10 (2/4), Accolla E. dnp. Phillips T. 4 (2/4). Coach Coppa Santino
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 9 (3/4, 1/5), Franchini M. 3 (1/5), Ramon E. 7 (1/4, 1/2), David I. 9 (2/5, 1/1), Casadio G. , Jokic D. 12 (2/6, 1/2), Bandini E. dnp, Knezevic A. 4 (1/5, 0/1), Dos Santos C. 11 (2/8, 1/1), Chiarini A.. Coach Rossi Paolo

Italmoka Pozzuoli - Lavezzini Parma 61-68

(15-14, 27-38, 44-44)

ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N., Cirov T. 15 (3/5, 2/3), Franchetti M. 8 (1/1, 2/4), Minervino M. , Grima H. 10 (4/8, 0/2), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Zanardi M., Grasso A. 10 (5/9), Andjelic N. 5 (1/2, 1/4), Dixon T. 13 (5/15, 0/2). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. 2 (1/2), Stabile S. 8 (-, 2/3), Paparazzo E. 2 (1/2), Zanoni I. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Van Malderen L. 10 (2/6, 2/4), Mahoney M. 20 (7/10, 2/3), Zanon M. 8 (3/4), Jennifer Screen 14 (2/5, 2/5), Sulciute E. 2 (1/2), Fall S. dnp. Coach Scanzani Maurizio




Viterbo and Montigarda changed coach -by Carlo Grilli

Gescom Viterbo fired coach Federico Xaxa and signed Claudio Agresti . Agresti coached in his career a lot of women team, the last-one Vicenza three years ago; on the men side, Agresti recently was the first assistant of Teoman Alibegovic at Scafati (Serie A1).


Few days later, New Wash Montigarda fired coach Lorenzo Serventi and signed Fabio Fossati . Fossati in the past three years was at the helm of Famila Schio, winning the Italian championship in 2005 and 2006.



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JAPAN - Women

Japan goes to Group A with Senegal and Latvia -by Eurobasket News
Japan goes to Group A with Senegal and Latvia of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament. The event determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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KOSOVO - Women

"Toyota Women League" Spring Season Schedule -by Edona Shabani
WEEK VIII 01/02.03.2008.

'DRITA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'BASHKIMI'

'V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'PENZA'

'TREPCA' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

WEEK IX 08/09.03.2008

'TREPCA' - 'DRITA'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'V╦LLAZNIMI'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'PENZA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

WEEK X 15/16.03.2008

'DRITA' - 'BASHKIMI'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'PENAZA'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'TREPCA'

WEEK XI 22/23.03.2008.

'V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'DRITA'

'TREPCA' - 'KASTRIOTI'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'PENZA' - 'BASHKIMI'

WEEK XII 29/30.03.2008

'DRITA' - 'PENZA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'SIGAL PRISHTINA'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'TREPCA'

'KASTRIOTI' - 'V╦LLAZNIMI'

WEEK XIII 05/06.04.2008

'KASTRIOTI2 - 'DRITA'

'V╦LLAZNIMI' - 'PRISHTINA PROBASKET'

'TREPCA' - 'BASHKIMI'

'SIGAL PRISHTINA' - 'PENZA'

WEEK XIV 12/13.04.2008

'DRIATA' - 'SUGAL PRISHTINA'

'PENZA' - 'TREPCA'

'BASHKIMI' - 'V╦LLAZNIMI'

'PRISHTINA PROBASKET' - 'KASTRIOTI'

Play - off

Quarterfinals : 23/24,26/27 and April 30 / May 1st 2008

Finales:3 /4 ,7/8 and 10/11 May 2008

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LATVIA - Women

Latvia opens Olympic Qualifying tournament with Senegal -by Eurobasket News
Latvia will open Olympic Qualifying tournament with Senegal. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Six active players never an obstacle for Musel Pikes -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes secured the place atop of the DBBL table. In Round 12 Musel Pikes faced Contern and sealed an 83:57 victory to climb to 8-3 record at the table. Toni Ostojic had just six players on the squad but never turned out to be a big deal. Six players were just enough to grab the initiative from the start and kept the pressure till the final buzzer. Musel Pikes opened the game with a 24:8 rally to leave Contern behind. Contern showed some character after the first intermission as they outplayed 7 points in the second stanza. It was however as close as they could get. Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) and Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) connected from afar to wave farewell to the opposing side. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) netted 22 points to lead Musel Pikes. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) delivered 20 points and 12 boards for the winners. Carrie Bacon (183-F-80, college: Wyoming) poured in game-high 30 points for Contern in a losing clause.
Basket Esch secured the minimum distance from Musel Pikes with a 71:67 victory over Residence. Basket Esch played at home and looked better throughout the first part of the game. They built a 9-point advantage at the interval and rolled pretty confidently towards the positive result. Residence however threatened the lead late in the game. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) used a bunch of misses from the hosts to pull the visitors within 3 points. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) and Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) though proved cool late in the game sealing the win. Leah Metcalf paced the home team with 30 points and 10 boards. Krisztina Bernath (189-C-78) contributed 16 points and 10 boards for the winners. Catherine Scanlon notched game-high 38 points and 9 rebounds for Residence. Veronique Kohnen (176-F-82) dropped 12 points as the visitors fell to 6-4 record.


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OLYMPIC GAMES - Women

The Olympic qualifying tournament draw is held in Madrid -by Eurobasket News
The draw of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament was held in Madrid just hours ago. The event determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain

Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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PORTUGAL - Women

Liga Feminina balance -by Luis Rocha
After 10 rounds, Olivais is the leader in a complete manner. They won all the games they played (10), and keep on playing hard, never giving the opponents much chances. Pauline Nsimbo is their star player, and is playing as one. Great help on defence by Ana Fonseca (-G-78) and on offense by Aja Parham (-84). Coach Jose Araujo must be pleased, but from here to the championship there's still a long ground to cover. The secod place is for ESSA (last year champions), they lost a great number of players (very important players), but little by little they are getting up in the chart, using the collectivness as the main factor. Coach Carlos Caetano is certainly the one to praised here, because the rebuilt of the team is interely of he's 'guilt'. They lost 2 games in the 10 rounds. CAb is the third, but with the same points of ESSA, they also lost 2 games. They started greatly, but since the beginning of the season they lost the two froeign players (Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, college: Virginia Tech) was being again the MVP of the Liga like last year) and their captain and top guard since some years ago Fatima Silva (169-G-73). Those 3 loses were very hard on the team, and the results are coming down hill, they got a lot to work and to act, to be contenders this season, let's wait and see what they will do in the future. Boa Viagem is the 4th, this team work well in the market, get some important players, but there's something missing there. They have the potencial, but they are not getting performances as they should, In December they signed Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) a good portuguese player and it's possible that some problems may get solved, but untill now, things are far from being well, as the roster seemed to indicate. They lost 3 games in 10. As Boa Viagem is Vagos, they built a good team for thids season but untill now they didn't play at their full potencial. Coach Nuno Ferreira has to find out what's to be corrected, because the roster is good and can perform at a higher level. They also lost 3 games in 10. Alges as the same points as the two last teams (B.Viagem and Vagos), they started the season on the slow mode, when they signed a second foreign player things become really better. The team was practically rebuilt, some good players had entered, some good had left, but now things are on their way and Alges as been coming up in the chart. Maxann Reese (176-G-78, college: Michigan St.) is the top player, but the colectiv tends to be the main force of the team. Uniao da Madeira has the 7th place, they lost a foreign player with an injury, and that fact crippled their conditions to be better. The team can look up if they find a replacement if not, it wiil be hard to play for the title , even the playoffs can be dificult to achieve. They lost 6 games in 10. Next in line is Santarem, with a very yuong roster, this team is playing to get to the playoffs. An hard task, but possible to achieve if they continue working and fighting as they used untill now. The team is playing around Carlyshia Hurdle (-F/C-84, college: Adelphi), who is acting much better then she did last season in Portugal. CPN, is the 9th team, without foreign players they have big problems when facing teams with tall players. they got a good junior team, and decided to feed the senior team from there. It seems a good deal, but it shortens the capacity of the roster and CPN, has to live with that. They lost 8 games in 10. The same number of defeats applies to Esgueira. this team has a lot to improve, if they want to go to the playoffs. Another young team (not so young as Santarem), but the level of playing is at my opinion too short to what it should be, the team can perform better, now it's to coach Joao Janeiro to find what to do to improve the situation. In the 11 th place Povoa appears. This team come from the Division 1, and is still adapting their players to some new stage. The club as already been a portuguese champion, but now they are working with new players in order to get back to those days. I think their main job will be to avoid relegation, they lost 9 in 10 games. In Last is Ovarense, another team who came from Division 1. They also decide not to Have (untill now) foreign players, and it's also a very young team, they got two nice adds in December, and finally get a win, maybe now they will step up, and get more at ease in Liga, once again I think that this team is another who their main job will be the fight for survive in LIga.

CAB add a new foreign player -by Luis Rocha
After the leave of Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Danielle Hutchinson (191-C-82), CAB went to the market to balance the roster and by now they signed Stacy Stephens (187-F/C-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas) Stacy can play as a forward or a center, and this weekend start making a big impact with 21 points and 20 rebounds.

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SENEGAL - Women

Senegal will start FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament on June 9 versus Latvia -by Eurobasket News
Senegal will start FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament on June 9 versus Latvia. The draw determined four groups with three teams in each that would fight for 5 available tickets to Beijing 2008. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. The winners of the quarterfinal games will book their spots at the Olympic Games. The quarterfinal losers will team up for another pool play with the semifinal and final stage to figure out the last lucky team to go to Beijing.
Latvia was sent to Group A together with Senegal and Japan. Latvia have finished at the fourth spot in the last Eurobasket and are hopeful about the outcome of the draw. Japan and Senegal might fight for the second spot. Group B comprised Czech Republic, Argentina and Angola. The European team is widely taken as favorites, however Argentina can come up with some sort of surprise at this stage. Group C brought together arguably the strongest squads at the tournament. Spain and Brazil will clash for the quarterfinal spots and are likely to get them as they are opposed by Fiji. Oceania representative will gain some invaluable experience but can hardly be taken as a serious threat. Group D drew together Cuba, Belarus and Chinese Taipei. Cuba finished second at the last season's FIBA Americas Championship edition. Belarus claimed the Bronze Medals at the Eurobasket. So these two teams are possible winners of Group D.
The action will tip off in Madrid on June 9 when Latvia will take on Senegal. Czech Republic face Argentina, Spain challenge Fiji, while Chinese Taipei plays against Cuba the same day.

Group A: Japan, Senegal, Latvia
Group B: Czech Republic, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Brazil, Fiji, Spain
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Belarus, Cuba


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SPAIN - Women

Round 12:PDV and Extrugasa got tickets for Queen's Cup of Sevilla -by Ivan Villar
Perfumerias,Ros and San Jose had a place in Sevilla's Cup long time ago.But this week PDV and Extrugasa got one of best sucess of 'smaller' teams.Olesa too is going to fight for play Queen's Cup after beating Cadi la Seu at home by 11 points.Cadi la Seu lost also its posibilities to play Cup.Lecoe Willingham with double-double (18p-11 reb) leaded a team which can play in Sevilla if win next game (or including extra defeat).Amazing the easy victory of Hondarribia Irun in Leon by 18 points.Players of Jon Txakartegui showed her real level but still need a small miracle to play next Sevilla's Cup.Shameka Christon was unstoppable with 23 points and 27 of efficience.Filter Mann continues in last position after loosing again.This time was PDV which also assured itself a ticket to play in Sevilla.Couple formed by Silvia Morales (22 p-6 assists) and Kristen Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78, college: Michigan St.) (17p-10 reb) were decisive for island's team.After storm,calm arrived to Valencia and home team beated Arranz Burgos.In spite of this,team of Manolo Real suffered until last quarter.Last quarter of 14-3 was definitive and Delisha Milton showed why is favourite again for MVP of season (14 p-12 reb).Javier Fort got first triumph as coach of Rivas against Celta Vigo.Both teams have many possibilities to play in Sevilla.Rankica Sarenac was disappeared last rounds but thiw weekend came back to great stats,20 points and 21 of eficcience.Perfumerias Avenida took advantage of Leon's defeating and assured 2nd position of table.They won in Badajoz easily by 53-71 with Ana Montanana with stats of superstar,20 points, 11 rebounds and 27 efficience.Revenge happened in Vilagarcia.Extrugasa Vilagarcia trashed Gran Canaria by 82-64 after triumph of canarian in FIBA Eurocup last thursday.This time players of Isaac Fernandez learnt lesson and their game's way improved a lot.Roneeka Hodges didn't shine like other day and Kiesha Brown (22 p-19 ef),Sara Gomez (16 p) and Katia Da Silva (8p-10 reb) were principal references of galician team.This triumph suppose second sucess of Extrugasa of season,because they have ticket to play in Sevilla.Otherside is team of Domingo Diaz who hasn't many possibilities to play Queen's Cup.

Preolimpic 2008:Spain has opponents,Fidji Islands and Brazil -by Ivan Villar
This morning happened draw of tournament of Madrid to play for 5 places of Olimpic Games.The groups are folllowing:
Group A: Letonia, Japan, Senegal
Group B: Rep Checa, Argentina, Angola
Group C: Spain,Brazil,Fidji Islands
Group D: Belarus, Cuba, China-Taipei
Two first positions of each group will play next round.Spain should to play against team of Group D if they pass round.Winners of quarter finals will have ticket to China.Loosers of quarters will play semi and final to get last ticket to play Olimpic Games.Brazil seems to be principal opponent of team coached by Evaristo Perez .


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TURKEY - Women

Chantelle Anderson gets MVP of the All Star Game -by Eurobasket News
The foreign players that participate in the Turkish league overcame Turkish Stars 106:85 in All Star Game last night. The show and the organization were awesome and lots of other countries should take an example of that event.
Foreign stars started with 21:20 in the opening quarter. They took a control of the game later in the second providing 28:15 in it. Most of the torubles for the Turkish starts came from Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) and Kristen Newlin. The stars from abroad had 52:38 at the half time.
In the third period Turkish stars replied with 21:20 and brought a bit of intrigue into the final stanza. The last quarter reminded the offensive game without defense as this is the task for the All Star Game. The spectators were satisfied with the result even though the locals lost the encounter. Chantelle Anderson led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kristen Newlin added 18 and 7 rebounds, while Crystal Smith had 17. Gergena Erdenay (193-F/C-76) resisted with 26 points for the Turkish Stars. If only they could win, for sure she could get an award being the most valuable player. Chantelle Anderson was named MVP of the TBBL All Star Game 2008 as her team won the show.

Turkish Stars(85): Birsel Vardarlı 7 (3 ribaund, 2 asist), Tuğba Palazoğlu 14 (3 ribaund, 5 asist), Nilay Yiğit 14 (7 ribaund, 2 asist), Işıl Alben 3 (3 ribaund, 4 asist), Gulşah Gumuşay 5 (1 ribaund), Gergena Erdenay 26 (6 ribaund), Melike Bakırcıoğlu 7 (4 ribaund, 1 asist), Şebnem Kimyacıoğlu (5 ribaund, 1 asist), Bahar Cağlar (2 ribaund, 2 asist), Naile İvegin 9 (4 ribaund, 2 asist)

Foreign stars(106): Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) 6 (2 r,baund), Chantelle Anderson 19 (8 ribaund, 2 asist), Reshea Bristol 6 (1 ribaund, 8 asist), Crystal Smith 17 (2 ribaund, 2 asist), Rashidat Sadiq (188-F-81) 6 (4 ribaund), Amachere Mactabene 6 (8 ri,baund, 1 asist), Stacey Lovelace 8 (11 ribaund, 1 asist), Tamara Brown 7 (6 ribaund), Crissy Givens 4 ribaund, 4 asist), Coppie Pondexter 13 (2 ribaund, 8 asist), Kristen Newlin 18 (7 ribaund, 1 asist).